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Sibiu Cycling Tour
« on: July 01, 2016, 17:54 »
Familiar, but different.......

.... would be the best way to sum up the 2016 Sibiu Tour. The cobbled prologue remains, the climb to Păltiniș, the Transfăgărășan Highway up to Bâlea Lac, but each stage is different. The prologue has a different route, the stage to Păltiniș follows different roads, and Bâlea Lac - well, for that they've really changed things around.

Its going to be a cracker...

Stage details

DateRouteDistanceType
P   6 July   Sibiu - Sibiu   2.3 km (1 mi)Time Trial      
1   7 July   Sibiu - Agnita - Cisnădie - Sibiu   188.0 km (117 mi)Intermediate stage      
2   8 July   Sibiu - Mediaș - Păltiniș   213.0 km (132 mi)Mountain Stage      
3   9 July   Bâlea Lac   7.5 km (5 mi)Mountain Time Trial      
4   10 July   Sibiu - Poplaca Circuit - Sibiu   143.0 km (89 mi)Intermediate Stage


Tv Broadcasts etc


All times are Romanian local time - UTC+2

Prologue - Digisport 1 - 1900h to 2000h - Repeats at 2300 and 0400
Stage 1 - Digisport 1 - LIVE 1615 to 1730  - 2200 (Highlights)
Stage 2 - Digisport 1 - 2230 Highlights - Repeat at 0330
Stage 3 - Digisport 1 - LIVE 1400 - 2300 highlights
Stage 4 - Digisport 2 - LIVE 2000

UPDATE: FLASH LIVESTREAM
http://tvrohdonline.com/digi-sport-1/

Digisport streams are harder to come by this year as the web moves away from traditional flash streams.
Those of you with IPTV who use things like KODI/XBMC will have no problems finding Digisport streams.

if not..

For Aceplayer (Similar to VLC - free download on the net)

acestream://587b978995d900afc17d4a5c3ef13797d2b3a0ec
acestream://d710f154d3892401cc1ef947e8a07ed0ce826d98
acestream://9fe3ae92fd183d0a63f9d65c34ff5d6ae16725e2

For IPTV or VLC Media player

http://85.25.43.23:8080/hls/volex_02.m3u8

Possible Sopcast streams

sop://broker.sopcast.com:3912/148886
sop://broker.sopcast.com:3912/110152

And a possible web link

http://sourcetv.ro/ch/ro/digisport1s2.html



Links n things

:web Race Website

:wiki Wikipedia page maintained by me with all the previous years' results etc.

:facebook Facebook page

:twitter English Twitter @SibiuTourEN

:twitter Romanian Twitter @TurulCiclistSB
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    Final startlist, all lineups confirmed:
    Team name U23 notes Team name U23 notes
    #unieuro Unieuro Wilier *it :tick #onepro ONE Pro Cycling *uk :tick
    1 Finetto, Mauro *it #yellow #green #white 11 von Hoff, Steele *au
    2 Malucelli, Matteo *it U23 12 McCormick, Hayden *nz U23
    3 Malaguti, Alessandro *it 13 Handley, Richard *uk
    4 Turrin, Alex *it 14 House, Kristian *uk
    5 Tecchio, Marco *it U23 15 Harper, George *uk
    6 Ravanelli, Simone *it U23 16 Ebsen, John *dk
    #ccc CCC Sprandi Polkowice *pl :tick #nippo Nippo – Vini Fantini *it :tick
    21 Rebellin, Davide *it 31 Grosu, Eduard Michael *ro
    22 Kaczmarek, Jakub *pl 32 Berlato, Giacomo *it
    23 Kiendyś, Tomasz *pl 33 de Negri, Pierpaolo *it
    24 Kurek, Adrian *pl 34 Filosi, Iuri *it
    25 Mihaylov, Nikolay *bg 35 Zilioli, Gianfranco *it
    26 Samoilau, Branislau *by 36 Koishi, Yuma *jp
    #colocult coloQuick – CULT *dk :tick #academy Cycling Academy Team *il :tick
    41 Larsson, Gustav Erik *se 51 Lemus, Luis *mx #champmx RR
    42 Wilmann, Frederik *no 52 Goldstein, Roy *il
    43 Anderberg, Hampus *se 53 Piaskowy, Emanuel *pl
    44 Haugaard, Kristian *dk 54 Craven, Dan *na #champna RR
    45 Vingegaard Rasmussen, Jonas *dk U23 55 Turek, Daniel *cz
    56 Butler, Chris *usa
    #soigneur Team Soigneur – CPC *dk :tick #christina Christina Jewelry PC *de :tick
    61 Busk, Elias Helleskov *dk U23 71 Schumacher, Stefan *de
    62 Nordkroggaard, Jonas *dk U23 72 Drobisch, Till *na #champna ITT
    63 Skov-Jensen, Mathias *dk 73 Loef, Georg *de U23
    64 Dam Sørensen, Emil *dk 74 Stritzinger, Joshua *de U23
    65 Siggaard, Søren Malling *dk U23 75 Fußnegger, Moritz *de U23
    66 Andersen, David W. *dk 76 Schulze, Julian *de U23
    #bikeaid Stradalli – Bike Aid *de :tick #androni Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec *it :tick
    81 Schäfer, Timo *de 91 Viganò, Davide *it
    82 Bichlmann, Daniel *de 92 Taliani, Alessio *it
    83 Amanuel, Meron *er 93 Pellizotti, Franco *it
    84 Holler, Nikodemus *de 94 Bernal, Egan *co U23
    85 Garcia, Damien *fr 95 Gavazzi, Francesco *it
    86 Lechner, Patrick *de 96 Țvetcov, Serghei *ro #champro ITT & #red
    #damico D'Amico Bottecchia *it :tick #tusnad Tușnad Cycling Team *ro :tick
    101 Parrinello, Antonino *it 111 Crista, Daniel *ro
    102 Ciavatta, Paolo *it 112 Novak, Carol Eduard *ro
    103 Genovese, Nicola *it 113 Ramos, Ruben Gabriel *ar
    104 Mora, Luis *ve U23 114 Sebestyén, Szabolcs *ro
    105 Tizza, Marco *it 115 Lestido, Martín *es
    106 Bocchiola, Giorgio *it 116 Miralles, Josep *es U23
    #teamro Team Romania *ro :tick #parkhotel Parkhotel Valkenburg CT *nl :tick
    121 Nechita, Andrei *ro 131 Schulting, Peter *nl
    122 Dima, Emil *ro U23 132 Hoekstra, Jochem *nl
    123 Pleșea, Valentin *ro 133 Beckeringh, Derk Abel *nl
    124 Dobre, Vlad-Nicolae *ro U23 134 van Beusichem, Thijs *nl
    125 Sdrăilă, Ionuț *ro 135 Blokker, Joris *nl
    126 Tescan, Alexandru Dorin *ro U23 136 Bakker, Denis *nl
    #duklabb Dukla Banská Bystrica *sk :tick #teambg Team Bulgaria *bg :tick
    141 Kováč, Maroš *sk 151 Hristov, Stefan Koychev *bg
    142 Týbor, Patrik *sk 152 Georgiev, Georgi Petrov *bg #champbg RR
    143 Haring, Martin *sk 153 Cholakov, Stanimir *bg
    144 Palčák, Jozef *sk 154 Genov, Nikolay *bg U23
    145 Harag, Tomáš *sk U23 155 Mihaylov, Mihail *bg U23
    146 Lajcha, Juraj *sk U23 156 Azhi, Ivan *bg U23
    #gm GM Europa Ovini *it :tick #differdange Team Differdange – Losch *lu :tick
    161 Fortin, Filippo *it 171 Thill, Tom *lu
    162 Balykin, Ivan *ru 172 Tintori, Devid *it
    163 Marquez Romero, José Alberto *es 173 Reguero, Gabriel *es
    164 di Sante, Antonio *it 174 Lovassy, Krisztián *hu
    165 Borella, Federico *it 175 Kaupas, Gediminas *lt
    166 Pacchiardo, Davide *it 176 Bengtsson, Filip *se
    #baku Synergy Baku Cycling Project *az :tick
    181 Pozdnyakov, Kirill *ua
    182 Mugerli, Matej *si
    183 Kvasina, Matija *hr #champhr ITT
    184 Asadov, Elchin *az #champaz ITT
    185 Rumač, Josip *hr U23
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    19 teams race the 6th Sibiu Cycling Tour

    This year sees the 6th edition of the Sibiu Cycling Tour with arguably the strongest field in the history of the race. Four Professional Continental Teams, thirteen strong Continental Teams, and two national selections have made the trip to Transylvania. Several riders have won big races or raced Grand Tours in the past, others are on their way up through the ranks and could use this race to show their talent before moving on to turn heads at bigger races. The teams were presented on the Piața Mare; before the racing starts tonight with a 2.2 km prologue, we look at all of them in detail and analyse their chances in the race.

    A detailed look at the 19 teams

    #unieuro Unieuro - Wilier
    Mauro Finetto won the race last year and now comes back to Sibiu with a new team to defend his title. His recent win in the Tour de Slovaquie indicates that Finetto is in shape to do so. As both a good sprinter as well as a versatile climber, he can be a contender for all types of stages, and at Unieuro Wilier Trevigiani he can count on the strong support from another rider with Grand Tour experience the team engaged for 2016, Alessandro Malaguti, who will be a great asset especially on flatter terrain.
    On their side they have Marco Tecchio, a good allrounder who returns to Sibiu after his 7th place in the Mountain Competition last year, and while Simone Ravanelli, Alex Turrin and Matteo Malucelli don’t have the experience of Malaguti, they shouldn’t be underestimated as well. This year Malucelli has taken four sprint wins already in only four months with the team, and Turrin has also indicated that he can be a quick man in a reduced bunch sprint.

    #onepro ONE Pro Cycling
    For ONE Pro Cycling, 2016 marks the first season as a Professional Continental team, and for the Brits it's also the first visit to the Sibiu Cycling Tour. The biggest name on their roster is the Australian former Garmin-Sharp rider and World Tour stage winner Steele von Hoff. In May he proved that he still has the speed to compete with the best when he won a sprint in the Tour of Norway; he will aim to get his 2nd victory of the season in Sibiu. On his side he will have the experienced Kristian “The Dude” House, winner of a stage in this year's Tour de Korea, and the reigning U23 time trial champion of New Zealand, Hayden McCormick, who may also have an eye on the prologue.
    The team doesn’t only bring contenders for the flat stages though. John Ebsen and George Harper were climbing with the best in this year's Tour de Langkawi, and also Richard Handley is always a guy to watch out for on every kind of terrain, especially if he gets into the right move.

    #ccc CCC Sprandi Polkowice
    The ambitious Polish Professional Continental Team comes with its biggest name, Davide Rebellin. The 44-year old Italian has won the race in 2013 and was runner-up for the past two years. He will be the team leader again and can count on strong support from Nikolay Mihaylov and Branislau Samoilau. Both aren't strangers to the Sibiu Cycling Tour, the latter winning the stage to Păltiniş in 2014.
    The experienced rouleurs Tomasz Kiendyś and Adrian Kurek will be on Rebellin's side on the flatter stages, while the youngster Jakub Kaczmarek is mainly here to gain experience in his first ever UCI 2.1 race.

    #nippo Nippo - Vini Fantini
    The team leader of the Nippo – Vini Fantini squad will be Romanian Eduard Grosu who has set his sights on the prologue and the flat stages 1 and 4. He has now secured placings in stage top-10s in both his Giro d'Italia participations, and after three podium finishes and one day in the leader's jersey last year, he finally wants to take a win in his homeland.
    Gianfranco Zilioli stormed into a cycling scene 2013 with a win in one of his first ever pro races, the GP Industria & Commercio di Prato, and a 6th place in the Sibiu Tour the year after, but has struggled a bit to fulfill his potential since then – now with a new team he returns to Romania with high hopes. Pierpaolo de Negri has a good sprint from a reduced group and will help his Romanian teammate on the flatter stages, while Iuri Filosi, Yuma Koishi and Giacomo Berlato will probably target breakaways and support the team's other riders. Berlato was among the most active riders in this year's Giro d’Italia and leading the breakaway classification for the majority of the race, so we can expect more of the same from him in Sibiu.

    #colocult coloQuick - Cult
    Danish team coloQuick – CULT brings only five riders to the race, but these are to be watched: The Swede Gustav Larsson has many years of pro experience at the highest level, participating in Grand Tours, World Championships and Olympics. A strong timetriallist and a decent climber, he could surprise in the general classification. Larsson's compatriot Hampus Anderberg has shown some promise as a junior; now the 20-year old is establishing himself in the U23 ranks with a.o. a tenth place in the U23 classification in the Flèche du Sud.
    Frederik Wilmann is from Norway and has been at the front end of the Sibiu Cycling Tour in the mountains before. He will target the stage to Păltiniş or the mountain time trial. Jonas Vingegaard is only 19 years old; a small and strong rider, he could support Wilmann or take his own chance. Kristian Haugaard is a good puncheur who could try to anticipate a sprint on stage 1 or stay with the peloton up to Păltiniş and outsprint the others.

    #academy Cycling Academy Team
    The first Israeli Continental Team comes to the race with a very international outfit. Namibian champion Dan Craven and US rider Chris Butler have both competed in the highest level of cycling over several years and the good climbers are probably their best bet for a successful Sibiu Cycling Tour debut – but also the four younger riders are not to be underestimated. Luis Lemus won the Mexican championships last week and will be keen to present his new jersey in the best way possible, like Craven he is also preparing for the road race at the Rio Olympics next month. Roy Goldstein's 2nd place in his national championships proved that his team manager was right in calling him one of the biggest Israeli talents. We can expect an active race from the team, also including Emanuel Piaskowy from Poland and the Czech breakaway artist Daniel Turek.

    #tso Team Soigneur - Copenhagen Pro Cycling
    In its first year as Continental Team, this Danish team also makes its debut at the Sibiu Cycling Tour. Elias Helleskov Busk is a young rider who has until now focused on the track, riding several Sixdays and UIV Cups. Now he is starting his road career in earnest. Jonas Nordkroggaard is in his last year as U23 rider, he has experience from racing the Danish domestic circuit and a number of international races. Mathias Skov-Jensen used to be an ice hockey player in his junior years and only took up cycling recently. He moved up through the ranks quickly; as a strong rouleur we may see him in a breakaway this week. Emil Dam Sørensen is another guy with a big engine, finishing 12th in the Danish time trial championships. Søren Malling Siggaard is in his first U23 year and looks to gain valuable experience; 31-year old David W. Andersen completes the squad.

    #christina Christina Jewelry
    The biggest name on the team roster is Stefan Schumacher. The experienced rider has taken up a mentoring role for his young teammates and is still someone to consider for the general classification. Till Drobisch is the second Namibian rider at the race – a first in a European UCI race – and his country's current time trial champion. Georg Loef showed his race craft by winning the special prize on the Poplaca circuit last year, Julian Schulze is the team's other card for a high overall finish. Joshua Stritzinger finished 4th at the world time trial championships as a junior, Moritz Fußnegger is a good allrounder who can hold his own both in sprints and hills.

    #bikeaid Stradalli - Bike Aid
    Stradalli Bike Aid is a Continental Team registered in Germany and racing all over the world with the aim to support promising cyclists from Africa. Team captain Timo Schäfer is one of the team's founders, having raced the Sibiu Cycling Tour several times already, he knows what they signed up for.
    Meron Amanuel from Eritrea is the team's only African rider for this year's edition of the race, but with Damien Garcia from France and the Germans Nikodemus Holler, Patrick Lechner and Daniel Bichlmann they bring a promising team, aiming to be competitive on both the flat and the more mountainous stages.

    #androni Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
    2016 marks the 30th year in cycling for Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec's legendary team manager Gianni Savio – and he brings his strongest team to Romania for the 2016 edition of the Sibiu Cycling Tour.
    The team will be headed by the former Romanian champion Serghei Țvetcov who finished on the podium of the Sibiu Cycling Tour last year and will eye the victory this time. His time trial skills make Țvetcov one of the favorites for the prologue, and combined with his good climbing also for the mountain time trial up to Bâlea Lac. But with Alessio Taliani, who won the stage at exactly that place in 2015, and especially Franco Pellizotti, the team surely doesn’t suffer from a lack of high-class climbing potential. Although Pellizotti may be the biggest name in the race, the guy to really watch out for could be his teammate Egan Bernal. The 19-year old Colombian climber has been praised as one of the greatest talents in cycling, and the steep slopes of the Transfăgărășan Road should be exactly to his liking.
    For the flatter stages the team brings Francesco Gavazzi and Davide Vigano who have been on the top of the podium in stages of the Vuelta a España in the past, and will try to add a sprint victory at the Sibiu Cycling Tour or a good placing in the technical prologue to their palmarès.

    #damico D'Amico Bottecchia
    The Italian team came to Sibiu for the first time in 2015, and with Antonino Parrinello and Paolo Ciavatta finishing close to the podium in 4th and 6th they could have barely hoped for a better outcome. Both return to the race this year, and it would be no surprise to see Parrinello finally take a victory after having finished in the top-3 in at least one of the stages of the Sibiu Cycling Tour for three consecutive years. His first professional win in the Ronde de l'Oise last month indicates that he is in good shape, and he should definitely not be underestimated.
    With Marco Tizza as a new addition to the team, D'Amico Bottecchia will be even stronger than last year. Like Parrinello, Tizza is a good climber with a decent sprint – and as 12th in the Italian Championships last week he was the only rider from a continental outfit to finish in the top-20. This shows his enormous potential as a rider who is only in his second year as a professional cyclist. For him and his teammates Luis Mora and quick man Nicola Genovese it will be the first time to come to Sibiu, while Giorgio Bocchiola was active in the breakaways in last year's edition already.

    #tusnad Tușnad Cycling Team
    The only Romanian Continental Team has taken part in every Sibiu Cycling Tour so far – and so has veteran and 2008 Paralympic silver medalist Carol Eduard Novak, who is also in the race this year again. For his home race he will have a surprisingly international squad on his side, including Rubén Ramos from Argentina and the two Spaniards Martín Lestido and Josep Miralles who are all recent additions to the team. Ramos just signed for Tușnad five weeks ago, but is already riding his fourth stage race with them. Szábolcs Sebestyen and Daniel Crista have been with the team for several seasons already and get the chance to show themselves in front of their home crowd again.

    #teamro Romania National Team
    The Romanian national federation fields a selection of six Romanians not riding for other teams in the race, led by Andrei Nechita, four-time Romanian national time trial champion. Nechita didn't ride the national championships this year but now gets the chance to build on his two top-10 finishes in the Sibiu Cycling Tour prologue from the last two years. On his side he will have a team of young riders, all born between 1993 and 1997.
    Emil Dima, Ionuț Sdrăilă, Vlad-Nicolae Dobre and Valentin Pleșea all gained experience in different competitions in- and outside Romania already over the past years and will try to build up on that, while it will be the first international race on UCI level for Alexandru Dorin Tescan.

    #parkhotel Parkhotel Valkenburg CT
    The Parkhotel Valkenburg outfit comes to the race with a young all-Dutch team that definitely has the potential to take a stage success in the 6th Sibiu Tour. Their biggest hope is 22-year old Dennis Bakker who will try to improve his 11th place in the prologue last year. Now with one more year of experience he could very well be a contender for a podium spot, especially as he recently took the win in the Tour de Slovaquie prologue. The team's most experienced rider, Peter Schulting, took a stage and the mountain jersey in the Tour de Taiwan this year, so he will try to go for glory on the harder stages. Jochem Hoekstra is also a reasonably good climber for a big guy of 1.91 m and has competed for mountain jerseys in several races last year. It would be no surprise to see him having an eye on it here as well.
    Derk Abel Beckeringh is not only a cyclist but also a speed skater who took a break from cycling in 2015, but he returned this year and instantly showed his class in the Tour of Iran by beating reigning Colombian champion and 2014 world points race champion Edwin Avila in a two-man sprint. For teammate Thijs van Beusichem, the 2015 Sibiu Cycling Tour was the first race with the team, so it will be interesting to see how he and Joris Blokker, who last did the race in 2014 as a 20-year old, have developed since then.

    #duklabb Dukla Banská Bystrica
    Dukla Banska Bystrica lines up two former Sibiu Cycling Tour stage winners: Martin Haring who celebrated the biggest win of his career in Bâlea Lac 2012 and is Slovakia's rider for the Rio Olympics, and 2013 prologue winner Maroš Kováč. But also Patrick Tybor's 4th place in exactly that discipline and his 14th overall in the general classification last year – despite having crashed on the decisive stage – show that the team has every reason to be confident ahead of the 6th edition of the Sibiu Tour.
    Juraj Lajcha, Jozef Palčák, and Tomáš Harag complete the all-Slovakian team and will probably be mostly on team duties, especially as the latter two haven't competed in any stage races for the last couple of months.

    #teambg Bulgaria National Team
    The Bulgarian National Team consists of some of the strongest riders in the country, including reigning national champion and former Tour of the Szeklerland winner Georgi Petrov Georgiev, as well as last year's Tour of Bulgaria winner Stefan Hristov, who will present the Bulgarian colours in the road race of the Rio Olympics next month.
    Hristov and Georgiev, having gained experience by racing all over the world for a decade now, will lead the team and guide the young riders Nikolay Genov, Mihail Mihailov and Ivan Azhi through the race. Stanimir Cholakov completes the Bulgarian National Team..

    #gm GM Europa Ovini
    Filippo Fortin is the spearhead of the GM Europa Ovini team from Italy. Last year he already came 2nd in the first stage of the race and he just returns from the Tour de Serbia where he showed his great form by winning two sprints and the overall points classification, now hoping for more of the same in Sibiu. In the sprints he can count on help from his quick lead-out man Davide Pacchiardo.
    On the more difficult stages Ivan Balykin and Antonio di Sante will try to finish as high up the order as possible, while José Marquez and Federico Borella may share most of the work on the flat.

    #differdange Team Differdange - Losch
    This team from Luxembourg is a staple of the race, having participated in every edition of the Sibiu Cycling Tour. Their Lithuanian Gediminas Kaupas is one of only two riders to have raced in Sibiu each year, and he won the intermediate sprint jersey in 2013. Krisztián Lovassy is also a veteran of the race who has previously finished well on the final stage. Tom Thill, Gabriel Reguero, and Devid Tintori have shown their ability in the mountains, with Tintori probably being the team's leader for the overall classification. Swedish Filip Bengtsson rounds out the line-up.

    #baku Synergy Baku Cycling Project
    The Azerbaijani team was a late addition to the race, but with two-time Sibiu Tour runner-up Matija Kvasina, former Liquigas rider and Volta a Catalunya stage winner Matej Mugerli, and Kirill Pozdnyakov, just returning form altitude training on Tenerife, they have no less than three top contenders for stage and overall glory.
    Josip Rumač showed his potential by winning bronze in the 2012 Junior World Championships, and Elchin Asadov just took the Azerbaijan national time trial title for the 4th time in five years, completing a strong team from Baku.
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    A couple of stats:

    - 34 nations from all 6 continents are represented with riders in the race, with 1-25 riders each. Largest nation is *it Italy (25 riders), followed by *ro Romania (11 riders)

    - There are 7 current national champions: #champmx Luis Lemus, #champna Dan Craven, #champna Till Drobisch (ITT), #champro Serghei Țvetcov (ITT), #champbg Georgi Petrov Georgiev, #champhr Matija Kvasina (ITT) & #champaz Elchin Asadov (ITT)

    - 24 riders will compete for the #orange U23 jersey

    - 6 riders are preparing for the Rio Olympics at this race: *mx Luis Lemus, *na Dan Craven, *ro Serghei Țvetcov, *sk Martin Haring, *bg Stefan Koychev Hristov & *hr Matija Kvasina

    - 2 riders have won the Sibiu Cycling Tour in the past: #unieuro Mauro Finetto & #ccc Davide Rebellin
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    Prologue - 2.2km - 6th July

    The prologue of the Sibiu Tour is traditionally held on a circuit starting and finishing on Piata Mare in the historic centre of the city. Previously it has been held on the same circuit alternating between clockwise and anti clockwise each year, but this year is held on a brand new circuit which is potentially even more challenging and technical.

    Sector 1:
    Length: 380m
    Surface: Modern Cobbles

    The rider will leave the traditional start on Piata Mare and go straight into a technical section that leads them right onto Piata Mica, through a small tunnel back onto Piata Mare, back down onto Piata Mica, before heading along Huet onto St. Odobescu. A very technical start to the course with 5 turns over less than 400 metres on modern cobbles.

    Sector 2:
    Length: 700m approx
    Surface: Tarmac, traditional cobbles, modern cobbles, paving



    After the technical start its straight into the toughest part of the course, with an uphill drag onto older cobbles. The riders after heading onto St. Odobescu take the left side of the road and head up St Centumvirilor, a cobbled uphill drag.



    Normally they would continue on up the full length of the hill but this year they take a sharp left hand turn about halfway up, onto St Postei



    Postei sees more cobbles but the smart riders will hug the right hand wall where the cobbles are newer and offer a smoother ride. At the end of Postei (WATCHING OUT FOR BOLLARDS), the riders turn left onto St. Mitropoliei, a welcome relief offering 200m of smooth tarmac as they head down once more to Piata Mare.

    Back onto Piata Mare they cross the western side of the square before heading onto St Balcescu for the final sector of the prologue.

    Sector 3:
    Length: 1km
    Surface: Mixed


    Leaving Piata Mare once more they head into the final sector of the course, a 400m up St Balcescu. Once more the road is modern cobbles, but town planners thought ahead and put a gutter along the centre of the road, a gutter we have seen most riders use to their advantage over the years.



    Then, a left hander onto St Cetatii, another cobbled road (but modern cobbles) which sweeps round to the left over about 300m



    A left hander onto the (Tarmacked) St Papiu Ilarain, is followed soon after by a right hander onto the (cobbled) St Tipografilor, and then left onto the tarmacked St Arhivelor, through the small tunnel, and back onto Piata Mare for the finish





    Riders to watch:


    #unieuro Mauro Finetto
    When I tipped Mauro to do well in the prologue to set up a GC challenge last year, eyebrows were raised. He would finish 5th that day and go on to win the overall, and you can be sure he will want to start his Sibiu campaign off on a similar note. Riding with a new team after leaving Southest, Finetto will certainly be looking at a podium shot.




    #duklabb Maros Kovac
    Winner of the prologue in 2013, I tipped him last year and he came up just short in 3rd place. Already this year hes had two top five placings in Prologues and has just finished second in the Slovakian National Time Trial Championship. Has every chance of repeating his 2013 Victory




    #onepro Kristian House
    One of the mainstays of the British Domestic Scene for the last 10-15 years, House brings a world of experience to the race. He is also one of the tough guys of the peloton and this course could suit him to a tee. Strong in Criteriums, a good sprint on him, but also knows cobbles well having competed many times over cobbled streets in Britain. Not renowned for his TT ability, but this course may just suit him.








    Other contenders:
    *na Dan Craven



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    Stage 1 - 193,5km - 7th July




    As in 2015, Stage 1 features a rolling stage with a chance for the breakaway to take an early king of the mountains jersey, and then a likely sprint finish on the streets of Sibiu.

    A fresh course for the stage though it starts in familiar territory. Almost immediately the race encounters the first lump of the day, entering the village of Daia, the small category 3 climb of Dealul Dăii (Daii Hill max grad 6.4%). 100 years ago during WW1, the allies attempted to pursuede the Romanian army to join the war against Germany. In return for entering the war on Allied side, which they eventually did in 1916, the Kingdom of Romania demanded support for its territorial claims over Transylvania, which of course included Sibiu and the surrounding areas. The hill of Daii is the location of one of the graves dedicated to the Romanian heroes of world war one, installed in 1916 and with an area of 4000 square meters. It contains two mass graves and six individual graves, in total 479 Romania soldiers from Sibiu and the surrounding area of which only one has ever been formally identified.

    Two sprint points follow in Nochrich and Cincu and between them the category three climb Dealul Frumos (8.3% max gradient). There will then be the opportunity to relax, the big teams will keep a check on the breakaway until they leave the feedzone with around 60km to go.




    From 50km remaining everything comes in rapid succession...

    45km to go, and its time for an unguarded/unmanned level crossing



    1km later a sprint point in Cisnadie, followed 5km later by the category 3 (10.5% max) climb of Cisnadioara



    a few km later another level crossing, although this one looks either unused, or a really narrow gauge for very small trains....



    Before the final sting in the tail, the climb of Calugaru - din Rasinari (8.5 max) which comes with 23km to go...


    Of course, none of this will change the fact that the stage will come down to a sprint finish, a long and wide finishing straight (900m) into the centre of Sibiu




    Riders to Watch:


    #nippo Eduard Grosu
    No Romanian rider has ever won a stage in the Sibiu Tour, and no Romanian has ever come closer, or is more desperate for that home win than Grosu. Three times in 2015 he finished on the podium for stages and starts the race arguably as the strongest sprinter in the field. He hasnt won a race since 2014, but he showed good form in the recent Romanian championships and he would like nothing more than to break the run in his home race






    #unieuro Matteo Malucelli
    Only in his second year as a pro Matteo is probably the most in-form sprinter coming to the Sibiu Tour. In 2015 he showed promise with stage wins in the Ras and the Tour of Portugal, but in 2016 he has been a revelation. Second in points classification of the Spring Trophy he took that form to the Tour of Maroc winning 3 stages and the points jersey, (And even found time to finish 15th in the mountains classification), three top 10 finishes in the Tour of Turkey followed by another stage win in the Tour of Slovakie, and four top 5 finishes in the recent Tour of Serbia. Inexperienced, but comes to the race in good form 

    #onepro Steele Von Hoff
    Well known to cycling fans for his three years at Garmin, Steele has spent the last couple of years on British teams. In 2015 at NFTO riding the UK domestic circuit and this year at One Pro Cycling. Great turn of speed and the last couple of years riding UK races, crits and street circuits, should stand him well. Already a winner in Norway this year, could be the fastest guy in the race.


    Other Contenders:
    *it Davide Vigano
    *si Matej Mugerli
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    Stage 2 - 210km - 8th July

    The second road stage and the Sibiu Tour continues its "new but familiar" theme. The finish in Paltanis is well known having featured in every single edition of the race, but like both the prologue and stage 1 the route taken to the final climb is new.




    Two things stand out from todays stage.

    i) At 210km its long, and for a lot of the younger riders, or riders on continental teams this will be the longest stage they have ever ridden. domestiques will have a lot of work to do.
    ii) For the GC contenders, one eye will be on tomorrows mountain time trial to Balea Lac, and they will be mindful of retaining energy for the crucial race against the clock, so for them, domestiques will be crucial.

    The stage starts fairly gently, heading North-East out of the city it then continues on an anti clockwise loop featuring three sprint points, two small climbs and a feedzone before it heads west of Sibiu towards the final two climbs of the day.

    At Gara Rualui with around 40km to go, the peloton enters a small loop taking in the climb at Calugaru. The climb is only short but with a max gradient of 10% and an average of nearly 8% this will see the peloton thin as the teams of the GC contenders really pile on the pressure (some lovely hairpins as they head down to the hill as well)



    Then its back through Poplaca (Featured regularly on the Tour) back to Gara Rualui before heading on the final climb to the summit at Paltanis.


    Final Climb to Paltinis



    Distance 14.8km
    Average Gradient: 4.6% (The final 2km are steeper at 6% average)
    Max Gradient: 9%



    Riders to Watch:

    #androni Egan Arley Bernal/Franco Pellizotti
    Ok, so Im cheating a bit here, but Androni go into the race with two guys capable of winning mountain stages and both at opposite ends of their career. Pellizotti at 38 is one of the oldest guys in the race (but a spring chicken compared with Rebellin), while Bernal at 19 is one of the youngest. Pellizotti, a huge amount of experience, Bernal on the other hand has won the young rider classification in four of his last five races (Slovenie, Bihor Belloto, Trentino and Coppi et Bartali)

    #ccc Davide Rebellin
    No surprise here. Despite his ever advancing years (hes now 44) Rebellin still continues to be a threat on mountain stages. Winner of the overall in 2013 along with the stage win at Balea Lac, in 2014 he had to settle for 2nd place on the GC and that was the story again in 2015 with second place on the overall. Probably doesnt have the legs to repeat his GC winning exploits but certainly capable of a stage win. 

    #baku Matej Mugerli
    The most experienced rider on the Baku team, Matej rode at Pro Tour level back in 2005-08 for Liquigas. Hes having a solid season, already a stage win in Azerbaidjan where he beat amongst others Sibiu Tour champion Mauro Finetto. He comes to the race fresh from winning the overall at the Tour of Croatia,

    And watch out for... #damico Antonio Parrinello, 6 times a top ten stage finished in Sibiu, and 4th on GC in 2015
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    Stage 3 - 7km ITT - 9th July

    Ask the average cycling fan about the climb to the summit at Balea Lac and most of them will look at you with a blank expression. Not one of the most well known climbs in cycling, but perhaps one of the most beautiful, right up there with the Stelvio for spectacular scenery, longer than both Col du Tourmalet and Col du Galibier, steeper than Alpe d'Huez, its steepest part steeper even than Passo de Stelvio, and features more switchbacks that the Gavia, it is one of the great unknown climbs of cycling.

    LengthAveMax
    Alpe d'Huez22.6km4.90%8.80%
    BALEA LAC22.6km6.11%12.10%
    Galibier18.1km6.90%12.00%
    Gavia (Bormio)25.6km5.50%16.00%
    Monta Grappa (Possagno)23.8km6.20%22.40%
    Stelvio24.3km7.40%10.00%
    Tourmalet (Luz Saint Sauveur)19.0km7.40%10.20%

    It lies on the main road across the Fagaras mountains, the Transfagarasan Road.


    Romania's second highest road, over 90km long, originally built as a strategic military route (also known as Ceausecu's Folly), it stretches from north to south across the Southern Carpacians between the two highest peaks in Romania, Moldoveanu, the highest, and the second highest, Negoiu.

    Built between 1970 and 1974, it is estimated that hundreds of Romanian soldiers died building the road, although official records state only 40 known deaths.

    Climbing to over 2000 metres, it is littered with tight steep hairpins, long s-bends, steep descents, interspersed with tunnels and viaducts, even cars only manage average speeds of 40kph.

    The road is generally only open for three to four months a year, between June and September as snow makes it impassable for the rest of the time, and in 2009 it led the BBC Top Gear programme to declare it "The best road in the world".

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    Its like every great corner, from every great circuit around the world has been knitted together in one grey ribbon of perfection



    "Better than the Stelvio"

    At this point in the proceedings I would usually tell you about the hundred and fifty or so kilometres before the climb.. I would describe the entire 20+ km climb in as much romantic detail as possible, but this year, maintaining the "the same but different" theme, things are, different..

    This year, instead, the riders will tackle the climb, one at a time, tackling no fewer than thirteen hairpins, on their own, against the clock, in a 7km time trial.

    No Hiding Place

    One of the most noticeable thing about the climb, is how open it is, from the bottom a rider will be able to look up and see the cars, and vehicles surrounding their prey, from the top, the rider will be able to look down and see how much of a gap he has on the pursuer

    To determine who is the hunter and who the hunted, the previous days stage to Paltanis will be crucial.






    Riders to watch:

    #coloquick Gustav Larsson
    The class time triallist in the field, seven times national champion, a stage in the giro as well as podiums in both world championships and olympics. Not the greatest climber, but he can climb and has two top 20 finishes in grand tours. May only be an outside chance as there are much better climbers in the field, but the steady gradient and open roads mean that if he can get a good position and pace he could challenge.

    #baku Matija Kvasina
    If a pure time triallist doesnt win, maybe a climber will take the prize. Matija has had a good year so far, he won the GC in Croatia, finished top ten in  Tour d'Azerbaïdjan and third overall in the Tour of Croatia, where he was second in the mountains classification. He finished his Sibiu Tour preparation winning his national time trial title. If i had to put money on a winner, Matija would be worth a few bob.

    #christina Stefan Schumacher
    Ten years ago Stefan would probably have been the overwhelming favourite for this stage such was his ability both in time trials, but also when the road went upwards. Its also amazing for as long as hes been around, Stefan is still only 34. On his day one of the best time triallists around, and the guy can climb a bit as well (6th on this very climb when it was a full road stage in 2013). Back in Sibiu after a year away, could it be a winning return?

    And watch out for #androni last years Balea Lac stage winner, Alessio Taliani
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    Stage 4 - 143km  10th July

    And so to the final stage of this years race. With two days in the mountains behind them the General Classification should be all but finalised and today wont see many changes overall but will provide a chance for the sprinters to battle it out for the win.

    This stage follows the familiar route seen in 2015 (Which means I can copy paste last years preview)

    The Route:




    Todays stage has something of a classics flavour about it. Short at just over 150km the stage features five circuits of the village of Poplaca around 12km south west of sibiu.

    The race starts just outside Poplica and immediately tackles the short climb into the village.

    Some may remember the reverse of this climb was used in 2014 for the team time trial, and was also used for the opening team time trial in 2011, but this is the first time its been used for a road stage.

    The climb into the village itself is a little under 1km long, 6.0% average gradient before the riders enter the village, turn right at the WW1 monument and ride a 20km circuit  to the outskirts of Sibiu itself before returning to the village for another climb.

    The riders complete five laps of the circuit in total, with bonus sprints just before the climb on laps 1, 3, and 5. Throw in a level crossing on every lap and the start of the race could be fast and furious while speculative attackers try to form a breakaway, while the sprinters teams aware of the threat that any delay of race by trains poses, will try and stop the time gaps from growing too great.

    After the five laps have been completed its a fast 30km ride, largely downhill towards the final 30km of the days stage.

    Its here that the race takes on a real classics feel as (after passing two more level crossings) with 20km to go the peloton tackle the climb of Slimnic. Just under 3km llong with an average gradient of just under 5% this will provide the final launchpad for any attackers looking to steal the stage with the summit coming with just 10.2km remaining.

    With the climb negotiated and the sprinters teams piling on the pressure on the front of the peloton. The approach to the city will be fast, 6 roundabouts to negotiate but all of them on wide roads, the Sibiu Tour nonethless has one final sting in the tail.

    Loosely described as a "flat" finish, the final sprint is in fact a 200m climb up the cobbled hill of La Stanga, onto the finish line on Piata Mare


    https://twitter.com/Ann_arien/status/615423955705442304
     

    Riders to watch:

    You can pretty much copy paste the list of tips from stage 1, despite the uphill finish this will be a sprint... but watch out for a few others, that may just surprise...

    #androni Davide Vigano - Yet to pick up a win in 2016 but had a strong week in Boucles de  la Mayenne with several top ten finishes

    #bikeaid  Amanuel Meron - Has ridden mainly African races, and won the points classification in the Tour of Eritrea earlier this year

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    Team Presentation



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    Re: Sibiu Cycling Tour
    « Reply #10 on: July 06, 2016, 12:54 »
    With the team analysis up in post 3 of this thread, we're now eating lunch before getting ready for the prologue. :)
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    Re: Sibiu Cycling Tour
    « Reply #11 on: July 06, 2016, 14:41 »
    The picks of search & me for the prologue:
    :* :* :* Grosu
    :* :* Kováč, Finetto
    :* Bakker, Kurek, Týbor
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    Re: Sibiu Cycling Tour
    « Reply #13 on: July 06, 2016, 22:32 »
    Hugely impressive ride by Nechita. If you asked me 100 times who the first Romanian stage winner in the race would be, 90-99 times I would have told you it would be Grosu.

    Adrian Kurek sums it up pretty well on the #ccc website..

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    It was one of those time trials where it’s almost impossible to not make a mistake. Mine happened at one of the corners, where I was going to fast and I think this is where I lost 2nd place.

    Put simply, Nechita was the only one who didnt make a mistake.





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    My tips:
    House, 25th.. not bad at all (did i say any of these would win?) :D
    Finetto, 6th
    Kovak, 9th

    Pleased to see the Soigneur-Copenhagen kids did ok a well. Been a bit worried about this lot, very young, inexperienced and its going to be tough for them. Thought the lad at the presentation was cool though, was pretty clear, "we are young, we are here for experience"... thats the right approach. If they can get in a breakaway or two it will do a huge amount for their confidence.

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    Re: Sibiu Cycling Tour
    « Reply #14 on: July 07, 2016, 07:49 »
    Nechita first Romanian Sibiu Cycling Tour stage winner in tonight's prologue

    In the first five editions of the Sibiu Cycling Tour, no Romanian could celebrate on the top step of the podium as a stage win always eluded the local riders. Today's prologue of the race's sixth edition finally brought a Romanian winner as Andrei Nechita (Romanian National Team) beat the time of Giacomo Berlato (Nippo-Vini Fantini) by two seconds. Adrian Kurek (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) rounded out the podium.

    Chris Butler of Cycling Academy Team was the first rider off the start ramp to tackle the very technical 2.2 km prologue including long stretches on cobbles and almost 20 turns. The parcours started and finished on Piața Mare, taking in several streets in the Historical Centre of Sibiu in between and also crossing the Piața Mare twice for a very spectator-friendly race. The weather held up during the race ensuring fair conditions for everyone, with the rain only starting to come down after the podium ceremony.

    Dennis Bakker (Parkhotel Valkenburg) was the first rider to put in a serious time with 3:28.85, but had to leave the hotseat when George Harper (ONE Pro Cycling) set a new best time. Iuri Filosi (Nippo-Vini Fantini) beat Harper but was immediately bettered by Adrian Kurek who spent quite a while in the hotseat as rider after rider failed to beat his time of 3:27.53.

    Giacomo Berlato finally got the better of the Pole, but there were still 32 riders to go – and several of them had specifically targeted the prologue. The hopes for a Romanian victory were mostly on the shoulders of Eduard Michael Grosu (Nippo-Vini Fantini) who however fell two seconds short of Berlato's time. Disappointment turned into jubilation as the very next rider, Andrei Nechita, clocked a time of 3:25.77 and took the lead. Nobody came close to this time, and when defending champion Mauro Finetto (Unieuro Wilier) finished in the sixth-best time, the first Romanian stage victory in the history of the Sibiu Cycling Tour was reality.

    With his stage win, Nechita takes the yellow jersey for the overall leader as well as the red jersey for the best Romanian, which will however be on the shoulders of Grosu for tomorrow's stage 1. Hayden McCormick (ONE Pro Cycling) was the best U23 rider and will wear the orange jersey tomorrow.

    After the podium ceremony, Nechita said: “I'm so happy that I won! The past few weeks I wasn't able to train much as I was ill. I came to the race wanting to show that I am a good rider, but winning the prologue is a pleasant surprise to me. Tomorrow I will enjoy the day in the leader's jersey, but even if I still wear yellow on stage 2, I won't be able to defend it on the slopes of Păltiniș. I went well there in the last two years, but this year I just don't have the level necessary to climb with the best. Nonetheless, I hope that this success will get me noticed and that a Western European team gives me a chance.”


    Stage podium
    1 #teamro Andrei Nechita (ROU) Romanian National Team 03:25.77
    2 #nippo Giacomo Berlato (ITA) Nippo-Vini Fantini 0:02
    3 #ccc Adrian Kurek (POL) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:02

    Jersey wearers on stage 1
    #yellow Andrei Nechita (ROU) Romanian National Team
    #orange Hayden McCormick (NZL) ONE Pro Cycling
    #red Eduard Michael Grosu (ROU) Nippo-Vini Fantini

    The full results can be downloaded here.
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    Re: Sibiu Cycling Tour
    « Reply #18 on: July 07, 2016, 14:14 »
    Was the speed stage very high? Only went live with ~ 300m to go.  :(

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    Re: Sibiu Cycling Tour
    « Reply #19 on: July 07, 2016, 14:23 »
    STEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELE
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    Re: Sibiu Cycling Tour
    « Reply #20 on: July 07, 2016, 18:53 »
    Another First in Sibiu
    as Aussie Steele von Hoff wins stage 1

    Australian Steele von Hoff of ONE Pro Cycling won the first stage of the 2016 Sibiu Cycling Tour. In the sprint finish after a 193.5 km stage he beat Italians Davide Viganò and Filippo Fortin to become the first Australian stage winner in the race's six-year history. The ten bonus seconds for the stage win were enough for von Hoff to pass yesterday’s fastest finisher Andrei Nechita and also take the lead in the overall classification.

    A promising breakaway

    Right from the start, there were some attempts to break away from the field, but nobody could escape on the early first climb to Dealul Dăii. The mountain sprint was won by Eduard Grosu (Nippo-Vini Fantini), and in the following kilometres a few groups built small gaps and were caught again.

    Finally, a group of four riders was let go: Daniel Turek (Cycling Academy Team), Emil Dam Sørensen (Team Soigneur-Copenhagen Pro Cycling), Luis Mora (D'Amico Bottecchia) and Daniel Crista (Tuşnad Cycling Team). The four worked together well and built an advantage of several minutes. Crista won all three intermediate sprints of the day, securing the blue jersey for the leader in the intermediate sprint competition for the only Romanian Continental Team. With the 3 bonus seconds awarded at each sprint he also came close to challenge race leader Andrei Nechita, narrowing the gap down from 10 to 1 second.

    86 km into the race the breakaway came to a stop at a closed level crossing. A military freight train took priority over the cycling race here, necessitating a restart when the train had passed. At this point, the breakaway had a gap of six minutes which later rose to more than eight minutes.

    The green jersey for the best climber was fiercely contested among the escapees as young Venezuelan Mora took the first place on the category C Dealul Frumos climb ahead of Dane Emil Dam Sørensen and Daniel Turek from the Czech Republic. They finished in reverse order on the penultimate climb to Cisnădiora which meant that all three had scored 4 points, so the last ascent to Calugaru would decide the first leader in the mountain classification. Here, Cycling Academy Team's Turek accelerated from the bottom of the 1.9 km climb, dropping his breakaway companions one by one and earning himself the green jersey.

    However, the green jersey wasn’t what Turek aimed for – he wanted the stage win and possibly the yellow leader's jersey. At the top of the final climb with 23.2 km to go he still had an advantage of more than two minutes on the peloton and took the technical descent at maximum speed to keep as much of it as possible coming back into Sibiu.
     
    A sprint finish at last

    In the end Turek’s advantage was not big enough, though, and he was caught with 3.5 km to go. In the sprint finish on the Bulevardul Victoriei it was Steele von Hoff who took the first win for an Australian rider in the Sibiu Cycling Tour after a perfect lead-out from his ONE Pro Cycling Team. Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec rider Davide Viganò finished second ahead of his fellow Italian countryman Filippo Fortin from GM Europa Ovini. Eduard Grosu was the best Romanian in fifth place.

    Von Hoff took the overall lead from 19th-placed Andrei Nechita due to the bonus seconds he picked up for his win. He leads the points classification as well while former leader Nechita keeps the red jersey for the best Romanian in the race. Hayden McCormick finished with the lead group and will keep the orange jersey for the best young rider under 23 years.

    After the stage, Daniel Turek said: “It was a hard day, but I enjoyed it. The 60 km following the re-start after the level crossing were the hardest, straight ahead on a big road with a headwind. In the final, I knew I was the strongest of the four of us, but it came as a surprise to me that I dropped them as fast as I did. From there, it was just about getting to the top as quickly as possible and then go all-in until the finish. The descent was technical, on three instances I took some risks, but eventually I felt the effort of a long day. When I could see the peloton behind me at the 4 km mark, I knew I wouldn't make it, so I stopped riding and was caught soon after. But it's nice to have the mountain jersey as a reward.”

    Stage winner and new overall leader Steele von Hoff thanked his team: “My teammates did a great job in the final. We took a risk by not chasing the break when the gap was at eight minutes. Instead we waited until after the final climb, as I wasn't sure I could make it over that in the first group. Then we put John Ebsen on the front to assist in the chase, and when the last rider was caught the team did a perfect leadout, dropping me off at 150 m to go.”

    Stage podium
    1 #onepro Steele von Hoff (AUS) ONE Pro Cycling 4:42:38
    2 #androni Davide Viganò (ITA) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:00
    3 #gm Filippo Fortin (ITA) GM Europa Ovini 0:00

    Jersey wearers on stage 2
    #yellow Steele von Hoff (AUS) ONE Pro Cycling
    #lblue Daniel Crista (ROU) Tușnad Cycling Team
    #green Daniel Turek (CZE) Cycling Academy Team
    #orange Hayden McCormick (NZL) ONE Pro Cycling
    #red Andrei Nechita (ROU) Romanian National Team
    #white Davide Viganò (ITA) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec, leader is Steele von Hoff

    The full results can be downloaded here.
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    Re: Sibiu Cycling Tour
    « Reply #21 on: July 07, 2016, 18:57 »
    Was the speed stage very high? Only went live with ~ 300m to go.  :(
    No, at 41 km/h it was within the expected.
    But there's no live TV as you may know it from e.g. the Tour, only fixed cameras on the final kilometre(s).
    If you want to see what happened in the stage, the evening show from the Piața Mare is your friend. They will have highlights from the race and discussions with selected riders and/or sports director.


    Dim will be happy to hear that the stage was interrupted by a closed level crossing where a train was moving ~30 tanks at a speed of maybe 10 km/h. :lol
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    Re: Sibiu Cycling Tour
    « Reply #22 on: July 07, 2016, 23:14 »
    Steele! :win
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    Re: Sibiu Cycling Tour
    « Reply #23 on: July 08, 2016, 05:27 »
    yeah, he was super happy about his win. Seems to be a really nice guy as well

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    Re: Sibiu Cycling Tour
    « Reply #24 on: July 08, 2016, 14:33 »
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    Re: Sibiu Cycling Tour
    « Reply #25 on: July 08, 2016, 20:50 »

    Mihaylov spoils it for the favorites in Păltiniș

    Nikolay Mihaylov of CCC Sprandi Polkowice won the queen stage of the sixth Sibiu Cycling Tour finishing at Romania's oldest ski resort in Păltiniș after a 210 km stage. The Bulgarian could celebrate a surprise victory after a long day in the break, beating Italian Francesco Gavazzi (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) and Dutch Derk Abel Beckeringh (Parkhotel Valkenburg) by more than 3 minutes. With his win, Mihaylov also took the yellow jersey for the overall leader of the race. Best Romanian finisher was Serghei Țvetcov in 29th place.

    After yesterday’s reduced bunch sprint on the Bulevardul Victoriei, it was another rapid start today when the riders headed off for the stage from the Sibiu Ambient Store. Many teams and riders tried to join the early breakaway, and it took a while to establish. Romanian Eduard Grosu was one of the first riders trying to escape, picking up the points on the early climb of Dealul Dăii, but he didn’t succeed in the end. Once 13 riders finally got clear from the bunch, around 20 km of racing were covered.

    And a strong break it was: With the two Nippo-Vini Fantini riders Giacomo Berlato and Yuma Koishi, Nikolay Mihaylov from CCC Sprandi Polkowice, Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec’s Francesco Gavazzi and Richard Handley from the race leader’s ONE Pro Cycling outfit, all four Professional Continental Teams had placed themselves in the lead group. The presence of Luis Lemus, Daniel Turek (both Cycling Academy Team), Derk Abel Beckeringh, Thijs van Beusichem (both Parkhotel Valkenburg), Alex Turrin (Unieuro Willier), Mathias Skov-Jensen (Team Soigneur), Nicola Genovese (D'Amico Bottecchia) and Rubén Ramos (Tuşnad Cycling Team) meant that only eight teams had missed the move.

    Normally the big teams will take care of the chasing work in the peloton, but as they were all prominently placed in the breakaway, the lion's share was on the smaller teams to take responsibility. Once they managed to organize themselves after around 50 km, the gap had already increased to 6 minutes, going further out to 9 minutes until Kilometre 100.

    Over that period the breakaway battled out three intermediate sprint classifications, won by Giacomo Berlato, Nicola Genovese and Francesco Gavazzi, while green jersey Daniel Turek picked up more points to manifest his lead in the mountain competition, finishing second behind Grosu on the first category C climb of the day, third next to Berlato and Genovese on the second one, and finally first ahead of Lemus and Ramos at the third climb of that category around halfway through the stage. While the different sprint winners meant that no one could challenge blue jersey wearer Daniel Crista (Tuşnad Cycling Team), Turek’s lead was not large enough yet to be certain of keeping his jersey with the bigger climbs to come later in the stage.

    With the gap to the peloton staying stable over the following 50 km, the escapees slowly started to believe that they weren't just fighting for sprint and mountain points but that the stage win and yellow jersey were also at stake. GM Europa Ovini, Stradalli - Bike Aid, Christina Jewelry, and Synergy Baku Cycling Project couldn't reduce the gap and finally stopped working with 70 km to go when the time gap was at eleven minutes. Some riders weren't happy to see their hopes dashed, though, attacking from the peloton. First Peter Schulting went clear on the flat with his Parkhotel Valkenburg teammate Joris Blokker, then Damien Garcia (Stradalli - Bike Aid), Hayden McCormick, and George Harper (both ONE Pro Cycling), and later also Emanuel Piaskowy, Chris Butler (both Cycling Academy Team), Gustav Erik Larsson (ColoQuick CULT) and Stefan Hristov (National Team Bulgaria) took off.

    Up the road in the breakaway, Daniel Turek attacked on the way to Calugaru, securing 6 more points on the category B climb only to be dropped shortly afterwards on the run-in to the final ascent of the day together with van Beusichem, Skov-Jensen, Genovese and Koishi, which meant only eight riders remained in front to go into the 15 km long category A climb to Păltiniș together.

    From the bottom of the climb, Nikolay Mihaylov (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) put his foot down and quickly went clear of the other seven. Riding hard all the way to the finish, he put 3:46 minutes into his breakaway companions while Gavazzi, Beckeringh and Turrin fought for the remaining two spots on the podium. Gavazzi took second place with Beckeringh ending up in third. Behind them, every rider was going at his own pace, some dropping further down while others came back from behind. As the group of the pre-stage favourites around last year's winner Mauro Finetto finished over 13 minutes down, Mihaylov now also holds a clear advantage in the general classification with a lead of 3:56 over the Italian Gavazzi going into tomorrow's mountain time trial. Best Romanian rider of the race is now Serghei Țvetcov who finished in 29th place today.

    Following the podium ceremony, Mihaylov said: “We wanted to put someone in the break today to ride for the general classification, that ended up being me. I saved myself for the final climb as I could feel I was the strongest rider, then I went from far out to get as much time as possible. Now I'm happy that I can ride tomorrow's time trial without stress as I have a good advantage.”

    Stage podium
    1 #ccc Nikolay Mihaylov (BUL) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 5:18:55
    2 #androni Francesco Gavazzi (ITA) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 3:46
    3 #parkhotel Derk Abel Beckeringh (NED) Parkhotel Valkenburg 3:59

    Jersey wearers on stage 3
    #yellow Nikolay Mihaylov (BUL) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
    #lblue Daniel Crista (ROU) Tușnad Cycling Team
    #green Daniel Turek (CZE) Cycling Academy Team
    #orange Marco Tecchio (ITA) Unieuro Wilier
    #red Serghei Țvetcov (ROU) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
    #white Steele von Hoff (AUS) ONE Pro Cycling, leader is Nikolay Mihaylov

    The full results can be downloaded here.
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    Re: Sibiu Cycling Tour
    « Reply #26 on: July 08, 2016, 20:53 »
    Well, that was weird. :D

    All big teams in the break, nobody wanted to chase. Gap went to 6 minutes, 8 minutes, 10 minutes ... and eventually they didn't bother anymore. The break exploded on the final climb, and Mihaylov was head and shoulders above the rest.

    Hoping for sunshine on the Transfăgărășan tomorrow!
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    Re: Sibiu Cycling Tour
    « Reply #27 on: July 08, 2016, 21:15 »
    :win

    Like Steve Cummings he didn't get selected for the Olympic Games...
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    Re: Sibiu Cycling Tour
    « Reply #28 on: July 09, 2016, 19:36 »

    Altitude training pays off for Pozdnyakov at Bâlea Lac

    Kirill Pozdnyakov (Synergy Baku Cycling Project) won the first ever mountain time trial of the Sibiu Cycling Tour. The Russian had spent time at altitude on the island of Tenerife before the start of the race and took the win in the 6.8 km individual effort on the Transfăgărășan Road. He won the stage from Bâlea Cascadă to the finish at the glacial lake Bâlea Lac on 2040 m above sea level with a time of 16:20 ahead of Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec teammates Alessio Taliani and Romanian Serghei Țvetcov. Race leader Nikolay Mihaylov (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) finished fifth and defended his lead in the general classification.

    Previously the climb to Bâlea Lac was part of a normal road stage, this year marked the first time it was used in a time trial. The race was held on the last 6.8 km of the climb, with an average gradient of 6.18% on very open terrain above the tree line. Jonas Vingegaard (coloQuick-ULT) set an early benchmark and was leading the race with a time of exactly 17 minutes after the first 50 riders had finished and a half an hour interruption gave those who had started early the chance to go back to their team buses at the start. When the group of race favourites started at 14:00, it didn’t take long for them to challenge Vingegaard's time, with fifth starter Egan Bernal coming only nine seconds short of the Dane's time and former Giro d’Italia overall contender Franco Pellizotti finally beating the coloQuick-CULT rider by seven seconds only moments later.

    The 2012 Italian champion could barely catch his breath though before Kirill Pozdnyakov of Synergy Baku Cycling Project finished his effort in 16:21 minutes, beating Pellizotti by over half a minute – a time that should stand until the very end. Last year’s Bâlea Lac stage winner Alessio Taliani came closest to challenging the Russian, finishing six seconds behind, while his Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec teammate Serghei Țvetcov replicated his 2015 result by coming third. Last year's overall winner Mauro Finetto (Unieuro Wilier) finished fourth.

    Overall leader Nikolay Mihaylov (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) was the last to roll of the start ramp for his 6.8 km effort and the Bulgarian surprise winner from yesterday’s stage to Păltiniș finished in a very respectable fifth place, increasing the gap on Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec rider Francesco Gavazzi in second place to over 4½ minutes. Alex Turrin (Unieuro Wilier) is now third in the general classification, while Daniel Turek (Cycling Academy Team) defended his green jersey for the lead in the mountain classification. Serghei Țvetcov (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) is still the best placed Romanian in the race, Daniel Crista (Tuşnad Cycling Team) keeps blue for the first placed rider in the intermediate sprint competition and Marco Tecchio (Unieuro Wilier) is the best U23 rider born in or after 1994.

    “It was great to win today! A special win on a special mountain,” Pozdnyakov said after the stage. “We missed the break yesterday, so today was my chance to show that I can beat the best in the mountains. I dedicate this win to the people who support us and make it possible for us to race.”

    Stage podium
    1 #baku Kirill Pozdnyakov (RUS) Synergy Baku Cycling Project 16:21
    2 #androni Alessio Taliani (ITA) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:06
    3 #androni Serghei Țvetcov (ROU) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:11

    Jersey wearers on stage 4
    #yellow Nikolay Mihaylov (BUL) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
    #lblue Daniel Crista (ROU) Tușnad Cycling Team
    #green Daniel Turek (CZE) Cycling Academy Team
    #orange Marco Tecchio (ITA) Unieuro Wilier
    #red Serghei Țvetcov (ROU) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
    #white Steele von Hoff (AUS) ONE Pro Cycling, leader is Nikolay Mihaylov

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    Re: Sibiu Cycling Tour
    « Reply #29 on: July 12, 2016, 10:43 »

    Mihaylov seals Sibiu Cycling Tour win
    – Viganò wins on the Piața Mare

    Nikolay Mihaylov is the winner of the 2016 Sibiu Cycling Tour. The 28-year old Bulgarian, riding for CCC Sprandi Polkowice, had no problems defending his overall lead on Sunday's final stage which finished in a sprint won by Italian Davide Viganò from Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec. Mihaylov took the yellow jersey with a win at the climb to Păltiniş on day three and defended it on the slopes of the climb to Bâlea Lac the day after. Francesco Gavazzi (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) finished second ahead of his Italian countryman Alex Turrin (Unieuro Wilier) in third. Just like last year, Serghei Țvetcov (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) won the red jersey for the best Romanian rider in the Sibiu Cycling Tour.

    Looking back on the race
    The 2016 edition of the race started on Wednesday with a prologue in the Old Town of Sibiu, won by Andrei Nechita (National Team Romania). The first ever Romanian stage winner in the history of the Sibiu Cycling Tour couldn't defend his lead on the following sprint stage, where stage winner Steele von Hoff (ONE Pro Cycling) took the yellow leader's jersey. The Australian's race lead lasted only one day as well, though. When the race headed into the mountains the stage after, it was Nikolay Mihaylov (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) who celebrated a surprise victory from a breakaway on the climb to Păltiniş, and the Bulgarian was able to defend his comfortable lead in the general classification on the Transfăgărășan Road in the stage 3 mountain time trial won by Kirill Pozdnyakov (Synergy Baku Cycling Project).

    The final stage
    Even though the general classification was more or less settled before the final day, Sunday's stage was anything but a procession with no less than five mountain sprints to be held on the 19 km circuit around Poplaca, another one in Slimnic close to the finish, and the blue jersey for the best sprinter still on the line in the three intermediate sprints. Daniel Crista took the early opportunity to manifest that jersey in his Tuşnad Cycling Team and won the first sprint after only 6 km race, making it impossible for anyone to challenge him over the remainder of the stage.

    A breakaway of three riders was established quickly then, but they could never extend their gap to more than five minutes due to the high pace in the peloton. Reason for that was not only the interest of the sprinters' teams to keep their chances for a stage win in Sibiu, but also the fact that Daniel Turek (Cycling Academy Team), placed fifth in the general classification, was one of the three riders to join the breakaway. So the Unieuro Wilier team of third-placed Alex Turrin organized the chase in the peloton, keeping Turek and his breakaway companions Gianfranco Zilioli (Nippo-Vini Fantini) and Marco Tizza (D'Amico Bottecchia) on a short leash.

    The three worked together very well and contested the mountain sprints among each other. At the end of the Poplaca circuits Turek dropped back as he had secured his green jersey for the best climber in the race and a special prize for the best rider on five ascents up to Poplaca. Although the threat to the overall podium was now gone, the remaining two riders in front didn't get enough room to contest the win. On the last climb of the day Zilioli gave it a final go and dropped Tizza, but his gap was not big enough to stay in front any further than to the top of the hill with 10 km to go. Several riders tried to attack on that climb, but with Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec taking over in the peloton no one could get a significant gap.

    After a fast downhill the sprinters' teams positioned their fast men on the last five kilometres through the outskirts of Sibiu. The final kilometre was quite technical: The final 400 metres were cobbled, the first 200 metres of which rise gently into the Old Town, passing under the Podul Minciunilor to arrive on the Piața Mică before going through a narrow gateway onto the Piața Mare for the finish. Here Davide Viganò launched his sprint early on the cobbled climb, and nobody was able to pass him. Matteo Malucelli (Unieuro Wilier) and Eduard Grosu (Nippo-Vini Fantini) rounded out the podium. With his stage victory, Viganò also won the white points jersey. Marco Tecchio (Unieuro Wilier) defended the orange jersey for the best U23 rider.

    Davide Viganò said after the stage: “This was the perfect final for me, uphill and on cobbles. The team believed in my strength and worked for me all day, so I just couldn't come second again. I'm happy to take my second win of the season at the Sibiu Cycling Tour.”

    Overall winner Nikolay Mihaylov commented: “The break consisted of only three riders and was easy to control. Later on we got help from the sprinters' teams, so it wasn't a hard day for us. Ahead of the race, it wasn't planned that I would stand on the top step of the podium – but I have some experience with large breakaways where nobody wants to commit to the chase. And it worked out great for me this week.”

    Daniel Crista was the first Romanian to win a classification jersey in the Sibiu Cycling Tour that wasn't the red jersey restricted to local riders. He said: “I won the first sprint today, after that it was clear that nobody could pass me as I had won for sprints in total. I just had to get to the finish. It's a big success for our team to win a jersey at a Romanian race.”

    After going into the break on all three road stages, Daniel Turek was exhausted, but happy after the podium ceremony: “I sprinted for the mountain points on the first climb, but went too early and was passed by two other riders who wanted to get into the breakaway. We had a gap on the top and just kept going. For me, today was the hardest day of the race, and after the circuits I dropped back to the peloton and just wanted to hide there. I went hard in the beginning and didn't feel good after that, so even in the peloton I was having trouble. But I got to the finish, and with the mountain jersey, a special prize and the fifth place overall I made most of these five days.”

    Stage podium
    1 #androni Davide Viganò (ITA) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 3:14:11
    2 #unieuro Matteo Malucelli (ITA) Unieuro Wilier 0:00
    3 #nippo Eduard Grosu (ROU) Nippo-Vini Fantini 0:00

    Overall podium 2016 Sibiu Cycling Tour
    1 #ccc Nikolay Mihaylov (BUL) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 13:35:57
    2 #androni Francesco Gavazzi (ITA) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 4:33
    3 #unieuro Alex Turrin (ITA) Unieuro Wilier 5:35

    2016 Sibiu Cycling Tour jersey winners
    #yellow Nikolay Mihaylov (BUL) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
    #lblue Daniel Crista (ROU) Tușnad Cycling Team
    #green Daniel Turek (CZE) Cycling Academy Team
    #orange Marco Tecchio (ITA) Unieuro Wilier
    #red Serghei Țvetcov (ROU) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
    #white Davide Viganò (ITA) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec

    The full results can be downloaded here.

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