Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

June 22, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Démare sprints to victory in Halle Ingooigem; Dumoulin wins third Dutch national TT title; Skujins returns from California injury with second in Latvian time trial championship; Martin and Kristoff head Katusha-Alpecin Tour de France lineup; Sagan and Majka’s Bora-hansgrohe teammates confirmed for Tour de France; Team Sunweb confirms riders to compete in Tour de France alongside Michael Matthews; Pro panel suggesting course changes for 2018 Australian national road championships; Tour de Pologne reduces team sizes; Cyrus Monk earns Cannondale-Drapac stagiaire position; Dyball secures stagiaire slot with French pro team; Video: A message from David Lappartient, UCI Presidential candidate

Team Sunweb confirms riders to compete in Tour de France alongside Michael Matthews

by VeloClub

Having already announced that Michael Matthews will lead the team in the Tour de France, Team Sunweb has announced the rest of its lineup for the event. Matthews and the previously-confirmed leadout rider Nikias Arndt (Germany) will be joined by Ramon Sinkeldam, Mike Teunissen, Albert Timmer and Roy Curvers for the sprint stages.

Curvers will have a second role, that of team captain out on the road. Also on the team are the climbers Warren Barguil, Simon Geschke and Laurens Ten Dam. The squad has clocked up 11 stage wins over the past four editions and is aiming to add to that tally. Morale is on a high after Tom Dumoulin’s Giro d’Italia victory.

“Our nine-rider line-up has been created with the team’s overall goal of stage results at the forefront of our mind,” said the team’s Tour de France coach Aike Visbeek. “We have selected a strong group of riders to form the lead-out train for Michael on the sprint stages with a difficult finale. The recent racing campaign was a pin-point on our year plan to work on optimising our lead-out.

“Next to our chances in the sprint stages with a difficult finale, we have selected the trio of Warren, Simon and Grand Tour veteran Laurens, who will aim for breakaways. We aim to apply an offensive racing strategy in selected intermediate, hilly and mountain stages.”

The team trainer Hendrik Werner explained that Team Sunweb has done what it can to help each rider be in optimum shape. “An intricate preparation plan has been created in advance of the race for each rider on the line-up. Each plan has been carefully constructed with balanced blocks of altitude training, racing and rest periods. Their progress and power output has been recorded, monitored and analysed by our trainers and experts to ensure that all riders are at optimum performance level.”