Leigh Howard will lead the IAM Cycling team on his Milan-San Remo debut this Saturday. The 26-year-old spent four seasons with Orica-GreenEdge, moving across to the Swiss WorldTour team winning the Clasica de Almeria and posting six top-ten results in 17 race days.
The Australian recently reconned the final 60km of the 291km race, taking in the decisive Cipressa and Poggio climbs earlier this month and along with his teammates and sports director Mario Chiesa, will conduct a second reconnaissance on Thursday.
“The difficulty of the race lies as much in its length as anything, and in the nervousness of the peloton as we approach the last major difficulty of the day,” said Martin Elmiger who will be team’s road captan in his 11th start at La Primavera. “Positioning is essential, but everyone knows that, and wants to place his leader perfectly. Personally, I am feeling good, and I hope to be worthy of the event.”
Supporting Howard will be 2009 runner-up Heinrich Haussler while Latvian road race champion Aleksejs Saramotins is the ‘joker’ in the pack for the team. The team’s best result at the first monument of the season was 13th in 2013 with Haussler while Sylvan Chavanel was top-25 in 2014 and 2015.
IAM Cycling for Milan-San Remo: Martin Elmiger, Heinrich Haussler, Reto Hollenstein, Leigh Howard, Roger Kluge, Jarlinson Pantano, Vicente Reynes and Aleksejs Saramotins.
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