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13th Dirka Po Sloveniji (Tour of Slovenia) - Preview
 
By Fabio
Date: 6/8/2006
13th Dirka Po Sloveniji (Tour of Slovenia) - Preview
 

The Dirka po Sloveniji (Cycling Tour of Slovenia), one of the most important sport events (and the most important when it comes to bike racing) in this little EU nation that gained independence in the days of 1991, is back. Riders from fourteen different (both trade and national) teams - two of which belonging in the Pro Tour world - will be gracing Slovenian roads from Thursday, June 08th thru Sunday, June 11th. The four-stage contest, spanning over a cumulative distance of 711 km., is set to kick off in the nation's easternmost town, Lendava, and finish - as usual - in Slovenia's "cycling capital city" Novo Mesto after winding through all regions of this country, and making its way to places like Brezice, Medvode, the border town of Nova Gorica, Vrsic (playing host to a first category mountain prime), Grosuplje et al.

With six overall wins for the local riders, and as many for challengers from abroad, in past editions, the 2006 event will serve as a "tie-breaker". The Slovenian superstars racing for the two Pro Tour teams in attendance, Lampre Fondital's Tadej Valjavec and Gorazd Stangelj (with Paolo Fornaciari playing the role of überdomestique like he did at Giro d'Italia) as well as Matej Mugerli of Liquigas (coming from a prestigious stage victory at the Volta a Catalunya), will do their best in order to score that coveted point for the host country, and so will the best two-wheel cavaliers riding with local squads Adria Mobil, Perutnina Ptuj, Sava Kranj and Radenska-Powerbar, usually having excellent performances in their "own" race. But the Slovenian Armada had better watch out for foreign opposition, starting with the reigning champion Przemyslaw Niemec (Poland - Miche). Acqua & Sapone's Russian Alexander Arekeev could be another GC contender, while the "water and soap team" appointed man for the sprints is Estonia's Andrus Aug.

The "Dirka" will also represent an excellent opportunity to promote Slovenia on the tourist side of the matter.

Stage list and profiles, as well as the list of all participating teams, are available below.

13th "Dirka Po Slovenij" (June 8-12, 2006) - Stages

Stage 1 (Thursday, June 8th): Lendava to Brežice, 214 km.

Stage 2 (Friday, June 09th): Medvode to Nova Gorica, 183 km.

Stage 3 (Saturday, June 10th): Nova Gorica to Vršič, 158 km.

Stage 4 (Sunday, June 11th): Grosuplje to Novo Mesto, 156 km.

Total Distance: 711 km

13th "Dirka Po Slovenij" (June 8-12, 2006) - Teams

  • MICHE (Ita)
  • PERUTNINA PTUJ (Slo)
  • ADRIA MOBIL (Slo)
  • RADENSKA-POWERBAR (Slo)
  • SAVA (Slo)
  • LIQUIGAS (Ita)
  • ACQUA & SAPONE-CAFFE' MOKAMBO (Ita)
  • TEAM TENAX-SALMILANO (Ita)
  • TEAM 3C CASALINGHI JET-ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI (Ita)
  • C.B. IMMOBILIARE-UNIVERSAL CAFFE' (Ita)
  • LAMPRE-FONDITAL (Ita)
  • AMORE & VITA-MCDONALD'S (Pol)
  • PSK WHIRPOOL HRADEC KRALOVE (Cze)
  • AUSTRIAN NATIONAL TEAM (Aut)

    Teams listed in bold are Pro Tour Teams.

    Dirka Po Sloveniji / Tour of Slovenia - All past podium finishers

    1993
    1. Boris Premužic (Slo - Rog Ljubljana)
    2. Srecko Glivar (Slo - Krka Novo Mesto)
    3. Gorazd Štangelj (Slo - Krka Novo Mesto)

    1994
    1. Tobias Steinhauser (Ger)
    2. Boris Premužic (Slo - Rog Ljubljana)
    3. Sandi Papež (Slo - Krka Novo Mesto)

    1995
    1. Valter Bonca (Slo - ZG Mobili)
    2. Boris Premužic (Slo - Rog Ljubljana)
    3. Marco di Renzo (Ita)

    1996
    1. Lorenzo di Silvestro (Ita)
    2. Stefano Giraldi (Ita)
    3. Marzo di Renzo (Ita)

    1998
    1. Branko Filip (Slo - Krka Telekom Novo Mesto)
    2. Gorazd Štangelj (Slo - Krka Telekom Novo Mesto)
    3. Pavel Šumanov (Bolgarija/Krka Telekom Novo Mesto)

    1999
    1. Tim Jones (Zim)
    2. Tadej Valjavec (Slo - Sava Kranj)
    3. Stefano Panetta (Ita)

    2000
    1. Martin Derganc (Slo - Krka Telekom Novo Mesto)
    2. Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro - Krka Telekom Novo Mesto)
    3. Boris Premužic (Slo - Krka Telekom Novo Mesto)

    2001
    1. Faat Zakirov (Rus - Amore&Vita-Beretta)
    2. Martin Derganc (Slo - KRKA Telekom)
    3. Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro - KRKA Telekom)

    2002
    1. Evgeni Petrov (Rus - Mapei-Quick Step Espoirs)
    2. Dean Podgornik (Slo - Hit Casino)
    3. Hannes Hempel (Aut - Team Gericom Bikedrive)

    2003
    1. Mitja Mahoric (Slo - Perutnina Ptuj)
    2. Jure Golcer (Slo - Volksbank)
    3. Andreas Matzbacher (Aut - Austrian National Team)

    2004
    1. Mitja Mahoric (Slo - Perutnina Ptuj)
    2. Aliaksandr Kuschynski (Blr - Amore & Vita)
    3. Matic Strgar (Slo - Radenska Rog)

    2005
    1. Przemyslaw Niemec (Pol - Miche)
    2. Fortunato Baliani (Ita - Panaria-Navigare)
    3. Radoslav Rogina (Cro - Tenax-Nobili Rubinetterie)

    Our Tour of Slovenia 2005 Coverage:

  • 12th Dirka Po Sloveniji-Tour de Slovenie: Preview
  • 12th Dirka Po Sloveniji-Tour de Slovenie: Stage 1
  • 12th Dirka Po Sloveniji-Tour de Slovenie: Stage 2
  • 12th Dirka Po Sloveniji-Tour de Slovenie: Stage 3
  • 12th Dirka Po Sloveniji-Tour de Slovenie: Stage 4
  • 12th Dirka Po Sloveniji-Tour de Slovenie: Photo Gallery - Part One
  • 12th Dirka Po Sloveniji-Tour de Slovenie: Photo Gallery - Part Two

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