The Tour sunflowers have wilted, but not to worry there is still lots to talk about in EUROTRASH. Mark Cavendish still winning – TOP STORY. Racing news from the Tour de Wallonie with reports, results and video. Pogačar to race on August 1 in France, UAE Team Emirates won the most money at the Tour, UCI Team Ranking and teams for the CERATIZIT Challenge. Transfer news from Vincenzo Nibali, Finn Fisher-Black, Jacopo Mosca, Marc Soler and Alexander Krieger. Team news: New clothes for INEOS Grenadiers, SEG Racing Academy not a Continental team. No Olympics for Daniel Martínez and Dan Craven due to covid. KAS official soft drink of La Vuelta. Plus video of Mark Cavendish and the Tour de France and the best bits of the 2021 Tour de France.
TOP STORY: Mark Cavendish Wins the Only Belgian Post-Tour criterium in Roeselare
Mark Cavendish won the After-Tour criterium of Roeselare on Tuesday evening. The winner of the green jersey and four stages during the last Tour de France sprinted in West Flanders with Tim Merlier and Jasper Philipsen, two Belgian stars from the last Tour.
The Roeselare criterium is the only After-Tour criterion that could run this summer, due to the corona measures. The organisation had to adhere to a number of rules, the number of spectators was limited and fans had to wear a mask and keep their distance. A moment of silence was also held before the start of the race in memory of the victims of the recent flood.
In addition to the green jersey Cavendish, Merlier and Philipsen (who rode in the special purple Poulidor kit of Alpecin-Fenix) stage winner Dylan Teuns, Edward Theuns, Tim Declercq, Jelle Wallays, Brent Van Moer and Jonas Rickaert were also present. The time trial that was held just before the real criterium was won by ‘El Tractor’ Tim Declercq. The loyal worker of Deceuninck – Quick-Step also received a red lantern afterwards, because of his last position in the Tour classification.
Another win for ‘Cav’:
Ethias Tour de Wallonie 2021
Dylan Groenewegen has won the opening Stage 1 of the Tour de Wallonie. This is the Jumbo-Visma sprint leader’s first win of the season and his first win since his long suspension. Groenewegen was the best in the bunch sprint in the streets of Héron and is also the first leader in the Walloon stage race.
The stage started with a minute of silence in memory of the victims of the severe flooding in Belgium last week. Despite the disaster, the Tour de Wallonie started ‘normally’ and a leading group of seven riders formed early on. However, they never got more than 3 minutes advantage. The leading group of the day consisted of Alexis Gougeard (AG2R Citroën), Julius van den Berg (EF Education-Nippo), Baptiste Planckaert (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert), Dries De Bondt (Alpecin-Fenix), Tom Paquot (Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB), Rasmus Quaade (Riwal) and Andreas Goeman (Tarteletto-Isorex). On the first two climbs of the day, Paquot took the most points, so he took the KOM jersey at the end of the day.
More than 70 kilometres before the finish, the early break was caught by the peloton. The next attack was by a Dutch duo Elmar Reinders and Pim Ronhaar. Deceuninck – Quick-Step and Qhubeka-NextHash led the chase and managed to close the gap to Reinders and Ronhaar. Then it was Stan Dewulf and Jenthe Biermans who escaped. They took a half-minute lead. On one of the uncategorised climbs in the final, there was a lot of attacks in the peloton. Andrea Bagioli and Andrea Vendrame, among others, went on the offensive, chasing Dewulf and Biermans. The Italians, who also had Rasmus Tiller, took the lead in the last kilometres. They started with a 20 second lead in the final towards Héron, but were caught by the peloton just before the finish.
In the bunch sprint that followed; Dylan Groenewegen was by far the fastest. The Jumbo-Visma sprinter, who made his comeback in the Giro after the nine month suspension as a result of the crash with Fabio Jakobsen, had a good gap before the finish. He defeated Hugo Hofstetter (Israel Start-Up Nation) and Gianni Vermeersch (Alpecin-Fenix). Groenewegen will start in the leader’s jersey on Wednesday. Initially, the second stage was canceled due to the flooding, but the organisers found a solution by using the Circuit of Zolder for a stage of 120 kilometres.
Stage winner and overall leader, Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma): “It is a big relief that I finally won again. I already felt good in the final of the stages in the Tour of Belgium, but back then I couldn’t finish it off. The team was in control today and did a great lead-out. I never got in a position where I could get boxed in. Timo Roosen was very strong as last lead-out rider and I only had to finish it off. I am really happy that worked out. This win is more than just a win for me, I went through a very difficult period in which cycling came second. A lot has happened. Of course with the accident, but also in my private life. We have continued to work hard and it is very nice to finally win again. The team has been fully supporting me all the time and I am very grateful to them for that. That has helped me a lot.”
Tour de Wallonie Stage 1 Result:
1. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma in 4:21:36
2. Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Israel Start-up Nation
3. Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
4. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
5. Rui Oliveira (Por) UAE Team Emirates
6. Amaury Capiot (Bel) Arkea-Samsic
7. Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Col) UAE Team Emirates
8. Piet Allegaert (Bel) Cofidis
9. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Qhubeka-NextHash
10. Milan Menten (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauzen WB.
Tour de Wallonie Overall After Stage 1:
1. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma in 4:21:26
2. Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Israel Start-Up Nation at 0:04
3. Dries De Bondt (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
4. Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix at 0:06
5. Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Israel Start-Up Nation at 0:07
6. Stan Dewulf (Bel) AG2R Citroën at 0:08
7. Quinten Hermans (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux at 0:09
8. Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
9. Tom Paquot (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
10. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates at 0:10.
Fabio Jakobsen raised his hands for the first time in more than a year on Wednesday afternoon, when he sprinted to a special victory on Stage 2 of the Tour de Wallonie, held on the famous Zolder motor circuit.
Due to the severe floods that hit the region last week, the stage was initially cancelled, but the organisers had a plan B, which consisted of 30 laps of the 4km circuit which used to host Formula 1 races in the ‘70s and ‘80s, this made for a fast and entertaining stage. Seven riders animated the day, but in fairness their chances of making it were slim, as several teams joined forces to keep the gap in check before easily bringing them back with three laps to go.
Deceuninck – Quick-Step hit the front inside the last 5 kilometres, perfectly escorting Fabio Jakobsen into the final kilometre, where Bert Van Lerberghe provided a flawless lead-out for the 24-year-old. Jakobsen kicked with the line in sight and produced a powerful turn of speed, holding off Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) to capture an emotional victory that marked the end of a long and difficult road.
Stage winner and 2nd overall, Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “I need to thank a lot of people: my girlfriend, my family, the doctors and the team – without them it wouldn’t have been possible. This is also their victory. I am so happy I am in this team and will be part of it in the future. Together we worked on my comeback and it panned out well. It’s been quite a long comeback and to stand here today after that crash is an emotional moment for me, especially as my family is also here and they could see me do what I love so much and take the victory. These last couple of months have been a process where I made step after step, faced some setbacks at times, but continued fighting and believing in myself. I had already won several times before today, but being able to sprint and get the win is a big relief for me.”
Overall leader, Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma): “If I don’t win myself, Fabio will be the lucky one. It’s been a rough time for both of us, but much more for Fabio. It may be an opponent – and luckily we are opponents again – but then it is an opponent I really like. I also think we make each other better. We can only have a lot of admiration and respect for him to win again. And take our hats off, so I’ll do that with this one too. The legs are really good again, we saw that yesterday. Sometimes it just depends on the last puzzle pieces.”
5th overall, Quinten Hermans (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux): “I’m very happy to grab five more bonus seconds today without wasting too much energy. The Tour de Wallonie is often decided for a matter of seconds, as I myself experienced by losing the overall win 3 years ago, for only one second. Knowing that we have a strong team, with riders like Loïc Vliegen and Odd Eiking who have already won on the TRW, I will probably be able to ride a little more on the defensive. We had a strange racing day on this circuit. It’s not easy when you’re used to competing on open roads, but given the circumstances, everyone is thrilled to being able to race.”
Tour de Wallonie Stage 2 Result:
1. Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Deceuninck – Quick-Step in 2:34:42
2. Fernando Gaviria (Col) UAE Team Emirates
3. Amaury Capiot (Bel) Arkéa Samsic
4. Piet Allegaert (Bel) Cofidis
5. Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
6. Marc Sarreau (Bel) AG2R Citroën
7. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Qhubeka NextHash
8. Alexis Renard (Fra) Israel Start-Up Nation
9. Stefano Oldani (Ita) Lotto Soudal
10. John Degenkolb (Ger) Lotto Soudal.
Tour de Wallonie Overall After Stage 2:
1. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma in 6:56:08
2. Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
3. Fernando Gaviria (Col) UAE Team Emirates at 0:04
4. Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Israel Start-Up Nation
5. Quinten Hermans (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
6. Dries De Bondt (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
7. Erik Nordsaeter Resell (Ger) Uno-X at 0:05
8. Amaury Capiot (Bel) Arkéa Samsic at 0:06
9. Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
10. Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Israel Start-Up Nation at 0:07
Tour Winner Pogačar Will Race in France on August 1
Tour winner Tadej Pogačar will be at the start of the Post-Tour criterium in Aix-en-Provence on Sunday 1 August. The AVCAix organisation shared the news on their website. World champion Julian Alaphilippe, who won the criterium in 2019, will also be present.
Pogačar is currently in Japan, where he will compete in the Olympic Games road race on Saturday. Since he will not contest the time trial, he can return to Europe after that. The criterium in Aix-en-Provence, to be precise at the Cours Mirabeau, will have the Tour winner on the start line.
“After Julian Alaphilippe, AVCAix (Cycling Club Amical Vélo Club Aixois) is very proud and honoured to welcome the two-time winner of the Tour de France to our race. He is a big revelation and certainly the greatest Tour rider of this decade,” says organiser Jean-Daniel Beurnier.
Many criteriums are not held due to the corona crisis and the measures in force. The Roeselare criterium will be held in Belgium on Tuesday, but for the rest there is not much for the riders.
Pogačar to ride in Aix-en-Provence:
Tadej Pogačar’s Team won the Most Prize Money in the 2021 Tour
UAE Team Emirates, the team of final overall winner Tadej Pogačar, earned the most prize money in the Tour de France. The WorldTeam collected a total of €619,580, more than a quarter of the total prize money.
Most of the team’s prize money came from the overall victory of leader Tadej Pogačar, €500,000 first prize. The Slovenian also won the KOM and Best Young Rider classification, they were worth €25,000 and €20,000. His three stage victories in the time trial to Laval and the mountain stages to the Col du Portet and Luz Ardiden yielded €11,000 per stage win.
Jumbo-Visma was the second team with Jonas Vingegaard’s second place in the final overall classification which won them €200,000, plus the four stage wins of Wout van Aert and Sepp Kuss. Bahrain Victorious came in third after winning the team classification, Sonny Colbrelli’s third place in the points classification, Wout Poels’ second place in the battle for the KOM and the three stage victories of Matej Mohorič and Dylan Teuns.
Tour 2021 Prize Money after 21 Stages:
UAE Emirates – €619,580
Jumbo-Visma – €359,520
Bahrain Victorious – €170,310
Deceuninck – Quick-Step – €149,690
INEOS Grenadiers – €134,590
AG2R Citroën – €121,230
BORA-hansgrohe – €109.370
Alpecin-Fenix – €81,180
EF Education-Nippo – €69,610
Trek-Segafredo – €62,390
Movistar – €50,140
BikeExchange – €44,610
B&B Hotels – €39,190
Groupama-FDJ – €36,000
Astana-Premier Tech – €35,420
Cofidis – €34,390
Arkéa Samsic – €32,430
Israel Start-Up Nation – €24,870
Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert – €24,230
Lotto Soudal – €23,640
DSM – €13,450
Qhubeka-NextHash – €11,650
#Total prize money after 21 stages: €2,269,450
UAE top earners at the Tour:
UCI Team Ranking
Two days after the Tour de France, the UCI updated the Team Ranking. UAE Team Emirates, the team of Tour winner Tadej Pogačar, passed Jumbo-Visma and is now third. The leader in the ranking is still INEOS Grenadiers with 10,151 points. The British squad saw Richard Carapaz stand on the third step of the podium in the Tour de France. The difference to the second placed team, Deceuninck – Quick-Step, is more than 1,500 points. UAE Team Emirates is now third, Jumbo-Visma and BORA-hansgrohe complete the top-5.
Further down the standings; AG2R Citroën (ninth) has moved further ahead of Movistar (tenth). EF Education-Nippo (eighteenth) has jumped above Lotto Soudal (nineteenth). DSM and Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert are the lowest ranked WorldTeams.
UCI Team Ranking (on 20 July 2021):
1. INEOS Grenadiers – 10,151 points
2. Deceuninck – Quick-Step – 8,611.2 points
3. UAE Team Emirates – 7,600.66 points
4. Jumbo-Visma – 7.516 points
5. BORA-hansgrohe – 6,123 points
6. Bahrain Victorious – 5,949 points
7. Astana-Premier Tech – 5,385 points
8. Alpecin-Fenix – 5,267 points
9. AG2R Citroën – 4,720 points
10. Movistar – 4,511 points
11. BikeExchange – 4,104.33 points
12. Trek-Segafredo – 3,992 points
13. Groupama-FDJ – 3,970 points
14. Israel Start-Up Nation – 3,901 points
15. Cofidis – 3,227 points
16. Arkéa Samsic – 2,798 points
17. Qhubeka-NextHash – 2,734 points
18. EF Education-Nippo – 2,599 points
19. Lotto Soudal – 2,419 points
20. TotalEnergies – 2,193 points
21. DSM – 1,863 points
22. Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert – 1,683 points
Alpecin-Fenix remains the best ProTeam in the UCI Team Ranking due to the successes in the Tour. The Belgian team is now at 5,267 points. The difference to the second team, Arkéa Samsic, is just under 2,500 points. Total Energies, Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB and Uno-X are the next ProTeams in the standings.
Top five ProTeams in the UCI Team Ranking (20 July 2021):
8. Alpecin-Fenix – 5,267 points
16. Arkéa Samsic – 2,798 points
20. TotalEnergies – 2,193 points
23. Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB – 1,421 points
24. Uno-X – 1,365 points.
INEOS Grenadiers still top:
CERATIZIT Challenge by La Vuelta 21 Teams Selected
The organisers of the CERATIZIT Challenge by La Vuelta 21 have chosen the teams that will take part in the 7th edition of the women’s race which will be held from the 2nd to the 5th of September for the first time in Galicia. The most important Spanish race in the women’s World Tour calendar continues to grow and will feature four stages in total: two mid-mountain stages, a mountain time trial and an epic sprint finale in Santiago de Compostela.
The following 9 UCI WorldTeams are automatically invited to the race:
Alé BTC Ljubljana (ITA)
Canyon//SRAM Racing (GER)
FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope (FRA)
Liv Racing (NED)
Movistar Team Women (ESP)
Team BikeExchange (AUS)
Team DSM (GER)
Team SD Worx (NED)
In addition to these 9 teams, the organisers have awarded the following wildcards:
Bizkaia – Durango (ESP)
CERATIZIT – WNT Pro Cycling Team (GER)
Eneicat – RBH Global – Martin Villa (ESP)
Team Coop – Hitec Products (NOR)
Instafund Racing (CAN)
Jumbo-Visma Women Cycling Team (NED)
Laboral Kutxa – Fundación Euskadi (ESP)
Massi – Tactic Women Team (ESP)
Rio Miera – Cantabria Deporte (ESP)
Sopela Women’s Team (ESP)
Team Farto – BTC (ESP)
Team Tibco – Silicon Valley Bank (USA)
Valcar – Travel & Service (ITA)
Women Cycling Sport (ESP)
More information about the CERATIZIT Challenge by La Vuelta: www.challengebylavuelta.com
Trek-Segafredo Expect Nibali to Leave
Trek-Segafredo and Vincenzo Nibali seem to be splitting up after this season. Team manager Luca Guercilena says he does not agree with the veteran Italian and so he expects Nibali to leave. “He’s been linked a lot with Astana-Premier Tech, so I think he’s going that way,” Guercilena said.
While the period around the Tour de France is often used for contract negotiations, Trek-Segafredo and the Nibali-camp are not talking to each other. “His future? That is a good question. What I know is that he hasn’t decided what he wants to do next,” Guercilena said.
“Vincenzo has not communicated what he wants, except that he wants to ride the Olympics first. We have not offered him a contract at the moment,” said the Trek-Segafredo manager. “Last spring we discussed a few options with his agents, but we did not come to a deal. He was looking for a one-year contract.”
The American WorldTour team does not want to fill Nibali’s place. “We are not looking for a GC rider as a replacement, not at the moment. We always look around, but have made investments in young riders. We would also like to continue to support riders such as Giulio Ciccone, Bauke Mollema, Jasper Stuyven and Mads Pedersen and we have some talents that we want to take further.”
Nibali off to Astana?
UAE Team Emirates sign young Kiwi talent Finn Fisher-Black
19-year old joins Emirati squad on long-term deal.
UAE Team Emirates and 19-year old New Zealand rider Finn Fisher-Black have put pen to paper on a deal which will see him in the colours of UAE Team Emirates through to 2024.
Fisher-Black: “I’m really happy to be joining the UAE Team Emirates family. With such a diverse group of riders & staff it makes for a really special atmosphere that I can see myself thriving in. Stepping up to World Tour & finding my level & rhythm will take time but I hope I can contribute to the team leaders & in time, bring home some nice victories along the way as well.”
Fisher-Black, is the current New Zealand Under-23 Time Trial Champion and despite his young age, has already made waves in the professional ranks this year, recently claiming 4th place overall in the Baloise Belgium Tour (2.Pro). He joins UAE Team Emirates immediately and is set to make his debut at the Ordizia Klasika (1.1) in Spain.
Mauro Gianetti (CEO & Team Principal) : “Finn is a very young rider with enormous talent. It’s no secret that our goal is to nurture young talents as we are doing with Pogačar, Bjerg, McNulty, Hirschi, Ayuso and so many others. We are building a team for the present but also for the future.”
Finn Fisher-Black in the Worlds TT:
Mosca Contract Until the End of 2023
Trek-Segafredo has given Jacopo Mosca a new contract. The Italian will be with the American WorldTour team until the end of 2023. Mosca is currently still recovering from a serious crash during the Italian championship. The question is whether he will see action this season.
A collapsed lung, a broken collarbone, a broken shoulder blade, eight broken ribs, a skull trauma and five vertebrae with broken protrusions. That was Mosca’s damage after a high-speed crash in late June. After a week he was allowed to leave the hospital, but racing is not an option for the time being. “The ambition I had to nurture was to pin a jersey number on at least once this season. Otherwise I would have to start thinking about next season,” says Mosca on the team website.
Team doctor Emilio Magni says the collapsed lung has a major impact on the recovery of his respiratory system. “The shoulder fractures have been treated surgically and the ribs and vertebrae just need time. The goal is to have Jacopo back at 100% by 2022. I don’t rule out that he can race again this season, but we also have to be realistic and see it as an opportunity to get the feeling of riding in a peloton again,” said the doctor.
Team manager Luca Guercilena had already planned to extend Mosca’s contract, which ran until the end of 2022, earlier this season. “We decided during the Giro d’Italia to increase that and extend it until the end of 2023. Now we have also signed that contract. Not because Jacopo asked for it, but because he deserves it. There are only a few reliable and valuable riders like him, so we would like to keep him,” said Guercilena.
“The new contract extension until the end of 2023 has removed all the uncertainty I had about being a pro. In my heart I said to myself: I am worth something,” says Mosca.
Marc Soler May Not Stay with Movistar
Marc Soler might not race for the Movistar team after this season. The 27-year-old climber is on the radar of UAE Team Emirates, but said in conversation with the BiciEscapa Podcast that he is also taking a possible contract extension into account.
Earlier this month, Spanish media reported that Soler is about to sign a contract with UAE Team Emirates after seven years with Movistar. He would take his teammate Antonio Pedrero to the team of Tour winner Tadej Pogačar. Officially, transfers may not be announced until August 1. “I can’t say anything special about it now,” says Soler. “There are several options, including renewal at Movistar. It is true that the door has opened a little more this year, but I am not ruling out any option.”
Soler is still recovering from his heavy crash at the start of the Tour de France. In that crash, he broke bones in both elbows. “The recovery is hard for me,” the climber admits. “There are fractures in both arms and that takes a lot of strength. I haven’t touched the bike yet. Yes, I’ve been on the rollers for a while, but mainly done muscle exercises. I also walk a lot.”
Alexander Krieger Extends Contract with Alpecin-Fenix to the End of 2023
Alexander Krieger has extended his contract with Alpecin-Fenix. The German lead-out man signed an agreement that binds him to the Belgian team until the end of 2023.
Krieger is happy with his contract extension at Alpecin-Fenix. “This is the place I want to be, this is where I found my role. I’ve already made progress in the squad and I’m looking forward to developing myself even further. I especially want to improve in the lead-out, making that my specialty. If I get a free role, I can also achieve great results myself – just like at the end of last season. I like this mix. I think helping in the sprint lead-out is great. I love it and enjoy it a lot.”
From 2010, the 29-year-old German raced for years in the continental circuit, until he signed his first professional contract with Alpecin-Fenix before 2020. At the end of last season he collected a whole series of places of honour, including in the Tour Poitou-Charentes, the Tour du Doubs, the Antwerp Port Epic, the Tour of Luxembourg and Paris-Chauny. This season he rode the first Grand Tour of his career, the Giro d’Italia. He has not won at professional level yet.
INEOS Grenadiers Changes Clothing Sponsor
INEOS Grenadiers bids farewell to Castelli as kit sponsor after five seasons. The red logo with the white scorpion will not be seen on the jerseys of the British WorldTeam next year. The team has now found a new partner with Bioracer.
“Riding, collaborating and developing high-quality clothing together with Castelli has been an important part of the team since 2017. Together we implemented countless innovations and managed to improve the performance of the team in all conditions. We thank the company for all the support,” said INEOS Grenadiers in a press release.
As of 2022, the Belgian company Bioracer will dress the team of Egan Bernal and Richard Carapaz. “We are extremely excited about Bioracer’s expertise in both speedsuits and custom fit. We look forward to welcoming the Bioracer family to our squad.”
Castelli is going to provide another WorldTeam with clothing. Deceuninck – Quick-Step recently announced that clothing sponsor Vermarc will be replaced by the Italian brand.
No scorpion on INEOS in 2022:
SEG Racing Academy No Longer a Continental Team
SEG Racing Academy is in its final season as a Continental team. The Dutch training team has decided to surrender the Continental license after seven years. The focus is shifting to other youth categories, the management said.
In 2015, SEG Racing was founded as a U23 team at Conti level. That year, Fabio Jakobsen, Koen Bouwman, Jenthe Biermans and Julius van den Berg were among others in the selection. Later, the team delivered Cees Bol, Edoardo Affini, Nick Schultz, Ide Schelling, Kaden Groves, David Dekker and Jordi Meeus to the pro peloton.
“In recent years, more and more WorldTour teams have started their own training projects,” say Martijn and Eelco Berkhout of the management agency SEG. “We have seen the level of training rise, but also the opportunities for young riders to become pros with a professional team. That shows that investing in talent is valuable.”
“The current training teams of the WorldTour teams meet our standard when it comes to training. We are proud to see that growth and it gives us opportunities to think about the next step for the Racing Academy. We feel that our presence is less urgent than in 2015. That is why we feel the need to contribute to other parts of this beautiful sport,” the statement reads.
SEG Racing Academy will focus on categories other than the promises and will therefore stop as a continental team. “We don’t know yet whether we will focus on the juniors, the women or the development of talent in other disciplines. We remain a training institute, but with a different focus.”
Jordi Meeus of the SEG Racing Academy:
Daniel Martínez Misses Olympics Due to Covid
According to Mundo Ciclístico, Daniel Martínez will miss the Tokyo Olympics. The 25-year-old INEOS Grenadiers rider contracted the corona virus and has continued to have positive corona tests ever since.
Martínez was selected for both the Olympic road race on July 24 and the time trial on July 28. In the road race, he would be part of the Colombian squad along with Nairo Quintana, Rigoberto Urán, Sergio Higuita and Esteban Chaves. The INEOS Grenadiers rider may be replaced by either Miguel Ángel López or Sergio Henao. Urán would take his place in the time trial.
Martínez started the season with the UAE Tour. Via the Tour of the Alps he worked towards the Giro d’Italia, where he was of important value to overall winner Egan Bernal. He finished in 5th place overall. Bernal isn’t riding the Games either, to recover from his persistent back pain.
No Olympics for Martínez (and Bernal)
Dan Craven Positive Corona Test – No Olympics
Dan Craven should have gone on Saturday for his third Olympics, but the Namibian former pro who had ridden for Europcar and Israel Cycling Academy, tested positive for the corona virus and has to give up his Olympic dream.
“For over three years I have been plotting, planning, training and preparing for the Tokyo Games. I may not be riding for a pro team anymore and my training in recent months has been anything but smooth – the effort to get this far has been enormous. And now it’s all gone because of a positive corona test,” Craven wrote on social media.
“At the moment I am mainly concerned about my family. I am very sorry that they had to sacrifice so much for me so that I could ride up a mountain in Japan. And so many people have helped me get this far on this special journey. I don’t know where to start to thank everyone. Stay safe. Get vaccinated. And please take this seriously.”
The cycling federation of Namibia has named Tristan de Lange as Craven’s replacement in the Mount Fuji road race.
No Olympics for Dan Craven:
KAS Will be the Official Soft Drink of La Vuelta’21 The Legacy of the Mythical Team Lives On
This year, La Vuelta will feature KAS as its official soft drink and supplier. The soft drink brand, originally from the North of Spain, lends its support to cycling, showing that the legacy of the mythical KAS team lives on.
Ex-cyclists Joseba Beloki and Beñat Intxausti, triathlete Saleta Castro and YouTuber cyclist Ibon Zugasti will accompany the brand throughout the race. The four local KAS ambassadors will be in charge of bringing competitive cycling closer to the general public. Proof of this is the meet and greet with Intxausti and Zugasti that may be attended by those who participate in the brand’s Instagram raffle. The winner, along with a person of their choice, will attend stage 18, to be held on the 2nd of September between the Asturian municipality of Salas and the Alto del Gamoniteiro. This will be an opportunity to meet and chat with the Spanish cycling figures. During this meeting, they will enjoy the stage from an official La Vuelta vehicle that follows the peloton and will even complete part of the route in the organisation’s helicopter.
“The KAS team was a global reference, in part, thanks to its achievements in La Vuelta. Between 1966 and 1969, it won three consecutive podiums, including an overall victory for Patxi Gabica, which is why it is an honour to preserve its legacy and represent the brand in its new commitment to this sport. Besides, I think it’s beautiful to see how they’ve placed the fans right in the centre of it all, encouraging us to connect with those who live cycling with the same enthusiasm as Joseba, Saleta, Ibon and I do”, said Beñat Intxausti.
“For us, supporting La Vuelta 21, as we did with Itzulia Basque Country and the Clásica de San Sebastián, means reconnecting with something that is truly ours – like cycling in the North of Spain. With this milestone, KAS tops off a year in which we have tried to revive the passion for this discipline – a discipline that forms part of the history and roots of the brand, since the famous yellow team was created”, says Natalia Suazo, Director of the Drinks Category in South-Western Europe.
KAS and the History of Spanish Cycling
“The history of Spanish cycling makes no sense without KAS. It is a unique brand, with a clear connection to cycling and to La Vuelta. This link between them has allowed it to preserve its essence since the 1960s until today, and we will work together to continue to maintain it”, said Javier Guillén, General Manager of La Vuelta.
The KAS team was born in Vitoria in 1958 thanks to the Knörr family, at that time the owner of the soft drink company. Its first few victories were followed with three decades of competing, making it a reference in Spanish cycling. But the most notable aspect was the love of cycling that it inspired in its followers. This legacy, continues to live on today in the minds of athletes and fans who became emotional following the victories obtained with the KAS jersey, as if it were their own.
This passion for cycling, so characteristic of KAS, permeated into thousands of homes and today, over six decades later, continues to do so thanks to the PepsiCo brand’s support for the 2021 cycling calendar. The creation of a new “team” of local ambassadors made up of Joseba Beloki, Beñat Intxausti, Saleta Castro and Ibon Zugasti; the sponsorship of such important races as the Itzulia, the Clásica San Sebastián and La Vuelta as well as the rest of the initiatives that have taken place have served to build a legacy that still has so much more to offer.
Key points :
- For the second consecutive year, the Spanish brand will support La Vuelta 21 in an edition that will take off from Burgos and conclude in Santiago de Compostela.
- Ex-cyclists Joseba Beloki and Beñat Intxausti, triathlete Saleta Castro and YouTuber cyclist Ibon Zugasti will accompany KAS throughout the race as brand ambassadors.
- Sponsoring important races such as La Vuelta, the Itzulia and the Clásica Sán Sebastián have allowed it to continue to build its legacy, forged in the 1960s.
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