Third last year in Villa di Cordignano, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka’s rider goes for glory to bring Italy back on the highest “Easter Monday Classic” podium spot, Monday April 22nd
Third last year at Giro del Belvedere, now aiming to bring Italy back to win the U23 international classic after three years, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka’s Matteo Sobrero is one of the main prospects at the start of 81st Giro del Belvedere, to be held on Monday April 22nd in Villa di Cordignano (Treviso, Northern Italy).
After claiming good results in the early season, the 21-year-old Italian aims to clinch the Giro del Belvedere for the first time. Indeed, the “Easter Monday Classic” is one of the most important U23 international one-day races, ideal springboard for the riders in view of a professional career. “The Giro del Belvedere is one of my seasonal goals – Sobrero explained. – I’ve always been dazzled by this international event and really hope my turn coming now”.
Sobrero is a rouleur quite fast in the short ascents, as he showed both in the Trofeo Laigueglia and Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali. These skills look crucial to contest the prestigious win on Villa di Cordignano’s finish line. “The course definitely fits to me, although is a hard race to predict: in the last two laps on the final circuit, any time is good to make a difference. I must stay at the front of the peloton to seize the moment. A solo win is the everyone’s dream but I also have good chances in the event of reduced sprint”, Team Dimension Data’s rider argued.
In addition, the South African squad with Italian license counts on Samuele Battistella, fourth in 2018 Giro del Belvedere behind Sobrero. “Samuele is a strong athlete – continued Sobrero – his presence is strategic to eventually achieve an international success for our team”
2019 Giro del Belvedere’s peloton will face a 163 Km route, characterized by two different circuits: the first (12 Km to be repeated 12 times) including the Conche hill, whilst the final circuit (two laps of 17,3 Km each) includes the classic Montaner climb in Borgo Canalet and Via delle Longhe hill.