EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
Bad news for CCC – Top Story. COVID-19 still making the headlines: Deceuninck safe for the moment, sport not a priority for French minister, lockdown relaxed for Spain and France, Strade Bianche and Sanremo in August, no contract yet for Koen de Kort, more freedom for Viviani, Merckx thinks Van der Poel can win the Tour, long ride for Evenepoel, Schachmann looking forward to the Grand Tours, GiroRosa in September, Bigla-Katusha in trouble, Campenaerts wants doping control, Sunweb contracts, Worlds TT date change, Vliegen dishes out food, Alonso talks cycling and Movistar helps the Red Cross. Another full EUROTRASH Monday.
TOP STORY: CCC Plans to End All Sponsorships for 2020-21
The concerns about the CCC Team are increasing. Team management is said to be working on an emergency plan, as the main sponsor, Polish shoe manufacturer CCC, is playing with the idea of ending all sponsorships for the period 2020-2021.
Shoe giant CCC has been hit hard by the corona crisis, as it saw its turnover fall and the share price plummet. For the company, it is now a matter of survival, so savings have to be made. This also has consequences for the sponsorship of the cycling teams. Riders were previously asked to hand in eighty percent of their wages. A large part of the staff is also placed on technical unemployment.
Now Het Laatste Nieuws, based on the Polish news agency PAP, reports that the company directors are considering further steps regarding future investments in the sports world. It is seriously considering withdrawing the sponsorship activities for 2020 and 2021, which would mean the end for the WorldTour team, the women’s team and the team. The cycling team management is currently working on an emergency plan.
With the WorldTour team, Greg Van Avermaet, Matteo Trentin and Ilnur Zakarin are currently under contract. Marianne Vos and Ashleigh Moolman are some well-known names in the women’s team.
End of the road for CCC?
Deceuninck to Fulfil Contract
The future of Deceuninck – Quick-Step seems to be guaranteed for the time being. Main sponsor Deceuninck told HLN that the company will respect the current sponsorship contract until the end of 2021.
“We will see out our three-year contract anyway,” promises Francis Van Eeckhout, CEO of Deceuninck. “In the hope that no other virus will flatten the world in 2021, I assume that everyone will be even more crazy about Alaphilippe and Evenepoel.”
He does, however, keep a close grip on any extension. “Then we have to decide: shall we continue or not? Does this yield sufficient added value for us? Economic reality calls for caution. Of course we want to recoup what we spend on sponsorship. The question is whether that will be the case in 2022 and beyond.”
Team boss Patrick Lefevere is unsure whether there will be races this year. So there is nothing else to do but wait. “Without the Tour, a lot of teams have a hard time. Some also don’t tell the full truth about wages, technical unemployment and layoffs. I try to keep everyone on board. But I have no surplus. If there is no race in August, I honestly don’t know anymore. I can’t think about it. ‘Hope makes fools live,’ my mother used to say. Well, I would say let us keep hope. And… pray.”
Francis Van Eeckhout and Patrick Lefevere:
Sport is Not a Priority at the Moment for the French Sports Minister
The chance that the Tour de France can continue on the new date from August 29 to September 20 is a bit smaller. The French minister of sport has stated that sport is not currently a priority in the decision-making of the French government.
Last month, French minister Roxana Maracineanu was an advocate for the most important race of the year, but her positive tone has now subdued. And without the approval of the French government, the Tour de France cannot continue. In France, public events are banned until mid-July. “That can be extended until September or until further notice, until a vaccine is found,” Maracineanu told Eurosport.
“Sport is not currently a priority in our society. It is not yet a priority in our government’s decision-making,” she continued. According to Maracineanu, we should take into account a year without the Tour de France. “That will not mean the end of the world. It will likely seem like the end for many things that rely on Tour revenue or other sporting events. But they may have to skip a year and reinvent themselves.”
Tour’20 or not:
Spanish Lockdown Relaxed: Outdoor Training Possible From 2 May
Cyclists can train outside in Spain from 2 May. Spanish Prime Minister Sánchez announced on Saturday evening in a TV speech a relaxation of the lockdown. The condition is, however, that the number of new corona infections continues to decrease.
Since March 14, the Spaniards have to stay inside. They may only go outside to buy food or medicines or to perform essential work. From May 2, it is allowed to exercise outside again. The condition is that they must be alone, or with a person from the same household.
Spanish riders can train solo… soon:
French Cyclists Can Cycle Outside From May 11th
In addition to Spain, France also appears to be easing coronavirus measures in May. Sources of L’Equipe report that French cyclists will be allowed to cycle outside again from 11 May. This adjustment of measures is reported to be announced next Tuesday.
The choice to let cyclists go outside again is part of the phased relaxation of the strict lockdown that applied in France. That lockdown was instituted last month by President Macron to prevent further spread of the coronavirus. In total, the measure for cyclists will have lasted 55 days.
There are some rules associated with cycling outside. For example, cyclists have to be on the road individually. The consequences of the measure for (sports) events are not yet known.
Barguil and the other French riders will be able to train outside:
RTBF: Strade Bianche and Milan-San Remo on 1 and 8 August
We already know the dates of the Tour de France and the World championships, at least if they continue, but according to the French-speaking Belgian TV channel RTBF, the UCI is clarifying the new 2020 calendar. For example, the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix would be on October 18 and 25 (maybe).
According to RTBF, the season would open on Saturday, August 1 with Strade Bianche, followed by Milan-San Remo one week later (August 8). The three Ardennes classics – Flèche Wallonne, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Amstel Gold Race – are scheduled for 30 September, 4 and 10 October.
The Flemish spring classics would then continue during the Giro d’Italia, with Gent-Wevelgem on October 11, the Tour of Flanders on October 18 and Paris-Roubaix on October 25. The Classic season would end on October 31 with the Giro di Lombardia.
To be clear, no official body has been able or willing to confirm or deny this calendar. Next week a meeting with the main stakeholders is on the agenda.
Calendar according to RTBF:
1/08: Strade Bianche
8/08: Milan-San Remo
Second week of August: Critérium du Dauphiné (four days)
22-23 / 08: National Championships
Strade Bianche 2019 men’s highlights by inCycle:
Koen de Kort: “Nobody speaks about next year, although everyone thinks about it”
Koen de Kort has not yet discussed a contract for next season with his team Trek-Segafredo. This has everything to do with the current situation because of the worldwide spread of the coronavirus. “It was usually clear after the Flemish classics. That is absolutely not the case now,” De Kort said to AD.
There is currently no clarity for the 37-year-old rider. “Often I have done the negotiations myself and usually it was already clear after the Flemish classics, what my intention was and what the intention of the team was. Also the amount involved. And around this period I knew where I stood.”
However, this is not the case right now, in the midst of the uncertain corona crisis. “We have not yet talked about a new contract at all. Not a word. Nobody speaks about next year, although everyone thinks about it. It can all work out, but it can also be completely wrong.” No salary measures have yet been taken at Trek-Segafredo, which has a women’s and men’s team. “The sponsors are still behind us. I am also aware that I am lucky with this team.”
Earlier, Koen de Kort already announced that he was seriously thinking about the end of his career as a professional cyclist. “That is a very bad scenario, but it is also a scenario that go through my head,” he said at the end of March.
Koen de Kort:
Elia Viviani Wants More Space for Cyclists
Elia Viviani would like cyclists to have more freedom in the corona crisis. The Italian Cofidis rider said to L’Equipe. “We cyclists are not a danger. Cycling has been shut down in order not to increase the pressure on hospitals, not because the virus is spread by cyclists.”
According to the European champion, cyclists in countries with a strict lockdown, such as Italy, Spain and France, should be given more space. In Spain this will be the case from next week. “This situation can be resolved with strict rules. For example, that everyone has to cycle alone. Cyclists can then train on the road for a few hours. We can then do normal training rides and avoid being dangerous to others.”
The provisional cycling calendars will start again from August, with the three Grand Tours planned, plus the Monuments and some spring races. Viviani thinks that few riders will ride the Tour, Giro and Vuelta. “Some may be riding two big Tours, but I think the most important thing is that the races continue. I am enthusiastic about the resumption of the races, even if races clash with the calendar.”
Viviani expects that he will have to make choices this autumn. “I would like to ride the Tour of Flanders, but maybe I should skip it in favour of the Giro d’Italia,” he said. “Riders have to make these decisions this season. Everything will return to normal next year, but for now it is important that the races start again. This applies to teams, riders and organisers.”
Viviani looking forward to training and racing again:
Merckx Thinks Van der Poel Can Win the Tour de France
Eddy Merckx sees a future Tour winner in Mathieu van der Poel. The 74-year-old former champion said in an interview with Het Nieuwsblad. “I think Van der Poel can win everything. Even the Tour de France,” said Merckx
Although he is not the best climber according to Merckx, he does see opportunities for the grandson of his former rival Raymond Poulidor. “He will fall short in the high mountains against Pogacar and Bernal, but if Geraint Thomas can win the Tour, Van der Poel can do it too. Only he will have to focus more on road races and less on mountain biking. Although he may of course have his own ideas about this.”
In Belgium, much is expected of Remco Evenepoel. Merckx recognises the talent of the 20-year-old, but does make a critical comment. “He still has to prove it all. Last year he won San Sebastian at a time in the season when the rest may have been a bit tired. Of course he has many capacities, but the road is still long. Sometimes he seems to think he’s already there. If I hear him make some statements… I hope for him he will live up to it, but he will have to eat a lot of sandwiches.”
If there is a Tour de France this year, Merckx hopes that it will not be run without an audience. “A Tour de France without an audience is simply not a Tour de France. The people on the side of the road are not part of the race, are they? Don’t get me wrong, I also hope the Tour can continue. I understand that it is important for the riders and the teams. But for me personally: rather no Tour than a Tour without an audience. I would find that pathetic.”
Merckx still rides, but not the same as before. “Since I crashed on my bike in October, I have been struggling with my hip and my back. My heart is fine, but my back is perishing. I should have had an MRI scan, but the coronavirus outbreak made it impossible. Exercise is good for me, but because of that back it really isn’t fun rides. Now I only cycle on the flat. Since my fall I have become allergic to uphill. That is no longer for me. As much as I used to ride in the mountains, I hate it now.”
Remco Evenepoel: “They broke me mentally at Anderlecht”
Remco Evenepoel has completed his second challenge. The Deceuninck – Quick Step rider rode from his home town of Schepdaal, through Brussels, to Namur, where he climbed the Citadel. A place that has special significance for him. In 1993, his father Patrick won the Grand Prix of Wallonia. “It is a dream to ever win that race,” said Remco.
His ride took Evenepoel straight through Brussels, where he passed the Atomium and the Grote Markt. He also rode past the Anderlecht football club (soccer) training complex, where he played for 11 years as a youth. His memories of it are not very positive. “To be honest, the last few years have been toughest. They broke me a little bit mentally. But when I look back on it now, it has made me stronger as a person and in life.”
Remco glad he went for cycling:
Schachmann Looking for Good Grand Tour Results
Maximilian Schachmann won Paris-Nice, and it marked a new milestone for the Bora-Hansgrohe German, who is now open to the next step as a GC rider in a Grand Tour. “I keep the options open to what extent I make longer races my goal in the future,” said Schachmann.
In Paris-Nice, which was shortened by the corona virus, Schachmann rode well on the longer climbs despite not having trained specifically for it. “I think I will continue to take steps, as I have done in recent years,” he says on the team website. “I already noticed that I had come out of winter well and with strong legs. The difference is that I now have the lead role more often, and my growth can also be seen in the results. As a servant, your development is not easily visible, even if it is there.”
Schachmann is a versatile type, with good results in classics, time trials and week long stage races. “You won’t get them much longer than Paris-Nice, outside the Tour of Switzerland and the Grand Tours,” said the German. He keeps the door open for ambitions in the Grand Tours. “I am happy with my current level, but I hope that I can expand my versatility even further in the coming years.”
“I try to do my best in these difficult times. I continue to train and focus on the next race, even if that is probably the Tour de France. Ultimately, you need to keep yourself motivated. My main goal is to be in the best possible shape at the next race.”
Maximilian Schachmann winning Paris-Nice stage 1:
Giro Rosa in September Would be Very Good News
Annemiek van Vleuten will be happy when the UCI and the Giro Rosa announce a new date in September. “That would be very good news, because then we have a goal,” said Van Vleuten to NOS. Annemiek van Vleuten won the women’s Giro the two years.
“You are fooling yourself that you have to be fit at the beginning of September,” continued the Mitchelton-Scott team leader, who should have defended her Liège-Bastogne-Liège title this weekend. “We want clarity, but above all goals. I think cycling without purpose is very crazy.”
Van Vleuten shrugs about the fact that the men’s calendar already has a broad version for this autumn, unlike the women. “It is a missed opportunity for the UCI to come out in a positive light and present our races, but I try not to worry about that. We have a good union and I am very happy with that. An action is being set up, and the UCI is getting some social pressure.”
Double Giro Rosa winner Annemiek van Vleuten:
Team Bigla-Katusha’s Future in Jeopardy
The professional women’s cycling Team, Bigla-Katusha, is now uncertain of its future. The Swiss team, which sits in the top 10 of the UCI world rankings and has done so since 2015, recently received communications from both of its title partners that put the existence of the squad in doubt. The team’s riders and staff were working hard to maintain their place as one of the top teams in women’s cycling, having already taken four wins and 20 top-ten results this year alone.
The Team Manager received a letter from its main title partner Bigla, indicating that the company wishes to withdraw 100% of its payments to the team. The team’s other title partner, Katusha, has already declined to pay the team any funds for the past month.
The team and its partners were 100% committed to continuing its great success when racing recommences this year, with riders having spent much time and energy maintaining their fitness and race-readiness.
To see such a well-recognisable and successful team, with 200 podiums to its name since 2015, in this difficult situation is very disappointing, not only for the squad, but also for its partners, supporters and cycling fans in general.
The team hopes that both title partners will be willing to undertake further discussions with the team to negotiate the best way forward and ensure the squad’s survival.
An open letter from the Bigla-Katusha riders
To all our valued team partners,
Bigla has been a tireless supporter of the squad since 2005 and its financial support has allowed this team to grow and develop many of the top riders within the peloton today. It is our first year working with Katusha – a fantastic clothing company who designed the most beautiful, comfortable, and functional kit anyone can ask for. It has been a joy to represent and work with both partners. Therefore, we were saddened to recently learn that both Bigla and Katusha, our main title partners, have told the team that they are in a position where they are not able to commit their usual financial support to the team during the current crisis.
Our squad is a strong group of women, both in terms of physical ability and character. We are committed to one another — united in our passion for the sport and our desire to be one of the top women’s teams in the peloton. We haven’t yet won that big race, but every time we toe the start line, we get a little closer. We attack. We light up races. We are relentless. And we are learning and growing in ability and confidence. We know that success comes through the work of the team, and it is our united front and willingness to sacrifice that makes us stronger.
We have integrity and compassion. We honour our commitments and do everything we can to meet expectations. When the pandemic hit, riders who were in medicine put their lives on hold to return to the hospitals. Riders deliver food to the poor and elderly in their communities. We are more than just bike racers. We are kind, caring individuals.
It is clear we are in unprecedented times. More than ever, right now is the time for each and every one of us, both companies and individuals, to show their commitment to one another. It is in hardship that we see what we are truly made of. We are fully committed to this team, partners, and one another. We hope our title partners will look back after this pandemic has passed with pride and be able to say they did everything they could to honour their commitments.
To the partners who continue to support us – from the bottom of our hearts – thank you. This team would not be what it is without your assistance. To the fans who have reached out to us offering encouraging words – thank you. We hope you have enjoyed watching our squad grow and race and hope that we inspire you both on and off the bike.
We don’t give up. It has become our defining characteristic. And we will continue to fight, just like our scrappy racing style, to find a way forward. If there is a way you can help keep this dream alive, we will be forever grateful.
The riders of the Bigla-Katusha team:
Lizzy Banks (Great Britain)
Elise Chabbey (Switzerland)
Niamh Fisher-Black (New Zealand)
Mikayla Harvey (New Zealand)
Clara Koppenburg (Germany)
Emma Norsgaard Jørgensen (Denmark)
Nikola Nosková (Czech Republic)
Marlen Reusser (Swizterland)
Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Italy)
Kathrin Stirnemann (Switzerland)
Leah Thomas (United States of America)
Sophie Wright (Great Britain).
Victor Campenaerts Unsuccessfully Asks for Doping Control
Not only cycling but also the fight against doping seems to be in lockdown due to the corona virus. World hour record holder Victor Campenaerts voluntarily asked for a doping control, but that request was rejected.
Campenaerts contacted Peter Van Eenoo, head of the anti-doping lab in Gent, Belgium. “I asked him if it was possible to come and test me,” Campenaerts told Het Nieuwsblad. “I’d hype that test a bit to show outwards that there are still checks during lockdown.” Although Van Eenoo found the request “sympathetic”, he was unable to help the 28-year-old rider. He is unable to analyse private samples in his laboratory in Gent.
Nado Vlaanderen, the body that carries out checks for the Flemish Community, was also unable to grant Campenaerts’ request. “I was told that an ordered check is not possible.” Demand for doping controls is rising from the sports world. The fear is that athletes with ideas of chemical assistance are now free to use prohibited substances.
Victor Campenaerts has asked to be tested:
Team Sunweb extend contracts with Leah Kirchmann and Franziska Koch
Team Sunweb are pleased to announce the contract extensions of two of their Women’s program riders; Leah Kirchmann and Franziska Koch. Kirchmann will ride in the team’s colours until the end of 2022, while Koch has extended her contract until the end of 2021.
Leah Kirchmann (CAN)
Since moving to the team in 2016, where she finished an impressive eighth place on GC at the Giro Rosa and second overall in the Women’s WorldTour standings, Kirchmann has proved herself to be a versatile rider that can handle a multitude of terrain. Alongside good GC showings she has taken prologue and time trial wins, been an integral member of the team time trial successes including the winning World’s squad, and picked up several top tens and strong results in one-day races on both flat and hilly terrain, such as second place at 2019’s La Course by Le Tour de France. Kirchmann’s all-round abilities make her an important member of the team and she’s more than willing to go all-in to support her teammates.
On extending her contract, Leah Kirchmann was quick to highlight the current situation: “I am happy to extend my contract with the team for another two seasons. I am impressed with how the team has adapted to the challenges posed by the current global pandemic, prioritising the health of riders and staff, while modifying the program to focus on the future. I believe that this is an environment where I can continue grow and develop as a rider, while also helping to mentor those around me.”
Team Sunweb coach Hans Timmermans added: “I am really pleased that Leah will stay with our team for another two years. She is a world class rider that aligns perfectly with our way of working. Leah is a real team player, but every year she shows that she can podium in WorldTour races herself. She is one of the most all-round riders in the women’s peloton and her second place at La Course by Le Tour de France shows that. Her 2019 season ended with injury but she showed her resilience and her ability to return to the highest level, with strong results in Australia at the start of this year. We are confident that she can still progress with us and are looking forward to continuing this journey together.”
Franziska Koch (GER)
The talented German youngster has made an impressive start to her career at the elite level after joining the team in August of 2019. Working strongly for the team at WorldTour races such as the Ladies Tour of Norway and GP Plouay, it wasn’t long until Koch got her hands in the air for the team. On a difficult stage four of the Boels Ladies Tour, Koch seized her opportunity by making the late breakaway and playing the finale perfectly, showing a cool head and maturity beyond her years to out-sprint her breakaway companions for the win. Following that up, one week later at the Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta, she would go on to take her first WorldTour level GC top ten finish. Koch began the 2020 season where she left off in 2019, working strongly as a team player on the tough Belgian cobbles to set up Floortje Mackaij for a third place finish at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.
On continuing in the team’s colours for another year Franziska Koch said: “I’m really happy to stay and keep on working with Team Sunweb next year. The team gives me the best possibilities and opportunities to develop into a world class rider and I am looking forward to making the next steps in my development with them.”
Team Sunweb coach Hans Timmermans continued: “Franziska had a great first full season as a road rider. She has taken her mountain bike skills onto the road and she has proven to be one of the most technically gifted riders in the bunch. One of her major qualities is that she will never give up; she can ‘hit the wall’ ten times but she will always fight back. In 2019 she was already working closely with us and she made the step to our Women’s program in August. In those final two months of the season she immediately showed that she was capable of riding at a high level. We are happy that Franziksa is staying with us and that we can continue to support her development further in the upcoming year.”
UCI Plans to Move World Time Trial Championships
The UCI are considering moving the World time trial championship to Wednesday, September 23, reports Het Laatste Nieuws. The current date of Sunday, September 20, means the men’s World time trial overlaps with the final day of the Tour de France.
According to sources from the Flemish newspaper, the UCI would continue the old World championships planning, with the mixed relay scheduled for the first weekend, the individual time trial for the elite men on Wednesday and the final race on Sunday, 27 September), the men’s road race. The shift would be good news for the riders who want to finish the Tour de France. Thanks to the new date, there would be no overlap and they can combine both races.
How the modified cycling calendar will look in detail will be announced soon. The UCI has entered the final consultation phase. Whether the races will actually be held depends on the fight against the corona virus. The World championships are scheduled for September 20-27 in Aigle-Martigny, Switzerland.
Can Rohan Dennis do the double?
Vliegen: “It makes me feel good to contribute”
Loïc Vliegen joined the Souliers du Coeur this morning. Our rider participated to a food distribution to poor people in Liège, accompanied by players of Standard de Liège, Sporting Charleroi and table tennis player Jean-Michel Saive.
A nice initiative to support those in need during the Covid-19 sanitary crisis. It is also an excellent opportunity to underline the work of all people who work every day for the health and well-being of others.
Loïc Vliegen: “The football teams originally came up with the idea. 50 football players and some other athletes collected money to donate food to homeless people and masks to some associations. When I was invited to join, I didn’t hesitate to engage and give a little help in Liège. My role this morning consisted of preparing and packing dishes that would be distributed to homeless people. It was important for me to be there, it was a good life lesson. We don’t always realise how many people live in difficulty. These people suffer all year around, and even more during this crisis. It made me feel good to contribute.”
Fernando Alonso Talks About His Failed Cycling Team
Fernando Alonso wanted his own WorldTour cycling team on a couple of occasions over the years, but it all came to nothing. The former Formula 1 driver was close to it twice. “Starting a WorldTour team is not easy or cheap,” said Alonso to La Bicicleta Café.
Team Alonso looked to be a reality at the end of 2013, the Spaniard intended to take over the Euskaltel-Euskadi team, after that it looked a certainty that he would have his own cycling team at the end of 2014. “It did not go through both times, with Euskaltel not and also creating our own team. Everything went smoothly and we followed all the steps, but it was a dead end. Starting a WorldTour team is not easy or cheap.”
“We needed strong economic support, that’s important. We had meetings with the government of the United Arab Emirates on that, which were close to joining the project,” he continued. It would be a contribution of €100 million over a five-year period. That was canceled. “Eventually they joined another team in the peloton.”
The UCI, among others, advised Alonso to join an existing team as an investor. “It was recommended indeed, but it was not our idea. We wanted to be independent, but in the end we got stuck and there was no turning back,” he said. “We didn’t have a sponsor because we didn’t have riders yet, and we didn’t have any riders because we couldn’t capture them for the Tour de France. Then we ran into the deadline.”
Alonso with World champion Rui Costa in Dubai’14:
Movistar Team joins Red Cross relief fund support
● Telefónica-backed squad invites cycling fans to offer their donations to this humanitarian organisation, in their fight against COVID-19.
● To help the campaign reach the biggest possible exposure, they’re using a one-of-a-kind gift as support: Alejandro Valverde’s Canyon bike as world champion in 2019, given away.
Looking to continue their support to those who protect the society against the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the groups and communities most affected by this disease, the Movistar Team takes another step forward in its charity efforts as it joins the #CruzRojaResponde campaign for the Spanish Red Cross, the biggest action in its history, looking to support 1,350,000 people in the areas of emergency response, health services, social inclusion, education and employment. The Blue outfit has set up a platform so their fans can easily make their donations to this humanitarian organisation.
The initiative doesn’t end there. To help this campaign reach as far as possible and become a success, the Movistar Team is offering all fans who help it communicate the relief effort a gift as much unique as attractive to them: the giveaway of the Canyon Ultimate CF SLX Team MOV bike Alejandro Valverde used for most of his 2019 season, following his world road race title obtained the previous year.
Those fans who wish to apply must share, through their profiles on Twitter and/or Facebook, the posts the Movistar Team will use to announce the charity action (links above, all in Spanish). In order to make that participation, from Saturday 25th through Sunday 10th, completely valid, they will have to retweet or quote-retweet the post on the campaign (Twitter) or sharing (with Public setting) the Movistar Team’s Facebook post in their own wall.
The Canyon bike given away, conserved in perfect condition at Abarca Sports’ headquarters in Pamplona (Spain) since the end of the 2019 season, is the same Valverde used in the most important events of his year as rainbow jersey holder: the Tour de France, the Vuelta a España, the Ronde van Vlaanderen, the Ardennes Classics or the UAE Tour.
The bicycle conserves all of its unique components: the power meter with the five colours of the rainbow jersey; the wheels, with that same multi-colour livery; the Fizik saddle with the five stripes; the Lizard Skins handlebar tape; or the elegant paint job by Canyon, which includes an inscription with the name of Alejandro Valverde as winner of the 2018 Innsbruck Worlds road race. A magnificent museum piece, supporting a noble cause.
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