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by Shane Stokes
April 22, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Thomas wins Tour of the Alps as Pinot scoops final stage; Ruffoni takes second successive stage win in Tour of Croatia; Thomas not taking anything for granted in terms of Giro d’Italia; Scarponi ‘curious and confident’ about Giro team leadership; Gaviria savouring Grand Tour debut in Giro; Wellens aiming high for Liège-Bastogne-Liège; La Course organisers announce second day of racing to mixed reactions; USA Cycling announces establishment of Steve Tilford Memorial fund to promote clean sport; Photo gallery: A glimpse into cycling’s past at Paris-Roubaix’s retro market; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour: La Flèche Wallonne highlights; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour: Focus on Ashleigh Moolman Pasio; Phil Gaimon’s “Worst Retirement Ever,” Episode 2: Mt. Diablo; The Little 500 preview
Thrust into the role of Astana team leader for the Giro d’Italia after Fabio Aru crashed and suffered an injury which will keep him out of the race, Michele Scarponi has given his thoughts on the upcoming Grand Tour.
The 37 year old was named 2011 race winner after Alberto Contador was declassified due to a positive test for Clenbuterol. He also finished fourth overall in 2010, 2012 and 2013.
He won the opening stage of this week’s Tour of the Alps and finished fourth overall on Friday.
“The next race is the Giro d’Italia, where I will be the leader of the team,” he said. “I’m curious and confident because we did a very good training preparation until now and this five days race was exactly what I needed to do a little step more.”
He said that finishing in the top three in the general classification had been his goal on Friday’s concluding stage, but that things didn’t work out.
“I’ve tried even today on Bondone and also on the last ascent (Novaline) of this Tour of the Alps. Unfortunately I’ve found on my way strong rivals that were able to keep me off the final podium. But I have to congratulate with them.”