Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
From 23 to 27 March
Second stage race of the season for EOLO-KOMETA Cycling Team. A week after the conclusion of Tirreno Adriatico, and after the participation this Sunday in the new Per sempre Alfredo of Sesto Fiorentino, the ProTeam structure of the Contador Foundation faces five days of intense cycling and assured emotions between Tuesday and Saturday. The more than 740 kilometres planned for the imminent edition of the Settimana Internacionale di Coppi e Bartali concentrate the ambitions of a young team looking for the first victory of the season.
Hungarians Márton Dina and Erik Fetter and Italians Vincenzo Albanese, Alessandro Fancellu, Lorenzo Fortunato, Mattia Frapporti and Edward Ravasi make up the seven that will ride the routes of Emilia Rogmana with that ambition. A team that is no more than 26 years old and whose average age is just under twenty-three and a half. Fancellu and Fetter are still in their twenties. The Italian race also brings a novelty in the young history of EOLO-KOMETA. In this race, the team will face the team time trial discipline for the first time in competition. Another very interesting test.
The route of the Settimana Coppi e Bartali 2021, in which there will be terrain to break up the race every day, presents the great novelty of a stage in San Marino scheduled for the penultimate day, a not easy stage with almost 4,000 metres of accumulated altitude gain. A day before, however, possibly the most complicated route given the size of the orographic obstacles: on the third stage, a stage without much mileage, the riders have to manage the slopes of Monte Carpegna (6.1 km at 10.1%), Villagio del Lago (9.3 km at 6.2%) and Albereto (2.4 at 9.7%). But on the second stage, don’t lose sight of the fact that there is a hilly finish. In short, five days, one with a double sector, and no day to take it easy.
Marton Dina returns to competition after his season opener at the last Trofeo Laigueglia. “After Laigueglia my training has been going very well and I can’t wait to get back to racing with my teammates. I feel good and I think my form is good. I could see the guys during Tirreno Adriatico and I felt very proud to be part of this team. It was great to see the team-mates in the limelight and especially exciting when ‘Alba’ took the lead in the mountains”.
For Erik Fetter, meanwhile, the Coppi e Bartali comes after his time in the sterrato. “Since I took part in the Strade Bianche I have been preparing for this race. All the hard work for this competition is done. I think I’ve worked a lot in the last few weeks, so I hope that my form will be really good. In the days leading up to this race I’ve done some easier training with shorter intensity days, and also a bit of behind the bike to get more used to the race pace. But the main goal is to arrive fresh and be 100% ready”.
23 March (a): Gatteo-Gatteo (97.8 km).
23 March (b): Gatteo-Gatteo (14 km TTT).
24th March: Riccione – Sogliano al Rubicone (163.5 km).
25th March: Riccione – Riccione (145 km).
26th March: San Marino – San Marino (154.8 km).
27 March: Forli – Forli (166 km).