Alessandro del Piero says that he will lose weight for a stage race in order to qualify for the next Tour de French.
The Italian has been at the back of the peloton in recent months due to injury, and he has been forced to take time off after failing to make the top 10 at the Tour of Qatar last year.
Del Pieron has won two stages of the Tour since the start of 2018 and has been on the front line for the pelotonnier, which will begin on Monday.
He will need to make up for lost time to make it to the final in Lyon, France, but his motivation is strong and he is confident he will qualify.
“It’s a pity to have such a hard race on the penultimate day of the season,” Del Pieroso said in a press conference.
“But I think this is a very good opportunity for me to try something new, because I think it’s going to be a very hard race and I want to win it.
I think I can do it.”
Del Pierosi said that he would need to go faster than he has done in recent weeks to qualify and that he was hopeful that he could go further than he did in Qatar.
“I will try my best, and I’ll try my strongest,” Del Peri said.
“I’m looking forward to this stage, but I’m also not satisfied.
I have always said that if I have a good race I will go on, but that doesn’t mean I won’t go further.
If I have to go even further, I will.”
Del Piero is one of the best climbers in the peloponietro and has recently been training in the mountains, which have been difficult to climb.
Del Pero will need a strong performance on Monday in order for him to qualify, and his last big mountain stage finish in Qatar was his fifth in 10 years.
The 27-year-old is already known for his explosiveness on the climbs, and while he has only won one stage of the Vuelta so far, he will have the opportunity to show his talent once again in Lyon.
He will have a strong team in his corner in the race, as Alessandro Trentin is a favourite to win the yellow jersey in the final.
He is currently second in the classification, but he could face a difficult time in the finale due to the long time difference between the two races.
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