De la Parte will be joined by a team of climbers at the six-day stage race, where the focus will be on a top ten result in the General Classification and a stage win.
“We won’t be lining up at CRO Race with one leader as we have multiple cards to play depending on how the race plays out. Victor de la Parte will return to competition after fracturing his scapula at the Vuelta a España so we will see how he goes. He is definitely motivated but, of course, missed out on some racing and training so we will take things day by day. Riccardo Zoidl and Amaro Antunes are in good shape so we will see what they can do, especially on the stage five summit finish, as this will be the most important stage for the General Classification,” Sports Director Fabio Baldato said.
“We also have Serge Pauwels, Laurens ten Dam, Joey Rosskopf, and our stagiaire Georg Zimmermann, who will have their eyes on stage wins as well as supporting the team for the General Classification. We are lining up at CRO Race for the first time as a team so, we are motivated to get out there and finish the season well.”
De la Parte is eager to test his form in Croatia, where he previously finished third overall in 2016.
“After the crash in the Vuelta a España, I had to stop for a few weeks and afterward, it was hard to start again because my body was tired but in my mind, I was motivated to finish the season well. I’ve now had a few good weeks of training so I feel pretty good and I think we can make some nice results at CRO Race. I’m really motivated because crashing out of the Vuelta was a hard reality to face when I was so motivated for my race on home soil. A good result in Croatia also helps me to mentally enjoy the off-season,” de la Parte said.
“I was approaching my recovery with the idea of racing in Croatia. My biggest goal will be to look for a stage that suits me and to enjoy racing again. I think, as a team, we can achieve a nice result and for me, it’s a chance to get back into racing before I finish my season with the Italian races.”
CRO Race (1-6 October)
Rider roster: Amaro Antunes (POR), Victor de la Parte (ESP), Serge Pauwels (BEL), Joey Rosskopf (USA), Laurens ten Dam (NED), Georg Zimmermann (GER), Riccardo Zoidl (AUT).
Sports Directors: Fabio Baldato (ITA), Valerio Piva (ITA)