2020 Giro to start in Budapest, Cavendish back to racing: Daily News Digest
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The 2020 Giro d’Italia will start in Hungary, Mark Cavendish will return to racing at the Tour of Turkey, Jarlinson Pantano tests positive for EPO. Those stories and more in today’s Daily News Digest.
Story of the Day: The 2020 Giro d’Italia will start in Budapest
The Giro d’Italia will start in Budapest, Hungary, for the first time next year.
The RCS, organizer of the Italian Grand Tour, has announced that the first three stages of the 2020 Giro will take place in Hungary before the race heads south to Italy. The Budapest Grande Partenza – the RCS has thankfully returned to that classic name after calling it the “Big Start” for the past few years – will mark the 14th time the Giro d’Italia has started outside of Italy.
Hungary has yet to host any of cycling’s three Grand Tours, making next year’s Giro the first to visit Budapest.
The Giro has started on foreign soil every other year since 2010, with Jerusalem hosting the most recent Grande Partenza abroad in 2018.
Beauty of Cycling
A pair of riders from French Pro Continental outfit Delko Marseille Provence delivered the feel-good rides of the day at Paris-Roubaix.
The ninth-place finish of Evaldas Siskevicius was so much more than your run-of-the-mill Classics top 10. Last year, the 30-year-old Lithuanian arrived at the Roubaix velodrome an hour after Peter Sagan’s victory as security staff was closing up the track. Although he did get to complete his velodrome lap, he is listed as outside the time limit on the official results, scant recognition for a rider who battled to reach the finish line in one of the sport’s hardest races.
This time around, in a remarkable turnaround, he hung with a select group of chasers into the finale and fought for a top 10 finish.
Delko’s Joseph Areruya made headlines of his own on Sunday.
The 23-year-old Rwandan became the first black African to cross the Roubaix finish line after a long day in northern France. He finished outside the time limit, but if he’s looking to build on that on his way to a top 10 next year, he’s picked the right team.
Cavendish will return at the Tour of Turkey
After a one-month break, Mark Cavendish will make his first race start since Paris-Nice at the upcoming Tour of Turkey.
The 33-year-old Dimension Data rider has struggled to find his way back to form this season after a bout with mononucleosis derailed his 2018 campaign. He raced the Vuelta a San Juan and the UAE Tour to start his 2019 season, and then pulled out of Paris-Nice, with his team announcing that he would take time away from competition.
After the break, Cavendish is apparently ready to return to racing, with Dimension Data slotting him for the Tour of Turkey start.
The Manxman will have some competition in the sprints there, with Bora-Hansgrohe’s Sam Bennett, Deceuninck-Quick-Step’s Fabio Jakobsen, and Lotto-Soudal’s Caleb Ewan also set to line up in Turkey. The race starts Tuesday in Istanbul.
Pantano suspended after adverse analytical for EPO
Trek-Segafredo has suspended Jarlinson Pantano after the Colombian was notified of an adverse analytical finding during an out-of-competition control. According to the UCI’s list of provisional suspensions, Pantano returned an AAF for EPO on February 26.
The 30-year-old climbing specialist, winner of stage 15 at the 2016 Tour de France, last raced at the Volta a Catalunya, where he was a DNF in the first stage. He has been with Trek since 2017, joining the U.S.-based team after his IAM Cycling squad folded.
Kristoff: Riding tubeless at Roubaix a ‘big risk’
Alexander Kristoff dealt with multiple punctures during his afternoon at Paris-Roubaix, and in the aftermath, he acknowledged that a decision to race tubeless tires might have cost him.
“I took a big risk on the tubeless wheels that I’ve been using the last weeks,” Kristoff told Cyclingnews.
“In Belgium it was working fine, and in recon, but in this race here you’re in the pack and you don’t really see where there are holes. I punctured twice before the Arenberg Forest and from there I never came back.”
The Norwegian started Paris-Roubaix among the favorites after a series of strong results over the past few weeks, but ultimately finished over 14 minutes down on race winner Philippe Gilbert.
“I had success the last few weeks on them and I felt good today, until I punctured,” he said. “We’d just not try it again next year.”
Benoot to miss Amstel after Roubaix crash
Tiesj Benoot (Lotto-Soudal) will not line up at the Amstel Gold Race following a bad crash at Paris-Roubaix.
According to his team, the 25-year-old Belgian collided with the back of a team car at Roubaix. The incident left him with bruises to his right hip and shoulder, and a crack in his right collarbone. Medical examinations are ongoing to determine a full diagnosis of Benoot’s injuries.
Parlee’s new aero bike, Vielo’s 1x, and more on display at Sea Otter
There was plenty of interesting new tech to be seen at the Sea Otter Classic this weekend. Parlee’s new aero disk road bike, for instance, sports some interesting shapes for a cool look that the manufacturer says also happens to be quite fast.
Check out the gallery from James Huang for more from Sea Otter.
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Feature Image: Alexander Kristoff chasing on a tough day at Paris-Roubaix. Photo: ©kramon