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EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!

The Tour de France hits the second rest day and we have a good idea who has the form… and who doesn’t. All the action from the weekend with reports, results, quotes and video from the French Grand Tour. Disk brakes, why? – Top Story. In other cycling news: Peter Sagan for the Tour of Pologne, teams for the Madrid Challenge, contract news from Sunweb and LottoNl-Jumbo, two more years for Nippo-Vini Fantini and Tour videos from Lotto Soudal and Sunweb. A full and fun packed EUROTRASH Monday.

TOP STORY: The Disk Brake Question, Again!
So, Quick-Step Floor’s Marcel Kittel has won the first UCI WorldTour Race, Tour de France stage 2 plus 7, 10 and 11, on a bike (a Specialized) equipped with disk brakes. Of course the win is being hailed as justifying the use of disk brakes, let’s not listen to what people are saying, but look at the facts_

Observation 1: Marcel Kittel won his four disk brake Tour stages in bunch sprints and, as Mark Cavendish showed, sprinters don’t use their brakes when sprinting.

Observation 2: Better braking performance would be most useful on descents. How many riders in the Tour de France are using disk brakes in the mountains? None, and that includes Kittel.

Observation 3: One of the reasons Richie Porte crashed out of the Tour was that he ‘locked his wheels up’ when descending. He wasn’t using disk brakes, he was using normal caliper brakes. Is there anything more a disk set-up can do than lock up the wheels?

Observation 4: The word is that the Quick-Step team car carries two disk brake bikes for Kittel in case he punctures as it takes too long to change a wheel, so he would be given a new bike and the wheel would be changed on the car roof-rack on the move ready for the next change. With a team of nine riders, this would be impossible to do for all the riders.

If you want disk brakes on your bike for your group ride, then great, but why push it on the pro peloton when there is just no point?

Very nice bike, but is it needed by the pros?

Tour de France 2017
The overall classification of the 104th Tour de France was shaken up in the last 300 meters of the “marathon-stage” in the Pyrenees. After Team Sky controlled it all, Chris Froome lost contact to Romain Bardet who won his third stage in three years and Fabio Aru who moved into the lead three years after his compatriot Vincenzo Nibali won the Tour as the reigning Italian champion.

179 riders started Stage 12 in Pau. After several skirmishes, Cyril Gautier (AG2R-La Mondiale), Imañol Erviti (Movistar), Koen De Kort (Trek-Segafredo), Stefan Küng (BMC), Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates), Stephen Cummings (Dimension Data), Marcel Kittel and Jack Bauer (Quick-Step Floors), Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin), Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), Michael Matthews (Sunweb) and Julien Simon (Cofidis) formed a 12-man after 15km of racing. Matthews preceded Kittel on the line of the intermediate sprint at Loures-Barousse (km 94) where the peloton led by Team Sky under the rain was timed 5.45 behind.

Kittel was the first rider dropped from the front group but only in the ascent to col de Menté with 84km to go while the peloton led by Team Sky was timed 6.20 behind. Maxime Bouet and Brice Feillu (Fortuneo-Oscaro) rode away from the bunch before the ascent to Port de Balès with just over 40km to go. The time difference was reduced by Team Sky to 4 minutes. 5.5km before the top of the only Hors-Category climb of the day, De Gendt attacked, soon rejoined by Cummings who went solo 3km away from the summit.

As Team Sky didn’t give everything to catch Cummings, the British rider started climbing to col de Peyresourde with a two-minute lead. Following Mikel Nieve in the last curve before the hill, Chris Froome followed Mikel Nieve who went off road in a caravan park. Fabio Aru (Astana) also had to stop. They didn’t crash and the chasing group was quickly reunited before Nairo Quintana (Movistar) was the first of the favorites to lose contact. It was game over for Cummings 3km before the top of Peyresourde while eleven riders composed the yellow jersey group: Froome, Nieve and Mikel Landa (Sky), Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale), Fabio Aru (Astana), Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo), Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac), George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo), Dan Martin (Quick-Step), Louis Meintjes (UAE) and Simon Yates (Orica-Scott). Contador was dropped in the last kilometer of the climb.

Team Sky kept the race under control until the super steep final stretch. But Froome cracked as Aru gave it all in the hardest part of the climb to Peyragudes. Bardet passed the Italian champion to win a Tour de France stage like in 2015 at Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne and in 2016 at St-Gervais-Mont-Blanc. Third on the line, Aru kept enough lead over Froome to take the yellow jersey over from the Brit ahead of the short but brutal second Pyrenean stage. It’s the first time Froome loses the yellow jersey in the mountains since he first took it in 2013.

Race report and Ed’s Roadside.

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Stage winner and 3rd overall, Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale): “It’s my third victory in three years in the Tour, I’m going to celebrate this because it means a lot for the team. Now I can concentrate on GC, with the overall victory as my big goal. There are still some really important mountain stages to go, and this is going to be a big battle. They will not be happy with today’s result, they have the strongest team and we are all at a very similar level. Today the gaps were small, tomorrow, I think they will be way bigger. We don’t know, at all, how Astana will control the situation, we will have to be very watchful. Chris Froome is a formidable opponent and there is still a very long way to go. When I came here on a recon in May with my parents, this place was completely empty, like a ghost town, but I knew it would be very different today. I was the first person to ride on this road, but I visualized what was coming up before we got here, and I knew where I wanted to attack. It was disappointing not to win last Sunday, but today’s a very different story.”

3rd on the stage and overall leader, Fabio Aru (Astana): “It is impossible to describe my emotions and feelings. For every rider, it is a dream to wear the yellow jersey. In my career, I was wearing the pink jersey of the Giro and the red jersey of the Vuelta. So, I’ve missed just the yellow and today I’ve got it! I am super happy! Honestly, it was a very tough stage, also the weather did it even harder. I want to thank my team, who supported me and kept me in front the whole day. The last climb was very fast and steep. I attacked with more or less 350 meters to go and gave my all for a maximal result. I congratulate Romain Bardet with a nice victory. But for me it is a great trophy to get this yellow jersey. Unfortunately, yesterday Dario Cataldo was forced to quit the race after the crash. Also, Jakob Fuglsang had a terrible day today – he rode with an injury. So, I want to dedicate this yellow jersey to them and also to the entire team, who was close to me in these days. There are a lot of important stages still ahead here at the Tour de France and already tomorrow we will have a short but difficult stage in the Pyrenees, which can change a lot. I think we have a strong team and despite yesterday crashes we are ready to continue our fight at the Tour. We will move here step by step, stage by stage.”

7th on the stage and 2nd overall, Chris Froome (Sky): “It was certainly a tough day for me in the final. My team-mates did such an amazing job today, but I didn’t have the legs at the end to finish it off. Simple as that. No excuses. I just didn’t have the legs on the final kick. It was brutal – ramps of over 20%. That’s a really, really hard finish. I can only say congratulations to Romain Bardet for winning the stage and Fabio Aru for taking the yellow jersey. The race is certainly on now.”

5th on the stage and 10th overall, Louis Meintjes (UAE Team Emirates): “Towards the end everything happened very fast. I’m really pleased with my performance. In stages like these, you have to plan your attack well and know the course in advance especially when you’re up against teams like Team Sky, otherwise you are just wasting your energy. The White Jersey is still something I am working towards, however the other day I lost quite a bit of time to Simon Yates that I think will be hard to get back. But who knows, anything can happen! I am hoping for the best.”

6th on the stage and 5th overall, Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors): “I felt terrible in the first 50 kilometers of the stage and I thought I will lose half an hour, as I had a really bad day and nothing in the legs, but fortunately I got through this very difficult stage without conceding too much time. I suffered all day long due to that pain I have since crashing on the roads to Chambery, so that’s why I rode conservatively and can say I am really happy with my result. The stage was brutal and everyone was exhausted at the finish. I couldn’t get out of the saddle properly, so that’s why I rode as hard as I could to the line, which never seemed to arrive. Normally, it would have been a great finish for me, but wasn’t the case, as the circumstances were different. I will take it day by day now and hopefully I will make a full recovery before we hit the Alps next week.”

16th on the stage and 21st overall, Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Groupe Gobert): “It was a long and difficult stage again. I did not feel super good this morning. I was a little tired at the start. I then tried as long as possible to hang on to the favorites group on Port de Balès. When they accelerated near the top I was dropped. At the foot of the last climb I felt better and thus I could limit the gap. It’s hard to explain why the last climb went better. A race of three weeks is also a discovery for me. Tomorrow awaits a new stage. Generally such short stages do not really suit me. But I have to start the stage well, the legs will speak. The humidity made the technical downhill dangerous. That made it a difficult stage again.”

Most combatitive rider, Steve Cummings (Dimension Data): “From the beginning, Serge [Pauwels] and I tried to be at the front. Ultimately, I made it into the front group and it was all good. I felt I had the breakaway under control but I still can’t control what happens behind me. Unfortunately, they wanted to chase today. However, the legs are good. I will try again.”

Break rider, Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal): “This is a completely different kind of racing than last year. Then a break had already survived a few times by the third weekend. Now Sky sets a very high pace and doesn’t give enough advantage for breakaways to get to the finish. I felt good and the same went for Cummings. Four minutes advantages with still a few climbs on the course is just too small of a gap. I have not yet had a super day this Tour, I hope that still has to come. I did have fun today. When I am in the break I always battle for the KOM points. That was not easy today as Matthews is a teammate of Barguil, he was first on Col de Menté. At the moment I am not thinking about the polka dot jersey as Barguil has such a huge advantage, but I would be crazy not to pick up the points.”

Jakob Fuglsang (Astana): “I am fully empty. The first part I tried to follow the others, but later it was just too much for me – my injury and its consequences did not allow me to continue the fight in the overall classification. A very tough day for me. But, tomorrow I want to start again. Will see how it will be.”

Tour de France Stage 12 Result:
1. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale in 5:49:38
2. Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac at 0:02
3. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana
4. Mikel Landa (Spa) Sky at 0:05
5. Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team Emirates at 0:07
6. Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors at 0:13
7. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky at 0:22
8. George Bennett (NZ) LottoNl-Jumbo at 0:27
9. Simon Yates (GB) Orica-Scott
10. Mikel Nieve (Spa) Sky at 1:28.

Tour de France Overall After Stage 12:
1. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana in 52:51:49
2. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky at 0:06
3. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 0:25
4. Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac at 0:35
5. Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors at 1:41
6. Simon Yates (GB) Orica-Scott at 2:13
7. Mikel Landa (Spa) Sky at 2:55
8. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 4:01
9. George Bennett (NZ) LottoNl-Jumbo at 4:04
10. Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team Emirates at 4:51.

Stage 12:

Summary – Stage 12 – Tour de France 2017 por tourdefrance_en

A French rider hadn’t won a stage of the Tour de France on Bastille Day since David Moncoutié in Digne in 2005. Warren Barguil did it on Stage 13 as he attacked from the gun, rode on the offensive again for the polka dot jersey and out-sprinted no less than Nairo Quintana, Alberto Contador and Mikel Landa to claim the fourth French stage win this year after Arnaud Démare, Lilian Calmejane and Romain Bardet. He’s also the first Breton rider to win at the Tour since Pascal Lino in 1993. Behind the four escapees, Fabio Aru retained the yellow jersey despite losing his team-mate early.

179 riders started stage 13 in Saint-Girons. Thomas Voeckler (Direct Energie) and polka dot jersey holder Warren Barguil (Sunweb) attacked from the gun but were reeled in at km. Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie), Alessandro De Marchi (BMC) and Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) substituted them at the front while Michael Matthews (Sunweb) reduced his deficit to Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) by two points in the points competition. De Marchi went solo at half way into the ascent to col de Latrape with 73km remaining in the shortest stage of the 104th Tour de France.

After De Marchi crested the first category 1 climb of the day in first position, Barguil attacked for the KOM points and initiated an offensive by Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) and Mikel Landa (Sky) who climbed to col d’Agnes in the lead after they set a too high pace for De Marchi. A chasing quartet was formed with Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky), Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Barguil. Contador was first at col d’Agnes and did most of the work with Landa on his wheel, so the Basque rider from Team Sky (2.55 down on GC) was not virtually in the yellow jersey as Aru, Froome, Bardet and Uran passed the summit with a deficit of 2.40.

Jakob Fuglsang was forced to withdraw from the race due to a wrist fracture. Race leader Fabio Aru was left without any team-mate in his group along with his closest rivals on GC: Froome, Bardet, Uran… Quintana and Barguil rejoined Contador and Landa at the front. The Frenchman increased his lead in the King of the Mountains competition as he took the first place at Mur de Péguère. Froome attacked his adversaries uphill and downhill but the 8-man yellow jersey group was reunited until Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) attacked in the last ten kilometer. Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) was luckier. Simon Yates (Orica-Scott) rejoined him to contest the fifth place behind the four riders who sprinted to victory. Contador launched from far out, even before the U-turn at 400 meters to go. Barguil was smart enough to follow him and to time his sprint at perfection after losing stage 9 by very little to Uran. It’s his first pro win since he won two stages at the 2013 Vuelta a España.

Race report and ‘Roadside’.

Foix - France - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Warren BARGUIL (France / Team Sunweb) pictured during the 104th Tour de France 2017 - stage 13 from Saint-Girons to Foix, 101.00 km - foto NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

Stage winner and KOM, Warren Barguil (Sunweb): “This is an incredible victory to take, it hasn’t sunk in properly yet. We were close already on Sunday, but we kept our confidence and chosen an offensive strategy from the beginning today. After I made it up the first climb I knew that I wasn’t going to give up. Before I knew it I was at 800 meters to go looking at the other guys and I knew who would attack and when and I used that to my advantage as a lead-out for my sprint. I’ve been so close to the win quite a few times now so to have the winning feeling back today is incredible. Of course a victory on Bastille day makes this even more special.”

4th on the stage and 5th overall, Mikel Landa (Sky): “I think it was a nice wheel to follow. He attacked and he is a very good rider in those kind of short and very explosive stages. So I followed him and then we worked very well together. I thought about it, but always knowing that it was very difficult.”

2nd on the stage and 8th overall, Nairo Quintana (Movistar): “As long as we have anything left into the tank, as long as I felt good, I’ll always keep trying doing my best. I just hope to find this legs for another day in this race. I’m back there with the top guys, I’m not losing confidence and I hope we can do like this for a couple of days, so we can go for it. We’ve always fought with heart and soul, we’ve always been up there. You just don’t lose your touch from one day to another. If you’ve got the skills, they show up at some point. We want to keep leaving our impression in this Tour.”

3rd on the stage and 10th overall, Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo): “This Tour for me has been very complicated since the start, and two days ago was a very bad day for me. Yesterday, I just tried to follow the other guys in the GC but I could not in the last climb. Today I wanted to try and do something special, to enjoy it, and I think it was a beautiful day for the people. It was nice; I like my work, I like the cycling. For sure when I saw that it was 101kms and hard I thought, okay, we can do something today. I was thinking in doing something different, to open the race a bit. I didn’t want us to stay in a group until the end, I obviously aimed for the stage victory. In the end I was happy to see Mikel join me. The collaboration between Mikel and me improved during the stage. Honestly, I think for Sky it was a perfect situation to have him upfront – they had someone who can play for the GC. Obviously, I didn’t know how they played it behind me. When Warren and Nairo joined us, the collaboration became a bit more difficult. Obviously Warren is a very fast rider so he barely worked with us. But he is a guy with a lot of grinta and for sure he didn’t steal this victory. Of course it would have been better to win the stage for the sponsors and my team, but in the end, it was still a very nice day of cycling for me, and I think for everybody. It was something different because normally you just attack in the last kilometers. I hope to go better in the Alps because right now my body is still full of everything from the crashes.”

9th on the stage and race leader, Fabio Aru (Astana): “We expected, that the stage will be very hard and exhausting. There were a lot of attacks, especially, on the last downhill. But, I tried to keep my concentration and act with a cool head and without too much stress. Finally, it worked well and it is another day in the yellow jersey for me. I try to take my leaderships calmly. There is a long way to Paris, we have to pass through many tough stages. Tomorrow is another day and another stage, which will request all our forces. So, we will keep on fighting.”

8th on the stage and 2nd overall, Chris Froome (Sky): “We saw yesterday that Mikel was feeling great so it was a great card for us to play today. I’ve got a lot of faith in Mikel and I think he showed that today. He’s a real threat now for the overall title in Paris and it’s a great card for us to play, especially when Astana don’t have the numbers to control the race.”

9th overall, Louis Meintjes (UAE Team Emirates): “The legs felt good. It was a bit of a strange race, really fast but I think it was a little bit crazy. No one really knew what to do. I think whatever makes it interesting, it’s not that it’s good or bad.I think a lot of variety is good. It was good, a lot of mountains! I’m back into the top 10 so that’s nice, you try and do your best and race your race and see where I end up. It’s really hard to say [if I can get top 5] because there are more than five really good riders in front of me so I will need a lot of luck to enter into the top 5.”

19th on the stage and 19th overall, Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Groupe Gobert): “I was afraid of this short stage, because in Dauphiné I had a difficult day in a similar stage with a fast start. On the first climb I didn’t feel really good. On the summit I couldn’t close a small gap and I wasn’t recovered at the foot of Col d’Agnes. On that 2nd climb I felt better and I was able to rejoin the favorites group with the yellow jersey. The descent was fast and some gaps occurred. I had to close some before the war started on Mur de Péguère. Over there my legs felt better again and I was able to pass some riders. I reached the summit in the company of Latour. We were able to return in a group in Foix and sprint for the 13th spot.”

23rd overall, Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data): “I was hoping to get into the breakaway at some point but it was so intense the whole day. Only the best climbers were left at the front. I tried to hang on to the yellow jersey group and I was only dropped on the last two kilometers of the final climb. I think I rode a good stage. My condition is good and that gives me confidence for the Alps.”

Break rider, Alessandro De Marchi (BMC): “In the end, I can say that it wasn’t the right day because the breakaway didn’t go to the finish. I was there, I found the good move. But then when Contador and Landa moved, it wasn’t my place. I needed another race situation. We will see tomorrow; we will try again. At the Tour de France, you need the perfect day. We still have a lot of opportunities and we will fight until Paris.”

Race abandonment, Jakob Fuglsang (Astana): “I did all I could, but all left part of my body just did not want to work. I had no power to stay in the group. Right from the start the speed of the peloton was very high, so I had to continue following my own rhythm. But before the last climb I’ve realized, it is just too much for me, I had to give up. It is not easy at all to leave the Tour de France and my team, but there is nothing to do. The main goal for me now is to get a full recovery.”

Tour de France Stage 13 Result:
1. Warren Barguil (Fra) Sunweb in 2:36:29
2. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar
3. Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
4. Mikel Landa (Spa) Sky at 0:02
5. Simon Yates (GB) Orica-Scott at 1:39
6. Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors
7. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Sky at 1:48
8. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky
9. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana
10. Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac.

Tour de France Overall After Stage 13:
1. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana in 55:30:06
2. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky at 0:06
3. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 0:25
4. Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac at 0:35
5. Mikel Landa (Spa) Sky at 1:09
6. Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors at 1:32
7. Simon Yates (GB) Orica-Scott at 2:04
8. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 2:07
9. Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team Emirates at 4:51
10. Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo at 5:22.

Stage 13:

Summary – Stage 13 – Tour de France 2017 por tourdefrance_en

For the second day in a row Sunweb had reason for celebrations after taking the Tour de France Stage 14 victory with Michael Matthews sealing the win in Rodez, as Chris Froome (Sky) took back the yellow jersey.

The uphill finish perfectly suiting the 26-year-old Australian. The Sunweb team were in control throughout the day, always keeping the breakaway within reach. Every move until the finish was marked, showing Team Sunweb’s upmost dedication to their goal; stage success. A stellar performance in a chaotic finalé saw Matthews delivered to the uphill finish in optimum position by his team mates and he was then able to finish off their fantastic 180 kilometer effort to seal Team Sunweb’s thirteenth Tour de France stage victory.

A glance at the parcours for today’s stage could fool riders into thinking it was going to be an easy day. While the profile was much flatter than the previous two mountainous days, there was a sting in the tail today, with a steep final kilometer ready and waiting to tear the bunch to pieces.

Bright sunshine welcomed the riders to the start line for today’s 181.5km stage. This was to be the theme for the whole day – both in terms of the weather and the riders’ spirits – relieved to be riding a flatter parcours after two hard mountain stages. There were just two climbs – and with both of these being third category, it was unlikely that these would trouble riders, with just tired legs being the only challenge at this stage of the race. The road climbed gently from the start, taking in the climbs of the day, before a short descent to the finish in Rodez – a gentle kick up to the line meaning it would be hard to know for certain just who would be in a position to take the win today.

The prospect of a relatively flat day today meant everyone wanted to be in the break. A group of four could barely wait for the Race Director to get the race started, but once they got the go ahead, they were off up the road, quickly building their advantage, before being joined by another, who bridged over to make a group of five off the front. Their advantage never really broke three minutes, but there were some strong riders in this escape group always ready to work to put some more distance between them and the peloton. However, in spite of holding the peloton at bay most of the day, with 50km remaining, the break starting dropping members, leaving only one at the head of the race, who strode out on his own when he saw the break dropping riders and losing time.

As the kilometers ticked down, it was clear that the solo breakaway rider wasn’t going to be able to hold the chasing bunch at bay – the seconds falling rapidly until looking back, it was clear that the catch was seconds away. The race was all back together at 12km, but it remained to be seen who could take the win – the sprinters falling off the back meant it wasn’t going to be a true bunch sprint. In the final 10km the attacks came, as the all-rounders started to test the bunch and see who had the legs to go with them. The final kick to the finish was relentless and savage, climbing for almost the whole final kilometer. Quick-Step Floors Philippe Gilbert went for a long sprint, but first Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) and then Matthews and Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) passed him before the line. Froome finished 7th and re-took the overall lead as Fabio Aru (Astana) had missed the move.

Race report and PEZ Roadside.

Stage winner, Michael Matthews (Sunweb): “I’m super happy to get the win for the team today. We were all really focused even though there was a lot of pressure and expectations. The team have worked so hard for the whole Tour de France so for us to take two in a row is incredible and we couldn’t ask for anything more. The dedication from everyone shows how motivated they are and how much they believe in the same shared goal. We’ve prepared and worked so hard hoping to take the win today and we’ve done it, it’s a really special victory for us all.”

2nd on the stage, Greg Van Avermaet: “The beginning was really easy and then we made the race hard until the climbs. I think we did a really good job to make the race hard which was better for me because then everyone was suffering and I had a little bit more punch in the end. I think we did what we had to do but I got beaten by one guy who was stronger so, in the end, cycling can be simple. With Richie Porte out of the Tour de France, one of the main objectives was a stage win with me. We tried and we were second but there are still some stages to come so I think we can be confident and we can try another time. The finish went how I wanted it to go because there was a lot of wind. I was hoping that I didn’t have to go too early and I think the two Belgian guys, Oliver Naesen and Philippe Gilbert did a good job and I was in a perfect position. Then, I tried to launch my sprint to victory but Matthews was amazingly strong and he deserved the victory today.”

3rd on the stage, Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data): “The guys did a great job. Scott [Thwaites] and Reinie [Janse van Rensburg] put me in a good position for the final. I tried not to go too deep at the beginning of the ascent but then, a gap opened up and I had to go around riders in order to close it. Afterwards, it was too late for me to fight for the win. I’m not surprised that Matthews won. He was my favorite today, which is why I stayed close to him all day. Now, we will look ahead. My shape is good and I hope to get another chance to fight for a stage win later in the race.”

4th on the stage, Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors): “I was there in the peloton, waiting and waiting, and then, with one kilometer to go, the door opened and I went on the right side to the front. When Naesen accelerated, I turned full gas behind him. I couldn’t wait any longer, because in this kind of situation you lose your speed and sprint if you wait too much. It was a very tough finish and I gave everything out there, so I’m not disappointed at the end of the day”

5th on the stage, Jay McCarthy (Bora-Hansgrohe): “I knew I had just one bullet in today’s stage and that was the final, uphill 600m. I had to stay calm during the day and avoid any unnecessary moves that would make me spend energy and jeopardize our goal. The team did a brilliant job in protecting me and setting me up for the finish. Ideally, I could have been a bit closer to the front but I think I was well positioned in the final corner, as I was able to keep my momentum and pass many riders that were struggling in the tough climb. I’m happy with my performance today and the fifth place I got.”

7th on the stage and overall leader, Chris Froome (Sky): “We did this two years ago and we saw some pretty big time gaps there with Greg van Avermaet and Peter Sagan going over the line. We knew there were going to be time gaps today – but I didn’t expect that. It’s incredible to be back in yellow, especially after a tough day in the Pyrenees a couple of days ago. To bounce back like this now feels amazing. I’ve got to thank the team today. The only reason I’m back in yellow is because of the way they rode that final. Always at the front, it meant that I was out of trouble and had the best lines through the corners. It meant that I got to that last climb and had the legs to be able to follow those front guys. He’s been just amazing, this whole race. Everything we’ve asked of him he’s done it – and more. Today again, in the last few hundred meters he was shouting on the radio, ‘You’ve got a gap, you’ve got a gap, push forward, all the way!’ It’s such a great feeling. I’m not going to be safe until I reach Paris. As we’ve seen, each day has had surprises. The time gaps are so small, as we expected they would be in this year’s Tour, so really at this point we’re just fighting for every second we can.”

Most aggressive rider, Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal): “We knew beforehand that only a large breakaway could survive until the finish line, but it wasn’t easy to get away with many riders on the flat roads. It was not a must for me to be in the breakaway today. That’s why I decided to attack immediately when the flag went down, hoping that other riders would use a lot of energy to catch me and which would allow a teammate to escape. But eventually, the first breakaway was successful and we formed a front group of five riders. Since the peloton kept us within limits, we decided to ride on an easy tempo until the final 60 kilometers, when the course started to go uphill. I quickly sensed that I was the strongest rider in the breakaway and I had to choose between two options. Either I went solo way too early or I waited a bit longer for the others. When I increased the pace for the first time, only Voeckler was able to follow me, but I was clearly stronger than him, which led me to go solo with 30 kilometers remaining. However, I was no match for the upcoming peloton. It was definitely worth it to be in the attack today. Two years ago, I was also part of the early breakaway in the stage that finished in Rodez. Back then, we were only caught by the peloton inside the final 500 meters. It is to be seen which opportunities are still left in this Tour de France, but we will keep trying for a stage victory.”

Tour de France Stage 14 Result:
1. Michael Matthews (Aus) Sunweb in 4:21:56
2. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC
3. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data at 0:01
4. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
5. Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe
6. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
7. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky
8. Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors
9. Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac
10. Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 0:05.

Tour de France Overall After Stage 14:
1. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky in 59:52:09
2. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana at 0:18
3. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 0:23
4. Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac at 0:29
5. Mikel Landa (Spa) Sky at 1:17
6. Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors at 1:26
7. Simon Yates (GB) Orica-Scott 0:02:02
8. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 2:22
9. Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team Emirates at 5:09
10. Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo at 5:37.

Stage 14:

Summary – Stage 14 – Tour de France 2017 por tourdefrance_en

Bauke Mollema has waited for his seventh participation to the Tour de France to claim his first stage victory one year after stepping down from the second place overall to the eleventh in the last two days in the mountains. Lined up as a domestique for Alberto Contador after finishing seventh in the Giro d’Italia, the 30 year old Dutchman from Trek-Segafredo soloed to victory after the grueling climb to Peyra Taillade. Hampered by a mechanical in a crucial moment of the race, Chris Froome retained the yellow jersey.

176 riders started Stage 15 in Laissac-Sévérac L’Eglise before Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) called it a race quickly as he was suffering from allergies badly. Ten riders made the first breakaway: Warren Barguil (Sunweb), Dylan Van Baarle (Cannondale-Drapac), Robert Kiserlovski and Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin), Tsgabu Grmay (Bahrain-Merida), Giampaolo Caruso (BMC), Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data), Marcus Burghardt (Boar-Hansgrohe), Marcel Sieberg (Lotto-Soudal) and Angel Luis Maté (Cofidis). Barguil led the way up the first category 1 climb of the day to score ten more points in the King of the Mountains competition. Passed the Montée de Naves d’Aubrac, km 28.5, Barguil, Van Baarle, Pauwels, Caruso and Grmay realized that an important group had been formed behind them, including stage 15 winner Michael Matthews (Sunweb).

After 60km of racing while the peloton was cruising through the scenic Aubrac plateau for the second time in the history of the event after 1975, 28 riders gathered at the front: Jan Bakelants (AG2R-La Mondiale), Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), Damiano Caruso, Alessandro De Marchi, Amaël Moinard and Nicolas Roche (BMC), Kristjian Durasek and Diego Ulissi (UAE), Thibaut Pinot (FDJ), Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data), Tony Martin, Robert Kiserlovski, Maurits Lammertink (Katusha), Tiejs Benoot, Thomas De Gendt and Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Soudal), Michael Matthews, Warren Barguil and Simon Geschke (Sunweb), Luis Angel Maté and Dani Navarro (Cofidis), Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo), Lilian Calmejane and Romain Sicard (Direct Energie), Dylan Van Baarle (Cannondale-Drapac), Tsgabu Grmay (Bahrain-Merida), Romain Hardy and Pierre-Luc Périchon (Fortuneo-Oscaro). Team Sky led the peloton mostly with a deficit of five minutes.

The 28 leaders had an advantage of 5.45 with 100km remaining. A time gap of 7.15 was recorded with 75km to go. Martin tried his luck in a solo move 66km away from the finish while a maximum deficit of 9.15 was recorded for the main peloton. Before the unprecedented ascent to col de Peyra Taillade, Chris Froome had a mechanical. His team-mate Michal Kwiatkowski gave him his back wheel. The race leader eventually made it across to the Aru-Bardet group led by AG2R-La Mondiale but after a very demanding effort. Meanwhile, 3km before the summit, Barguil brought Martin back and continued to claim ten more KOM points at the top. A group of nine riders was formed with 30km to go. Mollema rode away solo five kilometers further. He was chased down by Ulissi, Barguil, Gallopin and Roglic but managed to stay nineteen seconds clear of them at Le Puy-en-Velay. The race remained eventful till the end in the group of the favorites, as Adam Yates (Orica-Scott) and Louis Meintjes (UAE) attacked each other for the white jersey and Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) took advantage of the impossibility for Froome to ride after everyone. The main loser of the day among the big names was Nairo Quintana (Movistar) who completed the stage several minutes adrift after blowing up to col de Peyra Taillade that certainly added to the great spectacle of stage 16 ahead of a well deserved rest day.

Race report HERE and Roadside HERE.

Le Puy-en-Velay, - France - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Bauke MOLLEMA (Netherlands / Team Trek Segafredo) pictured during the 104th Tour de France 2017 - stage 15 from Laissac-Sévérac l’…glise to Le Puy-en-Velay, 189.50 km - foto VK/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

Stage winner, Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo): “This is for sure my biggest win. I just can’t believe it! This is what I have worked so hard for the last few years. The Tour de France has always been the most important race for me, always been my dream, and finally, I have won a stage. The last kilometers were really hard. I knew I had to try because I am not so explosive and I would not have won the sprint,” explained Mollema about his attack. “I was pushing all the time, and in one moment it came back to 11 seconds. At that moment, I was thinking I have to go; I don’t want to lose it now. So with two kilometers to go, I just gave everything I had. Yesterday I had seen the last six kilometers on Google maps, so I knew the corners more or less, so I didn’t blow up, I could keep going to the finish line. Then in the last kilometer I knew I still had 10-15 seconds, so at that moment I knew I was going to make it. The last few hundred meters were so nice. I could really celebrate, enjoy all the people, and enjoy winning a Tour de France stage. I will never forget this. At the beginning of the stage it was close to not making it [in the break]. A breakaway went with 10 guys, and a lot of teams wanted to block the road, and we were not able to pass, and they took like one and a half minutes. Finally, Michael Gogl and Koen De Kort could pass, they went through the grass to get to the front! They did an amazing job because that is why I could win. They kept the speed high in the peloton until the first climb and then I pulled from the bottom. I didn’t get much help, I pulled the whole climb, and finally we got away with 25 guys and could bridge to the five ahead. After that, I had to recover because it was a big effort. I saw Tony Martin that he also attacked in a small descent earlier, and I knew that I could keep going once I am in the front. When I looked back, and I saw a small gap in that descent I just went all-in from that moment. Alain (Gallopin, director) was motivating me and giving me time gaps. I don’t think I have ever did so long an attempt at riding alone, it was close, but in the end I made it. I think this means a lot for the team – we really wanted to go for it today. I have never been on the podium in the Tour de France, so this is really special to be there. I have been close a few time in the last five years, and today was just my day. Yeah, I am really happy.”

2nd on the stage, Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates): “Mollema started at the top of the climb and we left him too much space. Someone skipped some change and he went away. We tried to chase him but honestly, he had great legs and he was strong. He deserves the win. It’s a shame I got second place but I performed to my maximum. I will try again to get a victory.”

3rd on the stage, Tony Gallopin (Lotto Soudal): “Congratulations to Mollema for his performance. He was the driving force in the breakaway and he was very strong on the climbs of first category. Together with Barguil, Roglič and Ulissi, we did everything we could to catch him, but it was almost an impossible task. I had already finished second behind Mollema in the Clásica San Sebastián, so I knew it wouldn’t be easy to catch him. It is unfortunate that I couldn’t sprint for the first place, but I think that this was the maximum for me. I am still feeling well in the Tour after fifteen stages. That gives me a lot of courage for the second week and I hope to follow-up this performance.”

6th on the stage, Nicolas Roche (BMC): “I think that the particularity of this Tour de France is that there are so few mountain stages that every single one of them is raced flat out, and this one was no different. It was some battle to be in the breakaway. I think the team managed pretty well. At some stage we even had Greg Van Avermaet and Danilo Wyss with us so we almost had six in that group. We fought very hard to be there and I think we raced well. When they attacked us on the last categorized climb we just couldn’t follow and we rode as hard as we could, the two of us. Damiano Caruso was looking to do two things. When you are at the front you have your fingers crossed that it will work out for the GC but obviously also having a go for the stage win. I think Damiano showed that he was riding very well in the Pyrenees and I think it will be good to have him in a good position in the last two stages in the Alps.”

11th on the stage, Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal): “We used a lot of energy already in the first hour of the race to form the breakaway. This group of 28 became smaller along the way until a point when Tony Gallopin and I were left in a group of eight riders. Bauke Mollema placed his attack at a surprising moment in the race, but his solo ride was really impressive. On the fourth category climb, I set the pace to keep the gap as small as possible. This was for Tony Gallopin, as he was stronger than me. I think this was the highest result possible for me and I think everyone finished according to their strength. The riders who have finished several Grand Tours in the past, like Gallopin or Ulissi, have more power than me on such moments. I hope that there will be some more chances in the third week for Thomas De Gendt, Tony Gallopin or for me.”

25th on the stage and 5th overall, Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors): “Everybody was on their limit on the last two climbs, and it’s really no surprise, as this week has been brutal. After the last ascent, I noticed how tired everyone was and how they kept looking at each other, so I said to give it a try. Can’t say the plan at the start of the day was to attack, I just seized the opportunity. I am happy with my legs and now I’m looking forward to the rest day. After this, we’ll see what the last week holds and what I can do in the Alps.”

8th overall, Louis Meintjes (UAE Team Emirates): “It was a very hard day and a very interesting day. We raced pretty aggressively from the start trying to get Diego and Kristijan in the breakaway. I stayed with most of the favorites, but the last 50kms and in the last categorised climb we were also racing in the back and I just managed to stay with the front group. I tried a little bit but didn’t really get away. Only five days left to do something, tomorrow will be another hard day.”

12th on the stage and 10th overall, Damiano Caruso (BMC): “I hoped there would be a big breakaway and this morning I was motivated to do this. In the end, the breakaway went with good riders. We missed the big goal of the day, the stage win, but of course it was a good result for us because we did a big jump in the GC. Now, finally we have a rest day and we approach the last week really motivated. My teammates did a really good job, it was amazing. They helped me to keep the tempo high in the breakaway and in the end, Nicolas Roche was top ten on the stage. It’s not a really, really big result because we wanted to win the stage, but it’s not bad.”

20th overall, Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Groupe Gobert): “It would have been a good day if I had started the right way. I thought the start would be very fast. I tried to put myself on the first row, but I was on the second row and it was full gas from kilometer 0. I had no space to pass, and I regret that because I could have been in the breakaway. At the first climb I tried to close the gap, but it was too late. Afterwards my legs didn’t feel very good. I have been suffering all day long, but in the end I restricted the damage to the favorites. At the end of the stage I was in a group that rode a nice pace, and I could benefit of that. Each time I finish my week with a false note. That’s too bad. What has been lost is lost, but for the upcoming stage races I know what to do to improve. I also want to improve on regularity and race intelligence. In any case, the top 20 in the general classification is a good result, I hope to keep it up till Paris.”

Points leader, Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors): “It’s no surprise if I say I am tired, everybody is after all these brutal stages in the Pyrenees and the Massif Central. The Tour has been really tough so far and I expect a very hard final week. I have a nice lead in the points classification, but many things can still happen in the last stages and I’ll continue to fight for this jersey. I am focused and motivated to make it to Paris, so let’s hope for the best.”

Tour de France Stage 15 Result:
1. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo in 4:41:47
2. Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates in 0:19
3. Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal
4. Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNl-Jumbo
5. Warren Barguil (Fra) Sunweb at 0:23
6. Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC at 1:00
7. Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie at 1:04
8. Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R-La Mondiale
9. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ
10. Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data.

Tour de France Overall After Stage 15:
1. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky in 64:40:21
2. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana at 0:18
3. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 0:23
4. Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac at 0:29
5. Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors at 1:12
6. Mikel Landa (Spa) Sky at 1:17
7. Simon Yates (GB) Orica-Scott at 2:02
8. Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team Emirates at 5:09
9. Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo at 5:37
10. Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC at 6:05.

Stage 15:

Summary – Stage 15 – Tour de France 2017 por tourdefrance_en

Peter Sagan to Start the Tour de Pologne
The World Champion returns to the roads of Poland, where he won in 2011.

The Lang Team is pleased to announce that Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) will participate in the Tour de Pologne – UCI World Tour from July 29th to August 4th. For the two-time World Champion the Polish stage race will mark a return to competition. Sagan’s presence will be an important contribution that will add further value to the start list for the 74th Tour de Pologne, which has grown into a high class event full of major stars.

Peter Sagan, Tour de France 2017

Thus Peter Sagan is returning to the roads where he shone in 2011, the year he won the race, clinching the yellow jersey at the end of a fascinating, head-to-head duel with Daniel Martin that lasted all the way to the final stage; Sagan also captured two stage victories and the jersey for the points’ classification. It was an important victory that helped the then twenty-one-year-old Slovak rider to evolve into a major figure in major cycling’s international scene.

“Although six years have passed since my last participation at the Tour de Pologne, I will never forget how I felt in 2011 when I stood on the final podium in Krakow with the yellow jersey. It was my first overall victory in a major stage race and one of my best moments as a young rider. I’m happy to announce that I will be back for the 2017 edition and I look forward to an exciting week of racing in Poland. See you in Krakow in two weeks,” says Peter Sagan.

Peter Sagan, Tour de Pologne 2011

“I am happy to have Peter Sagan with us once again on the roads of the Tour de Pologne. It’s an honor to have the World Champion jersey here in the pack. All the fans still have an indelible memory of Peter’s great victory here in Poland in 2011; it was a thrilling edition full of surprises all the way to the final meter, with Marcel Kittel’s victories in the sprints and the battle between Peter Sagan and Daniel Martin for the yellow jersey. All these riders have become major champions, confirming the role that the Tour de Pologne plays in highlighting young talent and helping them emerge. I’m sure that this year, too, with his participation Sagan will contribute to making the race even more compelling and spectacular,” says the general director for the Tour de Pologne, Czeslaw Lang.

Tour de Pologne 2017:

Teams Selection for the Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta 2017
The organizers of la Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta have chosen the teams that will take part in the 3rd edition of the Spanish women’s race. Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta will be held the 10th of September in the same circuit that will host the men’s peloton for the final stage of La Vuelta 2017.

19 UCI WorldTeams are automatically invited to the race:
Boels Dolsmans CyclingTeam (NED), Wiggle High5 (GBR), Wm3 Pro Cycling Team (NED), Team Sunweb (NED), Ale’ Cipollini (ITA), Cylance Pro Cycling (USA), Team Velo Concept Women (DEN), Bepink Cogeas (ITA), Hitec Products (NOR), Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team (BEL), Lensworld-Kuota (BEL), Fdj Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope (FRA), Btc City Liubliana (SLO), Lotto soudal Ladies (BEL), Drops Cycling Team (GBR), Bizkaia-Durango (ESP), Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team (NED), Sas – Macogep (CAN), Sport Vlaanderen – Etixx (BEL).

In addition to these 19 teams, the organizers have awarded the following wildcards:
España (ESP), Lointek (ESP), Team WNT Pro Cycling (GBR).

WNT will sponsor the Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta over the next four years
For the third consecutive year, the streets of the Spanish capital will host the Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta, a competition that, after several editions, has earned its place in the international calendar and is now the final event of the women’s UCI World-Tour season. Over the next few years, it will grow even more following the agreement signed until 2020 with WNT Ibérica Herramientas de Precisión S.L.

“The sponsorship of Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta manifests WNT’s commitment to women’s cycling, a sport that showcases our company’s values and allows us to share them with our employees and our clients. The members of Team WNT Pro Cycling are women who are committed to the brand and whose mission it is to represent the company all over the world, while practicing the sport they are passionate about. The rest of the employees at WNT see in their colleagues an example of how far you can go when you are passionate about what you do and you have the support of a great company. Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta is the ideal way for us to really show the link between this wonderful sport and our company”, said its General Director, Ramiro Bengochea.

With this agreement, WNT doubles its current commitment to women’s sport, reinforcing its brand image and increasing its presence in a space where they will be able to contact numerous agents that intervene in areas of commercial interest.

More information about Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta at www.lavuelta.com/madridchallenge

La Course in Paris:
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Sunweb Extends Contracts with Talented Duo Juliette Labous and Liane Lippert
Following a successful debut to the team in 2017 Team Sunweb, Juliette Labous (FRA) and Liane Lippert (GER) have extended their contract until the end of 2020.

Team Sunweb’s women’s program has gone from strength to strength in the 2017 season and has taken some of the calendar’s most prestigious wins with the young duo of Labous and Lippert a key factor to the team’s success. The talented twosome made the step up to a professional level at the beginning of the year and immediately made their mark on the WorldTour scene. Lippert, Germany’s biggest up and coming talent was strong in the Flemish classics and more recently Labous took the win at the Queen stage of Tour de Feminin. Both riders also played a huge part in the team’s general classification victory at the Healthy Ageing Tour. The new agreement means that Team Sunweb can continue to develop the duo for the next three years.

Of the contract extension Labous said: “I am really happy to extend my contract with the team. It’s proof that we want to continue to collaborate and develop together in the long term. In the time that I have already been with the team I have learned so much about professionalism, tactics and physically feel like I have made some improvements. There is a great ambience in the team and everybody brings something different, this has meant that I have been able to learn and improve my capabilities. It was a natural decision to continue working with the team and I am sure that together we can continue to develop and I can make the steps towards being a world class rider.”

Lippert added: “It’s great to extend with the team, in the short time I have already been here it has become clear that I want to progress and continue to learn in such a professional environment. I have already done some amazing races and achieved so much and it’s been great to work together with the team. There is always a great atmosphere and everyone does their job. I am looking forward to continuing developing myself as a rider with the team over the coming years.”

Team Sunweb coach Hans Timmermans said: “Both riders internationally belong to the biggest talents of their age class and this is something that they have consistently shown throughout this year. They are there in the finals of WorldTour races which is really impressive for riders competing in their first year as a professional. We feel like there is still so much for them both to learn and are certain that we can continue to make progress with their development into the riders of the future. Both riders fit in the team and are eager to learn, which makes a great fit all around.”

Labous and Lippert:

Team LottoNL-Jumbo confirms traineeship Adriaan Janssen
Under 23 rider Adriaan Janssen will join Team LottoNL-Jumbo as per July 25th as a trainee. The 21 year old Dutch cyclist from Diepenveen is the current leader in the young rider classification of the Topcompetitie in the Netherlands. Team LottoNL-Jumbo is the main sponsor of this classification.

Janssen is over the moon with the chance he gets. “I would like to experience what it means to ride in such a pro team and I wish to learn how to improve as a rider”, he says. “Hopefully I can participate in some nice races and show the best of myself. My goal is to show that I’m ready for the World Tour level.”

Talent development and commitment to the lead-up of young Dutch riders are a key part of the Team LottoNL-Jumbo policy. Janssen’s traineeship is one of its exponents. Team manager Richard Plugge: “We want to win on top, but we also want to encourage development of cyclists. To reward the best young rider in the Topcompetitie with a traineeship is just one of our initiatives. We want to welcome Janssen within our team. Our coaches and his management will compose a suitable race program for him.”

Adriaan Janssen:

Sunweb Extend Contracts with Søren Kragh Andersen and Sam Oomen
Team Sunweb are proud to announce the extension of contracts with both Søren Kragh Andersen (DEN) and Sam Oomen (NED). Andersen, who’s contract ends after 2017 has extended for three additional years until the end of 2020. Oomen’s contract currently runs through 2018, with the new agreement also extending his commitment to the team until the end of 2020.

Recognized as the biggest talents of their generation, Andersen and Oomen immediately made their mark at the highest level upon joining Team Sunweb. Early in the 2017 season, the 22-year-old Dane won a stage at the Tour of Oman and played an influential support role in the team’s classic campaign. In his first year as a pro with the team Oomen, the young Dutchman won the overall classification at the 2016 Tour de l’Ain alongside some strong performances at both the Tour of California and the Criterium du Dauphine this year. The new contract agreement means that Team Sunweb and the young duo can take a long-term, step-by-step approach to get the most out of their potential.

Speaking of the contract extension, Andersen said: “During my time with the team I have already learned so much from not only a sporting perspective, but also about myself. I feel comfortable here in the team and the ways in which they challenge me are a really good fit for me. The coorporation and spirit in the team is also a very important thing for me, both with our staff and among riders. My first two years here have been very exciting and I am looking forward to continuing to develop with the team.”

Oomen commented: “I believe that I am in the right team with the right people and I’m grateful for the chances and confidence that the team has given me. There is no pressure on me and I have the time to continue improving and developing myself which makes for a perfect environment. I am looking forward to getting the best out of myself in the coming years in a great, supportive environment.”

Team Sunweb coach Marc Reef (NED) explained: “Søren joined the team from under 23 level and has already shown his huge potential in various different race circumstances. We envisage that in a few years he will play an important role in the finals of the spring classics and we will take a step-by-step approach as we work towards this. Sam showed his potential last year with some really strong performances in the classics and general classifications. When he joined the team we had a long term vision in mind for his development into a general classification rider in the future and we’ll take the time to do so.”

Søren Kragh Andersen and Sam Oomen:

2 Years Sponsorship Renewal 2018-2019 with Main Sponsor Vini Fantini
Marco Canola Leader Contract Renewal Until 2019

The Vini Fantini brand doesn’t give up, it doubles. Yesterday in Castello Caldora the contracts were signed. The brand exporting wine all over the world confirms its involvement in cycling with the NIPPO Vini Fantini team with a 2 year contract, with option on the third year, confirming his involvement in the International project with the goal to grow up talents for Tokyo Olympic Games. Marco Canola has been chosen, as Italian and winning leader of the team, signed a 2 years contract renewal.

A double great news for the NIPPO Vini Fantini team, with a double renewal very relevant for the Italian-Japanese project. The Italian brand Vini Fantini confirms his involvement in cycling as main sponsor of the NIPPO Vini Fantini team for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. The signatures are now officials after a meeting in Castello Caldora by Farnese of this Saturday 15th of July. This is an important confirmation of the strength and vision of the project that looks forward to Tokyo Olympic Games, growing the best Italian and Japanese young talents.

Together with the renewal of the main sponsor, the signature of one of the leader of the present and the future: Marco Canola. The Italian talent, relaunched by the NIPPO Vini Fantini team, signed a 2 year contract. The 2017 is the season of the relaunch of the ambitions of the Italian talent, able to win a stage in Giro d’Italia 2014. In the current season he already won 4 races, getting 1 point jersey, 1 podium, 25 top10 placements such as the 6th place in the Italian National Championships. 408 UCI points in this 2017 for the Italian talent, that is one of the most winning rider of this year among Italian Professional teams and will be one of the team NIPPO Vini Fantini leaders of the upcoming years.

The General Manager of the team Francesco Pelosi put in evidence with his words the vision of the project: “Our project is growing up year after year, with always more quality, structure and sports results, that for us are a natural consequence of a Professional approach, but never an obsession. The signature of the main sponsor Vini Fantini, of a 2 year contract, with an option for the third year confirms the vision and goals of the team, that made of the International approach and visibility his strength and uniqueness. We are also very happy to announce the contract renewal of Marco Canola, a real winning talent, ambitious and professional, very motivated to relaunch his career. In these first part of 2017 he worked very well with this goal becoming, with his winning attitude our winning leader also for the following seasons.”

Valentino Sciotti, CEO of Vini Fantini, confirms his full involvement in cycling: “The exclusion from #Giro100 has been a bad shot for us, but the professional way of working, the transparency, the International approach of the team and the ambition to improve every day, make this project unique among Italian Cycling Projects, fully matching with our Company Values. So we decided together with Francesco Pelosi, to go for a 2 year renewal, that looks forward to the future. The ROI of our International visibility, as Vini Fantini brand, thanks to this sponsorship has been incredible in these years, both in Europe and in Asia. To associate a brand as sponsor of a serious and clear project of cycling, as it is the NIPPO Vini Fantini project, is something that I would recommend to any International Entrepreneur, also to help the growth of this sports that we all love: cycling.”

Also very important for the team is the renewal of Marco Canola, the most winning rider of the team in 2017 and leader for upcoming season of the NIPPO Vini Fantini team.

These the first words of the rider after the signature: “This 2017 season has been one of the best one of my career, for result but also for the growth that I had the chance to made in this wonderful team. The NIPPO Vini Fantini team is the perfect environment to grow up and our goal is to keep this growth together. The 2 year renewal is the symbol of our common interest. From a personal point of view, I think that my growth must be also in the quality. Maybe I will have to renounce to some placement, to have more focus on some main race as the Milano-Sanremo & the Giro d’Italia stages, if we will have the honor to be invited, and for sure also the Japanese competitions very important for our team.”

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