After the productive work carried out at their retreat in Bormio, Valtellina, Area Zero D’Amico will be back on the scene in Slovenia. The young, all-Italian continental team lead by team managers Ivan De Paolis and Andrea Tonti will in fact line up at the start for the Tour de Slovenie, scheduled from June 19th to the 23rd.
“For us the Tour de Slovenie is a very important appointment in which we really want to figure well, as we’ve done in all the races in which we’ve participated up to now. It will be an excellent test for our athletes, considering the level of riders in the starting line-up, with many Pro Teams,” says Sports Manager Massimo Codol. “As always the race will feature a varied route, it will be undulated with very little flatland. It starts with an 8km inaugural prologue at Lubiana. The most challenging stage will definitely be the third, with an uphill arrival at Kranj. But there will also be plenty of opportunities for sprinters, for example the second stage and then the final stage at Novo Mesto.”
“The team is there, the guys are all in good shape and highly motivated,” continues Codol. “For the bunch sprints our point of reference is Andrea Pasqualon while on the more nervous routes I expect to see good things from Simone Petilli and Paolo Ciavatta in particular. We’re fresh off the retreat in Bormio in which we did a great job. The guys were able to test their mettle on great climbs like the Stelvio, Gavia and Mortirolo, pedalling on challenging distances with significant altitude changes. We also did specific work which will definitely pay off in the next few weeks. After Slovenia in fact we are looking forward to the Giro dell’Appennino and then the Italian Championship series on road and in time trials, at Cles.”
19-22/062014 Tour de Slovenie (Slo) UCI 2.1
Riders: Paolo Ciavatta, Fabio Chinello, Gianluca Leonardi, Gianluca Mengardo, Andrea Pasqualon, Simone Petilli, Marco Tecchio, Stefano Tonin.
D.S.: Massimo Codol.