Bahrain Victorious Double on Final Stages at Tour of Slovenia and Tour de Suisse

Bahrain Victorious took two victories on the same day, with Phil Bauhaus sprinting to success for his second stage win at Tour of Slovenia, while Gino Mäder’s perfectly timed move on the queen stage of Tour de Suisse saw him take the win.

In Slovenia, for the second time, Bauhaus was lead out superbly by his teammates to the final sprint and made no mistake winning by a clear margin. The last man of the lead out, Henrich Haussler, finished strongly and rounded off the podium on the final stage. Matej Mohoric also was rewarded for his strong performances throughout the five-stage race, securing the points jersey for Team Bahrain Victorious.

Phil BAUHAUS of BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS during the 5th Stage of 27th Tour of Slovenia 2021 cycling race between Ljubljana and Novo mesto (175,3 km), on June 13, 2021 in Slovenia. Photo by Matic Klansek Velej / Sportida

Phil Bauhaus was delighted with his fifth win of the season so far:
“It’s incredible. The team did a fantastic job once again today. We did the last two km pulling on the front, and then it was a perfect one into the finish: Haussler, as the last lead-out man, brought me in the first position 200 metres to go, and from there, I could start my sprint in an ideal condition. Happily, it was a good one!”

Overall best in points classification Matej MOHORIC of BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS celebrates at trophy ceremony during the 5th Stage of 27th Tour of Slovenia 2021 cycling race between Ljubljana and Novo mesto (175,3 km), on June 13, 2021 in Slovenia. Photo by Vid Ponikvar / Sportida

Matej Mohorič reflected on the race:
“We are delighted to conclude the Tour of Slovenia like that, with Phil’s win and my red jersey.
I think we can look forward to the Tour de France, where I will target the stage wins”.

At the Tour de Suisse, Gino Mäder secured his second win of the season on the queen stage. After his podium finish in yesterday’s TT, Gino put in a perfectly timed move over the final climb to move away from the GC group and beat Michael Woods (Israel Start-Up Nation) to the line.

Tour de Suisse 2021 – 85th Edition – 8th stage Andermatt – Andermatt 159,5 km – 13/06/2021 – Gino Mader (SUI – Bahrain Victorious) – photo Peter De Voecht/PN/BettiniPhoto©2021

Gino Mäder shared his happiness, especially for taking a win in his homeland:
“I was looking forward to this stage. I wanted to finish off my home race with a win, and I achieved it. The team worked well from the beginning, with Wout Poels in the breakaway, then Hermann Pernsteiner jumping across to him and having two riders in the front was perfect. All the other teammates were helping me behind, bringing food and water and mental support as well. They positioned me perfectly into the last climb. It was incredible teamwork from everybody”.

Tour de Suisse 2021 – 85th Edition – 8th stage Andermatt – Andermatt 159,5 km – 13/06/2021 – Passo del Gottardo – Gino Mader (SUI – Bahrain Victorious) – photo Peter De Voecht/PN/BettiniPhoto©2021

Team Technical Director Vladimir Miholjević commented on this fantastic day for the team: “There are not a lot of days that a team could enjoy a double victory. Today we had the privilege to enjoy it. From Slovenia to Switzerland, everything worked perfectly today. Great work from all team members, both staff and riders. Significant commitment and trust in the team and themselves. I can only express joy and gratitude to each staff member for their effort, as they are also part of the team success. We’re more than happy and proud. We’re eager to continue with the hard work and the improvement, as we always have some objectives in front of us. Not simple to reach, but let’s go and find the way towards our most significant goals.”

Tour de Suisse 2021 – 85th Edition – 8th stage Andermatt – Andermatt 159,5 km – 13/06/2021 – Gino Mader (SUI – Bahrain Victorious) – photo Heinz Zwicky/BettiniPhoto©2021

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— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com

One day double header opens Belgian adventure for Team Novo Nordisk

Team Novo Nordisk hit the North next week with back-to-back one day races in Belgium at Dwars door het Hageland followed by Elfstedenronde.

The world’s first all diabetes professional cycling team return to the hard and unforgiving cobbles for the first time since last year’s Brabantse Pijl prepared for some tough racing to lead them into the fast-approaching Baloise Belgium Tour.

These two races open up a solid ten-day block of racing in Belgium for us,” said Sports Director Gennady Mikhaylov. “With the Baloise Belgium Tour coming up a couple of days later, we are hoping that Hageland and Elfstedenronde will get us back into the hard northern European style of racing and ready to hit the cobblestones once again.”

“We’ll be ready to go on Saturday, it’s going to be an intense weekend of racing, but it will be a great experience for some of our guys who haven’t raced in Belgium before and that will be invaluable for them and the team.’

American first year pro Logan Phippen returns for his first races since Belgrade Banjaluka with French puncheur Charles Planet and experienced teammate Joonas Henttala all coming straight from the recent Tour de la Mirabelle.

“I was a little bit disappointed with missing out on a top ten stage result at Mirabelle,” said Planet. “It’s my home race and I desperately wanted to do well there, but I struggled with some sickness after the Tour de Hongrie and that affected my preparation.”

“I’m over that now, recovered and fully focused on Belgium and these next races. We have a good team lining up and we’re motivated to make the most of the opportunities we will have throughout the three races.”

An untimely crash at last week’s Tour of Estonia makes sprinter Andrea Peron a doubt whilst 22-year-old Australian Declan Irvine put in a strong performance in Estonia last week and will be joined by Irishman Stephen Clancy and Italian all-rounder Umberto Poli.

First up is the 18th edition of Dwars door het Hageland on Saturday and a 180 kilometer parcours peppered with short, sharp bergs and closing with what are set to be very fast finishing circuits.

Rounding out the weekend is the 38th edition of the one-day semi classic Elfstedenronde, first held way back in 1943 and formerly known as the Bruges Cycling Classic. The race covers 193 kilometers and traditionally favours the sprinters.

Team Novo Nordisk at Dwars door het Hageland and Elfstedenronde, 5th & 6th June:

Stephen Clancy (IRL, 28)

Joonas Henttala (FIN, 29)

Declan Irvine (AUS, 22)

Andrea Peron (IT, 32)

Logan Phippen (USA, 29)

Charles Planet (FR, 27)

Umberto Poli (IT, 24)

— tnn to www.teamnovonordisk.com

Devo team race report from a double weekend in Italy and Slovenia

Date: 30 May 2021

Race: 49th Coppa della Pace – Trofeo F.lli Anelli(1.2U)

Start/Finish: Sant’Ermete

Distance: 172km

Weather: sunny, +22

Course: 3 loops flat, 8 Loops climb 2.5km 

Riders: 170

Class: UCI 1.2U

Seregy Lagutin (Development Team, Head Coach)

Today was very high level race with the best U23 riders from the world. The tactic was to finish the race with most of the riders, get experience and use it to race against these teams. We made Robbe and Filippo team leaders and all other riders support them during the race. 

Filippo Ridolfo

The first 70km flat was quiet without any problems. When the climbs started we were in the front and from there it was like an elimination race. I tried to follow the main breakaway but they had a different pace and I broke away. In the last laps I tried to defend myself uphill, especially in the hard part where I struggled more and then recovered in the less steep part. On the penultimate lap another small group came out of the main group and I couldn’t get onto it. In the end, I finished in the third small group.

Date: May 31, 2021

Race: GP Slovenia

Start/Finish: Kamnik, Slovenia

Distance: 173.6km

Weather: Perfect

Course: 3 20km circuits with 1km climb, 6 15km circuits flat with one kicker

Riders: 117

Class: UCI 1.2

Daniel Holt (Development Team, General Manager)

We had our second team at this race, since most of our riders are U23 and racing in Italy. The strategy was to be patient and wait until the final 80km to start following attacks. Then try to get together for a leadout for Nigel or Przemek. The main goal was for everyone to finish this race.

Jan Dunnewind

After a long break from racing, it was very hard for us to respond to so many accelerations. We will be better with time and more racing.

— tnn to www.teamnovonordisk.com