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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.
Another rider will miss the Ardennes Classics with a knee injury. Team Sky confirmed Tuesday that Wout Poels, winner of Liege-Bastogne-Liege last year, will miss the race this year.
“The problem has been in my right knee. I had some pain which was there when I rode,” he said. “It’s been a tough time because I’ve been on the bike, off the bike, on the bike.
“Everybody knows you need to have done a certain amount of work to be super good in the Ardennes Classics. If you’ve not put the hours in and done the long days – Liege-Bastogne-Liege is more than 250km – then you won’t do well.”
“I had a really good winter and I started really well, so it’s frustrating that I couldn’t do what I wanted to do,” he added. “It’s always disappointing when you can’t race or train. Last week was the first time I’d had a better week of training – the first time I’d got consistent hours in.
“I did a nice ride today and the feeling was OK, so hopefully if this week carries on like this then I might go to Romandie to get some competitive action and support the team. To be back racing would be amazing. Then I should head to an altitude camp as preparation for the Tour de France. I think the team wants me for the Tour so I’ll work hard for that and go there to support Chris [Froome].”