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by Shane Stokes
May 31, 2017
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Victory on stage 17 with Pierre Rolland and tenth overall with Davide Formolo: the Giro d’Italia brought two standouts to the Cannondale-Drapac team. The riders have reflected on the campaign, one which gives it motivation heading towards the Tour de France.
“For sure, I was happy when I won but when I came to the hotel and I saw everyone, my teammates and my staff, so happy for me, that was almost a happier moment,” said Rolland, who joined the squad prior to the start of last season. “It’s not only one rider that wins the race. It’s one team – the whole team with all the staff. I saw in every face happiness and for me that’s what I will remember most.”
Formolo is 24 years of age and was building on his 31st overall in last year’s Giro. “Finally it’s over. It was the goal to be in the top ten, and in end we got it,” he said. “It was a long Giro with a very hard last week. We had some fun, some efforts, some pain. It’s all normal. I’m very happy.
“The team was amazing. I didn’t expect much support in the race. I knew I could be good, but I still don’t know my limits. I’m getting better every race. The team helped me a lot for the whole race, and I’m really proud to have their support.”
Directeur sportif Charly Wegelius said another hightlight was having all of the squad finish in Milan. “Accidents happen in three week races, and good teams can come to the line with six or seven riders. I think the fact that nine of them came to the line pretty healthy says a lot about the depth of the team,” he said.