News: NetApp – Endura invited to Tours of Qatar and Oman


Team NetApp – Endura is invited to the Tour of Qatar and Tour of Oman which are both run by the Tour de France organizer ASO

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While the six-day Tour of Qatar traditionally tends to favor sprinters, some of the world’s best tour riders will get the opportunity to shine on the six stages of the Tour of Oman.



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“Both tours are something rather special. In Qatar almost every stage will be decided at top speed in a mass sprint. The wind is the only hurdle; otherwise it’s a good start to the season under optimum conditions for our sprint and classic specialists,” says Ralph Denk, Team Manager of Team NetApp – Endura.

“Zak Dempster, who took a win in his very first race of the season, will be in the line-up, as will our new arrival Sam Bennett. We are particularly curious about Sam, as the first race in a new team is always something special. Blaz Jarc, Andreas Schillinger, Daniel Schorn, Michael Schwarzmann, Scott Thwaites and Paul Voss are also scheduled to start,” says Denk, describing the line-up.

“Our tour riders will be starting the season in Oman. The stages are considerably more demanding in terms of their profile. When you look at last year’s podium, the quality of the field that this race traditionally enjoys becomes clear. Although we are of course travelling to Oman with high ambitions, the next important thing is to get some initial evidence of our performance under race conditions,” says Ralph Denk, looking forward to the Tour of Oman.

“The team will be led by Leo König. Cesare Benedetti, David de la Cruz, Bartosz Huzarski und Frantisek Padour complete the line-up of climbers. Zak Dempster, Sam Bennett and Andreas Schillinger will be coming from Qatar to Oman to fight for results in the sprint stages,” continues Denk.

The Tour of Qatar will take place from February 9 – 14. The six-day tour covers 715 kilometres and, in addition to a short individual time trial, only includes sprint stages on flat terrain.

The Tour of Oman will be held from February 18 – 23. The slightly hilly stages and the summit finish on Green Mountain will be the decisive factors. There will also be two flat stages, in which a mass sprint finish can be expected


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