News | Tour de Suisse • June 7, 2017
Rui Costa will head up UAE Team Emirates in the Gp Canton d’Argovie and in the Tour de Suisse
Double Swiss appointment for the Emirati team
Rui Costa, who won three consecutive editions between 2012 and 2014, will lead UAE Team Emirates at the Tour de Suisse which will be held between June 10 – 18.
“This is a race that I really like and returning to it feels like coming home. It is familiar and I’ve got great memories of it. ” said Rui Costa “Despite having won this race several times it is quite demanding so it will be necessary to have clear tactics on how to tackle each stage. I just completed a very demanding race as Giro d’Italia is, I need to retain my good form, preserve my energy and be smart to do well in the race. I am hoping to be in the top five of the overall General Classification by the end!”.
Sports director Simone Pedrazzini: “Before the Tour de Suisse, on June 8th we will first participate in the Gp Canton d’Argovie-Gippingen circuit race, we will try to be protagonists with younger rides and to give them the chance to get a good result.
The same line-up will take part in the Tour de Suisse. It is a strong team selection, one of the key goals is to help Rui Costa to achieve the top 5 in general classification, taking into account that it won’t be an easy target because he’ll compete with opponents of a high quality. We expect our two younger riders Conti and Petilli, after having just been at the Giro d’Italia, to show their skill in the GC. We also have the fast trio – Consonni, Kump and Modolo – that will try to get great results in the sprint stages, while Mohoric will be looking to join a breakaway and finally, returning back to racing after a crash at Vuelta al País Vasco is Atapuma.
Gp Canton D’Argovie Gippingen (8 June) and Tour de Suisse (10-18 June)
Team’s line-up: Atapuma Darwin (Colombia), Consonni Simone (Italy), Conti Valerio (Italy), Rui Costa (Portugal), Kump Marko (Slovenia), Mohoric Matej (Slovenia), Modolo Sacha (Italy), Petilli Simone (Italy).
Sports Directors: Pedrazzini Simone (Switzerland), Marzano Marco (Italy)