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Colbrelli to lead Bahrain Victorious at GranPiemonte

With only a few more races remaining for the 2021 season, Sonny Colbrelli leads Bahrain Victorious at GranPiemonte following his heroic win at Paris-Roubaix.

The one day race on Thursday 7th is one Colbrelli has already tasted victory back in 2018.

The race is usually designed for the fast men, like this 105th edition, with a course almost flat that will run from Rocca Canavese to Borgosesia (168 km) in the Piedmont Region, Italy.

An initial hilly but not demanding part shouldn’t prevent the sprinter’s teams from efficiently controlling the breakaway to finish in a bunch sprint, after the final 35 km circuit that doesn’t feature particular difficulties or technical sections.

Alberto Volpi, Bahrain Victorious SD: “All our riders will have the role to support the captain Sonny Colbrelli. He’s coming from the biggest success of his career and a very demanding race as the Roubaix. Therefore obviously, how he has recovered will be crucial. But the race suits him, and our goal is the win. To take it, we will try to race intelligently, avoiding stressful situations for our leader, protecting him throughout the race so that he can save energies for the final sprint”.

Bahrain Victorious lineup for GranPiemonte: Santiago Buitrago, Sonny Colbrelli, Domen Novak, Mark Padun, Hermann Pernsteiner, Dylan Teuns, Stevie Williams.

— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com