Giacomo Nizzolo hopes his injury woes are behind him after undergoing knee surgery in December, and victory on the final stage of the Tour of Oman on Thursday confirmed his belief that he can get back to his best.
The Italian claimed seven victories times in 2016, including the Italian road race title, and went close to victory on several occasions at the Giro d’Italia. However, this was only his second victory since then.
Nizzolo only raced for 28 days in 2017 as he battled tendinitis in his knee. Despite winning at the Vuelta a San Juan, the problems continued into 2018, which ended with a hip fracture. Ahead of his first outings with Dimension Data – having left Trek-Segafredo – the decision was made to go under the knife.
“I had something under the kneecap that was rubbing all the time. They have taken it out, and now it looks like it’s fixed,” Nizzolo said after a visit to the podium in Oman.
“I was always training and stopping, training and stopping, and stopping for a long time. Like this, you cannot get your best level. Let’s hope now it’s finished and I can continue.”
As for whether he can return to his 2016 self, he said confidently: “For sure I can be back at this level.”
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