Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

March 10, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: André Greipel powers to spring win at Paris-Nice; Geraint Thomas solos to win on second stage of Tirreno-Adriatico; Australia dominates Oceania Championship time trials; Former colleague defends Wiggins doctor Freeman: ‘I feel like he’s been strung up’; Amgen Tour of California men’s, women’s teams announced; Nicolas Roche says he would not back Brailsford either; Kluge, Ewan both out of Tirreno-Adriatico; Unable to find a new team, Alessandro Vanotti retires; Boonen: I will truly miss the team time trial; Alabama Cycling Classic to feature live streams; NASCAR racing champions choose cycling for fitness; 2017 Paris-Nice: Stage 5 highlights; 2017 Tirreno-Adriatico: Stage 2 highlights; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour: Focus on Kasia Niewiadoma.

Unable to find a new team, Alessandro Vanotti retires

by CyclingTips

Alessandro Vanotti has decided to stop the search for a new team, after his contract with Astana was not renewed. The 36-year-old told La Gazzetta della Sport that he will now retire.

“I still do not understand why my contract with Astana has not been renewed,” Vanotti said. “I thought for sure I had a new contract, but after the Vuelta Astana told me that they had changed their minds. Then it was too late to find a new contract at the highest level.

“I did not want to end up at a lower level. I talked to the teams of Cavendish and Saronni, but nothing became of that.”

Vanotti was a professional for 13 years and rode for teams like De Nardi, Domina Vacanze and Milram. He spent six years with Liquigas and four with Astana.

He said he will now turn his focus to his Vanotti Cycle Camp. “The intention is to give all-around help to enthusiasts and amateurs with cycling.”

Click through to read more at La Gazzetta della Sport.