7-strong Bahrain Merida line-up to Adriatica Ionica Race
A competitive Bahrain Merida team will head to the ‘Adriatica Ionica Race’, a 5-day stage race, that will take place in Northern Italy, from Venice to Trieste (July 24-28).
“On paper it may seem like an easy race, but with nine WorldTour teams competing there, we must admit the level is quite high and we make no secret of our ambitions” Sports Director Franco Pellizotti comments “Our team is competitive and well balanced, aiming for stages and general classification”. In fact, the course – from the sea to the Dolomites, through hills and dirty roads – suits to all-around riders, with chances for sprinters, puncheurs and for climbers as well. “We are aiming to make the podium with Mark Padun in the GC and we can count on Domen Novak – who is in good shape too – to help him”.
Both riders are back after the Nationals, where they performed very well: Padun won the Individual Time Trial race in Ukraine, while Novak is the new Road Race Slovenian Champion and at ‘Adriatica Ionica Race’ he will show off his National Champion jersey for the first time.
Also all the other riders that round out the line-up are back from National Championships and after altitude training camp: “There will be several opportunities also for the fast men, as in the opening circuit and in the closing stage, but also stage 2 featuring gravel roads sector, may end with a sprint” SD Pellizotti explains “With Phil Bauhaus – who will be well supported by Heinrich Haussler and Marcel Sieberg – we aim to sprint to win . Chun-Kai Feng and Yukiya Arashiro will be our jolly”.
Team Bahrain Merida line-up for Adriatica Ionica Race: Arashiro Yukiya, Phil Bauhaus, Chun-Kai Feng, Heinrich Haussler, Domen Novak, Mark Padun, Marcel Sieberg.