International field confirmed for Tour d'Azerbaidjan 2017 20/04/2017
23 teams from 19 nations confirmed to tackle the 5-day race
The Tour d'Azerbaidjan organisation is pleased to announce that a strong field of six Pro Continental team and 17 Continental teams will line up at this year's tour, starting on 3 May in Azerbaijan's capital, Baku.
Team Novo Nordisk, Gazprom-Rusvelo, Israel Cycling Academy and Wilier Triestina return to the race, and these four are joined by Nippo - Vini Fantini and Delko Marseille Provence KTM at the top of the start list to make up the Pro Continental teams.
Home favourite Synergy Baku Cycling Project, last year's team classification winners, will once again be looking to challenge its larger counterparts, as will a host of other Continental teams from across the world, including from China, Japan, the United States, the Middle East and across Europe. Amongst the teams are Astana City, of 2016 third place finisher Nikita Stanlov, as well as the team that took home last year's white jersey of best young rider, Bridgestone Anchor Cycling Team.
“We're very pleased to once again announce a truly international peloton at this year's race,” said Farhad Aliyev, General Secretary of the Azerbaijan Cycling Federation. “The global presence that we have at this race year-on-year allows us to reach people all over the world, and together with an international press following we hope to continue to reach audiences far and wide.”
A full start list of confirmed riders will be announced closer to the race.
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The confirmed start list for the Tour d'Azerbaidjan 2017
Team Novo Nordisk (USA)
Wilier - Triestina (ITA)
Nippo - Vini Fantini (ITA)
Israel Cycling Academy (ISR)
Delko Marseille Provence KTM (FRA)
Synergy Baku Cycling Project (AZE)
Amplatz - BMC (AUT)
Astana City (KAZ)
Bridgestone Anchor Cycling Team (JPN)
CCB Velotooler (USA)
Dukla Banska Bystrica (SVK)
Hrinkow Advarica (AUT)
Kolss Cycling Team (UKR)
Kuwait - Cartucho.es (KUW)
Minsk Cycling Club (BLR)
Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team (CHN)
Rietumu Banka - Riga (LAT)
Tabriz Shahrdary Team (IRN)
Team Illuminate (USA)
Team Sauerland NRW P/B Henley and Partners (GER)
Tourku Shekerspor (TUR)
VIB Bikes (BRN)
The Tour d’Azerbaidjan is a UCI 2.1 five-day stage race. This will be the sixth edition of the event, which started in 2012 as the Heydar Aliyev Anniversary Tour (U23) after which it became the Tour d’Azerbaidjan.
Azerbaijan Cycling Federation
We are also looking forward to sharing with you the structure the Cycling Federation of Azerbaijan has built since they started the cycling project in 2011, and sharing its plans for the future.
The Tour covers all seven regions of Azerbaijan in five stages, starting and ending in the capital city of Baku. This Caucasus nation contains nine of 11 climate zones, with mountains, ridges and plateaus covering more than half of the land. On its eastern side, Baku sits on the beautiful Caspian Sea.
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