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by Shane Stokes
May 17, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Dumoulin dominates Giro time trial and takes Maglia Rosa; Peter Sagan wins stage 3 at the Amgen Tour of California; Van Vleuten triumphs in Durango-Durango event in the Basque Country; Quintana: ‘We lost more time than expected’; Thomas bounces back from stage 9 crash to nab second; Jungels stages recovery after Blockhaus disappointment; Aldag says it’s not certain yet that Cavendish will ride Tour de France; Van Garderen suffers further time loss; ASO and AEG agree on strategic partnership to develop cycling in Germany; California concussion incident raises questions, but what could have been done differently?; Diabetic rider Javier Megias chasing breakaway success at the Amgen Tour of California; Audio: Unnnamed rider suggests Movistar may have deliberately caused stage 9 crash; Video: The Maglia Rosa! 24 hours with Tom Dumoulin at the Giro d’Italia; Video: A near miss for Nairo Quintana; Video: Bob Jungels post-race interview from Stage 10 of the Giro d’Italia 2017; Video: Cyclist hit by bullet during bike ride; Video: Inside the Aqua Blue Sport team bus; Video: Dumoulin’s wayward elbows
First sidelined by an ankle injury and then by glandular fever, Mark Cavendish has returned to cycling but is not guaranteed to be ready for the Tour de France. Dimension Data’s Performance Manager Rolf Aldag told Het Nieuwsblad that there is an uncertain timescale for his return to racing.
“I speak to him regularly,” he said. “It’s a boring disease. A rider wants to race. The team speaks him daily and I feel like it is three or four times a week [with me]. We need to trust the medical staff and wait until they give the green light. No Tour? We do not think about that for the time being, and if that were the case then you would have to accept that as a team and do the Tour in a different way.”
Cavendish roared back to his best in last year’s Tour, winning four stages of the Tour and raising his career-total there to thirty. He told CyclingTips in January that he believed Eddy Merckx’s all-time record of 34 stages is reachable, but will be frustrated that this season has been so disrupted. He last competed in March 18 in Milan – San Remo.
“We do not put pressure on him,” said Aldag at the Amgen Tour of California. “We do not want to put a date on his return. We do not exert pressure. If you do, we might hurry things and that would not help his recovery. Anyone who has ever had glandular fever knows that recovery may take a long time. The most important thing now is his health.”
The Manxman returned to cycling on April 29, although Aldag is reluctant to label it as training. He explained that Cavendish has to do things very steadily and is also undergoing regular blood tests and filling in questionnaires about his energy levels in order to monitor his recovery.
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