Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

June 29, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: UCI clarifies implementation of protocol for calculating time gaps on bunch-sprint stages; Coquard: ‘It hurts not going to Tour de France’; Video: Chris Froome tells Eurosport what he is expecting for Tour de France; Merida unveils new Reacto III road aero bike for Tour de France; Former teammate weighs in on Cardoso’s EPO positive; ‘Pocket lab’ tests blood in 30 seconds, changing how cyclists train; Team Sunweb adds German duo Max Kanter and Leon Rohde to WorldTour roster as stagiaires; Video: Trailer for All For One, documenting first five years of GreenEdge team; Video: Pilot for documentary tracing paralympian David Smith through three spinal tumour operations.

Video: Chris Froome tells Eurosport what he is expecting for Tour de France

by CyclingTips

On the eve of the 2017 Tour de France, three-time winner and defending champion Chris Froome of Team Sky tells Eurosport what he’s expecting for this year’s race: “It might be a race where tactics play a much bigger part.”

Speaking at a Team Sky press conference at the Tour de France headquarters in Düsseldorf,  Froome said his form is “exactly where I need to be.”

“At the Dauphiné, I got the race rhythm I needed,” he said. “I’m light on race days so I feel fresher than I have ever been before at the start of the Tour de France. I’m ready for the next three weeks. My hunger to win hasn’t got any less but the challenge is bigger this year because the level of my rivals is higher. If Richie [Porte] is as strong as at the Dauphiné, he’s gonna be the man to beat. I haven’t won a race yet this year but I can take confidence from the three wins I already got at the Tour.”