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Tom Pidcock back to cyclocross in December – TOP STORY. Cross race reports from Tábor, Leuven and Niel. Rider news: Tadej Pogačar weaknesses, Geraint Thomas’ bike stolen, Guillaume Martin second book, Tom Dumoulin second in 10K run, Filippo Pozzato out of hospital, Davide Rebellin to return, Andrea Guardini retires, Joxean Fernández always wanted Marc Soler, last season for Vincenzo Nibali, Niki Terpstra and Guillaume Van Keirsbulck contract extensions and Iljo Keisse on the Gent 6. Contract news: Andrey Zeits, Trym Westgaard Holther, Stewart Adds, Mauro Schmid and Jan Maas. Team news: New BORA-hansgrohe staff, Alpecin-Fenix women’s team and Fundación Contador junior team. Race news: Peter Sagan for Vuelta a San Juan, Ruta del Sol stage and Giro’22: A star-winning tasting among the excellences of made in Italy. Plus a World-first cycling art-NFT collection to go on auction. Another big EUROTRASH Monday.

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TOP STORY: Tom Pidcock goes for Two Intense Cross Months
On December 4, Tom Pidcock will start his cyclocross season, which will last just under two months. “Short, but intensive,” Kurt Bogaerts, his ‘cross manager at INEOS Grenadiers, told WielerFlits. “If he can do it physically, Tom will compete in a lot of World Cup races.”

Like Wout van Aert, Tom Pidcock will start his cyclocross season on the weekend of December 4 and 5. While Van Aert still has to arrange the last details with the organisers and has not yet decided whether he will start his cross winter in Boom (Superprestige, 4/12) or in Antwerp (World Cup, 5/12). Pidcock will start in both races.

After that weekend, the British rider flies to Mallorca, where he goes on a five-day training camp with INEOS Grenadiers. From Mallorca he goes to the World Cup in Val di Sole. The rest of his program remains to be seen.

“It’s a sudden start,” Kurt Bogaerts said. “Immediately three crosses in eight days, supplemented with that five-day training camp. We’re going to see how Tom physically digests that. But he doesn’t shy away from competing in many competitions. The period (two months) is short, so he wants to get the most out of it. The World Cup races in particular are on his list of priorities.”

Pidcock will close his busy Christmas period with the WB in Hulst, after which he will have another training camp, in which he wants to build up towards the World champs in Fayetteville, USA. There, Pidcock is aiming for a first cyclocross World title as an elite rider. Van der Poel, who will not resume the competition until mid-December, will also ride the World championships in the US, Van Aert is still in doubt.

Pidcock back riding coss in December:


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Tábor Cyclocross World Cup – Men 2021
Lars van der Haar won the World Cup round in Tábor on Sunday. The European champion took matters into his own hands to make it a tough race, putting Eli Iserbyt and Quinten Hermans below him on the podium.

Eli Iserbyt started the race in his World Cup leader’s jersey. However, the course in Tábor was dry and very fast and so it was difficult to take a gap. The leading group was very large in the first laps. At the start of the third lap of eight, it was European champion Lars van der Haar who shook things up and managed to thin out the leading group: Michael Vanthourenhout, Toon Aerts, Quinten Hermans, Corné van Kessel and Iserbyt came with him. But Van der Haar did not leave it at that and increased the pace even further. This put a lot of pressure on the others. On the fourth lap, Iserbyt took over command when Laurens Sweeck and Vincent Baestaens looked to be closing to the front. This eventually happened, but it was followed by an attack by Vanthourenhout. Aerts and Iserbyt were alert, but Van der Haar was surprised, although the Dutchman managed to cross with a strong sprint.

With 2 laps to go, Iserbyt and Van der Haar got together in the lead. Hermans, Vanthourenhout and Aerts had to pull out all the stops to follow them, it was too fast for Sweeck, Van Kessel and Baestaens. The Dutch man in form kept pushing and was able to lose Aerts and Vanthourenhout at the start of the final lap. Only Iserbyt and Hermans could follow Van der Haar, but it was not easy for the Belgians. Van der Haar jumped over the last bars with a small lead. He then kept Iserbyt at 4 seconds in the technical zone and Hermans at 10 seconds. Van der Haar didn’t hold back, a week after his triumph at the European Championships on the VAM mountain, he could add the World Cup in Tábor, his first World Cup win in four years.


Race winner, Lars van der Haar (Ned): “I pinched myself well today. I felt I had a surplus when Iserbyt attacked. I knew if I was with him that I had a chance to win today. But if Eli is on your wheel, it’s not easy. I came here with a lot of confidence, especially after Niel. I had really trained for Tábor and hoped that Niel would go well. Fortunately that went well. After that I really worked towards Tábor. I wanted to be good there, just like at the European Championship. And it worked.”

3rd, Quinten Hermans (Bel): “The parcours in Tabor enabled me to exploit my explosivity. In the second race half I had to draw on my reserves to ride to the pits on a flat tire and get back to the front afterwards. That’s probably the energy I was lacking in the final to battle for the victory until the finish line, even though I have to admit that Lars van der Haar was by far the strongest rider today. I’m happy that I finished on a World Cup podium for the third time this season.”

Tábor Cyclocross World Cup – Men Result:
1. Lars van der Haar (Ned) in 1:02:27
2. Eli Iserbyt (Bel) at 0:11
3. Quinten Hermans (Bel) at 0:15
4. Toon Aerts (Bel) at 0:29
5. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) at 0:41
6. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) at 1:02
7. Corne van Kessel (Ned) at 1:05
8. Vincent Baestaens (Bel)
9. Gioele Bertolini (Ita) at 1:28
10. Jakob Dorigoni (Ita) at 1:33.




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Tábor Cyclocross World Cup – Women 2021
World champion, Lucinda Brand was the first to cross the line after an exciting race and is now even more firmly in the World Cup lead. A strong Puck Pieterse and Annemarie Worst filled the Dutch podium.

Brand had the best start in Tábor and rode a large part of the opening lap, with youngsters Puck Pieterse and Kata Blanka Vas on her wheel. Annemarie Worst and Denise Betsema were also alert and followed closely, Clara Honsinger was not so fast of the line. The American, winner of the Koppenbergcross this season, was held up and had to chase. Pieterse took full advantage of her technical skills at the beams. The young Dutch rider jumped over the bars, where the other riders had to get off their bikes. Pieterse made a small gap, but was soon caught again by Brand. After lap one, ten riders managed to survive the first selection. In addition to Brand, Worst, Betsema, Pieterse and Vas, Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado was also present.

The second lap was similar. Just before the beams, Pieterse rode in front of the first group. Vas and Brand were able to rejoin with a little delay, Worst, Alvarado, Betsema and Shirin van Anrooij had a lot of the trouble to bridge the difference. At the front, Pieterse was not planning to drop the pace. Just before the start of the fourth lap, only seven riders could go for the victory: Brand, Pieterse, Vas, Alvarado, Worst, Betsema and Van Anrooij. Again we had to wait for the beams and once again Pieterse emerged as the fastest. The Alpecin-Fenix ​​rider gave it another shot and this time Vas had no answer. Pieterse managed to escape the chasing group led by Vas and had 10 seconds. Pieterse started the penultimate lap with a lead of just under 10 seconds, but the race was not yet won. Pieterse’s lead melted after Betsema took some strong turns and crossed to Pieterse’s wheel in one go. Vas, Worst, Brand, Alvarado and Van Anrooij also benefited from the merger and so they started the 6th and final lap with seven leaders.

Brand felt her moment had come and took the lead at a fast pace. The leading group was split, although the differences were very small. The World champion continued to ride hard, hoping to hit the beams with a lead. Brand succeeded in her aim and was then able to accelerate on her favourite part just after the beams. The acceleration turned out to be too much for the others, even though Pieterse and Worst tried to close the gap on Brand. The World Cup leader couldn’t be caught and crossed the line first. This is her second World Cup victory of the season, after she won in Fayetteville. A few seconds after Brand’s finish, the Under 23, Pieterse won the sprint for second place, ahead of Worst, Alvarado and Betsema.


Race winner, Lucinda Brand (Ned): “I knew I had to throw it on the last lap. This was really a race where you had to think of something yourself in the race. At first I wanted to continue after the beams, hoping it would split. But that didn’t happen. I knew I had to throw it on the last lap after that. I tried it in the beginning so I could always switch afterwards. But luckily everyone was broke. Maybe it helps that I race on the road too. Today it was mainly tactical rather than technical. Fortunately, my plan succeeded. It’s hard to really keep that pace and extend a lead. So I still had hope. But I had to keep a close eye on her.”

2nd, Puck Pieterse (Ned): “I still got on the wheel at Lucinda Brand, but she had so much more power. Three laps before the end I wanted to go there and get a gap. Then I extended a lot, but that also cost them strength. After that I kept trying every time, but Lucinda just had too big a gap. I still got on the wheel, but she had so much more power than me that I couldn’t use it anymore. I had discussed in advance how I wanted to do it, also in the sprint. That plan worked. I stayed in Annemarie Worst’s wheel for a long time and was then able to ride my own line. From then on I was able to go full throttle and push through to the finish line.”

3rd, Annemarie Worst (Ned): “I got through it well at the end. I had a really hard time. I didn’t really get away. But everyone was having a hard time and it was going fast. I’m happy to be on the podium. It went super fast and we were in the final with a large group. Fortunately we were able to close the gap with Puck after the bars every time. Furthermore, it was hard for me, but I was able to get through it at the end. I wanted to sprint out of the corner, but I wasn’t completely fresh anymore. It was a tough last lap.”

Tábor Cyclocross World Cup – Women Result:
1. Lucinda Brand (Ned) in 52:00
2. Puck Pieterse (Ned) at 0:03
3. Annemarie Worst (Ned)
4. Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Ned) at 0:04
5. Denise Betsema (Ned) at 0:09
6. Kata Blanka Vas (Hun) at 0:19
7. Shirin van Anrooij (Ned) at 0:25
8. Fem van Empel (Ned) at 0:52
9. Inge van der Heijden (Ned) at 1:10
10. Maghalie Rochette (Can) at 1:16.




Ethias Cross – Leuven 2021
Laurens Sweeck won the Ethias Cross in Leuven on Saturday. On a technical and muddy course, the Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal rider distanced himself from his competitors in the third lap, allowing him to take his second victory of the season.

The Ethias Cross was missing the top riders who were saving themselves for the World Cup cross in Tabor on Sunday. Acrog rider Jarno Bellens took the best start and led the pack in the opening phase. He had fellow countrymen Ward Huybs, Vincent Baestaens, Laurens Sweeck and Spaniard Felipe Orts with him. A few more riders managed to join, and so a leading group of nine men crossed the finish line the first time. Top favourite Sweeck then took control. In the forest of Heverlee he increased the pace on the second lap and the leading group was further thinned out. Baestaens followed on his wheel, with Gerben Kuypers and Orts slightly behind.

In the third lap, Sweeck distanced himself from the other. The gap soon widened, after which he was able to ride to the victory. Orts, Meeusen and Soete had to resign themselves to battle for second place. Just over three weeks after his victory in the Ardooie Kermiscross, Sweeck was able to take his second victory of the season. Second place went to veteran Meeusen. On the final lap he decided the battle with Orts for second place in his favour.


Race winner, Laurens Sweeck (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal): “I wanted to make the difference in the first half of the race, so I could slow down a bit at the end. I’m glad that it worked, although I didn’t really stop. I could just keep riding my pace, so I had to take less risk in the final phase. We’ll see what happens tomorrow. I’m glad the win is in. The focus was really on today.”

Ethias Cross Leuven Result:
1. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal in 54:56
2. Tom Meeusen (Bel) Deschacht-Group Hens-Maes at 0:17
3. Felipe Orts (Spa) Burgos-BH at 0:27
4. Daan Soete (Bel) Deschacht-Group Hens-Maes at 0:46
5. Marcel Meisen (Ger) Alpecin-Felix at 0:57
6. Joran Wyseure (Bel) Tormans-Circus at 1:02
7. Lennert Belmans (Bel) Iko-Crelan at 1:11
8. Lander Loockx (Bel) Deschacht-Group Hens-Maes at 1.28
9. Gerben Kuypers (Bel) Proximus-Alphamotorhomes-Doltcini at 2:08
10. Jarno Bellens (Bel) Acrog at 2:22.



Superprestige Jaarmarktcross – Niel 2021
Eli Iserbyt won Niel’s Jaarmarktcross on Thursday. The Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal rider faced considerable opposition from Toon Aerts in the final laps, but eventually managed to beat him in the sprint. Quinten Hermans completed the podium.

New European champion Lars van der Haar was the best from the start line. Quinten Hermans and Toon Aerts followed in his footsteps, Eli Iserbyt joined a little later. After the first lap, the four in front were a few seconds ahead of the first pursuers, Laurens Sweeck and the Swiss rider Kevin Kuhn. Those behind soon found themselves at an unbridgeable disadvantage. At the front, Van der Haar, Hermans, Aerts and Iserbyt stayed together for some time. Hermans did make a gap on the third lap, but crashed on a corner. Sweeck tried to make the crossing, but he had a problem with his bike, after which he had to continue on foot.

In the laps that followed, the four in the lead turned out to be very evenly matched. At the start of lap four, Lars van der Haar accelerated, Toon Aerts came through and then the duo of Baloise Trek Lions escaped together. Aerts also led solo for a short period, Iserbyt together with Van der Haar, managed to rejoin. Hermans had more trouble, but he also stayed close. At the end of the sixth lap, in the sand section, it was Iserbyt who attacked. His lead grew when Van der Haar and Aerts hit the ground together. In the last two laps, Aerts did everything he could to close the gap, and in the end he succeeded. He even managed to get away from Iserbyt for a while. But Iserbyt managed to return in the last hundreds of meters, partly due to a good ride through the sand. In a long sprint, Iserbyt closed the door on Aerts. Hermans was third behind Iserbyt and Aerts, Van der Haar followed in fourth place.


Race winner, Eli Iserbyt (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal): “This is very rewarding. I think it was a cross for everyone. I had a flat tire just after the start-finish, which was a shame. It was actually my worst sand passage, but Toon rode even worse. He fell silent, so it was over and over and a sprint of dying swans. I knew he was on my right. I went slightly to the right, but there was still room enough to pass me. I don’t think that played a role. For me it was adapting to the rest at the beginning, but I think Lars (van der Haar) and Toon were also good. So I’m very happy with the win”

3rd, Quinten Hermans: “I did not enjoy my best feelings today and I understood it from the start of the race. I had to claw my way back to the front early on and I was hoping to gain momentum in the second half of the race. But fatigue gradually took over, while my opponents were able to move up a gear. I fought to the finish despite the bad luck so I’m happy to finish on the podium under these circumstances! In Superprestige competitions, it is important to waste as few points as possible, because the battle for the final classification is always very close.”

Superprestige Jaarmarktcross – Niel Result:
1. Eli Iserbyt (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal in 1:01:02
2. Toon Aerts (Bel) Baloise Trek Lions
3. Quinten Hermans (Bel) Tormans-Circus at 0:22
4. Lars van der Haar (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions at 0:24
5. Jens Adams (Bel) Holle Beek Hoeve at 1:39
6. Toon Vandebosch (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 1:53
7. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 2:01
8. Daan Soete (Bel) CX Team Deschacht-group Hens-Containers Maes at 2:02
9. Kevin Kuhn (Swi) Tormans-Circus
10. Niels Vandeputte (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix at 2:13.



Tadej Pogačar Names Own Weaknesses
Tadej Pogačar has responded in a podcast with Geraint Thomas to statements by Jonas Vingegaard and others. The Jumbo-Visma rider pointed out that it seems “as if Pogačar never has a bad day”, but the two-time Tour winner contradicts that. “Like everyone else, I can collapse too.”

“I don’t think my opponents should be afraid of me,” said the Slovenian. “I am still vulnerable and it is not impossible for me to collapse. I’m strong on the medium climbs, I get good wattages there, but I can be beat on the longer climbs. That can also happen if you have to climb to great heights.”

In addition, the leader of UAE Emirates knows that his team is not always as strong as it needs to be. “If I suddenly have a situation in which I don’t have a team around me, teams with several leaders can attack from far out. That is more difficult to control and with that they can make it very difficult for me,” said Pogačar.

Geraint Thomas, who won the Tour de France himself in 2018, is impressed by Pogačar. “He has changed cycling with it,” said the 35 year-old Welsh climber. “Together with his generation, he has created a new way of racing. Anything can happen from start to finish. Of course it’s motivation to beat him, but you have to find the right tactics. At INEOS Grenadiers, we no longer make the little train that has set us apart over the years. Because that would mean taking Pogačar in a wagon.”

Pogačar and Thomas:
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Geraint Thomas’ Bike Stolen from Outside Cafe
Geraint Thomas was robbed of his bike during a training ride. The British INEOS Grenadiers rider announced on social media that someone had stolen his Pinarello Dogma during a coffee break.

“Lovely ride. Lovely coffee stop in Menton. Except someone nicked my bike 🤦‍♂️ Now in an Uber home. It’s a Dogma F with F12 stickers. Random miss matched wheels and in need of a wash #oneofakind”

Geraint Thomas' Bike Stolen

Police Find Stolen Bike
Police in Menton, a French coastal town on the Italian border close to Monaco, have recovered Geraint Thomas’ stolen bike. The 2018 Tour winner announced on social media that he has his bike back.

“Look what showed up!! Boy have I got a good story for you on next week’s @gtcc_ pod 🤣 Big thanks to the Menton Police for their help 👮‍♂️👌 All’s well that ends well”



Guillaume Martin Releases his Second Book
Guillaume Martin presented his second book this week. The book is called ‘La Société du Peloton’, literally translated The community of the peloton. In it, the Cofidis climber compares the ups and downs in the peloton with other groups in society.

“From a world I know well, the cycling peloton, I try to think about what is going on in every society. How can you participate in a collective group without giving up your personal ambitions? And how can you live together without sacrificing yourself? These are questions that will appeal to every cyclist and that I think are very topical,” says Martin.

The book by Martin, who graduated as a philosopher, was published in French on Wednesday. “I hope that in the future the book can also be translated into English and other languages,” the Frenchman who this year was eighth in the Tour de France and ninth in the Vuelta a España said on social media. In addition to being a cyclist and philosopher, the Cofidis leader is also a gifted writer. He previously published the book Socrates on the bicycle.

Guillaume Martin:


Tom Dumoulin Second in 10K Race in Maastricht
Tom Dumoulin took part in a running race in Maastricht on Sunday. The Jumbo-Visma rider ran in the 10K race during the Groene Loper Run in his birthplace of Maastricht and finished second.

Dumoulin ran the 10 kilometres in a time of 32 minutes and 38 seconds, good for an average speed of 18.3 km/h. The Limburger was seventeen seconds slower than the winner. More and more cyclists are running during the winter months. Last week, Adam Yates ran the Barcelona Marathon in under three hours. Dumoulin’s teammate Wout van Aert took part in the Antwerp 10 Miles running event last month, and Tom Pidcock also regularly puts on his running shoes.

10K for Tom:
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Filippo Pozzato Out of Hospital
Filippo Pozzato was allowed to leave the hospital in Vicenza on Thursday. The 40-year-old former cyclist was admitted eight days ago with severe pneumonia as a result of the corona virus. Pozzato was on a ventilator for several days.

“I’m happy. Since this morning I no longer need extra oxygen and I react very well to that,” Pozzato told La Gazzetta Dello Sport. “I have tested negative for the corona virus since yesterday and my body is responding well, now that I no longer need a ventilator. The doctors told me that they have never seen such large sports lungs. I will still be monitored when I get home.”

‘Pippo’ Pozzato has been heard from the hospital several times in the past week. Just before he was due to be vaccinated, he contracted the coronavirus and as a result had to be hospitalised. Afterwards, he called himself an ‘idiot’ for not having been vaccinated before. “I realise that we are all at risk, even if you are fit, healthy and fairly young. I can only advise you to vaccinate. It is fundamental to avoid the worst.”

Pozzato back with his Ferrari:


Rebellin Determined to Return
Two months after his bad crash in the Memorial Marco Pantani, Davide Rebellin is still not on his bike. The now 50-year-old Italian is still convalescing, but is determined to return to the peloton. “I actually wanted to hang up my bike this year, but I can’t end up with a fracture,” he said in conversation with Tuttobiciweb.

Rebellin crashed heavily in the Memorial Marco Pantani on Saturday, September 18. Work Service Marchiol Vega, the continental team that Rebellin is riding for this year, announced that he was suffering from a broken tibia and a broken fibula. After the crash, the former classic winner was immediately taken to the hospital in Forlì and his season ended abruptly.

Now, almost two months after the crash, Rebellin is still rehabilitating. “I have to wait about a month before calluses develop. Then I can also start putting weight on my leg. I am currently still on crutches, but can move around the house without any problems. I’m still working on physiotherapy and the improvements are really visible, but it’s just a matter of patience. I don’t want to force it.”

Rebellin, winner of Classics such as Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Flèche Wallonne and the Amstel Gold Race, does not yet know when he can train again. “At the beginning of December it is time for another X-ray and I hope to have taken a good step in my rehabilitation by then. My plan is to get back on my bike by the end of the year. Then I may also be able to train outside again, although it is better not to risk anything.”

The former classic winner hopes to eventually make a full recovery and make his comeback in the peloton, although he remains cautious. “Will I come out for Work Service again next year? I first want to see how my body will react after a long rehabilitation period. I make no secret of the fact that I actually wanted to stop as a cyclist this year, after the races in September and October.”

“But I don’t want to end up with a breakup. I want to stop in the race, as a rider in the peloton. The idea is therefore to contest some races with the team in March, April and May.” Rebellin then wants to focus on another branch of cycling: gravel racing. “It is an ever-expanding world and it shapes the future of cycling. I would like to combine road and gravel races in 2022.”

One more year for Davide Rebellin, maybe:


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Andrea Guardini Retires
We will not see Andrea Guardini back in the peloton next year. The Italian has decided to end his career at the age of 32, reported La Gazzetta dello Sport, among others. Guardini took 43 professional victories during his career, including a stage win in the Giro d’Italia.

Guardini has been racing for Giotti Victoria-Savini Due, a modest continental team on a Romanian license since 2020. The fast Italian managed to give his team two more victories this year in the Tour of Szeklerland (UCI 2.2) and also collected a few places of honour in the smaller stage races such as Belgrade-Banjaluka, Turul Romaniei and the Giro di Sicilia.

Despite the successes at a lower level, Guardini has decided to hang his bike up. This is how a professional career of about ten seasons comes to an end. It all started in 2011 with Farnese Vini-Neri-Sottoli and Guardini also rode for Astana (2013-2016), UAE Team Emirates (2017), Bardiani-CSF (2018-2019) and Giotti Victoria-Savini Due.

Guardini was known as a pure sprinter who could compete with the world’s top on good days. That became clear in the 2012 Giro, when he beat the then world champion Mark Cavendish in the 18th stage to Vedelago. Guardini also knew his limitations, sometimes having trouble finishing in time.

Guardini was never able to fully live up to expectations after his stage win in the 2012 Giro, although he was good for quite a few victories every year, especially in Asia. Guardini won 24 stage victories in the Tour de Langkawi. He also had victories in the Eneco Tour, Tour of Oman, Tour of Qinghai Lake, Tour of Qatar, Abu Dhabi Tour, Tour of Turkey and Tour of Denmark.

Andrea Guardini:
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UAE Team Emirates Boss, Fernández, Always wanted Marc Soler
Joxean Fernández, team manager at UAE Team Emirates, is excited about his new signing Marc Soler. The Spaniard is leaving Movistar after seven seasons for a new adventure with Tour winner Tadej Pogačar. “His fighting spirit and his attitude as an attacking rider appeal to me as a team manager. Marc is the rider I’ve always wanted.”

“I like Marc very much,” Fernández said in conversation with Cyclo21. The 50-year-old Spanish team manager is not worried about Soler’s character, on the contrary. At UAE Team Emirates, they consider that the greatest strength of the rider, who won Paris-Nice in 2018 and a stage in the Vuelta two years later. “It is a rider I like because of his character. I like riders with their own identity, who know what they want.”

According to Fernández, the 27-year-old Soler will get his chances in a Grand Tour. “Strong teams should have more than one leader. Tadej Pogačar deserves to be leader of the Tour de France for having won the last two editions, just as João Almeida deserves for his results in the Giro d’Italia. Why then should Marc Soler not be allowed to get space in the Vuelta a España? I would like to see Marc get his sporting space in the Vuelta.”

Soler will sometimes be the leader, but sometimes he will also be at the start in a supporting role for Pogačar and Almeida. “I don’t want to make a gregario out of him,” Fernández promises. “I want him to have his sporting space, for him to win, but also for him to be indispensable in the team.”

Marc Soler:


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Is This the Last Season for Vincenzo Nibali?
Vincenzo Nibali is preparing for his eighteenth season in the pro peloton. The big question is whether the Italian, who will celebrate his 37th birthday this Sunday, will end his career in 2022. “Whether I am in my final year? I haven’t made a decision yet,” he told Spaziociclismo.

Nibali will race again for the Astana Qazaqstan Team in 2022. The almost 37-year-old Italian raced for Trek-Segafredo in recent years, but that was not a great success. While riding for the Kazakh team, he managed to achieve his greatest triumphs with a win in the Tour de France (2014), the Giro d’Italia (2013 and 2016) and the Tour of Lombardy in 2015. A full palmarès, but does this also mean that Nibali will stop at the end of next year?

The Sicilian didn’t want to say too much about his future in conversation with RadioCorsa, but emphasises that he does not know yet. “Right now I haven’t set any goals for myself. I have signed a contract for one year and I want to enjoy the coming season. And after that? We will see.”

Nibali can’t say much about his program yet, although it looks like he will participate in the five Monuments in 2022. It is still unclear whether he will participate in the Giro d’Italia again next year, or whether he prefers the Tour de France. Nibali is enthusiastic about the course of the upcoming edition of the Tour of Italy, which was presented in several steps.

“It’s a beautiful Giro. Heavy, but also balanced at the same time,” concluded the two-time Giro winner. “There are a lot of climbs included in the course, but there are also a lot of sprint stages. The course will ignite immediately. Some stages look simple on paper, but that can turn out differently in practice. Then I think of the stages to Naples and Messina.”

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Terpstra On his Contract Extension
He had to wait a long time, but Niki Terpstra has extended his contract with TotalEnergies for one year. The 37-year-old rider hopes to finally get the best out of himself again next year. “The performances of the past may no longer be there, but I also really like racing in a different way,” he said in an interview with In het Wiel of the AD.

It was unclear whether Terpstra could sign up with the French TotalEnergies, but eventually the team extended his contract. The Dutchman moved from Deceuninck – Quick-Step to the French ProTeam at the end of 2018 and will start his fourth season in 2022 for team of manager Jean-René Bernaudeau. “Have I doubted? No, although I was of course nervous at times. The manager of Total said every time: it will be fine. So I had faith that it would be okay.”

In recent years Terpstra was plagued by several crashes and so rarely managed to achieve his level of previous years. “I am still rebuilding,” Terpstra refers to his heavy crash during a training ride in 2020. The rider fell on the dike between Enkhuizen and Lelystad and was rushed to hospital with several fractures.

“That fall had a huge impact. I wasn’t allowed to move because something could have broken. I was eventually put to sleep and taken away by air ambulance. I woke up in the intensive care unit. Then someone comes and scratches your feet to see if they react. It was really intense. I never really wanted to tell because I wanted to continue cycling, because I wanted to forget it myself, because I don’t want to look too much into the past.”

“As a result, to the outside world it is sometimes as if it was just a crash. It wasn’t. I’ve fallen hard before, but it was overshadowed by this one. I was back on the bike quickly, given the circumstances, but I wasn’t up to speed quickly.” Terpstra, who has won Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders in the past, is realistic at the age of 37. “I’m getting older, it’s harder to get to the top level.”

“I will never again be so good that I can win the Tour of Flanders. But I still think I can be an above-average rider if I can just race and train again for a while. A lot of training and a lot of races, then I start to pay.” Terpstra hopes to be of value to the team again next year. If not as a leader, or as a luxury domestique for the newest addition to the team: three-time World champion Peter Sagan.

Terpstra has no qualms about sacrificing himself for a teammate. “In recent years I rode the classics mainly with ambitions for myself. I’ve flipped the switch, adjusted my goals. The performances of the past may not be there anymore, but I also really like racing in a different way, by helping the team. With equipment, food, but also in the race. I have already done that in recent years, but I will only focus more on that next year.”

Niki Terpstra:
Niki Terpstra


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Van Keirsbulck Contract Extension
Guillaume Van Keirsbulck is very happy with his contract extension at Alpecin-Fenix. The 30-year-old Belgian will be transferred from the Development Team to the Pro Team next year. “I am very grateful.”

“Until I joined Alpecin-Fenix ​​in April, I thought my career was over. Fortunately, the Roodhooft brothers were there to relaunch my career. They gave me an opportunity that I grabbed with both hands. It was a wake-up call for me because I don’t want to end up in this situation again,” he said.

His contract extension shows that Van Keirsbulk has indeed seized the opportunity. But it didn’t go well at first. Due to a training delay, it took a little longer for the Belgian to get up to speed in 2021. “That was not easy, no. I was behind schedule and had no race miles in my legs after missing the classics. I felt that way in the beginning too.”

“By racing and through good guidance from the team, I managed to get back in good shape. As the season went on I felt better. Now I’m going into winter in very good shape; that motivates me to help our leaders in the classics next year,”

Guillaume Van Keirsbulck:
Guillaume Van Keirsbulck


Iljo Keisse: “I started racing because of the Six Days”
The Belgian will team up with Mark Cavendish for the 80th edition

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The Six Days of Gent are back next week after having been cancelled last year, and three Deceuninck – Quick-Step riders will be racing in the famous Het Kuipke. The one and only Olympic and World Champion Michael Mørkøv, a winner here in 2009 and 2015, and Mark Cavendish and Iljo Keisse, who will race together as TheWolfpack powered by Maes0.0%. For the 38-year-old Belgian, it’s a really special event, the place where it all started.

The “Kaiser of het Kuipke” has won seven editions of the Six Days of Gent, but the most special one remains the first time in 2005: “I won with Matthew Gilmore, who was my partner at that time. It was so special, as a part of your dream comes true. I started racing because of the Six Days. As a kid I was sitting on the balustrade, watching the races. To win in Gent meant finally achieving this goal. I wanted to become a track rider, that was my dream. Later on, road racing came along.”

“After all those years it changed a lot. Before, I was really specialised in track racing, I did it every day, starting from my first win in Gent I went to all the Six Days with the ambition to win. Now I’m not a track rider anymore, except for those six days and like three weeks of training during the whole year, the other days I’m racing on the road. Every year I feel it gets more difficult. In 2019 I was so frustrated because I felt it was impossible to win. Next week, with Cav we’ll be at at he start, but without big ambitions. After two, three days we’ll see how the situation is, and that’s also what I need to find that drive again. If we can still battle for the win, we’ll certainly try. If we see it’s difficult, we can maybe pick out some moments to try to light up the Kuipke. We’ll see.”

To be on top of the podium next Sunday isn’t an easy task. “In the past I would have said you just need to go for it on the first evening, but in the meantime the first evening everyone just follows. What I notice is that during the first three days everyone can still manage to hold on, but then some start to have difficulties. If in my case I would like to win, the most important thing is to dose my effort, to hold on in the front as long as possible and to then make a move at the end.”

“Now with Mark I’m riding the Three Days of Copenhagen, as last preparation. It’s really important to do this. The other guys who are specialised in it just had the Worlds and other races and it’s better to have some competition in the legs to have a chance to compete against them. It’s also super close towards next week and we’re training full gas, so it’s actually perfect.”

Having to prepare and ride the Six Days didn’t leave Iljo with a big resting period. “Getting older, I don’t take a lot of rest, but I try to stay busy as I feel this also helps towards the road season. For Cav this also limits his off-season, but the fact he chose to ride the Six Days means he wants to do it. I really like track racing, it’s such an honest discipline. The public sees everything and you train all aspects of cycling: bike handling skills, flexibility, technique and tactics. It also makes the perfect learning school for young cyclists.”

One of the most experienced riders in the peloton, Iljo Keisse announced his retirement from cycling next year already some time ago and he would like to end where it all started: “The Six Days are so special to me. It all started there, it’s close to my house, to my dad’s pub. My family and friends are all there, and it’s at the end of the season, so I could still ride a complete season. I don’t see any reason why I wouldn’t end my career there.”

‘Gent 6’ in 2014: Mark Cavendish and Iljo Keisse:


Andrey Zeits Rejoins Astana Qazaqstan Team
Experienced Kazakh rider Andrey Zeits is set to return to Astana Qazaqstan Team where he has spent most of his cycling career from 2008 to 2019. The new agreement with the rider has been signed for one year (2022).

“Of course, I am very happy to return to the Astana project. I have spent many years in this team and together with it I have achieved many great team successes. Returning to Astana Qazaqstan Team is a new opportunity to prove myself, to set new goals and to try to achieve it. Ahead of the start of the new season I am really motivated to do everything possible to help the team leaders, whom I know very well, and also to try to share all my experience with young guys who have recently joined the team or are just going to join it in the upcoming season,” said Andrey Zeits.

Andrey Zeits (34) is the most experienced active Kazakh rider, who started his professional career in 2008.

Alongside of his personal achievements as second place in the General Classification of the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey (2011) and Tour of Hainan (2015) or eighth place in the overall standings of Tour de Pologne (2016) and the road race at the Olympic Games (2016), Andrey Zeits is widely known as a strong and reliable helper for the team leaders at the Grand Tours. For example, Zeits was next to Vincenzo Nibali in his both winning Giro d’Italia in 2013 and 2016 as well as next to Miguel Angel Lopez when he reached the podium of the Giro and La Vuelta in 2018.

“We know Andrey as a very strong and reliable team rider, a great assistant, who you can always rely on at the Grand Tours. The last two years have not been the most successful for him for various reasons, but now he is returning to our team, and we are happy to welcome him in Astana Qazaqstan Team. I think Andrey will be able to help Miguel Angel Lopez or Alexey Lutsenko in their fight for some important results at the most prestigious races in the world,” said Alexandr Vinokurov.

“The return of Andrey Zeits to Astana Qazaqstan Team is a great news and on behalf of our federation I welcome the contract signing with this highly experienced domestic rider who has successfully competed on the WorldTour level for many years and defended the colours of Kazakhstan at the most prestigious competitions, such as the Olympics and World Championships. Despite all the difficulties of the season, this year Andrey proved that he is still in a great form, so his arrival in the team is an unconditional strengthening of both the team and Kazakhstan’s position in world cycling,” commented Nurlan Smagulov, President of Kazakhstan Cycling Federation.

Andrey Zeits:
Andrey Zeits


Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec Gives Norwegian Trym Westgaard Holther a Professional Contract
Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec will take young Norwegian talent Trym Westgaard Holther from the junior category to the pros this winter. The 18-year-old rider from the junior team Smaalenene SK was Norwegian national U19 time trial champion last season.

“Our squad has always been multi-ethnic,” said squad manager Gianni Savio in a press release. “With the arrival of Trym Holther, who we consider a real talent, we will have riders from nine different countries: Italy, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Eritrea, Norway, Romania, Spain and Ukraine. Holther is national time trial champion in the junior category, a race in which he defeated road World champion Per Strand Hagenes.”

Savio is impressed with his new acquisition. “He was unlucky at the European Championship, but a crash, which resulted in a broken collarbone, did not prevent him from finishing the race. That showed not only his athletic and technical skills, but also his enormous determination.”

Holther is very excited about his transfer to Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli, as the team will be called next season. “It is a team that has produced many great riders and I hope to become one of them. In my first year I hope to grow and maybe even achieve good results. I think I am a time trialist who can also ride uphill. Hopefully I can also perform well in a GC. I am very happy to have the opportunity to work with this team.”

Trym Westgaard Holther:
Trym Westgaard Holther


Olympic Track Medallist Stewart Adds strength & Speed to Team BikeExchange
Olympic Medallist Campbell Stewart makes his transition to road racing, joining the WorldTour peloton with Team BikeExchange for the 2022 & 2023 seasons.

The 23-year-old picked up the silver medal in the Omnium at the recent Tokyo Olympic Games, adding to his World Championship title in the event in 2019, displaying his wide-ranged skillset and sharp turn of speed on the track.

Stewart will be the fifth rider from New Zealand to join the Australian outfit and after his impressive results on the boards, the team is intrigued to see what he can achieve on the road given his remarkable strength and power.

Brent Copeland, General Manager on Stewart: “Campbell is undoubtedly one of the world’s most extraordinary track cycling talents. His palmarès speaks for itself with multiple world championship medals, plus a silver medal in the Omnium at the Tokyo Olympics. Campbell has also shown what he is capable of on the road as well, with two wins in France and a stage win in New Zealand this year. Our team has always been attentive in our search for talent. For this reason, we have decided to offer him the opportunity to join our squad, confident that he will be able to continue his career as he starts to focus on the road.”

Campbell Stewart: “I have been following GreenEDGE Cycling for years and I am excited to be joining. It’s an incredible opportunity for me and I will do everything possible to make it a success. Of course, I will need some time to adapt to the new environment, but I’m sure I will fit well with Team BikeExchange and the team spirit. Between December and January I’ll begin to work with the staff and team members and I am really looking forward to learning as much as possible from everyone as I turn my attentions more to the road.”

Campbell Stewart
Date of Birth: 12th May 1998 (23)
Nationality: New Zealander
Joins GreenEDGE Cycling: 2022
New Contract: 2022 & 2023

Top Results:
1st 2019 World Championships Omnium
1st 2021 New Zealand Cycle Classic stage 5
1st 2020 New Zealand Cycle Classic stage 2
1st 2021 A Travers Les Hauts de France stage 2 & 3
2nd 2021 A Travers Les Hauts de France overall
2nd 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games Omnium
2nd 2020 World Championships Team Pursuit
2nd 2020 World Championships Madison
2nd 2018 Commonwealth Games Points Race
2nd 2018 Commonwealth Games Scratch Race.



Mauro Schmid Signs for Two Years with The Wolfpack
The 21-year-old Swiss rider, a Giro d’Italia stage winner, joins his dream team.

Mauro Schmid is the newest signing of Deceuninck – Quick-Step. Only 21 years of age, Schmid showcased his potential during the famous gravel stage of this year’s Giro d’Italia, where he took home the win after going in the decisive breakaway. Patrick Lefevere, CEO of Deceuninck – Quick-Step, also noticed the skills of the Swiss all-rounder: “Mauro is still very young, but he already has a Grand Tour stage to his name. The fact that it came in the Montalcino stage only proves what he’s capable of. He still has so much margin to grow, as not so long ago he was still combining different disciplines. Now he’ll focus on the road for the next two years, and we’re more than happy to guide and help him to become better.”


Mauro has come a long way until he reached this point of joining his dream team Deceuninck – Quick-Step: “First I started mountain biking. I did it more or less for fun. After one or two years I also started doing some road racing and then when I was under 17 I began cyclo-cross. For nearly four years I combined it all together, most of the time I did a mountain bike race on Saturday, on Sunday a road race, and then the whole winter I did CX. Being only 14 years old, it was quite a big program then. When I became junior I more or less stopped mountain bike racing, as I realised I had more potential on the road. As a junior I combined road and CX during winter. A bit later, I started track racing when I was a second-year junior. After that I got in the elite national team on the track and decided to go for this in combination with the road.”

“That combination worked quite well, but most of the time I didn’t really have the opportunity to take a break. I had to be quite careful with the whole planning. I realised I could make it to the Olympics, but I had to fight for my spot. Because of that I tried to focus a bit more on the track for a period of time, but then with Covid it got postponed. It was difficult and I had to switch my attention to the road, as my goals were road-related in 2020. Eventually I got my first pro contract. In 2021 everything came together, my first year as a pro on the road and the Olympics. It was quite a big step for me. Now my goal is to leave the track a little bit behind. I won’t retire from track, I think I’ll keep it for the winter, but my main focus will be road racing for the next two years.”

“I learned something from every discipline. Definitely the CX training and racing helped me a lot to learn how to handle my bike and how to avoid crashes. Becoming a pro was still quite a big step, as before I was working full time. I worked 40 hours per week and then I trained in the evening. I was a car mechanic. In Switzerland it’s quite common to combine work and school. Then you get your degree and you can choose another business if you want. But my parents own a car dealership, so for me it was a logical step. I rolled into it and I was interested in cars. When I turned 16 I had to choose if I wanted to keep on studying, I wasn’t really motivated to do so. Now when I look back it also helped, as I had a tough time working and training, but I still competed well despite the lack of training hours. I did like half of the training hours of other guys my age. I stopped working at the end of 2019 and then I went to the army for four months, but most of the time we were training there and we had some other responsibilities.”

“I liked turning pro, it all moves so fast. To live this lifestyle is great, I have seen the other side already, a 9-to-5 job is really something totally different and also something hard. Some guys don’t know what it is, but because of that I’m even more motivated to have this chance to be a full-time cyclist. The most beautiful thing I think is you’re more or less your own boss. You have of course a lot of people around you, but it always comes back to your own responsibility if you eat well, go to bed early, train hard. You need to focus and keep your goals in mind. And how unique is it to race all around the world? I’m also lucky to have my whole family supporting me, my father was also racing and knows the cycling world.”

“This year I got my first big pro win, on the gravel stage in the Giro. It was the first time I went into a breakaway from the beginning and it was a totally new thing. Also the Giro came unexpectedly for me, as I didn’t really prepare for it. I heard I was selected like three weeks before as I was in a good shape and they believed in me. During the first days after this news I was a bit in shock, but then I felt the support of everyone and I knew I had to be confident. I also didn’t go there with any expectations, just to support the other guys.”

“The whole Giro was up and down. I had super good days, but also bad days. Before the rest day I had a really bad day, then I did a short spin on the rest day itself and the next day was the Strade stage. I had this stage marked in red and I really wanted to go in the break. I had the feeling this stage could give the breakaway the opportunity to make it as the GC guys would look at each other. I felt super good, and I tried to save my power. Nobody knew me so I could take some advantage of that. You never know if it’s your last chance to win a Grand Tour stage. I really like to ride on the gravel because of my cyclo-cross history, so I felt at home on those white roads. After my win I got so many messages, that I had to switch my phone off in the evening.”

“Now coming to this team is a dream that comes true. I have a lot of memories from watching the Classics as a kid and seeing this team always perform. It’s about this mentality of always trying to win and this squad that holds together so strong. Here it’s really all or nothing and a lot of guys get the chance to go for a win. I really want to integrate well in the team and make another step to being more consistent in my performances. Winning another race would be amazing of course. Getting good results with your teammates also brings me a lot of joy. It’s as nice as winning by yourself, experiencing this is really something I’m looking forward to.”

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Jan Maas Steps up to WorldTour Level with Team BikeExchange for 2022
25-year-old Jan Maas will join Team BikeExchange for the 2022 season, making the step up to WorldTour level having shown promising signs with consistent results throughout the 2021 season.

The rider from the Netherlands was a runner up in the Junior Ronde van Vlaanderen and has since gone from strength to strength, regularly delivering top-10 finishes in prestigious pro-continental level races across Europe.

GreenEDGE Cycling is hoping that this opportunity for Maas to step up into the WorldTour will provide him with the added support and structure needed to take a leap forward in his professional development, whilst also becoming a valuable and versatile asset for the Australian outfit in the mountains.

Brent Copeland, General Manager on Maas: “I am thrilled to welcome this young and promising Dutch talent into the GreenEDGE family. I remember Jan’s second place in the Junior Ronde van Vlaanderen and he’s had a whole series of solid results in the junior and U23 categories. Over the years, Jan’s growth has continued, and in the last season he’s had several good results in stages races, including a 10th overall at Sazka Tour and third overall at the Tour de la Mirabelle. We very much believe that he will continue to improve, and that is why we have offered him the opportunity to join our team.”

Matthew White, Head Sport Director on Maas: “Jan is coming to the team with a few years of experience, racing in the professional continental circuit. We were looking for one or two riders that were ready to step up to the WorldTour level and fill in crucial roles in supporting our climbing leaders. It is a great opportunity for Jan to step up to the WorldTour level with us and I am confident he will make the most of it and fit in well.”

Jan Maas: “I’m really pleased to be joining Team BikeExchange for next year. It was really a nice surprise to know that I would be part of the team, but I was confident because I had a really good season, so I was expecting that something good could come. I think Team BikeExchange is one of the best teams in the world, and during the last season, I did a few races with my future teammates, and they look solid and professional and like a family to grow up in. The latter is an essential aspect for me because I believe in the team, and I believe joining this team is the right choice and I’m sure that I will improve. I’m a rider that likes climbing, undulating routes and I am sure that the team will support me in my growth. I’m looking forward to meeting my new teammates and all the staff. It’s a dream come true.”

Jan Maas
Date of Birth: 19th February 1996 (25)
Nationality: Dutch
Joins GreenEDGE Cycling: 2022
New Contract: 2022

Top Results:
3rd 2021 Tour de la Mirabelle – Overall
4th 2021 Sazka Tour – stage 4
4th 2021 Le Tour de Bretagne Cycliste – stage 1
4th 2021 Istarsko Proljece-Istrian Spring Trophy – Overall
5th 2021 Overosterreichrundfahrt – Overall
6th 2021 Overosterreichrundfahrt – stage 2
6th 2021 Tour de Alsace – stage 3
6th 2020 Tour du Doubs



BORA-hansgrohe Adds Enrico Gasparotto, Bernhard Eisel and Torsten Schmidt to Staff
BORA-hansgrohe has expanded the team management for next season with three ex-pro riders. Two-time Amstel Gold Race winner Enrico Gasparotto, Bernhard Eisel, winner of Gent-Wevelgem in 2010, and Torsten Schmidt, who ran Gerolsteiner for many years.

Gasparotto ended to his racing career in 2020, having raced for Liquigas, Astana, Wanty-Groupe Gobert, Bahrain Merida and NTT Pro Cycling. Last season he was sports director with the continental team Nippo-Provence-PTS. Eisel ended his career in early 2020 after being out of a contract. The Austrian raced for Française des Jeux, HTC-High Road, Team Sky and Dimension Data. He then went to work as a presenter, reporter and commentator for Eurosport and GCN. The 49-year-old Schmidt stopped cycling in 2007 and later became sports director at Team CSC, Leopard-Trek and Katusha.

BORA-hansgrohe previously confirmed that sports director Enrico Poitschke would leave the team after years of work. At the same time, the appointment of Rolf Aldag was announced.

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Alpecin-Fenix Women’s Team ​​Signs Kim De Baat and Imogen Cotter
Plantur-Pura, the women’s branch of Alpecin-Fenix, will have Kim De Baat and Imogen Cotter next season. The Belgian team takes 30 year-old De Baat and the 28 year-old Cotter, who became Irish cycling champion at the beginning of October.

De Baat made her debut with Boels-Dolmans in 2013, after which she also rode for Parkhotel Valkenburg, Lensworld-Zannata, Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport and Ciclotel. In 2021 she was under contract with the Dubai Police team. However, De Baat did not race many races for that team, although she was able to ride some UCI races with the Belgian national team.

Imogen Cotter has signed a one-year contract with Plantur-Pura for 2022. This season, the Irishwoman was still part of the Movistar eSports team, but she also rode for the Keuken Redant Cycling Team. Sports director Heidi Van de Vijver contacted Cotter, after which bicycle sponsor Canyon, which she also rode at Movistar, played a role in bringing her to Plantur-Pura.

In 2022, De Baat and Cotter will become teammates of Julie Van de Velde, who comes from Jumbo-Visma. Plantur-Pura is the women’s team of the Roodhooft brothers. In 2021, the selection mainly consisted of the cyclocross riders from Alpecin-Fenix, IKO-Crelan and 777, such as Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado, Sanne Cant and Annemarie Worst.

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Fifteen Cyclists Will Make Up the Squad of the Junior Team of the Fundación Contador for the 2022 Season
The Fundación Alberto Contador junior team has already outlined what will be its tenth sporting project in the category. A team that will be composed of fifteen cyclists, nine second year juniors and six first year, in which four remain with respect to the 2021 campaign and that with a view to the next competitive course reinforces its international vocation with the arrival of two new Hungarian talents.

The Catalan Joel Díaz, the Riojan Lucas Guillermo, the Cantabrian David Puente and the Hungarian Gergo Magyar make up, in what will be their second year as juniors, the veteran base of the team that will again be directed by the Cantabrian Guillermo Gutiérrez.

Five are the new faces that will face their second year in the youth category: the Murcian Pedro García (Giménez Ganga) and César Pérez (Valverde Team) and the Catalans Nil Aguilera (UC Vilanova), Joan Cadena (UC Vilanova) and Álex García (CC Sant Boi). Four riders are promoted from the cadet category: Héctor García (Giménez Ganga; Pedro’s brother), Alem Herráiz (UC San Sebastián de los Reyes), Iván Polo (Logos Energía) and Manuel Sanroma (Gimenez Ganga).

In the framework of the collaboration that the Fundación Contador and Kometa have been maintaining with the Hungarian Cycling Federation for the development of this sport in the country, in 2022 the team will also have the Magyar first-year riders Balázs Lászloó Pollner and Bálint Feldhoffer. Both have performed well in the cadet Peace Race with their national team and are among the best Hungarian riders in their category.

The junior formation was the first of the sports structures to be set up by the Foundation in 2013. Since then, cyclists such as Enric Mas from the Balearic Islands, Fernando Barceló from Huesca, Álex Martín from Catalonia, José Félix Parra from Castilla-La Mancha, Miguel Ángel Ballesteros from Murcia, Juan Pedro López from Seville, Sergio García from Cadiz, Álvaro Cuadros, Carlos Rodríguez and Alejandro Ropero from Granada, and Diego Pablo Sevilla and the brothers Carlos and Raúl García Pierna from Madrid have been part of this team. In 2022 up to four riders who have passed through the junior team will join the EOLO-KOMETA Cycling Team ProTeam: Diego Pablo Sevilla, Sergio García, Alejandro Ropero and Álex Martín.



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Vuelta a San Juan Confirms Peter Sagan’s Participation
Peter Sagan will ride his first race for his new TotalEnergies team in the Vuelta a San Juan. The organisers of the Argentine stage race confirmed the participation of the 31-year-old rider. It is not the first time that Sagan appears at the start, he was also in South American in 2019 and 2020.

Sagan will leave BORA-hansgrohe after five seasons for a new adventure at Team TotalEnergies on a two-year contract. He has already had his first acquaintance with his new team. “I have already visited for a medical test and also attended the service course. I was very surprised at how organised they are and how they work. That was nice to see.”

The Vuelta a San Juan will be his first race of the season. His first big goals are the spring classics. He will then prepare for the Tour de France and the World road championships, which will be held next year in Wollongong (Australia).

Sagan in San Juan:
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Cullár Vega Will Start a Stage of the 68th Edition of the Ruta del Sol
The test will be held with five online stages, held from February 16 to 20, 2022, with attractive routes in which fans will be able to enjoy one more year of the Granada town.

The city council of Cúllar Vega, municipality of Granada, and the organisation of the Cycling Tour of Andalusia 2022 “Ruta Ciclista del Sol” have announced that the town, after the success of last year, will be the starting point of the 4th stage on Saturday February 19, 2022.

The presentation was attended by the Mayor of Cúllar Vega Jorge Sánchez, the organiser of the Cycling Tour of Andalusia through Deporinter, Joaquín Cuevas; the Councilor for Sports of Cúllar Vega, Eduardo Perez, the Chief of Protocol for the Vuelta Ciclista a Andalucía, Paco Anguita and the former professional cyclist Antonio Miguel Díaz.

Representing the organisation of the race, Joaquín Cuevas, highlighted the importance of the Vuelta Ciclista a Andalucía, as “the largest cross-sectional event in our land, in which we will once again try to bring together the best cyclists and cycling teams in the world ”. Likewise, he stressed that “we will unveil this year’s route in the coming weeks, and I am sure that for fans it will be an authentic show, not only in Andalusia, but also worldwide, since it is broadcast in more than 180 countries. from the 5 continents and followed by more than 130 million households.”

For his part, Jorge Sánchez, Mayor of Cúllar Vega, stressed that “after the success and repercussion obtained last year in the Ruta del Sol, we could not miss the opportunity to be the epicenter of international cycling for another year, in this occasion a stage exit.”

This is the start of the 4th stage in an idyllic place such as the municipality of Cúllar Vega, highlighting the commitment of both parties to organise, one more year, a stage of the Cycling Tour of Andalusia. It is also a stage in which, probably, the race will be defined for the cyclists who will have to fight the next day to get this 68th edition.



Giro d’Italia 2022: A Star-Winning Tasting Among the Excellences of Made in Italy
On Thursday evening an event was held with many friends of the Giro d’Italia at the Enoteca Signorvino in Valpolicella, Verona. The evening consisted of tasting dishes and wines, Italian excellences that the Corsa Rosa promotes every year. Giancarlo Perbellini, the 2 Michelin star chef, who also dedicated a dish to the arrival of the Giro (ravioli stuffed with pasta and beans) was there to introduce the dishes to guests of the event hosted by the Veronesi family, owners of Signorvino and of the Gruppo Calzedonia (that, along with the Intimissimi Uomo brand, sponsored the Maglia Bianca 2021).

The Specialissima Giro 105 was also presented, in which Bianchi produced a limited edition of 105 copies – the number of editions of the Corsa Rosa.

The event was attended by Italian Minister of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, Stefano Patuanelli; Governor of the Veneto Region, Luca Zaia; Mayor of Verona, Federico Sboarina; President of RCS MediaGroup, Urbano Cairo, CEO of RCS Sport, Paolo Bellino, Director of the Giro d’Italia, Mauro Vegni, Director of La Gazzetta dello Sport, Stefano Barigelli, President of the Italian Cycling Federation, Cordiano Dagnoni, in addition to the representatives of many partners of the Corsa Rosa and of the riders, including Alberto Bettiol, Davide Formolo and Lorenzo Fortunato.

Italian Minister of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, Stefano Patuanelli said: “Every single place in our land is an excellence, and excellence can be amplified, in this case, by the Giro d’Italia. In the weeks of May, it is as if we all became cyclists. The Giro is enthusiasm and a unique story.”

Sandro Veronesi, President of Gruppo Calzedonia said: “Hosting this event here at Signorvino in Valpolicella is not only a “sport” pleasure but also a unique food and wine experience among wines and typical Italian dishes. With Intimissimi Uomo we also stimulate a passion that is shared by many men, just like the Giro d’Italia: all ‘Made in Italy’ excellences.”

Chef Giancarlo Perbellini said: “In dedicating the dish to the Giro d’Italia in Verona, I was inspired by a much loved local traditional recipe. I wanted to enhance it in a contemporary way, putting semolina pasta inside the pasta egg. These two ancient traditions of Italian cuisine – one born in the north, the other in the south – interact well together in a dish with the right accompanying ingredients. I wanted to propose the recipe in two versions, an Autumn-Winter dish, which sees the pasta and bean ravioli served with radicchio and chestnuts. The other, a Spring-Summer dish, with tomato emulsion and Monte Veronese. The first is characterised by its intense flavour, very round. The other is more delicate and sweet. They were designed to accompany the two moments of the upcoming new edition: the announcement of the arrival in Verona, of one of the most important sporting events in Italy, and that of the final stage with the coronation of the Maglia to Rosa in the Arena.”

Cordiano Dagnoni, President of the Italian Cycling Federation said: “The Giro d’Italia, the cultural and sporting heritage of our country, returns every year as a big party that crosses the peninsula. I got to see the route and I must say that the arrival in Verona is very impressive. I remember the roar at the entrance to the Arena for the feat of Francesco Moser in 1984, who managed to triumph over Laurent Fignon. A Giro that promises to be important and of which I have identified two moments not to be missed – The Mortirolo, the Lombard climb that launched the Pirata, and the Blockhaus in Abruzzo. Have a good ride everyone.”

Alberto Bettiol (EF Education–Nippo) said: “It’s a Giro that I like, looks very hard. There are many stages suitable for me, especially the mid-mountain ones. I’ll do everything to be at the start.”

Lorenzo Fortunato (Eolo–Kometa) winner of the Zoncolan stage of the Giro d’Italia said: “Next year we await the invitations of the organisers. In the meantime, I studied the maps of this Giro and there are important climbs, I would like to try again to win a stage while trying to do well in GC, maybe in the top 10.”

Davide Formolo (UAE Team Emirates) said: “It is a special Giro for me since it ends right in the land where I was born. There are many challenging stages and it will be important to be 100% from the first week. The grand finale in the Arena di Verona will certainly be exciting.”

From right, Luca Zaia governor of Regione Veneto, chef Giancarlo Perbellini, Urbano Cairo, President RCS MediaGroup, Sandro Veronesi, President of the Gruppo Calzedonia and Federico Sboarina Mayor of Verona:


A World-First Cycling Art-NFT Collection to Go on Auction
Artist Kelly van Tonder has painted the world’s first miniature art-NFT collection of all the winner’s jerseys from the 2021 UCI World Tour road cycling season, each measuring the size of a 50c coin, which will go on auction on November 19.

Van Tonder, a South African artist now living in Spain, has included all the World Tour races, including the Tour de France, the Classics and the Monuments, as well as the Olympics and some of the women’s winner’s jerseys in her work. Each of the winner’s jerseys has been crafted in extraordinary detail in watercolour, with the design, logos and sponsors of the different teams captured with Van Tonder’s passion as a lover of cycling and her eye as an artist.

“I decided to take on the 33 UCI World Tour races as I wanted to tell the story of a series over time,” said Van Tonder. “This was a perfect project as it was open to the person on the street, whether they be fans or cyclists. By choosing a sport and basing it over the entire season, it also spoke to the deeper essence that miniature art and cycling both hold dear, the need for patience and dedication.”

Through these works, Van Tonder has also managed to convey the emotion of the jersey, in a form that perhaps forces us to consider their true value and meaning now that they have been captured as works of art. Each work measures 30mm in diameter.

“By taking the jerseys and turning them into a miniature piece, it makes hanging them a little more interesting. Let’s talk about it. What is it? Who was it? Why is it special?,” said Van Tonder. “It’s all about stirring the emotion rather than depicting it in a bigger piece of art. Miniature art allows and teaches us to learn a little more, see more and appreciate more.

“That is what I was aiming for. I longed for people to talk about a piece, without having to talk about the artist. People tend to do that when life size becomes a mini. There is an attraction. Is it because this world is consumed by bigger must be better? Perhaps.”

Van Tonder says she has been “completely and utterly fascinated by miniaturists for years. I admired their patience and diligence in the work, and I loved the fact that they could still leave their little mark.” Her first miniatures were “customised and individual. A special jersey that a cyclist had earned, or a set of team jerseys throughout a career. One special individual had me paint her jerseys that she had lost in a wildfire in California.”

Van Tonder and her family, moved to Girona, Spain, in February 2020 and had planned to stay for a year. Then the pandemic hit and Spain went into lockdown, forcing their stay to be an extended one that is set to be permanent. Girona is well known as a cycling haven, with many professional cyclists having made their base there. Her next project will focus on women’s cycling. She specialises in custom miniature works for clients and is available for commissions.

The works will go on auction separately from noon on Friday, November 19, 2021, with successful purchasers obtaining the ownership of both the original hand-painted and framed work, as well as the non-fungible token (NFT), which will allow them ownership of the piece as a digital asset.

For further information, go to www.kalvt.com (@thisiskalvt)

1. What is an NFT?

An NFT, is a digital certificate of ownership representing the purchase of a digital asset, traceable on the blockchain.

2. Where will the auction be hosted?
The auction will be hosted on the Opensea Website. The Art is viewable on the site now. https://opensea.io/collection/procycling

3.When will the auction start?
At 12pm Friday 19th November 2021

4. What is OpenSea?
OpenSea is a leading marketplace for non-fungible tokens. The website lets you buy and sell a variety of NFTs, such as domain names, digital art and collectibles using your Ethereum wallet. To use OpenSea, you’ll need to use an Ethereum wallet that can connect to decentralised applications.

5. What happens to the original art piece when I buy the NFT?
The purchaser will have the option to have the Original Framed Artwork couriered worldwide at their cost.

6. Where is the art on physical display?
The @velodrom.cc shop in Girona, Spain.

7. How big are the pieces?
Each measures 30 mm in diameter on a 100 mm x 100 mm cold-pressed professional watercolour page. The medium used is watercolour.

8. What frames will be used for them?
The purchaser will be able to choose between the two options of wood for the frame, either Teak or Wenge if not specified as some Jersey are already framed. The smallest frame measuring 11 x 11 cm; with the large frame measuring 33 cm x 33 cm (as per the pictures on the kalvt.com website – follow link).

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