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Ackermann und Buchmann verlängern vorzeitig mit BORA – hansgrohe.

Im Rahmen einer Pressekonferenz während des ersten Team Camps auf Mallorca verkündet BORA – hansgrohe die Verlängerung der beiden deutschen Hoffnungsträger bis Ende 2021. Während für Peter Sagan als erstes Saisonziel einmal mehr die Frühjahrsklassiker auf dem Programm stehen, blickt Maximilian Schachmann voller Vorfreude auf die erste Saison mit dem deutschen WorldTeam unter der Leitung von Ralph Denk.

„Dass es uns so früh gelungen ist, sowohl mit Pascal als auch mit Emanuel eine Einigung zu finden, freut uns natürlich sehr. Wir haben mit den beiden und Maximilian drei herausragende deutsche Talente in unseren Reihen, mit denen wir langfristige Ziele verfolgen. Pascal wird mit dem Giro in der kommenden Saison seine erste Grand Tour in Angriff nehmen, während sich Emanuel 2019 ganz auf die Tour de France konzentrieren kann. Maximilian werden wir genauso behutsam aufbauen, wie uns das schon in den letzten Jahren erfolgreich mit Pascal und Emanuel gelungen ist. Mit Peter verfolgen wir ähnliche Ziele wie in den letzten Jahren. Sein Rennprogramm ist zwar etwas anders als 2018, der Fokus liegt aber wieder auf den Klassikern und der Tour. Wir hatten eine sehr erfolgreiche Saison 2018, aber wir wollen uns weiter verbessern. Wenn wir am Ende wieder ein Monument und das Grüne Trikot bei der Tour holen, können wir sehr zufrieden sein. In dieser Saison möchten wir aber auch endlich zumindest eine der Grand Tours in den Top Fünf der Gesamtwertung beenden. Das hat in den letzten Jahren leider noch nicht geklappt.“ – Ralph Denk, Team Manager

„Ich habe immer schon gesagt, dass es mein großer Traum war bei BORA – hansgrohe Profi zu werden. Ich fühle mich im Team unglaublich wohl, habe hier Freunde gefunden. Wir sind wie eine Familie, und das ist wohl auch die Basis unseres Erfolges. Ralph Denk und Enrico Poitschke haben mir von Anfang an Zeit und Raum zur Entwicklung gegeben. Das ist für einen jungen Fahrer nicht selbstverständlich und dafür bin ich sehr dankbar. Für mich ist es nur logisch, diesen gemeinsamen Weg fortzusetzen. Dass wir nun drei junge deutsche aufstrebende Fahrer in einem deutschen Team sind, ist sicherlich auch ein starkes Zeichen für den deutschen Radsport.“ – Pascal Ackermann

„Es ist natürlich sehr komfortabel schon so früh zu wissen, wie es weiter geht. Damit hat man den Kopf frei, sich auf das Wesentliche zu konzentrieren – den sportlichen Erfolg. Meine erste Leaderrolle bei einer Grand Tour konnte ich leider nicht ganz wie erhofft umsetzen, aber generell war meine Saison sehr gut, und ich habe sicherlich wieder einen Schritt nach vorne Richtung Spitze gemacht. Für 2019 ist die Tour de France mein großes Ziel. Letztes Jahr habe ich diese als 15. beenden können, nächstes Jahr sollen es die Top Ten werden.“ – Emanuel Buchmann

„Es ist wirklich schön zu sehen, wie das Team rund um mich gewachsen ist. Pascal und Emanuel sind große Talente und haben sich sehr gut entwickelt, aber auch viele andere wie Lukas oder Patrick machen einen unglaublich tollen Job. Es macht echt Spaß mit all den Jungs Rennen zu fahren. Für die Klassiker haben wir uns mit Jempy und Oscar weiter gut verstärken können. Ich werde in der kommenden Saison nach Australien auch in Argentinien an den Start gehen, und deshalb meine Saison in Europa etwas später beginnen. Die Ziele bleiben unverändert, Sanremo, Flandern, Roubaix. Aber in diesem Jahr werde ich auch bei Amstel und Lüttich an den Start gehen. Nach den Klassikern werde ich mich einmal mehr auf die Tour de France vorbereiten.“ – Peter Sagan

„Es war immer ein Ziel von mir, einmal in einem deutschen Team zu fahren. Von den anderen Jungs bin ich toll aufgenommen worden, und ich muss sagen, ich bin positiv überrascht, mit welcher Professionalität und Akribie hier gearbeitet wird. Obwohl wir erst Dezember haben, liegt schon viel Arbeit hinter uns. Trainingsplanung, Performance Test, Fittings, viele Kleinigkeiten wurden angepasst und optimiert. Nun gilt es, die Grundlagen auf dem Rad zu schaffen. Mein Rennprogramm sieht sehr gut aus, und ich werde auch immer wieder mal auf eigene Rechnung fahren können. Welche Grand Tour ich 2019 fahre, haben wir noch nicht final entschieden. Ein erster Höhepunkt werden für mich die Ardennenklassiker sein.“ – Maximilian Schachmann
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Team SKY – An open letter to our fans 12 Dec 2018

Sky has announced this morning that its ownership and sponsorship of Team Sky will end on 31 December 2019. So that means next year will be our last year racing as Team Sky.
This news will no doubt come a surprise to many people but, as you may know, there has been a lot of change at Sky recently. It is the start of a new chapter for the company and sometimes it is inevitable that change brings further change with it. That is what has happened here.

Over the past nine seasons, Sky has backed us all the way, enabling us to achieve some amazing results and inspire millions of people to love our sport. We’d like to thank Sky for all of their support, and in particular the opportunity to help Britain become a cycling nation.

First things first, nothing changes for next year. Sky are fully committed to the end of 2019 and together we have ambitious goals for the season. We all want to close the Team Sky story with the strongest possible finish. We are more motivated as a Team than we have ever been.

In terms of the future, we are open minded. If we can find a new long-term partner to take the Team forward into a new era, then we will do so. And we will be doing everything we can to make that happen over the coming weeks and months. Equally, any future partner would have to be the right partner – one who shares our ethos and buys in to our values.

This news has only just been announced; we can’t predict what will happen from 2020 and there are no guarantees. Whatever happens, we will make sure there is clarity one way or the other about the future of the Team before the Tour de France next July.

Finally, a big thank you to all of our fans. You are, and have always been, the people who are the most important to us and who matter the most. It has been our privilege to race for you. We are proud to have written our pages in the history books and created memories that will never fade.

And rest assured we are not done yet by any means. Right now, the Team is at training camp putting in the hard work to get ready for next season. We can’t wait to see you all out on the road in the New Year.
Team SKY

Team Katusha Alpecin Teampresentation Koblenz


Erik Zabel arrives, Marcel Kittel is hungry for results
Team KATUSHA ALPECIN 2019 presented in Koblenz

Six new riders, Erik Zabel on board as performance manager and highly experienced Dirk Demol coming in as a new team director, combined with a deeply motivated Marcel Kittel, marked the team presentation of KATUSHA ALPECIN in Germany on Friday evening.

The 2019 team presentation for KATUSHA ALPECIN took place at the Canyon headquarters in Koblenz, marking the 11th season for the WorldTour squad. With sponsors, journalists, friends and family on hand to kick off the new cycling season, twenty-four riders from 14 countries, including six new riders, were introduced in a multi-media presentation that showed highlights of the past season and shared changes, goals and ambitions for the upcoming year.
Two notable changes include the establishment of the performance department and the hiring of a new head sports director. Team general manager José Azevedo sees both as positive steps in the overall structure of the team.

Azevedo:“Erik Zabel has joined us for 2019. We have created a new department within the team, the performance department and Erik will be the manager of this department. He will be responsible for all performance of riders, as well as materials and will work along with our sponsors to be sure we have the best. He was one of the best riders of his generation, so he also has experience and advice to share with our sprinters.”Working along with the coaches and sports directors, Zabel will analyze training and racing data to stay on top of performance goals.
An enthusiastic Erik Zabel added, “I still believe there is so much potential within this team. Really, there are so many talented riders and I’ve already seen in them the desire to do better and have a winning season. Our main goal in the performance department is to support the riders and help them do better. They understand that they must work harder to achieve the results they know are within reach. We have training camp in Mallorca starting Saturday and the riders will learn their race programs and what their training requirements will be to achieve their goals. I guess you could say I will be monitoring everything in a way it was not handled before, perhaps more strict than in the past, but I feel this is what we need to see results from KATUSHA ALPECIN. Each director will have four or five riders in his ‘group’ and will be in constant communication with the rider so we all stay on the same page. Of course, we also need some good luck next year, but I hope that will not be a main factor as we try for results.”

In the sports director department, GM Azevedo has hired long-time friend and former teammate Dirk Demol to head up the director’s group. Azevedo: “Next year Dirk will be our head sports director. He has so much experience in cycling. He has experience in winning every kind of race, plus he is a person who creates a good team spirit around him and knows how to motivate the riders to make them believe they can achieve results. He will pass on his knowledge to the riders, along with the rest of our very experienced group of directors.”
Dirk Demol, winner of Paris-Roubaix in 1988, looks forward to his work with a new team: “I start my 20th season in the car next year so I can safely say I have a lot of experience. I have a very good history with José Azevedo and I was happy to come to his team to see if I can help. When I look at this group here, there is talent for sure and I’m going to do my best to help them perform again. When I look around, I see so many quality riders, and cycling is my life, so I know what I am seeing. I’m motivated and quite confident that we can see strong results from this group.”
On hand at the team presentation was team founder Mr. Igor Makarov, noting that on December 23 it will be 10-years since the first Team Katusha was launched. Mr. Makarov continues his support of the cycling team, along with other Katusha projects such as Katusha Sports Katusha Travel and Café.

Mr. Makarov: “The political situation around the world is quite different than what it was ten years ago, when we were a Russian team, but now we have turned into a very international team. What is most important always are the people and the relationships you build with people. With that being said, we have a really good team. I am very grateful to Eduard and Roman for joining me in this team as sponsors. I am very proud of this international team.”
Also present was Mr. Eduard Dörrenberg, representing Alpecin in their third year of sponsorship and Roman Arnold of Canyon, who start their eighth season of bike sponsorship for the team and hosted Friday’s event.
Team riders Marcel Kittel and Ilnur Zakarin discussed their hopes for a strong season and will continue in their leadership roles for 2019. Zakarin’s season highlight was completing the Tour de France with a solid ninth place position on the general classification. The promising Russian cycling star hopes for even better results next year.
Zakarin:“This year I will prepare mainly for the Giro, along with some earlier races, such as Abu Dhabi and I will also do multiple stage races. I plan, also, to do two training camps at altitude.”
In addition, German sprinter Marcel Kittel has fought through a tough season to emerge on the other side with an even stronger sense of dedication and focus. I expect this to be a good season and I am looking forward to racing again.
Marcel Kittel: “When things go wrong, it forces you to look at how you do things and where you focus your energy. I am at a point where I am focusing 100% on my training and my races – I realize I need to focus on the basics. I started training early now for next season, I am feeling fresh and motivated to win again.”
With results in 2018 that were not up to the expectations and potential of the team, a re-grouping and re-dedication to the effort is producing much needed enthusiasm for the new season.
Azevedo:“Both Dirk and Erik are good with their communication skills and we know we can do better. Honestly, 2018 was not a good year for us, so we have analyzed our season and made changes that we think will make a difference. Our goal is always to improve the team and learn from past mistakes. I see a stronger team that we’ve been in prior years.”On Saturday the team fly to Mallorca, Spain to begin the first training camp of the season.

KATUSHA ALPECIN for 2019: Enrico Battaglin (ITA), Jenthe Biermans (BEL), Ian Boswell (USA), Steff Cras (BEL), Jens Debusschere (BEL), Alex Dowsett (GB), Matteo Fabbro (ITA), José Gonçalves (POR), Ruben Guerreiro (POR), Nathan Haas (AUS), Marco Haller (AUT), Reto Hollenstein (SUI), Marcel Kittel (GER), Pavel Kochetkov (RUS), Viacheslav Kuznetsov (RUS), Daniel Navarro (SPA), Nils Politt (GER), Simon Špilak

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KATUSHA MEDIA SERVICE
Philippe Maertens
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+32 492 22 78 96
Falk Nier
nier@teamkatushaalpecin.com

Middle East Cycling Tour 2019 – for global peace

Gilberto Simoni & Johnny Hoogerland
to ride MiddleEastCyclingTour

Former champions Gilberto Simoni and Johnny Hoogerland are some of the ex-professional riders to participate in the first MiddleEastCyclingTour from 8 until 14 March 2019.
The MiddleEastCyclingTour is the first cross-border sport event for peace in the world and has been added by the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) in their Cycling for All calendar.

“I am impressed by the project”, said two-time Giro d’Italia winner Gilberto Simoni. “The combination of amateur and hobby cyclists together with professional riders is one thing, the fact that we ride in regions where all people dream of peace makes it unique. All national and local authorities collaborate. Jordan, Palestine Territory and all parts of Israel will give us a warm welcome and will send riders as well. I am thrilled to participate in this event.”

Alongside Simoni, former Dutch national champion Johnny Hoogerland will be one of the participants. “Two years ago, my compatriot and current time trial world champion Annemiek van Vleuten, rode the MiddleEastCyclingTour test event. She enjoyed the stunning scenery and landscapes, the challenging roads, the cultural heritage and the hospitality of the local people. The region has so much to offer, I need to be there”, declared Johnny Hoogerland.

Some 60 riders already registered for the first MiddleEastCyclingTour. Amongst them also former Italian pro rider and Giro d’Italia podium finisher Marzio Bruseghin.
“I am impressed by the project”, said two-time Giro d’Italia winner Gilberto Simoni. “The combination of amateur and hobby cyclists together with professional riders is one thing, the fact that we ride in regions where all people dream of peace makes it unique. All national and local authorities collaborate. Jordan, Palestine Territory and all parts of Israel will give us a warm welcome and will send riders as well. I am thrilled to participate in this event.”

The MiddleEastCyclingTour will start in Jordan with a circuit race in the old City of Amman, followed by stage finishes in the historical city of Petra and Aqaba at the Red Sea. After a rest day in Eilat, the MiddleEastCyclingTour continues with the longest stage to the unique Mitzpe Ramon crater. After a long descent in stage 5, the race will arrive at Neve Zohar at the Dead Sea. On the last day riders travel to Jericho in the Palestinian Territories, where they finish the first half-stage. Part two of that stage goes from Jericho to Jerusalem. MiddleEastCyclingTour stages will be timed with respect for all kind of participants, receiving full mechanical, medical and logistical support in safe circumstances. March offers sunny days and warm temperatures.

Best regards
Philippe Maertens

ARCTIC RACE OF NORWAY 2019

Key points:
 Edition 7 of the Arctic Race of Norway will be held between August 15-18, 2019.
 The Northernmost cycling race in the world will visit the Islands of Lofoten and Vesterålen before finishing at the base of the Nordland ski station in Narvik.
 The race will see the sprinters to battle it out in the first two days. The general classification will be settled during the weekend with an all-new mountain-top finish at Storheia Summit.

The Arctic Race of Norway is a suspense-filled race where the young stars shine each year. In 2018, Dutch rider Mathieu Van Der Poel (Corendon-Circus) won two stages and confirmed all the hopes that have been placed on him on the road. This year again, the fast and powerful riders will get to show their stuff on two weekend stages. Prior to that, the peloton will visit the Lofoten Islands where the sprinters will battle for victory.
For the second time in seven editions, the Arctic Race of Norway will take place on the Lofoten Islands, known around the world for their atypical scenery where the roads run between the mountains and the sea. The town of “Å” will, for the first time, host a stage of the Arctic Race on Thursday, August 15. This small village with such an original name (the final letter in the Norwegian alphabet!) is also called this because it is here where the last inhabitants on the extreme west side of the island live. Over 182 kilometres, the peloton will pass the finish line twice to complete the two loops. Although four classified climbs will be part of the King of the Mountain classification, this won’t inhibit the sprinters from battling for the win at Leknes.

On day two of the race, the riders will, once again, look to both their left and right to admire the stunning Lofoten Islands scenery. Henningsvær is known for having one of the most spectacular football pitches in the world as well as being the start city for stage two, which will finish in Svolvær, and which was featured in the first edition in 2013. The 168.5km-long stage will run along the seafront and will not pose any major difficulties. It will be the ideal finish for sprinters like local hero Alexander Kristoff!
Following the Lofotens, the Arctic Race will change islands to arrive in Vesterålen on Saturday 17 August. This 176.5km-long stage starting in Sortland was designed for the strongest riders with three climbs that will have to be negotiated before the riders take on an all-new ramp at Storheia Summit, in the town of Melbu (3.5kms at 11.8%). A crazy finish similar to the famous “repechos” of the Vuelta a España that will start just a week later and could be of interest to some riders looking for performance on the final big tour of the season. At the highest altitude, the caravan will have the chance to admire the splendid panoramic view at the observation level that reminds one of a certain Mont Ventoux.

The Arctic Race of Norway will return to the mainland for the final stage that has the look of a rollercoaster between L⌀dingen and Narvik. While the start city will be all-new, all the roads of this 4th stage (166.5kms) have already been raced on in the Arctic Race. During this stage, the “Midnight Sun Jersey” of the leader of the general classification and the “Salmon Jersey” of the best climber could switch riders because there will be six climbs, three before the final 10.5km circuit then three others (Skistua Summit: 2.2kms at 6.6%) located on the same circuit where Dylan Teuns took a memorable win in 2017. The Narvik ski station will conclude this 7th edition at the bottom of the slopes. The town is bidding to become the Norwegian candidate to host the 2027 World Alpine Skiing Championships.

Route of the 2019 Arctic Race of Norway:
 Thursday 15th August, stage 1: Å – Leknes, 182kms
 Friday 16th August, stage 2: Henningsvær – Svolvær, 168.5kms
 Saturday 17th August, stage 3: Sortland – Storheia Summit (Melbu), 176.5kms
 Sunday 18th August, stage 4: L⌀dingen – Narvik, 166.5kms

The Arctic Race of Norway shines the spotlight on the stars of tomorrow
A few hours before the arrival of the professionals in the streets of Narvik, the 17 and 18-year old talents coming from all over Norway and five European countries will have their moment in the sun in the Arctic Heroes of Tomorrow Race. This race for junior riders organised jointly with Equinor, the main sponsor of the Arctic Race of Norway, and the Norwegian Cycling Federation, has become the revelatory event of the future stars of the men’s and women’s pelotons in a country whose passion for cycling is well-known. Winner of the first edition of the Arctic Heroes of Tomorrow Race in 2013 in Harstad, Kristoffer Halvorsen won the World Junior Road Race Championship in 2016, before joining the Sky team this season.

Thor Hushovd, World Champion and race ambassador: “This 7th edition of the Arctic Race of Norway will again be spectacular and undecided just until the last day in Narvik. The first two stages will be an open-air show. In 2013 when I won stage 2 at Svolvær, I rode the most beautiful stage of my career on that day. The finishes at Storheia Summit, the «Mont Ventoux» of the Vesterålen Islands and at Narvik will certainly be won by the strongest riders.”
The Arctic Race of Norway is delighted to announce the renewal of its partnerships for the next three years with SpareBank 1 Nord-Norge as Official Partner and Telenor as Official Fan.
Initiated in 2013, the collaboration with SpareBank 1 Nord-Norge contributes to the development of cycling practice by young children. Since 2013, more than 11 000 children have participated in the SNN Mini Arctic Race all across Northern Norway.
Year after year, Telenor invests in the extension of the 4G network all over Northern Norway and therefore contributes to ensuring optimal conditions for TV production and for the spectators’ experience all along the route.

All the informations about Arctic Race of Norway on arctic-race.com/en/

International press contact
Fabrice Tiano
ftiano@aso.fr
+33 633 862 864
Norwegian press contact
Roger Solheim
rs@arctic-race.no
+47 992 26 638

„Vorarlberg Duo“ Geismayr und Amann weiter im Team Vorarlberg Santic – auch Meiler Brüder verlängern ihre Verträge


Mit dem amtierenden MTB Marathon Vize-Weltmeister Daniel Geismayr (29) aus Dornbirn, hat ein echter Vorarlberger seinen Vertrag verlängert und will dort weiterarbeiten wo er in den vergangenen beiden Jahren geackert hat. Die Ziele sind auf die Gesamtwertung der Österreich Rundfahrt ausgerichtet, wie auch bei einigen anderen Rundfahrten und Eintagesrennen. Vor allem wenn es in die langen und steilen Anstiege geht, sollte man Daniel auf der Rechnung haben.

Daniel Geismayr zur bevorstehenden Saison:
„Es taugt mir unheimlich wieder Teil dieses Teams 2019 zu sein und bin motivierter denn je zuvor um an meinen Zielen zu arbeiten, und die Leistungen die ich am MTB bringe auch bei großen Rennen auf der Straße umzusetzen und zu zeigen!“
Sein Landsmann und Team Youngster Dominik Amann (19) aus Hohenems bringt es selbst am besten auf den Punkt:
“Ich freue mich riesig ein weiteres Jahr in diesem professionellen Team zu sein, und hoffe dass ich mich als Athlet wieder einen Schritt weiterentwickeln kann.“

Oberammergauer Brüder Lukas und Martin Meiler wieder mit von der Partie!
Für Lukas Meiler (23) wird 2019 die bereits fünfte Saison im Team Vorarlberg sein. Der frühere Cross Spezialist ist technisch versiert wie kaum ein anderer im Team. Auch die Leistungskurve hat sich kontinuierlich nach oben orientiert und gesteigert. Und genau hier möchte Lukas im kommenden Jahr ansetzen – Verantwortung übernehmen, dann folgen die logischen Resultate und Erfolge!
In diese Kerbe schlägt auch der sprintfeste Bruder Martin Meiler (20). „Fürs kommende Jahr nehme ich mir vor mich weiter zu steigern. Vor allem im Sprintbereich möchte ich meine Qualitäten weiter entwickeln und das ein oder andere gute Ergebnis einfahren. Ich freue mich darauf von den anderen zu lernen und viele weitere Erfahrungen sammeln zu können!“

Kaden Groves sprints to final stage victory


Ilya Davidenok wins the seventh Tour of Fuzhou overall.

18th November, 2018 – Yongtai, Fujian, China: Australia’s Kaden Groves of Mitchelton-BikeExchange claimed Stage 5 of the 7th Tour of Fuzhou in a much anticipated sprint finish. He beat China’s Zhang Zheng who created another surprise for the Hengxiang Cycling Team and Jasper Frahm of the German national team after the peloton caught the 9-man breakaway that included Eritrea’s Yakob Debesay, the rider lying fourth on GC with a deficit of 52 seconds. Kazakhstani Ilya Davidenok of Beijing XDS-Innova is the Tour of Fuzhou’s overall winner in Yongtai, ahead of Benjamin Dyball of St George and Lyu Xianjing, also from the Hengxiang Cycling Team. The latter remains the big sensation of the 2018 edition of the year’s final professional bike race, worldwide.
Stage 5 winner Kaden Groves said: “I was quite disappointed with second on Stage 2. I knew I was coming here with good legs. This Tour of Fuzhou being my last race of the year, I couldn’t have asked for any more than winning the last stage. I got hung up on the bridge in a crash. Once I clipped in, my team-mate Sam Jenner did most of my pacemaking to move back up to the front. Coming out of a technical finish with 1km to go, with the fast downhill, at 350 metres to go, I had good legs so I overtook the Germans. I had a big chain ring on today for the downhill finish. I’m delighted to have made it.”
Overall winner Ilya Davidenok said: “I am very, very happy. This is my second win in my career. My team gave their maximum today to save my jersey. We caught the Eritrean rider number 92 [breakaway rider Yakob Debesay]. For my team, winning the Tour of Fuzhou is the maximum.”
Statistic of the day
With Kaden Groves winning Stage 5, Australia becomes the nation with the second most stage wins at the Tour of Fuzhou. Out of 27 stages contested up to date, Iran leads the tally with 5, Australia has 4 (Stage 1 with Scott Sunderland in 2015, Stage 3 with Groves and Stage 4 with Jai Hindley in 2017 before this one); the Czech Republic following with 3.
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Stage 4 of the 7th Tour of Fuzhou


Kononenko and Davidenok deliver for Beijing XDS

Top 3 overall confirmed at Da Yang Town.
17th November, 2018 – Da Yang, Fujian, China: The 2015 Ukrainian national champion Mykhaylo Kononenko of Beijing XDS-Innova claimed Stage 4 of the 7th Tour of Fuzhou after he rode away solo 4km before the unprecedented finish in Da Yang. He escaped from a group of 13 riders formed after a number of attacks in the 10km long false flat uphill leading to the final 10km of the stage. In turn, third placed Lyu Xianjing from Hengxiang Cycling Team and runner up Ben Dyball of St George tried to put the race leader Ilya Davidenok in difficulty but the Kazakhstani – who also rides for Beijing XDS-Innova – managed to hold on to the yellow jersey on the penultimate stage in Yongtai.
Stage 4 winner Mykhaylo Kononenko said: “I’m very happy with this victory. Our priority was to protect the yellow jersey of my companion [Ilya Davidenok] but once that was done, I saw a gap and I went for the stage win. This attack also helped me move from tenth to eighth on GC, so it’s a perfect day.”
Statistic of the day
The 2018 Tour of Fuzhou is the 27th stage race contested in China by Mykhaylo Kononenko since the 2007 Tour of Hainan. He won the Tour of Qinghai Lake overall in 2014 after Ilya Davidenok was disqualified. This is his second victory at the Tour of Fuzhou after Stage 1 in 2017.
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Ilya Davidenok takes the overall lead from Lyu Xianjing.


16th November, 2018 – Liang Jiang, Fujian, China: Dutchman Ivar Slik of the Monkey Town team was the third rider to claim his maiden pro victory in three days of racing at the 2018 Tour of Fuzhou, following the examples set by Chinese sensation Lyu Xianjing and Germany’s Leon Rohde. He gave it all for the stage win along with his two breakaway companions Ilya Davidenok of Beijing XDS-Innova and Ben Dyball of St-George who moved up to first and second places, respectively, on GC. Lyu bravely defended his overall lead in a rain soaked day in Liang Jiang but missed out on bringing the main group across by 15 seconds in the thrilling finale of a short but demanding stage.

Stage 3 winner Ivar Slik said: “I’m very happy to get a pro win here. I looked at the stage profiles before the Tour of Fuzhou and I thought this Friday’s stage was my chance. It was a hilly one but not too hilly. I took it a little bit easy yesterday and the day before to be able to go full gas today.
“I felt really good in the first climb. I reached the top in the first ten riders I think. In the descent, I got a gap with two strong competitors. We decided to ride full gas to the finish and see how far we’d come. We rode strongly on the flat with one minute lead at the bottom of the last climb. One guy [Ben Dyball] from the peloton came across and the third guy [Stanislau Bazhkou] of the early breakaway dropped, so we were three again. I was up there with two GC riders and I was not up on GC anymore so my goal was the stage win, and they did a good job for the GC. I could easily take the win in the sprint.”
Statistic of the day
Ivar Slik is the first Dutchman to win a stage at the Tour of Fuzhou. His compatriots Jasper Ockeloen and Peter Schulting, also riding for Monkey Town – previously known as Parkhotel Valkenburg – achieved the final podium in 2015 and 2016 respectively.
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Leon Rohde takes the fast track


German team pursuit specialist beats Australian sprinters in Qinjiang Manchu Village.

15th November, 2018 – Qinjiang Manchu Village, Fujian, China: Leon Rohde, 23, who is part of the German national team mostly for track meets, imposed himself for the first time in an international road race. His victory comes the day after the win for 20-year-old Chinese mountain biker Lyu Xianjing took his maiden road race victory on a hilltop finish. Today Rohde outsprinted Stage 2 favourite Kaden Groves of Mitchelton-BikeExchange in Qinjiang Manchu Village while the other Australian young gun, Toby Orchard (Australian Cycling Academy), went down. Lyu retained the overall lead after Hengxiang Cycling Team controlled the race all the way on the shores of the South China Sea.

Stage 2 winner Leon Rohde said: “It’s perfect for me. I had a hard season. I changed team and now I prepare mostly for track cycling. I’m at the peak of my shape now in the middle of the track season. I’m super fit and my team-mates are too. I got a very strong lead out. Because the roads were wide and the wind not too strong, we decided to wait as long as we could. A train of five guys was set in front of me with 2.5km to go. It worked well. We were so explosive that nobody could hold our wheels. At 200m to go, it was my time to open my sprint. I saw somebody coming on my right side but I got it just.”
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Leon Rohde is the first German to cross the finishing line in first place on a stage at the Tour of Fuzhou since its inception in 2012. His compatriot Tino Thömel was eventually awarded the victory on Stage 3 in 2015 after the disqualification of Italy’s Mattia Gavazzi.
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Lyu Xianjing takes historic maiden victory


20-year-old Chinese mountain biker-turned-road-racer leads Tour of Fuzhou.

14th November, 2018 – Ku Liang, Fuzhou, China: Following his impressive fifth place overall in the Tour of Hainan, Lyu Xianjing of the Hengxiang Cycling Team – directed by China’s first ever WorldTour rider, Li Fuyu – took the first road race stage victory of his career. Lyu Xianjing outsprinted Kazakhstan’s Ilya Davidenok, Hanibal Tesfay of the Eritrean national team and Australia’s Ben Dyball atop the 10km long climb to Kuliang on Stage 1 of the 2018 Tour of Fuzhou. This is only the second international road race for the 20-year-old cross-country mountain bike specialist from the Yunnan province. He leads the Tour of Fuzhou by four seconds with four stages remaining.

After the finish, stage winner Lyu Xianjing said: “I’m very happy to win here today. My hard training and the experience I gained in my previous road race [the Tour of Hainan] have paid off. I had climbed to Kuliang before so I was confident in doing something good in this stage but I had no idea about the strength of my opponents. It was hard to evaluate the attacks of the other riders. I’m still new in the game. But today’s performance doesn’t mean I’ve reached the maximum of my capacities yet. I will continue to try and do my best in the next four stages.”

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In seven editions and 23 stages of the Tour of Fuzhou contested so far, Lyu Xianjing is the second Chinese stage winner after Zhao Jingbiao, also from the Hengxiang team, who claimed Stage 3 to Jinzhou in 2016. Hong Kong’s Choi Ki Ho won the first edition overall and Stage 2 in 2012.
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