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PARIS-NICE 2020: Reunion time for Bernal

Key points:
 Defending Tour de France champion Egan Bernal leads an ambitious Columbian contingent with Nairo Quintana and Sergio Higuita as serious rivals, but Primož Roglič, who won the Vuelta, and his young countryman Tadej Pogacar also have a shot of adding Slovenia to the list of winning nations on Paris-Nice.

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 On this particularly competitive 78th edition, 2019 Vélo d’Or winner Julian Alaphilippe will be hosting his rivals before his local fans at Saint-Amand-Montrond for the first major battle of the week where other French riders could also show their strength: Thibaut Pinot and Pierre Latour have the potential to aim for the sharp end of the order.
 Caleb Ewan leads an impressive list of sprinters that includes Sam Bennett, Pascal Ackermann and Matteo Trentin.

The memories of the dominating Columbian presence on the stage that finished at the col du Turini and the overall podium of the 2019 edition return when looking at this year’s entry list. Egan Bernal will wear the number 1 with an increased notoriety thanks to his victory in the Tour de France, while Nairo Quintana, who has won several races in the South of France in the colours of his new Arkéa-Samsic team, will do his best to resist the pressure from the next generation led by recent Columbian champion Sergio Higuita (who also won his national tour) and Miguel Ángel López, who is also among the likely contenders. The density and quality of the Colombian delegation doesn’t necessarily herald a raid of the top places in the general classification, which are nearly as exposed to a Slovenian rush. 2019 Vuelta winner Primož Roglič rarely comes up short of his goals and has decreed Paris-Nice as the first of his season while Tadej Pogacar who joined him on the podium in Spain (3rd) also imagines doing the same as Bernal in what will be his debut ride in the Tour de France which isn’t much of a pipe dream when you take his wins on the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana into consideration.
Europe’s cycling guard will, however, have some serious candidates on the race to Nice. Julian Alaphilippe is of course thinking of the roads he will ride on in the Saint-Amand-Montrond time-trial, where a very serious hierarchy will be established on day four of the race and where he knows every bit of asphalt. The 2019 Tour standout, who largely shared the headlines with Thibaut Pinot, could once again ride alongside the Groupama-FDJ leader who will be making his Paris-Nice debut. The weekend in the mountains with the La Colmiane climb, as well as the time-trial, correspond to his strengths, which is also the case of Pierre Latour, who this year on Paris-Nice will be the leader of the AG2R squad. The best Spanish chances for a successor to 2018 winner Marc Soler are Enric Mas and Bahrain-McLaren’s Mickel Landa.
Sprinters will have their share of the limelight in half of the stages if the race conditions are suitable. This is in any case what the best of them are hoping for, noting that the detour via the French roads very often proves to pay off in San Remo. Some hard-fought battles are expected among Caleb Ewan, Sam Bennett, Pascal Ackermann, Matteo Trentin, Max Walscheid, Ivan Garcia and Alexander Kristoff.

22 teams, the main participants (as of 26/02)

Mitchelton-Scott: Haig (Aus)
Bahrain-McLaren: Landa, Garcia (Esp), Teuns (Bel)
Deceuninck-Quick Step: Alaphilippe, Cavagna (Fra), Bennett (Irl)
Lotto-Soudal: Ewan (Aus), Wellens, De Gendt (Bel)
AG2R La Mondiale: Latour, Cosnefroy (Fra), Naesen (Bel)
Cofidis: Martin, Edet (Fra)
Groupama-FDJ: Pinot, Madouas (Fra), Küng (Sui)
Total Direct Energie: Terpstra (Ned), Hivert (Fra)
Team Arkea-Samsic: N. Quintana (Col), Barguil (Fra)
Nippo Delko Provenc: Navardauskas, Siskevicius (Ltu)
Bora-Hansgrohe: Ackermann (Ger), Grossschartner (Aut)
Team Sunweb: Hirschi (Che), Eekhoff (Ned), C. Pedersen (Den)
Israel Star-Up Nation: Politt (Ger), Hofstetter (Fra), Van Asbroeck (Bel)
Astana Pro Team: Lopez (Col), Fraile, LL. Sánchez (Esp)
CCC Team: Zakarin (Rus), Trentin (Ita)
NTT Pro Cycling Team: Walscheid (Ger), Valgren (Den), Campenaerts (Bel)
Movistar Team: Mas, Verona (Esp)
Team Jumbo-Visma: Roglic (Slo), Bennett (Nzl), Gesink (Ned)
UAE Team Emirates: Pogacar (Slo), Kristoff (Nor), Philipsen (Bel)
Team Ineos: Bernal (Col), Amador (Cri), Geoghegan Hart (Gbr)
EF Pro Cycling: Higuita (Col), Van Garderen (Usa), Nielsen (Den)
Trek-Segafredo: Porte (Aus), M. Pedersen (Den)
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CRITÉRIUM DU DAUPHINÉ 2020 ALL EYES ON THE CLIMBERS

Key points:
 The Critérium du Dauphiné visits the city of Clermont-Ferrand for the first time at the start of the first stage on May 31st.
 With no prologue and no time trial, the 2020 course is not one for the rouleurs. The race is set to be decided on the weekend over a series of alpine climbs, culminating in two stage finishes in Megève.
 Savoie Mont Blanc Tourisme has confirmed the continuation of its partnership with the Critérium du Dauphiné and will sponsor the white jersey for three more years.

Life is all about innovation and new adventures. And so it is that, in 2020, road cycling’s traditional alpine race will visit the capital of the Massif Central for the first time. There is nonetheless an air of familiarity about the challenge awaiting the peloton on the opening stage of the 72nd edition of the Critérium du Dauphiné, which will be contested on a route towards Lyon that is almost identical to that of the 14th stage of the Tour de France. On the following day, the hilly terrain of Saint-Christo-en-Jarez and its final circuit should ensure that only the most durable of sprinters prevails. The third stage to Saint-Vallier, including a grueling stretch of over a kilometre at an average gradient of 12%, may see them eliminated entirely in favour of the punchier climbers.

The established tradition of bunch sprint finishes in the Rhône Valley is set to be honoured by the stage to Bourg-de-Péage. However, the Wednesday time trial has been dispensed with in order to avail the overall contenders of the widest array of tactical options. As a result, and for the first time since 1947, participants in this year’s Dauphiné will not ride a single kilometre against the clock. The pure climbers will get their first opportunity to assess the form of their rivals when the race reaches the mountains for the 5th stage, culminating in what Gilles Maignan describes as the rock ‘n’ roll descent of the Côte Maillet. The following day, the peloton will take the chance to familiarise itself with a section of the 17th stage of this year’s Tour, including an ascent of the Col de la Madeleine. However, the real showdown in the mountains is reserved for the weekend, with 4,700 metres of elevation gain to tackle on Saturday alone including climbs up the Col de la Croix Fry in the Aravis and to the ski resort of Bisanne, before a final drag to the altiport of Megève. The final stage will be similarly punishing, leading a scattered peloton up the Côte de Domancy, the Col de Romme and the Col de la Colombière before embarking on the brutal Côte de Cordon. A true festival of altitude.

Critérium du Dauphiné 2020 stages :

 Sunday, May 31st – Stage 1 – Clermont-Ferrand (63) > Lyon (69) – 197 km
 Monday, June 1th – Stage 2 – Saint-Germain-au-Mont-d’Or (69) > Saint-Christo-en-Jarez (42) – 181 km
 Tuesday, June 2nd – Stage 3 – Saint-Chamond (42) > Saint-Vallier (26) – 175,5 km
 Wednesday, June 3rd – Stage 4 – Loriol-sur-Drôme (26) > Bourg-de-Péage (26) – 173 km
 Thursday, June 4th – Stage 5 – Vienne (38) > Col de Porte (38) – 132,5 km
 Friday, June 5th – Stage 6 – Corenc (38) > Saint-Martin-de-Belleville (73) – 156,5 km
 Saturday, June 6th – Stage 7 – Ugine (73) > Megève (74) – 156,5 km
 Sunday, June 7th – Stage 8 – Megève (74) > Megève (74) – 153 km
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Stadtrat sagt Ja: Deutschland Tour kommt nach Erlangen

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Große Mehrheit stimmt für das Radsport-Event im August 2020

ERLANGEN – Der Stadtrat hat grünes Licht gegeben: Ein Wochenende lang wird im August bei der Deutschland Tour die internationale Radsport-Szene in Erlangen zu Gast sein.
Bei sieben Gegenstimmen hat der Stadtrat zugestimmt, einen Vertrag mit dem Veranstalter der Deutschland Tour 2020 mit der Stadt Erlangen als Etappenort für das Wochenende 22. und 23. August 2020 zu unterzeichnen. Auch für die notwendige finanzielle Ausstattung soll gesorgt werden: „Die Verwaltung wird zu gegebener Zeit eine Mittelbereitstellung initiieren“, heißt es im Antrag.

Vorausgegangen war eine kurze kontroverse Diskussion, bei der von Vertretern der Linken und der ÖDP die Sinnhaftigkeit eines solchen einmaligen Events in Frage gestellt wurde. Zumal für die Teilnahme vermutlich bis zu 400000 Euro fällig werden. Die Befürworter verwiesen auf die große Sogwirkung für den Breitensport und die hohe mediale Beachtung dieser Veranstaltung, da Erlangen Ziel- und Startetappe sein wird.
Im Zentrum soll es zudem ein Fahrrad-Festival geben. Vielleicht sogar einen autofreien Samstag. Alles scheint möglich, wenn Deutschlands wichtigstes Etappenrennen im Straßenradsport nach Franken kommt. Oberbürgermeister Florian Janikwar von Anfang an begeistert von der Idee, am 22. und 23. August Ziel- und Startetappe der Deutschland Tour zu sein.
Die Geschichte der Deutschland Tour geht zurück bis ins Jahr 1911, zuletzt allerdings fiel das Rennen wegen der Doping-Skandale im Radsport aus. Erst seit 2018 findet die Tour wieder statt, hat in der Szene aber schon wieder einen exzellenten Ruf und zieht Top-Profis an. „Es wäre eine der größten Sport-Veranstaltungen in Erlangen, wenn nicht gar die größte“, sagt Christian Frank vom Erlanger City-Management.
Die Kosten für den Erlanger Beitrag zur Deutschlandtour werden auf 300 000 bis 400 000 Euro geschätzt. Nicht alles wird die Kommune tragen müssen, einen großen Anteil allerdings schon. Allein die Lizenz-Gebühr des Veranstalters, die Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), die auch die Tour de France organisiert, beträgt 200 000 Euro.
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PARIS-ROUBAIX 2020: A TOUGH START

Key points:
 For the 118th edition, which will start in Compiègne on Sunday 12th April at 11:00, the route will measure 259 kilometres, with 55 kilometres of cobbles split into 30 different cobbled sectors (compared with 54.5 km and 29 sections in 2019).
 The modifications made this year will see the race return to several rural roads it has occasionally visited in the past and which could spice up the initial battles on the cobbles, with a comeback for the upward sloped sector at the hamlet of Buat.

The first perfectly tarmacked one hundred kilometres of Paris-Roubaix always fulfil the role of wearing the riders down. They weigh down on the legs of both the domestics and leaders, especially those who have forgotten that on leaving Compiègne, the plains of Picardy are never totally flat. However, the handlebars will really start shaking at Troisvilles with the entrance to the first cobbled sector, which will be numbered 30 and, unlike last year, will be covered by the race for the entirety of its 2.2 km. The riders with the least luck will have already suffered a puncture or two before reaching the cobbled sector at Vertain (No. 25), which regulars to the race have often ridden, though never upwards, a direction that has earned it four-star status in the classification of how difficult each cobbled sector is.
The agitated crossing of the Cambrésis and South Valenciennes areas will also reacquaint the riders with the section at the hamlet of Buat (No. 24), first ridden in 2005 and not visited since 2016. When they leave this cobbled lane that winds upwards for more than a kilometre, they will have thirty kilometres to prepare themselves for the challenge of the Trouée Arenberg (after 160 km), where there is often a radical cull among the riders, just like on the other five-star classed sectors of Mons-en-Pévèle (209.5 km) and the Carrefour de l’Arbre (240.5 km). Among the favourites still in the reckoning after this formidable sequence, perhaps John Degenkolb will find extra motivation on the section of Hornaing in Wandignies (No. 17, after 175.5 km). The second German winner of the Queen of the Classics, after Joseph Fischer in the inaugural edition in 1896, was visiting this morning, invited by the Friends of Paris-Roubaix for the inauguration of a plaque bearing his name. Perhaps it might bring him good luck…

Foto: Gerhard Plomitzer
Paris-Roubaix Challenge – Saturday, April, 11th
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:
• 11th 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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Johannes Fröhlinger neuer Trainer der Jedermann Tour


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Die Teilnehmer der Jedermann Tour, dem großen Jedermann-Rennen im Rahmen der Deutschland Tour, bereiten sich ab sofort auf Profi-Niveau vor. Johannes Fröhlinger wird neuer Trainer der Jedermann Tour, die am 23. August in Nürnberg stattfindet.
Mehr als 500.000 Rennrad-Kilometer hat der 34-jährige in den Beinen und war dank seiner Erfahrung bereits während der aktiven Karriere ein wichtiger Mentor für viele Talente. Jetzt profitieren auch die Hobbyfahrer von diesem enormen Wissen. Johannes Fröhlinger entwickelt für die Jedermann Tour ein Trainingsprogramm, mit dem sich Anfänger und Ambitionierte ab dem 1. März auf den großen Tag in Nürnberg vorbereiten. Ohne Zusatzkosten haben sie Zugriff auf perfekt abgestimmte Trainingspläne sowie Tipps und Tricks zu Motivation und Material. Dazu wird es ab dem Frühjahr drei Live-Coachings in Nürnberg geben, bei denen der Jedermann Tour-Kurs vorab mit Johannes Fröhlinger getestet wird.

3.000 Hobbysportler werden am 23. August zur Jedermann Tour 2020 in Nürnberg erwartet. Die Freizeitathleten wählen zwischen zwei Strecken, die beide in der Frankenmetropole starten. Nach einer kürzeren Runde von 60 Kilometern oder einer langen Schleife mit 110 Kilometern durch Mittelfranken wartet auf alle Jedermann Tour-Teilnehmer ein furioses Finale. Vor der Nürnberger Altstadt-Kulisse erleben sie den gleichen Zieleinlauf wie die Profis, die nur wenig später um den Gesamtsieg der Deutschland Tour 2020 kämpfen.
Frühzeitiges Anmelden auf jedermann.deutschland-tour.com lohnt sich: Nur noch bis Ende Februar ist der günstige Wintertarif verfügbar. Dieser ermöglicht die Teilnahme bereits ab 65 €. Inklusive ist nicht nur das Profi-Training von Johannes Fröhlinger, sondern auch ein Trikot von Santini Cycling Wear, dem offiziellen Ausstatter der Deutschland Tour.

Der neue Trainer der Jedermann Tour freut sich auf seine Aufgabe. „Über viele Jahre wurde ich von unterschiedlichsten Trainern betreut. Nun wechsle ich die Seiten zum Coaching, um meine Leidenschaft mit anderen Sportlern zu teilen. Es ist großartig, dass ich die Teilnehmer der Jedermann Tour auf ihrem Weg nach Nürnberg begleiten kann. Die Hobbyradsportler sind mit so viel Begeisterung dabei, da stellen sich oft schon mit einigen Profi-Tipps schnelle Erfolge ein. So wächst der Spaß auf dem Rennrad“, sagt Johannes Fröhlinger.
„Willkommen im Team! Ich freue mich, dass sich mit Johannes Fröhlinger ein weiterer ehemaliger Profi bei der Deutschland Tour engagiert. Ein Dutzend Fahrerinnen und Fahrer gestaltet bei uns nach der aktiven Karriere die Organisation der Deutschland Tour mit. Sie sind Tourmaker, Experten und Botschafter für den Radsport, denn ihr Wissen und ihre Begeisterung steckt an“, sagt Claude Rach, Geschäftsführer der Gesellschaft zur Förderung des Radsports, dem Veranstalter von Deutschlands größtem Radsportfestival.
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Eurovision Sport extends Tour de France with A.S.O. and La Vuelta with Unipublic until 2025

Eurovision Sport and Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.) are pleased to announce they have extended their media rights agreement for the Tour de France through to 2025. In addition, Eurovision Sport has extended its agreement with Unipublic, a subsidiary of A.S.O, for the Vuelta, again through to 2025.
The prestigious Tour de France will be available to audiences in 54 countries, with free-to-air coverage from EBU Member broadcasters in Belgium (RTBF and VRT), the Netherlands (NOS), Switzerland (SRF, RTS and RSI), United Kingdom and Ireland (ITV), Spain (RTVE), Portugal (RTP), Italy (RAI), Denmark (TV2), Norway (TV2), Luxembourg (RTL), Slovakia (RTVS) and Slovenia (RTVSLO).

All the excitement of the Vuelta will be covered free-to-air by EBU Members in Belgium (VRT), the Netherlands (NOS), Denmark (TV2) and Norway (TV2). The race will see an increased number of broadcast hours on offer to fans, around 70 hours per edition.
Eurosport will continue to screen the Tour de France and La Vuelta across all screens throughout Europe.

The deal also includes other major races including for the first time, several women’s races: La Course by Le Tour avec FDJ, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Flèche Wallonne women’s races from 2020 in the Tour de France agreement and, in the Vuelta agreement, the Ceratizit Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta and Clásica San Sebastian women’s races from 2021. These additions affirm Eurovision Sport’s continued commitment to develop women’s cycling and offer the widest range of sports rights for EBU member broadcasters.
Eurovision Sport Executive Director Stefan Kürten said: “We’re very proud to renew our long-standing partnership with A.S.O and Unipublic. The Tour de France and La Vuelta are highlights of the annual cycling calendar, with a fanbase of millions, and we remain committed to enabling these iconic races to maintain and develop their unrivalled free-to-air exposure.”
Eurovision Sport Head of Cycling Frederic Sanz added: “Thanks to the ideal combination of EBU Members and Eurosport platforms, Eurovision Sport continues to showcase the best of cycling throughout Europe. We are in addition particularly happy to strengthen our commitment to women’s cycling and more generally to women’s sport with those races widely exposed throughout Europe.”

ASO Managing Director Yann le Moenner said: “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the EBU and its members, which have always been committed to offer a large exposure for cycling all over Europe, through a perfect combination of generalist free-to-air channels and sport thematic channels. Thanks to the fast growth of EBU members’ digital platforms, we will enlarge our audience to include the youngest generations which have a huge role to play for the development of the sport.
Besides the broadcast of our iconic events, the EBU will be a great asset for the promotion and development of women’s cycling for which we intend to produce and distribute new events live starting 2020. Our long-standing relationship with the EBU will help to strengthen the relationship between the fans, the historical events they are waiting for every year, and the new races we are adding to the calendar.”

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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Moderne Tradition – der Radklassiker am 1. Mai ist Fahrradfeiertag

Am 1. Mai feiert der deutsche Radklassiker seine 59. Ausgabe. In diesem Jahr trifft Bewährtes auf Neues. Die weltbesten Profis und 6.500 Hobbysportler erwarten zwischen Eschborn und Frankfurt die im Vorjahr etablierten Strecken. Der Fahrradfeiertag ist mit 18 Veranstaltungen rund um das Rad weltweit einzigartig. Und das Angebot wird zeitgemäß erweitert: Mit dem City Ride Frankfurt können autofreie Straßen bei einer modernen Fahrradtour erlebt werden.

Elite-Rennen auf bewährtem Taunus-Kurs
Das Elite-Rennen des Radklassikers wird am 1. Mai auf dem Kurs des Vorjahres verlaufen. 187,5 Kilometer sind zwischen Eschborn und Frankfurt zu bezwingen. Der Feldberg und die Billtalhöhe sowie vier Fahrten über den Mammolshainer Stich und zwei über den Ruppertshainer Anstieg sorgen für 3.200 Höhenmeter. Nachdem diese Taunus-Ikonen bezwungen sind, erreichen die Profis über die im vergangenen Jahr neu eingeführte Mainschleife das Ziel vor der Alten Oper in der Frankfurter City.

Fabian Wegmann, Berater für Sport, Rennstrecke und Sicherheit: „2019 lieferte ein spannendes Rennen und einen packenden Zielsprint. Am Ende wurde Lokalmatador John Degenkolb nur knapp geschlagen von einem neuen Sieger: Pascal Ackermann im deutschen Meistertrikot. Besser hätten wir es uns nicht wünschen können und darum haben wir uns an das Motto ‚Never change a winning team‘ gehalten. Das Erfolgsrezept für die Profis steht. Jetzt liegt es an den Teams, ihre Streckenkenntnis zu nutzen und sich auf den Radklassiker einzustellen!“
Die Süwag Energie AG, langjähriger Partner am 1. Mai, erweitert in diesem Jahr ihr Engagement und wird Namenspartner des Süwag Team Taunus. Neben Oberursel (Taunus), Sulzbach (Taunus), Schwalbach am Taunus und Kronberg im Taunus wird auch die Stadt Königstein im Taunus Partner des Radklassikers.

City Ride Frankfurt: ein neues Fahrraderlebnis für Alle
Am 1. Mai wird das Fahrrad gefeiert und in diesem Jahr mit einer Neuerung. Die in der Frankfurter City für den Autoverkehr gesperrten Straßen werden erstmals für eine Fahrradtour geöffnet. Kostenlos, für jede Altersgruppe und jeden Fahrradtyp geeignet, wird am Mainkai in Höhe der Karmelitgasse eine große Ausfahrt für Frankfurter Fahrradfans gestartet. Während die Sportler ihre Runden durch den Taunus ziehen, geht es für alle anderen Radfahrer in gemütlichem Tempo über die Mainschleife und auf der Elite-Zielrunde Richtung Alte Oper. Nach der Überquerung des Zielstrichs unter dem Jubel der Zuschauer fahren die Ride-Teilnehmer weiter bis zur Fressgass. So können die Frankfurter ihre Stadt mit Fahrrädern auf 7 Kilometern komplett autofrei erleben.
„Mit dem City Ride Frankfurt setzen wir ein Zeichen für zeitgemäße urbane Mobilität. Als Sportstadt wollen wir den Radverkehr in Frankfurt fördern. Wenn wir die Chance auf autofreie Straßen mitten in der City haben, wollen wir sie auch für Alle auf zwei Rädern öffnen“, sagt Markus Frank, Stadtrat und Dezernent für Wirtschaft, Sport, Sicherheit und Feuerwehr.

ŠKODA Velotour: Erneuter Teilnehmerrekord
Im vergangenen Jahr wurde erstmals die 6.000er-Marke bei den Anmeldungen zur ŠKODA Velotour erreicht. Bereits jetzt ist absehbar, dass auch dieses Jahr rekordverdächtig wird. Aufgrund der aktuellen Anmeldezahlen werden mehr als 6.500 Hobbysportler erwartet.
Für sie stehen am 1. Mai drei Radklassiker-Strecken bereit. Die ŠKODA Velotour Classic führt über 100 Kilometer und ist mit legendären Anstiegen, wie dem Feldberg, dem Ruppertshainer Anstieg und dem Mammolshainer Stich ein wahrer Jedermann-Klassiker. Bei der ŠKODA Velotour Express über 88 Kilometer stehen bis auf den berühmt-berüchtigten Mammolshainer Stich alle wichtigen Anstiege des Profirennens im Profil. Das perfekte Einsteiger-Erlebnis bietet die ŠKODA Velotour Skyline auf 40 flachen Kilometer zwischen Eschborn und Frankfurt. Die Anmeldung ist online unter www.skoda-velotour.de möglich.

Radklassiker-Coaching mit Johannes Fröhlinger
Für alle Hobbysportler, die sich eine intensive Vorbereitung auf ihren Saisonauftakt wünschen, steht Johannes Fröhlinger als Radklassiker-Coach bereit. Bereits als 19-Jähriger hat er das Nachwuchsrennen bestritten und danach sechsmal als Profi den 1. Mai im Taunus verbracht. Diese Erfahrungen wird Fröhlinger an die Teilnehmer der ŠKODA Velotour weitergeben. Pünktlich zum Start der Klassikersaison sind im April zwei Trainingsausfahrten geplant, bei denen Fröhlinger den Teilnehmern viele Tipps zur individuellen Vorbereitung gibt. Darüber hinaus wird er am 1. Mai einen Gruppetto-Startblock anführen und so auch Einsteigern den Radklassiker näherbringen.

18 Veranstaltungen an einem Tag: Von den Kleinsten zum Weltmeister
Beim Radklassiker kommt jeder zum Zuge. Mit 18 Veranstaltungen rund um das Fahrrad an nur einem Tag hat Eschborn-Frankfurt etwas weltweit Einzigartiges geschaffen. Bereits die Kleinsten können bei der „kinder+Sport mini tour“ den Spaß auf dem Fahrrad erleben. Den Größeren bietet der neue City Ride Frankfurt eine neue Möglichkeit ihre Stadt mit dem Rad zu erleben. Sportlich geht es beim Süwag Energie Nachwuchs-Cup von der U11- bis zur U17-Kategorie an der Alten Oper hoch her. Für die Junioren wird der Radklassiker zum wichtigen Bundesliga-Rennen und für die U23-Fahrer ist Eschborn-Frankfurt das Sprungbrett zu den Profis. So haben sich 2014 zwei Youngsters ein Duell geliefert: Nils Politt und Mads Petersen. Fünf Jahre später wurde Politt Zweiter bei Paris-Roubaix und Petersen Straßenrad-Weltmeister.
Pressebüro Eschborn-Frankfurt | Sandra Schmitz

Saudi-Tour

The key points:

Ø 125 riders representing 18 teams from 4 continents have been introduced to the public in Riyadh on the eve of the first ever stage of the Saudi Tour.
Ø Mark Cavendish (Bahrain-McLaren) and Nacer Bouhanni (Arkea-Samsic) are ready to bring their experience of the desert in the sprints as they take on new challenges with their new teams in 2020.
Ø “Spring classics are pretty early in the season so it’s important to already be in a strong condition”, Niki Terpstra (Total Direct Énergie) highlighted.

READY TO ROLL FROM RIYADH
The first edition of the Saudi Tour is ready to roll as excitement mounts in Riyadh on the eve of the first stage, starting Monday in the Kingdom’s capital. 125 riders representing 18 teams from all around the world have settled in Riyadh and familiarised themselves with their new surroundings as they headed out for their training rides. In the evening, they were introduced to the public with a team presentation held in the spectacular Ritz Carlton Hotel of Riyadh.
“It’s a very open race with tricky roads that could induce many surprises, as soon as stage 1”, race regulator Jean-Marc Marino said after designing the route. The first stage will lead the riders into the desert, travelling from the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee to Jaww. Stage 2 has been slightly amended, with a finish now set in Al Bujairi and counts a total distance of 187km.

CAVENDISH AND BOUHANNI DISCOVER A NEW DESERT WITH NEW TEAMS
Mark Cavendish has been a prominent figure in the rise of professional cycling in the Middle-East and he is looking for more success participating in his 20th race in the Arabian peninsula with his new team Bahrain-McLaren. “I was looking forward to starting the season here with these new colours and hopefully we can inspire the riders of the future”, the sprinting legend said on the stage of the team presentation.
Nacer Bouhanni (Arkéa-Samsic) is also used to beginning his season in the region. “There are different sprint stages and the team will commit to these”, he said on Monday. “There are also two harder stages where we’ll play different cards but I’m focusing on the sprints. I’m here with the lead-out men who will ride with me for most of the season so I’m eager to see how we do and to build a strong relationship in race.”

CLASSIC EXPERTS ARE READY TO UP THE ANTE

Intense racing in the desert is the perfect way to kick-off the season for the elite riders aiming for success in the Spring classics. Among them, Paris-Roubaix and Tour of Flanders winner Niki Terpstra (Total Direct Energie) admits he is “always nervous when the season starts. The winter break was long for everyone so the condition is a big question mark. Spring classics are pretty early in the season so it’s important to already be in a strong condition.” The Dutch star appeared upbeat in the pre-race press conference, recalling the first edition of the Dakar in Saudi Arabia in January. “When I saw the images, I was really excited to come here”, he said. Will he race the Dakar some day? “You never know!”

CYCLING FOR ALL AUDIENCES
The Saudi Tour is the perfect occasion to show the local population the benefits of cycling as a sport and a means of transport. The Kazakh rider Artyom Zakharov (Astana) joined representatives of the race as they visited Najd National School and Al-Rowad School and participated in activities dedicated to the children. In addition to the epic action from the pros, the fans will be able to enjoy side events such as a public ride and a Junior race in Al Bujairion Thursday, as well as a womens‘ ride on Saturday through the Princess Nourah University.

MEDIA COVERAGE

Coverage on 190 countries throughout the 5 continents
Production of an International Live Signal of 2 hours for each stage
40 media rights agreements including 10 Live broadcasters
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2020 ARDENNES CLASSICS: SMALL NOVELTIES AND CLASSIC ESSENTIALS

2020 ARDENNES CLASSICS:
SMALL NOVELTIES AND CLASSIC ESSENTIALS

Key points:
 The world’s best puncheurs, male and female, will race the Flèche Wallonne on Wednesday, April 22nd. Liège-Bastogne-Liège Hommes and Femmes will be held on Sunday, April 26th.
 La Doyenne’s finish is set on the boulevard d’Avroy, in the heart of Liège, after climbing the côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons.
 The riders participating in the Flèche Wallonne will face an unprecedented climb with the introduction of the côte du chemin des Gueuses in the final loop around Huy.

The Doyenne has returned to the heart of Liège in 2019 and is ready to come back in 2020. For the second year in a row, Liège-Bastogne-Liège Hommes and its feminine counterpart will end on the boulevard d’Avroy, where Jakob Fuglsang and Annemiek van Vleuten celebrated their solo triumphs last Spring. Fuglsang was the second Dane to take victory in 105 editions of the race while Van Vleuten got a spot in the winners list alongside her Dutch compatriot Anna van der Breggen, winner of the first two editions of Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes in Ans.
The riders aiming for such successes in 2020 will tackle familiar climbs. The route for the men’s race features 11 iconic ascents, from the côte de La Roche-en-Ardenne all the way to the côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons, before the champions storm to the finish in the ardent city. As they ride from the côte de Wanne to the côte de la Vecquée, the women will face for the first time the côte de la Haute-Levée, a classic of the men’s route.
Four days earlier, the world’s best puncheurs, male and female, will already battle it out in the Ardennes with the Flèche Wallonne. The ascent of the côte du chemin des Gueuses (1.8km with an average gradient of 6.5%) appears on the route for the first time both for the men and the women. It comes instead of the côte de Cherave in the final circuit designed around the Mur de Huy.

The Flèche Wallonne Hommes will start from Herve, where the peloton and the whole world of cycling will admire the spring of the Six Fountains, and quickly head for the côte de Trasenster. The other challenges of the route are well known by the reigning champions, Julian Alaphilippe and Anna van der Breggen. Everything is set for a thrilling battle on the Mur.
At the announcement of the routes for the Ardennes classics, the organisers revealed the names of the teams that will take part in the next editions of the Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. In addition to the 19 WorldTeams and the top two teams of the UCI ProTeams rankings in 2019, Team Direct Energie (Fra) and Circus – Wanty Gobert (Bel) have been selected:

2020 Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège
– Alpecin – Fenix (Bel)
– Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise (Bel)
– Team Arkéa – Samsic(Fra)
– Wallonie Bruxelles (Bel)

The races have two new partners
– The Italian National Tourist Board, founded in 1919 under the moniker ENIT, becomes an Official Partner of the Ardennes Classics in 2020. More information here: www.italia.it/en/
– Ardennes-Etape, a specialist in on-line location of holiday homes in the Ardennes, becomes an Official Partner of the Ardennes Classics in 2020. More information here : https://en.ardennes-etape.be/

The Dictée of Ardennes Classics
Following two editions of the Liège-Bastogne-Liège dictation, in 2020 this concept will also take in the Flèche Wallonne to become the Ardennes Classics Dictation. On Wednesday 18th March, in each school taking part (classes in the last year of primary school and the first year of secondary school in the Province of Liège are concerned), several hundred pupils will be trying to meet the challenge of making no mistakes. The Province of Liège will then organise an awards ceremony to be held at the official presentation of the teams in Liège, on Saturday 25th April, with awards for 200 children. The following day, the authors of the 14 best dictations will have privileged access to watch the race (seven at the start and seven at the finish)..

10th edition of the Liège-Bastogne-Liège Challenge: Saturday 25th April 2020
The day before the elite race, more than 8,000 amateur riders are expected to take the same roads as the professionals and test themselves on the legendary slopes of the Ardennes, with some of the climbs against the clock. Participants will be able to tackle three different distances in order to satisfy all levels of cycling ability: 266 km, 147 km and 70 km.
Information and registration on www.lblchallenge.be
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