EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!

A very full EUROTRASH Thursday – A sad day as the cycling World said goodbye to Bjorg Lambrecht – Top Story. Race reports and video from the BinckBank Tour, Vuelta a Burgos and the Tour of Utah. Race news from the Arctic Race and the Deutschland Tour, medical update on Domenico Pozzovivo, loads of new contracts and stagiaires, final words from Tour de Pologne’s Czeslaw Lang, Euro champs Trentino 2020 and Dimension Data at the Tour de France video. Everything you need to know…

TOP STORY: Goodbye Bjorg
Family, friends, teammates, other cyclists and fans said their final goodbye to Bjorg Lambrecht at his funeral in his hometown of Knesselare on Tuesday. The 22-year-old Belgian died last week after a serious crash in the Tour of Poland.

Many people were expected at the service for the talented Lotto Soudal rider. At the church there was a large screen TV outside for the public to attend the ceremony. Television stations; VRT and VTM provided a live stream of the funeral.

The large screens outside the Saint Willibrord church

Lotto Soudal said goodbye on Sunday
The Lotto Soudal riders who would be riding in the BinckBank Tour said goodbye to their teammate last Sunday. “A kind of vigil was held together with Bjorg’s parents, sister and girlfriend,” says Lotto Soudal Arne Houtekier, communications officer. “Music was played and lyrics were read. Then we went to greet Bjorg. It was very emotional, but afterwards everyone was satisfied that they could say goodbye in such a tight way.”

The Belgian WorldTour team riders will wear mourning bands around their arms in the BinckBank Tour. The team cars commemorate Bjorg with stickers on the cars with a picture and the text ‘143 Matchbox’. Lambrecht was cremated after the funeral in a private ceremony.

The Saint Willibrord church in Knesselare

Harm Vanhoucke and André Greipel carry the coffin

The coffin of Bjorg Lambrecht in the Sint-Willibrordus church

BinckBank Tour 2019
The flat Stage 1 of the BinckBank Tour was tailor-made for the fast men of the peloton. The riders traversed 167.2 flat kilometers from Beveren in the Belgian province of East Flanders, to Hulst in the southwest of the Netherlands. Like all of this year’s stages, with the exception of the ITT, today’s stage featured a Golden Kilometer containing three intermediate sprints within a distance of only 1000m as well as time bonuses of 3, 2, and 1 seconds.

The second half the stage was made more challenging by six cobbled sections, however, the race came down to the expected mass sprint in Hulst. Not long after the start, a group of four was able to escape, yet their lead grew to no more than 2:30. Rainy conditions during the second half of the race made for a difficult race, and the peloton ultimately split into several groups. Irish champion Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) remained attentive and managed to make the cut into the first group with some teammates.

The sprinters’ teams were sure to not gift the break any chances to take the win, and as a result of the pace setting that was meted out by Bora-Hansgrohe, the distance to the leading quartet began to be whittled down. The race came largely together again, and Bora-Hansgrohe was to be seen once again at the head of the field. With less than 30km remaining, several sprinters’ teams came to the front to share the pace setting duties and close the gap to the leaders. The catch was eventually made with a few kilometers remaining in the race.

Two kilometers ahead of the finish line, Sam positioned himself on the wheel of Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) and waited until the ideal moment to launch his sprint. In the last meters, the Irish champion was able to overtake Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) and Mike Theunissen (Jumbo-Visma), to net his ninth victory this season, and his first in the Irish national champion’s jersey. With his win, he also leads the points classification as well as the overall standings by a margin of 2 seconds.

Stage winner and overall leader, Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe): “I’m really happy to get my first win in the Irish Champion’s jersey here. It was a bit dangerous today with the rain, and I skidded a couple of times, but everything ended up ok. The guys put me in a good position in the finale, and I tried to keep this position over the last two kilometers. Then I got behind one of the sprint trains and then I launched my sprint at the right moment. I have a special connection with Belgium and I am particularly happy about this win because it is always difficult to win at this race.”

5th on the stage and 8th overall, Phil Bauhaus (Bora-Hansgrohe): “It was a bad moment; the peloton was quite split but I managed to come back. At the end it was good, I felt good, I was behind Heinrich, then I wanted to jump on Grunewegen’s wheel but I lost the fight to Bennet, then I was too far back. The speed was good but the finish came to early. Then the team did a great job the whole race. I’m not happy with 5th place, but it’s nice to see that the legs are good for the next few stages.”

BinckBank Tour Stage 1 Result:
1. Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe in 3:37:15
2. Edward Teuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
3. Mike Teunissen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
4. Jasper Philipsen (Bel) UAE Team Emirates
5. Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bahrain-Merida
6. Timothy Dupont (Bel) Wanty-Gobert
7. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
8. Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Ineos
9. Alvaro Hodeg (Col) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
10. Amaury Capiot (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise

BinckBank Tour Overall After Stage 1:
1. Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe in 3:37:05
2. Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) CCC at 0:02
3. Lars Bak (Den) Dimension Data at 0:03
4. Edward Teuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo at 0:04
5. Mike Teunissen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:06
6. Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Wallonie-Bruxells at 0:07
7. Jasper Philipsen (Bel) UAE Team Emirates at 0:10
8. Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bahrain-Merida
9. Timothy Dupont (Bel) Wanty-Gobert
10. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma.

Stage 2 of the BinckBank Tour featured a flat 169.1 kilometer long course that took the riders from the Belgian coastal city of Blankenberg to the West Flemish town of Ardooie and was, like yesterday, a stage for the fast finishers. Just like on Monday, rain and wind made racing more challenging. However, aside from five cobbled sectors, the route did not present any significant topographical challenges.

The stage featured a Golden Kilometer once again, which provided the riders the opportunity to gain further valuable sprint points. The breakaway of the day formed fairly early and was able to carve out an advantage of almost three minutes before the teams of the sprinters, among them Bora-Hansgrohe, took up the chase in earnest.

The German squad led the main field for a significant amount of time to control the tempo, and the distance to the front group dwindled to less than a minute with 30km of road left. The sprinters’ teams had a good chance to contest the win today, and weren’t prepared to let this opportunity slip through their fingers, so it was only a matter of time before the breakaway was caught. With 10km to go, the peloton had the escapees in their sight and it was not long before they were caught. In the finale, Sam Bennett positioned himself on Dylan Groenewegen’s wheel and when the Irish champion swung out from the Jumbo-Visma rider’s wheel, he launched his sprint and was able to secure the win, his second at this year’s BinckBank Tour. With that, he was also able to extend his lead in the general classification and maintain first place in the points competition.

Stage winner and overall leader, Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe): “I can’t believe that I won for a second time here. After 70 km, my legs weren’t feeling the best, and so I was a bit surprised to have pulled it off today. The guys supported me very well and kept me towards the front and in an energy-saving position. In the end, I still had the legs to sprint over the line first. I’m really happy with this win and if possible, I’d like to go for another stage victory here. We’ve had a lot of success here so far, and we’re in good form, so we’ll see what’s possible.”

2nd on the stage and 5th overall, Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates): “We knew that the end would be treacherous, with many technical parts in the final 1500 meters, but we moved very well as a team. My teammates did a great job to get me through it and set me up well for the sprint. Molano was gearing up to launch the sprint but had a mechanical problem and I ended up on my own and ended up getting past by Bennett who was coming fast from behind.”

10th on the stage, Timothy Dupont (Wanty-Gobert): “I had again a good feeling, but I’m rather disappointed about my sprint and my result. We were ready to go to the front collectively, but because of the dangerous finish and chaotic final, we never reached the first positions. I’ll try again this Wednesday in Aalter, hoping for a less nervous sprint.”

BinckBank Tour Stage 2 Result:
1. Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe in 3:45:20
2. Jasper Philipsen (Bel) UAE Team Emirates
3. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
4. Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Ineos
5. Alvaro Hodeg (Col) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
6. Amaury Capiot (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
7. Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bahrain-Merida
8. Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto Soudal
9. Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
10. Timothy Dupont (Bel) Wanty-Gobert.

BinckBank Tour Overall After Stage 2:
1. Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe in 7:27:57
2. Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) CCC at 0:12
3. Lars Bak (Den) Dimension Data at 0:13
4. Josef Cerny (Cze) CCC
5. Jasper Philipsen (Bel) UAE Team Emirates at 0:14
6. Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
7. Robert Stannard (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
8. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:16
9. Mike Teunissen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
10. Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise at 0:17.

Stage 3 of the BinckBank Tour was 166.9 kilometers long, spread out over a number of loops around the small town of Aalter in East Flanders. The route contained several cobbled sections, but apart from that, it was relatively flat and, as expected, the race ended in a fast finish which was fought out between the sprinters.

Today’s stage commemorated the young Lotto Soudal rider, Bjorg Lambrecht, who tragically passed away last week, with the peloton riding through his hometown of Knesselare. After two hours of racing, the early breakaway containing three riders still remained at the front, a couple of minutes ahead of the main field. Bora-Hansgrohe remained at the forefront of the peloton in order to control the tempo, and the breakaway was caught with 70 km to go. Several attacks from the field resulted in yet another breakaway, with a trio escaping up the road. Rain, small and uneven roads, and cobbled sectors made riding conditions rather treacherous but the sprinter teams, kept the leading trio on a tight leash, and in the end it came all together again.

Over the last two kilometers, Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) tried to assert himself in the fight for position, and was able to catch the wheel of Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) and sprint past him in the last few meters. After a photo finish decision, Bennett was declared to have netted his third win in a row in this year’s BinckBank Tour. With this, the Irish champion becomes the first rider to have attained a consecutive hat-trick of stage wins in this race. After today’s performance, he was also able to extend his lead in the overall standings as well as the points classification.

Stage winner and overall leader, Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe): “At first, I was not sure if I had actually taken the win or not. It was a very close finish. It came down to a very chaotic finale. I’m really happy to have done the hat-trick here, and I’m incredibly proud to represent Ireland with the national champion’s kit as well. It took a fair bit of energy to stay up the front in the race today and keep myself out of difficulties, and so it’s fantastic to be able to have taken three wins in a row.”

3rd on the stage and 2nd overall, Jasper Philipsen (UAE Emirates): “Ferrari did a perfect job by ensuring I was in just the right place coming into the final bend. I was considering starting the sprint when I heard the crash behind but decided to wait it out a little bit longer .The headwind was pretty strong and made it hard to hold off Groenewegen, who started on my wheel, and then Bennett was able to come around too.”

7th on the stage, Timothy Dupont (Wanty-Gobert): “I was well positioned behind Dylan Groenewegen in the approach to the sprint, until the last corner, where a crash was caused next to me. I lost speed and had to go full to close the gap to the sprinters who were not hindered by the crash. I’m impressed by my performance during these final 400 meters, so I’m disappointed I couldn’t use it to be in the mix for the podium. With Xandro Meurisse we lost an important member of the team, so I don’t know yet which task I’ll have to accomplish in the Ardennes stage this Thursday. A new sprint chance is awaiting me on Friday.”

BinckBank Tour Stage 3 Result:
1. Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe in 3:48:36
2. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
3. Jasper Philipsen (Bel) UAE Team Emirates
4. Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Movistar
5. Florian Senechal (Fra) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
6. Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
7. Timothy Dupont (Bel) Wanty-Gobert
8. Jakub Mareczko (Ita) CCC
9. Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
10. Amaury Capiot (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise.

BinckBank Tour Overall After Stage 3:
1. Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe in 11:16:23
2. Jasper Philipsen (Bel) UAE Team Emirates at 0:20
3. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
4. Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) CCC at 0:22
5. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) CCC
6. Lars Bak (Den) Dimension Data at 0:23
7. Josef Cerny (Cze) CCC
8. Harry Tanfield (GB) Katusha-Alpecin
9. Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo at 0:24
10. Robert Stannard (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott.

Vuelta a Burgos 2019
Giacomo Nizzolo (Dimension Data) claimed an exciting victory on Stage 1 of the Vuelta a Burgos to take not only the stage but also the overall race lead.

The Italian claimed his third victory of the season with an impressive finish on the steep, twisting climb to the finish in Burgos; throwing his bike to just edge Alex Aranburu (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA). Michael Eduard Grosu (Delko-Marseille Provence) was third.

The win sees Nizzolo also claim the race leader’s jersey, while also leading the points and mountains classifications, heading into Wednesday’s stage over 155km from Gumiel de Izan to Lerma.

Stage winner and overall leader, Giacomo Nizzolo (Dimension Data): “Today was the first stage with an uphill finish and I wasn’t that confident in the beginning as last week wasn’t so easy for me, the feelings weren’t that good. But in the middle of the stage I felt okay so I asked the team to pull in front to bring back the breakaway. I approached the final climb in second position and it was a tough final, a hard one but in the end it worked out so I’m really happy for me and the team. Today is an important day for cycling, I want to give this victory to Bjorg Lambrecht.”

7th on the stage and overall, Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Gobert): “I had some difficulties to get back in the rhythm during the beginning of the stage, as expected after two weeks out of competition. But my feeling got better as the kilometers passed and I was ready for an explosive final. I made a mistake in a cobbled corner with 500 meters to go, and I prefer longer and steeper efforts, but I was in the mix with the best. I really want to thank my teammates, who helped me well today. I was particularly impressed by the work of our young trainee Théo Delacroix, who was strong today. CC Etupes is a good development team, so I was only partly surprised. But he’s proven a good mentality. A nice week of racing awaits us!”

Vuelta a Burgos Stage 1 Result:
1. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Dimension Data in 3:39:17
2. Alexander Aranburu Deba (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
3. Eduard-Michael Grosu (Rom) Delko-Marseille Provence at 0:05
4. Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates
5. Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
6. Gonzalo Serrano Rodriguez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA at 0:07
7. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Gobert
8. Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec at 0:09
9. Fabian Lienhard (Swi) IAM Excelsior
10. Aleksandr Riabushenko (Blr) UAE Team Emirates.

Vuelta a Burgos Overall After Stage 1:
1. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Dimension Data in 3:39:17
2. Alexander Aranburu Deba (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
3. Eduard-Michael Grosu (Rom) Delko-Marseille Provence at 0:05
4. Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates
5. Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
6. Gonzalo Serrano Rodriguez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA at 0:07
7. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Gobert
8. Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec at 0:09
9. Fabian Lienhard (Swi) IAM Excelsior
10. Aleksandr Riabushenko (Blr) UAE Team Emirates.

A few days after his triumph in the Circuito of Getxo, Jon Aberasturi (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) repeated the victory in the town of Lerma, at the end of Stage 2 of Vuelta a Burgos. It was an uphill finish, with 6% ramps and cobbles, the Vitorian sprinter demonstrated his superiority by beating Giacomo Nizzolo (Dimension Data) by 2 seconds. Caja Rural-Seguros RGA’s Alex Aranburu was fifth on the stage and keeps his second place in the general classification.

This is the third success of the season for Aberasturi, the sixth for Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, which has started very well in the Vuelta a Burgos, after Aranburu’s second place on Tuesday on the climb to the castle of Burgos. In addition, Sergei Chernetskii (4th) and Gonzalo Serrano (6th) also remain in leading positions with the tough finish on the climb of the Picón Blanco.

Stage winner, Jon Aberasturi (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA): “I placed myself the best I could before the final climb. Lastra did an incredible job, without him I do not know if I had won, possibly not, since he left me third in the last corner, behind Grosu and Nizzolo. At 200 meters from the finish I saw that I had good legs and, although I knew it could be long, I attacked. In the last 50 meters I looked back and I realized that I would win. It was also a good day for Aranburu. We started with two picks, although it is true that I started with a bit of an advantage, since it was a short and explosive final. The team wrapped me perfect, they helped me a lot, to achieve this important victory in an agonizing ending.”

7th overall, Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Gobert): “Today was definitely not the hardest stage of the week, in absence of wind on the flat roads. The peloton got more nervous towards the final, because we had to pass through a narrow corner with 400 meters to go. I was well positioned to start the slight sloping final on cobbles thanks to the help of my teammates, so my 16th place was the highest achievable result. In addition, I didn’t loose time, so I can look back satisfied on today’s stage, one day ahead of the first mountain top finish this Thursday. This region is new for me, but I watched the finish on the Picon Blanco on tv last year and I think it suits me!”

Vuelta a Burgos Stage 2 Result:
1. Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA in 3:33:49
2. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Dimension Data at 0:02
3. Jonnathan Narvaez (Ecu) Ineos
4. Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
5. Alexander Aranburu Deba (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
6. Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane at 0:05
7. Mihkel Raim (Est) Israel Cycling Academy
8. Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vital Concept-B&B Hotels
9. Fabian Lienhard (Swi) IAM Excelsior
10. Gonzalo Serrano Rodriguez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA.

Vuelta a Burgos Overall After Stage 2:
1. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Dimension Data in 7:13:08
2. Alexander Aranburu Deba (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
3. Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates at 0:08
4. Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
5. Eduard-Michael Grosu (Rom) Delko-Marseille Provence
6. Gonzalo Serrano Rodriguez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA at 0:10
7. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Gobert
8. Fabian Lienhard (Swi) IAM Excelsior at 0:12
9. Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar
10. Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec.

Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah 2019
Canadian James Piccoli of Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling was the fastest man at Snowbird Resort in Monday’s opening day for the 2019 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. Piccoli won the 3.2-mile (5.3-kilometer) Prologue presented by Zions Bank in a time of 8 minutes, 37 seconds.

American Lawson Craddock of EF Education First finished six seconds back in second place. Romanian time trial champion Serghei Tvetcov of Worthy Pro Cycling, who was third overall in 2017, finished in third, half a second behind Tvetcov.

On a picture-perfect day with a backdrop of Mount Superior in the Wasatch Mountains, Piccoli bested 112 other riders on the opening day of racing for the weeklong stage race. Pacing was key on the out-and-back course, half of it on the steep pitches in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Starting at one-minute intervals, the riders went vertical from the start before flying down the fast 1.5-mile descent to the finish line, hitting speeds of 50 miles per hour.

A total of 25 riders are now separated by 30 seconds at the top of the standings, making for an exciting opening to the 15th edition of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah.

Joe Dombrowski (USA) of EF Education First, the overall winner of the 2015 Tour of Utah, is 15 seconds back in seventh place. The 2017 Tour of Utah champion, Canadian Rob Britton of Rally Cycling, is in 14th place, 18 seconds down. Australian Lachlan Morton of EF Education First, the 2016 winner, sits in 16th place, 21 seconds back.

Finishing fourth, Portugal under-23 national champion João Almeida of Hagens Berman Axeon claimed the WCF Insurance Best Young Rider jersey, and the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Most Aggressive Rider jersey. 303 Project’s Antonio Baca of Mexico was voted the America First Credit Union Fan Favorite, in the category of International Rider. Tvetcov claimed the Utah Sports Commission Sprint jersey and Craddock was awarded the Utah Office of Tourism King of the Mountain jersey.

Stage winner and overall leader, James Piccoli (Elevate-KHS): “We’re really happy that we came away with the first stage of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. It’s a great confidence boost going into the week. For sure, seven seconds is not going to be the difference this week between winning and losing with some of the climbs coming up, which are quite beautiful, but also quite hard. But it’s a great way to start the week. I’d like to personally thank everyone from Larry H. Miller Sports and Entertainment for putting their faith in us two years ago. What they don’t know is that they saved my cycling career. I was probably going to stop cycling and then the team, Elevate-KHS, got an invite here (in Utah), and they signed me for this race specifically. If Elevate-KHS wasn’t invited to this race, I probably wouldn’t be a cyclist right now. It was a really tough prologue. I came to see it with our team Elevate-KHS a couple of days ago and since then I’ve ridden it a couple of times, trying to refine my pacing strategy. It was quite complicated with the altitude here at Snowbird and the corners, and the tricky up and down pacing strategy so I rode it a couple of times, a couple of times hard, and every time I got closer to what I wanted to do and today it ended up working out.”

Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah Prologue presented by Zions Bank Result:
1. James Piccoli (Can) Elevate-KHS at 8:38
2. Lawson Craddock (USA) EF Education First at 0:05
3. Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Floyd’s Pro Cycling at 0:06
4. João Almeida (Por) Hagens Berman Axeon
5. Kyle Murphy (USA) Rally UHC at 0:11
6. Gavin Mannion (USA) Rally UHC at 0:14
7. Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) EF Education First
8. Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy at 0:15
9. Keegan Swirbul (USA) Floyd’s Pro Cycling at 0:16
10. Travis Mccabe (USA) Floyd’s Pro Cycling at 0:17.

Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah Overall After the Prologue presented by Zions Bank:
1. James Piccoli (Can) Elevate-KHS in 8:37
2. Lawson Craddock (USA) EF Education First at 0:06
3. Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Floyd’s Pro Cycling
4. João Almeida (Por) Hagens Berman Axeon
5. Kyle Murphy (USA) Rally UHC at 0:12
6. Gavin Mannion (USA) Rally UHC at 0:15
7. Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) EF Education First
8. Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy at 0:16
9. Keegan Swirbul (USA) Floyd’s Pro Cycling at 0:17
10. Travis Mccabe (USA) Floyd’s Pro Cycling.

Italian Umberto Marengo of Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia-KTM accelerated away from a six-rider group in a surprise attack to win Stage 1 presented by Larry H. Miller Group of Companies at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. Marengo covered the 87-mile (139.9-kilometer) course in 3 hours and 23 minutes.

Lawson Craddock (USA) of EF Education First finished second, with the same time as Marengo. With a time bonus, this vaulted the American into the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies Overall Leader’s yellow jersey. Edwin Avila (COL) of Israel Cycling Academy finished third close behind Craddock’s wheel.

Fans were treated to a thrilling finish in North Logan City for five finishing circuits of action-packed racing. Canadian James Piccoli of Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling, who won the Prologue presented by Zions Bank on Monday’s first day of racing, suffered a flat tire on the penultimate lap forcing him to chase back onto the surging peloton. Taking full advantage of the chaos, Craddock initiated a counter-attack just as Piccoli had rejoined the peloton.

In the General Classification, Craddock has a six-second lead over João Almeida (POR) of Hagens Berman Axeon, who was fourth on the stage. Remaining in third place on the G.C. is Serghei Tvetcov (ROM) of Worthy Pro Cycling, 12 seconds down. Moving into sixth place is Joe Dombrowski (USA) of EF Education First, the overall winner of the 2015 Tour of Utah, who is 21 seconds back. Piccoli is now 26 seconds back and sits in 13th position.

Under sunny skies, the early breakaway of five riders escaped the 113-man field only five miles into the Stage 1 presented by Larry H. Miller Group of Companies. Elevate-KHS kept the escapees on a short leash, allowing only a maximum of a two and a half minute lead on the hot day. After being out front for 75 miles, the final remaining rider of the early breakaway, Travis Samuel (CAN) of DC Bank Pro Cycling Team, was reeled in, giving way to an exciting finale. Samuel was awarded the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Most Aggressive Rider jersey.

In addition to the stage win, Marengo also claimed the Utah Sports Commission Sprint jersey. Almeida retained the Subaru Best Young Rider jersey. Samuel Boardman (USA) of Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling presented by Maxxis will wear the Utah Office of Tourism King of the Mountain jersey. The America First Credit Union Fan Favorite jersey was awarded to Maxx Chance (USA) of Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling, winning in the Best Ambassador category.

Stage winner, Umberto Marengo (Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia-KTM): “The team worked perfectly. We had Manuel Bongiorno in the breakaway so no one had to work until the final laps. When Bongiorno had a flat tire, the team moved forwards. On the last lap, I and [Sebastian] Schönberger decided to attack. Schönberger was not as fast as me so Schönberger worked for me, and started to anticipate with three K (kilometers) to go. At the end, this was the perfect move because I could launch my sprint and win.”

2nd on the stage and overall leader, Lawson Craddock (EF Education First): “Everyone was on the limit. Alex (Howes) made a really good call. He noticed that there was a small riser with three and a half, four K (kilometers) to go in the middle of the descent that would be a good place to launch an attack. I kind of went from there. I was able to get some speed, get a gap and from there, there was five or six of us and the race played out. There’s a very strong field here. It’s nice to come back here to America and do that animating for once. That was kind of the point that we (EF Education First) had coming into this race, where we wanted to really just race our bikes, and find the enjoyment back in that. Today was a big step for that, and we’re looking forward to the rest of the race.”

Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah Stage 1 p/b Larry H. Miller Group of Companies:
1. Umberto Marengo (Ita) Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia-KTM in 3:23:32
2. Lawson Craddock (USA) EF Education First
3. Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) Israel Cycling Academy
4. Griffin Easter (USA) 303 Project
5. João Almeida (Por) Hagens Berman Axeon
6. Sebastian Schönberger (Aut) Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia-KTM
7. Travis McCabe (USA) Floyd’s Pro Cycling at 0:06
8. Michael Rice (Aus) Hagens Berman Axeon
9. Tyler Magner (USA) Rally UHC
10. Cole Davis (USA) Hagens Berman Axeon.

Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah Overall After Stage 1 p/b Larry H. Miller Group of Companies:
1. Lawson Craddock (USA) EF Education First in 3:32:09
2. João Almeida (Por) Hagens Berman Axeon at 0:06
3. Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Floyd’s Pro Cycling at 0:12
4. Kyle Murphy (USA) Rally UHC at 0:18
5. Gavin Mannion (USA) Rally UHC at 0:21
6. Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) EF Education First
7. Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy at 0:22
8. Keegan Swirbul (USA) Floyd’s Pro Cycling at 0:23
9. Travis McCabe (USA) Floyd’s Pro Cycling
10. Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Cycling Academy at 0:24.

Belgian Ben Hermans of Israel Cycling Academy powered away from an elite group of riders to win Stage 2 presented by Monster Hydro on Wednesday at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. Hermans, who finished second overall in 2018, soloed to victory on the final epic climb to Powder Mountain Resort in a time of 3 hours and 37 minutes. The stage win put him in the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies Overall Leader’s jersey.

Hermans dropped James Piccoli (CAN) of Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling with four kilometers to go from the 8,900-foot summit after the pair had caught Peter Stetina (USA) of Trek-Segafredo. Piccoli, winner of the Prologue presented by Zions Bank, crossed the line 20 seconds behind Hermans. Trek-Segafredo’s Niklas Eg (DEN) finished third on the stage, 35 seconds down.

Stetina attacked the dwindling peloton on the bottom slope of the steepest roads in Utah to take a 20-second lead on Eg, Piccoli, Hermans and 2015 Tour of Utah overall winner Joe Dombrowski (USA) of EF Education First. Hermans and Piccoli took up the chase to catch and drop the lone American off the front on a bid for glory. Stetina held on for fourth place.

The third day of racing at the Tour of Utah included 7,316 feet of climbing and shook up the overall standings. Hermans surged from 10th place to first place with a 26-second lead on Piccoli. Eg moved to third place, 52 seconds down with his teammate Stetina in fourth place. Dombrowski, who finished fifth on the stage, is now in fifth place overall. Rally Cycling’s Kyle Murphy (USA) dropped two spots to sixth place, while his teammate Rob Britton (CAN) moved up four spots to eighth place. João Almeida (POR) is now seventh overall and remains in the WCF Insurance Best Young Rider jersey.

Lawson Craddock (USA) of EF Education First, who wore the leader’s jersey after Stage 1, dropped to ninth on G.C., 2 minutes and 56 seconds off the lead. Serghei Tvetcov (ROM) of Worthy Pro Cycling dropped from second place to 23rd overall.

The 84.4-mile (135.8-kilometer) stage began in Brigham City. After 25 miles of dynamic racing, including the first intermediate sprint in Brigham City, the six-rider breakaway was established. The escapees gained over three minutes on the peloton before the final riders were re-absorbed at the bottom of the brutal 8.6-mile climb with gradients rising to16 percent to the summit of Powder Mountain.

In addition to the leader’s jersey, Hermans also claimed the Utah Office of Tourism King of the Mountain jersey. Stage 1 winner Umberto Marengo (ITA) of Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia-KTM retained the Utah Sports Commission Sprint jersey. Dombrowski was voted the America First Credit Union Fan Favorite jersey in the Best Climber category.

Stage winner and overall leader, Ben Hermans (Israel Cycling Academy): “I knew I had to be in really good shape on this climb. You can make a lot of time, you can lose a lot of time, on this climb. I hoped for the best legs. I had really good feeling on the climb, so I’m happy I was able to take the win. Peter Stetina attacked quite hard and I knew that I had to set my tempo and look at the other guys. I kept my tempo until five or four K (kilometers) to go. From there, I knew that the chance was big that I could win the stage. It was still hard to get to the finish.”

2nd overall, Larry H. Miller Dealerships Most Aggressive Rider, James Piccoli (Elevate-KHS): “Today we had an extra bit of motivation. I always want to do the best I can here. I think there is lots to play for, and the team is going to do everything we can to continue fighting and to race strong.”

3rd on the stage and overall, Niklas Eg (Trek-Segafredo): “I think tomorrow is also going to be a really hard day. I think it will be hard racing throughout the week every day.”

Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah Stage 2 p/b Monster Hydro Result:
1. Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Cycling Academy in 3:37:44
2. James Piccoli (Can) Elevate-KHS at 0:20
3. Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-Segafredo at 0:35
4. Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo at 0:58
5. Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) EF Education First at 1:26
6. Kyle Murphy (USA) Rally UHC at 1:31
7. Robert Britton (Can) Rally UHC at 1:36
8. João Almeida (Por) Hagens Berman Axeon at 1:54
9. Matteo Badilatti (Sui) Israel Cycling Academy at 2:37
10. Scott Bowden (Aus) Team Bridgelane at 2:52.

Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah Overall After Stage 2 p/b Monster Hydro:
1. Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Cycling Academy in 7:10:07
2. James Piccoli (Can) Elevate-KHS at 0:26
3. Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-Segafredo at 0:52
4. Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo at 1:10
5. Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) EF Edcuation First at 1:33
6. Kyle Murphy (USA) Rally UHC at 1:35
7. João Almeida (Por) Hagens Berman Axeon at 1:46
8. Robert Britton (Can) Rally UHC at 1:47
9. Lawson Craddock (USA) EF Egucation First at 2:56
10. Matteo Badilatti (Sui) Israel Cycling Academy at 2:58.

Utah’19 stage 2:

Arctic Race of Norway 2019

Key points:
In its seventh edition, the Arctic Race of Norway is back to the Lofoten islands that made a big impact in the inaugural event.

Ø Mathieu van der Poel is the star cyclist of the race, having won the cyclo-cross world championship, the Amstel Gold Race and the European championship for mountain-biking this year.

Ø French national champion Warren Barguil and Kazakhstan national champion Alexey Lutsenko are among the top favorites for the overall classification.

Back to the Lofoten islands
The seventh Arctic Race of Norway is back to the Lofoten archipelago for the first time since the inception of the event in 2013, Å being the starting venue of stage 1 tomorrow. Stage 2 in the inaugural edition started and finished in Svolvær, which will be the finish location of stage 2 again, and the winner was… Thor Hushovd who has been the race ambassador since the very beginning. “It remains a great memory”, said Hushovd who was also the first GC winner. “I had never been to the north of Norway before and that was the best way to discover this part of my country. Now, thanks to the Arctic Race, I’m used to come this far north. The course this year is very hard. I believe it suits a pure climber like Warren Barguil who has been the King of the Mountains at the Tour de France two years ago and made the top 10 again this year. He’s clearly one of the favorites.”

Mathieu van der Poel: “I’m here for the sprints”
Crowned world champion for cyclo-cross at the beginning of the year, Mathieu van der Poel had his most successful road season so far as he won six races in Spring including the Amstel Gold Race, which was his last road race before he returned to Norway. In the meantime, he became European champion for MTB. “Overall, I think the Arctic Race of Norway is a little bit too hard for me”, Van der Poel commented on the eve of stage 1. “The climbing was already a bit too hard for me last year and from what I’ve seen, it’s even harder this year, so it’s not really an objective for me to win the overall classification but I’ll certainly try to win a stage or two again when it comes to bunch sprints and then I’ll position my team-mates who are more prepared than me for climbing. The level of the field seems to be higher than last year. I’ve focused on mountain-biking recently. It’s gonna be a choc for the body. Physically, I’m not used to be on the bike for that long anymore, so I’m here firstly to get endurance and road bike racing again. It’s a really nice race. Norway is a beautiful country. I enjoyed it a lot last year and I want to enjoy it again.”

Warren Barguil: “I come back for winning”
A regular fisherman himself in his native Brittany when he’s not on the bike, French national champion Warren Barguil found himself in his natural habitat on the sea shores of Svolvær. “I had bad luck last year, that’s why I wanted to come back to the Arctic Race of Norway”, he explained. “One year ago, I thought I had good legs but I blew up in the crosswinds and I was very disappointed that I had to abandon. I’m avid for a revenge. I’m in a good shape. I’d like to win but it’s different from other races because it’s mostly one climb that should make the overall result and at this time of the year, many riders have a chance to win. I’ve looked at the climb [Storheia summit] online. It seems very steep. Sometimes when it’s too steep, it’s harder to drop the other riders but I’d definitely like to win here.”

Alexey Lutsenko to make his debut at the Arctic Race of Norway
After going out on a boat for a sea eagle watching experience on the pre-race media day, Kazakhstan national champion and Tour of Oman winner Alexey Lutsenko declared: “This was one of the nicest press conferences I’ve ever done! It’s my first time at the Arctic Race of Norway and I was really looking forward to taking part in this event after watching it on TV in previous years. It’s a beautiful race. I’m a bit unsure of my condition after the Tour but I came here for a good result and to start my preparation for the world championship. I’d like to win and I believe the overall classification will be decided on stage 3. Maybe [Storheia summit] is a bit steep for me but I’ll go for the best result I can get.” His Astana team are the defending champions as they won the 2018 Arctic Race of Norway with Sergey Chernetskiy. They also won it in 2015 with Rein Taaramäe who is the only former overall victor in contention and once again a favorite, now racing for Total Direct Energie.

2019 Arctic Race route:

Arctic Race – Vliegen: “Continue my success”
L’Arctic Race of Norway (2.HC, 15-18/08) opens the third hatch of Wanty-Gobert’s program. The Norwegian race, the most northern on the international calendar, starts this Thursday in Å, in the heart of the Lofoten archipelago. The Belgian formation lines up with a sextet, led by Loïc Vliegen, recently winner of a stage and the general classification of the Tour de Wallonie, and local Odd Eiking, who finished his first Tour de France. On their side, directed by Jean-Marc Rossignon, we find sprinter Andrea Pasqualon and baroudeurs Frederik Backaert, Yoann Offredo and Kevin Van Melsen.

Loïc Vliegen: “I feel well since the end of July. I took some rest after the Tour de Wallonie, before increasing the intensity again the last couple of days. I’m rather confident for this Arctic Race, where I performed well in my two previous participations (8th in 2014, 12th in 2016). I appreciate the nice courses and this magnificient region, with roads without any danger.”

“I want to continue my success of the Tour de Wallonie. It’s never easy to win, but based on my current form I can be confident. The general classification will probably be decided on Saturday, in the third stage, with a finish on top of the Storheia, a 3.5 kilometer climb with an average gradient of 11.8%. I lost some weight this year, so even without being a pure climber, I can be confident for this final. But each stage can be tricky, because of the roads exposed to the wind.”

Odd Eiking: “I feel really well after the Tour de France. I took some time to recover well, with several days off the bike, and since then I feel excellent on the bike. L’Arctic Race is always an important appointment in my season, because I don’t have multiple opportunities to ride on home soil. I cherish good memories here, namely with a 5th and 6th place in the general classification.”

“I felt fresh and had good legs each time after my two previous grand tours, so I hope this time will be the same. I aim for a stage win and I even have the final victory in mind, although I don’t know the form of my competitors. I’m very motivated to give all I have, in stage three in particular, which will be a big discovery for everyone, as the road was only asphalted a couple of days before the race.”

The selection from Wanty-Gobert:
Frederik Backaert, Odd Eiking, Yoann Offredo, Andrea Pasqualon, Kevin Van Melsen, Loïc Vliegen.
Sportive direction: Jean-Marc Rossignon.

Wanty-Gobert training:

Stars Align at the Deutschland Tour
In addition to national top riders, like the German rising star of the Tour de France Emanuel Buchmann, current top sprinter Pascal Ackermann and Paris-Roubaix runner-up Nils Politt, a notable list of international pros was named in the provisional line-up of the 22 teams.

The number one of the UCI world ranking and one of the top stars of this year’s Tour de France will start in Germany: Julian Alaphilippe. Together with teammate Remco Evenepoel, Deceuninck – Quick-Step have several cards to play. This year’s route of the Deutschland Tour is full of opportunities that favors both riders. Team Ineos also presents a top team to the German fans. Tour de France second Geraint Thomas returns to the Deutschland Tour after the premiere last year. In addition, the team lines-up former world champion and winner of Milan-San Remo Michal Kwiatkowski, who feels very comfortable with the classic-style profile of the race.

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) will race side-by-side with his future teammate Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo). Dan Martin (UAE-Team Emirates) will participate in a German race for the first time again in the last 6 years. On top, the complete podium of this year’s edition of the Tour of Flanders will meet again at the Deutschland Tour. Alberto Bettiol (EF Education First) challenges Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck – Quick Step) and Alexander Kristoff (UAE-Team Emirates). For the flat stages, the fans can expect a true sprint royale: three-time stage winner of the Tour de France Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) is looking for a decision on the finish line facing Jasper Stuyen (Trek-Segafredo) and the German sprint stars.

Claude Rach, Managing Director of the Gesellschaft zur Förderung des Radsports: “The Deutschland Tour 2019 will bring together one of the best pelotons of this season. The exceptionally high level of teams and riders participating in the Deutschland Tour underlines the evolution of the race. After the promotion to the HC class, the great interest of both the WorldTeams and the German top stars, the announcement of numerous international key riders is the icing on the cake”.

Key points:
Grand Tour winners, more than a dozen Tour de France stage winners as well as World, European and national champions, Monument winners, cycling legends and up-and-coming youngsters – the Deutschland Tour brings together the sport’s best.
Ø The Deutschland Tour takes place from August 29 to September 1 leading from Hannover to Erfurt.

Domenico Pozzovivo Injured in Training Incident
On Monday, 12th August, Team Bahrain Merida rider Domenico Pozzovivo was seriously injured in a training accident. The Italian rider was training on the roads around Cosenza, Italy, when he was involved in a collision with a car. He was immediately taken by ambulance to Annunziata Hospital in Cosenza for treatment.

The 36-year-old Italian rider is in intensive care, and although stable and conscious has suffered multiple bone fractures requiring surgery.

*** Update Wednesday, 14th August – Team Bahrain Merida rider Domenico Pozzovivo will undergo a new surgery, the first one to treat the complex elbow fracture. The surgery is scheduled on Friday morning at the Lugano Regionale Civico Hospital, where the Italian rider has been airlifted from the Cosenza’s Hospital today.

Pozzovivo already underwent a 5-hour surgery on Monday, to stabilize the lower leg fracture with an external rod system and the arm fracture, after he was seriously injured in a training accident, due to a collision with a car.

Team Bahrain Merida medical staff is in constant contact with the medical staff that is taking care of Pozzovivo. They talked to the surgeon Dr. Christian Candrian – orthopaedic specialist of Lugano Regionale Civico Hospital – and he’s confident in Domenico’s possibility to come back on bike. Pozzovivo is confident as well that he will recover well to getting back to racing.

All Team Bahrain Merida wish him a fast recovery and would like to express sincere thanks to the team medical staff that assisted Pozzovivo from the moment of the incident, remaining in constant touch with the Hospital and organizing the private transport from Cosenza’s hospital to Lugano’s hospital.

Domenico Pozzovivo:

Italian Formolo on his way to UAE Team Emirates
Two year agreement for the twenty-six year old national champion.

Davide Formolo will become one of the leading riders at UAE Team Emirates for the 2020 season, with the Italian champion coming on board with the Emirati squad on a two-year contract.

Born in Negrar (Italy) on 25/10/1992, Formolo turned professional in 2014, and has taken three major victories : a stage in the Giro d’Italia in 2015, a stage of the Volta a Catalunya in 2019 and the national champion title in 2019. Formolo also claimed a strong 2nd place in the latest edition of Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

General Manager Joxean Matxin has specified what Formolo’s role will be in the team: “Formolo will form an integral role in the fabric of our team. Davide has great qualities and great potential. He has already achieved some good results in the Classics and in the general classification of stage races and we are confident that he can reach even greater heights in the years to come. He will have the full support of the team for his objectives in the Ardennes Classics and beyond.”

Davide, how does it feel to be joining UAE Team Emirates?
“For me, the move to a team like UAE Team Emirates means a lot. I spent two wonderful years with my current team , but I felt my goals and the plan laid out by UAE Team Emirates fitted together perfectly, so I decided to join this exciting project.”

You’re coming into your peak years now – what are your goals as a rider?
“For the next few years I want to mainly focus on the hilly one-day classics on the UCI World Tour.”

Do you think you can integrate yourself well in a team that includes young talents, experienced riders and current champions?
“Obviously I’m keeping track of the team’s other transfers and they are investing a lot in young riders. This is a clear sign that there is a long-term project to develop, which is a great signal for the future.”

Davide Formolo – Stage win in Catalunya:

Pieter Serry Inks New Contract with Deceuninck – Quick-Step
The 30-year-old Belgian will remain with the team until the end of the 2021 season.

After joining Deceuninck – Quick-Step in 2013, Pieter Serry has proved himself a valuable member of the squad, often seen on the front of the peloton working hard for his teammates, nowhere more so than in the ten Grand Tours that he has raced. As well as giving his all in the service of his teammates, Serry also notched up several impressive results, most recent of which came at this year’s grueling Giro d’Italia, where he put himself in a couple of breakaways and finished twice in the top 10.

“I have been riding with the team for seven years now and it feels like having a second family with the whole squad – the riders, staff and sponsors. It’s really great to work with such a nice and well-knit group. When we are fighting, we are fighting together and we push ourselves to a higher limit, always going for the best possible result. I am proud to be a member of the Wolfpack and want to thank everyone for the confidence they have shown in me. I will be looking to repaying them in the next two years”, Pieter said after putting pen to paper.

Equally happy with Serry’s two-year contract extension was Deceuninck – Quick-Step CEO Patrick Lefevere: “Pieter is another rider that it was extremely important to come to an agreement with and I am delighted that he has signed a new deal. He is always working very hard for the team, everybody can see that and how he always shows his strength and mentality be it small or big races, and he is a very loyal team member, so we are looking forward to two more strong and beautiful years together.”

Pieter Serry:

Harold Tejada Canacue as Neo-Pro to Astana Pro Team
Astana Pro Team has signed a 2-year-agreement with the young Colombian rider Harold Tejada Canacue, who will join the Kazakh team from January 1st, 2020 as a neo-pro.

“For me, the agreement with Astana Pro Team is a dream that has come true. From my early age I am cheering for this team and I always dreamed of becoming its rider. I thank Alexandr Vinokurov and all the management of the team for this chance, for believing in me. I come to a great team with many great riders, real stars. I am very happy to become a part of this sports family. From my side, I will do everything possible to prove myself in the best way, to prove that Astana did not mistake in me. I am ready for this step forward,” – said Harold Tejada.

Harold Tejada Canacue, 22, is coming to Astana Pro Team from a continental team Medellin. This season he won the U23 Colombian National Championships, both individual time trial and road race. Also, he won the youth classification of the Vuelta Independencia National Republica Dominicana finishing 4th in the final general classification. Besides, he was 6th and 8th at the U23 Pan American Championships in individual time trial and road race, respectively. On a professional level Tejada took part in the Colombia 2.1, where he finished inside the Top-20.

In a few days together with the Colombian National Team Harold Tejada will start at the Tour de l’Avenir.

“Harold Tejada is a rider with a big potential and we are curious about the progress he could show at the WorldTour level. He has impressed us this year at the Colombian National Championships as well as at the Colombia 2.1 race, won by our Miguel Angel Lopez. Tejada looks good in time trial races as well as in the mountains, so we are looking forward to work with him during the next two seasons. I would like to wish him a good luck at the Tour de l’Avenir, an important race for all young riders,” – said general manager Alexandr Vinokurov.

Movistar Team Lays Basis for 2020 Women’s Roster
Four riders – Alicia González, Gloria Rodríguez and Spanish champions Lourdes Oyarbide and Sheyla Gutiérrez – of the Sebastián Unzué/Jorge Sanz-led squad extend contracts through end of 2021 season.

Oyarbide and González:

The Movistar Team’s third year in the top tier of women’s cycling already enjoys a solid basis well before the end of the current 2019 season. The Blues confirmed Monday that four of its riders have re-signed for an additional two years – until the end of the 2021 season – with the Blues, all of them youngsters of proven quality: Alicia González, Sheyla Gutiérrez, Lourdes Oyarbide and Gloria Rodríguez.

Rodríguez (27), an experienced rouleur and vice Spanish road race champion in 2018, as well as winner of the Bronze medal in the 2019 ITT; and González (24), podium finisher in the Blues’ first ever race together at the 2018 Setmana Valenciana, are two exemplary domestiques, always willing to support their team-mates.

Gloria Rodríguez:

Another stellar rider, full of determination and all-around quality, is Spanish champion Oyarbide (25), brilliant winner of the final stage in the 2019 Vuelta a Burgos, 3rd overall in the Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour and 6th in the Clásica San Sebastián – all of that, in just three months.

The list of renewals is completed by Gutiérrez (25), one of the Telefónica-backed squad’s references for the classics, a fine sprinter and a great rouleur, as proven by her recent national TT title in Murcia.

“The contract extensions of these four riders are huge for us, being able to set such a strong foundation for our project in the next two years,” said Sebastián Unzué, manager of the women’s Movistar Team. “Lourdes, Gloria and Alicia have been with us since the very first year of the team, and re-signing them is a reward to the great job and notable progression they’ve all followed in the last two seasons.

“Having Sheyla with us through 2021 means we’re retaining a rider quite different to what’s usual in the Spanish peloton. She’s a special one, a woman destined to lead us in the Northern classics, races which she loves and where we’ll surely see her fighting for success in the next few years.”

Sheyla Gutiérrez:

Jonas Koch Extends with CCC Team Beyond 2019
Jonas Koch has re-signed with CCC Team for the 2020 and 2021 seasons after showing his potential in his first year at WorldTour level. Despite being a late addition to CCC Team’s 2019 rider roster, 26-year old Koch has shown his talent and promise during the first part of the season.

“We are pleased to announce that we have extended Jonas Koch’s contract until the end of the 2021 season. Although Jonas was a late call-up to the team, we have been happy with how he has progressed so far with us and he has already shown that he has the talent to race both for a leader and for his own results,” Ochowicz explained.

“Jonas has performed well for the team at a number of one-day races this year, including the Ardennes Classics, and we also saw that he has the potential to grow in this style of racing with a top ten finish at Halle Ingooigem. Jonas has also showed that he has a strong sprint, finishing inside the top ten on the opening stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné before a consistent performance at this year’s Int. Österreich-Rundfahrt-Tour of Austria saw him win the Points Classification and wear the leader’s jersey for one stage. Jonas still has a long future ahead of him and we are looking forward to helping him develop further over the next two years and seeing what he can do.”

Koch is looking forward to spending the next couple of years with CCC Team after learning a lot in his first year with the Polish team.

“I’m really happy to be staying with CCC Team for 2020 and 2021 as it was a huge joy to step up to the WorldTour with the team this year. My experience so far has been great, I have learned a lot and I am really thankful to CCC Team for giving me the opportunity to extend my contract with them,” Koch said.

“I feel great in this team, the environment is very professional and that is something that motivates me a lot. Plus, another big reason for me wanting to stay is that I feel like it is the right place for me to develop and perform well at the highest level of cycling. Over the next two years, I would, of course, like to continue to support the team’s captains to the best of my ability but, another big goal of mine is to continue my own progression and try to make the most of any opportunities that come my way.”

Jonas Koch:

Aalerud Set to Boost Movistar Team’s Climbing Strength
Norwegian youngster, 24, joins Telefónica-backed squad through end of 2021; hopes to take decisive leap forward in top stage-races and mountainous courses.

The Movistar Team announced Tuesday that Katrine Aalerud (Vestby, NOR; 1994) has signed a two-year contract – through the end of the 2021 season – with the squad managed by Sebastián Unzué and Jorge Sanz.

The Telefónica-backed squad will thus enjoy the services of one of the strongest up-and-coming talents in the WorldTour. In 2019, only her third year racing for a UCI team, the Norwegian finished 7th overall in the Emakumeen Bira, confirming a progression that saw her climbing with the best in 2018 at the Tour de l’Ardèche – 9th GC, 7th atop the Mont Ventoux – or the Giro Rosa – 10th at the Monte Zoncolan. Aalerud is also a solid time trialist, having claimed silver at her national TT back in June.

“Katrine is a great reinforcement and a huge prospect when it comes to tough stageraces,” explained Sebastián Unzué, manager of the women’s Movistar Team. “Despite her short career in the top tier of cycling, she’s already notched up remarkable results, both in WorldTour multi-day events and grueling mountain-top finishes, most times showing an outstanding level for her young age. She’s also a strong TT riders, which makes us hold great hopes for her good future in diverse stageraces. We continue to revamp our roster for next season with young, talented riders, which makes us all excited at the Movistar Team about our near future and also gives loads of motivation to our riders heading into next season.”

Katrine Aalerud:

Team Sunweb Strengthen Squad with Tiesj Benoot
Team Sunweb are delighted to announce the signing of Tiesj Benoot, with the Belgian joining the team until the end of 2021. A world class rider, Benoot burst onto the scene in his neo-pro year in the WorldTour with an excellent fifth place at the Ronde van Vlaanderen. Since then Benoot has continued his development into a strong classics rider with his biggest success the win at an epic edition of Strade Bianche in 2018. In addition to his strength in the classics, Benoot has also proved himself on a multitude of terrains taking fourth at the 2018 Tirreno Adriatico, fourth at the recent Tour de Suisse and undertaking a strong Tour de France campaign which saw three top 10 finishes, including an impressive and hard fought second place.

Tiesj Benoot said: “I was looking for a team with a professional and scientific approach where I can make the next steps forward in my career; that’s why I chose Team Sunweb. I’m looking forward to joining a strong group of classics riders at the team, where I believe we can achieve some great results in the coming years. My biggest goal is to further grow and develop as a rider in general and turn that into results with the team.”

Team Sunweb coach Marc Reef added: “We are very happy that Tiesj is joining our team and we can continue his journey to become the best rider possible. Tiesj is someone we have been following for quite a while and there was already contact with him in the past. From the moment he turned professional he showed that he is one of the riders that was always there in the finals of the tough Flemish classics, and was already close to winning one early in his career. He has also showed his versatility in stage races like Tirreno Adriatico, Critérium du Dauphiné and the Tour de Suisse; proving how strong a rider he is. As well as adding firepower to our classics squad alongside guys like Michael [Matthews] and Søren [Kragh Andersen], we’ll also look to achieve more top results in the difficult stage races, using his diverse strength as a rider.”

Tiesj Benoot on the attack in the Tour:

Expert Italians Cataldo, Villella Sign with Movistar
Blues add 27 Grand Tour appearances to its roster with Dario (34 years old), winner of a stage in the 2019 Giro, and Davide (28).

Giro stage win for Cataldo

The Movistar Team confirmed on Wednesday that Dario Cataldo (Lanciano, Abruzzo, ITA; 1985) and Davide Villella (Magenta, Lombardía, ITA; 1991), both currently riding for the Astana Pro Team, have signed two-year contracts – through the end of the 2021 season – with the squad managed by Eusebio Unzué.

The Telefónica-backed squad snatches two talented riders for its WorldTour calendar, solid allrounders who combine for an impressive 27 career appearances in the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España.

Villella, who has shone in breakaways when his team duties have allowed him so – he came close (4th) to a stage win in the 2018 Vuelta a España; came victorious at the 2018 Tour of Almaty and the 2016 Japan Cup, will continue to ride alongside fellow countryman Cataldo, a great individual talent with victories to his name in the Giro – stage 15, 2019, Como – and the Vuelta (Cuitu Negru, 2012), as well as top-ten overall results in Pologne, Austria, Beijing + Tour of the Alps and 12th and 14th-place GC finishes in the Corsa Rosa.

Villella on the attack in Colombia:

KATUSHA and RennRad casting: Juri Hollmann is the new Super Stagiaire
19-year-old German earns an “internship” in Team KATUSHA ALPECIN and starts for the Swiss WorldTour team in Tour of Germany 2019.

KATUSHA and the German RennRad magazine were looking for a rider for the first time this summer in a unique casting, one who officially became part of Team KATUSHA ALPECIN. The jury, consisting of managers, coaches and team riders of the World Tour team, has now chosen the Super Stagiaire: 19-year-old Juri Hollmann. Hollmann will be a stagiaire in the WorldTour Team and take to the start-line with rising star Nils Politt in the Tour of Germany 2019.

“When Erik Zabel told me the exciting news in a telephone call, I was really happy. I immediately began to think what it would feel like to race with KATUSHA ALPECIN in big races and compete with the other pros,” said Juri Hollmann of his first reaction.

“Our jury decided on a majority vote for Juri Hollmann. The decisive criteria for the selection of Juri is his age combined with his talent. His recent achievements in junior and U23, as well as his excellent racing intelligence and attitude toward the sport make him one of the greatest talents in German cycling,” said performance manager Erik Zabel.

General Manager José Azevedo added: “Now Juri has the opportunity to compete in top-level races. We do not expect any victories from him, but we hope that he is on a good level and shows abilities that make us feel positive. He can now prove his potential. There is still a long way to go and he is only at the beginning of his development. We hope for a rider with a special attitude who brings a professional and ambitious approach.”

Casting for stagiaire place by KATUSHA and RennRad magazine
Nearly 200 applicants entered at the RennRad magazine – many of them promising young riders with very different strengths, all of which had one goal: to become a super stagiaire.

Juri Hollmann: “I was surprised by this contest. I had never seen a stagiaire casting publicly advertised before. With this casting, I saw a great opportunity for me and immediately made my application.”

At the end of the first phase, six riders (Juri Hollmann, Aaron Grosser, Patrick Haller, Miguel Heidemann, Joshua Huppertz and Richard Banusch) were selected. In phase two, the different candidates were closely monitored by KATUSHA ALPECIN’s coaching team through training data and race analysis. In the end, the jury of experts decided on Juri Hollmann from the continental team Heizomat – Rad-Net. de.

Fighter, time triallist and taste for the classics
Hollmann has already proven his talent in his junior years. In 2017 he scored a 4th place at the Junior World Championships in the individual time trial. And even in his first season for the team Heizomat – Rad-Net. de on a continental level and just out of the juniors, he was able to indicate his potential. Despite the double burden of both school and cycling, the native Berliner successfully completed his general university entrance certificate, plus he made the leap onto the U23 national team.

Erik Zabel on the U23 national rider: “Juri brings us all the prerequisites to make the jump into professional cycling. Both his good school education and current activity as a sports soldier in the German army, in which he has learned to work within hierarchies, and his comprehensive sports cycling education in the disciplines of road, cyclocross and track speak for themselves. He has produced great results at major international events, with these results distributed over the respective age categories. In addition, we were able to get a picture of the human being Juri Hollmann and his character traits. This further reinforced our decision.”

Hollmann describes himself as a versatile rider with a taste for the classics: “My strength is definitely the time trial plus the Classics suit me well. I think I’m a very combative rider who always tries to give everything. In addition, I would call myself an absolute team player.”

Hollmann’s first race will be for KATUSHA ALPECIN on 15 August north of the Arctic Circle in the four-day stage race Arctic Race of Norway. Then the Tour of Germany with the start in Hannover is a highlight for the allrounder on the program.

“I am very enthusiastic about the racing program I am offered. I am already looking forward to every single race day and am super motivated. I hope I can help the team in the best possible way and also fulfill the other tasks that are being put to me. And of course I would like to present myself and show what my strengths are,” said Hollmann.

José Azevedo: “In principle, stagiaires are not allowed to participate in WorldTour races under UCI rules. The selection of the races for Juri in August we have decided on his riding skills. Especially in the tough Tour of Germany, he will meet world-class competition.”

Erik Zabel: “I would like to see that Juri is free and unconcerned at the start and with his racing intelligence, he will provide fresh wind to our team. Of course, he will have to do some teamwork now and then, but I would be especially happy if he confidently sets the tone in the races, regardless of the placements.”

Juri Hollmann:

Final comments by Tour de Pologne General Director Czeslaw Lang
“This year’s Tour de Pologne was obviously different. A cyclist lost his life and it was a true tragedy. We really hesitated as to how to go ahead. The best way we could find to commemorate Bjorg Lambrecht was to neutralize the next stage and share these terrible moments in unison with the cyclists and the community. It showed us that cycling is not only about racing and results at any cost, but also that the cycling community can simply show care and respect for such terrible events in the best way possible,” explains Czeslaw Lang, General Director of Tour de Pologne – UCI World Tour.

“Sport-wise, the initial flatter stages of the race ended with beautiful sprint finishes from Pascal Ackermann, Fernando Gaviria and Luka Mezgec. Then came the days for climbers – with great racing and many attacks, keeping us guessing the final outcome all the way to the end. The overall winner, Pavel Sivakov, provided quite a tense finish for this young rider, who was kept on his toes by older and more experienced racers. A lot of praise goes to the Polish riders, who raced incredibly well: Tomasz Marczynski fighting for the climber’s jersey, Rafal Majka with a solid outcome and his form still growing, Pawel Poljanski who was also very active in the race. The wild card teams also greatly honored the race. I am thinking, for example, of France’s Charles Planet from Team Novo Nordisk, who wore the jersey for the most active rider in the group from the first round to the last. The 76th Tour of Poland brought us together in the difficult moments and showed some excellent quality riding, and as always, from the sporting point of view the race helped to highlight many young talents,” says Czeslaw Lang.

Netherlands Calling Italy: “Trentino 2020” Shows Promise
The 2020 Road Cycling European Championships, to be held in Trento (Trentino, Italy) from September 9th to 13th 2020, were presented in Alkmaar with UCI President David Lappartient as special guest.

Netherlands calling Italy: European road cycling titles are a two-way business these days. The most successful Nations at the UEC Road European Championships ending today in Alkmaar (Netherlands) with the Elite Men’s race, are also those that are contributing to the growing success of this annual event. Yesterday, Saturday August 10th, in Alkmaar, the “Trentino 2020” committee presented to the press and the international delegations the next edition, to be held in Trento (Trentino, Italy) from September 9th to 13th 2020, with 13 titles up for grabs among road races and time trials, men and women.

Trento’s Sports Assessor Tiziano Uez, UEC President Rocco Cattaneo, Under 23 Road European Champion Alberto Dainese, UCI President David Lappartient and Italy National Team Coach Davide Cassani at the Trentino 2020 Presentation in Alkmaar, Netherlands

“It is an honor for our city and province” – said Trento’s sports assessor Tiziano Uez. “Cycling is the sport of Trentino’s people, represented by many champions including the new Under 23 road champion, Letizia Paternoster. Our passion will be felt by all the participants and fans who will come to Trentino next year.”

Guest of honor of the presentation was UCI President David Lappartient, former President of the European Cycling Union. “Trento will be an awesome setting for the event, growing in visibility time after time” – said Lappartient. “All the riders aim for this jersey; the names of the recent winners stand to show its prestige. If Europe is stronger, then cycling is stronger, with Italy in the front line: just please, Davide Cassani, leave something to other nations too…”

The Italian National Team Coach, joined by new Under 23 European Champion Alberto Dainese, replied to Lappartient with a smile: “I hope next year our rider will be as brilliant and successful as this year in Holland. Curiously, Dainese has grown as a rider in a Dutch team – there must really be a feeling between these two Countries.”

The expectations of the cycling environment for the upcoming event in Italy could be clearly perceived. “It’s a beautiful opportunity” – said UEC President Rocco Cattaneo“to live this event in one of the most sportive city and regions in Italy. I am happy to have President Lappartient on my side, as he was the one who contributed to the growth of the European Championships. We are sure that Trentino 2020 will be another major success.”

Part of a busy season featuring the Olympic Games and the World Championships, “Trentino 2020” opted for a specific strategy, charting less demanding routes – suited to puncheurs and sprinters – to offer an opportunity to those riders who will be ruled out of contention from the other major events, characterized by very challenging profiles.

“I think the OC made the right choices” – said Davide Cassani. “Shorter time trials means giving a greater opportunity to youngsters, and encourage them to focus on the discipline: Evenepoel must be my favorite. The road race course is beautiful too: the first in-line stint (only for the Elite Men) is fairly challenging, also featuring the Monte Bondone, and then the final circuit will make the race interesting with the not-so-tough Povo climb. Sagan, Van der Poel and Trentin will be on call on the day. We are up for some great days in a land that loves cycling and loves to ride.”

Before the final awarding ceremony, Assessor Tiziano Uez receives the baton from Alkmaar in view of the 2020 edition. Thirteen months to go, but the adventure is already on.

Here is the complete program of the 2020 UEC Road European Championships:

Wednesday September 9th, 2020
• Junior Women Individual Time Trial
• Junior Men Individual Time Trial
• Team relay (Men/Women Team Time Trial)

Thursday September 10th, 2020
• Elite Women Individual Time Trial
• Under 23 Women Individual Time Trial
• Under 23 Men Individual Time Trial
• Elite Men Individual Time Trial

Friday September 11th, 2020
• Junior Women Road Race
• Junior Men Road Race
• Under 23 Women Road Race

Saturday September 12th, 2020
• Under 23 Men Road Race
• Elite Women Road Race

Sunday September 13th, 2020
• Elite Men Road Race

Under 23 Road European Champion Letizia Paternoster will be able to defend her crown on her home roads in Trentino:

TDF 2019 | One Day at a Time
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka, together with our partners, sought to approach our video content at the 2019 Tour de France in a unique way.

In one of the toughest editions of the race yet, in which Czech star Roman Kreuziger finished 16th on GC and we scored four top-10 results across the 21 tough stages, it was some of our work off the bicycle that gained acclaim and reaffirmed one of our team’s core missions of changing lives through bicycles.

We undertook a ‘secret’ project, to take eight young aspiring cyclists from the Velokhaya Life Cycling Academy from the Khayeltisha informal settlement outside Cape Town to the Grand Depart in Brussels. The same group, of which all but one had travelled abroad before, assisted in the video announcement of our team.

Only a handful of key staff members knew about this project, together with the race organizers, as the group also joined our team on the presentation stage in Brussels. It was a moment that encapsulated our team’s vision and opened our video sequence under the theme of ‘Inspire’.

In addition, our role as Ambassadors of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation saw the Chairman of the Laureus Academy, All Blacks rugby legend Sean Fitzpatrick, and Chairman of Laureus South Africa, Morne du Plessis, lead a delegation to celebrate Mandela Day with us on 18 July. Nelson Mandela was a founding patron of Laureus and so this was a particularly poignant visit.

These key moments, together with the multitude of unique elements made of up the professional world of cycling were all expertly captured by our outstanding videography team from T&W, in conjunction with our partner Supersport.

This take on the sport resulted in 21 short films of 60 seconds each produced, and in the process took our audience deep into the heart not only of our team but into this incredible event.

We have now consolidated this series into one feature piece, titled: ‘TDF 2019 | ONE DAY AT A TIME’.

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