Bahrain - Victorious will chase the #rideforGino prize at Tour de Suisse: "It would be meaningful if one of our riders could win it"

The upcoming Tour de Suisse will be an emotional edition for Team Bahrain - Victorious. Following the tragic loss Gino Mäder one year ago during his home race, the team will be super-motivated to leave every bit of energy on the roads to pay tribute to their friend.

With Wout Poels and Damiano Caruso in the lineup, the team could chase a good result in the general classification, but that doesn't seem to be on Bahrain's agenda. Rather than chasing GC top 10 in Suisse, the team will try to get the most out of the mountain stages by jumping in breakaways and hopefully achieving a stage win.

DS Roman Kreuziger explains his team's ambitions in Switzerland in a press release: "It would be meaningful if one of our riders could win this memorial prize. We don’t have a clear GC leader because we want to see how Damiano Caruso feels after the Giro d’Italia and evaluate his potential. He finished the first Grand Tour of the season strongly, so I am confident in his capabilities if he feels mentally prepared. Alongside Damiano, we have Wout Poels, who is on the long list for the Tour de France. He is in good shape, and some of the finishes suit him well."

Bahrain - Victorious for Tour de Suisse:

Damiano Caruso
Fran Miholjević
Andrea Pasqualon
Finlay Pickering
Wout Poels
Johan Price-Pejtersen
Torstein Traeen

Two days before the World Tour stage race Tour de Suisse, a hilly classic 1.1 GP des Kantons Aargau will take place. Bahrain will be defending Pello Bilbao's third place from last year, however the team is down-to-earth about their chances: "While it won’t be easy to repeat last year’s podium, we aim to compete for a top-five finish." The roster will be the same as for Suisse, only Damiano Caruso will skip the one-day race.

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