Sports Directors Gabriele Missaglia and Fabio Baldato explained that CCC Team will be looking to race aggressively at the team’s final outings in Europe this season.
“Overall, we have a good group of riders for both Italian races, starting with Milano – Torino on Wednesday. While the first part of this race is almost totally flat, the finale is very hard and although the climb to the Basilica di Superga is not long, it is steep and typically, it’s the point where the race really begins. I think we have a few riders who we can look to do something with here, including Víctor de la Parte, who has come back into some strong form at CRO Tour. Depending on how Amaro Antunes is after his crash in Croatia, he could also be a protected rider plus, I think Simon Geschke will be in good shape after a tough World Championships. We will also look to cover the early moves and represent CCC Team in any early breakaways. It’s the end of the season so while, everyone is tired, we must try to race aggressively and do the best we can for a good result,” Missaglia said.
“We are always motivated to race well at the Monuments and Il Lombardia is no exception. With the way Víctor de la Parte raced in Croatia, he will definitely be one of our protected riders. Simon Geschke is also coming to the race in good shape and we will see how Amaro Antunes is after his crash in Croatia. The rest of the team are all coming out of CRO Race and we saw Serge Pauwels, Joey Rosskopf, Laurens ten Dam, and Riccardo Zoidl with good legs and ready to work hard for the team. Of course, we are not lining up with a top favorite but, we have multiple cards to play which will give us the freedom to race aggressively and try to be in the different moves. I would like to see us have a rider in the top ten and finish the season well,” Baldato added.
De la Parte is motivated for the challenging races ahead after a good performance at CRO Tour.
“I am really happy with my shape right now and it was great to go to Croatia and race well after my Vuelta a España crash. Nobody but me knew the extent of the hard work I did to recover because I really wanted to finish the season on the bike and this will be a fantastic way to end the year. Milano – Torino and Il Lombardia are two of the most beautiful races of the year and you can definitely enjoy them when you have the legs so, the objective is to keep the good line the team has taken again,” de la Parte explained.
Laurens ten Dam will be lining up for his final races as a professional cyclist in Italy.
“I always love to race in Italy and I’m really happy to finish my career with Milano – Torino, the oldest of the Italian classic races, and Il Lombardia. It will be really nice and I think we have a good team for both races. Most of us are heading to Italy from Croatia and, personally, I felt good at CRO Tour. We raced really well together and I think the last six days of hard racing was the perfect preparation for the final races of the season. I have only finished Lombardia once before but, I think I am in the right shape to go for another finish and to start celebrating my retirement. I’m looking forward to it and I hope to finish my career on a high note with the team,” ten Dam said.
Milano – Torino (9 October) & Il Lombardia (12 October)
Rider Roster: Amaro Antunes (POR), Víctor de la Parte (ESP), Simon Geschke (GER), Serge Pauwels (BEL), Joey Rosskopf (USA), Laurens ten Dam (NED), Riccardo Zoidl (AUT)
Sports Directors: Fabio Baldato (ITA), Gabriele Missaglia (ITA)