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Another full EUROTRASH with all the news, views and video from Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of the Basque Country.

Tom Boonen believes Tadej Pogačar has a chance in Roubaix – TOP STORY.

Rider news: Audrey Cordon-Ragot to Human Powered Health, Heinrich Haussler retires, Jakob Fuglsang recovered from medical problem and Aklilu Arefayne joins Circus-ReUz-Technord.

Team News: Women’s FDJ-SUEZ team announces new sponsor, AG2R Citroën to Paris-Camembert, Team Novo Nordisk returns to the Tour de Pologne and BC Bike Race giveaway by SockGuy.

Plus we go behind the scenes with INEOS Grenadiers at the Tour of Flanders.

Monday Roubaix coffee time.

 


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TOP STORY: Boonen Believes Pogačar has a Chance in Roubaix
Tadej Pogačar has already won three of the five monuments with the Tour of Flanders, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Tour of Lombardy, but can the Slovenian also win Paris-Roubaix? Tom Boonen, who has won four times, has no doubts. “Anyone who rides at such a level can win Paris-Roubaix” he said

In an episode of Wielerclub Wattage by Sporza, Boonen discusses Pogačar’s chances. “That you have to be heavy to ride fast over cobblestones is a story that has taken on a life of its own. But it’s nonsense. You just have to be strong. Often big riders are also strong. They have a little more power on the flat. But Pogačar can certainly also kick the necessary wattages to be good in Roubaix,” stated confidently.

Boonen, winner in 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2012, also spoke about the latest technical developments. “Wider tubes (30mm and even 32mm) are now being used. As a result, there is less impact force on the bike and the weight is less important.” This can also help a lighter rider like Pogačar.

Boonen doesn’t rule out that the Slovenian will one day be first in Roubaix. “In the youth group, all the good riders rode all the classics. Then I saw that good riders can also ride well on cobblestones. Once on the track in Roubaix I was beaten by Thomas Voeckler in the sprint for second place and in the U23 I came fourth in 2001 in an edition that was won by Yaroslav Popovych. A few years later, he competed for the overall win in the Giro.”

Pogačar is not yet working on Paris-Roubaix, he said after his victory in the Tour of Flanders to WielerFlits: “You cannot compare that race with these races. I once did Paris-Roubaix as a junior and I can’t imagine how tough it must be as an elite. You experience a completely different kind of pain. The suffering on the cobblestones is really painful. When you climb on cobblestones, it is different.”

“To win that race, I also have to gain some kilos. It’s going to be tough. At the moment I think I’m still too light. So let’s save Roubaix for the future.”

Pogačar on the cobbles:
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Paris-Roubaix – Men 2023
Alpecin-Deceunick rode an excellent 2023 Paris-Roubaix to set up its leader Mathieu Van der Poel for a magnificent victory and his deluxe domestique Jasper Philipsen for a second place that rounded off the day for the Belgian team. The Carrefour de l’Arbre was decisive yet again in the Hell of the North, with a crash for John Degenkolb (DSM) and a flat tire for Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) putting Van der Poel in an ideal position for a deserved solo victory in the Vélodrome André Petrieux after being the most aggressive rider of the race by far. This is the Dutchman’s second Monument win of the season, following Milano-Sanremo, and his third-ever next to his two victories in the Tour of Flanders – a landmark triumph on what can already be defined as a legendary career. As for Van Aert, he took his second straight podium in Paris-Roubaix after crossing the finish line in third position.

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175 riders took the start in the 120th edition of Paris-Roubaix at 11:26, off to ride 256,6 kilometres between Compiègne and the Vélodrome André Pétrieux in Roubaix with 29 cobbled sectors to be covered. The first hour of racing was fast at 51,5 kph average speed. It wasn’t until 82 kilometres into the race that Jonas Koch (Bora-Hansgrohe), Derek Gee (Israel-PremierTech), Sjoerd Bax (UAE Team Emirates) and Juri Hollman (Movistar) managed to create the day’s break. Nils Eekhoff (DSM) nearly joined them with a counter-attack that fell short. Coming into the race’s first cobbled sector, Troisvilles to Inchy (km 96.3 — 2.2 km), the gap between the front group and the bunch was 1:25.

The pack was compact when it hit the cobbles, and that provoked several crashes. Half a dozen riders who were in the first positions of the bunch hit the ground midway through the Viesly to Quiévy (km 102.8 — 1.8 km) cobbled sector. Amongst them were Soudal Quick-Step’s Davide Ballerini and TotalEnergies’ Peter Sagan and Daniel Oss. The Slovakian, who was racing his last-ever Paris-Roubaix before retiring next winter, was forced to pull out of the race. Meanwhile, the break kept a decent margin on the bunch – up to 1:50 as they entered Maing to Monchaux-sur-Écaillon (km 133 — 1.6 km). Going into the Haveluy to Wallers (km 153.1 — 2.5 km) cobbled sector, Jumbo-Visma took the reins of the bunch, with Wout van Aert and Christophe Laporte taking turns to put some daylight between them and the rest of the field. John Degenkolb (DSM), Mathieu Van der Poel (Alpecin-Deceuninck) and Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ) managed to get on their wheel as they caught break riders Koch, Bax and Hollman, with Gee out of contention due to a mechanical. After the Trouée d’Arenberg (km 161.3 — 2.3 km), the front group was joined by Jasper Philipsen, Gianni Vermeersch (Alpecin-Deceuninck), Filippo Ganna (INEOS Grenadiers), Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo), Max Walscheid (Cofidis) and Laurenz Rex (Intermarché-Circus-Wanty) and lost Laporte due to a puncture, creating a 13-strong group with strength in numbers for Alpecin-Deceuninck.

A race of attrition took place in the final 80 kilometres. Several attacks by Van der Poel created a selection of seven riders at the front after Mons-en-Pévèle (km 208 — 3 km), comprising Van Aert, Küng, Ganna, Pedersen, Degenkolb, Van der Poel and his teammate Philipsen. The group made it together to the Carrefour de l’Arbre (km 239.5 — 2.1 km) cobbled sector, where 8 out of the last 20 editions of Paris-Roubaix were settled. As it turned out to be the case, yet again, in 2023. With 16,5 kilometres to go, on the Carrefour de l’Arbre, an unfortunate turn of events saw Degenkolb hit the ground after touching Van der Poel as he swerved out of Philipsen’s wheel. It was in the confusion caused by the crash that Van Aert power away, only to find Van der Poel on his wheel and overtake him. As the Dutchman began to accelerate, Van Aert suffered a puncture that put him out of contention. After the Gruson (km 242.3 — 1.1 km) cobbled sector, Van der Poel had a 20 second gap on the reformed chase group that virtually sealed his win in the Vélodrome André Petrieux. Behind, Van Aert and Philipsen managed to drop the rest of the chasers to secure a podium place.

# You can see more photos in the ‘PEZ Race Report’ HERE. #

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Roubaix 2023 winner, Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma): “It’s incredible how we rode as a team today, with Jasper finishing 2nd. It’s impossible to do better than this. A 1-2 in Roubaix might never happen again to us, so we have to enjoy it to the fullest. I’ve done my best Classics campaign ever. This is the last race [of my Classics campaign], and to finish it off like this is a dream. I’ve changed some things in my training and my program, and I feel I have improved. I asked myself to do less races in order to be at my 100% in every race I did. What I did in Flanders, and today, I couldn’t do in the previous years – so I’m definitely stronger now. I think I had one of my best days ever on the bike. I felt really strong and tried to do a couple of early attacks, but it was hard to drop the other guys. On the Carrefour de l’Arbre, following Degenkolb’s crash and Van Aert’s flat tire, I found myself alone in the lead and rode as hard as I could to the finish line. At first, I didn’t know he [Van Aert] had punctured. But, when I passed him, his pace was low and I understood he had a problem. It is unfortunate, because we could have gone together to the finish line and the race could have been different. Anyway, misfortune is a part of racing. You need good legs and good luck to win Paris-Roubaix. For sure I love Paris-Roubaix today. There was no breakaway and we raced full-on, like juniors, from start to finish. I enjoyed riding like that, even if it is strange. This way of racing suits me – the harder the race, the better for me.”

2nd, Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Deceuninck): “It was clear that Wout [van Aert] and Mathieu [Van der Poel] were the strongest today. They had the best legs on the crucial parts of the race, and it was impossible for me indeed to follow them. But I also had good legs. To be 2nd while Mathieu won was a dream come true. Of course, I would like to come back and win myself, but as for today I’m going to enjoy the day. Van der Poel is human – and a super-strong bike rider. Together with Van Aert and [Tadej] Pogacar, they are the best riders in the world. Whenever they go, you know they have something extra and that following them is nearly impossible. We [Alpecin-Deceuninck and I] picked my racing days in order to keep me fresh for Roubaix – that’s why I didn’t take part in Flanders nor E3. We also did a very good preparation together. That’s why things went our way today. We had some good luck: we could have crashed, like Degenkolb, or punctured, like Van Aert. Are we the best team of the Classics season? Well, we can feel proud that we have won two Monuments this season, with a 1-2 in Roubaix.”

3rd, Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma): “It is a shame I’ve had such bad luck. I felt so good that I could attack in the Carrefour de l’Arbre… and then I punctured. It sucks because we [Mathieu Van der Poel and I] had a possibility to make it to the Vélodrome together, and I would have stood a chance for victory on a two-up sprint. But that’s life. When I punctured, it felt like a nightmare. I couldn’t believe it was true, but my tire was completely flat. I’ve tried to keep my head cool, reset my mind back into race mode and try to regain Mathieu’s wheel, but it is impossible to shut down a 20-second gap with a guy like him up front. Yet it didn’t make sense to give up. You never know how a race could have turned out had things happened differently. I don’t like to speculate on who was the strongest today. Mathieu [Van der Poel] put me on the limit with his attacks, but he didn’t surprise me this time because I was really focused on following his wheel. When I had the flat tire, I was attacking myself and feeling really strong. Even on a flat tire I came out of the Carrefour de l’Arbre on his wheel, so I could have done something in the final, that’s for sure.”

4th, Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo): “I’m tired, but also happy. I would have loved to be on the podium, but I just didn’t have the legs for that today. I’m just glad I finally rode a final – well, kind of a final – in Paris-Roubaix. Follow, follow, follow. I hoped it would be a sprint, but I also knew that they would go for it at the Carrefour. I had to hope that I could follow, but I couldn’t.”

9th, Laurenz Rex (Intermarché-Circus-Wanty): “This top ten is a fantastic reward for Intermarché-Circus-Wanty. Despite all bad luck, the crashes and illness decimating our team, we never gave up. We showed once more that we are a team of warriors. All week long my feeling was good. I felt that I was able to do a result in Paris-Roubaix. When I was with the favourites after Arenberg, I told myself that I had to keep up as long as possible to achieve a top ten. The rhythm of Mathieu van der Poel in the sector of Mons-en-Pévèle killed me, after which I chased with Walscheid. We never doubted and rode together to Roubaix. I’m very proud about my top ten in this race, my preferred race, and so happy for my team.”

12th, Florian Vermeersch (Lotto Dstny): “Unfortunately we missed the move on the Haveluy sector. As a team we maybe made a mistake there but I’m quite happy with my race today. I did everything to return to the front and eventually we came quite close to the head of the race. But when I heard they were attacking, I realised it would be really difficult. I felt strong today and a top ten would have been nice but I have to settle with this result. To finish twice inside the top fifteen of a Monument definitely makes me happy. Maybe I finish today with a unsatisfied feeling but I’m sure it will turn into pride soon. We took a nice step as a team, but we have still some things to learn.”

35th, Nils Politt (BORA-hansgrohe): “I didn’t have the best legs to be honest. I could go a good pace, but I missed the top end punch. I had a minor crash in the beginning and also had to change bike once. Actually, that was at a point where the race was already full on so of course I spent some energy there. In Arenberg I was a bit unlucky because a guy crashed in front of me, and I lost contact to Ganna there. After that the race was done for me. It definitely wasn’t the best day for me.”

50th, Arnaud De Lie (Lotto Dstny): “I felt strong and I really enjoyed today. Unfortunately, I punctured in the Arenberg forest but I kept fighting. Eventually, I could still return in the bunch that would sprint for 15th. But sadly, I punctured again on the final sector. It’s a pity but this was a nice first taste of Hell.”

Paris-Roubaix – Men Result:
1. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Deceuninck in 5:28:41
2. Jasper Philipsen (Bel) Alpecin-Deceuninck at 0:46
3. Wout van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma
4. Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo at 0:50
5. Stefan Küng (Sui) Groupama-FDJ
6. Filippo Ganna (Ita) INEOS Grenadier
7. John Degenkolb (Ger) DSM at 2:35
8. Max Walscheid (Ger) Cofidis at 3:31
9. Laurenz Rex (Bel) Intermarché-Circus-Wanty at 3:35
10. Christophe Laporte (Fra) Jumbo-Visma at 4:11.

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Paris-Roubaix – Women 2023
Alison Jackson won the Paris-Roubaix Femmes avec Zwift on Saturday. The Canadian of EF Education-TIBCO-SVB was part of the break of the day, which fought for victory on the velodrome. Jackson was the best in a chaotic sprint, in which saw Femke Markus crash on the banking. Katia Ragusa was second and Marthe Truyen third.

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The course was 20 kilometres longer this year and had a total of 30 kilometres of cobbled sections, including Mons-en-Pévèle at 48 kilometres from the finish and the Carrefour de l’Arbre at 17 kilometres, probably the most crucial sections.

The third edition of Paris-Roubaix for women started from Denain on Saturday. After two previous victories for Trek-Segafredo with Lizzie Deignan and Elisa Longo Borghini, Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx) was billed as the top favourite for 2023. Kopecky didn’t consider herself to be the favourite before the race. The Belgian, like many others, pointed out that luck plays a much more important role in winning in Paris-Roubaix than in any other race. She was right as there were many punctures and crashes this year.

The nervousness in the bunch meant that no one was able to get away, but after 15 kilometres there was a successful move. Eleven riders managed to get away: Marta Lach (CERATIZIT-WNT), Lisa van Helvoirt (Parkhotel Valkenburg), Josie Talbot (Cofidis), Susanne Andersen (Uno-X), Marie-Morgane Le Deunff (Arkéa), Alison Jackson (EF Education-TIBCO-SVB), Julia Borgström (AG Insurance – Soudal Quick-Step), Amber Pate (Jayco AlUla), Jesse Vandenbulcke (Human Powered Health), Marison Borras (St Michel-Mavic-Abuer93) and Mathe Truyen (Fenix-Deceuninck). Ten kilometres later, another seven riders crossed to the front group. These were Lisa Klein (Trek-Segafredo), Alice Towers (Canyon//SRAM), Eugénie Duval (FDJ-SUEZ), Daniek Hengeveld (DSM), Katia Ragusa (Liv Racing TeqFind), Laura Tomasi (UAE Team ADQ) and Femke Markus (SD Worx). DSM only had Hengeveld in the break and decided to chase. The lead of this dangerous break quickly increased and at one point they had almost 6 minutes.

When turning onto the first cobbled section, the gap was the same. While Hengeveld rode away from the break, Marianne Vos punctured in the peloton. She had to chase on her own and had not yet returned by the five-star section of Mons-en-Pévèle began 50 kilometres from the finish. Lotte Kopecky put the pressure on, after Lorena Wiebes had been leading the peloton. Kopecky’s attack caused a chasing group of favourites to form with Kopecky, Elisa Longo Borghini, Lucinda Brand, Elise Chabbey, Pfeiffer Georgi, Franziska Koch, Sanne Cant, Floortje Mackaij, Chiara Consonni and Romy Kasper. They started to chase the early escapees, who had pulled in Hengeveld with 43 kilometres to go. They still had a lead of more than 3 minutes. The favourites were getting closer to the front riders, but 37 kilometres out, there was a big crash. On Sector 7, Longo Borghini slid and took a large part of the group with her, Cant being the main victim. Kopecky also hit the cobbles hard and fell back in the peloton with Marianne Vos. Kasper was the only rider who escaped the pile-up, but she was later caught by nine in the group.

The group of Kopecky, Longo Borghini and Vos seemed to have no chance, but they didn’t give up. After a long chase and with just under 15 kilometres to go, they managed to rejoin Brand and the next group on the road. There were attacks in the leading group at that time, which didn’t help their work. The difference became smaller and smaller. It looked very much like the groups would come together. On the cobbles of Hem, the lead shrunk to less than 10 seconds. After that, there was more co-operation at the front, so that the difference increased to 20 seconds again. It looked like Markus, Duval, Lach, Ragusa, Jackson, Borras and Truyen had a serious chance again. The seven turned onto the velodrome with just enough lead and would sprint for the victory. Just before the sprint really started, Markus crashed. After that, Jackson showed her strength and was the fastest to the line. She beat Ragusa and Truyen to second and third places. Twelve seconds behind the leading group, Lotte Kopecky sprinted to seventh place, ahead of Pfeiffer Georgi, Chiara Consonni and Marianne Vos.

*** You can see more Roubaix photos in the ‘PEZ Race Report’ HERE. ***

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Race winner, Alison Jackson (EF Education-TIBCO-SVB): “When I came here with the recon on the track, I dreamed of winning. But I thought it would stay with dreams, because most dreams are deceptions. That makes it even more incredible that it worked out. I didn’t have to wait to achieve that. I wanted to be part of an early move and make the race. That way you can also avoid chaos and bad luck more easily. In the final we came forward with seven, but only four ladies wanted to ride. Then I thought: either I don’t ride and we get caught anyway, or I ride full and you at least have a chance of winning. Fortunately I had a clear track in the sprint. It’s always a special feeling to win, but even more so here on this iconic track.”

2nd, Katia Ragusa (Liv Racing Teqfind): “In the final kilometres, we were doubting if we could make it or the group would chase us, but then we believed and we eventually made it. I thought about anticipating with an attack before the velodrome but the speed was too high, so I tried to enter in the front positions. Then I stayed up and I gave everything. It was the team’s plan, to get in the breakaway to anticipate the first sector of pavés. The initial breakaway was really big, with 18 riders, and we got a big gap so it went well. It was hard for me to think we could make it but in the team car they were telling me I can ride for the win: ‘Come on, you keep going, you are strong!’ Kilometre by kilometre, I realised I could do something really big. This morning, I couldn’t imagine I would finish 2nd.”

3rd, Marthe Truyen (Fenix-Deceuninck): “I’m very happy, I don’t know what to say. This is crazy. This is a dream. We got five minutes ahead of the peloton. Then I already said to Jesse Vandenbulcke: hopefully I’m not dreaming. It was a goal to get into that big breakaway, but I never expected to get so much space. That’s an incredible result. It comes as a surprise to me, but I am very happy with it.”

10th, Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma): “I didn’t really see the front today. I was just before the first lane in a crash and then I had a puncture. Then I had to go from group to group and I got hit every time picked up by teammates. It makes no sense to keep everyone waiting, because then you won’t have anyone left in the front. There was nothing else to do but keep driving. I had a lot of help at the end. I never thought we would get this close. It was a lot of suffering, but it turns out that never giving up pays off. I think the spectators saw a great race.”

Crash victim, Femke Markus (SD Worx): “I got a push and then my wheel slipped. And then I couldn’t do anything anymore. I think this is the most beautiful race there is. And we came here to win. It feels especially bad to me towards the team. When you’re in a position like that and you can’t finish it… I still felt really good. Because Lotte (Kopecky) rode behind us, I could also do fewer turns. So it’s definitely a shame. I think this will make me sleep badly for a few more days.”

Paris-Roubaix – Women Result:
1. Alison Jackson (Can) EF Education-TIBCO-SVB in 3:42:56
2. Katia Ragusa (Ita) Liv Racing TeqFind
3. Marthe Truyen (Bel) Fenix-Deceuninck
4. Eugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ-SUEZ
5. Marion Borras (Fra) St Michel-Mavic-Auber93
6. Marta Lach (Pol) CERATIZIT-WNT at 0:03
7. Lotte Kopecky (Bel) SD Worx at 0:12
8. Pfeiffer Georgi (GB) DSM
9. Chiara Consonni (Ita) UAE Team ADQ
10. Marianne Vos (Ned) Jumbo-Visma.

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The Fourth Stage of the Tour of the Basque Country was won by Jonas Vingegaard. After a stage of 175 kilometres around Santurtzi, the finish was a sprint between the overall leader, Vingegaard, and Mikel Landa. They had attacked on the climb of La Asturiana, after which Vingegaard won the sprint. He strengthened the lead with two stages to go.

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An early escape of eleven riders didn’t manage to stay away from the peloton, but a later move by five riders did. DSM climber Harm Vanhoucke was joined by Jonathan Caicedo (EF Education-EasyPost), Natnael Tesfatsion (Trek-Segafredo), Alan Jousseaume (TotalEnergies) and Jon Barrenetxea (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA).

Vanhoucke was the best placed rider on the general classification more than 6 minutes behind, so Jumbo-Visma let the leading group go. Their lead increased to over 6 minutes, but was reduced towards the final. In the last hour of racing, everyone was looking at the climb to La Asturiana (7.4km at 6.5%), starting 25 kilometres from the finish and the top 15 kilometres out. Just before that climb, the leading group was caught and overall leader Vingegaard took 3 bonus seconds, ahead of Ion Izagirre, 2 seconds, and Brandon McNulty 1. EF Education-EasyPost set the pace on La Asturiana for Richard Carapaz. The attack from Carapaz came 5.7 kilometres from the top, but it was countered by Vingegaard. The only one who could follow the Dane was Mikel Landa. They made a serious gap on the first chasing group, including David Gaudu, Enric Mas, Ion Izagirre and Sergio Higuita.

The second part of the climb was a bit easier and the chase group kept the difference around 30 seconds. Vingegaard and Landa held that lead at the top. There was a technical descent of more than 14 kilometres. The front riders lost some of their lead, but entered Santurtzi with 25 seconds in hand. The last 4 kilometres were a bit flatter and the large chasing group, led by Soudal Quick-Step, was able to get closer. In the last kilometre, Landa refused to come through with Vingegaard, who then had to do all the work alone. He looked back a lot and the lead disappear, but Vingegaard and Landa still had enough lead to fight out for the victory. In the sprint, Vingegaard, who was the first to turn into the final straight, was the fastest. Not far behind Vingegaard and Landa, Mauro Schmid won the sprint for third place ahead of Matteo Sobrero and Brandon McNulty. Vingegaard remains in the lead overall, now 12 seconds ahead of Landa. David Gaudu is at 31 seconds.

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Stage winner and overall leader, Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma): “I had a super good day today. I felt good on the last climb and thought: why don’t I just try it myself? I decided to go for it and only had Mikel with me. We worked well together and made it to the line. I am overjoyed to have won for the second day in a row. I didn’t expect it this morning.””At one point, Mikel and I had a 30-second lead, but there wasn’t much left of that advantage on the line. That was a shame. Undoubtedly, there will be attacks. I will do everything in my power to keep the jersey, and after the stage, we’ll see where we stand. For now, tomorrow is the most important day.”

2nd on the stage and overall, Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious): “When Vingegaard attacked, I tried to catch him no matter what. Until the final meters, I tried to have cold blood to beat him. We still have two stages left, and I will try again.”

Itzulia Tour of the Basque Country Stage 4 Result:
1. Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma in 4:22:26
2. Mikel Landa (Spa) Bahrain Victorious
3. Mauro Schmid (Sui) Soudal Quick-Step at 0:02
4. Matteo Sobrero (Ita) Jayco AlUla
5. Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Team Emirates
6. Rigoberto Urán (Col) EF Education-EasyPost
7. David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
8. Felix Gall (Aust) AG2R Citroën
9. Clément Champoussin (Fra) Arkéa Samsic
10. Mattias Skjelmose (Den) Trek-Segafredo.

Itzulia Tour of the Basque Country Overall After Stage 4:
1. Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma in 17:08:56
2. Mikel Landa (Spa) Bahrain Victorious at 0:12
3. David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 0:31
4. Matteo Sobrero (Ita) Jayco AlUla at 0:33
5. Ion Izagirre (Spa) Cofidis
6. Enric Mas (Spa) Movistar at 0:36
7. Mattias Skjelmose (Den) Trek-Segafredo at 0:37
8. Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Team Emirates at 0:38
9. Simon Yates (GB) Jayco AlUla at 0:39
10. James Knox (GB) Soudal Quick-Step at 0:46.

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Sergio Higuita won Stage 5 of the Tour of the Basque Country. The Colombian won the sprint from a group of favourites ahead of Andrea Bagioli and Mattias Skjelmose. Jonas Vingegaard remains the leader overall.

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On Friday there was a lot of climbing again, even though the fifth stage was only 164.5 kilometres long. Immediately after the start in Amorebieta, was the climb of Monte Kalbo (2.9km at 6.9%). A number of riders attacked, but their attempts were unsuccessful. The next attack came after the first climb. Soudal Quick-Step’s Rémi Cavagna and Mattia Catteneo joined forces and went up the road together. Mattieu Bourgaudeau of TotalEnergies tried to cross, but the Frenchman couldn’t reach the two leaders. After 60 kilometres they had a 4 minutes lead on the peloton and Cattaneo was the virtual overall leader. The Italian was 15th on general classification and 1:07 behind leader Jonas Vingegaard.

The Soudal Quick-Step duo kept the pace high, but lost some ground in the last 40 kilometres. That was a result of the work of by Jayco-AlUla, who assisted Jumbo-Visma. After INEOS Grenadiers also came forward, the lead disappeared. At 20 kilometres from the finish, Cattaneo, who held out the longest, was caught. Not much happened during the intermediate sprints. Vingegaard did go for the last one took 1 second from Mikel Landa. There were still some hard climbs in the final. Even before starting the last 10 kilometres, INEOS Grenadiers took the initiative again and lifted the speed in the peloton.

On a very steep section it was Enric Mas who started the action. Vingegaard jumped with him and a select group was able to follow. After the summit, a larger group got back to the leaders, for a total of 20 riders: Vingegaard, Mas, Landa, David Gaudu, Mattias Skjelmose, Simon Yates, Mauro Schmid, Matteo Sobrero, Ion Izagirre and Sergio Higuita were the top riders. Soudal Quick-Step had Andrea Bagioli and James Knox in the first group. The Belgian team took the lead and set the pace for Schmid. The Swiss rider had already been on the podium twice. The chase group, with Ethan Hayter, was not far away, so it was important to keep the pace up. The group of favourites had enough of a lead to sprint for the win in Amorebieta. After a chaotic last kilometre Higuita started a long sprint. The Colombian had a nice lead and was able to hold onto it until the finish line. Bagioli took second place, ahead of Skjelmose. Sobrero and Schmid, who was badly placed, filled the top 5. Vingegaard held his overall lead going into the final stage.

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Stage winner and 8th overall, Sergio Higuita (BORA-hansgrohe): “It was a really tough stage today but I knew that I had a good chance to take a top result. I knew the finish well. In the finale, I saw the opportunity and knew that I had to take it. I went actually a little bit early, but in the end, I was strong enough to keep my lead and not be reeled back. I’m really happy to give the team a second stage win, and it’s always nice to win at this race, as I have good memories here. After a few not so easy months, this stage victory, plus my podium at GP Indurain, has given me back more confidence. It’s really motivating for me and the team.”

Overall leader and 10th on the stage, Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma): “In the final kilometres, several GC riders attacked, but Vingegaard was alert. Attila Valter then made sure his leader crossed the line safely. “It was a hot and tricky day. The breakaway was very strong, and catching them was quite challenging. Thanks to them, we were able to catch the escapees, so I thank them very much. The guys sacrificed themselves for me every day and did a great job. I anticipate a very challenging stage tomorrow. I think anything is possible. Experience has taught me that the last stage is always chaotic. The leader’s jersey is our priority; if the circumstances are favourable, I’ll try to win the stage. I will do everything I can to keep the jersey, and at the end of the day, we will see if I have succeeded.”

Itzulia Tour of the Basque Country Stage 5 Result:
1. Sergio Higuita (Col) BORA-hansgrohe in 3:59:57
2. Andrea Bagioli (Ita) Soudal Quick-Step
3. Mattias Skjelmose (Den) Trek-Segafredo
4. Matteo Sobrero (Ita) Jayco AlUla
5. Mauro Schmid (Sui) Soudal Quick-Step
6. Clément Champoussin (Fra) Arkéa Samsic
7. Ion Izagirre (Spa) Cofidis
8. Felix Gall (Aust) AG2R Citroën
9. Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Movistar
10. Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma.

Itzulia Tour of the Basque Country Overall After Stage 5:
1. Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma in 21:08:52
2. Mikel Landa (Spa) Bahrain Victorious at 0:13
3. David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 0:31
4. Mattias Skjelmose (Den) Trek-Segafredo at 0:32
5. Matteo Sobrero (Ita) Jayco AlUla at 0:34
6. Ion Izagirre (Spa) Cofidis
7. Enric Mas (Spa) Movistar at 0:37
8. Sergio Higuita (Col) BORA-hansgrohe at 0:38
9. Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Team Emirates at 0:39
10. Simon Yates (GB) Jayco AlUla at 0:40.

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Jonas Vingegaard won the Final Stage 6 and the final overall of the Tour of the Basque Country. The Dane of Jumbo-Visma, who started the final day as overall leader, escaped the other favourites on the penultimate climb of the day and then soloed the last 30 kilometres to the finish. James Knox was second and Ion Izagirre third.

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The final stage of the Tour of the Basque Country was different this year, but still had a lot of climbing. After the difficult Krabelin (5km at 9.6%) had to be climbed halfway through the 137.8-kilometre stage, the finale came at more than 40 kilometres from the finish. From then, the Trabakua (3.3km at 7.1%), Izua (4.1km at 9.2%) and the Urkaregi (5km at 4.8%) still had to be climbed. The top of the last climb came 12 kilometres from the finish.

Many riders wanted to be in the break of the day, but at the foot of the first climb, everything had come together again. Then a strong leading group emerged with Emanuel Buchmann, Bruno Armirail, Esteban Chaves, Ruben Guerreiro, Harm Vanhoucke, Aurélien Paret-Peintre, Rein Taaramäe, Marc Hirschi, Eddie Dunbar, Daniel Felipe Martínez, Attila Valter and Steven Kruijswijk. The 12 quickly gained a lead of more than 2 minutes, putting Emanuel Buchmann in the virtual lead. The German of BORA-hansgrohe was at 1:37 behind overall leader Jonas Vingegaard before the start of the stage. Jumbo-Visma also had Attila Valter (17th at 1:43) which put the pressure on Bahrain Victorious because Mikel Landa was 2nd overall and saw his position endangered. At the foot of the tough Krabelin (5km at 9.6%), the difference to the front riders was reduced to about 1 minute. Then we saw Hermann Pernsteiner set the pace in the peloton, which slowly thinned out towards the top. The break also split. Chaves, Guerreiro and Kruijswijk rode away from the rest, although Valter was able to return. We now had a leading group of four.

On the road to the Trabakua, Mauro Schmid (Soudal Quick-Step), Igor Arrieta (Equipo Kern Pharma) and Mathieu Burgaudeau (TotalEnergies) counter-attacked. Arrieta and Burgaudeau couldn’t join them, but Schmid did. The Swiss rider joined an attack by Chaves. The two were brought back by the others, but in the run-up to the penultimate climb, Schmid went again. Jumbo-Visma accelerated on this climb. First with Sam Oomen, then with Valter and Kruijswijk, and finally with Vingegaard. The Tour winner dropped his competitors one by one, rode to Chaves and Schmid and then left them behind to start a solo of almost 30 kilometres. At the top of the Izua he had more than 30 seconds on the first pursuers. At the foot of the Urkaregi it had stretched to 1:20. At the top he had lost a few seconds, but he still had more than 1 minute. In the end he had nearly 50 seconds at the finish in Eibar. Behind Vingegaard, James Knox had escaped from the group of favourites in the final for second on the stage. Ion Izagirre sprinted to 3rd place and also finished 3rd overall. Mikel Landa was 2nd overall.

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Stage and final overall winner, Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma): “It was a tough but beautiful day for the team. Once again, I thank my teammates very much. They were fantastic today, as they have been all week. With Attila and Steven in the breakaway, we controlled the race. I’m happy I was able to finish. I have had good results in the Basque Country before without winning, so the overall victory makes it even more special. I knew I had to attack in there because the last climb was not tough enough to make the difference. I had good legs, so I took a chance. The plan was that I would try to pull away there. I wanted to defend my leader’s jersey, so it was better to go to the finish in a small group. When I noticed no one could follow me, I decided to continue.”

2nd overall, Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious): “I’m happy with this second place. Today the team did super good work defending this result. We missed maybe a stage win, but we worked well with the team we had. We fought every day, and today was a super hard stage. I think we must be happy with this podium finish.”

4th on the stage and 7th overall, Brandon McNulty (UAE Team Emirates): “It was a crazy race. I have mixed memories from this stage from previous years but I’m happy to have had a good last day and stay up in the GC and take home the young riders jersey. It’s an encouraging result looking ahead to the next big objectives.”

5th on the stage and 6th overall, Sergio Higuita (BORA-hansgrohe): “We can be really pleased with our performance at this year’s race. We rode offensively, and I tried very hard to take a podium place in the GC. In the end, I was only eight seconds away from the podium, so it was relatively close. It was also great that we picked up two stage wins, and I’d like to thank my teammates for their tremendous support the whole week. Our performance here has given me a lot of confidence for the next races.”

8th overall, James Knox (Soudal Quick-Step): “I am extremely happy with my result. The whole squad did a great race this week, we came close to getting a win several times, we were in the mix on all the stages, so we can be proud of how we rode. Today I took my chances and attacked, while Mauro – who had already helped me over the top of the last climbs – could cover the moves behind. I am delighted with this top 10 at World Tour level and the victory we took in the team classification.”

10th on the stage and overall, Felix Gall (AG2R Citroën): “The objective was a top-10 and that has been achieved. In addition to that, I had several top-10s for the stages. My condition is good. It’s quite satisfying, even if I haven’t always been lucky, especially in the third stage where I was hampered at the bottom of the final climb. There are still things to improve but I am on the right track for the Tour des Alpes (April 17-21) which is a race that I really like and in which I have already earned some good results (6th GC in 2022). I will be ambitious. It will be great preparation for the Giro d’Italia.”

Itzulia Tour of the Basque Country Stage 6 Result:
1. Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma in 3:36:42
2. James Knox (GB) Soudal Quick-Step at 0:47
3. Ion Izagirre (Spa) Cofidis at 0:49
4. Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Team Emirates
5. Sergio Higuita (Col) BORA-hansgrohe
6. David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
7. Mauro Schmid (Sui) Soudal Quick-Step
8. Simon Yates (GB) Jayco AlUla
9. Enric Mas (Spa) Movistar
10. Felix Gall (Aust) AG2R Citroën.

Itzulia Tour of the Basque Final Overall Result:
1. Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma in 24:45:24
2. Mikel Landa (Spa) Bahrain Victorious at 1:12
3. Ion Izagirre (Spa) Cofidis at 1:29
4. David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 1:31
5. Enric Mas (Spa) Movistar at 1:36
6. Sergio Higuita (Col) BORA-hansgrohe at 1:37
7. Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Team Emirates at 1:38
8. James Knox (GB) Soudal Quick-Step
9. Simon Yates (GB) Jayco AlUla at 1:39
10. Felix Gall (Aust) AG2R Citroën at 1:50.

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Audrey Cordon-Ragot to Human Powered Health After Leaving Zaaf
Very soon after her departure from the Zaaf team, Audrey Cordon-Ragot found a new team. The Frenchwoman has signed a contract with Human Powered Health, which was announced on the UCI website. She was also spotted with her new team on Thursday.

The financial situation of the Zaaf Cycling Team had worried Cordon-Ragot, as it is unable to pay the salaries of its riders and staff. The 33 year-old rider from France then submitted her resignation. “I thought they just needed some time, but other issues cropped up as well,” she said. “We were just understaffed. In terms of organisation, it didn’t even resemble an amateur team. At one point I said to myself, enough is enough. After what happened to me last year (a stroke), I no longer feel like fighting.”

Cordon-Ragot has now signed a contract with Human Powered Health, the American women’s team also includes Nina Buijsman, Marit Raaijmakers, Marjolein van ‘t Faith and Jesse Vandenbulcke.

Cordon-Ragot training with Human Powered Health:
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Heinrich Haussler Retires
Following an illustrious 18-year career in the pro peloton, Heinrich Haussler will retire from cycling and transition to a Sports Director. He leaves the peloton with 22 wins to his name, including two Grand Tour stage wins at Tour de France and Vuelta Espana, while also winning the Australian National Championship.

The decision comes following a routine annual UCI cardiac screening in December 2022, when the Medical Team at Bahrain Victorious noticed that Heinrich Haussler’s screening had changed from his previous screenings. This prompted a review by specialists in Germany and Italy. After undergoing further cardiological investigations, there were various treatment options discussed with Heinrich. At 39 years old, and after a successful professional career in cycling, it was decided that the risks associated with continued elite level sport participation were greater than the benefits. Heinrich will continue in cycling as a Sports Director, where his knowledge, experience and passion for cycling will help to guide future generations of professional cyclists.

Heinrich Haussler reflects on his career and moving forward: “I started my career in 2005, and I’ve been a pro for 18 years and I’m now 39 years of age. I Started cycling at 6 and moved to Germany when I was 14 with that dream of becoming a professional cyclist. This sport is something that has grown on me, and I’m super passionate about, it’s become my lifestyle, and it will live with me forever, the memories and the people I’ve met and the places that I’ve seen.

If I look back now, there are tears of joy along with a sadness that I have to stop, but I’m happy and in the last 4-5 years at my age, I think I’ve got the most out of the sport and helped share my experience with the boys. So when I do stop, I’ve been able to say I gave everything and can move on to the next stage of my life.

I want to stay in this sport, and I want to become a Sports Director which is something I’ve been planning for in the last 3-4 years and at the end of every year I had to decide if I wanted to move to the car or keep riding, and my passion for the sport always kept me out there. I probably would have tried to continue living that dream into my 40’s as it’s never been a job to me, I’m fortunate enough to have made a career from my hobby. There is a lot I can look back on and be happy with what I’ve achieved in cycling.

Now I look to the next chapter on helping the new generation and sharing my experience, especially in the classics or lead-outs. There is no better feeling when the planning pays off, and you can help the guys pull off a big win. Like when Sonny won Roubaix, it was one of my proudest moments, and it’s hard not to hold back the tears thinking about that day and that experience will keep that group of riders together.

So, later on in my career, I want to help build that togetherness and team spirit. Having guys around you that are working for you and sacrificing opportunities for the one leader and celebrating a victory like that.

Now the decision to stop has been made for me, and I have had the chance to look back on all the great memories in my career and getting to spend more time with my family. I’m happy I can move on and make the next step of my life and transition as a Sports Director.”

Bahrain Victorious would like to thank Heinrich for his time as a rider with the team, where he shared his invaluable experience and passion, which was felt across the staff and riders and I look forward to helping him transition to his next role in the team car.

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Jakob Fuglsang Recovered from his Medical Problem
Jakob Fuglsang has hardly raced this season. The Dane abandoned the UAE Tour, his first race of the year, at the end of February because of an inflammation in his left testicle. The 38 year-old rider is now back on his bike and if all goes well, he will make his comeback in the Tour of Hungary (10-14 May).

Epididymitis is an acute or chronic inflammation of the epididymis, accompanied by swelling, scrotal redness and/or pain. Fuglsang was admitted to hospital and had to undergo a three-week course of antibiotics. Now he can train again. “I am very motivated to get back on my bike,” Fuglsang said in an Israel-Premier Tech press release. “It was difficult to be on the sidelines for so long. It is even more difficult to know that I will have to miss the Ardennes classic, which is one of my favourite races. However, the season is long and I am very much looking forward to racing again.”

Jakob Fuglsang back soon:
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Aklilu Arefayne joins Circus-ReUz-Technord
Circus-ReUz-Technord is pleased to welcome Aklilu Arefayne, an 18 year old Eritrean rider. With his compatriot Biniam Girmay and the South-African Louis Meintjes, he becomes the third African to wear the colours of the structure of Intermarché-Circus-Wanty and the seventeenth element in the Continental Development team directed by Kévin Van Melsen.

Aklilu Arefayne is one of the most promising riders of his generation on the African continent. Last year he won a gold (time trial) and silver (road race) medal at the African championships in the junior category, before winning the national title in the time trial. Last month he was the runner up in the African time trial championships in Accra (Ghana), in the U23 category this time.

Since the start of season 2023 Arefayne showed himself among the professional riders in the most prestigious races on the African continent, the Tropicale Amissa Bongo and the Tour of Rwanda, continuously attacking and being rewarded with the most aggressive rider award several times. In Rwanda he even finished eighth on Mount Kigali, helping his compatriot Henok Mulubrhan to win the general classification.

A couple of months after his first race out of Africa on the occasion of the junior World Championships in Wollongong (Australia), Arefayne will discover the European continent in the colours of Circus-ReUz-Technord.

Aklilu Arefayne: “In July 2015 I saw how Daniel Teklehaimanot became the first Eritrean to participate and to wear the polkadot jersey in the Tour de France, two days before my eleventh birthday. Two years later I started cycling myself, dreaming about becoming a professional rider and racing in the biggest cycling event in the world myself. I’m very happy with the opportunity to develop myself in Belgium thanks to Circus-ReUz-Technord, as one of the only African riders. My example and new teammate Biniam Girmay lives 1.5 kilometre from my home in Asmara. His support will be precious to help me adapting to Europe. I will have to acclimatise to the weather, which is very different to what I’m used to in Africa. For example, during my time trial at the African championships in Ghana it was 38 degrees. This Wednesday I did my first training ride on my new Cube Litening C68:X in the Liège province, accompanied by Francesco Busatto. I’m very happy with the warm welcome I received from the team. I can’t wait to meet the rest of the team and staff and to learn alongside them!”

Kévin Van Melsen (Sports Director): “Our structure is pleased to actively contribute to the development of African cycling by welcoming and coaching one of the many young Eritrean talents. Biniam Girmay speaks very highly about what Aklilu Arefayne is showing in their home country. Additionally, his first results as an U23 rider in the most prestigious African races in the beginning of this year were very promising. Welcoming this young rider in Europe is an interesting challenge for our team, which we take on with great motivation. The experience of Biniam Girmay is an excellent guideline to facilitate his integration and to create a home feeling for him in Belgium. Aklilu has undoubtedly a large progression margin, which we want to exploit with a professional training approach and individual coaching. I’m looking forward to see him race on his Cube Litening C:68X for the first time in regional races soon. We’re convinced about the potential of this project and with the whole structure we’ll do what we can to offer him the necessary support to foster his progression, which can undoubtedly lead to nice results on the long term!”

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Women’s FDJ-SUEZ Team Announces New Sponsor
The French cycling team FDJ-SUEZ will have extra financial support in the coming years. The women’s team has a new sponsor; Groupement des Cartes Bancaires, the largest interbank network in France.

Groupement des Cartes Bancaires, CB for short, has committed itself to the cycling team for three years. The CB logo will be on the FDJ-SUEZ kit from Saturday’s Paris-Roubaix.

Stephen Delcourt, general manager of FDJ-SUEZ, is pleased: “Our team can now count on new support from the French corner. The values of CB correspond to those of the team. We are focused on our local and national roots, but also have international ambitions. We want to perform even better as a team in the future.”

Philippe Laulanie spoke on behalf of CB. “FDJ-SUEZ is already one of the best teams in the world. It is a huge honour for us to be associated with the team now. It is our goal to further promote women’s cycling.”

FDJ-SUEZ has fifteen riders under contract this year. The most famous names are those of Marta Cavalli, Grace Brown and Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig.

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig of FDJ-SUEZ:
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Paris – Camembert (April 11)
Bastien Tronchon: “I have been bothered for a few weeks by sebaceous cysts in the perineum. It is not easy to string too many days together with a lot of hours in the saddle. It frustrates me because my legs feel good. Still, I’m not worried. I already had this issue two years ago and I know how to be patient. I should quickly regain my full condition when this problem is solved and finally be able to show what power I have on the pedal. I will be at the start of Paris-Camembert in a team role. We will have a strong group, capable of winning. The final circuit is difficult, it suits us well. We will have to take the race in the right direction and be opportunistic.”

The AG2R CITROËN TEAM has won three of the last four editions of Paris – Camembert. Dorian Godon won there in 2020 and 2021. Benoît Cosnefroy won in 2019. Since 1992, the AG2R CITROËN TEAM won seven times. It should also be noted that Geoffrey Bouchard has finished in the top 5 for the past two years (3rd in 2021 and 4th in 2022).

Franck Bonnamour begins his rehabilitation
Franck Bonnamour, the victim of a broken right foot in a crash during the second stage of the Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var (February 18), has begun his rehabilitation. The Breton from the AG2R CITROËN TEAM will return to the European Center for Sports Rehabilitation (CERS) in Capbreton on April 10 for a period of fifteen days. A reassessment of his injury will be carried out at the end of April for a possible return to competition in early May.

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Team Novo Nordisk Returns to the Tour de Pologne
It’s a significant year for Team Novo Nordisk – the third wild card in the Tour de Pologne UCI World Tour – which, like the Polish stage race, is celebrating an important anniversary in 2023: the 100th anniversary of the founding of the historic company leader in the production of insulin. The discovery made by Canadian researchers in 1921, has been marketed by Nordisk Insulin Laboratorium since 1923, while the professional team – founded in 2008 – works to raise awareness, empower and educate diabetics – athletes and non-athletes – towards an active and healthy lifestyle.

“2023 is an important year,” said Team Novo Nordisk’ General Manager, Vassili Davidenko, “Not only for our sponsor’s anniversary, but also for ten years of our partnership and wonderful work together. We are very happy to be able to celebrate this by returning to the Tour de Pologne. We thank our friends at Lang Team for giving us the opportunity to compete with the best teams in the world, while inspiring all those with diabetes and showing them that it is possible to do sport even at a high level.”

A mission that has always been received with great sensitivity by the organisation, which, in the person of Czesław Lang commented: “It will be special to see the guys from Team Novo Nordisk racing on Polish roads. As I have said many times, I am convinced that cycling has great power to bring people together and spread messages. The values of this team are noble and go beyond the concept of sport and applying to daily life. I hope that the Tour de Pologne, with its international audience, can contribute to raising awareness of the great goals that can be pursued by people living with this disease. Furthermore, Team Novo Nordisk has always been racing at the Tour de Pologne in an offensive and spectacular way.”

The team, called to participate in the 80th edition of the Polish race, will present itself at the starting line with an exclusive commemorative jersey, to further underline the importance of this significant anniversary.

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BC Bike Race Giveaway
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BC Bike Race brings you back to the coast on Vancouver Island, Canada for the most singletrack of any multi-day stage race in the world. It offers a perfect combination of natural and hand-built trails crafted by mountain bikers for mountain bikers. It’s a multi-day mountain bike stage race that explores many regions in beautiful British Columbia. Riders will either be grunting up the climbs or hootin’ and hollering down thrilling descents over multiple stages as they enjoy the only way to truly taste what BC riding is all about. Filled with climbs, descents and singletrack that will require your entire skill set to conquer and cover a distance that demands a good set of lungs. More details about the race are available at: https://bcbikerace.com/about-the-bcbikerace/

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      c. Tag a friend in comments
      d. Enter email in entry form linked in post on Facebook/linked in bio and stories on Instagram

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Contest ends 4/28/2023. Winner will be picked at random and will be notified by email. Contest entry is nontransferable, nonrefundable, and has no cash value. This prize is for race registration only; upgrades like transportation, camping and food will need to be purchased separately.

 

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Off-Script: Tour of Flanders 2023 | Behind the scenes with the INEOS Grenadiers
Go behind the scenes with this exclusive all-access look at the INEOS Grenadiers’ preparations for the second Monument of the season – Tour of Flanders.

 


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