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EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!

Mathieu van der Poel took his second European cyclo-cross championship in his usual dominant fashion. Reports, results, quotes and video from the Euro champs, Saitama Criterium and the Koppenbergcross. Women’s Paris-Roubaix – Top Story. Other cycling news: Tour de France, Tour de l’Avenir, Wallonie-Bruxelles team, European cyclo-cross and road champs 2019 and 2020, Lotto Soudal talk Giro, contract news, Bigla to be title sponsor and Trek-Segafredo 2019 kit. To finish some cyclo-cross motivation.

TOP STORY: David Lappartient: ‘Possible Women’s Paris-Roubaix in 2020’
The ASO is working hard behind the scenes on a women’s edition for Paris-Roubaix. The race may be on the calendar as soon as 2020, said UCI chairman David Lappartient in an interview with the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph. The French organizer of, among others, the Tour de France is also exploring the possibilities for a multi-day stage race for women.

The desire for a women’s edition of ‘The Hell of the North’ has been around for some time. Dutch cycling website WielerFlits spoke to Annemiek van Vleuten last year: “Organizing a women’s version of every race from the WorldTour is the best way to further professionalize women’s cycling. Paris-Roubaix is ​​the highest on my wish list.” Also Anna van der Breggen, Marianne Vos and Ellen van Dijk, among others, have expressed their enthusiasm. Lappartient said: “I want every organization to have a men’s and women’s race. I dream of a Paris-Roubaix Feminine.”

Lappartient hinted during the interview that a multi-day stage race might be in the pipeline. The ASO has a one-week race in mind, but the UCI boss challenges the organizer to make it at least ten days. “I told them: you are the leading organization in the world, so take your responsibility to support women’s cycling.” Adding: “I know that there are some – logistical – difficulties. They think of a stage race of a week. I would like to applaud this, but I said to them: why not the same stages for men and women for at least ten days?”

A women’s Paris-Roubaix in 2020?
Parijs-Roubaix, foto Cor Vos ©2003 sfeerfoto

European Elite Men’s Cyclo-Cross Championships 2018
It was business as usual for Mathieu van der Poel at the European cyclo-cross championships on Sunday after his ‘disappointing’ ride in the Kemmelberg cross on Thursday. The Dutchman took his second Euro title on Sunday in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands ahead of the ‘eternal second’ World champion Wout van Aert and Laurens Sweeck. Michael Vanthourenhout and Toon Aerts finished fourth and fifth, with Belgium filling the top five places except the top step.

Lars van der Haar (Netherlands) started fast from the gun and top favorite Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands) was a little surprised by the early maneuver and ended up in seventh position. At the front Wout van Aert put the pressure on.

Van Aert saw that his compatriot and former teammate Tim Merlier had caused a gap behind him and drove hard for a 5 second lead. Van der Haar did not want that to happen and started to chase, taking Van der Poel, now in third place, back up towards the world champion.

Van der Poel waited until the end of the second lap to take the lead himself. In two sharp turns he put Van Aert under pressure, and then put his real attack in on the home straight. The World champion had no answer and Van der Poel had to let him go. The Dutchman soon had an advantage of five seconds.

In his usual fashion, Van der Poel put time into the others lap after lap, taking five seconds each lap. By the halfway point his lead had risen to more than twenty seconds, in the last quarter of the race he had 35 seconds. Van der Poel had plenty of time to celebrate his victory in-front of the Dutch home crowd.

European champion, Mathieu Van der Poel (Netherlands): “If you see how many fans was here in the Netherlands, then that’s pretty good. We took a medal in almost all categories. That cannot be better for the Netherlands. After the Koppenberg I stayed calm. I have seen it before and I prefer it on the Koppenberg than today, I think I know what I did wrong. I did not feel comfortable after Ruddervoorde. Now, after the Koppenberg, I am more relaxed and have some peace of mind. That makes a difference. I was pretty good from the start, but then had a little trouble after the first corner. Van Aert went straight away. When I got there, I noticed that he made a few mistakes. I immediately put in a counter-attack in a place where he did not expect it. I have become stronger. There were only a limited number of places where you could really give full throttle. The rest was more on technical. I still had a few (European champions) jerseys in my suitcase, so I can use them now.”

2nd, Wout van Aert (Belgium): “It was a course where you could not wait, I was sprinting from curve to curve. The only chance to do something was to start fast. When we let Mathieu make his opening, we were all together. I tried it, but did not ride fast enough. I rode for two laps at my limit and yet he came back. Of course that is not a good sign really. He then picked up an acceleration. I have rarely or never seen anyone do this. It gets even harder with that guy. I was off and then I knew it will be a very long hour. I’m not going to apologize. I was the second best today. Mathieu was better today and is the deserved champion. I did what I could. I came here to win, but you also have to be realistic and can admit that it was not on today.”

3rd, Laurens Sweeck (Belgium): “We were not far from the action. So we continued to drive until the end. Everyone was suffocated afterwards. The course did not lie. It was very difficult to make a big differences. So it stays together and they do not give up chasing after you. I do not think the gap is super-large. At times they can all be beaten. Toon (Aerts) proved that last Thursday, it depends on small things, good and bad days. On a super day I hope to be able to make the connection.”

4th, Michael Vanthourenhout (Belgium): “I’m a bit disappointed. Last year I was fourth as well. Always it’s just a bit frustrating. In the beginning Tim Merlier did a perfect start for Wout. After that it was difficult to pass and I could not go immediately. I had to close the gap on Toon Aerts and Lars van der Haar. In the end I lost some strength to be able to follow Sweeck. We worked together in the final phase to stay ahead, but he was just a bit stronger at the end. Mathieu was a better class again today.”

European Elite Men’s Cyclo-Cross Championships Result:
1. Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands) in 1:02:35
2. Wout van Aert (Belgium) at 0:14
3. Laurens Sweeck (Belgium) at 0:18
4. Michael Vanthourenhout (Belgium) at 0:30
5. Toon Aerts (Belgium) at 0:33
6. Lars dan der Haar (Netherlands) at 0:37
7. Joris Nieuwenhuis (Netherlands) at 1:08
8. Quinten Hermans (Belgium) at 1:13
9. Gianni Vermeersch (Belgium) at 1:15
10. Daan Soete (Belgium) at 1:16.

Euro men’s cross champs’18 podium:

European Elite Women’s Cyclo-Cross Championships Result:
1. Annemarie Worst (Netherlands) in 40:24
2. Marianne Vos (Netherlands) at 0:02
3. Denise Betsema (Netherlands)
4. Sanne Cant (Belgium) at 0:10
5. Ellen Van Loy (Belgium) at 0:31
6. Loes Sels (Belgium) at 0:37
7. Alice Maria Arzuffi (Italy) at 1:08
8. Nikki Brammeier (Great Britain) at 1:16
9. Helen Wyman (Great Britain) at 1:21
10. Laura Verdonschot (Belgium) at 1:26.

European U23 Men’s Cyclo-Cross Championships Result:
1. Thomas Pidcock (Great Britain) in 50:22
2. Eli Iserbyt (Belgium) at 0:30
3. Antoine Benoist (France) at 0:45
4. Ben Turner (Great Britain) at 1:02
5. Thomas Mein (Great Britain) at 1:10.

European U23 Women’s Cyclo-Cross Championships Result:
1. Ceylin Del Carmen Alvarado (Netherlands) in 40:31
2. Inge Van Der Heijden (Netherlands) at 0:22
3. Fleur Nagengast (Netherlands) at 0:49
4. Jana Czeczinkarová (Czech Republic) at 1:02
5. Puck Pieterse (Netherlands) at 1:21.

Women’s and men’s championships highlights:

Saitama Tour de France Criterium 2018
A month after conquering the rainbow jersey, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) claimed the sixth edition of Le Tour de France Saitama Critérium. The World champion sprinted to victory after an exciting duel against the Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas (Sky). Yukiya Arashiro (Special TDF Japan Team) finished third after being one of the most active riders in a fast paced race on the 3.1-km circuit in the streets of Saitama. Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) won the Green jersey and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) took the Polka-dot jersey. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) won the combativity award.

Race winner, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar): “It’s great to win here. This is my first victory in the rainbow jersey, so I’m very happy. It’s always nice to raise your arms and there was a lot of public who cheered us along on the circuit as we raced. This is my second time in Saitama after riding in 2013. I came to enjoy myself and put on a show, so it was perfect.”

2nd, Geraint Thomas (Sky): “It was hard at first and so I just tried to survive. I felt better later and so waited for the final quieter of the race. Valverde is fast in a sprint and so there wasn’t much I could do there. The main thing was to enjoy the race. The crowds were so big that it reminded me of racing in the UK.”

Saitama Tour de France Criterium Result:
1. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 1:20:13
2. Geraint Thomas (GB) Sky
3. Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Special TDF Japan Team at 0:06
4. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida at 0:22
5. Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Special TDF Japan Team
6. Marcel Kittel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin at 0:50
7. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
8. Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott
9. Kota Yokoyama (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team
10. Rei Onodera (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen.

Saitama Criterium’18 – Click for full screen:

DVV Verzekeringen Trofee – Koppenbergcross 2018
On Thursday, November the 1st, just outside Oudenaarde, Toon Aerts (Telenet Fidea Lions) climbed to victory on the Koppenberg, winning the first round of the 2018-19 DVV Verzekeringen Trofee. World champion Wout van Aert (Cibel-Cebon) finished third, 14 seconds down on Aerts, after Michael Vanthourenhout (Marlux-Bingoal) powered away from the rainbow jersey on the final climb of the legendary Koppenberg.

Three-time winner, World champion Wout van Aert (Cibel-Cebon), looked like he wanted the win and followed Toon Aerts as he sprinted up the Koppenberg on the first lap, meanwhile his arch enemy, Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus), was in trouble and losing time. By half-way through the lap; Aerts, Van Aert, Quinten Hermans (Telenet Fidea), Daan Soete (Pauwels Sauzen-Vastgoedservice) and Marcel Meisen (Corendon-Circus) made up the leading group team. The Marlux-Bingoal pair, Michael Vanthourenhout and Eli Iserbyt jumped across to the lead group, while Van der Poel tried to work his way back through the other riders and had the leaders in sight on the second climb of the Koppenberg.

On lap two Van der Poel had a problem a lost control of his bike and by the end of the lap the European champion was 20 seconds down. Van Aert put the hammer down to make sure Van der Poel wouldn’t rejoin the leaders as Aerts and Vanthourenhout managed to hang on. Van der Poel tried hard to close the gap, but as he didn’t make any impression he eased off to finish in 21st place at 4:12.

Into the final lap and Aerts put the pressure on, attacking on the penultimate ascent of the Koppenberg climb. Van Aert managed to hold on, but Vanthourenhout looked to be in trouble. Aerts consolidated his lead on Van Aert with Vanthourenhout fighting his way back to the World champion. On the final time up the cobbled climb; Aerts floated up to victory before collapsing, adding to his two World Cup wins. Behind him Vanthourenhout passed Van Aert for second place.

Race winner, Toon Aerts (Telenet Fidea Lions): “I already felt on the last lap that it might be a win. It was enjoyment, while I did a great effort. I rode the climb hard every lap. A few times I also rode the Koppenberg above my own ability to crack the rest. Two years ago I won the European Championship and this season I won two World Cup crosses in the United States. I always thought it could not be more beautiful, but today it surpasses everything. The Koppenbergcross is the classic of classics.”

3rd, Wout Van Aert (Cibel-Cebon): “I had very good feelings. I think I’ve ridden better than in the last races, which makes me optimistic about the future.” What about the European championships on Sunday? “The same as today: winning, but that is never easy and I do not think Mathieu will have two bad days in a row.”

Mathieu Van der Poel (Corendon-Circus): “It is déjà vu two years ago. I have no idea what could happen to me. I felt very bad from the beginning and if that happens to you in a circuit like this it makes everything turn into a very long hour. I could not have done anything. It’s simply a day to forget. Surely Sunday things go better, because, simply, cannot go worse.”

DVV verzekeringen trofee – Koppenbergcross Result:
1. Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions in 1:02:26
2. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux-Bingoal at 0:11
3. Wout Van Aert (Bel) Cibel-Cebon at 0:14
4. Lars van der Haar (Ned) Telenet Fidea Lions at 0:58
5. Quinten Hermans (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions at 1:18
6. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Vastgoedservice at 1:25
7. Eli Iserbyt (Bel) Marlux-Bingoal at 1:38
8. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Marlux-Bingoal at 1:52
9. Jens Adams (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Vastgoedservice at 2:00
10. Daan Soete (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Vastgoedservice at 2:32.


Marseille Wants Tour de France Grand Départ
Marseille has great ambitions to organize the start of the Tour de France. The second city of France is aiming for the Grand Départ somewhere between 2021 and 2024.

“We expect to get it soon, between 2021 and 2024,” says Thierry Santelli, vice president of the Bouches-du-Rhône department, the region of Marseille. “The conversation with Mr. Yann Le Moenner (Director General of ASO) went very well, we have made progress in the negotiations and we will meet soon to talk further. There is a desire on both sides to organize a Grand Départ in Provence, especially because Marseille has already proven its expertise in the field of major events.”

The last time that Marseille was visited by the Tour de France was last year, the penultimate time trial stage of the 2017 Tour with the start and finish in the stadium of Olympique Marseille football club. Maciej Bodnar won the stage as Chris Froome, who finished third on the day, secured his fourth overall victory.

The Olympique Marseille football stadium:

Le Grand Départ of the Tour de l’Avenir in Brittany Again
The Tour de l’Avenir has started in Brittany for the last two years and the French race for the young riders will do so again next year, according to the French newspaper Le Télégramme on their website. The starting town is not yet known, it will be announced in a few weeks at the course presentation. However, Le Télégramme thinks that the Tour de l’Avenir – like last year – ends with a mountain stage. At 1600 meters Le Corbier is the final finish of the Tour, which will be held from 16 to 25 August.

The Slovenian Tadej Pogačar won the last edition of the Tour de l’Avenir three months ago. Second was the Dutchman Thymen Arensman and Gino Mäder of Switzerland was third.

L’Avenir 2018 winner Tadej Pogačar:

ProConti License for Wallonie-Bruxelles in 2019
Wallonie-Bruxelles will be in possession of a ProContinental license next season. The team saw sponsor Veranclassic drop out after 2018, which meant looking for a new sponsor. The new sponsor has not yet arrived, but the license for next year is assured, the team reported on their Facebook.

Keeping the ProContinental license ensures that the team will compete for the third year in a row in the professional peloton. The team for the upcoming season has fifteen riders and is already as good as full. Six riders have signed for the team, of which Baptiste Planckaert is the biggest name.

Baptiste Planckaert coming from Katusha-Alpecin:

Veneto is Eager to Host 2019 European Cyclo-cross Champs
During the ongoing European CX event in Netherlands, next year’s edition took shape with six continental titles on stake in Italy’s Silvelle di Trebaseleghe.

UEC’s President Rocco Cattaneo, “Silvelle’19” Technical Director Mauro Zamprogna and UEC’s General Secretary Enrico Della Casa

The brand-new “Silvelle ‘19” – the European Cyclo-cross Championships to be held next year in Silvelle di Trebaseleghe (a small town in Padua nearby, Veneto, Northern Italy), on November 9th-10th, 2019 – looked already in great shape at today’s presentation in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (Netherlands), during the 2018 edition of the main European cyclo-cross competition. In the Dutch “vernissage”, the Italian event came off like a huge organization aiming to capture crowds of fans even from Northern Europe, the indisputable cradle of winter offroad cycling.

The event unveiled by the organizers marks another milestone in Veneto’s small town, closely tied to cyclo-cross history. Indeed, Silvelle hosted five rounds of Superprestige from 1994 to 1999, the 2017 Italian National Championships and further cyclo-cross, now joining Lucca (2011) as the second Italian location overall hosting the European Cyclo-Cross Championships.

“Silvelle is an excellence in deep-rooted European cyclo-cross now moving to a promising development around the world – UEC (Union Européenne de Cyclisme)’s President Rocco Cattaneo explained. – The next will be a historical edition of the European Cyclo-cross Championships, because of Women’s Junior crown assigned for the first time increasing to six the number of titles on stake. This is a further reason to look forward at ‘Silvelle ‘19’ as a unique event.”

“We worked hard on this project and we must owe a lot to Veneto Region and the Municipality of Trebaseleghe for believing in the international value of the event – “Silvelle ‘19″ Technical Director Mauro Zamprogna argued. – Upon completion of the handover with the Dutch organizers, we’ll definitely undertake this new adventure that brings the cyclo-cross superstars to Italy once again. It’s a point of proud for us.”

The event under the aegis of UEC unfolds in two days: on Saturday November 9th, 2019 the Masters competition will open the program, whilst six European titles will be assigned on Sunday November 10th on a 2900-meters “Flemish style” course characterized by a sticky mud. Sunday’s program will start at 9.00 am CET with the Women Junior race, followed by Men Junior at 9.50, Women U23 at 11.00, Men U23 at 12.20, Women Elite at 1.50 pm and Men Elite at 3.20 pm.

By virtue of the running cooperation with UEC, the EBU will broadcast the event with an extensive TV international live coverage, while the spectators on site can stay very close to the riders and enjoy the show at its best with entertainment, music, food and drink.

“Silvelle‘19” provides the opportunity to combine a holiday discovering Venice and his land. Silvelle is in a strategic position to join many fantastic cities of Veneto, such as Venice, Padua, Treviso, Asolo. In addition, the Veneto region has developed a 1.200-km cycle paths through this extraordinary territory for bike-lovers.

2019 European Cyclo-cross Championships’ website www.eurocx2019silvelle.eu is now available in three languages (English, Italian and Dutch), giving the opportunity to book the hotel accommodation and buy the entry tickets at low cost. The Italian organizers goal is to welcome 10,000 fans with a large attendance from Northern Europe. With this in mind, “Silvelle‘19” has finalized a partnership agreement with Het Nieuwsblad, the main Flemish media, to promote the event.

UEC’s President Rocco Cattaneo during “Silvelle’19” vernissage in s’Hertogenbosch:

2020 European Cycling Championships Assigned to Trento
The 2020 European cycling Championship will be held in Trento, Italy, according to official documentation from the European cycling union (UEC). The races are on the calendar for the 9th to the 13th September. The routes are not yet known, but due to the hilly area, the course will be for the climbers – there are many possible mountainous courses in the region.

Apparently the decision on the 2019 location is not running smoothly. Initially the championship were to be held in Annecy, but the French city and the UEC could not agree on the dates. The European cycling federation then asked the Dutch province of Drenthe to organize the European Cycling Championships in 2019. Also the Dutch cities Ede and Den Bosch are in the race for the European championship.

Matteo Trentin winning the 2018 European champs in Glasgow:

DS Bart Leysen On the Giro 2019 Course
Yesterday, the route of the 102nd edition of the Giro d’Italia was unveiled. The first Grand Tour of the year starts on Saturday 11 May 2019 in Bologna and ends on Sunday 2 June in Verona. The first and last stage are individual time trials, just like the stage ahead of the first rest day. The sprinters have at least six opportunities and there are seven summit finishes, twice at the end of a time trial. Lotto Soudal sports director Bart Leysen has already taken a thorough look at the course.

Bart Leysen: “This Giro starts with a short, but tough time trial. On this type of course many specialists won’t be able to take the win. It could even be that a GC rider takes the first pink jersey. Next, the GC riders can keep calm for one and a half week, because it lasts till then before they head into the mountains. Ahead of the first rest day there are some long stages, of more than 200 kilometers. The first week is a combination of sprint stages and hilly stages; a bit like Tirreno-Adriatico. The day before the first rest day, there’s another time trial. During the first week, there will be many contestants for the pink jersey.”

“After the first rest day, there are two more flat stages before the battle for GC can begin. The sixteenth stage, which takes the riders over the Gavia and Mortirolo, will already be decisive. I don’t think the closing time trial will be exciting for the overall victory. This Giro is made for Tom Dumoulin and Chris Froome.”

“We don’t have a GC rider and so it will be necessary to start with a team full of aggressive riders. The long stages in the second and third week could be an opportunity, as it could be difficult for the teams of the GC riders to control those stages.”

Wellens took Giro’18 stage 4:
Foto Fabio Ferrari - LaPresse 08/05/2018 Catania-Caltagirone (Italia) Sport Ciclismo Giro d'Italia 2018 - edizione 101- tappa 4 CATANIA - CALTAGIRONE Nella foto: durante l agara. Photo Fabio Ferrari - LaPresse May 08, 2018 Catania-Caltagirone (Italy) Sport Cycling Giro d'Italia 2018 - 101th edition - stage 4 CATANIA CALTAGIRONE In the pic: during the race

Lachlan Morton Signs with EF Pro Cycling
Lachlan Morton is back. From the 2019 season, the 26-year-old will be on board with EF Pro Cycling. Morton comes over to the team after two years with Dimension Data and prior to that he rode with US continental team Jelly Belly. His previous wins have included general classification at the Tour of Utah and Tour of the Gila as well as top tens at Tour of California and Tour of Oman.

After a rocky 2018, which saw him out of action early season with a broken arm due to a collision with a car on a training ride, he is happy to put the pas season behind him and move forward.

“I’m sort of itching to get back into it to be honest,” he said about 2019 and his move to the team.

“Lachlan’s return to the team is something we’ve been excited about for some time. His climbing talent is quite clear, and his racing style can be very aggressive and fun to watch. I’m particularly keen on exploring some alternative races with Lachlan,” said team CEO Jonathan Vaughters. “A couple of years back, he dropped into Leadville when we sent Joe Dombrowski. That’s the kind of stuff we’ll be doing more of, and Lachlan will be a key part of that. We haven’t nailed down the exact alternative program yet, but it’s going to be a fun way to get to the races and interact with different groups of fans and racers.”

Before signing a two-year contract with Garmin-Sharp back in 2014, Morton had been a part of the Slipstream development program, a team back then known as Chipotle-First Solar Development Team. He has a long history with Slipstream as it has moved through its different iterations.

Morton is excited to tackle the alternative race program that is going to be set out for the 2019 EF Pro Cycling race schedule. Through the long-distance trips that he and his brother Gus have undertaken and produced the documentary series “Thereabouts” about, he believes the unique races are a great way to connect with fans.

“A lot of people have connected with me through the Thereabouts stuff because it’s relevant to them. I feel like a lot of the time when I’m racing I don’t feel like I’m really relevant to a lot of cycling fans,” Morton said.

He sees traveling by bike as a great way to broaden horizons and already has a strong connection with new sponsor in ‘19, Rapha. When Morton heard of EF and Rapha partnering up in ‘19, he called it “a perfect match.”

“I think the most exciting thing is they [EF Education First] really see the untapped value that’s sitting there in cycling. A lot of other sponsors haven’t really been able to tap into it. EF are really committed to growing it and in turn they’ll grow the sport as a whole,” Morton said. “I hope that we can successfully create that connection that makes World Tour cycling more relevant. And personally, I hope to be able to be competitive and get results in races from say, the likes of Dirty Kanza, way up to the likes of the Tour of Spain, that would be really cool.”

After leaving the team four years ago, which was then under the banner of Garmin-Sharp, he’s mostly looking forward to being back with old friends.

“They’re just a good group of people who have a pretty broad understanding of the world outside of cycling, which I think is important and motivating to be involved with, and what I’m looking forward to most if I’m honest. It looks like they’re having a lot of fun while they’re out there racing. They’re performing at a really high level. I think those things go hand in hand, and I’m excited to be part of that.”

Bigla to Become Main Title Sponsor of the Cervélo Bigla Pro Cycling Team
The Cervélo Bigla Pro Cycling Team is pleased to announce that Bigla will once again become the main naming rights partner of the team for 2019. Bigla is a longtime supporter of women’s cycling, thanks to its founder, Fritz Boesch.

Mr Boesch is an institution in cycling in Switzerland and is credited for his passion towards the sport, a passion that has seen him support several athletes and organisations for many years.

Member of the family, Bruno Boesch said, “My father has always had the vision to develop young people. This is a value we share with the team. They have been at the forefront of developing the best young talent in the sport and we are looking forward to continuing in this way. The team has a track record of creating leaders. We have women leaders in the Bigla organization that has taken the company to new heights. Bigla looks to give its employees the room to grow their potential. These are one of the many synergies we share with the team as they strive to develop leaders on and off the bike.”

Team Manager, Thomas Campana said, “It’s easy to do your job when you have organisations like Bigla who lead the way in long-term partnerships. They have been with us for a number of years now and continue to inspire us with regard to development and leadership. We’re an organization that has incredibly high standards. We strive for excellence and a large part of this inspiration comes from Bigla in the way that they’ve grown the company to become a leader in Switzerland.”

Campana continued, “2019 will be an evolution for the team with more exciting announcements to come shortly. We believe we have a generation of cyclists who have incredible potential and we will be supporting them with our platform to see them become world-class athletes and people. This would not be possible without the support of Bigla.”

Bigla is a supplier of integrated room concepts for modern working environments and comprehensive solutions for care and hospital facilities. One of its key products is myBox. The system concept enables easy, individual configuration and is versatile to meet the needs of the user. myBox serves as a lectern, personal file cabinet or presentation base as well as a home bar or DVD rack. The team’s technical staff will be using myBox during the 2019 racing season to display how versatile it is, meeting the many unique needs of a professional cycling team.

Trek-Segafredo and Santini Present the 2019 Women’s and Men’s Team Kits in London
The London Rouleur Classic event provided the venue for today’s unveiling of the new Trek-Segafredo men’s and women’s kits for the upcoming racing season. The presentation was attended by three Trek-Segafredo team members: John Degenkolb and Koen de Kort from the men’s side, and British cyclist Lizzie Deignan represented the new Trek-Segafredo women’s team, all of whom were modeling the new Santini-designed and manufactured kits.

Red and black have been chosen once again for the men’s kit while the women’s will center around navy blue coordinated with various other lighter blues.

“Dressing the teams and supporting the athletes both in training and in competition, listening to their needs and then creating technical kit designed around those needs has always been a priority for Santini,” commented Monica Santini, CEO Santini Cycling Wear, “and we are proud that our partnership with the Trek-Segafredo team has now also been extended to supplying the kit for the new women’s squad.”

Both the men’s and women’s teams will be supplied with all the kit they need to tackle a year of both international races at the very highest level and an extremely intensive training schedule. The cyclists will be receiving full kits and accessories for each season and latitudes they will encounter.

Santini paid particular attention to the technical materials used for the winter kits; the teams will receive a broad range of garments made using innovative fabrics and technologies to allow them to train and compete efficiently and comfortably in the chilliest of weather.

The Trek-Segafredo kits encapsulate the Italian company’s unparalleled expertise in both design and manufacture in the professional cycling wear sector.

The men’s team kit
The main kit that the men’s team will be using in competition focuses on the iconic Trek-Segafredo colors of black and red. However, in light of the need to boost cyclist safety during training, the training kits will be made from fluorescent yellow to make the wearers more visible to other road users. Fluorescent yellow will also be used for the women’s team’s training kits.

The aerodynamically-cut jersey is made mostly from ultralight yet ultra-tough Bodyfit fabric with perforated Rudy fabric used for the front, pockets, collar, and sides to boost breathability. The coordinating shorts have a large area made from Impact, a Sitip fabric incorporating Dyneema® fibers which are 15 times stronger than steel for outstanding abrasion and tear resistance. The material, which was also used in the 2018 kit, is particularly popular with the team members who asked for it to be used again in 2019. Impact fabric was also chosen in the development of the road skinsuit that will be provided to all the team too.

“You just got to love our new kits; I can’t choose between them! The retro style is truly amazing and it makes me long for the new season to start – 2019, bring it on!” smiled John Degenkolb.

His Dutch teammate Koen de Kort was equally enthusiastic about the new Santini kits: “I really like the new red race kit. The black bib-shorts are very stylish, and I personally love the sleeves of the kit. I think it will stand out in the peloton and we might take the best-looking kit (again) this year!”

John Degenkolb:

The women’s team kit
The Trek-Segafredo women’s kit is a mix of navy blue and lighter blues. Made from the same fabrics as the men’s version, it is specifically cut and tailored for the female body. The navy-blue shorts incorporate the innovative C3 Woman chamois which is light and comfortable with guaranteed shock absorption.

“I’m really excited about the new Trek-Segafredo kit from Santini and can’t wait to start wearing it for training and racing. Trek and Santini have done a great job designing something that is both functional and stylish. The team is excited about wearing it because it looks good and it is technically second to none, so it will be brilliant for performance too,” said Lizzie Deignan.

All the Santini cycling wear supplied to the Trek-Segafredo teams is made entirely in Italy by the company’s expert staff and using quality materials sourced primarily in Italy.

Trek-Segafredo replica team kits will be available online from the Santini site (www.santinisms.it) as well as in all Trek stores and selected cycling retailers worldwide.

Lizzie Deignan:

Cyclo Cross Motivation Video
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