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A very full EUROTRASH Monday. All the reports and video form the Giro d’Italia, Vuelta a Andalucía, Vuelta a Burgos Feminas, Vuelta Ciclista a Murcia and the Tour du Finistère. Patrick Lefevere not worried – TOP STORY. Loads of other news: Matej Mohorič and Alessandro De Marchi updates, Mark Cavendish stomach problems, Nans Peters returns to racing, Richard Carapaz to ride Olympics, Archie Ryan with Jumbo-Visma Dev Team and Sven Kramer joins Jumbo-Visma board. Race news: European 2021 cyclo-cross champs, La Course by Tour de France teams and the Vårgårda diptych canceled. Plus video of Remco Evenepoel facing the Zoncolan. Feet up, coffee time.

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TOP STORY: Lefevere on the Sponsorship Situation: “Nobody has to worry”
On the first rest day of the Giro d’Italia, Deceuninck – Quick-Step announced that Quick-Step Floors would be a sponsor of the team for another six years. On the same day it was announced that Deceuninck would not be a sponsor after the end of the year.

However, according to Lefevere, he has no problem. “I read in the newspaper that I am playing ‘high game’ by already extending the contracts of Remco Evenepoel, Julian Alaphilippe and Kasper Asgreen, but nobody needs to worry,” the team manager wrote in his weekly column in Het Nieuwsblad.

“Sports economist Wim Lagae has analysed it correctly this week: three years ago we were in shit and we were very happy to find Deceuninck. Our negotiating position is now considerably stronger. We talk to various parties and will communicate about this at the right time,” said Lefevere.

Lagae told Sporza this week that he was less surprised by the departure of Deceuninck, just as the ‘cool years’ with Remco Evenepoel seem to be approaching. “In 2018, Lefevere was in a difficult negotiating position, by the deadline. The power in the negotiations then lay with Deceuninck. They were in the driving seat and Lefevere was on the defensive.”

Due to the rising popularity of racing, the bargaining power had now shifted to Lefevere. “In addition, we are now in a different story with the Evenepoel phenomenon, which was not the case three years ago. The asking price of Lefevere will therefore have been significantly higher than in 2018,” said the sports economist.

“We are not budget-wise in the INEOS Grenadiers category, but we don’t have to be,” Lefevere continues. “They have forty-million, we maybe a little more than half. Sometimes that is fighting with an air gun against a bazooka, but that does not mean that you lose in advance. INEOS has even been a good ally for us in this Giro.”

Patrick Lefevere: “Nobody has to worry”
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The break succeeded to escape after 70 hard kilometres and peloton let them take 11 minutes. Eventually the group split leaving four for the victory. Chris Hamilton (DSM) and Andrea Vendrame (AG2R Citroën) sprinted it for the Italian to win the sprint for Stage 12. Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers) held the overall lead.

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Half the peloton was interested in the victory and so there was one hell of a fight to get into the break of the day. Only after 70 kilometres of racing, several riders were given freedom by the peloton. The block went on in the thinned peloton.

Israel Start-Up Nation lost two riders: Alessandro De Marchi crashed and Alex Dowsett with stomach problems. Marc Soler (Movistar) retired after an early crash and Bahrain Victorious said goodbye to Gino Mäder. Fausto Masnada (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) also abandoned.

The break of the day was made up of: Belgian champion Dries De Bondt, Diego Ulissi, Mikkel Honoré, Andrea Vendrame, KOM Geoffrey Bouchard, Victor Campenaerts, Nicolas Edet, George Bennett, Gianluca Brambilla, Chris Hamilton, Guy Niv, Natnael Tesfatsion, Simone Ravanelli, Simone Petilli, Vincenzo Albanese and Giovanni Visconti. At the top of Monte Morello, Bouchard consolidated his lead in the mountains classification. The lead of the front group had increased to more than 8 minutes. In the peloton, INEOS Grenadiers controlled the race, but did so with reserve. The best classified rider in the leading group was Bennett, more than 21 minutes from the pink jersey. Bouchard was also the first in the mountain sprint of the Passo della Consuma and gained another 18 points.

With more than 70 kilometres to go, the riders were treated to a rain shower and had to be careful on the wet descent of the Passo della Consuma. In the leading group, Ravanelli, Honoré, Hamilton, Visconti, Albanese and Brambilla decided to take a little more risk on the descent. They started the Passo della Calla with a slight lead. For several riders the Passo della Calla was a springboard to rejoin the front group. At the top of this second category climb, Bouchard took the most mountain points again. On the descent of the Passo della Calla the leading group split apart again and 13 riders started the Passo del Carnaio. On the first steep sections, Brambilla felt his moment had come, but the Italian was caught again after an attack by Hamilton, Bennett, Edet, Vendrame and Visconti. At the front, Bennett tried to ride away, but the New Zealand champion was counter-attacked by Vendrame. The Italian of AG2R Citroën managed to take 10 seconds, but in the chasing group Bennett refused to give up. The Jumbo-Visma rider, along with Brambilla and Hamilton, were stuck at about 10 seconds. A well-timed attack seemed enough to bridge the gap, but the three pursuers were at their limit.

Shortly after the summit, Vendrame was joined first by Hamilton and then Bennett and Brambilla, with 10 kilometres to go. Despite a few jumps from Bennett and Brambilla, the four riders stayed together. Two kilometres from the finish Vendrame and Hamilton rode away from Bennett and Brambilla, who were looking at each other. The Australian from Team DSM fought the much faster Vendrame, but the Italian managed to take the victory quite convincingly. Brambilla and Bennett crossed the line third and fourth. The favourites for the overall took a day off, although there was an attack by Trek-Segafredo in the finalé. Giulio Ciccone attacked and had his teammate Vincenzo Nibali join him. Nibali eventually went solo and managed to take a few seconds on the other GC riders at the finish. Bernal had no problems and kept the pink jersey.

# See the full ‘PEZ Stage Report’ and photo gallery HERE. #

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Stage winner, Andrea Vendrame (AG2R Citroën): “This is my first victory at the Giro d’Italia and my first with AG2R Citroën Team, it’s just amazing. I am Italian, and I’ve won a stage in my national tour. It’s the biggest day of my career. The first goal of the day was to take maximum points for Geoffrey in the King of the Mountain classification. Then at the end, I knew I needed to anticipate the final climb if I wanted to make the selection. I saw that I could win. When I attacked, Geoffrey spoke to me on the radio; he encouraged me. This victory is also for him. Now another Giro begins. We have won a stage, and now we will do everything we can to do it all over again.”

Maglia Rosa, Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers): “For sure, Vincenzo Nibali is a rider with great experience. He can make you win or lose a Giro. Following him in a downhill means risking a crash. I knew there were 4km after the last downhill and I still had teammates with me so I didn’t worry. Nibali took a little advantage and we always have to pay attention to him. Tomorrow it’s a flat stage. It looks quiet on paper but it’s also possible to lose a stage of the Giro there, so I’ll wait for tomorrow’s stage to be complete before I think of the Zoncolan. I have never climbed the Zoncolan before. Everyone says it’s extremely hard, especially the last 3km.”

2nd on the stage, Christopher Hamilton (DSM): “It was a pretty hard day and I think everyone was expecting to be,” smiled Hamilton at the finish. “It was the longest stage and it had the most altitude metres we’ve had at the Giro so far. We thought it would be a good opportunity to go for the breakaway. Nico Roche and I were given the green light to do that and after a massive fight I made it in. From then on it was about being as efficient as you could, not laying your cards out too early. Coming into the final with the four of us fighting for the win was pretty cool. I haven’t had so many chances for myself to go for a stage result so I’m really thankful to the team that I got the chance. Of course I would have loved to win but second in a Grand Tour, yeah, I can say I’ve been there, you know. There’s not much else I could have done and I’m really happy with the day.”

6th overall, Emanuel Buchmann (BORA-hansgrohe): “Today was a really fast start. A lot of riders tried to get into the lead group and in the end it took 60km for the group to finally form. It was a pretty controlled race overall, we were a bit unlucky with the weather, but in the end nothing bad happened and we all finished safely.”

8th on the stage, Simone Petilli (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux): “I was disappointed with my first week, because I came on this Giro with a good condition and I crashed twice. But today I was determined to be in the breakaway. Because of the rainy conditions, I spent way too much energy in the descents and there was not much left in the tank for the last climb. I am happy, however, to have honoured the team at the front of the race. For our first participation in the Giro, we are delivering strong performances and we intend to continue on this path until Milan.”

9th on the stage, Mikkel Honoré (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “Today was a hard day in the break. I did my best out there and gave everything I had, so I am a bit disappointed I couldn’t do more than that, but I was dehydrated and had cramps in the legs on the last climb. That’s why I couldn’t follow when the other guys attacked.”

Giro d’Italia Stage 12 Result:
1. Andrea Vendrame (Ita) AG2R Citroën in 5:43:48
2. Christopher Hamilton (Aus) DSM
3. Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 0:15
4. George Bennett (NZ) Jumbo-Visma
5. Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizanè at 1:12
6. Geoffrey Bouchard (Fra) AG2R Citroën at 1:25
7. Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis at 1:47
8. Simone Petilli (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
9. Mikkel Honoré (Den) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 3:00
10. Simone Ravanelli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec at 4:19.

Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 12:
1. Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) INEOS Grenadiers in 48:29:23
2. Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana-Premier Tech at 0:45
3. Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious at 1:12
4. Hugh Carthy (GB) EF Education-Nippo at 1:17
5. Simon Yates (GB) BikeExchange at 1:22
6. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) BORA-hansgrohe at 1:50
7. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 2:22
8. Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 2:24
9. Tobias Foss (Nor) Jumbo-Visma at 2:49
10. Romain Bardet (Fra) DSM at 3:29.

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The last kilometre of Stage 13 was worth waiting for as Edoardo Affini (Jumbo-Visma) went for a very late attack, but Giacomo Nizzolo (Qhubeka Assos) managed to shoot past his countryman and hold the others off for the stage win. Affini held on for second, Peter Sagan was third, Davide Cimolai fourth and Gaviria fifth. Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers) held the pink jersey.

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Today was the last big chance for the sprinters to win in the 2021 Giro d’Italia. The 198 kilometre route from Ravenna to Verona was flat. Men like Dylan Groenewegen, Peter Sagan, Fernando Gaviria and Giacomo Nizzolo were seen as the main contenders for the victory. It didn’t take long for the escape of the day to get together: Samuele Rivi (eolo-Kometa) with Umberto Marengo (Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè) and Simon Pellaud (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec). They were not chased in the first 40 kilometres and took a 7 minute lead, but eventually Jumbo-Visma and the teams of Elia Viviani, Giacomo Nizzolo and Fernando Gaviria started to work and the difference gradually started to decrease.

The first intermediate sprint after 67.5 kilometres. Pellaud made a long sprint, but the Swiss rider was caught by his fellow escapees. Marengo then pushed his wheel over the line ahead of Rivi and Pellaud. The peloton also sprinted in Ferrara. Fernando Gaviria was ahead of Davide Cimolai, his teammate Juan Sebastián Molano, Peter Sagan and Simone Consonni. After the sprint, Pellaud continued alone, but after 15 kilometres, Marengo and Rivi caught him up. Their lead then continued to decline. In the peloton, Gaviria had to go to the doctor’s car with a nosebleed, but was able to continue. In the run-up to the next sprint, with 53 kilometres to go, Rivi attacked. The Italian was the first over the line, but then allowed himself to be caught by Marengo and Pellaud. With a 1 minute lead, the attackers started the final 40 kilometres. Behind; Jumbo-Visma, Cofidis and Qhubeka Assos were in full control of the race. It was only a matter of time before the escape was caught.

Seven kilometres from the finish, the break was caught and it was time for the sprint trains. Qhubeka Assos took the lead for Nizzolo, BORA-hansgrohe for Sagan and DSM for Max Kanter. Jumbo-Visma also came to the front in the last 2 kilometres. In the last kilometre Edoardo Affini hit the front then jumped away taking a good gap on the peloton. For a moment it looked like Affini might make it to the finish line, but Giacomo Nizzolo managed to catch his fellow countryman with a long sprint for the victory. Affini was second, ahead of Sagan, Cimolai and Gaviria. Dylan Groenewegen crossed the line in tenth place. It was a special victory for Nizzolo, as this was his first stage success in the eight Giros he has ridden. The Qhubeka Assos rider has finished 2nd eleven times and he has also won the points classification twice.

# See the full ‘PEZ Stage Report’ and photo gallery HERE. #

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Stage winner, Giacomo Nizzolo (Qhubeka Assos): “I confirm that this win gives a lot of meaning to my career. For sure, looking back at the stage to Turin [in 2016], I felt it belonged to me but the judges decided otherwise. On several occasions I thought I could have won and I made mistakes but I knew I had the potential to win at the Giro d’Italia as well as elsewhere. Today it wasn’t the most suitable finish for me. I prefer the technical finales. Edoardo Affini was my point of reference for this 3km straight line at the finish. As he moved to the right side, I reacted. I took the risk of losing in order to win.”

Maglia Rosa, Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers): “It would have been better to stay in bed in terms of recovering from previous stages but I recovered a bit today as it was a quiet day. Everyone wanted this kind of a stage scenario today. In my opinion, the Giro still has a long way to go. I have a little bit of an advantage but everything can happen in this race. It’s necessary to keep my feet on the ground. I have to stay calm to not lose the top spot. I just know about the Monte Zoncolan that anyone who’s got the legs can make a difference in the last 3km.”

2nd on the stage, Edoardo Affini (Jumbo-Visma): “It was by no means the plan to attack. I wanted to do the lead-out for Dylan, but at a certain point I didn’t see anyone behind me anymore. I didn’t know what was going on, but then I went on full throttle. I’m still completely confused and don’t really know whether to be proud or disappointed. After all, we raced through my hometown and here in Verona I was trained as a cyclist. But I saw no possibility that this stage would end in such a special way. The intention was of course to go for the sprint with him (Groenewegen). It is a shame that it turned out like this. Whether I was closer to victory than in the time trial in Turin? There I finished second at ten seconds, but now at less than one, I think. I was very close, but I really gave it my all in those last metres.”

3rd on the stage, Peter Sagan (BORA-hansgrohe): “It was a long stage that finished with a very fast sprint, not the best suited to me, where I took third place. Congratulations to Nizzolo for his first Giro stage win. I have a small lead in the points competition, I am still wearing the ciclamino jersey and I will do my best to keep it all the way to Milan.”

5th on the stage (without a saddle), Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates): “This was one of the longest kilometres of my life! Unfortunately I had a mechanical problem at the wrong time, but still managed to make the best of it in the sprint. However, I had to go from afar. I’m already looking forward to the next sprint and I definitely want to win in the Giro again.”

7th on the stage, Andrea Pasqualon (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux): “I have had good feelings since the start of this Giro, and so far I had done well in the sprints. I was able to benefit from the support of my teammates all day. 900 meters from the line, Gaviria hit my front wheel and luckily I was able to avoid the worst. Nobody wanted to take the lead in the last few hundred meters, which allowed Affini to go. I saw Nizzolo pass me on the right, with an Alpecin rider in his wheel. I immediately understood that it was the right wheel but the Alpecin rider could not follow and therefore, he created a gap between me and Nizzolo. I am satisfied with this seventh place, at the end of a very fast sprint and against the big names in the discipline. I am enjoying this Giro and surely we will fight for other opportunities, shall it be in the sprints or in the breakaways.”

Giro d’Italia Stage 13 Result:
1. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Qhubeka Assos 4:42:19
2. Edoardo Affini (Ita) Jumbo-Visma
3. Peter Sagan (Svk) BORA-hansgrohe
4. Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Start-up Nation
5. Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Col) UAE Team Emirates
6. Stefano Oldani (Ita) Lotto Soudal
7. Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
8. Max Kanter (Ger) DSM
9. Elia Viviani (Ita) Cofidis
10. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma.

Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 13:
1. Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) INEOS Grenadiers in 53:11:42
2. Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana-Premier Tech at 0:45
3. Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious at 1:12
4. Hugh Carthy (GB) EF Education-Nippo at 1:17
5. Simon Yates (GB) BikeExchange at 1:22
6. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) BORA-hansgrohe at 1:50
7. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 2:22
8. Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 2:24
9. Tobias Foss (Nor) Jumbo-Visma at 2:49
10. Daniel Martinez Poveda (Col) INEOS Grenadiers at 3:15.

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Lorenzo Fortunato of the eolo-Kometa team was the surprise winner on the Monte Zoncolan. Jan Tratnik was second, Alessandro Covi third. Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers) put time into all the other GC riders and now has 1:33 on Simon Yates (BikeExchange) in second place.

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Eleven riders made up the early break: George Bennett, Bauke Mollema, Edoardo Affini, Jan Tratnik, Nelson Oliveira, Vincenzo Albanese, Alessandro Covi, Andrii Ponomar, Vincenzo Albanese, Remy Rochas, Jacopo Mosca and Lorenzo Fortunato. Mosca and Affini worked hard in the group for Bennett and Mollema. Due to their pace on the flat, the eleven gained a lead of more than 8 minutes. Astana-Premier Tech were doing all the work and took a few minutes back from the break. The peloton split into pieces because of Astana. Most of the GC riders were in the front group, but Remco Evenepoel was missing, he was in the third group, which was more than 30 seconds behind the group of Egan Bernal. Deceuninck – Quick-Step managed to pull things back together within 10 kilometres. At 38 kilometres from the finish, the lead grew again to 6 minutes.

Seven riders started to climb the Monte Zoncolan together: Bennett, Mollema, Tratnik, Oliveira, Covi, Ponomar and Fortunato. Rochas and Albanese were dropped earlier, Affini and Mosca sat up at the foot of the climb after all their work. Tratnik attacked first. The Bahrain Victorious rider had a gap of 40 seconds, except Fortunato. The Italian of the modest eolo-Kometa team counter-attacked and caught the Slovenian 7 kilometres from the finish. Mollema and Bennett couldn’t follow and in the last 3 kilometres, Covi rode away for 3rd place. Fortunato and Tratnik would fight it out for the stage victory. The 25-year-old Italian accelerated at 2.5 kilometres from the finish. Tratnik cracked. In the last steep kilometre Fortunato gave everything he had left to stay ahead of Tratnik. The eolo-Kometa rider won on the mythical Monte Zoncolan. Tratnik finished second 26 seconds later.

In the favourites group, the INEOS Grenadiers took the lead on the Zoncolan. Vincenzo Nibali couldn’t hold the pace. Simon Yates attacked at 2 kilometres from the finish. Only the pink jersey wearer Bernal could follow the pace set by Yates. The Colombian seemed to be having a hard time, but in the end Bernal managed to crack his British competitor to take time on all his competitors. Evenepoel was dropped in the last kilometres and eventually lost more than a minute and a half. In the general classification he dropped one place. Vlasov also had a bad day, he dropped from second to fourth.

# See the full ‘PEZ Stage Report’ and photo gallery HERE. #

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Stage winner, Lorenzo Fortunato (eolo-Kometa): “Today, [former skiing star] Alberto Tomba who lives in the same town as me, Castel dei Britti, was watching the stage at my family’s house with my dad. They’re extremely happy. I’d also like to thank the whole staff of Eolo-Kometa. That includes Ivan Basso and Alberto Contador who have won everything – Ivan won here atop the Zoncolan. This morning, he told me: you make you the break, you attack on the Zoncolan and you win. So I did. But he believed in me more than I did! From today on, we’ll grow and progress, the team as much as myself. I’d never ridden the Zoncolan before but I’ve always seen it as an iconic climb. It’s wonderful to win here.”

Maglia Rosa and 4th on the stage, Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers): “For sure, Astana wanted to win the stage. They even asked us if we wanted that too but we answered that we’d be happy if the breakaway were to stay ahead. They did a nice stage and they pulled very hard. The downhill was very technical and there were very few riders left at the front. Astana did well trying to win the stage and having faith in [Aleksandr] Vlasov. I always said I had more rivals than the guy in second place behind me. It was Remco [Evenepoel], then Vlasov and now it’s Simon Yates. I expected Yates to do so something today. It was a very good stage for him. He looked strong. I’m sure he’ll remain one of the strongest. I’m happy I managed to follow him today.”

2nd on the stage, Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious): “These steep gradients don’t suit me. Nevertheless, I was able to manage the situation. I think that climbing at his own pace was the best thing to do. I never faced the climb on the other side of the Zoncolan, but I hope to have never to ride it if it is like this one. It is an ascent worth of its reputation. No doubt.”

3rd on the stage, Alessandro Covi (UAE Team Emirates): “This morning we decided to try and fight for the breakaway, I managed to get in it and then I gave it my all on the last climb which was really tough. I am happy with my condition which keeps getting better and we hope to have more opportunities and give it another go in the remaining stages.”

6th overall, Emanuel Buchmann (BORA-hansgrohe): “It was a hard stage, that got off to a really fast start. Astana controlled the pace and in the final climb, Matteo and Felix put me into a good position. With 3km to go before the steep part, I was in third spot in the GC group, on Bernal’s wheel. I wasn’t able to follow Bernal and Yates in the finale but I think it was a good day for me. There are still a few hard stages ahead of us.”

19th on the stage and 8th overall, Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “When cutting the steeper strips, I felt that my legs were deflating” “Maybe my body is still not as we had hoped before, in terms of performance. On the other hand, I lost another minute and a half to Bernal, but I’m still in the top ten. I try to fight for that every day, but my teammates don’t really have to worry about me anymore. If Joao (Almeida) wants to go on the attack for a day, he can certainly do that. But today I just felt that it is getting heavier and heavier. I lasted for a long time, but if the power is no longer there at a certain point, then it is no longer there. Look, I knew I was going to suffer in that explosive last two miles. I still have to work very hard on that and it will take time to improve in that area. But we know that, and we have patience.”

22nd on the stage, Jan Hirt (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux): “These last few days, my feelings in the climbs were good, and I was keen to demonstrate it in this stage. I managed to stay alongside the best climbers in Zoncolan, and on the steepest slopes I thought that maybe it would still be possible to catch the breakaway because the gap can drop quickly. So I tried to attack. With hindsight, I am disappointed to have missed the breakaway so close at the start of the stage, when you know the outcome. However, my performance today gave me a lot of confidence, and no doubt that I will try in the coming stages to take the breakaway and get the best possible result. In the past, my form has always stepped up in the third week, and that is confirmed on this Giro.”

Giro d’Italia Stage 14 Result:
1. Lorenzo Fortunato (Ita) Eolo-Kometa in 5:17:22
2. Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain Victorious at 0:26
3. Alessandro Covi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 0:59
4. Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:43
5. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo at 1:47
6. Simon Yates (GB) BikeExchange at 1:54
7. George Bennett (NZ) Jumbo-Visma at 2:10
8. Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar at 2:18
9. Daniel Martinez Poveda (Col) INEOS Grenadiers at 2:22
10. Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious.

Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 14:
1. Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) INEOS Grenadiers in 58:30:47
2. Simon Yates (GB) BikeExchange at 1:33
3. Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious at 1:51
4. Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana-Premier Tech at 1:57
5. Hugh Carthy (GB) EF Education-Nippo at 2:11
6. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) BORA-hansgrohe at 2:36
7. Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 3:03
8. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 3:52
9. Daniel Martinez Poveda (Col) INEOS Grenadiers at 3:54
10. Romain Bardet (Fra) DSM at 4:31

Giro stage 14:

 

World hour record holder Victor Campenaerts won Stage 15 of the Giro in the Slovenian town of Gorizia on Sunday. The Belgian from Qhubeka Assos was the best of the early break at the finish in Gorizia. He beat Oscar Riesebeek (Alpecin-Fenix) in a two man sprint. Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers) finished in the peloton to hold his pink jersey.

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After a fast start, the riders had to stop after a massive crash in the peloton, the organisers decided to stop the stage at that point until everyone had been attended to. There were several victims who required medical assistance. Jos van Emden, Emanuel Buchmann (sixth overall), Natnael Berhane and Ruben Guerreiro all had to abandon. Immediately after the restart, there was a massive attack. Fifteen riders escaped: Oscar Riesebeek, Dries De Bondt (Alpecin-Fenix), Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), Lars van den Berg (Groupama-FDJ), Simone Consonni (Cofidis), Quinten Hermans (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert), Stefano Oldani, Harm Vanhoucke (Lotto Soudal), Dario Cataldo, Albert Torres (Movistar), Nikias Arndt (DSM), Max Walscheid, Victor Campenaerts, Lukasz Wisniowski (Qhubeka Assos) and Juan Sebastián Molano (UAE Team Emirates). There was no team in the peloton that wanted to chase, as a result, the work was left up to INEOS Grenadiers, which had no reason to catch the leading group.

The leading group soon had more than 12 minutes. The riders had to climb the Gornje Serovo (2.5km at 7%) in Slovenia three times. De Bondt took the most mountain points on the first two climbs. In the last thirty kilometres, the games for the stage victory started in the leading group, although it had started to rain in the border area between Italy and Slovenia. Campenaerts, Riesebeek and Torres started the third and last climb of Gornje Serovo with a lead of 30 seconds. Riesebeek and Campenaerts dropped Torres just before the top. Hermans attacked from the chasers and crossed the top in a group including Mollema, Consonni, Vanhoucke, Arndt and Cataldo, 23 seconds behind the two leaders. Campenaerts took a lot of risks on the wet descent, but Riesebeek kept with his companion. With the Cerovo climb (1km at 5.6%) in sight, the pursuers got closer. Riesebeek and Campenaerts were looking at each other to lead.

With a lead of 15 seconds, the two started the Cerovo, with ramps up to 14%, Riesebeek again opened the attack. Campenaerts reacted and took a few metres from Riesebeek at the top, but the Alpecin-Fenix ​​rider was not surprised. Mollema, Hermans, Arndt and Consonni were the strongest behind, but they were still at more than 10 seconds. On the wet, technical run into town, it was Campenaerts who took all the risks, but Riesebeek held him. In the streets of Gorizia it was going to be a two-up sprint on the cobblestones of the city centre. Riesebeek pushed Campenaerts to the edge, but it was the Belgian who won the stage. Seven seconds later, Arndt sprinted to third place, ahead of Consonni and Hermans. The peloton did not take any risks in the rainy final and came home wet but safe.

# See the full ‘PEZ Stage Report’ and photo gallery HERE. #

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Stage winner, Victor Campenaerts (Qhubeka Assos): “The finale was crazy but for me the start of the race was more important. We already had a super atmosphere in the team with two stage victories but we remained dedicated to make something beautiful out of the rest of the race. We split the bunch from the start. Our team had the most riders in the breakaway and they had faith in me so I was happy to finish it off. Three victories is a really great achievement. Before this season, I already explained my different approach as a road cyclist. It has become difficult for me to get results in time trials because of the performances of Filippo Ganna but also Remco [Evenepoel] and Wout [van Aert] who are both favourites for medals at the Olympics and I hope they’ll deliver for Belgium. This is my first Grand Tour stage win. It never worked out in time trials but I finally have it as a road rider. It’s not only my victory today though – it’s really a team effort and I hope it’ll help to attract sponsors because we need it to survive as a team that also rides for a great cause. We contribute towards making people’s lives better thanks to bikes.”

Maglia Rosa, Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers): “I think it was an easy day for us behind. It was windy and also rainy in the finale but it was okay. I remained focused. Tomorrow it will for sure be a decisive stage. I heard it will be cold so I’ll use gloves and all the necessary clothes to be ready for the fight in the mountains. It’ll be a long stage and another hard one for my teammates but I think we’re ready for it, mentally as well as physically.”

5th on the stage, Quinten Hermans (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux): “We received a generous advantage from the peloton, and from there I knew some riders on the breakaway would start to save energy. With a smaller lead, everyone would have done their share of the work and calculated less. It’s a shame because it allowed some riders to arrive fresher in the final. I had decided to try my luck on the last ascent of Gornje Cerovo. There, I made a good move, but Campenaerts and Riesebeek were already out of reach. I had a good feeling on the climbs but didn’t receive a lot of help. Chapeau to the two men who fought for victory. Next week I can see myself trying something in the stage leading to Stradella. But first, we’ll have to survive tomorrow’s stage.”

Giro d’Italia Stage 15 Result:
1. Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Qhubeka Assos in 3:25:25
2. Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix
3. Nikias Arndt (Ger) DSM at 0:07
4. Simone Consonni (Ita) Cofidis
5. Quinten Hermans (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
6. Dario Cataldo (Ita) Movistar
7. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo at 0:09
8. Albert Torres Barcelo (Spa) Movistar at 0:44
9. Juan Sebastian Molano Benavides (Col) UAE Team Emirates at 1:02
10. Maximilian Walscheid (Ger) Qhubeka Assos.

Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 15:
1. Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) INEOS Grenadiers in 62:13:33
2. Simon Yates (GB) BikeExchange at 1:33
3. Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious at 1:51
4. Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana-Premier Tech at 1:57
5. Hugh Carthy (GB) EF Education-Nippo at 2:11
6. Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 3:03
7. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 3:52
8. Daniel Martinez Poveda (Col) INEOS Grenadiers at 3:54
9. Tobias Foss (Nor) Jumbo-Visma at 5:37
10. Attila Valter (Hun) Groupama-FDJ at 7:49.

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Vuelta a Andalucía 2021
Miguel Ángel López (Movistar) won Stage 3 of the Vuelta a Andalucía Ruta del Sol on Thursday. The Colombian beat Antwan Tolhoek, James Piccoli, Julen Amazqueta and Mikel Bizkarra. The Queen stage covered 176 kilometres, starting in the Jaen town of Beas de Segura and ending the stage in Villarrodrigo.

Soon after the start, the break of the day was formed, launched by Luis Ángel Maté. The group consisted of Nikita Stalnov, Rui Oliveira, Nathan Van Hoydonck, Michel Ries, Edwar Anderson, Thomas Sprengles, Urko Verrade, Kiko Galván, Edwin Ávila, they soon had 2 minutes on the peloton. On the first mountain pass, the Alto de Cañada Catena, the escapees crossed the top with a lead of 2:35 minutes. KOM, Rui Oliveira, added three more points to his lead, ahead of Thomas Sprengers and Nikita Stalnov. The escape began to fall apart on the second climb of the day, the Puerto del Yelmo. Héctor Carretero, Julen Amezqueta and James Piccoli managed to cross to the leaders.

On the Cat 1 climb of Puerto de la Toba, at kilometre 60, the leading group had 13 riders. Maté was first ahead of Sprengers, Amezqueta, Bizkarra, Carretero and Stalnov. At the top of the Fustal it was Maté again ahead of Héctor Carretero, James Piccoli and Mikel Bizcarra. Movistar began to pull hard in the peloton and imposed a strong pace to wear down the leaders and the INEOS team. With 20 kilometres to go, Hayter began to show his weakness and was not able to respond to an attack by Miguel Ángel López, who took Antwan Tolhoek and Carlos Rodríguez with him. ‘Superman’ was with his teammate, Carretero, who was decisive for the Colombian to take the win. The Spanish rider caught the escapees and at the same time dropped Hayter, who had to say goodbye to the yellow jersey. On the climb of El Collado de los Yesos, Carretero was first of the leading group, followed by Miguel Ángel López, Bizkarra and Julen Amezqueta, who had been part of the early break. Carretero gave everything to continue expanding the gap. With 800 meters to go, Lopez attacked for the stage win and possibly the Vuelta a Andalucía overall. This was the first victory for Miguel Ángel López in the light blue jersey of Movistar.

At the finish, Tokhoek was second at 2 seconds, Piccoli third at six and Amezqueta at 17 seconds. Ethan Hayter finished in a group at 2:23. In the general classification, Miguel Ángel López is the new leader, 20 seconds ahead of Tolhoek with 55 seconds on Amezqueta. In the KOM, Luis Ángel Maté overtook Rui Oliveira, although they tie on 27 points.

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Stage winner and overall leader, Miguel Ángel López (Movistar): “It’s a really special day. The team was magnificent today. It wasn’t to be yesterday, we came second, the finish was so hard, yet we started today with a plan to pay back the whole team after the work they’ve been doing from the very start of the race, and all team-mates were excellent again. Héctor was the key man today: we had him joining the breakaway, looking to have someone ahead to support after an attack, but all the other team-mates, Rojillas, Abner… did an impressive job so I only had to get myself to Carretero, for him to support me until the end. It was sensational. I’m so happy because it’s been really hard to get here, to be back in the peloton, even more so to chase results. Behind this, there’s loads of work which people often don’t see. I’m back after almost eight months away. I didn’t race basically since the end of the Tour de France. It was hard to return, I also caught covid… This is a new project, which I face with great excitement. I’ve found myself really comfortable here, they’ve always looked after me, and it shows. My team-mates, the work they do every day – it’s so important. We achieved the most difficult thing today. As ‘Arri’ says, grabbing the leader’s jersey is the hardest, but it’s not over at all. There’s two stages now ahead, which we must pay extreme attention at. Hopefully we can keep this until the end. This victory is a tribute to all people in Colombia, the Movistar brand, my family, my wife and child, and my mom, who was celebrating her birthday two days ago. I would have wanted to bring her a win yesterday on the cobblestones, but I had to wait an extra day (smiles).”

Vuelta a Andalucía Stage 3 Result:
1. Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Movistar in5:03:26
2. Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:02
3. James Piccoli (Can) Israel Start-up Nation at 0:06
4. Julen Amezqueta Moreno (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA at 0:17
5. Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 0:28
6. Héctor Carretero (Spa) Movistar at 1:25
7. Carlos Rodriguez Cano (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:29
8. Toms Skujins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo
9. Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA at 1:41
10. Oscar Rodriguez Garaicoechea (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech at 2:07.

Vuelta a Andalucía Stage 3 Result:
1. Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Movistar in 14:02:31
2. Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:20
3. Julen Amezqueta Moreno (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA at 0:55
4. Carlos Rodriguez Cano (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:40
5. Toms Skujins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo at 1:47
6. James Piccoli (Can) Israel Start-up Nation at 1:50
7. Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA at 1:51
8. Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 1:52
9. Ethan Hayter (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 2:13
10. Oscar Rodriguez Garaicoechea (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech at 2:40.

Ruta del Sol’21 stage 3:

 

André Greipel (Israel Start up Nation) won Stage 4 of the Vuelta a Andalucía Ruta del Sol. At the end of the stage in the Granada town of Cúllar Vega, the German beat the Colombian Alvaro Hodeg Chagui and the Former world champion Mads Pedersen. Overall leader, Miguel Ángel López held his 20 second advantage on Antwan Tolhoek.

The fourth stage of the 67th edition of the Tour of Andalusia Ruta del Sol started in the Granada town of Baza and ended in Cúllar Vega. The stage was marked by high temperatures and an ideal route for fast men. With a single mountain pass on the route, the fight for the polka dot jersey was the focus of the first kilometres. From the start Luis Ángel Maté launched his attack, taking with him five escape companions: Benjamin Perry, Robbe Ghys, Aaron Van Poucke, Jordi López, Isaac Cantón and Ander Okamika. Maté summited the third category climb of El Baúl first and went into the lead of the KOM.

Once the escape was launched the difference never exceeded 3 minutes. The control of the peloton by Movistar first and the sprinters teams later, didn’t allow the break any time. At Colomera’s intermediate sprint, Aaron Van Poucke and Robber Ghys crossed the line ahead of Isaac Cantón, helping teammate Thomas Sprengers to keep the blue jersey. 70 kilometres from the finish line, the pace of the peloton increased thanks to the work of the Israel team. With 10 kilometres to go, the escapees were absorbed by the large peloton, which earlier had caught Maté after he suffed a puncture. Israel and Deceuninck imposed their pace on the peloton and Rick Zabel launched André Greipel, who held off the others for the win.

The German, who had recently won the last stage of the Mallorca Challenge, beat Colombian Álvaro J. Hodeg Chagui, Mads Pedersen, Alexander Kristoff and Alex Kirsch. The best Spaniard at the finish line was Enrique Sanz (EKP), while the best Andalusian was the runner from Trebujena, Juanjo Lobato (EUS). Miguel Ángel López kept his overall lead.

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Stage winner, André Greipel (Israel Start-up Nation): “Alex Cataford did an incredible job after his crash and made sure we chased down the breakaway. Then came a massive work by Hugo Hofstetter, who kept us in front, and Jenthe Biermans positioning us. I had a little problem in the last corner, but Daryl Impey kept the position and launched. I could not stick to Rick Zabel’s wheel because I was boxed in, so it could have gone even better… We have such great professionals in this team … The best. I had a very good sprint.”

Overall leader, Miguel Ángel López (Movistar): “The start was quite calm, then we saw the sprinters’ teams taking over to secure a bunch finish. In our case, we tried to always remain in a good position, and my team-mates did a fantastic job to keep me at the front and avoid any setbacks. Tomorrow’s stage could be harder to control, being shorter, and I think the sprinters will have another nice chance, since they weren’t really able to contest those sprints until today – so I hope they will go for it and help us. In any case, we’ll remain attentive and fight until the end. We’ve got an excellent team, as everyone saw yesterday and over the whole race, and even if we didn’t have to push much today, we did have to work near the finish and the guys were excellent.”

Vuelta a Andalucía Stage 4 Result:
1. André Greipel (Ger) Israel Start-up Nation in 4:37:12
2. Alvaro Hodeg Chagui (Col) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
3. Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo
4. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
5. Alex Kirsch (Lux) Trek-Segafredo
6. Rick Zabel (Ger) Israel Start-up Nation
7. Enrique Sanz Unzue (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma
8. Ethan Hayter (GB) INEOS Grenadiers
9. Alexander Konychev (Ita) BikeExchange
10. Tobias Bayer (Aut) Alpecin-Fenix.

Vuelta a Andalucía Stage 4 Result:
1. Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Movistar in 18:39:43
2. Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:20
3. Julen Amezqueta Moreno (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA at 0:55
4. Carlos Rodriguez Cano (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:40
5. Toms Skujins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo at 1:47
6. Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA at 1:51
7. James Piccoli (Can) Israel Start-up Nation at 1:58
8. Ethan Hayter (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 2:13
9. Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 2:20
10. Oscar Rodriguez Garaicoechea (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech at 2:48.

Ruta del Sol’21 stage 4:

 

Ethan Hayter, from the INEOS Grenadiers team, won the Final Stage 5, with a bumpy finish in which Daril Impey (Israel) and Robber Stannard (BikeExchange) crashed with 20 metres to go. ‘SuperMan’ López did not need to struggle to keep the yellow.

It was a short stage with a single mountain pass that would have to be climbed twice. After several attack attempts, the trio formed of Mertens (Vlaanderen), Unai Cuadrado (Euskaltel) and Okamika (Burgos BH), which did not exceed a 3 minute lead. The trio were caught within 10 kilometres to begin to climb the Alto de la Geoda for the second time. The INEOS and BikeExchange men set a strong pace in the lead to cut the main group to just over ten riders, including South African sprinter Daryl Impey and Australian Robber Stannard. Both were fighting for the final sprint when Impey first hit the ground taking the Aussie with him. A surprised Hayter avoided the crash and crossed the line ahead of Philipp Walsleben and Latvian Tom Skujins.

In the final GC, it was the first victory in the Vuelta a Andalucía for the Colombian Miguel Ángel López. Second place for the Dutchman Antwan Tolhoek, 20 seconds behind the leader. The third place for the Spanish rider Julen Amezqueta at 1:10. The winner of the KOM went to Luis Ángel Maté. The overall on points went to Ethan Hayter.

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Stage winner and 7th overall, Ethan Hayter (INEOS Grenadiers): “The team were amazing, Leo Basso pulled today and pretty much every day. They were great all week and we ended up with Carlos fourth and I was eighth overall in the end. It was a short stage, so flat out on the last climb and I just about held on the back! Then there were crosswinds in the sprint, so I let Carlos go and ran at him. Impey and Stannard had a coming together which I could see in my peripheral vision. it’s not the way you want to win the sprint, but that’s bike racing.”

Final overall winner and 4th on the stage, Miguel Ángel López (Movistar): “I’m so happy with this victory. We’ve finished the day in the best possible way. We came to this race with some good mentality, looking forward to showing our colours and taking this Vuelta a Andalucía really seriously. We had already been racing in Romandie, where I gained confidence after seven months with no racing, then two of the Mallorca Challenge trophies and then here, where we came with an aim to win a stage – and see what we got! Regarding today’s finish, I was riding a bit more behind because, in the end, it was a better sprint for riders like Impey or Hayter and we had a better chance with Gonzalo to go for the stage win. I was a bit behind, as I said, but into those final turns I decided to gain some positions to avoid any time gaps, and as the crash happened on the left-hand side, I was on the right and ended up ahead of Gonzalo. I don’t even know how that crash happened, can’t say anything about it. It was a super job from the whole team. Thanks to all the boys, they were sensational and made things quite easier for me. Things are going so well at this moment in the team, my adaptation to this new structure is going well and there was no better way to thank them for the support to bring them a stage win + GC here. Also Gonzalo’s victory here on day one – a great week for everybody! We will now take things a bit easier in the upcoming days, then travel to France next week for the Critérium du Dauphiné, my main race before the Tour de France. I want to dedicate this victory to my wife and son, who were surely watching the stage at home. Hope they enjoyed!”

Vuelta a Andalucía Stage 5 Result:
1. Ethan Hayter (GB) Ineos Grenadiers in 2:27:12
2. Philipp Walsleben (Ger) Alpecin-Fenix
3. Toms Skujins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo
4. Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Movistar
5. Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
6. Gonzalo Serrano Rodriguez (Spa) Movistar
7. Oscar Rodriguez Garaicoechea (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech
8. Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
9. Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) BikeExchange
10. Carlos Rodriguez Cano (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:03.

Vuelta a Andalucía Final Overall Result:
1. Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Movistar in 21:06:55
2. Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:20
3. Julen Amezqueta Moreno (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA at 1:10
4. Carlos Rodriguez Cano (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:43
5. Toms Skujins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo at 1:47
6. Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA at 2:06
7. Ethan Hayter (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 2:13
8. James Piccoli (Can) Israel Start-up Nation 0:02:24
9. Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 2:44
10. Oscar Rodriguez Garaicoechea (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech at 2:48.

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Vuelta a Burgos Feminas 2021
Australian rider Grace Brown powered to victory on the opening Stage 1 of the Vuelta a Burgos Feminas, attacking on the final climb before taking the win in a three-up sprint to take the race lead.

Team BikeExchange controlled the race for most of the day, attempting to split the peloton in the wind after 30km of racing, before Georgia Williams and Sarah Roy then led the peloton and closed down a solo breakaway rider ahead of the final climb of the day. Brown was well-placed at the head of the reduced bunch alongside teammates Amanda Spratt and Ane Santesteban as they began the final ascent, and the Brugge-De Panne winner then made her move with six kilometres to go. Accelerating away from the peloton on the gradual slopes, only two riders able to go with the 28-year-old’s sheer power.

The trio dangled around 15 seconds ahead of the bunch for the remainder of the climb and as they passed under the flamme rouge it was touch and go as to whether they could hold on to contest the stage victory. As the line approached, Brown led out the sprint, leaving her fellow attackers in her wake as she powered to her second UCI victory of the season and into the race lead for Team BikeExchange.

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Stage winner and overall leader, Grace Brown (BikeExchange): “It was our plan to attack and try to win the stage. We wanted to put a little bit of pressure on early on in the crosswinds and see if we could split the peloton. My plan then was to hold on until the last climb and then attack as we got to the crest and try to hold onto that until the finish. I didn’t know if I would have any other riders with me, but I had two riders, unfortunately they didn’t work a lot with me until the end, Elise Chabby pulled a few turns and then it was a sprint against them and I got away with it. I knew on a normal day if we had all pulled equal turns then I could probably win the sprint but I was a bit unsure if I had done too much, so I was relieved to win in the end. I came into this race feeling pretty good after the last Spanish races so I was confident that if the stage played out as we planned, then I should have a pretty good chance today. It felt really hard after I attacked, and you are never really sure if you will hold on, especially when the gap is quite small. I was a bit worried if we played too many games at the end with the three of us that we wouldn’t keep the gap and the bunch would come past us, so I knew I couldn’t wait too late until my sprint, which is why I led it out.”

Vuelta a Burgos Feminas Stage 1 Result:
1. Grace Brown (Aus) BikeExchange in 2:28:28
2. Elise Chabbey (Swi) Canyon-SRAM
3. Niamh Fisher-Black (NZ) SD Worx
4. Arlenis Sierra Canadilla (Cub) A.R. Monex at 0:05
5. Soraya Paladin (Ita) Liv Racing
6. Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Liv Racing
7. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
8. Demi Vollering (Ned) SD Worx
9. Tereza Neumanová (Cze) Women Cycling Sport
10. Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Movistar.

Vuelta a Burgos Feminas Overall After Stage 1:
1. Grace Brown (Aus) BikeExchange in 2:28:28
2. Elise Chabbey (Swi) Canyon-SRAM
3. Niamh Fisher-Black (NZ) SD Worx
4. Arlenis Sierra Canadilla (Cub) A.R. Monex at 0:05
5. Soraya Paladin (Ita) Liv Racing
6. Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Liv Racing
7. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
8. Demi Vollering (Ned) SD Worx
9. Tereza Neumanová (Cze) Women Cycling Sport
10. Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Movistar.

Burgos’21 stage 1:

 

Anastasiia Chursina won the Stage 2 of the Vuelta a Burgos. In Villarcayo, the Russian rider of Alé BTC Ljubljana came over the finish solo, after more than 65 kilometres on the attack.

Early in the stage several riders attacked, but the first real breakaway came from Rachel Langdon. The British rider was on her own for some time, but on the Alto de Bocos, after 27 kilometres the first climb of the day, everything was back together. After the descent, a leading group of three emerged, with Anastasiia Chursina, Heidi Franz and Antri Christoforou. The three took a 4 minute lead, until the peloton accelerated with 35 kilometres to go. On the Alto Retuerta, after 22 kilometres on the second climb, the peloton thinned out due SD Worx, while Chursina dropped the others on the climb. Franz was able to return for a while on the descent, but then Chursina rode away from her again. The Russian then started the last 17 kilometres solo.

The difference with the first chasing group, which also included Anna van der Breggen, Demi Vollering and Annemiek van Vleuten, was one and a half minutes. Because the chasers didn’t work well together, Chursina was able to take more time. The Russian managed to stay away and take the victory after 97 kilometres solo. It was the biggest success of her professional career. A minute later Alice Barnes won the sprint for second place.

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Stage winner, Anastasiia Chursina (Alé BTC Ljubljana): “We had decided since the morning that today we had to enter in the breakaways and so it was. I gave everything and when I saw that the group was getting closer I pushed even more and I was alone. I knew I had a good lead and I tried with all my strength to keep it. The team behind helped me a lot and I have to thank my teammates a lot. I felt good, I had the chance to try today and I am very happy with this victory. I try to improve day after day, stage after stage and today was my day. I’m very happy!”

Overall leader, Elise Chabbey (Canyon-SRAM): “I’m a little surprised that I’m now a leader of a Women’s World Tour race! I’ve not been in this position before but I’m going to go with it and enjoy it tomorrow. Our only focus today was to have a bunch sprint for Alice. We had a lot of teamwork throughout the stage. Hannah brought Alice back to the main group after the last climb, Omer was chasing, Kasia did the final lead out. I’m really proud of everyone’s work.”

Vuelta a Burgos Feminas Stage 2 Result:
1. Anastasiia Chursina (Rus) Alé BTC Ljubljana in 2:29:28
2. Alice Barnes (GB) Canyon-SRAM at 1:11
3. Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Trek-Segafredo
4. Arlenis Sierra Canadilla (Cub) A.R. Monex
5. Sandra Alonso Dominguez (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango
6. Laura Tomasi (Ita) Alé BTC Ljubljana
7. Eugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
8. Jelena Eric (Srb) Movistar
9. Demi Vollering (Ned) SD Worx
10. Marie Le Net (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope.

Vuelta a Burgos Feminas Overall After Stage 2:
1. Elise Chabbey (Swi) Canyon-SRAM in 4:59:07
2. Niamh Fisher-Black (NZ) SD Worx
3. Grace Brown (Aus) BikeExchange
4. Arlenis Sierra Canadilla (Cub) A.R. Monex at 0:05
5. Demi Vollering (Ned) SD Worx
6. Tereza Neumanová (Cze) Women Cycling Sport
7. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-SRAM
8. Tamara Dronova (Rus) Cogeas Mettler Look
9. Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Liv Racing
10. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) SD Worx.

Burgos’21 stage 2:

 

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig won Stage 3 of the Vuelta a Burgos Feminas in Ojo Guareña on Saturday. The Danish rider of FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope was the first to cross the finish line after a stage of 115 kilometres. In the uphill sprint she beat Kasia Niewiadoma and Anna van der Breggen.

It took a long time before a leading group formed. During the ascent of the Alto de Las Hoyas there was an escape attempt by Niamh Fisher-Black (SD Worx), Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope) and Pauliena Rooijakkers (Liv Racing), but that attempt was short lived. An attack by Sabrina Stultiens (Liv Racing) and Évita Muzic (FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope) was also short-lived. On the descent Elise Chabbey (Canyon SRAM) tried to avoid a sprint. After SD Worx sent Karol-Ann Canuel to go with her, this attempt also proved to be short-lived. Everything came together on the final climb, after which Ludwig finished it in the sprint. With one day to go, Niamh Fisher-Black took the overall lead from Elise Chabbey (Canyon-SRAM):

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Stage winner and 5th overall, Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope): “Finally! It is such a relief, the girls worked so hard. I have no words. It was such a wild day; I still have not quite realised what happened. In the sprint I thought, wow, they are not coming past me, what is going on. And it was against the best riders in the world, this is a really big victory. The whole team raced so well. We just wanted to get out there and animate the race, show that we have balls, there was no big plan behind it. To be able to attack like that and then still win, that was great. I am going to have some champagne tonight and enjoy this feeling.”

Vuelta a Burgos Feminas Stage 3 Result:
1. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope in 3:00:28
2. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-SRAM
3. Anna van der Breggen (Ned) SD Worx
4. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
5. Niamh Fisher-Black (NZ) SD Worx at 0:03
6. Mavi Garcia (Spa) Ale’ BTC Ljubljana
7. Demi Vollering (Ned) SD Worx
8. Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Movistar
9. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) SD Worx
10. Soraya Paladin (Ita) Liv Racing.

Vuelta a Burgos Feminas Overall After Stage 3:
1. Niamh Fisher-Black (NZ) SD Worx in 7:59:38
2. Grace Brown (Aus) BikeExchange
3. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-SRAM at 0:02
4. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
5. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
6. Anna van der Breggen (Ned) SD Worx
7. Demi Vollering (Ned) SD Worx at 0:05
8. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) SD Worx
9. Soraya Paladin (Ita) Liv Racing
10. Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) BikeExchange.

Burgos’21 stage 3:

 

Anna van der Breggen (SD Worx) took a double win on the final day of the Tour of Burgos. After the 121 kilometres of the Final Stage 4, finishing on the Lagunas de Neila. The World champion beat Annemiek van Vleuten in the sprint. Van der Breggen also secured the overall victory.

Katrine Aalerud (Movistar), Clara Koppenburg (Rally), Anna Shackley (SD Worx) and Amanda Spratt (BikeExchange) were the last to be caught on the final climb, they had been part of a leading group of thirty riders. The final on Lagunas de Neila (11.9km at 6.3%) was particularly tough, with ramps over 10%, this was where the lead of the front riders disappeared. SD Worx led the favourites group with Demi Vollering and Anna van der Breggen. The group was considerably thinned out by the pace of the two top riders. Overall leader Niamh Fisher-Black, their teammate, was also dropped. Only Annemiek van Vleuten could follow Vollering and Van der Breggen. They caught Koppenburg and Aalerud, the last escapees, inside the last kilometre.

A duel between the two Dutch riders was set for the summit of the Lagunas de Neila with its ramps of 11%. Vollering couldn’t hold on 500 metres from the finish. Van der Breggen attacked her Movistar competitor, but Van Vleuten held on. The European champion, Van Vleuten, then started the sprint first, but it was Van der Breggen who countered the attack and took the stage victory. The World champion secured the overall victory, from Van Vleuten and Vollering. Fourth place went to Pauliena Rooijakkers.

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Stage and overall winner, Anna van der Breggen (SD Worx): “We decided to increase the pace with Karol-Ann Canuel and Demi Vollering, who really did a lot of work. It was very tough and we made the best of it. On the final climb it was a combination of the legs and the mental game. I was waiting for an attack because I felt I had something left. I was able to accelerate at the end and that was fortunate enough to win.”

Vuelta a Burgos Feminas Stage 4 Result:
1. Anna van der Breggen (Ned) SD Worx in 3:24:15
2. Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Movistar
3. Demi Vollering (Ned) SD Worx at 0:20
4. Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Liv Racing at 0:35
5. Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Rally Cycling at 0:37
6. Katrine Aalerud (Nor) Movistar at 0:51
7. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope at 1:04
8. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) SD Worx at 1:06
9. Grace Brown (Aus) BikeExchange at 1:09
10. Amanda Spratt (Aus) BikeExchange at 1:17.

Vuelta a Burgos Feminas Final Overall Result:
1. Anna van der Breggen (Ned) SD Worx in 11:23:55
2. Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Movistar at 0:03
3. Demi Vollering (Ned) SD Worx at 0:23
4. Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Rally Cycling at 0:59
5. Katrine Aalerud (Nor) Movistar at 1:02
6. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope at 1:04
7. Grace Brown (Aus) BikeExchange at 1:07
8. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) SD Worx at 1:09
9. Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Liv Racing
10. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-SRAM at 1:25

Burgos’21 stage 4:

 

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Vuelta Ciclista a Murcia 2021
The Murcian cyclist Antonio Jesús Soto (Euskaltel-Euskadi) won the 41st edition of the Vuelta Ciclista a Murcia Costa Cálida-Banco Sabadell GP, on Sunday. The 192.4-kilometre race started in Los Alcázares and finished in Alcantarilla.

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In a time of 4:42:19, Soto won alone in Alcantarilla ahead of fellow Spaniards Ángel Madrazo (Burgos-BH) and Gonzalo Serrano (Movistar). Soto’s teammate, José Joaquín Rojas, was fourth.

Soto, 26 year-old has been a professional since 2019, took his first win in his home town, despite that the previous day the inclement weather in the Region threatened postponement of the race. The race did take place and the heavy rain made the day especially hard for the riders. Soto was rewarded for his effort and courage, as he took the victory by escaping on the Sierra Espuña and soloing 50 kilometres to raise his arms at the finish line. Alejandro Valverde has won the race on five occasions.

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Race winner, Antonio Jesús Soto (Euskaltel-Euskadi): “I’m very excited. I didn’t expect to win at all. Yesterday I was saving my strength in the last stage of the Vuelta a Andalucía, but I couldn’t imagine anything like this at all. We controlled the race at all times. And in the final kilometres, when I was fighting for victory, it was a guarantee for me to have Gotzon and Unai controlling the chasing group. I still don’t believe it. It’s a dream to win with the professionals and above all in my home town”

Vuelta Ciclista a Murcia Result:
1. Antonio Jesús Soto (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi in 4:42:19
2. Ángel Madrazo (Spa) Burgos-BH at 0:31
3. Gonzalo Serrano (Spa) Movistar
4. José Joaquín Rojas (Spa) Movistar
5. Ryan Gibbons (RSA) UAE Team Emirates
6. Jesús Ezquerra (Spa) Burgos-BH
7. Carlos Canal (Spa) Burgos-BH
8. Gotzon Martín (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
9. Jonas Gregaard (Den) Astana-Premier Tech
10. Unai Cuadrado (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi.

Murcia’21:

 

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Tour du Finistère 2021
Benoît Cosnefroy won the Tour du Finistère in Quimper, France. The AG2R Citroën rider was the strongest rider in the sprint in the Breton one-day race after 196 kilometres, after finishing ahead of Sean De Bie with a minimal difference. Rasmus Tiller (Uno-X) finished third.

In rainy Brittany, the race was coloured by an escape of five riders. Louis Louvet (St Michel-Auber93), the Canadian Matteo Dal-Cin (Rally Cycling), the 18-year-old Belgian Gil Gelders (Bingoal WB Development), his fellow countryman Gianni Marchand (Tarteletto-Isorex) and the Frenchman Samuel Leroux (Xelliss-Roubaix) put together a 7 minute lead, but wouldn’t last to the end. Just before the start of the final lap, a regrouping took place ten kilometres from the end. In the final of the race it rained attacks, but none of the riders managed to avoid a sprint. Uno X rider Tiller entered the final kilometre solo, but was caught on the final climb. A sprint had to make the decision. Cosnefroy started the sprint, but De Bie came back to him quickly. At the finish, the difference between the two was small, but the photo finish would pick Cosnefroy as the winner. The Frenchman took his tenth professional victory.

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Race winner, Benoît Cosnefroy (AG2R Citroën): “I have tears in my eyes, this victory feels really so good. I have had a very difficult season. Elite level sport is really just a succession of highs and lows, and to be able to succeed in coming back like this at a Coupe de France makes me very happy. It’s my tenth victory (the 6th in the Coupe de France), and I will really savour it. The team did an exceptional job. Two days ago, Andrea showed us the way to win at the Giro, now it was up to us to string a few victories together. I hope this good momentum will continue in the coming days. I had fun today and I hope it will continue to be the case again during the Boucles de la Mayenne (May 27-30) and the Tour de Suisse (June 6-13).”

Tour du Finistère Result:
1. Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R Citroën in 4:58:43
2. Sean De Bie (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauzen WB
3. Rasmus Tiller (Nor) Uno-X
4. Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Total Direct Energie
5. Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
6. Julien Simon (Fra) Total Direct Energie
7. Romain Hardy (Fra) Arkea-Samsic
8. Jonathan Hivert (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
9. Cyril Barthe (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
10. Damien Touze (Fra) AG2R Citroën.

Finistère’21:

 

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Matej Mohorič Crash Update
Matej Mohorič crashed while descending the Passo Godi on Stage 9 at the Giro d’Italia, forcing him to abandon the Giro based on concussion protocols by the team.

Mohorič is healthy and escaped the crash with a slight concussion and minor bruising.
Bahrain Victorious and Merida have been working together to investigate the cause following the incident, which is our normal procedure, every time one of our riders is involved in a crash.

Mohorič commented on the crash: “We entered the corner on the limit at high speed. My racing line wasn’t perfect as I didn’t take all the road. I planned to overtake Gino at the exit and go into the front. The corner surprised me, and it was closer than expected. I lost traction on my rear wheel due to the high speed. I was able to catch the bike, but doing so, I was closer to the corner on my left. Usually, I wouldn’t crash, but due to the curb, I clipped it with my left pedal, which is evident from the damage. Because of that, my bike went completely sideways, and I hit the curb with my front wheel. Luckily the bike absorbed all the energy as it the fork split, which is why I’ve come out of this crash with only minor bruises and a slight concussion. After the crash, I felt a bit of pain and adrenaline rush, but I feel good and will be back training in a week after undergoing the UCI concussion protocol. These crashes always show the importance of wearing a helmet. I’d like to thank our partner Rudy Project, as the helmet saved my life.”

Mohorič arrived back home on Wednesday and will be back on the bike in a week.

Matej Mohorič:
Matej Mohorič

 

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Multiple Fractures for Alessandro De Marchi
Alessandro De Marchi had to abandon the Giro d’Italia. The experienced Italian, who wore the pink jersey for two days earlier in this Giro, crashed early in the 12th stage and left the race in an ambulance. His team announced that De Marchi was conscious.

De Marchi celebrated his 35th birthday on Wednesday, was 62nd in the general classification after eleven days. In the stage to Sestola he finished second, after which he took the pink jersey. He later lost it to Attila Valter. Earlier in the stage, Marc Soler and Gino Mäder crashed, but they were able to continue at the time, but left the race later.

The Israel Start-Up Nation team reported that Alessandro De Marchi had suffered multiple fractures. The Italian has a fractured right collarbone, six fractured ribs and two fractured thoracic vertebrae. De Marchi has no injuries to his head, but has to stay in the hospital for at least one night for observation.

De Marchi in pink:
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Mark Cavendish Out of the Ruta del Sol Due to Stomach Problems
After his four stage victories in the Tour of Turkey, Mark Cavendish was included in the list of contenders for the victory in the fourth stage of the Ruta del Sol. However, the Deceuninck – Quick-Step sprinter had to abandon due to stomach problems.

Cavendish quit on Friday on the stage to Villarrodrigo, with the climb of the Puerto de Onsares. On the first two days, the 36-year-old rider had been finishing at the back of the peloton struggling with stomach problems. These were exacerbated by the warm conditions in the southern Spanish race.

On the third stage, Cavendish was filmed by a spectator alone on the Puerto del Yelmo. “With his tongue out, Mark Cavendish was the last rider,” the spectator wrote. Someone else wrote on social media that the Briton was “suffering” on the Yelmo. In the end he was one of the four riders who quit during the third stage. It is still uncertain what Cavendish’s next race is.

‘Cav’ winning in Turkey:
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Nans Peters Returns to Racing After Knee Injury and Corona
Nans Peters makes his comeback in the Mercan’Tour Classic Alpes-Maritimes on Monday after a knee injury that kept him sidelined for a month. The French AG2R Citroën rider also had the corona virus.

“I am coming back from a difficult period. First I had a knee injury, then I was struggling with the corona virus. I haven’t been racing since La Roue Tourangelle on April 4, almost as long as a winter break,” Peters said through his team.

The winner of a stage in both the Giro and the Tour, cannot wait to start racing again. “Even though I don’t know exactly how it will go yet. I’m glad I can train normally again and join the training camp in Le Grand-Bornand, because you never know how your body will react after having corona. I know I can still be tired.”

In the French one-day Mercan’Tour Classic Alpes-Maritimes, he will assist his teammates Aurélien Paret-Peintre, Ben O’Connor and Bob Jungels. “Later on I will also do the GP Canton Aargau on June 4 and the Tour de Suisse (June 6-13). The timing is tight, but I hope that I will be fit enough in time to be selected for the Tour de France.”

Nans Peters:
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Richard Carapaz to Ride Olympic Games
Richard Carapaz will be at the start of the Olympic Games for Ecuador this summer. The INEOS Grenadiers rider confirmed the news on his social media.

“I am very happy to be able to tell you that I will represent Ecuador at the next Olympic Games in Tokyo,” said Carapaz. “I want to thank the country for its confidence. Do not doubt that we are going to give everything to lift Ecuador up!”

The Olympic road race is scheduled for July 25. Carapaz is one of the favourites on the mountainous route in Japan. This season, the 27-year-old rider showed in the Walloon classics that he is able to perform well in one-day races.

Richard Carapaz:
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Archie Ryan also with Jumbo-Visma Development Team Next Year
Archie Ryan has extended his contract with Jumbo-Visma Development for one year. The nineteen-year-old Irishman is in his second season with the development team of Team Jumbo-Visma.

Ryan is happy with the confidence he is getting from the team. “It is great to extend my contract. This team is exactly where I want to be in this stage of my development. For me, there is no better place right now. I feel very good here. Thanks to the team I am developing myself as a rider. We have a nice group of riders and I live at Watersley Sports & Talent Park. This allows me to focus well on my sport. That helps me in my development.”

“I feel that I can take the next step here,” Ryan continues. “Hopefully I can make the step up to the pros in a few years. Gijs Leemreize and Olav Kooij have already shown that there is that possibility. The path they have taken is a good example. Hopefully I can follow that.”

Head of Development Robbert de Groot is happy to have the young climbing talent in the development team next year. “Archie is a great talent who is still very young. He has already shown things in races and in trainings that are very good. Thanks to his spirit and courage, he is an important link in our team. We hope he can further develop and showcase his climbing talent in the coming years.”

Archie Ryan:
Archie Ryan

 

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Sven Kramer Joins Jumbo-Visma Board of Directors in 2022
Sven Kramer will join the management of Team Oranje, the organisation behind the cycling and skating team Jumbo-Visma, next year after the Winter Olympics. The 35-year-old skater told Bicycling. Kramer will join Richard Plugge, Merijn Zeeman and Jac Orie on the board.

The four-time Olympic champion Kramer does not yet know whether he will also stop after the Winter Games in 2022. “I’m not going to say too much about it yet. Further details will have to be discussed in the near future. I know what I stand for. That is that if you want to perform and I want to get the hang of managing, the sporting matters have to be arranged for one hundred percent.”

“I think I can add value to the management team,” says Kramer. “Only emotionally it is still far away. It will not be a big hit in Beijing next year. Then there is a big farewell in the Olympic Stadium and then my future begins. I am not afraid of the infamous black hole. I see enough challenges at Team Jumbo-Visma. I do not rule out the possibility of more sports being added.”

As a skater, Kramer also had a predilection for cycling. In addition to many training sessions, he sometimes competed in UCI races on behalf of his club team. He finished 43rd in the Ronde van Overijssel (UCI 1.2) in 2016 and a year later he finished 93rd in the Midden Brabant-Poort-Omloop.

“Of course I thought about a career as a professional cyclist, but the skating actually went so well and at such a high level that the focus was placed there,” he said. Since 2014, Kramer has been competing for Lotto-Jumbo and later Jumbo-Visma, the skating team affiliated with the cycling team of the same name.

Sven Kramer and Dylan Groenewegen:
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Col du Vam – Drenthe, Host of the European Cyclo-Cross Championships 2021
Col du Vam (Drenthe), The Netherlands, will welcome the 2021 UEC Cyclo-cross European Championships on 6 and 7 November.

Over 350 women and men from around thirty countries will be competing in the continental competition for two days of racing, where 6 titles will be awarded, plus those in the Masters categories.

Enrico Della Casa, President of the Union Européenne de Cyclisme: “The Cyclo-cross European Championships have always been particularly important as they are a great cultural opportunity for young athletes in their first international experience and also a great highlight in terms of competition but also a moment of high level as it regards the competitive aspect for the major categories. For one weekend, European cycling will gather in an iconic venue of cyclo-cross: Col du Vam (Drenthe), which in recent years has hosted high level events. I would like to thank the Dutch Cycling Federation, its President Marc van den Tweel, the Province of Drenthe, with its Deputy Henk Brink and especially the organisers Courage Events in cooperation Libéma Profcycling, our historic partners in the organisation of major events in the Netherlands, who in such a difficult year, were keen to host the event which embodies the UEC’s main philosophy of promoting cycling to guarantee a great future for our sport.”

U23 European Cross champs podium:
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2021 La Course by Tour de France with FDJ: Teams Selection
In accordance with the Union Cycliste International’s regulations, the nine women’s UCI World Teams automatically entered are:

ALE’ BTC LJUBLJANA (ITA)
CANYON//SRAM RACING (GER)
FDJ NOUVELLE – AQUITAINE FUTUROSCOPE (FRA)
LIV RACING (NED)
MOVISTAR TEAM WOMEN (ESP)
TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE (AUS)
TEAM DSM (GER)
TEAM SD WORX (NED)
TREK – SEGAFREDO (USA)

As well as the nine teams already selected, the organisers have extended invitations to the following thirteen teams:

ARKÉA PRO CYCLING TEAM (FRA)
A.R. MONEX WOMEN’S PRO CYCLING TEAM (ITA)
BIZKAIA – DURANGO (ESP)
CERATIZIT – WNT PRO CYCLING TEAM (GER)
DROPS-LE COL SUPPORTED BY TEMPUR (GBR)
JUMBO-VISMA WOMEN TEAM (NED)
MASSI TACTIC WOMEN TEAM (ESP)
PARKHOTEL VALKENBURG (NED)
RALLY CYCLING (USA)
STADE ROCHELAIS CHARENTE- MARITIME WOMEN CYCLING (FRA)
TEAM TIBCO – SILICON VALLEY BANK (USA)
TOP GIRLS FASSA BORTOLO (ITA)
VALCAR – TRAVEL & SERVICE (ITA)

All information about La Course by Tour de France with FDJ on www.lacoursebyletourdefrance.com

Marta Cavalli (Valcar-Cylance) – UCI Women’s WorldTour best young rider’s jersey after La Course by Le Tour de France 2020:
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Swedish Women’s WorldTour Races Taken Off the Calendar
The organisers of the Vårgårda diptych for women has decided to cancel the 2021 edition. The Swedish races, consisting of a team time trial and a road race at Women’s WorldTour level, were to be held on 7 and 8 August.

“The uncertainty surrounding the corona pandemic is affecting the economy. As a non-profit organisation, we cannot and dare not risk the association’s finances and survival,” said Helen Henriksson, president of the organising Vårgårda Cykelklubb.

In 2020, the Swedish races were also canceled due to the corona virus.

Vårgårda diptych TTT:
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Facing the Daunting Zoncolan
A strong team effort and a fantastic fighting spirit kept Remco Evenepoel in the top 10 at the Corsa Rosa after a brutal stage 14, which on top of low temperatures had the riders tackle one of cycling’s most punishing climbs.


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