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GIRO’19: Teams Presentation – Photo Gallery and Rider Quotes

Giro Presentation PeloPics: The 102nd edition of the Giro d’Italia and all the riders were presented on Thursday evening in Bologna in front of a cheering crowd. The Giro d’Italia Teams Presentation was a great show including music and exhibitions to accompany presentation of the riders. Photo Gallery and Rider Quotes.

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The fans were packed in for the spectacular

The Giro trophy was presented first

The classification leader’s jerseys

Italian National Rhythmic Gymnastics Team

The Farfalle, the Italian National Rhythmic Gymnastics Team, performed on the stage of the Giro d’Italia, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the Italian Gymnastics Federation

All the teams that will start the 102nd edition of the Corsa Rosa on Saturday were presented in front of an enthusiastic audience in Bologna. The race will start in the city with an 8,2 kilometre Individual Time Trial.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step with Italian champion Elia Viviani in his new kit

Bob Jungels (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “I can confirm that we have a very balanced team, with one of the best sprinters in the world and myself to target a good classification until Verona. With possible sprints in the first ten days, it’s a nice course for everyone. I have the privilege to be a versatile rider so I can ride GC in a Grand Tour after the classics. I don’t consider myself a top favourite. Others have proved to be stronger in the past but it’s a challenge that I’m proud to accept.”

Elia Viviani (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “We’ve split the team more than last year between sprints and GC ambitions but with Fabio Sabatini and Florian Sénéchal, I have a very strong lead out. Probably only Caleb [Ewan] and – I don’t know – possibly [Arnaud] Démare have a team fully built for the sprints but usually Fernando [Gaviria] is my strongest rival. To ride the Giro with the tricolour jersey adds to my motivation to win as much as last year even though the competition looks harder between the sprinters. Since the race ends in my native town of Verona, I for sure want to complete the race and I’d like to take the Cyclamen jersey to the final podium like last year. That’s what keeps a sprinter motivated till the last day.”

Tom Dumoulin will want to repeat his win of 2017

Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb): “I have the feeling that I’m in a good condition right now. Liège-Bastogne-Liège was bit of a downer but hopefully it was due to the weather. I don’t know if it’s possible to win the Giro and the Tour the same year but I’m here to win the Giro. I don’t expect anything at the moment. There’s a possibility that I take the Maglia Rosa if I have the right legs but it’s not in my mind to think what I’ll do if I win the opening time trial. It’s a beautiful time trial that we start with. I love this kind of uphill finish.”

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott): “I wanted to go back to the Giro, that’s what’s driving me at the moment, and that’s what I have the passion to get out of bed for every morning. I’m approaching the Giro the same way I would do any other race. I am, more or less, always in a leadership role within the team and I really like to try to win every race I start, so for me it’s just business as usual. There are many strong rivals, it’s a very packed field. I wouldn’t really like to single out anyone, I think they are all very strong and a lot of them have already won week-long races this year. In a way I have unfinished business at the Giro, but I would just like to have another go. We were so close last year so I’m motivated to give it another go and I’m trying to arrive in the best shape possible to try and do that. We start directly with a prologue, so we will know how everyone’s form is there. If I can race aggressively, like I would do normally, that’s how I would like to race because that’s what I enjoy but we’ll have to see once we get there. I like to race aggressively but you can’t always do that unfortunately and that’s what I really learnt from last season. I will apply those lessons and hopefully come off with the win.”

Stage wins for Caleb Ewan?

Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal): “It has been two years since I started a Grand Tour and I really wanted to do another one before going to the Tour in July. There are five to six sprint opportunities and I obviously start the Giro to get stage wins. In the Giro, the so-called sprint stages can always go different ways as they’re never flat. It’s always up and down with sometimes at least 2.000 metres of climbing so they’re always difficult. They are the exciting ones because you never know what’s going to happen but if I’m feeling good, we will always give ourselves the opportunity to go for the win. The level at Grand Tours is high. Everybody wants to win a Grand Tour stage, more so than any other race. That’s what makes it so difficult to win. I can’t wait to work with the entire team. Obviously, I already worked with Roger Kluge a lot this year but not so much with Jasper De Buyst. We were supposed to work together in Paris-Nice but unfortunately, he crashed in the first stage. I am looking forward to getting that train going and building the relationship as well.”

Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal): “I had no specific preparation for the Giro. The hour record was the main goal. The altitude training put me in good shape and I hope for having good legs still at the Giro. The Verona time trial looks the best for me. This Saturday, I can get a good result but it’ll be hard to beat Roglic and Dumoulin. There won’t be any benefit in a bike change. All I need is a smaller chain ring for the climb.”

Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal): “The King of the Mountains is not a goal but it can become a goal if I score points in breakaways in the first part of the Giro.”

Katusha-Alpecin had their fans in Bologna

Roglic is on form

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma): “It’s true that we started the season really strong as a team. After Tirreno-Adriatico, we had a hard training camp and the Tour de Romandie has been a good preparation but the Giro will be a totally different race. I didn’t see any need to hide my form there. Every race I start, I do it for winning. The Giro looks hard on paper. I’ve recce’d the main mountain stages. I can do well on all terrains. I feel more tension than before my first Giro three years but it’s normal and we also need to enjoy, have fun, and like it, otherwise a three-week race is too long and too hard for everyone.”

Jos van Emden (Jumbo-Visma DS): “We have one goal, it’s to win the Giro. It’s a bigger goal than me riding the opening time trial, which is a too steep one for me.”

Second year at the Giro for the Israel Cycling Academy

Tao Geoghegan Hart (INEOS): “The Tour of the Alps has made me quite confident. Pavel Sivakov and I enjoyed the race. It was our first time to be the centre of the attention with podium ceremonies and press conferences and coming to the hotel one hour after our teammates. Team Sky was known for stage racing. We won our last race as Team Sky and we also won out first race as Team Ineos with Chris [Lawless] and Eddie [Dunbar] not far from him on GC. It was definitely strange to hear the news about Egan [Bernal crashing] as I rode with him earlier that day. It was an emotional shock for everyone who invested in supporting him for months. This sport is brutal, really, but a Grand Tour presents a great more deal of opportunities than any other race. We’ll see Egan back. Now it’s up to us and Ineos to make this Giro special. We’re bringing a lot of energy and enthusiasm into this race as a young team.”

Giacomo Nizzolo (Dimension Data): “Like with every year the Giro d’Italia is one of the biggest goals of the season (for me). Of course, I will try to go for victory in some stages as well as from a team perspective target a good result in the GC. It looks like this year, more than ever, that there are a lot of competitors particularly in the sprints but I’m ready to fight, and I feel ready to target those stage wins. Racing in Italy for an Italian rider is always special so I’m really looking forward to racing on the Italian roads and seeing a lot of fans supporting us over the course of the three weeks.”

Ben O’Connor (Dimension Data): “The Giro d’Italia again – and I have unfinished business I guess. Obviously, I’m aiming for a top GC result or even perhaps the Young Rider jersey but actually putting it on paper this year! Maybe the results haven’t show exactly how I would like so far, but I’m confident I’ve done all I can to be competitive and show Dimension Data and all our partners around Italy. It’s a special race: the vibrancy, colour, passion, noise…it has it all. The boys and myself can’t wait to get this show on the road.”

Laurens ten Dam (CCC): “I am feeling good about my condition heading to Bologna for the start of my first Grand Tour with CCC Team. This will be my fourth Giro d’Italia, the first two I won and the third, I finished second with my team leader but this year, to be honest, I am happy to have the chance to go for my own results. It is nice to have a different goal and I am feeling pretty confident. My build-up to the race has been going well, it was like it was in my best years, and I am thankful for the team giving me the freedom to do that. We will see what happens but my head is full of fighting spirit and we have a good team so I would really like to see us all make some good results.”

Sprint wins for the Colombian?

Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates): “With great pleasure, I will return to the roads of the Giro d’Italia, which I feel a special relationship with. With the 2017 Giro, my career took its international dimension. The points classification jersey and the four stage victories lifted me into the elite sprinters’ group. Those were beautiful and very important moments for me, the thought of having the chance to relive them is exciting. In the first part of the Giro, the stages will offer sprinters a good number of opportunities. As often happens in the Giro, there will be no straightforward stages, so even we sprinters, and our teams, will always have to fight for the sprint finish. The goal is to make the most of the opportunities to compete in sprints. It will be very difficult to fight for the points classification, because the second part of the Giro will be almost exclusively for the climbers. Given Fabio Aru could not race, the team shifted the focus from the general classification to stages. This meant that the directors had the opportunity to add a nice group dedicated to the sprints to the group it already had hunting stages. It seemed like a good project, able to offer me all the necessary conditions to do well. I had no doubts and I confirmed to the team my desire to race in Italy. Participation in the Giro is balanced within my season. The missed Paris-Roubaix participation due to an illness closed the first part of my season earlier. I observed a period of rest and then resumed training with good sensations. The Giro d’Italia will be a highlight of my first year in the team, then we’ll think about the second part of the season.”

Sean Bennett (EF Education First): “I was pretty excited when I was told that I was going to be racing the Giro. I’ve been listed as reserve for a while and have been hearing mixed things about my chances of racing it. I’m super grateful for the opportunity to race my first Grand Tour during my neo-pro season.”

Can the Shark get his teeth into this Giro?

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida): “I’m very calm ahead of this Giro. As always, I prepared for the race well and I aim to race with the team as united as possible. We decided to have the Giro as my main goal this year. More and more riders come to Italy with a great shape every year and it makes the Giro more and more international. It’s hard to give stars to everyone but at the moment, Tom Dumoulin, Primoz Roglic, Mikel Landa and Simon Yates are my most important rivals. Being superstitious, I don’t want to say more than that I’m here for a nice result. I miss winning. My last victory was too long ago [the 2018 Milan-Sanremo]. Raising the arms up in the air is the nicest thing for an athlete.”

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana): “We have worked out the calendar very well with the team. I raced in Colombia and in Europe with Paris-Nice and Volta Catalunya. We have a pretty strong team here, I hope we’ll be at 100%. I haven’t recce’d all the stages but the time trials and some of the mountains that will be decisive in the third week. If I lose more than two minutes to Tom Dumoulin and Primoz Roglic in all the time trials combined, it would become complicated but I don’t think the time trials are bad for me because they’re hilly.”

Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R-La Mondiale): “I had good preparation for the season and I performed well until Tirreno-Adriatico where I crashed. So now I believe that I’m at 90% capacity. The last 10% are the hardest to catch up with but I count on being fresh and I have a great desire to do well. I’m not going to focus on GC because I might have some ups and down but it’s not my style to give up and lose half an hour on purpose. Sometimes we have a nice surprise with being still well placed on GC. I have a great memory of my first Giro five years ago. I was close to the top 10 [11th] and we won the teams classification. The Giro is always beautiful and generates fantastic human adventures. I never thanked Hubert Dupont for what he did for me that year so I do it now.”

Tony Gallopin (AG2R-La Mondiale DS): “I pay a lot of attention to the culture and history of my sport. Not many cyclists have a stage in each Grand Tour. It motivates me to become one of them during this Giro.”

Selfie time for Groupama-FDJ

Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ): “I also expected more results from the classics. I was first to be disappointed. Therefore I’m coming to the Giro with a strong desire to raise my hands up in the air. I’m up for a revenge. I’ve chosen to ride the Giro with the team because the course suits me more than the Tour de France this year whereas the course of the Tour gives an opportunity to Thibaut Pinot to go for GC. We have a sprint-orientated team and we want to win as many stages as possible, bearing in mind that the level of the sprinters is very high here.”

Mikel Landa (Movistar): “It’s been a tough few months. The injuries I sustained were not too serious, but they’re setbacks which require some time to heal from and get back to 100%. I finished my 2018 season on the ground, started 2019 in the same way, so it’s been a quite frustrating few months. The Giro was a breakthrough for my career. It really helped me change my mentality and made me become the rider I am right now. From my previous appearances in the race, I hold dear my stage victory in Aprica, in 2015. We were climbing the Mortirolo that day, a mythical climb, and I was just flying. I felt really well that day, I just had to hold to my handlebars and enjoy a lot. It was a beautiful day. The 2017 race was different, though. I was planning to contest the GC, yet I had a crash which took me out of contention. I’m proud about how, with help from my team back then, we turned the tables on that situation. The overall classification was an impossible goal, so we focused on winning the KOM jersey, and I took a stage victory, conquered that classification and learned a lot of lessons for the future. Other than Roglic and Dumoulin, I would keep an eye on Simon Yates. He was so close to winning the race outright last year, then went on to take the Vuelta a España GC. He’s a courageous rider who’s got a Grand Tour in his palmarès, so he will be a tough contender. Nibali also has loads of experience, so you can never rule him out.”

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