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by Mark Zalewski
March 30, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Kristoff wins second stage of De Panne, Gilbert extends lead; Avila wins a second stage at Tour de Taiwan; Better than ever at Spring Classics, Durbridge sets his eyes on Flanders and Roubaix; Hall closes in on Allegaert as the Indian Pacific Wheel Race approaches its final 1,000km; Keukeleire out of De Panne with Achilles injury; 15 riders, including stage winner Gilbert, fined for riding sidewalks at De Panne opener; Gamesmanship between Quick-Step Floors and Sagan heading into Flanders; Van Avermaet confident heading into Flanders; Bouhanni extends with Cofidis for two years; Gaviria leaves Classics to focus on Giro; Team Sunweb gives injury updates; Bernard Hinault inducted into Giro hall of fame; Phil Gaimon’s “Worst Retirement Ever,” episode 1: Palomar; Cross is not coming (yet).
Three-time Giro d’Italia champion Bernard Hinault will be inducted into the hall of fame of the race. Hinault won the Giro in 1980, 1982 and 1985 and will be inducted in a ceremony at the Teatro Gerolamo in Milan.
“It is an honor to receive my induction into the Giro d’Italia Hall of Fame,” said Hinault. “The Giro is one of the races I have loved the most in my career and I continue to love this race, its passion and its fans. The Giro d’Italia was, and always will be, a very high level international race that everyone wants to win. The Maglia Rosa is symbolic, a history in itself. It has a value and it is fantastic to try to earn it on every race day. For me the Maglia Rosa has the same value as the other important jerseys that I have worn, such as the Rainbow Jersey or the Maillot Jaune of the Tour de France.
“Having seen the route of the Giro100, it seems beautiful and very interesting. It has everything to make it exciting until the end: climbs, Time Trials and many challenging stages. It is really tough and complete. I believe the favourites could be Quintana and Nibali.”
Nicknamed ‘The Badger’ he was a five-time Tour de France champion as well as winning the Vuelta a Espana twice and the World Championship in 1980.
He is one of six riders to win all three of the Grand Tours, and one of only two to have won each more than once, along with Alberto Contador.