Red Hook Crit Milano - Race Preview.
Stay up to date with all the action in this years second and final edition of the Red Hook Crit Series in Milano, Italy tomorrow Saturday, October 6.
Now in it's 11th year, the series has run only the two events in 2018, after the smart move to cancel the London and Barcalona editions because of unanticipated costs and in order for the events to break even and be sustainable for the future. Race director David Trimble aims to find more support for next year and return the series back up to a four race series.
This weekends 9th edition of the Milano race features a stacked field of riders in both the mens and women's races, the largest field's the race has ever seen. The fixed-gear crit scene is attracting more and more athletes every year and growing in popularity which is great to see and hopefully a sign that the discipline has a sustainable future.
Milan has historically been a breakaway circuit for the past four years but team cohesion and tactics have become increasingly more prominent and with so many marked riders, Saturday's race really is wide open with everyone racing for the win and the overall series victory.
Ones to watch
• Rachele Barbieri (IRD Fiamme Oro Squadra Corse). The 2017 Scratch Race world champion. a winner of Red Hook Crit races in Barcelona and Milan. undefeated Red Hook record
• Ainara Elbusto (Santafixe BLB London) the most successful rider in Red Hook Crit history with five victories . Her last win came in Brooklyn in 2016, been on a few Red Hook Crit podiums since, no victories — mostly to bad luck
• Raphaele Lemieux and Carla Nafria of Specialized-Rocket Espresso. Lemieux won in Brooklyn earlier this year, in large part due to Nafria’s willingness to close down moves for her teammate.
• Ash Duban (The Meteor-Hey Allez!) The American won her first Red Hook event in Milan back in 2014. Consistent results in 2016 gave Duban her first series championship, and in 2017 she won again in Barcelona. With a solid fourth place in Brooklyn earlier in the year
• Justin Williams (Specialized-Rocket Espresso) second in Brooklyn in a close sprint, will no doubt want to go one better and take the top step with an ultra strong and coordinated team around him to control the race.
• Filippo Fortin (Team Bahumer Critlife) winner in Brooklyn and signed for Cofidis pro cycling for 2019.
• Alec Brigg's (Specialized-Rocket Espresso) can't be discounted after leading out Williams in Brooklyn and having a successful summer of Crit racing in the UK. On there day any one of the Specialized-Rocket Espresso could take the win.
• Davide Vigano (Team Cinelli) won the overall series in 2017 and has never finished a Red Hook event worse than fourth. The win still eludes him and his team though. Would love to take the win for Italy in a breakaway move
• David Van Eerd (Team WIT) a full-time medical student from the Netherlands. Won in Barcalona in 2017 and finshed strongly in fifth in Brooklyn. Another one would would fancy a breakaway.
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