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Lots of cycling news, mostly off the bike, but we do have reports and results form the CRO Race. Will Evenepoel ride the 2023 Tour? – TOP STORY. Other news: Giro’23 starts with time trial, Boonen has warnings for Evenepoel, INEOS Grenadiers want Evenepoel, Evenepoel to ride Binche-Chimay-Binche, more on the Van der Poel case and the girls father talks, Van Vleuten on her retirement, Valverde last four races, Stybar to ride more cross, Gaviria leaving UAE Team Emirates, Fedorov to ride the U23 Lombardia in his rainbow jersey, Juraj Sagan rode his last race and UCI to make changes to WorldTour scoring. Team news: New Qhubeka signings, Dutch Lottery to sponsor Dutch Cycling for 10 years, Liv Racing Xstra, BikeExchange-Jayco, and Israel-Premier Tech contracts and riders for up and coming races. Race news from Il Lombardia. You need a big coffee today.


TOP STORY: Will Evenepoel Ride the Tour in 2023?
After Remco Evenepoel recently won the Vuelta a España, he soloed to the victory in the World championships in Wollongong on Sunday. The question is; will the rainbow jersey be seen in the Tour de France next year? No decision has been made yet, Patrick Lefevere told Sporza.

“We are going to wait until the smoke has cleared around our heads to make decisions,” said the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl team boss. “We sit down with a few sensible people and see if we should skip a step or not. Because suppose Evenepoel goes to the Tour and it is not easy, then everyone is ready to shoot him again. As the winner of the Vuelta a España and with that jersey on his shoulders, he really can’t afford to go off.”

Lefevere said in July that he would rather see Evenepoel ride the Giro d’Italia in 2023, so that his young rider can debut in the Tour de France in 2024. In addition, the Giro in 2023 seems tailor-made for the time trial specialist Evenepoel, as the Italian tour is said to have three TT stages. In total, 60 to 70 kilometres against the clock. The complete route of both the Giro and the Tour will be announced in October.

Which Grand Tour next for Remco?

 


CRO Race 2022
The First Stage of the CRO Race was won by Jonathan Milan. The 22-year-old Bahrain Victorious rider, who is also a top track rider, took his first pro road win in rainy conditions on Tuesday. His Slovenian teammate Matej Mohorič, who was only caught in the finishing straight.

The first stage of the CRO Race was 223.5 kilometres long and went from Osijek to Ludbreg. The first part of the stage was flat, the final featured two circuits with the climb to Vinogradi Ludbreski (3.2km at 3.9%). The last summit was less than 5 kilometres from the finish.

Seven riders managed to set up an early break: Pierre Rolland (B&B Hotels-KTM), Samuele Rivi (EOLO-Kometa), Kenny Molly (Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB), Marcin Budzinski (HRE Mazowsze Serce Polski), Mathias Reutimann (Team Vorarlberg), Jernej Hribar (Ljubljana Gusto Santic) and Jaka Špoljar (Adria Mobil) had a maximum lead of more than 3 minutes. Rolland and Rivi sat up from the group, so there were 5 rider out front with 80 kilometres to go. The weather was not very favourable and there were several heavy rain showers. Molly, Budzinski, Reutimann, Hribar and Špoljar were not deterred by the bad weather and continued to work well. Alexis Guerin (Team Voralberg) and Pablo Castrillo (Equipo Kern Pharma) crossed to the leading group from the peloton.

There was now a leading group of seven again 35 kilometres from the finish. Despite the newfound strength in the break, a regrouping was inevitable. When entering the last 20 kilometres the last attackers were caught. Castrillo struggled for a while, but the Spaniard was eventually also caught. Bahrain Victorious then took command and to pushed hard in the treacherous final and managed to thin it out. A first group of about 60 riders then rode steady to the last climb, but there were no fireworks. Over the top, the young Brit Oscar Onley was first and took the KOM jersey the first mountain jersey. However, getting away from the peloton was too much.

Several riders managed to join him, Danish Tour winner, Jonas Vingegaard, was close to the front, but shortly after the climb everything came together again. It now looked like there would be a sprint from a fairly large group, but Matej Mohorič had other plans. The Slovenian took off on the descent, and took a small gap. This seemed enough for the win, but Mohoric lost his strength close to the finish line. His teammate Milan saw this and did n’t hesitate and was the first to start the sprint. He passed his Slovenian teammate and held everyone off to the line, his first professional victory on the road. With Sacha Modolo and Mirco Maestri there was a completely Italian podium. Milan is the first overall leader in the CRO Race. Vingegaard finished in the same time as stage winner Milan.

Stage winner and overall leader, Jonathan Milan (Bahrain Victorious): “I can’t believe I did it! This is something incredible. I had a difficult first part of this season, and I have been looking for this victory for a long time. I was close to it one month ago at the Tour de Pologne and then at the Deutschland Tour. I was always on the podium but never on the first step. I desired the victory and wanted to have it here, as this CRO Race is so important for us. I was feeling super good today, and my legs were so strong! I think also the team did a fantastic job. Everyone gave their 100%. I’m super proud of everyone, and I am so happy about this! So thanks to everybody, and tomorrow I want to try again.”

3rd on the stage and 4th overall, Mirco Maestri (EOLO-Kometa): “We controlled the stage well during the first part of the race with Rivi in the breakaway scoring in the intermediate sprints. In the last 50 kilometres it started to rain heavily and we worked together to get Albanese as safe as possible, but in the final kilometres he didn’t feel 100% ready to race due to the weather conditions and he told me to try it myself. In the end I got a third position and I felt very good. For the next few days, the team’s goal is to keep riding in the same line, letting ourselves be seen, and I’m sure that more opportunities will come also with Albanese who is in a great shape.”

Tour de France winner and 17th on the stage, Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma): “I was not disappointed. At the end I got a bit cold because of the rain, but all in all I got through the day well. It felt like it hadn’t been that long since I’d raced. That is a good sign. I enjoyed it.”

CRO Race Stage 1 Result:
1. Jonathan Milan (Ita) Bahrain Victorious in 5:31:48
2. Sacha Modolo (Ita) Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè
3. Mirco Maestri (Ita) EOLO-Kometa
4. Kim Heiduk (Ger) INEOS Grenadiers
5. Gal Glivar (Slo) Adria Mobil
6. Sergio Roman Martín (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
7. Matej Mohorič (Slo) Bahrain Victorious
8. Francisco Galván (Slo) Equipo Kern Pharma
9. Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
10. Chris Hamilton (Aus) DSM.

CRO Race Overall After Stage 1:
1. Jonathan Milan (Ita) Bahrain Victorious in 5:31:38
2. Sacha Modolo (Ita) Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè at 0:04
3. Kenny Molly (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
4. Mirco Maestri (Ita) EOLO-Kometa at 0:06
5. Kim Heiduk (Ger) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:10
6. Gal Glivar (Slo) Adria Mobil
7. Sergio Roman Martín (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
8. Matej Mohorič (Slo) Bahrain Victorious
9. Francisco Galván (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma
10. Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Trek-Segafredo.

 

Bahrain Victorious’s Italian sprinter Jonathan Milan won Stage 2 of the CRO Race. The stage was decided on a millimetre sprint in the streets of Zadar. B&B Hotels-KTM’s Pierre Barbier thought he had won, but it was the overall leader, Milan who took his second stage win in a row. INEOS Grenadiers’ Elia Viviani finished third.

In the second stage, the riders had to cover 163 kilometres between Otoac and Zadar. The stage had one Cat.2 climb, the Prezid (4.5km at 4.6%). At the start of the stage, a group of seven riders got away. At 125 kilometres from the finish they had a lead of 1:35.

The break steadily increased their lead, making it more than 3 minutes with 70 kilometres to go. After that, the peloton started to pick up speed and the lead shrunk quickly. The last escapees were caught at 8.5 kilometres from the finish. The peloton was led by Bahrain-Victorious, the team of GC leader Jonathan Milan. Towards the intermediate sprint through the finish, the pace went up considerably.

Three kilometres from the finish, the peloton started to prepare for a bunch sprint. Elia Viviani started the final kilometre in second position, but was surprised by Jonathan Milan who went for a long sprint. Pierre Barbier came up quickly from behind and the sprint was decided in millimetres. Barbier thought he had won, but the photo finish showed that Milan was the first to cross the line, taking his second victory in a row. The Italian also remains the overall leader.

Stage winner and overall leader, Jonathan Milan (Bahrain Victorious): “Immediately, I had this sensation to put my couple of centimetres from the other guy’s wheel. He was also super strong. I know he celebrated, but I didn’t not because I was thinking of not having won. It was just so close. Two wins in two days. Who could fancy that? Also, today the guys did an amazing job from km zero until the end. Matej explained how to take the last corner because he knew this course well. So I followed what I was told to do, following him and then opening the sprint early. I don’t know what to say, but I am super happy. Only next time will I remember to raise my arms to celebrate. We will try to retain the jersey for more time as possible with me, but we also have a super strong team for the climbing courses.”

CRO Race Stage 2 Result:
1. Jonathan Milan (Ita) Bahrain Victorious in 3:44:44
2. Pierre Barbier (Fra) B&B Hotels-KTM
3. Elia Viviani (Ita) INEOS Grenadiers
4. Axel Laurance (Fra) B&B Hotels-KTM
5. Jon Aberasturi (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
6. Nils Eekhoff (Ned) DSM
7. Arvid de Kleijn (Ned) Human Powered Health
8. Attilio Viviani (Ita) Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
9. Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) EOLO-Kometa
10. Milan Menten (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB.

CRO Race Overall After Stage 2:
1. Jonathan Milan (Ita) Bahrain Victorious in 9:16:12
2. Pierre Barbier (Fra) B&B Hotels-KTM at 0:14
3. Sacha Modolo (Ita) Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè
4. Kenny Molly (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
5. Elia Viviani (Ita) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:16
6. Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 0:17
7. Álex Jaime (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma at 0:18
8. Victor Koretzky (Fra) B&B Hotels-KTM at 0:19
9. Francisco Galván (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma at 0:20
10. Sergio Roman Martín (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA.

 


Giro d’Italia 2023 Starts with Time Trial in Abruzzo
The Giro d’Italia announced on Wednesday that the Italian tour will start next year with an opening time trial of 18.4 kilometres in the Abruzzo region. It is the second time that the Giro will start in Abruzzo.

The first time the Giro started in the Abruzzo region was in 2001, when Rik Verbrugghe took the pink jersey in Pescara after a prologue of 7.6 kilometres. In 2023, the riders will also start with a time trial, but one of 18.4 kilometres from Fossacesia to Ortona. The route is almost entirely on a cycle path, the Via Verde-Costa dei Trabocchi, created from an old train track and ends on a short climb in Ortona.


Giro’23 stage 1 TT profile

The riders will also remain in the Abruzzo on day two and three. The second stage heads from Teramo, a distance of 204 kilometres, to San Salvo, a stage for the fast men. On the third day the Giro will go south from Vasto, but you will need to wait for the presentation of the Giro route on Monday 17 October for the exact details.

The Giro d’Italia will return to the Abruzzo region at the end of the first week for a mountain stage to Gran Sasso d’Italia, a mountain range on the border of the provinces of L’Aquila and Teramo in the Gran Sasso National Park e Monti della Laga. The finish line will be at an altitude of 2,135 metres. In the past, Marco Pantani (1999) and Simon Yates (2018) won there.


Giro’23 stage 2 TT profile

Next year’s Giro d’Italia seems to have opportunities for the time trial specialists among the GC riders. According to the latest rumours there will be three time trials included in the Italian tour in 2023. In total, 60 to 70 kilometres against the clock. The first of those kilometres will be on day one. What the other two time trials will look like is not yet officially known, although they are more likely to be hilly time trials in the final week.

Giro’23 to start in Abruzzo:

 


Boonen Does Not Expect the Rainbow Jersey to Paralyse Evenepoel
Remco Evenepoel became World road champion on Sunday at the age of 22. Someone who knows all too well what it’s like to don the rainbow jersey as a young professional is his countryman Tom Boonen. “Someone should warn Evenepoel about what is coming his way, because that will be crazy,” said the winner of the 2005 World championships in Madrid in his analysis in Het Laatste Nieuws.

“The Vuelta was wow, but this is going to get a lot more international resonance,” said Boonen. “The year I was World champion, in 2005, was the busiest of my life. I was 24 and had won Classics and Monuments, but suddenly I was an international star overnight. Remco was often asked on newspapers, magazines and TV shows in recent years, but that was a Belgian phenomenon. Now abroad is also going to pull on his sleeve, everyone is going to want a piece of him.”

Boonen advises Evenepoel to “stay away from Schepdaal and the surrounding area as much as possible” and to stay elsewhere more often. “He has a permanent place in Spain to train, right? In his case, I would spend the winter there. He will find much more peace there than in Belgium. Have some family and friends around you and try to isolate yourself.”

Despite expecting 2023 to be an ‘intense’ year for Evenepoel, Boonen is not concerned about the sporting aspect. “This is not going to be paralysing. Not with him. On the contrary, he gets a kick out of this. I saw that little finger on his lips as he crossed the finish line: he may not know who he wanted to silence himself, but that’s how he’s set up. He has an enormous urge to prove and that jersey is going to give him wings.”

Tom and Remco:

 


INEOS Grenadiers Investigating Transfer of Remco Evenepoel
The British INEOS Grenadiers team is currently investigating all possibilities to take World champion Remco Evenepoel with immediate effect. According to Velonews, source indicating that INEOS owner Jim Ratcliffe is desperate for a potential Tour winner who can deliver immediate success.

Evenepoel’s Quick-Step team principal Patrick Lefevere has revealed that Dave Brailsford, the team principal of INEOS Grenadiers, sent a message after the Belgian rider’s victory in the Vuelta a España: “If you want to sell him one day, give me a call.” Lefevere: “It’s simple. Dave Brailsford texted me, and he doesn’t text much. He said, ‘Congratulations, what a champion, and if you want to sell him one day, give me a call.’ That was it. No more and no less.”

Was Brailsford joking or was it a serious question to start negotiations? Lefevere: “You can’t see if someone is joking on WhatsApp. There was no smiley, no special face. Just a few words. Other colleagues just congratulated me, but if Dave wants to have Remco, he probably needs a lot of money.”

Evenepoel is under contract with Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl until 2026 and recently won both the Vuelta a España and the World road championship in Australia.

There has been good contact between INEOS Grenadiers and the Evenepoel family for a number of years. Father Patrick Evenepoel and his son Remco visited the team a few years ago at their base near Monaco.

Father, Patrick Evenepoel, is also his son’s manager. “There was no meeting, but we had a telephone conversation with them. We have been in contact with them and I know Messrs Brailsford and Ellingworth. We’ve known each other for years. It is normal that they call me to congratulate me on the Vuelta and after Liège.”

When asked if there had been a discussion about a possible switch to Ineos in the future, Evenepoel senior laughed before saying: “That discussion was already there three years ago.” When asked specifically if a deal could be struck for next year, he added: “I don’t know. Remco has a five-year contract with Quick-Step. I don’t know. It’s not up to me to talk. We want to celebrate the Vuelta and the World championships, and we’ll see what happens in the future.”

What about Israel-Premier Tech? They have the money and need the points to stay in the WorldTour.

Evenepoel to INEOS?

 


Lefevere Suppresses Evenepoel Rumours
Patrick Lefevere reacted quite cryptically on Wednesday to the news that INEOS Grenadiers would be interested in taking over Remco Evenepoel with immediate effect. A day later, the team manager of Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl is much clearer in conversation with Het Nieuwsblad. “It’s too stupid for words.”

Lefevere reacted quite agitated on Wednesday when he was asked about the (alleged) interest of INEOS Grenadiers in its Belgian goldcrest. “If in a marriage someone is cheated by his partner, then that person involved is always the last to know. I will not say more about that,” he told the Flemish newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws.

We are now one day further and Lefevere now refers the story to the realm of fables. “I have signed contracts for five years, with Remco as well as with Soudal, Quick-Step and Specialized. Alaphilippe is also in prison for another three years. Nothing is binding in life, but I will do my very best to keep those agreements. I don’t like to use the word ‘family’ because if you are married you can always divorce today, but there are no intentions in that sense.”

“Then apparently that ghost story of that message has started to spread like wildfire. But now it has taken on a life of its own. Almost the whole world has tried to call me. Everything is for sale, but give me a reason why our boss (Zdenek Bakkala) would sell his team to another billionaire? That will not happen. It’s too stupid for words. Is there not a very small chance of water? 0.00 percent. For me it’s unmentionable.”

“I liked that Remco and Patrick (father Patrick Evenepoel, also his son’s agent, ed.) called me to reassure me, but actually I had to laugh with the whole saga. I happen to have dinner with Patrick on Thursday and we’re going to discuss how we’re going to go about it all in the coming weeks: the ceremony in Brussels, that race in Binche, and so on. They both urged me not to believe the Ineos saga.”

Evenepoel not going anywhere:

 


Evenepoel Will Show the Rainbow Jersey for the First Time in Binche-Chimay-Binche
New world champion Remco Evenepoel will ride the Walloon semi-classic Binche-Chimay-Binche (1.1), also known as the Mémorial Frank Vandenbroucke, on Tuesday 4 October, the organisers announced.

For the organisers it will be a special edition, with Evenepoel showing his rainbow jersey for the first time since he won it. Binche-Chimay-Binche is also the last race of the retiring Philippe Gilbert on Belgian soil. Last year, the victory in Binche-Chimay-Binche went to Danny van Poppel. In the past, big names such as Adrie van der Poel, Frank Vandenbroucke, after whom the race is named, Elia Viviani, Zdeněk Štybar and Arnaud Démare were victorious.

Danny van Poppel – Winner in 2021:

 


Van der Poel’s Lawyer Regrets the Judge’s Decision: “Many of us would do the Same”
Mathieu van der Poel was fined $1500 in Australia on Monday after Saturday night’s hotel incident. Van der Poel’s lawyer, Michael Bowe, has appealed. “It is a sad statement,” the defender of the Dutch rider told the NOS.

The judge considered it proven that Van der Poel pushed two girls aged 13 and 14 who kept him awake on the night before the World road race championships in Wollongong.

The 27-year-old Alpecin-Deceuninck rider was fined $1,000 by the judge for pushing the girl who fell to the ground. She sustained a minor abrasion to her elbow. He pushed the other girl against the wall, for which Van der Poel was fined 500 dollars. About €1,000, according to the NOS reporter, Han Kock, who was in court. Van der Poel did not want to respond to the judge’s ruling afterwards.

“He was very frustrated because they knocked on his door and prevented him from sleeping. He went out to speak to them, they knocked on his door several times. He has provided evidence for this. It is very plausible that this happened. It is very disappointing that he has been convicted, but I will immediately challenge the decision.”

How did Van der Poel react to the judge’s ruling? “His girlfriend was in tears,” Bowe begins. “And he was very disappointed with the result. He has a good reputation, his family has a good reputation. It is very unfortunate. I think there’s a right way to look at this and maybe the ruling doesn’t reflect that.” According to the lawyer, the circumstances in which Van der Poel found himself is “very important” to include in the decision. “He flew all the way to Australia, it’s a huge event. Anyone who understands cycling knows how big the World championships are.”

The judge looked on it badly that Van der Poel took the law into his own hands. According to the judge, he should never have done that, but should have called hotel security instead. The fact that the Dutchman as a professional cyclist had an important race the next day was not a mitigating circumstance for the judge. The lawsuit was originally supposed to take place on Tuesday, but Van der Poel’s lawyer had asked to bring it forward for a day. “Many of us would do the same. Under pressure to perform and everyone makes mistakes. He will learn from this experience,” responded the lawyer, who also said that Van der Poel was disappointed in himself. “He told me he feels like he has let his country and the team down.”

That lawyer is appealing the verdict and hopes for an acquittal. Van der Poel did get his passport back. The standard procedure in Australia is that in the event of an arrest you must hand in the travel document for six weeks. Because the lawsuit took place a day earlier and a judgment has now been reached, Van der Poel was able to get his passport back. As a result, he returned home with the rest of the Dutch team at 10:00 a.m. CET time on Monday.

The hotel incident seems to have more consequences for Mathieu van der Poel than just an imposed fine of $1500AUS. The Dutchman is now not allowed to travel to Australia for three years, according to Wide World of Sports. The hotel, Novotel Brighton-Le-Sands hotel, where the incident happened has had negative reviews pouring in on the internet. Virtually all reviewers give the hotel only one star. “Very noisy”, “running children in the hallway”, “not recommended” and “call the police if your night’s sleep is ruined” are some of the reactions.

The Alpecin-Deceuninck team made this statement:
We have taken note of the events that took place in Wollongong in the past 48 hours. Needless to mention everyone loses here, and we can only regret that. Initially, our focus was on providing legal assistance on site and on helping Mathieu van der Poel to return home quickly. Now that has happened, we want to get a clear picture of the course of events, through inspection of the complete file (we don’t have the court documents yet) and a conversation with Mathieu van der Poel and those involved at Team NL. Based on this, we will determine which further steps to take.

We would like to emphasise that respect for others, inside and outside the peloton, is and always has been a core value of Alpecin-Deceuninck. That is why we want to follow up on this in an appropriate way. Only then will team Alpecin-Deceuninck and Mathieu van der Poel communicate about this again.

Van der Poel on the way home:

 


Mathieu van der Poel Admits Mistake: “Of Course I am Sorry”
Mathieu van der Poel landed in Europe on Tuesday at a busy Brussels airport, the Dutch rider was on the same flight as World champion Remco Evenepoel. There van der Poel spoke to the assembled press, including Het Laatste Nieuws. “I shouldn’t have done that and approached it differently. Unfortunately, that’s how it happened,” he said.

The 27-year-old Dutchman is referring to his arrest after an incident in which adolescent girls caused a disturbance. “This is what I said: I held a girl by her arm. Certainly not with the intent to hurt anyone. Anyone who knows me knows that I have never hurt anyone. There are a lot of stories about pushing, but that is absolutely not true. That’s not what happened. There are two versions of a story and when you are in Australia it is very difficult to deal with.”

Videos have surfaced in which Van der Poel also yells at the mother of those girls: “Of course I regret it. I’m wrong too, I admit that. I shouldn’t have done that and approached it differently. Unfortunately, that’s how it happened. I try to put it behind me and look ahead to what’s to come. Now I’m going home for a while, looking for peace. In any case, I am very happy to be back in my country. The team and the lawyer are now going to handle it further,” said the Deceuninck-Alpecin rider.

Van der Poel also discussed what he should have done differently. “I should have informed reception or someone else anyway. But it was getting late and I just wanted to sleep. I thought I could solve it myself, because in the end it turned out completely wrong. Unfortunately I can’t change it anymore.”

The father of teenage girls responded to the incident speaking to the Daily Mail Australia, saying that Van der Poel had every right to be angry, but not in the way he did. The police report shows, among other things, that Van der Poel’s girlfriend Roxanne had already asked the girls at an earlier stage to leave them alone. The young ladies tried to keep him awake by banging on the door of his hotel room several times. Van der Poel decided to respond himself, which resulted in his arrest and visit to the police station.

The girls’ father, who, unlike the mother, was not present at the hotel at the time and was only informed on Sunday morning, has now responded to the incident for the first time. “They have worked themselves into nests. Van der Poel had every right to be angry, but not in that way. They’re slim little kids and he’s huge. Look, I did certain things at their age too. The youngest had corona a few weeks ago, so they were happy to be able to enjoy themselves again.”

“They got a little naughty. I also told them that they made a mistake.” The video images that have surfaced show the incident. “I see my daughter knocking on the door in the video and I can see from the way she walks away that she was scared. The eldest is a daredevil, but this shocked her. The youngest was also in shock.”

The father can partly empathise with Van der Poel. “I heard just before the race started that he was a cyclist and eventually had to give up at the World championships. I can imagine my girls knocking on the door, but I could see from the images that they were scared.” Van der Poel has already admitted his mistake.

The Worlds were a disaster for Van der Poel:

 


World Champion Van Vleuten About Decision to Stop: “Sometimes I Start to Have Doubts”
Annemiek van Vleuten became World champion in the elite women’s race on Saturday. Does this new success mean that she will reconsider her decision to retire after the 2023 season? “Sometimes I start to have doubts, yes,” said the Dutch rider on the talk show Jinek.

“I would prefer to stop if I think: I’m starting to get less now. But this is really my best year ever,” stated Van Vleuten, who won the Giro, Tour and Vuelta earlier this season. The 39-year-old Movistar rider was also the best in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. “I will be 40 next week, which is really unbelievable. But it is my driving force to get better.”

“Winning is not my driving force,” responded Van Vleuten, when Marijn de Vries stated that she had already won everything there is to win. “That’s nice. There is still that urge to improve myself.” However, that does not alter the fact that Van Vleuten is currently only working on 2023. “For this one year, there are still some details that I want to work on, so that I can certainly achieve this level next year.”

According to Van Vleuten, it will be a challenge to gain the same peak experiences after her cycling career, when she starts another career. “That’s my fear of quitting. But it’s also the reason that I’m okay with quitting, because I think there are more great challenges waiting for me because of the knowledge and experience I’ve gained.”

“I think it would be great fun to do something with young athletes, in coaching. Or with young professionals in the business world, there are also many similarities. I think I will manage to take on the challenge without a bike.”

It has been some year for Van Vleuten:

 


Alejandro Valverde Rides Four More Races
Alejandro Valverde will contest four more races this season before his cycling career is over. The 42-year-old Spaniard will start the Italian autumn races: the Coppa Agostoni, Giro dell’Emilia, Tre Valli Varesine and Tour of Lombardy.

Valverde will undoubtedly want to shine in the last races of his career. The Coppa Agostoni is scheduled for Thursday, followed by the Giro dell’Emilia (1 October), Tre Valli Varesine (4 October) and the Tour of Lombardy (8 October). “It’s the time to enjoy it one last time, and to thank him,” his Movistar team summed up on social media.

Valverde is more than satisfied with his career, he recently revealed in an interview with the Spanish sports newspaper AS. He won the World championships, Liège-Bastogne-Liège four times, Flèche Walloon five times, the Vuelta a España, four Tour stages, twelve Vuelta stages and much more. “If I’m realistic, I’m not missing anything. There are always bigger challenges, but I have achieved much more than I expected when I started. And I really enjoyed it.”

“The World championships I won in 2018 was very special,” Valverde continued. “The cycling has been more than worth the effort and sacrifice. We enjoyed, with family, children, friends. I don’t know yet what I will do at Movistar next year. We still have to sit down with the team and look at that.”

Alejandro Valverde nearly finished:

 


Zdenek Stybar Will Ride More Cyclo-Cross this Winter
Zdeněk Štybar will be seen in cross again this winter, Czech media report. The 36 year-old Štybar will start his cross campaign on Sunday 23 October with the Tábor World Cup. “He wants to partially return to cross to participate in the World champs in Tabor in 2024.”

Štybar, who will race for the Australian BikeExchange-Jayco team next year, will first focus on the first edition of the gravel World Championship in the Italian in Veneto. This World title race will take place on the weekend of October 8th and 9th. Two weeks later, he should start his cyclo-cross campaign in his own country, in Tábor.

“There is no specific agreement with Zdeněk, but we have agreed that he should certainly start in Tábor this year,” the organisers behind the World Cup Cross said. “Which crosses he will do next will depend on how well he does in Tábor.”

The experienced Czech, a three-time cyclo-cross World champion, hopes to be there in 2024 at the World championships in Tábor, according to Czech national coach Petr Kloucek. “Zdeněk wants to partially return to cyclo-cross this winter, with the intention of taking part in the World championships in 2024.” It has been twelve years since Štybar won his first of three World titles in Tábor.

Zdenek Stybar back to cross:

 


UAE Team Emirates Confirms Departure of Gaviria
Fernando Gaviria will leave UAE Team Emirates at the end of the season. Team manager Joxean Fernández Matxín told Velonews. The Spaniard has no doubts about Gaviria’s intrinsic class, but the sprinter does not have the right mentality.

The now 28-year-old Gaviria came from the U23’s six years ago with very good credentials, he was also a winner in his first seasons, but has been a lot less successful in recent years. This is partly due to injuries and health problems, Gaviria was infected with covid-19 three times, but according to Fernández there is more going on.

“Fernando is really a super talent, in my eyes he is one of the best sprinters in the world. The problem is, his work ethic is a five or a six. He starts competitions when his level is at an eight, while for others – through super professional training – it is nine, ten, eleven or twelve.”

The team manager believes that Gaviria still needs to take steps in his development. “He really needs to change something mentally. He has to do something about his motivation, in order to raise his level again. I already know him well from our collaboration at Quick-Step and I also helped him with his move to UAE Team Emirates, but he really needs to change his focus.”

Gaviria has been racing with UAE Team Emirates since 2019. He achieved his greatest successes earlier with Quick-Step. For the Belgian team he won twice in the Tour de France and four times in the Giro d’Italia. This season Gaviria had two wins: in February he won the opening and closing stage of the Tour of Oman. The sprinter may now go to Movistar.

Fernando Gaviria needs to change:

 


U23 World Champion Fedorov Will Show Off his Rainbow Jersey
Yevgeniy Fedorov is the new Under 23 World champion, but will not wear the jersey next year in a race. The Kazakh has been riding for the WorldTour Astana Qazaqstan team for two years and is still only 22 years-old. Fedorov will, however, be seen in the rainbow jersey one more time this season.

The World champion will start the Tour of Lombardy for U23’s on Sunday 2 October – as the leader of the Astana development team. “It is clear that the presence of the World champion is the icing on the cake for our race,” Daniele Fumagalli president of the organisers of Il Piccolo Lombardia, told the Italian BICITV.

Fedorov is the big draw in the 92nd edition of the U23 version of the Tour of Lombardy. The honours list of the Italian autumn classic includes the names of Sean Kelly, Moreno Argentin and Stefano Garzelli, who were later also very successful with the pros. In recent years Jan Polanc, Davide Villella, Gianni Moscon, Fausto Masnada, Harm Vanhoucke, Alexandr Riabushenko, Robert Stannard, Andrea Bagioli and Harry Sweeny have been on the podium. Last year the victory went to the Frenchman Paul Lapeira, who now rides for AG2R Citroën.

Fedorov to wear the Rainbow in Lombardia:

 


Juraj Sagan Rode his Last Race at the World Championships
For Juraj Sagan, Peter Sagan’s older brother, the World Championship road race in Wollongong was a special race. The Slovak rode his last race kilometres as a professional cyclist on Sunday.

After a thirteen-year professional career, Juraj Sagan will hang his bike up. The Slovak managed to get in the early break of twelve riders in the Worlds road race on Sunday. The leading group was eventually pulled in and Sagan abandoned soon after. Where his younger brother Peter grew into one of the best riders of his generation, with three world titles, the Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix and seven green jerseys. Juraj mainly rode as his brother’s right-hand man, but also for other leaders within Liquigas, Tinkoff-Saxo, BORA-hansgrohe and finally TotalEnergies.

He also has four victories of his own. In 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2020 he was crowned Slovak road champion.

Juraj Sagan retires:

 


UCI Willing to Make Minor Changes to the WorldTour Scoring
With regard to the promotion/relegation battle, there has been much said about the distribution of UCI points. In big stage races relatively few points can be won, while in small one-day races there is quite a lot to pick up. However, UCI president David Lappartient has no intention of overhauling the system.

Lappartient shared his views on the issue at a press conference of the International Cycling Union (UCI) at the Wollongong World championship. “There is some discussion about the scoring because that is always something we could change,” the Frenchman began his statement. “I’m not sure there is a perfect system. We all have different opinions about what is the right level for a competition. We tried to find the best system, but you have to win races, then you also win points.”

There may be changes to the system, but they will be small, said Lappartient. “It has to be in proportion. If you place too many points in different stages, you will get an imbalance. The total number of points in stage races will then be too high compared to the points to be achieved in the Classics. We have to see where we put the limit. We have agreed with the teams, organisers and riders that we will look at some adjustments we can make. There are a few changes that we need to discuss, but it won’t be a complete revolution of the system, because we need to keep a certain balance.”

According to Lappartient, the changes must be implemented quickly. Next season marks the start of a new period, in which all teams start at zero again. “The system needs to be improved before we start the new three-year cycle. We can’t suddenly change the point distribution halfway through. We are working on this now, until probably January.”

Lappartient not going to change much:

 


Doug Ryder Has Brambilla, Moschetti and Howson in New Squad
It has been rumoured for some time that Doug Ryder, former general manager of Dimension Data and NextHash, is busy behind the scenes with an upgrade for his squad Qhubeka. The team would again become a ProTeam, stepping up from Continental. VeloNews reports that Ryder already has eighteen riders on the roster for 2023.

Gianluca Brambilla (35), Matteo Moschetti (26) and Damien Howson (30) are three WorldTour riders who would be part of the team. There is no room for Brambilla and Moschetti at Trek-Segafredo, which already has thirty riders. Howson couldn’t count on a new contract with BikeExchange-Jayco. Nothing is known yet about the other riders who will join the team.

The new team is reportedly sponsored for five years by a Swiss multinational. Serge Pauwels, Gabriel Missaglia and Alex Sans Vega would be sports director of the team. Vincenzo Nibali is going to fulfil a role as an advisor, according to Tuttobiciweb. The Shark of Messina, who is in his last weeks as a professional cyclist, is an ambassador for the Italian sports brand Q36.5, which would also be a sponsor. The team, which seems to be riding Scott’s bikes, can register with the UCI until October 17 at the latest. A bank guarantee must be issued a week before.

In 2021, Qhubeka NextHash lost its WorldTour license after the team struggled with a lack of financial support. Ryder was unable to find a new title sponsor, so the squad became a continental team, but all the big names left: Giacomolo Nizzolo, Domenico Pozzovivo and Victor Campenaerts, among others. Ryder refused to throw in the towel. In 2022, his team is still racing in the peloton, as Team Qhubeka.

Qhubeka on the way back up:

 


Dutch Lottery Main Sponsor for Dutch Cycling for Ten Years
The Dutch Lottery will be the main sponsor of TeamNL for the next ten years. NOC*NSF has brought together 28 Dutch sports associations in TeamNL, including the Royal Dutch Cycling Union. The lottery provider will be on the jerseys of the KNWU up to and including the Olympic year 2032. This is a structural contribution, in addition to the annual payment.

With the sponsorship, the Dutch Lottery wants to make a substantial contribution to help NOC*NSF get the Netherlands moving. The goal is to be the sportiest country in the world in ten years. Due to the corona crisis, participation in sports has fallen sharply and is still not recovering sufficiently. NOC*NSF wants them to be in the top 10 of top sports countries with TeamNL by 2032, that fourteen million Dutch people enjoy sports every week and twelve million people play sports and/or exercise at least three times a week.

The long-term commitment as the main sponsor of TeamNL is independent of the fixed, legally regulated annual payment from the lottery money to the sport as a whole. In 2021 that was a record amount of more than fifty million euros. In addition to this annual contribution, the Dutch Lottery will also structurally support Dutch sport with an extra contribution. “By entering into a ten-year partnership with TeamNL, we strengthen the entire Dutch sport and we can do even more for a happy, healthy and sporty Netherlands”, said CEO Niels Onkenhout.

Dutch Lottery back the national team:

 


Liv Racing Xstra welcomes Swedish rider Caroline Andersson
Liv Racing Xstra (UCI Women’s WorldTeam) today announced the addition of Swedish rider Caroline Andersson to its roster. Contracted for two seasons, Andersson will wear the iconic aubergine jersey and begin with Liv Racing Xstra for the 2023 season.

“I chose Liv Racing Xstra because I think it is the best team for my own development. They have experienced staff, good riders and an impressive race programme with some nice big races on the calendar,” said Andersson.

Andersson showed herself this season in, among others, the Grand Prix Féminin de Chambéry (13th) and Tour de Suisse Women (15th in the youth classification). “Those were the most challenging climbing races of my career. It gave me the confidence to push further and see where I can continue to develop and improve for the season ahead. My ambition for the coming year is to develop further as a rider, both physically and tactically, and to contribute to the team. I also hope to be given the opportunity to ride a few races for my own result and to prove my ability there.”

Liv Racing Xstra features for next season 15 riders competing in top-level road races, including the UCI Women’s WorldTour. In addition to Andersson, the team includes Valerie Demey, Marta Jaskulska, Jeanne Korevaar, Sabrina Stultiens, Ayesha McGowan, Mavi García, Thalita de Jong, Tereza Neumanová, Rachele Barbieri, Katia Ragusa, Quinty Ton, Eva Buurman, Silke Smulders and Amber van der Hulst.

In 2019, Liv became a title partner of Liv Racing Xstra, committing its sponsorship through 2024. Learn more about Liv Racing Xstra and follow athletes at: https://livracingxstra.com/team/

Caroline Andersson:

 


Team BikeExchange-Jayco Welcome Lukas Pöstlberger on a Two-Year Deal to Strengthen the Classics Squad
Austrian all-rounder Lukas Pöstlberger has put pen to paper, signing a new two-year contract with Team BikeExchange-Jayco, to boost the squad’s options in a wide range of races across the WorldTour calendar.

The 30-year-old has proven himself to be a top teammate while also scoring victories in the biggest races himself such as the Giro d’Italia, and with this, the Australian outfit is delighted to add his diverse skillset to its roster, as it continues to add strength and depth across the board.

The squad believe the addition of Pöstlberger will help bolster its Classics group, and that the Austrian will be able to slot into the sprint trains and as a valuable contributor in the Grand Tours, making it an all-round exciting signing.

Brent Copeland – General Manager: “It is always important to have real all-round riders in the team that can contribute to a range of races and with Pöstlberger, we have seen on many occasions he is a valuable rider to have that can transfer his strength across races. We are really strengthening the foundations of our team for 2023 and beyond, as we look to target the general classification in stage races but also develop our Classics group and sprint train, so to bring Pöstlberger in to the team, with his experience and skillset, it was a really important signing for us as we continue to grow. He has a lot to give, and I am sure he will bring with him a lot of experience to share with the other riders. He is a rider that knows how to win, and it will be good to see him race next year in Team BikeExchange-Jayco colours and see what we can achieve together.”

Lukas Pöstlberger: “I am really looking forward to joining Team BikeExchange-Jayco, it’s going to be a totally new adventure for me and I’m really excited to get this journey started. I always felt a kind of connection with the team, I know many people at GreenEDGE Cycling, athletes and staff, and there was always lots of respect between us. When I was younger GreenEDGE was always one of the teams that I was admiring the most and I am really keen to get into the team environment. With this new adventure, there’s new possibilities and I hope we can achieve great results together. I can’t wait to start!”

Lukas Pöstlberger
Date of Birth: 10th January 1992 (30)
Nationality: Austrian
Joins GreenEDGE Cycling: 2023, 2024

Top Results:
1st Giro d’Italia Stage (2017)
1st Criterium du Dauphine stage (2021)
1st An Post Ras Overall (2015)
1st 2x Austrian Road Race Championships (2012, 18)
3rd Giro d’Italia Stage (2017)
4th Dwars door Vlaanderen (2019)
5th E3 Harelbeke (2017).

Lukas Pöstlbergerto BikeExchange-Jayco:

 


Set to Stay: Boivin, Van Asbroeck, Würtz Schmidt, and Zabel Renew with IPT
Israel – Premier Tech has renewed four of the team’s core riders with Guillaume Boivin signing on for the 2023 season and Mads Würtz Schmidt, Tom Van Asbroeck, and Rick Zabel all set to stay for another two years.

When putting together the 2023 roster, it was an easy decision to re-sign some of the team’s most experienced support riders who are also capable of winning, says IPT General Manager Kjell Carlström.

“We are happy to announce that Guillaume Boivin, Mads Würtz Schmidt, Tom Van Asbroeck, and Rick Zabel will stay with IPT for the next one to two seasons. Guillaume, Mads, Tom, and Rick have all proved themselves to be good teammates, riding in support of our leaders, but also capable of taking an opportunity for themselves. They have contributed to key moments in the team’s history and we are looking forward to seeing them continue with IPT,” explains Carlström.

Although the 2022 season has been a challenging one, Van Asbroeck and Boivin put in standout performances at the 2021 Paris – Roubaix, battling the epic conditions to finish in eighth and ninth place respectively and cement themselves as some of IPT’s most experienced Classics riders.

Similarly, 2021 was a breakthrough year for Würtz Schmidt who won the Danish road race championships and sprinted to his first WorldTour win at Tirreno – Adriatico. While Zabel has proved his consistency as the team’s top sprint lead-out rider, and this year wore the first KOM jersey at the Giro d’Italia.

Boivin, Van Asbroeck, Würtz Schmidt, and Zabel join Daryl Impey and Simon Clarke, who will also remain in IPT colours in 2023.

Guillaume Boivin, 33, Canada
With IPT since 2016
“I am super happy to come back with Israel ­­– Premier Tech for another year. I have been on the team since 2016 so this really feels like home and it never crossed my mind to go anywhere else. I am really thankful to the team for keeping me onboard even though it has been a bit of a difficult season health-wise this year. To still have their trust and confidence means a lot to me. I’m looking forward to repaying them next year and be healthy and strong for the cobbled classics. I missed out on pretty much all of them this year so I am really looking forward to that and also to do some good work with Woodsy. It makes me really happy to help a good friend in some of the hilly races as well.”

Tom Van Asbroeck, 32, Belgium
With IPT since 2019
“I’m super happy to re-sign for Israel – Premier Tech. This team felt like a family already from the first year I joined, so this made my choice even easier. Unfortunately, we had some bad luck this season, but the only thing I can say is “Rome wasn’t built in one day” and I still believe in the potential this team has. What is great will eventually shine!
The goals for the next years are what they’ve always been: fighting for victories in the biggest races against the best teams in the world.”

Mads Würtz Schmidt, 28, Denmark
With IPT since 2020
“I’m happy to be staying with the team. For me personally, it has been a great team and I am happy to be in this environment. The team approached me really early about staying which I was very happy with, especially as this year has been a really difficult year for me on many levels. But, the team has only shown me support and given me the time needed to get back so the team really proved to be a good place for me to be. So I am super happy to stay. I just have one goal for next year and that’s just to be better than this year. I want to do good races next year and get back to the level I know I can have. I will work really hard this winter to make sure I am in good shape for the start of the season.”

Rick Zabel, 28, Germany
With IPT since 2020
“I am happy to sign on for another two years with Israel ­ – Premier Tech. It is a team where I feel at home and have made a lot of good friends over the last years so it was a natural decision to stay. I think everyone knows that this has been a difficult year for us but we are all motivated to come back stronger next year and I hope to be at my best level possible. For me, my primary objective is to play a key role in the sprint train and be the best teammate possible, and if there is ever an opportunity to try something myself, I will go for it.”

 


Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl to Giro dell’Emilia
Our squad will look to be again in the mix after finishing on the podium at the past two editions.

Only seven races left for the Wolfpack this season, and the first of these October appointments will be the Giro dell’Emilia, which once again is set to take the peloton on a hard circuit built around the spectacular but tough San Luca climb. Lying not far from Bologna, the 2.1km hill – which featured also at the Giro d’Italia in the past – averages 10% and promises to create a selection long before the final time up there, when the 105th edition will most likely be decided.

Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl, who tops the team victory classification with 46 wins brought by twelve different riders, will go there with a strong team comprising two-time World Champion Julian Alaphilippe – who will be at the start of the Giro dell’Emilia for the first time in his career – Tim Declercq, Dries Devenyns, James Knox, Ilan Van Wilder, Mauri Vansevenant and Louis Vervaeke.

“We have a solid and very motivated team for Saturday. We did well here in the past and we hope for another good outing this weekend. Julian comes from Australia and is very determined for these final weeks of the season, but we also have other guys who can get a nice result at the end of the day, so we’re confident and will do our best out there”, said sports director Davide Bramati.

01.10 Giro dell’Emilia (ITA) 1.Pro
Riders:

Julian Alaphilippe (FRA)
Tim Declercq (BEL)
Dries Devenyns (BEL)
James Knox (GBR)
Ilan Van Wilder (BEL)
Mauri Vansevenant (BEL)
Louis Vervaeke (BEL).
Sports Director: Davide Bramati (ITA).

Alaphilippe will be riding the Giro dell’Emilia, but not in that jersey:

 


UAE Team Emirates for Coppa Agostoni & Giro dell’Emilia
Pogačar to lead squad at Giro dell’Emilia

After a two week racing hiatus during the World Championships in Australia, UAE Team Emirates are back to competition and will set their sights on two upcoming races in Italy: the Coppa Agostoni (29 Sept) followed by the Giro dell’Emilia (1 Oct).

At Coppa Agostoni the team will look to the experience of Diego Ulissi as well as the in-form Marc Hirschi who claimed victory at the Giro Della Toscana earlier this month.

Tadej Pogačar leads the line on Saturday for the Giro dell’Emilia, with the Slovenian also showing late-season form with recent victory at the GP Montreal in Canada.

Pogačar: “Last year was my first time doing this Italian block of races and it’s a period I really enjoyed. To win in Lombardia was the perfect end to the season and we are motivated to go back and try to repeat that. The Giro dell’Emilia is a hard circuit race and an exciting one for the fans. I’ve been taking it easy since getting back home from Australia so we’ll see how the form is for Saturday. I’m looking forward to a good build-up to Lombardia, which is sure to be a special race to finish the year.”

The teams will be overseen by Sports Directors Fabio Baldato (Ita) and Marco Marzano (Ita).

Coppa Agostoni – Giro delle Brianze [1.1] – 29-Sep-2022:
George Bennett (NZ)
Alessandro Covi (Ita)
Davide Formolo (Ita)
Marc Hirschi (Swi)
Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor)
Arthur Kluckers (Lux)
Diego Ulissi (Ita)

Giro dell’Emilia [1.Pro] – 01-Oct-2022:
George Bennett (NZ)
Alessandro Covi (Ita)
Davide Formolo (Ita)
Marc Hirschi (Swi)
Rafal Majka (Pol)
Tadej Pogačar (Slo)
Marc Soler (Spa)

 


Yates Returns to the Fold as Team BikeExchange-Jayco Line-up Ready to Attack End of Season One-day Italian Races
Multiple Grand Tour podium finisher Simon Yates will return to racing tomorrow at Coppa Agostoni, as he joins his Team BikeExchange-Jayco team-mates in Italy, for an intense week of one-day racing building up to Il Lombardia.

Yates, who was forced to abandon the Vuelta due to COVID-19, has since recovered and is motivated for results in races that suit his characteristics. With multiple races coming one after the other, the team line-up will switch and change, as the Australian outfit field key players for each and every race.

For the hiller days, Yates will be the leader, with the likes of climbers Kevin Colleoni, Damien Howson and Lucas Hamilton around him for support. For the flatter potential sprint days, recent La Vuelta stage winner Kaden Groves will lead, with fast-man Dion Smith and powerhouses in Lawson Craddock, Chris Juul-Jensen and local Italian Matteo Sobrero by his side to assist.

Northern Italy will host these end-of-season races, with five races coming in one week starting tomorrow, Thursday 29th with the classic Coppa Agostoni; a very challenging course with little flat.

On Saturday, 1st October, the steep climb that leads to San Luca, the sanctuary that dominates Bologna, will decide the winner of the Giro dell’Emilia, before the following day’s Bernocchi Cup, typically a day for the sprinters.

The climbs then return for Tre Valli Varesine and as an appetiser for Il Lombardia (8th October), the Gran Piemonte takes place on October 6th with an arrival of a small bunch sprint likely.

Team BikeExchange-Jayco for Coppa Agostoni:
Kevin Colleoni (ITA)
Lawson Craddock (USA)
Tsgabu Grmay (ETH)
Damien Howson (AUS)
Tanel Kangert (EST)
Dion Smith (NZL)
Simon Yates (GBR)

Team BikeExchange-Jayco for Giro dell’Emilia:
Kevin Colleoni (ITA)
Davide De Pretto (ITA) *Stagiaire
Tsgabu Grmay (ETH)
Lucas Hamilton (AUS)
Damien Howson (AUS)
Jan Maas (NED)
Simon Yates (GBR)

Team BikeExchange-Jayco for Coppa Bernocchi:
Alexander Balmer (SUI)
Lawson Craddock (USA)
Kaden Groves (AUS)
Chris Juul-Jensen (DEN)
Tanel Kangert (EST)
Dion Smith (NZL)
Matteo Sobrero (ITA)

Team BikeExchange-Jayco for Tre Valli Varesine:
Kevin Colleoni (ITA)
Davide De Pretto (ITA)
Lucas Hamilton (AUS)
Damien Howson (AUS)
Chris Juul-Jensen (DEN)
Nick Schultz (AUS)
Simon Yates (GBR)

Team BikeExchange-Jayco for Gran Piemonte:
Alexander Balmer (SUI)
Lawson Craddock (USA)
Chris Juul-Jensen (DEN)
Luka Mezgec (SLO)
Kaden Groves (AUS)
Nick Schultz (AUS)
Matteo Sobrero (ITA)

Kevin Colleoni: “I ram ready for these final races of the season, home races for me in Italy. I think I have good condition and I’m aiming for a result, especially at the Coppa Agostoni which takes place on the roads where I train very often. In the next two races, Emilia and Tre Valli Varesine, I will work for the team and for our captain Simon Yates”.

Kaden Groves: “I am excited to race again in Italy. We have a strong versatile squad and I’m interested to see how my shape has improved after finishing my first Grand Tour a few weeks ago, La Vuelta. I am feeling good and want to finish the season strong.”

David McPartland – Sport Director: “We head into these races in Italy with really well balanced teams. We have Simon Yates coming back in to the peloton, we have a stagiaire joining us, Davide De Pretto, and in general a really motivated squad ready for this final part of the season. It will be a very intense week with five one-day races and motivation will very important at this time of the year. Coppa Agostoni, Giro dell’Emilia and Tre Valli Varesine they are all very selective races while Coppa Bernocchi is more for sprinters and we will have Kaden Groves for that. We have options for every single race that we are starting, all the way up to Lombardia and so we are really looking forward to finishing off the season on a high with nice results.”

Race Details:
Coppa Agostoni Race Details:

Thursday, 29th September, Lissone – Lissone, 193km

Giro dell’Emilia Race Details:
Saturday, 1st October, Carpi – Bologna, 198km

Coppa Bernocchi Race Details:
Monday, 3rd October, San Giorgio su Legnano – Legnano, 190km

Tre Valli Varesine Race Details:
Tuesday, 4th October, Busto Arsizio – Varese, 196km

Gran Piemonte Race Details:
Thursday, 6th October, Omegna – Beinasco, 198km

Yates back for the end of the season:

 


Il Lombardia 2022: One Race, Three Monuments
In the last Classic Monument of the season, taking place on 8 October, both Vincenzo Nibali and Alejandro Valverde will end their careers.

“For me it will be a great thrill and a great honour to close in Il Lombardia which is one of the races that I have loved most in my career,” said the Squalo dello Stretto.

“Italy is a country that I have always loved and where I have always liked to race and finish with competitive cycling in Lombardy, it gives me immense pleasure,” the words of Valverde.

The 253km route will depart from Bergamo and finish in Como. The last 60km features a sequence of climbs passing through Ghisallo, San Fermo della Battaglia, Civiglio, and again through San Fermo, before the finish line on the Como lakefront.

This year will see a very special edition of Il Lombardia presented by Eolo taking place on Saturday 8 October. The 253km route will start in Bergamo and finish in Como, and sees Vincenzo Nibali and Alejandro Valverde, two great champions who have made the history of cycling, close the career in the last Monument Classic of the season.

The Route of Il Lombardia Presented by EOLO

Departing from Bergamo, the riders head toward Val Seriana for a short flat stretch before tackling a series of climbs in the Pre-Alps around the city. They will then climb the Forcellino di Bianzano (Valle Rossa), the ascent of Ganda, the Passo della Crocetta in Dossena, the Forcella di Bura and Colle di Berbenno. A short flat section will bring the riders to the area of ​​Lake Como, and then ascend from Lecco to reach Bellagio, where they meet the classic climb of Ghisallo. Here, a climb with gradients up to 14% on a wide road with several hairpin bends. A very fast descent follows over long straights and ends in Maglio. As the riders reach Como, the race will cover a final circuit of 22km. After passing the city centre of Como they face climbing through San Fermo della Battaglia for the first time (397m), then descend into Como before crossing the finish line for the first time. About a kilometre later the tough climb towards Civiglio (614m) will begin with slopes averaging around 10%, before going back through Como to climb San Fermo della Battaglia for a second time.

Last km
The last 10km is inside the town of Como, following wide avenues up to a railway underpass where the climb of San Fermo della Battaglia begins. The slope is around 7% (max 10%) with a narrow carriageway and rough road surface. Around 5km from the finish, several hairpins feature before the top of the climb. The descent on wide, well-paved road meets two well-lit tunnels and two large roundabouts, and ends at the final kilometre. At 600m from the finish, there is a last wide turn to the left.

The Teams
25 teams, 18 UCI World Teams and 7 UCI Pro Teams, with 7 riders each

AG2R CITROEN TEAM
ASTANA QAZAQSTAN TEAM
BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS
BORA – HANSGROHE
COFIDIS
EF EDUCATION – EASYPOST
GROUPAMA – FDJ
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

ALPECIN-DECEUNINCK
BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE
CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA
DRONE HOPPER – ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI
EOLO-KOMETA CYCLING TEAM
TEAM ARKEA – SAMSIC
TOTALENERGIES.


Giorgia Gandossi, Mauro Vegni, Vincenzo Nibali, Alessandro Rapinese, Alessandra Locatelli

Vincenzo Nibali, winner of Il Lombardia in 2015 and 2017: “For me it will be a great emotion and a great honour to close my career at Il Lombardia which is one of the races I have loved the most. I remember the victories of Bettini and Cunego in my first years as a pro and I dreamed one day of conquering this Monument. I have already succeeded twice and on Saturday 8th I will try again in what will be my last race. I came out well from La Vuelta and I have good sensations.”

Mauro Vegni, Director Area Ciclismo RCS Sport: “The last Monument Classic of the season this year is a bit more special than usual. It will in fact be the last time that two great riders like Vincenzo Nibali, who won this race in 2015 and 2017, and Alejandro Valverde, will place a bib on their back. We are honoured that two great champions like Vincenzo and Alejandro have chosen Il Lombardia to end their incredible careers. From a technical point of view we propose the alternation between the two cities of Bergamo, where this year the race will be kicked off, and Como, which will host the finish. A route characterised by many climbs already in the first part with the Prealps around the city of Bergamo: the Forcellino di Bianzano (Red Valley), the Ganda climb, the Passo della Crocetta in Dossena, the Forcella of Bura and the Colle di Berbenno. Then, after a short flat, here is the explosive finale: in the last 60km the riders will have to face the climbs of the Madonna del Ghisallo, San Fermo della Battaglia, Civiglio and a second pass on San Fermo before arriving in Como.”

Giorgio Gori, Mayor of Bergamo: “Il Lombardia has always had a very special charm on me, as I use to cycle around the city. I love the romanticism of the definition “Classic of Dead Leaves” and the fact that this race actually closes the season of professional cycling so close to my home. The fact is that I cannot hide all my affection and enthusiasm while I talk about Il Lombardia. Also for this reason I am proud of the fact that for 8 years, practically since I have been Mayor of Bergamo, the race has always started or finished in my city: proud to be able to show my wonderful Bergamo to the “Giro” caravan and to the many fans at home, but also because ours has always been a land of great cycling. Il Lombardia brings down the curtain on the 2022 season, but we are already working on next year: it will in fact be a great 2023 for Bergamo and for cycling, with Bergamo protagonist of a busy calendar – which from the Giro d’Italia will wind up until Il Lombardia – on the occasion of the Italian Capital of Culture 2023.”

Alessandro Rapinese, Mayor of Como: “On Saturday 8 October 2022 the city of Como will welcome the arrival of Il Lombardia. It will be an important occasion to celebrate Sport, a sign of rebirth and return to normal after two years marked by the pandemic. Many realities of the area are involved in the preparation and implementation of this high-level sporting event, which the Municipality of Como gives its patronage. “Il Lombardia” is every year an opportunity to show the world – through the images that are shared by the media – the scenic, artistic and naturalistic beauties of Italy, the Lake and our Como. It will be a day dedicated to sporting passion, a moment of common life and celebration.”

Antonio Rossi, Undersecretary to the Presidency for Sport, 2026 Olympics and Events of the Regione Lombardia: “It is always a pleasure to watch races in our areas, which have a deep love for cycling and a deep-rooted cycling culture. Lombardy is preparing for the edition which will take place on the 8th of October. The race has always meant spectacle and warmth of the people. Our region is a land of sport, of passion, of athletes who can’t wait to compete. A path that from Bergamo to Lake Como will make you discover the beauties of our Lombardy. I think about how far we have come from the first edition to today. It will take huge talent to win and all the cyclists who participate in Lombardy are well aware of this, where the show is guaranteed. I hope that the largest number of citizens and fans who love this sport can come to watch the race. The organisers have worked to ensure that the race can be held in the best possible conditions for both spectators and riders. I am happy to be able to greet the participants of the 2022 edition. I hope that this event offers, as every year, opportunities, joy and enthusiasm, involving citizens and lovers of two wheels, continuing to be a positive example for all those who love it. sport and its values.”

Tadej Pogačar, winner of Il Lombardia 2021:

 


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