Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team turns up the volume for Alpes Maritimes et du Var
The 3-day stage race Tour du Alpes Maritimes et du Var will mark the racing debut on french soil for Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team and we’re lining up with a strong and motivated seven-rider roster.
15 February 2023
The UCI 2.1 race kicks off Friday with a 197 km stage from Saint-Raphaël to Ramatuelle that should favor the fast men in the peloton despite a lumpy finale. Stage 2 will be a lumpy affair and, on paper, it could be an opportunity for the breakaway to take the spoils. The peloton will depart from Mandelieu and face three categorized climbs over the course of 179 km before a downhill approach to the finish line in Antibes Azur Aréna. Depending on how the race unfolds we could also see a select bunch sprint finale.
The Queen stage will take place on Sunday and will likely decide the general classification and overall winner. With just 139km, the short but very hilly stage from Villefranche-sur-Mer to Vence, will pack four categorized climbs, including two Cat-1 ascents in the first half of the parcours. The GC favorites will fight it out for both the stage victory and overall.
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Italian Matteo Moschetti, riding high after his maiden win for Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team at Clásica de Almería (February 12th), will be the teams elected sprinter and will be the protected rider coming into the first stage. He will enjoy the support of experienced temmates such as Swedish powerhouse Tobias Ludvigsson, Polish all-rounder Kamil Malecki and Belgian classics man Tom Devriendt. Ethiopian neo-pro Negasi Haylu Abreha will make his debut for the team and will be in the support role for our team leaders, particularly Italian Alessandro Fedeli, who will aim for a good GC standing. Australian Cyrus Monk completes our seven-rider team.
“Matteo Moschetti will be our card for the first stage should it come down to a bunch sprint. The other stages are theoretically a bit too hard but they will provide him with a good preparation ahead of Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. The next two stages are hillier with the second one looking like a good option for the breakaway, depending on which teams would like to control the race for the GC. So, we foresee an attacking stage, a race of attrition, and we’re prepared to animate it and race competitively. Alessandro Fedeli will be our rider for the General Classification so we need to always be at the front in the final of both the second and third stages. We have good riders for the breakaways and also a good team to support our aim to secure a good standing on the overall,” said Aart Vierhouten, Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team Sports Director
Tour des Alpes-Maritimes et du Var – Lineup:
Negasi Haylu Abreha (ETH)
Tom Devriendt (BEL)
Alessandro Fedeli (ITA)
Tobias Ludvigsson (SWE)
Kamil Malecki (POL)
Cyrus Monk (AUS)
Matteo Moschetti (ITA)