Lotto Soudal’s top rider Adam Hansen and André Greipel interview. The first is a veteran of the Giro d’Italia with 8 participation, the german rider got 3 victories in the last edition.
Adam Hansen: “I have ridden countless Giros, but to me it still feels like I am more excited than any other rider who is standing on the start line. Not only because it is the 100th Giro, but just because it is the Giro. I feel that I am in the best shape of the last three years. I want to aim for another stage win this edition. The team goal is to take a stage victory with André. For the other stages we have several riders who can join a breakaway and try to win a stage as well. I will be disappointed if I can’t take a stage win or at least if I have not been in the running for one. I really hope André can win a stage. Once you have won one stage with the team, you can look further ahead. I hope our team will animate the race, so we have more chances of winning too.”
André Greipel: “I am happy to return to the Giro. Last year, I won three stages. Of course we need to be realistic: winning one stage in a Grand Tour is already a huge performance. A stage victory is the goal again this year. It was a hard spring for me, with a lot of stage races: the Abu Dhabi Tour, Paris-Nice, Volta a Catalunya and some cobblestone Classics. I took some rest after Paris-Roubaix, to recover physically and mentally. I started training again after one week. Maybe I will need some days to get used to the race rhythm again, like I did last year. The first weekend was not so successful last Giro, but after a few days I got better and better with three stage wins as a result. We will try to win a stage with the team during the 100th Giro. My teammates will also have individual chances during the Giro.”