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Bjerg and Pirrone take world TT titles, Israel start confirmed for Giro: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

September 19, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Bjerg beats McNulty to win under 23 world TT title; Pirrone wins junior world championship time trial; Wiasak and Cavanagh take Amy’s Otway Tour success; Giro d’Italia confirms 2018 start in Israel; Van Vleuten extends contract with Orica-Scott; Van Baarle joins Team Sky; Contador’s Polartec-Kometa Continental team names first eight riders; Elinor Barker Returns to Wiggle High 5; Obree to sell medals, Beastie bike and other memorabilia at auction this week; Rooderkerken grabs the Human Powered Speed Title and Dutch record in Battle Mountain, Slappendel places second; Video: Hotter’n Hell Hundred 2017 Mini-Doc; Video: Cycling around the world in 80 days – BBC News; Video: Worst Retirement Ever Short – Pepperdine Hill KOM, with data

Van Baarle joins Team Sky

by Shane Stokes

Former Tour of Britain winner and likely future Classics star Dylan van Baarle has signed a two-year deal with Team Sky, moving there after four seasons with the Cannondale-Drapac team. Van Baarle had been thought likely to stay with the American team but when an expected new title sponsorship deal fell apart, he and others were released from their contract commitments.

A replacement sponsor was eventually found, but it was too late to keep the 25-year-old Dutchman on board. “I’m really looking forward to the next two years,” he said on Monday. “It’s a dream come true to ride for the team and I think this is the next step in my career. I’ve raced against Team Sky for the last four years and you can see it’s maybe the best team in the peloton. Now I’m joining the team and I think I will suit the team well.”

Van Baarle’s past results include sixth in the 2016 Tour of Flanders and fourth this season. He also won the Tour of Britain as a neo-pro in 2014, and took the combativity award on stage seven of this year’s Tour de France.

“Finishing in fourth place at Flanders this year has given me a lot of motivation,” he continued. “Not just being so close to the podium, but also because I finished sixth the year before I could see the improvement in myself, and that’s what I want to keep up. Obviously I was a bit disappointed not to be on the podium but after a few weeks I was just happy to be in that position and able to sprint for second place.

“I want to do even better in the next few years. I want to target a podium in a big Classic like Flanders or Roubaix. That is my main target.”

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