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Thüringen entdecken: Anmeldestart zur Jedermann Tour 2019

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In sechs Monaten ist es soweit: Am 1. September fällt der Startschuss zur Jedermann Tour – dem Rennen für Hobbyradsportler im Rahmen der Deutschland Tour. In diesem Jahr werden 3.000 Teilnehmer erwartet, um die beiden Strecken mit Start und Ziel in Erfurt zu erleben.
Ab Freitag, den 1. März um 12:00 Uhr, ist die Anmeldung unter
www.Deutschland-Tour.com/Jedermann freigeschaltet.
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Zwei Strecken durch Thüringen

Nur wenige Stunden bevor die Profis am 1. September vor jubelnden Zuschauern fahren, können auch die Hobbyradsportler Deutschland Tour-Atmosphäre und Thüringer Sportbegeisterung genießen. Dafür stehen zwei Strecken zur Verfügung, auf denen die Jedermänner den Profi-Kurs bereits am Vormittag des Schlusstages der Deutschland Tour genießen können. Die kürzere Strecke über 52 Kilometer führt am Fuße des Thüringer Waldes entlang und die anspruchsvolle Schleife über 105 Kilometer beinhaltet einen Anstieg im Thüringer Wald. Egal für welche Distanz die Entscheidung fällt, alle Teilnehmer der Jedermann Tour starten auf dem Erfurter Domplatz. Die malerische Kulisse des Erfurter Doms und der Severikirche gibt einen Vorgeschmack auf einen erlebnisreichen Rennrad-Tag. (Bild: ©RSCP_FrankHeinen)
Dem Verlauf der Gera folgend, verlassen die Radsportler die Landeshauptstadt in Richtung Süden. Durch das ehemalige Trainingsgebiet und die Heimat des Sprintstars Marcel Kittel geht es für die Fahrer der kurzen Strecke über 52 Kilometer und leicht wellige 500 Höhenmeter in einer Runde wieder zurück zum Ziel in Erfurt. Auch in diesem Jahr steht die kleine Runde nicht nur Rennradfahrern, sondern auch für Ausfahrten auf dem Tandem und gemütliches Radeln ohne Zeitmessung offen.
Die ambitionierten Fahrer der langen Strecke fahren weiter südlich in Richtung des Thüringer Waldes. Stetig bergauf geht es für sie in Richtung Oberhof. Die letzten 5 Kilometer vor dem Wintersportort haben es in sich. Ein Anstieg mit Steigungen von bis zu 10% muss erklommen werden. Hier, auf 800 Metern, befindet sich das Dach der diesjährigen Jedermann Tour. Die Kletter-Anstrengung lohnt sich, denn die Hobbysportler werden mit einem tollen Thüringer Rundblick belohnt. Hinzu kommt die Aussicht auf Final-Stimmung, denn die zweite Hälfte des langen Kurses verläuft auf den letzten 50 Kilometern der Profistrecke bis zum Ziel an der ega – dem Erfurter Garten- und Freizeitpark. Hier angekommen, haben die Teilnehmer des längeren Kurses sogar 1.200 Höhenmeter in den Beinen.
Frühbucher-Vorteile und Profi-Service
Die Jedermann Tour ist als sorgenfreies Fahrrad-Fest hoch professionell organisiert. Am 1. September sind die Straßen der Jedermann Tour komplett für den Autoverkehr gesperrt. Dazu gibt es eine große Pasta Party am Vorabend, professionelle Verpflegung und Materialservice im Rennen sowie ein einmaliges Profi-Erlebnis inklusive Zieldurchfahrt. Als Höhepunkt erhält jeder Teilnehmer ein hochwertiges Geschenk: ein kostenfreies Trikot in Profi-Qualität und im Design der Deutschland Tour von Santini Cycling Wear, dem offiziellen Ausstatter der Rundfahrt.
Bis Ende April profitieren alle Frühbucher auf www.Deutschland-Tour.com/Jedermann von einem speziellen Angebot, mit dem der Start an der Jedermann Tour bereits ab 65 Euro möglich ist.
Pressebüro Deutschland Tour | FlessnerSchmitz GmbH | Sandra Schmitz
www.cycling-pr.com | +49 160 973 89898 | sandra@flessnerschmitz.com

Paris-Nice 2019: The big moves

Key points:
 From this coming 10 to 17 March, edition 77 of Paris-Nice will kick-off the major European stage race season. Sticking to tradition from the Yvelines Department to the French Riviera, the opening stages promise high-intensity sprints with a battle of generations between Mark Cavendish, Caleb Ewan, André Greipel and Alexander Kristoff.
 Excluding an unforeseen surprise, the decisive stages begin on day six, with a 25-kilometre time trial, followed by a weekend reserved for the climbers. The battle to come on top on the Col de Turini pass will be between a Columbian armada, led most notably by Nairo Quintana as well as Egan Bernal, and Richie Porte, Simon Yates, defending Paris-Nice champion Marc Soler and Romain Bardet.
This is the start of the season for everyone. Whether they are a sprinter, rouleur, climber or team mate, the serious business gets underway with Paris-Nice, the first WorldTour stage race of the year contested on European soil. For this race that sparks the conversations among the prognosticators, the roles seem straight forward where it will be the sprinters in the spotlight for the first day of action in the affluent Parisian suburb of Saint-Germain-en-Laye. And even though a similar scenario will be expected the following day in Bellegarde and then the day after that in Moulins, there will not be enough flower bouquets to go around for all the world-class sprinters that will line up at the start. In addition to Arnaud Démare, Dylan Groenewegen, John Degenkolb, Michael Matthews, Sam Bennett, Sonny Colbrelli, André Greipel and Alexander Kristoff who have all enjoyed success on Paris-Nice, the aforementioned sprint finals have peaked the interest of Mark Cavendish, who will make his debut in the race as will Caleb Ewan, and French riders Christophe Laporte and Bryan Coquard who will all pose a serious threat in these sprints. Only the strongest among them will be concerned about the finish at Pélussin whose surroundings could inspire attackers at the half-distance point of the race but also create a first selection among the favourites. Whoever is the big winner in this series of races, these riders will have a small chance to battle again at Brignoles if they manage to spoil the illusions of the breakaway specialists, but more surely, they will battle again a few days later in San Remo. And an entirely different strategy will take over after the Barbentane individual time-trial.

If Paris-Nice had to be raced in a national team format, Columbia would have the strongest line-up with six of its ten representatives on the provisional entry list from Nairo Quintana, to Esteban Chaves, Miguel Ángel López, Egan Bernal, Sergio Henao and Rigoberto Urán all are credible candidates for the overall victory. They will not necessarily be the fastest on the 25km time-trial on the outskirts of Avignon, where Richie Porte, Michal Kwiatkowski and Bob Jungels should feel right at home. However, they will be expected to star on the marquee stage, and its mountain finish on the Col de Turini, where it will be a nearly 15km long battle royal among the climbers that will include defending Paris-Nice champion Marc Soler, as well as Simon Yates, Romain Bardet, Domenico Pozzovivo, Ilnur Zakarin, Pierre Rolland, Warren Barguil or Lilian Calmejane. It will be when they reach the summit that they will know if they still have a chance for the win at the conclusion of the Nice stage on Sunday. Every one of them knows it is going to be a nail biter!

23 teams, the main participants (as of 26/02)
Australia
Michelton-Scott: Chaves (Col), S.Yates (Gbr), Trentin (Ita)
Bahrain
Bahrain-Merida: Pozzovivo, Colbrelli (Ita), Teuns (Bel)
Belgium
Deuceninck-Quick-Step: Jungels (Lux), Gilbert (Bel), Jakobsen (Nld)
Lotto-Soudal: Ewan (Aus), De Gendt (Bel)
France
AG2R La Mondiale: Bardet, Gallopin (Fra), Naesen (Bel)
Groupama-FDJ: Démare, Molard (Fra)
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits: Laporte, Edet (Fra)
Direct Energie: Calmejane (Fra), Terpstra (Nld)
Team Arkea-Samsic: Barguil (Fra), Greipel (Deu)
Delko Marseille Provence: Navardauskas, Siskevicius (Ltu)
Vital Concept-B&B Hotels: Rolland, Coquard, Gautier, Vichot (Fra)
Germany
Team Sunweb: Matthews (Aus), Kelderman (Nld)
Bora-Hansgrohe: S.Bennett (Irl), Grossschartner (Aut)
Great Britain
Team Sky: Bernal (Col), Kwiatkowski (Pol)
Kazakhstan
Astana Pro Team: Lopez (Col), I.Izagirre, G.Izagirre, LL.Sánchez (Esp), Cort Nielsen (Dnk)
Netherlands
Team Jumbo-Visma: Groenewegen (Nld), G.Bennett (Nzl)
Poland
CCC Team: De Marchi (Ita), Ten Dam (Nld)
South Africa
Team Dimension Data: Cavendish (Gbr), Boasson Hagen (Nor)
Spain
Movistar Team: Soler (Esp), Quintana, Anacona (Col)
Switzerland
Team Katusha Alpecin: Zakarin (Rus)
United Arab Emirates
UAE Team Emirates: Henao (Col), Kristoff (Nor)
USA
Trek-Segafredo: Porte (Aus), Degenkolb (Ger), Pantano (Col)
EF Education First: Urán, Martínez (Col), Van Garderen (Usa)

PARIS-NICE CHALLENGE
After three superb initial editions, Paris-Nice Challenge will be back on Saturday 16th March, the day before the professionals reach the race’s finish. This cyclo-sportive that winds through the countryside around Nice is the first major event of the season. It offers amateur cyclists the opportunity of riding along the same route as the last stage of Paris-Nice, just 24 hours before the professional pack.
Information and registration on timeto.com and www.parisnicechallenge.com
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Tour de France 2021 – Grand Depart Copenhagen

Key points:
 Denmark will become the tenth country to host the Grand Départ of the Tour de France in 2021. The first three stages of the 108th edition of the race will take place in Copenhagen and the southern part of the country.
 A hundred years after the inaugural edition of the (amateur) World Cycling Championships and a decade after hosting the Worlds for the sixth time, the Danish capital and most bicycle-friendly city in the world will set the scene for the most famous cycling race on Earth.

Copenhagen is home to more bicycles than people. The city that has integrated cycling into its daily life better than any other place in the world is a natural fit for the biggest cycling race on Earth. The Tour de France will head to Denmark in 2021 for the northernmost Grand Départ yet. A time trial through the heart of the Danish capital will kick off the race’s Nordic adventure. The next stage will give riders and viewers alike the opportunity to discover the island of Zealand and take the 18 km Great Belt Bridge that will take them to Nyborg on the island of Funen. The visit to Denmark will come to an end on the Jutland peninsula on the mainland with a sprinter-friendly romp between Vejle and Sønderborg. A generation of riders such as Michael Valgren, Søren Kragh Andersen, Mads Pedersen and Magnus Cort Nielsen will fight for their chance on home turf.

Danish stages of the 2021 Tour de France:
Stage 1: Copenhagen (ITT), 13 km
Stage 2: Roskilde > Nyborg, 190 km
Stage 3: Vejle > Sønderborg, 170 km

Lars Løkke Rasmussen: „I am both very happy and very proud that the Tour de France is coming to Denmark. Denmark is one of the greatest cycling nations in the world, so to be able to welcome the best bike riders in the world and host the world’s most iconic cycling race is an honour and a privilege. The Danes are more than ready to host one of the greatest sporting events in the world. I really look forward to the summer of 2021″.
Franck Jensen: “It is a tremendous honour for Copenhagen to host the Grand Départ of the Tour de France in 2021: the best cycling city in the world welcomes the greatest cycling race in the world. The Grand Départ in 2021 will be the biggest sport event in Denmark ever. We will use this unique opportunity to celebrate the Tour de France and our unique bicycle culture with the rest of the world.“
Rasmus Jarlov: „I am very excited about getting the Tour de France to Denmark. This will be a huge celebration for all of Denmark and for cycling fans all over the world. And it will be a great opportunity for us to show to the world what Denmark has to offer in terms of beautiful scenery, historic sights, our unique cycling culture, our life style, smart city solutions and so much more. It is an amazing branding opportunity for Denmark and I very much look forward to July 2021.“
Christian Prudhomme: „The Tour de France is the biggest cycling race on Earth, but we still have much to learn! The Danes set an outstanding example by making bicycles their leading means of transport in urban areas. In Copenhagen, we will meet fans who acclaim the champions of world cycling. The energy that supporters and curious locals will channel to riders, followers and viewers of the Tour will most assuredly be a great source of inspiration to succeed in our greatest challenge: seeing the future on a bike.“
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LA VUELTA 20 – THREE STAGES AND 410 KM IN THE NETHERLANDS

In August 2020 La Vuelta will held its 85th edition. For that special occasion, the Spanish Grand Tour will start with three stages and 410 km in The Netherlands, through the provinces of Utrecht and North Brabant. No less than 34 Dutch municipalities will be visited in three days. The cities (Utrecht, ’s-Hertogenbosch, Breda) and provinces (Utrecht, North Brabant) involved in organising the event presented the routes of this major international event today in the monumental church of Breda.
THREE CHALLENGING STAGES

STAGE 1 | T.T.T | 23.7 KM
The first stage will start on Friday evening. The riders in the team time trial will race through the streets of Utrecht. Starting at the Jaarbeurs then cycle eastwards through the city Centre. After a technical first part of the circuit they ride alongside the Singel on the Maliebaan, the oldest cycle path in the Netherlands. The route then heads at full tilt for Overvecht, where the teams make a loop towards Leidsche Rijn. A great opportunity for spectators to see their cycling heroes racing past twice. After leaving the new Leidsche Rijn Centre the teams race to the finish. From the fly-over they will hold a full-on team sprint until they cross the line at the Jaarbeursplein. Utrecht will therefore become the first city to host the official start of the three Grand Tours.
STAGE 2 | 183 KM
The second stage will start on Saturday morning is the beautiful historic centre of ’s-Hertogenbosch. The decor for the first part of this stage is formed by the Zuiderwaterlinie, the Dutch military defensive line dating from the 16th and 17th centuries. After crossing the big rivers the peloton will head at full speed to the Grebbeberg, where the first mountain points of La Vuelta 2020 can be earned. The riders follow their route over the hilly ridge known as the Utrechtse Heuvelrug, with stunning views of the various country estates and castles, as they head for Amersfoort. After a loop through the city of Utrecht, they will sprint to the finish line at the Utrecht Science Park.
STAGE 3 | 194 KM
During the last stage on Dutch soil the spotlight is on the landscape of West Brabant. After the start on Sunday at Breda’s historic castle the peloton will tour through the province. In doing so the riders will come face to face with the Brabantse Wal; the characteristic landscape of West Brabant. They will cycle through the birthplace of sport cycling in the Netherlands, places like St. Willebord, Alphen Chaam and Hoogerheide (known for the cyclocross competitions). After 194 kilometres the peloton races back through Breda for its last few metres in the Netherlands. The finish line is in front of the Chassé theatre; then we will know the winner of the third stage.

The team presentation will be held on the Thursday evening prior to the weekend of the competition, in the newly rebuilt Vredenburg in Utrecht’s city centre.

SPANISH FIESTA
Now that the routes are known the organisation behind La Vuelta Holanda can get to work on the details of the event. The themes involved will be: celebration, healthy urban living and sustainability. The event will benefit from extra experiences in the form of a variety of activities put on by and for residents, clubs, organisations, partners, businesses and institutions. As Mayor Paul Depla of Breda put it yesterday: „We will make the Vuelta 20 into one big party for the cities and the regions. Not just along the circuit itself, but also in the run up to the start of the Vuelta, the cities and provinces will be coloured red“.
In the same line the CEO of La Vuelta, Javier Guillén, highlighted that the Spanish round will celebrate a special anniversary : « La Vuelta 20 will be the 75th edition of our cycling Tour so we wanted a special start. We could, with the Netherlands as a cycling country and Utrecht as a starting place (first city in the world that hosts all three major cycling tours), give the Vuelta a unique touch ».
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Eschborn-Frankfurt 2019: Radklassiker entscheidet sich auf neuer Mainschleife


• Taunus-Ikonen im Zentrum des Radsportfeiertages am 1. Mai
• Neue Mainschleife und längere Zielgerade führen an die Alte Oper
• ARD berichtet nach über 10 Jahren wieder live vom Radklassiker
• Rekord-Zwischenstand bei Anmeldungen für die ŠKODA Velotour
Die 58. Ausgabe von Eschborn-Frankfurt bietet den Profis einen gewohnt selektiven Kurs durch den Taunus. Das WorldTour-Rennen steht in einer Reihe mit den großen Frühjahrsklassikern im internationalen Radsportkalender. Nur drei Tage nach dem Ardennenmonument Lüttich-Bastogne-Lüttich können sich die Profis auch am 1. Mai auf Herausforderungen freuen. 187,5 Kilometer lang und mit 3.222 Höhenmetern gespickt, wird der Radklassiker seinem Namen erneut gerecht. Die im letzten Jahr neu gestaltete Taunusrunde hat sich bewährt und wird dieses Jahr in leicht geänderter Abfolge gefahren. Zusätzlich zum Feldberg, führt das Rennen wieder viermal über den Mammolshainer Stich sowie zweimal über den Ruppertshainer Anstieg und einmal über die Billtalhöhe. 2018 war das traditionsreichste deutsche Eintagesrennen von vielen Attacken geprägt und sein Ausgang bis zum Finale sehr offen. Grund genug, die Taunus-Ikonen und ihren einzigartigen Klassiker-Charakter beizubehalten.

„2018 war eine der spannendsten Austragungen von Eschborn-Frankfurt. Das Streckenkonzept ist voll aufgegangen. Das Terrain im Taunus lädt geradezu ein, das Rennen schwer zu machen und genau das haben die großen Favoriten mit ihren Teams getan. Die neue Taunusrunde hat sich bewiesen, denn erst auf den letzten drei Kilometern in Frankfurt wurden die Ausreißer eingeholt. Diese Spannung wollen wir den Zuschauern auch in 2019 bieten“, beschreibt Fabian Wegmann, zweifacher Gewinner und jetzt Berater für Sport, Rennstrecke und Sicherheit des Elite-Rennens, den Charakter von Eschborn-Frankfurt.

Die Rennentscheidung beim Radklassiker fällt in diesem Jahr auf einer neuen Mainschleife in Frankfurt. Von Eschborn kommend, erreichen die Elitefahrer die Mainmetrople und überqueren auf der Untermainbrücke den Main. Direkt am Fluss geht es über den Schaumainkai bis zur Alten Brücke und auf der anderen Flussseite mit Blick auf die Frankfurter Skyline wieder zurück. Nach der Passage zwischen Römer und Eiserner Steg erreichen die Profis die Neue Mainzer Straße. Über den Grüneburgweg biegen die Fahrer auf den Reuterweg und fahren Richtung Ziel an der Alten Oper. Die neue Zielrunde ist 6,5 Kilometer lang und wird zweieinhalbmal befahren.
Fabian Wegmann: „Bei jedem Radrennen gilt: die ideale Zielanfahrt ist für die Profis sicher und für die Zuschauer spannend. Durch die neue Streckenführung vor der Alten Oper liegt die letzte Kurve nun 500 Meter vor dem Zielstrich. Damit wird die Zielgerade des Radklassikers ab sofort übersichtlicher und länger. Das freut die Fahrer genauso, wie die Besucher an der Strecke und die TV-Zuschauer.“

Bereits im letzten Jahr war der Radklassiker auf 5 Kontinenten in 190 Ländern im Fernsehen zu sehen. In diesem Jahr kommt nun auch ganz Deutschland in den Genuss der TV-Übertragung von Eschborn-Frankfurt. Der Hessische Rundfunk überträgt am 1. Mai mit einem umfassenden Programm vom Start bis zum Ziel. Zusätzlich wird das Signal ab 14:45 Uhr in der ARD live ausgestrahlt. Damit werden hunderttausende neue Zuschauer die spannende Schlussphase und die Entscheidung des Profirennens im Fernsehen mitverfolgen. Zuletzt fand 2007 eine Live-Übertragung des Radsportfeiertags in der ARD statt.
„Die Entscheidung der ARD unterstreicht den Erfolg des Radklassikers. Jetzt können wir die große Begeisterung aus Eschborn, Frankfurt und dem Taunus zu allen deutschen Radsportfans transportieren. Da passt es sehr gut, dass pünktlich zur dritten Überquerung des Mammolshainer Stichs die ARD-Übertragung startet. Dank der Stimmung an der Strecke ist gerade der Mammolshainer zu einer Ikone, einem wahren Radklassiker-Hotspot, geworden“, freut sich Claude Rach, Geschäftsführer der Gesellschaft zur Förderung des Radsports, auf den 1. Mai.
General Manager Claude Rach
Zwischen den Namensgebern Eschborn und Frankfurt lockt der Taunus hunderttausende Besucher am 1. Mai an die Strecke. Die Fans in der Stadt Oberursel (Taunus), der Gemeinde Sulzbach (Taunus), in der Stadt Schwalbach am Taunus und der Stadt Kronberg im Taunus sorgen bei Hobbyradsportlern und Profis für Gänsehautmomente. In Oberursel (Taunus) kommen nicht nur durch das Kopfsteinpflaster der Innenstadt große Klassikergefühle auf. Vor allem die Fans bieten allen Radsportlern, von den Hobbysportlern bei der ŠKODA Velotour bis zu den Profis, mit dem großen Streckenfest ein Vorgeschmack auf die Taunus-Atmosphäre. Nach dem Bezwingen des Feldbergs und dem ersten Anstieg in Ruppertshain passiert das Elitefeld Sulzbach (Taunus) und Schwalbach am Taunus – zwei weitere Gemeinden aus dem Team Taunus. Vorher haben sich bereits die U23-Fahrer und Teilnehmer der langen ŠKODA Velotour-Distanzen hier ihren Applaus abgeholt. Zum Ende der Taunusrunden geht es vom Mammolshainer Stich nach Kronberg im Taunus – für alle Radsportler am 1. Mai der Auftakt für das große Finale.
Nathanael Bank, Projektleiter von Eschborn-Frankfurt, sagt: „Auch die 58. Auflage verspricht, ein großer Feiertag zu werden. Wir freuen uns auf eine tolle Stimmung entlang der Strecke. Und die Fans können sich auf großen Sport freuen: Die Nachfrage der Teams, von der WorldTour bis zur U23, ist so groß wie nie. Auch bei den Hobbysportlern zeichnet sich ein Anmelderekord ab. Im Vergleich zum gleichen Zeitpunkt 2018 haben sich aktuell 30% mehr Teilnehmer zur ŠKODA Velotour angemeldet. Der Radklassiker zieht an!“
Auch den 5.500 Teilnehmern der ŠKODA Velotour bietet sich am 1. Mai ein echtes Profi-Erlebnis. Egal, ob als Einsteiger oder mit Ambitionen, die Hobbyradsportler können beim Radklassiker wieder aus drei Strecken wählen. Die Anmeldung für die ŠKODA Velotour Skyline (40 Kilometer), die ŠKODA Velotour Express (87 Kilometer) und die ŠKODA Velotour Classic (100 Kilometer) ist unter www.skoda-velotour.de möglich.
Pressebüro Eschborn-Frankfurt | Sandra Schmitz | +49 160 973 89898
presse@eschborn-frankfurt.de | eschborn-frankfurt.de | skoda-velotour.de
cycling-pr.com | flessnerschmitz.com | @CyclingPR
Fotos: Gerhard Plomitzer – www.plomi.smugmug.com

Ötztaler Radmarathon 2019 – Der Countdown läuft.

Die meisten tun es gleich zu Beginn. Sicher ist sicher. Andere warten. Aber bitte nicht zu lange. Bis zum 28. Februar sind es nur noch wenige Tage. Danach ist Schluss mit Abwarten. Dann ist es nämlich zu spät. Und das Fenster für die Online Registrierung schließt. Dir Organisatoren freuen sich schon auf die 39. Ausgabe des alljährlichen Klassentreffens für Hobby-Radsportler.
01. September 2019. 06:45 Uhr. Für ca. 4.000 Starter beginnt ein langer Arbeitstag. Gemeinsam und doch allein. Jeder mit einem Ziel: So rasch wie möglich wieder in Sölden zu sein. Sie tun dies freiwillig. So wie auch viele Helfer freiwillig ihre Zeit rund um das Highlight im Radmarathon Kalender zur Verfügung stellen. Ohne sie, wäre der „Ötzi“ nicht zu bewältigen.
Hunderte Helfer als „Domestiques“
Sie sind immer und überall. An den Labstationen. Bei der Startnummernausgabe. Am Renntag. Davor und danach. Die freiwilligen Helfer. Sie sind die Säulen des Ötztaler-Radfestes. Die „Domestiques“. Mit Leidenschaft und Engagement stellen sie sich der Aufgabe und meistern diese Herausforderung. Ihr Ziel ist es, nicht nur die Organisation mitzustemmen, sondern auch alle Starter wo es nur geht zu unterstützen und die Ötztaler Ruhe in die Hektik des Geschehens zu bringen. Jahr für Jahr sind es Hunderte davon. Verstreut auf 238 km und 5.500 Höhenmeter. Ihnen gebührt ein großes Danke. Der Ötztaler Radmarathon ist und bleibt ein großes Radfest mit fünf Höhepunkten. Kühtai, Brenner, Jaufen, Timmelsjoch und die Ziellinie in Sölden. Dieses Fest wollen wir alle gemeinsam feiern. Erfolgreich und unfallfrei.
Auf die Plätze, fertig, Verlosung.
Wer mit dabei sein will, hat noch bis 28. Februar die Gelegenheit, sich für einen Startplatz zu bewerben. Danach ist es zu spät. Die Online Registrierung ist jetzt noch offen und schließt am 01. März kurz und schmerzlos. Pünktlich. Bis Mitte März werden die begehrten Startplätze dann unter allen Interessenten verlost.
Die Strecke:
Start in Sölden. Tendenziell bergab bis Oetz (800m). Dann hinauf aufs Kühtai (2020m). Abfahrt nach Kematen und weiter Richtung Innsbruck (600m). Bergauf kurz verschnaufen bis zum Brennerpass (1377m). Hinunter nach Sterzing (960m). Rechts abbiegen und schön gleichmäßig hinauf auf den Jaufenpass (2090m). Vorsichtig abfahren nach St. Leonhard im Passeiertal (700m) und dann das große Finale bis zum Timmelsjoch (2509). Traumziel: Sölden (1377m).
Die Bergpassagen:
Warum up Ötz – Kühtai: 18,5 km; 1200 Höhenmeter; Labestation bei Gesamtkilometer 51; Haushalten Innsbruck – Brenner: 39 km; 777 Höhenmeter; Labestation bei Gesamtkilometer 127; Antasten Sterzing – Jaufenass: 15,5 km; 1130 Höhenmeter; Labestation bei Gesamtkilometer 161; Schicksalsberg St. Leonhard – Timmelsjoch 28,7 km; 1759 Höhenmeter; Labestationen bei Gesamtkilometer 201 und 209.
www.oetztaler-radmarathon.com
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MR PR – Martin Roseneder
Tel.: +43 664 913 76 77
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Tour of Oman 2019

The key infos:
– Riders have arrived from all around the World to kick-off the 10th edition of the Tour of Oman with an unprecedented stage on Saturday.
– Alexey Lutsenko, the overall winner in 2018, and Alexander Kristoff, who hasn’t missed a single edition, are hungry for more omani success.
– Bryan Coquard, Nacer Bouhanni and André Greipel are ready to battle it out in the sprints.

Kristoff, a proper Omani
I have a small competition with Micky Schär, he’s also been there 10 times”, Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) laughed ahead of his tenth participation on the Tour of Oman. “I told him I won’t quit until he does!” Apart from this rivalry, the powerful Norwegian wants to open his victory account for this season and add more success to the 8 stage wins he already claimed in the Sultanate: “There’s a strong field so it won’t be easy but at least I know how to win here, especially on the Matrah corniche. André (Greipel) also knows how to win there but I already have it set on my mind how I want to do this.”
Lutsenko: “We’re here with a very strong team”
Winner of the 2018 Tour of Oman, Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) wats to become the second rider to win the race twice, after Chris Froome did it in 2013 and 2014. The Kazakh champ claimed his ambitions as he came back from two weeks of altitude training in Tenerife: “Winning here last year was awesome. It’s a new season now and this is my first race of the year, I’m very motivated. We’re here with a very strong team, Magnus (Cort Nielsen) and Davide (Ballerini) can try to win stages and I’ll fight for the general classification. The Green Mountain stage will be decisive for the overall victory. Six kilometres, 11%… It’s really hard.”
Sprinters aim for success
Bryan Coquard (Vital Concept-B&B Hotels) won the first stage last year and he hopes to “do as well this year. I feel more liberated this year because I’ve already won (1 stage of the Étoile de Bessèges).” Among French sprinters, Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) wants to “get into rhythm as the days go by. It’s my seventh participation on a race I really like. We get some good racing under the Sun and I want to come back to Europe with strong legs and good results.” André Greipel has similar ambitions with his new team Arkéa-Samsic: “It won’t be easy because there are not many stage for sprinters but I want to come out of here with a stage win.”
How to follow the race
Images of the Tour of Oman will be broadcasted on TV across five continents and available everywhere through social media. A 26’ daily highlights video will be available in 185 countries, after a new agreement was found with Australian broadcaster SBS. Fans can also turn to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. They will receive live updates from the race and enjoy the best videos and pictures from the race to fully live the experience of a unique event.
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Paris-Roubaix 2019: La Trouée awaits

Key points:
 On 14 April, the riders of the 117th edition of Paris–Roubaix will roll out of Compiègne and tackle a course of the same length (257km) and with the same amount of cobblestones (54.5km) as last year’s.
 A few adjustments have been made to the early sectors, starting in Troisvilles (96.5km), while the Trouée d’Arenberg has been shortened by 100 metres… without touching a single cobblestone!

Cobble-gobblers are familiar with the whirring sound of their wheels on the cobblestones of Roubaix, which start to rattle their bicycles about 100km into the race, right after the village of Troisvilles. Eagle-eyed observers will realise that the first cobbled sector is a bit shorter this time round (0.9km versus 2.2km in 2018). Although the peloton will be focused on this sequence, and it may have even started the war of attrition by this time, the second sector (no. 28, from Briastre to Viesly) will provide an opportunity for the riders to honour the memory of Michael Goolaert as they ride past the stele marking the location where he suffered a cardiac arrest last year. The effort will then enter the Cambrésis region, heading due east so that the peloton tackles the Quiévy (no. 26), Saint-Python (no. 25) and Vertain (no. 24) in the opposite direction compared to 2018. The Vertain sector is back in the race for the first time since 2017.
From the moment the riders enter the Valenciennes area (sector no. 23), the course of the Queen of Classics remains unchanged all the way to Roubaix Velodrome. However, the official map is not exactly the same. More accurate measurements taken during reconnoitring shortened the Trouée d’Arenberg (no. 19) from 2,400 to 2,300 metres… without touching a single cobblestone! The first five-star sector, where the fight between the pretenders to the crown enters a decisive phase, remains as tough as ever. Anyone who is not in the lead group at the end of the sector can wave goodbye to victory in Roubaix. Later on, the Mons-en-Pévèle (no. 11) and Carrefour de l’Arbre (no. 4) five-star sectors will set the scene for further attacks and dramatic twists.
Paris-Roubaix Challenge – Saturday, April, 13th
24 hours before the elite race, some 7,000 amateur riders will measure themselves on this legendary Spring classic and its fabled cobblestone sectors. Three distances are on offer to cyclists, in order to accommodate all the preparation levels: 70, 145 and 172 kms. Every rider will find an appropriate legend.
Information and registration on www.parisroubaixchallenge.com et timeto.com.
Paris-Roubaix Challenge in figures:
• 9th edition of Paris-Roubaix Challenge
• 7,000 participants
• 3 routes of 70 km, 145 km and 172 km
• 67 nationalities at the start
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Amgen Tour of California 2019 route revealed

Key points:
 Throughout 7 stages over 7 days (May 12-18), the world’s elite professional cyclists will contest mountain roads, highways and coastlines from Sacramento to Pasadena. The 1251km course through 13 Host Cities will ante up 14 Sprints, 25 King of the Mountain climbs, the most in race history, and a fan-favorite Mt. Baldy summit finish.
 With 7 new courses between them, the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race empowered with SRAM will run concurrently May 16-18, using many of the same routes as the men’s course. Also the longest women’s race in event history, the 285km, three-stage road race course will see the athletes climb eight Queen of the Mountain.

©Casey Gibson “The Amgen Tour of California is the pinnacle of cycling in America. The 2019 race course is incredibly demanding – there’s more climbing and more long road days than ever before. With the best of the best in cycling coming to California to contest it, we are in for another memorable race,” said Kristin Klein, president of the Amgen Tour of California and executive vice president of AEG Sports. “We look forward to shining a spotlight on the beauty of California and the dedication of these athletes for fans, in person and via the worldwide broadcast, in what will be one of the most exciting sporting events in the country this year.”
2019 AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA ROUTE ANNOUNCEMENT
PRESENTED BY VISIT CALIFORNIA
Sunday, May 12th, stage 1 presented by Amgen: Sacramento – Sacramento = 143km

Sacramento is known as one of the most sports-friendly cities in the country, and this year will mark its 10th time hosting the race. Stage 1 will begin with the men rolling out of Sacramento across the iconic Tower Bridge, passing through West Sacramento, then hugging the Sacramento River into the city of Woodland. From there, the race will travel across several rural roads in Yolo County. A quick dash and sprint in the Town of Winters will see the race turn east and heading back downtown for the fast finish.

Monday, May, 13th, stage 2 presented by Visit California: Rancho Cordova – South Lake Tahoe = 194,5km
The ATOC welcomes the City of Rancho Cordova as a new stage host. The stage will start at sea level. Heading east from the start, the route will follow White Rock Road through El Dorado Hills. Once again, racers will enjoy the huge crowds and warm hospitality in Placerville before heading onto the picturesque Mormon Emigrant Trail and Hwy 88, where the peloton will zip through lush forests and past bass-laden lakes.
They will also encounter some serious elevation. The KOM at Carson pass tops out at 2627m, the highest point the race has ever reached in its 14 years. A long descent will allow the riders a short rest, but a left turn onto Hwy 89 will take them to the top of Luther Pass and into South Lake Tahoe. For those that have raced to South Lake Tahoe in previous years, they know that a brutal finish up the steep roads to the Heavenly ski area finish looms ahead.

Tuesday, May, 14th, stage 3 presented by TAG Heuer: Stockton – Morgan Hill = 207km
The City of Stockton returns for its third stage start, near the waterfront and Stockton Arena. The race route will wend its way through the city as it heads southwest toward Morgan Hill. Heading east of Livermore, the riders will turn onto Mines Road and toward the HC climb up Mt. Hamilton. Over the next 35km of climbing and descending, the racers will encounter two climbs with a total of 25 switchbacks and two very technical descents with another 25 hairpin turns. The race will then return to the eastern slopes of San Jose and into Morgan Hill, site of the 2018 time trial stage. Spectators will line the streets as they await the teams to tee up their sprinters for a classic field sprint to finish near the Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Center.

Wednesday, May, 15th, stage 4 presented by Lexus: Raceway Laguna Seca – Morro Bay = 212,5km
This stage will be a celebration of a massive achievement by Caltrans to reopen the iconic coastal stretch.
After a short climb out of the start at Laguna Seca, the race will pass through Seaside, Monterey and Carmel. Hwy 1 typifies the beauty of the state and features a gentle rolling landscape that drivers may not register, but the cyclists will certainly feel the 3584m of climbing on this stage. A fan-favorite, the Morro Bay finish will follow the route from 2017, where Peter Sagan won the sprint finish. After passing through Morro Bay State Park, riders will get their first glimpse of the iconic Morro Rock. A right turn off the Embarcadero, with Morro Rock over their shoulders, will put the racers onto a steep sprint to the finish on Harbor Street.

Thursday, May 16th, stage 5 presented by Lexus: Pismo Beach – Ventura = 218,5km
stage 1 women’s race presented by Lexus: Ventura – Ventura = 96.5km
This stage will highlight the best of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, which have long been the cornerstone of the Amgen Tour of California. Within a few kilometers, the race will reach Foxen Canyon and the home of countless world-class vineyards and wineries. As the race leaves the vineyards and jumps onto Hwy 154 in Los Olivos, the riders will enter the feed zone to replenish some calories. Ahead lays the grueling category climb up San Marcos Pass. After leaving Hwy 192, the stage’s final two categorized climbs lie ahead on Casitas Pass. The finish will be within a few miles once the cyclist enter Ventura, which hosted its first stage last year. Riders will contest the final sprint at the summit of a short 12% climb up Fero Drive. The final kilometers to the Ventura finish line will be intense as the teams set up their sprinters for a field sprint along the Pacific Ocean.
Meanwhile, the women will contest a punchy day of racing with five QOMs. The out and back course starts and finishes in Ventura. The final 56km of the route is the same the men will use coming into Ventura for their Stage 5 finish later in the day.

Friday, May, 17th, stage 6 presented by Visit California: Ontario – Mt. Baldy = 127,5km
stage 2 women’s race presented by Visit California: Ontario – Mt. Baldy = 74km
This “Queen Stage” has seen legends made and winners decided. A return to the Mt. Baldy a finish that thrilled so many fans in 2011, 2012, 2015, and 2017, this is the top training ground for many Southern California racers.
This will be the fourth time the City of Ontario has hosted the men’s Mt. Baldy stage, and the first time the women will contest it. Because of the complexities of men’s and women’s races sharing an “out and back” course, the women will use a slightly different route to Mt. Baldy. The final 20.5 miles of their course is the same to reach the common finish.
This year’s route will head north into the cities of Rancho Cucamonga and Upland. From there, the riders will start an 11-mile climb to the Village of Mt. Baldy. They will cover 33km of narrow and twisting roads that lead to a fast and technical descent down the backside of Glendora Mountain Road. At Ice House Canyon, the route will make a hard left turn where the sign to the ski area points. With 1.6km to go, the road will straighten out but still climb at 15%. At 400m to go, the route will make a hard left and the racers will face the final five switchbacks to the finish line.

Saturday, May 18th, stage 7 presented by AMGEN: Santa Clarita – Pasadena: 141km
stage 3 presented by AMGEN: Santa Clarita – Pasadena: 115,5km
Santa Clarita and Pasadena have a storied tradition of hosting the ATOC grand conclusion. There will be challenges from start to finish as teams protect their GC riders from attacks and set up their sprinters to win the stage. The race’s traditional start in Santa Clarita will be at the Town Center Mall. The first climb will come at Mill Creek Summit, then downhill and left onto Upper Big Tujunga to the final climb of the race at the intersection with Angeles Crest Highway. A quick dash through La Canada Flintridge will take the race down Rosemont Avenue to the famed Rose Bowl for the ultimate race finish.
This stage shares a common start and finish for the women and men, with two slight differences. Whereas the women will come straight up Angeles Forest Highway to Angeles Crest Highway, the men will turn on Upper Tujunga to add mileage and one final climb. The women conclude the day first, coming to the finish line and completing one lap. Just as they began the week with three Capitol circuits during Stage 1 in Sacramento, the men will blaze through three circuits of the Rose Bowl to conclude the race.
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Tour of Oman 2019

Greg van Avermaet: « Green Mountain is a test of how deep you can go »

With eight participations out of a possible nine in the Tour de Oman, and a stage win and two day spell in the lead last year, Greg van Avermaet is one of the Tour of Oman’s most frequent participants. And this time round, after a blistering sprint victory already in the Volta a la Comunitat Valencia, the CCC Team leader is clearly ready to hit the ground running once again in the Tour of Oman.
Greg van Avermaet, you have been in every Tour of Oman bar one, in 2012, since it began in 2010. From a racer’s point of view, why is this event so appealing for you?
„It’s a good preparation, a relaxing event, good weather with some nice stages, I think it’s good for a rider like me – except for the Green Mountain finish! It’s a nice way to build up for the season, I like the way many of the stages are prepared for punchy riders. Plus after each stage you can ride to the hotel and get in a few more kilometres.
So I can get extra train as well as race, there are at least three stages, sometimes four, which have the kind of terrain that suits me. So I get some results. Sometimes stage races only offer me one day at most where I can do something, but that’s not the case in Oman. I have more chances. And that’s why I keep on going back.
Green Mountain is a very tough mountain for you. How much can you use it to see how good your form will be on terrain that is more suited to you, like in the Classics in Belgium?
A lot of Classics riders use it like that. In my case, on a couple of editions I was working for a GC rider there, so I’d get him to the bottom of the climb, then I’d go hard up it for one or two kilometres anyway, and then take a couple of minutes to recover. Then I’d pick up the pace, just to do a kind of test inside the rest, to see how good you are and how deep you can go.
So Green Mountain operates as a testing ground after you’ve made the big efforts in the rolling stages?
For me this is the perfect place to do it, of course the weather is always super nice and they’ve created a bit more space too on the calendar between the Tour of Oman and my big first Classics goal, Het Nieuwsblad, so that gives me some more time to adapt to the cold weather when I go back in Belgium.
You’ve already had one great result this year, a stage win in the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana in Spain. Does that lower the pressure for you to get a good result in the Tour of Oman or will you still be fighting as hard as ever?
For sure as a rider you try to win everywhere. But with a new team like CCC it’s even more important to try and get the wins so you can build up the team’s self-confidence. And the stage win I got in Valencia was against a strong field and on a very difficult day’s racing. So these kinds of results are very important to get early in the season. But let’s hope we try to get a stage win in every stage race, make a habit of it, and that’s the most important thing for me, to have certain days in races like this where I can be good.
So that is the goal in Oman, to get another stage victory like you did last year?
Yes, that would be ideal, to win a stage or at least to get a top three position in a few different days.
But in any case you must be very pleased with how the team is coming together this season, with wins in Spain, Australia and New Zealand, and next, hopefully in Oman!
Yes, for sure. It’s always hard, we have a completely new rider line-up so we have to see how it goes, but for now we are where we wanted to be and expected to be. It was a great moment, to see a guy like Patrick [Bevin] taking that World Tour win in Australia [in the Santos Tour Down Under] for us and hopefully that kind of success will give us all motivation on the team to keep on winning in the races to come.
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Tour of Oman 2019: Number 10!

Key points :
 The Sultanate of Oman will be welcoming the elite of world cycling for the 10th edition of the Tour of Oman, a favourite race for the perennial spring classics specialists. Among them, sprinters such as Nasser Bouhanni, André Greipel and Bryan Coquard will try to distinguish themselves, but also to do battle on more demanding finishes with Alexander Kristoff and Greg van Avermaet.
 Traditionally, the climb up Jabal Al Akhdhar (the “Green Mountain”) proves to be decisive in the fight for the title. It should be an ideal playing ground for climbers like Domenico Pozzovivo or Mathias Frank.

There is an ambiance of a return to business in Oman, despite the summer temperatures that will welcome the riders between 16th and 21st February. At this stage of the season, nobody has yet attached their first race numbers nor worn their new jersey in a competitive context for those who have changed team. Be that as it may, the reflexes are still a bit rusty but the winter preparation is well and truly over. It is time to get to the heart of the matter, namely direct confrontation between rivals who will be battling to be the best throughout the year. On the Tour of Oman, the struggle will see all types of riders involved, whether they are more inclined to shining on the spring classics, specialists of stage wins on grand tours or pretenders for general classification triumphs on week-long races, or longer.
The Tour of Oman, appreciated for its alternation between flat and hilly finishes, will put the cream of the sprinting clan in the spotlight from the first stage on the Suhar Corniche and without a doubt at the end of the race on the Matrah Corniche. These seaside finishes should give rise to tough clashes between Nacer Bouhanni, André Greipel, Bryan Coquard and Sonny Colbrelli. However, the riders will have to display a different type of power on the undulating routes leading to Al Bustan (stage 2) and Qurayyat (stage 3). Alexander Kristoff, who boasts the most stage wins in Oman with 8 victories in 9 participations, will be one of the men to watch, as will Greg van Avermaet, who will be looking to improve his roll of honour in preparation for his campaign in Flanders. Nonetheless, the two favourites could be left in the wake of Gasparotto, Magnus Cort-Nielsen or, should the race take a slightly different turn, Niki Terpstra, Oliver Naesen or Nathan Haas. As is often the case, the “Green Mountain” is likely to be crucial in the battle for the title, the day before the race comes to its conclusion. The 5.7-km climb will be the steepest of the week (with an average gradient of 10.5%) and could be used as a springboard to triumph by a climber such as Domenico Pozzovivo, Mathias Frank or Jesus Herrada. However, the winning ticket might also go to the title holder Alexey Lutsenko if, like in last year’s success, he contents himself with keeping with the pace on this climber’s test.
18 teams: the main participants
Bahrain
Bahrain-Merida: Pozzovivo, Colbrelli (Ita)
Belgium
Wanty-Gobert Cycling Team: De Clercq (Bel), Minaard (Nld)
Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise: Capiot, Van Hecke (Bel)
Wallonie Bruxelles: B. Planckaert, Dehaes (Bel)
France
AG2R La Mondiale: Frank, Dillier (Che), Naesen (Bel)
Cofidis, Solutions crédits: Bouhanni (Fra), Jes. Herrada (Esp)
Direct Energie: Petit (Fra), Terpstra (Nld)
Team Arkea-Samsic: B. Feillu (Fra), Greipel (Deu)
Vital Concept-B&B Hotels: Coquard, Reza (Fra)
Delko Marseille Provence: Moreno (Esp), Jones (Aus)
Kazakhstan
Astana Pro Team: Lutsenko (Kaz), Cort-Nielsen (Dnk)
Netherlands
Roompot-Charles: Lammertink, Van Poppel (Nld)
Poland
CCCTeam: Van Avermaet, Van Keirsbulck (Bel)
South Africa
Team Dimension Data: Gasparotto (Ita), Slagter (Nld)
Spain
Euskadi Basque Country-Murias: Bizkarra, Aristi (Spa)
Switzerland
Team Katusha Alpecin: Haas (Aus), Boswell (Usa)
United Arab Emirates
UAE Team Emirates: Kristoff (Nor), Costa (Prt), Laengen (Nor)
USA
Rally UHC Cycling: Huffman, McNulty (Usa)
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