“In the last races in Italy, I have seen the team improve from the beginning of the year. We’re stronger as a unit, work better in the race, we just need to finish the race by winning,” Pardilla said.
Songezo Jim, who will be playing a supporting role, echoed Pardilla’s sentiments. “I am looking forward to next year because we’re learning so fast now. We are racing really well together as a team and gaining experience. Guys like Louis are so strong and we’re looking forward to seeing what we can do in this race again.”
The race takes place from Thursday to Saturday over three stages, with all three days ending in mountaintop finishes. The team will predominantly remain the same from the one that’s been competing on the Italian circuit. Meron Russom, Tsgabu Grmay, Ferekalsi Debesay and Kristian Sbaragli make up the rest of the start list.
Team directors, Kevin Campbell and Thomas Campana have been praising the team for executing orders in the last few weeks. Jim, Debesay, Russom and Meintjes have found themselves in breakaways while Pardilla, Sbaragli and Janse van Rensburg have all netted top 20 finishes.
Race information: http://www.settimanaciclisticalombarda.it
Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda by Bergamasca (Italy) – (September 5-7 / UCI 2.1): Sergio Pardilla (ESP), Ferekalsi Debesay (ERI), Jacques Janse van Rensburg (RSA), Kristian Sbaragli (ITA), Louis Meintjes (RSA), Meron Russom (ERI), Songezo Jim (RSA), Tsgabu Grmay (ETH)
Staff: Kevin Campbell (Directeur Sportif), Alberto (Soigneur), Hagen Bernutz (Soigneur), Casper Bester (Mechanic), Francesco Bonnini (Bus Driver)