Venezuelan climber José Rujano has not made many headlines since his third place finish in the 2005 Giro d’Italia. This year, he claims he’s still got it, and is aiming for another Giro top three. “I will not go to the Giro just to race, no. I will fight to be among the top three. I want to win it. Now I am a lot more mature, I know what I have to do. And the most important thing is that ISD-Neri has accepted that my preparation be the same as what I did in 2005,” Rujano said in an interview in Venezuela. Rujano is acting as his own manager this year, and will begin his season at the Táchira race from January 13th through 24th, after which he’ll make his way to the Tour of Malaysia. “I consider myself the third-best climber in the world right now, behind the Spanish riders Alberto Contador and Joaquim Rodríguez. I don’t believe that (Lance) Armstrong and Andy Schleck are natural climbers. Of course, they are very good in the mountains, but not with the capacity of a pure climber. Someone once said, and with good reason, ‘I want to see Rujano alongside Armstrong and Schleck.’ He’d beat them,” he said.
Via Velo News.