CyclingQuotes.com uses cookies for statistics and targeting ads. This information is shared with third parties.
ACCEPT COOKIES » MORE INFO »

DANIELE RATTO

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

EDWARD KING

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

ELIA VIVIANI

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

LUCAS SEBASTIAN HAEDO

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

MAURO DA DALTO

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

PAOLO LONGO BORGHINI

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS
28.02.2013 @ 12:17 Posted by Jesper Johannesen

 

When show forced organizers forced to cancel GP Lugano last Sunday, Ivan Basso was forced to postpone his season debut. He will finally get started when he lines up in Paris-Nice on Sunday.

 

With a third Giro d'Italia victory his main objective of the season, Cannondale GC captain Ivan Basso has had a low-key start to the season. He has spent 14 days in February on the island of Tenerife to get in the necessary training kilometers and is now back in Europe and ready to start his racing season. The cancellation in Lugano came as an unpleasant surprise, but with the knowledge that his current form does not allow him to be competitive in the pointy end of races, it was not a big blow.

 

He is now looking forward to finally getting his season underway when he lines up in Paris-Nice on Sunday. He has always been known as a slow starter who needs plenty of racing kilometers before he starts to clock up results, and so he enters the race without any hopes of a high overall placing.

 

"My ambitions are the same I had at Lugano,” Basso explained. “I want to race, but I also know the limits of my condition due to the hard training at altitude. I need to find my racing legs first of all. I won’t look at the results, but more how I’m feeling. I’m working for the Giro and every race is a good chance to improve my conditioning.”

 

With Basso limiting his ambitions, the team will look to their young sprinter Elia Viviani to produce results. After a year where his ambitions were divided by the prospect of an Olympic medal on the track and his road commitments, he is now fully focused on the latter. He started his season in Qatar and Oman where the team was able to work on in sprint train, but the results were disappointing. He will try to make amends in France and find the flat stages in the first part of the race to his liking.

 

“I’m satisfied with my condition and the base established over the winter. During the first races, as expected, I wasn’t great, but now I know I can be competitive. A good performance at Paris-Nice is my first goal of the season. In the short and fast prologue, my abilities as a pistard can be counted upon. Then there are two chances for a sprint: I don’t want to miss them. In the other stages I’ll be at the disposal of the team. If I’m able, I’ll try to invent something, maybe in a break. I feel like doing something… and doing it well.”

 

With the team focus on Viviani and the sprints and with Basso without any overall ambitions, the team will have less clear objectives in the last, hilly part of the race. With Daniele Ratto, the team has a rider who is able to produce a fast finish at the end of a hard, selective race. For the rest, the team will try to be aggressive in order to create a surprise.

 

“We’re going to go to the race aiming to stand out and win a stage,” sport director Stefano Zanatta said. “Viviani did a good job in the last races and his condition improved. He has to be ready to jump at these opportunities, starting with the prologue. Basso needs to race without pressure and concentrate on bettering his form and to end the race by taking a step forward. I expect a gutsy team: with our great team spirit, everyone is able to surprise.”

 

Cannondale for Paris-Nice:

Ivan Basso, Elia Viviani, Mauro Da Dalto, Alessandro De Marchi, Lucas Sebastian Haedo, Ted King, Paolo Longo Borghini and Daniele Ratto

MORE NEWS:

VIEW SELECTED

Bycykling 101: Navigering i byens gader og cykelvenlige... 27.11.2023 @ 12:11The Best Danish Cyclist To Bet On At 2022 Tour De France 13.01.2022 @ 15:262022 Upcoming Tournament Overview 03.01.2022 @ 09:45Best Place to Find Stand-Up Paddleboards 16.06.2021 @ 08:16What are Primoz Roglic’s Chances to Win 2021 Tour de Fr... 17.03.2021 @ 08:37Amazing victory by young champion Sarah Gigante 04.02.2021 @ 14:21Three reasons why cycling is one of the best ways to ex... 28.09.2020 @ 12:03Why do businesses use meeting room managers? 14.09.2020 @ 13:42Five things that you can do, if you want to gain more f... 20.08.2020 @ 15:38One for the road 09.06.2020 @ 15:25List of CyclingQuotes previews 07.05.2020 @ 13:20Blue Energy: room for all interests 26.08.2019 @ 12:56Get your daily dose of exercise at home 08.07.2019 @ 10:443 good advice to be able to afford your favorite bike 25.02.2019 @ 12:32Cycle through gorgeous landscapes 22.10.2018 @ 21:41Balance Your Economy and Diet and Start Saving Money 08.10.2018 @ 11:18Stay Safe: 3 Helmets That Can Keep Your Head Protected... 20.07.2018 @ 07:59Planning to bet on Tour De France - Bet types and strat... 24.05.2018 @ 14:18Basics of cycling betting 25.10.2017 @ 13:10Bauer moves to ORICA-SCOTT 28.08.2017 @ 10:45End of the road for CyclingQuotes 08.01.2017 @ 16:00Rui Costa confirms Giro participation 07.01.2017 @ 12:55Van Avermaet: I am not afraid of Sagan 07.01.2017 @ 09:45Unchanged course for E3 Harelbeke 07.01.2017 @ 09:32Jenner takes surprise win at Australian U23 Championships 07.01.2017 @ 08:53No replacement for Meersman at Fortuneo-Vital Concept 06.01.2017 @ 19:14Barguil with two goals in 2017 06.01.2017 @ 19:06More details about French Vuelta start emerges 06.01.2017 @ 14:16Kristoff to start season at Etoile de Besseges 06.01.2017 @ 14:10Ion Izagirre announces schedule for first year at Bahrain 06.01.2017 @ 12:40JLT Condor optimistic for Herald Sun Tour 06.01.2017 @ 09:19Haas leads Dimension Data trio in fight for Australian... 06.01.2017 @ 09:15Sagan spearheads Bora-hansgrohe at Tour Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:12Henao and Thomas lead Sky Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:09Bauer crowned New Zealand TT champion 06.01.2017 @ 08:33Van der Poel ready to defend Dutch title 05.01.2017 @ 21:00Pantano ambitious for first Tour with Trek 05.01.2017 @ 20:41Landa with new approach to the Giro 05.01.2017 @ 20:36Sunweb Development Team sign Goos and Zepuntke 05.01.2017 @ 20:27Dumoulin confirms Giro participation 05.01.2017 @ 20:19Bauer targets victories in Quick-Step debut 05.01.2017 @ 20:16Gaviria and Boonen lead Quick-Step in San Juan 05.01.2017 @ 20:13Team Sunweb presented in Germany 05.01.2017 @ 20:09ASO take over major German WorldTour race 05.01.2017 @ 11:01Team Sunweb unveil new jersey 05.01.2017 @ 10:54Reactions from the Australian TT Championships 05.01.2017 @ 08:27Dennis defends Australian TT title 05.01.2017 @ 08:21Scotson takes back to back U23 TT titles in Australia 05.01.2017 @ 08:15Utrecht on track to host 2020 Vuelta 04.01.2017 @ 18:28Pre-season setback for Talansky 04.01.2017 @ 17:56Kristoff: It's not impossible for me to win in Rou... 04.01.2017 @ 17:49Boom close to first cyclo-cross win in LottoNL debut 04.01.2017 @ 17:40UAE Abu Dhabi make late signing of Arab rider 04.01.2017 @ 17:36UAE Abu Dhabi unveil new jersey 04.01.2017 @ 17:30BMC unveil race schedule 04.01.2017 @ 17:21

Currently no news in this list

Manuel GUEVARA
55 years | today
Amine BEY BOUMEZRAG
32 years | today
Rafael SERRANO FERNANDEZ
37 years | today
Aurore BROUET
37 years | today
Mark MCKINLEY
37 years | today

© CyclingQuotes.com