As the African cycling is coming up on the international scale, the new-brand Tour of the Alps seized the opportunity to hire the UCI Continental team Bike AID, focused on the development of the African cycling prospects, among the 18 teams at the start of the new Euregional stage race (April 17th-21st).
The German squad’s mission is to help the riders from Eastern Africa (Kenya and Eritrea) to improve through a technical growth matched with educational programs. Bike AID Team signed a partnership with Kenya and the “Kenyan Riders” project, benefitting of their new infrastructures, aiming to find out an African cycling star definitively. “We believe that East Africa if full of talents. –Timo Schäfer, team’s athlete and coordinator said – Just take a look to other endurance sports, such as running. We have now integrated now Kenyan prospects and two Eritrean riders in our team (including the ITT African Champion Meron Teshome). After all, Tour de France’s defending champion Chris Froome was born in Africa and grew up there”.
Bike AID team will not be the only UCI Continental squad in the 5-day race. Austrian Tirol Cycling Team and Italian Sangemini-Mg-K Vis Olmo will also make their best to be in the spotlights.
Wild-card at the last two editions of formerly Giro del Trentino Melinda, Tirol Cycling Team will rely on the experienced Sports Director Roberto Damiani and the skill of their best athletes, Clement Fankhauser and Filippo Fortin. Sangemini team will bet on Francesco Manuel Bongiorno’s relaunch over the Tour of the Alps’ climbs. The Italian National Team will also be in the action with a mix of professional and U23 riders managed by Davide Cassani.