Full WorldTour squad will travel to Italy for a training camp that will also play host to a special Mandela Day event.
NTT Pro Cycling will travel to Lucca, Italy, for a team training camp from 12-24 July, ahead of the resumption of the international cycling calendar.
Our full WorldTour squad, barring Japanese champion Shotaro Iribe who is currently at home in Japan recovering from surgery, along with a core group of support staff and senior management, including Bjarne Riis (Team Manager) and Douglas Ryder (Team Principal), will all travel to the camp.
Since the halt to proceedings following Paris-Nice in mid-March, our team have used the opportunity presented by the break to focus on a number of key areas in order to ensure that we are primed for when racing resumes.
Our team has a long history with Lucca as it’s the home of our NTT Continental team as well as a number of our riders and support staff. The Continental team will also have the opportunity to spend time with the WorldTour squad, and also provide key support during the camp.
“The time that we’ve been forced to spend apart has been very difficult for everyone, of course, but I must say the spirit in our group has been excellent. We’ve managed to stay connected and spent time all together on a weekly basis, together with our Continental team, sharing information, experiences and simply listening to one another. This has seen us work hard at fostering a cohesive unit away from racing, that I am confident will bear fruit when we get back out on the road again,” said Bjarne Riis, Team Manager.
“This camp will be the final step in that process as we sharpen our focus ahead of the resumption of the calendar, look ahead to the races to come and strive to make an impact both for the team and our fantastic partners.
“We have committed as a group to leave everything out on the road, fighting together for success and I am very excited for what opportunities lie ahead.”
During the course of the camp the Virtual Tour de France will be taking place and there will also be, as is our team’s tradition, a special celebration on 18 July for Mandela Day.
More information on this special event can be found here.