Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

March 10, 2017

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.

NASCAR racing champions choose cycling for fitness

by CyclingTips

Auto racers have often turned to cycling as a form of fitness in the days between races, loading their bicycles into the team trucks as they drive to the next venue. American NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. says fellow champion Jimmie Johnson got him to ride a bike recently as their team company is keeping drivers accountable for their fitness.

“Jimmie, he does a lot of different things, but cycling is one of the things he enjoys,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “That has really picked up in the garage. I noticed that a lot of guys in the garage are starting to do this — Trevor Bayne, Kasey Kahne — a number of drivers are picking up on this cycling deal. So I’m thinking, you know what, I am going to give it a try. Jimmie gave me a bike about a year ago. It’s sitting in my garage. Tires went flat, dry rotted. Had to get new tubes, tires. Finally, loaded the bike onto the plane to Atlanta. …

“I told Jimmie I said look, I’m going to meet you outside the track. Ain’t no way in hell I’m going to let anybody see me ride through the infield wearing this bike gear, spandex stuff.”

The first ride was 16.7 miles and was enough to win Earnhardt Jr. over, even after a run-in with a vehicle and middle finger five minutes into the ride.

“I’m in. Talking to Jimmie about getting some more bikes. I’m buying more gear, getting geared up and ready to go. That’s going to be part of my workout regimen.”

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