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by Mark Zalewski
April 27, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Albasini wins first climbing stage at Tour de Romandie; Gilbert healing well, will lead his namesake event; Jurgen Van de Walle wins back compensation case against team; Van Avermaet downplays Worlds chances, tips Kristoff and says Belgium should host; BMC to start reduced squad at Tour de Yorkshire; Costa leading UAE Team Emirates in hunt for stage wins at Giro; BORA-Hansgrohe roster for Giro; Former Iranian champ suspended for more than seven years for doping; Driver who killed elderly cyclist and returned as bystander given suspended sentence; Video: Inside a Keirin Race – 360 video; Video: CYCLE – Alps 2 Ocean.
UAE Team Emirates will be seeking stage wins at the 100th Giro d’Italia with Rui Costa, already a three-time stage winner at the Tour de France, making his Giro debut. Climber Darwin Atapuma and sprinter Sacha Modolo will also be looking for stage wins.
“I am doubly pleased to be the first time in my career at the start of the Tour of Italy,” Costa said. “The Giro is a fantastic race, in a beautiful country, and it is exciting to have the opportunity to run it in its own hundredth edition. I have always liked to go hunting for stages and it would be great to be able to get a few at the Corsa Rosa; a win would be worth a lot, since it is my debut.”
Costa said that he had originally planned on the Tour as in previous years, but over the winter changed his plan while talking with team management. Costa has had good luck racing in Italy, winning his World Championship title in 2013 in Florence.
“I have never been to the Giro d’Italia for a matter of scheduling. I was presented with the Tour de France as the Grand Tour, but during the winter I came up with the idea of trying to measure myself with the Corsa Rosa. I spoke with the technical staff, team preparers and management and decided that it would be a good idea.
“I have not been in Italy that often during my career, but I have always been satisfied and received affection from the Italian cycling fans. The memories of Florence 2013 will remain indelible in my mind, and I hope to add as many unforgettable images during the Giro d’Italia.”