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17 Tinkoff-Saxo riders to take part in Richmond World Championships

Tinkoff-Saxo will field no less than 17 of the team’s 30 riders throughout the World Championships in Richmond with six riders having participated in Sunday’s TTT, while two riders will take on the ITT before 15 riders will embark on the final, contested Road Race.

With the World Championships taking place in late September, reaching Richmond with 17 riders in the best possible shape off the back of a long season has been a challenging feat.

“We’re happy to see that more than half of our team riders take part in the World Championships this year. I see it as a testimony not just to the general level on the team but also to the professionalism of our riders. They’ve all had a long season and many of them come almost directly from the Vuelta – but they remain motivated, otherwise you wouldn’t be at the Worlds. It’s a special honor to represent your country, it only happens once a year and the rainbow jersey, whether from the ITT or Road Race, is a prize that inspires the riders”, says Steven de Jongh.

While Peter Sagan, Michael Rogers, Michael Valgren, Manuele Boaro, Maciej Bodnar and Chris Juul-Jensen took part in Sunday’s team time trial, where the squad’s ambitions were stopped by a 60km/h crash, 15 of the team’s riders will be at it again during the week, pending last minute changes.

Maciej Bodnar and Chris Juul-Jensen will embark on the race against the clock Wednesday, while the full list for Sunday’s grand 259km finale is as follows:

Slovakia: Peter Sagan, Juraj Sagan and Michael Kolar. Denmark: Michael Valgren, Matti Breschel, Chris Juul-Jensen and Michael Mørkøv. Poland: Rafal Majka, Maciej Bodnar and Pawel Poljanski. Australia: Jay McCarthy. Russia: Pavel Brutt. Italy: Daniele Bennati. Croatia: Robert Kiserlovski. Czech Republic: Roman Kreuziger.

“In general, despite crashes, injuries and unforeseen accidents, we feel that we, together with the riders, have managed to plan their season in a way that allows them to be ready for what it takes to be competitive in a 259km race like this. Additionally, several of them will also do the individual time trial, where a rider like Bodnar stands a fair chance of reaching a top result”, comments Steven de Jongh before adding:

“The Worlds Road Race is something unique. It’s a waiting game and we are going to see some of the bigger nations taking responsibility. Peter Sagan is one of the big favorites, Slovakia might not have the strength in numbers as other nations but it goes without saying that we all think that he deserves a top spot after fighting continuously throughout the season”.

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About Tinkoff-Saxo
Tinkoff-Saxo is a UCI WorldTour pro cycling racing team that is owned by Russian entrepreneur Oleg Tinkov with the explicit aim to become the greatest cycling team in the world.

Tinkoff Bank is the team’s main title sponsor and innovative provider of online retail financial services operating in Russia through a high-tech branchless platform. The bank was founded in 2006 by a Russian entrepreneur Oleg Tinkov to service clients in the Russian financial services market. In 2009, the bank started to attract retail deposits, and is a member of the national deposit insurance system.Being one of the leaders in the Russian credit card market, as of 1 March 2015, the bank issued over 5 mn credit cards.

In 2013, The Banker magazine, the world’s premier banking and finance resource and Financial Times Group member, named Tinkoff Bank the Bank of the Year and the most profitable bank in Russia. In 2012, Global Finance magazine and Banki.ru portal presented Tinkoff Bank with the Best Internet Retail Bank in Russia award. In 2014 and 2013, Tinkoff mobile bank app was recognized the best by Deloitte, and in 2014, the internet bank of Tinkoff Bank was deemed the most effective in Russia by Markswebb Rank & Report agency.

Saxo Bank is a leading online trading and investment specialist, offering private investors and institutional clients a complete set of tools for their trading and investment strategies. Its financial community portal, TradingFloor.com, is the first multi-asset social trading platform. A fully licensed and regulated European bank, Saxo Bank enables clients to trade FX, CFDs, ETFs, Stocks, Futures, Options and other derivatives on our award-winning SaxoTrader platform, accessible on PCs, tablets or smartphones through a single account and available in more than 20 languages. The platform is white-labelled by more than 100 major financial institutions worldwide. Saxo Bank also offers professional portfolio and fund management as well as traditional banking services through Saxo Privatbank. Founded in 1992, Saxo Bank is headquartered in Copenhagen and has offices in 25 countries throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, Africa and Australia.

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