Bahrain Victorious set to “Fight for green” at 27th Tour of Slovenia

After last year’s cancellation, the biggest cycling event in Slovenia is returning. The 27th Tour of Slovenia cycling race will run from June 9th until June 13th across five stages and numerous new routes and destinations. 
The fight for the green jersey will begin at Ptuj and end in Novo Mesto.  Riders will race across 803.7 km over the five days. The 27th edition will have two highlights. One will be the ascent to Celje’s Castle, and the other the queen ascent to Sveta Gora.

Gorazd Štangelj commented ahead of the race: “We are going to the race with leader Matej. For him, stages two, three, and four are more suitable than the first and last. We expect a good result from Phil Bauhaus in the sprints. Matej has checked all the stages.  The decisive day for the GC will be Saturday’s stage at Sveta Gora. Like every year, in this so-called “home race”, we have high expectations. We are looking forward to the start on Wednesday.

The first stage Ptuj – Rogaška Slatina, brings an opportunity for the sprinters. We will try to support Phil Bauhaus to give him the best possible conditions to lead out for a bunch sprint. The objective is to control, win a stage and take a leader’s jersey. Second stage Žalec – Celje, whose ascent to Celje’s Castle is one of the race highlights, will show who are the main candidates for the overall victory. In the third very varied stage Brežice – Krško, the demanding and complicated finale calls for a punchy and open strategy, and it will be difficult to control. The objective in both stages is to race aggressively into the finale.

The decisive day will be the queen stage, which brings a steep ascent to Ravnica (3.2 km with an average ascent of 9.5%) in the last 15 km and, after a short descent, the finish of 2.5 km with an average ascent of 13% to the famous Sveta Gora.  On Sunday, the last day of the Tour of Slovenia, the 5th stage starts in Ljubljana and follows tradition, finishing in Novo Mesto, where the bunch sprint of the main group is expected. Like 1st stage, this will be an opportunity for Phil Bauhaus.”

Matej Mohorič, fortunately with no significant consequences after he fell on Giro, said: “I am fully recovered after a crash in Giro, and I will use Tour of Slovenia as final preparation before Tour of France. I am looking forward to racing again and having an opportunity to compare myself with the others. Racing in front of home fans is always an extra motivation!”

With two natives on board, TBV riders are Phil Bauhaus, Heinrich Haussler, Kevin Inkelaar, Jonathan Milan, Marcel Sieberg, Matej Mohorič and Jan Tratnik.

— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com

Wout Poels leads Team Bahrain Victorious to Tour de Suisse

The 2021 Tour de Suisse will take place between 6th and 13th June 2021. It will be the 84th edition of the, and it’s expected to be another excellent rehearsal for the team ahead of the Tour de France.

The Tour de Suisse is the biggest cycling race in Switzerland, covering 1,300 kilometres over 8 stages. The first half of the race has a time trial and the potential for some spectacular sprint finishes. From then on, it takes on a series of challenging mountain stages, including a mountain time trial and the three-peaked alpine circuit of the Furka-Grimsel-Sustenpass.

The team heads to the race following fantastic results at the Giro d’Italia and the beginning of the Dauphine. The ambition is to keep that momentum going into the Tour de Suisse.

Wout Poels “I really look forward to racing again and be there on Tour de Suisse. I had an excellent training camp in Tenerife with the team, so everything is really on track. I feel really good so that I can look forward to racing at Tour de Suisse. It is always a hard race, and Switzerland is such a beautiful country. I want to give it a go and see what we can do in GC there. I’m looking forward to going racing again and testing the legs in racing mode. Hopefully, I will continue what the team has done on Giro and at Dauphiné. They go great with Sonny and other guys. Let’s see what we have and enjoy racing”.

Gino Mäder “I was recovering quite well after my Giro. I’m still a bit sore, and I still feel my ribs. And unfortunately, some pain is still present, but I believe it’s alright. I even spent some days in Italy training and did some testing what was really productive. Hard work should be a good investment for my home race Tour de Suisse. I’m super excited for it, but I cannot say what I can expect after a very successful first half of my season, Paris- Nice and my Giro stage win. I believe that after my Giro crash, I can get back soon in such shape. It’s difficult to predict anything for Swiss, obviously, but motivation is super high. I can probably profit a little bit from that, show myself in the best possible light and contribute to the team. I think we have a strong team. We have Wout there as a really good leader. He seems to be ready or at least seems to get ready towards Tour de France, so it makes me even more excited, and even more, it looks like a promising race for us. I do enjoy these days now ahead of my homeland race”.

Neil Stephens, Sports director; “Tour de Suisse is a very exciting race for us in one of the last races along with Dauphine before the Tour of France. Wout Poels is getting ready for this year’s Tour de France, and he really wants to excel at Tour de Suisse. He’s in great shape, he’s been training hard with the team at the altitude, and he’s ready to take on the challenge for the GC and maybe even shine in one of the stages. He will be supported on the mountains with Gino Mäder as our Giro d’Italia stage winner. He’s really looking forward to shining in the mountains and showing us what he’s got and also help and support Wout Poels.

Fred Wright has been going well throughout the year and supporting his other teammates, whether in the sprint or weather in the mountains. He’s really looking forward to trying to show his stuff to the team. He’s a very multitalented boy, and he’ll be looking to do his best in all sorts of terrains. Speaking of that the works of the whole team, they are also in great shape they have trained really hard through this period. Eros Capecchi, Hermann Pernsteiner, Domen Novak, and Stevie Willams are all really looking forward to the race and supporting the team really well throughout this Tour de Suisse. I’m very excited, and we are hoping to emphasize some really good results there”.

Team Bahrain Victorious will continue supporting the Greenhope Foundation – sports against cancer. The team will be sporting limited edition helmets, which will be auctioned, with all proceeds going to the charity.

Please visit www.greenhope.ch for more info.

Bahrain Victorious lineup for the Tour de Suisse: Eros Capecchi, Gino Mäder, Domen Novak, Hermann Pernsteiner, Wout Poels, Stevie Williams, Fred Wright

— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com

Team Bahrain Victorious and Finish Line™ Announce Partnership for 2021

Team Bahrain Victorious and Finish Line™, the world’s leading manufacturer of specialty bicycle lubricants and related maintenance products, are pleased to announce a partnership for the 2021 season. As an official partner, Finish Line will be providing the team with their full product line.

The company was founded in 1988 by the self-professed “tech-geek” and cycling enthusiast Henry (Hank) Krause, when the availability of technically advanced bicycle lubricants for sophisticated multi-geared drivetrains were extremely limited. Krause began with a simple mission statement: “Develop premium quality and performance-enhancing bicycle lubricants. Formulate them with ingredients that respect the environment. Market them honestly. Price them fairly.” Guided by this original mission statement, Finish Line now manufactures over 50 unique products and enjoys a leading market position in over 60 countries. 

“Finish Line has a rich history of developing the highest quality products to enhance the performance of a bicycle drivetrain. Whether you’re a daily commuter, a recreational cyclist or racing the Grand Tours, our comprehensive range has you covered. Together with our exclusive Italian distributor, Ciclo Promo, we are proud to support the riders and staff of such a high-performing team like Bahrain Victorious in their efforts for the 2021 season,” – Hank Krause, President, Finish Line.

Head Mechanic Filip Tisma commented on the partnership: “Finish Line has been well established in cycling since 1988 with their range of lubricants and maintenance products. We are delighted to partner with a brand with such a strong product range, and who continue to pursue the latest cutting-edge technology. Their investment in R&D and commitment to work alongside a WorldTour team like us helps us continue to have the best quality bike lubricants and maintenance range.”

For more information, please visit www.finishlineusa.com.

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— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com