López on Italian desserts, Valverde, football – and strong maglia rosa defence

He may be happy to talk about Sicilian desserts, his idol Alejandro Valverde and his past as a footballer with the press, but amidst the friendly chit-chat Giro d’Italia leader Juan Pedro López (Trek-Segafredo) has also promised he will go down with all guns blazing in his defense of the maglia rosa.

López claimed the lead on the summit of Mount Etna, following the wheel tracks of his mentor and former team boss Alberto Contador as he did so, which obviously indicates the 24-year-old from southern Spain may be difficult to shake off on the upcoming climbing challenges.

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