On the starting blocks, with Classics in mind

06 january 2016
Categories: Athlete

Only a few days, and we are back on the road. Actually, it feels ok: the winter offseason is not that long anymore, and we are kinda used to it. I will start in Australia again, at the Tour Down Under: it’s a race I like, and the weather is a big reason why. Last year, I saw a bunch of riders who were already in top condition to run for the overall title – with the Australians in pole position ,- and of course there are World Tour points for grabs, so when you look at the pace, it doesn’t really look like an early-season race. Personally, my goal will be finding the race rhythm, making the best of the warm weather. Anyway, if some results come in sprints, it will certainly be good for the morale.

In concrete, the big time of my season will start with Tirreno-Adriatico, and then Milano-Sanremo. I won’t lie: the Classicissima will be one of my main fixtures this year. Even in his final pro season, Fabian Cancellara will certainly be our main leader for one day races at Trek-Segafredo, but I feel it as an opportunity too. I think I am reaching the core of my professional career, and I feel like it’s time to start looking at the Classics as someone who might aim for some significant satisfactions, one day.

That’s not only about Sanremo, but also Flandres, Roubaix, cobbles in general. I haven’t been racing at the the North a lot over the last few seasons, and I know I need to progress in order to nurture some ambitions in the future. Those stones, tricks and routes can only be learnt by facing them, and I hope the team will grant me an opportunity to face them on Fabian’s side. Monument classics can change a rider’s stature, or even a whole career. In this season, I will be looking to learn. Next year, I hope to… improve!