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EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!

No power meters in races? Vuelta ‘Top Story’. All the news from the Spanish Grand Tour with race reports, rider quotes and video, plus stage 1 of the Tour des Fjords. In other cycling news: Contracts with Wanty-Groupe Gobert, Lampre-Merida, Katusha, Trek-Segafredo, Etixx – Quick-Step, Dimension Data and Gazprom-RusVelo. Up dates from the Tour of Britain and the Giro del Trentino. Lots to get through in EuroTrash Thursday.

TOP STORY: May the Power be With You!
On the first rest day of the Vuelta a España, Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde suggested that the use of power meters should be banned during races. This comment, of course, was aimed at Chris Froome and his near addiction to looking at his ‘numbers’ and riding to the power. His ride on stage 10 to the Lagos de Covadonga showed that he was not racing to anyone else’s tune, but following a set plan of lifting the speed during the final climb. Quintana was already further up the road as he had covered the attacks of Alberto Contador before soloing to victory.

At the end of stage 11, Spanish TV asked Froome about the banning of power meters and Froome made light of the comments by suggesting that “maybe we can go back to single speed bicycles also.” There was a certain amount bitterness in his voice, but he had a good point. The ‘ban power meters’ brigade are probably also in the ‘ban race radio’ club, which would also affect Mr. Froome.

Maybe the Movistar team are a little nervous, but clutching at straws comes to mind.

Ciclismo / Cicling: La Vuelta 2016. Etapa 11. Colunga. Museo Jurasico - Peña Cabarga 31-08-2016.   FOTO/PHOTO: J. A. MIGUELEZ/UNIPUBLIC.

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Vuelta a España 2016
Nairo Quintana (Movistar) set a few records straight with a superb show of strength in Stage 10 to the Lagos de Covadonga. The Colombian dropped all his rivals one by one before going on his own 3.5 km from the line. He finally stole stage honors from Dutch escapee Robert Gesink (LottoNl-Jumbo), who took 2nd place ahead of an astounding Chris Froome (Sky), who looked out of it at the start of the climb only to strike back in the finalé and finish third, 25 seconds behind Quintana. Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) launched the hostilities 6 kilometers from the finish line, but faltered when he was caught by Froome.

The nervous first hour of the race was marred by a series of crashes which forced Kevin Reza (FDJ), Markel Irizar (Trek-Segafredo) and Bartosz Huzarski (Bora-Argon 18) to abandon, Darwin Atapuma (BMC) was also held up by the crash, but remounted to finish. Etixx – Quick-Step’s Gianluca Brambilla was also trapped in a second bunch of some 30 riders and had to wait for kilometer 70 to make it back into the peloton. At the same moment, the day’s break took shape, involving 16 riders: Ben Hermans (BMC), Victor Campenaerts and Robert Gesink (LottoNl-Jumbo), Dmitryi Gruzdev (Astana), Tobias Ludvigsson (Giant-Alpecin), Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo), Jan Bakelants (AG2R-La Mondiale), Egor Silin (Katusha), Louis Vervaeke (Lotto Soudal), Joe Dombrowski, Moreno Moser and Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac), Omar Fraile (Dimension Data), Vegard Stake Laengen (IAM Cycling), Luis Angel Mate (Cofidis) and Jose Gonçalves (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA).

The group’s lead reach 5:30 with 66km to go. But the peloton, led by Etixx – Quick-Step, cut the gap down to 4 minutes at the foot of the Cat 1 Alto del Mirador del Fito. At the top (148km), Omar Fraile surged to pick 10 points. He was joined in the descent by fellow Spaniard Luis Angel Maté (Cofidis) while Dombrowski crashed. The leading group split in the long flat section leading to the final ascent, losing Moser and Gruzdev. The pack, led jointly by Etixx – Quick-Step and Movistar, came back within 3 minutes at the foot of the final climb.

Vervaeke was the first of the escapees to attack, but he was quickly brought back by Rolland and what remained of the break. Behind them, Movistar raised the pace and made it too hard for Chris Froome, who lost ground with 10 km to go. Even with the help of Peter Kennaugh and then David Lopez, it looked hopeless at that stage. In the leading group, Rolland looked the freshest of the lot and he went at the 8-km-to-go mark, only to be caught by Gesink one kilometer later. The Dutchman then attacked to go solo.

The battle for final victory took a decisive turn when Alberto Contador launched a blistering attack with 6 km to go. Only Quintana was able to react and stay with him while red jersey holder David de la Cruz lost ground, as did Estevan Chaves and Simon Yates (Orica-BikeExchange). Quintana then attacked for himself with 4km to go to chase down Gesink, leaving Contador in his wake.

Further down the slope, Froome had found his strength and worked his way through the riders on the climb catching everyone except Quintana who finished 25 seconds in-front. Gesink jumped Froome for a well deserved 2nd place, Friele was 4th and Valverde, who had managed to sit on Froome’s wheel took 5th. Contador was 8th at 1:05.

Quintana now leads his teammate, Valverde, by 57 seconds and Froome by 58 in 3rd place.

Read the race report HERE.

Nairo Quintana and Alberto Contador on stage 10 of the 2016 Vuelta a EspaÒa

Interview with stage winner and overall leader, Nairo Quintana (Movistar):
What does this win mean to you?
It is a great pride and joy to win here. For me it was a big dream to win in a place where so many great riders have won, and to have my name associated to them is a honor. Great riders and climbers have won here.

Today the team has done a great job …
“The team has done a great job, not only today but from the start. They trust their leader and their leader responded today. I am very proud of them. I want to thank them all, because without them it would not have been possible to win.”

Do you think that the second and third week will be long?
I’m not really fresh. I rode the Tour and a lot of races before the Tour. I can feel it. At this point, I can feel the fatigue of the whole year but I still feel good and I hope to defend the jersey.”

What days can be the most dangerous for you?
“From now on, every day. There are tricky days ahead, it’ll be very difficult until the last day. I knew this was a decisive stage but there are more difficult times ahead in which we must be careful.

How do you feel after your problems in the Tour?
“In the Tour, I was not in good health, I was affected by allergies. Here I have not had any problems so far and is very important. The body is back to normal and back to his best.”

You crossed the line with a torn jersey. What happened?
“I feel pretty sore from a crash, I hope it won’t be too bad. I have a nasty blow to the hip and elbow, the knee hurts a little too, but hopefully it won’t be a major problem. Luckily, now is the rest day.”

How was the crash?
“There was a pile-up in front of the pack. We were forced to brake hard and we got tangled together in the crash.”

Froome had ups and downs today. What do you think of his race?
“It’s a bit difficult to understand the way he rode but maybe their strategy was to start slowly. Hopefully we’ll find a way to gain more time over him.”

2nd on the stage, Robert Gesink (LottoNl-Jumbo): “I did what I could. Cooperation in the group wasn’t good, we didn’t take enough time. We knew it was going to be close. This is cycling. But this was really good. And I hope to feel that good in the third week.”

4th on the stage and KOM, Omar Fraile (Dimension Data): “The break took a really long time to go away today. For 70km it was just attack after attack, it was very fast and a difficult start. When we finally went away it was easier and then in the final I had a good feeling. I knew my form was good so I was just being patient and riding a good rhythm. When the favorites came, it was possible to hold their wheel. I am really happy with this ride as I could move into the climber’s jersey which was the goal I had for the day. The jersey gives me good motivation which I will take into the next stages.”

5th on the stage and 2nd overall, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar): “It was a phenomenal day for us. A bit hard at the beginning with the crash in which Nairo also fell down, but he was OK. At the end, Etixx has done a bit of work and we were great, so we could win the stage thanks to the great work of the whole team. There’s always a sporting battle with Team Sky, and for the moment we are ahead. Let’s take it day by day. Nairo has shown that he’s in a great level of form, and we hope to continue like this. Tomorrow we have a rest day which will be great for all the riders. We are already thinking about the next stage. We will see how many time we can take to Froome. We all know he is better than us in the TT, so as much time as we can gain to him, the better”

8th on the stage and 5th overall, Alberto Contador (Tinkoff): “Following Nairo in the final climb took its toll because he kept changing the rhythm. I had two options on how to do the race. The first one was to try to go with Nairo and the second one to follow Froome because I thought I had Froome in 2012 and 2014, who had problems at the finish. I played the Nairo card and I made an error. He was very strong, he changed the rhythm and that made me blow up. Afterwards, I had trouble getting back my pace. We know how Froome rides on the climbs, he focuses on his watts and sticks to that and everybody now knows his tactics but it worked brilliantly for him. I still think it’s too early to make a judgment on the Vuelta. I think we need to be calmer in order to take a decision. We have to assess the pros and cons, the circumstances and based on that decide what the best strategy will be. Obviously, my goal isn’t just to ride a good race, my goal is to fight for the overall win. It’s true though that right now this is quite difficult, I don’t want to use the word impossible because I don’t like it. We are still halfway through the Vuelta and on a day you have a crisis you can lose quite some time but we’ll keep on fighting.”

Peter Kennaugh (Sky): “God that hurt. It was a kind of a plan to not go into the red and risk too much. David Lopez did a great job as well in the first couple of km. I did the best I could trying to ride at Froome’s pace as long as possible. I was able to keep going at my own pace for the rest of the climb but I didn’t have that extra edge. It was a good team ride. I haven’t seen the results but it sounds like Quintana is flying. Froome was just encouraging me the whole way up there to make sure we didn’t go too hard. The confidence he’s got to let the guys go in the first couple of km is incredible. If I was riding for myself, I would almost certainly do the opposite thing and stay in the wheels for as long as possible but if you see Contador, he ended up blowing just like Valverde, it goes to show what Froome does. There’s still a long way to go in this race. Anything can happen. Today was the first proper mountain stage. The Vuelta is supposed to be the most exciting race and I think it showed up again. It was a crazy stage from the start. That crash in the beginning was really nasty. I don’t know what it is with the riders these days. Maybe it’s the pressure from the team directors: stay in the front, stay in the front!”

7th overall and previous overall leader, David De La Cruz (Etixx – Quick-Step): “I have mixed feelings now. Of course, It has been a beautiful experience being able to wear the leader’s jersey of the main race in my country. The public support gave me wings, even more tan the jersey itself. We knew it would be a hard day and a very hard final climb, which turned to be even harder than I thought. I pushed my body to the limit trying to honor the jersey the best I could, but it wasn’t possible to keep the lead. I’m glad of what I’ve done today, I’m glad for what I felt yesterday and I’m sure there will be more opportunities. The Movistar pace was bloody hard, but I also have to say that the teamwork was spectacular. To see riders as good as we have at Etixx working for me was something to be proud of. I hope cycling keeps giving me moments like this as there’s a long road ahead.”

Break rider, Luis Ángel Maté (Cofidis): “I knew I loved this stage. My objective was to arrive to the line by myself, but there was no such luck. I took the breakaway the only two days where it didn’t make it. I’m feeling great and my legs are great, so I will keep trying. It was a crazy start, there were a lot of crashes and tension. It was a hard break to make and we didn’t have a big enough gap at the bottom of the climb. For sure I will try to break again.”

Vuelta a España Stage 10 Result:
1. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar in 4:50:31
2. Robert Gesink (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo at 0:24
3. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky at 0:25
4. Omar Fraile (Spa) Dimension Data at 0:28
5. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar
6. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana
7. Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-BikeExchange at 1:02
8. Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff at 1:05
9. Simon Yates (GB) Orica-BikeExchange at 1:09
10. Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 1:11.

Vuelta a España Overall After Stage 10:
1. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar in 38:37:07
2. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 0:57
3. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky at 0:58
4. Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-BikeExchange at 2:09
5. Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff at 2:54
6. Leopold Konig (Cze) Sky at 2:57
7. David De La Cruz (Spa) Etixx – Quick-Step at 3:03
8. Simon Yates (GB) Orica-BikeExchange at 3:06
9. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana at 3:14
10. Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC at 3:20.

Stage 10:

Chris Froome (Sky) won his second stage in the Tour of Spain in Stage 11 on Wednesday on the same place he won five years ago. At the end of the stage at the top of Peña Cabarga, Froome out-sprinted Nairo Quintana (Movistar). The Colombian held his overall lead, but now only has a 54-second lead over the three-times Tour de France champion. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) was third on the stage and is now 3rd overall at 1:05.

After an hour at an average speed of 49.8kph, a group of 23 riders escaped: Ben Hermans (BMC), Martijn Keizer (LottoNl-Jumbo), Davide Malacarne (Astana), Koen De Kort and Johannes Fröhlinger (Giant-Alpecin), Kiel Reijnen (Trek-Segafredo), Jan Bakelants and Axel Domont (AG2R-La Mondiale), Tiago Machado and Jhonatan Restrepo (Katusha), Sander Armée (Lotto Soudal), Pieter Serry and Zdenek Stybar (Etixx – Quick-Step), Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac), Jacques Janse van Rensburg and Merhawi Kudus (Dimension Data), Larry Warbasse (IAM Cycling), Kristijan Durasek and Ilia Koshevoy (Lampre-Merida), Cesare Benedetti and Christoph Pfingsten (Bora-Argon 18), David Arroyo and Angel Madrazo (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA). After a further 35 kilometers their lead had gone over 5 minutes, but Alberto Contador’s Tinkoff team started chase and cut the gap down to three minutes with 70km to go.

The gap had settled at around two minutes when Stybar took the intermediate sprint of the day at Suances (122km). Thirty kilometers from the line, the lead of the 23 had melted to a minute. At the foot of the climb, the peloton was on its heels.

Movistar took over control of the peloton. Hermans and Bakelants tried to stay out front, but they were reeled after the 3km mark. With 1.7 km to go, Esteban Chaves (Orica-BikeExchange) launched what looked like a winning move. Leopold König was working for Froome as was Valverde for Quintana, but at 700 meters out; Quintana attacked and only Froome could follow. The pair shot past Chaves and then Froome put in the winning move to repeat his win of five years ago.

Stage 11 race report.

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Stage 11 winner and 2nd overall, Chris Froome (Sky):
“It was like turning the clock back today since you won here five years ago?

Of course I have special memories of 2011 at the Vuelta. I was riding against Cobo at the time and it was my first ever victory as a professional. So obviously I have special memories of this climb. Today was just another day. I knew the finish well, I knew the climb well. That definitely helped. Coming into the last 200 meters, I couldn’t see the line but I knew the moment to accelerate. I’m really happy to have a stage win.”

Who is in charge of the race now, you or Movistar?
“Movistar have the lead now, Valverde is third. It’s not for us to control, they have that responsibility at the moment.”

Do you feel you’re improving in this Vuelta?
“It was definitely my intention coming into this Vuelta to ride myself into the race. It was difficult. After the Tour de France I had to go to the Olympics, I did not necessarily have much time to prepare specifically for the Vuelta. I wanted to build into the race and feel better in the second half and hopefully I’m on track for this now.”

You rode this differently from the Lagos de Covadonga. Why?
“I had a a different approach to it. My past experience at the Lagos de Covagonda told me to ride in a different kind of way, at a pace that suited me best. In the past I often exploded on that climb so I paced myself a lot better. It was the best way for me to ride. Today was a completely different climb. I approached it differently, it was better today to stay in the front.”

Who is the strong rider now, you or Quintana?
“Definitely Quintana is really strong at the moment and he has the leader’s jersey. I’m trying to do as much as I can and hopefully I can keep getting closer. He takes time and I take time and that’s what makes it exciting.”

Overall leader and 2nd on the stage, Nairo Quintana (Movistar): “I’m good, we have arrived together with Froome. He won the stage because he was faster than me at the end. I still think he’s strong. We can’t be distracted because there are some difficult stages ahead where there will be a battle. Sometimes it’s difficult to think about what Froome will do because he has different strategies. The other day, in a short climb, I gained some time, and today we arrived together. We’ll see how strong he is in the long mountain stages, but we have seen he’s strong. We have to be careful because he’s our more direct rival.”

3rd on the stage and overall, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar): “We wanted to let the break go because there was just a rider 7 minutes behind in the GC and, for the rest, there wasn’t any real threat. For us, it was better lo let it go and let our team rest as well, but Tinkoff put on a real show. They really did a great job, we have to congratulate them. In the climb, we were good. Nairo was close to the win but we were 2nd and 3rd, so we have to be happy. Froome grabbed four seconds to Nairo but that’s all. One day you are behind and the other day you are not. That’s also the beauty of sport. Tomorrow is a harder day even if it’s not a summit finish. We will have to be at the front. As a team, we are OK and today the boys could rest a bit as we haven’t worked that much, so tomorrow we’ll see how it goes.”

4th on the stage and 6th overall, Leopold König (Sky): “I’m happy we executed the plan. We won the stage and finally I could pull a little bit for Chris. We just used the help of Tinkoff and that’s how we won it. We won the stage because of them otherwise we wouldn’t have chased the breakaway. We’re pretty on it. I hope for a better second part of the Vuelta. We’ll see. The other day, on the Covadonga I lacked the endurance because I had few racing days, I was a long time injured. I think I can be up there in the harder climbs in the Pyrenees and be a wild card for Chris.”

5th on the stage and overall, Alberto Contador (Tinkoff): “We already lost a lot of time for the GC, so we have to look for other objectives. Today was a summit finish which could have suited us, even if we didn’t know how I would feel after the rest day. We tried to control the break, even if there were 23 riders. I think you have to take risks to know if you can win or not. It’s useless to let 23 riders go if you just stay in the peloton. We tried, but I didn’t have the legs and there were some riders who were better than me. We will keep trying. Everything that makes the Vuelta harder I think will make more differences between riders, and given the situation I’m in, it can’t be any worse for me.”

8th on the stage and 4th overall, Esteban Chaves (Orica-BikeExchange): “I tried but it was not possible for us today. The important thing is to keep trying. The goal is still to finish in the best position in the general classification. The podium? We will see…”

9th on the stage, Pierre Latour (AG2R-La Mondiale): “Contador’s team pulled all day behind the break because he wanted to win it and it made for a tough ride. In front we had the Bakelants card to play and behind we knew what we had to do, stay in the wheels, but it was still hectic. I finished on courage but eventually the result is quite good.”

13th on the stage, Jean-Christophe Peraud (AG2R-La Mondiale): “To ride at this level is both pleasure and suffering. The sensations are coming back even if they’re not the best in my career. Pierre Latour is here to take the baton from me and I’m trying to give him advice from time to time but he’s a fast learner.”

Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx – Quick-Step): “It was really hard. It can happen after a rest day that you don’t have a good feeling with the legs. I suffered a bit of pain in my left leg from the crash two days ago. In the last climb, I tried to follow but then, at minus two, I preferred to think about another day. Today I lost five minutes in the GC. Now a break is also possible.”

Jhonatan Restrepo (Katusha): “It was quite a fast stage. We tried to go in the break, but it seems that Tinkoff’s goal was to catch us. Maybe Alberto [Contador] felt good. They did their race and we tried to do ours. At the end, there was no motivation left to fight for victory as the peloton was just some seconds behind us and we had no strength left after pulling all day. It was incredibly hard to make the breakaway, it took 50 kilometers of attacking before they let a group go. For sure, we will try again.”

Vuelta a España Stage 11 Result:
1. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky in 3:44:47
2. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar
3. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 0:06
4. Leopold Konig (Cze) Sky
5. Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff
6. Simon Yates (GB) Orica-BikeExchange at 0:13
7. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana at 0:14
8. Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-BikeExchange at 0:19
9. Pierre-Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 0:22
10. Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC at 0:30.

Vuelta a España Overall After Stage 11:
1. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar in 42:21:48
2. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky at 0:54
3. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 1:05
4. Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-BikeExchange at 2:34
5. Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff at 3:06
6. Leopold Konig (Cze) Sky at 3:09
7. Simon Yates (GB) Orica-BikeExchange at 3:25
8. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana at 3:34
9. David De La Cruz (Spa) Etixx – Quick-Step at 3:45
10. Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC at 3:56.

Stage 11:

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Tour des Fjords 2016
THE EXCLAMATION: From Leigh Howard: “I am very happy to have won this stage, but sorry to have won under these odd circumstances.”

THE FACT OF THE DAY: The catastrophic organization of the 1st stage of the Tour of the Fjords caused tremendous confusion within the peloton for the final. Riders and directeurs sportifs in team cars alike were forced to slalom between cars and buses in the streets of Bergen.


THE EXPLANATION: Again from Leigh Howard: “Frankly, I don’t want to lounge on this success today. I just have to highlight the incredible work that Roger Kluge did in the final. I was extremely happy to have him with me. And now we have to demonstrate the strength of the team for the rest of the event through till Sunday.”


THE ANALYSIS: Given by Kjell Carlström, IAM Cycling directeur sportif along with Lionel Marie at the Tour des Fjords. “Roger Kluge and Leigh Howard attacked some 16 kilometers from the finish. With the help of Jesper Asselman (Roompot Oranje-Platoon), they managed to hold off the bulk of chasing peloton led by Katusha. And then Leigh perfectly executed the finish by anticipating and launching his attack with only 500 meters to go to the finish.”

THE INFO: The riders of the Tour des Fjords were pre-testing in a way the circuit that will serve as the route for the 2017 World Championships, which are planned to take place in Bergen. It is intended to be a “technical route with a climb in two sections that will prove demanding because of the repetition,” according to Kjell Carlström.

THE WEATHER: Rain and cold lashed the professional riders throughout the entire first stage. After the ordeal, directeur sportif Lionel Marie did not hide his joy at checking into the team hotel. “I am ready to warmup with a good shower; I’ve lost well over 15°C in about 24 hours. I’m frozen.”

THE RECORD: Thanks to Leigh Howard’s victory today, the IAM Cycling team has equaled its record for number of wins in one season (18 in 2014). This also brings the number of top-5 placings for the team this season to 80.


THE MENU FOR THE DAY: With two climbs staggered throughout the 152.5 kilometer second stage from Stord to Odda, the sprinters should be able to count on being at the party till the end, unless a breakaway proves successful.
Thanks to the IAM Cycling team for the race info.

Tour des Fjords Stage 1 Result:
1. Leigh Howard (Aus) IAM Cycling in 3:27:18
2. Jesper Asselman (Ned) Roompot-Oranje Peloton at 0:03
3. August Jensen (Nor) Team Coop-Øster Hus at 0:06
4. Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC
5. Jonas Koch (Ger) Verva ActiveJet
6. Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Team Roth
7. Sjoerd Van Ginneken (Ned) Roompot-Oranje Peloton
8. Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
9. Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Rabobank Development
10. Truls Korsaeth (Nor) Team Joker Byggtorget.

Tour des Fjords Overall After Stage 1:
1. Leigh Howard (Aus) IAM Cycling in 3:27:08
2. Jesper Asselman (Ned) Roompot-Oranje Peloton at 0:07
3. August Jensen (Nor) Team Coop-Øster Hus at 0:12
4. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha at 0:13
5. Joseph Rosskopf (USA) BMC at 0:15
6. Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC at 0:16
7. Jonas Koch (Ger) Verva ActiveJet
8. Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Team Roth
9. Sjoerd Van Ginneken (Ned) Roompot-Oranje Peloton
10. Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise.

Stage 1:

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Wesley Kreder returns to Wanty-Groupe Gobert
Wesley Kreder returns to Wanty-Groupe Gobert. The Dutchman signed a two-year contract with Jean-François Bourlart’s team.

Kreder was already part of the team Wanty-Groupe Gobert in 2014 but moved to the Dutch team Roompot Oranje Peloton in 2015. This year he got his second professional victory – a stage win in the Ster ZLM Toer. In 2012 he won the Tour de Vendée.

“I am happy to return to Wanty-Groupe Gobert in 2017. I have fond memories of this team”, Wesley Kreder said.

The team manager Jean-François Bourlart is happy to welcome Wesley Kreder back to the Belgian team.
“His profile suits our project needs. He will be very useful in the preparation of the sprint for Kenny Dehaes. He can play his own card. Moreover he can perform as well in the classics. He is a complete rider.”

Current team for 2016: Frederik Backaert, Thomas Degand, Kenny Dehaes, Guillaume Martin, Tom Devriendt and Wesley Kreder.

Wesley Kreder:
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Ulissi and Rui Costa, the First Two Talents of the TJ Sport Project
The first two talents of the new project TJ Sport will be Diego Ulissi and Rui Costa.

The twenty-seven years old Italian rider and the world champion in Florence 2013 signed the two years renewal of their contracts with the first Chinese World Tour team.

Diego Ulissi, born in 1989, has raced in the pro since 2010 and he has always worn the jersey of the team which has managed by Giuseppe Saronni.
With the contract extension, he’s becoming the emblem of the team, adding the Italian colors to the basis of the Chinese team.

“I’m happy to continue along the professional path I have started in the team several years ago, adding a new enthusiasm which comes from the Chinese project: I’m sure the next two years will be full of satisfactions”, Ulissi commented.

Rui Costa, born in Povoa de Varzim (Portugal) in 1986, chose to add two more years to his experience in the team.

“Being part of this new project and having being chosen as a leader of the World Tour team is something special for me – Rui Costa explained – I had received proposals from other teams, however when Saronni described to me his ideas for the future and the project, I had no doubts and I immediately chose to sign a new contract for the next two years.
I really appreciate that Saronni and the group of TJ Sport trust in me, this is a great motivation for me”.

Ulissi and Rui Costa:
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Rick Zabel to join Team KATUSHA
Team KATUSHA is happy to announce that Rick Zabel will join the team in 2017. Zabel (22) has signed a contract for two seasons. The German rider comes from BMC Racing Team. In 2016 Rick Zabel successfully completed his second Tour of Italy, finishing four times in the top ten. As a young pro rider he also has a stage win in the Tour of Austria on his palmarès. Rick is a fast rider and as former U23 national champion and winner of the U23 Tour of Flanders, he is a rider made for the classics.

– Team KATUSHA is becoming a more and more international team and with Tony Martin and Nils Politt I will have two other German riders around me. I look forward to being part of this team. Most of all I will be happy to have a place in a team focusing on the classics too. I want to play a very active role in the lead-out for Alexander Kristoff. It is nice to work for a big rider and learning from his experience. Of course I dream of my own successes, but that’s for later; I am still very young, – says Rick Zabel.

– I know Rick’s father Erik very well. I rode with him 16 years in the pro peloton and later Erik became the team liaison for our bike manufacturer CANYON. In this way I have already followed Rick’s career for many years. I am convinced he has enormous growth potential ahead of him. We don’t expect him to equalize Erik’s records. It is a pleasure to welcome a young guy with the right spirit and mentality into our team. I am excited to have him with us, – added Team KATUSHA General Manager Viacheslav Ekimov.

– For me it is no problem that people look at me as ‘the son of’. I am born as his son and I am proud of him, just as he is proud of me. It is nice to be part of the family story, – concluded Rick Zabel.

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Stetina and Beppu re-sign with Trek-Segafredo
Trek-Segafredo is pleased to announce that it has agreed with Peter Stetina and Fumiyuki Beppu to extend the term of their contracts by two years through 2018.

29-year-old Peter Stetina, who came back from a near-career-ending leg injury in April 2015, showed his capacity this year, both as a leader and a high mountain support rider, and is pleased to renew with Trek-Segafredo:

“I’m beyond excited to continue with Trek-Segafredo. They believed in me when I was sidelined last year, and loyalty means a lot to me. I quickly found myself at home in the Trek family and really enjoyed 2016. I’m honored to continue my career here.”

Stetina, who climbed to second place in the queen stage of the Tour of California, is ambitious for what lies ahead.

“I will finish this year content, but not satisfied. If you had told me last year, while I struggled to walk, that I would recover my leg strength, show my potential in the California mountains, and race the Tour de France as a high mountain domestique, I would have taken that deal in a heartbeat! So in light of this, I think 2016 was successful. It was hard, and I pushed myself deeply to rehabilitate quickly.”

“But I am still hungry: I missed that big result. I’ve already got an eye toward 2017, when I can have a normal winter training, and not play catch-up all spring but actually race in the front. As usual, I’ll take my chances in one-week races especially in the USA, and support my Trek-Segafredo teammates in the high mountains of the WorldTour and Grand Tours.”

Fumiyuki Beppu, known as ‘Fumy’ within the team, has been with Trek-Segafredo since 2014 and has rightfully claimed a spot in the infrastructure of the team. His charisma and relentless work ethic make him an indispensable teammate.

“I am very delighted to renew with the team for another two years. I have experienced so many things with this group since I joined in 2014, and I couldn’t imagine riding for another team. I am eager to ride more Grand Tours and Monuments and challenge myself even more. I also would want to ride more aggressively and actively, and train harder than ever. I’d like to express my gratitude to the team and Luca (Guercilena) in particular for the continuous trust in me as an athlete.”

General Manager Luca Guercilena: “A strong team needs a solid base; you can’t be ambitious if you don’t have a solid foundation. Both Peter (Stetina) and Fumy (Beppu) have a track record as team players and helpers when it really matters. Peter was super important for us in the Tour de France in helping Bauke Mollema on the mountain stages. The story of his tenacity in fighting back from a broken leg makes it all that more impressive. And Fumy is an equally impressive domestique and also road captain. He’s a very versatile rider and therefore has a very important place in our team. I am pleased to have both Fumy and Peter for another two years!”

Fumiyuki Beppu:
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Belgian talent Jenthe Biermans signs with Team KATUSHA
Team KATUSHA will look very different in 2017 as the team goes on signing new young talents. The ambitious WorldTour team is happy to announce that it reached an agreement with young Belgian talent Jenthe Biermans. Biermans, (20), will be the youngest rider in the 2017 squad. Representing SEG Racing Academy, in 2016 for the second year in a row, he finished second in the U23 edition of Paris-Roubaix. One year earlier he was also second in the national road championships. As a junior he was Belgian champion and won the Tour of Flanders. Biermans is obviously a man for the classics.

– And the worse the weather, the better I feel. I love the classics. I hope to learn a lot from a rider like Alexander Kristoff. I will be happy to work for him. I hope that he can take nice victories in 2017 and that I can contribute to making them happen. I’m taking a very big step, but I feel that I am ready for it. Last year after my second U23 season, I got some offers from ProContinental teams, but at that time I determined it was too early to make the move. Moreover, when a huge team like Team KATUSHA knocks on your door, you don’t need to hesitate any more. I am very happy. In the last week I’ve already seen the names of new guys coming to the team, all coming from different countries. It looks impressive. I cannot wait to start next season, – said Jenthe Biermans.

– We really believe in Jenthe. We followed him for awhile and when he recently became a trainee at Wanty – Groupe Goubert, he immediately impressed in his first pro race, Dwars door Hageland, a race with many unpaved and cobbled sections. Only a flat tire kept him from a surprise podium. It confirmed what we see in him. Jenthe is a huge talent and a guy to cherish. We will give him the necessary time to grow. He is still young and we have patience, – explains Team KATUSHA General Manager Viacheslav Ekimov, who added that the team will continue to announce more signings and re-signings the coming days.

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Tim Declercq goes World Tour with Etixx – Quick-Step
Our team confirms the transfer of the 27-year-old Belgian, who will bring the number of new riders for next season to seven.

A former U23 National Champion, Tim Declercq turned professional in 2012 and since then has proved his credentials in the one-day races, notching top 10 placings in various events such as Coppa Bernocchi, Tour du Finistère, Dwars door het Hageland, Schaal Sels and Le Samyn. A powerful rider who isn’t afraid of taking on tough races, the 27-year-old will now step up to World Tour level with Etixx – Quick-Step, where he is expected to be a solid pillar of the team.

“I am very excited, this move is a dream come true! It’s really great to sign a contract with Etixx – Quick-Step and know that from now on I will be part of this team and bring my services whenever people will need me. I talked with Patrick Lefevere, I know what my role will be and I’m ready to give it my all and work really hard. It’s an honor to ride for Etixx – Quick-Step, a team who loves the cobbles as much as I do and I am grateful for this opportunity. I also want to send my thanks to Topsport Vlaanderen for being by my side during my first pro years, as this meant a lot for me”, said Tim Declercq, who featured in the original breakaway at the past two editions of Paris-Roubaix.

Patrick Lefevere, the CEO of Etixx – Quick-Step, was content with this new transfer for the upcoming season and welcomed the Belgian to the team: “We were looking for such a rider to add to our 2017 roster and Tim really fits well into our structure. We’ve been following him for some time now and could see he is very consistent, a strong rider on which you can rely in any kind of situation. He has a big engine that he can really put to work on the flat and I’m confident that he will repay our trust and be very important in our set-up for next year.”

Tim Declercq:
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Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka renews with 4 African riders
Focus on continued development and high performance.

South Africans Reinardt Janse van Rensburg and Nic Dougall, as well as Eritreans Natnael Berhane and Merhawi Kudus have inked deals with Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka that will see them representing Africa’s team beyond 2016.

After coming back to the team last year, Janse van Rensburg has confirmed his talent by winning the overall of the Tour de Langkawi, Asia’s most iconic stage race, in March 2016. The 27-year-old was also a key member of our Tour de France squads in 2015 and 2016, where he has been a vital support rider for our African team. Besides that he has shown his strength at the classics.

Fellow South African Nic Dougall also underlined his talent in the first part of the season is. At just 23 years of age he has shown his potential at the cobbled races where he was playing an important role.

“I’m really happy to be riding for an African team. It means a lot to me as we do not only help to raise the bar for African cycling but also help to put people on bikes through Qhubeka. I’m very much looking forward to further develop as a classics rider as these are the races that I really enjoy”, says Dougall, who’s currently racing his first Grand Tour at La Vuelta.

Another rider who is racing in Spain at the moment is 22-year old Merhawi Kudus. The young Eritrean has already shown glimpses of his talent during the first week of La Vuelta. It is the fourth Grand Tour of his young career, that has seen finishing all three of them in the last three years. “I would like to win a stage at a Grand Tour in the future. I feel that these are the races that suit me well and it’s great to be able to develop myself as rider in an African team. This team is rewriting the history for African cycling and it’s great to a part of it”, so Kudus.

Natnael Berhane is another Eritrean who can take things to a whole new level for African cycling in the next seasons. The former Eritrean champion was the first African to win a stage race in Europe in 2013, the Presidential Tour of Turkey, and has since steadily progressed in his development. He was a key support rider during this years mountain stages of the Tour de France, after riding actively in a couple of stage races prior to the Grand Boucle, where he was the designated team leader.

Douglas Ryder – Team Principle
We built this team to showcase and support the best talent on the African Continent and I am really happy to see the commitment, dedication and loyalty these riders have shown in their future development with Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka and also in the team’s purpose of mobilizing people on bikes. The coming seasons will be breakthrough years for these riders so hold onto your seats big things are coming.

Rolf Aldag – Head of Performance
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka grew really fast over the last years to become one of the leading teams in the Peloton. The message this team sends out to the world is unique and so are the people on this team. We are happy to extend the agreements with Merhawi, Natnael, Reinardt and Nic to help them building on their carriers and have them on board to secure our future success.

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Nikolay Trusov joins Gazprom-RusVelo
Gazprom – RusVelo announced that Russian rider Nikolay Trusov is to join the team next season. Nikolay signed a two-year deal and will be a part of the squad in 2017 and 2018 seasons.

“I am very happy that we signed the contract. In 2012 I was a part of RusVelo, but it was a different team. Since then Gazprom – RusVelo stepped up to another level in terms of results and management. It’s a crucial point, because cycling is a team sport and it’s very difficult to reach season goals on your own. I am very excited about my new role within a team, but I am not afraid of responsibilities and will do my best to prove myself,” – Nikolay Trusov said.

Gazprom – RusVelo GM Renat Khamidulin: “We are very glad, that we reached the agreement with Nikolay. He’s that type of rider who will unite the team within one-day classics and we bet on him to lead a sprint train. As in case with Ivan Rovny, we can say that this deal is a sort of comeback, because Nikolay was a part of our team in 2012. We’ve already discussed his role for the next season and I believe that his contribution will help to reach team’s goals.”

Nikolay Trusov has spent 13 years in professional peloton. He was a part of a few Russian teams: RusVelo, Katusha, Tinkoff and he spent one season in Dutch Cycling team De Rijke-Shanks. Last three years he raced in Tinkoff, where he gained a lot of experience on the highest level. This season he’s proven himself to be a solid domestique and we expect him to strengthen up our team.

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Giant-Alpecin for Tour of Britain
Team Giant-Alpecin will be participating in the 13th edition of the Tour of Britain, starting this Sunday in Scotland. The first five stages of the British race features plenty of undulating roads suitable for bunch sprints and breakaways. Stage six will see the general classification unfold on the tough uphill finish to Haytor. On the penultimate day, the riders will tackle a 15km individual time trial in the morning followed by a short road stage in the afternoon. The Tour of Britain comes to a climax in London with a flat circuit and a fast finish can be expected.

Coach Marc Reef (NED) said: “The Tour of Britain is a very interesting race with a challenging parcours. The stages present plenty of different opportunities as it will be an open race. We’ll take our chances in the sprints and breakaways and with our line-up we’ll challenge for stage results.”

“Tom returns to racing after his silver medal at the Olympics. He has already proved his capabilities against the clock this season and will be looking for a strong performance at the time trial.”

Line-Up:
Roy Curvers (NED), Tom Dumoulin (NED), Jochem Hoekstra (NED), Ramon Sinkeldam (NED), Martijn Tusveld (NED), Max Walscheid (GER).
Coach: Marc Reef (NED).

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BMC Racing Team Set for Competitive Tour of Britain
A strong six-rider BMC Racing Team squad are heading to the Aviva Tour of Britain next week and will be looking to challenge for results over the eight-day stage race.

Sports Director Jackson Stewart said that the team will be targeting stage wins when the race gets underway on Sunday, 4 September.

“We are lining up at the Aviva Tour of Britain with stage victories in mind and will see how the General Classification develops from there. We have a motivated and talented team racing in Britain and, as we have been doing all season, we will try and be active in the breaks and will be looking for success daily,” Stewart said.

Rohan Dennis is looking forward to rejoining his BMC Racing Team teammates in the peloton after returning from Rio.

“I’m feeling good at the moment. I had some time off after Rio and the first four days back on the bike felt like I belonged in a junior category but since then things have been back on track and I’m looking forward to testing the legs out in a race like the Aviva Tour of Britain.”

“The time trial is definitely a target of mine and I would love to win it. Plus if I’m still up there on the General Classification by then it could really set me up for the overall victory,” Dennis added.

Rider roster:
Rohan Dennis (AUS), Taylor Eisenhart (USA), Amaël Moinard (FRA), Taylor Phinney (USA), Loïc Vliegen (BEL), Rick Zabel (GER)
Sports Directors: Jackson Stewart (USA), Fabio Baldato (ITA).

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Olympic Champion Elia Viviani to lead Team Sky in Tour of Britain
Olympic Gold medallist Elia Viviani is the latest high-profile rider to be confirmed for this year’s Tour of Britain, which gets under on Sunday (4 September) from George Square in Glasgow.

The Italian Team Sky rider will be joined on the Tour of Britain start line by another Rio medallist, Jack Bobridge of Trek Segafredo, who won Silver in the Team Pursuit for Austalia. The duo take the number of 2016 Olympic medallists confirmed for the Tour of Britain to six, alongside Gold medallists Sir Bradley Wiggins and Owain Doull, and Silver medallists Mark Cavendish and Tom Dumoulin.

Viviani will lead Team Sky, who also include this year’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege winner Wout Poels and British duo Ian Stannard and Ben Swift, plus current Irish Road Race and Time Trial Champion Nicolas Roche.

Another National Champion riding in the Tour of Britain will be Dutch Road Race Champion Dylan Groenewegen, who already has one victory on British roads in 2016 having taken the opening stage of the Tour de Yorkshire in April.

Also confirmed were the line-ups for three of the British teams in the Tour of Britain – JLT Condor presented by Mavic, Madison Genesis and NFTO.

JLT Condor are led by former British Champion Russell Downing, NFTO include Ian Bibby, winner of the Manx, Wiltshire and Rydale Grand Prix in 2016 and Madison Genesis are led by Tom Stewart, victor in two of the biggest single day races in the UK, the Lincoln GP and Velothon Wales.

In addition to the line-up of Olympic medallists confirmed for the Tour of Britain, Tour de France stage winners this Summer Andre Greipel and Steve Cummings are also on the provisional rider list, along with a pair of former UCI World Hour Record holders Alex Dowsett and Rohan Dennis.

Spectators will have the chance to meet all 21 teams in the Tour of Britain from 18:00 this Saturday (3 September) evening at a Team Presentation event on George Square in the heart of Glasgow.

Three-hours of live coverage will be broadcast from each stage of the Tour of Britain, with both ITV4 and the BIKE Channel UK showing the race live, while ITV4 will also air a one-hour highlights program each day.

The Tour of Britain is British Cycling’s premier road cycling event giving cycling fans the opportunity to see the world’s best teams and riders competing on their door step.

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Etixx – Quick-Step to Tour of Britain
We are going with a solid team to a race in which we’ve won 18 stages at the previous participations

This year’s Tour of Britain is set to start from Glasgow and come to a conclusion in London, the capital of the United Kingdom, after eight stages and more than 1300 kilometers. As things stand at the moment, at least five days will have the sprinters in the spotlight, giving them plenty of opportunities to test themselves ahead of the World Championships in Doha. Decisive for the general classification will be the stage to Haytor (making its return after three years) and the 15-km long individual time trial in Bristol, which is scheduled to take place one day later.

A top 10 finisher at the Tour de France this year and a stage winner at both Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana and Volta a Catalunya, Daniel Martin will lead Etixx – Quick-Step in the British race (4-11 September), which he’ll ride for the first time since 2013, when he finished 13th in the overall standings.

The 30-year-old Irishman talked of his preparation and the expectations he has for the race: “Doing the Tour de France and the Olympic Games was very tiring, physically and mentally. After the road race, I stayed in Rio to recover and follow my girlfriend, who was competing at the Olympics. It was nice, I cleaned up my mind and once I returned home I started building up for the last part of the season. Even though I don’t know what to expect from this race, I am keen on honoring it with a win, especially as in the past I came close to a victory, but missed out on one. The team is strong, so let’s see what we’re going to do.”

Joining Dan for the Tour of Britain – a race in which Etixx – Quick-Step holds the record for the most stage wins (18) – are stagiaire Adrien Costa, three-time ITT World Champion Tony Martin, Tour de Suisse stage and points classification winner Maximiliano Richeze, 2014 Tour of Britain stage victor Julien Vermote and Lukasz Wisniowski.

For Adrien Costa, this will be his first race with Etixx – Quick-Step, which he’ll do after coming third at the prestigious Tour de l’Avenir. One of the most fascinating prospects on the U23 scene, the 19-year-old American has enjoyed a strong and impressive season so far, winning the Tour de Bretagne and completing the arduous Tour of Utah in second place, ahead of many established World Tour riders.

“After the Tour de l’Avenir I enjoyed a few days of relaxation and much needed recovery in France. L’Avenir was a big season objective and with two stage wins and a 3rd overall, it went really great for our team. It was an honor to race against the best U23 riders in the world, and at the same time, a huge experience”, said Adrien Costa. “I am super excited to do the Tour of Britain with Etixx – Quick-Step; it’s been a dream since I was a kid to race in the pro peloton beside all these legends of the sport. I’m looking forward to a fun, hard week of racing, and I hope to learn as much as I can and give maximum contribution to the team’s efforts throughout the race.”

Riders:
Adrien Costa (USA), Daniel Martin (IRL). Tony Martin (GER), Maximiliano Richeze (ARG), Julien Vermote (BEL), Lukasz Wisniowski (POL).
Sports Director Brian Holm (DEN).

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Tour of Britain Team Presentation on George Square, Glasgow
Cycling fans will have the chance to meet the world’s top cyclists, including a host of Olympic medallists led by Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish, at a team presentation event in Glasgow next Saturday (3 September).

The special event on George Square, which is free-to-attend, will welcome the teams and riders from the Tour of Britain to Glasgow ahead of the start of Britain’s biggest professional cycle race from the Square the following morning.

Each of the 21 teams will appear on stage from 18:00 onwards, giving spectators the chance to see the world’s top names interviewed, and to get autographs and photos with their favorite riders from the Tour of Britain field.

Councillor Archie Graham OBE, Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow Life, said: “Since Glasgow last hosted the Tour of Britain Grand Depart ten years ago, the city’s sporting profile has gone from strength to strength. We can’t wait to host the start of this exciting race, and welcome all the participants to our city.

“The Team Presentation is the perfect opportunity for cycling fans to see their favorite teams and riders before the Grand Depart on Sunday 4 September. We’re planning activities which will keep the whole family entertained, so make sure you head to George Square and join in the fun.”

The event starts at 4pm in George Square, with plenty of fun for all the family. Scottish radio and television presenter Bryan Burnett will be keeping crowds entertained, and there will be plenty of activity with an exciting ‘Rollapaluza’ station, as well as mascots from local schools and cycling clubs which will represent the 21 teams taking part in the Tour of Britain.

Teams will appear on stage from 18:00 onwards starting with UCI WorldTour team Trek Segafredo and culminating in Team Dimension Data of Mark Cavendish at 19:40.

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “We are delighted to support Stage One of the Tour of Britain through EventScotland’s International Funding Program and look forward to seeing some of the biggest names in world cycling gather in Glasgow for the team presentation, followed by the first day of racing.

“George Square will come alive with activity on both Saturday and Sunday in celebration of this magnificent occasion and, with thousands expected to attend, these festivities will demonstrate why Scotland is known the world over as the perfect stage for events.”

Stage One will begin from George Square at 11:30 on Sunday 4 September and feature a racing lap of the city. Following the departure of the Tour of Britain fans can get on their bikes and ride on traffic free roads in the Sky Ride Glasgow.

Stage One of the 2016 Tour of Britain is supported by Dumfries & Galloway Council, EventScotland and Glasgow City Council.

In total 21 teams will contest the 2016 Tour of Britain, including 11 UCI WorldTour teams, the highest number to have competed in Britain since the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart.

Already confirmed for the Tour of Britain are the likes of Olympic medallists from Rio Sir Bradley Wiggins, Owain Doull, Mark Cavendish and Tom Dumoulin, plus multiple Tour de France stage winners Andre Greipel, Rohan Dennis and Steve Cummings.

A host of British stars like Alex Dowsett, Ian Stannard and Mark McNally will also race, with the full provisional line-up of 126 riders announced next week.

Seven British teams will line-up for the Tour of Britain, led by Team Sky and also including Team WIGGINS and a Great Britain national team.

Three-hours of live coverage will be broadcast from each stage of the Tour of Britain, with both ITV4 and the BIKE Channel UK showing the race live, while ITV4 will also air a one-hour highlights programme each day.

The Tour of Britain is British Cycling’s premier road cycling event giving cycling fans the opportunity to see the world’s best teams and riders competing on their door step.

The full appearance schedule for teams at the team presentation is as follows:
1) Trek Segafredo, 1800
2) Team LottoNL Jumbo, 1805
3) NFTO, 1810
4) Team Giant Alpecin, 1815
5) Madison Genesis, 1820
6) Wanty Groupe Gobert, 1825
7) Orica BikeExchange, 1830
8) JLT Condor presented by Mavic, 1835
9) ONE Pro Cycling, 1840
10) Lotto Soudal, 1845
11) Great Britain, 1850
12) Caja Rural – Seguros RGA, 1855
13) Cannondale Drapac Pro Cycling, 1900
14) An Post Chain Reaction, 1905
15) Bardiani CSF, 1910
16) BMC Racing Team, 1915
17) Movistar Team, 1920
18) Etixx Quick-Step, 1925
19) Team WIGGINS, 1930
20) Team Sky, 1935
21) Team Dimension Data, 1940.

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Giro del Trentino to expose its history in Arco
From September 3rd, the race that unveiled the beauties of Trentino to the World retraces its own history with an historical exhibition (free entry) in Arco.

Over 300 photos along with jerseys, documents, souvenirs: the Giro del Trentino revives its own history refreshing emotions and memories by the many persons involved in the event throughout its long run, all the way to the successful 40th edition of last April, won by Spaniard Mikel Landa, and rewarded by a resounding media exposure.

From September 3rd to 11th, right on the first anniversary of the passing of Nerino Ioppi, one of the event’s founders – the photographic and historical exhibition organized by G.S. Alto Garda – curated by Matteo Rossi and photoreporter Remo Mosna – opens its doors at the Arco Casino (free entrance), in the city where the race was born and became famous under the guidance of Guido Amistadi.

“We chose to apply for the organization a stage race in Trentino in February when the opportunity arose – G.S. Alto Garda’s President Giacomo Santini remembers – though winter arguably was not the perfect period for a mountainous area like ours. For that reason we focused on Northern Lake Garda, well-known for its temperate weather. In spite of that, the snow welcomed the first edition but the race, but that could not hamper its success: we have never stopped from then on.”

Remo Mosna’s images will display the close link between the race and the landscape, showing how much cities and small villages changed over the time. “I can’t count how many different cities hosted our race’s departure or finish – vice-president Lina Ioppi underlines – for sure, we built up friendship and good cooperation wherever we have gone.”

Supported by Trentino Alto Adige Region, Trento Province and Arco Municipality, the exhibition will be daily open from 10:00 am to 7 pm with the sole exception of Sunday, September 11th (from noon to 9:00 pm). On Friday September 2nd the opening ceremony will take place with the attendance of many authorities.

And even when the exposition is closed, it continues on the web: the cycling fans are invited to post on the social network, using the event’s official hashtag #GDTMemories, their own historical photos of Giro del Trentino. The best photos will be selected and published on the Giro del Trentino Melinda websites (www.girodeltrentino.com), in a dedicated photogallery and mentioning the names of their authors.

The unforgettable snowfall in the Northern Lake Garda which characterized the 1979 Giro del Trentino. On the front Francesco Moser and Roberto Visentini:
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