EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
All the weekend cycling news
A big weekend of cyclocross, all the reports and video from the Scheldecross and Gavere. New race safety measures – TOP STORY. Corona vaccines not in violation of anti-doping rules, Pantani’s Ventoux bike sold, Thomas Voeckler on Alaphilippe and Pinot. Rider news: Big challenge for Filippo Ganna, Alexander Kristoff aiming at the Tour de France, Domenico Pozzovivo for the Giro d’Italia in 2021, Andrea Bagioli for the hilly classics, Miguel Eduardo Flórez to Arkéa-Samsic, Anton Palzer swaps skis for bike, operation for Viktor Verschaeve and Jonathan Dibben and Zhandos Bizhigitov retire. Race news: Giacomo Nizzolo looks at the Euro21 Course in Trentino. Team news: Riwal Securitas stops, Vincenzo Nibali to INEOS Grenadiers in 2022, Tristan Hoffman leaves Bahrain-McLaren, Deceuninck – Quick-Step and Groupama-FDJ 2021 kit, Bianchi bikes for GreenEDGE, Lotto Soudal extend with Campagnolo and Sunweb/DSM use Weldtite. Monday EUROTRASH coffee time.
TOP STORY: UCI and PCC Agree on New Safety Measures
The UCI and the PCC (Professional Cycling Council) have agreed on a series of new measures to improve the safety of the riders from next season.
Representatives from the professional peloton; riders, teams and race organisers, have spoken several times in recent months under the leadership of UCI chairman David Lappartient to improve safety in road races. The goal was to draw up a series of measures that can be introduced as of the new season.
Iwan Spekenbrink, Richard Plugge, Patrick Lefevere, Tour boss Christian Prudhomme and riders Philippe Gilbert and Matteo Trentin, among others, took part in the special working group. This has resulted in concrete measures, which have now also been approved by the Professional Cycling Council.
The measures still have to go through the UCI Management Committee, but chairman David Lappartient already speaks of an important step. “We have been paying attention to improving safety during cycling races for years. Everyone has had their say and cycling now has a solid plan in place.”
The main measures are:
● Appointing a “safety manager” within the sports department of the UCI. The safety manager is responsible for monitoring safety during UCI events.
● All race organisers are obliged to appoint and train a safety manager. The UCI will provide an exact description of the position and will also come up with a kind of quality control.
● The UCI, with the help of an external provider, comes up with a special database in which incidents / accidents / crashes (which have taken place during major WorldTour events) from the last five years are stored. This makes it possible to come up with an effective approach to safety.
● The introduction, again with the help of an external provider, of an instrument and / or program to perform a risk analysis of a course a few weeks before the start of a race. This gives two parties (the UCI and the organiser) the opportunity to intervene and make the course even safer.
● The possible revision of safety measures imposed by the UCI on various stakeholders (organisers, drivers, teams, TV crews, etc.) within cycling.
● Improving obstacle and protection elements used on the course.
● Improving communication with the riders when important decisions are made, as well as establishing a more detailed protocol regarding race neutralisation.
● Increasing safety in the finish zone. Particular attention will be paid to fences / barriers that are used at the finish and especially for mass sprints. There will be a standard for the fences that are used at the finish. The quality requirements are drawn up in consultation with stakeholders and taking into account the characteristics of current cycling.
● Stricter rules regarding potentially dangerous behaviour by riders, such as throwing water bottles on the road and in the pack and performing dangerous manoeuvres.
● Review of the regulations regarding the disposal of waste and objects outside the designated areas.
● More attention for the use of equipment (such as disc brakes and bottle cages) by teams that can cause varying problems. A special committee will look at this specific topic together with experts.
● Stricter guidelines for the behaviour of various members (motorcyclists, drivers of vehicles and helicopter pilots) in the race caravan.
● Keeping a log that makes it possible for drivers within the caravan to write down their experiences. This will ultimately result in a license points system for drivers in the race.
Conduct detailed and structured briefings to all drivers before the start of a race.
This sort of thing shouldn’t happen:
Telenet Superprestige Men Round 6 – Gavere 2020
Tom Pidcock won the sixth Superprestige round of Gavere on Sunday. The 21-year-old British champion beating World champion Mathieu van der Poel. At the finish line, the difference between Pidcock and Van der Poel was a staggering 25 seconds.
The best start was by Pidcock, who made a gap on the rest in the first lap. At the end of the first lap, the difference was 5 seconds to the chase group, led by Mathieu van der Poel. The World champion closed the gap with Toon Aerts in his wheel. The three were very well matched in the mud. Four followed at halfway, at about 15 seconds behind the front runners. They were Eli Iserbyt, Quinten Hermans, Michael Vanthourenhout and Lars van der Haar. However, they did not get much closer. At the front, Aerts had to drop off the wheels of Van der Poel and Pidcock on lap five of eight. The Dutchman had a tough job with the little Briton, who held up well on the tricky sections.
Pidcock took the initiative several times and put Van der Poel under pressure. On the sixth lap Pidcock took a serious gap on the World champion, who had to put a foot down on an uphill section and saw the difference increase. At the start of the penultimate lap, Pidcock’s lead increased to 15 seconds. Whatever Van der Poel tried, he did not come any closer on the tough muddy climbs. Pidcock, who only has three crosses in the legs, managed to consolidate his lead convincingly. The future pro of INEOS Grenadiers also won the Giro d’Italia U23 on the road earlier this year and he can now add Gavere’s tough Superprestige to his palmarès.
This is also the first victory for Pidcock in a professional series. Van der Poel had to settle for second place a day after his victory in Antwerp, followed by Toon Aerts.
Race winner, Tom Pidcock (Trinity): “I do not know what to say. I think I grew up today. In recent years I often had a bad start, but I worked a lot on that. I really improved my start, so as not to be in the red after the first lap. Now I had more strength to finish it. I trained hard and now it pays off. I told myself that I wanted to get results later in the season. Now we can forget that. I did not expect to ride away from Van der Poel at that spot. I was best on the technical part. It also felt good in the mud, but in that part after that I was really stronger. I trained specifically for the climbing courses and I will prepare myself well this week.”
2nd, Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin Fenix): “I am satisfied. I think Pidcock was very strong today. It was quite impressive, especially on the running parts. I had to go very deep to follow and I quickly felt that his pace was very high, so I think that today was the highest possible second. On that run he really hurt me and I made a mistake afterwards, and there I had to recover. I was also not super recovered from yesterday. I rode a good race, only someone was stronger. For me this does not have many consequences. I can’t always win everything. Today I came across someone better. I think I will be satisfied with second place. I certainly think so. He is certainly one of the candidates next week. He was very strong today and I expect him to be on the results next week. Obviously I would have preferred to have scored two in a row, but I can have peace with it if someone better beats me. Today I often had the feeling that things couldn’t go any faster, so it was tough today. Hopefully that will bring better shape.”
Telenet Superprestige Men Round 6 – Gavere Result:
1. Tom Pidcock (GB) Trinity in 58:11
2. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin Fenix at 0:25
3. Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Baloise Lions at 0:44
4. Eli Iserbyt (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 0:54
5. Lars van der Haar (Ned) Telenet Baloise Lions at 1:01
6. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 1:13
7. Quinten Hermans (Bel) Tormans at 1:31
8. Corné van Kessel (Ned) Tormens at 2:47
9. Thomas Mein (GB) Tormens at 3:24
10. Daan Soete (Bel) Group Hens-Maes Containers at 3:33.
Telenet Superprestige Women Round 6 – Gavere 2020
Lucinda Brand convincingly won Gavere’s Superprestige cyclocross on Sunday. The Telenet-Baloise rider managed to deal with Denise Betsema (second) and Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (third) through the mud. Due to her victory, Brand is now the leader of the Superprestige.
The very tough course in Gavere caused differences in the first lap. Denise Betsema had a very fast start, followed at a gap by Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado and Lucinda Brand. There was bad news for Maghalie Rochette, who had to give up immediately after the start. Brand managed to drop the World champion in the second lap of the five and catch Betsema. Alvarado fought her way back to the front one lap later, but on the tough mud climb she was again behind. The Dutch top riders turned it into a true woman-against-woman fight.
Brand entered the penultimate lap with a slight lead, followed by Betsema and then Alvarado again. Betsema, who still won in Antwerp on Saturday, fell further behind Brand due to a bad bicycle change. At the start of the last lap, the leader had a lead of 12 seconds on Betsema and 25 seconds on Alvarado. Betsema seemed to get closer in the final lap, but Brand did not hold back and celebrated the solo victory solo. Behind; Betsema and Alvarado completed the podium. The battle for fourth place went to American Clara Honsinger, beating a group including Yara Kastelijn, Sanne Cant and Manon Bakker.
Race winner, Lucinda Brand (Telenet Baloise Lions): “Today it didn’t just come in the wind. It was a little slippy and everyone had it. At one point I had a lot of mud on my hands and I was also a bit tired, so those descents don’t get any easier. They are also very dangerous. I think this was a good run-up for Namur. It will be difficult, just like last year. And that I am at the start as leader in the World Cup for the first time, that is also very special.”
2nd, Denise Betsema (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal): “I tried to follow, but she was very strong on the climbs. I fell short on that. I have arranged my race reasonably, but Lucinda was really the strongest and the most technical. Lucinda took over and then I also had a bad substitution, so then the gap got even bigger. After that I was dependent on chasing. Lucinda is also a big contender there. Of course I go for the highest possible, but it will certainly be a battle there.”
Telenet Superprestige Women Round 6 – Gavere Result:
1. Lucinda Brand (Ned) Telenet Baloise Lions in 42:56
2. Denise Betsema (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 0:13
3. Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix at 0:34
4. Clara Honsinger (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld at 0:44
5. Yara Kastelijn (Ned) Credishop-Fristads at 1:12
6. Sanne Cant (Bel) Iko-Crelan at 1:21
7. Manon Bakker (Ned) Credishop-Fristads at 1:27
8. Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans at 1:35
9. Aniek van Alphen (Ned) Credishop-Fristads at 1:49
10. Eva Lechner (Ita) Starcasino CX at 1:53.
X20 Badkamers Trofee Scheldecross Men – Antwerpen 2020
Mathieu van der Poel has not forgotten how to win a cyclocross. On his return the World champion was as dominant as before. In Antwerp, Van der Poel finished ahead of Eli Iserbyt and Tom Pidcock on Saturday.
The Scheldecross was dominated by the return of Van der Poel. After almost a month and a half of rest, the main question was how the World champion would be in shape. After ten minutes of the race, Van der Poel answered that question. After a fast start, the Dutchman rode away from Iserbyt. The Scheldecross seemed decided at an early stage as Van der Poel immediately took a handful of seconds on Iserbyt, who was joined by Hermans. The excitement came again on the third lap. The world champion fell badly on one of the sand sections and his pursuers got within five seconds.
Van der Poel recovered quickly, although he was no able to extend his lead over Iserbyt, who had since dropped Hermans. On the fourth lap, the European champion caught the World champion. A truce between the two followed. This gave Hermans, Pidcock, Michael Vanthourenhout, Toon Aerts and Laurens Sweeck to return to the front.
Iserbyt then took the lead. Again, the two champions left the others and this time it would be for the last time. We would have to wait for the decisive attack of the day. That decision seemed to come on the penultimate lap, when Van der Poel rode away from Iserbyt on the sand. The European champion wasn’t going to give up and took five minutes to fight his way back to the front. A sprint between the two leaders seemed to be on the cards, until Van der Poel gave another effort. It was enough to take the victory in the Scheldecross. Iserbyt finished second, Pidcock third.
Race winner, Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin Fenix): “I had a very good feeling. It went better than expected. I was pretty good from the start, but the spring broke when I crashed. After that, I didn’t ride that fast in the sand. The rest of the course went very well for the rest. I didn’t feel like I was on the limit yet. I still had surplus on the wheel of Iserbyt. Just under three kilos have been lost. I was also not at my sharpest during the classics. I need that weight for races of more than six hours. In the winter I am often sharper. This is due to the intensive training, which is very different from on the road. I’ve always had that, actually. It will be difficult (on Sunday) with Toon Aerts. Eli was also perfectly fine today, I had to do everything I could to get him off.”
2nd, Eli Iserbyt (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal): “I did not expect to ride with Van der Poel for so long. There was a lot of power. When he left after two laps, it looked like he would take us for a minute, but he was a little less on the running sections, he didn’t have a real acceleration either, but he is better than I expected. We expected today that Sweeck would last longer, since I myself was quite skeptical about the long stretches of sand before the race. In the end I did well. I also started thinking about Sunday. I won there last year, but this year will be different. With the wet weather it will be blunt. I expect the big engines at the front, so Aerts, Sweeck and maybe Vanthourenhout. Hopefully we will be with a little more at the front than today.”
3rd, Tom Pidcock (Trinity): “The season started badly, but luckily I’m starting to feel good again. I still have a way to go to my top form, but at least it is good to race at the front. It’s more fun to come to the cross if you know that you are going to compete. Today I didn’t have the best start. I lost a number of places, but afterwards it turned out to be fine. I quickly managed to connect with the chasers, but I rode alone for a long time today. Tomorrow’s course suits me better. I did’t have a very good grasp of today’s sand, so hopefully tomorrow it will be even better. If I have good legs, I will go back to the front.”
X20 Badkamers Trofee Scheldecross Men – Antwerpen Result:
1. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin Fenix in 58:10
2. Eli Iserbyt (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 0:06
3. Thomas Pidcock (GB) Trinity at 0:27
4. Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Baloise Lions at 0:30
5. Lars van der Haar (Ned) Telenet Baloise Lions at 0:43
6. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal 0:00:51
7. Quinten Hermans (Bel) Tormans at 1:00
8. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 1:09
9. Corne van Kessel (Ned) Tormans at 1:22
10. Daan Soete (Bel) Group Hens-Maes Containers at 1:26.
X20 Badkamers Trofee Scheldecross Women – Antwerpen 2020
Denise Betsema has ended Lucinda Brand’s series of victories. The Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal rider held off Brand and Annemarie Worst in the Scheldecross on Saturday.
In recent weeks Brand has been the best cross rider of the moment, and so all eyes were again on her in the Scheldecross of Antwerp. The cross star of Telenet-Fidea Lions did not disappoint in the opening section of the race. On the first lap, Brand had a small lead over Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado, Yara Kastelijn, Worst and Betsema. On the second lap they rejoined Brand, who could then take a rest on their wheels.
Alvarado was dropped due to a mechanical problem and had to walk to the pit area. The world champion could not recover from the problem. The four others would fight for victory in the remainder of the race. Betsema put in a strong attack and immediately took a ten-second lead over Brand and Worst. Kastelijn couldn’t hold on and dropped out of contention.
On the last two laps, the Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal rider held on well. Brand and Worst were stuck at 10 seconds for quite some time. Betsema looked to be on her way to victory after six consecutive podium places. Fighting as always, Brand tried to cross in the final lap, but in the end she couldn’t get over. After four victories in a row from Brand, it was Betsema who managed to break her reign.
Race winner, Denise Betsema: “This victory is very motivating. I felt Brand’s hot breath behind me, because I know she is riding fast. I’ve tried to play it safe and not make mistakes. I made a mistake on the climb, but then I pushed hard. This victory was on the way, so it’s great to finish it today. There was a crash at the start, which was a bit strange anyway. I stood still and the rest was gone. I panicked a bit, but the catch-up race afterwards went well. It was a course where you could make up a lot of time on the sand pit. That suited me. I always go for the win, but the ladies are very valuable to each other and Brand is currently a little above. The upcoming races will be very exciting, but of course I’m going for the win again.”
X20 Badkamers Trofee Scheldecross Women – Antwerpen Result:
1. Denise Betsema (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal in 42:16
2. Lucinda Brand (Ned) Telenet Baloise Lions at 0:04
3. Annemarie Worst (Ned) 777 at 0:27
4. Sanne Cant (Bel) Iko-Crelan at 0:43
5. Manon Bakker (Ned) Credishop-Fristads at 0:48
6. Anna Kay (GB) Starcasino CX at 0:49
7. Yara Kastelijn (Ned) Credishop-Fristads at 0:53
8. Fem van Empel (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 1:08
9. Laura Verdonschot (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 1:31
10. Aniek van Alphen (Ned) Credishop-Fristads at 1:49.
WADA: Corona Vaccines Not in Violation of Anti-Doping Rules
Athletes do not need to fear an anti-doping rule violation due to a corona vaccine injection. The WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) keeps a close eye on all developments regarding the vaccines and provides athletes with advice if any component turns out to be problematic. “The health of the athletes is our main concern. Despite the novelty of the vaccines, there is no reason to believe they violate anti-doping rules.”
WADA is already working with several pharmaceutical companies, including Pfizer, which is already developing vaccines for Great Britain, Bahrain, Canada, Mexico and the US. The agency is also in talks with IFPMA, the international federation of pharmaceuticals. “We are in talks with them to find out the exact composition of the different vaccines that are currently being made available.”
Will we see the end of masks soon?
Cassani Buys Marco Pantani’s Ventoux Bike at Auction
The Italian national coach, Davide Cassani, has helped ensure that Marco Pantani’s Bianchi, the one he used to defeated Lance Armstrong in the 2000 Tour de France on Mont Ventoux, returns to the hands of the family of the Italian cycling legend.
Pantani and Armstrong fought a memorable duel on Mont Ventoux in the Tour de France of 2000. In the end, the American left the victory to the Italian, who had only come to the Tour that year to achieve stage victories. However, Pantani felt humiliated by Armstrong’s “present”, who then announced that he would never again give a victory to anyone.
The bike came under the hammer this week after Mercatone Uno, the brand name Pantani rode for many years, ran into serious financial trouble. To raise money, thirty-seven pieces of memorabilia of the rider who died in 2004 were auctioned. The news caused a stir among many fans, especially his family. Pantani had donated the items to the boss of Mercatone Uno.
Italian national coach Davide Cassani also heard about the news, so he participated in the auction together with businessman Carlo Pesenti. The bid for the bike was increased dozens of times. A football player from the Italian Serie A offered €55,000 for the iconic bike and a sports agent offered €64,000. But in the end Cassani and Pesenti had the winning bid with €66,000 and they want to bring the bike home as soon as possible.
“That’s the plan,” Cassani told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “It will happen on January 13, on Marco’s birthday. We bring the bike to Cesenatico to donate to the museum, which is run by his family. So everyone can enjoy it. The sale was not easy. Many thanks go to Pesenti and the other friends of the consortium: without them this would never have been possible.” The auction raised a total of €161,000.
Pantani and Armstrong on Mont Ventoux – Tour de France 2000:
Thomas Voeckler: “Alaphilippe and Pinot can both win the Tour de France”
French national coach Thomas Voeckler believes that Julian Alaphilippe and Thibaut Pinot are both capable of winning the Tour de France in their careers. But there is still work to be done, Voeckler confirmed to French television in an extensive interview. “It requires so many sacrifices. In addition, it is also very difficult mentally,” said Voeckler, who held the Tour de France yellow jersey during his career.
If Alaphilippe wants to win the French Grand Tour, it will have to be done on the same route as 2019. “Then he proved to be able to handle the high mountains on the Tourmalet and to limit the damage in the time trial. But we can’t force him to go for it. In his mind he is not working on it now. If we impose that goal on him, it is doomed to fail. It really has to come by itself. Then it is a job that takes several years.”
Pinot comes from a completely different situation than Alaphilippe. The Frenchman has been aiming for his first Tour victory for years, but is each time is hit by bad luck. Voeckler praises the resilience of the Groupama-FDJ rider. “He is much stronger mentally than people think. The people who say that his luck has run out can sometimes be surprised. He is very strong mentally. The time trials are not in his favour next year, but we will hear from him again. He is not yet 35 years old, so I think he will still be able to win the Tour de France for a few more years.”
Tour win for Alaphilippe?
Big Challenge for Ganna
Filippo Ganna will focus on the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year, but according to Italian national coach Davide Cassani, he is facing a considerable challenge. “It will be complicated. Not so much in Tokyo itself, but in the preparation,” Cassani told Het Nieuwsblad.
24-year-old Ganna has been the engine of the Italian pursuit team, but has also taken giant steps as a time trialist this year. The INEOS Grenadiers rider has been the best time trialist in the world since his World title in Imola. Cassani: “Filippo has really made a huge leap forward. To the extent that he is also a candidate medalist for the individual time trial in Tokyo.” However, Ganna is still keen on an Olympic medal in the team pursuit. “Filippo is part of a four-year project. That project will not be given up because Filippo suddenly has a chance as a time trialist,” Cassani makes clear.
“Those guys have made enormous progress and took a bronze medal at three consecutive Worlds and now also want Olympic medals. That’s how Filippo wants it too. He doesn’t want to abandon them.” Ganna focuses on several cycling disciplines in Tokyo, but Cassani speaks of a difficult preparation for the Games. “It is not possible to suddenly switch to the team pursuit after a full road season. Practice will have to be done on the track, especially in the last month. It will not be easy to map out a good program towards Tokyo. There will be a meeting with INEOS Grenadiers shortly.”
Ganna will also have to participate in the road race in the opening weekend of the Games. Riders participating in the individual time trial must also start in the road race according to the guidelines of the IOC. “No problem”, is Cassani’s first reaction. “Filippo has already proven in the Giro that he is a rider with substance. He may limit himself to a serving role.”
At the beginning of December, Ganna came up with a provisional race schedule for the upcoming season. The Italian hopes to kick off the 2021 season in Argentina with the Vuelta a San Juan, before taking on Tirreno-Adriatico (“a race I would like to win in the future”), Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix. Via the Tour of the Alps, Ganna would work towards the Giro d’Italia, where he will likely be one of defending champion Tao Geoghegan Hart’s right hand men. The European Track Championships would be Ganna’s last meeting before Tokyo, although Cassani has announced that there will be another discussion about Ganna’s race plan.
Busy 2021 for Filippo Ganna:
Alexander Kristoff Aiming at the Tour de France
Alexander Kristoff wants to be on the start line of the Tour de France next season. Cycling journalist Jarle Fredagsvik of Procycling.no has the info on the Norwegian sprinter’s 2021 season.
Kristoff appears to be starting his season on the Spanish Island of Mallorca for the Challenge Mallorca, followed by the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, the Clásica de Almería and the Volta ao Algarve. The UAE Team Emirates rider then heads to Belgium for the Flemish opening weekend with Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.
In Paris-Nice, Kristoff hopes to prepare as well as possible for Milan-San Remo, the E3 Saxo Bank Classic, Gent-Wevelgem, Dwars door Vlaanderen, the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. After the French cobbled classic, Kristoff will participate in Eschborn-Frankfurt, the Tour of Norway and the GP Kanton Aargau.
In the month of June, Kristoff still has time to work on his form towards the Tour de France. The 33-year-old Norwegian will contest the Tour of Switzerland and the Norwegian championships in the run-up to the Tour. In the Tour, Kristoff will probably again compete alongside Tadej Pogačar.
Kristoff, who won the opening stage in Nice in this year’s Tour de France and wore the first yellow jersey, is also thinking about the World Championships in Flanders. It is still unclear which races he will compete in the run-up to the Worlds.
Pozzovivo for the Giro d’Italia in 2021
In his seventeenth season as a cycling pro, Domenico Pozzovivo will focus on the Giro d’Italia again. In this year’s edition he had problems with an elbow injury, but the tough little Italian managed to finish 11th in the Milan.
Pozzovivo returned to the peloton in February, in the Tour de La Provence, after bad injuries sustained in a collision with a car during training. “I came back from a very bad injury that had shaken even the rest of my career,” he told SpazioCiclismo. “I didn’t have many certainties at the beginning of the year. I have to say the lockdown definitely helped me. I ended the year on a positive note.”
After the resumption of the season, the Italian first rode the Critérium du Dauphiné and then the Tour de France, which he had to leave early with the elbow injury. Then he started in the Giro d’Italia, where he was in fourth place after two weeks. In the end he finished eleventh. “In the Giro I was riding with an elbow infection, which was operated on three days later. So that certainly cost me something.”
Next season, the focus for Pozzovivo will also be on the Grand Tours. “Perhaps the Giro d’Italia will be my year, but we haven’t talked about the rest of my program yet. Like ninety percent of the teams, we have not yet gone on a training camp. Normally we talk about this in our December camp, but now that is probably being pushed a bit further ahead.”
The Italian climber will welcome fellow countryman Fabio Aru to the team in 2021, the winner of the Vuelta a España five years ago. “I am very happy that the team found a sponsor at the last minute. Maybe that meant that other good riders could not be kept, but I think we have managed to put together an excellent team and the arrival of Aru is the icing on the cake.”
Domenico Pozzovivo – Giro 20 stage 14 TT:
Bagioli: “I’m more suited to the hilly classics”
Andrea Bagioli can look back on a very successful debut season with Deceuninck – Quick-Step. The 21-year-old Italian won a stage in the Tour de l’Ain and the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali, and also completed his first Grand Tour. Although he can go uphill well, Bagioli knows he doesn’t want to become a classification rider just yet. “I feel that I am more suited to the classics,” he tells Bici.pro.
Bagioli noticed late in the season, during the Vuelta a España, that he still has a lot to learn. “I definitely have to improve my time trial. I have done little about that in recent years, but I have started. And I can still improve on the long climbs. I can do well on the five or six kilometre climbs, but I still struggle with the longer ones.”
The young Italian also knows where his preferences lie. “In competitions such as Liège, the Flèche Wallonne and the Amstel Gold Race”, he says. “I don’t think I want to ride any classifications in 2021, maybe later. I feel that I am more suited to the classics. Next year I want to win it with Julian Alaphilippe. He is the leader, but if he feels bad there are also opportunities for others. Only, he is the best in the world in those races. It is good if I can help him then.”
Bagioli was impressed by the world champion, Alaphilippe. “I raced with him in Belgium for two weeks and tried to look closely at what he was doing. He had won the World Championships a few days earlier, but he felt no pressure. If you do, you have to pay that back in the race, but he was carefree and laughed a lot. I enjoyed seeing that.”
Bagioli does not know yet which Grand Tour he will ride. “Let’s just say that the Ardennes Classics are my first goal of the season. Despite my age, I find it difficult to compare myself to Tadej Pogačar or Jai Hindley. I think riders like Tadej are rarely born. For the time being, I focus on one-day races or short stage races. I still have too much to do for Grand Tours.”
Andrea Bagioli Tour de l’Ain’20 stage win:
Miguel Eduardo Flórez Goes to Arkéa-Samsic
Arkéa-Samsic will soon announce the signing of Miguel Eduardo Flórez, according to Le Télégramme. The 24-year-old Colombian raced this year for Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec, the Italian team of manager Gianni Savio.
Flórez made his professional debut for Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia in 2017, then moved to Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec after two seasons. At the beginning of this year, the climber won the Queen stage in the Vuelta a San Juan with the finish on the Alto Colorado, ahead of Óscar Sevilla and Remco Evenepoel.
In the Tour Colombia 2.1 he finished in fifth place on the general classification. Flórez finished behind Sergio Higuita, Daniel Felipe Martínez, Jonathan Caicedo and Egan Bernal, but finished ahead of top men Esteban Chaves, Sergio Henao and Fabio Aru.
Flórez started the season well, but suffered a rib injury and was not selected for the Giro d’Italia. He was unable to finish his last race for Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec, the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali. According to Le Télégramme, 27 riders will race for Arkéa-Samsic next year. The French team of Warren Barguil and Nairo Quintana will welcome three new races: Flórez, the Belgian Amaury Capiot and the promising sprinter Markus Pajur. A few riders also leave: Franck Bonnamour, Benoît Jarrier and Florian Vachon.
Miguel Eduardo Flórez in San Juan:
Anton Palzer Swaps Skis for a Racing Bike
The Successful Mountain Skier will Start his Professional Cycling Career with BORA – hansgrohe in 2021.
BORA – hansgrohe concludes its roster for 2021 with a lateral recruit. Palzer may not necessarily be very well known in cycling, but in ski mountaineering and mountain running, the 27-year-old German is among the absolute best in the world. ‘Toni’ is now seeking a new challenge and is aiming to begin his journey in cycling with BORA – hansgrohe from April onwards. First of all, however, he will concentrate on his final winter season.
“It may look like a daring venture and a certain risk is definitely involved, but we have been following Toni for quite a long time and are convinced of his physical abilities. You can see from examples like Roglič or Woods that such an experiment can be successful, and we have always said that we would scout within different sports. I don’t mean to say that Toni will be competing for the Tour victory within two years. However, we see a lot of potential in him, particularly in the high mountains. In summer, he trained on the bike for a week with some of our riders in Austria, which worked out very well, and from a technical standpoint, he is also quite strong. Our interest was then piqued and we noticed that Toni was looking for a new challenge. He ultimately convinced us with his enthusiasm and professionalism. We will utilise him more and more at the beginning of the season for difficult one-day races and mountainous week-long races. There he will have to learn how cycling works and, above all, take on tasks for the team. We’ll see where this journey takes us, but we’ll take it step by step.”Ralph Denk, Team Manager
“Professional cyclist – for a long time this was just a thought in the back of my mind, a little dream that seemed unattainable and miles away from my realm of possibilities. The decision to embark on a new sporting career was only made during my contact with BORA – hansgrohe and matured alongside several further discussions with the team. Over the course of this year, Ralph Denk and Helmut Dollinger have given my wildest dreams real potential, and I am very grateful for this! The most important goal now will be to integrate myself well into the team, to learn as much as possible from my new teammates and to put myself in the service of the squad. The challenges for me personally are, on the one hand, embarking on the development from individual sportsman to team player, and also a certain change of rhythm: Up until now I was primarily a winter sportsman, and now the focus is on summer. From a sporting point of view, I will have to slowly grow into cycling and develop a certain racing intelligence. In the first year I will also have to cope with the challenge of a double season (winter and summer). My strengths certainly lie in the high mountains – but since the paths into the mountains are often flat and windy, I certainly have a lot to learn there! Overall, I would like to develop myself as an athlete, open up a new playing field for my physiological performances, and also show that it is worth holding on to dreams.” Anton Palzer.
“Toni approached me this Spring with the question of whether I could support him in preparing for the World Ski Mountaineering Championships. We have been working together since April and it was soon clear that some of his performance values, such as his VO2max, are exceptional. In summer, he trains a lot on the bike anyway, so we examined his data in detail. However, the decisive factor for this change was that Toni was certain that he wanted to try it. The potential is there, but data isn’t everything. You still need to show your horsepower on the road. In any case, it will be an exciting project. It will be a particular challenge to make the transition from his last competition season in winter to his first bike races. But generally speaking, we have to be realistic, keep grounded, and use the first season to learn. Then we’ll be better able to see what is possible.” Helmut Dollinger, Coach, BORA – hansgrohe.
Skier turned cyclist – Anton Palzer:
Jonathan Dibben Retires
Jonathan Dibben has decided to put an end to his career at the age of 26, the Briton announced on the podcast PodCrash. Dibben raced for Lotto Soudal this season, but didn’t get a contract extension with the WorldTour team.
Dibben started his professional career with Team Sky in 2017, after proving himself as a stagiere at Cannondale-Drapac. The Briton won the time trial in the Tour of California as a neo-pro, ahead of Brent Bookwalter and Andrew Talansky. He also finished sixth in the Trofeo Felanitx Ses Salines.
Dibben raced two seasons for Sky, but at the end of 2018 his contract was not renewed and he had to look for a new team. He raced at Continental level with Madison Genesis, but this year he had another chance at the highest level with Lotto Soudal. A year later it has become clear that in there is no place for Dibben in 2021, and he has now decided to put an end to his career. Dibben made his debut in a Grand Tour this year finishing the Giro d’Italia in 133rd place and last in the general classification.
Dibben can look back on a successful career as a track cyclist. In 2016. He was World champion in the points race. He also took other podium places in World and European championships.
Jonathan Dibben winning the TT in California’17:
Riwal Securitas Will Probably Not Continue as a Pro-Continental Team in 2021
The Riwal Securitas riders have received an email from management stating that the team will not continue on a Pro-Continental level in 2021. Rider James Shaw announced via Instagram.
The corona crisis had hit Riwal Securitas hard. Co-sponsor Readynez dropped out, leaving a big gap in the budget. For weeks the team drifted between hope and fear. Behind the scenes, hard work was done to secure their future in the professional peloton, the UCI was asked for a postponement to get the registration for 2021 in order. And at the beginning of this month, there was talk of a possible investor.
Now the riders have been informed that the team will not continue at the pro-continental level in 2021. “The economic pressure from the corona pandemic has got the team into financial difficulties and ultimately caused it,” Shaw wrote on Instagram. “I understand that the managers are trying to find funding for a Danish continental squad for next year. However, this cannot be confirmed.”
For the British rider this was his last hope to remain a professional rider. “This was my last hope to remain as a professional bike rider on the world scene. Although I have a few irons in fires elswear, if anyone knows or is a manager with a Professional Cycling team please either get in touch or pass my details along.”
Team manager Riwal Securitas: “The chances of a ProTeam in 2021 are gone”
Riwal Securitas has stopped the fight to remain active in the professional circuit next year. At most, the team will continue on a continental level. Team manager Steffen Kromann searched until the last moment for a new sponsor. “We worked hard until the last moment, although we probably no longer believed that someone would walk in here at the eleventh hour with a sponsorship of roughly two million euros,” said Kromann in conversation with Ekstra Bladet. “We must recognise that the chances of a ProTeam in 2021 are gone. That is unfortunate and sad. It was a long process and we worked hard, but unfortunately it didn’t work out.”
The riders were informed by e-mail this morning that the team will not continue on a Pro-Continental level in 2021. The corona crisis had hit the team hard. Co-sponsor Readynez dropped out, leaving a big gap in the budget. For weeks, the team has been floating between hope and fear. At the beginning of this month there was talk of a possible investor, but now the curtain has fallen. Riwal Securitas hopes to continue as a continental team in 2021. “With ten to twelve riders. That is our ambition. And when it happens, the ambition is to return to the professional circuit in 2022,” said Kromann. “The hope remains that an international player will show an interest in joining the team as a name sponsor and will use cycling to spread his brand name.”
Riwal team to stop:
Nibali to INEOS Grenadiers in 2022? Difficult, but not impossible
Vincenzo Nibali is still being linked with INEOS Grenadiers for a transfer in 2022. His agent Alex Carera debunked those rumours a month ago, but now he’s apparently leaving the door open.
“It’s complicated, but in cycling everything is possible,” Carera told Marca about the possible transfer of the knowledgeable Italian, winner of four Grand Tours. “It’s difficult, but not impossible.”
Nibali is not the only big rider in the Carera portfolio, who runs the management agency A&J All Sports together with his brother. Tour winner Tadej Pogačar also uses their services, just like Chris Froome before.
Last month, the news of a possible transfer for Nibali to the British team came from Italian cycling journalist Beppe Conti, according to him Nibali has already received an offer from the British team. “It looks like the offer is coming through Pinarello.”
Operation for Neo-Pro Verschaeve
Viktor Verschaeve has been struggling for a long time with loss of strength in his left leg. Research shows that this is caused by a pinched vein. On Thursday, the new professional for Lotto Soudal next season, will be operated on.
Verschaeve had not raced much since the U23 Giro d’Italia. At the end of the season, the 22-year-old rider announced that he had problems with his left leg. “It has been against me for almost a year now and it has been getting worse in recent months. I often had to race with a leg and a half, but after the Baby Giro I decided it couldn’t go on like this. It is important to have two strong legs again before I become a pro at Lotto Soudal.”
Initially physiotherapy was supposed to solve the problems, but now it appears that Verschaeve needs surgery. “As some of you know I have been diagnosed with a pinched vein. Probably the worst scenario I envisioned. Fortunately, the operation will take place in the coming week and the problems will be resolved as quickly as possible.”
Viktor Verschaeve with Vermeersch:
Zhandos Bizhigitov Retires
Zhandos Bizhigitov’s cycling career will finish this year. The 29-year-old Kazakh has raced for Astana for the past four seasons, but did not receive a new contract before 2021. “And I haven’t gotten any other offers for next year,” Bizhigitov told ProSports.kz.
“I tried to find another team, but I was too late,” he continues. “Many teams are in trouble due to the corona crisis, and that also applies to a number of riders. That is why I have decided to end my career. I don’t see the point in continuing to train if I don’t have a team. Not even Vino-Astana Motors called back.”
Vino-Astana Motors is a continental team that often takes care of Kazakh Astana dropouts. But not now, team boss Alexander Slushemoin already announced. “There are enough goals to keep racing, because I can help the team and the young riders. But the management has made the choice and I have no influence on that,” said Bizhigitov. “I don’t know yet what I’m going to do next. The intention is to stay active in the sport, perhaps to teach young cyclists or amateurs.”
After four years at Continental level, with Continental Team Astana and Vino-4ever, Bizhigitov become a professional with Astana in 2017. In his first year as a WorldTour rider, he won the Kazakh time trial championship. His only other pro victory dates back to 2016, when Bizhigitov won a stage in the Tour de Korea. The only 2017 Giro d’Italia was the only Grand Tour he rode.
Vino-Astana Motors didn’t call:
Tristan Hoffman Leaves Bahrain-McLaren
Tristan Hoffman has to leave Bahrain-McLaren. Hoffman was involved in the team management since Bahrain’s introduction to the peloton in 2017.
Het Nieuwsblad reports the departure of Hoffman from Bahrain-McLaren. The Dutchman, who is celebrating his 51st birthday on New Year’s Day, joined the WorldTour team four years ago, having previously worked as a sports director with Team CSC, T-Mobile, Saxo Bank and Tinkoff. Before his career as a sports director, he was part of the professional peloton with TVM and CSC for many years. Hoffman won Dwars door Vlaanderen twice in career.
Team manager Rod Ellingworth decided to leave after more than a year and it is reported that number two John Allert is also leaving the management. He is affiliated with McLaren, which will end sponsorship next year. In July Brent Copeland moved to Mitchelton-Scott. Neil Stephens has come to strengthen the team management; the Australian comes from UAE Team Emirates.
It is still uncertain who will replace Ellingworth as team manager, but reportedly sports director and former rider of Alessio, Liquigas and Acqua e Sapone, Vladimir Miholjević will be given more power.
Tristan Hoffman – 2nd in Paris-Roubaix 2004:
Titleholder Nizzolo: “anything but easy” Euro 2021 Course in Trentino
The Italian rider did an in-depth recon on the “Trentino 2021” road race, where he’ll defend his crown: “I look forward to a sparkling race, this won’t be just sprinters’ business.”
The European cycling champion jersey and its rightful owner, Giacomo Nizzolo, peddled on the Trentino’s streets yesterday, Tuesday September 29th. The champion enjoyed a sunny day to inspect the Elite Men’s road race route, the main event of the “Trentino 2021” continental event. Following Imola World Championships’ success, Trentino 2021 will take place from September 8th to 12th, 2021, in Trento, Italy, and its surrounding area.
Followed by a video and photo crew, Nizzolo carefully examined all the key sections of the route, including the opening 70 km loop in the Valle dei Laghi that includes the climb to the Monte Bondone (from the Sopramonte/Candriai side), and obviously, the main circuit in Trento, featuring the Povo climb to be faced eight times, and all the corners of the technical finale culminating in the beauty of Trento’s Piazza Duomo.
“It is a spectacular and interesting route through magnificent places, up to the expectations when you are in Trentino,” Nizzolo said. “From a technical point of view, my evaluation is a little different from the early judgments I sensed of the course: many considered this easy route. Indeed, I would say it might look easy, but it’s not. It might turn out a very entertaining race, open to different solutions and different kinds of riders.”
“In my opinion,” continued Nizzolo, “there are three critical points of this European Championship. The first is the ascent towards the Monte Bondone, which is not prohibitive but will, in any case, restrict the number of candidates for the win. The second is the Trento circuit, which won’t let riders rest, with the eight ascents on the Povo climb sure to make a selection. The third is the race finale, beautiful and very technical, with two sharp corners in the last kilometre and the finishing straight on cobblestones that could play a big role in case of rain.”
Established in recent years as a spectacular event, contested by top-notch riders, the European championship will look to confirm their reputation in Trento. The local fans also hope the streak of the Azzurri to continue at Trentino 2021, after Italy won the last three editions. “It is wonderful to be able to race at home on such a course, and I believe the low mileage (179,2 km) will contribute to the battle. I want to be there and give my best shot,” Nizzolo promised.
See you in Trento next year…
Deceuninck – Quick-Step Present 2021 jersey
In a special video, Tour de France green jersey winner Sam Bennett talked us through our new kit for 2021.
The New Year is often seen as a time for new beginnings and a fresh start, and never has that felt more appropriate as we move away from the chaotic year of 2020. The new year also means a new cycling kit for Deceuninck – Quick-Step and the 2021 incarnation is sure to get tongues wagging.
For two decades, Vermarc Sport has been supporting the team’s efforts to not only perform in some of the world’s biggest cycling events, but also to look stylish while doing it. The new kit has moved back to shades of navy alongside the iconic blue, for which the team are synonymous. The design is subtly finished by incorporating a wolf hair design print, which of course is a nod to our Wolfpack spirit, that is put on display by our riders in all the races.
“We’ve been working with the team for many years now and from the very beginning it felt like we were part of the Wolfpack family. We are proud to design and supply the kit to the world’s best cycling team and happy to announce this new cycling kit for 2021”, said Marc Verbeeck, CEO of Vermarc Sport.
Sam Bennett, who this year claimed a brace of Tour de France stage victories en route to becoming the first Irishman in 31 years to win the famous green jersey, said: “I am a huge fan of the new kit. The navy is really classy, as we would expect from Vermarc Sport, who are always doing an amazing job with our kit. I like that they have kept the iconic blue on top, which is really nice. Some of my heroes wore this blue; Tom Boonen had some great success in this jersey and I am looking forward to wearing it next season and representing it as best I can in every race.”
Sam Bennett in the new kit:
Groupama-FDJ New Kit for 2021
Groupama-FDJ has presented their 2021 kit. The French WorldTour team retains the French combination of blue, white and red. The differences are mainly in the small details.
The Groupama-FDJ jersey was finished with short stripes last season, this year the colour on the body are blocks of red, white and various shades of blue. The back is mostly white with similar colour patters. Blue has again been chosen for the shorts.
The clothing for the French team is designed by the Italian clothing brand Alé. The national champions are presented with a completely sponsorless jersey, something that Groupama-FDJ is known for. Arnaud Démare (French road champion) and Stefan Küng (Swiss road and in the time trial champion) without the Groupama and FDJ names on their kit.
Bianchi Announces New Look Bikes for GreenEDGE Cycling’s 2021 Season
New disc-equipped Specialissima all-rounder joins Oltre XR4 and Aquila, with totally new aesthetic scheme across the board.
The number one bike in the UCI WorldTour receives a total renewal for 2021 with an invigorated colour scheme and graphic approach. The purpose of the aesthetic is boldness and visibility in the bunch while retaining the elegant sophistication for which Bianchi is renowned, and a total alignment between the rider and their equipment. Despite this new approach, the look of the new GreenEDGE racing machines remains loyal to the high standards of Italian design.
“The new look has been devised in close partnership between Bianchi and GreenEDGE, helping to bring together our aligned communication aims, by treating the bicycle and rider as a single integrated entity,” Claudio Masnata – Bianchi Marketing and Communication Manager.
The marque’s signature celeste is joined by a new turquoise-celeste shade that adds an element of modernity, and these two are contrasted against carbon black – emblematic of the company’s approach to innovation and marginal gains. The end result is a dynamic, forward-thinking colour scheme which creates the effect of colours flashing diagonally through the frame.
“For GreenEDGE Cycling, the 2021 season is a new era, a new beginning, and racing it with an iconic brand like Bianchi, will be a great honour. Over the past nine years we have achieved incredible results in the UCI WorldTour. Bianchi will bring their unique Italian style and innovative technologies to the team and together we will aim to achieve great success. We have worked hard in these last months to put together the best team, with the best riders and staff, and we can’t wait to begin this new journey with Bianchi.” Darach McQuaid – Chairman GreenEDGE Cycling.
Reparto Corse: Pedigree Refreshed
Bianchi was the first bicycle company in the world to create a racing division and the Reparto Corse name has been associated with competitive excellence since the days of Fausto Coppi.
Today, the branding of Reparto Corse has been reimagined to mark this new chapter in Bianchi performance history and gives a start to a structured and ambitious project. While the look has been updated, the dedication to finding competitive advantages, developing new technologies, and the desire and dedication to excel, remain unchanged. It is Bianchi’s goal to spread that passion and enthusiasm from elite riders in the UCI WorldTour to cyclists all around the world.
The new Reparto Corse logo will appear on the livery of GreenEDGE Cycling’s racing bicycles, including selected custom components.
Simon Yates, Michael Matthews, Amanda Spratt and their teammates will pursue victory in the world’s biggest races with the finest racing technologies at their disposal.
Specialissima disc: a high-performance all-rounder, which will excel in every race situation but is at its best in GC battles when the 750g frame enhances the explosive climbing ability of the world’s best riders. The power of lightweight.
Oltre XR4 disc: Bianchi’s aerodynamic race bike, delivering a superbly rigid frame with reactive handling. Designed using Computational Fluid Dynamics, and tested and optimised in the wind tunnel. Ideal for sprints, breaking away and hilly courses.
Aquila: the world famous, world-beating Bianchi time trial bike. It is super aero and fully integrated, with an extra-light build to support riders on hillier courses. Unparalleled control and efficiency in the race of truth.
Bianchi racing equipment:
Shimano Durace Di2 disc
Shimano C40 – C60 disc wheelset
Reparto Corse by Vision/Fsa cockpit
Pirelli P Zero tires
Lotto Soudal extends with Campagnolo
Lotto Soudal is happy to announce that it renewed its contract with premium brand Campagnolo for 2021. The Italian company will supply the Lotto Soudal WorldTeam, as well as the Ladies and U23 teams with wheels and groupsets.
“For over 80 years, the quality and precision of Campagnolo’s products have contributed to the victories of the greatest cycling champions of all time. From Coppi, Merckx and Indurain to Nibali, Pogačar, Ewan and Gilbert. We are proud to feature in that list,” says Lotto Soudal General Manager John Lelangue.
“It’s more than ten years that we share the roads together with Team Lotto Soudal and we are delighted to enhance our partnership for the next season. We had incredible memories over the years and we are sure more will come in 2021. Having even the Ladies and the U23 teams will provide a full testing platform for our product” added Campagnolo Marketing Manager Nicolò Ildos.
“The Campagnolo groupset is definitely the nicest groupset to look at on a bike. It would be my only choice if I ever had to design a bike,” says Caleb Ewan.
The Lotto Soudal WorldTeam will use the Ridley Noah Fast Disc and Ridley Helium SLX Disc bikes equipped with Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12 Speed electronic Disc Brake groupset and Campagnolo Bora 35 Disc Brake and Campagnolo Bora 50 Disc Brake wheels.
“It’s always nice to see that the best riders from all time have used Campagnolo,” says Philippe Gilbert. “I use the Bora 50 because it’s a wheel able to go everywhere, it can descend and climb really good – I’m really happy with this”.
Caleb Ewan adds: “My favourite wheel combination is the Bora 50 in the back and front. They’re what I like to sprint on and even in the mountain stages they’re light enough to go through the mountains.”
“I think Campagnolo is a lot of tradition and history, a little bit of a lifestyle – it’s definitely a special product,” says John Degenkolb. “The first time I used Campagnolo was when I was 11 years old, and for quite some years. Then already it worked smooth and trustable. Our newest groupset is of course from another level.”
The Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12 Speed electronic Disc Brake groupset is indeed the state of the art in terms of performance and quality. It combines the disc brake system with the electronic 12-speed transmission.
Lotto Soudal’s head mechanic Steven Van Olmen: “Fast shifting, always precise and effortless for the cyclist, and a very gradual gear ratio are just some of the extraordinary characteristics of the EPS groupset, whose performance is ensured by the tried and tested Campagnolo disc brake system and the AMS (Adjustable Modulation System) and Reach adjustment management options. It makes our work even a bit easier.”
The Lotto Soudal Ladies and U23 Teams will use the Ridley Helium SLX Disc bikes equipped with Campagnolo Super Record EPS electronic rim brake groupset and Campagnolo Bora One 35 and Campagnolo Bora One 50 wheels.
Team Sunweb Announces Weldtite as New Technical Partner
Team Sunweb (soon to be Team DSM) and Weldtite are delighted to announce their partnership from the 2021 season onwards.
With over 80 years’ experience in bike care product development, Weldtite are a market leader, manufacturing in Great Britain for a global market. Team Sunweb will benefit from the use of Weldtite’s full portfolio of performance lubricants and bicycle maintenance products. The vast array of excellent products will be used by Team Sunweb’s mechanics, helping the team to gain a competitive edge at the highest level of professional cycling.
“Team Sunweb are one of the most exciting World Tour teams who ride with flair and panache to entertain and inspire cycling fans,” said Dan Leather, Marketing Manager of Weldtite. “The team’s ‘Keep Challenging’ ethos and desire to improve is built into their DNA. ‘Optimised by Weldtite’ is the driving vision of our product range, providing solutions and technology for mobility and recreation while meeting the specific demands of elite riders. We look forward to working closely with Team Sunweb to optimise the development of our products and support the team to achieve their goals.”
“It is clear that there is a great match between our team and Weldtite,” explained Piet Rooijakkers, R&D expert at Team Sunweb. “We both share the desire to continuously keep improving and perform at our best. Weldtite’s products are of a really high standard, which is very important to us because an optimally running drivetrain is essential for our athletes to perform at the highest level.”
In addition to performance, the shared vision on sustainability also played a vital role in the decision to collaborate, with Piet Rooijakkers adding: “Weldtite already has an extensive range of biodegradable products, which is important for us, and it is great to know their goal is to expand this even further in the coming period. Furthermore, not only are the products better for the environment, they make no concessions on performance either.”
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