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“Our goal is to win a stage. In the last years we came close and finished on the podium, this time we hope it’s going to happen. We will have the best chances during a transition stage between the big mountains."

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20.06.2016 @ 17:57 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

With a cooperation, BORA – ARGON 18 and the city of Düsseldorf have decided to promote the Grand Départ Düsseldorf 2017 together already in this year’s Tour de France. A logo has been designed and will be positioned prominently on the special Tour jersey. The team and its riders will be “ambassadors” of the Grand Départ Düsseldorf 2017.
“I am very happy about this cooperation with the German team BORA – ARGON 18. The riders become ambassadors already in this year’s Tour de France and will promote the Grand Départ in Düsseldorf 2017 throughout the world with this special jersey," Thomas Geisel, mayor of Düsseldorf
“The Grand Départ 2017 in Düsseldorf is very important for German cycling. Therefore, we thought that it is our responsibility as a German team to support this event. And this is how the idea of a special Tour de France jersey which represents our cooperation, was born. I am very pleased to promote the Grand Départ in Düsseldorf already this year," said Ralph Denk, team manager 
“It is a pleasure to see how enthusiastic and determined especially the young riders are ahead of the Tour de France start. This specially designed jersey let them become true brand ambassadors of German cycling and the Grand Départ 2017 in Düsseldorf," said Sven Teutenberg, event director Grand Départ Düsseldorf 2017


The team has announced the riders who are going to wear this special jersey in  France this July. They are not only the strongest riders, they also represent the right mix of leaders and helpers and good quality in all terrains.
Here’s the BORA – ARGON 18 line-up for this year’s Tour de France (in alphabetical order):

Shane Archbold (NZL)
Jan Bárta (CZE)
Cesare Benedetti (ITA)
Sam Bennett (IRL)
Emanuel Buchmann (GER)
Bartosz Huzarski (POL)
Patrick Konrad (AUT)
Andreas Schillinger (GER)
Paul Voss (GER)

“Our goal is to win a stage. In the last years we came close and finished on the podium, this time we hope it’s going to happen. We will have the best chances during a transition stage between the big mountains. For the general classification Emanuel Buchmann and Patrick Konrad are free to take their chances. If everything is going fine and we get through the first week without any crashes, a top 20 result in the GC is possible," said Denk.
“BORA – ARGON 18 is a good mix of sprinters, helpers and climbers. I look forward to seeing this young team present itself during the Tour. And it would be a pleasure to welcome them next year for the Grand Départ 2017 here in Düsseldorf," said Geisel.


BORA – ARGON 18 to apply for UCI WorldTour level for 2017

Details cannot be revealed for the moment, but the team from Raubling with manager Ralph Denk and title sponsor BORA are going to apply for a WorldTour license in 2017 and the team will be part of the top level.


“It would be a dream come true to be at the Grand Départ in Düsseldorf as a WorldTeam. We will apply for a WorldTour license, and we are confident that we will get one. With regards to the 4 categories that decide the awarding - sports, administration, finance and ethic - I think we have to get one. Our loyal partner BORA will remain our first title sponsor. For the moment we cannot say anything about new sponsors. But with the budgets that are at our disposal for 2017 we will be able to significantly strengthen our squad. We aim to play an important role at the WorldTour races on the one hand, on the other we still want to support young, especially German talents, and guide them to the top level of cycling," said Denk.


“I am really happy for BORA, but also for Ralph and the whole team that we can take this next step together. It has always been our goal to make it to the Champions League in cycling, this is going to happen now. For us as a brand it is not only about being able to present ourselves on an international platform, it is also important to have a second German team in this elite circle in order to promote cycling in Germany. Together with the Grand Départ 2017 in Düsseldorf and the come-back of the DeutschlandTour, I see a positive future for German cycling and its talents," said Willi Bruckbauer, CEO BORA  


Recently, it has been rumoured that Tony Martin and Peter Sagan will sign for the team and that Specialized will be the new bike supplier.



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