Welcome to a Series I hope to continue all way into the new season. Each blog will cover a cyclist to be watched next year, cialis 40mg their is no set criteria as such but my guidelines are the following; Under 26 years on the new year, never won a Pro tour event, and riding for a team that will get into the biggest races.
Todays Young Cyclist to watch in 2013:
Name: Salvatore Puccio
Nationality : Italian
Born: 31 Auguust 1989 (Age 23)
Build: 182cm / 68kg
Team: Team Sky
Puccio enters just his second year as a Pro. That sky signed up an Italian rider coming out of the amateur ranks shows the potential talent he has. in 2011 he was the winner of the Tour of Flanders u23 his most notable result before turning pro.Skys only Italian rider
2012 was difficult for him, joining a Pro Tour team always meant he was going be bottom of the pecking order. However he showed some signs with a 6th in the early season Trofeo Deia in Spain, 6th to some big names in Machado, Fugslang, Henao, Rui Costa and Nordhaug, its notable he beat a large in sprint for that 6th. He had an 11th overall in the tour of Luxembourg and had a good 3rd in stage in Tour of Suisse getting involved in the break away of the day.
He was eased in this season with no Grand Tour action but he got use to time on road haven raced in China and Canada. With the departure of Flecha in the summer their is a role for him to play in the classics and especially in Flanders this year he could prove himself as the 2nd option for sky. Puccio compares himself to multiple World champion Oscar Friere. He is a punchy rider for sure in the mould of team mate Boasson Hagen.
Puccio this season was used by Sky to recon the Giro course, he has much a part to play and if given a grand tour debut it will surely come in this years Giro or the next. It must be noted how impressive his Flanders win was he attacked and took the win solo. Notable finishers in top 20 from that day include Luke Rowe (13th) Arnuad Demare (15th), All this made more impressive by fact it was his first race in Italian colours.
Summary: Watch him in the one day races, he should turn out at Flanders but his best chances are to get one of the smaller mid week on day races, I would be very surprised if he does not get off the mark in 2013 as a pro.