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Team Saxo-Tinkoff's Nicholas Roche demonstrated aggression from the start of today's 168 kilometer long hilly 16th stage of Tour de France starting in Vaison La Romaine and with finish line in Gap and the French Irishman participated in the long-lasting break with 25 other riders.
The sport management of Team Saxo-Tinkoff has named the nine riders, who will represent the Danish based outfit in this year's Vuelta a Espana.
It's Vuelta a Espana time! On Saturday, the race is launched with a team time trial over 27 kilometers – a brutal start, which might result in time gaps in the GC from the start. The team time trial is followed by the third stage's first category uphill finish. In addition, the classification will be turned upside down in the mountainous terrain on stage 8, 10 and on the time trial on stage eleven, while stages 14,15,16 and 20 will be very difficult for the riders who have peaked too early.
Saturday, 8th of June, Team Saxo-Tinkoff are rolling out on the Swiss roads to do another warm-up race for this year's Tour de France. Tour de Suisse is launched with an 8-kilometer long prologue in Quinto and the very next day, the heavier riders can kiss the chance of conquering the overall lead goodbye as the second stage holds an uphill finish on Crans Montana - a more than 10-kilometer long first category climb.
Today, the Team Saxo-Tinkoff's Giro d'Italia riders embraced and enjoyed the rest day after two weeks of hard racing in mountainous terrain and all sorts of different weather conditions from high sun to snow and everything in between. Sports director, Lars Michaelsen says:
Team Saxo-Tinkoff's Manuele Boaro showed his aggressive side on today's 212 kilometer long third stage of Giro d'Italia between Sorrento and Marina di Ascea where the Saxo-Tinkoff Italian participated in the long-lasting break. The many climbs along the way caused trouble for the sprinters in the field who had a rough time clinging to the peloton on the slopes. On the descents, it was risky business bridging the gaps.
Besides being a demanding French stage race with great prestige, the Criterium Dauphiné launched this Sunday functions as a warm-up race for the GC riders in the Tour de France starting in just a month from now.
The only 109 kilometer long 21st and final stage of the Vuelta a Espana to Madrid was the usual parade until entering the streets of the Spanish capital where the field was cheered on by thousands of spectators. After Euskaltel took the first lap of honour in Madrid, Francisco Aramendia (Caja Rural) and Alessandro Vanotti (Astana) established a long-lasting front duo.
Watch the exclusive new video of Team Saxo-Tinkoff Head Chef Hannah Alexandra Grant Like in all sports involving racing fuel is of the essens. Without fuel or in the case of Head Chef Hannah Alexandra Grant - food - the Team Saxo-Tinkoff riders will not be able to ride. Ask any rider which race ingredient is one of the most important, and you will be surprised to hear it is not strictly about the bike but food. And lots of it.
Riis Cycling, the company behind the World Tour team, Team Saxo-Tinkoff, strengthen its organization. Gawie Nienaber has joined the board of directors of Group Riis and is due to serve as Chairman of the Board of the companies in the Group, including Riis Cycling.
Today, Riis Cycling has decided to end its ongoing negotiations with Tinkoff Bank, a Co-Title sponsor since the 2012 Tour de France of the Danish-based World Tour team, relating to the extension of Tinkoff Bank's sponsorship beyond the end of 2013.
Team Saxo-Tinkoff Italian, Daniele Bennati was in the long-lasting breakaway on today's 167 kilometer long 10th stage of the Giro d'Italia from Cordenons to the first category uphill finish in Altopiano del Montasio by the Italian/Slovenian border. But it was teammate, Rafal Majka stealing the picture at the end of the stage.
Today, the Giro d'Italia peloton was met with a 177 kilometer long highly undulating course going north from Marina di San Salvo to the finish line in Pescara on the Italian east coast to a hectic and dramatic finale.
Neopros Pawel Poljanski and Michael Kolar joins Team Saxo-Tinkoff. The two young riders have both agreed to deals, that will keep them in the team in the coming two seasons.
Russian entrepreneur Oleg Tinkov has finalized a buy out of Riis Cycling A/S. Oleg Tinkov now is therefore the sole owner of Riis Cycling, the company behind the professional cycling team, which name has been changed to Tinkoff Sport A/S.
Tour de France has always been considered The Greatest Cycling Show On Earth, but rarely has anticipation been as high as for Edition 100 in just under 2 weeks. French/Irishman Nicolas Roche knows this, and has been preparing for it for a long time. In this exclusive video Nicolas Roche talks about life as a Domestique to Alberto Contador during Tour de France, and the process of further developing as a rider. As a native Irish having lived in France for 8 years, France is still very close to Roche's heart, and his role as support to Alberto Contador in France during Tour de France has made a significant change on his perspective as a rider.
The 38 year-old quadruple Danish national champion Nicki Sorensen is looking forward to another season on the team he has been a part of since 2001 and the always loyal veteran here takes a look in the rearview mirror of the past season: