EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
All the weekend cycling news
Colle delle Finestre and Tre Cime di Lavaredo in the 2022 Giro d’Italia – TOP STORY. All the action from the Druivencross in Overijse. Alejandro Valverde keen for 2022, Franco Pellizotti thinks UAE Team Emirates would be nothing without Tadej Pogačar, João Almeida for the Giro and the Vuelta and Oleg Tinkov convicted of tax fraud. Contract news from Maurits Lammertink, Krists Neilands, Fabio Van den Bossche, Steff Cras, Matthew Holmes, Fabio Felline, Davide Martinelli, Manuele Boaro, Harold Tejada, Łukasz Wiśniowski, Simone Bevilacqua, Giovanni Lonardi, Mirco Maestri, Ruby Roseman-Gannon and Iván Romeo. No teams for Sacha Modolo, Alexandar Richardson, Jempy Drucker and Nicola Bagioli retires. Team news: One spot left at Israel Start-Up Nation, Roger Hammond joins INEOS Grenadiers, Bingoal-Chevalmeire and Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport merge and Carmen Small coach with Jumbo-Visma. Race news: Final entry list for UCI Track Champions League. Plus Canadian Cycling Hall of Fame and Deceuninck – Quick-Step and Maes remain mates. Yes, a very big EUROTRASH Monday coffee time.
TOP STORY: Colle delle Finestre and Tre Cime di Lavaredo Possibly in Giro’22
On Wednesday we will know the route of the 2022 Giro d’Italia, but there has been rumours in various Italian news sites.
Tuttobiciweb announced that the Giro will start in Hungary next year. The plan was to start the Italian Tour in Budapest in 2020, but the corona pandemic put a stop to that. Hungary will host the first three stages in 2022. Due to the Grande Partenza takes place in another country, the Giro d’Italia will start on a Friday and the first Monday will be an extra rest and travel day. The peloton is expected to travel to the island of Sicily to continue there with at least two stages. The Giro organisation will probably also have a stage finish on Etna, the main climb on the island of two-time Giro winner Vincenzo Nibali.
The route then heads north, passing through the southern regions of Calabria, Basilicata and Campania. Just before the second rest day in Pescara, an important mountain stage is on the program towards Blockhaus. This climb in the Apennines was last included in the route in 2017. The victory then went to Nairo Quintana, ahead of Thibaut Pinot and later overall winner Tom Dumoulin.
The second week of the Giro will then probably start with a passage through Umbria and Le Marche, followed by a stopover in Emilia-Romagna. The riders then head to Liguria and Valle d’Aosta for some difficult mountain stages, topped off in the Piedmont region by the climb of the partly unpaved Colle delle Finestre. Chris Froome turned the 2018 Giro d’Italia upside down on this nearly 20 kilometre long Col.
In the third and final week the race will head towards the Slovenian border for a stage with the finish in Udine. The Giro will be decided in the Dolomites, with a five-star stage likely to finish at the Passo Fedaia. The climb to Tre Cime di Lavaredo also seems to be a killer in the final week. The Giro ends after just over three weeks in Verona, after a final time trial with a finish in the Roman Arena of Verona.
Colle delle Finestre:
Overijse Men Cyclo-Cross World Cup 2021
Eli Iserbyt has put the 2021 Overijse World Cup cross on his palmarès. In the final lap, Michael Vanthourenhout let a gap go, allowing his 24-year-old Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal teammate to get away from Toon Aerts and take the win. Vanthourenhout was second, Aerts was third.
The rain started to fall heavily after the women’s race, so the course was a lot more difficult for the men. Eli Iserbyt (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal), Quinten Hermans (Tormans-Circus) and Daan Soete (Deschacht-Hens-Maes) had a good start on the uphill first stretch, after which it was Soete who took the lead. Together with Hermans he started the second lap with a gap. Hermans and Soete then saw Corné van Kessel (Tormans-Circus), Iserbyt, Toon Aerts (Baloise Trek Lions), Michael Vanthourenhout (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal), Toon Vandebosch (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal) and Emiel Verstrynge (Tormans-Circus) come back to them. Hermans continued and had teammates Iserbyt and Vanthourenhout with him. The three of them put the first pursuers, Van Kessel and Aerts, at 12 seconds in the third of the seven laps. Iserbyt briefly took over the initiative from Hermans, but he quickly took the lead again. Hermans made a mistake and as a result of which he fell back to Aerts who was riding in fourth place. Aerts and Hermans followed at the start of the fourth lap at 7 seconds behind Iserbyt and Vanthourenhout. Aerts then rode away from Hermans and managed to join the two leaders, while Hermans saw a podium place disappear from sight after a change.
When Aerts came into the pit area on the fifth lap, Vanthourenhout accelerated. Because Iserbyt made a few mistakes, the 27-year-old rider took the lead on his own. A strong Aerts managed to close the gap and Iserbyt was also there again. Vanthourenhout increased the pressure again, while Aerts and Iserbyt held his rear wheel. At the start of the penultimate lap, a fourth contender for the victory appeared as Laurens Sweeck (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal) had managed to catch them. While Vanthourenhout accelerated, Aerts let himself be dropped to third place. But Aerts pulled himself forward again to take the lead. The 28-year-old pushed hard, forcing his rivals to chase. It was Vanthourenhout who managed to return to Aerts with Iserbyt in his wheel. At the end of the sixth lap, Vanthourenhout tried again, bu the front runners started the last lap of the day together. Aerts tried to break away from Iserbyt and Vanthourenhout on the up hill after the finish line, but both men did not want to crack. Iserbyt took over immediately after that attack. Vanthourenhout took second place from Aerts and then let the gap go for his teammate. Iserbyt took the gift with both hands and rode off. Iserbyt made no more mistakes, the victory was for the leader of the World Cup. Iserbyt remained clear to secure his third World Cup victory of the season after he was the best in Waterloo and Iowa City. Nine seconds behind, Vanthourenhout took second place. Aerts crossed the line in third at almost half a minute. Sweeck and Hermans were fourth and fifth. Lars van der Haar was the best Dutchman in sixth place. Van Kessel, Vandeputte, Cameron Mason (Trinity) and Ryan Kamp (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal) completed the top-10.
Race winner, Eli Iserbyt (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal): “Toon’s attack was actually perfect for me as I knew that once he sat down I had to go over him. The rain was a bit of an uncertain factor in the race, so that was nice. It was always just clinging to it and staying put. I didn’t have much left, but I did see that everyone had got tired in the final and I didn’t really. It may have seemed like an ideal scenario on TV, but in the race it was a bit of not being able to do better.”
2nd, Michael Vanthourenhout (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal): “It was a cross as usual, a cross that I really like to do. I’m sorry I couldn’t finish it. At the end, Eli (Iserbyt) was perhaps just a little stronger. During the race I may have thrown a little too much with my powers. But I’m happy it’s going well and I’m happy it’s a podium again. For me it is good. If you see the course, second may not be good. But I’m happy and it’s good for my World Cup standings. Eli and I are a good duo. It was a good race with good tactics. Eli won and I am second: good for the team.”
3rd, Toon Aerts (Baloise Trek Lions): “I’ve learned in the past that you have to be positive about podium finishes, so a podium is never a bad thing. But if you get into a final like today, you attack in the last lap and then finish third, it’s a bit of a squeeze. We have to analyse this and see what we can learn from this. The running went really well. But when I was away for a while, I tried to keep riding for too long. I didn’t make good progress because my rear wheel was seriously slipping and when I looked back, the others had come back on my wheel. Sven (DS Sven Nys) called out to me to attack. I don’t know what was the right time, but maybe it wasn’t the right time when I went.”
Overijse Men Cyclo-Cross World Cup Result:
1. Eli Iserbyt (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal in 1:00:28
2. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 0:09
3. Toon Aerts (Bel) Baloise Trek Lions at 0:26
4. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 0:46
5. Quinten Hermans (Bel) Tormans-Circus at 1:02
6. Lars van der Haar (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions at 1:11
7. Corne van Kessel (Ned) Tormans-Circus at 1:23
8. Niels Vandeputte (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix at 1:53
9. Cameron Mason (GB) Trinity Racing at 1:58
10. Ryan Kamp (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 2:26
Overijse Women Cyclo-Cross World Cup 2021
Kata Blanka Vas took her first cyclo-cross World Cup victory on Sunday. The 20-year-old Hungarian of the SD Worx team made a big impression on the technical course in Overijse. After a good start she was always at the front of the race. After she managed to drop Puck Pieterse in the penultimate lap, Vas took the victory after more than 45 minutes of racing.
The Druivencross in Overijse is the fifth round of the World Cup, after the races in the United States and Zonhoven. Puck Pieterse (Alpecin-Fenix) and Kata Blanka Vas (SD Worx) had a good start on the long uphill first section, after which Vas rode on with Denise Betsema (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal). The Dutch rider took a nice gap with the 20-year-old Hungarian. After a bike change from Vas, Betsema was on he own. Going into the second lap, Betsema’s lead was 5 seconds over Pieterse and Vas, who were together. The others followed at 30 seconds. Due to a mistake by Betsema, Pieterse and Vas were able to return to the front, after which the younger riders increased the pressure on the 28-year-old leader of the World Cup on the third lap. Initially it was Pieterse who had a gap, later Vas tried to ride away. At the end of the lap, Betsema made another mistake, causing her to be dropped from the front.
Pieterse and Vas then started the fourth and penultimate lap with a lead of 9 seconds over Betsema. The young leaders made a strong impression on the technical course, while Betsema fell behind due to a few mistakes. Vas was the strongest in front and was able to pull away from Pieterse, who refused to crack completely. At the start of the last lap, the Hungarian was 4 seconds ahead of the Dutch rider. Vas stayed clear and secured victory in Overijse after 48 minutes. Pieterse crossed the line at 15 seconds. Lucinda Brand (Baloise Trek Lions) managed to catch Betsema in the finalé and then beat her compatriot in the sprint for the podium.
Race winner, Kata Blanka Vas (SD Workx): “I didn’t expect to win the race, I did my best and just tried to stay in front. From the first lap the legs felt really good and I haven’t really had any problems since. I was able to concentrate well throughout the race and luckily everything went well. I don’t think I’m the best yet, but I’m really happy to win a World Cup race for the first time. It means a lot to me.”
Overijse Women Cyclo-Cross World Cup Result:
1. Kata Blanka Vas (Hun) SD Workx in 48:07
2. Puck Pieterse (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix at 0:15
3. Lucinda Brand (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions at 0:33
4. Denise Betsema (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 0:33
5. Clara Honsinger (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld at 0:44
6. Line Burquier (Fra) A.S. Bike Crossteam at 0:53
7. Yara Kastelijn (Ned) IKO-Crelan at 1:24
8. Shirin van Anrooij (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions at 1:36
9. Silvia Persico (Ita) at 1:52
10. Amandine Fouquenet (Fra).
Overijse’21 (looking for free video):
Alejandro Valverde Still Keen
If he hadn’t been at his current level, Alejandro Valverde might have retired three or four years ago. The Spanish rider said in the cycling podcast ‘El Maillot’, in which he confirmed that next season will be his last season as a professional cyclist.
Valverde told RTVE on Tuesday that he will hang up his bike at the end of the 2022 season and he later confirmed this in the cycling podcast El Maillot. “I was planning to retire in 2021, but I’m still doing well and I enjoy what I’m doing. I want a normal year for the public and have decided to continue. I will continue to race and train young riders.”
It is clear that the 41-year-old rider will remain with Movistar, the team where he has been under contract since 2005. “If I didn’t have this level, I would have retired three or four years ago. I didn’t want to renew just to renew it. After 2022 I will have a contract, but I don’t know in what role. I will continue to train, but without the stimulus of the competition.”
Valverde hopes for a normal season and normal preparation. “2020 was a strange season. Two months on the home trainer, when I had never done that before. 2021 was better: I had my affairs in order and was more regular. Winning was harder than ever, but I got good results. In the Vuelta a España it went well until I fell. I’m at the level of the riders who win, so I’ll keep going.”
According to the Spanish veteran, who has collected more than a hundred victories in his long career, the riders who win have a different level of preparation. “Everyone is more prepared. They are trained to perfection. They have power metres, do altitude training and work with nutrition plans. Cyclists between the ages of 20 and 25 fly, they go super fast. Riders over 30 have a harder time.”
Valverde still got it at 41:
Pellizotti Thinks UAE Team Emirates Isn’t Much Without Pogačar
Franco Pellizotti thinks there will be relatively little left of UAE Team Emirates if you take away Tadej Pogačar. The Bahrain Victorious DS said in an interview with Tuttobiciweb. “We are a great team in every way, but we don’t have the budget to have a Pogačar,” said Pellizotti.
“Bahrain Victorious team was born just five years ago, and starting from scratch is always difficult,” said the 43 year-old Italian former professional. “In those first years you have to incur so many costs that you cannot attract riders with a very big name. First, we want to establish a balanced selection and structure in all sectors of the team.”
Last season Bahrain Victorious took thirty victories, including Paris-Roubaix with Sonny Colbrelli. But ten other riders managed to win in 2021. “We are not interested in a champion who wins ten games a year. We prefer that all top riders are willing to put themselves in the service of others. That is our true strength and it allows us to achieve results with so many different riders,” said Pellizotti.
After ending his own career at the end of 2018, Pellizotti joined the staff of the Bahraini formation. “When the staff is strong and close, the riders can give the best of themselves. They can think 110% about their work and nothing else. We are a great team in every way. We don’t have the budget to have a Pogačar, but if you take it away from UAE Emirates, there’s relatively little left.”
“They do have a big budget with which they are setting up a very strong staff around this phenomenon,” he refers to UAE Team Emirates and Tour de France winner Pogačar. “Let me put it this way: we are like the Italian football team Atalanta. We don’t have Cristiano Ronaldo, but we have twenty players who put their heart and soul into getting the ball into the goal. We don’t care who scores. The most important thing is to give everything and the riders know that too.”
Franco Pellizotti in the Tour as a rider:
João Almeida Focuses on the Giro and the Vuelta in 2022
João Almeida has set two goals for next season: the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España, according to the Portuguese Record. The 23-year-old climber from Portugal will make his debut in 2022 in the kit of UAE Team Emirates, after having made his breakthrough at Deceuninck – Quick-Step in the past two years.
Almeida’s season start is scheduled for the UAE Tour in February, a race where home team, UAE Emirates, often starts with a top roster. After that, Almeida will shift his focus to the Giro d’Italia, in which he will be the leader. In 2020 (fourth) and 2021 (sixth), the Giro was the only Grand Tour the Portuguese rider has ridden.
Later in the season, Almeida will make the Vuelta a España another goal. He will also be the leader of the team in Spain, although it is possible that Tadej Pogačar will also be at the start. The Slovenian is the leader in the Tour de France and may add the Vuelta to his program in the autumn. We don’t see Almeida in the Tour. According to Record, another newcomer, Marc Soler, will contest the French stage race as a domestique for defending champion Pogačar. Almeida is currently enjoying a holiday after having a first squad meeting with UAE Team Emirates in the United Arab Emirates last week.
Oleg Tinkov Convicted of Tax Fraud
Oleg Tinkov, the Russian founder of investment bank Tinkoff and former team owner of the cycling team of the same name, has had to pay a fine of more than $500 million to the American tax authorities for tax evasion.
The billionaire – his net worth was estimated at 2.5 billion last year – was indicted in September 2019 for concealing large stock market gains, when he renounced his American citizenship. US citizens are required to declare income and then pay taxes, even if they live and work outside the United States. Tinkov pleaded guilty on 1 October and has now been sentenced to a suspended prison sentence of one year and to pay a fine of $508.936 million dollars, around €440 million.
From 2006–2008, Tinkov sponsored the Tinkoff Credit Systems UCI Professional Continental team, then in 2012, Tinkov decided to join the then Saxo Bank-Sungard and Tinkoff Bank became the title sponsor. After the Russian decided he wanted to stop sponsoring the team, the search for a new main sponsor came to nothing and the Tinkoff team had to stop at the end of 2016. In September 2019, Tinkoff started to sponsor tennis player Daniil Medvedev and since February 2020, Tinkoff has been the title sponsor of the Russian Premier League (soccer).
Pez trying to get a loan from Oleg – нет!
Maurits Lammertink to Stay with Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert with Medical Approval
If he, his family and the doctors think it’s justified, Maurits Lammertink can extend his contract with Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert. That’s what performance manager Aike Visbeek says in an extensive interview with WielerFlits. “We give him that chance and we support him in that,” said Visbeek.
Last summer, 31-year-old Lammertink was hit by a scooter in his hometown of Hengelo. In a life-threatening condition, he was driven to the hospital in Enschede, where a life-saving operation reduced the pressure on his brain. A long rehabilitation followed, which was initially difficult. On Wednesday, however, it emerged that Lammertink is making great strides and is now training carefully again.
“If Maurits is healthy and he, his family and the doctors think it is responsible to race, then we will extend his contract. He went through a period where progress was quite slow. And now he has gone through a phase where things are going a lot faster. This means that he can now train outside on his own. On the other hand, it is also true that he is not allowed to drive a car yet. But we are now starting to become cautiously optimistic,” said Visbeek. Lammertink is currently in his second year with the WorldTour team.
Krists Neilands at Israel Start-Up Nation for Two More Years
Krists Neilands has extended his contract with Israel Start-Up Nation. The Latvian rider, who won Dwars door het Hageland in 2018, will join the WorldTour team for the next two years.
“I feel very comfortable here and I feel that I mean something to the team,” said Neilands after his contract extension until the end of 2023. “When Kjell Carlström and Rik Verbrugghe asked for a conversation about my future, I found out that they still have great have plans with me at Israel Start-Up Nation. So the choice was very easy.”
Team manager Carlström sees Neilands experiencing significant growth since he joined the team in 2017. “And he is a rider who can perform in short stage races and one-day races. In addition, he is a great teammate. We are very happy that he wants to stay with us, especially as he has been part of the team for a long time. We look forward to his further development and look forward to achieving further victories in the coming years,” said Carlström.
Neilands’ honours list includes two Latvian titles, Dwars door het Hageland, the Grand Prix de Wallonie and the overall victory of the Tour of Hungary.
Alpecin-Fenix Signs Fabio Van den Bossche for Two Years
Alpecin-Fenix has confirmed the arrival of Fabio Van den Bossche. The 21-year-old rider and part-time track cyclist comes from Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise and signs a contract for two seasons, until the end of 2023. Van den Bossche considers it an honour to make this transfer.
“I am very happy and proud to be part of Alpecin-Fenix next year,” he says. “It is a great honour for me to take this next step in my career with this successful team. I am confident that in this structure I can grow into the best possible version of myself. I look forward to contributing to the team’s success.”
The transfer had been in the air for a while. Van den Bossche has had two seasons at Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise, but there his focus was mainly on track cycling. This year he came second in the omnium during the European Championships in Apeldoorn. On the road he was twelfth in the Tour de Wallonie and fifteenth in the Baloise Belgium Tour.
Fabio Van den Bossche:
Steff Cras and Matthew Holmes Stay with Lotto Soudal
Climbers Steff Cras and Matthew Holmes will stay at Lotto Soudal next year. The 25-year-old Belgian and 27-year-old Brit both signed a contract extension of one season. This way, Cras and Holmes will start their third season at the Belgian cycling team.
The 25-year-old Belgian Steff Cras has been with the team for two seasons. In that period, the talented climber was at the start line of the Tour, Vuelta and the cycling Monument Il Lombardia. After several setbacks, Cras is determined to perform at full strength next year.
“I really felt at home with the team the past two seasons”, says Steff Cras. “The future is looking bright with this young and talented group. Personally, my contract extension is a mental boost after two seasons, which were marked by bad luck. In 2020, I was forced to abandon at the Tour due to back problems, which jeopardised the rest of my year. Also this year, the first part of the season went up in smoke due to a Covid infection. That is why I am really looking forward to a year in which I can ride at full strength. I want to focus again on riding a good GC in short stage races and winning a Grand Tour stage. Besides, I want to assist the team the best I can. And the second part of this season gave me confidence for what’s to come.”
Also for Matthew Holmes, 2020 marked his first season at the Belgian cycling team. The Brit immediately impressed at the Tour Down Under, where he won the queen stage to Willunga Hill. In the 2020 Giro d’Italia as well as the past Vuelta a España, Holmes again showed his fine climbing legs.
Matthew Holmes: “It feels really nice to go into my third year with Lotto Soudal. I can’t wait for next year, especially after the recent team days, where we worked at everything else involved around the bike such as new equipment and training methods. After two seasons of getting to know everyone and making friends, Lotto Soudal really feels like ‘my’ team. It’s a professional environment and it feels like I’m fully part of the team now.”
“Overall, I look back on the past two seasons with great pleasure. Maybe this year has not fully gone to plan, but I still won a WorldTour race during my first pro contract. It’s an achievement which I’m still really proud of. On a couple of occasions, I’ve also been close to a Grand Tour stage win, which really gave me confidence to go and try to win one next year. In my head, I know it’s doable. Now that I know what I can and can’t do in the WorldTour, I’ve got a much clearer view of which races I’ll go for. The main focus will be to target different kinds of breakaway opportunities in Grand Tours and other stage races”, concludes Holmes.
Fabio Felline, Davide Martinelli, Manuele Boaro and Harold Tejada Continue with Astana Qazaqstan Team
Four riders have prolonged their contracts with Astana Qazaqstan Team: Italians Fabio Felline (31), Davide Martinelli (28), Manuele Boaro (34) and Colombian Harold Tejada (24) all signed a new two-year agreement with the Kazakh team.
“I want to keep on improving in the following two years with Astana Qazaqstan Team to become a more complete rider in terms of helping the leaders and reaching my personal goals. Last year I tasted success with Astana winning Memorial Marco Pantani and a few times during this season I was close to important achievements too, so I hope to keep on continuing this way in 2022. The new contract and the good changes in the team motivate me to work more and to push harder in the races in the new season,” said Fabio Felline, who was ninth at the Tour of Slovakia and 14th at the Tirreno-Adriatico this year.
“I am really happy to renew my contract with the team. My first two years in Astana turned out to be really good, I found a nice atmosphere here and it was a big pleasure for me to work for the leaders and to help the team to achieve its goals. In the upcoming season the team is going to change a lot and I am sure we will be able to create a strong group which will succeed. I am also happy to see that our “classic” group has been strengthened so I hope we will be more competitive in these races,” said Davide Martinelli, who was third in a stage of Adriatica-Ionica and fourth at Serenissima Gravel in 2021.
“I see the team is strengthening for the new year and I am happy to remain a part of Astana Qazaqstan Team. I am happy to stay in this amazing group of riders and staff and I am ready to continue giving my all in support of the leaders. I think that the upcoming year can be a successful one for Astana with the arrival of Vincenzo Nibali, with Alexey Lutsenko who keeps on improving year by year, and with other strong riders coming, so it is a honour and pleasure for me to ride side by side with them pursuing the common goals. I remain in full disposition of the team but, of course, if in any race the team will ask me to try to get a personal result, I will be there ready for that,” said Manuele Boaro, the biggest breakaway specialist of the team.
“Well, the last season was not the one I was hoping for due to different reasons, mostly connected with health problems and crashes. I expected a better debut at the Giro d’Italia and I was hoping for a better end of the season with the races I really like, such as Giro dell’Emilia and Il Lombardia. But a bad crash forced me to finish the season much earlier than I wanted to. However, the new contract with the team provides me an additional motivation and inspiration and I am grateful to Astana Qazaqstan Team for this chance. I hope I will be able to return to the level of 2020 when I had a really good season, and I will work 200% to become stronger. I see some important and good changes inside the team, and I am really happy to welcome the new riders coming to our team and, of course, Miguel Angel Lopez who is coming back to us. I have great hopes about the new season, and I am looking forward to reuniting with the team at the first training camp,” said Harold Tejada, who was 36th in the General Classification of the 2021 Giro d’Italia.
“With the riders we announce today we can say we are gathering a strong and ambitious group, ready for some important achievements in the upcoming season. Fabio is a very experienced rider, and we can count on him in almost all kinds of races, both pursuing the team goals or asking him to fight for a personal result. Davide will be part of the improved “classic races” group, and we can expect from him and other riders something really nice at the Northern classics. Manuele is a strong and loyal team player, always ready to support the leader or to protect team interests in the breakaway. Harold is still very young and if he leaves all his health problems behind, I am sure he will become an important part of our Grand Tour group,” concluded Alexandr Vinokurov, General Manager of Astana Qazaqstan Team.
Wiśniowski Joins 2022 roster
Łukasz Wiśniowski is the latest rider to join the EF Education-NIPPO roster for 2022.
Wiśniowski describes himself as “friendly and always laughing.” Spend just five minutes chatting with the Polish rider and you’ll see that it’s true. This attitude helps him not only to enjoy life, but to get through the inevitable hardships that come with a career as a bike rider. “Cycling is such a hard discipline, a hard sport. I think you need to have a good sense of humour to push through the hard days,” he says.
“I’m not a climber and I have to be good at something, so let’s say the Classics!” the 29-year-old jokes. All kidding aside, Wiśniowski is an asset to the team’s Classics line up. Already with a second place finish at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, he is determined to build upon that. “I’m still hungry for more,” Wiśniowski says. “When I was a kid, I always watched Omloop, Paris-Roubaix, and the Tour of Flanders. It was those three races I was dreaming about. The biggest goal is to win Paris-Roubaix. You always have to look at the highest goal and focus on it. That would be my dream from childhood.”
From the first moment Wiśniowski rode cobblestones, he was hooked. “You feel it straight away. The cobbles suit me.”
Wiśniowski goes on to explain why he loves the cobbled Classics so much. “One day races when you just race full gas from the start to the finish line. The parcours really suit me: the cobblestones, the small roads, the wind. All that is what I really like. I’m not a climber so I really enjoy the races in Belgium.”
He has raced at the WorldTour level for the past seven seasons and loves the freshness that comes along with moving to a new team. “I’ve often changed teams in the past and I like this because then I get new friends and also new goals for the new season. New goals are new motivation.”
Jonathan Vaughters, team CEO, notes Wiśniowski’s experience as an asset. “Łukasz sort of balances out the influx of young talent into the team in 2022,” Vaughters explains. “We needed a couple of hard core, stalwart guys that know the job, that know how to get the work done in the Classics. Łukasz has actually produced some great results on his own in the Classics as well. He’s the foundation of the team, the guy you’re bringing in to steady the ship. An experienced rider, he’s been around, knows the races, knows how to work for a leader, knows how to race for himself. The foundation of a team is having guys like him who can get the grunt work done.”
Vaughters also appreciates the Polish rider’s easy-going attitude. “A lot of the young guys can be super nervous and wound up, whereas the older guys sometimes, they’re the ones who bring a little levity to the situation, a little bit of a lighthearted nature, saying ‘Listen, you’re not going to die because we didn’t win today.’ He’s a great person to have at the dinner table. I don’t usually say that as an attribute as to why I put a guy on contract, but the social dynamic is important.”
Wiśniowski is happiest anytime he can turn himself inside out, whether he’s racing for himself or a teammate. “I would like to help the team because there are a lot of GC riders and sprinters and climbers so that’s a goal for me. Personal goals, I would like to be focused on the spring Classics and to show myself at one of those races.”
His love of aggressive racing is one of the factors that drew him to EF. Wiśniowski is the kind of rider who is comfortable taking a gamble. “The team always races aggressively which is what I really like. That’s why it’s my dream team. Finally I made it! I’m super excited and I cannot wait to meet all the riders and the staff and to race together.”
We love your passion, Łukasz, and we can’t wait to kick off the 2022 season with you.
Simone Bevilacqua, Giovanni Lonardi and Mirco Maestri: a Trio of Italians for EOLO-KOMETA Cycling Team 2022
Three riders sought, chosen and wanted. Three riders who are already enthusiastic to join the project and who will bring all their experience, freshness, desire and dreams.
After the renewal announcements, after the welcome given to Diego Rosa and David Martín, it’s time to get to know better three new faces that the fans will soon learn to love.
Born in 1997, able to defend himself very well in time trial, the cyclist from Thiene arrives in EOLO-KOMETA home after two seasons in Vini Zabù. Professional since 2018, he boasts two Italian junior titles: one on track in 2014 (scratch) and one time trial in 2015. In 2019 he won the seventh stage of the Tour de Langkawi in Malaysia.
“There is all the enthusiasm that is normal to feel when you start a new adventure, especially when you come as I do from two years a bit difficult. Here in EOLO-KOMETA I’m sure I’ll find the right environment and the motivation I need. I’m here because the team looked for me and wanted me, and this is a huge satisfaction for me: hearing Ivan Basso calling you and asking you to race for him is not something that happens every day…”
Born in 1996 and native of Verona, Giovanni arrives from Bardiani CSF. In his palmarès a stage at the Tour de Taiwan and one at the Tour of Thailand (2019), a stage at the Tour of Antalya (2020) and a stage at the Tour of Bulgaria (2021). Sprinter, able to hold out on the not-too-hard climbs and then give it everything in the sprint.
“The key word for this new adventure of mine is: relaunch. If I look back I see some ups and downs and too many disappointed expectations for different reasons, now it’s time for a new experience and to make some results: and this team is the best place. In the season just ended I was watching in the group the riders of EOLO-KOMETA and the impression was to see a new team that did not seem new. Since the beginning, for the mentality with which it raced, it has been an example to follow for all the Professional teams.”
Mirco was born in Guastalla (Reggio Emilia) in 1991, and has lived his entire career as a Pro in the Bardiani CSF. Experienced rider, professional since 2016, in his palmarès won the victory in the points classification at Tirreno-Adriatico 2019 and the second place in the same classification in the 2017 edition. His other victories a stage and the general classification of the 2018 Tour of Rhodes, a stage at the 2019 Tour of China, the GP Slovenian-Istria and the GP Slovenia in 2021. In 2019 he came close to success in a stage of the Giro d’Italia, mocked after a very long breakaway.
“This is a very important turning point for me: new stimuli, new people even if I find with great pleasure Stefano Zanatta that I know very well. When that morning I received a message from Ivan Basso on my phone asking me if I wanted to race with him, I got goosebumps: as a kid I was a fan of his and I also adored Contador, finding them again is a dream. I want to turn over a new leaf, I don’t deny the past years and I thank all the people I’ve met but now I need new stimuli and to repay the trust I’ve been given. I’m a complete rider, I don’t like to wait for the race but I love to attack, then I pull the sprints for my teammates and if I need to give a hand I don’t pull back. I bring my wealth of experience, I’ve raced four Giro d’Italia and four Milano-Sanremo: and I dream of winning that stage at the Giro that I only came close to.”
Team BikeExchange Sign Young Australian Talent Ruby Roseman-Gannon for 2022 and 2023
Team BikeExchange is pleased to announce the signing of 22-year-old Australian prospect, Ruby Roseman-Gannon, for the next two seasons, after witnessing her impressive performances on home soil.
The youngster from Victoria turned heads during the 2020 Australian racing season, showing her ability and potential racing alongside the world’s best, with GreenEDGE Cycling delighted to help continue her development for the next two years.
With a third-place finish at this year’s Santos Women’s Tour Down Under, a top-10 finish at Race Torquay and 12th place at the WorldTour event, Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race in 2020, Team BikeExchange is excited to see what Roseman-Gannon can achieve overseas as she embarks on her first full European season with the squad in 2022.
Roseman-Gannon experienced the European peloton briefly in 2019 however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Batchelor of Science student has been unable to further her experience. Now with her first professional WorldTour contract signed, the Australian is thrilled to step up alongside her compatriots and see what potential she can unleash on the European roads.
Brent Copeland, General Manager on Roseman-Gannon: “Ruby is a young talent, and we are really glad to have her with us for the upcoming years. She has shown great potential with strong results, and we will give her all the tools we have available to help her grow and become one of the best riders in the peloton. We are continuously looking for young talented Australian riders for our team and this is another perfect example of our vision for the future.”
Martin Vestby, Women’s Head Sports Director on Roseman-Gannon: “Ruby is a really young talent, one of the best in Australia. We have been following her for a couple of years and we are sure that she can be a great fit for our team. She is an exciting rider, who can develop in various ways in the future. This will be the biggest task for us, especially during the first year. We have to work together with her to understand which kind of rider she can be for her future. This is a really stimulating project for us, and we have lots of experience in bringing in young talent and helping them grow. We will need to define her areas to develop and work as much as we can to make her the best rider possible. The first season she’ll need time to adapt to a full WorldTour season, which is completely different to what she is used to, but we will support her in the best way and we expect her to make the best out of this opportunity.”
Ruby Roseman-Gannon: “I am super excited to be joining Team BikeExchange as I have grown up watching this team on my TV as a young aspiring cyclist and it means the world to me to be able to race for them. It will be my first time racing for an international team and I’m hoping to race as much as I can and soak up the experience and learn as much as possible from riders such as Amanda Spratt and Jess Allen. From the outside, the team has always seemed like a perfect mix of professionalism and fun, and I can’t wait to be a part of it.”
Date of Birth: 8th November 1998 (22)
Joins GreenEDGE Cycling: 2022
New Contract: 2022 & 2023
2nd Australian Criterium Championships 2020 & 2021
3rd Santos Women’s Tour Down Under GC 2021
6th Race Torquay 2020
7th Australian Road Race Championships 2021
12th Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race 2020
Movistar Signs Iván Romeo for the Future
Movistar is following the talented Iván Romeo closely, but the 18-year-old Spaniard will not ride for the WorldTour team next year. Romeo will ride with the development team of Hagens Berman Axeon, reports Marca.
Romeo won the Spanish junior champion on the road and time trial last summer. This aroused interest from Movistar, which was seriously considering transferring the junior to the pros next winter, but things will not go that fast. Romeo will first join Hagens Berman Axeon, the continental training team of Axel Merckx, in 2022. He may only stay there for half a year, because according to Marca it is likely that the 18-year-old rider will still switch to Movistar in the summer. Reportedly, a three-year WorldTour contract is ready for Romeo.
Sacha Modolo and Alexandar Richardson Leave Alpecin-Fenix
Alpecin-Fenix will say goodbye to Sacha Modolo (34) and Alexandar Richardson (31) at the end this season. The Italian and the Briton have been part of the Belgian ProTeam for the past two seasons.
The experienced Modolo had two difficult years with Alpecin-Fenix. The former WorldTour rider and stage winner in the Giro d’Italia was injured for a long time. The end of his period with the team of the Roodhooft brothers was positive: he won a stage in the Tour of Luxembourg in September. It was Modolo’s first win in more than three years. “I really have no words for this. I can’t believe it,” he said emotionally.
Richardson, like Modolo, resurfaced at Alpecin-Fenix in early 2020 after several seasons at the British continental level. He mainly filled a domestique role with the ProTeam. His last race in the dark blue kit was at the British Championship earlier this month; Richardson was sixth, more than a minute behind champion Ben Swift.
Alpecin-Fenix will also see Louis Vervaeke (Quick-Step-Alpha Vinyl), Otto Vergaerde (Trek-Segafredo), Ben Tulett (INEOS Grenadiers), Petr Vakoc and Philipp Walsleben (both retiring) leave after this season.
Drucker Has to Leave Cofidis
Jempy Drucker hopes to find a new team for 2022 in the winter months. The 35-year-old Luxembourger raced for Cofidis this year, but the French team recently decided to say goodbye to the experienced Drucker. “I still want to continue as a cyclist,” the team-less Drucker told Radsport-News.
Drucker started out as a cyclocross rider with Fidea Cycling Team, but decided to pursue a road career and raced successively for Willems Veranda’s, successor Wanty-Gobert and BMC Racing Team. Drucker then rode for BORA-hansgrohe for two seasons and this year raced for Cofidis, but for only one year.
Drucker hopes to be part of the peloton next year. “I am still looking for a new team,” he said. Drucker had 58 race days this year and rode quite a few big races, such as Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Tirreno-Adriatico, the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. Drucker raced for Cofidis as a helper for leaders such as Elia Viviani and Christophe Laporte. In the Brussels Cycling Classic, he achieved his best individual performance as he crossed the line in 17th place in the Belgian semi-classic.
Nicola Bagioli (B&B Hotels) Retires
We won’t see Nicola Bagioli back in the peloton next year. The 26-year-old Italian has decided to end his contract with B&B Hotels p/b KTM. “I got to a point in my life where I had to choose. I chose to follow my heart and chase my dream.” Bagioli is now fully committed to his own business… pots and pans.
Nicola Bagioli (not to be confused with his younger brother Andrea, who rides for Deceuninck – Quick-Step) started his professional career in 2017 with Nippo-Vini Fantini and also raced for Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec and B&B Hotels. The Italian climbing specialist, who was able to switch to the pros with good credentials, was unable to take a professional victory in his short career. He did, however, collect places of honour in the Trofeo Laigueglia and the Ronde van Drenthe.
Bagioli still had an ongoing contract with B&B Hotels p/b KTM, but decided to change course and stop racing. “I got to a point where I had to make an important decision and it might be a crazy choice for a lot of people. For me, however, it stands for following a dream, for a passion. From now on I will live the life of a craftsman, together with my partner Arianna.”
The couple have their own business, they are manufacturing pots and pans. “I want to thank everyone for the support during my career. Thanks to all the people who have encouraged me along the way, and maybe even pushed me on the flanks of a tough climb. And I also want to thank all my teammates. I have experienced fantastic things and I have also grown as a person.”
“I gained a lot of experience on the bike and it gave me the opportunity to explore the world. To meet different cultures and people and to learn several languages. I will also be able to use this in my new life,” Bagioli said on Instagram.
Sylvan Adams Has One Spot Left in his Israel Start-Up Nation Roster
Israel Start-Up Nation has been busy in recent weeks to strengthen for next season and the team still has one spot left. Team owner Sylvan Adams made this known in conversation with Velonews.
With Giacomo Nizzolo, Jakob Fuglsang, Hugo Houle and Corbin Strong, four newcomers have already been presented. Then there is the departure of Daniel Martin and André Greipel (retired), Davide Cimolai, Hugo Hofstetter and Alexis Renard. Israel Start-Up Nation has thirty riders under contract for next season, but in theory another one can be added.
“We now have a selection of thirty riders, but there is still room for one addition. However, that does not mean that we will attract another rider. We don’t feel any pressure to do anything else in the transfer market, but if we can still do good business somewhere… We still have a spot left.”
Adams is not only busy behind the scenes with his roster for next season. The search for a possible new sponsor is not yet over. The team boss admits that talks have been held with the people behind Premier Tech, a packaging equipment manufacturer and until recently associated with the Astana squad. Adams: “Premier Tech has spoken with multiple teams, including Israel Start-Up Nation.”
“That’s not surprising, since I know Jean Bélanger (the CEO of Premier Tech) well. There have been discussions, but he is taking the time to cut the knot. They have not yet made a decision before 2022 and we are also giving them time to make the right choice,” said Adams, who isn’t saying too much.
Israel Start up ready for 2022:
Roger Hammond Joins INEOS Grenadiers Team Management
INEOS Grenadiers has expanded its coaching staff with Roger Hammond. The 47-year-old ex-pro of Garmin-Cervélo, High Road and Discovery Channel will become head sports director at the British WorldTeam. The team also announced the appointment of Ben Williams as a member of the performance team.
Hammond was part of the professional peloton for many years up to and including 2011 and became British champion twice in that period. After his active career, he became a sports director, a position he held at Bahrain Victorious this year. The former rider is looking forward to his new challenge. “The team is very open to change and to finding new ways to innovate and improve. That is incredibly motivating and I hope I can do my part in developing an increasingly integrated performance model that can help drive future success.”
Deputy team manager, Rod Ellingworth, said he was delighted to welcome Hammond and Williams. “They are two very important appointments for the squad as we prepare for the next adventure. Roger has a lot of cycling experience and a deep-rooted knowledge of the sport, which will be invaluable as our Sports Director. Ben brings a fresh perspective and we would like him to take the time to step back a bit and observe how the squad works before making recommendations on how we can better integrate the different performance elements.”
Ellingworth has high hopes for the next cycling season. “We are proud of what we have achieved, but there is clearly a new chapter ahead of us. We know how tough the competition is, but everyone here is driven and determined to make 2022 a memorable year. Roger and Ben will play a big part in that.”
Bingoal-Chevalmeire and Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport to Merge
Bingoal-Chevalmeire and Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport-Proximus will continue as one continental women’s team next season. Both teams will merge as of January 1. The new merger formation will be called Bingoal-Chevalmeire-Van Eyck Sport, with Shana Van Glabeke as sporting manager and Jo Chevalier and Davy Vermeire as general managers.
In fact, Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport-Proximus had already completed the team, says Van Glabeke in Het Laatste Nieuws. “But suddenly we came into contact with Jo Chevalier and Davy Vermeire. They had a squad, but no more staff. So we join hands. I think this will be a very nice project. Thanks to the extra sponsorship, we want to grow into a strong continental women’s team.”
Chevalier and Vermeire are currently still the owners of Bingoal-Chevalmeire, will be responsible for the general management of the merged team. “We were able to keep all sponsors on board,” says Chevalier. “By coming out as a team from now on, we will become stronger in width, but the quality of the team will also increase,” he continued.
Tara Gins becomes head team director of the new Belgian women’s team. Nico De Roeck becomes second team director. Davy Wijnant, sports director at Bingoal-Chevalmeire, will not join the team. The 46-year-old sports director recently announced that he wanted to stop for personal reasons. The intention is that the team will appear at the start in all important races in its own country.
Bingoal-Chevalmeire-Van Eyck Sport Team for 2022:
Minke Bakker (Ned) – Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
Nathalie Bex (Bel) – Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
Lotte Claes (Bel) – Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
Caren Commissioner (Bel) – Bingoal-Chevalmeire
Naomi De Roeck (Bel) – Lviv Cycling Team
Kelly Druyts (Bel) – Bingoal-Chevalmeire
Lenny Druyts (Bel) – Bingoal-Chevalmeire
Julie Hendrickx (Bel) – Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
Noa Jansen (Ned) – Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
Thalita de Jong (Ned) – Bingoal-Chevalmeire
Claudia Jongerius (Ned) – Bingoal-Chevalmeire
Olha Kulyncy (Ukr) – Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
Lotte Popelier (Bel) – Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
Barbara Sniezynska (Pol) – Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
Kelly Van den Steen (Bel) – Bingoal-Chevalmeire.
Claudia Jongerius will be in the new team:
Small New Race Coach Team Jumbo-Visma Women
In its ambition to have the women’s team develop further towards the world top, Team Jumbo-Visma has joined forces with race coach Carmen Small. The American former rider succeeds Marco Postma, who wants to focus more on training and personal coaching. Small was sports director at Ceratizit WNT for the past two seasons and before that at Team Virtu for two years. As a rider, she won the World Championships team time trial twice and a bronze individual medal once.
“I’m hugely motivated to join Team Jumbo-Visma”, Small says from her new home in the Basque Country. “I think it is a great opportunity for me to learn and grow as a sports director as well as bring some of my knowledge to the team. We share the same philosophy on the meaning of a team and teamwork, mutual respect, and the drive and motivation to be the best in the world. I am very much looking forward to this adventure and can’t wait to get started.”
Manager Esra Tromp of Team Jumbo-Visma Women is convinced that she has secured a suitable race coach with Small. “I already knew her as a rider, but also as a sports director in recent years. It always struck me how well she took care of things. And also how strong she was tactically. Carmen succeeds very well in getting everyone to point in the same direction. We want to grow to a higher level every year. That is a joint ambition and Carmen has the experience to realise that”, Tromp says.
As a race coach, Small forms a duo with Lieselot Decroix. The contract of the Belgian has been converted from part-time to full-time. In addition to her work in the sports director’s car, Decroix’s duties within the performance team are also expanded. Marieke van Wanroij mainly focuses on personal development, while Decroix primarily focuses on the scientific aspects of training, testing and the material.
Postma’s future lies elsewhere as the sports director role did not sufficiently match his professional ambitions. “I look back on a great time as a race coach”, he says. “So it was a difficult decision. We had a great first season and the team has what it takes to perform even better in 2022.”
World Class Final Entry List Revealed for UCI Track Champions League Inaugural Season
72 of the world’s best track cyclists, spanning 30 nationalities, receive a golden ticket to the inaugural season of the UCI Track Champions League.
36 male, 36 female, between them they hold:
- 29 Olympic medals, including 10 gold medals
- 63 UCI Track Cycling World Championship titles
Lea Friedrich, triple UCI World Champion in Roubaix, France
Some of the world’s greatest track cyclists are set to go head-to-head like never before from next week, as the UCI Track Champions league confirms its final entry list ahead of round one of the inaugural series on November 6.
Fifty riders announced today join a star-studded list of 22 pre-qualified athletes including Harrie Lavreysen, Jeffrey Hoogland, Katie Archibald, Kirsten Wild, Ed Clancy and Emma Hinze for a series that’s brimming with world-class international talent. The final 72 riders, spanning 30 nationalities, hold ten Olympic gold medals and a staggering 63 UCI Track Cycling World Championship titles between them.
Forty eight have qualified for the league based predominantly on their strong results at last week’s Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Roubaix, France. Two pre-qualified riders also join them to complete the 72 rider puzzle. All riders will compete for equal prize money in the innovative new series, set to elevate the sport to new levels with short format, high adrenaline racing, broadcast to millions.
Among the names today confirmed to ride the women’s sprint category are Lea Friedrich (Germany) – winner of 3 gold medals at the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Roubaix, France, Tokyo 2020 bronze medalist Lauriane Genest (Canada) and Daria Shmeleva (Russia) – Olympic medalist, multiple UCI World Champion and European Champion. They’re joined by Sophie Capewell (Great Britain), Yana Tyshchenko (Russia), Mina Sato (Japan) and Anastasiia Voinova (Russia) – all of whom medalled at the UCI Track Worlds in Roubaix.
Tokyo 2020 bronze medalist Rayan Helal
The Men’s Sprint qualified riders include: former European champion Mateusz Rudyk (Poland), Tokyo 2020 bronze medalist and silver medalist at the UCI Track Worlds in Roubaix Rayan Helal (France), as well as two-time UCI Track Cycling World Champion Stefan Bötticher (Germany), also a medalist in Roubaix.
Yumi Kajihara – former UCI Track Cycling World Champion
Among those who have qualified for the women’s endurance category are U23 European Road Race Champion Silvia Zanardi (Italy), 2021 European points race champion and Tokyo 2022 bronze medalist Gulnaz Khatuntseva (Russia) and Yumi Kajihara – silver medalist in the omnium at Tokyo 2020 and 2020 UCI Track Cycling World Champion.
Rhys Britton, bronze medalist in the scratch race in Roubaix
The recently qualified men’s endurance riders include Tuur Dens (Belgium), Luri Leitao (Portugal), Rhys Britton (Great Britain) and Michele Scartezzini (Italy) – all medalists at the UCI Track Worlds in Roubaix.
The UCI Track Champions League will feature the very best talent coming together in a way never seen before, battling it out across five rounds in four countries. For riders, selection represents a ‘golden ticket’ to the most exciting series in track cycling. For millions of fans around the world, it is another step closer to an action-packed, technology-driven sporting experience whether watching live in the velodrome, via an innovative, premium TV broadcast, or online.
Round 1, at the Velòdrom Illes Balears, Mallorca, Spain, begins on November 6.
UCI President David Lappartient said: “After much anticipation, the UCI Track Champions League is just around the corner and I am incredibly excited to see this fantastic format come to fruition. The Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Roubaix this month were an incredible spectacle, and now we have the best riders from that event lining up for the UCI Track Champions League. They will join the pre-qualified riders to form one of the most high-class track cycling fields we have seen in recent times. So many Olympic and UCI World Champions in one velodrome at the same time is a guarantee of an amazing show. Together with Discovery Sports Events, we are staging an unprecedented event that will delight the athletes and the fans with back-to-back action through November and December.”
François Ribeiro, Head of Discovery Sports Events said: “With less than two weeks before kick-off, the entry list truly reflects what UCI Track Champions League was designed for: a competition made for the best male and female sprinters in the world. Attracting these high-profile riders – including Olympic, World, European and Pan-American champions – is a testament of the efforts that Discovery Sports Events has put behind that new asset since we signed our promoter contract with UCI last January 2020 at Berlin, just before the world locked-down. Combining riders of this calibre with explosive, short format racing will create a thrilling spectacle. We’re proud to work in partnership with the UCI to bring this event to life, and will be working flat-out on final preparations until the first race next Nov 6 at Mallorca.”
FINAL ENTRY LIST
Sprint – Women:
Lauriane Genest (Canada)
Lea Friedrich (Germany)
Miriam Vece (Italy)
Martha Bayona Pineda (Colombia)
Riyu Ohta (Japan)
Sophie Capewell (Great Britain)
Yana Tyshchenko (Russia)
Daria Shmeleva (Russia)
Laurine Van Riessen (Netherlands)
Anastasiia Voinova (Russia)
Mina Sato (Japan)
Yuli Paola Verdugo Osuna (Mexico)
Emma Hinze (Germany)
Mathilde Gros (France)
Simona Krupeckaitė (Lithuania)
Kelsey Mitchell (Canada)
Shanne Braspennincx (Netherlands)
Olena Starikova (Ukraine)
Sprint – Men:
Jean Spies (South Africa)
Mateusz Rudyk (Poland)
Jair Tjon En Fa (Suriname)
Tom Derache (France)
Jordan Castle (New Zealand)
Kevin Quintero Chavarro (Colombia)
Mikhail Yakovlev (Russia)
Kento Yamasaki (Japan)
Rayan Helal (France)
Stefan Bötticher (Germany)
Jai Angsuthasawit (Thailand)
Hugo Barrette (Canada)
Harrie Lavreysen (Netherlands)
Nicholas Paul (Trinidad & Tobago)
Jeffrey Hoogland (Netherlands)
Vasilijus Lendel (Lithuania)
Maximilian Levy (Germany)
Denis Dmitriev (Russia)
Endurance – Women:
Maggie Coles-Lyster (Canada)
Hanna Tserakh (Belarus)
Tania Calvo (Spain)
Michelle Andres (Switzerland)
Alžbeta Bačíková (Slovakia)
Gulnaz Khatuntseva (Russia)
Emily Kay (Ireland)
Silvia Zanardi (Italy)
Karolina Karasiewicz (Poland)
Maria Martins (Portugal)
Olivija Baleisyte (Lithuania)
Eukene Larrarte (Spain)
Yumi Kajihara (Japan)
Kirsten Wild (Netherlands)
Katie Archibald (Great Britain)
Anita Yvonne Stenberg (Norway)
Annette Edmondson (Australia)
Kendall Ryan (USA)
Endurance – Men:
Tuur Dens (Belgium)
Rhys Britton (UK)
Roy Eefting (Netherlands)
Alan Banaszek (Poland)
Jules Hesters (Belgium)
Gavin Hoover (USA)
Michele Scartezzini (Italy)
Kazushige Kuboki (Japan)
Claudio Imhof (Switzerland)
Aaron Gate (New Zealand)
Iuri Leitao (Portugal)
Erik Martorell Haga (Spain)
Ed Clancy (Great Britain)
Sebastian Mora (Spain)
Corbin Strong (New Zealand)
Yacine Chalel (Algeria)
Kelland O’Brien (Australia)
Rotem Tene (Israel)
Round 1: November 6, Mallorca / Velòdrom Illes Balears, Spain
Round 2: November 27. Panevézys / Cido Arena, Lithuania
Round 3: December 3, London / Lee Valley VeloPark, Great Britain
Round 4: December 4, London / Lee Valley VeloPark, Great Britain
Round 5: December 11, Tel Aviv / Sylvan Adams National Velodrome, Israel
Tickets on sale soon: here
For more information about the UCI Track Champions League, visit www.ucitrackchampionsleague.com.
Riders will compete for the UCI Track Champions League trophy:
Canadian Cycling Hall of Fame to Induct Five New Members
Five new members will be inducted into the Canadian Cycling Hall of Fame next weekend at the Chateau Bromont as part of Cycling Canada’s Annual Conference. Robbi Weldon, Pierre Gachon and Cindy Devine will be inducted as athletes, while Patrice Drouin and Chantal Lachance will be recognised for their tremendous achievements as builders.
The Canadian Cycling Hall of Fame was created in 2015 to recognise outstanding achievement and contribution to the sport of cycling by both athletes and builders. With this induction, the Hall of Fame will count twenty-seven members, including twenty-two athletes and five builders.
No stranger to high performance competition, Robbi Weldon is a dual Paralympian and Paralympic medallist, having competed in both para-Nordic skiing and para-cycling from 2010 to 2016. After discovering cycling in 2010, Weldon quickly started to make a name for herself in the sport, becoming a World Champion at both the 2010 and 2011 Para-cycling Road World Championships. Later that year, she swept all four cycling events at the 2011 Parapan American Games alongside her pilot Lyne Bessette and the duo went on to win gold at the London 2012 Paralympics.
Pierre Gachon (1909-2004) rose to prominence as the first Canadian to ever compete at the Tour de France in 1937 and remained the only Quebecer to do so until David Veilleux in 2013. Throughout the 30s, Gachon distinguished himself at Six Day races, and set new Canadian records by completing the road connecting several cities in record time.
The name Cindy Devine is well known within the mountain biking community and with good reason; Devine became the first female downhill World Champion in 1990 after also placing first at the unofficial Mountain Bike World Championships in 1989. She went on to podium four more times at the biggest international race on the calendar before retiring and dedicating her time to helping at the West Coast School of Mountain Biking and the Shimano Dirt series.
Patrice Drouin and Chantal Lachance are also very prominent within the mountain biking community, the two having been involved with the sport since its very beginning in the 80s. After consulting with the UCI to help create this new cycling discipline, Drouin partnered with his good friend Chantal Lachance to organise a Mountain World Cup in 1991. The duo founded GESTEV in 1992 and the rest is history, with their company organising a World Cup or World Championships every year since then and putting Canada on the map as one of the world’s top destinations for the sport.
Tickets for the event are available at the cost of 150$ and all proceeds will be donated to the HopOn program in Quebec.
Deceuninck – Quick-Step and Maes Remain Mates
The Belgian beer brand stays with the team for the next two years.
Since 2019, Maes has been one of the official partners of the Wolfpack and now they have agreed on a new deal until the end of 2023. The core values of Maes perfectly match those of the team, with the Don’t Drink and Drive campaign rolled out at the beginning of the year – which had the riders as examples and ambassadors of sensibilisation to not drink and drive and to raise awareness on road safety – serving as testimony to this bond.
Everything comes back to #MatenMakkersMaes and #EntrePotesCestMaes, meaning good mates take care of each other and have fun together with a cold Maes. This also corresponds to the close mateship between the members of the Wolfpack. That’s why Maes and the team will remain mates for another two years.
Etienne Bachellier, Marketing Director of Maes, talked of the continuation of this partnership: “Cycling is such a beautiful sport. It’s really part of our Belgian heritage, bringing together a lot of people. Being a partner of one of the best cycling teams in the world is just fantastic and we didn’t hesitate for a second when it came to renewing our contract. The Wolfpack is one strong pack of friends, that’s also what our core value is all about: friends are stronger as a group. We’re looking forward to having more actions in the next two years.”
Patrick Lefevere, CEO of Deceuninck – Quick-Step, was also delighted: “Maes perfectly matches our team’s identity. Our strength is that everybody always gives their all for the team, each person in the team takes care of each other and nobody gets left behind. This mateship is also what Maes represents. Remaining partners for two more years is great and gives us a lot of pleasure.”
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