Joaquim Rodriguez aiming for Giro d'Italia win

Joaquim Rodriguez wins Tour of Lombardy 2013

Joaquím Rodríguez (Katusha) shifted his schedule to avoid regrets. After three podiums, never on the top step, he wants a Grand Tour victory. Instead of the Tour de France, where he placed third, he will race the Giro d'Italia.

"I've been racing the Giro for five years. I don't have many chances to win it," the Spaniard told Cycling Weekly. "I hope that when I leave cycling I don't have to look back with regret but with a Grand Tour win in my palmarès. I hope that it'll come this year or next year."

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.