Round-up: #GreenArgyle in the news

    This week has been full of stories featuring Cannondale-Drapac riders.

    Rolland scales back on race days ahead of Giro-Tour double

    CyclingNews spoke with Pierre Rolland during Ruta del Sol to learn more about his schedule for his second season in #GreenArgyle.

    “The really big goal will be to be up there in the Giro d’Italia and then still be fresh in the Tour de France. It will be a “very different approach’,” Rolland says to the Giro in particular, where he last raced in 2014, taking fourth overall, “with only about 20 days racing in total”.

    The change in strategy is one based both on doing the Giro-Tour double for the first time since 2014 and on his and his team’s joint decision that he avoid going for the GC in stage races in general. Instead, breaks will be his raison d’etre in both Grand Tours.

    Read the full story on CyclingNews here.

    Alex Howes diary: Marginal pains

    For his latest CyclingTips column, Alex Howes writes about marginal gains and a diminishing cool factor in cycling he’s determined to revive.

    He opens with this bold introduction:

    Folks, marginal gains are no longer marginal. While they used to operate solely in the margins, they have begun to dominate and corrode the very heart of cycling.

    Call me crazy, or nostalgic, or maybe just a loser, but back when I was growing up, despite existing outside of the mainstream media — or maybe because of it — pro cycling was cool. It was badass, it was fucking hardcore. Nowadays, with all these marginal gains, it’s a sport full of weight weenies, power dorks, and flesh-and-blood robots. How did we get to where we are today? Marginal gains, folks.

    Keep reading here.

    Urán putting Tour, Ardennes on front-burner

    Like Rolland, Rigoberto Uran is changing things up in 2017. He’ll race the Tour over the Giro, and he’s targeting the Ardennes. The Colombian spoke to VeloNews about his fresh approach.

    Rigoberto Urán (Cannondale – Drapac) is hoping a change will do him good in 2017.

    For a rider who’s come close twice to winning the Giro d’Italia, the veteran Colombian will skip the familiar roads of Italy and return to the Tour de France this summer for just the fourth time in his decade-long career. And that will open up space for him to return to the favorable hilly terrain of the Ardennes for the first time since 2013.

    “We are changing a lot,” Urán said. “I believe changes are important, and this year we are going to try something different. We’ll focus more on the classics. [I] won’t go to the Giro after many years in order to prepare well for the Ardennes.”

    Read more at VeloNews.