Fernando Gaviria to focus on Giro d'Italia debut
Mar 29 2017 01:58 am CET

Fernando Gaviria to focus on Giro d'Italia debut

Quick-Step Floors' Fernando Gaviria has decided to start earlier his preparations ahead of the Giro d'Italia. The Colombian will return to his native country to focus on his Grand Tour debut.

The rider finished in the top 10 of Milano-Sanremo and Gent-Wevelgem and has won stages in all the races he has been in this season; in the Vuelta a San Juan, the Volta ao Algarve and Tirreno-Adriatico.

"Fernando made another step in his apprenticeship in the one-day races, and now the time has come for him to recover and focus on the Giro d'Italia," said the team's CEO Patrick Lefevere. "We consider his first part of the season a successful one: he racked up four wins and was in the top 10 at both Classics he's done.

"By going home now, he will have plenty of time to take benefit of the altitude in native Colombia and build a nice training schedule for the Giro, which will mark another step in his development."

The 22-year-old has proved throughout the start of the season that he is one of the most promising upcoming talents in the peloton but he accepts that he is only starting. "Finishing Sanremo in the top 5 and coming ninth at Gent-Wevelgem was really special. I got to learn better the roads of Belgium and to understand how things work in these races," said the rider.

"I wish my teammates all the best for Flanders and Roubaix, and I hope Tom (Boonen) will get to win his fifth Roubaix. For me, the Giro d'Italia has become the top priority and my desire is to line out at the start fresh and focused, so starting my training early in April is the best decision," he added.
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