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Bicycle Racing News and Opinion:
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

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Upcoming racing:

Next races we'll cover will be the Coppa Agostoni, held in Italy, and the GP de Wallonie, run in Belgium. Both happen on Wednesday, September 16.

September 13 UCI World Tour rider, team and country rankings

Rider rankings:

Rank Prev. Rider Team (Code) Points
1 1 VALVERDE Alejandro MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 615
2 7 RODRIGUEZ Joaquin TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 474
3 5 QUINTANA Nairo Alexander MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 457
4 2 KRISTOFF Alexander TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 453
5 14 ARU Fabio ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 448
6 3 FROOME Christopher TEAM SKY (SKY) 430
7 4 CONTADOR Alberto TINKOFF - SAXO (TCS) 407
8 6 VAN AVERMAET Greg BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) 324
9 11 FARIA Rui Alberto LAMPRE - MERIDA (LAM) 324
10 8 PORTE Richie TEAM SKY (SKY) 314
11 13 DEGENKOLB John TEAM GIANT - ALPECIN (TGA) 302
12 9 URAN URAN Rigoberto ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 301
13 10 THOMAS Geraint TEAM SKY (SKY) 283
14 29 DUMOULIN Tom TEAM GIANT - ALPECIN (TGA) 271
15 12 SPILAK Simon TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 269
16 16 SAGAN Peter TINKOFF - SAXO (TCS) 257
17 15 PINOT Thibaut FDJ (FDJ) 249
18 19 POZZOVIVO Domenico AG2R LA MONDIALE (ALM) 242
19 17 MATTHEWS Michael ORICA GREENEDGE (OGE) 221
20 18 MOLLEMA Bauke TREK FACTORY RACING (TFR) 212
21 23 BARDET Romain AG2R LA MONDIALE (ALM) 206
22 20 GREIPEL André LOTTO SOUDAL (LTS) 203
23 35 WELLENS Tim LOTTO SOUDAL (LTS) 195
24 21 KWIATKOWSKI Michal ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 195
25 22 ZAKARIN Ilnur TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 194
26 24 ALAPHILIPPE Julian ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 180
27 26 GILBERT Philippe BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) 179
28 25 IZAGUIRRE Jon MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 173
29 27 STYBAR Zdenek ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 172
30 65 MAJKA Rafal TINKOFF - SAXO (TCS) 165
31 30 LANDA Mikel ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 164
32 28 HENAO Sergio Luis TEAM SKY (SKY) 157
33 43 YATES Adam ORICA GREENEDGE (OGE) 150
34 31 YATES Simon ORICA GREENEDGE (OGE) 148
35 32 TERPSTRA Niki ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 140
36 33 NIBALI Vincenzo ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 138
37 46 MORENO Daniel TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 136
38 34 DENNIS Rohan BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) 135
39 198 CHAVES Jhoan Esteban ORICA GREENEDGE (OGE) 114
40 36 GESINK Robert LOTTO NL - JUMBO (TLJ) 114
41 44 KELDERMAN Wilco LOTTO NL - JUMBO (TLJ) 111
42 45 DE CLERCQ Bart LOTTO SOUDAL (LTS) 106
43 37 BOOM Lars ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 102
44 38 HESJEDAL Ryder CANNONDALE - GARMIN (TCG) 102
45 56 BENOOT Tiesj LOTTO SOUDAL (LTS) 101
46 39 ULISSI Diego LAMPRE - MERIDA (LAM) 98
47 40 GALLOPIN Tony LOTTO SOUDAL (LTS) 97
48 41 VAN GARDEREN Tejay BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) 96
49 42 AMADOR Andrey MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 93
50 53 MARTIN Daniel CANNONDALE - GARMIN (TCG) 85
51 47 ROELANDTS Jurgen LOTTO SOUDAL (LTS) 82
52 48 INTXAUSTI Benat MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 81
53 49 PAOLINI Luca TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 80
54 50 KRUIJSWIJK Steven LOTTO NL - JUMBO (TLJ) 80
55 51 NIZZOLO Giacomo TREK FACTORY RACING (TFR) 78
56 52 EVANS Cadel BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) 76
57 54 FRANK Mathias IAM CYCLING (IAM) 72
58 55 HERMANS Ben BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) 71
59 57 KONIG Leopold TEAM SKY (SKY) 70
60 58 KREUZIGER Roman TINKOFF - SAXO (TCS) 64
61 59 FELLINE Fabio TREK FACTORY RACING (TFR) 64
62 60 FUGLSANG Jakob ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 64
63 121 NIEVE ITURALDE Mikel TEAM SKY (SKY) 64
64 61 ALBASINI Michael ORICA GREENEDGE (OGE) 62
65 62 BONIFAZIO Niccolo LAMPRE - MERIDA (LAM) 60
66 114 BAKELANTS Jan AG2R LA MONDIALE (ALM) 59
67 63 CANCELLARA Fabian TREK FACTORY RACING (TFR) 59
68 64 ELMIGER Martin IAM CYCLING (IAM) 56
69 66 CARUSO Damiano BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) 54
70 67 TALANSKY Andrew CANNONDALE - GARMIN (TCG) 54
71 68 VANMARCKE Sep LOTTO NL - JUMBO (TLJ) 52
72 69 FERNANDEZ Ruben MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 52
73 70 NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas CANNONDALE - GARMIN (TCG) 50
74 71 TRENTIN Matteo ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 50
75 76 SLAGTER Tom Jelte CANNONDALE - GARMIN (TCG) 49
76 72 VUILLERMOZ Alexis AG2R LA MONDIALE (ALM) 49
77 88 IMPEY Daryl ORICA GREENEDGE (OGE) 49
78 73 BOONEN Tom ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 48
79 74 DEBUSSCHERE Jens LOTTO SOUDAL (LTS) 48
80 75 TROFIMOV Yury TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 48
81 77 KEUKELEIRE Jens ORICA GREENEDGE (OGE) 46
82 78 JUNGELS Bob TREK FACTORY RACING (TFR) 46
83 79 POELS Wouter TEAM SKY (SKY) 46
84 80 GENIEZ Alexandre FDJ (FDJ) 44
85 81 MODOLO Sacha LAMPRE - MERIDA (LAM) 43
86 82 VALLS FERRI Rafael LAMPRE - MERIDA (LAM) 41
87 83 VANDENBERGH Stijn ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 40
88 84 GRIVKO Andriy ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 40
89 85 SCARPONI Michele ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 40
90 86 ATAPUMA Darwin BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) 40
91 87 MARTIN Tony ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 40
92 113 PLAZA Ruben LAMPRE - MERIDA (LAM) 38
93 89 BRESCHEL Matti TINKOFF - SAXO (TCS) 36
94 90 IZAGUIRRE Gorka MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 36
95 95 MONFORT Maxime LOTTO SOUDAL (LTS) 36
96 91 BARGUIL Warren TEAM GIANT - ALPECIN (TGA) 34
97 92 DEMARE Arnaud FDJ (FDJ) 33
98 93 LAMPAERT Yves ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 32
99 94 CIMOLAI Davide LAMPRE - MERIDA (LAM) 32
100 96 GESCHKE Simon TEAM GIANT - ALPECIN (TGA) 32
101 97 ROGERS Michael TINKOFF - SAXO (TCS) 31
102 98 RIBLON Christophe AG2R LA MONDIALE (ALM) 31
103 99 LOPEZ Miguel Angel ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 31
104 100 SANCHEZ Samuel BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) 30
105 101 CAVENDISH Mark ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 30
106 152 VAN POPPEL Danny TREK FACTORY RACING (TFR) 29
107 102 VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen LOTTO SOUDAL (LTS) 28
108 103 VIVIANI Elia TEAM SKY (SKY) 28
109 104 PANTANO Jarlinson IAM CYCLING (IAM) 27
110 105 FORMOLO Davide CANNONDALE - GARMIN (TCG) 26
111 - ROCHE Nicolas TEAM SKY (SKY) 26
112 106 KANGERT Tanel ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 24
113 - SANTOS Nelson Filipe LAMPRE - MERIDA (LAM) 24
114 109 KIRYIENKA Vasil TEAM SKY (SKY) 24
115 107 TIRALONGO Paolo ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 23
116 108 ROUX Anthony FDJ (FDJ) 22
117 - BRAMBILLA Gianluca ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 22
118 110 MORABITO Steve FDJ (FDJ) 21
119 153 EWAN Caleb ORICA GREENEDGE (OGE) 21
120 111 ROWE Luke TEAM SKY (SKY) 20
121 - DE MARCHI Alessandro BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) 20
122 112 PELUCCHI Matteo IAM CYCLING (IAM) 20
123 115 MOINARD Amaël BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) 18
124 170 LINDEMAN Bertjan LOTTO NL - JUMBO (TLJ) 18
125 138 ROJAS Jose Joaquin MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 17
126 185 STUYVEN Jasper TREK FACTORY RACING (TFR) 17
127 116 POLANC Jan LAMPRE - MERIDA (LAM) 16
128 - SCHLECK Frank TREK FACTORY RACING (TFR) 16
129 - GOUGEARD Alexis AG2R LA MONDIALE (ALM) 16
130 137 BODNAR Maciej TINKOFF - SAXO (TCS) 16
131 117 KEISSE Iljo ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 16
132 118 OSS Daniel BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) 14
133 130 VISCONTI Giovanni MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 14
134 122 CHAVANEL Sylvain IAM CYCLING (IAM) 14
135 119 LOBATO Juan Jose MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 14
136 120 MALORI Adriano MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 13
137 160 DRUCKER Jean-Pierre BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) 12
138 123 SINKELDAM Ramon TEAM GIANT - ALPECIN (TGA) 10
139 124 BAUER Jack CANNONDALE - GARMIN (TCG) 10
140 125 JUUL JENSEN Christopher TINKOFF - SAXO (TCS) 10
141 - ELISSONDE Kenny FDJ (FDJ) 10
142 131 CHEREL Mikael AG2R LA MONDIALE (ALM) 10
143 126 KITTEL Marcel TEAM GIANT - ALPECIN (TGA) 10
144 127 DURBRIDGE Luke ORICA GREENEDGE (OGE) 10
145 129 SANCHEZ Luis Leon ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 9
146 128 MEZGEC Luka TEAM GIANT - ALPECIN (TGA) 9
147 134 CHERNETSKI Sergei TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 8
148 132 HAUSSLER Heinrich IAM CYCLING (IAM) 8
149 133 VAN EMDEN Jos LOTTO NL - JUMBO (TLJ) 8
150 135 CLARKE Simon ORICA GREENEDGE (OGE) 8
151 - ZUBELDIA Haimar TREK FACTORY RACING (TFR) 8
152 196 VAN DER SANDE Tosh LOTTO SOUDAL (LTS) 8
153 - PUCCIO Salvatore TEAM SKY (SKY) 8
154 - KOSHEVOY Ilia LAMPRE - MERIDA (LAM) 8
155 136 HOFLAND Moreno LOTTO NL - JUMBO (TLJ) 8
156 154 BENNETT George LOTTO NL - JUMBO (TLJ) 6
157 - CARDOSO Andre CANNONDALE - GARMIN (TCG) 6
158 139 LUTSENKO Alexey ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 6
159 140 QUINZIATO Manuel BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) 6
160 141 ANACONA Winner MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 6
161 142 LE BON Johan FDJ (FDJ) 6
162 145 DURASEK Kristijan LAMPRE - MERIDA (LAM) 6
163 146 GERRANS Simon ORICA GREENEDGE (OGE) 6
164 143 KUENG Stefan BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) 6
165 144 REICHENBACH Sébastien IAM CYCLING (IAM) 6
166 147 KENNAUGH Peter TEAM SKY (SKY) 6
167 148 NIELSEN Magnus Cort ORICA GREENEDGE (OGE) 5
168 149 PORSEV Alexander TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 5
169 197 REZA Kévin FDJ (FDJ) 5
170 150 DUMOULIN Samuel AG2R LA MONDIALE (ALM) 5
171 151 VANGENECHTEN Jonas IAM CYCLING (IAM) 5
172 155 WESTRA Lieuwe ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 4
173 156 BRANDLE Matthias IAM CYCLING (IAM) 4
174 - BOSWELL Ian TEAM SKY (SKY) 4
175 - MOSER Moreno CANNONDALE - GARMIN (TCG) 4
176 157 GUARNIERI Jacopo TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 4
177 158 VAN BAARLE Dylan CANNONDALE - GARMIN (TCG) 4
178 159 KLUGE Roger IAM CYCLING (IAM) 4
179 189 ROSA Diego ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 3
180 161 ARREDONDO Julian David TREK FACTORY RACING (TFR) 3
181 163 LAGUTIN Sergey TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 2
182 162 TCATEVICH Aleksei TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 2
183 164 MARTENS Paul LOTTO NL - JUMBO (TLJ) 2
184 169 CRADDOCK Lawson TEAM GIANT - ALPECIN (TGA) 2
185 - MAES Nikolas ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 2
186 171 VAN ASBROECK Tom LOTTO NL - JUMBO (TLJ) 2
187 173 BENNATI Daniele TINKOFF - SAXO (TCS) 2
188 167 SMUKULIS Gatis TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 2
189 188 RICHEZE Maximiliano LAMPRE - MERIDA (LAM) 2
190 165 MARANGONI Alan CANNONDALE - GARMIN (TCG) 2
191 166 GRETSCH Patrick AG2R LA MONDIALE (ALM) 2
192 168 FLENS Rick LOTTO NL - JUMBO (TLJ) 2
193 172 VALLEE Boris LOTTO SOUDAL (LTS) 2
194 174 DANIELSON Thomas CANNONDALE - GARMIN (TCG) 2
195 177 CASTROVIEJO Jonathan MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 1
196 175 TAARAMAE Rein ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 1
197 176 TURGOT Sébastien AG2R LA MONDIALE (ALM) 1
198 178 FERRARI Roberto LAMPRE - MERIDA (LAM) 1
199 179 HAAS Nathan CANNONDALE - GARMIN (TCG) 1
200 180 SOLER Marc MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 1
201 190 BOUET Maxime ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 1
202 - MACHADO Tiago TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 1
203 191 NOCENTINI Rinaldo AG2R LA MONDIALE (ALM) 1
204 186 BRUTT Pavel TINKOFF - SAXO (TCS) 1
205 192 VAN WINDEN Dennis LOTTO NL - JUMBO (TLJ) 1
206 193 HOWSON Damien ORICA GREENEDGE (OGE) 1
207 194 BOECKMANS Kris LOTTO SOUDAL (LTS) 1
208 - COPPEL Jerome IAM CYCLING (IAM) 1
209 181 HALLER Marco TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 1
210 182 BELKOV Maxim TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 1
211 183 GUARDINI Andrea ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 1
212 184 HERRADA Jesus MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 1
213 187 POZZATO Filippo LAMPRE - MERIDA (LAM) 1
214 195 MEERSMAN Gianni ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 1

Team Rankings:

Rank Prev. Team (Code) Points
1 1 TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) 1526
2 3 MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 1419
3 2 TEAM SKY (SKY) 1254
4 4 ETIXX - QUICK STEP (EQS) 988
5 6 TINKOFF - SAXO (TCS) 929
6 7 ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 916
7 5 BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) 810
8 8 LOTTO SOUDAL (LTS) 702
9 9 ORICA GREENEDGE (OGE) 695
10 12 TEAM GIANT - ALPECIN (TGA) 649
11 11 AG2R LA MONDIALE (ALM) 587
12 10 LAMPRE - MERIDA (LAM) 566
13 13 TREK FACTORY RACING (TFR) 459
14 15 TEAM LOTTO NL - JUMBO (TLJ) 375
15 14 FDJ (FDJ) 369
16 16 TEAM CANNONDALE - GARMIN (TCG) 340
17 17 IAM CYCLING (IAM) 189

Country Rankings:

Rank Prev. Country Points
1 1 SPAIN 1833
2 3 COLOMBIA 1069
3 2 GREAT BRITAIN 1041
4 4 ITALY 1006
5 5 BELGIUM 905
6 8 NETHERLANDS 848
7 7 FRANCE 781
8 6 AUSTRALIA 777
9 9 GERMANY 587
10 10 NORWAY 453
11 15 POLAND 376
12 13 PORTUGAL 355
13 11 CZECH REPUBLIC 306
14 12 SLOVENIA 294
15 14 SWITZERLAND 270
16 17 SLOVAKIA 257
17 16 RUSSIA 257
18 18 UNITED STATES 158
19 19 DENMARK 115
20 22 IRELAND 111
21 20 CANADA 102
22 21 COSTA RICA 93
23 24 LUXEMBOURG 74
24 23 LITHUANIA 50
25 26 SOUTH AFRICA 49
26 25 UKRAINE 40
27 28 BELARUS 32
28 27 ESTONIA 25
29 29 NEW ZEALAND 16
30 30 KAZAKHSTAN 6
31 31 CROATIA 6
32 32 AUSTRIA 5
33 33 LATVIA 2
34 34 ARGENTINA 2

Lotto-Soudal's GP Montreal news:

In Canada, Tim Wellens (24) won the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal yesterday. After a tough race in the pouring rain he beat Adam Yates in a sprint of two, after both had jumped away from a front group of six in the last lap. For Wellens this is the second victory in a WorldTour race this year, after he already won the Eneco Tour in August.

It rained cats and dogs the entire race. Right from the start there were many attacks and Lotto Soudal was always riding in the first part of the bunch. Louis Vervaeke got in a breakaway. The peloton didn’t let go and after 60 kilometres and many attempts to get away, all was back together. A bit later 19 riders escaped the peloton, among them Yates, Van Avermaet, Barguil, Fuglsang and Tim Wellens. They had one minute advantage, but also this break got caught. In the eleventh of seventeen laps Thomas Voeckler, Manuel Quinziato and Louis Vervaeke got in front. Andriy Grivko joined them later. They got a maximal advantage of more than two minutes on the peloton, led by Orica GreenEdge. Vervaeke and Voeckler stayed ahead the longest; it was only when they entered the last lap that the pair was reeled in after an attack of 60 kilometres. Vervaeke was awarded the prize of best climber.

The last ten kilometres would be very important. With Tim Wellens, Tony Gallopin, Jürgen Roelandts and Tiesj Benoot Lotto Soudal had four riders left in a considerably reduced bunch, about 50 riders were still in the group. Tim Wellens didn’t hesitate when Adam Yates attacked. The two were accompanied by Bakelants, Bardet, Kelderman and Rui Costa, but Yates and Wellens attacked again. Their lead never was more than fifteen seconds and in the last kilometres the chasers seemed to come back. But in the last straight line Wellens stayed calm and beat Yates in an exciting sprint.

Time Wellens

Tim Wellens wins 2015 GP Montreal

Tim Wellens: “This victory eases the pain in the legs, but it has been a very tough race. It was a fast race right from the beginning and because of the weather conditions and the amount of altitude metres the race shouldn’t be underestimated. In the first part of the race I was already part of a group of fourteen. For a moment I thought that group could get far, but when I heard that Lotto.nl – Jumbo and AG2R were setting the pace in the peloton, I took a step back. The breakaway with Louis Vervaeke made we could stay relaxed and while the peloton kept getting smaller, we were left with four. There wasn’t much time to talk, but I saw that Tiesj was at the front as well and Tony was already very good in Québec.”

“In the last lap the legs have to do the work. I attacked on the climb, got in front with Yates, but we had to go full so the chasers wouldn’t catch us. When we entered the last kilometre I knew we would stay ahead, but I thought Yates was faster. I tried to keep up a high pace, Yates started sprinting, but I could counter and pass him by pretty easily. I got the victory due to the fact that the last hectometres were uphill I guess.”

“Now we head to Richmond to prepare for the World Championships team time trial. I think that all riders in our team here are in a good shape, that should be good for the Worlds. Then I will ride Lombardia. The pressure has gone now, but the motivation to make something of the end of the season is still big.”

Rasmus Guldhammer to ride Richmond Worlds

This news came from Cult Energy:

Today, Cult Energy Pro Cycling’s Rasmus Guldhammer was announced to replace Jakob Fuglsang in the Danish World Championship line-up. The Championship takes place 27th of September in Richmond, USA and covers a distance of 259 kilometers. The decision was made by Jakob Fuglsang earlier today.

Rasmus Guldhammer is naturally happy and overwhelmed by the decision: “I just received the news myself and right now, I’m filling the formal papers and documents in order to get clearance from the organizers. I’m very happy and excited about being elected to my first World Championship as a professional and I’m honored by the fact that Jakob pointed in my direction as his replacement. It’s shows a lot of class from his side to make this decision and I’m hoping to repay the confidence with a good performance in Richmond,” says Rasmus Guldhammer who finished in the top-10 no less than 21 times this season. Two of those in World Tour races.

Rasmus Guldhammer

Rasmus Guldhammer

The complete line-up: Matti Breschel, Rasmus Guldhammer, Michael Mørkøv, Christopher Juul-Jensen, Lars Bak and Michael Valgren.

Cult Energy Pro Cycling’s Rasmus Quaade represents the national colors in the time trial World Championships.

Lampre-Merida plans for Coppa Agostoni and Coppa Bernocchi

In this week two races in Lombardia are scheduled in Lampre-Merida's calendar, namely the Coppa Agostoni (Wednesday 16th September) and the Coppa Bernocchi (Thursday 17th September).

In Coppa Agostoni, with an official start in Monza and arrival in Lissone, sport director Daniele Righi will direct a selection whose main quality will be speed, thanks to Bonifazio, Modolo and the rookie trainee Pacioni. They will receive support from the Asian duo Xu Gang and Chun Kai Feng, from the Portuguese Mario Costa and from the second rookie trainee Edward Ravasi.

Lampre-Merida won the past two editions of the race thanks to Pozzato (2013) and Bonifazio (2014); Modolo won in 2011.

Bonifazio

Nicolo Bonifazio wins the 2014 Coppa Agostoni

In Coppa Bernocchi, the formation of the team manager Copeland will be at the start with the same 7 riders with an extra speed addition, thanks to the presence of Roberto Ferrari. Modolo won the race twice in the past (2012 and 2013).

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