Area Zero-D’Amico-Bottecchia: Ready for the Tour of Croacia
Colombian Eduardo Estrada will make his debut in the Area Zero jersey. Watch the race on TV via Eurosport2.
This week Area Zero-D’Amico-Bottecchia will be taking on the Tour of Croatia. The 5-stage race takes place from April 22nd to the 26th. On Wednesday the first stage will cover 156 km from Makarska to Split. The grand finale will be held on Sunday in the capital of Zagabria.
“This is an all new race, all there to discover, but it promises to be interesting from a technical point of view and in terms of the media,” explains Sports Director Massimo Codol. “As an initial analysis of the routes, considering the altimetry, I can say that it is going to be a tough race. There will be stages that are longer than 200 km, which will be a good test for our guys. For some of them it will be the first real stage race of their careers. The starting field is made up primarily of continental teams, but we’re talking about the best in their class on the international scene, so the level of the race is definitely going to be very competitive.”
In Croatia the young Colombian, Eduardo Estrada, who was born in 1995, will be making his debut in the Area Zero jersey. “He’s a promising rider; this will be his first race with us. It will be especially important for him to get a feel for the team and the racing rhythm,” says Ds Codol. “However we believe that Estrada will soon become a very valuable element to the team’s overall economy. In the last several years Colombian cycling has become an increasingly successful enterprise that is producing some excellent talent.”
Also in Croatia, Antonio Parrinello will get back into the race after recovering from injuries he sustained in a fall during the Coppi e Bartali back in March. “In the last several weeks Antonio was developing but unfortunately this accident has slowed him down a little,” explains Ds Codol. “I hope that here in Croatia he will find the perfect conditions to make it back to a good level and express himself as best he can.”
Watch the Tour of Croatia on TV!
Remember that the Tour of Croatia will be broadcast on Eurosport 2, every day from April 22nd to the 26th, with a 2-hour live broadcast starting at 2:00 p.m.
22/04 1st Makarska – Split (155 km)
23/04 2nd Šibenik – Zadar (204 km)
24/04 3rd NP Plitvice – Ucka (230 km)
25/04 4th Pula – Umag (155 km)
26/04 5th Sv.Marko – Zagreb (177.5 km)
Tour of Croatia 22/26-04 (Cro), UCI 2.1
Riders: Giorgio Bocchiola, Adriano Brogi, Paolo Ciavatta, Eduardo Estrada, Silvio Giorni, Davide Leone, Iltjan Nika, Antonio Parrinello.
D.s: Massimo Codol.