Alessandro De Marchi and Simon Geschke will lead the team at the one-day races where they will be joined by Michał Paluta and Joey Rosskopf, and Monument debutants Kamil Małecki, Attila Valter, and Georg Zimmermann, Sports Director Gabriele Missaglia explained.
“We are taking the same seven riders to both Gran Piemonte and Il Lombardia this week, where Alessandro De Marchi and Simon Geschke will be our protected riders. Gran Piemonte will be a hard race. It is not too long in distance but with around 3000 meters of elevation and the hot and humid weather, it’s going to be tough. We will try to put someone in the breakaway and then see what De Marchi and Geschke, and even Kamil Małecki, who showed great legs in Poland, can do in the finale. Il Lombardia is definitely a race for the more experienced riders so we will have everyone behind De Marchi and Geschke at the Monument,” Missaglia said.
De Marchi is relishing the opportunity to lead the team on home soil.
“My feelings after the first races are good. I am happy with my shape and my condition, and happy with the results achieved until now. I’m really looking forward to fighting for some good results from in the next weeks until the Tour de France. Gran Piemonte and Il Lombardia are beautiful races and are full of opportunities. The hard parcours and the heat will make the selection and I think I’m ready for these conditions. I’ll have the chance to ride for a personal result so I need to take this opportunity and show that I’m back,” De Marchi explained.
Geschke is hoping to build on his form after a tough return to stage racing at Tour de Pologne.
“The Tour de Polonge was hard and I wasn’t too satisfied with my legs there after all but it was good to get a stage race in after the long period of just training. I hope it gives me a boost for the two races in Italy this week. I really want to do good well at Gran Piemonte and Il Lombardia and take a result home if possible. Both races suit me quite well so I will give my best,” Geschke added.
Gran Piemonte (12 August) and Il Lombardia (15 August)
Rider roster: Alessandro De Marchi (ITA), Simon Geschke (GER), Kamil Małecki (POL), Michał Paluta (POL), Joey Rosskopf (USA), Attila Valter (HUN), Georg Zimmermann (GER)
Sports Directors: Gabriele Massaglia (Gran Piemonte and Il Lombardia), Piotr Wadecki (Il Lombardia)