The Italian autumn classics continue as Team BikeExchange line-up for two back-to-back one-day races at the Coppa Bernocchi and Tre Valli Varesine.
The core of the squad that tackled the Giro dell’Emilia remains, but with added reinforcements as Australian duo Nick Schultz and Rob Stannard come into the fold.
The 102nd edition of the Coppa Bernocchi takes in a route of almost 200km that winds north of Milan with a flat run to the finish line in Legnano. The following day will mark the 100th edition of the Tre Valli Varesine, which will start from Busto Arsizio and end with the usual 13km circuit of Varese, to be repeated 8 times.
Team BikeExchange at Coppa Bernocchi and Tre Valli Varesine:
Brent Bookwalter (USA)
Kevin Colleoni (ITA)
Damien Howson (AUS)
Tanel Kangert (EST)
Mikel Nieve (ESP)
Nick Schultz (AUS)
Rob Stannard (AUS)
“I’m looking forward to these Italian races. In years past, I have done each of them once before, so I know the parcours a little bit, but not super well. They are races that lend themselves to an aggressive style of racing where many different outcomes are possible.
My shape seems to be good coming off the World Championships and I hope to be able the help the team or have a good ride myself.”
Gene Bates – Sport Director:
“Coppa Bernocchi is maybe the ‘easiest’ race in terms of altitude gain and typically we see a fairly large group get to the finish together in a bunch sprint, but probably we will have a lot of rain and this can change the race a lot.
Our guys will need to be on the front foot and ready for action quite early and we will also look to assist Nick in the finish.
Tre Valli is a very difficult and demanding race around Varese and with many climbs. Again, the forecast is for rain, and this will make the race even harder and I think we will have a very selective group going to the line. We need to have good legs because it’s a race without a lucky winner and I’m sure we have good options with Nick and Rob”.
2021 Coppa Bernocchi, Tre Valli Varesine Race Details:
Coppa Bernocchi, Monday, 4th October, Legnano to Legnano, 197km
Tre Valli Varesine, Tuesday, 5th October, Busto Arsizio to Varese, 196km
Photo Courtesy of Getty Sport.
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