All the weekend news from The Tour de France with video, plus the Giro d’Italia Donne and the Sunny King Criterium. INEOS Grenadiers argue with Movistar – TOP STORY. Race news: Dates for the 2022 Volta Ciclista a la Comunitat Valenciana and Maryland Cycling Classic postponed. Team/rider news: Cervélo bike supplier to Jumbo-Visma, new contract for Cavendish? New Jumbo-Visma Development Team riders and DSM sign Elise Uijen. Tour video from INEOS Grenadiers and Qhubeka NextHash. EUROTRASH Monday Tour coffee time.
TOP STORY: INEOS Grenadiers and Movistar Clash
Riders from INEOS Grenadiers and Movistar were close to a fight after the seventh stage of the Tour de France. Video footage after the finish shows Enric Mas and Alejandro Valverde arguing with Michał Kwiatkowski.
Just before that, an eventful finalé had come to a climax. Richard Carapaz, INEOS Grenadiers’ leader, attacked the climb of the Signal d’Uchon with the intention of taking time back from his competitors. The Ecuadorian grabbed a gap of 30 seconds, but was caught and overtaken by the peloton just before the finish, this happened after his old team, Movistar, started the chase. The Spanish team said they were protecting the interests of their rider Enric Mas.
Apparently tensions had run high and the riders of INEOS Grenadiers and Movistar were visibly disagreeing with how things went down, according to photos shared by Spanish journalist Diego Ayús on social media. According to Spanish Eurosport, INEOS had tried to upset Movistar’s pursuit of Carapaz, with some of the Spanish team’s riders nearly crashing on one of the final corners, this really annoyed Enric Mas. There was further speculation that the Movistar team management have not forgiven Carapaz for leaving the team at the end of 2019 after winning the Giro d’Italia.
Alejandro Valverde arguing with Michał Kwiatkowski:
Tour de France 2021
Mark Cavendish won the bunch gallop on Stage 6 in Châteauroux for the third time after 2008 and 2011, beating Jasper Philipsen and Nacer Bouhanni on the line just like in Fougères on stage 4. It’s his 32nd stage win at the Tour de France. Mathieu van der Poel retained the Maillot Jaune.
An impressive flying start
177 riders took the start of stage 6 in Tours. Olivier Naesen (AG2R-Citroën) was the first attacker but the second offensive by the Belgian group of the French outfit worked better as a front group of eight riders was formed at km 3, comprising Greg Van Avermaet (AG2R-Citroën), Jonas Rickaert (Alpecin-Fenix), Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck – Quick-Step), Toms Skujins (Trek-Segafredo), Nils Politt (BORA-hansgrohe), Soren Kragh Andersen (DSM), Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) and Georg Zimmermann (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert). Anthony Turgis (TotalEnergies) tried to join them, but was brought back by the pack. Sprinter’s teams Groupama-FDJ, Arkea-Samsic and Qhubeka-Nexthash pulled to bring the breakaway back but Van Avermaet forged on at km 31 to remain alone in the lead.
Van Avermaet and Kluge in the lead
Roger Kluge (Lotto Soudal) crossed to him at km 41. Their advantage was 2:15 at that point and remained the maximum of the day. After having covered almost 50km in the first hour of racing, the leading duo was kept on a leash all the way by the Alpecin-Fenix team followed by Deceuninck – Quick-Step. Greg Van Avermaet won the only KOM prize of the day at St-Aignan (km 72) and the intermediate sprint at Luçay-le-Mâle (km 104) where the peloton was just 30 seconds adrift. The bunch waited as much as they could before they bridged the gap.
Cav does it again
Van Avermaet and Kluge were reeled in 2.5km before the finish. Julian Alaphilippe seized the reins of the peloton to prepare the sprint for Cavendish. The Manxman positioned himself behind Philipsen and Merlier to overhaul them in the last 100 metres. With 32 stage wins in the Tour de France, he’s only two successes shy of Eddy Merckx’ record.
# You can read the full stage 6 report and photo gallery HERE. #
Stage winner and points leader, Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “The boys worked hard the entire day and did a phenomenal job, and I can’t be grateful enough to them for how much they buried themselves. The finale was full gas, reminiscent of the one ten years ago, when we went so fast in the last ten kilometres that almost I was at the limit. The wind was coming from the right and I was on the left side, so I waited for a split second longer in the wheels before opening my sprint. To win again at the Tour, where there’s an incredible group of sprinters, is just beautiful and I am super happy. Tim was again formidable, keeping the stage under control, while Dries, Mattia and Kasper made sure of bringing back the two strong escapees before Julian put in another huge effort in the last couple of kilometres. All I had to do from then on was stay in the wheel of Ballero and Michael, who remained cool as a cucumber, and do my sprint. I can’t tell you how grateful I am to this amazing group of guys. Tim asked me after the stage if I’m in the form of my life, but the truth is that I’m in the team of my life.”
Overall leader, Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix): “The stage was ok. It was a very hard start because of the powerful break that tried to forge, but since we caught it back the pace was ok until the finish line. It was a good day for us at Alpecin-Fenix. I did what I could on the lead out. It was unfortunate that my teammates lost my wheel on the last right-turn. I had to wait for them, but luckily we managed to build the train back and launch the sprint in good fashion. And then… well, Cav is the fastest guy out there at the moment. It is incredible. He was not bound to ride – yet he comes and wins two stages. I guess he is back in business! Let’s see what happens tomorrow. Some guys will race thinking of the overall classification, so it won’t be easy to keep the Yellow jersey.”
2nd overall, Tadej Pogačar (UAE-Team Emirates): “Today was a pretty fast, hard stage. The pace was very high at the beginning and I wasn’t really comfortable on the bike, even we following wheels. This was a good day for me. It makes a difference to have a full team devoted to my GC options. Flat stages are way easier than they were before. After the great victory I got yesterday, I am focusing on enjoying the rest of the Tour de France. I’m happy to be wearing the white jersey.”
5th on the stage, Peter Sagan (BORA-hansgrohe): “We had a very fast sprint where I finished fifth. I still have a bit of knee pain but, again, I gave my absolute best. It’s a good thing we didn’t have any crashes and that we are all sound and safe. We’ll see tomorrow how everything goes.”
18th on the stage, Danny van Poppel ( Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux): “I’m disappointed because the team did a fantastic job all day. I first took part in the intermediate sprint to assess my feelings and I was happy to see that I was in the mix. In the finale, Jonas Koch and my brother Boy brought me back up to the front, in good position as we approached the flamme rouge, but I was on the limit. Then, I battled in the wheels and couldn’t fully sprint. It’s obviously a disappointment because things are not going my way at the moment. But we were solid as a team and I felt better than the other days, and that motivates me to stay determined for the next stages.”
KOM, Ide Schelling (BORA-hansgrohe): “I feel quite okay. The last two days were sort of easy for me, kind of recovery rides, and I feel fine. I’m not sure what my strategy will be tomorrow. It’s such a hard stage and afterwards come many stages with even more points at stake. I have to assess how much energy I want to devote to keeping the jersey for another couple of days.”
Break rider, Greg Van Avermaet (AG2R Citreön): “There was a nice group of eight breakaway riders, and it could have gone a long way but in the end not everyone had an interest in riding. So, I attacked on my own; luckily I was joined by Roger Kluge. We worked well together. I gave my best shot to go as far as possible. We were around 40 seconds ahead for a long time, but with a peloton in hot pursuit, and the sprinters determined to face each other before the more difficult stages to come, in the end it was not possible. I’m glad I was able to get on the podium for the most aggressive rider prize.”
Tour de France Stage 6 Result:
1. Mark Cavendish (GB) Deceuninck – Quick-Step in 3:17:36
2. Jasper Philipsen (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
3. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Arkéa Samsic
4. Arnaud Démare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
5. Peter Sagan (Svk) BORA-hansgrohe
6. Cees Bol (Ned) DSM
7. Tim Merlier (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
8. Wout van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma
9. Michael Matthews (Aus) BikeExchange
10. Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo.
Tour de France Overall After Stage 6:
1. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix in 20:09:17
2. Tadej Pogačar (Slo) UAE-Team Emirates at 0:08
3. Wout van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma at 0:30
4. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:48
5. Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech at 1:21
6. Pierre Latour (Fra) TotalEnergies at 1:28
7. Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education-Nippo at 1:29
8. Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma at 1:43
9. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:44
10. Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma at 1:48
Tour’21 stage 6:
The day after Slovenia took the presidency of the council of the European Union, Matej Mohoric claimed his first stage win of the Tour de France at Le Creusot while Tadej Pogacar saved his day after being put in difficulty early in the race by a big breakaway group comprising Mathieu van der Poel who defended his yellow jersey with a brave heart. On the other hand, Primoz Roglič lost contact with the top guns. It’s a Grand Tour trilogy completed by Matej Mohoric after he won in Cuenca at La Vuelta 2017 and Gualdo Tadino at the 2018 Giro d’Italia.
28 escapees, including the yellow jersey
177 riders took the start of stage 7 in Vierzon. Victor Campenaerts (Qhubeka-NextHash) was the first on the offensive right after the flag dropped. The first half and hour was contested at 55kph despite a slight head wind as attacks just kept going. Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) was the most active. Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) reacted to hint that he wouldn’t let his arch-rival go. The fight led to the formation of a 29-man front group at km 40: van Aert, Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma), Dylan van Baarle (INEOS Grenadiers), Vincenzo Nibali, Toms Skujins, Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo), Kasper Asgreen, Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck – Quick-Step), Imanol Erviti, Ivan Garcia Cortina (Movistar), Patrick Konrad (BORA-hansgrohe), Christophe Laporte (Cofidis), van der Poel, Xandro Meurisse (Alpecin-Fenix), Ruben Guerreiro, Magnus Cort (EF Education-Nippo), Dorian Godon, Michael Schär (AG2R Citröen), Soren Kragh Andersen (DSM), Philippe Gilbert, Harry Sweeny, Brent van Moer (Lotto Soudal), Matej Mohoric (Bahrain Victorious), Simon Yates (BikeExchange), Hugo Houle (Astana-PremierTech), Campenaerts (Qhubeka-NextHash), Jan Bakelants, Boy van Poppel (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) and Franck Bonnamour (B&B Hotels-KTM).
Mohoric and Van Moer away with 88km to go
UAE Team Emirates was prompt to take the lead of the peloton. Only TotalEnergies among the other four teams who weren’t represented in the breakaway put one rider (Jérémy Cabot) in the chase but the deficit kept growing slowly but surely. Mohoric and Van Moer sped up on the first climb of the day, the côte de Château-Chinon (km 161.5) where the peloton was timed with a deficit of 6:50 (maximum time gap: 7:30 at the 50km to go). The duo forged on and were reinforced by Stuyven and Campenaerts with 46km to go. The yellow jersey group was reduced to 10 riders in the côte de la Libération whereas Campenaerts let Mohoric, Van Moer and Stuyven go. Bonnamour rode in between but was brought back 23km before the finish.
Mohoric wins, Pogačar saves his day, Roglič loses
Mohoric rode away and solo’d to Signal d’Uchon 19km before the finish. Only Stuyven managed to not be caught by the reduced yellow jersey group at Le Creusot. Carapaz had attacked from the main peloton on the hardest climb of the day, looking at making it up for the time lost to Tadej Pogacar in the time trial but he was swallowed up on the finishing line. Primoz Roglič suffered from his crash early in the Tour and lost more time (3:30) in this very demanding stage on the eve of the Alpine weekend.
# You can read the full stage 7 report and photo gallery HERE. #
Stage winner and 4th overall, Matej Mohoric (Bahrain Victorious): “It’s unbelievable! My legs were screaming in the last 20 kilometres, but I didn’t listen to them. This was my best victory because firstly it’s Tour de France, the biggest race in the world. Secondly, I did it through the breakaway, beating some of the best riders. I was fighting for the polka-dot jersey today and took the five points, and then I was hoping they would look at each other, allowing me to win the stage. And to do this wearing my national championship jersey is even more special for me.”
Overall leader and 4th on the stage, Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix): “It has been a very hard stage. It is not often that you ride over 255 km – especially not on a Grand Tour. I wouldn’t have thought so many guys would want to be in the break today. I guess everyone will get a good night sleep today. I was pretty empty in the final. I was on my very limit, but I’m happy to keep the yellow jersey. I want to keep it for as long as possible. We will see what I can do tomorrow: I might be a bit too heavy to get over those climbs…”
5th on the stage and 3rd overall, Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “The long stage and hot temperatures made for a really hard day out there. It was nice to be in the break with Mark and he was great, helping me with food, bottles and ice while also adding to his points tally. Then, when it came to crunch time, a group got away and we never again saw them. I tried to go several times, but the others were glued to my wheel, and it was only with a couple of kilometres left that I could finally get a gap. It was nice to be up there and in the mix, but I would have liked a bit more from this stage.”
5th overall, Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates): “It was an unlucky moment when the break got away – a little bit our mistake. Both van der Poel and van Aert are very strong and it’s dangerous to allow them to get a 7-minute advantage, even with all the mountains yet to come. We immediately tried to close the gap, but we didn’t manage to do it. From then on we did a great job, working and pulling together so they didn’t get too big of a gap. I’m proud of my teammates. I know my team – I know they are very strong. Some will take tomorrow’s stage as a recovery ride. For sure, we are not the only team who suffered today. We will go day by day. It was a super demanding stage for me as well: I took a lot of wind behind my teammates and will for sure pay some toll. I guess I will just follow the rest of the contenders tomorrow. I have mixed feelings about what happened with my compatriots. Matej [Mohoric] took a win he has wanted for so long, and I’m happy for him because he is a super good guy. On the other hand, I’m not so happy for [Primoz] Roglic because he went down the other day and I can imagine how much he is suffering right now.”
7th on the stage, Patrick Konrad (BORA-hansgrohe): “We had a very fast start to the stage and a lot of riders wanted to get in the breakaway. I made it to the definite group that was formed but it was a very strong one, with many classic riders as well as the yellow jersey, so it was clear it would survive all the way to the finish. It was a long fight out there, with 29 riders and I tried to save energy all day for the last three climbs. I attacked twice there and in the penultimate climb, I went solo. I was joined by a group of riders in the last climb, so it became a sprint for third place. I gave everything but it wasn’t one of my best sprints. I’m surprised the decisive attack from the breakaway happened so early, just four riders out of such a big group with still 90km to go. I think the problem in the big chase group was that there were three riders from Lotto-Soudal and three from Trek-Segafredo who destroyed the rhythm, so it was easier for their teammates in the front to maintain the gap as they only had to keep a steady pace. I tried to go full gas in the climbs but I was unable to bring the gap down.”
10th on the stage, Dorian Godon (AG2R Citroën): “It was a crazy stage, with an average speed of 50km on the flat. I checked this stage since it corresponds well to my strengths, and I was able to go ahead. I found myself in a group of 29 riders, some of whom were very strong. I rode well and managed to take my first top-10 of the Tour. I felt great, but I couldn’t have hoped for better today with so many of the strongest riders in the world with me in the break. I hope this stage will motivate the whole team to go for a stage victory.”
Break rider, Victor Campenaerts (Qhubeka-NextHash): “This year I’m focusing on classic races and breakaway stages and today was a breakaway. I’ve made a lot of improvements in these things but for me it’s quite clear what I’m still missing and it’s the endurance for a very long stage. Today was hot and the pace was quite high all day and I just felt that I had to do something before the climbs and I came in quite a good position to get a good result as both Mohoric and Stuyven were there. They did an incredible ride and I felt just that I was lacking in the end but I know what to improve on.”
Points leader and break rider, Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “It wasn’t planned for me to go on the break. I just got this kind of feeling of my gut and decided I had to go at that moment, that I had to try and bridge across to the break that was in the making. Next thing I knew, I was away. I had a quick look around and saw that there weren’t competitors for the green jersey and that there were quite a few teams with many riders to pull. It was a good situation for me, points classification-wise. Also, thanks to being on the break I got some buffer for the climbs and was able to ride my own tempo in the final 50 kilometres.”
Tour de France Stage 7 Result:
1. Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain Victorious in 5:28:20
2. Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo at 1:20
3. Magnus Cort (Den) EF Education-Nippo at 1:40
4. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix
5. Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
6. Franck Bonnamour (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
7. Patrick Konrad (Aut) BORA-hansgrohe
8. Wout Van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma
9. Brent Van Moer (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 1:44
10. Dorian Godon (Fra) AG2R Citroën at 2:45.
Tour de France Overall After Stage 7:
1. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix in 25:39:17
2. Wout Van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma at 0:30
3. Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 1:49
4. Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain Victorious at 3:01
5. Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates at 3:43
6. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 4:12
7. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 4:23
8. Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech at 4:56
9. Pierre Latour (Fra) TotalEnergies at 5:03
10. Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education-Nippo at 5:04.
Tour’21 stage 7:
Dylan Teuns won at Le Grand Bornand at the end of a rain-soaked Stage 8. Two years after his first Tour de France stage win at La Planche des belles filles, the winner of the 2017 Arctic Race of Norway proved Bahrain to be Victorious for two consecutive days as he soloed to victory on the ascent to col de la Colombière. Tadej Pogačar outclassed all the other GC favourites to take over the overall lead from Mathieu van der Poel.
A cruel start for Thomas and Roglic
177 riders took the uphill start of stage 8 under the rain in Oyonnax. Wout Poels (Bahrain Victorious) rode away from the bunch in the second kilometre of racing. He was brought back in a wet downhill at km 14. Many top riders lost contact early, the main ones being pre-race GC favourites Geraint Thomas (INEOS Grenadiers) and Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) but also Pierre Latour (TotalEnergies) who was in the top 10 overall. A front group of 67 riders was formed through the rain at a very high speed (48.4km covered in the first hour). Italian champion Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Victorious) won the intermediate sprint at Frangy, km 44, before Michael Matthews (BikeExchange). It was a very eventful race with a group of 21 riders going clear after km 50. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) was there, but not Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) nor the yellow jersey holder, who was having a quieter day. Before the group got reeled in, Poels went clear by himself again after 56km. He remained at the front despite many counter-attacks including one by Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma).
18 riders in the lead
At half way into the race, of group of 18 chasers was formed by Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma), Jonathan Castroviejo (INEOS Grenadiers), Michael Woods (Israel Start Up Nation), Kenny Elissonde (Trek-Segafredo), Mattia Cattaneo (Deceuninck – Quick-Step), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Bruno Armirail (Groupama-FDJ), Guillaume Martin (Cofidis), Aurélien Paret-Peintre and Nans Peters (AG2R Citroën), Nairo Quintana (Arkea-Samsic), Soren Kragh Andersen and Tiesj Benoot (DSM), Dylan Teuns (Bahrain Victorious), Chris Juul-Jensen and Simon Yates (BikeExchange), Ion Izagirre (Astana) and Sergio Henao (Qhubeka-NextHash). Valverde sat up, probably because he was cold, and it was a front group of 18 riders once Poels got reeled in with 57km to go. Poels responded to an acceleration by Elissonde to take 10 KOM points at Mont Saxonnex (cat. 1, km 104) and the lead of the KOM classification.
Teuns alone at La Colombière
Kragh and Benoot rode away on the descent. Kragh started climbing to col de Romme alone in the lead. Woods passed him 6.7km before the summit and continued solo while the damage was done in the main peloton. Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo), van der Poel and van Aert were dropped, giving way to a change of leadership in the overall ranking. Pogačar attacked 4km before the top of col de Romme and 32.8km before the end of the stage. Carapaz went with him but couldn’t hold his pace. Pogacar crested 3:40 after Woods and 1:10 before Carapaz. Teuns caught Woods 3.3km from the top of La Colombière, the third and last cat. 1 climb whose summit was 14.7km to go. Timed with a deficit of 3 minutes to the front of the race at the bottom, Pogačar passed the top in second position (5 second bonus) only 20 seconds behind Teuns. The Slovenian didn’t take too many risks on the downhill. Teuns increased his advantage to 44 seconds on the line where Izagirre took second place with Woods in third and Pogačar happy with fourth as he’s the new leader of the Tour de France after his exploit in the first mountain stage.
# You can read the full stage 8 report and photo gallery HERE. #
Stage winner, Dylan Teuns (Bahrain Victorious): “It’s incredible. I knew it was going to be very difficult today. I had goals, and I achieved them. It was not easy tactically. From the beginning, there was a lot of stress, nervousness. It was hard to have a group that stood out in front of it. Wout was chasing ahead for the jersey and was up there alone. It made it easier for me to follow the wheels and not force anything. On the final climb, I felt good and was able to drop Woods. In the end, I heard Pogacar was coming back, and at the top, I heard it was just over a minute, and If I can make it to the top of the last climb with that advantage, it should be okay, and it was. I dedicated the victory to my grandfather, who passed away just before the Tour, and I’m sure he would be proud of me.”
Overall leader, best young rider and 4th on the stage, Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates): “This morning it wasn’t the plan to attack. I had planned to see how the stage would develop, and then decide how to move. The race proved to be very tough from the start, with cyclists attacking from all sides, but I was fine and I was able to benefit from the rainy conditions that I like: so I decided that I would attack and so, when there were still three climbs left, I asked the team to work at the front to set up my attack. I started very far from the finish line because I saw that all the opponents were in trouble, both because of the excellent work done by McNulty, Formolo and the rest of my team, and because of the cold weather so I thought it was a good time to go. Today’s result makes me happy, even more when I think back to the work my team did in yesterday’s stage. Now we are in the yellow and day after day we will show that we are ready to defend the leadership, because we are a very strong team.”
7th overall, Wilco Kelderman (BORA-hansgrohe): “It was a fast day in the saddle, right from the start, and it took a long time before a break was formed. I felt good all day and stayed in the group of the favourites. Pogačar was unbelievably strong but my legs were good and went behind him in the group.”
KOM and 5th on the stage, Wout Poels (Bahrain Victorious): “I’m super happy. We raced aggressively from the beginning, and I tried to get away a few times. I managed to make a gap and secure points on the climb. When it was all back together, I was also able to accelerate to the top and take enough points to move into the jersey. It was the plan for me today, and I’m happy I executed it. Tomorrow is another day, and we will try to hold on to the jersey.”
7th on the stage, Aurélien Paret Peintre (AG2R Citroën): “It was a crazy stage. It took 80 kilometres of brawling before the breakaway formed. I was a little lucky. I put in one effort, and it was the right one. Then, the Romme-Colombière combo was really hard, so everything came down to mental strength. I’m happy to have been up front, at home, racing on my roads. Tomorrow will be another hell of a stage, certainly the weather conditions will again be difficult. We will have to go back into battle.”
19th on the stage and 11th overall, Sergio Henao (Qhubeka-NextHash): “Today was a very hard stage, particularly after yesterday’s incredibly long stage while today was the first stage in the Alps, and then it also rained for most of the day. For me at the beginning I was very focused for the breakaway but the start was very fast and it wasn’t possible at first to get away but finally a group of 20 riders made it, which I was also in. It was a very difficult stage to win with a group of super strong riders like that but I’m very happy to have good legs and to get close to that top 10 position in the GC. Mentally I feel good too and will focus on tomorrow as we have another very hard day, thankfully followed by the rest day.”
26th on the stage and 21st overall, Louis Meintjes (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux): “It was an intensely tiring day, from the start the field split up and it never came back together. I wanted to make the breakaway, which is why I attacked, but the good move came after. This effort cost me energy, and I struggled to keep in touch with the favourites in the Col de Romme. I would have hoped for a better result, but I think everyone in the field, except one man, can say the same. The Tour de France is still long and there are still stages to be exploited, and a lot can still change.”
Tour de France Stage 8 Result:
1. Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain Victorious in 3:54:41
2. Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech at 0:44
3. Michael Woods (Can) Israel Start-up Nation at 0:47
4. Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates at 0:49
5. Wout Poels (Ned) Bahrain Victorious at 2:33
6. Simon Yates (GB) BikeExchange at 2:43
7. Aurélien Paret Peintre (Fra) AG2R Citroën at 3:03
8. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis
9. Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 4:07
10. Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma at 4:09.
Tour de France Overall After Stage 8:
1. Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates in 29:38:25
2. Wout Van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma at 1:48
3. Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech at 4:38
4. Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education-Nippo at 4:46
5. Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma at 5:00
6. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) INEOS Grenadiers at 5:01
7. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) BORA-hansgrohe at 5:13
8. Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar at 5:15
9. David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 5:52
10. Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Spa) Bahrain Victorious at 6:41.
Tour’21 stage 8:
Ben O’Connor, 25, claimed his first win at the Tour de France in his first participation at the end of another rain soaked stage in the Alps on Stage 9. He got rid of his Colombian breakaway companions to be the 14th Australian stage winner for a total of 35 victories since Phil Anderson in 1982. The AG2R Citroën rider had the virtual yellow jersey on the road, but Tadej Pogacar responded to a late attack by Richard Carapaz to remain in the lead of the overall classification on the eve of the first rest day.
An offensive race under the rain
175 riders took the start of stage 9 under the rain in Cluses. Non-starters: Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) and Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix). Benoît Cosnefroy (AG2R Citroën) was the first attacker at km 2. Harry Sweeny (Lotto Soudal) was next at km 6, soon joined by Davide Ballerini (Deceuninck – Quick-Step). They were pulled back at the top of côte de Domancy by Pierre Latour (TotalEnergies) who continued solo before being caught by Dan Martin (Israel-Start Up-Nation) at km 20. At km 24, another duo was formed at the front by Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Victorious) and Anthony Perez (Cofidis), soon reinforced by Sergio Higuita (EF Education-Nippo) and Fabien Doubey (TotalEnergies). Six riders took the lead before the intermediate sprint at Praz-sur-Arly (km 32.7) where Colbrelli preceded Michael Matthews (BikeExchange), Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick-Step), Dylan Teuns (Bahrain Victorious), Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ) and Chris Juul-Jensen (BikeExchange). A front group of 43 riders was formed at km 35 with an advantage of 2 minutes over the yellow jersey peloton.
Quintana on the hunt for the polka dot jersey
Up to the col des Saisies, Nairo Quintana (Arkea-Samsic), Michael Woods (Israel Start up Nation) and Omar Fraile (Astana-Premier Tech) rode away. As they were brought back, Wout Poels (Bahrain Victorious) went solo 6km before the summit. Quintana caught him right on the line of the 1st category KOM and continued solo on the downhill. A group of 5 leaders was formed before the ascent to the col du Pré, the first Hors Category climb of the 2021 Tour de France, with 75km to go: Quintana, Woods, Higuita, Ben O’Connor (AG2R-Citroën) and Lucas Hamilton (BikeExchange). Quintana rode away solo 2km before the summit. Higuita and O’Connor joined the new leader of the KOM classification. The leading trio made the difference at Cormet de Roselend (km 93.3) where O’Connor was the overall leader on the road.
Pogacar still the strongest of the favourites
O’Connor couldn’t hold the pace of the two Colombians on the tricky downhill of the Cormet de Roselend. He came across in the valley after Bourg-Saint-Maurice. Quintana blew with 22km to go, leaving Higuita and O’Connor riding for the stage victory while UAE Team Emirates upped the tempo to defend the yellow jersey. O’Connor went solo with 17.5km to go. In the last 10km, INEOS Grenadiers set the pace of the group in which Pogačar remained without any domestiques. 4km before the finish, Carapaz attacked but Pogacar responded and showed once again that he’s by far the strongest of the favourites. The Colombians suffered badly in the final climb and O’Connor won with more than 5 minutes over Cattaneo and Colbrelli.
# You can read the full stage 9 report and photo gallery HERE. #
Stage winner and 2nd overall, Ben O’Connor (AG2R Citroën): “Participating in the Tour de France was already a dream. Winning is a huge bonus. The race was completely crazy. There is a lot of joy now; I find it difficult to control my emotions. I am so grateful to my AG2R CITROËN TEAM which has trusted me this season. I hadn’t really intended to go in the break, so I wasn’t certain what I should do in the breakaway. I saw that we had 5 minutes early on, so we could gain time in the general classification. On a long day like this anything can happen. And in the end, I got the win. I gave it my all until the finish, it was a crazy stage.”
Overall leader and 6th on the stage, Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates): “Today the weather was really bad : it rained the whole stage and we got really cold. I’m glad it’s over and we have a rest day tomorrow. I love racing in this weather. I’m more worried about the hotter stages that will come later in the Tour. That’s where I suffer the most and the other guys know that so I tried to make the most of these two days. For a moment it looked like I might lose the jersey to O’Connor but I’m glad I didn’t – I really enjoy this jersey.”
2nd on the stage, Mattia Cattaneo (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “Second is the first guy who lost, but for me it was a day to remember. At the beginning of the stage I suffered a lot due to Saturday’s effort and the cold, but kilometre by kilometre I felt better. We were dozens of riders in that big group and when I saw that a lot of those guys started losing contact I got quite a morale boost. Today, I raced more with my head than with my legs. I hope to continue like this in the next two weeks. I am in the best team in the world, an amazing group of guys and this makes me very happy.”
3rd on the stage, Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Victorious): “I tried to go in the breakaway for the intermediate sprint. I’m happy I took the points there. I then felt good legs and continued to try and fight for the team classification. There are more opportunities for me, and I will try for the Jersey.”
Louis Meintjes: (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux): “Like yesterday, it was a very intense start, but this time I managed to make it in the breakaway. The pace was very high in the climbs, add to that the weather which weighed heavily. I got help from Lorenzo Rota when I got back in the yellow jersey group, and he accompanied me until the end. The 19th place overall is not what I was hoping for, so I will continue to fight in the coming stages.”
Wilco Kelderman (BORA-hansgrohe): “It was another brutal day. Sometimes, I was so cold in the descents that I couldn’t feel my hands anymore. However, my legs were good again, actually, I was really confident before the final climb. In the finale, I struggled a little, maybe because I hadn’t eaten enough, but, in these conditions and after these harsh days, it can happen. Overall, I can be happy with this first week, I am still in the mix for a podium spot and I look forward to the second week.”
KOM, Nairo Quintana (Arkea Samsic): “It’s a day of happiness in which we’ve worked for the polka dot jersey. Yesterday was a very difficult day, of a lot suffering, so to be part of the fight again today, with the important selection we got, it wasn’t easy at all. Once the break went, we looked for the goal of the day, which were the KOM points. Further in the race, had I kept some strength, I would have looked for the stage win. It’s been a hard stage today. We spent so much energy from the beginning on and it has cost me a lot to arrive. The polka dot jersey is the goal we have this year and we’ll keep looking at achieving it.”
Points leader, Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “This was one of the stages I was terrified of and there was a lot of suffering today. We got dropped on the first classified climb, but I had these amazing guys around me, who paced me and gave a lot of support. I’m quite emotional I got over it and happy that I’m still in the race. I had Dries, Michael and Tim with me and I’m so grateful to them for what they did for me today and how hard they worked.”
Tour de France Stage 9 Result:
1. Ben O’Connor (Aus) AG2R Citroën in 4:26:43
2. Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 5:07
3. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain Victorious at 5:34
4. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis at 5:36
5. Franck Bonnamour (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM at 6:02
6. Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates
7. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) INEOS Grenadiers at 6:34
8. Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma
9. Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar
10. Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education-Nippo.
Tour de France Overall After Stage 9:
1. Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates in 34:11:10
2. Ben O’Connor (Aus) AG2R Citroën at 2:01
3. Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education-Nippo at 5:18
4. Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma at 5:32
5. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) INEOS Grenadiers at 5:33
6. Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar at 5:47
7. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) BORA-hansgrohe at 5:58
8. Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech at 6:12
9. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis at 7:02
10. David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 7:22.
Tour’21 stage 9:
Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile 2021
The opening stage in the 2021 Giro d’Italia Donne was won by Trek-Segafredo. The American formation was the fastest in a team time trial over 27.6 kilometres. SD Worx stranded at eight seconds, Alé BTC Ljubljana was third at forty seconds. Ruth Winder wears the first pink jersey, Ellen van Dijk is second.
The team time trial went in a straight line from Fossano to Cuneo, which is southwest of the starting place. The chrono against the clock was by no means flat, because most of the route went up false flat. With few turns in the course, it was an ideal opportunity for teams with strong time trialists to make the difference.
It did, because the differences were significant. Trek-Segafredo had set the target time for SD Worx, who was the last to start. The Dutch formation – including Anna van der Breggen, Chantal van den Broek-Blaak and Demi Vollering in the ranks – came close, but eventually had to give up slightly.
The two teams immediately struck a gap with the competition. Canyon//SRAM conceded 45 seconds, Movistar (which starts here without multiple winner Annemiek van Vleuten) 54 counts and Jumbo-Visma even had to concede a minute and fifteen seconds in sixth. On Saturday, the women’s peloton immediately awaits a mountain stage with arrival at the famous Prato Nevoso.
Overall leader, Ruth Winder (Trek-Segafredo): “We didn’t know the times as we crossed the line, so it wasn’t the plan for me to cross the line first and take the pink jersey. We were all just going full-gas to the line, and it just happened that around the last roundabout, I was second behind Ellen (van Dijk), and we were just sprinting full for the line. We tried so hard today because we have such a strong leader with Elisa (Longo Borghini). I still feel a bit out of it, it was really hard, I am tired from that effort. Elisa is super strong and super Italian, very proud, and this race means a lot to her. Because we all have so much respect for her, it means so much for all of us as well. It was really important today to do a really strong TTT to set Elisa up for the entire week, and it gives lots of motivation for me and the whole team. It’s a very special jersey, and I hope it gives the whole team magic. I am very excited to wear it, now we want to see what we can do the whole week, especially with Elisa.”
Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile Stage 1 Result:
1. Trek-Segafredo in 33:40
2. SD Worx at 0:08
3. Alé BTC Ljubljana at 0:40
4. Canyon SRAM at 0:46
5. Movistar at 0:55
6. Jumbo-Visma at 1:16
7. Ceratizit-WNT at 1:18
8. TIBCO-SVB at 1:19
9. DSM at 1:23
10. BikeExchange at 1:31.
Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile Overall After Stage 1:
1. Ruth Winder (USA) Trek-Segafredo in 33:40
2. Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
3. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
4. Elizabeth Deignan (GB) Trek-Segafredo
5. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) SD Worx at 0:08
6. Demi Vollering (Ned) SD Worx
7. Anna van der Breggen (Ned) SD Worx
8. Niamh Fisher-Black (NZ) SD Worx
9. Elena Cecchini (Ita) SD Worx
10. Mavi Garcia (Spa) Alé BTC Ljubljana at 0:40.
Anna van der Breggen is the new leader in the Giro Rosa after Stage 2. The SD Worx rider was by far the best rider at Prato Nevoso on Saturday. Behind her, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and Demi Vollering completed the squad party by finishing second and third.
With the finish on top of Prato Nevoso we would see the differences between the GC in this year’s Giro Rosa.
In the flat opening phase of the stage, several riders tried to break away from the peloton, but all attempts proved to be in vain. Only 40 kilometres from the finish did Coryn Rivera, Kathrin Hammes, Elise Chabbey and Sofia Bertizzolo make a gap of 50 seconds. That was certainly not enough to survive the 20-kilometre final climb. With 15 kilometres to go they were caught by the peloton, where the women of SD Worx were well represented.
Niamh Fisher-Black’s attack in the last 10 kilometres came as no surprise. The New Zealander was then quickly joined by Erica Magnaldi. Pink jersey wearer Ruth Winder had to let go after that attack and would lose the lead. They did not stay ahead for long, because with 7.5 kilometres from the finish, Anna van der Breggen put in a decisive attack. No one was able to follow. In the last kilometres to the top, the World champion extended her lead over pursuers Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and a little further Demi Vollering and Marta Cavalli. With more than a minute ahead on the competition, Van der Breggen took the stage and overall lead. Behind her in the standings she has two teammates with Moolman-Pasio and Vollering.
Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile Stage 2 Result:
1. Anna van der Breggen (Ned) SD Worx at 2:58:31
2. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) SD Worx at 1:22
3. Demi Vollering (Ned) SD Worx at 1:51
4. Marta Cavalli (Ita) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope at 1:53
5. Erica Magnaldi (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT at 2:30
6. Gaia Realini (Ita) Isolmant-Premac-Vittoria at 2:36
7. Mavi Garcia (Spa) Alé BTC Ljubljana at 3:00
8. Amanda Spratt (Aus) BikeExchange at 3:05
9. Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Alé BTC Ljubljana at 3:26
10. Juliette Labous (Fra) DSM at 3:29.
Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile Overall After Stage 2:
1. Anna van der Breggen (Ned) SD Worx in 3:32:09
2. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) SD Worx at 1:26
3. Demi Vollering (Ned) SD Worx at 1:57
4. Elizabeth Deignan (GB) Trek-Segafredo at 3:31
5. Mavi Garcia (Spa) Alé BTC Ljubljana at 3:42
6. Erica Magnaldi (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT at 3:50
7. Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Alé BTC Ljubljana at 4:08
8. Niamh Fisher-Black (NZ) SD Worx at 4:18
9. Amanda Spratt (Aus) BikeExchange at 4:38
10. Juliette Labous (Fra) DSM at 4:54.
Marianne Vos has won the Stage 3 of the Giro d’Italia Donne. The leader of Team Jumbo-Visma was the best of a front group of four. She beat her breakaway companions in the final sprint. For Vos it is her twenty-ninth stage victory in the Giro Donne.
The peloton remained together for a long time during the hilly 135 kilometre stage. Due to the rainy conditions the peloton broke up in a descent, fifty kilometres before the finish in Ovada. This allowed a group with Vos, Lucinda Brand, Liane Lippert and Elise Chabbey to create a gap to the peloton with pink jersey wearer Anna van der Breggen. The lead eventually increased to four minutes, so the foursome could battle it out for the stage win.
For Vos, it is her third victory of the season. She dedicated the victory to Jolien Verschueren, the Belgian cyclocross star who died of cancer last week at the age of 31. “Of course it is great to win here twenty-nine times. But the best thing is to be able to pursue your passion and do what you love. It is strange to have lost Jolien this week. We think we are suffering here, but there is so much more to life”, said an emotional Vos, who pointed to the sky as she crossed the finish line. “I thought about her today and that gave me extra strength because I knew how dedicated she was. I wanted to ride a special race for her today.”
“From the hill zone we knew we had to be all over the place to compete for the win”, explained sports director Marieke van Wanroij. “We had ticked off this stage beforehand. Marianne made the crossing to the decisive front group in a very good way. We worked well together and it helped that the peloton gave the leaders enough space because they were far enough behind in the general classification. We had discussed the final well beforehand and Marianne finished it skilfully.”
For Team Jumbo-Visma Women Vos’ victory meant the third of this season.
Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile Stage 3 Result:
1. Marianne Vos (Ned) Jumbo-Visma in 3:40:24
2. Lucinda Brand (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
3. Liane Lippert (Ger) DSM
4. Elise Chabbey (Swi) Canyon-SRAM
5. Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Ceratizit-WNT at 3:18
6. Coryn Rivera (USA) DSM
7. Emma Norsgaard (Den) Movistar
8. Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Alé BTC Ljubljana
9. Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
10. Marta Lach (Pol) Ceratizit-WNT.
Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile Overall After Stage 3:
1. Anna van der Breggen (Ned) SD Worx in 7:15:56
2. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) SD Worx at 1:21
3. Demi Vollering (Ned) SD Worx at 1:57
4. Elise Chabbey (Swi) Canyon-SRAM at 2:36
5. Elizabeth Deignan (GB) Trek-Segafredo at 3:31
6. Mavi Garcia (Spa) Alé BTC Ljubljana at 3:42
7. Erica Magnaldi (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT at 3:50
8. Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Alé BTC Ljubljana at 4:08
9. Niamh Fisher-Black (NZ) SD Worx at 4:18
10. Amanda Spratt (Aus) BikeExchange at 4:33.
Harriet Owen and Tanner Ward take the Crown at the Sunny King Criterium
Bicycle racing took centre stage Fourth of July weekend as top professional cyclists from across the U.S. battled for crowns in the 19th annual Sunny King Criterium in downtown Anniston, Ala. on Saturday.
Harriett Owen (Vancouver, BC) of InstaFund Racing sprinted across the finish line for the title in the Women Pro 1/2 race. Tanner Ward (North Little Rock, Ark.) of First Internet Bank Cycling clinched the top spot in the Men Pro 1 race.
Alabama Cycling Classic combines the well-established Sunny King Criterium with the Piedmont Criterium for two full days of road racing. The Sunny King Criterium is the fifth national criterium event on the Professional Road Tour (PRT) calendar for 2021. Saturday offered 21 categorized races for a variety of age groups and skill levels, concluding with the signature PRT races for Cat 1/2 Pro Women and Cat 1 Pro Men.
This was the 10th year for the livestream broadcast of the Sunny King Criterium. The webcast, which was sponsored by Sparklight and Alabama Power, covered nine hours of racing from Noon to 9p.m. CST. Racing actions were called by announcer Brad Sohner and former pro cyclist and 2017 Sunny King Criterium winner Lauren Hall.
The Pro Women’s criterium featured 28 riders in the 60-minute contest. Olivia Ray (Bonaire, Ga.) of Rally Cycling set the pace early, taking a few turns at the front to test the responses of the challengers on the four turn one kilometer course. A few counter pushes were made by CWA Racing p/b TREK, Colavita/HelloFresh Women’s Pro Cycling and Supra Functional Food Bars. However, as the field began to take shape, there would be no major leads in the gaps.
With nine laps to go, the pack began to stretch into an aggressive formation with Madison Kelly (Naples, Fla.) of CWA Racing p/b Trek coming up the left as Olivia Ray sprinted to the front. By lap three, the series of attacks continued with Ayesha McGowan (Decatur, Ga.) of Liv Racing and all riders of Colavita.HelloFresh moving up.
In the final lap, Harriet Owen of InstaFund Racing sprinted forward ahead of teammate Rachel Langdon (Louisville, Ky.) and Emily Ehrlick (Westland, Mich.) of CWA Racing p/b TREK to clinch the win. Emily Ehrlich of CWA Racing p/b TREK finished second, with Owen’s teammate Rachel Langdon finishing third.
“It was tough race. Normally as a lead out you go into your blow, and I came out of the last turn and in that point I’m so use to coming around,” said Rachel Langdon of InstaFund Racing. “Harriet came around with a gap, and someone was sprinting me to the line, and so I had to go all the way through and hold on.”
The Men’s 60-lap criterium featured a field of 47 riders. There were a series of attacks from teams Project Echelon and Best Buddies Racing. The true battle, however, was between Tanner Ward of First Internet Banking and Michael Hernandez (North Miami Beach, Fla.) of Best Buddies Racing, who broke away from the field early on.
With three laps to go, Ward came right out of the corner with a series of attacks going right to left across the road for the breakaway. In the final stretch, he was able to hold off Hernandez on the climb to sprint to the finish. Michael Hernandez finished second with Thomas Gibbons (Athens, Ga.) of Automatic Racing holding onto third place.
“It was hard to get a good separation from Hernandez,” said Ward. “That’s when I realized that this was going to be a sprint and I had to figure out how to get the sprint in my favor. With it being an uphill drag, it wasn’t a normal fast break. And I didn’t want to jump in too early from the bottom of the corner.”
Michael Hernandez shares, “I was trying to conserve as much as possible. We weren’t certain if the gap was coming up or down. Ward is a smart racer. He watched me from the side and did that jump. He beat me fair and square.”
The Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana Gran Premi Banc Sabadell Dates for 2022: February 2 to 6
The Volta Ciclista a la Comunitat Valenciana Gran Premi Banc Sabadell already knows the dates for its 73rd edition. The International Cycling Union (UCI) has made official that the Valencian tour will be held from February 2 to 6, 2022. A return to the usual dates of the race, after 2021 in which it was held in April.
As the director of the VCV, Ángel Casero, announced in his traditional meeting with the media, there are already team interested in this event in February 2022. The 73rd edition of the Valencian tour, the last one framed within the UCI Pro category Series, will begin in Castellón, will have its queen stage in Alicante and will end in Valencia.
As a novelty, in this next edition of the VCV, the queen stage will finish at altitude, with three kilometres on “sterrato” (dirt road) and another three kilometres on asphalt. “It’s a finish where a race has never come before. The excitement will be assured,” said Ángel Casero.
In 2022 there will be the Vuelta Féminas again with a one-day stage with the same route as the men’s. The Valencian women’s event, one of the most outstanding of the international women’s cycling calendar, will be held on Sunday, February 6, and will be endowed, as always, with the same prize amount for the winners as in the men’s event.
Maryland Cycling Classic Postponed to ’22 Amid COVID Challenges
Event Seeks to Maintain World-Class Standards for Inaugural Edition
The Maryland Cycling Classic, America’s top one-day professional race, has announced the postponement of the event, scheduled for September 5, 2021, due to post-COVID conditions not aligning with the standards necessitated for a world-class event.
“From the beginning, our aspirations have been a world-class professional cycling race in the state of Maryland,” said event Chairman John Kelly, a Baltimore-area business leader who is President of Kelly Benefits Strategies. “You only have one chance to make a first impression and we want to do things right. There are multiple factors in this difficult decision, mainly hinging on challenges post COVID from course development to guarantees of international athletes into the country. We look forward to launching this world-class event in 2022.”
The inaugural event had originally been scheduled for September 6, 2020 but was postponed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Hosting a world-class pro cycling race with all of the ancillary events that coincide with an event of this magnitude has always been at the core of our efforts in bringing the Maryland Cycling Classic to life,” said Terry Hasseltine, the President of the Sport and Entertainment Corporation of Maryland, which owns the event. “With all the uncertainties that still exist in market as well as some of the travel restrictions, our leadership team had to make this very difficult decision to postpone to 2022. This said, we remain committed to building a world-class event for everyone to enjoy here in Maryland. We thank all our key partners that have stuck with us during this difficult time.”
The event will once again apply to the UCI to be part of its prestigious UCI ProSeries to remain one of the top-ranked events in North and South America. The event is also sanctioned by USA Cycling, the National Governing Body for the sport. UnitedHealthcare will stay on as presenting sponsor for 2022.
“We understand postponing the inaugural Maryland Cycling Classic was a difficult decision, but we remain committed to working with partners to ensure the success of this exciting event,” said Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott. “Though the COVID-19 pandemic hampered the current state of international travel, we look forward to presenting the beauty and culture of Baltimore to the world in 2022.”
“Baltimore County fully understands the decision to postpone the inaugural Maryland Cycling Classic,” Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski said. “We remain entirely committed to working with our partners to ensure the success of this exciting opportunity and we look forward to showcasing all of Baltimore County’s scenic communities and vibrant offerings for participants at an amazing event next year.”
Hasseltine added that they’ve been working with event partners Medalist Sports and KOM Sports to build out a weekend of events that will include a Health and Wellness Festival, Public Charity Ride, Community Outreach Program on bike education and participation, and a new hospitality and experiential platform. And, with numerous mass public events in Maryland still uncertain, several of the programs and their planning were made prohibitively difficult.
“Visit Baltimore stands behind the event team and its partners’ decision to postpone the inaugural Maryland Cycling Classic,” said Al Hutchinson, President & CEO of Visit Baltimore. “We remain excited to bring the race to Baltimore and look forward to our continued partnership in 2022.”
More information can be found at www.marylandcyclingclassic.us.
Cervélo for Indefinite Period Bike Supplier to Team Jumbo-Visma
Cervélo and Team Jumbo-Visma have signed a new contract. The bike supplier and sports team have extended their cooperation for an indefinite period. The agreement is in this area similar to the commitment both title sponsors Jumbo and Visma made towards the team. It contributes in enabling the team to build it out further and long term following their future strategy.
The parties just started working together from the 2021 season, but decided to break open the contract because of the successful start. With this extension, the World Tour Team, women’s team, development team and the speed skaters are secured of quality bikes the coming years. The cycling team already had some big successes on the bikes. Marianne Vos and Wout van Aert both won Gent-Wevelgem and the Amstel Gold Race. The riders of the team also collected multiple national titles.
Richard Plugge, CEO of Team Jumbo-Visma: “Cervélo already showed enormous commitment towards the team and most importantly our riders and technical staff are very satisfied. There is a good collaboration and both we have the same mindset to become every day better. We made a big step forward because of the choice in different frame types as we truly have the right bike for every race, and on top each frame is of the highest quality. Cervélo also understands what professional cycling is about and going forward together we will work hard to contribute to keep their bikes leading the pack.”
Richard Keeskamp, Sports Marketing Director of Cervélo: “From the start of our cooperation, Team Jumbo-Visma is exceeding our expectations in every area. We are confident that the team can keep up this standard and even improve. Our mentalities just match perfectly as we are both never satisfied and always on the lookout for further innovations. Going forward the team’s feedback will be extremely valuable for the development of our performance bikes.”
New Contract for Cavendish After the Tour?
Patrick Lefevere will talk to Mark Cavendish about his contract after the Tour de France. The Deceuninck – Quick-Step team manager wrote in his weekly column in Het Nieuwsblad. After years of drought in the Tour, the British sprinter won two more stages.
“His contract will expire at the end of this season, but we have agreed to wait until after the Tour to talk about it,” Lefevere wrote. Cav feared last season that he would have to put an end to his professional career, but Deceuninck – Quick-Step brought him back after five years and after a few not so good years, the British sprinter had not forgotten how to win. In addition to his two successes in the Tour, he also won four stages in the Tour of Turkey and a stage in the Baloise Belgium Tour. He also achieved a handful of top places in the GP Monseré, the Coppi e Bartali, the Scheldeprijs and the Elfstedenronde.
Lefevere: “When we went to dinner after the Elfstedenronde (where Cavendish was second), Mark said he wanted to continue for another year, but in the meantime the world looks completely different. What if he would win in the dream scenario on the Champs-Élysées in the green jersey? For his 35th Tour victory? Maybe he’ll say there: Voilà, this is the end of the ride. I wouldn’t advise against it, because I’ve seen too many that are way past their sell-by date. Mark has another chance to leave the sport on his terms, but the choice is obviously his,” said the team manager.
Cavendish currently rides on a minimum contract with Deceuninck – Quick-Step. “But last Monday – when the Tour was already underway – we agreed on a number of bonuses,” Lefevere said. “A premium to ride the Tour, one for each week he completes and of course one for each stage win. If he continues like this, Mark won’t even have earned badly on his minimum contract by the end of the year. We never talked about the green jersey on Monday. At the time, it just seemed completely unrealistic that Mark would even compete in that classification.”
‘Cav’ more than happy at Deceuninck – Quick-Step:
Jumbo-Visma Development Team signs Graat and Strand Hagenes for 2022
Dutch rider Tijmen Graat and Norwegian rider Per Strand Hagenes will join the Jumbo-Visma Development Team on 1 January 2022. Both riders, currently competing in the U19 category, sign for two years with the development team of Team Jumbo-Visma.
A few years ago, Tijmen Graat sustained an injury while playing football and took up cycling. Because of the pleasure that cycling gave him, he kept at the sport. “When I got a taste of cycling in 2018, I was sold. I thought it was fantastic. After that it went quite quickly and I switched to the Streetjump Development Team thanks to the guidance of the RTC Wielrennen of Limburg Cycling. From there, contact with Jumbo-Visma Development Team came about. I am very happy with the step I am about to take. I have been able to train with the team a number of times and I have had positive impressions. There is a good atmosphere and the guidance is top notch. I hope to benefit from that in my development in the coming years.”
Current Norwegian junior champion and cross-country skier Strand Hagenes wants to develop as a road cyclist with his new team. “My dream is to become a professional cyclist and I think this team is the perfect place for that. When I look at the other Norwegians in the squad, I think this squad is perfect for me too. I think Johannes Staune-Mittet and Tobias Foss are having a great time here. I’m happy that I get the chance to improve here. In recent years, despite the lack of races, I have always been able to develop myself well by training. Hopefully I can continue that development.”
Robbert de Groot, Head of Development at Team Jumbo-Visma, is looking forward to working with the two talents. “We are very happy to have these talents on our development team. Tijmen is a climber type who we have taken along on training camps before. We think he is a very interesting rider. We hope he can show himself in the remaining junior races in the coming months. Per is also a very talented rider. He is a super strong boy who tends to be a rider for the classics, but of course he still has to develop and we are going to help him with that. He has an athletic background from cross-country skiing, but he now he is going to focus on road cycling. Hopefully we can also let him take steps in his development. Both boys will make their first kilometres in the U23 peloton next year and we are really looking forward to that.”
The two juniors will join their new team for the next two weeks during the training camp in Slovenia, where the development team is preparing for the second half of the season.
Team DSM Sign Talented Junior Elise Uijen to their Women’s program
Team DSM are excited to announce that talented youngster Elise Uijen will join their Women’s program next year, racing in the team’s colours until the end of 2023.
Hailing from the Netherlands, Uijen has raced both on the track and the road as a junior, picking up several good results throughout her early career. In 2019, she won the Dutch time trial championships for novices, alongside picking up a national gold medal on the track in the Keirin; highlighting her all-round abilities. In 2020, she further progressed as an athlete by taking two titles against the clock, winning both the Dutch and European junior time trial championships with impressive displays.
Uijen said: “It is a dream come true to join and ride for Team DSM. It’s an environment in which I think I can really grow as a person and as a rider, and to hopefully race here when I’m at the top of my abilities. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Team DSM head of coaching Rudi Kemna added: “Elise has a great attitude and in our talks with her she was really enthusiastic about wanting to learn and develop. She’s taken some strong results at the junior level with her two time trial titles, but we want to give her the chance to develop in a complete way and not focus on only one discipline. With our team of experts and specialists, and combined with her ambitious attitude, we feel Elise is in the right place to do just that.”
Dramatic Start to #TDF2021 | INEOS Grenadiers Off-script | Behind the Scenes Highlights
Join us for all the behind-the-scenes highlights of a dramatic start to the 2021 Tour de France in INEOS Grenadiers Off-Script. Geraint Thomas, Luke Rowe, Tao Geoghegan Hart & Michal Kwiatkowski take us inside the excitement pre-Tour as well as the unpredictability of the opening few days of the race.
Team Qhubeka NextHash Releases First Tour de France Film: Success
Team Qhubeka NextHash has released the first of a series of short films from the 2021 Tour de France titled ‘Success’.
This content focuses on South African cyclist Nicholas Dlamini’s participation at the world’s biggest cycling race, and how his story has served as inspiration to millions across the world.
Douglas Ryder – Team Principal: “To be at our seventh Tour de France is incredible. The dream was always just to get to one, and to see the team racing again just makes me so incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved together. Our team selection has certainly made global headlines, and rightly so, the DNA of this team and what it wants to achieve in the world is centered on Nic’s story, and other young riders like him that are waiting to be discovered. Just him being on the start line defines success for us. Also, prior to the start we made the very exciting announcements of new partners in NextHash as well as Burberry and launched a kit that has been the talk of the cycling world. That came with a name change for the remainder of 2021, with NextHash’ long-term commitment to the team. It’s a hugely exciting time for our team and we continue to look for significant partners who would align with our purpose in effecting positive change in the world through cycling.”
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