Matteo Tosatto – the experienced warrior hits 26th Grand Tour
Team Saxo-Tinkoff’s line-up for the anniversary edition of the Tour de France is a highly experienced group of riders who have all felt the Tour de France pain first hand several times. Italian Matteo Tosatto is the team’s most experienced rider and is therefore indispensable as a road captain. The powerful Italian has no less than 10 participations in the Giro d’Italia, 8 times Tour de France and 7 times Vuelta a Espana on his resume, making him the field’s most experienced rider. Tosatto has even won stages in both the Tour and the Giro and it’s simply unwise to underestimate his importance as a road captain on a team targeting the GC. Here are his thoughts on his ninth Tour de France and his 26th grand tour:
“The tour is a special race to me. It’s a difficult course with extreme focus and usually it’s the most stressful and prestigious race of all. In the midst of the pain, it’s also the most beautiful and unpredictable and I’m happy to participate year in this anniversary edition of the race. My role in this year’s Tour will be to protect Alberto on the flat sections and in the hilly terrain where it’s important to position ourselves correctly in the field to avoid being caught behind and to prevent being involved in crashes. And there will be crashes, “says the strong Italian and continues:
“In my opinion, Chris Froome and Joaquim Rodriguz are the most dangerous opponents in this year’s mountainous Tour. But like Sky, we have a strong team for both the flat stages and in the mountains and I think it will be a close contest. If we succeed helping Alberto to overall victory will be the culmination of a very long process that we’ve been through on the team and I am proud to be involved in trying to make the dream of winning the most important and fascinating race come true,” concludes the 39 year-old Matteo Tosatto.