Having lost Szymon Sajnok to a crash on stage four of the Tour Down Under, CCC Team will line up at both races with six riders, Sports Director Jackson Stewart explained.
“We will line up in Torquay and Geelong with our Tour Down Under roster, with the exception of Szymon Sajnok who has returned to Poland. Without a pure sprinter in the team, our riders will all have a free role to race aggressively and get the most out of the circuit race and road race. Race Torquay is not going to be an easy race. At 130 kilometers, it’s not your average criterium and I expect a fast and tactical race. At the Schwarbe Classic in Adelaide, we saw Josef Černý on the attack so we will try and race with the same aggression on Thursday evening,” Stewart explained.
“As we have seen in recent years, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race normally comes down to a bunch sprint in Geelong. Without a sprinter in the team, we will see what we can do and make the race as hard as possible. The guys are in great shape as a result of our long block here in Australia, especially Simon Geschke and Joey Rosskopf who are climbing well and are coming here with a lot of confidence from their results in Adelaide.”
Geschke, who climbed to a career-best third place overall at the Santos Tour Down Under, is keen to test his legs in the one-day races.
“I’ve raced the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race once before and I really liked it. It was with an additional climb so it was a bit harder but still, it’s a nice parcours. It’s an interesting race as it’s a battle between sprinters and climbers and it always depends on how much of a difference you can make on the climbs. I think it is hard to avoid a sprint, it’s normally a smaller group and there will be some fast guys at the finish for sure.”
Race Torquay (30 Jan) / Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (2 Feb)
Rider roster: Josef Černý (CZE), Simon Geschke (GER), Joey Rosskopf (USA), Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (BEL), Francisco Ventoso (ESP), Łukasz Wiśniowski (POL)
Sports Director: Jackson Stewart (USA)
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