UAE Team Emirates’ young guns produced one of the team’s best performances of the season, with Edward Ravasi, Valerio Conti and Simone Petilli all finishing in the top 10 of the General Classification at the Adriatica Ionica Race.
It is the UAE’s second team win of the year after victory at the Tour de Romandie last month, which will boost confidence ahead of the Tour de France on July 7.
In the Team Time Trial, UAE recorded the second best time, whilst Simone Consonni continued his run of form by finishing second, sixth and seventh respectively in the three sprint stages.
Meanwhile, Ravasi finished fourth in the queen stage of the race, but was hit with a puncture that prevented him from maintaining a podium place in the overall General Classification – eventually finishing fourth.
UAE Team Emirates will be among the teams lining up for the inaugural the Adriatica Ionica Race, a new international race, which gets underway in Italy on Wednesday.
The five-day race has been given 2.1 status by the UCI, features some of the peloton’s best, including Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) and Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors).
One of the men the UAE outfit will be looking to for inspiration and a shot at the yellow jersey is Valerio Conti.
The 26-year-old, who finished fourth in the youth classification at the Giro d’Italia and sixth at the Criterium du Dauphine, will be supported by Darwin Atapuma, Edward Ravisi and Simone Petilli.
Meanwhile, Ben Swift and Simone Consonni, who won the opening stage of the Tour de Slovenie, also gives the team options in the sprint.
Manuele Mori completes the seven-man line-up.
Commenting ahead of the race, Conti said: “I am very motivated; I really want to try to achieve some good results for the team.
“After strenuous efforts in the Giro d’Italia and the Criterium du Dauphine, I’m trying to prepare a balanced approach to the Adriatica Ionica Race, recuperating energy but at the same time maintaining the good form I enjoyed on the roads of Italy and France.
“I’ll see how my legs respond after the first stages and then I’ll consult with the team to consider whether or not there are circumstances in place to vie for the top spots in the general classification, or if it will be better to concentrate on individual stages.”
Wednesday’s stage will be a 23km team time trial from Musile di Piave to Lido di Jesolo.
UAE Team Emirates’ Alexander Kristoff sprinted to third place on Saturday’s eighth stage of the Tour de Suisse.
Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) won the group sprint ahead of Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) and Kristoff, while world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) placed fourth.
Kristoff, who won at Eschborn-Frankfurt and GP du canton d’Argovie earlier this season, secured his first top-five finish of the week after finishing 10th on first stage in Frauenfeld.
The 30-year-old said: “I’m a little upset. (Oliviero) Troia and (Roberto) Ferrari worked well to bring me into the best position.
“In the final metres, he set me up on the wheel of Demare, but when the Frenchman began his sprint, I could not accelerate like I wanted to.”
Richie Porte (BMC Racing) remains at the top of the overall classification ahead of Nairo Quintana (Movistar).
Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) sits in 12th thanks to his consistent work and stage win on Wednesday.
Today’s final stage is a 34.1km time-trial around Bellinzona.