A month after holding its team meeting in Poreč, Croatia, Tinkoff will embark on the first training camp of the 2016 season. The team’s riders, management, mechanics, soigneurs and staff will spend two weeks, from December 5 to 18, at the ANFI Tauro resort in Gran Canaria, setting the ground work for the year ahead.
According to Steven de Jongh, Head Sport Director of Tinkoff, this camp “will provide the riders with valuable training time on their bikes. The mountainous terrain of Gran Canaria provides us with challenging training routes for long rides and physical testing on climbs.”
“In addition, all riders will have two weeks to get to know each other, ahead of the 2016 season. Although the core of our squad remains unchanged, with Alberto Contador and Peter Sagan again our stand-out names, we had new signings as well as a number of riders that moved to other teams, so it is important for us to start building in this camp a close-knit group of riders”, commented de Jongh.
“We have set a rigorous plan of daily training sessions and thanks to the year-round sunshine in Gran Canaria and the little-traveled roads, we are certain we will make the most of it. All riders will also complement the time on the bike with daily sessions of core training.”
“Last but certainly not least, the ANFI training camp will be the best opportunity for Ivan Basso and Ján Valach to enter into their new roles of, respectively, Technical Coordinator and Sport Director”, concluded de Jongh.