IAM Cycling rider Marcel Wyss spies breakaway opportunities during Giro recon
Fitting in special reconnoitering of individual grand tour stages often poses logistical problems. However, IAM Cycling’s Marcel Wyss knows that the effort can pay big dividends in the races. He recently took time out of his regular training and racing schedule to have a look at the roads that will be covered in the Giro d’Italia’s stages 8, 9, and 10 along with team Directeur Sportif Mario Chiesa.
“You can’t look at every stage, and for the high mountain stages you just need to have the legs,” Wyss explained.
“So I decided to look at these three stages since I can see they will be important to the race.”
Stage 9 will be the picturesque individual time trial through the Chianti region while stage 8 to Arezzo and stage 10 to Sestola are classified as medium mountain stages, and more difficult than they look.
“Time trials are always important, so it’s good to see the route,” Wyss continued. “And the other two stages could see some big surprises. They are definitely stages that could see a breakaway succeed.”
Marcel Wyss has been with IAM Cycling since the team’s inaugural season in 2013, but he wasn’t on the Giro squad in 2015. “I am really happy about doing it this year, I love this race,” Wyss confirmed. “The spectators, the country, everyone is super nice, and a lot of riders say it is the hardest of the grand tours. I expect this year to be as crazy as every year.”
This will be IAM Cycling’s second participation in the Corsa Rosa. And judging by the variety of terrain and stages to be covered, starting in the Netherlands and finishing up in Turin, the team will be looking for every opportunity to take a stage win.
“It’s always nice to race in the Netherlands with the love for cycling the spectators have,” Wyss said. “We’ll just have to see how the race progresses from there, and what the team wants from me. If I had to choose between taking a top-20 overall or a stage win, I would definitely take the stage win.”
With the technical stage 9 time trial not necessarily Wyss’ cup of tea, he’s already marked stage 10 as a real opportunity for him. “Stage 8 looks promising with an uphill dirt section of around 6 kilometers, but stage 10 could be especially good for a break,” Wyss confided.
“Coming after a rest day, everyone will be fresh, and I won’t be the only guy with the idea that this stage could see a break make it to the finish. But there might be some riders who underestimate how hard it will be. It’s always important to see it, so I have a good idea of where the difference can be made.”