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by Shane Stokes
May 3, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: UCI asks Giro organisers to drop controversial descending competition; Giro d’Italia names Mortirolo the Scarponi Climb as a tribute; Acquarone moving on with career, but says he’s still awaiting justice over Giro dismissal; Dumoulin pledges patience in Grand Tour ambitions, also wants to target Roubaix; Ambitious Jungels to return to Giro one year after making history; Three North Americans on Cannondale-Drapac Giro squad; Woods to make Grand Tour debut; Girdlestone’s comeback continues with Grafton to Inverell participation; Namibian national MTB champion Costa Seibeb dies in accident; Hammer Series finalises teams for Sportzone Limburg Pro Race; Strava announces new feature to shift app towards social network functionality; Video: Alaska or Bus’t – Mountain Bike Road Trip with Andrew Taylor; Video: Western Australia’s Joey Graham nails a backflip instead of racing.
Having ridden strongly in his spring campaign, Canadian rider Mike Woods has been named as part of the Cannondale-Drapac Giro d’Italia squad. Second in the GP Miguel Indurain and ninth in Liège–Bastogne–Liège have boosted his confidence and he is psyched for his Grand Tour debut.
“From a state-of-mind perspective, I am pumped to be doing this race,” he said. “Last year I managed, through some bad decisions on my part and bad luck, to not start any Grand Tour on the calendar. This has made the significance of this one, to me, that much greater.
“Aside from the excitement, there is definitely some respect that I am storing up for that final week of racing and the process of getting there. I know crashes, illness and just a few off-days can derail even the best riders in the peloton, so I am making sure not to get too far ahead of myself.”
He will join US riders Joe Dombrowski and Alex Howes, Italians Davide Formolo and Davide Villella, Frenchman Pierre Rolland, Tom-Jelte Slagter (Netherlands), Kristijan Koren (Slovenia) plus the young Briton Hugh Carthy in the squad.
The team believes that each rider has the potential to shine and wants them to ride aggressively. “My hope is that they can enjoy that and try things, and experiment with things, and just push their limits without fear of losing anything or having to do any sort of defensive decision making,” said head directeur sportif Charly Wegelius.