EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
The good and bad of Paris-Roubaix – EUROTRASH TOP STORY. A great race, won by a great champion – Report, quotes and video. Also the final stages of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco. Other cycling news: The Amgen Tour of California teams announced and the Rally team is one of them, BMC to Brabantse Pijl, Kämna and Jansen extend contracts, Miguel Indurain inducted into the Giro Hall of Fame, Commonwealth Gold for Charlie Tanfield and onboard video from Roubaix. Monday coffee time!
TOP STORY: Roubaix – A Great and Terrible Sunday
As PEZman Ed Hood said: “A beautiful race – reminds us why it’s the ‘King of Sports’ . . .” And Ed has seen a lot of bike races.
Peter Sagan winning Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix couldn’t have disappointed anyone, the World champion attacked with over 50 kilometers of intermittent cobbles to go before the finish in the Roubaix velodrome. The Slovakian soloed across to what was left of the break, and then combined with the stunning Silvan Dillier to hold off some of the best one-day riders of the present peloton. The Quick-Step Floors team looked to have the race under control, but no one had enough fire-power to dominate totally.
Even Sagan haters, not that I’ve heard of any since the Cavendish/Tour tussle was settled, must admit that the World champion deserved his win on the cobbles of the ‘Hell of the North’. Sunday’s Roubaix is why we love this sport.
The Sad News of Sunday
The shocking news of the passing of the 23 year-old Belgian rider Michael Goolaerts came through late last night. The Veranda’s Willems-Crelan rider suffered cardiac arrest after falling on the second set of cobbles. He was airlifted to hospital in Lille but died at 22:40 EST.
The team made this statement: “It is with unimaginable sadness that we have to communicate the passing of our rider and friend Michael Goolaerts,” adding that Michael died “in the presence of his family members and loved ones, who we keep in our thoughts.”
The family and friends of Michael Goolaerts are in the thought of everyone at PezCyclingNews.
Sagan makes his move:
Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) became the first reigning world champion to win Paris-Roubaix since Bernard Hinault in 1981. He won a two-man sprint on the velodrome against Swiss national champion Silvan Dillier of AG2R-La Mondiale after he countered the successive initiatives of hot favorites Quick Step Floors with 55km to go. Niki Terpstra rounded out the podium for the Belgian team.
Following a vain attack by Wang Meiyin, the only Chinese in the race, Brenton Jones (Delko Marseille), Dries De Bondt (Willems-Crelan), Alexandre Pichot (Direct Energie) and Johan van Zyl (Dimension Data) went clear at km 17 but the peloton reacted. Brice Feillu (Fortuneo-Samsic) counter-attacked but a solo move was mission impossible. After 42km of racing, six riders managed to form a breakaway: Silvan Dillier (AG2R-La Mondiale), Sven-Erik Bystrøm (UAE Team Emirates), Ludovic Robeet and Jimmy Duquennoy (WB Veranclassic), Jelle Wallays (Lotto Soudal) and Marc Soler (Movistar). With 200km to go, Gatis Smukulis (Delko Marseille), Geoffrey Soupe (Cofidis) and Jay Thompson (Dimension Data) made it a group of nine at the front while the peloton was cruising more than four minutes behind.
The deficit of the bunch was seven minutes when they hit the first cobbled section at Troisvilles (km 93.5) after the nine leaders got a maximum advantage of 8.50. A crash split the peloton in three parts with defending champion Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team) being caught in the last part. He lost team-mate Stefan Küng in one of the first crashes of the day. Despite several hiccups affecting Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ), Oliver Naesen (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Alexander Kristoff (UAE Emirates), all the favorites were back in the main pack mostly led by Quick Step Floors towards the Arenberg trench where the advantage of the breakaway group was down to 2.15. At the exit of the trench, the front group was split in two with Dillier, Bystrom, Wallays, Robeet and Soler at the front while Mike Teunissen (Sunweb) and Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) rode away from the peloton before being reinforced by Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin).
With 75km to go, all the favorites were reunited with a deficit of one minute from the five remaining leading riders. Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Floors) relayed Gilbert on the offensive in between the five leading riders and the peloton. Stybar caught Soler who couldn’t hold the pace of his former breakaway companions. As he also caught Robeet, he gave up the chase with 60km to go. Van Avermaet launched the battle of the giants with 55km to go. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) countered and rode away solo. Sagan hit the front of the race with 51km to go. 40km before the end, Sagan, Dillier and Wallays had 35 seconds lead over a small group led by Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors) and eventually formed of Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo), Sep Vanmarcke and Taylor Phinney (EF-Drapac), Wout Van Aert (Willems-Crelan), Jens Debusschere (Lotto Soudal) and Van Avermaet.
With 25km to go, the leading trio had an advantage of 45 seconds. It went up to 1.25 as Wallays lost contact and left the lone Dillier as an early breakaway member along with Sagan at the front. Sagan tried to go solo on the cobblestone sections of Carrefour de l’Arbre and Hem but the Swiss champion stayed with him. The duo was never threatened by the chasing group from which Terpstra exited to round out the podium behind Sagan who was logically faster than Dillier in the sprint on the velodrome of Roubaix.
Roubaix’18 winner, Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe): “It’s amazing to win Paris-Roubaix! I’m so tired after this race but I have to say, this year I wasn’t involved in any crashes, I wasn’t feeling tired at the start and just tried to save energy. After I went in the attack I just kept going until the finish. I feel so much better than I have done in all the years I’ve ridden Paris-Roubaix – I was so much more tired then than I am today. Thank you to all my teammates, because they did such a great job – Daniel Oss, Marcus Burghardt and Maciej Bodnar, my brother Juraj and to Andreas Schillinger and Rüdi Selliger at the start, who kept the group all together. In the end, I made the winning move with around 50km to go and I’m very happy to have come in first. It’s an amazing feeling. I always try to do my best and to get the best results.”
2nd, Silvan Dillier (AG2R-La Mondiale): “It’s hard to describe how I feel. There is a bit of disappointment, but above all a great satisfaction. This morning, I was not thinking of the podium … but I had to find the right recipe along the way. I finished with Peter Sagan, currently the best rider in the world, and I cannot be sad about taking second place. When I can get into a breakaway early on, I know that I’ll get stronger and stronger throughout the day. I proved it by winning the Route Adélie ten days ago. When we found ourselves in the front, we wanted to go as far as possible. Our group collaborated well. Then Sagan joined us. On the one hand, it was good because he has a big engine, but we knew it would be hard to beat him in a sprint. In the end, when it was just me and him, I thought the most important thing would be not to get caught, and I told him that we should work together, which is what we did. In the sprint, I tried to play on the strength of my track experience, but he was just too strong for me. This second place does show that I am able to transcend myself in a race.”
3rd, Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors): “I am happy, but not as happy as last week. Still, a podium in Roubaix is always special and today it came after a race in which I felt really good. We attacked, did an aggressive race, but weren’t in the first row when Sagan attacked, so we couldn’t close that gap. Anyway, he was the strongest rider today, so congrats to him. Our spring has been truly amazing, we’ve won nine-day races and currently have a total of 25 victories, so I think we can be proud of this remarkable string of achievements.”
10th, Jens Debusschere (Lotto Soudal): “Before the race I would have signed for a place on top ten, but when you see how the race developed you always hope for more. My biggest effort of today was when I bridged from the second chasing group to the first chasing group that included among other Van Avermaet and Vanmarcke. In the finale it was suddenly going so fast that I needed to let some of the others go. I then got in a group that sprinted for the seventh place. I was not so fast anymore at the end of the day and became tenth. The race went well for me, I only got distanced because of a crash on the first cobblestone sector. But the teammates of Yves Lampaert, Oliver Naesen and Greg Van Avermaet, who were also in that group, closed the gap rather quickly. From then on I always tried to ride on the first rows of the peloton. My form was good and finishing tenth in a monument as Paris-Roubaix is definitely a nice result.”
Break rider, Sven Erik Bystrøm (UAE Team Emirates): “To be in the main escape in my first ride in Paris-Roubaix was a fantastic experience, also considering to make that move we spent a lot of energy in the first hour of the race. On the pavé, I had good feelings. I don’t know at this point, based on this ride, if I can come back and build a future in this big and important race.”
Break rider, Jelle Wallays (Lotto Soudal): “I have an attacking style of racing. It’s the fourth time that I was part of a breakaway at Paris-Roubaix and this is my best final result ever. It was no easy job to get in today’s break. Because there was a tailwind the riders knew there was a possibility that the break would stay ahead very long. Dillier and I survived the longest, but when Sagan joined us I immediately felt that the pace was raised. Sagan said that the riders behind us were having a hard time as well and that he thought we would make it to the finish. Unfortunately I got into difficulty each time he raised the pace after a corner. At a certain moment I had to let them go. I am disappointed because in the end they did make it to the velodrome. If I had been able to hang on, I would have finished on the podium. But I gave all I got along the way and I had nothing left. I rode a good race and I felt strong on the cobbles. I might have been too eager, but that’s easily said afterwards.”
Crash victim, Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates): “My Paris-Roubaix unfortunately ended when Tony Martin crashed in the middle of the group and I finished on the ground as well. Going at 60km an hour, I hit my back hard on the ground and I waited a few minutes for the pain to pass. I was able get going, though, and make it to the finish, but the top riders were already far off. It’s too bad because I felt well and I was back in the group after the first sector of pave when the peloton broke into pieces due to some crash and after I returned from a puncture.”
1. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe in 5:54:06
2. Silvan Dillier (Swi) AG2R-La Mondiale
3. Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick-Step Floors at 0:57
4. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC at 1:34
5. Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
6. Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
7. Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin at 2:31
8. Taylor Phinney (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
9. Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors
10. Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal.
Roubaix Best Of:
Vuelta al Pais Vasco 2018
Primoz Roglic has celebrated a successful day in the Vuelta al Pais Vasco. By winning the time trial Stage 4, the 28-year-old rider of Team LottoNL-Jumbo has taken the lead in the general classification. The Slovenian is now more than half a minute ahead of the number two in the general classification, Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors).
The stage win meant the ninth victory for Team LottoNL-Jumbo this year. For Roglic it was his second victory of the season. Earlier this year he won the third stage in Tirreno-Adriatico. By taking the lead in the general classification, Roglic, who finished second twice this week, is also one of the top favorites for the overall victory.
Stage winner and overall leader, Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo): “But we should not get ahead of ourselves. At the beginning of the course I already said that I want to take it one day at a time. It’s not going to be easy, but I’m really looking forward to the last stages.”
2nd on the stage, Patrick Bevin (BMC): “I felt good out on the course today. I’ve had a rough couple of days in the Basque Country but I was looking forward to this time trial. I had a pretty good rhythm and it is often hard to know how you are going to go on a time trial especially when you start early and there aren’t too many splits. I am pretty happy with my ride. It was fairly evenly paced. The course was a little bit technical to start with and then it had two long open stretches so that gave me the chance to hold some good average speed. Of course, it’s tough when you have to sit in the hot seat all day and then get beaten by the second to last guy. He [Primoc Roglic] was obviously quicker today but in the end, it was a nice result and I showed that I am going in the right direction. This is my third time trial of the year and I think I have been better at each one so it would be nice to get that win at some stage.”
8th on the stage and 2nd overall, Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors): “These long straight roads with strong headwind didn’t suit me. I like more a time trial which contains several short, steep climbs, like the one we had earlier this year in Paris-Nice, during which you could change the tempo. I’m not surprised that I lost the lead, because I knew it would be difficult, but I won’t hide the fact I’m a bit disappointed for not having the yellow jersey anymore. But the morale in the team is high, so we’ll try to do something nice in the next two stages, which will be very hard, the hardest of the race.”
4th overall, Patrick Konrad (Bora-Hansgrohe): “I am really satisfied with my result today. The last stages were pretty tough, therefore I am happy that my shape and legs are still good. With Emu and myself we are in a good position for the overall. I think, it is now important to focus and be concentrated on the last two stages and afterwards we will see what the outcome will be.”
Vuelta Pais Vasco Stage 4 Result:
1. Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNL-Jumbo in 22:26
2. Patrick Bevin (NZ) BMC at 0:09
3. Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Sky at 0:11
4. Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Sky at 0:14
5. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Sky at 0:20
6. Michael Matthews (Aus) Sunweb at 0:36
7. David De La Cruz (Spa) Sky at 0:37
8. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors at 0:42
9. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo at 0:43
10. Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC.
Vuelta al Pais Vasco Overall After Stage 4:
1. Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNL-Jumbo in 13:41:26
2. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors at 0:34
3. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo at 1:33
4. Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe at 1:36
5. Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida at 1:42
6. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe at 1:48
7. Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar at 1:51
8. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana at 1:57
9. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 2:08
10. Ion Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida at 2:11.
Astana Team rider and local hero Omar Fraile took a perfect win on Stage 5 in Eibar. Fraile finished in the leading group of 7 riders, beating in sprint the current GC leader Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) and the Spaniard Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida).
Stage 5 of the race started in Vitoria and finished after 164,7 km in Eibar. There was a real battle to get in a breakaway in the first kilometers, but later, after around 25km of racing a big group of 14 riders finally went away and Omar Fraile was there. The group took a good advantage of 5 minutes to hold it until the last climb of the day Azurki Gaina. It was Mikel Landa, who made at attack from the peloton and just a few could follow him: overall leader Primoz Roglic and Ion Izagirre. Step by step this small group caught the breakaway of Omar Fraile, who kept their wheel until the top of the climb and the later descent. A powerful sprint on the streets of Eibar brought to Astana rider his debut stage win at the Itzulia Basque Country.
Primoz Roglic still holds a comfortable lead in the general classification, with 1:57 on Mikel Landa and 2:13 to Ion Izagirre. The final 6th and the hardest stage of the Itzulia Basque Country is a short 122,2 km distance from Eibar with 8 categorized climbs, including the final famous climb to Arrate.
Stage winner, Omar Fraile (Astana): “I am so happy to win here in Eibar! That’s something incredible. This is my home race and today I was super motivated to do maximum possible. My family and my friends all were there at the finish and I really wanted to win. It was not easy to go in a break, but finally, I was able to follow the decisive attack to catch the right group. Yeah, it was a group with a lot of good riders and we worked pretty well. I knew the last climb and as it was expected, there was a head wind. So, when I saw the group of the leader is coming close, I decided to wait for them and to join that group. I knew I could stay with them until the top and later of the descent, which I knew perfectly as well. It was impossible to make any difference on descent and I saw everything is coming to a sprint. I tried to do it smart inside the final kilometers and in sprint just gave my all to win this stage. Now, I am just super happy!”
3rd on the stage and overall, Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida): “It was a very hard day, the Movistar Team made the first climb very strong and already someone went into difficulty. Then me and Mikel Landa attacked and in the end we recovered precious time. I did not start well this Itzulia and I immediately lost a few seconds in the first stage, but now I feel much better and tomorrow I foresee an explosive stage and we will see if I will have the same leg as today.”
KOM and 7th on the stage, Mark Padun (Bahrain-Merida): “The tactic was to get into the break but only if there were riders of important teams and so I went. I wanted to try to get into the stage Top Ten and at the end I finished 7th, but above all I put the jersey back on and tomorrow I’ll try to defend it.”
6th overall, Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe): “Today was a really tough stage, especially the last climb split the race once again. I was able to stay in the chasing group but I felt not really in best shape today. I am satisfied, that I managed to stay in this group and to be still sixth in the GC. Tomorrow will be the last stage, we will see what the outcome will be.”
Vincenzo Nibali will not be at the start of the fifth stage of the Itzulia Basque Country for precautionary reasons. “The athlete,” as Team Doctor Emilio Magni explains, “suffers from a painful skin lesion located in the rider’s seat area. For preventive purposes and to facilitate a complete recovery in view of the next commitments, it was decided to withdraw from the race.”
“We have decided,” adds Sport director Gorazd Štangelj, “that it was better for Vincenzo to go home because of the importance of the next races that he will take part in Belgium in about ten days. It was useless to continue in these conditions and expose the rider to greater risks.”
Vuelta al Pais Vasco Stage 5 Result:
1. Omar Fraile (Spa) Astana in 3:53:49
2. Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNL-Jumbo at 0:04
3. Ion Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida at 0:06
4. Carlos Verona (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:10
5. Jose Herrada (Spa) Cofidis
6. Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar
7. Mark Padun (Ukr) Bahrain-Merida at 0:25
8. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana at 1:37
9. Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates
10. Jai Hindley (Aus) Sunweb.
Vuelta al Pais Vasco Overall After Stage 5:
1. Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNL-Jumbo in 17:12:53
2. Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar at 1:57
3. Ion Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida at 2:13
4. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors at 2:55
5. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo at 3:06
6. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe at 3:21
7. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana at 3:30
8. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 3:41
9. David De La Cruz (Spa) Sky at 3:49
10. Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale at 3:57.
In the short Final Stage 6 with no less than eight climbs it was a real race from the beginning. After only two kilometers there was a massive crash in which also leader Roglic was involved. Roglic was brought back by his Team LottoNL-Jumbo teammates to the front peloton after which he got seriously tested by the competition. On the steep final climb, Roglic could no longer keep up with the attacking Mikel Landa (Movistar), but he managed to secure the overall win. For Team LottoNL-Jumbo it is the second overall victory in a World Tour stage race. Last year George Bennett won the Tour of California.
Stage winner, Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors): “What can I say? I have always dreamt of winning this stage and now that I did it, I am happy, very happy to break the ice in this amazing race and in such a manner. The last climb was crazy, people were cheering for me, they were yelling my name and showing me their support, it was like being at a concert. It’s a fantastic season for our team, we are on a roll and we hope to add many more victories to the ones scored so far. I had my eyes on this stage from the beginning of the week and after yesterday, where I felt really good but lost some time, I knew I wanted to try something. This morning, we decided that I should give it a go, so I joined the break. On the last climb, as I was riding alone, I heard in the radio that Landa and Quintana were chasing me, but remained confident and pushed really hard in the final two kilometers, gaining some more time and keeping the gap all the way to the finish.”
Overall Pais Vasco Winner, Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo): “This was tougher than I and the team expected beforehand, unfortunately I crashed hard, just after the neutral start. I have abrasions, but all in all it is not too bad. From that moment on, other teams went full gas and the race was on. It was difficult to get back in the front. The team has done an excellent job. I am very proud and grateful. In the end it was mainly a game of poker and I tried to not give them any impressions of how I felt on the bike. On the final climb I knew that I had secured the overall win because the climb was not too long. This was a main goal and I succeeded. In the future I hope to win even more of such a great stage races and who knows one day I can also do well in a Grand Tour.”
2nd on the stage and overall, Mikel Landa (Movistar): “We really tried it, and I think that you’ve got to be happy with a second place when you see you’ve done your best to drop the leader back until the very last day. It was a day with lots of different battles. We weren’t really paying that much attention to Roglic’s crash in the beginning because it was already tough to follow the pace at the front of the bunch. There was no team keeping things really under control, and there were lots of attacks. We didn’t know if he would bridge back, but as soon as he made it to the group, things calmed down. Our first goal was trying to get a man into the break, and we achieved it – it was sad, though, to see a part of that strategy somewhat ruined when Trek started pushing so hard at Elgeta, and got us too close to the break. We then went too afraid of pushing hard at Ixua, because we wanted Rojas and Betancur to play their role after that climb in case we could leave Roglic behind.”
3rd on the stage and overall, Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida): “I wanted to win the stage, but I return home with this third place that for me is like a victory. After the 50 seconds that I lost in the first stage, in fact, I would have never thought to get so high in the overall. Last Sunday, I suffered the first heat, but then, stage by stage, I was always better and even today’s third place is a further confirmation. After the fourth place at Paris-Nice, this is my first podium of the season. Next week I will fly to Belgium for the Ardenne’s classics and after the Liege I will at the Tour de Romandie’s start, where I will aim for the general classification.”
7th on the stage and 4th overall, Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe): “Today´s stage was really a queen stage. The team worked, like the whole week, pretty well together. Today Felix did a great job bringing me into a good position for the final climb and on the climb, Gregor supported me perfectly. I was able to finish in 8th place and moved up to fourth in the GC, I am happy with my result.”
Vuelta al Pais Vasco Stage 6 Result:
1. Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step Floors in 3:17:34
2. Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar at 0:12
3. Ion Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida at 0:27
4. Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC
5. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 0:30
6. Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 0:45
7. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:47
8. Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:54
9. Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNL-Jumbo
10. Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe.
Vuelta al Pais Vasco Final Overall Result:
1. Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNL-Jumbo in 20:53:47
2. Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar at 1:09
3. Ion Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida at 1:42
4. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe at 3:14
5. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 3:17
6. Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step Floors at 3:29
7. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo at 3:50
8. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana at 4:14
9. David De La Cruz (Spa) Sky at 4:15
10. Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe at 5:30.
Roglic on his win:
Amgen Tour of California 2018: Teams Selection
The following teams have been chosen to take part in the 13th edition of the Amgen Tour of California :
UCI WorldTour teams:
AG2R La Mondiale
BMC Racing Team
Team Dimension Data
Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
Team Katusha Alpecin
Team Lotto NL-Jumbo
UAE Team Emirates
UCI Professional Continental teams:
Hagens Berman Axeon Cycling Team
Holowesko|Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team.
Peter Sagan, Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe), Marcel Kittel (Team Katusha Alpecin), Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data Team), Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) and Tony Gallopin (AG2R La Mondiale) have confirmed their presence for this edition.
The following teams have been chosen to take part in 11th edition of AMGEN Tour of California Women’s race empowered with SRAM teams:
Astana Women’s Team
Canyon // SRAM Racing
Hagens Berman / Supermint
Mexican National Team
Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank
Twenty20 p/b Sho-Air
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
USA Cycling National Team
Team gets invite to ATOC
The Amgen Tour of California announced their final list of invited teams yesterday and Rally Cycling is proud to announce the inclusion of both their men’s and women’s programs at America’s premier stage race. Entering its 13th year, the race brings the world’s top cyclists and teams to compete on American soil. Last year the team made history at the event, with Evan Huffman becoming the first Continental rider to win a WorldTour race, a feat that he repeated three days later in Pasadena.
2018 is the first time the team will start the race as a Pro Continental ranked outfit as Managing Director Charles Aaron recognizes the importance of the team’s inclusion in this historic event.
“This is a critical race for our team and our partners,” said Aaron. “With the UCI WorldTour race designation, it was important that we upgrade to Pro Continental in order to remain eligible for America’s biggest race. California has always been a showcase for the future of American cycling. Our athletes are training hard to take on the world’s best cyclists and have an impact in this year’s event.”
The rosters have yet to be finalized and with only a few events remaining until Tour of California, each rider hopes to claim a coveted spot. You can be sure that both the men’s and women’s programs will bring a strong lineup for the race.
In what has become a yearly tradition, the team will partner with the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation to create custom bikes, raced in California and auctioned live during the week of racing. Inspired by the grant recipients themselves, the bikes have raised $70,000 over the last two years.
“We received some very colorful ideas from the kids this year and are very excited to showcase these bikes again at the Tour of California,” said Creative Director Sam Wiebe. “It’s made even better by the fact that the end result is helping to support an amazing nonprofit in the UHCCF.”
Take a look back at last year’s custom bikes inspired by the children themselves, and stay tuned for the team’s final roster for the Amgen Tour of California!
BMC Racing Team Taking Competitive Line-Up to Brabantse Pijl
The Flanders Classics series concludes next week with a competitive and well-rounded BMC Racing Team line-up heading to Brabantse Pijl on Wednesday (11 April).
BMC Racing Team will have a strong group of riders at the start line of the one-day race, Sports Director Klaas Lodewyck said. “I think we have a pretty strong team for Brabantse Pijl. We aren’t going into the race with one of the outright favorites but we do have a good group of riders who can all fight for a result. We have some strong guys who can look to go into the breakaway and from there we can protect them.”
“Then, we also have Dylan Teuns who I think can do well on the final local lap. The last 800 meters of the race are more or less uphill so I think we can try to make a selection there and go for a result. We want to try to get the win and although it will not be easy, I think with the team we have we can definitely try to do something,” Lodewyck explained.
Brabantse Pijl will be a key race for Teuns ahead of the Ardennes Classics. “I’m really motivated for the next four races on my program and that starts on Wednesday at Brabantse Pijl. I have prepared well and Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco was a good part of that build up. I am feeling good and I think I have been racing well so far this season.”
“Overall, I am really happy with where I am at right now and so I will be going into the race with a lot of ambition. This will be one of my goal races so I will be going there ready to fight for a good result,” Teuns said.
Brabantse Pijl (11 April)
Patrick Bevin (NZL), Tom Bohli (SUI), Brent Bookwalter (USA), Kilian Frankiny (SUI), Joey Rosskopf (USA), Dylan Teuns (BEL), Nathan Van Hooydonck (BEL).
Sports Directors: Klaas Lodewyck (BEL), Jackson Stewart (USA).
Quick-Step Floors Cycling Team to Brabantse Pijl
Three neo-pros will be on our squad for Wednesday’s one-day race.
Brabantse Pijl, which this year is running its 58th edition, makes the transition from the cobbled to the Ardennes classics, taking the riders over a 201.9km-long course comprising 27 short but strenuous climbs. The first part of the route doesn’t include too many hurdles and will serve as an appetizer, giving the riders the opportunity to find their rhythm before entering on a tough circuit which they will cover several times.
Hagaard, Hertstraat, Holstheide, Ijskelderlaan and Schavei are the five hills on the Overijse circuit, the last two coming in quick succession. The beauty of the race resides in the fact that the leg-sapping circuit splits the bunch into several small groups, favouring the attackers, who can take advantage of the tricky corners and fast descents featuring in the last kilometers to hold off the chasers and solo to victory on the punchy Schavei, which decided the winner at the past editions, despite averaging just 4.3% over 700 meters.
“With Brabantse we are entering in a new period of the calendar and heading towards the hillier classics. The parcours is up and down the whole day spanning over 202 kilometers. After 132 kilometers, they pass the finish line for the first time and head out on three local laps of 23.4 kilometers featuring five hills, the last three placed inside the last 10 kilometers of the lap. The climbs are rather short and not extreme in gradients but the heavy amount will make a mark on the guys, separating the strongest from the weakest”, said sports director Rik van Slycke.
Quick-Step Floors’ seven-man roster for Brabantse Pijl will consist of Kasper Asgreen, Rémi Cavagna, Fabio Jakobsen, Bob Jungels, Davide Martinelli, Jhonatan Narvaez and Pieter Serry, and despite being a young team, which includes three debutants, Rik van Slycke looks with optimism to Wednesday’s challenge.
“There’s a plethora of good riders on the start list and we won’t take the race into our hands like in the cobbled classics. This doesn’t mean we won’t try to get something out of this beautiful race. For sure, we will do everything to bring our riders in the best possible position so they can fight for a good result.”
11.04 De Brabantse Pijl – La Flèche Brabançonne (BEL) 1.HC
Kasper Asgreen (DEN), Rémi Cavagna (FRA), Fabio Jakobsen (NED), Bob Jungels (LUX), Davide Martinelli (ITA), Jhonnatan Narvaez (ECU), Pieter Serry (BEL).
Sports Director: Geert Van Bondt (BEL) and Rik van Slycke (BEL).
TBM comes to Brabantse Pijl with Sonny Colbrelli to Defend Last Season’s VictoryAfter the “cobblestone classics, ”Ronde Van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix, the Spring Classics go on with another big one.
“Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team will race again with highly motivated lineup and with Sonny Colbrelli as a leader for the final sprint and Enrico Gasparotto with a leader’s role for his offensive racing” says Rik Verbrugghe, TBM sports director.
We have Sonny Colbrelli back on this classic, and all the others will be very important for helping Sonny for his sprint and to try to defend his last year’s victory. Enrico Gasparotto who had a great result and a 2nd place two seasons ago at this race gives us right for the highest goals possible. Grega Bole had a top10 result two years ago and should feel comfortable and confident with the chosen lineup and experienced Borut Božič and Ramunas Navardauskas.
After Ronde Van Vlaanderren, Sonny didn’t attend the Paris-Roubaix, and now after a short refreshment, Sonny Colbrelli is hopefully ready for new campaigns such as Brabantse Pijl and Amstel Gold Race and make a step further. He is ready for big results, but all things have to mach and we believe in that.
It is a race with hard tempo and close to the end within the loops the peloton usually breaks into many parts. Such a scenario could be a good one for us.
Borut Božič / Grega Bole / Ramunas Navardauskas / Sonny Colbrelli / Enrico Gasparotto / Yukiya Arashiro / Hermann Pernsteiner.
Team Sunweb and Lennard Kämna Extends Contract
Team Sunweb are pleased to announce the extension of contract with Lennard Kämna (GER). The new agreement sees 21-year-old Kämna wear the German team’s colors for an additional year, until the end of 2019.
Kämna turned professional with Team Sunweb at the beginning of 2017 with the team having a specific focus on gradual development with the youngster. During his first year as a professional Kämna secured various promising results, including 8th at the Vuelta a España time trial, 2nd at the U23 world road race championships, 5th at the final GC of Tour des Fjords and he was a part of the winning world team time trial squad in Bergen, Norway.
Speaking of extending his contract, Kämna said: “I’m proud that I can continue to ride for the team for the upcoming season. There is a nice atmosphere within the team and I am happy to have integrated myself into these surroundings over the past year. I feel at home in this team, which has a strong focus on the development of German talents. The expertise within the staff and the experienced riders help me to make the next steps in my development as a rider and a person. I look forward to being part of the future successes with the strong and talented group of riders that we have.”
“We are happy with Lennard’s development over the past year and the extension of our agreement,” explained Team Sunweb coach Sebastian Deckert (GER). “As a team the development of our young riders forms the basis of our existence, with a special focus on the German talents out there. Lennard has made good steps forward last season. Not only looking at his results, but across the board in terms of being a cyclist. He has raised his level of training, nutritional knowledge and we can see that he has become a valuable team player in the WorldTour races. Lennard is one of the up and coming German riders and we look forward to continuing our gradual development with him.”
Amund Jansen extends with Team LottoNL-Jumbo
Amund Grondahl Jansen will be part of Team LottoNL-Jumbo for another two years. The Norwegian rider (24) joined the Dutch squad of team manager Richard Plugge in 2017. Jansen is considered a classic rider, however this season he also plays an important role in Dylan Groenewegen’s lead-out.
“Talent development and lead up young riders are key values within our sportive plans. It’s a logic step that Amund extends his time with us and I’m happy that he wanted it himself”, Plugge says.
“I like it a lot at Team LottoNL-Jumbo”, Jansen adds. “It’s the perfect team for me. I ride a program which fits me, such as the spring classics. The cobblestone classics are what I’m best at. I’m very happy with my new contract. I showed that I have potential, so they extended it. I like to keep working in the same team, with the same trainer, the same team captains, the system I know. And I think it’s super to continue to develop myself here.”
Miguel Indurain Inducted into the Giro d’Italia Hall of Fame
The Spaniard who won the Corsa Rosa in 1992 and 1993 after epic challenges joins the roll of honor alongside Merckx, Gimondi, Roche, Moser, Baldini and Hinault.
Miguel Indurain, known to so many cycling fans as “Miguelon” or ”The Navarro”, is a giant in the history of cycling. A supremely strong time trialist who built his most famous victories in stages against the clock, Indurain also knew how to defend himself in the mountains, winning the Giro d’Italia in 1992 and 1993 and five consecutive Tours de France. His Palmarès also boasts an Individual Time Trial World Championship in 1995, the Individual Time Trial Olympic Gold Medal in Atlanta, 1996, and the Hour Record set in 1994.
The Corsa Rosa celebrates him today with his induction into the Giro d’Italia Hall of Fame – in the stunning scenery of the Teatro Gerolamo (Gerolamo Theater) in Milan, just a stone’s throw from the Duomo of Milan.
Illustration: Riccardo Guasco
Miguel Indurain proudly accepted the acknowledgment: “I am highly honored to be part of this exclusive Giro d’Italia family. 25 years after my last victory in 1993, I am very pleased that the organizers have thought about me. I have always had a truly special relationship with Italy: the fans have always supported me and my sponsors during those years, apart from Banesto, were almost all Italian, such as Pinarello and Sidi.
“The stage of which I have the best memory is from the 1994 edition, Merano to Aprica, where I went in the breakaway with Pantani. After climbing Stelvio and Mortirolo I reached Marco on the first climb of the Aprica but I had a crisis on the Santa Cristina. I tried to claim the Maglia Rosa which was being worn by Berzin (who eventually won the Giro), I gave everything as I was trying to win the Giro. It was an intense stage, and a succession of unique emotions, even if I didn’t manage to conquer that edition of the Giro. This race thrives on passion every day, on every road. It’s a great cycling party.”
Miguel Indurain with Andrea Monti, La Gazzetta dello Sport Director (left) and Mauro Vegni, Giro d’Italia Director (right):
Miguel Indurain made his debut in the Giro d’Italia with victory in 1992 and he repeated the success in 1993. In his third Giro (1994) he finished third behind Evgeni Berzin and Marco Pantani.
In 1992-1993 Indurain was the first rider to win two consecutive editions since Eddy Merckx (three in a row in 1972-1973-1974). After Indurain, no other rider has managed to win two consecutive editions of the Corsa Rosa.
Indurain was the first Spanish rider to win the Giro d’Italia. After him, only one other Spaniard has won the Corsa Rosa: Alberto Contador (2008, 2015).
With four time trial victories at the Giro d’Italia, Indurain is sixth in the all-time ranking for this special classification, after Francesco Moser (12), Eddy Merckx (7), Jacques Anquetil (6), Serhiy Honchar (5) and Knut Knudsen (5).
Miguel Indurain between Maurizio Fondriest (left) and Claudio Chiappucci (right), historic rival of “The Navarro”:
Gold for Charlie Tanfield at Commonwealth Games
Englishman Charlie Tanfield, the 21-year old from Great Ayton in Yorkshire took the gold medal in the individual pursuit at the Commonwealth Games in Australia today.
On an evening when the conditions in the Anna Mears Velodrome had changed substantially from earlier in day, Tanfield ran a perfectly controlled final race against Scotsman John Archibald to win in a time of 4.15.952. The Scotsman began to eat into Tanfield’s lead in the closing stages but was forced to settle for silver, finishing in 4:16.656.
The final being much slower than when both Archibald and Tanfield had smashed the games record earlier in the day. Archibald seeing his new record taken away shortly after by Tanfield with a stunning 4.11.455 in the qualifying round, the 3rd fastest time ever after Jack Bobridge, who still holds the world record of 4.10.534 and Chris Boardman, who recorded 4:11.114 in the now-banned superman position.
Tanfield spoke after the race: “I knew it was going to be a bit slower tonight with the conditions, John put up a really good fight but I managed to take it home. Just so very happy to be honest. It’s been and incredible journey and I just want to keep on going hopefully to the Olympics. Just huge thanks to everyone for their support, teams and family.”
Tanfield added the gold to the silver medal he won with England’s team pursuit squad in the velodrome on Thursday. The bronze medal was taken by New Zealander Dylan Kennett who beat Australian Jordan Kerby by 4.089 sec for the 3rd place on the podium.
England’s Charlie Tanfield 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia:
Onboard camera – Paris-Roubaix 2018
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