Preview: Gran Piemonte

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As the racing for our team starts to draw to a close for the 2018 season, Gran Piemonte presents another opportunity for our African team to shine. This 191km event was last held in 2016 with Giacomo Nizzolo, who will ride for us from 2019, victorious on that occasion.

The race route is relatively flat as it winds its way around Turin, starting in Racconigi and finishing in Stupinigi. While the parcours is not all that testing, the weather could well play a role on Thursday with rain forecast.

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will be looking at finishing the year on a positive note with Il Lombardia to come on the weekend, as well as the Gree-Tour of Guangxi later this month, and so we have a selected a strong team.

Our young Italian stagiaire Matteo Sobrero will be looking to make an impact and he lines up alongside, Ben O’Connor while the likes of Steve Cummings, Julien Vermote, Mekseb Debesay, Johann van Zyl and Lachlan Morton will all be looking to use their experience to play big roles on the day.

Julien Vermote – Rider

I’m looking forward to this race as well as to Saturday – it looks a really nice race. Today’s race is not one that I’ve done before so it’s hard for me to make any predictions but I have seen the course which is quite flat. But the weather is looking potentially at being quite bad so that might make it quite a difficult day out in the rain. If the racing’s a bit harder then sometimes that’s an advantage for us so I’m looking forward to it. It’s always nice to race in Italy.

Lineup

Steve Cummings
Julien Vermote
Mekseb Debesay
Lachlan Morton
Ben O’Connor
Matteo Sobrero
Johann van Zyl

Race Image Explained

Italo EVOs are Italy’s high speed super-trains.
You can expect to find a few more high speed trains at the finish of Gran Piermonte, as the sprinters get their last chance for glory of the season.

Find the Qhubeka hand.