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Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

May 9, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Former pro Heras to receive over €700,000 in compensation after EPO ban; Gaviria to face short stint in Maglia Rosa, but celebrates most important moment of career; Fernando Gaviria: cycling’s ‘bottomless pit’ of power; Sam Bennett: ‘I thought I was going to die’; Gaviria, Gilbert, Ewan, Dumoulin and others confirmed for Hammer Sportzone Limburg; A tight jam for Trek-Segafredo’s team bus; Video: Backstage Pass – Giro d’Italia Stage 3 Post Race; Video: 2017 Redlands Bicycle Classic Stage 5 Men’s Highlights; Video: FTP test by anaerobic threshold analysis; Video: Heuston Police Department ticketing drivers over passing distance; Video: Rider taken out by crashing drone; Video: Cycling Motivation 2017 “No Judgment”

Fernando Gaviria: cycling’s ‘bottomless pit’ of power

by Shane Stokes

Meanwhile Rouleur magazine has marked the occasion of Gaviria’s first-ever Grand Tour stage win by highlighting an earlier feature on the Colombian, written by the highly-regarded Spanish writer Carlos Arribas.

Here’s a excerpt:

“Fernando is 1.78m tall, which isn’t that tall when compared with the great European sprinters, and weighs 71.5 kgs,” explains Jhon Jaime. “In sprints he can reach up to 1,200 watts and has an anaerobic threshold at 94 per cent of his peak power. He’s an excellent road rider considering he’s so fast; a bottomless pit. He has more power than Cav, and this is what excited both the trainer and the rider, but he still has a lot he can improve on.”

He beat Cavendish and Sagan twice in San Luis [in 2015 and 2016], and at Tirreno-Adriatico, he defeated Caleb Ewan and Viviani, his long-time rival in the Omnium (pictured below), and Greipel in the Tour of Britain.

In March, he was also on the verge of winning Milan-Sanremo on his first outing at the age of 21. Hitting the Via Roma in the last kilometre, Gaviria was exactly where he was supposed to be, hovering just near enough to avoid wasting energy, ready to pounce. Right then, he crashed. “When he fell in Sanremo, he was definitely going to win,” says Jhon Jaime. “Lombardi, Sagan’s manager, told me that the Slovak had told him before the fall that they were all planning to sprint for second place.”

The article also includes a great anecdote from the 2014 Vuelta al Porvenir a Colombia. Click through to read more at Rouleur.

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