Damiano Cunego to ride last big race at Tour de Suisse
Jun 08 2018 05:07 pm CET

Damiano Cunego to ride last big race at Tour de Suisse
Damiano Cunego to ride last big race at Tour de Suisse
Nippo-Vini Fantini © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Damiano Cunego will ride his last ever big tour in the Tour de Suisse, as his team Nippo-Vini Fantini confirmed on Friday.

The Italian-Japanese formation received a wild card from the organisers of the Tour de Suisse, allowing former Giro d'Italia winner Cunego to say farewell to cycling fans one more time.

Cunego, who won the Giro in 2004, collected three top-ten finishes in the Tour de Suisse. He got his best result with a second place in the 2011 edition.

"It's a wonderful race, with which I have a great feeling, both with the organisers and the public," the 36-year-old stated. "A hard race, with many climbs, in a wonderful landscape.

"I will ride it for the last time in 2018 and I am focused on some stages. Which one? Follow the Tour and we will discover it together," he added.

Cunego turned professional at Saeco in 2002 and quickly proved to be one of cycling's biggest prodigies. After his Giro win in his third year as a pro rider, he never got as close to a grand tour victory but he did collect another three top-six spots in the Giro and a sixth place in the Tour de France.

The rider also showed to be a strong force in one-day races, with three wins in the Giro di Lombardia and one in the Amstel Gold Race.

At the Tour de Suisse, Cunego will be accompanied by Ivan Santaromita, Eduard Grosu, Sho Hatsuyama, Alan Marangoni, Filippo Zaccanti and Masakazu Ito.




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