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by Mark Zalewski
April 12, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Bouhanni wins Paris-Camembert; The Status of Women’s Pro Cycling – Part 3: Owning the Road Ahead; Scarponi to replace Aru in Giro after knee injury worse than initially believed; Alaphilippe out of Ardennes Classics with injury; Wout Poels out of Ardennes with knee injury; BMC closes out Belgian Classics without Van Avermaet; Quinziato announces retirement at end of 2017; Sunweb regaining riders injured in early season; Montana legislature removes proposed bicycle fee amendment from bill; Researchers study why cyclists break road rules; Video: The bike is just a detail; Video: 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Focus on ORICA-Scott; Video: Tour de Yorkshire promo.
After sustaining multiple injuries early this season, Team Sunweb is slowly getting its riders back onto startlists. Warren Barguil returned from an ankle injury to finish 16th overall at the Vuelta al Pais Vasco last week and Lennard Hofstede returned from a shoulder injury to race Scheldeprijs. Wilco Kelderman is the next to return from a broken finger sustained at Strade Bianche, starting the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday.
Team manager Iwan Spekenbrink said Michael Matthews will be their protected riders for the Dutch Classic, particularly with the change in the finale that removes the Cauberg climb from the finishing kilometres, and that Kelderman will play a key role for him.
However, without knowing how the new parcours will play out, the team said it will bring multiple options for the finish.
“We have prepared for every scenario and have a number of strong trump cards in the hands of Simon Geschke and Warren Barguil when the situation demands it,” said team manager Aike Visbeek. “Wilco is back in action after his injury five weeks ago. We pursue the same goal and are motivated to make it a beautiful day.”
On the women’s team Molly Weaver sustained injuries from a crash while training in Spain and continues to recover.