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by Shane Stokes
May 4, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Räim wins opening stage of Tour d’Azerbaidjan; Six years after her brother Wouter’s passing, Elke Weylandt shares views on Giro’s descending competition; Giro d’Italia abandons controversial descending competition; Kelly: Quintana is the man to beat for Giro, and could double up at the Tour; Nibali: ‘It’s not easy to be on the highest step of the podium’; Dumoulin: ‘Winning the Giro is normally out of reach’; Pozzovivo talks up difficulty of Giro d’Italia; In ‘best shape’ for years, Hansen ready for 17th consecutive Grand Tour; Greipel eyeing Maglia Rosa, but also says Classics could delay top sprint form; Rumsas’ son passed away 24 hours after being released from hospital; McLaren says he’s been threatened over doping report; Cyclist dies after hitting parked car in Melbourne; Video: A sort of homecoming – Adam Blythe at #TDY2017; Video: 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup Ostend preview; Video: 2017 Redlands Bicycle Classic preview
Following criticism from riders, the UCI and others, the Giro d’Italia has abandoned plans to hold a new competition highlighting the best descenders in the peloton.
Race director Mauro Vegni said that organisers RCS Sport had cancelled the contest, which would have seen the riders timed on set segments over ten days.
“We did not want to instigate risk,” said Vegni, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport. “We are badly interpreted: security is the priority.”
On Monday INRNG tweeted details about the competition, which had been contained within the race rule book but not publicised. Daily prizes and an overall award were planned in conjunction with the sponsorship by tyre manufacturer Pirelli.
The quickest rider each day would have earned 500 euro, with he and others also awarded points counting towards an overall classification. The winner of the latter would have taken €5000, with the next two riders netting €3,000 and €2,000 respectively.
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