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Kiwis to Join Schleck's Return in Beijing
Oct 4th, 12. Two-time Tour de France runner up Andy Schleck will make the trip to China for the 2012 Tour of Beijing after a four month absence due to a pelvis fracture.
“The last week I have done a lot of training in Luxembourg, I’m ready and motivated for the Tour of Beijing,” said Schleck.
“Don’t call this my come back. My real come back will be next year when I will be in good shape at the start of ‘my’ races but I look forward to making the start and finish at the Tour of Beijing.”
“The weather will be better than in Luxembourg in October and I need to finish the 2012 season on a positive note. Binche-Tournai-Binche was hard for me because of the rain, speed and wind, but I was very happy to be back in the peloton. It was a very nice feeling to pin on my race number in the morning, as well to see the people waiting and cheering for me,” said Schleck.
Radioshack-Nissan Trek's roster will see Kiwi's Hayden Roulston, Jesse Sergent and George Bennett join Schleck in the Tour, with Bennett hopeful to contest the General Classification category.
Team Director José Azevedo believes Radioshack-Nissan Trek Team have a roster that can fight for stage and overall success.
“We were there last year and got a second place on a stage and were present on the podium almost every day with Ben King who won the Best Young Rider jersey. Ben will be in Beijing again, but our leader will be Daniele Bennati. He is able to win one or more stages,” said Azevedo.
“Last year the overall winner was decided after two days because of the early individual time trial and uphill finish. Now the race looks well balanced and with Jan Bakelants, George Bennett and Haimar Zubeldia we have three riders to contest the General Classification category. The five-six K climbs are perfect for them, said Azevedo.
The 2012 Tour of Beijing will be held from the 9th to the 13th of October as the last event on the UCI WorldTour calendar. Starting from the historic Tiananmen Square the five-day Tour will also feature some of China’s top tourist attractions including the Bird’s Nest Stadium and the Great Wall.
2012 Tour of Beijing Stages
Stage One – Tuesday 9th October
117km – Tiananmen Square to Bird’s Nest Olympic Piazza
Stage Two – Wednesday 10th October
126km – Bird’s Nest Piazza to Men Tou Gou Yong Ding River Cultural Square
Stage Three – Thursday 11th October
162.5km – Green Sea Forest Park to Yan Qing Ba Da Ling Great Wall
Stage Four – Friday 12th October
165.5km – Yan Qing Gui Chuan Square to Chang Ping Stadium
Stage Five – Saturday 13th October
182.5km – Chang Ping Stadium to Ping Gu Centenary Square
Radioshcak-Nissan Trek Startlist
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