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EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!

The 2017 World championships have kicked off with the team time trial, next up the individual TT – Top Story. All the reports, results and video from Bergen, Grand Prix d’Isbergues, Memorial Marco Pantani, GP Impanis, Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen and Coppa Bernocchi. In other cycling news: Lotto Soudal up-date, contract news from Trek-Segafredo and Cervelo-Bigla and Jérôme Baugnies medical up-date.

TOP STORY: The 2017 World Championship’s Individual Time trials
The team time trial is behind us and now its down to the solo riders to take the rainbow jerseys. All the races are based on a short and a long circuit with different combinations for the different distances. All the races start and finish in the same place in Bergen and take in Lake Nordåsvannet with extra kilometers round the town and both sides of the lake. The finish is tough.

Keep it PEZ for all the news from Bergen.

More information at the race website: Bergen2017

The race organizers describe the Elite men’s test:
The Time Trial for the Men Elite will have a spectacular summit finish at Mount Fløyen.

The circuits are laid to the south towards Lake Nordåsvannet, but this time the riders will stay at the Paradis/Hop/Storetveit side of the lake.

The Time Trial course for the Men Elite will only be 31 km, but the last 3,4 km is straight up Mount Fløyen with an average pending of 9,1 % and several parts with more than 10%. This will pose a real challenge for the riders who aim for the coveted UCI rainbow jersey.

The first lap is identical to the one used for the Women Junior and the Men Under 23. After the start at Festplassen the riders will race towards Lake Tveitevannet before turning back to the City centre where they will face 600 meters of fine cobblestone. The section will take the riders past many historic buildings, and when they enter Bryggen they will meet a gigantic roar from the fans.

When the riders come to Vetrelidsallmenningen for the second time they have completed the first 27,6 km of the course. But the final 3,4 km will be breathtaking up the serpentine turns of Mount Fløyen. Fans will gather in thousands and create a magical atmosphere.

With this historical summit finish the riders will have the option of changing their bikes. This brings a tactical element into the event that is most interesting for the fans and worldwide TV-viewers.

After completing the climb to Mount Fløyen the riders are awarded the scenic view from the finish line with the city of Bergen at their feet. This will truly be a memorable race!

Junior Women – Individual Time Trial
Monday, September 18 2017
16.1km Bergen – Bergen.

U23 Men – Individual Time Trial
Monday, September 18 2017
37.2km Bergen – Bergen.

Junior Men – Individual Time Trial
Tuesday, September 19 2017
21.1km Bergen – Bergen.

Elite Women – Individual Time Trial
Tuesday, September 19 2017
21.1km Bergen – Bergen.

Elite Men – Individual Time Trial
Wednesday, September 20 2017
31km Bergen – Mount Fløyen.

Men’s World Team Time Trial Championships 2017
The men’s Team Time Trial finished off the first day of racing at the UCI 2017 World Road Championships. At the end German Team Sunweb had the best finish and when runner up BMC Racing Team passed the finish line they were just under ten seconds behind. Third place was settled between Team Sky and Quick Step-Floors. Sky, being one of the favorites to take the victory before the race, took the final and last medal coming in third.

Time Trialling is a ”marginal gains” race and it came down to the last 7 kilometers to settle the battle between the front teams. Team Sunweb consisting of Tom Dumoulin, Lennard Kamna, Wilco Kelderman, Søren Kragh Andersen, Michael Matthews and Sam Oomen showed a great team effort in the final corners and went all the way to the top of the podium.

The roads surrounding the course were packed with spectators! To have this many people at a Team Time Trial, highlights that Norway and Bergen shows how a true ”Folkefest” is done. The Team Time Trial course surely makes up for one of the most scenic ones since the event was reintroduced for the World Championships 15 years ago. However, the winning teams, drilled to perform at the level of perfection, would only have a blurred vision in this speedy event. The Team Time Trial course departed from the Askøy archipelago just outside Bergen making their way to the decisive climb at Birkelundsbakken, where most teams at that point were being reduced to four or five riders from the initial six.

Intermediate 1
At the first intermediate the final top five teams, Sunweb, Sky, BCM, Quick Step and Orica was already in front. Noticable Pro Continental team CCC Sprandi Polkowice had a strong start passing the intermediate on a good pace. In the lead before the starting World Tour Teams were getting there at least. Team Sky looked as well drilled as expected setting a really high pace but at this point the top five were within 14 seconds apart.

The decisive moment
Making acquaintance with Birkelundsbakken the teams started to be reduced in numbers. When Team Sky´s Geraint Thomas had to let go his team was down to only four. Team Sunweb making their way to the top, taking a 55 seconds lead and still with all six riders it looked more than promising. BMC Racing Team however were in the lead with three seconds starting the descent and final roads in the city center.

All the way to the finish
The final kilometers was truly exciting when the top two teams were pacing each other within a second. The four last riders of the BMC Racing Team tried to keep together but Team Sunweb’s strong finish made the difference. Winning by 8.29 seconds Team Sunweb could take their historical second win of the day. Team Sky could regroup in the end and when Quick Step Floors passed the finish line after a fierce finish Team Sky took third place with around 12 seconds. A truly exiting race just at the start of this championships.

Full PEZ race report HERE.

Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb): “It’s crazy, first the women this afternoon and then us. The team was so homogenous, it was absolutely amazing. Normally you’d say that I was the best time trialist on paper but with this team it was so smooth and we had a really good pace and kept it all the way to the line. We tried to keep it together especially on the long climb with around 10km to go which just worked out. We were all flying – I don’t have the words. It’s really unexpected but very nice. We knew that we were doing a good time trial but didn’t know the time splits until the finish. It was so close and so tense with BMC but we made it at the end. It’s the team event of the year and we pulled it off.”

Sunweb coach Adriaan Helmantel: “What can I say – this is unreal and so amazing. Of course after the victory of the women it was already amazing, so we took that spirit and also some information into the men’s race. Yesterday, we chose to keep the meeting short as everything was clear – the guys just had to do it together. They really did it in an amazing way. From the beginning it was really smooth and the level was really homogenous, and I think we made a difference to the other teams here. We stayed actually until the last kilometer with six, where most others were riding with four. That was a part of our strategy as we knew that we could win a lot of time after the climb and that was also the main reason for the selection of the team. We knew that we needed strong TT riders but also strong climbers as there you could make a difference. Of course today is a really big day for the team, here with the men’s and women’s teams working together. It’s a big congratulations to the whole team, everybody who works so hard on all the details and that all fell into place today – it’s amazing.”

Rohan Dennis (BMC): “As we always do, we came here to win gold. It is sometimes a little disappointing to get silver but we’re still the second-best in the world here in Norway. Team Sunweb’s result is surprising but it also isn’t. They have been competitive in everything this year and they had a great team here today.”

Stefan Küng (BMC): “It was a really difficult time trial. In the end, we blew up a little bit. In a team time trial, you always have to go at the pace of the fourth or fifth guy, or even the sixth guy in the beginning, and I think we didn’t pay enough attention to this, so we had to ease off a little bit several times to stay together. If you have to do that you lose too much time which is why we finished second in the end. We went for the victory. We didn’t go for second place. If we would have gone for second place, we could have eased off but that’s why we were still pushing hard. If you keep pushing hard and some riders are more on the limit, you start losing guys but in the end we had to do this because as I said, we came here for the victory.”

Team Sky sport director Brett Lancaster spoke to TeamSky.com after the race: “Like we said from the start it was never going to be easy. Teams have always stepped up a lot in this event. The guys did their best effort and at the first split they were up by a second. We waited a bit on the climb as we knew ideally we needed five guys for the end, but the guys did a super job to bring it home. Third is a bit of a consolation prize. Sunweb are a really well-drilled team and hat’s off to BMC who were great. It’s the first time Quick-Step have been out of the medals since the race began so it just shows how every team has stepped up.”

Maciej Bodnar, 10th team Bora-Hansgrohe: “It was a demanding race on a tough up-and-down course, marked by headwinds. We all gave our best today and I think we have to accept the result. We finished with four riders, which made the race tougher, but we have to look ahead and work upon what we learned from today’s performance for the season ahead.”

Men’s World Team Time Trial Championships Result:
1. Sunweb in 47:50
2. BMC at 0:08
3. Sky at 0:22
4. Quick-Step Floors at 0:35
5. Orica-Scott at 1:03
6. Movistar at 1:19
7. LottoNL-Jumbo at 1:20
8. CCC Sprandi Polkowice at 1:44
9. Katusha-Alpecin at 1:46
10. Bora-Hansgrohe at 1:55.

Men’s TTT:

Women’s World Team Time Trial Championships 2017
The Sunweb womwn’s team took women’s team time trial title on Sunday morning in a time of 55:41 for the 42.5 kilometer course, beating big last years winners Boels Dolmans by 12 seconds. Cervelo-Bigla were 28 seconds down for third place and the bronze medal.

Fourth place went Canyon-SRAM at 1:04, while the local Danish team, Virtu, finished fifth at 2:51, but without World time trial champion, Amber Neben, who had an early technical problem.

Ellen van Dijk (Sunweb): “It was a really tough course and it was so important not to over pace on the climbs as you blow up the whole team so we really focused on that. That was our strength, we kept it really smooth and it was feeling good all the way. We used each others strengths all the way and we took the win which is incredible. This year we really didn’t expect to go for the win but when you do it really as a team like this and use each others strengths in such a good way it’s such a satisfying feeling. We were the underdog and now we’re world champions.”

Sunweb coach Hans Timmermans: “It was an amazing race today. It really was ultimate teamwork to win a TTT in this way, especially looking how we paced it perfectly, giving some time in the beginning but bringing it back at the end. Every rider knew what to do, like Sabrina and Floortje went off on a certain moment for one last suicide pull, according to our plan, they did it to their very very best. Ellen was very strong but I have to say there was no weak link in this six rider team. We’ve trained and prepared a lot for this, the commitment was there and I think everybody believed in it. You could feel already in the last few days that everybody was confident and in the end getting this reward shows what we’ve done the whole year, that we’re the best team with a capital T.”

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Cervelo-Bigla): “Today went smooth. That’s what we were aiming for. It was a really tough course so it’s about finding the balance between going fast but not pushing it over the edge. I think we did a smooth run. Of course we have the same medal as last year and would have liked better but the positive is we’re that much closer now. Last year the gap to the gold medal was a lot bigger and every year we’re just getting closer. We have a really young team so I think we can be proud of our effort today. Time trial is a big focus for us. We have amazing partners. We have super fast bikes in Cervélo and the fastest suits on the market from Endura. We have CeramicSpeed for extra power with their innovative treatment and Rotor Q-rings. Our brand new helmets from Kask were amazing today as well as our pedals from Speedplay and tyres from Vittoria. Everything was perfect. The team is grateful for every advantage as every detail counts in the time trial.”

Cervelo-Bigla team manager, Thomas Campana: “I’m very proud of this team. It’s a development and evolution of the team from last year. Last year we had more than a one-minute delay on the world champions and this year we were leading the race for almost two thirds of the distance – what a great improvement. If you consider the age of the team, we have a golden generation here.”

Woman’s World Team Time Trial Championships Result:
1. Sunweb in 55:41
2. Boels Dolmans at 0:12
3. Cervelo Bigla at 0:28
4. Canyon-SRAM Racing at 1:05
5. Team Virtu Cycling Women at 2:52
6. FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine-Futuroscope at 3:23
7. BTC City Ljubljana at 3:47
8. BePink Cogeas at 4:07
9. Hitec Products at 4:59.

Woman’s TTT:

Grand Prix d’Isbergues 2017
At 23 years of age, Benoît Cosnefroy (AG2R-La Mondiale) won Sunday’s GP d’Isbergues, his first victory in the pro ranks. Only a professional since August 1st, 2017, Cosnefroy was fast to confirm his talent to the sports managers of the AG2R-La Mondiale team. A member of the morning break, he won in a two-sprint sprint with Pierre Gouault (HP BTP Aubers 93). Alain Riou (Fortunéo-Oscaro) completed the podium, while one of the favorites of the day, Dimension Data’s Mark Cavendish, had to settle for the 6th place ahead of Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis).

Eighth today, Laurent Pichon (Fortuneo-Oscaro) mathematically ensured his victory in the general classification of the Coupe de France before the last round, the Tour de Vendée on the 1st of October.

Race winner, Benoît Cosnefroy (AG2R-La Mondiale): “Normally, the Grand Prix d’Isbergues is a race for the sprinters, and frankly, I never imagined such a scenario unfolding. After having started in the pros just this August, I am coming into the final part of the season pretty fresh. Today I wanted to work for the team, and above all put in some good work ahead of the U23 World Championships in Bergen (Norway) on Friday. But suddenly I found myself in the front of the race without even having meant to. During the race, I told Stéphane Goubert that the team should chase the break even if I was in it! But with something like 11.5 km to go to the finish in the last lap, we still had a little more than a minute gap, and I realized it might be possible to make it after all. I chose to attack before a final sprint and managed to take the win. I could not have dreamed that I would win my first professional race so soon. I am very happy, but tonight I will put the victory at Isbergues aside in my mind and start to think about Bergen. I have taken a nice win, but I know that the race in Bergen won’t unfold the same way. But I’m ready and motivated.”

5th, Rudy Barbier (AG2R-La Mondiale): “It’s been a great day for us! Following up on Benoît’s victory, I managed to beat renowned sprinters like Cavendish and Bouhanni in the pack sprint, and I am really happy. I have been working with my coach Mickaël Bouget specifically on our sprinting and getting the train to work together seamlessly. I am pleased and especially happy with Quentin (Jaurégui) and Julien (Duval) who were still with me with 300 meters to go. All that I had to do was unleash my sprint. I have felt now for several days that the form is really there, and I want to take a win before the end of the season. I still have four opportunities (Eurométropole – Binche-Chimay-Binche – Paris-Bourges – Paris-Tours), and I hope to seize my chance.”

Grand Prix d’Isbergues Result:
1. Benoît Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale in 4:48:47
2. Pierre Gouault (Fra) HP BTP Aubers 93
3. Alan Riou (Fra) Fortunéo-Oscaro at 0:07
4. Nicolas Baldo (Fra) HP BTP Aubers 93
5. Rudy Barbier (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
6. Mark Cavendish (GB) Dimension Data
7. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis
8. Laurent Pichon (Fra) Fortunéo-Oscaro
9. Marc Sarreau (Fra) FDJ
10. David Menut (Fra) HP BTP Aubers 93.

Isbergues finish:


Memorial Marco Pantani 2017
Marco Zamparella (Amore & Vita-Selle SMP) out-sprinted Diego Ulissi (Italy) at the end of the Memorial Marco Pantani. Egan Bernal and Matteo Cattaneo of Androni-Giocattoli took third and fourth. Zamparella had been in a two man break with Sebastian Schönberger (Tirol) but had dropped him with 50 kilometers tog on the Montevecchio climb. Ulissi, Bernal and Cattaneo crossed to Zamparella on the Montevecchio with other riders, but those four pressed on to the finish.

Behind the escape Bahrain-Merida and Bora-Hansgrohe were working hard in the peloton, but with 20 kilometers to go on the four laps of the finishing circuit they had a lead of 1:35. With a lap to go the four looked safe to fight it out for the win. The Androni-Giocattoli pair had the advantage, but failed to work over the others. Zamparella led out the sprint and Ulissi, winner of the Canadian WorldTour in Montreal, couldn’t get past him before the line. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) brought in the peloton 45 seconds later.

5th, Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida): “I did a good sprint, it was a shame that it was only fifth place. The sensations continue to be good and I also faced the Montevecchio steep climb without any particular problems. Now is the time to think about the World Championship in Norway and I’m convinced that I’ve worked well for this appointment. I need to thank my teammates who have helped me today and I’m sure we will made a good result also job also see us again in the future competitions in Tuscany.”

Memorial Marco Pantani Result:
1. Marco Zampraella (Ita) Amore & Vita-Selle SMP in 4:30:28
2. Diego Ulissi (Ita) Italy
3. Egan Bernal (Col) Androni Giocattoli
4. Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli at 0:01
5. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida at 0:45
6. Elia Viviani (Ita) Italy
7. Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
8. Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy
9. Davide Ballerini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
10. German Nicolas Tiviani Perez (Ita) Unieuro Trevigiani-Hemus.

Pantani Memorial’17:

GP Impanis Van Petegem Primus Classic 2017
Twenty four hours after Fernando Gaviria sprinted to victory at the Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen, Matteo Trentin made it two out of two for Quick-Step Floors with a spectacular win at the 20th Primus Classic, for many riders the last race before heading to the World Championships in Bergen.

Quick-Step Floors were once again the main protagonists, taking the race by the scruff of its neck and attacking once the peloton was blown to pieces, with 60 kilometers to go. Dries Devenyns and Vuelta a España multiple stage winner Matteo Trentin pushed hard and soon were part of the group which made the junction with the six escapees who were at the front since the opening kilometers.

The race came back together inside the final 40 kilometers, but only for a short while, as the attack continued to come. Soon, 16 men extricated themselves from the bunch, Quick-Step Floors having the numbers there, thanks to the presence of Devenyns, Trentin, Fernando Gaviria and Maximiliano Richeze. Twenty kilometers from the finish, they were more than half a minute clear, thanks to our riders, the only ones to pull in order to ensure the group stayed at the front.

With five kilometers remaining, just as the peloton was preparing to make the catch, Matteo Trentin attacked from the group, only Jean-Pierre Drucker (BMC) being capable of following him. It looked like the two would go together all the way to the line and contest the win in a sprint, but the Italian had other plans and on a small bridge he attacked, dropping the Luxemburger and quickly putting ten seconds between them, as well as extending his lead on the chasers.

A short glance over his shoulder convinced Trentin to ease up with 200 meters to go and celebrate his sixth victory of the season arms aloft, as he became the first Italian winner of the Primus Classic. Fernando Gaviria – who, as Matteo, will travel to Norway for the World Championships – sprinted from the bunch and finished the 199.6km-long Belgian race just outside the podium.

Race winner, Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors): “It was a really nice race today. Together with Fernando, we asked the guys to make the race hard and they split the field in the final hour of racing. Once the selection was made, we had four riders in the group and that was the perfect situation for us. With five kilometers remaining, I wasn’t going for an attack, my only intention was to pull hard knowing the chasers were coming back, but after getting a gap together with Drucker, I decided to continue. I was aware he too was fast and after a long race you can never know what will happen, so on that bridge I gave it a try and fortunately I dropped him, soloing to this nice win, which bodes really well for the World Championships. I love to see the professionalism of the team, they helped me a lot not only here, but also at the Vuelta, just as I prepare to close this beautiful six-year chapter with Quick-Step Floors. I too wanted to make the most out of these races and repay the guys for their hard work, so I made sure of giving everything for the squad, be it by taking victories or helping my teammates win.”

5th, Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert): “I am happy because today there was a good quality of riders participating. I finish 5th, but it is a 3rd place in the sprint behind Greipel and Gaviria. It is normal that they are a little stronger in the sprint. I think I am a better climber, but in the sprint they are faster. I think today was a good day for the team since we had a rider in front all day. First with Devriendt and later McNally. Hilaire (Van der Schueren) and me decided to wait for the sprint and use my fast legs there. I raced three days in a row and tomorrow I’ll compete in Isbergues. Yesterday I didn’t have a good feeling after a late flight on Thursday. But today was okay and we see what we can do tomorrow!”

Break rider, Mark McNally (Wanty-Groupe Gobert): “I am a bit disappointed that we didn’t stay away, but it was difficult with five Quick Step guys in front and especially a super strong Trentin. With 40-50km to go there were some attacks and I followed a group. There was pretty much a rider from every team. But we never got too far. There wasn’t too much cooperation. That is bike racing. Trentin accelerated with about 4km to go. A guy from Dimension Data let the wheel go and I was too far out to close the gap. Then we got taken back by the peloton. But I want to focus on the good things since the legs were good on the climbs! I’ll see what I can do in the following races, there are a lot of them left.”

GP Impanis Van Petegem Primus Classic Result:
1. Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step Floors in 4:36:03
2. Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC at 0:08
3. André Greipel (Ger) at Lotto Soudal 0:18
4. Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors
5. Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
6. Romain Cardis (Fra) Direct Energie
7. Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Roompot–Nederlandse Loterij
8. Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Nor) LottoNL-Jumbo
9. Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
10. Benjamin Giraud (Fra) Delko-Marseille Provence-KTM.


Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen 2017
For the sixth year running, Quick-Step Floors have amassed 50 UCI victories, the first team to do this during the current season. Jack Bauer was the one to kick off the party early in January, at the New Zealand National ITT Championships, and since then, 13 of the team’s riders have joined him on the winners’ list, putting Quick-Step Floors at the top in Classics, week-long stage races and Grand Tours.

Fernando Gaviria is one of these riders, the prodigious Colombian who took the Giro d’Italia by storm in May, where he nabbed four stages and the coveted maglia ciclamino. Gaviria, who was forced to miss this summer’s races through injury, has returned to action for only a few weeks now and slowly began building his form for the World Championships in Bergen, with the signs so far being very encouraging for the 23-year-old’s prospects.

After notching up a stage at the Tour of Britain last week, Fernando added another victory to his palmarès, this time at the 102nd edition of the Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen, where he benefited from the help of a well-oiled Quick-Step Floors team, who controlled the race from its dawn, keeping a constant eye on the escapees and bringing them back in the second-to-last lap.

In the final kilometers, several riders tried to escape from Quick-Step Floors’ clutches, but it was to no avail, as our riders shut down every move with remarkable ease and assembled an impressive lead-out train which delivered the Colombian in a perfect position to unleash his devastating sprint, one that netted the team’s 50th victory of the season.

The first South American winner of the Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen, Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors): “I am extremely happy to win here, it means a lot to me to take my tenth victory of the season and to have this sensations ahead of the World Championships in Bergen! I’m really looking forward to that race; it will be very hard, also because of the weather, but I’m going there in good condition and very confident after this success, for which I want to thank my teammates, who put in a fantastic collective performance.”

Quick-Step Floors sport director Rik van Slycke – himself a winner of the Belgian race, in the ‘90s: “Today was a really special day for me, because it’s exactly 25 years ago that I won this race. To win with the team again, 25 years later, it’s just perfect. Without any strong winds to split the field, the tactic was to have all the guys there for the final and we executed the plan perfectly by controlling the race the whole day and bringing back the escapees. The lead-out was a textbook one and Gaviria finished it off by scoring the team’s 50th win of 2017. We are really happy and satisfied with how we raced.”

Kenny Dehaes (Wanty-Groupe Gobert): “The whole race actually went relatively quiet. That is strange, because usually at Koolskamp it is at least two hours full gas. A breakaway of seven riders left in the beginning, and the big teams just controlled. In Zottegem and Leuven (GP Jef Scheerens) this was also the case. I had hoped to strengthen my lead in the ranking today, and at 2 kilometers from the line I was ideally placed with McNally and Pasqualon before me. But with 1 kilometer to go it went wrong. Ryan Gibbons (Dimension Data) crashed next to us and I ended up in the grass. I nearly was stopped and thus a classification was impossible. A sprint is always unpredictable. Fortunately we have no injuries. But a wheel hit Pasqualon in the face! Now two tough races are waiting in the Belgian Cycling Cup. I have never ridden Eurométropole and Binche is not really my type of race. But I’ll defend my lead tooth and nail!”

Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen Result:
1. Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors in 4:20:33
2. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
3. Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal
4. August Jensen (Nor) Team Coop
5. Aksel Nõmmela (Est) Leopard
6. Roy Jans (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aquality Protect
7. Rudy Barbier (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
8. Emiel Vermeulen (Bel) Roubaix-Lille Metrople
9. Timothy Dupont (Bel) Veranda’s Willems-Crelan
10. Konrad Geßner(Ger) Rad-Net Rose Team.


Coppa Bernocchi 2017
Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) added the 99th edition of the Coppa Bernocchi to his Palmarés on Thursday. Bahrain Merida’s 27-year-old Italian was the fastest sprinter after a particularly exciting final. Guillaume Boivin (Israel Cycling Academy) and Sacha Modolo (UAE Emirates) had to be happy with the other places on the podium. The 20-year-old Austrian, Patrick Gamper (Tyrol Cycling Team) was the hero of the day and was only caught in the final kilometer.

The 99th edition of the Coppa Bernocchi, part of the Trittico Lombardo, saw three young riders escape in the first lap. 21-year-old Filippo Ganna (UAE Emirates), 21-year-old El Mehdi Chokri (Dimension Data) and 20-year-old Patrick Gamper.

Thirty kilometers from the line, a chase group with, among others, old fox Daniele Bennati lifted the speed. The Italian teams of Bardiani-CSF and Androni-Sidermec-Bottecchia were also very active, but on the flat final stretch it was not easy to close the significant gap. 22-year-old Lorenzo Rota succeeded in jumping away, but it was over eighteen kilometers from the line, but he was joined by young countryman Fausto Masnada.

Ganna and Gamper, who had already said goodbye to the Moroccan Chokri, tried to stay away from the chase. Just over 13 kilometers from the line, the Austrian decided to go solo. However, he felt the hot breath of the chasing group on his neck, including riders like Androni-Sidermec-Bottecchia duo Egan Bernal and Mattia Cattaneo, the particularly active Daniele Bennati and Sonny Colbrelli. This group, however, was not able to make the catch, and within another ten kilometers everything was back together behind Gamper.

At the head of the race, Gamper appeared to be going well. The cyclist of the Tirol cycling team – second in a stage in the Tour de l’Avenir – had another four kilometers to go with ten seconds on the peloton. The Austrian rider was in trouble and was overwhelmed by the group in the final kilometer and in the subsequent sprint Sonny Colbrelli proved to be the best.

Race winner, Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida): “Finally arrived! I didn’t win for some time and this success is like a liberation. I thank all the team and especially Niccolò Bonifazio who helped me a lot in the final part of the race. I decide to launch the sprint with 250 meters to go, maybe it was early, but I was fine and behind me my direct rivals were a little stretched. I feel pretty good and this victory is also the result of the high-altitude training camp. I’m ready for the world challenge.”

Colbrelli’s Bahrain-Merida teammate Niccolò Bonifazio: “If you just look at him in his face you understand that Sonny is in really good shape. Today we all worked to help him and my job was to drive him in the last kilometer. It went well.”

3rd, Sacha Modolo (UAE Team Emirates): “Today was good, I was feeling well throughout the entire race and even in the climbs the pedal strokes were very efficient. It was excellent that Ganna made it into the break; it allowed us team mates to stay covered in the group and save energy. Unfortunately, with 3km to go to the finish line there was a fall, the group spread out and I had to struggle to make up positions. I managed to get into the leading places right before the sprint took off; I decided to follow Viviani because I believed he was the rider with the most potential, but Colbrelli was very fast. I hope that the good form I have achieved from participating in the Vuelta will continue on into the next events coming up for the end of the season.”

Coppa Bernocchi Result:
1. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida in 4:34:32
2. Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy
3. Sacha Modolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
4. Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-Scott
5. Elia Viviani (Ita) Italy
6. Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
7. Shane Archbold (NZ) Bora-Hansgrohe
8. Mihkel Räim (Est) Israel Cycling Academy
9. Eduard Prades (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
10. Davide Ballerini (Ita) Androni-Giocattoli.


Lotto Soudal Medical Up-Date
An infection forced Maxime Monfort to abandon La Vuelta with only four stages left to go. It was the first time in his career that the Belgian had to leave a Grand Tour, it was his eighteenth ever. Monfort took antibiotics and recovered well. In the meantime he has resumed his trainings.

Due to a crash on training Rafael Valls couldn’t participate in La Vuelta. Less than two weeks before the start in Nîmes he fractured his hip. He had to take sufficient rest. At the moment he still isn’t training yet, but he will soon start a rehabilitation schedule which will consist of cycling, but also swimming amongst other things. The season is over for Valls.

In the beginning of August Jürgen Roelandts underwent hip surgery. He has been riding his bike again since the beginning of this month and the intensity of the trainings is being gradually increased. Because the recovery will take about three months, Roelandts won’t be racing anymore this year.

Louis Vervaeke, who suffered from overfatigue, has been building up his training intensity the past few months. Rider and medical staff are satisfied about the progress he has made. It’s not clear yet if Vervaeke will still race this season.

Frederik Frison has had two setbacks this year. After he incurred a pelvic fracture in a crash at Quatre Jours de Dunkerque, he got glandular fever. Frison could only rest. When someone has glandular fever the liver and spleen are enlarged. That causes function disruptions and in a crash these organs could rupture. The past months Frison was monitored. The infection is decreasing and Frison has resumed his trainings. Also for Frison it’s not sure yet if he will still race in 2017.

Rafael Valls:

Trek-Segafredo recruits young Danish talent Niklas Eg
Trek-Segafredo has signed Niklas Eg, 22, to a two-year contract, thus looking to the future by continuing to invest in promising young riders.

Eg recently secured third place in the General Classification of the prestigious Tour de l’Avenir. He’s currently racing for the Danish continental Team Virtu Cycling, and is very excited about his transfer: “Signing with Trek-Segafredo is a dream come true. I see this as a huge possibility for me, both as a rider and as a human being. I heard so many good things about his team, the support you get as a young rider is so well organized, it’s structure is really as good as it can be. So, I cannot think of any other team where I could continue my development in such a professional way.”

“Next year I want to continue learning and improving and to get acquainted with racing at the WorldTour level. I want to help the team wherever I can and who knows, one day, if I am good enough, take my own chances. On the longer term, my ultimate ambition is to perform at top level in the Grand Tours. Being a climber, I want to aim for GC in stage races, so it goes without saying that the three Grand Tours have a special attraction to me.”

General Manager Luca Guercilena: “I am convinced that Niklas Eg has a lot to offer to the team. Ever since he was a junior he performed at a very consistent and high level in renowned international races. He’s a climber but also has a good TT in the legs, so that’s promising for a potential future leader in stage races. With this set of qualities, I am confident that in the long run Niklas will show us some great results.”

Niklas Eg:

British Time Trial Champion, Claire Rose added to 2018 Roster
The Cervélo Bigla Pro Cycling Team is pleased to announce Claire Rose to its roster for next year. The British time trial champion says winning the national championships is the highlight of her career and is joining the team to build on her TT ability.

“I am super excited to be joining Cervélo Bigla next year, I see it as an incredible opportunity to step up, learn from and be part of some of the best in women’s cycling,” Rose said. “The team also has a big focus on time trialling and the team time trial which are two of my favorite events. It was great talking to [Team manager] Thomas Campana and hearing his passion for both them and the team. I have always been impressed at how the team operates and rides at races with riders not afraid to give everything for their teammates. The level of partners and sponsors the team is impressive and I am looking forward to working with them.”

Team manager, Thomas Campana explained the signing. “We’re adding Claire to our successful group of talented and ambitious riders, and we believe she will reinforce the TTT and ITT group. She’ll also be adding value to our team leaders and the strength of the group for the different characteristics of the World Tour races. I believe with Claire we have signed a great addition. The team and its partners goals have always been to play a major part in the TT discipline. Every year the group is improving and we’ve just added another piece to the puzzle. It is also important for us to keep a good balance between young talented and more experienced riders.”

Claire Rose says some of her 2018 objectives include the Commonwealth Games and the World Championships among others. “The role I see myself playing is protecting another rider, being in or chasing down a breakaway, or leading out in a sprint finish for Lotta [Lepistö]. Next year I am aiming to help the team continue its World Tour successes and also target the World TTT Championships. I would also love the opportunity to race the Women’s Tour and be part of a team victory at home in the UK.”

Clair Rose:

Medical Up-Date Jérôme Baugnies
In a crash in a descent in GP de Wallonie on Wednesday Jérôme Baugnies fractured his 8th thoracic vertebra . Baugnies was immediately operated in the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire from Liège in Sart-Tilman. Our rider is doing well after a successful operation. Medical report with doctor Joost De Maeseneer.

Joost De Maeseneer (doctor Wanty-Groupe Gobert): “Everything evolves in a positive way. Thursday a check scan will permit to confirm that the operation has gone well so that Jérôme can return home soon. Thanks to the medical progress in recent years this type of operation is far more effective than before. Jérôme will have to wear a corset for a couple of weeks but there is no danger for his mobility, nor for his career. It will take several months for him to resume competition but to restart at the beginning of the 2018 cycling season is achievable.”

Jérôme Baugnies:

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