Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team ready for three days of hard racing in Spain and Portugal
Three races in Spain – Murcia, Almeria and Jaén – and the first edition of the Figueira Champions Classic in Portugal will be the first one-day races in 2023 for Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team and promise a thrilling weekend of racing.
9 February 2023
The UCI 1.1 Vuelta Ciclista a la Región de Murcia Costa Cálida takes place this Saturday, February 11 over a mountainous 194.7 km course that includes three categorised climbs. Starting in San Javier and ending in an uphill drag in Cartagena, this one-day Spanish race features the HC climb to Collado Bermejo halfway through the course.Neo-pros Marcel Camprubi from Spain, Walter Calzoni from Italy and Corey Davis from the USA will make their racing debut for the team and will get an opportunity to test themselves against strong World Tour opposition. Brit Mark Donovan will also be on the startline after a good showing in Saudi Tour, where he finished 12th in the overall classification. Jack Bauer (NZL), Alessandro Fedeli (ITA) and Joey Rosskopf (USA) complete the seven-rider roster.
Sunday, February 12th will be a double header with the team racing in the UCI 1.Pro Clasica de Almería as well as the UCI 1.1 Figueira Champions Classic in Portugal. The Spanish race features the traditional finish in Roquetas del Mar and should be a day for the sprinters to shine, therefore Q36.5 Pro Cycling has selected a strong roster to support fast man Matteo Moschetti. Despite the expected bunch sprint finale the peloton will face 190.3 km with four categorised climbs and a crosswind-prone second part of the course.In neighbouring Portugal the team will take on the first edition of the Figueira Champions Classic in Figueira da Foz. With a punchy 190 km course, the race should be one of attrition with two double-digit categorised climbs in the last 40 km offering the perfect setting for explosive attacks. Italians Gianluca Brambilla and Filippo Conca will be the protected riders for the team. They will enjoy the support of Australian Cyrus Monk and Swiss Matteo Badilatti, who will make their debut for the team. The six-rider roster will be completed with Swede Tobias Ludvigsson and Italian Nicolò Parisini, both of whom put in some good miles in Valencia last week.
Ready for the Challenge
On Monday, February 13 Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team will tackle the UCI 1.1 Clasica Jaén, which features eight gravel sectors over the 179 km course from Úbeda to Baeza. With over 2300 meters of climbing, this race will test the riders off-road abilities and promises to be exciting from start to finish. Calzoni, Camprubí, Davis, Donovan, Fedeli, Christen and Malecki will be lining up with the Q36.5 Pro Cycling team colours and are ready to race competitively.
“In Spain, we’ll be racing three very different races over the course of three days. We have selected different rosters for each race with the goal of delivering a good performance. Murcia, with a new final, should add a new flair to the already challenging but not excessively difficult parcours. I’m convinced we will have some good options to fight for a good result in that race. In Almeria, a race suited for the sprinters, we will support Matteo Moschetti and finally, in Jaén, the Spanish Strade Bianche, we will face the most challenging course. We will need a combination of good legs and good luck to avoid punctures to stay upfront. We’re ready for these challenges and confident that we will race aggressively with a clear goal of a top placing,” said Alex Sans Vega, Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team DS.
“In Figueira we want to be in the race no matter what. A few riders can wait until around the 130 km mark when the climbs start. We’re lining up with just six riders and some of them will have to take their opportunities and be in position from kilometre zero. We want to be visible and race offensively. Gianluca Brambilla and Filippo Conca will be the leaders for this race and I have full confidence that they can play a role in the finale,” said Rik Reinerink, Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team DS
Volta Ciclista a la Región de Murcia Costa Cálida – Lineup:
Jack Bauer (NZL)
Walter Calzoni (ITA) Marcel Camprubi (ESP) Corey Davis (USA) Mark Donovan (GBR) Alessandro Fedeli (ITA) Joey Rosskopf (ITA)
Clasica de Almeria – Lineup:
Jack Bauer (NZL)Fabio Christen (SUI) Corey Davis (USA) Kamil Malecki (POL) Matteo Moschetti (ITA) Joey Rosskopf (ITA)
Figueira Champions Classic – Lineup:
Matteo Badilatti (SUI)Gianluca Brambilla (ITA) Filippo Conca (ITA) Tobias Ludvigsson (SWE) Cyrus Monk (AUS) Nicolò Parisini (ITA)
Jaén Paraiso Interior – Lineup:
Walter Calzoni (ITA)Marcel Camprubi (ESP) Fabio Christen (SUI) Corey Davis (USA) Mark Donovan (GBR) Alessandro Fedeli (ITA) Kamil Malecki (POL)