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The season has restarted and it couldn’t have been better – A stunning Strade Bianche. The revised Giro d’Italia route presentation – Top Story. Race reports from the men’s and women’s Strade Bianche, Vuelta a Burgos, Route d’Occitanie and the Circuito de Getxo with video and results. UCI President talks Covid-19. Race news: Tour de l’Avenir canceled. Rider news: Dillier missed Strade Bianche, Froome on track for the Tour, Dennis case closed, Latour to Total Direct Énergie, Vos to Jumbo-Visma, Maes joins Tormans, Teuns renews contract, Hagen to Israel, altitude training for Van der Breggen. Team news: Citroën co-partner AG2R-La Mondiale and Strade Bianche video from UAE Team Emirates.

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TOP STORY: Giro d’Italia 2020: From Sicily to Milan
The Corsa Rosa is Set to Showcase the “Bel Paese” From South to North

The Corsa Rosa is set to take place in October (3-25) for the very first time. After a period of strict lockdown, the Giro returns to offer fans a message of hope and renewal from Italy to the world. This year’s edition will feature the 9th ever Grande Partenza from Sicily, with a 15km individual time trial from Monreale to Palermo followed by three more stages on the island and one in Calabria before arriving in Matera. The race will then head to Puglia. The Abruzzo region will host an uphill finish in Roccaraso, with riders tackling the Apennine mountains (starting from San Salvo) – a stage providing more than 4,000 meters of elevation gain. The final two weeks of the Giro remain unchanged from its original schedule except for the start of Stage 10 which begins in Lanciano. The Giro-E, the Corsa Rosa’s E-biking experience, will take place over 20 stages, excluding the Monreale-Palermo ITT, and will cover the final parts of each stage before arriving in Milan like the pros.

Three Individual Time Trials, with a total distance of 64.7km, an even six stages suitable for sprinters, six of medium difficulty and six high difficulty stages are the headline course characteristics of the 103rd edition of the Giro d’Italia. There will be seven uphill finishes. Stage 21, an Individual Time Trial, runs from Cernusco sul Naviglio to Milan, which will host the final stage of the Corsa Rosa for the 78th time.

The Cima Coppi (highest peak) will be atop the 2,758-meter Stelvio. This edition’s Wine Stage will be the Individual Time Trial of the Prosecco Superiore from Conegliano to Valdobbiadene – an area that has been part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2019.

For the first time in the history of the Corsa Rosa, a stage will start inside a military base, from Rivolto, home of the 2° Stormo dell’Aeronautica Militare (2nd Wing of the Italian Air Force). An important year for the Friulian base: 2020 will celebrate the 60th year of the PAN (Pattuglia Acrobatica Nazionale; National Acrobatic Patrol) and the Frecce Tricolori (the aerobatic demonstration team of the Italian Air Force). Stage 11 finishing in Rimini, meanwhile, will commemorate the great movie director Federico Fellini on the centenary of his birth.

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Week One – Featuring the Grande Partenza From Sicily
Stage 1 sees riders compete for the race’s first Maglia Rosa over a 15 kilometre individual time trial from Monreale to Palermo. The following day, Sunday 4 October’s stage from Alcamo to Agrigento will be targeted by the puncheurs with its short, sharp climb to finish. Monday 5 October will host the Giro’s first day at altitude – a 150km stage from Enna to Etna (reaching 1775m from Linguaglossa to Piano Provenzana). The climb, previously ridden in part in 2011, will be attacked from the North (Linguaglossa) before riders reach Piano Provenzana at the top. The next day will be the 2020 Giro’s last on the island, starting Stage 4 in Catania and finishing in Villafranca Tirrena.

The region of Calabria will then host Stage 5, covering 225km from Mileto to Camigliatello Silano with a ‘gentle’ 22km-long final climb. Thursday 8 October (Stage 6) from Castrovillari to Matera will be a prime target for breakaway attacks while the next day’s stage from Matera to Brindisi is more likely to result in a sprint finish. The race’s eighth stage, on mixed terrain, will bring the peloton from Giovinazzo to Vieste (Gargano), with a final circuit of 12.7km. Sunday 11 October will see riders begin in San Salvo and finish in Roccaraso (Aremogna) for Stage 9, one of the significant changes to the first half of this year’s route. The stage, set in the Apennine mountains, features over 4,000m of elevation. Riders will climb Passo Lanciano, Passo di San Leonardo and Bosco di Sant’Antonio. The climbs are long, with the first reaching double-digit gradients. The stage finishes with a 10km long climb averaging a gradient of 5.7%. Monday 12 October will be this Giro’s first rest day.

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Week Two
Week two of the Corsa Rosa begins in the Abruzzo region, with Stage 10 taking place from Lanciano to Tortoreto over 177km. Then Stage 11 will be raced between the regions of Le Marche and Emilia Romagna, on Wednesday 14 October, from Porto Sant’Elpidio to Rimini. The following day the action starts and finishes in Cesenatico for Stage 12 on a challenging route that follows that of the Gran Fondo Nove Colli, now in its 50th edition.

We go from Cervia to Monselice for Stage 13; 192km that will bring the peloton from Emilia Romagna to Veneto where the Individual Time Trial from Conegliano to Valdobbiadene will be contested on Saturday 17. It’s a very demanding 34km test against the clock (including, in the first part, the hard, short climb of the Ca’ del Poggio) between the Prosecco Superiore hills that became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2019.

A key stage in the Corsa Rosa will start from the Rivolto air base, home of the Frecce Tricolori, on Sunday 18. The finish is in Piancavallo – which will also be the Montagna Pantani – after having climbed Sella Chianzutan, Forcella di Monte Rest and Forcella di Pala Barzana. Monday 19 is the second and final rest day, in Udine.

Week Three
The Corsa Rosa enters the final and decisive week with a stage raced entirely in the Friuli region. It starts from Udine and finishes in San Daniele del Friuli, with Monte Ragogna at the end – to be climbed three times – included in the two 27km circuit laps.

On Wednesday 21 October (Stage 17) the action will start from Bassano del Grappa and finish in Madonna di Campiglio after 202km. The stage includes more than 5,000 meters of climbing that features the Forcella Valbona, plus Monte Bondone from the Aldeno side and the Durone Pass before the finish line.

The 18th stage from Pinzolo to Laghi di Cancano (an unprecedented finish), in the Stelvio National Park will be one of the hardest of the Corsa Rosa. From the start the route heads uphill to face Campo Carlo Magno, then Passo Castrin and the Passo dello Stelvio (Cima Coppi) from the Prato allo Stelvio side. After the descent, the climb to the Laghi di Cancano is attacked straight away. Stage 19, from Morbegno to Asti, is the longest stage of the 103rd Giro at 251km, and probably the last opportunity for the sprinters to take a victory.

Stage 20, taking place Saturday 24 October, from Alba to Sestriere (Tappa Bartali) will be breathtaking. It will see riders immediately climbing up towards the 2,744m Colle dell’Agnello. The route will cross the French border to face the Col d’Izoard then return to Italy from Monginevro to face the final ascent of Sestriere from the Cesana Torinese side.

The Giro ends on Sunday 25 October with the Individual Time Trial from Cernusco sul Naviglio, 2020 European City of Sport, to Milan, in Piazza Duomo under the Madonnina. It’s a flat 15.7km ITT to close this 103rd edition.

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Men’s Strade Bianche 2020
Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) timed his attack to perfection on the final section of Tuscan grit and soloed to a victory in Siena. Davide Formolo (UAE Team Emirates) was second, Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) third.

Six riders escaped soon after the start: Benjamin Declercq, Corné van Kessel, Nicola Bagioli, Simon Pellaud, Quentin Pacher and Iuri Filosi. They took a lead of more than two minutes, but Astana took control. Julian Alaphilippe suffered a mechanical, Vincenzo Nibali and Peter Sagan had punctures. All managed to quickly return to the peloton, but they were to pay for their troubles later.

The leading group fell victim to the pace of the Kazakh WorldTour team. After more than an hour of racing, the break exploded. Pellaud turned out to be the strongest of the six and continued solo. The lonely escapee did well and extended his lead to almost four minutes, but in the last hundred kilometres his lead narrowed. Especially after Julian Alaphilippe and Mathieu van der Poel tried to make a move 80 kilometres from the finish. The two didn’t get away, but the first warning shots had been fired.

The finalé could then really start as they hit the eighth sector of the day, the Monte Sante Marie. Simon Clarke tried it in this sector almost immediately. Michael Gogl, Gorka Izagirre and Burghardt wanted to follow, but they were quickly countered by Jakob Fuglsang. The Dane gave a hard kick and drove away with 55 kilometres to go. Among the pursuers, Maximilian Schachmann, Davide Formolo, Michal Kwiatkowski, Alberto Bettiol, Greg Van Avermaet and Wout van Aert. Fuglsang failed to build his lead on a newly created group of pursuers with Bettiol, Formolo, Van Avermaet, Van Aert and Schachmann. The Dane was caught by the pursuers with 42 kilometres to go. A major truce followed. The six leaders knew that one of them would win. The next attempt was by Schachmann. The German had Van Aert with him with 22 kilometres to go. Bettiol, Formolo and Fuglsang managed to make the connection, but for Van Avermaet the lights went out. With 20 kilometres to go, five riders remained at the front.

The Colle Pinzuto and Le Tolfe remained as the penultimate and last sector. On the Colle Pinzuto, Bettiol made a brave attempt, but the leading group stayed intact. Van Aert subsequently had more success in the last sector. The Jumbo-Visma rider took a small lead in the descent, after which he continued with a strong effort. In the meantime it was the end for Fuglsang. Van Aert continued to accelerate. Behind; Bettiol, Formolo and Schachmann kept the Belgian in their sights. Van Aert did not give in to Bettiol, Formolo and Schachmann, and the pursuers did not get any closer. With a lead of 20 seconds, Van Aert started the final kilometre.

In the final kilometre, Van Aert’s victory was no longer endangered. In Siena, the Belgian was finally allowed to make the victory salute, after having finished second twice in previous editions. Behind Van Aert; Formolo and Schachmann finished second and third at half a minute.

Read the full PEZ Race Report HERE with loads of photos.

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2020 Strade Bianche winner, Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma): “It was extremely exhausting. I was the strongest in the last part of the race. Everyone in the leading group had good legs. I always believed in myself and in my plan. On the last sector I went full throttle and my technique worked to my advantage. It was an all-or-nothing attempt. Fortunately, it worked out very well. It was a goal to win this race sometime in my career. The fact that I have already succeeded makes me very proud. I live for these races. After a period of a lot of training, this naturally feels fantastic.”

2nd, Davide Formolo (UAE Team Emirates): “I felt good and I took a bit of a risk at the end to make the top 3, which I’m very happy about as I encountered some problems on the road. The heat made a difference but it didn’t really affect me as I came here from training in Sestriere.”

3rd, Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe): “It was a tough race and for sure, I’m not disappointed with a top 3 finish. I expected to do worse because of the heat. But I managed it quite well even though I only did a short recon yesterday. Wout [van Aert] made an excellent move. He showed his cyclocross skills today. I tried to catch him but I lacked a little bit of legs. I gave everything.”

4th, Alberto Bettiol (EF Pro Cycling): “Today, the team did a really amazing job. We were focused from kilometre zero. Everybody did what they were supposed to do and we raced as a team. Simon, Magnus and Woods didn’t have the best days out there, but they were still helping me by keeping me covered and anticipating moves that were coming. We all did our best which is the most important. For me, I tried to play my card in the final and tried to anticipate the moves and attack. It was really special for me because I was in front of my fans and racing in my region so I had a lot of people supporting me. At the end I got dropped by climbers on a climb so I have no regrets and I did my best. In the end this fourth place finish is great to restart the race season with. After Sante Marie there were only six of us in front and we didn’t talk but it was clear that we had to work together to grow the gap because there were some chasers behind. In the final, Greg Van Avermaet got dropped and then Fuglsang got dropped. I tried to catch Van Aert but he was really strong and was the strongest out there. This race is won by the strongest rider, and he was the strongest out there today. Schachmann and Formolo dropped me and maybe I paid for my previous efforts but for me I have no regrets because I tried to win this race. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. We all did a really great job today.”

5th, Jakob Fuglsang (Astana): “It is nice to be back but the last 50km after my little attack, I exploded a little bit due to the heat. I overheated and it was difficult to find my legs again. For a short time, I lost a bit the right rhythm. But the race went on, however the guys did a great job for me. Alaphilippe made it hard with his early attack to open the race. All in all, I was there at the end but on the downhill with all the cat-and-mouse games, there was just the fifth place left for me.”

6th, Zdeněk Štybar (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “It’s nice to be in the top 10 again, but I was aiming for something more actually. The condition is good, but I was bothered by the heat. As a result, I missed just a few percent to respond to the attack attempts. I know from experience that there was no reason to panic, so I kept driving at a good pace. As the race progressed I started to feel better. Today was tough, but I was happy that we were able to race again. I really missed it!”

8th, Greg Van Avermaet (CCC): “This was one of the toughest days on the bike” “It was really hot and the gravel strips were treacherous this time around. I felt very good for a long time, but at some point I started to feel the heat. I pushed myself a bit during the first serious attack. From that moment on I suddenly felt much less. The goal after that was to follow the best riders for as long as possible, knowing that I couldn’t win anymore. And yet I am quite satisfied with my race. I was a bit afraid of such a course beforehand. This is the first serious effort of the year. I felt pretty sick after the finish, I went that deep. We are talking about Strade Bianche. We will not start again with the opening stage of a Tour of Valencia. That is a big difference. Whether I am happy that we can race again? Not currently. I still love this sport, but ask me that question again tomorrow.”

15th, Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix): “I lost a good result here. I had to go very deep to come back after that flat tire with Alaphilippe and a number of other riders. Everyone I came back with had to sit up afterwards on Monte Sante Marie. I went over the limit and after that it was just finished. I needed the effort I made for the Monte Sante Marie on the Sante Marie. I am quite disappointed. Before the moment I had a flat tire, I felt pretty good. You are not having a bad day if you can close the gap. I don’t think the result reflects the race I rode. It was mentally very difficult to finish the race. But in the end it was a very nice experience. I am happy that we can race in safe conditions. If I have a good result on Wednesday in Milan-Turin, then I immediately have a good feeling for Milan-San Remo.”

24th, Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “It was really an impossible day. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve had to stop and chase. The race is in itself tough enough and then you can miss these mechanical problems. Out of respect and love for this race, I continued to the finish. It was my first race after Paris-Nice and a good test for the rest of the season.”

25th, Philippe Gilbert (Lotto Soudal): “It was a tough race. It was also very hot. My cycling computer indicated 40 degrees Celsius. Then it is not possible to compete for the victory. I eventually crossed the line with Julian Alaphilippe. We saw many riders who were stopped.”

Men’s Strade Bianche Result:
1. Wout van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma in 4:58:56
2. Davide Formolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 0:30
3. Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:32
4. Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Pro Cycling at 1:31
5. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana at 2:55
6. Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 3:59
7. Brent Bookwalter (USA) Mitchelton-Scott at 4:25
8. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC at 4:27
9. Michael Gogl (Aut) NTT Pro Cycling at 6:47
10. Diego Rosa (Ita) Arkéa-Samsic at 7:45.

Men’s Strade Bianche’20:

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Women’s Strade Bianche 2020
Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) won her fifth race out of five in 2020. The Dutch World champion first fought back to the chasers in the last 20 kilometres, and then beat Mavi García to the line.

An early break with Melissa Van Neck and Giorgia Vettorello quickly formed. They got a minute from the nervous peloton, but after the first gravel section it was gruppo compatto. An attack from Omer Shapira was also unsuccessful later.

The peloton on these first sections was thinned out. Halfway through section 5, 40 women were left in the peloton. The finalé started in the last 50 kilometres, when 11 riders from 11 different teams attacked from the peloton: Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott), Mavi García (Alé BTC Ljubljana), Rasa Leleivyte (Aromitalia Vaiano), Karol-Ann Canuel (Boels-Dolmans), Soraya Paladin (CCC-Liv), Lisa Brennauer (Ceratizit-WNT ), Leah Thomas (Paule Ka), Brodie Chapman (FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine), Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo), Elisa Balsamo (Valcar-Travel) and Shapira (Canyon/SRAM) again. they soon had a two minute lead.

It wasn’t long before García decided to go it alone. The 36-year-old Spanish rider soon had a minute on the others. Van Dijk then counterattacked when the gap had risen to two minutes, but the Dutch rider was soon caught by the nine remaining pursuers. García steadily continued her solo ride. With 20 kilometres to go she had 3:30 on the chase group as there was no cooperation behind.

Van Dijk, Paladin, Brennauer, Spratt, Canuel and Thomas turned out to be the strongest pursuers and they narrowed the gap to 2:40. At that moment Van Vleuten came out of nowhere to join them. She had closed an almost 3 minute gap. The World champion took a short breath, in the last 14 kilometres she needed to close the still big gap to García. Van Vleuten crossed to Garcia within 7 kilometres. García was able to follow the World champion and even gave her a stern look at one point, but she cracked in the last kilometre. García was second at 2 seconds and Leah Thomas took third place at 1:53.

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2020 Strade Bianche winner, Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott): “90km in, I thought my race was over. At the time, I was a bit disappointed about not being able to use my legs but I was very happy that my team-mate Amanda Spratt was in a position to win. Then the speed of my group went up and my directeur sportif said: “Annemiek it’s time”. I made my move during the second to last gravel sector, heading uphill. It was the moment I had planned to attack from the group. I had to close the gap. I couldn’t see anything because of the dust, it was quite different from the racing conditions in March but still beautiful… and super hard! On my first race after the world championship, I thought it was special to win with the rainbow jersey. It’ll still be special to see the pictures of my win on the Piazza del Campo. I’m proud to be a worthy wearer of the rainbow jersey and win this way for Mitchelton-Scott.”

2nd, Maví Garcia (Alé BTC Ljubljana): “The kilometres I rode solo were very hard. This has been my first time racing Strade Bianche and I found the gravel roads daunting. But I’m pleased that I had the strength to claim this second place. When you are alone at the front, you always think of winning. I gave it everything I had and, in the end, I’m very happy with second.”

3rd, Leah Thomas (Equipe Paule Ka): “We’re really excited to return to racing after the hiatus, and we are incredibly grateful to Paule Ka for backing us through this time. It is support like this that makes us even more motivated to strive for good results. Today’s performance was a team effort. My teammates were fantastic and supported me perfectly throughout the race. With the peloton dwindling, we were still there in numbers, and that gave us a lot of confidence that we could pull off a good result. To make the podium means a lot to me, and I’m so happy to be able to finish off the fantastic job of my team. Today’s race shows the incredible depth of our squad, and we can definitely expect several more good results to follow. The motivation in the group is high, and I can’t wait for the upcoming races, where we’ll maintain the fighting spirit that we’ve shown today. There’s definitely going to be yet more exciting racing coming up from us.”

Women’s Strade Bianche Result:
1. Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott in 4:03:54
2. Margarita Victoria Garcia Cañellas (Spa) Alé BTC Ljubljana at 0:02
3. Leah Thomas (USA) Equipe Paule Ka at 1:53
4. Anna Van der Breggen (Ned) Boels-Dolmans at 2:05
5. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 2:11
6. Marianne Vos (Ned) CCC-Liv at 2:26
7. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope at 2:40
8. Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Ceratizit-WNT Pro at 3:26
9. Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Boels-Dolmans at 4:20
10. Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Alé BTC Ljubljana at 5:20.

Women’s Strade Bianche’20:

Vuelta a Burgos 2020
Remco Evenepoel won the first mountain stage of the Tour of Burgos – Stage 3. On the Picón Blanco, he attacked the other favourites in the last two kilometres to take the stage and the overall lead.

Shortly after the start, the long break started with Edward Theuns, Nikita Stalnov, Joel Nicolau, Jetse Bol, Juan Felipe Osorio, wearer of the mountain jersey Gotzon Martin, Márton Dina, Roger Adria and Francisco Galvan. They worked well and had a good nine minutes. The peloton, led by Großschartner’s Bora-Hansgroha team and Ineos, started to gradually reduce the lead. They were still on the front 54 kilometres from the finish when a strong crosswind started. The peloton then burst into echelons, with Bora-Hansgrohe and Ineos with six and four men in the first group.

Two-time winner Ivan Ramiro Sosa was also in the first echelon, but the Colombian lost his position and went back through the groups behind. Richard Carapaz, Eddie Dunbar, Filippo Ganna, Rafał Majka, Matteo Fabbro, Lennard Kämna and overall leader, Felix Großschartner held on to the front group, until the first echelons came together again at 42 kilometres from the line.

The leading group, which lost Galvan first, had lost more time. With less than 3 minutes difference, the escapees started the Retuerta, the penultimate climb of the day. On the first climbs; Gotzon Martin had taken all the top points for the mountain jersey, but on this climb he didn’t manage to get any.

Roger Adria was the first over the top and decided to go alone, but it was still 18 kilometres to the start of the final climb. The young Spaniard of the Kern Pharma team managed to take a good gap on the peloton on the run-in to the Picón Blanco. Ineos and Jumbo-Visma set the pace behind. With 8 kilometres to go Adria had a lead of 3:30.

Behind; Ben Hermans opened the action on the final climb, while at the back Sosa was one of the first major victims. Overall leader Großschartner also ran into problems early on. Simon Yates and Rodrigo Contreras then tried to attack, but they were not given any space and Hermans was also brought back. Mitchelton-Scott then took the lead in the front group for Esteban Chaves. Alejandro Valverde also had to let go in the last three kilometres.

At 2.7 kilometres it was Chaves with a jump, but George Bennett and Remco Evenepoel were stuck to his wheel. The Colombian tried to ride away again. With Evenepoel and Bennett in his wheel, he caught front runner Adria. Evenepoel took the opportunity to make his move and was solo with 2K to go. The young Belgian won the stage by 18 seconds from Bennett in second place and Mikel Landa (Bahrain-McLaren) third at 32 seconds. Chaves finished fourth at 35 seconds.

Evenepoel also takes over the purple jersey from Großschartner. On GC he has an 18-second lead over Bennett, Landa at 32. Chaves, João Almeida, Carapaz and Hermans follow within a minute. The other favourites: Valverde lost 2:09, Gaudu 5:43 and Majka 6:15. Sosa and Mas lost over 7 minutes.

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Stage winner and overall leader, Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “First and foremost, I want to thank the team, because this win wouldn’t have been possible without them. They helped me in the echelons, rallied around me and kept me out of the wind, and this victory is my way of thanking them for their amazing work. I was confident in the guys, they had confidence in me, and you could see that in today’s result. Winning again after so many months feels great and doing it on the new Specialized Tarmac SL 7 makes it even more special. The pace was very high, but when an attack came with two kilometres to go, I decided to jump as I noticed that many riders were on their limit. It wasn’t easy, but if you don’t try, you don’t win, so today I tried. When I saw the gap kept growing, I pushed and pushed and went flat out, even though there was a really strong headwind in the last kilometre. To take both the stage and the leader’s jersey is amazing and we’ll try and keep it until the end, but we won’t rest on our laurels. The race isn’t in the pocket yet, as there are still two stages left, including a hard mountain one, but we’ll continue to give everything. We are in good form after our Val di Fassa training camp, which really helped us gear up for the restart of the season, and hopefully we’ll rack up some more nice results in Spain.”

2nd on the stage and overall,George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma): “I am happy with this result. It was very warm and very hard. The guys did a really good job of guiding Sepp and me through the echelons and getting the final climb in a good position. We were in a good group in the echelons and I was still well surrounded. As a result, I have certainly been able to save a lot of energy. It was a first-class ride to the bottom of the final climb, so to speak. It was a matter of keeping your rhythm and trying to follow it. When Chaves went, I didn’t hesitate for a moment, but Evenepoel was just too strong today. We are going to see what is in store for the coming days. Two more difficult days are coming.”

3rd on the stage and overall, Mikel Landa (Bahrain-McLaren): “I am happy after this hard stage. We had a surprise with such strong wind and my team reacted very well by closing the gap so, I have to be satisfied how everything unfolded. I think that my third place today is a good result and my team worked really good. Tomorrow, we have Stage 4, Bodegas Nabal – Roa – 164 km, which is also very important one, but the last, Stage 5, and the climb to Lagunas de Neila might be a decisive one. It will be a bit shorter stage, but more explosive.”

Vuelta a Burgos Stage 3 Result:
1. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step in 3:59:09
2. George Bennett (NZ) Jumbo-Visma at 0:18
3. Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain-McLaren at 0:32
4. Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:35
5. João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:45
6. Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Start-Up Nation at 0:52
7. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Ineos
8. Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 1:03
9. Joel Nicolau Beltran (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA at 1:20
10. Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott.

Vuelta a Burgos Overall After Stage 3:
1. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step in 11:35:16
2. George Bennett (NZ) Jumbo-Visma at 0:18
3. Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain-McLaren at 0:32
4. Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:35
5. João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:45
6. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Ineos at 0:52
7. Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Start-Up Nation
8. Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 1:03
9. David De la Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) UAE Team Emirates at 1:33
10. Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott at 1:35.

Stage 3:

Sam Bennett (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) won Stage 4 of the Tour of Burgos on Friday. The Irishman crossed the line first after 163-kilometres from Gumiel de Izán and Roa de Duero, by beating Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) and Giacomo Nizzolo (NTT Pro Cycling). Teammate Remco Evenepoel remains in the lead of the general classification.

Friday was a relatively flat 163 kilometre stage. Six riders attacked early: Kometa Xstra had three riders in the lead with Alejandro Ropero, Diego Pablo Sevilla and Riccardo Verza. They were joined by Damiano Cima (Gazprom-RusVelo), Txomin Juaristi (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Willie Smit (Burgos-BH), they managed to gain 5 minutes. Groupama-FDJ and Bahrain-McLaren set the pace in the peloton for sprinters Arnaud Démare and Mark Cavendish.

The break was reduced to five men when Juaristi crashed. He lost touch with the break and was caught by the peloton. The five remaining leaders saw their lead shrink, although the peloton kept them to around two minutes.

The leading group became restless with 30 kilometres to go. Ropero and Sevilla took off together with Cima, leaving Smit and Verza. NTT was now working in the peloton, pulling the leaders back even more. Ropero and Sevilla left Cima with 20 kilometres to go and rode hard for the finish.

The inevitable regrouping followed with 13 kilometres to go. The sprint trains started to do their work, but it didn’t come to a mass sprint. The peloton had to make a sharp turn in the final kilometre, and a rider from Groupama-FDJ hot the tarmac. Bennett took advantage of the moment and jumped from the pack. He soon had a gap and crossed the finish line first. Démare had to settle for second place, ahead of Giacomo Nizzolo. After two stage victories in Australia earlier this year, this is the Irish champions third victory of the season.

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Stage winner, Sam Bennett (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “I am so happy with this victory! It was the last chance for the sprinters and it’s a win that I really needed, as it came at the right moment just ahead of the August races. The finalé was very hard and the hot temperatures made it tougher. We knew it was going to be a hard fight going into the last two corners, but the guys were fantastic and delivered me where I had to be going under the flamme rouge. When the crash happened, I took a quick look around me to see what was happening and saw that everybody paused for a second, so I decided to go and that was it. I’m glad also that I could win on Specialized’s new bike, which I have to say is really great and played an important role in my win, especially in those last tricky corners. Getting the green jersey is the cherry on the top, but the race isn’t over yet, and on Saturday we’ll try to be again up there and protect Remco.”

Vuelta a Burgos Stage 4 Result:
1. Sam Bennett (Irl) Deceuninck – Quick-Step in 3:51:19
2. Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
3. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) NTT Pro Cycling
4. Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Start-Up Nation
5. Lionel Taminiaux (Bel) Bingoal WB
6. Biniam Hailu (Eri) Nippo Delko Provence
7. Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
8. Martin Laas (Est) Bora-Hansgrohe
9. Alexander Edmondson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
10. Rick Zabel (Ger) Israel Start-Up Nation.

Vuelta a Burgos Overall After Stage 4:
1. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step in 15:26:35
2. George Bennett (NZ) Jumbo-Visma at 0:18
3. Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain-McLaren at 0:32
4. Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:35
5. João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:45
6. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Ineos at 0:52
7. Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Start-Up Nation
8. Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 1:03
9. David De la Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) UAE Team Emirates at 1:33
10. Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott at 1:35.

Stage 4:

The Final Stage 5 of the Tour of Burgos was won by Iván Sosa (Ineos). The Colombian rider crossed the finish line on top of the Lagunas de Neila first after 158 kilometres. Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) finished third on the stage to secure the final overall victory.

Dani Navarro, Ángel Madrazo, Arjen Livyns, Delio Fernández, Gozton Martín and Joel Nicolau rode a maximum lead of more than 5 minutes in the early break. The six wouldn’t not last until the end. On the final climb, there was a regrouping, Madrazo was the last to be caught 10 kilometres out.

Mitchelton-Scott and Bahrain-Merida then set the pace at the head of the peloton. Mikel Landa attacked 4 kilometres from the finish, but this move didn’t succeed. With another jump, he made a second attempt. The Spaniard managed to make a gap, but 2.5 kilometres from the finish, Remco Evenepoel, Iván Sosa and Esteban Chaves (who was later dropped) joined him.

One and a half kilometres from the line, Evenepoel accelerated, but Sosa and Landa managed to hold his wheel. The battle for the victory would go to one of these three leaders. Sosa put in effort in the final kilometre. Landa steadily returned with Evenepoel in his wheel, but was too late for the victory. Sosa took the victory on the Lagunas de Neila for the third year in a row.

Landa had to settle for second place. Evenepoel finished third and was the overall winner, winning all three stage races he has started in 2020. Teammate João Almeida was fourth and moved up to third place in the final classification, behind Evenepoel and Landa.


Stage winner, Ivan Ramiro Sosa Cuervo (Ineos): “The team’s goal was to arrive at the finish with Richard Carapaz and I in contention to win the stage. I am very happy, we managed to put on a little show. We went quite fast today, I knew that it was really hard in the end that I could attack in the final 500m. I wanted to win a third title in a row, but I couldn’t, so I am really happy with this stage win and I will keep working to improve.”

Overall winner and 3rd on the stage, Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “Mission accomplished! The climb was really hard and didn’t quite advantage me, but I managed to distance many of the GC guys and keep the others in my vision. I had to suffer, I had to ride hard, but it’s been a very good day. I couldn’t be happier with this win, my seventh of the season. It’s a success that was possible thanks to a great team, who rode at all times at the front and protected me. It’s my first time in Burgos, it’s my first race since February and everything turned out well. Three stage races, three victories, it’s a perfect season so far for me! Now I’m looking forward to next week’s Tour de Pologne, a race which I’m excited to discover.”

Second overall and on the stage, Mikel Landa Meana (Bahrain-McLaren): “It’s been a nice week. After a long time without races, the team came back in good shape. We rode very well together, the sprinters as well as the climbers. I am happy with the team’s work and my performance, which was better day by day. At the end, we didn’t have a first place position, but since we came back to racing after a long period, I have to be happy with the second position. Tomorrow is going to be the only race in the Basque region where there will be my family and friends, and I am excited to be there.”

Third overall and 4th on the stage, João Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “I felt very good today and throughout the entire week and I am very happy with my effort and the team’s. Burgos was a very hard race with a stellar field and getting third on the general classification is amazing! It’s great to be back to racing, we showed everyone this week that we’re a real team and a real family, and this result boosts my confidence ahead of the next races”

Vuelta a Burgos Stage 5 Result:
1. Ivan Ramiro Sosa Cuervo (Col) Ineos in 3:47:56
2. Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain-McLaren at 0:09
3. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:11
4. João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:38
5. Lennard Kämna (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:43
6. Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:44
7. David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 0:58
8. Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott at 1:02
9. Simon Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott at 1:10
10. David De la Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) UAE Team Emirates at 1:12.

Vuelta a Burgos Final Overall Result:
1. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step in 19:14:42
2. Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain McLaren at 0:30
3. João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 1:12
4. Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott at 1:26
5. George Bennett (NZ) Jumbo-Visma at 1:40
6. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Ineos at 1:58
7. Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Start-Up Nation at 2:25
8. David De la Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) UAE Team Emirates at 2:34
9. Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 2:36
10. Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott at 3:00.

Stage 5:

Remco Evenepoel on New Victory Salute
Two arms in the air, then a swipe across the left shoulder. That was the victory salute of Remco Evenepoel after his stage 3 victory in the Tour of Burgos. “The new Remco movement, huh.”

“I had been working on this triumph salute for a while,” he told Het Laatste Nieuws. “Now you have been able to see it. It is something of my own, the cool me. It is certainly not selfish. But I don’t think that many riders have made this victory salute.” Evenepoel is not the only rider with his own victory gesture. Alberto Contador was known for the pistol he shot, while Richard Virenque also had his own victory salute.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step manager, Patrick Lefevere, has no problem with Remco’s victory gesture. “This is a new generation. Eddy Merckx or Johan Museeuw refrained from making big statements. The Remco generation is not afraid of big statements. The consequence of course is that many are now waiting for him to flip over. He had three months to do it. You can interpret his gesture in different ways. For example, that after three months without racing, he has removed the dust from his jersey. Others see it as if he wiped out the competitors.”

Lefevere has already received several messages from people who wondered whether that salute was necessary. “Honestly, I have no problem with it. That he is now labeled as a favourite for the Giro does not bother me either. I don’t slow him down in his enthusiasm. Remco always does more than what we expect from him.”

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Route d’Occitanie
Route d’Occitanie 2020
Bryan Coquard won the opening Stage 1 of the Route d’Occitanie on Saturday. The Frenchman of B&B Hotels-Vital Concept fought hard in the final metres to beat Elia Viviani (Cofidis) and Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-McLaren). The Frenchman took the first overall leaders jersey.

Chris Froome, Egan Bernal, Romain Bardet, Thibaut Pinot, Bauke Mollema and Miguel Ángel López were all at the start in the Route d’Occitanie in preparation for the Tour de France, which starts in just under four weeks.

Lilian Calmejane (Total Direct Energie), neo-pro Théo Delacroix (Circus-Wanty Gobert), Antonio Angulo Sampedro (Euskatel-Euskadi), AndreasKron (Riwal Readynez) and Marti Marquez Roman (Kern Pharma) made up the break of the day.

This leading group fell apart after an attack by Kron. Calmejane joined the Dane and they worked together to build up a lead of 50 seconds. The two leaders worked hard, but were caught in the last 20 kilometres. The peloton then prepared for a bunch sprint. The teams of Viviani and Colbrelli had done a lot of work, but the win went to Coquard. For the 28-year-old Frenchman, it is his first victory in over a year.

Bryan Coquard

Stage winner and overall leader, Bryan Coquard (B&B Hotels-Vital Concept): “I was very excited to put on a race number, but I also had a few questions. During the lockdown and the period that followed, all of the riders worked. No one sat on the couch doing nothing. So there was a bit of stress on the current state of form. In the corner Sonny Colbrelli and Elia Viviani passed me on the inside. Colbrelli immediately sits down with 150 metres to go. I pass and take Viviani back to the bike throw! It’s a good day for me and for the team. We worked well with the team during this forced break. It feels good to start like this, it puts the team in a good dynamic. I knew I had a good feeling in training but racing is different again. I am happy to win today, even more ahead of European champion Elia Viviani. It’s a little different from what you usually experience with the public. I contain my joy a little. With the team, we are focused on a more distant goal, which is the Tour de France. There is still a long way to go and there is still work to be done, but today I show that I have done well during the break. The condition is quite good. It’s just a bonus.”

2nd on the stage and overall, Elia Viviani (Cofidis): “The disappointment is bound to be great. Victory escapes me, as if it were a ghost. What is important is that I felt very fit, as have all of my teammates. The final was very technical and without Simone (Consonni) and Christophe (Laporte), it was really tricky. The feeling is mixed: I am very happy to resume competition but I am obviously disappointed that I did not win. But we will do everything to aim for victory as soon as we have the chance.”

3rd on the stage and 4th overall, Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-McLaren): “I opened the sprint too early and that’s it. Unfortunately, it was not the right move to win the stage and I finished in third place, behind Viviani and the winner Coquard.”

4th on the stage and 6th overall, Andrea Pasqualon (Circus-Wanty Gobert): “After a long period without races, I’m happy with today’s result, although a podium finish might have been possible. Because of the heat and our young team at the start, we’ve chosen to wait until the final to show up at the front. With Théo in the breakaway, the tactics worked out really well. The team worked well for me during the final 20 kilometre. I’m very focused on Milano-San Remo, so today’s result is a nice boost to my confidence.”

Route d’Occitanie Stage 1 Result:
1. Bryan Coquard (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept in 4:35:00
2. Elia Viviani (Ita) Cofidis
3. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-McLaren
4. Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Circus-Wanty Gobert
5. Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
6. Egan Arley Bernal Gomez (Col) Ineos
7. Josef Cerny (Cze) CCC
8. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
9. Anthony Maldonado (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93
10. Nick Van der Lijke (Ned) Riwal Readynez.

Route d’Occitanie Overall After Stage 1:
1. Bryan Coquard (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept in 4:34:50
2. Elia Viviani (Ita) Cofidis at 0:04
3. Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Total Direct Energie at 0:05
4. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-McLaren at 0:06
5. Andreas Lorentz Kron (Den) Riwal Readynez at 0:09
6. Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Circus-Wanty Gobert at 0:10
7. Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
8. Egan Arley Bernal Gomez (Col) Ineos
9. Josef Černý (Cze) CCC
10. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale.

Occitanie stage 1:

Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-McLaren) won Stage 2 of the Route d’Occitanie on Sunday. The Italian was the strongest in the bunch sprint after the 174.5 kilometres to Cap Découverte. He beat Bryan Coquard (B&B Hotels-Vital Concept) and Niccolò Bonifazio (Total Direct Energie).

Six riders made up the early break: Ibai Azurmendi (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Fumiyuki Beppu (NIPPO DELKO One Provence), Nikodemus Holler (Bike Aid) Samuel Leroux (Natura4Ever), Michał Paluta (CCC) and Emil Vinjebo (Riwal Readynez). They built up a lead of 8 minutes.

The leaders managed to stay out front for a long time, but the race came together in the last kilometre.

With a slight uphill finish, it came to a bunch sprint and it was Sonny Colbrelli who was the first to push his wheel across the line. The Italian took the second victory for Bahrain McLaren of the day after Caruso’s victory in the Circuito de Getxo. Bryan Coquard, who won the opening stage on Saturday, remains in the lead on GC. The Route d’Occitanie finishes on Tuesday.


Stage winner and 2nd overall, Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-McLaren): “I’m very happy, as yesterday I couldn’t finish it off. I started the sprint with 300 meters to go, but this time I did it. I’m happy for my teammates as well because they pulled in front and worked hard as in the opening stage. This victory is for them and for my family. Moreover, the win gives me and the team more confidence before the next races ahead as Milan-Sanremo.”

Route d’Occitanie Stage 2 Result:
1. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-McLaren in 4:22:23
2. Bryan Coquard (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept
3. Niccolò Bonifazio (Ita) Total Direct Energie
4. Arvid De Kleijn (Ned) Riwal Readynez
5. Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
6. Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Circus-Wanty Gobert
7. Matteo Malucelli (Ita) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
8. Elia Viviani (Ita) Cofidis
9. Warren Barguil (Fra) Arkéa-Samsic
10. David Gonzalez Lopez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA.

Route d’Occitanie Overall After Stage 2:
1. Bryan Coquard (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept in 8:57:07
2. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-McLaren at 0:02
3. Elia Viviani (Ita) Cofidis at 0:10
4. Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Total Direct Energie at 0:11
5. Niccolò Bonifazio (Ita) Total Direct Energie at 0:12
6. Michal Paluta (Pol) CCC
7. Emil Nygaard Vinjebo (Den) Riwal Readynez
8. Ibai Azurmendi Sagastibeltza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 0:15
9. Andreas Lorentz Kron (Den) Riwal Readynez
10. Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 0:16.

Occitanie stage 2:

Circuito de Getxo 2020
Damiano Caruso (Bahrain-McLaren) won the Circuito de Getxo in the Basque Country. He crossed the finish line solo after a 177 kilometres of racing. His countryman, Giacomo Nizzolo (NTT Pro Cycling) was second and Eduard Prades (Movistar) finished third.

In a wet Basque Country, eight riders made the early break: Iván Cobo (Kern Pharma), Ángel Madrazo (Burgos-BH), Oier Lazkano (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) Luca Pacioni (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec), Lionel Taminiaux (Bingoal – Wallonie Bruxelles), Julen Irizar (Euskaltel – Euskadi) , Antonio Carvalho (Efapel) and Riccardo Verza (Kometa Xstra) managed to escape and drove for a long time.

With the final approaching, the pace was accelerated in the peloton led by Bahrain McLaren and UAE Emirates. It was at the expense of the flight of the day, which would not last until the end. In the final round, Lazkano was the last survivor caught up. Italian Alessandro Fedeli (NIPPO DELKO) then made a frantic attempt to get away, but his effort proved to be short-lived.

Just before the last climb of the day, Mikel Landa crashed, forcing Bahrain McLaren to change tactics. During this climb a new leading group of five riders emerged, when Gonzalo Serrano (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Biniam Ghirmay (NIPPO DELKO), Damiano Caruso and Pello Bilbao (both Bahrain – McLaren), Juan Pedro López (Trek – Segafredo) managed to separate themselves from the rest. Moments later, Nelson Oliveira (Movistar) also joined. In the descent, with 12 kilometres to go, Ghirmay, Serrano and López fell, leaving three leaders.

In the final phase, Bahrain McLaren played the overtime situation perfectly, when Caruso jumped away from his fellow escapees. Bilbao and Oliveira were caught shortly after by a thinned platoon. Caruso made an ultimate effort to stay out of the peloton’s grip, where Caja Rural set the pace.

His lead turned out to be big enough to stay ahead of his pursuers and to book the second professional victory of his career. Giacomo Nizzolo was late and had to settle for second place.

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Circuito de Getxo winner, Damiano Caruso (Bahrain-McLaren): “It is a great feeling. I got this victory after a very long period of time and I am really proud of myself and proud of my teammates. They helped me really a lot during the race and the guys have done an amazing job. I had a good feeling with my bike, and a good feeling for racing, so in the end, I found the right moment for taking this victory. I went lap by lap and the feeling was getting better and better. My attack wasn’t in a plan but the selection was done at the last steep climb I said to myself, why not to make the difference now. And at the end I was lucky and I made the right decision in the ideal moment for the uphill finish. My next races are Milan-Sanremo and Dauphine and I’m looking towards to those big races after today’s’ victory.”

Circuito de Getxo Result:
1. Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain-McLaren in 4:11:09
2. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) NTT Pro Cycling at 0:01
3. Eduard Prades Reverter (Spa) Movistar
4. Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA at 0:03
5. Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
6. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain-McLaren
7. Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk
8. Mauro Finetto (Ita) NIPPO DELKO One Provence at 0:07
9. Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Bingoal – Wallonie Bruxelles
10. Miguel Eduardo Flórez (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec.


2020 Tour de l’Avenir Canceled
The Tour de l’Avenir has been canceled for this year. The organisers announced in a press release.

The French U23 race was on the calendar from August 14 to 19. According to the race organisation, it is too complex to be able to comply with all precautions this year. In view of the current situation, it is not justified to bring cycling teams from different continents to France and to house them.

The 57th edition would initially be reduced to six race days, which had to be largely held in the South of France. 23 teams would participate. The organisers did say that it wants to return in 2021.

No 2020 Tour de l’Avenir:

UCI President Lappartient: “Today, every race is at risk, even the Tour”
David Lappartient will attend the restart of the WorldTour calendar in Tuscany on Saturday at the Strade Bianche. But the UCI president warns that every race still runs the risk of being canceled due to new coronavirus outbreaks or changing measures.

“Our sport is still alive. Other sports canceled everything, but we have a calendar with events,” Lappartient told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “Italy deserved to get Strade Bianche as the first WorldTour race because it was the first country hit by the virus and suffered severely. Now Italy is in better shape than other countries and can send a positive message.”

According to the UCI president, the white road race can send a message of hope to cycling and the overall sports world. “We are back and want to give people something that makes them happy. Things are complicated, but cycling is strong.”

The UCI recently confirmed that the World Cycling Championships will be held in Aigle, near their own headquarters. Relocating to the Middle East or a new date in the spring of 2021 is not an issue, Lappartient said. “The World championships have been confirmed, but there is no ‘Plan-B’ if the situation in Switzerland worsens. We know there is a risk. Every race is at risk, even the Tour de France.”

Like everyone else, the president will have to follow all strict protocols next Saturday when attending Strade Bianche. For example, he may not get close to the riders and teams and must wear a mask in the competition areas. “They are rules, not recommendations. Cycling is not a Formula 1 with only 20 drivers. We have 2000 men and women worldwide so we had to make serious decisions. There is no choice, they have to be observed.”

David Lappartient – Don’t stand too close to me:
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Dillier Missed Strade Bianche Due to Positive Corona Test
Silvan Dillier was not on the start line of Strade Bianche on Saturday. The 29-year-old Swiss rider tested positive for the corona virus twice before he traveled to Italy, according to Blick. The AG2R-La Mondiale rider must now be quarantined for ten days. The French team will start with only six riders.

“I’m mentally exhausted,” said Dillier, who says he has no symptoms. “I am the healthiest person on the planet. The last few days I have had several tests and all of them are negative. Even with a blood test, all values ​​were good.”

The frustrated Dillier does not understand. “The entire health system is a big joke. In my opinion, it is on the verge of locking up healthy people,” he says. “It’s just not right.”

His wife and colleagues are said to have tested negative for the virus. Nevertheless, Dillier now has to quarantine with his family as a precaution. A proposed ride in the Tour of Poland – which starts next Wednesday – also seems to have been canceled. It is unknown when he can race again.

Silvan Dillier in Roubaix’18:
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Froome on Track for the Tour de France
Chris Froome does not seem to worry about his preparation for the Tour de France for the time being. The 35-year-old Briton is currently riding the French stage race Route d’Occitanie with his current team Ineos.

“I’m on track for the Tour de France,” Froome said to media in France. “There is still a lot of work to do, but that is all part of the build-up towards the Tour.” Froome rode his last race in late February, the UAE Tour, where he returned after months of rehabilitation. He acknowledges that the move of the Tour from July to the end of August has been important for him. “The postponement of the races has helped me to return to a normal situation.”

On Saturday he returned to competition: “My legs felt good. Although it was not a difficult stage, except for the heat, it was surprisingly easy for me. I am happy to be able to make race kilometres again. My big goal is to be ready for the Tour.”

What about his transfer to Israel StartUp Nation in 2021? “A lot will change, but it will take a few more months. I don’t think about that yet. I am now focusing on performing as well as possible for the rest of the season.”

Froome ready for the Tour:

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UCI Closes Rohan Dennis Case Against Bahrain-McLaren
The UCI arbitration board has closed the case of Rohan Dennis against his former Bahrain-McLaren (ex Bahrain-Merida) team. The Australian rider had filed a complaint with the UCI to have the salary of his prematurely terminated contract and legal costs from his previous team.

The UCI said in a statement that the case was closed: “The arbitration committee made a decision today (July 30, 2020) in the case of Rohan Dennis against his former employer Bahrain World Tour Cycling Team.” The panel dismissed the charges. An appeal can be lodged with the Court of Arbitration for Sport within thirty days.

The Team Ineos rider has not yet announced whether he will appeal. Dennis previously indicated that he would not be able to fully continue his life if the case was not fully settled. Dennis’s contract was terminated on September 13 by the Bahrain WorldTour team last year, having previously left the Tour de France. The rider disagreed with the team about the equipment and rode his old BMC time trial bike in the World championships, which he won.

World TT champ Rohan Dennis:

Pierre Latour to Total Direct Énergie for Two Years
AG2R-La Mondiale loses Pierre Latour to Total Direct Énergie next year. Team boss Jean-René Bernaudeau confirmed to L’Equipe that 26-year-old Latour will ride for his team for the next two years and has negotiated an option for an extra year.

Total Direct Energie has signed one of the best riders in France. “Every time I want to strengthen my team, I check which riders are free. In general, there are not many. As soon as I saw the name of Pierre Latour passing by, I immediately made it a priority. We also had contact with Romain Bardet, but nothing came out of that.”

Bernaudeau is happy with his new addition. “He’s the kind of rider we miss after Thomas Voeckler’s retirement and Pierre Rolland’s departure,” explained Bernaudeau. “We don’t have to build a team around him. We have everything we need to excel with him. He is a first-class reinforcement and can fill the vacancy that was open.”

Latour has ridden for AG2R-La Mondiale since 2015. He won a stage in the 2016 Vuelta and was twice French time trial champion. In 2018 he finished 13th in the final classification of the Tour de France and also won the young rider classification.

Pierre Latour in Strade Bianche’19:
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Marianne Vos to Jumbo-Visma
The Jumbo-Visma women’s team has contracted the first female leader. According to the AD, the Dutch team will have a contract with Marianne Vos.

When it became known last week that Jumbo-Visma is busy with a women’s team, the name of Vos was already prominently mentioned. The 33-year-old star is now still with the Polish women’s team CCC-Liv, but will transfer to the new team of Richard Plugge in 2021. Vos is one of the best cyclists of her generation with successes on the road, cyclocross and track.


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Shana Maes Joins Tormans Cyclo Cross Team
This summer, ahead of the 2020-2021 cyclocross campaign, Tormans Cyclo Cross Team welcomes its first female rider. The Belgian structure recruited Shana Maes, who will join Elite Men Quinten Hermans, Corné Van Kessel and Kevin Kuhn and U23 riders Thomas Mein, Théo Thomas and Emiel Verstrynge. The 25 year old Belgian rider defends the colours of Acrog-Tormans Balen BC on the road, where she prepares her first season in a UCI Cyclocross Team.

The rider from the Campine region, who wins several regional cyclocross races each winter, will be an important element in the development of the talents within Tormans-Acrog Balen BC. The resident of Vorselaar finished several times on the podium of the Belgian U23 championships. Maes joins the effective guided by Bart Wellens, willing to shine both regionally and internationally.

Shana Maes: “I’m very happy to become a part of this professional environment and I feel ready to make this winter special. Bart Wellens has always been an example for me. Since we are neighbours, I know him and his brother very well, and I’m excited to start working with him. After the cancelation of several races, it is not very clear yet what the race calendar will look like. Each year, I want to confirm. And also this season I want to show the Tormans Cyclo Cross Team jersey on the highest step of the podium as often as possible. Since the creation of the AA Drink-Kalas team, almost a decade ago, I can count on the confidence of Geert Wellens and his teams. I’m happy to have the opportunity to let shine the colours of Tormans Cyclo Cross Team and as well participate at the development of the young girls within Tormans-Acrog Balen BC. I want to thank the team and the Wellens brothers for this unique opportunity!”

Bart Wellens: “I know Shana Maes for a long time already and I thought that she was the perfect candidate to complete our effective. With Tormans Cyclo Cross Team, we want to participate at the internationalisation of cyclocross, but thanks to Shana Maes we will also have a nice regional visibility for our partner Tormans. The experience of Shana and my brother Geert in the development of young girls will be of great importance for our future. Together with Tormans-Acrog we created a solid project which will, I’m convinced, bear fruit in the next couple of years. Our riders are part of a long term project without pressure, even if they already demonstrated their capabilities. I hope that, despite the difficult circumstances, all of our riders will have the possibility to prepare the upcoming winter on the road or on the mountain bike before our scheduled training camp at the end of September. In this way, we can start the season well and be ready from the first races!”


Dylan Teuns Renews Contract
We are delighted to announce that Dylan Teuns has renewed his contract with Team Bahrain McLaren for another two years.

Dylan Teuns is a wonderfully talented and versatile rider and a major contributor to our team’s dynamic. We are excited about his future with us and look forward to many shared moments of success now that racing has resumed.

In 2019, Dylan revealed his potential as a key rider within our team, winning stages at the Tour de France and Criterium du Dauphine. This year he won the individual time trial at Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol (Stage 5) before the Covid-19 pandemic suspended the season.

Rod Ellingworth, Team Principal, said, “Since starting with Team Bahrain McLaren, I have been very impressed by Dylan’s attitude towards racing and training. His versatility makes him a valuable member of our team, and I look forward to helping him achieve his dreams.”

Dylan Teuns said, “I feel great here, the team’s ambition and spirit make it the best choice for me to continue improving my results. Last year I achieved two big victories, with the Tour victory being one of my career highlights. I am thankful for the chances that I get here, and I am sure that together we will achieve many more of such victories in the future.”

Every member of the team is excited to be racing again, and Dylan will receive our full support to enable him to perform at his best.

Dylan Teuns:
Dylan Teuns

Carl Fredrik Hagen to Join Chris Froome
Israel Start-Up Nation has brought in a new climber. Norwegian Carl Fredrik Hagen leaves Lotto Soudal after two seasons to become a teammate of Chris Froome.

According to Norwegian TV2, Hagen had offers from several WorldTour teams. The 28-year-old Norwegian could have resigned with Lotto Soudal, but the offer from the Israel WorldTour team was too good to say no.

The climber will earn more at Israel Start-Up Nation than at Lotto Soudal, but that was not the main reason for Hagen to make the switch. Hagen can retain Erik Alexander Nordby as his coach at Israel Start-Up Nation, because Israel Start-Up Nation does not work with its own coaches.

Carl Fredrik Hagen off to Israel:
Carl Fredrik Hagen

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Altitude training for Van der Breggen after Strade Bianche
With Strade Bianche Anna van der Breggen closes a first segment of the new ‘Corona’ cycling calendar. After three races in Spain the Italian classic over the famous white roads is the next goal for the race leader of the Boels Dolmans Cycling Team. “It was great to make the restart of the cycling season with these three tough races. This enabled me to sharpen my fitness. The strong final I rode in Durango, where I gained terrain on the very strong Annemiek van Vleuten, gives me confidence for Strade Bianche. Strade is a classic race which suits me well and where I’ve won before.”

After Strade Bianche Van der Breggen will do a recon of the Worlds road race in Martigny. Hereafter the Olympic champion will travel with Chantal Blaak for a 20 day long high altitude training camp in Kuhtai (Austria). “To be honest the first four races come to early for my main goals this season. Besides that, the cancellation of some other races like the Boels Ladies Tour doesn’t improve that situation a lot. I really hope to peak in September. The European championships TT, the Giro and the roads race of the Worlds are my big goals for this season. However, I will also ride the Dutch Nationals, GP Plouay, the European Championships on the road and the Worlds TT.”

Van der Breggen doesn’t know yet if she will ride for the GC in the Giro. “The parcourse of the Giro hasn’t been presented yet, so I don’t know yet if the race will be suited for me. There is also the question of moving the Worlds TT race from Sunday to Wednesday, this gives us more time to recover. Although the Worlds TT will be raced on an almost flat parcourse. On the other hand, there are sufficient altimeters in the road race in Martigny. I’m really looking forward to the recon of the World routes.”

After the Worlds Van der Breggen will start in classics such as Flèche Wallonne, Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Amstel Gold Race, Tour of Flanders and if possible, Paris-Roubaix. “These are all races which suit me well, and races which I have won in the past. The only question I have is how good I will still be by then. From the end of August, it will be a very busy and intense season. That is also the reason why I don’t now know if I will start in Paris-Roubaix. If I am feeling well than I will certainly ride this epic cobblestone race.”

Van der Breggen:
Van der Breggen

CITROËN Co-Partner AG2R-LA MONDIALE as From 2021 Season
The cycling team and his official partner AG2R-LA MONDIALE are delighted to welcome CITROËN, an iconic global automotive brand belonging to the French popular culture (Pop Culture), as co-title sponsor.

From January 2021, the team will bear the name “AG2R CITROËN TEAM”.

Vincent Lavenu, the racing cyclists and the members of the team, accompanied by their two official partners, share common values such as exemplarity, humanity, audacity and performance. Together, they will write a new chapter in the history of the team. Let’s meet in Nice on August 28 for an exceptional press conference organised by the cycling team!

AG2R-Citroën in 2021:
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Video: Strade Bianche 2020
Relive all the great emotions from yesterday’s Strade Bianche where Davide Formolo finished 2nd in Siena.


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