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TOP STORY: Not Enough Masks in the Pyrenees
There were a lot of fans wearing face masks on the Pyrenees climb at the weekend, but in some places it was like the corona virus had never reached the mountain area. It was the same at the finish in Loudenvielle, where there were many fans. As reported in WielerFlits: Tomas Van Den Spiegel, CEO of Flanders Classics, reacted: “This is not possible. This also hampers our races.”
The Movistar team tweeted last night, calling on fans to wear face masks and to respect social distancing. “This restart of the season has taken so much effort. And we don’t want it to end prematurely.” Sven Nys also raised the problem. “As a rider and team, you will undergo tests every day, you will not be allowed to leave your hotel, you will have to make investments. To then establish that on the other hand the rules of the game are not being followed.”
Tomas Van Den Spiegel, organiser of the Tour of Flanders, and other races, was a guest at Vive le Vélo on Saturday, he also expressed his dissatisfaction. “This is simply not possible. We are in constant consultation with the authorities to make our races as safe as possible. There are many legitimate concerns today. We cannot afford this now. And let me be clear, our races will not look like that.”
Too many people on the climbs
“Start and finish without an audience, that has been the basis since the restart of cycling,” Van Den Spiegel continued. “We are going through that. If the situation in October is what it is today, then there will be no crowd on the climbs and we call on the fans not to come. When I see this… Except for the mouth mask, I see no difference with a normal Tour.”
Moreover, Van Den Spiegel points out the short-comings of the Tour de France. “What bothers me the most about the images. This can also jeopardise our events. Everyone is watching the Tour de France. It has to roll out the red carpet for the rest of the season: Giro, Vuelta, classics. The peloton and the riders make immense efforts, but don’t neglect the rest.”
Some fans without face masks, or not wearing them:
2020 Tour de France
Kazakhstan national champion Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) claimed a solo victory at Mont Aigoual, a spectacular stage finish in the southern Occitanie region. He collected his first ever Tour de France win four days before turning 28 thanks to a well-timed acceleration 4km before the summit of La Lusette with 17.5km to go. Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) was second and Greg Van Avermaet (CCC) third while Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) retained the yellow jersey.
172 riders started Stage 6 in Le Teil. Nicolas Roche (Sunweb) was the first in action on the uphill start, soon joined by Jesus Herrada (Cofidis), Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) and Greg Van Avermaet (CCC), and a bit later by Neilson Powless (EF), Edvald Boasson Hagen (NTT), Daniel Oss (BORA-hansgrohe) and Alexey Lutsenko (Astana). They reached a maximum advantage of 6:45 at 87km with Van Avermaet being the virtual leader of the overall classification after 27km. 51.8km were covered by the breakaway riders in the first hour of racing!
Sam Bennett (BORA-Hansgrohe) consolidated his green jersey by three points at the intermediate sprint won in the front group by Boasson Hagen (125.5km). The deficit of the peloton decreased to 4 minutes when Jumbo-Visma took over from Mitchelton-Scott up the cat. 3 Cap de Coste with 45km to go. As the bunch reached the col de la Lusette, Ineos-Grenadier sped up. The front group split into pieces with birthday boy Powless going on the offensive but Lutsenko was with him. The Kazakhstani rider rode away solo 4km before the summit. He crested La Lusette alone in the lead, 23 seconds before Herrada and 1:15 before Powless and Van Avermaet while the peloton was at 3 minutes.
Herrada continued to chase hard after the col de la Lusette, but Lutsenko didn’t give him a chance to come across. The Kazakhstan rider was well composed till the end. A double winner of the Tour of Oman overall, he won stage 5 of La Vuelta in 2017 at Alcossebre, also in an uphill finish after a long breakaway. This is his first Tour de France victory. He didn’t threaten the yellow jersey of Yates but Julian Alaphilippe attacked from the bunch in the last kilometre to try and make up some time after he lost the lead on stage 5 due to irregular feeding.
You can read the full stage 6 race report here with more photos.
Stage winner, Alexey Lutsenko (Astana): “Coming to the Tour de France I had a goal to fight for a stage win. The Tour de France was one of the biggest goals of this season. I was dreaming about this victory for a long time and now my dream came true! Indeed, I was aiming this stage and in previous days after doing my job for Miguel Angel I was dropping from the group, on purpose losing some time in the general classification, hoping that the GC favourites won’t follow me in a decisive moment. Today, before the stage we discussed our tactics for this day, and with sports directors and our general manager Alexandr Vinokurov we decided that I would try to go in a break since it could have a chance to go until the finish. I felt quite good all day and my legs worked pretty well. It took some time for our group to break away from the peloton, but finally, we succeed. It was a long and hot day, but I was guided really nice through the stage by Alexandr Vinokurov, who was in the car behind me. On the last climb I tried to stay calm and to keep on my own rhythm. And on the hardest part I made my attack. I am so happy with this win, it is a big achievement for me and for our team! Also, it is a great feeling to win in the jersey of the national champion of Kazakhstan! I thank my team for this great opportunity and a special thank to all our sponsors and our main partner Samruk-Kazyna, who is supporting us so many years!”
Overall leader and 10th on the stage, Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott): “It was nice [the first day in yellow], I think we controlled quite well, it was a strong breakaway and there were a lot of guys that really wanted to go in there today. It was pretty much flat all the way into the climbs, so it was quite hard to control, but I think we did a good job and in the end I still had Mikel and Esteban in the final, so all in all, a good day. I think just the way the break already had the gap and all the bonuses were already taken, there wasn’t really much to gain from anybody attacking. Also, the final climb wasn’t super steep, so it takes a lot of effort to get a few seconds, so everyone just kept their energy and saved it for a later day. Like I said yesterday, it was a strange situation, but I think we rode well today and hopefully we did the jersey proud. I still want to win a stage, that’s what we came here to do, but it’s pretty hard to throw away time when you’re in the lead, so I think for now we’ll just play it day-by-day and see what happens. Tomorrow’s a sprint stage and then we’ve got two really hard stages. These two stages I actually know quite a lot of the climbs, so it’s going to be really tough, but like I said before, we’ve got a super strong team here, not just for the flats but for the climbing stages, so I’m looking forward to it.”
3rd on the stage, Greg Van Avermaet (CCC): “It was a good day to try something. I was still close on GC so I just gave it a go because it was a bit of an uphill start so it was super hard. We had a super strong breakaway so I just gave it a chance and gave it everything I had but I think Lutsenko was super strong, especially on the steep part [of the climb]. I couldn’t find my rhythm anymore and then it was hard to catch him. I’ve been here on vacation so I knew the climb [Col de la Lusette] a little bit and I knew that if I could survive the steepest part then it would be a better climb for me. In the end, it was good to be out there in front and just give everything I had. It was one of the strongest breakaways I’ve been in at the Tour de France and also with this kind of finish, it was a stage where you never really stop, so because of this we had a little bit of an advantage on the GC guys because they were waiting and on a climb like this, a GC guy cannot make the biggest difference. When I saw Herrada and Lutsenko in the breakaway, also Roche, I knew it would not be easy but on a long breakaway day it’s always different to climbing in the bunch so I just gave my best to see how far I could come. I’m happy with my ride today.”
Break rider, Edvald Boasson Hagen (NTT): “I was one of the last to get into the break and I actually had quite a nice day out there on the front and then when I came to the climb it wasn’t too great, as we expected. But I enjoyed being out in the break, it was good. I hope to find a good stage where I can be in the breakaway and it hopefully it’s not such big climbs to the final and I will hopefully be there; the goal is to be the strongest at the line. I’ve had just a brief look at tomorrow’s stage and I think it’s going to be a sprint, so I look forward to helping out Giacomo and I’m ready for that.”
Tour de France Stage 6 Result:
1. Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana in 4:32:34
2. Jesús Herrada (Spa) Cofidis at 0:55
3. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC at 2:15
4. Neilson Powless (UAE) EF Pro Cycling at 2:17
5. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck – Quick Step at 2:52
6. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 2:53
7. Michał Kwiatkowski (Pol) INEOS Grenadiers
8. Egan Bernal (Col) INEOS Grenadiers
9. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) INEOS Grenadiers
10. Adam Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott.
Tour de France Overall After Stage 6:
1. Adam Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott at 27:03:57
2. Primož Roglič (Slov) Jumbo-Visma at 0:03
3. Tadej Pogačar (Slov) UAE-Team Emirates at 0:07
4. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis at 0:09
5. Egan Bernal (Col) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:13
6. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
7. Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott
8. Nairo Quintana (Col) Arkéa Samsic
9. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
10. Miguel Ángel López (Col) Astana.
Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) is the first rider to win two stages in the 107th Tour de France. It’s also his second win in the Tarn department as he took the victory in Albi last year. He out-sprinted Edvald Boasson Hagen (NTT) and Bryan Coquard (B&B) in Lavaur after a fierce battle that deprived the top sprinters of another opportunity while an acceleration by Ineos-Grenadier made Tadej Pogacar, Mikel Landa and Richie Porte lose some time. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) retained the yellow jersey.
172 riders started stage 7 of the 107th Tour de France in Millau. Polka dot jersey holder Benoît Cosnefroy attacked from the gun as the côte de Luzençon was only 9km after the start. Lilian Calmejane (Total Direct Energie) tried to get across but failed. Michael Schär (CCC) managed to bridge the gap but only for a little while. The BORA-Hansgrohe team put the hammer down as early as 5km to make the race hard for the sprinters. The likes of Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal), Elia Viviani (Cofidis), Giacomo Nizzolo (NTT) and Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) were dropped. Later, the same happened to the green jersey, Sam Bennett (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) who was in a chasing group.
BORA-hansgrohe caught Cosnefroy just before the summit of the first climb but allowed the Frenchman to take 2 KOM points. Critérium du Dauphiné winner Dani Martinez (EF), who still suffers from his crash in Nice on day 2, was also in the Bennett group but the combined efforts of EF and Deceuninck – Quick-Step didn’t enable the green jersey to get across. It was game over for the Irishman when his 57-man group crossed the line of the intermediate sprint of Saint-Sernin-sur-Rance with a deficit of 2:10 at 58km where Matteo Trentin (CCC) won the sprint of the 92-man strong peloton ahead of Sagan. Previous stage winners Alexander Kristoff and Caleb Ewan were much further behind along with Italian top sprinters Elia Viviani and Giacomo Nizzolo.
Being freed from his usual duty in the service of Ewan, Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) rode away from the peloton with 95km to go. BORA-hansgrohe kept pulling the bunch, sometimes helped by B&B Hotels-Vital Concept that had high ambitions for Bryan Coquard. After he enjoyed a maximum of 50 second lead, De Gendt got brought back by the pack as Ineos-Grenadier took advantage of a three-quarter tail wind to open an echelon with 35km to go. It affected two former Team Sky riders, Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) and Mikel Landa (Bahrain-McLaren) who were trapped in a third and second group respectively. White jersey holder Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) was another victim of the acceleration. The tempo remained high till the end with Groupama-FDJ, Astana and Jumbo-Visma taking over from Ineos-Grenadier at the head of the peloton. Van Aert won the sprint of 40 riders while hot favourite Sagan couldn’t do better than thirteenth.
You can read the full stage 7 race report here with more photos.
Stage winner, Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma): “I am very proud of this victory, I am also proud of how we rode as a team today. It was a very fast stage because Bora immediately went full throttle on the first climb. After that, it never stopped. At the end there was still a lot of chaos and it was very hectic because of the crosswinds. Everyone feared them. The plan was to get Primoz and Tom through the stage without damage and time loss. That worked out well. The team was very strong again. I never expected such a mess and such a battle. Due to the fact that many sprinters were dropped and we were left in front with only a small group, I went for my own chance again. The guys started the sprint quite early and I was able to go along in the slipstream. When Boasson Hagen accelerated, I went along and timed my sprint perfectly. It took a lot of energy, but it was worth it. This is really amazing.”
Overall leader and 9th on the stage, Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott): “There were only a few critical moments where you had to be in position. The wind wasn’t crazy strong, but it was just kind of enough to create a few splits. But the guys looked after me perfectly, even in the final I ended up on my own just because they put me in position and used a lot of energy to keep me up there. The next two days should be pretty tough, I think today everyone was expecting to have an easier day before the two big mountain stages, but BORA-hansgrohe had other ideas and we rode pretty much full gas from start to finish. It was a hard day for everybody.”
2nd on the stage, Edvald Boasson Hagen (NTT Pro Cycling): “I’ve watched it back briefly, and it was close on the line there and a real pity that I didn’t go all the way after a nice lead-out from Gogl. But I’m happy with the teamwork at the front and have to appreciate a good result, but of course I would have liked to be further up. It’s all about winning and of course I would like to be on the top of the podium in such big races as that’s what counts, but I have to be happy to with a second place and it give us something to work on so hopefully a first place will come. I’ve had quite a few second places over the years but I can’t be too unhappy about it but I will keep on working and hopefully get a better result.”
Green jersey, Peter Sagan (BORA-hansgrohe): “I’m very proud of all my teammates, they did such a fantastic job today, they controlled the race. They pulled hard in the front of the peloton from the start, all day. In the end, there were crosswinds, and Emu and I stayed with the first group, everything was looking nice for the finish but, unfortunately, in the finale, my chain dropped off and I couldn’t finish my sprint. I missed a lot of points but what can I do? That’s cycling.”
Tadej Pogačar (UAE-Team Emirates) lost his 3rd place overall: “We knew in the final section that it would be hard so we were trying to move to the front but someone crashed in front of us and I ended up behind the group when it split. I tried to close the gap but the speed was really up. The team gave everything to try and bring me back and did their best to minimise the loss. It’s just a minute or so, It’s not ideal but I’m not worried. We will try another day.”
Tour de France Stage 7 Result:
1. Wout van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma in 3:32:03
2. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) NTT Pro Cycling
3. Bryan Coquard (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept p/b KTM
4. Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis
5. Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
6. Clément Venturini (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
7. Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Israel Start-Up Nation
8. Egan Bernal (Col) INEOS Grenadiers
9. Adam Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott
10. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar.
Tour de France Overall After Stage 7:
1. Adam Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott in 30:36:00
2. Primož Roglič (Slov) Jumbo-Visma at 0:03
3. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis at 0:09
4. Egan Bernal (Col) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:13
5. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
6. Nairo Quintana (Col) Arkéa Samsic
7. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
8. Miguel Ángel López (Col) Astana
9. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
10. Rigoberto Urán (Col) EF Pro Cycling.
The year after winning his first Grand Tour stage at the Giro d’Italia, France’s Nans Peters (AG2R-La Mondiale) soloed to victory over the col de Peyresourde for the win in Loudenvielle. Thibaut Pinot cracked because of pains after his crash on stage 1. Adam Yates retained the yellow jersey.
172 riders started Stage 8 in Cazères-sur-Garonne. Attacks started at 2 km. Benoît Cosnefroy and Nans Peters (AG2R-La Mondiale), Ilnur Zakarin (CCC), Kevin Reza and Quentin Pacher (B&B Hotels-Vital Concept), Michael Mørkøv (Deceuninck – Quick-Step), Neilson Powless (EF), Fabien Grellier and Jérôme Cousin (Total Direct Energie), Carlos Verona (Movistar), Toms Skujins (Trek-Segrafredo), Soren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb) and Ben Hermans (Israel Start-Up Nation) formed a 13-man breakaway group after 4km. Cousin won the intermediate sprint at Sengouagnet, 42.5km, where Peter Sagan missed out on the two points available for the riders of the peloton. The maximum time difference was 14:15 at 46km.
Cosnefroy increased his advantage in the King of the Mountains competition as he crested col de Menté (59.5km) in the lead. Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) crashed up the climb but made it back quickly to the pack. The deficit of the peloton was reduced to 11:30 at the summit. In the following climb, the Port de Balès, Cousin rode away from the breakaway with 60km remaining. He was reeled in 9km before the top of Port de Balès. Peters, Zakarin and Pacher replaced him at the front of the race while Jumbo-Visma seized the reins of the peloton. Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) was the first top contender dropped from the bunch.
Peters crested Port de Balès in first position with 36.5km to go, along with Zakarin, but the Russian didn’t manage to follow the Frenchman in the downhill. Peters started the ascent to col de Peyresourde with an advantage of 45 seconds over his rival for the stage win. Up the hill, Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma) pulled but Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) was first to attack, followed by Primoz Roglič and Nairo Quintana (Arkea-Samsic). Pogačar went again, so did Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) and Quintana at the beginning of the downhill. While Peters kept his advantage to win stage 8, the yellow jersey group got back together behind Pogačar who reduced his deficit on GC. Bardet gained two seconds to move up as well, but Yates remained in the yellow jersey and Roglič was obviously happy to stay in second place.
You can read the full stage 8 race report here with more photos.
Stage winner, Nans Peters (AG2R-La Mondiale): “This is the best victory of my professional career. At the same time, I only have two! I went to look for it in my way, in a mountain stage, in front of everyone. It’s crazy. When we had a 12 minute lead, I knew we were going to play for the win. I thought to myself, ‘Focus on winning the stage!’ When I dropped Zakarin on the descent from Port de Bales, I thought I wouldn’t give up. I enjoyed it in the last 500 meters because I didn’t do that last year in my stage victory at the Giro. What a day for our team. The stage victory, the polka dot jersey and Romain going very strong.”
Overall leader, Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott): “It was a really tough day, in the beginning we let the break go, it was a good breakaway, I think the first guy was 17 minutes down, so it was easy for us to control. Then later on in the stage Jumbo-Visma came up and started pushing the pace real hard, and they rode pretty much full gas from when they got on the front until the finish. In the end I did my thing, tried to stay with the best guys and in the end, here we are. Dumoulin set a ferocious pace and I just couldn’t hold the wheel, I had to ride at my own pace a little bit, so I could collect myself. I clawed my way back and over the top I managed to stay with the guys, so like I said before, all-in-all a good day. Tomorrow is a very similar stage, if we can hold on for another day, the day after that is the rest day, so hopefully we can hold on until then. Who knows what’s going to happen?”
2nd overall, Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma): “It was tough, but the team has again shown how strong they are. Tom Dumoulin was in the lead, after which it exploded. As I have said before, he really is a star. We always try our best to finish as high as possible, but I am not surprised about that. It was not a battle for victory, then it is always slightly different.”
5th overall, Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers): “Disappointed with today’s stage? Absolutely not. I think it’s been a good day for me. It’s been a fast race and that’s good. The last climb in particular has been done on a very high rhythm. I’m happy to have completed it with the rest of the favourites and showed that I’m still up there with the best. Jumbo-Visma is very strong. The rhythm they put up the second last climb and all the way down with van Aert has been very demanding. Roglic is one of the strongest rivals but Pogacar is also phenomenal… and there are Quintana, López, Urán… It’s going to be a very open and interesting race.”
9th on the stage and overall, Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates): “Everyone was on the limit, because they looked at each other for a moment, I saw an opportunity to attack and gave everything in the last 5 kilometres to the top. I couldn’t get any deeper than this but luckily I was still 40 seconds ahead at the finish. It was a good day for me. Then it will be tough again, but we will look at it day by day.”
KOM, Benoît Cosnefroy (AG2R-La Mondiale): “I didn’t expect to be here this evening with the polka dot jersey. Above all, it’s a very nice day for Nans [Peters] who achieves something incredible on his first Tour de France. Besides that, my jersey is insignificant. It was complicated to catch the breakaway. Then we dealt with the time gap pretty well. Nans attacked strongly and I couldn’t follow him. I knew he’d make a difference in the downhill. In the meantime, I enjoyed sharing my polka dot jersey with the crowd.”
Points leader, Peter Sagan (BORA-hansgrohe): “When you can’t change something, you don’t care. Yesterday was like that, and today was another day. We will continue, yeah. Yesterday I had a chance to make a big gap but had bad luck in the end. I have to be patient and see day by day. The Tour is going to be very hard and I’ll fight for the points jersey not only on the flat stages – also on the mountains. But, you know, most intermediate sprints are before the climbs. On those circumstances, it’s going to be hard to beat Sam Bennett head to head. He is faster than me on a short distance. I’m proud to be in green… for now.”
10th on the stage and 4th overall, Roman Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale): “It’s a great day for the team. First breakaway at the Tour and first victory, Nans was able to score. He is opportunistic and has no complexes. My record for the day is a bit mixed because I took a big hit on the knee from a bad crash and it is painful.”
Emanuel Buchmann (BORA-hansgrohe): “When the attacks started in the final climb, I wasn’t feeling well and couldn’t respond to the attacks. So, I went on my own pace in order to limit my losses. It’s not what I wanted, but it looks like I still haven’t fully recovered from my crash. I can only take it day by day and hope that my shape will come back again. The team did a good job today, the most important aspect was to be in a good position in the penultimate climb, and that worked well. In the final climb, everybody was alone and it was up to each one’s legs. I simply didn’t have the legs today to follow.”
Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ): “This is a turning point in my career. I held on to encouraging signals, but since last Saturday my back is hurting so much that I can’t put in any strength. No, I’m not going to leave the Tour de France, but it’s a very difficult day for me. I want to apologise to my teammates, because this Tour has now failed for them too. Hopefully we can still win stages this Tour… It has failed too often. Today is perhaps a turning point in my career. Cycling should actually be about having fun…”
Tour de France Stage 8 Result:
1. Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 4:02:12
2. Toms Skujiņš (Lat) Trek-Segafredo at 0:47
3. Carlos Verona (Spa) Movistar
4. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) CCC at 1:09
5. Neilson Powless (USA) EF Pro Cycling at 1:41
6. Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Start-Up Nation at 3:42
7. Quentin Pacher (Fra) B&B Hotels – Vital Concept p/b KTM
8. Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Sunweb at 4:04
9. Tadej Pogačar (Slov) UAE Team Emirates at 6:00
10. Roman Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 6:38.
Tour de France Overall After Stage 8:
1. Adam Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott in 34:44:52
2. Primož Roglič (Slov) Jumbo-Visma at 0:03
3. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis at 0:09
4. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 0:11
5. Egan Bernal (Col) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:13
6. Nairo Quintana (Col) Arkéa Samsic
7. Miguel Ángel López (Col) Astana
8. Rigoberto Urán (Col) EF Pro Cycling
9. Tadej Pogačar (Slov) UAE-Team Emirates at 0:48
10. Enric Mas (Spa) Movistar at 1:00.
Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) won his first Tour de France stage out of a 5-man breakaway after brave attacker Marc Hirschi (Sunweb) soloed 90km before the finish was caught with 2km to go. He was the second Slovenian to win in Laruns in just as many finishes, two years after Primoz Roglic, who moved into the overall lead of the Tour de France for the first time in his career. Adam Yates surrendered on the ascent to col de Marie-Blanque.
168 riders took the start of Stage 9 in Pau where a tribute was paid to former Team Sky/Ineos sport director Nicolas Portal. Marc Hirschi (Sunweb) launched a first attack right after Benoît Cosnefroy (AG2R-La Mondiale) took one KOM point atop the côte d’Artiguelouve (9.5km). All the way to the bottom of col d’Hourcère, skirmishes took place but no breakaway was created while Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates) was dropped and rode alone in front of the broom wagon before eventually calling it a day. Thibaut Pinot started the fight at the approach of the first cat. 1 climb, but that was for his team-mates to try and win the stage.
Hirschi managed to get away from the front part of the peloton with 90km to go. A group was formed behind him in the ascent to col de la Hourcère with Davide Formolo (UAE Team Emirates), Omar Fraile (Astana), Jonathan Castroviejo (Ineos), David Gaudu and Sébastien Reichenbach (Groupama-FDJ), Warren Barguil (Arkea-Samsic), Dani Martinez (EF) and Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe). After la Hourcère (cat. 1, 69km), Hirschi crested col du Soudet (78km) with an advantage of 1:55 over Gaudu while the yellow jersey group was led by Primoz Roglic’s team-mate Wout van Aert 4 minutes behind. Yates was left with no team-mate.
With 45km to go, a big group was reunited as all the chasers were reeled in, but Hirschi was still 4:30 ahead. He kept an advantage of 3:35 at the bottom of the cat. 1 col de Marie-Blanque with 25km to go. Van Aert took another minute from his lead before giving way to Sepp Kuss. Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) attacked with less than 3km remaining of the climb. He didn’t make a difference, but Adam Yates couldn’t hold the pace. The next rider to attack was Egan Bernal (Ineos), followed by Roglic, Porte, Landa and Pogacar. Hirschi crested col de Marie-Blanque with 15 seconds lead over Roglic and Pogacar who took 5 and 2 seconds bonus respectively. Hirschi rode very well on the downhill. His advantage moved up to 25 seconds, but the flat section at the end was harder for him. Roglic, Landa, Bernal and Pogacar caught him just after the 2km to go mark. Hirschi launched the sprint but Pogacar and Roglic passed him to cross the line in that order. It makes another 1-2 for Slovenia after stage 3 as they finished in the opposite order in Orcières-Merlette. Roglic takes over from Yates in the overall ranking.
You can read the full stage 9 race report here with more photos.
Stage winner and 7th overall, Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates): “It is incredible to have won at the end of such a hectic day. Firstly I thank the team for the excellent work done throughout the stage. I am very happy, in the final my goal was to recover as many seconds as possible in the general classification, also aiming for bonuses, but the concentration was then turned to the sprint: I don’t remember exactly how I won the sprint, I just thought about pushing as hard as possible. I arrive on the first rest day with a stage win, which is added to the one obtained in the first stage by my teammate Kristoff. I am happy with what we have done so far in this Tour, with only one off-day on the 7th stage.”
Overall leader and 2nd on the stage, Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma): “It was a fast and difficult stage. Everyone was extremely motivated to go for the yellow jersey. The guys did a great job all day long. It is a beautiful jersey to have. I feel very happy. Everyone dreams of having it in their hands. It also means appreciation to the whole team. We must continue to do our best. Hopefully I still have the jersey around my shoulders in Paris. After this tough stage we have deserved a rest day.”
2nd overall and 4th on the stage. Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers): “I think it was a good day again. It’s not just about the time you gain and the time you lost. In this part of the race it’s important the feeling you have on the bike. The feeling I had today was better than yesterday. I’m really happy for that and I enjoyed a lot the last climbs. Realistically on the short climbs you can’t make a big difference on a climb like this. It gives me a bit of confidence looking at the next part of the race. I know that I have lost time to Roglic and Pogacar again, but I should be patient, stay focused and try to go day by day. Because this is a race for two more weeks and it will be hard the last 10 stages.”
3rd on the stage, Marc Hirschi (Sunweb): “We knew that I had to focus on my plan as we couldn’t influence what the peloton did. The only thing I could do was to focus on the plan and go as fast as possible to the finish. Today wasn’t like yesterday where they gave time to the breakaway so that’s a bit of a shame. I’m super happy about how my form is and how I’m going but now I’ve been really close to a win two times so I feel pretty sad that we didn’t win today. There are still two weeks to go so we’ll give it another go.”
8th on the stage and 4th overall, Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale): “I was at the limit, but I had the legs to jostle with the best. I was not in the best time. I blame myself. At the finish, we were only down by 11 seconds. We worked well together. It would have been good for the morale bridge to the front group. Today was my best day of the week so I’m optimistic for the future.”
8th overall, Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott): “The break didn’t go until the climb really and I did my best, I knew coming into the race that I wasn’t 100% and I gave everything I could to hang on. I think we can be proud of what we did. We’ll freshen up now on the rest day and go after some stages. The pace was a little bit faster [today]. Like I said, I did what I could, but there’s some guys in better condition than me, so it is what it is. It’s a big honour riding in yellow, it was good fun while it lasted. The next couple of days are flat, there might even be crosswinds so it could be pretty easy to lose time and then we’ll see what happens. I said from the very beginning that there’s a lot of stage in the last week that suit me quite well, we’ll have a go and see what we can do.”
Tour de France Stage 9 Result:
1. Tadej Pogačar (Slov) UAE Team Emirates in 3:55:17
2. Primož Roglič (Slov) Jumbo-Visma
3. Marc Hirschi (Swi) Sunweb
4. Egan Bernal (Col) INEOS Grenadiers
5. Mikel Landa Spa) Bahrain-McLaren
6. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo at 0:11
7. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis
8. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
9. Richie Porte (Aus) Trek – Segafredo
10. Rigoberto Urán (Col) EF Pro Cycling.
Tour de France Overall After Stage 9:
1. Primož Roglič (Slov) Jumbo-Visma in 38:40:01
2. Egan Bernal (Col) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:21
3. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis at 0:28
4. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 0:30
5. Nairo Quintana (Col) Arkéa Samsic at 0:32
6. Rigoberto Urán (Col) EF Pro Cycling
7. Tadej Pogačar (Slov) UAE Team Emirates at 0:44
8. Adam Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott at 1:02
9. Miguel Ángel López (Col) Astana at 1:15
10. Mikel Landa (Spa) Bahrain-McLaren at 1:42.
Giro Ciclistico d’Italia (U23) 2020
Tom Pidcock won the Giro d’Italia U23. The Briton was very strong in the final mountain stage over the Mortirolo. Pidcock won his third stage, this time ahead of Henri Vandenabeele and Samuele Zoccarato.
Davide Baldaccini and Antonio Tiberi enlivened the 120.9 kilometre stage, starting and finishing in Aprica. 19-year-old Tiberi was World junior time trial champion in Yorkshire last year and has signed a contract with Trek-Segafredo for next season. However, they were not successful in the final stage, as they were caught by the remainder of the peloton on the Mortirolo. Zoccarato then blew the group of favourites apart on the Mortirolo. The Italian attacked solo for a while, but was later countered by Pidcock and Vandenabeele.
Zoccarato had to ease off, after which Pidcock and Vandenabeele came together at the top of the Mortirolo. The Brit and the Belgian then rode together to the final climb. Zoccarato was slightly distanced by Pidcock, but was able to come back. On the way to Aprica, the two leaders then stayed together, after which Pidcock took the stage victory.
Vandenabeele, with his second on the final stage, rose two places in the general classification to finish in second place, 2:25 behind the dominating Pidcock.
Giro Ciclistico d’Italia Stage 8 Result:
1. Thomas Pidcock (GB) Trinity Road Racing in 3:21:40
2. Henri Vandenabeele (Bel) Lotto Soudal U23 at 0:01
3. Samuele Zoccarato (Ita) Team Colpack Ballan at 1:20
4. Kevin Colleoni (Ita) Biesse Arvedi at 4:16
5. Giovanni Aleotti (Ita) Cycling Team Friuli ASD
6. Filippo Conca (Ita) Biesse Arvedi at 4:19
7. Thomas Gloag (GB) Trinity Road Racing at 4:20
8. Edward Anderson (USA) Hagens Berman Axeon at 4:23
9. Alejandro Ropero (Spa) Kometa Xstra Cycling Team at 4:25
10. Antonio Tiberi (Ita) Team Colpack Ballan at 5:44.
Giro Ciclistico d’Italia Final Overall Result Result:
1. Thomas Pidcock (GB) Trinity Road Racing in 26:22:53
2. Henri Vandenabeele (Bel) Lotto Soudal U23 at 2:25
3. Kevin Colleoni (Ita) Biesse Arvedi at 5:54
4. Giovanni Aleotti (Ita) Cycling Team Friuli ASD at 6:34
5. Filippo Conca (Ita) Biesse Arvedi at 7:52
6. Yannis Voisard (Swi) Swiss Racing Academy at 10:46
7. Alejandro Ropero (Spa) Kometa Xstra Cycling Team at 10:59
8. Jokin Murguialday (Spa) Equipo Amateur Caja Rural-Serguros RGA at 11:23
9. Asbjørn Hellemose (Den) Velo Club Mendrisio at 11:25
10. Edoardo Zambanini (Ita) Zalf Euromobil Désirée Fior at 13:12.
Andrea Bagioli will carry the leader’s jersey into stage 4 of the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali, after comfortably concluding the mountainous penultimate Stage 3 around Riccione in the peloton. One of the six different Deceuninck – Quick-Step riders to have led a stage race since the start of the season, the 21-year-old from Sondrio enjoyed a quiet day in the bunch, which was controlled from the start by his teammates, who allowed the five-man break a maximum gap of three minutes.
Mikkel Honoré, James Knox, Pieter Serry and Mauri Vansevenant were responsible with the pace-setting on the 166.5km-long course that accumulated over 2500 meters of climbing and overhauled the day’s fugitives with 12 kilometres to go, after the last of the stage’s three classified climb. A late attack was then quickly nullified by the same Wolfpack, before the race came down to a reduced bunch sprint, from where Jhonatan Narvaez (Ineos) took the win.
The GC picture hasn’t changed much after this stage, with Andrea Bagioli still in the white jersey, which rewards the race leader. Our rider now has a three-second advantage over the Ecuadorian ahead of the final stage, which will take place Friday over a hilly circuit in Forli.
Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali Stage 3 Result:
1. Jhonatan Manuel Narvaez Prado (Ecu) Ineos Grenadiers 4:37:04
2. Pascal Eenkhoorn (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
3. Biniam Girmay Hailu (Eri) Nippo Delko Provence
4. Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
5. Ethan Hayter (GB) Ineos Grenadiers
6. Fabio Felline (Ita) Astana
7. Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
8. Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
9. Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Vini Zabu KTM
10. Alessandro Covi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates.
Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali Overall After Stage 3:
1. Andrea Bagioli (Ita) Deceuninck – Quick-Step in 11:21:50
2. Jhonatan Manuel Narvaez Prado (Ecu) Ineos Grenadiers at 0:03
3. João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:16
4. Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 0:29
5. Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 0:30
6. Ivan Ramiro Sosa Cuervo (Col) Ineos Grenadiers at 0:34
7. Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 0:41
8. Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Astana at 0:42
9. Mauro Finetto (Ita) Nippo Delko Provence at 0:46
10. Pascal Eenkhoorn (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:49.
Pascal Eenkhoorn has won the Final Stage 4 of the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali. After he had just fallen short in yesterday’s final sprint, the 23-year-old Eenkhoorn was the fastest today.
It is Eenkhoorn’s first victory of the season, who rode the Italian stage race for the Jumbo-Visma Development Team. He took the victory tally of the Development Team to seven. Earlier this week, Olav Kooij won the opening stage of Coppi e Bartali.
Stage winner, Eenkhoorn (Jumbo-Visma): “It was a tough stage, but I felt really good all day long. Fortunately I was able to get over it in the sprint. Yesterday I just fell short, today it all fell into place. I look back on a good week. It was nice to be on the road with the U23 riders and to teach them a little.”
2nd on the stage and 4th overall, Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates): “In general the week has been very good, despite not being in top shape. Part of my way of racing is being up fighting for the results and that was the case this week. The team worked well, with the young riders showing their capabilities. It’s a pity to finish second when you are so close to the win but I’m happy with my consistency and maybe this is my best season yet – all I’m missing is the win.”
7th on the stage and 2nd overall, Andrea Bagioli (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “I would be lying if I’d say I wasn’t disappointed, as losing the race for a second is a real shame, but that’s cycling. The team did again an incredible job, controlling the race and making sure I was in the best position at all times, but in the end bonifications made the difference and there’s nothing we can do about it. We still can be proud of how we raced and what he got out of this race, especially as we had a very young team here.”
Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali Stage 4 Result:
1. Pascal Eenkhoorn (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
2. Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
3. Jhonatan Manuel Narvaez Prado (Ecu) Ineos Grenadiers
4. Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Gazprom-RusVelo
5. Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Circus-Wanty Gobert
6. Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
7. Andrea Bagioli (Ita) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
8. Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Vini Zabu KTM
9. Arjen Livyns (Bel) Bingoal WB
10. Gavin Mannion (USA) Rally Cycling
Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali Final Overall Result:
1. Jhonatan Narváez (Ecu) Ineos Grenadiers in 15:15:54
2. Andrea Bagioli (Ita) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:01
3. João Almeida Por) Deceuninck – Quick Step at 0:17
4. Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 0:25
5. Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 0:30
6. Pascal Eenkhoorn (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:40
7. Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 0:42
8. Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Astana at 0:43
9. Mauro Finetto (Ita) Nippo Delko One Provence at 0:47
10. Gavin Mannion (USA) Rally Cycling at 0:53.
Xavi Cañellas Continues the Team’s Good feelings with a Victory in Bosnia
The third victory of the season came for Caja Rural-Seguros RGA thanks to Xavi Cañellas. The Balearic runner won the first stage of the Belgrade-Banja Luka after successfully completing a numerous getaway. It is his first professional success, continuing the good dynamics of the team in recent races.
After a very fast start to the race, a numerous seventeen-man breakaway was formed which was ultimately the one that claimed victory, with a triple ‘green’ presence: Cañellas himself with Oier Lazkano and rookie Oier Ibarguren. From behind, the peloton reached the finish line led by Orluis Aular, completing a good collective performance.
Xavi Cañellas: “It was a race with a lot of headwind and many attempts to escape. In the end we were able to get three teammates, and from there all the way to the finish line. In the final kilometres we tried to get Lazkano to go alone to win, but not It could have been and in the sprint I was able to win. Now we have the yellow and defend it in the next stages.”
In Italy, the last stage of the Settimana Coppi e Bartali served to crown Julen Amézqueta as the best climber of the event, after sealing his victory in a beautiful fight against World Tour riders such as Ben O’Connor or Johan Jacobs. Along with the Navarrese runner, it is worth highlighting the attitude of the whole team: the presence of Gonzalo Serrano with the best or the honour of riders such as Jon Irisarri, Jefferson Cepeda or Jhojan García.
José Miguel Fernández (director of Caja Rural-Seguros RGA): “The team has worked very well, both in this race and in the classics last week. We wanted to win, but the attitude was great, and victory was very close. Julen was able to be the protagonist both yesterday and today, and it was important for him to be competitive at this level again.”
The next stop on the calendar comes this Sunday with the Tour du Doubs in France. For this event, the team will present these six riders: Jon Irisarri, Jhojan García, Aritz Bagües, Julen Amézqueta, Jefferson Cepeda and the debut of stagiaire Miguel Ángel Ballesteros.
Boven Takes First U23 Victory in Baltyk Tour
Lars Boven has won the second stage of the Albertina Baltyk – Karkonosze Tour. The nineteen-year-old rider of the Jumbo-Visma Development Team achieved his first U23 victory in Poland.
In the beginning of the stage Boven escaped together with his fellow-countryman Thijs de Lange. In the final phase Boven was able to stay ahead of the onrushing peloton. Boven also took the lead in the general classification and starts tomorrow’s final stage in the yellow leader’s jersey. The win of sports director Jan Boven’s son brings the number of victories of the Jumbo-Visma Development Team in 2020 to eight.
Boven is very happy with his first U23 win. “Thijs and I went all the way during the stage. We had a maximum lead of one and a half minute, but it was slowly decreasing. After the last corner I started to sprint, which kept me just ahead of the peloton. It felt really good when I crossed the line. That was a very special moment.”
“We have no real sprinter in this race”, sports director Robert Wagner said. “Then there is only one option left to achieve success and that is to attack. The guys did that during the first stage and today again. It’s great that Lars won today. In addition, he has also taken the lead in the general classification. Tomorrow will be a difficult stage and his lead is not very big, but we will do everything we can to win this race.”
Simon Yates leads Mitchelton-Scott in Tirreno-Adriatico
While Adam Yates has been wearing the yellow jersey in the Tour de France, his brother Simon will start Tirreno-Adriatico for the first time next Monday. “Normally I always race in Paris-Nice, while Adam focuses on Tirreno.”
Due to the corona crisis, the cycling calendar had to be completely overhauled, so that Tirreno-Adriatico was moved to the autumn. This makes it possible for Simon Yates to participate. “I can’t wait to make my debut. I feel that the condition is improving, so towards the Giro d’Italia. I hope to take the overall victory.”
The 28-year-old British climber, who recently extended his contract for two seasons, finished seventh in the Tour Down Under this year, tenth in the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and third in the Tour of Poland. However, Yates is still looking for his first win of 2020.
The winner of the 2018 Vuelta a España can count on the support of climbers Jack Haig and Lucas Hamilton and fast-men Edoardo Affini, Brent Bookwalter, Cameron Meyer and Michael Hepburn.
Mitchelton-Scott for Tirreno-Adriatico (7-14 September):
Edoardo Affini (Ita)
Brent Bookwalter (USA)
Jack Haig (Aus)
Lucas Hamilton (Aus)
Michael Hepburn (Aus)
Cameron Meyer (Aus)
Simon Yates (GB).
Simon Yates looking for victory:
CCC Team to Race for Stage Wins at Tirreno-Adriatico
CCC Team will be targeting stage wins in Italy next week with a mix of youth and experience heading to the start line of Tirreno-Adriatico on Monday (7 September).
Sports Director Valerio Piva said that without a specific race leader, all seven CCC Team riders will be able to look for opportunities at the eight-day stage race.
“Our first objective for this race will be to target stage wins, with all of the guys having the freedom to continue to race aggressively like we have seen the team do since the restart of the season. We don’t have a race favourite or an individual team leader so I would like to see everybody jumping in the moves and trying to race for some good results. I think we can pinpoint the time trial on the final stage as one that we can focus on with Joey Rosskopf, who has a proven track record of strong time trial performances at WorldTour races and then for the mountaintop finish, we will look to support Víctor de la Parte and see how the General Classification develops from there,” Piva explained.
Joey Rosskopf is looking to build his form throughout the race ahead of the stage eight time trial.
“After a good race at Tour Poitou-Charentes en Nouvelle-Aquitaine, I came down with a little head cold, which has tempered my excitement to jump right back into racing a little but, nevertheless, I love racing in Italy, and Tirreno-Adriatico is no exception. Personally, I’m expecting a difficult start to the race due to the fact that I’ve not done much training at home over the past week, but I hope to ride into my race rhythm again ahead of the time trial and get some good performances out of myself to help the team wherever possible,” Rosskopf said.
Víctor de la Parte is motivated ahead of what he thinks will be a challenging race in Italy.
“Tirreno-Adriatico is always a nice race and has stages that suit every kind of rider. It’s been a strange year for everyone and right now the pace is really fast at every race so, I think it will be exactly the same here and it will make Tirreno-Adriatico even more difficult. However, I am definitely looking forward to the race ahead, it will be a good test ahead of the Giro d’Italia and I hope that I can be at the front and part of the action on the summit finish,” de la Parte added.
Tirreno-Adriatico (7-14 September)
Will Barta (USA), Victor de la Parte (ESP), Pavel Kochetkov (RUS), Joey Rosskopf (USA), Szymon Sajnok (POL), Nathan Van Hooydonck (BEL), Georg Zimmermann (GER)
Sports Directors: Valerio Piva (ITA), Gabriele Missaglia (ITA).
Van der Poel and Merlier lead Alpecin-Fenix in Tirreno-Adriatico
Alpecin-Fenix has its selection on paper for Tirreno-Adriatico. Mathieu van der Poel is there for the difficult stages and Tim Merlier will be the sprinter.
For Van der Poel, Tirreno-Adriatico is not the first Italian race of the season. After the corona break he rode al Strade Bianche, Milan-Turin, Milan-San Remo, the Gran Piemonte and Il Lombardia. The 25-year-old rider will undoubtedly want to score in the red, white and blue jersey this week.
After his victory in the Brussels Cycling Classic, Merlier announced that he would go to Italy with ambitions for Tirreno-Adriatico. The Belgian champion hopes to win a stage and will be able to count on Jonas Rickaert in the sprints as his lead-out man.
The selection also consists of Dries De Bondt, Kristian Sbaragli, Otto Vergaerde and climber Louis Vervaeke.
Alpecin-Fenix for Tirreno-Adriatico (7-14 September):
Dries De Bondt (Bel)
Tim Merlier (Bel)
Mathieu van der Poel (Ned)
Jonas Rickaert (Bel)
Kristian Sbaragli (Ita)
Otto Vergaerde (Bel)
Louis Vervaeke (Bel).
Dutch champion, Mathieu van der Poel:
AG2R-La Mondiale to Tirreno-Adriatico (September 7-14)
Jaakko Hänninen: “I haven’t raced since Il Lombardia (on August 15 where he finished 25th). I have been able to prepare well, I feel good and I really want to get back to racing. I will ride Tirreno – Adiratico for the first time, it will help me to understand the Italian roads before the Giro (October 3-25) which will be my first Grand Tour. There are three stages dedicated to sprinters ahead of more difficult days. So, I hope I can be near the front and build up some confidence ahead of the Giro.”
UAE Team Emirates head for Tirreno-Adriatico
Emirati team with mixed objectives for Italian World Tour race.
UAE Team Emirates continue there busy racing calendar at Tirreno-Adriatico (WT), the 8-day stage race which sets off from Lido di Camaiore before crossing the peninsula eastward and arriving in San Benedetto del Tronto (7-14 September).
The team will be led by the evergreen Rui Costa who goes in seeking a result on GC, while Fernando Gaviria will hope to add to his tally of 5 wins already this season in the sprints. Mikkel Bjerg will get a chance to test himself against the clock on stage 8.
Sports Directors Marco Marzano (Ita), Bruno Vicino (Ita) and Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) will oversee the team of 7 riders:
-Rui Costa (Por)
-Mikkel Bjerg (Den)
-Fernando Gaviria (Col)
-Aleksandr Riabushenko (Bel)
-Sergio Henao (Col)
-Sebastian Molano (Col)
Marco Marzano (Sports Director): “Tirreno Adriatico will be an interesting race for us. We have several cards to play. Rui Costa is a specialist on these week long races and will aim for the GC. Gaviria should have 2 or 3 opportunities for a sprint and will go in with the goal of a stage win. Then our young TT talent Mikkel Bjerg will get his chance on the final day for the TT which suits his characteristics.”
Rui Costa: “After coming close to victory at Tour du Limousin I’m hungry for a win. I’ve been preparing especially for this race for the last few weeks and I think it’s a route that suits me nicely. Seeing our teammates doing well in the Tour de France gives us extra motivation to perform here in Tirreno also.”
NTT Pro Cycling: Tirreno-Adriatico Lineup
The race of the two seas, Tirreno-Adriatico, will get underway tomorrow and NTT Pro Cycling line up for the Italian UCI World Tour event with a team suited to the tough climbing stages.
Starting from the Tyrrhenian coastal town of Lido di Camaiore, the 2020 Tirreno-Adriatico will make its way across country over 8 stages, finishing with the familiar ITT in San Benedetto del Tronto, on 14 September.
On paper, the 8 stages are split with 3 suiting the sprinters, 4 for the climbers and the final 10km ITT for the specialists against the clock. The queen stage being stage 5, includes the mountain summit finish to Sassotetto.
NTT Pro Cycling will take the start with strong mix of climbing talent. Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier, Louis Meintjes and Benjamin Dyball will be looking to shine on the longer climbs while Carlos Barbero, Enrico Gasparotto and Samuele Battistella could take aim at any of the punchy stages.
Victor Campenaerts will no doubt be hoping to ride strongly throughout the race before trying to repeat his ITT stage win of last year, on the final stage.
Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier – NTT Pro Cycling: “It was disappointing to crash at Gran Piemonte, as it affected my next races, but I feel like I have recovered well now for Tirreno-Adriatico. There are some stages here that suit my characteristics so I hope to go well on these days because it will be important for the confidence going toward Giro d’Italia. We have a nice team for the race, I think Carlos showed he is going really well at the moment and when there is a TT, Victor is always there, so we have options to race for the best result possible every day.”
Giulio Ciccone misses Tirreno-Adriatico after positive corona test
Giulio Ciccone will not be at the start of Tirreno-Adriatico. The Italian climber tested positive for the corona virus. For Ciccone, the multi-day cycling race is an important preparatory race for the Giro d’Italia.
Ciccone’s positive test dates back to August 31. The 25-year-old rider was still training with teammates a week before his test, as Trek-Segafredo had organised a training camp in the run-up to the Tour of Italy. The team decided to extensively test its employees for corona before the camp: all results were negative.
During the training camp, however, Ciccone suffered from symptoms of fatigue. The climber decided, after consultation with the team, to go home to continue training there. On August 31, it was therefore announced that Ciccone is infected with the corona virus. All riders and staff members who have had contact with the rider were tested that same day.
All results are negative, Trek-Segafredo said in a press release. The WorldTour team will test a second time according to UCI rules just before the start of Tirreno-Adriatico (7-14 September). Of course, this only applies to riders and staff who intend to participate in the Italian stage race.
Stage Cities are Dressed in Pink One Month to the Start of the Giro d’Italia
30 days until the start of the Giro d’Italia, scheduled from 3 to 25 October, the stage cities show their Amore Infinito for the Corsa Rosa.
Milan, with the Duomo in the background, where the Giro will finish on 25 October
With one month left before the start of the 103rd edition of the Giro d’Italia, the locations that will host the stages have decided to dress in “rosa” while anticipating welcoming the toughest race in the world’s most beautiful place.
The aerobatic team of the Frecce Tricolori at the Rivolto Air Base
Saturday 3, Stage 1, MONREALE – PALERMO TISSOT ITT
Sunday 4, Stage 2, ALCAMO – AGRIGENTO
Monday 5, Stage 3, ENNA – ETNA (Linguaglossa – Piano Provenzana)
Tuesday 6, Stage 4, CATANIA – VILLAFRANCA TIRRENA
Wednesday 7, Stage 5, MILETO – CAMIGLIATELLO SILANO
Thursday 8, Stage 6, CASTROVILLARI – MATERA
Friday 9, Stage 7, MATERA – BRINDISI
Saturday 10, Stage 8, GIOVINAZZO – VIESTE (Gargano)
Sunday 11, Stage 9, SAN SALVO – ROCCARASO (Aremogna)
Monday 12, rest day
Tuesday 13, Stage 10, LANCIANO – TORTORETO
Wednesday 14, Stage 11, PORTO SANT’ELPIDIO – RIMINI
Thursday 15, Stage 12, CESENATICO – CESENATICO
Friday 16, Stage 13, CERVIA – MONSELICE
Saturday 17, Stage 14, CONEGLIANO – VALDOBBIADENE (Prosecco Superiore Wine Stage) – TISSOT ITT
Sunday 18, Stage 15, BASE AEREA RIVOLTO (Frecce Tricolori) – PIANCAVALLO
Monday 19, rest day
Tuesday 20, Stage 16, UDINE – SAN DANIELE DEL FRIULI
Wednesday 21, Stage 17, BASSANO DEL GRAPPA – MADONNA DI CAMPIGLIO
Thursday 22, Stage 18, PINZOLO – LAGHI DI CANCANO (Parco Nazionale dello Stelvio)
Friday 23, Stage 19, MORBEGNO – ASTI
Saturday 24, Stage 20, ALBA – SESTRIERE
Sunday 25, Stage 21, CERNUSCO SUL NAVIGLIO – MILANO – TISSOT ITT
A view of the great mountains of the Giro from Madonna di Campiglio, where stage 17 will finish:
The Province of Limburg Wants to Organise a Tour Stage Again
The province of Limburg and the municipality of Valkenburg are fully committed to securing a stage in the Tour de France. A bid was presented to race director Christian Prudhomme last month.
It was Joost van den Akker, deputy of the province of Limburg, who launched the news in the Tour de L1mbourg cycling program. “With our delegation in Paris, we explained the candidacy of Limburg for an hour and also indicated that cycling belongs to Limburg, like the Tour to France. We really think it is time for the Tour to come back to Limburg and we want to invest in it.”
The earlier well-attended Tour stages through Limburg are, according to Van den Akker, the essence of the candidacy. “Precisely because in the years since we have always said: ‘We want the Tour to come back,’ Prudhomme also says this in his answer. He said: ‘Limburg is the cycling province of the Netherlands. You were able to put forward your candidacy enthusiastically.'”
The 2022 Tour de France may already offer opportunities when the Grand Départ is held in Copenhagen. Van den Akker: “From Copenhagen, via Limburg to France is creative. Only because of the changes with corona and the start next year in Brittany, the Tour management is also changing all schedules. We see the chance that from 2022, in 2023, 2024 or at most 2025, there will be a possibility.”
The Tour in Valkenburg soon?
Cornwall Marks Countdown to the Tour of Britain 2021
Councilors and dignitaries from Cornwall Council and Penzance Council have today marked a year to go until the Tour of Britain gets underway in Penzance by confirming more details of the route for the first visit by the race to Cornwall.
Cornwall will now host the Tour of Britain for the first time on Sunday 5 September 2021 with a 183 kilometre (113.5 mile) opening stage from Penzance to Bodmin. The route embraces some of the iconic rural and coastal landscapes of Cornwall as well as showcasing historic towns and includes St Just, St Ives, Hayle, Camborne, Pool, Redruth, Falmouth, Penryn, Truro, Newquay and St Austell.
The stage will feature three ŠKODA King of the Mountains climbs, the first two of these coming on the West Cornwall Coast Road at Zennor and then Rosewall Hill just before St Ives. The third and final categorised ŠKODA King of the Mountains point will be in the village of Carnon Downs, atop Old Carnon Hill.
Cllr Tim Dwelly, Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for culture, economy and planning, said: “Having the Tour of Britain in Cornwall offers us a chance to show our wonderful corner of the world off to a global audience and will provide even more reasons for visitors to come here and add a much-needed boost for our towns and our tourist industry next year.”
“We will also work to ensure we create a long term legacy from the event by raising the profile of cycling in Cornwall and motivating more people to cycle and lead healthier and active lives.”
Penzance Mayor, Cllr Nicole Broadhurst, said: “We are very excited to be hosting what is the UK’s premier road cycling event. It gives us a chance to showcase Penzance on an international stage and officially celebrate the re-opening of our iconic Victorian promenade, which residents and visitors to the town have enjoyed for generations.
“The event also provides something for people to look forward to and our local businesses a lift after the months of uncertainty and restrictions due to Covid-19. It is a brilliant opportunity to bring the community together, celebrate our wonderful town, and promote the health benefits of cycling for everyone.”
The Tour of Britain stage will be the largest free national sporting event ever hosted by the Duchy with live television coverage of the whole stage broadcast in the UK and around the world and an estimated economic impact of over £3 million for the Cornish economy from hosting the opening stage.
“It is fantastic news not just for those of us lucky enough to live in Cornwall, but it will also attract visitors to come down to celebrate the start with us and provide an economic boost at the start of the late summer season,” said Malcolm Bell, Chief Executive of Visit Cornwall.
“This is without a doubt the most highly anticipated Grand Depart of all for the Tour of Britain” said Hugh Roberts, Managing Director of organisers SweetSpot.
“It is special to be able to mark the countdown with our colleagues from Cornwall Council, Penzance Council and all of the other partner organisations working towards what we are sure will be a memorable occasion not just for Cornwall but for cycling in Britain, and of course help to shine a light on the fantastic cycling routes and facilities that there are in Cornwall.”
From Penzance Promenade the route will head across the Penwith Peninsula to St Just, hugging the coast to St Ives, Hayle and Gwithian before turning inland to Camborne, Pool and Redruth.
The route passes the beaches of Falmouth and Pendennis Point offering the peloton spectacular views across Falmouth Bay before heading towards Penryn and on to the city of Truro.
The impressive Truro Cathedral will be clearly visible from the route through the city, which then crosses back to the north coast to take in Newquay and Newquay Bay.
Having passed through the centre of St Austell, the Tour of Britain will visit the world famous Eden Project, with its twin biomes in a reclaimed china clay pit forming the backdrop.
The race enters the closing kilometres to Bodmin with the inaugural Cornwall stage finishing outside the historic Bodmin Keep in the town, with a 700 metre uphill drag to the line with an average of 4%.
Present at the event in Penzance were elite Cornish cyclists Steve Lampier (Helston) and Chris Opie (Truro) from Saint Piran Pro Cycling who have both raced in the Tour of Britain in the past.
“The Tour of Britain starting in Cornwall is a childhood dream,” said Steve Lampier. “It will be the biggest sporting event to have come to the county and will showcase everything that is great about Cornwall.
“It was so unfortunate that the race couldn’t be held this year, but that just means we’re looking forward to 2021 even more. At least we as Saint Piran can get a second bite at the cherry and all being well get to race it with Chris Opie for a Cornish team on home roads.”
Commenting on the announcement, British Cycling Chief Executive, Julie Harrington, said: “The Tour of Britain is a wonderful advert for our sport and it’s always incredibly exciting to see the race visiting parts of the country for the first time. Cornwall Council will have a spectacular route in store for us at next year’s Grand Depart, and I’m sure that cycling fans from across Britain will already be excitedly planning their weekends by the sea!”
The 2021 Tour of Britain is due to take place between Sunday 5 and Sunday 13 September 2021, finishing in the city of Aberdeen, with Devon, Warrington and Cumbria among the other confirmed host venues.
Full details of the 2021 Tour of Britain race route will be announced later in the year while detailed timings and locations of the intermediate Sprints for the Cornwall stage will be announced in the spring of 2021.
The Tour of Britain is British Cycling’s premier road cycling event, giving cycling fans the opportunity to see the world’s best teams and riders competing on their doorstep and helping to build a great cycling nation.
Follow the Tour of Britain via the event’s official website at tourofbritain.co.uk
Gazprom-RusVelo wants to work with Ilnur Zakarin
ProTour team Gazprom-RusVelo is interested in Ilnur Zakarin. Michel Wuyts said during the live broadcast of the Tour stage 8 on Sporza. Zakarin is riding for Team CCC, which is still uncertain for 2021.
Zakarin has an agreement with Team CCC for 2021, but team manager Jim Ochowicz previously indicated that his riders were free to talk to other teams. Greg Van Avermaet will go the AG2R-Citroën and Matteo Trentin will join UAE Team Emirates.
Ilnur Zakarin, now 30, would enjoy being part of Gazprom-RusVelo, according to Wuyts. Not an unknown team for the Russian climber, because he was also part of the ProTour team in 2013 and 2014. He then raced for Katusha for five years, before moving to CCC.
Maybe they can teach him to descend:
Patrick Lefevere: “For Wout Deceuninck-Quick Step was the first choice”
Wout van Aert is currently having a lot of success with the Jumbo-Visma team, but it would have been the same if the all-rounder had raced with Deceuninck – Quick-Step. According to Patrick Lefevere, his team was Van Aert’s first choice at the end of 2018.
Lefevere concurs with all praise for Van Aert, he writes in his column in Het Nieuwsblad: “It was unseen what he could achieve. Every now and then I think back to a conversation I had with Wout at the end of 2018. He had just broken his contract with Veranda’s Willems-Crelan and together with his manager Jef Van den Bosch we discussed a transfer to our team. At that time, Deceuninck – Quick-Step was Wout’s first choice.”
Only the team manager wanted it in black and white that the three-time cyclocross world champion was free of his contract. “Wout and his management could not do that at the time. It more or less depended on that. I didn’t feel like being the big bogeyman of international cycling again. Jumbo-Visma has dared to and to my surprise the UCI did not object.”
That he already saw the potential of Van Aert at the time, Lefevere continued in his column. “Wilfried Peeters had often pointed this out to me with his connections at Vastgoedservice. But in interviews with Van Aert I also read: ‘Let me remain a crosser.’ I never thought that Wout would become as good as he is now. Anyone who claims the opposite will qualify as a talker.”
Wout Van Aert should have been in blue and white:
Rapha Continues to Support Women’s Cycling Through Sponsorship of the Canadian Cyclocross Champion Maghalie Rochette
Rapha’s mission is to make cycling the most popular sport in the world and we do this through supporting a diverse range of inspiring characters who positively disrupt and progress the sport. Maghalie Rochette, a Canadian cyclocross racer, joins Rapha’s international pull of athletes as part of their ongoing effort to remain at the forefront of women’s cycling.
Rapha’s commitment to growing and developing the women’s category stands unabridged for over a decade: They launched the first women’s range creating demand in the market back in 2010, sponsor one of the best female cycling teams in the world – CANYON//Sram, develop the most innovative clothing specifically for women, build thriving communities through events such as Women’s 100, and tell real stories of inspired female athletes and cycling protagonists.
Maghalie Rochette is the reigning Pan-American CX champ and CX World Cup winner (Jinglecross). Having started riding bikes at the age of 4, she settled on cyclocross and mountain biking, and in 2013 started racing professionally. “When I first started racing cyclocross, Rapha was one of the brands that was most involved in the sport,” says Maghalie. “The biggest names in the sport were wearing Rapha. I loved how their kits looked, and to my eyes, Rapha was the ultimate cycling clothing brand. This is why it is such an honour for me to partner with them for the next 2 years. As I’ve started getting to know the company more in the last few months, my appreciation for the company has grown even more. What gets me most excited about working with Rapha is that the people behind the brand are premium…they are people you just want to go ride with. Their passion for cycling is contagious, and that makes me really pumped to chase some dreams with them.”
Rapha is currently working with Maghalie on releasing a special edition collection that will be launched in Spring 2021.
Video: “We have ridden” – Celebrating 10 years with Qhubeka
A short film celebrating this moment was shown to our riders on the eve of the race
The 2020 Tour de France sees NTT Pro Cyling (NTTProCycling.com) celebrate 10 years of partnership with the Qhubeka Charity. A short film celebrating this moment was shown to our riders on the eve of the race, and has since also seen some of the “behind the scenes” footage from the team in Nice added in celebration of this milestone.
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