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TBM – Prêt et fort pour la Paris–Nice 2019!

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Thursday, 7th March 2019 – The 77th edition of Paris-Nice will take place from Sunday, 10th March to Sunday, 17th March 2019. Beside the Grand Tours, it is one of the most famous and important stage races on the UCI cycling calendar.

 

Paris-Nice will tackle a terrain more familiar to very skilled riders than just to climbers when the race goes up to the Turini pass on the penultimate day of the 77th edition.. The Pelasque climb, training ground for the many pro cyclists who live in the area, could be a launch-pad for the main contenders in that last stage before the finale around Nice.

The 2019 edition of Paris-Nice sets off in Saint-Germain-en-Laye on Sunday 10 March to arrive in Nice on the 17th. The final weekend is, in theory, spectacular. A huge mountain stage with summit finish at the Turini Pass and the last day serves an explosive out-and-back race in the hills above Nice.

Following a number of chances for the fast men, Paris-Nice is testing more demanding terrain in the 4th stage. The race starts in Vichy, moves through the vineyards of Condrieu, and concludes with a bumpy circuit around Pélussin. The Côte de Chavanay – 3.1 kilometers at 4.9% – is crested just before the finish line.

Supposedly, one of the possible key moments in terms of the GC-battle will be Stage 5, which is an 25.5 kilometers individual time trial in the heart of the Massif de la Montagnette. The route features an intermediate climb to the Abbaye de Saint-Michel de Frigolet, while the last meters are also uphill.

Stage 6 is far from just a flat one, but a bunch sprint is a likely outcome. The finish in Brignoles will trigger many sprinters for their fireworks at the same finish like here atTour de France in 2009.

Stage 7 takes in five intermediate climbs to conclude on the spectacular Turini Pass. It is the first time the peloton confronts this pass in the Race to the Sun, although the Tour de France included the climb to an elevation of 1,607 metres in 1948, 1950 and 1973. The final haul up is 14.9 kilometres and the average gradient sits at 7.3%, while the ascent features 3 kilometres at over 10%.

The last stage is identical to last years’. So it is a short and explosive race with six intermediate climbs. Col des Quatre Chemins is the ultimate ascent – 5.5 kilometres at 5.5% – before the finale is a 9 kilometres descent into Nice.

 

BAHRAIN MERIDA – Prêt et fort pour la Paris–Nice 2019.!

A strong team with two of our GC leaders; Domenico Pozzovivo and Dylan Teuns and our strongest sprinter, Sonny Colbrelli had all shown a very high form at the first part of the season. Domenico Pozzovivo at Tour of Down Under and GC podium in Oman and Sonny Colbrelli a victory in Oman. Dylan Teuns had shown us few days ago at Het Nieuwsblad Omloop by reaching 5th place and Ivan Cortina at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne by good performance reaching that their form is uprising as well. Two experienced and skilled riders as Heinrich Haussler and Kristijan Koren worked hard on a high level at all races so far and at the training camps and our young rider,  Domen Novak is prepared well and ready to show his big potentials and support at the climbs and descents of the upcoming race “Paris-Nice”.

 

Franco Pellizotti, TBM Sports director said: «It is a very important race for our team. We aim to run like a really strong team all the way to Nice. Our abbitions are to have stage victories with Sonny Colbrelli at easier and flat stages and we see Domenico Pozzovivo and Dylan Teuns as our contenders for podium in the general classification. All other riders from our lineup will play important role at every stage. Their hard work may be of a big importance for the final classification of one of our leaders».

 

Rik Verbrugghe shares same thoughts as his sports director colleague: “We see Domenico Pozzovivo and Dylan Teuns to run for GC and Sonny Colbrelli for the sprint stage victories. It is a hard race with hard stages and various weather conditions and I believe that our team is ready for all these challenges that are ahead of us.”

 

TBM lineup;

Heinrich Haussler / Kristijan Koren / Dylan Teuns / Sonny Colbrelli / Domenico Pozzovivo / Ivan Cortina / Domen Novak