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by Neal Rogers
February 21, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: 25 teams selected for Paris-Roubaix; Valverde reflects on achieving 100 career victories; Barry questioned use of Tramadol with team management during time riding at Sky; Contador to ride in support of Mollema at Abu Dhabi Tour; Van Garderen to lead BMC Racing Team at Abu Dhabi Tour; Bahrain-Merida with Bonifazio for sprints, Nibali for GC at Abu Dhabi Tour; Brisbane cyclist killed by 21-year-old motorist with provisional license; The man who lived on his bike, until his bike was stolen.
Bahrain-Merida heads to the Abu Dhabi Tour with a pair of Italians slotted into team leadership positions — young sprinter Niccolò Bonifazio, and superstar Vincenzo Nibali, winner of all three Grand Tours.
Bonifazio returns to competition after racing the Santos Tour Down Under, where his best result was third, on Stage 3 into Victor Harbor, behind Caleb Ewan (Scott-Orica) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). Nibali, who finished eighth overall at the Vuelta Ciclista a la Provincia de San Juan in January, is just coming off a training camp at Mount Teide, a volcano on Tenerife in the Canary Islands.
“The condition is improving,” Nibali said. “Compared to Argentina, I should be more competitive and I expect to do a good race. I will be on my third Abu Dhabi Tour participation, and I well know the decisive climb. The [gradients] are interesting and there’s even a short downhill section. If you attack at the right time, it can make the difference.”
Bahrain-Merida roster for Abu Dhabi Tour: Vincenzo Nibali, Manuele Boaro, Franco Pellizotti, Kanstantsin Siutsou, Ramunas Navardauskas, Janez Brajkovic, Valerio Agnoli, and Niccolò Bonifazio.