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by Shane Stokes
August 10, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Sagan wins stage three in BinckBank Tour, moves closer to race lead; Lobato wins stage one of Tour de l’Ain; Rowe suffers serious stag party injury: ‘My foot was hanging off’; Veteran rider Tuft signs up for another year with Orica-Scott; Majka leads Bora–hansgrohe in Vuelta España, Sagan, Bennett and König will miss race; Koren to move from Cannondale-Drapac to Bahrain-Merida; Former junior Paris-Roubaix winner Sénéchal signs for QuickStep Floors; Video: Ayesha McGowan aiming to be the first African-American female pro cyclist; Video: US junior rider Hannah Jordan fending off rare growth disorder; Video: Chris Akrigg – The Mongoose Guide Raw
He’s now 40 years of age but Svein Tuft is set for at least one more season in the pro peloton. The Canadian has signed a one year deal with his Orica-Scott team, and will therefore begin his seventh season with the squad in 2018. Tuft won the Duo Normand in 2013 and 2016, is a ten-time national time trial champion and helped Orica-Scott to team time trial success in the 2013 Tour de France and 2014 Giro d’Italia.
“Orica-Scott has been my home for the last six years,” he said, describing it as a second family. “I’ve seen the team grow and adapt into the Grand Tour general classification-contending team that it is now. As the team has been changing, I’ve also been adapting and growing and I still have things to learn. I enjoy this process and it keeps you young as a rider.”
The 11-time Grand Tour participant said that passing on his experience to others is a key motivation. “The choice was easy after riding the Giro d’Italia this season. Being part of that great group of people leaves me wanting more,” he said. “Helping the young guys excel and learn gives me a great satisfaction. Helping these guys at the big tours will be my motivation next year and as always, trying to win the world championship team time trial.”
Matt White said that his 40 years is irrelevant. “Svein is loving what he is doing and, as long as he is loving what he is doing and performing the way he is, he certainly has a home here. Age is no barrier with Svein. We’ve seen that this year at 40years of age, he is certainly performing at the highest of levels.”
“He is rock solid. He is hard as nails. He is a great example for the young guys. He just gets on with the job in all terrains and all races so he is the guy you can take anywhere and you know what you get.”