EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!

Another full EUROTRASH Thursday! The 2020 season takes shape as the revised calendar is announced and the races, riders and teams have their say – TOP STORY. Other cycling news: Wallonie, Alps, Pologne and French championships news. No one agrees with David Brailsford, Total Direct Energie to the Dauphiné, Colombians can train outside, Nuyens-Van Aert court case, Colnago acquired and sponsor news from UAE Team Emirates and Bahrain-McLaren. Look after yourselves.

TOP STORY: A.S.O.’s UCI WorldTour Calendar 2020
The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has announced the dates of its new calendar following the postponement of numerous cycling races and events.

With regard to A.S.O.’s UCI World Tour events, return to play will begin with the Critérium du Dauphiné from the 12th to the 16th August, over 5 days instead of the usual 8. It will be essential in preparing the riders for the Tour de France from the 29th August to the 20th September. Clermont-Ferrand will be the scene of the start-line and the finish will be judged in Megève as initially planned (see the stage list below).

It will be the women who kick-off the 107th edition of the Tour de France as they take on La Course by le Tour de France avec FDJ on the 29th August, on the same route as the first stage of the men’s Tour de France in Nice. The famous women’s event was originally going to take place on the Champs-Elysées.

Usually a part of the spring schedule, the Ardennes Classics will be organised in the autumn with the Flèche Wallonne on the 30th September and Liège-Bastogne-Liège on the 4th October. The women’s editions of these two events will also take place on the same dates.

Paris-Roubaix is now in the calendar for the 25th October and the autumnal weather could pay a vital role, with it not having rained on the Queen of the Classics since 2002. To reinforce the women’s UCI World Tour calendar, a women’s Paris-Roubaix will take place for the first time as a prologue to the men’s race. All of the practical information concerning the distance, start-line and timings is yet to be finalised but will be communicated shortly. The organisation of a women’s Paris-Roubaix is a clear indicator of A.S.O.’s commitment to the development of women’s sport.

We are delighted that the Union Cycliste Internationale, with the support of the different parties involved in the world of cycling, has succeeded in maintaining these prestigious races for 2020 despite the difficult circumstances we are facing at this time. It goes without saying that A.S.O. will be organising all of these events in strict compliance with the sanitary regulations and advice.

A.S.O. would like to warmly thank the communities and partners concerned, who accepted these changes and who fervently supported the planning of these magnificent races.

A.S.O. Men’s and Women’s UCI World Tour Calendar 2020:
Critérium du Dauphiné: Wednesday 12th August – Sunday 16th August
Wednesday 12th August: Clermont-Ferrand / Saint-Christo-en-Jarez
Thursday 13th August: Vienne / Col de Porte
Friday 14th August: Corenc / Saint-Martin-de-Belleville
Saturday 15th August: Ugine / Megève
Sunday 16th August: Megève / Megève
La Course by le Tour de France avec FDJ: Saturday 29th August
Tour de France: Saturday 29th August – Sunday 20th September
La Flèche Wallonne Men and Women: Wednesday 30th September
Liège-Bastogne-Liège Men and Women: Sunday 4th October
Paris-Roubaix Men and Women: Sunday 25th October
La Vuelta: Tuesday 20th October – Sunday 8th November.

The Tour in August/September:

La Vuelta’20 Will Take Place from the 20th of October to the 8th of November
La Vuelta will take place one month after the Tour de France and three weeks after the UCI Road World Championships.

La Vuelta 20 has new dates, following today’s official announcement by the International Cycling Union (UCI). The Spanish tour will take off with the Irun – Arrate. Eibar stage on Tuesday the 20th of October, and will conclude in Madrid on Sunday, the 8th of November.

Due to the health crisis caused by COVID-19, Unipublic, organiser of La Vuelta, made the decision to cancel and not replace the official departure which was to take place in the provinces of Utrecht and North Brabant (Netherlands). Taking this into account, the UCI has reorganised the cycling calendar by exceptionally including a Vuelta with 18 stages, instead of the usual 21. This is a unique event as, since its 1986 edition, La Vuelta has always featured, at least, 21 days of competition.

The Director of La Vuelta, Javier Guillén, has highlighted his “satisfaction” with the new dates. “We have to try to turn this necessity into a virtue and to make the most of the opportunities available to us as a result of this new paradigm. We have a great position in the calendar and we hope to have an exceptional participation level”, emphasised Guillén.

La Vuelta will take place one month after the Tour de France (29th of August – 20th of September) and three weeks after the UCI Road World Championships in Switzerland (20th – 27th of September).

● La Vuelta 20 will take off from the Basque Country on Tuesday, the 20th of October – with the stage Irun – Arrate. Eibar – and will arrive in Madrid on Sunday, the 8th of November.

● Following the cancellation of La Vuelta 20’s official departure, originally going to be held in the Netherlands, Unipublic made the decision not to replace the first three stages, and consequently informed the UCI in the aim that the cycling regulatory body would be able to reorganise the calendar with a Vuelta consisting of 20 days, instead of the original 23.

The Latest Vuelta
With these changes, La Vuelta 20 will be the latest edition in its history. Originally (1935) held during the months of April, May and June, Unipublic made the decision to move it to the end of summer in 1995. Up until now, its 2001 edition held the record for being the latest in the calendar. That year, the Spanish tour began on the 8th of September with an individual time trial in Salamanca and concluded with a linear stage in Madrid on the 30th of September.

Madrid in November:

RCS Sport Comment on the Newly Published UCI Calendar
Following the publication of the new UCI cycling calendar, RCS Sport comments: “The publication of the calendar by the UCI is an important step forward that certainly helps all the stakeholders involved to reprogram the season. It is the result of an unparalleled extensive work involving the institutions, organisations, teams and others who, in their various capacities, have contributed to this difficult choice.

“In order to save and safeguard the important heritage of cycling races, some sacrifices had to be made considering the short time span within which we could include all the season’s races. We made a number of alternative proposals which, in our opinion, would have resulted in reduced overlaps among races in the calendar. These proposals have not been adopted. However, we believe this result is important for the restart, especially at this time, given the dramatic health situation that is affecting all areas of our lives.”

RCS Sport races in the new international calendar:
Giro d’Italia, 3-25 October 2020
Strade Bianche and Strade Bianche Women, 1 August 2020
Milano-Sanremo, 8 August 2020
Tirreno-Adriatico, 7-14 September 2020
Il Lombardia, 31 October 2020.

As for the other races organised by RCS Sport, the organisation will communicate the dates at a later stage, when the complete calendar of races has been drawn up and only after having consulted with the local and territorial authorities, and Italian and international cycling institutions.

Giro d Italia in October:

Flanders Classics: “No certainty, dates are still provisional”
Flanders Classics is pleased that the UCI has officially released a new calendar. But the Tour of Flanders organiser also remains realistic. “The final decision will depend on the measures that will apply in our country at that time.”

“The UCI has provided clarity, which is good,” said Tomas Van Den Spiegel, director of Flanders Classics to Sporza. “This calendar gives us yet another goal to work towards.”

“It is great to be able to get back to work, but we are aware of the current situation. These dates are not certain, but are still provisional. We will continue to monitor the situation and the final decision will depend on the measures in force in our country at that time.”

Will there be a Ronde this year?

Paris-Roubaix for Women
Women’s cycling has reached an important milestone. On October 25, Paris-Roubaix will not only have an edition for men, but also a women’s competition for the first time in history.

Hell for the North for women will be held prior to the men’s race. Nothing is known about the distance and the course of this new classic. Race organiser ASO has yet to make a full announcement.

The new race was initiated by the UCI. Due to the late date (October 25), the chance of bad weather conditions is high. Paris-Roubaix will be the penultimate race of the WorldTour for both men and women.

A Women’s Roubaix:

Amstel Gold Race in October
Race organiser, Leo van Vliet is satisfied with the new date for the Amstel Gold Race, if the corona crisis allows, to October 10.

Van Vliet had a clear preference for a new date in October in the hope that the corona virus would then be under control. “We have a good date,” Van Vliet told AD. “We are now in an evil period, but it can only get better.”

“On November 1 it would have been late because of the tour and in August we run the risk that the race may be canceled after all and there will be no more changing of the calendar.”

The new date also offers opportunities for a strong field. “First the cobblestones and then the Amstel, then riders often doubt. But with Flanders and Roubaix afterwards, Mathieu van der Poel can just race with us. And if Tom Dumoulin comes good from the Tour de France and the World championships, he can also join us.”

Van der Poel was the Amstel hero of 2019:

Wout van Aert Happy with New Calendar
Wout van Aert is relieved thanks to the clarity about the new race calendar. Although it is compact, he can now go for all his goals. “It’s going to be three months ahead for me,” he told Sporza.

Van Aert also already has a program in mind: starting immediately on August 1 in the Strade Bianche, then Milan-Sanremo (August 8) and building up to the Tour de France (August 29-September 20). “Normally we would also ride the Dauphiné with our Tour team, but it is now closer to the Tour. We don’t know if we’ll keep that. The team can now start planning just like the other teams.”

After the Tour, the classics are planned in October. “For me it is not too bad with three great weeks: Gent-Wevelgem, the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. In principle, that is a nice calendar.”

“I can still pursue all my goals. I am certainly among the riders who must be satisfied with this proposal. It seems a bit surreal, especially because you are in this strange period. You can’t really imagine it, but it gives hope. The difficult element is that we have to wait and see. That is the same for everyone. But working proactively is important. There is also no point in waiting for corona to yield more or less. You cannot say: the Tour will start in two weeks. That requires preparation.”

Van Aert can still pursue his goals:

Greg Van Avermaet is Happy with the Calendar
Greg Van Avermaet, meanwhile, also shed light on the reformed UCI WorldTour calendar. The reigning Olympic champion naturally emphasises the classics and the Tour de France. Van Avermaet responded enthusiastically to Studio Brussels. “It’s not that bad, yes. We normally race for seven months, now three. Then it is not easy to arrive at one calendar. But they did their best. This seems to be the best possible option. There are some overlaps, but many races are still well planned and can be combined.”

Van Avermaet focuses on the one-day races and the Tour. “From the Strade we go to Milan-San Remo, then we prepare for the Tour. I want to ride all of Liège, the Tour of Flanders and Roubaix and that is possible. I don’t have to take into account the Giro or the Vuelta. I can scrap those races and that makes it all a bit easier.”

Van Avermaet sees only a few problems. “Amstel and Gent-Wevelgem in the same weekend is a difficult choice and the BinckBank Tour with Liège-Bastogne-Liège is not easy either. I will have to cancel, but I can still ride the big races. I am allowed to map out my own program and can continue my choice.”

Full season for Greg:

UCI announces 2020 calendar
Julian Alaphilippe, Remco Evenepoel and Zdenek Stybar talked of the new schedule.

The UCI have announced that the World Tour season will recommence on August 1, when the peloton will be at the start line in Siena for Strade Bianche, a race our team has won on three occasions with as many different riders. One week later, Milano-Sanremo will be staged, followed by the Tour de Pologne, Critérium du Dauphiné, RideLondon Classic, Bretagne Classic, before one of the year’s biggest rendez-vous, the Tour de France (29 August-20 September).

Tirreno-Adriatico will run between 8-14 September, when a chunk of the peloton will travel to Canada for Quebec and Montreal, with the Giro d’Italia – the season’s second Grand Tour of the season – set to take place in October (3-25). This means the Corsa Rosa will overlap with Liège–Bastogne–Liège, Flèche Wallonne, Amstel Gold Race, Gent-Wevelgem, Ronde van Vlaanderen, Paris-Roubaix, but also with the first week of the Vuelta a España. The last Monument of the year will once again be Il Lombardia, on 31st October, but cycling will continue well into the month of November, with the last week of La Vuelta.

“Obviously, we are still looking at the calendar as it is new, but it looks to have all of the big important races, which at this point is exciting to see. I will need some time to sit down with the team and pick out some new goals and how we go about achieving them. For sure, after the last few months it’s nice to see something written down and have something to work towards. My main goal this year was the Olympic Games, so we have to see what we can achieve in the meantime and make the most of the rest of the year. But getting to a race and pinning a number on again will be the best feeling and I am looking forward to it”, said Remco Evenepoel, who was supposed to make his Grand Tour debut at the Giro d’Italia, before the pandemic outbreak.

One of the best Classics riders in the peloton, Zdenek Stybar also shared his thoughts on the new schedule: “I am happy that we’ll have a calendar, that we know when we’ll have the Classics we love so much. It gives me a lot of joy to know when Flanders and Roubaix will take place, although it’s weird to have them in autumn. October should be quite a busy month and it will be a challenge to see how our program will look like once we return to competition, but I can’t wait to talk with the sports directors and start working for these goals.”

Winner of a dozen races last year and of the prestigious Velo d’Or trophy, Julian Alaphilippe is another Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider who can’t wait to be back in action in a couple of months’ time: “Having something official is a great relief in these hard times. We now have some real goals, races that we know will happen in August, September and October, and this makes us even more motivated. I will talk with the team this week about my schedule, to which I am really looking forward now.”

Deceuninck – Quick-Step back to winning soon:

Hilaire Van der Schueren: “We can start planning our summer”
The UCI World Tour calendar, revisited after the COVID-19 crisis, was unveiled this Tuesday by the international authorities. The principal spring classics found a place in autumn, creating an intense end of the season, with a first participation in the five Monuments for Circus-Wanty Gobert-Tormans. The restart of the World Tour competition will take place 1st of August 2020, if the sanitary conditions permit it, on the occasion of the Strade Bianche. Our team will discover this Italian classic for the first time, just like Milan – San Remo one week later. The other monuments will take place in October, starting with the Ardennes classics (Liège-Bastogne-Liège, 4/10) followed by the Tour of Flanders (18/10), Paris-Roubaix (25/10) and concluded by Il Lombardia on October 31st.

This new international programme offers new perspectives for Circus-Wanty Gobert-Tormans. Thanks to its statute of second best Pro Continental team in the 2019 ranking, the Belgian team will receive an invitation for all one day events, and also for the Critérium du Dauphiné for which the team was invited by ASO in January. Sports director Hilaire Van der Schueren can start planning the rest of the season, even if the full calendar, including the events of the Europe Tour, won’t be unveiled before May 20th.

Hilaire Van der Schueren: “The new UCI World Tour calendar is very attractive and offers the possibility to begin planning a very intense period starting in August. After the Italian classics, our classic riders will prepare the Flemish races and Paris-Roubaix at the BinckBank Tour. The focus of the programme of the climbers will be on the Critérium du Dauphiné, the Ardennes classics and the Tour of Lombardia. But I’m hoping for an earlier restart of the competition. I’m looking forward to discover the full calendar, with the Belgian and international UCI races, hopefully starting in July.”

Hilaire Van der Schueren, one of the most experienced DS in the peloton:

VOO Tour of Wallonie Wants to Move to August
Now that the National Security Council has decided that no sports events will take place on Belgian soil until at least July 31, the VOO Tour of Wallonie wants to move to August. Race director Christophe Brandt initially wanted to organise the race from July 18-22.

“We respect the decision of the National Security Council,” Brandt said in a press release. “Public health goes for cycling. We are still working on an edition in 2020. Our competition can take place in the first or penultimate week of August. It also depends a bit on the Belgian championships.”

Should the VOO Tour of Wallonie indeed move to August, the race will take place just before the Tour de France. Brandt will still have to talk to the start and finish cities. “The initial discussions went well, but we will of course remain dependent on the National Security Council.”

The VOO Tour of Wallonie was won last year by Loïc Vliegen. The Circus-Wanty Gobert rider beat fellow countrymen Tosh Van der Sande and Dries De Bondt.

Loïc Vliegen on the Wallonia podium:

Tour of the Alps Sets Goal on 2021
Given the challenging calendar following the Covid-19 epidemic, the organising committee of the Euro-regional race decided to renounce to the 2020 edition, moving sights to next year in the usual slot in April.

While cycling is trying to save at least part of the 2020 season, the Tour of the Alps, as many other events of the international calendar, has decided to finally renounce to the 2020 edition, moving its sights to 2021. Such determination has been notified today to the International Cycling Union (UCI), the Italian Cycling Federation, and the Italian “Lega Ciclismo Professionistico”.

After having to stand with the impossibility of holding the UCI ProSeries event on the original dates from April 20th to 24th, the GS Alto Garda organisers, together with their partners, have acknowledged that the current uncertainty does not offer significant perspectives to identify a viable new date, even in case the professional season eventually resumes, and at least the Grand Tours and the Monument Classics are held.

“It is clear we are not in the position to organise the 2020 Tour of the Alps at an adequate level in these conditions – said Giacomo Santini, President of GS Alto Garda, the Tour of the Alps organising company. “The consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on the world of sports have led to a choice with no real alternatives, totally shared with our partners, which we wish to thank for their constant support during this phase. People’s health and safety come first, and sports such as cycling have tough challenges to face in this regard. This is why we now wish to set our goal to 2021, in our usual calendar slot in April.”

As the second phase of the epidemic begins, the Tour of the Alps organising committee will get back in action, building up for next year’s event, with full confidence in confirming the high technical level and the massive participation of World Tour teams also in 2021.

2020 Tour de Pologne. Here are the new dates. It will be the first stage race to restart the professional race calendar
The Tour de Pologne will be raced from 5 to 9 August and will be the first stage race to open up the 2020 calendar following the interruption due to the COVID-19.

According to the new UCI calendar, the race will be reduced to five stages from the seven originally planned so as to leave room for the other re-scheduled races.

In the coming weeks the Lang Team will be working in collaboration with the Polish institutions and the UCI to design a route that can guarantee the high-quality standard and technical level that meet the needs of modern professional cycling, yet within the limits imposed by the circumstances and in compliance with the sanitary regulations.

Further details will be released in due time.

“This news has given us hope and has lifted our spirits” Czeslaw Lang said. “To have some dates to be back to racing is very important for everyone, the sponsors, the organisation and the cycling community. The situation is under constant monitoring and of course it all depends of the evolution of the situation and in particular the decisions of the Polish government. The priority is to safeguard public health, ensuring that the competition can be performed in full safety, under the constraints that the government will decide upon. For now, we are glad that the UCI has given us this opportunity and the organisation is already at work to guarantee a new route we will soon unveil in all its details.”

Tour de Pologne in August:

French Road Championship Moved to October
Warren Barguil can call himself French road champion for a while longer. The French championship in Plumelec has been postponed from August to October, the vice president of the French cycling federation told Le Télégramme.

The UCI published a new race calendar for the WorldTour on Tuesday. Whether there will be a calendar for lower level races; UCI Hors Category, UCI .1 and UCI .2 is not known, but most national championships should take place from August 20-23.

One problem: in France, meetings of more than 5,000 people are prohibited until 1 September. “We will therefore move the French championships to October,” according to cycling federation FFC. This means in all likelihood that the national title race will have to compete with a Classic.

Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the Amstel Gold Race, Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix are planned in October. “We already know that the French championships will not take place during the weekend of Paris-Roubaix (October 25).”

Barguil, French champ for a bit longer:

Thomas De Gendt: “Staying out of the Tour, as Brailsford suggests, is not an option”
In mid-April, Sir Dave Brailsford, manager of Team Ineos, raised a menacing finger at the Tour organisation. “We will withdraw if it is not safe enough.” Other teams seem a lot more moderate. “Our sponsors cannot afford that”, said Lotto Soudal and Deceuninck – Quick-Step, and others.

“We have the right to withdraw if we deem it necessary,” Brailsford said a few weeks ago. “I hope the precautions are sufficiently measured, intelligent and responsible.” Maybe a threatening finger towards ASO, the organisation of the Tour de France, which – if everything goes well – will run the Tour de France from August 29 to September 20.

Other teams don’t see it the same way. “Brailsford has a wealthy sponsor, who seems to have few consequences from this crisis and can afford a possible lump sum,” said Thomas De Gendt in Het Laatste Nieuws. “Lotto and Soudal still like to be put in the picture. And I race for a new contract myself. So we can still see what we can do this year.” Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s Tom Steels agrees: “We trust the precautions that the organisation will take. We, as a team, will do the same. Just like the riders in the peloton: blowing, spitting… will be severely reprimanded. That’s the way it is supposed to be. If everyone uses their common sense, there is no problem.”

As for the fans, they are comfortable with that too. “I expect at most half of the normal number of people who visit the Tour,” said De Gendt. “You already saw it in Paris-Nice, at the start of the pandemic. There was no pressure that we are used to on the course.” Serge Pauwels (CCC) also thinks in the same way. “Moreover, the Tour is now outside the holiday period. That makes it different.”

Although the organisers will have to lend a hand, Pauwels thinks. “Certainly on the large, well-known cols they will have to limit the size of the human sea.” Discipline, which is partly becoming self-discipline, expects De Gendt. “Many will keep their distance on their own initiative. Not standing up to half a million, but rather in groups, more spread out over the course. Some may just stay at home – for fear.” According to Pauwels, social distancing is now well established. Steels agrees. “Don’t underestimate it. People have taken a different view of how to behave in groups.”

Thomas De Gendt:

Total Direct Energie to ride the Critérium du Dauphiné
Originally the Total Direct Energie team was not going the Critérium du Dauphiné. The French team received a wildcard for all WorldTour races, but could refuse. The team of Niki Terpstra chose the Tour of Switzerland, but it has been canceled. ASO is now adding the team, which means that there will be 23 teams at the start of the five-day race.

Total Direct Energie gave its place to Circus-Wanty Gobert, so they could start the Tour of Switzerland. “Otherwise, the June month will be too busy,” team manager Jean-René Bernaudeau said in December. ASO then gave the wildcard to Circus-Wanty Gobert, who did not get a wildcard for the Tour de France. Because the Tour of Switzerland has been canceled, Terpstra and the team will now take a place in the Dauphiné, again. Christian Prudhomme, the boss of ASO, told L’Equipe: “That indeed means that in the Dauphiné there will be 23 instead of 22 teams at the start.”

Prudhomme again confirmed that this does not apply to the Tour de France. “There will be a maximum of 22 teams at the start. Yes, a team is also allowed to give a forfeit, then only 21 teams travel to Nice. Incidentally, there was never talk about a possible participation of Alpécin-Fenix ​​at a meeting. That news was completely out of the blue.”

Total Direct Energie to ride the Dauphiné

Colombians Can Train Outside Again Thanks to Nairo Quintana
Nairo Quintana is already a national hero among Colombian cycling fans and now his popularity will also increase among fellow cyclists. The 30-year-old rider has received permission from the Colombian government to train outside again.

The permission applies not only to himself, but to all Colombian professional cyclists, according to Het Laatste Nieuws. In Colombia, people have been allowed to exercise for one hour per day since last week. Colombian Sport Minister Ernesto Lucena has allowed local authorities to make additional arrangements with pro riders.

Tour de France winner Egan Bernal had previously arranged to train on public roads. The mayor of his hometown Zipaquira allowed him to train within the city limits, and only between five and eight o’clock in the morning.

Colombian pros can train outside now:

Nuyens-Van Aert Appeal in June 2021
Five months after Nick Nuyens filed an appeal for the acquittal of Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) at the employment court of Mechelen, the lawyers of both parties have concluded an agreement on the conclusion periods.

Nuyens sued Van Aert in 2018 before the labour court, after Van Aert terminated his current contract with Nuyens Veranda’s-Willems for urgent reasons and a breach of trust. Nuyens demanded damages of 1.1 million euros, but Van Aert was fully acquitted at first instance.

Nick Nuyens therefore appealed the decision. That was introduced on Monday at the Antwerp Labour Court, but it will take more than a year before it is settled, Het Nieuwsblad reports. The plea date in the Antwerp Labour Court is not scheduled until May 2021, after which a decision can be expected in June 2021.

Van Aert and Nuyens:

Colnago Acquired by Abu Dhabi Investment Fund
Colnago has been taken over by an investment fund from Abu Dhabi. Tuttobiciweb reports that Chimera Investments LLC has acquired a majority stake in the Italian bicycle manufacturer.

Colnago was founded in 1954 by Ernesto Colnago. That year he started his own workshop in Cambiago, a town to the north-east of Milan. In the 1970s he built bicycles for Eddy Merckx’s Molteni team. Colnago also built a special bicycle for “The Cannibal” for his world record attempt in 1972.

In the 1980s Giuseppe Saronni (Goodwood 1982) and Joop Zoetemelk (Giavera del Montello 1985) won the world title on a Colnago. The Rabobank team rode Colnago between 1996 and 2008. In addition, the famous Mapei team rode on Colnago for years. Today we see the name in the professional peloton on the bikes of UAE Team Emirates, Gazprom-RusVelo and Novo Nordisk.

88-year-old Colnago applauds the arrival of the new partner. “With the support of Chimera, we have a unique opportunity to ensure that we continue to build the best bicycles in the world well into the future.”

Aru and Colnago:

UAE Team Emirates Renew with X-Tech
The Italian company will still be the supplier for technical undergarments, socks and accessories.

Even for 2020 season, the UAE Team Emirates will be able to count on the support of X-Tech that will supply the Emirati formation with their complete range of undershirts, along with socks for the official racing uniform. Team outfits will be completed with other useful items, like under-helmet caps and neck warmers.

“The riders had great time last year with the products” explains Team Manager Matxin: “That’s why we renewed our collaboration. X-Tech makes innovation and quality its strong points, managing to meet the extreme needs of riders.”

Samuele Ragnoli, owner of X-Tech: “It gives us a great sense of pride to partner with a team like UAE and we are going to do our best to develop products that perform increasingly better. Our research and development department is collaborating with the athletes and we are already working with specific methods to create new models that can guarantee optimal performance, even in the most extreme weather conditions.”

“This is the highest level of competition; outcomes will be contested on a razor’s edge and it has been proven that clothing can also have an important impact on performance. This is why we feel actively invested and we want to give our best to the guys who will be going out to battle on the front lines.”

Bahrain McLaren Renews Partnership with Reboots Recovery Boots
Team Bahrain McLaren is pleased to announce the extension of its partnership with Reboots Recovery Boots.

The innovative device – that massages the legs to improve their recovery – actively prevents unwanted symptoms after hard physical exercises, such as muscle tension, DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) and swelling. The result is a noticeably shortened recovery phase, and during this period away from racing, they are proving to be even more useful.

“Reboots can be used as usual during this period. There is no difference whether you train indoors or outdoors,” explains Reboots CEO Tom Keller, adding some useful tips “After the training the riders can use the same recovery programme, duration and pressure they are used to. As they might have a bit more spare time at home these weeks, they can also use their Reboots to relax. Therefore, they can use any programme they like. My suggestion? Choose the programme that is most convenient for you. Use it at low pressure (maximum of level 3 for Reboots Go, 90mmH for Reboots One) for 30 minutes. Put your mobile phone and laptop aside, close your eyes and enjoy the gentle Reboots massage!”

Athletes that already used this system during the past season were very impressed with the results: fresher legs, faster recovery, immediate regeneration and they appreciated how easy the product is to handle.

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