Esteban Chaves already has two grand tour podium finishes, and this summer he will shoot for another one in France.
Alexander Kristoff wins the fourth stage of the Middle Eastern race in comeback fashion, as a front group was caught with 1km left.
Soren Kragh Andersen earns the first victory of his professional career on the third stage of the Tour of Oman.
Belgian Ben Hermans launched his finishing kick with 300 meters left in Wednesday's second stage and held on to win.
Showing his fierce side, Vincenzo Nibali needed just two stages to show the Giro peloton he was worthy of winning another pink jersey.
BMC Racing, Cannondale, Trek-Segafredo, and IAM Cycling make up the list of 12 squads that were announced Wednesday.
The Australian has sinusitis and will not compete at the eight-day "Race to the Sun," which starts with a prologue Sunday.
Results from the season-opening race on the cyclocross World Cup, won by Wout Van Aert and Katerina Nash.
Tejay van Garderen hopes to successfully defend his 2013 title with another victory in Colorado
With riders at the front for almost the entire day, Garmin capped stage 19 at the Tour with a victory by Ramunas Navardauskas