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2018 Sibiu Cycling Tour
« on: June 28, 2018, 17:23 »

Top riders return to Romania for
2018 Sibiu Cycling Tour

Top riders from all over the world will be back in Romania to compete in the 2018 Sibiu Cycling Tour. The race features five stages over four days including two mountaintop finishes and a team time trial, and 20 strong teams will take the start on the Piața Mare in the centre of Sibiu.

 
The parcours

For its eighth edition, the Sibiu Cycling Tour returns to the format last used in 2014. The traditional evening prologue in the Historic City Centre of Sibiu starts the race and is followed by two challenging stages with mountaintop finishes at Bâlea Lac and Păltiniș. The final day sees two half-stages, a short team time trial in the morning and a rolling stage finishing on the Piața Mare in the afternoon/evening.



Following the team presentation on Piața Mare on Wednesday, 4 July, the prologue is held on Thursday, 5 July. The 2.2-kilometre course is very similar to the one from 2014, running clockwise and starting on the cobbled Piața Mare, in front of the Sibiu City Hall and the Brukenthal Museum. A left turn after about 70 metres takes riders onto the asphalted Strada Mitropoliei, but only 200 metres later there is a right turn onto 120 metres on the cobbles of Strada Poștei.

After a right turn, the ancient round cobbles of the descending Strada Centumvirilor (120 m) will require good bike-handling skills before the Strada Alexandru Odobescu (130 m) takes the riders past the 16th-century Casa Altemberger and the 14th-century Turnul de Poartă on more regular cobbles.

A left turn after a total of 640 metres is followed by a right turn on Piața Huet only 30 metres later, passing the Lutheran Cathedral and entering Piața Mică (200 m), a cobbled square lined with restaurants. After a right turn, riders pass through the archway of the 13th-century Turnul Sfatului and reach the city's main square again.

After racing alongside the northern and eastern sides of Piața Mare (220 m), a left turn takes riders onto the asphalt of Strada Arhivelor and Piața Schiller. A right turn after 200 metres marks the start of the cobbled Strada Tipografilor (140 m). After a left turn and 40 metres on the asphalted Strada Alexandru Papiu-Ilarian, a right turn takes riders onto the cobbles of Strada Cetății (300 m) along the 14th-century city wall and passing the Turnul Archebuzierilor.

The final sharp turn of the prologue comes with 430 metres remaining and takes the riders onto the cobbled Strada Nicolae Bălcescu, a pedestrian zone with shops and restaurants, before they reach the finish on the Piața Mare after 2200 metres. With seventeen 90-degree turns and several road surface changes, this prologue tests the peloton's bike handling and acceleration and is a popular opener for the race.




On Friday, 6 July, stage 1 takes the peloton onto the Transfăgărășan Road up to the glacial lake Bâlea Lac for a mountaintop finish at an altitude of 2040 metres. After the sign-in and ceremonial start on Piața Mare, the flag for the short, but crisp 91.2-kilometre stage is dropped when leaving Sibiu at the Zoological Garden.

The road immediately goes uphill for a category C mountain sprint at Cisnădioara after only 6.3 km, so the race will be on from the first kilometres. After the first intermediate sprint in Tălmaciu., the riders descend into the Olt river valley where intermediate sprints are held near Avrig and Cârțișoara.

After Cârțișoara, the special-category climb to Bâlea Lac slowly, but surely starts; the final third of the stage is entirely uphill. The first kilometres are still very gentle, but once the road enters the forest, the Carpathian Mountains start for real. The last 25 kilometres climb at an average 5.8 percent, and the steepest parts are up to 12 percent. Even more than the gradient, though, it is the length of the climb that will separate the best climbers from the rest of the field.

With rocky cliffs right up to the side of the road and a number of galleries, the Transfăgărășan Road climbs through a stunning mountain landscape. The first rider to reach the Bâlea Căscada waterfall halfway up the climb, 13.9 km from the finish, is awarded the GP Kendrion special prize. Above the tree line, the valley opens up to form a huge natural amphitheatre. The riders will be able to see the finish for the last seven kilometres, but still have to climb numerous hairpin turns. The final kilometre, climbing at more than seven percent, is a last hard test and means that only the strongest climbers can hope to become the successor of last year's stage and overall winner Egan Bernal.




Stage 2 on Saturday, 7 July, is the longest of the race at 185.4 kilometres. After the sign-in and ceremonial start on Piața Mare, racing gets underway southeast of the city centre at the Shopping City Sibiu mall. The peloton will pass Avrig and climb out of the Olt river valley on the C-category climb of Săcădate to reach the rolling landscape in the eastern parts of Sibiu County. There are intermediate sprints in Nocrich and Chirpăr and a C category mountain sprint in Vard before the race turns west again via Avrig and Veștem. The third intermediate sprint of the day is held in Cisnădie, the winner also getting the GP Swoboda special prize. Then, the road kicks up for another mountain sprint (category C) at the top of the Cisnădioara climb. Continuing through Rașinari, the Păltiniș climb is approached from the east, a route last used in the 2013 edition.

The final climb to Păltiniș has a length of 14.5 km, climbing with a 5.5-percent average and rising up to 11 percent on the steepest parts. The GP IFM special prize is awarded to the first rider at the Dealul Călugărul crossroads just two kilometres into the climb, encouraging early attacks. The first nine kilometres are a steady five-percent climb with a few steeper ramps thrown in. The road then flattens out a bit to between two and three percent for four kilometres before the road rises to more than six percent again for the final 1500 metres.




Sunday, 8 July, starts with stage 3a, a short, 9.6-kilometre team time trial. Starting at the outskirts of Cisnădie, the teams will be tested by the Cisnădioara climb – there is a time check at the top, with the fastest team winning the GP IndSoft special prize -, followed by a fast descent and a flat stretch from Dumbrava to the finish line at the Sibiu city limit near the Zoological Garden. This is the last opportunity to change the general classification; after two hard mountain stages, this team time trial will ensure that only a rider supported by a strong and cohesive team can win the race overall.




The final stage 3b in the afternoon of Sunday, 8 July, starts and finishes on the Piața Mare in the centre of Sibiu. With three mountains sprints, all category C, and one intermediate sprint on its 152.8 km, this stage will see a fight for the white mountain jersey as well as the blue sprint jersey. The real start will be just north of Sibiu, and the climb of Șura Mare followed by another unclassified climb is a first springboard for attacks.

Ruși hosts the only intermediate sprint of the day, and on the long flat stretch that follows the race will pass through a.o. Șeica Mare, Copșa Mică, Mediaș, and Biertan. Next up is a climb with five switchbacks south of Richiș, also awarding the GP KUKA special prize. The last categorised climb near Bârghiș comes soon afterwards.

18.6 km from the finish, the village of Cornățel with its reactivated narrow-gauge railway hosts another special prize sprint for the GP Shopping City Sibiu. Afterwards, the road climbs to Dealul Dăii and then descends towards Sibiu. The last five kilometres are mostly on large roads and will favour the sprinters' trains, but the final kilometre may spring a surprise: After a left turn with 500 metres to go, the road surface turns to cobbles for a short stretch and continually climbs at three percent to the finish on the Piața Mare.

 
Jerseys and trophies

There will be four classification jersey to fight for in the race, supported by the race's loyal sponsors.

The yellow jersey for the overall race leader will be presented by a different sponsor each day. ODU will award the yellow jersey to the winner of the prologue, CON-A presents the jersey to the race leader at Bâlea Lac. Ballan Echipament Sportiv produce all the jerseys and award the yellow jersey after the stage to Păltiniș. The yellow jersey after stage 3a is sponsored by Regiune Gastronomică Europeană Sibiu 2019, and the yellow jersey for the overall winner after stage 3b will be presented by Dulciuri Feleacul.

The white mountain jersey for the best climber is sponsored by Joyson Safety Systems. The rider who picks up the most points at intermediate sprints will be rewarded with the blue jersey sponsored by Marquardt. And the best-placed rider under 23 years will get the orange jersey, sponsored by Continental.

In addition to the four jerseys, three trophies will be awarded each day. The rider with most stage finish points gets the Green Jersey Trophy sponsored by Boromir; the best-placed Romanian rider is rewarded with the Red Jersey Trophy sponsored by Bilstein. Finally, the best team gets the Grey Jersey Trophy sponsored by My Smile In A Box.

 
19 teams ready to race

Nineteen teams from all over the world will come to Sibiu to race, including three Professional Continental teams, 15 Continental teams, and two national teams.

Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec return to the race as defending champions, having won two stages and the general classification with Egan Bernal last year. Fielding a team around Colombian climbing talent Ivan Ramiro Sosa, winner of the 2018 Tour of Bihor, and Giro d'Italia finishers Francesco Gavazzi and Fausto Masnada, this Italian team will be a contender for every stage and the overall classification.

CCC Sprandi Polkowice has been a part of the Sibiu Cycling Tour peloton since 2013. The Polish team has won the race overall twice and podium two more times, winning four stages in the process. This year, they bring a balanced squad around sprinter Marko Kump and GC rider Mateusz Taciak to Romania.

Russian team Gazprom - RusVelo is a new addition to the Sibiu Cycling Tour, supporting young climber Ildar Arslanov with an experienced squad including former Russian champion Dmitry Kozonchuk.

Two Italian Continental teams will bring their strongest riders to the race. It will be the fourth participation in a row for D'Amico Utensilnord and last year's seventh place, Ettore Carlini, while Sangemini - MG.K Vis - Vega is a new addition to the race, lining up with a.o. Paolo Totò.

The Slovakian riders of Dukla Banská Bystrica have won two stages in Sibiu in the past and return hungry for more. Elkov - Author from the Czech Republic come to Sibiu for the first time and bring a strong squad led by world-class timetrialist Jan Bárta, Josef Černý, and Jiří Polnický.

Delta Cycling Rotterdam is one of two Dutch Continental teams; they bring a young squad of mostly U23 riders, and the team's mission is to grow cycling both competitively and as a mode of transport. The other team from the Netherlands is Monkey Town Cycling Team who have been part of the Sibiu Cycling Tour in various guises since 2014, winning a stage in that year with Marco Zanotti.

After putting two riders on the podium and winning the team classification in 2017, Akros – Renfer SA now focus on rider development, bringing a squad of mostly U23 riders from Switzerland. Bike Aid is a German team that races all over the world and gives African riders a chance to compete in European races. They bring Kenyan rider Suleiman Kangangi and Eritreans Meron Teshome and Meron Abraham to Sibiu this year in addition to three experienced Germans. Massi - Kuwait from the eponymous Middle Eastern country are another new team at the race, lining up with a mix of Spanish and Kuwaiti riders. Amore & Vita - Prodir, registered in Albania, bring a squad of Italian and Latvian riders for their first participation, but their leader will be last year's runner-up, Swiss Colin Stüssi.

Team Illuminate from the United States won a stage in their first participation last year and return with a squad around sprinter Martin Laas and Colombian climbers Félix Barón and Camilo Castiblanco. Polish team Wibatech Merx 7r come to the race for the first time.

New Romanian Continental team MSTina - Focus brings a mix of Italian and Romanian riders in their first participation. Team Novák, on the other hand, has been in every edition of the Sibiu Cycling Tour. The orange team will field strong Ukrainian and Moldavian riders in addition to its Romanians led by Paralympic champion Carol Eduard Novák who is also the president of the Romanian Cycling Federation. A Romanian national team unites those Romanian cyclists who are not part of another participating team. Finally, there will also be a Moldovan national team with the best riders from Romania's neighbouring country.


2018 Sibiu Cycling Tour parcours
5 July, Prologue: Historic City Centre of Sibiu, 2.2 km
6 July, Stage 1: Sibiu - Bâlea Lac, 91.2 km
7 July, Stage 2: Sibiu - Păltiniș, 185 km
8 July, Stage 3a: Cisnădie - Sibiu TTT, 9.6 km
8 July, Stage 3b: Sibiu - Mediaș - Sibiu, 152.8 km

Teams participating in the 2018 Sibiu Cycling Tour
#androni Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
#ccc CCC Sprandi Polkowice
#gazprom Gazprom - RusVelo
#akros Akros - Renfer SA
#amore Amore & Vita - Prodir
#bikeaid Bike Aid
#damico D'Amico Utensilnord
#delta Delta Cycling Rotterdam
#duklabb Dukla Banská Bystrica
#elkov Elkov - Author
#massi Massi - Kuwait Team
#monkey Monkey Town Continental Team
#mstina MSTina - Focus
#sangemini Sangemini - MG.K Vis - Vega
#illuminate Team Illuminate
#novak Team Novák
#wibatech Wibatech Merx 7r
#teamro National Team Romania
#teammd National Team Moldova

Sibiu Cycling Tour palmarès
2011 *bg Vladimir Koev (Konya - Torku Șeker Spor - Vivelo)
2012 *es Victor de la Parte (SP Tableware)
2013 *it Davide Rebellin (CCC Polsat - Polkowice)
2014 *hr Radoslav Rogina (Adria Mobil)
2015 *it Mauro Finetto (Southeast)
2016 *bg Nikolay Mihaylov (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)
2017 *co Egan Bernal (Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia)
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    « Reply #1 on: June 28, 2018, 17:26 »
    Startlist
    #androni Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec *it #ccc CCC Sprandi Polkowice *pl
    1 Davide Ballerini *it 11 Adrian Kurek *pl
    2 Andrea Vendrame *it 12 Kamil Gradek *pl
    3 Ivan Ramiro Sosa Cuervo *co U23 13 Mateusz Taciak *pl
    4 Mattia Frapporti *it 14 František Sisr *cz
    5 Alessandro Bisolti *it 15 Amaro Manuel Antunes *pt
    16 Paweł Franczak *pl
    #gazprom Gazprom-RusVelo *ru #damico D'Amico Utensilnord *it
    21 Sergey Firsanov *ru 31 Ettore Carlini *it
    22 Alexandr Vlasov *ru U23 32 Ivan Martinelli *it
    23 Evgeny Kobernyak *ru 33 Andrea Garosio *it
    24 Aleksey Rybalkin *ru 34 Emanuele Oresti *it
    25 Nikolay Trusov *ru 35 Franco Gabriel Orocito *ar U23
    26 Nikolay Cherkasov *ru U23 36 Francesco Bettini *it
    #monkey Monkey Town CT *nl #massi Massi-Kuwait Cycling Project *kw
    41 Antonio Santoro *it 51 Rubén Caseny *es
    42 Peter Schulting *nl 52 José Manuel Gutiérrez *es
    43 Maarten de Jonge *nl 53 Hilari Redondo *es
    44 Sven van Luijk *nl 54 Oskar Malatsetxebarria *es
    45 Wim Kleiman *nl 55 Jorge Ferrer *es
    46 Ivar Slik *nl
    #elkov Elkov-Author Cycling Team *cz #sangemini Sangemini-MG.K Vis-Vega *it
    61 Jan Bárta *cz 71 Paolo Totò *it
    62 Josef Černý *cz #champcz 72 Michelle Gazzara *it
    63 Tomáš Bucháček *cz 73 Nicolà Gaffurini *it
    64 Matěj Zahálka *cz 74 Niccolò Salvietti *it
    65 Jakub Otruba *cz U23 75 Dario Puccioni *it U23
    66 Jan Rajchart *cz U23 76 Antonio Di Sante *it
    #duklabb Dukla Banská Bystrica *sk #novak Team Novák *ro
    81 Patrik Tybor *sk 91 Nicolae Tanovitchii *md
    82 Marek Čanecký *sk 92 Carol Eduard Novák *ro
    83 Juraj Bellan *sk U23 93 Andriy Bratashchuk *ua
    84 Martin Mahďar *sk 94 Oleksandr Prevar *ua
    85 Ján Andrej Cully *sk 95 Lóránt Balazsi *ro U23
    86 Martin Vlčák *sk U23 96 Péter László *ro U23
    #bikeaid Bike Aid *de #mstina MSTina-Focus *ro
    101 Geoffrey Kiprotich Langat *ke 111 Emil Dima *ro U23
    102 Charles Kagimu *ug U23 112 Vlad Dobre *ro
    103 Adne van Engelen *nl 113 Raul Antonio Sînza *ro U23
    104 Daniel Bichlmann *de 114 Andrea Ruscetta *it
    105 Nikodemus Holler *de 115 Nicolas Marini *it
    116 Riccardo Stacchiotti *it
    #illuminate Team Illuminate *us #delta Delta Cycling Rotterdam *nl
    121 Cameron Piper *us 131 Jens van den Dool *nl U23
    122 Chris Horner *us 132 Jason van Dalen *nl
    123 Camilo Castiblanco *co 133 Luuc Bugter *nl
    124 Martin Laas *ee 134 Adriaan Janssen *nl
    125 Simon Pellaud *ch 135 Sjoerd Bax *nl U23
    126 Félix Barón *co 136 Marijn van den Berg *nl U23
    #akros Akros-Renfer SA *ch #amore Amore & Vita-Selle SMP *al
    141 Stefan Bissegger *ch U23 151 Davide Gabburo *it
    142 Justin Paroz *ch U23 152 Colin Stüssi *ch
    143 Robin Froidevaux *ch U23 153 Mirko Trosino *it
    144 Joël Suter *ch U23 154 Pierpaolo Ficara *it
    145 Yannis Voisard *ch U23
    146 Lois Dufaux *ch U23
    #wibatech Wibatech Merx 7r *pl #teamro Romania National Team *ro
    161 Adrian Honkisz *pl 171 Eduard Michael Grosu *ro #champro
    162 Bartosz Warchoł *pl 172 Daniel Crista *ro
    163 Wojciech Sykała *pl 173 Valentin Pleșea *ro
    164 Norbert Banaszek *pl U23 174 Dan-Mihai Băbăiță *ro U23
    165 Kacper Kistowski *pl 175 Marius Cristian Petrache *ro
    176 Roland Horváth *ro
    #teammd Moldova National Team *md
    181 Maxim Rusnac *md #champmd
    182 Andrei Vrabii *md
    183 Veaceslav Rusnac *md U23
    184 Andrei Ruscov *md U23
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    Re: 2018 Sibiu Cycling Tour
    « Reply #2 on: June 28, 2018, 17:26 »

    Nineteen teams ready for the
    2018 Sibiu Cycling Tour

    The nineteen teams racing in the 2018 Sibiu Cycling Tour were presented on the Piața Mare yesterday night. Three Professional Continental Teams, fourteen Continental Teams and a two national teams make up the peloton of the race that starts tonight with a 2.2-kilometre prologue.
    The full start list can be found above; we present the teams in detail below.
     
    #androni Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec

    The Italian Professional Continental Team won the race with Egan Bernal last year, and his Colombian fellow countryman Ivan Sosa is definitely a rider who could repeat the 2017 victory. Sosa just won the new Adriatica Ionica Race in Italy with a long solo attack on the famous Passo Giau, so the steep slopes of the Transfăgărășan should be to his liking.
    The experience of Alessandro Bisolti, 11th in the 2015 edition of the Sibiu Cycling Tour, will be of benefit on the climbs. Davide Ballerini won the combativity and the intermediate sprint classifications in this year's Giro d'Italia, so he is a good sprinter and never afraid of attacking if the opportunity arises.
     
    #ccc CCC Sprandi Polkowice

    CCC was victorious in the 2013 and 2016 edition of the Sibiu Cycling Tour. With Amaro Antunes, runner-up of last year's Volta a Portugal, they bring a strong climber who could live up to that legacy.
    His team mates Franczak, Gradek, Kurek, Sisr and Taciak are some of the biggest power houses you can find in a cycling field, definitely looking out to the flat days of the race – and particularly the short team time trial on Sunday morning and the prologue, where Adrian Kurek came 3rd in 2016.
     
    #gazprom Gazprom - RusVelo

    The third Professional Continental Team in the race, Gazprom - RusVelo, make their début in the Sibiu Cycling Tour. With Aleksandr Vlasov, recent winner of the U23 Giro Ciclistico d'Italia, they send their biggest prospect to the race.
    Sergey Firsanov is no stranger to finishing high-profile races on the top step of the podium; in 2016, he won both the Giro dell'Appennino and the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali. Nikolay Trusov can count on several years of experience in the WorldTour including a sprint victory in the Volta a Catalunya.
     
    #damico D'Amico Utensilnord

    It is the fourth participation in a row in the Sibiu Cycling Tour for D'Amico-Utensilnord, and so far they have placed a rider in the overall top-ten every time. Ettore Carlini came eighth overall in 2017 and will be the leader of the team this year, too.
    His team mates Andrea Garosio, Ivan Martinelli, Emanuele Onesti, Franco Orocito and Francesco Bettini – nephew of two-time World Champion Paolo Bettini – are all in their first year in professional cycling, but just recently Onesti finished third in a stage of the Oberösterreich-Rundfahrt, and Garosio has gained some experience on the big scene as a stagiaire with the WorldTour team Bahrain Merida.
     
    #monkey Monkey Town Continental Team

    The Dutch team Monkey Town comes to Sibiu for the fifth time, and with Antonio Santoro and Peter Schulting they line up talented climbers to build on the success they had in the past years, among that a fourth place overall in 2016.
    Apart from Schulting only Ivar Slik has been part of the team in Sibiu before, but Maarten de Jonge and Sven van Luijk have plenty of experience from racing all over the world. This can not be said about Wim Kleiman though, who just turned pro in 2018 – but it only took him two days to collect his first win for the team.
     
    #massi Massi - Kuwait Team

    Massi - Kuwait is the first Arabian team to participate in the Sibiu Cycling Tour. Sports director Luc Schuddinck is a veteran of the race, though, and José Manuel Gutiérrez was part of the Tușnad team in 2014, so they will know what to expect.
    The line-up of the Kuwaiti team is all-Spanish with Gutiérrez, Rubén Caseny, Oskar Malatsetxebarria, Hilari Redondo and Jorge Ferrer.
     
    #elkov Elkov - Author

    The Czech Continental team just achieved a clean sweep in the national championships. With reigning Czech champion Josef Černý, WorldTour veteran Jan Bárta, and Jakub Otruba, they bring all three podium finishers straight to their first participation in the Sibiu Cycling Tour.
    Otruba is also the current U23 time trial champion, and on top of that the team is spiked with the experience of former national champion Tomáš Bucháček as well as the talent of Jan Rajchart and Matěj Zahálka. They can hope for a successful début not only on the rolling stages, but also in the team time trial.
     
    #sangemini Sangemini - MG.K Vis - Vega

    Another newcomer to cycling in Sibiu is the Italian team Sangemini - MG.K Vis - Vega. They've had some strong showings this year with Michele Gazzara and Nicolà Gaffurini taking first and second place in the Tour of Albania and Paolo Totò sprinted to second in the high-profile Italian season opener Trofeo Laigueglia – all three will make their debut in the 2018 Sibiu Cycling Tour.
    At their side, they will have Antonio Di Sante, a two-time participant back with the GM Cycling Team, Dario Puccioni and Niccolò Salvietti.
     
    #duklabb Dukla Banská Bystrica

    Like in recent years, Patrik Tybor will lead the Dukla Banská Bystrica team. With a fourth place in the 2015 prologue and his 14th place overall in mind – despite having crashed on the decisive stage – the Slovakian team can hope for more in 2018.
    He will be supported by Slovakian Time Trial champion Marek Čanecký, Martin Vlčák, Ján Andrej Cully, Martin Mahďar, and Juraj Bellan.
     
    #novak Team Novák

    Under its former name of Tușnad Cycling Team, this Romanian Continental team has participated in every edition of the Sibiu Cycling Tour – and so has veteran and 2008 Paralympic silver medalist Carol Eduard Novák. He is racing again this year, making him the only rider to participate in all eight editions. For his home race, Novák will be joined by his young countrymen Péter László and Lóránt Balazsi, Ukrainians Andrii Brataschuk and Oleksandr Prevar, and Moldavian Nicolae Tanovitchii.
    In this year's Tour of Bihor, Tanovitchii raised eyebrows by finishing second on the mountaintop finish at Stana de Vale, beaten only by Ivan Sosa, so he can be expected to be a good challenger on the climbs.

    #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 fourth year in a row.
    Geoffrey Kiprotich Langat from Kenya and Charles Kagimu from Uganda represent the African part of the team that also lines up the two Germans Daniel Bichlmann and Nikodemus Holler, who has already achieved several top-ten placings in Sibiu over the past years, and the Dutch climber Adne van Engelen.

    #mstina MSTina - Focus

    The new Romanian Continental team MSTina - Focus comes to Sibiu with a mixture of Romanian and Italian riders. Representing the home country are Raul Sînza, Emil Dima, and Vlad Dobre, reigning U23 national champion. For the latter two, it is already the third time they participate in the Sibiu Cycling Tour, despite their young age of 21 and 22.
    Andrea Ruscetta has also been in the race before, while it is the first participation for the two quick men of the team, Nicola Marini and Riccardo Stacchiotti. The Italian Stacchiotti is no stranger to racing in Romania though, having just won a stage in the Tour of Bihor, and Marini has been one of the most successful sprinters in the Asia Tour over the past years.
     
    #illuminate Team Illuminate

    For the American Continental team it will be the second start in the Sibiu Cycling Tour. In 2017 they won a stage with former Colombian champion Edwin Avila, taking the yellow leader's jersey for one day. And with Chris Horner, the 2013 winner of the Vuelta a España, just returning from a two-year hiatus from professional cycling, they even have a bigger name in their line-up this time.
    At his side, the 46-year-old US veteran will have Cameron Piper, former WorldTour rider Simon Pellaud, the two Colombians Félix Barón and Camilo Castiblanco and the sprinter Martin Laas from Estonia who is someone to watch out for on the final day of the race.
     
    #delta Delta Cycling Rotterdam

    For the Delta Cycling Rotterdam team it will be the first participation in the Sibiu Cycling Tour, but having just won stages and the overall in the prestigious Irish Rás Tailteann with Luuc Bugter and Jason van Dalen, the all-Dutch Continental outfit can hope for a good race.
    For all riders apart from Bugter and Adriaan Janssen, it will be the first race on this level though, so gaining experience is probably the main target for them and their young team mates Marijn van der Berg, Sjoerd Bax and Jens van den Dool.
     
    #akros Akros - Renfer SA

    Last year, the Swiss Continental team celebrated a double podium finish with Colin Stüssi and Valentin Baillafard, but since then the focus has been shifted to developing young riders, and all the riders on the start list are 22 years or younger.
    Just a week ago Stefan Bisseger won the U23 national time trial championships, and Robin Froidevaux came second in the road race, so both will want to make use of their good shape in Sibiu. Their team mates are Joël Suter, 2017 Swiss U23 hill climb champion, Justin Paroz, Lois Dufaux and Yannis Voisard.
     
    #amore Amore & Vita - Prodir

    Founded in 1990, Amore & Vita has a rich history in cycling, and with last year's runner-up Colin Stüssi in their ranks, they can hope for a successful début in Sibiu.
    The young Swiss can count on the support of the three Italians Mirko Trosino, Pierpaolo Ficara and Davide Gabburo.
     
    #wibatech Wibatech Merx 7r

    The all-Polish Wibatech Merx 7r team débuts in the Sibiu Cycling Tour with a mixture of young and experienced riders.
    Adrian Honkisz can look back on a long history on pro continental level with the CCC team, including winning the team time trial if the 2014 edition of the Sibiu Cycling Tour, and Bartosz Warchoł has also raced in Sibiu before. For the other riders, it will be their first time in Romania.
     
    #teamro National Team Romania

    The Romanian national team is a regular participant in the Sibiu Cycling Tour, and this year they line up a particular high-profile team to participate in the race, including last year's stage winner and reigning national champion Eduard Grosu, runner-up Daniel Crista and Marius Petrache, who was holding the title in the two years before.
    Grosu can be expected to be among the best in the sprint on the final day, and both he and Crista will also have an eye on the opening prologue. Valentin Pleșea, Dan-Mihai Băbăiță and Roland Horváth are the three other riders of the team.
     
    #teammd National Team Moldova

    The Moldovan national team is headed by Maxim Rusnac who finished tenth last year's edition. On his aim to reach another good result in the race the reigning national champion and winner of the mountain jersey in the Tour of Szeklerland will be supported by his talented young brother Veaceslav as well as Andrei Vrabii and Andrei Ruscov.

     
    The parcours

    The race starts tonight with an evening prologue in the Historic City Centre of Sibiu. 2.2 kilometres with seventeen turns and varying road surfaces will test the riders. Stage 1 on Friday, 6 July, covers 91.2 km from Sibiu to Bâlea Lac. Only the strongest climbers can hope to win at the top of the long climb up the Transfăgărășan Road (23.6 km). Saturday, 7 July, sees a 185.4-km stage from Sibiu to Păltiniș, finishing at the top of the climb to Sibiu's ski resort. On Sunday, 8 July, there will be a team time trial (9.6 km) in the morning and a 152.8-km road stage to finish the race.
    You can find a detailed presentation of the parcours above. All stages will be livestreamed on the race website and Facebook page as well as on gsp.ro and livestream.com.
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    Re: 2018 Sibiu Cycling Tour
    « Reply #3 on: June 28, 2018, 17:26 »
    Livestream schedule (Romanian time):
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    Re: 2018 Sibiu Cycling Tour
    « Reply #4 on: June 28, 2018, 17:54 »
    Does Horner ride? :angel
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    yep
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    « Reply #6 on: June 28, 2018, 18:46 »
    the startlist on the official website is more or less updated constantly, although not all teams are confirmed yet of course. It's looking pretty good so far I think
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    « Reply #7 on: July 03, 2018, 12:43 »
    I have to say - I didn't think about the race dates much at all - until now. Here I am, actually counting the days until the TdF.[1]What could be better timing to fill those days!

    Counting down: 1 day, 23 hours . . .
     1. Which, BTW, somewhat surprises even me. I rather prefer the Giro, and what with all the disappointment the Tour has brought these past several years. Well, hope springs eternal!
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    « Reply #8 on: July 04, 2018, 17:35 »
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    « Reply #9 on: July 04, 2018, 21:45 »
    Which of you two is doing comms? ;)
    Neither (so far).
    But Mihai aka. @faustocoppi60 was strongarmed into doing the interviews. :D
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    « Reply #10 on: July 05, 2018, 12:28 »
    Opening posts updated with startlist and team analysis.
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    Ballerini wins Sibiu Cycling Tour prologue

    The 2018 edition of the Sibiu Cycling Tour started with the traditional short prologue through the city centre this evening. Italian Davide Ballerini (Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec) took the victory and the first yellow jersey of the race.

    Finishing in 2:59.66 minutes, Ballerini was the only rider to stay below three minutes for the technical 2.2-kilometre parcours. Riccardo Stacchiotti from the Romanian MSTina - Focus team set an early benchmark that stood for a long time, but in the end he had to settle for second ahead of Ivar Slik (Monkey Town CT). Eduard Grosu (Romanian National Team) came in ninth and was the best-placed Romanian. Jens van den Dool (Delta Cycling Rotterdam) finished twelfth as the best U23 rider and will wear the orange jersey on stage 1.

    At 6 pm local time, Jan Rajchart (Elkov - Author) started the 2018 Sibiu Cycling Tour on the Piața Mare next to the Brukenthal National Museum. The finish of the prologue was just a few steps away, but the riders had to go through many of the narrow, cobbled streets in the Historical Centre to get there, also crossing the Piața Mare midway through the course and passing the Sibiu city wall. The evening sun was out, and there was a good atmosphere with lots of spectators who cheered on all the riders as they went past, making strong efforts to accelerate out of the many corners.

    Rajchart's time was quickly beaten by Stacchiotti, the second rider off the start ramp. Although many riders came close to his time of 3:01.78 throughout the stage, only the 23-year-old Ballerini was able to beat it right at the end. Ballerini will wear the yellow jersey of the race leader in tomorrow's stage 1 from Sibiu to Bâlea Lac. It is the biggest victory in his cycling career and the first one since joining the Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec team who could thus replicate their success from last year when Andrea Palini won the prologue.

    Just over a month ago, Ballerini won the combativity award and the intermediate sprint classifications in the Giro d'Italia. He was overjoyed to see his efforts finally transform into a stage victory: “It was a good course,” Ballerini said after the podium ceremony. “A bit crazy with all the turns, but I like the pavé and gave it my all. From tomorrow, it will be all for Sosa, so you may well see me pulling the peloton in the yellow jersey on the Transfăgărășan.”
     
    Prologue podium:
    1. #androni Davide Ballerini (ITA) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec 2:59.66
    2. #mstina Riccardo Stacchiotti (ITA) MSTina - Focus 3:01.78
    3. #monkey Ivar Slik (NED) Monkey Town CT 3:02.12

    Jersey wearers on stage 1:
    #yellow Davide Ballerini (ITA) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
    #orange Jens van den Dool (NED) Delta Cycling Rotterdam

    You can find the complete results here.
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    « Reply #12 on: July 05, 2018, 21:16 »


    Eduard Grosu (Romanian National Team) concentrating on the next turn
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    Tomáš Bucháček (Elkov - Author) rounding a corner near the medieval city wall
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    Nikodemus Holler (Bike Aid) in front of the Casa Altemberger
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    The stage podium (l-r): Riccardo Stacchiotti, Davide Ballerini, Ivar Slik
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    « Reply #13 on: July 07, 2018, 21:28 »
    Stage 2 cancelled due to weather??
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    « Reply #14 on: July 08, 2018, 06:40 »


    Sosa soars to victory on the Transfăgărășan

    Ivan Sosa won stage 1 of the 2018 Sibiu Cycling Tour, finishing at Bâlea Lac after a 23.7-km climb. Nobody could challenge the young Colombian when he attacked on the steep slopes of the Transfăgărășan Road, and he replicated the solo victory of his countryman Egan Bernal who won this stage last year, also riding for the Italian Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec team. Sosa also moved into the overall lead, taking the yellow leader's jersey off his team mate Davide Ballerini, winner of yesterday's prologue.

    The stage from Sibiu to Bâlea Lac was short at just 91.2 km, but certainly not easy. There was a high pace right from the start and a challenging mountaintop finish waiting at the end. Several riders tried to escape on the climb to Cisnădioara after just a few kilometres. Daniel Crista (Romanian National Team) and Adriaan Janssen (Delta Cycling Rotterdam) crested the climb together and then put their mark on the race for the next two hours.

    Crista won the first mountain sprint, and then the two shared the intermediate sprints, as Janssen explained after the finish: “We talked about it and decided not to battle for the points, but just go through the sprints as they came so as to not disrupt our cooperation.” Janssen won the first two intermediate sprint and Crista the third one, so Janssen now leads the sprint classification and will wear the blue jersey tomorrow. 30 km from the finish, the duo still had an advantage of over three minutes on the peloton, but with the Professional Continental teams set a high pace behind and the mountains looming on the horizon, they knew they would not compete for the stage victory.

    Crista dropped back quickly when road started to go uphill and was soon caught by the peloton. The Dutchman Janssen persisted a little while longer, but was eventually reeled in as Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec and CCC Sprandi Polkowice upped the pace. Yellow jersey Davide Ballerini was dropped inside the final 15 km, and the same happened to 2013 Vuelta a España winner Chris Horner a few kilometres later.

    Only some 15-20 riders were left in the peloton when Ivan Sosa made his first move with just over five kilometres to go. Maxim Rusnac (Moldavian National Team) and Amaro Antunes (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) kept up with the 20-year-old Colombian at first, but he soon shook them off with another attack. Rusnac and Antunes paid for their efforts on the final kilometres as they were passed by Aleksey Rybalkin (Gazprom - RusVelo), Antonio Santoro (Monkey Town CT) and the young Russian Aleksandr Vlasov (Gazprom - RusVelo). Meanwhile, Sosa steadily extended his gap and could celebrate a solo victory atop the long climb to Bâlea Lac, 38 seconds ahead of Rybalkin and 55 seconds ahead of Santoro.

    Sosa is now 45 seconds ahead of Rybalkin in the general classification and also leads the mountain and U23 classifications. Emil Dima (MSTina - Focus) finished 28th as the best Romanian. Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec Alessandro Spezialetti was a happy man after the podium ceremony: “We controlled the race on the climb, still had three riders in the first group with ten kilometres to go. When Ivan attacked, we were sure he would win.”

    Tomorrow, the race continues with stage 2. On 185.4 km, there are points on offer at three climbs and three intermediate sprints along the way before the 14.7-kilometre climb to Păltiniș (category A) will decide the winner.
     
    Stage 1 podium:
    1. #androni Ivan Ramiro Sosa (COL) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec 2:34:11
    2. #gazprom Aleksey Rybalkin (RUS) Gazprom - RusVelo 0:38
    3. #monkey Antonio Santoro (ITA) Monkey Town CT 0:55
     
    Jersey wearers on stage 2:
    #yellow Ivan Ramiro Sosa (COL) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
    #white Aleksey Rybalkin (RUS) Gazprom - RusVelo; leader is Ivan Ramiro Sosa
    #lblue Adriaan Janssen (NED) Delta Cycling Rotterdam
    #orange Aleksandr Vlasov (RUS) Gazprom - RusVelo; leader is Ivan Ramiro Sosa

    You can find the complete results here.
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    « Reply #15 on: July 08, 2018, 06:45 »


    Daniel Crista and Adriaan Janssen cooperated well in the breakaway
    Photo: Stuart Pickering




    Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec and Gazprom - RusVelo leading the peloton
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    Adriaan Janssen on the lower slopes of the Transfăgărășan Road
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    The peloton led by Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec on the Transfăgărășan Road
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    Ivan Sosa tore the peloton apart with his first attack
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    Ivan Sosa on his way to Bâlea Lac
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    Ivan Sosa is the new yellow jersey
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    Re: 2018 Sibiu Cycling Tour
    « Reply #16 on: July 08, 2018, 06:49 »
    Stage 2 cancelled due to bad weather

    Saturday's second stage of the Sibiu Cycling Tour from Sibiu to Păltiniş had to be cancelled due to bad weather. After approximately 125 km of the 185.4-kilometrestage, it started to rain heavily, the rain soon mixing with hail, lightning, and thunder. Due to the immense downpour, the visibility was down to less than 20 metres, oncoming traffic could no longer be controlled, and therefore the safety of the riders, motorbike marshals and race convoy could not be guaranteed. In coordination with the race organisers, the jury decided to apply the UCI Extreme Weather Protocol, declaring the stage null and void in accordance with article 2.2.029 of the UCI rulebook.

    The sign-in was at the Ambient shopping centre, and the real start was given after a neutral section through Sibiu. The stage started fast, and 47 km were covered in the first hour of racing. A breakaway of nine riders was established on the climb of Săcădate after 30 km: Franco Orocito (D'Amico - Utensilnord), Peter Schulting and Sven van Luijk (both Monkey Town CT), Josef Černý Elkov - Author), Patrick Tybor (Dukla Banská Bystrica), Martin Laas (Team Illuminate), Luuc Bugter (Delta Cycling Rotterdam), Robin Froidevaux (Akros - Renfer SA), and Adrian Honkisz (Wibatech Merx 7R) built a gap of up to five minutes in the rolling hills around Nocrich, Agnita, and Chirpăr.

    In the Olt valley, the peloton stepped up the chase and reduced the gap to about three minutes, but with 60 km to go, the race was suddenly engulfed by the violent thunderstorm. After neutralising the race at first, the jury quickly made the decision to cancel the stage completely and let the riders return to Sibiu in team cars and buses.

    Exiting Porumbacu de Jos, the driver of an oncoming vehicle ignored instructions to stop and crashed into one of the motorbike marshals. The marshal was taken to hospital for examination, and x-rays confirmed that he did not suffer any major injuries.

    Ivan Sosa (Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec) remains the overall leader going into the final day of racing on Sunday. In the morning, there is a 9.6-kilometre team time trial from Cisnădie to Sibiu, hopefully in better weather, and in the afternoon a road stage of 152.8 km starting and finishing on the Piața Mare in Sibiu will conclude the 2018 Sibiu Cycling Tour.
     
    Stage cancelled
     
    Jersey wearers on stage 3a:
    #yellow Ivan Ramiro Sosa (COL) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
    #white Aleksey Rybalkin (RUS) Gazprom - RusVelo; leader is Ivan Ramiro Sosa
    #lblue Adriaan Janssen (NED) Delta Cycling Rotterdam
    #orange Aleksandr Vlasov (RUS) Gazprom - RusVelo; leader is Ivan Ramiro Sosa

    You can find the complete results here.




    The break of nine riders when the sun was still out
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    The breakaway passing a medieval church
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    Re: 2018 Sibiu Cycling Tour
    « Reply #17 on: July 08, 2018, 06:58 »
    Stage 2 cancelled due to weather??
    The conditions were atrocious. Worst thunderstorm anybody in the race ever experienced.

    It went from a dry road to heavy rain within seconds, then came the first thundercrack, and then came the hail. Some riders had their lips chapped by the hailstones.
    Visibility was down to nothing, and the rain and hail was loud as well - we couldn't see nor hear the police car that was maybe ~15 m ahead of us even though they had all the lights flashing and horn sounding.

    The photographers couldn't take pictures anymore, so there's little in the way of documentation of the storm. But more importantly, the moto marshals couldn't see oncoming traffic until it literally on top of them. Impossible to secure the race in that weather, so the decision was made to cancel the stage.

    A couple of riders suffered chapped lips from the hail, #illuminate Cameron Piper described it like being shot on the arms and legs with an airsoft gun. Some riders even abandoned their bikes on the side of the road and went for shelter.


    A quick shot of the thunderstorm by Stuart Pickering:


    https://twitter.com/faustocoppi60/status/1015547853131927552

    https://twitter.com/faustocoppi60/status/1015549319817170944

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    « Reply #18 on: July 08, 2018, 22:29 »


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    The Polish Professional Continental team CCC Sprandi Polkowice won stage 3a of the 2018 Sibiu Cycling Tour, a 9.6-kilometre team time trial. Setting a time of 11:25.83 minute for the course between Cisnãdie to Sibiu, beating the Russian squad of Gazprom - RusVelo by nine seconds and Elkov - Author by 11 seconds.

    The Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec team finished fourth, defending the yellow jersey of Ivan Sosa in the morning stage.  The Colombian climber now has a 40-second lead over Aleksey Rybalkin in second with just the Sunday afternoon stage to go.

    In light rain, the Romanian national team was the first squad to start the race against the clock in Cisnãdie at 10 o'clock. Their time of 12:43.36 minutes was soon beaten by Slovakian Continental team Dukla Banska Bystrica. Delta Cycling Rotterdam, Akros - Renfer SA and Elkov - Author each improved on the time, taking over the lead in succession. The Czech Continental team's time of 11:36.60 minutes stood for a while and was only beaten by CCC Sprandi Polkowice and Gazprom-RusVelo right at the end.

    It was the first time since 2014 that the Sibiu Cycling Tour included a team time trial. Four years ago it was also the orange-clad Polish who won the TTT, and sports director Gabriele Missaglia was happy to repeat this success. Missaglia had high hopes for his team in yesterday's cancelled stage 2 to Păltiniş already, but only had to wait one more day to taste victory.

    The 2018 Sibiu Cycling Tour finishes later on Sunday with an evening stage of 152.8 km starting and finishing on the Piața Mare in the centre of Sibiu.
     
    Stage 3a podium:
    1. #ccc CCC Sprandi Polkowice (POL) 11:25.83
    2. #gazprom Gazprom - RusVelo (RUS) 11:34.60
    3. #elkov Elkov - Author (CZE) 11:36.60
     
    Jersey wearers on stage 3b:
    #yellow Ivan Ramiro Sosa (COL) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
    #white Aleksey Rybalkin (RUS) Gazprom - RusVelo; leader is Ivan Ramiro Sosa
    #lblue Adriaan Janssen (NED) Delta Cycling Rotterdam
    #orange Aleksandr Vlasov (RUS) Gazprom - RusVelo; leader is Ivan Ramiro Sosa
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    Daniel Crista finishes his turn for the Romanian national team
    Photo: Cristi Cojocariu




    MSTina - Focus on the flat part at the end of the course
    Photo: Dragoș Dumitru




    Félix Barón putting his head down for Team Illuminate
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    Tomáš Bucháček (Elkov - Author) concentrating ahead of the TTT
    Photo: Cristi Cojocariu




    Team Novák on the climb out of Cisnădie
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    CCC Sprandi Polkowice raced as a well-oiled unit
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    Gazprom - RusVelo on their way to second place
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    Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec with the yellow jersey Ivan Sosa
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    Surprise breakaway win on Piața Mare,
    Ivan Sosa wins overall

    Jason van Dalen won the final stage of the 2018 Sibiu Cycling Tour. Everybody expected a sprint finish on the Piața Mare in the Sunday evening stage, but the 24-year old rider from Delta Cycling Rotterdam just held off the peloton and took the win from an early breakaway. Van Dalen narrowly beat Eduard Grosu (Romanian National Team) and Davide Ballerini (Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec) who were part of the peloton oversprinting the other escapees, but just missed the Dutchman.

    Ivan Sosa (Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec) is the overall winner of the 2018 edition. Following in the footsteps of 2017 winner Egan Bernal who also raced for the Italian team, Sosa showed that he could handle the pressure. With a stage win at Bâlea Lac and a good team time trial, the Colombian held off Russians Aleksey Rybalkin and Aleksandr Vlasov (both Gazprom-RusVelo) who rounded off the podium.

    It is the second time in a row that an upcoming Colombian climber wins the Sibiu Cycling Tour. 2017 winner Bernal went on to a WorldTour contract and prestigious wins and is currently riding his début Tour de France with Team Sky, showing that the Sibiu Cycling Tour is a place for great talents to make their mark before stepping onto the big stage. This legacy continues as rumours of a WorldTour deal for Sosa are already making the rounds.

    The 2018 edition of the Sibiu Cycling Tour started on Thursday, 5 July, with a short and technical prologue in the Historical Centre of Sibiu, won by Davide Ballerini (Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec). His team mate Ivan Sosa took over when the race headed into the mountains on Friday, celebrating a solo victory at Bâlea Lac after attacking several times to drop all his rivals and taking a commanding overall lead.

    Since the following mountain stage to Păltiniș had to be cancelled due to bad weather, the overall classification saw no changes on Saturday. Sosa and his team comfortably defended his lead through Sunday morning's team time trial, won by CCC Sprandi Polkowice, and the final road stage of the race.

    On Stage 3b on Sunday afternoon, a breakaway of seven riders got clear soon after the first mountain sprint of the day at km 7.3. Francesco Bettini (D'Amico Utensilnord), Sven van Luijk (Monkey Town CT), Juraj Bellan (Dukla Banská Bystrica), Félix Barón (Team Illuminate), Jason van Dalen (Delta Cycling Rotterdam), Stefan Bisseger (Akros - Renfer SA), and Wojciech Sykała (Wibatech Merx 7r) cooperated well and had a maximum advantage of 4:40 minutes on the peloton, but the situation nevertheless looked to be under control for the sprinters' teams.

    But the chase turned out to be more difficult than expected on the rain-soaked roads, parts of which were even flooded by runoff from the hills along the race route. The gap was still at two minutes with 15 km to go, and at the ten-kilometre mark atop the unclassified climb of Dealul Dăii, the breakaway still enjoyed a lead of 1:19 minutes, and the seven riders continued to work together for a good result.

    The sprinters' teams gave it their all on the run-in through the streets of Sibiu, but at the last corner with 500 metres to go, the break was still five seconds ahead. Van Dalen dug deep on the cobbled, slightly uphill, distancing his breakaway companions and holding off Grosu by around five metres at the finish to take the biggest win of his career so far.

    The Dutchman had already shown his strength by winning the only intermediate sprint of the stage while the three category C mountain sprints went to Adrian Kurek (CCC Sprandi Pokowice), Bissegger, and Wojciech Sykała.

    Apart from the stage win, Delta Cycling Rotterdam also took home the blue jersey as Adriaan Janssen won the intermediate sprint classification. Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec had even more reason to celebrate as Ivan Sosa won not only the general classification but also took the white mountain jersey, the orange jersey for the best U23 rider, and the green jersey for the points classification. With two riders on the overall podium, Russian Professional Continental team Gazprom - RusVelo won the team classification, and Emil Dima (MSTina - Focus) could don the red jersey for the best Romanian rider.

    “Every victory is important for a cyclist, and I am happy to win here,” Ivan Sosa said after the podium ceremony. “I will now take a short break from racing and go home to Colombia for some weeks, then I race the Vuelta a Burgos. After that, the Tour de l'Avenir is a big goal for me.”

    Stage winner Jason van Dalen told the story of the breakaway win: “I was in front from km 13, so it was a long day in the rain, but we had a good understanding in the break. My sports director told me that if we survived the last climb and had more than a minute at the top, we can make it. There were no tactical plays, everybody was riding all-out for a possible top-ten result. I think I was the best sprinter in the group, and looking back in the last corner I could see the peloton coming. I waited for the right moment, gave it all I had, and it was just enough to win.”

    Romanian champion Eduard Grosu was disappointed with his second place: “It was a crazy stage, the second day in the rain. But my team mates on the Romanian national team did a good job, they were at the front of the peloton together with CCC Sprandi Polkowice from the start to the finish. In the last turn, two motorbikes slowed down in front of me, and I lost a bit of ground there. I think I could have beaten van Dalen without that. I am looking forward to next year and hope to win a stage again in 2019.”
     
    Stage 3b podium:
    1. #delta Jason van Dalen (NED) Delta Cycling Rotterdam 3:26:39
    2. #teamro Eduard Michael Grosu (ROU) Romanian National Team s.t.
    3. #androni Davide Ballerini (ITA) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec s.t.

    Final overall podium:
    1. #androni Ivan Ramiro Sosa (COL) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec 6:15:41
    2. #gazprom Aleksey Rybalkin (RUS) Gazprom - RusVelo 6:16:21
    3. #gazprom Aleksandr Vlasov (RUS) Gazprom - RusVelo 6:16:37
     
    Jersey and trophy winners:
    #yellow Ivan Ramiro Sosa (COL) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
    #white Ivan Ramiro Sosa (COL) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
    #lblue Adriaan Janssen (NED) Delta Cycling Rotterdam
    #orange Ivan Ramiro Sosa (COL) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
    #green Ivan Ramiro Sosa (COL) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
    #red Emil Dima (ROU) MSTina - Focus
    #grey Gazprom - RusVelo (RUS)

    You can find the complete results here.
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    Re: 2018 Sibiu Cycling Tour
    « Reply #21 on: July 08, 2018, 23:00 »


    The peloton in the rain
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    Eduard Grosu near the front of the peloton
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    The breakaway of seven put in a strong effort in spite of the weather
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    Chris Horner (Team Illuminate) picks his line carefully on a descent
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    A CCC Sprandi Polkowice rider trying to stay out of a puddle
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    Ettore Carlini (D'Amico Utensilnord) on the flooded road
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    The peloton goes through another puddle
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    Jason van Dalen attacks on the drag to the finish
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    Eduard Grosu surges past the escapees on the final 500 metres
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    The stage podium (l-r): Eduard Grosu, Jason van Dalen, Davide Ballerini
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    Sosa celebrates his win with the Colombian flag
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    Adriaan Janssen receives his blue jersey for the intermediate sprint classification
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    Emil Dima puts on the red jersey for the best Romanian
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    Gazprom - RusVelo win the team classification
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    Commissaires, motorbike marshals, race staff, and volunteers get a round of applause
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    Re: 2018 Sibiu Cycling Tour
    « Reply #22 on: July 09, 2018, 09:11 »
    Despite Savio saying that Sosa will be staying another year, I think it's the right time for him to make that move. To Trek or elsewhere.

    Would he gain much by staying on when there are no more worlds (well just 1 or 2 a season) to conquer at this level? Better to make the move and increase the competitive horizons along with all the improvements in training, support etc.
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    Re: 2018 Sibiu Cycling Tour
    « Reply #23 on: July 09, 2018, 09:29 »
    Despite Savio saying that Sosa will be staying another year, I think it's the right time for him to make that move. To Trek or elsewhere.

    Would he gain much by staying on when there are no more worlds (well just 1 or 2 a season) to conquer at this level? Better to make the move and increase the competitive horizons along with all the improvements in training, support etc.
    I fully agree.
    And if Savio has him under contract for another year, he can cash in by letting him leave now ...
    :betting :D
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