Sports Director Valerio Piva said the riders will use the nine-day stage race to fine-tune their form and look to race aggressively.
“When you look at our Tour de Suisse roster, it is clear that we don’t have a rider for the mountains so we are not expecting to do anything on the General Classification. Instead, we will aim to win a stage and race aggressively, starting with the individual time trial which should be a good one for Patrick Bevin,” Piva explained.
“Michael Schär, who is our only Swiss rider, will, of course, be motivated racing on home soil and for the riders who are on the Tour de France long list, the Tour de Suisse is their last opportunity to show their form. If we win a stage at the race, I think we can say it was a successful week for CCC Team.”
Van Avermaet is motivated for the Tour de Suisse, which will be his second WorldTour stage race of the season.
“The Tour de Suisse is always a really hard race so it is the best preparation for the Tour de France. This year, without a GC rider in the team, I think we will all be able to go for our own opportunities so I hope to make the most of that as there are a few stages that I like the look of,” Van Avermaet said.
“Hammer Limburg was a good test of my form and I was happy with my legs, especially on the Hammer Climb day, which is a good sign ahead of the Tour de Suisse as we have plenty of climbing throughout the race. A good result in Switzerland will give me a lot of confidence going into the Belgian national championships and the Tour de France, so that’s my main goal.”
Bevin is looking forward to testing himself against the clock after finishing in fourth place in his last ITT at the Tour de Romandie.
“It was great to have a reset [after Tour de Romadnie] at this time of the year as starting my season in the first week of January makes for a long opening stanza. My main objective at Tour de Suisse is both time trials. Both are great parcours for me and I am obviously trying to improve on my results against the clock. I have been there or there abbots but yet to stand on top of the podium so I am hungry to make that next step in my performance,” Bevin said.
“It’s an exciting time of the year. I have come off a huge block of training in Andorra and with the Tour de France the center piece of the cycling world come July, it’s been great to have that as my main goal.”
Tour de Suisse (15 – 23 June)
Rider roster: Patrick Bevin (NZ), Simon Geschke (GER), Szymon Sajnok (POL), Michael Schär (SUI), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL), Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (BEL), Łukasz Wiśniowski (POL).
Sports Directors: Valerio Piva (ITA), Piotr Wadecki (POL)