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An ambitious team for the Tour de Suisse

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The 2019 Tour de Suisse starts on Saturday 15 June with a short ITT to finish with the Queen Stage on Sunday the 23th. The Swiss competition ends two weeks before the Tour de France Grand Départ and this race is seen as an ideal test to verify the shape before the July showdown.The route of the 73rd edition amounts to 1,172 kilometres (and features 18,994 vertical metres) with 9 stages: two of which ITT and three mountain stages.

“We certainly have a good team for this Tour de Suisse – explains SD Paolo Artuso – with Domenico Pozzovivo who will fight for the GC, with Rohan Dennis who will try to achieve results in ITT and Ivan Garcia Cortina and Matej Mohoric we could play for stage wins.”

“After the Giro d’Italia – comments Pozzovivo – I was training on the Etna volcano to prepare the Tour well. Two years ago, I won a stage and finished fourth overall. This year I would like to improve that result “.

Mohoric will be at the start after the 3rd place in Lugano: “The last Sunday podium – the Slovenian rider explains – confirmed to me that I worked in a good way during last month. I am very confident and I have seen that there are a couple of stages that adapt very well to my characteristics “.

Return to the races, instead, for Ivan Garcia Cortina after a long training camp: “After the “California”- explains Ivan – I trained in altitude for about a month and I go to Switzerland with good sensations. I like very much the wavy routes and I think I can do well in those stages with a little bunch sprint finish ”.

TBM’s line-up for Tour de Suisse: Rohan Dennis, Matej Mohoric, Valerio Agnoli, Antonio Nibali, Ivan Garcia Cortina, Domenico Pozzovivo and Andrea Garosio.