Schlagwort-Archive: 108. Tour de France

Emu Buchmann gibt Comeback bei der 108. TdF


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Während eines Trainingscamps in Livigno fiel die Entscheidung, die Tour in Angriff zu nehmen. Buchmann wird dort aber nicht als Kapitän ins Rennen gehen.

„Der Sturz beim Giro war sehr bitter. Ich war wirklich in guter Form und bin überzeugt, dass ich dort hätte ganz vorne mitfahren können. Diesen Rückschlag musste ich erst einmal verarbeiten und auch die Sturzverletzungen auskurieren. Die Motivation war schnell wieder da und darum bin ich letzte Woche ins Trainingslager, um zu sehen, wo ich stehe. Das Knie hat noch etwas länger gezwickt, aber jetzt ist alles ok. Ich fühle mich so weit fit, aber ob ich bei der Tour in Topform sein kann, wird man erst sehen. Ich konnte mich nicht viele Monate gezielt vorbereiten, wie auf den Giro, der mein Höhepunkt gewesen wäre. Darum habe ich auch nicht die Gesamtwertung im Visier. Ich möchte die Tour ohne Druck von Tag zu Tag nehmen, meine Chancen nutzen und offensiv fahren, wenn es möglich ist. Das heißt nicht, dass ich die Gesamtwertung von vornherein abschreibe, aber wir haben mit Wilco einen Leader, der sich optimal vorbereiten konnte. Er ist da klar die Nummer eins und ich werde ihn gegebenenfalls auch voll unterstützen.“ – Emanuel Buchmann

„Zuerst einmal freut es mich sehr, dass wir Emu bei der Tour sehen. Lieber wäre mir gewesen, ihn in Mailand auf dem Podium zu sehen, aber es ist leider anders gekommen. Emu hat zum zweiten Mal in Folge einen Höhepunkt, auf den er monatelang hingearbeitet hat, in den Wind schreiben müssen. Das ist extrem hart und ich habe wirklich Respekt davor, wie Emu mit der Situation umgegangen ist und dass er nun versucht, bei der Tour wieder anzugreifen. Klar ist aber auch, unser Leader ist Wilco. Seine Vorbereitung ist nach ein paar Rückschlägen im Frühjahr in den letzten Wochen sehr gut gelaufen und bei der Dauphiné konnte man sehen, dass er ganz vorne mitmischen kann. Da wird er vom Team die 100%ige Unterstützung haben. Emu wird seine Freiheiten bekommen, aber man muss auch realistisch sein: die Strecke der Tour ist nicht ideal für ihn, und er ist aus dem Giro verletzt ausgeschieden. Die Gesamtwertung spielt daher aus meiner Sicht eine untergeordnete Rolle, aber natürlich wird er sich auch nicht absichtlich abhängen lassen. Wir schauen einfach mal, wie es läuft, und im Idealfall kann er in den Bergen seine Stärke zeigen. Wenn die Form stimmt, wünsche ich mir einen Emu, der angreift und Risiko nimmt. Wir wollen den Fans in Deutschland eine offensive und attraktive Fahrweise zeigen.“ – Ralph Denk, Team Manager

Team selection for 2021 Tour de France

The organisers of the Tour de France have chosen the teams that will take part in the 108th edition (June 26- July 18).

In accordance with Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) rules, the following nineteen UCI WorldTeams are automatically invited to the race:

AG2R Citroën Team (Fra)
Astana – Premier Tech (Kaz)
Bahrain Victorious (Brn)
Bora – Hansgrohe (Ger)
Cofidis (Fra)
Deceuninck – Quick-Step (Bel)
EF Education – NIPPO (Usa)
Groupama – FDJ (Fra)
Ineos Grenadiers (Gbr)
Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux (Bel)
Israel Start-Up Nation (Isr)
Jumbo – Visma (Ned)
Lotto Soudal (Bel)
Movistar Team (Esp)
Team BikeExchange (Aus)
Team DSM (Ger)
Team Qhubeka Assos (Rsa)
Trek – Segafredo (Usa)
UAE Team Emirates (Uae)

Furthermore, the Alpecin – Fenix, the leader in the 2020 classification of UCI ProTeams will take part by right in Tour de France 2021.

Following the decision of the Union Cycliste Internationale’s (UCI) directors’ committee to increase the maximum number of riders allowed at the start of Grand Tours from 176 to 184, the organisers of the Tour de France extend invitations to the following three teams:

B&B Hotels P/B KTM (Fra)
Team Arkéa – Samsic (Fra)
Total Direct Energie (Fra)

2021 TOUR DE FRANCE: LOOPING THE LOOP

Key points:
 The route of the 2021 Tour de France, which is due to run from 26 June to 18 July, was presented on the set of France Télévisions‘ Stade 2 weekly programme today. After the Grand Départ in Copenhagen and Denmark had to be postponed to the following edition, this time the show will get on the road in Brittany with four stages tailored to punchers and sprinters.
 The 2021 route has been fine-tuned to keep the suspense going until the end. Climbers will get three opportunities to gain time on summit finishes (Tignes, Saint-Lary-Soulan Col du Portet and Luz Ardiden), but riders will also have to make use of their descending skills to win in Le Grand Bornand, at the foot of a „revamped“ Ventoux and in Andorra. The addition of two individual time trials with a combined length of 58 kilometres will also be a decisive factor in the strategies of the riders.

The 108th Tour de France will feature a ground-breaking route with a double serving of climbing. Contenders for the overall victory will have to be on high alert from the get-go, lest they crack on the two climbs up the Mûr-de-Bretagne, which will be tackled from a different side in the stage 2 finale. Ten days later, they will have to put on another show of strength on the slopes of the Mont Ventoux. The Giant of Provence, which is making its first double appearance in a stage, will be tackled from two different sides before plunging down to Malaucène. In between these two key dates, the riders will have already faced new challenges, including four stages in the four departments that make up Brittany —from Brest to Fougères— riddled with hazards such as coastal winds and the hills of the Armorican Massif. The Signal d’Uchon, a recently discovered climb in the Morvan, will decide the stage to Le Creusot in its first appearance in the race.

The return of the first-week individual time trial will provide an early indication of the pecking order, which the climbers will do their best to shake up in the two gruelling Alpine stages finishing in Le Grand Bornand and in Tignes, just before the first rest day.
After that, the Pyrenees will dispel any remaining doubts in five action-packed duels in the high mountains, combining the brand-new, spectacular Col de Saint-Louis on the road to Quillan with absolute classics like the Peyresourde – Val Louron-Azet – Col du Portet and Tourmalet – Luz Ardiden sequences. It will be do or die for the kings of the mountains, who will have to grab every second they can if they are to fend off the toughest power riders in the 31 km run through the vineyards of Saint-Émilion on the eve of the finish on the Champs-Élysées.
While the destiny of the Yellow Jersey will probably be decided in south-western France, the fight for the green jersey will take place all over the country, with no fewer than seven stages likely to fall to the sprinters as long as their teammates can keep any breakaways on a tight leash. Stage hunters will also get numerous opportunities to thwart the peloton.

LA COURSE BY LE TOUR DE FRANCE WITH FDJ TO TACKLE THE MÛR-DE-BRETAGNE
Since 2014, the women’s peloton has raced on the Champs-Élysées, tamed the Col d’Izoard and gone head to head in a circuit race at the foot of the Pyrenees. The eighth edition of the race will take the riders to Mûr-de-Bretagne, a hallowed site of cycling that has come to be known as „the Breton Alpe d’Huez“. While the men will face a double serving of the climb in the finale of stage 2, the ladies will tackle it no fewer than six times on 27 June 2021. The course is about 130 km long and consists of five laps of a circuit to be completed before the finish. Every lap will be tougher than the last!

ÉTAPE DU TOUR DE FRANCE: SEE YOU IN NICE ON 4th JULY
Time to follow Alaphilippe’s wheel! Following the cancellation of the 2020 edition, the cyclosportive riders of the Étape du Tour de France will get back to business on the course of stage 2 of the last Tour de France, an 186 km trek featuring the Col de la Colmiane, Col de Turini and Col d’Èze as its highlights. The decision to keep the original course of the 30th edition stems from a common aspiration with the city of Nice to support the villages in the Vésubie Valley, which were devastated and left with damaged roads by Storm Alex a few weeks ago. Note that riders who signed up for the 2020 edition will have priority for 2021, but they may ask for a refund if they no longer wish to take part in the event. The official registration window will open at the beginning of the year.
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Tour de France Mannschaft von BORA – hansgrohe bleibt unverändert

Trotz der erlittenen Sturzverletzungen in Frankreich bzw. Italien, werden Buchmann, Schachmann und Mühlberger die Tour de France in Angriff nehmen. Allerdings unter anderen Voraussetzungen als ursprünglich geplant.

„Die Prellungen und Blutergüsse bei Emanuel haben sich als sehr hartnäckig erwiesen. Er hat einige Tage komplett pausieren müssen, und so wichtige Trainingstage verloren. Medizinisch handelt es sich um einen ganz normalen zeitlichen Verlauf, sodass wir, wenn sich die Tendenz fortsetzt in Richtung Tour auf einem guten Weg sind. Körperlich wird er zu diesem Zeitpunkt aber sicher nicht in der optimalen Form sein.
Der Bruch des Schlüsselbeins bei Max hat sich in den letzten Tagen sehr gut entwickelt. Wir haben die nötige Stabilität, um es zumindest zu versuchen. Er trainiert seit ein paar Tagen wieder auf der Straße, und das läuft unseren Erwartungen entsprechend. Aber natürlich wurde auch Max massiv in seiner Vorbereitung beeinflusst. Zum Radfahren gehören eben nicht nur die Beine, sondern auch der Rest des Körpers muss in guter Verfassung sein.
Gregor ist wohl noch am besten davongekommen. Eine schwere Verletzung des Handgelenks, die eine längere Ruhigstellung oder Operation nach sich gezogen hätte konnte ausgeschlossen werden. Er hat zwar auch noch Schmerzen, kann mit einer Spezialschiene aber wieder trainieren. Alle drei haben in den letzten Tagen eine exzellente Mitarbeit bei den intensiven Rehabilitationsmaßnahmen geleistet – auch das macht Weltklassesportler aus.“ – Jan-Niklas Droste, Medical Team

„Das war schon ein herber Rückschlag. Eigentlich dachte ich, die Tour ist gelaufen, als ich nach dem Sturz nicht mehr selbständig aufstehen konnte. Aber zum Glück war doch nichts gebrochen. Ich habe mich letzte Woche voll auf die Therapie konzentriert, und konnte erst Ende der Woche wieder aufs Rad steigen. Am Wochenende im Training lief es nicht nach Wunsch. Das Ganze hat mich ziemlich zurückgeworfen. Der Sturz ist bitter, weil ich richtig gut in Form war. Bei der Dauphiné war ich hinter Roglic der Stärkste am Berg, mit Pinot zusammen. Es gibt nun ein paar Fragezeichen, zumal es ja gleich richtig los geht. Es gibt keine Zeit zum Einrollen. Schon auf der zweiten Etappe geht es in die Berge. In wie weit ich da mithalten kann, wird man sehen. Ich kann die Tour jetzt nur von Tag zu Tagen in Angriff nehmen.“ – Emanuel Buchmann

„Natürlich hätte ich mir andere Voraussetzungen gewünscht. Ich freue mich aber dennoch, dass mir das Team trotz der Verletzung das Vertrauen schenkt und mir die Chance gibt, bei der Tour am Start zu stehen. Ich habe in den vergangenen Tagen so gut wie möglich trainiert und hoffe, dass es auch im Rennen machbar ist und ich mit den Schmerzen umgehen kann.“ – Maximilian Schachmann

GRAND DÉPART 2021 IN BRITTANY: BREST SETS SAILS

Passing of the peloton during stage six of the 2018 Tour de France between Brest and Mûr-de-Bretagne

Key points:
 The organisers of the Tour de France announced at a press conference at the Regional Council of Brittany in Rennes that the Grand Départ of the 2021 Tour de France will take place in Brest. Finistère’s point will host the start of the race for the 4th time in history, following 1952, 1974 and 2008.
 Four all-Brittany stages will be on the programme of the Tour beginning on 26 June, with stages that will likely be influential for the Yellow Jersey contenders.
 The Grand Départ initially planned in Copenhagen has been postponed until 2022.

It is said that when the wind blows, no one navigates turbulence better than Bretons. In the past few weeks, they have shown themselves to be up to the challenge and opportunity. They have also demonstrated their loyalty to the Tour de France when the skies darkened over Copenhagen. The congested 2021 summer sporting calendar has forced the Tour’s first visit to Denmark to be postponed until 2022. Instead of heading north, the 108th edition will travel west and its first stage will be held in Brest, which is only second to Paris in terms of hosting the Grand Départ. In previous Tour starts from the tip of Brittany, the way was paved for Fausto Coppi’s success in 1952, Eddy Merckx’s last victory in 1974, and then Carlos Sastre’s in 2008.

After the 32nd visit of the Grande Boucle in Brest, which first appeared on the race programme in 1906, the route will be laid out with the intention of exploring Brittany’s Armor coastal region and its inland Argoat territories. The diversity of the landscapes makes it possible to create selective stages and will thus put the onus on the favourites to live up to their responsibilities straight away. Details will be announced for these four all- Brittany stages during the presentation of the Tour on 29 October at the Palais des Congrès in Paris.

The Tour de France in Brittany: key numbers
– 170 stages held with the start or arrival in the region since 1906
– 33 different cities in Brittany have hosted a stage
– 6 Grands Départs have taken place in Brittany: in Brest (1952-74-2008) and in Rennes (1964), Plumelec (1985) et Saint-Brieuc (1995).
– 153 Breton riders have raced in the Tour between 1905 and 2019 (record participation in 1958: 14)
– 4 Bretons have won the Tour de France: Lucien Petit-Breton (1907-08), Jean Robic (1947), Louison Bobet (1953-54-55) and Bernard Hinault (1978-79-81-82-85)

The Brittany and the Tour de France
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More information about the Tour de France on www.letour.fr/en/

TOUR DE FRANCE 2021 : THREE STAGES TO FIND TRUE NORTH

Key points:
 On 3 July 2021, the Tour de France will venture farther north than ever before when it reaches the 70-kilometre mark in the second Danish stage, from Roskilde to Nyborg.
 The profiles of the first three stages were unveiled this morning in Vejle, another town that will host the 108th edition of the race. The show will get on the road in the capital of the country, Copenhagen, which is known as the most cycling-friendly city on Earth.

The Tour de France has explored all sorts of coasts, from beaches, harbours and cliffs to rocky inlets, dykes and bays. In 2021, the peloton of the Grande Boucle will discover a Nordic variant, the fjords, when it rolls out of Vejle for stage 3, held in the southern part of the Jutland peninsula. The hometown of 1977 Ballon d’Or winner Allan Simonsen also hosted the unveiling of the profiles of the Danish stages of the 108th edition. The opening act of the Grande Boucle, a 13 km romp through the streets of Copenhagen, is tailored to the most explosive riders in the field. Although the pancake-flat course opens the door to record-high average speeds, one of the few times that the riders will have to hit the brakes will come 4 km before the line, where the Little Mermaid will watch them negotiate a tight corner. The next day, the stage starting in Roskilde, the old capital of the country, promises a fierce battle among the classics specialists, who will face a windswept 18 km section of bridges while crossing the Great Belt in the run-in to Nyborg. Finally, the 182 kilometre stage to Sønderborg that will wrap up the Danish adventure will be a fjordfest along the coast, with the sprinters itching to pounce on what will likely be the first bunch sprint of the race.

The Danish stages of the 2021 Tour de France:
Stage 1: Copenhagen (individual time trial), 13 km
Stage 2: Roskilde > Nyborg, 199 km
Stage 3: Vejle > Sønderborg, 182 km

Christian Prudhomme, director of Tour de France: „The first few days of the Tour de France often set the tone and atmosphere of a race that develops into whatever the riders want to make of it over the following three weeks. It is an exciting prospect to think that in July 2021 we will be applying the final touches to the start in the heart of a city that breathes and lives cycling. The first three stages will showcase the landscapes of Denmark and give rise to a wide range of scenarios in which power riders, echelon experts and sprinters will all get a chance to shine — a compendium of bicycle racing on flat terrain.“
Dansk Metal, new local partner
The Danish trade union Dansk Metal, for those who work in industries of engineering, mechanics and IT, becomes the 2021 Grand Départ’s first Danish partner as an Official Fan. “We are very pleased that we have entered into this sponsorship. There is no doubt that the beginning of the Grand Boucle in Denmark will be a huge experience for a lot of Danes and we want at Dansk Metal to contribute to that,” says Danish Metal Vice President René Nielsen.
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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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