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by Shane Stokes
June 24, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Yates and Chaves confirmed at head of Orica-Scott’s Tour team, Gerrans misses out; Contador’s Trek-Segafredo squad named for Tour de France; Martin shows solid pre-Tour form with seventh national TT championship; Cookson rejects claims he read and ignored 2012 Peter King report; Froome: ‘I have never been offered triamcinolone at Team Sky’; Behind the scenes insight into the work and character of Trek-Segafredo soigneur; Video: Steve Cummings speaks after winning British TT championships; Video: 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Shara Gillow; Video: 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour: Focus on DROPS Cycling Team; Video: Couch Time with Carlee Taylor – Episode 1
One year after Adam Yates finished fourth overall in the Tour de France and won the best young rider award, the Orica-Scott team has confirmed it will take a general classification-oriented focus in this year’s race. That goal means there will be no place for riders such as Simon Gerrans this time around; stage hunting has been passed up with the bigger picture in mind.
Yates’ twin brother Simon and Esteban Chaves will lead the team, as directeur sportif Matt White explained. “Nothing has changed all year with our focus. We’ve had an interrupted program with Esteban’s knee injury and also a little with Simon following the change after Romandie, but we are still going to the Tour de France fully supporting the pair for general classification rides.”
“For Simon, we’d like to challenge for the white jersey and if we can beat the likes of Louis Meintjes (UAE Team Emirates) and Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) in that competition, it also makes a top ten result viable.” He added that it was unclear what would happen with Chaves due to an injury he suffered this year.
“He’s podiumed twice before at Grand Tours but it’s his first Tour de France. Everything has gone well since the injury. As we have said before we don’t know how the lack of racing will impact his Tour de France, but regardless it will be a great experience and it will set him up for the rest of the season.”
The duo will be backed by Australian’s Luke Durbridge, Mathew Hayman and Damien Howson, Michael Albasini (Switzerland), Daryl Impey (South Africa), Jens Keulekeire (Belgium) and Roman Kreuziger (Czech Republic). In total the lineup averages 30 years of age and has a combined 27 Tour participations. Chaves and Howson are making their debuts.
Click through to read more at the Orica-Scott website.