Eddie Dunbar placed 7th overall at the Giro d’Italia. Rinse and repeat. After a very promising debut in Grand Tour GC racing at the Giro d’Italia this May, Eddie Dunbar has wasted no time waiting for a second crack at the same goal and he heads to the Vuelta a España this August with an identical objective.
The Jayco-AIuIa rider and his team have applied some significant fine tuning to the Irishman’s Grand Tour build-up over the last few months, including his first spell at ‘real’ altitude training camp – versus sleeping in an altitude tent – and testing out different bikes for the climbs.
As the 26-year-old told Cyclingnews at the Tour of Pologne, he’s heading into his second Grand Tour of 2023 feeling upbeat about his chances, his confidence boosted by both his 7th place in the Giro this May and his solid build-up for the equivalent race in Spain.
Not everything has gone ideally for Dunbar in Poland. He crashed on stage 5, hurting his shoulder and he has further tests due on Monday as a precaution. But despite an erratic-looking position in the Pologne TT as a result of the injury – “I was all over the place,” as he candidly put it – Dunbar will head into Krakow on this evening’s final stage in 7th place on GC, and well on track for the Vuelta in a little over three weeks’ time.
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