On the eve of the Giro d'Italia, Geraint Thomas, Rohan Dennis and Tao Geoghegan Hart give their pre-race thoughts.
"Ganna absolutely smashed us at worlds, so he is the out and out favourite. It starts with one kilometre uphill and although it’s not going to determine the win, I hope it will help my chances a little bit. But the last 6kms are pretty much flat, so it will come down to who has the best power and whose got the legs really – which is Filippo at the moment. As much as he is my teammate I would still like a win! GC-wise I think it’s really good for G as well.
"I think that if I do get the maglia rosa, I will probably lose it on day two. There’s no need for us to do any more work than we will have to do for G, and on the third stage we will be at the front helping him, so I am not going to waste my energy - even in the second TT. I am just going to cruise that second TT and then for the third – well, it’s the last stage so might as well have another crack."
“I am relaxed and happy. This will be my last race of 2020. It has been a very strange and unexpected year for us all, but I would like to use this opportunity to have something great to reflect upon come November. The Giro is a beautiful race and ultimately I am looking forward to the journey the next three weeks will bring.