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by Shane Stokes
June 10, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Fuglsang wins stage 6 of the Critérium du Dauphiné as Porte takes over yellow jersey; Hosking wins stage 3 of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour; Powless takes opening stage of Under 23 Giro d’Italia; Vos fractures collar bone; Madison and BMX Freestyle Park added to Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Programme; Porte: ‘The next two days are going to be super hard’; Froome: ‘I’ve quite a bit of work still to do’; Betancur says he only now understands being at the right racing weight is crucial; Video: Richie Porte – post-race interview, Critérium du Dauphiné stage 6; Video: Chris Froome – post-race interview, Critérium du Dauphiné stage 6; Video: Diverge x Peter Sagan; Video: Michal Kwiatkowski – Best Of; Video: Gear for Worst Retirement Ever – Why I chose ISM, and how to set up an ISM saddle; Video: Barbados Cycling Festival 2017
Long regarded as a sporadically dominant rider who struggles with his dedication and his weight, Carlos Betancur has said that he only now realises the importance of the latter. “Before I was not aware of the importance of weight; I was going to the races, I even won, and I thought ‘weight is not that important’,” he said, according to Zikoland.
“Now I have realized that weight is so important … That it is almost everything. Now I’m working hard, doing things the way it should be, professionally. I am much more aware of the importance of weight. I have become aware.”
Betancur’s past successes include second in the 2009 world under 23 road race championships, victory in the 2010 Baby Giro, fifth overall plus the best young rider classification in the 2013 Giro d’Italia, two stages plus first overall in the 2014 Paris-Nice. Undeniably brilliant on his day, he has also missed chunks of recent seasons and reappeared overweight and out of shape.
He was however dominant in last week’s Hammer Climb race, part of the new Hammer Series competition. He attacked at will and was clearly far ahead of the other riders in the race. Now he is heading towards the Tour de Suisse, which begins on Saturday.
He said he is not sure what he can achieve when he is at the right weight. “I’ve talked to a lot of people. And they tell me that the numbers they see in my test are those of very few riders. I have more desire than ever. I’m enjoying the bike and working hard. How far can I go? I do not know. I really want to do things very well, to work and to enjoy this sport.”
Click through to read more at Zikoland.