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EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!

Two more races and two more wins for Mathieu van der Poel – Race reports and videos from Koksijde and Ambiancecross. Equipment problems at Telenet-Baloise – Top Story. As always we catch up with all the cycling news: Different program for Van Avermaet, Lars Boom’s future, Telenet to pull out, Vuelta Aragón stops again, more rider contracts, Van der Poel for the Tour, no Giro for Viviani, Quintana in 2020, CCC-Liv Polish, Fantini sponsor Israel Academy, Yorkshire stage towns and AIOCC assembly in Poland. We finish with some cycling Monday motivation.

TOP STORY: Equipment problems with SRAM at Telenet-Baloise
The Telenet-Baloise cyclocross team has been suffering problems with their SRAM equipment. Early in the season in the Gieten cross; Quinten Hermans and Toon Aerts had trouble, and last weekend in Hamme things went wrong again for Aerts. “His chain fell off three times on the same lap and that is frustrating,” manager Sven Nys told Het Laatste Nieuws.

Due to the failures, Toon Aerts was only 10th in the DVV Insurance Trophy of Hamme. Not only did he lose a podium place, but also time in the rankings. The day before, during the World Cup in Tábor, the Belgian champion also had problems.

At Telenet-Baloise, the riders have two choices on chainrings, Nys explained. “They can race with one or two rings at the front. One makes the bike lighter. A guide ensures that the chain doesn’t fall off. One ring increases the wear. A double chainset makes it more difficult to hold the chain on,” says the manager.

Aerts is the only one in the team who has been riding a double chainset the last few weeks, but due to the defects he will change to one. “Until the problems are solved,” said Nys.

SRAM is the supplier to Trek, the bikes which Telenet-Baloise ride. Nys has made changes in the team, but will not change equipment partners. “The systems are constantly being innovated. A SRAM technician is present at every cross. After Hamme, he took photos of the bicycle and is now working on it.”

Belgian champion, not happy with his bikes, Toon Aerts:

UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup – Koksijde 2019
Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) won the World Cup cyclo-cross in Koksijde for the third year in a row. The World champion was in the lead after a lap, after his start from the third row. He was then in a class of his own in the Duinencross. Laurens Sweeck (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal) and Toon Aerts (Telenet Baloise Lions) took second or third.

A crash by Tim Merlier on the first corner caused a big hold up. Van der Poel was on the third row and was one of the many riders behind. Laurens Sweeck took a gap on the others, but after the first lap he had the rainbow jersey on his wheel. With a perfect chase, Van der Poel had made the crossing to the leader, he recorded the fastest lap time, even though he had to stop on the first corner.

Eli Iserbyt (Marlux-Bingoal) was in third place in the jersey of the World Cup leader, but he saw Van der Poel in the sand sections distance himself from Sweeck and the rest. Toon Aerts, Quinten Hermans and Corné van Kessel put in a strong chase. The World champion was in his element on the technical course.

A chasing group was formed by four riders from Telenet-Baloise (Hermans, Aerts, Van Kessel and Lars van der Haar), plus Sweeck. Iserbyt ran into problems and dropped out of the top 10 due to a fall in the sand half a minute behind the leader.

Van der Haar and Van Kessel tried to escape from the co-pursuers three laps out, but that didn’t work, meantime, Van der Poel had doubled his lead. Because of this very large gap, he no longer had to take any risks on the final lap. Van der Poel was able to take as much time as he wanted to celebrate his seventh victory of the season (seven out of seven ridden).

The battle for second place was finally decided in favour of Laurens Sweeck, for Toon Aerts. World Cup leader Eli Iserbyt was only thirteenth and lost expensive points in the battle for the rankings.

Koksijde winner, Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus): “I don’t know where this is going to stop, but hopefully it will take a while. It was my best first laps ever. I wanted to take my chance to move up and I felt that I had very good legs. Before I knew it I was second. I had really good legs and rode my own race, that was a good idea in the sand. I enjoyed an hour and I hope the audience and the TV viewers too. Koksijde is one of my favourites. I have made pure pleasure. This level leans against my best races of last year.”

UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup – Koksijde Result:
1. Mathieu Van der Poel (Ned) Corendon-Circus in 59:58
2. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 0:25
3. Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Baloise Lions at 0:35
4. Lars Van der Haar (Ned) Telenet Fidea Lions at 0:40
5. Quinten Hermans (Bel) Telenet Baloise Lions at 0:50
6. Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet Fidea Lions at 1:02
7. Marcel Meisen (Ger) Corendon-Circus at 1:05
8. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 1:19
9. Tim Merlier (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 1:28
10. Thomas Pidcock (GB) Trinity Racing at 1:33.


Ambiancecross – Wachtebeke 2019
Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) won the Ambiancecross in Wachtebeke on Saturday. The World champion was not without his problems, but he managed to take the victory in a convincing manner.

Belgian champion Toon Aerts was the first to make a move, with the other top riders on his wheel, except Eli Iserbyt. He had missed his start completely and would never get near the front. After a good opening lap, Vanthourenthout and Sweeck gave it a go, but they couldn’t get a big gap. The chase driven by Belgian road champion Tim Merlier (Creafin-Fristads), limited their effort.

Mathieu van der Poel slipped a few times, but he managed to ride away. He initially escaped together with Tim Merlier and Quinten Hermans (Telenet Baloise Lions). The duo of Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal made an attempt to close the gap, but Vanthourenthout and Sweeck were no longer chalengers for the podium.

Just past half-way, Van der Poel managed to shake off his two opponents. The Dutchman steadily expanded his lead and Merlier and Hermans couldn’t do anything about it. When Van der Poel gave it his all, they knew they would be competing for a podium place if they could hold off the strongly Tom Pidcock who was chasing them down.

The talented Brit tried hard, but he couldn’t bridge the gap. Behind Van der Poel, the second place went to Merlier, as he managed to get away from Hermans on the final lap.

Race winner, Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus): “It may look easy, but it certainly isn’t. For me it was a hard hour. I had a fall at the start, I waited a bit at the beginning, when there was quite a few accidents in a lap, that was the sign for me to turn the gas on. I am at the start here to win and that is exactly the same tomorrow. I don’t really make a distinction between a smaller cross and a World cup. Tomorrow is a very difficult course, so I’m really looking forward to it. You have the advantage that there are slightly more tracks when you come from behind, but you must get the space to get through. If you are unlucky you can lose a lot of seconds on that first dune.”

Ambiancecross – Wachtebeke Result:
1. Mathieu Van der Poel (Ned) Corendon-Circus in 58:15
2. Tim Merlier (Bel) Creafin-Fristads at 0:14
3. Quinten Hermans (Bel) Telenet Baloise Lions at 0:23
4. Thomas Pidcock (GB) Trinity Racing at 0:43
5. Diether Sweeck (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 0:55
6. Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Baloise Lions at 1:09
7. Jim Aernouts (Bel) Telenet Baloise Lions at 1:11
8. Felipe Orts Lloret (Spa) Cyclo-Cross Team Teika-Gsport-BH at 1:30
9. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 1:43
10. Daan Soete (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal.


Different Program for Van Avermaet
Greg Van Avermaet is going to change things in his winter program going towards spring. The 34-year-old CCC leader does not want to be in shape too early for the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.

In consultation with his team, Van Avermaet has taken two weeks more rest than usual, six instead of four weeks. “It was really the intention to take a long break and to completely reset my body. I needed it after a tough season,” Van Avermaet to Het Nieuwsblad. Van Avermaet will be a father for the second time at the end of December.

At CCC, Valerio Piva is responsible for the schedules. “When Greg broke his ankle in the winter of 2016 and was therefore unable to start training till later, he rode his best spring. We now want to simulate that,” says Piva. Van Avermaet agrees with that approach: “I must not hurry. It is still more than three months until the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.”

Part of the approach is to go on a training camp in Tenerife in January, while Van Avermaet normally always prepared himself in Calpe or Denia. The program of the Olympic champion is also changing: he skips the Tour of Oman for the first time in years. He will probably stay in Europe for the Tour of Valencia and the Volta ao Algarve.

“Greg has been very good during his first races in early February in recent years, but those are actually preparation races. In 2019 he was very good in the classics, from the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad to the E3 Harelbeke, but afterwards he fell a bit quiet. Thanks to this new approach, we want to prevent him from getting back into shape too early,” said Piva.

Greg Van Avermaet on the Muur:

Lars Boom Working on His Future
Lars Boom is still busy trying to put something together for his future. The rider of the soon to be no more, Roompot-Charles still has nothing concrete to report. “I’m working on something nice, but can’t say anything about it now,” he told CyclingOnline.

“It is not easy to find a road team,” says Boom, who is also not concerned with the next road season. “For the time being I will go mountain biking and ride on the beach.”

Boom participated in the beach race of Wijk aan Zee on Sunday. As the European champion in this discipline, he won the competition. The man from Vlijmen beat Johnny Hoogerland on the North Sea beach by 4 seconds, Rick van Breda finished in third place not far behind. In the women’s race the victory went to Pauliena Rooijakkers ahead of sisters Riejanne and Femke Markus.

In second place was Johnny Hoogerland, the 2013 Dutch National champion was on a visit from his home in Austria: “I was just over for my nephew’s wedding and then beach races like this one in Wijk aan Zee are fun to do. Due to the renovation of our hotel, I didn’t do anything for a year and a half and weighed almost ninety kilos. When I was done I started training again and I am now at a good level.”

Lars Boom back in 2017:
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Jumbo-Visma and Stef Clement Split
Stef Clement no longer has a role with the Jumbo-Visma team. The former cyclist worked for the Dutch WorldTour team after the end of his career. “The collaboration did not bring what both had expected,” writes Jumbo-Visma. “That is why it was decided to end the collaboration”, was their short statement. At Jumbo-Visma, Clement worked on nutrition and promotion. Both parties wish each other all the best.

During this year’s Giro d’Italia there was tension between Clement and the team. Clement expressed his astonishment at the way Primoz Roglic ruled in the Giro d’Italia in his role as an analyst with Dutch TV station NOS. “If I were not allowed to say this, then it would not be tenable”, Clement responded.

Stef Clement and Robert Gesink at 2019 Flèche Wallonne:

Sven Nys to Lose Telenet as the Main Sponsor
Sven Nys will continue after 2020, but without Telenet as the main sponsor, the Sven Nys Cycling Team, current owner of the Telenet Baloise Lions team, has announced. “From 2021 we want to introduce an innovative formula in sponsoring for our team,” said Nys.

“Telenet has been a sponsor of this team for more than ten years, with numerous Belgian and World titles as sporting highlights,” said the former cyclo-cross rider, who wants to change the sponsoring approach within his team. “Among other things, we want to approach the media rights of the team and the riders in a different way and approach our activities with team partners differently. An exclusive partnership with a telecom and media company such as Telenet no longer fits in with that.”

In addition to the professional team with leaders such as Toon Aerts and Lars van der Haar with ongoing contracts, Nys also focuses on youth with his large cycling team. His son Thibau Nys will be supported with the U23s and it has also been announced that the Sven Nys Academy will be expanded. Nys will be discussing the new plans with the current sponsors Baloise, Trek and AA Drink. This summer, the team wants to explain the new approach.

Thibau and his father Sven Nys at he 2019 European cyclocross championships:

Vuelta Aragón Disappears Again after Two Years
The Vuelta Aragón will disappear from the calendar next year. In 2018, the Spanish stage race was revived after an absence of thirteen years, but after two editions the plug has been pulled again.

According to the Cycling Association of the Aragón Region, there is not enough support to guarantee the feasibility of the Vuelta Aragón for a third edition in three years. It is not known whether the organisation will make a new attempt after 2020 to reinvigorate the tour. The Spanish three-day race has received excellent reports from the UCI over the last two years with recognition of teams’ safety and compliance. Partly for this reason, the organisation had hoped to expand in the reformed UCI calendar.

Last season the final victory went to Eduard Prades of Movistar. The winner of 2018 was Javier Moreno, after the actual winner Jaime Roson was stripped of the title due to doping.

Aragon’18 stage 3:

Neo pros Jasper De Plus and Alexander Evans join Wanty Gobert – Tormans
Wanty Gobert – Tormans will collaborate with two new young neopros for the next two years. The Belgian rider Jasper De Plus leaves Home Solution – Soenens, and the Australian Alexander Evans makes the transition from the SEG Racing Academy Continental team.

Younger brother of Laurens, Jasper De Plus, 22, concluded his last season in the U23 category with a win in the Chrono des Nations. The resident of Outer showed his time trial capacities already earlier in the season with a silver medal at the Belgian time trial championships. A second place in the individual time trial at the five day Tour of East-Flanders resulted in a second place in the general classification of this U23 race. The young rider signed a two year contract, until the end of 2021.

Alexander Evans, 22, also signed a two year contract with Wanty Gobert – Tormans. The Australian climber showed his climbing capacities in the Alps and in the Pyrenees during his first season on European soil. Riding for the national team in the U23 category, he won a challenging stage in the Tour de l’Avenir on top of Méribel, after a second place on La Planche des Belles Filles in the Tour d’Alsace a couple of weeks earlier. The resident of Bendigo, living in Girona during the European season, only switched from triathlon to cycling less than two years ago and will add climbing skills to Wanty Gobert – Tormans until the end of the 2021.

Jasper De Plus: “I concluded my last season in the U23 category with a fantastic win at the Chrono des Nations, before signing my first pro contract with Wanty Gobert – Tormans. I’m very enthusiastic to start this new experience, expecting the team to guide me for my first steps in the pro peloton. I hope to learn as much as possible and I want to grab all chances which will be given to me!”

Alexander Evans: “I’m thrilled and proud to be selected to ride for Wanty Gobert – Tormans. As a first year pro, I aspire to learn from the more experienced riders on the team. The European races are notably more aggressive and more challenging, for example in terms of positioning, small roads and descending. I experienced how great it was to demonstrate what I can do on my favourite terrain in world’s most important U23 race. I’m looking forward to my first year with Wanty Gobert – Tormans and hope to be as competitive as possible!”

Hilaire Van der Schueren (sportive direction): “I’m happy to give one of the most talented Belgian baroudeurs a chance in the pro peloton. His victory at the U23 Chrono des Nations convinced me that his time trial capabilities will add value to our team. The positioning game will be his most difficult challenge. With our support, I hope he becomes as good as his elder brother! One of the most challenging stages in the Tour de l’Avenir was won by Alexander Evans. We continue our investment in young riders, hoping that he can deliver. We’re looking forward to see this talented climber gaining experience!”

Rivera Excited to Join Team INEOS
Team INEOS are pleased to welcome Brandon Rivera to the team after the Colombian penned a two-year contract. The 23 year old will step up to the WorldTour in 2020 and his all-round capabilities should make him a valuable and versatile member of the team.

On joining the team, Brandon Rivera, the current Pan American time trial champion, explained: “I feel very happy and fortunate to be joining the team – it’s a golden opportunity that I hope to take advantage of. Team INEOS is the perfect place to develop as a professional with great staff, coaches and sponsors. It’s a dream come true to be part of an incredible team with the best cyclists in the world. I grew up as a mountain biker but I love climbing, time trials and one-day races. I’m ready to help my teammates when they need it, but also prepared to make the most of any opportunities. My goals are clear: to learn as much as I can. I’m aware that it will be my first year in the WorldTour category and I will be racing with experienced riders, but I’m looking forward to it.”

Team INEOS Coach Xabier Artetxe feels that Rivera will have plenty to add to the team once he is settled into the demands of pro racing. He confirmed: “Brandon is versatile and he can become a really good support rider for the team. He’s a strong time trialist, he can climb well and he’s also fast when sprinting from a small group. He was racing in Europe two years ago but he didn’t have the best experience as he had a knee injury. But last year he came back to Colombia and he had a really good season. He’s stepped up a lot and I think he’s ready for the WorldTour. He’s really motivated to use this opportunity to develop himself and become a better rider. It will be important for him to learn how we work and get used to the WorldTour level. Then in the second year I’m sure he can turn into a strong support rider. When he was younger, he and Egan were the two best mountain bike riders in Colombia. They were the biggest rivals but they are really good friends. They spend a lot of time training together so Egan can really help him find his feet in the team.”

Now set to be teammates at the highest level of the sport, Rivera speaks fondly of Bernal and his friend’s support. He added: “Egan and I are very good friends. We have known each other since the age of 10 when we started on the mountain bike in Zipaquirá. We were both full of dreams, and so to now be riding together again is incredible. I have to thank him very much for riding with me all these years and for always believing in me. In Colombia Egan is an example that dreams do come true and he’s an idol for children and adults.”

Brandon Rivera:

BORA – hansgrohe Strengthens its Performance Team
Following an amicable conclusion to its collaboration with Patxi Vila, BORA – hansgrohe will now be strengthening its team with the addition of Sports Director Jean-Pierre Heynderickx and Coach Hendrik Werner.

“After the departure of Patxi Vila, who had looked after a significant area of responsibility, we had to strengthen our team in some areas. On the technical side, we have been able to reallocate responsibilities internally. However, I am also pleased to have been able to find quality new staff on short notice. With Jean-Pierre Heynderickx, we will have a very experienced Sports Director within our ranks, who brings additional know-how particularly to the Belgian races. Hendrik Werner is a top-level coach, who has already been able to make a name for himself in the international cycling scene. I think that he will fit very well within our team and our coaching philosophy in particular. With both of these new additions, we will be able to strategically reinforce our team, and we now sit in an optimal position ahead of the forthcoming season.” Ralph Denk, Team Manager

2021 Tour de France is on Mathieu van der Poel’s Mind
Mathieu van der Poel has been talking about making his debut in the Tour de France in two years time. The World cross champion will skip the Tour in 2020 due to his Olympic ambitions. “It could certainly be that I will appear at the start of the Tour in 2021, but nothing has been decided yet,” Van der Poel told NU.nl.

The stage victory of Wout van Aert in the previous Tour de France made Van der Poel think: “For me, his performance in the Tour is an indication of what I could do in that race. It makes me dream a bit. Like: if Wout could win that sprint, I would normally have been among them… “, the leader of Corendon-Circus said.

Although Van der Poel is not aiming to participate in the Tour until 2021, he expects to start in 2020 in a Grand Tour. “Maybe participating in the Vuelta a España is going to be an option, but I’m not working on that yet.” The Corendon-Circus team has indicated that it would welcome a wildcard for the Vuelta a España 2020.

A Grand Tour for MvdP?

Elia Viviani to Skip Giro d’Italia with a View to the Olympic Games
European champion Elia Viviani has made the decision that he will not ride the Giro d’Italia next year, according to La Nazione.

The first goal for the fast Italian is in the spring, Viviani said to the Italian newspaper: “My first goal is Milan-San Remo and the other spring classics are also important. After that I will not go to the Giro d’Italia to be one hundred percent during the Olympic Games. I will ride the Tour de France.”

Viviani, who was recently named the best Italian rider of the year for the second consecutive time, won the Olympic omnium in 2016 and he hopes to repeat that trick in 2020. However, that is not an easy task. “Besides the omnium, I will also ride the team pursuit and the madison. There is still work to be done, but there may be three medals in Tokyo in the pipeline.” Viviani signed a two-year contract with the Cofidis team starting in 2020.

Euro champion Viviani:

Quintana to Ride in the Ardennes in 2020
Next year Warren Barguil, Nacer Bouhanni and Nairo Quintana are hoping to give the Arkéa-Samsic team great success next year. At a team press conference it was announced which spring races were included in the program of the Big Three.

Last weekend the Arkéa-Samsic riders met during a team meeting in Brittany. Next year, Quintana and Barguil will meet each other much more often as they will ride together during many races this spring. Quintana will race for the first time in his new kit in the Colombian championship at the end of January. He skips the Tour Colombia 2.1, to race with the French champion for the first time in the Tour de la Provence.

Quintana’s first major goal is Paris-Nice. For the first time since 2013, he will also appear at the start of all Ardennes classics: both the Amstel Gold Race, the Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège are on his program. Then the Colombian climber will prepare for the Tour de France. Quintana is aiming for the overall victory in the most important stage race of the year.

Sprinter, Nacer Bouhanni, is on a different course: He opens his spring in the new Tour of Saudi Arabia and then heads towards Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne via the Tour of Oman. He will also be on the start line of Milan-San Remo. After two difficult years at Cofidis, Bouhanni is looking forward to the new challenge. “In particular, I want to turn the pages of the past seasons and concentrate on the next chapter,” he said in an interview with L’Équipe. “My main goal is to win again as quickly as possible. After a lean season, that is my main priority. I had several contacts with other teams, but I decided to go to Arkéa-Samsic because I always had a very good feeling with Emmanuel Hubert. I am getting better in an environment that gives me confidence.”

Quintana looking forward to 2020:

CCC-Liv Still Under Polish Flag
If CCC-Liv is awarded a WorldTour license in 2020, the team of Marianne Vos will continue as a Polish team. The women’s team does this out of respect for the Polish sponsor, CCC.

The rest of the structure of CCC-Liv will not change as the team will stay with its Dutch roots. “It means that there is a Polish flag behind CCC-Liv at races, no more and no less. The organisational structure of CCC-Liv remains the same as in 2019. There is and remains a large Dutch influence of riders and staff, but with this choice they make a gesture towards our Polish main sponsor,” says Rik Booltink, spokesperson for the women’s team.

CCC-Liv must first get their WorldTour license. However, that seems not to be a problem: “We have recently provided all the required documents to the UCI. We now have to wait until the licensing committee starts to judge and white smoke rises. We expect clarity from the UCI in mid-December.”

Next year teams in the Women’s WorldTour can choose their nationality themselves. Previously, for all women’s teams, the team automatically assumed the nationality of the country from which most riders come from.

Marianne Vos wins Tour de Yorkshire stage 2 from Bridlington to Scarborough:

Vini Fantini Co-Sponsor Israel Cycling Academy
Israel Cycling Academy will receive a new sponsor and financial boost next year. The Italian wine company Farnese Vini will be prominent on the kit of the future WorldTour team with the name “Vini Fantini”. In recent years, the wine company has sponsored Nippo-Vini Fantini, but that team will no longer race in 2020.

In Il Messaggero, manager Valentino Sciotti explains why he will be one of the main sponsors of Israel Cycling Academy. “I believe in the project that the team had proposed from the start. We have important riders and can achieve good results,” said Sciotti. “My contribution goes to a solid team that focuses on internationality.”

Sciotti looks back with pride on his time as a sponsor of Nippo-Vini Fantini, but now that the ProContinental team stops, he wants to focus on the highest level in cycling. Israel Cycling Academy will probably join the WorldTour after taking over the Katusha-Alpecin license. With the bicycle brand De Rosa, the Israeli team already has a well-known Italian partner.

Krists Neilands (Israel Cycling Academy) wins the 2019 Grand Prix Wallonie in Namur:

Start and Finish Locations for 2020 Tour de Yorkshire Announced
The eight host locations for 2020 Tour de Yorkshire have been unveiled by organisers Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O). The stages for the sixth edition – which will take place next year between Thursday 30 April and Sunday 3 May – will either start or finish in:

This is the third time in succession Barnsley has been chosen as a host location. The town also featured during the very first Tour de Yorkshire in 2015.

Both the 2016 and 2018 editions started in Beverley and the town was also the main start location for the Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International which preceded the UCI Road World Championships in September.

Halifax has been a start location for the final stage of the last two editions and this will be the fourth time in total it has featured on a Tour de Yorkshire route.

This will be the very first time the Tour de Yorkshire has visited Huddersfield, although the second stage of the Tour de France did pass through in 2014.

Three of the last five editions have concluded in the city which has also hosted race starts as well; both the 2014 Tour de France and World Championships’ Elite Men’s Road Race commenced from here.

Leyburn is making its first appearance as a host location, although the riders received a rapturous reception when the Tour de Yorkshire passed through in 2018, just as the Tour de France did in 2014. The UCI Road World Championships also made two visits here in 2019.

Another new host location for 2020, Redcar will be the most northerly location the race has ever visited.

The Tour de France, 2019 UCI Road World Championships, and three previous editions of the Tour de Yorkshire have all visited Skipton but the town has never hosted a previous stage start or finish.

Rick Zabel (Katusha-Alpecin) Tour de Yorkshire 2019 stage 2 from Barnsley to Bedale

The locations were revealed by Welcome to Yorkshire’s Commercial Director Peter Dodd at a press conference at organisation’s headquarters in Leeds on Friday morning. Also confirmed was that the 2020 Tour de Yorkshire will form part of the inaugural UCI ProSeries, and its new 2.Pro classification remains the highest-possible status for a multi-day race outside of the UCI WorldTour.

Peter Dodd, Commercial Director of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “It’s always exciting to unveil the host locations for the Tour de Yorkshire and this year is no exception. We’re delighted Huddersfield, Leyburn, Redcar and Skipton will each be making their debuts as we’re always striving to bring our race to new parts of this great county. The other locations have already proven themselves as more-than-worthy recipients and we cannot wait to revisit them as well.”

Christian Prudhomme, Director of the Tour de France at the A.S.O, said: The Tour de Yorkshire is a true success story and it is now one of the best attended and most dramatic races on the cycling calendar. We are delighted to be working in partnership with such a great team at Welcome to Yorkshire and I know our eight start and finish locations will put on a real show in 2020.”

The full routes for the 2020 Tour de Yorkshire and Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race will be unveiled at a second press conference on Friday 17 January along with an announcement regarding the Tour de Yorkshire Ride sportive.

2020 Tour de Yorkshire host towns:

First AIOCC General Assembly in Poland
Over one hundred guests from around the world took part in the general assembly of the International Association of Cycling Race Organisers (AIOCC), which was held in Poland for the first time in history. During the meeting in Krakow, the directors of the most important cycling events discussed primarily the safety of races, their promotion and development of the discipline.

The AIOCC Congress was officially opened by the President of the Association, and Tour de France Director, Christian Prudhomme. During an official banquet at the Wieliczka Salt Mine, he praised the Tour de Pologne for its sporting and organisational level.

“I would like to thank the organisers of the congress for the warm welcome. Poland is a country with huge cycling traditions. I remember very well when, as a little boy, I got excited by watching Ryszard Szurkowski compete against Eddy Merckx during Paris-Nice in 1974. In 1980 Czeslaw Lang reached for the silver medal of the Olympic Games in Moscow, and later formed an unforgettable duo in the professional peloton with Lech Piasecki. Today Poland can be proud of riders of the likes of Michal Kwiatkowski and Rafal Majka, which have won the Tour de Pologne, in addition to other successes.” said Christian Prudhomme.

Guests, including Mauro Vegni, Director of the Giro d’Italia, Javier Guillen, Director of the Vuelta a España and Charly Mottet, General Secretary of AIOCC had the opportunity to visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine.

“Our guests were very impressed by this place. The “Wieliczka” Salt Mine has been a partner of Tour de Pologne for years and I am glad that we could meet together in such a beautiful scenery. This is very important to us, because the organisation of the AIOCC congress is an extremely prestigious event and, at the same time, a good opportunity to exchange opinions and experiences while showing the beauty of our country to other race organisers. That’s why we visited first Wieliczka and then Krakow, which represents for the tour of Poland, what Paris represents for the Tour de France” said Tour de Pologne General Director Czeslaw Lang.

Czeslaw Lang and Agata Lang, respectively General Deputy Director of the Lang Team and Vice President of the European Cycling Union, were the hosts of the congress that took place on Friday in Krakow. Anna Korfel-Jasinska, Vice President of the City of Kraków, also honoured the general assembly with her presence. One of the main topics of the meeting was the issue of cyclists safety.

“Riders’ safety should always be in first place, and race organisers must make every effort to ensure the highest level of security at the events. We are all well aware of how important this topic is, also because there are many former riders among the race organisers. During the congress, we also talked about how much work needs to be done to ensure safety as races take place on normal roads, not in stadiums. Today we went, together with the AIOCC delegates, to Auschwitz, a universal symbol also declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. In 2010 the Tour de Pologne paid tribute organising a stage departure from the area where is located the Auschwitz Birkenau Memorial and Museum.” said Agata Lang.

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