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by Mark Zalewski
March 14, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Gaviria continues strong sprint season at Tirreno-Adriatico; Froome apologises for Team Sky controversy; Pooley says not to judge British Cycling over actions of its leaders; Riders, managers complain ASO has made Paris-Nice too tough; Dumoulin on becoming GrandTour rider; Sagan would be happy to see Boonen win Roubaix; Nibali, team still working on finding their groove; Kreuziger abandons Tirreno, leaving team with four; Tirreno-Adriatico: Stage six highlights; Crazy winds force cancellation of Cape Town Cycle Tour; Commuting can be dangerous.
Vincenzo Nibali admits that there is a learning curve for his new Bahrain-Merida team, evident from the results this weekend at Tirreno-Adriatico. The Italian lost 1:43 on Saturday’s tough stage to Terminillo, won by Nairo Quintana (Movistar). He lost another 3:32 on Sunday’s stage.
“Clearly, for my team it’d be great to start off well,” Nibali told Cycling Weekly. “The season is long, though, and some big goals ahead, the Giro.”
Nibali came from an Astana programme that had many experienced riders used to working together for the GC.
“It’s not easy. The Terminillo stage was also a chance to understand the team’s workings. We’d never done work like that, that was the first time. Maybe we went too early when we led the race. Maybe that was the mistake.
“We need to understand the mechanisms and maybe we lack some condition.”
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