Sports Director Gabriele Missaglia said that Zoidl, who took the overall title in 2013, will lead CCC Team’s General Classification ambitions at the 2019 edition of the race.
“Zoidl will be our leader for the General Classification in Austria and I think we have a good team behind him. This is his home race and, after a solid block of altitude training following the Critérium du Dauphiné, I think his condition is good heading into it. De la Parte has also won this race in the past but, after taking some time off to recover following the Giro d’Italia, the Int. Österreich-Rundfahrt-Tour of Austria will be about getting back into the swing of racing for him. However, saying that, I think if his condition is there, which I think it will be, he will be an important teammate for Zoidl. Overall, I think that we can try to be competitive and race aggressively with the riders we have lining up and then, if Zoidl is strong, I hope we can do something nice at the end of the week,” Missaglia explained.
Zoidl is looking forward to leading CCC Team on home soil and is motivated about racing for a place on the final podium.
“My feelings ahead of the Int. Österreich-Rundfahrt-Tour of Austria are good. I spent the two weeks before the National Championships at altitude in Austria to prepare and I hope that I feel the benefits and effects of that during the race. This race is special to me, and I am really looking forward to it. My professional career really started with my overall victory here and so, I am always motivated to do well. My overall goal is to finish on the podium and, if possible, to win. I have proved that I race well here, finishing in the top five three times, and this year’s parcours looks good for me so I hope I can do well,” Zoidl said.
De la Parte, who took the overall title in 2015, will make a return to racing after the Giro d’Italia at the seven-day stage race.
“For me, this race will be about finding my form after a period of rest and recovery post-Giro d’Italia. While I think it will be difficult for me, it will also be good to be back in action and to find my race rhythm again. Of course, this is a special race for me as I have won it in the past but, it is also a race that I like a lot especially as it has nice long climbs which suit me. I am happy to be heading back this year and for me, the goal when I get there will be to help Zoidl, who is from Austria and who is motivated, so I think he can do something, and I will try to help him as much as possible,” de la Parte added.
Int. Österreich-Rundfahrt-Tour of Austria (6 – 12 July)
Rider Roster: Will Barta (USA), Josef Černý (CZE), Víctor de la Parte (ESP), Jonas Koch (GER), Łukasz Owsian (POL), Laurens ten Dam (NED), Riccardo Zoidl (AUT)
Sports Directors: Gabriele Missaglia (ITA), Jackson Stewart (USA)