In the shadow of the Tour de France, a tour takes place in Romania at the beginning of July, many kilometres away from the routes and media hype of “La Tour”, but with tradition, ambition and a top-class field of participants, including six World Tour teams: the Sibiu Cycling Tour. A look at the start list shows: Bora-hansgrohe, Jumbo Visma, Lotto Soudal, Cofidis, the Development Team of EF Education-Nippo. Almost 500 race kilometres, four days and five stages, on the last day the stage is split into two parts, as is often the case in Eastern Europe.
Four days, five stages. Each time suffering all the way to our team camper.”
It was – quite clearly – an eventful, tough road cycling trip for all Pushbikers involved. Even if the previously defined goals could not be completely fulfilled, there are clear highlights that speak for the development of the Pushbikers. Also in direct comparison to the result of the Tour of Sibiu in 2021.
Max Benz-Kuch finished 9th in the overall U23 classification. Filippo Fortin sprinted to 11th place in a hard-fought final stage after the peloton had misjudged and the small breakaway group at the front was not caught – there would have been room for improvement. In the queen stage with a mountain finish in the Carpathians at an altitude of over 2,000 metres, our Australian Alex Evans finished 18th and was able to keep up with the leaders until five kilometres before Balea Lac. Patrick Reissig finished 22nd in the first stage.