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by Shane Stokes
August 4, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Haig wins stage six of the Tour of Poland, Sagan loses race lead; Landa grabs second stage win in Vuelta a Burgos, extends race lead; Campenaerts takes Elite men’s European time trial championship; Van Dijk powers to a dominant win and prolongs European time trial title; Bardet confirms Vuelta participation: ‘An important step’; Nieve to move from Team Sky to Orica-Scott; Bettiol inks contract with BMC Racing Team; Two year deals for Fraile at Astana and Rosón at Movistar; Taiwan KOM Challenge announces equal prize money for men and women; WM3 reacts to Niewiadoma’s transfer; Women’s Cycling Transfer Shorts; Hip surgery for Roelandts, Frison and Hansen recovering from other health issues; Interbike and Cross Vegas are leaving Las Vegas; Video: Pony infiltrates peloton in Poland
Double Vuelta a España King of the Mountains Omar Fraile has inked a two year deal with the Astana Proteam, heading to the squad after two seasons with Team Dimension Data. The 27-year-old is a strong climber, as shown by his KOM victories, and also by similar success in the Vuelta al Pais Vasco.
He’s also a past victor in the Giro dell’Appennino and a stage of the Four Days of Dunkirk. “Astana is one of the biggest and most famous teams in the peloton, and for me it will be a great honour to become a part of this project for the next two years,” he said on Thursday. “In previous seasons I’ve made a big step ahead in my development as a professional rider, and I hope, I will continue it in Astana Team. I really like the style of Astana Team and its great focus on the Grand Tours.”
Team manager Alexandr Vinokourov said that he saw Fraile as a strong climber and someone who could bolster the squad in the three week races. “He can do well in any kind of climbs, but also he could be a strong part of the team in the team time trial races. We’ve been watching this athlete for a while, and this season he’s impressed us at the Giro d’Italia. I am sure, Fraile will be able to fully reach his potential in our team.”
Meanwhile fellow Spaniard Jaime Rosón has signed a two year contract with the Movistar team. The 24-year-old is another strong climber and has been racing with the Caja Rural-Seguros RGA team for two years.
He won the queen stage of the Tour of Turkey in 2016 and finished second overall. This year he took the queen stage of the Tour of Croatia and finished second overall behind Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida). He was also second overall in the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon and third in the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali.