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by Shane Stokes
June 2, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Drucker takes home soil victory on stage 1 of Skoda Tour of Luxembourg, grabs race lead; Froome says Giro d’Italia ride means Quintana is not a major rival for Tour; Bahrain-Merida bikes stolen prior to Hammer Series race; Chaves returning to racing at Critérium du Dauphiné, Yates to lead Orica-Scott team; Dowset on Hammer Series: ‘Tactically, everything we know becomes secondary. This is new territory’; Hayman: ‘Teams are going to have to be thinking on their feet’; Team Sky unveils new kit for 2017 Tour de France; Gaviria and the other best stage-winning Grand Tour debuts; Fortuneo – Vital Concept sponsors set to split prior to Tour de France; Young British time triallist Joe Guy killed in collision with van; Video: Robbie McEwen previews the inaugural Hammer Series race; Video: Inside HED Cycling; Video: Ten – The BC Bike Race Movie; Video: Tour Series 2017 – Round 9, Durham
Nairo Quintana has twice finished second to Chris Froome in the Tour de France, but the Briton has said that he sees others as bigger rivals for this year’s race. Speaking to Reuters, the triple Tour winner said that Quintana’s participation in the Giro d’Italia meant that he would not be at his best in the Tour.
“My biggest threats come from guys who did not do the Giro – Richie Porte, Alberto Contador and Romain Bardet,” said Froome. “I think it is going to be tough for Nairo to do the Giro and the Tour.”
Although no rider has won the Tour after riding the Giro since Marco Pantani did a historic double in 1998, Quintana confirmed in January he would ride both events. He came up short in the Italian event, being some way off his best climbing form and finishing second overall to Tom Dumoulin.
Froome did say that Quintana’s pattern of riding better in his second Grand Tour in a season may help. However, that is generally against riders who also have a Grand Tour in their legs, rather than those who are fresh. Instead Froome sees former teammate Porte as a big danger.
“Richie has been amazing this season, winning the Tour Down Under and recently the Tour of Romandie. I think this year’s Tour suits Richie really well,” he said. “He’s definitely got a chance to be up there for the win. This season he has been showing what he is capable of. I always believe in Richie.”
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