More than three years after the demise of Cult Energy Pro Cycling, there is again a professional Danish cycling team to start in an international race.
It happens when Riwal Readynez Sunday for the first time running with the status of prokontinentalhold after the transition to cycling's second level.
the Team sæsondebuterer in the traditional Trofeo Laigueglia, which is a more than 200 kilometres far endagsløb in the north-west of Italy.
- We are humble and is the new boy in class, but it is a position I like to be in, says sports director Michael Blaudzun.
The former World Tour rider Jonas Aaen is the most experienced man in the a squad, which counts well-known Danish names such as Alexander Battle, Emil Vinjebo, Nicolai Brøchner and Rasmus Quaade.
The Swedish champion Lucas Eriksson and the Norwegian Sindre Lunke completes the seven-man team to sæsondebuten.
- I have had the opportunity to see people depends on our training camp in Spain, and I'm really satisfied with the level, " says Blaudzun.
Sunday's route contains a series of small increases, among other things, to the riders over a final hill four times, and, therefore, can purist sprinters hardly make itself felt.
Sports director Michael Blaudzun instructs his riders before a training ride in the Costa Blanca in January. To the right is the Alexander Fight, which is one of the riders, Blaudzun expect most of in-season. Photo: Ernst van Norde.
Blaudzun has a good eye for Sindre Lunke.
- He showed a really high level in Spain. Emil Vinjebo has also been running really well up ad. I have an expectation that the two of them sitting where they need to last, says sportsdirektøren.
A joker is the Alexander Fight, there was the number 18 in last year's edition of the race. But the former champion was in the January set forth of the disease, and his current level is uncertain.
Blaudzun is excited on seeing it again with the Brøchner, who have returned to the Riwal Readynez after a season on an american team.
- I hope he has the same level as the last time he drove for us. He will come with up over the last rise, he is perhaps one of the field's fastest riders after a hard race, assess sportsdirektøren.
the Trofeo Laigueglia was run for the first time in 1965 and has a long list of prominent names on the list of previous winners.
Eddy Merckx has won the race two times, and the same with Rolf Sørensen. Also Freddy Maertens, Lance Armstrong, Johan Museeuw and Michele Bartoli has triumphed at the finish line in Laigueglia.
Among the teams on the start list on Sunday, there are two with World Tour status. It is the two French teams AG2R and FDJ.
Riwal Readynez Cycling Team 2019
Jim Veyhe (Faroe islands)
Jonas Aaen Jørgensen
Lukas Eriksson (Sweden)
Tobias Mørch Kongstad
Sindre Lunke (Norway)
Rasmus Bøgh Wallin
Kim Magnusson (Sweden)
Krister Hagen (Norway)
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