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by Shane Stokes
August 3, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Van Poppel wins stage five of the Tour of Poland, Sagan keeps yellow; Trentin takes stage two of the Vuelta a Burgos; Perrone and Matthiessen take junior and U23 European time trial titles; Tour de France King of the Mountains Barguil and Moinard join Fortuneo-Oscaro squad; Gallopin and Ag2r La Mondiale commit for two years; Alaphilippe extends contract with QuickStep Floors team; UAE Team Emirates announces pending two-year deal with Alexander Kristoff; Shimano sneaks in new 105 front derailleur featuring trickle-down tech; Transcontinental update: Lenhard’s lead slims as race favourite stalks; Armstrong’s ‘Stages’ podcast to cover the Colorado Classic and Velorama MusicFestival; Video: CrossFit Games Cyclocross Course; Video: The inside story of Team Dimension Data’s Tour de France
Seeking to strengthen its squad for the coming seasons, the UAE Emirates team has announced that former Tour de France stage winner and past Milan San Remo/Tour of Flanders champion Alexander Kristoff will be part of the squad in the future.
However, unusually, it has released the news before a final contract has been inked. “UAE Team Emirates has reached a deal with cyclist Alexander Kristoff to take him into the ranks of the team for the 2018 and 2019 seasons,” it said via its Facebook page on Wednesday.
“The definitive contract will be signed in the next few weeks, after some routine tests by the team’s medical staff.”
Kristoff has been part of the Katusha team since 2012 but relations became somewhat strained this season. He will hope that a fresh start will see him return to his best form.