Two days before the Tour of Switzerland, Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux will be at another Swiss race by participating to the Grosser Preis des Kantons Aargau (1.1) for the ninth time this Friday.
A circuit of 21 kilometer around Leuggern has to be covered seven times, with each lap containing the Rotberg (7km at 3.8%). A downhill of 11 kilometer, interrupted by a hill of 500 meter, brings the riders to the finish.
Alexander Kristoff and his lead out Andrea Pasqualon will be reunited for the first time since Paris-Roubaix, after a period during which both men were victorious in the Tour of Norway and the Circuit de Wallonie respectively.
The Norwegian rider won the classic at each of his three latest participations (2015, 2018, 2019), accompanied on the podium by Andrea Pasqualon in 2019 (2nd). The Italian rider was also second in 2016 and finished two other times in the top ten (6th in 2018, 8th in 2021).
Both men will race under the direction of Pieter Vanspeybrouck, accompanied by Barnabás Peák, Simone Petilli, Baptiste Planckaert (6th in 2017), Lorenzo Rota and Georg Zimmermann.