Nõmmela wants to start his season with the Saudi Tour
Aksel Nõmmela, the Estonia's best male cyclist 2017, is about to start his fifth professional season. Nõmmela is riding for the Belgian Wallonie-Bruxelles Pro Continental team since last year.
While the last season was a bit like a transition year, it was important to get used to the higher level of racing, the upcoming season could already offer podium places. Nõmmela should start racing at the first week of February. Today, the last pre-season training camp for the Wallonie Bruxelles team started in Calpes, Spain.
"I would like to start the season with the Saudi Tour", ”said the 25-year-old pro. “It's not all clear yet. Exact plans concerning the race schedule will be done with the sports directors in the coming days, ”he added.
The Saudi Tour is back in the UCI calendar for the first time since 2002.
The five-day Saudi Tour will take place from the 4-8th of February and the route will be centered around the capital city of Riyadh. This means that ASO has now two stage races in the Arabian Peninsula during February. The other race is the Tour of Oman, organised the 11-16th of February. Nõmmela would also like to start over there, Wallonie Bruxelles has got the invitation for both of the races.
Aksel's team has 20 riders in the line up this year, thats four more than last year. Their best known rider is probably the 34-year-old Belgian Jelle Vanendert, who was part of the Belgian Lotto-Soudal World Tour team for 11 consecutive seasons. Vanendert has won a stage at the Tour de France (2011) and has been twice second in the Ardennais classic Amstel Gold Race (2012, 2014).
If the season starts well, it is possible that Nõmmela will be able to race the famous Paris-Roubaix classic in mid-April. It would be like a cherry on the cake for the spring season, as the Estonian sprinter likes cobbled classics.
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