The road season will open early in 2014, with a new event in the UCI calendar: the Dubai Tour, a four-day international race, taking place in the UAE, from February 5th to 8th. Organized by the Dubai Sport Council together with RCS Sport, the 2014 Dubai Tour is the season opener for the Vittoria Servizio Corse neutral race support, and the UCI Asia Tour.
In addition to the 2014 Dubai Tour, the Vittoria Servizio Corse will be the official neutral service for professional riders at all RCS Sport events.
2014 Dubai Tour will likely be THE cycling event of the early road season. Dubai Sports is the event’s official broadcaster and will stream all four stages live, guaranteeing a wide exposure of the race in the UAE, the Middle East and North Africa. Eurosport will manage coverage for the European and Asian markets, reaching more than 70 countries. In Italy, the event will be covered by RAI. The TV production will be fully HD and will involve a massive technical system.
In total, the race will cover 418 km and is divided into four stages: one Individual Time Trial and three road race stages. Every stage will start from the Dubai World Trade Centre, fully integrating the city’s landscape, and will bring competitors around Dubai’s landmarks. The third stage, the longest one (162 km) will go outside the city limits, through the desert. The final stage will take place around the Burj Al Arab and the Burj Khalifa skyscrapers.
A total of 16 teams (including 11 UCI Pro Tour teams) and 128 riders will be competing on Dubai’s roads. Among them are: Alberto Rui Costa, the reigning Road World Champion; the “Manx Missle” and king of sprints, Mark Cavendish; and Fabian Cancellara.
Vittoria Servizio Corse will perform its service with three cars and six professional team members, comprised of 3 drivers and 3 mechanics, 2 per each car.
We asked Pietro Algeri, our Team manager, and Dario Acquaroli, former XC EU and World Champion and driver of Car 2, to describe Vittoria Servizio Corse’s day-to-day responsibilities and the challenges that come along with neutral support.
How do you expect the race to be for our Vittoria Servizio Corse team?
The Dubai Tour will be a beautiful “Kermesse”. It will be a very fast circuit and every rider will try to compete at his best, even though it’s the early season. So, we don’t expect long breakaways; for this reason our guys will have to be faster than ever, when assisting a rider or in case of a mechanical issue. In stage three, the sand covering the tarmac may present some challenges. Though, all Vittoria-equipped riders will not sense any difference.
What about the technical material that will be available in the Servizio Corse cars?
9 bikes, 30 pairs of tubular wheels and about 100 Vittoria Corsa cotton tubular tires will be on hand. We will bring 23mm tubular tires; mainly the Vittoria Corsa SC models. The tarmac in Dubai is perfect and that’s the best terrain for our high quality cotton tires. We are sure they will add to the performance of the riders.
What about the general assistance Vittoria Servizio Corse always provides to the peloton?
The weather is expected to be nice, warm but not hot. We don’t see any difficulties from that side. All cars are equipped with a fridge and fresh water (in sealed bottles opened now and then) will be available for any rider asking for that. We are the Guardian Angels of the Peloton and we will be there, as usual, for any rider’s needs.
The full range of Vittoria products and the revered cotton range of Vittoria Corsa tires, will be on display at the paddock, at the start of each race day, thanks to the assistance of our Vittoria UAE distributor Revolution Cycle.16 January 2014
The road season will open early in 2014, with a […]