The duo, who have both finished in the top ten on two occasions respectively, will be supported by the versatile team of Alessandro De Marchi, Fausto Masnada, Jonas Koch, and Michael Schär.
CCC Team Sports Director Valerio Piva expects a unique edition of La Primavera.
“I think we could see a very different Milano – Sanremo for a number of reasons. Firstly, we are talking about a race in August so the temperatures will be much higher than they usually are in March, and most riders only have a handful of race days in the legs in the past week so a 300-kilometer race is going to be very demanding. As usual, I think the Cipressa will be the crucial point of the race but having one less rider per team can make it harder to control,” Piva said.
“We have two very strong leaders in Greg Van Avermaet and Matteo Trentin and we have seen them working well together at the early Classics so we have two excellent cards to play. Alessandro De Marchi and Fausto Masnada are in great shape and can play a big role on the climbs, likewise with Jonas Koch and Michael Schär, who can drive the pace on the flat terrain. We are confident in the team to deliver a good result on Saturday.”
Van Avermaet will line up on the back of two top ten results at his first races back; Strade Bianche and Gran Trittico Lombardo.
“It has been a pretty tough start to racing again with Strade Bianche and Gran Trittico Lombardo but despite the two races being completely different in terms of weather and parcours, I was happy with my results even though it was a big shock to the system. I always look forward to Milano – Sanremo and I think we are lining up with a really strong team. I’ve had a few days to recover now and my legs are feeling good so I’m excited to see what we do as a team this Saturday,” Van Avermaet said.
Trentin is looking forward to tackling the new parcours.
“I’m feeling good. My first race at Vuelta a Burgos was good preparation and I am quite confident ahead of the race. There is a new parcours so it will be a surprise for everyone plus we are normally used to racing Milano – Sanremo in the Classics block and now we find ourselves with a 300-kilometer race without many race days in the legs. Without many tests to see how the condition is it will be a really interesting race. I really like the new parcours to be honest. It gives some more “pepper on the table’ in the finale,” Trentin added.
Milano – Sanremo – 8 August
Rider roster: Alessandro De Marchi (ITA), Jonas Koch (GER), Fausto Masnada (ITA), Michael Schär (SUI), Matteo Trentin (ITA), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL)
Sports Directors: Valerio Piva (ITA), Fabio Baldato (ITA)