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Riding his first three week race, the young Colombian Fernando Gaviria is, together with Bob Jungels, one of the big hopes for the QuickStep Floors team.
He is just 22 but has already taken important results, including last year’s Paris-Tours. He was also a stage winner this year in the Vuelta a San Juan, Tirreno-Adriatico and the Volta ao Algarve, and was fifth in Milan-San Remo.
“I feel a bit nervous because a three-week race is a new adventure for me,” he said. “But I’m also very excited. Among the sprinters here, André Greipel is the most experienced and the rider with the best record book. But all sprinters have the same ambition to win.
“I’ve had a good month of training in Colombia ahead of the Giro. The goal of the Maglia Rosa at the end of stage one is an extra motivation but my real goal is to arrive in Milan and finish my first Grand Tour.”