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by Mark Zalewski
April 14, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Démare wins GP de Denain; Team USA defends women’s team pursuit world title in thrilling race over Australia; Whistleblower claims Team Sky breached ‘no needles’ policy; Specialized takes blame for component failure causing Terpstra’s Paris-Roubaix crash; Did spectator try to pull Stybar’s arm in Roubaix velodrome?; Specialized CEO Sinyard ‘I believe truly that two years from now everybody will be riding disc brakes’; Gilbert on rivals at Brabantse Pijl: I let them lose; Nizzolo finally over injury, set to return at Tour of Croatia; Battle on the Border postponed; Boonen enjoying retirement; 2017 UCI Track World Championships, day 1 highlights; Video: Van der Poel catching air over Meeusen; Video: Celebrating British Cycling.
Italian champion Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) is finally recovered from the knee tendonitis that has plagued him since December, training for the past 20 days without symptoms and allowing him to start the Tour of Croatia next Tuesday.
“I am happy to start racing again,” Nizzolo said. “I have missed the adrenaline! And I am really looking forward to being with the team again, too. Since we talked the last time, things were not going well, and there were still more setbacks, but I can say that the last 20 days everything has gone smoothly and I could train in a regular way.
“I’ve done four, five, six hours on the bike without any problems, so that gives me a bit of confidence, even though I have still my physical condition to build up further. Let’s say that, since I’ve been training for 20 days now, my body feels like it’s December. The only problem is that for the other guys it is April and they have the Classics in the legs, so it will be interesting to see how that will go.”
Starting his season so late will be a challenge for him and he said he is realistic about his prospects for the coming races — such as not repeating his two stage wins at last year’s Tour of Croatia.
“I’ve been without racing for almost six months, so I will have to get used to the speed and to riding in the bunch again. But, for sure, as always I will keep fighting till the end and try to win a stage again. I hope to improve day by day during the race, but I am well aware that my first challenge will be to stay with the peloton until the end and then, who knows… But again, we have to stay realistic and take the race day by day and see how it goes.”