Team BikeExchange men are aiming to end the 2021 season on a high as they take on the fifth and final Monument of the year, Il Lombardia.
Giro d’Italia podium finisher Simon Yates will lead the squad as he comes in fresh off the back of an attacking ride at the six-day CRO Race last week, while Tour of Hungary winner Damien Howson and Czech Tour Nick Schultz will add valuable support alongside veteran Mikel Nieve.
The ever-reliable Chris Juul-Jensen comes into the fold after riding Paris-Roubaix last weekend, while neo-pro Kevin Colleoni will get his first taste of the ‘Race of the Falling Leaves’. The experienced Andrey Zeits will complete the seven-rider line-up, making his fourth appearance in the Italian one-day classic.
The 115th edition of the race will see a new route as the peloton travel 240km from Como to a challenging finale in Bergamo. The 2021 race will take in six climbs and 4500 meters of elevation, with the short, but steep Colle Aperto coming inside the final 5km.
Team BikeExchange at 2021 Il Lombardia:
Kevin Colleoni (ITA)
Chris Juul-Jensen (DEN)
Damien Howson (AUS)
Mikel Nieve (ESP)
Nick Schultz (AUS)
Simon Yates (GBR)
Andrey Zeits (KAZ)
“I go to Il Lombardia after competing at the CRO Race last week, which allowed me to find the race pace again and improve my condition.
I expect a very selective race, both because of the length of the race and because of the very demanding course, especially now that we are at the end of the season. The list of starters for this Monument is really important and I expect a great battle as always.”
Matthew White – Head Sport Director:
“We would like to finish off the season with a top result in the last Monument of the year. Simon Yates will be our best option and we are aiming for the podium.
We have a very strong team, and everyone will have an important role, whether it is being in certain moves to keep us on the front foot or positioning our leaders, every role will be important to the success of the day.
For sure the race will be aggressive and the other factor that always affects a race of this distance is the weather. Il Lombardia is one of the hardest one-day races on our calendar, and this year is no different.
I expect a very selective race and, after the recon, I think that the last climb before descending to the finish will be decisive. As usual, in the last hour of racing, we will see who the strongest riders in the bunch are.”
Il Lombardia 2021 Race Details:
Saturday, 9th October: Como to Bergamo, 239km
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