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by Matt de Neef
March 5, 2018
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Arnaud Demare takes stage 1 of Paris-Nice; Tiesj Benoot solos to Strade Bianche win; Anna van der Breggen takes solo win at Strade Bianche; Matej Mohoric wins GP Industria & Artigianato; Remi Cavagna leads QuickStep Floors 1-2 at Dwars door West-Vlaanderen; Chloe Dygert smashes individual pursuit world record and takes rainbows; Richie Porte to miss Tirreno-Adriatico due to illness; Tejay Van Garderen out of Paris-Nice after team-car collision; Lucy Kennedy impresses in first European classic; UCI official suffers serious head injury at Track World Championships; Wout van Aert’s double-leg cramp.
Richie Porte (BMC) will miss this week’s Tirreno-Adriatico after falling ill at the Volta ao Algarve and being unable to train.
“Richie Porte developed an upper respiratory infection after Volta ao Algarve which forced him to miss the best part of a week’s training,” said BMC chief medical officer Dr Max Testa. “Given Tirreno-Adriatico was one of Richie’s goal races this season, it did not make sense to line up when his preparation was far from ideal.
“Richie and the BMC Racing Team management and medical team agreed that it was in his best interests to miss Tirreno-Adriatico and adjust his race program, in order to recover properly.”
BMC will go into the race with ambitions of taking a third-straight team time trial victory, while also targeting stage wins with Greg Van Avermaet. Damiano Caruso will lead the team’s GC’s ambitions in Porte’s absence, while Rohan Dennis will target the final-stage individual time trial, a stage he won last year.