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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
Former world number one and Eurosport commentor Sean Kelly has named his favourite for the Giro d’Italia, saying that Movistar’s team leader is his top tip for the overall classification.
“You’d have to go for Nairo Quintana,” he told Cyclist. “ Then defending winner Vincenzo Nibali, of course. Like Quintana he’ll need to get through the early stage without difficulties, as will all the general classification contenders. Then there’s a few others that are there, like Steven Kruijswijk and Adam Yates. But Quintana is the man to beat.”
Unlike many of the big names in cycling, Quintana is vying to take the Giro and Tour double this year. It hasn’t been successfully accomplished since Marco Pantani in 1998, and recently riders such as Alberto Contador have been unable to achieve the feat.
However Kelly believes Quintana could be the rider to do it. “He’s capable of winning both the Giro and the Tour. Last year at the Tour he wasn’t in the best shape [he finished third], but then he got it together for the Vuelta and won that.
“So there’s no reason he can’t do the Giro and the Tour. The riders we’ve seen trying to do it before are not riders we’ve seen do anything like that, but Quintana, he’s done something similar already. I think he’s capable. Of recent times he’s really the one to do it.”
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