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A very busy EUROTRASH Monday as the Ruta del Sol and the Volta Ao Algarve come to a close and the UAE Tour kicks off. Patrick Lefevere is not happy with the UCI – Top Story. In other cycling news: Stefano (son of Johan) Museeuw signs for BEAT, Luke Rowe extends with Ineos, Gazprom-RusVelo for Pologne, Giro di Sicilia teams and the 2020 European Championships’ Routes. All the fun of the road.


TOP STORY: Lefevere lashes out at UCI: “Cycling is nothing less than a dictatorship”
Patrick Lefevere has lashed out at the UCI in his column in Het Nieuwsblad. The Deceuninck – Quick-Step team manager blames the International Cycling Union for insufficient attention to its core task: Regulating cycling. “Cycling is nothing less than a dictatorship,” he says.

Lefevere notes that Velon is being opposed by the UCI. Two weeks ago, his team was informed by e-mail about a new rule change. “From now on it is no longer permitted to share data such as speed, heart rate or power via video. You don’t have to go to school for long to understand what the intention is: the UCI wants to finish Velon,” Lefevere pointed out.

The UCI is also bothered by the Hammer Series. “The intention was to expand to Colombia and Turkey, but the UCI has been actively advocating those countries to withdraw.” Velon then went to the European Commission Competition Authority, after which, according to Lefevere, the UCI took 1 million euros from the Emergency Fund to pay for the defence. The fund is funded by teams and organisers and aims to help teams or competitions that have financial difficulties.

The boss of Deceuninck – Quick-Step believes that the teams have too little say. “We are kept away from any decision making.” For example, the teams only have two of the twelve votes in the Professional Cycling Council consultative body. “And then the real decision-making lies with the Management Committee, where all seats are taken by the UCI. For example, cycling is nothing less than a dictatorship,” says Lefevere. “The UCI is fighting against anything and everything, but it neglects what it really should do: regulate our sport,” he says. Lefevere observes that competition with other sports is becoming increasingly difficult. “In the meantime it has become a cliché in politics, but at the UCI they still don’t get it: a café where people are fighting, that doesn’t attract people.”


Ruta del Sol – Vuelta a Andalucia 2020
Stage 2 of the Ruta del Sol was surprisingly won by Gonzalo Serrano (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA). The Spaniard attacked on the final uphill kilometre to the finish in Iznajar and managed to hold off the chasers. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) held the overall lead as he finished in 6th place.

Five riders managed to gain a maximum lead of almost 7 minutes. Alexis Gougeard and Juan Felipe Osorio attacked just like on stage 1 and soon had the company of Taco van der Hoorn, Jérôme Cousin and Matthew Holmes. Holmes was the winner of the Queen Stage of the Tour Down Under finishing on Willunga Hill.

Astana led the peloton for Fuglsang, who had nothing to fear from the break. Juan Felipe Osorio was the best classified rider in 46th place, but the Burgos-BH rider was more than 7 minutes down. The five were just 1 minute ahead on the Puerto de la Parrilla (6.4km at 2.4%), a climb just under 20 kilometres from the finish in Iznajar. At the front, Van der Hoorn and Gougeard had the best legs, but Osorio and Holmes managed to rejoin. In the peloton the pace was increased by Astana and Bahrain-McLaren.

Van der Hoorn was the last to be caught by the peloton, this was the signal for Louis Vervaeke and Tomasz Marczynski to set up a counter-attack at more than 10 kilometres from the finish, but the Belgian-Polish attack failed. The next attack came from Brandon McNulty and Stefano Oldani. They were given a little more space by the peloton.
 
McNulty and Oldani drove hard, hoping to stay out of the grip of the sprinter’s teams. The American and Italian were pulled in by Movistar 4 kilometres from the finish. The last kilometre in Iznajar was uphill, the ideal terrain for Gonzalo Serrano to make his move. The Spaniard accelerated with 800 metres to go, and managed to build a nice lead and had enough energy in the tank in the last hundreds of meters to keep the pursuers behind him. Juan José Lobato (Euskadi-Orbea) crossed the line second, while Dylan Teuns finished third for the second day in a row.

Stage winner, Gonzalo Serrano (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA): “It was a day that suited me very well. Yesterday I tried to keep mi strength thinking about today’s stage, since it was the route that best suited my characteristics and we had studied it in detail. Normally it does not come out but today luckily we have finished it off perfectly. We had two options: with me or with Orluis. The last stronghold has been climbed, I have seen myself with good legs and I wanted to try it. I think I’m not aware yet, I don’t believe it. My first victory as a professional and in a race of the level of Andalusia. It is difficult to assimilate it. Right now, both the team and myself, we are very well and the goal is to continue adding.”

Overall leader and 6th on the stage, Jakob Fuglsang (Astana): “I am happy that we were able to defend the jersey, cause today’s stage was really a tough one. I want to thank my teammates, for their effort. They pulled hard the whole day and approaching the last climb they brought me into a good position. Tomorrow will be another hard stage, where we will try again to defend the jersey, but I feel good and will try my best.”

3rd on the stage and overall, Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-McLaren): “I’m third again! The team did a really good job but climbing in the last km I made a mistake not to follow Sonny Colbrelli. The good news is that I still have good legs, and the condition is good. I’ll try to win a stage.”

Mark Padun (Bahrain-McLaren): “After yesterday’s crash I was curious to see how I would have gone today, and I must say that it went better than expected. I worked for the team, and the feelings were good.”

Ruta del Sol – Vuelta a Andalucia Stage 2 Result:
1. Gonzalo Serrano Rodriguez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA in 5:07:49
2. Juan Jose Lobato del Valle (Spa) Fundacion Euskadi-Orbea at 0:02
3. Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-McLaren
4. Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 0:04
5. Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
6. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana
7. Edward Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
8. Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team
9. Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Circus-Wanty Gobert
10. Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar.

Ruta del Sol – Vuelta a Andalucia Overall After Stage 2:
1. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana in 9:49:01
2. Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain-McLaren at 0:06
3. Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-McLaren at 0:23
4. Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:27
5. Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana at 0:30
6. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain-McLaren
7. Chris Harper (Aus) Jumbo-Visma at 0:57
8. Harm Vanhoucke (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 1:06
9. Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Fundacion Euskadi-Orbea at 1:10
10. David De la Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) UAE Team Emirates at 1:14.

Andalucia’20 stage 2:

Overall leader, Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) won Stage 3 of the Ruta del Sol. On Friday in Ubeda, Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-McLaren) and Jack Haig (Mitchelton-Scott) looked to be fighting it out for the stage win from the leading group, but they struggled on in the curvy finalé, allowing the group to come back and the Dane to win the stage.

In the run-up to the Puerto de Cambil, the peloton split into three large groups. The first group consisted of more than forty riders, two minutes ahead of the peloton. Before the start of the third climb, the Puerto de Cambil, the peloton had the lead group back in sight. In the end ten riders held the chase off, Andrey Zeits was the best rider on the overall at 1:24 down on Fuglsang.

Zeits had joined forces with Silvan Dillier, Mikel Bizkarra, Jimmy Janssens, Floris De Tier, Enric Mas, Louis Vervaeke, Damiano Caruso, Loïc Vliegen and Lennard Hofstede. They took a maximum lead of 2:30. De Tier, Mas and Caruso were the best climbers at the front on the Puerto de Baeza, but they would be hunted down in the final. Jack Haig, 4th overall, tried to jump away with 2 kilometres to go, but the others pulled him back. Then Dylan Teuns took his chance and it was Haig again who jumped on his wheel. On the cobblestone section to the finish, the pair seemed to be competing for the victory, but due to a misjudged corner, Fuglsang and others came past for the leader to take his second stage win.

Stage winner and overall leader, Jakob Fuglsang (Astana): “The first two hours of the race were really hard but my teammates did an amazing job working for me all day and after following all of the moves at the end, I used the last corner as my opportunity to go for the win. I looked at the road book this morning and I knew that if I wanted to go for the victory, it would be really important to be in the right position at that point. Tomorrow will be another tough day but once again, I hope to defend the yellow jersey. Of course, we have a lot of teams here who are looking to make the race hard but so far, my team has been fantastic. Thinking ahead to Sunday, the TT looks difficult but if I have a little bit of an advantage, I think it could suit me.”

3rd on the stage, Brandon McNulty (UAE Team Emirates): “It was a super tough day. A huge group got away, which led to having to follow Fuglsang full gas up the first climb to get across. Then it was constant attacking until the next climb which was ridden quite hard as there was still a lot of attacking. First 2 hours were pretty much full gas until a small group got away from the larger break group, and then the peloton caught us. Then it was a pretty standard day, and the next objective was just to get the run in right. There was a crucial left turn off of a fast decent that led into the final climb. I made sure I was in a good spot there to be able to react to the attacks on the final climb. I couldn’t quite match the initial accelerations but was able to keep a close gap to the front guys and then close it down once it flattened out. From there it was just full gas craziness through the town on the cobbles and then found myself in third. Super good day overall and gives me a bit more confidence that I am capable of racing at the front in these hard finales which is nice.”

Ruta del Sol – Vuelta a Andalucia Stage 3 Result:
1. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana in 4:33:25
2. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain-McLaren
3. Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Team Emirates at 0:01
4. Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana at 0:04
5. Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar at 0:06
6. Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-McLaren at 0:08
7. Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
8. Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain-McLaren
9. Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:13
10. Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Circus-Wanty Gobert at 0:26.

Ruta del Sol – Vuelta a Andalucia Overall After Stage 3:
1. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana in 14:22:26
2. Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain-McLaren at 0:04
3. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain-McLaren at 0:30
4. Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-McLaren at 0:31
5. Ion Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Astana at 0:34
6. Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:35
7. Chris Harper (Aus) Jumbo-Visma at 1:23
8. Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar at 1:27
9. Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Fundacion Euskadi-Orbea at 1:36
10. Harm Vanhoucke (Bel) Lotto Soudal.

Andalucia’20 stage 3:

Jack Haig (Mitchelton-Scott) won Stage 4 of the Ruta del Sol. The Australian surprisingly shot past the overall leader, Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) and Mikel Landa (Bahrain-McLaren) in the final meters. The three had escaped on the final climb of the day, the Alto del Purche.

18 riders escaped the peloton and took a maximum lead of 3 minutes, which was too little, it turned out. De Tier was the last to be caught on the Alto del Purche. Soon after that, the winning move came as the top men attacked. Jakob Fuglsang went at 24 kilometres out in search of a third victory. Nobody was able to follow, but later Mikel Landa, Dylan Teuns, Ion Izagirre, Jack Haig and Brandon McNulty managed to catch him. A status quo followed until McNulty tried 20 kilometres from the finish. The American could not get away, but his attack was at the expense of Izagirre, who had been driving the group for a while. The Spaniard managed to rejoin a little later, although the light went out when Haig accelerated. McNulty also had to pay for its earlier efforts. Landa, Fuglsang and Haig crossed the summit with a lead of 30 seconds on the two and started the descent towards Granada.

On the descent, the three leaders kept their lead to the finish line in Granada. Landa started the sprint, but Fuglsang quickly countered the Spaniard. The Dane seemed to be on his way to his third stage victory, but in the final meters, Haig came past to win the stage. Fuglsang kept the leader’s jersey in second place.

Stage winner and 3rd overall, Jack Haig (Mitchelton-Scott): “Winning against Fuglsang and Landa is very important to me. They are the kind of rider that I want to become. I want to try to go for the Grand Tours, so that I can fight it out with them today gives me a very good feeling and the confirmation that I am on the right track. It’s very nice to win after yesterday’s disappointment. Hopefully I can defend my third place tomorrow in the time trial.”

Overall leader and 2nd on the stage, Jakob Fuglsang (Astana): “It was a good day and at the end, I defended the yellow jersey. But as in the previous days, I want to thank my teammates for all their work. We might not have a complete climber team here, but they guys work so hard and with full passion. Normally the time trial will be something special as it will be my first one of the season. I will give everything I have to bring the yellow jersey home but we will see what happens tomorrow.”

3rd on the stage and 2nd overall, Mikel Landa (Bahrain-McLaren): “Today the race has been fast and tough, we tried to isolate Fuglsang on the El Purche climb with 25km to go, but we found a very strong contender again. Finally, I tried to win the stage, but I arrived with two riders faster than me, and so I finished third.”

Ruta del Sol – Vuelta a Andalucia Stage 4 Result:
1. Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott in 3:07:35
2. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana
3. Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain-McLaren
4. Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Team Emirates at 0:27
5. Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana
6. Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-McLaren at 1:14
7. Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar
8. Alvaro Cuadros Morata (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
9. Harm Vanhoucke (Bel) Lotto Soudal
10. Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Mitchelton-Scott.

Ruta del Sol – Vuelta a Andalucia Overall After Stage 4:
1. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 17:30:01
2. Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain-McLaren at 0:14
3. Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:35
4. Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana at 1:01
5. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain-McLaren at 1:44
6. Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-McLaren at 1:45
7. Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar at 2:41
8. Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Fundacion Euskadi-Orbea at 2:50
9. Harm Vanhoucke (Bel) Lotto Soudal
10. Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Team Emirates at 2:59.

Andalucia’20 stage 4:

Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) has won the Ruta del Sol for the second consecutive year. The Dane also came close to winning the final time trial Stage 5 in and around Mijas, but was less than one-second short of stage winner Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-McLaren).

Jakob Fuglsang had already won two stages in the 2020 Ruta del Sol, but the Astana rider was keen for a third to seal his overall victory, he was fast, but not fast enough by the slimmest margin over the 13 kilometres. Fuglsang had to defend a 14-second lead over Mikel Landa, but he wouldn’t be too worried. Jack Haig was probably the Danes biggest rival, but the Australian wound have to make up to 35 seconds on Fuglsang.

Carmelo Urbano was the first man to roll off the start ramp, but it was Alexander Edmondson who managed to set the first target time. The Mitchelton-Scott rider was in the hot-seat for some time with his near 18 minute ride. We had to wait for the GC riders like Brandon McNulty, Pello Bilbao and Jakob Fuglsang to see a change.

McNulty (UAE Team Emirates) was able to live up to his reputation as a time trial specialist, but was seven-seconds short of Edmondson’s time. Dylan Teuns was the fastest out on the road and was able to maintain his fast pace to the finish for the top time. Haig, Landa and overall leader Fuglsang had passed the first intermediate point. The Dane was only six-seconds slower than Teuns and was on his way to the overall win, as Haig and Landa were down the Danish leader.

Haig managed to jump over Mikel Landa in the ranking, the Australian was second overall as Spaniard dropped to third. Fuglsang rode an excellent time trial and was only a few hundredths short of Dylan Teuns, but he made sure of his overall victory.

Overall winner and 2nd on the stage, Jakob Fuglsang (Astana): “It was a good time trial and, in the end, it was super close. I am really happy that I could repeat my overall win here. It’s amazing to start the season by winning this race again. Last year I had the best season of my career so far and I hope that repeating this win means I can do the same again. It’s been a very hard race and we had a lot of hard competition to defend the jersey from the first day but the team has been amazing. I am the winner but so is the team. Of course, for me it was important to keep the jersey but with a short and intense TT, you have to give everything and I didn’t want to take to many risks on the descent so to finish second, I am really happy. I hope it will be a good season and starting like this with a good result here gives me confidence and I can now work towards my next goals.”

Ruta del Sol – Vuelta a Andalucia Stage 5 Result:
1. Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-McLaren in 17:57
2. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana
3. Alexander Edmondson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:02
4. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain-McLaren at 0:03
5. Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Team Emirates at 0:09
6. Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana at 0:17
7. Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:24
8. Chris Harper (Aus) Jumbo-Visma at 0:31
9. Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar at 0:32
10. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-McLaren at 0:33.

Ruta del Sol – Vuelta a Andalucia Final Overall Result:
1. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana in 17:47:58
2. Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:59
3. Mikel Landa (Spa) Bahrain-McLaren at 1:12
4. Ion Izagirre Astana at 1:18
5. Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-McLaren at 1:45
6. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain-McLaren at 1:47
7. Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Team Emirates at 3:08
8. Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar at 3:21
9. Rubén Fernández (Spa) Fundación Euskadi-Orbea at 3:33
10. Harm Vanhoucke (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 4:12.

Andalucia’20 stage 5:


Volta Ao Algarve 2020
Remco Evenepoel won Stage 2 of the 2020 Volta ao Algarve on Thursday. The Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider was the strongest at the top of the Alto da Fóia, although Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) was very close. Evenepoel also took over the leader’s jersey from teammate Fabio Jakobsen.

Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) ​tried to get in the break of the day​, but the peloton did not want to give Van der Poel any space. His teammate, Dries De Bondt, did manage to escape with Casper Pedersen (Sunweb) and Michael Schär (CCC). After 40 kilometres, the maximum lead of De Bondt, Pedersen and Schär was 3 minutes. The GC teams had the situation under control, and they still had the Alto da Fóia to climb.

The climbs of the Alcerfa (Cat3) and the Pomba (Cat2) had to be tackled first. In the peloton; Deceuninck – Quick-Step and UAE Team Emirates increase the speed, so the sprinters were distanced on the Alcerfa. European champion Elia Viviani and overall leader Jakobsen were in a group off the back, while Mathieu van der Poel still at the front of the pack. Pedersen and Schär were caught before the top of the Alcerfa by the thinned peloton. Next on the Pomba climb, UAE Team Emirates took the lead on the 4-kilometre climb for home favourite Rui Costa, they managed to thin the lead group to around 30 riders. The Pomba proved too difficult for riders like Philippe Gilbert and Rohan Dennis, but the pace of Joe Dombrowski was not high enough to distance Van der Poel. The Dutchman was with top men such as Evenepoel, Geraint Thomas and Bauke Mollema at the foot of the Fóia.

Dombrowski took charge on the first metres, but 6 kilometres from the finish line, Astana joined in the action. Rodrigo Contreras tried to lift the pace for his teammate and leader Miguel Ángel Lopez, but the Colombian didn’t get any space from Polanc, who had relieved Dombrowski and drove hard for Costa. Van der Poel tried to hold on for as long as possible, but 4 kilometres from the finish his strength left him. The Alto da Fóia turned out to be too hard for the Classic specialists, and it was left to the climbers. At 3 kilometres from the top we saw a real acceleration from Miguel Ángel López. The Colombian did not get any freedom from Costa, but he didn’t respond to an attack by Simon Geschke. The German had a nice gap, but was caught in time by the top riders for the finalé. It was Evenepoel who took the initiative and rode away from his rivals. The young Deceuninck – Quick-Step leader timed his move perfectly to take the win. Maximilian Schachmann was on his wheel, but the German couldn’t get passed Evenepoel, who also took the leader’s jersey.

Stage winner and overall leader, Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “Yesterday, when we discussed the tactics, we agreed that we should remain attentive and do our race, and the team did an extraordinary job the entire day, working for me and keeping me out of the wind. During the stage I had good sensations in the legs and I said to myself that I would try something in the final kilometre. For that reason, when one guy attacked, I asked João to bring him back and keep the pace high. Then, with 500 meters to go, I went full gas and managed to keep the chasers at bay despite the strong headwind in the final 100 meters. I surprised myself today, because I worked a lot on my acceleration, and to see the progress I’ve made with the help of the team is really great. I’m happy the yellow jersey remained in the team and we’ll try to keep it here, although we know many challenges still lie ahead. There are more important things in life than winning a bike race and that’s why my thoughts are with him (Nikolas Maes) and his family. My victory is for them, and also for my family and girlfriend, who are always there for me and show me how important is to have your loved ones by your side.”

2nd on the stage and overall, Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe): “Today was only my second race day of the season, and it was the hardest stage of this race. The guys rode a solid stage toady. We worked perfectly as a tam, and they protected me well and kept me out of the wind. It was over the final 20km, where a series of ascents came thick and fast, that the race well and truly started. But I’m in good form and I felt very good particularly on the final limb. Evenepoel’s attack came as something of a surprise and I was somewhat blocked at the time, so was unable to react as quickly as I would have liked. However, we’re really satisfied with second place on this stage.”

4th on the stage and 3rd overall, Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates): “The team did a magnificent job today. They all did their bit throughout the stage so we can be happy with that. In the final we set a hard pace on the front with Dombrowski and later Polanc which got rid of a lot of the big riders. The wind made it quite a complicated finish to judge and Evenepoel jumped and caught everybody out at the end. There is still a lot of racing to do this week so we’ll work towards a stage win and keeping high on the GC.”

6th on the stage and overall, Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Astana): “I felt quite good today on the final climb and I can say that our team worked really well. I was protected in every moment of the race, also on the last climb my teammates brought me in front in a good position. In the end I tried to attack, it was a good move, but, finally, it did not work. The last climb was, maybe, too fast and also there was a strong head wind in the last few kilometres. Anyway, it was our first test in the mountains and since this is the first race, I can be satisfied with my performance. Another uphill finish is waiting for us on Saturday, so let’s see, what we can do there,”

Volta Ao Algarve Stage 2 Result:
1. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step in 4:46:38
2. Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
3. Daniel Martin (Irl) ISUNation at 0:02
4. Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates
5. Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal
6. Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana at 0:05
7. Frederico Figueiredo (Por) Atum General-Tavira-Maria Nova Lounge Hotel at 0:08
8. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
9. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
10. Amaro Antunes (Por) W52/FC Porto.

Volta Ao Algarve Overall After Stage 2:
1. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step in 9:42:15
2. Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
3. Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates at 0:02
4. Daniel Martin (Irl) ISU Nation
5. Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal
6. Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana at 0:05
7. Amaro Antunes (Por) W52/FC Porto at 0:08
8. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
9. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
10. Frederico Figueiredo (Por) Atum General-Tavira-Maria Nova Lounge Hotel.

Algarve’20 stage 2:

Cees Bol has won the third stage of the Volta ao Algarve. On the rising arrival in Tavira, he held off with a strong sprint, including countryman Fabio Jakobsen, the winner of the opening stage. Remco Evenepoel retained the leader’s jersey.

We started today from Faro, where for many holidaymakers the airport is the starting point for a stay on the Portuguese south coast. From that city the peloton drove over 201.9 kilometres to Tavira. Along the way the Portela da Corcha and the Cachopo were the only climbs, but both slopes of the third category were already in the first half of the race. As the coast came into view again, the stage profile became flatter. The arrival was rising again.

The early flight was already formed in the first five kilometres. Gotzon Martin, Alexander Grigoryev and Tiago Antunes found each other and quickly took their lead, which would run up to four minutes. Martin, heading for Fundación-Orbea, was the best classified rider in 37th place at 4:05 from leader Remco Evenepoel. The Belgian, however, did not have to fear for his position, because as the finish in Tavira came closer, the difference with the leading group diminished.

At thirty kilometres from the finish, the peloton had the refugees in sight again. The time meter went down to ten, nine seconds, but the teams of the sprinters did not seem to want to catch up with the leading group too early. As a result, it would take up to twenty kilometres from the arrival before the package descended on the early flight. At one of the many roundabouts on the route, it simultaneously went wrong for a few riders of Trek-Segafredo.

On a race hill, the team was involved with no fewer than three riders in a crash. Koen de Kort, Jasper Stuyven and Edward Theuns went downhill and had to recover before they started the chase on the peloton. The American team saw the sprint troubles get into trouble. At the front, Deceuninck-Quick Step continued to kick hard, with Fabio Jakobsen and Remco Evenepoel winning the first two stages.

In the last ten kilometres it was hard to push ahead with the trains of the sprinters next to those of the classification riders. However, we had to wait for the all-deciding final kilometre on the way to the slightly ascending finish street. Team Sunweb started the sprint for Cees Bol, with whom Alexander Kristoff had put himself in the wheel. The moment Bol turned on, Fabio Jakobsen tried to get out, but his fellow countryman resisted.

In the end Bol held up well until the finish. Sasha Modolo, Jakobsen and Kristoff bit the dust and had to settle for the other places of honour.

Stage winner, Cees Bol (Sunweb): “It’s a good way to start the season. We made some mistakes on the opening stage but today we really nailed it and I’m happy I could finish it off. We’re focusing more on the sprints this year and the guys were really strong today. I followed my lead out, Casper, and when I saw the sign at 200 metres I just went full gas; and I managed to be first at the line. It’s a sign that I did a good winter and it’s really nice that it paid off today.”

4th on the stage, Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates): “It wasn’t by best sprint today. It was a bit disappointing because the team did a really good job and brought me in a good position but my legs kind of exploded in the last metres and I couldn’t pass Bol. I was expecting a bit more after having great legs in Clasica Almeria but I just didn’t have it today. In general the form is good though looking ahead to the classics.”

Volta Ao Algarve Stage 3 Result:
1. Cees Bol (Ned) Sunweb in 5:00:51
2. Sacha Modolo (Ita) Alpecin-Fenix
3. Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
4. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
5. Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) Uno-X Norwegian Development Team
6. Ryan Mullen (Irl) Trek-Segafredo
7. Elia Viviani (Ita) Cofidis
8. Roger Kluge (Ger) Lotto Soudal
9. Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
10. Tom Devriendt (Bel) Circus-Wanty Gobert.

Volta Ao Algarve Overall After Stage 3:
1. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step in 14:43:06
2. Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
3. Dan Martin (Irl) ISU Nation at 0:02
4. Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates
5. Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal
6. Miguel Ángel López Moreno (Col) Astana at 0:05
7. Amaro Antunes (Por) W52/FC Porto at 0:08
8. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
9. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
10. Frederico Figueiredo (Por) Atum General-Tavira-Maria Nova Lounge Hotel.

Algarve’20 stage 3:

Stage 4 of the Tour of the Algarve went to Astana’s Miguel Ángel López. No one was able to follow the Colombian on the steep final metres of the Alto Malhao. Dan Martin (Israel Start Up Nation) finished in second place, Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) narrowly defended his leader’s jersey in third place.

Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo) started the fun on the first climb of the Alto Malhão. After a lead-out from teammate Jasper Stuyven, the Italian placed his attack to take back Joao Rodrigues, the last rider of a nine-man escape group.

Nibali didn’t take back Rodrigues, but the Italian did not succeed in thinning out the peloton on the run-up to the final climb. Nibali’s attempt was neutralised on the descent and Rodrigues was pulled back. Deceuninck – Quick-Step was also working hard to put Evenepoel in pole position at the foot of the Alto Malhão.

Evenepoel started the final climb at the front, despite Bora-Hansgrohe who had taken over control. On the final climb, Harold Tejada made the pace for Miguel Ángel López, who accelerated a little less than 2 kilometres from the finish. Most of the GC riders were happy, but Mathieu Van der Poel was nowhere to be seen. Evenepoel riding well, but did not react in the last kilometre to an attack by Dan Martin and then by López again. Of the two attackers, López turned out to be the fastest as he crossed the finish line solo. Evenepoel came in third 4 seconds later. Enough to keep the leader’s jersey.

Stage winner, Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana): “I was aiming this stage, because I knew I could do something good on the final climb. Indeed, it was quite short, but in the same time very steep and hard. There were many attacks in the final, but I decided to wait until the last 500 meters, when I attacked from the leading group. I opened a gap and at the final 200 meters I just gave my best to keep my advantage. I am very happy with my win; this means that all hard work done during the winter I did in a right way. This is my first race of the year and it is an important test for me at the start of the season. The whole team did a great job today, my teammates provided me a very strong support and I am happy to finish all this work with a victory. Tomorrow I will have another important test at the individual time trial, and I want to do it as good as possible.”

Overall leader, Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “The most important thing is that I am still the leader. It was very, very tough. I had to fight. In the last kilometre I saw my power meter, I was riding 1100 Watt at one point. My congratulations to López with this victory. When he went, I was behind Costa on the wrong side. I was therefore late in responding. The team was fantastic today. In the final lap we were in front with three classic men. We will see tomorrow. I have motivation and confidence in myself and in my form. I’m going to race twenty miles full.”

Volta Ao Algarve Stage 4 Result:
1. Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana in 4:16:25
2. Daniel Martin (Irl) ISU Nation at 0:02
3. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:04
4. Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
5. Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates at 0:05
6. Simon Geschke (Ger) CCC at 0:14
7. Amaro Antunes (Por) W52/FC Porto
8. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
9. Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates at 0:19
10. Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 0:21.

Volta Ao Algarve Overall After Stage 4:
1. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step in 18:59:35
2. Daniel Martin (Irl) ISU Nation
3. Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
4. Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana at 0:01
5. Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates at 0:03
6. Amaro Antunes (Por) W52/FC Porto at 0:18
7. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
8. Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 0:19
9. Simon Geschke (Ger) CCC at 0:24
10. Federico Figuieredo (Por) Atum General-Tavira-Maria Nova Hotel at 0:31.

Algarve’20 stage 4:

Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) won the 46th edition of the Volta ao Algarve in the best style by defeating World TT champion, Rohan Dennis (Ineos), in the final 20 kilometre time trial Stage 5 around Lagoa.

David Livramento was the first rider to set a time, but it was Jasha Sütterlin who finished in an excellent time of 25:03. The German Sunweb rider was just unable to break the 25-minute barrier, something that Mikkel Bjerg (24:59) and Yves Lampaert (24:53) did. The Belgian from Deceuninck – Quick-Step didn’t enjoy his leading position for long, as Rohan Dennis, who was slow to start, rode a strong second part of the course. He was more than half a minute faster than Lampaert at the finish, but the Australian still had to wait for Evenepoel to finish, who took the fastest time at the first intermediate point. The difference between the two turned out to be just over 20 seconds in favour of Evenepoel.

The difference to Maximilian Schachmann, Daniel Martin and Rui Costa was significant and Evenepoel was also the fastest rider at the second intermediate point, although the difference with Dennis was only nine seconds. The Australian seemed to have finished his test perfectly, although the Belgian had still to finish.

Evenepoel managed to keep his pace in the final kilometres to Lagoa and the overall winner clocked a time of 24:07, making him ten seconds faster than Dennis. Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ) finished third on the stage. There were also some changes in the overall. Schachmann managed to hold on to second place, and Miguel Ángel López move onto the podium. The Colombian rode an excellent time trial to pass Daniel Martin. The Irishman lost a lot of time and dropped out of the top 10.

Stage and overall winner, Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck – Quick-step): “I went full gas today, and by the time I finished I knew the GC was safe, but nobody knew what was the stage result. It was only when Tom told me the result in the radio that I was relieved and could celebrate this win, which was important, as it came against the World ITT Champion and after a hard week of racing, where I went all out on both summit finishes, but also on today’s hard course. What I feel right now? A lot of emotion and happiness, I can tell you that. It’s the perfect way to conclude the race, as I really wanted to wrap up the general classification as a way to say a big thank you to the entire team. They worked a lot for me, were so strong, did a perfect job and showed that incredible all for one, one for all Wolfpack mentality that has become a defining trait of our squad. I am happy I won this beautiful event, a result which only adds to my confidence ahead of the next goals.”

4th on the stage and 2nd overall, Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe): “There were some good time triallists on the start line, so I had to give everything to stay up there. I put in a good intermediate time, but knew that it would be hard to beat Evenepoel. In the end, I was able to take fourth on the stage, and with that, second in the general classification. I’m relatively happy with what I was able to achieve, particularly with it being my first race of the season, and this also gives me confidence for my upcoming races. With two riders in the top 10 in the GC, I think the team can be satisfied with its performance in Portugal.”

Volta Ao Algarve Stage 5 Result:
1. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-step in 24:07
2. Rohan Dennis (Aus) Ineos at 0:10
3. Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ at 0:19
4. Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:38
5. Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana
6. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Ineos
7. Patrick Bevin (NZ) CCC
8. Yves Lampaert (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:46
9. Nils Politt (Ger) ISU Nation at 0:47
10. Mads Schmidt Würtz (Den) ISU Nation at 0:48.

Volta Ao Algarve Final Overall Result:
1. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-step 19:23:42
2. Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:38
3. Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana at 0:39
4. Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates at 0:56
5. Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 1:17
6. Simon Geschke (Ger) CCC at 1:18
7. Lennard Kämna (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe at 1:26
8. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo at 1:31
9. João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 1:40
10. Amaro Antunes (Por) W52/FC Porto at 1:57.

Algarve’20 stage 5:


UAE Tour 2020
Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) won the opening Stage 1 of the UAE Tour on Sunday. In the Dubai Silicon Oasis he was faster in the sprint than Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal), Rudy Barbier (ISU Nation) and Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma). Ackermann is also the overall leader.

Early in the stage, four riders joined forces for a long escape. Teammates Nikolay Cherkasov and Cristian Scaroni (Gazprom-RusVelo), plus Leonardo Tortomasi and Veljko Stojnić of Vini Zabù-KTM, they held their lead between two and a half and three minutes for a long time. The sprinter’s teams reduced their lead, and after Scaroni and Stojnić had been caught, Cherkasov and Tortomasi were also reeled-in with 15 kilometres to go. The expected bunch sprint was taking shape.

The teams tried to position their fast men as well as was possible. Luka Mezgec was piloted by his Mitchelton-Scott teammates, but when the Slovenian started his sprint, Pascal Ackermann also started his rush to the line, the German took the victory.

Stage winner and overall leader, Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe): “Wow! I’m still a little bit speechless about this victory. All the big sprinter names are present and coming here I wasn’t sure I had the shape to win. The last kilometres were a bit chaotic, but when I saw a gap opening in front of me with 300 metres to go, I just went for it. It was a very long sprint and I’m really happy that I could start the UAE Tour 2020 with such a big result. I want to thank my teammates who brought me to a very good position in the finale. We can now take it a bit easier, but we will, of course, try our best to win more stages.”

20th, Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates): “There was a bit of contact in the sprint which hampered me, but in a hectic finale that’s to be expected. The main thing is no crashes and the legs are good for the next stages. I’m already looking to tomorrow which is a steep uphill that don’t really suits me, but I will try, along with the team, to give my best.”

UAE Tour Stage 1 Result:
1. Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe in 3:29:19
2. Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal
3. Rudy Barbier (Fra) Israel Start Up Nation
4. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
5. Luka Mezgec (Slo) Mitchelton-Scott
6. Alberto Dainese (Ita) Sunweb
7. Jakub Mareczko (Ita) CCC
8. Maximilian Walscheid (Ger) NTT
9. José Rojas (Spa) Movistar
10. Andrea Vendrame (Ita) AG2R-La Mondiale.

UAE Tour Overall After Stage 1:
1. Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe in 3:29:09
2. Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal at 0:04
3. Veljko Stojnic (Srb) Vini Zabù KTM at 0:05
4. Rudy Barbier (Fra) Israel Start Up Nation at 0:06
5. Leonardo Tortomasi (Ita) Vini Zabù KTM
6. Nikolai Cherkasov (Rus) Gazprom-RusVelo at 0:07
7. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:10
8. Luka Mezgec (Slo) Mitchelton-Scott
9. Alberto Dainese (Ita) Sunweb
10. Jakub Mareczko (Ita) CCC.

UAE’20 stage 1:


BEAT Cycling Club Strengthens Road Team with Stefano Museeuw
Just before the start of the 2020 season, the BEAT Cycling Club road team has strengthened its lineup with the addition of Stefano Museeuw, 22. The youngest son of Johan Museeuw is the 11th rider on the team. The signing fits with BEAT’s increasing ambitions while offering Museeuw a good opportunity to develop further on the road as a rider.

It is no secret that BEAT Cycling Club aims to use this season as a stepping-stone to the Pro Continental level in 2021. The race program is therefore appropriate. The team has been invited to races such as Bredene-Koksijde, the Scheldeprijs, the ZLM Tour, the Tour of Belgium and, of course, the national road championships. The rest of the season promises to be full again as well.

Director Geert Broekhuizen said: “In recent years we have noticed that with 10 ambitious and professional riders we can indeed complete a solid race program. At the same time, we are raising our ambitions this year. Not only will we ride some very beautiful races, but we also have a sprint project in the works. When it became apparent that Stefano was in danger of being without a team after the demise of the Deceuninck-QuickStep youth team, we quickly reached an agreement. This year Stefano will have the opportunity to prove himself. Who knows, maybe next year he will join the ProSeries, and the professional peloton will again have a Museeuw in its ranks.”

Museeuw himself is particularly looking forward to the gravel races: “With my background in cyclo-cross, it’s perhaps not surprising that I also feel good off-road. At the same time, I want to show myself everywhere — getting into a break, finishing as well as possible, helping lead out the sprint for the team. I am delighted with this opportunity and am happy to be called in where the team needs me. I am certainly looking forward to it.”

Stefano Museeuw – Following his father?


Luke Rowe Signs Four-Year Contract Extension
Team INEOS are delighted to confirm that Luke Rowe has extended his contract with the Team for the next four seasons. Rowe joins Tour de France winner Egan Bernal in signing until the end of 2023.

He said: “Obviously this new contract extension shows a lot of commitment from myself and the Team. I turned pro here; I’ve been here from day one – and now I’m as excited as ever to be part of this new chapter with INEOS. For me, this Team is the number one in the world for looking after their riders and that is a big factor in me committing my future to Team INEOS. It’s a special environment to win bike races, which is something we’re constantly striving for.”

Rowe is uniquely positioned to help the young riders on the Team’s roster, having grown up with the Team over the last eight years.

The 29 year old added: “I think working with the young guys is a big part of why the Team has committed to me for another four years. If you look through the riders we’ve got in the Team, there’s a long list of young guys who are growing and developing into riders at the very top of their game. To work with these young guys is something I really enjoy – trying to pass on what I can to help guide them on their way up in the sport. We’re a British Team, we’ve got a British backer, a British boss, and a strong core of British riders. Two of our leaders in the Team – Froomey and G – are British, but now we’ve taken on a strong South American contingent. For me, it’s a case of bouncing off everyone and being that middleman between all of them. I think us Brits and South Americans have quite a similar mentality, which a lot of people might not realise. We’re a humble group of riders, there’s no big egos, and I think that’s a big reason why we work so well together. That was another big factor for me in signing this extension.”

Team Principal, Sir Dave Brailsford, said: “Luke embodies what this Team is all about – grit, hard work, learning from setbacks and coming back stronger, racing at the front and always putting the Team first. He is a true racer, a hugely talented bike rider in his own right and someone totally committed to helping the Team. He has been a big part of our past and will have an important role to play in our future.”

Luke Rowe:


Tour de Pologne 2020: The Second Wild Card Goes to Gazprom-RusVelo
The second wild card for the Tour de Pologne is Gazprom-RusVelo, a highly motivated international squad.

Team Gazprom-RusVelo have been awarded the second wild card to participate in the 2020 Tour de Pologne. The team was formed under the Russian flag, but this year they are planning to expand internationally to further nurture and validate the movement on the world stage. It will be a tough challenge requiring perfect alchemy. The team’s second home is in Italy, at Lonato sul Garda, and the formation consists of young talents as well as more experienced riders, all ready and highly motivated to take on the new season. One of their major motivations is to participate in the Polish stage race.

“The Tour de Pologne was the first World Tour competition in which team Gazprom-Rusvelo ever participated,” remembers team manager Renat Khamidulin. “It was an unforgettably emotional experience that will forever be etched in my mind; this is why we’re thrilled to go back. The organisation of the race is absolutely impeccable, right on par with the major tours, and getting better year after year. There are really plenty of good reasons to participate. The 2020 formation is decidedly more international than in the past; there are no longer exclusively Russian riders and staff, now we have lots of athletes who could achieve some excellent results. For the team this will be year zero.”

Czeslaw Lang explained how he was pleasantly surprised by the aptitude of the Gazprom-RusVelo athletes during the last edition of the Tour de Pologne. He was also impressed by the way in which Renat Khamidulin manages to build a sense of team unity, day after day. “Gazprom-RusVelo team has been built with great commitment and consistency for years,” he said. “They will start in the Tour de Pologne UCI World Tour for the fifth time in a row. This is a very competitive team which has performed very well in our race in previous years. There’s a mix of young, talented cyclists and more experienced competitors, which can bring very good results. It also makes me happy that Gazprom-RusVelo riders use bikes by Ernesto Colnago, whom I’ve been great friends with for years.”

Gazprom-RusVelo in Poland:


2020 Il Giro di Sicilia: 24 Teams due to Start
Six more than in 2019, with three WorldTeams and top-class riders including the 2014 Giro d’Italia winner, Nairo Quintana, Italian champion Davide Formolo, the 2019 winner Brandon McNulty, the French riders Pierre Rolland (stage winner at both the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France) and Arthur Vichot, along with the ‘home’ rider Giovanni Visconti.

The teams due to start Il Giro di Sicilia, organised by RCS Sport / La Gazzetta dello Sport in collaboration with the Sicilian Region and scheduled from 1 to 4 April, have been announced. Twenty-four teams will start (compared to 18 in the 2019 edition) including three WorldTeams: EF Pro Cycling, Israel Start – Up Nation and UAE Team Emirates, along with 12 ProTeams and 9 Continental Teams.

THE TEAMS:
ALPECIN – FENIX
AMORE E VITA | P:
ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC
B&B HOTELS – VITAL CONCEPT
BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE’
BIESSE ARVEDI
CAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGA
CIRCUS – WANTY GOBERT
CYCLING TEAM FRIULI ASD
D’AMICO UM TOOLS
EF PRO CYCLING
GAZPROM – RUSVELO
GIOTTI VICTORIA
KOMETA XSTRA CYCLING TEAM
ISEO SERRATURE – RIME – CARNOVALI
ISRAEL START – UP NATION
NIPPO DELKO PROVENCE
RALLY CYCLING
SANGEMINI TREVIGIANI MG.K VIS
TEAM ARKEA – SAMSIC
TEAM COLPACK BALLAN
TEAM NOVO NORDISK
UAE TEAM EMIRATES
VINI ZABU’ KTM

The riders of the 24 teams at the start from Syracuse will compete in the four stages which finish at Licata, Mondello (Palermo), Caronia and Mascali. Along the way they will also climb Mt Etna from the Piano Provenzana side, the same that will be faced by the riders of the 2020 Corsa Rosa, with a look to the future and to the Grande Partenza of the 2021 Giro d’Italia in Sicily.


Trentino 2020 Updates the European Championships’ Routes
The UEC Road European Championships, to be held from September 9th to 13th, have undergone to slight variations after the inspections carried out in Trento.

After an intense two-day inspection and some technical meetings held in Trento, the “Trentino 2020” Organizing Committee headed by Trento, Monte Bondone, Valle dei Laghi Tourist Board and Trentino Marketing in collaboration with the City of Trento and Trento Eventi Sport, set up the routes and the programme of 2020 UEC Road European Championships – Trentino 2020, to be held from September 9th to 13th.

Attended by an international delegation combining the European Cycling Union and Eurovision with Rai – the Italian national TV which is directly involved in the media production – a detailed technical-organisational briefing has allowed to finalise the frame of the continental event that will assign 13 European titles within 5 days.

“During this meeting and the inspections, we were able to meet the managers of the key sectors and discuss with them the best solution to guarantee the smooth running of the event. We noticed the passionate commitment of everyone and the strong desire to set up a high level event, which we were certain of since the very beginning”, the UEC Vice-President Agata Lang and the General Secretary Enrico Dalla Casa said.

“We faced the logistical and organisational challenge of bringing this event into the historic centre of Trento with enthusiasm. Along with UEC, Eurovision and Rai, we have gone through every detail and we believe that we have taken an important step forward in our organisational work. Now we’ve got seven months of work left, and we’ll do our best”, Elda Verones, director of Trento Monte Bondone Valle dei Laghi Tourist Board, explained.

During the two-day meeting, the final circuit where all the road races will take place including the Elite Men Road Race, was slightly modified. The updated route is 13,2 km long and maintains the altimetric difficulty of the Povo climb. After 73,2 km, including the ascent towards Cadine, the San Udalrico Pass and the legendary Bondone climb towards Candriai, the Elite Men Road Race ends with 8 laps of the final circuit, for a total distance of 179 km. On the other road races of the programme, the number of final circuit laps has been adjusted according to the categories.

The routes of the time trials, which will take place during the first two days of the event, have also been adjusted for a total length of 22,4 km. All these races will take place on the same route, which will start from the MUSE – Sciences Museum in Trento, ending in the nearby Piazza delle Donne Lavoratrici.

The updated 2020 UEC Road European Championships schedule:
Wednesday September 9th, 2020
• Junior Women Individual Time Trial – 22,4 km
• Junior Men Individual Time Trial – 22,4 km
• Team relay (Men/Women Team Time Trial) – 44,8 km (2 laps of 22,4 km)

Thursday September 10th, 2020
• Elite Women Individual Time Trial – 22,4 km
• Under 23 Women Individual Time Trial – 22,4 km
• Under 23 Men Individual Time Trial – 22,4 km
• Elite Men Individual Time Trial – 22,4 km

Friday September 11th, 2020
• Junior Men Road Race – 107 km (8 laps of 13,2 km)
• Junior Women Road Race – 67,6 km (5 laps of 13,2 km)
• Under 23 Women Road Race – 80,6 km (6 laps of 13,2 km)

Saturday September 12th, 2020
• Under 23 Men Road Race – 133,4 km (10 laps of 13,2 km)
• Elite Women Road Race – 107 km (8 laps of 13,2 km)

Sunday September 13th, 2020
• Elite Men Road Race – 179 km (73,2 km + 8 laps of 13,2 km)

2019 Elite road champs – Elia Viviani:


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