Katusha rider looks to mountaintop finishes for stage win
Joaquim Rodriguez is going directly from the Giro d'Italia to the Criterium du Dauphine, looking for the stage win he couldn't get in Italy. The Katusha captain finished fifth overall in the Giro.
He wants to “take advantage of the form I built up after three weeks to see if I can't win the stage that escaped me in the Giro,” he said on his personal website.
“The truth is that I have rested enough. I trained almost every day and yesterday I did four and a half hours with some intensity. After a race as hard as the Giro, it is logical that you are tired, but it also true that once your engine is warm, you have to take advantage of what you have from those three weeks.”
The Dauphine course suits Rodriguez, he said. “It has four mountaintop finishes, which gives me four chances. And it has a 42 km time trial, and after the closing time trial of the Giro, in which I was greatly improved over other time trials, I will be able to test my progress in this discipline.
He will be supported at the Dauphine by Vladimir Goussev, Mikhail Ignatiev, Sergei Ivanov, Vladimir Karpets, Alexander Kolobnev, Egor Silin and Yuriy Trofimov.