All the results and news from la Vuelta a España and Simac Ladies Tour, with video. Adrie van der Poel thinks Mathieu should rest – TOP STORY. Maurizio Fondriest to be Italian coach and the UCI team rankings. Contracts for Fernando Gaviria, Rui Costa, Alessandro Covi, Jan Polanc, Jonas Koch, Luis-Joe Lührs, Christophe Laporte, Tosh Van der Sande, Jannik Steimle, Carlos Verona, Jorge Arcas, Antonio Pedrero, Nelson Oliveira, Einer Rubio and Juri Hollmann. Race news: Teams for the Druivenkoers Overijse and Deutschland Tour and Bahrain Victorious out of Bretagne Classic. Plus DSM’s top video from la Vuelta.
TOP STORY: Adrie van der Poel: “Maybe Mathieu should consider not racing anything this season”
Mathieu van der Poel had to leave a training camp early because of his back problems and he will also miss the World mountain bike championships. Perhaps he should consider ending his road season and going full on for a cyclocross winter, his father Adrie suggested in Het Nieuwsblad.
Last weekend it was announced that Van der Poel will skip the mountain bike World champs at the end of August. “Mathieu has been suffering from a back injury in recent weeks. The situation is improving, but the mountain bike World championship in Val di Sole comes too soon for the cyclocross World champion. His intention now is to prepare for the next part of the season, including Paris-Roubaix, via the Benelux Tour. There he is defending champion,” his Alpecin-Fenix team said in a press release.
However, there are doubts about his participation in the Benelux Tour, because his back pain is improving but is certainly not gone. “He can complete endurance training, but with specific efforts he feels pain. That has been the case for a long time,” said Adrie van der Poel. “Maybe he should consider not riding any more and go full for a cyclocross winter. He’s not going to start in the Benelux Tour to determine after three days that it’s not going to work.”
With Paris-Roubaix and also the World road championships in Flanders, Van der Poel still has big goals this season. “But right now you are running behind. Riding a World championships or Paris-Roubaix at half power, that makes no sense,” his father thinks. “If Mathieu can train without pain this week, it’s suddenly a different story. Then you can test in the Benelux Tour whether you can race without any problems.”
“I’m sure if he can race, he will race and Mathieu is smart enough to judge that for himself. In the past, the team has always followed up on its physical ‘issues’ very well. I have every confidence that they will now do the same,” said Adrie van der Poel.
Dad says stay home:
Vuelta a España 2021
Michael Storer (DSM) claimed another solo win in Rincon de la Victoria, at the end of Stage 10, a few days after he won on the climb to Balcon de Alicante. The Australian was the strongest rider from a big breakaway on the slopes of the Puerto de Almachar. Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) also put in a strong attack on the same climb, but the Slovenian crashed on the descent. He quickly got back on his bike to cross the line 11:49 behind the stage winner. That gap meant he lost the red jersey to Odd Christian Eiking (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux), who was also part of the breakaway. Eiking is the second Norwegian leader of La Vuelta, 15 years after Thor Hushovd.
After the first rest day, 171 riders returned to action. Attacks fly from the start but, with cross-tailwinds, the hard pace doesn’t allow anyone to get away. The peloton covered 49.3km in the first hour. The Olympic Champion Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) tried unsuccessfully to go in a move. Splits appear in the bunch after 65km of hard racing and the green jersey Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) is among the riders caught behind. A group of 31 attackers eventually emerge at the front after 87 kilometres. Among them, Odd Christan Eiking (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux) and Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) who are the main threats to the overall lead, as they are at 9:10 and 9:39. Stage winners Magnus Cort Nielsen (EF Education Nippo) and Michael Storer (DSM) also feature in that break, as well as Kenny Elissonde (Trek-Segafredo), who wore La Roja in stage 6. The peloton take it easy and let them go. Jakobsen managed to return to the main bunch and the gap quickly increased: 6 minutes at km 103 (86km to go), and over 10 minutes as they enter the last 50km. At this point Eiking is the virtual leader of La Vuelta’21.
Floris de Tier, Alex Aranburu, Jesus Herrada and Matteo Trentin attacked with 35km to go. But they were quickly caught on the first slopes of the only climb of the day, the cat-2 Puerto de Almachar (10.9km, 4.9%). After a series of attacks, Storer went solo on the steeper slopes of the climb. Twelve minutes later, Roglič chose the same place to drop all his GC rivals. Storer took no chances on the final descent to become the second Australian rider to win two stages in a single edition of La Vuelta, after Michael Matthews in 2013. Roglič crashed on a bend. He is quickly back up, but Movistar’s Enric Mas and Miguel Angel Lopez catch him with along with Jack Haig (Bahrain Victorious). Felix Großsschartner (Bora-hansgrohe), Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana-Premier Tech) and Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma) also bridge the gap on the descent. They cross the line with a gap of 11:49. Odd Christian Eiking, 5th on the stage at 0:22, became the second Norwegian leader of La Vuelta, 15 years after Thor Hushovd. Eiking is 58 seconds ahead of Guillaume Martin. Primoz Roglic is third at 2:17. Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers) lost 37 seconds.
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Stage winner, Michael Storer (DSM): “It’s truly more unbelievable than the last time. There was a massive fight for the breakaway. It was one of those epic days where it took 80 kilometres before it went and I was happy to get in there with the guys. I was feeling good on the last climb. We knew exactly what we needed to do today to win – to go on the attack. I looked to see how the rest of the guys in the group were doing and felt the moment, and just went for it and hoped for the best. We knew it was tight on the descent and that I had to go fast down there. I was happy with my descent and in the end it was just enough to hold on. I dreamt of one stage win at this Vuelta and now to have two after ten days of racing; it’s unbelievable. The guys did a perfect job to set me up for this today. We didn’t put a foot wrong. This is for all of us.”
Overall leader and 5th on the stage, Odd Christian Eiking (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux): “The feeling to be race leader in the Tour of Spain is indescribable, it is something really big! After Rein’s fantastic success, this red jersey is a big bonus for the team. I am very happy. This morning I would never have imagined to conclude the stage in red, as I was 9 minutes down in GC. A miracle was necessary for me to become the race leader. But once I was in the breakaway and I realised that the advantage didn’t cease increasing, I started to believe in this miracle. I was aware that Guillaume Martin was a strong contender, because he was close to me in the classification and because he finished 8th in the latest Tour de France. I know the qualities of my former teammate. In the end, I managed to react on his attacks and even to gain time on him. This is important for the next days, because I want to defend the jersey as long as possible!”
2nd on the stage, Mauri Vansevenant (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “Today was really tough. We rode full gas for two hours until a breakaway formed, and once this happened, it was good to be there with Andrea. We all knew the last climb would be decisive and you could see that’s where the attacks came. We trailed the guy in the front by around 50 seconds at the top, and worked together managing to claw back time, but despite our effort we couldn’t catch him. In the sprint I had confidence and got a solid second, which will give me the motivation to try again, but I won’t hide the fact I am a bit disappointed as I would have loved to win.”
3rd overall, Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma): “I would have felt better if I hadn’t fallen, but I’m okay. It’s a competition; without taking risks you don’t win. I crashed because I went too fast on the descent. The road was slippery.”
3rd on the stage, Clément Champoussin (AG2R Citroën): “We were instructed to go into the breakaway today. We put in a lot of effort at the start of the race. The three of us were up front with Geoffrey Bouchard and Lilian Calmejane. On the final climb I tried to go at my own pace to avoid the attacks, but Storer was the stronger today. The form is coming good. We will try again in the next days.”
8th on the stage, Geoffrey Bouchard (AG2R Citroën): “The start of the stage was difficult for me. I then perked back up and managed to get into the right breakaway. I didn’t feel very good though, so we bet on Clément Champoussin. At the bottom of the last climb, I smoothed out my effort to do a solid climb, but I couldn’t get back to the front of the race.”
9th on the stage, Lilian Calmejane (AG2R Citroën): “During the Vuelta a Espana, the stages that look good for a break to go all the way, it’s a huge fight just to get into the breakaway. We battled a hundred kilometres at the start. Still we had our three best cards up front for the AG2R Citroën team. The plan was perfect with a very good team. In the final, I tried to position Clément Champoussin at the front so that he was in the best place. We came close to the victory, so let’s continue like this.”
7th overall and best young rider, Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers): “We were on the expectative, anything could happen. The race could go smoothly with the break or go crazy, you had to be prepared for everything. [To have Narvaez and Van Baarle up front] was for them to try and win the stage. They can have their chance, we also go for stages. The truth is that putting aside the time I lost, I felt good on the climb and had good legs, until I was dropped. [To follow Roglic’s attack] was a bit of a rider’s impulse, I felt good and I came out after him. That’s cycling: attacking and then exploding. The heat does not make me feel so bad, I hope to defend myself well in Asturias too, although then the cold makes me feel worse. You have to go day by day.”
10th overall, Felix Großsschartner (BORA-hansgrohe): “It was a strong day for me today and I felt good. I was up there with the best few riders and was able to gain time on some of my other competitors, so overall a pretty good day in the saddle.”
Break rider, Maximilian Schachmann (BORA-hansgrohe): “I think at the moment the form isn’t really where I’d have hoped. It wasn’t necessarily hard to get into the big group, but I didn’t feel super when I was there. I tried to mix things up on the last climb, but the legs just weren’t good enough for that today.”
Points leader, Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “The first two hours were ridden at 47.9km/h, which is quite fast. After that, a breakaway of 30 stayed away and we had Mauri [Vansevenant] and Bagio [Andrea Bagioli]. In the end, we finish second. You can’t always roll the dice and throw a six. So I guess as a team we’re happy with the second place. I finished in the gruppetto on time. It’s about surviving until stage 13 and I think it will be a bunch sprint again. Two days ago [Alto de Velefique], it was one of the hardest stages I’ve ever done but I enjoyed the rest day, it was welcome. Today I felt ok in the beginning, I had good legs. So I look forward to the next stages. And hopefully I can sprint again for the win.”
Vuelta a España Stage 10 Result:
1. Michael Storer (Aus) DSM in 4:09:21
2. Mauri Vansevenant (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:22
3. Clément Champoussin (Fra) AG2R Citroën
4. Dylan van Baarle (Ned) INEOS Grenadiers
5. Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
6. Jhonatan Narvaez Prado (Ecu) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:51
7. Nicholas Schultz (Aus) BikeExchange
8. Geoffrey Bouchard (Fra) AG2R Citroën
9. Lilian Calmejane (Fra) AG2R Citroën
10. Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Trek-Segafredo.
Vuelta a España Overall After Stage 10:
1. Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux in 38:37:46
2. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis at 0:58
3. Primoz Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma at 2:17
4. Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar at 2:45
5. Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Movistar at 3:38
6. Jack Haig (Aus) Bahrain Victorious at 3:59
7. Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) INEOS Grenadiers at 4:46
8. Sepp Kuss (USA) Jumbo-Visma at 4:57
9. Adam Yates (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 5:01
10. Felix Großsschartner (Aut) BORA-hansgrohe at 5:42.
Vuelta’21 stage 10:
Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) won Stage 11 of La Vuelta’21 in an exiting finalé on the slopes of Valdepeñas de Jaen. The Slovenian snatched victory from Magnus Cort Nielsen (EF Education-Nippo), who had narrowly beaten him in Cullera last week and was leading the race inside the last 500m after he had been in the break. Enric Mas challenged Roglič all the way to the line and finished 2nd ahead of his Movistar teammate, Miguel Angel Lopez. Odd Christian Eiking (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux) held on to La Roja.
Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix) didn’t start as he suffered from mild fever symptoms, Alex Aranburu (Astana-Premier Tech) was also a non-starter as he crashed on stage 10’s final descent. There was a full-on battle from the start and it took 28km of attacks and counter-attacks before a group of five got away from the bunch with Edward Planckaert (Alpecin-Fenix), Jonathan Lastra (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Magnus Cort Nielsen (EF Education Nippo), Joan Bou (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Harm Vanhoucke (Lotto Soudal). After one hour of racing, the race had covered 47km, but the peloton only at 1:34. BikeExchange and Jumbo-Visma are the most involved in the chase and the gap never gets higher than 2:15. The peloton accelerate inside the last 25km with many teams jostling for the front position. The gap dropped to 44 seconds at the bottom of the cat-2 climb of the Puerto de Locubin.
Cort Nielsen dropped his companions on the first slopes. He maintains a gap of 22 seconds over the top (7.8km to go) despite the hard pace set in the bunch, with David De la Cruz (UAE Team Emirates) trying to drop his rivals ahead of the final uphill. Cort Nielsen holds on to a 19 second lead as he starts the steep final kilometre. Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma) set a brutal pace as the road rose with gradients of 20%. Enric Mas (Movistar) accelerated too but nobody can contain Roglič in the last metres of the stage.
# You can read the full ‘PEZ Stage Report and Photo Gallery’ HERE. #
Stage winner and 3rd overall, Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma): “It was a tough day. Short, but very hot. Fortunately, I had enough energy left at the end to win today. It’s always nice to win a stage. Today’s finish suited me and it was an enjoyable challenge. The team did a fantastic job. They kept the speed up so the leading group was kept in sight, for which I want to thank them. We will evaluate the general classification day by day. The decisive stages are still to come. It is still a long way and the best will win.”
Overall leader and 10th on the stage, Odd Christian Eiking (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux): “Today was a blend of pure joy and suffering. I’m exhausted but happy, to pursue my red dream one day longer. The stage was harder than I expected because of the tailwind and the desire of several teams in the peloton to fight for the stage win. I limited the time loss and I even managed to finish in the top 10, just ahead of my main contender for the GC Guillaume Martin. I kept an eye out for him today, just like for Primoz Roglic. I take this Vuelta day by day and together with the team we’re determined to defend the jersey again tomorrow!”
7th overall and best young rider, Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers): “The end was very hard, really. These last meters were very hard. It has been a beautiful stage to watch on television. In the end it was important to be ahead, but also to control your effort because the slope was long. The truth is that I knew from the first day that I was not at my best level and if you are not at your best level it is difficult to win the race, but my goal is still to give my best and we will keep trying. [Looking to the last week] it is very difficult to get to your best level from one day to the next, that comes with months of preparation, but you have to be calm and be aware of things.”
7th on the stage and 10th overall, Felix Großschartner (BORA-hansgrohe): “The feeling was quite ok today. I crashed around the middle of the race but it didn’t have any serious consequences, just some abrasions. In the finale it became really stressful. I lost a bit of confidence in the corners. In the end, I think I have to be satisfied with 7th place. After all, I gave my best and the others were just stronger. But we’ll see. Hopefully everything will stay pretty calm tomorrow, to allow some recovery from the past few tough stages.”
Vuelta a España Stage 11 Result:
1. Primoz Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma in 3:11:00
2. Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar at 0:03
3. Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Movistar at 0:05
4. Jack Haig (Aus) Bahrain Victorious at 0:07
5. Adam Yates (GB) INEOS Grenadiers
6. Romain Bardet (Fra) DSM
7. Felix Großschartner (Aut) BORA-hansgrohe
8. Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana-Premier Tech
9. Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:11
10. Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux.
Vuelta a España Overall After Stage 11:
1. Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux in 41:48:57
2. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis at 0:58
3. Primoz Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma at 1:56
4. Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar at 2:31
5. Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Movistar at 3:28
6. Jack Haig (Aus) Bahrain Victorious at 3:55
7. Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) Ineos Grenadiers at 4:46
8. Adam Yates (GB) INEOS Grenadiers 0:04:57
9. Sepp Kuss (USA) Jumbo-Visma at 5:03
10. Felix Großschartner (Aut) BORA-hansgrohe at 5:38.
Vuelta’21 stage 11:
Simac Ladies Tour 2021
Marianne Vos won the Prologue of the Simac Ladies Tour. In the streets of Ede, the leader of Team Jumbo-Visma sprinted to a time just above three minutes. No rider was able to match this time. It is the ninth victory for the women of Team Jumbo-Visma and the fifth win for Vos this season. The Dutch rider started as one of the favourites and lived up to that role with flying colours. On the twisty, technical and short course, the three-time Simac Ladies Tour winner rode a prologue that suited her perfectly.
Prologue winner and overall leader, Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma): “I started halfway, because I just like the prologue to be over with. In the end the waiting still took quite a long time. It is unbelievable that it worked out, because there were a lot of fast riders at the start. I already explored the course last Friday, but during the race it always feels different. It is important that you know the course almost by heart, that you almost know it backwards, so to speak. The team has also been really busy with the right technique. It comes down to the details when the prologue is so short. We wanted to go for a stage win, so it is superb that we succeeded.”
Simac Ladies Tour Prologue Result:
1. Marianne Vos (Ned) Jumbo-Visma in 3:01
2. Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Trek-Segafredo at 0:05
3. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope at 0:06
4. Lonneke Uneken (Ned) SD Worx
5. Lorena Wiebes (Ned) DSM at 0:07
6. Christine Majerus (Lux) SD Worx
7. Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service at 0:08
8. Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-SRAM
9. Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Movistar
10. Charlotte Kool (Ned) NXTG Racing.
Simac Ladies Tour Overall After Prologue:
1. Marianne Vos (Ned) Jumbo-Visma in 3:01
2. Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Trek-Segafredo at 0:05
3. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope at 0:06
4. Lonneke Uneken (Ned) SD Worx
5. Lorena Wiebes (Ned) DSM at 0:07
6. Christine Majerus (Lux) SD Worx
7. Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar-Travel &: Service at 0:08
8. Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-SRAM
9. Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Movistar
10. Charlotte Kool (Ned) NXTG Racing.
Alison Jackson won Stage 1 of the Simac Ladies Tour. In Hardenberg, the Canadian rider of Liv Racing beat Maëlle Grossetête in a sprint. The peloton finished just 4 seconds later.
The start was in Zwolle and the finish was in Hardenberg after 134.4 kilometres, making this stage a tribute to the Zwolle cycling champions Anna van der Breggen and Kirsten Wild. Mountain points could be earned on the Lemelerberg. The race crossed the finish line for the first time after 91 kilometres were there were bonus seconds were on offer. Then there was a circuit of 43 kilometres before the finish.
Alison Jackson (Liv Racing) was the first attacker and the Canadian rider had Maëlle Grossetête (FDJ) and Nina Buysman from Parkhotel Valkenburg join her. Jackson took the KOM points after 77 kilometres, for the lead in the mountains classification. The lead fluctuated for a long time between 1 and 2 minutes. Grossetête took the intermediate sprint. Then Sanne Bouwmeester counter-attacked from the peloton. The 25-year-old rider has only been racing for GT Krush Tunap for a month, but immediately showed herself for her new team. Bouwmeester rode between the leading group and the peloton for a while, but then was caught. On the circuit, the sprint teams of Valcar, DSM and Movistar started to narrow the gap with the leading group. Ten kilometres from the finish, the difference was still 40 seconds between the peloton and the leading group, from which Buysman had been dropped. Grossetête and Jackson kept going full gas and managed to hold on to their lead to the finish. Jackson had the best sprint and Grossetête had to settle for second place. Lorena Wiebes won the sprint for third place. Marianne Vos was fourth.
Stage winner and overall leader, Alison Jackson (Liv Racing): “Normally I wait for the sprint, but we have seen that breakaways with strong riders are regularly successful. I was happy that the other two riders joined. We worked well together and had to race straight through the wind. I am super happy. It’s been a tough year, this win is really a gift. I kept encouraging the other girls to push hard against the wind to keep the gap as big as possible. Maëlle and I pushed each other. I was the stronger of the two of us and that’s why I did the longest turns. My team encouraged me all the time and that gave me positive thoughts.”
Simac Ladies Tour Stage 1 Result:
1. Alison Jackson (Can) Liv Racing in 3:18:20
2. Maëlle Grossetete (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
3. Lorena Wiebes (Ned) DSM at 0:04
4. Marianne Vos (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
5. Charlotte Kool (Ned) NXTG Racing
6. Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Movistar
7. Emma Norsgaard (Den) Movistar
8. Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
9. Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale’ BTC Ljubljana
10. Lonneke Uneken (Ned) SD Worx.
Simac Ladies Tour Overall After Stage 1:
1. Alison Jackson (Can) Liv Racing in 3:21:25
2. Marianne Vos (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
3. Lorena Wiebes (Ned) DSM at 0:03
4. Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Trek-Segafredo at 0:05
5. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope at 0:06
6. Lonneke Uneken (Ned) SD Worx
7. Christine Majerus (Lux) SD Worx at 0:07
8. Maëlle Grossetete (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope at 0:08
9. Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
10. Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-SRAM.
Fondriest to be New Italian National Coach
Gianni Bugno, Filippo Pozzato, Daniele Bennati or Davide Bramati will not succeed Davide Cassani as Italy coach. However, the 56-year-old former World champion Maurizio Fondriest looks like he will. Dutch website, WielerFlits has heard from a good source.
The appointment of Maurizio Fondriest is not yet complete, but according to WielerFlits, Fondriest will be with Cordiano Dagnoni, the Italian federation president, during the mountain bike World championships this week to discuss the final details. A three-year deal is expected to be in place. Dagnoni, who succeeded Renato di Rocco as federation chairman in February, and Fondriest are no strangers to each other. At the age of 19 they shared a room during the Greek Tour of Hellas, later they also ran into each other during their military service. Apart from that, they found Fondriest’s profile suitable in Italy. Pozzato and Bennati were also in the running for a while, but the choice quickly fell on the World champion of Ronse ’88.
Fondriest should take over Cassani’s duties from 1 January 2022. It was suggested for a while to appoint Deceuninck – Quick-Step team DS Davide Bramati as temporary national coach, there was even an agreement with Patrick Lefevere, but in the end it was decided to abandoned that idea. Cassani will stay on until after the World road championships in Leuven.
World champion in 1988 – Maurizio Fondriest:
The International Cycling Union has updated the team ranking on Tuesday. INEOS Grenadiers is still in the lead with 11,440 points, followed by Deceuninck – Quick-Step and Jumbo-Visma. Alpecin-Fenix (eighth) is also still in the top-10.
INEOS Grenadiers is still frontrunner. The difference to Deceuninck – Quick-Step is just over 1,200 points. Jumbo-Visma is third, followed by UAE Team Emirates and Bahrain Victorious. In the top-10 there is also BORA-hansgrohe, Astana-Premier Tech, Alpecin-Fenix, AG2R Citroën and Trek-Segafredo.
Further down the list we see teams like Movistar (eleventh), BikeExchange (fourteenth) and EF Education-Nippo (sixteenth). DSM, in twenty-second place, is for the time being the worst performing WorldTour team in 2021.
UCI Team Ranking (on 24 August 2021):
1. INEOS Grenadiers – 11,440 points
2. Deceuninck – Quick-Step – 10,184.8 points
3. Jumbo-Visma – 8.845 points
4. UAE Team Emirates – 8,722.66 points
5. Bahrain Victorious – 7,014 points
6. BORA-hansgrohe – 6,499 points
7. Astana-Premier Tech – 5,753 points
8. Alpecin-Fenix – 5,651 points
9. AG2R Citroën – 5,014 points
10. Trek-Segafredo – 4,918 points
11. Movistar – 4,825 points
12. Groupama-FDJ – 4,542 points
13. Israel Start-Up Nation – 4,481 points
14. BikeExchange – 4,284.33 points
15. Cofidis – 3,618 points
16. EF Education-Nippo – 3,356 points
17. Arkéa-Samsic – 3,265 points
18. Qhubeka NextHash – 3,062 points
19. Lotto Soudal – 2,837 points
20. Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert – 2,614 points
22. DSM – 2,368 points.
Alpecin-Fenix is still the best ProTeam in the UCI Team Ranking. The Belgian team now has 5,651 points. The difference to second placed Arkéa Samsic is now slightly less than 2,500 points. TotalEnergies, Uno-X and Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB are below them in the standings.
Best five ProTeams in the UCI Team Ranking (on August 24, 2021):
1 (8). Alpecin-Fenix – 5,651 points
2 (17). Arkéa-Samsic – 3,265 points
3 (21). TotalEnergies – 2,438 points
4 (23). Uno-X – 1,572 points
5 (24). Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB – 1,570 points.
INEOS still top:
UAE Team Emirates Announce Wave of Renewals
Gaviria, Costa, Covi and Polanc all sign new deals.
UAE Team Emirates continue to reinforce their squad for the future with the announcement of several contract renewals.
Fernando Gaviria will continue for 2022 as the Colombian fast-man hopes to regain the prolific form of previous seasons.
Joxean Matxin Fernandez (Team Manager): “We all know that Gaviria is a world class sprinter and on his day he can beat anybody. What we want to see now and what we are hoping, is to have that consistency and dependability that we know he can deliver. We are very happy to see him continue with us in the team and we want to see the best version of him going forward next year.”
Another high-profile renewal is the former World Champion Rui Costa, who was instrumental in the Tour de France victory of Tadej Pogačar this year.
Matxin: “In the case of Rui Costa we’ve seen him take on a new challenge in his long and successful career. Rui is a former World Champion and has enjoyed many great results so to see him convert that talent and expertise to help the team and a leader like Tadej, as we saw in the Tour where he filled an important role, we know we can rely on him for that.”
The team also continues its investment in the youth, with Alessandro Covi committing to the team until 2024.
Matxin: “Covi is part of the new generation of riders who love to attack and really animate a race. We believe he is a rider who can win many races and in the next years and are convinced he will show that.”
The team will also count on the services of Jan Polanc, with the former Maglia Rosa wearer committing to the Emirati squad for the 2022 season.
Matxin: “Jan is a rider we know very well and has played an important role over many years in the team. He has a lot of experience and will continue to be an important rider, especially on the climbs. We know we can count on his professionalism and work as a teammate.”
A newcomer and a known youngster: BORA-hansgrohe presents Jonas Koch and Luis-Joe Lührs starting in 2022
While Koch is a newcomer who’ll be on a two-year contract, Lührs comes from our own U19 team Auto Eder. He’ll now be able to prove himself among the professionals and has signed a contract until the end of 2024 in order to achieve this. After his successful switch from MTB, Ben Zwiehoff’s contract has also been extended by one year.
“We have presented predominantly international newcomers so far, but of course it is important for us as a German team to also have a corresponding number of German riders within the squad. Through our U19 team Auto Eder, we are also doing a lot of work with young talent and that’s why I’m very pleased that we’re now able to give Luis-Joe a chance at BORA – hansgrohe. Only time will tell how he’ll be able to develop as a racer, but he definitely has the necessary skills and also the tools to establish himself in the pro ranks. The work done in our U19 team has definitely paid off, with Cian Uijtdebroeks also being able to make the step up. I’m hoping for a lot over the coming years. Jonas has already made this step. He is an excellent all-rounder, who we’ll be able to use on a variety of terrains and in different roles. Whether in the sprints as a lead-out rider, or as a helper in the Classics, Jonas will provide important support.
I think that Ben has made the transition to the road very well. He’s not only a good climber, but he has also been able to support our leaders very well on the flat, which was surprising, but of course pleasing. After a good spring, he unfortunately suffered a setback with a broken collarbone, but now at the Vuelta he will again be providing crucial services to the team and we’d like that to continue in the future.” – Ralph Denk, Team Manager.
“I’m of course very happy to be riding with BORA – hansgrohe for the next few years. After some instructive years abroad, it’s now wonderful to ride for a German team. Moreover, the team is among the very best in the WorldTour, and that represents yet another step for me. I’m aiming to develop as a helper and contribute to the success of the team. I don’t think it will be difficult for me to get used to the team because I already know a lot of the guys.” – Jonas Koch.
“After two successful seasons in BORA – hansgrohe’s junior team Team Auto Eder, I’m proud to be able to race in the jersey of the professional team for the next three years. I’d like to use the opportunity to develop in the best possible way over the coming years and I’m looking forward to contributing to the team’s successes.” – Luis- Joe Lührs.
“I’m very happy about the trust that the team has placed in me. The amount of experience I was able to gain during my first season was enormous and I am absolutely ready to take the next step with BORA – hansgrohe in 2022! The motivation is huge. Trust the process.” – Ben Zwiehoff.
Team Jumbo-Visma Welcomes Laporte and Van der Sande
Frenchman Christophe Laporte (28) and Belgian Tosh Van der Sande (30) will strengthen Team Jumbo-Visma for the next two seasons. The spring classics will be one of their main objectives.
Laporte does not hide his ambitions. “I am very happy and proud that I will be riding for Team Jumbo-Visma the next two seasons. It is one of the best teams in the world and I am confident that I can grow to my best level in this team. It is certainly a big change, because I rode eight years for Cofidis in France. Team Jumbo-Visma is a different team, with new faces among staff and riders. I am going to discover a new culture. It is an important step in my career and I am eager to start this project. The Flemish classics will be one of my main goals next season. I love those races. There is a nice team formed around Wout and I will do my best to win together. Let this adventure begin!” The French rider said.
Also Van der Sande is looking forward to defend the black and yellow colours. “I was flattered by the interest. I rode for Lotto for ten years, so it will be a serious change. If a team like Team Jumbo-Visma contacts you, you should not hesitate for long. It is the best team, or one of the best teams in the world. The professionalism and the staff really appeal to me. I am very happy to join this team and I am really looking forward to it. Hopefully I can work my way into the classic core to support Wout van Aert. I think my added value lies in my composure in stress situations, positioning myself and riding up front with the leader. Those are my main assets. In addition, I want to try to become an even better cyclist at Team Jumbo-Visma. Given the framework, I believe I can certainly make progress in the coming years.”
Merijn Zeeman, sportive director of Team Jumbo-Visma, shines his light on both reinforcements. “Christophe was very strong last spring. We are also curious to see how far he can get with our approach, in terms of training, nutrition, aerodynamics… what else is in it for him. In any case, he is a very important reinforcement for Wout. He also has a good time trial. For him it is also a nice challenge to try something new and maybe tackle different issues at a somewhat higher level. We are looking forward to that. It was important to get reinforcements around Wout. With Christophe we have attracted a very good rider for this.”
“When I look at Tosh, he has also stood out this year. He has really developed himself as a rider. Apart from the fact that he was strong, he is also a very clever rider, he is very good in positioning and he has a lot of experience. We need that in our classics team. If he has the same form as this year, he will be with Wout in the finals and we need that too. The same counts for the sprint train around Dylan Groenewegen. With Caleb Ewan Tosh did a very good job. We are happy we were able to recruit him and that he’ll bring that experience and expertise.”
George Bennett (UAE), Christoph Pfingsten and Antwan Tolhoek went looking for another team.
Tosh Van der Sande:
Jannik Steimle stays with Deceuninck – Quick-Step
The 25-year-old German rider has signed a contract until the end of 2023
Jannik Steimle is the latest rider to have extended his agreement with Deceuninck – Quick-Step, the team for which he turned pro at the beginning of 2020 following a short but successful spell as a stagiaire.
Winner of the Tour of Slovakia in his first year with the Wolfpack, the German unfortunately had a rockier second season in the pro ranks, due to a crash in Nokere Koerse that kept him on the sidelines. After making his return to racing, he gradually found his way back to a good shape, which saw him play an important part in the team’s success at the Danmark Rundt, where he took fifth in the final stage individual time trial.
“I’m more than happy. After my crash in the spring I was really nervous about the situation. Patrick always gave me the confidence to stay calm and kept believing in me. With my victory last year in the Tour of Slovakia and a podium in stage 15 of La Vuelta, the team already knew what I’m able to do when I’m in good shape. Also the last couple of weeks I showed I’m nearly back at the level I had before my crash. I still have some goals this year, starting with the Deutschland Tour, where I’ll be riding in my home area. The dream continues for another two years,” said an excited Steimle.
Deceuninck – Quick-Step CEO Patrick Lefevere never had any doubts about the potential of the German rider: “Jannik has several qualities, he can ride a good time trial, he can sprint and can be seen as an all-rounder. He had a setback after the crash in Nokere Koerse, but he fought back and showed in the latest races he’s there again to go for his own chance or to help the team. We are happy to continue with him and to help him improve even more.”
Movistar Team Announces Six Contract Extensions to 2023
Carlos Verona, Jorge Arcas, Antonio Pedrero, Nelson Oliveira, Einer Rubio and Juri Hollmann will continue as members of the Telefónica-backed squad for at least the next two years.
After announcing, before the start of La Vuelta, the new contract linking Miguel Ángel López and the Movistar Team for the next two seasons, the Telefónica-backed squad confirmed Monday six other names from its current roster will stay with the team until the end of 2023: German Juri Hollmann, Colombian Einer Rubio, Portuguese Nelson Oliveira and Spaniards Antonio Pedrero, Jorge Arcas and Carlos Verona.
A big part of the Blues’ core for the last few years will continue to wear the Spanish outfit’s jersey, having been key for great results at the Grand Tours in the past. Arcas made his TDF debut in 2021, following several appearances in La Vuelta; Pedrero contributed to the 2019 Giro win and shone in the mountains in his last two ‘Corsa Rosa’ presences, as well as notching up his first two pro wins at this year’s La Route d’Occitanie; Oliveira, an Olympian again in the Tokyo time trial, has been part of the Blues’ roster for La Vuelta during the last five years, other than a regular in the Tour; and Verona has become one of the most respected domestiques in the world with his brilliant performances in France and Spain, he also finished 2nd last Friday atop the Balcón de Alicante.
Alongside those four will remain two of the Movistar Team’s biggest talents Rubio (23), who was definitely unleashed his potential in the last few weeks – 2nd in Neila; remarkable in Poland; a strong Giro debut in 2020 – and Hollmann (who will turn only 22 in August 30th), always working hard for the team while also shining as a time trialist – 3rd at the recent, decisive ITT of the Volta a Portugal in Viseu.
The Movistar Team will make more announcements on contract extensions for both of its women’s and men’s rosters in the upcoming weeks.
Deceuninck – Quick-Step to Druivenkoers Overijse
Julian Alaphilippe will pin on a number again for the 61st edition of the hilly one-day race.
Last year, just a couple of weeks after the season resumed following a lengthy lockdown, Florian Sénéchal took his second victory for Deceuninck – Quick-Step at Druivenkoers Overijse after attacking over the top of the final hill and dropping his last companion from a small group that had managed to give the slip to the peloton. The Frenchman won’t line out to defend his title, as he is currently riding La Vuelta – where he has played an important role in the team’s two stage victories so far – but the Wolfpack won’t be short of options for Wednesday’s 192km race.
Featuring twenty climbs, some of which will be tackled also one month from now at the World Championships, the Belgian one-day race should witness plenty of action, with the succession of short hills promising to make an important selection before the final part, where the riders won’t have a moment of respite as they’ll take on six ascents in the space of just 22 kilometres.
For Julian Alaphilippe, Druivenkoers Overijse will mark one of his final appearances in the rainbow jersey he conquered last year in Imola, and the World Champion will be joined by Ronde van Vlaanderen winner Kasper Asgreen, Dries Devenyns, Belgium Tour and Danmark Rundt victor Remco Evenepoel, Mikkel Honoré, Iljo Keisse and Pieter Serry.
“Druivenkoers Overijse is an important race, because it puts on the table a hard course with some sections that will be ridden also at the Worlds, and this will make things more interesting than usual. We have a strong team and we will try to play an important role, as we always do. It won’t be easy, but we go to the start with a lot of confidence and motivation,” explained Deceuninck – Quick-Step sports director Rik Van Slycke.
26.08 Druivenkoers – Overijse (BEL) 1.1
Julian Alaphilippe (FRA)
Kasper Asgreen (DEN)
Dries Devenyns (BEL)
Remco Evenepoel (BEL)
Mikkel Honoré (DEN)
Iljo Keisse (BEL)
Pieter Serry (BEL).
Sports Director: Rik van Slycke (BEL).
Deutschland Tour – AUG 26-29
Roy Curvers – Team DSM coach: “We are really pleased to head back to the Deutschland Tour with a young, talented team once again. For the majority of the group, it’s a home race, which always brings extra motivation and excitement to the start line. Our focus will be on stage results with guys like Marius for the sprints, then Marco, Florian and Martin for the dangerous breakaways.”
Marco Brenner (GER)
Max Kanter (GER)
Niklas Märkl (GER)
Marius Mayrhofer (GER)
Martin Salmon (GER)
Florian Stork (GER).
2019 junior TT World champion Marco Brenner:
Bahrain Victorious Head to Deutschland Tour with Dylan Teuns & Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain Victorious line up for the four-stage Deutschland Tour from the Hanseatic city of Stralsund to Nuremberg, from the Baltic coast to Franconia covering a total of 727-kilometres. (August 26th – 29th).
Over the course of the four stages, the riders will fight for the prestigious red jersey. The opening stage from Stralsund covers 191km, which is expected to offer a bunch sprint finale in Shewerin. The second stage starts in Sangerhausen with a slightly uphill finish in Ilmenau but is expected to see another sprint.
Stage 3 starts where the second stage is concluded, featuring the highest point of the race. The cobblestones along the course may suit the classics style riders, but the sprinters will be holding on during the ascent on Rathsberg, to the straight finish on Luitpoldstrasse. The final Stage runs 160 kilometres long, but with inclines up to 20% and may suit the aggressive riding style seen in the Flemish classics.
Dylan Teuns: “I am looking forward to the upcoming Deutschland Tour. My confidence and my shape are good after my good performance at the Tour of Poland. It will be an interesting race for sure. I’m motivated, and we will see how it will go on the harder stages. I’m sure that we will all be strong there with Phil Bauhaus for the sprints and show all our strength and experience on every stage.”
Phil Bauhaus: “It’s always nice for me to race in Germany. There are not many races in Germany for World Tour teams, and this race is the one that makes me super motivated. The first two stages look like a great opportunity for good sprints. With huge support from Marcel Sieberg, Marco Haller who is also good in such sprints, with Dylan, Hermann and Domen we might be really strong, and we strongly believe doing good results on Tour of Germany.”
Franco Pellizotti, Sports Director; “We are heading the Deutschland Tour with big ambitions and goals like as we have proven throughout this season. Dylan Teuns will be our leader, and Phil Bauhaus is here for the sprinting fireworks, especially for the first two stages. Somebody might say that this race is not too hard and not a WorldTour race, but we might expect lots of stress at all flat stages, especially stage 3 as the hardest and most demanding one. Phil Bauhaus, our sprinter, is coming after great wins this season, and Dylan Teuns, a stage winner at Tour de France, is still keeping the good shape.”
Team Bahrain Victorious lineup for Deutschland Tour:
Phil Bauhaus / Marco Haller / Domen Novak / Hermann Pernsteiner / Marcel Sieberg / Dylan Teuns.
Preview Deine Tour – Zimmermann: “I was waiting for this first participation for a long time”
The Tour of Germany (2.Pro, 26-29/08) starts this Thursday in Stralsund. The four day race connects the Baltic coast with Franconia in 727 kilometre. It is the first time in its history that the German race starts at the coast.
For its second participation to the race, Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert will be represented by six riders. Steven De Neef will direct a young selection, with the German rider Jonas Koch (28) as most experimented rider. Like his compatriote Georg Zimmermann (23), who recently took his first professional victory at the Tour de l’Ain, he will participate to his national tour for the first time. The German riders will be accompanied by neo professionals Théo Delacroix (22) and Alexander Evans (24), and the trainees Dries De Pooter (18) and Maxime Jarnet (22). The French rider will make his debut in the colours of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert.
Georg Zimmermann: “I’m extremely motivated for this Deutschland Tour. I’m waiting for my first participation for a very long time already. Also, it’s a huge honour for me to be chosen as one of the five favourites by the organisation. It is the first time it happens in my professional career and that makes it even more exciting. With the Tour de France, the Tour de l’Ain and the Tour de Pologne I had a busy race schedule behind my back, but I feel fresh and ready to start this Thursday. So the plans of our coach Frederik Veuchelen and the performance staff definitely had the right effect on me. In the Tour of Poland we reached a very high level with the team and I definitely want to continue the same team spirit here. I’m very happy to race alongside my teammate and friend Jonas Koch again. We absolutely want to show something on our home soil!”
Dries De Pooter
Sportive direction: Steven De Neef.
Deceuninck – Quick-Step to Deutschland Tour
João Almeida and Mark Cavendish lead the line for the Wolfpack at the 34th edition of the race.
The Deutschland Tour is back, this time taking the peloton on a journey from Stralsund to Nürnberg, over four days that will start off by bringing the sprinters to the fore and conclude with the GC men in the spotlight, who will get to go all-in in their quest for the red jersey on a short but intense stage 4 peppered with about a dozen climbs and some 2000 vertical meters.
First Portuguese in history to win the Tour de Pologne, where he built his dominant GC victory on the back of two stage victories and a solid ITT ride, João Almeida will look to get another good result in the overall standings, although the parcours of the event set to take place between 26-29 August isn’t that heavily tilted towards the puncheurs like it was the case in the past.
Mark Cavendish, who at the Tour de France wrote history by equalling Eddy Merckx’s record of 34 stage wins, is back at the Deutschland Tour, which he will race for just the second time in his career. Joining him and Almeida on Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s roster for this week’s four-day event will be Shane Archbold, French Champion Rémi Cavagna, Yves Lampaert and Jannik Steimle, who recently extended his contract with the Wolfpack.
“The Deutschland Tour is a well organised race and we are delighted to be back at the start. We have a solid team that can adapt to the various scenarios and terrains: from crosswinds and bunch sprints to the up-and-down roads that will decide the overall winner. With Mark, who can count on a strong lead-out, we will target the flat stages, while João and Rémi have shown some very good legs in Poland and can try something also here,” said sports director Brian Holm.
26.08–29.08 Deutschland Tour (GER) 2.Pro
João Almeida (POR)
Shane Archbold (NZL)
Rémi Cavagna (FRA)
Mark Cavendish (GBR)
Yves Lampaert (BEL)
Jannik Steimle (GER).
Sports Director Brian Holm (DEN).
Bahrain Victorious Out of Bretagne Classic Due to Covid-19 Protocols
Team Bahrain Victorious won’t be at the start of the Bretagne Classic, the French one-day classic race taking place in Plouay next Sunday, 29th of August.
Following the team’s medical protocols, the decision was made following a positive Covid-19 result. While the positive case could be substituted, close contact with other staff makes creating a safe ‘race bubble’ difficult.
The team withdraws from the official start list of the race in agreement with the race organiser.
No Bahrain Victorious riders in the Bretagne Classic:
DSM’s Top Video from La Vuelta
After getting three riders in the breakaway; Martijn Tusveld and Thymen Arensman looked after Michael Storer perfectly throughout the stage. On the final climb, Storer attacked and went solo all the way to the line, securing a brilliant win for Team DSM at #LaVuelta21
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