“There are no secrets,” he added, when asked why he thought things had gone so well for him this year. “I ended up having a winter without physical problems, and I was able to train as I wanted during the winter, which prepared me for the start of the season. And then it was the same during this pandemic time, so it’s nice to see that when I can train, I can be competitive for wins. ”
He was also asked if he was disappointed that he could not wear the tricolor Italian champion’s jersey next year, his new European champion’s jersey having “priority” over him as a title.
“I wish I had this problem more often, because it would mean that I won something special,” Nizzolo joked. “Of course, I love the Italian jersey, because it is one of the most beautiful jerseys in the world of cycling, but I am really proud to wear the jersey of the European champion in the world, so I think this will be a great year. ”
Valgren is another of NTT’s top hopes for a stage victory in this year’s Tour, and after trying to help Nizzolo on the opening stage, the 2018 Amstel Gold Race winner is looking forward to be in the mix from stage 2 on Sunday, which also begins and ends in Nice but is longer – at 186 km – much more hilly than stage 1, and includes the first category climbs of the Col de la Colmiane and from the Turini pass.
“It’s pretty simple: my ambition, and our ambition, is to win, as much as possible,” Valgren said at Friday’s press conference. “I aim to try to win a stage, and we have a good chance of winning tomorrow with Giacomo. ”
Valgren – who lives in the south of France during the racing season – added that having the Tour Great departure in Nice this weekend makes him feel like he is at home.
“I’m definitely going to make breakaways and try to look for every opportunity,” said the 28-year-old. “I feel really calm. I got my ass kicked at the Critérium du Dauphiné [two weeks ago] but we had a good recovery plan, and i worked hard, so now i feel pretty good the last few days. I feel confident and can’t wait to get started. ”