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Tinkoff-Saxo announces lineup for Eurometropole – motivation to play pivotal role

Tinkoff-Saxo is set to take on l’Eurométropole, the former Circuit Franco-Belge. The team starts the five-stage race with a strategy not yet set in stone, as the outcome of the opening 7.7km prologue will determine the final approach in search of a stage win as well as a top 5 GC result. DS Lars Michaelsen draws attention to late season motivation.

Tinkoff-Saxo fields Manuele Boaro, Michael Mørkøv, Matteo Tosatto, Nikolay Trusov, Jay McCarthy, Pavel Brutt and stagiaires Michael Gogl and Antwan Tolhoek.

According to sports director Lars Michaelsen, the opening prologue consisting of 7.7 intense kilometers with an uphill finish will prove decisive.

“The race starts with a prologue. It’s very demanding and it’ll be a matter of going flat-out from the start while keeping the momentum on the final steep kilometer. It will undoubtedly become a pivotal stage and decide our strategy for the next stages. We hope that Manuele Boaro can put in a strong performance. We know that he’s very capable on such a parcours, when he is at his best and he should be motivated. He went to the Worlds TTT with ambitions but his ambitions were hampered after just 1k, when he suffered a mechanical. So I reckon that he is focused and ready”, says Lars Michaelsen and adds:

“We hope that Antwan Tolhoek, our young stagiaire, can do a good time trial as well, since his ability to climb will present him with some opportunities later in the race. After the TT we will evaluate the situation and see who we’ll support in the GC and from there make our strategic plan day by day in order to play our cards in the best possible way. Other than that, we got strong experienced riders in road captain Michael Mørkøv and Matteo Tosatto, while Trusov proved with his 2nd place in Koolskamp that he can do well in the sprints. Brutt is equally going well – we saw that in the Worlds Road Race”.

Tour de l’Eurométropole consists of five days of racing mainly in Belgium. After the opening prologue, the riders will face open terrain with possible crosswinds and adverse weather conditions, while stage 2 and 4 feature an undulating parcours. However, Lars Michaelsen underlines that the level of motivation this late in the season will be the deciding factor.

“It’s difficult to predict both the weather conditions and outcome but everything at this late stage comes down to the motivation that each riders brings. It doesn’t matter whether it’s flat, uphill or if we have crosswind – if a rider is a few percent more motivated than his rival, it will create the difference. The motivation and will to dig deep is naturally crucial during the race but it has been at least as important during the period of preparation building up to the race”, notes Michaelsen before finishing:

“We have some riders coming directly from the US and the Worlds in Richmond so they will have to fight the jetlag. We must respect that and if they are affected, we hope that they will be ready during the second part of the race”.

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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