Victor Campenaerts previews the Giro d’Italia
The course of the 102nd edition of the Giro d’Italia includes three hilly individual time trials. Lotto Soudal rider Victor Campenaerts, the reigning European champion against the clock, looks ahead and analyzes his chances of success.
Victor Campenaerts: “This year’s Giro d’Italia includes quite some kilometres against the clock. There are three tough individual time trials in which there is each time some kind of obstacle but also with enough flat parts where the real specialists will come to the fore. Of course, Dumoulin and Roglič are tough opponents on hilly time trial courses but hopefully those riders will be fatigued by the battle for the general classification towards the end and that’s when I could strike, so mainly at the closing time trial in Verona. I was able to survive the mountain stages in Romandie quite well and with the same feeling I reckon that I can maybe waste less energy in the high mountains to for example Dumoulin and Roglič, who will need to defend a possible leader’s jersey.”
“During the opening time trial in Bologna, a good time trialist can – due to the initial six flat kilometres – create a nice advantage at the foot of the two kilometres long climb. I’m pretty good at riding uphill on the TT bike but there are several other riders at the start who can do so as well.”