Giulio Ciccone had a rather successful season. The numbers were great, and it could have been a lot better had there been no crashes. Ciccone will have the same goals for next season and expect much better results “This was my best year in terms of numbers but in 2019, I was only racing for stages and I was able to sacrifice everything else, so maybe I seemed stronger to outsiders,” Ciccone said from Trek-Segafredo’s training camp in Altea, Spain, as quoted by cyclingnews “This year I was in the top five up to the last few days of the Giro, so overall I was much stronger in 2021.
I know my work was good and I saw I could go well in stage races”. Ciccone believes the route of the Giro will suit him as a driver. However, the biggest goal is victories, and only then something else. “Honestly, the route of the Giro is more suited to my characteristics, with very few time trial kilometres, and with harder stages,” Ciccone said.
“We don’t know the field yet but, generally speaking, it’s more complicated to aim for the GC at the Tour because of the overall level. But we’ll decide that as we go along. The objective is to get back to winning, and then along the way we’ll see if it’s better to think about the GC or stage wins”.
Although most athletes are overly optimistic, Ciccone wants to present himself as a realist and believes that there are much better cyclists than him who are at a higher level. Still, he hopes for a good result, and maybe he manages to surprise some of them “It’s important to do say that we’re going through a period where there are riders of very high level and phenomenal riders like Pogačar, Roglič and Bernal, who really have something more.
That has to be recognised,” Ciccone said. “You have to be realistic and see where you can actually go, without aiming too high. I’m realistic." "I was up there in the top five at the Giro for a long time without having invested in the time trial, without having taken care of many details, and without having started the race as a leader."
"So maybe I could dream of the podium, but it depends on the circumstances, on the other riders present, on lots of different things”. We will see how Ciccone will fare next season, but for now it is optimistic