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by Mark Zalewski
March 28, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Gullen, Bradbury go 1-2 for JLT Condor on second stage of Tour de Taiwan; Wildcard invites named for Vuelta a España; Sagan critical of Terpstra in Gent-Wevelgem finale, motivated for Flanders; No penalty for Sagan sheltering in Gent-Wevelgem finale; Lotto Soudal looking to turn things around at Three Days of De Panne; Brasilian continental team previously suspended for multiple doping positives again in hot water; Increased security measures for Tour of Flanders; Cancellara talks about life and plans post-retirement; Van Avermaet’s Strava from Gent-Wevelgem win; Direct Energie sponsorship renewed for at least two years; Bus driver who pushed cyclist ordered to pay penalty; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Focus on ORICA-Scott; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Gent-Wevelgem highlights; Descending on a fixie.
The third Grand Tour of the season announced the final four ProContinental wildcard teams for this year’s race, including two teams from outside continental Europe. Joining the French Cofidis and Spanish Caja Rural-Seguros RGA teams are the new Irish team Aqua Blue Sport and the Colombian Manzana Postobon team.
Aqua Blue Sport has hit the ground running in its first year, animating many of the early season races and coming away with multiple podium results, including a third at Dwars door West-Vlaanderen and second at Nokere Koerse.
“From day one it’s always been our goal to take part in a Grand Tour,” said general manager Stephen Moore. “I would like to say a massive thank you to Unipublic and ASO. We are looking forward to seeing you in August.”
Manzana Postobon raced last week’s Volta a Catalunya and it’s bright pink kits were often seen in the breakaways. As well the team has a full calendar of European races this year.