Trek-Segafredo will divide its riders into two groups for training as the cycling team prepares for the Tour de France and the Giro d’Itala.
The revised UCI calendar due to the coronavirus pandemic provides that the tour will start on August 29 before the start of the Giro on October 3, with the crossing of the Vuelta a Espana in early October 20.
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The decision to host the three Grand Tours in such a short time led Trek-Segafredo to announce two different training groups in preparation for the races.
From July 12 to 28, eight runners head to Isola 2000 in the French Alps: Bauke Mollema, Richie Porte, Jasper Stuyven, Julien Bernard, Niklas Eg, Alex Kirsch, Toms Skujins and Edward Theuns.
From July 10 to 25, another group will be based in Italy in the Dolomites: Vincenzo Nibali, Giulio Ciccone, Gianluca Brambilla, Nicola Conci, Jacopo Mosca, Antonio Nibali and Pieter Weening.
This is not the final list for the Tour de France and the Giro, however.
For the Tour, Trek-Segafredo will select Mollema, Porte, Stuyven, Eg, Kirsch, Skujins, Theuns, as well as world champion Mads Pedersen and Kenny Elissonde.
For the Giro, which will start in Sicily, the selection will be made up of seven from Vincenzo Nibali, Ciccone, Brambilla, Conci, Mosca, Antonio Nibali and Weening, as well as Bernard and Koen de Kort.
“We are about two months from the start of the Tour de France, three months from the Giro d’Italia and four from the Vuelta a España,” said team leader Luca Guercilena.
“In a normal situation, we would have indicative lists of riders who could be at the start, and we would have a list of 10 to 12 riders from which to choose, also depending on their performance on the road. Not this year.
“We have established a list of nine riders for each Grand Tour. The Tour’s benchmark group will train at Isola 2000, with the exception of Julien Bernard. For the Giro, the group will be in Passo San Pellegrino. La Vuelta is the only Grand Tour where we have little room to make decisions. The only certainty is that Mollema is the captain. ”
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