Gianni Moscon is looking forward to riding his first Giro d’Italia in 2019.
The Italian will once again target the Spring Classics as he aims to improve on his career-best fifth place finish at Paris-Roubaix in 2017, before tackling his home Grand Tour in May.
He said: “The main objective for the next season is the Classics in Belgium, the pave Classics, and then I’m really looking forward to the Giro: my first Giro d’Italia.
“Riding the Giro d’Italia is really exciting for me. As an Italian kid I grew up watching the Giro and now to be there on that screen with all my family watching in Italy will be amazing.”
Moscon enjoyed a strong finish to 2018, winning Coppa Agostoni and Giro della Toscana, before defending his Italian time trial crown and winning the Tour of Guangxi, the final WorldTour race of the season.
“Hopefully I will continue the good form of the last part of the season,” Moscon added. “It’s always difficult to get to the top of the condition when you want but I started last year well and I’m really confident I can be in good shape in the spring.
“I love the pave. It’s unique. You ride on that terrain only for the Classics and no more during the season. That’s what makes the atmosphere. It’s something epic.
“My fifth place in Paris-Roubaix gives me motivation to go there and get a better result and really fight for the win. I think arriving so close in 2017 makes me hope for a big result.”
The Italian rode to an impressive fifth in the World Championships in Innsbruck last year and he also has his eye on competing in Yorkshire this season.
“Of course the World Championships in Yorkshire is one of the objectives for this season. Some people say it’s easy; some people say it’s hard. I think it will be a hard World Championships like always. The distance is really long and I don’t think there are any easy roads in Yorkshire!
“I rode the Tour de Yorkshire in 2016. What I remember is the massive amount of people watching the race on the side of the road, even if it was raining. I remember a big crowd everywhere. The atmosphere is simply amazing. The race was hard - no flat at all! You are always on the pedals.”