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30 April 2017

Pozzovivo and his love for the Giro d'Italia


Domenico Pozzovivo interview, AG2R La Mondiale captain for this edition of Giro d’Italia.

“The beginning of the season is positive. My physical condition improved every race I started. I feel really good physically and I am at the level I wanted to be. My podium on the Tour des Alpes and my good performance on Liège-Bastogne-Liège have put me in confidence for the start of the Giro d’Italia. I am able to enter in the  final Top 10 and win a mountain stage.

The 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia is not just a sport event. It is also the summary and the history of the cultural and sociological evolution that Italy has known in the last century.

For my part, my first memory of the Giro dates back several years ago. I was then 6 years old and the race was on a national road not far from my home town and next to the land where my father worked. I was admiring on the roadside watching the whole caravan and the multicolored squad go at incredible speed!

The champion who most impressed me is Gianni Bugno when he managed to win the Giro in 1990 after wearing the pink leader jersey from the first to the last day. It was just when I was starting to follow the Giro on TV

There is also a stage that I like to remember, that of Merano-Aprica in 1994. A young Marco Pantani in  attacked on the Mortirolo and dropped everyone to go to win the most difficult stage of that edition ”

Laurent Biondi, sports director of the team AG2R LA MONDIALE – The objectives of Domenico Pozzovivo on the Giro:

“Domenico will be our leader on this Giro. With ten appearances, he knows perfectly his race and traps. Domenico excels when the course is difficult and his recent performances (3rd of the Tour of the Alps and 12th of Liège-Bastogne-Liège) suggest to us beautiful things during these three weeks of racing.

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