Bilbao and Valls, squires of Landa in their assault on the Tour

For its part, the Polish team CCC announced that Zakarin will be their man of the general classification, with Van Avermaet to hunt stages and Trentin for the sprints.


Mikel Landa will carry the stripes in the Bahrain McLaren of the Tour de France that starts on the 29th in Nice, which also includes Pello Bilbao and Rafa Valls. The Alava, fourth in the 2017 Tour and winner of stages in the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España, will try to lead his team to a position of honor in the Grande Boucle, surrounded by a team designed to fight for the general classification. Along with Landa they will take the exit Wout Poels (HOL), Pello Bilbao (ESP), Damiano Caruso (ITA), Rafael Valls (ESP), Marco Haller (AUT), Matej Mohoric (ESL) and Sonny Colbrelli (ITA) .

"The Dauphiné and the Vuelta a Burgos were difficult races and opportune trials for the Tour de France. I will start this Tour in very good shape and I am very motivated by how I feel and by the quality of my teammates who will support me in the Together, as a team, we can achieve a lot. "

Team Principal Rod Ellingworth was optimistic about the upcoming Tour. "The Tour de France is the most important time of the year in cycling and I am proud to say that the whole team has done a great job preparing for the Tour; we are where we need to be and I am optimistic about what we can achieve."Zakarin, leader of CCC

The CCC team has included Belgian Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet, Russian Ilnur Zakarin and Italian Matteo Trentin in their team for the Tour de France with the aim of fighting for stage wins.

Those mentioned will be the three men for the Tour that starts on the 29th in Nice. Zakarin will be in charge of fighting for the general, Van Avermaet for the classic stages and Trentin for the sprint outcomes. The Polish line-up is completed by Simon Geschke, Michael Schär, Alessandro De Marchi, Jan Hirt and Jonas Koch.

"It is a great feeling to compete in the Tour de France in a year where we did not know if it would be possible. Stage victories in the Tour are not easy to achieve, but we have selected our eight men, half of whom are former stage winners, which gives us a lot of confidence for the race ", comments on the team page its general manager, Jim Ochowicz.

Van Avermaet, who will race in the Ag2r next season, already knows what it's like to win on the Tour, having achieved stages in Rodez (2015) and Le Lioran (2016). "I feel good and eager to get to Nice. It is difficult to know what to expect, but so far I am happy with my form. I think every day will be even more difficult than ever, both because of the stage wins and in the fight for the general classification. . There are some stages that suit me. We have a strong team, with a lot of experience and I think we can work well together to reach the goals of the team, "said the gold medalist in Rio'2016.

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