CCC Team will be lining up ready to race aggressively at both German races Sports Directors Fabio Baldato and Piotr Wadecki explained.
“We are lining up at EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg with a few cards to play. The race almost always comes down to a bunch sprint and in this scenario we will be backing Jakub Mareczko. However, we also have riders who we will try to send in the breakaway in the case that a good move sticks and a bunch sprint can be avoided. Riders are aways motivated when racing on home soil and we have Simon Geschke there, who is coming out of the Tour de France and Tour de Pologne block with good form. We are not lining up with one of the big race favorites so we will try and race aggressively and get the best result possible,” Baldato said.
“As always, we are motivated to race for a stage win at Deutschland Tour and we will also aim to finish with a rider in the top ten on the General Classification. I think Geschke will be motivated to do something at home but, overall, we have a good group of riders lining up and so, instead of going in with a specific leader, we will give everyone the chance to seize any opportunities that help us try to achieve our goals. We will also have one of our stagiaires, Fred Wright joining us for the first time here so, it will be good to see him start his experience with us,” Wadecki added.
Geschke is looking forward to racing on home soil as part of both CCC Team rosters.
“I’m feeling good ahead of EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg and Deutschland Tour. I took a short break after Tour de Pologne and now I am feeling fresh again. As a German rider, it is a rare opportunity to get to race on home soil but, when you do, it is always a little special. I am definitely highly motivated for both of these races. Hamburg normally comes down to a sprint from a bigger bunch so, I’ll be there as more of a helper and I want to use this race as preparation and bit of a test of the legs. I think the stage profiles really suit me at Deutschland Tour, so I want to perform at my best there and do what I like to do the most, race offensively,” Geschke said.
EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg (25 August)
Rider Roster: Josef Černý (CZE), Simon Geschke (GER), Kamil Gradek (POL), Jakub Mareczko (ITA), Gijs Van Hoecke (BEL), Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (BEL), Łukasz Wiśniowski (POL)
Sports Director: Fabio Baldato (ITA)
Deutschland Tour (29 August – 1 September)
Rider Roster: Simon Geschke (GER), Kamil Gradek (POL), Joey Rosskopf (USA), Gijs Van Hoecke (BEL), Fred Wright (GBR), Riccardo Zoidl (AUT)
Sports Directors: Piotr Wadecki (POL), Fabio Baldato (ITA)