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by Mark Zalewski
November 15, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Savio promises legal action after being cleared in ‘pay and ride’ investigation; Former pro who injected son with steroids given lifetime ban; Mikel Landa to lead Sky at Giro; Beñat Intxausti ready to restart in 2017; Georgia Baker completes ORICA-AIS 2017 roster; Caja Rural-Seguros RGA signs Page, extends with Arroyo; Marc Sergeant reflects on highs and lows of 2016; Dutch track riders threaten federation over future of coach; Van Avermaet undergoes surgery from MTB crash; Meares named as third Gold Coast 2018 ambassador; Superprestige Gavere highlights; Happy birthday Bernard Hinault.
Beñat Intxausti moved to Team Sky from Movistar this year but contracted mononucleosis early in the year, sidelining him for much of the season, with only 15 actual race days. He said he is finally fully recovered and looking forward to starting again next season.
Beñat Intxausti rode so few days in 2016 we had difficulty finiding a photo of him in a Sky kit.
“It has been a year to forget at a sporting level, made difficult by the virus,” he said.
“I started to improve in mid-September, when the analysis came up negative. It changed my spirits. From there we started to activate the body. A month later I completed another review and it came back negative again. I’m happy with the last month I’ve had.”
“For me it’s like starting from scratch with a new team because I’ve almost been a whole year without seeing my teammates. The last time I was in Manchester with the team they said to me me jokingly, ‘Who are you? A new rider?’ But they know I’ve been through a long and hard process.”
“Now I do not want to think long term. I’m day to day. I do not want to make goals of wins. My goal is to race again, be at a good level and go from there. I will give a hundred percent and the road will put me in my place.”
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