Two ‘Top Stories’ in today’s EUROTRASH Thursday: Eddy Merckx and Roger De Vlaeminck are both in hospital and ASO presented the 2020 Tour de France route. On the race front we have reports from Sluitingsprijs Putte-Kapellen and the Telenet Superprestige in Gieten. Other news: Wout van Aert for the Tour, Cavendish-Keisse for the Gent 6 Days, European track championships, teams for the Tour of Guangxi, Total Direct Energie for the Chrono des Nations, Taylor Phinney to retire, more rider contracts, Specialized celebrate with Deceuninck – Quick-Step and we finish with video of Dan Martin’s farewell in Lombardia. Lots to catch up with.
TOP STORY: Merckx and De Vlaeminck in hospital
Last week we reported on EUROTRASH that French hero, Raymond Poulidor, had been admitted to hospital suffering from fatigue, but the 84 year-old seemed not to be responding to treatment. Now we hear that Belgian stars; Eddy Merckx and Roger De Vlaeminck were both admitted to hospital last weekend.
Eddy Merckx was rushed to the hospital on Sunday according to Belgian media. During a bike ride with friends, the five-time Tour winner fell and sustained a major head injury. The “Cannibal”, the nickname of the now 74-year-old former rider, was rushed to hospital in Dendermonde for treatment. Because he has a pacemaker, no risks were taken and he underwent further investigations on Monday. If no complications are identified, Merckx will be transferred to a “normal” nursing ward.
“I had contact with his wife Claudine last night,” his friend Paul Van Himst told Sporza. “According to her, it is okay all in all. New investigations are planned today.” Merckx won his first of five Tour victories exactly fifty years ago, and as a tribute it was decided to start the 2019 French Grand Tour in Brussels.
Roger De Vlaeminck
Roger De Vlaeminck is also in hospital. The 72-year-old cycling legend was unwell on Saturday morning and was admitted with a fever to the intensive care unit of the AZ Alma in Eeklo, reported Het Laatste Nieuws. De Vlaeminck is currently undergoing investigations to determine what exactly is wrong.
“Monsieur Paris-Roubaix” told the Belgian newspaper that he was suffering from chills on Friday evening. The next day he decided to go to the hospital. The four-time winner of Paris-Roubaix will have to stay in hospital for at least two days. “They want to fully screen me to find out the cause of my ‘malaise’,” said De Vlaeminck. “The fever has subsided and I also feel no pain. Although it has settled a bit on my neck muscles.”
Merckx and De Vlaeminck in Paris-Roubaix:
Tour de France 2020
The 3,470 kilometre 2020 Tour de France race route was officially unveiled on Tuesday. After the Grand Départ in Nice, all five mountain ranges in France will be crossed, making this a perfect Tour for a true climber. The Pyrenees are first visited before the high Alps in the final week. On the final Saturday of the Tour, there is a climbers time trial to La Planche des Belles Filles. The Tour avoids the north of France.
The riders will have a hard time from the first stages and the GC men will have to be careful. On day two, there are two climbs of more than 1,500 metres on the program. In total the riders have 29 climbs of Cat.2, Cat.1 and Cat.HC. Stage 4 has the first summit finish in Orcières-Merlette ski resort. On the sixth day the Tour pays homage to Tim Krabbé on Mont Aigoual.
After the Pyrenees there are the climbs of the Puy Mary and the Grand Colombier with uphill finishes. The highest climb is the Col de la Loze, at 2304 metres on the Alpine stage 17 to Méribel. The next day, just like in 2018, the riders are presented with an unpaved road on the Plateau des Glières on stage 18 to La Roche-sur-Foron.
La Planche des Belles Filles is the final climb of the Tour. In 2020 it will be climbed as a time trial, the only test in the Tour. The unpaved part at the top, which was added for the first time last year, is not part of the course.
The sprinters have not been forgotten: Eight stages could end in a bunch sprint, but five seems a more reasonable guess. In addition to the final stage on the Champs-Elysées, the finishes in Nice (stage 1), Sisteron (stage 3), Privas (stage 5), Lavaur (stage 7), Île de Ré (stage 10), Poitiers (stage 11) and Lyon (stage 14) all have possibilities for the fast-finishers.
2019 Tour de France winner, Egan Bernal: “The riders will attack, since there are many hard and steep climbs. It will be a nice Tour for the viewers. It will be another Tour. I want to return next year, especially because I am the defending champion, I have to discuss it all with the team and Dave (Brailsford). We will first have to analyse the course and then make a decision I would like to be at the start of the Tour again, but I also have a lot of respect for the Giro d’Italia and la Vuelta a España. Although I would like to ride with the number one in the Tour.”
Four-time Tour winner, Chris Froome: “It is what it is. We always have to adapt to the course, that’s just part of cycling. The Tour will be decided in the mountains, especially with the final mountain time trial. It is a Tour suitable for climbers. It’s a nice round for Egan. I am optimistic about my chances, but then I will have to reach my old level. It is important to first reach top level again. Rehabilitation is more than successful. I feel stronger every week. Hopefully it stays that way and I can make my return soon.”
French star of the 2019 Tour, Julien Alaphilippe: “I will study the parcours in detail together with the team, but what I can already say is that it’s one of the toughest editions in recent years, with a demanding opening weekend in the south that will create some gaps and several gruelling climbs. On paper, there are a couple of stages that suit me, but I will know more once I do the recon. What I can tell you for now is that I won’t go for the general classification, as next season I will have other goals. Overall, is a parcours that I like, with many new climbs, which will make the race more interesting and spectacular, but at the same time, harder, and I can’t wait to be at the start in Nice.”
Romain Bardet: “Once again the Tour de France has created a very beautiful route. The number of stages in the mountains will offer us the chance to put on a good show, and I imagine that many riders will want to take part. This presentation has given me the chance to see what we’ll be facing more clearly, and offers new elements to finish drawing the outlines of my 2020 season.”
Steven Kruijswijk: “I would like to come back to the Tour. We can also take all three to the Tour (Kruijswijk, Roglic and Dumoulin). Then we still have five places to fill. But we must first see what the goals are. How we are going to figure that out is something for the team management. We will probably come together in December to make plans for the coming season. The Tour has been busy in recent years to lay down a tough and challenging course. It is a surprising sequence, with a time trial at the end. The initial part is hard, while the middle part is perhaps a little less difficult. But I’m looking forward to it. You really have to be good all round.”
Thibaut Pinot: “It is a Tour that is tailored to the climbers, not just my size. I am already a fan of the course. Of course it is clear that it is a course for me, but other drivers must also like this course. I think this is ideal for Egan Bernal, for example. I know that route by heart. It is going to be a difficult time trial that the climbers should enjoy. That makes it a fight every day. You can make a difference on these climbs.”
Hilaire Van der Schueren (Wanty-Gobert DS): “The 2020 Tour de France is designed for climbers, the second stage already proving to be a challenging course, with numerous climbs in the surrounding area of Nice. Wanty Gobert-Tormans will relish the presence of Xandro Meurisse within the team, having already demonstrated his capacities on comparable profiles. With new sprinting capacity within the team, Wanty Gobert-Tormans also looks forward to the sprint opportunities within the race. We’re not at the Grand Départ in Nice yet, but we have had a successful season throughout 2019 including a strong presence in the Tour de France. This will hopefully place the team in a good position for a new invitation to the Tour. We concluded three previous Tours with vigor, and we’re still in the battle for the title of best or second best Pro Continental team in the World Ranking. Preparations for the 2020 season are already in full swing with Wanty Gobert-Tormans.”
You can see Ed Hood’s ‘PEZ 2020 Tour de France First Look’ tomorrow.
Saturday June 27 to Sunday July 19 – Tour de France 2020 Stages:
Stage 1: Nice Moyen Pays to Nice (156km)
Stage 2: Nice Haut Pays to Nice (187km)
Stage 3: Nice to Sisteron (198km)
Stage 4: Sisteron to Orcieres-Merlette (157km)
Stage 5: Gap to Privas (183km)
Stage 6: Le Teil to Mont Aigoual (191km)
Stage 7: Millau to Lavaur (168km)
Stage 8: Cazeres to Loudenvielle (140km)
Stage 9: Pau to Laruns (154km)
Monday July 6 – rest day
Stage 10: Ile de Re to Il d’Oleron (170km)
Stage 11: Chatelaillon-Plage to Poitiers (167km)
Stage 12: Chavigny to Sarran (218km)
Stage 13: Chatel-Guyon to Puy Mary (191km)
Stage 14: Clermont-Ferrand to Lyon (197km)
Stage 15: Lyon to Grand Colombier (175km)
Monday July 13 – rest day two
Stage 16: Tour du Pin to Villard-de-Lans (164km)
Stage 17: Grenoble to Meribel (168km)
Stage 18: Meribel to La Roche-sur-Foron (168km)
Stage 19: Bourg-en-Bresse to Champagnole (160km)
Stage 20: Lure to La Planche des Belles Filles ITT (30km)
Stage 21: to Mantes-la-Jolie to Paris (122km).
Sluitingsprijs Putte-Kapellen 2019
Piotr Havik won the Putte-Kapellen Sluitingsprijs, the last race of the Belgian road season. The 25-year-old rider held off a chasing peloton with a late attack in the final kilometre. It was a special day for Havik, as he has signed a contract with the Danish ProContinental team Riwal-Readynez for 2020.
The Sluitingsprijs Putte-Kapellen used to be a professional race, but last year the organisation decided not to accept a UCI status. However, it does not detract much from the allure of the season closing race, although it seemed to disappear from the calendar this year after the organiser Golazo dropped out. The Belgian entrepreneur Ben Simons, however, decided to step in, so that the continuity of the event w assured for the time being. This allowed a big peloton to start on Tuesday in Putte for a race of 185 kilometres.
Maxim Vantomme was ahead at the star of the last local lap of 17 kilometres, but the rider of the Tarteletto-Isorex team was caught by the sprinter’s teams. After catching Vantomme, it looked like we would have a bunch sprint, but Havik clearly had other ideas. The BEAT Cycling Club rider attacked in the last kilometre, took a gap and stayed out of the grip of the sprinters. For the Dutchman – who will race at a higher level next season – it is his second victory of the season as he won the GP Stad Zottegem.
Havik was accompanied on the podium by British Luke Mudgway and Lionel Taminiaux. The Sluitingsprijs Putte-Kapellen was the last race for the ProContinental Roompot-Charles team, they rode for sprinter Michael Van Staeyen all day, but the Belgian had to settle for fourth place.
Sluitingsprijs Putte-Kapellen Result:
1. Piotr Havik (Ned) BEAT Cycling Club in 3:54:42
2. Luke Mudgway (GB) EvoPro Racing at 0:01
3. Lionel Taminiaux (Bel) Wallonie-Bruxelles
4. Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Roompot-Charles
5. Jelle Mannaerts (Bel) Hubo-Titan Cargo
6. Glenn Debruyne (Bel) Cibel
7. Michiel Stockman (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex
8. Niels De Rooze (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex
9. Wim Reynaerts (Bel) Cibel
10. Aaron Verwilst (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise.
Telenet Superprestige – Gieten 2019
Eli Iserbyt has continued his top form with the win in the Superprestige in Gieten. The Belgian cross rider from the Sauzen-Bingoal team was embroiled in a duel with Quinten Hermans. For a while Toon Aerts was also involved, but due to bad luck he fell back. Corné van Kessel took third.
Lars van der Haar and Gianni Vermeersch had a fast start, but couldn’t make a big gap. A leading group of around ten riders took the lead for a few laps, although Tom Pidcock and Van der Haar were missing. On the fourth lap, man-in-form Eli Iserbyt escaped with Quinten Hermans on his wheel. A group with Belgian champion Toon Aerts followed at about 15 seconds. Aerts didn’t want to wait for his colleagues and decided to attack at the halfway point from Joris Nieuwenhuis, Corné van Kessel and Lars van der Haar.
The moment Iserbyt and Hermans had taken the lead, a mistake allowed Toon Aerts to join them, but not for long. Another error on the bridge allowed Toon Aerts to return again two laps from the finish. By that point Lars Boom had already abandoned as he had fallen on his knee during the reconnaissance and also had problems with his back.
Aerts already had trouble staying with the leaders, but on the penultimate lap he also lost his chain. Because of this he had to walk and saw a possible podium place disappear. Iserbyt then used a technical sand section and the following running section to shake off Hermans, after that he could celebrate his fourth victory of the season so far.
Race winner, Eli Iserbyt (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal): “The running sections in particular were very hard on my short legs. I’m glad I grab what I can grab so early in the season. I am looking forward to riding against him (Van der Poel). Although I and a lot of other people already know the result.”
Telenet – Superprestige Gieten Result:
1. Eli Iserbyt (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal in 1:04:13
2. Quinten Hermans (Bel) Telenet Baloise Lions at 0:17
3. Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet Baloise Lions at 0:43
4. Lars Van der Haar (Ned) Telenet Baloise Lions
5. Jens Adams (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 1:08
6. Daan Soete (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 1:17
7. Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Creafin-Fristads at 1:21
8. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 1:26
9. Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Baloise Lions at 1:40
10. Joris Nieuwenhuis (Ned) at 1:56.
Van Aert Tour Participation: “Chances are he will start”
Wout van Aert still has a long way to go with his rehabilitation, but sporting manager Merijn Zeeman is very optimistic about his Tour chances. “There is a good chance that Wout will be at the start in Nice.”
Zeeman was in Paris for the presentation of the 2020 Tour de France. “Wout is heading in the right direction. If you saw Chris Froome walk across the stage, Wout has it a lot easier at the moment. We just have to wait and see if he will not relapse during his rehabilitation in the coming months.”
Zeeman expects Van Aert to be at the start of the 107th edition of the Tour de France. “A good Wout van Aert is a fantastic rider in the service of Dylan Groenewegen or another leader, but he can also ride for his own account. So I certainly expect him in the Tour.”
Wout Van Aert – Tour stage winner:
Cavendish-Keisse Team Up for Gent ‘6 Days’
The organisation of the Six Days of Gent has announced its first pairing. Mark Cavendish and Iljo Keisse already have a history together on the track. Both riders have been second in Gent. Keisse will be chasing his eighth win, while Cavendish will be looking for his second win.
The Six Days of Gent announced the first top duo for the 79th edition. Both Cavendish and Keisse have already celebrated great successes on the track, including on the six-day circuit. 36-year-old Keisse has won the 6 Days of Gent seven times as the home favourite, the Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider comes from Gent.
Three years ago, Cavendish was the best in Kuipke in together with Bradley Wiggins. The Isle of Man rider has also ridden the six-day event with Keisse. In 2014 they came close to victory, but eventually lost to Jasper De Buyst and Kenny De Ketele. Cavendish and Keisse also know each other from their period at the Quick-Step team.
The Six Days of Gent will be held this year from the 12th to the 17the of November. Keisse will start as the defending champion, as he won with Elia Viviani last year.
#EUROTRACK19, The Road to Tokyo 2020 Passes Via Apeldoorn
Less than ten months from the Tokyo Olympic Games, the Track European Championships that will be held in the modern Omnisport facility in Apeldoorn (Netherlands) from 16 to 20 October, will include a series of new interesting initiatives in view of the OG.
The spotlight will be on the best Track riders from Europe during five days of racing, which will also be one of the last opportunities to compete internationally before the Olympics.
Among the 315 registered from 26 countries including some of the best international Track cyclists, such as Elia Viviani (Italy), Olympic gold medallist at Rio de Janeiro in the Omnium and current European Road champion, the French riders Bryan Coquard and Benjamin Thomas who have always alternated between Track and Road with excellent results, as well as the Dane Lasse Norman Hansen winner in 2012, aged only 20, of the gold medal at the London Olympics in the Omnium, as well as Theo Bos (Netherlands).
The participation of the multiple Olympic champion (six titles won in his career) Jason Kenny will also be very interesting since he will be one of the leaders of the British national team along with Ed Clancy (three Olympic gold medals and five World Championships gold medals to his name) and the sprinters Gregory Baugé (France) and Tomas Babek (Czech Republic).
In the Women’s events, one of the stars will undoubtedly be the local girl Kirsten Wild who will be competing in the Omnium, a speciality in which she is current world champion and opponents such as the British four-times Olympic champion, Laura Kenny and the Dane Amalie Dideriksen.
Rocco Cattaneo, President of the Union Européenne de Cyclisme: “The Apeldoorn Championships that will begin in a few days will have a very high level of participation, confirming that Track cycling is one of the priorities for European federations. The passionate and knowledgeable Dutch public will be able to enjoy exciting and spectacular races and also see close up the riders who will be competing in the Tokyo Olympic Games in 10 months. Track cycling in Europe has always been one of the disciplines with the biggest talent pools and we should not forget that at the 2016 Rio Olympics 9 out of the 10 titles at Rio 2016 were won by European riders.
I would like to thank the Dutch Cycling Federation presided by Marcel Wintels, the city of Apeldoorn and its Mayor Petra van Wingerden-Boers, the company LIBEMA, a cast-iron guarantee in terms of organisation and which has always been closely involved with UEC events, and all the volunteers for their professionalism and passion in the staging of this great sporting event.”
Info #EuroTrack19 – click here.
UEC European Championships Track Cycling Apeldoorn
The track season is finally starting for our track team. At the European Championships our riders will start their journey towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. BEAT riders Roy van den Berg, Theo Bos, Matthijs Büchli, Laurine van Riessen and Nicky Degrendele will represent their national teams during the tournament.
The tournament will be kicked off on Wednesday, when the Dutch national team rides the team sprint. Roy van den Berg and Matthijs Büchli have been selected to ride the team sprint for the Netherlands. For van den Berg, this means that he can defend his European title. Büchli was not a part of the 2018 team, but he is the reigning world champion as a member of the Dutch squad during the World Championships. The Dutch team is the main title contender in this event.
In addition to the battle for the European title, there’s also a competition going on within the Dutch team. Matthijs explains: “only three Dutch riders can be a part of the Olympic team. There are currently five world class riders fighting for these spots. The European Championships in itself is obviously a big goal, but it’s also very important to prove ourselves in order to have a chance to participate at the Olympic Games. In the end, the main goal is to be part of the Olympic Team and fight for the gold medal in Tokyo.”
Throughout Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Laurine van Riessen and Nicky Degrendele will conquer the sprint and keirin events. Their tournament will start with the qualification rounds for the sprint event on Thursday. If they manage to reach the semi-finals, they will be entering the track again on Friday. Both riders have won several national titles in the sprint and will now try to win their first continental medal. On Saturday they will start the keirin tournament as title candidates. Both riders have previously managed to win World Cup events in the keirin and Degrendele is obviously the former World Champion.
Büchli will also ride the keirin event on Saturday. It is a special event for him: “It’ll be my first keirin race in the rainbow jersey. I don’t really know what to expect for the tournament. It’s the first race of the season so I’m lacking some competition rythm. My form is better than it usually is at this point in the season so I hope it’ll be enough to properly showcase the jersey.”
Theo Bos will be the final BEAT rider in the event when he competes in the kilometre time trial on Sunday. He will try to follow up on his silver medal at the 2019 World Championships with a new podium spot.
Men’s team sprint:
Roy van den Berg and Matthijs Büchli with Harrie Lavreysen and Jeffrey Hoogland
Nicky Degrendele and Laurine van Riessen
Nicky Degrendele and Laurine van Riessen
Men’s Kilometre Time Trial:
A Promising Line-Up for Tour of Guangxi
It is time for Tour of Guangxi to bring the curtain down on 2019 season. Sprinters have the best opportunities in first 3 days. Afterwards, GC contenders will take over to be the protagonists in Stage 4 at the finish of Mashan Nongla Scenic Spot. The short climb on the way to the finish will definitely make selection and decide the competition of the overall. Stage 5 & 6 are medium mountain stages. According to the result of its last 2 edition, the fast men should be able to overcome the climbs and compete for the victories in Guilin, the city renowned for its scenery of karst topography. Last year, 5 out of 6 stage victories were delivered by the fast men. In its third edition, 15 WorldTeams are attending to this 6-stage race.
Rik Verbrugghe will be our Sports Director to lead Team Bahrain-Merida: “We go for the sprint with Phil Bauhaus, Andrea Garosio and Antonio Nibali for GC, while others will work for the sprint or breakaway.”
TBM’s line-up for Tour of Guangxi:
Chun-Kai Feng, Marcel Sieberg, Mei-Yin Wang, Phil Bauhaus, Andrea Garosio, Valerio Agnoli, Antonio Nibali
UAE Team Emirates Riders Gear Up for Season Finalé in China
The finale of the 2019 World Tour season is upon us as UAE Team Emirates travel to China to draw a close to a long season of top tier racing. The third edition of the six-day Tour of Guangxi will suit the team’s fast men with five of the six stages expecting sprints.
Sports Directors Paolo Tiralongo and Bruno Vicino will guide the following riders through the six stages:
– FERRARI Roberto (Italy)
– GAVIRIA Fernando (Colombia)
– MOLANO Sebastian (Colombia)
– OLIVEIRA Ivo (Portugal)
– PETILLI Simone (Italy)
– RIABUSHENKO Aleksandr (Belarus)
– TROIA Oliviero (Italy)
Riabushenko said: “China will mark the end of what has been a long season. In the second half of the year I managed to find good form and I’ll be relying on holding that form to be competitive during the harder stages in China. The team is also well equipped for the stages which finish in a sprint.”
Preview Tour of Guangxi
For the final race of the 2019 cycling season, Lotto Soudal will be heading to China, where the six-day Tour of Guangxi starts on Thursday 17 October. Lotto Soudal rider Tim Wellens won the inaugural edition of this WorldTour stage race back in 2017. Sports director Mario Aerts discusses the Lotto Soudal line-up and the course which, on paper, looks harder than the two previous editions.
Mario Aerts: “There are some differences between racing in China and Europa. For example, there are few, if any, roundabouts, traffic islands or other obstacles. In general, the roads are wide and there is new asphalt, especially for the race.”
“On paper, the course looks indeed a little harder, compared to the two previous editions. But the general classification will once again most likely be decided during stage four, with the summit finish in Nongla. The final climb is three kilometres long. First, there’s 1.8 kilometres of climbing to the KOM prize, from where the road rises more gently. The final 200 metres till the finish are again steeper. The other stages are not very selective, except from the renewed stage three.”
“Because we don’t have a sprinter within our selection, the slightly harder parcours could play into our hands. In the past, Frederik Frison has already sprinted and he can maybe try to be up there. Avoiding a bunch sprint in China is really hard, but we can always try, of course.”
“With both Marczyński – who performed well during the Italian races – and Carl Fredrik Hagen, we have two riders who can target stage four and the general classification. A harder climb would maybe have been better for Carl, but he can definitely still show something with his Vuelta shape. It is also good for him that he raced in Lombardy, because his last race was the World Championship. So, the overall will be our main goal, a top ten result should definitely be the aim. Like always, we will start with ambition and we have to seize every opportunity that arises.”
“I also wouldn’t underestimate Victor Campenaerts – with the shape he is in – on the uphill finish. Of course, Victor is not a climber, but he can definitely aim for a nice GC result. Victor is really motivated to show himself during his last race for Lotto Soudal.”
Line-up Lotto Soudal Tour of Guangxi:
Victor Campenaerts, Carl Fredrik Hagen, Adam Hansen, Rasmus Byriel Iversen, Frederik Frison, Tomasz Marczyński and Brian Van Goethem.
Sports director: Mario Aerts.
Deceuninck – Quick-Step to Tour of Guangxi
Enric Mas will close out his run with the Wolfpack at the race scheduled between 17-22 October.
For the third year in a row, the season ends in China at the Tour of Guangxi, a race which has been kind with our team, who at the past two editions has won a total of six stages and three distinctive jerseys. Coming into the race, Deceuninck – Quick-Step tops the UCI World Team Classification – which our squad has led since March 2018 – and now has the chance to win it for the second consecutive season.
The parcours will be again a mix of flat and hilly stages, with the now traditional climb to Nongla (3.2 kilometres, 7.3%) set to be decisive in the fight for the overall standings, together with the ten bonus seconds awarded to the victor at the end of the day.
Enric Mas, who will pin a number on his Deceuninck – Quick-Step jersey for the last time, will carry our team’s GC ambitions at the Chinese race, where he will line up after strong showings at both Milano-Torino and Il Lombardia, together with Rémi Cavagna, Mikkel Honoré, Iljo Keisse, Davide Martinelli, Pieter Serry and Petr Vakoc.
“It’s a shame that we don’t have Alvaro Hodeg here, who would have been a protagonist on the flat stages, but we have a back-up plan for the bunch sprints and we are quite confident we can score some nice results in the Tour of Guangxi. You can be sure that we’ll try to do something, as we are motivated to end the season on a high and do a good general classification with Enric, who showed in the Italian Classics last week that he can stay with the best riders in the world and is really motivated for this race”, a confident Geert Van Bondt said ahead of the final World Tour appointment.
17.10–22.10 Gree-Tour of Guangxi (CHN) 2.UWT
Rémi Cavagna (FRA), Mikkel Honoré (DEN), Iljo Keisse (BEL), Davide Martinelli (ITA), Enric Mas (ESP), Pieter Serry (BEL), Petr Vakoc (CZE).
Sports Director: Geert Van Bondt (BEL).
CCC Team Set to Finish the Season At Gree-Tour of Guangxi
CCC Team is heading to China for its final race of the 2019 season, Gree-Tour of Guangxi, with a fast roster which is focused on stage wins.
Sports Director, Jackson Stewart explained that the team will be looking to get a good result on the flat stages. “We are going to China to finish off our season on a high note. There are several stages which will most likely end with a field sprint and we will look to be competitive on those days with our fast team. Josef Černý, Kamil Gradek, Gijs Van Hoecke, Guillaume Van Keirsbulck and Francisco Ventoso will try to race aggressively and should be able to help our sprinters, Jonas Koch and Jakub Mareczko, who has had great success in the races held in China. It’s not only the last UCI WorldTour race of the season but, also the last race in general for the team in 2019 so, we hope to finish the season off strong,” Stewart said.
Jakub Mareczko is looking forward to return to China, where he has won over 30 races. “It’s the last opportunity for me to showcase myself in the sprint this year and I hope to take full advantage of it. There are a few flat stages on the menu and despite the long season I’m still very motivated to perform well there. I’m very excited to come back to China where I always have a very nice experience and where in the past I was able to get nice results. I believe that I’m in a good shape and I feel that I’m ready to finish the season off in a good fashion. We’re going to China with a strong and fast roster which is ready to race aggressively and attentively in the finale, where positioning is the key.”
Gree-Tour of Guangxi (17-22 October)
Josef Černý (CZE), Kamil Gradek (POL), Jonas Koch (GER), Jakub Mareczko (ITA), Gijs Van Hoecke (BEL), Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (BEL), Francisco Ventoso (ESP).
Sports Director: Jackson Stewart (USA).
Gree-Tour Of Guangxi
Matt Winston – Team Sunweb coach: “We’re looking forward to our last race of the season in Guangxi. We’re going with a team that in the sprint stages will focus on setting up Max for the finishes, while Martijn and Lennard will be our two GC cards. It’s a good and mixed team that covers all bases for the six-day stage race and we hope to finish off the year with some nice results.”
Asbjørn Kragh Andersen (DEN), Nikias Arndt (GER), Johannes Fröhlinger (GER), Lennard Kämna (GER), Max Kanter (GER), Florian Stork (GER), Martijn Tusveld (NED).
Tour of Guangxi Women’s WorldTour
Nicolas Marche – Team Sunweb coach: “It’s the last race of the season and we are really motivated to do well in Guangxi and end the year in a nice way, with the team still training hard and focused for this race. The previous two editions of the race have ended in sprint finishes but with the climbs we need to be careful for any attacks. Coryn arrives as our leader and the team will work to set her up for the finale.”
Susanne Andersen (NOR), Franziska Koch (GER), Pernille Mathiesen (DEN), Coryn Rivera (USA) and Julia Soek (NED).
Taylor Phinney to Retire from Professional Racing
This weekend in Japan, Taylor Phinney will zip up his EF Education First kit for the last time. He’ll pin on his numbers, and clip in for what is the final professional race of a career that’s been beautiful, frustrating, and everything in between.
From the Olympics to the Tour de France to the cobblestones of Roubaix, there’s no one who’s done it quite like Taylor Phinney. He won numerous junior titles on the track and competed in the individual pursuit at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, finished fourth in the road race and time trial at the 2012 London Olympics four years later, completed two Tours de France and last season came in eighth at Paris-Roubaix, his favourite race.
He fought back from a career-threatening leg break sustained in 2014, and along the way began to ponder a life outside of professional racing. Eventually, the side of him hoping to explore art and music, the side of him hoping to dig deeper into a place rather than a suitcase… that side won out.
We talked to Phinney about his decision to move on from road racing, how he reconciles the expectations held by others for his cycling career with his own ambitions and dreams, and what’s next.
You’re retiring from professional cycling after nine seasons in the WorldTour and more than a dozen years of racing. What did it feel like to make that decision?
Well, first of all, it sounds funny that word, “retiring.” It doesn’t really feel like that for me. But I would like to extend a large amount of gratitude to the people who have followed my career for the last 12 years. I’ve felt a lot of really positive support from people and really no negativity. Just positivity and love. This decision has been something that I’ve been back and forth struggling with for a long time, and by a long time I mean a couple of years, and ultimately, I feel like my body sort of made this choice for me. I’ve now been injured longer than I’ve not been injured as a professional athlete. And I felt that it was a good time to click out and trade in my chips and get out of the casino. The support network that I’ve had through EF Education First, and then before EF with BMC, has been paramount to being able to stay on the bike and being able to line up for races. But at some point, you don’t want to just be lining up for races to finish them. It’s time to take that energy and put it into something fresh, something new, something unknown. I’m stepping away so that I can be more true to myself, which means to make art, to make music, to create and cultivate. I’ve kind of had one foot in the sports pool and then one foot in the art pool, and art just won at some point.
The fact that you showed incredible talent early on, the fact that your parents were both sublime cyclists — that certainly added up to a lot of expectation. Do you feel like you delivered on that? Does it matter?
I’m grateful that people would like to see me do amazing things on a bicycle. But the reality is, being touted as something, having talent or being told that you have talent… Talent is nothing without work ethic, and work ethic comes from genuine passion for what you’re doing. And if you are constantly forcing your work ethic because your passion is elsewhere, then potential and talent mean nothing. And if there’s anything that I can take away from the sport of cycling it’s that, you can be as talented as you want, but if you don’t wake up every morning and you don’t want that thing, it doesn’t matter. I think that there’s a lot of power in recognising that you don’t have the genuine passion for the thing that you’re doing anymore. And then having the courage to make that choice, to make that decision when you’re so deep in it. I feel like I’ve been basically preparing for this for a while now, cultivating the ability to voice my honest opinion and say: “I think that I don’t want to do this anymore.”
So much of your life has involved racing. What memories stand out to you?
I think that my personal highlight was racing the USA Pro Challenge in Colorado when it existed and being able to race through my hometown of Boulder and up Flagstaff. That was super-duper fun… a total trip. Beyond that, this year, having Alberto win the Tour of Flanders, that felt like that kind of checked a box somehow. Just to be involved in something of that magnitude and see how difficult it is to actually win one of those things.
What’s the reaction been to your decision?
I haven’t really told that many people, to be honest. I can’t thank EF enough for the support that they’ve given me throughout this year to allow me to just finish things out. I’ve been loving every single day since I made the decision — riding my mountain bike a ton. It’s been overwhelmingly positive when I’ve talked to people about it. I mean, there’s a little bit of surprise involved, but then anybody who knows me, who really knows me, they’re just very happy that I was sort of finally able to make this decision.
What do you want to say to the Taylor Phinney fans?
I feel like everybody who follows me, who enjoys my personality, character, riding style, whatever … They’re going to be able to connect with me on a deeper level. I’m not going anywhere, is what I’m saying. I’ll be around and I want to try to help to change this sport from a different angle, just not from the racing side. And to be able to ride my bike for fun. I don’t want to race anymore, but I love riding my bike more now than I did when I started racing. I’m so fortunate that I’ve been able to make a living from racing my bike and that I have this opportunity to step away at the age of 29, and to have a foundation that I can then step off of into wherever I want to go. To have that opportunity is one thing, but to take that opportunity — I feel like it doesn’t happen very often, and I want to be one of those people who takes that opportunity.
No more racing at all?
You may or may not see me in an enduro race next year. If I’m going to race anything, it’s going to be that. I just want to shred, you know? I was born into a cycling family, but I really fell in love with sport through freestyle skiing… Like Jonny Moseley and Shane McConkey. Shane McConkey especially was my number-one hero. And I decided to be a cyclist instead of a skier because, somehow, I thought it was safer for my body, and I was also better at it. But now I’ve sort of had this return to freestyle extreme sports through my mountain bike, and it’s… I feel like a 15-year-old again.
Bahrain-Merida Team Adds Six New Riders for the 2020 season
Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team is delighted to announce that six new riders will join us in the upcoming season. Pello Bilbao, Rafael Valls, Eros Capecchi, Scott Davies, Marco Haller and Kevin Inkelaar have all signed with the team for the next two years.
“We are thrilled these six riders will join the team and be part of its future direction with Rod Ellingworth and McLaren”. – Team Bahrain Merida, General Manager Brent Copeland.
Pello Bilbao, from the Basque country, became more widely known after taking 6th place in the general classification at the Giro d’Italia 2018. In the same year, he won the first stage at the Tour of the Alps and 6th Stage at the Criterium du Dauphine. In 2019 he won two stages at Giro d’Italia, proving that his performance gets better each year.
Rafael Valls is an experienced Spanish climber who won the Tour of Oman in 2015. In 2017 he was 7th overall at Tour Down Under and 10th overall at Criterium du Dauphine.
Eros Capecchi from Italy is a Giro d’Italia stage winner and adds further firepower to our climbing line-up. He also brings with him over a decade of World Tour cycling experience.
Marco Haller, an Austrian sprinter and experienced rider, will be a major contributor to lighting up our classic and one-day race campaigns.
The team is also committed to nurturing the emerging stars of tomorrow. Kevin Inkelaar, 22, and Scott Davies, 24, are two such riders who have already proven their ability to perform at the highest level. We look forward to seeing them both thrive with the help and guidance of the team.
Bahrain-Merida Team is proud to welcome all six riders to the team and for them to be part of the next chapter of our journey. Every one of them will play an essential role from the beginning of the next season onwards, and we are confident that we will enjoy many great victories together.
Oier Lazkano Signs Professional Contract with Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
The feeder team of Caja Rural-Seguros RGA keeps bringing young values to the professional roster of the Spanish squad. If Joel Nicolau and Jefferson Cepeda were the first to promote mid-season, having completed their second full season as an Under 23, it is now Oier Lazkano who ensures a contract with the Professional-Continental team for 2020.
The rider from Vitoria (1999) has ratified in his time in the amateur field his conditions as a cyclist, with a great development and evolution.Three wins in his debut season; nine at the conclusion of 2019, including the Santikutz Klasika, two stages and the general of the Vuelta a Palencia or a stage of the Vuelta al Bidasoa. As a climax, he has closed the year competing as a stagiaire in various professional competitions.
Oier Lazkano: “Becoming professional is the reward for the work of these years. The experience of seeing me in that bunch means reaching a dream. I have already been able to compete this year as a stagiaire, but I did not reach the level I expected. I got tired of all the season and I did not perform well, although in those four races I learned many things that will be very useful for the coming years.
One of the goals I had for this season was to maintain a good level throughout the year and I think I have fulfilled it. It has also been a great learning season, with good experiences, both in tours and in classics outside the Basque Country.
Looking forward to the next year, the goal is to continue learning and adapting myself to the new category, also to give my best to help my teammates. It would be very special for me to ride the Itzulia, the race of my home land.”
Samitier Takes Leap Towards WT with Movistar Team
24-year-old Spaniard, a combative climber with great performances in the 2019 La Vuelta, adds his talent to a youthful Telefónica-backed roster next season.
The Movistar Team announced Monday that Sergio Samitier (Barbastro, ESP; 1995), a member of the Euskadi – Murias ProConti outfit, has signed a contract for the next two years (2020 + 2021) with the squad managed by Eusebio Unzué, thus taking the leap towards the UCI WorldTour.
Samitier has completed brilliant performances during the recent Vuelta a España, with several breakaways that included stage Combativity prizes, such as the one obtained at the Acebo stage when he contested the day’s victory with Sepp Kuss (TJV). The Aragón native, who also finished 3rd in the KOM classification, has taken significant steps forward in the most demanding races this season, close to a top-ten GC finish (12th) in the Vuelta a Burgos and winner of the Mountain jersey in the Tour of the Alps.
A courageous climber (at just over 60kg), this intelligent Spaniard is also a good rouleur: he was vice Spanish U23 ITT champion in 2017, a season where he claimed no less than eight victories with the Equipo Lizarte before turning pro.
Lotto Soudal Ladies: Arianna Fidanza Rides in the Lotto Soudal Shirt Next Year
Next season Arianna Fidanza (24) will ride in a Lotto Soudal shirt. This Italian rider loves the spring races and therefore she has chosen to join Lotto Soudal. A few years ago she already started in a few Classics. She even got 21st in her début in the Amstel Gold Race in 2017.
Arianna Fidanza: “I have chosen for Lotto Soudal because in this team I find the experience to help me further develop as a rider. I will get the space to grow. I love the Flemish races, but the past two seasons I wasn’t able to participate in them with my current team. At Lotto Soudal I will get the chance to ride these again. And I am looking forward to getting to know new races as well. I won two UCI races so far as an elite and it would be a dream come true to claim a victory in the shirt of Lotto Soudal next year. It would also be wonderful to help a teammate take the win.”
“I am a sprinter who prefers sprints after a hard race. I’m good on smaller climbs and therefore I like the spring Classics. I have the ambition to become better in these races. I feel good on that type of courses because it requires a mix of power and stamina. In the beginning of my elite career I already got the chance to ride some of these races and I noticed they suited me. I’m looking forward to be standing at the start again. I not only love the Flemish spring races, but also the Amstel Gold Race and Drenthe for example. But of course I also love the races in my home country. I already finished three times on top ten of the Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli. I like this race very much. And then of course there’s the Giro Rosa. I do hope that the sprinters get more opportunities in the future editions. This year was a very hard Giro, but I got a nice tenth place on the final stage after all.”
Many nice ambitions for this young rider, whose parents were both cyclists. So it’s no surprise that she started cycling as well.
Arianna Fidanza: “I started racing when I was six years old. My dad (Giovanni Fidanza, LTS) was a good sprinter. My mum (Nadia Baldi, LTS) was a cyclist too and my parents met in the national team. They both offer me advice and support. I live in Bergamo, in the north of Italy. It’s perfect to train over here with a variety of routes: mountains, small climbs and flat roads. You can find it all here in the area. But this winter I will head southwards because the weather conditions aren’t always optimal here this time of year.”
2013 Junior World Champion, Arianna Fidanza:
Clara Koppenburg Returns to Bigla to Take on Leadership Role
We are extremely proud to announce that Clara Koppenburg will be returning to ride for Bigla, and take on the position of leader. Clara spent four years on the team, where she learned the craft of professional bike riding and grew into a true talent within the peloton. Having learned much from her years of racing with Bigla, Clara now makes a return to us after a year away, and will be filling the position of team leader. We are incredibly excited to welcome her back to take on this role, and look forward to continuing to support her in achieving her potential within the sport.
She described her excitement at returning to Bigla next season: “My years with Bigla were fantastic, and I learned a lot while I was with this team and really felt like I made so much progress in developing myself as a rider. I noticed that this aspect was missing somewhat when I moved away from the team, so I am very happy to return to Bigla from next year. The atmosphere is excellent, I get along great with the riders, and the entire setup is very professional. I think that the Team Manager Thomas Campana really brings the best out of his riders and I feel like I can make substantial progress in such an environment.”
Discussing what she’s looking forward to achieving next year, she remarks: “My strengths lie in descending and of course climbing, particularly during stage races, and I would also like to work more on my time trialling, which is a discipline I quite enjoy. My other goals also include the Olympic Games and the World Championships, as well as defending my title in Valencia. I’m also looking forward to re-joining my teammates and everyone from Bigla, and I can’t wait to get started!”
Team Manager Thomas Campana said about the signing: “We’re excited to have this very talented young German rider back in the team, and to welcome her home. Clara demonstrated strong performances this year, having won Setmana Ciclista Valenciana at the beginning of the year. She also had a fantastic Tour of the Ardèche, finishing second overall, and was one of the riders who made it into the breakaway at the beginning of the World Championships. This is a confirmation of the team’s successful development of her abilities, and that she is able to move from a support role to a leadership role. We’ve now come to the decision to place her in a co-leadership role, particularly for difficult races like the Ardennes Classics and important stage races. I’m confident that she can make the next step to fulfilling this role with great pride and success, and the team is very excited about welcoming her back.”
Clara Koppenburg – Setmana Ciclista Valencia stage 3:
Juan Fernando Calle Becomes a Professional with Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
Two years as Under 23, both in the feeder team of Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, have been enough to convince the staff of the green squad of the capacities and abilities of Juan Fernando Calle (Colombia, 1999), a very complete rider that has exploded in 2019 achieving six important triumphs. This performance worths a ticket to the professional field.
The young South American cyclist has stood out both for his level in the mountains and for an excellent speed in the final meters that has helped him to achieve several of his successes. Calle started the year winning the always demanding Subida a Gorla, achieving in Lazkao his second success of the season.
Later he had an important role in Bidasoa, reaching the triumph in the KOM, connecting victories in Aretxabaleta, Llodio, the GC of the Euskal Bailarak and Oñate in the last month of competition. Furthermore, he has participated with the Colombian U23 national team in the Giro d’Italia and in the recent UCI World Championship held in Yorkshire (United Kingdom).
Juan Fernando Calle: “It feels very nice to know that next season I will be professional and that I will be able to be in some races competing with many of the riders who once I watched on TV. My balance of 2019 is quite well, since I have been able to get some beautiful victories that have helped me to take this important step. For the next season I want to learn a lot about professional cycling, to grow learning from other riders and I also would like to being in some races ahead trying to fight for a stage.”
Matteo Fabbro Joins BORA – hansgrohe
The 24-year-old Italian climbing specialist has signed a one-year contract with the team from Raubling. Fabbro, who has proven his talent in the past, will add greater consistency to his performances while at BORA – hansgrohe to support the team, particularly in the high mountains.
“I have to say that I’m extremely happy and thankful that Ralph Denk has given me this opportunity. The team operates in a very professional manner and the equipment is really state of the art. Although so many well-known riders are under contract at BORA – hansgrohe and there are accordingly expectations of high standards, I have the impression that everyone also knows how to enjoy racing. That’s something which I really like. I definitely want to further develop at BORA – hansgrohe and take the next step in fulfilling my potential and talent, with the support of the team. I’m going to give it my all and hope that this is the beginning of a long and successful partnership. I would also like to thank Katusha for making my transition into the professional ranks possible, and I’ll always be grateful for that.” – Matteo Fabbro.
“We believe that Matteo has great potential. Over the past few years, he has unfortunately not always been able to completely fulfil this, however we will do everything together to add consistency to his performances. I think that he fits well in our team, and we have proven on several occasions that we are able to develop riders. Matteo is a true mountain specialist, and we will use this talent accordingly. He will be a valuable rider, particularly for our stage race squad.” – Ralph Denk, Team Manager.
Adam Hansen – One More Year at Lotto Soudal
Lotto Soudal is pleased to announce that Adam Hansen signed a one-year contract extension, which sees the 38-year-old Australian stay at the team till the end of 2020. As such, Hansen will continue to share his broad experience with the team in what will be his tenth season in Lotto Soudal colours. The Grand Tour record man is of course happy to stay at Lotto Soudal for one more year and discusses his role and ambitions for the 2020 season.
Adam Hansen: “Has it been ten years already? Really, it doesn’t feel like that at all but I guess time flies when you’re having fun. I like how John Lelangue has evolved the team in its new direction, things are coming to a turning point for far greater success.”
“My role within the team has changed a lot over the past nine years. It has varied from helping out in the sprint, to protecting a general classification rider during the stage. My main role for next season will be just to always be there for the team when needed. I like to be an example to the younger riders. I aim to show a different perspective and I like to tell them to never give up because you never know in modern cycling.”
“Next year, I would love to do the Giro d’Italia again, and maybe even come back to the Tour de France as well. But I have to speak with John about that and see what his vision for the team in 2020 will be. Next week, I will be at the start of the Tour of Guangxi and I really like it. We race so much in Europe and it is nice to have a radical change of racing in a different country.”
Caja Rural-Seguros RGA Promotes Sergio Martín to his Professional Team
A new value from the development team will be part of the professional staff of Caja Rural-Seguros RGA next season. After four years in the elite/U23 category, Sergio Martín (Galapagar, 1996) joins Oier Lazkano and Juan Fernando Calle in their promotion, becoming the sixth signing for 2020.
This season has been the confirmation of Sergio Martín as one of the referents of the Spanish amateur squad, reaching important victories such as the Clásica de Torredonjimeno or the GC and one stage in the Vuelta a Segovia. He has also achieved more than twenty results in the top ten, demonstrating a strength and regularity that placed him as the leader of the RFEC ranking.
His good work has not gone unnoticed by the staff of the professional team. Before the signing of his new contract, he had the opportunity to get together with the elders as a stagiaire in the Tour de Limousin in France. Martín becomes the 105th cyclist who become professional from the Caja Rural-Seguros RGA development team.
Sergio Martín: “It’s a dream come true. Since I have memories of training at the velodrome of my town and going to the races with the club, this was my goal and finally it has been fulfilled. In my third year amateur I had chutes and I lost the dream of being a professional. There were a few difficult months, but later I went back to enjoy the bicycle, recovering my level, remembering what I really wanted and believing that it was still possible. Now I can’t be happier. Regularity has been my strong point this year. Without having won many races I have been able to be ahead from the first to the last. I am very happy for the season that I have done both personally and with the team. Now the first thing is to adapt to the category, find my place and know how far I can go. From there, I want to return the confidence that the team has placed in me giving the one hundred percent for my teammates.”
Jumbo-Visma and Sports Director Verhoeven Part Ways
After years of successful cooperation, Nico Verhoeven will leave the support staff of Team Jumbo-Visma after this season. Since the end of the nineties, Verhoeven has been team leader at Team Jumbo-Visma and its predecessors.
The specific qualities of the 58-year-old former professional cyclist are less evident in the evolving profile of Team Jumbo-Visma. It has been decided that the end of this memorable season is the best time to part ways.
Team Jumbo-Visma has achieved more than fifty wins this year, including four stage victories in the Tour de France and the general classification in the Vuelta a España. In recent years, Verhoeven has been one of the founders of these successes.
Celebrate Deceuninck – Quick-Step with Tarmac
Sixty-six victories. Fourteen days in yellow. Seven Grand Tour stages. Two Monuments. Number 1 ranked UCI team. 2019 has not just been an incredible year for the 25 riders of Deceuninck – Quick-Step, it’s one of the most incredible seasons any team has had in the history of the sport.
To honour the team’s magical year and our 11-year partnership, we’re making a limited-edition Deceuninck – Quick-Step Tarmac Disc frameset that celebrates every win and every rider. Based on the team’s 2019 colorway, only 200 of these individually numbered framesets will ever be made, and each will be an instant classic.
Frameset No. 1 was presented to the team at the Giro d’Lombardia and will hang in Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s Belgian Service Course, a fitting reminder of the team’s achievements. The riders were stoked to receive the frame and find their names and victories called out in the graphics. The Tarmac Disc, the most complete race bike in the world, is the perfect frameset to celebrate the team’s season long success, success around the globe.
“We’re thrilled to celebrate our riders and our victories with Specialized and this very special frame. The riders truly enjoyed finding their names and wins incorporated into the bike’s design. We’ve been partners with Specialized for 11 years and we all work tirelessly to achieve this success, so this bike will hang in a place of honour at our Service Course in Belgium as a reminder of all we have achieved together and all we can achieve in the future.” Said Patrick Lefevere, Deceuninck – Quick-Step Cycling Team CEO.
Only 199 Deceuninck – Quick-Step LTD Tarmac Disc framesets are available to riders globally for $5,500 USD. We’ll announce the frame to the world on the 15th of October at 9am PST and it will be available for pre-order exclusively from Specialized Retailers on the 17th of October at 9am PST.
To learn more about this limited edition and the pre-order process go here.
You can find a detailed list of the product the Deceuninck – Quick-Step won on below:
31 wins on Venge
29 wins on Tarmac Disc
5 wins on Shiv TT
1 win on Roubaix
45 wins with Evade, 16 Prevail II, 5 S-Works TT
41 wins wins in S-Works 7
6 wins on S-Works Turbo RapidAir Tires
For more information on Tarmac Disc go here.
Il Lombardia and Dan Martin’s Farewell
The last Monument of the season played out on the roads of Lombardy, as Dan Martin makes his last outing for UAE Team Emirates.
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