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by Shane Stokes
October 5, 2017
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Motivation boosted by his fourth place in Saturday’s Giro dell’Emilia, Nicolas Roche has been named as team leader for this Saturday’s Il Lombardia Classic. “Coming out of Giro dell’Emilia with fourth place was a good indication of where my form is at the moment,” he said. “The two races are quite different and maybe the short, steeper climbs of Giro dell’Emilia are more suited to me but I’m confident I can do another good result on Saturday.
“Il Lombardia is definitely one of the toughest, if not the toughest, one-day races of the year so it would be nice to wrap my season up well. We have a strong team and as long as the legs are good on the day, I think it will be a good race.”
Roche finished 16th in the race in 2011. His first cousin Dan Martin won the event in 2014. According to BMC Racing Team sport director Max Sciandri, he and others from the squad have the condition to shine. “We saw at Giro dell’Emilia that Nicolas Roche is in great shape and can do well in these hilly Italian races. So, I think Nicolas can do well again this Saturday,” he said.
“Alessandro De Marchi is also looking strong and motivated after the UCI World Championships, and that’s exactly how you need to go into a tough race like Il Lombardia if you want any chance of a good result, you need the legs and you need the motivation.”
He described the course as selective. “It’s more concentrated in the final section and personally, I think it’s probably not as hard as last year’s course. The finish is in Como but from the Madonna del Ghisallo onwards, it’s a rollercoaster all the way to Como. We’ll play our cards in the best way possible.”