In today’s Daily News Digest: Halvorsen wins Handzame Classic in bunch sprint; Candid Kittel: German sprinter opens up about Milan-San Remo non-selection, Cavendish; Injured Gaviria still in line for San Remo ride, Boonen hopes Colombian will shine; Cycling Anti Doping Foundation looking into Edmondston/Team Sky matter; Greipel bypasses Milan-San Remo to be ready for Northern Classics; Bennett pledges backing for Sagan: ‘A win for Bora-hasgrohe on the Via Roma would be amazing’; Girdlestone’s recovery continues to exceed expectations; BMC Racing Team names Van Garderen as Catalunya captain; Cycling statistics – discover the tallest, shortest, lightest and heaviest riders in the WorldTour peloton; Crowdfunding campaign for cycling craft beer exceeds expectations; Greg van Avermaet – Winner
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Recent Paris-Nice stage winner Sam Bennett has committed to putting aside any personal aspirations in Saturday’s Milan-San Remo, saying that he is completely behind Peter Sagan.
“At Milan San Remo, I’m giving 100% for Peter. A win for Bora-hansgrohe on the Via Roma would be amazing. The goal, for me, is to get over the final climbs and be there at the finish.
“I’m hoping I can contribute as best I can in the final 500m, I believe no one can come around Peter at the finish. I look forward to the race as it could be a very special day for Bora-hansgrohe.”
Bennett and Sagan became teammates this year when the world champion moved to the German team. The Irishman clocked up his best result on stage three of Paris-Nice and is psyched as a result.
“A WorldTour win has been a goal of mine for the last number of years and it always felt out of reach. I waited a long time for my day to come along. On the day, everything came together. It was a very special moment for me in my career.”
He added that his non-finish in the race isn’t an issue.
“I stopped early on the final stage into Nice on Sunday to begin my recovery for Milan San Remo,” he said on Thursday. “I was feeling the beginnings of illness so I spent this week trying to recover as best I could. I still have the sniffles but I feel I’m almost recovered.
“Paris-Nice was an immensely tough week so, to have survived as well as I did, I feel that, in theory, I should be flying this weekend. My team altitude camp has really brought me to another level.”
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