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TBM looking forward to Basque Country challenges with Dennis, Teuns and motivated lineup

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The 59th ITZULIA Vuelta at the Pais Vasco 2019 – six stages from Monday, 8th. April until Saturday, 13th, April – starting from the traditional, but technically very demanding individual time trial 11.2 km in Zumarraga.

Six stages and 784 km in the Basque Country, a mountainous area, with few flat stages, and thus the event favors those riders who are strong at the climbs. Most ascents in the Tour are not particularly high by professional cycling standards, but are often quite steep and demanding.

TBM Sport director Gorazd Štangelj:

“If we look at our lineup, already the first ITT stage is one of our main goals with Rohan Dennis, the time trail UCI World champion and Rohan will try do the best possible result with always present appetite for the victory and highest possible placement.

This race is one of the toughest races on the international calendar and also this year’s edition presents many very challenging climbs. Starting from the first stage that could already be decisive in delineating the possible winners.

Our GC leader at this race will be Dylan Teuns. After Paris –Nice race, Dylan had a flu and hopefully he recovered well. He had good trainings lately and I believe he is in good shape and strong and consistent as always.

The configuration of these stages ahead of us might also be suitable to believe in Grega Bole and Luka Pibernik for their good performances and grabbing their chances at some stages and their continuous duty of giving support to Dylan Teuns.

Mark Padun and Stephen Williams are two our two returnee riders after longer absence due to their injuries and we all believe that they will show their uprising shape. We believe that Mark and Stephen will use this race to have an optimal and smooth plug-in back into the competition. Meiyin Wang had a good preparation period, but unluckily had coccyx injury, but we hope he will do his best to give a support to our GC and the whole team.

All in all I expect a very hard and demanding week as Basque Country race always is, but we are here to fight and look for our opportunities”


TBM line-up for Vuelta al Pais Vasco 2019:  

Stephen Williams – Grega Bole – Rohan Dennis – Dylan Teuns – Mark Padun – Luka Pibernik – Meiyin Wang