Israel - Premier Tech have been relegated, however have kept most of their leaders. Riders who will now contest a secondary calendar, they have however secured automatic wildcards to all one-day races, and that is to the liking of Giacomo Nizzolo who still aims high.
In an interview with BiciPro, Nizzolo admitted: “To be honest, it doesn’t change much for me, in the sense that my objectives are in one-day races, and we still have the right/obligation (automatic wildcard, ed.) to participation in all of the one-day WorldTour races."
“That means the Monuments, but it also means races like Hamburg, Plouay, Canada and so on. On the other hand, for the Grand Tours, we’ll have to wait for the invitations and then see what the best choice will be for me.
Nizzolo, 33 years of age, has had a difficult season with injuries in the mix. He's been present in sprints throughout the year, but could only take a small win at the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon. The Italian has racked up some points for the team but was unable to save it. He's going to have his priority in the classics next season, most specifically those where the sprinters have good opportunities.
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"My focus is on the first part of the season with the Classics and that’s not in doubt. Milano-Sanremo will be the first real big objective," he revealed. Nizzolo is currently in Gran Canaria, Spain, beginning his training after suffering from a collarbone fracture recently.
“When I get back, I’ll undergo more scans but in theory the worst should have passed. Getting back on the bike so quickly was a positive surprise. Clearly, I’m happy. Oftentimes, recovery starts in the head. I was convinced I could start again and that’s what I did," he concluded.