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Rietumu Banka–Riga
Team Rietumu Delfin logo.jpg
Team information
UCI code RBR
Registered Latvia
Founded 2004 (2004)
Disbanded 2017
Discipline Road / Mountain Bike
Status UCI Continental team
Key personnel
General manager Linards Veide
Team manager(s) Toms Flaksis
Team name history
Rietumu Banka–Riga
Rietumu Banka–Riga
Rietumu Banka–Riga jersey

Rietumu Banka–Riga (UCI team code: RBR) is a Latvian cycling team established in 2002 in order to develop Latvian cyclists to an international level. Its main sponsor is Rietumu Banka. During next year`s former professional riders Jaan Kirsipuu and Arvis Piziks worked as sports directors.[1] It was a UCI Continental team until the end of the 2008 season, when team shifted main focus on XC MTB racing.[2] In 2012 the team is once again registered at UCI level. The most famous riders of the team have been Aleksejs Saramotins, 2015 world time trial champion Vasil Kiryienka,[3] and 2015 UCI America Tour winner Toms Skujiņš.[4][5]

The team disbanded at the end of the 2017 season.[6]

Major wins[edit]

Stages 1a & 2 The Paths of King Nikola, Normunds Lasis
Prologue (ITT) Tour of Greece, Normunds Lasis
Stage 3 Tour of Greece, Gusts Eisaks
 Latvia Road Race Championships, Aleksejs Saramotins
Overall Giro della Toscana, Sergey Firsanov
Mayor Cup, Normunds Lasis
 Latvia Road Race Championships, Aleksejs Saramotins
 Belarus Time Trial Championships, Vasil Kiryienka
Stage 6 Course de la Solidarité Olympique, Vasil Kiryienka
Stage 5a Tour of Bulgaria, Sergey Firsanov
Stage 1 Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux, Normunds Lasis
Memorial Oleg Dyachenko, Sergey Firsanov
 Latvia Road Race Championships, Aleksejs Saramotins
Puchar Ministra Obrony Narodowej, Tarmo Raudsepp
Stage 4 Tour of Croatia, Aleksejs Saramotins
Stage 1 Circuit des Ardennes, Aleksejs Saramotins
Stage 4 Rhône-Alpes Isère Tour, Alexander Mironov
Stage 1a Five Rings of Moscow, Mart Ojavee
Tallinn–Tartu GP, Mart Ojavee
Tartu GP, Aleksejs Saramotins
Stage 2 Ringerike GP, Sergey Firsanov
Scandinavian Open Road Race, Aleksejs Saramotins
Stage 3 Okolo Slovenska, Aleksejs Saramotins
Stage 4a Okolo Slovenska, Sergey Firsanov
Lombardia Tour, Aleksejs Saramotins
Overall Way to Pekin, Sergey Firsanov
Stage 1, Alexander Mironov
Stages 2, 3 & 7, Sergey Firsanov
Stage 4, Mart Ojavee
Stage 5, Justas Volungevičius
Scandinavian Race Uppsala, Andžs Flaksis
GP Oued Eddahab, Andris Smirnovs
Stage 2 Tour de Blida, Toms Skujiņš
 Latvia Under-23 Road Race Championships, Toms Skujiņš
Prologue Tour de Guadeloupe, Team time trial
Stage 6 Baltic Chain Tour, Andris Smirnovs
 Latvia Under-23 Road Race Championships, Krists Neilands
 Latvia Road Race Championships, Andris Vosekalns
 Latvia Under-23 Time Trial Championships, Krists Neilands
Stage 1 Tour of China I, Armands Bēcis
Overall Tour de Borneo, Peeter Pruus
Stage 3, Krists Neilands
Stage 5, Peeter Pruus
Overall Baltic Chain Tour, Maris Bogdanovics
Stage 2, Maris Bogdanovics
 Latvia Under-23 Time Trial Championships, Marcis Kalnins

Team roster[edit]

Rider Date of birth
 Uldis Ālītis (LAT) (1983-07-25) 25 July 1983 (age 34)
 Armands Bēcis (LAT) (1991-01-16) 16 January 1991 (age 27)
 Artūrs Belēvičs (LAT) (1996-02-03) 3 February 1996 (age 22)
 Māris Bogdanovičs (LAT) (1991-11-19) 19 November 1991 (age 26)
 Ēriks Toms Gavars (LAT) (1997-04-20) 20 April 1997 (age 20)
 Marcis Kalnins (LAT) (1998-05-05) 5 May 1998 (age 19)
 Deins Kaņepējs (LAT) (1995-10-05) 5 October 1995 (age 22)
Rider Date of birth
 Emīls Liepiņš (LAT) (1992-10-29) 29 October 1992 (age 25)
 Viesturs Lukševics (LAT) (1987-04-16) 16 April 1987 (age 30)
 Peeter Pruus (EST) (1989-07-16) 16 July 1989 (age 28)
 Klāvs Rubenis (LAT) (1997-01-18) 18 January 1997 (age 21)
 Dimitriy Sorokin (RUS) (1982-06-06) 6 June 1982 (age 35)
 Tomas Vaitkus (LIT) (1982-02-04) 4 February 1982 (age 36)
 Andris Vosekalns (LAT) (1992-06-26) 26 June 1992 (age 25)


  1. ^ ""Rietumu Banka-Rīga" apņēmīga". Sportacentrs.com. Retrieved 2015-12-20. 
  2. ^ "Riteņbraukšanas komanda "Rietumu Banka-Rīga" gatavojas sezonai". apollo.tvnet.lv. Retrieved 2015-12-20. 
  3. ^ "Kiryienka wins time-trial gold at World Championships". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2015-12-20. 
  4. ^ "Cannondale signs promising youngster Toms Skujins - VeloNews.com". VeloNews.com. Retrieved 2015-12-20. 
  5. ^ "Road - Ranking". www.uci.ch. Retrieved 2015-12-20. 
  6. ^ http://www.cqranking.com/men/asp/gen/team.asp?year=2017&teamcode=RBR

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