Heading into the first Classic of the season, Milan-Sanremo (March 17) Cannondale Pro Cycling defined the list of the eight riders that will attend the race.
Slovak champion Peter Sagan, 4th in 2012 and one of the key riders at Tirreno-Adritiaco with two stage wins, will be the definitive leader of the team. Moreno Moser, debuting at the ‘Classicissima’, and Elia Viviani should also be considered strong options. Damiano Caruso, Maciej Bodnar, Alessandro De Marchi, Kristijan Koren and Paolo Longo Borghini will perform important supporting roles along the 298 km of the route. Directeur Sportif Mario Scirea will lead the riders on the team car, helped by Team Manager Roberto Amadio and Directeur Sportif Alberto Volpi.
“We chose the riders with the best form,” explained Scirea. “And also chose those more suited for the role to play during the race. Of course we know that a rider like Sagan allows us to aim for top results, but our contenders have the same thought. Lots of attention will be focused on us: first of all, we have to be united as team. The ‘Sanremo’ is a hard and really tactical race. We have to be ready to face many variables and be able to manage them. In other words, it will be an exciting and really hard challenge.”