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All the race news from the Giro d’Italia, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the BinckBank Tour. Remco Evenepoel takes his first ride – TOP STORY. Other race news: Kasper Asgreen wins National TT and Scheldeprijs moves start to Schoten. Injury reports on Greg Van Avermaet, Philippe Gilbert, Fabio Jakobsen and Chloé Dygert. Team news from AG2R-La Mondiale, Deceuninck – Quick-Step, lotto Soudal, FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope and UAE Team Emirates. We finish with Julian Alaphilippe talks about winning the World championships. Monday EUROTRASH time!

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TOP STORY: Evenepoel trains outdoor for the first time
Belgian rider continues his recovery after Il Lombardia crash

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On the day that should have seen him start his first Grand Tour – the 103rd Giro d’Italia – Remco Evenepoel made an important step in his rehab, taking his Specialized bike out for a ride for the first time since abandoning Il Lombardia seven weeks ago.

Winner of four stage races this season – Vuelta a San Juan, Volta ao Algarve, Vuelta a Burgos and Tour de Pologne – the 20-year-old embarked Saturday morning on a 70km loop around the region he lives, which he completed after two and a half hours – a ride which he admitted did wonders for his confidence.

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“I can’t tell you how happy I am today after my first time outside in almost two months! The weather wasn’t great, but I enjoyed every single moment spent on the road. I made this step only after talking with the team’s doctors and it just so happened that I returned on the day I should have been in Palermo with the Wolfpack for the start of the Giro d’Italia,” Evenepoel explained. “It’s kind of special and acts as a huge morale-boost, one that motivates me to work even harder as I stride to come back stronger. If the weather will be good, I will combine these outdoor rides with gym sessions over the next few weeks as I continue my recovery.”

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Giro d’Italia 2020
The 2020 Giro d’Italia started in Palermo on Saturday afternoon and World time trial champion, Filippo Ganna, won Stage 1 to take the overall lead. The INEOS Grenadiers rider was the fastest on the 15 kilometre time trial. The big Italian set a time of 15:24, beating João Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) and Mikkel Bjerg (UAE Team Emirates), both at 22 seconds.

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The city course in Palermo was mostly downhill and the weather conditions would help the fast men with strong winds, mostly from behind. The main problem was that parts of the course were very slippery. The road surface caused a very crash prone start to the Giro. World hour record holder Victor Campenaerts (NTT) crashed during his ride against the clock and as one of the favourites for victory he had to shelve his pink dream. Miguel Ángel López (Astana) came off worst. He lost control of his bike and crashed into the barriers at high speed and was unable to continue.

João Almeida set a fast target early time to sit on the ‘hot-seat’. Former World champion, Rohan Dennis (INEOS Grenadiers) was not fast enough to get in the top-ten. Luca Covili (Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè) had to change bikes twice and finished outside the time limit.

Filippo Ganna lived up to his favourite tag and beat Almeida’s time by 22 seconds. The World champion finished with an average speed of 58.831kph, just short of Rik Verbrugghe’s Giro speed record. The Italian reached a maximum speed of 106kph during the time trial. Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo) finished at 2:19 to Ganna, but Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) had a good ride, finishing at 49 seconds. But the best placed GC rider was Ganna’s teammate, Geraint Thomas in 4th at 23 seconds. Ganna’s time could not be improved, and the Italian took his fourth time trial victory of the season and the Italian pulled on the pink jersey after the first day.

You can see the full ‘PEZ Stage Race Report’ and photo gallery HERE.

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Stage winner and overall leader, Filippo Ganna (INEOS Grenadiers): “I’m really happy to win with this jersey. It’s fantastic for me and also the team. I want to say a big thank you to them for all the support. The important thing was to be in the pink jersey tomorrow and we took the result. I’m really happy. I think every jersey is special, and having this pink jersey alongside the rainbow jersey is a dream for me. I didn’t think too much about the race – that’s the secret. We talked a lot yesterday with the guys and with G, but not about the race. And today we both got this fantastic result.”

2nd on the stage and overall, João Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “The wind was very strong today, and just tackling that climb in the beginning, which had also a cobbled section, wasn’t easy at all. I struggled a bit, but I remained focused and rode at my own pace, and even later, on that technical descent and on the flat, I didn’t take any risks, especially as the wind was coming from the left and then from the right. The corners were also a bit slippery, but I managed it well and was blown away at the finish when I saw that I had the best time. It was a real honour to stay in the hot seat for so long, it felt great. Taking second on my very first Grand Tour stage is a perfect start that makes me very happy and feeds my confidence for the next three weeks”

3rd on the stage and overall, Mikkel Bjerg (UAE Team Emirates): “I’m really happy with the result. I think I put in a good performance and it’s probably one of the best results of my career so far. I rode the first little climb at a controlled pace and tried to save my energy for the last section. It was a really fast course and in the last 6km I pushed hard to really try and make the difference. The wind had an affect but it went as well as it could have. Ganna was just on a different level today.”

4th on the stage and overall, Geraint Thomas (INEOS Grenadiers): “It was windy but I think it was quite comfortable on the bars actually. It was gusty but it felt pretty solid. That was a bonus. I think I was a bit too aggressive to start as in the last two kilometres I started losing the legs a bit, which was a shame as it was a bit more of a headwind there. But I definitely emptied the tank. I was steady on the corners as I’d seen a few guys had crashed. There were definitely no risks. I can still be pretty happy with how it went.”

KOM, Rick Zabel (Israel Start-Up Nation): “One kilometre is an effort I can handle. When I saw the route I thought I had a chance to do a good time and I had nothing else to hope for in a time trial so I had a go. Warming up, I thought Peter Sagan’s time would be hard to beat but I’m very happy to have achieved this.”

Giro d’Italia Stage 1 Result:
1. Filippo Ganna (Ita) INEOS Grenadiers in 15:24
2. João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:22
3. Mikkel Bjerg (Den) UAE Team Emirates
4. Geraint Thomas (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:23
5. Tobias Foss (Nor) Jumbo-Visma at 0:31
6. Josef Černý (Cze) CCC at 0:36
7. Matteo Sobrero (Ita) NTT Pro Cycling at 0:40
8. Lawson Craddock (USA) EF Pro Cycling at 0:41
9. Miles Scotson (Aus) Groupama-FDJ at 0:42
10. Matthias Brändle (Aust) Israel Start-Up Nation.

Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 1:
1. Filippo Ganna (Ita) INEOS Grenadiers in 15:24
2. João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:22
3. Mikkel Bjerg (Den) UAE Team Emirates
4. Geraint Thomas (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:23
5. Tobias Foss (Nor) Jumbo-Visma at 0:31
6. Josef Černý (Cze) CCC at 0:36
7. Matteo Sobrero (Ita) NTT Pro Cycling at 0:40
8. Lawson Craddock (USA) EF Pro Cycling at 0:41
9. Miles Scotson (Aus) Groupama-FDJ at 0:42
10. Matthias Brändle (Aust) Israel Start-Up Nation.

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Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) won the Stage 2 of the Giro d’Italia. After 149 kilometres he was the best on the hilly finish in Agrigento. Ulissi beat Peter Sagan (BORA-hansgrohe) and Mikkel Honoré (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) in a sprint just ahead of the peloton. Filippo Ganna (INEOS Grenadiers) held the overall lead.

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Thomas De Gendt kicked off the first break of the 2020 Giro. The Belgian was joined by Etienne van Empel (Vini Zabù-Brado-KTM), Ben Gastauer (AG2R-La Mondiale), Alessandro Tonelli (Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè) and Mattia Bais (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec). The five took a maximum lead of 5 minutes. INEOS Grenadiers took up the chase. There was a crash by Van Empel in the leading group, but the Dutchman was able to continue and rejoin his fellow escapees.

Sunweb and UAE Team Emirates started to help the chase. Aleksandr Vlasov had stomach problems and got off with 70 kilometres to go, the second setback for Astana. Sunweb, UAE Team Emirates and also BORA-hansgrohe reduced the lead to less than 1 minute with 30 kilometres to go. There were more crashes, Brent Bookwalter and Nicolas Edet, were amongst the fallers, but they managed to continue. The early break was caught 9 kilometres from the finish line. Various classification riders put their trains on the front in the run-up to the final climb towards the Piazzale Vittorio Emanuele (3.7 km at 5.3%) in Agrigento.

Groupama-FDJ dropped Arnaud Démare first at the bottom of the climb, while Geraint Thomas and Peter Sagan were well placed. A fast pace was held, but the peloton remained relatively large. There was no attacks until 1.5 kilometres from the finish. Valerio Conti accelerated for his leader Diego Ulissi. Conti pulled the peloton into a long line and dragged his teammate into the last kilometre. Luca Wackermann opened the attack and Mikkel Honoré and Ulissi were on his wheel. When Sagan threatened to cross, Ulissi attacked. He had Honoré on his wheel and saw Sagan also connect in the last straight before the line. In a sprint from the three, it was Ulissi who had the fastest kick. Five seconds behind; Matthews won the sprint from the pursuers. Pink jersey Ganna finished in the middle of the chasing peloton and kept his overall lead.

You can see the full ‘PEZ Stage Race Report’ and photo gallery HERE.

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Stage winner and 10th overall, Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates): “I am really happy to get my seventh career victory at the Giro. It is a great personal satisfaction, but also for the team: we got off to a great start in this Corsa Rosa, putting into practice what we planned in the team meeting. Bjerg, Gaviria, Richeze all did great work on the flats. Then, on the final climb, I asked Conti to up the pace, to tire out the sprinters: Valerio was perfect and laid the foundations to allow me to play my cards in what was a difficult sprint, especially when Sagan came back.”

Overall leader, Filippo Ganna (INEOS Grenadiers): “In my first 24 hours in the Maglia Rosa, I’ve realised what it means for the fans. I heard people yelling my name and Salvatore Puccio’s because he’s from here. I’ll never forget that day. I thought of trying to go for the win but I’ve preferred to not take any risk and retain the jersey. Geraint Thomas had fantastic legs again today. I hope he’ll take over from me tomorrow.”

2nd on the stage, Peter Sagan (BORA-hansgrohe): “The final climb of the stage was pretty hard, 3.7km and from the bottom to the top we went full gas. In hindsight, maybe I could have done something better. When I caught Ulissi and Honoré, maybe I should have sprinted immediately, but I was also on the limit because of the big effort I did to catch them. When they sprinted I gave my maximum but Diego was stronger and won with a margin of 4-5 bikes. It is what it is and I’m satisfied with my second place. It is strange for me to wear the mountain jersey. I got some points for the ciclamino jersey but tomorrow will be another hard stage, so we will have to see day by day.”

Giro d’Italia Stage 2 Result:
1. Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates in 3:24:58
2. Peter Sagan (Slo) BORA-hansgrohe
3. Mikkel Frølich Honoré (Den) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
4. Michael Matthews (Aus) Sunweb at 0:05
5. Luca Wackermann (Ita) Vini Zabù-KTM
6. João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
7. Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
8. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
9. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain-McLaren
10. Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott.

Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 2:
1. Filippo Ganna (Ita) INEOS Grenadiers in 3:40:27
2. João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:22
3. Geraint Thomas (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:23
4. Tobias Foss (Nor) Jumbo-Visma at 0:31
5. Josef Černý (CZ) CCC at 0:36
6. Matteo Sobrero (Ita) NTT Pro Cycling at 0:40
7. Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain-McLaren at 0:42
8. Simon Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:49
9. Tanel Kangert (Est) EF Pro Cycling
10. Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 0:54.

Giro’20 stage 2:

 


Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2020:
Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) won the 106th Liège-Bastogne-Liège with an exhibition of race craft and experience to make the most out of his legs and the circumstances in the final kilometres. Two weeks after a heart-breaking defeat on the Tour de France, the Slovenian got his payback. Roglic went clear with Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick-Step), Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) and Marc Hirschi (Sunweb) with 14 kilometres to go, at the top of the Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons. They reached the final straight together, where the wearer of the rainbow jersey put in an irregular sprint that got him relegated because it hindered the effort of Pogačar and Hirschi. Still, Roglic was quicker than Alaphilippe and crossed the finish line first as the French rider raised his arms.

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175 riders took the start on the 106th edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège, ready to race over 258 kilometres from Liège to Bastogne and back. It was after 9 kilometres that Iñigo Elosegui (Movistar), Kobe Goossens (Lotto Soudal), Alexander Kamp (Trek-Segafredo), Michael Schär (CCC), Kenny Molly (Bingoal-Wallonie Bruxelles), Omer Goldstein (Israel Start-Up Nation), Valentin Ferron, Paul Ourselin (Total Direct Energie) and Gino Mäder (NTT) went clear. Kamp punctured shortly afterwards and was caught by the peloton, from which Mathijs Paasschens (Bingoal-Wallonie Bruxelles) counter-attacked. The Dutch rider joined the frontrunners after 40 kilometres, establishing a nine-strong break. The biggest time gap was 5:45, at the summit of the Côte de la Roche-en-Ardenne (76km). Deceuninck – Quick-Step, Sunweb and INEOS Grenadiers controlled their advantage.

The race changed significantly as the riders entered the last 100 kilometres. Crashes took their toll, forcing the withdrawal of pre-race favourites such as Greg van Avermaet (CCC) and Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott). A crash at the head of the bunch with 85 kilometres to go removed Damiano Caruso (Bahrain-McLaren) and Michael Valgren (NTT), affecting also Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick-Step), Marc Hirschi (Sunweb) and Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates), amongst others. Meanwhile, at the front of the race, a series of attacks left Schär sole with 64 kilometres to go. Mäder was the last man able to hold the Swiss’ wheel.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step hit the front of the pack again on the Col du Maquisard (210km). The Belgian outfit brought back Schär at the bottom of the Côte de la Redoute (222km). By the summit of this iconic climb there were only 50 riders in the bunch, that was led by Dries Devenyns and Mauri Vansevenant into the Côte des Forges (234km), where Michael Albasini (Mitchelton-Scott) launched an attack before taking a bow and bidding farewell on his last-ever professional race. Despite an attack by Luis León Sánchez (Astana) and Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates), it all came down to the Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons (243,5km).

Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma) upped the pace at the foot of the climb and Alaphilippe took the initiative to force a final selection including himself, Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) and Marc Hirschi (Sunweb). The four cooperated with a dozen riders chasing them at around 20 seconds. Matej Mohoric (UAE Team Emirates) attacked from the chase to join the quartet with 500 meters to go, launching the final sprint. Alaphilippe took off 200 meters from the line, but his shift from his sprint line disturbed the sprint of Hirschi and Pogačar and he was relegated to 5th place. The rainbow jersey raised his arms, but he was pipped on the finish line by Roglic, undisputed winner of the day.

Your can see the full ‘PEZ Liège Race Report’ and photo gallery HERE.

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Liège’20 winner, Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma): “This is unbelievable. It was so close. You should never stop believing and always keep going in the last centimetres. It’s a great feeling. I am very happy to be able to win again and I am very proud of the team. Tom was very strong on the final climb and the other riders also did a great job. It was the first time that I started here. It was on my wish list to win a monument and I succeeded.”

2nd, Marc Hirschi (Sunweb): “Actually I had a really good day today. I don’t know what happened in the final sprint. I haven’t seen the images as of now, so it’s hard to say anything about it. For sure [Julian] Alaphilippe touched my wheel. But it’s the way he sprinted, it just happened. I was close to his wheel and he moved a little bit sideways. I didn’t expect this results on the Ardennes Classic. It’s only my second time here and, although I came in good shape from the Tour de France, I didn’t think I would do so well. I look forward to come back for more next year.”

3rd, Tadej Pogačar (Jumbo-Visma): “I was in a good position as we came into the line and I said to myself ‘Let’s go for the win’. It was a messy sprint and at one point I thought I would crash but I managed to stay up and finish on the podium. It was a real pleasure to race here, it’s a beautiful race. Last year was my debut and I finished 18th and learned a lot. To be here one year later in the lead group battling for the victory was a great feeling. In the future I want to come back and fight again.”

4th, Matej Mohorič (Bahrain-McLaren): “I felt good today. I think I did a good job with positioning. My teammates worked well too and they gave me a chance on this race. After the Tour de France, I was working for this goal and I’m proud I could get something out of this, although I got cramps in the finale and I couldn’t do a good sprint. Anyway, I’m satisfied with this result.”

5th, Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “I felt good today, wanted to do a nice race and had a very strong team around me, who did a great job, protecting me the entire day. Then I attacked on the steepest part of Roche-aux-Faucons, made a selection there and opened a gap together with the other guys. We worked well together, kept our advantage over the chasers and I felt confident going into the final kilometre. I started my sprint at 200 meters to go, but then I made that mistake, for which I take full responsibility. I am aware that my swerve caused a problem to the other riders and I apologise for that, but I want to underline that I didn’t do it on purpose. I accept the jury’s decision and all I can do now is focus on the next races.”

21st, Lennard Kämna (BORA-hansgrohe): “It was my first Liège and I enjoyed it. I think I made some small mistakes that did cost some energy, but I am happy with my race. The profile does not really suit my strengths, but I still like the race. On the final climb I was positioned well, but I didn’t have the legs to follow. I did my best, but it wasn’t enough today. Now I have one more race ahead of me, then this special season is over.”

Liège-Bastogne-Liège Result:
1. Primož Roglič (Slov) Jumbo-Visma in 6:32:02
2. Marc Hirschi (Swi) Sunweb
3. Tadej Pogačar (Slov) UAE-Team Emirates
4. Matej Mohorič (Slov) Bahrain-McLaren at 0:02
5. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
6. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix at 0:14
7. Michael Woods Can) EF Pro Cycling
8. Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Sunweb
9. Warren Barguil (Fra) Arkéa Samsic
10. Michał Kwiatkowski (Pol) INEOS Grenadiers.

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Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes 2020
At the end of a tremendous show of courage in the difficult conditions of the rainy Ardennes, Lizzie Deignan claimed Liège-Bastogne-Liège for the first time of her career. The Brit powered away on the Cote de la Redoute never to be caught despite the strong counter-attack of Grace Brown. She wins this 4th edition of the race ahead of Brown and Ellen Van Dijk. Thanks to her success, the Trek-Segafredo rider takes command of the UCI Women’s WorldTour again.

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Five months after its original date, the weather conditions were cold for the ladies of the 4th edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège. There was cold temperatures and rain as the 136 riders took off on the 135 kilometre course from Bastogne to Liège. In these difficult conditions and with a strong tailwind, the pack remained together.

The peloton was controlled by Sunweb, Trek-Segafredo and Boels-Dolmans. A first decisive move eventually came on the first climb of the day, the Cote de Wanne (56.5km) when seven riders escaped: Peters (Boels-Dolmans), Labous (Sunweb), Barnes (Canyon Sram), Van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo), Vos (CCC-Liv), Reusser (Paule Ka) and Stephens (Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank).

On the next climb, Stephens was dropped, two others riders joined the front group: Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) and Aalerud (Movistar). The advantage of the front group reached 32 seconds at the top of the Cote de la Haute Levée. That gap carried on growing despite the efforts of Mitchelton-Scott and FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope at the front of the chasing bunch of around 40 riders. On the climb up the Côte de la Vecquée, Grace Brown (Mitchelton-Scott) managed to take off and eventually joined the escapees before the top where the gap had reached 1:20.

Among the seven former UCI road World champions present on the race, Lizzie Deignan was the first to give it a go as she powered away on the climb up the Côte de la Redoute. She reached the summit with a 20 second advantage over the group and 1:30 on the peloton. Deignan saw her lead grow to 52 seconds on her closest rivals and 2:20 on the pack with 20kms to go. On the final climb up La Roche aux Faucons, Grace Brown decided to take off on a counter-attack. At the summit, the Australian was only 35 seconds adrift. While the pack of favourites including Van der Breggen and Van Vleuten failed to move any closer, a fantastic battle started between Deignan and Brown on the last 13 kilometres to the finish in Liège.

With 5kms to go, Deignan could still enjoy a slim 10 seconds lead over Brown. She eventually managed to remain clear all the way to the line, clinching Liège-Bastogne-Liège for the very first time. Deignan won with a 9 second advantage over Brown and 2:19 over third placed rider Ellen Van Dijk (Trek Segafredo). Deignan, thanks to her success, moves back into first place of the UCI Women’s WorldTour.

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Liège winner, Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo): “I have waited a long time for such a victory. It is special to win a classic. It’s my first really big win since my pregnancy. I’ve waited a long time for this. The best thing is that at Trek-Segafredo we can race on instinct. We don’t have to fear failure. I decided, given the presence of top players such as Annemiek van Vleuten, to anticipate. Today I rode on instinct. In the final I tried to chase the moto, which is mentally easier to maintain. I knew she had an advantage in a possible regrouping.”

2nd, Grace Brown (Mitchelton-Scott): “Deignan attacked La Redoute and managed to get a gap. I then went on the last climb and hoped to make the crossing. That didn’t work out in the end. I know I’m a better time trialist than Lizzie, but it was hard to make up for the difference. It went largely downhill in the final, then you really have to develop a lot of power. I have a bit of mixed feelings, but I am very happy with my first podium at WorldTour level.”

Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes Result:
1. Elizabeth Deignan (GB) Trek-Segafredo in 3:29:48
2. Grace Brown (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:09
3. Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Trek-Segafredo at 2:19
4. Marianne Vos (Ned) CCC-Liv
5. Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans
6. Hannah Barnes (GB) Canyon-Sram at 2:21
7. Marlen Reusser (Swi) Equipe Paule Ka
8. Juliette Labous (Fra) Sunweb
9. Katrine Aalerud (Nor) Movistar at 2:26
10. Liane Lippert (Ger) Sunweb at 3:27.

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BinckBank Tour 2020:
Stage 3 of the BinckBank Tour was won by Mads Pedersen. The Trek-Segafredo Dane was the fastest sprinter in a wet town of Aalter, ahead of Jasper Philipsen and Pascal Ackermann. Pedersen also took over the leader’s jersey from Philipsen.

After stage 2 was canceled on Wednesday, the BinckBank Tour continued with the third stage on Thursday. The organisation had to change the route of the stage, the planned start in Philippine in Zeeland could not take place due to the Dutch corona measures. The finish town of Aalter was also the start of the stage. An early break was formed with Kenneth Van Rooy, Pim Ligthart and Oscar Riesebeek. These three quickly managed to take a one minute lead. Jonas Rickaert and Adrien Petit tried to cross. The two counter-attackers succeeded and so we had five up the road.

The lead of the group quickly increased to about 3 minutes. Kenneth Van Rooy of Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise was on his own with two riders from Total Direct Energie (Ligthart and Petit) and two riders from Alpecin-Fenix ​​(Rickaert and Riesebeek). In the peloton, the sprinter teams and classification teams decided to slowly increase the speed, so that the gap got smaller and smaller on the circuit in and around Aalter. Jelle Wallays, Belgian champion Dries De Bondt and Milan Menten jumped out of the peloton, but failed to get to the leading group.

Van Rooy, Petit, Ligthart, Rickaert and Riesebeek decided to go ‘full gas’ 40 kilometres from the finish, so that the lead continued to fluctuate around 1:30. The rain started to hammer down as the leaders started the last lap of 23 kilometres with more than a minute ahead. Pascal Ackermann had his BORA-hansgrohe teammates on the front to chase down the leaders. The German team reduced the difference to 25 seconds with 12 kilometres to go. Rickaert was the strongest as Van Rooy and Petit had to drop back.

Rickaert, Ligthart and Riesebeek, who had managed to get back to the front and held a lead of 20 seconds for a long time. With 7 kilometres to go, Rickaert tried to go alone, and Ligthart and Riesebeek were swallowed up by the peloton. The brave Rickaert did not want to be caught by the sprinter teams, but it was a fight he could not win. At 2 kilometres from the line, the last of the early break was caught and the peloton was ready for a fairly chaotic run-in to the sprint.

Philipsen, the stage winner in Ardooie, started the sprint in an ideal position. The UAE Team Emirates rider was able to hold off Ackermann, but not Pedersen. The former World champion managed to come from third position for the win.

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Stage winner and overall leader, Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo): “After the sprint on Tuesday I was feeling really good and hoped I could do another good sprint today. The team did a really impressive job, we took the control early and started to pull. Charlie [Quarterman] was pulling for a long, long time. We made the race today for us, we did it perfectly to make a good result for ourselves. When the whole team are working for me, I really feel even more up on the game to do a good result for the team. Today without the other guys, this wouldn’t be possible: Koen [de Kort] is helping to bring back the break, Ryan [Mullen], Emils [Liepins] and Matteo [Moschetti] are doing great to put us in the best position with two kilometres to go. From there Alex [Kirsch] is doing a really great job. He has an excellent overview of the finals and knows exactly where to cruise around and where to go in and make sure I’m with him. The whole team did super, super good today.”

2nd on the stage and overall, Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates): “We rode well today. It was important to be at the front because of the bad weather and we managed to do that. In the end the guys put me in a good position to sprint for the win. I opened up on the left hand side and almost thought I had it but Pedersen came with speed at the last moment. I would have liked to have kept the leaders jersey but I’m happy with the result and glad we all finished safely in the wet conditions.”

3rd on the stage and 4th overall, Pascal Ackermann (BORA-hansgrohe): “We had tough weather conditions, with constant rain, and so it was not easy today. The team controlled the race well and caught the breakaway in time. The final was challenging because there were a few turns, and I tried to stay in front there. But I started my sprint a bit too early and Mads and Jasper were able to catch up and pass me just before the finish line. I had hoped to win today, but unfortunately it didn’t quite work out.”

BinckBank Tour Stage 3 Result:
1. Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo in 3:26:11
2. Jasper Philipsen (Bel) UAE Team Emirates
3. Pascal Ackermann (Ger) BORA-hansgrohe
4. Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Circus-Wanty Gobert
5. Tim Merlier (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
6. Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
7. Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis
8. Florian Senechal (Fra) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
9. Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Total Direct Energie
10. Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) EF Pro Cycling.

BinckBank Tour Overall After Stage 3:
1. Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo in 6:25:21
2. Jasper Philipsen (Bel) UAE Team Emirates
3. Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix at 0:07
4. Pascal Ackermann (Ger) BORA-hansgrohe at 0:08
5. Mike Teunissen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:11
6. Mathieu Van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix at 0:13
7. Yves Lampaert (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
8. Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Circus-Wanty Gobert at 0:16
9. Tim Merlier (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
10. Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Total Direct Energie.

BinckBank stage 3:

 

Søren Kragh Andersen won the Stage 4 individual time trial in the BinckBank Tour on Friday. The Danish Sunweb rider beat European time trial champion Stefan Küng in the 8.1 kilometre long time trial around Riemst. Stefan Bissegger finished third, overall leader Mads Pedersen was fourth and Mathieu van der Poel fifth. Pedersen remains the leader.

Jannik Steimle set a top time about halfway through the field. The German finished in 10:18 and knocked Christophe Laporte (10:20) off the hot seat. Soon after that, Jasha Sütterlin posted 10:16. Søren Kragh Andersen, who won two stages in the previous Tour de France, was the first rider to go under ten minutes with a time of 9:59. European time trial champion, Stefan Küng, who was third at the World championship time trial, was 6 seconds slower than Kragh Andersen. Mathieu van der Poel was one of the few late starters to challenge Küng and Kragh Andersen. The leader of Alpecin-Fenix ​​was 3 seconds down on the Dane at the halfway mark, but lost more time in the second part. In the end, the difference was 12 seconds.

Van der Poel’s time was good for the fourth fastest time, as Stefan Bissegger had finished in third place, a few tenths slower than his fellow countryman Küng. GC leader Mads Pedersen was the only one who could threaten the top time of his fellow countryman Kragh Andersen. The Trek-Segafredo sprinter conceded more than 2 seconds at the intermediate point. Although Pedersen lost more time in the second part, he still managed to take fourth place from Van der Poel and hold his lead.

Pedersen defends a 7 second lead over Kragh Andersen. The Swiss Küng and Bisseggers follow at 13 and 14 seconds. Van der Poel starts the last stage 17 seconds down.

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Stage winner and 2nd overall, Søren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb): “Today’s race was a really nice parcours for me. I came into the day with the expectation of going for a good result and trying to ride myself into the GC so I’m really happy with the result. My legs were really good and I felt strong from the start. We paced it really well and I think in the second part of the course we made the difference; you can see that in the split times. Everything went perfectly for me today and I’m really happy to be up there again. It’s my second TT victory of the year which is a big thing for me. I’m now second on GC too so I’m looking forward to tomorrow with the team and we’ll go for it again.”

4th on the stage and overall leader, Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo): “Definitely we know that Søren is impressively strong on time trials like this. I knew this morning that he would be the guy to beat. It was a good day for the Danish – a Danish win yesterday from me and Søren today. We have a strong team and we really believe in it. I still believe we can win the GC and keep Søren behind. He’s really strong and the shape is good, but so am I. I came out of the Tour pretty good, so we hope for the best and we believe in it.”

2nd on the stage and 3rd overall, Stefan Küng Groupama-FDJ): “Kragh Andersen was the main opponent for today’s stage. He’s a strong time trialist and today’s course suited him really well. It’s no surprise to see him up front. Of course, I would have preferred the initial time trial, which suited my qualities better, but the result is what it is. The goal now is to finish high up in the GC. It will be a hard stage and I will try to do my best and score a good result.”

Jempy Drucker (BORA-hansgrohe): “It was not necessarily easy to pace myself on this type of course. I didn’t want to lose a lot of energy over the first part and perhaps I was slightly too careful, which may have led me to lose a few seconds. Over the second part, it was relatively easier and I’m actually quite happy with my performance. I had good legs and I regret that I didn’t go a bit faster over the first part, because then I would likely have been able to achieve a better result.”

BinckBank Tour Stage 4 Result:
1. Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Sunweb in 9:59
2. Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ at 0:06
3. Stefan Bissegger (Swi) EF Pro Cycling at 0:07
4. Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo at 0:08
5. Mathieu Van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix at 0:12
6. Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Sunweb at 0:16
7. Jannik Steimle (Ger) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:18
8. Yves Lampaert (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:20
9. Maximilian Walscheid (Ger) NTT Pro Cycling at 0:21
10. Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis.

BinckBank Tour Overall After Stage 4:
1. Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo in 6:35:31
2. Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Sunweb at 0:07
3. Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ at 0:13
4. Stefan Bissegger (Swi) EF Pro Cycling at 0:14
5. Mathieu Van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix at 0:17
6. Jasper Philipsen (Bel) UAE Team Emirates at 0:19
7. Yves Lampaert (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:24
8. Maximilian Walscheid (Ger) NTT Pro Cycling at 0:28
9. Mike Teunissen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:30
10. Florian Senechal (Fra) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:31

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Mathieu van der Poel dominated the BinckBank Tour on the Final Stage 5. The Dutch champion won the stage after a solo of 72.5 kilometres and took the final overall, 8 seconds ahead of Søren Kragh Andersen.

After the changes of the stages in the last few days, the final stage in Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve started as planned. From Walloon Brabant, the course was set to Geraardsbergen, for four local circuits of 25.5 kilometres, including the Bosberg, the Denderoordberg and the Muur.

It took a while for an escape form, but after 62 kilometres, seven riders finally managed to get away. Belgian champion Dries De Bondt was part of the leading group, together with Bert-Jan Lindeman (Jumbo-Visma), Brian van Goethem (Lotto Soudal), Jonas Koch (CCC), Christian Knees (INEOS Grenadiers), Julien Duval (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Rasmus Tiller (NTT). Later they were joined by Baptiste Planckaert (Bingoal-Wallonie Bruxelles). After the second time over the Muur, Mathieu van der Poel attacked with 72.5 kilometres to go. Together with the Florian Sénéchal (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) and Cyril Lemoine (Cofidis), they managed to join the front group. Van der Poel rode hard in the front group which gradually increased the lead.

On the next climb of the Muur, Van der Poel took off alone and soon had more than half a minute lead, with Sénéchal chasing. Behind; leader Mads Pedersen counterattacked with 43 kilometres to go. This was quickly closed down by Yves Lampaert and Søren Kragh Andersen. The early escapees were then caught one by one. Van de Poel had 1:20 on the peloton. During the climb of the Denderoordberg, Nathan Van Hooydonck caused the race to explode again, which closed the lead down a little. On the Muur an elite group with Pedersen, Küng, Naesen, Garcia Cortina, Kragh Andersen and Colbrelli broke away. Van der Poel took all the points in the Golden Kilometre, collecting 9 bonus seconds. On the Bosberg, overall leader Pedersen cracked after an acceleration from Kragh Andersen. Oliver Naesen, Stefan Küng and Sonny Colbrelli could follow the pace of the Dane.

Van der Poel’s lead initially shrunk and in the final phase the four had the Dutch champion in sight, but Van der Poel entered the final kilometre with 13 seconds in hand and crossed the finish line triumphantly in Geraardsbergen. Oliver Naesen had to settle for second place, ahead of Sonny Colbrelli.

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Stage and final overall winner, Mathieu Van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix): “It’s actually unbelievable to win the BinckBank Tour in this way. I didn’t expect this. It was actually way too early to go. The crossing with Senechal was good. When I ended up in the leading group with Dries (De Bondt), I said I would accelerate at the next passage of the Muur. The group did not turn around properly. I was the first to top the wall. For a moment I doubted what to do, it was still a long way to the finish. Still, I decided to keep going and try to go to the finish alone. It was very difficult. My luck today was that I didn’t look back, because I had expected them a few times. In terms of suffering, this ride is perhaps still above my effort in the Amstel Gold Race. This is one of my stronger punches.”

2nd on the stage, Oliver Naesen (AG2R-La Mondiale): “The night after I fell on the first stage, I was 99% certain that I had a knee problem that would prevent me from doing the classics. Finally, even though I still have pain, I can see that I am recovering well. I was happy to be in the fight today on roads that I ride almost every day. I came to the BinckBank Tour for this stage. The strongest today won, and there is nothing wrong with that. Although I still have to let my knee heal a bit, today’s performance allows me to approach the upcoming classics with a lot of confidence.”

3rd on the stage and 6th overall, Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-McLaren): “It was a tough stage and at the start, I didn’t feel to have good legs, but then I felt better throughout the race. I tried to attack during the final lap and also before the final climb, but then I was too tired and van der Poel too strong. Congrats to him.”

9th on the stage and 11th overall, Jean-Pierre Drucker (BORA-hansgrohe): “My goal today was to achieve a good result, and I can be satisfied with having taken a top 10 place on the stage. I was always riding in front in the final phase of the race, and I tried to be active and go with groups and also launch attacks myself. To take ninth place is quite a good result. Perhaps I could have done slightly better in the time trial, but I have to take it as it comes, and in general I think I can be satisfied with my performance here this week.”

BinckBank Tour Stage 5 Result:
1. Mathieu Van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix in 4:07:38
2. Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R-La Mondiale at 0:04
3. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-McLaren
4. Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Sunweb
5. Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ at 0:08
6. Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis at 0:47
7. Yves Lampaert (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:50
8. Ivan Garcia Cortina (Spa) Bahrain-McLaren at 1:08
9. Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BORA-hansgrohe at 1:12
10. Florian Senechal (Fra) Deceuninck – Quick-Step.

BinckBank Tour Final Overall Result:
1. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix in 10:43:08
2. Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Sunweb at 0:08
3. Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ at 0:23
4. Yves Lampaert (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick Step at 1:16
5. Mads Pedersen (Del) Trek-Segafredo at 1:21
6. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-McLaren at 1:42
7. Florian Sénéchal (FRA) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 1:45
8. Mike Teunissen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 1:49
9. Florian Vermeersch (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 1:59
10. John Degenkolb (Ger) Lotto Soudal at 2:02.

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Kasper Asgreen Racks up Another Win at the Nationals
Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s rider becomes the first Dane since 1996 to win both road race and time trial titles in the same season

Kasper Asgreen was a man on a mission Saturday afternoon, when he arrived at the start of the 44km time trial race in Skælskør, and the 25-year-old – who just last week finished inside the top 10 at the World ITT Championships – lived up to the expectations, comfortably retaining the title won last season.

The course was completely flat, but very technical, peppered with many tight corners and turns, and as this wasn’t enough, a strong wind accompanied the riders throughout the day, adding to the difficulty. Last rider to roll down the ramp, Kasper didn’t waste any time when it came to making his intentions known and clocked up the fastest time as he breezed through the intermediate checkpoint.

By the time he got to the second split, our rider had almost doubled his advantage over the next rider in the provisional classification, but he continued to maintain a high tempo and concluded his effort in 52:39, putting more than a minute and a half into runner-up Martin Toft Madsen (BHS-PL Beton Bornholm) and thus adding the ITT title to the road one he claimed in August.

“It goes without saying that I am very happy. It’s always special to wear the Danish National Champion jersey and to be the first rider in 24 years to hold both jerseys makes me very proud. I’m also grateful to the team that I could do this race, despite the busy schedule we have. I just tried to gain as much time as possible in the headwind and crosswinds section while recovering a bit in the corners and everything went perfect.”

“I knew that keeping a steady tempo would help me get a good time at the finish and this is what happened. Being double Danish Champion in this complicated season feels great, and now I can’t wait to be back with the team again for our last appointments of the year,” said Kasper after scoring the 59th national title in the history of Deceuninck – Quick-Step.

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Van Avermaet Sustains Multiple Injuries in Liège-Bastogne-Liège Crash
Greg Van Avermaet was forced to abandon Liège-Bastogne-Liège today (04 October) after sustaining a torn ligament and multiple fractures in a crash inside 100 kilometres to go, CCC Team doctor, Dr. Piotr Kosielski confirmed.

“X-rays performed at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire du Sart-Tilman in Liège revealed that Greg sustained an acromioclavicular joint separation as well as three fractured ribs, a small pneumothorax, and a small fracture of the first thoracic vertebra transverse process. Fortunately, he suffered no concussion. These injuries more than likely mean the end of Greg’s season however, alongside CCC Team’s Chief Medical Officer, Max Testa, we will monitor his recovery and make any decisions accordingly in the coming days and weeks.”

Greg Van Avermaet at the start of Liège:
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Scheldeprijs Moves Start to Schoten
The organisers of the Scheldeprijs (14 October) has decided to move the start to Schoten, not Terneuzen which was to be the start point. This means that the Scheldeprijs will now start and finish in Schoten.

The mayor of Terneuzen previously did not issue a permit for the Scheldeprijs in his city. Due to the new corona measures in the Netherlands, Mayor Jan Lonink does not think it is justified to have a cycle race in Terneuzen.

The Scheldeprijs organiser, Flanders Classics, still had hope that Terneuzen would give the green light, but they eventually had to switch to plan B: moving the start to Schoten. “Even though it is a shame that we have to miss the dikes and the race with the wind, we understand the Dutch decision.”

“Our relationship with Terneuzen also remains good after this. At the moment, we are first and foremost happy that we can race and that the race can take place. We found the solution in consultation with the municipality of Schoten, which we are extremely grateful for their flexibility,” said Tomas Van Den Spiegel, CEO of Flanders Classics.

After the start there will be ten laps of 17.4 kilometres in and around Schoten, for a race of 174 kilometres. Chairman Jack Vissers: “We are very pleased that the municipality of Schoten is cooperating so well in this difficult situation. Now we mainly hope for a great match in and around Schoten.” Several top sprinters should be on the start line in Belgium.

No Dutch roads in the 2020 Scheldeprijs:
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No More Classics for Philippe Gilbert in 2020
Philippe Gilbert will not take the start of the third stage of the BinckBank Tour this Thursday, October 1st. Pain in his left knee, still due to his fall in the first stage of the Tour de France, forced him to retire. The priority now will be to heal completely. Participation in the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix is ​​no longer envisaged.

“I quickly got back on the bike after my crash on August 29,” explains Philippe Gilbert. “Maybe I started again too soon, but the rehab was going well, the motivation and morale were still there, and I really wanted to race. I resumed in the Tour du Luxembourg and then competed in two more one-day races, but I still felt pain. This pain became more prominent in the first stage of the BinckBank Tour. I then realised that I couldn’t be at my best at the Tour of Flanders and at Paris-Roubaix. These races are even more demanding on the body, the body must be 200% ready.”

Philippe Gilbert therefore returned home to Monaco, where he will follow an intensive rehabilitation program under the supervision of the medical staff of Lotto Soudal.

“My first priority is to heal completely. I still have a lot of goals in cycling, for next season certainly, but very maybe for this season as well. Hopefully a Tour of Spain participation is still playable, but that’s not yet relevant. What matters now is a full recovery.”

“Philippe has of course all our support. We took this decision together yesterday. For us it is important that he recovers completely and that he comes back to one hundred percent. The objective now will be to race in 2021 with Phil’s well-known ambition for his classics,” concludes Lotto Soudal General Manager John Lelangue.

More recovery for Philippe:
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Jakobsen: “A new operation on October 8”
Fabio Jakobsen has posted something on Instagram for the first time since his heavy crash in the Tour of Poland. The Deceuninck-Quick-Step rider is preparing for another operation on his face and mouth. “My wounds are healing well”, the sprinter writes.

“The past two months have been entirely devoted to my recovery after my crash in the Tour of Poland”, Jakobsen explains. “I first had to recover from my concussion and other bruises and injuries. The wounds and scars on my face are healing well.”

“I have to thank the people within the LUMC for the good support in recent months.” Jakobsen is now preparing for another operation on his face and mouth. “In that operation bone is taken from my pelvic floor and placed in my upper and lower jaw, because there is a lot of bone missing. This will then have to heal for several months.”

Then a second operation will have to be performed, writes Jakobsen. “Then another operation is done to place implants in my jaw, which makes it possible to get new teeth. Teeth that I almost all lost in my crash.”

Patrick Lefevere, the team manager of Deceuninck – Quick-Step, gave an update on the situation of his rider on the Extra Time Koers program. “It is still a lot of work and mentally it is also very tough. He had a very good emergency doctor who immediately stabilised him. The doctors in Leiden say that he was treated well in Poland.”

That crash:
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Dygert Out of Hospital
Chloé Dygert left hospital a week after her crash during the World championship time trial. Dygert was allowed to leave the hospital in Bologna and is now returning to her home in the US to continue working on her recovery.

Dygert looked to be heading for a second consecutive World time trial title last week, but the American lost all her chances due to a serious crash after the first intermediate time point. She lost control of her bike on a short descent and flew over the guardrail at high speed.

Dygert was not able to continue her race. She was eventually taken to Bologna hospital, where she also underwent surgery. The rider suffered no career-threatening injuries from her crash.

“We do know for sure that Chloé, with her determination, will soon get back on the bike,” the American cycling federation said after the crash. Dygert will now continue to recover in the United States. “It has been difficult days, but I am now ready to start my rehabilitation at home,” she says. “I want to thank everyone in Italy for the great care. I would also like to thank everyone for the statements of support I received.”

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Deceuninck – Quick-Step to Brabantse Pijl
World Champion Julian Alaphilippe will continue his Classics campaign this Wednesday.

Brabantse Pijl runs this year its 60th edition and the race will once again take place between Leuven and Overijse, over 197.2 kilometers punctuated by 24 hills, including the Hertstraat, Holstheide and Schavei, the last of these being topped just 200 meters from the finish line. In the past ten years, on seven occasions the winner came from a small group, but the roller coaster route of the Belgian classic can also play into the favour of a lone attacker ready to go all-in before the last hill of the day.

Julian Alaphilippe will headline Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s squad for Wednesday’s race, with Dries Devenyns, Ian Garrison, Zdenek Stybar and neo-pros Andrea Bagioli, Jannik Steimle and Mauri Vansevenant set to join the World Champion at his fifth presence in Brabantse Pijl.

“Brabantse Pijl is a nice race with a lot of climbs, many of which are crammed in the final circuit, where there’s going to be plenty of action. Our team, as you can see, is a strong one, comprising many guys capable of supporting Julian, but he’s not the only rider from our squad who can feature in the final. The race boasts a deep field at the start, but we are going there with confidence and a lot of motivation to show ourselves and get a good result”, said Deceuninck – Quick-Step sports director Wilfried Peeters.

07.10 Brabantse Pijl (BEL) 1.1
Riders:

Julian Alaphilippe (FRA)
Andrea Bagioli (ITA)
Dries Devenyns (BEL)
Ian Garrison (USA)
Jannik Steimle (GER)
Zdenek Stybar (CZE)
Mauri Vansevenant (BEL).
Sports Director: Wilfried Peeters (BEL).

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De Brabantse Pilj (October 7th): Romain Bardet Returns to Racing
Forced to retire after a crash in the 13th stage of the Tour de France on September 11th, from which he suffered a concussion, Romain Bardet is returning to competition at the Brabantse Pijl. He will then compete in Paris-Tours (October 11). Romain Bardet will compete for the second time in the Brabantse Pijl. He finished 20th in 2015. On the other hand, this will be the first time he will race Paris-Tours as a professional. He has participated three times in Paris-Tours Espoirs.

Romain Bardet: “I’m just happy to be back in competition and to be back with the team. I couldn’t see myself ending the season and my beautiful story with the AG2R LA MONDIALE team with a crash like that. The first days after my abandoning the Tour were physically difficult, but I was very well taken care of by the team’s medical service and that of AS Montferrand, who specialise in the treatment of concussions, which accompanied me in my convalescence. On Wednesday, I received the green light to resume competition after returning to training on September 29 and, in consultation with the team’s sports management and Dr. Eric Bouvat, I have decided to line up at the start of Brabantse Pijl (October 7) and Paris-Tours (October 11). I will compete in the Brabantse Pijl with its particular characteristics, which are between Ardennes and Flandrienne profiles, with the aim of helping the team and enjoying myself.”

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Małecki and Van Gils to Sign With Lotto Soudal
Two more new reinforcements for Lotto Soudal: Poland’s Kamil Małecki and Belgian Maxim Van Gils have both signed for two seasons with the WorldTour. Małecki (24) has previously been with CCC Team, while Van Gils comes from the Lotto Soudal Development Team.

Kamil Małecki (24) took a sixth place Overall in this year’s Tour de Pologne, where he wore the leader’s yellow jersey for one day. He has only been at the WorldTour level this year, but he has already built up a remarkable track record with the pro-continental and CCC development teams in previous years. Last year, for example, he won the Overall in both Bałtyk-Karkonosze Tour and CCC Tour Grody Piastowskie. In the youth categories, Małecki also became Polish cyclo-cross champion and won a medal in mountain bike championships. Among the U23s, he was the fastest in the road race at the 2018 Polish Championships. In that same year, he finished second Overall in the Tour of Hungary and fourth in the Tour of Flanders U23.

“I’m a fairly versatile rider,” explains Kamil Małecki. “The classics and the weeklong races are my favourite. Today, I am at the start of the Giro, my first Grand Tour. I’m quite curious, can’t wait to be there. My future employer will definitely keep an eye on me. I am also very happy to join Lotto Soudal. After the news that the CCC team would leave our sport, Lotto Soudal was one of the best teams I could go to. With Wellens, Gilbert, Degenkolb and Ewan, the team has some big names in its ranks. I can only learn from them, and I am willing to work hard for them. For me, team play comes first.”

Team spirit is also very important to 20-year-old Maxim Van Gils. He demonstrated it again in the last Ronde de l’Isard. Van Gils quickly showed his ease in the mountains, notably winning the juniors Classique des Alpes. As U23, he won a stage in the Tour of Navarra last year and was twice second at the Giro delle Valle d’Aosta Mont Blanc. In 2020, Van Gils continued on that momentum: best youngster and third Overall in the Tour de Savoie Mont Blanc and podium placings at the Tour de Savoie and the Ronde de l’Isard.

“The choice to stay with Lotto Soudal was obvious to me, despite the interest shown in me by several other teams. I just spent three seasons with their U23 team and now we have the opportunity to demonstrate that the youth project really works and is bearing fruit. In addition, I already know a lot of riders that I will meet at Lotto Soudal in 2021. It’s a good group. I am delighted to take this step,” explains Maxim Van Gils.

Tomorrow, Van Gils will be at the start of the Piccolo Lombardia. Afterwards, he will participate in the Giro delle Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia and at the Belgian championships.

“Two very good reinforcements”, adds a happy John Lelangue, General Manager of Lotto Soudal. “They are two very complete riders. We are once again focusing on youth. Growing talents while chasing victories is absolutely possible. I’m convinced. The future is in the youth and our team already has some very good young people in its ranks.”

Małecki and Van Gils

 

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Marta Cavalli joins FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope
Marta Cavalli has signed for women’s WorldTour team FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine-Futuroscope for the 2021 and 2022 seasons.

The young Italian all rounder with a talent for fast finishes was the national champion in 2018 at 20 years of age. For the coming seasons she takes a step up to the WorldTour level with the French team.

“I am really happy to be part of this great team. That’s the time to face a new experience to improve further both as a sport-woman and as a person. I am sure I have found those who share my plans and my goals for the future, putting myself in the best conditions to succeed. I am really grateful to Valentino Villa and to the Valcar Team who accompanied my career so far, making me grow within a family, thanks also to the managers of Fiamme Oro – State Police for their constant support in my daily activity.”

As the only French women’s WorldTour team, General Manager Stephen Delcourt is focused on growing and strengthening the team for the 2022 inaugural modern women’s Tour de France. “Marta is one of the brightest riders of her generation. She has worn the U23 leader’s jersey in the Women’s WorldTour standings many times. We have been following her for several years and her ability to perform on all terrains is impressive.We quickly found an agreement because we share the same values and the same ambitions. Our team has reached a milestone in 2020 but we want to grow even more in order to build the strongest possible team for the future Women’s Tour de France in 2022.The squad will therefore be 13 cyclists for the 2021 season, a stable, young, ambitious squad to conquer the biggest races in the world in order to make our colours shine.”

Alongside Cavalli’s ambitions on the road, she is also on the Italian track cycling team, with her eyes on the Tokyo Olympics.

“We take a holistic approach to all of our athletes on the team, and for Marta, building her career on the track will ultimately reflect good form and results on the road. We are happy to give her the opportunity to pursue Olympic success in 2021 with her national team, and we are on the same page to create a balanced race program to benefit both disciplines”

The first road race goals for Cavalli in the 2021 season will be the Spring Classics, after settling in to the new team.

“The primary goal is to establish a great feeling with the whole team: with my new teammates and with the staff. After that important step, I’ll be able to focus on training. During the winter I’ll build with the team a strong condition for the Classics. My goal is to honour those who believe in me and who have given me this fantastic opportunity”

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Baldato Joins UAE Team Emirates as Sports Director
Fabio Baldato will be one of the sporting directors at UAE Team Emirates starting from 2021. After a brilliant career as a cyclist, the Italian has started an equally promising one as sporting director. His most impressive achievements include Cadel Evans’ victory in the Tour de France in 2011 and also Greg Van Avermaet’s Paris Roubaix win in 2017.

“Baldato will strengthen our technical department from 2021” says Team Principal Mauro Gianetti. “We wanted him to join us because he has the mix of the right skills and the right personality. I am convinced that he will get along very well with our group. I hope he can achieve many important goals with our team.”

Fabio Baldato: “I am thrilled to join a team that, although still young, has shown great organisational capacity and a great desire to succeed. I have been saying this since before Pogačar’s amazing success in the Tour de France. I am excited to join a good group of professional staff and talented bunch of riders. I also want to thank Jim Ochowicz for the wonderful years spent working together, I remain bound to him by a great respect and friendship.”

Baldato with Porte and Van Avermaet at BMC back in 2017:
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Julian Alaphilippe: “Becoming World Champion is a dream come true”
One week after flying to victory in Imola and writing history for French cycling following a devastating attack on the last climb of the race, the 28-year-old Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider looked back on that memorable win and explained what it means for him.

 

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