‘I couldn’t quite believe it’ - Charlie Quarterman on his rags to riches Giro d’Italia selection

The British rider spent a year at amateur level with Philippe Wagner Cycling before heading back to the top with Corratec

Charlie Quarterman
(Image credit: Zoé Soullard / DirectVelo)

Charlie Quarterman says that when he heard he had made the selection for Corratec’s Giro d’Italia squad it seemed almost too good to be true.

The British rider joined Italian ProTeam Corratec at the start of the current season, after spending time with Philippe Wagner Cycling, which followed being dropped by Trek-Segafredo. Quarterman from Oxford told Cycling Weekly that finding out he would be making his Grand Tour debut this weekend was surreal.

“I couldn’t quite believe it really,” Quarterman said. “It’s been months since we found out we were going, and there’s been months of preparation for this race. It was also quite late that I found out, so it’s such a big relief that it’s almost hard to believe and it’s obviously a dream as well.”  

Since turning professional, Quarterman developed a formidable reputation in time trialling, and was under-23 British national champion in 2019. He was fifth in the elite time trial behind Ethan Hayter in Castle Douglas at the British national championships last year.

This year’s Giro course is top heavy with time trialling, with more than 70 kilometres of racing against the clock spread over three stages. Quarterman explained to CW that despite his prowess in time trialling, he can bring plenty of other strengths to the Corsa Rosa for Corratec.

“I think I can do a good job, although I haven’t quite got it right in a couple of TT’s this year but the form is much better than it was,” he added. “I’m getting to grips with the TT bike we have… I think they [Corratec] are going to count on me for the breakaways on some of the flatter stages. Another big part of what I do is working for the others, taking the wind and putting them in the right place for the important moments.” 

Charlie Quarterman

(Image credit: Christian Cosserat / DirectVelo)

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Tom Thewlis

Tom has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2022 and his news stories, rider interviews and features appear both online and in the magazine. 

Since joining the team, he has reported from some of professional cycling's biggest races and events including the Tour de France and the World Championships in Glasgow. He has also covered races elsewhere across the world. 

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