The team will ride aggressively and is eying a good result in the time trial and in the mountains, CCC Team Sports Director, Piotr Wadecki said.
“We are bringing a strong, seven-man roster with riders who are motivated and ready to perform on all kinds of stages, from the mountains to the undulating terrain, and time trials. Kamil Gradek and Gijs Van Hoecke have proved this season that they can time trial very well, while Amaro Antunes and Riccardo Zoidl should be up there with the strongest when the race enters the mountains. Łukasz Owsian, Laurens ten Dam and our stagiaire who will make a debut in CCC Team colors, George Zimmermann, will try to race aggressively and protect the leaders. We don’t have a pure sprinter in the line-up but we believe that we can fight for the top places in the race against the clock and in the General Classification,” Wadecki explained.
Antunes, is looking forward to competing at the Tour de Slovaquie, which will be his first race since the Tour de Pologne.
“I haven’t raced much in the last few weeks so I’m not really sure about my shape and how my legs will react. I will use this race to see how my form is and if the legs are as strong as I expect them to be, then I hope to be in the mix. There are some climbs on the menu, which should suit me but, we will see how the race will unfold. I’m excited to return to racing after a few weeks without competition and I will do my best to deliver a good result,” Antunes said.
Zoidl, who raced at the Clásica Ciclista San Sebastián and Deutschland Tour in August, is expecting some aggressive racing in Slovakia.
“I think that my shape is quite good and I’m looking forward to test the legs. When you look at the profiles on paper it seems that every day there is a chance for a sprint. I expect some aggressive racing in the mountains since the first part of the stage is quite hilly. As a team, we need to be very active and look for different opportunities because we don’t have a pure sprinter on the roster for this race. We’re heading to Slovakia with a group of strong riders and good climbers and the best solution for us to take a good result in the end, is to make an aggressive race.”
Tour de Slovaquie (18-21 September)
Rider roster: Amaro Antunes, Kamil Gradek, Łukasz Owsian, Laurens ten Dam, Gijs Van Hoecke, George Zimmermann, Riccardo Zoidl
Sports Directors: Piotr Wadecki, Fabio Baldato