Our Tour de France reporters already bring you the biggest stories and best analyses every day. But what of the notes they scrawl in the margins, those little bits of gossip and narrative that are as much a part of the Tour as Chris Froome and the color yellow, but which rarely see the light of day? You’ll find those here.
Notes from the margins
Henao riding for Froome
One of Chris Froome’s top weapons against Nairo Quintana is fellow Colombian Sergio Henao. How does it feel to race against Colombia’s national hero? Henao says it’s business as usual. “I am here to do my job as a professional, and I am riding here so that Froome wins this Tour with Team Sky,” Henao said. “Nairo and I will be teammates on the Colombian team during the Olympics. Here, we are each racing for our professional teams.”
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Bahrain team OK
What’s up with the team with backers from Bahrain? Many were asking that after a promised press conference during the Tour de France was quietly shelved. Insiders say the team is still a go for 2017, with Vincenzo Nibali expected to be the star attraction. Backers were not ready to roll out the project just yet, and will do so at a later date.
Three more re-up at Trek – Segafredo
Three key riders — Bauke Mollema, Markel Irizar, and Gregory Rast — extended their contracts to stay with the U.S.-registered team. Much of the core of the team is expected to stay in place. New arrivals for 2017 could include two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador and classics star John Degenkolb. With new backer Segafredo, Trek is one of the most active teams on the rider market for 2017.
LottoNL – Jumbo OK, Cycling Academy to jump to Pro-Conti
More team announcements are coming out in the busy Tour de France signing season. LottoNL – Jumbo confirmed it has signed extensions with its major sponsors after renewing Giro d’Italia sensation Steven Kruijwsjik last week. Cycling Academy, hailed as Israel’s first pro team, will bounce to Professional Continental level in 2017.
Monday’s stage: We’d have loved to sleep in on the Tour’s first rest day, but BMC had its press conference at 9:30. Alas.
Weather update: Who cares, Monday’s a rest day and the whole Tour needs it.