Preview: Tour of the Alps

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With the 101st edition of the Giro d’Italia on the horizon the Tour of the Alps will provide a tough, final chance for our team to fine-tune their preparations for the event.

The five-day stage race will provide a stern test of our African team’s credentials with a number of options available to us over the course of the week, as we go in search of a highly-placed rider on the GC and opportunities for stage victories.

With no particularly long stages the race starts in Arco, just north of Lake Garda, and finishes in Innsbruck. The last stage being the longest at just over 161km will also provide those riding with a glimpse at what lies in store at the World Championships later in the year.

Louis Meintjes looks set to lead the team that also includes the likes of Igor Anton (who finished 22nd at the recent Itzulia Basque Country), Lachlan Morton, Jacques Janse van Rensburg, Natnael Berhane, Merhawi Kudus and Ben O’Connor.

Bingen Fernandez – Sport Director

The Tour of the Alps is a race where many teams go with the Giro riders and the leaders. The race has a lot of good riders, the level is high and it’s a test before the Giro.

Louis is going to be one of those leaders that fight to get the best of it. We also have Ben that did a good Tour of Catalunya in our team.

It’s going to be an intense week!

Jacques Janse van Rensburg – Rider

Tour of the Alps is a great preparation race for the Giro as you can see from the start list of GC riders. We also have most of our Giro team here as we also have been racing in Catalunya together.

So at the moment the team should be riding well together at the end of this race! Ben has shown great form already in Catalunya and Louis is also coming into his form now, so we should have a great 5 days of aggressive racing coming up from our side.

Lineup
Louis Meintjes
Jacques Janse van Resnburg
Igor Anton
Lachlan Morton
Merhawi Kudus
Ben O’Connor
Natnael Berhane

Cover image explained

The first day of the Tour of the Alps departs from the town of Arco. The famous old castle ruins above the town seem to have exposed a Qhubeka hand in the masonry.