Merry Christmas and I hope you didn’t eat and drink too much? – TOP Story. Belgian cross champ, Toon Aerts to race today with four broken ribs. All the news from the World of cycling: Kristina Vogel to the Tour Down Under Legends’ Night Dinner. Rider news from Iván Sosa, Peter Sagan and Davide Formolo. Team news from Uno-X and UAE Team Emirates, plus BinckBank Tour 2020. Some Christmas messages from the teams and we finish with a fine bit of bike handling. Take it easy and get out on the bike after you’ve read EUROTRASH Thursday.
TOP STORY: Merry Christmas!
The TOP STORY is to wish you all a happy holidays and hope that 2020 brings you everything you want and need. Cycling seems to be in a good place at the moment; doping at a low ebb, new young riders taking impressive wins and even the Tour de France was exciting this year.
Let’s look forward to more of the same in 2020.
Toon Aerts’ Doctor: “It doesn’t look good”
On the flanks of the Citadel of Namur last Sunday, Toon Aerts proved that he could still finish second with a broken rib. But it is very doubtful whether he can race at the Heusden-Zolder circuit on Thursday (today) to defend his position as leader. It could even be that he will be out of action for a few weeks. “We are not going to take a risk. If there is any doubt, let’s not start.”
“There is still a little hope,” Jan Mathieu, the Telenet-Baloise team doctor told Het Laatste Nieuws. However, he wants to suppress optimism: “We are very reticent: it doesn’t look good.” Aerts will undergo an investigation today (Tuesday). Based on the result of a scan, it will be decided whether Aerts can start on Thursday in Heusden-Zolder.
Telenet-Baloise reported in a communiqué that it is a non-displaced fracture, but if the fracture turns out to be postponed, Aerts cannot start anyway. “If the rib shifts, it can be very dangerous,” said Dr. Mathieu. “If you know that a broken rib can already shift due to a coughing fit, then you understand that crossing is not ideal. In the worst case, the lung can be perforated. Toon’s safety and health is our first concern. We are not going to take a risk. If there is any doubt, let’s not start.”
If the break has indeed not shifted, then starting, let alone racing to a good result, will not be easy. “Because the biggest concern is the pain. I just fear that it will not be sustainable.” The possibilities that Mathieu has to alleviate the pain are limited. “Give painkillers and apply a local ointment: we can’t do more.”
Although Aert slept well on Sunday night and had relatively little pain on Monday, Mathieu remains skeptical. “The fact that Toon indicates a different location where the pain is other than the fracture that can be seen in the photo, a few centimetres away, must first be investigated.” If Aerts has to miss some races, then he can forget his classifications. For the moment Aerts is first in the World Cup and the Superprestige and second in the DVV Trofee.
Toon Aerts in Namur
*** Toon Aerts Will Start in Heusden-Zolder ***
Toon Aerts will start the World Cup in Heusden-Zolder today (Thursday) despite four broken ribs. His team Telenet-Baloise announced on Wednesday. “Starting is not an additional risk for the rib injury.” In the battle for the Superprestige, he is in the lead, while he is second in the DVV Verzekeringen Trofee. In the coming days; Heusden-Zolder, Loenhout and Diegem are very important races.
“Toon Aerts completed a test ride to and on the course of the Azencross in Loenhout. Afterwards, in consultation with the medical staff and team management, it was decided that Toon would start in the Heusden-Zolder World Cup cross,” Telenet-Baloise reported via social media.
Kristina Vogel Joins the Honour Roll for the Santos Tour Down Under Legends’ Night Dinner
Eleven-time world champion Kristina Vogel has been announced as the latest legend to be welcomed to the 2020 Santos Tour Down Under, and will be presented at the Legends’ Night Dinner alongside previously announced Fabian Cancellara.
Vogel’s honour roll is long and includes two Olympic Gold medals and a record-equalling eleven World Championships victories (the same number as Australia’s Anna Meares). Vogel is self-described as an “Olympic champion, federal police officer and keynote speaker … just a girl and [her] life in a wheelchair.”
Vogel experienced a well-documented cycling accident in 2018 that left her paralysed from the chest down. Since that time, she has shared her recovery story on her social media platforms and through the media, depicting a remarkably resilient and single-minded strength both physically and mentally.
Hitaf Rasheed, Executive Director, Events South Australia said that “Kristina’s athletic story of perseverance and endurance both on and off the track is inspirational.”
“Her story has touched thousands of people in the cycling and sporting community. Her strength and courage have resolutely cemented her as a champion in the world of cycling. It is an absolute honour to welcome Kristina to the Santos Tour Down Under and for her to share her story with her fans,” said Rasheed.
Vogel said she is looking forward to visiting South Australia for the 2020 Santos Tour Down Under and is excited and honoured to attend the Legends’ Night Dinner. “I’m excited to watch a few German riders competing in the Santos Tour Down Under. It’s one of the biggest road cycling events in the calendar, and I can’t wait to see the good competition with hopefully great results for the German riders.”
Vogel has taken the last 18 months to redefine herself both physically and mentally, understanding and working with the parameters she now must contend with, but also recognising her voice, strength and passion in keeping active and relevant within her community.
She has recently returned to her work with the German Federal Police, has just begun a career in politics and boasts a following of over 72,000 people on Instagram, where she shares her love of life, and her positivity towards life, sport, and her future.
Vogel has a gritty determination to evolve her career, passion for sport, and her community as she is determined to become more than her accident saying “I always thought that it was just me, riding my bike and nothing more. Now I realise just how many people I motivate and how many people I am taking on my journey.”
Secure your seat at the 2020 Legends’ Night Dinner to hear Kristina Vogel. She will be joined by cycling Legend Fabian Cancellara, amongst others, at the Adelaide Convention Centre.
For tickets or more information visit http://www.tourdownunder.com.au @tourdownunder #tourdownunder.
Kristina Vogel with her handbike and former rider Jens Voigt pictured during the Deutschland Tour 2019:
Iván Sosa to Ride the 2020 Vuelta a España
Iván Ramiro Sosa will make his debut in the Vuelta a España next season, the young climber said to Colombian media. Sosa had an excellent 2019 with Team Ineos, taking a final win in the Vuelta a Burgos and second places in the Tour Colombia (plus KOM), La Route d’Occitanie and the Gran Piemonte.
The 22-year-old was 44th overall in last year’s Giro d’Italia, but didn’t show much sparkle. The promising climber can try again next year in the last Grand Tour of the season. The rider will start his season again in his own country with the Tour Colombia (11-16 February). This year Sosa was 4 seconds down on the overall victory, which went to Miguel Ángel López.
Peter Sagan to Ride the Okolo Slovenska
According to the Slovak Denník Šport, Peter Sagan will participate in the Okolo Slovenska next year (16-19 September). For the triple world champion – who rarely races in his own country – it would mean his debut in the four-day stage race.
Earlier it was announced that Sagan will start his season in Argentina with the Vuelta a San Juan, followed by Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and the Spring Classics. The BORA-hansgrohe rider will make his first appearance in the Giro d’Italia in 2020. Sagan will also focus on the Tour de France and the Olympic Games.
“My season will end after the Tour and the Olympic Games. It will be six tough months,” said Sagan at the team presentation in Kolbermoor, Germany, but now the ex-World champion will be at the start of the Okolo Slovenska in September, together with his brother Juraj Sagan and fellow Slovak Erik Baška.
It will be a special experience for Sagan, since the first stage starts from his hometown of Zilina. The last edition of the Okolo Slovenska was won by Yves Lampaert, ahead of Arnaud Démare and Stefan Küng.
Davide Formolo’s 2020 Season Plan
Davide Formolo will focus on the Ardennes classics, Giro d’Italia and the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, but the Italian champion dreams of a different race: Milan-Sanremo. “I am really looking forward to my debut, since I grew up with Sanremo,” he said to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Milan-Sanremo is very important to Formolo. “I dream of that course, since I was watching Sanremo as a child. It is and remains the first Monument race of the season. Milan-Sanremo is almost a romantic race,” said Formolo, who finished second in Liège-Bastogne-Liège this year.
Formolo looks ahead to the new cycling year in an interview with the Italian sports newspaper. The 27-year-old climber changed his team after a few years with BORA-hansgrohe, now he is with UAE Team Emirates for 2020. “I’m starting my season with the UAE Tour, followed by Tirreno-Adriatico and for the first time in Milan-San Remo.”
“I then head to El Teide to optimally prepare myself for the Amstel Gold Race, Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège,” before the Giro d’Italia. At the end of the season he will be at the start of the Vuelta a España, and also hoping for a ticket for the Olympic Games.
Davide Formolo schedule for 2020
UAE Tour (23-29 February)
Tirreno-Adriatico (11-17 March)
Milan-San Remo (March 21)
Amstel Gold Race (April 19)
Flèche Wallonne (April 22)
Liège-Bastogne-Liège (26 April)
Giro d’Italia (9-31 May)
Vuelta a España (August 14-September 6).
Davide Formolo – At the UAE December training camp 2019:
Uno-X Receives ‘Wild Card’ for Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
Uno-X will be at the start of Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne next season. The 2020 ProConti Norwegian team received an invitation from the organisers of the Flemish semi-Classic. B&B Hotels-Vital Concept and Wallonie Bruxelles are also sure of a place.
In recent years, Uno-X has been a continental team, developing Norwegian talent, but next season, former rider and team manager Kurt-Asle Arvesen will take the step up to the next level with his riders. This means that talented riders such as Julius Johansen, Niklas Larsen and Andreas Leknessund (who will make the switch to Team Sunweb in 2021) can show themselves in larger races.
The organisers of the spring Classic, Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, had four ‘Wild Cards’ to give to teams with a ProTeam license. In addition to Uno-X, B&B Hotels-Vital Concept and Wallonie Bruxelles were chosen. Race director Peter Debaveye waits for a while to hand out the fourth and final ticket.
The race will be made up eighteen WorldTour teams, plus Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise, Circus-Wanty Gobert and Total Direct Energie. Jumbo-Visma and Dylan Groenewegen, the winner in 2018, will not be there next year. “Many teams are interested in a wild card. We naturally prefer Belgian formations, but we also look at foreign teams,” said Debaveye.
UAE Team Emirates Unveil 2020 Jersey
We are happy to present our new jersey for 2020! Next year we will #RideTogether with our new kit courtesy of Champion System.
2020 BinckBank Tour Starts in Dokkum
The BinckBank Tour will start in Friesland again next season. After last year’s departure from Heerenveen, this time Dokkum will be the start town according to Omrop Fryslân and the Leeuwarder Courant.
The Province of Friesland has always been popular as a starting point for the BinckBank Tour in recent years. In 2018, current Dutch national champion Fabio Jakobsen recorded his first WorldTour victory there, when the opening stage went from Heerenveen to Bolsward. Bolsward was also the start point for the first stage through the Netherlands and Belgium during the 2015 and 2016 editions.
The municipality of Noardeast-Fryslân will officially announce the finish of the stage on Monday at a press conference. There will also be more details revealed about the stage in Dokkum. Last year Laurens De Plus won the overall classification by beating Tim Wellens in the final stage to Geraardsbergen and taking the leader’s jersey. The 16th edition of the BinckBank Tour is scheduled for August 31 to September 6.
Merry Christmas from Deceuninck – Quick-Step
It’s the festive season, so we take time to rest and look back on some of our team’s best moments of the 2019 season, which produced close to 70 victories. Milano-Sanremo, Paris-Roubaix, Flèche Wallonne, Strade Bianche, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, Scheldeprijs, Clasica San Sebastian, six National Titles, eight Grand Tour stages and 14 days in the yellow jersey – it was a rich harvest for Deceuninck – Quick-Step, which we continue to savour as we gear up for 2020.
This amazing success rate, backed by consistent results in the dozens and dozens of races that took our squad across five different continents from January until October, helped Deceuninck – Quick-Step wrap up the UCI World Team Classification for the second consecutive year.
With Christmas knocking on the door, we are prepared to enjoy these quiet and relaxing days and the simple things of life and we hope you will too. Here’s to a joyful present, a well-remembered past and a spectacular future!
Best wishes for you and your loved ones and may you have beautiful holidays and many reasons to smile! The Wolfpack.
Merry Christmas from Team INEOS
2019 was a great year on paper. Here’s our Christmas card to you 🎁
Merry Christmas from Bigla Pro Cycling
As we come to the end of another year, we’d like to sincerely thank you for your continued support of the team. Our achievements this season would not have been possible without our dedicated group of partners, supporters and fans, of whom we are truly appreciative.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. We hope you have an enjoyable festive season.
Until next year,
Bigla Pro Cycling.
Top Bike Handling Saves Luuc Bugter
Luuc was having a hard time during the Dutch championships. In the pouring rain, a skid seemed to take him out, but due to a great bike handling, he stayed on his bike.
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