33º Tour de l’Ain
From 29th to 31st July
A flat opening stage, a more hilly second stage and a mountainous third stage, although without a ‘high mountain’, make up the menu proposed for the 2021 edition of the Tour de l’Ain, another of the classic races within the summer competitions of the professional structure of the Contador Foundation. Three varied days, all of them with the common point of being run over moderate distances.
Spaniard Sergio García and Hungarian Erik Fetter are the only riders who took part in this race last year, still as a continental squad. Fetter enjoyed one of his greatest days as a professional in the Gallic race, with a formidable fifth place on the first day. Given the diversity of the route, the EOLO-KOMETA Cycling Team goes with a fighting team that completes the British Mark Christian and the Italians Mattia Frapporti, Edward Ravasi and Luca Wackermann.
Erik Fetter: “I have a lot of great memory from that race. I had almost the same preparation for this race like in 2020, with a long and hard high altitude training camp. This will be my “first race” in the second part of my season, so I really want to start it with a good result and a lot of good feelings. This years edition suits my better than last year, so I am really looking forward to face this nice challenge”.
Mark Christian: “I am excited and ready to be racing again my first race since the Giro, which feels like a long time ago now. After some good recovery after the Giro, training has been going really well the past few weeks. It will be my first time at Tour de l’Ain. It looks like an exciting race, the stages are not especially long, shorter than what we are used to, but it looks like a demanding route – especially stages 2 & 3. It will be the start of a busy period of racing for me over July and August, so hopefully it will be a positive return to racing. I am looking forward to the next part of the season”.
29 July: Parc des Oiseaux – Bourg-en-Bresse (141 km).
30th July: Lagnieu – Saint-Vulbas (136 km).
31 July: Izernore – Lélex Monts Jura (125 km).