Sánchez targeting Giro stage win initially

Euskaltel team leader Samuel Sánchez will go into the Giro d’Italia with the specific aim of a stage win, but believes that a podium finish is “not impossible”. Speaking at a press conference at Euskaltel’s HQ in the Basque Country, the Spanish veteran said, “Two places on the podium are almost assured, those of Nibali and Wiggins. But there’s another one up for grabs but it’s going to cost a lot to take it.”

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Peter Cossins has written about professional cycling since 1993 and is a contributing editor to Procycling. He is the author of The Monuments: The Grit and the Glory of Cycling's Greatest One-Day Races (Bloomsbury, March 2014) and has translated Christophe Bassons' autobiography, A Clean Break (Bloomsbury, July 2014).