CyclingNews chatted with 2017 Giro d’Italia stage winner Pierre Rolland and Grand Tour debutante Mike Woods for this post-Giro story on ambitions achieved.
The Cannondale-Drapac team started the Giro d’Italia intending to “light-up” up the race, target stage victories and hope that Davide Formolo could finish in the top ten overall.
The team’s highlight of the Giro d’Italia was, without a doubt, Pierre Rolland’s stage victory in Canazei after going on the attack day after day in the mountains. Rolland timed his final solo attack on stage 17 to perfection and could count on teammate Michael Woods to block and dissuade the chase behind. The Frenchman was happy to swap any satisfaction of a good overall result for the heady emotions of a stage victory.
Kristijan Koren, Tom-Jelte Slagter, Alex Howes and Davide Villella all tried their luck in breaks or with late attacks, while Joe Dombrowski fought back from an injury-hit spring and went on the attack with Rolland on stage.