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by Shane Stokes
May 18, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Fraile scoops stage 11 of Giro d’Italia after day of attacking; Huffman leads Rally 1-2 on stage 4 of the Amgen Tour of California; Marta Bastianelli sprints to victory on short stage 1 of Emakumeen Bira; Boasson Hagen nabs victory on stage one of Tour of Norway; Dumoulin: ‘I wasn’t too stressed’; Costa rues near-miss, pledges to try again; Double Giro points jersey winner Nizzolo forced out of Giro; Cavendish uncertain about his return to racing: “It could be 10 days, it could be one year”; Former MotoGP world champion struck by a car in Italy; Protecting pink: Haga playing a vital role in Dumoulin’s Maglia Rosa defence; Arrest made over $100,000 SwiftCarbon Australia smash and grab; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 11 Pre-Race; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 11 Post-Race; Video: Nathan Haas – Interview at the start of Stage 11 of the Giro d’Italia
Italian national champion Giacomo Nizzolo, who won the points classification in the 2015 and 2016 editions of the Giro, was a non-starter on Wednesday’s 11th stage of the race. The Trek-Segafredo rider had been suffering with persistent allergies and while he finished third and fourth on stages early on, he has struggled since.
“Of course I’m unhappy to have to leave the Giro,” the 28 year old said. “I can tell you it was definitely the hardest race I’ve ever done because of my illness; I was struggling every day. I tried my best to take the Italian champion’s jersey around Italy. Every day I was there, suffering, to honour the jersey and the Giro.
“I did my best, believe me, but now it’s time to go home and rest. I’m optimistic. I want to go home, recover, and focus on the second part of the season. That’s why we’ve taken this decision. Physically and technically it is the right choice.”
Nizzolo has finished second nine times on Giro stages during his career and, having recovered from tendonitis earlier this year, was highly focussed on taking his first sprint victory in the race. However team doctor Nino Daniele said there is little choice. “Since the start of the Giro, Giacomo has been suffering from attacks of allergic asthma,” he said. “This has adversely affected his sporting performance. Several days ago we took the decision to conduct blood tests to exclude the presence of other illnesses.
“The results showed a state of organic fatigue that has led us to advise him to withdraw from the Giro d’Italia, a decision which we take reluctantly, but in the interests of the rider and the team. Giacomo’s health is of paramount importance.”