The Cycling news round up of the 17-18 of March.

Alonso to announce the main sponsor of his cycling team in the following weeks

Paolo Bettini, who will be the team manager of Alonso's team, told Cycling Weekly “We [Bettini and Fernando Alonso] will announce the sponsor shortly, it’s only a matter of days. They have to finalise some of the details but before the big classics, you should know everything.”

Bettini didn’t specify the details of the deal, although it has been alleged that it might be Dubai-based.

Nibali, Milan-Sanremo “yes or no?”

There was a lot of speculation between yesterday and today on whether or not Vincenzo Nibali would be riding La Classica di Primavera. In an interview with Velonews the ‘shark of the straight’ explained how “Milano-Sanremo would be complicated to win for me this year, without Pompeiana or La Maniè, it will be more of a sprinter’s race again.”

However, the Gazzetta dello Sport confirmed today that Nibali will be riding Milan-Sanremo and that the sprinter Andrea Guardini will be substituting Michele Scarponi in the ‘race of the flowers’.

Cancellara doesen’t think Wiggins is a serious challenger for Paris-Roubaix

Fabian Cancellara seems to not think that the 2012 Tour de France champion might be a serious contender for ‘the hell of the north’: “Wiggins? Why?” and “Of course he’s welcome. Everyone is welcome to Roubaix. Everyone. Even [Nairo] Quintana is welcome.” were the replies that ‘Spartacus’ gave Cycling Weekly on ‘Wiggo’ new challenge.

Triple tragedy hits cycling world

The Astana Continental Team rider Yerlan Pernebekov, aged 19, died as a result of a “burst blood vessel, which led to a stroke” explained Astana Pro Team in an official statement on their website. In 2013 won the Asian Junior Road Race Championships.

Polish Cyclist and Olympian Marek Galinski died on Monday as a result of a car accident near Cracow. He took part in the 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympic games and was nine-time Polish cross country Champion (2000 and 2004-2011). He leaves a wife and two children. (Cyclingnews.com)

A French amateur cyclist unfortunately died after being hit by train in Petit-Croix (North-East France). His body was dragged by the train for 40km. It has not been confirmed whether it was an accident or suicide. (Gazzetta dello Sport).

Cycling Republic would like to extend deepest condolences to the families and friends of these three cyclists.

Vuelta a la Comunidad de Madrid cancelled

The Spanish race, which usually took place in May, will has been cancelled this year “due to the economic crisis” as explained in a statement by the Madrid cycling federation. (AS.com)

Race Results

· Mark Cavendish (Omega-Pharma Quickstep) wins stage six of Tirreno-Adriatico. Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) retains his GC lead: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cqb-JQDU4yg.

· Adriano Malori (Team Movistar) wins stage seven of Tirreno-Adriatico. Contador wins Tirren-Adriatico: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iy-VdQYHF9U. 

image: wikipedia.org.