Team BikeExchange bring a line-up packed with climbers to the 43rd edition of GP Larciano, led by Australia’s Nick Schultz, who comes into the race after an impressive ride at the UAE Tour.
Team BikeExchange climbers, Kevin Colleoni and Andrey Zeits are the only two riders to come into the one-day race fresh, giving the team additional options at the back end of the race.
The 199km event takes place around Larciano on two distinct circuits. The first, is a fairly simple 22.3 km loop, to be repeated four times, before a second, harder 27.5km loop. The bunch will tackle four ascents of the Fornello, and continue up to the brow on San Baronto before the subsequent descent towards Lamporecchio.
Team BikeExchange at GP Larciano:
Brent Bookwalter (USA)
Kevin Colleoni (ITA)
Chris Juul-Jensen (DEN)
Barnabás Peák (HUN)
Nick Schultz (AUS)
Rob Stannard (AUS)
Andrey Zeits (KAZ)
“It will be my second time in Larciano, I did the race in 2019 and I remember it was a nice race. I came out of the UAE Tour with good form, I didn’t really know where I was before going to that race so at the end I was really surprised about my good shape.
“I’m not 100% yet and I feel like I have a lot more to gain with more training going into the season but so far I’m really happy with the sensations.
“Doing Larciano after Strade I think it’s like a bit of disadvantage, I remember two years ago I did both and I started in Larciano with heavy legs, but in the end everything worked out and it’s good to do hard races back-to-back.”
Gene Bates – Sport Director:
“The race at Larciano comes the day after Strade Bianche and it’s always been a difficult race. I believe Simon Yates and Nick Schultz will be the two guys looking for the victory.
“In the strategy, we are looking for more a selective race, I believe we a very good group of climbers and so we will work to our strengths try to make a big selection before the final.”
2021 GP Larciano Race Details:
Sunday, 7th March: Larciano – Larciano, 199km