Giro del Trentino Melinda broadens its horizons

The 40th edition (19-22 April) will see for the first time an Australian team, Drapac, at the start. Also scheduled to race the event are Gazprom-Rusvelo and Bora-Argon 18, who won last year’s opening team time trial

The start list of the 2016 Giro del Trentino Melinda is taking shape by the day. The 40th edition (19-22 April) potrà contare su uno schieramento aims to feature an high-level and international lineup with some absolute premiere to boost the race on the worldwide spotlights further.

For the first time, an Australian team will line up at the start, a solid proof of the growth rate the event is witnessing. This comes as a result of the previous two editions when the race (four stages, 2.HC category), caught the attention of the Southern hemisphere, especially as two Australians have won the trophy in the past two years: Cadel Evans in 2014 and Richie Porte last year. These two champions have dominated the race with panache and charisma, adding their name to the prestigious list of winners that includes many riders who wrote cycling history.

As a result, now everyone awaits with a high degree of excitement the Australian team Drapac, a young Pro Continental outfit that has made headlines in the start of the season after winning stage 3 of the Tour de San Luis with Peter Koning and the Jayco Herald Sun Tour prologue with Will Clarke.

But the diversity of the Giro del Trentino Melinda start list doesn’t stop here, as the Russian team Gazprom-Rusvelo – who is scheduled to ride also the Giro d’Italia this season – will be at the race, after recently strengthening its squad by signing Alexander Kolobnev.

The Giro del Trentino Melinda also confirms the participation of Bora-Argon 18, the German squad who scored last year a spectacular and thrilling success in the opening team time trial, from Riva del Garda to Arco, ahead of Sky and Astana. Among the riders Bora-Argon 18 will take to the race will be also Cesare Benedetti, the 29-year-old who hails from the Trentino city of Rovereto, and who last season experienced one of the best moments of his career, when he got to don the leader’s jersey on the first day of the race.

Until further news on the surprises the organizers have in store for the course, the Giro del Trentino Melinda is glad to confirm its strong international field.