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by Mark Zalewski
April 29, 2017
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Domenico Pozzovivo will be the leader for AG2R La Mondiale at the Giro d’Italia. The Italian climber finished fifth on the GC in 2014, but was forced to abandon in 2015 due to a crash. He finished 20th in 2016.
“Domenico will be our leader for this Giro. After having raced it ten times, he knows the race perfectly well and can recognize the traps,” said team manager Laurent Biondi.
“He excels when the course is difficult, and his recent performances lead us to predict great things for him during the three weeks of racing. After crashing out in 2015 and drudging through a difficult Giro last year, we hope to see him once again in the top-10in the overall standings.”
The Italian recently finished third at the Tour of the Alps and 12th at Liège-Bastogne-Liège. He won a stage at the Giro in 2012.
While the team has a variety of experience in Grand Tours, Frenchman Hubert Dupont is another Giro veteran, riding his 10th race, and will be a key support rider.