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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
Annemiek Van Vleuten has signed on for another two years with the Australian-registered Orica-Scott team, following a dream season on the women’s WorldTour. She reached a new level as a rider this year, after a heart-wrenching end to her Rio Olympics road race where she crashed and fractured her spine in three places.
At the same race she realized her abilities as a climber and has continued to hone those skills. She is now regarded as the best climber this season after winning the mountains competition and taking third overall at Giro Rosa, as well as winning the ascent up the Col d’Izoard at La Course, plus the overall race.
Commenting that she feels at home with Orica-Scott, the 34-year old Dutch National TT Champion gives credit on her successful season to the team. “I never would have thought I would be able to target general classification in a hilly stage race,” said Van Vlueten. “Gene Bates challenged me last year to set new goals and target the Giro Rosa. It was great to have all the girls behind this idea and supporting me for 10 days. This was very special.
“I’ve developed into more of a GC rider this year and this is thanks to the team and my teammates. Now I am looking forward to seeing what we can achieve next year together.”
Bates said that the team was very pleased that she had decided to stay with the squad in 2018 and 2019. “Annemiek is a vital part of our team, both on and off the bike. Her professional approach and ‘never give in’ attitude is something that we really value in our group. We are excited about lifting the bar again next year and working on new challenges together.”