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by Mark Zalewski
March 15, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Quintana wins Tirreno-Adriatico as Dennis wins final TT; Team Sky had previously bought Fluimucil at nearby pharmacy; Roswell-Shand retires at 28; After Tirreno, all eyes shift to Milano-San Remo, with Quick-Step Floors as favourites; Cavendish comes into Milano-San Remo ready after quiet Tirreno; Dumoulin calls Tirreno TT ‘disappointing’; Dog walker nearly takes out Sagan in Tirreno TT; Berlin cyclist throwing battery acid at women; Cycle lane paint linked to two deaths; Speed bumps to be added to Broad Walk in Hyde Park; Tirreno-Adriatico: Stage seven highlights; Video: All roads lead to Nordkapp.
Nairo Quintana (Movistar) has fired an early first shot, winning the overall at Tirreno-Adriatico. Though not known as a time trial specialist, his superior climbing on stage 4 gave him enough of a buffer on Rohan Dennis (BMC), who won the final stage TT and moved up to second overall.
“I knew I had to go strong today, I couldn’t let the specialists put too much of a gap over me,” said Quintana. “Yet, I was calm and confident that I could secure the victory with the advantage I held. With all rivals we had to face and such a tough course, it’s a really prestigious victory to take. It’s a tribute to all those supporting me and my team-mates, for the help they offered me all week.”
FDJ’s Thibaut Pinot gave Quintana a little worry mid-stage as he was second overall at only 50 seconds heading into the TT, but was only able to claw back 27 seconds on the Colombian climber in the end. And Dennis’ blistering time over the 10.1km course vaulted him over the Frenchman for second overall.
The man in the hot seat until nearly the very end was Jos van Embden (LottoNL-Jumbo), who ended up second by only three seconds to Dennis. Michael Hepburn (ORICA-Scott) finished with nearly the same time in third.
“I leave this race with a better feeling that I had when I came here,” said Quintana. “Currently I’m not at 100% fitness, I’m still lacking some form before heading into the Giro. Some important weeks are coming up, with some training at home. I don’t feel like all those victories in the early season mean I’m reaching the top of my career’s physical condition, either. I’ve been growing it and obviously one can end up thinking there must be a limit to his progression, but I’m hopeful that the best times are still to come.”