Highlighted as one of the team’s favourite international races, the Tour de Korea returns on Wednesday, 14th June.
This year JLT Condor bring one of the most experience teams to the event.
Here are some key facts about the Tour de Korea.
- The race is run across five days. This the race will begin in tourist hotspot, Yeosu in the southeast before heading northward to the capital city, Seoul.
- The race is one of the toughest in the UCI Asia Tour calendar. 2017 is the 16th time the race has taken place.
- Nineteen teams from Pro Continental, Continental and National level all lining up at the start. JLT Condor are the only British team in the event this year. Teams from France, Italy, Malaysia, USA, Australia are attending
- JLT Condor have twice claimed the overall victory and yellow jersey in the event. Former rider Mike Cuming won the race in 2013 and Hugh Carthy solo’d to a mountain top stage win to move into the overall lead in 2014.
- New JLT Condor recruit, Brenton Jones won two stages in the race last year riding for Australian Pro team Drapac.
Stage 1 – 14th June – Yeosu to Gunsan : 216km
The longest stage of the race see sees riders head across country from the volcanic beach resort of Yeosu to opposite side of the country and industrial city of Gunsan. There are two big climbs to cross mid stage. If sprinters are distanced on the climbs they are likely to be able to make it back to the front of the race.
Stage 2 – 15th June – Gunsan to Muju : 158km
The GC battle begins in earnest on day 2. There are gruelling climbs at 80, 15km to go and short and sharp ascents in the uphill run to the finish.
Stage 5 – 18th June – Seoul – Seoul : 65km
The final stage is one suited to the sprinters while the spectator friendly parcours is expected takes in the 1988 Olympic park and will see the fans pack the city circuit which will be covered 4 times by the peloton.
Riders to watch
Brenton Jones leads JLT Condor into the 2017 Tour de Korea as the returning winner of the points classification. The Australian has previously held the yellow jersey too.
Ed Laverack has been hot tipped by JLT Condor performance manager, Tim Kennaugh. “Ed rode like 10-men, in the An Post Ras”, explained Kennaugh. Laverack finished 10th overall in the 2016 Tour de Korea race.
Follow the race
Race website: http://www.tourdekorea.or.kr/tdk2017/elite_eng
Racing begins at 1am (UK time) and is expected to finish at 6am (UK time) / 10am (local time) – 2pm (local time)
Live coverage for European residents is via Korean Cycling TV channel: http://www.cycletv.co.kr/