Riders that travelled to Norway for the World Road Championships are putting their national team outfits away again and pulling out the green argyle. Others have had a little time off racing, but Cannondale-Drapac is back together again for a week of racing in Italy.
The racing starts with a double weekend in and around Bologna. Giro dell’Emilia on Saturday September 30 and Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli on Sunday October 1 kick off the block of five Italian races.
The opening race is the personal favourite of sports director Fabrizio Guidi, who’ll be sport directing the team throughout the entire week.
“Giro dell’Emilia is special,” Guidi said. “Just have a look at the list of past winners and you’ll realise the level of this race. It’s a hard circuit in Bologna, with crowds always coming out in full force to support the race. It’s great.”
Racing continues on Tuesday October 3 in Tre Valli Varesine and Milano-Torino on Thursday October 5. Il Lombardia forms the grande finale on Saturday October 7.
The ambitions of the team are clear.
“We are going to try to win every race,” Guidi said without any hesitation. “Rigoberto Uran is our team leader in most of the races, but I expect other riders to perform great too.”
One of these is Tom-Jelte Slagter, who took sixth and podium in the two Canadian races in September.
“I hope to be able to continue the great form I had in Canada,” Slagter said. “Although I’ve hit eighty race days this year, I’m still very motivated to go deep and perform well.”
“This last European racing block is always special, because you know they are the last chances to show a good result,” Slagter added. “They are also beautiful, hard races.”
“We have five races in one week, with different courses and leaders,” Guidi said. “We need to divide responsibility and manage the group in order to target every race.”
“But that should not be any problem,” he concluded. “We have a professional and prepared group of riders going to Italy.”
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