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Lotto Belisol: Francis De Greef analyses his Giro
Francis De Greef has finished the Giro d’Italia on the 21st place in the GC at 33’20” of overall winner Vincenzo Nibali. Cisse is the first Belgian in the classification. In the edition of 2012 he became 19th, he had hoped to set the same or a higher result. The course wasn’t to his advantage, too explosive. The bad weather conditions and route changes that followed, made that a lot of climbs were cancelled. De Greef makes an analysis of the past three weeks in Italy.

Francis De Greef: “I expected more of my GC. The course wasn’t to my advantage this year. There were many explosive stages: a long flat run-up with a climb at the end. Due to the bad weather and the modifications to the route that was even more the case. I need exhausting races, with three to four cols a day. We had that the previous edition. On top of that the condition probably wasn’t 100% and the other participants were strong. Last year I was about 25th on the penultimate day and I made the jump to place 19.”

“There were only five real mountain stages in this Giro d’Italia and only one was left. In two stages climbs were cancelled, in the stage to the Galibier the peloton was riding all together on the first col and last Friday the stage was cancelled. Many height meters got lost, which is a disadvantage to me. If there’s many climbing in one day, many riders become less explosive and tempo and endurance is more important. The top fifteen was strong, but the top twenty would have been possible. When I was part of the breakaway in stage 16 I had hoped we could stay ahead till the end. Unfortunately it was in two teams’ interests to catch the front group. Few breakaways had the chance to battle for the victory.”

“As a team we only missed one big break, the rest of the time we were always present. Adam Hansen won a stage, so we can’t complain about our Giro. It would have been nice if I had a higher ranking. That isn’t the case and that’s a pity.”


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