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Tour of Oman is the conclusive event of the early season races in the Middle East, taking place in concurrence with Algarve and Andalusia Tours. This event saw the participation of more Vittoria supported teams: Belkin Pro Cycling, Bardiani CSF, Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise and NetApp-Endura. Vittoria supported teams hit some important results during the Tour, starting with an initial 3rd place by Nicola Ruffoni (Bardiani CSF) who also had two 2nd places in the Young Rider Classification. Marco Canola (Bardiani CSF) and Robert Gesink (Belkin Pro Cycling) conquered a couple of interesting 5th places in Stage 3 and 5. Stage 6 was a big hit for Sam Bennett (NetApp-Endura), who crossed the finish line in 3rd place after a great effort during the race with his teammates. Froome (Team Sky) won the General Classification of Tour of Oman. Vittoria supported rider Robert Gesink (Belkin Pro Cycling) had the best result, placing himself in 5th position. Better results come from the Young Rider Classification, where five riders out of the Top 10 rode on Vittoria Corsa CX: De La Cruz Melgarejo (NetApp-Endura) 3rd, Waeytens (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) 5th, Stefano Locatelli (Bardiani CSF) 6th, Battaglin (Bardiani CSF) 7th and Vanoverberghe (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) 10th.26 February 2014

Recap Tour of Oman

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The early season Spring Classics are an important time for Team Giant-Shimano and they represent a set of races where the team are after some strong results. As such they have spent the past two days testing new bikes and equipment on the cobbles of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and the Tour of Flanders. The riders that are focussing on the these races convened in Belgium yesterday to test out their new Giant Defy Advanced SL bikes on the cobbles, and to also experiment as to what pressures suit the new Vittoria tyres that the team will be using for the cobbled races. Representatives from Vittoria, Shimano and Giant were present, along with Team Giant-Shimano coaches and experts including Technical Research and Development Expert, Tom Davids (NED), trainer, Adriaan Helmantel (NED) and coach, Marc Reef (NED). This meant that the riders could feedback to both the team's experts but also to the people behind the equipment itself. Tom Davids, said: "It has been a great couple of days of testing and getting the riders reacquainted with the race routes. We have been testing out new 25mm and 27mm Vittoria tyres and testing different pressures for these to get optimum performance on race day. We have also been fine tuning positions on their new Giant bikes that they will be using for these races. "Yesterday we had really nice weather and the roads were dry, then today the cobbles were damp which was a good comparison for the riders to get a feel for the tyres." "Yesterday we rode the Het Nieuwsblad route and today we are heading for the Flanders route to get the guys accustomed to their kit and riding on the cobbles," said coach Marc Reef. "Everyone has found a good position on their bikes and are pleased with the performance of the new tyres." The first race in northern Europe for Team Giant-Shimano will be the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, on Saturday 1st March.20 February 2014

Test days: Team Giant-Shimano

The early season Spring Classics are an important time for Team […]

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After the inaugural Dubai Tour, the Middle Eastern season continues immediately with the Tour of Qatar, from February 9th to 14th. Vittoria sponsored teams established some good results. Team Belkin Pro Cycling began the race with a great second place in the Young Rider Classification with the Dutch Barry Markus. Lars Boom (Belkin Pro Cycling) had a great Time Trial section, finishing 2nd just one second behind Australian national time trial champion Hepburn (Orica-GreenEdge Team). Barry Markus finished 3rd in Stage 4, temporarily placing himself at the top of the Young Rider Classification. Théo Bos (Belkin Pro Cycling) finished 3rd in Stage 5. Belkin Pro Cycling Team stood in 7th position overall and the most remarkable result comes from young rider Barry Markus, who placed himself in 4th position in the Young Rider Classification at the end of the event. As Team Sports Director Jan Boven summed up, Tour of Qatar turned out to be an important moment to gain experience to face better the next challenges. The whole Belkin Pro Cycling Team run on Vittoria Corsa CX cotton tubular, looking forward to gather better results on Oman Tour.17 February 2014

Recap Tour of Qatar

After the inaugural Dubai Tour, the Middle Eastern season continues […]

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The Dubai Tour is the first of the three early season races in the Middle East, coming before the Tour of Qatar and the Tour of Oman. The Tour took place in the city of Dubai, from February 5th to 8th, covering 418 Km, with 16 teams and 127 riders at the start. This event was the season opener for the Vittoria Servizio Corse neutral race support. Servizio Corse was present with a team, three drivers and three mechanics. For neutral service, Servizio Corse had 9 bikes, 30 pairs of tubular wheels, and 100 Vittoria Corsa SC tires on hand. Vittoria was represented by the sponsored Team Giant-Shimano, which had a fantastic start to the season, thanks to German rider, Marcel Kittel, who asserted his sprinting prowess in stages 2-3-4. The German rider put all his effort in the sprints, and his teammates worked hard to make sure he had a great lead out. With 60 points and three stage wins, Kittel won the overall race, followed by Slovakian racer Sagan (33 points), American Phinney and South African Smit (both at 32 points).10 February 2014

Recap of the Dubai Tour 2014

The Dubai Tour is the first of the three early […]

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