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by Neal Rogers
June 30, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Richie Porte extends with BMC Racing Team beyond 2017; Dario Cataldo renews with Astana through 2019; Twelve national champions to start Tour de France in Düsseldorf; Upon reanalysis of 2012 sample, UCI Anti-Doping Tribunal imposes four-year ban on Jure Kocjan for EPO use; UCI adds three events to 2018 Women’s WorldTour calendar; Kazakhstan junior Dana Akhmetova dies after losing consciousness in Youth Sports Games; Yorkshire host towns revealed for 2019 UCI Road World Championships; Androni Giocattoli renews sponsorship for 2018; Trek puts up funds for equal prize money at Waterloo cyclocross World Cup event; Cyclists using mobile phones in Victoria to face $476 fine.
Twelve national champions are expected to start the Tour de France in Düsseldorf: Sergio Henao (Colombia/Team Sky), Oliver Naesen (Belgium/AG2R-La Mondiale), Jesus Herrada (Spain/Movistar), Fabio Aru (Italy/Astana), Arnaud Démare (France, FDJ), Ignatas Konovalovas (Lithuania/FDJ), Marcus Burghardt (Germany/Bora-Hansgrohe), Stephen Cummings (Great Britain/Dimension Data), Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (South Africa/Dimension Data), Zdenek Stybar (Czech Republic/Quick-Step Floors), Juraj Sagan (Slovakia/Bora-Hansgrohe), and Ramon Sinkeldam (Netherlands/Sunweb).
“It is an honor for us, as a German team, to be part of this historical moment for German cycling,” said Bora-Hansgrohe manager Ralph Denk. “Thirty years ago, I was in Berlin as a kid, now I am here in Düsseldorf as a team manager. To also have the German champion, Marcus Burghardt, in our team now means a lot to me.”
Démare is the only top sprinter who will carry his national colours, while Aru is the only GC contender to wear a tricolour jersey. There are a few similarities between Aru this year and Vincenzo Nibali when he won the 2014 Tour de France — riding for Astana, having had a difficult early part of the season prior to taking the first victory at the Italian championship, and looking at La Planche des Belles Filles as the first summit on the route.