“My only previous start in the Giro was in 2009 with the Cervelo Test Team. I have great memories from this race, I was fortunate enough to win stage 14 from Campi Bisenzio to San Luca in a breakaway. Also the team won an additional three stages and finished on the podium with Carlos Sastre.”
ORICA-GreenEDGE rider Simon Gerrans has announced his participation in the upcoming Giro d’Italia. As a former Giro stage winner, Simon is excited to return to the race, and he had this to say about his change in race schedule:
“My 2015 season endured a slow start due to a few untimely crashes. The first of these crashes happened in the build up to the Australian National Championship and Tour Down Under, resulting in a broken collarbone and no chance to defend both my titles. The next crash was in the first race of my European season, Strade Bianche, this time I fractured my elbow which ruled me out of GP Nobili and Volta Catalunya.
Thankfully, I have just completed my first block of racing which included Vuelta a la Rioja and the Tour of the Basque Country. Although the bare results do not equate to much, I am really happy with the progression I was able to make through these two events. However having missed the entire first part of the season and with a very limited preparation for the upcoming Ardennes classics, the ORICA-GreenEDGE team management and I have decided to add the Giro d’Italia to my program. The Giro is perfectly timed for my first peak of the season. With my latest racing block, the Classics and then the Tour of Romandie in my legs, I will arrive at the Giro fresh and hopefully in top condition.
My only previous start in the Giro was in 2009 with the Cervelo Test Team. I have great memories from this race, I was fortunate enough to win stage 14 from Campi Bisenzio to San Luca in a breakaway. Also the team won an additional three stages and finished on the podium with Carlos Sastre.
In my career to date, I have enjoyed four Grand Tour stage wins and I hope I can add to that in the Giro. I think there are some great opportunities in the first couple of weeks in particular. There are several stages that we anticipate will either finish in a breakaway or in a reduced bunch. If I am able to get a stage result early enough in the race and the team can perform even close to what the guys did in the opening stages last year, then the pink jersey is not out of the question for us.
Following our stage objectives in the early parts of the race, I see a fantastic opportunity for one of our young climbers to test their legs in the GC and it will be great to see how they can fare over the following three weeks.
At the moment, the plan after the Giro is to have a short rest, a training camp in the mountains and then start building up again at the Tour of Suisse in preparation for the Tour de France.”