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
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)
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.