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Poels, BMC win time trials at Paris-Nice and Tirreno Adriatico: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

March 8, 2018

Poels wins stage 4 TT in Paris-Nice, Sanchez holds race lead; BMC Racing Team wins stage 1 team time trial in Tirreno-Adriatico; Cavendish crashes in Tirreno-Adriatico team time trial, misses time cut; UCI President Lappartient wants investigation into Team Sky; OVO Energy Women’s Tour to match Tour of Britain prize money, route announced; UCI will modify rather than end podium girls role; Tacks dropped on popular cycling roads in Melbourne’s Dandenong Ranges; Fizik introduces Comfort Guarantee and crash replacement programs; Documentary released on six-time world champion Nino Schurter; CyclingTips Podcast: The chasm between ethics and the law, plus a plea for fun bikes; Video: Full effort with Data – Phil Gaimon’s National Championship climb up Pike’s Peak

Cavendish crashes in Tirreno-Adriatico team time trial, misses time cut

by Shane Stokes

Speaking prior to the start of the recent Dubai Tour, Mark Cavendish listed Milan-San Remo as one of his season goals. However winning the Classic for a second time has become far harder for the Manxman, due to a disastrous day at the Tirreno-Adriatico event.

Cavendish crashed hard during the team time trial, suffering cuts to his face and other parts of his body. “He completed the stage and after being treated by our medical team was taken to a local hospital for further assessment,” said his Team Dimension Data squad. It finished a distant 18th, one minute and six seconds back. The large time loss was at least partly due to the crash.

While Cavendish finished, he was outside the day’s 25% time limit and so will not be able to continue in the race. “We went out pretty well and it was going good,” explained Edvald Boasson Hagen. “Then on the way home Cav crashed and that was really bad. I hope that he’s okay after a check but I felt quite good today.”

Cavendish has had a tough run of luck in the past year. He had glandular fever last season and while he recovered in time for the Tour de France, he crashed out of that race. He also crashed on day one of the recent Abu Dhabi Tour, suffering a concussion which put him out of the race.

Tirreno-Adriatico was his first race back after that crash. It is not yet clear when he will be able to race again, but missing the Italian race will mean that he will lack the stage race workout he both wanted and needed before Milan-San Remo.

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