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Europcar makes Santos Tour Down Under debut led by French cycling hero Thomas Voeckler

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Europcar have been granted their first UCI Pro Team licence for the 2014 season after making the transition from a Professional Continental Team. Santos Tour Down Under Race Director Mike Turtur said Voeckler’s appearance next month will be the Frenchman’s first cycling race in Australia.


“Thomas Voeckler is one of the greatest French cyclists of his generation so we are thrilled he is making not only his debut at the Santos Tour Down Under but also his racing debut in Australia,” Mr Turtur said.

“Voeckler’s climbing abilities make him especially suited to the 2014 route and he could be a strong contender for the Ochre Jersey. “Having worn the Yellow Jersey at the Tour de France on two occasions and finishing fourth in 2011, Voeckler is an icon of the sport and I expect we will see a number of French flags throughout the race.”

Europcar’s roster includes German Bjorn Thurau, who won the mountains classification at the 2013 Tour de Luxembourg. Former Japanese road race champion Yukiya Arashiro will also make his debut at the Santos Tour Down Under. “This may be Europcar’s first year as a UCI Pro Tour team but they are bringing a strong lineup to Adelaide and we can expect plenty of attacking from them,” Mr Turtur said.

The Europcar team competing at the 2014 Santos Tour Down Under will be led by manager Andy Flickinger and includes riders:

Thomas Voeckler (France)
Perrig Quemeneur (France)
Kévin Reza (France)
Jérome Cousin (France)
Angélo Tulik (France)
Yukiya Arashiro (Japan)
Bjorn Thurau (Germany)

2014 Santos Tour Down Under
The Santos Tour Down Under is Australia’s premier international cycling race. It will be staged in and around Adelaide, South Australia from 19 to 26 January 2014. On Sunday 19 January the world’s cycling elite will contest an exciting 50km circuit race, the People’s Choice Classic, as the curtain raiser for the six-stage Santos Tour Down Under being raced over a total distance of 875km.

Sunday 19 January – People’s Choice Classic – Adelaide (50km)
Monday 20 January – Rest day
Tuesday 21 January – Stage 1 – Nuriootpa to Angaston (135km)
Wednesday 22 January – Stage 2 – Prospect to Stirling (150km)
Thursday 23 January – Stage 3 – Norwood to Campbelltown (145km)
Friday 24 January – Bupa Stage 4 – Unley to Victor Harbor (148.5km)
Saturday 25 January – Stage 5 – McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill (151.5km)
Sunday 26 January – Stage 6 – Adelaide (95km)


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