Ciccone: Leading at Vuelta a España will be a real opportunity

Giulio Ciccone (Image credit: Getty Images)

Before Giulio Ciccone faces his first examination as a team leader at this season’s Vuelta a España, he will have three weeks in finishing school at the Giro d’Italia under the tutelage of Vincenzo Nibali.

The Italian’s climbing ability has carried him to two stage victories at the Giro over the years, as well as to two days in the yellow jersey at the 2019 Tour de France, but this season marks a new departure for the 26-year-old, who has been handed leadership of Trek-Segafredo at the Vuelta.

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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.