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by Matt de Neef
February 6, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Marcel Kittel wins the Dubai Tour with three stage victories; Damien Howson wins the Jayco Herald Sun Tour; Nairo Quintana victorious at the Tour of Valencia; Lilian Caelmejane wins Etoile de Besseges after stage 3 victory; Kerrison – Geraint Thomas can win the Giro d’Italia; Broken bike frame for Tom Dumoulin; Bradley Wiggins injured just hours before The Jump; Orica-Scott Backstage Pass – Stage 3 of the Sun Tour; GCN vs John Degenkolb.
It’s been a few weeks now since Sky confirmed that Geraint Thomas would be the team’s co-leader for the Giro d’Italia. It will be the Welshman’s first attempt at riding for GC in a Grand Tour and he will do so alongside teammate Mikel Landa. Sky coach Tim Kerrison has said he believes Thomas has what it takes to win the race overall.
“We sat down at the beginning of December and the sports directors responsible for each of the Grand Tours presented what they knew about the routes,” Kerrison told Cyclingnews. “We went through them stage-by-stage and looked at the demands. At the end of that meeting I asked them, ‘out of everyone in the peloton, and in our team, who is best suited to this Giro?’ Other than Chris, obviously, Geraint was the next name that came up.
“What we know is that when he’s at his best he’s a great climber and he’s already a great time trialist. We know that the biggest challenge will be the third week but that’s the same for everyone.
“We’ve seen his progression over the years from where he’s moved from focusing on the Classics and being a support rider in stage races. He’s shifted his focus to be more competitive in stage races. He had a hybrid year in 2015, winning E3, finishing high up in Gent-Wevelgem but he was also second in Paris-Nice, second in Tour de Suisse and last year he focused more on stage races and won Algarve and Paris-Nice.”
Thomas started his season at the Tour Down Under and will race Paris-Nice where he’ll attempt to defend his overall title.
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