By Monika Prell
Ricardo Serrano, who wears the colours of the Italian-Russian Tinkoff team this year, made his season debut at the Tour Méditerranéen. According to todociclismo.com, the 28-year-old Spaniard admits that his competition form is "good," but still not "the best."
"My big objective this year is Tirreno-Adriatico, so that I wanted to start the season well, but without being at 100 %. Later on, it will depend on if we will ride the Giro or not, for this reason I still don't know exactly my racing schedule," said Serrano.
He considers the Tour Méditerranéen to be characterized by "short and nervous stages." He hopes to stay near the front in France and will take it race by race.
Looking ahead, Serrano will get a chance to test his legs again on February 20 in the Trofeo Laigueglia (Italy) and on February 25 in the Tour du Haut Var (France). During a winter training camp, Serrano showed that he was the cyclist on his team with the best form, so he hopes not finish too far from the podium in the Tour Méditerranéen. In yesterday's stages, he showed his early form by finishing ninth in the second stage and third with his team Tinkoff in the team time trial.