Trek-Segafredo goes all-in for the Tour de France, the team registered in the United States entering several of its renowned riders in the French Grand Tour in 2021.
The team outlined the main goals of its bag stars on Monday ahead of the 2021 racing season. Barring disruptions from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the team outlined an ambitious schedule.
Vincenzo Nibali will aim for another double in 2021, while his Trek-Segafredo teammate Giulio Ciccone will take on managerial duties at Vuelta a España.
Nibali will return to the Giro d’Italia in 2021, a race he has won twice, including seven career stage victories. In 2020, Nibali failed against the young drivers and went to Milan in seventh place in the general classification. The 36-year-old, who is the final season of his two-year contract with Trek-Segafredo, has also confirmed he will start what will be his ninth Round.
His teammate Bauke Mollema will also take part in the Giro-Tour double. The Dutchman broke his wrist in a spill in last year’s Tour and will be aiming for a stage victory in the Giro with the aim of securing a stage commensurate with his stage victories in the Tour and the Vuelta a España. Mollema will travel later to the Tour with Nibali.
Rising Italian star Ciccone will also race the Giro in his sixth incline to the Italian Grand Tour, where he won two stages and the mountaineer’s jersey in 2019. Team officials have confirmed that the 26-year-old will be a protected rider at the Vuelta, where he will race for the final podium of the Spanish Grand Tour.
Jasper Stuyven and Mads Pedersen will lead the Classics squad in 2020, which saw them win the Omloop het Nieuwsblad and Gent-Wevelgem respectively. The two classics specialists are also scheduled for the Tour, where they will provide strong support and aim for stage wins, officials said on Monday.
The Olympics are not mentioned, as teams and runners await clarification from Olympic officials on rules for participation due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.