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The 2022 World championships route in Australia has been announced – TOP STORY. Race results from Essen and Val di Sole with video. Rider news: López not impressed with Mas, Van Aert Belgian sportsman of 2021, time running out for Pozzovivo, Nothstein in court, Bardet to focus on Grand Tours, Bouhanni talks suspension, López looking for victory in the Giro, Kämna back after nine months and Ackermann to debut in Mallorca. Team news: Groenewegen to BikeExchange, Peák to Intermarché, UCI WorldTour and ProTeam licences, Arkéa-Samsic wants to be in the WorldTour, Burger King to be EOLO-Kometa sponsor, training crashes for Deceuninck – Quick-Step and Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec and Lindeman to VolkerWessels. Race news: Cadel Evans Great Ocean road race canceled, Ruta del Sol mountain stage and fans are welcome at Dendermonde cyclo-cross. Another big EUROTRASH Monday coffee time.
TOP STORY: 2022 World Championships Route
The World Cycling Championships will take place next year in and around the Australian city of Wollongong. The race organisers have now presented the World championships course and seems to have not taken into account its Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan when drawing the route. At first glance, it seems more like a World championships for the strong Classic riders.
The elite men’s road race start is in Helensburgh, near the iconic Sea Cliff Bridge. The riders will then ride for about 40 kilometres along the Australian coast, with possible echelons as a result, before starting a large loop with Mount Keira to split the race. This is a climb of just under 9 kilometres at 5.7%, with a ramp of up to 15%, where the race could explode. After the Mount Keira Loop, the riders will turn onto the Wollongong City Circuit, where all the road races will be decided. There will be more climbing on the second local circuit, which will be completed several times. The organisers have included Mount Pleasant (1.1 km), which is a nasty climb, averaging 7.7% and peaking at 14%. After the last time over Mount Pleasant there is still good 8 kilometres to the finish. Men like Mathieu van der Poel, Wout van Aert, but also two-time world champion and defending champion Julian Alaphilippe will undoubtedly rub their hands after a look at the World championships course.
According to race director Scott Sunderland, we will have a course like last year in Leuven: ideal for classic riders. The organisers of the World road championship in Wollongong, in the southeast of Australia, wanted to make the course difficult. “A bit comparable to the World championships in Leuven,” Sunderland explains in conversation with Het Nieuwsblad. “The classic riders will love this course. Of course I am thinking of Wout van Aert, Mathieu van der Poel and defending champion Julian Alaphilippe, because they also have a strong final sprint. I am also thinking of Primož Roglič and Tadej Pogačar, plus home riders Michael Matthews and Caleb Ewan. Would Ewan not have preferred a flatter course? I don’t think so,” said Sunderland. “If you saw this year how strong Ewan was in the Milan-San Remo final and flew up the Poggio, he must be able to handle Mount Pleasant too.”
The world championship will produce ‘beautiful images’, Sunderland promises. The director is particularly charmed by the long run from the starting point of Helensburgh along the coast of the Tasman Sea to the local circuits in and through Wollongong. “A beautiful coastline right through a nature park.” However, the UCI still has to finalise the course. “Due to Covid, the UCI has not yet reached Australia and so they have not yet been able to give approval. The distance of the World championships and also the answer to the question ‘one or more passages over Mount Keira?’ have not yet been determined. The difficulty of the course is therefore determined by the UCI.”
David Lappartient, the president of the UCI, is also looking forward to the World championships in Australia. “It is an interesting but demanding course. We haven’t been able to visit Wollongong yet due to the pandemic, but we look forward to going to Australia in early 2022 to check out all the race details.”
According to Belgian national coach Sven Vanthourenhout: “We will see the well-known names at the front: Julian Alaphilippe, Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert,” he predicts in conversation with Sporza. “The first section runs along the coast, but I’m not afraid of echelons. It is only about forty kilometres, which is quite short. Those first forty kilometres will not be decisive in a race of 275 kilometres.” Then the riders get on the long local circuit over the Mount Keira, a climb of 8.7 kilometres at an average of 5% with peaks of 11 to 15%. “It will depend on the race to assess the danger of that climb. The last World championships in Leuven taught us a lot in that regard, where the race broke open on the Smeysberg after sixty kilometres. Now that could happen again, but I expect that the first 150 kilometres will be closed.” The decision will probably come on the short local lap through and around Wollongong, which includes the climb of Mount Pleasant (1.1 km at 7.7%). “A real Alaphilippe slope,” according to Vanthourenhout. “The real punchers will find a climb to their heart there, with also a short steep section up to 14%. We will see the well-known names at the front, such as at the past World champs and in the Classics: Alaphilippe, Van der Poel and Van Aert. In terms of altimeters, there will be about 4600, the course is close to Liège-Bastogne-Liège or the road race in Tokyo, but for the names I mentioned, that shouldn’t be a problem at all.”
The World championships week starts on Sunday 18 September 2022 with the time trials for the elite women and men. For the first time in the history of the World championships, these are organised on the same day. The men and women are given exactly the same course and the same distance. The time trials will be in the centre of Wollongong, on a technical course. On Monday 19 September the U23 men complete their time trial, a day later it is the turn of the juniors women and men and on Wednesday 21 September the Mixed Relay is on the program. From the Friday there will be the road races for junior men and U23 men, junior women and elite women on Saturday and finally the elite men on Sunday 25 September.
2022 World Championships Program:
Sunday 18/9/2022 – Women Time Trial
Sunday 18/9/2022 – Men Time trial
Monday 19/9/2022 – U23 Men Time Trial
Tuesday 20/9/2022 – Junior Women Time Trial
Tuesday 20/9/2022 – Junior Men Time Trial
Wednesday 21/9/2022 – Mixed Relay
Thursday 22/9/2022 – Rest Day
Friday 23/9/2022 – Junior Men Road Race
Friday 23/9/2022 – U23 Men Road Race
Saturday 24/9/2022 – Junior Women Road Race
Saturday 24/9/2022 – Women Road Race
Sunday 25/9/2022 – Men Road Race.
Three in a row for Alaphilippe:
Ethias Cross Robotland Essen Men 2021
Wout van Aert won his second cross of the season. In Essen, the Jumbo-Visma rider turned out to be head and shoulders above his competitors.
Van Aert’s biggest competitors were absent from the Ethias Cross on Saturday. Some were already in Val di Sole and Baloise Trek Lions and Mathieu van der Poel are currently in Spain. On paper, Pim Ronhaar was the best opponent. Gianni Vermeersch was also returning to cross, but he didn’t finish.
Ronhaar had indicated in advance that he was not going for second place behind Van Aert. “If I have a good day and he rides a little bit with the Val di Sole World Cup in mind, maybe I can follow him for a while,” he said. In the end he finished 2 minutes down. After 12 minutes of racing the Belgian champion left the Dutchman behind and Ronhaar had to drop back to a group with Thijs Aerts, Lennert Belmans, Lander Loocx and Vermeersch. This plodded on together through the mud, with Aerts and Ronhaar as the best of the rest. They would eventually finish in second and third place.
The other riders would never see Van Aert again. With ease, Van Aert gained a lead of two minutes, to take his second victory of this cyclocross season. Van Aert will take his flight to Bergamo with a good feeling as he is ready for the World Cup round in Val di Sole on Sunday.
Race winner, Wout van Aert (Jumbo.Visma): “Just because I was the big favourite here, doesn’t mean it was easy. Of course I’m very satisfied, but it was really dredging. I had to constantly stay focused. Mission accomplished, but it wasn’t as easy as it seems. I like to run, but in the deep mud that was something else. The meadow was completely flooded. I hoped beforehand that I could save myself for tomorrow, but already during the reconnaissance I noticed that that was not possible. It will not be in my favour tomorrow, but at least they won’t take this victory away from me. The focus is now fully on Val di Sole.”
2nd, Thijs Aerts (Baloise Trek Lions): “It feels great to finish in second place after such a great rider. I think there was certainly no more today. I would love to be next to him on the podium and hope that enough photos will be taken. In the first lap I tried to ride a lot, but running turned out to be just as fast. I can run well and that’s why I chose to keep the speed up with the run. I knew that I could distance myself from the rest on the bike on the straights. Last week my brother finished 1 minute 40 behind Wout and today it was 1 minute 47 for me. I am very satisfied with this result. I hope this proves that I am ready for a World champs selection.”
3rd, Pim Ronhaar: “I didn’t have a great day. At the start I already shot out of my pedal, after which I was around fifteenth place at the first running section. After that I ran full throttle to try to get as close to Wout as possible, but that killed me. When I was on the wheel with him, I made a few mistakes and I never closed the gap. I trained a lot and hard this week. Third place was the highest I could have achieved. If I had been with them from start I would have finished third. So I’m satisfied.”
Ethias Cross Robotland Essen Men Result:
1. Wout van Aert (BEL) Jumbo-Visma in 57:21
2. Thijs Aerts (Bel) Baloise Trek Lions at 1:47
3. Pim Ronhaar (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions at 2:07
4. Lander Loockx (Bel) Deschacht-Group Hens-Maes Containers at 2:19
5. Lennert Belmans (Bel) IKO-Crelan at 2:25
6. Thomas Verheyen (Bel) at 3:52
7. Thomas Mein (GB) Tormans-Circus at 4:07
8. Seppe Rombouts (Bel) at 4:13
9. Toby Barnes (GB) Schamel p/b Kloster Kitchen at 4:25
10. Jens Gys (Bel) at 4:36
Ethias Cross Robotland Essen Woman 2021
Zoe Bäckstedt, just 17, won the Ethias Cross in Essen. After almost 50 minutes of racing, the British cyclo-cross rider beat Laura Verdonschot and Anna Kay.
Top Dutch riders such as Denise Betsema, Lucinda Brand, Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado, Annemarie Worst or Puck Pieterse were not present in the Belgian village on Saturday. They were preparing for the World Cup in Val di Sole or on a training camp in Spain. That meant that the cross in Essen started without a clear favourite. Backstedt was one of the top names before the start, but also compatriot Anna Kay and the Belgians Laura Verdonschot or Marthe Truyen. They all showed themselves from the first minute.
Backstedt, daughter of Paris-Roubaix winner Magnus, turned out to be head and shoulders above the rest in this cross. After the first lap she was already in the lead. For the remaining forty-five minutes, she steadily and effortlessly extended her lead over the chasers. The British-Swedish cyclo-cross rider took her first victory among the elite women in Belgium, after she had finished second in the Ethias Cross in Meulenbeke. Outside Belgium, Backstedt has had two victories in Sweden this season. The battle for second place was fought by Kay and Verdonschot. After a dogged battle, the Belgian cross rider finally came out on top.
Race winner, Zoe Bäckstedt (Tormans-Acrog): “A good preparation for the Christmas period, in which I hope to defend my leader’s jersey in the U19 World Cup. It was tough, though, very heavy. Everyone went full throttle from the start and every time I had to run through the mud it caused a lot of pain in my back. It was a nice course, in which I could take a lot of my own lines. Once I almost went over the fences, but otherwise it went well. Because the mud was so deep, the running was really hard.”
Ethias Cross Robotland Essen Woman Result:
1. Zoe Backstedt (GB) Tormans-Acrog in 50:51
2. Laura Verdonschot (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 1:04
3. Anna Kay (GB) Starcasino at 1:36
4. Fauve Bastiaenssen (Bel) BNS Technics-Groep T.O.M. at 2:25
5. Jana Bobbelaere (Bel) Starcasino at 3:21
6. Marthe Truyen (Bel) IKO-Crelan at 3:53
7. Julie De Wilde (Bel) IKO-Crelan at 4:12
8. Ellen Van Loy (Bel) at 4:18
9. Maud Kaptheijns (Ned) Deschacht-Group Hens-Maes Containers at 5:15
10. Mirre Knaven (Ned) at 5:27.
UCI World Cup Cyclo-Cross Men Val di Sole 2021
Wout van Aert convincingly won the Val di Sole cyclo-cross World Cup. The Jumbo-Visma Belgian champion broke away from the others on the second lap and rode to victory in the Italian snow. Michael Vanthourenhout and Tom Pidcock were second and third.
Michael Vanthourenhout was the first to hit the snow of Val di Sole, followed by Eli Iserbyt. Wout van Aert didn’t start in the front row, but quickly worked his way up to the head of the race. On the first run he immediately closed the gap with Vanthourenhout, while Iserbyt, Corné van Kessel and Vincent Baestaens followed. The last two were soon unable to follow the pace of Vanthourenhout, Van Aert and Iserbyt, so we had three in the lead. The Belgian champion, who triumphed in Essen on Saturday, then put a lot of pressure on his colleagues from Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal and rode away for 10 seconds.
Vanthourenhout was able to get a little closer because of a slip by Van Aert on the slippery course, but the Jumbo-Visma rider was able to quickly restore order. Tom Pidcock played a chasing role in the opening section; he followed on the third lap of seven just over half a minute behind Van Aert, but passed Quinten Hermans and Eli Iserbyt halfway through the race, putting him in third place. Van Aert steadily increased his lead over Vanthourenhout towards 40 seconds, while Pidcock was already at more than 1 minute. On the last lap, Van Aert kept up his high pace, by giving it his maximum on the last heavy and technical sections. Behind him, it was especially exciting for the last podium spot: Vanthourenhout was on the podium in second place, while Pidcock held off the Iserbyt for third place.
Race winner, Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma): “It was real sport what we saw today. I think it was not so much about avoiding mistakes, but to keep moving forward. You have to forget those mistakes, regain your focus and try to ride as fast as possible and above all as smooth as possible. We have seen a lot of spectacle. This is sport at the highest level and in a great location. This race has proven that you can do cyclocross anywhere. In a park in a big city, but also in the mountains. We have proven that. It’s great that I was able to experience it and that I’m part of it. I’ll be back in Dendermonde. I won’t be there next week because of a training camp with the team, and after that I’ll ride a full Christmas period with almost all the races. In any case, this was a good start to the season (with victories in Boom, Essen and Val di Sole) and I hope for a good remainder of the season.”
2nd, Michael Vanthourenhout (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal): “I’m happy, but the parts where Wout could use his strength, were too much for me. On a technical level I could hold my own. The part to the climb became more and more difficult due to the dropping temperature, but I’m happy. This is a nice boost after a few weeks struggling with my health.”
3rd, Tom Pidcock (INEOS Grenadiers): “We made a lot of mistakes in the final. It was really tricky and technical, but I tried to stay as focused as possible. It works really well. The snow is very different from what we are all used to. It’s a good start to get cyclo-cross into the Winter Games. I hope I’ll be good next weekend. Last week I was seventh, and now third. I think I’m finding my legs again. Do I already have my top form? I don’t know, but it will be fine. I’m looking forward to the mud, because that’s more my thing and I prefer it to snow and sand.”
UCI World Cup Cyclo-Cross Men Val di Sole Result:
1. Wout van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma in 59:27
2. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 0:49
3. Tom Pidcock (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:28
4. Eli Iserbyt (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 1:44
5. Quinten Hermans (Bel) Tormans-Circus at 2:15
6. Niels Vandeputte (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix at 2:16
7. Kevin Kuhn (Swi) Tormans-Circus at 2:29
8. Daan Soete (Bel) Deschacht-Group Hens-Maes Containers at 2:46
9. Toon Vandebosch (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 3:36
10. Corné van Kessel (Ned) Tormans-Circus at 3:52.
Val di Sole’21 podium (video taken down, thanks UCI):
UCI World Cup Cyclo-Cross Women Val di Sole 2021
Fem van Empel won the cyclo-cross World Cup in Val di Sole after a dramatic final. The 19 year-old rider of the Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal team was in the lead for a long time and was eventually overtaken by Marianne Vos, but the rider of Jumbo-Visma fell on one of the last corners and saw the victory go to Van Empel. Vos was still second, Maghalie Rochette finished third.
The women’s race in Val di Sole started without World champion Lucinda Brand, Annemarie Worst, Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado and without Blanka Kata Vas. The best start was by Maghalie Rochette, who rode away with Fem van Empel and Marianne Vos on the slippery snow covered course. Denise Betsema had to give chase, while Helene Clauzel, Puck Pieterse and a little further back Sanne Cant were already at a gap. Van Empel impressed in the opening lap by crossing the start-finish line for the first time with a big lead, ahead of Betsema, Vos, Pieterse and Rochette. The snow and underlying ice made it a technical race. The top riders also slipped, Pieterse and Vos lost a lot of time because they had to put their chains back on. At the front, Van Empel extended her lead over teammate Betsema to 20 seconds.
Rochette settled in third place, ahead of Eva Lechner. Pieterse, Vos and Cant followed within a minute of the leader, who kept a high pace. A slip by Betsema ensured that the U23 World champion was able to get further ahead on the third lap of five. The battle for second place became even more exciting on the fourth lap, when Rochette passed Betsema in a long run. The Canadian rode away from Betsema and had Van Empel in sight at the start of the final lap. Vos also suddenly appeared in the battle for the podium. The Jumbo-Visma rider went past Betsema and Rochette. She came within 11 seconds of Van Empel and caught her just before the finish. Vos wanted to surprise Van Empel in the technical final, but fell on one of the last corners, after which she had problems getting up. Van Empel took full advantage of this and grabbed the victory. Vos was unable to crown her catch-up race with the victory, but finished second, just ahead of Rochette.
Race winner, Fem van Empel (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal): “I even feared for the podium, but was still able to finish it. I thought it was only four laps, but in the end it turned out to be five. Mentally it was a bit of a switch. They came closer and closer, and I made more and more mistakes. I couldn’t see the tracks well anymore, but I continued to give everything. It’s my first professional win and I am incredibly proud. I got better every week. It was a bit difficult at the start of the season. I was occasionally sick, but it got better and better. And now this… Winning the first snowcross of my career, that’s fantastic. You had to keep your head up, but I knew, making a mistake isn’t a bad thing. But I’ve been trying to keep busy. They (Vos and Rochette) got a boost, but still had to put in a lot of effort. But I thought: I must keep driving as long as they are not me. I also had some left over for the sprint.”
2nd, Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma): “But I didn’t expect this halfway through to fight for the win. After that mistake in the last corner I was disappointed, but still I’m happy. I’m happy that I could still fight for the win. But Fem raced great, and I know I made a mistake and couldn’t make it right. I knew it was going to be difficult to overtake her in the last line. I had to attack for that, but there, there weren’t many options left. So I bet to do it on the last descent, but that’s where I made the mistake. It was too short to overtake her after that. So I can be happy with my second place.”
3rd, Maghalie Rochette: “You had to find a balance, I can live with this. I did my best. It didn’t go bad and I’m really happy with my race. It was very tricky today. If you wanted to go too fast, you could easily make a mistake. So you had to find a balance between speeding up and getting some rest. I could see Fem and knew I might be able to catch her, but Marianne caught up with me and after that I lost a lot of time. I tried to go along, but they were fighting for the win. Despite that, I’m happy with my race. I had a good start, but I made too many mistakes in my first lap. I didn’t have the right feeling right away. But I told myself not to make any more mistakes. That was the key for me.”
UCI World Cup Cyclo-Cross Women Val di Sole Result:
1. Fem van Empel (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 50:51
2. Marianne Vos (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:06
3. Maghalie Rochette (Can) at 0:11
4. Eva Lechner (Ita) at 0:23
5. Denise Betsema (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 0:45
6. Helene Clauzel (Fra) A.S. Bike at 2:03
7. Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) at 2:07
8. Sanne Cant (Bel) Iko-Crelan at 2:42
9. Puck Pieterse (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix at 2:45
10. Silvia Persico (Ita) at 3:35.
Val di Sole’21, 2nd Marianne Vos (video taken down, thanks UCI):
López Not Too Impressed with Ex-Teammate Enric Mas
Miguel Ángel López managed to hold back for a long time after his departure from the Movistar team, but in conversation with the Colombian radio station RCN, the Colombian lashes out at his former team. Enric Mas in particular has to suffer. “Enric is an egoist, he is not a team player,” said López.
Movistar decided in September to dissolve the contract with López on 1 October. This was done by mutual consent. The Colombian had a contract with the Spanish WorldTeam until the end of 2023, but was clearly not happy with Movistar. Everything came to a head during the 2021 Vuelta a España, in which the 27-year-old Colombian decided to stop on the penultimate stage after a disagreement with the team management.
López and Movistar were then very secretive about what had happened. The Colombian climber kept quiet for a long time, but now feels the need to tell his side of the story. López clearly didn’t have a good relationship with Mas. “Enric is a selfish person and I have told him that to his face. I never want to race with him in the same team again, as he is not a team player.”
According to López, there was a lack of communication within Movistar’s camp. “In the Grand Tours there was no clear division of roles. Meanwhile, Mas continuously tried to stay in the pecking order for me.” In the penultimate stage of the Vuelta it came to an eruption. “I still wanted to ride to the escaped group, but Mas kept asking why I kept attacking when he was already gone.”
“Eusebio Unzué (Movistar team manager) came next to me when the difference was 40 seconds. He told me that it was an annoying situation, but that I should no longer try to bridge the difference. I then became very angry and decided to get off.”
López will race again for Astana next year, where he had great successes in the past. “I am now leaving for a team where I am appreciated. They also work in a different way. You have to end up in an environment where you feel good, where you can achieve something without people taking certain things from you. Where everyone supports you and where there is a good atmosphere, without selfishness and tensions under the skin.”
Battle again between López and Mas:
Wout van Aert Belgian Sportsman of the Year Again?
Wout van Aert has been nominated again for the title Sportsman of the Year in Belgium. The Jumbo-Visma leader, who, among other things, won three stages in the Tour de France and grabbed Olympic silver, won the prize last year.
In the battle for the title Sportsman of the Year, Van Aert will compete with athlete Bashir Abdi (bronze in the marathon during the Olympic Games, new holder of the European record in the marathon) and judoka Matthias Casse (World champion in the weight class -81 kg, silver at the European Championships, bronze at the Olympics).
Thibau Nys and Florian Vermeersch have a chance to become Young Sportsman of the Year. Nys surprised with the U23 European road title, while Vermeersch stunted by finishing second on his debut in Paris-Roubaix. They will compete against weightlifter Nina Sterckx.
The Belgian Sports Gala, organised by Sportspress.be, will be held in Schelle on Sunday 19 December. The organiser announced the final nominees on Thursday. There are three candidates left in each category.
Top Belgian again?
Time is Running Out for Domenico Pozzovivo
Domenico Pozzovivo speaks of ‘a cold shower’ now that the curtain has come down on Qhubeka NextHash as WorldTeam. The UCI has rejected the license application of the South African team, which has been in financial trouble for a long time. The 39-year-old Italian still hopes to extend his career, but time is running out.
The UCI announced yesterday that Qhubeka NextHash will not have a WorldTour license for next season. It is not yet known whether Qhubeka NextHash will race as a ProTeam. Pozzovivo, who’s contract expires with the South African team, is still hoping for something. However, the Italian is now a lot less optimistic. The fact that Qhubeka NextHash has not been able to obtain a WorldTour license for next season is a bitter pill for Pozzovivo. “I was really convinced that there was still time to make things right. At the moment I don’t really know what to say and what to do,” he said to La Gazzetta. The experienced climber certainly does not think about stopping yet, but he says he does take various scenarios into account. “We had a large group chat with Qhubeka NextHash and there is great discouragement in it. We continue to hope for a good outcome, but it is difficult to find a new team in December.” Riders such as Carlos Barbero, Nic Dlamini, Kilian Frankiny, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, Robert Power, Andreas Stokbro, Dylan Sunderland, Emil Vinjebo, Sergio Henao and Simon Clarke are in the same boat for the time being.
No team for Pozzovivo:
Former Olympic Sprint Champion Accused of Stalking and Threats
The now 50-year-old Marty Nothstein will soon appear in court. Ex World champion on the track at the turn of the century, was arrested last Tuesday on suspicion of stalking and threatening his ex-girlfriend and another person.
The second victim is a man with whom Nothstein’s ex-girlfriend is currently in a relationship. The former track king is accused of sending threatening messages and attempting to break into his ex-girlfriend’s house. He is also accused of smashing a car window of the male victim and scratching the doors.
Furthermore, Nothstein also allegedly sent letters stating (wrongly) that the male victim, as a teacher, would have inappropriate relationships with students. Nothstein’s ex-girlfriend is said to have recorded a conversation in which Nothstein admitted that he was guilty of stalking. The former track champion has since been arraigned and released on bail.
Nothstein, who was World champion three times during his career and won gold in the sprint at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, was also discredited three years ago. He was fired as director of the Valley Preferred Cycling Centre in 2018 after allegations of sexual assault.
Romain Bardet Will Focus on the Grand Tours Next Season
Romain Bardet is preparing for his second season with Team DSM. The Frenchman can look back on a decent 2021 and hopes to continue the good line of recent months. Bardet can’t say too much about his program for next season, he told Ouest-France after the team presentation.
Bardet, now 31, moved to Team DSM in the winter of 2020, after nine years with AG2R. In his first year for DSM, he managed to achieve some good results. He finished seventh in the Giro d’Italia and in the autumn also won a mountain stage in the Vuelta a España. Bardet also finished fifth in the Giro di Sicilia and eighth in il Lombardia.
The attacking climber feels good with Team DSM and hopes to perform well again next year in certain events. Bardet will probably combine two Grand Tours again, just like last season. At the moment no decisions have been made yet, but Bardet already hinted that he is interested in the Tour. In the French Grand Tour he achieved his greatest successes: in 2016 and 2017 he finished on the final podium.
“I think I’m physically mature enough to compete in two Grand Tours in one season.” Bardet hopes to race on French soil more often. “Last year it was not a conscious choice at all not to race in France. There were simply few French races to contest. Unlike the French teams, the team did not participate in the full French calendar. Next year I will race more often in France. I have indeed missed it.”
What is certain is that in 2022 Bardet will again focus mainly on the tours, even though he has already managed to shine in the Classics in the past, with the highlights being a third place in Liège-Bastogne-Liège and a silver medal at the World championships in Innsbruck. “I am a fan of the spring Classics, but I still have a better chance in a stage race. We will consider whether I can compete in some of the Classics, but we prefer the Grand Tours.”
Nacer Bouhanni: Suspension was a Real Blow
For Nacer Bouhanni, the 2021 cycling year was one of extremes. The Arkéa-Samsic rider sprinted for stage victories in the Tour de France, but was also suspended for two months last season due to his dangerous behaviour in the final sprint of the Cholet-Pays de la Loire. “I was really taken aback,” he looked back on a dark period with L’Equipe.
The 31-year-old Bouhanni finished third in the French one-day race, Cholet-Pays de la Loire, but was removed from the results afterwards due to a dangerous manoeuvre in the bunch sprint. Bouhanni pushed Stewart into the barrier, but the Brit miraculously stayed upright, although he did break his hand. The UCI decided to suspend Bouhanni for two months for his behaviour. “I’m so disgusted by it that I don’t even want to talk about it anymore,” Bouhanni now refers to his suspension. “It was very, very hard to accept. I didn’t quite understand either. I admit I made a mistake during the sprint, but I didn’t expect it to end up like that.”
“It was definitely an illegal sprint, I changed lines, but it was not with the intention of eliminating my opponent. I was just trying to win the race,” said Bouhanni, who says that he is not a criminal. “You quickly have a certain reputation. I’m a rider with a certain character, but I’m usually just a normal guy. The people who really know me can have a say in that.”
“People who don’t know me can and may be critical of course. However, I don’t care anymore. What’s really important is that the people around me are doing well.” However, the French sprinter can now fully focus on cycling again Bouhanni, who was left winless in 2021, hopes to take victories again next year in the Arkéa-Samsic jersey… and preferably in the Tour de France.
Bouhanni has started the Tour de France four times, but is still looking for his first stage win in his home tour. “And if it stays that way, then so be it. That’s life and it’s just cycling, but it is and remains my ambition. I will do everything I can, in the hope of winning the Tour one day.”
Bouhanni wants a Tour stage:
Miguel Ángel López Looking for Overall Victory in the Giro
Miguel Ángel López is back at Astana Qazaqstan and remains ambitious. “I’m going to the Giro d’Italia and I’m definitely aiming for a podium place, but I dream of the overall victory,” said the Colombian climber.
Much has already been said about the way in which López left Movistar and the Vuelta a España. Now he is under the wing of Alexander Vinokourov and the 27-year-old climber has spoken about his goals for 2022. In the Tour de France, the leader is Alexey Lutsenko, but in the Giro López will get his chance. “I’ve often been close to winning a Grand Tour, so now might be a good time to think about the next step. Winning a Grand Tour is not easy, but I think we can dream about that,” said López. In 2018 he finished third in the Giro and the Vuelta, still his best results in three-week races. “We have to do everything we can as a team to be ready to win the Giro, or at least to fight for the overall victory.”
In the end, López’s time with Movistar only lasted one year. “I come home to Astana here. The structure of the team has changed a lot and there are many new riders. But I have a good relationship with Vincenzo and the people around him. We are one of the best teams, partly because of those newcomers. That’s why I have a good feeling about how 2022 will go,” said Superman.
His departure from Movistar has not left him in the cold. “Changes are part of life. Sometimes they are good, other changes are less so. It has happened. It’s an experience I’ll always remember, but now I’m here and I’m moving on. The whole situation has not changed me. I’m still the same person,” López says. “I’m going to use that experience to do well in the Giro next season.”
López back in light blue:
Lennard Kämna Back in the Peloton After Nine Months
Lennard Kämna will make his comeback in the peloton at the beginning of February. The Saudi Tour will be the first race for the 25-year-old BORA-hansgrohe German, who rode his last race in May. He missed much of the season due to physical problems.
Team manager Ralph Denk announced in radsport-news.com that the Saudi Tour will be Kämna’s first road race since the last Volta ao Algarve. The five-day tour in Saudi Arabia is on the UCI calendar for February 1st to 5th. After that, the Ruta del Sol (February 16th to 20th) and the French Faun-Ardèche Classic and Drome Classic (February 26th to 27th) are also on the German rider’s program.
“He’s training relatively well and we’re starting the season with him relatively early, and then we’ll take it week by week,” said Denk about Kämna’s return. According to the German manager, the stage winner from the 2020 Tour de France of 2020, who rode the mountain bike race Cape Epic in the autumn, is mentally fit again. “The Cape Epic has done him very, very well.”
Lennard Kämna Tour stage winner:
Pascal Ackermann Makes his Debut in the Challenge Mallorca for UAE Team Emirates
Pascal Ackermann will complete his first race kilometres for his new team UAE Emirates at the end of January. The Challenge Mallorca will be the first race for the 27-year-old German sprinter, who leaves BORA-hansgrohe this winter after five seasons.
Ackermann confirmed the news to radsport-news.com. In 2020, the sprinter also started his season in Mallorca, finishing second behind Italian Matteo Moschetti in both the Trofeo Felanitx and the Trofeo Palma. He didn’t want to say anything about what his competition program will look like next season yet.
“Everyone is allowed to be surprised,” replied Ackermann when asked. “I am happy with my competition schedule. There are new incentives in it, it’s getting really interesting for me. If I find the strength of 2019 (when he took thirteen victories), then it will be a very cool season.”
Jumbo-Visma Grants Groenewegen Transfer Opportunity for Sporting Reasons
After six years of loyal service, Dylan Groenewegen will leave Team Jumbo-Visma. The Dutch sprinter recently informed the team that he had received an attractive sportive offer from another team for next season. In order not to impede the sporting development of the rider who helped shape the success of Team Jumbo-Visma with his sprint victory on the Champs-Elysées, general director Richard Plugge agreed with Groenewegen to dissolve the contract.
“Dylan’s desire to ride the biggest races is very understandable”, says Plugge. “We have always had an excellent relationship. That is why we decided to cooperate with his wish for a transfer. On the other hand, it’s a pity because Dylan is a great rider and a great man. I sincerely hope that he will be successful again on the highest podium.”
Groenewegen leaves the team where he achieved more than fifty victories with mixed feelings. “Team Jumbo-Visma is perhaps the best team in the world at the moment. The only reason I’m leaving is the sporting perspective”, says the 28-year-old rider. “I might miss the Dutch people around me and the Dutch mentality, but this opportunity was too good to pass up. I’m glad we quickly got out of it with both teams. We did so in a good and friendly way.”
The sudden farewell gives Merijn Zeeman, the sportive director at Team Jumbo-Visma, conflicting feelings. “It is with a heavy heart that I see Dylan leave. However, I understand that he sees more sporting opportunities with his new team. That is why I wholeheartedly grant Dylan this transfer. We have experienced an unforgettable journey together. Dylan will always hold a special place in my heart, and I want to wish him all the luck and success.”
The Dutch World Tour formation will settle the departure of the four-time stage winner in the Tour de France internally. “With Olav Kooij and David Dekker, among others, we have young sprinters knocking on the door. Now Dylan is leaving, they will have other opportunities, and that will be good for their development”, Zeeman concludes.
Groenewegen going to BikeExchange:
A Welcome Late Addition as Sprint Star Dylan Groenewegen Signs with Team BikeExchange on a Three-Year Deal
Team BikeExchange, to be named Team BikeExchange-Jayco in 2022, is pleased to announce the signing of powerful Dutch sprinter Dylan Groenewegen, an exciting late addition, bolstering the men’s sprint squad and extending the team roster to 29 riders.
The 28-year-old has signed a three-year deal with the Australian outfit and will come onboard with Team BikeExchange on January 1st, 2022, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and sprint success.
The Amsterdam born fast-man has taken an impressive 56 career victories, including four victories at the Tour de France, three of them individual stage wins, and with this, the squad is thrilled to see how Groenewegen can elevate the team in sprint finishes over the coming years.
Brent Copeland, Team BikeExchange-Jayco General Manager: “There was no hesitating when this opportunity came around, having Dylan joining Team BikeExchange-Jayco is something which brings great excitement to the team, a truly classy rider who rounds off our 2022 roster in a perfect way. I would like to thank Richard Plugge and Team Jumbo-Visma for making the transfer an easy process for all parties. It’s been a constructive process for all people involved.”
“Dylan doesn’t need much of an introduction, everyone in the peloton knows him and the potential he has as a sprinter, as well as a great team player, and we certainly believe he will adapt perfectly to our team. Our team owner, Gerry Ryan, has created and supported, since the beginning of the negotiation, the right path to follow in order to secure such a great rider for our team’s future. Our performance staff, together with our Head Sport director Matthew White, are already at work to ensure Dylan has the full support he deserves in order to perform to the best of his ability, as well as fit into the environment of the team.”
Dylan Groenewegen: “First of all, I must thank Team Jumbo-Visma and all the staff and riders that I have been working with over the past six years. We have had amazing results together and I will always be grateful for this. Now it is time to start another chapter of my life and my professional career, and I strongly believe that joining Team BikeExchange-Jayco now is the right to move and environment for me to start winning again. Since I started to talk to Brent (Copeland) and the technical staff, I felt that this was the right place and it is an incredible opportunity, I am looking forward to fighting for important results with the team.”
Date of Birth: 21st June 1993 (28)
Joins GreenEDGE Cycling: 2022
New Contract: 2022 – 2024
1st 4x Tour de France stage wins (19, 18, 17)
1st Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne (19)
1st 3x Paris-Nice stage wins (19, 18)
1st Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne (18)
1st 5x Tour of Britain stage wins (19, 17, 16)
Three years with BikeExchange:
Barnabás Peák to Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert
The Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert team has signed Barnabás Peák. The 23-year-old Hungarian left Team BikeExchange after two seasons, but will still be at WorldTour level next year.
The young Hungarian was national champion in both the time trial and road race in 2018 at the age of just 20. His achievements opened the doors to the WorldTour in August of that year, to take his first steps at the highest level as a stagieire with Quick-Step. In the following season, with SEG Academy, he won a stage in the Tour de Normandy as a U23 and finished 15th in the Tour de l’Avenir.
This turned out to be enough for Mitchelton-Scott to offer Peák a two-year contract for 2020 and 2021. Peák was unable to prove himself sufficiently for the Australian team in the last two seasons, partly due to the corona crisis. Last July he finished second in a stage of the Settimana Ciclistica Italiana, behind Pascal Ackermann, but it was not enough for a contract extension. Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert has decided to give Peák another chance at the highest level. “For next season we have a clear strategy with our sprinters. We are therefore delighted that we have found a new rider in Barnabás Peák who fits perfectly into the lead-out role,” explains performance manager Aike Visbeek.
“The last two years in the WorldTour have not always been easy for him, but we are convinced that he can grow into a strong and stable rider in our sprint train within our team. His results in his early years with the U23s have shown that he has the potential to take the next step in his career. Together with our performance staff, we will help Barnabás make this progress.”
Peák is obviously overjoyed at this opportunity. “It is a team with international status, with riders of different nationalities, who are simultaneously inspired by traditional values of Belgian cycling. I have already been able to make a first impression of my new environment and I especially notice the family atmosphere and professionalism. I know the team’s goals for the upcoming season and I am determined to commit to achieving them.”
“In my case, this will mainly be with the sprint trains, a role that suits me. By working hard I hope to realise my ultimate dream and to participate in the Tour of Italy in May 2022. Not only because this would be my first Grand Tour, but also because it starts in Budapest, the city I know so well!”
Barnabás Peák staying in the WorldTour:
No WorldTour License for Qhubeka NextHash From UCI for 2022
The curtain has fallen for Qhubeka NextHash as a WorldTeam. The UCI has rejected the license application of the South African team, which has been in financial trouble for a long time. It is not yet known whether Qhubeka NextHash will ride as a ProTeam.
Bahrain Victorious’s previous license application had not been approved, but now has been approved by the UCI licensing committee. The team of Wout Poels and Sonny Colbrelli will be seen in the WorldTour in 2022, along-side seventeen other teams.
EF Education Nippo
Israel Start-Up Nation
No Qhubeka team in the WorldTour in 2022:
UCI Women’s WorldTour 2022
The women’s peloton has gained six teams with a Women’s WorldTour license. Jumbo-Visma, EF Education-TIBCO-SVB, Human Powered Health (Rally in 2021), Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad, Uno-X and UAE Team (BTC City Ljubljana in 2021) have licenses at the highest level for 2022 and 2023.
Those teams join Canyon-SRAM, FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope, Liv Racing Xstra, Movistar, BikeExchange-Jayco, SD Worx, Team DSM and Trek-Segafredo, who already held a Women’s WorldTour license.
The UCI will announce in January which women’s teams will have a Continental license.
14 women’s WorldTour team:
Alpecin-Fenix and Arkéa-Samsic to Ride all WorldTour Races in 2022
Alpecin-Fenix and Arkéa-Samsic must receive invitations from every WorldTour race in 2022, due to them being the two best-placed ProTeams in the 2021 UCI World Ranking. Because Qhubeka NextHash did not received a WorldTour license mainly benefits Arkéa-Samsic.
Last season, Alpecin-Fenix (as the best ProTeam of 2020) rode in all competitions at the highest level. An additional advantage for the Belgian team was that the team management did not have to accept those wild cards, so they had a right to start, not an obligation to start.
Now Arkéa-Samsic also gets that privilege. The UCI stated in its rules that with a total of nineteen WorldTeams, the best ProTeam (in 2021 it was Alpecin-Fenix) will receive access to WorldTour races the following year. With a total of eighteen WorldTeams, this applies to the best two ProTeams of the past season. And since Qhubeka NextHash no longer has a WorldTour license, there will be only eighteen teams at that level in 2022, and so Arkéa-Samsic moves up. This means that the organisers of the Giro d’Italia, the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España must invite Alpecin-Fenix and Arkéa-Samsic next year. If the Belgian and French teams accept, RCS, ASO and Unipublic will have only two other wildcards to hand out under UCI regulations.
The changes due to Qhubeka NextHash also has consequences for the third ProTeam in line from 2021: TotalEnergies. According to UCI rules, the French team of Peter Sagan and Niki Terpstra must receive a wildcard for every one-day race in the WorldTour in 2022. That privilege does not apply to stage races of the highest level, for which TotalEnergies has to hope for a wildcard. A total of seventeen teams have received a ProTeam license from the UCI. The French Delko and the Italian Vini Zabù teams have both folded.
UCI ProTeams 2022:
B&B Hotels p/b KTM
Bardiani CSF Faizanè
Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli
Equipo Kern Pharma
Human Powered Health (was Rally)
Team Novo Nordisk
Arkea to ride all three Grand Tours in 2022:
Arkéa-Samsic Wants to be a WorldTour Team in 2023
If it is up to team manager Emmanuel Hubert, Arkéa-Samsic will be part of the WorldTour from 2023. The French team will be racing as a WorldTour team next year, since Arkéa-Samsic is ‘moving on’ now that Qhubeka NextHash no longer has a WorldTour license. Hubert is obviously very happy with this development. “We have now arrived at the gates of the WorldTour,” he summed up on the Arkéa-Samsic website.
“There is now the opportunity to complete the entire WorldTour calendar. I look forward to starting this new era. We have carefully built up the team, with the support of our title partners, in order to grow qualitatively and quantitatively towards the WorldTour.” However, Hubert hopes to actually be part of the WorldTour in 2023. “That is our objective. In 2022 we will have the opportunity to get used to the level.” Arkéa-Samsic will start the new season with thirty riders next year. Nairo Quintana, Warren Barguil and Nacer Bouhanni are the top riders.
WorldTour for Quintana:
Burger King Becomes EOLO-Kometa Sponsor
Burker King, the American fast food chain, is the new sponsor of the Italian ProTeam of Ivan Basso and Alberto Contador.
Alessandro Lazzaroni, the CEO of Burger King’s Italian branch, joined the squad after last year’s Giro d’Italia, in which he accompanied the team on several stages. It was a creditable tour for EOLO-Kometa, as Lorenzo Fortunato took a stage victory on the Monte Zoncolan.
Burger King will not be a name sponsor of the team, but will have a place on the new ProTeam jersey. For now only in 2022, although Basso does not rule out a longer collaboration, he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “If we show the sponsors that we keep improving, they will stay with us and grow with us. Slowly but surely we are getting there,” said Basso.
Lorenzo Fortunato won the Giro stage on Monte Zoncolan:
Cavagna and Vansevenant Injury Update
The two riders were involved in a training accident on Wednesday while at the team training camp in Spain.
During the incident, Mauri Vansevenant incurred a broken thumb and has flown back to Belgium, where he will undergo further conservative treatment. Rémi Cavagna has unfortunately fractured his L1 vertebrae which will require further treatment in Spain. He is currently being looked after by Dr. Ignacio Muñoz at the Hospital IMSKE Valencia, where the plan is to operate on him on Monday. Examinations can confirm that there is no neurological damage.
Everybody at Deceuninck – Quick-Step would like to thank Dr. Ignacio Muñoz and his team at Hospital IMSKE Valencia, as well as wishing both riders the best for their recovery.
Fractured vertebrae for Rémi Cavagna in training crash:
Mauri Vansevenant Talks About his Crash
The training accident in which Rémi Cavagna and Mauri Vansevenant were injured on Wednesday was caused by a motorist who ignored the right-of-way rules. Vansevenant spoke about the accident with Het Laatste Nieuws.
The Deceuninck – Quick-Step riders, who are on a team training camp in Calpe, had just taken some pictures in the new clothing for next season, as they continued on a slightly descending two-lane road. “Suddenly a small car ignored the right-of-way rules and entered the main road from a side road.” Vansevenant recalls. “We had to close everything but three riders, including Rémi and I, could not avoid a crash.”
“Unlike Rémi, the damage is not too bad for me and I don’t have to undergo surgery,” said 22 year-old Vansevenant. The young climber expects his injury to take three to four weeks to heal. “It’s annoying, but luckily my legs weren’t hit and I can more or less maintain my condition. The second team training camp, at the beginning of January, will certainly not be compromised.”
Early season crash for Mauri Vansevenant:
Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec Riders Hit During Team Training Camp
Three Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec riders were hit by a motorist on Friday, on the first day of the team training camp in Benidorm. Brandon Rojas, who will make his professional debut next year, had to be taken to hospital.
The team that will continue next season under the name Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli, said on its website that the accident was caused by a motorist who “came back on the road just as the riders arrived on the other side of the road at a slight descent to the left”. According to the team, the accident was violent and unavoidable and Rojas bounced on the windshield of the car.
The 19-year-old Colombian, last season’s stage winner in the U23 Vuelta a Colombia, suffered a cut to his neck and a bruise on his right knee and was taken to a nearby hospital. An examination showed that he had not broken anything and in the evening he was allowed to leave the hospital with three stitches in his neck. Rojas now takes a few days of rest before he resumes training. The other two riders involved, Juan Diego Alba, who is coming from Movistar and Marti Vigo, suffered bruises from the accident.
Training crash for Androni:
Bert-Jan Lindeman to Ride for Continental Team VolkerWessels in 2022
Bert-Jan Lindeman has closed the door on Qhubeka NextHash. The 32-year-old Dutchman will leave the WorldTour and race at Continental level in 2022, with VolkerWessels.
“It is a great opportunity to ride for this cycling team. Because I train a lot with Tijmen Eising, I already knew quite a bit about the VolkerWessels Cycling Team and that appealed to me,” Lindeman explained in the press release. “Everything is well and tightly arranged and they have a nice competition program. Add to that the Cannondale bikes and all the other equipment partners and you have all the conditions to perform well.”
“I am looking forward to racing in the Netherlands again next year, such as the Ster van Zwolle and the Ronde van Drenthe,” said the man from Drenthe, who won a Vuelta stage in 2015 for LottoNL-Jumbo. Team manager Allard Engels is very happy with Lindeman’s arrival. “With the arrival of Bert-Jan, we have secured the dream transfer. He brings a lot of experience with him and from the conversation we had together, it soon became clear that there is still a lot of ambition and the urge to score. His years of experience at WorldTour level benefits all of us.”
The maximum number of riders for a continental team is sixteen, but with the arrival of Lindeman, VolkerWessels now has seventeen riders. “Because Maikel Zijlaard is listed in the Track Ranking within the requirements of the UCI, we have the opportunity to race with seventeen riders in 2022,” explained Engels.
Bert-Jan Lindeman – Vuelta stage winner:
Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race Canceled
There has been much speculation about possible plans to move the Tour Down Under and the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race to the World Road Championship period in Wollongong next year, but that can now be canceled. The organisation behind the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race has announced that the race will not run in 2022.
When the Tour Down Under and Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race of 2022 were canceled, the organisers announced that they would do everything they could to secure a place on the race calendar. “However, it will not take place. We talked about it and looked at the alternatives. If you’re planning to postpone or cancel an event, you need to look at the details. We looked at any new dates on the cycling calendar, but it just turned out to be too difficult a task,” was the clear message from Scott Sunderland.
It is still unclear whether the normal version of the Tour Down Under will meet the same fate. Earlier this week, the organisers declined to confirm or deny that holding the race in September was an option under consideration. When asked if they were considering having the Tour Down Under international event take place later in 2022 around the World Championships in Wollongong, their reply referred to January 2023.
For the last edition of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race we have to go back to 2020. Dries Devenyns was the best in Geelong that year, ahead of Pavel Sivakov and Daryl Impey. This year the race was also canceled due to the corona pandemic and travel restrictions for cyclists outside Australia.
Dries Devenyns – 2020 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Race winner:
Ruta del Sol 2022 Mountain Stage Through the Province of Granada
The Ruta del Sol will have two stages next year through the province of Granada. The organisers announced in a press release this week. There will be a relatively easy stage to Otura and a mountain stage to Baza.
In the third stage of the 68th edition of the Ruta del Sol, the riders will head to the province of Granada, to finish in the small town of Villa de Otura. On the route the riders are faced with three third category climbs and a second category climb, but they are early in the stage. The final towards the finish is flat and should suit a bunch sprint.
The fourth stage takes place entirely in the province of Granada and is for the climbers. Cúllar Vega is the start and the finish is in the village of Baza. The route goes over the Alto del Purche and Blancares, both 1st category and the Puerto de Gorafe a 2nd cat climb. Last season the riders also rode a stage between Cúllar Vega and Baza, but in the opposite direction. This was a flat stage, won by André Greipel.
The full route of the Ruta del Sol (February 16-20) will be presented soon. Miguel Ángel López was the last winner, the Colombian finished ahead of Antwan Tolhoek and Julen Amezqueta.
López Ruta winner in 2021:
Fans Welcome at Dendermonde World Cup Cyclo-Cross
The Dendermonde World Cup will have an audience on Sunday 26 December. Jurgen Mettepenningen, the team manager of Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal and also organiser of the World Cup round in Dendermonde, received the green light from the city council to allow the races to continue with spectators.
After last Friday’s Consultation Committee meeting, it was already clear that outdoor sports can still be run with the public present, according to the corona measures in force at the moment. The Belgian government also placed the responsibility on the local authorities, in this case the city of Dendermonde.
The city council of Dendermonde has given its approval. “The World Cup on Boxing Day can continue with an audience,” Mettepenningen said in a press release. There are no VIP and party tents, but there are drinking places in the open air.”
The World Cup in Dendermonde will be the first cross of the season in which Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel will compete against each other. Mettepenningen: “We have all been looking forward to that for a while. It’s fantastic that this can be done with an audience.”
The MvdP fans will be Dendermonde at Christmas:
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