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by Shane Stokes
May 2, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Kristoff wins third Eschborn-Frankfurt; Alarcón takes double success in Vuelta Asturias; Williams, Ryan win Dana Point GP events in California; Bouhanni recovering from ‘big concussion’; Incredulity about new Giro d’Italia competition; Six-week suspension for Moscon over racist abuse; Quintana’s backup named for Giro d’Italia; Orica-Scott takes on ‘tricky mix’ with team goals for Giro d’Italia; Kruijswijk targeting podium or better Giro d’Italia; Geoghegan Hart pays tribute to former teammate Young; UCI suspends Continental Team Elkov-Author Cycling; Tracey Gaudry appointed CEO of the Hawthorn Football Club; Simon Jones speaks about new Cycling Australia role as High Performance Unit Director; Stars of the future?
Nairo Quintana winning the 2014 Giro d’Italia
Unlike other Tour de France contenders who are saving their efforts for July, Nairo Quintana has decided to aim for victory in both that race and also the Giro d’Italia. His Movistar team has now announced the lineup which will back him in the first of those two Grand Tours.
The Colombian will be helped by Andrey Amador, Winner Anacona, Daniele Bennati, Víctor de la Parte, José Herrada, Gorka Izagirre, José Joaquín Rojas and Rory Sutherland.
Quintana won the race in 2014 and has also twice finished second in the Tour de France. He was third in the French event last season but bounced back to win the Vuelta a España. He has shown strong form thus far this season, winning a stage plus the overall in both the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana and Tirreno-Adriatico.
He also took a stage and finished second overall in the Vuelta Asturias, which concluded on Monday.
The Giro d’Italia begins in Sardinia on Friday and includes five mountain-top finishes where Quintana will seek to open an advantage. These are the climbs of Mount Etna, Blockhaus, Oropa, Ortisei and Piancavollo.