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Quick-Step Floors Team to Tour of Guangxi

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Julian Alaphilippe and Fernando Gaviria will close out their season at the inaugural edition of the Chinese race

15-Oct-2017: Ten days after riding to second in Il Lombardia, France’s best result in two decades at the “Classic of the Falling Leaves”, Julian Alaphilippe will now head to China for the final World Tour event of the season, the Tour of Guangxi. The 25-year-old, a stage winner at Paris-Nice and Vuelta a España this season, will race in China for the second time in his career and he’ll do this knowing he has a shot at a good general classification.

Two of the six stages should play into the favour of the attackers, who’ll battle out on the rolling terrain of the region located in the southern part of the country. The other four will satisfy the fast men of the peloton, one of these being Fernando Gaviria, the Colombian who has amassed ten victories in 2017, which have made him one of the most successful riders of the year.

Joining the two at the Tour of Guangxi (19-24 October) will be Rémi Cavagna, Davide Martinelli, Maximiliano Richeze, Pieter Serry and Martin Velits (who’ll bring down the curtain over his career), while Rik van Slycke and Davide Bramati will lead the team from behind the wheel.

“This is the final stop of the season, but we are going to China like it’s the first race of the year. We are still hungry and the team is strong, so we are hopeful as always. Looking at the roadbook there are some good possibilities for the sprinters and one uphill finish. Maybe also the escapees will have a chance or two next week. We will see how the race unfolds day by day and if there’s going to be any opportunity, then we’ll try to take it”, said sports director Davide Bramati before leaving for China.


19.10–24.10 Gree-Tour of Guangxi (CHN) 2.UWT

Riders Julian Alaphilippe (FRA)
Rémi Cavagna (FRA)
Fernando Gaviria Rendon (COL)
Davide Martinelli (ITA)
Maximiliano Richeze (ARG)
Pieter Serry (BEL)
Martin Velits (SVK)

Sports Director Davide Bramati (ITA)
Rik van Slycke (BEL)

Richeze

Stages
19.10.17 Stage 1 Beihai City Criterium 107.4 km
20.10.17 Stage 2 Qinzhou - Nanning 156.7 km
21.10.17 Stage 3 Nanning City Criterium 125.4 km
22.10.17 Stage 4 Nanning - Nongla 151.0 km
23.10.17 Stage 5 Liuzhou - Guilin 212.2 km
24.10.17 Stage 6 Guilin - Guilin 168.1 km

15 October, 2017, Santa Rosa, California (USA)

BMC Racing Team will line up at the inaugural Tour of Guangxi, the final UCI WorldTour race of the season, from October 19-24.

Sports Director Marco Pinotti said BMC Racing Team has multiple cards to play for the General Classification and stage wins.

"For the General Classification at the Tour of Guangxi, we have both Ben Hermans and Nicolas Roche. Both riders showed their good condition recently at Il Lombardia and they can take advantage of their current form and end their seasons well. All of our riders will have the possibility to step up and take any opportunities that present themselves. At the end of the season, riders are always motivated for a good result to end their year well and with this being the inaugural edition of the Tour of Guangxi, I think all of our riders will be looking for a good result," Pinotti explained.

"Most of the stages seem to be favor fast riders and then the uphill finish on stage 4 is good for the punchers and climbers. As usual, it will be the riders who make the race and given we have never raced on the parcours before, any stage could have an unexpected outcome."

Hermans is motivated to do well in his last race with BMC Racing Team.

"After the two races in Italy, Giro dell'Emilia and Il Lombardia, my motivation is high to get a good result. I had good form there, so I want to finish well in the last race of the season. We don't know what to expect for the parcours. Looking at the stage profiles, I think the steep uphill finish of stage 4 will suit me. I hope the legs will be good that day and I can get the result we are aiming for," Hermans said.

"Of course, you always want to go for the win with somebody in the team, but first you need to find the good feeling in the first stages and plan from there. It is always a question of how you handled the long trip to a race like that and how well you have recovered for the last race of the season. We also have Nicolas Roche in good shape for this race, the race could be decided on any of the six stages."

Tour of Guangxi (19-24 October)

Rider roster: Silvan Dillier (SUI), Floris Gerts (NED), Ben Hermans (BEL), Daniel Oss (ITA), Nicolas Roche (IRL), Joey Rosskopf (USA), Manuel Senni (ITA).

Sports Directors: Marco Pinotti (ITA), Allan Peiper (AUS).



The last day at the Tour of Turkey was dominated by a breakaway, which was gone for most of the stage. Only 3km before the finish, the peloton closed the gap and another bunch sprint was set up. Sam Bennett and Matteo Pelucchi opened, with later winner E. Theuns (Trek-Segafredo), a small gap over the main bunch. But on the last corner, Sam Bennett hit the ground, he managed to get back on the bike without any injuries but lost the points jersey, while teammate Matteo Pelucchi took second.

The final stage at the 53rd Presidential Tour of Turkey started and finished in the city of Istanbul. 143.7 kilometres with a fourth category climb and one intermediate sprint built today´s last stage. This flat course was again a stage for the sprinters, especially for Sam Bennett, who was the leader in the sprint classification. Michael Schwarzmann had to abandon the race due to some injuries after his crash yesterday.

A four-man breakaway escaped relatively early and built up a maximum gap of two minutes. BORA – hansgrohe was presented in the front of the peloton, working for their leader Sam. Silvio Herklotz did a stellar job and took control over the pace in the pack.
The quartet was gone for most of the stage, as the race came into the city centre of Istanbul, the peloton increased the pace. With the gap dropping steadily, it was all back together with only 3km remaining.

The pace was high as the race headed into the finale and BORA – hansgrohe started their leadout for Sam Bennett.
At the 2km mark a crash had split the peloton into two groups. Luckily, BORA – hansgrohe was in the leading group. Sam Bennett, Matteo Pelucchi and E. Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) were in front of the race. Suddenly, on the last corner, Sam Bennett slipped away and hit the ground. Matteo Pelucchi and E. Theuns sprinted for the stage win, but Theuns was the fastest man today and took the win ahead of Matteo. In the meantime, Sam Bennett was back on the bike without any injuries, he crossed the finish line but lost the sprint jersey.

Enrico Poitschke, had mixed feelings after this final stage, “It´s a pity, we lost the sprint jersey on the last day. Sam had good legs but hit the ground on the final corner and due to that, he lost the jersey. Luckily, he hasn’t any injuries. Matteo took second, which is really a good result. The tour started perfect but ended with mixed feelings.”

BAHRAIN MERIDA Team looks forward to our last stage race in 2017 UCI World Tour calendar. From October 19th to 24th, Tour of Guangxi is a 6-stage race that leads us to one of the best famous tourist spots in China. We started from criterium race in Beihai, passing Qinzhou, Nanning, Liuzhou and end in Guilin, the race is 944 kilometers in total. 


Flying all the way east to the southwest China, the first 3 stages suit perfectly for our sprinters, while the last 3 stages are relatively undulant terrain in hilly areas, including the mountain top finish at stage 4. The uphill section with nearly 10% gradient could be the most decisive part for GC contenders. After the longest stage 5 (212.2km), it is the last stage in Guilin to decide the winner of first edition Tour of Guangxi.

Comments from our sports director Philippe Mauduit: " Tour of Guangxi is a new race in the international calendar and for his first edition is already in the World Tour which means almost all the best teams of the world will be there and try to score last points of 2017 season. Our team Bahrain Merida will go with full ambitions for stage win with riders who have performed well on past weeks, I'm thinking especially at Sonny and Niccolò, Jani will focus more on GC. Grega, Luka, Meiyin and Yukiya will have a free card to join breakaways and show in great manner our Team Bahrain Merida colors on the road.”

Sam Bennett Makes it Three in the Tour of Turkey

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The third stage at the Tour of Turkey was dominated with many attacks in the final kilometers. BORA – hansgrohe was able to stay in the first group and headed into the finale, where Sam Bennett flew to his third consecutive stage win in the Tour of Turkey and will be again the man in turquoise on tomorrow's fourth stage.

Today's stage covered 128,6 km from Fethiye to Marmaris on a course with a second category climb and one intermediate sprint. BORA – hansgrohe started with the leaders jersey and tried once again to defend it. Gregor Mühlberger wanted to go for a good GC result in the upcoming hilly stages.

Like yesterday, an early breakaway of three riders distanced themselves clear from the main field and built an advantage of more than five minutes.

The Peloton took it easy and allowed the breakaway. With 41km remaining the trio still had an advantage of more than two minutes.

30km before the finish, the peloton, with BORA – hansgrohe in the front, increased the pace. The breakaway was still in front, with a one-minute gap, but with 20km remaining the break was caught. An attack of one rider created excitement on the final kilometers.

The whole BORA – hansgrohe team stayed together in the main group and tried to catch the escapee. 10km before the finish the race was back together.  Shortly before the finish, the race had a short climb but in the descent the peloton fell apart with BORA – hansgrohe in the first group.

The race headed into the city of Marmaris; Sam Bennett was in good position and his teammates dominated. Bennett took the wheel of his teammates and rode to his third consecutive stage win.

Enrico Poitschke said, “We had in our mind, that the final climb isn’t too steep and that we can try it again. Before the finale, we stayed in the peloton and started to increase the pace as the breakaway had 5 minutes. In the finale, we waited and made the final move; the boys did again great teamwork. The hat trick is just impressive. Today the guys deserve a glass of Terre di Ger prosecco. Tomorrow will be a summit finish, we will see how the stage will be.”

Race leader Sam Bennett was more than happy after his third stage win. “When the group split, I had the support of 3 of the guys again. It was a technical finish but I came out of the final bend in perfect position. Delighted with a third victory for the team, the sponsors and to reward the guys for their amazing work.”

After yesterday´s perfect start for BORA – hansgrohe, the team wanted to defend their leader jersey today. The second stage saw an early breakaway and again a bunch sprint, where BORA – hansgrohe sprinter Sam Bennett easily took another stage win. He expanded his lead and will wear the turquoise jersey again tomorrow during the third stage of the Tour of Turkey.

The second stage of the Tour of Turkey took the riders from Kumluca to Fethiye over 206km. This stage favoured the sprinters in the peloton with only two short climbs and again a flat finish. BORA – hansgrohe focused to defend the leader jersey of Sam Bennett.

From drop of the flag the day´s breakaway formed as a trio went up the road and built an advantage of several minutes. The squad of BORA – hansgrohe with leader Sam Bennett stayed in front of the peloton and took control over the race. The breakaway was gone for most of the stage.

With 40km remaining the escapees had an advantage of more than one minute, only 12 km before the finish, the peloton closed the gap and the expected bunch sprint was set up. Sam Bennett´s teammates did a stellar job to protect his lead, spent the day at the front. Especially Leo König and Michael Schwarzmann worked hard to close the gap. Like yesterday, Silvio Herklotz, Gregor Mühlberger, Alex Saramotins and Shane Archbold built the final lead out for Sam.

Next to Trek-Segafredo the BORA – hansgrohe squad headed into the final kilometres, where a tough fight about the best positions started. Like yesterday, Alex and Shane put Sam in a good position. Sam was on the wheels but went out earlier today. He took the victory with a significant gap to his opponents. Sam also defended his leaders jersey and will start the third stage of the Tour of Turkey tomorrow in in the turquoise leader jersey.

Enrico Poitschke, sports director of BORA – hansgrohe was more than happy with his second victory in Turkey, “It was a long day and we had headwind. We were able to control the race, especially Leo and Schwarzi did a great job. Everyone was again involved in this victory and Sam had good legs. It is really nice to win two stages in a row and defend the leaders jersey."

11 October 2017, Santa Rosa, California (USA)

BMC Racing Team is heading to the start line for the final time in Europe this season at the inaugural Tacx Pro Classic on Saturday, 14 October.

BMC Racing Team Sports Director Valerio Piva said the weather will play a crucial role in the evolution of the race.

"While this is a new race for 2017, we know the area well, and the wind will definitely be a key factor in the outcome of the race especially on the open roads. We aren't going in with a specific leader, and we know that every rider is capable of seizing opportunities as they arise. Plus I think both Floris Gerts, and Bram Welten, who we know have fast finishes, will be motivated about riding in the Netherlands," Piva said.

Floris Gerts is looking forward to racing on home soil at the Tacx Pro Classic.

"For me, there are not many races that are so close to home. It has been a long season, so this extra boost will be nice. I'm ready to give it one last go in Europe before leaving for my last race in China," Gerts explained.

Tacx Pro Classic (14 October)

Rider Roster: Silvan Dillier (SUI), Floris Gerts (NED), Ben Hermans (BEL), Joey Rosskopf (USA), Manuel Senni (ITA), Bram Welten (NED)

Sports Director: Valerio Piva (ITA)

In the first edition of Famenne Ardenne Classic (1.1, 11/10) Wanty-Groupe Gobert made a strong collective impression. The team broke up the race at the foot of the Côte de Charneux. Xandro Meurisse and Guillaume Martin jumped away and got the company of Martijn Budding. The trio gained an advantage of 30 seconds, but Lotto Soudal controlled in the peloton. As last survivor, Martin was caught in the last five kilometers. The victory in Marche-en-Famenne was disputed in a sprint of a reduced group. Meurisse finishes 6th and six Wanty-Group Gobert riders finish in the top 25. With this result the team takes over the lead in the UCI Europe Tour from Cofidis, with two races remaining.

Xandro Meurisse:

"We accelerated on the penultimate climb with three riders. We quickly gained 30 seconds, but we did not have an extra power. Budding did not work, so we had to pull with only two riders. The wind made it tough. At first Monfort was the only one chasing, but later he also got assistance from Armée. Then it became difficult. "

"In the sprint I missed freshness to finish on the podium. If I see Hofland and Vermeulen 1-2, I can say that I finish the season with a nice result. I came to Marche for more, but I have to be satisfied with this 6th place. Thus we grab important points for the UCI Europe Tour. I hope my teammates can defend the lead."

"I'm happy with my first season at the team. I finish the year with seven or eight podiums. I got a lot of support in the team and in the last few weeks we were able to turn our collective mind into results. Next year I want to work on on this dynamic . From my side I hope to turn the close spots into victories. "

Result

1. Moreno Hofland
2. Emiel Vermeulen
3. Maxime Vantomme
6. Xandro Meurisse
16. Kevin Van Melsen
17. Guillaume Martin
18. Frederik Backaert
20. Thomas Degand
23. Fabien Doubey
26. Marco Minnaard + 00:09
DNF Brecht Dhaene


The 53rd edition of the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey commenced this Tuesday. With its flat parcours, the first stage was expected to be one for the sprinters. The BORA – hansgrohe sprint train put Sam Bennett, the recent winner of the Sparkassen Münsterland Giro, into a good position in the lead up to the finale, where he took out the victory, and teammate Matteo Pelucchi finished in fifth place.

The first stage of the 53rd edition of the Tour of Turkey started from Alanya and led the riders along a 176.7km long flat course to the finish in Kemer. Along the route, the peloton passed through a ‘Beauties of Turkey’ sprint, which was positioned alongside important historical sites, as well as a fourth category climb, and two intermediate sprints.

With the mercury reaching 20 degrees by the middle of the day, the first stage got underway, with BORA – hansgrohe focusing their efforts on Irish sprinter Sam Bennett.

Straight after the official start was given, a group of six riders was able to build up an advantage of several minutes. With 58km remaining, their advantage was whittled down to one minute, with BORA – hansgrohe’s riders, most notably Michael Schwarzmann, controlling the tempo back in the main field.

35km before the finish, Trek-Segafredo increased the tempo, and the breakaway group was reeled back in. With the race being back together, the peloton headed towards the only classified climb of the day, which saw several attacks and attempts to break free of the bunch.

BORA-hansgrohe showed a strong presence at the front of the field, with Leopold König and Trek-Segafredo controlling the race as it headed into the final few kilometres. The BORA – hansgrohe sprint train came to the front of the race, with Gregor Mühlberger leading the charge into Kemer, where there was a crash in the peloton. However, no BORA-hansgrohe riders were involved, and there were no serious injuries to report following the incident.

The reduced peloton set a high tempo into the finishing straight, with Alex Saramotins and Shane Archbold the last remaining riders for Sam. A few metres before the finish, Sam passed through the right hand side to take an emphatic victory. His teammate Matteo Pelucchi took out fifth place. With his victory, Sam will also don the turquoise leader’s jersey.

Enrico Poitschke, BORA – hansgrohe sports director, expressed his excitement with the result of his team at the finish: “We really concentrated on winning the stage with Sam. We were content to let a small group get away, and then we worked with Trek-Segafredo to control the race. Every rider on the team did a fantastic job, and it’s nice to crown this great teamwork with a win today. It’s also a particularly good result for Sam, who notched up yet another victory after a longer break.”

Bahrain Merida to Giro di Lombardia

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It’s time for the “Classic of the Dead Leaves”, the last Classic Monument race of the season, will run tomorrow on the same route as the 2015 edition, when Vincenzo Nibali rode to a solo victory.


"It was one of my finest victories - says The Shark - who came with a downhill attack that still rages today. It will be a very difficult race on a really technical and selective course. There will not be many riders who can win".


“I arrive at this race - concludes - well prepared after the Vuelta and several races in Italy with good results. On Tuesday I tried again the final and I think I'm ready to play my cards".


Il Lombardia has a very selective route from Bergamo to Como for 248 km with six climbs and 4,000 meters of vertical elevation. The first climb, Colle Gallo, is followed by Colle Brianza; and after the town of Onno the riders climb the Madonna del Ghisallo, followed by the Muro di Sormano. The race descends to the lake of Como and onto the last two climbs: Civiglio and San Fermo della Battaglia, before reaching the finish line on Lungo Lario Trento e Trieste in Como.


"We have a team at the height of the event" comments SD Alberto Volpi - "where everyone will play an important role helping Nibali. In the final I look forward to see Visconti, Gasparotto and Pellizotti, while others will have to work in the first part".


"I expect the usual hard race - he adds - where the Muro di Sormano will be the watershed. Then the last two climbs will be the ideal trampoline for those who want to win the race".


TEAM BAHRAIN MERIDA lineup for Il Lombardia: Vincenzo Nibali, Enrico Gasparotto, Antonio Nibali, Franco Pellizotti, Giovanni Visconti, Janez Brajkovic, Domen Novak and Luka Pibernik

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