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The 2022 Vuelta a España has been presented – TOP STORY. Cyclo-cross action from Rucphen and Namur. Van Aert ‘Belgian Sportsman of the Year’, Lefevere thinks la Vuelta suits Evenepoel, Ernesto Colnago thinks Pogačar may be the next Merckx, Astana leaders plans for 2022, Jakobsen talks 2022, Bettiol delays training, Schachmann three in a row in Paris-Nice, Davies retires and Wright breaks collarbone at training camp. Team News: Vermeersch extends contract, Nieuwenhuis stops cyclocross season, Inkelaar to Leopard Pro Cycling, Brailsford sports director for all INEOS, Yuzzu sponsors Team SD Worx, Euskaltel-Euskadi wants Vuelta wildcard, Lotto Soudal and UAE Women’s team kit for 2022 and Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè U23 program. Race news from the UEC, Romandie, La Marseillaise and Belvedere. Plus USA Cycling leadership change, Carera out of coma and Jumbo-Visma auction team bikes. Big Monday EUROTRASH coffee.

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TOP STORY: The Route of La Vuelta ’22
Last Thursday in the Palacio Municipal – IFEMA Madrid hosted the official presentation of the route of La Vuelta 2022. The 77th edition of the Spanish Grand Tour will take off on Friday, the 19th of August from Utrecht (The Netherlands) and will conclude on the 11th of September in Madrid. Over its 21 stages, it will feature 12 new departures and 11 unprecedented finish-lines, it will visit 10 autonomous communities and, for the first time in its history, will cover all eight Andalusian provinces. The sporting aspect will include nine high-altitude finales, five of which are new to La Vuelta, two time trials, seven mountain stages, four mid-mountain stages, six flat stages and two flat stages with high-altitude finales.

On Thursday, 16th of December, Unipublic presented the route of La Vuelta 22. The Spanish Grand Tour will start from abroad for the fourth time in its history. The peloton will begin its journey in the Netherlands, a territory that is already well-known to La Vuelta, having celebrated its official departure from Assen in 2009. On this occasion, Utrecht, ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Breda will be the star cities of the race’s first three stages.

Following a rest day to allow everyone to return to Spain, the race will resume in Euskadi. Basque fans will gather along the roads to watch the peloton ride past as it comes in from Álava and heads towards Guipuzkoa, ending its journey through the Basque country with a departure and a finish-line in Bilbao. It will be the first time since 2012 that La Vuelta visits all three Basque provinces.

The route will continue through Cantabria with an unprecedented climb of Pico Jano, before crossing over to the Principality of Asturias, with two pure mountain finish-lines: a new one (Colláu Fancuaya), and a well-known one (Les Praeres).

The second week of the competition will begin in the Province of Alicante, which will host an individual time trial more than 30 kilometres long. Then, the peloton will continue to advance towards the Region of Murcia and Andalusia, where a new race milestone will take place. It will be the first time in 87 years that the race visits all eight Andalusian provinces. Andalusia will also offer a first-level mountainous triptych: Peñas Blancas, La Pandera and Sierra Nevada.

The final week is sure to provoke strong emotions. First, in Extremadura, with two new high-altitude finalés, before arriving in the Autonomous Community of Madrid. The second-last stage is very reminiscent of the one in La Vuelta 15 were Fabio Aru took La Roja from Tom Dumoulin. After celebrating the Jacobean year with an exceptional finalé at Santiago de Compostela, the race will recover its traditional final circuit along the capital’s main arteries.

2022 Vuelta a España route and stages:
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UCI World Cup Men – Rucphen 2021
Tom Pidcock won the World Cup cyclo-cross in Rucphen on Saturday. After a duel with Eli Iserbyt and Michael Vanthourenhout, the Briton took the victory.

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Mathieu van der Poel should have made his comeback in to cross in Rucphen, but a knee injury caused the World champion to postponed until Dendermonde next Sunday. A hard blow for the organisers, who also had to run the cross without any fans. The other Van der Poel, brother David was the best rider from the star line and he took a gap with European champion Lars van der Haar. Towards the end of the first lap everything came back together and there were eleven riders within 5 seconds of each other. Eli Iserbyt, Tom Pidcock, Laurens Sweeck, Michael Vanthourenhout, Toon Aerts, Quinten Hermans, Toon Vandebosch and of course Van der Haar were the biggest names at the front. David Van der Poel continued to drop further back eventually battling for twelfth/thirteenth place.

Because of the large group at the front it slowly but surely became clear that it would also be difficult for anyone to escape. Nevertheless, Pidcock and Iserbyt showed their best. Halfway through the race, both made a serious attack, but they were parried by each other and by Van der Haar, Vanthourenhout, Hermans and Aerts. One and a half laps before the end, Iserbyt made an ultimate attempt to shake off the competition. With teammate Vanthourenhout on his wheel, he got a gap of no more than 4 seconds on Pidcock and Hermans, so that it remained exciting until the last metres. Pidcock did not give up. With 1 minute left to ride, he first caught up with Vanthourenhout and then Iserbyt. In the sprint Pidcock managed to take the victory.

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Race winner, Tom Pidcock (INEOS Grenadiers): “This is my first World Cup win. It was difficult for me to keep up with them. I’ve had to chase a lot. Michael and Eli made it very difficult for me. In the end I still thought: fuck it, now I’m going to give everything. I was able to stay focused, didn’t make any mistakes and came back. Will I win again in Namur tomorrow? Maybe, but I have to recover from this first. We’ll see…”

2nd, Eli Iserbyt (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal): “I actually thought he was going to follow my line at the bars so we could get a slow sprint to the finish. But he went faster and suddenly wasn’t on my wheel anymore. The last lap was me just a little too much. I fought for it. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. In some parts of the course I was the better, in some parts Pidcock. I really liked the course. If I had wanted to ride tactically here, Michael should have been an obstacle for the others. But that is of no use in my opinion. It is possible to beat him. I want to make it a great race.”

5th, Lars van der Haar (Baloise Trek Lions): “During endurance training you really go crazy. I couldn’t do what I wanted. Still, I was able to grab a few hours that we will take with us to the second half of the season. The injury doesn’t mean much for the form, but mentally it is very annoying. You hope it disappears, but it comes back every time. That’s annoying and new to me. A nagging knee can be really annoying. There is so to speak a ‘sandpaper’ that has started messing around on the knee. That gives me trouble when I’m cycling in the same movement. Today I rode nicely with the first five, it didn’t really bother me. Normally I always have trouble when I come back from Mallorca, but today it went really well. It was one of those speed races where it is difficult to find a moment of peace. That moment was not really there today. Let me try tomorrow to be in the top five in Namur.”

UCI World Cup Men – Rucphen Result:
1. Tom Pidcock (GB) INEOS Grenadiers in 1:03:26
2. Eli Iserbyt (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 0:03
3. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 0:08
4. Quinten Hermans (Bel) Tormans-Circus at 0:12
5. Lars van der Haar (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions at 0:15
6. Toon Aerts (Bel) Baloise Trek Lions at 0:35
7. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 0:54
8. Corne van Kessel (Ned) Tormans-Circus at 1:03
9. Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Deschacht-Group Hens-Containers Maes at 1:07
10. Toon Vandebosch (Bel) at 1:09

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UCI World Cup Women – Rucphen 2021
The World Cup in Rucphen was won by Marianne Vos. After an exciting race, in which six riders had a chance to win, right up until the finish, the Jumbo-Visma rider was the best in the end.

The organisers of the Rucphen cross welcomed all the top Dutch cyclo-cross riders on Saturday. Lucinda Brand, Marianne Vos, Fem van Empel, Puck Pieterse, Annemarie Worst and Denise Betsema made the most of the audience-free cross in North Brabant. Without fans and in the fog, the cyclocross was certainly not atmospheric. Worst and Betsema were delayed after the opening section of the race. It took about 20 minutes before they made contact at the front with Brand, Van Empel and Vos as Pieterse was hanging on. It meant that no one could really make a difference and with two laps to go there were six riders left together for the win.

World champion Brand and former World champion Vos showed themselves the most eager of the six at the front. Several times they tried to make a split, but each time the other riders came back. It was a harbinger of things to come, for Vos and Brand betrayed their good fortune. Just before the start of the last lap, Brand and Vos got away. Betsema, who started to ride increasingly stronger as the cross progressed, also managed to catch them up. One of them would take the win after more than 54 minutes. That person eventually turned out to be Vos, because she passed Brand with a firm sprint in the final metres. Betsema was third at a few seconds.

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Race winner, Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma): “It was hard on the last part. I wanted to pass Lucinda, but that was difficult because she kept pushing well. After the bars I wanted to pass her anyway, but then I hit my pedal. I wasn’t afraid of a Val di Sole repeat, because I had my eyes on Lucinda and the finish. It was a really tough race. A small mistake could make all the difference here. Fortunately, mine turned out not to be disastrous. It is nice to win races, especially when they are in the Netherlands. Unfortunately there was no audience, but normally the atmosphere is good here.”

2nd, Lucinda Brand (Baloise Trek Lions): “It’s like driving a Ferrari. The race was really super fast. I did everything I could to win, but have to be satisfied with second place. I tried to push through in the opening phase, but nobody wanted to ride. So the race was very tactical. The tactics in combination with the explosiveness made this race different from normal. It turned out to be crucial to have speed.”

UCI World Cup Women – Rucphen Result:
1. Marianne Vos (Ned) Jumbo-Visma in 54:14
2. Lucinda Brand (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions
3. Denise Betsema (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 0:08
4. Fem van Empel (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 0:17
5. Puck Pieterse (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix at 0:19
6. Annemarie Worst (Ned) 777 at 0:44
7. Shirin van Anrooij (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions at 1:16
8. Sanne Cant (Bel) IKO-Crelan at 1:19
9. Eva Lechner (Ita) at 1:38
10. Inge van der Heijden (Ned) 777 at 1:40.

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UCI World Cup Men – Namur 2021
Michael Vanthourenhout surprisingly won the UCI cyclo-cross World Cup round in Namur. The Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal rider had to chase Toon Aerts and top favourite Tom Pidcock at the start of the cross on the tough climbing course on the Citadel of Namur, but took the victory solo after a strong finalé. The Briton eventually finished second, ahead of Aerts.

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Quinten Hermans and Toon Aerts shot from the starting blocks, but were unable to create a gap. Tom Pidcock, designated by many as the top favourite in Namur, started a little more from behind but had also nestled in the leading group in the first lap. Aerts quickly managed to pull away from that group, before taking a 15 second lead. Hermans, Pidcock and Michael Vanthourenhout followed, while Eli Iserbyt was unable to compete for the podium. Aerts got the hang of it and got further and further ahead, but took a little too much of a risk on a descent on the third lap of seven. The Baloise Trek Lions leader fell and gave Hermans, Pidcock and Vanthourenhout hope again. The British champion saw his chance, went full counter-attack and joined Aerts on the fourth lap. Vanthourenhout was third, while Hermans had completely lost all hope due to a problem with his shoes.

Fate struck on the same lap for Aerts. Due to a flat tire he saw Pidcock and Vanthourenhout riding off into the horizon. At the start of the fifth lap, Aerts was 20 seconds behind the leading duo. Pidcock didn’t give up and shook Vanthourenhout off, but the Belgian took over when the Briton fell. It was a captivating duel, because both top riders were forced to give everything on the very hard and muddy course. Vanthourenhout put a lot of pressure on Pidcock and forced the INEOS Grenadiers rider to make mistakes. As a result, the gap grew towards 10 seconds. Going into the final lap it was 12 seconds. Aerts followed at 39 seconds and was already certain of third place. Pidcock also settled for his second position. He took no more risks and saw Vanthourenhout disappear from sight. The co-leader of Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal was not reassured he had the win, because he constantly looked back to see if Pidcock was still there. But that was not the case, and Vanthourenhout was able to take his second win of the season.

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Race winner, Michael Vanthourenhout (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal): “It’s the best win of my career. It’s very special. I believed in it for a long time, especially when Toon had a puncture. Then I thought maybe Pidcock was going to be too strong, but with the audience I got more and more comfortable. I saw that he was having a hard time and then I gave everything. It’s the best win of my career. On the uphill parts I felt I was a little less, but on the sloping sides and the technical parts I felt I could get closer. That gave me morale. I’ve had a difficult week due to family circumstances, so I want to attribute this victory to them.”

2nd, Tom Pidcock (INEOS Grenadiers): “I still have a lot of work to do so I’m happy to be second. I made too many mistakes and the tank was empty today. I didn’t feel as good as yesterday (in Rucphen). With a lap and a half to go I couldn’t put any more pressure on Michael. After my crash he raced really far, he was really great. I’m happy to be second. Michael was on fire today. I still have a lot of work ahead of me. The atmosphere today here in Namur was really incredible. Obviously all the fans are happy to be here again.”

3rd, Toon Aerts (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal): “I also fell for my flat tire. It’s not easy to stay straight on the high-speed descents. I fell almost three feet down there on the gravel and my front wheel was askew. Then I already lost a lot of seconds. After my bike change I had another flat tire, very far from the next pit area. That was very unfortunate. After my flat tire I didn’t get any closer to Michael and Tom, the difference was around twenty seconds. I had lost a lot of strength. The crowd was great today. They went crazy from the first lap. It was a big difference with the cross in Rucphen yesterday.”

UCI World Cup Men – Namur Result:
1. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal in 59:28
2. Tom Pidcock (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:36
3. Toon Aerts (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 0:51
4. Quinten Hermans (Bel) Tormans-Circus at 1:38
5. Eli Iserbyt (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 2:01
6. Daan Soete (Bel) Deschacht-Group Hens-Containers Maes at 2:06
7. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 2:15
8. Corné van Kessel (Ned) Tormans-Circus at 2:40
9. Joshua Dubau (Fra) at 2:44
10. Timon Rüegg (Swi) Cross Team Legendre at 2:46.

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UCI World Cup Women – Namur 2021
Lucinda Brand won the cyclo-cross World Cup round in Namur on Sunday for the fourth year in a row. The Baloise Trek Lions World champion made the difference in the first lap and then held on to her lead over Denise Betsema. Puck Pieterse completed the Dutch podium in the Walloon cross.

Lucinda Brand took the lead on the very difficult circuit around the Citadel of Namur. The World champion was followed by Denise Betsema and Puck Pieterse. Behind them, Annemarie Worst, Eva Lechner, Helene Clauzel, Inge van der Heijden, Ceylin Alvarado and Fem van Empel had to chase. No Marianne Vos in Namur; the winner of Rucphen dropped this World Cup from her cross schedule. The differences were already significant after the first lap. Betsema followed at about 15 seconds from Brand, while Pieterse followed at about 30 seconds. The next group had lost more than a minute to the World champion. It became a woman-to-woman fight, with Betsema being the only one who managed to pressure Brand. Pieterse, leader in the U23 World Cup, was unable to trouble the two ahead of her. She also had to be careful that the chasing group didn’t get too close. Blanka Kata Vas was not having a good day, riding outside the top-20 and eventually abandoning on the third lap.

At the start of the fourth lap of five, the difference between Brand and Betsema was more than 15 seconds. After that; Pieterse followed at just over 1 minute in third. Despite small mistakes by the frontrunner and her pursuer, the gap remained between 10 and 20 seconds. Brand was impressive and did not give Betsema the hope that there was anything to be gained. Without taking too much risk, the Baloise Trek Lions rider headed for her fourth victory in Namur. After 2018, 2019 and 2020, Brand also added the 2021 edition of the Citadelcross to her palmarès; Betsema finished second. The battle for third place was still exciting in the final lap as Van Empel and Alvarado put a lot of pressure on Pieterse, but the difference was too much to bridge in the finalé.

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Race winner: Lucinda Brand (Baloise Trek Lions): “It was very difficult to stay clear. I was really challenged today, both by the course and by Denise Betsema. It was very difficult to stay flawless. The gravel wasn’t my thing today, I had to compensate in other places to keep my lead. I definitely wasn’t in control. I had made a nice gap, but it stayed the same all the time because of the mistakes I made. Fortunately, Betsema also made a few. To the audience it may have seemed like I had everything under control, but for me it was different.”

2nd, Denise Betsema (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal): “Brand was the best today. It was frustrating to see Brand constantly ahead of me. I really did everything I could to close the gap, it was really very difficult. Because of the mistakes I made, I didn’t really get any closer. She was the best today. I was better than Lucinda in certain passages, I made up a few seconds. In the descents, Brand made up for it, she went down a bit faster today.”

3rd, Puck Pieterse (Alpecin-Fenix): “The highest attainable. I soon realised that Brand and Betsema were riding a bit faster than I was. Fortunately, the initial phase gave me a nice lead over the rest. I think everyone made mistakes on this course today, it was all about who could recover from their mistakes the fastest. It was very difficult today. You had to constantly focus, especially on the gravel. I am very happy with my third place today, the highest possible.”

5th, Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Alpecin-Fenix): “I had a bad start again, but I can be happy with what I did, but that’s the risk you run if you start on the second row. It was difficult to overtake at the start, but after that I got going. I hit my knee hard at the time, so I cycled a lap on one leg. I fell back a bit because of that, but after that I was able to pick myself up again and I was fifth. Yesterday I was actually no less. I was one of the last to hit the off-road and I had a flat tire. Without that I would have been in the top 10, but you can’t help that. I have also had a good training camp and hopefully I will reap the benefits soon.”

UCI World Cup Women – Namur Result:
1. Lucinda Brand (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions at 53:07
2. Denise Betsema (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 0:20
3. Puck Pieterse (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix at 1:16
4. Fem van Empel (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 1:31
5. Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix at 1:34
6. Hélène Clauzel (Fra) A.S. Crossteam at 1:41
7. Inge van der Heijden (Ned) 777 at 1:49
8. Shirin van Anrooij (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions at 1:53
9. Silvia Persico (Ita) at 1:54
10. Maghalie Rochette (Can) at 1:56.

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Wout van Aert Belgian Sportsman of the Year Again
Wout van Aert has been elected Sportsman of the Year at the Belgian Sports Gala. Van Aert won Gent-Wevelgem, the Amstel Gold Race and three stages in the Tour this year. The Jumbo-Visma rider also finished second in Tokyo in the Olympic road race and second at the World Time Trial Championships in Leuven.

It is the second time in a row that Van Aert has received the award. In the final standings, the cyclist narrowly beat Bashir Abdi. Abdi took bronze in the marathon at the Tokyo Olympics. The difference between Van Aert and Abdi was only 21 points. Judo fighter Matthias Casse, who took bronze in Tokyo in 2021 and became World champion, was third.

“I am very proud to have been voted Sportsman of the Year again. That was a trophy last year that has been on the kitchen table a little longer than usual,” Van Aert told Sporza.

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Patrick Lefevere Thinks la Vuelta Course Suits Evenepoel
Patrick Lefevere, team principal at Deceuninck – Quick-Step, sees opportunities for Remco Evenepoel in next year’s Vuelta a España, the route of which was revealed last week. The team manager thinks that some stages should suit the young cyclist. “But I definitely don’t want to assign him a favourite role yet.”

“This course should suit Remco,” said Lefevere in conversation with Sporza, after the route of the Vuelta was presented on Thursday. The third Grand Tour of the season starts on August 19 with a team time trial in Utrecht, after which it ends on September 11 in Madrid. “We have seen in the Giro – despite his lesser preparation – that he has the talent to ride Grand Tours. If he starts in Spain with normal preparation, I still see opportunities in a few stages.”

However, Lefevere remains cautious with his 21-year-old rider. “I definitely don’t want to assign him a favourite role yet. It still remains to be seen how he will react to a three-week stage race. The three finishes above 2000 meters are also relatively new for him.” The Vuelta has two time trials. “We could achieve a good result in the team time trial. The individual time trial lacks some climbing to fully please Remco.”

Although Lefevere thinks that the Vuelta course should be for Evenepoel, the team will only officially confirm a possible participation at the beginning of next year. Last month, the boss of Deceuninck – Quick-Step hinted that the Giro is also an option again. “We will take the plunge in January. Let’s look at the first part of the season first. Remco will probably start his year in Argentina (Vuelta a San Juan). He has good memories there and gets the necessary time to prepare.”

Evenepoel will in any case skip the Tour de France next year. “A track that is possible next year is to plan a training camp during the Tour. For example, he can close the season with the Vuelta and the World championships (Wollongong, Australia). Evenepoel does not want to ride the Tour next year. He absolutely does not want to skip any steps.”

Evenepoel is currently preparing for the new season in Calpe, Spain. He will remain there until December 23.

Evenepoel can win in Spain:
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Ernesto Colnago: “Only Pogačar May be Able to Match Merckx’s Success”
Ernesto Colnago, founder of bicycle brand Colnago, has suggested that only Tadej Pogačar can match the success of Eddy Merckx. The Italian entrepreneur said this in a video by La Gazzetta dello Sport. Pogačar won his second Tour de France in a row last summer on equipment from the Italian bicycle brand.

On Thursday, Pogačar visited the Colnago headquarters in Cambiago, about 25 kilometres northeast of Milan. “We are used to having a lot of great riders visit Colnago and over the years we have greeted maybe a thousand riders. We got to see a lot of the sport’s greats and some real campioni,” said founder Ernesto Colnago.

The entrepreneur had praise for the Slovenian Tour de France winner. “Eddy Merckx was unique and only Tadej Pogačar may be able to match his success. That’s because we don’t know his real limits and his real power yet. He is talented but also humble, with his feet on the ground and a good guy. I love him like a son and he wins on a Colnago too!”

Colnago thus echoed the words of Merckx himself. The five-time Tour winner said two months ago: “I have often heard that someone is the new Merckx without those conditions being met. But with Tadej, I think we’re really there this time. He’s still at the beginning of his career, but I think he’s doing better than me in some races. He is a great champion and we will enjoy him for many years to come.”

Earlier this week it was announced that Pogačar will ride four of the five Monuments next season, including the Tour of Flanders. The Slovenian rider will probably ride two Grand Tours for the first time in his career, with the Tour and the Vuelta a España. A debut in the Giro d’Italia is being considered, but will not take place until 2023 at the earliest.

Pogačar – The next Merckx?
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Vincenzo Nibali is Preparing for an Almost Certain Giro/Tour Combination in 2022
Vincenzo Nibali will appear at the start of the Giro d’Italia for the eleventh time next year, his Astana Qazaqstan team reported in a press release. The now 37-year-old Italian will probably also participate in the 2022 Tour de France.

For a long time it was unclear whether the experienced rider would participate in the Giro d’Italia again next year, or whether he preferred the Tour de France. However, Nibali’s Kazakh team has now announced that the Sicilian will probably combine the two Grand Tours in 2022. Nibali has been very successful in the Giro and Tour in the past. In 2014 he won his first and so far only Tour, in 2013 and 2016 he was the best in the Giro d’Italia.

Nibali will contest the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, Tirreno-Adriatico, Milan-San Remo and the Tour of the Alps in the run-up to the Giro d’Italia. Astana Qazaqstan team doesn’t mention any other spring Classics in its press release. In the Giro, Nibali will be joined by Miguel Ángel López and David De la Cruz. López previously announced that he will take a shot at the overall victory in the Giro. De la Cruz starts the Italian tour as a top domestique.

In the Tour Astana has a very strong selection with, in addition to Nibali and López, classification leader Alexey Lutsenko and Gianni Moscon. De la Cruz will then lead the team during the Vuelta a España.

Astana Qazaqstan Team for 2022 – Leaders Schedules:
Giro d’Italia (6-29 May)
Miguel Angel López
Vincenzo Nibali
David DeLa Cruz

Tour de France (1-24 July)
Alexey Lutsenko
Vincenzo Nibali
Miguel Angel Lopez
Gianni Moscon

Vuelta a España (19 August-11 September)
David De la Cruz.

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Fabio Jakobsen: “In the Spring I Have to Prove Myself for a Place in Giro or Tour”
For Fabio Jakobsen, the 2021 season was dominated by his comeback. The Deceuninck – Quick-Step sprinter made his comeback and managed to win seven more times from July, including three stages in the Vuelta a España. He is aiming for the Tour de France in 2022. “I would like to ride it, but I am looking forward to spring first,” he told De Telegraaf.

In 2020, the complete preseason was canceled due to the corona crisis, and last spring Jakobsen was still recovering from his heavy crash in the Tour of Poland. In April 2021, the Dutchman rode his first race kilometres again, in the Tour of Turkey. But there has been no spring race in recent seasons.

“I have missed that (the spring) the last two years, and there I will have to prove my place in the Giro or Tour team,” explains Jakobsen. “I like that not everything is certain, that keeps me sharp. And we have Mark Cavendish. He has shown in the last Tour that he is back. We are both sprinters, but we also give each other a lot.”

Cavendish has had some tough weeks. After a crash in the Six Days of Gent, he was in intensive care for a few days, and when he got home he and his family were the victims of an armed robbery. The Brit is now at the training camp with Quick-Step – Alpha Vinyl and Jakobsen. “Under the circumstances, things are going well. Last year Mark was there for me and still is. Now I can give him some support, as we are all there for each other in the team.”

The lawsuit with Dylan Groenewegen is also still ongoing, following the crash in Poland. “I hardly ever think about it. That is in the hands of the right people. I still stand behind the road we have taken and I think this has to happen,” admits Jakobsen.

“This benefits cycling and everyone’s conscience, and then there will be clarity. Hopefully the outcome will not change my future. I am especially happy to be back on the bike and still good at it.”

Giro or Tour for Jakobsen:
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Alberto Bettiol Delays Training Due to Inflammation of the Colon
Alberto Bettiol is still unable to train hard due to an inflammation in his large intestine. The EF Education-Nippo Classics rider suffered from the same problem last autumn, as a result of which he had to miss the World championships in Flanders. At the moment, Bettiol is still struggling with a training delay.

“But at the moment I am calmly cycling. Compared to a year ago, that is already a good thing,” the 28-year-old Italian told Tuttobiciweb. “But I have to be patient. I’m really a champion in that area now, because I’ve learned to live with this problem. It’s anything but pleasant, I must say. But I hope the doctors give me the green light tomorrow (Friday) to start serious training.”

Last winter he also suffered from his large intestine. That problem was solved, but the ulcerative colitis, as the inflammation is called, returned this autumn. Bettiol had to end his season early. “I had no other choice. The doctors advised to start a new therapy,” he said.

Despite the fact that Bettiol is still waiting for the green light, he has already outlined his spring program with his American team. “I’ll start in the GP Marseillaise and then I’ll ride the Etoile du Bessèges. In my own country I will ride Strade Bianche, Tirreno-Adriatico and Milan-San Remo. The Tour of Flanders and the Amstel Gold Race are also on the program,” he cautiously looks ahead.

Alberto Bettiol training soon:
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Schachmann Goes for Three in a Row in Paris-Nice
Maximilian Schachmann hopes to score again in 2022 Paris-Nice. The German champion of BORA-hansgrohe has won the past two editions of the French stage race, but he does not make Paris-Nice a main goal. “Of course I have ambitions there, but we are also trying to reach my top form a little later in the season.”

The 27-year-old all-rounder tells Radsport-News.com that he will start his season during the Mallorca Challenge at the end of January. ‘The Race to the Sun’ is also back on Schachmann’s program, but he may not be in winning form there. He also hopes to score in the spring Classics. Paris-Roubaix is ​​missing from his program. Schachmann’s focus is on the Ardennes classics.

In 2021, the BORA-hansgrohe leader recorded two victories. In addition to his overall victory in Paris-Nice, Schachmann was also German champion for the second time. “Overall, I can be satisfied with this season,” he explained. “That is also reflected in my win in the annual Radsport-News ranking. But it’s no secret that things were clearly better up to and including the Olympics than after that.”

“I had prepared meticulously for the Olympic Games (where he finished tenth in the road race) and the Vuelta a España in the second half of the season. But especially in the Vuelta it didn’t go as I had imagined,” says Schachmann, who eventually gave up disillusioned in Spain and also didn’t finish the World championships in Flanders.

Maximilian Schachmann – German champ:
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Scott Davies Retires
Scott Davies’ cycling career is over. The 26-year-old Briton has to end his career due to persistent health problems. Davies has raced for Bahrain Victorious since 2020 and previously spent two seasons with Team Dimension Data.

Davies only had two race days last season, as he struggled with a persistent hip injury. After a successful intervention, there seemed to be light at the end of the tunnel, but it turned out to be physically impossible to return to the peloton. “After eighteen difficult months, I had to make the difficult decision to end my career at a young age.”

A major decision, but Davies is nevertheless proud of the road he has traveled. “As an 11-year-old boy, I never thought it possible that I could turn my passion into my profession. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have been able to race all over the world and to meet many wonderful people. I want to thank everyone and especially my friends, family and parents, Aled and Tina, my biggest supporters.”

Davies made the transition to the pros in the winter of 2017 and then rode for Dimension Data for two seasons. The rider, who finished fourth in the U23 category in the Giro Ciclistico d’Italia, opted for an adventure at Bahrain Victorious after two seasons in South African employment. He was unable to achieve a professional victory in his short career.

The end of the road for Scott Davies:
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Fred Wright Breaks Collarbone at Training Camp
Fred Wright has broken his right collarbone, his team announced via Twitter. The Bahrain Victorious rider has suffered a bad crash while training in Spain.

Bahrain Victorious is on a training camp in Altea, a village on the Mediterranean in the province of Alicante. During a training ride, Wright fell, breaking his right collarbone. The 22-year-old British rider, who finished second in the British national championship this year, will undergo surgery later this week, his team reports.

Early end to Fred Wright’s training camp:
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Florian Vermeersch Extends Contract Until the End of 2024
Lotto Soudal has successfully renegotiated the contract of Florian Vermeersch. During the team training camp at the Spanish Costa Blanca, the promising Belgian inked a new two-year agreement. That way, Vermeersch will sport the Belgian WorldTour team jersey at least until the end of 2024. Florian Vermeersch, still only 22 years old, is already a familiar face at Lotto Soudal after he turned pro in mid-2020 from the Development team.

“This contract extension gives me a lot of confidence towards the future”, said Florian Vermeersch. “We share the same vision and it is nice to be part of an ambitious project in which a lot of youngsters can develop within a professional environment. I strongly believe in the quality and the build of a Classics team that can play a role in the most important races. As a 22-year-old in a WorldTour team, you don’t always get the chance to immediately prove yourself. I’m really happy that I can discover my main strengths at Lotto Soudal, where I stepped up from the Development team. Apart from the confidence, it also creates a kind of family feeling. Through the years, you really bond with both the staff and riders, which was also an important factor towards a prolonged stay with the team.”

“Florian will be an important part of our Classics team and that is why we are really happy that he strongly believes in our project”, says Lotto Soudal’s General Manager John Lelangue. “It’s nice to see which path Florian has already taken with the Lotto Soudal Development team and we are looking forward to what the coming years will bring. We will therefore continue to invest in the development of our young talents into the winners of tomorrow.”

“Due to bad luck and crashes, the spring Classics didn’t bring what I expected of them. After a period of rest, things went much better and of course that second place at Paris-Roubaix was the apotheosis of a successful season. Next year, my focus will not only be on the Classics, I also want to improve my time trial skills. I think those two can be perfectly combined. And with a strong sprint, I have an additional weapon for the Classics. First and foremost, I hope to start the Classics next year in good shape and I want to show myself in the final”, the 22-year-old Belgian concludes.

Watch the announcement video here:

 

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Joris Nieuwenhuis Brings Cyclocross Season to a Close
Team DSM’s Joris Nieuwenhuis will not compete in any further races during this cyclocross season. The combination of a positive COVID-19 test and some complaints with his back resulted in an extended period of limited training, which has set Nieuwenhuis back in form from his big season goals in the early part of the new year. While things are heading in the right direction, both Joris and the team have together decided to not put any additional stress or pressure on his recovery.

Joris Nieuwenhuis said: “It’s been hard to have to make this call, but it feels like the right one and feels like a relief to make it. With the team we’ve worked hard on trying to make our way up and build form during the cyclocross campaign, but after starting the season with some back problems and then getting COVID-19, it was not easy to maintain a solid shape. Rationally, we made the decision to not hurry things now and take our time preparing for the road season next year, with things currently going well here at team camp.”

Team DSM head coach Rudi Kemna added: “This cyclocross season we have faced some challenges, like a lot of people have due to COVID-19, which resulted in Joris not being able to train and prepare in the best way possible for our upcoming goals. To take the pressure off we have together decided to give Joris the time he needs to get back to full race fitness and end his season at this stage, so that we can build together in a really good way ahead of our early season spring classics goals on the road in 2022.”

Cross over for Joris Nieuwenhuis:
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Leopard Pro Cycling Strengthens with Kevin Inkelaar
Kevin Inkelaar will race for the Luxembourg Continental team, Leopard Pro Cycling, next year. The 24-year-old climber has ridden for Bahrain Victorious in the past two seasons, but was not convincing at the highest level.

Leopard Pro Cycling actually had another (ex-) WorldTour rider in mind. The team already had an agreement with Barnabás Peák, but the young Hungarian was able to sign a contract with Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert. Leopard decided to switch quickly and approach Inkelaar. The Dutch climber has now signed with the continental team for a year.

“I am very happy to be part of this team in 2022,” Inkelaar said in a press release. “I am sure this is the perfect place to work towards my big goal: to return to the highest level in cycling. For next season it is important to fight back and get back to my old level. Then the results will follow automatically. I’m sure a return to WorldTour level is realistic.”

Inkelaar managed to impress in the U23 category in the tougher climbs. For example, before his switch to the pros, he managed to achieve places of honour in the Giro della Valle d’Aosta Mont Blanc (third) and the Tour Alsace (fourth). In addition he took a prestigious stage win in the first stage. Inkelaar managed to put himself in the spotlight for Bahrain-McLaren and he signed a contract for two seasons as a neo-pro.

Inkelaar subsequently failed to leave an impression on the team from the Middle East. In 2020, the corona virus threw a spanner in the works and this year, partly due to illness and injury, he only had sixteen race days. In August, he suffered several rib fractures in a crash in the Brittany Classic-Ouest France.

The Leopard Pro Cycling squad next year will consist of twelve riders: Inkelaar, Benjamin Boos, Louis Coqueret, Colin Heiderscheid, Johannes Hodapp, Arthur Kluckers, Elias Maris, Cedric Pries, Tim Torn Teutenberg, Mats Wenzel, Justin Wolf and Jarno Mobach.

Kevin Inkelaar:
Kevin Inkelaar

 

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Dave Brailsford Appointed Sports Director at INEOS
Dave Brailsford has been appointed Director of Sport at INEOS with immediate effect. In that role, the 57-year-old Briton will work with INEOS teams in sailing, football, rugby and Formula 1. He will also remain boss at INEOS Grenadiers.

Brailsford has announced via INEOS Grenadiers that he is looking forward to his new position. “For me, there is currently no more exciting place to be in global sport than INEOS, given the extraordinary diversity of talent across the different squads. I am very happy about this new opportunity to see with the other team leaders how we can take advantage of these collective talents and develop a broader performance framework together. I am really looking forward to learning more from each of them and their teams and seeing how we can put their ideas into practice across the whole INEOS sports family.”

According to Brailsford, that culture and approach were “the core of what makes INEOS such a successful company. A federal structure with clear responsibilities, but also with the ambition to spread new ideas throughout the group. The aim now is to replicate this model in all sports at INEOS,” he continued.

“In addition to this new role, I will continue to lead INEOS Grenadiers (the WorldTour cycling team) with Rod Ellingworth as my deputy. We are already deep into 2022 programming and are determined to go all out next season.”

David Brailsford has a new job:
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Yuzzu Enforces Team SD Worx by Becoming a New Sponsor
Insurance company Yuzzu becomes an important sponsor of Team SD Worx as from next season. The Belgian company signed a contract with the best women’s team in the world for two years (2022-2023) with an option for an extra year (2024). “The arrival of Yuzzu enforces our ambition to remain the number one team in the world”, emphasises team manager Erwin Janssen.

Team SD Worx has a strong line-up for the upcoming season with riders as Demi Vollering, Lotte Kopecky, Marlen Reusser, Chantal Blaak, Blanka Vas, Amy Pieters and among others Ashleigh Moolman Pasio.

Yuzzu emphasises that 2022 will be a key year in women’s cycling, which makes it the perfect timing to be involved. “Women’s cycling is on the verge of a major breakthrough. The positive evolution and professionalisation is noticeable”, says Kenneth Vensina, chief customer experience officer of Yuzzu. “The return of the Tour De France Femmes on the calendar is an important example of this growth.”

In 2021, Yuzzu received a prize for being a remarkable insurer in bike insurances. It is not surprising that the company wants to play a pioneering role to inspire more women to ride a bicycle. Kenneth Vansina: “Cycling is extremely popular, especially in Belgium, which is our main market, so we are looking forward to amazing spring classics. Cycling remains a popular sport. It doesn’t matter whether it’s cycling, mountain biking or cyclo-cross, people are always involved and inspired. It corresponds with Yuzzu’s strategy to ensure the daily lives of their clients.”

Erwin Janssen states that it’s extremely important that a big company such as Yuzzu invests in women’s cycling. “Yuzzu did already play a role in the cycling world, but the fact that the company chooses to focus on women’s cycling is remarkable. It shows that more and more known firms from various markets embrace women’s cycling, which will be an important boost for the growth of the sport.”

Kenneth Vansina from Yuzzu emphasises that there was a good vibe with Team SD Worx right from the start. “The team knows its business and has a clear strategy and ambition. They’ve already shown that their actions lead to success. It is our goal to support the biggest female talents. In giving them the right chances to exploit their potential, we hope they can be successful and that they will help Team SD Worx to be at the top of women’s cycling, also for the coming years.”

 

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Euskaltel-Euskadi Aims for Vuelta Wildcard
With three stages through the Basque Country, Euskaltel-Euskadi is highly motivated to appear at the start of the 2022 Vuelta a España. Just like last year, the Spanish-Basque team needs another wildcard.

Euskaltel-Euskadi was present with a delegation on Thursday at the presentation of the route of the upcoming Vuelta. Riders Mikel Bizkarra and Luis Ángel Maté, team principal Jesus Ezkurdia and Head of Sponsorship of the Euskadi Foundation Aitor Galdós attended the presentation in the Spanish capital Madrid. “This team has always dreamed of competing in the biggest competitions. We always try to be of value, so that the big races want to invite us,” Ezkurdia said in conversation with Zikloland.

“In the specific case of the Vuelta a España, it would be a dream come true for us to be back at the start,” Ezkurdia continued. The Vuelta will travel through the cycling-crazy Basque Country for three days next season. “In fact, we are already proud that our team has the chance to ride the Vuelta and be worthy of one of the invitations. If we add several more stages on our home ground, with our fans, it would be a double dream to give back to the fans the warmth they always give us during the race.”

Jorge Azanza, sports director at Euskaltel-Euskadi, realises that getting a wildcard will be a huge challenge. After all, Alpecin-Fenix ​​and Arkéa-Samsic are already certain of an invitation because both teams were the two best-placed ProTeams in the 2021 UCI World Ranking. The organisers of the Vuelta therefore only has two other wildcards to hand out. “We will continue to work and try to achieve the best possible results so that they have as few doubts as possible from a sporting point of view.”

“Being at home, racing on our roads, with our fans, that’s something we would like to experience in the Vuelta a España,” Azanza concluded.

Euskaltel-Euskadi hope to be in la Vuelta again:
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Lotto Soudal Unveils Race Kit for 2022
Lotto Soudal proudly presented its outfit for the upcoming cycling season. The new race kit was revealed by Caleb Ewan and Arnaud De Lie, who steps up from the Lotto Soudal Development Team in 2022. Also this year, the Belgian clothing brand Vermarc Sport will provide the outfit for the Lotto Soudal WorldTeam, the Lotto Soudal Ladies and Lotto Soudal Development Team.

Watch the full unveiling of the Lotto Soudal race kit here:

 

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UAE Women’s Team Presents Riders, Kit and Title Sponsor
The women’s team of UAE Emirates will start the new season with fifteen riders next year. The formation has also presented the jersey for the upcoming cycling year and has managed to secure the title sponsor ADQ.

ADQ is an asset fund from the United Arab Emirates and will be on the team’s kit from next year. The team for next year consists of fifteen riders. Nine riders competed for Alé BTC Ljubljana last year, as UAE Emirates to take over the Alé BTC Ljubljana team and build from there.

This means that Italy’s ex-World champion Marta Bastianelli and Spanish top rider Mavi García will ride for UAE Team ADQ next year. Newcomers are the Italians Erica Magnaldi and Sofia Bertizzolo, Safeeya Al Sayegh (the first UAE rider to compete at the highest level), the Swiss rider Linda Zanetti and the Russian women Maria Novolodskaia and Alena Ivanchenko. Ivanchenko is the reigning World and European junior time trial champion.

With Maaike Boogaard, there will also be a Dutch rider with UAE Team ADQ. Earlier this month, the new team received a Women’s WorldTour license for the next two seasons. Former professional Rubens Bertogliati is the team manager, Fortunato Lacquaniti is sporting director and Giuseppe Lanzoni, Michele Devoti and Gorazd Penko are the team DS.

UAE Team ADQ for 2022:
Safeeya al Sayegh (UAE)
Marta Bastianelli (Ita)
Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita)
Maaike Boogaard (Ned)
Eugenia Bujak (Slo)
Mavi Garcia (Spa)
Alena Ivanchenko (Rus)
Erica Magnaldi (Ita)
Maria Novolodskaia (Rus)
Alessia Patuelli (Ita)
Ursa Pintar (Slo)
Laura Tomasic (Ita)
Anna Trevisi (Ita)
Sophie Wright (GB)
Linda Zanetti (Swi).

The new UAE Team ADQ kit:
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Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè Launches U23 Program
The team of Bruno and Roberto Reverberi has increased the squad this year. Eight of the 25 riders can still compete in U23 races and the Italian ProTeam will be aiming to have a presence in those races. In this way they hope to offer talented riders just below the top layer a good education, such as Filippo Zana this year.

Since its foundation in 1982, the Reverberis have focused on developing Italian talent. They will take that to the next level next year. All their U23 riders will be under contract as pros and will be able to develop with the help of the experienced riders within the team – such as Giovanni Visconti, Sacha Modolo and Giro d’Italia revelation Filippo Fiorelli. In the various U23 races in which Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè will participate, including the Giro d’Italia U23, the U23’s can ride for their own chance.

Last year Zana did almost the same. The 22-year-old Italian started to reap the benefits this autumn. He won the Peace Race at U23 level and was third in the Ronde van de Toekomst. In addition, the youngster won the Tour of the Czech Republic among the pros and finished fifth in the final standings of the Adriatica Ionica Race. As sports director, ex-pro Mirko Rossato will work specifically with the U23 part of the team and he will also be behind the wheel in the U23 races for Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè.

“Cycling has evolved and we have to anticipate that in order to keep up with the times,” they say on The GreenTeam’s digital site. “Today, more and more talents are transferring directly from the juniors to the WorldTour. It is very difficult for us these days to get our first choices under contract. It is therefore essential for us to anticipate this and to grow a battery of young, potential riders within our own team. As was the case with Zana.”

The Reverberi’s are of the opinion that not every talent is there at a very young age. “Not everyone matures at the same rate or develops in the same way. We want to give talents the space to offer the right opportunities, to grow and to race against both their peers and professionals. In this way we hope to get the full potential out of our talents, without burning them out. Our U23’s will therefore mainly complete a U23 program. Those who are ready will be able to compete in professional races throughout the season, even at WorldTour level.”

Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè U23 Team:
Iker Bonillo (18) (Spa)
Martin Marcellusi (21) (Ita)
Alessio Martinelli (20) (Ita)
Alessio Nieri (20) (Ita)
Giulio Pellizzari (18) (Ita)
Alessandro Pinarello (18) (Ita)
Alex Tolio (21) (Ita)
Tomas Trainini (20) (Ita).

Bardiani young team in 2022:
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New Developments for the Union Européenne De Cyclisme in 2022
The Union Européenne de Cyclisme’s Management Board, which was held virtually, discussed important new developments for the future of European cycling.

During the Board meeting, the President UEC Enrico Della Casa gave a report on the activities of the Continental Confederation during his first ten months in charge and set objectives for the near future.

The success of European events over the last few seasons and the UEC’s active co-operation with affiliated National Federations, of which there are now 51, after the official recognition of Vatican Cycling by the Union Cycliste Internationale, confirm the UEC’s fundamental role in promoting cycling and consequently the Management Board has launched a range of initiatives aimed at strengthening the actions taken.

Among these include the introduction of the BMX European Cup, now tested and successful, that will include 12 races next season, development of the new Cyclo-Cross Youth, Juniors and Under 23s and the launch of the Coupe d’Europe des Grimpeurs 2022 for Juniors, Under 23s, Elite and Masters, that will include, on the same day, a Road race and Time-Trial (with the final ranking based on the sum of times) which will be held in Tremola – San Gottardo (Switzerland) on 31 July 2022.

During the meeting, the 2022 calendar was approved.

Regarding upcoming events, the following European Championships/Cups were awarded:
2022 Granfondo and Mediofondo European Championships: Reggio Emilia (ITA)
2022 Coupe d’Europe des Grimpeurs: Tremola – San Gottardo (SUI)
2022 Beachrace Cycling European Championships: Dunkirk (FRA)
2023 BMX Racing European Championships: Besançon (FRA)
2023 Track Elite European Championships: Grenchen (SUI)
2023 Cyclo-Cross European Championships: Pontchâteau (FRA).

Euro champs:
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Tour de Romandie 2022 Route
The 2022 Tour de Romandie will have a mountain stage to Zinal. The organisers announced on Wednesday the race route which starts in Lausanne.

It is no surprise that the 75th edition of the Tour de Romandie starts in Lausanne, but the organisers have opted for a short time trial (prologue) of just over five kilometres. Then there are four road stages and a final time trial on the program. The second stage goes from La Grande Béroche to Romont, stage three takes place in the vicinity of Echallens. Valbroye is the start and finish of the fourth stage. The fast men, sprinters and the climbers get their chances on the second, third and fourth stages.

The fifth and penultimate stage of the Tour de Romandie is a real mountain stage from Aigle, where the headquarters of the UCI is located, to the mountain village of Zinal. In 2008, the Swiss race also finished in Zinal and the victory went to the surprisingly strong Francesco De Bonis, who was suspended a year later for using EPO.

In the 2022 edition the winning decision will probably come on the final stage, an individual time trial of just under 16 kilometres from Aigle to Villars. This year the overall victory in the Tour de Romandie went to Geraint Thomas, ahead of Richie Porte and Fausto Masnada.

2022 Tour de Romandie stages (April 26 – May 1):
26/04 – Stage 1: Lausanne – Lausanne (5.12 km, ITT)
27/04 – Stage 2: La Grande Béroche – Romont (178.4 km)
28/04 – Stage 3: Echallens – Echallens (168.2 km)
29/04 – Stage 4: Valbroye – Valbroye (164.8 km)
30/04 – Stage 5: Aigle – Zinal (180.1 km)
01/05 – Stage 6: Aigle – Villars (15.84km, ITT).

Crash for Geraint Thomas in 2021, but he sill won overall:
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Eight WorldTeams in Grand Prix La Marseillaise 2022
The organisers of the Grand Prix La Marseillaise can count on the presence of eight WorldTeams next year (30 January 2022). Last season, seven teams of the highest level took part in the race in the south of France.

In addition to home teams AG2R Citroën, Cofidis and Groupama-FDJ, EF Education-Nippo, Israel Start-Up Nation, UAE Team Emirates, Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert and Trek-Segafredo are also at the start. The organisers also managed to attract seven ProTeams for the next edition of the race.

These are Arkéa-Samsic, B&B Hotels-KTM, TotalEnergies, Equipo Kern Pharma, Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB, Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise and Uno-X. St Michel-Auber93, Go Sport-Roubaix Lille Métropole, Team U Nantes Atlantique and Sprinter Nice Métropole are the other teams with an invitation.

Aurélien Paret-Peintre won the last edition of the Grand Prix La Marseillaise earlier this year. The Frenchman of the AG2R Citroën team was too fast for Thomas Boudat and Bryan Coquard in a sprint.

Aurélien Paret-Peintre won the 2021 the Grand Prix La Marseillaise:
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Giro del Belvedere Under the Spotlights on Easter Monday
The Pro Belvedere Organising Committee is already at work towards the 83rd edition of the U23 international cycling “classic”, scheduled on Monday, April 18th, 2022
Giro del Belvedere 2021.

Nearly seen as a springtime World Championship for U23 riders, the Giro del Belvedere is one of the most awaited showcases of the season for cycling rising stars whose heritage will be strengthened by the 83rd edition to be held on April 18th, 2022, as usual on Easter Monday.

Future international cycling prospects world are awaited in Villa di Villa (Treviso, North-East Italy), first up the five-star Spaniard talent Juan Ayuso, who won last year thanks to a powerful action which led some cycling opinion leaders to dare his name to a true two-wheel legend such as Alberto Contador.

The international classic held in the Veneto region will be once again organised by Pro Belvedere, a historical club deeply linked to the U23 cycling panorama now managing to be on the spotlights again after a hard pandemic period.

“The organisation of the last edition was a tough challenge indeed, but the results paid off,” the OC leader Gianfranco Carlet explained. “We are already working on 2022, at the moment we have already received around forty applications and we expect even more before making the final selection of the teams at the start”.

Once again there will be 35 teams on the starting grid, each of five riders. As usual, a large number of international Continental teams are expected to participate. In almost a century of history (the first edition dates back to 1923), the Giro del Belvedere has seen the triumph of many future champions such as Vito Favero, Maurizio Fondriest, Silvio Martinello, Ivan Gotti and the current double European TT champion Stefan Kueng.

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USA Cycling Announces Leadership Change
Rob DeMartini to leave after near-three year tenure as CEO, to be replaced by industry veteran Brendan Quirk.

USA Cycling announces today that President and CEO Rob DeMartini will step down from his role effective December 20, 2021. Replacing him will be cycling industry veteran and USA Cycling Chairman of the Board, Brendan Quirk.

DeMartini joined the organisation in February 2019, coming from a leadership position as CEO of New Balance.

“I wholeheartedly enjoyed my time at USA Cycling,” said DeMartini. “We have a team fully committed to our mission of growing the sport and supporting Team USA. While Covid presented immense challenges to the organisation, we’re well-positioned for rapid growth going into 2022 and I look forward to continuing to support the USA Cycling Foundation.”

Quirk has been a Board member at USA Cycling since December 2019. Previously, he was co-Founder and longtime CEO of Competitive Cyclist, as well as North America President for Rapha. Most recently he served as Cycling Program Director for the Bentonville-based Runway Group. Quirk was elected Chairman of the Board earlier in 2021.

“I’ve worked side-by-side with Rob for two years, and I feel deep gratitude that we had such a capable leader to lead us through the difficulties presented by the pandemic,” said Quirk. “The organisation is far better off for his time here.”

“Our core focus will always be on supporting racing culture. USA Cycling is in the ideal position to introduce new riders into the sport and guide them in their journeys to becoming lifelong cyclists.” Quirk added, “We’ll be investing in three key areas of focus: Growing youth cycling, supporting grassroots rides and races, and maximising the readiness of Team USA across all disciplines as we approach Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 Olympics.”

“These are unprecedented times for growth and change in the American cycling industry. Communities are making huge investments in active transportation infrastructure; the gravel boom shows no signs of slowing; and the rapid proliferation of eBikes is redefining who we envision when we ask who an American cyclist is. We are becoming a nation of riders. Serving as USA Cycling CEO is a dream opportunity to use sport to help encourage this societal transformation.”

As part of this leadership change, current USA Cycling Board member Matt Barger will replace Quirk as Chairman of the Board, following a vote by the Board of Directors.

Brendan Quirk:
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Johnny Carera, Pogačar and Nibali Manager, Out of Coma
Johnny Carera came out of a coma since last Sunday. The manager of Tadej Pogačar and Vincenzo Nibali, and others, was involved in a serious traffic accident at the end of November and was admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital in Milan. But his recovery is going in the right direction: Carera can now breathe on his own and no longer needs to be intubated.

Carera was kept in an induced coma since Friday, November 26, after a serious traffic accident in which he was involved in an accident with a truck. The situation was described as serious by the doctors at the hospital in Milan, although doctors were cautiously optimistic about Carera’s progress.

“Johnny’s situation has improved a lot in twenty days,” brother Alex Carera, who runs the management agency A&J All Sports with Johnny, told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “Last Sunday he came out of a coma, and every day is getting better. In the meantime, he has been taken to the hospital in Cantù, because the hospital in Milan needed more places for corona patients. We just can’t see him. Even his wife can’t get in. But Johnny can read messages on his phone and make very short calls. That’s how we communicate with him.”
“Although Carera can breathe on his own, he has not yet fully recovered. He still has a broken shoulder, all his ribs are still broken and his left lung has collapsed. “Every breath is painful, but his mind is clear. His voice is slowly coming back and he was also asking about work,” said Alex. “But he doesn’t remember anything about the accident. When he came out of a coma, he didn’t know why he was in the hospital or what had happened.”

The cycling manager has now called Vincenzo Nibali and Alessandro Covi. On the night of the accident, Carera was at a party of the fan club of UAE Team Emirates rider Covi. “Alessandro is the last rider he saw. Johnny has no idea how many days he was in a coma, but he saw Covi that same night,” his brother said.

Johnny Carera with Tadej Pogačar:
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jumbo-vismaTeam Jumbo-Visma enables fans to own cycling history
Together with Europe’s leading special objects platform, Catawiki, Team Jumbo-Visma have prepared an auction to sell 24 pieces of cycling history for any cycling fan to own. These fans most probably witnessed the thrilling Mont Ventoux stage during the Tour de France. They have then been looking at a bicycle that’s for sale now. The Cervélo that brought Wout van Aert his legendary win is now for sale on ownhistory.bike.

Van Aert on his unique victory: “That win on the Mont Ventoux is still one of my dearest memories to date. An emotional day on which I look back with goosebumps all over.”

In total there will be 24 unique bicycles for auction. Amongst others the Cervélo S5 of Primoz Roglic that brought him victory in La Vuelta a España, Jonas Vingegaard’s S5 from the 2nd place in the General Classification of Le Tour de France, the winning bike of Marianne Vos during Gent-Wevelgem or the comeback-bike of Tom Dumoulin. These pieces of history will be available for everybody to own through the website: ownhistory.bike.

Catawiki’s Senior Sports Memorabilia Expert, Wouter Waaijers, says: “At Catawiki we’re all about helping users find their next treasure. Offering these 24 unique bikes – including the winning bike of Wout van Aert, fresh from his double ascent of Mont Ventoux – will allow our passionate audience the chance to own a piece of cycling history. With rising user interest in sports memorabilia on our platform, we can’t wait for this auction to begin.”

Proceeds of the auction will go to the further development of cycling talent. The team already has an infrastructure in place with the Team Jumbo-Visma Academy, the Development Team and the new national initiative CyclingClassNL. With these activities Team Jumbo-Visma has an important role stimulating future cycling talents.

Director Richard Plugge of Team Jumbo-Visma sees the auction as an excellent instrument to help cycling talents move forward. “At Team Jumbo-Visma we’re engaged in many initiatives supporting cycling talents to flourish. Think of our Academy, the talents of our Development Team and of course the new initiative CyclingClassNL in which we participate as a cycling team. That is how we truly contribute to the future of Dutch cycling and this auction enables us to take the next step.”

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