Rafal Majka, who finished seventh overall at the Tour de San Luis, will target the podium at the Giro d’Italia. He rose to prominence at the 2013 Giro d’Italia, where he finished 7th overall, and was 6th one year later.
“When I did the Vuelta, my first objective was to make the top five but after when I made the podium I was so happy”, he explained to Cyclingnews. “The Giro is a really hard race. I’ve done it twice and I’ve finished sixth and seventh. This year I will be fighting against some big riders but I’m happy to be going there and for sure the objective is not for the first five, I need to be fighting for the podium.”
“I will try my best to be in good condition, but it is also important to try and avoid losing time because of crashes or mechanical problems. This is really important. I think that riders have to be in good shape but they also have to have some luck.”
His performance in Argentina last week is ‘a good start to the season’. “It’s still a long way out to the Giro d’Italia but I’m happy. Now my condition is getting better, and I think that every month it gets better.”
Before his return to Europe, he will check the Olympic road race with his teammate Peter Sagan. His next race will be the Ruta del Sol on February 17. “It is a busy schedule but after the Giro I will have some rest. I think in the first days of the Tour I will be dropped for sure because it is not easy to do the Giro and the Tour. For sure, in the last weeks, I want to be up there at the front to help Alberto win the Tour de France.”
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