Fernando Gaviria (Quick Step Floors) is set to make his Grand Tour debut next year, at the 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia. The Colombian sprinter was arguably the best neo-pro of 2016, a season which saw him win stages at the Tour de San Luis, Tour de Provence, Tirreno-Adriatico and Tour de Pologne, but also GP Impanis-Van Petegem and Paris-Tours, one of the oldest classics on the calendar.
“He deserves to ride a Grand Tour after the solid season he’s had, during which he proved how strong he is, but at the same time I want to be clear that we won’t put any pressure on Fernando, who’ll rely on some experienced riders to guide him through”, said Davide Bramati, the team’s sport director.
“Of course, if a chance will come, he will try to grab it, as he’s shown on several occasions last year that he can go head-to-head with some of the best sprinters in the world and defeat them. But, as I’ve said, we will take each step at a time and first see how he copes with the difficulties of the race before laying out any goals.”
One of the most exciting young riders of the peloton, Fernando Gaviria declared himself excited at the opportunity he has been given.
“I am already looking forward to it. I’m aware I still have plenty of things to learn, but I’m motivated for the Giro d’Italia. I want to thank the team for putting their faith in me and for giving me this chance. At the moment, I don’t want to think too much about it, as my focus is on the first races of the season, but when the time will come, I’ll do all that I can to be prepared for this challenge”, said the 22-year-old.
The 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia (5-28 May) starts on the island of Sardinia and comes to a conclusion three weeks later in Milan, which will be the location of the final stage of the race for the third time in six editions.