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