Well-balanced Team BikeExchange squad looking to take opportunities at the Tour of Slovenia – Team BikeExchange

A well-balanced Team BikeExchange squad will look to take their opportunities as they line-up for the five-stage Tour of Slovenia on Wednesday.

The team start in Ptuj with a strong and rounded team able to compete for both stage victories and for the general classification. Along with Tanel Kangert and Andrey Zeits, who will aim for the overall standings, the squad includes fast finishers Alex Edmonson, Robert Stannard and Alexander Konychev.

The experienced Sam Bewley and the strong Callum Scotson will provide valuable support across the five days of racing numerous hilly stages and summit finish on stage four.

Team BikeExchange at Tour of Slovenia:
Sam Bewley (NZL)
Alexander Edmonson (AUS)
Tanel Kangert (EST)
Alexander Konychev (ITA)
Rob Stannard (AUS)
Callum Scotson (AUS)
Andrey Zeits (KAZ)

Tanel Kangert
“I finished the Giro d’Italia in good condition, and for this reason, in Slovenia I will try to go for a good result in the GC. I am thrilled to participate in the Tour because I have never raced on Slovenian roads in the many years of my career.

The level will be very high and looking at the route, I believe that both the second and fourth stages with arrival in Sveta Gora will be decisive for the final victory”.

Gene Bates – Sport Director
“Every stage presents a good opportunity for us. I think we have plenty of options with fast riders like Edmonson and Konychev and also Stannard who showed great form lately.

For the GC, we have Kangert who exited from the Giro very well and also our other climber Zeits who can achieve a good result in the fourth stage with an uphill finish. Bewley will be the team captain and he’s coming with great shape as well as Scotson who also came out of the Giro in good condition.

Overall, we have a really good group of riders here and we’re looking forward to going after some stages and general classification results”.

2021 Tour of Slovenia – Race Details:
Wednesday, 9th June: Stage 1, Ptuj to Rogaška Slatina, 151km
Thursday, 10th June: Stage 2, Zalec to Celje, 147km
Friday, 11th June: Stage 3, Brezice to Krško, 165km
Saturday, 12th June: Stage 4, Ajdovščina to Nova Gorica, 164km
Sunday, 13th June: Stage 5, Ljubljana to Novo Mesto, 175km

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Howson & Grmay make the front chasing group split on the final of stage two at Criterium du Dauphine – Team BikeExchange

Tour de Hongrie winner Damien Howson finished in a reduced chasing group on stage two of the Criterium du Dauphinetoday, as a solo breakaway rider stayed away for the second day in-a-row.

Five riders jumped away in the early kilometres, with the peloton allowing the escapees a maximum advantage of four minutes. The time gap eventually started to fall with around 50km to go, but with no concerted chase in the bunch, the gap remained at three minutes with 30km left to race.

Out front, Lukas Pöstlberger went solo from the breakaway while the peloton was thinning out over the remaining climbs behind. As the kilometres ticked down it was clear that the bunch had miscalculated the catch once again, with Pöstlberger holding on to win by 11 seconds while Howson rolled home in a reduced chase group alongside teammate Tsgabu Grmay.

Damien Howson
“It is pretty unusual racing, having the breakaway stay away on the first to days and especially as it was only one survivor but congrats to them. 

On the final climb, there was a bit of wind coming from the left and I think for Bahrain, it was a last attempt for them to try there to bring the breakaway back so with the wind and the pace, I think that is why it all split there.

I feel pretty good, I felt pretty comfortable in the select group at the finish, it was still a relatively sizeable group, but I think that was to be expected with a few of the sprinters that can climb where thinking they were in for a chance for a result today.

It was a hard day but the boys helped me all day so I could remain calm, and we look to tomorrow now.”

2021 Criterium du Dauphine stage 2 results:
1. Lukas Pöstlberger 4:25:20
2. Sonny Colbrelli +0:11
3. Alejandro Valverde ST
25. Damien Howson (Team BikeExchange) ST

2021 Criterium du Dauphine GC:
1. Lukas Pöstlberger 8:38:32
2. Sonny Colbrelli +0:12
3. Alejandro Valverde +0:20
26. Damien Howson (Team BikeExchange) +0:24

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Australian duo Howson & Stannard lead Team BikeExchange’s charge at Criterium du Dauphine – Team BikeExchange

Recent Tour de Hongrie winner Damien Howson and young 22-year-old Robert Stannard lead Team BikeExchange at the eight-day Criterium du Dauphine later this week, as the team go on the offensive, eyeing stage wins and a high overall placing.

The diverse line-up allows the squad to make the most of opportunities that may present themselves during the French tour, with talent ranging from older experienced riders in American Brent Bookwalter, Ethiopian Tsgabu Grmay and Kazakh Andrey Zeits, who returns to competition after crashing out of Coppi Bartali in March.

Balancing out the squad and adding an ounce of youthful motivation alongside Stannard will be Hungarian Barnabás Peák and Italian climber Kevin Colleoni, ready for the tough eight-day race, which often sees many riders arriving in top form in preparation for the Tour de France starting later in the month.

Team BikeExchange at Criterium du Dauphine:
Brent Bookwalter (USA)
Kevin Colleoni (ITA)
Barnabás Peák (HUN)
Damien Howson (AUS)
Tsgabu Grmay (ETH)
Robert Stannard (AUS)
Andrey Zeits (KAZ)

Damien Howson
“Dauphine can be one of the most demanding one-week races on the calendar with many riders going there in top shape, for a lot of the field it is their final preparation race before the Tour de France so there is not surprise to how difficult it can be.

This year will be my eighth Dauphine, I have done it every year since I turned professional back in 2014 so I know what to expect and I think I can go into this race with a fair bit of confidence from my win last week at the Tour de Hongrie.

We have a good group of guys to take opportunities and mix it amongst all terrains and stages of this race. I hope to be consistent and look for a nice result next week.”

Laurenzo Lapage – Sport Director
“We have a good mixed team for the race and Rob Stannard has shown in Ruta del Sol recently that he is in good shape after taking multiple top-10 stage placings and coming close to a stage win, so he will be a rider we can look to for stage results during the week.

The general classification will be a hard fight, many riders use Dauphine as their preparations for the Tour and it is always a hard race. Damien Howson just came off an overall victory at the Tour de Hongrie, so we also know he is in good shape and can be an option for us for the overall.

With the team we have, there’s a lot of strength and a mix of youth and experienced riders so we can really look to use our numbers and race aggressively.”

2021 Criterium du Dauphine Race Details:
Sunday, 30th May: Stage 1, Issoire to Issoire, 182km
Monday, 31st May: Stage 2, Brioude to Saugues, 173km
Tuesday, 1st June: Stage 3, Langeac to Saint-Haon-Le-Vieux, 172.5km
Wednesday, 2nd June: Stage 4, Firminy to Roche-La-Moliere
Thursday, 3rd June: Stage 5, Saint-Chamond to Saint-Vallier, 175.4km
Friday, 4th June: Stage 6, Loriol-Sur-Drome to Le Sappey-en-Chartreuse, 167.5km
Saturday, 5th June: Stage 7, Saint-Martin-Le-Vinoux to La Plange, 171.5km
Sunday, 6th June: Stage 8, La Lechere-les-Bains to Les Gets, 147km 

Photo courtesy of Vanik Zoltan

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Brown wraps up Vuelta a Burgos Feminas with 7th overall & a stage win with Spratt going on the offensive for 10th on the final Queen stage – Team BikeExchange

Team BikeExchange wrapped up the four-day Vuelta a Burgos Feminas today with stage one winner Grace Brown taking seventh place overall, after a strong ride on today’s Queen stage summit finish in Lagunas de Neilas where she climbed to ninth position. Teammate Amanda Spratt showed her cards, riding on the offensive all day by jumping in to a large breakaway, before attacking up the final ascent and eventually claiming a respectable 10th place after a huge effort throughout the 121km stage.

The day began with a rapid pace with the peloton not allowing any breakaway groups to form. Eventually, a large group of 30 riders was given freedom with Spratt and Georgia Williams represented in the move for Team BikeExchange. 

The gap opened up to over one minute 40 seconds with Spratt winning the first GPM sprint before the group reduced to 14 riders on the approach to the final ascent to Lagunas de Neilas. Spratt then went on the attack, taking with her one Movistar rider, before being joined by two more riders as they passed the 4km to go mark.

The race then suddenly lit up, with a surge from behind as the GC favourites quickly charged towards the leaders as they began the climb. By the time they started the final two kilometres, the quartet were swallowed up and only a trio of Anna van der Breggen, Annemiek van Vleuten and Demi Vollering remained at the head of affairs as the road gradient increased.

Behind, Brown and Spratt fought hard all the way to the line to finish the brutal stage in ninth and tenth position respectively, securing a top-10 placing overall and a stage win, which concludes a successful four-days of racing for the squad.

Amanda Spratt
“I was so disappointed with yesterday and I knew I had to refocus and come out today and have a good ride. The girls were so amazing at the start, especially Sarah Roy and Georgia Williams, and I was able to sneak into that move and really thanks to Georgia. She killed herself for me and we knew that I had a good chance in that group as one of the strongest climbers.

I just had to be patient and I attacked on the second to last climb and then again on the last climb a few times to try and shake the others. Maybe I was a little too keen at the start with the hard final, but honestly I’m really happy with my ride and it’s nice to be a part of the race again. It was great to take a stage win with Grace here and she’s also finished 7th on GC.”

Alejandro Gonzales-Tablas – Sport Director 
“It wasn’t really planned, but we ended up with a group of over 25 riders going away and Spratty was in there and it was a really good move for us and we had Georgia there to support. 

We took the opportunity, it was an opportunity that came and in the end it came up a couple of kilometres short, but it was a really good move.

I think the whole race has been pretty positive, we came with two goals, to get a stage win and get a good general classification position, and we got a stage on day one with Grace and a good general classification result, so all the boxes are ticked.”

2021 Vuelta a Burgos Feminas – Stage 4 Results:
1. Anna van der Breggen 3:24:15 
2. Annemiek van Vleuten ST
3. Demi Vollering +0:20
9. Grace Brown (Team BikeExchange) +1:09
10. Amanda Spratt (Team BikeExchange) +1:17

Final General Classification:
1. Anna van der Breggen 11:23:55
2. Annemiek van Vleuten +0:03
3. Demi Vollering +0:23
7. Grace Brown (Team BikeExchange) +1:07

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A top-10 on stage 3 Vuelta a Burgos Feminas bumps Brown up to second overall – Team BikeExchange

Stage one winner Grace Brown climbed to ninth place on today’s third stage summit finish at Vuelta a Burgos Feminas, to move back up the classification to second overall, despite setting the hard tempo all the way up the climb from one kilometre to go.

The day’s tactic was to go full in for the stage win with climbers Ane Santesteban and Amanda Spratt with Brown to set a fierce pace from the base of the final one-kilometre ascent to set up for the finish.

The 28-year-old took up position and quickly the peloton strung out behind and as the race entered the final 300metres as the road kicked up, Brown showed her strength remaining at the front with many riders struggling to stay on terms.

The key general classification contenders then launched past to contest the stage victory with Cecile Uttrup Ludwig coming out on top and Brown holding on for ninth. Santesteban and Spratt finished slightly but remaining in top contention overall, ahead of an important and hard day finishing up Lagunas de Nieblas tomorrow, where the GC is expected to shake up.

Grace Brown – 2nd on GC
“The plan today was for me to lead-out all the way up the last climb so that Spratty could be on my wheel and attack overt the top in the last couple of metres, but unfortunately Spratty at some point lost my wheel and wasn’t able to make the move.

We didn’t get the stage result we wanted, but I have moved into second overall and have the points jersey. Tomorrow is a big GC day; it is a fairly flat stage running into a long climb, so hopefully our two climbers will be able to do something there and take a good overall result.

Alejandro Gonzales-Tablas – Sport Director 
“It was all going to plan until about one kilometres to go. The plan was to but the team in a position to go for a stage win. The team were pretty amazing today, all the girls worked hard and followed moves and at the end we committed to our plan. Some days the plans work and today it didn’t work out as we wanted.”

2021 Vuelta a Burgos Feminas – Stage 3 Results:
1. Cecile Uttrup Ludwig 3:00:08
2. Kasia Niewiadoma ST
3. Anna van der Breggen ST
9. Grace Brown (Team BikeExchange) +0:03

General Classification after stage 3:
1. Niamh Fisher-Black 7:59:38
2. Grace Brown (Team BikeExchange) ST
3. Kasia Niewiadoma +0:02

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Stage two of Vuelta a Burgos Feminas comes down to a countback with Brown moving to third on GC – Team BikeExchange

Today’s second stage of Vuelta a Burgos Feminas saw yesterday’s stage winner Grace Brown slip down the rankings to third position overall after the classification standings were determined by stage placings, due to no bonus seconds given on the finish line.

Elise Chabbey and Niamh Fisher-Black began the stage in second and third place overall, but on the same time as the Team BikeExchange rider, and on a wet and chaotic finish to today’s stage, Brown crossed the line behind the duo to drop into third position.

It was a nervous and short stage with three breakaway riders opening up a large gap of over three minutes, before Anastasiia Chursina went for it solo and successfully held on to take the stage victory.

Behind, Canyon-SRAM took up the chase and it was a battle for the minor placings with positioning crucial for the overall classification. Arianna Fidanza was the highest placed finisher for the team inside the top-20 and tomorrow’s stage brings another opportunity for the squad to hunt down a second stage victory.

Grace Brown 
“We stayed pretty calm for the whole race, we didn’t really think that it was our job to control the break today so left it up to the teams with sprinters and in the end, it was mainly Canyon that closed the gap.

Coming into the finish it was still a big group behind the solo leader and unfortunately, I finished behind Elise Chabbey and Niamh Fisher-Black and since this race doesn’t have any time bonuses on the finish line, I have moved to third overall.

I don’t really like coming into the finish in a big bunch in general and then today with the rain and with the corners it was a little bit sketchy.”

Alejandro Gonzales-Tablas – Sport Director 
“We weren’t the team to take the responsibly on bringing the breakaway back today as it was likely going to be a sprint and our sprinter wasn’t on a good day. We knew we would have to work a little bit at the end to keep it at an acceptable gap but it was always going to come down to the sprint and positioning to see who is the leader and unfortunately we lost it due to the position.

Tomorrow is going to be a bit of waiting, riders will probably want to wait to go full into the final climb, but we have to expect the unexpected and we will see what will happen. There are two more big chances to come.”

2021 Vuelta a Burgos Feminas – Stage 2 Results:
1. Anastasiia Chursina 2:29:28
2. Alice Barnes +1:11
3. Amalie Dideriksen

General Classification after stage 2:
1. Elise Chabbey
2. Niamh Fisher-Black
3. Grace Brown (Team BikeExchange) 

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Brown braves it with a late attack to take the stage one victory at Vuelta a Burgos Feminas – Team BikeExchange

Australian rider Grace Brown powered to victory on the opening stage of the Vuelta a Burgos Feminas today, attacking on the final climb of the day before taking the win in a three-up sprint to move into the race lead.

Team BikeExchange controlled the race for most of the day, attempting to split the peloton in the wind after 30km of racing, before Georgia Williams and Sarah Roy then led the peloton and closed down a solo breakaway rider ahead of the final climb of the day.

Brown was well-placed at the head of the reduced bunch alongside teammates Amanda Spratt and Ane Santesteban as they began the final ascent and the Brugge-De Panne winner then made her move with six kilometres to go. Accelerating away from the peloton on the gradual slopes, only two riders were able to go with the 28-year-old’s sheer power.

The trio dangled around 15 seconds ahead of the bunch for the remainder of the climb and as they passed under the flamme rouge it was touch and go as to whether they could hold on to contest the stage victory. As the line approached, Brown led out the sprint, leaving her fellow attackers in her wake as she powered to her second UCI victory of the season and into the race lead for Team BikeExchange.

Grace Brown – Stage 1 winner
“It was our plan to attack and try to win the stage. We wanted to put a little bit of pressure on early on in the crosswinds and see if we could split the peloton. My plan then was to hold on until the last climb and then attack as we got to the crest and try to hold onto that until the finish.

I didn’t know if I would have any other riders with me, but I had two riders, unfortunately they didn’t work a lot with me until the end, Elise Chabby pulled a few turns and then it was a sprint against them and I got away with it. I knew on a normal day if we had all pulled equal turns then I could probably win the sprint but I was a bit unsure if I had done too much, so I was relieved to win in the end. 
I came into this race feeling pretty good after the last Spanish races so I was confident that if the stage played out as we planned, then I should have a pretty good chance today. It felt really hard after I attacked, and you are never really sure if you will hold on, especially when the gap is quite small.

I was a bit worried if we played too many games at the end with the three of us that we wouldn’t keep the gap and the bunch would come past us, so I knew I couldn’t wait too late until my sprint, which is why I led it out.”

Alejandro Gonzales-Tablas – Sport Director 
“The outcome of today’s race was exactly the plan, it was everything we wanted from kilometre 30 when we tried to split the peloton in the wind and then going into the climb. It was an amazing job from the girls to put our riders into the top position into the climb and with the attack with Grace over the top, it was all as planned. It is weird that everything happen exactly as we wanted but it is one of those good days.
Tomorrow is a stage that should be a bunch sprint, we have a couple of sprinters and it should be a good day for Grace to keep the leader’s jersey.”

2021 Vuelta a Burgos Feminas – Stage 1 Results:
1. Grace Brown (Team BikeExchange) 3:32:04
2. Elise Chabbey
3. Niamh Fisher-Black

General Classification after stage 1:
1. Grace Brown (Team BikeExchange) 3:32:04
2. Elise Chabbey
3. Niamh Fisher-Black

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Team BikeExchange women bring a stellar line-up as they hunt down victory at the inaugural women’s Vuelta a Burgos Feminas – Team BikeExchange

Team BikeExchange women go full force into the first UCI Women’s WorldTour stage race of the season, Vuelta a Burgos Feminas, lining-up with talented climbers in the form of Amanda Spratt and local Basque rider Ane Santesteban, who has enjoyed three top-10 finishes in the recent Spanish races.

Alongside the duo, giving the team extra strength and depth, are in-form Australian’s with Brugge De-Panne winner Grace Brown and Australian champion Sarah Roy, plus New Zealand champion Georgia Williams and Italian sprinter Arianna Fidanza.

The four-day race is bookended by summit finishes and is set to be a challenging one with the heavy undulating roads in the northern region of Spain, with 2021 being the first ever edition of the race for the women’s peloton. 

Team BikeExchange atVuelta a Burgos Feminas 20-23rd:
Grace Brown (AUS)
Arianna Fidanza (ITA)
Sarah Roy (AUS)
Ane Santesteban (ESP)
Amanda Spratt (AUS)
Georgia Williams (NZL)

Amanda Spratt
“It is really motivating to be at a new race and especially at a new WorldTour stage race. I am excited to get the stage racing part of the season underway and this is certainly an important race for us in preparation for the Giro d’Italia. 

Ane has shown that she is in really strong form from the past races and also some of the other girls, so I think we have a great team. You always have a chance to win every race and I think this week we will have to play it smart, Annemiek van Vleuten and Anna van der Breggen have shown how strong they are at the moment. 

There are four really quite different stages in this race, we know the wind can play a part, there’s a punchy uphill finish, a longer uphill finish, so there’s many different characteristics to each stage and we know the final stage will be really decisive for the general classification.”

Alejandro Gonzales-Tablas – Sport Director
“The team has been working really well together, we have been taking good initiatives and creating the races we wanted. It is the first WorldTour stage race of the season and it is definitely going to be a very high level.

The stages are interesting, there’s some hard finishes and there’s some short stages which can make it very fast racing. We come to the race with the clear focus to play the GC with Ane and Spratt. We have a strong team and a pretty good balance of riders.”

2021 Vuelta a Burgos Feminas Race Details:
Thursday, 20th May: Stage 1, Villadiego to Sargentes de la Lora, 100km
Friday, 21st May: Stage 2, Pedrosa de Valdeporres to Villarcayo, 97km
Saturday, 22nd May: Stage 3, Medina de Pomar to Complejo Karstico ojo Guarena, 115.4km
Sunday, 23rd May: Stage 4, Quintana de la Sierra to Lagunas de Neila, 123.3km 

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Howson wraps up the overall title at the Tour de Hongrie – Team BikeExchange

Yesterday’s Queen stage winner Damien Howson delivered Team BikeExchange their second overall UCI stage race victory of the 2021 season at the Tour de Hongrie, after safely negotiating the final stage in Budapest.

Today’s win is the 28-year-old’s third overall stage race victory of his career following on from last year’s Czech Tour title and the 2017 Herald Sun Tour. 

The race concluded with 12 laps of a circuit around the capital with the stage always likely to finish in a fourth bunch sprint in five days. A breakaway was established in the opening kilometres, but the sprint teams kept them on a tight leash throughout the 92km stage.

New Zealander Sam Bewley chipped in with work on the front, while the rest of the team amassed around race leader Howson and guided him safely through the day. The sprint teams made no mistake and reeled the breakaway in ahead of the final lap before setting it up for a sprint finish won by Edward Theuns.

Damien Howson:
“Bike racing is never over until it’s over, so particularly until three kilometres to go I definitely had to be very attentive and have a little bit of luck go my way, no misfortune and at the end of the day I got around the course safely.

The team rode well and I’m happy to come away with the victory at the end of the week. It’s nice to see people at the side of the road again supporting bike racing and it was a nice day supporting the yellow jersey, I enjoyed it out there.
I think last year after winning the Czech Tour I had the desire to get a few more wins and it’s something I’ve put focus on and this race, I came close last year, so I knew it was in my grasp if I played it smart.”

Mat Hayman (Sport Director):
“We’re really happy to finish the tour off like that, it’s always a little bit nervous with a street circuit and there was quite a lot of rain this morning, but the boys did well defending the jersey.
We wanted to go for both, defend the jersey and go for the stage win, but it was quite a messy sprint again and Kaden [Groves] was a bit out of position, so that was a bit disappointing.

But we’re happy to see Damo get on the bus with the yellow jersey, we ticked that box, we won a stage and the tour, so we are really pleased.”

Tour de Hongrie – Stage 5:
1. Edward Theuns 1:55:46
2. Olav Kooij ST
11. Kaden Groves (Team BikeExchange) ST

2021 Tour de Hongrie – GC
1. Damien Howson (Team BikeExchange) 18:07:10
2. Ben Hermans +0:16
3. Antonio Tiberi +0:24

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Team BikeExchange head to Ruta del Sol with a diverse line-up boasting young talent & experience on the hunt for stage wins – Team BikeExchange

After being postponed in February, the 2021 edition of Ruta del Sol will take place next week, with Team BikeExchange looking to make the most of the new date bringing in a diverse squad, hungry to make the most of the additional racing opportunity in May.

The team ranges from wiser and older experienced riders in the form of Jack BauerBrent Bookwalter and Luke Durbridge, through to young up and coming talent with the likes of Robert Stannard and Alex Konychev.

The mixed team will hunt down stage victories throughout the course of the five-day race with the line-up also including Ethiopian Tsgabu Grmay and Norwegian powerhouse Amund Grøndahl Jansen.

Team BikeExchange at Ruta del Sol:
Jack Bauer (NZL)
Brent Bookwalter (USA)
Luke Durbridge (AUS)
Tsgabu Grmay (ETH)
Amund Grøndahl Jansen (NOR)
Alex Konychev (ITA)
Robert Stannard (AUS) 

Robert Stannard
“I am looking forward to racing again after a small break after the busy classics period and it is good to have this race in May ahead of some bigger goals later in the season.

We have a strong team with a mixture of riders, and I think I can have a good go at a stage win looking at the some of the stages.

It should be good weather with it being in May and I think all the team is just ready to get back racing so it should be a good week. I felt good with good legs at the start of the season so I hope I can take another step forward next week and get a good result.”

Laurenzo Lapage – Sport Director 
“The goal for us is to try for stage wins in this race, it is unusual to have this race in May in the calendar and we have a good team to try for this.

Robert Stannard showed in the Classics he has good form so he will be one of the protected riders for stage wins but it is a race where we will try, and everybody will get a chance.

It is a good race for us to help with our build up and preparation for the next races to come.”

2021 Ruta del Sol Race Details:
Tuesday, 18th May: Stage 1, La Cala de Mijas to Zahara de la Sierra, 152.1km
Wednesday, 19th May: Stage 2, Iznajar to Alcala la Real, 184.8km
Thursday, 20th May: Stage 3, Beas de Segura to Villarrodridgo, 176.9km
Friday, 21st May: Stage 4, Baza to Cullar Vega, 182.9km
Saturday, 22nd May: Stage 5, Vera to Pulpi, 107km 

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