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Alberto Contador confirmed to join Trek-Segafredo for 2017

The Spaniard will link up with the team for next year after his Tinkoff team folds

Alberto Contador Confirmed To Join Trek-Segafredo For 2017

Alberto Contador. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

Spanish Grand Tour champion Alberto Contador1 will ride in the black and white colours of Trek-Segafredo2 for 2017 with the aim of winning the Tour de France3. The deal happened this summer and made the surface during the Tour de France4. Today, however, the American WorldTour team confirmed the one-year contract with two-time Tour champion. Contador also counts two Giro d Italia titles and three titles from the Vuelta a Espa a.

>>> Cycling transfers 2017: All the ins and outs from the WorldTour5

I am thrilled about the opportunity that is in front of me, said Contador. I had some excellent conversations with the team management, and we have a lot of goals and priorities in common. The big objective is to try and win the most important races on the calendar first and foremost the Tour de France.

The sporting side was the key point in my decision.

This team is focused on performance, and there s a really strong group of riders with experience in all kinds of terrain, not only the mountains.

I am convinced that this team can provide me with the best structure and bring me in the best conditions to the races. I race to win, and I am determined to get intensely invested in this team. Contador just fought his way to fourth overall in the Vuelta a Espa a6 behind winner Nairo Quintana7 (Movistar) despite crashing early on. His aggressiveness helped form one of the race s key moves in stage 15 to Formigal8. Quintana rode clear with Contador and put 2-43 minutes into Team Sky s Chris Froome9.

In the peloton, Contador is known as a fighter. Even Froome admitted that the Tour de France this year lost some of its excitement when Contador had to abandon early due to crashes.



Trek-Segafredo now has a bonafide Tour de France contender for the first time since Fr nk and Andy Schleck were at their best.

Alberto is a formidable rider and a real fighter, General Manager Luca Guercilena said. He s a champion. There is really no one like Alberto in the current peloton, and we are very happy to welcome him to the team. With Alberto, I believe we are taking the next step in developing our team. Next year, we ll be stronger and all-around better and broader. Contador raced the last six years with Saxo Bank/Tinkoff.

He is leaving team Tinkoff this season partly because its owner Oleg Tinkov decided to turn his back on cycling. Sports director Steven De Jongh and team-mate Jes s Hern ndez will also switch from Tinkoff to Trek-Segafredo with Contador.

I am really happy to come back to Trek because I also rode a Trek bike in 2009, Hern ndez added. Alberto is like my brother and coming back with him to the Trek family is really something special. It means a lot to me. Contador rode Trek bicycles to his two Tour wins with Discovery Channel and Astana.

His contract value is closely guarded, but it should be in the ballpark of ‘ 2 to ‘ 3 million. Mechanic Faustino Mu oz Cambron and Tinkoff sports director Ivan Basso reportedly will also join Trek-Segafredo from team Tinkoff. Trek-Segafredo will have a different feel next season.

Bauke Mollema will stay after riding to seventh in this year s Tour de France, but classics star Fabian Cancellara10 is retiring after winning the gold medal11 in the Olympic time trial this summer.

Milan-San Remo12 and Paris-Roubaix13 winner John Degenkolb14 will lead the team in the classics after joining from Giant-Alpecin15 and, with the team s confirmation today, Contador will do the same in the tours.

References

  1. ^ Alberto Contador (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Trek-Segafredo (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Tour de France (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ made the surface during the Tour de France (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ >>> Cycling transfers 2017: All the ins and outs from the WorldTour (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ Vuelta a Espa a (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ Nairo Quintana (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  8. ^ stage 15 to Formigal (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  9. ^ Chris Froome (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  10. ^ Fabian Cancellara (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  11. ^ winning the gold medal (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  12. ^ Milan-San Remo (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  13. ^ Paris-Roubaix (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  14. ^ John Degenkolb (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  15. ^ after joining from Giant-Alpecin (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

Giro d’Italia 2017 route: Sardinia start for 100th edition

The 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia in 2017 will stay within Italy’s borders and feature as many of the race’s classic climbs as possible

Giro D’Italia 2017 Route: Sardinia Start For 100th Edition

The 2017 Giro d Italia1 will start in Alghero, on the island of Sardinia, organiser RCS Sport announced on Wednesday, September 14. The island will host three road stages, before the 100th edition of the race heads to the mainland. The last visit to Sardinia was in 2007, when the race took off with a team time trial won by the Liquigas team. This time around, there will be no time trial on Sardinia. Instead, there are three road stages: stage one from Alghero to Olbia over 203km, stage two from Olbia to Tortol over 208km, and a shorter 148km trip from Tortol to Cagliari on stage three.

All three stages feature classified climbs, but are likely to end in bunch finishes. As the race did when it visited Ireland for the Big Start in 2014, the opening stage will take place on a Friday (May 5) with a rest day the following Monday (May 8) to allow for the transfer of riders and equipment ready for stage four. The full route of the 2017 Giro d Italia will be announced on October 25 in Milan.

Giro D’Italia 2017 Route: Sardinia Start For 100th Edition

Giro d Italia 2017 stage one profile: Alghero to Olbia, 203km

Giro D’Italia 2017 Route: Sardinia Start For 100th Edition

Giro d Italia 2017 stage two profile: Olbia to Tortol , 208km

Giro D’Italia 2017 Route: Sardinia Start For 100th Edition

Giro d Italia 2017 stage three profile: Tortol to Cagliari, 148km

>>> Five things we learned from the 2016 Giro d Italia2

The Giro organiser told Cycling Weekly earlier this year that it will hit as many of the country s 20 regions as it can while travelling from the south to the north. It wants to pay respect to the host country and the cities that hosted the first Giro in 1909: Naples, Chieti, Rome, Florence, Bologna, Genoa, Turin and Milan.

Giro D’Italia 2017 Route: Sardinia Start For 100th Edition

Vincenzo Nibali wins the 2016 Giro d Italia (Watson)

The Giro may swing by its other big island of Sicily with a stage to Messina before heading over to the heel of the boot in Puglia. Giovinazzo and Alberobello, famous for the cone-like trulli homes, will host stages. Making a nod to the Italian and Giro greats Gino Bartali and Fausto Coppi, it will pass through Tuscany s hills and Florence and up to Piedmont, where Coppi trained in the Tortona hillsides. A possible temptation for Chris Froome3 (Team Sky) and Tom Dumoulin4 (Giant-Alpecin) could be the long time trial through the Franciacorta hills near Brescia.

RCS Sport is continuing its trend with local wine producers after similar stages in the Barolo, Prosecco and Chianti hills. The meat of the race will be through the Alps where this year, Esteban Chaves5 (Orica-BikeExchange) won the queen stage6, Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) crashed into a snow bank7 in the leader s pink jersey and Vincenzo Nibali8 (Astana) rebounded to claim a second Giro title. Italian fans continue to hold Marco Pantani close to their hearts despite his drug problems. The Giro should visit two of his stomping grounds with summit finishes at the Oropa Sanctuary and the Piancavallo ski resort in the Dolomites.

Giro D’Italia 2017 Route: Sardinia Start For 100th Edition

Italian fans salute on stage ten of the 2016 Giro d Italia

The last race day should be in Bergamo, host city of the 2016 Il Lombardia9 this October 1. The race could cover a stage similar to Lombardia with around 4000 metres of climbing ahead of the rest day and two days later, take off for a summit finish on the Stelvio Pass at 2757 metres via the Mortirolo Pass10. Local media reported in recent weeks that the Giro s finish could be in Rome, but insiders are uncertain and say Milan seems more likely geographically. The 2017 Giro d Italia would instead pass through Rome on its way north early in the first week.

Milan, after all, is where the 1909 Giro began and where Luigi Ganna won the first title and RCS Sport s home.

Piazzale Loreto, Arena Civica and Vigorelli Velodrome could host the finish, but for confirmation of this and the rest of the Giro, fans will need to way until October 25.

References

  1. ^ Giro d Italia (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ >>> Five things we learned from the 2016 Giro d Italia (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Chris Froome (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ Tom Dumoulin (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ Esteban Chaves (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ the queen stage (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ crashed into a snow bank (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  8. ^ Vincenzo Nibali (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  9. ^ 2016 Il Lombardia (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  10. ^ Mortirolo Pass (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

French climber Kenny Elissonde set to sign for Team Sky?

Reports suggest Elissonde has signed a two year deal with the British team from FDJ

French Climber Kenny Elissonde Set To Sign For Team Sky?

Kenny Elissonde at the 2016 Vuelta a Espa a (Yuzuru Sunada)

Team Sky1 inked a two-year deal with French climber Kenny Elissonde that will allow him to ride in with the British squad starting in 2017, according to VeloPro website.

>>> Chris Froome not writing off Giro d Italia ride in 20172

Elissonde, 25, won the Angliru summit finish stage3 in the 2013 Vuelta a Espa a4 and in this year s race, placed second in the Col d Aubisque stage5. He carried the mountains jersey through the final mountain stage, where he was edged to second in the classification by Spaniard Omar Fraile (Dimension Data). He closed the Vuelta, 20th overall at 42-26 behind Nairo Quintana6 (Movistar). Last year, he placed 16th. Since turning professional in 2012, the five-foot-six 52kg rider from Paris raced in FDJ s white colours.

Over the last five years, he raced five Grand Tours. He moved his base to the C te d Azur in Nice, where he trains with others including Sky s riders.



He has yet to race the Tour de France7, and Sky may not change that. Instead, he could support Sky in the steep and high-mountain stages in the 2017 Giro d Italia8 next year. In his first Grand Tour, he rode clear of a breakaway group on the 23.5% ramps of the Alto de L Angliru. Neither Sky nor Elissonde confirmed the deal.

If it goes through, he would be the first Frenchman on the team since the British team s debut in 2010. Then, it had Nicolas Portal and Sylvain Calzati. Portal is now one of Sky s sports directors.

Elissonde had been in contact with team principal David Brailsford in the last days of the Vuelta so it would not be a surprise if he made the switch to the WorldTour team.

References

  1. ^ Team Sky (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ >>> Chris Froome not writing off Giro d Italia ride in 2017 (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Angliru summit finish stage (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ Vuelta a Espa a (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ second in the Col d Aubisque stage (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ Nairo Quintana (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ Tour de France (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  8. ^ Giro d Italia (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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