Felix Beckeman: 2015 was full of injuries, first a collapsed left foot and then two surgeries on my left shoulder was the main things that kept me out of racing last season. Now we have finished the first 4X race of 2016, over a year since last 4X race..
Coming in to this first race was very nervous, "don´t know if the changes to the training program will do the job, how fast will all the other guys be, will I still be as fast as I feel?" was just a few of the questions that was circulate in my head. But right after the qualification it showed right away that we have done our homework. Qualified 4th which was more then I could ever expect in this super stacked field of worlds top racers. It was a big relief and that made my weekend a lot easier coming in to the finals the day after.
Finals went very well, Winning all my heats to semi finals, me and my teammate Tomas took 1st and 2nd and we went straight to big final. The big final showed the great show as 4X racing brings. I took the lead after turn one, leading the full track till second last corner and I made a small mistake that let Tomas Slavik to make a "bar to bar" pass on me, not a very easy move. We both stayed on two wheels and I finished 2nd. More then super happy! RSP Mountainbike Team was dominating the first round of 4X Pro Tour, now we looking forward to next round in Fort Williams - Scotland, first weekend of Juni. Stay tuned!
What a comeback after being out of one year of racing, very proud of my team and my self.
Markus Eibegger (Team Felbermayr Simplon Wels) has won the overall title at the Tour d'Azerbaidjan after a strong display on the final day of racing. His closest challengers for the top spot overall, Rinaldo Nocentini (Sporting Tavira) and Nikita Stalnov (Astana City), were not able to make any significant moves for the classification in today's final stage, and after a spectacular bunch sprint it was Michael Schwarzmann who came through fastest, giving Bora - Argon 18 their second victory of the week.
Stage 5 - Baku - Baku 1. Michael Schwarzmann (Bora - Argon 18), 2. Alberto Cecchin (Team Roth), 3. Daniel Schorn (Team Felbermayr Simplon Wels), 4. Maksym Averin (Synergy Baku Cycling Project),
Final results: General Classification 1. Markus Eibegger (Team Felbermayr Simplon Wels), 18h59'12'' 2. Rinaldo Nocentini (Sporting Tavira), "02 3. Nikita Stalnov (Astana City), 04" 4. Daniel Schorn (Team Felbermayr Simplon Wels), 10"
Congratulation to all Felbermayr Simplon Wels, Bora-Argon 18 and Synergy Baku Cycling Project Riders !
Matej Mugerli won stage 3 of the Tour d’Azerbaidjan, giving the Synergy Baku Cycling Project its second consecutive stage win in its home race. Mugerli won the bunch sprint by several bike lengths. Stage 3 ran 177.2 km from Gabala to Sheki and back, with one category 2 climb at the turnaround point in Sheki. An escape group of five riders got away early, never building up a gap of much more than three minutes. The group was gradually whittled down and the last riders finally caught with 10 km to go. That set up the mass sprint, and Mugerli was at the head of the group, pulling away in the final meters to take an easy win.
With Markus Eibegger (2nd), Daniel Schorn (4th) (Team Felbermayr Simplon Wels) and Michael Schwarzmann (5th) (Bora - Argon 18) are four "r.s.p. riders" in the top five.
Daniel Schorn (Team Felbermayr Simplon Wels) takes overall lead !
Maksym Averin has won the second stage of the Tour d’Azerbaidjan, for his first win in his home race. The Synergy Baku Cycling Project sprinter won the bunch sprint in Ismayilli, after 186.5 km from Baku.
It was the first time that an Azeri rider has won a stage in the Tour d’Azerbaidjan.
In addition, Matej Mugerli finished ninth, with Matija Kvasina 13th and Kirill Pozdnyakov 16th. All three were only one second behind Averin.
The victory moved Averin up to fourth overall, with Mugerli now in 8th. Not far behind them are Kvasina as 11th and Pozdnyakov as 13th, with all being one second down. In addition, Synergy Baku leads the team ranking by 1:01.
Team Felbermayr Simplon completed the Top result with Eibegger (2nd) and Schorn (5th).
It was expected that the opening stage of the Tour de Azerbaidjan will be something for the sprinters, still one brave rider tried to fool the peloton with a solo breakaway. After the gap increased to more than 8 minutes, it was BORA – ARGON 18 to take control in the peloton. With about 60k to go the lonesome rider was caught, and also several attacks on the finishing circuit could not prevent BORA – ARGON 18 from implementing their plan to prepare a sprint finish for Phil Bauhaus.
The last two lead-out men, Michi Schwarzmann and Scott Thwaites, did a perfect job to launch the sprint for Phil. The young German sprint talent then took a confident first ever win in BORA – ARGON 18 colours. With this win he also secured 3 leaders jerseys for the team, for the GC, the points classification and the young rider classification! Tomorrow’s stage is a lot hillier than today, but with good legs like today Phil could be a favourite also tomorrow.
Phil Bauhaus (Bora - Argon 18, 1st place) "This is a really nice win, as it's my first as a pro and my first win in the Bora - Argon 18 jersey. The team did a fantastic job so I could start my sprint with only 200 meters to go, and that was thanks to the perfect work of my team at the finish. We have more stages for sprinters to come and I hope we can maybe go for another win."
The Synergy Baku Cycling Project is sending its strongest team ever to the Tour d’Azerbaidjan (May 4-8). The Azeri team will look to improve on its third place overall finish from last year in its home race.
Matej Mugerli and Kirill Pozdnyakov will go into the race as team leaders, with Matija Kvasina ready to move in if needed. Mugerli brought in the team’s first wins, with the Porec Trophy and a stage at the Istrian Spring Trophy in March. Pozdnyakov put in a strong showing at the Tour of Croatia in support of Kvasina, who won the overall race.
Azeri Maksym Averin will be the team’s man for the sprints. Ioannis Tamouridis and Azeri rider Elchin Asadov will ride in support of the others and seek their chances in escape groups.
The five-stage Tour d’Azerbaidjan travels from the capital city of Baku on the Caspian Sea to the mountains in the winter sports resort of Gabala, and back to Baku. It contains both flat and mountain stages.
BORA – ARGON 18 to race for the first time two Grand Tours in one season. Great news for BORA – ARGON 18. The German Pro Continental team from Raubling (Bavaria/Germany), has been awarded a wildcard for the Vuelta a Espana today. This means, that the team will race two Grand Tours in one season for the first time in its team-history. From the start on the 20th of August to the finish on the 11th of September, the riders will have to cover 3.277 kilometres in 21 stages: 7 flat stages, 12 mountain stages, 1 time trial and 1 team time trails.
Synergy Baku team show it is ready for Tour d’Azerbaidjan
Matija Kvasina has won the overall title in the Tour of Croatia. The Croatian, riding for the Synergy Baku Cycling Project, moved in to the race lead on the fourth of six stages and the team successfully brought him to today’s finale. The whole team’s hard work and efforts were reflected in its winning the team ranking in the race. “Yesterday I had an emotional day with the team time trial to keep the lead and today the team fought really hard and used their last legs to defend this lead,” Kvasina said. “I am happy for them and will be forever grateful. Now I need to take some rest mentally, not physically, as I am really ready for the Tour d'Azerbaidjan next.” Today’s closing stage was 158.5km from Sveti Martin to Zagreb, The top Baku finisher was none other than race winner Matija Kvasina,who finished as 21st, 17 seconds behind winner Sondre Holst Enger of IAM cycling. The team spent the day protecting its leader and controlling the race. The team’s next big race will be its season highlight, the Tour d’Azerbaidjan. The Tour team is expected to be selected from the eight riders in Croatia, all of whom have shown they are in top form.
Looks like yellow is our favorite color in the 40° Giro del Trentino Melinda. After Gregor Mühlberger yesterday, it is José Mendes who is wearing the combination jersey today after his great effort yesterday. At today's third stage (204.6 km) of the Giro del Trentino from Sillian to Mezzolombardo finished the Austrian Patrick Konrad as second . -- Gelb scheint unsere Lieblingsfarbe beim Giro del Trentino zu sein. Nach Gregor Mühlberger gestern, trägt heute José Mendes das Trikot des Führenden in der Kombinationswertung. Auf der heutigen dritten Etappe des Giro del Trentino bewies der Niederösterreicher Patrick Konrad erneut seine tolle Form und kam nach 204,6 Kilometer von Sillian nach Mezzolombardo als Zweiter ins Ziel.
The home race of Cesare Benedetti awaits our team this week. Here is our line-up for the Giro del Trentino Das Heimrennen von Cesare Benedetti wartet diese Woche auf unser Team. Hier ist das Line-up für den Giro del Trentino