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THE SWISS DIGITAL 5 - Digital pro cycling race of the Tour de Suisse

March 27, 2020 - Tour de Suisse, ROUVY and Velon start the first digital race with the best pro teams in the world.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the sporting world has ground to a halt. The prestigious spring classics and the Giro d'Italia are being postponed or canceled. Of course, in this serious situation, the priority is to contain the virus and keep the population healthy. There have not been months without sporting events like this since the Second World War.


For this reason, the Tour de Suisse, ROUVY and Velon have joined forces to launch a world premiere in digital pro racing. The goal is to bring the top teams in the world together to compete against each other on the ROUVY Indoor Cycling Reality platform. In the new racing format, The Swiss Digital 5, riders compete against each other each day on sections of some of the most beautiful Tour de Suisse stages, whilst respecting the global restrictions resulting from the COVID19 pandemic.

The cycling pros are connected on their racing bikes to "smart" roller trainers. While the cyclist sees the track and his position in the race on the monitor in real-time and as a real-life video image in front of him, the smart roller trainer applies the respective resistance to the pedals - depending on the topography of the track.

Teams, dates, and broadcasting:

Five digital races, each lasting approximately one hour, are planned for April 22 - 26, 2020 and will be broadcast live by Swiss television SRF. The Swiss Digital 5 will include many riders from WorldTour Teams as all teams that will be competing in the Tour de Suisse are invited to participate. Cyclists will ride on sections of the TdS 2020 route, thanks to the detailed and realistic route simulations of ROUVY. In these video recordings of the actual route, the individual cycling pros are displayed as 3D avatars in their team kit - true to their position in the ongoing race. These digital racing images are supplemented by live pictures of the cyclists during the TV broadcast. The plan is to install one camera for each team, which will transmit live images of these riders during the race. The Swiss Digital 5 races will also be commentated by experts and Velon will provide performance data live from the living rooms of the cycling pros.


 
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