Preview: Memorial Pantani & Trofeo Matteotti

The Italian Autumn classics continue today with the Memorial Marco Pantani. Tomorrow the Trofeo Matteotti takes place, and Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will be represented at both of those one day classics.

Starting in Castrocaro Terme, the Memorial Marco Pantani will take riders up the well-known Montevecchio climb 3 times, before heading to Cesenatico for 3 flat laps of a city circuit. The 200km UCI 1.1 race should suit the punchy sprinters once again.

The Trofeo Matteotti, a 194km UCI 1.1 classic, takes place solely in Pescara as the route comprises of a 15km circuit that will be completed 15-times. It will be hard to see passed a mass sprint finish as only 3 small uphill sections, of less than a kilometer each will challenge the riders on Sunday.

Team Dimension Data will have the same team starting at both races in Italy this weekend, Ben O’Connor, Lachlan Morton, Scott Davies, Natnael Berhane, Nic Dlamini, Serge Pauwels and Jaco Venter.

Ben O’Connor
Lachlan Morton
Scott Davies
Natnael Berhane
Nic Dlamini
Serge Pauwels
Jaco Venter

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His fans remember him for his instinctive, exciting and quixotically brave attacks on long climbs. His mother remembers her young boy who, after spending hours riding over the hills of Romagna, would meticulously clean his bike in the family bath.

The Trofeo Matteotti was established in 1945 to honour the slain Italian statesman Giacomo Matteotti who stood up to fascism. First won by Mario Ricci riding for the Legnano team. Find the hand.