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The Vuelta a España has hit the mountains, we have the results, reports and videos from Spain. Plus the Tour of Norway and the GP Marcel Kint. Patrick Lefevere on sprinters – TOP STORY. Injury reports on Alejandro Valverde and Nacer Bouhanni. Contract news from Marlen Reusser and Ceriel Desal. Happy Monday EUROTRASH coffee time.

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TOP STORY: Patrick Lefevere Thinking About Viviani
Deceuninck – Quick-Step is thinking concretely about a return of Elia Viviani to the team. Team manager Patrick Lefevere wrote about contracting the Italian in his weekly column in Het Nieuwsblad.

Viviani is heading towards the exit door at Cofidis has been a rumour mill for some time, and has also been confirmed by team manager Cédric Vasseur. The Italian sprinter has been linked to eolo-Kometa, but also to Deceuninck – Quick-Step. He rode with the Belgian team in 2018 and 2019, but has not been the same rider since his departure. Lefevere had already said that the Italian would like to return to his set-up.

In his weekly column, Lefevere wrote this weekend: “For the position of third sprinter, I am thinking concretely about Elia Viviani. At least as concrete as my budget for next year allows. He has had his best years with our team, but of course his salary is in line with his palmarès. Viviani or a younger and therefore cheaper sprinter: that’s the decision I have to make. I’m not in a rush for now.”

Lefevere currently has a sprinter under contract with Fabio Jakobsen for next year. The Dutchman recently signed up until the end of 2023. For the team manager that is two sprinters too little. “The question, of course, is what happens with Cavendish. After the Tour we had dinner in the top restaurant Boury in Roeselare, but nobody is much wiser there. There was some talk about business: the sponsors proposed a campaign in which they wanted to promote Mark image-wise, but he himself did not think that corresponds with his remuneration at the moment.”

“I then suggested to enjoy the food and put the conversations about contracts and numbers in the fridge for a while. The premise is simple though: we want Mark to stay with the team and I think he knows himself that the grass isn’t greener anywhere. Only he should not overestimate his market value in the euphoria of the Tour. If everyone acts normally, we’ll figure it out,” said Lefevere, who saw a revived Cavendish win four stages and the green jersey in the Tour this summer.

Elia back with Patrick?
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Vuelta a España 2021
Magnus Cort Nielsen (EF Education-Nippo) claimed a spectacular win as he narrowly edged Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) on the slopes of the Alto de la Montaña de Cullera at the end of Stage 6. The Dane took his fourth victory in the Spanish Grand Tour after an all-day battle. He was the only one from the early breakaway able to fend off the big guns. Kenny Elissonde (Trek-Segafredo) survived the many splits that occurred into the last 50km but he couldn’t hold on up the final climb. He lost La Roja to Roglic, who now leads the overall standings ahead of three Movistar riders.

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All 182 riders were at the start of stage 6 despite the mass crash that happened on the way to Albacete. And many were willing to bring the battle on the road to the Alto de la Montaña de Cullera. Attacks came from the start, in Requena, but it took 43km before a duo of attackers manage to get away. Joan Bou (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Ryan Gibbons (UAE Team Emirates) are the first to open a proper gap. They’re joined at km 51 by three more: Jetse Bol (Burgos-BH), Magnus Cort Nielsen (EF Education-Nippo) and Bert Jan Lindeman (Qhubeka NextHash). Kenny Elissonde’s Trek-Segafredo team let them go as they don’t represent a major threat for La Roja, Jetse Bol being the best classified rider on GC at 9:17. The gap increases to a maximum of 7 minutes, with 95km to go, before BikeExchange take the lead of the bunch. The attackers’ lead came down to 3 minutes as they entered the final 50km of the stage.

The bunch split due to a strong acceleration into the last 35km. Kenny Elissonde was momentarily dropped but his teammates manage to bring him back to the first group with 25km to go. Hugh Carthy was also dropped with 12km to go but EF Education-Nippo position him again in the front before the final climb. INEOS Grenadiers set a very hard pace into the final kilometres and the gap was down to under 25 seconds at the bottom of the Alto de la Montaña de Cullera. Michael Matthews (BikeExchange) tried to bridge that gap in the last 500m and Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) set off in pursuit of Magnus Cort Nielsen, but the Dane held on to take victory while the Slovenian took back La Roja.

# You can read the full ‘PEZ Stage Report and Photo Gallery’ HERE. #

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Stage winner, Magnus Cort (EF Education-Nippo): “This is very special to me. I’m happy that I can now show that I can win in other ways. I knew I had a chance, although it is always difficult to estimate how much lead you should have for such a climb. It was just important for me to reach the top as quickly as possible. I was hoping after my acceleration that no one could follow and that was the case. It was very close in the final, but I’m glad I was able to hold off Roglič. With 150 metres to go I knew he was coming. I sprinted with everything I had left in me. I’m glad it worked out.”

Overall leader and 2nd on the stage, Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma): “I am not disappointed that I did not win here. Magnus was just stronger, clearly had good legs and deserved this win. It wasn’t really about the win for me. The main thing was to stay out of trouble and enjoy the final a bit. At the end I had good legs. We will see who is the strongest in Santiago de Compostela. There is still a long way to go in this Vuelta, but this is a start.”

7th on the stage and 5th overall, Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers): “The stage has been very hard from the beginning with a full gas start. Then they started pulling, it was windy and it was a very nervous stage. The truth is that you have to try, if you are ahead and see the opportunity you have to do it. A Grand Tour cannot only be won on the mountains or the TT but on any terrain, and it can also be lost. We wanted to start the climb in a good position, we were going so fast we could barely keep up with Jon [Jonathan Narvaez]. Maybe we made a little mistake, but of course I’m happy with the result.”

10th on the stage, Felix Grossschartner (BORA-hansgrohe): “It was really hard today, super stressful, especially the last part. It was also very windy, but thanks to the whole team, they really helped and supported me a lot. Unfortunately we weren’t quite at the front in the last 5km and a gap opened up in 15th position and I had already gained a few seconds at the bottom of the climb. I tried to ride my speed and then get back to the front group. Over the last 300 to 400m I ran out of gas a little bit, but I think the form is there, and it’s getting better and better. I’m looking forward to the next days.”

Points leader, Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix): “After I finished my job, I was able to climb at a steady pace and to watch the finish. I was trying to keep my teammates at the front, and there was stress in the bunch to stay out of trouble with the crosswinds. We gave everything. It’s a close call for the green jersey, with only one point. I’m happy to keep it for another day.”

18th on the stage and 19th overall, Louis Meintjes (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux): “I moved up a couple of positions in the general classification, so today’s conclusion is positive. This short stage was very nervous because of the wind. I could luckily rely on good legs and on the help of Wesley Kreder and Riccardo Minali to bring me in a good position on crucial points and to survive the selection. In addition, the brutal final ended with the short and steep climb towards Cullera, which was not completely new to me. I’m satisfied about my performance, but I’m already looking forward to longer climbs. There are still a lot of opportunities to move up in the general classification. Tomorrow for example, the short stage is looking very hard on paper!”

Vuelta a España Stage 6 Result:
1. Magnus Cort (Den) EF Education-Nippo in 3:30:53
2. Primoz Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma
3. Andrea Bagioli (Ita) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:02
4. Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana-Premier Tech at 0:04
5. Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar
6. Michael Matthews (Aus) BikeExchange at 0:06
7. Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:08
8. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar
9. Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Movistar at 0:09
10. Felix Grossschartner (Aut) BORA-hansgrohe at 0:16.

Vuelta a España Overall After Stage 6:
1. Primoz Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma in 21:04:49
2. Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar at 0:25
3. Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Movistar at 0:36
4. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 0:41
5. Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) INEOS Grenadiers
6. Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana-Premier Tech at 0:53
7. Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 0:58
8. Lilian Calmejane (Fra) AG2R Citroën at 1:04
9. Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain Victorious at 1:12
10. Fabio Aru (Ita) Qhubeka NextHash at 1:17.

Vuelta’21 stage 6:

 

Michael Storer (DSM) climbed to victory on the Balcón de Alicante after a major battle on Stage 7. The 24 years old Australian destroyed his breakaway companions on the steeper slopes of the gruelling final climb of the day to take the win ahead of Carlos Verona, who couldn’t give Movistar the stage win on a sad day for the Spanish team. Alejandro Valverde, participating in his 15th Vuelta, had to abandon after a crash. Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) retained La Roja by 8 seconds ahead of Felix Großschartner (BORA-hansgrohe).

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The 182-man peloton of La Vuelta 21 rolled out from Gandia with six climbs and more than 3,500m of climbing with a summit finish on the Balcón de Alicante. They quickly hit the first climb of the day, the cat-1 Puerto La Llacuna, starting a huge battle for the breakaway. After many attacks and counter-attacks, Jack Haig (Bahrain Victorious) took the 10 KOM points at the summit, but the race situation was far from settling. A group of 29 riders eventually escaped in the valley with Matteo Trentin doing most of the work for his UAE Team Emirates’ companion Jan Polanc, the best classified rider on GC at the front in 12th place at 1:42. BORA-hansgrohe’s Felix Grossschartner (15th at 2:09) and Haig (26th at 3:06) are the other main threats to La Roja. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) has one teammate up there, Sepp Kuss, and DSM managed to put five riders in the break: Romain Bardet, Thymen Arensman, Chris Hamilton, Michael Storer and Martijn Tusveld. Their gap increased to 4 minutes as they go up and over the Puerto de Tudons. Meanwhile, Hugh Carthy (EF Education-Nippo), 3rd overall in 2020, abandoned the race. On the next climb, the cat-2 Puerto El Collao, Movistar sent Alejandro Valverde on the move to shake the race and put more pressure on Jumbo-Visma. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) followed that move but Valverde crashed on a curve. The Spanish icon tried to get back up despite visible injuries on his left shoulder, but he had to abandon a few kilometres later.

Meanwhile, the front group exploded. Pavel Sivakov (INEOS Grenadiers) was very active, alongside Lawson Craddock and Michael Storer. They open a 1 minute gap on their companions on the way to the Puerto de Tibi, to be summited with 13.7km to go. Sivakov and Storer quickly drop Craddock on the first slopes up the Balcón de Alicante (8.4km, 6.2%). But Carlos Verona (Movistar) and Andreas Kron (Lotto Soudal) joined them at the front with 7km to go. The Spaniard attacks a couple of times but nobody could hold Storer when he counter-attacked with 3.5km to go and soloed to victory. In the GC group, Steven Kruijswijk set the pace for Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) before Adam Yates took over. They finish with a 3:33 gap, allowing Roglic to save La Roja by 8 seconds on Großschartner. Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious) lost 30 seconds at the line.

# You can read the full ‘PEZ Stage Report and Photo Gallery’ HERE. #

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Stage winner, Michael Storer (DSM): “I didn’t expect to be a stage winner of the Vuelta today. I knew I was in good form and I knew that I just had to have a go but I’m really happy and surprised that I managed to do it today on a really, really difficult stage. I didn’t enjoy that last kilometre but now I’m starting to realise I made it and can really enjoy this victory. The plan today was to be aggressive and to own the race. To be honest we really dominated the stage today and I’m so impressed with the guys. I don’t think we put one step wrong today, it was a really incredible effort. We knew coming into today that we were really well prepared and that’s really motivating. As a team we can look for more chances in this race – we don’t rest on our laurels at Team DSM and we’ll keep trying everyday.”

Overall leader, Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma): “It was a tough day today. It was very hot and the pace was very high from the first climb. We rode at full speed all day and there was barely time to recover. The team did a good job again today. They were very strong and we were in control the whole time. With Sepp in the breakaway it was an ideal situation for us.”

7th on the stage and 2nd overall, Felix Großschartner (BORA-hansgrohe): “Honestly, I am a bit disappointed. That was my chance to take red. However, in the end I think we gambled a bit too long. We just have to accept that. At the moment the situation still hurts a bit, but ultimately there are more positives than negatives here. I’m now second overall and after the first mountain finish no one could have predicted that, and from that perspective, I should be pretty pleased.”

10th on the stage and 5th overall, Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates): “We knew this morning there was a strong chance the break could arrive to the line. There was not a lot of cooperation in the group but Trentin did an amazing job and really pushed us along. It wasn’t my best day today, I felt a bit empty but my overall condition is good and we’ll try again for sure.”

21st on the stage and 15th overall, Louis Meintjes (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux): “Many climbing meters and high temperatures were on the menu today, circumstances in which I usually feel best! So my good legs were present today during the whole stage. It was a pity that a large group stayed in front, otherwise a good personal result might have been possible. But luckily we had Simone in the front. My performance today in between the best GC riders motivates me a lot for the next mountain stages. I take this Vuelta day by day, tomorrow we’ll have to stay out of trouble in a flat stage again.”

13th on the stage, Simone Petilli (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux): “It wasn’t easy at all today, because of the heat and the high pace from the start. When I saw a big group going clear, I absolutely wanted to join it. Once I managed to fulfil my wish, I tried to save as much energy as possible in order to be ready to help Louis in the final. But in the end we stayed in the front and I wanted to achieve the best possible result. The competition was high and I was not at my best anymore at the end of this hard stage. But I’ll definitely try again in this Vuelta! I began this Grand Tour in a good condition and I feel stronger every day. Our first week was very successful, so we can just continue like this with a good morale.”

Vuelta a España Stage 7 Result:
1. Michael Storer (Aus) DSM in 4:10:13
2. Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Movistar at 0:21
3. Pavel Sivakov (Rus) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:59
4. Sepp Kuss (USA) Jumbo-Visma at 1:16
5. Jack Haig (Aus) Bahrain Victorious at 1:24
6. Romain Bardet (Fra) DSM at 1:32
7. Felix Großschartner (Aut) BORA-hansgrohe
8. Andreas Kron (Den) Lotto Soudal at 1:37
9. Steff Cras (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 2:17
10. Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates at 2:29.

Vuelta a España Overall After Stage 7:
1. Primoz Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma in 25:18:35
2. Felix Großschartner (Aut) BORA-hansgrohe at 0:08
3. Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar at 0:25
4. Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Movistar at 0:36
5. Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates at 0:38
6. Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:41
7. Jack Haig (Aus) Bahrain Victorious at 0:57
8. Sepp Kuss (USA) Jumbo-Visma at 0:59
9. Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana-Premier Tech at 1:06
10. Adam Yates (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:22.

Vuelta’21 stage 7:

 

Fabio Jakobsen took his second win in La Vuelta 21 on Saturday, at the end of Stage 8. The Dutch sprinter had a perfect lead-out from his Deceuninck – Quick-Step teammates to claim victory ahead of Alberto Dainese (DSM) and Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix). The peloton split on some occasions but Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) survived to retain La Roja.

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From the 176 riders left in La Vuelta 21, Ander Okamika (Burgos-BH), Aritz Bagües (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) and Mikel Iturria (Euskaltel-Euskadi) quickly made the break of the day and opened a 3:45 gap before Deceuninck – Quick-Step sent a man at the front of the bunch, 15km into the stage, to try and ensure a bunch sprint for Fabio Jakobsen. Jasper Philipsen’s Alpecin-Fenix also had a man work at the front of the bunch. The breakaway’s lead came down to 2 minutes as they entered the final 100km of the day, and then 1 minute at the intermediate sprint in Cartagena (km 104.5). Aritz Bagües won the sprint ahead of his two breakaway companions, and Philipsen, defending his green jersey ahead of Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ).

Astana-Premier Tech put the hammer down with 37km to go. The early attackers were quickly caught and the pack briefly split, but everyone got back together 30km from the finish. The peloton stayed together all the way to the finish with high speed and lots of tension. Jetse Bol (Burgos-BH) tries to surprise the sprinters with an attack into the last 2km. But with a headwind, it’s all about timing and Fabio Jakobsen jumped at just the right time to take the victory ahead of Alberto Dainese and Jasper Philipsen.

# You can read the full ‘PEZ Stage Report and Photo Gallery’ HERE. #

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Stage winner and points leader, Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “To double up here means a lot to me. Two years ago, I took two stages at my Vuelta debut, so to repeat that feat now is just amazing! We had some hectic final 40 kilometres, with the GC teams really nervous as they jostled for position, but I had a fantastic team around me all the time and they did a great job to keep me at the front. In the closing kilometre I lost my teammates a bit, but I remained calm and confident in my legs and the speed I could generate. Florian did a great job, and just as we came out of the last corner I burst clear and finished it off. I’m excited and grateful to be here, a double stage winner after the opening week. I am also delighted to have green again, it’s the jersey every sprinter dreams about, and at the same time, a nice reward after suffering in the heat and on the climbs during Friday’s stage.”

Overall leader, Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma): “These stages are often mentally harder than physically”, Roglic said. “You have to be focused the whole day. Of course your legs have to keep going. Fortunately, we were able to get through well. Now there is one more stage left until the rest day. Tomorrow’s stage is one with a lot of altitude metres. It will be the first time I will contest the final climb. It will also be one of the toughest stages of this Tour of Spain so far. I hope I feel good. We’ll see what tomorrow brings.”

2nd on the stage, Alberto Dainese (DSM): “I was on Fabio’s wheel but he was too fast to pass him and there was only 150 metres to the finish after the final corner. It’s nice to get a podium again but of course as a sprinter I would like to be winning. Yesterday was a hard day for me – I was in a big grupetto, but today the legs were good. It was super easy during the stage but then at the finish everyone was fresh. The confidence is getting better though. Before the Vuelta started I didn’t think that I’d be getting these results so I can be happy.”

4th on the stage, Jordi Meeus (BORA-hansgrohe): “During the day, the race was relatively well controlled by teams like Quick-Step and Alpecin-Fenix. Then it got a bit more hectic about 25 – 30km from the finish because of the possibility of echelons. But the team did a great job and kept me in front so I was a bit fresher for the finale. In the sprint itself, I lost the wheel of my lead-out rider Martin Laas over the last few hundred metres and I ended up fourth. But one can see that I’m getting better day by day here, so I’m looking forward to the next opportunities.”

6th overall and best young rider, Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers): “It is quite humid above all. You sweat quite a lot and you need cool off. It’s still better to be in front when there is so much stress and stand to the side to avoid falls. The team did very well and that’s one day less. For tomorrow in Velefique, it depends on how the legs are, we will see how we go tomorrow. I will try not to lose too much time for the general classification.”

Pavel Sivakov (INEOS Grenadiers): “I feel very good. I am here to do a great job for my leaders. Yesterday I felt very strong, I did not win but I am very happy with my condition. Tomorrow is the hardest stage of the week, yesterday was also tough but tomorrow there is more elevation and a very demanding finish. We have three cards to play a bit in general. I speak some Spanish because I currently live in Andorra and studied before at school and, as I have Colombian and Spanish people in the team, I try to speak it when I can.”

13th on the stage, Riccardo Minali (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux): “After three times top 10 I was in an excellent position to achieve a better result today. Wesley did again an amazing positioning job towards the final kilometre. With 300 meter to go, when I wanted to start my sprint, I’ve chosen the left size. Unfortunately I was blocked between a lead out rider and the barriers. I couldn’t go anywhere, so I had to break and start again. I’m disappointed about this missed opportunity. Hopefully I’ll be more lucky next time! But first things first, we have to pass the mountains! I’m happy to help Louis in the stages which don’t finish in a sprint, for example with the positioning in the crosswinds. Hopefully we can conclude our first successful week in style tomorrow!”

Vuelta a España Stage 8 Result:
1. Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Deceuninck – Quick-Step in 3:56:05
2. Alberto Dainese (Ita) DSM
3. Jasper Philipsen (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
4. Jordi Meeus (Bel) BORA-hansgrohe
5. Itamar Einhorn (Isr) Israel Start-up Nation
6. Arnaud Démare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
7. Michael Matthews (Aus) BikeExchange
8. Martin Laas (Est) BORA-hansgrohe
9. Piet Allegaert (Bel) Cofidis
10. Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA.

Vuelta a España Overall After Stage 8:
1. Primoz Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma in 29:14:40
2. Felix Grossschartner (Aut) BORA-hansgrohe at 0:08
3. Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar at 0:25
4. Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Movistar at 0:36
5. Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates at 0:38
6. Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) IMEOS Grenadiers at 0:41
7. Jack Haig (Aus) Bahrain Victorious at 0:57
8. Sepp Kuss (USA) Jumbo-Visma at 0:59
9. Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana-Premier Tech at 1:06
10. Adam Yates (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:22.

Vuelta’21 stage 8:

 

Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious) claimed an impressive stage win on the top of the Alto de Velefique, on Stage 9, after an action-packed day in the Andalusian mountains. The Italian climber was part of the breakaway that only emerged after 90km of battle. He went solo on the slopes of the Alto Collado Venta Luisa with 71km to go and held off the GC contenders on the final climb of the day. Second on the stage, Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) tightened his grip on La Roja.

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The peloton rolled out of Puerto Lumbreras to face a brutal mountain stage with more than 4,500m of elevation to reach the summit finish at the Alto de Velefique. It took 90km of attacks and counter-attacks for the break to get away after two hours. Lilian Calmejane (AG2R-Citroën), Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious), Angel Madrazo (Burgos-BH), Julen Amezqueta (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Olivier Le Gac, Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ), Robert Stannard (BikeExchange), Romain Bardet, Martijn Tusveld (DSM), Kenny Elissonde (Trek-Segafredo) and Rafal Majka (UAE Team Emirates) open a gap of 3 minutes at km 103. With Molard at 5:09, Calmejane at 6:34 and Caruso at 6:47, Primoz Roglic’s Jumbo-Visma team controlled the break. INEOS Grenadiers up the pace on the cat-1 climb of the Alto de Collado Venta Luisa (29km average 4.4% with ramps of up to 15%). They quickly brought the gap down to 1:15.

Caruso accelerated 14km from the summit and nobody could go with him. Bardet, Tusveld, Majka and Amezqueta go over the top with a gap of 1:25. The rest of the attackers were caught by a reduced GC group, now trailing by 1:55. Damiano Caruso keeps pushing on the downhill and on the penultimate climb INEOS Grenadiers stop chasing with 40km to go. Geoffrey Bouchard (AG2R-Citroën) jumped to the chasers while Tusveld is dropped. Bardet, Majka, Amezqueta and Bouchard trail by 2:30 going into the last 20km, while the gap to the bunch was 4:50.

INEOS Grenadiers came back at the helm of the GC group on the final climb, While Caruso maintained a strong pace at the front, while his leader, Mikel Landa, was dropped with 10km to go. Adam Yates attacked 1km further up. A select group joined the Brit; his INEOS Grenadiers companion Egan Bernal, Primoz Roglic, and the Movistar Team duo of Enric Mas and Miguel Angel Lopez. Jack Haig (Bahrain Victorious) also got in the mix. After another round of accelerations, Mas attacked with 5km to go and only Roglič could follow him. The two men worked together to gain time on their rivals while Caruso managed to resist them. The Italian climber won with a minute in hand over Roglič and 1:06 ahead of Mas, who is now trailing by 28 seconds on Roglič. Haig, Lopez and Yates were the next strongest, losing some 40 seconds. Bernal lost a minute and Landa four.

# You can read the full ‘PEZ Stage Report and Photo Gallery’ HERE. #

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Stage winner, Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious): “I’m so happy. I know it was a lot, but I knew Ineos was doing a really hard tempo. So I said okay, before they catch me I’ll try do a breakaway, maybe alone. I didn’t expect the gap to be bigger, but km by km it did…I still can’t believe what I’ve done. It’s an amazing feeling and a repeat after my feeling in the Giro. For me it’s incredible. The last climb was so long, and I just wanted to keep focussed on my tempo and in the last 2km I realised I could win the day.”

Overall leader and 2nd on the stage, Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma): “It was a tough, hot day with tough climbs. My teammates did a good job. Ineos rode a high pace on the long climbs. Then it exploded on the final climb. Fortunately, I had good legs and I could finish it off. Enric Mas was very strong today and we were able to build our lead together. I’m looking forward to it. After that, there are some beautiful stages on the programme where some hard riding can be expected.”

9th on the stage, 5th overall and best young rider, Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers): “We left the bus with the best attitude this morning. We decided to go for it and to put our weight on the race. We knew the race was going to be very crazy and the idea was to put a strong rhythm on the long climb and tense up the race at the last pass, but the truth is that there were other strong riders and there is no other option than to turn the page. I felt good, but I was missing that change of pace, I was going strong but when they accelerated I felt that I could not and they dropped me again. Yates tried to help me but at one point I already told him to make his race the best he could. I have no idea what Ineos’ strategy will be going forward. For now, tomorrow we are going to rest and see how we are doing.”

9th overall, Felix Großsschartner (BORA-hansgrohe): “The whole day I felt pretty good. It was brutal going into the last climb and for the first 3 km I was always right up there, but then I think I must have overexerted myself a bit and really suffered from the heat afterwards. Nevertheless, I gave it my best. I am happy that I am still in the top 10. Now I will aim to recover as well as possible on tomorrow’s rest day. It’s still a long way to the last stage and a lot can happen in that time. The positive thing is that now there are opportunities again with groups to fight for a stage win. The goal here at the Vuelta is top 10 overall and a stage victory, and from that point of view I think the situation is not so bad.”

13th on the stage and overall, Louis Meintjes (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux): “It wasn’t a bad day, but personally I hoped to finish a little better. As expected, it was a long, hot and very hard day in the saddle. My teammates took care of me during the flat start of the stage and afterwards I had a good support of Odd accompanying me all the way to finial climb. I passed a lot of guys in the general classification, but others got in front of me. I wanted to achieve a better result, but as I won two positions in GC there are definitely some positives. And there are still many opportunities of course. I really spent everything I had today, so I’m looking forward to the rest day.”

Vuelta a España Stage 9 Result:
1. Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious in 5:03:14
2. Primoz Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma at 1:05
3. Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar at 1:06
4. Jack Haig (Aus) Bahrain Victorious at 1:44
5. Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Movistar
6. Adam Yates (GB) INEOS Grenadiers
7. Gino Mäder (Swi) Bahrain Victorious at 2:07
8. Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 2:10
9. Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) INEOS Grenadiers
10. David de la Cruz (Spa) UAE Team Emirates at 2:40.

Vuelta a España Overall After Stage 9:
1. Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma in 34:18:53
2. Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar at 0:28
3. Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Movistar at 1:21
4. Jack Haig (Aus) Bahrain Victorious at 1:42
5. Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:52
6. Adam Yates (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 2:07
7. Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 2:39
8. Sepp Kuss (USA) Jumbo-Visma at 2:40
9. Felix Großsschartner (Aut) BORA-hansgrohe at 3:25
10. David de la Cruz (Spa) UAE Team Emirates at 3:55.

Vuelta’21 stage 9:

 


Tour of Norway 2021
Ide Schelling just failed to win the opening Stage 1 of the Tour of Norway. The BORA-hansgrohe rider impressed on the final climb of Kroheia, opted for the attack at the right time, but was unable to drop the faster Hayter. Hayter managed to beat the Dutchman in the sprint and is also the first overall leader.

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The Tour of Norway started with probably the most decisive stage for the final classification. The first stage took the riders to a final climb in Sokndal, where the climbers had to make their move for the general classification. The first real obstacle of the day was the climb to Jøssingsfjord (1.8km at 9.3%, max. 14%) at 40 kilometres from the finish, and then at a steady ride to the closing Kroheia climb (4.7km at 5.7%).

The escape of the day was formed by Julian Mertens of Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise, the Brazilian Nícolas Sessler of the modest Global 6 Cycling team and the promising climber Anthon Charmig of Uno-X. The trio started the last ninety kilometres of the opening stage with a little over 5 minutes lead. In the peloton, led by Jumbo-Visma, the situation was under control. Over time, the Dutch team got support from Trek-Segafredo, so that the lead of the three escapees became smaller and smaller. Before the final climb, the break was caught and there was going to be a fight between the best climbers. Surprisingly, two important Jumbo-Visma pawns, home favourite Tobias Foss and Jonas Vingegaard, couldn’t hold on early on the 4.7 kilometre final climb, with ramps of up to 10%.

Another Jumbo-Visma rider, George Bennett, clearly had better legs and decided to attack twice. The New Zealand champion didn’t get away. Trek-Segafredo’s young Dane Mattias Skjelmose was on Bennett’s wheel. Ide Schelling and Filippo Ganna were also able to hold Bennett. Nine riders started the last uphill kilometre. Just before the 1K banner, Schelling put in his move. Ethan Hayter went with the BORA-hansgrohe rider, but it was clearly too fast for the others. Schelling took the lead in the final hundred of meters, but proved no match for Hayter in the last straight. Torstein Træen from Uno-X was third.

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Stage winner and overall leader, Ethan Hayter (INEOS Grenadiers): “I knew that I’d just got a Silver medal in the Olympics so I’m going quite well, but it’s a surprise. I had a few days off and a couple of good days training in rainy Manchester and that seems to have set me up well for today. It’s crazy. It was a really hard day in the end. I felt alright at times but was suffering during certain sections of the race – but then I think everyone was. The breakaway was really strong and thankfully it just worked out in the finish. I can’t believe it. I dropped down halfway up the climb and we got back on because they were looking at each other a bit. I saw Ide [Schelling] lining up his attack and when he went I hesitated a little bit, but still jumped after him and there was nobody behind. He was going really well and I couldn’t really give him a turn to be honest. He rode for GC time which was perfect for me. It’s an incredible place and this is now my fifth road victory this year. It’s great.”

2nd on the stage and overall, Ide Schelling (BORA-hansgrohe): “I felt pretty good all day today and also had the right legs on the final climb. So as some riders came back to the front and we looked a little bit I decided to give it a try. When I saw Hayter on my wheel I decided not to concentrate on a sprint and just go for every possible second for the GC. It’s a good position at the moment from here we can aim for more.”

Tour of Norway Stage 1 Result:
1. Ethan Hayter (GB) INEOS Grenadiers in 3:44:30
2. Ide Schelling (Ned) BORA-hansgrohe at 0:01
3. Torstein Træen (Nor) Uno-X at 0:11
4. Mattias Skjelmose (Den) Trek-Segafredo at 0:13
5. James Shaw (GB) Ribble Weldtite
6. Filippo Ganna (Ita) INEOS Grenadiers
7. Mike Teunissen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
8. Kristian Aasvold (Nor) Team Coop
9. Markus Hoelgaard (Nor) Uno-X
10. Lucas Eriksson (Swe) Riwal.

Tour of Norway Overall After Stage 1:
1. Ethan Hayter (GB) INEOS Grenadiers in 3:44:20
2. Ide Schelling (Ned) BORA-hansgrohe at 0:05
3. Torstein Træen (Nor) Uno-X at 0:17
4. Mattias Skjelmose (Den) Trek-Segafredo at 0:23
5. James Shaw (GB) Ribble Weldtite
6. Filippo Ganna (Ita) INEOS Grenadiers
7. Mike Teunissen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
8. Kristian Aasvold (Nor) Team Coop
9. Markus Hoelgaard (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
10. Lucas Eriksson (Swe) Riwal.

Norway’21 stage 1:

 

Ethan Hayter also won Stage 2 of the Tour of Norway. On a steep wall in Sirdal he got the better of Tosh Van der Sande and Mike Teunissen. Hayter (INEOS Grenadiers) also strengthened his leading position in the general classification.

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The second stage covered 185 kilometres with the start and finish in Sirdal ski resort. From the Tjørhomfjellet ski resort, the route took a long loop over the Tonstad and Gloppedalsura climbs before returning to Sirdal. There the finish was at the ski center Fidjeland, after a climb of 1 kilometre at about 7.5%. The finish of the second stage was perfect for the strong sprinters.

The leading group of the day consisted of Tobias Foss (Jumbo-Visma), Anthon Charming (Uno-X), Emil Iwersen (BHS-PL Beton Bornholm), Christian Spang Kjeldsen (ColoQuick) and Olav Hjemsaeter (Team Coop). The five had a lead of up to 3:30. In the second half of the stage, the large group started the chase. Slowly the difference narrowed until they were caught about 15 kilometres from the finish. Charmig and Kjeldsen had already been dropped.

There was a barrage of attacks in the finalé. Five riders, including Mads Pedersen and Ethan Hayter, managed to take a gap, but the peloton did everything they could on the rolling roads to pull them back. Attempts by Mark Donovan (DSM) and Julian Mertens (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise) came to nothing. The finish line was at the top of a steep climb. In the final kilometre it was Alexander Kristoff who led the pack. The Norwegian sprinter was working for his UAE Team Emirates teammate, Sven Erik Bystrøm, but the 29-year-old rider finished 5th. The battle for the stage victory was between Van der Sande, Hayter and Teunissen. With a last minute jump, Hayter was the first to cross the finish line. Van der Sande took second place, ahead of Dutchmen Teunissen and Ide Schelling.

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Stage winner and overall leader, Ethan Hayter (INEOS Grenadiers): “I can’t believe it to be honest. It’s amazing. It was crazy coming into the climb. I followed an attack that was dangerous coming into the finale which in the end positioned me well for the climb, even if it did come back. In the end I probably shouldn’t have gone with it but you have to defend the jersey, you have to try. Then it got really crazy when the catch was made. I found my way through, worked my way up, kept my position. I sprinted with 50m to go which felt like it was crazy late, but it was enough to win. I was suffering today. I wasn’t sure if we’d bring the break back because they were strong. But it’s a bike race and you have to go for it. People started to help us at the end but for most of the day it was just three of our guys on the front – they were amazing.”

Tour of Norway Stage 2 Result:
1. Ethan Hayter (GB) INEOS Grenadiers in4:16:32
2. Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal
3. Mike Teunissen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
4. Ide Schelling (Ned) BORA-hansgrohe
5. Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
6. Kristian Aasvold (Nor) Team Coop
7. James Shaw (GB) Ribble Weldtite
8. Markus Hoelgaard (Nor) Uno-X
9. Lucas Eriksson (Swe) Riwal
10. Nick van der Lijke (Ned) Riwal.

Tour of Norway Overall After Stage 2:
1. Ethan Hayter (GB) INEOS Grenadiers in 8:00:42
2. Ide Schelling (Ned) BORA-hansgrohe at 0:15
3. Mike Teunissen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:29
4. James Shaw (GB) Ribble Weldtite at 0:33
5. Kristian Aasvold (Nor) Team Coop
6. Markus Hoelgaard (Nor) Uno-X
7. Mattias Skjelmose (Den) Trek-Segafredo
8. Lucas Eriksson (Swe) Riwal
9. Torstein Træen (Nor) Uno-X at 0:35
10. Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) UAE Team Emirates at 0:41.

Norway’21 stage 2:

 

Mads Pedersen won an exciting Stage 3 of the Tour of Norway. After almost 160 kilometres of racing, the Dane was the best from a thinned group. Pedersen had just been pulled back after a long solo. Ethan Hayter kept his leader’s jersey.

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The third stage in the Tour of Norway again led the peloton over some tough Norwegian hills. With the Hjelmeland climb (4.8km at 7.1%) and the Heggheim climb (1.6km at 8.3%) as obstacles. The teams of Ide Schelling (BORA-hansgrohe) and Jumbo-Visma for Mike Teunissen would try to beat leader Hayter. On these climbs, the fireworks were set off behind escapees Xandres Vervloesem, Anthon Charmig, Sebastien Gregnard, Aaron Verwilst, Mads Rahbek and James Fouche, who had attacked early in the day, but were always within catching distance. On the Hjelmeland climb, located 94 kilometres from the finish, fifteen riders in the group of favourites opened the action: Schelling, Hayter, George Bennett, Jonas Vingegaard, Teunissen, Matthias Skjelmose, Andreas Leknessund and Finn Fisher-Black. The fact that leader Hayter was there stopped the work, and a group of about 25 riders was able to return.

That was good news for the leading group. After the Hjelmeland climb they had a gap of only 15 seconds, but on the way to the Heggheim climb it rose again to more than 1 minute. Things were the same on the Heggheim climb, this time with Bennett, Vingegaard and again Hayter in the lead, and so the escape could hope for a stage victory as their lead had stabilised around the minute mark. INEOS Grenadiers restored order for Hayter with Filippo Ganna and Jonathan Castroviejo. In the end, an attack from Vingegaard at 22 kilometres from the finish proved to be sufficient to close the gap. On a short incline, he attacked with Bennett on his wheel. After both riders were pulled back, Teunissen took off. Hayer was alert again.

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Stage winner, Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo): “Jumbo-Visma didn’t agree with my attack and decided to get me back. In the last kilometres I suffered unbelievably, but my teammates kept their confidence and made sure that I didn’t get into any more problems.”“They kept believing in my sprint”“I am very happy that I managed to finish it to make. My attack as a result, I think, came at a good time. After the climb it fell silent for a while and I saw an opportunity, because it was running and standing still in the last sixty kilometres.”

2nd on the stage, Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates): “It was a hard stage, the team stayed with me and supported me all day. Young Finn Fisher-Black helped me when I was dropped to get back on and the team moved well to set up a lead-out and I had the wheel of Pedersen in the final but I couldn’t pass him. He was the stronger man today, so I have to be happy and accept second place today.”

Tour of Norway Stage 3 Result:
1. Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo in 3:49:02
2. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
3. Mike Teunissen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
4. Markus Hoelgaard (Nor) Uno-X
5. Ethan Hayter (GB) INEOS Grenadiers
6. Kristian Aasvold (Nor) Team Coop
7. Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal
8. Nils Politt (Ger) BORA-hansgrohe
9. Cedric Beullens (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
10. Ide Schelling (Ned) BORA-hansgrohe.

Tour of Norway Overall After Stage 3:
1. Ethan Hayter (GB) INEOS Grenadiers in 11:49:44
2. Ide Schelling (Ned) BORA-hansgrohe at 0:15
3. Mike Teunissen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:25
4. Kristian Aasvold (Nor) Team Coop at 0:33
5. Markus Hoelgaard (Nor) Uno-X
6. James Shaw (GB) Ribble Weldtite
7. Lucas Eriksson (Swe) Riwal
8. Mattias Skjelmose (Den) Trek-Segafredo
9. Torstein Træen (Nor) Uno-X at 0:35
10. Romain Combaud (Fra) DSM at 0:41.

Norway’21 stage 3:

 

Matthew Walls won the Final Stage 4 of the Tour of Norway. The British BORA-hansgrohe rider was the fastest at the finish in Stavanger in a sprint from a thinned peloton, ahead of Mads Pedersen, Daniel Hoelgaard and Mike Teunissen. The overall victory went to Ethan Hayter (INEOS Grenadiers).

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After 25 kilometres the leading group of the day emerged. Seven riders broke away, including Stijn Appel (ABLOC CT) and Aaron Van Poucke (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise), they were joined by Nils Broge (BHS-PL Beton Bornholm), Brendan Rhim (EvoPro Racing), Gruffudd Lewis (Ribble Weldtite), Christian Spang Kjeldsen (ColoQuick) and Olav Hjemsaeter (Coop) and gained a maximum lead of 4 minutes. In the pack, it was Trek-Segafredo and INEOS Grenadiers who led the chase and the leader’s advantage started to fall. At the start of the three local circuits around Stavanger, each around 17 kilometres with the Grisabakken (600 meters at 8.2%), the difference was more than 2 minutes, which decreased further and further. Tosh Van der Sande tried to break away on the Grisabakken on the penultimate climb. He succeeded, but the move wasn’t going to work. The peloton started the last 17 kilometres 1 minute down on the break. The leading group had meanwhile exploded: Van Poucke, Broge and Hjemsaeter had dropped the others and started the last climb with a minimal lead.

On the narrow climb of the Grisabakken, the three were caught by a group of favourites, but no one really got away. After the summit there was still 7 downhill kilometres to the finish in Stavanger. About thirty riders had broken free and went to battle for the stage win. Jumbo-Visma bet on Mike Teunissen, while BORA-hansgrohe were working for Matthew Walls, who recently won gold in the omnium event at the Olympics. Walls was the strongest in the technical final sprint and kept Mads Pedersen from his second stage victory. Mike Teunissen and Tosh Van der Sande both finished in the top 5. In the final standings, Hayter was the winner, having won the first two stages. Ide Schelling and Mike Teunissen joined him on the podium.

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Stage winner, Matthew Walls (BORA-hansgrohe): “I am super happy with my first pro victory today. Big thanks to the whole team and especially Nils for the perfect lead-out over the last couple of kilometres. I was not quite sure how my shape is going to be after the Olympics and I did not expect anything here but I am more than happy that it worked out and I could finish it off!”

Final overall winner, Ethan Hayter (INEOS Grenadiers): “This is my first GC win and it definitely wasn’t an easy one! The first two days I got an advantage and then defending it on stage three was the hardest day of all of them. It’s not been an easy race. I really enjoyed this race. The weather has been amazing, the views have been amazing and the race has been great.”

2nd overall, Ide Schelling (BORA-hansgrohe): “I think we had a next to perfect day today. The team did a great job and kept us safe the whole day. I am happy that Matthew could finish it off and win the stage and that I was also able to secure my second place in the GC. So there is not much more you can ask for.”

Tour of Norway Stage 4 Result:
1. Matthew Walls (GB) BORA-hansgrohe in 3:25:16
2. Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo
3. Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) Uno-X
4. Mike Teunissen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
5. Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal
6. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
7. Nils Lau Broge (Den) BHS-PL Beton Bornholm
8. Markus Hoelgaard (Nor) Uno-X
9. Nick van der Lijke (Ned) Riwal
10. Cedric Beullens (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise.

Tour of Norway Final Overall Result:
1. Ethan Hayter (GB) INEOS Grenadiers in 15:15:00
2. Ide Schelling (Ned) BORA-hansgrohe at 0:15
3. Mike Teunissen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:25
4. Markus Hoelgaard (Nor) Uno-X at 0:33
5. James Shaw (GB) Ribble Weldtite
6. Kristian Aasvold (Nor) Team Coop
7. Mattias Skjelmose (Den) Trek-Segafredo
8. Lucas Eriksson (Swe) Riwal
9. Torstein Træen (Nor) Uno-X at 0:35
10. Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) UAE Team Emirates at 0:41.

Norway’21 stage 4:

 

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GP Marcel Kint 2021
Alvaro Hodeg became the first South American rider to put his name on the winners’ list at the Grote Prijs Marcel Kint, capping off his Deceuninck – Quick-Step teammates’ excellent work as he claimed his third success of the season in Kortrijk after a close sprint.

Featuring some cobbled sectors and short hills, the 196.3km race was controlled by several teams, including the Wolfpack, who made sure of keeping the five escapees on a tight leash before reeling them in on the final lap, with around 10 kilometres to go. Deceuninck – Quick-Step stormed to the front with Tim Declercq, who put the hammer down and stretched out the field before a crash that occurred with the flamme rouge in sight disrupted the sprint trains, leaving only a handful of people in contention for victory.

Alvaro Hodeg had Shane Archbold for company, and last year’s New Zealand champion turned himself inside out for the Colombian, keeping the speed high and delivering a tremendous lead-out before peeling off the front 200 metres from the line. As soon as this happened, Hodeg kicked out and despite a charge from Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix), he managed to hold off the Belgian for the team’s 49th victory since the start of the year.

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Race winner, Álvaro José Hodeg (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “I want to start by saying a massive thank you to the team for all their effort and for bringing me in the best position when it mattered. We knew we had to be in the front for the last four kilometres and the guys did just that, which turned out to be extremely important, especially after that incident. Then Shane did a huge pull and coming out of the last corner I sprinted as fast as I could. I am so happy I could take the victory. I am leaving the team at the end of the season, as everybody knows, but I am motivated to give my best until the very end and get more solid results, and that’s what I intend to do in the next races.”

2nd, Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix): “I had come to win. And it was there. Just like Sunday in Leuven. I was lucky that I got through it (crash 2k to go). I had to shoot some extra gunpowder, but I was where I wanted to be just before entering that important last corner. But when I started, I shot my chain, up to twice. So I had to go back to Alvaro Hodeg’s wheel. I didn’t give up, but kept on sprinting to the finish. Unfortunately, apparently it just isn’t enough for the win. That really sucks.”

3rd, Danny van Poppel (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux): “My results don’t lie, I’m feeling really well since the Tour de France. But I’m not completely happy with this 3rd place. I came through the last corner 2-3 meter behind Hodeg and Merlier. If I could have taken this turn better, I could have finished next to those two and battle for the win. But of course it is not a shame to be defeated by Hodeg and Merlier. It was also already an achievement to be in that position after this nervous final. I want to continue my success the next couple of weeks!”

GP Marcel Kint Result:
1. Álvaro José Hodeg (Col) Deceuninck – Quick-Step in 4:23:39
2. Tim Merlier (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
3. Danny van Poppel (Ned) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
4. Bram Welten (Ned) Arkéa Samsic
5. Jens Reynders (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
6. Luca Mozzato (Ita) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
7. Jules Hesters (Bel) BEAT
8. Jordi Warlop (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
9. Shane Archbold (Aus) Deceuninck – Quick Step at 0:03
10. Marius Mayrhofer (Ger) Development Team DSM at 0:05.

GP Marcel Kint’21:

 

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Alejandro Valverde Has Broken Collarbone
Alejandro Valverde has broken a collarbone in his crash on the seventh stage of the Vuelta a España. Initially it was said that the Spanish rider had not suffered any fractures, but further investigation revealed a collarbone fracture. Valverde underwent surgery in Murcia on Saturday.

Valverde had a hard fall with 43 kilometres to go on the stage to Balcón de Alicante, just after attacking from the group of favourites. In a fast right-hand bend on the descent of El Collao, he hit a small bump, which caused him to lose control of his bike. He hit the ground and narrowly missed a guardrail before dropping down a ravine. With the help of his teammate José Joaquín Rojas, he was able to get back up, but Valverde was visibly in pain in his right shoulder. With the permission of the medical staff, he tried to continue, but very soon he found out that it was impossible to continue. In the arms of his Movistar sports director, Chente García Acosta, his Vuelta was over.

Valverde was then transferred to a hospital in Alicante, where initial scans revealed no fractures. Because he was still in a lot of pain, he was examined further. Finally, late at night, a CT scan revealed that he had broken his collarbone. The Spanish rider will be operated on in Murcia. After the surgery, Valverde must rest and make a full recovery before he can return to racing.

Could have been much worse:

 

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Shoulder Fracture for Bouhanni in GP Marcel Kint
Nacer Bouhanni has fractured his right shoulder in a crash in the Grand Prix Marcel Kint on Friday. As a result, the Arkéa Samsic French sprinter will be sidelined for several weeks.

Bouhanni was counted among the contenders in the GP Marcel Kint, the sixth round of the Bingoal Cycling Cup. The French sprinter was second behind Niccolò Bonifazio in the Grand Prix Jef Scherens on Sunday. Due to the fall, Bouhanni was unable to compete for the victory in the GP Marcel Kint.

In the presence of his teammate Alan Riou, he still crossed the finish line in 131st place, but after the race, further investigation revealed that he had suffered a fracture to his right shoulder. He now has to recover from that for a few weeks. His knee and shoulder also had to be stitched and he had injuries all over his right side.

Nacer Bouhanni:
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Swiss cyclist Marlen Reusser Signs with Team SD Worx
The Swiss cyclist Marlen Reusser has committed to riding for Team SD Worx for the next two years (2022 and 2023). At the Tokyo Olympics, Reusser won the silver medal in the time trial. Last year she was also second in this discipline at the World Championships in Imola, after Anna van der Breggen, who became world champion and is also part of Team SD Worx. “Reusser is a rider with enormous potential and will make the team a lot stronger in general,” emphasises sports manager Danny Stam of Team SD Worx.

Over the last two years, Reusser has evolved into the absolute world leader in the time trial. According to Danny Stam, the Swiss rider still has a lot of growth margin in road competitions despite her relatively older age of 29. Among other things, he points to her 7th place in Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2020, 10th place in the World Cup on the road in 2020, 9th place in the Tour of Flanders 2021 and 4th place in the Tour of Norway 2021.

Stam: “Marlen can still take steps in terms of race insight. Tactically, she can still learn a lot from us. Racing will become very different for her when she is still surrounded by a few teammates in the finals. I think she can be of great value to the team in the classics. She has the advantage with her good time trial that she is also able to set up a solo in a final. Certainly with a few team members behind her, she will soon take advantage of their powerful support.”

Reusser has only been competing for four years, which means she has only started top sport very late (after the age of 25). “I agree with Danny that I can still learn a lot and make a lot of progress in the road competitions,” reaffirms Reusser. “Over the last two years, I have shown that I have the ability to fight against other top cyclists. The time trial is the easiest way to demonstrate your talent because you have to perform on it in a straight-forward way. A road competition is more complex, involving positioning, tactics and teamwork. Team SD Worx has proven itself to be the best team in recent years. The team is extremely professional and always has a good race plan. They are also strong in general. I didn’t hesitate for long when the team came up with an offer.”

Reusser very much appreciated that Anna van der Breggen also spoke with her to explain why Team SD Worx believes that the Swiss can come into her own in the team. “The conversation with Anna felt very good. It gives me confidence that she will be working for Team SD Worx as one of the team leaders from next year, just like Chantal Blaak. They have seen from the peloton what I can do and what my limitations are. For example, when I look back at how easily I resigned myself to missing the decisive breakaway of eight riders in the last Tour of Flanders because I was not at the good position while I still had good legs. I really realize that with more race insight and a good team around me, I can also compete with the best in the classics.”

Marlen Reusser:
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Ceriel Desal professional at Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB 2022-2023
The Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB team is pleased to announce the engagement in its professional core of Ceriel Desal (10/20/1999) for two seasons from January 1, 2022. The young rider, who is currently playing for EFC-L & R-Vulsteke, joined our pro core since August 1st as an intern.

Christophe Brandt, manager. “Ceriel is a very promising rider. We were very attentive to its evolution. He thus joined our professional nucleus on August 1st and he directly convinced us by his qualities and his very good mentality. We are sure that he will use the two seasons we offer him to progress in the pro peloton, in contact with our experienced riders.”

Ceriel Desal: “I am very happy to be able to join the professional core of Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB from 2022. I thank the management of the team for the confidence they have placed in me. My goal will be to learn from the contacts of the more experienced riders on the team, to put myself at the service of the leaders and to take advantage of the chances that will be given to me to play my card. I’ve been able to fit into the team before as a trainee, especially at the Arctic Race where I was able to join twice in the morning break; I also did a good job for Tom Paquot in the GP Scherens final. I can describe myself as an attacking runner and a good roller, I enjoy small group sprints. I am looking forward to discovering the races of the professional program.” In 2021, Ceriel Desal placed, among others, 2nd in the GP Rik Van Looy, 3rd in the GP Color Code, 3rd in the Boucles de l’Austreberthe (Fra). He will compete in the GP Marcel Kint on August 20 with our pro core.

Ceriel is the 2nd young rider already announced, with Louis Blouwe, who will join our professional core from the 2022 season.

Ceriel Desal:
Ceriel Desal

 


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