Today the last reamining of the bigger Junior stage races is starting. GP Rüebliland in Switzerland. 4 Stages in three days. A short ITT, and two hilly days on todays first and Sundays 4th stage will decide the winner.
The startlist is solid but there are also a lot of bigger names missing. The swiss national team is lead by Fabio Christen, a strong german national team is lead by Brenner, the Danes have several teams and names to look out for, among them Lund Andresen, Andersen or Dalby. Ponomar is here with his italian Ballerini squad, Van Rysel are fielding a team that will probably be very active and have several solid weapons like Carpentier or Paleni. Fensham Howes are the sole UK team with Donaldson, Pidcock junior and Max Poole to look out for.
Given that the field is not that deep there are a lot of wildcards and a lot of riders in the regional swiss teams, the Dutch teams etc. who could use this race to spring a surprise.
I expect the german and the danish teams to dominate this though.
Story of the day is not the incredibly talented Max Poole going neck and neck with Brenner in the time trial in Ruebliland, but Andrea Montoli winning the tricolore in Montegrotto. Two years ago he had to undergo six chemotherapy sessions due to a tumor in his lungs; lymphoma. Now he is back, racing for the team of Antonio Saronni, the brother of Beppe, and winning the national junior title. We'll keep an eye on him.