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An exciting Flèche Wallonne saw Marc Hirschi and Anna van der Breggen win. Results, video and quotes from Wallonne and the BinckBank Tour. Circus-Wanty buy CCC’s WorldTour license – TOP STORY. No Amstel Gold Race, but we have more news from the Giro d’Italia. Contract news from Boels Dolmans, NTT looking for a new sponsor, DNA roster and Canada announce the 2021 race calendar. Lots of news and coffee.

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TOP STORY: Circus-Wanty Gobert buy Team CCC’s WorldTour license
Good news for the Circus-Wanty Gobert team as it will step up to the WorldTour in 2021. The Belgian team has bought the WorldTour license of the CCC team from Continuuum Sports. The Circus-Wanty team have always had an attacking philosophy and usually had a man in the ‘break of the day’. They deserve their place on the top rung of the cycling ladder. After all the years of BMC and the last two years of CCC, it will be sad to see the loss of Jim Ochowicz’s team and his staff.


Circus-Wanty Gobert Press Release:
Circus-Wanty Gobert on the way to the WorldTour in 2021

Want You Cycling, the umbrella structure of the UCI ProTeam Circus-Wanty Gobert-Tormans, will take over Continuum Sports from 2021 and step up to the WorldTour level. Continuum Sports is the structure currently owned by Jim Ochowicz and Gavin Chilcott, who manage the UCI WorldTour CCC Team (ex-BMC Racing Team). Circus-Wanty Gobert, under the leadership of its General Manager Jean-François Bourlart, will take over the UCI WorldTour license operation from Continuum Sports in 2021 and has commenced the annual registration process with the Union Cycliste Internationale.

Want You Cycling is the Belgian entity headed by Jean-François Bourlart who manages the UCI Pro Team Circus-Wanty Gobert and Tormans UCI Cyclo Cross Team teams. The project, launched in 2001 when it was the VC Ath Club, has climbed the cycling ladder step by step, joining the Continental ranks in 2008 and then progressing to Professional Continental level from 2011 onwards.

The team continued to grow thanks to its loyal partners Wanty and Groupe Gobert, culminating in success at Amstel Gold Race with Enrico Gasparotto in 2016, leading the UCI Europe Tour ranking (2016, 2017, 2018), followed by three participations at the Tour de France (2017, 2018, 2019). Want You Cycling, after ten seasons in cycling’s second tier, is on the way to continue its evolution and join the UCI WorldTour in 2021 thanks to the takeover of Continuum Sports, on the condition of the registration process and the official approval of the UCI License Commission in December.

Jean-François Bourlart (General Manager, Want You Cycling): “With the co-founders of Want You Cycling, Benoit Soenen, Christophe Wanty, Ronald Gobert and David Sauvage, we built our project step-by-step with the ambition to one day move to the WorldTour. The moment had to be right, the structure had to be ready, and our partners eager to follow us. We are therefore very proud today to take over the project from Jim Ochowicz and Gavin Chilcott and present to the UCI the continuation of Continuum Sports in the WorldTour. With the long experience of Jim Ochowicz and Gavin Chilcott, we will do everything possible to ensure the sustainability of our WorldTour project. I have no doubts that our team will become a success in the World Tour, as it has at the Professional Continental level over the years, and as BMC Racing Team and CCC Team have too.”


Continuum Sports Press Release:
Circus-Wanty Gobert set to take over Continuum Sports

Continuum Sports, currently owned by Jim Ochowicz and Gavin Chilcott, is the license holder and organisation behind CCC Team which has operated since 2007 when BMC Racing Team began as a United States-registered Continental Team.

Jim Ochowicz (President, Continuum Sports): “2020 has not been the year that any of us expected but we are motivated to finish the season as CCC Team on a high. Looking ahead, 2021 will see a new direction for the Continuum Sports organisation and we are happy to be paving the way for Circus – Wanty Gobert to move to the WorldTour in what is a significant milestone for the Belgian team and a well deserved promotion. Since the inception of Continuum Sports in 2007, we have made our mark on the cycling world with BMC Racing Team and CCC Team and we are well positioned to assist Circus – Wanty Gobert in this transition to the WorldTour. With ambitious long-term goals and a shared vision, we believe Circus – Wanty Gobert, under the leadership of Jean-François Bourlart, is an ideal fit to carry on the Continuum Sports legacy and we are in a position to support their efforts where needed.”

Circus-Wanty Gobert Takes Jan Hirt and Georg Zimmermann from CCC
“We specifically want to strengthen ourselves with climbers,” said team manager Jean-François Bourlart during the announcement of the acquisition of the license. According to the Walloon media, Jan Hirt and Georg Zimmermann will be transferring to Circus.

Jan Hirt, Jonas Koch, Pavel Kochetkov, Attila Valter, Ilnur Zakarin and Georg Zimmermann are under contract with the CCC team until the end of 2021, but have not yet officially found a new team. Although it is said that Zakarin may go to Gazprom-RusVelo and Valter is being looked at by Groupama-FDJ. But according to Walloon media, Jan Hirt and Georg Zimmermann will make the switch. It is no coincidence that Hirt and Zimmermann are two guys who climb well. “Now that we are going to be compelled to do three Grand Tours, we have to specifically look for climbers to strengthen ourselves,” Bourlart said.

Pieter Vanspeybrouck is said to have extended his contract with Circus-Wanty Gobert, according to Het Nieuwsblad. Vanspeybrouck has been riding for the Walloon team for four years and recently finished third in a stage of the Tour of Luxembourg. Jan Bakelants is also extending his agreement.

The end of the road for Jim Ochowicz?
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Flèche Wallonne 2020
Marc Hirschi (Sunweb) took a ground-breaking victory in his maiden participation of the Flèche Wallonne. The Swiss rider beat Benoît Cosnefroy (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Michael Woods (EF Education First) to become the third youngest winner in the race’s history and the second Swiss rider to triumph on this event, joining the legendary Ferdi Kübler, winner in 1951 and 1952. This edition of the Flèche Wallonne followed the race’s usual pattern, with a long breakaway starring most of the day and an uphill sprint on the Mur de Huy.

After 4 kilometres four riders broke away: Mauri Vansevenant (Deceuninck – Quick-Step), Aaron Van Poucke (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Mathijs Paasschens (Bingoal-Wallonie Bruxelles) and Marlon Gaillard (Total Direct Energie). Several other riders tried to join them, but they were unable to. After 20 kilometres, the group had built a one-minute lead. UAE Team Emirates and INEOS Greandiers took control of the bunch, letting the break take a maximum lead of 9:10 after 50 kilometres. The advantage of the front group decreased from then on and by the start of the final circuit, it had come down to 5:20. After the first climb to the Côte d’Ereffe, with 80 kilometres to go, Alessandro de Marchi (CCC) and Ide Schelling (BORA-hansgrohe) attacked from the bunch. Their chase went on for more than an hour. The Italian dropped the young Dutch rider on the second-to-last climb to the Mur de Huy. With only the last lap ahead, the break had a 1:30 advantage on De Marchi and 2:15 on the peloton.

On the last lap Vansevenant began to drop his break companions one by one until he was finally alone with 21 kilometres to go. The rest of the attackers, De Marchi included, were caught by the bunch, where Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) tried an attack. On the Côte du Chemin des Gueuses, with 10 kilometres to go, Rigoberto Urán (EF Education First) broke away from the pack and caught Vansevenant 3 kilometres from the finish after the Belgian rider had crashed. Soon after the duo were caught at the foot of the final climb of the Mur de Huy. The favourites waited until 400 meters to go to start attacking. Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) was the first to up the pace, next was Michael Woods (EF Education First), but he was passed in the final hundred metres by Marc Hirschi and Benoît Cosnefroy, first and second over the finish line ahead of the Woods.

# See the full ‘PEZ Race Report’ with lots of photos HERE. #

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Flèche Wallonne winner, Marc Hirschi (Sunweb): “It went perfect for us. I’m very proud of how my team rode today, doing a great job at the front of the bunch. The pace really sped up on the final laps. In the Mur de Huy, it was all about the legs. The Mur de Huy is super hard and super steep, so I had to wait and be patient in order not to go too early. I think this victory has been a lot about being strong on the head to get through the pain. I didn’t feel super today. To be honest, I have never felt super strong on any race I’ve won before, and I actually felt a bit bad in the first kilometres today. But then I had the motivation to do well and I put myself on the position I wanted to be at the bottom of the final climb. I was lucky today I had the legs, but I also made no mistakes and my team pulled out a great performance to deliver this victory.”

2nd, Benoît Cosnefroy (AG2R-La Mondiale): “I’m quite pleased and satisfied as this is my first podium on a World Tour classic. We were of course working to get the victory, but a second place is also a great reward for all the work the team has done over the race. It was great to see my teammates taking the head of the bunch on the final kilometres to place both me and Alexis Vuillermoz in perfect position ahead of the Mur de Huy. Marc Hirschi was stronger than me in the final metres. There are no excuses and no regrets: I was on his wheel and he just overpowered me. After his displays on the Tour de France and the World Championships, we knew he was one of the strongest riders of the world at this moment.”

7th, Patrick Konrad (BORA-hansgrohe): “At Tirreno I was not at the level I had hoped for after an illness prior to the race. The last weeks my training went well but I still didn’t really know where I am at the moment compared to the others. I put in a lot of effort during these weeks, training many ours in rainy conditions at home. During the race my legs felt quite good and therefore, we decided to go for me at the end. The change of the parcours was not in my favour, as the run in to the Mur was easier than the last years. Still I was positioned very well but didn’t have quite the legs to go for the win. When Woods launched the sprint, I think I also was missing a little bit of racing kilometres. But the 7th place is a good result and I am happy with that. Now I can go to Italy for the start of the Giro with good confidence.”

9th, Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates): “The team worked very well today and I was in a great position at the Mur de Huy. I didn’t really have my feet on the last climb, but I am not very disappointed with the result. I was still a little tired after the World championship, which was a very tough race. It’s a course that suits me better.”

Solo leader (till he crashed), Mauri Vansevenant (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “I felt very good today and started with a lot of confidence, despite making my first presence in a World Tour Classic. I worked in the breakaway, and then, when I realised that the gap was rapidly coming down, I accelerated and continued by myself. I could still tap a good rhythm in the last kilometres, but then I entered in that corner with too much speed and I crashed immediately. I got up and then on my bike and continued to push hard, but it was over. It’s a pity, because I am confident that without that incident, I could have fought for a good result on the Mur de Huy.”

Flèche Wallonne Result:
1. Marc Hirschi (Swi) Sunweb in 4:49:17
2. Benoît Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
3. Michael Woods (Can) EF Pro Cycling
4. Warren Barguil (Fra) Arkéa Samsic
5. Dan Martin (Irl) Israel Start-Up Nation
6. Michał Kwiatkowski (Pol) INEOS Grenadiers
7. Patrick Konrad (Aust) BORA-hansgrohe at 0:05
8. Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo
9. Tadej Pogačar (Slov) UAE Team Emirates
10. Simon Geschke (Ger) CCC at 0:10.

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Flèche Wallonne Femmes 2020
For the 6th time in a row, Anna van der Breggen conquered the Flèche Wallonne becoming the record holder of the event ahead of Marianne Vos. The Dutch rider celebrated in style the World title she took in Imola by clinching an impressive victory at the top of the Mur de Huy. Van Der Breggen wins this 23rd edition of the race ahead of Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig and Demi Vollering. The Boels Dolmans Cycling Team leader also takes command of the UCI Women’s World Tour.

It was an early start on the Grand Place of Huy for the 23rd edition of the Fleche Wallonne, broadcasted live on TV in 190 countries. The 133 riders took off at 8:52 on the 124km course around Huy with one question in the minds of all: would recent World Champion Anna Van Der Breggen conquer a sixth Fleche?

After just a few kilometres three riders powered away: Van Witzenburg (DVE), Van Haaften (CTL) and Benito (MAT). Despite a few counter-attacks, the front three saw their lead reach 1:45 at 25 km. At the top of the first of seven climbs, the Cote de Warre (45km), Van Haaften was the first to reach the summit while the pack led by Trek Segafredo remained a minute behind.

Shortly after, Marieke Van Witzenburg, dropped on several occasions, was eventually caught at km 56 leaving two riders at the front with a gap of 25 seconds that again started growing. The Front two were finally caught at kilometre 69.

The pack was then perfectly controlled by teams Trek Segafredo and Boels Dolmans aiming to control any breakaway attempt. Just after the first climb up the Mur de Huy, seven riders pulled away: Pieters, Van Den Broek – Blaak (DLT), Koster (PHV), Cordon-Ragot (TFS), Barnes (CSR), Mackaij (SUN) and Chabbey (EPK). After enjoying a slim advantage, they were caught by a group including all the favourites.

Despite a few attempts, 21 riders remained together all the way to the final climb up the Mur de Huy. While the group was led by Van Der Breggen (DLT) herself, Demi Vollering was the first to attack. She was eventually caught with 300m to go by Van Der Breggen who then powered away. The Dutch 30-year-old was never to be caught. For the 6th consecutive time, she wins the Fleche Wallonne, beating to the line Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ) and Demi Vollering (PHV).

The Boels Dolmans Cycling Team leader becomes the event’s record holder in terms of successes (ahead of Vos with her 5 wins). She also takes command of the UCI Women’s World Tour ahead of Lizzie Deignan (TFS) only fourth today.

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Flèche Wallonne Femmes Result:
1. Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels-Dolmans in 3:17:28
2. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope at 0:02
3. Demi Vollering (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg at 0:06
4. Elizabeth Deignan (GB) Trek-Segafredo at 0:11
5. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
6. Ashleigh Moolman (SA) CCC-Liv
7. Mikayla Harvey (NZ) Équipe Paule Ka
8. Liane Lippert (Ger) Sunweb at 0:18
9. Marianne Vos (Ned) CCC-Liv at 0:22
10. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon SRAM Racing at 0:25.

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BinckBank Tour 2020
Stage 1 of the BinckBank Tour was won by Jasper Philipsen. The Belgian in the UAE Team Emirates beat Mads Pedersen and Pascal Ackermann after a chaotic final.

Ludovic Robeet (Bingoal-Wallonie Bruxelles) and Thimo Willems (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise) forced the first break. The lead of the two Belgians increased to a maximum of 3 minutes in drizzly weather conditions. In the peloton NTT Pro Cycling, CCC and BORA-hansgrohe controlled the race. In the peloton was a crash including Colombian Brandon Rivera and the French sprinter Clément Venturini, both managed to rejoin the race. The escape was kept on a leash by the peloton and it looked like the race would end in a bunch sprint.

Thirty kilometres to go, Robeet and Willems had a minute on the peloton, at 20 kilometres the break was caught, but there was another crash in the peloton. In the Golden Kilometre sprints, Dutch champion and top favourite for the overall victory, Mathieu van der Poel, grabbed 3 bonus seconds in the first sprint. In the second and third sprint, Mike Teunissen and Yves Lampaert crossed the line first. After the last sprint there was a moment of calm in the peloton and Adrien Petit and Amund Grøndahl Jansen were able to take full advantage.

The pair had a limited lead on the last lap around Ardooie, but they managed to take more time in the following kilometres. The difference was 15 seconds, which was reason enough for the Mitchelton-Scott to chase in the peloton. With 9 kilometres to go, the two attackers were caught, but Sean De Bie tried a late attack. The Belgian was caught with 2 kilometres to go. The peloton was cut in half by a massive crash.

Dries De Bondt, Koen de Kort, Oliver Naesen, Stijn Steels and Luke Durbrigde were among the riders who his the deck. The first group of about 40 riders was able to continue at a fast pace, but no team managed to organise a lead-out. The battle for the stage victory looked to be between Ackermann and Pedersen, but it was Philipsen who surprise the two fast men with a final jump. Philipsen took his second victory of the season. Pedersen had to settle for second place, Ackermann finished third and Danny van Poppel crossed the line fourth.

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Stage winner and overall leader, Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates): “It was quite a straightforward day in the beginning. With just 2 riders in the breakaway the peloton was confident that it was going to end in a bunch sprint. It was quite hectic in the end as everybody was still fresh so there were a few crashes on the run-in. I managed to stay out of trouble and had the legs to win. For me it’s the nicest win of my career so far and I’m super happy.”

3rd, Pascal Ackermann (BORA-hansgrohe): “The guys had the race well under control all day. It was very hectic on the finishing straight and I think I likely started my sprint a bit too early and then couldn’t hold off Pedersen and Philipsen in the end. Of course, I am a bit disappointed, because we were going for the win today. But nevertheless, we’ll try again and hopefully we’ll be able to get the stage win.”

BinckBank Tour stage 2 was cancelled due to Covid-19 spikes in the area. Stage 3 and a changed stage 4 are expected to run.

BinckBank Tour Stage 1 Result:
1. Jasper Philipsen (Bel) UAE Team Emirates in 2:59:26
2. Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo
3. Pascal Ackermann (Ger) BORA-hansgrohe
4. Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Circus-Wanty Gobert
5. Stefan Bissegger (Swi) EF Pro Cycling
6. Alberto Dainese (Ita) Sunweb
7. Nils Eekhoff (Ned) Sunweb
8. Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Total Direct Energie
9. Mathieu Van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix
10. Tim Merlier (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix.

BinckBank Tour Overall After Stage 1:
1. Jasper Philipsen (Bel) UAE Team Emirates in 2:59:16
2. Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo at 0:04
3. Mike Teunissen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:05
4. Pascal Ackermann (Ger) BORA-hansgrohe at 0:06
5. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix at 0:07
6. Yves Lampaert (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
7. Mark Cavendish (GB) Bahrain-McLaren at 0:09
8. Danny van Poppel (Ned) Circus-Wanty Gobert at 0:10
9. Stefan Bissegger (Swi) EF Pro Cycling
10. Alberto Dainese (Ita) Sunweb.

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Amstel Gold Race Canceled
The Amstel Gold Race has been canceled. The Dutch Classic cannot continue due to the new corona measures. Race director Leo van Vliet announced the news on Wednesday.

The organisation of the event had a meeting on Wednesday afternoon with the South Limburg Safety committee. Due to the stricter corona measures, the authorities do not consider it justified to let the race go ahead. The Amstel Gold Race had already been postponed in April due to the outbreak of the corona virus. The only Dutch classic was scheduled for Saturday 10 October on the new race calendar. It is the first time since the first edition in 1966 that the race has been canceled.

The BinckBank Tour, which is currently being held, has also been affected by the tightened corona measures. The Dutch stages (Wednesday in Vlissingen and Friday in Limburg) were also canceled. The stage race will only have stages in Belgium this year.

No repeat win for Van der Poel:
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103rd Giro d’Italia, Provisional Entry List Announced
Many of the best sprinters, finisseurs, time trial specialists and GC riders will compete on the roads of the Corsa Rosa from 3 to 25 October, including V. Nibali, Thomas, S.Yates, Fuglsang, Kruijswijk, Lopez, Majka, Vlasov, Zakarin, Ciccone, Sagan, Matthews, Ulissi, Viviani, Demare, Gaviria, Ganna, Dennis and Campenaerts to name just a few. At the start there will be 22 teams of eight riders each.

The provisional entry list of the 103rd edition of the Giro d’Italia, organised by RCS Sport and scheduled from 3 to 25 October, has been announced.

The Corsa Rosa will see many of the best riders in the world at the start in Sicily: sprinters, finisseurs, time trial specialists and GC riders will compete over the 21 stages from Palermo to Milan, comprising three individual time trials, six stages of low difficulty suitable for sprinters, six of medium difficulty and six of high difficulty.

Among the riders who will try to win the Trofeo Senza Fine (Never Ending Trophy) are Vincenzo Nibali (two-time winner of the Corsa Rosa, in 2013 and 2016); Geraint Thomas (winner of the Tour de France in 2018), Simon Yates (winner of the Vuelta a España in 2018 and winner of this year’s Tirreno-Adriatico), Jakob Fuglsang (winner of the 2020 edition of Il Lombardia), with teammates Miguel Angel Lopez (on the podium of the Giro and Vuelta in 2018) and Aleksandr Vlasov, as well as Rafal Majka (second in the last Corsa dei Due Mari), Ilnur Zakarin and Giulio Ciccone (the Maglia Azzurra of the 2019 Corsa Rosa).

The new UCI ITT World Champion Filippo Ganna, as well as time-trial specialists Rohan Dennis, Victor Campenaerts, Tony Martin and Jos Van Emden, will aim for the first Maglia Rosa which will be decided by the inaugural Monreale-Palermo ITT on Saturday 3 October.

Finisseurs and sprinters will try to get one or more stage wins. Among the big names at the start are three-time World Champion Peter Sagan, Michael Matthews, Diego Ulissi and the sprinters Elia Viviani, Arnaud Demare and Fernando Gaviria.

THE TEAMS AT THE START
At the start are 22 teams of eight riders each, with 19 UCI WorldTeams and three wild cards.

UCI WORLDTEAMS – 19:
AG2R LA MONDIALE (FRA) – WARBASSE, VENDRAME
ASTANA PRO TEAM (KAZ) – FUGLSANG, LOPEZ
BAHRAIN – MCLAREN (BRN) – BATTAGLIN, CAPECCHI
BORA – HANSGROHE (GER) – SAGAN, MAJKA
CCC TEAM (POL) – ZAKARIN, DE MARCHI
COFIDIS (FRA) – VIVIANI, BERHANE
DECEUNINCK – QUICK-STEP (BEL) – ALMEIDA, MASNADA
EF PRO CYCLING (USA) – KANGERT, BENNETT
GROUPAMA – FDJ (FRA) – DEMARE, GUARNIERI
ISRAEL START-UP NATION (ISR) – CIMOLAI, DOWSETT
LOTTO SOUDAL (BEL) – HANSEN, ARMEE
MITCHELTON – SCOTT (AUS) – YATES S., AFFINI
MOVISTAR TEAM (ESP) – VILLELLA, CARRETERO
NTT PRO CYCLING TEAM (RSA) – MEINTJES, CAMPENAERTS
TEAM INEOS (GBR) – THOMAS, GANNA
TEAM JUMBO – VISMA (NED) – KRUIJSWIJK, VAN EMDEN
TEAM SUNWEB (GER) – MATTHEWS, KELDERMAN
TREK – SEGAFREDO (USA) – NIBALI V., CICCONE
UAE TEAM EMIRATES (UAE) – GAVIRIA, ULISSI

WILD CARD – 3:
ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC (ITA) – PELLAUD, BELLETTI
BARDIANI CSF FAIZANÈ (ITA) – CARBONI, LONARDI
VINI ZABÙ KTM (ITA) – VISCONTI, ZARDINI

The Giro trophy is waiting:
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Deceuninck – Quick-Step to Giro d’Italia
Our team for the Corsa Rosa (3-25 October) will be a mixture of youth and experience.

A hard opening weekend in Sicily, three individual time trials (one of which is scheduled in Milan, on the final day), and some iconic climbs, such as Monte Bondone, Madonna di Campiglio, Passo dello Stelvio, Colle dell’Agnello, Col d’Izoard or Sestriere – all these will make up the parcours of the 103rd Giro d’Italia, which our team will tackle with eight strong riders, all motivated to add to the team’s remarkable tally at the race.

His first season in the World Tour has been more than just a learning experience for João Almeida, who finished on the overall podium at Vuelta a Burgos and Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali, as well as coming close to a resounding victory at the Giro dell’Emilia. Now, the young Portuguese all-rounder will be at the start of his first three-week race – one of Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s two Grand Tour debutants, alongside Alvaro Hodeg, the Colombian speedster who posted a series of solid results in bunch sprints this year.

Victorious on the final stage of the Tour de Pologne and runner-up at the Italian Championships, Davide Ballerini returns at the Corsa Rosa after two years, together with countryman Fausto Masnada, who impressed just a couple of weeks ago at Tirreno-Adriatico. Another rider to stand out at the “Race of the Two Seas”, James Knox will also be on Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s squad for the season’s second Grand Tour, which will be rounded out by Mikkel Honoré, 2015 stage winner Iljo Keisse and Pieter Serry.

“We are looking forward to this Giro d’Italia, an unusual one taking place so late in the season. The start is going to be very hard, with many tricky and complicated stages, where it will be important to remain attentive. We have many young riders on the team and we won’t put any pressure on them, just take it day by day, see what happens and go for a stage win, which is our main goal at the race”, explained Deceuninck – Quick-Step sports director Davide Bramati.

03.10–25.10 Giro d’Italia (ITA) 2.UWT
Riders:

João Almeida (POR)
Davide Ballerini (ITA)
Alvaro Jose Hodeg Chagui (COL)
Mikkel Honoré (DEN)
Iljo Keisse (BEL)
James Knox (GBR)
Fausto Masnada (ITA)
Pieter Serry (BEL).
Sports Director: Davide Bramati (ITA), Klaas Lodewyck (BEL) & Geert Van Bondt (BEL).

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CCC Team Targeting Stage Wins at Giro d’Italia
CCC Team will line up at the Giro d’Italia targeting stage wins when the second Grand Tour of the season gets underway in Sicily this Saturday, 3 October.

Lead Sports Director Gabriele Missaglia said the diverse stage profiles provide numerous opportunities for CCC Team’s eight riders.

“We are lining up at the Giro d’Italia with a mix of experienced riders and Grand Tour debutants with our primary focus on stage wins. We have Ilnur Zakarin leading the team so we will keep an eye on the General Classification but this will be Ilnur’s first race back since his crash at the Tour de France so we will be conservative in our approach. Of course, Ilnur won a stage at last year’s Giro d’Italia so we are aiming to repeat his success again this year,” Missaglia said.

“In terms of climbers, we have Víctor de la Parte who is in good shape and Grand Tour debutants Attila Valter, fresh from his win at the Tour of Hungary, and Kamil Małecki, who had great form at the Tour de Pologne. Josef Černý, Kamil Gradek, Pavel Kochetkov, and Joey Rosskopf give the team multiple cards to play in breakaways and the three time trials are great opportunities for our national champions Černý and Gradek to test their form. A Giro d’Italia in October will be special and the weather can definitely play a big role in shaping the race so we will see what happens the further north we go. We are motivated to race aggressively and hopefully come away with a stage win by the time we reach Milan.”

CCC Team at the Giro d’Italia (3-25 October):
Josef Černý (CZE)
Víctor de la Parte (ESP)
Kamil Gradek (POL)
Pavel Kochetkov (RUS)
Kamil Małecki (POL)
Joey Rosskopf (USA)
Attila Valter (HUN)
Ilnur Zakarin (RUS)
Sports Directors: Gabriele Missaglia (ITA), Fabio Baldato (ITA).

Ilnur Zakarin:
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Movistar Team looking for opportunities at 2020 Giro
Telefónica-backed squad brings its two locals-Cataldo and Villella-into eight-man squad featuring two from winning team at least year’s ‘Corsa Rosa’, Carretero and Pedrero.

Following their good performance at the recent Tour de France, the Movistar Team is travelling this week to the start of the 103rd edition of the Giro d’Italia (Saturday 3rd – Sunday 25th October), looking forward to offering its youngsters a unique chance to shine and seek for stage wins with riders normally focused on team duties.

Maximilian Sciandri and Chente García Acosta will be the sports directors for an eight-man squad including Dario Cataldo, Davide Villella (ITA), Einer Rubio (COL), Eduardo Sepúlveda (ARG), Héctor Carretero, Antonio Pedrero, Sergio Samitier and Albert Torres (ESP).

It will be the debut in the ‘Corsa Rosa’ for Samitier, Torres and Rubio-the latter two are making their first-ever appearance at a three-week stagerace – joined by experienced competitors with previous appearances in the race, such as climbers Villella and Sepúlveda; allrounder Cataldo-winner of stage 15 in the 2019 race; the only rider to race both the Tour and the Giro- and two members of the Movistar Team which conquered the 2019 overall victory: Pedrero and Carretero.

2020 GIRO GUIDE | All info on the ‘Corsa Rosa’ (Team Website)

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Giro d’Italia (October 3rd-25th)
The AG2R LA MONDIALE team claimed a stage victory last year at the Giro d’Italia. Nans Peters put in an impressive performance to win the 17th stage, the finish of which was at Anterselva.

Laurent Biondi: “We’ll arrive at the start of this autumnal Giro d’Italia with desire and determination. We will trust in the younger riders like Jaakko Hänninen and Aurélien Paret-Peintre, who will both celebrate their first participation in a Grand Tour. The latter will start off without being under any pressure, but will have the ambition to aim for the best possible overall classification. The two riders will be able to rely on experienced guys like Tony Gallopin, Larry Warbasse and Ben Gastauer. I am not forgetting Geoffrey Bouchard, who stood out last year at the Vuelta a España, and François Bidard, who is getting closer and closer to a great victory. Andrea Vendrame has been getting very good results regularly this season, and he will be our go-to puncheur. He will aim to get good results and even take a stage victory.”

AG2R-La Mondiale for the Giro:
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UAE Team Emirates’ announce squad for Giro d’Italia
Eight riders confirmed for second Grand Tour of the year
Still fresh from the success of the Tour de France, UAE Team Emirates will turn their focus on the next chapter of the season as they head into the prestigious Giro d’Italia which runs from 3-25 October.

The race will start from the island of Sicily, with a finish on the climb of Mt. Etna on stage 3 the first big GC test before the race moves to the Italian mainland, where it skirts the Adriatic coastline before ending in Milan with a final time trial.

The team goes into the race with many options with Fernando Gaviria the main protagonist for the sprints while Diego Ulissi, Valerio Conti and Joe Dombrowski have all put in strong performances in past editions of the Corsa Rosa.

Manager Matxin Fernandez (Spa) along with Sports Directors Marco Marzano (Ita), Bruno Vicino (Ita) and assistant director Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) will lead the following 8 riders :

Brandon McNulty (USA)
Fernando Gaviria (Col)
Max Richeze (Arg)
Joe Dombrowski (USA)
Sebastian Molano (Col)
Diego Ulissi (Ita)
Valerio Conti (Ita)
Mikkel Bjerg (Den).

Matxin Fernandez (Manager): “This team was put together with various considerations in mind. We want to give young Brandon McNulty a chance to shine and see what he can do, but without any pressure or concrete goals other that to give his best. We have Diego Ulissi and Valerio Conti as our trusted veterans who will have freedom to move and both know what it takes to win at the Giro. Mikkel Bjerg will slot in to help Fernando Gaviria go for wins and work with Richeze and Molano as part of the train for the fact finishes. Bjerg will also get his chances in the time trials along with McNulty who is also fast against the clock”

Diego Ulissi: “I’m excited heading into this years Giro. Without a clear GC leader we have a lot of freedom and have the strength to try different things on both the flat stages and the hilly days. My preparation has been perfect up until now. I finally managed to convert my consistency into wins at the Tour of Luxembourg and I’ll be keen to repeat that feeling again. We have two very young talented guys in Brandon and Mikkel who are doing their first Giro and it will be nice to try and help them and share my experience.”

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Giro d’Italia OCT 3 – 25
Luke Roberts – Team Sunweb coach: “After a really successful season restart where the team has performed well across the board at multiple races, which culminated in a brilliant Tour de France campaign; the motivation in the team is really high and the guys are eager to continue that success in Italy. We have had a really good preparation period with this group of riders; with weekly meetings during the season pause about team tactics and goals, altitude camps in Kühtai and strong showings at the recent races affirming our good shape. We head to Italy looking to chase two goals as a team; a good GC result and stage results – in a similar way we have done recently at other races. We take strong climbing support to the race to back up our GC ambition, while having strong cards to play for the finales of the stages we have identified as opportunities for day success.”

Sunweb Giro Line-up:
Nico Denz (GER)
Chad Haga (USA)
Chris Hamilton (AUS)
Jai Hindley (AUS)
Wilco Kelderman (NED)
Michael Matthews (AUS)
Sam Oomen (NED)
Martijn Tusveld (NED).

Stage wins for Michael Matthews:
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Giro d’Italia: Lineup
NTT Pro Cycling is delighted to announce our very exciting lineup for the 103rd Giro d’Italia which commences in Palermo on Saturday, 3 October and finishes in Milan on the 25th of October.

Three individual time trials are a feature of this year’s race and with the maglia rosa on the line in the opening stage, our Belgian TT specialist Victor Campenaerts will be our headline act. The race features three opportunities in his favoured discipline including stage 14 and the final stage in Milan.

The 28-year-old comes into the race in good form having recently finished eighth at the World Championships, second at the Belgian championships as well as third at the European championships. He was also second in stage eight of Tirreno-Adriatico.

Our selection features an exciting group of climbers spearheaded by local favourite Domenico Pozzovivo. The 37-year-old Italian has on three occasions finished in the top-10 overall at this race and took a stage victory in 2012.

This race also marks his 20th Grand Tour appearance, having previously appeared 13 times at the Giro d’Italia. Pozzovivo most recently was forced withdraw from the Tour de France on the first rest day after bravely fighting the aftereffects of a crash on the opening stage but has since recovered and trained well in preparation for the start in Palermo.

South Africa’s Louis Meintjes – twice a top-10 Tour de France finisher – will be looking to capitalise on his recent strong form shown at Tirreno-Adriatico where he finished just outside the top-10 on the general classification. He’ll be joined by Ben O’Connor who so agonisingly missed out on a top-10 in this race two years ago. The Australian took an impressive stage win at Etoile de Besseges earlier in the year and is now raring to go in his third appearance at the Giro d’Italia.

Eritrea’s Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier returns to the race for a second time and continues to demonstrate that he’s a huge talent that could well see him finally breakthrough in challenging for a Grand Tour stage win. Danilo Wyss completes our set of climbers and will be a key component as he takes an important leadership role for the three-week event.

Two young, exciting riders will make their Grand Tour debuts for NTT Pro Cycling at the race:

23-year-old Italian neo-pro Matteo Sobrero will realise a dream by making his bow at the Giro d’Italia and is one to watch out for. Stage 20 will start in his home town of Alba, and one he’s particularly looking forward to.

Meanwhile completing our lineup will be 24-year-old Australian Dylan Sunderland who will play a valuable role in a support role at the race. He made his debut for our team at the Tour Down Under and immediately impressed with his versatility and work ethic.

Douglas Ryder: “This race comes at an extremely important time for our team, with the announcement earlier in the week that we are actively seeking a new title partner for 2021 and beyond. Having won a stage at the Giro in the past, we are extremely excited to once again be at the Grande Partenza and look forward to fighting on all fronts in what promises to be a great race. Moreover, the incredible impact our team continues to have, and make, in changing lives through bicycles with the Qhubeka Charity sees us with a unique opportunity to make a huge difference in the world.”

Louis Meintjes: “It should be a really good three weeks in Italy and I’m really looking forward to it. Hopefully summer stays around for a little longer and the weather is good as it’s a good course for me – lots of mountains! I’m just going to go there and make the most of it, I was feeling good at Tirreno so hopefully we can have some good days out there.”

Victor Campenaerts: “I’m really looking forward to a Giro that contains three relatively flat time trials. Filippo Ganna, the recently crowned World Champion, is also competing so it’s going to be difficult to win even one of them but I will try with every ounce of my being, especially the first time trial as there’s a pink jersey on the line; so we will go all in. I also believe that within the first two weeks there are some chances for breakaways and I’ll try to play a role in making a success of one of those opportunities.”

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Team Jumbo-Visma with General Classification Ambitions at Giro d’Italia
Steven Kruijswijk leads the selection of Team Jumbo-Visma in the Giro d’Italia in October. Kruijswijk is the designated leader within the Dutch formation and is going for a good result in the general classification.

Team Jumbo-Visma’s original plan was to let Kruijswijk ride the Tour de France, but due to a crash in the Critérium du Dauphiné, La Grande Boucle came too early for the 33-year-old rider. He is now aiming for a top result in the Giro d’Italia. The core of the Giro selection, including Kruijswijk, prepared at an altitude training camp in Tignes.

The number three of last year’s Tour de France appear at the start in Monreale in a good shape. “In the first week we can immediately brace ourselves. The third stage already has an uphill finish. That will be a measure for me to see where I stand. I haven’t started in many races this year, so we have to explore. It is a nice course with a lot of hard stages. There are also a few nice time trials. The last week will be decisive.”

Sports director Addy Engels is looking forward to the grand tour with confidence. “The main goal is to go for a good classification with Steven. The team is also composed with this goal in mind. We can assist him on several fronts. The selection is a nice mix of strong riders and guys who can ride uphill. With Tobias Foss and Chris Harper we have two riders riding their first grand tour. The opening week is difficult, so we will have to focus 100 percent from day one.”

Line-up Giro d’Italia (03/10/2020-25/10/2020):
Steven Kruijswijk
Koen Bouwman
Tony Martin
Christoph Pfingsten
Tobias Foss
Chris Harper
Antwan Tolhoek
Jos van Emden

Another shot at the Giro for Kruijswijk:
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Astana Pro Team Replaces Natarov and Pronskiy for Giro d’Italia
Astana Pro Team has replaced Kazakh riders Yuriy Natarov and Vadim Pronskiy for the upcoming Giro d’Italia, as they’ve been in close contact with their colleague Zhandos Bizhigitov, who tested positive for COVID-19 and is symptomatic. Natarov and Pronskiy will be replaced by Jonas Gregaard Wilsly and Rodrigo Contreras.

Alexey Lutsenko also tested positive for COVID-19 before his participation at the World Championships, he’s been in isolation since this result but is asymptomatic, as he’s waiting for the results of his retests.

General manager Alexandr Vinokurov: “It’s sad that we had to withdraw Yuriy Natarov and Vadim Pronskiy, as they all would’ve made their debut in the Giro d’Italia, but the protocol is very strict. Even while being asymptomatic, they could’ve spread the virus among their colleagues as they were in close contact with Zhandos Bizhigitov. We hope Zhandos Bizhigitov gets well soon and that all the other riders will test negative in the upcoming period to make sure they can participate in upcoming races.”

Rodrigo Contreras to ride the Giro:
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A New App for the 103rd Edition of the Corsa Rosa
The Giro d’Italia launches its new app, designed and built to bring fans to the centre of the race, with all the information just a click away.

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With just a few days left until the 103rd edition of the Giro d’Italia, organised by RCS Sport and scheduled from 3 to 25 October, the Corsa Rosa is launching its new app.

The new mobile interface of the Giro d’Italia aims to bring fans to the centre of the race, through a single digital platform where they can find all the information just a click away: from the route to the rankings, and including details of the teams and riders at the start.

The app was created to bring to fans all the nuances of the ‘toughest race in the world’s most beautiful place’ in a new and interactive way. The big news this year is the Notification Centre in four languages ​​(English, Italian, French and Spanish), with the push notifications including breaking news, live news, Maglia Rosa, rankings and videos.

Naturally, the app is enriched by the live section, with all the video contents and interactive profiles of each stage.

Foto Fabio Ferrari/LaPresse 13 Maggio 2019 Vinci/Orbetello (Italia)Sport CiclismoGiro d'Italia 2019 - edizione 102 - tappa 03Da Vinci a Orbetello - km 220Nella foto: durante la gara.Photo Fabio Ferrari / LaPresseMay 13, 2019 Vinci/Orbetello (Italy)  Sport CyclingGiro d'Italia 2019 - 102th edition -  stage 03From Vinci to OrbetelloIn the pic: during the race.

 

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Team SD Worx Signs Moolman and Noskova
Team SD Worx has strengthened itself with Ashleigh Moolmans Pasio and Nikola Noskova. DS Danny Stam is especially pleased with the signing of the 34 years old Moolman. The South-African rider finished 6th in last week’s Giro Rosa. “I think that with Moolman we have contracted one of the best climbers in the women’s peloton”, says Danny Stam convinced.

In both multi-stage races as hilly one day races Moolman is an allrounder which has proven her value already for many years. “She can always be seen on the first row of the group when the road climbs. With Ashleigh I hope to have an extra strong rider in the final of the toughest races on the calendar. In this way we can ride more dominantly”, according to Stam.

Moolman has been of the most constant riders in the GC of the Giro Rosa. In the Giro Rosa of 2018, the South African finished second behind Annemiek van Vleuten. Last year she finished fourth in this great race. Team SD Worx, the brand which takes over the title sponsoring from Boels-Dolmans, have contracted the South African rider for two years.

“For some years now, I am very impressed by the professionality of the Boels Dolmans team”, says Ashleigh Moolman Pasio. “I always wanted to ride for this team. The way they ride, like a strong block, taking the initiative in races is very appealing to me.”

“It is the strength of the team that they are able and willing to play multiple aces in the finale of the big races. Although the team changes next year, the core remains largely the same. With this strong team we have many options next season. We can play different tactics in the finals. This makes us unpredictable for the competition and will make the races even better to watch for our fans.”

The South African looks forward racing in the same team of the double Imola World champion, Anna van der Breggen. “It may sound weird, because I am three years older than her, I still hope to learn a lot from Anna. I only started cycling when I was 23, that’s why I still feel a rookie on the bike.”

Also, the Czech rider Nikola Noskova favours climbing. Besides that, the 23 years old rider has a strong Time Trial in her legs. Noskova signed a contract for one year with the SD Worx team. “Where Moolman has proven already her strength in climbing, I think Noskova can also become a climber for the future. She has a lot of talent to play a decisive role in the hill classics and multi-stage races”, says Danny Stam.

The SD Worx team enlisted already 12 riders for the 2021 season: Anna van der Breggen, Chantal Blaak, Jolien d’Hoore, Amy Pieters, Lonneke Uneken, Christine Majerus, Demi Vollering, Elena Cecchini, Roxane Fournier, Anna Shackley, Ashleigh Moolman and Nikola Noskova.

Ashleigh Moolman off to Team SD Worx:
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Africa’s First Ever UCI WorldTour Team on the Hunt for New Title Partner
NTT Pro Cycling, formerly Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka, is looking for a new title sponsor following the confirmation that NTT has now opted not to renew their contract beyond 2020.

On Monday evening team principal Douglas Ryder informed all members of our organisation – the UCI WorldTour outfit and UCI Continental team – that NTT will not continue with the team, ending our six-year association.

This is of course is very disappointing news but we are committed to fight for our team’s future and are exploring every possible avenue available to us. Our partnership with the Qhubeka Charity has incredibly spanned 10 years and seen us play a key role in the distribution of over 100 000 bicycles in disadvantaged communities throughout South Africa.

This relationship forms part of the foundation of our team and has seen us touch the hearts of people in every corner of the globe, from supporters, partners, staff and riders all sharing in the belief, that bicycles change lives.

As Africa’s only UCI-registered World Tour team, our journey has yielded success in claiming numerous stage wins at the Tour de France together with a number of other major victories, all which have been celebrated across the globe.

We would like to thank everyone for their incredible continued support of our team in realising our dream at cycling’s highest level, and we will continue to fight for our future.

If you would like to connect with us then please do so here.

The NTT team looking for a new sponsor:
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DNA Pro Cycling Team Announces 2021 Roster
The DNA Pro Cycling Team announces the 2021 roster. As with so many teams and race organisations, DNA Pro Cycling faced tough challenges during the unprecedented cancellation of most events during 2020. As a result, the team chose to extend all rider contracts through 2021.

“Shortly following a productive team camp in the spring, we were en route to the first race of the 2020 season,” said Catherine Fegan-Kim, the team’s co-owner and director, “and learned of the first cancellation upon arriving in the race city, eventually all road events on our calendar would be cancelled. We are extremely grateful to our sponsors who have continued to support the team and share our priority to protect the health and security of our riders.”

2021 will see the departure of Michaela Drummond, after racing with the team for 4 years. Drummond has announced plans to move to Europe with a new focus for the new season. Taking her place and the only new signing for the upcoming season, will be Erica Clevenger. The Colorado rider raced with Visit Dallas | DNA Pro Cycling in 2017. Clevenger is a past Collegiate National Road Race Champion and Best Young Rider recipient of the 2017 USA CRITS season. She is currently the elected collegiate representative on the USA Cycling Board of Directors.

The remaining riders have elected to return for 2021. This includes Katie Clouse, who will be racing her fifth year with the program and has continued to add to her national championship titles with last year’s collegiate national MTB and U23 cyclocross wins. Mia Kilburg (née Manganello) will continue her return to professional cycling after her medal winning performance in long-track speed skating at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. She returns to a shortened speed skating season this fall, before prepping for the road season in the spring.

Based in British Columbia, Maggie Coles-Lyster is a tactical all-around who will be a strong asset in the sprints for the team. After testing her legs across all disciplines of cycling, she found success on the track, becoming the 2017 Junior Track World Champion in the points race. In 2019, she finished second in a thrilling sprint finish in downtown Silver City, behind Chloé Dygert in stage 4 at the Tour of the Gila. Heather Fischer, also a past collegiate national road race champion, will return as road captain.

“As with the start of this year, we are very excited to bring this strong roster to UCI, PRT, and USA CRITS racing,” said co-owner Lee Whaley, “the unfortunate circumstances of the pandemic this year has only strengthened our drive to compete in the coming year.”

The 2021 DNA Pro Cycling Team Roster:
Katie Clouse (Park City, UT)
Margot Clyne (Boulder, CO)
Maggie Coles-Lyster (British Columbia, CAN)
Erica Clevenger (Golden, CO)
Heather Fischer (Boulder, CO)
Sarah Kaufmann (Salt Lake City, UT)
Mia Kilburg (Salt Lake City, UT)
Kimberly Lucie (Tuscon, AZ)
Hanna Muegge (Belmont, CA)
Liza Rachetto (Los Altos, CA)
Nicole Shields (Cambridge, NZL)
Brenna Wrye-Simpson (Portland, OR)

The DNA Pro Cycling Team is a multidisciplinary US-based women’s program and registered as a UCI Women’s Continental Team as well as a USA CRITS D1 team.

About the DNA Pro Cycling Team:
In an environment with few professional women’s teams worldwide, the DNA Pro Cycling Team was founded to give athletes the opportunity to compete at the highest level of bike racing. The team brings the full spectrum of resources to support these athletes including staffing, providing travel & logistics, & partnering with the best brands for equipment. The team’s overarching strategy is to simply provide the best conditions for the athletes to excel & achieve their full potential. As the team has grown through the years, the mission has also grown to include advocating for & raising the positive perception of cycling as a healthy & fun activity. Through competition, & the visibility for which it brings, the DNA Pro Cycling Team believes it can, & has a responsibility to, inspire cyclists to get out and enjoy the ride.

www.DNACyclingTeam.com

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Cycling Canada Unveils 2021 National Calendar
Cycling Canada is pleased to announce its robust 2021 national calendar, adding some exciting new events to an already substantial list of national and international races on Canadian soil.

“We are very excited to return with a complete calendar of national events for the 2021 season across all disciplines,” said Events & Partnerships Manager Josh Peacock. “Although Cycling Canada remains optimistic that the conditions surrounding the current pandemic will improve, we remain conscious that our ability to deliver our national events calendar may be subject to ongoing public health regulations. Cycling Canada will continue to work alongside our dedicated group of national event organisers, provincial partners and public health authorities to provide all of the necessary resources to ensure our 2021 events calendar can be conducted in a safe and effective manner.”

The mountain bike Canada Cup calendar will kick off in Mont-Tremblant, QC, on May 29-30 with offerings in both the DH and XC disciplines as a part of the wider Crossroads Tremblant festival. The calendar continues with XCO and DH stops in Alberta, British Columbia and Nova Scotia, with exciting conclusions at the Crankworx Festival for DH series, and in Dieppe, NB, for the XC series. As was planned for 2020, all junior events within the XC series will be sanctioned at a minimum level of UCI C2 including four stops on the UCI Junior Series.
From July 10-11, the Canadian XCO Championships return to Hardwood Ski & Bike in Oro Station, ON, while the Canadian Downhill Championships head to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden, B.C., on July 24-25. The season will conclude with a stop at one of Canada’s most exciting mountain bike venues in Saint-Félicien, QC, for the Canadian XC Marathon Championships on September 11th. Notably absent from the calendar is the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Mont-Sainte-Anne, QC. With the UCI unable to offer a two-year contract for the hosting of the Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup in 2021 & 2022, organisers have opted to take a brief hiatus from programming in 2021 and work towards an agreement for the return of the event in 2022 & 2023.

The BMX Canada Cup series will kick off in Drummondville, QC, on June 19-20, followed by an exciting new stop on the series at Haut-Richelieu, QC, on June 26-27 and a stand-alone Canada Cup in St. Albert, AB, on July 17-18. The season will conclude with the Canadian BMX Championships & Canada Cup finale at Calgary BMX on August 28-29.

The UCI Gran Fondo World Series will continue to build its presence on Canadian soil with the Classique des Appalaches in Victoriaville, QC, on July 1-3 making its debut on the national calendar. Adding to the profile of the event will be the inclusion of the Canadian Masters Road Championships from July 1-4, cementing Victoriaville as a destination for Canadian and North American masters riders alike.

On the Elite side, road racing will commence on June 3rd with the UCI women’s Chrono Féminin de la Gatineau followed by the Tour de Gatineau on June 4th. A few weeks later, racing will resume in Beauce with the Canadian Elite/Junior/Para Road Championships taking place on June 17-20, followed by the Tour de Beauce on June 23-27. Rounding out the domestic UCI calendar will be the fan-favourite BC Superweek from July 9-18 and Canadian road calendar staple Tour de l’Abitibi from July 12-18. The season is capped by UCI WorldTour stops in Quebec City and Montreal on September 10 and 12 for the Grand Prix Cyclistes de Québec et de Montréal.

The para-cycling national schedule will once again return to Montreal on May 1-2 for the Challenge Gary Longhi as part of the Défi Sportif AlterGo Paralympic festival. The season will continue with the Canadian Road Championships on June 17-20, and finish with the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup in Baie-Comeau with final dates still to be confirmed.

Noticeably vacant from the current calendar are events in the cyclo-cross, track, and para track cycling disciplines. Cycling Canada is currently working with organisers in both disciplines towards an event application deadline of October 1st. Following review of all relevant applications, Cycling Canada will publish a release with complete event detail in late 2020. For the full 2021 events calendar, click here.

“We would like to take this opportunity to commend our local and national organising committees across the country who have continued to demonstrate an inspiring sense of optimism and resilience as we weather this storm,” said Peacock. “We are thrilled to be working with them as we build towards another exciting year of national calendar racing.”

2019 Canadian Road Championships. Photo: Vincent Drouin-VéloGazette:
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