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Nicolas Roche now guaranteed Irish Giro start by Saxo-Tinkoff after pre-season talks

Posted on: November 28th, 2013

Nicolas Roche climbing his way to a career best result of 5th overall at this years’ Vuelta a Espana. He has today confirmed he will ride the Giro next year, where he would dearly love to bag a stage win when the race reaches Irish soil for the opening three stages.

 

Nicolas Roche has confirmed today that he will ride the Giro d’Italia next year.

Having skipped the three week Italian tour in favour of the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana in recent years, Roche had asked his Saxo Bank team if he could ride the 2014 edition as soon as it was announced that the Giro would spend three days in Ireland next year.

Having spoken with the team at a pre-season training camp this week, Roche received confirmation that he will be in Belfast for the Giro’s Grande Partenza on May 9th next.

“I’m really excited about the Giro coming to Ireland,” Roche told stickybottle today.

“I haven’t ridden it since 2007, when it was my first ever Grand Tour. So it will be a change from my recent race program and will mean a change in training plans and a bit of extra work this winter but I hope to arrive in Belfast in good shape and with some strong teammates.”

“As soon as I heard the Giro was coming to Ireland, I put my hand up and said I wanted to ride it,” said Roche.

“To be able to ride one of the biggest races in the world in Ireland, on some of the roads I raced on as an underage rider, is a once in a lifetime experience. I think having the Giro in Ireland next year is going to be really special for both the riders and the Irish fans. I’m really looking forward to it.”

With Roche and cousin Dan Martin now confirmed for the Giro next year, Irish fans will have plenty to shout about as the race winds its way around Belfast and then down to Dublin over the opening three
days.

Irish numbers in the event could swell even more before the official start with Philip Deignan expected to be part of Team Sky in the ‘corsa rosa’ and both Martyn Irvine and Sam Bennett in with a  chance of making their debut on the Grand Tour scene if their respective UnitedHealthcare and NetApp teams earn a wildcard invitation to the race.

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