Israel – Premier Tech will take on Milano-Sanremo with seven strong riders eager to get in the mix in the first Monument race of the season.

“We have a strong group of riders ready for Saturday”, sports director Steve Bauer explains. “Even though this is Corbin’s [Strong] first edition, this is really a race that suits him. We did a good recon today [Thursday] and I’m optimistic about his chances.”

Unfortunately, the designated IPT leader, Giacomo Nizzolo, had to forfeit the race due to sickness. Instead, Sep Vanmarcke will take the spot. “Sep has proven to be in really good shape at the moment and I expect him to be competitive on Saturday as well”, Bauer tells.

In addition to Strong and Vanmarcke, IPT will line up with Hugo Houle, Daryl Impey, Derek Gee, Krists Neilands and Mads Würtz Schmidt.

“Everybody is ready to do a good race. We don’t have Giacomo here but it doesn’t change much about the way we will approach the race. We know what we have to do and I believe we can be competitive”, Bauer says.