Fernando Gaviria to make Grand Tour debut in Giro d'Italia
Dec 22 2016 01:02 pm CET

Fernando Gaviria to make Grand Tour debut in Giro d'Italia

Colombian rider Fernando Gaviria will ride his first Grand Tour in the 100th edition of the Giro d'Italia. The Quick-Step Floors rider has been praised as one of the best newcomers of the peloton, having been rewarded with this opportunity.

During the 2016 season, Gaviria earned victories at races like the Tour de San Luis, the Tour de Provence, Tirreno-Adriatico, the Tour de Pologne and Paris-Tours.

"He deserves to ride a Grand Tour after the solid season he's had, during which he proved how strong he is, but at the same time I want to be clear that we won't put any pressure on Fernando, who'll rely on some experienced riders to guide him through," affirmed Sport director Davide Bramati.

"Of course, if a chance will come, he will try to grab it, as he's shown on several occasions last year that he can go head-to-head with some of the best sprinters in the world and defeat them. But, as I've said, we will take each step at a time and first see how he copes with the difficulties of the race before laying out any goals."

The Colombian is excited about this decision of the team: "I am already looking forward to it. I'm aware I still have plenty of things to learn, but I'm motivated for the Giro d'Italia. I want to thank the team for putting their faith in me and for giving me this chance.

"At the moment, I don't want to think too much about it, as my focus is on the first races of the season, but when the time will come, I'll do all that I can to be prepared for this challenge."
Photo of Fernando Gaviria (cropped) by Etixx-Quick Step





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