Riccò eyeing Giro's second stage

After a fairly unspectacular opening to his Giro d'Italia campaign, Saunier Duval leader Riccardo Riccò already has his thoughts on a possible early victory on stage two. The Italian, whose team finished 15th out of 22 on the stage one team time trial, believes tomorrow's undulating 207 kilometre route across Sicily will be to his liking, as well as being an opportunity to assess the form of his rivals.

"The first stage for us was not exciting, but I am happy because the team gave everything they had," said Riccò. "Even last year, in Sardinia, the result was not very good, but still it was the prelude to an unforgettable tour. The race has only just begun and there is still a considerable way to go. Tomorrow's stage, at least on paper, suits my characteristics, but also suits those of many other riders."

Earlier this season, the 24 year-old had suffered from bronchial problems that derailed his Spring Classics campaign, but after spending the past two weeks training in the Dolomites, Riccò is looking forward to testing himself in the Giro's high mountains.

"I remain convinced of my ability," he added. "But I still must verify fully my condition. For me it was a turbulent start to the season. With the falls and physical problems I was never able to really test myself until now. However, the sensations are good and in a few days after the first mountains we will see what chances I have."

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