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Christmas is over and a new year beckons, and EUROTRASH rolls on with all the news: The Belgian Corona measures could be disastrous for cyclo-cross – TOP STORY. Reports and results from the UCI World Cup in Dendermonde and Pogačar wins national cross champs. Rider news from Tom Dumoulin, Amy Pieters, Annemiek van Vleuten, Indurain on Pogacar, Filippo Ganna, Corinne Poulidor talks Mathieu van der Poel’s Tour, UCI suspends Luis Villalobos for four years and an award for Hennie Kuiper. Team news: Qhubeka still moving forwards, Andy Schleck’s team forced to change kit, Vacansoleil returns to the peloton and top iders raffle jerseys for Qhubeka. Christmas coffee time.
TOP STORY: Belgian Corona Measures Disastrous for Cyclo-Cross
Belgian Cycling has responded to the corona measures announced by the Belgium government last Wednesday evening. From Sunday morning (26th of December) no fans are allowed to be present at sports events and that has consequences for cyclo-cross. “The ban on the presence of spectators is unfounded,” the cycling federation said.
A direct consequence of the measures imposed is the cancellation of the evening cross in Diegem, a round of the Superprestige. There was also panic in Dendermonde, Heusden-Zolder, Loenhout, Baal, Herentals, Hamme and Middelkerke where the Belgian championships take place, but all those races have now all been given the green light. Nevertheless, Belgian Cycling was surprised to learn that the ‘Consultation Committee’ decided to exclude the public from cyclo-cross races from Sunday morning.
“Cross races have been organised for a long time with the strictest safety measures in mind,” they said. “We work with a specific Covid-19 protocol for riders, employees, jury members and spectators. Every measure that promoted public health was closely monitored in cycling and if adjustments to the protocol had to be made, they were always done quickly and without any problems. Thanks in part to the flexibility of the organisers and cycling fans.”
The federation states that stakeholders do everything they can to be able to offer top sport. “The fact that cross is now being targeted makes the decision of the ‘Consultation Committee’ all the more painful. Cyclo-cross take place in the open air, in the wild, along a track where social distancing can be perfectly observed. The ban on the presence of fans is therefore unfounded and disastrous, at a time when many cycling enthusiasts can experience the popular sport from close by.”
Belgian Cycling calls strongly for the measure to be reversed as soon as possible. “Obviously if justified by the evolution of the sanitary situation, we will insist at the next meeting of the ‘Consultation Committee’ that the measure be lifted, in order to safeguard the sector’s chances of survival. Financial compensation also appears to be an absolute requirement in the context of this measure.”
Cyclo-cross needs fans:
UCI World Cup Men – Dendermonde 2021
Wout van Aert won the first duel with Mathieu van der Poel in the 2021/22 season. The Belgian rode away from Van der Poel in Dendermonde on Sunday after 35 minutes of racing. Van der Poel still finished second.
For the first time this season, Tom Pidcock, Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert came up against each other in a cyclo-cross. Pidcock and Van Aert had raced together this year in Boom and Val di Sole, but Van der Poel had to start his cross season a little later due to a knee injury.
It didn’t look like Van der Poel was returning from an injury as the Dutchman shot off from the start. He had to catch-up due to starting from row three, but it didn’t take the World champion long. The hunt for Toon Aerts, who had the best start, then begin. He was the first to join the leader of Baloise Trek Lions. Van Aert wasn’t far behind and we soon had three riders off the front: Aerts, Van der Poel and Van Aert. Other top riders such as Eli Iserbyt, Michael Vanthourenhout and Pidcock were nowhere to be seen.
The three then stayed together for about 35 minutes. Van Aert had had a lead of a few seconds over Aerts and Van der Poel, but the Jumbo-Visma rider had not been able to cash in on that lead, yet. Aerts was then the first to lose contact. Van der Poel was in trouble soon after. Van Aert rode away from the World champion. With three laps to go, his lead was 11 seconds. This was the decisive point of the race and Van Aert solo’d to victory. At the finish, Van Aert had a lead of more than 30 seconds on his rival and kept his perfect score this cyclocross season of four out of four.
Race winner, Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma): “It was a bit of a search for me in the beginning”, Van Aert said afterward. “I was caught in a big group, and because of that, I lost my sight on the course. As the first lap went on, the situation improved, and I was able to anticipate the course of the race. I tried to put Van der Poel and Aerts under pressure early on, but the desired result did not materialise. Fortunately, the second attempt did pay off. The Christmas period is the best time to contest the various cyclocross races. I love the atmosphere that surrounds this sport, although it was a shame that the public was not allowed to be present today. I am happy with this victory, and I hope I can continue these results in the coming period. The next challenge will be tomorrow.”
2nd, Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix): “This is in line with my expectations. The first half of the cross went okay, the second half was less and less. I started to get a bit tired, and on some parts I quickly caught my breath. That’s why at a certain point I had to choose a pace that I could sustain. It can go quickly with the condition. Especially when I come across some courses that suit me well. Dendermonde was a tough one to start with.”
UCI World Cup Men – Dendermonde Result:
1. Wout van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma in 1:03:48
2. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix at 0:49
3. Toon Aerts (Bel) Baloise Trek Lions at 1:18
4. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 1:52
5. Quinten Hermans (Bel) Tormans-Circus at 2:09
6. Corne van Kessel (Ned) Tormans-Circus at 2:41
7. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 2:52
8. Thomas Pidcock (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 2:59
9. Eli Iserbyt (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 3:13
10. Lars van der Haar (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions at 3:24.
UCI World Cup Women – Dendermonde 2021
Lucinda Brand won the World Cup Cross in Dendermonde on Boxing Day. The World champion rode away from a large group after 25 minutes and extended her lead up to and including the last lap. Clara Honsinger and Denise Betsema finished second and third.
Due to the new corona measures in Belgium, there was no public present for the cross in Belgium on Sunday. This is an image we will have to get used to for the rest of the season, as these measures will last until at least the end of January.
The women went full-on from the start on Boxing Day. Marianne Vos and Fem van Empel had a good start and quickly rode away, but were joined by Lucinda Brand, Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado, Manon Bakker, Shirin van Anrooij and Puck Pieterse. Other favourites such as Kata Blanka Vas and Clara Honsinger had to fight their way to the front later in the race.
Because many of the pre-race favourites showed themselves during the opening laps it looked like we were going to have an exciting race, but the World champion, Brand, had enough to shake off the others. After 25 minutes she slipped away from Pieterse and Betsema, who had a small lead over a large group of chasers: We then knew who the winner of the race was going to be. The Baloise Trek Lions rider was able to give herself a late Christmas present. For the World champion it is her ninth victory from the last eleven races. Honsinger was closest to Brand. The American champion managed to keep the gap to less than 20 seconds and deserved second place. Betsema was third.
Race winner, Lucinda Brand (Baloise Trek Lions): “I still had some left in the tank, but she (Clara Honsinger) came on really strong. Luckily I had a nice lead, so I could afford to race it safe. Winning a cross is never easy, not even today. I had trouble finding my way today. So I was in a squeeze and had to be patient to get out. Later in the race I was only able to ride the lines I wanted to ride. You see that the strongest come forward at the end.”
UCI World Cup Women – Dendermonde Result:
1. Lucinda Brand (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions in 47:38
2. Clara Honsinger (USA) Cannondale/CyclocrossWorld at 0:04
3. Denise Betsema (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 0:36
4. Marianne Vos (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:41
5. Shirin van Anrooij (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions
6. Puck Pieterse (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix at 0:46
7. Sanne Cant (Bel) IKO-Crelan at 0:52
8. Kata Blanka Vas (Hun) at 1:10
9. Ceylin Del Carmen Alvarado (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix at 1:15
10. Manon Bakker (Ned) IKO-Crelan at 1:18.
Pogačar Wins National Cyclo-Cross in Ljubljana
Tadej Pogačar has closed the 2021 season in style. The Slovenian won his national cyclo-cross championships in Ljubljana on Sunday afternoon and even a small crash couldn’t stop him.
Halfway through the race it didn’t look like Pogačar would win. Luka Mezgec (BikeExchange), was leading the race, but a comeback in the last half hour brought Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) the victory. Mezgec was second.
Pogačar crashed and was on the ground for a while, but was able to continue without much problem, apart from a small scrape to his nose.
Last win of 2021 for Tadej Pogačar:
Tom Dumoulin to Ride a Grand Tour in 2022
Tom Dumoulin will again focus on riding a Grand Tour next season. The Jumbo-Visma leader does not yet want to say which of the big three he will ride. It seems certain that it would be either the Giro d’Italia or the Tour de France.
Dumoulin did not ride a three-week stage race in 2021, after he first experienced mental problems and focused on the Olympic Games after his comeback. He has revived since he won silver in the individual time trial in Tokyo. Although a wrist fracture stopped him riding the World championships in Flanders.
“We have talked a lot about it in the team in recent months. I think riding a classification is very special. That is the ultimate challenge, the pinnacle of cycling,” he said in an interview with De Telegraaf. “Those highs are what drives me. Not only that, of course. Fun should always be there, but if it weren’t for those special highlights, I wouldn’t have enjoyed it so much.”
“I think it’s special that I have that chance, and that I can do it well. No matter how difficult it is, because there is a lot of stress and pressure involved. But when I look back on my career so far, it is precisely those moments where you perform maximum under difficult circumstances are the most special,” said Dumoulin, who now feels very good compared to last winter. “Last year in December I noticed that the feeling was not good, I was overtrained and very tired. Now I feel fit and comfortable in my own skin.”
The 2017 Giro winner says he is not afraid of the young, talented GC riders. “I just think it’s great that a few of those young guys join us every year. It makes it even more difficult to get a good classification, but for cycling that’s great,” he said.
Tom Dumoulin on the way back:
Amy Pieters Helicoptered to Hospital after Crash
Amy Pieters had a collision on Thursday afternoon during road training in Spain. The 30-year-old Dutch champion lost consciousness. She was then transported by an air ambulance to the hospital in Alicante where she underwent surgery on her head. During this operation, the doctors removed the pressure in her head that had been caused by the fall. The rider will be kept asleep for the next few days. When the doctors let her wake up in a few days, an estimate can only be made of the possible neurological damage. Her family has traveled to the hospital.
The crash occurred after a collision within the national track team that was at training camp in Calpe, Spain. “At this time, no further announcements can be made about the accident and we ask everyone to respect the privacy of those involved. Of course, everyone within Team SD Worx is currently thinking about Amy and her loved ones,” her team reported on Friday.
Annemiek van Vleuten Feels ‘Recharged’ After Training Camp in Colombia
Annemiek van Vleuten says she feels ‘recharged’ after a successful training camp in Colombia. The 39-year-old Movistar rider has spent the past few weeks in the South American country to lay a good foundation for next season.
It is not the first time for Van Vleuten that she has been training in Colombia. In 2019 she stayed in Colombia for almost a month. “I like to step out of my comfort zone. I also see cycling as a great opportunity to learn and gain something from other cultures. In addition, it is also nice to train in nice weather,” she said two years ago.
The reigning Olympic time trial champion has been able to train very well in Colombia, she said via Twitter. Van Vleuten broke her pelvis in two places at the beginning of October after a crash in the first edition of Paris-Roubaix for women. She also struggled with a broken shoulder for a while. More than two weeks after her crash, however, she was back on the bike. The experienced Dutchwoman is now back on the plane to the Netherlands. In her own country, she will continue to work towards the first races of 2022.
Annemiek van Vleuten:
Miguel Indurain: Tadej Pogacar is the Man to Beat
Miguel Indurain is impressed by Tadej Pogačar. The five time Tour de France winner, 1991 to 1995), said in an interview with the Spanish sports newspaper El Mundo Deportivo. “If you win the Tour once, it can come as a surprise, but if you’re the best twice, then you’re the man to beat.”
During the interview, Indurain is also asked about Pogačar’s specific qualities. “He is a brave boy, who is good all year round. He started the year winning and ended it that way. He also has class and temperament. He attacks from afar and also puts in a good time trial.”
What strikes Indurain most about the Slovenian is that he seems to avoid or overcome all difficulties. “There were a lot of crashes and difficult moments this Tour de France, but Pogačar has come through it time and again.” Indurain points out that neither Pogačar nor anyone else dominates cycling in all areas these days. “From the generation of recent years, I’m really a fan of Greg Van Avermaet, because he competes in all kinds of competition. The Tour, time trials, classics – you name it. But there is no one who really reigns in all those races at the same time. Of course there is Alejandro Valverde, who is still riding at a good level, but also with him it is not quite what it used to be. With his retirement approaching, we are starting to put a lot of pressure on the new generation in Spain. However, it is very difficult to compete in the current peloton for the big prizes. Our boys need time to grow at this level, but are strong enough,” he refers to Juan Ayuso and Carlos Rodríguez, two Spanish top talents, among others.
Valverde and Indurain:
Filippo Ganna on Grand Tours
Filippo Ganna had a successful 2021, but has at least the same ambitions for next season. The Italian will focus on Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix in 2022, and may also attack the World hour record. The biggest goal, however, is the Tour de France, the INEOS Grenadiers rider told the Giro d’Onore, an annual event of the Italian cycling federation, where the nation’s most successful riders are honoured.
“I dream of the yellow jersey,” Ganna told Tuttobiciweb. “I would love to wear it, even if it won’t be easy as it’s a tough race. The first chance presents itself on the first day, in the opening time trial. Then we’ll have to see how the race goes, but I’m sure of one thing: it will be tough every day.”
Recently, questions have arisen as to whether the time trial World champion might not one day be able to use his power to compete for a Grand Tour victory. “No”, he made clear to La Gazzetta dello Sport. “It’s like asking Usain Bolt to run a marathon. Do you think such a thing is possible? I don’t even think about it. I think it is impossible to keep up with my muscle mass uphill. I am a realist and do not dare to dream of the impossible.”
In the meantime, he is also thinking about a World hour record attempt. “We have to see if we can arrange everything exactly as I would like. I’m thinking about it and we’re working on it with the team. Because if you do, we shouldn’t leave anything to chance. In any case, I’m not going to make the attempt at altitude, as many advise to do. I will then attack the World hour record at sea level. When I do it that way, it’s different and that gives me more satisfaction.”
Ganna will start his season in Argentina, where the Vuelta a San Juan is on the calendar at the end of January. He then completes the UAE Tour in preparation for Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix. He already managed to win the Hell of the North Classic in 2016 as an U23, by staying away from the early break. It’s a different story with the pros. “When you see what happened to Gianni Moscon last year, you also need luck,” said Ganna.
Ganna looking forward to 2022:
Corinne Poulidor Tells Story Behind Mathieu van der Poel’s Tour
Mathieu van der Poel conquered the hearts of the French last summer by taking his Tour stage victory with a double burst of power on the Mûr-de-Bretagne. On top of that came another cool prize: The Alpecin-Fenix rider had built up just enough of a lead to capture the yellow leader’s jersey. Something that his grandfather Raymond Poulidor never managed.
The legendary Frenchman passed away on November 13, 2019. He won numerous major races in his career, but Poulidor is especially loved among the French for his many places of honour in the Tour de France. He was three times second and five times third on the final overall. However, he never wore yellow. It earned him the nickname ‘The Eternal Second’ and until his death he was the most popular rider with the French public. Thanks to Van der Poel’s victory on the second stage of the Tour de France, the country embraced Poulidor’s Dutch grandson. And MvdP fell madly in love with the Tour.
That is what Mathieu’s mother Corinne Poulidor told Algemeen Dagblad. “In the time trial on day five, that really came out. He never thought that possible. People everywhere from kilometre one to the finish. The chance that he would keep the yellow jersey that day was very small, but the public helped him. He thought it was incredible. Because of his grandfather he knew how big the Tour was. Every year he was amazed that so many people still came to his grandfather, when he had stopped for so long. Mathieu was well aware of that popularity, but by cycling there himself he really realised what it is like. And he didn’t know how big the yellow jersey is in France. Now he does. I think they will see a second Poulidor in Mathieu in France.”
The Frenchwoman also recounts an anecdote about her son’s smile on the podium after his stage win, right after his emotional interview. Because of the corona restrictions, mother Corinne, father Adrie and Van der Poel’s girlfriend Roxanne Bertels were unable to reach the stage. “We were therefore not close by, but in the meadow where the helicopters from the television land. Mathieu was really looking for us. ‘Where are they? Where are they?’ Suddenly he sees us and puts his face-mask down. That is the moment of the photo. We have not often seen such a smile on Mathieu. Our adventure of the Tour de France.”
That Tour smile:
UCI Suspends Mexican Luis Villalobos for Four Years
Luis Villalobos has been found guilty by the UCI anti-doping tribunal of using growth hormone GHRP-6. The now 23-year-old Mexican was caught after WADA retested an out-of-competition control on April 25, 2019. The talented time trialist/climber was then still under contract with the American Aevelo team.
Villalobos impressed in the autumn of 2019 during a series of American stage races. As a 20-year-old he finished eighth in the Tour of Utah – won by Sepp Kuss. On August 1, 2019, the Mexican then made the switch from the Continental Aevelo team to the American WorldTour team of EF Education. He didn’t set the world on fireThere; a 28th place in the EuroEyes Cyclassics in Hamburg was his best result. Villalobos’ last race was the Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var in February 2020. Three months later, on May 18, the UCI announced that he had been caught with GHRP-6 in his system. EF Pro Cycling put him on hold and said goodbye to him on August 1 of the same year.
Through a press release, the UCI announced that the Mexican has been found guilty by the UCI anti-doping tribunal of using the growth hormone. Villalobos will receive a four-year suspension, which will take effect retroactively. The Mexican’s sentence expires on May 17, 2024.
Hennie Kuiper Receives Award from Joop Zoetemelk at Sports Gala
Hennie Kuiper was honoured on Wednesday at the Sports Gala for his career. The now 72-year-old Kuiper received the Fannie Blankers-Koen Career Prize from Joop Zoetemelk.
Since 2005, a prize has been awarded every year at the Sports Gala of sports umbrella organisation NOC*NSF, to honour greats from Dutch sport. Until now, Joop Zoetemelk (2015) and Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel (2006) were the only cyclists to receive this award, but footballer Johan Cruijff, judo fighter Anton Geesink, swimmer Pieter van den Hoogenband and tennis player Richard Krajicek have received the award.
Kuiper, who in the 1970s and 1980s was one of the best Dutch cyclists. His palmarès includes an Olympic title (1972) and a world title (1975), but also classic victories in the Tour of Flanders (1981), Paris-Roubaix (1983), Milan-San Remo (1985) and the Tour of Lombardy (1981). The rider from Denekamp also finished second in the Tour de France twice and won three Tour stages. Kuiper was not the only one to receive a Fannie Blankers-Koen Career Award. Paralympic snowboarder Bibian Mentel, who died this year at the age of 48, also received the award posthumously. The award was presented to her husband and son.
World champion, Hennie Kuiper:
Team Qhubeka is Still Moving Forwards
We are deeply saddened to confirm that our hopes to race as a UCI WorldTour team in 2022 are over. This follows an extensive global search, during this unprecedented time, to secure the long-term future of the team.
In the last few days, our final possibility to continue at that level was not able to be concluded, and so the decision has been taken for the WorldTour operation to cease on 31 December, 2021.
This is an extremely disappointing moment for our organisation. As a team that from the outset has strived to play a hugely progressive step in cycling through our partnership with the Qhubeka Charity, highlighted by our unique purpose-led approach, to not be able to continue to do so in 2022 comes as a significant loss to the cycling world.
Our list of successes on the bike has seen us experience incredible highs. Many will remember the amazing achievements of Gerald Ciolek, Steve Cummings, Mark Cavendish, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Ben King, Omar Fraile, Kristian Sbaragli, Ben O’Connor, Giacomo Nizzolo, Victor Campenaerts and Mauro Schmid raising their hands in delight crossing the finish line – in celebration of our purpose.
As important are the moments that saw Nic Dlamini and Daniel Teklehaimanot make history in riding the Tour de France for us, highlighting of the challenges African riders face just to get the opportunity to race in Europe like in the case of Negasi Haylu Aabreha, the inspiring group of young club riders from Khayelitsha who traveled with us to the Grand Depart in Brussels, and of course the incredible Qhubeka Charity – to name just a few. Our team has been a home for one and all, and carried the hopes and dreams of a continent and far beyond.
A Qhubeka bike distribution ceremony is still one of the most incredible events one can attend. One that in a single moment illustrates completely the true value of a bicycle, and the role that it has in changing lives.
We want to thank all of our fans for their incredible, unwavering support, and for placing your trust in us for being at the forefront of changing our sport. For that we will forever be grateful and so we hope that you will continue to support us into the future as we now take the next step in our journey.
Make no mistake, this announcement is one that weighs heavy but now more than ever has invigorated and motivated us to rebuild and to once again stake a claim to be racing on the sport’s biggest stage, and all while ensuring that we continue to offer a platform for talent from Africa to progress to the very highest level.
To that end, Team Qhubeka will continue to operate as a UCI Continental team in 2022, which is based in Italy, with our goal to return back to the top-tier in the near future. Our support for the for the Qhubeka Charity is unwavering for whom to date we have raised significant funds and awareness.
Further details will be communicated in due course.
Douglas Ryder – Team Principal:
On Thursday I sent an internal message to our staff and riders to tell them the news. It was one of the hardest things that I’ve ever done in my life. The responses have been so emotional and supportive.
It gave me such faith and belief that what we have done here is truly unique; when you work in an environment that has a bigger purpose and impacts others positively then it no longer feels like work.
We’ve seen that spirit – Ubuntu – firmly take hold this year and extend beyond our team into our fan base and into the media; so brilliantly documented in Rouleur magazine after Victor Campenaerts’ stage victory at the Giro d’Italia.
We rose as Africa’s team from South Africa, to include all of Africa; from road cycling to mountain biking to women’s cycling and finally focusing on taking an African-registered road team to the Tour de France.
We moved through the ranks, from a Continental team to a Pro team winning Milan Sanremo, a Monument, in our first season to becoming a WorldTour team for the last six years. We have moved Africa forwards in cycling, we have moved people through Qhubeka and we will continue our movement that bicycles do change people’s lives. Having the world championships take place in Rwanda in 2025 is a testament to so many working together and believing in Africa’s potential.
To not have a team from Africa in the top two tiers of men’s cycling is a significant moment and something for us all to reflect on, particularly in light of where the world and sport is at the moment. We’ve had some incredible interactions during our search for a title partner in order for us to secure our future but unfortunately we were not able to conclude a deal in time.
But Team Qhubeka is still moving forwards, our Continental team will be racing and we have other exciting projects and ideas that will see us continue to use our platform to change lives with bicycles. Our work with the Qhubeka Charity has truly inspired us, and will continue to do so. It should be a story that inspires all of cycling and beyond, and we want you to be a part of our journey.
To all of our former, current and future partners I want to thank you for your faith and belief in what we want to achieve. One thing I can absolutely guarantee is that we’ve always given our absolute best, and you have our commitment to do so in the future.
To all our staff and riders past and present thank you for your dedication and support, see you soon.
The Andy Schleck Women’s Team Forced to Change their 2022 Kit
The Luxembourg women’s cycling team Andy Schleck-CP NVST-Immo Losch presented its new clothing for the coming season in November, but the UCI decided that the team had to go back to the drawing board to come up with a new design.
The reason: Andy Shleck-CP NVST-Immo Losch’s jersey looked too much like SD Worx, UAE Emirates and Human Powered Health, but this is a strange move since Andy Schleck’s team raced in the same kit design last year. “We were very surprised because we had chosen exactly the same clothing as in 2021, in contrast to the three other teams,” the Luxembourg team said via Facebook.
“Still, the UCI decided to reject our shirt. This feels quite unfair, especially since we already raced in this kit last year. In the end our team has to follow the UCI guidelines, which has resulted in a new design for 2022. We are very grateful to our sponsors for an extra financial contribution. In the end we are happy with the result, as our sponsors would also lose their visibility on the old kit.”
The modest women’s team Andy Schleck-CP NVST-Immo Losch has now presented the new jerseys for 2022. The team is taking a completely different approach and now opts for a predominantly black design. Only the sleeves are still like jersey of last year. The new kit was designed by clothing sponsor CCN Sport Benelux.
The new, new Andy Schleck team kit of 2022:
Vacansoleil Returns to the Peloton as a Sponsor with Jumbo-Visma
Vacansoleil returns to the cycling peloton after an eight-year hiatus. From 2009 to 2013, the holiday provider was the main sponsor of team manager Daan Luijckx, which raced at the WorldTour level for its last three seasons. The tour operator is now committed to Jumbo-Visma and will be seen on the side of the women’s team jersey.
The company will also partner with the entire sports team, including the skating team. “Where the cyclists ride, we promote the region and campsites under the name Explore Europe Together,” explains Vacansoleil’s commercial director Jacky Lambert.
The budget that has been released since 2014 after the departure of Luijckx and co has been used to invest in the online market for camping holidays. “Now is the time to link our strong position to other premium brands. Jumbo-Visma is a strong A-brand and we are proud that as Vacansoleil we can join this world-class top sports team,” says Lambert.
Next year, the name of the holiday provider will be on the jersey of the women’s team led by Marianne Vos. One of the highlights that the company and the Dutch team are looking forward to is the first Tour de France Femmes. “The eight stages over different terrain through the French countryside pass through numerous campsites where Vacansoleil guests will stay this summer. An excellent opportunity for us to show even more people which beautiful places you can stay at on our campsites,” explains Lambert once again about the sponsor fit with Jumbo-Visma.
Top Riders Raffle Jerseys for Charity
Victor Campenaerts, together with some other riders, will be holding a lottery for charity. Until Monday, cycling enthusiasts can buy a ticket and have a chance to win unique jerseys from, among others, Wout van Aert, Mathieu van der Poel and Julian Alaphilippe. The proceeds of the jerseys will go to the South African organisation Qhubeka.
Victor Campenaerts rode for Qhubeka NextHash for the past two seasons and came into contact with the non-profit charity Qhubeka. Qhubeka would like to change people’s lives through the bicycle. The charity does this by donating bicycles to school children in Africa. Campenaerts: “The charity is close to my heart. They buy bicycles for school children. That way they don’t have to walk to school anymore. Provided they do their best.”
The holder of the world hour record, who will ride for Lotto Soudal next year, would like to contribute and is therefore the man behind the draw. “To support Qhubeka, we have set up a lottery together with the clothing brand The Vandal. I have asked a lot of fellow riders to raffle their shirts and they are happy to do so. There is not a single rider I have had to convince,” he told Sporza.
Top players such as Wout van Aert, Mathieu van der Poel, Julian Alaphilippe, Jasper Stuyven and Yves Lampaert are contributing and have already donated kit. Until Monday it is possible to buy a ticket and have a chance to win a unique and signed jersey. A ticket costs five euros. The draw will take place next week. It is possible to participate in the draw via the website of The Vandal.
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