Unable to win the slightest victory in 46 days of racing under the jersey of Cofidis this year, will Elia Viviani find the click on the occasion of the Giro? The 31-year-old sprinter will in any case be the leader of the French team on this 2020 Giro d’Italia, which will start this Saturday in Sicily. Winner of five stages on the Giro (including four in 2018) during his career, Viviani will be surrounded by his pilot fish Simone Consonni, and by two other members of the Cofidis “train” for the sprints, Kenneth Vanbilsen and Nathan Haas.
“As an Italian sprinter, I am delighted to participate in the most prestigious competition in my country for 21 days, reacted Viviani. I have a particular history with the Giro: my first victory at the Giro in 2015 and the incredible Giro 2018. The objective will be to use the work that I was able to do in the Tour de France to succeed in being at the top in the first two weeks. But the form is now back, I appreciate the way I finished in Paris and I am very motivated to go to the Giro, where the encouragement will necessarily be stronger. “
Edet for the mountain, Rossetto for the breakaways
The French team (one of the three French teams on this Giro, with AG2R-La Mondiale and Groupama-FDJ) will also bet on the mountain with Nicolas Edet, Jesper Hansen and Mathias Le Turnier, while Stéphane Rossetto will play the role of “Backpacker”. “It is with great joy that we return to the roads of the Giro d’Italia with a charismatic leader: Elia Viviani. He will do everything to be up to this major meeting of the season. We know that opportunities will arise in the sprint and the team will do their best to help Elia find the opening. This very special Giro, contested in October, will undoubtedly be full of surprises and there will certainly be opportunities to win stages. It’s up to us to seize them with talent so that this return to the Giro is a winning return! », Hopes the boss of the northern team, Cédric Vasseur.
Elia Viviani (ITA)
Simone Consonni (ITA)
Nicolas Edet (FRA)
Nathan Haas (AUS)
Jesper Hansen (DAN)
Mathias Le Turnier (FRA)
Stéphane Rossetto (FRA)
Kenneth Vanbilsen (BEL)