In the last straight line towards the fifth and last Monument of the season, Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert will be at the start of three Italian semi classics in the neighboring regions Lombardia and Piemonte. For the second time in its history, the team will participate to Tre Valli Varesine (1.Pro, 5/10) on Tuesday, à Milano-Torino (1.Pro, 6/10) the next day and Gran Piemonte (1.Pro, 7/10) on Thursday.
On Wednesday, the finish of Milano-Torino is situated on top of the Superga (4.9km at 9%). The climb with foot in Pô returns to the race after a previous edition for sprinters. The riders have the opportunity to climb it a first time 25 kilometer before. This double ascension of the Superga is preceded by a section of 160 kilometer with the Zimone (4km at 4.8km) as the only difficulty from Magenta, part of the metropole Milan. In total, the riders have to accomplish 190 kilometer. South-African climber Louis Meintjes will come back in competition for the first time since his crash in the Tour of Spain and he will be accompanied by French neopro Jérémy Bellicaud, Czech climber Jan Hirt, Italian riders Riccardo Minali and Simone Petilli and also Estonian rider Rein Taaramäe.