Catch up with all the news in EUROTRASH Thursday: The end of the road for B&B Hotels-KTM – TOP STORY.
Rider news: Chris Froome to the Santos Tour Down Under, Tom Pidcock’s cyclo-cross program and Warren Barguil second in a triathlon.
Contract news: Ramon Sinkeldam to Alpecin-Deceuninck, BORA-hansgrohe sign Victor Koretzky, Luca Mozzato possibly to Trek-Segafredo and Pierre Rolland to TotalEnergies.
Team news: Plantur-Pura becomes Fenix-Deceuninck, Savio’s new team, Team Novo Nordisk roster for 2023, L39ION of Los Angeles roster, Efficy joins Lotto Dstny and UAE Team Emirates backroom team.
Race news: 2023 Maglia Rosa, modern and digital style, no Tour Colombia in 2023 and Volta ao Algarve teams.
Plus: Zdenek Stybar: “The Wolfpack will always be my family” and the Tro Bro Leon 2023 posters. Get the coffee!
TOP STORY: B&B Hotels-KTM Stops
The French newspaper Le Télégramme has announced that the B&B Hotels-KTM team will not be in the peloton next year. Team boss Jérôme Pineau hoped to race at Continental level with the men’s team, but now he has pulled the plug on the project.
The French B&B Hotels-KTM team was to expand in 2023, but the opposite has happened. Pineau is said to have announced the end of the B&B project in a two-hour video conference. The former rider was still looking at the option of racing at Continental level with twelve riders, but this is apparently not a feasible option now either.
Pineau also wanted to create a women’s team. French champion Audrey Cordon-Ragot, Chloe Hosking and Olympic champion Anna Kiesenhofer were to be leaders and he hoped to get a ‘wildcard’ for the next Tour de France Femmes, but this is also now cancelled. This means that many riders are suddenly unemployed, with just over a month before the start of the new season.
The end for the B&B Hotels team
Chris Froome Starts His Season in the Santos Tour Down Under
Chris Froome’s first race of 2023 will be in Australia. The four-time Tour de France winner will start his season in the Santos Tour Down Under from 17th to 22nd January. Froome told RoadCycling.
Froome couldn’t say too much about the rest of his program, but he still dreams of the Tour de France. “I have an ideal scenario in my head, I want to be ready for it,” said the 37-year-old Briton. “But I would also like to return to the Giro d’Italia. We will see.”
Froome still enjoys life as a professional cyclist, he said. “I love cycling, the training sessions, the team spirit, the process of getting the best out of yourself. I am still motivated. And I am now completely healthy again.” Froome showed improvement in the past Tour de France, with a third place on Alpe d’Huez as the highlight, although he had to abandon because of a covid infection.
“Corona played tricks on me last fall. Because I am asthmatic, I was able to put an end to the second part of my season. After I still rode the Vuelta at the end of the cycling year, I took a three-week break. Now I’m training again,” said the Israel-Premier Tech rider.
Froome off to Australia:
Tom Pidcock has Ten Cyclo-Cross Races to the End of January
World champion Tom Pidcock will ride at least ten more cross races this winter. He will ride the World Cup races in Dublin, Gavere and Benidorm, but it is still unknown whether Pidcock will start the cyclo-cross World championships in Hoogerheide.
After next weekend’s Dublin World Cup, Pidcock will go on a training camp. This is followed by a busy Christmas period for the world champion with seven races in twelve days, between December 23 and January 3. In 2022, Pidcock will compete in the Exact Cross Mol, the World Cup Gavere, the Superprestige Heusden-Zolder, the Superprestige Diegem and the Exact Cross Loenhout.
At the beginning of 2023, Pidcock will be at the start of the X2O Trophy Baal and the X2O Trophy Herentals. After that he has another training camp in Mallorca, followed the Benidorm World Cup on January 22, two weeks before the World championships in Hoogerheide. Will Pidcock defend his World title?
Tom Pidcock’s Cyclo-Cross Program:
11-12-22 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup Dublin
17-12-22 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup Val di Sole
23-12-22 Exact Cross Mol – Zilvermeercross
26-12-22 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup Gavere
27-12-22 Superprestige Heusden-Zolder
28-12-22 Superprestige Diegem
30-12-22 Exact Cross Loenhout
01-01-23 X2O Trophy Bale – GP Sven Nys
03-01-23 X2O Trophy Herentals
22-01-23 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup Benidorm.
A full cross program for Pidcock:
Warren Barguil Second in his First Triathlon
Warren Barguil rode his first triathlon on Saturday, the ‘0-3000’, a tough triathlon on the French island of La Réunion and finished second.
The race has a very selective route, which connects the coastline of the island of La Réunion with the summit of Piton des Neiges, an inactive volcano on La Réunion and also the highest mountain on the island at 3,071 metres above sea level. The triathlon finished at the top of Piton des Neiges.
Due to water pollution, the 1,500 metres swimming was replaced by an extra 2.5 kilometres of running, followed by 45 kilometres of cycling with 1,800 meters of climbing and finally 10 kilometres of running to the top of the Piton des Neiges. Barguil led for some time, but was overtaken in the final by the eventual winner Cyril Bourdon, a mountain biker.
“It was leaden. I actually got up a bit sick, perhaps because of the air conditioning in the room, and then it is not easy when you have to breathe at this altitude. It really is something special and something for specialists and athletes with track knowledge. I was sorry we couldn’t swim, I was looking forward to it. I would like to get back in top condition and then take a shot at the win,” said Barguil after the race.
The Frenchman was at the start in special equipment. Ekoï, a leading brand in the international cycling equipment market, is a personal sponsor and came up with a custom aero tri helmet.
Barguil second in his first triathlon:
Ramon Sinkeldam to Alpecin-Deceuninck for Two Years
Ramon Sinkeldam will race for Alpecin-Deceuninck for the next two seasons. The experienced sprinter has signed for two years with the team of Mathieu van der Poel and Jasper Philipsen.
The 33 year-old Sinkeldam was to be with B&B Hotels-KTM, but Jérôme Pineau’s French team is no more (see above). Sinkeldam didn’t want to wait any longer and has now signed with Alpecin-Deceuninck before the final announcement. This is not a big surprise as Sinkeldam was already associated with the Roodhooft brothers team.
Sinkeldam has been a sprint lead-out man for Arnaud Démare at Groupama-FDJ for the past four seasons. Alpecin-Deceuninck also has their top sprinter in Jasper Philipsen, who can still use a good lead-out. In conversation with Rouleur, Philipsen recently announced that partly due to the long absence of last man Jonas Rickaert, he was not satisfied with his train in 2022 and would like to work on this over the winter.
Sinkeldam has to further perfect the lead-out with his new team. “It may sound like a cliché, but it’s the truth: I’m incredibly happy with this opportunity. The puzzle pieces fall in the right place. I am super excited to be part of the Alpecin-Deceuninck sprint train, and to share my experiences with the other riders.”
BORA – hansgrohe Secures Late Transfer: Victor Koretzky Completes the Squad for 2023
The 28-year-old Frenchman, who has to date celebrated his greatest successes in mountain biking, will compete for BORA – hansgrohe on the road in 2023. However, Koretzky will also continue to compete in offroad events and will most likely also be seen at a few gravel races.
“I have to say that I am really happy that we were able to sign Victor. We have already presented ourselves off road in the past, but with Victor’s signing we are now taking on this theme more strategically. In our sport, it is becoming increasingly important to be present over a variety of terrains, especially with a partner like Specialized. Together we can offer Victor a perfect platform both on and off road. The plan is for him to continue racing in the MTB World Cup, but he will also do a slimmed down road race program. In terms of the type of rider he is, I can well imagine that one or two semi-classics in the spring would suit him well. How that can work in practice remains to be seen, and is also new territory for us. But it’s definitely a new challenge that I’m looking forward to.” – Ralph Denk, Team Manager.
“I am overjoyed to be provided with this opportunity by BORA – hansgrohe. I have already gained experience on the road this year, but with a top team it’s an entirely different ball game. I would definitely like to develop further on the road and become a pillar for the team there. But my big dream is the 2024 Olympic MTB race in Paris. The nice thing is that with BORA – hansgrohe and Specialized, I’ll have a perfect set-up for every terrain.” – Victor Koretzky.
B&B Hotel’s Luca Mozzato May Go to Trek-Segafredo
The future of B&B Hotels-KTM didn’t look too good last week, but Luca Mozzato maybe moving up to the Trek-Segafredo team. According to the French newspaper Le Télégramme, WorldTour team Trek-Segafredo are interested in the Italian.
Despite a contract with B&B Hotels-KTM until the end of 2025, Mozzato could go to Trek-Segafredo. He was previously linked to Arkéa-Samsic, which will also be a WorldTour team from 2023. The 24-year-old Mozzato has never won in his career, but has taken several top ten results in the Tour de France, a fifth place in Paris-Tours and a third place in Danilith Nokere Koerse. He was also runner-up in the Tro-Bro Léon.
Luca Mozzato to Trek-Segafredo?
Pierre Rolland to TotalEnergies
It remains to be seen whether the B&B Hotels-KTM team will be in the peloton next year. The riders have now been told that they are free to leave. One of these riders, Pierre Rolland, looks to be on his way to TotalEnergies.
According to the French sports newspaper L’Équipe, the now 36-year-old Rolland will not race for B&B Hotels-KTM (or anyone else) next year, but for TotalEnergies. The experienced French climber extended his contract with the team of manager Jérôme Pineau in September, but now seems to be moving on. Rolland rode for the predecessor of TotalEnergies from 2009 to 2015.
Rolland to Totalenergies:
Plantur-Pura Becomes Fenix-Deceuninck!
Fenix and Deceuninck step up to naming partners of our women’s team: “Giving men and women equal opportunities”.
FENIX, innovative materials for interior design, and Deceuninck, specialized in sustainable windows and doors, have been on board with the Ciclismo Mundial structure for a while now. Both companies believe in the development we are going through and want to support it by also becoming name partners of our women’s team in the coming years. Plantur-Pura will become Fenix-Deceuninck on January 1, 2023.
“FENIX will remain a partner of the men’s team, but will focus on the women from January 1,” says team manager Philip Roodhooft. “Deceuninck will extend its partnership with the men – as name sponsor – linearly to the women’s team. This allows both companies to make a difference as a brand, but they are also important for us in the further expansion of our complete structure, not only the women’s team. Also Alpecin, Canyon and Zwift keep engaging in all our ranks. All this allows us to follow the most ideal path, which is to offer women and men the same opportunities at the highest level.”
Once again, FENIX has chosen the path of innovation. Not just in the interior design sector, but also in the cycling world. “We are proud to support the growth of a women’s team that has an innovative approach and shares a set of values that is aligned with our FENIX brand,” says Stefano Mion, CEO of Arpa Industriale, the company that created FENIX innovative materials for interior design.
“The team is ready to take the next step and with FENIX, we are committed to make it happen. This is a team that does not rely on talent alone and believes, as we do, that reaching the highest level requires hard work, dedication and a constant desire to improve. They focus on growth and long-term goals requiring rigor to reach the highest standards,” says Mion.
Also Bruno Humblet, CEO of Deceuninck, is enthusiastic to be part of our women’s squad. “We are very proud and excited to be name sponsor for both the women’s and the men’s team, and provide the necessary stability to continue building.”
Julie De Wilde & Yara Kastelijn showing their outfit for 2023:
Savio’s New Team: GW Shimano-Sidermec
Due to financial difficulties, Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli will not be a ProTeam in 2023, but manager Gianni Savio previously said he will continue at Continental level. His ‘new’ team will be known as GW Shimano-Sidermec next year, according to the Italian sports newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Savio previously said that a merger with a South American Conti team is almost complete. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Savio can count on two new sponsors in 2023. These are GW and Shimano, who this year were sponsors of Colombia Tierra de Atletas, a team that has the support of the Colombian government.
Savio’s team will race on a Colombian Continental license next year. It is currently still a guess as to the final roster, but Jhonatan Restrepo, Didier Merchan and Brandon Alejandro Rojas should be a core part of the team in 2023. “Our intention is to return to the professional level in 2024 through a transition year at Continental level with a project for young, promising riders,” Savio said.
“It is a team that mainly consists of young Colombian talents. With this restart at continental level, I still have the same enthusiasm as when I started, about thirty years ago,” said Savio, who has trained several Colombian riders in the past. “Racing remains my great passion and my return to South America is a celebration of the continent where I have discovered many talents, including Egan Bernal.”
New team for Gianni Savio:
Team Novo Nordisk Confirm 18 Rider Roster for 2023
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all diabetes professional cycling team, go into 2023 with an 18-rider roster that combines youthful talent with experience and ready to take on their 13th season in the UCI pro ranks.
If 2021 was the season of frustration, then 2022 was the season of rediscovery and results. Top ten leading to the podium and the podium leading to victory.
At GP Kranj in Slovenia last July Andrea Peron achieved his lifelong dream of a professional win, demolishing the field of competition with an early attack towards the top of the final climb in central Kranj and exploding into the last 500m with nothing but focus and raw power pushing through the pedals, over the finish line and overcome with emotion.
2022 came together in that moment. A decade long career encapsulated in the final kilometre of a bike race. More than 500 million people living with diabetes around the world sharing what inspiration can look like and a community brought together with the joy of what is possible.
“What a season we had,” began CEO & Co Founder Phil Southerland. “After the challenges of 2021, we started this year by telling the guys to get back to basics. Go out there and race with a smile on your face and above all have fun. Enjoy being here and use that enjoyment to channel the pressure of racing for results at the highest level of professional cycling.”
“Guess what? It worked. Not only did we have our most consistent season ever in terms of results, our most consistent rider Andrea Peron, achieved his first career win in Slovenia at GP Kranj. After ten years of seconds, thirds, top five, top ten and breakaways in monuments he kept pushing and banging on the door until he burst through. Diabetes didn’t stop him, and neither could the competition and I don’t think the future will either.”
Only one change appears on the roster for 2023 with Uzbekistani climber Ulugbek Saidov returning to the TNN pro team after a season spent gaining experience and results racing for the
“We’re very satisfied with our performances in 2022,” said General Manager Vassili Davidenko. “To be sitting here reflecting on multiple podiums, top ten placings and Andrea’s win at GP Kranj feels like a good place to be, but also a place that we need to be more often. It’s very important that we kick on in 2023 and carry the momentum from this year, there were many positive moments including Matyas (Kopecky) and Filippo (Ridolfo) starting their pro careers strongly and developing talents like Hamish (Beadle) beginning to show maturity and produce solid performances.”
“But what pleased me the most was the team spirit and the togetherness, after such a difficult 2021 we could be forgiven for letting our heads drop, but we channeled that energy and used it as motivation. Now we approach 2023 with the same attitude and fundamentally the same team.”
“We welcome back Ulugbek (Saidov) who has been on his own journey of development and is now ready to go again and play his part in helping the team. I’m excited to see what 2023 has in store and I’m sure that if we put the same hard work in then we are going to see more results and more smiles on our faces.”
Once again the balance between experience and youthful talent will be important in 2023 with the older established captains Peron, Charles Planet and David Lozano looking to bring on the younger riders as second year pro’s Matyas Kopecky and Filippo Ridolfo look to repeat their positive debut seasons and push on to the next level.
Team Novo Nordisk for 2023:
Hamish Beadle (NZL, 24)
Sam Brand (GBR, 31)
Robbe Ceurens (BEL, 21)
Stephen Clancy (IRL, 30)
Lucas Dauge (FRA, 25)
Gerd de Keijzer (NLD, 28)
Jan Dunnewind (NLD, 24)
Joonas Henttala (FIN, 31)
Declan Irvine (AUS, 23)
Matyas Kopecky (CZE, 19)
Peter Kusztor (HUN, 37)
David Lozano (ESP, 33)
Andrea Peron (ITA, 34)
Logan Phippen (USA, 30)
Charles Planet (FRA, 29)
Umberto Poli (ITA, 26)
Filippo Ridolfo (ITA, 21)
Ulugbek Saidov (UZB, 26).
L39ION of Los Angeles Announces 2023 Team Roster
With a spotlight on three new riders, L39ION is positioned for their strongest season to date.
L39ION of Los Angeles today announced their 2023 team roster, including the standout additions of Yarely Salazar, Robin Carpenter, and newly crowned US Pro Road champion Kyle Murphy. The team will enter into its fifth season with a total of 18 riders.
L39ION is very excited to welcome Olympian and Mexican National Champion Yarely Salazar. As an elite road and track cyclist, Salazar will be a key contributor to the continued success of the team.
Adding additional firepower, L39ION also welcomes Kyle Murphy and Robin Carpenter. Murphy joins the L39ION ranks with seven years of professional road racing under his belt, including a US national road racing championship in 2022. Carpenter, Tour of Britain stage winner, joins the team after five years with UCI ProTeam Human Powered Health, where he was teammates with Murphy.
“With this group, 2023 will be our best year yet. Every member brings something unique, and by adding Yarely, Kyle and Robin into the mix we’ll continue to disrupt what the traditional cycling team looks like.” – Justin Williams, L39ION of LA.
With the teammate additions, L39ION continues its commitment to building new pathways for future and existing professional riders. With unapologetic style, L39ION will never stop championing equality, equity, and building spaces that provoke professional athletes and fans to feel like the most authentic version of themselves.
New Rider Quotes:
Yarely Salazar – “Joining L39ION in the new year is going to be an exciting new change for me. I look forward to becoming a part of the positive impact L39ION is making, as well as inspiring future generations of racers.”
Kyle Murphy – “I am beyond excited to reconnect with American fans, teams, races, and communities. I am over the moon to be a part of the team that Cory and Justin have laboured to create. I have been craving a change like this in my life and I am beyond grateful for the opportunity.”
Robin Carpenter – “I’m thrilled to move on to new competitive challenges next year on L39ION. It feels like a real blessing to be able to come back to the US and race for a team that’s been on the forefront of showing the world how much the US racing scene has to offer.”
L39ION of Los Angeles Official 2023 Team Roster:
Alec Cowan – Calgary, Canada
Alexis Ryan – Ventura, California
Amber Joseph – Bridgetown, Barbados
Cory Williams – Los Angeles, California
Eder Frayre – Ensenada, Mexico
Gavin Hoover – Los Angeles, California
Julyn Aguila – San Luis Potosí, Mexico
Justin Williams – Los Angeles, California
Kendall Ryan – Ventura, California
Kyle Murphy – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Lance Haidet – Bend, Oregon
Robin Carpenter – Philadelphia, PA
Sam Boardman – Washington, DC
Samantha Schneider – West Allis, Wisconsin
Skylar Schneider – West Allis, Wisconsin
Ty Magner – Athens, Georgia
Tyler Williams – Santa Rosa, California
Yarely Salazar – Culiacán, Mexico.
CRM company Efficy Joins Lotto Dstny
In leading European CRM company Efficy, cycling team Lotto Dstny has found a new partner for the 2023 season. The Brussels based company wants to expand its exposure in Europe and sees the Belgian professional cycling team as the perfect opportunity. The Efficy logo will appear on the back of the new Lotto Dstny jersey.
Lotto Dstny welcomes new partner Efficy on board of the team and the 2023 kit. In the ambitious Belgian CRM specialist, the team has found a perfect match. “We are very happy a leading company like Efficy joins our team”, says Chief Business Officer Yana Seel of Lotto Soudal. “Cycling brings people together. We aim for the same with our team: we want to bring fans but also companies together. Sponsorship in cycling is much more than just investing budget and getting visibility in return. We want businesses to find each other through our cycling team. They can reinforce each other’s marketing strategy and improve direct sales thanks to us. With tech companies like Dstny, Efficy, but also the National Lottery, finding each other through the sport project like our team, I am convinced they will benefit with more than just expanded exposure.”
Efficy has the ambition to become the top European provider in its business. The next step in its growth strategy, is getting more exposure. “We believe investing in this partnership with Lotto Dstny will help us take that next step”, comments Efficy CEO Cédric Pierrard. “We share our Belgian base with the team and its other partners. But we operate and want to further grow on a European scale. Countries like France, the Netherlands and Denmark are very important for us, and those countries are traditionally cycling countries. The team consists of a lot of young and talented riders with a very positive attitude. We are looking forward to seeing our name on the jerseys of those riders all over Europe and the rest of the world.”
UAE Team Emirates Announce Backroom Team for 2023
With the 2023 season already fast approaching, UAE Team Emirates are pleased to announce the people who will work behind the scenes for the forthcoming campaign.
The base of the team remains very similar to 2022 with a couple of new recruits:
Tomas Gil will join the team of sports directors, Javier Sola the training staff, while Maurizio Piombo will form part of the medical team.
The whole staff will continue to work under the management of Mauro Gianetti (CEO & Team Principal), Andrea Agostini (Chief Operating Officer) and Joxean Matxin Fernandez (Sporting Manager).
Speaking on the announcement Mauro Gianetti said “The human group working behind the riders is something very important and to have good, friendly people who are the best in their field at what they do is something we focus on a lot as a team. With this group of staff and riders we are confident to continue to do great things in the coming years.”
Technical Staff/Sports Directors 2023:
Fabio Baldato, Fabrizio Guidi, Andrej Hauptman, Tomas Gil, Marco Marcato, Marco Marzano, Manuele Mori, Simone Pedrazzini.
Training &: Performance Staff 2023:
Iñigo San Millan, Jeroen Swart, David Herrero Llorente, Gorka Prieto Bellver, Didac Navarro, Kevin Poulton, Javier Sola.
A full list of all UAE Team Emirates riders & personnel is available to view on the teams website at: http://www.uaeteamemirates.com/team/
2023 Maglia Rosa, Modern and Digital Style
The symbol of the Giro d’Italia’s leadership will have a modern and digital style for 2023. Designed and produced by Castelli, the Magli Rosa will use recyclable and sustainable Sitip fabrics, and feature ENEL as the lead sponsor.
A limited edition preview run of the Maglia Rosa has been produced for the Christmas period. It can be purchased from today via the Giro online store and the Castelli Cycling website. From February, it will also be available in specialist cycling stores and online shops.
The Maglia Rosa is recognised throughout the world as a historic and innovative symbol of the leadership of the Giro d’Italia.
For 2023, the iconic jersey will be characterised by a modern and digital style. The jersey represents the technologically evolved era we live in, an era characterised by speed – a common thread with the Corsa Rosa.
Manifattura Valcismon and Castelli has renewed its partnership with the Corsa Rosa for another four years, running until 2026. 2023 will be the eighth year for Enel as title sponsor of the Maglia Rosa, having worked alongside the Giro d’Italia since 2016. This year, Sitip, which produces the fabric for the Maglia Rosa, will celebrate its tenth anniversary with the Giro d’Italia.
The 2023 Maglia Rosa will be the protagonist of a new digital collection exclusively on ItaliaNFT. The Italian marketplace of digital collectibles and Web3 projects is already a partner of RCS Sport having worked together in the previous edition of the Giro d’Italia, and is now ready to host the latest official collection for the race. Today, the new Maglia Rosa, perfectly recreated in digital format, is available as a one-of-a-kind piece up for auction alongside a host of associated benefits; among them, the possibility of closely following the final stage in Rome aboard the Giro’s official car.
Some of the historical ‘Maglia Rosa’ exhibited at the Museo del Ghisallo
The first rider to wear the Maglia Rosa was Learco Guerra, on 10 May 1931; while the holder of the most Maglia Rosa is Eddy Merckx, having collected 78. Next comes Moser with 57, Bartali with 50, Saronni with 49, Anquetil with 42, and Coppi and Hinault: 31. Jai Hindley, winner of the 2022 Giro d’Italia, was the first Australian rider to conquer the Maglia Rosa. From 1931 to today, 260 riders have worn the Maglia Rosa at least once.
Urbano Cairo, President of RCS MediaGroup, said: “The Maglia Rosa is the emblem of the Giro d’Italia. A symbol recognised all over the world thanks to the many champions who have worn it since its inception in 1931. The Maglia Rosa has evolved over the years, like cycling and all sports. Today we talk about three companies that accompany it and give it prestige: Castelli, a historic brand that has already associated its brand in the past with many winners of the Giro d’Italia; ENEL, which has been its top sponsor for 8 years, and Sitip which produces its recyclable and sustainable fabrics. I am sure that, together with our brand companions, we will offer a product of the highest level.”
Paolo Bellino, CEO of RCS Sport, underlined how: “In the next edition of the Giro d’Italia the makers of the Maglia Rosa, a symbol of passion and of great quality, will also produce the jerseys of the leaders of the other classifications. Thanks to the contribution of Castelli, Sitip and ENEL, we will supply a product that is already highly appreciated by professionals and that amateurs will be able to use thanks to the sales preview during the Christmas period. These three companies have been part of the Giro family for many years and the relationship with them is now consolidated and profitable. We believe that we can still grow together to achieve new great goals.”
Alessio Cremonese, managing director of Manifattura Valcismon, the company that owns the Castelli brand, said: “It is an honour for Castelli to be able to renew this partnership, one which has given us the privilege of producing the central symbol of Italian cycling. Ever since I was a child, every cycling lover has dreamed of wearing the Maglia Rosa and for us it is fantastic to produce it and to see it worn by the best riders on the planet who have shined at the Giro d’Italia in recent seasons. I thank RCS Sport for the trust placed in us for another four years, and for giving us the opportunity to create both the pink jersey and the other leaders’ uniforms. I am convinced that this partnership can last even longer. While remaining faithful to the tradition that distinguishes such an iconic symbol, we will continue to work to provide a product that allows all the leaders of the different rankings to be able to do their job best, wearing a high-performance garment.”
Nicola Lanzetta, Enel Italy Director, said: “For sixty years Enel has been giving energy to Italy, and mirroring this important milestone through the Maglia Rosa means highlighting the points of contact between energy and cycling. This year there is one parallel in particular to underline: the Giro represents an Italy that wants to race to face difficulties, grow, achieve energy independence. And Enel continues to do its part to support Italy in this challenge which requires, just like the Giro, enthusiasm, determination, the ability to innovate and teamwork.”
Silvana Pezzoli, Vice President of Sitip, said: “Next year we will celebrate 10 years of partnership as official suppliers of the Giro d’Italia, which on Sunday 21 May 2023, in the 15th stage, will also pass through our city of Bergamo. We are therefore proud that the anniversary coincides with the return of the Giro to our city and also proud to be working alongside Castelli again. Over the years we have clothed athletes with our high quality fabrics, which have become recycled and therefore sustainable over time. This year we have achieved a great goal: the publication of our first Sustainability Report, which goes hand in hand with our conception of an increasingly green business model and the R&D department constantly working to improve innovation and performance, guaranteeing more and more eco-sustainable and recycled products within our production.”
Achille Minerva and Marco Capria, founders of ItaliaNFT, said: “We are very proud to renew the partnership with RCS Sport. We will continue to bring the Giro d’Italia into the new digital world, offering cycling enthusiasts an increasing number of objects to collect and memorable and unique experiences to remember. Once again, ItaliaNFT proves to be the point of reference for users, brands and institutions that want to enter the Web3.”
No Tour Colombia in 2023
The Tour Colombia will not take place in 2023, Ciclismo Internacional reports. The multi-day race was last run in 2020.
The race has since been removed from the UCI calendar and is also missing from the website of the Colombian cycling federation FCC. The race cannot take place in 2023 due to a lack of financial support. The Tour Colombia started in 2018 as the Colombia Oro y Paz and quickly grew into a popular early season race for European riders.
With financial support from the Colombian government, the organisers managed to get big stars such as Julian Alaphilippe, Rigoberto Urán, Nairo Quintana and Fernando Gaviria to start. The last edition was in 2020. Sergio Higuita was the best on the final GC that year, ahead of Daniel Felipe Martínez and Jonathan Caicedo. In 2019, the overall victory went to Miguel Ángel López, Egan Bernal won the first edition in 2018.
Sergio Higuita – Tour Colombia 2020:
Volta ao Algarve Announces More Teams
The Volta ao Algarve (February 15-19) will have three of the best teams in the WorldTour on the start line in 2023. Jumbo-Visma, UAE Team Emirates and INEOS Grenadiers will participate in the Portuguese tour.
The organisers of the Volta ao Algarve announced the teams on Monday in a press release. Jumbo-Visma, UAE Team Emirates and INEOS Grenadiers, who have been very successful in the Portuguese race in the past. The British team had the overall winner in 2012 Richie Porte, 2015 and 2016 Geraint Thomas, and 2018 Michal Kwiatkowski and won eleven stages.
Jumbo-Visma won the Volta ao Algarve in 2017 with Primož Roglič and Tadej Pogačar was the best in 2019 for UAE Team Emirates. EF Education-EasyPost, Alpecin-Deceuninck, BORA-hansgrohe, Groupama-FDJ, Intermarché-Circus-Wanty, Arkéa Samsic and DSM, all WorldTeams will ride. ProTeams: Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, Uno-X and Tudor Pro Cycling will also be present.
The organisers will soon announce three more teams and the Portuguese Conti teams. The route of the 49th Volta ao Algarve is still to be revealed.
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Zdenek Stybar: “The Wolfpack will always be my family”
For twelve years, Zdenek Stybar was a member of Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl. Having come across from cyclo-cross, a discipline where he won three world titles, the Czech established himself as one of the best Classics riders of the peloton, winning Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, E3 Harelbeke and Strade Bianche during his time with the team.
After his final official appearance for the Wolfpack on the road, Zdenek sat down to talk about his decade in the squad, his best memories from all these years and what it all meant for him.
Tro Bro Leon 2023: “Pipich” On the Poster
In France and even across some borders, the Tro Bro Leon’s ribin(s), or ribinoù for those more respectful of Breton grammar, has captured the hearts of cyclists. These unpaved roads, which represent about 30 kilometres of the total distance, require acrobatic skills from the riders and invite comparison with Paris-Roubaix, even though there are very few cobbles. But for the last fifteen years, it is also the poster created by the event’s founder, a graphic designer by trade, which has attracted cycling fans and further affirmed the race’s Breton identity. Most of the time, Jean-Paul Mellouët honours the previous edition’s winner. But he has broken from tradition to depict Laurent Pichon, the rider he considers the moral winner last May, without taking any credit from Hugo Hoffstetter. “He was contending for the win with a few kilometres to go when he got a flat tire at the end of the ‘ribin du château’. He finished for the third time as the best Breton rider, and I think he is the most consistent rider in history, with 11 finishes from 11 participations. So, he deserved this recognition”. In addition to the little pig awarded to the best classified Breton, “Pipich'” also won a traditional hat on the design of the 2023 poster: “you can recognise it by the Celtic frieze that decorates it all around”, the artist explains.
Although Breton champions and riders with a Flemish streak like to battle it out on the ribinou, amateur cyclists can also try their luck. A poster has also been created for the three cyclo-sportive events on the programme, for which registration opens today. On this poster, the former Tour de France polka dot jersey Claudio Chiappucci is honoured by Jean-Paul Mellouët’s pencils, along with 2013 winner Francis Mourey. The Italian never competed in the Tro Bro Leon but is a true lover of the region, he explains. He has already ridden the cyclo-sportive and is the type of guy who stops along the ride to devour a dozen oysters, so he is an unconditional guest.
Like all the others, the former Carrera rider will have the choice of four courses in the Tro Bro Leon Challenge with Giant: the “cyclo” over a distance of 131 km or 107 km, the “gravel” which focuses on the ribinou (26) with 79 km, or the “vintage” over a more accessible 27 km.
- With five months remaining until the 39th edition, which will be held on 7 May 2023, the Tro Bro Leon reveals its annual poster, designed by the event’s creator Jean-Paul Mellouët. This year it features Breton Laurent Pichon, a rider from Arkéa-Samsic who has taken part in the event 11 times with the ribin(s).
- Another poster has been created for the Tro Bro Leon Challenge with Giant, which offers amateur riders the chance to test themselves on these unpaved roads on four different courses, the day before the professionals. Registration is now open on timeto.com.
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