UAE Team Emirates pins hopes on Diego Ulissi for Strade Bianche
Mar 01 2018 09:04 pm CET

UAE Team Emirates pins hopes on Diego Ulissi for Strade Bianche

Italian Diego Ulissi is set to lead UAE Team Emirates' ambitions for the upcoming Strade Bianche.

The 28-year-old will spearhead a formation that also includes riders like Valerio Conti, Marco Marcato and Przemyslaw Niemiec.

"I’ve only participated in the Strade Bianche twice," said Diego Ulissi. In just a few years this race has become a prestigious appointment on the international calendar.

"The last time I appeared in this race was 2016. I managed to give a nice performance, ending up in 7th place. The placement could have been even better, considering that I was in good shape, which is what kept me going.

"I really hope I can count on strong legs like the ones I had two years ago, to stay in the lead group, which will inevitably become selective on the more challenging dirt road sectors. Hopefully I will be with some of my team mates, for example Mori, Niemiec and Marcato, all athletes with plenty of potential.

Ulissi realizes that a good shape and performance may not always be enough for a positive outcome at this particular race.

"I should point out that in the Strade Bianche you must never underestimate the luck factor, considering that the tricky gravel roads can cause flats or slide-outs, which of course will affect performance."

The complete line-up for Strade Bianche (March 3):

– Valerio Conti (Italy)
– Marco Marcato (Italy)
– Manuele Mori (Italy)
– Przemyslaw Niemiec (Poland)
– Jan Polanc (Slovenia)
– Aleksandr Riabushenko (Belarus)
– Diego Ulissi (Italy)
Photo of Diego Ulissi ©