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by Shane Stokes
May 3, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: UCI asks Giro organisers to drop controversial descending competition; Giro d’Italia names Mortirolo the Scarponi Climb as a tribute; Acquarone moving on with career, but says he’s still awaiting justice over Giro dismissal; Dumoulin pledges patience in Grand Tour ambitions, also wants to target Roubaix; Ambitious Jungels to return to Giro one year after making history; Three North Americans on Cannondale-Drapac Giro squad; Woods to make Grand Tour debut; Girdlestone’s comeback continues with Grafton to Inverell participation; Namibian national MTB champion Costa Seibeb dies in accident; Hammer Series finalises teams for Sportzone Limburg Pro Race; Strava announces new feature to shift app towards social network functionality; Video: Alaska or Bus’t – Mountain Bike Road Trip with Andrew Taylor; Video: Western Australia’s Joey Graham nails a backflip instead of racing.
The lineup for the inaugural Sportzone Limburg Pro Race has been finalized, with 12 WorldTour and four Pro Continental teams confirmed as lining out in the first-ever Hammer Series event.
Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team, BMC Racing Team, Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team, Lotto-Soudal, Movistar Team, Orica-Scott, Quick-Step Floors, Team Lotto NL-Jumbo, Team Sky, Team Sunweb, Trek-Segafredo and UAE Team Emirates are the WorldTour squads. The four Pro Continental teams are Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, Israel Cycling Academy, Nippo-Vini Fantini and Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij.
Lotto Soudal confirmed on Tuesday that Andre Greipel, Jens Debusschere and Tim Wellens will be part of its squad for the Limburg race, which runs from June 2 to 4.
Organised by the sports marketing company Infront Sports and Media plus Velon, the new Hammer Series was announced on May 1. Under the format, days one and two will be based on a points system, and will be called the Hammer Sprint and Hammer Climb. The order of these can be alternated, depending on the host organiser’s preference.
The third day will be in the format of a team time trial although, as the Hammer Chase name suggests, teams will be pursuing each other in a form of handicap system.