The top Italian racer, Elia Viviani, made the Tour de France and the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo his main target next year. In order to achieve maximum results in the two events, Viviani is reportedly absent at one of the Grand Tours, Giro d’Italia.
The sprinter hero who will join the Cofidis Solutions Crédits team next season, is the gold medalist at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
In addition, Viviani also won the fourth stage, and a total of five podiums on the 2019 Tour de France. That success made Viviani occupy the third position in the points classification table.
Apparently this 30-year rider wants to repeat his neat achievements in the 2020 racing season. Together with Confidis, Viviani will take on the role of leader in the France-based team.
To Italian media, La Nazione, Viviani said his first target next season was to win the classic race, Milan-San Remo in March 2020. Understandably, from six times participating in this race, Viviani has not even won.
“My first target is to win Milan-San Remo and several other spring classics. I have to pay for my failure, “he said.
Milan-San Remo is one of the classic races held in Italy. His nickname is La Classicissima. In this event, the drivers will conquer the field as far as 298 kilometers, from Milan to San Remo.
Viviani actually has a great record at the Giro. He won the points classification at the 2018 Giro d’Italia. However, that did not necessarily make him tempted to appear there because he wanted to focus on the Olympics and the Tour de France.
“There will be no Giro d’Italia for me, except the Tour de France. Because, I want to prepare myself well, and perform 100 percent at the Tokyo Olympics later. This has been imprinted in my head, “Viviani stressed.