The Classics season may not be over yet but for BMC Racing Team’s Manuel Quinziato and Daniel Oss, it’s almost time to turn their attention to the Giro D’Italia.
As Italians, both Quinziato and Oss relish the opportunity to race on home soil, and there’s no better way to do this than with a three-week tour of Italy.
“BMC started the Italian racing reason on the right foot at the Tirreno-Adriatico, where Daniel Oss wore the Maglia Azzurra of General Classification leader after victory in the Lido di Camaiore Team Time Trial. The race developed into an exciting crescendo for the team, with Greg Van Avermaet winning Stage 6 and the final General Classification, rewarded with the Seamaster Trophy of the Race of the Two Seas.”
Despite turning pro back in 2002, Quinziato will be lining up at the Giro D’Italia for only the fourth time and Oss for his third time. It’s safe to say that both riders are eager for May 6 to come around. Quinziato and Oss have been racing in Belgium at the Classics and say that racing on the cobbles will prepare them in a unique way for the Giro D’Italia.
“It’s a good thing that the first few stages of the Giro D’Italia are in Holland because they should be more suited to guys like us who have raced the Classics. It will give us a chance to ease into stage racing again before we hit the Italian part, where we’ll find that some stages are suited to us and some aren’t,” Quinziato said.
“Once we finish our Classics campaign it is important that we recover well and start training again with the Giro D’Italia in mind. It’s a completely different kind of racing with the time trials and climbs but we have distance in our legs thanks to the Classics. We are in top shape now so it’s all about finding the balance between resting and recovering and maintaining a good level for when we start in Holland. The good thing about a Grand Tour is that you can build your form over the three weeks,” Oss agreed.
So with their Classics campaign almost done and just a few more weeks of waiting for the Giro D’Italia to begin, which stages in particular are they most looking forward to?
“Daniel and I both come from the same area in Italy. I come from Alto Adige-South Tyrol and Daniel comes from Trentino, so we will be racing at home. It’s the most beautiful area and three stages and a rest day will be in my province which is why I really wanted to race the Giro D’Italia this year. The Giro D’Italia is not just sport, it is part of the country’s history,” Quinziato explained.
“We’re going in without a big, big leader so the team will be focused on stages and breakaways and taking any opportunity we can get. I think it’s going to be a great race,” Oss said.