Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team | A fight for a green jersey of 26th Tour of Slovenia starts this Wednesday
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A fight for a green jersey of 26th Tour of Slovenia starts this Wednesday

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26th Tour of Slovenia cycling race will take place from June 19th until June 23rd across five stages and numerous new routes and destinations.

A fight for the green jersey will begin on Wednesday, June 19th, in the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana. 171 km long 1st stage to Rogaška Slatina will be predominantly dynamic and, for sure, technically interesting due to ascent to the mountain at Sevnica and demanding route through Podčetrtek and Kozjansko. “We expect it will finish with a group sprint,” said Sports Director Gorazd Štangelj.

On the 2nd stage from Maribor to Celje on June 20th, the cyclists will have to deal with shorter climbs and descents and there will be plenty of opportunities for escapes. In the last part of 146,3 km long stage, the ascent from Štore to Celjska koča awaits the riders and this not very demanding climb suits Grega Bole. This year, the stage finish will be in Celje’s city centre and the cyclists will have to tackle 8 kilometres long round through the city streets, which in a way gives the sprinters the opportunity to join the battle for the stage victory.

3rd stage with its 169,8 km assures to be extremely interesting, and will give the first outlines who could compete for the final victory. After a start in Žalec and a neutral ride, the riders will pass through central Slovenia and Gorenjska to the finish of the stage in Idrija. “This and the next stage are for the climbers and we will see how high the Domen Novak can get in the GC, otherwise we will go for a breakaway”, commented Sports Director Gorazd Štangelj.

153,9 km long 4th stage from Nova Gorica to Ajdovščina is quite a difficult and interesting stage because allows the possibility of escapes. Goriška Brda in the first part of the stage, followed by the Karst and finally the Vipava valley with the ascent to Predmeja, which is the highest point of the Slovenian tour this year.

The last part of the “Fight for green” cycling tour will start in Trebnje. The final 5th stage of 167,3 km will take cyclists through Čatež and Ivančna Gorica back to Trebnje and then to Bela krajina. In front of Črnomelj, there will be the penultimate climb at this year’s race. After the intermediate sprint in Metlika, cyclists are waiting for the ascent to the Gorjanci and the stage finish in the city of Novo mesto. In spite of the vibrant field at the end of the race, the sprint of the main group is expected. “Like 1ststage, this will be an opportunity for Phil Bauhaus to make a difference”, concluded the strategy Gorazd Štangelj.

With two natives on board, TBM riders are Yukiya Arashiro, Phil Bauhaus, Grega Bole, Heinrich Haussler, Domen Novak and Marcel Sieberg.