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The other cyclocross riders had the rear view of Mathieu van der Poel again this weekend – Results and video from Gullegem and Brussels. Poggio or not in Milan-Sanremo 2020 – Top Story. Loads of pre-season cycling news: TDU teams, Alpecin-Fenix for Kuurne, Froome leaving Ineos training camp. Rider news from Sergio Higuita, Enrico Battaglin, Davide Rebellin and Filippo Ganna. Team news from Movistar, Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec, Deceuninck – Quick-Step, Sunbelt Rentals/CCN-Metalac and Kometa-Xstra. New season on the way!


TOP STORY: The Poggio: “Exceptional resources are needed”
The Poggio, the decisive climb in the Italian Spring Classic, Milan-San Remo, is currently closed due to landslides. Race director Mauro Vegni was not worried about the closed road, but Alberto Biancheri, Mayor of San Remo, is more concerned. “We are talking here about millions of euros in damage,” he told ANSA Liguria.

The Via Duca d’Aosta, better known as the climb of the Poggio in Milan-San Remo, is closed until further notice as a precaution. The decision was made at the beginning of December after studying a landslide, which had already led to a partial closure of this road in recent months.

“At the moment we are not worried, because there is still a lot of time,” race organiser Mauro Vegni said almost immediately after the closing of the Poggio. “From the beginning of next year we will monitor the situation and see if there are consequences for the race.” However, according to Biancheri there is a lot of work to be done. “Exceptional resources are needed to intervene.”

The mayor hopes for financial support from RCS Sport, the organiser of Milan-San Remo. “Because we even run the risk that the race cannot be organised.” It is highly questionable whether the organisation is willing to make such a drastic decision. Milan-San Remo should be held on Saturday, March 21, 2020, but we will see.

Milano-Sanremo wouldn’t be the same without the Poggio:


DVV Verzekeringen Trofee – Brussels Universities 2020
Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) succeeded in winning the University Cross in Brussels on Sunday. With his second place, Eli Iserbyt (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal) took more points towards the overall victory in the DVV Insurance Trophy. Corné van Kessel (Tormans-Wanty Gobert) was third.

No Toon Aerts, no Laurens Sweeck, no Wout van Aert and no Quinten Hermans in the second edition of the Brussels Universities Cyclocross, possibly saving themselves for the Belgian Championship in Antwerp next week. But with Mathieu van der Poel, Eli Iserbyt, Michael Vanthourenhout, Corné van Kessel and Tim Merlier, there were still plenty of big names to watch in Brussels.

Gianni Vermeersch and Jens Adams took the lead at the start. Like on Saturday in Gullegem, it was Vanhthourenhout who took the initiative on the second lap. Van der Poel and Van Kessel followed, but Iserbyt was not there. Iserbyt had to take more than 10 seconds on Sunday on Vanthourenhout to win the overall ranking of the DVV Verzekeringen Trofee.

Iserbyt started his chase on the third lap, while Van der Poel crashed into the fence at the front. The Dutchman was soon able to catch up with Van Kessel and Vanthourenhout. The same could not be said for Iserbyt and Merlier, who didn’t make contact till the start of the fourth lap.

The big names looked at each other for a lap, after which Van der Poel thought that was enough and with an attack midway through the sixth lap and was gone, to take his tenth win in ten races.

Behind; Iserbyt and Vanthourenhout got involved in a battle for second and third place. Van Kessel kept a close eye on the two riders of Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal, and was still able to make the connection in the penultimate lap. Iserbyt had the best legs for second place and the overall victory in the DVV Verzekeringen Trofee.

Race winner, Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix): “I had a very good day. It was technically very difficult, but I expected that it would be difficult. I just fell because I got my pedal stuck. It looked very spectacular, but it wasn’t such a hard fall. I went for the grass against the banners, then of course you take a risk. I can look back with satisfaction on the day, I made the difference on the most difficult part of the circuit and I won another double weekend, so I am satisfied. It was again a great edition of the University Cross with great changes to the course. I think this cross can still grow. I am the favourite in every cross, but I cannot deny that Corné van Kessel is in very good shape.”

3rd, Corné Van Kessel (Tormans-Wanty Gobert): “I think our sponsor will be happy with these two podium finishes and a fourth place. After a good start for the Tormans Cyclo Cross Team, I need to wait and see how I will recover from the busy Christmas period. I’ll try to give Mathieu van der Poel a hard time at the Dutch championships, hoping that Quinten is able to conquer the tricolor in Belgium!”

DVV Verzekeringen Trofee – Brussels Universities Result:
1. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix in 1:01:23
2. Eli Iserbyt (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 0:30
3. Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Tormans-Wanty Gobert at 0:38
4. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 0:42
5. Jens Adams (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 1:29
6. Tom Meeusen (Bel) Group Hens-Maes Containers at 1:43
7. Tim Merlier (Bel) Creafin-Fristads at 1:56
8. Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Creafin-Fristads at 2:05
9. Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Telenet Baloise Lions at 2:16
10. Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Group Hens-Maes Containers at 2:46.

Brussels’20:


Cyclocross Gullegem 2020
Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) was again the best on Saturday. The Dutchman from ​won the Gullegem Cyclocross for the ninth time in a row. Michael Vanthourenhout (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal) and Corne van Kessel (Tormans CX) joined the Dutchman on the podium. Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) was fourth.

Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert met each other for the second time this season in Gullegem on Saturday. It caused a massive rise in the population in the West-Flemish municipality, since more than 9,000 tickets were sold to watch the race. The two rivals had already met in Loenhout, where Van Aert made his comeback after his Tour injury. Van der Poel took the win there, while Van Aert finished in 5th place.

On Saturday, Van Aert showed that he had made a step forward in his recovery. The Jumbo-Visma rider tried to attack several times in the opening part of the race. Halfway through the race; Van Aert, Van der Poel, Michael Vanthourenhout and Corne van Kessel struck out at the front in the battle for the victory.

Van der Poel followed the wheels of the others in the first half hour of the race, as he said he would. The World champion kept a close eye on his rivals and covered every move. Only when Vanthourenhout accelerated at the halfway point did any gaps appear for the first time. Van der Poel took over from Vanthourenhout, after which the Dutchman flew. Van Aert had mechanical problems, which caused him to ride at a small gap form Vanthourenhout and Van Kessel.

After a short chase, Van Aert returned to Vanthourenhout and Van Kessel, after which the battle for second place started. The win was already out of sight, the gap to Van der Poel was only getting bigger and bigger, as a result the Dutchman took his ninth win in a row.

In the battle for second place, the three pursuers stayed together for some time. Vanthourenhout put in a strong turn on the penultimate lap, but Van Kessel managed to get back to him. Van Aert couldn’t follow and would finish the Cyclocross Gullegem in fourth place. Van Kessel and Vanthourenhout had to sprint it out for second place, the Belgian turned out to be faster than the Dutchman.

Race winner, Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix): “I have been so busy as the last five or six races I have not seen the fans. It is nice to see that cross is alive, in the race you also hear that it really is alive. The last crosses prove that there is still a future in the sport. It is very big at the cash register, although that is also because Wout van Aert is now bringing a lot of supporters. I have already seen him at the first cross, and it is of course very good that he has come back. He is already very good in this phase, but not yet good enough to really put the pressure on.”

3rd, Corné Van Kessel (Tormans CX): “I enjoyed the attention from the public and my good feeling. I tried to leave the work to van der Poel and Van Aert in order to save energy for the final. It’s a pity that I unclipped and lost the battle for the 2nd place, but it’s good to continue my series of decent results with a new podium. I’ve chosen to add this race in Gullegem to my racing schedule to continue the adaptation to my new bike. We’ll form a better unity after each race. I’ll conclude the busy Christmas period with the cyclocross in Brussels.”

4th, Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma): “I’m still looking for the cross feeling. I made too many mistakes today to finish short. It was difficult, I had less fresh legs today. I got through the first half of the cross well thanks to a good start and was able to ride in the front because it was tactical. When Mathieu left, I could no longer follow. He was left with more reserve. I don’t have to be in great shape yet and it would have been nice to make fewer mistakes. That will improve automatically if I ride more crosses and spend more hours in the off-road. I trained a bit more for cross this week, but I still need some extra hours. I’m looking forward to it. I have nothing to lose and that is a nice starting point.”

Cyclocross Gullegem Result:
1. Mathieu Van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix in 1:01:20
2. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 0:17
3. Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Tormans-Wanty Gobert at 0:19
4. Wout Van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma at 0:42
5. Jens Adams (Bel) Hollebeekhoeve Cycling Team at 1:32
6. Diether Sweeck (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 1:49
7. Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Creafin-Fristads at 2:21
8. Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 2:27
9. Nicolas Cleppe (Bel) Telenet Baloise Lions at 2:39
10. Sean De Bie (Bel) Bingoal-Wallonie Bruxelles.

Gullegem’20:


AG2R-La Mondiale, Cofidis, Israel Start-Up Nation and CCC Confirm Team Line Up for 2020 Santos Tour Down Under
AG2R-La Mondiale, Cofidis Solutions Credit and CCC Team have confirmed their squads that will take to the start line of the 2020 Santos Tour Down Under.

AG2R-La Mondiale (FRA):
Romain Bardet, racing for AG2R-La Mondiale, will line up at the Santos Tour Down Under for the first time in 2020. The 29-year-old climber’s notable achievements include two podium finishes at the Tour de France, second in 2016 and third in 2017, winning individual stages in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Romain BARDET (FRA)
Geoffery BOUCHARD (FRA)
Clement CHEVRIER (FRA)
Axel DOMONT (FRA)
Ben GASTAUER (LUX)
Andrea VENDRAME (ITA)
Lawrence WARBASSE (USA).

Cofidis Solutions Credit (FRA):
Elia Viviani returns to the Santos Tour Down Under in new colours, joining Cofidis Solutions Credit for the 2020 season. Viviani won the opening stage of the 2019 Tour Down Under and took Stage 3 line honours in 2018.

Elia VIVIANI (ITA)
Simone CONSONNI (ITA)
Nathan HAAS (AUS)
Mathias LE TURNIER (FRA)
Marco MATHIS (GER)
Fabio SABATINI (ITA)
Kenneth VAN BILSEN (BEL).

Israel Start-Up Nation (ISR)
Andre Greipel, who holds the record for the most stage wins at the Santos Tour Down Under with 18, returns with new team Israel Start-Up Nation in what will be their debut race as a UCI WorldTeam.

Andre GREIPEL (GER)
Guillaume BOIVIN (CAN)
Alex DOWSETT (GBR)
Omer GOLDSTEIN (ISR)
Ben HERMANS (BEL)
James PICCOLI(CAN)
Rick ZABEL (GER).

CCC Team (USA):
Patrick Bevin, who wore the Santos ochre leader’s jersey for four days at the 2019 Tour Down Under and won Stage 2 in a sprint finish, returns as CCC Team’s leader. The 28-year-old New Zealander is chasing victory in his fifth consecutive appearance at the event.

Patrick BEVIN (NZL)
Josef CERNY (POL)
Simon GESCHKE (GER)
Joseph ROSSKOPF (USA)
Szymon SANJOK (POL)
Francisco VENTOSO (ESP)
Lukasz WISNIOWSKI (POL).

Patrick Bevin TDU’19 stage 1 break:


Six Teams Listed Confirmed for the 2020 Santos Women’s Tour Down Under
The following six teams competing at the 2020 Santos Women’s Tour Down Under have confirmed their list of riders that will take to the start line later this month.

Canyon SRAM (GER):
Tiffany CROMWELL (AUS)
Tanja ERATH (GER)
Ella HARRIS (NZL)
Hannah LUDWIG (GER)
Jessica PRATT (AUS)
Alexis RYAN (USA).

Ale BTC Ljubljana (ITA):
Maaike BOOGAARD (NED)
Tatiana GUDERZO (ITA)
Anastasiia CHURSINA (SLO)
Jutatip MANEEPHAN (THA)
Urska PINTAR (SLO)
Anna TREVISI (ITA).

FDJ NouvelleOUVELLE-Aquitaine Futuroscope:
Brodie CHAPMAN (AUS)
Shara GILLOW (AUS)
Maelle GROSSETETE (FRA)
Victorie GUILMAN (FRA)
Lauren KITCHEN (AUS)
Jade WIEL (FRA).

Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank (USA):
Lauren STEPHENS (USA)
Shannon MALSEED (AUS)
Sarah GIGANTE (AUS)
Jenelle CROOKS (NZL)
Sharlotte LUCAS (NZL)
Nina KESSLER (NED).

Vantage New Zealand National Team (NZL):
Bryony BOTHA (NZL)
Racquel SHEATH (NZL)
Nicole SHIELDS (NZL)
Rushlee BUCHANAN (NZL)
Jessie HODGES (NZL)
Ally WOLLASTON (NZL).

Roxsolt Attaquer (AUS):
Justine BARROW (AUS)
Peta Mullens (AUS)
Emily HERFOSS (AUS)
Bree WILSON (AUS)
Emma CHILTON (AUS)
Madeline WRIGHT (AUS).

Canyon SRAM’s Tiffany Cromwell


Bevin Motivated for a Strong Season Debut at the Santos Tour Down Under
After winning a stage and wearing the ochre jersey for four days in 2019, Patrick Bevin will return to the Santos Tour Down Under as CCC Team’s leader when racing gets underway on January 21.

Bevin will have the support of an experienced team as he looks to repeat his breakthrough performance of 2019, Sports Director Jackson Stewart said. “Looking at this year’s race route, a major difference from last year’s edition is the finish in Paracombe on Stage 3. I think we could see the explosive climbers gain some valuable time and bonus seconds for the General Classification, as in the past. I expect the GC teams will take control of the race earlier with that deciding stage coming halfway through the race,” Stewart explained.

“We are bringing a strong and motivated roster to support Patrick Bevin, who showed what he is capable of in 2019. We started the season at the Tour Down Under better than many expected I think, and naturally we want to win a stage this year after last year’s success. But, it’s a new year and a new race. We have the motivation and confidence from last year’s performance but, we expect a strong field and won’t be lining up as the favourites.”

A surprise victory on stage two in 2019 saw Bevin out-sprint the likes of Peter Sagan and Caleb Ewan and net the first WorldTour win of the New Zealander’s career.

Patrick Bevin returns with unfinished business after a nasty crash on stage five all but ended his chances of defending the ochre jersey on the final day of racing. “I’m really looking forward to getting the 2020 season underway at the Santos Tour Down Under. It was nice to win a stage last year, lead the race for the best part of the week, and come away with the points jersey. But, being so close to the overall win is always going to be a tough memory for me. I take confidence knowing I was close and I can be close again,” Bevin said.

“I think we’re in for a harder Tour Down Under this year but I really like the course. I’m happy that they have brought the Stirling finish back as I like that stage, it’s a really hard one. Overall, I think it will be a tougher race and the battle for bonus seconds will be on from stage one but they will be harder to come by.”

CCC Team will arrive in Adelaide on January 5 for a two-week training camp to acclimatise to the Australian summer conditions.

Santos Tour Down Under (21-26 January)
Rider roster:
Patrick Bevin (NZ), Josef Černý (CZE), Simon Geschke (GER), Szymon Sajnok (POL), Joey Rosskopf (USA), Francisco Ventoso (ESP), Łukasz Wišniowski (POL).
Sports Director: Jackson Stewart (USA), Press officer onsite: Phoebe Haymes.

PEZ interview with Patrick Bevin soon:


Last Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne ‘WildCard’ is for Alpecin-Fenix
Alpecin-Fenix ​​will participate in Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne this year, as the team of Mathieu van der Poel has received the last wildcard from the organisation. The Belgian team has never been at the start of the spring classic.

Race director Peter Debaveye previously sent an invitation to six teams with a ProTeam license: Uno-X, B&B Hotels-Vital Concept, Wallonie Bruxelles, Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise, Circus-Wanty Gobert and Total Direct Energie. The seventh and final wildcard will go to Alpecin-Fenix.

“Since we give priority to Belgian teams, it makes sense that we have invited Alpecin-Fenix,” said Debaveye. The field of participants will be further supplemented with eighteen WorldTour teams. Jumbo-Visma and Dylan Groenewegen, the winner of 2018, are not included this year.

It promises to be an interesting edition of Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, since the organisation has adapted the course. The 72nd edition of KBK will become a lot harder for the sprinters, with a section through the Zwalm region – where the wind has free rein – and only one lap in Kuurne.

Kuurne’18:


Team Ineos Worried by Froome Leaving Training Camp
According to Bicisports; Team Ineos is concerned about the rehabilitation of Chris Froome. The four-time Tour winner was with his teammates in Mallorca for a training camp, but had to drop out after two days. The reason for the worry is that his recovery is going to take more time than initially thought.

Froome crashed at high speed while checking out the Dauphiné time trial, breaking his right thigh, hip, elbow and multiple ribs. The four-time Tour winner then had a long rehabilitation, but was eventually back on his bike. Last year Froome and some teammates already rode the time trial of the Saitama Criterium. The Briton wants to make history this season by winning his fifth Tour, but team manager Nicolas Portal isn’t so sure: “I believe in his recovery, but the question is whether he can fully return to his old level.”

“It’s a tough assignment, but we will support him 100% in his mission. I know Chris, he really wants to win his fifth Tour,” said the Frenchman in early December. Now, a month later, the leader seems to have had a relapse. It is therefore questionable whether Froome will be top fit for the Tour de France in time. Team Ineos is not dependent on the British rider this summer, as the team also counts on reigning Tour winner Egan Bernal and Geraint Thomas, who took the yellow jersey to Paris in 2018.

Chris Froome: “My recovery is going well”
Chris Froome left the training camp of Team Ineos and has had a setback in his recovery. Not true, the British leader writes on his social media. “My recovery is going well and I’m preparing for my next training camp from Thursday,” he said.

Now Froome has responded himself. He denies that he has left a training camp for the million-dollar team. “I hope I can correct this. I was at a training camp for the last time in December,” said Froome. Next week he says he will continue his preparation for the 2020 season.

Froome on the way back?


Sergio Higuita Makes Debut in Ardennes Classics
Sergio Higuita will make his first appearance this year in the hilly Classics; Amstel Gold Race, Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the promising climber said in conversation with WRadioColombia. The 22-year-old rider from EF Education First will also make his debut in the Tour de France.

Team manager Jonathan Vaughters said earlier that EF Education First is going with a climbers team to the upcoming Tour de France. The former rider mentioned the names of Higuita, Hugh Carthy, Michael Woods, Daniel Felipe Martínez and Rigoberto Urán. The 25-year-old Carthy now opts for the Giro d’Italia, but Higuita will definitely contest the Tour.

The explosive climber starts his season in his own country with the National championships and the Tour Colombia 2.1, followed by Paris-Nice and the Tour of the Basque Country. Higuita will then participate in the Ardennes Classics, before his Tour debut in the summer. In the autumn he is scheduled to start the Tour of Utah, the Canadian classics and the Tour of Lombardy.

Higuita – who also hopes to be at the Olympics – was a winner last year in a mountain stage in the Vuelta a España. He also took podium places in the Tour of California and the Giro dell’Emilia. At the U23 World championships, Higuita just missed out on a medal, as he finished 4th after the disqualification of Nils Eekhoff.

Sergio Higuita solos to Vuelta’19 stage 18 win:


Enrico Battaglin Completes Bahrain-McLaren 2020 Roster
The rumour that Bahrain McLaren would sign Enrico Battaglin had been in the air for some time. Now the transfer has been revealed by the team via social media.

After the merger between Katusha-Alpecin and Israel Cycling Academy, the Italian had to look for a new employer as there was no more room for him in the team. In December he had been with the WorldTour team to a training camp in Croatia.

“Enrico Battaglin completes our 29-strong selection,” said team boss Rod Ellingworth. “We are happy with such a versatile and driven talent who has proven himself several times. We look forward to fulfilling more of its potential.”

Bahrain Merida 2020 Roster:
Yukiya Arashiro (Jap), Enrico Battaglin (Ita), Phil Bauhaus (Ger), Pello Bilbao (Spa), Grega Bole (Slo), Eros Capecchi (Ita), Damiano Caruso (Ita), Mark Cavendish (GB), Sonny Colbrelli (Ita), Scott Davies (GB), Chun Kai Feng (Twa), Iván García (Spa), Marco Haller (Aust), Heinrich Haussler (Aus), Kevin Inkelaar (Ned), Mikel Landa (Spa), Matej Mohoric (Slo), Domen Novak (Slo), Mark Padun (Ukr), Hermann Pernsteiner (Aust), Luka Pibernik (Slo), Wout Poels (Ned), Marcel Sieberg (Ger), Dylan Teuns (Bel); Jan Tratnik (Slo); Rafael Valls (Spa), Stephen Williams (GB).

New colours for Battaglin:


Rebellin Still Looking for a Team
Davide Rebellin will not race for the Cambodia Cycling Academy this year. The now 48-year-old Italian denies having had conversations with the new continental team. “I’m just a friend of the manager, that’s all. But I do expect to find a team,” he told La Gazzetto dello Sport.

Rebellin raced for the Algerian Sovac team last year, but switched to the Continental Meridiana Kamen team during the season. Rebellin has been linked to the ambitious Hungarian Epowers Factory recently, but this project never really got off the ground.

The team management didn’t get the finances in place on time, so Rebellin had to look for a new employer for 2020. The former Classic winner seemed to be heading towards the Cambodia Cycling Academy during his search, but Rebellin said the transfer rumours were all false. “I hope to find a new team for 2020 within a few days,” Rebellin told the Italian sports-paper.

Flèche Wallonne 2009 Davide Rebellin and Andy Schleck:


Filippo Ganna Starts Season in Argentina
Filippo Ganna will start his season in Argentina with the Vuelta a San Juan (January 26 to February 2), reports La Gazzetta dello Sport. The fast-man then focuses on the Tour of Valencia (5-9 February), but the focus is primarily on the World track Championships in Berlin.

Ganna hopes to become individual pursuit World champion in Germany for the third time, after previous titles in 2018 and 2019. The Team Ineos rider is the favourite for the rainbow jersey, after he recently managed to crush the world record at the track World Cup in Minsk.

Ganna set a World record twice. In the qualifications he put up a time of 4.05.423, then in the final he was even faster with 4.02.647. The 23-year-old rider also focuses on the team pursuit in Berlin. The track World Championships are held from February 26 to March 1.

After the World Cup, the Italian will look to the Tokyo Olympic Games. The track specialist will chase medals in the team pursuit and also the individual time trial. The promising rider is one of the contenders for gold, especially after his bronze medal in the past World Championships.

Filippo Ganna on the medal hunt in 2020:


SRAM to Sponsor the Movistar Team
Prestigious brand to support Telefónica-backed squad with top componentry for the next two years in both the UCI WorldTour and Women’s WorldTour. SRAM and the Movistar Team proudly announced Thursday their sponsorship agreement, which will see the Blues using SRAM componentry and Zipp wheels through 2021.

Founded in 1980, the men’s team has featured a long list of dynamic and predominantly Spanish cycling legends who’ve won a significant number of national, world, and grand tour titles. Amazingly, the team had three riders finish in the top ten at the 2019 Tour de France, including a current captain, Alejandro Valverde (ESP). Young Spanish climber Enric Mas, who has garnered several best young rider jerseys, will look to challenge at a major tour in 2020.

The women’s team was introduced in 2018, and is led by Spanish road champion Lourdes Oyarbide and Spanish individual time trial champion Sheyla Gutiérrez. In its short tenure the team has garnered seven national titles, and several major race wins.

The entire team is equipped with SRAM’s wireless RED eTap AXS HRD componentry, and this year will be the entire team’s first season exclusively on disc brakes. SRAM’s AXS gearing features a wider gear range and closer gear progression than traditional systems. While there are numerous gearing options, and riders will make individual determinations for specific races, the women’s team will predominantly ride the 48/35 chainrings, while the men will most often ride the 50/37. Both teams prefer the 10-33 cassette. The team’s wheel inventory includes the entire Zipp Firecrest and Zipp NSW lineup.

“I have been very curious about SRAM and Zipp for many years, and I am excited to be a part of the SRAM family. The componentry and the technology, the support, and how well they listen to the riders is unique and impressive,” said Alejandro Valverde.

“I look forward to racing on the new AXS gearing ranges. The idea of smaller steps between the gears should benefit a rider like me who relies on a consistent cadence when I time trial or climb,” added Enric Mas.

“I always enjoyed racing SRAM, they always make things that benefit the rider, and it’s always cool to race the newest componentry!” stated Barbara Guarischi.

“After 37 years, we are switching to SRAM and Zipp, this is a historic change that we do not take lightly, but we see a great opportunity to partner with technology leaders in drivetrain and wheels,” said Movistar Team General Manager, Eusebio Unzué.

The men will begin their season at the Tour Down Under, while the women’s first race will be the Vuelta CV Féminas.

SRAM:


Zipp Unveils Partnership with Movistar Team
Blues to enjoy Firecrest and NSW wheel lineups as they tackle their UCI WT / WWT competitions in 2020, their 41st season of uninterrupted activity. Zipp and the Movistar Team proudly announced Thursday a new partnership, part of SRAM’s new sponsorship to provide the team with componentry and wheels through 2021.

Founded in 1980, with more than 900 victories to date, the men’s team is the longest-running and most successful team in the UCI’s WorldTour. That tradition continues today with team captain Alejandro Valverde (ESP) among the sport’s biggest stars and young Spanish star Enric Mas, singed as a Grand Tour leader. The women’s team, introduced in 2018, has garnered seven national titles and several major wins already and is poised for more success with signees including Barbara Guarischi of Italy.

The Movistar Team will be equipped with Zipp Firecrest and NSW wheels with tubular and tubeless offerings. This is the first season the entire team will use disc brakes. Expect the Zipp 303 and 454 NSW to be the top choices for road races and 858 NSW and Super-9 Disc for time trials.

“Zipp is a special name in cycling. Since I was young, I’ve known these are fast wheels. At team camp when we met our new sponsors, I appreciated learning more about the history of innovation that has made these wheels so successful over so many years. Throughout my long career, I’ve always strived for consistency in motivation and results. Zipp has done just the same, and I’m thrilled to be training and racing on them in this big season for me,” Valverde said.

“Time trialing is my specialty, so having access to Zipp wheels is a huge resource for me. Zipp has a reputation for being fast but also for having wheels that are easy to handle in crosswinds. I’m lucky to be able to keep up with really high-intensity efforts over long distances, and that’s a key factor for time trials. Having the right equipment also is key, and I’m confident Zipp will make me faster,” said Lourdes Oyarbide.

“After 37 years, we are switching to SRAM and Zipp, this is a historic change that we do not take lightly, but we see a great opportunity to partner with technology leaders in drivetrain and wheels,” said Movistar Team General Manager, Eusebio Unzué.

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Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec goes for red and white again
The Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec team has presented their kit for 2020. The formation of Gianni Savio will race in a red and white kit again this year, with a slight difference to previous seasons. The team has opted for more white and a little less red, although sticking to a similar combination. The many sponsors have remained unchanged: such as toy manufacturer Androni Giocattoli, sub-sponsor Sidermec and bike supplier Bottecchia.

Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec had a good 2019, as the team won 32 races. The biggest win went to Fausto Masnada, with a stage win in the Giro d’Italia. The formation also won the Giro dell’Appennino and Tro-Bro Léon. Team manager, Gianni Savio had to say goodbye to his leaders Masnada, Mattia Cattaneo and Andrea Vendrame at the end of the season. The team also has to continue without sprinters Matteo Pelucchi, Marco Benfatto, Matteo Montaguti and Marco Frapporti. Androni welcomes ten new riders: Nicola Bagioli, Simon Pellaud and climber Jefferson Cepeda.


Deceuninck – Quick-Step Happy to Announce Partnership with Wahoo for 2020 and 2021
Our riders will use ELEMNT GPS computers and TICKR heart rate monitors to record and monitor their rides and races.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step, who have been crowned UCI World Team Classification winners for the last two seasons, have always prided themselves at being at the forefront of ground-breaking technological advances in cycling, and the team’s interest in leading technology led to the partnership with equally inventive Wahoo.

Our riders will use Wahoo’s ELEMNT range of GPS computers, as well as TICKR Heart Rate Monitors for the next two years. The Wahoo equipment will give riders live feedback of their physical output during races and training, as well as storing valuable data that our team of coaches can analyse and help the squad continue to strive to be the best in the world.

Head Coach Koen Pelgrim has been impressed by Wahoo’s product range: “We are really happy since we first started to use Wahoo’s connected cycling computers. The ELEMNT units are very user friendly and navigating around the menus is intuitive, which makes setting up training sessions and programs very easy. Likewise, there is a great interface with the mobile app, which adds to the experience and allows the riders to upload their data easily. We are always looking to analyse our riders’ performance and improve where we can, and the way that Wahoo have set up their products makes that very easy for us, so we are very excited to be working with them.”

Wahoo CEO Mike Saturnia is also very happy to work with the riders of Deceuninck – Quick-Step: “From nearly unmatched strength in one-day races to strong campaigns in the Grand Tours, this team has been one of the best in the world for nearly two decades. We are honoured to join them as they prepare for another season of iconic race performances. Our ELEMNT cycling computers and TICKR heart rate monitors are easy to use and will deliver the data riders need to track and maximise performance.”

Julian Alaphilippe training in Spain:


Sunbelt Rentals and Metalac Announce the Formation of New Elite Junior Cycling Team for 2020
What do you get when a Panamanian coffee farmer and former Olympic cyclist meet? The launching of new Elite and Junior development team that seeks to share the world with youth through bike racing. Sponsored by American company Sunbelt Rentals and a seventy-year-old Serbian cycling club, CCN-Metalac. The team plans to race competitively in the US, Europe and Latin America in the upcoming race season under directors Radisa Cubric and Alexis Batista.

Sunbelt Rentals /CCN – Metalac is among the country’s best domestic junior racing teams that have accepted invitations to compete at events in Europe and South America.

A rising star at 16 years old, Ethan Lee of North Carolina says, “I’m deeply honoured and excited to be a part of the junior team. I hit it off with my now teammates while guest riding at Intelligentia Cup races and we stayed in touch. We definitely plan to bring it in 2020.”honoured

In hopes of planning big things for 2020, Batista has planned a race calendar that will hit all of the top junior events that have launched several pro and collegiate careers for his past racers.

Sunbelt Rentals p/b CCN – Metalac (USA) are scheduled to race the following events:
– Hincapie Spring series
-Valley of the Sun
– USA, Panama, Serbia Nationals
– Jr tour of Serbia
-International Osterreich-RundFahrt Tour of Austria
-Intelligentsia cup
-Races in Bulgaria, China, Italy, Panama, Serbia, Slovenia and USA.


Gobik presents the new skin of the Kometa-Xstra Cycling Team for the 2020 season
The Murcian firm Gobik presents the new equipment with which the Kometa-Xstra Cycling Team will compete throughout this year. The design features black and white as the main colours, though they are changes in some areas with respect to 2019 clothes.

From Yecla, and in barely five years, Gobik has become one of the reference companies in the textile sector linked to cycling due to its firm commitment to design and customer service. The relationship between Gobik and the Alberto Contador Foundation began in 2019 and also extends to the figure of Alberto Contador, the brand’s global ambassador throughout the world.

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