Menchov to Giro

Russian Denis Menchov has confirmed that he will once again ride the Giro d'Italia. The Rabobank rider made his intentions to participate clear to organiser RCS, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport. Menchov finished fifth last year, 3:37 behind the winner.

Menchov won the Vuelta a España twice, in 2005 after Roberto Heras was caught for doping and in 2007.

Menchov acknowledged that participating in the Giro last year totally changed his mind about the race. "I like the race as it is never dull and the weather is optimal for me and the spectators."

Menchov hopes to better his result from last year. "I was in good shape then, but not at my very top." His 2008 results made him realise that he can race two Grand Tours at the highest level. "It appear others think so, too.

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