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Nicolas Roche to ride 2014 Giro

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November 29, 2013, 06:33,
November 29, 2013, 13:44
First Edition Cycling News, Friday, November 29, 2013
Giro d'Italia
The 2014 Giro d'Italia route

The 2014 Giro d'Italia route

  • The 2014 Giro d'Italia route
  • Irishman Nicolas Roche (Saxo-Tinkoff) leads a Grand Tour for the first time in his career
  • Giro d'Italia 2014: Stage 2
  • Nicolas Roche (Saxo-Tinkoff) celebrates his stage win on the second day of the Vuelta

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First Italian Grand Gour since 2007 for Irishman

Nicolas Roche (Saxo-Tinkoff) has confirmed that he will be on the start line of the 2014 Giro d’Italia in Belfast next May. Roche’s first Grand Tour participation was also at the Giro, 20 years after his father Stephen won the 1987 edition of the race.

"As soon as I heard the Giro was coming to Ireland, I told the team I wanted to ride it," Roche said. "But the season was just finished and they told me to take a break and they'd think about it."

"We had our first pre-season training camp this week and Saxo Bank confirmed to me today that the Giro is on my race programme for next year, so I'm really happy to be able to say I'll be in Belfast next May."

The attraction of three stages in Ireland was too much for Roche to resist. "To be able to ride a Grand Tour in Ireland, it's not something you ever think could happen when you start racing at home as a kid," he said. "I won my first race in Dundalk as an U-14 and now I'm going to be riding through the same town in the world's second biggest race, as a professional."

Roche joins his cousin Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp) in announcing that he will ride the Giro next year. New Team Sky signing Philip Deignan could join the duo if selected while the presence of more Irish riders will depend on which teams receive wildcard invitations. Irish track world champion Martyn Irvine (UnitedHealthcare) and first-year professional Sam Bennett (NetApp) could also feature if their teams are invited to the race. They are among the eight teams that applied for a wildcard.

"The amount of Irish flags that I see at the Tour de France every year and other big races abroad always amazes me," said Roche. "I can only imagine what it will be like at home. It's going to be very exciting for us Irish riders in the Giro."

Roche is hoping that he can compete in both the Giro and Tour de France, using the Italian race as preparation for July. "I actually think that if I finish the Giro on a strong note that I could recover and be as strong, or even stronger, for the Tour de France, but at the moment I'm just concerned about getting set for the Giro," said Roche.

boombastic 12 months ago
respect nicholas. agreeing to be supporter for majka just to participate in giro and ride in ireland is really noble and brave move. i hope you'll find form on vuelta too, when you'll be riding for gc.
Stalky 12 months ago
I still think Contador should ride the giro-vuelta, and let Roche focus on the tour
TANK91 12 months ago
No you mean Kreuziger, Roche can come 9th 10th maximum at the TDF, Saxo have bigger fish to fry in july without Roche lol, Contador should do the Giro/Vuelta everyone says it, as he can win both. But i really think Kreuziger should not have to do same races as Contador he proved last year he deserves his own chance, so Roche can Dom for RK, and Majka should go the Tour with AC,Majka is way better than Roche.
movingtarget 12 months ago
Contador will probably top 10 at the Tour as well. I don't think he can make the podium. But I think after last year's race, Riis realizes that Kreuziger will be important for Contador. Roche should support Majka at the Giro. Either way Majka has a TT that won't help him. Roche showed improvement this year but still not enough to make the podium at any of the GTs except possibly the Vuelta. Kreuziger and Majka also showed improvement. it's hard to see Saxo winning a GT in 2014 but they could be on all three podiums.
wirral 12 months ago
At the start, Roche will promise to ride sensibly and not focus too much on the GC. By about the third day, he will be absolutely focussed on GC and GC only. He will try to stay with the top 5 causing him to take a massive time loss somewhere near the end of the 2nd week to leave him around 17th. He will then continue to think about GC only. He will drag himself up to 16th before losing 3 more places to finish 19th on GC with no stage wins by the end of the race.