Liquigas will try to play the outsiders role in Sunday’s Tour of Flanders, with a handful of riders with freedom to go for it if they have the legs.
The Italian team lines up with quality riders, with Manuel Quinziato, Daniele Bennati and Daniel Oss all tapped as potential leaders for the season’s second major one-day classic.
“Flanders is a tremendous race and I am in love with it,” Quinziato said in a team release. “There are many factors that decide the race, above all the weather. My preparation was similar to last year, and my sensations at Ghent-Wevelgem and De Panne have been positive. I feel I have the same condition as last year, but now I have more experience. Last year, I started to feel fatigued at the end of the race. Tomorrow I’ll race a little craftier and play my cards after the Kuaremont. The team is fit and we can make a special result.”
Liquigas will also have Aliaksandr Kuchynski and Frederik Willems to help share the load.
Bennati is a sprinter who can fight through the longer classics, but has yet to deliver a big result. Oss, meanwhile, is a second-year pro with a lot of promise for northern classics.
“Last year’s experience taught me what I need to know to get a result,” Oss said. “The last part of the race is the key moment because you don’t have much strength by the time you arrive to the Grammont and Bosberg. If support one another, I think I could finish at the front.”
Liquigas for Tour of Flanders