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Frigo: Good for the Whole Season

– Reported by Gazzetta Dello Sport –

MILAN, 23 August 2002 – Dario Frigo, who won last Sunday his first World Cup race, in Zurich, and who will be competing Saturday in the Giro del Veneto to battle with the road race specialist, says that he doesn’t want to talk about a revolution in his mentality, and therefore, in his plans. He will continue to race in the program that he always has, which is to be competitive for the longest period possible.

However, a large change has taken place in his strategy for next season: “It has always pleased me to race the Giro, maybe also the Tour, but for both I will no longer give my all – he explained to Gazzetta.it – This year I have learned that I am no good in the third week of a grand tour and therefore I don’t want to ignore other objectives to try and accomplish something that is beyond my reach”. It’s a realization that is reshaping the Italians ambitions: “I’m interested in being competitive not only for 20 days a year, like many of my competitors, but from March until the end of the season, like what Rebellin and Casagrande do. If to do this I need to focus on short stage races and one day races, this won’t be a problem”.

Therefore: Romandy and Paris-Nice like each year, naturally with the intention of the overall win. And nothing after that, like what was explained by his director at Tacconi Sport- Emmegi, Vittorio Algeri, who says what you give in the early season you eventually have to pay for. “I know what he said after – responds Frigo – I like to race to win, always. If I can’t win the Giro, but I hope to become better, I will never go to the ‘Corsa Rosa’ simply to win stages, I would rather focus on the World Cup: it’s very difficult to succeed in being the last to wear the rainbow jersey, because there are only 5 races in which I can place myself among the winners – Liege, Flanders, San Sebastian, Zurich, and Lombardy – but I repeat: for me the most important thing is to be recognized as a rider who is competitive for the entire season”. Like those that used to be.

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