The road season is over, so we have all the stats: Most wins, top winning team and UCI rankings for riders, teams and countries – TOP STORY. Loads of other cycling news: Evenepoel’s girlfriend needed oxygen after the Lombardy crash, cyclocross races for Tom Pidcock, Bjarne Riis out of NTT, Alex Dowsett to attack hour record and Bahrain-McLaren’s Vuelta and signings. Contract news from Rigoberto Uran, Felix Großschartner, Tejay van Garderen, Movistar, EOLO-KOMETA, Team Novo Nordisk and Rally. Team news from Jumbo-Visma women’s team, Lotto Soudal, UAE Team Emirates and Nippo-Delko One Provence. Team news from the Tour de Yorkshire and La Vuelta e España. Plus ban for Dylan Groenewegen and no ban for Quinn Simmons.
TOP STORY: Arnaud Démare – Top Winner of 2020
In this ‘different’ cycling year, Arnaud Démare has taken the most victories. The sprinter took fourteen victories, one less than his personal best of fifteen in one year. Vuelta winner Primož Roglič is second on the list with twelve victories.
Démare had all his victories after the corona break. On August 5th in Milan-Turin, probably due to the climb to the basilica of Superga being removed. In the sprint he beat Caleb Ewan and Wout van Aert, rewarding the work of his Groupama-FDJ teammates. The same month he won two stages and the overall in the Tour de Wallonie, the French championship and three stages and the GC in the Tour Poitou-Charentes.
The Tour de Luxembourg, where he also took a stage victory, Démare worked towards the Giro d’Italia. There he started as one of the favourites for the points classification, a role he fulfilled. The Frenchman turned out to be by far the fastest in the Italian Grand Tour, he won the stages to Villafranca Tirrena, Matera, Brindisi and Rimini and took the purple points jersey.
Wins by Arnaud Démare in 2020:
2. 2nd stage Tour de Wallonie
3. 4th stage Tour de Wallonie
4. Final classification Tour de Wallonie
5. French road championship
6. 1st stage, Tour Poitou-Charentes
7. 2nd stage, Tour Poitou-Charentes
8. 4th stage, Tour Poitou-Charentes
9. Final classification Tour Poitou-Charentes
10. 2nd stage, Tour de Luxembourg
11. 4th stage Giro d’Italia
12. 6th stage Giro d’Italia
13. 7th stage Giro d’Italia
14. 11th stage Giro d’Italia.
Roglič is a close second on the 2020 victory ranking with twelve victories, two less than in 2019. The Slovenian became national champion in June and then in his champion’s jersey he won a stage in the Tour de France and just missed out on the overall win. Then after winning Liège-Bastogne-Liège he took the overall victory in the Vuelta a España and won four stages.
Third place is shared by Tadej Pogačar and Remco Evenepoel. The Belgian won the Vuelta a San Juan, Volta ao Algarve, Vuelta a Burgos and Tour de Pologne, but saw his season come to an early end due to a crash in Il Lombardia. The top winner of 2019, Dylan Groenewegen, had three successes; the Dutchman was out of action after the sprint incident with Fabio Jakobsen in Poland.
Top 10 men winners in 2020:
Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ)
Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma)
Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck – Quick-Step)
Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates)
Pascal Ackermann (BORA-hansgrohe)
Stanisław Aniołkowski (CCC Development)
Sam Bennett (Deceuninck – Quick-Step)
Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal)
Filippo Ganna (INEOS Grenadiers)
Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma)
Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates)
Olav Kooij (Jumbo-Visma Development)
Andreas Leknessund (Uno-X Pro Cycling)
Jhonatan Restrepo (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec).
Arnaud Démare – Top winner of 2020:
Deceuninck – Quick-Step Top Winning Team of 2020
Just like in previous years, Deceuninck – Quick-Step took the most victories in this special 2020 cycling season. Remco Evenepoel and Sam Bennett had the largest share in the 39 victories.
Evenepoel gave the team a total of nine victories until he crashed in the Tour of Lombardy and broke his pelvis. The Belgian rider took the overall victories in the Vuelta a San Juan, Volta ao Algarve, Vuelta a Burgos and Tour de Pologne, in which he also won one stage – in the Algarve two. Bennett had seven successes, including in the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España.
Julian Alaphilippe also won a stage in the Tour and Brabantse Pijl; the Frenchman also won the World road championships, but this doesn’t count for the team. The Cadel Evans Road Race (Dries Devenyns), Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne (Kasper Asgreen) and Bruges-De Panne (Yves Lampaert). The team missed out in the four monuments.
Top 10 teams in 2020
1. Deceuninck – Quick-Step – 39 wins
2. UAE Team Emirates – 33
3. Jumbo-Visma – 23
4. BORA-hansgrohe – 21
5. Groupama-FDJ – 20
6. INEOS Grenadiers – 19
7. EF Pro Cycling – 17
8. Team Sunweb – 16
9. Mitchelton-Scott – 16
10. Alpecin-Fenix - 16.
A total of fifteen different riders in the Deceuninck – Quick-Step team won. “We have a saying: The Wolfpack never gives up,” said team manager Patrick Lefevere in a press release. “We showed this again this year – perhaps the most challenging year for the team ever. We encountered many hurdles, from the pandemic that turned everything upside down to the many injuries that ravaged our team. But we kept fighting and believing to get the best out of every situation.”
Deceuninck – Quick-Step wins in 2020:
1. 1st stage Tour Down Under – Sam Bennett
2. 3rd stage Vuelta a San Juan – Remco Evenepoel
3. Race Torquay – Sam Bennett
4. 6th stage Vuelta a San Juan – Zdeněk Štybar
5. Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race – Dries Devenyns
6. Final classification Vuelta a San Juan – Remco Evenepoel
7. 5th stage Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana – Fabio Jakobsen
8. New Zealand road championship – Shane Archbold
9. 1st stage Volta ao Algarve – Fabio Jakobsen
10. 2nd stage Volta ao Algarve – Remco Evenepoel
11. 5th stage Volta ao Algarve – Remco Evenepoel
12. Final classification Volta ao Algarve – Remco Evenepoel
13. Faun-Ardèche Classic – Rémi Cavagna
14. Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne – Kasper Asgreen
15. Grand prize Jean-Pierre Monseré – Fabio Jakobsen
16. 3rd stage Vuelta a Burgos – Remco Evenepoel
17. 4th stage Vuelta a Burgos – Sam Bennett
18. Final classification Vuelta a Burgos – Remco Evenepoel
19. 1st stage Tour de Pologne – Fabio Jakobsen
20. 1st stage Tour de l’Ain – Andrea Bagioli
21. 4th stage Tour de Pologne – Remco Evenepoel
22. 5th stage Tour de Pologne – Davide Ballerini
23. Final classification Tour de Pologne – Remco Evenepoel
24. 3rd stage Tour de Wallonie – Sam Bennett
25. Luxembourg Time Trial Championship – Bob Jungels
26. French Time Trial Championship – Rémi Cavagna
27. Danish road championship – Kasper Asgreen
28. Grape race-Overijse – Florian Sénéchal
29. 2nd stage Tour de France – Julian Alaphilippe
30. 1st stage-b Settimana Internazionale – team time trial
31. 2nd stage Settimana Internazionale – Andrea Bagioli
32. 10th stage Tour de France – Sam Bennett
33. 1st stage-b Tour de Slovaqui – Jannik Steimle
34. Final classification Jannik Steimle
35. 21st stage Tour de France – Sam Bennett
36. Danish Time Trial Championship – Kasper Asgreen
37. Brabantse Pijl – Julian Alaphilippe
38. Bruges-De Panne – Yves Lampaert
39. 4th stage Vuelta a España – Sam Bennett.
Top team of 2020:
Primoz Roglic Top of the World Ranking
After his overall victory in the Vuelta, Primož Roglič is the overall winner of the UCI World Ranking. Jumbo-Visma jumped over Deceuninck – Quick-step to first place in the team ranking while France passed Slovenia to lead the country ranking. Anna van der Breggen wins the women’s UCI World ranking, ahead of Elisa Longo Borghini and Annemiek van Vleuten. Elisabeth Deignan makes it in the One Day Ranking. Van der Breggen is fourth, Belgian Lotte Kopecky fifth. Van Vleuten falls just outside the top five. The Netherlands wins the country ranking in the women, while Trek-Segafredo tops the list of best teams.
Richard Plugge’s Jumbo-Visma team had a great season. From the first to the last race, Team Jumbo-Visma competed for the victories. The victory counter was stopped at 23 after the overall victory in the Vuelta a España. The team won, among others, three stages in the Tour de France and became second in the final classification, achieved four stage victories and the overall victory in the Vuelta a España and was very dominant in the Dauphiné. In addition, Team Jumbo-Visma won the two monuments: Milan-San Remo and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The semi-classics Strade Bianche and Gran Piemonte were also added to the palmarès of the Dutch WorldTour formation.
“This is a wonderful milestone,” general manager Plugge says. “As a team, we wanted to get out of the first lockdown as well as possible. It is great to see that everyone supported that thought. Partners, sponsors, staff and of course the riders have all contributed to this ultimate reward. From the restart up to, and including the stage to Madrid, we participated for the victories and achieved great results.”
“We set the bar high again for the new season, but of course we continue to enjoy every victory. There were also setbacks, including the incident involving Dylan Groenewegen, Steven Kruijswijk’s illness and Mike Teunissen’s injury. Of course we have many more dreams that we want to realise. We have been pursuing this path since 2015 and we would very much like to continue on it,” the ambitious manager says.
Plugge is also grateful that so many races did take place. “Despite the global corona crisis, we were able to compete in many races. This is a victory for cycling in general. The organisations and the UCI certainly deserve compliments for this.”
World Ranking Elite Men:
1. Primož Roglič – 4237
2. Tadej Pogačar – 3055
3. Wout van Aert – 2700
4. Mathieu van der Poel – 2040
5. Jakob Fuglsang – 1961
World Ranking Elite Ladies:
1. Anna van der Breggen – 2560,67
2. Elisa Longo Borghini – 2532.33
3. Annemiek van Vleuten – 2226
4. Lisa Brennauer – 1943
5. Elisabeth Deignan – 1896.33
One day race World Ranking Elite Men:
1. Wout van Aert – 2265
2. Mathieu van der Poel – 1520
3. Julian Alaphilippe – 1502
4. Marc Hirschi – 1200
5. Florian Sénéchal – 1105
One day race World Ranking Elite Ladies
1. Elisabeth Deignan – 1622.33
2. Elisa Longo Borghini – 1567.33
3. Lisa Brennauer – 1424.67
4. Anna van der Breggen – 1221.67
5. Lotte Kopecky – 1050
Team ranking Elite Men
1. Jumbo-Visma – 9919
2. Deceuninck-Quick-Step 9776,16
3. UAE Team Emirates – 8503
4. INEOS Grenadiers – 7628.33
5. Team Sunweb – 7582.71
Team ranking Elite Ladies
1. Trek-Segafredo – 6931.98
2. Boels-Dolmans – 5385.35
3. Mitchelton-Scott – 4775
4. Team Sunweb – 3847.65
5. Equipe Paule Ka – 3222.68
Country rankings Elite Men:
1. France – 9542.83
2. Slovenia – 8824
3. Belgium – 8530
4. Italy – 7375
5. Australia – 6468
6. Netherlands – 6249
Country ranking Elite Women:
1. Netherlands – 8314.5
2. Italy – 4588.33
3. Germany – 3806.66
4. Great Britain – 3037.5
5. Australia – 2906
6. Belgium – 2139.
Roglič and Jumbo-Visma top the men’s ranking:
Emergency Services gave Evenepoel’s Girlfriend Oxygen After his Crash in Lombardy
During the “Il Lombardia” Classic an ambulance had to called to medically assist Oumaïma ‘Oumi’ Rayane, the girlfriend of Remco Evenepoel. Deceuninck – Quick-Step team manager, Patrick Lefevere, said to WielerFlits reporter Raymond Kerckhoffs in an interview for Helden magazine.
During the Italian classic, Lefevere sat with the parents of Evenepoel and his girlfriend Oumi in the Caffè/Ristorante Monti of former professional cyclist Luca Paolini, fifty meters from the finish in Como, watching television. There they saw the crash of Evenepoel. In the final of the Italian classic, the Belgian missed a corner on the descent and flipped over the railing of a bridge, falling several meters. Emergency medical services had to get him out of the ravine.
“Everyone says the TV cameras were zooming in on him for too long, but we couldn’t see enough. We got no indication from the TV images how he was doing. I immediately tried to call the team DS’s Davide Bramati and Geert van Bondt, but they immediately jumped into that ravine to get to Remco. I received a first message from the mechanic who was on the spot: ‘he is moving’. But hey, what moves him…” Lefevere said.
According to Lefevere, Remco Evenepoel’s mother remained the most calm. His girlfriend Oumi, on the other hand, started hyperventilating and ran outside. “A moment later she was on the ground and a panicky crowd gathered around her. An ambulance even had to come to give her oxygen. His father hid his face in his palms. What do you say to people who have just seen their son fall into a ravine? I tried to get as much information as possible.”
Evenepoel was taken to hospital in Como with serious injuries. A fracture of the pelvis (where the head of the hip enters the femur), a double fracture of the pubic bone and a heavy hematoma on the lungs. “A vein had also burst that brings the blood to the head of the femur,” Lefevere continued. “That is dangerous. Remco had already lost two litres of blood. If they hadn’t discovered this, he could have bled to death. Furthermore, the break was within one millimetre of a nerve. If it had been hit, he could have sustained a spinal cord injury.”
Since the beginning of October, Evenepoel has been training on the road again.
The Evenepoel family:
Fourteen Cyclocross Races for Tom Pidcock
Tom Pidcock will start his cyclocross season on Sunday, November 22 in Merksplas (Superprestige) and ride a total of fourteen events. He will close his season with the World Cup in Ostend, reported Nico Dick in WielerFlits.
Pidcock will complete his winter program in his Trinity team jersey before making the switch to INEOS Grenadiers on March 1, 2021. After a successful road and MTB season, he resumed training towards winter on November 1. Next Sunday, Pidcock will compete again in Merksplas in the fourth round of the Telenet Superprestige. The five remaining World Cup races and the World Championship are also on the program of the talented Briton, who indicated in an earlier interview that he would like to bridge the gap with Van Aert and Van der Poel in cyclocross this winter. The World Championships in Ostend will be his last cyclocross race of the season.
Preliminary CX program for Tom Pidcock:
November 22, 2020: Superprestige Merksplas
November 29, 2020: World Cup Tabor
December 6, 2020: Superprestige Boom
December 12, 2020: X2O Trofee Antwerp
December 13, 2020: Superprestige Gavere
December 20, 2020: World Cup Namur
December 26, 2020: Superprestige Heusden-Zolder
December 27, 2020: World Cup Dendermonde
December 30, 2020: Ethias Cross Bredene
January 1, 2021: X2O Trophy Baal
January 3, 2021: World Cup Holly
January 10, 2021: British Championship Crawely (postponed to a later date, still unknown)
January 24, 2021: World Cup Overijse
January 31, 2021: World Championships Ostend.
Tom Pidcock back to cross:
Team Update: Bjarne Riis
NTT Pro Cycling has announced that team manager Bjarne Riis is to step down from his role at the conclusion of the 2020 season.
Riis joined Africa’s only UCI-registered WorldTour team at the start of the year and departs the organisation by mutual consent.
Douglas Ryder, Team Principal, said: “I’d like to thank Bjarne for the experience and leadership that he has brought to our environment, and the contribution he has made. We’d like to wish him all the very best for the future. To be a part of NTT Pro Cycling during a unique year for all of us has been a great experience,” said Riis. “I have a lot of respect for the team that Doug has built and want to thank him for the opportunity. I wish him all the best for the future.”
Riis and his partners, Jan Bech Andersen and Lars Seier Christensen along with Ryder have also discontinued further discussions about a purchase of a part of NTT Pro Cycling. As NTT Pro Cycling continues to fight to secure its future, further updates regarding the sustainability of our team will follow in due course.
Alex Dowsett Attacks Victor Campenaerts’ World Hour Record on December 12
On Saturday December 12, Alex Dowsett will attack the World hour record in Manchester. The 32-year-old Brit, who rode in the colours of Israel Start-Up Nation this year, has to cover more than 55,089 meters if he wants to dethrone Campenaerts.
A month ago Dowsett won the eighth stage in the Giro. On the stage from Giovinazzo to Vieste, he was the strongest of a leading group in the final. Now he is planning an attack on Victor Campenaerts’ world hour record. Dowsett already held the world hour record in 2015, but had to give it to Bradley Wiggins barely a month later.
“In 2015, afterwards, I felt like I had even more in the tank,” Dowsett said in a press release. “Frustrating in retrospect. I saw an opportunity in December to try again and of course I want to break that record. I want to see what I am capable of. But I realise that the bar is set extremely high this time,” he refers to the 55,089 meters that Campenaerts covered in Mexico last year.
Since his return from the Giro, Dowsett has followed a meticulous training schedule in preparation. Especially in the wind tunnel where there has been some testing. “The wind is the biggest obstacle,” he said. “The more efficiently you split through the air, the more easily you can maintain 55+ kph. The only variable outside of our control is atmospheric pressure, so we hope for an ideal air pressure that day.”
Dowsett suffers from a severe form of haemophilia A. This is a hereditary, congenital disease in which the clotting ability of the blood is reduced. With his World hour record attempt, the Brit also wants to support the charities ‘Little Bleeders’ and ‘The Haemophilia Society’. Dowsett himself is the founder of Little Bleeders, which wants to introduce a safe sport to young haemophilia patients.
Alex Dowsett in his first World Hour record:
Team Bahrain McLaren Ends 2020 Racing Season with La Vuelta
This challenging 2020 cycling season came to an end with La Vuelta a España today. Team Bahrain McLaren finished the third Grand Tour of the season with another top ten results overall, as Wout Poels achieved the objective to score a top ten place in the General Classification, finishing in 6th place.
“I’m really happy and satisfied with that” The Dutch rider commented, “I would like to thank you, everybody, for the support all this last year, that was a very special season. I think we did with the team some really nice things.”
The parade stage to Madrid ended with a bunch sprint as expected, that saw Fred Wright taking 13th place. The young British rider was very motivated, after his good performance throughout the three weeks of his first Grand Tour ever. Along with Santiago Buitrago and Kevin Inkelaar, he can finally celebrate as a Vuelta 2020 finisher, that was a big goal for all of them.
“I’m really pleased to get to the end of my first Grand Tour,” Fred said, “I think I enjoyed it, although I suffered quite a lot, we worked really well as a team and we can be very happy with Wout 6th in GC. Now I’ll take some time off, but looking forward to the next season with the support of all our fans.”
Team Bahrain McLaren Team Principal Rod Ellingworth commented: “It was a very long year, but we have finally made it. We’ve got reasons to believe it was a successful Vuelta. We lost three guys early on in the race: Mohorič on day 2 after a crash, Bole with bowel problems and Williams went home with a sore knee. The other five guys have done a very good job. Poels took 6th overall and he equalled his best result in a Grand Tour as also in 2017 he was 6th at the Vuelta, so next year he will want to be better that’s sure.”
“For the other riders, we’ve got three guys Buitrago, Inkelaar and Wright who were at their first Grand Tour and I think the main objective is always just to finish the race, so chapeau to them, good job. I think they learnt a lot on their journey. Davies was on his second Grand Tour and he did a good job as well.”
“All in all, I think it was a tough Vuelta. Many riders said it was the toughest Grand Tour they’ve ever ridden: Wout is at his 16 Grand Tour so he knows what he’s talking about. It was a very tough season, when we think about the days of racing we’ve done, we achieved quite a lot. I think as a first-year as a team together has been pretty impressive, I’m super happy. I would like to say thanks to all the fans, all our partners in particular that supported us throughout what was a very challenging year. Let’s stay optimistic for next year. We’ve got some really big plans. I’m super excited. Please everybody follow us, keep up-to-date and let’s lookout for the new jersey for the next year. See you on the road.”
Bahrain-McLaren says goodbye to Enrico Battaglin, who is leaving for Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè, and Iván García to Movistar. Jack Haig comes from Mitchelton-Scott. Mark Cavendish, Grega Bole and Luka Pibernik are out of contract.
Nine riders with a renewed contract:
Bahrain Victorious in 2021, but no TDU:
Two More Years with EF Pro Cycling for Uran
Rigoberto Uran will compete for EF Pro Cycling in 2021 and 2022. The 33-year-old rider told Colombian journalist Mónica Jaramillo during a virtual event in which Uran was the guest.
Uran was a guest at Tour Colsubsidio, a virtual event in his home country, where he gave technical advice to his many followers and cycling fans about their favourite sport. In an introductory conversation with Jaramillo, he indicated that he will remain with EF Pro Cycling for two more years. The Colombian has been part of manager Jonathan Vaughters’ squad since 2016.
This year Uran finished eighth in the Tour de France. Which wasn’t bad as the Colombian had a long period of rehabilitation after a crash in the Vuelta last year. He broke his left collarbone, shoulder blade, some ribs, a few vertebrae and he sustained damage to a lung.
As for 2021, Uran has indicated that he wants to make a goal of the Tour of Spain, the only major Tour in which he has not yet reached the podium in the final GC, despite six participations.
Rigoberto Uran keeping an eye on Roglič:
Two More Years for Großschartner with BORA-hansgrohe
Felix Großschartner will ride for BORA-hansgrohe in 2021 and 2022, wrote the regional newspaper Tiroler Tageszeitung. The 26-year-old climber finished ninth in the Vuelta a España last Sunday.
Großschartner has been racing for the German WorldTour team for three seasons. The Austrian managed to win top 10 positions in Paris-Nice and the Tour of Spain this season. He also won a stage in the Tour of Burgos. In 2021, BORA-hansgrohe can also count on Emanuel Buchmann, Peter Sagan, Lennard Kämna, Pascal Ackermann and Patrick Konrad. The team will say goodbye to Rafał Majka, Gregor Mühlberger and the retiring Oscar Gatto. Wilco Kelderman, Giovanni Aleotti, Jordi Meeus, Nils Politt, Frederik Wandahl, Matthew Walls and Ben Zwiehoff have signed on.
Felix Großschartner – Burgos’20 stage 1:
Van Garderen Renews with EF Pro Cycling
Tejay van Garderen will stay in the colours of EF Pro Cycling next year. The 32-year-old American announced on his Instagram page. Van Garderen switched from BMC to Vaughters’ team at the end of 2018.
EF Pro Cycling has offered a contract extension to riders who forfeited part of their salary this season, and who’s contracts were expiring. A proposal that Tejay van Garderen has accepted. “Happy to announce that I will also be riding EF Pro Cycling in 2021,” the American wrote.
It will be Van Garderen’s twelfth season in the professional peloton. After finishing his U23 period with Rabobank Development team, he started his professional career in 2010 at HTC-Columbia. He competed for BMC from 2012 to 2018, and has been with Vaughters at EF Pro Cycling since the beginning of last year. In recent months, Van Garderen has combined the Tour de France and the Vuelta as a domestique.
Tejay van Garderen to stay with EF:
Abner González Turns Pro with Movistar Team
20-year-old allrounder from Puerto Rico, a big protagonist in the Spanish amateur scene in 2020, to offer Telefónica-backed squad his courageous riding.
The Movistar Team confirmed on Wednesday that Abner González (Moca, Puerto Rico; 2000), an amateur rider currently part of the Spanish squad Telco,m – On Clima – Osés, will become a neo-pro with the Telefónica-sponsored outfit in 2021, having signed a three-year contract (through the end of 2023).
A member of the Spanish peloton since becoming a junior with the Bathco team, with whom he won a stage and climbed onto the podium of the Vuelta al Besaya – the most prestigious Spanish race for U19 riders – in his first year in the category (2017), González came back to our country in 2020 after a short return to America last year, racing for the SoCal Cycling and Inteja squads and becoming the national elite road race champion, a title he still holds.
A breakthrough second half of the season after the pandemic stop has seen him completing many displays of strength in the best races of the amateur scene. He conquered the Torredonjimeno round of the Spanish Road Series, after a 40+km attack alongside team-mate Reuben Thompson – also a pro in 2021 – won the mountain ITT of the Vuelta a Alicante; and came 3rd at the biggest race of the elite-U23 calendar in Spain, the Memorial Valenciaga, after an impressive performance on his way to the Arrate summit.
González’s results are only a glimpse of the Puerto Rican’s talent, a great allrounder, with no fear to attack and lots of potential still to be discovered. Abner’s signing is the third for the men’s Movistar Team heading into 2021, after the confirmed additions of Iván García Cortina and Gregor Mühlberger.
Abner González: “It’s a dream come true. I can’t still believe I will be finishing such a difficult season in a way like this. I’m so grateful to both the Movistar Team, for the chance they’re giving me, and everyone who has supported me throughout my entire career up to this moment. It makes me so proud to know that I will be the first Puerto Rican rider to become a pro in cycling’s top tier. I hope to learn a lot from the team in the upcoming years and hopefully become an important rider for both the team and in the peloton in the future.”
Eusebio Unzué: “We’ve had the chance to know Abner’s talents better this year, with his excellent performances in the Spanish amateur calendar. He’s proven to be a great allrounder, who does well in the most demanding races – as we saw in Torredonjimeno, with that long break, and his Valenciaga effort, so close to the win – and also performs strong in other terrains. With such young age, we feel like he’s got really great potential to succeed in Europe. It’s another gamble on our future after so many signings in that direction in the last few years.”
Arturo Grávalos, New Rider for the EOLO-KOMETA Cycling Team
The rider Arturo Grávalos will make the jump to professionalism next season with the EOLO-KOMETA Cycling Team. The rider from La Rioja will be the first to join the Contador Foundation’s new sports project, which, together with the telecommunications company EOLO and the agri-food company KOMETA, will apply for promotion to the ProTeam category in 2021.
Statements and more information, in this link.
Manuel Belletti, the second reinforcement for the new EOLO-KOMETA Cycling Team
The Italian Manuel Belletti will race next season in the new EOLO-KOMETA Cycling Team. The Androni Giocattoli cyclist, who has competed in the last two seasons, has signed up for a season and is looking forward to a project that will make the jump to the ProTeam category in 2021.
Statements and further info, here.
American and Frenchman Turning Pro with Team Novo Nordisk
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team, brings up two of its best development riders, American Logan Phippen and Frenchman Lucas Dauge, onto the men’s pro squad for the 2021 season. Phippen serves as the USA-registered team’s first American on the men’s professional roster since 2018.
“Moving up to the pro ranks always means a new level of responsibility both as an athlete and as an ambassador to the diabetes community. I love getting to see Logan and Lucas’s dreams come true,” said Team Novo Nordisk CEO and co-founder Phil Southerland. “Through our extensive development pipeline, many of our athletes have a shared journey up to the pro ranks. When a devo rider advances to the pro team, it is a reunion with their past teammates. They help one another with the adjustments while serving as a reminder of the hard work and dedication it takes to reach the pro team.”
To become a member of Team Novo Nordisk, all athletes must have type 1 diabetes. Since its launch in December 2012, the organisation has focused heavily on identifying and developing endurance athletes worldwide with diabetes. Dauge and Phippen are two in a long line of riders advancing through the team’s development pipeline. The team’s multi-tiered structure dedicates time and resources to allow riders to develop and help ensure a successful transition into the professional ranks.
Phippen was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2016 over the weekend of his 24th birthday. The diagnosis never disheartened the Portland-native as he knew it was a condition that he could manage. With the help from his medical team, he was back on the bike within a week following his diagnosis. Because he had already seen Team Novo Nordisk in the peloton, he immediately reached out to the team to see if they had a spot for him on their elite team. Instead, Team Novo Nordisk offered him a chance to race for the development squad, and Phippen instantly jumped at the chance.
“My appreciation for this opportunity is immense and I am overflowing with gratitude to the team’s management for believing in me. I recognise this is a large step forward and I am motivated to continue distilling and refining my development process as I move into this new chapter,” said Phippen. “Pulling on the pro men’s jersey is quite special. Since I was a young child, racing at the pro level was my dream. My life has taken many courses and I’m so proud to pull on the Team Novo Nordisk Changing Diabetes jersey as we head into the 100th year anniversary since the discovery of insulin, meaning life for those of us living with diabetes.”
Dauge is set to become the third Frenchman amongst the Team Novo Nordisk ranks joining Mehdi Benhamouda and Charles Planet. The Hautes-Alpes-native was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 18 years old. He was a promising skier in his youth but fell in love with cycling after learning about Team Novo Nordisk. In 2017, he applied for Talent ID camp and began his journey through the team’s development pipeline.
“It’s a dream come true becoming a professional cyclist. I worked hard during the suspension of racing due to Covid-19 and managed to progress this season even without much racing,” explained Dauge. “When I joined the development team three years ago, I didn’t overthink about becoming a pro, but year after year, I saw with hard work that it could be possible, and it eventually became a goal that I believed in.”
The fight and desire Dauge has shown over the past years was a key factor for management when deciding to take him to the next step.
“It is with great pleasure to welcome Lucas to the professional team. He is a true fighter and worked extremely hard for this advancement,” said General Manager Vassili Davidenko. “Lucas’s story is very inspiring as a former skier who fell in love with cycling. He learned about the Team Novo Nordisk program via social media, attended Talent ID camp, and has become very dedicated to the sport. Within three seasons on our development team, he made significant progress, shown good results, and deserves his spot on the professional team for the 2021 season.”
Team Novo Nordisk ended its 2020 racing season at Paris-Tours. The team recently came together in Rhodes, Greece for a 2021 training camp before heading into the off-season.
Rally Cycling Signs 31-Time Junior National Champ Katie Clouse
Multi-discipline star ready to make the leap to Europe
Rally Cycling has signed junior standout Katie Clouse for the 2021 season. Born and raised in Park City, Utah, Clouse is a true all-rounder. Over the last 10 seasons, Clouse has earned over 30 national titles across the road cycling, mountain biking, and cyclocross disciplines.
Alongside her studies in Exercise Science at Colorado Mesa University, Clouse has been with DNA Racing for the past few years, gaining experience in criteriums and domestic stage races. After a number of successful stints in Europe with the US National Team, she now feels ready to take the next step.
“When Jonas Carney reached out this season, I felt like I was ready to make the move to a bigger team and race bigger races,” said Clouse. “Rally Cycling has a big presence in Europe and I’m excited to take the next step in my career.”
The Utah native is an experienced bike rider, but she’s not yet learned what she’s best at. She’s hoping to discover where she’ll specialise in the coming seasons, and in the meantime, Clouse knows what she’s looking forward to most.
“European one-days are my absolute favourite kind of racing,” said Clouse. “My cyclocross background really comes in handy when racing short, punchy climbs over mixed terrain. I can’t wait to get over there with the team.”
Despite her significant haul of national titles, Clouse is most proud of her sixth-place finish at Trofeo Binda and fifth in Gent-Wevelgem, both Junior Nations Cup races she competed in for the US National Team in 2019. The taste of success in Europe was too hard to ignore.
“I’m very motivated to help people win big races against the best competition in the world,” added Clouse. “I believe that helping teammates win in Europe is what’s going to make me a stronger and better bike racer.”
Clouse recently had surgery to repair a torn labrum after dislocating her shoulder. Her recovery is going well as she faces six weeks in a sling and is confident she will be back on the trainer in the coming days. Clouse is expected to be fully healed and ready to join her new teammates at their first training camp in Oxnard, CA in two months.
HEMA Extends Sponsorship of Jumbo-Visma to Women’s Team
Department store chain HEMA has committed itself as a sponsor to the new women’s cycling team of Jumbo-Visma until 2023. With the expansion of the existing partnership of the men’s cycling team and skating team of Jumbo-Visma.
Last year, Jumbo-Visma announced that HEMA was joining the men’s team as co-sponsor. The department store chain may have been hit hard by Covid-19 this year, but that does not seem to have a direct impact on the sponsorship of the WorldTour team. “HEMA also supports the goals of the Jumbo-Visma Academy to stimulate cycling among young people through its sponsorship,” the team said in a press release. “They do this by, among other things, working closely with Dutch cycling associations. The Academy does not only focus on boys, but also on girls. In this way, HEMA fulfils its ambition to achieve an inclusive society, a society in which everyone can participate.”
Richard Plugge, General Manager of Jumbo-Visma: “It is great that HEMA also sees the value of our new project with the women’s team. Within the domain of cycling and skating, we want to perform at the highest level in as many areas as possible, so it is great that many of our current partners are happy to participate in these kinds of opportunities and developments.”
HEMA CEO Tjeeerd Jegen also emphasises the importance of women’s sport. “Led by multiple champion Marianne Vos, the women’s team wants to become the best in the world in the coming years. We would like to contribute to that.” The men’s team is also assured of HEMA as a partner until the end of 2023.
Jumbo-Visma women’s team riders in 2021:
Teuntje Beekhuis (Lotto Soudal)
Jip van den Bos (Boels-Dolmans)
Nancy van der Burg (Parkhotel Valkenburg)
Anna Henderson (Sunweb)
Romy Kasper (Parkhotel Valkenburg)
Anouska Koster (Parkhotel Valkenburg)
Riejanne Markus (CCC-Liv)
Pernille Mathiesen (Sunweb)
Aafke Soet (Ceratizit-WNT)
Karlijn Swinkels (Parkhotel Valkenburg)
Julie Van de Velde (Lotto Soudal)
Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv).
Marianne Vos to lead the new Jumbo-Visma women’s team:
Nikolas Maes Team Director Lotto Soudal
From January 1st, Nikolas Maes will join the group of Lotto Soudal team directors with a very specific schedule. Maes, a professional cyclist for fourteen years, announced his retirement as a cyclist two weeks ago.
“I am already preparing for my second career in the construction and real estate industry but I cannot pass up the opportunity to lend a hand to Lotto Soudal. Cycling is and will always be my passion,” explains Nikolas Maes.
“We love not to waste the expertise we have in-house,” continues John Lelangue, General Manager of Lotto Soudal. “We are continuing what we started last year with Maxime Monfort, our new Performance Manager. Nikolas will be deployed in the spring and will take care of the youth in the team. He has plenty of experience and knows the house like the back of his hand. Over the past four seasons, Nikolas has shown himself to be an indispensable link at Lotto Soudal during the spring classics.”
“The classics are my field. The team is counting on my experience, but I am also looking forward to integrating all those many young, new and youthful talents into the team. This is a project that I like to put my shoulders under. 2021 will be very instructive year for me,” Nikolas Maes concludes.
Team Jumbo-Visma Relieved with Perspective After Conclusion of Groenewegen Disciplinary Case
Team Jumbo-Visma is relieved that clarity has come in the disciplinary case against Dylan Groenewegen following the incident during the first stage of the Tour of Poland in August. A nine-month suspension period, starting from the date of the incident, has been accepted by the sprinter from Amsterdam. Groenewegen will be back in action for Team Jumbo-Visma from 7 May 2021.
“It was a crash where the severity of the consequences was unfathomable. Now that the disciplinary case has been concluded, we can start looking forward again. We will do that together with Dylan. We are relieved that there is now perspective and clarity. We wish Fabio Jakobsen the same. The encouraging reports about his recovery do us good,” director Richard Plugge of Team Jumbo-Visma says.
Groenewegen has cooperated fully with the investigation and has once again acknowledged his regrets for deviating from his line during the sprint in question. He also emphasised that he had no intention of endangering people or inflicting physical injury. The 27-year-old sprinter will make an effort for activities to promote safe cycling.
Groenewegen: “The crash in the first stage of the Tour of Poland will forever be a black page in my career. During the sprint I deviated from my line. I am sorry, because I want to be a fair sprinter. The consequences were very unfortunate and serious. I am very aware of that and I hope this has been a wise lesson for every sprinter. I follow the news of Fabio’s recovery very closely. I can only hope that one day he will return completely. Closing the disciplinary matter creates clarity. That gives me the opportunity to look ahead again. I am happy about that, even though May 7th is still far away. I am happy with the support I get from Team Jumbo-Visma, my family and friends. Together we will work towards that day both mentally and physically.”
Simmons Back with Trek-Segafredo
Quinn Simmons has had his ban lifted by the Trek-Segafredo team, and no further action to be taken. Team boss Guercilena emphasises that Simmons is an important part of the sporting plans for 2021. At the end of September, the young rider was suspended by his team after some “divisive, inflammatory and harmful” tweets. He had used a black emoji in a tweet supporting US President Donald Trump.
Simmons was suspended “until further notice,” with the team stating that they would work with their sponsors to “determine how to proceed.” The matter has now been resolved, no further action is being taken and that both parties are looking forward to next season. “We look forward to next season and see Quinn as one of our most talented riders to perform at the next level in 2021,” added Guercilena.
Nippo-Delko One Provence Team Manager Responds to Accusations
Nippo-Delko One Provence has been written about negatively in the news in recent days and team manager Philippe Lannes in particular has suffered. Several riders of the French team are still waiting for part of their salary, but according to Lannes there are no payment problems at all.
It has been said that team manager Philippe Lannes would not respect the current contracts of some employees and riders are under pressure to make certain business decisions. Atsushi Oka and José Gonçalves, two riders who are under contract with Nippo-Delko One Provence, have sounded the alarm. The UCI announced that, at the insistence of several riders, a procedure is pending against the French team. The riders hope that the UCI bank guarantee of the team will be released.
Lannes argues against the charges. “I can assure people that all riders and staff members have been paid until October 31, 2020. We also have not received any information from the UCI and there is no legal procedure at all. Until now we have not had any contact with legal authorities, or heard anything at all. Most people within the team are incredibly motivated towards 2021,” according to a press release.
Bad news from Nippo-Delko One Provence:
45 Police Officers Positive for Covid-19
No rider tested positive for the coronavirus during the Vuelta a España, but it has become known that 45 police officers who accompanied the Vuelta are infected with the virus. The agents are currently not showing any symptoms, according to the Spanish news agency EFE.
The 45 members of the Guardia Civil, the national police unit in Spain, were tested for corona on Sunday evening after the last Vuelta stage. On Tuesday, these tests turned out to be positive, but the police officers had already gone back to their homes all over Spain, unaware that they were contagious.
A total of 150 police officers were tested for the virus on Sunday evening. During the Tour of Spain, these people were responsible for cordoning off the course and the safety around the race. The workers’ union within the Guardia Civil, JUCIL (Justicia para la Guardia Civil), is clear in a press release. “The fact that these police officers were able to return home is against the regulations of the health authorities. This should not happen again. We understand that this can happen in a serious pandemic, but the leadership of the Guardi Civil needs to be stricter in future and come up with better protocols.”
Race director Javier Guillén was still relieved after the final stage in Madrid and was of the opinion that a ‘competition bubble’ could work. “It shows that many events and projects can continue if we do everything right in the health field. Wearing a mask, social distancing, limiting social contacts: it works.”
2021 Tour de Yorkshire Postponed But Race Organisers are Committed to See the Race Return in 2022
Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.) have confirmed that the 2021 Tour de Yorkshire will now be postponed until 2022. The difficult decision has been made after in-depth and constructive discussions with race organisers A.S.O., and also after detailed consultation with all the tourism agency’s local authority partners.
This sixth edition of the race had been due to take place between 30th April and 3rd May 2020, but the developing situation with COVID-19 meant the event simply became untenable.
Welcome to Yorkshire’s Chief Executive James Mason said: “During these uncertain times Welcome to Yorkshire need to focus on the immediate needs of the industry without committing both financial and human resources towards any activity or event that we cannot be certain of. Cycling has become synonymous with Yorkshire and the Tour de Yorkshire has become a firm fixture on the world cycling calendar due to the reception the riders and teams receive in our county. Whilst it is very disappointing that we will be bereft of this wonderful race for another year the decision we have made it the right one and perhaps the only one we could make. The uncertainty in front of us meant it was impossible to plan or commit the resource that the race needs. This has been a mutual decision made by Welcome to Yorkshire and the A.S.O. and we will all now look forward to putting all our energies into bringing the race back bigger and better than ever in 2022.”
Yann Le Moenner, the Director General of A.S.O. said: “We fully understand Welcome to Yorkshire’s position and are totally associated with this joint decision. We have worked a lot together since the Grand Départ of the Tour de France 2014 to put the Tour de Yorkshire on the top of the international cycling calendar. This work is obviously not wasted and we will collectively do our best to re-launch the event in 2022 and give the chance to the world’s best riders to be on the Yorkshire roads in front of one of the most enthusiastic audiences the cycling world has ever seen.”
The Tour de Yorkshire is of huge economic benefit to the county and its creation followed the success of the 2014 Tour de France’s Grand Départ in Yorkshire. This hugely popular event attracted 4 million roadside spectators with 188 countries broadcasting the race live contributing to £330m worth of media coverage with the Grand Depart in Yorkshire trending worldwide on Twitter.
Subsequent Tour de Yorkshire’s from 2015 to 2019 have also been an incredible success for the county, boosting the economy and showcasing spectacular Yorkshire scenery across the globe. Benefits for the county during the Tour de Yorkshire have included record-breaking figures of 107.5m Twitter reach (2016), 2.6m spectators along the route and a £98m economic impact (2018), plus a TV audience of 28m in 190 countries (2019).
More information about the Tour de Yorkshire on www.letour.yorkshire.com
Greg Van Avermaet winning stage 4 of the tour de Yorkshire 2019:
UAE Team Emirates Launches UAE Champions Challenge
As part of its ongoing commitment to inspire the next generation of cyclists in the UAE, UAE Team Emirates have launched a ‘Champions Challenge’ to encourage UAE residents of all ages to pick up their bikes, get outside and start cycling and recording their activity over the next two weeks.
The challenge comes after the success of the team in this year’s Tour de France where Tadej Pogacar, the 22-year-old Slovenian starlet, officially became the youngest ever post-war winner.
Cycling fans in the UAE are encouraged to ride 36.2km, the length of stage 20 of this year’s Tour, to honour Pogacar’s individual time-trial triumph that took him to first place in the General Classification in his first ever Tour.
The challenge, which will run until Saturday 28th November, is a fun, fully inclusive and free competition where people of all ages, backgrounds, abilities and gender are invited cycle, take pictures, videos and log their activities using the Inphota platform in a bid to win prizes.
Tour de France winner and UAE Team Emirates rider, Tadej Pogačar said: “The past few months have been a whirlwind; winning the Tour was amazing and I am happy to be a part of such an amazing team. We have had a very successful season and I am exceedingly proud that I can play my part to help inspire people and grow the sport of cycling in the UAE. I know firsthand how important our job is, as riders, to encourage the next generation from the UAE and challenges like this can really help do that.”
Kids are encouraged to complete the Stage 20 distance in their own time over a number of days during the two-week time slot whilst adults are tasked to complete it in one in the quickest time possible. People who don’t have any cycling equipment are able to rent a bike and helmet for free at Yas Marina Circuit, Zayed Sport City and Al Hudayriat Island.
The UAE’s first ever Olympic cyclist and UAE Team Emirates rider, Yousif Mirza said: “It’s amazing to be a part a team that are so committed in inspiring young children from my home country. I fell in love with cycling because it was something I could enjoy with my friends and family – I just loved riding my bike and being involved in initiatives like this makes me very proud. Since the team was formed, I’ve seen the number of kids on their bikes here go up and up each year, all with huge smiles on their faces. The weather is perfect at the moment and I am looking forward to seeing everyone’s results”
Participants of the challenge will be able to upload images and videos and track their activity over the course of the two weeks using the Inphota app and be in with a chance of winning a plethora of amazing prizes including a signed Tour de France yellow jersey by Tadej Pogacar, cycling helmets, caps, gloves, bottles, team jerseys and replica t-shirts.
The challenge builds on the work already done by the UAE Team Emirates Youth Academy, which was launched in 2018 exclusively for school children living in the UAE. The cycling initiative has already engaged over 1500 children across 25 schools and contributes to the team’s goal of growing the sport and promoting a healthier lifestyle in the UAE.
To join the challenge, head to the Inphota website to register.
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