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by Shane Stokes
May 4, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Räim wins opening stage of Tour d’Azerbaidjan; Six years after her brother Wouter’s passing, Elke Weylandt shares views on Giro’s descending competition; Giro d’Italia abandons controversial descending competition; Kelly: Quintana is the man to beat for Giro, and could double up at the Tour; Nibali: ‘It’s not easy to be on the highest step of the podium’; Dumoulin: ‘Winning the Giro is normally out of reach’; Pozzovivo talks up difficulty of Giro d’Italia; In ‘best shape’ for years, Hansen ready for 17th consecutive Grand Tour; Greipel eyeing Maglia Rosa, but also says Classics could delay top sprint form; Rumsas’ son passed away 24 hours after being released from hospital; McLaren says he’s been threatened over doping report; Cyclist dies after hitting parked car in Melbourne; Video: A sort of homecoming – Adam Blythe at #TDY2017; Video: 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup Ostend preview; Video: 2017 Redlands Bicycle Classic preview
Climbing specialist Domenico Pozzovivo has emphasised how tough the 2017 Giro is, saying that the race will be particularly tough in the finale.
“This is one of the hardest routes we’ve ever found at the Giro,” said the past stage winner. “In the last week, there won’t be any day that won’t be important for GC and stage four to Mount Etna is already an important one.
“The Etna particularly motivates me. I often go there for training camps. I have a special feeling for this mountain. Being from the South of Italy, I also have a special feeling for Sicily. In addition, there isn’t any time trial before the first uphill finish. Since the Etna suits technically me, I can dream of the Maglia Rosa.”
The Ag2R La Mondiale rider noted that the placing of the climb provides opportunity to the uphill specialists earlier than usual.
He laid out his goals and expectations. “I’ve already made the final top 10 of the Giro d’Italia four times. It’s my goal again this year but to make it would be a big satisfaction, considering the long list of GC contenders this year.”