ORICA-SCOTT to tackle GP Industria & Arigianato di Larciano with a strong squad of talented climbersThu 2 Mar 2017
A weekend of Italian one day racing awaits ORICA-SCOTT with Sunday’s 49th GP Industria and Artigianato di Larciano following hot on the heels of Saturday's Strade Bianche.
2014 winner Adam Yates returns with a strong squad in support of the 24-year-old Briton, including Carlos Verona and young Australian climbing talent Jack Haig.
Yates finished just outside the top ten in last year’s edition after some epic weather significantly added to what is already a difficult race and will be protected alongside 2017 Herald Sun Tour champion Damien Howson.
“After the dramatically cold and wet conditions of last years race, I can definitely say that we are hoping for better weather this time around,” said Sport director Neil Stephens. “It is always a hard race because of the four finishing circuits around Larciano, after around 90kilometres of fairly flat racing you hit the final laps and have some tough climbing to contend with.”
“Of course we have had some success here in the past with Adam’s victory in 2014 and we have a good team around him this year.
“Ruben Plaza will be competing in his first race of the season and the younger guys are all in good condition so we are fairly upbeat about our chances.”
New Zealander Sam Bewley and Australians Alex Edmondson and Rob Power complete the eight man team, with Bewley, Edmondson and Haig all coming straight from the previous days Strade Bianche to complete an Italian double header.
“We will need to be attentive right from the start,” continued Stephens. “There will probably be attacks from the flag and it’s important that we don’t miss any major moves.
“As I said earlier, we have a strong team for this race and we need to race with confidence. We have options and the talent to pull off a result so we’ll see.”
GP Industria and Artigianato di Larciano takes place on Sunday 5th of March in the Italian province of Pistoia. The race is in its 49th year and covers 200kilometres including four laps of a 27kilometre circuit and four ascents of the San Baronto climb before the finish.
Sam Bewley (NZ, 29)
Alexander Edmondson (AUS, 23)
Jack Haig (AUS, 23)
Damien Howson (AUS, 24)
Ruben Plaza (ESP, 37)
Rob Power (AUS, 21)
Carlos Verona (ESP, 24)
Adam Yates (GBR, 24)
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