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Etixx – Quick-Step to Tour de Romandie

The Swiss race will take place between April 26th and May 1st.

After taking a short break following his fourth win – an all-time record – in Scheldeprijs, Marcel Kittel returns to competition next week, at the Tour de Romandie, an event he’s done only once before, in 2014, when he notched a podium in the prologue. The 27-year-old German, leader among World Tour riders in the 2016 victories standings with seven successes to his name, will look to tune-up his condition in the Swiss race, which celebrates its 70th edition and puts on the table a course that includes two uphill finishes and 19 kilometers of individual time trial.

Led from the car by sport directors Davide Bramati and Rik van Slycke, Etixx – Quick-Step will come to the start in La Chaux-de-Fonds with a solid squad, which will give the team several cards to play during the six-day stage race: Maxime Bouet (who rode Liège–Bastogne–Liège on Sunday), Luxembourg champion Bob Jungels – third in Tirreno-Adriatico earlier this year – neo-pro Davide Martinelli, Fabio Sabatini, Martin Velits, Carlos Verona and Lukasz Wisniowski.

“Many of our riders are coming here after a break, so we want to see what their level is and how they’ll cope with things now that they are returning to competition. It’s a tough race, with many climbs, and the weather could make it even more complicated. Of course, we will try to win a stage this week, but we’ll take each thing at a time and see how the race unfolds”, said sport director Davide Bramati.

26.04–01.05 Tour de Romandie (SUI) 2.UWT

Riders:
Maxime Bouet (FRA)
Bob Jungels (LUX)
Marcel Kittel (GER)
Davide Martinelli (ITA)
Fabio Sabatini (ITA)
Martin Velits (SVK)
Carlos Verona (ESP)
Lukasz Wisniowski (POL)
Sports Director Davide Bramati (ITA) & Rik van Slycke (BEL)

Website https://www.tourderomandie.ch

Stages:
26.04.16 Prologue La Chaux-de-Fonds 4.0 km (ITT)
27.04.16 Stage 1 La Chaux-de-Fonds – Moudon 166.0 km
28.04.16 Stage 2 Moudon – Morgins 173.9 km
29.04.16 Stage 3 Sion – Sion 15.1 km (ITT)
30.04.16 Stage 4 Conthey – Villars-sur-Ollon 172.7 km
01.05.16 Stage 5 Ollon – Genève 177.4 km.

Cycling: 1st Tour de la Provence 2016 / Stage 2

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