Formolo: I'll do less with Pogacar and more for myself in 2022

VARESE ITALY OCTOBER 05 Davide Formolo of Italy and UAE Team Emirates competes in the breakaway during the 100th Tre Valli Varesine a 1967km race from Busto Arsizio to Varese 377m AlfredoBindaVa on October 05 2021 in Varese Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Formolo riding for his own chances at Tre Valli Varesine this year (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Davide Formolo was caught between a rock and a hard place in the final week of this year's Giro d’Italia. A crash on the gravel stage to Montalcino had seemingly ruined his prospects of a top-10 finish, but he remained too much of a threat on general classification to be allowed infiltrate early breaks and hunt stages.

In the longer term, meanwhile, he knew that he would have to report for duty at the Tour de France just weeks after the Giro reached Milan. Come the dying days of the Giro, he already had one eye on the role he would have to perform on behalf of UAE Team Emirates leader Tadej Pogačar in France.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.