EF Eduaction First to focus on stage success at Tour de Suisse
Jun 08 2018 05:06 pm CET

EF Eduaction First to focus on stage success at Tour de Suisse
EF Eduaction First to focus on stage success at Tour de Suisse
EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale

EF Education First will start at the Tour of Suisse with a versatile roster that will aim to take stage victories.

"I like Switzerland and the Suisse race because it’s a beautiful country, the climbs generally suit me, and the pavement is good," said Joe Dombrowski, one of the seven riders to represent the team at the WorldTour race. "The only downside sometimes can be the weather. If it rains can be nasty and cold. Otherwise, it’s great.

"This year is different than others because it is further from the Tour de France, so I would say that it’s a pretty strong field. Normally you’d have a number of Tour riders racing Dauphiné instead."

The Tour de Suisse will offer opportunities for time trialists, fast riders and climbers, making it less focused on mountains than past editions. "We’ve some of our heavy hitters going, guys like Sep, Taylor and Matti," commented Sports Director Tom Southam. "Will Clarke is also a guy who is aggressive and is prepared to race hard. These guys will be looking to create opportunities on the flatter stages.

"The climbers we have all come from the Giro team. I expect them to be particularly hungry for success."

The time trial kilometres will also give a good opportunity to the team to check the riders that can start at the Tour de France, where similar conditions will come to play. "The team time trial will be interesting to give everyone a measure of where they stand pre-July," the Sports Director explained.

"And stage three into Gansingen looks like it will produce an interesting final."

EF Education First's roster for the Tour de Suisse (9th to 17th of June):

Matti Breschel
Nate Brown
Hugh Carthy
Will Clarke
Joe Dombrowski
Taylor Phinney
Sep Vanmarcke



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