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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.
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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

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.”
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.

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-Merida: Pozzovivo, Colbrelli (Ita)
Wanty-Gobert Cycling Team: De Clercq (Bel), Minaard (Nld)
Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise: Capiot, Van Hecke (Bel)
Wallonie Bruxelles: B. Planckaert, Dehaes (Bel)
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)
Astana Pro Team: Lutsenko (Kaz), Cort-Nielsen (Dnk)
Roompot-Charles: Lammertink, Van Poppel (Nld)
CCCTeam: Van Avermaet, Van Keirsbulck (Bel)
South Africa
Team Dimension Data: Gasparotto (Ita), Slagter (Nld)
Euskadi Basque Country-Murias: Bizkarra, Aristi (Spa)
Team Katusha Alpecin: Haas (Aus), Boswell (Usa)
United Arab Emirates
UAE Team Emirates: Kristoff (Nor), Costa (Prt), Laengen (Nor)
Rally UHC Cycling: Huffman, McNulty (Usa)

Deutschland Tour 2019 feiert großes Finale in Thüringen

Die diesjährige Ausgabe der Deutschland Tour wird an ihrem Finalwochenende in Thüringen gastieren. Die Streckenführung quer durch den Freistaat mit dem großen Finale in der Landeshauptstadt Erfurt hebt touristische Höhepunkte besonders hervor. Mit der Deutschland Tour wird Thüringen an zwei Tagen ein wahres Fahrrad-Festival feiern.
Nachdem die Rundfahrt den Freistaat am 31. August (Samstag) erreicht, verlaufen das Finale der dritten Etappe und die gesamte vierte Etappe auf touristisch wie sportlich ansprechenden Schleifen durch Thüringen. In der Landeshauptstadt Erfurt, dem Zielort der diesjährigen Rundfahrt, wird am 1. September (Sonntag) der Gesamtsieger der Deutschland Tour 2019 gekürt.

Claude Rach, Geschäftsführer der Gesellschaft zur Förderung des Radsports, dem deutschen Tochterunternehmen des Rennveranstalters A.S.O.: „Mit Thüringen kommt die Deutschland Tour 2019 in eine fahrrad- und radsport-begeisterte Region. Thüringen ist nicht nur Sportregion, sondern auch die Talentschmiede des modernen deutschen Radsports. Die Karrieren vieler deutscher Top-Fahrer haben in Thüringen ihren Ursprung – Grund genug, um dort das große Finale der Deutschland Tour zu feiern.“

„Bereits für die Premiere der Deutschland Tour im vergangenen Jahr haben uns viele Fans auf Thüringen angesprochen. Das Wirtschaftsministerium mit dem Landesmarketing hat sich dann sehr engagiert und den großen Werbewert für Thüringen erkannt. Mit den Bildern aus Thüringen tragen wir wieder ein ganz besonderes Stück Deutschland in die Welt“, so Rach weiter.

Thüringen „Die Deutschland Tour ist hervorragend geeignet, um prominent für Thüringen zu werben. Die Streckenführung quer durch Thüringen, bei der in der Berichterstattung auch touristische Highlights des Landes gezeigt werden, wirbt für das Land und spricht so verschiedene Zielgruppen wie Touristen oder potenzielle Fachkräfte an“, freut sich Wolfgang Tiefensee, Minister für Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft und Digitale Gesellschaft des Freistaates Thüringen, auf die Deutschland Tour. (weitere Fotos Thüringen)
Die Aktivierung der Deutschland Tour im Freistaat Thüringen erfolgt federführend durch das Landesmarketing Thüringen sowie die Thüringer Tourismus GmbH und wird durch die Thüringer Streckenregionen und -orte, wie die Stadt Erfurt, unterstützt.
Domplatz Erfurt Mit dem Zielort Erfurt endet die Deutschland Tour 2019 in einer wahren Radsporthochburg, deren Ruf weit über die Stadt- und Landesgrenzen hinaus geht. Andreas Bausewein, Oberbürgermeister von Erfurt: „Erfurt steht für eine außergewöhnliche Vielfalt. Unsere Stadt besitzt eine mehr als 1.275-jährige Geschichte und eine der schönsten historischen Innenstädte Mitteleuropas, sie ist gleichzeitig auch Sportstadt, wachsender Wirtschaftsstandort und dank der Hochschulen voller jungem Leben. Das Finale der Deutschland Tour ist nicht nur eine hervorragende Möglichkeit, eine weitere hochkarätige Sportveranstaltung auszurichten, sondern für dieses vielfältige Erfurt zu werben. Wir freuen uns auf die Deutschland Tour.“
Ein vielfältiges Rahmenprogramm begleitet das Profirennen der Deutschland Tour und bietet den Besuchern ein ganztägiges Erlebnis rund um das Fahrrad. So wird mit der Expo Tour eine große Fahrradmesse mit interessantem Bühnenprogramm und Attraktionen zum Probieren und Mitmachen veranstaltet. Die kinder+Sport mini tour bietet für die Kleinsten unter anderem eine Fahrrad-Erlebniswelt und Laufradrennen. Bei der Ride Tour können autofreie Straßen auf einem abgesperrten Kurs erlebt werden – entspanntes Fahrradfahren frei von jeglichem Verkehr.
Als Höhepunkt wird Erfurt am 1. September neben den Profis auch mehr als 3.000 Hobbyradsportler zur Jedermann Tour begrüßen. Die beiden Strecken, die sich sowohl an Einsteiger als auch ambitionierte Rennradfahrer richten, werden mit dem Anmeldestart am 1. März bekanntgegeben.
Pressebüro Deutschland Tour | FlessnerSchmitz GmbH | Sandra Schmitz
Foto Gerhard Plomitzer /

Hobbyradsportler starten bei der ŠKODA Velotour am 1. Mai in die Saison

Die 5.500 Hobbyradsportler, die am 1. Mai bei der ŠKODA Velotour in ihre Saison starten, können in diesem Jahr wieder aus drei Strecken wählen. Egal, ob als Einsteiger oder mit Ambitionen, jeder Kurs beim Radklassiker Eschborn-Frankfurt bietet ein echtes Profi-Erlebnis. Die Anmeldung über 40, 87 und 100 Kilometer ist unter möglich.
Alle drei Strecken starten wie bisher in Eschborn, wo sich auch wieder das Ziel der ŠKODA Velotour befindet. Nach dem Start geht es für alle Teilnehmer zunächst nach Frankfurt. Neu im Programm ist eine Mainschleife: Auf der Untermainbrücke wird der Main überquert, 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, vorbei am Römer und Eisernen Steg auf die Neue Mainzer Straße. Nach 16 Kilometern steht der erste Höhepunkt des Tages an: Alle Hobbyfahrer überqueren den Zielstrich der Elite-Fahrer vor der Alten Oper. In nördlicher Richtung wird die Mainmetropole in Richtung Taunus verlassen. In Oberursel findet die Trennung der drei Strecken statt.

Die Teilnehmer der ŠKODA Velotour Skyline, die über 40 Kilometer führt, fahren von Oberursel über Steinbach direkt ins Ziel nach Eschborn. Die nahezu komplett flache Strecke ist die ideale Gelegenheit, am 1. Mai erstmals in ein Radrennen hinein zu schnuppern.
Die Teilnehmer der beiden längeren Strecken, ŠKODA Velotour Classic (100 Kilometer) und ŠKODA Velotour Express (87 Kilometer) nehmen nach der Durchfahrt in Oberursel den Feldberg in Angriff – ein Kletterfest über elf Kilometer bis auf 833 Meter Höhe. Die sehr ambitionierten Teilnehmer nutzen diesen Anstieg für eine ganz besondere Herausforderung: dem schnellsten Bergfahrer und der schnellsten Bergfahrerin winken der Titel des Tissot Bergkönigs und der Tissot Bergkönigin sowie der Gewinn einer hochwertigen Tissot Uhr.

Nachdem das Dach des Radklassikers erklommen ist, können sich die Radsportler gleich auf einen neuen Anstieg freuen: direkt nach dem Feldberg geht es hinauf zur Kittelhütte. Von dort führt die Strecke nach Ruppertshain und weiter nach Fischbach, Kelkheim und Sulzbach in Richtung Schwalbach.
Hier werden die Teilnehmer der ŠKODA Velotour Express in das Ziel nach Eschborn geleitet. Mit 1.450 Höhenmetern spricht diese mittlere Strecke die Hobbyradsportler an, die es im Frühjahr etwas ruhiger angehen lassen, aber trotzdem eine Herausforderung suchen.
Die Fahrer, die sich für die ŠKODA Velotour Classic entschieden haben, dürfen sich noch auf eine Radklassiker-Ikone freuen, bevor auch sie nach 100 Kilometern das Ziel in Eschborn erreichen: den Mammolshainer Stich. Er macht die Serie der legendären Anstiege des Profirennens komplett und diesen längsten Kurs der ŠKODA Velotour zu einem wahren Jedermann-Klassiker mit 1.700 Höhenmetern.

Auf allen Distanzen der ŠKODA Velotour wird auch 2019 ein Streckenwechsel angeboten. Damit können alle Hobbyradsportler am 1. Mai auf ihre Tagesform hören und noch im Rennen zwischen ŠKODA Velotour Classic (100 Kilometer), ŠKODA Velotour Express (87 Kilometer) oder ŠKODA Velotour Skyline (40 Kilometer) wählen.
Die Anmeldung zur ŠKODA Velotour erfolgt online unter Bis zum 28. Februar gilt noch der günstige „Winter Special“-Tarif, der eine Teilnahme ab 60€ ermöglicht.
Pressebüro Eschborn-Frankfurt | Sandra Schmitz | +49 160 973 89898

Critérium du Dauphiné 2019: See you in the Cantal!

Key points:
 For the first time, the Cantal department will be welcoming the Critérium du Dauphiné with three towns hosting stages: Aurillac, Jussac and Mauriac.
 The 71st edition will start on Sunday 9th June with a stage contested entirely on the roads of the Cantal.

2019 will be the year of the bicycle for the Cantal. On expressing his best wishes for the year to the sporting world, Bruno Faure, Chairman of the Cantal departmental council, announced, alongside Christian Prudhomme, Director of Cycling for Amaury Sport Organisation, and Race Director Bernard Thévenet, that the Grand Départ of the Critérium du Dauphiné 2019 will take place on Sunday 9th June in Aurillac.
The 71st edition of the Critérium du Dauphiné will therefore be starting in the southwest tip of the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region. For the first time in its history, the pack will stop over in a French department where it has not usually ventured in the past. An unprecedented route will promote special links with a region whose relief will not fail to appeal to the riders, to such an extent that it will be sponsoring the Polka Dot Jersey for the best climber.
This year, the organisers have concocted a hilly 142-km long first stage. Setting off from Aurillac, the riders will have to climb the Pas de Peyrol – Puy Mary ascension (10.7 km with a 6% gradient) after 34km. The “Pyramid of the Cantal” will be climbed from a different side than the one used the last time the Tour de France passed by in 2016. Two other difficulties will rise up in front of the riders before the final circuit in Jussac: the Côte de Saint-Cirgues-de-Malbert slope (2.6 km with a 5.1% gradient) and the Côte de Saint-Cernin slope (4.9km with a 4.1% gradient). After this point, there will be just 50 km left to cover. The most courageous attackers could take advantage of the double climb up the Côte de la route des Crêtes slope (3.6km with a 6.8% gradient) to distance their rivals. The second ascension of this slope is only 18km from the finishing line…
The following day, Mauriac will host the start of the second stage on the Critérium du Dauphiné. Out of the last seven editions, the winner of the race has gone on to win the Tour de France several weeks later on five occasions. Last year, the Yellow, White and Polka Dot Jersey wearers, as well as the most combative rider on the Tour de France all took part in the Critérium du Dauphiné, which makes this race an essential stepping stone for riders who want to shine on Le Tour.
The entire route of the Dauphiné will be revealed on 25th March at the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Regional Council’s headquarters.


Liège, Tuesday, January, 22nd 2019

Key points:
 The World’s best puncheurs will vie for the Flèche Wallonne on Wednesday, April 24th. The men and women’s races of Liège-Bastogne-Liège are set on Sunday, April 28th.
 The Doyenne goes back to Liège with a finish inside the city, after 27 editions set in Ans. The Côte de la Redoute and the Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons are expected to play a key role in the new finale.
 The Flèche Wallonne will see the women’s peloton start for the first time from the city centre of Huy, and the female riders will arrive for the first time inside Liège with the new finish of La Doyenne.

As historical and attached to traditions as they are, the Ardennes classics still manage to bring novelty. The city of Ans was used to welcoming the champions at the end of La Doyenne, in 2019 it will host the start of the 83rd edition of the Flèche Wallonne, a 195.5-km challenge leading to the legendary battle up the Mur de Huy. The stars lining up to succeed Julian Alaphilippe will first tackle the Côte des Forges, a classic from Liège-Bastogne-Liège, before entering the final circuit. They will then face three ascents of the Côte d’Ereffe, the Côte de Cherave and the Mur de Huy.

The puncheurs will also need resilience four days later to come out on top after the 256 km awaiting them for the 105th edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The challenges are as usual concentrated in the second part of the race, with nine climbs in the last 100 km. The Wanne, Stockeu and Haute-Levée triptych comes back with the addition of the Côte de Mont-le-Soie to spice it up. But the main changes come from the finale, redesigned to ensure a finish in the city center. The iconic Côte de la Redoute, the historic Côte des Forges and the always spectacular Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons (where Luxembourg champions Andy Schleck and Bob Jungels built their successes) will lead the riders to glory.

The women’s peloton will tackle the Flèche Wallonne from Huy on the Wednesday morning. The start will be given for the first time from the Grand-Place, at the bottom of the Mur. The champions will cover a 70-km loop before entering the final circuit. Two ascents of the Côte d’Ereffe, the Côte de Cherave and the Mur de Huy will give them the opportunities to try and topple Anna van der Breggen, in this 118.5-km long 22nd edition.

On Sunday, the Dutch star will discover new grounds for the third women’s race of Liège-Bastogne-Liège. After her two triumphs in Ans, she will head to Liège, for a finish in the city centre after 138.5 km of battle. Van der Breggen and her rivals will face five climbs, beginning with the Côte de Wanne, Côte de Brume and Côte de la Vecquée. They will then battle it out over the Côte de La Redoute and Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons.

As well as unveiling the courses of the Ardennes classics, the organisers revealed the team selection for the upcoming editions of La Flèche Wallonne and Liège–Bastogne–Liège. The following squads have been selected to compete alongside the 18 WorldTour outfits:

2019 Flèche Wallonne

2019 Liège-Bastogne-Liège

9th edition of the Liège-Bastogne-Liège Challenge: Saturday, April, 27th
The day before the elite race, more than 8,000 amateur riders will be expected on the same race as professionals to challenge the most beautiful Ardennes hills. The three distances on the menu will make sure there is something for riders of all levels: 273 km, 153 km and 75 km.
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Sieben ProContinental-Mannschaften erhielten heute ihre Einladungen für den Kopfsteinpflaster Klassiker:
Cofidis, Direct Energie, Vital Concept- B&B Hotels, Delko Marseille Provence und Arkéa Samsic aus Frankreich,
Roompot – Charles aus den Niederlanden und Wanty – Groupe Gobert aus Belgien.
Die 18 World Tour Teams sind automatisch startberechtigt.

Vier deutsche Kontinentalteams zur Deutschland Tour 2019


Nach ihrem Aufstieg in die HC-Kategorie des Radsport-Weltverbandes UCI bleibt die Deutschland Tour ihrem Motto treu, den Radsport in Deutschland langfristig zu fördern. Dafür wird auch in 2019 vier deutschen UCI Continental Teams ein Startrecht bei Deutschlands einzigem Etappenrennen der Männerelite garantiert.
Von den neun bei der UCI registrierten deutschen Kontinentalmannschaften, qualifizieren sich das bestklassierte Team im Ranking der Rad-Bundesliga vom BDR sowie das bestklassierte Team im Ranking der UCI Europe Tour automatisch für die Deutschland Tour 2019. Stichtag für beide Wertungen ist der Abschluss der Deutschen Meisterschaften am letzten Juni-Wochenende.

Neben den beiden Mannschaften, die sich direkt qualifizieren, wählt der Veranstalter zwei weitere deutsche UCI Continental Teams aus. Für deren Einladung wird unter anderem die provisorische Startliste, insbesondere die von den Mannschaften gemeldeten deutschen Talente, ausgewertet. Auch besondere Ergebnisse bei den deutschen Rennen im ersten Halbjahr, wie der U23-Ausgabe des Radklassikers Eschborn–Frankfurt, Rennen der UCI Europe Tour und der Rad-Bundesliga des BDR werden berücksichtigt.

Claude Rach, Geschäftsführer der Gesellschaft zur Förderung des Radsports, dem deutschen Tochterunternehmen des Rennveranstalters A.S.O.: „Die Deutschland Tour ist gerade für die deutschen Mannschaften und die deutschen Talente eine wichtige Bühne vor heimischem Publikum. Im vergangenen Jahr haben sie mit ihrem großen Engagement Eindruck bei Fans und Medien hinterlassen. Das freut uns und wir wünschen uns auch in diesem Jahr ein spannendes Rennen, bei dem sich der deutsche Nachwuchs mit den besten Profis der Welt misst. Mit der frühen Bekanntgabe unserer Qualifikationskriterien können sich die Teams in der gesamten ersten Saisonhälfte ideal auf die Deutschland Tour vorbereiten. In den nächsten Wochen beobachten wir, wie sie sich vor allem bei den deutschen Rennen zeigen.“

Die Erstausgabe der neuen Deutschland Tour im vergangenen Jahr haben die deutschen Kontinentalmannschaften Dauner D&DQ-Akkon, Heizomat Rad-Net, Sauerland NRW p/b SKS Germany und Team Lotto-Kern Haus an der Seite deutscher Stars und internationaler Topfahrer, wie Geraint Thomas oder Tom Dumoulin, bestritten.
Die Deutschland Tour 2019 wird vom 29. August bis 1. September ausgetragen,
Der Streckenverlauf der vier Etappen wird vom Veranstalter Ende März bekanntgegeben.
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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.

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.
Laura Cueto