“It will be a Giro for young men who may stick their noses to the window for the first time, but who will not do so for the last”, De Gendt said at the start this morning.
“Maybe we will get a surprising winner, but we will say in 5 years: this Giro was the first big round in a long series.”
“Who do I think of? Especially Joao Almeida. He already has the pink jersey and at that young age you fight for it every day. He has a great chance.”
Harm Vanhoucke is 5th in the standings. Is he also on De Gendt’s list? “Maybe he could, but we’re not putting pressure on him. We want to help him survive every day.”