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

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

— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com

Jakob Fuglsang misses out on Tour de Suisse stage win by centimetres but moves up second on GC – Astana

Jakob Fuglsang misses out on Tour de Suisse stage win by centimetres but moves up second on GC

A gutsy performance from Jakob Fuglsang saw the Danish rider narrowly miss the win on stage 5 of the Tour de Suisse after attacking in the final 15 kilometres.

Stage 5 took the riders from yesterday’s finish town of Gstaad to Leukerbad with a category one climb right after the start but as expected, the race lit up in the final 50 kilometres on the category one Erschmatt climb.

The Astana – Premier Tech riders did a stellar job delivering their leader Jakob Fuglsang into position at the bottom of the final ascent. The Danish rider showed his strength and launched an attack with 20 kilometres to go, bridging across to the current leader Esteban Chaves.

Cycling fans saw an exciting finale as later stage winner Carapaz attacked from the chase group and joined Fuglsang, who was, at this point, leading the race solo after dropping Chaves. A battle to the line saw Fuglsang take a strong second place, missing the stage win by centimetres with Carapaz just coming around Fuglsang on the line.

In the overall ranking, the Lombardia 2019 winner moves up to an impressive second place, 26 seconds behind new leader Carapaz.

“I felt good and today’s stage was hard and long but the profile suited me. The team did a great job. They protected me the whole day, from the first climb onwards. As planned, on the bottom of the final ascent I stayed first with the others and tried then to distanced myself. But when I heard Carapaz was coming I tried to save a little bit of energy as I knew it was going to be a tough battle. I just started the sprint too early, but I moved up to second on the General Classification and there are still some stages to come.” – Jakob Fuglsang 

“We can be really happy with today´s performance. The guys worked really well together and as planned, they brought Jakob perfectly into position. On the final ascent, Jakob felt good so he launched an attack earlier than maybe expected, nevertheless it was a strong performance and at the end he just missed a few centimetres to win the stage. On the overall ranking he now sits second, with only some seconds behind Carapaz but there are a few hard stages to come. Tomorrow will be another tough one and we will try everything to support Jakob again as best as possible.” – Ivan Velasco, Coach 

Tour de Suisse

Stage 5: Gstaad > Leukerbad  (175km)

Top3: 1. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) 2. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana – Premier Tech) 3. Michael Woods (Israel Start-Up Nation)
Top 3 GC: 1. Richard Carapaz –  2. Jakob Fuglsang – 3.Maximilian Schachmann

Astana  – Premier Tech Top 3 : 2. Jakob Fuglsang; 34. Jonas Gregaard; 35 Stefan de Bod


Photo credit: Gettyimages

— nadine Pfeffer to www.astanapremiertech.com

Zukowsky takes KOM at Suisse – Rally Cycling

Nickolas Zukowsky moved into the best climber’s jersey at the Tour de Suisse following an impressive third day of racing. The young Canadian started the stage tied on points in the KOM competition with Tom Bohli (Cofidis) who wore the leader’s jersey based on the strength of his overall placing.

On Tuesday however, after a concerted all-day effort from the team, the tables were turned. 

“Our plan today was definitely to try and get the jersey since we were so close. Either go for the breakaway again or try and get ahead of Bohli on GC.”

As it turned out, Ben King was able to infiltrate the break – with no other threats making the four-man move. King even bagged five points of his own on the day’s two KOMs.

“The team did an amazing job at helping me gain as much time as possible during the finale,” Zukowsky explained. “Today was truly a team effort. I can’t thank the guys enough, it was awesome to be a part of and I am so very grateful!”

Zukowsky is determined to keep the jersey and says stage 4 represents an opportunity to do so. 

“We will definitely try and hold onto it for another day. Tomorrow is a good day for us to do that.”

Gavin Mannion hung tough to make it in a select group of favorites on the stage to finish 25th, same time as double-stage winner Mathieu Van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix).

Tour de Suisse king of the mountains standings
1 ZUKOWSKY Nickolas (Rally Cycling) 10pts
2 BOHLI Tom (Cofidis) 10pts
3 SCHACHMANN  Max (Bora Hansgrohe) 6pts
5 DAL-CIN Matteo (Rally Cycling) 6pts 
6 KING Benjamin (Rally Cycling) 5pts

Stage 3 results
1 VAN DER POEL Mathieu Alpecin-Fenix 60 50 4:24:26
2 LAPORTE Christophe Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 25 30 ,,
3 ALAPHILIPPE Julian Deceuninck – Quick Step 10 18 ,,
4 MATTHEWS Michael Team BikeExchange 13 ,,
5 SCHACHMANN Maximilian BORA – hansgrohe 10 ,,
6 KAMP Alexander Trek – Segafredo 7 ,,
7 BENOOT Tiesj Team DSM 4 ,,
8 FRAILE Omar Astana – Premier Tech 3 ,,
9 TURGIS Anthony Team Total Direct Energie 2 ,,
10 WOODS Michael Israel Start-Up Nation 1 ,,

25 MANNION Gavin Rally Cycling

All Tour de Suisse stages will be streamed live in North America through FloBikes.

— Tom Owen to rallycycling.com

Eight things you didn’t know about Tour de Suisse – Rally Cycling

Rally Cycling is returning to the Tour de Suisse for the second time in the team’s history. Held from June 6 – 13, the team will face a stacked WorldTour peloton that includes Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers), Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix), Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep), and Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo Visma).

Last year’s edition went virtual and although the team had much success, they’re very much looking forward to racing on real roads and through one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

Roster: Rob Britton, Matteo Dal-Cin, Ben King, Gavin Mannion, Kyle Murphy, Joey Rosskopf, and Nickolas Zukowsky.

Stage rundown
June 6, Stage 1: Frauenfeld > Frauenfeld – 10.9km ITT
Frauenfeld couldn’t look or feel more Swiss if it tried. As well as the super technical opening time trial at this year’s race, the historic town is home to Frauenfeld Castle, which looks more movie set than a stronghold. It’s also home to Sigg Switzerland, a company famous for its iconic water bottle design which is included in the permanent design collection of MOMA in New York.

June 7, Stage 2: Neuhausen am Rheinfall > Lachen – 173km
The punchy second stage starts at the most powerful waterfall in Europe. In summer, about 600,000 litres of water per second tumble down into the falls, so it’s no surprise that it’s the most visited day trip destination in the area. The peloton will race through more historic towns (this will be a theme from here on), some of which date back to early last millennium, and will visit Lake Constance, or Bodensee, on their way to Lake Zurich.

June 8, Stage 3: Lachen > Pfaffnau – 185km (2490m)
Stage 3 has been described as having a Spring Classic character. If you can pull your eyes away from the attack-filled bike racing, there’s plenty of history to get your teeth into. About an hour into the stage is the site of the Battle of Morgarten on the edge of Lake Aegeri, which marked the start of the Swiss Habsburg Wars from 1315. The race will also get its first sighting of the St. Urban Monastery, a marvel of Cistercian architecture which now plays host to concerts, art exhibitions and guided tours.

June 9, Stage 4: St. Urban > Gstaad – 171km (2096m)
Starting from St. Urban, stage 4 does a touch of climbing on the way to the high-end town of Gstaad – you’ve probably heard of it. At one point it was home to the most millionaires per capita in the world. It’s the kind of Swiss town where the grass is cut by hand with scissors, or so the joke goes. Think Monaco, but in the mountains. Hemingway was a frequent visitor to Gstaad’s luxury retreats.

June 10, Stage 5: Gstaad > Leukerbad – 172km (2850m)
As the peloton leaves Gstaad, look out for the many old collectible cars and Ferraris the locals will want to show off. They’ll soon be forgotten though as the race heads into the mountains proper before dropping back down a stunning descent into the Valais. They’ll visit Aigle, home to the headquarters of the UCI, and pass through one of the most sought after wine regions in Switzerland. Look out for the frankly bizarre Schloss Leuk (Leuk Castle) and its curious egg-shaped glass – err – helmet just before the final climb.

June 11, Stage 6: Andermatt > Disentis-Sedrun – 130km (3190m)
And so begins three days that will have heads spinning by the end of the race. The race organizers have had to change the entire route, diverting away from the still snow-covered high passes and routing the last three stages around the remote holiday destination of Andermatt. Stage 6 sees the first passage of the San Gotthard Pass (2,106m) which includes the first road tunnel in the Alps and the strikingly-named Devil’s Bridge, a site oozing with stories dating back to the French Revolution.

June 12, Stage 7: Disentis-Sedrun > Andermatt – 23.2km ITT (656m)
The individual time trial on the penultimate stage is frankly cruel. In the first half of the stage, each rider will climb the 11.9km Oberalppass which peaks at 2,046m, and then ride the fast descent back to Andermatt. Perhaps the best seats in the house will be from the mountain train that ferries passengers to the summit.

June 13, Stage 8: Andermatt > Andermatt – 160km (3560m)
The last day essentially retraces the past two stages, which means there’s a lot of climbing to do on some of the most beautiful mountains in Europe. Given the wintery weather that has lingered deep into spring, we can expect some high walls of snow over the higher passes. Though it’s physically not the most hospitable of environments, it’s visually breathtaking and a true Mecca for cyclists.

Viewers in the US, Canada, and Australia can watch each Tour de Suisse stage live on FloBikes.

— Info Circuit to rallycycling.com

Wout Poels leads Team Bahrain Victorious to Tour de Suisse

The 2021 Tour de Suisse will take place between 6th and 13th June 2021. It will be the 84th edition of the, and it’s expected to be another excellent rehearsal for the team ahead of the Tour de France.

The Tour de Suisse is the biggest cycling race in Switzerland, covering 1,300 kilometres over 8 stages. The first half of the race has a time trial and the potential for some spectacular sprint finishes. From then on, it takes on a series of challenging mountain stages, including a mountain time trial and the three-peaked alpine circuit of the Furka-Grimsel-Sustenpass.

The team heads to the race following fantastic results at the Giro d’Italia and the beginning of the Dauphine. The ambition is to keep that momentum going into the Tour de Suisse.

Wout Poels “I really look forward to racing again and be there on Tour de Suisse. I had an excellent training camp in Tenerife with the team, so everything is really on track. I feel really good so that I can look forward to racing at Tour de Suisse. It is always a hard race, and Switzerland is such a beautiful country. I want to give it a go and see what we can do in GC there. I’m looking forward to going racing again and testing the legs in racing mode. Hopefully, I will continue what the team has done on Giro and at Dauphiné. They go great with Sonny and other guys. Let’s see what we have and enjoy racing”.

Gino Mäder “I was recovering quite well after my Giro. I’m still a bit sore, and I still feel my ribs. And unfortunately, some pain is still present, but I believe it’s alright. I even spent some days in Italy training and did some testing what was really productive. Hard work should be a good investment for my home race Tour de Suisse. I’m super excited for it, but I cannot say what I can expect after a very successful first half of my season, Paris- Nice and my Giro stage win. I believe that after my Giro crash, I can get back soon in such shape. It’s difficult to predict anything for Swiss, obviously, but motivation is super high. I can probably profit a little bit from that, show myself in the best possible light and contribute to the team. I think we have a strong team. We have Wout there as a really good leader. He seems to be ready or at least seems to get ready towards Tour de France, so it makes me even more excited, and even more, it looks like a promising race for us. I do enjoy these days now ahead of my homeland race”.

Neil Stephens, Sports director; “Tour de Suisse is a very exciting race for us in one of the last races along with Dauphine before the Tour of France. Wout Poels is getting ready for this year’s Tour de France, and he really wants to excel at Tour de Suisse. He’s in great shape, he’s been training hard with the team at the altitude, and he’s ready to take on the challenge for the GC and maybe even shine in one of the stages. He will be supported on the mountains with Gino Mäder as our Giro d’Italia stage winner. He’s really looking forward to shining in the mountains and showing us what he’s got and also help and support Wout Poels.

Fred Wright has been going well throughout the year and supporting his other teammates, whether in the sprint or weather in the mountains. He’s really looking forward to trying to show his stuff to the team. He’s a very multitalented boy, and he’ll be looking to do his best in all sorts of terrains. Speaking of that the works of the whole team, they are also in great shape they have trained really hard through this period. Eros Capecchi, Hermann Pernsteiner, Domen Novak, and Stevie Willams are all really looking forward to the race and supporting the team really well throughout this Tour de Suisse. I’m very excited, and we are hoping to emphasize some really good results there”.

Team Bahrain Victorious will continue supporting the Greenhope Foundation – sports against cancer. The team will be sporting limited edition helmets, which will be auctioned, with all proceeds going to the charity.

Please visit www.greenhope.ch for more info.

Bahrain Victorious lineup for the Tour de Suisse: Eros Capecchi, Gino Mäder, Domen Novak, Hermann Pernsteiner, Wout Poels, Stevie Williams, Fred Wright

— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com

Astana – Premier Tech targets Tour de Suisse podium – Astana

Astana – Premier Tech targets Tour de Suisse podium

Astana – Premier Tech is heading to Switzerland aiming for a podium spot with leader Jakob Fuglsang when the eight-stage race gets underway on Sunday.

The Danish rider will return to the race for the first time since 2018, when he finished second overall.

“After my result in 2018, it is nice to return to the Tour de Suisse, a race I have good memories from. I finished second overall in 2018 and it would be great to repeat it with another podium spot and maybe a stage win”, – says Jakob Fuglsang.

After altitude training camp in Tenerife for the final preparation ahead of the Tour de France, the 2020 Il Lombardia winner feels ready to start the second part of the season.

“I have been in Teide and had a good altitude camp with our Tour de France line up and I’m feeling good after some weeks of intense training sessions. The eight-stage race will kick off my second part of the season and I hope to put in a good performance. We will see how my legs are coming from a race break and altitude camp”, – adds Fuglsang.

Sports Director Bruno Cenghialta returns to racing after guiding the Giro d’Italia squad to a fourth place overall and is confident in the Kazakh-Canadian team at the Tour de Suisse.

“We are coming to Switzerland with a strong line-up. Jakob Fuglsang, Hugo Houle, Omar Fraile, Stefan De Bod and Manuele Boaro are coming straight from our altitude camp in Teide, where they had an intense but good training period. We only have good memories of the Tour de Suisse, Jakob finished second overall in 2018 and with Lopez we were able to win this race in 2016”, – says Bruno Cenghialta.

As every year, the eight-day WorldTour race is also the final test for the upcoming biggest Grand Tour on the race calendar, the Tour de France.

“We are aiming for another podium spot this year, which won´t be easy as, like every year, the best of the best are lining up at this race as it is the final test ahead of the Tour de France”, – adds Cenghialta.

The 84th edition will again be a battle between the best climbers, tackling climbs and passes like the Gotthardpasses, Oberricken or Oberalppass on their way from Frauenfeld to Andermatt with two individual time trials on stages 1 and 7.

Tour de Suisse, 6 – 13 June.

Rider roster: Manuele Boaro (ITA), Stefan De Bod (RSA), Omar Fraile (ESP), Jakob Fuglsang (DEN), Yevgeniy Gidich (KAZ), Hugo Houle (CAN), Jonas Gregaard Wilsly (DEN).

Sports Directors: Bruno Cenghialta (ITA), Sergey Yakovlev (KAZ).

— Vitalii to www.astanapremiertech.com

L’Argovie avant le Tour de Suisse

Joel Suter conduira l’équipe Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB sur les routes du canton d’Argovie (Sui). Notre coureur suisse, 6e de la 4e de l’Alpes-Isère Tour et 2e du classement de la montagne du récent Tour de Romandie, où il a évolué sous le maillot de son équipe nationale, est en confiance en cette période la saison. Ses récentes prestations lui ont permis de faire un nouveau pas en avant.

Joel Suter. « J’ai le sentiment de m’être vraiment amélioré ces dernières semaines, notamment au Tour de Romandie où j’ai enchaîné les 6 étapes en gardant chaque jour de la fraîcheur pour les finales. J’ai terminé 2e du classement de la montagne derrière Kobbe Goossens et devant Geraint Thomas. Après la Romandie, j’ai bien géré l’enchaînement assez dur du Circuit de Wallonie, du Tro Bro Léon et de l’Alpes Isère Tour, où j’ai décroché une 6e place dans la 4e étape. J’étais aussi sorti du Tour de Turquie avec un très bon sentiment: j’avais aidé notre sprinter Stan Aniolkowski dans les 7 premières étapes et j’avais bénéficié d’un rôle libre dans la dernière, la plus dure. J’avais attaqué dans la finale mais j’avais malheureusement été repris à 3 kilomètres de l’arrivée. Je sens que je suis devenu plus fort et c’est un bon signe pour la suite de la saison. Je dois souligner que l’équipe m’a permis, depuis ma première saison dans l’équipe en 2020, de découvrir les courses belges et il ne fait aucun doute qu’elles m’ont aidé à progresser. C’est dans ces courses qu’on apprend vraiment ce qu’est le cyclisme, le placement, la tactique, le rythme du peloton. »


Argovie et Tour de Suisse. « Je n’ai jamais disputé le Grand Prix d’Argovie mais je connais ce canton de Suisse. Le parcours est en tôle ondulée et donc assez sélectif. La course se termine souvent par un sprint d’un groupe de 30 ou 40 coureurs. Après l’Argovie, je prendrai part au Tour de Suisse avec mon équipe nationale avant de disputer le championnat de Suisse. Ensuite, je ferai un petit break avant de partir en stage d’altitude pour préparer la 2e partie de la saison. »

Sélection pour le GP des kantons Aargau


— eric to www.wbca.be