Rebellin In “Peak Condition” For Giro
“I had decided to start slower than last year to be competitive from Fleche Wallone, Liege and arriving at the Giro in peak condition for the first 2 weeks. At last I started to slow: I did only 27 days of races, about 10 less than last year. I was in a good condition at Basque Country, but the bad weather hindered me, and after Liege (which was an important race for me because I had the World Cup as principal objective) but Bettini attacked before I did, and to try to catch him with Boogerd was useless.
Now there is the Giro, a Giro which I like because it doesn’t seem really hard and because differently from last years, I arrive at this race in peak condition. The hard hills are always difficult for me, but I got my great team around me, from Faresin to Rastelli, and there are some stages which I like, from the ones of Liege, where I can take my return match on Bettini and the one of Limone Peimonte.
If I will take the pink jersey, it will happen in the first 10 days. At that point I will try to defend it because I won’t be a casual leader. I’ve the advantage to have into my team the German Totschnig, with whom I ran in 1996 at Polti. We will run a parallel race, also if at the start of the year he should be the leader for this Giro. But as I’m hungry for victories, we will try our chances, without disturbing the each other, and who will feel better ahead in the race, will have the team all for him”.