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ANDREY AMADOR: “THE GIRO IS AN ENDLESS EMOTION

In May the Italian roads are colored in pink. It is the month of the Giro and maybe one thinks automatically about this popular celebration and feels somewhat nostalgic. To keep our good habits, we have asked the protagonists of this race to tell us some stories

Andrey Amador
He is 33 years old. He made his debut as a pro in 2009 with Movistar Team. He won a stage at the 2012 Giro d’Italia and in 2016 he was the first Costa Rican to ever wear the pink jersey. He currently races with Team Ineos.

It is strange and a little sad to be at home when I should have been at the Giro these days. It has been a very tough time for everyone, first of all because of the lives this virus has claimed and the chaos that it has spread all over the world. At a social and sports level, it’s a very hard blow, and it’s too bad that the Giro d’Italia will not be raced in May – a month that makes this grand tour special. I’ve always said that it’s my favorite race, the most beautiful one in the whole cycling calendar for a number of reasons, its atmosphere as well as the passionate and heart-warming fans! Italy is a wonderful country. I’m particularly in love with the Dolomites – a charming and ravishing place. One day, I will go on holiday there, I’m sure of that.

The Giro is the protagonist of my most vivid memories. In 2012 I secured the stage win in Cervinia and in 2016 I wore the pink jersey: an endless emotion! Of course, these have been the nicest moments of my career as a pro, however not only my individual victories remind me of the reasons why I chose this career. There are the unforgettable days I spent with my squad and my team mates, such as the three weeks last year. Richard (Carapaz) surprised everyone except us: we knew that he was in an amazing condition at the grand start in Bologna. He was very strong; the year before he finished fourth overall in the Giro… We were expecting sparkles, and so it was. We were always very confident. Even during the final week, he was self-assured and conveyed that feeling to the entire team, day by day, from dawn to dusk. It was a super nice race, also thanks to a great team spirit. The result is plain to see.

When we will resume racing, many things will be different, but for me it will be a restart on all accounts. I am excited for my new team and I couldn’t wait to work with them. Unfortunately, I made my debut in February at the UAE Tour, but we all know how things went. I didn’t have time to enjoy the new situation, pedalling with my new mates. I’m looking forward to going back to everyday life with the rest of the team, getting to know new people, colleagues and staff. As to the rider Andrey, I’d like to continue to make progress, learn new things and do my best, as always. I know well what my role is, but I certainly don’t want to miss the occasion – when opportunity knocks… I’ll be ready. In cycling, just like in life, you cannot miss the right chances.

 


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