Team BikeExchange is ready to return to racing at the one-day WorldTour race, Clasica San Sebastian this weekend, with Simon Yates named as team leader after recently making his debut appearance at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The lengthy 223.5km race features six major climbs throughout and with an abundance of undulating terrain it is set to be a hard one. The 28-year-old Briton will be supported by experienced climbers in local Basque rider Mikel Nieve, Kazak Andrey Zeits, Ethiopian rider Grmay Tsgabu and Australian Nick Schultz who returns to racing after crashing out of the Giro d’Italia.
Young Italian climber Kevin Colleoni will make his debut appearance at the Spanish race as he looks to gain more experience whilst also supporting the squad. While Australian sprinter Robert Stannard completes the seven-rider team line-up, giving the team options incase the race concludes with a sprint finish.
Team BikeExchange at Clasica San Sebastian:
Kevin Colleoni (ITA)
Mikel Nieve (ESP)
Nick Schultz (AUS)
Robert Stannard (AUS)
Tsgabu Grmay (ETH)
Simon Yates (GBR)
Andrey Zeits (KAZ)
“I am glad to be back racing in Europe after my Tokyo 2020 experience. For me it was an incredible adventure and also sharing it with my brother was a unique opportunity. It will be my sixth time racing San Sebastian and my previous best result was seventh place back in 2016.
The Team we have is strong and the target for us is to be at least on the final podium, but of course we need to see how my legs will react after the intense period I have come from.
After the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France, an injury and also traveling to and from Tokyo, I am curious to see how my condition will be but my feelings are good at the moment. For sure with the Team we will give the best we can for this long and always exciting race.”
Julian Dean – Sport Director:
“We are going to San Sebastian hoping to get a podium finish with Simon. Hopefully he will be back from Tokyo in good shape, but we will only find this out during the race. It will be a pretty aggressive race, as always with that layout of the route.
We will also have Robert Stannard as good options should the race come back together at the finish for a sprint. Robert has done a lot of work while the Tour de France was on and we are confident he is in good shape.
Then we have some riders returning racing after injuries and illness with the likes of Nick Schultz and Mikel Nieve. They have worked hard to get back in shape and we believe they can be of added value to this squad.
It is great to also see Andrey Zeits back racing, he has done some really good work to be back at his level after a difficult first part of the season. We have a lot of variety among the riders we have and we believe we can do well in this race.”
2021 Donostia San Sebastian Klasikoa:
Saturday, 31st July : San Sebastian – San Sebastian, 223.5km
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