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by Mark Zalewski
January 25, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Gaviria wins San Juan opener in confusing finish with peloton misdirected; Nicole Cooke critical of British Cycling and UK Anti Doping, questions Team Sky; Behind closed doors at the Tour Down Under with Katusha-Alpecin; Pauwels and van der Poel post doping control forms on social media; Nizzolo nursing knee injury, delays season start; Costs for 2015 Grand Depart city of Utrecht rise again, shortfall nearly 600,000 euros; Irish team for CX nationals after all?; Bart Wellens rides the World Championship course; Dutch sprinter Laurine van Riessen joins Matrix Pro Cycling; Montana lawmaker drafts bill to ban cycling on rural roads; 12th Brompton World Championship announced; CyclingTips to livestream Race Melbourne, the Cadel’s Race curtain-raiser criterium; Motorcyclist, driving in bike lane, meets karma.
Trek-Segafredo’s Giacomo Nizzolo will delay the start of his 2017 season due to tendonitis in his knee. The Italian road champion was originally scheduled to start at the Vuelta a San Juan this week, but his injury altered that plan. Now he is also skipping the Dubai Tour in favour of more recovery.
“Ironically, according to the pre-season schedule I should have made my season debut today, at the Tour de San Juan,” he wrote on his blog. “It is hard to stand out watching, but I am now experienced enough to know that playing down some indications from your body is not the best option for the long term. I need to recover, and I will do it at my best, while knowing that my Trek-Segafedo teammates will keep holding their own in Argentina, just like they did in Australia.
“I hoped it would be behind me by now, but this tendinitis is proving harder to beat than I thought. I am not in bad pain, but an ailment is there –- more or less intense depending on the days –- suggesting me to think twice before pushing hard on pedals.
In addition to the national title, Nizzolo won the points jersey at the Giro d’Italia with four podium placings, though without winning a stage outright. However, he did have seven wins last season and came fifth at the World Championship road race.
“After three days of training, coaches and doctors advised me to continue with the therapy. That’s what I am doing, and I think it’s slowly getting better. I have another visit scheduled on Tuesday; if the outcome is good, I will get back on my bike on Wednesday. Now it is sure that my season won’t begin in Dubai, and probably not even in Algarve. But I hope the next time I will restart for good, and finally put on some quality work.”