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Team BikeExchange to debut at Tour de Luxembourg – Team BikeExchange

Team BikeExchange will make their debut at the Tour de Luxembourg with an attack-minded squad on the hunt for stage wins and a strong general classification challenge.

Estonian Tanel Kangert will lead the team’s GC charge and he will aided by the returning Esteban Chaves and young neo-pro Kevin Colleoni on the climbs. Veteran Brent Bookwalter will provide valuable experience, while Jack Bauer and Callum Scotson add power to the squad for the five days of racing.

Team BikeExchange at Tour de Luxembourg:
Jack Bauer (NZL)
Brent Bookwalter (USA)
Esteban Chaves (COL)
Kevin Colleoni (ITA)
Tanel Kangert (EST)
Callum Scotson (AUS)

Tanel Kangert:
“It’s going to be my first time racing at the Tour of Luxembourg and already this fact is exciting for me. I don’t really know what to expect from the race course, I guess it will be tough and demanding with no real big climbs, but lots of medium size climbs. 

My training has been done on super flat roads in the last weeks, so it will be interesting to see how I can climb coming from flatlands.”

Mat Hayman (Sports Director):
“It’s not a WorldTour race but we still have eight strong WorldTour teams lining up and teams getting ready for a final push of the season, whether it’s the World Championships or the last big one-day races of the year.

It’s a five-day stage race with a 25km time trial on the penultimate stage, which will have a big impact on the general classification. But before we get to that TT, Luxembourg is known for its hilly, punchy climbs, nothing too long, but when they put them back-to-back it can crate an aggressive style of racing.

We’re looking to be involved in some aggressive racing, we go there without a sprinter, without a pure time trialist, so we’re going to have to be firing on every stage. We’re looking forward to it and we have some riders in some great form, Tanel is moving well, Jack Bauer was moving well last week in Benelux and we have Esteban Chaves coming back after a little break after the Olympics.

2021 Tour of Luxembourg – Race Details:
Tuesday, 14th September: Stage 1, Luxembourg-City – Luxembourg-City, 140km              
Wednesday 15th September: Stage 2, Steinfort – Esch-sur-Sûre, 186.1km             
Thursday 16th September: Stage 3, Mondorf-les-Bains – Mamer, 189.3km           
Friday 17th September: Stage 4, Dudelange – Dudelange, 25.4km TT                     
Saturday 18th September: Stage 5, Mersch – Luxembourg-City, 183.7km

Photo Courtesy of Getty Sport.

— Team BikeExchange to www.greenedgecycling.com

Parisella lands sprint comp on debut weekend – Rally Cycling

Rally Cycling stagiaire Raphaël Parisella flew off the front of the Tour du Doubs on Sunday to claim the intermediate sprint competition. As a member of a 10-rider breakaway, Parisella won the first two sprints on offer during the 201km race in eastern France. After scoring points over the third and final sprint line, Parisella had the competition locked up as the group of favorites swallowed up the breakaway on the final climbs. Teammate Pier-André Coté finished 19th on the day.

It was a positive day and a stride in the right direction,” said Parisella who was competing in just his second race with the team. “The plan for me today was to get the sprint jersey from the breakaway. I felt good and am glad it worked out.”

Parisella was one of three young riders that joined the team at the beginning of August. He told the team then, “I’m very motivated to join the squad and start racing.” That motivation continues.

“These were my first two pro races so it’s all about learning,” added Parisella. “It’s good for my confidence and I’m happy to contribute to the team this quickly.”

While Parisella takes a short break to prepare for a slate of one-day races later this month, his teammates in France now head to the Tour du Luxembourg from September 14 – 18. Can’t wait for that racing to begin? Follow the team’s journey at the Tour of Britain on Twitter and Instagram.

— Tom Soladay to rallycycling.com