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by Mark Zalewski
March 17, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: British Cycling funding under threat; British Cycling board minutes illustrate desire for cover-up; Critérium du Dauphiné announces route, alternative Alpe d’Huez ascent; Démare says he has nothing to defend about Sanremo win; Vanmarcke on the mend, will miss Sanremo; Barguil out of Sanremo with ankle injury; Meares considered consulting Hoy over retirement; Iris Slappendel starts cycling clothing line; Driver charged after confrontation with cyclists caught on video; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour: The Garners; FWDSET: Movement; Pici Bici – The Collective // Matic.
Warren Barguil (Sunweb) sustained an ankle injury at Paris-Nice and will be unable to race Milano-Sanremo this Saturday. Søren Kragh Andersen will replace him.
“Warren has developed an ankle injury, possibly tendinitis of the peroneus muscle, during Paris-Nice,” said team doctor Anko Boelens. “We are taking him out of Milano-Sanremo to undertake further testing and to make sure that the injury does not get worse. A couple of days off the bike will give the injury the necessary time to recover and Warren should be able to resume training after that.”
“It’s a huge disappointment for me to have to pull out of Milano-Sanremo and that I won’t be able to contribute to the team goal and help Michael in the finale,” said Barguil. “It’s the most wise thing to do to ensure that my injury doesn’t get worse and I wish the guys the best of luck on Saturday.”
“Unfortunately we will miss Warren on Saturday,” said coach Aike Visbeek. “With Søren we have a good replacement considering his ability to survive hills and the way he can position his team mates. He gave us a good demonstration of his capability in Tirreno and he adds extra max-speed to the team meaning that our plans don’t change much.”