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by Mark Zalewski
March 15, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Quintana wins Tirreno-Adriatico as Dennis wins final TT; Team Sky had previously bought Fluimucil at nearby pharmacy; Roswell-Shand retires at 28; After Tirreno, all eyes shift to Milano-San Remo, with Quick-Step Floors as favourites; Cavendish comes into Milano-San Remo ready after quiet Tirreno; Dumoulin calls Tirreno TT ‘disappointing’; Dog walker nearly takes out Sagan in Tirreno TT; Berlin cyclist throwing battery acid at women; Cycle lane paint linked to two deaths; Speed bumps to be added to Broad Walk in Hyde Park; Tirreno-Adriatico: Stage seven highlights; Video: All roads lead to Nordkapp.
After a quiet week at Tirreno-Adriatico, 2009 Milano-San Remo champion Mark Cavendish said he is ready for the 2017 edition this weekend.
“It’s been a nice Tirreno-Adriatico, the stages haven’t been overly difficult, but enough there that you can dig deep,” Cavendish told Cycling Weekly.
“There have been some years where we’ve crossed the Apennines into a headwind and you lose form because you just go slow all day or other days that it’s just so hard that you go slow, but it’s gone back to that way have having short punchy climbs and it’s quite good for everyone’s condition.
Cavendish said that choosing between Paris-Nice and the Italian race was easy this year, with how difficult the ASO made the French race. However, Cavendish failed to even crack the top-25 this week. In 2009 he had a stage win heading into Milano-San Remo. He said that not having to have a dual road and track programme like last year is making this season easier to focus on key races.
He also added that ‘La Classicissima’ is still always going to be partially a gamble. “It’s the easiest to finish, but the hardest to win, there are so many scenarios that happen over 300 kilometres every centimetre counts.”
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