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Cunego's 2010 Giro d'Italia: stage wins

By:
Gregor Brown
Published:
October 24, 2009, 18:52 BST,
Updated:
October 24, 2009, 19:54 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Sunday, October 25, 2009
Race:
Giro d'Italia
Damiano Cunego (Lampre)

Damiano Cunego (Lampre)

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Classification "too stressful" for 2004 winner

Italian Damiano Cunego (Lampre) saw potential in the 2010 Giro d'Italia route unveiled in Milano on Saturday. He counted three or four stages he could win instead of thinking of how to win the overall classification.

"It is too stressful," Cunego said to Cyclingnews about racing for the overall classification. "It is easier to aim for a particular stage. You can show yourself better this way."

Cunego won the 2004 Giro d'Italia, but in recent years has performed better in one-day races and stages of multi-day races. He went to the Vuelta a España last month to win stages and came home with two: Alto de Aitana and La Pandera.

"I had a good test at the Vuelta. If I concentrate on particular stages I can go very well, whether in the Giro, the Tour or the Vuelta."

Giro organiser RCS Sport presented a traditional route, one with high mountain climbs in the third week. The race, from May 8 to 30, will take the riders up the Zoncolan, Plan de Corones, Mortirolo and Gavia climbs in the final week.

Cunego counted three or four stages that suit his strengths. "Not more," he said. "Maybe Terminillo in the first week and then there are lot of nervous stages in the second week. In the third week: Mortirolo or Plan de Corones, even if it is a time trial, it is a hard one."

The Italian will decide over the winter if he will race the Giro d'Italia or Tour de France.

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