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by Shane Stokes
August 12, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Boom scoops stage 5 of the BinckBank Tour, nabs race lead; Kristoff sprints to victory on stage 2 of Arctic Race of Norway; Gaudu takes first pro victory on stage 3 of Tour de l’Ain, Pinot grabs race lead; Bennett victorious on stage 2 of Czech Cycling Tour; Poidevin wins second stage and overall at Colorado Classic; Murphy takes stage 1 of Colorado Classic; Despite ‘getting very old,’ Hayman remains as Orica-Scott captain for 2018; Axeon Hagens Berman team aims for Professional Continental status in 2018; Trek-Segafredo manager says team ‘not in a hurry’ to find replacement for Contador; World Champion Dideriksen to team up with Deignan in Revolution’s elite women’s championship; Video: Sagan – ‘I am young and beautiful’; Video: GoPro highlights from stage 1 of the Colorado Classic
Although the Trek-Segafredo squad has been left without a clear leader following the news that Alberto Contador will retire from pro cycling this September, team manager Luca Guercilena has said the team isn’t feeling pressure to find a replacement.
“Clearly there is now a door open for a big champion if they would like to join our team,” Guercilena said. “We are not getting crazy on the market because we need to pick up someone. We are not in a hurry. We are not too stressed.”
The team has been linked to a possible bid for Fabio Aru, but Guercilena said that his team can remain competitive even if it doesn’t bring the Italian or another clear GC rider on board.
“Alberto, at his high level he is difficult to replace but we are confident we can be competitive,” Guercilena said. “We will have the possibility to invest more in [Bauke] Mollema and invest in [Jarlinson] Pantano to make his own race.”
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