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by Shane Stokes
August 25, 2017
Photography by Cor Vos
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Marczynski wins stage 6 of the Vuelta a España; Viviani wins stage three of the Tour du Poitou-Charentes, Pedersen dominates TT and takes lead; Jack Bobridge charged over selling street drugs; Contador impresses Froome with attacks, feels back to form : ‘I’m enjoying myself more’; Van Garderen remains positive despite time lost on Vuelta’s stage 6; Betancur out of Vuelta a España; Greipel affected by worries about his parents; Cummings, Thomson, Venter, Van Zyl and Janse van Rensburg all renew with Team Dimension Data; Dillier to Ag2r La Mondiale, Lindeman extends with LottoNL-Jumbo; Tour of Alberta line-up headed by strong Cannondale-Drapac squad; Melbourne Grand Prix of Cyclocross opens international cyclocross season; Video: Girona Cycling Guide Josep From Bikebreaks Shows Us His Castle And Bike Collection; Video: Junior Tour of Ireland Cycling 2017
Tour of Alberta organisers announced some big names for this year’s race on Thursday, stating that Cannondale-Drapac is sending what they believe will be the strongest team in the field. The squad will include Nathan Brown, who wore the mountains jerseys for two days during this year’s Tour de France, former Tour of California third-place finisher Lawson Craddock, recent Colorado Classic third-place finisher Alex Howes, and Tom Jelte-Slagter, who won last year’s stage in Jasper National Park and who was third overall in the 2015 race.
“This year’s field has a lot of top performers from major races in North America the past couple years, including numerous past stage winners from our race,” said ATB Tour of Alberta President/CEO Scott Fisher. “Cycling fans will be familiar with many of these stars of the sport.”
The Holowesko | Citadel presented by Hincapie Sportswear team is unable to bring defending-champion Robin Carpenter, who crashed in the Tour of Utah this month, but will feature Colorado Classic leader T.J. Eisenhart, stage winner John Murphy, Ty Magner and 2017 Tour de Beauce winner Andzs Flaksis.
Silber Pro Cycling will feature Canadian national championship medallist Pier-Andre Cote, former National Champion Ryan Roth and Nigel Ellsay. H&R Block Pro Cycling will feature Travis Samuel, and Garneau-Quebecor will be led by 2016 Canadian national champion Bruno Langlois. Canadian Rob Britton, the winner of the 2017 Tour of Utah, will lead Rally Racing. Also on the squad is current national champ Matteo Dal-Cin, Colin Joyce and double Tour of California stage winner Evan Huffman.
Others to watch are Colorado Classic stage winner Serghei Tvetcov (Jelly Belly presented by Maxxis), Oscar Sevilla (Medellin-Inder. Sevilla), UnitedHeathcare’s Janier Acevedo, Travis McCabe, Tanner Putt, and Daniel Eaton. The race will feature 12 teams and riders from 14 countries, and will run from September 1 to 4.