BORA – hansgrohe signs Peter Sagan. The World Champion from Slovakia enters a 3-year agreement with the WorldTour newcomer from Raubling. After weeks of rumours now it is confirmed that Peter Sagan joins BORA – hansgrohe form 2017 onwards. Together with Peter his brother and National Champion Juraj, as well as Maciej Bodnar, Michael Kolar and Erik Baška signed with the team. The number one of the WorldTour Ranking will therefore be able to count on his closest domestiques also the following years. “It is a great honour to welcome one of the most popular cyclist of our time in our team. That’s why we tried to provide familiar surroundings as far as possible. I think Peter’s trust in us prooves that we did a good job the last years and have solid reputation in the peloton. Our partners BORA and hansgrohe are also two big German quality brands. This combination convinced Peter that we are the right team for him and his chase for even more successes the next years. I am very happy and sure that this partnership will be a successful one.” – Ralph Denk, Team Manager
Es klingt zwar unglaublich, ist aber wahr – das Team Felbermayr Simplon Wels holte sich zum vierten Mal in Folge den Gesamtsieg der 7.internationalen Oberösterreich-Radrundfahrt. Doch als wäre dieser Sieg noch nicht genug, beendete das Team die Rundfahrt mit einer mehr als erfolgreichen letzten Etappe.
Nach Riccardo Zoidl (2013), Patrick Konrad (2014), Gregor Mühlberger (2015) sicherte sich nun der gebürtige Kärntner Stephan Rabitsch den Sieg der 7.internationalen Oberösterreich-Radrundfahrt (2.2) und das Trikot des aktivsten Österreichers. Zusätzlich zu diesem unglaublichen Erfolg konnte Markus Eibegger sowohl sein blaues Punkte-Trikot verteidigen als auch auf Platz drei, unmittelbar hinter Nick Schultz, vorrücken.
„Ein Etappensieg, zwei dritte Plätze, zwei Trikots und Platz eins und drei in der Gesamtwertung – ich bin sprachlos!“ freut sich der sportliche Leiter des Team Felbermayr Simplon Wels,. Auch Rundfahrts-Sieger Stephan Rabitsch ist überglücklich über diesen Erfolg: „Besser hätte die Rundfahrt für mich nicht ausgehen können, ich freue mich so die Tradition in unserem Team fortzusetzen!“
Matej Mugerli has won the overall title in the Tour of Serbia. In addition, Matija Kvasina finished third overall and Synergy Baku Cycling Project takes home the title of best team. Mugerli finished the sixth and final stage Sunday safely in the peloton, which crossed the finish line only three seconds behind two escapees. He came into the stage with a lead of over two minutes and was never really endangered all day. He laid the base for his GC win on the third stage, which he won by over two and a half minutes in a solo to the finish. The team led the team rankings for the entire race. Kvasina finished third on the second stage and stayed in the top three overall until the end. “There were many attacks today but our team had no problem controlling the race. The guys did an amazing job and we also won the team ranking,” Mugerli said. “This was my first race back after a break, and I am very happy to have won the overall title in a stage race.” “This final stage was more difficult than we expected, but the guys really gave their best,” said DS Andrej Hauptman. “We lost the mountain jersey, but held on to the team classification. Congratulations to all the riders and staff.”
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.