Astana‘s veteran Paolo Tiralongo announced at the start of the Giro d’Italia that it would be his final year in the peloton. The 39-year-old has won three stages of the Giro during his career, but is best known as a super domestique who helped Alberto Contador win the Giro in 2011 (although his title was subsequently stripped).
“Yes, this will be my last Giro, my thirteenth and last,” Tiralongo said.
“I imagined another race since I’ve started my preparation for it on last winter, then many things happened, first with the Fabio [Aru]’s injury, then with the tragedy happened to our teammate Michele Scarponi,” he added. “but life goes on and me and my seven teammates we are here to honour Michele’s memory and try to win as more stages as possible.”
“We prepared this Giro very well and I’m sure we have everything necessary to play our cards in several stages, one could be even tomorrow with its nervous final… it isn’t easy at all for no one but we are strong and we can do it!”
Tiralongo’s last personal victory came on stage 9 of the 2015 Giro d’Italia in San Giorgio del Sannio where he skipped away from the peloton with a late attack.
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