Australia’s world champion men’s track endurance team arrived in Italy last week ahead of a three-month European racing block, starting with Gran Premio della Liberazione, April 25th.
Dual team pursuit world champions Sam Welsford (WA) and Alex Porter (SA) who also claimed the under 23 criterium title in January will be joined by newly crowned world champion Rohan Wight (SA) and Cameron Scott (NSW) for the Italian under 23 race.
The Anzac day race will be the first taste of European racing for Scott who stepped up from the under 19 ranks at the start of the season following three medals at the Junior Track World Championships in 2015 and 2016. Welsford, Porter and Wight all spent two months in Europe last year racing across France and Belgium with the Under 23 National Team as part of their ongoing development on the road.
The 138-kilometre race consists of 23 laps of a six-kilometre circuit around Terme di Caracalla, near Rome. The flat circuits make it one for the sprinters with recent winners including two Australians Chris Sutton (2005) and Matt Goss (2006).
Former winners include World Tour riders Sacha Modolo, Matteo Trentin and Ilia Koshevoy. Michael Matthews, Michael Hepburn and Adam Phelan have also tasted podium success for the under 23 national team in recent years.
32 teams will line up including a strong Italian contingent as well as national teams from Great Britain, Belarus and Slovenia.
Men’s Track Endurance Team for Gran Premio della Liberazione