An unforgettable start in Denmark

Ciao a tutti. I’m back in Italy but I can’t forget this trip to Denmark for my first start at the Giro d’Italia. When I was on the start ramp for the opening time trial in Herning, I thought: “well… I’ve seen this race on TV for many years, now here I am!” But once in action, it’s just another bike race, except that this one is so much more important than the others. I got a decent time at the end of the 8.7km course. I’ve came in 1:01 down on Taylor Phinney but that was of no importance seeing as I’m not here to play my own card on GC. It was a great ride even though it was windy. I was amazed by the number of spectators on the roadsides, and it was the same for the second and third stages. I really didn’t know that cycling was so popular in Scandinavia.

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Enrico Battaglin, 22, is a neo-pro with the Colnago-CSF team. Excited to line up for his first-ever Giro d'Italia and the longest race of his career thus far, Battaglin will test himself over the next three weeks. He'll share his experiences of the 2012 Giro d'Italia with Cyclingnews readers in this blog.