In today’s Daily News Digest: Chris Froome will start season at Ruta del Sol; Cavendish primed for season start, is weighing up motorbike racing post-career; Beyond Belgium: A look at the internationalisation of cyclocross; Romain Bardet out of season opener with arm injury; Nairo Quintana’s calm start at Oro y Paz; Bikes of the Bunch: Conor McGregor’s FiftyOne; Cycling Australia’s new CEO; AfterShokz Trekz headphone review; Sprinters to clash in Dubai’s sands; Leprechauns storm (dance on) cyclocross worlds podium.
Chris Froome will race Ruta del Sol; cyclocross beyond Belgium: Daily News Digest
Nairo Quintana will make his season debut in his home nation at the new Colombia Oro y Paz race, a six-day stage race that opens with three sprint stages and closes with three climbing stages. The final stage, finishing in Manizales, is likely to be the key point of the race.
Quintana said he will use the race to built form and regain his comfort riding in the peloton.
“My main objective here is getting back to good form and getting used to racing into a peloton again — seeing how our rivals are doing and getting those automatisms back working, some things that you do when you’re inside the bunch and which you tend to lose when you spend so many months away from racing,” he said. “I know that everyone will be looking at me, also cheering on me, and that’s a boost to your morale. Racing at home is the best way to regaining confidence.
Quintana has built his early-season form in “a more calm way,” he said, and will ease into the season more slowly as he is not tackling the Giro d’Italia this year.
“Competing in my country again is something I’m so happy about. It’s already 24 months since I don’t put a backnumber on here in Colombia, and I’m really excited to be back.”
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