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TOP STORY: Mathieu van der Poel Season Plan
According to WielerFlits, Mathieu van der Poel’s name appears as a reserve for Alpecin-Fenix ​​on the provisional start-list of the Italian stage race Coppi e Bartali. The organisers of Dwars door Vlaanderen and the Ronde also announced Van der Poel. However, according to the team, nothing has yet been decided about his return.

WielerFlits has learned from a source within the organisation of the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali that the name of the Dutchman is on the provisional list of participants of the Italian race. The French-language channel RTBF also reported this on their website on Thursday. The Coppi e Bartali will be held from March 22 to 26 and would mean that Van der Poel could possibly gain some racing form there looking forward to the cobbled and or hilly Classics. The Alpecin-Fenix ​​team would not confirm any details.

According to the team, nothing has yet been decided about a return to the peloton, nor about participation in Dwars door Vlaanderen and the Tour of Flanders.

Van der Poel Race Programme:
22-03 Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali
30-03 Dwars Door Vlaanderen
3-04 Ronde van Vlaanderen
17-04 Paris-Roubaix
6-05 Giro d’Italia
1-07 Tour de France.

Mathieu on the way back?
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Paris-Nice 2022
Brandon McNulty (UAE Team Emirates) powered to the win in Saint-Sauveur-de-Montagut on Thursday’s Stage 5. The American struggled in the first stages of Paris-Nice, but bounced back in style to take victory on day 5, after a 39km solo move to distance his breakaway companions. This is McNulty’s third victory of the season, and the second on these roads, a couple of weeks after he claimed the Faun-Ardèche Classic. Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) took the yellow and white jersey as his teammate Wout van Aert was dropped on the final ascent of the day.

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As the peloton leave Saint-Just-Saint-Rambert, 18 riders are out of the Race to the Sun due to varied health issues: Nils Politt (BORA-hansgrohe), Amaury Capiot (Arkea-Samsic), Gino Mäder (Bahrain Victorious), Matteo Trentin (UAE Team Emirates), Clément Champoussin (AG2R Citroën), Yves Lampaert, Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl), Dylan Groenewegen (BikeExchange-Jayco), Kevin Vermaercke (DSM), Stefan Bissegger, Jens Keukeleire, Neilson Powless (EF Education-Easypost), Carl Fredrik Hagen, James Piccoli, Tom Van Asbroeck (Israel-Premier Tech), Jonas Rickaert, Kristian Sbaragli, Jay Vine (Alpecin-Fenix).

It took 14km of attacks and counter-attacks for a group of 10 riders to break away with Ruben Fernandez (Cofidis), Laurent Pichon (Arkea-Samsic), Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ), Brandon McNulty (UAE Team Emirates), Michael Mørkøv (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl), Matteo Jorgenson (Movistar), Harm Vanhoucke (Lotto Soudal), Owain Doull (EF Education-EasyPost), Anthony Turgis (TotalEnergies) and Franck Bonnamour (B&B Hotels-KTM). Fernandez was the best rider on GC at 4:37, and was virtual leader as the gap increases to 6:05 on the first climb of the day, Croix-de-Chaubouret after 36.1km. Madouas led the break over the top for 10 KOM points to threaten the polka-dot jersey held by Matthew Holmes (Lotto Soudal). As Jumbo-Visma drove the bunch. The gap reached its maximum of 7:25 at km 110km. The early attackers keep working well together on the climbs of Saint-Jeure-d’Ay (cat. 3), Saint-Romain-de-Lerps (cat. 1) and Côte de Toulaud (cat. 2). Madouas took the KOM points ahead of Vanhoucke.

The breakaway tackled the final climb of the day, the cat-1 col de la Mure (7.6km at 8.3%), with a lead of 6 minutes. McNulty attacked 6km from the summit, with 39km to go the finish in Saint-Sauveur-De-Montagut. The race leader Wout van Aert was dropped when the peloton reach the same climb. The American talent flew up the climb. At the summit, he has opened a gap of 1 minute on Vanhoucke, Jorgenson and Bonnamour. Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) trailed by 5:20 after he attacked on the climb. The GC group, led by Rohan Dennis for Primoz Roglič, were 15 seconds behind. McNulty pushes his advantage on the descent. Behind him, Dani Martinez (INEOS Grenadiers) tries to shake Roglič, but the Slovenian brought the Colombian rider and Guillaume Martin back with 10km to go. Meanwhile, McNulty soloed to victory, 1:30 ahead of Bonnamour and Jorgenson. Roglic crossed the line in a 16-man group with a gap of 5:43 to take the leader’s jersey.

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Stage winner, Brandon McNulty (UAE Team Emirates): “This is my first World Tour victory and the circumstances make it really special. I had a crash in the echelons, and the GC was off, but I managed to recover and to take the victory todays is incredible. I realised this morning these were the same roads where I won the Faun-Ardèche Classic two weeks ago. The plan was to go in the breakaway, and I thought I was gonna make it or die. I had great legs all day so I could make it. I kind of hoped to go solo when I attacked with 39km to go. The course was either climbing or descending, and I wanted to go all out on the climbs and take less risks on the downhills, so it was better to go solo.”

Overall leader, Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma): “More yellow! Today was a hard day again, like every day in Paris-Nice, and there are more big mountains ahead. It’s a hard race but the guys did a great job all day and I could keep with the best climbers in the end. I don’t know how it will go tomorrow, and then there are two hard days over the week-end, especially the last one as I’ve experienced last year. There’s a lot of racing coming up and I will do my best. I’m getting into my rhythm and I’m positive.”

3rd on the stage, Matteo Jorgenson (Movistar): “The shape was good coming into Paris-Nice, but then I had some bad luck and also bad positioning on my part in the echelons. I thought I was out of the GC, but with some good fortune I got back, and this jersey is a big honour. I had to try, that’s all we had now with the team. I was talking with Brandon [McNulty] this morning and I knew he wanted to make the break. I thought it would go on the first big climb, but when I saw him on the move, I figured I had to go. We worked well together. I know how strong he is, we’ve been racing so much together. But you have to try your chance. He definitely was the strongest today. If I had gone his pace, I would have quickly exploded.”

7th on the stage, Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ): “The goal was to win the stage, but I was far from making it in the end. I didn’t feel great, so I figured it would be good to fight for the KOM standings. I had Covid [at the end of February], but I was feeling good again, and then I had a big crash in Paris-Nice. I struggled a lot to raise my left arm, I couldn’t get off the saddle. The team worked hard for me to get better and I hope it’ll pay over the week-end, but I’m disappointed when I think of the shape I had 10 days ago. It’s always nice to be on the podium of such a race. The polka dot jersey can be a goal. There are three hard stages ahead, we have a good team to play it out from far away, and we’ll give it our all after we were unlucky in the first part of Paris-Nice.”

5th overall, Aleksandr Vlasov (BORA-hansgrohe): “Today was a long and hard stage here. I felt really good and made it to the line with the GC favourites. Saturday and Sunday will be the decisive days in the race for the overall classification. I think today was more like a test for the GC guys. I feel good and I’m looking forward to the next stages.”

Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma): “It was definitely a hard day. We had a hard time with the team to control a strong breakaway. And then Arkea accelerated on the final climb, I felt it in my legs and the head made the decision to take it a bit easier to the finish. It can be an advantage, so I can help Primoz [Roglic] over the week-end, and I have the classics on the back of my mind.”

Paris-Nice Stage 5 Result:
1. Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Team Emirates in 4:53:30
2. Franck Bonnamour (Fra) B&B Hotels-KTM at 1:58
3. Matteo Jorgenson (USA) Movistar
4. Harm Vanhoucke (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 2:30
5. Laurent Pichon (Fra) Arkea-Samsic at 4:01
6. Anthony Turgis (Fra) TotalEnergies at 4:02
7. Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 4:57
8. Owain Doull (GB) EF Education-EasyPost
9. Pierre Latour (Fra) TotalEnergies at 5:43
10. Quentin Pacher (Fra) Groupama-FDJ.

Paris-Nice Overall After Stage 5:
1. Primoz Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma in 16:50:28
2. Simon Yates (GB) BikeExchange-Jayco at 0:39
3. Pierre Latour (Fra) TotalEnergies at 0:41
4. Daniel Martinez Poveda (Col) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:56
5. Aleksandr Vlasov (-) BORA-hansgrohe at 0:59
6. Adam Yates (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:11
7. Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) DSM at 1:26
8. Jack Haig (Aus) Bahrain Victorious at 1:35
9. Nairo Quintana (Col) Arkea-Samsic at 1:45
10. Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Cofidis at 2:01.

Paris-Nice stage 5:

 

Mathieu Burgaudeau (TotalEnergies) took his first professional victory in spectacular fashion on Friday, as he narrowly edged the sprinters in Aubagne, after 213.6km from Courthézon on Stage 6. The peloton controlled the stage all day long but the 23 year-old Frenchman managed to go solo inside the last 10km and to fend off Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) and Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) at the line. Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) survived the day to hold on to the yellow and white jersey ahead of the decisive week-end, with a summit finish at Col de Turini on Saturday.

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After a 12km battle, Johan Jacobs (Movistar) was the first attacker to make a break. The KOM leader Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ), Yevgeniy Fedorov (Astana Qazaqstan), Julius van den Berg (EF Education-Easypost) and Victor Koretzky (B&B Hotels-KTM) join him after 14 kilometres. Sébastien Grignard (Lotto Soudal) set off in pursuit and bridged on the first slopes of the Col de Murs (cat. 2), to be summited at km 36.8. The break covered 35km in the first hour of racing to build a lead of 4:30. Madouas took the KOM points at the summit to tighten his grip on the polka dot jersey. Mads Pedersen’s Trek-Segafredo were the first team to react, sending Julien Bernard to the front of the bunch to control the gap. The attackers’ advantage never got higher than 4:55 at 46 kilometres. Bryan Coquard’s Cofidis and Biniam Girmay’s Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux also pulled the bunch in the valley to bring the gap down to 3:20 ahead of the second ascent of the day, Col de Sambuc (cat. 2). Madouas took 5 KOM points at the summit (122.3km), and 3 more at Col des Portes (km 131.1).

The pace was hard despite a headwind blowing from the South-East. This was too much for Grignard, who was dropped by his breakaway companions with 60km to go. The gap to the bunch was down to 1:45 at the bottom of the penultimate climb of the day, Col de Pas de la Couelle. Madouas kept sweeping up the points at the summit (53km to go). The intensity keeps rising on the way to the final ascent of the day, the cat-1 Col de l’Espigoulier (10.8km at 4.4%). At the bottom, the early attackers were only 1 minute ahead of the peloton. Jacobs attacked and quickly dropped everyone, except Koretzky. Matthew Holmes bridged the gap from the peloton to the leading duo 6km from the summit. Julien Bernard is still there to set the pace for Trek-Segafredo. Holmes was first over the top (28.3km to go), but the peloton only trail by 5 seconds. The attackers were caught with 27km to go. Soren Kragh Andersen (DSM) accelerated on the downhill and splits appeared 23km from the finish. The Dane had a lead of 10 seconds at the bottom, but Trek-Segafredo reel him in with 15.5km to go. Attacks keep going and Mathieu Burgaudeau (TotalEnergies) went solo with 9km to go. The gap got as high as 20 seconds with 4km to go, but it dropped to under 5 seconds for the last kilometre. Mads Pedersen launches a powerful sprint but Burgaudeau held him off by a bike length on the line.

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Stage winner, Mathieu Burgaudeau (TotalEnergies): “The legs felt great, and it has been like that since the start of the season, but cycling is not only a physical matter. You need confidence, you need to be in a good position mentally, and it’s probably that little spark that I’ve missed on a dew occasions. Today, I just told myself: ‘go all out, don’t look back, enjoy yourself’… And it paid off. I feel better and better in this Paris-Nice and it was itching me all day long, I wanted to kick on that final climb. It’s a consecration for me. I’ve been close on many occasions and this time I take it in style. Too many times I’ve seen races on the TV where riders were caught just before the line. I didn’t want to experience that.”

Overall leader, Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma): “I had to be focused all day, there’s no rest day, it’s always a race in Paris-Nice, also with the wind. That’s one day less, tomorrow is a big one with a big climb, so hopefully I have the legs to do it. I usually like the snow, but not when I’m riding my bike! If I can win, why not, but you need the legs so I take it day by day. I’m happy to take another yellow jersey and a lion for my son, he’s here and he’s my biggest supporter.”

3rd on the stage, Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma): “We did not expect this scenario. We thought we would go to the sprint in a controlled manner. I think the last climb caused some chaos for the other teams and there were some gaps as a result. I felt good. It was a tough ride with a lot of wind and altitude metres. I don’t think it was the legs today, but it can’t always go perfectly.”

5th overall, Aleksandr Vlasov (BORA-hansgrohe): “Today was a long but quiet day. Only in the beginning it was a bit windy and nervous in the peloton. On the last climb the pace was high but all GC contenders stayed together. I had great support of the boys again today, they are really doing everything to support me. Two hard days to come now and I’m really looking forward to those stages in the mountains around Nice.”

KOM, Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ): “I had some energy left in the tank. But it was a hard day, the guys with me at the front were really strong. We definitely enjoyed ourselves. The jersey is secured at least for tomorrow and then we’ll see how I can defend it. I’ll do the math tonight but tomorrow I think we’ll try to put someone else in the breakaway. Then, it will be all in on Sunday.”

Best young rider, Matteo Jorgenson (Movistar): “It was a really long day, with a fight between the break and the peloton, so it wasn’t too much of a recovery like I was hoping. I survived it well and there was no time gaps at the finish thankfully for me. I feel definitely good, the form is good. I saw Mauri Vansevenant go. He’s right behind me in the white jersey classification so I figured I should follow him and neutralise his move. I want to hold on tomorrow, and hopefully I can animate the race in Nice. It’s a really dynamic stage so I hope to do something on the last day.”

8th on the stage, Dorian Godon (AG2R Citroën): “It was a tiring and long stage, with a lot of wind. I crashed on a col, but didn’t suffer any injuries. We tried to get into the breakaway but that did not work for us. We rallied around Aurélien Paret-Peintre, our leader. I tried my luck in the sprint which allowed me to take this top-10 place. Now we can attack the weekend full of determination and confidence.”

Paris-Nice Stage 6 Result:
1. Mathieu Burgaudeau (Fra) TotalEnergies in 5:33:06
2. Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo
3. Wout Van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma
4. Biniam Girmay (Eri) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
5. Bryan Coquard (Fra) Cofidis
6. Luka Mezgec (Slo) BikeExchange-Jayco
7. Ivan Garcia Cortina (Spa) Movistar
8. Dorian Godon (Fra) AG2R Citroën
9. Florian Senechal (Fra) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl
10. Luca Mozzato (Ita) B&B Hotels-KTM.

Paris-Nice Overall After Stage 6:
1. Primoz Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma in 22:23:34
2. Simon Yates (GB) BikeExchange-Jayco at 0:39
3. Pierre Latour (Fra) TotalEnergies at 0:41
4. Daniel Martinez Poveda (Col) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:56
5. Aleksandr Vlasov (-) BORA-hansgrohe at 0:59
6. Adam Yates (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:11
7. Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) DSM at 1:26
8. Jack Haig (Aus) Bahrain Victorious at 1:35
9. Nairo Quintana (Col) Arkea-Samsic at 1:45
10. Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Cofidis at 2:01.

Paris-Nice stage 6:

 

Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) won Stage 7 on the Col de Turini on Saturday. Roglič, the overall race leader, attacked 6km from the summit and controlled his rivals on the final slopes. A strong jump gave him his 4th stage win in the Race to the Sun, ahead of Dani Martinez (INEOS Grenadiers), winner on the Col de Turini in 2019. Simon Yates (BikeExchange-Jayco) joined them on the stage and overall podiums.

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The possibility of the battle for victory on the slopes up Col de Turini attracted many early attackers. After 5km, 18 riders opened a gap of 20 seconds on the peloton: Ryan Mullen (BORA-hansgrohe), Fabio Felline (Astana Qazaqstan), David Gaudu, Olivier Le Gac, Quentin Pacher (Groupama-FDJ), Julien Bernard, Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo), Michael Mørkøv (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl), Ivan Garcia Cortina, Gregor Muhlberger, Albert Torres (Movistar), Cees Bol, Nico Denz (DSM), Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal), Simon Carr, Julius van den Berg (EF Education-EasyPost), Franck Bonnamour, Alexis Gougeard (B&B Hotels-KTM). INEOS Grenadiers and Arkea-Samsic controled the gap early in the stage. The attackers’ lead reached 1:55 at the top the first climb of the day, côte de Coursegoules (55km), Denz was first. The gap drops to 1 minute on the descent.

The break’s advantage remained stable in the valley leading to the climb of Turini. Gaudu, Pedersen, Bol, Van den Berg and Le Gac were distanced before they reach the bottom of the final climb (14.9km at 7.3%). The breakaway exploded on the first ramps. Five riders got away: De Gendt, Muhlberger, Bernard, Bonnamour and Pacher. Muhlberger went solo with 10.5km to go. Adam Yates (INEOS Grenadiers) was the first rider to attack from the GC group, with 7.5km to go. Primoz Roglič counter-attacked 6km from the summit. He quickly caught and dropped Muhlberger. Dani Martinez (INEOS Grenadiers) is the only rider able to join Roglič at the front. Simon Yates (BikeExchange-Jayco) and Nairo Quintana (Arkea Samsic) join them at the front just inside the last 3km. The British climber accelerated twice, Quintana struggled to hold on, but he manages to get back on each time he loses his place. Joao Almeida (UAE Team Emirates) also managed to join them with 250 metres to go. Nobody could hold Roglič when he powered to victory.

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Stage winner and overall leader, Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma): “It’s nice to win on a long climb like this, in front of my biggest supporter [his son Lev]. Together we have the best time on the podium when we do the telemark. I want to practise more with him! It was a hard stage with a high pace from the very start. It went fast, but it was good, and in the end I had the legs to follow the attacks and to win, so it was a great day. We pushed each other to the limit and it came down to the sprint itself and I still had the kick to go for it. You put a lot of sacrifice, you train, and it’s always something special when I have the possibility to be the best. I know the final stage is always the hardest. We remember last year and we know we’ll have to be very focused. It won’t be big tactics, but it will be full gas from the start. It’s a new side for the Col d’Èze and you have to worry when you have such a hard kilometre, but I hope it will be fine when I get there.”

3rd on the stage and 2nd overall, Simon Yates (BikeExchange-Jayco): “Not much you can do when (Roglic) is in second gear. He’s not even breathing and everybody else is panting like they’re on their death bed, so it’s hard to do anything. I tried to see what I could do, I put a few cheeky moves in but it wasn’t to be. There’s been some tough days back-to-back and I think it’s taken it’s toll in the peloton. We’ve still got a really short, hard tomorrow, I really like it. It’s a good race, it’s one of the only days of the year that I actually enjoy to really get stuck in to so we will see what I can do but it’s pretty much run already.”

7th overall, Aleksandr Vlasov (BORA-hansgrohe): “A very hard day and not the best day for me. I didn’t sleep very well last night and wasn’t feeling great this morning. When the first guys attacked half way up the final climb, I struggled to hold the wheel of the top guys. Tomorrow is another day in the mountains and we’ll see what’s happening tomorrow. A big thanks to my team mates today, they did a fantastic job escorting me to the start of the final climb. We’re only four guys left here but we’re racing as team and everyone is fully committed.”

5th on the stage and 10th overall, João Almeida (UAE Team Emirates): “It was fast all day, but it was a small bunch, so it didn’t really matter if I was riding in the front positions or behind. Then, I managed a good effort on the final climb and I ended up in the front. It was a complicated start of the race but I’m happy to come back and to take the jersey is something nice. I’ll be happy if we keep things like that tomorrow. And no crashes!”

Paris-Nice Stage 7 Result:
1. Primoz Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma in 4:02:47
2. Daniel Martinez Poveda (Col) INEOS Grenadiers
3. Simon Yates (GB) BikeExchange-Jayco at 0:02
4. Nairo Quintana (Col) Arkea-Samsic at 0:09
5. João Almeida (Por) UAE Team Emirates at 0:11
6. Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Team Emirates at 0:25
7. Jack Haig (Aus) Bahrain Victorious at 0:27
8. Adam Yates (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:29
9. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis at 0:44
10. Wout Poels (Ned) Bahrain Victorious at 0:56.

Paris-Nice Overall After Stage 7:
1. Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma in 26:26:11
2. Simon Yates (GB) BikeExchange-Jayco at 0:47
3. Daniel Martinez Poveda (Col) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:00
4. Adam Yates (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:50
5. Nairo Quintana (Col) Arkea-Samsic at 2:04
6. Jack Haig (Aus) Bahrain Victorious at 2:12
7. Aleksandr Vlasov (-) BORA-hansgrohe at 2:22
8. Pierre Latour (Fra) TotalEnergies at 2:56
9. Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Cofidis at 3:13
10. João Almeida (Por) UAE Team Emirates at 3:29

Paris-Nice stage 7:

 

Simon Yates (BikeExchange-Jayco) shook Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) with a stunning attack on the Final Stage 8 of Paris-Nice, but the Slovenian star retained the overall lead with strong support from Wout van Aert. The battle was on from the start and the intensity never dropped. Dani Martinez (INEOS Grenadiers) attacked with 50km to go, launching an unbridled battle for the stage win and the overall victory. Yates went solo with 19km to go, on the steep slopes leading to Col d’Èze. He opened a serious gap but Roglič and Van Aert brought it down to under 10 seconds on the final run-in to the Promenade des Anglais, where the Slovenian sealed his 10th victory in a World Tour stage race, the first in France. Van Aert took the green jersey as winner of the points classification, Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ) was KOM and Joao Almeida (UAE Team Emirates), the best young rider.

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The explosive course (5 climbs and 2,300 metres of climbing packed in 115.6km of racing) led to an all out battle from the start. There were many attacks, but no one managed to get away, even on the first climb of the day, Côte de Levens (cat. 2). Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ) had a puncture. His teammate Quentin Pacher went over the top first to defend the polka dot jersey. The battle was ongoing as attackers try to get away on the Côte de Châteauneuf (cat. 2). But Primoz Roglič’s Jumbo-Visma team were determined to control the day. Splits appeared as Mauri Vansevenant (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) crashed. He quickly got back on his bike, and some 30 riders feature in the bunch as they take on the third climb of the day, côte de Berre-les-Alpes (cat. 3). Aleksandr Vlasov (BORA-hansgrohe) also has an incident and calls for the medical car. Pierre Latour (TotalEnergies) sustains a mechanical on the downhill towards Côte de Peille (cat. 1), where INEOS Grenadiers explode the race. Omar Fraile ups the pace, as Joao Almeida (UAE Team Emirates) struggles. Daniel Martinez (INEOS Grenadiers) attacked with 49km to go!

Wout van Aert controled for Primoz Roglič. Only Simon Yates (BikeExchange) and Nairo Quintana (Arkea-Samsic) could follow. At the summit, they have opened a gap of 1 minute on the first chasers, including Adam Yates (INEOS Grenadiers), Joao Almeida (UAE Team Emirates) and Jack Haig (Bahrain Victorious). Simon Yates went for the bonus seconds in La Turbie (81.1km). Van Aert drives the front group and the situation settled until Martinez suffered a rear wheel puncture with 31km to go. He was caught by the chase group at the bottom of the climb to Col d’Èze, with 21km to go, 40 seconds behind the leaders. Yates attacks on the steep slopes of the ‘chemin des vinaigriers’. Roglič couldn’t keep up and the British climber went solo. At the summit, he had opened a gap of 25 seconds on Roglič and Van Aert. Quintana trailed by 55 seconds. Martinez, Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) and Brandon McNulty (UAE Team Emirates) followed at 1:25. Yates brought his lead up to 28 seconds on the downhill, but Van Aert and Roglič work together and the gap came down to 8 seconds as they enter the last 5km. On the line, Yates takes the stage win 9 seconds ahead of Van Aert and Roglič, whose sigh of relief illustrates the intensity of the day’s battles.

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Stage winner and 2nd overall, Simon Yates (BikeExchange-Jayco): “I think the GC was too far away, to that much time would have been a really big ask, so I’m very happy with the stage win. The overall victory is always in the back of your mind when you open gaps, but I knew I’d lose time on the downhill. I’m not a big guy, it was a difficult task against the two guys behind. The conditions were difficult but I’ve had experience here in the rain, so I was prepared. Of course, I’m happy to be on the podium. I have two second places here. Maybe one day I’ll come back to win, but I’m happy with my results.”

3rd on the stage and final overall winner, Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma): “It never goes without a bit drama. It was a super hard last one, but I have to say I’m happier than last year! And I have to say a big thanks to my whole team! We saw they’re half human, half motor, Wout [Van Aert] can do everything! I was definitely not strong enough [to do it alone today]. I was really suffering and fighting over the climb. Luckily, I knew Wout had a super day. He was really a big big help going with me to the finish.”

2nd on the stage, Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma): “We managed to take the overall. It was harder than we hoped, harder than expected. Today was a really difficult day to control. I was lucky to take it easy yesterday, so I could focus on being there today. [Primoz Roglic] didn’t have his best legs, so it was up to me to bring him to the line. We knew we were losing time on the climb, but I think already on the last part towards the KOM, with headwind, the gap already stabilised to 20-25’’. We didn’t take too much risks on the first part on the downhill and then it was flat out into Nice. It’s always nice to take the green jersey. I won it in the Dauphiné, Tirreno, and now Paris-Nice, so maybe this Summer I can get the big one in the Tour de France. Now I’ll try to recover and be ready for the first Monument.”

7th on the stage and 10th overall, Aurélien Paret-Peintre (AG2R Citroën): “It’s been a good week. I was very motivated this morning because I knew that with the difficult weather conditions, there was the possibility of moving up a few places in the general classification. I got stronger over the days of racing and I’m very happy with this top 10. Having regained some form over this last weekend gives me hope for great things in the weeks to come. I will compete in the Grand Prix de Denain – Porte du Hainaut on March 17 to ride on the cobblestones for the Tour de France, then I will continue with the Itzulia Basque Country and the Ardennes classics.”

8th overall, João Almeida (UAE Team Emirates): “It was a pretty hard day, short but really hard, cold, rainy… I lost a few metres on the climb but everything was under control. I lost contact on the final descent but I knew I’d be safe. It was a good day out there. The team did a good job. [To take the white jersey] is a good victory I’d say. We started the race wanting more, but the race is what it is, we kept fighting and we got a reward.”

KOM, Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ): “The balance of the week is positive since we leave Paris-Nice with something. We haven’t been lucky but we’ve been aggressive. I crashed at the beginning of the week but I’m happy to finish with a day where I felt great. That’s also what I came for. I punctured at the beginning of the stage so it was kind of a 110km individual time-trial today. That’s not exactly what I had in mind but it was a good day. And I finish Paris-Nice with my first distinctive jersey in a World Tour race, so it’s a good omen.”

Paris-Nice Stage 8 Result:
1. Simon Yates (GB) BikeExchange-Jayco in 2:52:59
2. Wout Van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma at 0:09
3. Primoz Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma
4. Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Team Emirates at 1:44
5. Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) DSM
6. Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ
7. Aurélien Paret Peintre (Fra) AG2R Citroën
8. Adam Yates (GB) INEOS Grenadiers
9. Wout Poels (Ned) Bahrain Victorious
10. Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Cofidis.

Paris-Nice Final Overall Result:
1. Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma in 29:19:15
2. Simon Yates (GB) BikeExchange-Jayco at 0:29
3. Daniel Martinez Poveda (Col) INEOS Grenadiers at 2:37
4. Adam Yates (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 3:29
5. Nairo Quintana (Col) Arkea-Samsic at 3:43
6. Jack Haig (Aus) Bahrain Victorious at 3:51
7. Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Cofidis at 4:52
8. João Almeida (Por) UAE Team Emirates at 5:43
9. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis at 5:48
10. Aurélien Paret Peintre (Fra) AG2R Citroën at 6:32.

Paris-Nice stage 8:

 

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Tadej Pogačar showed his class in Tirreno-Adriatico on Stage 4. The Slovenian of UAE Team Emirates won the stage to Bellante. In an uphill sprint, no one was able to compete with the two-time Tour winner. Pogačar also took the leader’s jersey from Filippo Ganna.

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The fourth stage between Cascata delle Marmore and Bellante was a typical Tirreno-Adriatico stage. The riders went through the Apennines and had just over 3,000 metres. The highest point, the top of the Torre Fuscello-Pas (1,115m), was in the early part of the stage, but the final was not easy either. The local loop around Bellante had a summit finish of 3.8km at 7%.

Ten riders made up the break of the day: Lilian Calmejane (AG2R Citroën), Jasha Sütterlin (Bahrain Victorious), Jhonatan Restrepo (Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli), Jonathan Caicedo (EF Education-EasyPost), Diego Rosa (EOLO-Kometa), Diego Rubio (Movistar), Warren Barguil (Arkéa-Samsic), Tsgabu Grmay (BikeExchange-Jayco), Chris Hamilton (DSM) and Quinn Simmons (Trek-Segafredo). At one point, the maximum lead of the ten was 6 minutes, but Jumbo-Visma for Jonas Vingegaard and UAE Emirates for Tadej Pogačar brought the difference down towards the local circuit in and around Bellante. Once on the local loop, the leading group exploded. Simmons, who was 7th in Strade Bianche last Saturday, took off alone and quickly managed to catch the escape, but the peloton was not far behind, so Simmons seemed to be on a hopeless mission. The nervousness increased in the peloton and at 30 kilometres from the finish there was a surprise attack by Filippo Ganna, Pogačar and Remco Evenepoel, the first, second and third on the GC. The three were just ahead of the thinned out peloton, but were soon caught again. The danger had passed for a moment. Simmons kept pushing hard and took the second mountain sprint, so that he was certain of the KOM jersey. The American was looking for more, but his lead had shrunk to just over 30 seconds. This was partly due to the hard work of the men of Jumbo-Visma. With just over 10 kilometres to go, Simmons’ attack came to an end.

TotalEnergies didn’t wait for the final climb and attacked with Valentin Ferron. The 24-year-old Frenchman rode away from the peloton for a lead of 15 seconds, but was caught before the foot of the climb of Bellante (3.8km at 7%). As he turned up the climb, the pace picked up and Romain Bardet attacked, but didn’t achieve much. A subsequent attack by Miguel Ángel López looked better, but the Colombian didn’t get away either. Wilco Kelderman also tried more than 2 kilometres from the finish, but the Dutchman was almost immediately countered by Evenepoel. The white jersey wearer pulled the group together with his move, but there were no real differences, although it was too fast for Olympic champion Richard Carapaz and World champion Julian Alaphilippe. The final climb turned out not to be difficult enough to really thin out the group of favourites and so there was a group of about 30 riders together with 1K to go. The uphill sprint would decide the stage result. Pogačar followed the wheels in the last kilometres and waited for the final sprint. The Slovenian showed his class again in the last hundred metres, jumped at the right time and rode his opponents off his wheel. The UAE Team Emirates leader also took over the leader’s jersey from Filippo Ganna. Jonas Vingegaard crossed the line in second, Victor Lafay was third and Remco Evenepoel had to settle for fourth.

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Stage winner and overall leader, Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates): “It was a really hard last few kilometres with a lot of attacks. Marc [Soler] and I responded very well, once him, once myself. We had it under control. The last 600 metres I tried an attack, on these types of finishes you have to always be ready and I thought it was the moment to go. Nobody took the responsibility to pull at the beginning so our team was at the front for 200km, then I had to repay the guys somehow. There is no rivalry with the Jumbo Visma team, at the end they came up front as we had a common goal.”

2nd on the stage and 6th overall, Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma): “I can be very satisfied with how I rode today. Pogačar was in a class of his own in the sprint, so hats off to him. All in all it was a tough day today. That I was able to finish him in second is a good feeling.”

4th on the stage and 2nd overall, Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl): “It was a good first test, looking forward to tomorrow. I notice that I am lacking some punch against those guys. The final climb was really hard and I think Pogačar had everything under control and he is definitely the deserved winner. I was in position six or seven in the last few hundred metres. Some guys had to unload for me, so I had to close some gaps. But I saw quite immediately that the best bird had started flying. I don’t regret anything, I’m still second in the standings and I have everything under control. As I said before, I came here to try to make it to the podium. We are well on our way to that. I think the stages will suit me better in the coming days. It was a good first test, on to tomorrow.”

8th on the stage and 10th overall, Wilco Kelderman (BORA-hansgrohe): “That was the first harder stage of the race and I think it went quite well for us. We worked well together and we were always up front in the important moments. It was an explosive finale and we tried to go with the moves, but on the final ramp the others were just that little bit stronger. However, in the end Jai and I finished the stage in the top-10 and Emu wasn’t far behind, so it’s a good sign for the upcoming mountain stages.”

KOM, Quinn Simmons : “At the beginning of the day, I was only thinking of the stage win. But when points are on offer, there’s no reason not going for it. I’m 75-76kg, so it’s hard to call myself a climber but we’ll see, I might try to defend this jersey. There are great climbers in this race though.”

Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 4 Result:
1. Tadej Pogačar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates in 4:48:39
2. Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma at 0:02
3. Victor Lafay (Fra) Cofidis
4. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl
5. Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 0:05
6. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB) INEOS Grenadiers
7. Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar
8. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) BORA-hansgrohe
9. Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain Victorious
10. Jai Hindley (Aus) BORA-hansgrohe.

Tirreno-Adriatico Overall After Stage 4:
1. Tadej Pogačar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates in 14:36:47
2. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl at 0:09
3. Filippo Ganna (Ita) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:21
4. Thymen Arensman (Ned) DSM at 0:36
5. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:43
6. Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma at 0:45
7. Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Qazaqstan at 0:50
8. Marc Soler (Spa) UAE Team Emirates at 0:56
9. Richie Porte (Aus) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:02
10. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) BORA-hansgrohe at 1:04

Tirreno-Adriatico’22 stage 4:

 

Warren Barguil won the Fifth Stage of Tirreno-Adriatico. In Fermo he crossed the line as the solo winner, after he had pulled away from the leading group on the final climb. The Belgian Xandro Meurisse finished second, the Italian Simone Velasco was third. Tadej Pogačar retained the blue leader’s jersey. Thymen Arensman is now third behind Pogačar and Remco Evenepoel.

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It wasn’t long before a fierce battle for the break of the day started. Several riders tried to get away, but the pace was very high and in the first hour they covered 44.8 kilometres. It was only after 55 kilometres that the long breakaway came about. Nelson Oliveira (Movistar), Clément Russo (Arkéa-Samsic) and Valentin Ferron (TotalEnergies) grabbed a small gap and then saw another nine riders cross to them. Oliveira, Russo and Ferron were joined by Xandro Meurisse (Alpecin-Fenix), Simone Velasco (Astana Qazaqstan), Benjamin Thomas (Cofidis), Jhonatan Restrepo (Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli), Vincenzo Albanese and Francesco Gavazzi (both EOLO-Kometa), Davide Ballerini (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl), Warren Barguil (Arkéa-Samsic) and Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafredo). They got more than 3 minutes away from the peloton, where UAE Team Emirates tried to keep the differences within limits. At 30 kilometres from the finish, the peloton accelerated and the breakaway’s lead slowly started to shrink. With 20 kilometres to go, Barguil attacked and the French climber took Thomas with him. Initially, Meurisse, Velasco, Restrepo, Albanese and Oliveira were also able to return and Gavazzi, Ballerini and Ferron also managed to return. For Russo and Brambilla, their time in the lead group was over. Because the leading group was quite large, the time difference didn’t decrease quickly.

With 7 kilometres to go Remco Evenepoel attacked and only Tadej Pogačar and Jonas Vingegaard could follow. However, the three counter-attackers lost their lead because they took the wrong direction. Pogačar and Vingegaard were able to quickly catch up with the peloton, but Evenepoel had a hard chase. This chase had ensured that the lead of the front riders became a lot smaller, but due to the mistake the remaining riders had a little more time. At 3 kilometres from the finish, where the leading group had just started the final climb, Barguil made his move. Meurisse and Velasco tried to pull the Frenchman back, but that failed. Barguil had no problems in the technical final and took the stage victory. Meurisse was second, Velasco was just ahead of Oliveira in the battle for third place. The group of favourites had chased hard in the final and crossed the line within 30 seconds of the winner.

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Stage winner Warren Barguil (Arkea-Samsic): “Tirreno-Adriatico is different from Paris-Nice: there’s less wind, I’d say it’s a stress free race but I wouldn’t say it’s relaxed because it’s hard. It’s my first time doing this race. I would have liked to do the Giro this year. It’s my goal to win a stage also at the Giro [as well as at the Vuelta and the Tour]. I’ll come next year for sure. Cycling is really hard. We train a lot and some people in front of their TV think that just because we’re taking part in a bike race, we’ll win it but it’s more complicated than that.”

6th on the stage and overall leader, Tadej Pogačar (Jumbo-Visma): “I would not say the race was controlled because in the first 60km, it was super hard as many people wanted to go to the front. We established our pace once breakaway went, then we had a pretty good control and it was a steady race. We didn’t underestimate anyone. There were some riders like Benjamin Thomas who were close on GC. Towards the end, we could fight for the win, but a mistake was made in one corner. I knew we had a right corner coming but I didn’t know if it was that one or a bit further. It was painful to not being able to go for the stage win after that. Remco [Evenepoel] and Jonas [Vingegaard] both wanted to go for it. We were three strong guys. However, my priority was to retain the leader’s jersey and that’s done.”

9th on the stage and 2nd overall, Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl): “I felt good today and had a fantastic team around me, who worked hard to keep me protected. Then when UAE took over the pace-making, the speed increased and I knew that the right moment to attack had come. I was joined only by Pogacar and Vingegaard, and we went full gas on the descent and had a good gap, but then there was almost nothing and no one to show us that we should go right, so instead of this we continued to ride straight ahead and our promising move ended there. Fortunately, I had the legs to make up the gap, and also with some help of Ballero, I managed to return in the pack, but it’s a pity how things turned out at a moment when they were looking so good”

7th on the stage and 4th overall, Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma): “I was happy to race at the front again. It was a tough stage. When Evenepoel attacked, I was alert and I had the legs to follow him. Unfortunately we went in the wrong direction. On the descent it was difficult to see the right turn coming. My time trial was not good, but I am happy with my form. Tomorrow another very tough stage awaits us. We’ll see how it goes.”

10th on the stage and 8th overall, Jai Hindley (BORA-hansgrohe): “It was another tough day in the saddle. The guys did a good job to bring Emu, Wilco and me into a good position ahead of the lap. From then on it was a battle of attrition, so to speak. Wilco and I then found ourselves in a reduced group and we tried to keep up with key attacks. At the end of the day, I’m happy to have improved my GC standing by three positions before tomorrow’s queen stage.”

Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 5 Result:
1. Warren Barguil (Fra) Arkea-Samsic in 3:39:53
2. Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix at 0:10
3. Simone Velasco (Ita) Astana Qazaqstan at 0:14
4. Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar at 0:15
5. Richie Porte (Aus) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:26
6. Tadej Pogačar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates at 0:28
7. Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma
8. Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar
9. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl
10. Jai Hindley (Aus) BORA-hansgrohe.

Tirreno-Adriatico Overall After Stage 5:
1. Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates in 18:17:08
2. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl at 0:09
3. Thymen Arensman (Ned) DSM at 0:43
4. Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma at 0:45
5. Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Qazaqstan at 1:00
6. Richie Porte (Aus) INEOS Grenadiers
7. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:02
8. Jai Hindley (Aus) BORA-hansgrohe at 1:06
9. Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar at 1:11
10. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) BORA-hansgrohe at 1:14.

Tirreno-Adriatico’22 stage 5:

 

Tadej Pogačar dominated Stage 6 of Tirreno-Adriatico on Saturday. In the tough stage to Carpegna, with a double climb of the Monte Carpegna, the UAE Team Emirates leader finished alone, after riding the group of favourites off his wheel with 15 kilometres to go. Remco Evenepoel did not have a good day and lost his podium place.

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The Queen stage, the second longest stage of the 2022 edition, ended with the Monte Carpegna, Marco Pantani’s training climb, which the riders had to cross twice. Tadej Pogačar was in the blue jersey and had a 9 second lead over Remco Evenepoel. Thymen Arensman, third overall, followed at more than 40 seconds.

Early in the stage, the battle for the day’s break erupted, while the pace was high. In the first 20 kilometres Benoît Cosnefroy (AG2R Citroën), Marco Haller (BORA-hansgrohe), Davide Bais (EOLO-Kometa) and Alexander Konychev (BikeExchange-Jayco) tried to escape, but Israel-Premier Tech and Trek-Segafredo did not want the four to get too far away. This caused counter attacks and eventually Alex Aranburu, Lluís Mas (Movistar), World champion Julian Alaphilippe, Mikkel Honoré (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) and Quinn Simmons (Trek-Segafredo) crossed to them. The 9 rider leading group took 4 minutes in the first 60 kilometres, while UAE Team Emirates and Arkéa-Samsic controlled behind. The lead then fluctuated between 4 and 5 minutes for a long time. At 60 kilometres from the finish, the peloton accelerated and the break’s lead slowly started to comedown. It didn’t take long before the leading group split. Cosnefroy, Aranburu, Mas, Alaphilippe and Simmons were the strongest and together they started the first pass of Monte Carpegna.

On the climb, Mas was first to be distanced by the leading group, and later Cosnefroy. Simmons had good legs and made sure that Alaphilippe was also dropped. As a result, the American only had Aranburu on his wheel. It was also Remco Evenepoel who had bad legs today. The second overall had to let the peloton go on Monte Carpegna, but tried to limit the damage at his own pace. Leading the large group, UAE Team Emirates, for Pogačar, continued to lead. Simmons was able to drop Aranburu, leaving him the last escapee at the front. The 20-year-old rider had the KOM jersey on his shoulders, but added some more points on the Monte Carpegna. At the top he was more than 20 seconds ahead of the group of favourites. It was not Evenepoel’s day. The Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl leader lost more and more ground and was already more than a minute behind at the top.

On the narrow descent of Monte Carpegna, Bahrain Victorious tried to put pressure on the others and so Simmons’ lead melted. The group of favourites descended on the American just before the penultimate crossing of the line, 19 kilometres from the finish and the second climb of Monte Carpegna. With 16 kilometres to go, Mikel Landa accelerated and Pogačar, Jonas Vingegaard and Enric Mas were the only riders to follow. At 15 kilometres from the finish, Landa tried to attack again, but that attack was taken over by Pogačar. The Slovenian immediately took a gap on Landa, Vingegaard and Mas, and Richie Porte who was able to return to the lead group. Pogačar soon had more than a minute on the chasers. On the descent to Carpegna, Mas crashed hard and he had to let Landa, Vingegaard and Porte go. Porte also missed a corner and had to get off. Pogačar stayed out of trouble and crossed the finish line solo after 215 kilometres for his fourth stage victory in Tirreno-adriatico. Vingegaard crossed the line in second place, just ahead Landa who was third. Porte came in fourth. Evenepoel finished thirteenth, 4 minutes behind the winner. Pogačar now has a lead of 1:52 on Vingegaard. The rest follow at more than 2 minutes.

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Stage winner and leader overall, Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates): “First of all I would like to thank the team and my team mates, they were once again fantastic all day and allowed me to take the last climb in the best position. I had good legs, Marc Soler was making a good pace, there were some attacks and, at that point, I decided to try to go all the way to the top at my own pace, giving it my all. It was very cold and, in this way, I also kept warm. I am very happy to have won and to have repaid the work of the whole team during these last days: today my teammates struggled at the head of the group for 200 km, with the headwind, so it’s nice to have conquered the queen stage for them. Now only one day remains, we remain calm and serene, hoping that Pascal Ackermann can recover from the efforts made for the team in the recent stages.”

3rd on the stage and overall, Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious): “I tried and I’m delighted with this stage’s result and moving onto the GC podium too. It was not easy for me as it was very cold today. We attacked in the first ascent because we knew that earlier we started tougher the race would be. Pogacar is very strong and, when he accelerated, is out of this world. I ended last season, not in a good way and starting this new year like that is something that makes me very confident.”

6th on the stage and 5th overall, Jai Hindley (BORA-hansgrohe): “That was yet another brutal day at Tirreno-Adriatico. The guys positioned Wilco, Emu and me well before the first climb of the Carpegna and shortly afterwards, the race essentially exploded. I did my best to follow the other GC riders and then rode my own pace on the last climb. I’m happy that I was able to move up to fifth place in the GC. Tomorrow is the final stage where hopefully we can get a good result with Jordi.”

KOM, Quinn Simmons (Trek-Segafredo): “Any time you can take a jersey in a WorldTour race is nice and it’s the first time for me. I’m happy. It was a big fight to get in the break but I made it. It was for sure a long day at 215km, and with that many metres of climbing it is never easy. It was a hard day out. But I was even able to help [Giulio] Ciccone going into the final climb and I hear he’s top ten on the GC now, so that’s a successful day for us.”

Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 6 Result:
1. Tadej Pogačar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates in 5:28:57
2. Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma at 1:03
3. Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain Victorious
4. Richie Porte (Aus) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:34
5. Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious at 1:49
6. Jai Hindley (Aus) BORA-hansgrohe
7. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
8. Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 2:23
9. Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Spa) Bahrain Victorious
10. Thymen Arensman (Ned) DSM.

Tirreno-Adriatico Overall After Stage 6:
1. Tadej Pogačar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates in 23:45:55
2. Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma at 1:52
3. Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain Victorious at 2:33
4. Richie Porte (Aus) INEOS Grenadiers at 2:44
5. Jai Hindley (Aus) BORA-hansgrohe at 3:05
6. Thymen Arensman (Ned) DSM at 3:16
7. Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious at 3:20
8. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 3:37
9. Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Spa) Bahrain Victorious at 3:51
10. Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 4:03.

Tirreno-Adriatico’22 stage 6:

 

The final Stage 7 of Tirreno-Adriatico was won by Phil Bauhaus. The German sprinter of Bahrain Victorious recorded his first win of the season in San Benedetto del Tronto. Bauhaus was the fastest after a confusing sprint, ahead of Giacomo Nizzolo and Kaden Groves. Tadej Pogačar was the overall winner for the second time.

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On the relatively flat final stage to and from San Benedetto del Tronto, normally were the final time trial is held, it was really only about the stage victory. The overall battle had already been won. Stage 7 was for the fast men Tim Merlier, Arnaud Démare and Mark Cavendish.

Three riders went on an early attack. Manuele Boaro (Astana Qazaqstan) jumped out of the pack and was joined by Alessandro Tonelli of Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè and Jorge Arcas of Movistar. The three attackers soon had a maximum lead of more than 3 minutes. The lead continued to fluctuate around 3 minutes in the first hours, partly due to the work of UAE Team Emirates for leader Pogačar and Jumbo-Visma for the young Dutch sprinter Olav Kooij. The sprinter’s teams managed to reduce the difference further and further and with 8 kilometres to go, Boaro and Arcas, the last survivors of the early break, were caught. From then on, everything was dominated by the sprinter’s teams.

The Bahrain Victorious and Groupama-FDJ trains set the pace at the front of the bunch, but with 3 kilometres to go, TotalEnergies took over command. The French team wanted to place Edvald Boasson Hagen, the last sprint winner in San Benedetto del Tronto in 2010, in the best position as possible for the final sprint. That plan fell apart, as the French squad was outflanked by Israel-Premier Tech, but the Israeli formation also failed to set up a good lead-out. No team managed to keep control and so we had a very confusing sprint in the streets of San Benedetto del Tronto. Phil Bauhaus took full advantage of the chaos. The German came from behind and managed to pass Alexander Kristoff and defeated Giacomo Nizzolo and Kaden Groves with an ultimate jump. Tadej Pogačar crossed the finish line safely in the peloton to win Tirreno-Adriatico for the second time in his career. The Slovenian was joined on the final podium by Jonas Vingegaard and Mikel Landa.

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Stage winner, Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain Victorious): “I feel amazing. We always believed I could win. I had a difficult winter but I knew that I was in good shape. I followed Arnaud Démare in the sprint and when I saw a gap, I went for it. Tirreno-Adriatico is a super big race. I told the guys this morning that it would look nice on my palmarès. I’m delighted.”

Overall winner, Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates): “I’ve had a good last day at Tirreno-Adriatico. It was more relaxed than the days before. It was a little bit nervous for the sprint at the end. I stayed focused till the end. My favourite moment of this race was yesterday. The first stage I won was also really beautiful. I’m super happy to have won two Tirreno-Adriatico. Let’s see what I can do in the next races. I might look unbeatable but I’m not.”

2nd overall, Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma): “Obviously, I’m very happy to come second in this big race. I think I can be super proud of my week here. There’s only one day I’m not so happy about and it’s the first day with the time trial. In the end, it hasn’t been important for my GC because I’d have stayed second even if I did a better time trial. This time, the pressure was on me from the team. Being second here behind Tadej means I managed to handle it. I’m super happy with that.”

3rd overall, Mikel Landa Meana (Bahrain Victorious): “It’s been a fantastic end to the Tirreno-Adriatico for me and my team as we won the last stage with Phil Bauhaus and the team’s classification. We are super happy. At the start of the race, I didn’t expect to be on the final podium again as my form was a bit delayed. But I felt better every day. It brings me a lot of confidence. My end of last year wasn’t very good. I suffered a lot. But this third place here will help to build my shape towards my next goals: the Giro and the Tour.”

3rd on the stage, Kaden Groves (BikeExchange-Jayco): “There were some tired legs out there today but the guys did a really good job, especially Michael to position me in the final. I pretty much just got unlucky in the dangerous chicane and I lost some positions. After the week of racing here I can definitely take confidence in my form and take confidence in my speed in the final and I believe the win is coming.”

KOM, Quinn Simmons (Trek-Segafredo): “It’s pretty cool to win a climbers’ classification ahead of Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard. It’s a nice step in my development. I really suffered here last year. To come back a year later and be an ‘actor’ in the race is quite nice. Time will tell if one day I can compete for the overall win in Tirreno-Adriatico. For now, my focus is on the classics I’m looking forward to. But for sure, I’ll be back here.”

Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 7 Result:
1. Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bahrain Victorious in 3:39:58
2. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Israel-Premier Tech
3. Kaden Groves (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco
4. Davide Cimolai (Ita) Cofidis
5. Alberto Dainese (Ita) DSM
6. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
7. Edvald Boasson-Hagen (Nor) TotalEnergies
8. Olav Kooij (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
9. Arnaud Démare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
10. Matteo Moschetti (Ita) Trek-Segafredo.

Tirreno-Adriatico Final Overall Result:
1. Tadej Pogačar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates in 27:25:53
2. Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma at 1:52
3. Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain Victorious at 2:33
4. Richie Porte (Aus) INEOS Grenadiers at 2:44
5. Jai Hindley (Aus) BORA-hansgrohe at 3:05
6. Thymen Arensman (Ned) DSM at 3:16
7. Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious at 3:20
8. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 3:37
9. Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Spa) Bahrain Victorious at 3:51
10. Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 4:03.

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Ronde van Drenthe – Women 2022
Continuing their fantastic early season form, Team DSM’s Women’s program tasted victory for the second time in 2022 as Lorena Wiebes powered home to take the win at Ronde van Drenthe after a brilliant team effort, doubling-up on the team’s win at the race in 2021.

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The famous or infamous, depending on how you look at it, VAM-berg lay ahead of the peloton this afternoon with four ascents of the steep, cobbled, man-made climb to contend with over the 155 kilometre long Ronde van Drenthe route. Setting out with a plan, the team wanted to replicate their 2021 success and aimed to bring finisher Lorena Wiebes into the finale in the best way possible.

Working well as a group, Megan Jastrab and Leah Kirchmann ensured that no dangerous moves escaped early in the day, before the race began to split up on the VAM-berg and the surrounding windswept roads. Strong positioning work from Franziska Koch allowed Floortje Mackaij, Pfeiffer Georgi and Wiebes to make the front group with 30 kilometres to go; where both Mackaij and Georgi policed and expertly marked out attacks.

As a result, the race was all together for the last ascent of the VAM-berg where an infernal pace was set by other teams. Mackaij managed to make the reduced front group of around ten riders, with Georgi and Wiebes in the group just behind. After some brilliant slowing of the group from Mackaij and a massive turn from Georgi, the two groups came together. Yet, the attacks didn’t stop and just as things came back together with ten kilometres to go, a dangerous quartet went clear. Shouldered with the bulk of the work, Georgi and Mackaij worked tirelessly on the front of the chasing bunch before other teams chipped in with around four kilometres to go.

It was a nail biting finish but the quartet were caught in the closing 600 metres, with Georgi dropping off Wiebes in third wheel. With the finish line beckoning, Wiebes got the jump on the other sprinters and powered clear, instantly getting a gap of a bike length and from there no one was able to come around her in the closing 150 metres. Sitting up to celebrate, Wiebes let out a scream of delight, which was mimicked by the joyous celebrations from the rest of the team as they joined her after the line: marking another brilliant win after some superb teamwork.

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Race winner, Lorena Wiebes (DSM): “Today we showed again that we have a really strong team. Megan, Franzi and Leah did a really good job with positioning us for the difficult moments, despite some bad luck. All of the time we were in the front for the VAM-berg and reacted on the attacks which was really good. Before the VAM-berg for the last time I had a flat but was happy to come back to the peloton. Pfeiffer stayed with me on the VAM-berg and Floortje made it into the front group, before Pfeiffer then closed the gap to them. A couple of groups tried to go clear and in the end there were four riders away but Floortje and Pfeiffer started chasing and it was all under control. I’m really happy to be able take the win for everyone after a day with so much teamwork. We’re really looking forward to our next races now.”

Ronde van Drenthe – Women Result:
1. Lorena Wiebes (Ned) DSM in 4:03:31
2. Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 0:01
3. Lotte Kopecky (Bel) SD Worx
4. Clara Copponi (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
5. Marta Bastianelli (Ita) UAE Team ADQ
6. Alice Barnes (GB) Canyon//SRAM
7. Chiara Consonni (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
8. Nina Kessler (Ned) BikeExchange-Jayco
9. Jip van den Bos (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
10. Sarah Roy (Aus) Canyon//SRAM.

Drenthe’22:

 

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Ronde van Drenthe – Men 2022
The Tour of Drenthe 2022 was won by Dries Van Gestel. After almost 200 kilometres of racing, the Belgian was the best of a leading group of six in Hoogeveen. Barnabás Peák and Hugo Hofstetter were second and third.

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The third round in the Exterioo Cycling Cup was unique in the history of the Belgian series as the race was on Dutch soil for the first time. A leading group of three Dutchmen escaped. Jasper Schouten (Allinq), Rick Ottema (Metec-Solarwatt) and Sven Burger (BEAT) took a maximum lead of 4 minutes, but were caught on the last laps around the VAM mountain. Ottema held out the longest of them all. De Groninger left his escape companion Schouten behind on the second passage of five of the VAM mountain, he rode alone for 10 kilometres in front of a first group of 14 riders. The group had split from the peloton the first time up the VAM-berg.

Most of the favourites were there. Hugo Hofstetter had two teammates with him. Dries De Bondt, Dries Van Gestel and Casper van Uden were also present. Jumbo-Visma was also well represented with Rick Pluimers, Mick van Dijke, Timo Roosen and Pascal Eenkhoorn. Also Barnabás Peák, Kevin Vauqelin, Soren Waerenskjold, Anti-Jussi Juntunen, Benjamin Declercq and Joren Bloem made it into the group. There was not much cohesion in the leading group. The riders continuously attacked, but each time they came together again. Nevertheless, the gap with the peloton grew and they would battle it out for the win. On the last time up the VAM mountain at 15 kilometres from the finish, the leading group split. After an attack by Van Gestel, Peák, Bloem, Roosen, Van Dijke and Hofstetter came together in front. The eight behind were then stuck at 15 seconds. With 3 kilometres to go, Van Gestel again accelerated. No one was able to follow, and so the Belgian deservedly took the win in the 2022 Ronde van Drenthe.

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Race winner, Dries Van Gestel (TotalEnergies): “Jumbo-Visma was represented with two riders in the last leading group. I noticed that they had little confidence in a sprint because they attacked. Both Timo Roosen and Mick van Dijke had already gone once, so I decided it was my turn to attack when those gaps were closed. We had a small gap with three after that and I heard that Hofstetter was no longer fresh. I took the roundabout full, looked back and saw that everyone was broken. I only had a gap and went full on. The last kilometre was difficult with the wind against us, but luckily I had some left. With 400 metres I looked back and saw that the victory had been won. On the VAM mountain you have to be right at the front. Everyone sprints up that and if you’re behind a split, and that happens quickly, you’ve been spotted. I was always well placed and was able to save strength.”

2nd, Barnabás Peák (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux): “After celebrating the victories of Biniam Girmay and Alexander Kristoff in my first races with the team, I received the opportunity to step on the podium today. This Tour of Drenthe was particularly difficult, because in addition to the cobble sections and the Col du VAM we had to battle against the wind. Every kilometre costed energy to make the selection. In the final I had confidence in my fast legs. I’m a happy second, because Van Gestel showed several times that he was the strongest. With the Performance Team we determined that March would be an important month for me, so I’m happy to deliver according to the plan. After Gerben Thijssen’s fourth place last week in the GP Monseré, I’m looking forward to accompany him in our next races, Nokere Koerse and the Bredene Koksijde Classic, two races we appreciate much.”

4th, Timo Roosen (Jumbo-Visma): “Having two of us in that group of six wasn’t quite good for us, because Hugo Hofstetter was lucky. I attacked here in the final kilometres, but Hofstetter was immediately on my wheel. Van Gestel was also with him and he hit it twice as hard. He immediately had a gap and I simply couldn’t keep up. Then it’s just done. We tried to screw them up. Those men often had to get out of their room to close it up. Dries is also just a strong guy, I noticed that on the VAM mountain. Undoubtedly, there might have been a little more if things had gone differently. In any case, I couldn’t ride faster in the final. In that regard, fourth place is perhaps the highest achievable right now.”

Ronde van Drenthe – Men Result:
1. Dries Van Gestel (Bel) TotalEnergies
2. Barnabás Peák (Hun) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
3. Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Arkéa-Samsic
4. Timo Roosen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
5. Joren Bloem (Ned) ABLOC CT
6. Mick van Dijke (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
7. Kevin Vauquelin (Fra) Arkéa-Samsic
8. Dries De Bondt (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
9. Rick Ottema (Ned) Metec-SOLARWATT p/b Mantel
10. Rick Pluimers (Ned) Jumbo-Visma.

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Egan Bernal Back on His Bike
More than six weeks after his serious accident with a stationary bus during a training ride in Colombia, Egan Bernal has sent out a hopeful message. The two-time Grand Tour winner shared a photo on social media showing he is back on his racing bike.

“Guess who’s back on their bike and feeling good,” Bernal wrote on Instagram. He posted a photo of him on a home trainer in INEOS Grenadiers clothing with the message. Next to him is a walking stick leaning against the exercise bike he made his first exercises last month. “As long as there is faith, anything is possible. And I want to tell you that if you really want something, there’s nothing wrong with it.”

According to Xabier Artetxe, coach with INEOS Grenadiers, we may see the Colombian back racing this season. “If we were to think about the standard time frame for his recovery, the answer would be no,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “However, Egan is a top athlete and his recovery capacity is above average.”

“I wouldn’t rule out this possibility, even without making it a firm goal – it’s an option that exists. He’s working on getting back as soon as possible. It could be 2023, but also the end of this year. We shouldn’t rule it out, far from it,” said Artetxe.

Bernal on the way back:
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Patrick Lefevere: “I doubt whether taking Jakobsen to Milan-Sanremo is a good idea”
Patrick Lefevere has written in Het Nieuwsblad about whether or not to take Fabio Jakobsen in his Milan-Sanremo team. The Belgian team manager is not yet convinced. “In practice, Milan-Sanremo is less and less a sprint Classic.”

Fabio Jakobsen has come into the picture for Milan-Sanremo after several victories this season for Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl for Milan-San Remo. Lefevere is still unsure about the matter. “There are team DS’s who think that’s a good idea, but I’m not sure, to say the least. That has nothing to do with the talent or the condition of Fabio.” The Belgian praises the strong team performance of Jumbo-Visma and UAE Team Emirates and estimates their race tactics. “They will accelerate from the Capo Berta. And if they really fire up the Cipressa after that, I don’t think Fabio will survive that.”

“Tom Steels (sports director of the Belgian team) finds the learning effect interesting: for the future it is good that Fabio can discover Milan-Sanremo. But I don’t think you have the space for that with seven riders at the start. We’re not big on the outspoken leaders for Sanremo, but Julian Alaphilippe and Davide Ballerini are in good enough shape to put at least the best helpers around them. Fabio himself likes to ride, what suits him and what I appreciate. I won’t say no definitively either, but my team management will have to come up with arguments.”

“There will come a day when Milan-Sanremo will turn out to be a sprint of forty to fifty riders, for example if the wind is right. Is it worth the gamble?” Steels told Sporza. “You have to count that you have to run Milan-Sanremo ten times to get one or two chances as a sprinter. Fabio is a down to earth guy. He has full confidence in the team’s decisions. But he is working on it.”

Fabio Jakobsen to Sanremo?
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No Sanremo for Pedersen
Mads Pedersen will not be seen in Milan-Sanremo next week. The Dane has been collecting one good place after another, but sticks to the plan he has made with his squad. “If things go well, the temptation is quickly too great to take too much on the fork.”

The former World champion currently has had twelve race days this season. Pedersen won twice in those twelve race days, he finished second four times, fifth twice and ninth once. Clearly the Trek-Segafredo rider is in very good form.

“You may think I would be one of the favourites in Sanremo, but we have made a plan for the season and I want to stick to it. That plan is not to ride Milan-Sanremo and I’m fine with that,” Pedersen told Sporza before the seventh stage of Paris-Nice. “When things go well, there is a great temptation to take too much on the fork. After Paris-Nice I just go home and follow a quieter training week. Then I hope to be ready for the cobblestones.”

Pedersen has a clear main goal this season: Paris-Roubaix. He also skipped the opening weekend in Belgium. “My level and my form are fine, which is good for confidence in view of the classics. I am already looking forward to the coming weeks.”

Mads Pedersen – Paris-Nice stage 3 win:
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2022 Tour of Catalunya Stage Profiles
The route of the Tour of Catalunya 2022 was announced in November 2021, but now the route maps of all stages have also been presented. The seven-day stage race, from March 21 to 27, has a difficult middle section. On days three and four there are stages to La Molina and Boí Taüll on the program.

The 101st edition of the Tour of Catalonia starts with an opening stage to and from Sant Feliu de Guíxols. That is a change from Calella, which has been the start town since 2012. Stage two starts in L’Escala, which has never hosted the Catalan race before. The stage ends in the French city of Perpignan. The race went to Perpignan in 1955.

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The Queen stage 4

The third stage has the first real climb, as it finishes on the climb to the ski village of La Molina in the Spanish Pyrenees. This is a regular finish in the Tour of Catalonia. In the past we saw big names like Joaquim Rodríguez, Dan Martin and Alejandro Valverde triumph there.

Stage four is the Queen stage, with start in La Seu d’Urgell and finish in Boí Taüll, not an unknown climb to the race. The organisers will not go to Vallter 2000 or Port-Ainé this year. Then there are staged to Vilanova i la Geltrú, Cambrils and Barcelona. The final stage in Barcelona has become a classic. Last year Adam Yates managed to secure his overall victory there.

2022 Tour of Catalonia Route (March 21-27):
21/03 – Stage 1: Sant Feliu de Guíxols – Sant Feliu de Guíxols
22/03 – Stage 2: L’Escala – Perpignan
23/03 – Stage 3: Perpignan – La Molina
24/03 – Stage 4: La Seu d’Urgell – Boí Taüll
25/03 – Stage 5: La Pobla de Segur – Vilanova i la Geltru
26/03 – Stage 6: Salou – Cambrils
27/03 – Stage 7: Barcelona – Barcelona.

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Sluis Stage in the Benelux Tour for the Next Three Years
Sluis in Zeeland will be part of the route of the Benelux Tour for the next three years, according to the regional daily PZC. On Tuesday 30 August, an individual time trial will be held in the city. The organisation behind the Benelux Tour, Golazo, made the collaboration for 2022, 2023 and 2024 with the municipality of Sluis official on Friday. Mayor Marga Vermue and deputy Jo-Annes de Bat of the province of Zeeland were present on behalf of Sluis, and Jan Nys on behalf of Golazo.

The Benelux Tour, in recent years mainly known as Eneco Tour and BinckBank Tour, is part of the WorldTour calendar and starts this year on Monday 29 August in Flevoland and ends after seven stages in Geraardsbergen. The time trial in Sluis is scheduled for the second day. The city is located in the west of Zeeuws-Vlaanderen.

In 2023 and 2024, Sluis will also be part of the stage schedule in the Benelux Tour. It is not known whether a time trial will also be held those years. The municipality is also organising a stage in the Baloise Ladies Tour next summer. Cadzand, which is part of the municipality of Sluis, is the starting point of a stage in the stage race for women.

Sluis part of the Benelux Tour for three years:
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Jelle Vanendert New Omloop van Valkenswaard Race Director
Jelle Vanendert will work for the De Bruyn Metaal BV-Omloop van Valkenswaard. The Belgian ex-pro, who retired from the peloton at the end of 2021, is the new race director. The race organisers announced on its social media.

“With a race director from the belly of the peloton, the organisation aims to guarantee optimal safety for riders and followers,” the message read. Vanendert, who spent the last two years with Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB, won a Pyrenees stage in the 2011 Tour de France. He also finished on the podium of the Amstel Gold Race twice and was once third in the Flèche Wallonne.

The Omloop van Valkenswaard, a race over various gravel sections, will be held on September 4, 2022. The race is part of the Schwalbe Top Competition series. Last year, when the Omloop van Valkenswaard concluded the Dutch Top Competition, Stan Van Tricht won and Bart Lemmen secured the overall victory in the series.

Jelle Vanendert Omloop van Valkenswaard race director:
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Go Behind the Scenes at UAE Tour with the Grenadiers
Take an exclusive look behind the scenes at the UAE Tour as the INEOS Grenadiers prepared to take on the hottest race of the year. See how the team supported Adam Yates as he raced for the overall title in a GC battle that went down to a final stage showdown on Jebel Hafeet.

 


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