Team Bike Exchange have named their eight-rider Giro d’Italia squad built around Simon Yates announcing “high ambitions of adding a second Grand Tour title to his list of growing palmares.”
The Giro d’Italia begins in Turin on Saturday May 8 with a short time trial and includes 8 mountain finishes, including the Zoncolan, Sega di Ala, Alpe di Mera and a Queen stage in the Dolomites before a final 30.3km time trial to Milan.
At 26, Yates finished eighth overall in 2019 and spent 13 days in the race leader’s maglia rosa in 2018 before cracking in the final mountain stages as Chris Froome went on the attack and sealed final victory in Rome.
Yates bounced back and showed his Grand Tour credentials by winning the 2018 Vuelta a España. He was a favourite for the 2020 Giro d’Italia after winning Tirreno-Adriatico but was diagnosed with COVID-19 after the first week and then spent 10 day in isolation. The whole team then pulled out of the race after four staff members tested positive.
Now two years older and wiser, Yates dominated the recent Tour of the Alps on the second stage and went on to win the race, and Bike Exchange have built their team around him.
BikeExchange have brought experienced mountain domestiques Mikel Nieve and Tanel Kangert, Australian national champion Cameron Meyer, the trusted Michael Hepburn and Chris Juul-Jensen and Callum Scotson, plus talented Australian Nick Schultz, who makes his Giro d’Italia debut after finishing 25th in the 2020 Vuelta a España.
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