Team BikeExchange will kick-off the Italian autumn classics this weekend with a small but mighty team ready to tackle the Giro dell Emilia.
Veteran climber Mikel Nieve will be back in action for the first time since the Vuelta a Espana, with the experienced Brent Bookwalter also lining up for one of his last pro outings before hanging up his wheels at the end of the season.
Tour of Hungary winner Damien Howson and Estonian Tanel Kangert add further climbing talent to the squad, while young neo-pro Kevin Colleoni will be keen to impress on home soil.
Team BikeExchange at Giro dell’Emilia:
Brent Bookwalter (USA)
Kevin Colleoni (ITA)
Damien Howson (AUS)
Tanel Kangert (EST)
Mikel Nieve (ESP)
“It’s a race that I did just once, but it’s nice to be back there. San Luca is a special finish and the environment in the autumn classics in Italy is usually very pretty. The race itself is very hard with an explosive finish.
Personally, I don’t know how it will be because it is my first race after the Vuelta and so it is difficult to know. What’s sure is that we will give our best as always. Hopefully, we can have some guys in the final part of the race, and we will try to be aggressive and reach a good result”
Gene Bates (Sports Director):
“Unfortunately, we have a small team at Giro dell’Emilia, but with very good quality, with great climbing ability in this group of riders. We are going with more open strategies and all guys will have the opportunity to go for a result.
Giro dell’Emilia is always a very difficult race. The final five laps going up to San Luca will be decisive and whoever has good legs can try to anticipate and get in the moves close to the finish.”
2021 Giro dell’Emilia Race Details:
Saturday, 2nd October, Casalecchio di Reno to Bologna, 195km
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