Sports Director Valerio Piva will be in the team car for CCC Team at the French races and said that both provided opportunities for all riders to continue to race aggressively.
“From what I saw at their previous race in Belgium, I think Jonas Koch and Josef Černý will be strong and in good shape at Bretagne Classic – Ouest France as well as Joey Rosskopf after the Italian races so, these guys will definitely have the opportunity to try to do something. However, we’re not starting with one of the big favorites, so everybody will have the chance to move and be in the thick of the action right from the start. It’s a long classic, a hard race, up and down all day, and with no obligations to one rider, we can look to continue to race aggressively,” Piva explained.
“The focus will be different at Tour Poitou – Charentes en Nouvelle Aquitaine, where the key will be the 22.5-kilometer time trial. We will have a group of strong time trialists with Cerny and Rosskopf as well as Patrick Bevin and Will Barta, who can all use the time trial to try to do a good GC result. We will have Szymon Sajnok coming as our sprinter, replacing Koch, for the flat stages, but for most of the other guys on our roster, the priority will be not to lose time and focus on the time trial.”
Jonas Koch, who will be a protected rider at the French Classic on Tuesday, is looking to use Bretagne Classic – Ouest France as part of his final build-up before the start of the Tour de France.
“I am feeling in pretty good shape right now. The racing at VOO-Tour de Wallonie was hard but I have recovered well, and my sensations on the bike are really good. This will be my first time at Bretagne Classic – Ouest France but, even though I have never raced here, I think the parcours will fit the type of rider that I am. It would be really nice to pull off a nice performance, especially before the Tour de France. We might not have a favorite for the race, but we will have a strong squad there and I am sure we can make a good result,” Koch said.
Josef Černý is excited to be racing in the Czech colors for the first time since taking the national champion title at Tour Poitou – Charentes en Nouvelle Aquitaine.
“It’s always an honor to race in your national colors and I am looking forward to doing it once again after reclaiming the time trial title that I first won in 2018. There have not been many time trials this year so I am looking forward to racing at Tour Poitou – Charentes en Nouvelle Aquitaine and overall, we have a number of strong TT riders on our roster. Looking ahead to both races, I am feeling in good shape and as always, we will look to race hard as a team and try to make the best results possible,” Cerny said.
Bretagne Classic – Ouest France (25 August)
Rider Roster: William Barta (USA), Patrick Bevin (NZL), Josef Černý (CZE), Jonas Koch (GER), Joey Rosskopf (USA), Gijs Van Hoecke (BEL), Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (BEL)
Tour Poitou – Charentes en Nouvelle Aquitaine (27 – 30 August)
Rider Roster: William Barta (USA), Patrick Bevin (NZL), Josef Černý (CZE), Joey Rosskopf (USA), Szymon Sajnok (POL), Gijs Van Hoecke (BEL), Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (BEL)
Sports Director: Valerio Piva (ITA)