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BMC wins TTT in Valencia, Sarreau victorious in Bessèges: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

February 3, 2018

BMC Racing wins team time trial at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana; Sliding in the sand: Sun Tour peloton divided as stage 2 is neutralised; Sarreau wins again on stage 3 of the Etoile de Bessèges; López vying to pay tribute to Scarponi with success in Tour of the Alps; Lobato denies sleeping pill addiction, appeals for contract offers; French amateur given five year suspension for hidden motor use; Teklehaimanot signs for Cofidis; Happy the Eclectus loves his bike; Tour of Britain commentary excerpts and bloopers; Beavis and Butthead do SRAM

Teklehaimanot signs for Cofidis

by Shane Stokes

After not retained by the Team Dimension Data squad he raced with since 2014, Daniel Teklehaimanot has found a squad for 2018. The Eritrean will compete with the French Cofidis squad, making his debut in the team colours in next week’s Dubai Tour. He will replace Geoffrey Soupe there.

Teklehaimanot played an important part with Team Dimension Data, winning the King of the Mountains competition in the 2015 Critérium du Dauphiné and thus taking its first-ever WorldTour jersey victory. He went on to ride that year’s Tour de France, wearing the polka dot jersey there.

Speaking to CyclingTips last month, Dimension Data team boss Douglas Ryder commented on Teklehaimanot’s departure. “Daniel was with us for four years, and we gave him a good innings, and in those four years he rode two Tours de France, one Vuelta a España, and one Giro d’Italia,” he said. “So Daniel was an amazing guy.

“When we look at Daniel, and his development in our team, and what our focus is going forward, with Mark Cavendish, in terms of trying to go beyond Eddy Merckx’s record, and then Louis Meintjes coming into the team to be a GC rider… Daniel is an opportunistic rider, and we just didn’t have space for him any more.”

Cofidis team boss Cédric Vasseur said that he was confident that Teklehaimanot will fit in well. “We have just recruited a rider of WorldTour level. I am sure that his climbing and attacking qualities will permit the group to reach a new level.”

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