Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

April 8, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Valverde sprints out of select group to win Pais Vasco, stage 5; Coquard wins final stage, Calmejane the overall for Direct Energie at Circuit Cycliste Sarthe; Brennauer takes sprint win in Healthy Ageing Tour as van Dijk protects lead; With an eye on the all-time record, Boonen calm heading into final Roubaix; ‘One of the classiest of the big champions:’ Rivals, teammates celebrate Boonen’s career; Aru suffers knee injury during altitude training; No Liège defense for Poels due to injury; Road furniture causes more crashes at Pais Vasco, Cummings and Atapuma out with injuries; Professional Cycling Association reviews disc brake covers; British Cycling creates ‘People Director’ position to focus on athlete welfare; Team Sky bring three riders new to Paris-Roubaix; Second indoor velodrome coming to US; Video: Canyon-SRAM on why they train; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour: Focus on Ronde van Vlaanderen; Video: UCI timing partner Tissot.

No Liège defense for Poels due to injury

by CyclingTips

A lingering knee injury for Woet Poels (Team Sky) will force him to abandon his plans to race the Ardennes Classics, including a defense of his win at Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

Luik - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Wout Poels Wout (Netherlands / Team Sky) pictured during Liege - Bastogne - Liege 2016 - photo Dion Kerckhoffs/Davy Rietbergen/Cor Vos © 2016

Poels did not start Paris-Nice as planned earlier this year due to the same knee problem, which he said began on the final stage of the Ruta del Sol. However, Poels said he did not crash and was unsure of where the problem originated.

However, De Telegraaf reports that Poels is back to training, and the team expects him to be back to racing for the Tour de Romandie.

If that is successful his programme will include altitude training and the Criterium du Dauphiné or Tour of Switzerland as the team prepares for the Tour de France.

In addition to his win at Liege, he also came in fourth at last year’s La Flèche Wallonne.

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