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by Mark Zalewski
March 4, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Yohann Gene wins fifth stage of La Tropicale Amissa Bongo, takes lead; From indoor superstar to cobbled spring races: Talking to Zwift Academy winner Leah Thorvilson; Valverde to miss Paris-Nice due to illness; Cancellara has Strade Bianche section named for him; Large quantities of corticosteroid triamcinolone ordered by Richard Freeman; Sagan says all or nothing with disc brakes; Virginia Commonwealth Classic race cancelled; Government support for Reading 120 race in question; SRAM-Fox Factory litigation costs mounting; Mysterious toilet plungers protecting cyclists; Video: Mavic #lesangjaune; Street Transformations – Manhattan’s Chrystie Street protected lane; Season X. Reflection.
Organisers of the Strade Bianche have named a section of the iconic gravel road after last year’s champion and recently retired pro, Fabian Cancellara. The section, previously known as Monte Sante Marie, will from now on be referred to as ‘Settore Fabian Cancellara.’
“For me it is a great honor and a great pleasure to receive this recognition, because this is a very important race,” said Cancellara, a three-time winner of the race. “We have seen how quickly the race has developed on the world calendar in recent years.
“I am proud to have won this race three times. It will forever be in my memory.”
Saturday’s race will feature a battle between 2015 winner Zdenek Stybar (Quick Step Floors), world champ Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) and Olympic champ Greg van Avermaet (BMC).
“Tomorrow I will watch favourites Sagan and Van Avermaet, who have already demonstrated in Belgium that they are very strong. But I also would not rule out Stybar and Felline.”