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


Bahrain Victorious secured the Green Jersey with Phil Bauhaus on their first appearance at the Tour de Hongrie. The five-stage race over 792 kilometres and 7,954 verticle meters was also raced by the first-ever Bahraini in the pro peloton, Ahmed Madan.

Bauhaus secured the jersey with wins on the opening stage and stage 3, while Santiago Buitrago had a top-ten finish in the GC.

Bauhaus reflected on the race: “In general, I think it was a successful race for us finishing in the top ten in GC, and I have two stage wins and the green jersey.

Today with two wins, we wanted the third one. It was not easy today, and we are a bit disappointed as we went out a bit too early, and there was a slight headwind. Overall it was a good race.”

Tour de Hongrie 2021 – 42nd Edition – 5th stage Budapest – Budapest 92,4 km – 16/05/2021 – Ahmed Madan (BRN – Bahrain Victorious) – photo Igor Stancík/BettiniPhoto©2021

Ahmed Madan made history, being the first Bahraini represented in the pro peloton and was delighted by the experience: “Amazing first race with the team at Tour of Hungary over five stages. At the start, I felt a little bit nervous as I didn’t know what to expect. Day by day, with the help of the team, I felt better. I started working on the front with the team and helping the guys, and we had two victories and the green jersey, so I’m pretty happy with how the first race went.”

Sports director Neil Stephens shared his thoughts on the week in Hungary: ”We placed 4th today and it was enough to solidify our lead in the green jersey competition, and we are pleased about winning that. In general, we had a really successful week. We came here to win one stage, and we won two. We also wanted to place highly in the GC, and we placed 10th. Finally, Ahmed was able to finish his first stage race in Europe and played an integral part in the success we achieved this week. Hopefully, this is a sign of great things to come for Ahmed and Bahrain Victorious.”

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— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com