Australian Michael Matthews, in his final months at Sunweb before switching to Mitchelton-Scott, has to ensure day success. The Sunweb team also consists of Australians Chris Hamilton and Jai Hindley, Nico Denz from Germany and the American Chad Haga. He takes the place of the Dane Casper Pedersen, originally appointed for the Giro, who has already raced the Tour de France in recent weeks.
‘Great Season and Tour’
“After a successful restart of the season, with a great Tour, the motivation within the team is very high,” said Roberts. “The boys would like to continue that success in Italy.”
Sunweb went to the Tour without a pronounced leader, but booked three stage victories with the Swiss Marc Hirschi and the Dane Sørgen Kragh Andersen (two). Hirschi will be the leader in the Walloon Arrow on Wednesday and also in Liège-Bastogne-Liège on Sunday, together with the Belgian Tiesj Benoot.
The Giro was initially scheduled to be held in May, but had to be moved for months due to the corona virus. The start is not as planned in Hungary, but in Sicily. The participants start there with an individual time trial over 15.1 kilometers.
Kelderman and Oomen are, just like Matthews, working on their final months with the Iwan Spekenbrink team. Kelderman will switch to Bora-hansgrohe, Oomen will switch to Jumbo-Visma.
Weening to Giro at the age of 39
Pieter Weening must help Vincenzo Nibali to success in the Tour of Italy. The 39-year-old Dutchman has been included in the formation for the Giro by his Trek-Segafredo team.
Weening started five times earlier in the Tour of Italy and won two stages. Nibali won the Giro in 2013 and 2016. Frenchman Julien Bernard and Italians Gianluca Brambilla, Giulio Ciccone, Nicola Conci, Jacopo Mosca and Antonio Nibali complete the Trek-Segafredo squad. Ciccone previously tested positive for corona.
The Tour of Italy starts on Saturday with a time trial over more than 15 kilometers on the island of Sicily.
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