Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

June 27, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Cavendish and Cummings confirmed for Team Dimension Data’s Tour de France squad; Cannondale-Drapac confirms Tour de France line-up; Backup for Quintana and Valverde confirmed by Movistar; Fuglsang and Aru lead Astana at Tour de France; Bardet’s Ag2r teammates finalized for Tour; Bouhanni leads Cofidis in 2017 Tour de France; Izagirre and Colbrelli heading Bahrain-Merida’s Tour lineup; Meintjes aiming higher after strong Tour performance in 2016; Cookson ‘angered’ by draft report into British Cycling; Hosking extends with Alé Cipollini for 2018, will return full-time to Europe; Warbasse writes about long journey to first professional win; Orica-Scott chef subject of Amazon Tour de France documentary; Canyon receives Red Dot Design Team of the Year award; Video: Movistar reveals its Tour de France nine; Video: McLaughlin wins Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra Race

Warbasse writes about long journey to first professional win

by VeloClub

American rider Larry Warbasse has had a month to remember, netting his first professional victory on a stage of the Tour de Suisse and then, at the weekend, taking the national road race title. The Aqua Blue Sport writer has written a frank and emotional blog post on his journey, underlining the obstacles he has overcome to get to where he is now.

Here’s an extract:

Last year, I prepared the entire first part of my season with an eye on the Giro d’Italia. I did my own altitude camp for three weeks in Sierra Nevada, I ticked every box to be ready. And then, after three days of the race, while stretching on the night of the first rest day, I pinched a nerve in my hip and the entire lower half of my left leg went numb. I raced for three days without being able to pull up on the pedal before the team doctor pulled me from the race.

It seems I have hit some hiccup or roadblock every year. They say success takes blood, sweat, and tears. It may be cliché, but I can attest that my career has had plenty of all three.

Each of the past three years, I have not signed a contract until October, and at one point last year, I did not even know whether I would be a professional cyclist any longer. At some point in each of those seasons, I have ended up on the phone with my mother, head in my hands, unable to hold back tears.

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