The Belgian ‘Wonder Boy’ Remco Evenepoel won the Clásica San Sebastián on Saturday to be the youngest WorldTour race victor. Results, quotes and video from the Basque Country, plus the Tour de Pologne and the RideLondon-Surrey classic. Bad luck for Cofidis – Top Story. More news from the World of cycling: Transfer, contract and stagieire news and rumours, 2019 Road European Championships, Media Figures of the 2019 Tour de France and Chris Froome’s road to recovery video. Monday news and coffee time.
TOP STORY: Bad luck for Cofidis in Poland
In the opening stage of the Tour de Pologne, the Cofidis team lost two riders on stage 1 due to a terrible crash. Filippo Fortin and Luis Ángel Maté both had to be transferred to the hospital with various injuries.
Due to the nervousness in the peloton on the run-in to the sprint finishKraków, Filippo Fortin and Luis Ángel Maté went down in the final 20 kilometres. For both riders this meant the end of the Tour de Pologne. Fortin broke four ribs in the fall and had to be treated immediately and was taken straight to the operating room.
Maté was relatively better off. The Spaniard had been hit hard on his head, which caused a serious wound. Despite the serious impact of the accident, he remained free from breakages and never lost consciousness. Yet he had to stay the night in the hospital because of the hard blow and more than fifty stitches were needed to treat his head wound, he said on his webpage: “I lost a lot of blood and I probably have to stay for a few days for observation. Now I am just thinking about resting, recovering and cycling again as soon as possible.” Maté sees his run-up to his eighth participation in the Vuelta a España being greatly disturbed by the hard fall, but nevertheless he hopes to be able to appear at the start of the Spanish Tour – his main goal of the season. In the Tour of his home country, he wore the KOM jersey for 15 days last year.
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Clásica San Sebastián 2019
Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s Remco Evenepoel rides into the history books at 19 years and 190 days, the Belgian became the youngest ever rider to triumph in a WorldTour race.
Remco Evenepoel keeps hitting new heights and showed the depth of his talent once again, when he pulled off a massive performance on Saturday afternoon against a star-studded field. A debutant in a World Tour one-day race, Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s neo-pro soloed to an unforgettable victory at the 39th edition of Clasica San Sebastian, which took the bunch over a demanding 227.3km-long course littered with seven climbs, featuring narrow roads and excruciating gradients.
Remco Evenepoel’s last 25 kilometres at Clasica San Sebastian, where he started as the youngest rider in the peloton, were as impressive as his magnificent victory that earned him the plaudits: dropped on the Mendizorrotz climb, he chased hard on the descent, joined the peloton just as the road flattened out despite having a half a minute deficit, and then responded to an attack of Toms Skujins (Trek-Segafredo), with 20 kilometres left.
Surprisingly for many, the duo’s gap escalated quickly and by the time they arrived at the bottom of the ludicrously steep Murgil Tontorra (2.1km, 10.1%), they were nearly 50 seconds clear, despite a concerted effort of several teams. On this bruiser of a climb, Evenepoel put in an amazing work-rate, ensuring the gap wouldn’t go down, before dislodging his companion and pushing the pedal to the metal. Meanwhile, not far behind, Wolfpack teammate Enric Mas was doing a superb job shutting down attacks from the favourites’ group.
After storming away on the climb and keeping his buffer nearly intact, the 19-year-old absolutely bossed the descent taking to the famous Boulevard in the center of San Sebastian and entered the final kilometre with enough seconds in hand to celebrate in disbelief the biggest victory of his career so far, the 38 seconds between him and the runner-up being the largest gap in two decades at the prestigious one-day race.
2019 Clásica San Sebastián winner, Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “I really can’t believe what has just happened, I didn’t expect it! It’s unbelievable! Winning this race was one of my dreams and now that I have done this, at my very first participation, all I can say is that it’s just incredible and wonderful. On the narrow roads before the penultimate climb I lost a few positions and that’s why I was distanced, but in the downhill I went extremely fast and managed to come back. Then I decided to attack so I could be in front on the last climb and help Enric. But we went full gas and found out that we had a significant advantage at the start of the hill, so I kept going, while Enric did a marvellous job countering the moves.”
“I came here for the experience and all of the sudden, with less than 20 kilometres to go, I was there fighting for victory. In the last 3-4 kilometres I had tears in my eyes and it was all very emotional, because I realised that this was going to be one big and important moment of my career. I still can’t believe it, it’s something incredible and I will need a few days for everything to sink in. It’s been a great race for us and I want to thank everyone in the team for the confidence they always give me and their fantastic support. I will take part next week in the time trial race at the European Championships, another important event that I get to discover. I don’t know what to expect, but I am motivated to go there and give my best. I am also very happy that I will ride for the first time in a race on the new Specialized Shiv equipped with disc brakes. I have used it in training and it’s incredibly fast, and this makes me super eager to ride it in an official competition.”
2nd, Greg Van Avermaet (CCC): “I am happy with how the race went today. I think I did the race that I had to do which was to try to survive on the climbs and then do a good sprint at the end of the day so, I think that worked out pretty well. The new steep climb was hard but I was able to survive it and I managed the race well, I was always in a good position and finished it off with second place which is a really good result at San Sebastián. Of course, winning is always better but, I think to take something out of the race in these circumstances and to be on the podium of a WorldTour race is always good. Sprinting after a long and hard race has always been one of my strong points. It’s not come out as many times as I would have liked so far this year but, I still believe in it and I think that is also one of my strengths as a rider. Today, I was really counting on my sprint and we saw that I was able to have a good one at the end. While my sprint today wasn’t for first, it is important to always race for the best result possible.”
3rd, Marc Hirschi (Sunweb): “Today was a long race at almost 230 kilometres. The pace was pretty hard on the climbs and it was difficult before the finale. On the third last climb the bunch really sped up and it was already reduced; I felt quite good at that point. The penultimate climb was the really steep one and the pace was high there too. There were about 30 guys left going into the last climb. I had a good feeling and knew that the last climb was short and steep; it suited me so I tried to go all out with the best over the top. In the group I knew I had quite a good sprint so I followed Greg’s wheel as he was the fastest guy; it was a good decision and I finished third. I’m really happy with today! The team did a good job during the race and overall it was a really good day for us.”
4th, Gorka Izagirre (Astana): “It was a good day for us, and I am quite happy with my performance. The team was super today and in the final I’ve got a big help from my teammates. I felt good during the whole day and when I saw I am still there in front, I just tried to give my best. In the sprint, I finished third from our group and became the fourth in the race. Not bad at all.”
6th, Patrick Konrad (Bora-Hansgrohe): “It is really good to feel that I found my form again. After the Tour was not a lot time to recover from my crashed and problems I had there, but in the end I felt not too bad this week. Today was quite good from the beginning. Felix was in the break and I could save energy for the final. When Evenepoel went, I thought we catch him back on the climb, but he proved us wrong. I attacked to split the group, but the guys didn’t really pull in the downhill. When some riders came back on the last kilometres is was a quite big group to take on the sprint. I also started to cramp a little and couldn’t push to the limit, but I am really happy with my result today.”
Break rider, Josey Černý (CCC): “I am really happy and a little bit surprised with my performance today. After the Tour of Austria, I went to an altitude camp so I wasn’t sure how my body would react today. I felt really good though and, as a team, we were trying right from the beginning to have someone in the breakaway. It took around 30 kilometres for the group to go clear and, at first, I was thinking a lot about trying to save energy for the last climbs so I could do as much as possible to help Greg and the team. This is a really hard race and the terrain is super tough so, I was pleased with how I was able to push myself here.”
Clásica San Sebastián Result:
1. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step in 5:44:27
2. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel)CCC at 0:38
3. Marc Hirschi (Swi) Sunweb
4. Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Astana
5. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
6. Patrick Konrad (Aust) Bora-Hansgrohe
7. Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal
8. Enric Mas (Spa) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
9. Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First
10. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar.
Tour de Pologne 2019
Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) was the fastest in the sprint to win Stage 1 of the Tour de Pologne over 132 kilometres from Krakow to Krakow. In an exciting sprint, the German rider beat Colombian Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) and Denmark’s Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck – Quick-Step).
The victory earned Ackermann the first Carrefour yellow jersey as leader in the 2019 edition of the Tour de Pologne, as well as the Lotos white jersey as best sprinter, thus repeating the same feat he achieved one year ago here on the finish line in Krakow. This is Ackermann’s third career victory in the Tour de Pologne, his seventh in the 2019 season, with highlights that include two stages in the Giro d’Italia and the magenta jersey as best sprinter in the Corsa Rosa.
Starting off from the fantastic backdrop provided by “Rynek Glowny”, the central marketplace square in Krakow, the 76th edition of the Tour de Pologne – UCI World Tour was officially underway. The first part of the stage was lit up by a breakaway with three riders, who got out front from the very beginning: two riders from the Polish National team, Adrian Kurek and Jakub Kaczmarek, along with Frenchman Charles Planet (Team Novo Nordisk).
Alas, after about 20 km there were only two riders left, Kaczmarek and Planet, after Kurek slid and fell on the road made slippery from the rain that had fallen before the start. Following tradition, the route for the Tour de Pologne passed through Wadowice, the birthplace of Pope John Paul II. The break reached a maximum lead of about 3:30 with the group being pulled by the sprinters’ teams, especially Bora-Hansgrohe, Deceuninck – Quick-Step and UAE Team Emirates, which never let the attackers get too far ahead. Unfortunately, there was a fall in the pack with about 17 km to go to the arrival, in which two riders from Cofidis, Italian Filippo Fortin and Spaniard Luis Angel Mate were involved, and they were forced to withdraw from the stage. The two fugitives, Planet and Kaczmarek, were then caught by the pack at the beginning of the first of 3 laps (of 4 km each) on the circuit in Krakow. Another fall in the last lap, about 4 km from the finish line, put Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) out of the sprint; however, he did manage to finish the stage. Everything came down to the final sprint, with Ackermann beating out Gaviria and Jakobsen.
Thanks to today’s break, Charles Planet (Team Novo Nordisk) captured the Tauron magenta jersey as the best climber, and Jakub Kaczmarek took the Lotto blue jersey as the most active rider in the group. Furthermore, Kaczmarek earned enough bonus points to put him in second place in the general classification, 3 seconds behind Ackermann; he is also in first place in the Lotos classification for the best Polish rider. UAE Team Emirates leads the team classification.
Stage winner and overall leader, Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe): “I knew the stage from last year, therefore I told my lead-out man Rudi that he should stay calm until the final metres and it worked out perfectly. The whole team did a stellar job today, Bodi was at the front of the peloton for nearly the whole stage, setting the pace. Then Cesare, Rafal, Pawel and Davide brought me into position and last but not least Rudi, who did an amazing lead-out again. I am super happy with my third win here in Poland, the spectators are incredible and it makes so much fun to ride here, of course I want to try to win tomorrow again, especially in the leader’s jersey.”
2nd overall, Jakub Kaczmarek (Poland): “For me this was an awesome day. Thanks to the break I got the blue jersey and I am the best Polish rider in the general. This for me is already a great result; I come from a Continental team, and to be here at the Tour de Pologne with my National team is a fantastic experience; for us this is a very important race. Now I’ll take it day by day and try to defend this jersey for as long as possible.”
2nd on the stage and 3rd overall, Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates): “It has been a couple of months since I last raced so that sensation of being on the limit on the run-in to the line was a bit new for me again. But I’m really happy to be back racing and to finish second to a rider like Ackermann isn’t so bad, so well done to him. I’m definitely missing a bit of pace but I’ll improve and hopefully have more chances this week.”
3rd on the stage and 5th overall, Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “Unfortunately, I was a bit blocked in the sprint, but the legs are feeling good and I am confident that in the coming days I will be able to fight for victory. Third place isn’t a bad result in the end, but we came here to win and we hope it will happen soon.”
KOM, Charles Planet (Team Novo Nordisk): “It was a perfect day, an amazing start for us and I’m really happy. This is a World Tour race, and this is the King of the Mountains jersey. I will give my all to defend it and will fight until I don’t have legs left! When it’s a sprint finish, I don’t enjoy staying in the peloton, so I try my hardest to go in the breakaway. I took a lot of risks in the first few corners and saw a gap along with two Polish riders. They had numbers, so I was concerned they would play that card in the fight for the jersey. Soon, I saw I was the strongest and felt confident.”
Tour de Pologne Stage 1 Result:
1. Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe in 2:57:58
2. Fernando Gaviria (Col) UAE Team Emirates
3. Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
4. Maximilian Walscheid (Ger) Sunweb
5. Danny van Poppel (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
6. Jakub Mareczko (Ita) CCC
7. Sacha Modolo (Ita) EF Education First
8. Paweł Franczak (Pol) Poland
9. John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo
10. Luka Mezgec (Slo) Mitchelton-Scott.
Tour de Pologne Overall After Stage 1:
1. Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe in 2:57:48
2. Jakub Kaczmarek (Pol) Poland at 0:03
3. Fernando Gaviria (Col) UAE Team Emirates at 0:04
4. Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk
5. Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:06
6. Adrian Kurek (Pol) Poland at 0:07
7. Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain-Merida at 0:09
8. Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
9. Maximilian Walscheid (Ger) Sunweb at 0:10
10. Danny van Poppel (Ned) Jumbo-Visma.
Slovenia’s Luka Mezgec (Mitchelton-Scott) won a breakneck speed sprint on Stage 2 of the Tour de Pologne, Tarnowskie Gory to Katowice over 153 km. Like yesterday in Krakow, second place went to Colombian Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates). Third place to Germany’s Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe), who hangs on to the Carrefour yellow jersey as leader on GC, as well as the Lotos white jersey for best sprinter.
In second place in the general classification is Charles Planet (Team Novo Nordisk), who was in the break again today for the second day in a row, just one second behind the German. Gaviria is third, 2 seconds back.
The finish in Katowice, in front of the Spodek Arena, has earned the title throughout the years as the temple of cycling speed, for sprints reaching more than 80 km/h. This year Mezgec won here with a top speed of 82.16 km/h, besting the previous record set by Belgium’s Jonas Van Genechten (Lotto Belisol), who had won in 2014, sprinting at 80,8 km/h.
The second stage took off from the historic and spectacular Tarnowskie Gory square. The first part of the stage was lit up by an attack by two riders, Pawel Franczak (Polish National Team) and France’s Charles Planet (Team Novo Nordisk), who holds the magenta Tauron jersey as best climber after also breaking away yesterday in the first fraction. The two reached a maximum advantage of about 5:30, but even today the team for Ackermann in the yellow jersey and the other sprinting teams didn’t give the fugitives much leeway; the final sprint in Katowice was too important and prestigious to let them get away.
The two fugitives were caught by the group at the beginning of the last of three laps (19.1km each) on the final circuit in Katowice. It all ended in a furious sprint, with Mezgec getting the better of Gaviria and Ackermann.
Thanks to the points he garnered breaking out on today’s gpm, Charles Planet (Team Novo Nordisk) strengthened his lead in the classification for the Tauron magenta jersey for best climber, and he also captured the Lotto blue jersey as the most active rider in the group. Pawel Franczak leads the Lotos classification for best Pole in 6th position of GC. Bora-Hansgrohe leads the team classification.
The Tour de Pologne is an important event for the entire nation, as emphasised by the fact that Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Minister for Sports and Tourism Witold Banka were on the stage today to award the winners.
Stage winner and 4th overall, Luka Mezgec (Mitchelton-Scott): “This was a fantastic win in Katowice and the fastest sprint in the Tour de Pologne. It was a great win for me, I’ve been coming here for seven years now and I was always second, third, fifth, top ten many times but I was missing a victory. So today everything came together and I had a bit of luck with good wheels, and also found a good spot to come out and yeah, everything came together and luckily I won. This is the first win in a World Tour in a long time so it’s a good moment. Sure, I won a stage in the Tour of Slovenia and had a nice training camp at high altitudes so I’m really glad I could win today because that means that I’m on a good wave and in good shape also for coming races.”
Overall leader, best sprinter and 3rd on the stage, Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe): “You cannot win every day. We knew already from last year, that this stage is the fastest you are going to do in the year. It was so chaotic, luckily, there haven’t been any crashes. At the end I was a little bit boxed in and Mezgec just came from the back, overtaking us all. However, once again the team did an amazing job, protecting and delivering me perfectly. I am still happy with the result, because I defended both, the leader’s and the points classification. Tomorrow is another day and therefore another chance to defend the jersey.”
2nd on the stage and 3rd overall, Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates): “I’m disappointed because I wanted to win, as always. It was a complicated sprint with a roundabout about 1 kilometre from the finish where I lost my position. Then, thanks to Consonni, I managed to recover my place in the bunch. I can’t say anything about the sprint, Mezgec was simply stronger – he had better legs. We will continue to work with the goal in mind to take a victory that we’ve been missing for a while. I don’t know if it will come here in Poland or at the Vuelta a España, but we will certainly continue to try.”
2nd overall, KOM and Most Active Rider, Charles Planet (Team Novo Nordisk): “Two stages, two breakaways and two jerseys… it’s been an amazing start in the Tour de Pologne for me, to be honest, I cannot believe it. One jersey was already really nice yesterday but today I get to wear two. I’m really proud of the effort and I’m really proud to show my fighting spirit and what I always say is my philosophy, to always be on the attack and always go full gas in the breakaway. This is how I enjoy cycling and for all people affected by diabetes, this is really nice to show them that for two days in a row I can fight in the front and wear two jerseys. That’s really cool.”
Tour de Pologne Stage 2 Result:
1. Luka Mezgec (Slo) Mitchelton-Scott in 3:32:42
2. Fernando Gaviria (Col) UAE Team Emirates
3. Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
4. Danny van Poppel (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
5. Marc Sarreau (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
6. Maximilian Walscheid (Ger) Sunweb
7. Sacha Modolo (Ita) EF Education First
8. Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
9. Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain-Merida
10. Enzo Wouters (Bel) Lotto Soudal.
Tour de Pologne Overall After Stage 2:
1. Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe in 6:30:26
2. Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk at 0:01
3. Fernando Gaviria (Col) UAE Team Emirates at 0:02
4. Luka Mezgec (Slo) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:04
5. Pawel Franczak (Pol) Poland at 0:06
6. Jakub Kaczmarek (Pol) Poland at 0:07
7. Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:10
8. Ben Swift (GB) Ineos at 0:12
9. Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
10. Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain-Merida at 0:13
Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic 2019
Elia Viviani (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) improved on his runner-up place of last year and triumphed at the eighth edition of RideLondon-Surrey Classic on Sunday, after benefiting from a masterful lead-out of Danish Champion Michael Mørkøv, who guided him in the hectic and crash-marred finale on The Mall.
An altered course, cut by 18 kilometres and featuring five laps of the Box Hill circuit, failed to dislodge the sprinters, as Deceuninck – Quick-Step took the matter into their own heads and controlled the three-man breakaway with Iljo Keisse and Davide Martinelli. The two worked tirelessly at the front and clawed back time while shutting down, together with Zdenek Stybar and Philippe Gilbert, the attacks that came on the last time up the Box Hill.
With just two kilometres remaining, a crash disrupted several lead-out trains, but Elia Viviani, who was on the right side of the road, escaped and remained glued to Mørkøv’s wheel, who expertly came through the final bend before upping the speed and deploying the Italian at 125 meters to go. Elia – a stage winner at all Grand Tours – unleashed his powerful sprint and held off the charge of Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) as he captured his 26th victory in the Deceuninck – Quick-Step jersey on a perfect day for the team, rounded out by Michael’s impressive third place.
RideLondon winner, Elia Viviani (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “I have loved racing in London ever since the 2012 Olympics and today I was really motivated, as I knew the shape was good and the legs were strong coming out of Le Tour. Once again here, the finish was chaotic, but I had Michael by my side, who was instrumental and helped me make the difference. This is one of the five one-day races that I was really keen on winning in my career and having it now in my palmarés feels really great. “Not having any selection in the bunch on the Box Hill circuit meant that a sprint would be inevitable at the end of the race and I was really committed on finishing off my teammates’ superb work. Luckily, we avoided that late crash and I could do my sprint which brought this beautiful win. I am very grateful to the guys, first and third is really great and we couldn’t be any happier.”
2nd, Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe): “The crash was unfortunate but that is the nature of the course, it was dangerous as the roads weren’t always good. We were all bunched up and you couldn’t see the bumps in the road. So it was a pretty bad crash but fortunately everyone is okay. I really wanted to win this race especially as it is the first time that I race in the champions jersey and we tried but we were just a bit unlucky.”
Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic 2019
1. Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck – Quick-Step in 3:46:16
2. Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe
3. Michael Mørkøv (Den) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
4. Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
5. Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Nor) Jumbo-Visma
6. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Dimension Data
7. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
8. Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R-La Mondiale
9. Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal
10. Ethan Hayter (GB) Great Britain.
Matteo Trentin to Strengthen CCC Team’s 2020 Roster
European champion Matteo Trentin is set to join CCC Team on a two-year contract from 2020 in a move that will strengthen the team’s Classics and Grand Tour rosters.
The announcement comes on the back of Trentin’s third Tour de France stage victory with the Italian soloing to victory on stage 17, in addition to a further eight top ten results throughout the race.
CCC Team General Manager Jim Ochowicz acknowledged Trentin’s experience and versatility as key factors behind his signing.
“Matteo Trentin is an exceptional cyclist so we are excited to welcome him to CCC Team for the next two years. Not only will Matteo add strength to our Classics team, where he will ride alongside Greg Van Avermaet, but his versatility as a rider will make him an asset to the team. As we saw in the Tour de France, not only can Matteo sprint, but he can also climb and it was his attack on the final climb on stage 17 that led him to the impressive solo stage win.” Ochowicz said.
“Having raced for the last nine years as a professional, Matteo brings a wealth of experience to the team but he is still only 30 years old so, we believe his best is yet to come. We were looking to boost our Classics team with a rider capable of winning and someone who could work with Greg to give the team multiple cards to play, and Matteo ticks both of those boxes. With 23 career victories to his name, Matteo has already carved out an impressive palmarès and we hope to add to that when he pulls on the CCC Team jersey next year.”
Matteo Trentin, who has won stages in all three Grand Tours including a four-win sweep at the Vuelta a España in 2017, is looking forward to joining the team in 2020.
“I wasn’t necessarily looking to change teams but I found myself with a good opportunity to join CCC Team. I know Fabio Baldato and Alessandro De Marchi well, and it was the team Manuel Quinziato raced in until the end of his career, so it is a team I know well. I think I will have more opportunities day by day with CCC Team. In the Classics, Greg Van Avermaet is always up there in every race and I am there more and more so I think we will have more opportunities together racing in the same team, rather than against each other. I’m looking forward to that next year,” Trentin explained.
“I’m still missing a victory, or even a podium, in a big Classic so I would like to achieve that in the next seasons. I would also like to target the sprint jersey in a Grand Tour. I was second in sprint classifications in the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España, and I think it’s something I can do. Of course, you need to always be up there, but I showed in this Tour de France that I was always there. I think the jersey is something I can achieve and something that would be nice to have once in my career.”
In addition to his Tour de France success this year, Trentin has triumphed with stage wins on Spanish soil at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana and Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol, all of which were won in the European Championship jersey.
Matteo Trentin – Tour stage 17:
Deceuninck – Quick-Step Sign Steels and Van Lerberghe
The two Belgians will step up to the World Tour next season.
Deceuninck – Quick-Step have transferred Stijn Steels and Bert Van Lerberghe, who will join us from Roompot–Charles and Cofidis, respectively, having both agreed two-year deals, starting from 2020.
29-year-old Steels turned pro in 2013 and has had a string of solid results, including a podium earlier this week, when he finished third in a bunch sprint on stage 4 of the Tour de Wallonie. Stijn Steels couldn’t hide his joy when talking of this move that will see him not only ride for the Wolfpack, but also reunite with two old friends.
“Even when I was a little kid I was cycling in the clothes of this team, so it is a dream that has now come true. I will be joining Tim Declercq and Yves Lampaert, who are my best friends. We have known each other for 15 years, so it will be a lot of fun and it will be spectacular to be in the same team, as well as working with my uncle Tom Steels. Working with him will be the best thing that can happen to me, as we have a really close relationship. Having spent the last few years at Pro Continental level, I have always tried to be a good teammate to my leaders and I hope to do the same in the World Tour.”
At 26, Van Lerberghe has been a professional since 2015. A strong rider in one-day races, he has notched up some impressive results, including top 10 finishes at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Brussels Cycling Classic, Nokere Koerse and Handzame Classic. He also has an excellent knowledge of a sprint and will be an asset in the lead-out trains of our sprinters.
Speaking of this new deal, Bert Van Lerberghe said: “I am very happy to be joining Deceuninck – Quick-Step. It is one of the best teams in the world and I think I can help the guys in the sprints and maybe also in the Classics. I feel that I can improve a lot – last year wasn’t the best for me after having a virus during the Classics, but I now feel that I can push on and help the guys. I am a lead-out man and I know that I am joining a squad that has had and continues to have some of the best sprint trains in cycling and I am hoping that I can carry on improving and helping the guys.”
Deceuninck – Quick-Step CEO Patrick Lefevere also shared his thoughts on the two transfers: “It is great news that we have been able to secure Stijn and Bert for the next two years. A big challenge in my role is how to keep the squad evolving and moving forwards, and I believe that they can both help us to do this. Stijn is not that well-known yet, but he is a rider similar to Tim Declercq in that he can be a big help at World Tour level and hopefully now we can show what he is capable of. He is at the right age to come to us. Bert is a little bit more of a lead-out rider and can be helpful for Fabio and Alvaro. He couldn’t express himself in the past and in coming to us his level can be higher than before. We are hoping for some good results with him and looking forward to him finding his place in the team.”
Young American Talent McNulty Steps up to World Tour with UAE Team Emirates
Three year deal for the USA rider
Brandon McNulty is one of the most promising talents to emerge from the US in recent years. At just 21 years old, his career has already seen him claim the world junior time trial title in 2016, the silver medal in the 2017 world Under 23 championship time trial and three wins as a professional (TTT prologue of the Tour d’Alsace 2018 and a stage and the GC of the Tour of Sicily in 2019). In 2020 McNulty will add a new chapter to his career, racing for UAE Team Emirates on a three-year contract.
McNulty hails from Phoenix, Arizona (183 cm for 69 kg) and is the latest in a long list of young talent to join the Emirati squad. As well as his time trialling ability he has also proved himself as a strong climber.
General Manager of UAE Team Emirates, Joxean Matxin, welcomes McNulty: “Brandon is a world-class talent, with two key qualities that few riders his age possess: the ability to combine both climbing and time trialling at a high level. Throughout his career he has demonstrated steady growth and a remarkable consistency in reaching his objectives. Many teams wanted to sign Brandon, and we are very pleased to have secured the opportunity to welcome him into our team.”
How do you feel about joining a World Tour Team?
“My initial feelings about joining the world tour are pure excitement. I’ve been patient with my development over the last few years, and now I can say that I feel I am ready to make the jump and I’m excited for the challenges to come. I’d like to thank to my current team, Rally Cycling.”
Why UAE Team Emirates?
“I chose UAE Team Emirates because of their interest in long term development in me as a rider and also the team. There’s obviously already a very strong crop of young riders on the team already which is exciting for the future.”
What is your main goal for the near future?
“My main goal is to become the best rider that I can be. If I can do that then I think some nice results will come.”
Total Direct Energie is Thinking of Dan Martin
According to L’Équipe, Daniel Martin is on his way to Total Direct Energy for 2020. The 32-year-old climber has had two years with UAE Emirates, in which he managed to take two victories. Last season Martin won stages in the Dauphiné and the Tour de France. Last month the Irishman was less that sparkling in the Tour de France. He was able to quickly forget his classification ambitions and eventually finish 18th.
Dan Martin at the Tour’19 presentation:
Simone Consonni on the Way to Cofidis
Elia Viviani goes to Cofidis next season and he takes some Italians with him. It was already known that his permanent lead-out Fabio Sabatini would be going along. According to TuttoBiciWeb, Simone Consonni will now switch to the French team. The 24-year-old Italian is a second-line sprinter. Consonni is leaving his contract with UAE Emirates after three seasons.
Vendrame can Also go to AG2R-La Mondiale
That Lawrence Naesen from Lotto Soudal goes to his brother Oliver Naesen at AG2R-La Mondiale, was already expected, now, according to the French Le Télégramme, that deal is complete. AG2R-La Mondiale is also close to signing Andrea Vendrame. The Italian from Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec was twice successful on French soil this year: In the fourth stage of the Circuit Cycliste Sarthe and in the Tro-Bro Léon, the 24-year-old Italian was the strongest. Previously his name was linked to Cofidis.
Ángel Fuentes to Burgos-BH
Burgos-BH has officially announced the arrival of Ángel Fuentes. The 22-year-old Spaniard immediately joins the team. Fuentes signs a contract that will bring him to the ProConti team until the end of 2020. Last season Fuentes was a stagieire at Burgos-BH. The first months of this season he rode with the amateur team Gomur-Cantabria Infinita.
Bardiani-CSF Strengthens with Two Italians
The Italian ProConti team, Bardiani-CSF, has strengthened its line-up with two Italian riders: Sprinter Giovanni Lonardi (22) and climber Alessandro Monaco (21). Lonardi comes from Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizanè, which is likely leave the peloton. Monaco is still racing as an U23. He came eighth in the Peace race this season and 11th in the Giro d’Italia U23.
Julien Simon to Total Direct Energie
It looks like Julien Simon will sign a contract with the Total Direct Energie team for next season. The 33-year-old Frenchman is now riding for Cofidis, but this will not be for much longer. “I have a lot of respect for Julien,” says Jean-René Bernaudeau, team manager of Total Direct Energy, to Le Télégramme. “I have been following him for a while and this year it is possible to continue.” Simon is in his sixth season with Cofidis. The experienced puncheur was second in the French championship this year, behind Warren Barguil. He also won the Tour du Finistère in April, a race in the extreme northwest of France.
Stéphane Rossetto Stays with Cofidis
Julien Simon leaves Cofidis, but Stéphane Rossetto has decided to stay a little longer. The Frenchman has extended his contract by one year. “I didn’t see myself leaving either,” Rossetto said in a press release. The 32-year-old rider rode a very striking Tour, as he was more than 800 kilometres on the attack.
Stéphane Rossetto in the break on Tour stage 7:
Deceuninck – Quick-Step Sign Steimle and Gaze as Stagiaires
Young German and Kiwi riders to join squad in September.
Jannik Steimle and Samuel Gaze will ride as trainees for Deceuninck – Quick-Step this autumn. The pair, both aged 23, have had a strong season, and after impressing the team’s management, will get the chance to showcase their talent.
Jannik Steimle hails from near Stuttgart and has been representing Team Voralberg, with whom he has taken six victories this year, including the GC at Oberösterreichrundfahrt and the prologue and 5th stage of Tour of Austria.
When speaking of how he learnt of his big chance, Jannik said: “For me it was a surprise. I was training and my phone was ringing, and the call was to invite me to join Deceuninck – Quick-Step. After the Tour of Austria, it was a really nice time for me, but also a lot of stress where I spoke to a lot of teams, which is all new. I made a decision that I should come to Deceuninck – Quick-Step as a stagiaire, which is a dream come true. When you are a cyclist, 90% of the peloton dream of racing in the famous blue jersey and I am looking forward to riding with the team, working hard and showing what I can do.”
“I see myself as a classics rider, as I need hard races with an up and down parcours. I can sprint but more not in a big bunch, but I like 8-10-minute climbs and can win sprints at the end of a hard race. This year I have won a TT too and I can enjoy prologues, like the one in Austria.”
Joining Jannik will be New Zealander Samuel Gaze, who is also 23 and is currently with Specialized’s MTB Team. Even at his tender age he has an impressive CV, having been twice U23 World Mountain Bike Champion.
“I have come off the professional MTB scene and have been given the opportunity to race on the road with Deceuninck – Quick-Step”, said Gazer. “I have been observing the team’s tremendous success from the outside and it’s spectacular to see what the program has achieved. It has been a lifelong dream to race alongside professional riders such as Gilbert, Stybar and Alaphilippe, and I am looking forward to this opportunity and cutting my teeth in the professional road scene.”
“I am a bit of a rouleur and my ambition is to one day achieve some big results in the classics, which is something that I really want to pursue. I came from New Zealand to Europe as a second-year under 19, where myself and a friend lived out of a car, joining in the MTB circuit. Some good results led me turning pro with Specialized in 2015 and from there I have had a great time and I have been able to collect two world titles, an Elite World Cup win and raced at the Olympic Games as a 20-year-old, which was an incredible experience.”
The duo will make their debut for Deceuninck – Quick-Step next month.
Cédric Beullens and Trond Trondsen Trainees with Wanty-Gobert
Belgian rider Cédric Beullens (EFC – LR Vuylsteke) and Norwegian rider Trond Trondsen (Team Coop) will join French rider Théo Delacroix (CC Etupes) as trainee with Wanty-Gobert until the end of the season.
Cédric Beullens, last year in the U23 category, swapped regularly his EFC – LR Vuylsteke shirt for one from the Belgian national team. The student physiotherapy appeared on the U23 Tour of Flanders podium with a 2nd place and finished 5th in Ghent-Wevelgem for U23. The classic rider was rewarded with a selection for the Baloise Belgium Tour. The inhabitant of Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-Waver and winner of a stage in the Tour of Vlaams-Brabant will be for the first time at the start for Wanty-Gobert at the Tour du Limousin (2.1, 21-24/07).
The 25 year old Trond Trondsen is currently racing Kreiz Breizh in Brittany with his Norwegian continental team Coop. The master student industrial technology and technology management showed himself with a stage win and 3rd place in GC in the Tour de Normandie and victories in the Sundvolden GP and the opening stage in the Tour d’Eure-et-Loir. The sprinter/puncher live just outside Oslo and will appear for the first time in the Wanty-Gobert colours in the Belgian one day races at the end of this month.
Cédric Beullens: “One of my goals this season was to become a trainee with a professional team in order to discover bigger races, so I’m very with the chance Wanty-Gobert gives me. I received a first opportunity to get an insight in a pro race in the Tour of Belgium thanks to a selection with the national team, and I will use the next few months to learn a lot. Becoming a pro rider would be a logical next step in my attempt to progress year after year. I will, within the ranks of Wanty-Gobert, give everything to show I’m worth it!”
Trond Trondsen: “I’m very happy to join Wanty-Gobert until the end of the season I’m looking forward to get to know the team and to contribute on and off the bike. I hope to perform well, with regularity, by helping my teammates and maybe get a result myself. I expect to learn a lot. Hopefully this can result in a pro contract for next year!”
Jean-François Bourlart (general manager): “We want to continue to give confidence to young riders, and both Trond Trondsen and Cédric Beullens, just like Théo Delacroix, are part of this strategy. These two young riders are capable of showing themselves on different terrains. Beullens can show himself on classic profiles in several Belgian one day races, but also in some hard stage races. Trondsen receives an opportunity to prove himself on a higher level. I’m convinced that they will use this opportunity to reach a new milestone in their career and, why not, follow the example of Alfdan De Decker, who became pro in our team after a successful traineeship last autumn.”
Gazprom — RusVelo Trainees for the Final Part of the Season
The three young riders will race for the Russian team Gazprom — RusVelo for the remainder of 2019. Anton Popov, Anton Vturin and an Italian rider Marco Landi have joined the team as trainees.
Anton Popov joined the development team of Gazprom — RusVelo in 2018. This season he gained valuable experience in the Italian squad Velo Racing Team Palazzago. Anton Vtiurin came to Gazprom — RusVelo U23 at the beginning of the season 2019 and demonstrated good progress.
Andrey Solomennikov, team’s Sport Director said: “Anton Popov joined Gazprom — RusVelo U23 back in 2018 and this year he gained international experience in the Italian team. So, I am certain that it’s time to test him at the professional level. We did a plenty of work with Anton Vtiurin this season and he demonstrated impressive performance. Anton has a potential to be a good GC rider, he is a true warrior. Anton never fears inclement weather and steep descents”.
Sport Director of Gazprom — RusVelo Michele Devoti on Marco Landi: “Marco has characteristics of a great climber, who is also able to demonstrate powerful finish. I have personally tracked him from 2015 and I see constant progress. At the moment, he is in great shape and is ready to try to compete in the professional races, so we give him this opportunity”.
Marco Landi — is the Italian rider who represents the Zalf Euromobil Fior team. This season Marco won two races: Coppa Lanciotto Ballerini and Coppa Varignana and clinched a podium seven times.
Team Sunweb Announce Stagiaires for 2019 Season
Development Team Sunweb’s Nils Eekhoff and Martin Salmon are set to join the team’s WorldTour program as stagiaires for the remainder of the 2019 season. 21-year-old Marten Kooistra also makes the step up for the rest of the year, after an impressive display of strength during the past four seasons riding for SEG Racing Academy.
After being with Team Sunweb’s Development program since it’s inception in 2017, Eekhoff has had an array of strong performances, most notably his 2017 Paris-Roubaix win. Now his second year as a stagiaire, he looks forward to taking another step in his development.
Nils – “I had a great experience as a stagiaire last year and did some really nice races. I’m looking forward to another year of learning from the pros. I start as a stagiaire one year stronger and with more experience, and I’m excited to be an added value to the team.”
Team Sunweb coach Sebastian Deckert – “Having had Nils in the team for three years, we are happy to continue his development process as a stagiaire for the second consecutive year. After a really hard crash at the beginning of the year Nils fought his way back with some impressive performances and results. We believe the stagiaire role adds value to the program that Nils will do for the rest of the year.”
A key support rider, Martin dedicates his strength to the success of Development Team Sunweb. He was proudly part of the squad that brought Max Kanter two German national road race wins, and kept the victory in the team with Leon Heinschke this year.
Martin – “I‘m delighted at this opportunity to race at the highest level and I am enormously grateful that the team has stood by me through all the ups and downs I have had. I hope and endeavour to repay them in full, by giving my absolute best effort as I race on the WorldTour program for the rest of this year.”
Team Sunweb coach Sebastian Deckert – “Martin has been a part of the Development program since it started. He is a valuable and reliable rider who has contributed to a lot of successful memories. We are happy to give him the opportunity to show his potential in the WorldTour program and believe that this is a good and motivating step for him.”
A great talent, Marten has enjoyed various successes on the bike over recent years with standout performances such as a win at the U23 Paris-Tours, 2nd in the GC at Olympia’s Tour and a stage win. This stagiaire role furthers his development as a rider with a lot of potential.
Marten – “I’m really looking forward to joining Team Sunweb as a stagiaire. It’s a nice opportunity to race on a higher level and get to know the team and how they work better. I’m really motivated for the change – it’s a great chance for me to show myself.”
Team Sunweb coach Sebastian Deckert – “We believe that Marten has a lot of potential as a young rider. He has achieved various solid results in the past and we are confident that he will learn a lot with us for the rest of the year. It will be a good opportunity for us both to get to know each other, and for Marten to gain some valuable experience.”
Eekhoff, Salmon and Kooistra:
#EuroRoad19, Who After Trentin and Bastianelli?
Following the separation in 2018 of the Elite (Glasgow, Great Britain) and Junior/Under 23 (Brno and Zlin, Czech Republic), the 2019 Road European Championships in all categories will once again take place in the same city.
It will be the Dutch city of Alkmaar that will host this continental event in the next few days (from 7 to 11 August) where 13 titles will be awarded: 6 in the Road races and 6 in the Junior, Under 23 and Elite Men’s and Women’s Time-Trial and the Mixed Relay title. The mixed team time-trial will be raced by three men and three women from each national team, a title that will be awarded for the first time ever in history.
For five days, this northern Dutch city will welcome over 850 competitors from 40 countries who will be battling it out in very technically exciting races.
Participation will be top quality. Among those registered for the Elite Road races are some of the biggest riders from the international scene, including six stage winners of the last Tour de France: the current European Champion Matteo Trentin (Italy), Peter Sagan (Slovakia), first Elite European Champion in 2016, the Track Omnium Olympic Champion Elia Viviani (Italy), the Dutch Mike Teunissen, Dylan Groenewegen, and the Belgian Thomas De Gent, registered in the Mixed Relay race.
Also in the line up will be the former European Champion Alexander Kristoff (Norway) and other sprinters such as the former World Champion Mark Cavendish (Great Britain), winner of Milan-Sanremo, Arnaud Demare (France), Pascal Ackermann (Germany), Sam Bennett (Ireland) as well as Zdenek Stybar (Czech Republic) and Niki Terpstra (Netherlands), winner of Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders.
In the Women’s events, the current European champion, Marta Bastianelli, will encounter top level opponents such as the host national country of these Championships, which will include among others, the multiple Champion Marianne Vos, the young Lorena Wiebes, recent winner of a gold medal at the Minsk European Games, multiple Track World Champion Kirsten Wild, and the powerful rider Ellen van Dijk. Among the other riders expected, who shouldn’t be underestimated, are Amalie Dideriksen (Denmark) and the Germans Lisa Brennauer and Trixi Worrak.
The Time-Trial races promise to be very interesting especially in the Men’s events with the current hour record holder, Victor Campenaerts (Belgium) and Jos van Emden (Netherlands), Filippo Ganna (Italy), Ryan Mullen (Ireland), Alex Dowsett (Great Britain) and Stefan Kung (Switzerland).
The Women’s category will feature the winner of the three European Championships raced up to now, Ellen van Dijk (Netherlands) who will be up against Elisa Longoborghini (Italy), Lisa Brennauer (Germany) and Ann Sophie Duyck (Belgium).
Rocco Cattaneo, President of the Union Européenne de Cyclisme: “The Netherlands has always been the cradle of cycling par excellence and it is the ideal setting to host this historic edition of the Road European Championships. Next week a new chapter will begin in the format of the continental event..With the aim of making races even more spectacular and exciting for the general public and press, whose numbers and interest continue to grow, the distance of races will be reduced compared to the past and time-trial races will be raced on the same circuit for all categories.
We know that this will be extremely beneficial for the cycling movement and especially for such a large-scale event. Our main objective is to reach even more fans, riders and others, especially thanks to the huge support of television that will broadcast live almost all of the Alkmaar Championships in this new format.
There will also be the historic new addition of the Mixed Relay following its inclusion nearly one month ago to World Championships races. I would like to thank the Dutch Cycling Federation chaired by Marcel Wintels, the City of Alkmaar and its Mayor Piet Bruinooge, the company LIBEMA which works very closely with UEC events, and the Stichting Holland Evenementen Foundation as well as its Director Vincent Thijssen, for their commitment, professionalism and passion in organising this great sporting event.”
2018 Euro Champ – Matteo Trentin:
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