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by Shane Stokes
April 10, 2018
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Defending champion Sonny Colbrelli will have the backing of his Bahrain-Merida team when he lines out in Brabantse Pijl on Wednesday, but the team has decided on dual leadership in the event.
“Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team will race again with highly motivated line-up…with Sonny Colbrelli as a leader for the final sprint and Enrico Gasparotto with a leader’s role for his offensive racing,” stated directeur sportif Rik Verbrugghe.
One year ago Colbrelli was quickest in the uphill finish, beating Petr Vakoc (QuickStep Floors), Tiesj Benoot and Tim Wellens (both Lotto-Soudal). This year, he was a stage winner in the Dubai Tour and ninth in Milan-San Remo. More recently he missed Paris-Roubaix and his team believes that with freshness on his side, he is ready to shine in Brabantse Pijl and the Amstel Gold Race.
“It is a race with hard tempo and close to the end within the loops the peloton usually breaks into many parts,” said the team. “Such a scenario could be a good one for us.”
The line-up is Colbrelli, Gasparotto, Borut Bozic, Grega Bole, Ramunas Navardauskas, Yukiya Arashiro and Hermann Pernsteiner.