Look­ing for: Van Aver­maet and Trentin for stage wins, Zakarin for the top 10

Cycling Weekly - - TEAMS -

The de­par­tures of Richie Porte and Ro­han Den­nis left Greg Van Aver­maet as team leader, and he brings ex­pe­ri­ence and stage win po­ten­tial.

The team has signed Ital­ian fast­man Mat­teo Trentin, a Tour stage win­ner last year who was sec­ond in the York­shire Worlds too. He is brim­ming with po­ten­tial, al­though a quiet start post-lock­down with a two fourth-place fin­ishes in Bur­gos and Wal­lonie sug­gest he has a lit­tle to make up be­fore he can win a Tour bunch sprint.

CCC’S other big sign­ing, Rus­sian Il­nur Zakarin, could po­ten­tially chal­lenge on GC,

but his ninth place in 2018 was fol­lowed by 51st in last year’s Tour, and an anony­mous ride at the Tour of Poland doesn’t bode par­tic­u­larly well ei­ther.

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