Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team | DUBAI TOUR :: January 31st – February 4th
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DUBAI TOUR :: January 31st – February 4th

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BAHRAIN MERIDA Pro Cycling Team preparing for the first Middle East race in this season
Thursday, 26th January – While The Vuelta a San Juan is in full motion, another group of riders is
already concentrated on the first Middle East race this season – the fourth edition of the Dubai
Borut Božič (SI), Grega Bole (SI), Ivan Garcia Cortina (IT), Sonny Colbrelli (IT), Chun Kai Feng
(Taiwan), Enrico Gasparotto (IT), David Per (SI) and Luka Pibernik (SI) are the team members that
will be on the start line on 31st January in Dubai, under the leadership of Italian Sports Director
Alberto Volpi. In five days riders will ride through five stages, which is one more than last year,
four of them being sprint stages and one Medium Mountain Stage. Total length of the race is 863
Alberto Volpi commented: “It is the first time that the team will perform in Middle East, so one of
the goals, besides trying to win a stage, is to show the strength and motivation of the team to the
home audience. The 4th stage (Hatta), the only Medium Mountain Stage, with a summit finish,
might be a good chance for two of the riders – Colbrelli and Gasparotto. Our leader will be
Colbrelli, but each member of the team will be important. I expect good performance from
Gasparotto and Bole that will be the 2 vice captains. The condition of all the riders is good, and
they are full of expectation, since this is their first race in the season, except for Feng who was
already in Australia.”
Before the race Colbrelli said: “I feel ready for the race. I have good sensations. I will try to give my
best for the team.” Gasparotto added: “Despite my 13 years as a professional rider, the upcoming
Dubai Tour will be a new experience for me, I have never been there before. So I’m quite excited
because I’m starting my 13th season with this new team from Middle East in a Middle East race. All
these things together are right ingredients to give me a lot of enthusiasm! My personal form is not
at 100% yet, but I have worked good during the winter so I’m confident that I’m working in the
right way and even more confident about the shape of my younger team-mates. We are a real
unite group of guys, we trained super good together in Spain last week and we are looking forward
to start the season!”