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Gran Piemonte

Three Italian semi classics before the last Monument

In the last straight line towards the fifth and last Monument of the season, Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert will be at the start of three Italian semi classics in the neighboring regions Lombardia and Piemonte. For the second time in its history, the team will participate to Tre Valli Varesine (1.Pro, 5/10) on Tuesday, à Milano-Torino (1.Pro, 6/10) the next day and Gran Piemonte (1.Pro, 7/10) on Thursday. 

The Gran Piemonte is known for its variety in parcours over the years, and this season’s trajectory of 168 kilometer between Rocca Canavese and Borgosesia doesn’t visit the neighboring Alps. The only categorised difficulty is the climb La Serra (6.5km at 5.2%) after 50 kilometer. In this way, the organization chose for a less difficult parcours than the years before, with a profile pretty similar to the edition of 2015 when Jan Bakelants won. This Thursday, the Belgian rider will again be present, next to French riders Jérémy Bellicaud and Théo Delacroix, Eritrean rider Biniam Girmay, Dutch trainee Stijn Daemen and Italian sprinter Riccardo Minali.

"The team is running at full speed and it's great to see how motivated all riders all to give their best until the final race day of the season. Our excellent performances these past months are the subject of compliments in the peloton, our competitors admire our cohesion. Talking about myself, I enjoyed to be back with the team on the French soil after one month and a half without competition. I worked hard to rise to the level of my teammates and I felt good at the Route Adélie de Vitré and the Classique Loire-Atlantique, where I unfortunately was a victim of the slippery asphalt. These crashes luckily didn't have consequences, so I can look forward to the Italian races with confidence. Just like in France, the Tre Valli Varesine are ridden on a local lap and probably also in bad weather. It's getting more and more difficult to predict a race scenario, because its seems like the young talents are rewriting all cycling laws this season. But what is certain, with bad weather, we should be vigilant from the start. I remember the Gran Piemonte in 2015 which I won, the weather was also very bad..."


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