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Spain, September 7- 29, 2002
Vai Dani! Danilo Di Luca's Vuelta diary
Danilo Di Luca
Photo: © Sirotti
Team: Saeco-Longoni Sport
Italian speedster Danilo Di Luca from the Saeco-Longoni Sport Team will be
writing a diary for Cyclingnews.com during this year's Vuelta a España.
The classy rider has been in excellent form leading into the 2002 Vuelta, with
a recent victory in the Giro Del
Veneto showing he has hit Spain's major tour with motivation and speed.
With his consistent performances in Italy during August, Di Luca is looking
to the Vuelta with confidence. "The Giro del Veneto was my last race before
the Vuelta... we've got big plans for the Spanish race. Simoni will be going
for the overall and I'm looking for stage wins."
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September 4, 2002: Vuelta objectives
Hello to all the readers of www.cyclingnews.com. I'm honoured to contribute
this diary for the Vuelta a España. It's great to be able to communicate
directly with cycling fans around the world via Cyclingnews, who I hope will
get to know me better via this diary.
During the Vuelta, I'm going to share my experiences and feelings during the
race with you and I hope you enjoy it. This is the third time in my career I'm
riding the Vuelta but really the first time I'm going to be a protagonist in
the race! My objectives are to win a stage and to take the race leader's amarillo
jersey for at least one day. The best days for my characteristics are the fifth
and sixth stages so I'll really be focused on this goal right from the start.
As far as the overall race is concerned, I think that the Angliru must be the
"queen stage" and I think the eventual winner will be whoever is wearing the
leader's jersey after this stage. My favorites for the overall Vuelta win are
Beloki, Heras and Sevilla; all these Spanish riders against the top Italians
Gibo Simoni & Casagrande. And there could be a little suprise...
I'll leave from Rome Wednesday, September 4, to join my Saeco-Longoni Sport
team in Spain. Look for my next report after the Team Time Trial.
Danilo Di Luca's official
website - www.danilodiluca.com
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