After a long and frustrating recovery period, Giacomo Nizzolo has finally overcome the knee tendonitis that plagued him since December.
“I am happy to start racing again,” said Giacomo when we reached him by phone at his home. “I have missed the adrenaline! And I am really looking forward to being with the team again, too. Since we talked the last time, things didn’t go well every day, and there were still some setbacks, but I can say that the last 20 days everything has gone smoothly and I could train in a regular way.
“I’ve done four, five, six hours on the bike without any problems, so that gives me a bit of confidence, even though I have still my physical condition to build up further. Let’s say that, since I’ve been training for 20 days now, my body feels like it’s December”.
At this time last year, Giacomo had already accumulated numerous top three finishes in the Tour Down Under and the Dubai Tour, where he also finished second overall. At the Tour of Croatia he secured his first victories of 2016, winning stages one and three, but this year his expectations have been lowered significantly.
“I’ve been without racing for almost six months, so I will have to get used to the speed and to riding in the bunch again. But, for sure, as always I will keep fighting till the end and try to win a stage again. I hope to improve day by day during the race, but I am well aware that my first challenge will be to stay with the peloton until the end.”
His biggest goal is less than a month away, but the Italian National Champion is not looking beyond next week. Even if he does make it to the start line on the Island of Sardinia for the historic 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia, he will be far from the same form that won him the maglia rossa the last two years.
it’s still up in the air whether the Italian tricolor jersey will be lining up at its country’s biggest cycling event for its 100-year anniversary, at this point, Giacomo is just happy to be racing again.