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by Mark Zalewski
March 13, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Henao wins overall at Paris-Nice, De La Cruz takes final stage; Dideriksen wins Ronde van Drenthe; Sagan takes second Tirreno-Adriatico stage win; Hosking wins Drentse 8 van Westerveld; Van Schip outclasses WorldTour riders to win Ronde Van Drenthe; Australia dominates Oceania Continental Championship road races; “One small mistake cost us the race”: inside the Ronde van Drenthe with Janneke Ensing; Jess Varnish calls for British Cycling board to resign; Illness forces Adam Yates out of Tirreno-Adriatico while in second overall; ASO brings sponsorship support to Volta a Catalunya; 2017 Paris-Nice: Stage 8 highlights; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Ronde Van Drenthe highlights.
More bad luck befell the ORICA-Scott team at Tirreno-Adriatico as Adam Yates was forced to abandon the race due to illness. The Brit was second overall and in the white jersey as the best young rider. Earlier in the week the team lost sprinter Caleb Ewan to a crash.
“Adam was suffering from stomach problems at the start this morning and it got progressively worse as the day went on, it happened very quickly and by the time we made the decision to stop he already had a high fever,” said DS Matt White.
“Obviously it’s disappointing, we were in a podium position and in general his condition is excellent as we saw yesterday, but there is nothing to be done. He will recover and now we must look ahead to Catalunya, which is only eight days away.
The team will now turn its focus to stage victories and using the race to look ahead to bigger goals down the road.
“Both Luke Durbridge and Michael Hepburn are climbing very well at the moment. They are big boys and it’s really good to see them in this kind of shape as we go into the spring. Roman Kreuziger is getting better and better everyday, you can see his condition improving on the climbs after a tough couple of days racing.”