Ciccone will attend the next Vuelta as leader of the Trek

The Italian will act as head of ranks for the first time in a big one. Add two partial victories in the Giro next to the classification of the mountain.


Giulio Ciccone has shown his quality as a climber in recent seasons. He has shone with his own light in his land, in the Giro d'Italia, where he has achieved two stage victories and the mountain jersey. In the Tour de France he hit the stick with a partial second place and came to wear the yellow leader's jersey. However, all these merits will not lead him to be leader of the ranks for the first time in either of the two races, since he will have that privileged role in the next edition of the Tour of Spain.

The 26-year-old Italian has earned commanding the Trek-Segafredo in the Spanish round, a challenge full of illusion for him. "Honestly, I don't feel pressure. Sure, it's a big responsibility, that's true. But I'm young and I have many opportunities. And I will have another Giro with Vincenzo first, so I can study a little more. I will have another year - well, almost a whole season - to improve my skills, for example in the time trial. So I have time and I don't have much pressure, "Ciccone analyzed in a videoconference for Cyclingnews.

In those words he also confirmed his presence at the Giro d'Italia, where he will work for a Vincenzo Nibali who is in the last throes of his career. "It is the first time that I will try to go for the general, but I think it is also a real opportunity. I need to understand if I can do it or not. After the Vuelta, I will have to make some decisions about my race," acknowledged the Italian, whose The calendar prior to the Spanish round will be made up of Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana (3-7 February), Volta ao Algarve (17 February-21), Tirreno-Adriatico (10 March), Milan-San Remo (20 March ) and Giro (from May 8) .

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