Damiano Cunego aims to retire at Giro d'Italia
Nov 16 2017 12:21 pm CET

Damiano Cunego aims to retire at Giro d'Italia
Damiano Cunego aims to retire at Giro d'Italia
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Former Giro d'Italia champion Damiano Cunego aims to end his career at the 2018 edition of the Italian race, 14 years after his unexpected victory.

The 36-year-old confirmed this wish while speaking to the Gazzetta dello Sport.

"As the time passes, I notice that the level in cycling is getting higher. I feel that it's getting harder for me to be competitive. It's time to retire and I would like to do so in the Giro, where it all kind of started," he said.

The Italian had his big breakthrough with Saeco in 2004 when he outperformed his team leader Gilberto Simoni to bring home the Maglia Rosa, much to the dismay of Simoni. Cunego was just 22 years old at the time.

Cunego later earned another four top-ten spots in grand tours, but never managed to finish on the podium again.

The rider spent most of his career at Lampre, but joined Nippo-Vini Fantini in 2015. As such, 'Il Piccolo Principe' will depend on his team receiving a wild card for his wish to retire at the Giro to come true.


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