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Dennis, Kwiatkowski triumph in Tirreno, Avila in Taiwan: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

March 14, 2018

Dennis wins Tirreno time trial, Kwiatkowski takes overall; Avila wins stage 3 of Tour of Taiwan, Clarke takes race lead; Benoot celebrating strong GC ride; Bouhanni speaks of frustration after Cofidis team doesn’t select him for Milan-San Remo; Vinokourov/Kolobnev trial delayed until June; Sale of Niner Bikes closes, Huffy’s parent company is the buyer; Video: Graeme Obree, Athlete or Genius?; Video: Phil Gaimon’s 12.5-pound Cannondale Hi MOD Strava Bike

Bouhanni speaks of frustration after Cofidis team doesn’t select him for Milan-San Remo

by Shane Stokes

Ill with bronchitis and then confirmed on Tuesday by Cofidis as being set to miss Milan-San Remo due to insufficient recovery, Nacer Bouhanni has expressed frustration with his team. Speaking to Cyclism’Actu, the Frenchman made clear that he believed he could have raced this weekend.

“Of course, I’m disappointed because when you train for five months for this race, who would not be disappointed?” he said. “The management of Cofidis told me this Monday and I still went to train.

“It is not me who has forfeited Milan-San Remo. It is a decision of the management of the Cofidis team, a decision that I can only accept and respect even if morally it is hard for me because I wanted to be there in this Milan-San Remo,” he continued.

” I was well and I had even the green light of the doctor of the Cofidis team. Since Sunday morning, I got the green light to ride a bike. After resting two days on Friday and Saturday, I resumed training on Sunday with 1 hour 30 minutes of cycling. Monday, I even did three hours of cycling.”

Bouhanni was forced to withdraw from Paris-Nice prior to stage six because of his illness. He was fourth in the 2016 Milan-San Remo, sixth in 2015 and eighth last year. He said that he is not yet sure when he will return to racing, but said he will continue to be ready for whenever Cofidis requires him to pin on a number again.

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