The 98th edition of the Giro d’Italia starts tomorrow with a 17.6km teams time trial into the seaside town of Sanremo and will finish on the 31st of May in Milano. Riders will cover 3,841km over 21 stages in the first Grand Tour of the season.
Simon will line up for his second Giro d’Italia after a successful campaign in 2009 which saw him win stage 14 into San Luca.
“I’m really excited to be back racing at the Giro d’Italia. My last appearance in 2009 was a successful one with a stage win so I’m really excited to be back again with ORICA-GreenEDGE,” said Simon.
After crashing out of Strade Bianche in March, Simon’s racing schedule changed to include the Giro as his first big objective of the season.
“It’s been a rocky preparation leading into the Giro however I am really excited to be here as my first objective. My goal is to win a stage and I will take this objective day by day depending on how I pull up from the previous days racing. I have done quite a few grand tours now however I have never had an early season like this year so I’m going to have to see how I handle the load of the race before selecting a stage to target.
“We have a great group of guys racing the Giro and I think we will be very competitive over the three weeks of racing, maybe not for GC but certainly with guys who can aim for stage wins throughout the race.
“We are hoping to start the Giro off on a good note with the teams time trial tomorrow and put someone in the leaders jersey for the first road stage and we will take things from there.”
Australian viewers can watch the Giro live via SBS Cycling Central. Please visit the Cycling Central website for more information.
Sam Bewley, Esteban Chaves, Simon Clarke, Luke Durbridge, Simon Gerrans, Michael Hepburn, Brett Lancaster, Michael Matthews and Pieter Weening.
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