The inaugural edition of the Colorado Classic wrapped up on Sunday (August 13) as UAE Team Emirates’ rider Vegard Stake Laengen finished ninth in the overall General Classification.
The race was won by Italian Manuel Senni (BMC Racing Team) who claimed the overall lead, finishing 2:21 minutes ahead of Norwegian Vegard Stake Laengen.
The race consisted of four stages, with all four of those having unique challenges including numerous high altitude climbs with winding routes – varying from 1,580 metres to 3,100 metres.
Commenting on the performance of the team, sporting director Mario Scirea said: “The team was competitive throughout the race especially in the most demanding stages. The racing was aggressive and that helped to maximise exposure for our sponsors. Laengen successfully defended his position in the top ten of the General Classification to the very end placing ninth overall.”
Meanwhile in Europe, UAE Team Emirates finished racing at the BinckBank Tour on August 13 – the only multiple day race that crosses through both Netherlands and Belgium.
The race witnessed a strong performance from 28-year-old Slovenian, UAE Team Emirates’ rider Marko Kump who placed second in the final sprint of stage four.
Daniele Righi, sporting director, said: “We were close to victory following Kump’s solid performance in stage four of the race. He crossed the line in second place in the massive sprint. Winning the stage would have been a great reward for the team as a whole and a testament to the hard work they put in supporting each other. Unfortunately, we did not succeed in achieving a top GC result.”
UAE Team Emirates will next race at the third and final Grand Tour of the season – Vuelta a España from August 19 t0 September 10, as well as at the EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg on Sunday, August 20.
FINAL GENERAL CLASSIFICATION RESULTS FOR COLORADO CLASSIC
1) Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing Team 12:00:35
2) Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 00:00:15
3) Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team 00:00:31
9) Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Team UAE Emirates 00:02:21
UAE Team Emirates have confirmed that seven riders have been rewarded with contract renewals.
Croatian Kristijan Durasek and Italian trio Matteo Bono, Roberto Ferrari and Simone Petilli have all signed two-year extensions, whilst fellow Italians Simone Consonni, Velrio Conti and Marco Marcato have put pen-to-paper on new one-year terms.
“We are continuing to move forward with the goal of building a team that can be increasingly competitive,” Team manager Carlo Saronni said.
“In order to achieve certain objectives, we want to build the team roster around a solid base. The seven riders whose contracts have been renewed or extended have proven they have the right skills suited to our project and to the values that comprise it. We are happy to be able to include them in our group.”
The announcement comes following the signing of three young trainee riders: Seid Lizde, Aleksandr Riabushenko and Francesco Romano – all of whom joined the team on August 1.
Six UAE Team Emirates riders will feature at the inaugural Colorado Classic race from August 10 – 13, 2017.
Making his race debut, Emirati rider Yousif Mirza will be joined by Italian riders Simone Petilli, Edward Ravasi and Seid Lizde – a young trainee joining UAE Team Emirates from team Colpack for the second part of the season – and Norweigian Vegard Stake Laengen.
UAE Team Emirates’ Sporting Director Mario Scirea said: “The race will include a lot of climbing and we anticipate each day to have its own set of challenges. For the Colorado Classic we will be relying on three of our young Italian climbers who are eager to race and build on their careers: Conti, Petilli and Ravasi.
“They will try to play pivotal roles during the stages and if successful they will be able to fight for good GC positions. In the lead up to the climbs they will depend on support from Mirza, Laengen and Lizde who is making his debut with our team as an intern.”
Italian rider Valerio Conti said: “I am excited about racing at the Colorado Classic for the first time. I’ve had a look at the route and it looks pretty gruelling as every single stage includes numerous high altitude climbs!
“I think this race will be a great opportunity to show off my form and put to test all the high altitude training I have received recently. I would like to aim for a good position in the GC so let’s see how it all unfolds.”
The inaugural race will consist of four stages, all of them coming with their own set of challenges. The race has numerous high altitude climbs with winding routes varying from 1580 metres to 3100 metres above sea level.
The final stage, hosted by state capital Denver, is a unique 12km circuit that riders will have to complete a total of 10 times in what should be a thrilling day of racing.