Alessandro Petacchi: Gaviria is the new Sagan
Feb 08 2017 03:36 pm CET

Alessandro Petacchi: Gaviria is the new Sagan

Former cyclist Alessandro Petacchi has praised Quick-Step rider Fernando Gaviria and compared him with with Peter Sagan.

The Colombian has impressed the cycling world since last year with stage victories in races like the Tour de San Luis, the Tour de Pologne, the Tirreno-Adriatico and the Vuelta a San Juan, and by winning the 2016 edition of Paris-Tours.

His talents have attracted the interest of the Italian former sprinter who had nothing but praise for the South American in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"I think he's the new Sagan. He is a phenomenon," said Petacchi. "He really is a genius and I enjoy a lot the way he moves in the peloton."

The ex-rider believes that Gaviria's victory in Paris-Tours and his performance at Milan-San Remo confirmed that the Colombian will soon be writing his name in the Classics' history books and is likely to start winning stages in Grand Tours.

"I think this season he will show himself at the front and in the sprints at the Giro d'Italia. He is now a year older, has more confidence in his abilities and the support of a strong team," he commented.

Gaviria will have his first shot at a victory in one-day races at Milan-San Remo, which is set to be held on Saturday, March 18th.
Photo of Fernando Gaviria (cropped) © BrakeThrough Media





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