The Groupama-FDJ team has unveiled the names of the eight riders who will compete in the Giro, which will start from Turin on Saturday, and in the absence of Thibaut Pinot, Rudy Molard will have the status of protected rider.
Since the announcement of the package of Thibaut Pinot, who still suffers from his back since his fall in Nice during the first stage of the last Tour de France, the hopes of Groupama-FDJ on the Giro, which begins this Saturday in Turin, have been reduced, but the team will still try to look good on this first Grand Tour of the season. The French training unveiled the list of its eight riders on Tuesday, and there are three French, two Swiss, a Canadian, a Hungarian and a Dutchman. It is Rudy Molard (31 years old), for his second Giro (he had finished 44th in 2017) who will have the status of protected rider.
Four riders will discover the Giro
“On this Tour of Italy, I want to see a combative team, which goes forward and which takes risks in the breakaways to go and play stage victories. Obviously, the mission of our runners has changed; they had to be in the service of a leader, they are now being asked to play their cards, they must seize this opportunity. Rudy, from his experience and the fact that he has already worn the leader’s jersey on the Vuelta, will have the status of protected rider. He will focus on the stages that suit him but I don’t want him to abandon the general classification, I know he has the capacity to hang on every day. Each runner has a lot to bring to the group. Everyone will have their chance. It won’t be an easy Giro but we can experience great things with this group, ”said Philippe Mauduit, one of the three sporting directors of Groupama-FDJ on this Giro. Four riders of the team will compete in their very first Giro: Matteo Badilatti (28), Antoine Duchesne (29), Romain Seigle (26) and Lars van den Berg (22), for whom it will even be the whole first Grand Tour.
The Groupama-FDJ team for the Giro: Matteo Badilatti (SUI), Antoine Duchesne (CAN), Simon Guglielmi (FRA), Rudy Molard (FRA), Sébastien Reichenbach (SUI), Romain Seigle (FRA), Attila Valter (HON), Lars van der Berg (PBS)