Viviani to concentrate on Spring Classics in 2017

Italian combining road and track in 2016 with Rio Olympics in mind

Although he had only just climbed off his bike after helping Italy break a national team pursuit record that had stood for 20 years, Elia Viviani confirmed to Cyclingnews that he already has one eye on the 2017 Classics campaign.

As he warmed-down from Italy’s 3:57.800 effort Viviani said that he would head straight from the UCI Track World Championships in London to Tirreno-Adriatico, swapping national service for his Team Sky duties.

Viviani has a packed schedule in London with the pursuit, scratch race [he finished 12th in the event on Wednesday night – ed.] and the Omnium on his card. Having spent three weeks training on the track before the World Championships, Viviani is conscious that Tirreno-Adriatico is a crucial race in his preparations for Milan-San Remo.

"San Remo is on my programme. From here I go straight to Tirreno and I hope to do really good work there and I absolutely need this after a few weeks on the track," Viviani told Cyclingnews.

With the Olympics in Rio later this year Viviani has had to curb some of his road ambitions this season as he dovetails track and tarmac, and although he has already picked up a road win at the Dubai Tour, he will most likely play a key supporting role in Milan-San Remo this season.

"I can prepare better for this race after the Olympic years and next year is the most important year for me in the Classics. I’m really focused on that. I do San Remo now as I have the condition, but we have two big leaders in [Geraint] Thomas and [Ben] Swift. Last year, Thomas could have won if he had five more seconds on the Poggio. Swift was on the podium before. This year it's not my focus but next year for sure my focus is on the classics."

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