News | Giro d'Italia • September 30, 2020
UAE Team Emirates’ announce squad for Giro d’Italia
Eight riders confirmed for second Grand Tour of the year
Still fresh from the success of the Tour de France, UAE Team Emirates will turn their focus on the next chapter of the season as they head into the prestigious Giro d’Italia which runs from 3-25 October.
The race will start from the island of Sicily, with a finish on the climb of Mt. Etna on stage 3 the first big GC test before the race moves to the Italian mainland, where it skirts the Adriatic coastline before ending in Milan with a final time trial.
The team goes into the race with many options with Fernando Gaviria the main protagonist for the sprints while Diego Ulissi, Valerio Conti and Joe Dombrowski have all put in strong performances in past editions of the Corsa Rosa.
Manager Matxin Fernandez (Spa) along with Sports Directors Marco Marzano (Ita), Bruno Vicino (Ita) and assistant director Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) will lead the following 8 riders :
Brandon McNulty (USA)
Fernando Gaviria (Col)
Max Richeze (Arg)
Joe Dombrowski (USA)
Sebastian Molano (Col)
Diego Ulissi (Ita)
Valerio Conti (Ita)
Mikkel Bjerg (Den)
Matxin Fernandez (Manager) : “This team was put together with various considerations in mind. We want to give young Brandon McNulty a chance to shine and see what he can do, but without any pressure or concrete goals other that to give his best. We have Diego Ulissi and Valerio Conti as our trusted veterans who will have freedom to move and both know what it takes to win at the Giro. Mikkel Bjerg will slot in to help Fernando Gaviria go for wins and work with Richeze and Molano as part of the train for the fact finishes. Bjerg will also get his chances in the time trials along with McNulty who is also fast against the clock”
Diego Ulissi: “I’m excited heading into this years Giro. Without a clear GC leader we have a lot of freedom and have the strength to try different things on both the flat stages and the hilly days. My preparation has been perfect up until now. I finally managed to convert my consistency into wins at the Tour of Luxembourg and I’ll be keen to repeat that feeling again. We have two very young talented guys in Brandon and Mikkel who are doing their first Giro and it will be nice to try and help them and share my experience.”