EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
Another full EUROTRASH Monday: Will the 2020 Vuelta a España climb the Col du Tourmalet? – Top Story. All the results and video from Flandriencross, World Cup Tabor, Gent ‘6 Days’ and the Shanghai Criterium. Loads of other cycling news: The Vuelta in France, HEMA and Jumbo-Visma, Arkea-Samsic on Canyon, BORA-hansgrohe 2020 squad, more rider contracts, Johannes Fröhlinger retires, UAE Team Emirates legal action against Durasek, Movistar to wear Alé, Rigoberto Urán resumes training. Plus the Col Collective climbs the Col du Tourmalet. Monday coffee time!
TOP STORY: Vuelta Plans Stage Finish on the Tourmalet
The Vuelta a España presents its course for the 2020 edition on 17th December, but there are many rumours on the stages of the third and last Tour of the year. The latest is that Unipublic intends to include the Tourmalet in the 2020 course.
The Col de Tourmalet is missing from the Tour de France 2020 race route, but there still seems to be a Grand Tour with intentions on the Pyrenees giant next year. La Dépêche du Midi reports that the 19 kilometre climb with its 7.4% gradient will be a finish in the Spanish Tour.
Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador fight it out on Tour de France 2010 stage 17 on the Col du Tourmalet:
According to the French newspaper, the stage will start somewhere in the province of Huesca, possibly Biescas or Sabinanigo. The stage should have similarities with the Vuelta stage won by Robert Gesink in 2016, when it finish on the summit of the Col d’Aubisque.
This year the Col de Tourmalet was the backdrop for the finish of stage 14 of the Tour de France, where Thibaut Pinot sprinted away from Julian Alaphilippe and Steven Kruijswijk in the final metres.
Tour de France 2019 stage 14 highlights – Col du Tourmalet summit finish:
DVV Verzekeringen Trofee Flandriencross – Hamme 2019
Mathieu van der Poel dominated the Flandriencross in Hamme yet again. The World champion hardly had any problems to beat Laurens Sweeck and Tim Merlier (both Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal) by a big advantage.
After his difficult start yesterday, World champion Mathieu van der Poel was off to a good start on Sunday in Hamme. He immediately made it clear that he wanted to make it a very tough day, and maybe make up the 5 minutes in the rankings of the DVV Insurance Trophy on Eli Iserbyt (Marlux-Bingoal).
Belgian champion Toon Aerts (Telenet Fidea Lions) was straight on Van der Poel’s wheel, but Eli Iserbyt had to let a gap go. It became clear that Saturday’s biggest challenger didn’t have the same legs. Aerts had difficulty following Van der Poel’s fast pace and had no chance at the intermediate sprints, but managed to do three laps. When Laurens Sweeck, Tim Merlier and Michael Vanthourenhout looked to be coming back after 20 minutes, Van der Poel saw that he had to shift up a gear and Aerts was dropped.
Laurens Sweeck gave it his best, whereas Sweeck had the disadvantage that he had never completely got into Van der Poel’s wheel and so was 2 seconds behind. In the following laps Sweeck managed limited the difference to 5 seconds.
With 15 minutes to go Sweeck cracked and the differences suddenly increased very quickly. Van der Poel had nothing to fear in the final laps. This was Van der Poel’s fourth victory in four cross races tis 2019/20 season.
Flandriencross winner, Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus): “The World Cup is normally my last cross, so I will need ten minutes. I mainly raced today to get better. It was a nice cross with a lot of people. I had a difficult customer behind me (Sweeck). Laurens has been struggling for a long time. You see each other a lot on this course, so that was a tough customer today. It is very nice to be able to win in this way and hopefully that there will be as many as possible.”
5th and DVV Trophy leader, Eli Iserbyt (Marlux-Bingoal): “In the beginning it went too fast for me. My second day is still a bit low (after Saturday’s race in Tabor). They immediately flew. With Lars (van der Haar, ed) I had a good partner to keep up the pace. The last three laps I had power again and I came back at the right rhythm, but it was difficult today. You race with the classification in mind. I don’t know his program, but if so, Mathieu is not the closest competitor. Toon (Aerts) and Michael (Vanthourenhout) are, but they were swept away by bad luck. So all in all not such a bad day for me.”
DVV Verzekeringen Trofee Flandriencross – Hamme Result:
1. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Corendon-Circus in 1:01:46
2. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 0:40
3. Tim Merlier (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 1:03
4. Lars van der Haar (Ned) Telenet Fidea Lions at 1:06
5. Eli Iserbyt (Bel) Marlux-Bingoal at 1:09
6. Tom Meeusen (Bel) Corendon-Circus at 1:14
7. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux-Bingoal at 1:15
8. Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Corendon-Circus at 1:56
9. Corne van Kessel (Ned) Telenet Fidea Lions
10. Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions at 2:10.
UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup – Tabor 2019
Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) won the World cup cyclo-cross race in Tabor. The Dutch World champion was the best after an exciting three-way fight with Eli Iserbyt (Marlux-Bingoal) and Lars van der Haar (Telenet Fidea Lions).
At the start there was no world champion on the first row due to the newly introduced UCI rule. The top 24 in the World cup rankings (that are present) will take the best starting places, Van der Poel had to start in the third row in Tabor. The World champion didn’t ride in Iowa, Waterloo and Bern and doesn’t register in the rankings. An extra problem for Van der Poel, who had had a sad week with the death of grandfather Raymond Poulidor.
On the front row, the Telenet-Baloise boys from Sven Nys set the pace in the opening lap. Only when Michael Vanthourenhout took the lead, there was a gap of 10 seconds. He was followed by a group of Telenet-Baloise riders; Corné van Kessel, Quinten Hermans and Lars van der Haar, plus Vanthourenhout’s teammate Eli Iserbyt.
Van der Poel got to the front group after 15 minutes, but just as quickly he left a gap. 5 seconds became 20, and that made Vanthourenhout at the front a bit reckless. At the halfway point Vanthourenhout had Lars van der Haar and World cup leader Eli Iserbyt with him for company. Van der Haar then decided to go on his own, Van der Poel was not far away.
A tire change gave Van der Poel a second wind and more grip on the slippery grass after the start area. Lap after Lap the World champion crept a little closer to the leading trio, where Iserbyt and Vanthourenhout more than once played the team game to lure Van der Haar. Van der Poel caught them after 38 minutes.
Lars van der Haar must have thought it was his time to attack which put Vanthourenhout in trouble. But Van der Haar probably eliminated himself with his previous attack. At the beam section, which he was the only rider on foot, Van der Haar’s hope for the win was over. The intermediate sprint went to Iserbyt. The World cup leader wanted to go alone, but The World champion would not let that happen.
Van der Poel dropped Iserbyt just before the section of a few short turns one after the other and put a few meters on him. Iserbyt fought for what he was worth, but it was Van der Poel who took the win. The world champion honoured his deceased grandfather Poulidor in the best possible way.
Race winner, Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus): “It was a very emotional week for us, that’s why I am very happy to win here. Tábor is one of my favourite races. I have a lot of history here. The course just suited me really well, but today I had trouble finding a good rhythm. Fortunately I succeeded.”
Mathieu Van der Poel (@mathieuvdpoel) Tweeted after the race: “I wish I could bunnyhop high enough to say hello. Hope you enjoyed the race from up there, this one was for you ❤️”
2nd, Eli Iserbyt (Marlux-Bingoal): “Only big champions can ride and win in these circumstances. And that is Mathieu van der Poel anyway. It must not be emotionally easy to race in such a time. The last attack was just a bit too sharp for me. I had to lose a few metres immediately and you cannot let that happen. Maybe my speed came a little too early in the race, but I can still be satisfied with the way I have tackled this World Cup race. Koksijde will not be a race for me, because that course is not so good for me. We’ll see where I’ll end up on the coast. I certainly expect him again.”
UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup – Tabor Result:
1. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Corendon-Circus in 1:01:56
2. Eli Iserbyt (Bel) Marlux-Bingoal
3. Lars van der Haar (Ned) Telenet Fidea Lions at 0:12
4. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux-Bingoal at 0:42
5. Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Lions at 1:00
6. Corne van Kessel (Ned) Telenet-Fidea Lions at 1:10
7. Quinten Hermans (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Lions at 1:14
8. Tim Merlier (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 1:17
9. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 1:22
10. Jens Adams (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 1:32.
Gent ‘6 Days’ 2019
Kenny De Ketele and Robbe Ghys won the Six Days of Gent after a big battle. The Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise couple were involved in an exciting two-way battle with Tosh Van der Sande and Jasper De Buyst, who finished second. Roger Kluge and Theo Reinhardt finished third.
On the last days it became clear that five couples would competed for the victory in the Kuipke. The German world champions Kluge/Reinhardt started as leaders on the closing day. Behind them were: Van der Sande/De Buyst, Ghys/De Ketele, Cavendish/Keisse (all on 1 lap) and Van Schip/Havik (on 2 laps).
The battle would be fought in the last one-hour madison. Iljo Keisse put in the first attack on the leading position of Kluge and Reinhardt, who closed the gap without help. The next attack was successful and came from the De Buyst and De Ketele teams, who passed the Germans again.
The battle for victory was therefore between Ghys/De Ketele and Van der Sande/De Buyst, the difference was only one point. The sprint points became of great importance in the final chase, but it would ultimately come to the very last sprint. Van der Sande threw in a surprise, but De Ketele managed to make a good final change to be the first to cross the line.
In the rankings Cavendish/Keisse finished just off the podium in fourth place, as the third place went to Kluge/Reinhardt. Fifth place went to the Dutch couple of Van Schip/Havik. For De Ketele it is his fourth final victory in the Kuipke. For Ghys it is his first victory in Gent.
Gent ‘6 Days’ Result:
1. Kenny De Ketele/Robbe Ghys (Bel) on 301pt
2. Tosh Van der Sande/Jasper De Buyst (Bel) on 296pt
3. Roger Kluge/Theo Reinhardt (Ger) on 212pt
4. (-1 lap) Mark Cavendish/Iljo Keisse (GB/Bel) on 268pt
5. (-2 laps) Jan-Willem Van Schip/Yoeri Havik (Ned) on 299pt
6. (-3 laps) Jules Hesters/Otto Vergaerde (Bel) on 211pt
7. (-11 laps) Marc Hester/Fabio Van den Bossche (Den/Bel) on 116pt
8. (-17 laps) Jonas Rickaert/Roy Pieters (Bel/Ned) on 111pt
9. (-22 laps) Lindsay De Vylder/Wim Stroetinga (Bel/Ned) on 87pt
10. (-26 laps) Morgan Kneisky/Oliver Wulff Frederiksen (Fra/Den) on 199pt.
Tour de France Škoda Shanghai Criterium 2019
Australian Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) claimed the third edition of the Tour de France Škoda Shanghai Criterium in a three-way sprint against Italian Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott), the silver medallist in the road race at the recent Worlds, and Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo–Visma), third overall in the 2019 Tour de France, who took the remaining steps on the podium in this same order. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain–Merida) was rewarded for his kick at the four intermediate sprints with the green jersey, while Egan Bernal (Ineos), took the combativity prize clad in the yellow jersey of the Tour de France. 25-year-old Caleb Ewan also won the best young rider’s white jersey as well as the team classification together with teammates Adam Blythe, Thomas De Gendt and Tim Wellens.
The Tour de France riders, many still recovering from jet lag, had no time to lose on the electrifying 61.2 km course this morning. Focused on the points that were up for grabs as early as the second lap of the circuit, a great number of them were content to eye the others in silence, bathed in the mid-November sun on the start line, while enthusiastic fans waved Criterium flags to cheer them on. The star-studded peloton with 47 riders, 28 of them Chinese, was sent off at 10:10 am local time by Rachel Liu, an influencer with 8 million followers, amid the generous applause of the fans in Shanghai.
Seven men with burning ambitions took off as soon as the flag dropped. Among them, Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain–Merida) was especially keen to chase the points classification, introduced this year by adding the points awarded at each of the four intermediate sprints judged on the finish line at the end of laps 2, 6, 10 and 14. It was therefore no surprise to see the Italian climber, who celebrated his 35th birthday a few days ago, take the classification by a narrow margin over Egan Bernal (Ineos), clad in the golden fleece, who was cheered on in Spanish by fans holding up “Go, Go, Go Colombia!” signs. The Shark of Messina and the new whiz kid of world cycling, the past and the present of the yellow jersey, spent much of the race riding together. At the second intermediate sprint, the winner of the 2014 Tour de France was narrowly beaten by Yu Junsong (Yunnan Cycling Team), who turned on the afterburners to take the fight to the two champions. The 22-year-old Colombian, whose dimples get more and more marked with every attack, had racked up 6 points so far and knew that the combativity prize was within reach. On the roadside, builders wearing drab helmets left their construction site for a minute to watch the multi-coloured snake roll past.
Meanwhile, the Mitchelton-Scott riders were hard at work to put their leader Matteo Trentin in position to fight for the overall win. After taking the fourth and final intermediate sprint, Nibali eased up with 11.6 kilometres to go having met his objectives for the race. The Sicilian, overtaken by the 2019 European champion and his teammate Adam Blythe, nevertheless got himself a place on the podium thanks to a total of 19 points. 9 km before the line, Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo–Visma) finally appeared on the radar with an attack joined by Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal), who had also been keeping his head low until then.
Suspense filled the air as the bell rang to announce the final lap and a three-way sprint featuring the Italian, the Dutchman and the Aussie began to take shape. In the end, no-one could match the sheer quality of the man from Down Under and, four months after claiming stage 21 of the Tour de France on the Champs-Élysées, the pocket rocket took a new victory that also serves as a reminder to everyone who sees his arms raised towards the clear skies that his career is just beginning…
Tour de France Škoda Shanghai Criterium Result:
1. Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal
2. Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott
3. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
4. Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 0:08
5. Man Chun Yeung (Chn) X-Speed United at 1:13
6. Luka Mezgec (Slo) Mitchelton-Scott
7. Adam Blythe (GB) Lotto Soudal
8. Hao Ma (Chn) Yunnan Cycling Team
9. Tegele Yi (Chn) Kunbao Sport
10. Tengda Gui (Chn) Yunnan Cycling Team.
Vuelta 2020: Queen Stage With the Finish in France?
The Vuelta a España may have a Queen Stage with a finish in France in 2020. Vuelta Organiser, Unipublic, is looking to have a stage that finishes in Tarbes or Lourdes, Radio Huesca reports.
The Spanish stage race is in talks with the Huesca region to map out two stages in the north of the country. It would be a stage through the middle mountains in the province of Huesca itself and a ride that goes through the high mountains to the north. In addition to possible finishes in Tarbes or Lourdes, the Vuelta has also consulted with the province of Zaragoza (which is next to Huesca) About a finish in Ejea de los Caballeros.
The organisers of the Spanish tour, which starts next year in Utrecht, must complete the contracts with the stage places town before the official presentation. The complete course will be presented in Madrid on December 17th.
The best of la Vuelta a España 2019:
Plugge about HEMA: “We would be very happy if it works”
Jumbo-Visma may be adding HEMA as a new sponsor. Richard Plugge, general director of the cycling and skating team: “We are sitting around the table together and we would be very happy if it works,” he told De Telegraaf.
“For us, HEMA is a fantastic brand that fits our cycling and skating team. Certainly also because the company wants more brand recognition in countries such as France and Spain,” said Plugge.
Last week, Jumbo and HEMA decided to work together on a commercial level. The link was immediately established with possible sponsorship of the cycling and skating team sponsored by Jumbo. Those conversations with the department store chain are independent of the commercial plans the companies have with each other. The possible arrival of HEMA would further increase the budget of the Jumbo-Visma cycling team. According to De Telegraaf, that amount for the WorldTour team has already grown to around 20 million.
HEMA Dept. store a long time ago:
Arkea-Samsic in 2020 on Canyon
Nairo Quintana will ride a Canyon bike for the next two years. The German bicycle manufacturer has announced that the next two season Arkéa-Samsic riders will be riding their bikes. Last season, the riders of the French formation were riding BH Bikes, which replaced Look in the summer of 2018.
In 2019, Canyon supplied bicycles to Quintana’s current team Movistar, Katusha-Alpecin and Corendon-Circus. The Arkea-Samsic riders will use Aeroad aerobike, Ultimate climbing bike and Speedmax time trial bike next season. The Canyons will be assembled with Shimano Dura-Ace and the tires come from Continental. Reigning French champion Warren Barguil will receive a special frame in the colours of the French flag.
Arkea-Samsic – which had Barguil in 2019 and André Greipel, who is leaving for Israel Cycling Academy – as the main spearheads – has strengthened itself for next season. In addition to Quintana, his brother Dayer (Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia-KTM), Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis), Diego Rosa (Ineos), Daniel McLay (EF Education First), Thomas Boudat (Direct Energy), Winner Anacona (Movistar) also ride. Łukasz Owsian (CCC), Benjamin Declercq, Christophe Noppe (both Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise) and the Frenchmen Donavan Grondin and Matis Louvel will also ride for the French team.
BORA – hansgrohe completes its 2020 squad with the signing of Patrick Gamper
By joining BORA – hansgrohe, the 22-year-old Austrian rider will be receiving his first professional contract. Gamper is considered to be a proven rouleur, whose strengths lie in flat terrain. With this signing, the squad from Raubling thereby completes its team for 2020.
“I have to say that making the move to the WorldTour has come as a fantastic surprise for me, which is made all the more exciting by joining my dream squad, BORA – hansgrohe. Of course, I have immense respect for the task that lies ahead. Riding in the WorldTour is going to be a different experience, however, with one of the top teams in the peloton, the transition to this new level of racing should be a smooth one. I am really looking forward to discovering the environment surrounding the team. BORA – hansgrohe is remarkably professional, and I anticipate that I will be in very good hands there. It’ll also be made easier by the fact that there are already several Austrians within the team. I’m thrilled and incredibly eager to take on this new challenge, and I’m confident that I will receive the best support possible.” – Patrick Gamper.
“Patrick is a young rider who possesses good qualities above all on the flatlands as a rouleur. He will be useful in strengthening our sprint train and will serve primarily as a helper within the team. Of course, we will also be aiming to develop him further and improve upon his strengths. It will take some time until he has adjusted to the level of racing in the WorldTour. We will provide him with the necessary time required to gather experience, which will be a process that will also occur during one or the other of the Belgian races. As an Austrian, he is sure to integrate into the team quite quickly, with our roster already consisting of a few of his compatriots.” – Ralph Denk, Team Manager.
Pascal Ackermann (Ger), Erik Baska (Svk), Cesare Benedetti (Ita), Maciej Bodnar (Pol), Emanuel Buchmann (Ger), Marcus Burghardt (Ger), Jempy Drucker (Lux), Matteo Fabro (Ita), Patrick Gamper (Aut), Oscar Gatto (Ita), Felix Großschartner (Aut), Lennard Kämna (Ger), Patrick Konrad (Aut), Martin Laas (Est), Rafal Majka (Pol), Jay McCarthy (Aus), Gregor Mühlberger (Aut), Daniel Oss (Ita), Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut), Pawel Poljanski (Pol), Juraj Sagan (Svk), Peter Sagan (Svk), Maximilian Schachmann (Ger), Ide Schelling (Ned), Andreas Schillinger (Ger), Michael Schwarzmann (Ger), Rüdiger Selig (Ger).
Carmelo Urbano Completes the Professional Team of Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
Twenty-one riders will be part of the professional team of Caja Rural-Seguros RGA during the next season. The latest signing is Carmelo Urbano (Málaga, 1997), the current Spanish U23 champion and the fourth man who comes from the feeder team of the green squad.
His performance during the whole season has been almost perfect, with six important wins, among them the general classification of the Bidasoa Itzulia and the gold medal in the U23 Spanish Championship. Furthermore, he added fifteen Top 10 in all types of races. These great results allowed him to participate in the U23 World Championship in Yorkshire with the Spanish team.
Both Carmelo and the rest of his teammates will prepare an exciting season in the first training camp of the team, from November 18 to November 22 in Pamplona, to draw the master lines of the new year.
Carmelo Urbano: “It is an immense joy to be part of the professional team, a dream that I have always pursued. Last year I had the opportunity to ride in the feeder team and thanks to them I was able to become a professional. It is the team where I want to grow and to be part of. Not everyone is offered this kind of opportunity. I have been racing for a short time, just for two years and a half, and I could not even imagine reaching this goal. Winning is never easy, but in this team, with effort and confidence, the victories began to come. I am very proud of the Bidasoa Itzulia and the U23 Spanish Championship because I think they are two important races that I will always keep in my mind. By 2020, my main goal will be to continue training and growing in the team.”
Shotaro Iribe Steps up to the WorldTour with NTT Pro Cycling
NTT Pro Cycling is delighted to be able to announce the signing of the Japanese National Road Race Champion, Shotaro Iribe. His signing coincides with the conclusion of a very exciting week during which NTT Pro Cycling, formerly Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka, was officially launched at the home of NTT in Tokyo, Japan.
Iribe, 30, is a highly experienced UCI Asian Tour rider having spent the past eight seasons on the continental Shimano Racing Team, and in the process becomes the first Japanese rider to race for us. He has been a very consistent performer on the Asian circuit but it has been over the past two seasons where he has really come into his own, as he raced to stage victories at both the Tour of Thailand and Tour de Kumano.
2019 saw Iribe earn the most prestigious result of his career, when he triumphed at the Japanese National Championships. Iribe also competed at the official Tokyo 2020 Olympic test event in July this year, as he eyes a place on the national team for a home Olympics road race.
Sporting our striking new NTT colours, and in his national champion’s jersey, Iribe is certain to bring huge excitement among the Japanese fans as we look to compete at the Japan Cup, among others, and he now takes the step up to the WorldTour.
Shotaro Iribe – Rider: “I am very happy to be able to join NTT Pro Cycling. This is the challenge that I have been aiming for since I started bike racing. No words can describe how happy I am. It’s never easy to challenge at this top-level but I am determined that I will be racing for the team by putting all my energy and soul into it. I would like to thank all those who have made this possible. Thank you very much.”
Douglas Ryder – Team Principal: “At the conclusion of a hugely significant week for our team we are thrilled to have Shotaro, the Japanese champion, join our team. Our time spent in Tokyo has been hugely fulfilling, and the passion with which we have been embraced has been truly humbling. Being a national champion comes with great prestige and responsibility so to have the Japanese champion compete in the NTT Pro Cycling colours is hugely exciting. Shotaro loves racing, takes his chances through being opportunistic and it is a real pleasure to have him as our 10th new signing. We can’t wait to get the 2020 season underway.”
Zabel and Würtz Schmidt to Israel Cycling Academy
Rick Zabel and Mads Würtz Schmidt will race for Israel Cycling Academy next season. With that they move along with Katusha to the possible newcomer in the WorldTour. The team is still waiting for approval from the UCI.
For Zabel and Würtz Schmidt, a period of uncertainty comes to an end. “We heard several things about what was going to happen,” said Würtz Schmidt. “I was hoping that we would get out with Israel Cycling Academy and I am glad that it is finally over. We can now concentrate on the race again and help the team achieve its goals.”
Team manager Kjell Carlstrom expects them to be important assets for the team. “We have attracted riders who can strengthen the team in multiple areas, such as the sprint train and in the classics.”
Israel Cycling Academy was already quite active on the transfer market. In addition to Zabel and Würtz Schmidt, Jenthe Biermans also goes from Katusha to the Israeli team. André Greipel, Hugo Hofstetter, Dan Martin, James Piccoli, Alexis Renard, Patrick Schelling, Rory Sutherland and Norman Vahtra are also new.
Rick Zabel wins in Yorkshire:
Johannes Fröhlinger Retires from Professional Cycling
After a career that spanned 13 years, nine of which were with Team Sunweb, Johannes Fröhlinger is set to hang up his wheels this winter, retiring from the professional peloton.
Johannes Fröhlinger (GER)
A good all-round rider, Fröhlinger was a dedicated teammate throughout his career, always willing to work for others. He spent his first four professional years with the teams Gerolsteiner and Milram, where he frequently displayed an attacking racing style, showing himself in the breakaways. His biggest successes were a 2nd place in stage five of the Giro d’Italia in 2008 and one year later, during his debut at the Tour de France, he finished third on the mountain top finish in Andorra-Arcalis.
With his growing experience and his biggest quality as a great team player, the coaches of Team Sunweb helped him to develop into the role of a conscientious road captain. Testament to this, Fröhlinger was a part of various successes and memories with the team since 2011, helping the team to over 50 victories. Notably, Fröhlinger was a part of the squads that won the team’s first Grand Tour stage at the 2011 Vuelta a España and the team’s debut in the yellow jersey at the Tour de France in 2013; both landmark moments in the team’s history.
After 13 years on the bike, Fröhlinger will remain a close part of the sport as he pursues a career as a Trainer. First talks have been held for him to make that next step, as he aspires to start his new chapter developing younger riders. Fröhlinger is set to begin an extensive education in this specialist field and does not rule out a return to professional cycling in a trainer’s capacity in the future.
“As a teenager I dreamed of becoming a professional cyclist and I’m really happy to have spent so many years living my dream. I could have never imagined participating in one Grand Tour, but today I look back on 15 three-week-long races, ten of which were at the Vuelta, which is really special,” says Fröhlinger nostalgically. “I’m thankful and proud to look back on my 13-year professional career at the highest level. A special thanks goes to Team Sunweb: I spent the main part of my career over here and shared unforgettable moments.”
Team Sunweb coach Marc Reef added: “We’ve spent a lot of good years with Johannes since he joined the team in 2011. He’s always been a rider that is willing to work in support of others and be there for the team when called upon. He’s been a strong part of the team’s development from where we started until now, using his experience and role within the team to help and guide the younger riders both on and off the bike at races. It’s been a real pleasure to have him within our ranks and he will always be a close friend of the team. We wish him the best of luck for the future.”
UAE Team Emirates is Considering Legal Action Against Suspended Durasek
UAE Emirates is not yet finished with Kristijan Đurasek. The team immediately fired the Croatian, after receiving a suspension for involvement in Operation Aderlass. A claim for damages may also follow.
The UCI announced that Durasek was suspended for four years for violating the doping rules between 2016 and 2019. The union reached its decision based on information obtained from the Austrian authorities. Durasek was previously associated with Operation Aderlass doping case and would have been a client of the controversial doping doctor Mark Schmidt.
“UAE Emirates has been informed about the four-year suspension imposed on Kristijan Đurasek for involvement in Operation Aderlass,” the WorldTour team said in a statement. “In line with the team’s internal policy, the rider’s contract was terminated with immediate effect. The team’s lawyers are currently looking into the possibilities for compensation.”
Alé Cycling Partners with the Movistar Team for its 2020 Kit
The well-known ‘Veronese’ brand inks a partnership agreement with the legendary, Spanish WorldTour team: in 2020, the Movistar Team will race with Alé jerseys.
When you say Movistar, in cycling, you immediately think to one of the most renowned and prestigious teams of the whole World Tour circuit. In over 40 years, that the team celebrated this 2019, the Movistar Team reported 7 Tour de France, 4 Giro D’Italia, 4 Vuelta a España, 4 World Championships, over 583 stages and some 930 wins! The greatest champions have worn the Movistar Team jersey along the years, starting from Miguel Indurain, Pedro Delgado, Alejandro Valverde, Nairo Quintana, Rui Costa, up to Richard Carapaz the winner of the Giro 2019.
For 2020 the Movistar Team chose Alé: the prestigious Veronese brand has signed the uniforms of the new team, which is preparing to face the next professional season. Alé formalised the partnership with the Spanish World Tour team during the “Gran Galà Alé”, the company’s annual gala evening, which was held inside the Gran Guardia building, in the heart of Verona, on 16 November 2019.
For the Movistar Team, Alé makes available its enormous technical savoir-faire and its great textile expertise, proposing elaborate outfits driven from their PRR line. The PRR collection combines racing fit, light, breathable and super functional fabrics, designed to support the athlete in his/her performance goals.
Graphics and details of the team’s new outfit are still top secret. A few anticipations were given during the Gala evening such as the colour that will be light and navy blue. The unveiling of the Movistar Team 2020 livery designed by Alè will take place during the official presentation of the team, to be held in Madrid on December 19th, 2019.
Alessia Piccolo, CEO of APG, the company that’s behind the Alé brand, commented: “With great pleasure we announce this important partnership with the Movistar Team. We have developed very technical, extremely performing garments for team. We will put to their service the top of textile technology available today. We will dress the team with our particular and unmistakable style, and the partnership will also be preparatory to experimentation and exchange of feedback. We want to be able to offer all the fans of our products the benefits of a garment developed for a team of this caliber.”
Juan Pablo Molinero, CMO of Movistar Team: “By partnering with Alé, Movistar Team is moving forward in a global strategy. Style and functionality are in the DNA of Alé, a real global partner who will help us to communicate our values worldwide. Alé is an appealing brand. Together we will transform our racing kit into a stylish and aspirational sporting good. It seems like the perfect partner to be.”
Rigoberto Urán Resumes Training After Months of Rehabilitation
Two and a half months ago, Rigoberto Urán crashed hard on stage 6 of the Vuelta a España. Now the Colombian can start thinking about racing again. Urán rode his first training kilometres yesterday.
In that crash in the Vuelta, Urán broke his left collarbone, a few ribs, his shoulder blade and some vertebrae and also suffered damage to his lungs. He had to be a long time under the knife and also had complications after the operations and was in intensive care for some time. At the beginning of this month he hoped to be able to train again in December, but the EF Education First rider is ahead of schedule.
“Today is a very special day for me,” said a happy Urán in a video message via Twitter. “After almost three months, I put on my kit again for the first time today. I want to thank everyone for all the support they have given.” El Toro de Urrao has not said anything about his program for 2020 yet, but an announcement is expected soon now that Urán has started training again.
Hoy es un día muy especial para mi, nuevamente en bici después de 3 meses. GRACIAS,GRACIAS, GRACIAS 🙏 por todo el apoyo y la moral que me brindaron durante todo este tiempo. No olvidare nunca tanto amor ❤️. pic.twitter.com/4vgC5dsa45
— Rigoberto Urán ЯU (@UranRigoberto) November 16, 2019
Col du Tourmalet (Luz St Sauveur) with the Col Collective
As you read at the top of EUROTRASH, la Vuelta a España might have a stage finish on the Col du Tourmalet, so we look at the monster climb with the Col Collective.
Without question the Col du Tourmalet is one of the all time greats of cycling, first featuring in the 1910 Tour de France and with over 80 appearances since make it amongst the very oldest, and the most frequently used, climb in the history of the race. As the highest road pass in the French Pyrénées the Tourmalet is a special place, almost sacred to cyclists throughout the world.
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