Russian Denis Menchov (Rabobank) believes the he has a chance of repeating his 2009 Giro d'Italia victory, beating favourites like Astana's Alberto Contador. At the race presentation Saturday in Milano, Menchov saw a mountainous 2010 route, similar to the one Spain's Contador won in 2008.
"I am also a good climber," Menchov said to Cyclingnews. "I can do well in the climbs when my form is at its best. I finished fifth in 2008, which is not too bad. If I really want to go for the Giro win again, I will just modify my preparation to be in a position to win."
The 2010 Giro d'Italia ends with an explosive week of climbing. Organiser RCS Sport unveiled a route that will take the riders up the Zoncolan, Plan de Corones, Mortirolo and Gavia climbs.
"I like the stages in the last week, the mythical ones, like Mortirolo and Gavia."
Menchov won this year's Giro d'Italia, but its route was a non-classical one criticised by some journalists and cyclists. It ended in Roma, far from the Giro's famous climbs in the Alps and Dolomites.
Menchov finished third in the 2008 Tour de France and he may return to win it next year. He will decide in the next month if he will race both the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France, or the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España.
"I don't know which one suits me better, it's hard to say. I like the Giro, the mountains, but also the Tour's route. I think the two races are similar this year. They are both going to be hard races."
Menchov placed fifth in 2006 Tour de France. His other Grand Tour victory was the Vuelta a España in 2007.
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