2019 Sibiu Cycling Tour

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03 iulie 2019
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07 iulie 2019

Sibiu Cycling Tour 2019 - D-1:
Ready to race

This week the Transylvanian heart of Romania will once again see five days of top-level racing, and 19 teams have just arrived in Sibiu for tomorrow's start of the ninth edition of the Sibiu Cycling Tour. A short time trial, two potential sprint finishes and two mountain-top arrivals are on the schedule for the international field of riders, before the winner of the 2.1 category UCI stage race will be crowned on the Piața Mare on Sunday, July 7th.

19 teams to be presented today

In the bright sunshine of Sibiu's old town, the teams from all over the world will be presented at the team presentation on the Piața Mare tonight, starting at 20:20 local time. The high profile field includes two Professional Continental teams, 15 Continental teams and two national teams:

Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
Gazprom - RusVelo
Adria Mobil
AKROS - Thömus
Amore & Vita - Prodir
CCC Development Team
Cycling Team Friuli
D'Amico - UM Tools
Elkov - Author Cycling Team
Giotti Victoria
Massi Vivo - Grupo Oresy
Monkey Town - à Bloc Continental Team
Pannon Cycling Team
Sangemini - Trevigiani - MG.K Vis Vega
Team Novák
National Team Romania
National Team Ukraine

Unfortunately Team Illuminate and Interpro Cycling Academy had to cancel their participation at short notice.

The contenders

Over the past years, the young Colombians from Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec have taken over the Sibiu Tour, and team manager Gianni Savio will come to the race with no other aim but to keep his winning streak alive. His new sensation Daniel Muñoz has just won the Cycling Tour of Bihor at the beginning of June, and the 22-year-old from Antioquia will have a strong team at his side to make it three in a row for the Pro Continental outfit.

As there's no clear favorite in sight with none of the past three years' top 3 on the start list, Muñoz will have to keep an eye on a wide open field of potential contenders, though. There are various riders who could fight for the win under the right circumstances, among them Attila Valter (CCC Development Team), Pierpaolo Ficara (Amore & Vita - Prodir) or Karel Hník (Elkov - Author Cycling Team). Another one is Radoslav Rogina (Adria Mobil), the only former winner to compete in the race. Rogina turned 40 in March, but his second place in the National Championship of Croatia last weekend shows that he is definitely not on the shelf yet, and the possibility to become the first double winner of the Sibiu Cycling Tour will increase his motivation further.

The best hope for the home nation is Serghei Țvetcov (National Team Romania), who came 3rd in the 2015 edition of the race and won the Turul Romaniei in 2018. Emil Dima (Giotti Victoria) has also made big steps over the past years, finishing sixth in the very same race last year, only 27 seconds behind Țvetcov. Maybe the young Romanian can spring a surprise.

For the potential sprint finishes, as usual, Eduard Grosu (National Team Romania) lines up with the aim to win them all. Strong sprinters like former WorldTour stage winner Matteo Pelucchi (Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec), Riccardo Stacchiotti (Giotti Victoriar), Leonardo Bonifazio (Sangemini - Trevigiani - MG.K Vis Vega) or the new Polish champion Michał Paluta (CCC Development Team) will have different ideas though - as will those teams always keen to attack, for instance the young Italian Cycling Team Friuli, Team Novák or Monkey Town - à Bloc.

The 2019 Sibiu Cycling Tour parcours

The 2019 edition offers opportunities for climbers and sprinters alike. The race starts with the traditional technical prologue through the Historic Centre of Sibiu, followed by a road stage that is expected to end in a sprint. Two climbing stages with mountaintop finishes at Bâlea Lac and Păltiniș will decide the general classification, and the race ends with a stage finishing in a sprint on the Piața Mare in the centre of Sibiu.
3 July Prologue: Historic City Centre of Sibiu, 2.5 km
4 July Stage 1: Sibiu - Sibiu, 191.8 km
5 July Stage 2: Sibiu - Bâlea Lac, 163.3 km
6 July Stage 3: Sibiu - Păltiniș, 159.4 km
7 July Stage 4: Sibiu - Sibiu, 169.5 km

Sibiu Cycling Tour palmarès

2011 Alessio Marchetti (Centro Revisioni Cerone)
2012 Victor de la Parte (SP Tableware)
2013 Davide Rebellin (CCC Polsat - Polkowice)
2014 Radoslav Rogina (Adria Mobil)
2015 Mauro Finetto (Southeast)
2016 Nikolay Mihaylov (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)
2017 Egan Bernal (Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia)
2018 Ivan Sosa (Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec)

Locatie: Sibiu

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