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by Mark Zalewski
April 12, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Bouhanni wins Paris-Camembert; The Status of Women’s Pro Cycling – Part 3: Owning the Road Ahead; Scarponi to replace Aru in Giro after knee injury worse than initially believed; Alaphilippe out of Ardennes Classics with injury; Wout Poels out of Ardennes with knee injury; BMC closes out Belgian Classics without Van Avermaet; Quinziato announces retirement at end of 2017; Sunweb regaining riders injured in early season; Montana legislature removes proposed bicycle fee amendment from bill; Researchers study why cyclists break road rules; Video: The bike is just a detail; Video: 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Focus on ORICA-Scott; Video: Tour de Yorkshire promo.
One of the favourites for the upcoming Ardennes Classics Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) will not race due to a knee injury suffered at last week’s Vuelta al Pais Vasco.
Julian Alaphilippe came close to a win at Milano-Sanremo this year.
“It’s a very difficult moment for me,” he said. “In the past days I didn’t train, hoping the pain will go away, but this didn’t happen. I am sad to miss the Ardennes Classics, which I’m very fond of, but there really is nothing I can do about it. Despite this, I remain upbeat and hope to return as soon as possible to action.
“At the same time, I want to wish all the best to my teammates who will ride the Ardennes over the next weeks.”
Alaphilippe, who won both the points and best young rider jerseys at this year’s Paris-Nice has been a runner-up in the past at both Flèche Wallonne and Liège–Bastogne–Liège (2015).
The Frenchman was third at Milano-Sanremo this year in a close sprint with Peter Sagan and winner Michal Kwiatkowski.