Pogacar and Van Avermaet, signed in the Strade Bianche

The Slovenian will lead the UAE Emirates while the reigning Olympic champion will be the reference for a CCC that will have Ventoso in other events in Italy.


Slovenian Tadej Pogaçar (Komenda, 21 years old), third in the 2019 Vuelta, will start at the head of the UAE Emirates on the Strade Bianche, the first great World Tour calendar calendar to be held this Saturday in Italy. Pogaçar, with 5 victories in this interrupted season, including the Tour of the Valencian Community and the title of national time trial champion, will take the start as a reference for a powerful team that has already formed 13 wins in 2020.

The Slovakian star will be accompanied by Valerio Conti, Rui Costa, Davide Formolo, Sergio Henao, Jan Polanc and Diego Ulissi. Marco Marzano, sports director, highlights the squad's various strengths in this 14-year event. "It will be a great time to return to the competition after the long period of absence. It was a difficult time, but the riders have remained positive during the break and have prepared very well for these first races. The Strade Bianche could be a race unpredictable, but we have several cards to play. "

For Italian racer Diego Ulissi "it will be an unusual race on the white roads in August instead of March, but regardless of that I am sure it will be a beautiful race." Ulissi believes that "it will be a bit unpredictable, because it has been several months since the last time we ran, but I know that my teammates and I have been preparing well. We are all very happy and motivated to set a race number again."

The CCC also plans its next calendar

The Belgian Greg Van Avermaet, Olympic route champion, resumes this season on Saturday in the Strade Bianche, the first great classic of the year, in which he will head the Polish CCC. At 35, Avermaet, winner of the Paris Roubaix 2017, faces one of his favorite races, in which he was second in 2015 and 2017 and finished 7 times in the top 10. "The Strade Bianche is one of my favorite races, so it is special to return. I am motivated after the confinement and concentration in Livigno. I have the impression that my shape is where it should be",

The Olympic champion in Rio 2016 warns that this year may be a different race due to the time of year that is disputed. "The circumstances will be a little different and the heat will be an important factor, but I hope to be ready for that," said Avermaet on the team page, where he announces that he will also be in the Lombard Triptych.

Fabio Baldato, squad director, considers that the Strade Bianche will be "a very difficult race, which with the heat and the many months without running, will be a real shock". "It is impossible to predict what will happen, but we will go to this race with confidence." Greg Van Avermaet will be accompanied by Alessandro De Marchi Simon Geschke Jonas Koch, Michael Schär, Gijs Van Hoecke and Nathan Van Hooydonck (BEL) In the CCC team for the Lombard Triptych and Milan Turin (August 3 and 5) he has been selected the Spanish Francisco Ventoso.

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