Not even the time to close the Tour of Slovenia which for Androni Giocattoli Sidermec is already time to think about the next race. In fact, the Adriatica Ionica Race (Uci 2.1), the stage race that will cross Friuli Venezia Giulia, Veneto and Emilia Romagna, starts tomorrow. Three stages scheduled from tomorrow to Thursday for the race that will also give points for the Ciclismo Cup. Mattia Bais, Luca Chirico, Daniel Munoz, Andrii Ponomar, Simone Ravanelli, Eduardo Sepulveda and Natnael Tesfazion will be at the start for the team. Sports directors Giovanni Ellena and Alessandro Spezialetti.
As mentioned, the appointment with the Airace comes immediately after the closing (yesterday) of the Tour of Slovenia. Good performance for the Androni Giocattoli Sidermec in the short stage race that brought two top-10s of the day with Malucelli and Munoz and the top-20 in the general classification of Luca Chirico (17th).

— Team Androni Sidermec to teamandronisidermec.com

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

Mohorič 2nd at Tour of Slovenia As Pernsteiner 3rd at Tour de Suisse.

Bahrain Victorious took two podium finishes as Mohorič sprinted to second on Stage 3 at Tour of Slovenia, while Pernsteiner finished 3rd from the breakaway on Stage 4 at Tour de Suisse.

Matej Mohorič commented after the stage as he retained the points jersey for Team Bahrain Victorious and gained 9 seconds in the GC: “We expected that kind of scenario at the final. We planned to focus on starting the last climb in the front to calm down the group and help Phil stay in the peloton. Unfortunately, that didn’t work out. The pace was very high on the climb. The group split into more parts. I stayed in the first group with Jan, and Phil didn’t make it, and Jan and I tried to go for the stage ourselves. Jan tried to anticipate the sprint with a long-range attack, and he lined up the group, so it was easier for me to find a position for the sprint. Unfortunately, I hesitated a little bit, and I started a little bit too late, so I lost a sprint to the Caja Rural rider, and I have finished 2nd.”

Winner in points classification Matej MOHORIC of BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS celebrates at trophy ceremony after the 3rd Stage of 27th Tour of Slovenia 2021 cycling race between Brezice and Krsko (165,8 km), on June 11, 2021 in Slovenia. Photo by Vid Ponikvar / Sportida

At the Tour de Suisse, Pernsteiner showed his bravery yet again after being awarded the most combative rider on yesterdays stage, going in the breakaway on the Alpine course of stage 6. Along with Pernsteiner, Fred Wright and Gino Mäder were proactive in the breakaway. Pernsteiner held out all the way and crossed the line in third. Andreas Kron (Lotto Soudal) was awarded the win after Rui Costa (UAE-Emirates) was relegated due to a deviation from his line in the sprint. Wright was caught out on the final attacks and crossed the line just out of the top ten in 11th place.

Tour de Suisse 2021 – 85th Edition – 6th stage Fiesch – Disentis Sedrun 130,1 km – 11/06/2021 – Andreas Lorentz Kron (DEN – Lotto Soudal) – Rui Costa (POR – UAE Team Emirates) – Hermann Pernsteiner (AUT – Bahrain Victorious) – photo Peter De Voecht/PN/BettiniPhoto©2021

The Austrian rider commented on his effort after today’s third place:
“I had amazing legs today. Early on the first climb, I was in the breakaway, but they caught us back. Then a big group went, and with a good effort, I closed the gap to the front. After that, there was a flurry of attacks. Everybody was keeping an eye a bit on me. In the end, I managed to be in front alongside Rui Costa and Kron. I knew that the sprint would have been hard for me. Therefore I tried to surprise them. But I had no chance against these guys. I’m also not so experienced in sprinting, and for sure, it’s still a skill that I can improve. Anyway, I had no regrets today. I tried everything. I’m looking forward to the next two days”.

Tour de Suisse 2021 – 85th Edition – 6th stage Fiesch – Disentis Sedrun 130,1 km – 11/06/2021 – Hermann Pernsteiner (AUT – Bahrain Victorious) – Antwan Tolhoek (NED – Jumbo – Visma) – photo Heinz Zwicky/BettiniPhoto©2021

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— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com


Ancora un piazzamento nella top-10 di giornata per l’Androni Giocattoli Sidermec (foto L. Cozzutto) al Giro di Slovenia. Nella terza tappa della corsa è arrivato, infatti, il 7° posto di Daniel Munoz. A giocarsi il successo nella Brežice-Krško (165 chilometri) una trentina di corridori, avvantaggiatisi sull’ultima salita di giornata, regolati allo sprint dallo spagnolo Jon Aberasturi (su Mohoric e Trentin). Per l’Androni Giocattoli Sidermec nel gruppo di testa con i migliori, tra cui il leader Pogaciar, oltre a Munoz anche Luca Chirico. Proprio Chirico, bravo 13° ieri nella frazione vinta da Pogaciar, in classifica generale è 11°.
Domani in programma la quarta tappa Ajdovščina-Nova Gorica di 164 chilometri.

— Team Androni Sidermec to teamandronisidermec.com

Phil Bauhaus wins Stage 1 at Tour of Slovenia.

On the opening 151.5 kilometre stage in Slovenia, Phil Bauhaus, and his teammates, showed Team Bahrain Victorious’ strength. The race started in Ptuj, and it took riders through the hilly land of Štajerska to Rogaška Slatina. Team Bahrain Victorious controlled the race from the start, managing the day’s breakaway of seven riders, who were caught with the help of Jan Tratnik a few kilometers before the technical sprint in the final.

Bauhaus was delighted with the win: “The finish was extremely fast with a slight downhill in the last km. It was key to be in front at the roundabout 700 m to go, and the team did a great job today. We were in the forefront all the time, we controlled the events all the time, I came to the finish in an excellent position, and as a sprinter, I couldn’t be more satisfied.

It’s fantastic. The team was super strong. We took control from the beginning. My teammates did a perfect lead-out for me, and I am very proud. And I also take a win for them today. In the following days, there are still more opportunities to win the races, and as you have seen how our team is strong, we expect more wins”.

Winner Phil BAUHAUS of BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS celebrates at trophy ceremony after the 1st Stage of 27th Tour of Slovenia 2021 cycling race between Ptuj and Rogaska Slatina (151,5 km), on June 9, 2021 in Slovenia. Photo by Vid Ponikvar / Sportida

Gorazd director Štangelj Sports commented today’s win: “It is easy to plan and not so easy to execute strategy. The breakaway was numerous, and it took a long time and a big fight for the break. It was difficult to control from the beginning, then just two riders pull all over today, one from our team, Kevin, and from team UAE. In the end, we sent Jan to drop down the gap, and the guys did a perfect job until the last 3 km, and even the lead out was more than perfect. I think this was really like on the paper.”

Winner Phil BAUHAUS of BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS celebrates in green jersey at trophy ceremony after the 1st Stage of 27th Tour of Slovenia 2021 cycling race between Ptuj and Rogaska Slatina (151,5 km), on June 9, 2021 in Slovenia. Photo by Vid Ponikvar / Sportida

(All pictures can be used for editorial and non-commercial usages only and are copyright @Sportida @TeamBahrainVictorious)

— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com


Inizia bene il Giro di Slovenia per l’Androni Giocattoli Sidermec. Nello sprint conclusivo della prima tappa (Ptuj-Rogaška Slatina di 151 chilometri) è arrivato un bel 5° posto per Matteo Malucelli. Il velocista romagnolo, ben protetto dai compagni, ha chiuso alle spalle del vincitore Bauhaus, di Aberasturi, Oliveira e Aniolkowski. Dietro a Malucelli ha concluso Edmondson.
Domani in Slovenia (corsa 2.Pro del calendario internazionale) è programma la seconda tappa (Žalec-Celje di 147 chilometri).

— Team Androni Sidermec to teamandronisidermec.com


Parte domani per concludersi il 13 giugno il Tour of Slovenia, corsa 2.Pro del calendario Uci che vedrà impegnata anche l’Androni Giocattoli Sidermec. Cinque le tappe in programma fino alla conclusione di domenica a Novo Mesto.
In corsa per l’Androni Giocattoli Sidermec ci saranno Alessandro Bisolti, Luca Chirico, Matteo Malucelli, Daniel Munoz, Jhonatan Restrepo, Josip Rumac e Ziga Jerman, che corre in casa.
Direttori sportivi Leonardo Canciani e Gian Paolo Cheula.

— Team Androni Sidermec to teamandronisidermec.com

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

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

Photo Courtesy of Getty Sport.

— Team BikeExchange to www.greenedgecycling.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