So many races on today's EUROTRASH Monday: Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race for men and women, Vuelta a San Juan, all Mallorca Challenge races, Grand Prix Cycliste de Marseille and cyclocross action from the X2o Badkamers Trofee Flandriencross in Hamme and the Cup of UCI World Championships in Besançon.
Peter Sagan announces his retirementEXCELLENT STORY.
Pilot-News:Miguel Ángel López is a victim, Evenepoel on the new Liège-Bastoña-Liège route, Filippo Ganna is reprimanded by the UCI, Madiot responds to Gaudus controversy and Marianne Vos renews her contract but does not compete in the World Championships.
Team-News:Bingoal demands €2m if Tietema doesn't return, Q36.5 debuts on Saudi Tour, Bahrain Victorious and Jayco Alula on Saudi Tour, UAE Team Emirates on Saudi Tour & Vuelta Valenciana and Jarne Van de Paar joins professional Lotto Dstny team at.
Rennachrichten:Teams for Paris-Roubaix, Brussels want World Cup 2030 and Route Tro Bro Leon 2023.
And the sad news of the death of Soigneur Astana Umberto Insevini.
EXCELLENT STORY:Peter Sagan announces his retirement
2023 will be Peter Sagan's last year as a full-time professional cyclist. The three-time world champion made the announcement for Argentina. In 2024, the Slovakian will still contest a few smaller races for TotalEnergies, but not for the WorldTour. The focus is on the Olympic mountain bike race in Paris next year.
"Because everyone deserves to know, it's time to share that this will be my final year as a professional road cyclist," he said.Sagan said in a video message.“Next year I will definitely stay with TotalEnergies and focus on qualifying for the Olympic mountain bike race. I will do a few minor road races but no more WorldTour races. The goal is to get to the Olympics in good shape. So we'll see later."
Sagan announced the news on his 33rd birthday, the rest day of the Vuelta a San Juan, for which he is currently racing. Sagan spoke mostly about the joy he gets from mountain biking."I still want to have fun and that's why I'm getting back into mountain biking."
“I started it and now I want to finish it. It would be nice to end my career at the Paris Olympics. It's not so much about winning a medal. It's not that easy because I've tried it before in Rio. I'm not putting myself under any pressure, I just want to have fun."said the Slovak.
"I'd love to go to the Tour de France because I've had a lot of good times there, but it's hard to say too much about it at the moment. The most important thing is to get in shape."Sagan is looking forward to his final pro season. He also does not want to talk about the Tour of Flanders."We'll see. I'll do my best, but in cycling you can't predict anything. In any case, I'm hoping for a good WorldTour win. I would be very happy with that, but I won't." change my mind There's no way I'm leaving after this season."
Peter Sagan is one of the greatest cyclists of the 21st century with three consecutive world titles, seven Tour de France green jerseys, twelve Tour stage wins, four Vuelta stage wins, two Giro stage wins, Paris-Roubaix, the Tour of Flanders, three victories at Gent-Wevelgem and over 120 professional wins.
In 2010 he debuted Liquigas in the WorldTour peloton and raced with them until 2014 when he was Cannondale. After two seasons at Tinkoff-Saxo, Sagan moved to BORA-hansgrohe, where he competed for five years. At the end of 2021 he moved to ProTeam TotalEnergies in France.
Peter Sagan was the winner, but also one of the most important personalities in professional cycling:
Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race – Hombres 2023
DSM's Marius Mayrhofer won the 2023 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race on Sunday. After a race of more than 174 kilometers starting and finishing in Geelong, the German sprinter was the first to cross the finish line of a slim peloton. This was DSM's second victory in as many hours after Sam Welsford won the Vuelta a San Juan.
The course of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, the second WorldTour race of the year after the Tour Down Under, consisted of a grand loop through the state of Victoria and four local loops in Geelong. The Challambra Crescent (810 meters at 9.8%) had to be scaled every lap. The final summit was 9.1 kilometers from the finish line. The race exploded on the climb, marked by a long solo attack from Taco van der Hoorn. United Arab Emirates Team Emirates tried to field Marc Hirschi for Challambra Crescent but the first real chance came from defending champion Dries Devenyns. He pulled the peloton into a single line of cyclists. Sven Erik Bystrøm saw his chance just below the top. The strong Norwegian Intermarché-Circus-Wanty immediately had a gap that Mauro Schmid (Soudal Quick-Step) was able to close. They were 10 seconds ahead of the others and looked like they were fighting for the win.
Leader Michael Matthews' Jayco AlUla fought back to close the gap but a counterattack from Australian Champion Luke Plapp (INEOS Grenadiers) caught Bystrøm and Schmid in the last kilometre. Plapp had the pack at the wheel. In the subsequent torn sprint, Marius Mayrhofer surprisingly emerged as the winner. The 22-year-old German was well ahead of Hugo Page (Intermarché-Circus-Wanty) and Simon Clarke (Israel-Premier Tech). Matthews was fourth and Caleb Ewan of the national team was sixth.
Race winner Marius Mayrhofer (DSM): "It means everything to me. The last race I won was in the juniors so finally getting my first win means everything. The team did a great job all day. We did that difficult climb four times managed and every time I was up front They covered the moves so I could stay in the peloton and save energy for the finals There is a small descent before the finish where I managed to pick up speed and then I got that Sprint started early and ran to the finish I've dreamed of this one win for so long I can't believe it just happened It's a huge win for us We rode really well together in the Tour Down Under and didn't get the result we wanted so our time in Australia ended with a win today is amazing thanks to all the team staff and everyone they really deserved a to win."
2º, Hugo Page (Intermarché-Circus-Wanty): “It's always a shame to come so close to victory, but today we didn't regret it. We had a perfect race. Our strategy was clear, we used our various assets perfectly according to plan and did our best. I am proud to once again wear the colors of Intermarché-Circus-Wanty on a World Tour podium. At the Tour Down Under we showed our collective strength with podiums for Julius Johansen and I and a seventh overall for Sven Erik Bystrøm. A crash ahead of me on the final climb meant I missed out on the top ten overall, but I was happy to know I was among the first to win stages. This first experience in Australia was fantastic. Aside from racing and training, this long month away from home felt like a holiday with friends thanks to the great atmosphere. This team spirit undoubtedly makes the difference in racing. The performance of our colleagues on Mallorca also motivated us. Every morning when I woke up there was an avalanche of WhatsApp messages! I usually do very well from the start of the season so my coach Ioannis Tamouridis has planned a period of intensive training ahead of these Australian races. After my return to Europe I will take a short break before taking him to the training camp in Greece to prepare for the classics.”
3º, Simon Clarke (Israel-Premier Tech): “The Tour Down Under was a disappointing result from a team perspective because it didn't reflect how well we rode and how strong everyone was. As a group we were super motivated today to justify the quality of the team we had here and how well we worked together. I think the fact that the two of us are in the top 5 is exactly where we deserved to be today. It was a good day for the team. Today was a tricky race with a lot of wind that affected the race, mainly headwind on the way up, it was difficult for the climbers to spot anything and then after we turned right after the finish line, the headwind did that Race really finishes like you saw on TV. Every breakaway staggered back down this straight, having to expend a lot of energy to keep clear. I was just trying to hide and save myself and follow the team plan which was to save me and Corbin to get deeper into the race. I was also in the lead on the last lap, but I was very conscious of not using any extra energy on the final climb because I knew it was going to be a bunch sprint of sorts. The plan was for Corbin and I to end up together, but we got lost and both ended up running away. I'm quite surprised to finish third, but I'm really happy because it's also a great point for the team.
Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race – Men Result:
1. Marius Mayrhofer (Germany) DSM at 4:15:11
2. Hugo Page (Fra) Intermarché-Circus-Wanty
3. Simon Clarke (Australia) Premier Tech of Israel
4. Michael Matthews (Aus) Jayco AlUla
5. Corbin Strong (NZ) Israel-Premier Tech
6. Caleb Ewan (Aus) UniSA-Australia
7. Dion Smith (NZ) Intermarché-Circus-Wanty
8. Marc Hirschi (Self) VAE-Team
9. George Bennett (NZ) VAE-Team
10. Sean Quinn (EUA) EF Education-EasyPost.
Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race – Mulheres 2023
Loes Adgeest of FDJ-SUEZ-Futuroscope won the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road race. The Dutchwoman escaped alongside Trek-Segafredo's Amanda Spratt of Australia on the final climb and passed her in the sprint. Nina Buijsman from Human Powered Health took third place.
The women's Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race covered 140 kilometers around Geelong, the host city of the 2010 Road World Championships. The drivers had to climb Challambra Crescent twice (900 m at 8.9%) in the end.
Keely Bennett (Bridgelane) and Sophie Edwards (ARA Skip Capital Sunshine Coast) opted for open water on the opening and built a 3-minute lead. The escape didn't last long, however, as the two were caught up by the peloton 73 kilometers from the finish. The race started jointly with the first climb of Challambra Crescent, but the upper split was soon over. A group of 30 riders formed before beginning the second climb of Challambra Crescent. Adegeest and Spratt made their move here and separated from the pack. It quickly became apparent that the two would not give up and could race to victory. Adegeest emerged as the faster of the two and won convincingly by a bike length. Buijsman won the group sprint for third place.
Rennsieger, Loes Adegeest (FDJ-SUEZ-Futuroscope): “Of course it was a tough finish with the steep climb and a long sprint. I'm still gasping for air. We went to Grace [Brown] but on the first climb I felt too strong and I got to the top first and then we switched to plan B and it worked. I still can't believe it so I have to take it first. But naturally starting the season like that, it's only January and I've already won a WorldTour race, it's incredible.
2., Amanda Spratt (Trek-Segafredo): "To be honest, I'm a bit disappointed. The team rode so well that it set me and Brodie [Chapman] up for this finale. We ran really well the last few laps and I couldn't get past Loes Adegeest on the last lap. He told me he wasn't allowed to work so I thought what should I do because it's still a good situation for us to try to reach the finish line. I'm a bit disappointed. I think I screwed up my sprint a bit. I mean second place, I've had a really good summer so I'm happy."
Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race – Women Result:
1. Loes Adegeest (Ned) FDJ-SUEZ-Futuroscopio e 3:52:4
2. Amanda Spratt (Aus) Trek-Segafredo
3. Nina Buijsman (Ned) Human Powered Health bei 0:04
4. Josie Nelson (GB) Coop-Hitec-Products
5. Cycling team Danielle de Francesco (Aus) Zaaf
6. Henrietta Christie (NZ) Human Powered Health
7. Ruby Roseman-Gannon (Aus) Jayco AlUla
8. Georgia Williams (NZ) formation EF-TIBCO-SVB
9. Krista Doebel-Hickok (EE. UU.) EF Education-TIBCO-SVB
10. Simone Boilard (Can) St Michel-Mavic-Auber93 WE.
Tour von San Juan International 2023
HimQueen level 5The Vuelta a San Juan, which arrived in Alto del Colorado, was won by Miguel Ángel López. The Colombian from Team Medellín-EPM was the best climber on the last climb and rode solo to the stage win and the leader's jersey. World Champion Remco Evenepoel was the first elite rider to attack, but he cracked and lost time.
The fifth and most difficult stage of the Vuelta a San Juan led over 173.7 kilometers with several climbs to Alto del Colorado (18.9 km at 4.4%). World champion Remco Evenepoel was the big favorite to win in Alto Colorado, because in 2019 and 2020 Evenepoel also fought in the mountains at over 2,600 meters.
Evenepoel, López and Bernal kept a low profile for the first few hours of the race, but there was the usual early break: Emiliano Contreras and Leandro Messineo (Chimbas Te Quiero), Christofer Jurado (Panama is culture and values), Alejandro Quilci and Laureno Rosas Manuele Tarozzi (Green Project-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè) and the German Nicolás Tivani (Team Corratec) managed a maximum lead of 5 minutes. In the peloton, Einer Rubio and INEOS Grenadiers had two stage win contenders in Bernal and Daniel Felipe Martínez. Tarozzi wanted to consolidate his leading position in the KOM ranking. The 24-year-old Italian managed to pick up some mountain points on the first two climbs of the day, Alto de Villicum (3rd cat) and Baños de Talascato (2nd cat), but the judges were also chasing the points and hadn't lost hope . .
Tarozzi had other plans and continued to surprise Jurado after the hill climb in Baños de Talascato, who was again caught by the pursuers. Sole leader Tarozzi was hoping to be first to the top of the next climb, the Alto de la Crucecita (2nd Cat). The Italian managed to collect 6 mountain points and extend his lead to 6 minutes, but there were still 40km to go and the final climb. Heading into Alto del Colorado, the peloton picked up the pace and Tarozzi was a bit behind. Tarozzi started the final climb with just under 12 miles to go with a 3 minute lead and fellow breakaways Contreras, Jurado, Messineo and Tivani also took the lead. Messineo, 43, still had some left in his tank and managed to leap over Tarozzi, who was on his last legs. Finally, with twelve kilometers to go, Tarozzi's lights went out and Messineo was left alone. The Argentine had a lead of more than 1:30 on the peloton commanded by Team Medellín-EPM.
The Colombian team had a good performance from Miguel Ángel López and/or Óscar Sevilla. Evenepoel attacked with 10km to go and quickly built up a good lead and seemed on course for victory. Refusing to accept Evenepoel's supremacy, the INEOS Grenadiers used their best men to capture Evenepoel. That worked and after an initial attack by Lopez, the Soudal Quick-Step rider had to break free and was no longer able to face the South American climbers. López, Sergio Higuita, Rubio, Bernal and a strong Filippo Ganna stayed in front and would decide the win. Lopez was visibly comfortable on the steeper sections and went for the second time. This time only Higuita was able to continue, Bernal, Ganna and Rubio not. Higuita soon had to let López go too. López quickly passed Higuita, Bernal, Ganna and Rubio by 20 seconds but had to push again in the final kilometers to fend off a strong Ganna. The Italian tried to cross the Colombian in time trial mode. Ganna quickly managed to halve his loss but was unable to catch up to the strong Lopez, who crossed the finish line for the stage win and overall leader's jersey. Ganna crossed the line in second ahead of Higuita and Bernal who showed he was almost back on top with a fourth place finish. Evenepoel was able to limit the damage in the final kilometers and finished seventh, but now he's unlikely to win the Vuelta a San Juan this year.
Leader and absolute leader, Miguel Ángel López (Team Medellín-EPM): “I have to thank my teammates. We worked well together today. Today could also have been a dangerous day, but we drove very carefully. This is a win for fans and sponsors alike. I also have my wife and children to thank. It was still a little far from the foot. However, I let the guys run ahead to make the race more difficult. Luckily I felt better and better.”
Result of the 5th stage of the International Tour of San Juan:
1. Miguel Ángel López (Col) Team Medellin-EPM in 4:07:10
2. Filippo Ganna (Colonel) INEOS Grenadiers at 12:30am
3. Sergio Higuita (Col) BORA-hansgrohe in 0:38
4. Egan Bernal (Colonel) INEOS Grenadiers at 12:40 am
5. Einer Augusto Rubio (Col) Movistar
6. Brandon Smith Rivera (Colonel) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:51
7. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Soudal Ritmo beschleunigte eine 1:09
8. César Nicolás Paredes (Col) San Juan Civil Servants Union
9. Kevin Vermaerke (EE. UU.) DSM bus 1:11
10. Quinn Simmons (USA) Trek_Segafredo bei 1:31.
San Juan International General Tour after Stage 5:
1. Miguel Ángel López (Col) Team Medellin-EPM in 20:13:37
2. Filippo Ganna (now) Grenadiers INEOS 0-3
3. Sergio Higuita (Col) BORA-hansgrohe in 0:44
4. Egan Bernal (Colonel) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:50
5. Einer Augusto Rubio (Col) Movistar
6. Brandon Smith Rivera (Colonel) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:01
7. César Nicolás Paredes (Col) San Juan Public Workers Union at 1:19 am
8. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Soudal Paso rapido
9. Kevin Vermaerke (EE) DSM at 1:30 p.m
10. Matthew Riccitello (USA) Israel-Premier Tech in 1:41.
San Juan'23 Stage 5:
Sam Welsford wonstage 6the Tour de San Juan. Australia's DSM, who fell badly earlier in the week, was fastest in the group sprint. He placed Sam Bennett and Fernando Gaviria in second and third place respectively. Fabio Jakobsen finished fourth.
The sixth stage of the Vuelta a San Juan started and ended at the Velodromo Vicente Chancay, the venue for the 2025 World Track Championships. The first 50 kilometers were uphill twice, then the track was almost flat. On the final stage of 145 kilometers, the riders circumnavigated Pocito three times.
The opening time of the stage passed very quickly. One attack followed another, but neither group was ever truly eliminated. Egan Bernal retired. Newly promoted INEOS Grenadiers, who finished fourth on Friday's queen stage and also fourth overall, suffered a fall and knee problems on the first stage of the Vuelta a San Juan.
Twelve riders managed to escape, but among them Nicolás Tivani (Corratec), 13th overall, managed to save himself. Medellín-EPM, team led by General Leader Miguel Ángel López found the situation very dangerous and decided to close the gap. So after 30 kilometers the race was over. Seven managed to escape: Juan Pablo Dotti (San Juan Public Employees Union) finished 15th overall. and top-ranked in the escape. Filippo Magli (Projeto Verde-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè), Rafael Lourenço (APHotels and Resorts – Tavira), Emiliano Ibarra (Sports Unions – Cutral Co), Juan Pablo Dotti (Union of Civil Servants of San Juan), Maximiliano Richeze (Argentina) and his brother Mauro Abel Richeze (Chimbas Eu Te Amo). The group had almost 3 minutes, which made Dotti the virtual leader for a while. Earlier in the day he was 2:07 behind Lopez. Thanks to the work of Medellín, who had the help of the Chilean team, the lead soon dwindled and they weren't a problem. Later, BORA-hansgrohe and Soudal Quick-Step helped Sam Bennett and Fabio Jakobsen to close the gap even further.
Dotti retreated to the front when riots broke out in the lead group, along with Lourenço, leaving five men ahead. They started the last 30 kilometers with a lead of less than 1 minute. Ten kilometers later, all but Magli were captured. The Italian rode alone for a while but it was over with 17km to go. Soudal Quick-Step took control on the run to the sprint, but Trek-Segafredo was also in the lead. After a long spin by world champion Remco Evenepoel, Fabio Jakobsen was in an excellent position over the last kilometer, but BORA-hansgrohe took the lead. Danny van Poppel started the race for Bennett, who had Jakobsen at the wheel. It looked like a duel between the two but Sam Welsford came up from behind at great pace and raced for the win.
Etappensieger Sam Welsford (DSM): “The team was great, I wouldn't have made it without the guys. They took care of me all day like they did all week. They believed in me, they helped me and today they said that this sprint would be good for me. So we got into it. The last five kilometers were in full use. I think we really deserved this win. This win is really for the boys. After that, the actual sprint started very quickly. I think we reached speeds of 75 km/h in the sprint, so that was really fast. The last five kilometers were very difficult, but I think it's fantastic. The audience really supports us throughout the stage. See the finish here, just before the velodrome. The audience also lined up for the last few kilometers. I think it's great to win here."
2e, Sam Bennett (BORA-hansgrohe): “It was a good day for us, I just had to stay calm and trust my teammates to get there. You did an amazing job and I really want to thank you for your work! I'm happy with the speed I have at the moment, it's good for confidence."
Result of the 6th stage of the International Tour of San Juan:
1. Sam Welsford (Australia) DSM at 3:03:39
2. Sam Bennett (Ire) BORA-hansgrohe
3. Fernando Gaviria (Oberst) Movistar
4. Fabio Jakobsen (without) Soudal Quick-Step
5. Attilio Viviani (Ita) Equipo Corratec
6. Peter Sagan (Slo) TotalEnergies
7. Gleb Syritsa (-) Astana Kazakhstan
8. Grenadiers Elia Viviani (Ja) INEOS
9. Project Enrico Zanoncello (Ita) Verde-Bardiani CSF-Falley
10. Mattia Pinazzi (Ita) Italy.
San Juan International General Tour after Stage 6:
1. Miguel Ángel López (Col) Team Medellin-EPM in 23:17:16
2. Filippo Ganna (now) Grenadiers INEOS 0-3
3. Sergio Higuita (Col) BORA-hansgrohe in 0:44
4. Einer Augusto Rubio (Col) Movistar in 0:50
5. Brandon Smith Rivera (Colonel) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:01
6. César Nicolás Paredes (Col) San Juan Public Workers Union at 1:19
7. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Soudal Paso rapido
8. Kevin Vermaerke (EE. UU.) DSM at 1:30 p.m
9. Matthew Riccitello (USA) Israel-Premier Tech in 1:41
10. Quinn Simmons (USA) Trek-Segafredo in 1:46.
San Juan'23 Stage 6:
As expected, Miguel Ángel López (Medellín-EPM) won the overall final of the Vuelta a San Juan. On the last stage of the Rodoanel San Juan, his leading position was never in jeopardy. The last stage went to Sam Welsford (DSM). Fabio Jakobsen came into contact with a spectator in the sprint, but remained uninjured.
The last stage of the Volta a San Juan took place entirely in the provincial capital with a rather boring route. Seven laps on the ring road. The stage was on Avenida de Circunvalación.
Jens Reynders (Israel-Premier Tech) won the first intermediate sprint out of a group of four. Mathias Vacek (Trek-Segafredo), Miguel Salgueiro (AP Hotels & Resorts/Tavira/SC Farense) and Laureano Rosas (Gremios por el Deporte-Yaco) rotated while Reynders got up. Rosas was also eliminated in the penultimate lap. Vacek and Salgueiro fought for a while, but they knew they didn't stand a chance against the pack. With about 15 kilometers to go, the two managed to stay ahead. Just before they were captured, Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-Quick-Step) and Quinn Simmons (Trek-Segafredo) attempted to escape.
They were serious about winning the stage. It looked like they could fight for the win, but it didn't. With three kilometers to go, it was clear that a mass run would end the stage. And it was Sam Welsford who, like on Saturday, was quickest after a great job from his DSM team-mates. Fabio Jakobsen had to come from far behind to reach the finish line. He dived into a gap along the fence, but the consequences were almost catastrophic. He came into contact with a spectator's hand and his phone, losing his glasses in the process. Luckily the European Champion survived, but he only got second place.
Etappensieger Sam Welsford (DSM): “The guys were really good again on the last lap and took good care of me. We reached the last kilometer and there were five boys left; It's really amazing how well trained we are going into the end of this week. This is something very special for me and the team. Doing it once is good but doing it again when the boys win in Australia is even better and just shows what we are capable of as a team. This is a great start to our season.”
Third overall, Sergio Higuita (BORA-hansgrohe): “This week was super good for the team! We rode well as a team, supported each other and achieved good results. I'm happy with this start to the season, being on the podium here was definitely my goal. My next race will be the national championship in Colombia. I'm super motivated and I hope to keep the jersey for another year."
7th overall, Remco Evenepoel (Soudal Quick-Step): “Not exceptionally good, but not bad either. I tried it whenever I wanted and was able to show myself again today (Sunday). The level was also much higher here than in other years, I noticed that in my watts. Everything is going as planned, now we just have to keep working. In fact, my plan was to go with just three or four miles to go to checkmate the other sprint teams. But I've seen Simmons gone and he's a good ally. Thanks to the tailwind everything went very well at the start and we drifted away for almost half a minute. But with the wind against us and with four or five teams behind us, it was difficult for us to keep going. I was actually surprised it took so long, but we were still a bird to the cat."
Second on stage, Fabio Jakobsen (Soudal Quick-Step): “I should have followed Mørkøv, but I hesitated and stayed with the other sprinters. I thought Nizzolo was going to slide to the left, but I should have known better and gotten really close to the tackle. Someone came with a phone. I think a lot of people had déjà vu after this stage of the Tour of Poland. That was partly my fault, but there was space. I hadn't seen the hand. I have a cut and it's a little deep but it could have been a lot worse. Luckily it ends well."
Result of the 7th stage of the International Tour of San Juan:
1. Sam Welsford (Australia) DSM at 2:23:41
2. Fabio Jakobsen (without) Soudal Quick-Step
3. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Israel-Premier Tech
4. Yevgeniy Gidich (Cast) Astana Castle
5. Danny van Poppel (Ned) BORA-hansgrohe
6. Attilio Viviani (Ita) Equipo Corratec
7. Giovanni Lonardi (Ita) EOLO-Kometa
8. Peter Sagan (Slo) TotalEnergies
9. Jon Aberasturi (Esp) Trek-Segafredo
10. Project Enrico Zanoncello (Ita) Verde-Bardiani CSF-Falley.
Total result Tour de San Juan International:
1. Miguel Ángel López (Col) Medellín-EPM in 25:40:57
2. Filippo Ganna (now) Grenadiers INEOS 0-3
3. Sergio Higuita (Col) BORA-hansgrohe in 0:44
4. Einer Augusto Rubio (Col) Movistar in 0:50
5. Brandon Smith Rivera (Colonel) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:01
6. César Nicolás Paredes (Col) San Juan Public Workers Union at 1:19
7. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Soudal Paso rapido
8. Kevin Vermaerke (EE. UU.) DSM at 1:30 p.m
9. Matthew Riccitello (USA) Israel-Premier Tech in 1:41
10. Quinn Simmons (USA) Trek-Segafredo in 1:46.
San Juan'23 Stage 7:
Palma Trophy – Palma 2023
The Palma Trophy, the final race of Challenge Mallorca, was won by Ethan Vernon. British sprinter Soudal Quick-Step passed Biniam Girmay and Belgian neo-pro Jarne Van De Paar after a frantic finish.
The final race of Challenge Mallorca on Sunday was the Palma Trophy. Today was a run for sprinters and a great sprint was expected. There was an increase, but it was not expected to cause any problems. In the end the paths became flatter.
With Biniam Girmay, Nacer Bouhanni, Juan Sebastián Molano, Ethan Vernon, Manuel Peñalver, Stanisław Aniołkowski, Matthew Walls and Iván García, there were many fast men on the grid, so multiple teams lined up to hold the race together. A break with Xabier Berasategi (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Iván Cobo (Kern Pharma Team), Vincent Van Hemelen (Team Flanders-Baloise) and Marc Terrasa (Spanish Team) opened up a 2 minute lead but they didn't want to capitalize on it. With 25km to go, Cobo, Berasategi and Terrasa were trapped but Van Hemelen stayed a little further out of the peloton's reach, but his breakout also ended. At the local round in Palma, the speed trains took over, with both teams not being able to maintain their lead. That changed when the men of UAE team Emirates did everything in their power to keep their sprinter Molano out of trouble.
Lotto Dstny and Soudal Quick-Step had other plans and took over the last 4 kilometers. Nervousness increased and this caused a fall, including Nacer Bouhanni, who has just returned after a long rehabilitation. The other sprinters remained unimpressed and headed for the finish line. The run to the sprint was chaotic, but Ethan Vernon was still well placed with a few hundred meters to go. The 22-year-old Briton from the Soudal Quick-Step, runner-up in the Ses Salines Trophy last Thursday, was driven perfectly by his teammates, skilfully overtaking Iván García and holding off the fast Biniam Girmay with a strong sprint. Jarne Van De Paar finished third in his first season with Lotto Dstny.
Rennsieger, Ethan Vernon (Soudal Quick-Step): “It's nice to come away with a win here after the team has come so close in the other four races. The weather finally cleared up which was nice for a change and the guys did a great job all day. Tim worked the whole race while the rest of the guys got me where I needed to be when the critical moment came and I'm grateful for that. After Wednesday, when I was through all those climbs, I knew I was fit and that gave me confidence. I am very happy about this win, the whole team deserves it.”
3rd, Jarne Van de Paar (Lotto Dstny): “I already felt good during the race, but the immediate podium finish also surprises me. Before the race I was named today's sprinter and of course I wanted to repay that trust in myself as best I could. The many corners and strong wind made the finish eventful, but my experienced teammates made sure we got ahead at the right moment. It was a great feeling going down the track behind these guys and it gave me a lot of confidence. It was quite a chaotic sprint but the team delivered flawlessly. Maybe I was a little late, but in the end I still managed to make room. Maybe we could have done better, but of course I'm very happy about this podium. With a second and third place for Lennert Van Eetvelt last week I think we can say it was a successful week for Lotto Dstny at the Mallorca Challenge.”
Palma Result – Palma Trophy:
1. Ethan Vernon (GB) Soudal Quick-Step in 3:17:57
2. Biniam Girmay (Eri) Intermarché-Circus-Wanty
3. Jarne Van De Paar (Bel) Lotto Dstny
4. Iván García Cortina (Spa) Movistar
5. John Sebastian Molano (Oberst) VAE Team Emirates
6. Stanisław Aniołkowski (Pol) Salud impulsada por humanos
7. Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Israel-Premier Tech
8. Daniel Babor (CZ) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
9. Axel Zingle (De) Cofidis
10. Owain Doull (GB) EF Education-EasyPost.
Trophy Sierra de Tramuntana (Lloseta – Lloseta) 2023
After the Andratx Trophy, Kobe Goossens won the Serra de Tramuntana Trophy on Sunday. The Intermarché Circus Wanty cyclist pulled away from an elite group in the final kilometers and held on to the finish. Behind Goossens, Lennert Van Eetvelt was second, Ilan Van Wilder was third.
Originally, the Serra de Tramuntana Trophy was supposed to be 155 kilometers long, but before the start the runners were told that they only had to run 123 kilometers. Coll de Sóller and Puig Major have been withdrawn from the route due to weather conditions. The Coll de Femenies (7.1km at 5.4%) was still on the road and now we had to climb it twice. The start and finish line was still in Lloseta.
The first striker of the day was Dutch champion Pascal Eenkhoorn. The 25-year-old Lotto Dstny pilot, who was also very active at the Calvià Trophy on Wednesday, was joined by Matteo Trentin and Rémi Cavagna, among others. The peloton didn't give up and caught up with the lead group for the first climb of the Coll de Femenies. That's when racing really exploded. Julian Alaphilippe increased the pace from the start. His attack was neutralized but when 18 runners broke loose the Frenchman was involved again. Alaphilippe wasn't the only favorite at the front as João Almeida, Brandon McNulty and Kobe Goossens, who won the Andratx Trophy on Friday, were also present. In addition to the Dutchman Ide Schelling, there were also Cian Uijtdebroeks, Lennert Van Eetveld, Ilan Van Wilder, Mauri Vansevenant, Louis Vervaeke and Tim Wellens. This elite group broke up on the descent, after which the peloton reassembled in the valley. About 50 riders gathered. Cavagna, who was also in the Group of 18, then went solo. He quickly extended a minute's lead in the pouring rain, but before the foot of the Coll de Femenies was reached a second time, the Frenchman was caught.
On the way up, Harry Sweeny (Lotto Dstny) tried it. He was joined by teammate Van Eetvelt, as well as McNulty, Goossens, Lilian Calmejane, Hugh Carthy, Alessio Martinelli and Andrea Bagioli. Behind the 8 leaders a group consisting of Alessandro Tonelli, Uijtdebroeks, Van Wilder and Almeida. They tried to make contact, but it took a lot of effort. With just 17 kilometers to go, at the start of the final descent, the quartet reached eight and twelve riders went into the descent. During the slippery descent, the group thinned out again. Uijtdebroeks, who had just joined the front drivers, took no chances and saw the others pulling away from him. Moments later, Bagioli had to deal with bike issues and saw his chances slip away. The 10 survivors then undertook the final flat kilometers to Lloseta. 4 kilometers before the finish Calmejane lit the fuse. The Frenchman from Intermarché-Circus-Wanty made a small gap and held it for a long time, but they eventually brought it back. At that moment, his teammate Kobe Goossens took off. He immediately went out a big lead and managed to stay in touch. After Goossens clinched his first pro win at the Andratx Trophy on Friday, he can now claim his second. He was joined on the podium by his compatriots Van Eetvelt and Van Wilder.
Ganador de la carrera, Kobe Goossens (Intermarché-Circus-Wanty): “Yesterday's euphoria cost me some sleep last night, but most of all it gave me a lot of confidence. From today I had very good feelings. Lilian and I were among the best climbers, but the weather conditions made it difficult to warm up at times. With two men in the leading group, the racing situation in the final was perfect for us. We knew we had to anticipate the sprint, so we both attacked in turn. I saw our competitors having difficulty following Lilian's slipstream, so I took the moment to accelerate up a climb. I immediately had a gap and stayed full until the end. This victory was possible today because all the riders in the team made sacrifices today. I'm proud of how we won together, three wins in just four days. Just like a year ago, I worked hard with the team to be ready from the first races. During the internship in our team I felt my form growing towards the Mallorca Challenge, one of the first opportunities of the season to benefit from a protected role in the team. These two wins and my seventh place in the Calvia Trophy are a nice prize. My program for the year is very detailed and I hope to use my good form for as long as possible. My next races are the Figueira Champions Classic and the Volta ao Algarve and then I'll go to Paris-Nice, my main goal in spring".
2nd, Lennert Van Eetvelt (Lotto Dstny): “Finishing second today after a third place yesterday is fantastic on the one hand. It's great to be able to show that so early in my career. But of course it's also a shame to have missed out on victory again. At the end of the last Coll de Femenies, to be honest, I wasn't doing so well. I was really cold but my teammates really believed in me and gave me confidence. That made the difference and thanks to the support of the team I continued. Pascal Eenkhoorn put me in the lead and Harry Sweeny kept a strong pace on the climb. This created splits in the peloton, making it a little easier to fight the final, but in the end it was a strong Goossens who still got away with it. But I am very grateful for the support of my teammates and I am happy to be able to reward them with another podium finish.”
Sierra de Tramuntana Trophy (Lloseta – Lloseta) Ergebnis:
1. Kobe Goossens (Bel) Intermarché-Circus-Wanty um 2:55:07
2. Lennert Van Eetvelt (Bel) Lotto Dstny at 0:07
3. Ilan Van Wilder (Bel) Soudal quick pass at 0:09
4. Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Intermarché-Circus-Wanty bis 0:11
5. Brandon McNulty (USA) VAE Team Emirates um 00:13
6. Hugh Carthy (GB) EF EasyPost Education
7. Alessio Martinelli (Ita) Green Project-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè
8. Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Green Project-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè with 0:2
9. João Almeida (von) VAE Team Emirates a 0:31
10. Harry Sweeny (Aus) Lotto Dstny à 1:20.
Andratx Trophy – Mirador D'es Colomer (Pollança) 2023
The Andratx Trophy was won by Kobe Goossens. The Belgian led his first professional victory over 70 kilometers. Pelayo Sánchez and Lennert Van Eetvelt were second and third less than a minute later.
The Andratx-Mirador D'es Colomer Trophy was the third challenge of the Mallorca Challenge and involved climbing Puig Major after 110 kilometers.
Even before this 14 km climb, the race was divided. A leading group with Mathijs Paasschens, Mattia Bais, Michel Ries and Cian Uijtdebroeks dropped out of the field just before half-time. With a maximum lead of 1 minute, they would later serve as a goal for Goossens. The Belgian joined the lead group just before the foot of Puig Major after attacking alone from the peloton with 70km to go. On the Puig Major, Goossens found the ideal flying partner in Uijtdebroeks. Together they crossed the top of Mallorca's highest climb, after which they could complete a two-man time trial to the finish.
Their lead over the peloton was 1 minute with 40km to go, which didn't seem enough given a recent climb, although Goossens and Uijtdebroeks had worked well together. At kilometer 15, the two had a lead of almost two minutes. At that moment the lights of Uijtdebroeks went out. The young Belgian from BORA-hansgrohe had to drop Goossens and try to defend his second place. He just couldn't do that. In the last kilometer he was caught up by the peloton. Goossens crossed the finish line for his first professional win with a lead of almost 40 seconds.
Ganador de la carrera, Kobe Goossens (Intermarché-Circus-Wanty): "You have to believe in Kobe, you are very strong!" Rui Costa told me when he returned to the hotel after winning the Calvià Trophy. Today Rui and I were the protected runners in this Andratx Trophy. When it started to rain I asked Mike Teunissen to use the slippery tracks to accelerate and make a selection. Then, at the Coll de Puig Major, I managed to take the lead of the race on my own. Since I formed a duet with Cian Uijtdebroeks, the cooperation was really good. I had a lot of confidence in my downhill team in these weather conditions and took the opportunity to distance them. I gave everything until the end. My sporting director Dimitri Claeys kept pointing out the increased time window to me. It was a boost in my confidence. As I approached the final climb my legs were completely empty, almost 2 minutes down I knew I had a realistic chance of winning. A win has been one of my main goals for this season, so I'm very happy to have achieved it since my second day of racing in 2023! Ever since I started riding my bike, like every child, I have dreamed of winning. That's why I make all these efforts every day. I dedicate this win to people close to me and to the team who believe in me. At Intermarché-Circus-Wanty we rejoice in the success of others. Here on Mallorca, too, we are a very cohesive and strong group. Already at the team's training camp in Alicante last week, it was clear that the level was even higher than last year. Tomorrow I will compete in the Serra de Tramontana Trophy with some new runners. I like to help my teammates to get the best possible result for the team.”
3rd, Lennert Van Eetvelt (Lotto Dstny): “To be honest, at the end of the race I wasn't thinking about a result, but mainly about getting to the finish line as quickly as possible after an icy day on the bike. I even went to the team car four kilometers from the finish line to get an extra shirt because I was so cold. Then I got up there as fast as I could, which ended up being my first podium in the pros, which I'm obviously very happy about. To be honest, I imagined my first time on the island of Mallorca to be a little different. Bad weather made the roads very slippery and difficult. Despite the weather conditions, the race exploded early this morning. At first I already moved away, but they brought me back. On the last climb, the temperature dropped to just two degrees and it was all about survival. With about twenty kilometers to go there was a moment of hesitation in the peloton and we knew the win was over. Of course, the fact that he can still finish third makes it a very good day.”
Trofeo Andratx – Mirador D’es Colomer (Pollança) Ergebnis:
1. Kobe Goossens (Bel) Intermarché-Circus-Wanty um 4:07:00
2. Pelayo Sánchez (Spa) Burgos-BH a 0:39
3. Lennert Van Eetvelt (Bel) Lotto Dstny at 0:40
4. Alessio Martinelli (Ita) Green Project-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè
5. Roger Adria (Spa) Team Kern Pharma
6. Fernando Barceló (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA a 0:44
7. Patrick Konrad (Austria) BORA-hansgrohe
8. Louis Barré (Fra) Arkéa Samsic um 0:48
9. Gonzalo Serrano (Spa) Movistar a 0:50
10. Emanuel Buchmann (Germany) BORA-hansgrohe at 0:53.
Andratx Trophy – Mirador D’es Colomer’23:
Ses Salines – Alcudia 2023 Trophäe
Marijn van den Berg won the Ses Salines-Alcúdia Trophy. The second race of the Challenge Mallorca ended with a huge sprint and the Dutchman was the fastest. Ethan Vernon was second and Biniam Girmay third.
The first 100km of the Ses Salines-Alcúdia Trophy was bumpy, after which the Coll de Sa Batalla (8.7km at 5.0%) was the biggest obstacle of the day. From the summit it was 34 kilometers to the finish. There were some fast men in Biniam Girmay, Ethan Vernon and David Dekker, but Tim Wellens, Guillaume Martin and Rui Costa would have liked to have avoided a bunch sprint. Costa wants to repeat Wednesday's win.
As on Wednesday, the Ses Salines-Alcúdia Trophy saw an early split into four riders: Julius van den Berg (EF Education-EasyPost), Alessandro Fancellu (EOLO-Kometa), Colby Lange (Project Echelon Racing) and Luis Angel Mate (Euskaltel-Euskadi). The four had a lead of more than 4 minutes. The pace of the peloton was set by Intermarché-Circus-Wanty, who had one of the sprint favorites in Girmay. Later, Ethan Vernon's team, Soudal Quick-Step, also took the lead. At the foot of the Coll de Sa Batalla the gap had been reduced to less than 3 minutes but there were also several falls in the peloton including Adrien Petit (Intermarché-Circus-Wanty) who broke his collarbone. On the climb itself, the UAE pushed so that Fancellu and Lange, who had fallen, were caught. Van den Berg and Maté lasted a little longer, but were also caught by the peloton before the summit, where Patrick Konrad attacked. There were a few other attacks, but no one escaped.
Nils Politt managed to escape while descending. He took a few hundred yards in the thinned pack from which a few fast men had fallen. Girmay and Vernon survived the climb. His teams, Intermarché-Circus-Wanty and Soudal Quick-Step, helped keep an eye on Politt. Marijn van den Berg's EF Education-EasyPost has also been active in the pursuit. The German was caught just under 7 kilometers before the finish line. It was a chaotic race, Marijn van den Berg led into the last corner. He easily held that gap and crossed the finish line ahead of Ethan Vernon in second and Biniam Girmay in third. Mike Teunissen tried to put Girmay in the perfect position but the Eritrean was far behind early in the sprint.
Vencedor da corrida, Marijn van den Berg (EF Education-EasyPost): “I stayed with the first group and then we had a perfect advantage with Neilson, Owain and Julius. You have done a great job. I just had to finish it for it to be good. It's the first win of my professional career. Let's hope there's more to come. I'm not really a sprinter but this was perfect for me. It was a tough race in a small group and then a sprint. I think that's my power. i feel really good I felt good during the camp and during the training sessions over the last few weeks. I had good legs today and the finishing is always good.”
3., Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Circus-Wanty): "It wasn't a race. We will no longer need such curves in the future. Left Right. Left, right, especially on this wet road. What can I say about my performance? I haven't really raced and the team is good too. There is a good atmosphere and everyone is super motivated. We won yesterday. I am very happy. I find a corner like that with 150 meters to go very dangerous in the rain. It's not a real sprint. If the target was a little further away, he would have the legs to win. In the end it was about who had the most grip in the last corner. I survived the climb, my legs were fine. We hope to finish better on Sunday (Palma-Palma Trophy). So let's fight for victory again.”
Ses Salines Trophy – Alcudia result:
1. Mountain Margin (Untergeordnet) EC Education-EasyPost às 3:37:3
2. Ethan Vernon (GB) Soudal Fast Paso
3. Biniam Girmay (Eri) Intermarché-Circus-Wanty
4. Axel Zingle (De) Cofidis
5. Antonio Jesús Soto (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi
6. Max Kanter (D) Movistar
7. Carlos-Kanal (ESP) Euskaltel-Euskadi
8. Rui Oliveira (von) VAE Team Emirates
9. Mike Teunissen (Ned) Intermarché-Circus-Wanty
10. Patrick Konrad (Austria) BORA-hansgrohe.
Ses Salines-Alcudia'23 Trophäe:
Cycling Grand Prix of Marseille La Marseillaise 2023
Neilson Powless won the first race of the French season, the GP La Marseillaise, on Sunday. The 26-year-old American from EF Education-EasyPost escaped 13km from the end of a lead group that broke away at the hilly finish around Marseille. Powless then crossed the finish line alone. Valentin Ferron (TotalEnergies) was second and Brent Van Moer (Lotto Dstny) third.
The leading group of the day consisted of four riders. Enzo Paleni (Groupama-FDJ), Florian Rapiteau (St-Michel-Mavic-Auber 93), Maël Guegan (CIC U Nantes Atlantique) and the Czech Petr Kelemen (Tudor). Bingoal-WB's Luca De Meester attempted to cross but the Belgian got stuck between the break and the peloton.
The lead of the drivers in front fluctuated between 4 and 5 minutes for a long time. We had to wait for the finale before the best teams went hunting. With more than 50 kilometers, this final started with the Route des Crêtes (3.4 km with 9.2%), followed by the Pas d'Oullier (7.7 km with 4.2%) and the Col de la Gineste (1st place). .3 km with 4.4%). The top of the last climb was 10 kilometers from the finish line. Driving into the hilly section, much of the lead riders' lead had disappeared. Paleni and Guegan stayed ahead longer, but it didn't stop behind them. One of the peloton's accelerations on the steep Route des Crêtes came from Dylan Teuns, who helped shorten the peloton. An elite group of around ten riders crossed the top of the Route des Crêtes with a slight margin and managed to reach Paleni and Guegan with 34 kilometers to go. Also included were Neilson Powless, Brent Van Moer, Jenno Berckmoes, Krists Neilands, Clément Champoussin, and Lenny Martinez, among others. They went into the final 20 kilometers with a lead of more than a minute on the peloton.
Before the final climb of the day, Powless attacked. The American made a sharp descent, breaking away from the rest of the lead group and taking the lead by more than 20 seconds. On the Col de la Gineste, the EF Education-EasyPost corridor maintained a brisk pace. The pursuers mostly faced each other and let Powless escape. With a 25 second lead, the American fell down the hill. It took him longer and he had plenty of time to celebrate his win in Marseille. More than a minute behind him was Valentin Ferron fastest in the race for second, Brent Van Moer was third. The peloton sprint went to Powless' Dutch teammate Marijn van den Berg.
Rennsieger Neilson Powless (EF Education-EasyPost): “It's an amazing feeling, I was in a lot of pain on the last descent and when it wore off. I had to push really hard but luckily I got enough time from the guys behind on the last descent that they could fight for second place. It gave me a little freedom in the last few hundred yards to just sit back and accept it and let the pain go and just post. It was very good. It's beautiful here, we did the heat yesterday and we rode the last 70km of the race and the whole time we had an amazing view of these cliffs plunging straight into the sea with super, super blue water. This is just a beautiful place to do a bike race. There's a great cycling culture in this area so it was nice to be able to put on a good show for these folks. We knew there would be a steep climb about 50km from the end and that this would be the most likely launch pad for one of the drills to escape the sprinters, so the plan was to just follow it because we knew that Marijn was fine. He had just won a race in Mallorca so we had great confidence in him for the sprint. I was just trying to play it cool. Ben Healy and I took turns moving up the steep incline. There were a lot of people trying but I finally managed to follow a slightly larger group at the top of the steep climb and I stayed on the bikes for a while and then I started working with them and the Time went really fast. Almost all the big teams were represented in this group, so it was a good group that could make it to the finish line. The cohesion wasn't very good, so I just tried to play it cool and remember that Marijn was behind me and I didn't have to force him. He stopped me from driving because my legs felt very, very strong. I kept having to remind myself that in the past I'd burned myself for assuming I was the strongest of the bunch and lighting all my matches where it really didn't matter. It was always a risk to finish ten guys, so Tejay, our athletic director, told me there was a good launch pad to try and escape. It was like the last climb of the day, like a step but the bottom was quite steep so he said it would be the best launch pad to at least get rid of a few guys or escape but when I went down with it I just ended up at the top to make a gap. I passed and put some hard pedals on it and looked back and there was a big gap. I told myself I'm going to attack in two or three kilometers anyway, so I'll keep going, and from there it was basically just a time trial to the end. Marijn told me over the radio that the peloton wasn't working very well and the guys in the peloton were still in radio range and cheering me along with Tejay and that really helped me to keep going and telling me I could do that. up and do it yourself. I'm super happy it worked. In cycling, you have to make sure everything runs smoothly and happens on the right day. I'm so happy that it finally worked out for me today."
3.º, Brent Van Moer (Lotto Dstny): “Last week I felt like I was climbing really well and when the race started today on the Route des Crêtes I was once again part of a great escape. This way we were able to play other cards with our sprinter Arnaud De Lie. However, since many teams were represented in the top group, it quickly became clear that we were going for victory. When Powless attacked nobody really had an answer so I think he was the strongest today. The comeback didn't go very smoothly and once I realized the win was over I focused on the race for second place. Unfortunately I had to start the sprint from pole position and decided to ride 250 meters from the line. It was difficult at the end because of the headwind, but in the end I was able to keep a place on the podium. This third place doesn't seem like a disappointment. You don't get that chance very often, but I didn't make any mistakes. I'm particularly happy to be able to start the season with good legs and a podium finish. That bodes well for the next Etoile de Bessèges, where there will be some good opportunities to fly the Lotto Dstny flag again.”
Marseille Cycling Grand Prix – La Marseillaise Ergebnis:
1. Neilson Powless (USA) EF Education-EasyPost um 4:19:1
2. Valentin Ferron (From) TotalEnergies in 1:15
3. Brent Van Moer (Bel) Lotto Dstny
4. Jenno Berckmoes (Bel) Equipo Flandes-Baloise
5. Krist Neiland (lat.) Israel-Premier Tech
6. Pierre-Luc Perichon (Fra) Cofidis
7. Thibault Guernalec (Fra) Arkéa Samsic
8. Lenny Martinez (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
9. Enzo Balance (female) Groupama-FDJ
10. Petr Kelemen (CZ) Tudor Pro Cycling Team with a time of 1:19.
UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup – Men Besançon 2023
A great attack by Mathieu van der Poel was enough for the Dutchman to win the World Cup in Besançon. Halfway through the race, the top seed decided to leave the others. In a short time he had a lead, which he extended to the end. Van der Poel looks ready for the World Championships in Hoogerheide. Laurens Sweeck and Joris Nieuwenhuis took second and third place.
Mathieu van der Poel was the clear favorite and also made the best start in Besançon, but did not progress. The Dutchman stayed in the top group. The pace wasn't very fast as the group was still large and French champion Clément Venturini managed to take the lead.
Everyone was waiting for the first big step. Van der Poel lapped with a lead group of twelve but took second place on lap four of nine. With a strong attack uphill, he immediately took the lead to 10 seconds and then increased the gap to over 20 seconds. For Van der Poel, the Besançon race was an important test for next week's World Championships. After Wout van Aert's performance in Hamme on Saturday, the Dutchman had to show that he was also in top form. The followers; Kevin Kuhn, Joris Nieuwenhuis, Ryan Kamp, Laurens Sweeck, Eli Iserbyt, Niels Vandeputte, Michael Boros and Venturini have come to terms with Van der Poel's victory. World Cup winner Sweek tried to break through the pursuers with a charge but they couldn't match his effort. Van der Poel was now 40 seconds ahead, but he also had to stay focused. A minor slip on the stairs served as a wake-up call for the World Cup favorite, who later got out of trouble and even entertained the crowd with some swagger.
The battle for second and third place was more interesting. Kuhn attacked on the penultimate lap, but it wasn't enough. Eli Iserbyt was the next to accelerate on the final lap. He pushed Sweeck and Nieuwenhuis to the limit but collapsed and watched a podium go up in smoke. Laurens Sweek made the most of second place. Behind him, Nieuwenhuis finished third, taking his first podium of the World Cup season. Home favorite Venturini finished fourth just behind. Toon Vandebosch was thirteenth and will therefore certainly start on the front row of the World Championship next week at the expense of Wout van Aert. A top 20 result was enough for Vandebosch to push Van Aert to ninth place in the World Cup standings. The top eight of the World Cup can start in the front row.
Vencedor da Corrida Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Deceuninck): "It will depend on the legs of the day but I think it will be 50-50. Wout had some advantages but I hope I can fight. We're even. In the beginning it was very difficult to make a difference. He wanted to slow down and see what he could do with an attack on the hard part. It worked and I'm happy with it. It's best on such a fast course. In a large group they look at each other, that was also the goal. I got off to a good start. I felt very good and can be happy about it. With a little rest, I can do my best. I'll be doing some tough but short workouts and also rest to cross my best legs next week.”
2nd, Laurens Sweeck (Crelan Fristads): “I have podium ambitions. I can say that after last season, despite a bad start and a crash at the end of the first lap. I had to close that gap, but it was difficult to make up places. When Mathieu attacked, the others looked at each other. For me, that was the signal to keep going. But a second place was as high as today. I'm looking forward to it (worlds). It's still the most important race of the season and I have podium ambitions. The circuit there is comparable to the current one. He's fast too, so I'll be in front."
3.º, Joris Nieuwenhuis (Baloise Trek Lions): “It's a bit unexpected because I haven't been feeling very well in the last few weeks, but this race suits me just as much as Heusden-Zolder. And in the race itself I felt good. It's really good, especially on the last lap... There was a little climb where they went full throttle. Everyone knew you can't go much higher than the top, so I had to go deep. I won't train much in preparation, it's going to be a quiet week. We have a leader, a favorite. You saw him again today. I don't expect to be able to do much for him. It's important to do my own race as well as possible."
UCI Cyclocross World Cup – Besançon Men Result:
1. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Deceuninck e 1:01:33
2. Laurens Sweek (Bel) Crelan-Fristads against 0:49
3. Joris Nieuwenhuis (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions at 0:52
4. Clément Venturini (female) AG2R Citroën at 0:52
5. Niels Vandeputte (Bel) Alpecin-Deceuninck mit 0:53
6. Ryan Kamp (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal with 0:53
7. Kevin Kuhn (Sui) Tormans Cyclocross Team 1:00
8. Gerben Kuypers (Bel) Proximus-AlphaMotorhomes-Doltcini CT at 1:03
9. Michael Boroš (CZ) Elkov-Kasper e 1:04
10. Eli Serbyt (Bell) Powell's Salsas-Bingo 1:17.
UCI Cyclocross World Cup – Besançon Women 2023
Puck Pieterse is ready for the World Championship with his victory at the Cyclocross World Cup in Besançon. The young Dutch champion from Alpecin-Deceuninck was unlucky on the first lap but recovered quickly and pulled away from the crowd on lap three. Annemarie Worst and Inge van der Heijden finished second and third.
The quickest start was Marie Schreiber, who had Puck Pieterse at the wheel. Annemarie Worst, Kata Blanka Vas, Zoe Bäckstedt and Hélène Clauzel also got off to a good start. Already in the first lap they formed a large leading group. Inge van der Heijden and Denise Betsema were also there.
Before the end of the first lap, favorite Pieterse had problems with his bike. He lost about 20 seconds, dropping to seventeenth place and having to chase after her. Worst and Vas took the lead but couldn't stop Pieterse from quickly moving up to the front. In the third round, Pieterse launched the attack. He jumped the bars and then rode hard, resulting in splits. Van der Heijden and Worst were the first to score, followed by Bäckstedt. But the Dutch champion kept going and extended her lead to 20 seconds.
In the absence of Fem van Empel and Shirin van Anrooij, who preferred Saturday's X2O Trophy to the World Championship in Hamme, 777 drivers Van der Heijden and Worst can dream of a podium finish in Besançon. They combined and held Bäckstedt behind for over 10 seconds. Leader Puck Pieterse had no trouble clinching his fourth World Cup win of the season on the last lap. He had already won in Overijse, Hulst and Val di Sole this season. Behind her, Worst was second and Van der Heijden third. Backstedt, Vas, Schreiber, Manon Bakker and Betsema were not far behind.
Vencedor da Corrida Puck Pieterse (Alpecin-Deceuninck): “I felt good today. My chain got stuck on the first lap, it was a bit of a setback but I felt strong and was able to come back easily. After that I decided to continue on my own. Hunting took a lot of energy. Maybe I wanted to go back too soon, but then I realized I could take it easy and relax for a while. We have to show each other what we're worth. It's going to be a quiet week for me now. I'm going home today and will continue training for the rest of the week. I might schedule another cross-training session. But mostly I'll rest. It's a World Cup. I've been training a lot for it lately, so it's different than usual."
2., Annemarie Peor (777): “I had a very good feeling from start to finish. That's why I'm happy about it. I want to run hard there (World Championship) and who knows, on the podium. It's been a tough season so far, mentally and physically. I was out for seven weeks... You really want to [play for the gold] but you're not going to close that gap with these girls."
3º, Inge van der Heijden (777): “It's my first podium at a world championship with the elite and I'm very happy to have won this last round. We worked well together and had to fight for second place. I am particularly happy to be on the podium with Annemarie (Worst). As a result, I couldn't train much. But I've been working hard the last few weeks and I'm looking forward to next week. This disease (Covid) was in the past but made it an exciting time. I also scored a goal against Besançon and I'm particularly glad that I didn't suffer too much from this illness."
Result of the UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup – Besançon Ladies:
1. Puck Pieterse (Ned) Alpecin-Deceuninck und 45:21
2. Annemarie Peor (Ned) 777 at 0:37
3. Inge van der Heijden (Ned) 777 bis 00:43
4. Zoe Backstedt (GB) EM Education-TIBCO-SVB 1:02
5. Kata Blanca Vas (female) SD Worx with 1:0
6. Marie Schreiber (Lux) Tormans Cyclocross Team in 1:10
7. Manon Bakker (Down) Crelan-Fristads à la 1:10
8. Denise Betsema (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal with 1:11
9. Hélène Clauzel (Fra) AS Bike Racing bei 1:18
10. Marion Norbert Riberolle (Bel) Crelan-Fristads in 1:24.
X2o Baños Flandriencross Trophy – Hamme Herren 2023
The X2O Trophy Hamme was won by Wout van Aert. A week before the World Championships in Hoogerheide (Sunday, February 5th), the Jumbo Visma pilot showed that he is still in good shape. In the second round he went solo and that was his winning move. Eli Iserbyt was second, Michael Vanthourenhout third. Fourth place went to Pim Ronhaar.
While Mathieu van der Poel plays at the World Cup in Besançon on Sunday, Wout van Aert played his last game before the World Cup in Belgium. He started at the X2O Trofee Hamme on Saturday. Eli Iserbyt, Lars van der Haar and Michael Vanthourenhout were also present but Van Aert had the best start. The Jumbo Visma pilot was the first to exit the first section of road. He had to pit and dropped back to fifth place. Daan Soete took the lead.
This went on for a while, but Van Aert had already moved up to second place. Vanthourenhout followed, followed by Iserbyt. Thibau Nys and Pim Ronhaar also managed to keep the drivers ahead, so that after one lap a group of six was in the lead. Van der Haar, who finished seventh, was now 9 seconds down. On the first lap, Van Aert looked unstable, but on the second lap he rolled hard. This turned out to be the crucial step. Just before he crossed the finish line, he dropped Ronhaar, Iserbyt and Vanthourenhout, the last riders able to stay with him. Over the next few laps, Van Aert quickly increased his lead. After four laps, the distance to the three pursuers was 45 seconds. The fight for victory seemed over.
Van Aert's victory was never in jeopardy. At one point the lead was more than 1 minute, but in the final laps there was an interesting battle between the three scorers who came a little closer. Iserbyt was second after the penultimate lap but Vanthourenhout and Ronhaar were still right behind him. However, Iserbyt held out while Vanthourenhout managed to get rid of Ronhaar. The European and Belgian champions finished third ahead of Ronhaar. Lars van der Haar had to settle for fifth place. At one point he wanted to meet the trio in front of him but lost ground again due to a problem with the bike. Iserbyt had a good day in the battle for overall victory in the X2O Trophy.
Rennsieger Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma): “It was a tough race, I was alone for a long time, but of course I'm happy with how things went. Every time my mind wandered a little, I made a mistake. Then wake him up immediately. I really kept my head up and counted the difficult sections. Once I had a bump when approaching the freeway. I think they looked at each other a bit back then, so of course I didn't have to wait any longer. From this I was able to conclude that it makes sense to do a separate course here because there were many difficult routes. It was better to travel alone than in a group. The day after tomorrow is rest and see you next week. I did well today against strong competition.”
2º, Eli Iserbyt (Pauwels Sauces-Bingoal): “Second place is good. I had to go in, but in the last two laps I felt good again and was able to catch Lars van der Haar. With Pim Ronhaar we had a kind of third teammate in the leading group. He always drove a solid pace. The X2O trophy rank is important to me because it's the only rank I can still achieve. Tomorrow I'll be racing in Besançon to increase the toughness and then next week I'll take it easy.
3º, Michael Vanthourenhout (Pauwels Sauces-Bingoal): “I was seriously ill. I thought I would relapse after a good first part of the cross but it didn't, wonderfully well. I thought Ronhaar was the best of the three chasers throughout the race, but maybe he was a little overconfident. I didn't expect this third place. In the World Championship we have to try to put Wout van Aert in a favorable position first and then it will be a little bit different for everyone.”
Bad Trophy X2o Flandriencross – Hamme Men Result:
1. Wout van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma e 1:00:59
2. Eli Serbyt (Bell) Powels Salsas-Bingoal in 0:4
3. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Pauwels Salsas-Bingoal mit 0:51
4. Pim Ronhaar (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions e 1:06
5. Lars van der Haar (Ned) Baloise draw lions à 1:31
6. Cameron Mason (GB) Trinity Racing Cross in 1:55
7. Vincent Baestaens (Bel) spits at 3:23 on the CX team
8. Lander Loockx (Bel) Deschacht-Hens-Maes at 3:50
9. Arne Frechten (Belgium) at 4:07
10. Yentl Bekaert (Bel) Baloise Trek Lions à 4:10.
X2o Baños Flandriencross Trophy – Frauen Hamme 2023
Fem van Empel won the X2O Hamme Trophy. The Dutch rider broke away from the competition on the first lap and continued to pull away for the rest of the cross. Shirin van Anrooij was second, Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado was third.
Puck Pieterse preferred the World Cup in Besançon, but Shirin van Anrooij and Fem van Empel competed in the X2O Trofee Hamme. Van Empel was second off-road but quickly took the lead. The European Champion made a mistake in the pit lane and had to run a bit. Lucinda Brand was able to continue and open up a gap.
The leader of the X2O Trophy couldn't hold the lead for long. Van Empel closed the gap and overtook alone after the first lap. On the second of six laps, Van Anrooij gave chase, but was already 15 seconds behind the finish line. It left Brand and Denise Betsema in 3rd and 4th place respectively in the race. Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado struggled with bad luck and lost contact.
At the end of the third round, Alvarado managed to join Brand and Betsema. Meanwhile, we saw Van Anrooij, who started half a minute behind Van Empel, fall. In subsequent rounds, this advantage only increased. Van Empel was already sure of victory at the beginning of the last lap, but Van Anrooij still had to throw himself into second place. Alvarado left his group mates behind and went in search of the Baloise Trek Lions pilot. Alvarado could no longer keep up with Van Anrooij. Van Anrooij was second, Alvarado third. Behind them, Lucinda Brand qualified fourth. She lost the lead to Fem van Empel but is out of action after the Worlds, the Baloise Trek Lions rider is still in good shape.
Rennsiegerin, Fem van Empel (Jumbo-Visma): “The feeling wasn't super great, but it was enough to win. It was not intended to take the initiative immediately. I was pretty tired from the stage in Spain but luckily I still won here. I tried to drive as consistently as possible and sometimes attacked to get the kick. I wanted to leave here feeling good and I did. I have already achieved all my goals. It has happened to me many times. You have to be there every week anyway. Luckily I have the right people around me. But yeah, it won't be obvious. Next week is a rest day but I'll do my best to get back. As always, it will be a normal training week, I will treat it like any other competition. The preparation does not have to be much different either. My season will be over after the World Cup. Therefore I do not participate in the other X2O Trophy competitions. It is what it is, I need some rest after the World Cup."
X2o Baños Fladriencross Trophy – Female Hamme Result:
1. Fem van Empel (Ned) Jumbo-Visma in 45:07
2. Shirin van Anrooij (Ned) Baloise Pull Lions à 1:14
3. Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Ned) Alpecin-Deceuninck in 1:30
4. Lucinda Brand (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions at 1:45
5. Denise Betsema (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 2:31
6. Aniek van Alphen (Ned) 777 bis 3:33
7. Marion Norbert-Riberolle (Bel) Crelan-Fristads à 4:06
8. Lauren Molengraaf (Ned) Tormans CX at 4:08
9. Leonie Bentveld (Ned) Pauwels Salsas-Bingoal at 4:47
10. French Baroni (now) Pissei-Groep T.O.M. at 5:59 p.m
Doctor Maynar:"Miguel Ángel López is a victim of the situation"
Controversial doctor Marco Maynar Mariño said in his defense that he did not dope Miguel Ángel López. According to the sports newspaper.Marke, the Spanish doctor also said that he only gave the Colombian cyclist nutritional advice.
According to Maynar Mariño, he advised López to use certain legal means, but also points out that the climber never used them. The 28-year-old cyclist was released by Astana Qazaqstan in December 2022 because there would be new evidence against him in a doping case. López was finally able to find a new team for 2023 in Mainland Medellín-EPM.
“López is a victim of the situation. I don't do it for other athletes, but for him I put my hand in the dough that doesn't contain any banned substances," he said.said Maynar Marino. López himself has always maintained his innocence.“I did not use doping. My biological passport is clean too."
The discredited doctor says he has already recommended the use of Actovegin to several athletes. According to Maynar, it is a legal product that is made in the form of an injection, a gel or a tablet and makes great efforts to ensure that the heart muscle suffers less. Like López, Maynar insists he is innocent and only worked with non-banned substances.
Is Lopez innocent?
Evenepoel and nova rota Liège-Bastogne-Liège
Remco Evenepoel reacted to the new Liège-Bastogne-Liège route. The current champion says the new track will change the dynamics of the race.“It reminds me a bit of Philippe Gilbert for young people. This invites attacking at the foot of La Redoute instead of waiting. The dynamic of the race changes, but on the other hand it all depends on the drivers.”he saidthe Zeitung.
"If there's no attack, it's still a closed course, but if the attack is already marked 50 or 60 km from the finish, you're just driving an open course. Several scenarios are possible."
The biggest change to the track is that the drivers will start in front of La Redoute. 300 meters from the top, turn right towards Côte de Cornémon. After that, Côte de Forges and Roche-aux-Faucons are on the menu. Last year Evenepoel made his move in the last 300 meters of La Redoute.
Evenepoel and La Redoute:
Filippo Ganna reprimanded by UCI
Filippo Ganna managed a good second place on Friday's queen stage of the Vuelta a San Juan, but the Italian found an erratic position on the bike on the climb to Alto del Colorado. The UCI imposed a sanction. AfterTuttobiciweb, Ganna is fined CHF 500 and loses 15 UCI points.
Ganna replied viabloodthe measures adopted by the UCI."After yesterday's stage, the UCI told me that I was riding in an illegal position and was putting my forearms on the handlebars," he said.said the Italian, who was after Miguel Ángel López in the last part of the stage.“I reached my limit in the race and lost concentration for a moment. I accept the UCI Officer's penalty and respect that we all have to abide by UCI regulations.”
Madiot responds to Gaudu's objection
According to Marc Madiot, the tension between Arnaud Démare and David Gaudu has been resolved for the time being. The team boss spoke to both drivers and said that nothing else would change in their racing programs.
“I don't ask my drivers to be friends, but to work together professionally. In a month and a half they will master Paris-Nice together.”Madiot disse parawest of france.
"Gaudu's comments were childish, but I'm sure they won't cause any further trouble. If that's the case, I'll try to find out again."
Screenshots of a conversation between Gaudu and his friends were leaked on Wednesday. In it he attacked the Groupama FDJ partner:"We don't talk much. He knows I don't want him in the Tour de France and I've already told him."He later apologized for those comments.
David Gaudu spoke out of line:
Vos extends contract with Jumbo Visma women's team
The Jumbo-Visma and Marianne Vos team have extended their collaboration by two years. The leader of Team Jumbo-Visma Women recently signed a new contract that runs until December 31, 2025.
Vos (35) has been with Jumbo-Visma Women since the team was founded. He debuted for the team in 2021 and has since won 15 races in the yellow and black jersey. Last year she won two stages at the Giro and two stages at the inaugural Tour de France Femmes by Zwift. He also won the green jersey.
“I still love to ride my bike”an enthusiastVosDice.“I like to race together and fight for victory as a team. Women's cycling has developed to such a professional level in recent years that I keep discovering new challenges. And my own development goes even further. I'm motivated to train hard to get the best out of myself."
"In the Jumbo-Visma team I also find the ambition to improve every day and the will to give everything",you keep walking"It's one of the reasons why I feel at home in this team. I also like professionalism and personal treatment. Within the team there is a lot of space for the individual, which makes the team stronger. I really like that."
Rutger Tijssen, sporting technical director of the Jumbo Visma women's team, is delighted that his team can continue to count on the Dutchman after 2023.“Marianne has an impressive track record. The list of accolades is long and it keeps winning races. We are sure that this will remain the case for many years to come. Marianne also acts as a mentor for young cyclists. Do not say what they should or should not do, but “learn by example”. She teaches newcomers a lot about preparation, communication, collaboration and dealing with setbacks that a top athlete can throw at them. In this respect, too, it is of great value to us.”
Vos: “It's good to share my experience with the younger riders in the team and learn from them at the same time. You make me see things differently. This is how we stay on the ball and build a strong team.”
Esra Trompobegins her third year as coach of the women's team at Vos.“Since the early days of our women's team, we've gone through a lot of development and Marianne has always been there. We will continue to develop in the years to come. We want to inspire female cyclists and compete with the best female cyclists in the world. It is a privilege to do this with Marianne as our figurehead."
They are not participating in the Cyclocross World Championship
Current cyclocross world champion Marianne Vos will not defend her title in Hoogerheide next week due to physical problems.
The cyclocross season didn't give Vos what he hoped for. Vos was not in top form due to complaints from a narrowing of his iliac artery. Together with the team, he decided not to take part in the cyclocross world championships in Hoogerheide.
“It is a great pity that it has come to this”said a disappointed oneVos.“I really wish it was different but the priority is treatment and recovery to start the season without any discomfort on the road. Of course I hope that the rainbow jersey stays with the team and that Fem van Empel will wear it next season.”
No World Champions 2023 for Vos:
Bingoal demands 2 million euros if Tietema doesn't come back
Cyclist Bas Tietema will have to pay around two million euros in compensation if he and his company Tour de Tietema B.V. They decide not to return to their former main sponsor Bingoal, according to the business magazine.Preis. At the end of last week, a summary judgment was heard in the Zwolle courthouse.
The Belgian company World Football Association, parent company of Bingoal, sued Tietema and his company Tour de Tietema BV in court. Tietema and Bingoal have been partners in the past, but the Dutch cyclist and content creator has now created a new cycling team: Tour de Tietema-Unibet. Bingoal assumes that the cooperation was terminated illegally.
By the way, according to World Football Association, there is also a one-year partnership deal with Tietema (who played at Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB last year) and Bingoal. The Belgian company will ask in court that Tietema continue the cooperation and Unibet cannot be the main sponsor.
Should Tietema and his partners Josse Wester and Devin van der Wiel not intend to do so, Bingoal will demand compensation of around two million euros, of which they can already pay an advance of 350,000 euros. The provider of various games of chance speaks of breach of contract. The new sponsor Tietema is working with, Unibet, is also a competitor to Bingoal.
Wim Geraats, Team Manager of the Tour de Tietema-Unibet, disse anteriormenteGeneral diarythat the agreement was with Bingoal'perfectly made', so Tietema.“We have a disagreement with our previous sponsor. We believe we did the right thing and prepared well for the indictment. Let's go in a good mood. We regret that this has to be clarified publicly."
Problems for Bas Tietema:
The Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team makes its racing debut at the 2023 Tour of Saudi Arabia
The Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team will make its 2023 race debut next week at the Saudi Tour (January 30 - February 3) with a diverse and ambitious team of seven riders.
The Swiss-registered team will go into the five-stage UCI 2.1 race in Saudi Arabia with a strong field and a clear goal to be competitive at every stage and make a good first impression in the Q36.5 jersey.
Three sprint stages and two more mountainous stages are at stake in a race often run in sweltering temperatures and where the desert wind is often the catalyst for the infamous cliffs.
The Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team is represented by a multicultural roster led by Britain's Mark Donovan, Italy's Alessandro Fedeli and Polish sprinter Szymon Sajnok. The three will be the team's protected riders, seeking their chances to battle for a top result in the desert throughout the week.
Veteran New Zealander Jack Bauer and American Joey Rosskopf will play crucial support roles on the flat terrain, while Pole Kamil Małecki brings firepower to the hillier stages. Rounding out the list of seven riders is former Canadian Champion Nick Zukowsky, whose versatility and previous Tour of Arabia racing experience will prove invaluable throughout the week.
“This will be our first race of the season and we can't wait to show off our jersey, compete aggressively and make our partners proud. We bring a strong team and our main goal is to win a stage. Szymon Sajnok will be our map for the speed stages while Donovan and Fedeli will target the climbs. It will be a competitive race but we are confident that we can make our mark and start the 2023 season well.”sayingGabriel Misaglia, DS in Q36.5 Professional cycling team.
“The Saudi Tour will be the backdrop for our team and for the first time we will be providing numbers on our advanced technology Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team. We are determined to start our #RacingTheFuture journey in the best possible way. The team is strong, ready and united and I truly believe this will lead us to great results and make our sponsors and fans proud. We have the opportunity to fight for victory at all stages and get a good result that will set the tone for a very busy spring.”AddDoug Ryder, CEO of professional cycling team Q36.5.
Competing in the Tour of Saudi Arabia for the first time in his career, 26-year-old Italian Alessandro Fedeli believes the race will offer good opportunities to show his early-season form and enthusiasm for the challenge ahead.
“The Saudi Tour is a great race to start the season. Personally, I really like to start running outside of Europe, in sunny and warm places. It's my first time in Saudi Arabia and I'm looking forward to visiting a new country and discovering a new culture. I'm in good shape and very motivated for this race where I'll try to do my best. I think we can get a good result and a stage win.sayingdropped.
The Saudi Tour covers a total distance of 830km over five days, with Stage 1 starting at Alula Airport and ending in Khaybar, offering a flatter opening suitable for the fastest men in the peloton. Stage 2, from Winter Park to Shalal Sijlyat Rocks, will be the longest of the race at 184km and will provide another opportunity for a massive sprint finish. bring out the contenders for the general standings. A short, steep climb in the final 15km of the penultimate stage from Maraya to Skyviews by Harrat Uwairid provides the perfect backdrop for the most aggressive climber to take a risk and seek stage glory. The Saudi Tour concludes on Friday February 3rd with a sprinter-friendly Stage 5 from Alula Old Town to Maraya.
Gabriele Missaglia and Piotr Wadecki will be the Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team's DSs for the Saudi Tour, a race that will be televised internationally on Eurosport, GCN and other major sports channels.
Saudi Tour 2023 - Q36.5 Pro Cycling Teamliste:
Jack Bauer (New Zealand)
Mark Donovan (GBR)
Alejandro Fedeli (ITA)
Kamil Malecki (POL)
Joey Rosskopf (USA)
Szymon Sajnok (POL)
Nick Zukowsky (CAN).
Q36.5 Training in Spain:
Bahrain Victorious prepares for tour of Saudi Arabia
For the second time in a row, the Tour of Saudi Arabia will take place at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Al Ula over 5 stages and 830 km.
Steps 1, 2 and 5 will likely be decided by group sprints due to their rather flat profiles. Stage 3 has a gradient of 1.5km and an average of 8.5% near the finish line, the same finish our Santiago Buitrago won last year. Stage 4 is the king stage of the race, with the 3km climb to Skyviews by Harrat Uwayrid, with the steepest section reaching a gradient of 22%.
Our team will see 4 riders returning to Saudi Arabia after last year's races: Santiago Buitrago, Jonathan Milan, Filip Maciejuk and Ahmed Madan mixed with 3 new riders in our team: Dusan Rajovic, Rainer Kepplinger and Andrea Pasqualon.
sports directorEnrico Poitschke:“We have a very strong team for the Saudi Arabia Circuit. Our leader Santiago Buitrago is in very good shape. Hopefully he can beat him in the crosswind sections and then fight for the win and the general classification in the uphill section. It won't be easy as he will be up to the wind but he is very motivated and in good shape and the team will support him as much as possible. In terms of speed stages we are in a very good position, we have good guys to start in Jonathan Milan and Dusan Rajovic who are very fast. We will decide step by step who is our leading sprinter. We have some riders who will be riding for us for the first time. Rainer Kepplinger doesn't have that much experience with such races but he is in very good shape and feels strong, he will have a supporting role and also get to know his duties. Dusan, another new member, is a sprinter and top runner, he will get his chance in a sprint stage or two. Andrea Pasqualon completes the list of new team members. He's a very experienced rider and very important for this race as we need someone to organize the team, especially in crosswinds, to keep us in position and in the lead. We have a good mix of hungry youngsters (Rajovic, Milan, Madan, Kepplinger and Maciejuk) with experienced riders like Pasqualon and Buitrago. It's a good mix and we're very motivated and comfortable to get good results."
Our leaderSantiago Buitrago:“Well I'm very happy to have successfully completed the first camp with the team and very motivated to start my calendar at the Saudi Circuit. It's a race I've really enjoyed and it's a good test to start this new season. We're starting with a very competitive team for both the sprint and the general classification. We hope it will be a week full of good results and we can improve on last year's 2nd place.”
Jayco Alula's tour of Saudi Arabia
The season is heating up with the start of the Saudi Tour and the Vuelta Valenciana Emirates team looking to build off a solid start
Emirates Team Emirates will start a block of races in the Middle East in its much-anticipated preparation for the UAE Tour, starting with the Saudi Tour from January 30th to February 3rd, while the team will also compete in Spain at the Vuelta Valenciana from January 30th to February 3rd. February January to February 3rd. February 1st to 5th.
The Arabian team will look to Davide Formolo and Felix Grossschartner for overall ambition, while Pascal Ackermann will take advantage of sprint opportunities with a strong starting pull behind him.
Ackermann: “Here in Saudi Arabia I will focus on the sprint stages with Gibbons as my leader. We get along well, so we hope you click. We also have Formolo & Grossschartner for the General, so overall we have a very strong team. This year I want to prove myself with more victories and get back to my old level.”
Marc Soler will be hoping to build on Spain's support as he leads a talented team to scale the Vuelta Valenciana. Sebastián Molano will be able to take advantage of his chances in the sprints.
Joxean Matxin Fernández(Sports Director):“For Valenciana we have a team with a lot of experience and an attacking mentality, so our goal is to liven up the race and work towards wins. After the fantastic victory at the Tour Down Under we are looking forward to our first win here in Europe. Actually, Juan Ayuso should have started the season here, but he suffers from a mild tendonitis, so we prefer not to rush into the races. Juan is in good spirits and we have no doubt that he will be ready to start his season very soon.”
The Arabian team is led by sports director Fabio Baldato (Ita) and assistant coach Yousif Mirza (UAE).
Saudi Gira [2.1] – 30 January 2023 / 03 February 2023
Pascal Ackermann (Deutschland)
Davide Formolo (Italy)
Ryan Gibbons (RSA)
Felix Gross (German)
Felix Grossschartner (Australia)
Vegard Laengen (Nor) Stake
Ivo Oliveira (von).
Sporting director Joxean Matxin Fernández will lead the team at the Vuelta Valenciana, along with sporting directors Andrej Hauptman (Slo) and Simone Pedrazzini (Swi).
Valencian Community Tour [2.Pro] – 02.01.2023 / 02.05.2023
Diego Ulissi (Sim)
Mikkel Bjerg (Elétrico)
Rafal Majka (Polen)
Brandon McNulty (USA)
Sebastian Molano (Col)
Domen Novak (Slo)
Marc Soler (Spa).
Jarne Van de Paar is ua ProTeam Lotto Dstny
After an evaluation during the team's training camp in Spain, it was decided that Jarne Van de Paar will now join the Lotto Dstny ProTeam. Together with 3 other members of the development team, the 22-year-old sprinter trained with the ProTeam for 9 days. Although Van de Paar has joined the ProTeam with immediate effect, his original racing schedule will not change.
sports directorKurt Van de Wouwerexplains the decision:“Together with Jarne Van de Paar we have created an individual plan that we believe is best suited for his development. We want to give you the opportunity to go head-to-head with the pros in .1 and ProSeries racing, but we don't want to skip steps. Importantly, he continues to compete at a lower level where he can be within 0.2 races for the win. These plans remain unchanged. We have the opportunity to choose riders from our ProTeam in the races we race with our development team.”
“During the four years that Jarne Van de Paar was in our development team, he was never able to drive a full season for various reasons. So we originally wanted to keep him on the development team for another year before he turns pro in 2024. But after the winter he's had and the form he's shown in the training camp, we feel ready. . to take the step now. We want to give Jarne confidence now, but without putting any pressure on him. Your personal development is the most important thing.”
Jarne Van de Paar has been promoted:
Paris-Roubaix Women with Zwift: Team Selection
The organizers of the Paris-Roubaix Femmes avec Zwift have selected the teams for the 3rd edition on Saturday April 8th.
According to Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) regulations, the fifteen automatically entered UCI Women's World Teams are:
Canyon // SRAM Racing (GER)
EF Education – Tibco – SVB (EUA)
FDJ – Suez (FRA)
Human Powered Health (EUA)
Israel Premier Tech Roland (SUI)
Liv Racing TeqFind (NED)
Movistar Women's Team (ESP)
DSM Equipment (NEd)
Team Jayco Alula (AUS)
Team Jumbo – Visma (NED)
SD Worx Gear (NED)
United Arab Emirates (UAE) ADQ-Team
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team (NOR)
In addition, the top two UCI women's continental teams of 2022 will compete alone in the Paris-Roubaix Femmes avec Zwift:
Ceratizit – WNT Professional Cycling Team (GER)
Lifeplus Wahoo (GBR)
The organizers have invited the following teams:
Seguros AG – Quick-Step Team aus Soudal (BEL)
Arkéa Pro Cycling Team (FRA)
Cofidis Women's Team (FRA)
Parkhotel Valkenburg (NED)
St. Michel – Mavic – Auber 93 (FRA)
ZAAF Cycling Team (ESP).
Paris-Roubaix: team selection
The Paris-Roubaix organizers have selected the teams for the 120th edition on Sunday April 9th.
According to Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) rules, the eighteen UCI WorldTeams are invited:
Equipo AG2R Citroën (FRA)
Alpecin Deceuninck (BEL)
Equipe Astana Qaza Qstan (KAZ)
EF Education-Easypost (EE. UU.)
Ineo Grenadiers (GBR)
Soudal's Swift Step (BEL)
Archaean-Samsic Ausrüstung (FRA)
Winning Team Bahrain (BRN)
Team Cofidis (FRA)
DSM Equipment (NED)
Team Jayco AlUla (AUS)
Trek-Segafredo (United States)
United Arab Emirates (UAE) team.
In addition, the three top-ranked UCI ProTeams will immediately participate in Paris-Roubaix in 2022:
total energies (FRA)
Lotto Dstny (BEL)
Israel Premier Tech (ISR)
The organizers have invited the following teams:
Bingo Pauwels Salsas WB (BEL)
Q36.5 Professional Cycling Team (SUI)
Team Flanders-Baloise (BEL)
Uno-X (NOR) professional cycling team.
Brussels wants the 2030 World Cup in Belgium's birthday year
Brussels is making a huge effort to host the 2030 World Cup. This year Belgium turns exactly 200 years old and to celebrate the capital wants the World Cup.the latest newsinformed that the budget negotiations are in the final stages.
The city of Brussels and the Brussels region have already conducted initial negotiations about the world champions of 2030. The federal government has also agreed to prepare an application. The event agency Golazo is also involved in the project. This company took part in the organization of the World Championships in Leuven two years ago.
Brussels and Golazo have already informed the UCI and the Belgian Cycling Federation in writing of their interest. They hope to capitalize on the popularity of Remco Evenepoel, who turns 30 in 2030.
Guadeloupe, a French overseas department in the Caribbean, is also in talks with the UCI to potentially host 2030 World Championships.
The UCI has already awarded the next five World Championships. No city or region has officially registered for the 2028 and 2029 World Cups.
World Cup locations:
2023: Glasgow (GB)
2024: Zürique (Sui)
2025: Kigali (Russia)
2026: Montreal (Canada)
2027: Haute Savoie (France).
World Championships in Belgium 2030?
Tro Bro Leon 2023: A menu of land and sea
As with kouign-amann, and especially kig ha farz in the Pays de Leon, you should never alter a winning recipe, but it's perfectly fine to play around with the amounts and origins of certain key ingredients. That's how it goesJean-Paul Mellouet, the chef at the helm of Tro Bro Leon since its inception in 1984, sees it this way:“I have never cooked the same dish twice”,explained in the presentation of the menu served to the runners on May 7th. The race will still center around the city of Lannilis, but the first change for the 2023 edition has to do with the direction of the loop, with the field going south first and then crossing the center of the mini-peninsula to get its point arrive at Le Conquet and return mainly on coastal roads."The route is a little less steep than usual, but much more exposed to the wind, which blows sideways as usual when coming from the west."explains Mellouët, also increasing the possibility of splits near the midpoint.
However, the gravel and gravel tracks, which put the acrobatic skills of the 27 riders to the test, remain the calling card of the Tro Bro Leon. After reaching the crucial stage of the race, the peloton will face one of the five new sectors in the menu:“The rim of the Saint-Mathieu lighthouse is the longest on the route at 2.3 kilometres. The start of the sector is 115km from the finish line but an early selection is at stake.”Much later, Meshuel's rib will tighten the team's balls and eliminate many other competitors before the final round. However, the finalists will have to wait until the exit of the famous Keroüartz Ribin Castle, which stretches over 1,600 meters and culminates under the Tunnel of Ambitions, to play their trump cards."This is the crucial moment"admits the chef and designer, always looking forward to the final battles where the final men will face off in the battle for victory with less than 7km to go.
ÖThe 39th edition of the Tro Bro Leon will take place on May 7th over a 203.1 km route that starts and ends in Lannilis, with 28.9 km of Ribinoù, the dirt and gravel roads that give the race its special touch .
ÖThis passage through the Pays de Leon, in the extreme south-west of the department of Finistère, leads to the Pointe Saint-Mathieu on an almost uninterrupted wind course.
ÖFavorites and underdogs looking to brave the fury of the elements will go head-to-head with the toughest on the final loop around Lannilis, which has the Ribin du Château like a thorn in its tail.
- Learn more about Tro Bro Leon at trobroleon.com
Death of Astana Kazakhstan doctor Umberto Inselvini
The Astana Qazaqstan team reported the death of Umberto Insevini on Friday. Insevini has worked for the Kazakh WorldTour team for many years.
"One of the most experienced massage therapists in our team, Umberto Insevini, passed away today at the age of 64 from a heart attack...we are completely devastated by this great tragedy...there are no words to express our pain. Rest in peace Umberto..."The team wrote in theirsblood.
Insevini was 64 years old and had worked at Astana since 2013.
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