I Settimana Ciclistica Italiana – Sulle strade della Sardegna
From 14th to 18th July
A new race on the calendar and again with the GS Emillia label, a team that is consolidating, with an interesting portfolio of races managed on Italian soil, as one of the major organisers on the world stage. ASO, RCS, Unipublic (which is a bit ASO) or Flanders Classic control the big races. GS Emilia is a step below, but with its portfolio of races it is certainly not a “lower” step. Organisers that are fundamental to the sport thanks to their commitment to creating a competitive fabric.
The first edition of the Settimana Ciclistica Italiana travels to the island of Sardinia and proposes a route of more than 850 kilometres, without a time trial and without a summit finish. Five days in which, given the presence of demanding terrain in the Sardinian island intraterra, there will be plenty of room for intense battles for victory. A route, in short, open to a wider range of riders and which will be faced by a top level peloton, with 21 teams in action.
For this race, Stefano Zannatta, Jesús Hernández and Sean Yates have put together a versatile team, where there is speed, where there is work capacity and also a lot of explosiveness. Davide Bais, Mattia Frapporti, Francesco Gavazzi, Arturo Grávalos, Luca Pacioni, Alejandro Ropero and Luca Wackermann will be the seven riders fighting for a partial victory and a good final classification.
Luca Wackermann, rider of the EOLO-KOMETA Cycling Team: “The crash in the last stage of the Adriatica Ionica Race has slowed me down a little, but I am happy to be able to continue racing in this period, adding kilometres and rhythm to the legs. This race will be my first competition on the island of Sardinia. The stages are all very suitable for my characteristics and I hope to arrive in a good condition to face them”.
“There is no race that is inferior to another for us and the objective is always the same: to be protagonists and fight for the victory. The dynamic that the whole team is experiencing is very good. The work of these months has been very intense, it has borne fruit in the form of victories and good results and I’m sure it will continue like this, because all the riders have gained in confidence and they share this idea: every day of competition is unique and as good as the one before and the one after. That’s why a new stage race like this one is an unbeatable stage. We are travelling with a very interesting team that is going to give us great joy”, says sports director Jesús Hernández.
14th July: Alghero – Sassari (155.8km).
15th July: Sassari – Oristano (185.5km).
16th July: Oristano – Cagliari (180.9 km).
17th July: Cagliari – Cagliari (168 km).
18th July: Cagliari – Cagliari (170.2 km).