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All the reports, results and video from the Giro d’Italia, plus the Volta ao Algarve and the Setmana Ciclista Valenciana. Patrick Lefevere talks about Almeida, Evenepoel and Bennett – TOP STORY. The battle between Fabio Jakobsen and Dylan Groenewegen goes on, Chris Froome laughs at critics, Wout van Aert has appendicitis, Fenix ​​extends contract, teams for the Maryland Cycling Classic and video of Remco Evenepoel’s Journey to the Giro d’Italia. Big cappuccino Monday.

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TOP STORY: Patrick Lefevere on Almeida, Evenepoel and Bennett
We already knew that the contract negotiations between Deceuninck – Quick-Step and João Almeida were difficult, but we didn’t know that the Portuguese rider would leave the Belgian team after 2021. Patrick Lefevere announced on Saturday in his Het Nieuwsblad column: “He will leave our team next year.”

“His manager has shown relatively little respect in the negotiations,” the Deceuninck – Quick-Step manager continued. “It was quite often: ‘Patrick, I swear on my children’s heads that…’ I am allergic to that statement. Anyone who is honest should not use such language.”

With the Giro approaching, it is an interesting development within the team. Almeida officially starts as a leader, with Evenepoel in a free role. Whether that will change tactically? “Nobody should believe me, but I really don’t care whether I win the Giro with a Belgian or a Portuguese. Anyone who knows me knows that I think the jersey of the team is important, not the flag or the country.”

“The race will reveal the hierarchy between them. And then we also expect them to comply with that. To put it very crudely: if Remco is the stronger of the two and Almeida does not do what we expect from him, then his bike will go into the truck and he may leave for home. Conversely, exactly the same applies.”

“I don’t want any bullshit about that. There must be tactical discipline. Everyone is entitled to a bad day and especially in a Grand Tour, but riders also know that we read wattage, heart rate and everything you want from the cycling computer afterwards. If a rider says: I had to pass, we’ll see if the data confirms that.”

The shape of Evenepoel also has a question mark for Lefevere. After nine months without racing, it remains guesswork. “Everyone wants to hear from us what we don’t know ourselves. I don’t know how Remco will perform and he doesn’t know either. How does he get back in the pack? In his first Grand Tour, please. Nervous fuss is not his favourite food and the first week of the Giro is always nervous. How does he deal with that? For me that is still the greatest unknown.”

Trouble ahead in the Deceuninck Giro camp?

Deceuninck – Quick-Step to Also Lose Sam Bennett
Team manager Patrick Lefevere announced in conversation with WielerFlits, that both parties are unable to reach an agreement financially.

The Irish sprinter is currently putting victories together for Deceuninck – Quick-Step, but there is apparently no question of a perfect marriage. According to Lefevere, the financial demands from the Bennett camp are too great. “He doesn’t want to leave, but I don’t have as much money as certain managers,” said the Belgian team boss from Italy, where he is following the Giro d’Italia.

“I used to have to negotiate for two days during the Tour de France, now I have been besieged by managers for two days. I had to go from meeting to meeting. Whether it is purely a matter of money? You have to ask him (Bennett) That, his manager might want that,” says Lefevere. The door is now permanently closed for the team manager.

“At a certain point I can no longer be convinced. Then I have flipped the button. The fact that these types of riders leave is life. As pros they have to earn as much money as possible. But look at the sprinters who left us. Some riders return to our team on foot.”

The 30-year-old Bennett signed a contract with Lefevere at the end of 2019 and has since taken fourteen professional victories. Last year he had two stage victories and the green jersey in the Tour de France. This year Bennett was already good for seven victories. Last Wednesday and Friday he was successful in the Volta ao Algarve.

What’s the future for Bennett?


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Giro d’Italia 2021
Filippo Ganna (INEOS Grenadiers) beat Edoardo Affini (Jumbo-Visma) by 10 seconds to win Stage 1 of the 2021 Giro d’Italia on Saturday. The time trial World champion also took the first pink jersey.

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The first stage of the 104th Giro d’Italia was a 8.6 kilometre individual time trial on flat roads. Filippo Tagliani (Androni) was the first rider down the ramp. Dekker was the first to set a time with 9:19, after passing Tagliani. Campenaerts was the next leader. The Belgian had warmed up live on Zwift before the start. Roger Kluge posted a new fastest time, after which Jonathan Castroviejo went even faster with 9:14. Bad day for Luis León Sánchez as he had to switch to his road bike. Nelson Oliveira and Pello Bilbao, were also short for Castroviejo’s top time. Mathias Brändle was next to bring the fastest time closer to 9 minutes. The Austrian clocked 9:09, pushing Castroviejo out of the hot seat. Vincenzo Nibali set a fair time considering his wrist injury. Tobias Foss set the first serious target time. The Jumbo-Visma Norwegian finished in 9 minutes exactly, too fast for Rémi Cavagna.

Edoardo Affini was next fastest with 8:57. Dutch champion Jos van Emden was third fastest in 9:05. João Almeida rolled off the starting podium, followed by other favourites such as Egan Bernal, Simon Yates and Daniel Martin. Almeida, who wore pink in the Giro last year, was slower than Affini with 9:04, but was faster than teammate Cavagna. Bernal finished in 9:26 and Yates on 9:25, with Hugh Carthy. Vlasov and Almeida did the best of the GC favourites. Daniel Martin clocked 9:44 and lost time.

Jai Hindley lost some time with a time of 9:33. All eyes were now on the starting ramp and Remco Evenepoel and his first race after his crash in Lombardia and the first Grand Tour of his career. At the finish line he set a good 9:06, only slightly slower than teammates Almeida and Cavagna. World TT champion, Filippo Ganna was already on a fast time. The INEOS Grenadiers’ Italian clocked a time of 8:47, at an average speed of 58.748kph. Ganna won the first stage and pink jersey of 2021.


Stage winner and overall leader, Filippo Ganna (INEOS Grenadiers): “It’s never easy to bounce back as a winner. There were some polemics – some said I wasn’t going to be competitive. If I hadn’t have worked in the gym and on the track before the Tour of Romandie, I might have won the ITT there but it’s not possible to always win in a season that includes 60 to 70 days of racing with big goals like targeting the gold medal at the Olympics Games in the ITT and the team pursuit. The Maglia Rosa looks to me even pinker this year than last year. It was a victory I wanted more and this will boost my morale ahead of the 20 stages in which the great captains we have for the GC will be the priority.”

2nd on the stage and overall, Edoardo Affini (Jumbo-Visma): “I am satisfied with this performance. This was of course a fast time trial and to set a good time, you had to break down completely. That is also what I did. Although it is difficult to talk about classification here. It was just plain going from start to finish. Still, I had the feeling that I had some leg strength left over for the last three kilometres. But this is so demanding on the body…”

3rd on the stage and overall, Tobias Foss (Jumbo-Visma): “I focused on myself and achieved a good performance. The result that follows is just an extra. After Tirreno I got a bit sick, but in the Tour of the Basque Country it got better and better. Then I prepared myself via an altitude training camp on the Teide. I really did not expect that (the fans). But we missed the audience terribly over the past year. This gives us an extra boost.”

4th on the stage and overall, João Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “I got a better result that I had in mind at the start of the day. It’s a great way to start the race, the kind of result that gives you an important boost of morale. Having three guys in the top 10 is excellent for the team.”

7th on the stage and overall, Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “I had tears in my eyes on the start ramp. It has been a long journey and to finally be able to start my first Grand Tour makes me very happy. For me the most important thing today was to have a good time trial and just enjoy myself. Everything else was a bonus on this special day, so to finish seventh on this first stage is amazing, a perfect start that I didn’t expect and which makes me proud”, explained Remco in Torino. “It was a good day for the team, one which gives us a lot of confidence. We are even more motivated for the next stages to support each other and show why we are the Wolfpack.”

8th on the stage and overall, Max Walscheid (Qhubeka Assos): “I’m super happy with finishing off some very good weeks of work in which the team have supported me in getting the best out of myself; the physical performance and also the optimisation of the materials. I’m just super happy that it paid off. I think that there’s a lot left in the tank and I’m looking forward to all the coming TT performances as well as the road stages; the shape is not too bad!”

40th, Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers): “I felt really good. The feeling I had was a nice feeling. We will see after all the times but it is just the start. I’m really happy to be here. We will see how we are in the next stages. We are not the specialists so for sure we need to think that we will lose some time in the TTs. We just try to go full gas and try to recover some time in the climbs.”

Riding his first home Grand Tour, Andrea Pasqualon (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux): “I felt great emotion at the start of my first Tour of Italy. See the tifosi come en masse to encourage us, while respecting the sanitary rules. This time was very intense and more difficult than it seemed. For my part, I had to deal with wind within three kilometres. The main thing is to have completed this first stage without a hitch. Because the days that are coming will be important for us, starting with the two that are coming. The third stage in particular suits me quite well, with climbs not far from the finish. I want to go for a result, and in my head that means playing for victory.”

# Read the full ‘PEZ Stage 1 Report’ with photo gallery HERE. #

Giro d’Italia Stage 1 Result:
1. Filippo Ganna (Ita) INEOS Grenadiers in 8:47
2. Edoardo Affini (Ita) Jumbo-Visma at 0:10
3. Tobias Foss (Nor) Jumbo-Visma at 0:13
4. João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:17
5. Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:18
6. Jos van Emden (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
7. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:19
8. Maximilian Walscheid (Ger) Qhubeka Assos
9. Matthias Brändle (Aut) Israel Start-up Nation at 0:22
10. Gianni Moscon (Ita) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:23.

Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 1:
1. Filippo Ganna (Ita) INEOS Grenadiers in 8:47
2. Edoardo Affini (Ita) Jumbo-Visma at 0:10
3. Tobias Foss (Nor) Jumbo-Visma at 0:13
4. João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:17
5. Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:18
6. Jos van Emden (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
7. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:19
8. Maximilian Walscheid (Ger) Qhubeka Assos
9. Matthias Brändle (Aut) Israel Start-up Nation at 0:22
10. Gianni Moscon (Ita) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:23.

Giro stage 1:


Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix) beat Giacomo Nizzolo (Qhubeka Assos) and Elia Viviani (Cofidis) at the end of the first sprint Stage 2 on Sunday. The Belgian was the fastest of the peloton after 179 kilometres from Stupinigi to Novara. The pink jersey remained with Filippo Ganna (INEOS Grenadiers), he picked up intermediate sprint bonus seconds.

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At the start there was a minutes silence in memory of Wouter Weylandt, who died ten years ago in the Giro. The first attack came straight away: Filippo Tagliani (Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè), Umberto Marengo (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) and Vincenzo Albanese (eolo-Kometa) soon had 3 minutes. INEOS Grenadiers led the peloton with the help of the sprinter teams Jumbo-Visma, Lotto Soudal and Alpecin-Fenix. The lead of the three was more than 5 minutes, but that was soon reduced to under two.

The escape attempt by Tagliani, Marengo and Albanese was never going to succeed, but there was the KOM up for grabs. On the fourth category Montechiaro d’Asti, Albanese managed took the first KOM jersey of this Giro for the EOLO-Kometa team. Soon after, Albanian had a puncture and was caught by the peloton. The first intermediate sprint points for the ciclamino jersey went to Fernando Gaviria behind the breakaway, ahead of Elia Viviani, Andrea Pasqualon and Peter Sagan. The last two escapees were caught 26 kilometres from the finish. The peloton fought for the second intermediate sprint and it was the pink jersey Filippo Ganna who won the sprint and 3 bonus seconds. Second was Remco Evenepoel and Gianni Moscon was third.

It was then up to the sprinter teams. The GC riders were also kept near the front to stay out of trouble. The final 5 kilometres were chaotic due to the sprinter’s trains. Dylan Groenewegen was led-out by Edoardo Affini and David Dekker into the last 2 kilometres. The last kilometre was quite technical. Cofidis moved up and seemed to have Elia Viviani in a good position, but it was Tim Merlier who started his sprint at 200 metres and won ahead of Giacomo Nizzolo, Elia Viviani and Groenewegen. The Dutchman eased off just before the finish, and Viviani passed him. Peter Sagan was fifth.


Stage winner, Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix): “I paid tribute to Wouter Weylandt on the line. I knew him from the Schelde peloton. I knew he was a good sprinter. I was in a training camp in the Ardennes ten years ago at the time, it was a very emotional day. Today’s sprint was very hectic but the team brought me to the perfect position at the last roundabout. I’ve done nice sprints before but this one is my best victory so far.”

Giro d’Italia leader, Filippo Ganna (INEOS Grenadiers): “They’ve told me that a lot of people are getting into cycling because of me, if it’s true, I’m pleased to hear that. Watching cycling doesn’t cost a thing and it’s great if new people are starting to ride because of it. Already last year in Sicily and on Etna, I heard so many people cheering for me from the side of the road. Maybe towards the end of last year they only recognised the Maglia Rosa, while this year they know me by name too. I don’t think I am a superhero though! The superheroes are the people who were on the front line during lockdown.”

2nd on the stage, Giacomo Nizzolo (Qhubeka Assos): “I think overall that I got the best out of it (the situation), Merlier did a great sprint so I think today the strongest won. Obviously as it was the first stage of the Giro everybody was full of energy so the sprint was quite hectic and I found myself in a good place with 1km to go. I had a good wheel, I tried to overtake him but obviously it was not enough. Overall I’m happy and I think that we’ve started this Giro well; and hopefully we can get a better result in the coming days.”

5th on the stage, Peter Sagan (BORA-hansgrohe): “The stage was quite straightforward and it played out the way we were expecting, with a fast sprint finish. Up to the last kilometres, it was easy but in the finale, you had to be really focused as it could be messy. It was important to stay safe and avoid any crashes. I think the result reflects the field of sprinters in this Giro. I’d like to thank again my teammates for their work all day, I felt that my condition is getting better.”

8th on the stage, Lawrence Naesen (AG2R Citroën): “It was my first road stage of my first Grand Tour and I really enjoyed this day! The race was tactical in the last ten kilometres and I feel comfortable in those situations. When it gets really nervous like at a classic or during a kermesse, I can keep my place. This is a first top ten for my Grand Tour debut, and I hope to do even better over the course of the next three weeks.”

KOM, Vincenzo Albanese (Eolo-Kometa): “The goal of the day was to go in a breakaway and try to take the jersey, and we succeeded: a great way to start our Giro, a great way to give a sense to all the great work that the team has done in recent months. A few meters from the KOM I caught a glimpse of our patron Luca Spada and I heard him shouting my name, it gave me an extra boost. And immediately after I saw Fran Contador who was cheering because I had taken the jersey. There you go: these small things are actually very big. Just as it’s a great thing to have someone like Ivan Basso behind me who, even today, encouraged me, advised me, followed me. Tomorrow we’ll try to get back on the attack: the team’s dream is to win a stage and we’ll do everything we can to make it happen.”

# Read the full ‘PEZ Stage 2 Race Report’ with photo gallery HERE. #

Giro d’Italia Stage 2 Result:
1. Tim Merlier (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix in 4:21:09
2. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Qhubeka Assos
3. Elia Viviani (Ita) Cofidis
4. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
5. Peter Sagan (Svk) BORA-hansgrohe
6. Matteo Moschetti (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
7. Filippo Fiorelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizané
8. Lawrence Naesen (Bel) AG2R Citroën
9. Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Start-up Nation
10. Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal.

Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 2:
1. Filippo Ganna (Ita) INEOS Grenadiers in 4:29:53
2. Edoardo Affini (Ita) Jumbo-Visma at 0:13
3. Tobias Foss (Nor) Jumbo-Visma at 0:16
4. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:20
5. João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
6. Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:21
7. Jos van Emden (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
8. Maximilian Walscheid (Ger) Qhubeka Assos at 0:22
9. Matthias Brändle (Aut) Israel Start-up Nation at 0:25
10. Gianni Moscon (Ita) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:26.

Giro stage 2:


Volta ao Algarve em Bicicleta 2021
The Queen Stage 2 of the Volta ao Algarve, finishing on the Alto da Fóia, was won by Ethan Hayter. The young INEOS Grenadiers rider beat João Rodrigues and Jonathan Lastra in an uphill sprint. 22-year-old Hayter is also the new overall leader.


Damien Touzé, Kenny Molly, Clément Carisey, Xabier Azparren, Fábio Costa, Joseph Laverick, Marvin Scheulen and Samuel Caldeira formed the break of the day and took a maximum lead of just over 7 minutes. It looked good for the eight for a long time, but the peloton decided to pull back some of the lead. At 30 kilometres from the finish, the riders started the hilly final section of the stage and the difference had now decreased to just over 2 minutes. The leading group exploded on the Alferce and the last escapees were caught before the foot of the Pomba.

There was a crash in the peloton, Rui Costa, the leader of UAE Emirates, hit the road at high speed on the descent of the Alferce and he was unable to continue. Without the ex World Champion, who has never managed to win the Volta ao Algarve, a thinned group of favourites started the steep Pomba. On this second category climb, Kasper Asgreen set the pace. The winner of the last Tour of Flanders kept the speed high, despite his work, there was a fairly large group at the foot of the all-decisive Alto da Foia. On the flat kilometres to the final climb, W52-FC Porto clearly had plans. However, the first attack came from Euskaltel-Euskadi. But Joan Bou was caught with more than 6 kilometres to go.

Arkéa-Samsic took control in the thinned favourites group. It was Diego Rosa who rode hard for his French leader Élie Gesbert, but the Italian was unable to continue his effort for long, which brought the group to a standstill. This was the signal for Asgreen to accelerate again, but Gesbert and INEOS Grenadiers leader Iván Sosa were on hand. Not much later, Gesbert was the next rider to try something and the Frenchman got a few metres away from the opposition. Asgreen had to ease off, but for Sosa, Sebastián Henao and Ethan Hayter jumped to Gesbert. The three INEOS Grenadiers riders had dropped Asgreen and had no intention of letting the Dane return. João Rodrigues and Jonathan Lastra also managed to catch the front group. These six riders managed to build a nice gap and would compete for the stage victory. Sosa tried to jump from the elite group in the last kilometre, but the Colombian couldn’t get away. His teammate Hayter had a strong enough attack to take the stage victory and overall lead.


Stage winner and overall leader,Ethan Hayter (INEOS Grenadiers): “I won in Coppi e Bartali a few weeks ago, so knew I was going well, my aim today was to limit my losses, but to win was really special. I owe it to the team who were in the perfect position all day, and Sosa and Seb made the difference on the last climb. It was perfect for me as it was a headwind most of the way and I felt good following in the wheels. I was trying to hide in the wheels for a bit, then Sosa and Seb both followed an attack and they were away with four guys. I looked and everyone around me was done and I’d just been following, so I actually jumped across to [Seb and Ivan] myself and it was full gas. I’d really like to do a good time trial. It was actually what I was looking forward to my plan was to limit my losses on the climbs and do a good time trial and see where that left me, but it couldn’t have gone better today.”

Volta ao Algarve em Bicicleta Stage 2 Result:
1. Ethan Hayter (GB) INEOS Grenadiers in 4:48:43
2. João Rodrigues (Por) W52/FC Porto
3. Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
4. Elie Gesbert (Fra) Arkea-Samsic at 0:04
5. Ivan Ramiro Sosa Cuervo (Col) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:09
6. Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:20
7. Amaro Antunes (Por) W52/FC Porto at 0:30
8. Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux at 0:34
9. Luís Fernandes (Por) Radio Popular-Boavista at 0:35
10. Nicolas Prodhomme (Fra) AG2R Citroën.

Volta ao Algarve em Bicicleta Overall After Stage 2:
1. Ethan Hayter (GB) Ineos Grenadiers in 9:26:24
2. João Rodrigues (Por) W52/FC Porto
3. Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
4. Elie Gesbert (Fra) Arkea-Samsic at 0:04
5. Ivan Ramiro Sosa Cuervo (Col) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:09
6. Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:20
7. Amaro Antunes (Por) W52/FC Porto at 0:30
8. Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux at 0:34
9. Luís Fernandes (Por) Radio Popular-Boavista at 0:35
10. Nicolas Prodhomme (Fra) AG2R Citroën.

Algarve stage 2:


Sam Bennett took his second stage victory in the Volta ao Algarve on Stage 3. In Tavira, the Deceuninck – Quick-Step Irishman was the fastest in the bunch sprint finish. On Wednesday he claimed victory in the opening stage.


After 17 kilometres, just before the first intermediate sprint, the break of the day came about. Jetse Bol from Burgos-BH joined forces with Spaniards Julen Irizar and Javier Moreno, and Henrique Casimiro from Portugal. The four rode away from the peloton and built up a lead of more than 5 minutes. Moreno was best placed overall in 58th place, 9 minutes behind leader Ethan Hayter. Behind, the teammates of the British yellow jersey wearer set the pace. In the second half of the race the peloton accelerated and the difference to the leading group started to fall. Irizar was first to be caught, and with 11 kilometres to go, the other three were also caught. Peio Goikoetxea and Gonçalo Amado attacked just after the day’s break was caught. However, the duo was quickly brought back.

Other attackers were not allowed to escape by the teams of the sprinters, who eventually fought it out for the win. BORA-hansgrohe were working hard for Pascal Ackermann, but it was the Deceuninck – Quick-Step team that took the lead, just like on the opening day. Michael Mørkøv timed his lead-out perfectly and put his leader, Sam Bennett, on the front at just the right time. Danny van Poppel crossed the line second, just like on the first day. Mørkøv was third.


Stage winner, Sam Bennett (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “It looked a lot easier on TV than it was. Today the high temperatures, of over 30 degrees, made it really hard and I didn’t know if I would have the power in the finale, but the team was again fantastic. They perfectly controlled the stage, then Michael put me in an excellent position going into the last corner and I could pull it off on that uphill finish. I’m happy to have two wins under my belt here in Portugal, but everything I achieved this week is down to my teammates, I couldn’t have done it without them.”

2nd on the stage, Danny van Poppel (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux): “First of all, I want to thank the whole team for the wonderful job they did. With special mention to my brother Boy who lead me out perfectly in the final kilometre. This second place belongs to my teammates. Bennett was perfectly lead out by Morkov but nevertheless I came quite close. I’m losing to the best sprinter in the world here, that’s nothing to be ashamed of. This week I was able to display my sprinting ability and I am very happy with my Tour of Algarve so far. The team keeps getting stronger and that motivates me even more.”

Volta ao Algarve em Bicicleta Stage 3 Result:
1. Sam Bennett (Irl) Deceuninck – Quick-Step in 5:02:14
2. Danny van Poppel (Ned) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
3. Michael Mørkøv (Den) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
4. Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
5. Pascal Ackermann (Ger) BORA-hansgrohe
6. Eduard-Michael Grosu (Rom) Delko
7. Thomas Boudat (Fra) Arkea-Samsic
8. Rui Oliveira (Por) UAE Team Emirates
9. Iúri Leitão (Por) Tavfer-Measindot-Mortágua
10. Ryan Gibbons (RSA) UAE Team Emirates.

Volta ao Algarve em Bicicleta Overall After Stage 3:
1. Ethan Hayter (GB) INEOS Grenadiers in 14:28:40
2. João Rodrigues (Por) W52/FC Porto
3. Jonathan Lastra (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
4. Élie Gesbert (Fra) Arkéa Samsic at 0:04
5. Iván Ramiro Sosa (Col) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:09
6. Sebastián Henao (Col) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:20
7. Amaro Antunes (Por) W52/FC Porto at 0:30
8. Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux at 0:34
9. Nicolas Prodhomme (Fra) AG2R Citroën at 0:35
10. Luis Fernandes (Por) Radio Popular Boavista.

Algarve stage 3:


Kasper Asgreen came into the five-day Portuguese race with the goal of winning the Stage 4 individual time trial, and the Ronde van Vlaanderen champion accomplished his mission after another rock-solid display. The 26-year-old was the last Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider down the ramp, and after going through the first split third-fastest, he increased the tempo and began making up time on the rolling 20.3km stage held around Lagoa.


Upon crossing the line, not only he bettered the time of Rafael Reis (Epafel) by three seconds, but he also set a new record on the technical course, posting a time of 23:52 after averaging 51.03km/h. Climbing from 25th in the general classification and straight onto the overall podium with just one day to go was the cherry on the cake for Kasper, who netted the team’s 24th victory of the season.

A gutsy Ethan Hayter was able to remount following a high-speed crash and retain the yellow jersey. The young Brit was pushing hard and looked set to significantly extend his overall advantage on the penultimate day. The Grenadier went down as his wheel slipped on a fast left-hand corner. Despite the hard crash, Hayter was quickly back on a spare bike, eventually finishing an incredible ninth fastest. That was enough to extend his lead by 12 seconds over Joao Rodrigues (W52/FC Porto) heading into Sunday’s finale, which features the famed Alto do Malhao summit finish.

Carlos Rodriguez also impressed on the day with the 10th best time, while Sebastian Henao pushed hard to remain in eighth place on the GC, 1:18 behind his teammate. Sam Bennett was another Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider to make a trip to the podium, where he collected a fourth consecutive green jersey, which he has a chance of taking home, provided he concludes the final stage.


Stage winner and 3rd overall, Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck-Quick-Step): “I am happy to take the win, it’s a nice way to start again after a short break. I didn’t know what would happen today. I felt good the last few days, but I also knew that my condition wasn’t perfect. I love time trials and getting my first ITT victory outside Denmark is quite a good starting point for the second part of the season, where I hope to help the team rack up some more nice results.”

Volta ao Algarve em Bicicleta Stage 4 Result:
1. Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck – Quick-Step in 23:52
2. Rafael Reis (Por) Efapel at 0:03
3. Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 0:09
4. Thibault Guernalec (Fra) Arkea-Samsic at 0:19
5. Nils Politt (Ger) BORA-hansgrohe at 0:28
6. Ivo Oliveira (Por) UAE Team Emirates at 0:37
7. Ryan Gibbons (RSA) UAE Team Emirates at 0:52
8. Diego Lopez Fuentes (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma at 0:53
9. Ethan Hayter (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:02
10. Carlos Rodriguez Cano (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:13.

Volta ao Algarve em Bicicleta Overall After Stage 4:
1. Ethan Hayter (GB) INEOS Grenadiers in 14:53:34
2. João Rodrigues (Por) W52/FC Porto at 0:12
3. Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck – QuickStep at 0:21
4. Thibault Guernalec (Fra) Arkea-Samsic at 0:22
5. Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA at 0:42
6. Maxime Bouet (Fra) Arkea-Samsic at 0:53
7. Elie Gesbert (Fra) Arkea-Samsic at 0:56
8. Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:18
9. Sean Quinn (USA) Hagens Berman Axeon at 1:37
10. Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Burgos-BH at 1:43.

Algarve stage 4:


João Rodrigues won the Volta ao Algarve overall. The Portuguese rider for the W52-FC Porto team, started the Final Stage 5 second overall, but he managed to take enough time on the tough Alto do Malhão to take the lead from Ethan Hayter. Rodrigues was 2nd on the stage, just behind Élie Gesbert.


Seven kilometres before the finish, Mauro Finetto, the last escapee was caught by the hard working Deceuninck – Quick-Step team. The Belgian team hoped to put Kasper Asgreen, who started the final stage in third place, in to the overall victory. Due to the work of the Belgian team, it was up to the top men to battle on the Alto do Malhão (2.6km at 8.9%).

On the climb, it was Asgreen who opened the attack early. He got João Rodrigues with him and together they managed to drop leader Ethan Hayter. Rodrigues then tried, just before the last kilometre, to continue solo. Rodrigues was joined by teammate Amaro Antunes, who did the lead work, and Élie Gesbert. The work of Antunes widened the gap with the Hayter and Asgreen group. The wind also had an effect on the Alto do Malhão, but that didn’t stop Rodrigues and Gesbert from going all the way. The Frenchman took the stage victory ahead of the Portuguese, but he had something bigger to celebrate. Rodrigues, who was 12 seconds behind for the stage, took a big enough lead to take over the leader’s jersey from Hayter.


8th on the stage and 3rd overall, Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “I punched a bit above my weight on those climbs, but I felt I could do something. A massive shout out to the team, they rode amazingly today and did an incredible job for me. Overall, it’s been a nice return to racing for me. On one hand, I’m a bit disappointed, because I lost precious time on the first stage, when I got caught up behind that crash, but on the other, coming into the race I didn’t know what my condition would be and what I would be able to do. That’s why I’m quite satisfied with the week I had. I enjoyed the race, it’s been a really good week for me and I’m happy with the outcome. Two wins and the green jersey means I couldn’t have asked for me. I’m also glad I could do something for Kasper today. After finding myself in the breakaway, I was determined to help him in the finale and I’m happy he finished in the top 3.”

Volta ao Algarve em Bicicleta Stage 5 Result:
1. Elie Gesbert (Fra) Arkea-Samsic in 4:10:10
2. João Rodrigues (Por) W52/FC Porto
3. Jóni Brandão (Por) W52/FC Porto at 0:09
4. Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA at 0:11
5. Amaro Antunes (Por) W52/FC Porto at 0:15
6. Joaquim Silva (Por) Tavfer-Measindot-Mortágua at 0:17
7. Nicolas Prodhomme (Fra) AG2R Citroën at 0:18
8. Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:19
9. Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:21
10. Ethan Hayter (GB) INEOS Grenadiers.

Volta ao Algarve em Bicicleta Final Overall Result::
1. João Rodrigues (Por) W52/FC Porto in 19:03:56
2. Ethan Hayter (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:09
3. Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:28
4. Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA at 0:41
5. Elie Gesbert (Fra) Arkea-Samsic at 0:44
6. Thibault Guernalec (Fra) Arkea-Samsic at 0:48
7. Maxime Bouet (Fra) Arkea-Samsic 0:01:13
8. Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:27
9. Jóni Brandão (Por) W52/FC Porto at 1:40
10. Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Burgos-BH at 1:54.

Algarve stage 5:


Setmana Ciclista Valenciana 2021
Annemiek van Vleuten started the Setmana Ciclista Valenciana (2.1) with a stage victory. After an impressive solo, the Movistar European champion was the first across the line in Gandía, despite a crash in the final kilometres of Stage 1.


With European champion Annemiek van Vleuten, Mavi García, Lisa Klein and Ane Santesteban, the organisation managed to get some big names for the fifth edition of the Setmana Ciclista Valenciana. A large leading group rode off the front for the first hours of the race, but in the finalé the last survivors of the early break were caught. It was then time for Annemiek van Vleuten show herself.

The leader of Movistar attacked in the hilly section and had Mavi García with her. The Spanish champion was unable to follow Van Vleuten and the Euro champ pushed on towards Gandía, for the finish of the opening stage. Van Vleuten was able to continue to expand her lead and at one point was almost 4 minutes ahead of a chasing group. In the final kilometres Van Vleuten hit the asphalt, but the 38-year-old rider was able to continue without any problems, the difference between Van Vleuten and a first chasing group was about 2 minutes. García finished second. Van Vleuten also took the lead in the general classification.


Stage winner and overall leader, Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar): “We wanted to play it really open at this race, because I didn’t want to put myself on too much pressure. It was all about the team, not going with me to chase the leader’s jersey from day one – and it won’t be our priority to defend it. It’s more about putting on a great show and playing for stages with other girls. Obviously, the rest is not so close now, we’ve got some gap to play with and Katrine has also shown great form with that third place, so I think we can play that game with other team-mates. Paula Patiño set up a super good attack – she actually ended up setting my own attack, because I wanted to work for Katrine, and I picked the pace for that, but I was a little bit too fast and she didn’t tell me to slow down. We need to work a little bit on the communications side of things, since our plan was to set Katrine up for her to go. In the end, I went, I continued with Mavi, and with 1km to go I went on my own. Our goal here remains giving everyone an opportunity, that’s the objective. Even on the sprint stages – I’m really keen to do the lead-out for our fast riders. I don’t want the stress to defend the jersey, the objective is to play the game for the team, defending here would need a lot of energy.”

Setmana Ciclista Valenciana Stage 1 Result:
1. Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Movistar in 3:21:02
2. Mavi Garcia (Spa) Alé BTC Ljubljana at 2:06
3. Katrine Aalerud (Nor) Movistar at 2:21
4. Letizia Borghesi (Ita) Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano
5. Hannah Ludwig (Ger) Canyon-SRAM
6. Spela Kern (Slo) Massi Tactic
7. Noemi Rüegg (Swi) Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime
8. Debora Silvestri (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
9. Neve Bradbury (Aus) Canyon-SRAM
10. Greta Marturano (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo.

Setmana Ciclista Valenciana Overall After Stage 1:
1. Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Movistar in 3:21:02
2. Mavi Garcia (Spa) Alé BTC Ljubljana at 2:06
3. Katrine Aalerud (Nor) Movistar at 2:21
4. Letizia Borghesi (Ita) Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano
5. Hannah Ludwig (Ger) Canyon-SRAM
6. Spela Kern (Slo) Massi Tactic
7. Noemi Rüegg (Swi) Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime
8. Debora Silvestri (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
9. Neve Bradbury (Aus) Canyon-SRAM
10. Greta Marturano (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo.

Valenciana Stage 1:


Sandra Alonso won Stage 2 of the Setmana Ciclista Valenciana on Friday. In Vila-Real, after studying the photo finish, it was announced that she crossed the line just ahead of Sheyla Gutiérrez. Annemiek van Vleuten kept the leader’s jersey.


Early in the stage a leading group with six escaped, including third on GC, Katrine Aalerud – a teammate of Van Vleuten. They took a minute, but were caught again after less than 20 kilometres. New attacks were not long in coming, including Kristabel Doebel-Hickok. The American Rally rider took 4 minutes on the run-up to the Alto Coronetes. On that first climb a group emerged from the peloton, including Van Vleuten. At the front, Doebel-Hickok held up well on the climbs and when she had finished the hardest part, she was still more than 3 minutes ahead.

With 25 kilometres to go, her lead start to decline. She did lose some of her lead on the hilly roads to Vila-Real and with 10 kilometres to go she was still 1 minute ahead. After that the combined strength of the peloton was pulling her in. Teams like Movistar and Canyon/SRAM had the lone escape under control and her breakaway attempt was over 4 kilometres from the finish. The race then came down to a sprint in Vila-Real. The difference between Sandra Alonso and Sheyla Gutiérrez was very close, and so the photo finish had to be used. The camera showed that Alonso had just crossed the line first. Arianna Fidanza sprinted in for third place for BikeExchange.


3rd on the stage, Ariana Fidanza (BikeExchange): “The sprint was nervous so I decided to start my sprint at 300 metres to go but it was too early because there was headwind into the finish straight. In the end I am happy because it’s a good result and I am happy that today I had the chance to have a go for a result myself and for the team as they gave me confidence and trust. The team was strong all day today, we always were together, racing well and tried to do our best. It was a hard race with some climbs and also with warm weather. This is my first podium of the season for Team BikeExchange and this gives me confidence for the next races where I’ll continue to try to do my best, help my teammates and race well as a team.”

Setmana Ciclista Valenciana Stage 2 Result:
1. Sandra Alonso Dominguez (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango in 3:42:59
2. Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Movistar
3. Arianna Fidanza (Ita) BikeExchange
4. Laura Tomasi (Ita) Alé BTC Ljubljana
5. Debora Silvestri (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
6. Noemi Rüegg (Swi) Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime
7. Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-SRAM
8. Catalina Anais Soto Campos (Chi) NXTG Racing
9. Greta Marturano (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
10. Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano.

Setmana Ciclista Valenciana Overall After Stage 2:
1. Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Movistar in 7:03:51
2. Mavi Garcia (Spa) Alé BTC Ljubljana at 2:10
3. Katrine Aalerud (Nor) Movistar at 2:27
4. Debora Silvestri (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo at 2:31
5. Noemi Rüegg (Swi) Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime
6. Greta Marturano (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
7. Hannah Ludwig (Ger) Canyon-SRAM
8. Letizia Borghesi (Ita) Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano
9. Spela Kern (Slo) Massi Tactic
10. Neve Bradbury (Aus) Canyon-SRAM.

Valenciana Stage 2:


Alice Barnes won Stage 3 of the Setmana Ciclista Valenciana. In Valencia, Canyon-SRAM’s British rider was the fastest in the bunch sprint, ahead of Sheyla Gutierrez (Movistar), Mylene de Zoete (NXTG Racing) and Friday’s winner, Sandra Alonso (Bizkaia-Durango).


On the third day, the women’s peloton headed for Valencia via two hilly laps around Sagunto, the first over fifty kilometres and the second over thirty kilometres. In the last forty kilometres it was all downhill to the finish.


Stage winner, Alice Barnes (Canyon-SRAM): “I feel relief. It’s my first win since 2019 at road nationals, and my first win internationally since 2018. I feel like I was expected to win today from within the team but also from the other riders in the peloton. I’m one of only a few sprinters here so it was time to show it, and also after the amazing work the team did in the final 25km, there was no other option but to win today. We knew that no one else would help the chase with me there as a sprinter. All of the team did well to help control and then reduce the gap to the three riders. In the final ten kilometres basically Tiffany (Cromwell) and Lisa (Klein) were swapping turns and then they did the lead out and no one could come around us. I had to deliver after that. It’s nice to get the win for the team too after being so close several times during the spring. Tomorrow is the queen stage so we expect it to be hard. All of us are climbing well though, and with Omer (Shapira) in the jersey and two of us in the top ten on GC, I’m sure it will be a busy day.”

Setmana Ciclista Valenciana Stage 3 Result:
1. Alice Barnes (GB) Canyon-SRAM in 2:44:48
2. Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Movistar
3. Mylene de Zoete (Ned) NXTG Racing
4. Sandra Alonso Dominguez (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango
5. Laura Tomasi (Ita) Alé BTC Ljubljana
6. Agnieta Francke (Ned) Team Farto-BTC
7. Neve Bradbury (Aus) Canyon-SRAM
8. Noemi Rüegg (Swi) Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime
9. Kim Baptista (GB) Eneicat-RBH Global-Martin Villa
10. Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Movistar.

Setmana Ciclista Valenciana Overall After Stage 3:
1. Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Movistar in 9:48:39
2. Mavi Garcia (Spa) Alé BTC Ljubljana at 2:16
3. Katrine Aalerud (Nor) Movistar at 2:30
4. Noemi Rüegg (Swi) Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime at 2:31
5. Debora Silvestri (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
6. Neve Bradbury (Aus) Canyon-SRAM
7. Hannah Ludwig (Ger) Canyon-SRAM at 2:32
8. Greta Marturano (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo at 2:34
9. Spela Kern (Slo) Massi Tactic
10. Omer Shapira (Isr) Canyon-SRAM.

Valenciana Stage 3:


Annemiek van Vleuten has won the Tour of Valencia for women. The leading position of the Dutch Movistar rider was never in danger during the Final Stage 4 of 114 kilometres to Alicante, which was won by Urška Žigart.


Slovenian rider Urška Žigart gave Team BikeExchange something to celebrate on the final stage of Setmana Ciclista Valenciana, attacking to take her first victory of the 2021 season in impressive style, with a strong and convincing solo move, with teammate Arianna Fidanza winning the bunch sprint behind for second place.

After some bad luck with crashes yesterday, Team BikeExchange started the final stage on the offensive, sending Teniel Campbell into an early move, which headed in hot pursuit of an early solo escapee, Nadine Gill. Campbell’s move was eventually brought back yet the squad remained attentive, and it was up to 24-year-old Zigart to take the next opportunity. Ahead of the penultimate climb of the day, with more than 70km still to race, the Slovenian attacked from the bunch and quickly bridged across to the sole leader Gill. The duo worked together to increase their advantage out to more than 3:30 before Zigart attacked her breakaway companion with 25km remaining.

Pushing on over the undulating terrain, the new 2021 signing was able to hold on to take a classy debut victory for the team, holding off the chasers by a slim margin of 5 seconds, wrapping up a successful four-days of racing in Valencia. Žigart is the girlfriend of Tour de France winner Tadej Pogačar, who encouraged her online.

The leader’s jersey of Van Vleuten, which she conquered after an impressive solo on the opening day of the Setmana Ciclista Valenciana, was not in danger. She succeeds Anna van der Breggen as the final winner of the Spanish stage race.


Stage winner, Urška Žigart (BikeExchange): “When I was about six kilometres to the finish, the gap was coming down really fast because they were preparing for the sprint from the back. At that time, I was thinking I am not going to make it, they’re going too fast, and I had a headwind, but my director was yelling in my ear to push through and telling me I can do it and to believe and I made it so I am very happy. We wanted a bit more with the GC but that was more or less decided on the first day. We were really happy with Arianna taking third place two days ago and of course today we took first place and second place, so to have one-two on such a hard stage it is really good, and we can go ahead into the next week of Spanish races very confident.”

Final overall Winner, Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar): “It wasn’t as much of a difficult day as we expected, yet we still had to work hard with the girls. In my case, I only had to keep Mavi García’s wheel under control, and my team-mates were the ones in charge of keeping the breaks in check and not let a dangerous group go with too big of a gap. A day like this one is also part of the learning process: knowing who you have to let go, who has to be kept under control – we rode with intelligence today, also not trying to keep too much pressure for the sprint, with other teams also having their own chance. In fact, I came here to play with the whole team, seek for everyone’s chances, and to a point, we did, even if it was in a different way than expected. We come back home wit the jersey, yet we take so many more things from this race. I realised yesterday that it was the very first time Paula Patiño, Ali and Katrine were successfully defending a jersey to the end. These are new experiences which will make them grow: pushing full-gas at the front of the bunch, covering attacks – I’m sure that, as soon as they get some rest, they will profit from everything they’ve learned here, especially in the next few years at the upcoming big stage-races like the Tour, the Giro…”

“I enjoyed so much, also getting to work for other girls, as I did with that lead-out for Sheyla earlier in the race. We take so many benefits from this race: Katrine’s 3rd place, which is her first time on an international podium; Sheyla, gaining confidence; Paula and Alicia, who had never spent so much time at the front of the field – this race will make us stronger. In my case, I’ve gone through some hard days after my crash, and these three days’ rest will be really good for me. The timing of the Navarra classics couldn’t be better. It’s not the biggest race block for me in terms of form – my peak being the Ardennes – but I want to take advance from these days to get back to my best and hopefully play a factor for the team in Navarra, the team’s home region, and the next few races in Spain.”

Setmana Ciclista Valenciana Stage 4 Result:
1. Urška Žigart (Slo) BikeExchange in 3:30:13
2. Arianna Fidanza (Spa) BikeExchange at 0:05
3. Sheyla Gutiérrez (Spa) Movistar
4. Sandra Alonso (Spa) Bizkaia Durango
5. Catalina Anais Soto (Chil) NXTG
6. Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon SRAM
7. Laura Tomasi (Ita) Alé BTC Ljubljana
8. Debora Silvestri (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
9. Letizia Borghesi (Ita) Aromitalia – Basso Bikes-Vaiano
10. Sofia Rodríguez (Spa) Sopela.

Setmana Ciclista Valenciana Final Overall Result:
1. Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Movistar in 9:48:41
2. Mavi García (Spa) Alé BTC Ljubljana at 2:16
3. Katrine Aalerud (Nor) Movistar at 2:30
4. Noemi Rüegg (Swi) Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime at 2:31
5. Debora Silvestri (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
6. Hannah Ludwig (Ger) Canyon SRAM at 2:32
7. Greta Marturano (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo at 2:34
8. Špela Kern (Slo) Massi-Tactic
9. Omer Shapira (Isr) Canyon SRAM at 2:35
10. Janneke Ensing (Ned) BikeExchange at 2:41.

Valenciana podium:


Fabio Jakobsen Not Happy with Dylan Groenewegen
Fabio Jakobsen has made his thoughts known about Dylan Groenewegen in a series of tweets. The Deceuninck – Quick-Step sprinter is not happy with the recent statements in the media from Groenewegen. “I am disappointed that Dylan has spoken publicly about our meeting.”

Groenewegen and Jakobsen were involved in a clash in last year’s Tour of Poland. In the sprint of the opening stage, Groenewegen caused a massive crash, in which Jakobsen was seriously injured. The Jumbo-Visma sprinter was suspended for nine months for his dangerous sprinting.

Jakobsen made his comeback in the Tour of Turkey in April after an intensive nine-month rehabilitation. Groenewegen, whose suspension ended on Saturday, returned to the professional peloton in the Giro d’Italia. In the run-up to his comeback, Groenewegen spoke to the Dutch press last week. In an interview with WielerFlits, he spoke candidly about his first meeting with Jakobsen since the accident.

Jakobsen responds to these statements in a series of tweets: “I am surprised by Dylan Groenewegen’s statements about our recent meeting. What was discussed at this meeting should have been kept confidential between us and our legal team. Let me be clear: Dylan has not made any personal apologies to me, nor has shown any willingness to take any responsibility for his actions. I would still like to come to an agreement with Dylan,” wrote the 2019 Dutch champion on social media.

“My legal team is in the process of initiating further steps. For that reason I will not comment further.”

Groenewegen Responded to Jakobsen’s Statements
For Dylan Groenewegen, the statements of Fabio Jakobsen addressed to him came as a great surprise. The Jumbo-Visma rider said after the opening stage of the Giro. “In my opinion, we just had a great meeting and we both got to talk to each other. That was the point of the conversation, I think. I also said nothing about it in terms of content. I prefer to keep that between Fabio and me. Furthermore, I think it is very nice that Fabio is back on the bike and that he will hopefully return to his old level. And for me the focus is now on the Giro again,” Groenewegen told WielerFlits.

Jakobsen indicated in his messages that Groenewegen had made no personal apologies and showed no willingness to take responsibility for his actions. “When you look back at the interviews, I have often said that I should not have deviated from my line. That happened unconsciously, but it did happen and it shouldn’t have been. I have said that many times,” the Jumbo-Visma rider responded.

“It is not very nice to hear that one day before the Giro, of course. We said that beforehand, that there can also be negative reactions. This is one of them,” says Groenewegen.

For Groenewegen it is exciting to return to the sprints. “Yes, I do have a healthy tension. But the team is very motivated to bring me to the line as well as possible. David Dekker is very much looking forward to it. I have already spoken to many colleagues during the reconnaissance and they all responded very well. They are happy that I return. They also asked how the home situation was, how my son was doing. That is really good.”

Jakobsen back in Turkey:


Chris Froome Laughs at Critics
Chris Froome has not been able to impress in the Israel Start-Up Nation kit this season and the question is whether the British rider will ever return to his old level. The four-time Tour winner, however, does not intend to give up and has reacted to the criticism in his vlog.

Since his heavy crash in the Critérium du Dauphiné in 2019, Froome has been trying to get back to his old level, but the now 35-year-old has been at the back this season. “I have been getting a lot of reactions on social recently from people who say that I should stop. That I am done and will never return to top level. I just laugh about that, because these people really don’t know how serious my injuries were and how far I had to get to become a professional again at all. These people clearly don’t know me as a person either. I’m not just going to throw the towel.”

“I know I still have a lot of work to do, but that is what drives me and it gets me out of bed in the morning. The more criticism I get, the greater the motivation to do even more,” said Froome. The Briton hopes to prepare himself for the upcoming Tour de France via an altitude training camp and the Critérium du Dauphiné.

Chris hits back:


Wout van Aert Struggling with Appendicitis
Wout van Aert has to take it easy for the time being. The winner of Gent-Wevelgem and the Amstel Gold Race is recovering from appendicitis, he said via social media.

“Just literally out of the running. I am recovering from appendicitis,” Van Aert wrote on Twitter. The Belgian Jumbo-Visma rider was supposed to participate in the ‘Wings for Life World Run’ on Sunday, but he has to withdraw from the worldwide running event due to the appendicitis. “Look ahead to the preparations for the Tour and the Games,” said the Belgian.

Since the Amstel Gold Race, which he won after a photo finish, Van Aert has been taking a rest period. The Critérium du Dauphiné should be his next race, in the run-up to the Tour de France, which starts in Brittany on June 26. Last year he managed to win two stages in the French Grand Tour.

Appendicitis for Wout:


alpecin fenix
Fenix ​​Extends Contract for Two Years
Good news for Alpecin-Fenix ​​the day before the start of the Giro d’Italia. The team of Mathieu van der Poel, Tim Merlier and Jasper Philipsen can count on the financial support of sponsor Fenix ​​for two more seasons. Fenix, an Italian company that makes innovative materials for interior design, joined the Roodhooft brothers’ team at the end of 2019. The Belgian formation has been working hard for years and can now start in all major events as the best ProTeam of 2020. The team will make its debut in all three of the three grand tours this year.

Fenix ​​is ​​extremely satisfied with the collaboration and has decided to extend the sponsorship contract for an extra two years until the end of 2023. “It goes without saying that we are very happy with this new agreement,” the team said in a press release. “Continuity is very important for the further development of the team. This new agreement with Fenix ​​up to and including 2023 allows us to continue to work in the long term. We are working together on a great adventure. We look forward to further growth of our project.

Two more years for Fenix:


Colombia’s Team Medellin, Ukraine’s AMORE E VITA, Hagens Berman Axeon, Elevate–Webiplex Pro Cycling and Team Illuminate Added to Maryland Cycling Classic Line-Up
America’s Biggest One-Day Pro Cycling Race Up to 10 Teams with a total of 16 to 17 slated

The Maryland Cycling Classic supported by UnitedHealthcare, America’s top one-day professional cycling race and the only UCI-sanctioned road race in the U.S., today announced the next round of teams confirmed to compete at the inaugural event, scheduled for September 5, 2021.

Team Medellin (COL), recent winners of the Vuelta a Colombia and a stage of Africa’s top race the Tour of Rwanda, along with Hagens Berman Axeon (USA), one of the most successful continental teams, have been added alongside Elevate-Webiplex Pro Cycling (USA), Team Illuminate (USA) and Team AMORE E VITA (UKR), the longest-running professional team in operation to date.

“For Team Medellin, we are honored to be selected to participate in this new and exciting race, the Maryland Cycling Classic,” said team director Jose Julian Vasquez. “This is the most important one-day race in the Americas now and part of the prestigious UCI Pro Tour. Team Medellin always gives our all and we want to show we are among the best teams in the world. We know there a lot of Colombians in America that love Medellin and Colombia. Our mission is to boost the face of Medellin and Colombia with every result we earn.”

The Maryland Cycling Classic is part of the prestigious UCI Pro Tour and is already one of the top-ranked events in North and South America. The latest additions mark 10 teams total for the race, including the previously announced World Tour teams Trek-Segafredo (USA), Team Bike Exchange (AUS), top U.S. Pro Continental team Rally Cycling, and Continental teams Aevelo (USA) and Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling (USA).

“We’re very excited to race at the Maryland Cycling Classic this fall,” said Axel Merckx, the general manager Hagens Berman Axeon and former 2004 Olympic bronze medalist. “It’s great to see professional cycling back in the U.S. and I know cycling fans here are eager to see some bike racing.”

Long-time elite-level cycling event managers and promoters Medalist Sports and KOM Sports are behind the event along with the sport tourism economic engine Sport and Entertainment Corp. of Maryland, led by Terry Hasseltine. As the race weekend approaches, organizers of the Maryland Cycling Classic will work closely with state and local officials to ensure safety protocols are followed based on the most up-to-date CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19.

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Remco Evenepoel’s Journey to the Giro d’Italia
Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s Belgian is making his long-awaited Grand Tour debut this weekend.

Nine months after a crash at Il Lombardia spelled the end of his incredible 2020 campaign, Remco Evenepoel is back in action, ready to pin on a number at one of the best races in the world – the Giro d’Italia.

The road has been a long and arduous one for the 21-year-old Belgian, who had to stay off the bike for a lengthy period before being cleared to resume training and start building his condition. In all this time, he was motivated by one thing and one thing only: to be in Torino on May 8, for the start of the 104th edition of the Corsa Rosa.

Already a success, this journey was captured in this great video – that takes you through all the steps Remco has made since January – which we are happy to share as Il Giro gets underway.


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