03 March 2017

Sagan:”I’m motivated, if not why come here?”

Before the start of the Press Conference, the Deputy Director of Fondazione Monte Paschi, Marco Forte, and the Head of Sport of Siena Municipality, Leonardo Tafani, gave a warm welcome to those attending.

Peter Sagan: “This is for sure a very nice race, different from all the others because of the gravel roads. It’s beautiful to ride it and also to watch it from a spectator’s point of view. I’m certainly motivated, if not, why come here? Although I can’t say I won’t come back if I don’t win tomorrow… I’ll come back anyway because I just like it, from my very first experience here even though I wasn’t lucky. I was in an Italian team and I was already around here for Tirreno-Adriatico. But I crashed after 60km of racing, I had a flat tyre on the Sante Marie climb and the race was finished for me. It’s a fun race whatever happens. I actually don’t know what will happen. I only know there will be a winner and, if it shall be rainy, it will rain on everyone. It might make the race more dangerous but also easier if it shakes up the peloton. I don’t know because I’ve never raced on those gravel roads under rainy conditions.”

Amalie Dideriksen: “It’s my first time taking part in the Strade Bianche. I’m looking forward to it. I went to reconnoitre the last 30km today. It’s going to be very hard. The two previous winners [Megan Guarnier and Lizzie Deignan] are in my own team [Boels Dolmans], so I already took advice from them for this race.”