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by Mark Zalewski
January 20, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Caleb Ewan asserts Tour Down Under sprint dominance with stage 3 win; The comeback star: Marianne Vos on her stellar cross season and the pure joy of being back; Cookson answers questions at Tour Down Under; Nippo – Vini Fantini manager asks for Italian federation, UCI to intervene in Giro wildcard process; RCS Sport director responds to wildcard selection reactions; Quintana to race Giro-Tour double;Wiggins’ former teammate speaks in defence of TUEs; 15 WorldTour teams for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad; Gaudry re-elected as President of the Oceania Cycling Confederation; Armstrong enters endurance MTB race with former Postal teammates; Santos Tour Down Under, stage 3 highlights; ORICA-Scott Backstage Pass – Tour Down Under, stage 3; Video: Cyclist has close call with falling tree.
The Movistar team announced today that Nairo Quintana will race both the 100th Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France.
“Nairo will participate in at least one of the Mallorca Challenge trophies next week,” a team statement said about his early season programme.
“Also confirmed are his appearances at both the Volta a la Comunitat Valencianaand the Abu Dhabi Tour, his first UCI WorldTour event of the season, during the month of February. Tirreno-Adriatico, in March, will be his final race before taking on an altitude stay at his home in Colombia, a final preparation for the Italian Grand Tour he’ll complete with the Vuelta a Asturias in late April.”
In addition, the team announced the race programme for its other leader, Alejandro Valverde, which had to be adjusted following a training crash he suffered earlier this month.
“[Valverde] will race a couple events in the Mallorca Challenge to start his season. Later on, he will be race the Vuelta a Murcia, Clásica de Almería, Vuelta a Andalucía, Paris-Nice and one between Volta a Catalunya and Vuelta al País Vasco, before taking on his first main goal of the season at the Ardennes Classics.
“The Tour de France and the Vuelta a España will be his Grand Tours this season.”