Andrii Ponomar and Luca Mozzato's programme
Andrii Ponomar will discover a maximum of different races, whereas Luca Mozzato will be expected to race in massive sprints, but also in races that are played out in small groups, where his speed can also make a difference.
Provisional program of Andrii Ponomar
– Troféo Ciclista Mallorca (25 to 29 January)
– Muscat Classic (10 February)
– Tour of Oman (11 to 15 February)
– Grand Prix Criquelion (4 March)
– Drenthe (12 March)
– Classic Cholet-Pays-de-la-Loire (19 March)
“Andrii is a young rider, whose potential we want to explore, but also to evaluate his qualities on the occasion of various race profiles. He has asked to race in Belgium, as these are events that he likes. He is attracted by this calendar. It will allow us to see if he knows how to ‘rub’ perfectly, to place himself in the key moments of the race. His early season calendar will be varied, and that’s what we want to put in place for him. He will race in Belgium, but also in events with very high mountain profiles. The aim is to discover him in various universes, and then we will tell him in which races he can best express himself”.
Luca Mozzato’s provisional programme
– Trofeo Ciclista Mallorca (25 to 29 January)
– Étoile de Bessèges (1st to 5th February)
– Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne (26 February)
– Le Samyn (28 February)
– Grand Prix Criquelion (4 March)/and or Grand Prix Monséré (5 March)
– Paris-Nice (5 to 12 March)/ and or Tirreno-Adriatico (6 to 12 March)
– Milan-Turin (15 March)
– Milan-San-Remo (18 March)
“Luca is a scorer who needs to go one step further and win his first pro race. Once he has achieved this goal, he should continue to win. Luca is a very consistent rider with a sprint-puncher profile. In the recent past he has already demonstrated his great speed in very difficult races with small groups. We also want to measure his abilities on an adapted UCI WorldTour calendar, which could allow him to reach new levels. Luca is fast, but maybe his chances of winning will increase if we target events that come between 20-40 riders in a sprint, or on a race finish with short, steep bumps that he can get over.