Israel-Premier Tech is counting on Jenthe Biermans
Jenthe Biermans was included in the Israel-Premier Tech selection for the Tour of Italy. For the 26-year-old rider, this will be his second big run. In 2019 he made his Giro debut with 117th place.
In a selection filled with freestyle players mainly aiming for stage wins, the Bermans team up with Austrian Matthias Brandl, Canadian Alex Cataford, Italy’s Alessandro De Marchi and Giacomo Nizzolo, Britain’s Alex Dousset, Switzerland’s Reto Hollenstein and Germany’s Rick Zabel.
Giacomo Nizzolo won the points jersey at the Giro in 2015 and 2016, but had to wait until last year, in his eighth appearance, to finally win a stage. De Marchi wore the pink jersey for two days at that Giro.
Tom Dumoulin is striking in his Jumbo-Visma selection
Tom Dumoulin is the most striking name in the eight-man Jumbo-Visma selection for the Tour of Italy. The 31-year-old Dutchman won the pink jersey in 2017 and was second behind Chris Froome a year later, after which he also finished second on the Tour (behind Geirant Thomas).
Dumoulin co-leads the Dutch national team with compatriot Sam Omen (ninth in 2018) and Norwegian champion Tobias Voss (ninth in 2021). With Gus van Emden, Jess Limerese, Pascal Einkorn and Quinn Bowman, the team will start a total of six Dutchmen. Italian Edoardo Afini completes the selection.
Edward Theon and Otto Vergerdi begin their Trek-Segafredo journey
Edward Theon and Otto Vergerdi were included in Trek-Segafredo’s eight-man squad for the Tour of Italy. USA Cycling announced the team playfully on Monday by portraying the riders as Italian artists, scientists and statesmen.
Dante Theon, 31, and Otto Leopardi, 27, are newcomers to the Giro, which begins Friday. They form a team with Dutchman Bok Mollima, already fifth (2019) and seventh (2017), Spain’s Juan Pedro Lopez, Denmark’s Matthias Skjelmus Jensen, Italy’s Giulio Ciccone, Dario Cataldo and Jacopo Mosca.
Ciccone won a stage in 2016 and 2019 and was also allowed to take the mountain jersey in 2019. That year Cataldo was also good to win a stage in his country.
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) in the farewell year for the second participation
Veteran Spanish player Alejandro Valverde and Colombian Ivan Ramiro Sosa lead the selection of Movistar for the Tour of Italy, which begins on Friday. The 42-year-old Valverde, who recently finished second in Walloon Arrow and Strade Bianche, is in his final season and is (only) in the Giro for the second time. In his only previous participation in 2016, the Morcian finished third (behind Vincenzo Nibali and Esteban Chaves) and won a mountain stage.
Ivan Sosa is the second advance pawn in Movistar. The 24-year-old Colombian won the Tour of Asturias on Sunday. He actually drove the Giro in 2019 (then became number 44). Moreover, the selection consists of Spaniards Jose Joaquin Rojas, Jorge Arcas, Sergio Samitier, Antonio Pedriro, Uyer Lazcano and American Will Barta.
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl is based on Cavendish and three Belgians in the Giro
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl is going all out for sprint wins with Mark Cavendish at the Tour of Italy (6-29 May). The Briton had already won fifteen stages in the Giro and picked up the points jersey in 2013. That year was also his last participation so far.
The 36-year-old Cavendish, who has racked up three wins this season, will be backed by Denmark’s Michael Morkoff in the boot. Three Belgians will also defend the Wolfpack’s colors: Peter Serry, Bert van Lerberge and Morey Vansvenant. The last two debuted in the Giro. The team also consists of Italian David Ballerini, British James Knox and Swiss Mauro Schmid, who won a stage in Italy last year.
“We have a good team to start with with Mark as the leader of the flat stages. He has already won many stages in the Giro and can count on strong riders to help him with his frantic sprints. For the other stages we look at it day in and day out, fight for every opportunity and see what is possible. sports director David Bramati explains.
Team BikeExchange-Jayco and Simon Yates aim for overall victory in the Giro
Simon Yates is the undisputed leader of Team BikeExchange-Jayco for the 105th Giro d’Italia. The Briton finished third last year behind Egan Bernal and Damiano Caruso, and is seeking a second overall Grand Tour victory. In 2018, Yates won the Vuelta a España Award.
“My two stage wins on the Tour of Asturias confirmed to me that we did really well during our last training period at the heights,” Yates said on the team’s website. “I am ready for my fifth matches at the Giro and I still have great memories of the celebrations on the podium in Milan last year. It wouldn’t be bad to experience it again.”
The 29-year-old will be supported by four Australians, Lucas Hamilton, Michael Hepburn, Damien Howson and Callum Scottson. The team completed by American Lawson Craddock, Dean Chris, Jules Jensen and Italy’s Matteo Sobrero.
AG2R Team Citroën features Lawrence Naesen in the Giro . selection
Lawrence Naesen has been included in the AG2R Citroën Team Selection for the Tour of Italy. This will be his second participation in the Giro after his first appearance last year in 119th place.
The 29-year-old will have to work in the boot for Austrian leader Felix Gall, sporting director Laurent Biondi explains on the team’s website. Lawrence replaces Clément Barthet, who fell and broke his collarbone on the Alpine Tour. Although he did not have perfect preparation for the Grand Tour, he would play a key role in protecting Felix on the level and dangerous stages, and at certain stages of the enemy he would be able to He played his own card.
In addition to Naesen and Gall, the team consists of Frenchmen Mikaël Cherel, Nans Peters, Lilian Calmejane and Nicolas Prodhomme, Italian Andrea Vendrame and Alvin Jaakko Hänninen. Peters (in 2019) and Vendrame (in 2021) have already won a stage at the Giro.
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