In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: André Greipel powers to spring win at Paris-Nice; Geraint Thomas solos to win on second stage of Tirreno-Adriatico; Australia dominates Oceania Championship time trials; Former colleague defends Wiggins doctor Freeman: ‘I feel like he’s been strung up’; Amgen Tour of California men’s, women’s teams announced; Nicolas Roche says he would not back Brailsford either; Kluge, Ewan both out of Tirreno-Adriatico; Unable to find a new team, Alessandro Vanotti retires; Boonen: I will truly miss the team time trial; Alabama Cycling Classic to feature live streams; NASCAR racing champions choose cycling for fitness; 2017 Paris-Nice: Stage 5 highlights; 2017 Tirreno-Adriatico: Stage 2 highlights; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour: Focus on Kasia Niewiadoma.
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ORICA-Scott’s sprint leader at Tirreno-Adriatico, Caleb Ewan, crashed hard on stage two and was forced to abandon. This followed the earlier abandon by lead-out specialist Roger Kluge who is battling illness.
— ORICA-SCOTT (@OricaScott) March 9, 2017
“Of course it is very unfortunate,” said sport director Matt White. “With Roger we knew that he was struggling yesterday, but the crash of Caleb was totally unexpected and is really a blow. The one positive is that he doesn’t appear to have broken anything and will hopefully make a speedy recovery.”
“For sure it changes the complexion of the next couple of days for us, Caleb was second last year on what is the finish of tomorrows stage and it was a stage we had been targeting. Nevertheless that’s cycling, anything can happen at anytime and we will adapt and move forward.”
Ewan won four stages and the points competition at the Tour Down Under, and more recently a stage at the Abu Dhabi Tour. It would have likely been two stage win if it were not for an early celebration on the second stage.
With the sprint option no longer relevant for the team, the focus will turn to the overall with Adam Yates in the hunt, 24 seconds down.