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Blythe and Gatto lead Tinkoff at EuroEyes Cyclassics

A race that has predominantly favoured the sprinters, the EuroEyes Cyclassics will be a chance for Tinkoff to test some of the team’s fast men against the quickest in the peloton with British champion, Adam Blythe, and Oscar Gatto leading the way for the team. Joined by a strong team that can make a difference in the race, Tinkoff will look to make its mark on the one-day WorldTour race.

“We have a good team here, and even though we don’t have a big bunch sprinter, both Adam and Oscar are capable of getting a result here in a bunch finish,” explained Sport Director Patxi Vila. “When we’re in August, things start to depend on who has what left in the legs after a long season, and we will see how the guys are feeling on the day. Oscar showed strong form in Norway last week, and Adam has shown when he’s on a good day he can out sprint the fastest.”

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Oscar Gatto recently took third overall at the Arctic Race of Norway. Photo courtesy of Arctic Race of Norway

The eight rider Tinkoff line-up for the race sees a return to racing after his Olympic road race and time trial efforts for Maciej Bodnar. He’s joined by the recent Tour of Denmark winner, Michael Valgren, who took an impressive stage win on the way to victory in his home tour.

These two are joined by Pavel Brutt, who comes to Hamburg from racing the Tour du Limousin; Slovakian road race champion Juraj Sagan, the hugely experienced Matteo Tosatto – taking the role of road captain – and finally Nikolay Trusov, who ended the recent Arctic Race of Norway with a top ten stage finish.

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Adam Blythe took the British road race title with a big finishing sprint this July. Photo by Bettini Photo

The race, now in its 21st edition, covers 217.7km before its showdown in the city streets of Hamburg, taking in a succession of both large and small circuits. In terms of difficulties, the riders face four ascents of the Waseberg – the final three falling in the last 45km of racing. But with over 15km still to race from the top of the last ascent to the finish, the race often comes back together under the influence of the teams preparing for a bunch sprint.

Vila gave his view on the nature of the course for Sunday’s race. “The parcours isn’t super tough, but the small climb on the last laps is quite hard after a long day, and it’s a long race when we’re coming towards the tail end of the season. You need some freshness in the legs to do well here. It’s a WorldTour race so the level will be high, but I believe we have a strong team that can get involved.”

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About Tinkoff
Tinkoff 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 an 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.

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