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Sibiu Cycling Tour
« on: July 04, 2017, 12:55 »
It is time for the Sibiu Cycling Tour! :D
A crazy prologue, great landscape, long climbs, and a strong peloton come together for what we hope is another great edition of this race.

First, have a look back at the previous editions:
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012


The parcours

Prologue: Sibiu Historical City Centre ITT; 2.3 km

The second edition of the Sibiu Cycling Tour in 2012 was the first to start the race with a short prologue through Sibiu's old town. Five years later, the technical prologue at just over 2 kilometres is a regular and defining feature of the race.

This year, riders will start on Piața Huet next to the Protestant cathedral. The first part of the route is the most technical, with five 90-degree turns and several changes of surface: From smooth modern cobbles onto medieval cobbles in Strada Centumvirilor and onto even rougher cobbles in Strada Poștei. A 200-metre stretch of asphalt in Strada Mitropoliei gives a short respite before the smooth cobbles start again on Strada Brukenthal.

After crossing the Piața Mare, the riders turn left down the Strada Nicolae Bălcescu. Two left turns at the end of this street, normally a pedestrian area bustling with shops and restaurants, take the riders onto the Strada Cetății where they ride along Sibiu's medieval city walls before the asphalted Strada Alexandru Papiu-Ilarian leads them onto the cobbled Strada Tipografilor. Turning left at the Piața Friedrich Schiller, the Strada Arhivelor leads the riders to an arched gateway that takes them back to the Piața Mare for the final of the prologue. Although the finish is in sight already, the riders have to turn right towards the Turnul Sfatului. The northern archway of this medieval tower takes them to the Piața Mică for an 180-degree turn before the southern archway brings the riders back to the Piața Mare for the finish. Only about 250 m of the prologue takes place on asphalted roads, the rest is on cobbles.

Stage 1: Sibiu – Blaj – Miercurea Sibiului – Sibiu; 211.8 km

This stage is expected to end in a sprint on the Bulevardul Victoriei, but going through rolling terrain including seven classified climbs as well as three intermediate sprints it is far from flat. After the sign-in on the Piața Mare that saw yesterday's prologue, the 211.8 km stage is started in the outskirts of the city after a short neutral section.

The road immediately goes uphill to the first mountain sprint (category C) above Șura Mare after just 7.3 km, providing a first springboard for attacking riders looking to make the break of the day. This is followed by the first intermediate sprint in Ruși and another category C climb near Șeica Mare. A short descent is followed by a gradual downhill following the Târnava valley to Blaj for the day's second sprint.

The race enters the rolling hills again, and the four category C climbs of Cergău Mare, Vingard, Șpring, and Presaca will play a big part in deciding who can don the green mountain jersey after the stage. After a technical descent from Presaca, the day's feed zone is situated just before Miercurea Sibiului. The last classified climb of the stage starts after Apoldu de Sus, cresting 37.4 km to go and followed by the last intermediate sprint in Săcelu. In Cristian, the route turns right towards Orlat and Poplaca, approaching the finish from the south. This last part of the stage is not particularly difficult, with the final kilometres gradually downhill.

The number of mountain and sprint points on offer should promise a fight to get into the breakaway, but the length of the stage and the final favour a peloton with teams determined to deliver their sprinters to victory over a small group.

Stage 2: Sibiu – Agnita – Bâlea Lac; 160 km

Again, the sign-in is held on the Piața Mare, with the neutral section taking the peloton to the Sibiu zoo at the city's southern outskirts for the real start. 160 km lie ahead of the riders, with the finish at Bâlea Lac on 2040 metres.

The stage starts with a category C climb to Cisnădioara and an intermediate sprint in Cisnădie. After descending into the Olt river valley and passing by Avrig, the Săcădate climb after 44.1 km is the start to a rolling section in the area east of Sibiu with an intermediate sprint held in Nocrich. The feed zone in Agnita is followed by a small climb outside Vărd. Eventually, the race comes back to the Olt river valley, crossing it from the north to the south and turning onto the Transfăgărășan Road.

The last intermediate sprint in Cârțișoara is still in the valley, but soon afterwards the road starts to ramp up. The final 23.6 km are uphill with an average gradient of 6.1%, a maximum gradient of 9.2%, and countless turns and switchbacks. Starting in the forest, the road crosses the treeline near the waterfall Bâlea Cascadă. On the second half of the ascent, riders will be able to catch sight of the finish in the distance – but they still have to climb for some time.

With the long climb at the end of the stage, the strong climbers and favourites for the overall win will come out to play on this stage, trying to get rid of their rivals and taking the yellow jersey.

Stage 3: Sibiu – Sebeș – Păltiniș

Stage 3 over 211.5 km will take the peloton to Păltiniș. The mountain resort is a popular destination for Sibiu citizens wanting to enjoy the outdoors, and a cyclotour is held in conjunction with the UCI race. Everyday cyclists can participate in the 'King of the Mountains', with routes offered for road cyclists and mountainbikers.

While the fans enjoy their own climbing and get ready to welcome the Sibiu Cycling Tour peloton, the professionals have a number of other climbs to race over first. After the ceremonial start on the Piața Mare and the real start at the southern city limits, the stage gets underway with the 20 km long, but gradual climb from Tilișca to Jina (category A) that is followed by a short and technical downhill to Dobra.

Following the Sebeș river valley to the city of Sebeș where an intermediate sprint is held, the race continues down the E81 main road to just before Miercurea Sibiului where the feed zone is situated after 103.7 km. The short climb of Dumbrava is just a small taste of what is to come, though. Back in the Sebeș valley, the race now goes upriver to Dobra where the riders climb the road they descended earlier in the day. The 5.1 km, 8.6% average climb to Jina (category A) cresting after 154.2 km will be a first test for the general classification favourites; the race will not be won here, but it could be lost.

After a long and winding descent on narrow roads towards Săliște, the finishing climb to Păltiniș is not far. The first half of the 14.8 km, category A climb includes steep parts of up to 11%, with the road flattening out somewhat at about 5 km to go. The gradient picks up again on the final two kilometres to the finish at 1438 m, ensuring a final contested by the strongest riders and possibly shaped by different race strategies where some riders go all-out to win the stage or take back time while others ride tactically to protect their overall placing.

Stage 4: Sibiu – Mediaș – Sibiu

The final stage will take place on Sunday 9th July in the evening, with the race both starting and finishing on the Piața Mare. The real start is given at the city's eastern outskirts, and immediately the climb of Dealul Dăii gives contenders for the mountain jersey a chance to pick up points. The stage is mostly flat to rolling, with the Pelișor climb also offering mountain points.

The final 25 km include the climbs of Ruși and Slimnic, offering the breakaway or late attackers a last chance to spoil the sprinters' plans. The high-speed descent to Sibiu is followed by a hectic run-in through the city, finishing with a cobbled uphill finish into the Historical Centre. The finish line is located on the Piața Mare where the stage winner, the overall podium and the wearers of the various classification jerseys will receive their prizes amid public applause.


How to follow the race
During the race we will live-tweet on SibiuTourEN, and we will also be busy directing the camera motorbikes shooting footage for the nightly highlights on DigiSport:
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    Re: Sibiu Cycling Tour
    « Reply #1 on: July 04, 2017, 12:57 »
    #ccc CCC Sprandi Polkowice *pl #0711 0711|CYCLING *de
    1 Mihaylov, Nikolay *bg 11 Toffali, Nicola *it
    2 Białobłocki, Marcin *pl 12 Fußnegger, Moritz *de U23
    3 Owsian, Łukasz *pl 13 Mayer, Yannick *de
    4 Paterski, Maciej *pl 14 Hugger, Jan *de U23
    5 Koch, Jonas *de 15 Engel, Jonas *de U23
    6 Ponzi, Simone *it
    #uhc UnitedHealthcare *usa #androni Androni-Sidermec-Bottecchia *it
    21 Acevedo, Janier *co 31 Bernal Gómez, Egan Arley *co U23
    22 Norris, Lachlan *au 32 Gavazzi, Francesco *it
    23 Clarke, Jonathan *au 33 Palini, Andrea *it
    24 Haedo, Lucas Sebastian *ar 34 Bonusi, Raffaello *it
    25 Jaramillo, Daniel *co 35 Spreafico, Matteo *it
    26 Alzate, Carlos *co 36 Pacioni, Luca *it
    #unieuro Unieuro Trevigiani-Hemus 1896 *bg #damico D´Amico Utensilnord *it
    41 Tivani Pérez, Germán Nicolas *ar U23 51 Canuti, Federico *it
    42 Mihaylov, Mihail *bg U23 52 Tommassini, Fabio *it
    43 Cenghialta, Riccardo *it U23 53 Samparisi, Nicolas *it
    44 Vega Merodio, Sergio *es U23 54 Carlini, Ettore *it
    45 Viejo Redondo, José Daniel *es U23 55 Raffaele, Angelo *it
    46 Siddikov, Dilmurodjon *uz U23 56 Vitiello, Angelo *it U23
    #tusnad Tușnad Cycling Team *ro #monkey Monkey Town *nl
    61 Ramos, Rubén Gabriel *ar 71 Slik, Ivar *nl
    62 Novák, Carol Eduard *ro 72 Blokker, Joris *nl
    63 Lezica, Facundo Gabriel *ar 73 van Breda, Rick *nl
    64 Velazquez, Hugo Ángel *ar 74 Nolten, Bram *nl
    65 László, Péter *ro U23 75 van der Veekens, Mel *nl U23
    66 Krasnov, Leonid *ru 76 Meijer, Gijs *nl U23
    #gm GM Europa Ovini *it #differdange Team Differdange-Losch *lu
    81 Parrinello, Antonino Casimiro *it 91 Donders, Jelle *be
    82 Ruscetta, Andrea *it 92 Thill, Tom *lu
    83 Canepa, Leonardo *it U23 93 Lovassy, Krisztián *hu
    84 Tizza, Marco *it 94 Raileanu, Cristian *md
    85 Canepa, Francesco *it U23 95 Reguero Corral, Gabriel *es
    86 Pacchiardo, Davide *it 96 Rusnac, Maxim *md U23
    #adria Adria Mobil *si #illuminate Team Illuminate *usa
    101 Horvat, Žiga *si U23 111 Ávila, Edwin *co
    102 Borso, Andrea *it U23 112 Piper, Cameron *usa
    103 Grošelj, Žiga *si 113 Pellaud, Simon *ch
    104 Katrašnik, Gašper *si U23 114 Easter, Griffin *usa
    105 Per, Gorazd *si U23 115 King, Nate *usa
    106 Gazvoda, Gregor *si 116 Neagos, Brad *usa
    #roskilde Team Giant-Castelli *dk #hurom Team Hurom *pl
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    122 Vorre, Aske *dk 132 Migdał, Wojciech *pl
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    124 Pedersen, Nicklas Overgaard *dk 134 Franczak, Wojciech *pl
    125 Egholm, Jakob *dk U23 135 Warchoł, Bartosz *pl
    126 Vinjebo, Emil Nygaard *dk U23 136 Piaskowy, Emanuel *pl
    #roth Roth-Akros *ch #duklabb Dukla Banská Bystrica *sk
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    142 Thalmann, Roland *ch 152 Tybor, Patrik *sk
    143 Reutimann, Matthias *ch U23 153 Bellan, Juraj *sk U23
    144 Lüscher, Damian *ch U23 154 Cully, Ján Andrej *sk U23
    145 Baillifard, Valentin *ch 155 Haring, Martin *sk
    146 Jaun, Lukas *ch 156 Vlčák, Martin *sk U23
    #teamro Team Romania *ro #bikeaid Bike Aid *de
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    162 Petrache, Marius Cristian *ro 172 van Engelen, Adne *nl
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    164 Pleșea, Valentin *ro 174 Teshome, Meron *et
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    166 Barbu, Leonard *ro U23
    #christina Christina Jewelry-KUMA *dk
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    182 Lindberg Mortensen, Mathias *dk
    183 Nordkroggaard, Jonas *dk U23
    184 Lindquist, Christian Ingemann *dk U23
    185 Bønlykke, Marcus *dk
    186 Corell, Mads *dk

    #ccc CCC Sprandi Polkowice
    Last year’s surprise winner Nikolay Mihaylov returns to the race with his CCC Sprandi Pokowice team. The Bulgarian is motivated to defend his title, on his side he will have former Tour of Croatia champion Maciej Paterski – who returns to Sibiu after a two-year absence – Jonas Koch and Łukasz Owsian, part of the team coming first in the team time trial 2014.
    The Italian quick man Simone Ponzi who has celebrated podium finishes all over Europe over the past years – among them 1st in the 2014 Trittico Lombardo – is the team’s best bet for potential reduced bunch sprints and with Marcin Białobłocki they bring a true time trial specialist, famous for smashing the 10 and 25 mile records all over the United Kingdom. The 2.3 km Sibiu Tour prologue may be a bit too short and technical for his liking, but he will surely give it a try.

    #0711 0711|CYCLING
    This team is a mainstay of the race, combining young German riders with foreign talent. Italian Nicola Toffali is a rouleur with a good punch of speed and will try to get placings in the sprints, helped by experienced Yannick Mayer who raced in Sibiu in 2015 and Jonas Engel. Moritz Fußnegger is an attack-minded rider who will surely try to get in a break on the mountain stages; for mid-season transfer Jan Hugger, the Sibiu Cycling Tour is the first UCI race with the team. Part of the German junior national team the last two years, he is only 18 years old and will be allowed to test himself against the competition without pressure.

    #uhc UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
    The Pro Continental Team from the United States is a newcomer to the Sibiu Tour, but surely not one without ambitions. 2013 America Tour champion Janier Acevedo, best known for flying up the mountains in his World Tour years with the Garmin squad, is definitely a strong contender. Captain of the team is his fellow Colombian team mate Daniel Jaramillo though, who combines climbing abilities with a strong uphill sprint. Just a couple of days ago he proved his good shape by winning the Tour de Hongrie.
    Also Tour of Utah stage winner Lachlan Norris is good on all terrains and definitely a rider not to underestimate, same as the experienced all-rounders Jonathan Clarke and Carlos Alzate. Lucas Sebastian Haedo is the team’s option for the sprint finishes, already looking back on a successful career with Team Saxo Bank and several top sprint placings all over the world.

    #androni Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia
    Gianni Savio’s Italian Pro Continental Team has celebrated four stage wins over the past two years in Sibiu, but is yet to take the top step on the race podium. This may change in 2017.
    With Egan Bernal from Colombia they have lined up one of the most promising young climbers in the cycling scene, and backed up by Francesco Gavazzi, second in the Sibiu Cycling Tour last year, the duo should have a good chance to fight for the overall victory.
    On that quest they can count on the support from Raffaello Bonusi, Mattea Spreafico and Luca Pacioni, while Andrea Palini will have an eye on the sprint stages.

    #unieuro Unieuro Trevigiani - Hemus 1896
    Last year the Unieuro team came to Sibiu with the defending champion Mauro Finetto and high hopes for strong results. This year, only one of the riders in their line-up is not in his first year with the team, and neither of them is older than 21.
    Their youth certainly doesn’t come with a lack of talent though. Germán Tivani recently came 4th in a stage of the Baby Giro and Spaniard José Daniel Viejo is one of the most hopeful sprinting prospects of his country. Mihail Mihaylov will try to build up on his first experiences made in Sibiu with the Bulgarian National Team last year. The team is completed by Sergio Vega, Riccardo Cenghialta and Dilmurodjon Siddikov.

    #damico D'Amico Utensilnord
    The Italian team comes to the race for the third time in a row, and with Parrinello and Ciavatta in in the top 10 in 2015 and Nicola Genovese in 2016, they can look back on two successful editions.
    This year the team has gone through a bit of a change though, and with neither Ettore Carlini, Angelo Raffaele, Nicolas Samparisi, Fabio Tommassini, or Angelo Vitiello having completed more than one full season in professional cycling so far, most riders will aim to gain experience and finish as high up the order as possible, as Tommassini recently did with his 7th place in the Ronde de l’Oise.
    On their side they will have former Colnago and Liquigas rider Federico Canuti, who has completed multiple Grand Tours and came 5th in a sprint stage of the 2010 Giro d’Italia. It’s the first year back in Europe for “Kaiser Canuti”, as he is known to his fans, after having raced the US National Calendar since 2014 but he is never to be underestimated.

    #tusnad Tușnad Cycling Team
    The 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. He is also in the race this year again and thereby the only rider to participate in all seven editions. For his home race he will be joined by his 18-year old countryman Péter László, the Russian Leonid Krasnov and the three Argentinians Facundo Lezica, Hugo Velazquez and Rubén Ramos.
    Velazquez has recently won a selected bunch sprint in the Tour de Serbia while Ramos is their man for the climbs. Tușnad’s best hope for a stage victory could be Krasnov though who used to be one of the best sprinters in the ProContinental scene between 2012 and 2014.

    #monkey Monkey Town Continental Team
    Formerly known as Parkhotel Valkenburg, the Monkey Town Continental Team returns to Sibiu under a new name. The Dutch were second in the team classification last year but only Joris Blokker is left from the 2016 line-up.
    This year the team around Bram Nolten, Rick van Breda and Ivar Slik is more likely to show its strength in the lowland than in the mountains. For the two 18 year old newcomers Mel van der Veekens and Gijs Meijer it will be the first race on this level.

    #gm GM Europa Ovini
    The Italian team GM Europa Ovini is about to start the Sibiu Cycling Tour for the third time in a row, but this time with a significantly strengthened squad compared to past years. Antonino Parrinello has finished very high up the order in stages as well as general classifications of the race several times. Between 2013 and 2015 he has always finished in the top-3 in at least one of the stages and with his good climbing and sprinting skills a stage victory is well overdue.
    Marco Tizza and Davide Pacchiardo will support him on the climbs or potentially try to join breakaways and Andrea Ruscetta will have his eyes on doing the work during the flatter stages.
    Two interesting prospects are the twins Leonardo and Francesco Canepa who are regarded as some of the most talented climbers in Italy. But as they just turned 20 a couple of days ago, results may be considered secondary to gaining experience at this level of racing.

    #differdange Team Differdange - Losch
    Team Differdange-Losch has participated in every edition of the Sibiu Cycling Tour, and so they will in 2017. The Hungarian champion Krisztián Lovassy is also a veteran of the race and has previously finished well on the final stage.
    With Jelle Donders they have a quick sprinter while Tom Thill and Gabriel Reguero have shown their ability in the mountains over the past years. Maxim Rusnac rounds up the team which will be let by the new Moldavian signing Cristian Raileanu. He did an impressive showing as a stagiare for ProContinental team Southeast last season and with his recent 4th place in the Tour of Bihor and 7th in the Tour de Hongrie he proved that he is getting in shape on time to fight for a top position in the Sibiu Cycling Tour as well.

    #adria Adria Mobil
    Adria Mobil won the Sibiu Tour in 2014 with Radoslav Rogina, and although Rogina is not on their roster for the 2017 race, the Slovenian Continental team will return to Romania with ambitions. The experienced rouleur Gregor Gazvoda has celebrated victories all over the world over the past decade and will lead a team of young riders, eager to step up into the cycling spotlight.
    Gašper Katrašnik, Gorazd Per, Andrea Borso, Žiga Horvat and Žiga Grošelj are all under 23 of age but have all indicated their potential in various Slovenian races over the past year and especially Katrašnik is someone to watch out for when it comes to a sprint finish from a smaller group.

    #illuminate Team Illuminate
    Team Illuminate is the first ever American Continental team to come to Sibiu and with Edwin Avila they line up a former Colombian champion and two-time World Champion on track, who is strong on every terrain and aims to add up on his three victories already this season.
    Simon Pellaud is no stranger to high level racing as well, looking back on two years in the World Tour with the IAM Cycling team. He is a versatile rider and many fans will remember him from his brave Vuelta a España solo breakaway attempt last year. Those two will be allied by Griffin Easter, Brad Neagos, Cameron Piper and Nate King, who signed for the team just a week ago. All of them are relatively new to racing in Europe, but especially Piper has already indicated that he is a strong time trialist and may have an eye on a good result in the prologue.

    #roskilde Team Giant - Castelli
    This Danish team contains some of the most talented Danish riders with good results from their junior years, including the 2016 juniors' world time trial champion Jakob Egholm. The 2.3 km prologue may not be entirely to his liking, though. Mathias Norsgaard and Rasmus Byriel Iversen are also still very young and finding their feet on the elite level. 24-year old Aske Vorre is the team's oldest rider, nonetheless he and Emil Vinjebo already have several years of experience on the Continental circuit. Nicklas Overgaard Pedersen has a good season this year with a number of good results in 1.2 races.

    #hurom Team Hurom
    The newly established all-Polish squad Team Hurom will give their debut in the Sibiu Cycling Tour this year. Emanuel Piaskowy already did the race in 2016 for the Cycling Academy Team and finished in a strong 14th place overall. Going by his results so far his season and his good shape proved by coming third in the Polish national championships the other week, he should be the team’s best hope for a good result.
    On his side he will have the experienced rouleur Bartłomiej Matysiak, looking back on a long career with the CCC team, and his former Cycing Academy team mates Bartosz Warchoł and Wojciech Migdał. For all of them it will be the first participation in the Sibiu Cycling Tour, which also applies for Wojciech Franczak. Konrad Tomasiak is no stranger to the race though, already having participated in the first edition in 2011. He came 3rd in the 4.4 km time trial back then and among his best results is a prologue win in the 2015 Dookola Mazowsza, so he is likely to aim for a strong showing tonight.

    #roth Roth - Akros
    Roth - Akros is a Continental team with the primary objective to promote Swiss cycling talents, coming to Romania for the very first time. With Colin Stüssi they bring a young climber who just returns from France where he finished 5th in the Tour de Savoie Mont Blanc, eyeing nothing less than stepping up the order in Sibiu now.
    And as most riders from Switzerland, also Roland Thalmann, Valentin Baillifard and Mathias Reutimann have their abilities when it’s going uphill. For 19-year old Damian Lüscher it will be a good opportunity to gain experience and Lukas Jaun will have an eye on the sprint stages.

    #duklabb Dukla Banská Bystrica
    Same as in recent years, Patrik Tybor will lead the Dukla Banská Bystrica team. He comes to the race in good shape, having just finished both the Tour de Slovaquie and the Tour de Hongrie high up the order. With the 4th place in the 2015 prologue and his 14th overall in the general classification in mind – despite having crashed on the decisive stage that year – the Slovakian team can hope for more in 2017.
    He will be supported by former Sibiu Cycling Tour stage winner Martin Haring who celebrated the biggest win of his career in Bâlea Lac 2012 while this edition will mark the debut for Martin Vlcák, Jan Andrej Cully, Samuel Oros and Juraj Bellan.

    #teamro Romanian National Team
    The Romanian national federation fields a selection of six Romanians not riding for other teams in the race, led by Eduard Grosu, reigning Romanian time trial champion and holder of the yellow leader’s jersey during the 2015 edition of the Sibiu Cycling Tour. Over the past two years Grosu was close to taking a stage several times and – although just returning from an injury break – with his powerful sprint and good time trialing skills he will be eager to finally get his maiden win on home soil in either the prologue or one of the flatter stages.
    On his side he will have two-time National Champion Marius Petrache and the young riders Vlad-Nicolae Dobre, Emil Dima, Valentin Pleșea and Leonard Barbu.

    #bikeaid Bike Aid
    Bike Aid is a Continental Team registered in Germany and racing all over the world with the aim to support promising cyclists from Africa, coming to Romania for the third year in a row.
    Tour du Cameroun winner Nikodemus Holler has already achieved two Top 10 placings in Sibiu in 2016, Sprinter Meron Teshome is a multiple Tour of Eritrea stage winner and with the two Kenyans Suleiman Kangangi and Salim Kipkemboi and the Dutch Adne van Engelen the team can aim to be competitive on every terrain.

    #christina Christina Jewelry - KUMA
    Romanian rider Daniel Crista leads this Danish team who return to Sibiu after their first participation last year. Crista was very active in that edition, won the blue sprint jersey, and persuaded the team to give him a contract. Defending the blue jersey is one objective of the team, but Crista may also try to win the red jersey for the best Romanian rider.
    Jonas Nordkroggaard was part of last year's peloton while Mathias Lindberg Mortensen, Christian Lindquist, Marcus Bønlykke, and Mads Corell are new to Romania and the race.
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    Re: Sibiu Cycling Tour
    « Reply #2 on: July 04, 2017, 18:05 »
    If the opportunity presents itself (and I don't know what his English is like) feel free to ask Avila if the rumours of his return to the PCT level are true?

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    Re: Sibiu Cycling Tour
    « Reply #4 on: July 05, 2017, 10:28 »
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    Re: Sibiu Cycling Tour
    « Reply #5 on: July 05, 2017, 20:03 »
    Post no. 2 is now updated with the startlist and our team analysis. :)
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    « Reply #6 on: July 05, 2017, 21:04 »


    Andrea Palini wins the prologue of the 2017 Sibiu Cycling Tour

    Andrea Palini (Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia) has taken the first honours of the 2017 Sibiu Cycling Tour, winning tonight's 2.3 km prologue ahead of his teammate Luca Pacioni and Colombian Carlos Alzate from the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team. The Italian celebrated his first victory since joining the team at the beginning of the year and will wear the yellow leader's jersey during tomorrow's first stage of the race.

    Brad Neagos was the first rider to start the race on the Piața Huet next to the Protestant cathedral at 18:00 local time. The prologue finished on Piața Mare after 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 evening sun was out, and there was a good atmosphere with lots of spectators who cheered on all the riders when they went past, making strong efforts to accelerate out of the many corners.

    The first rider to post a benchmark was Luca Pacioni who sped around the course in 3:09 minutes. He only had to vacate the hotseat when his teammate Andrea Palini stopped the clock after 3:07 minutes. Although plenty of riders were still to come and several posted good times, nobody came close to Palini's time, and the Italian could don the first yellow leader's jersey of the 2017 Sibiu Cycling Tour. Gašper Katrašnik (Adria Mobil) leads the U23 classification and will ride in orange tomorrow while Eduard Michael Grosu (Team Romania) was the Best Romanian in the prologue and gets to wear the red jersey on stage 1.

    Prologue podium:
    1. #androni Andrea Palini (ITA) Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia 3:07.14
    2. #androni Luca Pacioni (ITA) Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia 3:09.19
    3. #uhc Carlos Alzate (COL) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 3:11.07

    Jersey wearers on stage 1:
    #yellow Andrea Palini (ITA) Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia
    #orange Gašper Katrašnik (SLO) Adria Mobil
    #red Eduard Michael Grosu (ROU) Team Romania

    The full results can be downloaded here.

    Starting underneath the church, the riders faced a cobbled uphill early on the route.
    Photo: Dragoș Dumitru

    The concentration is visible on the face of eventual winner Andrea Palini.
    Photo: Stuart Pickering

    Despite a crash during the route recon, Romanian ITT champion Eduard Grosu rode a good prologue and will wear the red jersey tomorrow.
    Photo: Dragoș Dumitru

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    « Reply #7 on: July 06, 2017, 05:28 »
    Post no. 2 is now updated with the startlist and our team analysis. :)

    Thanks for all this Lukas :D  Great antidote to the TDF - and boy do I need that atm ;p.
    Really pleased to see Simon Pellaud and the Illuminate squad with you.

    pssst... In the team write up. Giant Castelli's Jakob Egholm - 2016 Worlds Junior RR champ
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    « Reply #8 on: July 06, 2017, 18:09 »
    If the opportunity presents itself (and I don't know what his English is like) feel free to ask Avila if the rumours of his return to the PCT level are true?

     :shh

    Well today won't have done his chances any harm.
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    Re: Sibiu Cycling Tour
    « Reply #9 on: July 06, 2017, 21:38 »
    pssst... In the team write up. Giant Castelli's Jakob Egholm - 2016 Worlds Junior RR champ
    Oopsie ... that's what happens when the Danes win so many titles - even I get them confused!
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    « Reply #10 on: July 06, 2017, 21:44 »


    Colombia takes over the Sibiu Cycling Tour:
    Edwin Ávila celebrates stage 1 solo victory

    Edwin Ávila (Team Illuminate) is the first stage winner of the 2017 Sibiu Cycling Tour. After an 180 km breakaway, the former Colombian champion and two-time world track champion denied the all-expected bunch sprint and celebrated a fantastic solo victory in front of the spectators on Sibiu's Bulevardul Victoriei.

    43 seconds later, the sprint for second place was won by Eduard Grosu (Team Romania) ahead of Simone Ponzi (CCC Sprandi Polkowice). With his victory, Ávila also secured the yellow jersey for the leader of the race, the intermediate sprint jersey and the points jersey. Grosu defended the red jersey of the highest-placed Romanian rider, Gašper Katrašnik (Adria Mobil) is still the best young rider in the race and Ávila's breakaway companion Moritz Fußnegger (0711|Cycling) took the green jersey for the best climber.

    Ávila's victory came as a surprise as a bunch sprint was the expected outcome, even though the stage was far from flat with seven classified climbs in the rolling terrain and three intermediate sprints. After the sign-in on the Piața Mare that saw yesterday's prologue and a short neutral section, the 211.8 km stage started in the city outskirts. Immediately the road went uphill to the first mountain sprint (category C) above Șura Mare after just 7.3 km, providing a perfect springboard for attacking riders looking to make the break of the day. Those first breakaway attempts didn't immediately succeed though, and it took another 25 km for a break of the day to establish.

    On the second category C climb to Șeica Mare, Moritz Fußnegger (0711|Cycling) and Edwin Ávila (Team Illuminate) went clear and built a small advantage over the chasing peloton. Facundo Lezica (Tușnad Cycling Team) was trying to close the gap to the front on his own, but since the pace was rapid with the race covering 51 km in the first hour, he was unable to do so, nor could the two escapees establish an advantage of more than two minutes at first.

    54 km into the race the gap was still hovering around two minutes with teams chasing behind, dissatisfied with the situation on the road. Eventually, though, the Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia team of race leader Andrea Palini took over, letting the gap to the two escapees go out to almost 8 minutes over the following 30 kilometres.

    With an unexpected change of weather and strong wind mixed with rain showers, CCC Sprandi Polkowice seized the opportunity to split the peloton in two and improve the chances for their sprinter Simone Ponzi to take the stage win later on in Sibiu. Quick men Andrea Palini and Eduard Grosu (Team Romania) were caught out in the second part of the bunch, but since there were over 130 km still to go, the team in orange quickly realised that it would be too big an effort to keep the high pace until the finish. The peloton regrouped, the team of the yellow jersey took control of affairs again, and halfway through the stage the gap between the front duo and the peloton stabilised at around five minutes.

    The two escapees had fought out most of the climbs and intermediate sprints between themselves, Ávila winning the sprints and Fußnegger leading in the mountain classification before the final category B climb to Apoldu. On the foot of that ascent and with a 2:45 gap to the peloton, Ávila attacked his breakaway companion who was unable to follow but secured the green jersey by coming second atop the climb.

    In ever-changing weather conditions, the peloton took a breather after the last intermediate sprint, allowing Ávila to enlarge his advantage to four minutes with 20 kilometres to go. Only then did the sprinters' teams react and started chasing in earnest, but the Team Illuminate rider managed to hold onto a 43-second advantage and could celebrate a fantastic solo victory on Sibiu's Bulevardul Victoriei. That advantage combined with the bonus seconds collected underway was enough for Ávila to overcome his deficit from yesterday's prologue, making him not only the first Colombian stage winner in the history of the Sibiu Cycling Tour, but also the first Colombian to wear the yellow race leader's jersey.

    Ávila said: "I wanted to win today's stage, but I didn't expect to do it in this fashion. It's my first win in Europe! I did a 40-km ITT at the end, first I was told the gap was only about a minute, then they corrected it to four minutes, and I knew that if I gave it everything I had, I could have a chance. I will try to defend the jerseys, especially the yellow one, on the coming stages – it will be hard since I'm better-known as a fast guy, but I'm not a Colombian for nothing."

    Team Illuminate sports director Chris Johnson added: "We're always riding aggressively and wanted to try something with Edwin today. It wasn't the plan for him to go in the break, but when they had a six-minute advantage, we decided to go for it. The other rider told us early on that he would sit up after the last mountain sprint, and it was good to know that in advance. We came here to compete for the win – we've won points jerseys in four stage races already this year and finished second overall in Korea, so we really want to get that elusive yellow jersey."

    The green jersey Moritz Fußnegger was exhausted, but happy: "I'm really knackered! It was a long stage with rain and wind. We both fought for the mountain points, but I beat Avila by one point. Now it's my goal to win this green jersey, and the team will help me defend it tomorrow. We'll take it day by day, and it will be hard, but we can do it."

    Stage 1 podium:
    1. #illuminate Edwin Ávila (COL) Team Illuminate 5:01:57
    2. #teamro Eduard Michael Grosu (ROU) Team Romania 0:43
    3. #ccc Simone Ponzi (ITA) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:43

    Jersey wearers on stage 2:
    #yellow Edwin Ávila (COL) Team Illuminate
    #lblue Daniel Crista (ROU) Christina Jewelry - KUMA, leader is Edwin Ávila
    #green Moritz Fußnegger (GER) 0711|Cycling
    #orange Gašper Katrašnik (SLO) Adria Mobil
    #white Simone Ponzi (ITA) CCC Sprandi Polkowice, leader is Edwin Ávila
    #red Eduard Michael Grosu (ROU) Team Romania

    The full results can be downloaded here.

    Moritz Fußnegger and Edwin Ávila had a long day out front, but they both got rewarded for their efforts.
    Photo: Stuart Pickering

    The riders had to endure wind, rain showers, and even lightning during the stage.
    Photo: Sebastian Marcovici

    The peloton came up short against a determined solo rider today.
    Photo: Dragoș Dumitru

    Edwin Ávila was able to celebrate his victory and the yellow jersey in style.
    Photo: Dragoș Dumitru

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    Re: Sibiu Cycling Tour
    « Reply #11 on: July 07, 2017, 05:38 »
    -----------------------------breaking news-----------------------------

    with Avila holding three jerseys, yellow, white and blue, there was some confusion about who to wear which jersey exactly, and some initially incorrect announcements were made by the jury in the race communique.

    A cycling journalist on-site spotted the error and could overturn the jury's decision after a long discussion with the commissairs though. But so far it's unclear yet whether any of the teams not getting a jersey now may appeal at the CAS.

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    « Reply #13 on: July 07, 2017, 19:14 »


    Bernal does the double for Colombia
    on the Transfăgărășan

    Stage 2 of the 2017 Sibiu Cycling Tour saw Colombian riders continue their run of success. Today it was Egan Bernal (Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia) who took a convincing victory after soloing up the final five kilometres of the Transfăgărășan Road to Bâlea Lac. The highly-talented 20-year old also assumes the lead in the general classification as well as the U23 and points classification and will wear the yellow jersey tomorrow. Nicolas Tivani (Unieuro Trevigiani - Hemus 1896) took over the blue sprint jersey after spending the day in the breakaway, while Moritz Fußnegger (0711|Cycling) scored crucial points on the first mountain sprint to keep the mountain jersey on his shoulders. Eduard Michael Grosu (Team Romania) was the best-placed Romanian again and therefore defends the red jersey.

    The 160 km stage started with a bang with the first mountain sprint after only 6.3 km. Many riders tried to escape on the climb and the following stretch through Cisnădie, but the break of the day only got away after 29 km: Nicolas Tivani, Ivar Slik (Monkey Town), Leonardo Canepa (GM Europa Ovini), Emil Vinjebo (Team Giant - Castelli), Martin Haring (Dukla Banská Bystrica), and Nikodemus Holler (Bike Aid) worked well together and had taken over two minutes on the peloton at the top of the Săcădate climb, expanding their lead to 4:45 minutes later.

    In the peloton, the Professional Continental teams were happy to leave the work of checking the breakaway to Team Illuminate of the overnight race leader Edwin Ávila, keeping their own powder dry for the 23.6 km finishing climb. When the escapees turned onto the road towards Bâlea Lac after 125 km, Canepa lost contact with the break, and on the early slopes of the Transfăgărășan, Slik and Tivani also had to let go. Bike Aid rider Nikodemius Holler dropped his remaining companions Haring and Vinjebo and went solo, but the pace set in the peloton by CCC Sprandi Polkowice, Androni - Sidermec – Bottecchia, and UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling was too high, and Holler was caught shortly with just over nine kilometres to go.

    The peloton had been whittled down to less than forty riders at that point, and yellow jersey Edwin Ávila also started struggling as he felt the efforts of yesterday's 180 km escape. Shortly afterwards he was dropped altogether, as were Eduard Michael Grosu, the best-placed Romanian rider, and Francesco Gavazzi, second overall in the 2016 Sibiu Cycling Tour.

    From a group of around 20 remaining riders, Daniel Jaramillo (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling) and Gabriel Reguero (Team Differdange - Losch) made a first move with 6 km to go, only to be countered by pre-race favourite Egan Bernal (Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia). The young Colombian immediately established a significant gap to his chasers on the steep slopes of the Transfăgărășan and continued to storm up the climb. At the finish he could celebrate the second Colombian stage win in a row in the Sibiu Cycling Tour, distancing the rest by over a minute on the last five kilometres.

    With his victory, Bernal took the lead in the general classification ahead of Colin Stüssi (Roth - Akros) and Jonathan Clarke (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling) who finished the stage in second and third 1:23 minutes and 1:25 minutes back, respectively. Bernal now also leads the points classification and the U23 ranking. By collecting points on the first climb of the day Moritz Fußnegger (0711|Cycling) was able to defend his green jersey as the best climber of the race ahead of Bernal, while Grosu still leads the ranking for the best Romanian rider. Nicolas Tivani leapfrogged Edwin Ávila in the intermediate sprint classification and will wear the blue jersey tomorrow.

    Egan Bernal said: "I am happy with this victory and want to thank my teammates for their help; they did a great job on the lower slopes of the climbs. I knew that I had good legs and decided to go all-out on my own. It is a hard climb, but I had a good rhythm. Now our focus will be on defending the leader's jersey tomorrow and on Sunday to take the overall win."

    Stage 2 podium:
    1. #androni Egan Bernal (COL) Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia 4:10:28
    2. #roth Colin Stüssi (SUI) Roth - Akros 1:23
    3. #uhc Jonathan Clarke (AUS) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 1:25

    Jersey wearers on stage 3:
    #yellow Egan Bernal (COL) Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia
    #lblue Nicolas Germán Tivani Pérez (ARG) Unieuro Trevigiani - Hemus 1896
    #green Moritz Fußnegger (GER) 0711|Cycling
    #orange Maxim Rusnac (MDA) Team Differdange - Losch, leader is Egan Bernal
    #white Edwin Ávila (COL) Team Illuminate, leader is Egan Bernal
    #red Eduard Michael Grosu (ROU) Team Romania

    The full results can be downloaded here.

    The six escapees worked well together, but with a long climb at the end it was always an uphill battle for them.
    Photo: Stuart Pickering

    The peloton passes one of Transylvania's famous fortified churches.
    Photo: Dragoș Dumitru

    From 8 km to go, the riders could see the hairpins of the Transfăgărășan Road and the finish at Bâlea Lac.
    Photo: Dragoș Dumitru

    Jaramillo and Reguero were the first to attack from the favourites' group - Bernal is already lying in wait behind them.
    Photo: Sebastian Marcovici

    Once away, Egan Bernal wasn't to be seen by the other riders until the finish.
    Photo: Dragoș Dumitru

    Romanian fans were out in force at Bâlea Lac, cheering the riders to the finish.
    Photo: Cristi Cojocariu

    The stage podium (L-R): Colin Stüssi, Egan Bernal, and Jonathan Clarke
    Photo: Dragoș Dumitru

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    Re: Sibiu Cycling Tour
    « Reply #14 on: July 08, 2017, 18:34 »


    Bernal continues Colombian dominance in Păltiniș

    Colombian Egan Bernal is the winner of the third stage of the 2017 Sibiu Cycling Tour. After 211.5 mountainous kilometres, the race leader took his second victory in a row ahead of Colin Stüssi (Roth - Akros) and Moldavian Cristian Raileanu (Team Differdange - Losch) in Păltiniș. At the oldest Romanian ski resort, he celebrated the third win for a Colombian rider within three days, extending his lead in the general classification, putting him in a great position to take the first Sibiu Cycling Tour overall victory for the Italian team in the seventh edition of the race.

    Many teams tried to join the breakaway, and it took a while to establish a break after an attempt by 14 riders to get away immediately after the start was shut down. Joris Blokker (Monkey Town Continental Team) went solo for a while, taking the first intermediate sprint of the day, and 20 kilometres into the stage was a five-man group of Moritz Fußnegger (0711|Cycling), Francesco Canepa (GM Europa Ovini), Andrea Borso (Adria Mobil), Cameron Piper (Team Illuminate) and Damian Lüscher (Roth - Akros) finally got clear.

    Since none of the riders were a danger to race leader Egan Bernal, his Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia team set a regular pace in the peloton, letting the gap go out to over 7 minutes. Green jersey Moritz Fußnegger made full use of the opportunity to extend his lead in the mountain classification with first places on the gradual 20 km climb from Tilișca to Jina (category A) and a short category C climb to Dumbrava while Lüscher won the two intermediate sprints before the penultimate ascent of the day to Jina – this time from the harder side, with 5.1 km of climbing at 8.6% average.

    In the Sebeș valley, the CCC Sprandi Polkowice took over at the front of the peloton and set a massive pace, quickly reducing the gap to two minutes at the foot of the Jina climb. Francesco Canepa didn’t want to give up and attacked his breakaway companions, crossing the top of the climb first ahead of Fußnegger whose second place was enough to secure the green mountain jersey for 0711|Cycling. Piper and Borso followed shortly after and the peloton, whittled down to about 30 riders, 1:30 minutes behind.

    As the CCC and Androni teams were down to only two riders in the peloton at that point, they reduced the speed again, allowing riders to catch up. Simon Pellaud took the chance, attacked on the descent, and closed the gap to the breakaway in front. Only Andrea Borso (Adria Mobil) could follow the Swiss from Team Illuminate, and the duo quickly established a two-minute gap that they could hold until the start of the final climb to Păltiniș with 15 km to go.

    Borso was caught early on the finishing climb, and though Pellaud stayed ahead for a little while longer and also took the special prize sponsored by IFN with 11 km to go, he didn’t have the strength to fight for the stage victory either. Some ten riders were left in the favourites' group when Pellaud was caught a kilometre later, and Valentin Baillifard (Roth – Akros) was the first to grab the chance for a stage win. The Swiss got a small gap and stayed solo in front for a couple of kilometres, but Egan Bernal (Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia), Colin Stüssi (Roth - Akros), and Cristian Raileanu (Team Differdange - Losch) attacked from the chasing group, bridged to Baillifard and left him behind.

    The trio distanced the remaining climbers around yesterday’s third-place finisher Jonathan Clarke (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling), and although both Stüssi and Raileanu did their best to get away from Bâlea Lac stage winner Bernal, the Colombian in the yellow jersey was simply too strong, attacked himself on the final kilometre and took another convincing solo victory.

    With only one stage to go, Bernal now has a gap of 1:40 minutes on Stüssi in the overall ranking and also leads the U23 and points classification. Eduard Michael Grosu (Team Romania) remains the best Romanian rider in the race, Moritz Fußnegger (0711|Cycling) sealed the green jersey for the best climber and Nicolas Tivani (Unieuro Trevigiani - Hemus 1896) kept the blue jersey for the leader in the intermediate sprint classification before the final stage finishing on Sibiu’s Piața Mare on Sunday evening.

    Stage 3 podium:
    1. #androni Egan Bernal (COL) Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia 5:41:26
    2. #roth Colin Stüssi (SUI) Roth - Akros 0:11
    3. #differdange Cristian Raileanu (MDA) Team Differdange - Losch 0:21

    Jersey wearers on stage 4:
    #yellow Egan Bernal (COL) Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia
    #lblue Nicolas Germán Tivani Pérez (ARG) Unieuro Trevigiani - Hemus 1896
    #green Moritz Fußnegger (GER) 0711|Cycling
    #orange Salim Kipkemboi (KEN) Bike Aid, leader is Egan Bernal
    #white Colin Stüssi (SUI) Roth - Akros, leader is Egan Bernal
    #red Eduard Michael Grosu (ROU) Team Romania

    The full results can be downloaded here.

    Moritz Fußnegger was part of the breakaway and secured the green mountain jersey.
    Photo: Dragoș Dumitru

    The Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia team controlled the race from the peloton.
    Photo: Sebastian Marcovici

    Egan Bernal was the strongest rider today, attacking on the final climb to Păltiniș.
    Photo: Sebastian Marcovici

    The stage podium (L-R): Colin Stüssi, Egan Bernal, Cristian Raileanu
    Photo: Dragoș Dumitru

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    « Reply #16 on: July 10, 2017, 08:31 »


    First comes to first in the Sibiu Cycling Tour:
    Bernal and Grosu celebrate on the Piața Mare

    In a Sunday evening sprint finish on the Piața Mare, Eduard Michael Grosu (Team Romania) finally took a stage win in his home race while Egan Bernal became the first-ever Colombian to win the Sibiu Cycling Tour. The Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia rider took the yellow jersey with two convincing wins in the mountains and defended it during the final stage of the race. Swiss riders Colin Stüssi and Valentin Baillifard rounded out the podium in the seventh edition of the Transylvanian cycling race, and stage winner Eduard Grosu could also celebrate the win of the red jersey for the best Romanian rider.

    Looking back on the race

    The 2017 edition started on Wednesday with a prologue in the Historical Centre of Sibiu won by Andrea Palini (Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia). On stage one, Edwin Ávila (Team Illuminate) took over the yellow leader's jersey with a surprise win from a long breakaway. The Colombian's race lead only lasted one day though: When the race headed into the mountains the next day, it was his countryman Egan Bernal (Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia) who celebrated two convincing solo victories on the climbs to Bâlea Lac and Păltiniş, taking a commanding overall lead and defending it without problems on Sunday's final stage of the race.

    The final stage

    The general classification was settled before the final day, but Sunday's stage was still a fought-for affair with four mountain sprints on the 148.4 km starting and finishing in Sibiu and the blue jersey for the best sprinter still on the line in the three intermediate sprints. Especially the climbs of Ruși and Slimnic inside the final 25 km of the stage offered a breakaway or late attackers a real chance to spoil the sprinters' plans before the high-speed descent to Sibiu, followed by a hectic run-in through the city finishing with a cobbled uphill finish into the Historical Centre.

    The start of the stage was quite hectic as well with plenty of breakaway attempts during a rapid first hour of racing in which the riders covered 48.5 km. The first intermediate sprint was won by Damian Lüscher (Roth - Akros) who the lead in the sprint classification with that, and shortly afterwards a group of six riders got clear. Their advantage was never above two minutes though..

    Riccardo Cenghialta (Unieuro Trevigiani - Hemus 1896), Nicolas Samparisi (D'Amico Utensilnord), Mel van der Veekens (Monkey Town Continental Team), Andrea Ruscetta (GM Europa Ovini), Žiga Horvat (Adria Mobil), and Griffin Easter (Team Illuminate) were kept on a short leash by the Romanian National Team and CCC Sprandi Polkowice who tried to set things up for their sprinters Eduard Michael Grosu and Maciej Paterski who still eyed a chance to celebrate their first victories in the Sibiu Cycling Tour.

    The Italian Samparisi turned out to be strongest climber from the breakaway group, and with an attack on the final climb in Slimnic, he tried to spoil the sprinters' plans, but in the end he couldn't defend his 20-second lead over the final 10 kilometres, and after a last-minute attack by Daniel Crista (Christina Jewelry-Kuma) was neutralised, it all came down to a sprint in the cobbled finish on the Piața Mare. Due to a crash on the last three kilometres, only some twenty riders ended up sprinting for the victory.

    After coming just short of winning the first stage a couple of days ago, this time there was no one who could challenge Romanian Eduard Michael Grosu (Team Romania). The Romanian sprinted away from his rivals on the cobbled climb into the Historical Centre and took his first victory on home soil ahead of Maciej Paterski (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) and Francesco Gavazzi (Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia).

    For the Italian Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia team there was more to celebrate than Gavazzi's third place today as his team mate Egan Bernal won not only the general classification of the race but also took the white points jersey and the orange one for the best U23 rider. 0711|Cycling rider Moritz Fußnegger defended his green jersey for the best climber during the final stage, Damian Lüscher took the blue jersey for the winner of the intermediate sprint classification and his Roth - Akros team also could celebrate the first place in the Sibiu Cycling Tour team classification. Eduard Grosu became the best Romanian rider of the race, wearing his red jersey with pride on top of the podium in Sibiu's old town.

    The stage winner Eduard Michael Grosu was overjoyed: “Finally! I've waited three years for this stage win. They changed the finish this year, maybe that broke the spell for me … I had only two teammates left, and they did a great job, bringing back the break and shutting down the last attacks. Then I went on the cobbled climb with 300 metres to go and got a big gap that nobody could close.”

    For Egan Bernal, this was an important victory: “I rate this as my biggest win so far. The other races I've won were 2.2, this is 2.1 against some good competition, so I'm very happy to win like this. Today's stage was pretty quiet for me, it was just about getting through in one piece. Now I will go home to Colombia for a break, then I will target the Tour de l'Avenir and the Italian autumn races.”

    Patrick Banfi, the Roth - Akros sports director, explained how the team took the blue jersey on the final stage: “We were targeting the first sprint since it was likely that a breakaway would sweep up the points on the remaining sprints. Damian won it in fashion and had then won three sprints to Tivani's two, giving him the jersey. We also have two riders on the overall podium and won the team classification, so we're quite happy with this result.”

    Stage 4 podium:
    1. #teamro Eduard Michael Grosu (ROU) Team Romania 3:21:24
    2. #ccc Maciej Paterski (POL) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:00
    3. #androni Francesco Gavazzi (ITA) Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia 0:00

    Final overall podium:
    1. #androni Egan Bernal (COL) Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia 18:18:56
    2. #roth Colin Stüssi (SUI) Roth - Akros 1:40
    3. #roth Valentin Baillifard (SUI) Roth - Akros 2:15

    Classification jersey winners:
    #yellow Egan Bernal (COL) Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia
    #lblue Damian Lüscher (SUI) Roth - Akros
    #green Moritz Fußnegger (GER) 0711|Cycling
    #orange Egan Bernal (COL) Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia
    #white Egan Bernal (COL) Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia
    #red Eduard Michael Grosu (ROU) Team Romania

    The full results can be downloaded here.

    Grosu was unbeatable tonight, powering up the cobbled climb and winning with ease.
    Photo: Stuart Pickering

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    Re: Sibiu Cycling Tour
    « Reply #17 on: July 12, 2017, 12:39 »
    If the opportunity presents itself (and I don't know what his English is like) feel free to ask Avila if the rumours of his return to the PCT level are true?
    We didn't get to ask this question directly, but according to the #uhc DS, Ávila is very happy at Illuminate. ;)
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    Re: Sibiu Cycling Tour
    « Reply #18 on: August 10, 2017, 08:26 »
    and talking about Illuminate...

    ...Nate King has put his experiences into words for Above Category Cycling - and it turned out to be a a fantastic article (with great pictures as well btw) about all the mixtures of joy and struggle during his first stage back on the bike after four years.

    https://twitter.com/SibiuTourEN/status/895544165819310081
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