Yesterday, Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Fondital) tested his legs on the Vuelta a Murcia's time trial parcours, stage 4, March 10. Il Piccolo Principe will be able to ride against the clock for the first time this season, and against key rivals, in the Spanish stage race, running today through Sunday, March 11. Slated to start in Murcia are Italians Gilberto Simoni (Saunier Duval-Prodir), Paolo Savoldelli (Astana) and Stefano Garzelli (Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo); Russian Denis Menchov (Rabobank) and Spaniard Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne).
"It is flat for the first 18 kilometres," said the 25 year-old after the test ride to La Gazzetta dello Sport. "While the last three are hard, like a mountain time trial. It will be a good test for the Giro, I will go at my maximum and I am curious to measure myself against the others."
Read Damiano Cunego wind tunnel testing with John Cobb for more about Cunego's time trialing