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"I'm happy and proud to be considered a road captain, I don't see it as a step down in my career" 

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31.12.2014 @ 13:31 Posted by Joseph Doherty

Daniele Bennati may have plenty of wins on his palmares, but in 2015, he wont get a minutes rest as he will work for Peter Sagan in the Classics and then for Alberto Contador in the Grand Tours, working as a road captain in both.


"I'm happy and proud to be considered a road captain, I don't see it as a step down in my career," Bennati told Cyclingnews.


"Even if you don't have any direct, personal satisfaction, because you're not winning yourself, it's great to ride for someone like Alberto Contador. He was the world's best rider and arguably still is. He's a special rider and a special person. With the arrival of Sagan, I'm proud to be working for both of them."


However, with Sagan’s arrival it will be difficult to help Contador at both the Giro and the Tour, as Bennati goes on to explain.


"Alberto wants me to ride the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France with him but with the arrival of Sagan in the team makes it difficult,"


“I've been asked by the team management and by Peter to ride with him from the Tour of Qatar until Paris-Roubaix. It's the right thing to do because I think I can play an important role for him and help him. We'll then prepare for the Tour de France, where I'll be helping Peter in the sprints and Alberto for the overall classification."


While the talk is of Contador winning two Grand Tours, Bennati also thinks Sagan can take two Classic wins in 2015.


"I also hope that Peter goes on to win two Classics. He's incredibly strong in lots of ways, probably like no one else in the peloton. It's true that he's still yet to win a major Classic but he went close in 2014, while even making some mistakes. Nothing against his former teammates but I think he'll have better support in 2015 and that will give him the confidence to race even better and win even more. I hope to play a big part and be with him in the key moments of the big Classics."


As for himself, Bennati would love to win a race again, but says he doesn’t know if he will be able to due to the lack of opportunities in the sprints.


"I don't really know if I'll be able to win again. It would be nice but we'll see how the season goes. Peter is the team leader for the sprints and the Classics. That's only right. I'll be happy to do my job and do whatever the team asks me to do. The important thing is that we win as a team and win big."




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