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by Shane Stokes
April 22, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Thomas wins Tour of the Alps as Pinot scoops final stage; Ruffoni takes second successive stage win in Tour of Croatia; Thomas not taking anything for granted in terms of Giro d’Italia; Scarponi ‘curious and confident’ about Giro team leadership; Gaviria savouring Grand Tour debut in Giro; Wellens aiming high for Liège-Bastogne-Liège; La Course organisers announce second day of racing to mixed reactions; USA Cycling announces establishment of Steve Tilford Memorial fund to promote clean sport; Photo gallery: A glimpse into cycling’s past at Paris-Roubaix’s retro market; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour: La Flèche Wallonne highlights; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour: Focus on Ashleigh Moolman Pasio; Phil Gaimon’s “Worst Retirement Ever,” Episode 2: Mt. Diablo; The Little 500 preview
QuickStep Floors’ young sprinter Fernando Gaviria has named his goals for the upcoming Giro d’Italia, which will mark his Grand Tour debut. While he will be striving for stage wins, he also has his eyes on the big picture, with building experience for the future a major target.
“I am honoured to be at the start of the Giro in such a special occasion,” he said on Friday. “It is my first three-week race. I could have not imagined a better debut in a Grand Tour than the 100th edition of the Giro: it is going to be a special moment.”
Gaviria is just 22 years of age but has already taken some significant results, including last year’s Paris-Tours plus stages in Tirreno-Adriatico, the Tour de Pologne, the Tour de San Luis and the Volta ao Algarve. He sees the Giro as a pathway to the next stage in his cycling evolution.
“My main objective is to learn from such a challenging race,” he said. “Every day it will be a new experience, especially in the second and in the third weeks. I would like to arrive in Milan, finishing and honouring this race.
“I will try to fight in the stages that better suits my characteristics, but I know it will be difficult given the high level of riders at the start of the Giro. I know I can count on an experienced team in this kind of race. This makes me fell more confident ahead of this important debut.”