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by Mark Zalewski
November 19, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: ASO announces end to historic Critérium International; Report: Angliru to feature in 2017 Vuelta; Rojas back on bike after Vuelta crash; Hayman, Garfoot named Australian Cyclists of the Year; Peter Sagan to start 2017 down under; Selle Italia becomes co-title sponsor of Wilier Triestina team; UCI Continental Team Illuminate to continue in 2017; Cadel Evans too intimidated to cycle in Sydney; Law changes could affect British cyclists injured by drivers; New research bolsters claims that exercise combats depression; Stolen Rio gold medals returned to Paralympic champion Cooke; Cavendish on the Ghent Six Day race; Hardbrakers Grandtour 2014; Timelapse at the Ghent Six Day.
The American UCI Continental Team Illuminate will be back for the 2017 season. The team was formerly known as Airgas-Safeway in 2015 and featured former Vuelta a Espana winner Chris Horner. In 2016 the team made news when it was invited to race the Tour of Iran (held in Azerbaïdjan) with Connor McCutcheon winning the first stage.
“There were bigger results, but Connor winning Stage 1 at the Tour of Iran and wearing the yellow jersey definitely stands out to me personally as a highlight,” team manager Chris Johnson said. “I have been working with him now for three years, so to see him achieve that meant a lot.”
McCutcheon is returning as is Colombian national champion Edwin Avila, along with Griffin and Cullen Easter. The rest of the roster will be announced on the team’s Strava Club page.
The team is hoping to do a full calendar of UCI America Tour races, including the the Tours of Utah and Colorado.
“I know individually the riders are looking to target certain events, but securing those invitations are one of the top priorities for me,” Johnson said. “While we did a lot of racing overseas this past year, I would love to see the team get a chance to do the run of races next summer in the US. That would be Cascade, Utah, Colorado, Virginia and then Reading120. It’s super exciting to see that string of races on the calendar and we’re eager to take part.
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