Kessiakoff Withdraws from Giro d’Italia
The Giro d’Italia, is one of Garmin-Transitions rider Fredrik Kessiakoff’s main season targets and he is going to miss it after fatigue overtook him in his first season with the squad. He has not heard from them since.
On Tuesday morning he spoke with CyclingNews, “After my disappointing spring campaign, I have left it 100% with the team to decide whether I should go or not.” Fredrik has absolute confidence on his team and respects whatever conclusion they have for him.
After discussing the matter with the team management, he was bent to alter his plans for 2010. He later stated through his website, “I have had a really hard time finding my form during the spring. The season is long and my focus will now be to come back for the later part of the season.”
In 2006, Kessiakoff, a former mountain biker made third place in the World MTB championships and competed for Sweden at the Olympics. In 2009, he moved his efforts to road racing and competed with the Fuji-Servetto team with flying colors.
Kessiakoff had a strong start finishing fourth overall in the Tour de Langkawi and came in ninth in the Tour de Romandie. He was also tenth on a stage of the Giro d’Italia. In September, he made his second Grand Tour when he finished the Vuelta a Espana.
Next in his agenda was a transfer to Garmin-Transitions, however his plans did not turn the way he deemed it. The 29 year old Kessiakoff had a terrible crashed in the Volta ao Algarve and was out of the game. A broken rib befell him again during his training. He withdrew from the Vuelta al Pais Vasco due to fatigue. He had to admit that he has been having a tough time this year and he believed that it was mainly due to a heavy racing schedule last year. “My body just really doesn’t want to rev as much as I would like it to.” He added, “I can train well, but as soon as I race, I feel that I don’t recover as well as I would like to. I suffer a lot more than I should, having to put in a big effort to follow the bunch.”
One of Fredrik’s big goals was developing on his 50th overall in the Italian Grand Tour last year however that has been set aside. He declared, “To start off with, the Giro was a really big goal for this year. Then once I started getting these problems, I lowered my goals all the time until it got to the point where I said I was just going to ride it to help the other guys.”
At the moment, his foremost goal is to get back in perfect riding shape. Once fully recovered from his problem, he’s got his mind set for a ride in the Vuelta. As one would say, “you lose some and you win some.”