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The toughest stages of the 2022 are behind us and Remco Evenepoel is still in the lead, but can he go all the way to Madrid? All the reports, results and videos from Spain, plus the Simac Ladies Tour and the AJ Bell Tour of Britain. Patrick Lefevere and Alexander Vinokourov talk about their Vueltas – TOP STORY. Rider news: Wout Poels extends with Bahrain Victorious and Loe van Belle turns pro with Jumbo-Visma. Team news: DSM extend with Megan Jastrab and Esmée Peperkamp, Movistar sign Liane Lippert, Mischa Bredewold and Femke Markus to SD Worx. Race news: Bremen 6 Days canceled until 2024 and BikeExchange-Jayco to Maryland, Quebec and Montreal Classics. Monday coffee time.

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TOP STORY: Patrick Lefevere and Alexander Vinokourov Talk of Their Different Vueltas
Patrick Lefevere Isn’t Counting His Chickens Just Yet
Patrick Lefevere wrote in his weekly column for Het Nieuwbslad that his rider, Remco Evenepoel, is far from being the winner of this Vuelta. “Remco is doing great, but we’re still not going to sell the bear’s skin. I honestly hold my breath for everything that will happen in the next week in the race and beyond.”

“In Belgium I see the first symptoms of the ‘hype’ reappear: interviews with the grandparents, great stories about the cherry drink he drinks after the finish. I fear an exodus of Belgian journalists to Spain. The typical questions start to come to me as well. Can he also become World champion this year? Will he ride the Tour next year? For the record: I don’t know and if it depends on me not yet, no. But no one is looking that far ahead right now. Day by day, we will keep repeating it until Madrid.”

Covid could also throw a spanner in the works. The team boss hopes to have taken the right measures against it: “A positive test from Remco is now the big doom scenario. We do everything we can to prevent that. After Pieter Serry’s positive test, we let roommate Rémi Cavagna eat alone for four days in a row. Since then, all riders also sleep separately in the room, which they usually find annoying too.”

“Respect for the way Remco is currently dealing with all the media obligations associated with the red jersey,” he concluded. “He takes his time, answers all questions in a relaxed manner. Very different from last year’s Giro, but at the moment he is also ten times better in his own skin.”

Will we see Evenepoel and Lefevere in tears in Madrid?
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Alexander Vinokourov on a Disappointing Astana
Alexander Vinokourov is positive about his Astana Qazaqstan. Despite the lesser results, the Kazakh team boss thinks he can turn the tide. “I’m going to try to turn the squad around with the resources we have. The problem is that there is little space, many riders are still under contract next year.”

“We are looking for climbers and young sprinters who can pull off their plan without a train,” Vinokourov told Het Nieuwsblad. “I already have a few ideas, at the end of the Vuelta we will make the decision. We are also looking for young riders. In the Tour of the Future I followed many young talents, but it is difficult to get someone there. Today, juniors already work with managers. For next season I have a maximum of five or six places, so I can’t make a mistake.”

The fact that Vinokourov is now so concerned with the future of his team is also because Astana Qazaqstan has some financial security again. After the loss of co-sponsor Premier Tech, Astana Motors and Samruk-Kazyna, two Kazakh companies, have joined the team. “We are good for three years. Of course, when you talk about global budgets, it’s hard to compete with INEOS, UAE and Jumbo-Visma. You need 30 million for that and we are far from that. Our budget is 20 million, that’s no secret.”

The former professional cyclist is also very happy about this Vuelta. Although there are only eight stages left and leader Miguel Ángel López is seventh on the general classification, the Kazakh is still aiming for two stage wins and a top-5 ranking. “That would be wonderful. And why not a podium?”

Vinokourov has his eyes on the Vuelta podium:

 

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Vuelta a España 2022
After a rough start of la Vuelta’22, Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) took the win on Stage 12, a mountain showdown with a summit finish at Peñas Blancas. The Olympic champion dropped his breakaway companions inside the last 2km to claim victory ahead of Wilco Kelderman (BORA-hansgrohe) and Marc Soler (UAE Team Emirates). He is the first Ecuadorian rider to win a stage of the Vuelta a España. After a crash during the stage, Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) controlled his rivals on the final ascent and sprinted to the line ahead of all the GC contenders.

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147 riders start from Salobreña, without Santiago Buitrago (Bahrain Victorious), Boy van Poppel (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) and Callum Scotson (BikeExchange-Jayco).

The start on the flat, ahead of a spectacular climbing showdown, inspires attackers. It takes some 50km of battles for a group of 32 riders to break away: Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma), Champoussin (AG2R Citroen), Battistella & Lutsenko (Astana Qazaqstan), Zambanini (Bahrain Victorious), Fabbro & Kelderman (BORA-hansgrohe), Caicedo & Shaw (EF Education-EasyPost), Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers), Bakelants (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert), Bevin, Goldstein & Hagen (Israel-Premier Tech), Oliveira & Rojas (Movistar), Vervaeke (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl), Craddock (BikeExchange-Jayco), Brenner & Hvideberg (DSM), Tiberi (Trek-Segafredo), Soler, Oliveira & Polanc (UAE Team Emirates), Taminiaux, Vermeersch & Vine (Alpecin-Deceuninck), Diaz Gallego (Burgos-BH), Canal & Iturria (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Gesbert & Owsian (Arkea-Samsic).

The gap was stable at around 3 minutes, until it suddenly rose in the last 100km. With 66km to go, Battistella opened up the battle at the front. The Italian youngster had a lead of 1 minute on his chasers until Alpecin-Deceuninck and UAE Team Emirates riders worked together to bring him back with 42km to go. At the same moment, Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) went down on a bend. The young Belgian rider quickly got back on his feet and the pace in the peloton dropped to let him return with his teammates Devenyns, Van Wilder and Masnada. The gap to the breakaway almost reached 12 minutes. The Wolfpack up the speed towards the final climb of Peñas Blancs (19km at 6.7%). At the bottom, the gap was down to 9:45. Fabbro set the pace in the break while Jumbo-Visma and Movistar try to put some pressure on Evenepoel.

The breakaway gradually slimed down, until Elie Gesbert attacked inside the last 5km. Jan Polanc tried to counter with 4km to go. Gesbert went again a few moments later. But Richard Carapaz struck the final blow 2km from the summit to take the victory ahead of Wilco Kelderman and Marc Soler. In the GC group, Enric Mas (Movistar) had a dig with 6km to go. But Remco Evenepoel was up to the challenge. The Belgian star upped the pace towards the summit and only Mas, Primoz Roglič and Juan Ayuso could follow him all the way to the line.

# You can see more race photos in the ‘PEZ Stage 12 Report’ HERE. #

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Stage winner, Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers): “To be honest, I feel happiness, because we came here with a goal and the circumstances weren’t in our favour. We had the focus now on trying to win a stage, and I’m really happy with that. Bora were doing almost all the work and I waited for the last moment. I know, at 2km for the finish, that the last 8 kilometres were so hard, and very regular. I knew I had one move left and I made the most out of it. I’m very happy. Mostly because the feelings I hoped for from the start are back. I have to enjoy it. I knew I wasn’t coming with the best condition after crashing at home. When we arrived in Spain after the Netherlands, we hit the mountains and it was a bit complicated for me. I moved on mentally to focus on a stage win. I knew I could do it in La Vuelta. Other years, I came 2nd, 3rd… It’s the first time, so I’m moved. There are still many stages to keep trying. We have to make the most of our current level.”

Overall leader and Best Young Rider, Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl): “Everything looks to be fine after that tumble. It was a very slippery corner and I think the motorbikes were also slipping and slowing down a bit, that’s why I wanted to cut the corner, but it was a bit too much”, the Belgian said before the podium ceremony, where he collected both the red and the white jerseys. “I felt good on the climb and went with my plan, which was to follow the others. I did that and it’s the most important thing at the end of the day. The team was once again great and I want to thank them for the amount of work they put it. Now I’ll try to recover and continue with our plan, which is to take it stage by stage.”

2nd on the stage and 6th overall, Wilco Kelderman (BORA-hansgrohe): “We wanted to get into the breakaway today, but it took a long time until the peloton let us go. In the end, we were represented by Matteo and me. Our goal was obviously to take the stage win today. Matteo did an excellent job in the breakaway, and particularly on the climb. In terms of strategy, usually a long climb like this suits me pretty well. I think what we did was prefect. We tried to set a high tempo and drop the other riders. It was working really well but ultimately Carapaz was just that extra bit too strong, but we know we did our all today.”

3rd on the stage, Marc Soler (UAE Team Emirates): “I’m happy with my condition but disappointed not to be able to win again, Carapaz was just too strong today. We have a very good team here with interest also in the GC through Ayuso and Almeida so we’re excited for the next part of the race.”

KOM, Jay Vine (Alpecin-Deceuninck): “I don’t know what happened there. It was extraordinarily good watts all day and in the end I just didn’t have it today. That happens sometimes. It was a lot of energy and I didn’t score any KOM points. Hats off to the team, they did everything perfectly. If it was a computer game, it would have all been perfect up until 5km to go but it’s not a computer game. Unfortunately I didn’t have it in the end but I can’t fault anyone else but myself.”

Louis Meintjes (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux): “The first week of the Vuelta was very intense and this is something you can notice in the peloton. After a rather calm day yesterday, a large breakaway received a big bonus today. Several riders in this leading group passed me in the provisional classification, so I lost three positions. On the final climb I mainly focused on my own effort, trying to get the best out of it without exploding. Rein Taaramäe stayed by my side the whole time. He is impressive on the climbs, I’m convinced that he can repeat his performance of Colláu Fancuaya, or maybe even win like I did last Sunday. I think that today’s scenario will be produced several times in the next ten days, so I hope that Rein can join the breakaway on Saturday or on Sunday, the next two mountain top finishes.”

Vuelta a España Stage 12 Result:
1. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) INEOS Grenadiers in 4:38:26
2. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) BORA-hansgrohe at 0:09
3. Marc Soler (Spa) UAE Team Emirates at 0:24
4. Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates at 0:26
5. Marco Brenner (Ger) DSM at 0:34
6. Élie Gesbert (Fra) Arkéa Samsic at 0:56
7. Jay Vine (Aus) Alpecin-Deceuninck at 1:12
8. Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) Israel-Premier Tech at 1:23
9. James Shaw (GB) EF Education-EasyPost at 3:04
10. Matteo Fabbro (Ita) BORA-hansgrohe at 3:17.

Vuelta a España Overall After Stage 12:
1. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl in 44:25:09
2. Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma at 2:41
3. Enric Mas (Spa) Movistar at 3:03
4. Carlos Rodríguez (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers at 4:06
5. Juan Ayuso (Spa) UAE Team Emirates at 4:53
6. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) BORA-hansgrohe at 6:28
7. Miguel Ángel López (Col) Astana Qazaqstan at 6:56
8. João Almeida (Por) UAE Team Emirates at 7:18
9. Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates at 8:00
10. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 8:05.

Vuelta’22 stage 12:

 

After three 2nd places in the early stages of the 2022 Vuelta, Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) powered to the win on Stage 13. The Danish 2019 World champion made the most of the uphill finish in Montilla to beat Bryan Coquard (Cofidis) and Pascal Ackermann (UAE Team Emirates) after the peloton controlled a three-man breakaway on the roads of Andalusia. This is Pedersen’s first victory in the Spanish Grand Tour, a month and a half after he opened up his three-week-event tally in the Tour de France. On the day after his crash towards Peñas Blancas, Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) finished the stage safely in the main peloton.

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Stage 13 was a flatter one for the sprinters or the baroudeurs to battle for victory in Montilla. The finish was uphill with a final straight of 300m at 5%. The start was in Ronda.

Three attackers escaped in the first kilometre of the stage: Julius van den Berg (EF Education-EasyPost), Ander Okamika (Burgos-BH) and Joan Bou (Euskatel-Euskadi). Mads Pedersen’s Trek-Segafredo, Kaden Groves’ BikeExchange-Jayco and Bryan Coquard’s Cofidis were quick to take control of the bunch. The gap never got higher than 3:20. Into the last 50km, Tim Merlier’s Alpecin-Deceuninck and Danny van Poppel’s BORA-hansgrohe also join the chase. The peloton started the last 30km with a gap of 1:09.

Van den Berg was the first attacker to be caught, just after the intermediate sprint (14.4km to go). Okamika and Bou were eventually reeled in with 9.5km to go. In Montilla, Pascal Ackermann (UAE Team Emirates) opened up the sprint with 500m to go. Pedersen was quick to react and passed the German sprinter. It was too late for Coquard to get near the Dane despite a strong effort.

# You can see more race photos ‘PEZ Stage 13 Report’ HERE. #

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Stage winner, Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo): “This is super nice. We knew that this final was super good for me, and the boys were super focused all day. I am just happy that I could finally get the win and give back the boys something back for all the work they did so far – it’s really nice for all of us. This morning we had a plan and the whole team was super committed. We put pressure on the whole team today, and in the end, I had to deliver. A bit of pressure is always good, and it can give you an extra 10% in a finale like this. I like pressure like this, and I like to give the guys back what they were working for. Alex (Kirsch) delivered me in the last corner, so there was still 800m to go, so it was perfect that Jumbo-Visma made a good hard tempo and that Pascal Ackerman jumped early. It meant I could jump with him. It was a long, long sprint – a full sprint, so a 330m sprint today. I don’t care about the 2nd places, we came here for a stage win and now we have one. It’s just nice to win, after all the work, not only from myself but from everyone. I am just super happy that I could finally give the whole team, not only riders but also the staff, this victory. Whether it’s 1 centimetre or 50 meters, it doesn’t matter. A win is a win. It’s super nice to have a comfortable lead in the jersey, but it still would have been nice to have Sam (Bennett) here to keep fighting for the jersey. We have the victory we wanted and maybe now we put a bit more focus on winning green. I think we have a few more stages that fit me well, and this should help keep the jersey as well.”

Overall leader and Best Young Rider, Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl): “It’s been a hot day and nervous at times in the peloton, but overall, a good stage for us, and I am proud to continue wearing this jersey, one of the most beautiful in cycling. Now I will try to recover as best as possible and be ready for the hard weekend that we have ahead. The heat and the fatigue could play a role, but our goal remains keeping the red jersey and my advantage in the general classification. I think there will be attacks, and the plan is to do my best to defend the jersey in the hard mountains of Saturday and Sunday.”

2nd on the stage, Bryan Coquard (Cofidis): “Maybe I’ll stay. There is still a sprint chance on Tuesday. Of course there are fewer points to be earned in the Vuelta than in, for example, a number of French (one-day) races in which I often do well. This year I earned more UCI points by winning a stage in Bessèges than by finishing second in a stage in the Tour de Suisse. The fact remains: we haven’t made a decision yet and we are still discussing with each other. He (Mads Pedersen) is perhaps the best rider in this Vuelta. Everyone talks about Evenepoel, but Pedersen is really, really good. I myself still managed to make up a lot of places in the last meters, but I made a mistake by not being on Pedersen’s wheel.”

3rd on the stage, Pascal Ackermann (UAE Team Emirates): “The team did a great job today to accompany me and put me in position before the final. I saw the 500 sign and I thought after the last corner there was a short distance to the finish line and so I took off. When I got out of the curve, I saw that there were still 300 meters left and I then realised I started too early. Too bad because the legs are there, I hope to make up for it.”

5th on the stage, Danny van Poppel (BORA-hansgrohe): “The finish was much harder than we had anticipated. I think quite a lot of riders actually underestimated how steep the finale would be. On those inclines, I didn’t quite have the punch that was necessary to take the win. When Ackermann and Pedersen were out front, I saw that the finish line was still slightly further away, so I waited a bit, but they were already too far ahead. I tried my best, but it wasn’t my day in the end.”

KOM, Jay Vine (Alpecin-Deceuninck): “Everyone is tired. I’m still putting out PBs [personal best]. Whether I can take it everyday is another question. It has been pretty flat out so we’ll see what happens. That’s also a reason why I haven’t gone for GC because I really don’t know how my body would react. This is my second Grand Tour. I guess it was just a bad day [on Peñas Blancas]. I spoke to my coach about the numbers going up the climb. I think I just went out of my comfort zone when Polanc attacked. Kudos to Carapaz, he played it really smart all day. There’s a reason why he’s been on the podium of multiple Grand Tours. This week-end, we’ll have to see if I go all in on Sunday, which will be from the GC group, I’m pretty confident, or if we spread my legs across both days.”

Vuelta a España Stage 13 Result:
1. Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo in 3:46:01
2. Bryan Coquard (Fra) Cofidis
3. Pascal Ackermann (Ger) UAE Team Emirates
4. Fred Wright (GB) Bahrain-Victorious
5. Danny van Poppel (Ned) BORA-hansgrohe
6. Quentin Pacher (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
7. Jesús Ezquerra (Spa) Burgos-BH
8. Maxim Van Gils (Bel) Lotto Soudal
9. Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma
10. Urko Berrade (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma.

Vuelta a España Overall After Stage 13:
1. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl in 48:11:10
2. Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma at 2:41
3. Enric Mas (Spa) Movistar at 3:03
4. Carlos Rodríguez (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers at 4:06
5. Juan Ayuso (Spa) UAE Team Emirates at 4:53
6. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) BORA-hansgrohe at 6:28
7. Miguel Ángel López (Col) Astana Qazaqstan at 6:56
8. João Almeida (Por) UAE Team Emirates at 7:18
9. Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates at 8:00
10. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 8:05.

Vuelta’22 stage 13:

 

The iconic slopes of Sierra de La Pandera led to a brutal showdown that saw Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) take another stage win, two days after he tamed Peñas Blancas, while Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) successfully attacked Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl). The Ecuadorian climber was the only rider from the break who managed to stay ahead of Miguel Angel López (Astana-Qazaqstan), 2nd on the stage, and Roglič, who came 3rd and opened a gap of 48 seconds on Evenepoel at the line. This is the same difference that the Belgian youngster gained in the ITT. Evenepoel retained la Roja with a gap of 1:49 to Roglic and 2:43 to Enric Mas (Movistar), on the eve of another big mountain stage in Andalusia.

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Many riders are interested in the breakaway. Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Qazaqstan) is the first rider on the move. His move unleashes a flurry of attacks from Jay Vine (Alpecin-Deceuninck), Sergio Higuita (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) trying to break away…

The right move eventually goes after almost 70km of battles at 50km/h. Alexey Lutsenko (Astana Qazaqstan) and Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) open the first gap. Clément Champoussin (AG2R Citroën), Luis Leon Sanchez (Bahrain Victorious), Bruno Armirail (Groupama-FDJ), Filippo Conca (Lotto Soudal), Kenny Elissonde and Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) quickly join them at the front. Raul Garcia Pierna (Kern Pharma) and Marco Brenner (DSM) also bridge the gap to make it a 10 man break with 76km to go. Rémi Cavagna sets the pace for Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl to control the gap at around 4 minutes. Mads Pedersen was dropped from the breakaway as they face the final up Puerto de Los Villares (10.4km at 5.5%) and Sierra de la Pandera (8.4km at 7.8%). The peloton was at 3:30.

Alexey Lutsenko opened the battle inside the last 20km of the stage. Luis Leon Sanchez counter-attacked and went solo over the top. Richard Carapaz joined him with 10km to go. Champoussin joined them with 7km to go while the peloton, now led by Jumbo-Visma, trail by 2:20. Conca also bridges the gap with 5km to go. But the GC group only trail by 1:22 with Chris Harper (Jumbo-Visma) setting a strong pace. Primoz Roglič attacked 4km from the summit while Carapaz is solo at the front. Mas and López also accelerate, Evenepoel struggles. At the line, Carapaz maintains a gap of 8 seconds to López, who finished 2nd on La Pandera behind the early attacker, like he did in 2017 (Rafal Majka won the stage). Roglič was 3rd, 48 seconds ahead of Evenepoel.

# You can see more race photos in the ‘PEZ Stage 14 Report’ HERE. #

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Stage winner, Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers): “Today and the other day were two beautiful stages for me, for my palmarés and for the team, it’s something really special. So why not think about a third, that would be really special no. We still have some good stage opportunities ahead of us before we arrive in Madrid, so we’ll keep fighting. I was a bit afraid that if there had been another 200 metres that maybe Roglic would have passed me. But I heard on the radio them telling me that they were coming and that I needed to accelerate a bit more. So crossing that finish line was pretty special. I started the race with a different objective to what I have now, I had it real clear that I was here for the general classification but in the end it’s not going to happen and my teammates are much stronger. Then when we got to the mountains in Asturias it was clear that the plan was going to change a bit. We discussed that for me to win a stage was going to be really important. So we have focused on this and the team have really supported me and it’s special that we’ve made it, to have two victories in the Vuelta a España is really beautiful, it’s a big thing to achieve. It’s great for me, for the team, for my future, I’m a rider on a good level and to win this means a lot to me.”

Overall leader and 8th on the stage, Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl): “It wasn’t my best day, that’s for sure, and I suffered a bit as I didn’t have my best legs, but there’s no reason to panic. If this was my bad day, then I can be content with that. It’s important to recover for Sunday and try to defend myself on the tough summit finish that we have at the end of the stage. The last three kilometres of the climb were really steep, and the wind made it impossible to stay in the wheel, but I remained calm and kept fighting. I can’t say that I’m worried, because others lost time as well in the previous days, that’s how a Grand Tour works. The confidence remains at the same level and I’m ready to do my best on the last mountain stage before the rest day.”

2nd on the stage and 6th overall, Miguel Angel López (Astana Qazaqstan): “We could see him (Carapaz) in the last kilometre. Primoz and I went all out, but it was impossible to close those last seconds. I’m going well in the Vuelta a España. I hope I can continue this line. Second again.”

4th on the stage and 7th overall, João Almeida (UAE Team Emirates): “Today we raced full gas from start to finish. The team came together at the beginning of the day after we had a nervous moment with splits. In the end the legs were good and I managed a good result. Unfortunately Juan got caught up with a puncture on the last climb but he managed to save the situation. I think tomorrow is going to be a key stage. I trained in Sierra Nevada a lot this year so know the roads well and how hard they are.”

6th on the stage and 3rd overall, Enric Mas (Movistar): “On the steeper sections, Roglič was difficult to follow. I wanted to make a difference on that final climb. That’s why I went with Roglič. It is clear that he is recovering well, because if it is correct he has barely ridden after the Tour de France, he will probably only get better this Vuelta. Tomorrow promises to be another difficult day. I’m glad I took some time back on Evenepoel today and we’re going to make it a nice race.”

10th on the stage and 8th overall, Wilco Kelderman (BORA-hansgrohe): “The plan was to make it into the breakaway today. Sergio initially was able to do that, but then his group was brought back. Then we turned to our other plan, which was for me to try for a good result. The guys did as always a great job to help bring me to the final climb, and there I tried to follow my own rhythm. I realised that I don’t really have the best legs at the moment. But I’m still going to keep fighting, as there are a lot of stages still ahead of us.”

Rein Taaramäe (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux): “I’m very happy with my level in this Vuelta, I’m even convinced that I never climbed that well before. I did everything I could to join the breakaway, hoping to repeat my third place on the Colláu Fancuaya. I attacked countless times the past week, but most of the stages have a flat start which means that you also need to be lucky to become a part of it. These attacks in the beginning of the stage cost me quite some energy, nevertheless I stayed as long as possible alongside Louis Meintjes to protect him or to offer him anything he needs. We are fifth in the team classification after two weeks of racing, that’s why I’m very motivated to finish as good as possible in each stage. Four riders of the team are in the top 30 of the general classification, but also our fifth man Julius Johansen needs a special mention. His devotion and team spirit contribute largely to the performances of the climbers.”

Vuelta a España Stage 14 Result:
1. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) INEOS Grenadiers in 4:09:27
2. Miguel Ángel López (Col) Astana Qazaqstan at 0:08
3. Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma
4. João Almeida (Por) UAE Team Emirates at 0:27
5. Carlos Rodríguez (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:36
6. Enric Mas (Spa) Movistar
7. Thymen Arensman (Ned) DSM at 0:51
8. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl at 0:56
9. Juan Ayuso (Spa) UAE Team Emirates
10. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) BORA-hansgrohe at 1:24.

Vuelta a España Overall After Stage 14:
1. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl in 52:21:33
2. Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma at 1:49
3. Enric Mas (Spa) Movistar at 2:43
4. Carlos Rodríguez (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers at 3:46
5. Juan Ayuso (Spa) UAE Team Emirates at 4:53
6. Miguel Ángel López (Col) Astana Qazaqstan at 6:02
7. João Almeida (Por) UAE Team Emirates at 6:49
8. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) BORA-hansgrohe at 6:56
9. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 8:49
10. Ben O’Connor (Aus) AG2R Citroën at 9:12.

Vuelta’22 stage 14:

 

The highest summit finish of the 2022 Vuelta hosted a brutal showdown with an all out battle on the slopes of the Sierra Nevada. The young Dutchman Thymen Arensman (DSM) tamed the 22.3km long climb after he spent the whole stage on the attack. He was the only rider from the break who was able to hold off Enric Mas (Movistar), 2nd, and Miguel Angel López (Astana Qazaqstan), 3rd. Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) was under pressure early on the climb. He managed to retain the red jersey but he lost time to Mas, López, as well as Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma). Ahead of the final week, the Slovenian 3-time winner of La Vuelta trails by 1:34 and Mas follows at 2:01.

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On the eve of the final rest day of la Vuelta’22, the peloton wrapped up week 2 with a massive showdown on the slopes of the Sierra Nevada, with a summit finish at 2,512m altitude. 145 riders start from Martos to face the ‘Queen Stage’.

The battle for the break was on from the start, with Rohan Dennis among the first attackers. Primoz Roglič’s Australian teammate was very involved in making the break. A group of 29 riders eventually got away on the first climb of the day, the Cat.3 Puerto del Castillo (summit at 33.8km). Jumbo-Visma had another rider at the front, Sam Oomen. The group also contained two Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl riders; Fausto Masnada and Louis Vervaeke. Several stage winners of La Vuelta: Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers), Jay Vine (Alpecin-Deceuninck), Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) and Marc Soler (UAE Team Emirates). The winner of the Giro 2022, Jai Hindley (BORA-hansgrohe) and GC contenders such as DSM’s Thymen Arensman (11th at 9:14). Remco Evenepoel’s team was willing to let the gap increase. Ben O’Connor’s AG2R Citroën reacted when the gap hit 6:35 halfway through the stage. Lawson Craddock (BikeExchange-Jayco) went solo at the front. He faced the climb of the Cat.1 Alto del Purche (9.1km at 7.6%, 110.4km) with a gap of 1:15 to his chasers.

Jay Vine caught him just before the summit to tighten his stranglehold on the polka-dot jersey. More riders bridge across to make it a 12 man group towards the final ascent of the day. Meanwhile, Jumbo-Visma lifted the pace in the peloton. Marc Soler (UAE Team Emirates) went solo at the front just ahead of the climb of the Sierra Nevada (22.3km at 6.9%). The GC group exploded with more than 20km to go. Only Evenepoel, Roglič, Enric Mas (Movistar), Miguel Angel López (Astana Qazaqstan) and O’Connor stay together. Soler led the way into the last 10km, while Arensman set off in pursuit. Behind them, López attacked with 11km to go and gets together with David De la Cruz, who was part of the break. Mas also joined them.

Evenepoel had to chase while Arensman catches Soler and drops him in the last 7km. The young Dutchman was 1:25 ahead of Mas and López. Evenepoel controlled the gap to around 25 seconds but he can’t react when Roglič attacks just ahead of the final kilometre. Arensman resists until the line, 1:23 ahead of Mas. López finishes 2 seconds further down. Roglič follows with a gap of 1:44 and Evenepoel crosses the line 36 seconds after Mas. The stage is set for a nail biting final week to Madrid.

# You can see more race photos in the ‘PEZ Stage 15 Report’ HERE. #

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Stage winner and 8th overall, Thymen Arensman (DSM): “It’s unbelievable to win here on the queen stage atop Sierra Nevada,” expressed a jubilant Arensman. “In the beginning it was really hard and we knew it would be tough on the smaller roads like yesterday. The team was really committed to be in the front. Joris did a really good job, he was constantly with me in the front and I was just following the moves. It was a really hard pace so the break went by force and I made it in, which was perfect as we wanted to be in if it was a bigger group as it was a good day to be in the break. Compared to yesterday I felt like I was suffering on the steeper parts but in the end it turned out the others were suffering even more. I know that I like long efforts so the finish climb really suited us. When I got the gap over the chasing group and then to Soler, Matt [Winston, Team DSM coach] was just shouting in the radio giving me encouragement and motivation and I just went all-in. To then gain time on the GC guys behind is amazing. I’m just really happy with the victory.”

Overall leader, Best Young Rider and 10th on the stage, Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl): “This morning I felt the legs were better than on Saturday, so I remained calm and confident the entire time even as the others were pushing that furious pace at the bottom of the last ascent. It was the first time in my career that I finished at this altitude and I kept fighting and pushing when the others tried to make things difficult for me. Remaining calm and confident was important, and I can be content with how things went, as I didn’t lose too much time. Now it will be important to recover for the final week of the race and keep a fresh mindset for the remaining stages. My advantage is still a good one, the team continues to do an extraordinary work – you could see that again today – and we keep the same morale and motivation.”

2nd on the stage and 3rd overall, Enric Mas (Movistar): “López and I had different interests. I want to secure my place on the podium, he wants to get it. Maybe we both held back a bit because we thought the other had a little more power. I’m happy with today. At the start of the final climb I was too far after a crash, but I was able to move up slowly. Yesterday I didn’t divide my effort well, I wanted to close the gap too quickly. Today I did well and in the end I was able to break away from the favourites group. I have more confidence in myself. Our interests were different. I want to secure my place on the podium, he wants to get it. I’m having a good time and have more confidence in myself. However, we still notice the problems of a while ago, they do not disappear overnight.”

4th on the stage and KOM, Jay Vine (Alpecin-Deceuninck): “[Finishing 4th] is unexpected. I was suffering a bit after I went for the points. I had to bridge a pretty big gap to get back to Lawson [Craddock] there. And then the whole climb I was telling myself: ‘it’s just one more k, one more k…’ I’m used to the high altitude with Andorra but this is the highest I’ve ever been. It’s pretty phenomenal to finish behind those guys. It was so fun all day. [29 points in the KOM standings] is a big gap. And I think next week suits me a lot more. It was good to get a bit of a buffer today. I don’t think [Carapaz] was aiming for the points today, he wanted the stage.”

5th on the stage and 2nd overall, Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma): “In the end I am happy with the result. It is always better to gain seconds than to lose them. I didn’t feel so good today. I only got through a bit towards the end. Especially at the beginning of the climb I didn’t feel great, at the top it was already a lot better. I wanted to win the stage, that was the goal. However, I didn’t have the legs for that. It was a very tough climb. I’m looking forward to the third week, but it’s also nice that tomorrow is a rest day.”

6th on the stage, Ben O’Connor (AG2R Citroën): “I felt good. It suits me better when there are several climbs. We toughened up the race with the AG2R CITROËN TEAM, so that was even better for me. Thanks to the guys for all the work they did today. With the altitude, I wanted to manage my climb so that I never exceeded my limit. I wanted to stay on the wheel of Remco (Evenepoel) because it was not up to me to work. Primoz (Roglic) attacked in the final, it was hard to follow him; I gave my maximum. Congratulations to Arensman for his victory. We tried to close the gap to him but he did a great ride. I am still very satisfied with my day.”

7th on the stage and 4th overall, Juan Ayuso (UAE Team Emirates): “It was a very long climb at nearly 30km and also with altitude. I climbed at my own rhythm – and joined up with Joao, we rode together and thanks to that we were able to finish well-up on the classification today, not at the very front but very close. I’m racing day by day, every day my legs are hurting a little bit more but I’m happy where I am and it’s nice to be so close to the podium.”

8th on the stage and 10th overall, Jai Hindley (BORA-hansgrohe): “Today there could have been two scenarios: a day for the breakaway, or a big battle for the general classification. I knew it was a good opportunity to try to make it into the breakaway, especially with the long mountaintop finish at high altitude. These types of climbs normally suit me quite well, when I have good shape. It was good to be up front and fight for the win and giving it a good crack. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the legs that I’d have hoped for.”

9th on the stage, Louis Meintjes (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux): “It looks like I have a flair for joining the early breakaway in this Vuelta. Just like last week, I showed up in the front when the breakaway was formed. The leading group was big, so it wasn’t easy to maintain a good cooperation. As a consequence I had to work quite a lot together with the other GC contenders to maintain a decent gap to start the final climb. At the finish I managed to keep most of the GC riders behind me. I can be satisfied about my day, even though I was hoping for a second stage win. I am now eleventh in the provisional classification at only a handful of seconds from the top ten. I hope to keep the momentum to gain at least one position in the classification before Madrid. I’m still convinced that this is a big challenge, as all riders in front of me are serious contenders.”

Vuelta a España Stage 15 Result:
1. Thymen Arensman (Ned) DSM in 4:17:17
2. Enric Mas (Spa) Movistar at 1:23
3. Miguel Ángel López (Col) Astana Qazaqstan at 1:25
4. Jay Vine (Aus) Alpecin-Deceuninck at 1:30
5. Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma at 1:44
6. Ben O’Connor (Aus) AG2R Citroën
7. Juan Ayuso (Spa) UAE Team Emirates at 1:55
8. Jai Hindley (Aus) BORA-hansgrohe
9. Louis Meintjes (SA) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
10. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl at 1:59.

Vuelta a España Overall After Stage 15:
1. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl in 56:40:49
2. Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma at 1:34
3. Enric Mas (Spa) Movistar at 2:01
4. Juan Ayuso (Spa) UAE Team Emirates 4:49
5. Carlos Rodríguez (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers 5:16
6. Miguel Ángel López (Col) Astana Qazaqstan Team 5:24
7. João Almeida (Por) UAE Team Emirates 7:00
8. Thymen Arensman (Ned) DSM at 7:05
9. Ben O’Connor (Aus) AG2R Citroën at 8:57
10. Jai Hindley (Aus) BORA-hansgrohe at 11:36.

Vuelta’22 stage 15:

 

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Simac Ladies Tour 2022
Lorena Wiebes could have easily taken her third stage win in a row in the Simac Ladies Tour on Thursday, but the leader of DSM gave the victory to her teammate Charlotte Kool. Wiebes was the lead-out for Kool and managed to finish second in Gennep.

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It took a while before a leading group got away. Only after the first mountain sprint, which was won by Lorena Wiebes, four riders made up the break: Daniek Hengeveld (GT Krush Tunap), Eline van Rooijen (AG Insurance-NXTG), Justine Ghekiere (Plantur-Pura) and Sophie Wright (UAE Team ADQ).

Their maximum lead was 1 minute, but more than 50 kilometres from the finish they were caught again. After that, top teams such as Jumbo-Visma and DSM took control. There was still some attacks, but everything stayed together due to the work of Jumbo-Visma until Gennep. In the sprint preparation it was again DSM that took control. Wiebes hit the front surprisingly early, but after it became clear why: she did a lead-out for Charlotte Kool. Wiebes came second and extended her lead in the general classification.

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Stage winner, Charlotte Kool (DSM): “Today the team did amazing again, they did so well and they were all so strong. Elise had some super legs and managed to counter many attacks and keep us in front on the key moments, with Leah helping. Then the finale went so well with Franzi coming just in time and Pfeiffer timing her efforts perfectly. Then Lorena did a massive lead out by switching super late before the last corner and the only thing I had to do was finish off the amazing teamwork today. Three wins in a row is really special and especially how the team managed to keep the control over the day – it’s just a honour to finish it off like this.”

Overall leader and 2nd on the stage, Lorena Wiebes (DSM): “Actually, this was our surprise today, that we were going to sprint for Charlotte. Our idea was to switch positions before the last corner. So I was able to put on the sprint. I was also able to join her in her wheel, so it’s a nice 1-2.”

3rd on the stage, Georgia Baker (BikeExchange-Jayco): “I am really happy with third, we thought it was going to be a really aggressive race today given there was a couple of climbs, so we stayed attentive and made sure we rode well as a team. We thought there would be more breaks and even that a breakaway would stay away for the finish line, so we weren’t really planning to sprint. When we realised on the last 16km loop that it would be a sprint finish, then we said ‘ok, I will sprint and the girls would look after me. The plan was always to stick to the right hand side as there was strong wind on the last straight, so I just trusted that and tried to follow good wheels. Looking back I probably could have been a bit further up, closer onto the DSM train or first into that last corner, but we continue to learn as a group and I’m still really happy with third place.”

Simac Ladies Tour Stage 3 Result:
1. Charlotte Kool (Ned) DSM in 3:16:44
2. Lorena Wiebes (Ned) DSM
3. Georgia Baker (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco
4. Clara Copponi (Fra) FDJ-SUEZ-Futuroscope
5. Tamara Dronova-Balabolina (-) Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad
6. Mylène de Zoete (Ned) AG Insurance-NXTG Team
7. Rachele Barbieri (Ita) Liv Racing Xstra
8. Alison Jackson (Can) Liv Racing Xstra
9. Karlijn Swinkels (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
10. Soraya Paladin (Ita) Canyon//SRAM.

Simac Ladies Tour Overall After Stage 3:
1. Lorena Wiebes (Ned) DSM in 9:28:36
2. Charlotte Kool (Ned) DSM at 0:17
3. Karlijn Swinkels (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:18
4. Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Ned) Trek-Segafredo at 0:21
5. Lonneke Uneken (Ned) SD Worx at 0:23
6. Alison Jackson (Can) Liv Racing Xstra
7. Anna Henderson (GB) Jumbo-Visma at 0:24
8. Soraya Paladin (Ita) Canyon//SRAM at 0:27
9. Eugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ-SUEZ-Futuroscope
10. Mischa Bredewold (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg.

Simac’22 stage 3:

 

Riejanne Markus won the Fourth Stage of the Simac Ladies Tour. The Dutch champion jumped five kilometres from the finish and held off the thinned peloton.

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Overall leader, Wiebes, was one of the favourites in the fourth stage to Landgraaf, although the stage was a lot more difficult than the previous stages, this offered opportunities for other riders. The race course showed that the 135.2 kilometre stage through the Limburg hills was more difficult than the flat previous days. Several times there were splits in the peloton, but overall leader Wiebes was always in the right place and so she would keep her leader’s jersey.

A few riders enlivened the race. Kirstie van Haaften attacked on her own. Later Anna Henderson joined her. Their lead was never more than 1 minute and the Belgian Julie Van Der Velde was able to cross from the peloton with 50 kilometres to go. Van Haaften had to let Van Der Velde and Henderson go. Van der Velde and Henderson held out for a very long time in the tough final section, which went over the Gulpenerberg, the Kruisberg and the Eyserberg. Several counter-attacks followed in the peloton, the escape entered the last kilometres with a lead of around 10 seconds, but this was not enough.

After Amanda Spratt and Julie De Wilde were the first to catch the two leaders, the peloton with Wiebes caught them soon after. It now looked like the stage would finish in a sprint, especially as there was no more climbing in the last kilometres. Riejanne Markus, however, thought otherwise. After a late attack, she took the victory in Limburg and Wiebes took second place.

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Stage winner, Riejanne Markus (Jumbo-Visma): “This was the moment to attack and it worked, which is really cool. Carmen (Small, race coach) told me to not look back and keep accelerating until the finish line. I knew the chasing gap was about fifteen seconds. That’s not a lot, but I didn’t look back and hoped I could make it. We were really looking forward to it. The previous stages were all sprints and it is difficult to beat Lorena (Wiebes). It meant we had to come up with something and that’s why Anna (Henderson) went on the attack early today. She was virtually first in the general classification for a long time. Only ten kilometres from the finish, she was taken back. When that happened, I knew it was time for me to attack. I am really looking forward to it. I am in good shape and this course suits me perfectly. And we have several options. We are high in the standings with four riders. Both Karlijn (Swinkels) and Anna (Henderson) are capable of a good time trial. We are in a solid position for the last two days.”

Simac Ladies Tour Stage 4 Result:
1. Riejanne Markus (Ned) Jumbo-Visma in 3:38:57
2. Lorena Wiebes (Ned) DSM at 0:14
3. Karlijn Swinkels (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:15
4. Laura Tomasi (Ita) UAE Team ADQ
5. Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
6. Anna Henderson (GB) Jumbo-Visma
7. Eleonora Camilla Gasparrini (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
8. Soraya Paladin (Ita) Canyon//SRAM
9. Tamara Dronova-Balabolina (-) Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad.
10. Alison Jackson (Can) Liv Racing Xstra.

Simac Ladies Tour Overall After Stage 4:
1. Lorena Wiebes (Ned) DSM in 13:07:41
2. Karlijn Swinkels (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:20
3. Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Fra) Trek-Segafredo at 0:27
4. Alison Jackson (Can) Liv Racing Xstra at 0:29
5. Anna Henderson (GB) Jumbo-Visma at 0:30
6. Soraya Paladin Ita) Canyon//SRAM at 0:33
7. Eugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ-SUEZ-Futuroscope
8. Eleonora Camilla Gasparrini (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
9. Mischa Bredewold (ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
10. Romy Kasper (Ger) Jumbo-Visma.

Simac’22 stage 4:

 

Audrey Cordon-Ragot won the time trial Stage 5 of the Simac Ladies Tour. The French Trek-Segafredo rider was the fastest over a flat course of 17.8 kilometres. Riejanne Markus and Amanda Spratt were second and third. Lorena Wiebes rode a strong time trial and remains the leader on the general classification.

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On Saturday, the Simac Ladies Tour had time trial. Lorena Wiebes, who won twice in the first four stages, was leading the general classification. Whether that would still be the case after Saturday’s time trial remained to be seen. There were 17.8 kilometres against the clock to be raced. The start was in Windraak, the finish was in Watersley.

A relatively short time trial, the profile of the fifth stage was undulating, but there was never really a climb. A first target time came from Eva Buurman. The 27 year-old of Liv Racing Xstra was the first to go under 27 minutes at the finish. However, Buurman was not in the hot seat for long, because a few minutes later Lisa Klein went well under her time. Klein clocked a time of 26:21, 38 seconds better than Buurman. Not much later Elisa Uijen crossed the line. The rider of DSM, former European and national junior time trial champion, rode her first time trial with the elite women. Uijen finished 10 seconds faster than Klein. The young Dutch girl couldn’t enjoy it for long, because Lauretta Hanson, Alice Barnes and Amanda Spratt were faster. Spratt also set a new top time of 25:25, which blew the opposition away.

Then it was time to look out for Julie de Wilde. The young Belgian rider passed the first intermediate point in the same time, but lost 3 seconds to Australian Spratt at the finish. The next threat came from Riejanne Markus. The Jumbo-Visma rider also passed the intermediate point with the same time, but rode a strong second section. Markus went 7 seconds below Spratt’s time. 28 year-old Markus was barely in the hot seat when Audrey Cordon-Ragot set the fastest time. The French Trek-Segafredo rider was 6 seconds faster than Markus after 8 kilometres. In the last kilometres the French national champion had a hard time, but Cordon-Ragot was able to hold out to the end. At the finish she had a 4 second lead over Markus and the victory went Cordon-Ragot. Wiebes started her time trial well, but in the end, Wiebes only lost 21 seconds to stage winner Cordon-Ragot. As a result, the European champion remains in the lead by 6 second.

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Stage winner and 2nd overall, Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Trek-Segafredo): “I knew it was an important day for the GC but I am pretty surprised I won. I had good pacing plan, like I have had since the beginning of the season, and when I have a time trial, we are working on it a few days before. I had a nice plan for today, but after yesterday I felt like I had big legs and felt tired and so we adjusted the plan a little to go a little less hard pace than before. I just focused on what I had to do, and not on the others. Ina (Teutenberg, director) was following me and giving me what watts I had to do, and other info since it was a real technical lap. I was surprised to be best time in the first intermediate time because I didn’t start full gas, I started pretty conservatively. But then I could hang on to the end so I am really really happy. I think it’s a good reward for my work this whole season, and how focused I have been on the time trial. I have done good work with the team to get my best position on the Speed Concept, and I have been training a lot on it. The best would have been to get more time on Wiebes, but she is in really top form. She is having the season of her life, so I am not super surprised that she still is in the race lead. Let’s see tomorrow how I recover from today. Without being negative, I think I am in a good place and I won’t be in shame to finish second behind Wiebes because she is really outstanding at the moment. I just want to enjoy today before thinking of tomorrow.”

Overall leader and 5th on the stage, Lorena Wiebes (DSM): “It was a hard TT and I’m happy to hold onto the GC lead,” said Wiebes after the finish. “The roads were really familiar to me because most of them are all training roads that we do from the Keep Challenging Center so that helped. I’m happy with the performance and I am looking forward to tomorrow!”

3rd on the stage, Amanda Spratt (BikeExchange-Jayco): “It is definitely a bit of a shock, it is my first WorldTour podium since my comeback and in the last couple of years, I definitely didn’t think it would be in a time trial. I am shocked but I am very happy, a flat time trial over a short distance with so many corners are not my biggest strength normally but I have been working a lot on my punch and just trying to get that speed back and it showed today. I had really great support from the car and just tried to give it my all and put the power down wherever I could. It gives me confidence and it is nice to see the form building. We’ve had a few stressful, flat days of racing, so to be able to do this at the end of the tour is really promising.”

Simac Ladies Tour Stage 5 Result:
1. Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Fra) Trek-Segafredo in 25:15
2. Riejanne Markus (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:04
3. Amanda Spratt (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco at 0:11
4. Julie de Wilde (Bel) Plantur-Pura at 0:13
5. Lorena Wiebes (Ned) DSM at 0:21
6. Ruby Roseman-Gannon (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco at 0:36
7. Karlijn Swinkels (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:38
8. Alice Barnes (GB) Canyon//SRAM at 0:42
9. Lauretta Hanson (Aus) Trek-Segafredo at 0:45
10. Anna Henderson (GB) Jumbo-Visma at 0:53.

Simac Ladies Tour Overall After Stage 5:
1. Lorena Wiebes (Ned) DSM in 13:33:17
2. Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Fra) Trek-Segafredo at 0:06
3. Karlijn Swinkels (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:36
4. Riejanne Markus (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:40
5. Ruby Roseman-Gannon (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco at 0:48
6. Anna Henderson (GB) Jumbo-Visma at 1:01
7. Alison Jackson (Can) Liv Racing Xstra at 1:03
8. Mischa Bredewold (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg at 1:10
9. Amanda Spratt (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco at 1:11
10. Julie de Wilde (Bel) Plantur-Pura at 1:14.

Simac’22 stage 5:

 

Lorena Wiebes is the final overall winner of the 2022 Simac Ladies Tour. The DSM rider crossed the line in third place on the Final Stage 6 which was more than enough to secure the overall victory. The final stage in and around Arnhem was won by Mischa Bredewold.

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The peloton completed a local circuit of 14 kilometres seven times, with the Zijpenberg and Beekhuizenseweg every lap. The race then returned to the centre of Arnhem, followed by five more local laps of 8 kilometres. The two bonus sprints and bonus seconds at the finish could well be decisive in the battle for the overall win.

After the start in Arnhem, the race got underway fairly quickly. A barrage of attacks ensued, but no rider managed to take a significant gap. After about 20 kilometres, four riders managed to set up an early break. Grossetête Maëlle (FDJ-SUEZ-Futuroscope), Jeanne Korevaar (Liv Racing Xstra), Kirstie van Haaften (Parkhotel-Valkenburg) and Eline van Rooijen (AG Insurance-NXTG) quickly took a minute on the peloton. This break was short-lived, as the peloton had lifted the speed. Due to the high pace, the peloton split into two parts. Leader Lorena Wiebes was on the lookout and was in the first selection, but she only had one teammate in the front group. A precarious situation, the competition also realised, and so Wiebes was under fire from all sides. The Dutch rider, who has twenty victories this season, watched all the moves

After more than 60 kilometres, a new leading group of three riders emerged. Elynor Bäckstedt (Trek-Segafredo), daughter of ex-pro and Paris-Roubaix winner Magnus Bäckstedt, Soraya Paladin (Canyon-SRAM) and Amanda Spratt (BikeExchange-Jayco) were able to take advantage of a moment of calm. The lead was slowly approaching a minute and so the alarm bells went off in the DSM camp. Spratt started the day 9th overall, at 1:11 from Wiebes, and increasingly became a threat to the overall victory. The lead of Bäckstedt, Paladin and Spratt increased to well over 3 minutes and Spratt became the virtual leader. With 50 kilometres to go, the difference was still 3 minutes. DSM, the team of Wiebes, started to work and Jumbo-Visma also decided at one point to help. As a result, the lead was reduced.

At 30 kilometres from the finish, Spratt, Bäckstedt and Paladin defended a lead of 2 minutes, but the decline had clearly set in. The 3 attackers were caught by the large group 15 kilometres from the finish. This was the signal for several riders to attack, but these attempts were soon nipped in the bud. It now looked like the stage would end in a sprint, but Mischa Bredewold had other ideas. The 22-year-old Dutchwoman of Parkhotel-Valkenburg, who will ride for SD Worx next season, attacked 5 kilometres to go. Bredewold managed to get a gap and was joined by the Italian Eleonora Camilla Gasparrini. These two late attackers held of the chasers to sprint for the stage victory. Bredewold had the fastest legs. The sprint for third place was easily won by Wiebes.

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Overall winner and 3rd on the stage, Lorena Wiebes (DSM): “Today was another hard stage. Other teams really put us under pressure but we had no stress during the race. We lost Elise and Charlotte early after their hard work, and Elise had a mechanical, but we still had Franzi and Leah at the front. We started chasing after the last hilly part and going back to the local laps. Leah did an amazing job. I think she rode really strongly and it’s nice to finish her career with us like the way we did. We kept Franzi out of the chase so she was more fresh for in the final. In the end, two riders got away but that was fine for us as we were focusing on GC. Anyway, it was also another good third place on the stage and I’m really proud to take the GC win after all of the amazing work the girls did this week.”

Simac Ladies Tour Stage 6 Result:
1. Mischa Bredewold (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg in 3:52:10
2. Eleonora Camilla Gasparrini (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
3. Lorena Wiebes (Ned) DSM at 0:05
4. Chiara Consonni (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
5. Karlijn Swinkels (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
6. Anna Henderson (GB) Jumbo-Visma
7. Chloe Hosking (Aus) Trek-Segafredo
8. Lonneke Uneken (Ned) SD Worx
9. Eugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ-SUEZ-Futuroscope
10. Laura Tomasi (Ita) UAE Team ADQ.

Simac Ladies Tour Final Overall Result:
1. Lorena Wiebes (Ned) DSM in 17:25:28
2. Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Fra) Trek-Segafredo at 0:10
3. Karlijn Swinkels (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:40
4. Riejanne Markus (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:44
5. Ruby Roseman-Gannon (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco at 0:52
6. Mischa Bredewold (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg at 0:59
7. Anna Henderson (GB) Jumbo-Visma at 1:05
8. Alison Jackson (Can) Liv Racing Xstra at 1:07
9. Amanda Spratt (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco at 1:09
10. Julie de Wilde (Bel) Plantur-Pura at 1:18.

Simac’22 stage 6:

 

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Tour of Britain 2022
Israel-Premier Tech’s Corbin Strong claimed the biggest road victory of his career to date on Sunday as he claimed the opening stage of the AJ Bell Tour of Britain at the Glenshee Ski Centre in Aberdeenshire.

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The Kiwi timed his sprint to perfection to pip Omar Fraile (INEOS Grenadiers) to the win at the end of a stage raced out in inclement weather throughout. This victory is Corbin’s second notable victory in Great Britain in the past month: he also won the scratch race at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

A five-rider break had spent much of the day away as wet and stormy conditions swept the route right from the start in Aberdeen city centre out into the Aberdeenshire countryside. Uno-X Pro Cycling rider Martin Urianstad was joined by duos from both Wiv SunGod (Jacob Scott and Matt Teggart) and Human Powered Health (Matt Gibson and Stephen Bassett) for a quintet that built a lead that went out as far as 5 minutes. Bassett and Teggart took the ŠKODA King of the Mountains jersey and Sportsbreaks.com Sprints jerseys respectively, while Gibson’s reward was a trip to the podium for the Adyen Combativity Award.

The group held out until the higher slopes of the climb up to the Glenshee Ski Centre as Israel-Premier Tech and then INEOS Grenadiers drove the peloton. TRINITY Racing’s Thomas Gloag was the first to jump, catching the break and briefly threatening to stay away before the bunch reeled everyone in with 1.6 kilometres to go. Richie Porte (INEOS Grenadiers) did the lions share of the work on the front, but as the slow uphill sprint unfolded it was the team of Israel-Premier Tech that came out on top. Strong now holds a four-second lead over Fraile in the general classification, with third-placed stage finisher Anders Halland Johannessen (Uno-X Pro Cycling) a further 2 seconds in arrears. Fifth-placed Tom Pidcock (INEOS Grenadiers) was the highest placed British rider.

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Stage winner and overall leader, Corbin Strong (Israel-Premier Tech): “I’ve been wanting to win at this level on the road for a long time and I always believed I could but it hasn’t been smooth sailing, so to get that win is a massive relief. Really just to prove to myself and prove to my team that I can race at this level. I always really enjoy racing in the rain actually. I come from Invercargill in New Zealand, right down the bottom and it’s very similar to Scotland actually – it felt like home racing in conditions like this, and really suited me well. The break looked like they could have gone all the way but then the team, and Alex Dowsett in particular, did an awesome job in the closing few kilometres. This is the first time I’ve come into a race at this level with confidence that I can perform and take a win so there was a couple of moments in the last then or so kilometres that I got a wee bit too excited and yeah guys like Mike [Woods] and Dylan [Teuns] just calmed me down a little bit which was nice. Then it just opened up at the finish and I was following Dylan through and I got on INEOS and was able to open up a good sprint.”

Tour of Britain Stage 1 Result:
1. Corbin Strong (NZ) Israel-Premier Tech in 4:36:37
2. Omar Fraile (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers
3. Anders Halland Johannessen (Nor) Uno-X
4. Gonzalo Serrano (Spa) Movistar
5. Thomas Pidcock (GB) INEOS Grenadiers
6. Dylan Teuns (Bel) Israel-Premier Tech
7. Filippo Fiorelli (Ita) Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè
8. Oscar Onley (GB) DSM
9. Anthon Charmig (Den) Uno-X
10. Filippo Zana (Ita) Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè.

Tour of Britain Overall After Stage 1:
1. Corbin Strong (NZ) Israel-Premier Tech in 4:36:27
2. Omar Fraile (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:04
3. Anders Halland Johannessen (Nor) Uno-X at 0:06
4. Gonzalo Serrano (Spa) Movistar at 0:10
5. Thomas Pidcock (GB) INEOS Grenadiers
6. Dylan Teuns (Bel) Israel-Premier Tech
7. Filippo Fiorelli (Ita) Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè
8. Oscar Onley (GB) DSM
9. Anthon Charmig (Den) Uno-X
10. Filippo Zana (Ita) Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè.

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Wout Poels Extends Two Years with Bahrain Victorious
Wout Poels will ride for Bahrain Victorious in the coming seasons. The 34-year-old climber has extended his contract until the end of 2024, his management agency SEG Cycling announced via Twitter. Poels is currently in his third season with Bahrain Victorious.

Poels, who also rode for Vacansoleil, Omega Pharma-Quick-Step and Team Sky in the past, has been racing for the Middle East team since 2020. At Bahrain Victorious, the Limburg climber often rides for others, but now and then he is also given the freedom to race for his own account. In the spring of 2022 he took the overall victory in the Spanish Ruta del Sol race.

Poels sacrificed himself in the Giro d’Italia this year for Mikel Landa, who finished third overall. The Dutchman, who has also won Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Tour of Valencia, also made his appearance in the Vuelta a España this year. However, Poels had to leave after a week due to a covid infection.

His employer, Bahrain Victorious, is more than satisfied with his performance and so Poels signs for two years. At the end of last year, he seemed to have to leave the team, but he was eventually able to re-sign.

Wout Poels to stay with Bahrain Victorious:
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Van Belle Makes Professional Cycling Dream Come True with Team Jumbo-Visma in 2024
Loe van Belle will be part of the World Tour team of Team Jumbo-Visma from 2024. The twenty-year-old talent will continue to compete in 2023 under the Jumbo-Visma Development Team name before transitioning to the core of the Dutch formation the following year.

Van Belle has been a member of the Jumbo-Visma development team for two years. Van Belle, a resident of Zoetermeer, the Netherlands, came in second this year in the Dutch U23 Championship. He signed a contract that binds him to Team Jumbo-Visma until 2026.

“When I joined the development team in 2021, I had the hope to enforce a professional contract”, Van Belle says. “It’s amazing that it’s finally becoming a reality. Next year I want to develop myself at the U23 level. The following year we go one step higher; then, as a professional. There is no better team to race for as a Dutchman. In addition, I have noticed that I also feel very much at home here. I feel confident thanks to this long-term contract, which aligns with the team’s vision to give young riders time. Step by step, I will continue my development with the team. I am looking forward to it.”

According to sportive director Merijn Zeeman, Van Belle can flourish as a professional rider. “Loe is steadily developing within our development programme. He has great potential. We are proud that our development team is once more sending a rider to the professional peloton.”

Van Belle is already the eighth rider to transfer from the Jumbo-Visma Development Team to the World Tour team, according to Zeeman. It’s a compliment to Head of Development Robbert de Groot and his team.

De Groot regards Van Belle’s switch as a logical step. “Loe has improved steadily since joining our team. That is wonderful to see. His progression means he is starting to distinguish himself in the U23 category. With our support, we anticipate that he can maintain his upward trajectory and eventually join Team Jumbo-Visma as a valuable professional rider.”

Loe van Belle turns pro with Jumbo-Visma:
Loe van Belle

 

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Team DSM Extend Contracts with Megan Jastrab and Esmée Peperkamp
Team DSM are happy to reveal that they have extended contracts with Megan Jastrab and Esmée Peperkamp to their Women’s program. Peperkamp will ride in the team’s colours through 2023, while Jastrab will wear the jersey until at least the end of 2025.

Megan Jastrab (USA)
Still only 20 years old, 2019 junior world champion Jastrab has settled in well upon joining Team DSM in 2021. After a year of little racing in 2020, a combination of illness and injury plus a focus on the Tokyo Olympics and track ambitions there, saw Jastrab’s debut with the team delayed until the middle of the year. Yet, that didn’t deter the American youngster and in her first stage race at the Simac Ladies Tour she rode brilliantly in support of the team’s goals; with a dogged fighting performance in the last hilly stage a particular stand out. This season has seen Jastrab once again ride strongly to help the team’s finishers, and she’s played a role in ten Team DSM victories. Following on from her first Grand Tour experience at the Giro Donne, Jastrab fully seized the opportunity of being the team’s sprint finisher at the recent Tour of Scandinavia; taking a superb second place on the opening day; which she followed up with second at MerXem Classic – and a glimpse of her talents for the future.

Jastrab said: “I love racing my bike and I’m grateful to have the support of Team DSM for the next several years to chase my goals in the sport. I’m looking forward to continuing my development with the team. I still have a lot to learn, but I believe this team will provide me with the needed resources and support in order to further my career in the best possible way.”

Team DSM coach Rudi Kemna added: “Megan has taken some good steps so far in her opening two seasons with us. As a medallist at the Olympics she has some track ambitions for the immediate future and that’s something as a team we will support her with. In the long-term we will focus on her road racing, taking things step-by-step as she grows as an athlete. We see her as someone with good potential for the sprints and she can also manage short hills well too. Alongside being a talented athlete, off the bike Megan is really switched on and a smart person, continuing her study alongside her pro career and that is something which helps her at races too, bringing that analytical approach with her to our Women’s program. We’re looking forward to continuing working with Megan in the years to come.”

Megan Jastrab:
Megan Jastrab

Esmée Peperkamp (NED)
Starting the sport of cycling relatively late, Peperkamp has found her feet well after joining Team DSM at the beginning of 2021 and has proven to be a valuable team member in her professional career so far. Often found working selflessly at the front of the peloton, helping to chase back the day’s breakaway and setting up the team’s finisher. A strong rider on a variety of terrain, 2022 has seen Peperkamp grow even more as a rider; claiming her first UCI podium with third in the prologue at Baloise Ladies Tour before recently going on to claim her first Women’s WorldTour level stage top ten finish with eighth at the Tour of Scandinavia; a race where she also finished 11th overall while helping the team each day.

Peperkamp said: “Currently I’m having a difficult period after crashing during a race, which resulted in a complicated collarbone fracture but luckily, I get all the support I need to fully recover from the team. I am very happy that Team DSM has trust in me and wants me to work with them for another year. I feel at home in the team and I am looking forward to starting to race again with this young and ambitious squad and hopefully achieve a lot of great results together. In the last year I gained a lot of experience in riding in the peloton in a more efficient way and with more confidence. Next year I would like to improve my climbing qualities and TT skills even further with the team.”

Team DSM head coach Rudi Kemna added: “Esmée is a true team player, and she is always willing to give her all for her teammates, which is an incredibly valuable characteristic. In her two years with us so far, she has developed a lot as a rider and we see that she has a big engine; capable of strong pulls on the front of the bunch – whether that be on the flat or on the climbs. As she’s still relatively new to the professional peloton, we think there is more room for Esmée to grow even further with the help from our coaches and team of experts and we’re looking forward to continuing on that journey together.”

Esmée Peperkamp:
Esmée Peperkamp

 

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Liane Lippert First Addition to Ever-Stronger 2023 Movistar Team Roster
German road race champion – one of the best allrounders in the peloton – signs three-year contract with TDF, Giro-winning team

The Movistar Team, the winning squad of this year’s Tour de France Femmes and Giro d’Italia Donne, wants to remain a major force in the UCI Women’s WorldTour in 2023, and so announces Thursday the signing of Liane Lippert (Friedrichshafen, GER; 1998), the German road race champion, who has agreed to a three-year contract (2023-25). She comes from Team DSM.

Lippert’s arrival sees the Movistar Team secure yet another of the world’s biggest talents. Liane is currently in her best season to date, as shown by her 2nd overall in the recent Tour of Scandinavia; the national title conquered back in June; or the good level shown in 2022 over races as diverse as Amstel Gold / Brabantse Pijl (3rd at both), the Itzulia (6th in GC) or the TDF, where she fought against the best in the mountains despite some early crashes.

Lippert, a magnificent all-rounder, thus joins a roster that will feature next year, amongst many other names, Emma Norsgaard, Arlenis Sierra, Paula Patiño, Spaniards Sheyla Gutiérrez and Sara Martín or the world’s best rider, Annemiek van Vleuten, in her farewell season in 2023.

Liane Lippert: “I’m really excited to join the team for the next three years. I think the environment in the team is really great, and also the way of working and improving riders should help me much. I’m really happy that the team wants to help me grow stronger in the future, bring me to the next step physically. I’m already on a really high level, but I want to learn, especially from the more experienced riders in the team, to hopefully win races together. From the outside, the Movistar Team looks like a big family, which is a big reason why I’m looking so much forward to this.”

Sebastián Unzué: “We’re so happy to be able to announce Liane’s signing with the team. We want to keep building a strong future for the team, and she’s one of the riders poised to become a leader of the team once Annemiek ends her successful career. She’s a solid rider for all kinds of scenarios, one who can be at the front of the bunch near the end of the most important races. She’s also someone who will play a crucial role for Annemiek, yet I’m also sure that having someone like Van Vleuten by her side will help her grow much and complete her progression as one of the best in the field. I’d like to sincerely thank Liane for her confidence in our project – I’m sure we’re in for three years of big success together.”

Liane Lippert:
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Mischa Bredewold and Femke Markus to Team SD Worx
Four Parkhotel Valkenburg riders have already made the move to Team SD Worx

Team SD Worx has strengthened its ranks for the coming two seasons with the talented Dutch riders Mischa Bredewold and Femke Markus. The two riders follow Demi Vollering and Lorena Wiebes, who previously rode for Parkhotel Valkenburg and made the switch to Team SD Worx.

Sports manager Danny Stam has had close contact with sport director Raymond Rol of Parkhotel Valkenburg for years. Stam: “Parkhotel Valkenburg offers young girls a sophisticated program where they can develop well. We have close contact with Rol about the steps these mostly young girls take. When they are ready to take a step up, Rol informs us. The past has shown that these riders can then take the next important step with us.”

Raymond Rol confirms this positive development. “The fact that four of ‘our’ riders are already with Team SD Worx has created a good contact. The cooperation with Team SD Worx makes our team even more attractive to good juniors and promising riders. They realise that Parkhotel Valkenburg offers a good opportunity to become part of one of the world’s best teams in the UCI rankings. For many riders, it is a dream to one day race in the Team SD Worx colours. In addition to our training and balanced programme, this possible step through is an extra incentive for young talents to choose our team first”, Rol emphasises.

Coming winter, Mischa Bredewold (22 years old) and Femke Markus (25 years old) will make the switch from Parkhotel Valkenburg to Team SD Worx. Both riders will sign a two year contract (2023-2024). “In one or two years, we will have a new generation in the Netherlands that will set the tone. Mischa Bredewold can be part of that new generation,” says Stam. “She has made good steps in recent years and I think she can continue that progression in our team.”

Stam is also convinced that Femke Markus will be able to make the necessary steps in the Team SD Worx colours. She was initially brought in as a serious reinforcement for the second line within the team. “But Femke certainly has the potential to grow further within the team”, Stam is convinced.

Mischa Bredewold, who hopes to develop mainly in the hilly areas and on the longer climbs, emphasises that the first conversation with Danny Stam and sport director Anna van der Breggen immediately felt good and familiar. “After that conversation, in which both expressed confidence in me, it was a logical step for me to choose Team SD Worx,” says Bredewold. “I hope to develop in such a way that I belong to the best Dutch riders in the coming years. I know that Team SD Worx will give me the opportunity and the confidence to do so. I also think it is a privilege to ride with this collective and to be part of this super team. If there is a team where I can see how to win races, it’s at Team SD Worx.”

Femke Markus – In the Tour’22 KOM jersey:
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Six Days of Bremen Canceled Until 2024 at the Earliest
The Six Days of Bremen will not take place this year or next year. Normally the event takes place annually in January, but due to the covid-19 pandemic, the last edition was held in 2020. The six-day event may now not return until 2024.

The reasons for the cancellation are the reluctance of people to buy tickets due to inflation and the unpredictable situation surrounding the covid crisis and the associated measures. The risk of running the event from January 13-16, 2023 is therefore too great, according to the German organisers.

The organisers are also keeping a close eye on the 2024 edition, but it is tentatively scheduled for January 12-15 of that year. The last Six Days of Bremen, in 2020, was won by the Belgian Kenny De Ketele and the German Nils Politt.

Bremen 2022:
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Matthews and Groenewegen to Lead Team BikeExchange-Jayco through Maryland, Quebec and Montreal Classics
The trio of North American races, the Maryland, Quebec and Montreal Classics, are back on the cycling calendar and Team BikeExchange-Jayco is excited to be back racing on the continent, where it will be led by Tour de France stage winners Dylan Groenewegen and Michael Matthews.

The first stop for the Australian squad will be Baltimore, where the inaugural Maryland Cycling Classic will be held after its original edition in 2020 was postponed due to the pandemic. With a course that doesn’t present many long climbs but an overall ascent of just over 2300 metres, Team BikeExchange-Jayco will try to bring Groenewegen to the finale for a bunch sprint.

The following week the team will fly to Canada for two classics that also return after two forced years of absence. The two Canadian circuits, the first in Quebec City and the second in Montreal, always produce hectic and fun races for the thousands of fans that come to see the riders compete.

Matthews will aim to repeat his victories from 2018 and 2019 in Quebec and his victory of 2018 in Montreal.

GreenEDGE Cycling also has a rich history of victories on Canadian soil, with Simon Gerrans winning in Quebec in 2012 and 2014, and also winning in Montreal in 2014.

Team BikeExchange-Jayco line-up:
Alexandre Balmer (SUI)
Kevin Colleoni (ITA) – Quebec and Montreal only
Dylan Groenewegen (NED) – Maryland only
Damien Howson (AUS)
Tanel Kangert (EST) – Quebec and Montreal only
Jan Maas (NED)
Michael Matthews (AUS)
Nicholas Schultz (AUS)
Elmar Reinders (NED) – Maryland only

Michael Matthews: “I am excited to be racing again in America, it has been a while since I have raced there. My last race there was in Richmond in 2015 at the World Championships and I am looking forward to meeting our American fans again. We have a strong team going there and looking at the course it seems to be set up for a different type of racing, and we’ll see how the race will evolve. Our main target is to support Dylan in Maryland, while for Quebec and Montreal I shall give it the best shot as these races probably suit my style more, but you never know in racing and we shall be ready for different approaches as these races take off.”

Dylan Groenewegen: “I have only raced in the States in 2016 and I am looking forward to going back. This is going to be an important race for Team BikeExchange-Jayco and we have a really strong team to make sure we take the most out of it. We have various cards to play and surely if it will come down to a final sprint we know we can compete against anyone. When we go to a race we always participate to try to win it, and we will do the same also in Maryland.”

Matthew White – Head Sport Director: “Maryland is a new race for us in the calendar, we were supposed to race there in 2020 but due to Covid it has been postponed in the last two years. We look forward to being back in the USA. It is an interesting course, far from flat with nearly 3000 metres of climbing, but without any specific summits. It will surely be an aggressive race. We know that when we bring Dylan to these types of races, we are always attacked, but we will be ready for it and fight for victory.”

“In Canada we will play different cards. We had lots of successes in the past in Quebec as a team with Simon Gerrans and Matthews. It is a course that we really like and we look forward being back there after a couple of years of absence. Montreal is a bit different and also a harder course compared to when Michael won there. It’s a couple of laps longer and there’s also more climbing, which might suit a climber better. We will be there to do our best and get important results in all three races.”

Maryland Cycling Classic, race details:
Sunday, 4th September: Sparks to Baltimore, 194km

Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec, race details:
Friday, 9th September: Quebec City Circuit, 201.6km

Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal, race details:
Sunday, 11th September: Montreal City Circuit, 221.4km

Matthews going to Canada:
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