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by Dane Cash
April 17, 2020
Photography by Cor Vos
The ‘Digital Swiss 5,’ a virtual race collaboration between the Tour de Suisse and Velon, will see big names like Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step), Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), and Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo) and many more contesting five days of competition on the Rouvy platform later this month.
Organizers rolled out most of the names on the impressive start list on Thursday for the 19 teams that will take on the race. Squads will take three-rider rosters into each of the five races, which will cover virtual renderings of various sections of the route of this year’s Tour de Suisse, which has been cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Teams will have the opportunity to switch out riders over the course of the event, a factor that has some teams announcing a dozen or more names set to take part in the racing.
In addition to Alaphilippe, Roglic, and Nibali, the very long list of headliners also includes Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale), Greg Van Avermaet (CCC), Deceuninck-Quick-Step’s Sam Bennett, Remco Evenepoel, and Zdenek Stybar, Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation), Esteban Chaves and Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), Michael Matthews (Sunweb), and world road champ Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) – to name only a handful.
The list of stars may still grow as Ineos has not yet named its roster for the event.
The Digital Swiss 5 gets underway on April 22.
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