EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!

After a hard road and mountain bike season, Mathieu van der Poel comes straight back to win his first cyclo-cross race. Results and video from Ruddervoort and Koppenbergcross. Alberto Contador in hospital – Top Story. As always on EUROTRASH Monday there is a lot of cycling news: BEAT in Minsk, Zdeněk Štybar rides cross, Corendon-Circus to la Vuelta, Pidcock in Silvelle, TDU live-streaming, Trek-Segafredo 2020 kit, SaudiTour, Tour of Britain needs new title partner, rider contracts, Team Novo Nordisk 2020 roster, Bigla-Katusha, Deceuninck – Quick-Step and 6d, UAE Team Emirates team meeting and video of the new Lotus/Hope bike. Big coffee time!

TOP STORY: Now Contador in hospital
Eddy Merckx, Raymond Poulidor and Roger De Vlaeminck have all recently been admitted to hospital. Now Alberto Contador has the dubious honour to be on this list. He was admitted to the hospital of the Colombian capital, Bogotá, with high fever.

Contador had traveled to South America to participate in the Giro de Rigo, an event organised by Rigoberto Urán. According to Contador he was well prepared for the ride. “But during the trip I started to feel bad”, let me know via social media. “I had a very high fever.”

‘El Pistolero’ states that eating contaminated food is possibly the cause of his illness. He is currently being treated in a hospital in Bogotá and, according to the organisation of the Giro de Rigo, he will be kept there for at least two days for observation.

Another person who will not ride the Giro de Rigo is Rigoberto Urán himself. He is still recovering from the Vuelta accident in which he broke collarbone, shoulder blade and ribs. He will follow the ride by car. Esteban Chaves, Sergio Higuita, Daniel Martinez, Lucho Herrera, Víctor Peña and Ivan Basso will all line up for the ride.

I wonder if he had the steak?

Telenet Superprestige – Ruddervoorde 2019
World cyclo-cross champion, Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus), took his first win of the cross season in his first race. The reigning champion was the strongest on a muddy course in Ruddervoorde on Sunday. He soloed to the victory after dropping Laurens Sweeck (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal) on the 5th lap.

The 4th round of the 2019/2020 Superprestige series was ridden on a slippery, muddy trail of eight laps in West Flanders. Top rider of the season so far, Eli Iserbyt (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal) made a fast start. Van der Poel took his wheel and in the opening part of the race the two escaped the others. There wasn’t much of a battle between the two rivals and so after a few riders managed to join them, the two again jumped away. Laurens Sweeck then took the initiative and replaced Iserbyt at the front after a fall. The attacking Sweeck put pressure on Van der Poel, who took it in his stride.

The Dutchman put in his move on the 5th lap, and rode away from Sweeck and gradually took more time. Sweeck would only see the rainbow jersey again at the finish. Van der Poel was not going to give up his lead and despite little preparation, won the first cyclo-cross of his winter season. Next week he will take part in the European Championship in Silvelle, Italy.

Race winner, Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus): “It was a pretty difficult course. Pretty technical. I really had to search to get the cross feeling back. I didn’t really find that today. I was fine, but I don’t have the impression that there were gears. I have ridden my own pace from the start. When the rest gave it a go in the beginning, I had to leave a gap, but my base is certainly good enough. But now the interval has to come back. Of course those men rode the Koppenbergcross. I know from experience how difficult that can be. That can still be in the legs. It is nevertheless a confirmation that I have worked well. From now on it can only get better. If you are not good, you will not win a cross. I knew that I was fine, although the specific cross condition is still missing. It was a very difficult race here anyway. But I enjoyed it again.”

5th, Eli Iserbyt (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal): “At the start, Mathieu put a lot of pressure on and forced me to make mistakes. He was definitely the better today. I wanted to ride my own race. I saw that he slowed down a little and accelerated a little. I tried to make him a little nervous, but it also cost a lot of strength. It is a shame that I made another mistake, because if I can ride with Laurens (Sweeck), it might be another story. When I see how he rode through the sand, there was little that could be done today. I think today I really had to be top to be able to participate. I just wasn’t. Mathieu was much better than the rest. We have to live with that. My shape was not bad. But I made a mistake and hit a pole. Something pushed into my pelvis. When I looked at my heartbeat, I saw that I could not go deep anymore. Then I could not force much, because you do more bad than good. I rode to my limit and that just wasn’t good enough. A poor performance can happen once. If I’m okay again next week, I must succeed.”

Telenet Superprestige Ruddervoorde Result:
1. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Corendon-Circus in 1:03:56
2. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 0:23
3. Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Baloise Lions at 0:36
4. Tim Merlier (Bel) Creafin-Fristads at 0:44
5. Eli Iserbyt (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 1:38
6. Tom Pidcock (GB) Trinity Racing at 1:49
7. Corne van Kessel (Ned) Telenet Baloise Lions at 2:06
8. Tom Meeusen (Bel) Corendon-Circus at 2:26
9. Quinten Hermans (Bel) Telenet Baloise Lions at 2:32
10. Diether Sweeck (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 2:51.

DVV Trofee Cyclo-Cross – Koppenbergcross 2019
Eli Iserbyt won the Koppenbergcross on Friday. The 22-year-old Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal rider quickly took the initiative during the first round of the DVV Trophy and took his seventh victory of the season after a strong ride, despite a bike failure.

Iserbyt got a good start and was the first to emerge after the first climb of the Koppenberg, but did not immediately escape, partly because he had to go into the pits. Iserbyt pushed on and initially only Toon Aerts could follow. Iserbyt soon dropped Aerts and continued solo. Tom Pidcock chased and managed to join the leader just after the top.

Iserbyt managed to take the lead on the second lap, but Pidcock didn’t let his competitor get too far and would soon join Iserbyt again. Iserbyt took a few small gaps in the next sections. Toon Aerts also came close to the front riders, but couldn’t quite make it to Iserbyt and Pidcock.

Iserbyt kept on riding away from Pidcock, who fought back well a few times. Eventually it was too much for Pidcock and Iserbyt looked to be riding towards victory, then a mechanical at the foot of the Koppenberg allowed Pidcock to return with two laps to go.

The match between Iserbyt and Pidcock received an unexpected twist in the final. Pidcock managed to escape from his opponent, but Iserbyt recovered and the two were together for the final lap.

A few powerful pushes ensured that Iserbyt took some distance from Pidcock again, and it looked all over for the Englishman. Iserbyt was first over the finish line, Pidcock followed at just over half a minute.

Three years after his victory with the U23s, Iserbyt now also wins the Koppenbergcross with the pros. It is his seventh victory in this cross season, which he has dominated. His next race in Ruddervoorde awaits on Sunday, where he will meet the returning World champion Mathieu van der Poel.

Koppenbergcross winner, Eli Iserbyt (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal): “There was still a lot left in the final lap. When turning the Koppenberg (with 2 laps to go), My chain fell off. Probably there was a lot of dirt in between, which caused the derailleur to hit the spokes. I had to recover for a moment. I lost my rhythm, but I soon noticed that there was still a lot to it. I had to have a head start before the descent, because Tom was better there. After the descent I still had a gap and I was almost certain of the profit. Once I turned up the Koppenberg, I was sure that the win was in.” And Mathieu van der Poel? “Hopefully he’s not too good.”

2nd, Tom Pidcock (Trinity Racing): “Without bad luck, the cross would have been a lot less exciting. It was a good race, but I wasn’t strong enough today. I suddenly saw Eli standing in the middle of the road. I didn’t know what had happened, but that way I could connect again. Downhill I think I was the best, but Eli was stronger on Koppenberg and uphill. The bicycle change in the final lap was a mistake, so I lost contact and he rode away. It is going very well now, but with Mathieu again it will be even harder to win. If he comes back, he’ll be fine anyway.”

3rd, Michael Vanthourenhout (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal): “Thanks to someones manoeuvre in front of me, my rear wheel slipped, taking me off the bike. When I rejoined the front again, Eli and Tom were already gone. At the start of the final lap, I continued full-on, so Toon had to let go. The DVV Trophy is an important ranking for me, so I continued to the finish line to limit the loss of time. Here you can win the most time, but also lose.”

DVV Trofee Cyclo-Cross – Koppenbergcross Result:
1. Eli Iserbyt (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal in 1:02:34
2. Thomas Pidcock (GB) Trinity Racing at 0:28
3. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 1:27
4. Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Baloise Lions at 1:56
5. Lars Van der Haar (Ned) Telenet Baloise Lions at 2:10
6. Tom Meeusen (Bel) Corendon-Circus at 2:46
7. Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet Baloise Lions at 2:54
8. Tim Merlier (Bel) Creafin-Fristads at 3:13
9. Jens Adams (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 3:27
10. Jim Aernouts (Bel) Telenet Baloise Lions at 4:11.

Bronze World Cup Medal in Record Time
Roy van den Berg, Matthijs Büchli and Theo Bos take home the bronze medal at the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Minsk, Belarus.

Roy van den Berg, Matthijs Büchli and Theo Bos have won the bronze medal at the team sprint event of the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Minsk, Belarus. With a record time for BEAT Cycling Club of 43.018 they managed to BEAT the French team in the battle for bronze.

In the qualifying round, BEAT rode a time of 43.401. With this time, Van den Berg, Büchli and Bos comfortably qualified for the first round with the fourth time. The eight fastest teams were allowed to race the first round. In the first round BEAT had to race the German team, who qualified as the fifth team.

To beat the Germans and deserve a spot in the final, the team had to go even faster. With a time of 43.280 the Germans were beaten, but in the other heats the Dutch team and Great-Britain rode an even faster time. BEAT was placed in the battle for third, where France was waiting as their opponent.

The French had been quicker the entire day, so they were also the favourites in the final battle. Van den Berg however opened very rapid. The French closed in on BEAT in the second lap, but could not repulse on a solid last lap by Büchli. The BEAT sprint team finished in a time of 43.018. This not only resulted in the bronze medal, but also a record time for BEAT Cycling Club.

Matthijs Büchli reacts: “I had a great day. Riding the first World Cup with BEAT. Theo thought of a great change in the strategy for the final. I was changed to third rider while Theo filled my spot as second rider. It caused a gain of two-tenths giving us a new record time for the club. We’re feeling great after the competition, I believe we can go even faster in Glasgow next week. I’m delighted to be on the podium today.”

1. The Netherlands
2. Great-Britain
3. BEAT Cycling Club
4. France

The BEAT team about to start:

Zdeněk Štybar Returns to Cyclo-Cross in Early December
Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s Zdeněk Štybar will ride in the mud on Saturday 7th December. The triple cyclo-cross World champion has added the Ethias Cross to his calendar in his hometown of Essen, according to the race organisers.

Stybar was World champion in 2010, 2011 and 2014. In recent years he has focused on the road, where he won Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and the E3 BinckBank Classic last season. Last winter he rode four crosses in Belgium: In Heusden-Zolder, Loenhout, Diegem and Baal, however, he was unable to achieve a top ten placing, his best result for the cross season was 4th in the Czech championship.

Strade Bianche, more Štybar’s race these days:

Corendon-Circus Wants WildCard for Vuelta 2020
Corendon-Circus wants to debut next year in a Grand Tour, and specifically the Vuelta a España. The Spanish Tour will start in 2020 with three stages in the Netherlands. “That is a specific goal for our team,” says team manager Christoph Roodhooft.

A Vuelta participation is one of the many goals for the Belgian team for next season. Leader Mathieu van der Poel wants to become cyclocross world champion, ride the Spring Classics and then get on a mountain bike in the direction of the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Then on August 14, 2020 the Vuelta starts in Utrecht.

Roodhooft realises that there is still work to be done, Corendon-Circus wants to be able to start in the Vuelta. “We want to have a number of riders. Those riders have to take the wind for Mathieu,” said Roodhooft to NOS. Possibly the team will grow to 25 riders. “That’s the aim. We’ll have to wait and see if it all works out.”

Grand Tour next for MvdP?

Pidcock Third Wheel Between Belgium and Netherlands in Silvelle
Rising star both on road and off-cross, the Brit chose to compete in the Europeans’ Elite race on November 10th, fighting with Van der Poel and Iserbyt: “No fear, I aim for a medal!”

To become a champion, or at least try to, you need to be brave. Despite being only 20-year-old and having the chance to compete in the U23 race at UEC European Cyclo-cross Championships in Silvelle di Trebaseleghe (Padua, Italy), on Sunday November 10th, Thomas Pidcock chose to challenge the top guns, and not to be an extra but as a real contender for the title.

Narrowing the field of favourites to only Dutch Mathieu Van der Poel vs. Belgian Eli Iserbyt might be a big mistake. This year Pidcock already finished third at the Superprestige’s round in Boom and fourth in Gavere, proving to be competitive at the very top level. The Brit rising star has a great feeling with the European Championships, as he got the juniors continental title in 2016 (Pontchâteau, France) and last year in Rosmalen (Netherlands) as a U23 rider. Last year he was even able to beat Iserbyt, the main protagonist in the early CX current season.

“I have achieved everything I wanted in the U23 ranks and I am looking forward to testing myself in the Elites – the U23 World Champion explained – I have never ridden the Silvelle’s course, but from what I can see it looks nice as the course features a bit of everything. It is difficult to say who is the favourite, it depends on how Van der Poel is going when he returns. Iserbyt is in really good form at the moment and has been nearly unbeatable so far. They are definitely the guys to watch.”

Pidcock is not in awe of his opponents and aims high: “I already won the European title among the juniors and U23, but with the elites it might be a little early. I’m always looking for win but this season for me is about to get used the elite level. My goal is to be on the podium and I would be happy with that.”

The Brit rider is part of a new generation of riders at the forefront on road from March to September, and on grass and mud from October to February as well. He came from a very positive road season with Team Wiggins Le Col indeed, as he won the Paris-Roubaix Espoirs, Tour Alsace and the bronze medal at the Yorkshire World Championships U23 road race, in his own country.

“I think it’s good to keep the engine warm in winter time. It goes a bit against the traditional way of cycling but our sport has changed a lot. I think what is new is that riders are allowed to race multiple disciplines properly now, where as in the past they might have been forbidden. My motivations are always very high, I love racing and competing. I would get bored if I couldn’t race in winter!”

The event under the aegis of UEC unfolds along two days. On Saturday November 9th, 2019 the Masters competition will open the event, whilst six European titles will be assigned on Sunday, November 10th. Sunday’s programme will start at 9.00 am CET with the Women Junior, followed by Men Junior at 9.50 CET, Women U23 at 11.00 CET, Men U23 at 12.20 CET, Women Elite at 13.50 CET and Men Elite at 15.20 CET.

Eurosport will be broadcasting the event all over Europe, while Italy, Belgian and Dutch National TV also scheduled an extensive live coverage.

Tom Pidcock in action with the British National Team:

Santos Supports Live-Streaming for all Four Stages of the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under in 2020
The Santos Women’s Tour Down Under announced that all four stages of the 2020 race will be live streamed on Seven West Media’s digital platforms for the first time, thanks to the support of naming rights sponsor Santos. This announcement follows the recent elevation of the Women’s race to UCI ProSeries status.

In a first for the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under (WTDU), all four stages will be live streamed on 7Plus, with the final stage (Schwalbe Stage 4) also being broadcast live nationally through the Seven West Media Network.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, David Ridgway said the popularity of the WTDU race has grown exponentially since being introduced in 2016. “We are thrilled with the growing interest and excitement around the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under and are committed to the growth of the Women’s race as part of the Santos Tour Down Under,” said the Minister.

“Having the race live streamed in its entirety provides an opportunity to broaden the viewership and send out some amazing images from South Australia. This wouldn’t have happened without the support of Santos, whose investment has ensured the WTDU can be watched nationally through 7Plus. Santos has been a terrific supporter of this world-class international event, and in particular, is passionate about the growth and development of the Women’s race. Their ongoing investment and engagement in the sport provides an opportunity for us to broaden our cycling and festival story throughout the cycling community and promote South Australia’s wonderful tourism attributes to the world,” said the Minister.

Santos Managing Director and CEO Kevin Gallagher said elevating the Women’s race has been a company priority from the outset. “We are delighted to make this additional investment in the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under to ensure all stages of the race are lived streamed, attracting a national viewing audience,” Mr Gallagher said.

“2020 will be our 11th year as naming rights sponsor of the Tour Down Under, having signed a new three-year sponsorship deal in January. The growth of the Women’s race is phenomenal. In just a few short years it’s gone from a few street races to UCI ProSeries status,” Mr Gallagher said.

Kimberley Conte, Women’s Race Director, said the continuous investment in the delivery of the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under and the commitment by Santos to elevating the stature of women’s cycling was fantastic. “It is all incredibly welcome news. The elevation of classification is sure to increase the calibre of cyclists nominating, with more and more recognising the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under as the opening event of the 2020 UCI cycling season,” Ms Conte said.

“I am always very proud that a great South Australian company such as Santos has made the commitment to invest, not only financially, but also with their people to continue developing opportunities for women in cycling. To be able to live stream all four stages of the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under is fantastic and continues to grow the profile of the race, the sport and the athletes. South Australia has taken the lead, elevating women in sport through offering equal prize money for male and female competitors in the Santos Tour Down Under, first announced for the 2018 event. It has always been the goal of the event to elevate the Women’s race to UCI Women’s WorldTour in the coming years and this just puts us one step closer to that.”

The Santos Tour Down Under runs from 16-26 January 2020. The Santos Women’s Tour Down Under will be held from 16-19 January 2020.

Rouleur Classic: Eco-Friendly Santini Kits for Trek-Segafredo Men’s and Women’s Teams in 2020
The official opening of the prestigious London fair included the world premiere of the 2020 Trek-Segafredo men’s and women’s kits which this year are made from eco-friendly fabrics woven from recycled yarns. Present on stage for the launch were cyclists Giulio Ciccone and Lizzie Deignan. Santini and Trek-Segafredo also announced that their partnership will continue for the next three seasons.

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From left: Rouleur Classic presenter, Lizzie Deignan, Giulio Ciccone and Monica Santini (CEO Santini Cycling Wear)

The official launch of the Rouleur Classic, which runs from October 31st to November 2nd, took place last night in the heart of London with Santini Cycling Wear, one of the protagonists at the event, as it joined Trek-Segafredo to present the 2020 World Tour kits for their men’s and women’s teams.

Two members of the team played an active role in the presentation: Italian Giulio Ciccone is on his maiden year on a World Tour team but won the Mountains classification in the 2019 Giro d’Italia as well as holding onto the yellow jersey for two stages of the Tour de France after taking it in the gruelling Planche des Belle Filles stage. He was flanked by British cyclist Lizzie Deignan who was World Champion in 2015. In her return to competition after giving birth, Lizzie was crowned champion of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, one of the most significant stage races on the women’s cycling calendar.

“We are delighted to be launching the new kits for the Trek-Segafredo men’s and women’s teams at a fair as prestigious as the Rouleur Classic – declared Santini Cycling Wear CEO Monica Santini“The London event is an important showcase and because we are also there as an exhibitor, we get to show some of the products we are developing for and with pro athletes and which are also available for amateurs”.

Giulio Ciccone commented: “I am really happy with the new kit and the first impression I had was really positive. We have reached a top-level quality in terms of materials this year. The Impact area is now bigger on the shorts and that will provide better protection during races and this is something a rider really appreciates. I also appreciate the design, with the right mix of colours and the introduction of the navy blue with white and red”.

Lizzie Deignan declared: “I think the team kit is excellent again for 2020; I like the fact that they haven’t changed it too much because I think our 2019 kit was really striking and popular. We’ve had a really positive year and it’ll be great to have a continuation of that. The Impact panel is really innovative and gives us a lot of confidence because we know if we do crash then we’ll be extra-protected”.

Santini and Trek-Segafredo took this opportunity to announce that they will continue to work together for the next three seasons; having started their partnership in 2018.

An Eco-Friendly Choice for the 2020 Team Kits
The main kits that the Trek-Segafredo men and women will be using in competition comprise a jersey made from two sustainable fabrics: Ecofabric RECY by Corno, an eco-friendly product made using yarn recycled from materials that have been used or discarded in the environment, and Native – Ecoknit by Sitip made using recycled fibres and yarns without the use of any polluting chemicals to reduce consumption of natural resources and dependence on non-renewable power.
The men’s team jersey is mainly white with the team’s signature red used for the central section. The sleeves are navy blue like the bibshorts. The outer area of the bib short legs is made from Impact, an anti-rip and anti-abrasion fabric from Sitip. The anti-rip fabric also featured in the previous kits and proved particularly popular with the athletes with the result that more of it is being used in the 2020 kit.

The women’s team kit is a mix of navy and other blues. The jersey is made from the same fabric as the men’s version but has been cut to suit the female body. The bib shorts feature the innovative C3 Woman chamois which is light, shock-absorbent and comfortable.

The teams will also be supplied with all the various accessories required to tackle the international racing season at the highest level as well as their very intense training schedule. They will receive full kits and accessories required for all the seasons, and to tackle training and competition in a range of different climate conditions.

All of the Santini apparel supplied to the Trek-Segafredo team is made entirely in Italy by our expert staff using quality materials sourced mainly in Italy. This could well be described as a “zero miles” supply chain as Corno and Sitip are based respectively in Monza Brianza and the province of Bergamo, just a couple of dozen kilometres from the Santini headquarters in Lallio.

Trek-Segafredo replica kits will be available online from the Santini site: and from all Trek stores as well as selected cycling retailers worldwide.

Saudi Tour: Act I
With the creation of the Saudi Tour, a new challenge will be presented next February which will open a Middle Eastern chapter that will continue with the Tour of Oman. The world’s top riders will compete on the Riyadh city capital of Saudi Arabia roads during this new five-stage race. The size and diversity of the Saudi territory make it possible to plan new routes each year to discover a different region as well as offer cyclists varied profiles, providing several types of riders opportunities to standout.

For the 2020 edition, the exploration of the country begins in its capital Riyadh, whose region in the broad sense will be visited by the peloton. The five-stage race will be run in a desert and canyon scenery as well as urban circuits at the heart of modernity. The small hills near Riyadh will allow for alternating between stages for sprinters and more rugged courses for punchers. On roads often exposed to the wind, the ability to cope with crosswinds will be an important asset for the teams that will look to dominate the race. On the Saudi Tour, the Flemish classic-style riders will be the ones to beat.

Sabah Al-Kraidees, President of the Saudi Cycling Federation: “It is an honour for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Saudi Cycling Federation to host an international sporting event of this magnitude. The Saudi Tour is a great opportunity to publicise the country’s varied territories and historic sites and to let visitors discover our sense of hospitality. For this first edition, world-class riders from around the world will ride on the surrounding roads of the capital, Riyadh. This initiative fits perfectly with the ambition of Saudi Arabia to promote the Kingdom beyond its borders while promoting sport and especially cycling.”

Yann Le Moenner, A.S.O. CEO: “For several years, the cycling seasons have enjoyed highlights from around the world. We are involved in the emergence of a new racing scene in the Middle East, which corresponds to the riders’ demand at the beginning of the year. The creation of the Saudi Tour and its sustainable installation in the calendar is part of this movement. This new race both represents an exciting organisational challenge, a coherent sporting event for an entire category of riders and a nice opportunity for the television viewers who follow the race to discover new landscapes. This is also for us an occasion to contribute to the development of cycling across the Kingdom”.

Key points:
The first edition of the Saudi Tour, a new race that will kick-off the cycling season and the Middle Eastern swing, will take place in 100 days. This 2.1 category race registered in the UCI calendar by the Saudi Arabian Cycling Federation will be held from 4-8 February.
Ø The race will be organised by Amaury Sport Organisation whose teams have designed a star-shaped course around Riyadh, the Saudi capital, at the heart of beautiful landscapes.

Tour of Britain, Women’s Tour and Tour Series Seek New Title Partner for 2020
Britain’s flagship road cycling events – the Tour of Britain, Women’s Tour and Tour Series – have today announced they are looking for a new title partner in 2020 as they move forward into an exciting new chapter.

OVO Energy initially partnered with the Tour of Britain’s Bristol stage in 2016 as a local sponsor, with their involvement growing in 2017 to become title partner of the Tour of Britain, Women’s Tour and Tour Series, through to the end of 2019.

Their association with cycling and the Tours fitted with their championing of renewable and sustainable approaches to energy, the use of smart technology and innovation.

In 2018, OVO Energy brought parity to the Women’s Tour prize fund to that of the Tour of Britain, the first multi-day UCI race to achieve this, and a fantastic illustration of the brand’s commitment to fairness and positive change.

Earlier this year, event organiser SweetSpot notably agreed a 10-year extension of their partnership to deliver the Tour of Britain with British Cycling, so today’s announcement opens the door for brands to align long-term with these marquee events.

Hugh Roberts, CEO of SweetSpot, said: “This year marked a landmark year in our history: 15 years since the rebirth of the Tour of Britain, the 10th anniversary of the Tour Series and an expanded Women’s Tour to mark its fifth year. All three events headline the British cycling calendar and will no doubt continue to do so over the next decade as we work with partners, stakeholders, teams, riders and fans to inspire the next generation. We thank OVO Energy for their support of the events and look forward to beginning new chapters in the already illustrious histories of the Tour of Britain, Women’s Tour and Tour Series in 2020 and beyond.”

Sarah Booth, Brand and Communications Director, OVO Energy, added: “We are proud of the contribution we’ve made through our sponsorship, helping fans across the country see the world’s best riders competing on their doorsteps and inspiring a whole new generation to get on their bikes. Our most meaningful legacy is taking a step towards gender parity in cycling by increasing the Women’s Tour prize fund, helping to provide an equal platform on the world cycling stage.”

Astana Pro Team Extends Hernando Bohorquez
Astana Pro Team confirms a new one-year agreement for the season of 2020 with the Colombian rider Hernando Bohorquez.

“First of all, I want to thank the team for this new opportunity. It means a lot for me after a hard year with all these crashes and health problems. I really like Astana Pro Team as I feel here like in a family. I am ready and motivated ahead of the upcoming season! With the help of the team and with support of my family I will give my all to represent the Astana colours in 2020 in the best possible way,” said Hernando Bohorquez.

Hernando Bohorquez (27 years old) had a very tough season due to two very bad crashes, in the beginning of the season (stage 5 of the Colombia 2.1) and in the second part of the year (GP de Fourmies). In both cases the rider was able to avoid too serious consequences, however, the first crash resulted in a back injury, while in the second crash Bohorquez got a nasty injury of his face.

Despite bad luck, Hernando Bohorquez showed himself as a strong team player and a helper for team leaders. Thus, he helped Miguel Angel Lopez to win the Colombia 2.1 and was next to Jakob Fuglsang at the successful Critérium du Dauphiné.

“Unfortunately, Hernando had a year full of bad luck. He started it with a bad crash and back injury which forced him to miss more than two months of racing and finished with another crash, which closed his season. But, in the same time he impressed us at the Tour of Colombia with the way he helped Miguel Angel Lopez and with his team spirit. Also, he did a big amount of work for Jakob Fuglsang at the Critérium du Dauphiné and for Alexey Lutsenko at the Deutschland Tour. So, we hope Hernando will recover in the best possible way both, physically and mentally and we would like to give him one more chance in the upcoming season. I believe, he can surprise us,” said Alexandr Vinokurov, general manager of Astana Pro Team.

Hernando Bohorquez:

Team Novo Nordisk Announces 2020 Roster
Two New Riders Added to Professional Roster for Team’s Eighth Season.

Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team, will race its eighth season with a roster of 16 athletes from 12 countries. Two new riders, Hamish Beadle (NZL) and Gerd de Keijzer (NED), will be part of Team Novo Nordisk’s 2020 roster.

“2019 has been a banner year for the team. It has been a season where teamwork clicked race after race, month after month, and we are looking forward to building upon this momentum with ambitious objectives for 2020,” Team Novo Nordisk CEO and Co-Founder Phil Southerland said. “As we race around the globe, we get the chance to work directly with the diabetes community and this impact is proving priceless. Witnessing those moments gives us a great sense of pride and it is humbling to receive that support and gratitude from the diabetes community. Together we are changing diabetes.”

To become a member of Team Novo Nordisk, all athletes must have type 1 diabetes. Since its launch in December 2012, the organisation has focused heavily on identifying and developing endurance athletes from around the world with diabetes, building junior and development squads currently totalling 30 athletes. Both of Team Novo Nordisk’s new athletes are products of its development program. Beadle’s selection was announced in September.

In addition to Beadle and de Keijzer, Team Novo Nordisk proudly announces it has extended contracts with standout riders Andrea Peron (ITA) and Charles Planet (FRA). Planet’s extension was announced earlier this month.

“Andrea had a nice season and I am proud of his results along with his positive attitude. I believe his results were partly due to the addition of Peter Kusztor, who has a tremendous ability to rally the guys around protecting Andrea,” Team Novo Nordisk General Manager Vassili Davidenko said. “We’ve known Andrea for nearly a decade, and he has always delivered on his dreams. He dreams of winning a professional race; hopefully, we can make that dream come true together.”

Peron helped lead Team Novo Nordisk to its most successful season to date by earning nine top 10 finishes including third on Stage 1 and eighth overall at the Tour of Estonia, eighth on Stage 7 of the Tour of California, and eighth on Stage 3 of the Tour de Pologne. The last two results serve as Team Novo Nordisk’s first top 10s at World Tour-caliber races.

“By far my proudest memory of the year were the two top 10s. I always enjoy a race where the start list is the best in the sport,” Peron said. “It was a big year for me, both with strong results and with the birth of my son. All of this served as a boost and I want to thank my coach, Federico Fontana, who also deserves credit for this season.”

While new to the roster, the 25-year-old de Keijzer raced three seasons with Team Novo Nordisk’s pro team from 2014-2017. The Dutchman briefly stepped away from the professional ranks before returning in 2019 to Team Novo Nordisk’s development squad to gain experience. Based on his results, he earned a spot back on the pro team for the 2020 season.

“It is extremely hard to earn a professional contract in bike racing, so I’m proud of this. For the 2019 season, I had one goal and that was to show the best me both on and off the bike. It was probably one of the best years I’ve had in cycling and I can’t wait to continue this growth into next year,” de Keizer said. “I spent time with the development squad years ago and being back this past season made it clear how it has grown in professionalism and strength. All of Team Novo Nordisk raise each other to a higher level and that’s what you need within a successful organisation.”

This season, the Team Novo Nordisk men’s professional squad competed in four World Tour races: UAE Tour, Milan-San Remo, Tour of California and Tour de Pologne. The squad wore jerseys at each of the World Tour stage races and placed a historic four riders in the breakaway at Milan-San Remo.

Across 24 races in 15 countries, Team Novo Nordisk had its most successful season to date including two top 10s at World Tour races, podium results at the Tour of Estonia and Tour of China I, and more than two dozen top 10s overall. Standout results include Planet earning the Most Active Rider jersey at the Tour of Pologne, the team’s first overall World Tour jersey in its seven-year history. He also wore the Intermediate Sprint jersey for four days at the UAE Tour, the King of the Mountains jersey for three days at the Tour of Pologne, and the Most Courageous Rider jersey following the opening stage of the Tour of California. David Lozano (ESP) won the overall King of the Mountains jersey at the Tour of Taiyuan while Sam Brand (GBR) wore the King of the Mountains jersey for one stage at the Tour of Estonia.

“Looking ahead, I want to see some victories. We’ve gotten a taste of success this year with a record number of podium appearances, which has translated into a massive confidence boost throughout the entire organisation,” Southerland said. “From a scientific standpoint, we had a big year of data collection, and now we can make some small interventions that we believe will help level the playing field for our riders. These small gains could be real difference-makers for the 2020 season, which serves as the 99th year since the discovery of insulin. It is a big year for us, a big year for people with diabetes, and it is our chance to do a big lead-out so that 2021 can be the best year for everyone affected by diabetes around the world.”

The full 2020 roster includes:
Hamish Beadle – NZL, Oliver Behringer – SUI, Mehdi Benhamouda – FRA, Sam Brand – GBR, Stephen Clancy – IRL, Gerd de Keijzer – NED, Joonas Henttala – FIN, Declan Irvine – AUS, Brian Kamstra – NED, Peter Kusztor – HUN, David Lozano – ESP, Sam Munday – AUS, Andrea Peron – ITA, Charles Planet – FRA, Umberto Poli – ITA, Ulugbek Saidov – UZB.

Bigla Pro Cycling and Katusha Sports are proud to announce their partnership commencing in 2020
Katusha Sports will become the official clothing supplier and title partner of Bigla Pro Cycling team, to be named Bigla-Katusha.

Thomas Campana, General Manager of Bigla Pro Cycling: “It is great that Katusha has made the decision to come on board our team. They are a long-term partner and supporter of professional cycling, and will now be further venturing into women’s cycling through their partnership with our team. This is clearly a sign that the sport, and our team, are continuing to develop along the right path. We are very pleased that Katusha will not only be providing us with advanced cycling apparel, but will also become the second title partner of the team. With this investment, Katusha demonstrates their innovation as well as confidence in the market of female cyclists around the world.”

Alexis Schoeb, CEO of Katusha Sports: “When we set up Katusha Sports in 2016 we created the company with the overlying purpose of supporting professional cycling, and shaking up the standard model of sponsorship in this sport. We’ve had 3 very successful years of working within the UCI men’s world tour as our main partner, and we’re now at a time where we are ready to extend our reach. We believe fully in women’s cycling and we couldn’t be more excited to kick off this project.”

Katusha Sports is based in Geneva, Switzerland, and takes its home pride seriously. The tenets of Swiss manufacturing are built into the company’s ethos: Quality, craftsmanship, charisma. The synergy with the Bigla team, also Swiss, creates a perfect pairing. This partnership affords Katusha Sports an opportunity to further develop its women’s range, using the pro team as a focus for research and development. With the pro team as a research “lab” the goal of Katusha Sports will be to be able to offer the best in cutting edge technology, function and style for the women’s market.

“Our staff at Katusha Sports is 50% female, with our head of product development included in that. It might not sound like a stand out figure at first, but with an industry that is roughly 10% women, we’re proud of this parity. We believe our partnerships and support should be aligned with this. We’re excited to be partnering with such a well run and organised team, and we look forward to working closely with the riders and staff.”

The 2020 team kit will be revealed in January 2020, and the full range will be available for purchase via early next year.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step extend highly successful partnership with 6d Sports Nutrition
The agreement will continue for the next two years.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step, recently crowned 2019 UCI World Team Classification winners, have partnered with 6d Sports Nutrition for the past two seasons, which has coincided with unprecedented success for the Wolfpack, and the new deal will see the two parties work together until at least the end of 2021.

6d Sports Nutrition is developing in a partnership between Bakala Academy and Medix Laboratoires pure, and produce scientifically based sports beverages and sports nutrition supplements for recreational and professional athletes. They partner several successful teams and athletes from across the sporting spectrum, bringing together a myriad of knowledge on how to fuel athletes for success. It is no coincidence that their period working with the team has coincided with one of the most successful spells in Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s history, with 6d fuelling the team’s 141 UCI victories during 2018 and 2019, including four Monuments and over 20 Grand Tour stages.

Head of Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s medical team, Toon Cruyt said of the new deal: “We are very happy to be able to work closely with 6d again for another two years. They have catered perfectly for the team’s needs during the successful period that we have been working with them, offering a wide range of products that fuel the riders before, during and after training and racing. They are also always ahead of the game when it comes to product development and we are looking forward to seeing their ideas for the coming years.”

These thoughts were echoed by Deceuninck – Quick-Step CEO Patrick Lefevere: “We are happy to add some continuity by reaching an agreement with 6d. They are a huge part of the success we have had in the past two years and I am looking forward to them being so even more in the future.”

Andy Baert, owner of 6d Sports Nutrition, added: “We are of course very pleased with the extension of our partnership and associating ourselves with the world’s best cycling team with the same goals and ideals.”

Patrick Lefevere and Andy Baert:

UAE Team Emirates – Team meeting in the UAE
For the 2020 season we will #RideTogether as a strong and close-knit group – and what better place to start than in the UAE. Take a look at our unforgettable first team meeting ahead of next year.

New Track Bike 2019 – Behind the Scenes – Hope Tech and Lotus Engineering
In a nod to the iconic Olympic gold medal-winning bike ridden by Chris Boardman in 1992, British Cycling can today reveal the cutting-edge bike that Great Britain’s track squad will ride at the 2020 Olympics.

Collaboratively developed by component manufacturer Hope Technology, and recognised automotive consultancy Lotus Engineering with the help of engineering giant Renishaw work on the new bike has been taking place in all corners of the country. This includes wind tunnel testing in Southampton, to further refinement and production of the bike in Gloucestershire, East Anglia and Lancashire. British riders have just begun putting it through its paces at British Cycling’s base at the HSBC UK National Cycling Centre in Manchester.

Speakers: Tony Purnell (Head of Technology, Great Britain Cycling Team), Jason Kenny (Great Britain Cycling Team) and Ed Clancy (Great Britain Cycling Team).

You can see more photos and read Ed Hood’s thoughts on the Lotus/Hope bike HERE.

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