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106. Giro d’Italia – 1.Etappe: Fossacesia Marina – Ortona – ITT – 19,6 Km

1 EVENEPOEL Remco BEL Soudal Quick-Step 00:21:18
2 GANNA Filippo ITA INEOS Grenadiers 00:22
3 ALMEIDA Joao POR UAE Team Emirates 00:29
4 GEOGHEGAN HART Tao GBR INEOS Grenadiers 00:40
5 KÜNG Stefan SUI Groupama-FDJ 00:43
6 ROGLIC Primoz SLO Jumbo-Visma 00:43
7 VINE Jay AUS UAE Team Emirates 00:46
8 MCNULTY Brandon USA UAE Team Emirates 00:48
9 THOMAS Geraint GBR INEOS Grenadiers 00:55
10 VLASOV Aleksandr RUS BORA-hansgrohe 00:55

11 ARMIRAIL Bruno FRA Groupama-FDJ 00:57
12 PEDERSEN Mads DEN Trek-Segafredo 01:02
13 MATTHEWS Michael AUS Team Jayco-AlUla 01:09
14 HEPBURN Michael AUS Team Jayco-AlUla 01:09
15 BARTA William USA Movistar Team 01:11
16 VAN WILDER Ilan BEL Soudal Quick-Step 01:12
17 DE BOD Stefan RSA EF Education-EasyPost 01:14
18 HOOLE Daan NED Trek-Segafredo 01:17
19 SIVAKOV Pavel FRA INEOS Grenadiers 01:18
20 LEKNESSUND Andreas NOR Team DSM 01:18
21 CATTANEO Mattia ITA Soudal Quick-Step 01:23
22 KÄMNA Lennard GER BORA-hansgrohe 01:23
23 DENZ Nico GER BORA-hansgrohe 01:23

24 DUNBAR Edward IRL Team Jayco-AlUla 01:25
25 AFFINI Edoardo ITA Jumbo-Visma 01:25
26 JUNGELS Bob LUX BORA-hansgrohe 01:26
27 WÜRTZ SCHMIDT Mads DEN Israel-Premier Tech 01:27
28 DE PLUS Laurens BEL INEOS Grenadiers 01:27
29 MOLLEMA Bauke NED Trek-Segafredo 01:27
30 MILAN Jonathan ITA Bahrain Victorious 01:27

Aleks Vlasov beginnt Giro d’Italia in den Top 10 beim Auftaktzeitfahren

In diesem Jahr begann der Giro d’Italia auf heimischem Boden in Fossacesia Marina an der Ostküste Italiens. Das heutige 19,6 km lange Einzelzeitfahren war eines von dreien bei der diesjährigen Rundfahrt und wurde bis auf die letzten 1300m, die rund 5 Prozent anstiegen, auf fast flachem Terrain ausgetragen. Die beiden BORA – hansgrohe Kapitäne Lennard Kämna und Aleksandr Vlasov verließen als eine der letzten Fahrer die Startrampe. Mit 55 Sekunden Abstand zum Tagessieger R. Evenepoel belegte Aleks als bester BORA-hansgrohe Fahrer den 10. Rang und geht damit in einer guten Ausgangsposition auf die nächste Etappe. Lennard belegte den 22. Platz, mit 1:23 Minuten Rückstand auf Evenepoel, zeitgleich mit Teamkollege Nico Denz.

Reaktionen im Ziel
„Ein Top-10-Ergebnis beim Zeitfahren ist ein guter Start für mich. Ich habe eine ähnliche Zeit wie die anderen GC-Fahrer, abgesehen von Remco, so dass ich in einer guten Position in die nächsten Etappen gehe. Es ist zwar ein langes Rennen und alles kann passieren, aber im Moment sind wir in einer guten Position.“ – Aleksandr Vlasov

„Ich würde sagen, das war eine solide Performance auf einem harten aber auch schönen Parcours. Am Ende bin ich noch in Schlagdistanz zu anderen GC Fahrern und ich glaube, man kann mit diesem Start auf jeden Fall zufrieden sein.“ – Lennard Kämna

„Die Jungs haben heute eine solide Leistung gezeigt. Diese Art von Parcours ist nicht unbedingt für GC-Fahrer geeignet, und sie haben trotzdem einen guten Job gemacht. Ich muss sagen, dass ich von der Leistung von Aleks wirklich überrascht bin, er hat sich sehr gut geschlagen und befindet sich in einer guten Position gegenüber den anderen GC-Fahrern, also chapeau.“ – Sylwester Szmyd, Coach


Key information:
 The reigning champion, Hugo Hofstetter, is one of the favourites to win the 39th edition of the Tro Bro Leon, which will take place on Sunday, 7 May. The Alsatian rider is spearheading Arkéa–Samsic’s formidable line-up, which also features Luca Mozzato (runner-up last year) and Laurent Pichon (seventh).
 Their main challengers will be two titans of the cobbled classics, John Degenkolb and Alexander Kristoff, along with Arnaud De Lie, the rising star of bunch sprints who snatched fourth place last time.
 The 2014 winner, Adrien Petit (Intermarché–Circus–Wanty), back on the roads following a spell on the sidelines due to injury, is joining forces with the Belgian Baptiste Planckaert, who has finished the podium of the Breton race twice, but never on the top step.

The Tro Bro Leon could not come at a better time for the fans who have already started to pine for the cobblestones. Its famous unpaved roads, the ribinoù, will extend the magic of the spring classics with a dash of salty air on Sunday, 7 May. It is no coincidence to find two consummate cobble-gobblers in Brittany, to wit, John Degenkolb (winner of the 2015 Paris–Roubaix) and Alexander Kristoff (2015 Tour of Flanders). The former came close to another stunning feat in the Hell of the North (seventh), only to be denied by a nasty fall in the Carrefour de l’Arbre, while the Norwegian took fifteenth place.

The start list is bursting with classics specialists, such as Anthony Turgis and Edvald Boasson Hagen from TotalEnergies and AG2R Citroën’s Belgian duo of Oliver Naesen and Stan Dewulf. At Lotto Dstny, Florian Vermeersch (second in Roubaix in 2021 and twelfth this year) will team up with the new sprint sensation, Arnaud De Lie, who impressed with fourth place in his debut last year.

Cofidis will be banking on the combination of the German powerhouse Max Walscheid, who also shone in Roubaix (eighth), and a promising rider from the Vosges, Axel Zingle (tenth in the Amstel Gold Race), whose mountain biking background will definitely be an asset on the trails of Finistère.

Two former winners, both French, are slated to take part. The defending champion, Hugo Hofstetter, will line up with his runner-up from last year’s race, decided in a sprint: the Italian speedster Luca Mozzato, who has since joined Arkéa–Samsic. The Breton outfit is going into the event with lofty ambitions, as its roster includes four of the top seven in the 2022 edition, with the Norman Matis Louvel (sixth) and the unlucky hero Laurent Pichon (seventh), whose fight for victory ended up not with a bang, but with a whimper, due to a puncture. Now, the man from Finistère hopes his twelfth participation will finally be the one after finishing nine times in the top 20 (fourth in 2016 and 2017).

The 2014 victor from the Nord department, Adrien Petit (Intermarché–Circus–Wanty) will share the spotlight with the Belgian Baptiste Planckaert, the only rider in the peloton to have finished twice on the podium of the Tro Bro Leon (second in 2019 and third in 2021) without ever taking the win. Fourth in 2021, the Breton Olivier Le Gac will guide the young guns of Groupama–FDJ, featuring the likes of Romain Gregoire (eighth in Strade Bianche), the Kiwi Laurence Pithie (the recent winner of Cholet–Pays de la Loire) and the Brit Samuel Watson, fifth last year.

22 teams, main contenders:
Team DSM: Degenkolb (GER) and Dainese (ITA)

Lotto Dstny: De Lie, Van Moer and F. Vermeersch (BEL)
Intermarché–Circus–Wanty: Petit (FRA), N. Bonifazio (ITA) and Planckaert (BEL)
Bingoal–WB: Van Keirsbulck (BEL)
Team Flanders-Baloise: Van Poucke (BEL)

Burgos BH: Barthe (FRA), Bol (NED) and Madrazo (ESP)
Caja Rural–SEG: Aular (VEN) and Barrenetxea (ESP)
Equipo Kern Pharma: Pau Miquel (ESP)
Euskaltel–Euskadi: Iturria, Iribar and Martin (ESP)

United States
Human Powered Health: Haga (USA)

AG2R Citroën: Dewulf (BEL), Gautherat (FRA), Naesen (BEL) and Venturini (FRA)
Team Arkéa Samsic: Hofstetter, Louvel (FRA), Mozzato (ITA) and Pichon (FRA)
Groupama–FDJ: Gregoire (FRA), Pithie (NZL), Le Gac and Penhoet (FRA)
Cofidis: Zingle (FRA), Wallays (BEL) and Walscheid (GER)
TotalEnergies: Boasson Hagen (NOR), Turgis and Dujardin (FRA)
St. Michel–Mavic–Auber93: R. Barbier (FRA) and Van Niekerk (RSA)
CIC U Nantes Atlantique: P. Barbier and Morin (FRA)
Nice Métropole Côte d’Azur: Le Ny (FRA)

Israel–Premier Tech: Nizzolo (ITA) and Van Asbroeck (BEL)

Uno-X Pro Cycling Team: Kristoff (NOR)

New Zealand
Bolton Equities Black Spoke: Fouché and Jackson (NZL)

Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team: Calzoni (ITA)

More information about Tro Bro Leon on

EF Pro Cycling 106th GIRO d’Italia

Our roster for the Giro d’Italia

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We are going to race the first grand tour of the season with all of the creativity and grit that we have got.

For the next three weeks, Hugh Carthy, Rigoberto Urán, Jonathan Caicedo, Alberto Bettiol, Alexander Cepeda, Magnus Cort, Stefan de Bod, and Ben Healy will climb snow-capped cols in the Apennines, Dolomites, and Alps, time trial alongside the Mediterranean, and sprint through villages up and down the Italian peninsula on their way to Rome, where the 105th edition of the Corsa Rosa will end. The final lap passes the Pantheon and Villa Borghese. The winner will pull on the historic pink jersey in the shadow of the Colosseum.

Italy’s greatest arena, however, is the country itself.
It’s as if the nation were built for bike racing, with its narrow roads that wind through old towns and olive groves and vineyards. Wherever the Giro goes, mountains are looming. The Cima Coppi, marking the highest point in this year’s race, is just over the Swiss border on the Gran San Bernardo, 2,469 m above sea level. Summit finishes on the likes of Gran Sasso in the Apennines or the race to Crans-Montana on stage 13 in the Alps are just preludes to the brutal final week, which will culminate with a breathtaking 19th stage to the heights of Tre Cime di Lavaredo, followed by a time trial up the Monte Lussari that could turn the general classification on its head. The race for the maglia rosa won’t be decided until the final parade into Rome.

“We have to approach this Giro with humility and a bold attitude,” says sports director Matti Breschel. “This is one of the strongest teams that we have ever brought to the Giro. Hugh is really strong and Rigo is really on it. We have tons of experience. It is going to be a very honest race. We will have to fight every day to achieve something. You never really know what is going to happen. It is a super, super tough course, but it is tough for everybody. I like that challenge.”

This Giro won’t just be a test of climbing. Every stage is likely to be an open race that will reward attackers and pose a danger to GC hopefuls. On Italy’s narrow, hilly roads, it will be very difficult for any one team to control the peloton or ensure a bunch sprint or straight-up uphill race.

That means opportunities for our breakaway artist Ben Healy, who is coming off a fantastic spring campaign in the Ardennes and wants to win a stage, and Magnus Cort, who can hang on over the climbs and beat any sprinter on his day. They will fold the corners of a number of pages in their copies of the Garibaldi race book to mark the days that they want to go for a victory.

“For sure a stage would be super nice,” Ben says. “I need to see how the legs respond after the Ardennes. I think there are a few nice stages. Obviously, we have got a good team, and I will take the opportunities when I can get them.”

Alberto Bettiol would love another stage victory in his home Tour too and will be hunting for redemption after illness took him out of the classics. Stefan de Bod, Jonathan Caicedeo, and Alexander Cepeda are ready to pull. And the whole team will ride for Hugh and Rigo during the race’s grand mountain stages. They have both been targeting the Giro from the start of the year.

Last year, Hugh finished ninth overall. He loves the Italian race and its history.
“I am excited,” Hugh says. “The style of racing at the Giro is not old-fashioned, but at times it can be more relaxed and more traditional, like it was maybe 10, 15, 20 years ago. It is the first grand tour of the year, so you feel like you are getting a head start on everyone else. The whole event: the pink, the starts with all of the balloons, and people by the barriers and things just feel right. It is a nice race. The fans are great. Italy is a knowledgeable cycling country. The people really appreciate seeing riders up close.”

Hugh is optimistic about his chances at the Italian grand tour and has his sights set on the mountains in the third week. He had a great start to the season and is coming off a second place finish on GC at the Tour of the Alps. He is fit and healthy and satisfied with the training he has done to prepare for the Giro.
“It has been a different build to last year. I find myself in good shape,” he says. “I think with the team that we have and the way we have raced so far this year, we can aim high. There are going to be ups and downs like there always are at the Giro but hopefully we can come through the other side of it as a strong team with a strong set of results between us.”

Rigoberto Urán is ready to go for a big result, too. We can always count on the Colombian veteran to be there at the hardest moments of the hardest races. After completing his trifecta of grand tour stage wins with his victory at the Vuelta last summer, Rigo wants to show the world that he is still a contender.
“We have a strong team,” Rigo says. “I hope for a stage. We all want to do a great job. It is a long and very hard race and I want to help the team every day at the front.

Matti Breschel stresses how much Rigo will matter to our Giro team.
“Rigo brings in a lot of x-factor,” Matti says. “There is this aura around him that makes people calm in a way, because we have always been able to rely on him. He doesn’t say much, but when he does, people listen. I expect a lot. He is really focused and really on it. He wants to finish his career on a top, top level. That is the reason he wanted to do the Giro. He said it himself. He is super ready. And that will ease the pressure.”

This Giro will still be pandemonium.
To compete on the GC, Hugh and Rigo will have to excel in three solo time trials. This year’s race features more kilometers of racing against the clock than the Giro’s fans have seen for more than a decade.
“Considering who is here, and the way things are now in the racing, time trials are so important and if you have a bad day, you can lose ground to a lot of people now,” Hugh says. “The whole top end of the peloton is good, so it is important to have good days on those three days. I have done a lot of work on my TT bike this season. But we’ve got to be ready every day. There are no free stages, and there are some stages that you can’t really decide what is going to happen—a breakaway or maybe a GC fight or a sprint or a small sprint, so there is a lot to look forward to and a lot to be ready for. It is going to be a hard three weeks, like it usually is.”

That unpredictability is what makes the Giro such a beautiful race. From the opening time trial from Fossacesia Marina to Ortona to the finale on the historic streets of the capital, the action will not cease. For the next three weeks, Italy will be gripped by Giromania. Fans will trek to the far-flung corners of their country to watch the race and party. It’s always a pleasure to compete in the corsa rosa, even when it gets crazy and loud and it hurts.

Matti Breschel said it best.
“The Giro is rock ‘n’ roll, with all of the spectators and the passion around it.”

Erfolgsgeschichte wird verlängert: BORA bleibt bis Ende 2027 Hauptsponsor von BORA – hansgrohe

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BORA – hansgrohe freut sich bekannt zu geben, dass BORA bis Ende 2027 Hauptsponsor des Teams aus Raubling bleiben wird. Seit 2015 ist der deutsche Hersteller von Kochfeldabzugssystemen und Flexbacköfen als Hauptsponsor von BORA – hansgrohe im Radsport aktiv. Die gemeinsame Erfolgsgeschichte wird nun um weitere drei Jahre vorzeitig verlängert.
„Als Willi Bruckbauer mit seinem Unternehmen BORA 2015 bei uns als Hauptsponsor eingestiegen ist – nach bereits dreijähriger Präsenz auf dem Ärmel, haben wir zwar gehofft, dass es für beide Parteien ein erfolgreiches Projekt wird, aber es gab keinerlei Sicherheiten. Es war ein Blick in die Glaskugel.
Neun Jahre später ist eine Menge passiert und wir sind sehr stolz, was wir bis dato gemeinsam erreicht haben, mit den wichtigsten Siegen: dem WM-Titel in Bergen/Norwegen, dem Paris-Roubaix Sieg und dann letztes Jahr dem Gesamtsieg beim Giro d’Italia. Für diesen gemeinsamen Weg und das Vertrauen bin ich Willi sehr dankbar. Nach dem Giro Sieg hat mir Willi noch bei der Siegesfeier gesagt, dass er uns bis mindestens Ende 2027 als Hauptsponsor erhalten bleibt, was mich natürlich unglaublich stolz macht. Dieser Sieg war vielleicht der überraschendste der letzten Jahre, und möglicherweise kam er auch etwas früh, denn natürlich steigen damit auch die Erwartungen. Aber mit BORA an der Seite haben wir Sicherheit für die Zukunft und für mich ist selbstverständlich, dass ich all meine Energie weiterhin in das Projekt BORA – hansgrohe stecken werde. Ich freue mich auf diese gemeinsame Zukunft. Es gilt noch viele Ziele, die wir uns gemeinsam gesteckt haben, zu erreichen.“ – Ralph Denk, Team Manager

„Der Giro d’Italia Sieg durch Jai Hindley vor einem Jahr war ein ganz besonderes Erlebnis und hat uns als Sponsor sehr stolz gemacht. In Verona ist damals die Idee zur Vertragsverlängerung entstanden und bereits dort mit einem Handschlag mit Ralph Denk besiegelt worden. Wir wollen das Team supporten, sich weiterzuentwickeln, weitere Ziele zu erreichen und geben hiermit Planungssicherheit bis 2027.

Der Radsport und das Sponsoringengagement sind unsere Passion und eine perfekte Plattform, die Marke und unsere Produkte erlebbar zu machen. Wir haben die Beziehung zu unseren Kunden festigen und sogar tolle neue und motivierte Handelspartner in neuen Ländern hinzugewinnen können. Seit Anbeginn führen wir ein jährliches Monitoring durch, um die Wirksamkeit des Sponsorings besser steuern zu können. Die Ergebnisse zeigen noch immer, dass der Werbewert und die positiven Effekte auf die Marke in unseren Fokusmärkten sehr gut sind. Wir können ein ROI erreichen, das mit anderen Marketingmaßnahmen nur über den Einsatz extrem hoher Budgets möglich wäre. Solange die Werte steigen, möchten wir die Partnerschaft fortführen und das Team unterstützen. Wir freuen uns, in den kommenden Jahren noch viele Erfolge gemeinsam feiern zu können.“ – Willi Bruckbauer, CEO BORA

INEOS Grenadiers confirm 2023 Giro line-up

All roads lead to the Eternal City – Rome – during the month of May, as the INEOS Grenadiers confirm their line-up for the Giro d’Italia.
The 106th edition of the iconic race begins on 6 May from Fossacesia Marina in the Abruzzo region, with a 19.6km time trial, and finishes on 28 May in Rome.
There are three time trials in the event which takes in the western Alps and the race’s Cima Coppi (highest point) – Colle del Gran San Bernardo at 2469m – with a brutal final week of racing in the Dolomites sure to provide a fascinating showdown ahead of the finale in Rome.

The Grenadiers selected for the 106th Giro d’Italia are:

Thymen Arensman
Laurens De Plus
Filippo Ganna
Tao Geoghegan Hart
Salvatore Puccio
Pavel Sivakov
Ben Swift
Geraint Thomas

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Here is what some of the team had to say about lining up at the Giro d’Italia:

Geraint Thomas

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I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into the Giro. The last two times I’ve been there I haven’t even finished, so hopefully I can get to Rome at the very least!
Obviously, this year has been a bit stop-start, but I’m on the right track and coming into some shape just in time – with all the boys going super-well too. We had a really good camp at Sierra Nevada and then the Tour of the Alps obviously went really well, so morale is high. Everyone’s confident and we’re just looking forward to racing now.
For me, I just want to enjoy it. As a junior, the thought of even going to the Giro with a group of lads all trying to perform at our absolute best…I would have been super-excited, so I’m looking forward to going there, soaking it up and getting stuck in.
It’ll be nice having Swifty on the team too – we’ve been racing together since we were like 10 or 11 on bike paths around parks. Hopefully we have the chance to enjoy it, because it’s a tough race and the end’s obviously super hard. The last week’s going to decide it, I think, so I’m looking forward to getting there, getting into the race and giving it everything with the lads.

Tao Geoghegan Hart
Racing in Italy is something I love. The Tifosi, the landscapes and the history of the Giro always make it an incredible experience.
Each Grand Tour is its own journey and for the 2023 Giro we are lining up with a great team, definitely hoping to add another special chapter to this race.
I’ve been in good form and have just really been enjoying racing with my teammates. Riding well at Tirreno-Adriatico and the Tour of the Alps has been great, but also satisfying to reward the hard work and dedication of my teammates and our amazing staff.
This group has spent a lot of time together so we’ll go into the race with great morale and confidence to make the most of the three big weeks ahead of us!

Filippo Ganna
I’m so happy to be back and starting at the Giro. Every time I race, I give my absolute maximum – so I’m looking forward to seeing what I can achieve for the team. I’m very proud of what I’ve achieved at this race in the past, and I’m feeling really positive.
Our team is strong and I can’t wait to get out and show our very best. The opening time trial again offers me the opportunity to start in a very positive way for us all. Preparations have gone well and I look forward to getting to Fossacesia Marina next Saturday.
I obviously love racing in Italy in front of my home fans, and know the impact that the incredible support for me and the team has, so we hope to use that energy to give our very best.

Rod Ellingworth – Deputy Team Principal
Our first Grand Tour line-up of 2023 is an exciting rider group and shows real intent in how we want to take on the Giro.
We love racing in Italy, and this year’s parcours features some extremely tough stages, and the possibility of some equally tough conditions. The Italian fans are in for a real treat, and we’re looking forward to putting our stamp on what promises to be a really entertaining but challenging race.
As a team, we’ll draw on the experience of Geraint and Tao in the tightly contested general classification. Filippo’s pedigree and local popularity speaks for itself, so we expect all eyes to be on him at the opening time trial, with the prize of the maglia rosa up for grabs.
Our Giro d’Italia team:

Geraint Thomas – 36, Great Britain
The Tour de France winner first rode the Giro as far back as 2008 and then again in 2012. More recently he didn’t finish in 2017 as well as in 2020 and will look to this year’s event to remedy that. The Welshman’s completed three races in 2023 thus far – Down Under, Alps and Catalunya – and will be banking on his experience in what promises to be a very exciting Giro d’Italia.

Tao Geoghegan Hart – 28, Great Britain
On his way to victory in 2020 Geoghegan Hart won two stages of the race and famously stood atop the podium in the Piazza del Duomo taking the biggest win of his career.
2023 has seen Tao in good form taking overall podium positions at Tirreno-Adriatico and Valenciana, and then most recently winning the Tour of the Alps, capping off a fine team performance.

Thymen Arensman – 23, Netherlands
The young Dutch climber takes on his second Giro d’Italia having made his debut at the race in 2022, securing a top-20 place overall; that included twice finishing second on a stage. A new Grenadier in 2023, Thymen has settled quickly and proven himself to be a popular teammate with great potential to play a key role in our contest for the GC.

Laurens De Plus – 27, Belgium
A hugely popular member of our team, Laurens will be lining up for his third Giro. His wide range of abilities will see him feature prominently for the Grenadiers throughout the race, with the talented 27-year-old playing a key role in the team pursuing its GC ambitions.

Filippo Ganna – 26, Italy
Ganna will look to emulate his successes of 2020 and 2021 where he won the opening time trials of the race with eyes firmly fixed on the maglia rosa; those wins two of the six Giro d’Italia stages he’s won in his career so far.
2023 has been a strong year for Filippo; he won the opening time trial of Tirreno-Adriatico in impressive fashion alongside a very fine performance in finishing second at Milan-San Remo. His cobbled Classics campaign included top-10 finishes at Paris-Roubaix and E3 Saxo Classic, while he started the year with an impressive second overall finish at the Vuelta a San Juan Internacional.

Salvatore Puccio – 33, Italy
2023 sees a 10th Giro d’Italia start for Salvatore who, impressively, has finished every one of his 9 previous appearances at the race. ‘Salva’ will play a key support role and his experience will be crucial to the team’s ambitions this Giro, while his versatility ensures that should an opportunity arise, he’ll be able to take it.

Pavel Sivakov – 25, France
Pavel finished 9th overall in the 2019 Giro and second in the youth category, and he followed that up with a top-20 finish in 2022. He’s been in good form in 2023, scoring numerous top-10s finishes and he will take that form and confidence into the Giro. Pavel will be a key member of our climbing contingent and he also has what it takes to seize his own opportunities.

Ben Swift – 35, Great Britain
A key member of our team’s success at the Giro in 2020, Ben impressed with his wide-range of abilities as he finished top-20 overall. The former British road race champion will start his fifth Giro this year and his 15-year career in the pro peloton brings invaluable experience to the team.