841 kilometres long race is now in the UCI HC category, but keeps the format with five stages. 18 teams are signed for the race, including five World Tour teams: BORA – hansgrohe, Mitchelton – Scott, Bahrain – Merida, Team Dimension Data & UAE Team Emirates. Press conference took place in the building of Telekom Slovenije, main sponsor of the race.
“2019 edition of the tour is certainly different than the past editions and will take us around Slovenia in a new, special way. Race will start in capital Ljubljana and finish in Rogaška Slatina on the first they, then we’ll go from Maribor to Celje and from Žalec to Idrija. On Saturday we start in Nova Gorica, on the boarder with Italy, and finish in Ajdovščina. Last day is reserved for stage from Trebnje to Novo mesto. There will be no big climbs and no time-trial on this year’s edition, so the battle for the overall victory will last from start to finish, literally on the every meter of the course. Difficulty will increase with each of the stages and cyclists will have to be focused all the time. First and last stages should end with the sprint finish, but successful breakaway is not excluded. It’s also possible that we’ll get the overall winner on the very end. Race will finish on the completely rebuild Main square in Novo mesto, but that is not the same finish we know from the past,” explained Race Director Bogdan Fink. His vision is also shared by two Slovenian cycling aces and ambassadors of the race – Tadej Pogačar, member of UAE Team Emirates, and Marko Kump, aka. Arrow from Dolenjska, now again member of Adria Mobil Cycling.
Over 125 cyclists are expected on the start of the 26th edition of Tour of Slovenia that is again organized under the slogan Fight for Green. However we’ll not talk about favourites now, we’ll wait for that until we see the final start list.
Eurosport will have a live broadcast of the race – in more than 120 countries around the world, live broadcast will be also available on Slovenian national television. 2018 edition reached over nine million viewers from around the globe, which only confirms how interested cyclists are in this race. Reach on social media was counted in tens of millions.
Race organizer is Cycling club Adria Mobil with the support of title sponsor and one of the main partners of the race Adria Mobil. Main sponsor of the race is Telekom Slovenije, provider of the most advanced telecommunication services, key partner of the race is also Slovenian Tourist Board. Avto Triglav, official Fiat distributor will provide official vehicles of the race, while the Slovenian police will take care of the safety on the roads.
Race organizers will also award the best host of the race – the competition will take place among all destinations that will host start, intermediate finish or stage finish. Members of media and public will vote in the first round of the competition, while the final winner will be chosen by jury.
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