The climbers of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux will be at the start of two classics in the Alpide belt this Tuesday en Thursday, the Mercan’Tour (1.1, 31/05) in the Maritime Alps on the one hand, and the Giro dell’Appennino (1.1, 2/06) in the Ligurian Apennines on the other hand.
It is the first participation of the Belgian team in the Mercan’Tour, which will be organized for the second time between Puget-Théniers and the top of the Col du Valberg (12.4km at 7.1%). The 4350 meters of climbing on the parcours of 168 kilometer mostly have to be covered in the second race half, with the climbs to La Colmiane (7.6km at 6.9%) and the Col de la Couillole (15.9km at 7.3%) and a first passage on the top of the Valberg before the final climb.
Also two days later a lot of climbing has to be done in the 83rd edition of the Giro dell’Appennino, but this time spread during the whole race. Fraconalto, Crocetta d’Orero, Pietralavezzara and finally the Madonna della Guardia (6.9km at 7.9%) with its top 25 kilometer before the finish are the four categorized climbs on the parcours of 192 kilometer between Pastorana and Genova. The six last kilometers in Genova follow the roads on which Lorenzo Rota battled with two other riders for the victory at the end of the twelfth stage in the Tour of Italy.
Jan Bakelants, Kobe Goossens, Louis Meintjes and Georg Zimmermann will participate in both races under de direction of Valerio Piva and Bart Wellens. The young French duo Théo Delacroix and Hugo Page completes the roster for the twelfth race of the French Cup. Quinten Hermans, Simone Petilli (7th in 2015 and 2016) and Lorenzo Rota join the four previously named riders in the Giro dell’Appennino on Thursday.