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Nairo Quintana withdraws from Vuelta a España to prepare his defense Giro d’Italia to start on former railway line in Abruzzo Norway takes gold-medal lead at world road cycling titles

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MADRID. Colombian cyclist Nairo Quintana withdrew from the Vuelta a España to protect himself from being banned from the Tour de France for abusing an opioid banned during racing.

The announcement was made the day before the start of the three-week Grand Tour race. Quintana has already been to the Netherlands for the first stage. He initially said that he would still compete in the Vuelta despite the UCI notice of his suspension from the Tour de France.

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“A few hours passed and I was able to reflect,” Quintana said on his social media accounts. “Right now I don’t have the mind or body to compete even though I said I would participate in the Spanish Vuelta. I’m still unable. I prefer to return home to organize and prepare my defense.”

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Quintana, 32, the 2016 Vuelta champion, was set to lose the sixth place he achieved last month in the Tour de France, although he has not been banned from other races. The UCI said it was not a doping violation.

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Traces of the synthetic painkiller tramadol were found in two samples of dried blood stains taken in Quintana during the tour on July 8 and 13, the UCI said.

Quintana said he would return to competition at the end of the season. He said he was surprised by the test results and denied ever using the substance during his career. Quintana said he and his lawyers would do everything possible to prove their innocence. They will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Quintana’s case is one of the first in world sport to use the dry blood spot sampling method approved by the World Anti-Doping Agency last year.

In 2019, tramadol was banned from competition cycling due to possible side effects.

Quintana finished second at the Tour de France in 2013 and 2015. He also won the 2014 Giro d’Italia.

L’AQUILA, Italy. The 2023 Giro d’Italia will kick off with an individual time trial on a coastal bike path recreated on the site of a former railway line in the Abruzzo area.

At a ceremony in the Abruzzo capital L’Aquile, race organizers announced that the Grand Tour would run from 6 to 28 May, starting with a 18.4 km (11.4 mi) time trial on the Adriatic coast.

Almost the entire time trial will take place on the scenic Costa dei Traboci bike path that circles the coastline before a short climb to the finish line in Ortona.

“I am excited about the idea of ​​the Grande Partenza (Great Start) Giro in Abruzzo. It’s a dream come true, especially with regards to the prologue on the Costa dei Trabocci,” said Trek-Segafredo cyclist Dario Cataldo from the region.

“I remember well that when the cycle track project was born and I saw the first tracks, I imagined the beauty of the Giro d’Italia passing along the route. It looked perfect.”

Stage 2 is a 204 km (127 mile) stage from Teramo to San Salvo that was hilly in the first part but is expected to finish with a fast sprint.

Stage 3 will also start in the Abruzzo region, in Vasto, but will then head south and will be detailed when the full route is revealed in Milan on 17 October.

The Giro will also return to the region for Stage 7, a challenging climb up the Gran Sasso d’Italia to Campo Imperatore. The high-altitude stage on May 12 will be the first finish at an altitude of more than 2000 meters.

Australian Jai Hindley won the Giro this year.

WOLLONGONG, Australia. Søren Warenskiöld repeated the success of the Norwegians who won the gold medal at the Road Cycling World Championships the day after Tobias Voss finished first in the elite men’s time trial.

Warenskiöld won the men’s under-23 time trial on the second day of the championship with a dominant result. He showed 34 minutes 13.40 seconds over a distance of 28.8 km, ahead of the Belgian Alec Segart by 16.34 seconds.

British rider Leo Hayter, younger brother of elite rider Ethan Hayter, was 24.16 seconds behind the racer’s pace to take the bronze medal.

Foss beat the strong field to win the elite time trial, the biggest win of his career.

Norway has two gold medals and Dutch Ellen van Dijk beat Australia’s Grace Brown to win the Women’s Elite Time Trial.

The mixed relay is scheduled for Wednesday. The championship ends at the weekend with women’s road races on Saturday and men’s road races on Sunday.



Source: sports.nbcsports.com

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