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The World time trials finished with a crazy mixed relay race, plus the Omloop van het Houtland – reports, results and video. Tom Dumoulin is at the World championships – TOP STORY. Rider news: Egan Bernal goes home, Jan Ullrich documentary, Rigoberto Urán to stay with EF Education-EasyPost, Wout van Aert extends with Team Jumbo-Visma, Adam Yates signs for UAE Team Emirates, Fernando Gaviria possibly to Movistar and Guy Niv retires. Team news: Signings for Lotto Dstny, EF Education-TIBCO-SVB and BikeExchange-Jayco, Lotto Dstny development team. Race news: Vuelta a San Juan returns, Paris-Tours, Gran Piemonte and the CRO Race. Happy retirement, Brian Holm video. Stop the war!


TOP STORY: Tom Dumoulin at the Wollongong World Championships
Tom Dumoulin has retired as a professional cyclist, but that does not mean that he has completely turned his back on the sport. Next Sunday he will be on the route during the men’s road race at the World championships in Wollongong, Australia. Dumoulin is on holiday with his family in nearby Sydney.

“They had already booked the tickets anyway because they initially wanted to be at my farewell. Now we’re making it a great holiday,” Dumoulin explained to Algemeen Dagblad. The former World champion was not present at last Sunday’s time trial, because there were no trains between Sydney and Wollongong on that day. “I will definitely take a look at the road race on Sunday,” said Dumoulin, however.

Before Dumoulin traveled to Australia, he was in Costa Rica. He has no concrete plans for the near future. “I’ve had a few different things come my way. But when I’m back in the Netherlands, I’ll be thinking very calmly about the future.”

Dumoulin watching the Worlds:

 


World Championships 2022 – Mixed Relay Team Time Trial
Switzerland is the new world champion in the Mixed Relay event. Over the 28.2 kilometre course, divided over 14.1 kilometres for the three men and 14.1 kilometres for the three women, the Swiss riders were 3 seconds faster than Italy. The bronze went to home country Australia. For top favourites, the Netherlands, the Mixed Relay turned out to be a total disaster.


The Mixed Relay team time trial on Wednesday started on Market Street and finished on Marine Drive in Wollongong. The circuit was 14.1 kilometres long and had one climb of Mount Ousley, 700 meters at 6.7%. First three men and then three women from each country competed for the gold. When the men crossed the finish line, the women started for an end time after 28.2 kilometres.

The field was divided into four blocks. Taruia Krainer, Kahiri Endeler and Teva Poulain were first off the ramp for Tahiti. After 14.1 km, Élodie Touffet, Kylie Crawford and Tekau Hapairai took over. The men and women of Tahiti just didn’t have a good time because the team fell apart quite quickly on the difficult course. Of the first block, the UCI World Cycling Center had the fastest time of 38:46.

In the second block, Australia and Spain were the top teams. Australia had a strong home team with Michael Matthews, Luke Plapp and Luke Durbridge as the men and Georgia Baker, Alexandra Manly and Sarah Roy for the women. The Australians were going well. Durbridge, Matthews and Plapp finished in 16:12, almost 1:30 faster than the Ukrainians, and then it was up to the Australian women. Baker, Manly and Roy continued with the same momentum and managed to set the best time of 34:26. The Australian’s time was far too fast for Spain 36:32, Austria 37:17 and Ukraine 38:39. Australia was not yet certain of a medal, or the world title, as the biggest contenders were still to come. In the third block there was Poland, France, Belgium and Denmark.


Bad luck for the Netherlands team

The French team of Bruno Armirail, Rémi Cavagna and Eddy Le Huitoze dived at the first finish passage with 3 seconds behind the time of the Australians. As expected, Belgium and Poland played no significant role in the battle for the medals. The French women were losing strength and Coralie Demay soon couldn’t follow her compatriots. The French turned out to be 20 seconds slower than the Australians. The same happened to the Danish team; the women also lost more and more ground to the Australians. At the first crossing of the finish line the difference was 7 seconds in Denmark’s favour, but after 28.2 kilometres, Australia was 20 faster. The Australians could still dream of a world title in their own country, but Switzerland, Italy, the Netherlands and defending champion Germany were still to start.

Bauke Mollema, Daan Hoole and Mathieu van der Poel were keen to achieve a top time, but the Dutch team soon had to deal with a hefty setback. Mollema dropped out after a few kilometres with chain problems and so Van der Poel and Hoole had to make the best of it. After 14.1 kilometres the gap had grown to just over 20 seconds and so the women faced an almost impossible task. The Netherlands had a dramatic start in the Mixed Relay, but it all went smoothly for Switzerland. Stefan Küng, Stefan Bissegger and Mauro Schmid were 10 seconds faster than Italy, Denmark followed at 15 seconds and the Netherlands was 40 seconds slower. The hopes of the Netherlands team were soon completely gone, as Annemiek van Vleuten had a bad crash soon after the start. Riejanne Markus and Ellen van Dijk had to continue, but had no chance.


More bad luck for the Netherlands team

Marlen Reusser, Elise Chabbey and Nicole Koller continued the strong performance of the men and recorded a time of 33:47. Then it was Italy: Elisa Longo Borghini, Elena Cecchini and Vittoria Guazzini were close to the Swiss trio and managed to take a little time back, but turned out to be 3 seconds too slow at the finish.

The Swiss could be confident of the title as defending champions, Germany, were already behind and would be off the podium. The Germans were eventually 8 seconds short of the podium and in fourth place and the World title went to Switzerland, silver to Italy and Australia took the bronze medal. Despite the bad luck of Mollema and the fall of Van Vleuten, the Netherlands managed to take 5th place time only 14 seconds from the podium. Denmark, France, Belgium, Poland and Spain complete the top 10.


The men’s part of the winning Swiss team

Switzerland winners of the Mixed Relay event: “We are a small country, but a big cycling nation. And especially in the time trial area: we rock this discipline,” said Stefan Küng. “It’s really great, it feels really, really good. We have a good team spirit and we knew we could perform well. But we did not expect that we would do so well. It was really cool to ride with these two gentlemen (Stefan Bissegger and Mauro Schmid) and then cheering on the ladies.”

Stefan Bissegger added. “Our strategy was to start as fast as possible and then maintain a high pace. Fortunately we could count on the engine Küng, we could hide behind him. He was very strong today. The women also had a special strategy and it worked perfectly. We all rode a good time trial. This is very important for our country.”

Marlen Reusser explained the Swiss women’s tactics: “We had planned to get off to a strong start, but in such a way that everyone would survive. We had to be nice to each other so that we could continue our effort to the finish. That worked out well.”

World Championships 2022 – Mixed Relay Team Time Trial Result:
1. Switzerland at 33:47
2. Italy ay 0:03
3. Australia at 0:38
4. Germany at 0:46
5. Netherlands at 0:52
6. Denmark at 0:58
7. France
8. Belgium at 1:49
9. Poland at 1:51
10. Spain at 2:44.

 


World Championships 2022 – Men’s U23 Time Trial
Søren Wærenskjold is the Under 23 men’s time trial World champion time trial. The Norwegian beat Belgian Alec Segaert by 17 seconds in Wollongong on Monday morning. The bronze medal went to Leo Hayter.

The race in Wollongong for the U23s was 28.8 kilometres long. First a lap of 14.1 kilometres, then the same loop again with an extra piece between the finish line and the start. This included Dumfries Avenue (700m at 6.7%) which had to be climbed twice.

Simon Tesfagaber was first to start, but he would not finish first. Several riders passed the Eritrean. Carl-Frederik Bevort set the first serious time. The Dane who started fourth finished with a time of 34:52. The other riders from the first block of five blocks, couldn’t get near Bevort. Leo Hayter started in the second block. The INEOS Grenadiers stagiaire, who has signed a contract with the WorldTour team until the end of 2025, was the only one to go under Bevort’s time at that point, by 15 seconds. His time would stand through the third block. Dutch favourite, Mick van Dijke also couldn’t get near Hayter. The Dutchman was well behind at the first two intermediate points and had to change bikes due to mechanical problems. At the finish he set the seventh fastest time.

Several top riders started in the fourth block, including Van Dijke’s teammate at Jumbo-Visma Michel Heßmann. The German was a little better than Bevort, but couldn’t match Hayter. The next starter, Søren Wærenskjold, did. Last year’s fourth placed rider was 24 seconds better than the Briton. In the fifth and last block there were several riders who could threaten Wærenskjold, including Alec Segaert and Logan Currie. Segaert set the best time at the first intermediate point. The Belgian was almost 8 seconds faster than Wærenskjold. Currie initially also stayed close, but later lost ground in the time trial. Halfway through, European champion Segaert still had a lead over Wærenskjold, but at the last intermediate point, the Norwegian had a 10 second lead. Segaert lost even more time, allowing Wærenskjold to pick up the rainbow jersey. Segaert took the silver medal, the bronze went to Leo Hayter.

World U23 Time Trial Champion, Søren Wærenskjold (Norway): “To be honest, I’m shaking a bit. It’s my last year as an U23 and I knew I had to show the best of myself. I feel a little empty, it’s a great relief. I’m very happy to win. I played a lot of Formula 1 on the PlayStation, I did a lot of corners there. I knew you had to be fast in the corners. I also got a tip from Tobias (Foss). He said you should save a little bit for the climbs and use the descents to slow down a bit. Also to save some energy for the final lap. I didn’t expect Tobias to win yesterday, but we prepared well and we were coached well. It worked out well. I was worried, because he (2nd placed Alec Segaert) had a good start. But I knew I had a good last lap. A lot of emotions went through me. You think you come second, you lose, and then you think again: maybe I’m going to win. It goes on and down, but when I saw the red numbers, I was very relieved.”

2nd, Alec Segaert (Belgium): “My pacing plan was made by my brother Loïc, who is also my trainer and in who I have full confidence. We have been working on it until almost the last minute because of the changes in wind direction. Despite such a plan, it is always difficult not to start too fast during a world championship: with all that encouragement along the road and also in your mind from the people you know are watching at home. It was important to hold back a bit in the first lap. I think I managed that well and I still had something in the tank for the second lap. After the halfway mark, I knew that I had about the same time as Søren Waerenskjold, who I knew had ridden a fantastic second lap. He is in his last year as an U23 rider and thus has some more experience and body. From then on, I knew winning was going to be difficult, but silver behind Søren Waerenskjold would also be great for me. I kept going full gas to achieve that, I gave it my all and am very happy with this silver medal.”

3rd, Leo Hayter (Great Britain): “I wasn’t expecting this result today, to be honest. It’s my first international time trial since 2019 so I didn’t really expect anything, so it’s a really nice surprise. I’ve struggled with sickness for the past few months, so I came and did what I could do and have come away with a bronze medal; it gives me confidence in what I can achieve going forwards.”

World Championships 2022 – Men’s U23 Time Trial Result:
1. Søren Wærenskjold (Norway) in 34:13
2. Alec Segaert (Belgium) at 0:17
3. Leo Hayter (Great Britain) at 0:25
4. Logan Currie (New Zealand) at 0:33
5. Michel Hessmann (Germany) at 0:39
6. Carl-Frederik Bévort (Denmark) at 0:40
7. Eddy Le Huitouze (France) at 0:51
8. Raúl García Pierna (Spain) at 1:03
9. Mathias Vacek (Czech Republic) at 1:04
10. Lorenzo Milesi (Italy) at 1:05.

 


World Championships 2022 – Men’s Junior Time Trial
Joshua Tarling won the World Junior Men’s Time Trial Championship. The Briton, who started last, beat early starter Hamish McKenzie in to the silver medal. Emil Herzorg took the bronze.

The junior World Time Trial Championship was held on the same course as the U23 title race on Monday. The 28.8 kilometre route included the now famous ascent of Dumfries Avenue (700m at 6.7%). Koki Kamada from Japan was the first to start.

Not long after Kamada, Australian Hamish McKenzie was on the starting podium. The fourth starter of the day set by far the fastest time at all intermediate points and set a finish time that no one came close to for a long time. On the hot seat, McKenzie was joined by several different riders. First there were Louis Leidert (Germany) and Cameron Rogers (Australia), the nephew of Michael Roger. Then Frank Aron Ragilo (Estonia) and Duarte Marivoet Scholiers (Belgium). All were more than a minute behind McKenzie. A lot was expected from European champion Mathieu Kockelman, but the Luxembourger gave in to the Australian at the first intermediate point. Jens Verbrugghe, second in the European Championship, had to ride the entire race on a spare bike and lost a lot of time.

In the end, it was a matter of waiting for the very last starter, Britain’s Joshua Tarling, for a new fastest time at the first intermediate point. The future rider of INEOS Grenadiers, second in last year’s World Junior Time Trial Championships, continued to push hard in the remainder of the chrono maintaining his lead over McKenzie. The gold went to Great Britain, the silver to Australia. Emil Herzorg took the bronze for Germany.

World Junior Time Trial Champion, Joshua Tarling (GB): “It hasn’t really sunk in yet, but it feels like a relief after so much hard work. I had a bit of a bad feeling about last year so I really wanted it very much. The first lap was important. It felt like a lot of uphill, especially with the headwind. I just rode as fast as I could on that first climb. After that it was a bit downhill and tailwind to the finish. I let go of the throttle a bit too much then, I had to go a bit further in the last part. I worked very hard for it. I had a bit of a bad start to the season with injuries and an empty feeling. I have fully focused on this since the middle of the year. I think I had food poisoning at the European Track Cycling Championships and I was sorry I couldn’t help my team there in the team pursuit. That’s why I wanted to give Great Britain a jersey, as a saving grace.”

World Championships 2022 – Men’s Junior Time Trial Result:
1. Joshua Tarling (Great Britain) in 34:59
2. Hamish McKenzie (Australia) at 0:19
3. Emil Herzog (Germany) at 0:33
4. Jan Christen (Switzerland) at 0:59
5. Romet Pajur (Estonia) at 1:07
6. Artem Shmidt (United States) at 1:37
7. Frank Aron Ragilo (Estonia) at 1:38
8. Duarte Marivoet (Belgium) at 1:40
9. Jørgen Nordhagen (Norway) at 1:41
10. Thibaud Gruel (France).

 


World Championships 2022 – Women’s Junior Time Trial
As expected, Zoe Bäckstedt took the World junior women’s time trial title. The British top talent beat Justyna Czapla and Febe Jooris into silver and bronze.

Bäckstedt won the World cyclo-cross championships for juniors at the beginning of this year, has been racing with the elite women this year. Bäckstedt, who lives in Wales, won the British championship, but she also convincingly won the time trials in the two Dutch UCI Nations’ Cup rounds (Omloop van Borsele and the Watersley Challenge). No one doubted that she would take the title on Tuesday. She was the only rider to go under 20 minutes and she even managed to break the 19 minute limit. With a time of 18:36 she was by far the best.

Justyna Czapla, reigning European TT champion, was the best of the rest. She was about 13 seconds ahead of Febe Jooris, who, just like at the European Championship, managed to stay just ahead of fourth placed Eliška Kvasničková. Just short of the bronze medal, Anna van der Meiden had to settle for fifth place.

World Junior World Champion, Zoe Bäckstedt (GB): “It feels incredible, I really wanted this one, it means a lot. I’ve got one track, the road, I’ve got cyclo-cross and now I’ve got the time trial (World Championship titles). I’m so happy I could pull it off. Out on the course my legs were hurting, but that was a good thing because I knew I was going hard and going strong, just trying to hold my power. Every race I go into, there’s no pressure. If you mess up, you mess up, but if you do well then even better. It’s just all about enjoying it.”

World Championships 2022 – Women’s Junior Time Trial Result:
1. Zoe Bäckstedt (Great Britain) in 18:26
2. Justyna Czapla (Germany) at 1:36
3. Febe Jooris (Belgium) at 1:49
4. Eliška Kvasničková (Czech Republic) at 1:50
5. Anna van der Meiden (Netherlands)
6. Elisabeth Ebras (Estonia) at 1:51
7. Nienke Vinke (Netherlands) at 1:52
8. Isabelle Carnes (Australia) at 1:55
9. Laura Lizette Sander (Estonia) at 2:00
10. Izzy Sharp (Great Britain) at 2:05.

 


Omloop van het Houtland Middelkerke-Lichtervelde 2022
The 75th edition of the Omloop van het Houtland Middelkerke-Lichtervelde was won by Jasper Philipsen on Wednesday. The leader of Alpecin-Deceuninck was the fastest sprinter after 196 kilometres, beating Arnaud De Lie and Dylan Groenewegen.

Samuel Leroux, Tom Mainguenaud (both Go Sport-Roubaix Lille Métropole), Gianni Marchand (Tarteletto-Isorex), Jens Reynders (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise) and Iver Skaarseth (Uno-X) made up the early break. It was the sprinter teams who were in control of the race.

The lead fluctuated around 2 to 3 minutes for a long time, but due to work by Jumbo-Visma, Lotto Soudal, Alpecin-Deceuninck, Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert, BORA-hansgrohe and BikeExchange-Jayco, the gap suddenly dropped to 30 seconds. This was too early and so the lead was allowed to go towards the 3 minute mark again. This happened on the local circuit of 12.1 kilometres around Lichtervelde, which had to be covered nine times. Because the gap was around 30 seconds, three riders tried to cross to the break. Tom Sexton (Bolton Equities Black Spoke), Aaron Verwilst (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise) and Warre Vangheluwe (Elevate p/b Home Solution Soenens) succeeded.

This was now the leading group of seven, because Mainguenaud had dropped. With a lead of about 25 seconds they started the last lap in Lichtervelde. Sexton tried to get away from his fellow escapees, but couldn’t. Leroux and Vangheluwe also made an attempt, but were stranded just before the finish. Several sprint trains had gathered on the front. We especially BikeExchange-Jayco, Alpecin-Deceuninck and Lotto Soudal. There were attacks in the last kilometre, but that didn’t cause any problems to the big favourites. It was Arnaud De Lie who started the sprint first, but he was passed by Jasper Philipsen in the slightly uphill finish. Dylan Groenewegen finished third.

Race winner, Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Deceuninck): “I still want to take what I can. After a chaotic end, there was a sprint. We just couldn’t stop that early break. They were still ahead of us with seven on the final lap and it took a while before we got hold of them. In the end we managed to sprint with the whole gang. The team has worked hard to achieve that. I would like to add Paris-Tours in particular to my list of achievements. That race would not be out of place on my honours list.”

3rd, Dylan Groenewegen (BikeExchange-Jayco): “I was really happy with how the guys rode for me today. They brought me into the position where I needed to be to be able to contest the sprint. In the end you need to have the legs to finish the race off, and I ran out of legs right at the finish, and third was the maximum I could get today.”

Omloop van het Houtland Middelkerke-Lichtervelde Result:
1. Jasper Philipsen (Bel) Alpecin-Deceuninck in 4:24:36
2. Arnaud De Lie (Bel) Lotto Soudal
3. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) BikeExchange-Jayco
4. John Degenkolb (Ger) DSM
5. Dries Van Gestel (Bel) TotalEnergies
6. Jordi Meeus (Bel) BORA-hansgrohe
7. Bryan Coquard (Fra) Cofidis
8. Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) TotalEnergies
9. Gerben Thijssen (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
10. Max Kanter (Ger) Movistar.

 


Egan Bernal Ends Season and Returns to Colombia for Knee Surgery
Egan Bernal’s season seems to be over. The Colombian, who was out of action for a long time in 2022 due to injuries, will not ride the races that were still on his program, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport: the CRO Race and the Tour of Lombardy.

According to the Italian sports newspaper, Bernal will return to Colombia, where he will undergo surgery on his knee. This as part of his recovery program. In January, Bernal had a serious accident while training in his home country. In mid-August, after months in recovery, he returned to the peloton. He rode the Tour of Denmark, the Deutschland Tour, the Giro della Toscana and the Coppa Sabatini this autumn. In that last race, which was won by teammate Daniel Felipe Martínez, Bernal finished 28th. Last Saturday, Bernal was supposed to contest the Memorial Marco Pantani, but that race was canceled due to extreme weather conditions. It now seems his 2022 season is at an end.

Bernal back to Colombia early:

 


Jan Ullrich Makes a Four-Part Documentary Series
Jan Ullrich was once a world beating bike rider, one of the best of his time, but after his career he has often been in the news for the wrong reasons. The 1997 Tour winner is now doing a lot better and the ex-pro will have a four-part documentary series next year.

A documentary about Ullrich was recently shown on the German public broadcaster ARD, but the now 48-year-old German did not co-operate with it. But now Ullrich will collaborate on a four-part documentary series, which will be available on streaming service Amazon Prime Video from 2023.

“A lot has been written about me lately, both positive and negative. Now it’s time for me to tell my story. The whole story of how I went from hunter to prey.” The German wants to take the audience on a journey through his life. His alcohol and drug addiction and other ‘probems’ are said to also be extensively discussed.

Ullrich was something else… on a bike:

 


Rigoberto Urán to Stay with EF Education-EasyPost
Rigoberto Urán has signed a new contract with EF Education-EasyPost for two more years according to VeloNews. The Colombian, whose contract expires at the end of this year, is said to have a new deal with the American squad until the end of 2024.

Urán will probably stop after the Olympic Games in Paris, which are in the summer of 2024. With EF Education-EasyPost, the 35-year-old rider would become an important rider for Richard Carapaz in the Grand Tours. Carapaz is coming to the team from INEOS Grenadiers this winter.

Úran has been riding for Jonathan Vaughters’ team since 2016. In his second year with what was then Cannondale-Drapac, he finished second in the Tour de France. This year he won a stage in the Vuelta a España, where he finished ninth.

 


Van Aert Extends Contract with Team Jumbo-Visma by Two Years Until End 2026
Wout van Aert and Team Jumbo-Visma have opened up their remaining two-year commitment and extended it by two years. The deal puts the successful Fleming under contract with the Dutch World Tour team of CEO Richard Plugge until the end of 2026.

Van Aert (28) says he is “obviously happy” with his contract extension. “I feel very good with this team. We have already shown that I can perform at my best here. That is also thanks to the facilities I get there. It surprised me the team wanted to negotiate my contract again, but it’s a nice recognition. We quickly agreed. I don’t think a longer partnership poses any risks because we’ve been able to get better for the past four years. One of the team’s slogans is ‘better every day’, which is not coming out of thin air. We keep improving in performance, the team’s facilities, everything. Because of this, I’m confident I won’t have to worry about being on this squad for the next four years. We constantly strive for the best, which made the decision simple. I give the team that assurance, and it gives me the peace of mind I need to succeed in the upcoming years.”

Those words are music to the ears of Team Jumbo-Visma sportive director Merijn Zeeman. “Both as a rider and as a person, Wout enhances our team. He is a rider who makes a difference by achieving top performances and by the team player he is. He propels us to great heights. We are delighted that he will be part of our team for the next four years”, Zeeman says.

The contract extension allows Van Aert to pursue his sporting goals in a sophisticated way. “I am always looking for new challenges and still have plenty to accomplish. I occasionally hear the criticism that the team gives me too few opportunities. But I think the opposite is the case. I’ve already been given many more possibilities than I would have otherwise due to the growth I’ve been able to experience with this team. I might be the sole leader in a grand tour in another team, but I would not have had the same legs”, Van Aert claims. “I have the best teammates at Jumbo-Visma, and I am as well-prepared as possible. I have already taken a lot of pleasure from my and the team’s successes. It’s amazing to be part of it. I believe it to be the ideal image. I’m happy to have found my home here.”

 


Adam Yates Signs for UAE Team Emirates
Emirati squad welcomes British rider on 3-year deal.

Adam Yates has put pen to paper on a new contract to join UAE Team Emirates as part of a three-year deal which will see him with the squad through to the end of 2025.

The 30-year-old climbing specialist from Bury in England holds 18 professional victories to his name among them triumphs at the Deutschland Tour, Vuelta Catalunya, UAE Tour, 2 x Top Five Tour de France results, and also in important one-day races such as the San Sebastian Classic. His climbing talents will no doubt reinforce the teams GC ambitions in races going forward.

Adam Yates: “I’m really excited to join UAE Team Emirates. I have seen the growth of the team over the years and the opportunity to join was one that I could not turn down. I feel that I’m entering my peak years as a rider and the team will get the best out of me. I look forward to riding with many of the top riders in the world and to contribute to the team becoming number one in the world.”

Mauro Gianetti (Team Principal & CEO): “We are very pleased to welcome Adam into our team for the coming years. His ability to win and achieve top results across a wide variety of races is very impressive and he has proven to be a consistent talent. We all know he is a rider of great panache and we believe that he will be the right fit for our structure as we continue to reinforce the team for the coming years.”

Adam Yates to UAE:

 


Fernando Gaviria Possibly to Movistar
UAE Team Emirates announced the arrival of Adam Yates on Tuesday, also that Fernando Gaviria is leaving the team. According to Ciro Scognamiglio of La Gazzetta dello Sport, Gaviria may be on its way to Movistar.

Fernando Gaviria’s contract with UAE Team Emirates expires at the end of 2022 and there will be no extension, so the Colombian will have to look for a new team. “According to our sources, he could join Movistar,” Scognamiglio said.

Gaviria has been riding for UAE Team Emirates since 2019, but he achieved his greatest successes earlier, at Quick-Step. For the Belgian team, he won twice in the Tour de France and five times in the Giro d’Italia. This season Gaviria has only had two wins: in February he won the opening and closing stages of the Tour of Oman.

Gaviria possibly to Movistar:

 


Guy Niv Retires Due to Motivation Problems
Guy Niv has stoped as a professional cyclist with immediate effect. The 28 year-old rider, who was the first Israeli ever to start the Tour de France in 2020, lacks “the inspiration and motivation” to continue his career, he said in a press release from his Israel-Premier Tech team.

“It was the hardest decision I’ve ever made,” Niv said. “But inside, the flame that has been burning ever since I started racing has been extinguished. I know it comes as a complete surprise to many, but the few people closest to me know it’s been bubbling inside for a while. There are many reasons behind my choice. But the main one is the realisation that I no longer have the inspiration and motivation that are essential to reach the heights I am capable of as a professional cyclist.”

“I admit that I have always believed that I would only step out when I had reached my full potential,” Niv continues. “I am still far from that point. In fact, I recently finished my second Tour de France with the best performance in all my five Grand Tours, proving that I’m still making progress. But I believe it’s time to leave it all behind. Something has turned off in me during the 2022 season. I didn’t enjoy it the way I normally always did.”

Guy Niv turned pro for Israel-Cycling Academy in 2018, having spent the latter part of 2017 riding with the team as a stagiaire. He achieved his only professional victory in 2019: the national time trial championship of Israel. This year, Niv finished 76th in his second and final participation in the Tour de France.

Guy Niv to stop:

 


Milan Menten Latest Reinforcement for Lotto Dstny
With Milan Menten Lotto Dstny has signed another reinforcement for next season. The 25-year-old sprinter has signed a contract for two years. He will be targeting mainly UCI .1 and ProSeries races. The Belgian WorldTour Team will help him take the next step in his career within a professional organisation, by making a balanced racing schedule and with a clear hierarchy during races.

Milan Menten has shown himself the past two years in sprints in the UCI .1 and ProSeries races. He won a stage in the Cro Race and took several top classifications in races like Tour de Wallonie, Schaal Sels and Ronde van Limburg. “We still remember Milan Menten from our Development Team, led by Kurt Van de Wouwer, where he raced for three years”, says Lotto Soudal CEO John Lelangue. “At the time, he did not have the level to step up to the WorldTour, but we have been following him ever since and noticed how well he has developed himself. It is clear that he is ready to step up now. Within our professional organisation, by making a balanced racing program and having a clear hierarchy during races, we are convinced we can help him take the next step in his career.”

For Milan Menten this step feels very natural. “I still know a lot of riders and staff from my previous stay at the team, which is nice”, says Milan Menten. “The timing is right: I feel I am ready to take the next step. And I am very happy with the plan the team has with me: sprinting for victory in UCI .1 and ProSeries races. That is something I succeeded in the past two years already, but surrounded by a team like Lotto Soudal, winning gets easier.”

Next to Caleb Ewan and Arnaud De Lie, Milan Menten will provide some extra fast legs to the team of Lotto Dstny. John Lelangue: “Caleb Ewan remains one of the fastest sprinters on the planet and we expect Arnaud De Lie to take a next step again next year. And thus, we needed someone extra to sprint for victory in the UCI .1 and some ProSeries races. We believe that Milan Menten will be capable to do that within our team. Next to that, he can be a lead-out too.”

Something Milan Menten will be happy to do. “The style of racing by Lotto Soudal, especially in the Belgian one-day races, was really impressive this past season: as a team, always in front and very aggressive. In those races, the team has a real winning mentality, also thanks to the presence of Arnaud De Lie. Working for someone you know is capable to win the race, motivates me.”

 


Alison Jackson signs with EF Education-TIBCO-SVB
Canadian brings experience to our classics campaign
EF Education-TIBCO-SVB are proud to announce the return of Alison Jackson to our roster. The Canadian rider is an Olympian and former road and time trial national champion. Alison brings experience and leadership to the team, as well as bolstering our spring classics squad.

This year, Alison won the points competition at the Tour of Scandinavia and narrowly missed out on defending her Canadian national champion’s road title. She finished second at Drentse Acht van Westerveld, improving on her fifth place result in 2021. Last year she won both the Canadian road and time trial national championships, a stage at Simac Ladies Tour, and the points jersey at the Ladies Tour of Norway. Alison placed sixth at the 2021 world championships.

Alison raced with our team for the 2018 and 2019 seasons where she earned over a dozen top ten results both seasons, as well as stage wins in the Women’s Tour of Scotland and the White Spot Delta Road Race.

“I have a lot of good memories from being on the program. Linda Jackson is such a legend. She has such a passion for the women in the sport. I’ve just been watching the team develop and grow. I think for sure it’s a new team now that it’s gone WorldTour. ​​I’m just excited to invest in it and have the team invest in me.”

Linda Jackson, the founder and owner of EF Education-TIBCO-SVB, is equally enthusiastic about Alison’s return.

“We are delighted to welcome Alison back to the team,” Linda said. “We’ve both grown a lot in the last few years and I believe we both have a lot to give to each other. AJ is incredibly strong and reads races well, especially the Classics. She has been able to get herself to where she needs to be at the right time, and our deeper roster should lead to more results in these races. Our goal is to be a top five WorldTour team in the next few years and AJ is part of that process. I’m looking forward to working with Action Jackson #2 again!”

“Linda will always remind me that she was the original Action Jackson,” Alison said with a laugh. “For sure, there’s a lot of action in my life but really that’s just my Instagram name.”

Some riders use Instagram simply to highlight their sporting career, but Alison’s account is bursting with her personality, chock-full of her effervescent dance moves that are sure to make her audience crack a toothy grin.

“I love to entertain people. I just want to share laughter with other people. I think my videos are just hilarious and I love sharing them.”

As passionate as she is about spreading joy and laughter, Alison’s main love will always be racing.

“I’m a classics rider. Any of the spring classics are on the top of my goal list. I love being deep in the mix. There’s deep history in those races — they’re hard races. The one day race where it just becomes this epic story from the start to the finish, whether there’s bad weather or obstacles, and you have to be smart with how you play your cards.”

Alison was looking for a team that would match and foster her ambitious nature and she knew she’d found it in EF Education-TIBCO-SVB.

“I have a future view of this team and the goal is to be a top five team but I think they’ll benefit from a rider like me for the classics and the spring races. I’m really excited to fill that role and also bring a lot of experience on the road and helping the team fulfil our ambitions. Also what’s really exciting is that the team has a lot of riders that are not like me. This is a climbing and stage racing team that is winning and I’m excited to be part of this program. To race with people that you are so confident can ride the types of races that are not types that I will win is exciting. I think it’s going to be a really fun blend of getting to play the teammate role in some races and getting to be the leader sometimes.”

As both a teammate and a leader, we think you’ll fit in beautifully. Welcome to the team, Alison.

Alison Jackson to EF:

 


Lukas Pöstlberger and Zdenek Stybar Sign for BikeExchange-Jayco
BikeExchange-Jayco has strengthened the team with Lukas Pöstlberger and the contract with Zdeněk Štybar has also been completed. It is not yet clear for how long the 30-year-old Austrian and the 36-year-old Czech have signed with Gerry Ryan’s Australian team, there will be an official announcement soon.

Pöstlberger is a valued rider at BORA-hansgrohe where he made his professional debut in 2016. Ten years ago he won his national championships on the road and in the same year, the Austrian won a stage in the Tour of the Future. Pösti achieved its greatest success in the opening stage of the Giro d’Italia, as he surprised the sprinters with a late attack and also took the pink jersey. In the third stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné 2021, he stayed away from an early break and held off the peloton. Pöstlberger is having an unremarkable season this year. In the E3 Saxo Bank Classic and during the European road championship he was part of the early break, but in almost all the classics he failed to finish. He was not picked for the Tour de France and decided to leave the team.

The BikeExchange-Jayco team, is still fighting hard against relegation. Yet Zdeněk Štybar has also chosen to go to the Australian team. The experienced Czech classic specialist seems to be the ideal asset for Alpecin-Deceuninck, but they were unable or unwilling to pay Styby’s asking price. It is not clear whether he has compromised for Ryan. The three-time cyclo-cross World champion is leaving Quick-Step after twelve years.

With Pöstlberger and Štybar, the number of new acquisitions comes to nine. Elmar Reinders has been wearing the team jersey from mid-August. Other newcomers include Tour rider Edward Dunbar (INEOS Grenadiers), Chris Harper and Filippo Zana (Bardiana-CSF-Faizanè). Also the Australians Rudy Porter and Blake Quick from Trinity, as well as European U23 road champion Felix Engelhardt are new.

With all incoming transfers, Gerry Ryan now has 28 riders under contract for 2023. There can be a maximum of 31. For weeks it seemed natural that Adam Yates would return to the old nest, but he is going to UAE Team Emirates. The Australian formation already has three leaders in the team: Dylan Groenewegen, Michael Matthews and Simon Yates. So there are only a maximum of three places left to fill at BikeExchange-Jayco and there are six with an expiring contracts. Nick Schultz is on his way to B&B-Hotels-KTM, while Tanel Kangert doesn’t expect a new contract. Four riders are still waiting: Jack Bauer, Damien Howson, Alex Edmondson and Alexander Konychev.

Lukas Pöstlberger to BikeExchange Jayco:

 


Team BikeExchange-Jayco Confirms One-Year Contract Extension for Singaporean Rider Chelsie Tan
Continuing its collaboration with the Singapore Cycling Federation, Team BikeExchange-Jayco is pleased to confirm the contract renewal of 32-year-old Chelsie Tan for the 2023 season.

Tan, the first Singaporean rider to sign with a WorldTour team, made the step up to the UCI international women’s peloton in January 2022 with the Australian outfit, and quickly settled into the team environment, bringing great enthusiasm and her optimistic personality.

Having only started cycling in 2018 and prior to joining the team, raced only in Asia, it was a huge and exciting challenge for the Tan to jump into the European peloton and she took it in her stride, progressing and learning in every race that she took to the start line.

With a full season of international WorldTour races under her belt, Team BikeExchange-Jayco is excited to see what Tan can achieve in her second season with the squad and believe she still has a lot of potential to unleash as she continues with her upward trajectory.

Brent Copeland – General Manager: “It is a great pleasure for us to confirm the re-signing of Chelsie for the next season. Continuing our partnership with the Singapore Cycling Federation, developing riders like Chelsie, assisting them to make the transition into the WorldTour is very important and satisfying for us as an organisation. The pathway we have created should inspire many other riders and give them the belief that stepping into the WorldTour is possible, and Chelsie has certainly proven that this season. Chelsie is clearly talented and this year she has overcome so many different challenges. She has been racing out of her comfort zone all season and with this, shown great resilience and incredible motivation. We are all very excited to see what she can achieve in the coming years, now that she has had an initial introduction into a WorldTour team and the international women’s peloton, which is developing at a rapid rate each year.”

Chelsie Tan: “I am overjoyed to be staying with Team BikeExchange-Jayco for the 2023 season. Their support, coaching and guidance has really helped me in my first year as a WorldTour pro. It has not been an easy year, in fact the racing is tougher than I could have imagined, but I believe I have the best equipment with Liv, and the best training and encouragement from the staff, management and the girls. Although my fitness has improved in 2022, the greatest learning has been in the peloton, all the girls are fast and tough! In 2023 I am looking to improve my position in the peloton, and work hard as a support role for the team. Coming from Singapore it has been fantastic to travel to different parts of Europe to race. Again, the organisation and care from the team is amazing, I can’t wait for the first training camp of the 2023 season!”

Dr Siong Singapore Cycling Federation President: “On behalf of the Singapore Cycling Federation we are very proud of Chelsie in gaining a 2023 contract achieved through hard work and dedication. We are also very appreciative of the support that Chelsie has received from the Team BikeExchange-Jayco Management, staff and teammates.”

Chelsie Tan:
Date of Birth: 17th January 1990 (32)
Nationality: Singaporean
Joined GreenEDGE Cycling: 2022
New Contract: 2023

Top Results:
1st 2021 & 2019 & 2018 Singapore Team Time Trial Championships
1st 2021 Tour of Phuket
1st 2019 National Road Race Championships
2nd 2021 Singapore Individual Time Trial Championships
2nd 2x 2021 Cyclosport Jungle Cross II
3rd 2019 National Individual Time Trial Championships

 


Team BikeExchange-Jayco Sign Talented Former Rower Georgie Howe
Team BikeExchange-Jayco is pleased to confirm the signing of former Australian rower Georgie Howe on a two-year deal. The team will welcome the talented 28-year-old into the WorldTour peloton in 2023, having spotted her huge engine and great potential when she began competitive cycling earlier this season.

Howe made a name for herself in the cycling world in January, with a dominant victory at the Oceania Continental Time Trial Championships and an overall victory in the Australian road series event at the Mitchelton Tour of Gippsland.

Despite her short cycling career, the former rower has already been able to get a taste for racing oversees, with a spell in Belgium where she settled into the European peloton well, finishing fourth overall at the Baloise Ladies Tour, highlighting her fast and seemingly smooth transition over to road cycling.

With her incredible strength and power, putting out huge ‘numbers,’ after 13 years competing at the highest-level rowing, Team BikeExchange-Jayco is excited to have the opportunity to work with and help develop such a raw talent. The squad believes that with the right environment, support and tools, the Princeton University student has the potential to develop into one of the big-name cycling stars of the future.

Brent Copeland – General Manager: “We really believe we have found an amazing talent with Georgie. It is always exciting for any organisation to have a mature and experienced athlete coming onboard from another sport, and for us to have this opportunity to work with Georgie and teach her the ropes of the Women’s WorldTour is very motivating.

We are a very experienced group of staff and riders in this team, and it will be a big step for her to make this transition into the busy racing schedule. She will have to go through a process of learning at every single race and will most likely make some mistakes in this new experience, but we are very intrigued to see what she will be able to achieve over the next two years and we have a lot of trust in her abilities.”

Georgie Howe: “I have chosen Team BikeExchange-Jayco because the team has always been very professional with a great image. Also, I had a great impression with the performance team, and this is very important for me in order to follow up and continue a rapid development.

I would like to continue as a student of cycling and use that curiosity to be the best teammate I can be. I am curious to see my abilities in the time trial races and compete with the best in the world, but of course I would also like to improve and compete at the highest level in the spring classics, starting with the iconic Paris-Roubaix.

Then, like every woman in the peloton, the dream is to one day compete in the Tour de France Femmes and support the team to win it, but we need to take it one step at a time. First I need to learn as much as possible from my teammates and not put too much pressure on myself straightaway. I am very excited for the new adventure, curious for the unknown and really grateful for the opportunity I have. Of course, the main goal is always to keep joy in the centre for anything you are doing, and success will surely follow.”

Georgie Howe
Date of Birth: 3rd March 1994 (28)
Nationality: Australian
Joins GreenEDGE Cycling: 2023, 2024

Top Results:
1st Oceania Continental Championships ITT (2022)
1st Mitchelton Tour of Gippsland Overall (2022)
4th Australian Championships ITT (2022)
4th Baloise Ladies Tour Overall (2022)
5th Oceania Continental Championships RR (2022)
8th Baloise Ladies Tour Stage (2022)
9th Lotto Belgium Tour prologue
9th Lotto Belgium Tour Stage

 


Lotto Dstny to Collaborate with Junior Team Crabbé Toitures CC Chevigny
With Crabbé Toitures CC Chevigny, Lotto Dstny adds a new chapter to its youth academy. Starting next year, the Belgian WorldTour team will share experience, expertise and facilities with the team where Arnaud De Lie and Sylvain Moniquet spent their early days as a cyclist.
Lotto Dstny continues to build its youth academy. The Belgian WorldTour team has been a pioneer when it comes to youth development, with its Development Team that has been an important part of the team for more than 15 years. “Since the start of this team, young talent has played a crucial part”, explains CEO John Lelangue. “Our WorldTour team is full of talents, as is our Development Team that will step up to continental level next year, and our Ladies Team. The Ladies Team plays a crucial role within women’s cycling as a development team. We continue to invest in those teams, but have been looking for a junior team to collaborate with for a long time. With CC Chevigny we have found a perfect match.”

“CC Chevigny is very well-known club in Belgium”, says Kurt Van de Wouwer, manager of the Lotto Soudal Development Team. “We are very happy to be able to collaborate with them. They will become our eyes and ears within the junior’s peloton. Through this collaboration we can support young, talented riders from a young age on. The goal is of course, that they will step up to our Development Team or WorldTour team afterwards.”

At Crabbé Toitures CC Chevigny they view the collaboration as an acknowledgement for their hard work. “We are happy that a team as Lotto Soudal sees that we play an important role within the Belgian cycling pyramid”, says Laurent Mars of CC Chevigny. “This collaboration will mainly concern our junior team, which holds most of the best juniors of the country. But we also organise races and riders can join us from the age of 8. Arnaud De Lie has been a member for 7 years and still joins us regularly for rides or a chat.”

Lotto Dstny will share its experience, expertise and facilities with the club from the South of the country. “For example, physical tests or training camps”, continues Laurent Mars. “For a club like ours it is magnificent to be able to use those facilities. It will also be a motivation for our riders to know that Lotto Dstny will follow them closely.”

Arnaud De Lie has spent the most of his younger cycling years at Crabbé Toitures CC Chevigny and is very enthusiastic about the collaboration. “The whole club is doing an amazing job. They offer young riders a great racing program where they can all develop their talents. My best memory to my time at CC Chevigny, is my Belgian title. I hope that thanks to this collaboration, the club will be able to deliver some more Belgian champions to our Development or WorldTour Team.”

 


Vuelta a San Juan Back on the Calendar in 2023
The Vuelta a San Juan has been canceled for the past two years due to covid-19. However, the event will be back in 2023, the organisers announced on their website. The Argentine stage race will take place from January 22 to 29.

“With great enthusiasm and great joy, the organisation of the Vuelta a San Juan announces that the race will be held again and will take place at the beginning of the 2023 season. The date assigned to us for the 39th edition of San Juan, a reference point for Latin America, is Sunday, January 22 to Sunday, January 29.”

The last rider to win the Vuelta a San Juan was Remco Evenepoel. He won in 2020. At the time, the week-long race had 2.Pro status, the previous three years it was a 2.1 race.

Evenepoel in the San Juan’20 TT:

 


Paris-Tours 2022: An Early Harvest
The seventh departure of Paris-Tours from Chartres also coincides with the fifth act of a classic renewed by the inclusion of vineyard paths and new climbs, offering opportunities for confident attackers. Serious determination is required to attack, as Jelle Wallays showed in 2019 on his solo break-away 50 kilometres from the city hall of Tours. Or a powerful spring in the legs to stay in contact with the best riders through the vineyards and then emerge on the Avenue de Grammont and win as Arnaud Démare did in the autumn of 2021.

As long as they stay fit until the end of the season, all strong riders who live to race the classics are welcome to seize their chance. This year, they will have many opportunities to shake up the race. They could tack in the wind that sweeps across the plains of Beauce or after traversing Vendôme (km 97.3). The hostilities will most likely begin when the race arrives at the Limeray city limit (km 144.6), with both the first climb and a short kilometre-long vineyard path at the top. The conditions will be ideal for an early lead group to form, which will continue quickly on the road to Pocé-sur-Cisse (km 151.9), the second new addition on the course of the “Classique des Feuilles Mortes”. Numerous battles and 50 kilometres later, the remaining contenders could find themselves in a decisive confrontation on the path and/or on the côte de Rochecorbon, 10.5 km from the finish line.

Key points:
Ø
The 116th edition of Paris-Tours, to be contested on 9 October over a total distance of 213.5 km, features a slight change of route this year, with the addition of two vineyard paths. While the length of the unpaved sections remains nearly the same (10 km vs. 9.5 km in 2021), the battle between the contenders to succeed Arnaud Démare could begin a little earlier.
Ø The stage will be set earlier in the day for the riders of Paris-Tours Espoirs, who will start in Bonneval on a 178.4-kilometre-long course. The under-23 riders will, like their elders, battle on the scheduled eight climbs and ten vineyard paths, with just as many opportunities to excel.
Ø The youngest riders, i.e. the cadets and juniors, both girls and boys, selected by 14 departmental and regional committees, will be invited to sprint on the Kilometre de Paris-Tours.

More information about Paris-Tours here.

 


Gran Piemonte 2022, From the Lake of Orta to the Gates of Torino
The 106th edition of this exciting Classic will run from Omegna to Beinasco on Thursday 6 October. The route is hilly and open to different opportunities throughout. 16 of the 23 teams at the start are UCI World Teams.

This year’s Gran Piemonte presented by Eolo is open to many opportunities for the riders. Taking place on Thursday 6 October, the 198km route will depart from Omegna and finish in Beinasco.

The Route of the Gran Piemonte Presented by Eolo

106th edition of the race travels along a mainly flat track from Omegna to Beinasco. Departing from the lake of Orta, the riders will ascend slightly and pass through the Cremosina to Borgosesia. The crossing of the Northern Po valley begins with long, flat and straight roads. After 130km the riders will reach the slopes of the Collina di Superga, of which they will climb the “Pilonetto” side, with gradients that reach double digits near Rivodora. Descending on the Pino Torinese, followed by a short climb towards the Hermitage, they then turn onto Pecetto Torinese and reach Cambiano. Here is where the last flat sector of the race begins.

Last km
The last 5km are along flat roads, with a wide final straight of 500m.

The Teams
23 teams, 16 UCI WorldTeams and 7 UCI ProTeams.

ALPECIN-DECEUNINCK
ASTANA QAZAQSTAN TEAM
BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS
BORA – HANSGROHE
EF EDUCATION – EASYPOST
INEOS GRENADIERS
INTERMARCHÉ – WANTY – GOBERT MATÉRIAUX
ISRAEL – PREMIER TECH
JUMBO-VISMA
LOTTO SOUDAL
MOVISTAR TEAM
QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL TEAM
TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE – JAYCO
TEAM DSM
TREK – SEGAFREDO
UAE TEAM EMIRATES

BARDIANI CSF FAIZANÈ
BINGOAL PAUWELS SAUCES WB
CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA
COFIDIS
DRONE HOPPER – ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI
EOLO-KOMETA CYCLING TEAM
TOTALENERGIES


From left to right Paolo Bellino, CEO and General Manager of RCS Sport, Fabrizio Ricca, Councilor for Sport of Regione Piemonte, Daniel Cannati, Mayor of Beinasco, and Stefano Allocchio, Race Director of RCS Sport

Paolo Bellino, CEO and General Manager of RCS Sport, said: “The link between RCS Sport and Regione Piemonte, which in recent years has regularly hosted major events such as the Grande Partenza of the Giro d’Italia in 2021, is increasingly consolidated with Gran Piemonte. Our goal is to promote the beauties of this Region and the Gran Piemonte, with its changing paths, allows us to explore new places year after year, becoming a great chance for the territory. To all this we add the global interest for this event which is constantly growing thanks to the participation of important riders and which is broadcasted all over the world.”

Alberto Cirio, president of the Regione Piemonte and Fabrizio Ricca, Councilor for Sport, said: “Great cycling will travel around our region again and this fills us with pride. Gran Piemonte is a competition on which we have been betting for some time, strongly believing in it and investing, and which every year manages to combine a top-level sporting spectacle with a great participation of the public and fans. Cycling is a sport that has always found ground in our region, which has attracted thousands of athletes and fans and which blends with local sports history. We are sure that this event that will see athletes and fans moving around our beautiful territory and will convince them to come back again, as tourists, to discover how much our wonderful Piemonte can offer in terms of art, culture and culinary heritage.”

Stefano Allocchio, Race Director of RCS Sport, declared: “For this edition of the Gran Piemonte we have studied a route suitable for both sprinters and finisseurs. The evolution of the finish will be interesting as the Pilonetto climb has steep slopes and could create some troubles to pure sprinters. We will have 23 teams at the start of which 16 World Tour to highlight how important and felt the event is. To confirm this we can reveal some of the first members including the winner of the Giro d’Italia Jai Hindley, Alberto Bettiol, Matteo Trentin, Michael Matthews, Mikel Landa, March Hirschi and Damiano Caruso. After the week of the World Championship we will have a more complete picture of the big names but we are sure that the start list will be of absolute prestige.”

 


A Never Stronger Edition of the Cycling Event CRO Race
The seventh edition of the international cycling event CRO Race will be held from September 27 to October 2, and this time it will bring some of the strongest UCI WorldTeam teams to Croatia – six of them come from the highest classification of the UCI, and among them are famous cycling names from some of whom are winners of the famous Tour de France. This year, the CRO Race will gather the world’s best cyclists from Europe, Asia, America and Australia, who will compete on the route over 1,000 kilometres long in six states across Croatia. Cycling fans will be able to enjoy the performance of twenty teams, and they will turn the whole of Croatia into a sports arena and show the spectators again the magnificent scenes of the continent and the coast through a top-class sports competition.

The big names of professional cycling in Croatia
The CRO Race is becoming stronger every year in terms of competition, which is a clear indication of its recognition in the world of professional cycling. At today’s press conference held in Sveta Nedelja, the host city of the start of the last stage, it was announced that some of the best cycling teams such as Trek-Segafredo, Jumbo-Visma, Ineos Grenadiers, Bahrain Victorious and others will compete in this year’s CRO Race. Some of the more famous names are Phil Bauhaus, Damiano Caruso and Matej Mohorič from Bahrain Victorious, which is Fran Miholjević’s new team too. Famous Bernal Gomez, Castroviejo, Kwiatkowski, Thomas, Viviani and many other top-class cyclists will also participate.

This year’s Tour de France winner Danish Jonas Vingegaard, who is competing for Jumbo Visma, also announced his arrival at the CRO Race.

The stages stretch through the whole Croatia
Traditionally, the CRO Race starts from Osijek, the host of the first stage, which this year ends in Ludbreg. The second stage starts in picturesque Otočac with the finish line in Zadar. An excitement awaits us on the third day of the race, with start in Sinj and finish line in Primošten. The competition continues with the fourth stage from Biograd na Moru to Crikvenica, and in the fifth, cyclists will reach the KOM from Opatija to Labin. The sixth, also the final stage, runs from Sveta Nedelja to Zagreb, where the overall winner of the CRO Race will be traditionally announced.

Support from numerous partners and sponsors
In addition to the destination partners, the importance of the race for tourism, economy and promotion was also recognised this year by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Croatian National Tourist Board, City of Zagreb, HEP, Ministry of the Interior, Directorate of Police, Croatian Olympic Committee, Croatian Cycling Federation and numerous other partners which supported the project from the beginning or joined over time.

Kids CRO Race – recreation and fun for the little ones
Kids CRO Race will be organised this year too, a race for children from 9 to 12 years old on virtual trainers, which is conducted in cooperation with schools with the aim of encouraging the younger generations to sport and recreation. The little ones will compete in Osijek as the city of the start of the first stage and in the finish lines of the other five stages, and the overall winner will be announced on the main stage in Zagreb.

More information is available on the official website www.crorace.com

 


Happy retirement, Brian Holm!
Over 20 years as a rider. Two decades as a sports director. 10 years with Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl.

Brian Holm has been a much-loved member of Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl. He always had many a tale to tell, whether about his days in the peloton, the great riders he has helped navigate through some of the world’s biggest races, or about the friendships and relationships that grew off the bike.

In this special interview, he looks back on his career, tells us how he has been planning for life after leaving the team car, and reveals how he was instrumental in founding the Wolfpack, for which the team is now synonymous.

Brian, we will miss your passion and knowledge for cycling, your humour and the warmth and friendship you showed everyone in the team!

Happy retirement, Brian Holm!

 


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