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IPT prepares for the Italian appetizer

Now that the world championships are over, the peloton focuses on the final Monument, Il Lombardia (Oct. 8). Before that happens an important cluster of Italian one-day races await designed for the climbers, puncheurs and sprinters.  Especially daunting, some teams are fighting another race to avoid relegation from the WorldTour. Israel-Premier Tech is in the pressure cooker. IPT is currently in free fall and sit in 20th place out of 22 teams. If they are relegated, IPT will have to count on race organizers' wildcard invitations for the Grand Tours, without the certainty of the Tour de France, team sponsors may get cold feet. For the talented laden and points lacking IPT, ultimately, they will have to come up with some timely points in Italy.  "We are here to be protagonists, not spectators. We want to finish this season with good results. Motivation is always an important factor this late in the season and we are highly motivated to fight for victories. We have a strong group

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