Team BAHRAIN MERIDA at Milano-Torino and GranPiemonte
Two Autumn Classics await Team BAHRAIN MERIDA in the next few days: 99th Milano-Torino on Wednesday 10 October and 102nd GranPiemonte on Thursday 11th October.
200km from the city of Magenta, near Milan, to the famous Colle di Superga ascent in Turin, is the course of the Milano-Torino – the oldest bicycle race in the world, with its first edition in 1876.
A route almost flat in the first part and wavier in the middle, including some tricky short climbs, before entering the final circuit, where riders will have to climb the Superga hill (average gradient 9.1%) twice, with the exception of the final short (600m) 8.2% climb.
“With such a course, traditionally the expected outcome is the success of a climber” Team BAHRAIN MERIDA Sports Director Alberto Volpi says “We will focus on Domenico Pozzovivo, who is our strongest climber in our line-up for this race and the double Superga ascent suits him. But don’t forget that we have other guys with good qualities for a route like this, namely Giovanni Visconti and Gorka Izagirre, who returns to racing after the Vuelta. Both will be great helpers”.
The following day, the route will be more easy and the fast men will be in action. In fact, the GranPiemonte – starting from Racconigi and finishing in Stupinigi after 191km – features a route that is mainly flat with some climbs and descents around Turin.
“Our leader for this race is our sprinter Sonny Colbrelli, as a sprint finish should be expected” Sports Director Alberto Volpi explains “The profile of the race will not show any difficulties and the team will work to support Sonny until the end, to help him contesting a possible sprint”.
Team BAHRAIN MERIDA line-up for 99th Milano-Torino: Kristijan Koren, Gasparotto Enrico, Andrea Garosio, Gorka Izagirre, Domenico Pozzovivo, Maxim Pirard, Giovanni Visconti.
Team BAHRAIN MERIDA line-up for 102nd GranPiemonte: Sonny Colbrelli, Kristijan Koren, Enrico Gasparotto, Andrea Garosio, Gorka Izagirre, Maxim Pirard.