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by Mark Zalewski
March 11, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Simon Yates solos to Paris-Nice stage win; Sagan wins uphill field sprint at Tirreno-Adriatico; Team Sky and the mystery of the exploding wheels at Tirreno-Adriatico; Report into British Cycling to confirm a ‘culture of fear’; Brailsford has no intention of quitting Team Sky; Longo Borghini alters schedule to race Ronde van Drenthe; Bouhanni to race Nokere Koerse; New stage race set for South Africa in early 2018; USA Cycling moves cyclocross nationals back to December date for 2018; WADA could add caffeine to prohibited list; 2017 Paris-Nice: Stage 6 highlights; One-Legged BMXer Julián Molina shreds harder than you.
The UCI Women’s WorldTour leader, Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5), said she will alter her original racing plan to start the Ronde van Drenthe on Saturday, in order to honour the leader’s jersey.
“I will be there because it’s a very well organised race and I can be useful for Jolien,” she said. “I will try to honour my jersey because I think the leader of the WorldTour needs to be at the WorldTour races, even if the race is not suited for her. It’s a way of honouring the calendar and honouring the challenge. I think it’s a kind of duty that you have if you are the leader.”
Longo Borghini won the opening round of the series at Strade Bianche last weekend.
“I’m still not 100% because I didn’t really plan to be in good form for this part of the season,” she said. “Because I want to start a bit cooler and try to peak for the Ardennes. But I found myself in such a form … I’m not winning so often, so every time I have the opportunity to do this, I just do it. I think it’s normal.
“I don’t think that I would be able to keep the leader’s jersey until the end because there are many races coming up, and a lot of races are not for me. I’m just taking it race by race, and I will try to be as good as I can for the periods that I marked.”
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