Giro d'Italia Favorites Reveal Their Ambitions
A selection of the star riders who will take part in the 2012 Giro d'Italia revealed their hopes and ambitions for the 95th edition of the race, which starts in Herning, Denmark tomorrow afternoon.
will decide the race. The problem here in Denmark will be the wind. I don't like it, but I'm not worried about it."
Another Giro favorite is Astana's Roman Kreuziger, who hopes he can improve his performance further in this year's race. "I think I'm going well. I've stepped up every year since 2008. I haven't won a grand tour but I'm confident that I'm progressing. My season is going well. I had a good Tirreno-Adriatico, Giro del Trentino and Tour de Romandie. We'll see if it is my year."
Team RadioShack-Nissan's Frank Schleck clearly doesn't want his fans to get their hopes up and reminds them of the fact that he was added to his team's Giro roster at a late hour, replacing an injured Jacob Fuglsang.
"I was at the playground with my daughter when I got the call and was asked to ride the Giro d'Italia. It was a shock but then I looked at the race route and realised it's a good opportunity for me. I'm happy to be here. I had some time off the bike after the classics and in the first week it'll be important to find my form but least I'm fresh."
John Gadret delivered an eye-opening performance in last year's Giro d'Italia and he is hoping he can deliver a similar performance or maybe even improve his results for Team Europcar.
"I wasn't a favorite last year but I proved what I could do. I‘ll try and do the same thing, if not even better. The last week of the route is very difficult, all the stages are tough. But it's the riders who make the race. Though I think the Stelvio will decide this year's winner."
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