Strong field for 2016 Sibiu Cycling Tour
An international peloton will line up in Sibiu on 6th July for the 6th Sibiu Cycling Tour. The defending champion Mauro Finetto returns with his new team Unieuro Wilier, and he will be challenged by six Professional Continental Teams, nine other Continental Teams and two national selections.
Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec will bring Romanian rider Serghei Țvetcov who will be keen to improve on his 3rd place overall from 2015. CCC Sprandi Polkowice from Poland have a former winner of the race in Davide Rebellin as well as a number of other climbers and sprinters, they will return for their fourth edition of the race. Giro d’Italia wildcard Gazprom – RusVelo bring the 10th place from 2015, Sergey Nikolaev, and sprinter Ivan Savitskiy.
Romanian sprinter Eduard Michael Grosu will lead the Nippo – Vini Fantini team; new Pro Continental Team ONE Pro Cycling will also send a strong squad. Southeast – Venezuela, the winning team of 2015, will line up with a.o. Matteo Busato, 5th overall in 2014, and young Colombian climber Daniel Martínez.
Christina Jewelry Pro Cycling will be spearheaded by Stefan Schumacher, 7th overall in 2013. The Cycling Academy Team from Israel has a very international squad including Guillaume Boivin or Dan Craven. D’Amico Bottecchia’s leader Antonino Parrinello finished 4th overall last year and returns hungry for more.. Dukla Banská Bystrica is a new Slovakian team; its predecessor was a mainstay of the race, and Maroš Kováč won the prologue in 2013.
The Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team won a stage in 2014 and put Jasper Ockeloen into the top-10; they’ll return with ambitions to enjoy similar success. Stradalli – Bike Aid is a mix of German riders and African talents such as Meron Amanuel or Richard Laizer. Norwegian Team Ringeriks-Kraft are another regular feature of the race; with a.o. Audun Brekke Fløtten or Njål Kleiven, they are guaranteed to race offensively. Team Soigneur – Copenhagen Pro Cycling are a new Danish Continental team with several talented riders including U23 national team rider Rasmus Bøgh Wallin.
The Tușnad Cycling Team with Andrei Nechita, Daniel Crista or Paralympic gold medalist Carol Eduard Novak combine a strong Romanian presence with a number of young Spanish talents. Unieuro Wilier with defending champion Mauro Finetto and last year’s youth jersey winner Giovanni Carboni will try their best against the strong professional teams. A Bulgarian national team around Stefan Koychev Hristov will cross the Danube and the Carpathians, and finally a Romanian national selection gathers the strongest domestic riders to give them the opportunity to race against international competition.
As is traditional by now, the race will start on Wednesday, 6th July 2016, with a technical 2.3-km prologue on the cobbled streets of the historical centre of Sibiu. Following that is the first full road stage over 188 km, with the new climb of Gura Raului within the final 20 km before a sprint finish on the Bulevardul Victoriei.
The long and mountainous stage 2 will shake up the general classification: 231 km including four category 1 climbs, with a finish at the mountain resort of Păltiniș (1438 m). Saturday sees an all-new mountain time trial on the Transfăgărășan Road, using the last 7.5 km of the climb to Bâlea Lac (2040 m). This time trial will decide the overall winner in a stunning landscape.
On Sunday, 10th July, the race ends with a 143.1-km in the surroundings of Sibiu, starting with five laps of a circuit to settle the secondary classifications, then returning to the city for the challenging uphill sprint on the Piața Mare.