Alghero - French
rider Thibaut Pinot will launch his Giro d'Italia bid starting Friday
flanked by a Swiss guard of FDJ climbing experts Steve Morabito and
The 26-year-old climber who is also now the French time-trial
champion competes in the Tour of Italy three years after finishing third
in the Tour de France.
"After each rest day a key stage has been included. You have to know
how to manage these breaks to restart at your maximum," said Morabito
ahead of his sixth Giro.
Morabito and Reichebach will support Pinot in the mountains, on whose
descents the Frenchman can look more than nervous on occasion.
The French outfit will also rely on new Swedish recruit Tobias
Ludvigsson in an very experienced group which includes William Bonnet,
Matthieu Ladagnous, Jérémy Roy and Benoît Vaugrenard.
FDJ team for Giro from May 5-28:
Thibaut Pinot (FRA), William Bonnet (FRA), Matthieu Ladagnous (FRA),
Tobias Ludvigsson (SWE), Rudy Molard (FRA), Steve Morabito (SUI),
Sébastien Reichenbach (SUI), Jérémy Roy (FRA), Benoît Vaugrenard (FRA)