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by Shane Stokes
May 6, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Pöstlberger takes first pro victory on opening stage of Giro d’Italia to wear maglia rosa; Eisenhart, Hall win Stage 2 at Redlands Classic; Kirsten Wild wins first stage in Tour of Chongming Island; Alarcón takes stage one of the Vuelta Internacional a la Comunidad de Madrid; Mugerli wins in chaotic stage 3 final of Tour d’Azerbaidjan; Giro director Vegni says he was wary of sending Bardiani-CSF team home following doping positives; Bouhanni forced to withdraw from Tour of California; 105-year-old Robert Marchand recognised as the world’s oldest competitive cyclist; Google Doodle marks 100th Giro d’Italia; Video: Michele Scarponi. The farewell interview; Video: Steven Kruijswijk’s final preparations for the 100th Giro d’Italia; Video: Caleb Ewan – Interview at the start of stage one of the 2017 Giro d’Italia; Video: Geraint Thomas – interview before the Giro d’Italia; Video: Tom Dumoulin – interview before the race; Video: Nathan Haas receives his Fi:zi’k Giro Shoes; Video: Chasing Cancellara
Nacer Bouhanni’s crash at the recent Tour du Yorkshire has forced his withdrawal from the upcoming Tour of California. The French sprinter’s Cofidis team announced the news on Friday. It said that it had no choice but to remove him from the lineup.
“Fallen last Sunday on the roads of the Tour du Yorkshire Tour, he is not sufficiently recovered from his fall and the resulting traumatic brain injury,” it said.
“Priority is given to Nacer’s health and the date of his resumption of competition will only be fixed once he has fully recovered from the accident. The Cofidis team would like to thank the organization of the Tour de Californie for its invitation and is calling for an understanding of its sprinter’s package.”
It also thanked the medical service of ASO, the race organiser, as well as the Tour of Yorkshire for the care it took of the rider after his crash. He was concussed and suffered headaches and sight issues afterwards.
He fell on stage three, one day after he won the stage into Harrogate.