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TOP STORY: New route for Giro d’Italia stage 20, Alba to Sestriere
In the light of decree no. 2020-1262 of 16 October 2020 by the Prefect of the Hautes Alpes concerning the anti-Covid regulations, published in the Official Journal on 17 October 2020, the route of Stage 20, Alba – Sestriere, has changed, leaving out the passage through French territory.

Route
An Alpine stage featuring over 3500m in vertical elevation. From Alba the route goes to Pinerolo across the plain through medium-wide and straight roads. Then the climb begins for the first passage through Sestriere (the riders will not pass over the finish line). A descent to Cesana Torinese follows, before climbing back up to Sestriere through Sauze di Cesana. The route then crosses the finish line, where a GPM (KOM) is assigned. The riders descend again to Cesana Torinese for a second lap of the circuit before an uphill arrival in Sestriere.

Last km
The last few kilometres are all on the sp.215 with a medium-wide and well-paved carriageway. Of note is a short tunnel (100m) in Grangesises and a small roundabout 300m from the finish. The 250m finishing straight is on 7m wide asphalt.

The new stage 20 profile:

 


Giro d’Italia 2020
Jan Tratnik (Bahrain-McLaren) sprinted away from Ben O’Connor (NTT Pro Cycling) on the final uphill metres in San Daniele del Friuli for the Stage 16 win. The peloton finished well down on the day’s winner. Joāo Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) put in a late attack for a couple of extra seconds on the overall lead.

The big break of the day: Matteo Fabbro and Pawel Poljanski (BORA-hansgrohe), Einer Rubio and Sergio Samitier (Movistar), François Bidard, Geoffrey Bouchard, Andrea Vendrame and Lary Warbasse (AG2R La Mondiale), Salvatore Puccio and Ben Swift (INEOS Grenadiers), Manuele Boaro and Fabio Felline (Astana), Ben O’Connor (NTT Pro Cycling), Kamil Malecki and Joey Rosskopf (CCC), Enrico Battaglin and Jan Tratnik (Bahrain McLaren), Julien Bernard (Trek-Segafredo), Lorenzo Rota and Giovanni Visconti (Vini Zabù-Brado-KTM), Alessandro Tonelli and Filippo Zana (Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè), Alessandro Bisolti and Jefferson Alexander Cepeda (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec), Stefano Oldani (Lotto Soudal), Valerio Conti (UAE Emirates) and James Whelan and Ruben Guerreiro (EF Pro Cycling).

Guerreiro and Visconti were involved in a fierce battle for the mountain jersey. On the Madonnina del Domm (10.8km at 7.1%), Guerreiro managed to fend off mountain jersey wearer Visconti, reducing the difference (126 to 105) to 21 points. On the Monte Spig (4.7 km at 8.2%) the tables were turned and Visconti took full points. The difference between the leading group and the peloton fluctuated around 6 minutes, but Deceuninck – Quick-Step decided to loosen the reins a bit on the run-up to Monteaperta, a third category climb with still 100 kilometres to go. Visconti had no problem on the Monteaperta, as Guerreiro had to deal with a mechanical just before the top and could not sprint for the mountain points. The experienced Italian took another 9 KOM points. Guerreiro did not intend to give up just like that. The EF Pro Cycling rider managed to regain his place in the leading group after a frantic catch-up race and decided to accelerate quite early on the first passage of Monte Ragogna (2.8km at 10, 4%). Visconti was unable to follow his sharp attack and so Guerreiro was the first up the Ragogna.

The Portuguese rider eased off after the descent of the Ragogna and this was the signal for Boaro and Tratnik to break away. The Italian and Slovenian quickly managed half a minute and on the second climb of the Monte Ragogna, Tratnik decided to say goodbye to Boaro. The Bahrain-McLaren rider had a solo of well over 40 kilometres ahead. Tratnik proved strong enough to extend the lead to 40 seconds, while Boaro was caught by a chasing group including Swift, O’Connor, Tonelli, Bouchard, Malecki and Battaglin. These pursuers had to close 40 seconds on the last climb of Monte Ragogna on Tratnik, who still made a strong effort.

On this nearly three-kilometre climb, we saw a reaction from O’Connor and Swift. The Australian climber of NTT Pro Cycling quickly managed to halve the difference with Tratnik to 20 seconds. Swift caught O’Connor’s wheel, but was just not strong enough to keep up with the pace. Swift blew up a bit and crossed the top of Ragogna with Malecki and Battaglin, 40 seconds from Tratnik and O’Connor. The latter manage to catch up with Tratnik, so we started the last steep kilometre in San Daniele del Friuli with two leaders. O’Connor decided to increase the pace, but it was Tratnik who made a firm attack. It turned out to be a defining moment in the race, as Tratnik turned out to be strong enough to continue his effort. The Slovenian managed to give his Bahrain-McLaren team a first stage victory in the 2020 Giro d’Italia. O’Connor had to settle for second place. Enrico Battaglin completed the party for Bahrain-McLaren by crossing the line third, ahead of Malecki and Swift.

Twelve minutes after the win of Tratnik, the favourites for the overall victory started the last steep kilometre towards the finish. Pink jersey Almeida seemed to be feeling good and decided to jump up on the steepest stretches of the Via Sottomonte. Kelderman was initially on the wheel of Almeida, but had to let go of the more explosive Portuguese rider and lost two seconds at the line. As a result, the difference between the two is now 17 seconds.

You can see the full ‘PEZ Stage Report’ HERE.

Stage winner, Jan Tratnik (Bahrain-McLaren): “I could not believe it when I crossed the finish line. It’s my first grand tour stage victory. It is very special feelings after a really long day. Also, it was a special day for me because today we are close to Slovenia. Many Slovenian fans are here including my girlfriend, my brother and my friends. Behind, in the chasing group, the guys did not collaborate well, and we also have Enrico Battaglin among the chasers. As he took control of the rivals, I just went on my own tempo and I dropped Manuele Boaro. On the last climb, I knew what I need is to go full gas, or there could be better climbers. In the end, I think I made perfect tactics and I had really good legs. The climb before the finish suits me perfectly. When Ben O’Connor attacked and I saw that was not fast enough, I went solo until the finish line. I believed in myself, otherwise I could not win.”

Maglia Rosa, João Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “The efforts at the end of the stage were the same for everyone. I actually attacked in order to defend myself. There is no comparison possible between today’s uphill finish and the climbs we have ahead of us. I’ve done the Stelvio twice during training camps. I really like the climb and I’m looking forward to it.”

2nd on the stage, Ben O’Connor (NTT): “I’m pretty sad to be honest, I think I did everything right today. I was smart as I was by myself so had to close the gaps when I needed to. I was a bit disappointed at the end that I couldn’t finish it off as I actually rode the perfect breakaway race so I’m gutted, to be honest. I know that I had the strength to win but there was just one guy who was stronger than me at the finish today. I guess that’s just how it goes and why cycling is such a fun sport to watch. I’ll be back out there again and hopefully I can finish it off next time with champagne. We’ve some big plans with tomorrow being a proper mountain stage. I think that perhaps whoever wins tomorrow could go on and win the Giro so it’s going to be an important day. We’re going to have to lay our cards down.”

KOM, Giovanni Visconti (Vini Zabú-KTM): “I didn’t have good legs today so I only did what I could to take some points for the Maglia Azzurra. But Guerreiro is very strong. I believe he is the favourite for this competition.”

6th overall, Rafał Majka (BORA-hansgrohe): “It was a tough and tricky stage where we had to stay alert. The parcours was up and down all day but without the big climbs that are more suited to me. Thanks to my teammates for their work, we were well-placed when it mattered in the final loop of the circuit and crossed the finish line in the GC group. That was key today, not to lose any time ahead of the very hard and important mountain stages ahead.”

6th on the stage, Andrea Vendrame (AG2R-La Mondiale): “I knew the roads of the day well and I knew it was going to be difficult! We managed to get four riders into the break with Geoffrey Bouchard, François Bidard and Larry Warbasse, and me. Unfortunately, we got trapped and then it was complicated for me. It’s a little frustrating to be 6th, but I can see the legs are good and I hope to have another chance before the end of the Giro.”

7th on the stage, Geoffrey Bouchard (AG2R-La Mondiale): “You had to be an opportunist today. Both François Bidard and I, we were assigned to get into the breakaway. Finally, a large group got away us, and with Andrea Vendrame and Larry Warbasse in addition. We had to take advantage of our numbers to have a chance to play for the win. Problem is, we ran into a very strong Tratnik. I attacked full on from behind but that took a lot of energy. At the bottom of the final kick, I couldn’t follow the group going for third place. It’s my best place in the UCI WorldTour so far, but if I had the choice, I would have preferred that someone from the team won the stage and I’d finished twenty-fifth. It’s a little frustrating, but if I can I will try again before Sunday.”

8th on the stage, Matteo Fabbro (BORA-hansgrohe): “Paweł and I were in the big breakaway and worked a lot. I finished in the top ten of the stage and I’m happy with the result. So far, the Giro has been personally really good, I wasn’t expecting such a performance and I hope we’ll continue at this level with Rafał and Patrick.”

Giro d’Italia Stage 16 Result:
1. Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain-McLaren in 6:04:36
2. Ben O’Connor (Aus) NTT Pro Cycling at 0:07
3. Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bahrain-McLaren at 1:14
4. Kamil Małecki (Pol) CCC
5. Ben Swift (GB) INEOS Grenadiers
6. Andrea Vendrame (Ita) AG2R-La Mondiale at 1:21
7. Geoffrey Bouchard (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
8. Matteo Fabbro (Ita) BORA-hansgrohe at 1:25
9. Manuele Boaro (Ita) Astana at 1:33
10. Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani-CSF-Faizané at 1:37.

Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 16:
1. João Almeida (Pol) Deceuninck – Quick-Step in 65:45:08
2. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Sunweb at 0:17
3. Jai Hindley (Aus) Sunweb at 2:58
4. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 2:59
5. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain-McLaren at 3:12
6. Rafał Majka (Pol) BORA-hansgrohe at 3:20
7. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 3:31
8. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) NTT Pro Cycling at 3:52
9. Patrick Konrad (Aut) BORA-hansgrohe at 4:11
10. Fausto Masnada (Ita) Deceuninck – Quick Step at 4:24.

Giro’20 stage 16:

 

Ben O’Connor (NTT) was second on Tuesday’s stage and first on Wednesday. On Stage 17 he beat Hermann Pernsteiner (Bahrain-McLaren) into second place. The peloton came in over 5 minutes down for Joāo Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) to hold the pink jersey.

Eventually a large leading group with nineteen men, emerged on the first climb. Hermann Pernsteiner was the best-classified rider, just under 10 minutes from pink jersey. The lead group: Geoffrey Bouchard (ALM), Óscar Rodríguez (AST), Hermann Pernsteiner (TBM), Ilnur Zakarin, Víctor De la Parte (both CCC), Jesper Hansen (COF), Ruben Guerreiro (EF1), Kilian Frankiny (GFC), Thomas De Gendt, Harm Vanhoucke (both LTS), Héctor Carretero, Dario Cataldo, Eduardo Sepúlveda, Davide Villella (all MOV), Louis Meintjes, Amanuel Gebreigzabhier, Ben O’Connor (all NTT), Rohan Dennis (INS) and Diego Ulissi (UAD).

Ruben Guerreiro was able to take the blue jersey for the second time. At the top of the Forcella Valbona, after 61.2 kilometres, he took the lead in the KOM classification as he was first and earned 40 points. At the top of the first climb, the leading group had a lead of almost 5:30. Behind, Almeida’s teammates set the pace, with Sunweb behind them. Then the Monte Bondone started. On this climb, the nineteen off the front were 7 minutes ahead, putting Pernsteiner in to the virtual top ten. This did not cause other teams to chase. Just below the top, after 117.5 kilometres, Guerreiro raked in the maximum number of points. On the descent to Sarche, Dario Cataldo rode away from his fellow escapees and hit the valley with a lead of 40 seconds. Cataldo stayed ahead until the intermediate sprint in Ponte Arche, after 154 kilometres. There he was caught by Zakarin, Vanhoucke, Carretero, Gebreigzabhier, O’Connor and Dennis. Moments later, De Gendt and Pernsteiner also rejoined. On the Passo Durone, the third climb of the day, the lead of the escapees increased to 8 minutes.

Villella also managed to get to the front before the top of the climb. De Gendt was the first to top after 164.9 kilometres. Bouchard, Rodríguez, De la Parte, Hansen and Frankiny were also able to return. Only Guerreiro, who had done good business for the mountain jersey, Sepúlveda, Meintjes and Ulissi were back in the peloton. The break started the final climb with a lead of 6 minutes. In the first part Carretero and Cataldo quickly got rid of the leading group, it also went too fast for Bouchard, De la Parte and Hansen. Movistar was in front with four riders, but at the start of the last 9 kilometres, Villella was the last rider of the Spanish team. De Gendt and Zakarin delivered the first attacks in the leading group, but an attack by O’Connor with 8 kilometres to go was more successful.

In the peloton, Sunweb had taken over the initiative from Deceuninck – Quick-Step. Under the impulse of first Martijn Tusveld and later Sam Oomen, the large peloton thinned out. Then Hindley took the lead, only to test the competition with an attack a little later. Kelderman tried to jump to his teammate, but the pair was not given space. At the front, O’Connor managed to enlarge his lead, despite a counterattack from Pernsteiner. The Australian rode more than half a minute away from the Austrian and secured his best solo victory at the line in Madonna di Campiglio. Second place for Pernsteiner, De Gendt third ahead of Zakarin. More than 5 minutes later, the top ten of the GC crossed the line.

You can see the full ‘PEZ Stage Report’ HERE.

Stage winner, Ben O’Connor (NTT Pro Cycling): “In the road book, I only looked at the first two climbs because that was where the breakaway was meant to go. Tactically, it was a pretty simple stage. I just had to follow and make it to the front. My celebration gesture on the finishing line was something like [Australian cricketer] Shane Warne used to do. I prefer to get a victory out of an attack rather than stay in the peloton. If I become a consistent rider, I’ll try and race for overall classifications but for now the attacking way of racing is pretty fun.”

Maglia Rosa, João Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “Today’s stage was super hard. The last climb was not the hardest, it wasn’t so steep but the pace was high and our only goal was to keep the Maglia Rosa. Team Sunweb tried hard to attack me but I expected that and I felt good. Tomorrow it’ll be cold out there for everyone, you’ll just have to protect yourself with warm clothes.”

2nd on the stage, Hermann Pernsteiner (Bahrain-McLaren): “Today is one of the hardest days of this Giro. The plan was to go into the breakaway for Pello. As we had quite a big gap, the team gave me freedom to go for the stage. I think I can be happy about the second place. I gave everything I could. Maybe I watched the wrong guy in the final, but O’Connor was really strong, congrats to him. All in all, it was a nice day for me. The next day will be really hard again. All eyes on Pello Bilbao, I hope he can finish on the podium. We will work as a team for 100 percent.”

Maglia Azzurra, Ruben Guerreiro (EF Pro Cycling): “Giovanni Visconti is an incredible rider. We actually raced each other again for the first 30km. I went so deep in the first climb that I was able to get some KOM points. It’s not done yet. I’m sure there will be some very good riders who’ll want to try tomorrow. To be first at the Stelvio would be a dream result for me. It’s something to try for sure.”

6th overall, Rafał Majka (BORA-hansgrohe): “It was quite hard today for me, I wasn’t in my best form. Still, I kept fighting and managed to finish with the group of leaders. I hope I feel better tomorrow. At least, the weather is nice. It might be cold but this isn’t an issue. It’s more important that it’s sunny and the roads are dry. If it was raining it would be much harder.”

9th overall, Patrick Konrad (BORA-hansgrohe): “Another tough stage but, once again, the team did a very good job and both Rafał and I were always in the group of main contenders, until the finish line. We saved some energy because tomorrow will be a crucial day and I look forward to it.”

Giro d’Italia Stage 17 Result:
1. Ben O’Connor (Aus) NTT Pro Cycling in 5:50:59
2. Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain-McLaren at 0:31
3. Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 1:10
4. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) CCC at 1:13
5. Kilian Frankiny (Swi) Groupama-FDJ at 1:55
6. Harm Vanhoucke (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 2:49
7. Davide Villella (Ita) Movistar at 3:29
8. Óscar Rodríguez (Spa) Astana
9. Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Eri) NTT Pro Cycling at 3:30
10. Jesper Hansen (Den) Cofidis at 4:32.

Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 17:
1. João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck – Quick-Step in 71:41:18
2. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Sunweb at 0:17
3. Jai Hindley (Aus) Sunweb at 2:58
4. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 2:59
5. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain-McLaren at 3:12
6. Rafał Majka (Pol) BORA-hansgrohe at 3:20
7. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 3:31
8. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) NTT Pro Cycling at 3:52
9. Patrick Konrad (Aut) BORA-hansgrohe at 4:11
10. Fausto Masnada (Ita) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 4:26.

Giro’20 stage 17:

 


Vuelta a España 2020
Winner of the 2019 La Vuelta, Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) made the most of the first summit finish of the 2020 edition to claim back the overall race lead on Stage 1. The Slovenian star controlled his rivals in the Alto de Arrate and launched a powerful attack with 1km to go to immediately assert his authority on the race. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) finished second ahead of Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation). This first stage opened significant gaps, with only eight riders within 10 seconds of Roglič.

The pack rolled out of Irun with 176 starters for the last Grand Tour of the season. Attacks fly from the start. Two Frenchmen manage to open a gap after 5km of hard racing: Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) and Quentin Jauregui (AG2R-La Mondiale). Jasha Sütterlin (Sunweb), Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) and Jetse Bol (Burogs-BH) joined them to form the break of the day while Aritz Bagües (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) failed to do bridge the gap. Jumbo-Visma and Movistar control the gap and the attackers’ lead doesn’t get higher than 3:50 after 37km. The rain adds to the tension of the first stage and Dani Martinez (EF Pro Cycling) suffered a crash at 75 kilometres. The peloton maintained a strong pace and the attackers stop collaborating when the race hit the first climbs of the day. Quentin Jauregui was the last rider to be caught, 25 kilometres from the finish line.

Jonathan Lastra (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) attacked with 19km to go but INEOS Grenadiers control the bunch on the Alto de Elgeta. Chris Froome was among the main riders to struggle on that climb. Andrey Amador (INEOS Grenadiers) sets the pace all the way to the bottom of the Alto de Arrate: 5.3km at 7.7%. Ivan Sosa ups the ante on the way up for the British squad and the front group was only 16 riders when Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma) attacked with 4.5km to go. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) chased behind him but the American rider kept pushing until it’s time for his leader to shine: Primoz Roglič surged with 1km to take the victory 1 second ahead of Carapaz and Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation).

You can see the full ‘PEZ Stage Report’ HERE.

Stage winner and overall leader, Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma): “It’s nice to win. I’m really happy. The team showed again that they’re all really strong. They worked perfectly through the whole stage and in the end I was able to win so it’s a beautiful start. It was already hard before the final climb, and then we were going full gas. We have crazy guys like Sepp [Kuss] and I’m just happy to win it in the end. It’s a strange season so I’ll just enjoy the leader’s jersey, starting from tomorrow, and the fact that we’re racing, Hopefully it will be fun to watch at home.”

4th on the stage and overall, Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott): “For me and the team, we are really happy to start like this. It was a really aggressive start, but I like it. You know already your performance, the performance for others and there’s not the stress of sprint stages or a time trial. The strongest guys are going really well, tomorrow is another test and normally, normally, it suits better for me so we are happy to start in this way. The team supported me 100% today and it’s a good feeling. There was a lot of wind around today, but this area (on the climb) was pretty protected. It was a little gusty between corners, but nothing crazy. In the last climb, I knew my performance is not like four or five years ago, so I needed to ride smart and not go with the attacks. If I go with the chase already, I would explode and I would drop. I arrived in the final with them, I know the final and you need to sprint with 500m to go, it’s nervous and the guy who wins is the guy who doesn’t brake.”

5th on the stage and overall, Felix Großschartner (BORA-hansgrohe): “I am very happy with my form, because I felt very good the whole day. I am slightly disappointed with my result, because I think that I could have done a bit better. Nevertheless, my legs were good. Of course, many thanks to my teammates, because they put me in a good position heading into the final climb. Towards the end, there was a strong attack by Sepp Kuss and I’m glad that I was able to go with him. Roglic, as everybody knows, is the strongest rider at the moment and he was able to attack successfully in the finale. But I can be satisfied with my 5th place. We’ll see in the next few days what we can still achieve and I hope that my legs remain good.”

Chris Froome (INEOS Grenadiers): “It was a great day for us with Richie coming second and being right up there for us on GC. He’s our team leader here and we’re going to be helping him as much as we can throughout the race to try and get us the victory overall. For me personally I got a bit caught out coming into the penultimate climb. I started pretty far back and got stuck behind the crash at the bottom there. I’m really happy to be here and happy to be racing a Grand Tour again after two years. I’m going to take the race day by day and just try and do as much as I can throughout the race. The sensations were good. I think I’m still missing a little bit of that top end from not having raced much. Today was definitely an improvement and I hope to keep building throughout the race.”

Vuelta a España Stage 1 Result:
1. Primož Roglič (Slov) Jumbo-Visma in 4:22:34
2. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:01
3. Dan Martin (Irl) Israel Start-Up Nation
4. Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott
5. Felix Großschartner (Aut) BORA-hansgrohe
6. Enric Mas (Spa) Movistar
7. Hugh Carthy (GB) EF Pro Cycling at 0:04
8. Sepp Kuss (USA) Jumbo-Visma at 0:10
9. George Bennett (NZ) Jumbo-Visma at 0:40
10. Andrea Bagioli (Ita) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:51.

Vuelta a España Overall After Stage 1:
1. Primož Roglič (Slov) Jumbo-Visma in 4:22:24
2. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:05
3. Dan Martin (Irl) Israel Start-Up Nation at 0:07
4. Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:11
5. Felix Großschartner (Aus) BORA-hansgrohe
6. Enric Mas (Spa) Movistar
7. Hugh Carthy (GB) EF Pro Cycling at 0:14
8. Sepp Kuss (USA) Jumbo-Visma at 0:20
9. George Bennett (NZ) Jumbo-Visma at 0:50
10. Andrea Bagioli (Ita) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 1:01.

Vuelta’20 stage 1:

 

Stage 2 of La Vuelta 2020 saw Marc Soler claim his first Grand Tour stage victory on Movistar Team’s home roads, after 151.6km of hard racing. The Spanish outfit turned the race upside down in the last 65km and the Spaniard made the most of the final climb of the day, the Alto de San Miguel de Aralar. Soler set a hard pace on the climb and went on the downhill, while his partners Alejandro Valverde and Enric Mas controlled their rivals. Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) finished 2nd. He retains La Roja as the overall leader ahead of another explosive stage towards Vinuesa.

The 173 riders who finished stage 1 return to action in Pamplona, a few kilometres away from Movistar Team’s headquarters. Many riders tried their luck in the first kilometre of the stage, but it took 16km of battle before Juan Felipe Osorio (Burgos-BH) found an opening. Julius Van den Berg (Education First), Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) and Julen Amezqueta (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) joined him at km 20 but their lead never got higher than 1:30 and the peloton moved closer and closer on the first climb of the day, Puerto de Guiguillano. Tim Wellens attacked on his own. The gap was down to 20 seconds at the summit. Alex Aranburu (Astana), Bruno Armirail (Groupama-FDJ) and Jonathan Hivert (Total-Direct Energie) attacked over the top and bridged the gap to the leader at km 40. Gonzalo Serrano (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) joined them soon afterwards.

Primoz Roglič’s Jumbo-Visma controlled the gap around 4 minutes in the first half of the stage. Wellens accelerated again on the second climb of the day, the Puerto de Urbasa (cat-3). He opened a 1:35 gap on his former break companions. The peloton trailed by 6 minutes at the summit. Movistar turned the race upside down with an acceleration inside the last 65km. Their acceleration and the crosswinds quickly reduced the bunch to 70 riders. Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) and Chris Froome (INEOS Grenadiers) were among the main victims of this acceleration.

Wellens’ solo move seemed doomed to fail in these conditions. His former breakaway companions joined him again with 37km to go, but the gap to the bunch was down under 2 minutes. Bruno Armirail is the last attacker to be caught, at the bottom of the final climb of the day. Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) accelerated away from the front group with 23km to go. Marc Soler (Movistar) set the pace behind him. Sanchez was caught with 19km to go and there were nine riders at the front over the top: Carapaz, Mas, Soler, Valverde, Roglic, Kuss, Dan Martin, Chaves and Carthy.

Marc Soler attacked on the downhill while his rivals had their eyes set on Valverde and Mas. The gap was up to 13 seconds with 10km to go, and 20 seconds as the Spaniard entered the last 5km. He held on to his lead until the finish while Primoz Roglič and Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) grab a few bonus seconds on the line.

You can see the full ‘PEZ Stage Report’ HERE.

Stage winner and 10th overall, Marc Soler (Movistar): “I’m so happy with this victory. We were racing at home, we were so motivated to be riding in Navarra, next to the team’s headquarters, and together with our sports directors, we had already planned before the start we wanted to give it a try from the top of Urbasa. We started pulling there and everything simply went perfect from that moment on. Arcas, Imanol, Nelson and Rojillas always kept the pace high on the flat, then Carlos put on a really good performance from the bottom of the climb, and I tried to pick it up from that. I struggled a bit into the final meters of the climb because I had worked so hard, but as I saw that they were slowing down into the descent and I was coming back, I took advantage from the fact that I was maybe at 2x speed from them, I tried to pass them without anyone getting to my wheel – and I went on to the finish. We were so excited and willing to do well here – we actually did a recon of this very stage in the weekend, just before travelling to Irún. It’s my first ever victory in a Grand Tour and I’m so, so happy. This team already deserved some reward after so many efforts and such a difficult season. I can only thank the team for their support and everyone who has been by my side in these months.”

2nd on the stage and overall leader, Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma): “This is another great result. It was a difficult and nervous stage due to the wind. The team did a fantastic job of keeping control and always keeping me in a good position. Movistar rode very fast on the climb, but Sepp and George managed that well. Even when Carapaz attacked. So far, things are going well for us and hopefully we can maintain this flow. The Vuelta is still long and I definitely expect a tough battle with Carapaz and the Movistar guys, among others. I think today was fun to watch.”

6th on the stage and 5th overall, Enric Mas (Movistar): “We knew it was going to get windy, but it wasn’t actually an attempt from us to create some echelons, rather than keeping the group strung out so we could reach the foot of San Miguel with good speed and in a good position. Arri (DS José Luis Arrieta), who is from this area, and Imanol, who knows these roads like the palm of his hand, had planned to push at that very moment, they really wanted to take advantage from their knowledge – and it turned out really well. We used those final slopes in Urbasa to push with Arcas, we also took advantage from the wind with several other team-mates and the whole team did an amazing job. In the end, we crowned it with Marc, who really deserves this win. When he overtook us, I thought it was a motorbike, because he was riding at triple speed from what we were doing. When I saw he took 50 meters in barely three seconds, I knew he couldn’t stop and he would take this. We’re so happy about him!”

9th overall, Felix Großschartner (BORA-hansgrohe): “It was a hard and stressful day, particularly with the crosswinds. I actually didn’t feel great at the beginning, but my teammates brought me into a good position ahead of the final climb, and I was able to stay up there for quite a while. However, when Soler accelerated, I was put on the back foot and had to fight to get back. Eventually I ended up making it back to the second group, although I had cramps. However, I’m not here to go for the victory in the general classification, so it’s not vital if I lose a little bit of time here or there. I hope to recover for tomorrow’s stage, as the finish isn’t too bad. And of course I’d like to also thank my teammates for their hard work today.”

Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma): “I didn’t have the legs to compete with the best. But the most important fact after today is that we are still in the lead and the team is very strong. I have also shown in the Tour that I can be very valuable in a serving role.”

Vuelta a España Stage 2 Result:
1. Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar in 3:47:04
2. Primož Roglič (Slov) Jumbo-Visma at 0:19
3. Dan Martin (Irl) Israel Start-Up Nation
4. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) INEOS Grenadiers
5. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar
6. Enric Mas (Spa) Movistar
7. Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott
8. Hugh Carthy (GB) EF Pro Cycling
9. Sepp Kuss (USA) Jumbo-Visma
10. George Bennett (NZ) Jumbo-Visma.

Vuelta a España Overall After Stage 2:
1. Primož Roglič (Slov) Jumbo-Visma in 8:09:41
2. Dan Martin (Irl) Israel Start-Up Nation at 0:09
3. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:11
4. Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:17
5. Enric Mas (Spa) Movistar
6. Hugh Carthy (GB) EF Pro Cycling at 0:20
7. Sepp Kuss (USA) Jumbo-Visma at 0:26
8. George Bennett (NZ) Jumbo-Visma at 0:56
9. Felix Großschartner (Aut) BORA-hansgrohe at 0:59
10. Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar at 1:04.

Vuelta’20 stage 2:

 


Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne 2020
Yves Lampaert (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) couldn’t have dreamed of a better way to pull down the curtain over his sixth season with the Wolfpack, which helped him make up for the disappointment of having to sit on the sidelines for several weeks due to a collarbone injury and the absence of Paris-Roubaix, cancelled due to the pandemic. Part of a strong seven-man squad that lined out for the 44th edition of Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne, the 29-year-old finished off the team’s excellent job with a canny attack to add to his palmarès the last one-day race of the season.

As expected, the wind was a major factor on Wednesday, ripping the bunch to pieces, three groups forming just 12 kilometres into the race. When the first two groups made contact, our team had the numbers, being represented there by five men, who drove the small bunch and pushed out the gap to more than a minute, dealing the chasers a decisive blow. The gusting winds of the North Sea continued to wreak havoc, and the Wolfpack took advantage of their presence, further whittling down the leading group to a dozen riders on the final lap, which the organisers decided to shorten due to the inclement weather.

Inside 15 kilometres to go, ten men were still in the lead, four of them being of Deceuninck – Quick-Step: Kasper Asgreen, Tim Declercq, Yves Lampaert and Bert Van Lerberghe. Lampaert was the first to test the waters, but was quickly brought back, paving the way for a move of Tim Declercq. “El Tractor” put some daylight between him and the chasers before being reeled in, but the attacks kept on coming and Lampaert gave it another dig, this time pulling clear and eking out a small advantage which he extended to a comfortable 25 seconds with three kilometres to go.

With his teammates controlling the counterattacks coming from behind, Yves continued to push on into the headwind, sensing his first win of the year was getting closer with each meter ticked off. It was only around 300 meters from the finish that the former Belgian Champion sat up and celebrated his victory, made even more special by the fact it came at the end of one of the most beautiful and at the same time most brutal races of the season.

A couple of seconds later, on the finishing straight, Tim Declercq attacked from the small chasing group, to ensure a memorable 1-2 for our squad and take his first ever World Tour podium, while Bert Van Lerberghe (7TH) and Danish Champion Kasper Asgreen (9th) made it four Deceuninck – Quick-Step riders in the top 10 at the 188.6km Belgian World Tour event.

Race winner, Yves Lampaert (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “We did a wonderful job and we can be proud of ourselves. The team dominated the race, worked very hard from the beginning and I am happy I could finish it off on this day ravaged by brutal winds. The weather was absolutely crazy, but we absolutely loved it, remained focused all the time and gave everything. It’s great to finish off the season in such a manner, but what makes me even more happy is that I could have Tim – which everybody knows what a hard-working guy is – by my side on the podium. We can’t wait to celebrate this victory and the end of the season with a huge portion of fries.”

5th, Jempy Drucker (BORA-hansgrohe): “Due to the wind the race was fast and hectic from the beginning. After only a few kilometres the decisive group was already gone, but it was a tough fight as the gap was just around 30 seconds for more than 100km. I had good legs again, but after Van der Poel crashed with 13km remaining, I lost contact to the leading group and had to fight back. That was a big effort and in the final sprint I missed out the podium just by a couple of centimetres. Still, I think I can be happy with the result today.”

Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne Result:
1. Yves Lampaert (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step in 3:57:12
2. Tim Declercq (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:21
3. Tim Merlier (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix at 0:22
4. John Degenkolb (Ger) Lotto Soudal
5. Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BORA-hansgrohe
6. Matteo Trentin (Ita) CCC
7. Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
8. Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ
9. Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
10. Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix at 0:28.

 


Alaphilippe and The Crash That Ended his 2020 Season
Julian Alaphilippe underwent surgery Monday morning to correct the fractures sustained on his right hand during Sunday’s Ronde van Vlaanderen. We are pleased to announce that everything went well for the World Champion, whose hand was put in a cast which he will have to wear for the next three weeks. Once it will be removed, Julian will resume training and start physiotherapy so that he regains full mobility of his hand.

“The crash was a scary moment, and when I found myself on the ground I thought of the worse. Fortunately, it’s not that bad. I am very grateful to the race doctors, but also to the medical staff of the hospitals in Ronse and Herentals for everything they did for me in the last 24 hours,” said Alaphilippe.

The World Champion talked about his final race of the year and made an analysis of his memorable season.

“Ronde van Vlaanderen marked my last outing of the season, and at the start I was very happy at the thought I would finally discover this mythical race, something which I’ve been dreaming of for a number of years. I felt good during the two recon rides we did on Thursday and Friday, I was part of a very strong team and had a lot of confidence as we prepared to get underway in Antwerp.”

“From the opening kilometres, I became aware of just how nervous this race is, what an immense fight it is to be at all times well positioned, but I can’t say I was nervous. As strange as it may sound, I remained calm and always close to my teammates, who had a deeper knowledge of the parcours. Feeling this good, being really focused and into it, I decided to make my first move with 50 kilometres to go, and I gave it all. I felt at ease on the bergs, had no problem whatsoever when we tackled the first hills of the day, so on the Koppenberg I said that I should try something.”

“Eventually, I found myself part of a very strong three-man group at the front, things were going smoothly, we were working well together, we had managed to open a hefty gap on the chasers and I was on track for a top 3 finish at least, but unfortunately that collision with the moto happened and my race was over in a second.”

“My shoulder was hurting, my hand was hurting, I was in a lot of pain and initially I was really scared that something bad had happened. Now I can say I was a bit lucky, considering everything, although I can’t stop thinking what it would have been if my race continued. But, at the end of the day, I’m happy that I had this opportunity to discover the race as World Champion and could show my rainbow jersey as part of such a strong team. This has left me wanting for more and I can already tell you that I want to return next year at the start.”

A strange up-and-down season
“My year was special, beautiful and bizarre at the same time. I had some really fantastic moments, some bad ones, and experienced a rollercoaster of emotions, on and off the bike. At the same time, I’m sure it happened to many, because this year marred by the pandemic threw everybody into the unknown. That’s why just returning to racing in August after so many months of enforced break felt like a bonus.”

“Winning the world title in September was the highlight of the season, because becoming World Champion was an old dream of mine, something I had been chasing for many years and for which I worked very hard. Add to this my Tour de France stage victory, which came as a huge relief, the three days I got to spend in the yellow jersey and my Brabantse Pijl success a few weeks ago and I can be really happy with the overall picture.”

“Next year, I want to honour this beautiful jersey as much as possible, that’s why my desire is to return to Flanders. Racing there made me realise just how much I missed the cobbles. I love them, it’s a completely different type of racing, more wild, brutal, nervous, hard, really special. It’s pure cycling!”

Ouch!

 


Joint RCS Sport-UCI Statement Concerning the Testing Campaign Carried out on 18th and 19th October
In accordance with the Giro d’Italia health protocol, established as part of the “Rules to be followed for the resumption of the road cycling season in the context of the coronavirus pandemic” drawn up by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), and in compliance with the measures of the Italian Health Ministry, all teams (riders and staff) were tested (PCR control tests) on 18 and 19 October.

A total of 492 tests were carried out:
● One rider from UAE Team Emirates tested positive for Covid-19; he was referred to his team doctor who organised isolation measures and took necessary action, in compliance with the World Health Organisation (WHO) rules, concerning contact cases.
● One staff member from Team AG2R La Mondiale tested positive for Covid-19; he was referred to his team doctor who organised isolation measures and took necessary action, in compliance with the WHO rules, concerning contact cases.

UAE Team Emirates’ Fernando Gaviria won’t start stage 16 after positive COVID-19 result
After undergoing a PCR test on yesterday’s Giro d’Italia rest day, UAE Team Emirates’ Fernando Gaviria has tested positive for COVID-19.
 
All other riders and staff returned a negative test, and will undergo further testing today.
The teams medical staff are monitoring the situation closely and doing all they can to ensure the we can proceed safely.

Gaviria was immediately isolated following the test result and is feeling well and is completely asymptomatic. This is the second time the Colombian has tested positive for the virus, after also having it in March.

Second time for Gaviria:

 


Nacer Bouhanni Tests Positive for Covid-19
Nacer Bouhanni has contracted the corona virus. The French Arkéa-Samsic sprinter will miss Wednesday’s Three Days of Bruges-De Panne.

Bouhanni’s positive test was revealed in the mandatory PCR corona test that must be administered three days before the start of a race. If it is negative, a rider may start. If that test is positive, a rider must serve the mandatory quarantine. Arkéa-Samsic has decided to remove Bouhanni from the start list. The French ProTeam didn’t announce whether a replacement will be called up. With Daniel McLay, the team has a second sprinter in house for the one-day race with the finish in De Panne.

Nacer Bouhanni:

 


Jumbo-Visma starts women’s team in 2021
From 2021, Team Jumbo-Visma will start its own women’s cycling team. With this, Team Jumbo-Visma is taking the next step in the development of the team. The team also has a World Tour formation and a Development Team. The expansion with Team Jumbo-Visma Women was realised in collaboration with main sponsors Jumbo and Visma. Parkhotel Valkenburg is also committed to the new women’s team.

Team manager Richard Plugge has had the ambition to start a women’s team for some time. “The time is ripe to get started. It is fantastic to be able to make a major contribution to national and international women’s cycling through your own women’s team. With the arrival of this women’s team, we complete Team Jumbo-Visma, embracing talent recognition, development and top sport at the highest level. In addition, it is fantastic that we can also offer young girls perspective for the long term within our Academy model”, Plugge said.

The team will be led by Esra Tromp, former team manager of the Parkhotel Valkenburg women’s team. Tromp looks forward to the coming years with this team with great confidence. “The goal of the team is to build the best women’s team in the world so I happily jumped at the opportunity. The team consists of talent and experience and has a very nice balance. We will make a major contribution to women’s cycling with the knowledge and experience available within this organisation.”

In addition to Tromp, Team Jumbo-Visma is collaborating with Marco Postma, former coach at Cycling Academy Gelderland and the Dutch cycling federation, among others, and the Belgian Lieselot Decroix, ex-professional cyclist and movement scientist. They will both work as race coach. Former professional cyclist Marieke van Wanroij, also coming from Parkhotel Valkenburg, takes the role of performance coach.

Team Jumbo-Visma Women will start under a continental license in 2021, as UCI regulations do not allow a new team to enter the Women’s World Tour directly. The team, the riders and the sponsors have confidence in a great program for 2021, including all the important races.

In line with the philosophy of the organisation, the team will strive for growth and development in order to lift the team to great heights together. The team will consist of the following twelve riders: Marianne Vos (NED), Jip van den Bos (NED), Riejanne Markus (NED), Anouska Koster (NED), Nancy van der Burg (NED), Romy Kasper (GER), Aafke Soet (NED), Teuntje Beekhuis (NED), Julie van de Velde (BEL), Pernille Mathiesen (DEN), Karlijn Swinkels (NED) and Anna Henderson (GBR).

Multiple world champion Marianne Vos is one of the big names of the new team. “I am proud to be part of Team Jumbo-Visma. The vision and ambition of the team appeals to me and I look forward to starting together.”

Women’s cycling is on the rise and the intention is to accelerate this, together with main sponsors Jumbo and Visma and the other partners behind it. The women’s team will fully integrate in the existing organisation, the current cycling teams and speed skating teams, where sharing knowledge is also of unique value. One team where all guidance, knowledge and facilities are the same for both men and women. Team Jumbo-Visma is one.

 


Gatto to Retire at the End of 2020
Oscar Gatto has decided to put an end to his career after this season. The 35-year-old Italian will ride his last race in the BORA-hansgrohe jersey on Wednesday in the Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne.

“I have no more incentives, so now is the right time. I am happy to be able to conclude it like this,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. His last victory dates from 2017, when he won the prologue in the Tour of Austria. Gatto turned professional at the highest level with Gerolsteiner in 2007. This was followed by ISD-Neri (2009-2013), Cannondale (2014), Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec (2015), Tinkoff (2016) and Astana (2017-2018). In the last two seasons, Gatto rode for BORA-hansgrohe.

At the beginning of this year, Gatto finished ninth in the GP Monseré, but after the corona break it was mainly DNFs to his name. In recent weeks he was unable to reach the finish line in the Flèche Wallonne, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the Brabantse Pijl and the Tour of Flanders. On Wednesday he will start in the Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne.

Oscar Gatto winning stage 3 of the Ruta del Sol 2016:

 


Tomasz Marczyński and Tosh Van der Sande Re-Sign with Lotto Soudal
With the contract extensions of Belgian Tosh Van der Sande and Polish rider Tomasz Marczyński, both until the end of 2021, Lotto Soudal’s squad is increasingly getting shape. These two riders are well-known riders of the WorldTour team as Marczyński and Van der Sande will start their sixth and tenth seasons respectively with the Belgian squad. The two teammates will be at the start of the 75th Tour of Spain tomorrow. Lotto Soudal now already knows the names of 27 riders for 2021. For the moment, eighteen riders of the current team will see the arrival of nine new teammates.

It was as a junior world champion in the points race and winner of Liège-Bastogne-Liège U23 that Tosh Van der Sande (29) arrived in the team in 2012. He then proved to be an essential support for its leaders in the most difficult races, but he also knew how to seize his chances, as in the Tour de Wallonie last season where he won a stage.

“Sprinting with a small group after a difficult stage is the scenario that suits me best. This will already be the case from tomorrow in my sixth Vuelta,” says Tosh Van der Sande. “The Tour of Spain has quite a few complicated stages and we intend to be very active there, as we are in the Giro at the moment. I already felt very good at the Flèche Brabançonne and now that the worries of contract extension are behind me, I will be able to have fun on the bike. Also, I’m really looking forward to being in 2021. The team has been significantly rejuvenated. I still feel young myself, but I hope I can represent something for my young teammates. I will take my responsibilities and they can count on me.”

Like Tomasz Marczyński, Tosh Van der Sande lives in Spain. Marczyński (36), quadruple champion of Poland (three times on the road, once in time trial), already won two stages in the Vuelta and he is determined to win another one.

“It’s been a tough season so far for everyone and for me. I’m happy to have come back from illness and to be able to show what I’m capable of in this last Grand Tour of the season. The confidence of the team in me means a lot to me. After five seasons with Lotto Soudal, people are starting to get to know me. They also know that I will be able to guide all these young riders who are arriving next year. With my experience, I will show them around the peloton. I am already happy because youth is the future and there are certainly great talents in this group”, says Tomasz Marczyński​​​​​​​.

Provisional list of Lotto Soudal riders for 2021:
Filippo Conca, Steff Cras, Jasper De Buyst, Thomas De Gendt, John Degenkolb, Caleb Ewan, Frederik Frison, Philippe Gilbert, Kobe Goossens, Sébastien Grignard, Matthew Holmes, Roger Kluge, Andreas Kron, Kamil Małecki, Tomasz Marczyński, Sylvain Moniquet, Stefano Oldani, Harry Sweeny, Gerben Thijssen, Maxim Van Gils, Brent Van Moer, Tosh Van der Sande, Harm Vanhoucke, Florian Vermeersch, Viktor Verschaeve, Xandres Vervloesem, Tim Wellens.

Tosh Van der Sande:

 


Rafal Majka Joins UAE Team Emirates
Strong Polish Climber Signs Deal with the Emirati Team.
Rafal Majka will be a UAE Team Emirates rider for the next two seasons. The climber from Krakow will add strength on the hills to the squad led by Mauro Gianetti.

“With Rafal, our group of climbers is getting a strong boost” says Team Principal Mauro Gianetti, “we are sure that in addition to being a solid wing-man for Tadej Pogacar, he will also be able to target his personal ambitions and be given some freedom.”

Rafal Majka said, “I am very happy to have been given this opportunity at this point in my career. I will work for Pogačar when necessary, but I will also try to carve out chances for myself when I can.”

“Races like Tirreno-Adriatico, the Tour de Suisse and also the Vuelta a Espana, are the races where I usually find good form. In that sense I’m not your typical Polish rider – I love the heat. A dream result would be a world championships medal to add to the Olympic one.”

Rafal Majka:

 


Jumbo-Visma Signs Multi Year Partnership with Cervélo
Team Jumbo-Visma will ride Cervélo bikes from 2021 onwards. The Dutch cycling team and the innovative bike manufacturer have signed for a partnership for multiple years. The men’s team, the development team and the new women’s team, announced this morning, will be supported by Cervélo.

Cervélo’s composites and aerodynamics engineers will develop future products with Team Jumbo-Visma to help the team reach its goals. Primoz Roglic, Tom Dumoulin, Marianne Vos and our other riders will have the choice to select the most suitable bike for any race with the R5 disc, S5, P5 and Caledonia. The women’s and development team will be equipped with Reserve carbon wheels, co-designed by Cervélo.

Richard Plugge, managing director of Team Jumbo-Visma: “This is a great step for our team. Cervélo is an innovative brand and an industry leader by technology. We are very happy that our cycling teams will be riding on Cervélo from next year. I am confident that we can further innovate to build even faster bikes together. Working together and striving for the best is our daily objective.” The Dutchman is excited about the collaboration. “We look forward with confidence to work with Cervélo. The brand is part of Pon, just like us they are a Dutch global company. It is great that two Dutch brands that make a global impact have found each other.”

Cervélo’s managing director Nick McAdams: “We are very proud to partner with Team Jumbo-Visma. As one of the best teams in the world, they have the riders on board to race Cervélo bikes all year long, in every category and in all kinds of races. They also have a lot of specific knowledge that will help us make the riders faster. We are very much looking forward to our cooperation and to seeing the team riding Cervélo from next season.”

After seven years, Team Jumbo-Visma says goodbye to the current bike partner Bianchi. Plugge: “We would like to thank Bianchi for the collaboration. They supported us through thick and thin in recent years. Bianchi has contributed to building the team we are today and together we have achieved great results.” A few examples of the big achievements are a victory, podium spots and multiple wins in the three grand tours, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Milano-Sanremo. That makes it for now 177 victories in total on Bianchi bikes. “The Vuelta is our last road race on this bike. We will do everything we can to conclude the collaboration in style.”

Team Jumbo-Visma will race on Cervélo bicycles for the first time in January.

Jumbo-Visma top men:

 


The Shared Passion to Make the Difference Leads to Exciting SCOTT & Team Sunweb Partnership
From the 2021 season onwards, the athletes of Team Sunweb’s Men, Women and Development Programs will race on SCOTT bicycles. The iconic, Swiss based global bike brand with American heritage and the WorldTeam today proudly present their partnership.

SCOTT’s large world class engineering team has designed some of the fastest road bikes to date and is fully committed to never settling for the current standard but keep setting new standards for road, aero and time trial bikes.

Team Sunweb’s DNA is very much similar, its distinguished elite sports approach has built a reputation as the “keep challenging” model and is even visually illustrated by its iconic central two stripes on the race kit. These two ever rising stripes reflect the passion to always keep improving, one stripe to show the continuous progress of the athletes and specialists, and the other stripe to reflect the continuous development of the modern performance environment in which they operate. This aligns well with SCOTT’s “NO SHORTCUTS” approach, to always strive for new ways to make their bikes faster.

For the global high performance bicycle brand and the pro road cycling team to come together one day was somewhat of an inevitable, given the team’s focus on every detail obviously also includes the choice of the best road bikes out there. SCOTT’s passion to design bikes which make the difference is a natural fit to the team with such an eye for detail.

In its pursuit of success in Grand Tours, classics and sprints, the team will race next year SCOTT’s Addict RC for climbing and lumpier races, the SCOTT’s Foil for sprint races and the SCOTT’s Plasma for time trails, all bikes will come with Syncros components, a sister company of SCOTT. Syncros is a bicycle components and accessories brand built on the principle of obsessive, precise design and production through their in-house engineering and design team. Team Sunweb will ride the latest road one-piece cockpit, the Creston iC SL, for Addict RC and Foil with intelligent internal cable routing and ergonomic focused design.

Furthermore, the riders will use the newly launched SCOTT Centric plus helmet, SCOTT’s Cadence aero helmet and SCOTT’s Split time trial helmets.

“After nine years with GreenEdge Cycling/Mitchelton-SCOTT, we believe it was time for a change and we found in Team Sunweb the ideal partner for a new start,” says Pascal Ducrot, Vice-President of SCOTT Sports. “They are one of the leading WorldTeams with a very young and ambitions team, but most of all they share with us that absolute determination to use every single day to get better; the team does so on the bike whereas we do so with engineering and developing new technology to build the fastest bikes out there. We are confident that this partnership will deliver from the start some fast, exciting and successful racing with both the men and women programs. Our engineering team is looking forward to work closely with Team Sunweb’s engineering and biomechanic specialists to integrate their input and feedback in the development of the next generation of our road bikes.”

Words of excitement also sound from Team Sunweb when it comes to the new partnership. Narelle Neumann, Team Sunweb’s Head of Science: “SCOTT has an unprecedented track record in designing the fastest race bikes on the grid and to always introduce new revolutionary technology. Despite SCOTT’s premium reputation today, their engineering team have the dynamic of an energetic challenger while they live and breathe the absolute will to keep revolutionising the bikes of the future, and keep presenting race bikes which effectively make the difference at races at the highest level in the world. It’s a great honour for our riders to race SCOTT bikes. And it’s a privilege for our tech specialists to work alongside SCOTT’s engineering team on their continuous journey to keep revolutionising road bikes.”

Sunweb on SCOTT:

 


Bianchi Becomes New Bike Sponsor of GreenEDGE Cycling
Italian bicycle manufacturer to start new partnership with one of the most successful and innovative men’s and women’s teams in the UCI WorldTour

Bianchi has begun a new chapter of its legacy in the UCI WorldTour by signing a multiyear partnership deal with GreenEDGE Cycling. Starting January 2021, both the men’s and women’s GreenEDGE squads will compete on Bianchi’s high-performance models.

As part of its new sports marketing strategy, Bianchi has decided to initiate a partnership with the Australian WorldTour team which will be characterised by a focus on innovation and inclusive communication, with a global approach, and highly competitive performance at races in all Countries.

Launched in 2011, GreenEDGE Cycling is Asia Pacific’s first and only WorldTour professional cycling team. Led by Australian businessman Gerry Ryan, GreenEdge has established itself as a world-class team with a truly international reach and highly engaged fans.

Vuelta a España winner and current Tirreno-Adriatico champion, Simon Yates, classics rider Michael Matthews, Amanda Spratt and the other riders of GreenEDGE Cycling will be supported by Bianchi with performance aero, all-rounder and TT bikes (including top of the range Specialissima, Oltre and Aquila models), specifically designed for each race situation.

As the team’s innovation partner, Bianchi’s Reparto Corse ‘racing division’, will work side by side with GreenEDGE’s performance team staff to create innovations and shape the future of bike racing. The race-winning marginal advantages created by Reparto Corse through its collaboration with GreenEDGE will continue to filter through to performance-driven Bianchi consumers around the globe.

Bianchi will also be the innovation partner of the GreenEDGE Women’s WorldTour team. Formed in 2012, the women’s team has been a leader on the international women’s cycling circuit from its inception. It is currently one of top-3 Women’s WorldTour teams.

After seven years of cooperation, Bianchi has concluded its sponsorship project with Team Jumbo Visma. The cooperation began in 2014 and saw the Dutch team develop into one of the strongest forces on the WorldTour, with wins at Grand Tours and monuments, and nearly 200 victories in total, including Vuelta España, Milan-Sanremo, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and podiums in Giro, Tour and Vuelta.

Fabrizio Scalzotto, CEO of Bianchi: “We are thrilled to announce our new partnership with GreenEDGE Cycling, the ideal team to pursue our new sponsorship cycle with a strong international approach in order to support our constantly growing presence in all continents.”

“In addition to the performance aspects that will enable Bianchi to innovate and further develop our new road racing products, we will work together with GreenEDGE Cycling to boost inclusive communication with our global fans and stakeholders. We are grateful to Team Jumbo-Visma for the completion of our sponsorship project across a successful seven-season campaign, in which we have collaborated to reach the pinnacle of performance in WorldTour cycling. Bianchi will continue to support the team until the end of the year, so that we can conclude the 2020 season in style.”

Gerry Ryan, Owner of GreenEDGE Cycling: “As we approach our tenth season at the top level of world cycling, we are invigorated by the opportunity to partner with Bianchi, a proven brand with a long and proud history, as we look towards the upcoming seasons.”

“We have witnessed the incredible success of riders using Bianchi equipment and are inspired by their plans for the future. The UCI WorldTour is consistently seeing more technology innovations and we are confident our collaboration with Bianchi will result in our riders racing on the most cutting edge road and time trial bicycles that will deliver many victories in the world’s biggest races.”

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