The Italian, who this season received his first profession stage on the Giro d’Italia after logging 11 second place finishes stretching again to 2013, has a return to his dwelling Grand Tour subsequent Might firmly in his sights subsequent season, amongst different various targets.
With organisers RCS Sport having unveiled the route for the Corsa Rosa earlier this month, the race appears to be like to be set as much as host showdown of the peloton’s high sprinters, with six or seven of the 21 phases more likely to characteristic mass bunch finishes.
Talking at Israel Begin Up’s end-of-year camp in Israel, Nizzolo instructed Cyclingnews that the race can be amongst his targets for 2022, alongside a lot of spring Classics, races the place he loved success this season.
“I believe many sprinters are eager about the Giro,” Nizzolo stated.
“It appears to be like like a superb race for sprinters with a number of choices to dash. I am wanting ahead to beginning work with this lead out practice after which showcase on the Giro with a good condition.
“I wish to be good in Milan-San Remo, too. It is at all times a tough race however my aim – as with different years – is to try to be in the beginning in 100 per cent situation after which within the race we’ll see what occurs. Up till then, the principle focus might be on making ready for that race 100 per cent.
“Then I’ve seen final yr just a few Classics the place I could be up there, so I might wish to proceed with this enchancment within the Classics. We have proven now we have a very sturdy Classics core within the workforce and that is the important thing to be good there. I actually imagine that we could be up there and play for one thing huge at this workforce.”
In 2020, Nizzolo completed fifth in Milan-San Remo, third within the dash behind late attackers Julian Alaphilippe and Wout van Aert, although subsequent spring the ‘sprinter’s Traditional’ will not be the one race he’ll be focussed on.
In recent times, the 32-year-old has proven a aptitude for the northern Classics, having taken second on the 2020 Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne in addition to taking fourth and second locations this yr’s Traditional Brugge-De Panne and Gent-Wevelgem.
“After San Remo, I believe Gent-Wevelgem is an effective possibility,” he stated.
“Dwars can also be a pleasant one, after which Harelbeke I do not know. In Flanders final yr I wasn’t so good as a result of I used to be sick. Then I believe Roubaix can be too late if I need to put together the Giro correctly so possibly I will not do that one.”
A tilt on the rainbow jersey and a devoted lead out practice
A tilt on the rainbow jersey in Wollongong, Australia can also be in his thoughts as he appears to be like to return to the World Championships. He was fifth in Qatar in 2016 when Italy’s protected sprinter and fifteenth this yr in an analogous position.
Nizzolo is conscious, nonetheless, that competitors to steer the Italy squad on the flat course might be fierce, with the likes of Sonny Colbrelli, Elia Viviani and Davide Ballerini additionally within the body. Former sprinter turned highway captain Daniele Bennati has just lately been named as Italy’s new males’s nationwide coach.
“My aim is to do the absolute best season after which it relies upon additionally on the others,” he stated when requested about potential management ambitions.
“I’ll do my finest after which we’ll see in the long run who would be the chief of the nationwide workforce. Fortunately, now we have good choices so to be the chief I have to win lots. I’ve to do a superb season to be the chief.
“He was a quick man and a fantastic teammate for me,” Nizzolo stated of Bennati. “He has been considered one of my examples after I turned professional – he taught me many issues – so I am very joyful that he is on board.”
After a “good and constant” 2021 marketing campaign which noticed him decide up wins elsewhere on the Clásica de Almería and Circuito de Getxo, Nizzolo is seeking to construct on that for 2022 with a devoted lead out practice.
He’ll be working with Alex Dowsett, Matthias Brändle and Rick Zabel as a part of the brand new practice – “a constantly strong practice” says Dowsett – having probably not had one earlier than in his profession.
“They would be the core of the lead-out practice,” Nizzolo stated. “Hopefully I can share with them many of the races of the yr.
“Usually Zabel would be the final one and Dowsett has actually good abilities in methods to lead the fellows behind him so he can be in entrance. After which Brändle utilizing his energy to deliver Zabel in the appropriate spot to make the ultimate motion. However yeah, that is one thing that we are going to see additionally day-to-day. Typically, that is the concept.
“I already talked with these guys, they usually appeared actually motivated which motivated me much more, too. It is nice to see guys motivated in the direction of the venture. I’ve actually good emotions and let’s hope to deliver them to the highway, too.”