Sports Director Valerio Piva said that without a specific race leader, all seven CCC Team riders will be able to look for opportunities at the eight-day stage race.
“Our first objective for this race will be to target stage wins, with all of the guys having the freedom to continue to race aggressively like we have seen the team do since the restart of the season. We don’t have a race favorite or an individual team leader so I would like to see everybody jumping in the moves and trying to race for some good results. I think we can pinpoint the time trial on the final stage as one that we can focus on with Joey Rosskopf, who has a proven track record of strong time trial performances at WorldTour races and then for the mountaintop finish, we will look to support Víctor de la Parte and see how the General Classification develops from there,” Piva explained.
Joey Rosskopf is looking to build his form throughout the race ahead of the stage eight time trial.
“After a good race at Tour Poitou-Charentes en Nouvelle-Aquitaine, I came down with a little head cold, which has tempered my excitement to jump right back into racing a little but, nevertheless, I love racing in Italy, and Tirreno-Adriatico is no exception. Personally, I’m expecting a difficult start to the race due to the fact that I’ve not done much training at home over the past week, but I hope to ride into my race rhythm again ahead of the time trial and get some good performances out of myself to help the team wherever possible,” Rosskopf said.
Víctor de la Parte is motivated ahead of what he thinks will be a challenging race in Italy.
“Tirreno-Adriatico is always a nice race and has stages that suit every kind of rider. It’s been a strange year for everyone and right now the pace is really fast at every race so, I think it will be exactly the same here and it will make Tirreno-Adriatico even more difficult. However, I am definitely looking forward to the race ahead, it will be a good test ahead of the Giro d’Italia and I hope that I can be at the front and part of the action on the summit finish,” de la Parte added.
Tirreno-Adriatico (7 -14 September)
Rider Roster: Will Barta (USA), Victor de la Parte (ESP), Pavel Kochetkov (RUS), Joey Rosskopf (USA), Szymon Sajnok (POL), Nathan Van Hooydonck (BEL), Georg Zimmermann (GER)
Sports Directors: Valerio Piva (ITA), Gabriele Missaglia (ITA)