Simon Yates confirms Giro d'Italia participation, includes Strade Bianche as preparation
Feb 26 2021 05:30 am CET

Simon Yates confirms Giro d'Italia participation, includes Strade Bianche as preparation
Simon Yates confirms Giro d'Italia participation, includes Strade Bianche as preparation
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Simon Yates (BikeExchange) has confirmed his participation in the 2021 Giro d'Italia one day after the route was announced.

The Briton will tackle the Italian Grand Tour for the fourth consecutive year in an edition that will have 47000 metres of climbing -that will feature six major mountain top finishes- and 38.4 kilometres of time trialling. "The 2021 Giro route looks really nice, there's a good mix of stages and there's even some gravel roads thrown in for good measure," Yates commented. "As always with the Giro, the final week looks hard and with only a small amount of time trial kilometres I think that is where the race will be decided."

The rider has worn the Maglia Rosa for thirteen stages in 2018 -where he also claimed three stage wins- and he wants to continue aiming high at the Grand Tour. "The last two or three years haven't gone as I would have hoped with a combination of bad luck and some mistakes along the way," said the rider. "All I hope for is to have a clean run in 2021 without these things and that I can show myself in the best way possible."

Yates will be preparing deeply every single stage of the Giro d'Italia, which will also include 34 kilometres of gravel roads in the stage of Montalcino in Tuscany. "I remember watching the gravel stage from the 2010 Giro d'Italia and I expect a similar battle for this year's race," he added. "I will start my season at Strade Bianche, which will be the first time at that race for me, in order to gain experience of racing on the white roads and I hope that puts me in good stead for the Giro come May.

"Along with Tirreno Adriatico and the Tour of the Alps, I will have a full Italian programme in the lead up to the big dance and I can't wait to get started."
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