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Giant-Alpecin to Abu Dhabi Tour

On the program for Team Giant-Alpecin this week is the Abu Dhabi Tour, taking place Thursday through Sunday. It will be the team’s second participation in this race organized by RCS, the race organizer of the Giro d’Italia, and Velon, the joint business venture of 11 UCI WorldTour cycling teams. The road race covers a total distance of 555km with the first two stages dedicated to sprinters. Stage three is a day for the climbers, which will be decisive for the overall victory. The final stage is on the Formula 1 Yas Marina Circuit and a fast finish can be expected.

“We are all looking forward to a great race and it is going to be a fantastic contest, especially after the successful first edition,” said coach Mattias Reck (SWE). “It will certainly be a very competitive race given the strong field and it will be important to stay hydrated in these challenging circumstances.

“The objective for us is to go for stage results with John and he is showing some good form at the moment after his victory at Sparkassen Münsterland Giro. We have strong lead-out capabilities with Koen, Ramon and Zico, who will support him as much as possible in the finale. On paper the sprint preparation will be even more important on the closing stage and it would be extra special for the team to finish the season on a high note.”

Abu Dhabi Tour (2.HC)



Mattias Reck (SWE)

John Degenkolb (GER)
Koen de Kort (NED)
Tobias Ludvigsson (SWE)
Ramon Sinkeldam (NED)
Zico Waeytens (BEL)
Martijn Tusveld (NED).


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