Sunday, October 25, 2009

Riders' Comment on 2010 Giro Stages






Alessandro Petacchi, "I saw in the program that there are seven stages for sprinters, a large number for a grand tour. I will try to prepare myself better and I think I still have many things to say on the road."


Mark Cavendish, "Seven stages for us? It is definitely nice, I'll be there Because I love the Tour of Italy." Later, Cavindish said that there is a possibility that Team Columbia might skip the Giro in order to race in the Tour of California (the races will overlap each other in 2010).


Alessandro Ballan, "I'm a little ashamed, in seven years as a professional I have never raced the Corsa Rosa. 2010 will be good a good year, I can not wait to race my first Giro."


Rinaldo Nocentini, "I know the stage of Montalcino, with the white gravel roads, very well. It is close to home. It would be nice to give a victory to all the fans who follow me. Pozzato We hope does not enter the Tour Because He could be a very dangerous opponent in this stage. The pink jersey? Wearing it would be nice but it seems not an easy undertaking. "Nocentini wore the yellow jersey in the Tour de France for 8 days last year.


Ivan Basso, "It will be a hard Giro, very difficult in the second part. I think I can race two Grand Tours as a rival and end up with an important result."


Damiano Cunego, "It is too stressful racing for the overall classification. It is easier to aim for a particular stage. You can show yourself better this way. There are three, or four stages suited to me: Terminillo in the first week and in the third week: Mortirolo or Plan de Corones, even if it is a time trial, it is a hard one. "


Dennis Menchov, last year's Tour winner, "I can do well in the climbs when my form is at its best. If I really want to go for the Giro win again, I will just modify my preparation to be in a position to win. I like the stages in the last week, the mythical ones, like Mortirolo and Gavia. "


Carlos Sastre, "It's a very attractive course with a final week with three consecutive stages of high mountains, and the legendary climbs of Gavia, Mortiriolo, Zoncolan and the time trial at Plan de Corones. I also like it because the time trials do not affect the race too much, the mountains will make the difference. You ask me if I will be in Amsterdam? I want to see the Vuelta course before deciding, but I like this Giro."


Team Sky Sports Director Scott Sunderland, "You will win the Giro in the mountains, but you will lose the Giro in the first three days of the race and the team time trial."


Photos: from the presentation


Stories, including cycling trip stories, for the Italian Cycling Journal welcome; contact veronaman@gmail.com. See here for a chance to win a T-shirt for submitting a story, contest ends October 31st. with a final week with three consecutive stages of high mountains, and with so many legendary climbs such as Gavia, Mortiriolo, Zoncolan and the time trial at Plan de Corones. I also like because the timing does not affect too much the race, but will be increased to fund and make a difference. You ask me if I'm in Amsterdam? I want to discover the location of the Vuelta before deciding, but I like this Giro candle ...».


Team Sky Sports Director Scott Sunderland, "You will win the Giro in the mountains, but you will lose the Giro for the first three days of the race and the team time trial."


Photos: from the presentation


Stories, including cycling trip stories, for the Italian Cycling Journal welcome; contact veronaman@gmail.com. See here for a chance to win a T-shirt for submitting a story, contest ends October 31st.

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