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ARE YOU AS STRONG AS THE PROS?

Take on the challenge and show what you've got!

Have you ever gone head to head with a real world champion or taken on a Tour de France stage winner? On the #powerbartour you get the unique chance to show big names such as Marcel Wüst, Faris Al-Sultan or the BMC Racing Team pro riders who's got what it takes.

Here are the rivals you'll be up against.

BMC Racing Team

With the current crop of stars such as Taylor Phinney and Philippe Gilbert, one name stands out in international competitive cycling - the BMC Racing Team. The UCI WorldTeam is one of the absolute top teams on the cycle racing scene, with its riders from 11 different countries constituting the sport's crème de la crème. It was no accident that the racing team ranked second in the world in 2014, and has an impressively long list of international titles and stage wins to its name. Prepare for a surprise regarding which riders of the team will participate in the #powerbartour! Marcus Burghardt is the first one.

Marcus Burghardt

Age: 31

Country: Germany

Discipline: Cycling

Successes:

  • Stage win Tour de France 2008
  • 2 stage wins Tour de Suisse 2010
  • Helped Cadel Evans to overall victory at the Tour de France 2011
  • Mountain classification Tour de Romandie

Out front in the experience stakes! The thigh muscles of Marcus Burghardt have seen him compete in seven Tours de France already - only a handful of riders in Germany have started more. The BMC Team's reliable lieutenant has always been the perfect embodiment of team spirit: in 2011, he helped captain Cadel Evans to victory in the Tour de France. And when he is let off the leash, it's time to watch out. He hasn't won the red race number given to the most combative rider of the field for nothing.  

Taylor Phinney

Age: 24

Country: USA

Discipline: Cycling

Successes:

  • Winner of individual time trial at the 2012 Giro d’Italia
  • Runner up at World Championships in the individual time trial and team time trial in 2012
  • USA national time trial champion in 2014
  • 1st overall at Dubai Tour 2014
  • Stage winner at several races

Oil the chain, check the studs and the gears - when Taylor Phinney gets in the saddle it's time to set yourself for some big action. When he has a long stretch of tarmac ahead, this US-American rider is impossible to catch. The 24-year-old was World Championship runner-up and is the current USA individual time trial champion. Not many rivals can keep up with him on the time trial front. Will you manage it?

Rick Zabel

Age: 21

Country: Germany

Discipline: Cycling

Successes:

  • U23 German national road race champion in 2012
  • Stage win at Tour de Romandie in 2013
  • 1st overall at U23 Tour of Flanders in 2013
  • 1st place finish in team time trial at Giro del Trentino 2014
  • Member of 2015 BMC Racing Team squad at the Giro d’Italia

Given the fame enjoyed by his father, Rick Zabel had some pretty big shoes to fill. But he's already on the way to making them fit: the 21-year-old can already list German youth champion, stage winner and team time trial winner on his CV. And participation in the Giro d'Italia underlines the rapid rise enjoyed by Zabel Junior. His success looks set to continue - the talent in the genes is there for all to see.

Manuel Quinziato

Age: 35

Country: Italy

Discipline: Cycling

Successes:

  • Member of men’s world team time trial winning squad 2014
  • Member of runner-up team time trial squad at World Road Championships 2012
  • Member of men’s team time trial winning squad at Critérium du Dauphiné 2015
  • Stage winner in Eneco Tour of Benelux 2006

The name Manuel Quinziato epitomizes everything that makes a real time trial winner: experience, fast legs and a deep passion for the sport. The Italian has represented various pro cycling teams since 2002 and boasts a total of eight appearances in the Tour de France to date. He is a key member of the BMC Racing Team's current world team time trial-winning squad. In both the team time trial victory at this year‘s Dauphiné race and at last year’s World Championship in Ponferrada, Quinziato played a prominent role in the engine room driving the team to success. When he’s in the saddle he burns some serious rubber.

Team Kuota Lotto

Age: 18-35

Country: Germany

Discipline: Cycling

Successes:

  • Several victories and podium finishes at UCI races in 2014 & 2015
  • Max Walscheid (U23 Champion Road Racing)
  • Felix Drumm (U23 Champion Cyclo-cross)
  • Marcel Meisen (German Champion Cyclo-cross)

With 3 German champions in their line-up, the Kuota Lotto Team (Pro Cycling Team) is aiming to power past their German Continental Team rivals. And their ambitions don't stop there. The major goal in the young team's sights is of course to enter the Tour de France. So if you've ever dreamed of pitting your skills against a real German cycling champion, this is one great opportunity to do just that.

Maloja Pushbikers

Age: 19-34

Country: Germany & England

Discipline: Cycling & Track Cycling

Successes:

  • Overall of 12 victories at international Sixdays and over 45 podium positions
  • Several times German Track Champions (Madison, Point Race)
  • European Madison Champion 2014
  • Two times Revolution Cycling Series Champions
  • Winner and second place Australian National Track Championships 2013

Anyone who's tried turning up the heat on the velodrome knows the burning sensation in the thighs all too well. The Revolution Cycling Series is to track cyclists what the Tour de France is to road race specialists. And it's right where the Maloja Pushbikers feel especially at home. But these multiple champions also have talent in abundance elsewhere too. Even if you're just dashing over from Milan to San Remo to grab an ice cream, you don't need to dodge the limelight on the roads. Have you got the power to leave the lads trailing in your wake? #beapushbiker

Andreas Birnbacher

Age: 33

Country: Germany

Discipline: Biathlon

Successes:

  • Sixfold world championship medalists
  • European Champion in the relay
  • Multiple German Champion in the disciplines individual, sprint, mixed, pursuit, relay and mass start

Whoever completes the 180-kilometre cycling course at the Triathlon Challenge Roth in a time of 4h30m is no stranger to the saddle. Throughout the year the experienced biathlete racks up more than 3,500 kilometres on a racing bike, 1,500 on foot and 8,000 on skis and roller skis. The potent threat posed by Andi Birnbacher in other challenges was more than proved with his impressive top-10 finish in the Chiemsee Triathlon.

Simon Schempp

Age: 26

Country: Germany

Discipline: Biathlon

  • Successes: Silver medalist Olympic Games, Sochi
  • Two-time World champion and European champion in the relay
  • German Champion in the mass start

When can you test your mettle against a real Olympic medal-winner? But anyone thinking that this biathlete's talents are limited to the cross-country ski track need to think again! Along with Andreas Birnbacher, Simon Schempp made his triathlon debut back in 2012 at the 1st Chiemsee Triathlon, and bagged 21st place. As soon as the snow thins out during the summer months, the biathlete switches to doing most of his training on two wheels. And he knows how to master the steep alpine passes and long endurance stretches inside out.

Marcel Wüst

Age: 47

Country: Germany

Discipline: Cycling

Successes:

  • 110 pro cycling wins
  • 14 stage wins at Giro d Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta

As a former Tour de France rider, Marcel Wüst is probably one of the hottest properties in our team. With more than 14 stage victories in the showpiece races, the sprinter is more than familiar with all the demands posed by the #powerbartour. With calves made of steel and boasting over 30 years' experience in active cycling sport, it wouldn't be the first time should he even bring home the 'King of the Mountain' title: he is a past winner of the polka dot jersey in the Tour de France.

Michael Teuber

Age: 47

Country: Germany

Discipline: Cycling

Successes:

  • 1 Gold medal at the 2012 Paralympics in London
  • 1 Gold and 1 Silver medal at the 2008 Paralympics in Peking
  • 2 Gold medals 2004 Paralympics in Athen
  • 17 x World Champion Paracycling
  • Numerous world records on the track

It wouldn't be going too far to say that in the last decade we haven't seen a Paralympic cyclist to match the speed of Michael Teuber. 4 Olympic gold medals, 17 world champion titles and numerous world records speak for themselves. The 47-year-old has also proved beyond any doubts his fighting spirit and an approach that simply knows no limits. After all, following his accident he was forced to use a wheelchair. And a few years later, he then won gold in Peking. 

Faris Al-Sultan

Age: 37

Country: Germany

Discipline: Triathlon

Successes:

  • 1st place IRONMAN World Championship Hawaii 2005
  • 1st place IRONMAN European Champioship Frankfurt 2011

Despite his recently announced retirement, Faris Al-Sultan is still eating up the kilometres. Instead of sitting down with a cup of tea and the crossword, this triathlon legend is going out with a bang – by taking part in the #powerbartour. And the IRONMAN world champion will prove that he's still got racing blood in his veins when it all starts on the 4th July.

Thomas Hellriegel

Age: 44

Country: Germany

Discipline: Triathlon

Successes:

  • Ironman Hawaii World Champion 1997
  • Runner-up in the Ironman Hawaii 1996 and 1995
  • Winner of the Ironman Lanzarote 1995 and 2003

 In Thomas Hellriegel, we have the next triathlon legend muscling his way to the start line. The sight of his tricot on the podium at Hawaii is a very familiar one. Four times the 44-year-old has finished in the world championship top three, and was also the first German ever to bring the IRONMAN world title back home. Triathlete Hellriegel is the perfect fit for the #powerbartour – not least due to his transformation into a real force of nature when he gets in the saddle, earning him the nickname “Hell on Wheels”.