Team BikeExchange return to the Sazka Tour on Wednesday as two-time defending champions, looking to make it a hat-trick in the Czech Republic.
A well-balanced squad will take on the four-day stage, with Australian Nick Schultz and neo-pro Kevin Colleoni will lead the general classification charge, while Dion Smith will take his chances in the fast finish to stage one.
Jack Bauer, Luke Durbridge and Callum Scotson will provide the power in the team, with veteran Brent Bookwalter add further experience to the seven-rider line-up.
The race has been renamed the Sazka Tour for 2021 and will feature four road stages for the first time, with no team trial featuring this year. The peloton will tackle the Queen stage on day two, with a punishing 8km long climb to finish.
Team BikeExchange at Sazka Tour:
Jack Bauer (NZL)
Brent Bookwalter (USA)
Kevin Colleoni (ITA)
Luke Durbridge (AUS)
Nick Schultz (AUS)
Callum Scotson (AUS)
Dion Smith (AUS)
“Sazka Tour will be my second race back after San Sebastián since crashing out of the Giro. Having been such a long time without a lot of racing, my race form is a little bit unknown.
But I have been training hard and working on my hand rehabilitation to return with what I hope will be good form. We have a really strong team at the race, and I hope to go after a good result”.
Matthew White – Head Sport Director
“After the victory in 2019 and last year with Damien Howson, we are ready to do our best in the 2021 edition.
Compared to last year, the route is much more challenging with the uphill finish on the second stage with arrival at over one thousand metres in Pustevny and without the team time trial.
We have an experienced and well-balanced team with Nick and Kevin trying to do the GC, while Dion will try to win the only sprint in this year’s Czech race”.
2021 Sazka Tour – Race Details:
Thursday, 5th August, Sage 1: Prostejov to Uničov, 150 km
Friday, 6th August, Stage 2: Olomouc to Pustevny, 203 km
Saturday, 7th August, Stage 3: Moravská Trebová to Dlouhé Stráne, 143 km
Sunday, 8th August, Stage 4: Sumperk to Sternberk, 174 km
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