Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

August 3, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Dahl sprints to biggest career win in Utah; Van Poppel sprints to Vuelta a Burgos opener win; Armitstead avoids Rio ban after winning UK Anti-Doping Court case; Nicole Cooke weighs-in on Armitstead missed tests; UCI expands WorldTour calendar for 2017; Froome: Team GB leader not decided for Rio; Atapuma, Dombrowski headline Tour of Utah GC battle, host of others look to spoil the duel; Lars Boom returns to LottoNL-Jumbo; Hugh Carthy joins Cannondale-Drapac for 2017; The next generation: Meet the 2016 WorldTour stagiaires; Germans bring extra track sprinter to Rio; Truck driver reported after filming road rage incident with cyclists; Trailer: “The Grey Escape”; Specialized Olympic bikes have colour-changing paint; Daniel Oss hair toss

The next generation: Meet the 2016 WorldTour stagiaires

by Daniel Ostanek

The first of August is known as the start of cycling transfer season (or at least the official start), the point at which teams around the peloton are permitted to announce their new signings for the first time. Somewhat overshadowed by the big-name signings are the stagiaires (French for “interns”) — promising riders who join teams on a trial basis the same day.

These young riders can’t ride WorldTour races but sign up for experience and a chance to impress. Teams are limited to a maximum of three stagiaires, and some of these riders go on to sign multi-year contracts (indeed some already have).

Here is an excerpt from the feature:


BMC RACING TEAM

Taylor Eisenhart (22), Fabian Lienhard (22)

The two latest recruits from the BMC Development Team, Eisenhart and Lienhard follow the path taken by the likes of Stefan Küng, Floris Gerts and Dylan Teuns. Both are useful stage racers, and both have been national champions.

Utahan Eisenhart was American U23 TT champion in 2014, while Lienhard won the Swiss U23 road race the same year.

ETIXX-QUICKSTEP

Adrien Costa (18), Ivan Garcia Cortina (20), Hamish Schreurs (22)

Schreurs and Cortina join from feeder squad Klein Constantia and both have some impressive results to their names this year. New Zealander Schreurs won the Carpathian Couriers Tour and finished on the podium of Paris-Roubaix Espoirs, while Cortina took top-10s at Roubaix and the U23 Ronde van Vlaanderen.

Costa (see feature image) is the real one to watch though, coming from the talent-packed Axeon Hagens Berman team. The Californian has had a fantastic season, winning the Tour de Bretagne and impressing in a number of other stage races. Twice a runner-up at the Junior World TT Championships, he’ll be going for gold in Qatar.

LOTTO SOUDAL

Kevin Deltombe (22), Michael Goolaerts (22), James Shaw (20)

All three hail from Lotto’s U23 squad, with Deltombe and Brit Shaw looking handy Classics racers. Deltombe is one for the hills, while Shaw has won the junior versions of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. This year he was fifth at U23 Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Ex-Verandas Willems man Goolaerts is a stage hunter.

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