Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team sets sights on O Gran Camiño

Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team returns to Spain this week to race in 2nd edition of O Gran Camiño, a four-day UCI 2.1 stage race in the Galician region, which concludes with an individual time-trial on Sunday, February 26.

February 21 2023

Only in its second edition, the Spanish race “O Gran Camiño” features three hilly stages and one 18.1 km individual time-trial. Our Swiss-registered team will line up with a seven-rider roster and is motivated to fight for good results, both at a stage level and in the overall classification. 

Mark Donovan, who made his season debut in Saudi Tour, returns to competition and will be, once again, targeting a good result on GC, after his 12th place in the season debut in the Middle East. The Brit will enjoy the support of Italian teammate Gianluca Brambilla in the hillier terrain as well as all—rounders Fabio Christen from Switzerland and American Corey Davis.

Time-trial specialist Joey Rosskopf will have the first opportunity this season to test himself against the clock on the fourth and final stage whereas Polish fast-man Szymon Sajnok will look for any available sprinting opportunities that come up in a vastly mountainous course. Italian Nicolò Parisini completes our squad. 

“We come with high ambitions”

“Our main objective coming into this race is to win a stage and fine-tune our dynamics of riding as a team. This will be a very hard 4-stage race over very hilly terrain. We have Mark Donovan who we believe can do a good result on the General Classification and we will fully support him in this goal. We also have good expectations to perform well with Joey Rosskopf in the individual time-trial on the last stage. Finally, Szymon Sajnok will be our card to play should the first stage be decided in a sprint. Overall, we come to this race with high ambitions, to race competitively and to do another step-up as a team,” said Gabrielle Missaglia, Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team Sports Director. 

The race kicks-off this Thursday, February 23 with an undulating 188km stage from Lugo to Sarria that features the climb to Alto de Montán shortly before the finish. The second stage will conclude with the explosive climb to Monte Trega de A Guarda while the Queen Stage on Saturday will take the peloton over 4 categorised climbs in 163 km before the Cat-1 summit finish at the Alto do Castelo de Rubiá. The race will conclude on Sunday with an 18.1 km individual time-trial to Santiago de Compostela that will likely decide the General Classification.  

O Gran Camiño 2023 – Lineup: 

Gianluca Brambilla (ITA) Fabio Christen (SUI) Corey Davis (USA) Mark Donovan (GBR) Nicolò Parisini (ITA) Joey Rosskopf (USA) Szymon Sajnok (POL)