Preview: Tour of Slovenia

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The Tour of Slovenia gets underway on Wednesday 13 June and Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka look forward to racing this UCI 2.1 event once again.

The Tour of Slovenia will see a strong field descend upon Lendava for the first of 5 stages, starting on Wednesday. The Slovenian national tour, while only a UCI 2.1 category event, has grown in stature primarily due to its timing before the Tour de France and the organisation putting on a great show in a beautiful country.

As was the case last year, Mark Cavendish will use the Tour de Slovenia as part of his build up to the Tour de France. Mark Renshaw will line-up alongside our Manxman too, with the remainder of our roster being completed by Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier, Natnael Berhane, Jaco Venter and Johann van Zyl.

Not only will there be a stronger field at this year’s edition of the race, but the race has also been lengthened from 4 stages to 5, with the addition of an individual time trial. The opening two stages present opportunities for the sprinters, followed by 2 stages more suited to the punchers. The final stage, 21km TT will no doubt decide the overall classification.

Roger Hammond – Sport Director

It’s great to be in Slovenia again, it’s a beautiful part of the world to race bikes. Tour of Slovenia is obviously a key race for us as it is part of Mark’s build up to the Tour. So essentially, that is what we will be doing in Slovenia, building towards the Tour by going through our race processes and finding that rhythm.

Lineup:
Mark Cavendish
Mark Renshaw
Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier
Natnael Berhane
Jaco Venter
Johann van Zyl

Artwork explained:
Ljubljana is Slovenia’s capital and largest city. It hosts the departure of stage 4 of the Tour of Slovenia.
Its famous Dragon bridge opened in 1901. The arch bridge was an architectural and engineering fillip of the time.
Back in the 1960’s renowned Slovenian architect Edvard Ravnikar played a role in the Ljubljana’s cycle track development.
In 2017 it was voted the 8th most bike friendly city.
Pronounced, Leeoop-leeanna, the name has various meanings but its Slavic origin of “Ljub” means “To Love, like”.
We are pretty sure everyone racing will love Ljubljana and the rest of bike-friendly Slovenia too.