In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Esteban Chaves staying upbeat about debut Tour despite racing calendar disruptions; British Cycling’s new performance director says he will not prevent riders from consulting Shane Sutton; Vos curbing expectations ahead of Amstel Gold Race; Matthews ready for a change of Classics tactics with Sunweb; UCI Track World Championships continue with strong Aussie performance; Jason Kenny to retire before the next Olympics?; CCC-SprandiPolkowice bikes stolen ahead of Amstel Gold Race; Teams using Tour of the Alps as rehearsal for Giro; Belgian federation educating young cyclists to not imitate pros; Mancebo signs with U.S. Continental team Canyon Bicycles Pro Cycling; Putting a stamp on a world title; 2017 UCI Track World Championships, day 2 highlights; Video: Handmade – Brompton Bikes.
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Next week’s Tour of Alps is poised to be a rehearsal for the first Grand Tour of the season, the Giro d’Italia, with the likes of Thibaut Pinot, Mikel Landa (Team Sky) and Rohan Dennis (BMC).
“I am coming into Tour of the Alps with the Giro d’Italia at the front of my mind,” said Dennis. “I have been working hard following Tirreno-Adriatico and Volta Ciclista a Catalunya so, I’m looking forward to testing myself here.
“Tour of the Alps will be part of my final preparation ahead of May. My main priority will be to test myself throughout the race and whatever happens on the GC happens.”
Cannondale-Drapac is another team using the race to fine-tune its GC contenders, bringing three in Pierre Rolland, Joe Dombrowski and Davide Formolo.