ORICA-SCOTT ready for the final monument of the season, the Giro di LombardiaFri 6 Oct 2017
After multiple one-day races this week, ORICA-SCOTT remain in Italy for tomorrow’s final one-day race of the season, the 111th edition of the Giro di Lombardia.
The lengthy 247kilometre event is the fifth and final monument of the 2017 season from Bergamo to Como.
2017 winner of the race, Esteban Chaves, will unfortunately not line-up with ORICA-SCOTT after crashing out of the Giro dell’Emilia last week, which forced the 27-year-old to end his season prematurely with a fractured shoulder blade.
Sport director Matt White still remains confident in the strong team-line up for the race, which features the recent Milano-Torino runner-up Adam Yates.
“Adam had a good race yesterday and has shown he has good form and we also have Jack Haig who was riding well at the Vuelta Espana and has carried that forward into recent races,” explained White. “I think Adam and Jack can have a really good ride tomorrow but we are not longer going into the race this year as one of the favourites."
“We we be a little bit more on the radar after yesterday but it will be more about controlling the race for us.”
Yates and Haig will be joined by talented climbers in Herald Suntour winner Damien Howson, experienced Roman Kreuziger and Spaniard Carlos Verona.
The Tour of Romandie stage winner Michael Albasini, Dane Chris Juul-Jensen and Tour of Belgium winner Jens Keukeleire provide the squad with horsepower and vital support during the lengthy one-day event.
With a pleasant weather forecast predicted for tomorrow, White believes that can change the outcome of the race a lot.
“This year the course is the same as 2015 so a little bit different to last year’s edition, but the big thing which usually effects this race is the weather," White continued.
“It is suppose to be 20 degrees tomorrow so a lot more riders should go a lot further into the final. A selection is usually always made over the two climbs that come back to back with just 50kilometres to go and then the Civiglio climb is around eight kilometres in length and you’ll generally see the top ten from that.
“Without having Esteban here it changes things for us heading into this race. If we are realistic a top ten would be a good result for us, if Haig could finish top ten that would certainly be one of his biggest results.”
The famous monument features several challenging climbs such as the steep and long, Colma di Sormano, and with many big named riders on the start list it will certainly be a battle all the way to the finish line to see who will be crowned the winner of the final monument of the 2017 season.
ORICA-SCOTT riders for Giro di Lombardia (7th Oct):
Michael Albasini - (SUI, 36)
Jack Haig - (AUS, 23)
Roman Kreuziger - (CZE, 30)
Damien Howson - (AUS, 25)
Chris Juul-Jensen - (DEN, 28)
Jens Keukeleire - (BEL, 28)
Carlos Verona - (ESP, 24)
Adam Yates - (GB, 25)
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