An experienced line-up for Larciano
Next Sunday the Team will be at the start of the 41st edition of the Grand Prix Industria e Artigianato in Larciano, a small village in the center of Tuscany. The route will cover almost 200 kilometers and it’s the same of last season: the first part is completely flat with a first circuit of 22.3 kilometers to be tackled four times.
After the first 90 km, the race will enter in the second and decisive 27.5 km circuit to be repeated four times. The key point will be as usual the ascent of San Baronto which ends at just 6 km to go.
For the sports director Alberto Volpi: “The Larciano’s GP is the classic race for riders that are fast but also good climber. Climbing four times the San Baronto, in fact, will certainly make selection in the finale but also the subsequent descent can be decisive. We will race with three captains: Giovanni Visconti, who runs at home, and the two young riders Matej Mohoric and Domen Novak. We have an experienced team with Agnoli, Sioutsou and Pellizotti and we can achieve a good result”.
For Giovanni Visconti “Larciano” is a particular race: “The GPM is very close to my home and I know the whole route very well. In the past, I finished second, third, fourth but I never managed to win. The final climb, the next apparently flat ground and the last descent and suitable for fast riders who will try to find a way to take advantage of the others”.
Matej Mohoric will partecipate to this semiclassics for the first time: “Last year I did a couple of laps of the final circuit as a training session and I have to say that I like the route. In my opinion the ascent of San Baronto is quite long but not very hard, maybe it will be the last kilometers between false slope and descent to decide the race”.
Team Bahrain Merida’s line-up for GP Larciano: Valerio Agnoli, Matej Mohoric, Domen Novak, Franco Pellizotti, Hermann Persteiner, Kanstantsin Siutsou, Giovanni Visconti
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