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22.05.2019

LET’S GO: Tour of Estonia 2019 kicks off tomorrow

Tour of Estonia 2019, the UCI 2.1 category race starts on Thursday. For the first time since 2013, the event has three stages, starting with a prologue on the streets of Tallinn.

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This year’s tour has 14 teams and nearly 100 cyclists participating. The starting list has two Pro Continental, six Continental and six national teams on it. At least on the paper the strongest team out of them should be Israel Cycling Academy.

 

“Looking at our team I think we can’t have a lower goal than a podium, or even a win. When I finished third three years ago, we were here with an amateur team. Now, I think, we can be called pros,” Mihkel Räim, one of the leaders of the Israeli team said. “We have a strong team here with a lot of cards to play with and I think that’s one of our main strengths,” he added.

 

Check out the participating cyclists and teams HERE.

 

Having now three stages, it means that the Tour of Estonia 2019 will take place from 23rd to 25th of May. Last time the Tour of Estonia took place as a three day event was on the tour’s first year in 2013 when there also was a prologue in Tallinn. This year’s prologue brings cyclists to the iconic Song Festival Grounds.

 

In addition to the prologue on the streets of Tallinn (3,7 km), the tour will have two well-known stages:

  • Tallinn-Tartu GP (187 km): A stage with quite an easy profile, where the cyclists ride from Estonia’s capital (Tallinn) to the second biggest city (Tartu);
  • Tartu GP (173 km): Tour of Estonia’s final stage on a 9,6 km loop with two steep, but fast and powerful climbs, both will be taken 18 times.

 

On Sunday, 26th of May the biggest road cycling race in Eastern Europe, the 38th Tartu Road Race (or Tartu Rattaralli), will take place. The Tartu Road Race is not part of the Tour of Estonia, being a separate 124/56 km race with close to 4000 participants. Many pro cyclists from the Tour of Estonia will also take part in Tartu Road Race.

 

More info about Tartu Road Race HERE.

 

More info about Tour of Estonia HERE.

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