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Lampre-Merida to Coppa Bernocchi and Coppa Agostoni, Etixx-QuickStep to Grand Prix Briek Schotte, Kozonchuk to Gazprom-Rusvelo

Ludvigsson, Geschke to UEC European Championships

Giant-Alpecin will have a handful of riders lining up to start the UEC European Championships at the men's time trial on Thursday and the road race on Sunday.

Swede Tobias Ludvigsson will participate in the 50km time trial, which will take place on a tough and hilly route. The race starts and finishes in Plumelec, France.

For the road race, Johannes Fröhlinger and Simon Geschke will ride for Germany, while Koen de Kort and Sam Oomen will represent the Netherlands and Ludvigsson will ride for Sweden. The men's race will be held on a 236.3km route in the Morbihan region of France and is made up of 17 laps on a 13.9km course.

Tobias Ludvigsson (Giant-Alpecin)

Lampre-Merida to contest Italy's Coppa Bernocchi and Coppa Agostoni

Lampre-Merida announced the upcoming teams for two Italian races: Coppa Bernocchi and Coppa Agostoni on September 14 and 15, respectively. 

Directed by Marco Marzano, the team for Coppa Bernocchi will include Chun Kai Feng, Roberto Ferrari, Sacha Modolo, Przemyslaw Niemiec, Federico Zurlo and the three trainees: Fausto Masnada, Edward Ravasi and Oliviero Troia. The 192km race will be held in Legnano.

The next day, the team will race 199km at the Coppa Agostoni in Lissone. That team will include Modolo, Niemiec and Zurlo, the three trainees.

"The two races are suitable both for sprinters and for fighting riders," Marzano said. "Our team has enough talent for aiming to achieve good results. Modolo is very fast and he can be protagonist, also because he'll rely on the support of the whole team. If the races will become selective, Niemiec and Zurlo will have their opportunity to try to achieve good results.

"We'll fully rely on the three trainees Masnada, Ravasi and Troia, who are top quality riders and will be surely competitive."

Sacha Modolo of Lampre-Merida celebrates on the podium after winning Stage 4 of the 2016 Tour of Turkey

Etixx-QuickStep to Grand Prix Briek Schotte

Etixx-QuickStep will field six riders at the upcoming Grand Prix Briek Schotte, including Iljo Keisse and Guillaume Van Keirsbulck.

The race is set to take place over a 155km course that mixes hills and cobbles. The team will also include neo-pros Rodrigo Contreras and Davide Martinelli, along with Keissea and double winner Van Keirsbulck, as well as trainees Ivan Cortina and František Sisr, who are coming from feeder team Klein Constantia.

Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Etixx-Quick-Step)

Kozonchuk to Gazprom-Rusvelo

RusVelo announced Monday а two-year deal with Dmitry Kozonchuk, taking him through the 2018 season. The Russian rider has been a key domestique on the WorldTour for eight seasons racing for teams Rabobank and Katusha. He also raced for Rusvelo during the 2012 season.

"Gazprom-RusVelo has reached another level since 2012 when I spent a season in RusVelo and I am very happy to sign this deal. Next season will be very intense and I hope that I have an opportunity not only to work on the team leaders, but also a chance for personal victory. There are a lot of young and talented riders in the team and I hope my experience can be useful for them," Kozonchuk said in a team press release.

Dmitrii Kozonchuk (Katusha)

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