The new season is finally here, and in the process, the new Giro d’Italia riders are joining the squad.
With the arrival of the new season, the three main riders are: Giacomo Nizzolo, Alejandro Valverde, and Peter Sagan.
The first time we see Sagan at the Giro, he is training with a squad consisting of Alberto Contador, Dan Martin, and a new addition to the team: Alexander Kristoff.
After his debut at the Tour de France, Sagan’s career has been a roller coaster of ups and downs.
In 2014, he crashed out of the Tour, in 2015 he was injured, and then in 2016 he crashed on the Gorgonzola climb with a fractured pelvis.
Sagan was forced to sit out the Vuelta a España and then retire from racing after being diagnosed with the disease.
His latest injury setback has been nothing to write home about.
“The doctors told me I had a fractured collarbone,” Sagan told Cyclingnews.
“But I have been training since March, so I’m happy with my recovery.
I was feeling great at the end of the year, but this year I was in a lot of pain, and when I got back to the Tour I was pretty much flat.”
Sugar Cube has been the other big addition to a team that already has a strong team of young riders.
The team is currently riding in the WorldTour, and is hoping to add more riders to their roster in 2017.
With Nizzolato, Valverda, and Sagan all trained with the team, they can all help the squad out as they try to reach the top of the race.
“[The] team is really strong, and we will try to win the Gio Tour, but we will also be training hard to win this Vuelta,” Sagan said.
In order to do that, the Girona-based team will be focusing on one goal: making sure they have a strong squad for the Gimenez-La Volpe climb.
We are still waiting to hear back from the Giorgio Cecchia team, but I would like to say they have been good and that they are looking forward to the climb.
“We have some very good riders, and the team has a lot to offer the team.
We are working very hard to make sure that the team is ready for the climb.”
The Giro season kicks off tomorrow, with the first stages to take place on Sunday.
For more information on the 2018 Giro Rosa di San Pietro, visit www.giro-rosa.it