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by Mark Zalewski
March 30, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Kristoff wins second stage of De Panne, Gilbert extends lead; Avila wins a second stage at Tour de Taiwan; Better than ever at Spring Classics, Durbridge sets his eyes on Flanders and Roubaix; Hall closes in on Allegaert as the Indian Pacific Wheel Race approaches its final 1,000km; Keukeleire out of De Panne with Achilles injury; 15 riders, including stage winner Gilbert, fined for riding sidewalks at De Panne opener; Gamesmanship between Quick-Step Floors and Sagan heading into Flanders; Van Avermaet confident heading into Flanders; Bouhanni extends with Cofidis for two years; Gaviria leaves Classics to focus on Giro; Team Sunweb gives injury updates; Bernard Hinault inducted into Giro hall of fame; Phil Gaimon’s “Worst Retirement Ever,” episode 1: Palomar; Cross is not coming (yet).
After a successful start to the season, including a solid Spring Classics campaign, Quick-Step Floors sprinter Fernando Gaviria will leave the Classics to return to Colombia and do focused training for the Giro d’Italia.
“Fernando made another step in his apprenticeship in the one-day races, and now the time has come for him to recover and focus on the Giro d’Italia,” said team boss Patrick Lefevere.
“We consider his first part of the season a successful one: he racked up four wins and was in the top 10 at both Classics he’s done. By going home now, he will have plenty of time to take benefit of the altitude in native Colombia and build a nice training schedule for the Giro, which will mark another step in his development.”
“It’s been a nice experience to be again part of Quick-Step Floors’ Classics team,” said Gaviria. “Finishing Sanremo in the top five and coming ninth at Gent-Wevelgem was really special. I got to better learn the roads of Belgium and to understand how things work in these races. I wish my teammates all the best for Flanders and Roubaix, and I hope Tom will get his fifth Roubaix.
“For me, the Giro d’Italia has become the top priority and my desire is to line out at the start fresh and focused, so starting my training early in April is the best decision.”