In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Sagan expresses ‘clear intention to win’ Milan-San Remo; Tom Dumoulin out of Milano-San Remo; Lotto Soudal confirms no Greipel for San Remo, Wellens and Gallopin amongst protected riders; Dennis making progress with recovery, will return to racing soon; Months after devastating Vuelta a España crash, Boeckmans returns to competition on Friday; Malaysian Youth and Sports Minister says Tour of Sarawak organisers could be blacklisted; Eight talking points from Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico; Unfinished business for Froome at Catalunya; Throwback – Fignon’s 1989 Sanremo double; SRAM issues recall for Zipp quick releases and front hubs; Best images from the 2016 Paris-Nice; Top 10 Riders to Watch: Milan-San Remo; Mountain Biking Down a Glacier
Daily News Digest
Going close to victory numerous times this season, world champion Peter Sagan is open about his aim for Saturday’s Milan-San Remo. He’s chasing victory, and isn’t shy about stating that goal. “I will head to Milano-San Remo with the clear intention to win and I will do my best to achieve that victory,” he said on Thursday.
“It’s a Classic race that I like, with a long history and tradition. Although it seems easier than the Tour of Flanders or Paris-Roubaix, it is the toughest one to win. It is also very interesting and unpredictable because, even if the race course hasn’t changed this year it is a difficult one to predict.”
Sagan notes that every year sees a different set of circumstances. “There might be a breakaway, a bunch sprint or a crash that changes everything, you never know. With the climb of Le Manie cut from the race, sprinters now have a better chance. If they also are at the front in Poggio, we can have a sprint finish.
“However, it is difficult to single out who my main adversaries could be. It will depend on how the race plays out and what takes place on the Poggio. I will tackle the race the way it comes and right now I concentrate on giving my best. This is what I do in every race.”
Sagan was second in the recent Tirreno-Adriatico, finishing just one second behing Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team).
Today’s feature image comes from the GP Samyn 2016 and was taken by Kristof Ramon.