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Vuelta a España time – The best Grand Tour starts on Saturday. Results and video from Pologne and Denmark. Mørkøv thanks Lefevere – TOP STORY. Team announced for the Vuelta. Race news from the European Championships. Lots of contract news: Alexandr Vlasov, Alvaro Hodeg, Esteban Chaves, Asbjørn Kragh Andersen, Nico Denz, George Bennett and Antoine Raugel. Plus rider lineup for Grenadiers greatest hits event on Zwift.


TOP STORY: Mørkøv Thanks Lefevere After Gold Medal Win
Michael Mørkøv has thanked his team, Deceuninck – Quick-Step and team principal Patrick Lefevere after his gold medal win in the Olympic Games. The Dane won the Madison together with Lasse Norman Hansen on Saturday. “Unbelievable”, 36-year-old Mørkøv said to Sporza.

“I had to wait a few years for this,” he said. “I had the chance to participate in the Olympics in 2008, when I finished sixth with Alex Rasmussen in the madison. But then it was taken off the Olympic program. Since it is an Olympic discipline again in 2016, it has been a big goal of mine.”

Mørkøv is a regular sprint lead-out in the Wolfpack team on the road. In the last Tour de France he piloted Mark Cavendish to four stage wins. In Tokyo he took his own chance. “When I signed a contract with Deceuninck – Quick-Step, Patrick Lefevere supported me in my dream. So I have to thank my Belgian employer”, said Mørkøv.

“It’s part of my career to sacrifice myself on the road. That’s my job and I’m good at it,” he said. “Fortunately, I can go for my own ambitions on the boards. This is what I stand up for every day and this is what I work hard for every day. I am very proud that Deceuninck – Quick-Step supports me in this. Not every team does that. It shows that I am in the right place at the right time.”

Michael Mørkøv and Lasse Norman Hansen:

 


Tour de Pologne 2021
Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain Victorious) opened the action on Stage 1 of the 78th Tour de Pologne. The German rider won the opening stage and took lead in the overall ranking.

The first stage of the 2021 Tour de Pologne started on Monday with 151 riders lining up in Lublin ready to face a 216km long stage. A breakaway consisting of Yevgeniy Fëdorov (Astana-Premier Tech), Michał Paluta (Poland) and Sean Bennet (Qhubeka NextHash) built up a lead of 3:30, after just over an hour from the start of the race. Of the three fugitives Fedorov won the two Intermediate sprints placed in Batorz and Godziszów and the Antolin 3rd cat KOM while Paluta got the first and third KOM and the Lat Przeglądu Sportowego special prize placed at the km 116,5 from Lublin. Bahrain Victorious and Deceuninck – Quick-Step led the pace in the peloton while controlling the breakaway. The three were reeled in by the peloton at 169km. Kwiatkowski and Mohorič showed their GC ambitions fighting for the last intermediate sprint of the day where Kwiatkowski took 3 seconds bonus ahead of Mohoric with 2 seconds and Liepins on 1.

The final part of the race saw several attacks including a three-man attempt by Jos van Emden, Antoine Duchesne and Tom Scully who opened up a gap of 41 seconds, but they were caught with 15km to go. On the final circuit the race fired up and in the last 500 metres to Chełm, Alvaro Hodeg tried to anticipate the sprint but was caught right before the finish line by Bauhaus. Alvaro Hodeg was 2nd and Hugo Hofstetter 3rd. Bauhaus took both the General and Points classification jerseys sponsored by Carrefour and Lotos. Michał Paluta now leads the Climbers’ classification – PZU – and Yevgeniy Fëdorov was awarded the prize for most active rider by LOTTO. Michal Kwiatkowski was the best Polish rider.

Stage winner and overall leader, Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain Victorious): “I had a lot of confidence in our team today, we have had a great season so far and have also prepared well for this race. The stage was quite controlled. We immediately took the lead with Kevin Inkelaar. With fifty kilometres to go it got a bit nervous, but there we were together. The team then did a great job on the last local circuit, I still had quite a bit of work to do with Matej Mohorič to move forward and get onto Heinrich Haussler’s wheel. I was a little nervous there too, because I was on Gaviria’s wheel and he let a gap go on the Deceuninck – Quick-Step riders. As a result, I had to give chase with 200 meters to go, and then it went up slightly. Fortunately I had saved some energy for the last 150 meters to place another jump and I still had the focus on Hodeg to catch up. That allowed me to take the win.”

Bahrain Victorious sports director, Tim Harris: “I’m very happy with today’s win. We planned to have a peloton sprint today. The early break went away and got 6 and a half minutes, so we put Kevin Inkelaar to work to bring back the move, and it came back earlier than expected, about 15km to go, then another group of 3 got away which was very dangerous, but the team worked really well with Eros Capecchi and guys to bring it back. On the finishing circuit, the team did a perfect job to bring Phil in the position and he did a perfect sprint and won, and took the yellow jersey. All in all, we can’t complain about the day, we are very happy.”

Tour de Pologne Stage 1 Result:
1. Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bahrain Victorious in 5:01:24
2. Álvaro José Hodeg (Col) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
3. Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Israel Start-up Nation
4. Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
5. David Dekker (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
6. Dion Smith (NZ) BikeExchange
7. Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
8. Biniam Girmay (Eri) Delko
9. Matej Mohorič (Slo) Bahrain Victorious
10. Michał Kwiatkowski (Pol) INEOS Grenadiers.

Tour de Pologne Overall After Stage 1:
1. Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bahrain Victorious in 5:01:14
2. Álvaro José Hodeg (Col) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:04
3. Yevgeniy Fedorov (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech
4. Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Israel Start-Up Nation at 0:06
5. Michał Kwiatkowski (Pol) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:07
6. Matej Mohorič (Slo) Bahrain Victorious at 0:08
7. Emīls Liepiņš (Lat) Trek-Segafredo at 0:09
8. Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo at 0:10
9. David Dekker (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
10. Dion Smith (NZ) BikeExchange.

 

The 23-year-old João Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) is the first Portuguese rider in 17 years to lead the Tour de Pologne and only the third in history from his country to claim a stage win there after an enormous ride in the final 1,500 meters of Tuesday’s 201km Stage 2. Almeida soared to an emphatic win on the uphill finish in Przemysl

The fight for victory came, as expected, on the final climb of the day which ramped up to double-digit gradients and didn’t offer any moment of respite from the moment the road tilted upwards. French Champion Rémi Cavagna was instrumental for Almeida, bringing him to the fore just before the road went left and the ascent began. Without losing too much time, João launched an attack that saw him pull clear with the flamme rouge in sight.

Last year’s Giro d’Italia revelation continued to dance on his pedals and maintain his gap over the fragmented bunch from where Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) launched a counterattack with 500 meters to go. The Italian joined Almeida just before the final bend, but showing an incredible fighting spirit, Almeida accelerated again and made sure of remaining in front of his opponent, who he then out-sprinted for half a bike length. The victory – his first in the WorldTour since turning pro with Deceuninck – Quick-Step at the beginning of 2020 – moved João into the yellow jersey, with a 4 second buffer over Matej Mohoric (Bahrain Victorious) and Diego Ulissi, the two riders rounding out the general classification podium.

Stage winner and overall leader, João Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “I am so happy, because this is such a great win for me. I was a bit nervous before the start of the final climb, but as soon as we arrived there I noticed how good I felt and decided to launch an all-or-nothing attack. I focused only on myself and on managing my effort, and even after Ulissi came across I continued to remain calm and still had enough left to surge to victory. To get the win here, on such a brutal climb, gives me a lot of satisfaction, and the yellow jersey that came with it is just the cherry on the top. In the next days we will see what we can do in the general classification, but for the moment I want to enjoy this unforgettable day for me together with this amazing team that was again of such great help.”

2nd on the stage and 3rd overall, Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates): “I felt really good today. The team worked perfectly and got me into an excellent position approaching the last climb.The legs were good on the final ramp, it was very steep and tough and I was beaten by a stronger rider on the line. Almeida deserved the win today but personally I’m pleased with my ride and the team performance and we will look ahead to the next few stages.”

3rd on the stage and 2nd overall, Matej Mohorič (Bahrain Victorious): “Today we raced as a team as we defended our leaders jersey and we rode in the front the whole day. I was feeling well in the final, I was riding together with Dylan for a good result, and in the last climb I was feeling OK, so I went for it myself. I just missed fight for the win, and got away with the 3rd place, which is a good result, and we would like to improve that in the upcoming stages.”

6th on the stage and 7th overall, Lorenzo Rota (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux): “The final was demanding today, because one by one we all tried to attack. It was important to race offensively when Taco was caught, but unfortunately we were reeled in again. After excellent work from Pieter during the stage, the others helped me well in the final. We knew that the corner at the bottom of the final climb was crucial, and the guys positioned me well there. I lost the back wheels of my teammates, took some time to recover and gave all I had until the finish. I’m very happy about my condition and my result, because I was only defeated by champions. Tomorrow, we’re expecting a sprint so I can do Biniam and Andrea a favour.”

8th on the stage and 9th overall, Giovanni Aleotti (BORA-hansgrohe): “We rode a good race today. The boys always protected Matteo and me well until the last part of the day. Our plan was to send Lukas to the font to put some pressure on the other teams. He looked strong today but unfortunately, he had to stop after that issue with the bee. Matteo covered a lot of attacks then and he also helped me to stay in position before the last climb. We knew the climb would be tough and it was up to the legs. This kind of climb suits me well and I am happy with my first top ten result at WorldTour level. I also feel better day by day and now I look already forward to the day after tomorrow which should be a nice stage for me again.”

Tour de Pologne Stage 2 Result:
1. João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck – Quick-Step in 4:41:33
2. Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
3. Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain Victorious
4. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:04
5. Mikkel Honoré (Den) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:08
6. Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux at 0:12
7. Jai Hindley (Aus) DSM
8. Giovanni Aleotti (Ita) BORA-hansgrohe
9. Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain Victorious
10. Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 0:16.

Tour de Pologne Overall After Stage 2:
1. João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck – Quick-Step in 9:42:47
2. Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain Victorious at 0:04
3. Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
4. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:11
5. Mikkel Honoré (Den) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:18
6. Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain Victorious at 0:22
7. Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
8. Jai Hindley (Aus) DSM
9. Giovanni Aleotti (Ita) BORA-hansgrohe
10. Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 0:26.

 

Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) took his first victory of the 2021 season in Rzeszow, ahead of Olav Koij (Jumbo-Visma) 2nd, and Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain-Victorious) 3rd. It’s not an unfamiliar stage finish for the Colombian rider as he won in Rzeszow in 2016. The UAE Team Emirates sprinter took his 47th win, the 3rd in Poland, on a fast day which saw his team controlling the race and setting the pace alongside Deceuninck – Quick-Step and Bahrain Victorious.

Wednesday’s stage was the longest of the 78th edition of the Tour de Pologne, covering a distance of 226.4 km between Sanok and Rzeszów and featuring 2,625 metres total elevation gain in the first part making it a perfect sprint stage.

The race was characterised by a 10-man breakaway formed with Tom Bohli, Taco Van Der Hoorn, Norman Vahtra, Alexander Konychev, Lionel Taminiaux, Łukasz Owsian, Daniel Arroyave, Filippo Conca, Niklas Märkl and Simon Clarke. The group maintained a constant gap of around 3 minutes throughout the entire stage reaching a maximum of 3:15. This forced the peloton to work relentlessly.

Among the ten riders there was the 2021 Giro d’Italia stage 3 winner – Taco Van Der Hoorn, the young Fabio Conca, the Australian Simon Clarke, winner of several Grand Tour stages, and home rider Łukasz Owsian, 3rd at this year’s National Road race championships. With around 30km to go the peloton reeled in part of the breakaway, while Lionel Taminiaux, Simon Clarke and Taco Van Der Hoorn continued to cooperate. The three entered the circuit with 20 seconds on the peloton and were in the sights of the lead-out trains that were preparing for the sprinters. The trio were caught at the 2km mark. Fernando Gaviria won the sprint just a few centimetres ahead of young talent Olav Kooij and stage 1 winner Phil Bauhaus

Stage winner, Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates): “It was a really fast and long day. A big group got away up the road but we were convinced that if we worked to bring it back that we could be in contention for the win. The guys stuck together and did a superb job at delivering me to the right place, even though the finishing circuit was quite technical. Richeze and Troia kept me safe and guided me well. In the end I was able to take the win that I had been looking for.”

Overall leader, João Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “It was a long day in the saddle with a very fast finish. Tomorrow it’s another important stage with an uphill finish where I’ll definitely try to defend this jersey. I don’t know the course very well as it’s my first Tour de Pologne but I’ll play all my chances.”

3rd on the stage Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain Victorious): “It was super long day, hard race. We started pulling with Kevin Inkelaar, and later Eros Capecchi was working with the front group. At the end it was sprint finish like expected. Have to say I’m quite disappointed as I wanted to win again for the team, they did a good job. Matej did super good lead out, but I still felt it was a bit long, so the other sprinters came from behind. I did accelerate to the same speed, but unfortunately I couldn’t hold it that long.” Asked about next stages, and if he’ll take the foot of the gas pedal down until stage 7 when is the next sprint opportunity Phil said: “No, I’ll be working for the team in next 3 days. Matej is in super good condition and I think we have great chance for GC with him. We’ll try our best to maybe bring him the leaders jersey, and I’ll be helping with that.”

8th on the stage, Michael Schwarzmann (BORA-hansgrohe): “I am happy with my performance. My legs were actually really good, but it was my first sprint since years as I am normally one of the lead-out guys and that didn’t make it easier today. The boys did a great job to keep me in front on the final lap and on the last kilometre I was positioned well. But then it got quite busy, and I had to touch the breaks once. After that I didn’t have a free wheel and couldn’t really launch my sprint. The result is ok, but more was possible today.”

Break rider, Taco van der Hoorn (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux): “Who doesn’t dare doesn’t win! A stage win was definitely within reach today. But the excellent cooperation in the breakaway watered down when approaching the final. I tried to motivate everyone to accelerate within the final 50 kilometre, but unfortunately more and more riders refused to work well. That’s why we started attacking early. We made the final quite exciting with Clarke and Taminiaux, but in the end we had to acknowledge the superiority of the peloton. I’m convinced that ten riders working well together had a really good chance to beat the peloton on these nice roads, so it’s a pity. But it is good to wear the intermediate sprint jersey after two days in the breakaway. Today was pretty hard and long, so I’ll skip a day at the front tomorrow.”

Tour de Pologne Stage 3 Result:
1. Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Col) UAE Team Emirates in 5:18:15
2. Olav Kooij (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
3. Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bahrain Victorious
4. Max Kanter (Ger) DSM
5. Maximilian Walscheid (Ger) Qhubeka NextHash
6. Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
7. Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Israel Start-up Nation
8. Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) BORA-hansgrohe
9. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) INEOS Grenadiers
10. John Degenkolb (Ger) Lotto Soudal.

Tour de Pologne Overall After Stage 3:
1. João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck-Quick-Step in 15:01:02
2. Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 0:04
3. Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain Victorious
4. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:11
5. Mikkel Honoré (Den) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:18
6. Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain Victorious at 0:22
7. Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
8. Jai Hindley (Aus) DSM
9. Giovanni Aleotti (Ita) BORA-hansgrohe
10. Einer Rubio Reyes (Col) Movistar at 0:26.

 


PostNord Tour of Denmark 2021
Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) won Stage 1 of the Tour of Denmark on Tuesday. In the streets of Esbjerg the rider from Amsterdam sprinted to his third victory of the season after excellent work by his teammates.

During the 175 kilometre stage along the west coast of Denmark, the peloton had to constantly watch out for the wind. Five breakaway riders were given a free ride by the peloton. Thanks in part to the Team Jumbo-Visma riders, the five remained within reach throughout the day. 15 kilometres from the finish the escapees were caught. On the last three local circuits of 3.6 kilometres each, the sprint trains positioned themselves at the front of the bunch. Edoardo Affini made a big effort by riding in front for kilometres on end. The Italian rolled out the red carpet for Timo Roosen, Mike Teunissen and leader Groenewegen. After further preparatory work of Roosen, it was up to Teunissen to catapult Groenewegen to the final metres. The team Jumbo-Visma sprinter clinched the twenty-eighth victory of the black-and-yellow formation.

Stage winner and overall leader, Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma): “This victory is one to be proud of. We were in control of the race all day. We knew the last local laps would be very hectic. Luckily we kept the overview in the narrow streets and in the end it turned out that we had a lot of power as a team. My teammates delivered me in ideal position. When I started, I immediately felt it was right. We will toast this victory as a team and then look forward to the upcoming stages.”

PostNord Tour of Denmark Stage 1 Result:
1. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma in 3:47:36
2. Mark Cavendish (GB) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
3. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Qhubeka NextHash
4. Arvid de Kleijn (Ned) Rally Cycling at 0:02
5. Cees Bol (Ned) DSM
6. Mike Teunissen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
7. Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo
8. Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal
9. Jannik Steimle (Ger) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
10. Louis Bendixen (Den) Denmark.

PostNord Tour of Denmark Overall After Stage 1:
1. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma in 3:47:36
2. Mark Cavendish (GB) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
3. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Qhubeka NextHash
4. Arvid de Kleijn (Ned) Rally Cycling at 0:02
5. Cees Bol (Ned) DSM
6. Mike Teunissen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
7. Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo
8. Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal
9. Jannik Steimle (Ger) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
10. Louis Bendixen (Den) Denmark.

 

Stage 2 of the Tour of Denmark was won by Mads Pedersen. The Trek-Segafredo rider won the bunch sprint after a 189 kilometre stage between Ribe and Sønderborg. Giacomo Nizzolo finished second, ahead of Dylan Groenewegen. Groenewegen remains in the lead of the general classification.

From the start of the second stage there was a break by the Pole Norbert Banaszek (HRE Mazowsze) and the Dane Tobias Kongstad (Riwal), although the duo failed to stay away. After a section where cobblestones and the wind split the peloton, but calm returned and Rasmus Quaade (Riwal) tried to go solo. There was a reaction from four riders: Rasmus Bøgh Wallin (Denmark), Mads Østergaard Kristensen (ColoQuick), Emil Toudal (BHS-PL) and Jakub Kaczmarek (HRE Mazowsze) who managed to catch him, creating a new leading group of five riders. The leading group had the wind at their back along the Baltic Sea, but the peloton didn’t let them get too far away. Deceuninck – Quick-Step and Jumbo-Visma controlled the race for sprinters Cavendish and Groenewegen and did not let the maximum lead increase further than 2 minutes.

The stage ended with three local circuits of just under 3 kilometres. At 17 kilometres from the finish, a regrouping followed when the last riders from the break were caught. Jumbo-Visma took the initiative, after which a break in the peloton 11 kilometres out causing the peloton to go into a long line. Cavendish and Pedersen had initially missed the move, but were able to fix the situation. Remco Evenepoel set the pace in the final, which ensured that no riders could escape. Partly because of this, the victory would be decided in a bunch sprint. In the sprint it was former World champion Pedersen who pushed his wheel over the finish line first. Nizzolo passed Groenewegen in the last metres.

Stage winner and 3rd overall, Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo): “Yeah, it’s not a secret that the Tour was pretty shit. I was fighting through that to get another level for the rest of the season, and I think today shows it was worth it to go through all that in France. It’s just nice to win again, and on home roads, it’s even nicer. Yeah, long sprint. One guy from Qhubeka came by on the right super fast, and it stretched out a little bit more. Something happened from Casper Pedersen (DSM), maybe with his gears, so I had to pass him, and then I didn’t want to slow down anymore since the sprint was already opened there. My plan was to overtake the sprinters and then go on the left, close to the barrier, so they would be in doubt to go on the left side of me and take a longer way around. Luckily it was enough to stay in the front. This is never an easy finish – uphill and a headwind – but I believed I could win. It was also a hard race today, and the last laps were really hard with Remco (Evenepoel) doing a crazy tempo for almost two and a half laps alone, pulling really really hard. It was just a hard day, and I know after a hard day like this, I can still do a good sprint. The team did a really, really good job today. When it split in the crosswind, we were three guys there, and the moment the second group came back, the whole team was in the front within minutes. Just super-good work by the boys today. Jakob (Egholm) did some good pulling in the local lap, (Alexander) Kamp helped really well, and Julien (Bernard) also. Mattias (Skjelmose), (Matteo) Moschetti and Michel (Ries) – the whole team worked together; it’s nice to pay the guys back. In the first meeting we had yesterday, I said I am here to win. It’s nice to see that they suffered to help me do that.”

PostNord Tour of Denmark Stage 2 Result:
1. Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo in 4:02:02
2. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Qhubeka NextHash
3. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
4. Rasmus Tiller (Nor) Uno-X
5. Jannik Steimle (Ger) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
6. Timothy Dupont (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauzen WB
7. Arvid de Kleijn (Ned) Rally Cycling
8. Gerben Thijssen (Bel) Lotto Soudal
9. Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal
10. Mattias Skjelmose (Den) Trek-Segafredo.

PostNord Tour of Denmark Overall After Stage 2:
1. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma in 7:49:24
2. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Qhubeka NextHash at 0:04
3. Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo at 0:06
4. Mark Cavendish (GB) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:08
5. Kenneth Van Rooy (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise at 0:13
6. Arvid de Kleijn (Ned) Rally Cycling at 0:16
7. Jannik Steimle (Ger) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
8. Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal
9. Gerben Thijssen (Bel) Lotto Soudal
10. Rasmus Tiller (Nor) Uno-X.

Denmark’21 stage 2:

 


Astana – Premier Tech Names an Experienced Team for La Vuelta a España
Astana – Premier Tech is heading to the last Grand Tour of the season with a strong roster, planning to fight for both the General Classification and stage wins.

This Saturday the last Grand Tour of the season, La Vuelta ciclista a España will start its three-week long way from the 800-year-old Cathedral of Burgos to the end of the most famous pilgrims’ way in Europe at the 950-year-old Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. To honour the two historical places of Spain, the 2021 La Vuelta or the “Vuelta of two Cathedrals” won’t finish in Madrid as in previous years, instead crowing the winner in Galicia and the city of Santiago de Compostela.

Aleksandr Vlasov, who finished fourth at this year’s Giro d’Italia, will be named as the team leader and will aim for a high place in the overall standings. He will find good support from Ion and Gorka Izagirre, Luis Leon Sanchez, Omar Fraile, Oscar Rodriguez, Alex Aranburu, and the young Kazakh rider Yuriy Natarov who is looking forward to making his debut at the Grand Tour level. At the same time, the team will look for the stage wins at La Vuelta, showcasing the colours of Astana – Premier Tech team in the best possible way.

“We are coming to Spain with a strong roster, and I think that we will have a chance to show ourselves in a good way. Aleksandr Vlasov will be our leader and he is motivated to try to improve on his previous result here at La Vuelta. After the Olympic Games and a very short break he is coming back into good form. We saw him gradually progressing at the Vuelta a Burgos, so we are expecting to see him in the mix for the high places in the General Classification. Also, there are six Spanish riders in our team, and we know how much the home race means for them. So, Ion, Gorka, Luis Leon, Alex, Omar and Oscar will help Vlasov on the decisive stages but, at the same time, will try to find their own chance in the fight for a stage win. Our 24-year-old Yuriy Natarov is going to make his debut at the Vuelta and in general, at the Grand Tours. I think it is a good moment for him to make this step ahead and with the experience he will get here, he will be able to continue his progress as a professional rider”, – says Dmitriy Fofonov, Team Performance Manager.

La Vuelta ciclista a España, 14 August – 5 September.
Rider roster:

Alex Aranburu (ESP), Omar Fraile (ESP), Ion Izagirre (ESP), Gorka Izagirre (ESP), Yuriy Natarov (KAZ), Oscar Rodriguez (ESP), Luis Leon Sanchez (ESP), Aleksandr Vlasov (RUS).
Sports directors: Dmitriy Fofonov (KAZ), Bruno Cenghialta (ITA), Dmitriy Muravyev (KAZ).

 


INEOS Grenadiers’ Lineup for the 2021 Vuelta a España
The last Grand Tour of the year is upon us, and it’s set to be another hard fought entertaining battle for the top step of the podium. Starting in Burgos, the Vuelta a España, as always, involves a tough parcours across 21 stages, made all the harder by the Spanish summer heat when the race heads down towards the south.

The Grenadiers who will be taking to the start-line is a stellar crew made up of:
Egan Bernal
Richard Carapaz
Jhonatan Narváez
Tom Pidcock
Salvatore Puccio
Pavel Sivakov
Dylan van Baarle
Adam Yates

Who are the INEOS Grenadiers racing the Vuelta a España?

Egan Bernal – 24, Colombia
After an emphatic win earlier this year at the Giro d’Italia, the Colombian will be back racing with the INEOS Grenadiers with his eyes set on the top step of another Grand Tour podium. Having spent time back at home in Colombia training at altitude, Bernal is back and ready to light up the race alongside his teammates as one of the race favourites.

Richard Carapaz – 28, Ecuador
What a year it has been for this racer! After making history at the Tour de France, being the first Ecuadorian to take a podium spot with his third place, he then went to Tokyo and won Olympic Gold in the road race, writing yet more history for his beloved nation. The newly crowned Olympic champion will come to the Vuelta a España with his attacking style, doing his best to make the race as tough as possible for his opponents.

Jhonatan Narváez – 24, Ecuador
In Tokyo he helped play a part in supporting his compatriot to take gold at the Olympic Games, now Narváez will be racing his second Grand Tour of the season, after being a strong support rider and helping Bernal take the win at this year’s Giro d’Italia. His climbing strength will be depended upon by the team leaders when the road starts to tilt upwards in the mountains.

Tom Pidcock – 22, UK
In his first season at WorldTour level Pidcock has made his mark, having already racked up podium places in the Classics at Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne, Amstel Gold race and De Brabantse Pijl, the latter his first professional road race win. And off road he has achieved even more this year, taking the win at the MTB World Cup in Nové Město, before flying to Japan and winning an incredible Gold in the Olympic mountain bike race. Now the all-terrain rider will test himself across three weeks for the first time in his career.

Salvatore Puccio – 31, Italy
‘Salva’ as he’s known amongst his teammates, is one of the most trusted domestiques at the team and was another key contributor to Bernal’s success at the Giro this year. About to embark on his 15th Grand Tour, all of which have been with this team, this will be his seventh Vuelta a España, where he will provide unwavering support for his team leaders and help captain the team on the road.

Pavel Sivakov – 24, Russia
After taking fourth in the general classification at Vuelta a Burgos this last week, Sivakov is looking to be in good form for supporting the team leaders ahead of the Vuelta. This will be his fifth Grand Tour, and after experiencing some bad luck at the Giro d’Italia this year, Sivakov is highly motivated to be lining up for his second time at the Spanish Grand Tour.

Dylan van Baarle – 29, Netherlands
Van Baarle has shown his diversity in strength this year, from a 50km long-range attack to take the win at Dwars Door Vlaanderen, to guiding the Tour de France team across all types of stages. At the recent Olympic Games, he was there helping light up the race in the final kilometres in support of his Dutch team leader, eventually finishing an impressive 15th in his own right. Dylan is as dependable as they come.

Adam Yates – 29, UK
Yates hit the ground running as a Grenadier and has enjoyed an excellent debut year with the team, winning the Volta a Catalunya, taking second at the UAE Tour and fourth at Itzulia Basque Country. He comes into the Vuelta as one of the favourites, and having raced nine Grand Tours during his career, he’s primed to take on the challenge of the next three weeks.

 


Bahrain Victorious to La Vuelta a España
The season’s final Grand Tour is here, with the 76th edition of La Vuelta a Espana. Mikel Landa leads the Bahrain Victorious’ lineup off the back of winning the overall at Vuelta Burgos.

Damiano Caruso races his second Grand Tour of the season following his successful Giro, finishing second in GC and taking that memorable win on Stage 20. After crashing out of the Tour, Jack Haig returns to racing and has been working hard to get ready for Vuelta.

Wout Poels is back at the Vuelta after a top ten finish last year and in good form, putting on an excellent fight for climber’s classification at this year’s Tour. While promising young talents Gino Mäder and Mark Padun look to add to their two WorldTour stage wins this season. Finally, Yuki Arashiro and Slovenian TT Champion Jan Tratnik round up the line, both racing their second Grand Tour after the Giro.

This year’s Vuelta covers 3,417.7 km over the 21 stages, featuring eight flat stages, four hilly stages, seven mountain stages and two time-trials.

The race starts in Burgos, opening with a 7km time-trial, and unlike the usual finish in Madrid, the race finishes in Santiago de Compostela with a 33.8km time-trial.

Aside from the time-trials the big GC battles will be on the seven mountain stages, especially Stages 17 and 18. Stage 17 is 185km long, with a summit finish on the special category, Lagos de Covadonga, 12.5km long with an average gradient of 6.9% with sections above 16%. The following day, riders will have to do it all again with another summit finish on Alto D’El Gaimoniteiru, considered one of Spain’s most challenging climbs, 14.6km long with an average gradient of 9.8%.

Sports Director Gorazd Štangelj: “We go into the race with Landa as our race leader after a promising result at Burgos. We want to come out of the race with a podium finish, but our ambition is to win the Vuelta and fight for it. We also have a strong lineup where every rider is capable of winning a stage at this race. So while we will be protecting Mikel and support him during every stage, we will be opportunistic with stages that give our team opportunities to go for stage wins. We want to race aggressively and add to our tally of stage wins at Grand Tours this season. This group of riders are ready for an exciting three weeks of racing ahead.”

 


Deceuninck – Quick-Step to Vuelta a España
The 76th edition of the race takes place between 14 August-5 September.

From Burgos to Santiago de Compostela over 3400 kilometres, bookended by individual time trials, comprising more than 40 classified climbs – including the Alto de Velefique, Pico Villuercas, Lagos de Covadonga and Alto D’El Gamoniteiru – but also several opportunities for the sprinters, this year’s Vuelta a España promises to deliver again plenty of excitement and unforgettable moments.

Back in 2019, clad in the National Champion Jersey he had won that summer, Fabio Jakobsen made his Grand Tour at La Vuelta and it was a memorable one, as the Dutchman won two stages, in El Puig and Madrid. The soon to be 25-year-old sprinter, victorious in twenty races since turning pro with the Wolfpack, is returning to the Spanish Grand Tour and will rely on a strong lead-out train consisting of Czech ITT Champion Josef Cerny, Florian Sénéchal and Bert Van Lerberghe.

After coming close to a maiden Grand Tour top 10 overall two years ago, James Knox will feature again on Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s squad for the last three-week race of the season, which is set to include Zdenek Stybar, a stage winner at the race back in 2013, but also Andrea Bagioli and Grand Tour debutant Mauri Vansevenant, two of the team’s 15 riders to have scored a win so far this season.

“La Vuelta is La Vuelta, one of the hardest races of the season, but we are confident, as we have a strong team capable of fighting for a good result on almost all stages. Fabio is back in a Grand Tour after two years and comes at the start following a very good Tour de Wallonie and supported by a solid sprint train, consisting of Josef, Florian and Bert, all riders who have shown their quality in the past. Zdenek and Josef are both capable of seizing the opportunity if it will present itself, while James, Mauri and Andrea can try and do something in the mountains stages, where they have what it takes to go for a nice result”, explained Deceuninck – Quick-Step sports director Wilfried Peeters.

14.08–05.09 La Vuelta ciclista a España (ESP) 2.UWT
Riders:

Andrea Bagioli (ITA)
Josef Cerny (CZE)
Fabio Jakobsen (NED)
James Knox (GBR)
Florian Sénéchal (FRA)
Zdenek Stybar (CZE)
Bert Van Lerberghe (BEL)
Mauri Vansevenant (BEL)
Sports Director: Davide Bramati (ITA), Klaas Lodewyck (BEL), Wilfried Peeters (BEL).

 


La Vuelta ciclista a Espana (August 14th – September 5th)
Julien Jurdie: “The AG2R CITROËN TEAM has won stages this year at the Tour de France (Ben O’Connor) and the Giro d’Italia (Andrea Vendrame). The definite objective now is to secure a stage victory in this 2021 Vuelta a Espana. Working well as a team will be the key; each rider will have a part to play by making himself available to the group. And depending on the stage profile, each rider will also have the chance to ride for the win on the days that suit his characteristics.”

Julien Jurdie presents the squad of eight riders:

Geoffrey Bouchard
29 years old – France
2nd participation
Best result: King of the Mountains at Vuelta a Espana 2019
“Geoffrey will be one of our protected riders for Vuelta a Espana 2021. With his strengths as a climber, the objective is to aim for a stage victory. Geoffrey will also focus on being well placed in the overall classification, which is part of the DNA of the AG2R CITROËN TEAM.”

Lilian Calmejane
29 years old – France
2nd participation
Best result: Winner of the 4th stage at Vuelta a Espana 2016
“Lilian has already won stages at the Grand Tour (a stage victory in the Tour de France and a victory at Vuelta a Espana). He will be a prime card for our team to win a stage on those hilly days with his puncher qualities. He arrives at this race with a lot of freshness and desire.”

Clément Champoussin
23 years old – France
2nd participation
Best result: 10th on a stage (2020)
“After racing Vuelta a Espana for the first time last year, Clément will be starting this Grand Tour for the second year in a row. He arrives without pressure but with the will to secure a stage victory. Protected by his teammates, he will be an important part of the collective. La Vuelta a Espana is a good place to continue learning and working for the future.”

Mikaël Chérel
35 years old – France
6th participation
Best result: 4th on a stage (2015)
“Mika will be our road captain for this Vuelta a Espana. He has a great deal of experience which will be important in guiding our younger riders. He has taken part in fourteen Grands Tours and has a perfect command of the workings and management of the three-week races. He will also take the opportunity to try to slip into a breakaway to play for the win.”

Stan Dewulf
23 years old – Belgium
2nd participation
Best result: 9th on a stage (2020)
“Comfortable recently at the Tour de Wallonie with a second place overall, Stan has great puncher qualities to be at the front of the race and aim for a stage victory. He is a very important rider for the collective and despite his young age, he has a solid amount of experience.”

Nicolas Prodhomme
24 years old – France
1st participation
“Nicolas is getting ready for his first Grand Tour. He will learn how to manage a three-week race and gain experience for the rest of his career. He will be aggressive in the mountains when the opportunity arises and will work for the squad to meet the objectives of the AG2R CITROËN TEAM.”

Damien Touzé
25 years old – France
2nd participation
Best result: 11th on a stage (2019)
“After his beautiful 3rd place in the French Championship this year, Damien comes to the start of his second Vuelta a Espana with an aggressive mindset. He has a very good sense of the race, and he can jostle well at the front. His qualities as a fast finisher are an asset for winning on the stages that correspond to his profile.”

Clément Venturini
27 years old – France
2nd participation
Best result: 5th on a stage (2019)
“Clément is very fast. He has a nice burst of speed to be at the front of the pack during the mass sprints. He can also certainly insert himself into a breakaway and go for a stage victory that way. He is an important rider for the dynamics of the group.”

The number: 26,8
This is the average age of our team at the start. It’s a young team which has one beginner on the roads of the Vuelta a Espana with Nicolas Prodhomme. Jaakko Hänninen was initially planned for La Vuelta a Espana due to his crash last Friday at Vuelta a Burgos, he has to renounce.

 


Movistar Team Announces 2021 La Vuelta Squad

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Telefónica-backed squad to final Grand Tour of the season, starting in Burgos on Saturday 14th; Blues’ 42nd consecutive appearance.

Five days before the start of the 2021 La Vuelta, the Movistar Team confirmed their eight-man lineup for Saturday’s start of the 76th Spanish Grand Tour in Burgos.

The Eusebio Unzué-managed team will take the start of the opening ITT with Imanol Erviti, Miguel Ángel López, Enric Mas, Gregor Mühlberger, Nelson Oliveira, José Joaquín Rojas, Alejandro Valverde and Carlos Verona.

It will be the 42nd consecutive appearance – they haven’t ever missed the race since the structure’s inception in 1980; 11 years under Telefónica’s sponsorship – of a squad whose decorated history includes four overall victories, 13 podiums, 63 stage wins and 12 team prizes.

 


La Vuelta Ciclista a España AUG 14 – SEP 05
Matt Winston – Team DSM coach: “The Vuelta a España once again takes in an interesting and varied parcours, with a wide range of challenging stages over the 21 days of racing. Right from the start we should be in for some exciting racing with a time trial on the opening day, followed by a sprint stage and then the first summit finish on day three. From there, the sprinters get more chances before the climbers look to do battle in the mountains, while the stage hunters look for opportunities on the rolling days. The final week sees even more incredibly challenging days over some brutally steep ascents, while the medium mountain stages will tempt the attackers; meaning the different battles in the peloton won’t be over until the final pedal stroke is complete. We’ll take an offensive approach as a team, first focusing on day results, moulding our approach to the race as we head towards the finish in Santiago de Compostela. After a great performance at the recent Vuelta a Burgos, confidence within the team is high and we’re all motivated to show off our Team DSM jersey at the final Grand Tour of the year.”

Line-up:
Thymen Arensman (NED)
Romain Bardet (FRA)
Alberto Dainese (ITA)
Nico Denz (GER)
Chad Haga (USA)
Chris Hamilton (AUS)
Michael Storer (AUS)
Martijn Tusveld (NED).

Romain Bardet has form:

 


Team Qhubeka NextHash set for Vuelta a España
Team Qhubeka NextHash has selected its team for the final grand tour of the season, La Vuelta a Espana. The Spanish grand tour will get underway on Saturday 14 August, from Padron, and will cover over 3400km before finishing in Santiago di Compostela, on Sunday 5 September.

Team Qhubeka NextHash was dealt a tough blow last week as our intended Vuelta a Espana race leader, Domenico Pozzovivo crashed at the Vuelta a Burgos and fractured his knee. Emil Vinjebo also crashed at the same race, fracturing his collarbone, forcing our team to make two late replacements to our La Vuelta lineup.

Fabio Aru and Sergio Henao will now share responsibility in leading Team Qhubeka NextHash at La Vuelta a Espana. Aru has shown an impressive return to form in recent weeks, and as a previous winner of the Vuelta a Espana, we are proud to have the Sardinian lead our team at La Vuelta.

Henao makes a return to racing after a strong showing at the Tour de France this year, where he infiltrated numerous mountain stage breakaways and was set to ride into the top 20 overall before fracturing his arm in a crash, which slowed the Colombian climber though he did complete the race in Paris.

With Aru and Henao targeting the mountain stages, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg will be our man for the sprint stages. With three top-10 placings in sprints at last year’s edition of the race, the South African will be hoping to edge closer to the top of the results sheet with numerous sprint opportunities at this year’s edition of La Vuelta.

Dimitri Claeys and Dylan Sunderland, the two late replacement riders, will both be starting their first ever La Vuelta’s although the duo do have grand tour experience at the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia, respectively. Their strength and ‘diesel engine’ characteristics will be key in supporting roles but also on stages for the opportunists.

Bert-Jan Lindeman and Sander Armee, both two former La Vuelta stage winners, will be leaned upon throughout the race as their experience and selfless team support will be invaluable in every race scenario.

Finally, it is a great pleasure for our team to have Connor Brown starting his debut grand tour. A graduate from our continental feeder team last season, the 23-year-old who has dual South African and Kiwi citizenship completes our lineup for La Vuelta a Espana.

Continuing with our team’s theme of getting fans, partners and supporters to announce our team lineup’s this year, for the Vuelta a Espana, our u23 Qhubeka continental feeder team riders have revealed our La Vuelta roster with a short video clip. We look forward to seeing these future stars at the start of La Vuelta one day too.

Fabio Aru: “This will be my 6th time at Vuelta a Espana and I have really good memories here. My first Vuelta was in 2014 and I won two stages and finished in top five GC. I was fighting with great champions like Contador, Froome, Purito and Valverde, and that was a great experience for me. In 2015 I won the Vuelta and this was amazing, it really changed my life. As a country, I really love Spain. I love the passion the people from Spain have for cycling. I think they also love me, my characteristics as a rider and my way of racing. When I have the legs I always try to attack and I think they really appreciate this way of racing. The parcour in general, all the stages and big climbs in Spain I always enjoy a lot. So I can’t wait to be back, at a grand tour again, because as we know the last three years have been really hard for me. This year, I have had a new start with a new team, which has a great Ubuntu spirit which I am part of, and new goals. This has allowed me to get that good feeling back on the bike, from GP Lugano until Burgos, which I am very happy about. I will give my 100% at La Vuelta, actually even more than 100% for this team. We were unfortunate to lose two very strong riders before Vuelta, Pozzovivo and Vinjebo, in crashes at Vuelta Burgos. So as a team we will also be racing for them every day.”

Reinardt Janse van Rensburg: “We are looking forward to getting the Vuelta a Espana started. A few of us have really focused our season around the Vuelta, and prepared well to be in top shape for the Vuelta. We had a good showing at the Vuelta a Burgos, our last preparation race, with some very good results, despite losing some guys to crashes. We look forward to building on the momentum of Burgos and hope to make our supporters proud during La Vuelta.”

Connor Brown: “I was always one of those kids who was completely obsessed with cycling, whenever there was a grand tour on I was glued to the TV. Now to be racing one is an absolute dream come true! Maybe there will be a kid watching just as I used to, and they will be inspired to ride because of it. That is a cool thought. I want to thank the team for believing in me and giving me this amazing opportunity.”

Fabi Aru back at la Vuelta:

 


Team announced for La Vuelta España
Final Grand Tour of the season for Emirati squad

UAE Team Emirates will take on the third and final Grand Tour of the season with the Vuelta España departing from the Spanish city of Burgos on August 14th before concluding three weeks later in Santiago de Compostela on September 5.

The 21 stages offer mixed terrain with 2 time trials and 9 summit finishes with several stages also handmade for the sprinters.

Local favourite David De La Cruz comes into the race having claimed 7th in the 2020 edition and a recent 5th place in the Vuelta Burgos will have him hoping for a strong showing. Rafal Majka also comes in as a former podium finisher at La Vuelta and will hope to find the form he displayed in the final week of this years Tour de France where he guided Pogačar to victory.

Elsewhere Sebastian Molano comes in hot off the back of two stage wins in Burgos and will again team-up with Trentin for the sprint finishes.

The squad will be overseen by Team Manager Joxean Matxin Fernandez (Spa) while Sports Directors Simone Pedrazzini (Swi), John Wakefield (RSA), Aurelio Corral (Spa) and Manuele Mori (Ita) will all rotate over the three weeks.

-David De La Cruz (Spa)
-Joe Dombrowski (USA)
-Ryan Gibbons (RSA)
-Rafal Majka (Pol)
-Sebastian Molano (Col)
-Rui Oliveira (Por)
-Jan Polanc (Slo)
-Matteo Trentin (Ita)

Joxean Matxin Fernandez (Team Manager): “For the Vuelta we wanted to strike a balance in the squad. We have a block of four climbers and another of four sprinters and fast riders. We are going in with the objective to be aggressive and bring an attacking mentality. There are guys who can be competitive in the climbs and also riders who will be at the front of bunch sprints so we will aim to be competitive on every stage. In terms of the overall, David De La Cruz is a rider that can do a strong GC result and will be supported to build on his 7th place from last year. It’s a very experienced team with a lot of Grand Tour pedigree and many stage wins between them and we hope to build on that at this Vuelta.”

 


Matthews Hungry for Stage Victories as Team BikeExchange Head to the Vuelta a España with Both Climbing & Sprint Options
Team BikeExchange name a powerful and diverse eight-rider line-up for the final Grand Tour of the season, the Vuelta a España, led by Australian puncheur Michael Matthews.

After coming close on multiple occasions at the Tour de France, the former three-time Vuelta a España stage winner is hungry for stage success and will have a solid foundation built around him, divided into fast men and talented climbers.

Team BikeExchange at La Vuelta a España (14th August – 5th September):
Lucas Hamilton – Debut appearance
Damien Howson – 5th appearance
Michael Matthews – 3rd appearance
Luka Mezgec – 4th appearance
Mikel Nieve – 9th appearance
Nick Schultz – 5th appearance
Robert Stannard – 2nd appearance
Andrey Zeits – 8th appearance

Fresh from his impressive fourth place finish on the Champs-Élysées, Slovenian sprinter Luka Mezgec heads to the Spanish Tour with confidence and extra fire in his belly, looking to help deliver the team the stage victory that eluded them at the Tour de France.

The 33-year-old will be joined by young Australian Robert Stannard, who has enjoyed a consistent season and lines-up for his second Grand Tour, after making his Grand Tour debut at the 2020 Vuelta a España.

For the high mountains, the team is stacked with climbing pedigree in the shape of Mikel Nieve, another former Vuelta a España stage winner with an abundance of experience, set to line-up for his ninth Vuelta a España, which will make it an astonishing 22nd Grand Tour start for the 37-year-old.

Alongside the Basque climber will be Kazakhstani rider Andrey Zeits, taking to the start line for his 19th Grand Tour, and 25-year-old Lucas Hamilton, looking for a consistent and successful three-week race after crashing out of the Tour de France.

Tour de Hongrie winner Damien Howson and recent Sazka Tour stage winner Nick Schultz, bolster the squad’s strength and depth in the climbs and round out the mixed line-up.

Michael Matthews: “I’m feeling ready for the Vuelta, I recovered well after a hard Tour de France and now, after many close calls at the Tour with second and third places, I am motivated to try and get on the top step at the Vuelta. I’ve won a few stages here before and it’s a Grand Tour that I really enjoy.

We have a strong team; we saw at the Tour that Luka Mezgec was in good form so I am happy to be lining-up with him again and it will be good to race with Rob Stannard too and have him alongside us for the fast sprint stages.

I think there’s a few stages that look like they should suit us, for sprinting but also in the climbs. It’s really nice to see Lucas Hamilton back racing after he was unlucky crashing out of the Tour.

I think we’ve generally got a strong team and a team that can sprint but that can climb well too. I feel prepared, now I just want to start racing and hope we can have some really good results.”

Lucas Hamilton: “I was devastated having to withdraw from the Tour de France after crashing, so this makes me even more motivated and excited to start the Vuelta. It will be my first time racing the Vuelta, I’ve heard it’s a really great Grand Tour and having looked at the stages, the second half of the race looks really hard with lots of climbing, so hopefully we can have a really good tour, a strong overall showing and get our hands in the air.

The team we have is really strong and really well balanced and I think everyone is super motivated for this final Grand Tour of the season. I am ready and can’t wait for Saturday to get started and to make my Vuelta debut in Burgos.”

Brent Copeland – General Manager: “The Vuelta is always an important race for us. Team BikeExchange has had some incredible memories at this race, and we head into this year’s edition with a solid group of riders who have a wealth of experience.

We have had a few months of challenging moments by closely missing out on some important results, however we are confident that this Vuelta will be the time to turn things in the right direction.

The team have put an enormous amount of work into getting all the riders to the race in the best of condition and we all are looking forward to some very exciting racing.”

Julian Dean – Sport Director: “Michael will be our key rider as we look for stage wins but we will have an open-minded approach to also look for opportunities for others when circumstances suit.

We have a strong team; everyone is going well going into this Vuelta and so the selection has been challenging but in a good way for the team; we have a good group of riders all performing well.

Every couple of days of this year’s Vuelta we have a significant stage in terms of determining GC outcomes but during the first week we have a few flatter stages than we are probably used to seeing at the Vuelta. There will be some stages in the first week that we will target with Michael and then particularly from stage 10 to 14 there’s some good stages for us that the whole team can target, support Matthews but also get the right guys into the breakaways.

We’ve seen Nick Schultz is in good shape after riding so well in Czech and Luka Mezgec also is capable of stage wins, so we will be keeping an open-minded approach. Mikel Nieve has been riding well in Burgos and is always a solid performer for us and Andrey Zeits is going well and is really motivated after having a tough year with injury. So, I think we will have a lot of chances to do something with the motivated team we have.”

Team BikeExchange – La Vuelta a España Stats:
Youngest rider: Robert Stannard (22)
Oldest rider: Mikel Nieve (37)
Vuelta a España debutants: Lucas Hamilton
Most Vuelta a España appearances: Mikel Nieve (9)
Total Vuelta a España appearances: 36

 


Vuelta: “Contribute to the spectacle and bring a victory home”
For the first time in its history, Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux will be at the start of the Vuelta a Espana (2.UWT, 14/8-5/9). After a successful Giro d’Italia with a stage victory for Taco van der Hoorn and Tour de France with 14th in GC for Louis Meintjes, the team will tackle its third Grand Tour of the season. Just like the two other three week events, this year’s Vuelta is exclusively scheduled within the Spanish borders. Amaury Sport Organisation wanted to create a cultural theme around this “Vuelta de las Catedrales”. The race will start on August 14 with a prologue of 8 kilometres in front of the Cathedral of Burgos and will end after three weeks, on September 5th, again with an effort against the clock of 33 kilometres. This year, the city that received the privilege of closing the Vuelta is Santiago de Compostela. By doing so, the organisers took a break with the tradition of the criterium in the streets of Madrid.

In addition to these two individual time trials, the route includes seven mountain stages, six flat stages, four medium mountain stages and two hilly stages. The flat stages are mainly concentrated in the first week around the province of Burgos, but the contenders for the general classification will have no opportunity to rest on their laurels. Indeed, they will have to cope with a constant risk of echelons and the finish of the third stage, considered a flat one, will be atop Picon Blanco.

From northern Spain, the peloton will then head to the Mediterranean coast in the northeast for a first mountain stage. On the seventh day, the new ascent of the Balcón de Alicante will be the arena of the first explanations in the mountains. Just before the first rest day, the peloton will face another summit finish atop the famous Alto de Velefique, the first of three hors catégorie climbs. After the second rest day, the peloton will head to Asturias, with finishes at the ruthless Lagos de Covadonga (seventeenth stage) and for the first time at the Alto d’El Gamoniteiru (eighteenth stage).

Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux is sending an experienced team to Burgos. All riders have finished Grand Tours and the age of the youngest rider, Riccardo Minali, is 26. The line up has already nice achievements at the Vuelta on their palmarès. In 2011, Rein Taaramäe won a mountain stage with finish on top of Lagos de Somiedo and Louis Meintjes finished 10th (2015) and 12th (2017) in the general classification. The Vuelta 2021 will be the fifth participation for the Estonian rider, the South-African will be at the start for the seventh time. Also the other climbers within the selection of the team, the Italian rider Simone Petilli and the Czech rider Jan Hirt, participated to the Tour of Spain before. Both finished the Giro earlier this year, just like Minali, Taaramäe and the Dutch rider Wesley Kreder. For Belgian rider Kévin Van Melsen and Norwegian rider Odd Christian Eiking, 2nd at the Arctic Race of Norway last week, it is the first Grand Tour of the season. Sports directors Valerio Piva and Jean-Marc Rossignon will guide the team.

Valerio Piva (Sports Director): “In the interest of the Tour of Spain, we started the season at the UAE Tour with this team. We coupled sprinter Riccardo Minali with Wesley Kreder and Kévin Van Melsen and surrounded Louis Meintjes with experienced climbers. The South-African has to chosen to leave aside the Olympic Games in order to recover well from the Tour de France. On paper, he is our man for the general classification with the support of Jan Hirt, Simone Petilli and Rein Taaramäe. The best tactical choice for our team is to take a Grand Tour day by day and to support the climber who rises after a couple of days to achieve a top 10. After finishing his first Grand Tour this spring, Riccardo Minali is better prepared and he’s eager to achieve results with the help of Wesley Kreder and Kévin Van Melsen. All riders have finished at least one Grand Tour so no surprises for them. I expect from this experienced group an aggressive race style like at the Giro d’Italia, because that’s our best chance on winning a stage. At the Tour of Italy we realised a dream scenario by winning the third stage, so we floated on air for a couple of weeks. With his current form and hunger for victories, I think Odd Christian Eiking is capable of repeating this for us at the Vuelta a Espana. Or maybe Rein Taaramäe can repeat his performance from 2011. The parcours of this Vuelta is well balanced and consists mainly of shorter stages with tough finals. We absolutely want to contribute to this spectacle and in this way, we can hopefully bring a victory home!”

Selection:
Odd Christian Eiking
Jan Hirt
Wesley Kreder
Louis Meintjes
Riccardo Minali
Simone Petilli
Rein Taaramäe
Kévin Van Melsen
Sportive Direction: Valerio Piva, Jean-Marc Rossignon.

 


Lotto Soudal Targets Stage Victories at La Vuelta
Lotto Soudal will be hunting stage successes at the 76th Vuelta a España with the following eight riders: Steff Cras (25), Frederik Frison (29), Matthew Holmes (27), Andreas Kron (23), Sylvain Moniquet (23), Harm Vanhoucke (24), Maxim Van Gils (21) and Florian Vermeersch (22). Kron, Moniquet, Van Gils and Vermeersch will all make their Grand Tour debut. This Saturday, August 14, La Vuelta kicks off with a prologue in Burgos. The final Grand Tour of the season will be drawn to a close with an individual time trial towards Santiago de Compostela. Sports director Nikolas Maes explains the Vuelta line-up of Lotto Soudal.

“Due to the absence of Caleb Ewan and Jasper De Buyst, we needed to adjust our Vuelta line-up, which is now more focused towards the hilly and mountain stages”, says Nikolas Maes. “Guys like Andreas Kron and Harm Vanhoucke have already proven that they can obtain some nice results. They will be supported by Steff Cras, Matthew Holmes, Sylvain Moniquet and Maxim Van Gils. With Frederik Frison and Florian Vermeersch, we have two powerhouses in our team. Overall, our selection doesn’t have a ton of Grand Tour experience yet, but they all have big potential. I am convinced that each one of them will prove himself at La Vuelta. With these young guys, we certainly can’t expect them to be there every day, but our ambition is to win a stage, which is in my opinion more than justified with this team. We will mainly be aiming at the transition stages and the tough uphill finishes. On paper, there are some really nice opportunities to show ourselves.”

“Even though it will be Andreas Kron’s first participation in a Grand Tour, our young Dane already has a lot of maturity and with two stage wins under his belt this season, he already showed what he’s made of. Andreas will be one of our spearheads in the transition stages and tricky finishes. Harm Vanhoucke will not be aiming for the general classification, but rather for a stage win. His second place at the Tour de l’Ain already showed that the form is there.”

“For Florian Vermeersch, it will also be his first Grand Tour. He will try to get involved in the sprints, but we’re not putting any pressure on him. Florian will also help his teammates but can also seize opportunities in the transition stages. Frederik Frison has already shown his value for the team countless times and will mainly support Florian during the sprint stages, but Frederik is also keen on riding a good prologue and can certainly join a breakaway.”

“Matthew Holmes has already proven that he can surprise and Matthew will certainly get the chance to show himself during the tough transition stages. Maxim Van Gils impressed during his first months as a pro and will therefore be starting La Vuelta in a free role. Due to Covid consequences, Steff Cras has not been able to race that much so far this season but he did really well at the Tour de l’Ain. La Vuelta should definitely suit him. Sylvain Moniquet will also be starting his first Grand Tour but like Maxim, we won’t put any pressure on him. However, I think he will definitely show himself a few times”, concludes sports director Nikolas Maes.

Line-up Lotto Soudal Vuelta a España:
Steff Cras (25), Frederik Frison (29), Matthew Holmes (27), Andreas Kron (23), Sylvain Moniquet (23), Harm Vanhoucke (24), Maxim Van Gils (21) and Florian Vermeersch (22).

 


Evenepoel in Trento to Leave the Nightmare Behind
The Belgian phenom has confirmed his participation in the European Championships in Trentino from 8th to 12th September, targeting both at the time trial (already won in 2019) and the road race to revive a tough season. Among the expected leaders is also fellow Deceuninck rider, Tour of Flanders winner Kasper Asgreen

“After all I’ve been through, winning the European Championships in Trentino would mean a lot”. Remco Evenepoel’s words sound like a desire for revenge and a warning to rivals.

The Belgian phenom has cleared the reserves: he will be at the start of the upcoming UEC Road European Championships, to take place in Trento (Italy) from September 8th to 12th. Evenepoel will come to Trentino motivated to leave behind the tough juncture that followed his scary crash at the 2020 Il Lombardia, which could have compromised his career, and the disappointments of the Giro d’Italia and the Tokyo Olympic Games.

“I have worked hard to get back after the injury. The Giro d’Italia had started very well, even if it didn’t end in the best of ways. The Olympics didn’t go as planned either. Now I’m gradually starting to build up my shape again for the European Championships. I am looking to prepare at my best, going through functional races and working on my explosiveness”. The Deceuninck-Quickstep Belgian will target two goals in Trentino: reclaiming the time trial European title on Thursday, September 9th, as he did in 2019 in Alkmaar, and going for a second crown in the road race of Sunday, September 12th.

“I haven’t checked the route of the time trial in detail yet,” Evenepoel explained, “but it’s a short test. When I won in 2019, the route was flat. In a 20km time trial, you have to give everything and go as fast as possible from start to finish.” The road race, on the other hand, holds a few more pitfalls, being divided into two very different sections that are difficult to read. “It’s not an easy course because you have to tackle the Monte Bondone halfway through the race and then there’s a long descent. If the race explodes on Bondone, you have to be with the top group to play for the medals. Conversely, if a team takes control of the situation you need to stay in the group. In any case, it’s going to be a tough race, but if I’m on a good day, I think I can race with a winning mentality.”

For the Belgian team, always protagonist at European Championships, World Championships and at the recent Olympics, an extra motivation: to conquer the first European Champion jersey since the maximum continental review is open also to the athletes of the Elite category. “In Trento, many of us will be able to aspire to the victory. We have strong athletes on every type of course – said the 21-year-old from Aalst. – The climbers can do well in the first part of the course but we don’t have a lack of alternatives for a fast finish. It’s a good thing we have so many options, I think there will be at least three or four of us who can go for the title.”

Among the riders pursuing for a time trial – road race double, Evenepoel clash with one of his teammates from Deceuninck, Dane Kasper Asgreen, winner of the last Tour of Flanders. “Kasper is always one of the favourites, whether it’s the time trial or the road race, but there will be a lot of champions in Trentino. It will be a spectacle to watch.”

Thanks to the TV production by Eurovision, the European Championships will be aired 71 Countries, with the expectation to exceed the 14 million viewers of 2020. A significant moment of restart for Trentino and all of Italy, which just like Evenepoel look forward to leaving the difficult times behind. With one major goal: to start dreaming again.

Program:
Wednesday, September 8th

09:15 – Junior Women Individual Time Trial – 22,4 km
10:45 – Junior Men Individual Time Trial – 22,4 km
14:30 – Team Relay – 44,8 km (2 giri del circuito di 22,4 km)

Thursday, September 9th
09:15 – U23 Women Individual Time Trial – 22,4 km
10:45 – Elite Women Individual Time Trial – 22,4 km
14:15 – U23 Men Individual Time Trial – 22,4 km
16:00 – Elite Men Individual Time Trial – 22,4 km

Friday, September 10th
09:00 – Junior Men Road Race – 107,2 km
13:50 – Junior Women Road Race – 67,6 km
16:30 – U23 Women Road Race – 80,8 km

Saturday, September 11th
09:00 – U23 Men Road Race – 133,6 km
14:15 – Elite Women Road Race – 107,2 km

Sunday, September 12th
12:30 – Elite Men Road Race – 179,2 km.

Evenepoel in Trento for the Euro Champs:

 


Alexandr Vlasov to Strengthen BORA – hansgrohe’s Roster
Vlasov will ride in the BORA – hansgrohe colours until at least the end of 2024. The Russian is an excellent rider, who is not only strong in the mountains, but has also been able to prove himself this year with excellent performances in the time trial discipline.

“Alexandr is certainly one of the biggest talents with respect to stage racing and we’re very pleased that he has decided to join us. As you know, there was interest from other teams. We will definitely set our sights on the Grand Tours with him. In the medium term, the goal is the Tour de France, yet he still has to learn and develop further, which might be easier at the Giro or Vuelta. Overall, we are now very broadly positioned in terms of GC riders, but that was also our goal. Each rider will receive his chances. I’m confident that we’ll form a great team that will open up tactical possibilities and put us in a position to be right up there.”Ralph Denk, Team Manager.

“I’m really looking forward to my upcoming years at BORA – hansgrohe, but I also want to say thanks for my time at Astana. They have been quite successful seasons and my first steps in professional cycling. However, now it’s time for something new. My focus is definitely on the Grand Tours. It will be about continuing to work hard with BORA – hansgrohe to develop myself, because one day I hope to win one of the big three Grand Tours. But I also think that I’ll have some chances in tough one-day races. I was already third at Il Lombardia and a victory in a Monument would of course be very nice. That may also be possible. The team and I have the same goals in mind and we’re also envisaging the path to arrive there. Now we just have to set upon this path together.”Alexandr Vlasov.

Alexandr Vlasov:

 


Hodeg Signs for UAE Team Emirates Colombian Sprinter Pens 2-year Deal
Alvaro Hodeg has agreed terms to join UAE Team Emirates starting from 2022 season as part of a two year deal which will see him in the UAE colours through to the end of 2023.

The 24 year old from Montería holds 13 professional victories to his name since he joined the World Tour in 2018.

Joxean Matxin Fernandez (Team Manager): “Hodeg is a huge talent. He has a lot of quality and is not only a talented bike racer but also a great person and the type of athlete we want in our team. We are convinced that cycling has not seen the full potential yet of what this guy can do. We want to see him get the best out of himself and I hope we’ll see him hit his stride here together with us at UAE.”

Hodeg: “I’m arriving to the team with a lot of desire and ambition. It’s a similar feeling of excitement to when I first started riding bikes. The people I know in the team have spoken very highly about it and I’m thrilled to be a part of it. I’m ready to work hard to achieve great things together here at UAE.”

Alvaro Hodeg:

 


Esteban Chaves Joins EF Education–NIPPO
We are excited to announce the newest addition to our roster for the 2022 season – Colombian rider Esteban Chaves.

Chaves joins EF Education–NIPPO with an illustrious palmarès to back him up. A two-time grand tour podium finisher and Monument winner, Chaves has been at the top of the sport of cycling ever since he entered the WorldTour in 2014, with his signature smile there every step of the way.

“I wanted to join the EF Pro Cycling for several reasons. First of all, from the outside you can see it is like a big family where everyone is driven by the passion of cycling. Also, one of the directors is a rider I really admired when I started riding my bike – Juanma Garate – and finally I would love to have Colombian teammates. But most importantly, the cycling kit is really cool, don’t you think?” says Chaves lightheartedly.

Team CEO Jonathan Vaughters is also looking forward to seeing Chaves pull on his pink jersey. “It’s our view that Esteban will have a great next few years,” he explains. “He’s overcome his health issues and showed this year he has consistency. We feel that he’s poised to break out and turn that consistency into wins. He’ll fit right into the nature of our team, which places human qualities of any rider, at the top of the list.”

Born and raised in Bogotá, Chaves started riding his bike at the age of 14 when his dad signed him up for a duathlon on a borrowed bike. He quickly fell in love with the sport and after purchasing his first bike not long after, he says “the rest is history.” Chaves quickly climbed the developmental ranks of cycling and would go on to win the prestigious Tour de l’Avenir in 2011 often regarded as the U23 Tour de France and got his first WorldTour contract soon thereafter.

“I love the feeling of freedom when riding your bike and the pride of getting to the top of the mountain or finishing a race,” says Chaves. “Also, I love that it is a sport that you can practice with friends and family. Most of all, I really like the power of cycling as a tool to show that dreams come true if you work hard.”

Now 31, Chaves is looking forward to the chance to rediscover the sport of cycling in a new environment.

“I’m excited about everything! New bike, new kit, new teammates, new helmet, new races, new challenges. I feel like a neo pro again,” he jokes.

For Chaves, the journey to cycling’s highest level hasn’t been a smooth one. His career, like that of so many cyclists, has been riddled with injuries and crashes. Before signing his first WorldTour contract, he had to battle back from a career-threatening crash at age 22. Then in 2018, he was diagnosed with Epstein-Barr virus and chronic sinusitis – an illness that would’ve made many riders consider the future of their pro careers.

“My biggest strength is my warrior spirit,” says Chaves. “I don’t give up and I fight till the end.”

This year he’s shown off that fighting spirit and took a spectacular stage win at the Volta a Catalunya and continued to bring in some big results throughout the season with numerous top ten finishes in stage races and one day races proving to everyone once again that he could be there with the best on the world stage.

But for Chaves, his cycling career has always been about a lot more than collecting accolades and trophies. Around six years ago he launched an organisation called FUN Chaves whose goal is to give children and youth in Colombia opportunities to make their dreams come true using the power of the bicycle.

“We began with a developmental cycling team, where we identified talented riders and supported them in their athletic and personal growth,” explains Chaves. “After that, we started to organise the yearly Clásica Esteban Chaves, a 4-stage race for U-16, Juniors and Women to encourage healthy competition in these categories. And finally, in 2018 we created our medical program where we fund orthopedic surgeries and treatment for children to improve their quality of life.”

We can’t wait to see him pull on his pink jersey next season. Welcome to the team, Esteban!

Esteban Chaves:

 


Team DSM Extend with Asbjørn Kragh Andersen and Nico Denz
Team DSM are pleased to announce that Asbjørn Kragh Andersen and Nico Denz have both extended their contracts with the team until at least the end of 2022.

Asbjørn Kragh Andersen (DEN)
Having joined in 2019, Kragh Andersen has proven to be a valuable team player in his three years so far with Team DSM both on and off the bike. A strong rider on the flat and short punchy climbs, Kragh Andersen has played a pivotal role in several team successes, helping the team to wins at the Herald Sun Tour, Nokere Koerse and Omloop van het Houtland to name a few. Using his power, Kragh Andersen has also been able to pick up some good finishes himself with the team, claiming sixth on the final stage at the Tour of Guangxi in 2019 and fifth at the Danish national championship road race in 2020.

Kragh Andersen said: “I’m super happy to extend my contract with Team DSM. I really like working with the team and the people around me; I especially like the environment here and I feel that this is the perfect place for me to continue getting the most out of myself. I really enjoy being part of the sprint group with the guys, but also developing my role as road captain. We’ve got some young guys in the team and I enjoy being around them, sharing my advice and motivating them during races or at team camps. I strongly believe in the vision that the team has and I think that if we continue working in this way we will have the best lead out in the peloton. I’m looking forward to being a part of that and seeing where that next step takes us.”

Team DSM head of coaching Rudi Kemna added: “Asbjørn’s had an unfortunate season so far with injury, but we have a lot of faith and confidence in him and that’s why we’ve extended our contract together. We really believe that Asbjørn brings a lot of value to the team, he’s a great character off the bike and wears the Team DSM jersey with pride, whatever race he is in. We think that he still has a lot of room to grow as a rider and in his role as road captain, where his experience in hectic moments and great attitude is important. We hope that Asbjørn’s luck turns with his injury, as we’re excited to continue to work together in 2022.”

Asbjørn Kragh Andersen:

Nico Denz (GER)
Spending two years with Team DSM so far, Denz has shown to be a versatile rider who gives his all for the team’s goals. 2020 saw Denz take his second professional win after claiming success in the reduced sprint finish at the Tour of Slovakia; a race he would also go on to claim second place on GC for the team. Following on from that, he was an integral member of the team’s double GC podium finish at the Giro d’Italia, shaving the peloton on a memorable stage to Piancavallo; going on to do similar this year as part of the team’s attacking display on the penultimate stage to Valle Spluga-Alpe Motta.

Denz said: “I am very happy to extend my contract with Team DSM. When I first joined the team, I found my place straight away and we had a nice ambience in the group and got some great results together. I strongly believe in how the team works and its anti-doping policy is also very important to me. After a difficult first part of the season for me with many problems, with crashes and sickness, I am really thankful of how everyone in the team stood by my side and gave their best to bring me back to my level. I am proud to be part of this team for one more year.”

Team DSM head of coaching Rudi Kemna continued: “Nico is a really strong rider who brings value on a lot of terrain, he is someone who is very dependable and that we can rely on to give it his all. As part of our sprint group, his power and strength are extremely valuable. We saw this in action recently at Vuelta a Burgos where he did some great pulls in the finale to position Alberto [Dainese]. It’s not only on the bike that Nico is of value to the team, he also always brings a nice atmosphere to whatever group he’s in which is important, keeping those around him motivated. We’re looking forward to continuing to work with Nico next year.”

Nico Denz:

 


George Bennett Set to Join UAE Team Emirates
Kiwi veteran signs on 2-year deal
George Bennett has put pen to paper on a deal which will see him in the colours of UAE Team Emirates next season, with the new contract running until the end of 2023.

The 31-year old climber is the current New Zealand road race champion and competed for his country at the recent Olympics in Tokyo.

Highlights of his palmarès include overall victory at the Tour of California in 2017, a spectacular solo win at the Gran Piemonte semi-classic in 2020 and two top-10 Grand Tour finishes at the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta España.

George Bennett: “I’m really excited about my move to UAE Team Emirates. I’m looking forward to helping the team reach new heights across many races. I have seen the team take huge steps forward every year and this progression is something I really want to be a part of. It’s also nice to link up with Finn Fisher-Black, as we both come from the same hometown in New Zealand. There’s an exciting group of young guys coming through at UAE and it’s great to be joining that environment and bringing my experience to the team.”

Mauro Gianetti (CEO & Team Principal): “George is one of the best climbers in the peloton and we are thrilled to welcome him to the team. He brings a lot of experience and we feel he can play a pivotal role both through his sporting qualities and also as a reference for some of our younger riders. Our expectation is that he will have his own opportunities but will also contribute his quality to working in a team role when called upon. We’re very pleased to have him on board as we continue to grow as a team.”

George Bennett:

 


Antoine Raugel Signs for Two Years
Antoine Raugel, 22, who rode for the Groupama FDJ continental team this season, will join the AG2R CITROËN TEAM for two seasons starting in 2022. Antoine Raugel was already one of three stagiaires to wear the colours of our team in the second part of the 2020 season.

Antoine Raugel: “I dreamed of joining a UCI WorldTour team. It was not possible last season, but it will happen in 2022. I am proud of the confidence Vincent Lavenu and all the staff show in me. I will now be joining riders with whom I raced at Chambéry Cyclisme Formation. There is currently a very strong group of classics riders at AG2R CITROËN. These are the races that I love and hope I can fit into. In any case, I am very motivated.”

In brief
Born February 14, 1999.
Lives in Hohatzenheim (Bas-Rhin)
French road racing champion in 2017
3rd in Paris-Troyes in 2021

Vincent Lavenu: “Antoine Raugel is a rider we know well because he trained for two years at Chambéry Cyclisme Formation (2018-2020). After a season in the lower ranks, he is joining us and should quickly expand his range to strengthen our classics squad.”

Following Paul Lapeira and Valentin Paret-Peintre, both from the AG2R CITROËN U23 team, and Clément Berthet, who joined our team on August 1st, Antoine Raugel is the fourth recruit for the AG2R CITROËN TEAM.

Antoine Raugel:

 


Rider Lineup Confirmed for Grenadiers Greatest Hits Event on Zwift
The INEOS Grenadiers and Zwift are excited to confirm the lineup for the Grenadiers Greatest Hits across the next three days (11-13 August).

Nine INEOS Grenadiers – including Geraint Thomas, Rohan Dennis and Jonathan Castroviejo – will line up for six separate and varied Zwift events, joined by special guests Ben Foster – the Cycling GK – Matt Stephens and Radio 2 Presenter OJ Borg, all streaming live on Instagram while they take part in their rides alongside Grenadiers.

Every Grenadier will be riding in their home Zwift cave, aboard their Pinarello DOGMA F and Wahoo KICKR.

Our Greatest Hits event celebrates some of the teams most memorable moments, providing Zwifters with the chance to take on some of their favourite riders.

Full event + lineup details: https://www.zwift.com/uk/events/series/ineos-grenadiers-greatest-hits

With a mixture of Chase Races, social Q&A ride-outs, and a final head-to-head event, there is something for everyone across the three days. The Greatest Hits event follows up on the Grenadiers’ record-breaking Zwift participation events, including our initial eRide and recent 10-hour Around the World group ride.

Epic Zwift courses set to feature include Tick Tock, Volcano Flat, R.G.V France, Greater London Flat, The Magnificent 8 and Beach Island Loop.

 


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