Uran to lead Cannondale in Romandie

As the season shifts its focus from classics to stage races, Cannondale Pro Cycling Team is concentrating of the Tour de Romandie, followed closely by the Giro d`Italia.

Their objectives are not to be taken lightly as Rigoberto Uran`s scope is to win the Giro. In his preparation, Romandie is a good race to test his legs and his form.

“For me, Romandie is very important for the Giro d’Italia test. We have a very strong team with Pierre [Rolland] and Talansky. For sure we have to do well and be ahead in Romandie.” said Uran.

The Columbian will have a very strong team around him which will also include Ramunas Navardauskas and Davide Formolo. With such talented climbers as Pierre Rolland and a strong team all around, Cannondale is hoping for a good showing in Romandie.

“For Uran, Romandie is about showing himself before the Giro. There are plenty of opportunities for Rolland as he continues his progression toward the Tour de France,” said Slipstream Sports CEO Jonathan Vaughters.

A big part of the team is coming off a large altitude block and needs to sharpen form after the controlled-state of training, head sport has director Charly Wegelius said.

The Tour de Romandie begins today in La Chaux-de-Fonds with a 4-kilometer prologue. It ends Sunday May 1st in Geneva and includes two summit finishes and a 15.1 kilometer individual time trial. The course is tricky, as will be the weather. Snow and cold rains are expected throughout to make conditions even tougher.

“The weather’s going to play a big part in the race, unfortunately. And it’s a nasty part of the world when it gets bad weather. We’ll have to be sharp to stay out of trouble.” Wegeluis said.

Cannondale Pro Cycling line-up for the 2016 Tour de Romandie: Nate Brown, Joe Dombrowski, Davide Formolo, Moreno Moser, Ramunas Navardauskas, Pierre Rolland, Andrew Talansky, Rigoberto Uran.