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by Shane Stokes
July 28, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Cavendish still targeting Merckx record, also chasing Olympic gold in 2020; Dan Martin diagnosed with vertebral fractures; BMC Racing Tour de France team targets San Sebastian success; Tour de France runner-up Uran and Phinney confirmed for Colorado Classic; Lizzie Deignan, one year after whereabouts scandal; Professional riders’ association CPA votes to also represent female riders; Transcontinental Europe race begins on Friday, dedicated to Mike Hall; Car/cyclist ‘radar’ trialled in Adelaide; Video: Celebrating rider at GP of Beverly loses race victory and some skin
The organisers of the Colorado Classic have confirmed that Tour de France runner-up Rigoberto Uran and his teammate Taylor Phinney will both part of the lineup for the new race. Uran’s participation was first mentioned in an interview carried out with Cannondale-Drapac CEO Jonathan Vaughters on Sunday, and has now been made official.
“This is an exciting, new approach to bike racing in the U.S,” said Phinney, a Coloradan, “and I can’t wait to once again be a part of pro racing in my home state.” The 27-year-old went close to victory on stage two of his debut Tour de France, and also wore the King of the Mountains jersey for a day.
“This field represents cycling’s fiercest competitors from 23 nations, including Kelly Catlin, Rigoberto Uran, and Colorado’s own Taylor Phinney, ” said David Koff, CEO of RPM Events Group, the organization formed to put on the race. “For four days, Coloradans will have a front-row seat for incredible racing and Velorama, a three-day music festival while the race is in Denver.”
The men’s field will include Giro d’Italia stage winners Silvan Dillier (BMC Racing Team) and Marco Canola (Nippo-Vini Fantini), Vuelta a España stage victor Greg Henderson (United Heathcare Pro Cycling), Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing Team), Kiel Reijnen (Trek-Segafredo), Tour of Alberto champion Robin Carpenter (Holowesko-Citadel), Alex Howes and Lawson Craddoc (Cannondale-Drapac), Vegard Stake Laengen (UAE Emirates) and Greg Daniel (Trek-Segafredo).
The men’s race will run from August 10 – 13, while the women’s event is two days shorter. The lineup will include U.S. Olympic & World Championship team pursuit medalists Kelly Catlin (Rally Cycling) and Jenn Valente (Sho-Air Twenty20), plus the latter’s teammate Allie Dragoo, recent winner of the Cascade Cycling Classic. Also amongst those riding are Tayler Wiles (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling) and the Schneider sisters Skylar and Samantha (Team ISCorp).