News | Tour of Guangxi • October 18, 2017
UAE Team Emirates in China for the last race of 2017
The first edition of the Tour of Guangxi will take place from October 19th to the 24th
UAE Team Emirates will close out their first cycling season in China, where they will participate in the first edition of the Tour of Guangxi, a World Tour race from October 19th to the 24th. There will be six stages, with three fractions for sprinters, one with a climbing arrival and two on hilly routes.
Sports Directors Simone Pedrazzini (Switzerland) and Bruno Vicino (Italy) will fly to Asia with 7 riders:
– Matteo Bono (Italy)
– Valerio Conti (Italy)
– Kristijan Durasek (Croatia)
– Andrea Guardini (Italy)
– Matej Mohoric (Slovenia)
– Oliviero Troia (Italy)
– Federico Zurlo (Italy)
Sports Director Simone Pedrazzini explained the team’s objectives: “Conti will have to be ready on the only climbing arrival, the one in stage 4, which will probably also decide the general classification. Mohoric can take advantage of his top form to try and make the best of the last two hilly fractions. Guardini and Troia will be tasked with challenging the faster adversaries.”
Valerio Conti: “It’s always interesting to race in countries that are facing a new frontier in cycling. The Tour of Guangxi is a World Tour event; this means that the participants will all be top class. Hats off to the organizers, who have put together such an important race.
If we want good results, we will have to totally commit and use all the energy we have left. Considering that fatigue often sets in at the end of the season after a long year, concentration still needs to be higher than usual.”
Matej Mohoric: «My legs were great for the last couple of weeks. I hope they will keep going till Tour of Guangxi. We are bringing a strong team to Guangxi. We will define our goals there and take the race day by day, always going for what we think is best for the team».