Taylor Phinney returns to racing in Italy following a knee injury sustained ahead of Omloop het Nieuwslbad. The 26-year-old is one of four Americans racing Coppi e Bartali beginning on Thursday morning. The four-day, five-stage race in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy begins with a double day. A morning road stage of 98-kilometers is followed by an unusual afternoon team time trial with the team split into two groups for the collective effort. Times for both teams count, with the clock stopped when the second rider from each group crosses the finish line.
Three road stages follow the opening day. The sprinters are expected to come to fore on stages one and three. The climbers have their chance to shine on stages two and four.
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Coppi e Bartali is not broadcast live. RAI Sport 2 will air delayed highlights.
Cannondale-Drapac for Coppi e Bartali:
Nate Brown (USA)
Will Clarke (AUS)
Lawson Craddock (USA)
Joe Dombrowski (USA)
Toms Skujins (LVA)
Tom-Jelte Slagter (NDL)
Taylor Phinney (USA)