Pierre Rolland has been trying throughout the 100th Giro d’Italia for that stage win, losing time in all flat stages to be allowed to go free in the mountainous stages. Today, with help from teammates, in particular Mike Woods, Rolland got his payback in stage 17 of the Giro. VeloNews’ Andrew Hood chatted to our Frenchman.
Pierre Rolland joined Cannondale-Drapac in 2016 as the team’s “Moneyball” bet on the Tour de France.
So for 2016, Rolland prepared 100 percent for the Tour, spending weeks at altitude in Tenerife, and came into the Tour ready to race. But as often happens in professional cycling, the incalculable factor of luck didn’t conform. Rolland hit the deck in stage 8, and again in stage 19, and the team’s GC hopes sunk with him.Team boss Jonathan Vaughters was convinced that the veteran Frenchman, who won on Alpe d’Huez and finished in the top-10, had the statistics to surprise the big-budget super-teams.