Photo: Adrien Costa (l) sprints with Lachlan Morton at 2016 Tour of Utah.
The 79th edition of the U23 Easter Monday classic confirms its international status: the official teams list features 22 foreign outfits, with Californian sensation Adrien Costa expected at the start
Giro del Belvedere rides at full speed toward the “big day”, Monday April 17th. The U23 Easter Monday Classic confirms its international prestige in view of the 79th edition, as it lookes forward to welcome the best cycling prospects in the World.
As in the 2016 edition won by Swiss Patrick Muller, 40 teams have been announced at the start in Villa di Cordignano (Treviso, Northern Italy), including 22 non-Italian outfits.
Axeon-Hagens Berman, BMC Development and Mitchelton Scott lead the international charge, whilst 18 Italian teams will try to get the upper hand on foreign opponents.
With a month to the race, the startlist is shaping up, featuring big guns such as Aussie Michael Storer, winner in Poggiana last year, 2016 Junior World Champion Jakob Egholm and the US rising star Adrien Costa.
The Californian rider, one of the best prospects on the international scale, finished overall second in 2016 Tour of Utah, competing against established pro riders, including several World Teams. In the U23 Italian one-day race, the 19-year-old of Axeon-Hagens Berman can count on the support of teammate Logan Owen, in the spotlight at Tour of Utah with a stage-win in the 2015 edition.
Teams from 14 different countries will take part in the 79th Giro del Belvedere: Italy, Great Britain, Bulgaria, USA, Austria, Slovenia, Spain, Holland, South Africa, Russia, Norway, Switzerland, Denmark, Australia. The riders will face a 166,6 Km route, characterized by two different circuits: the first (12 Km to be repeated 11 times) including the Conche hill, whilst the final circuit (17,3 Km to be repeated twice) is characterized by the classic Montaner climb in Borgo Canalet and Via delle Longhe hill.
79TH GIRO DEL BELVEDERE’S TEAMS LIST
ITALIAN: Zalf Euromobil Dèsirée Fior, Team Colpack, Team Pala Fenice Franchini, Cycling Team Friuli, Gaiaplast Maglificio L.B.-Bibanese, Northwave-Cofiloc, Coppi Gazzera Videa, Futura Team-Rosini, Cipollini Iseo Serrature Rime, Team Vejus-TMF, Hopplà-Petroli Firenze, General Store Bottoli Zardini, Viris Maserati, GS Maltinti Lampadari-Banca Cambiano, Beltrami TSA Argon18 Tre Colli, Cyber Team Breganze, Team Gavardo Biesse Carrera Tecmor, Delio Gallina Colosio.
INTERNATIONAL: Great Britain Team, Gazprom-Rusvelo U23, Unieuro Trevigiani Hemus, BMC Development Team, Axeon-Hagens Berman, Team Felbermayr, Tirol Cycling Team, Rog Ljubljana, KK Kranj, Aldro-Team, WPG Cycling Amsterdam, Dimension Data Continental, Cycling Team Tula, Uno-X Hydrogen, Lokosphinx, Team Exploit Goomah Bike, Team Giant Castelli, Mitchelton Scott, Team Feldbinder, Velo Club Mendrisio, Team Guerciotti Redondela, BHS-Almeborg Bornholm.