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All options still open for Cannondale at Giro

Rigoberto Urán lost time when he expected to make gains in the time trial, and now he'll need to use the mountains to fight for pink.

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BIBIONE, Italy (VN) — The 2016 Giro d’Italia is about to kick into overdrive with the first major mountains, and Cannondale pedals into the Dolomites with all options still on the table.

The Giro hasn’t gone great for the American outfit, but it hasn’t gone bad, either. Despite not bringing a sprinter, the team’s been on the hunt for a stage win, with Moreno Moser kicking to third in stage 8 and fourth with Nate Brown in stage 10. With the real mountains looming, Cannondale’s banking on becoming protagonists as the Giro hits a trio of climbing stages this weekend.

“The team spirit is still very high,” said Cannondale sport director Fabrizio Guidi. “Things didn’t go as hoped in the time trial [Sunday], but the hardest part of the Giro is still ahead of us. We are still fighting for everything in this Giro.”

Team captain Rigoberto Urán is hoping to rebound from Sunday’s time trial, when the Colombian crashed in the rain, and was forced to make a bike change on a day when he was hoping to make big gains. Instead, he lost time, and rolls into this weekend’s big mountain stages in 11th overall at 3:12 back.

“The crash cost us about a minute and a half, but the good news is Rigo is not injured,” Guidi said. “We have not been able to see the real Rigo yet. He is in very good condition, but it’s been a strange Giro. Normally we have a big summit already in the first half, but so far, we have not seen a true test. We have had a few hints, and Rigo has been there when he needs to be.”

Urán has twice finished second in the Giro (2013, 2014), and after a rough 2015 season, he came into this Giro aiming for the outright victory. At 2:05 behind pre-race favorite Alejandro Valverde of Movistar, however, he has his work cut out for him and will need to attack the favorites if he wants a legitimate chance of landing on the final podium.

“Things didn’t go as we hoped in the time trial, that’s for sure,” Urán said. “The mountains will show who is strong. I feel good, so let’s hope.”

Cannondale will have the legs to help Urán in the imminent battle. Joe Dombrowski, Brown, Davide Formolo, and Andre Cordoso should be ready. Proof was found in Brown’s fourth-place result in stage 10.

“That was very important for Nate. He is still learning how to race a grand tour, so that demonstrates he is still up to a higher level,” Guidi said. “To see how Nate managed that breakaway showed he has very good climbing legs. After working in the first week, taking up bidons, he deserved it.”

Another goal for the second half of the Giro will be chasing the young rider’s jersey with Formolo. Right now, he’s 5:49 behind race leader and white jersey rival Bob Jungels of Etixx – Quick-Step. The Luxemburger has worked hard to earn and defend pink, and is expected to fade once the Giro turns into the big mountains. Formolo won a stage in his Giro debut last year and is a pure climber who will have the odds in his favor when the roads tilt upward, but Guidi downplayed the pressure on Formolo to race for the jersey.

“The most important thing for Davide is to pass each stage without trouble, and without having a bad day,” Guidi said. “If he has the legs, he will help Rigo, and if the situation is right, he can have a chance. If the jersey comes, it comes.”

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