Trek-Segafredo go stage hunting at the Giro d'Italia in Ciccone's absence

Paris-Nice stage winner Mads Pedersen heads up Trek-Segafredo's Giro d'Italia stage hunt
Paris-Nice stage winner Mads Pedersen heads up Trek-Segafredo's Giro d'Italia stage hunt (Image credit: ANNECHRISTINE POUJOULATAFP via Getty Images)

Trek-Segafredo have been forced to pivot their Giro d'Italia objectives just days before the start of the race following Giulio Ciccone's COVID-19 positive.

The Italian, who was excited about the Grande Partenza in his home region of Abruzzo, was expected to fight for mountain stage victories and be a GC challenger at the Corsa Rosa this month. 

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Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.


Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.


As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix