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Patrick Bevin (CCC) übernimmt mit Etappensieg Gesamtführung, Peter Sagan auf Rang 3 im hektischen Zielsprint

Aufgrund extremer Wetterbedingungen entschied sich der Rennveranstalter auch heute die Etappe von Norwood nach Angaston auf 122,1km zu verkürzen. Direkt nach dem Startschuss nutzten drei Fahrer die Chance für einen Angriff und formierten die Fluchtgruppe des Tages. Der Vorsprung der Ausreißer pendelte sich bei etwa zwei Minuten ein, aber sie wurden mit 50km bis zum Ziel vom Feld wieder geschluckt. Nachdem ein darauf folgender Solo-Ausreißversuch scheiterte, fuhr das Peloton gemeinsam in Richtung Angaston. Obwohl die Etappe am Ende ein leicht ansteigendes Profil aufwies, war sie dennoch auf die schnellen Männer zugeschnitten. Allerdings ereignete sich ein Sturz auf dem letzten Kilometer, in dem mehrere Fahrer zu Boden gingen. In einem hektischen reduzierten Sprint zog P. Bevin an Luis Leon Sanchez und den anderen Kontrahenten vorbei und holte sich den Sieg, während der slowakische Meister Peter Sagan auf den dritten Platz sprintete.
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„Trotz des Sturzes im heutigen Finale glaube ich, dass der gestrige Sprint eigentlich gefährlicher war. Heute verlangte die leicht ansteigende Strecke auf den letzten Kilometern gute Beine. Ich war von dem Sturz nicht betroffen aber ich glaube, dass jemand mein Hinterrad im Finale berührte. Nach dem Angriff vom Luis León Sánchez versuchte ich mich an sein Hinterrad zu klemmen, aber Patrick Bevin war einfach zu schnell heute. Die morgige Etappe wird schwieriger sein aber wir werden sehen, was geschehen wird und welche Optionen wir haben werden. Wie ich schon vorher gesagt habe, bin ich hier bei der Tour Down Under um zu trainieren. Wenn ich einen Etappensieg einfahren kann dann wäre das natürlich schön, aber wenn uns das nicht gelingt, mache ich mir keine allzu großen Sorgen darüber.“ – Peter Sagan

„Es war ein heißer Tag heute und es war deshalb eine gute Entscheidung, die Strecke zu verkürzen. Wegen der extremen Wetterbedingungen und Temperaturen von mehr als 40 Grad war es kein leichter Tag. Am Ende kam es zu einem Sprint, in dem Peter Sagan einen sehr guten dritten Platz belegte. Das Team hat ihn wiederum den ganzen Tag gut unterstützt und er hat heute ein gutes Resultat erzielt. Ich glaube, wir können mit seinem dritten Platz sehr zufrieden sein.“ – Steffen Radochla, Sportlicher Leiter
© BORA – hansgrohe
2. Etappe:
1 Patrick Bevin (NZl) CCC Team 3:14:31
2 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal
3 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
4 Danny van Poppel (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
5 Jasper Phlipsen (Bel) UAE Team Emirates
6 Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bahrain-Merida
7 Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep
8 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team
9 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo
10 Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team Sky
11 Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott
12 Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First Pro Cycling
13 Jens Debesschere (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin
14 Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) Groupama-FDJ
15 Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team

Gesamtwertung nach der 2. Etappe:
1 Patrick Bevin (NZl) CCC Team 6:34:03
2 Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:05
3 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal 0:00:09
4 Max Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb
5 Artyom Zakharov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
6 Jason Lea (Aus) UniSA-Australia 0:00:10
7 Michael Storer (Aus) Team Sunweb
8 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:11
9 Jakub Mareczko (Ita) CCC Team
10 Jaime Castrillo (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:12
11 Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bahrain-Merida 0:00:15
12 Jasper Phlipsen (Bel) UAE Team Emirates
13 Danny van Poppel (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
14 Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team Sky
15 Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott

1. Etappe Tour Down Under an Elia Viviani

North Adelaide-Port Adelaide, 129km
Das neue Jahr 2019 beginnt so, wie das alte Jahr aufgehört hatte, Team Deceuninck-QuickStep in Form von Elia Viviani gewinnt den hektischen Massensprint.
Aus deutscher Sicht erfreulich der 2. Platz von Max Walscheid (Team Sunweb) und der 4. Rang von Phil Bauhaus (Team Bahrain-Merida), Peter Sagan (BORAhansgrohe) wurde Achter und der hochgehandelte Lokalmatador Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) nur 23er.
Max Walscheid fuhr einen starken Sprint und sah schon wie der Sieger aus, als Elia Viviani wie aus dem Nichts mit enormer Endgeschwindigkeit auftauchte und ihn noch überholen konnte.
Die erwartete Ausreißergruppe bestand aus 3 Fahrern: Patrick Bevin (CCC Team), Michael Storer (Team Sunweb) and Jason Lea (UniSA-Australia)
Sie sicherten sich Bonussekunden für die Gesamtwertung, Jason Lea das Bergtrikot und Michael Storer das Trikot des besten Jungprofi.

Wegen zu erwartendem starken Wind und Temperaturen von mehr als 40 Grad kam das Extremwetterprotokoll zur Anwendung und die heutige erste Etappe wurde auf 129km verkürzt. Gleich nach dem Startschuss setzte sich eine kleine Ausreißergruppe vom Feld ab und bestimmte lange Zeit das Renngeschehen, aber ihre Bemühungen blieben letztendlich erfolglos und sie wurden nach 2,5 Stunden an der Spitze des Rennens vom Feld eingeholt. Mit noch 15km bis zum Ziel rückte BORA – hansgrohe, zusammen mit den anderen Sprinterteams, an die Spitze des Feldes, und versuchte Peter Sagan in eine gute Ausgangsposition zu bringen. Allerdings konnte keine Mannschaft die Sprintanfahrt richtig kontrollieren. Wie erwartet, endete der Tag in einem Massensprint, den E. Viviani für sich entschied. Bester BORA – hansgrohe Fahrer war der slowakische Meister Peter Sagan, der am Ende des Tages den achten Platz in einem turbulenten Finale belegte.
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„Die Auftaktetappe der Tour Down Under war sehr schnell und am Ende kam es zu einem ziemlich chaotischen Massensprint. Wir hofften natürlich auf ein besseres Ergebnis, aber es ist immer noch sehr früh in der Saison. Ich bin gut in Form und wir werden weiterhin alles daransetzen, gute Resultate einzufahren.“ – Peter Sagan

„Heute hatten wir sehr hohe Temperaturen und es war ein schnelles Rennen. Wie erwartet wurde die Etappe in einem Massensprint entschieden. Auf dem letzten Kilometer rückten alle Sprinterteams nach vorne und Peter Sagan war auch vorne mit dabei. Es gelang ihm heute nicht, den Sieg zu holen aber er kam nach einem hektischen Sprint sicher ins Ziel. Das ganze Team hat heute sehr gut zusammengearbeitet aber leider ging Lukas Pöstlberger in der Verpflegungszone zu Boden. Er wird sich weiteren Untersuchungen unterziehen aber es sieht so aus, als dass er sich nur oberflächliche Verletzungen zugezogen hat.“ – Steffen Radochla, Sportlicher Leiter
© BORA – hansgrohe
1. Etappe:
1 Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep 3:19:47
2 Max Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb
3 Jakub Mareczko (Ita) CCC Team
4 Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bahrain-Merida
5 Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data
6 Jasper Philipsen (Bel) UAE Team Emirates
7 Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team Sky
8 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
9 Danny van Poppel (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
10 Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) Groupama-FDJ

Gesamtwertung:
1 Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep 3:19:37
2 Max Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb 0:00:04
3 Patrick Bevin (NZl) CCC Team 0:00:05
4 Michael Storer (Aus) Team Sunweb
5 Jakub Mareczko (Ita) CCC Team 0:00:06
6 Jason Lea (Aus) UniSA-Australia 0:00:08
7 Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bahrin-Merida 0:00:10
8 Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data
9 Jasper Philipsen (Bel) (UAE Team Emirates)
10 Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team Sky

Amanda Spratt wins 2019 Women’s Tour Down Under

4th stage and final stage:
Bartles Road, 42.5km
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipollini 1:02:38
2 Letizia Paternoster (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
3 Rachele Barbieri (Ita) Bepink
4 Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton Scott
5 Alison Jackson (Can) Team Tibco – Silicon Valley Bank
6 Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women’s Team
7 Paola Andrea Muñoz Grandon (Chi) Swapit Agolico
8 Lauretta Hanson (Aus) Trek-Segafredo
9 Amy Cure (Aus) Specialized Women’s Racing
10 Gracie Elvin (Aus) Mitchelton Scott


Photo by Gerhard Plomitzer/ @plomiphotos / www.plomi.smugmug.com 15.4.2018

General classification# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton Scott 10:27:26
2 Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Mitchelton Scott 0:00:49
3 Rachel Neylan (Aus) Team Unisa-Australia 0:00:53
4 Krista Doebel-Hickok (USA) Rally UHC Cycling 0:00:55
5 Alison Jackson (Can) Team Tibco – Silicon 0:01:08
6 Jaime Gunning (Aus) Specialized Women’s Racing 0:01:09
7 Lauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco – Silicon ank 0:01:34
8 Taryn Heather (Aus) Specialized Women’s 0:01:37
9 Emily Roper (Aus) Team Unisa-Australia 0:01:52
10 Ruth Winder (USA) Trek-Segafredo 0:01:54

Grace Brown wins stage 3 of the Women’s Tour Down Under

Nairne-Stirling, 104.5km

1 Grace Brown (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 3:01:07
2 Ruth Winder (USA) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:02
3 Rachel Neylan (Aus) Team UniSA-Aus
4 Gracie Elvin (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 0:00:04
5 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
6 Letizia Paternoster (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
7 Krista Doebel-Hickok (USA) Rally UHC 0:00:07
8 Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 0:00:09
9 Emily Roper (Aus) Team UniSA-Australia
10 Alison Jackson (Can) Team Tibco-Silicon

Amanda Spratt retains GC lead
1 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 9:24:48
2 Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 0:00:49
3 Krista Doebel-Hickok (USA) Rally UHC 0:00:55
4 Rachel Neylan (Aus) Team UniSA-Australia
5 Jaime Gunning (Aus) Specialized 0:01:09
6 Alison Jackson (Can) Team Tibco-Silicon 0:01:12
7 Lauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco 0:01:34
8 Taryn Heather (Aus) Specialized 0:01:37
9 Emily Roper (Aus) Team UniSA-Australia 0:01:52
10 Ruth Winder (USA) Trek-Segafredo 0:01:54

Amanda Spratt wins 2nd stage of Tour Down Under


Results Stage 2:
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 3:13:20
2 Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 0:00:39
3 Krista Doebel-Hickok (USA) Rally UHC Cycling 0:00:45
4 Rachel Neylan (Aus) Team UniSA-Australia 0:00:50
5 Jaime Gunning (Aus) Specialized Women’s Racing 0:00:53
6 Alison Jackson (Can) Team Tibco – Silicon 0:01:01
7 Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) CCC-Liv 0:01:10
8 Lauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco – Silicon
9 Taryn Heather (Aus) Specialized Women’s Racing 0:01:13
10 Emily Roper (Aus) Team UniSA-Australia 0:01:16

General classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton Scott 6:23:38
2 Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Mitchelton Scott 0:00:43
3 Krista Doebel-Hickok (USA) Rally UHC Cycling 0:00:51
4 Rachel Neylan (Aus) Team Unisa-Australia 0:01:00
5 Jaime Gunning (Aus) Specialized Women’s Racing 0:01:03
6 Alison Jackson (Can) Team Tibco – Silicon 0:01:11
7 Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) CCC-Liv 0:01:20
8 Lauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco – Silicon
9 Taryn Heather (Aus) Specialized Women’s Racing 0:01:23
10 Emily Roper (Aus) Team Unisa-Australia 0:01:46

Paternoster wins stage 1 of the Women’s Tour Down Under

1st flat stage 113km from Hahndorf to Birdwood ended in an expected bunch sprint:

1 Letizia Paternoster (Ita) Trek-Segafredo Women 3:10:28
2 Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
3 Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women’s Team
4 Alison Jackson (Can) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
5 Rachele Barbieri (Ita) BePink
6 Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) CCC-Liv
7 Matilda Raynolds (Aus) Specialized Women’s Racing
8 Rebecca Wiasak (Aus) Team UniSA-Australia
9 Naimh Fisher-Black (NZl) Vantage New Zealand National Team
10 Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipollini

General classification after stage 1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Letizia Paternoster (Ita) Trek-Segafredo Women 3:10:18
2 Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 0:00:02
3 Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipollini 0:00:05
4 Gracie Elvin (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
5 Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women’s Team 0:00:06
6 Alison Jackson (Can) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank 0:00:10
7 Rachele Barbieri (Ita) BePink
8 Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) CCC-Liv
9 Matilda Raynolds (Aus) Specialized Women’s
10 Rebecca Wiasak (Aus) Team UniSA-Australia

Middle East Peace Tour – Cancellation

Cancellation
Middle East Peace Tour
Amman – Petra – Aqaba – Eilat – Mitzpe Ramon – Neve Zohar – Jericho – Jerusalem.

Statement!
Five years ago, we started working on the project Middle East Peace Tour.
A project designed to show sport has the power to change the world (the words of Nelson Mandela).
To build bridges where politics built walls and ditches.
Numerous meetings and discussions with government officials of all parties and the support of the embassies (who always provided us with important advice) and the great cooperation with the communities along the entire route, motivated us even more. The close and intense cooperation has resulted in many friendships with Jordanians, Palestinians and Israelis and the region has become a second home.
It is, therefore, with great regret that we are forced to announce the cancellation of the 2019 Middle East Peace Tour.
The safety of the participants and staff is a top priority. Due to recent developments in the region, this cannot be guaranteed at this time.
With the start date rapidly approaching, we are faced with little alternative.
The belief that sport has the power to change the world lives on within us.

For further Information:
Gerhard Schönbacher
schoenbacher@croc.at
Mobile: +43 676 30 47 584

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Erklärung!
Vor fünf Jahren haben wir begonnen, an dem Projekt Middle East Peace Tour zu arbeiten.
Ein Projekt, das zeigen soll das der Sport die Macht hat, um die Welt zu verändern (die Worte von Nelson Mandela).
Brücken bauen, wo die Politik Mauern und Gräben errichtete.
Zahlreiche Treffen und Gespräche mit Regierungsvertretern aller Parteien und die Unterstützung der Botschaften (die uns immer wichtige Ratschläge erteilten) und die großartige Zusammenarbeit mit den Gemeinden entlang der gesamten Route motivierten uns noch mehr. Die enge und intensive Zusammenarbeit hat zu vielen Freundschaften mit Jordaniern, Palästinensern und Israelis geführt, und die Region ist zu einer zweiten Heimat geworden.
Mit großem Bedauern müssen wir daher die Annullierung der Middle East Peace Tour 2019 bekannt geben.
Die Sicherheit der Teilnehmer und Mitarbeiter hat oberste Priorität. Aufgrund der jüngsten Entwicklungen in der Region kann dies derzeit nicht garantiert werden.
Da sich das Startdatum schnell nähert, haben wir keine andere Alternative.
Der Glaube, dass Sport die Macht hat, die Welt zu verändern, lebt in uns weiter.

Für weitere Informationen kontaktieren sie bitte Gerhard Schönbacher
schoenbacher@croc.at
Mobile: +43 676 30 47 584

THE OFFICIAL ROUTE OF LA VUELTA 19 IS REVEALED IN ALICANTE

The official route for La Vuelta 19 was today announced at the ADDA auditorium in Alicante. The 74th edition of the Spanish race will take place between August 24th and September 15th 2019, setting out from Salinas de Torrevieja and ending in Madrid. With a distance of 3,272.2 km, the competition includes eight uphill finishes, five of which are new. The presentation was attended by representatives from the international peloton, including last year’s podium: Simon Yates, Enric Mas and Miguel Ángel López; but also national cycling stars such as Alejandro Valverde, the new world champion.
On Wednesday December 19th Unipublic announced the route for La Vuelta 19, which will be held between August 24th and September 15th 2019. The Spanish race will start at Salinas de Torrevieja with a team time trial, the first of three stages to take place on the Costa Blanca. Once on its way, the peloton will depart the province of Alicante and head to Valencia, Teruel, Castellón, Tarragona and Barcelona. The general classification will start to take shape during these initial stages, which include several sprints and new uphill finishes that will begin to set the top riders apart.
La Vuelta 19 will experience an initial turning before the first rest day, during one of its queen stages. The spectacular mountain stage in the Principality of Andorra includes a chain of some of the harshest mountain passes in Andorra and a new ascent to Coll d’Engolasters with a 4 km sterrato track link section. The race then crosses the border to France, returning to the Peninsula via Navarre, the Basque Country, Cantabria and Asturias, where it will visit some familiar peaks and also some new ones for this year, such as Santuario del Acebo or Alto de La Cubilla, to the delight of mountain climbers.

During its final week, the race moves to the Central System, alternating between Castile–La Mancha, Castile and León and the Community of Madrid. With a ‘leg-breaking’ final in the Gredos and Guadarrama mountains, traversing La Vuelta’s mythical mountain passes such as La Morcuera, which brought us a heart-stopping finish during La Vuelta 15 when Fabio Aru took the red jersey from Tom Dumoulin during stage 20.
“It’s going to be a hard but very interesting Vuelta, with surprises, intrigue and emotion guaranteed. Short but intense stages, including innovation and new and unprecedented ascents. The Vuelta brand is what it is, and we will never give it up, to the contrary, we seek to strengthen it”, stated Javier Guillén, La Vuelta’s General Manager.

LA ROJA CELEBRATES ITS 10th ANNIVERSARY
The leader’s red jersey celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. In 2010 Vincenzo Nibali became the first winner of the Spanish grand tour to wear the red jersey, which replaced the gold jersey last worn by Alejandro Valverde. “Red is associated with success, passion, and Spain and is now firmly associated with the unparalleled spectacle that is our race”, explained Javier Guillén. The list of riders to have worn the red jersey atop the final podium of La Vuelta includes names such as Fabio Aru, Vicenzo Nibali, Nairo Quintana, Alberto Contador, Chris Froome or Simon Yates, the last to join this select club.
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THE WHITE JERSEY, SPONSORED BY FENÍE ENERGÍA, TO HONOUR THE BEST YOUNG RIDER OF LA VUELTA


Beginning with the race’s 2019 edition, La Vuelta’s white jersey, which thus far has been worn by the leading rider in the combined ranking, will be worn by the best young cyclist in the peloton. The jersey will correspond to the rider aged under 26 that stands in highest place in the overall standings. Until now, there was no specific jersey associated with this placing, although it was recognised with a trophy sponsored by the sports daily AS, La Vuelta’s official newspaper. The sponsor of this new white jersey will now be Feníe Energía, which over the past two years has sponsored the most aggressive rider prize. The combined ranking disappears, although its sponsor – Fertiberia – will continue to be linked to La Vuelta.

Following La Vuelta 18, which was characterized by youth, with the second youngest podium in the race’s history, La Vuelta has decided to strengthen its commitment to the promising riders in the peloton. As with the leaders in other rankings, the best young cyclist will wear a jersey that makes them stand out within the group. La Vuelta is therefore following the example of the Tour de France, whose white jersey for the best young rider has been worn by such famous names such as Alberto Contador, Nairo Quintana and Romain Bardet. La Vuelta first began to honour the best riders under the age of 26 in 2017 with a trophy sponsored by AS, the race’s official newspaper. The two winners of this prize so far have been the Colombian Miguel Ángel López (Astana Pro Team), in 2017, and Spain’s Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors), in 2018.
Feníe Energía, one of La Vuelta’s main sponsors since 2017, thus becomes the first sponsor of La Vuelta’s white jersey. “It is a privilege to clothe the rough diamonds of international cycling. Our jersey will be worn by today’s finest young riders, who will go on to become tomorrow’s stars. The generational handover in this sport is a reality, and we are delighted to be part of it, just as we are part of the regeneration of the energy sector”, said Isabel Reija, Feníe Energía’s CEO.
Feníe Energía, is an independent electricity and gas utility company that has recorded the highest growth in Spain with over 400,000 customers, and it shares La Vuelta’s core values of endeavour and sustainability, as well as youth, as it has only been in business for eight years.
COMBINED RANKING
This new white jersey for the best young rider puts an end to the combined ranking, as it will no longer be part of the in-race prizes. This ranking was based on the criterion of a sustained performance, taking the best cyclists in the overall standing, the mountain, and the table by points. La combinada made their first appearance in La Vuelta in 1970, and the first rider to wear the jersey was the Belgian Guido Reybrouck. From then on, it featured intermittently until it was finally fully reinstated in 2003. The honours board for past winners of this prize include such famous names as Eddy Merckx, Sean Kelly, Tony Rominger, Alejandro Valverde, Alberto Contador, Nairo Quintana and Chris Froome, among others.

Fertiberia has sponsored this jersey since 2008. This Spanish company, a European market leader in the fertilisers and chemical products industry, will continue to be linked to La Vuelta as an official sponsor, and will be actively involved in other areas of the race.

More information about La Vuelta en www.lavuelta.com
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Laura Cueto
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+34 638 95 95 20

NOORD-BRABANT AND UTRECHT WELCOME THE OFFICIAL START OF LA VUELTA 2020

Utrecht and Noord-Brabant will form the course for the official start of La Vuelta together in 2020. Vuelta Director, Javier Guillén, informed the Mayor of Utrecht, Jan van Zanen, of this on Monday and the both made the official announcement today in Utrecht. The team presentation, the start with a team time trial and the finish of the second stage are to be held in Utrecht in August. The second stage will start in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, while the complete third stage will cover the Province of Noord-Brabant, both starting and finishing in Breda.

The municipalities of Breda,‘s-Hertogenbosch and Utrecht, and the provinces of Noord-Brabant and Utrecht have responded enthusiastically to the ultimate allocation of this major cycling event. The provinces and cities involved intend to turn La Vuelta 2020 into a festive occasion, organized both for and by their residents. The provincial and municipal authorities have plans to literally paint the place red, not only along the route of the race, but also in their respective areas.
SALIDA OFICIAL FROM THE NETHERLANDS
The Vuelta Director, Javier Guillén, is looking forward to the ‘Salida Oficial’ in the Netherlands. This will be the second official start of La Vuelta in the Netherlands after Assen 2009 and the fourth time abroad after Lisboa 1987, Assen 2009 and Nîmes 2017. Javier Guillén has every confidence in the successful organization of the event in these cities and provinces. The municipality of Utrecht plays a coordinating role. There is a great passion for cycling in both Utrecht and Noord-Brabant. Both provinces have experience in hosting (major) cycling events. In addition, the cultural-historical ties between Spain and the Netherlands and the topic of sustainability are to serve as the central theme. This was one of the major criteria influencing the management’s decision to award the start of La Vuelta 2020 to Utrecht and North Brabant. The Business Peloton Utrecht (BPU) took the initiative to bring the Vuelta start to the Netherlands. BPU is a business network for Utrecht companies and institutions which have a passion for cycling. BPU initially approached the authorities in Utrecht and Brabant in early 2017.
JOINT FUNDING
Preparations for La Vuelta 2020 will commence on January 1st 2019, with the establishment of a project organization. The five municipal and provincial bodies in question have joined forces to make it possible to host La Vuelta. However, the private sector is also closely involved in funding the event. Furthermore, a grant application will be submitted to the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports.
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Laura Cueto
lcueto@unipublic.es

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