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Polanc should be a decent climber to support them, but their team won't be stacked with climbing domestiques.The difference between Il Lombardia and Worlds is, that MvdP will have a MUCH better team supporting him (if indeed they ride for him).
At worlds, the Dutch team will be one of the strongest, and one of only 10 teams with a full squad.
On the flip side of that, Roglic and Pogacar will be in trouble, because even with a full squad, the Slovenian team can probably only count on Mohoric to have any longevity in the race.
Nibali and Formolo as the leaders?If I'm Cassani I'm bringing Nibali, Formolo, Ciccone, Caruso, Conti, De Marchi, Bagioli (as a learning experience) and the last spot is up for debate. If Pozzovivo rides himself into shape and recovers from his injuries he could be on the team, Moscon has shown that he's always able to be great at the WC when Cassani needs him, but his form is a question mark, Cataldo could be a solid workhorse and Visconti also needs to show something in the next few races. I wouldn't bring Ulissi, but that's just me, I don't trust him after a long, hard race.
I disagree with this but I'm probably the biggest Formolino fanboy out there. He might be in exceptional shape coming out of the Tour (and not riding for GC).