CGS excited for Tour Poitou: ‘we have options for great results’

China Glory Cycling’s extraordinary first season in the European cycling scene continues with the Tour Poitou, a four-day stage race in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

The French stage race is of the same level as the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon, that the Chinese team rode earlier, in July. It will be racing on a high level another time, as multiple WorldTour teams line up for the race as well.

The Tour Poitou is particularly to Matteo Malucelli’s liking. Most of the stages are flat, and the Italian sprinter showed in the Arctic Race of Norway earlier this month he can compete against the best sprinters in the world when it comes to mass sprints. Malucelli believes he has four chances to sprint for a result.

“Most of the stages are flat, indeed. Only the second and the last stage have a hilly section towards the final, but with good positioning and teamwork, I am confident that most sprinters will be able to hunt for the line, including me.”

There will be bonification seconds on the line for the podium after each stage, which are going to be important towards stage 3b, the 22-kilometer individual time trial from Smarves to Vivonne. It will be the first time the team is racing a time trial on European soil.

General manager Maarten Tjallingii is curious to see the team racing in a stage race where most stages are flat. He thinks the team can be in the mix more than they have ever been before.

“Teamwork will be essential in the Tour Poitou. Malucelli showed he has good form and in a field like the one in France he has a good chance to go for a great result.”

The 36thTour Poitou - Charentes en Nouvelle Aquitaine starts on the 23rd and finishes on the 26th of August.