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EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!

The German champion wins Eschborn-Frankfurt for the first time in 20 years. Results and video from Frankfurt and the Tour de Romandie. Top Story is from the World of boxing and how they treat their dopers. Also in EUROTRASH Thursday: Max Richeze new Argentinean champion, star riders for Yorkshire, Pierre Rolland racing again, Giro d’Italia 2019, Tour of Utah Super Fan’s guide, Aevolo for the Tour of the Gila, EY and Velon launch data-tracking system and coffee and a chat with Coryn Rivera. All the cycling news you need.

I know it’s ‘bad form’ to point the finger at other sports when it comes to doping, but when you see the case of boxer, Jarrell Miller, and how leniently he has been treated by the WBA, something needs to be said.

Miller has been given a six-month ban after he failed three drugs tests for GW1516, HGH and EPO.

Jarrell Miller failed his second drugs test ahead of his heavyweight title fight with Anthony Joshua, according to fight promoter Eddie Hearn. His boxing license was revoked in New York State after it emerged he had returned an adverse finding from a voluntary doping test on 20 March. According to initial reports, the heavyweight tested positive for the banned substance GW1516, which boosts endurance and helps athletes burn fat. Miller then failed a second Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) test for human growth hormone (HGH).

Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn Tweeted: “We have now received news from VADA that Jarrell Miller has now failed a second separate test for a further substance. AJ’s June 1 opponent will be announced next week – if you don’t think you can beat him clean then delete my number!”

Miller said the first test was a voluntary one that he was happy to take and added that the results came one week after another voluntary test he took was completely clean. “I have NEVER knowingly taken any banned substance and when I found out the news last night I was totally shocked,” Miller said on Instagram. “Remember don’t believe everything you hear and see. The facts will prevail and I shall be vindicated. I don’t have anything to hide and the truth will make itself known.”

Later he changed his mind saying: “A lot can be said right now but I’ll get straight to the point – I messed up. I messed up, I made a bad call. A lot of ways to handle the situation, I handled it wrongly and I’m paying the price for it. I’m missing out on a big opportunity. I’m hurting on the inside, my heart is bleeding right now. I’ve hurt my family, my friends, my team, my supporters, but I’m [going to] own up to it. I’m [going to] deal with it. I’m [going to] correct it. I’ll come back better and I’m humbled by the experience, I understand how to handle certain things and I’m going to leave it like that. I love you guys and I appreciate you guys out there and fighters we go through a lot and I don’t want to make it a bad name for ourselves. It’s time to do right and get right.” Does that all sound familiar?

Miller will miss his next fight against Anthony Joshua and $4.75 million, but a six month ban will hardly be a problem, as professional boxers tend to train for that length of time between bouts and he will not lose his position in the WBA rankings. A cyclist would be looking at a life time ban for three positives. Is the WBA answerable to WADA?

Miller apologizes after reports of second failed drug test:

Eschborn-Frankfurt 2019
Bora-Hansgrohe’s Pascal Ackermann carried the good form of the German team in the Eschborn-Frankfurt on Wednesday. At the end of the German one-day Classic the German champion out-sprinted John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo), Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) and the rest of the peloton for a home win.

The 187.5km long route of the 58th edition of the German Classic, Eschborn-Frankfurt, was changed somewhat this year. In addition to the Feldberg, the race took the riders over the Mammolshainer Stich four times, as well as the Ruppertshainer climb twice, and the Billtalhöhe once. With a combined 3222 meters of climbing in the legs, the riders then approached the new 6.5km-long Main circuit, which they had to complete two and a half times.

From the start a group of seven was able to ride their way out of the main field and carve out a gap of several minutes. During the course of the race, the peloton kept the leaders within a reasonable distance, and the gap hovered around 4 minutes. With still 80km remaining, the group of escapees had been reduced down to a duo, and several kilometers later, another group of riders was able to catch up to them. However, during this time, Bora-Hansgrohe was always active in the peloton, and took over the reins in the field. As expected, the breakaway was caught with more than enough time to spare, which allowed the decisive final phase of the race to be subsequently ushered in. In the final kilometers, the Bora-Hansgrohe riders worked hard to bring Pascal Ackermann into an optimal position for the finale. In the finishing stretch, he launched his sprint perfectly and took the win in the inner city of Frankfurt after a display of outstanding teamwork. With that victory, he becomes the first rider in twenty years to win this German race as the reigning German champion.

Eschborn-Frankfurt winner, Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe): “We came here to Frankfurt with a goal, and that was to take the win. It’s a great feeling to have finished it off. The guys rode at the front of the peloton the whole day, and in the end it was nice to be able to win. I was admittedly under quite some pressure today. We are a German team competing at a German race, and of course we wanted to do everything we could to win. The team is in top form, and so we’re looking forward to the upcoming Giro d’Italia.”

2nd, John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo): “Too bad that it was not enough for the win – that is of course a bit depressing. I am happy for Pascal, that he won our hometown race. That counts for something. It is a big deal to take this win home, especially because it is a WorldTour race. I tried to keep within striking distance but out of the wind. I have nothing to blame myself for. After we drove through Eschborn I had cramps. I really had to fight, but my will was strong. That is what counts and what brought me the second place. This race is something very special. I saw a lot of familiar faces, people who supported me with Dege signs or something painted on the road.”

3rd, Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates): “Today my feelings were not perfect, so much so that on the undulating section, I slipped behind a couple of times. I was able to return to the group thanks to the support of Rory Sutherland and Vegar Laengen. On the final circuit, I tried to hold on to the sprint, but I wasn’t particularly brilliant. It was a pity we didn’t manage to prolong the winning streak in this race but for the sensations I had today, the podium is a good result.”

Eschborn-Frankfurt Result:
1. Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe in 4:23:36
2. John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo
3. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
4. Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy
5. Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis
6. Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles
7. Davide Gabburo (Ita) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTM
8. Lawrence Naesen (Bel) Lotto Soudal
9. Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-Alpecin
10. Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain-Merida.


Tour de Romandie 2019
The Tour de Romandie started in the best way for the Bahrain-Merida team with a victory for Jan Tratnik. The Slovenian time trial champion won the opening Prologue ITT in Neuchâtel on the short, but technical 3.8km course. Tratnik beat Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) and Tom Bohli (UAE Team Emirates) by 1 second. Jan Tratnik is also the overall leader of the Tour de Romandie and the result is the biggest of his career so far.

Stage winner and overall leader, Jan Tratnik (Bahrain-Merida): “If yesterday someone asked me if I could win, I would have said that I will take some good results, but not the victory. I’ve surprised myself, but on this kind of course I was sure that I could take an important result. I liked with explosive prologue. My goal was to give the maximum until the top of the climb and then it was downhill and flat to the finish. It was really special today. After a hard first part of the season with many races, I was quite tired, but also motivated ahead of this race because I knew that there were two time trials. I tried to focus at 100 percent and I came here with the aim to do everything to take the win. Today I took my first World Tour victory and I’m really happy. I improved in the time trial thanks to the team to. We focussed on ITT and also the best equipment that our partners supply us help a lot to achieve such results”

3rd, Tom Bohli (UAE Team Emirates): “I am happy with the ride, but I am also a little disappointed to have lost by only 60-hundredths of a second. Among other things, I had to change my trajectory heading the curve before the uphill section on the cobbles due to a bird who was on the road. He flew right towards me and forced me duck with my head to avoid it. All little things, but that gap of 60-hundredths of a second is small. Too bad, I missed out by very little today.”

9th, Maciej Bodnar (Bora-Hansgrohe): “It was a flat but very technical course, but all in all I am satisfied with my result. A prologue is different to a normal time trial, which suits me better. In the end, I finished in 9th position, of course, a podium spot is always nice to achieve, but I am here to help our GC guys and Sam for the sprint. Therefore, I am happy how today’s opener ended for me. Tomorrow we have a demanding stage and I will try to help our GC contenders as good as possible.”

Tour de Romandie Prologue Result:
1. Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain-Merida in 5:06
2. Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma at 0:01
3. Tom Bohli (Swi) UAE Team Emirates
4. Tony Martin (Ger) Jumbo-Visma at 0:04
5. Geraint Thomas (GB) Sky
6. Alex Dowsett (GB) Katusha-Alpecin
7. Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ at 0:05
8. Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar
9. Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe
10. Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates.

Tour de Romandie Overall After the Prologue:
1. Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain-Merida in 5:06
2. Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma at 0:01
3. Tom Bohli (Swi) UAE Team Emirates
4. Tony Martin (Ger) Jumbo-Visma at 0:04
5. Geraint Thomas (GB) Sky
6. Alex Dowsett (GB) Katusha-Alpecin
7. Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ at 0:05
8. Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar
9. Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe
10. Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates.

Romandie prologue:

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) took a double victory in Stage 1 of the Tour de Romandie on Thursday. The Slovenian sprinted to the stage victory in La Chaux-de-Fonds and took over the overall lead from his compatriot Jan Tratnik (Bahrain-Merida). David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) was 2nd and Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) was 3rd.

A large leading group colored the stage. They had a maximum of three minutes, but were caught in the final. During the race, the attacks kept coming from the GC riders, but they couldn’t avoid a sprint. Roglic started the sprint and managed to hold everyone off to the line.

Stage winner and overall leader, Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma): “I didn’t expect to win here. After Tirreno-Adriatico, I went on an altitude camp in preparation for my main goal, the Giro. I recently came back from it. Then you have to wait and see how things will go. It was a tough day with a lot of climbing. It’s a nice feeling that I was able to win, especially in a sprint. It surprised me, because normally there is always someone who is faster. Winning in Romandie always is a special feeling. I love to race here. In Steven, we have a pawn who can go for the GC. He rode very well today, just like the rest of the team. We will continue to keep doing our best.”

3rd on the stage and 2nd overall, Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates): “I am satisfied with today’s result that came by battling with high-level riders. I tried to make the most of the good work done by my team-mates, who were very alert and kept me protected the whole stage. I immediately saw that the stretches over the last five kilometers would give life to a decisive action, and so it was. In the sprint, I gave my best, but Roglic was very fast. Still, I take a lot of morale from the first two days of the Tour de Romandie.”

4th overall, Geraint Thomas (INEOS): “I felt quite good in the final so I thought I’d have a go and test the legs and see how I was. It was pretty good! It was hard with the run in and the headwind. We weren’t working really well together as a group so unfortunately we couldn’t stay away. But it was a good test and I’m happy with how I was going. It’s not just about waiting and trying to do something on Saturday. I’ll just take every day as it comes, get stuck in and try to get the best result I can. I’ll try to take an opportunity if it comes.”

10th on the stage, Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Gobert): “I am satisfied with this result, even if it was not a bunch sprint. I followed an attack of Zakharin, although initially I wanted to attack under the red flag signaling the last kilometer in order to try to win the stage. But we delivered a strong collective performance by riding together. Although the first stage was not the most difficult of the tour on paper, the race was demanding because of the high pace from start to finish. Each day in this tour there will be opportunities for riders with characteristics similar to my own, I will have to grab them without waiting for the weekend. Time trialing is not my specialty and the stage on Saturday might be shortened because of snow, so I will not leave all my hopes for the mountain top finish on Saturday.”

11th on the stage, Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe): “It was a tough day, everyone was on the limit as we headed into the second last climb. Still, I thought I will give it a try and went on attack. Unfortunately, I hadn’t the best legs for the finale to finish it off, and the other riders were able to bridge across 6 km before of the finish. But that’s cycling, at least I gave it a try.”

Tour de Romandie Stage 1 Result:
1. Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma in 4:15:18
2. David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
3. Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates
4. Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First
5. Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
6. Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) Lotto Soudal
7. Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Movistar
8. Jan Hirt (Cze) Astana
9. Felix Großschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
10. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Gobert.

Tour de Romandie Overall After Stage 1:
1. Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma in 4:20:15
2. Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates at 0:10
3. David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 0:12
4. Geraint Thomas (GB) Team INEOS at 0:13
5. Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar at 0:14
6. Felix Großschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:15
7. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:17
8. James Knox (GB) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:18
9. Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
10. Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar at 0:19.

Romandie stage 1:

Max Richeze wins National Championships
The Argentinean landed our team’s 49th domestic title, after a perfect sprint at the end of the 198km-long road race in Santiago del Estero.

The 36-year-old Maximiliano Richeze, now in his fourth season with Deceuninck – Quick-Step, rode a perfect race at the Nationals on Sunday, displaying not just his strength, but also the tactical acumen he possesses and which has made him one of the most respected lead-out riders in the business. The Buenos Aires native remained calm and followed the right moves inside the final hour of the event, when things heated up and attacks began flying from the peloton, before charging past all his opponents in the reduced bunch gallop which decided the winner of the 108th Argentinean Championships.

Richeze timed his sprint to perfection, kicking out with less than 150 meters to go and winning by a bike length ahead of Nicolas Naranjo (Agrupacion Virgen De Fatima) and Hector Lucero (Municipalidad de Pocito), in the process racking up his 32nd pro victory and fulfilling a lifelong dream.

“It wasn’t easy today, especially as a flurry of attacks threatened to break the race with 40 kilometers to go, but I stayed attentive and focused and made use of my speed in the final to win this beautiful title”, said Max, the ninth different Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider to notch up a victory this season. “It’s my first success at the Nationals in the Elite category, a dream come true, and I can’t wait to sport the jersey in some of the most prestigious races in the world. This win, which I’ll forever cherish, is one that I want to dedicate to my family, fans and all the people who have supported me in my career.”

Max Richeze’s first race in the Argentinean National Champion jersey will be the Tour of California, scheduled to take place between 12-18 May.

Max Richeze – 2019 Argentinean Champion:

More Star Riders Set for Tour de Yorkshire!
Two former Tour de Yorkshire champions – Greg Van Avermaet and Serge Pauwels – have confirmed they will ride this year’s race as well as cycling legend Marianne Vos.

Van Avermaet was involved in a crash at Liège-Bastogne-Liège on Sunday but his CCC Team have confirmed he only suffered cuts and bruises and the 33 year old will definitely line up in Doncaster on Thursday to defend his Tour de Yorkshire title. He will be joined by team-mate Serge Pauwels who sealed an equally impressive victory back in 2017.

Vos meanwhile, is the most successful female rider of her generation with numerous national, world and Olympic titles on her impressive palmarès.

Van Avermaet (CCC Team) said: “It’s always a nice feeling to line up at a race with number one on your back as defending champion. I’m looking forward to returning and trying to defend my title. It’s not an easy race by any means but I think we have a strong team and we can make another nice result.

“As a Classics rider, there are not many stage races where I have a realistic shot of winning the General Classification, but the stages at the Tour de Yorkshire suit me. There is no other race like it. The crowds are amazing, the atmosphere is really special, and the scenery is beautiful so that makes the race really stand out. It will also be a good chance to see the route for this year’s World Championships in race conditions, so I’m looking forward to that.”

Pauwels (CCC Team) said: “My overall win at the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire is definitely one of the biggest wins of my career so far and I have always loved this race. I first did it in 2016 and I always enjoy coming back. I also finished on the podium with last year and I’m looking forward to racing in Yorkshire again with my team-mate as defending champion.”

Vos (CCC-Liv) said: “I am looking forward to riding in Yorkshire. Last year I noticed on television that cycling is very much alive there. With a view to the World Championships in September, it will be extra nice to ride it, get a taste of the atmosphere, and to explore the course. It is the end of the spring season which has gone very well for me. I hope there will be a nice closing of my spring.”

Joining Vos in the CCC-Liv team will be Jeanne Korevaar, one of Holland’s up-and-coming talents. The 22 year old is excited to be riding in a world-class peloton that also includes the likes of Annemiek van Vleuten and Yorkshire’s own Lizzie Deignan, and extoled the reputation the Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race has in the female peloton.

Korevaar said: “It is great to go to Yorkshire. It is a new race for me and the team and we know the atmosphere is good: the organization is huge, it is a big race. We go there to ride well as a team, and I want to show myself as well. The first stage of the women’s race is relatively flat and features the World Championships circuit, and on the second stage we’ll get to see hilly Yorkshire, very well known among cyclists. It will be a tough race, with an Ardennes-like course. We want to extend the positive line of the Ardennes classics to Yorkshire.”

Full details on the Eve of Tour Celebrations and all things Tour de Yorkshire can be found at http://letouryorkshire.com

Big crowds in Yorkshire:
Picture by Simon Hulme - 05/05/2018 - Cycling - 2018 Tour de Yorkshire - Stage 3: Richmond to Scarborough - Fans watch the riders leaving Richmond

Pierre Rolland, Back in Business!
With a double wrist fracture, following his fall on the Ardèche Classic, the 32-year-old climber will return to competition at the Yorkshire Tour starting Thursday. After two months away from the peloton, the Orléanais is eager to pin a number on his jersey again.
In what state of mind do you approach this return to competition?
“With a lot of desire and joy to find my teammates after following them from the couch in recent weeks. We are lucky that cycling is very well exposed in the media, with many TV broadcasts. I am passionate about my sport and I have been able to watch beautiful things in the classics but it’s time to get back to the other side, to return to what I love most: racing.”
Since the beginning of your career, you had never been away from the peloton for so long…
“In the past two months, I have gone through several phases. First, the denial at the end of my fall, when I tried to convince myself that, despite the pain, my injury was not going to be so bad. Then a new phase of denial after the results of the scanner that highlighted my double fracture. I thought it would recover in a few weeks but the doctors and my own daily pain reminded me it would take time. Seeing the severity of my injury and the handicap it caused me, I went from disappointment to disappointment, finding that for a cyclist, a broken wrist is very, very problematic. The acceptance phase came quite late, when I started getting back on the road. I live in an area where the roads are fortunately flat and very well maintained. I was able, in addition to my work in the gym and my physiotherapy exercises for rehabilitation, get back on the bike safely and anticipate my recovery, in order to lose as little time as possible.”
How did you compensate for the immobilization of your wrist?
“I quickly went to the gym to work on the body parts that I could use. I was able to do exercises that allowed me to blast my legs and heart. Then, I wore a thermoformed splint with which I could ride on my bike against the clock. Wrist injuries are tricky to heal in a cyclist and it was important to get back into competition by healing the broken bones. For a big week, here I am again able to hold the handlebars, to brake without pain and to sprint with the hands down on the drops of the handlebar… a relief!”
In what physical condition do you find yourself?
“I rode a lot last week. I had planned a training camp in Spain ten days ago but the weather forced me to shorten my stay and take four days off. This period of forced rest was foundational. I was able to leave my wrist alone and, above all, this period allowed me to go from being a convalescent rider to a rider preparing for his recovery. It’s important and today I’m ready to resume competition. I did a big last week of training and I stayed three days at the foot of Mont Ventoux, where I returned to work in the mountains. I love that.”
The Yorkshire Tour is the right place to return to business?
“It is especially a race which will allow me to approach the continuation of my program as I wish it. With the team staff, we tried to build something smart to make an interesting return to competition. This break was long and I feel like today at the end of January, after a long period of preparation. I have a very big desire to race, to find friends and continue to progress. I will probably be a little physically short in Yorkshire, where you have to know how to integrate into a race movement, but the rest of the program makes me very eager. We are entering a period that I love, with stage races and mountain races that suit me well. I will follow the days of the race, interspersed with mountain courses and rest when I feel the need. I rarely raced in May, except when I raced the Tour de Romandie or the Giro. It’s time to come back and I can not wait to get back into the game!”

Back in the peloton – Pierre Rolland:

Giro d’Italia 102: Corsa Rosa Sponsors Announced
59 companies are linking their names to the Giro’s 102nd edition

The 102nd edition of the Giro d’Italia is about to start. The Corsa Rosa, organized by RCS Sport/La Gazzetta dello Sport and running from 11 May to 2 June, has many important partners who will live and travel together for three weeks of emotions in sport, culture and racing passion.

Top Sponsors
Enel – Maglia Rosa
Banca Mediolanum – Maglia Azzurra
Segafredo Zanetti – Maglia Ciclamino
Eurospin – Maglia Bianca
NamedSport – Stage Winner – Start&Go
ACI / Sara Assicurazioni – Last Km

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Official Sponsors
Continental – Classifica Combattività
Toyota – Official Cars
Intimissimi Uomo – Format Km
Pinarello – Gran Premio Fuga
Castelli – Cycling Clothing
Autostrade per l’Italia – Intermediate Sprints
Selle Italia

Official Partners
Shimano, Fercam, Husqvarna, Yamaha, Acqua Valmora, Europcar, Grande Partenza Giro d’Italia 2020 – Hungary, Valsir, TIM, Enit.

Official Suppliers
Astoria, Sitip, Morato Pane, Pastificio De Angelis, Bio Presto, Faxiflora, Castelli, BCD, Navigare, Kellogs.

Astoria, Castelli, Elite, Gadget Group, Le Formiche di Fabio Vettori, Panini, Pinarello, Saucony, Selle Italia, Segafredo Zanetti, Sidi, Boccadamo, Ugo Cilento, Facenti Alto Milano, Sportler, Competitive Group, Dinamic Brands UK, Neos Vadolibero.

Tour Operators
Custom Getaways Inc., Grand Tours Project, Musement, Sports Tours International, Italy Bike Tours.

Team Sunweb Unveil 2019 Giro d’Italia Line-Up
With the Giro d’Italia just around the corner, Team Sunweb confirm the eight-man strong squad that head to Italy to kick off the team’s Grand Tour season.

After a successful past two editions of the race, which saw two podium finishes with both first and second in the general classification, Team Sunweb once again line-up at the Giro with ambitions for the overall classification, selecting a well-rounded group of riders to support their goal.

Team Sunweb’s Giro d’Italia coach Marc Reef discussed the line-up: “This year we look to replicate our successes of the previous years, heading to Italy with the same ambitions and focus for the overall classification. Everybody has an important and specific role in our plan and we have selected what we believe is the strongest configuration of riders to support our primary season goal; to ultimately get Tom into the best possible position to achieve a solid GC result for the team.

“We bring Chad and Louis to guide Tom through the stage’s early difficulties and our young Australian guns for the tougher days. We’ll benefit from Jan’s experience and quality in the hectic and explosive finals and we have Sam, who we expect to grow into the race to bring support on the key stages that come in week two and three.

“Good training and preparation plans mean that we head to Italy in the best possible condition. The guys have had a good few blocks at altitude and some more racing in their legs over the past couple of days. Now we’re all really looking forward to heading to Bologna to kick off our Grand Tour season on what we hope will be a great note.”

Jan Bakelants (BEL), Tom Dumoulin (NED), Chad Haga (USA), Chris Hamilton (AUS), Jai Hindley (AUS), Sam Oomen (NED), Robert Power (AUS), Louis Vervaeke (BEL).
Coaches: Michiel Elijzen (NED), Marc Reef (NED) and Matt Winston (GBR).

Tour of Utah Advocates for Healthy Lifestyles with Super Fan’s Activity Book and Youth Bicycle Races
40,000 Workbooks Printed in Time for National Bike Month

Tips on exercise, nutrition, and vocabulary are illustrated through the sport of cycling in a new educational workbook for elementary-aged children this spring. This 20-page, full-color publication, The Super Fan’s Guide and Activity Book, is a collaborative effort by organizers of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and event partner University of Utah Health. A total of 40,000 workbooks have been printed in time for the final month of school across Utah, and in recognition of National Bike Month in May.

Activity workbooks will be distributed to elementary schools and youth organizations in the communities which are hosting the 2019 Tour of Utah, the professional cycling stage race scheduled for Aug. 12-18. An online version in PDF format is available for all families to download and enjoy. This is the seventh year the Tour of Utah has produced an educational booklet for children.

In Brigham City, members of the Box Elder Composite High School Mountain Bike Team will be handing out 1,500 workbooks throughout the month of May at four schools – Discovery, Foothill, Lakeview and Mountain View elementary schools. Through this personal interaction with children in grades K-3, the cycling team members hope to inspire boys and girls to get outside, exercise and enjoy the sport of cycling.

In Park City, more than 400 workbooks will be distributed to Park City School District’s elementary schools in May. These schools include Jeremy Ranch Elementary, McPolin Elementary, Trailside Elementary, and Parley’s Park Elementary.

Both of these communities will host Sprint to the Finish Youth Bike Races in August, as part of free activities with the Tour of Utah cycling event. Children ages five to 12 can demonstrate pedal power and safe cycling skills during six of the seven days of the pro races. Complimentary registration is provided by University of Utah Health, with participating children required to bring their own bicycles and helmets. The Super Fan’s Guide lists dates and times for the Sprint to the Finish Bike Races in August. More details about expo locations and start/finish areas will be available on the Tour of Utah website.

Sprint to the Finish Locations
Tuesday, Aug. 13 — North Logan City
Wednesday, Aug. 14 — Brigham City
Thursday, Aug. 15 — North Salt Lake
Friday, Aug. 16 — Salt Lake City
Saturday, Aug. 17 — Canyons Village at Park City Mountain
Sunday, Aug. 18 — Park City

The Tour of Utah is one of the premier events in North America for men’s professional cycling teams, ranked 2.HC by the Union Cycliste Internationale and positioned on USA Cycling’s Pro Road Tour. The Tour of Utah will begin on Aug. 12 with a prologue (short time trial) at Snowbird Resort, one of four ski resorts that is part of the event. The Tour will conclude on Aug. 18 in Park City. Additional host venues are North Logan City, Brigham City, Powder Mountain Resort, Antelope Island State Park, North Salt Lake, Salt Lake City, and Canyons Village at Park City Mountain.

The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah is free to all spectators, making professional cycling one of the most unique professional sports in the world today. It remains a 2.HC-rated stage race on the UCI America Tour, making it one of the premier events for professional cycling teams in North America. The Tour is also part of the USA Cycling Pro Road Tour. More information about the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah can be found by visiting www.tourofutah.com, as well as social channels Facebook (tourofutah), Twitter (tourofutah), Instagram (thetourofutah) and YouTube (Tour of Utah).

Aevolo Prepares for Tour of the Gila
The Aevolo cycling team heads to Silver City, New Mexico with a strong roster ready to compete in the 33rd edition of the Tour of the Gila, one of the most challenging and enduring UCI stage races in North America.

“With powerhouses like Rally with Rob Britton and Sepp Kuss not present this year, the field is a lot more wide open,” Aevolo Team Director Mike Creed said. “That gives guys like Luis Villalobos, Alex Hoehn and Tyler Stites an opportunity to ride a really solid GC. We’ve always missed out on a top 10 overall here, but hopefully this is the year that changes.”

From May 1 to the 5, the team will take on the traditional road race routes around the Gila National Forest that make this race so special, including the 14.5-mile Tyrone Individual Time Trial and the Downtown Silver City Criterium. Stage 1 will finish atop the Mogollon Climb,

U23 road race champion Alex Hoehn and Tyler Stites, recently selected by USA Cycling to compete at the Amgen Tour of California, will take the start line along with Mexican Time Trial champion Luis Villalobos, Costa Rican climber Gabriel Rojas, Lance Haidet, Riley Sheehan and Andrew Vollmer.

Throughout the week, Aevolo will bring updates through all social media channels, including daily race recaps. The race’s official hashtag is #Gila2019.

You can find us at www.aevolocycling.org, on Twitter at @Aevolo_Cycling, Facebook at Aevolo and Instagram at @Aevolo_Cycling.

EY and Velon Launch Advanced Cycling Data-Tracking System Worldwide
EY, a leader in professional and digital services, and Velon, a global leading data provider for professional road cycling, today announce the launch of VelonLive – a suite of digital services designed to provide enhanced performance insights and make road cycling more accessible and engaging for millions of fans around the world.

EY brings deep digital and data analytics knowledge to deliver unique insights, not typically seen in any other global sport to fans – including real-time updates on riders’ speeds, power, cadence and more, collected live from the race.

Developed by EY and Velon, the new race data systems are used by all the major teams, at some of professional cycling’s most popular races including the prestigious Giro d’Italia. Earlier this year, live rider data was shown to millions around the world who watched the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race in Australia, the UAE Tour and the Tour of Flanders. The data also provides fans with insight into the Hammer Series of races, which is being developed by Velon. Not only can fans access additional information via the VelonLive app and website, the data is also shared with organizers, broadcasters and media outlets to enhance coverage of the races.

Jay Nibbe, EY Global Vice Chair – Markets: “Our collaboration with Velon showcases how we are combining our technology, services and consulting experience to introduce new ground-breaking innovations. We’re proud of this work with Velon, which is bringing athletes more insights into their performance and cycling fans a better way to engage with sports. As people are seeking a more immersive experience, this collaboration is pioneering a new level of fan engagement by opening up cycling to a broader audience and using live performance data to enhance the story of the race.”

Graham Bartlett, Chief Executive Officer, Velon: “EY is the organization that can take our business and the sport of cycling as a whole to a completely different level in terms of fan experience. The best teams and riders in the world will bring the races alive both for the fans and our race partners, thanks to the knowledge in data and digital analytics EY provides. EY transforms businesses; we want our collaboration to transform a global sport.”

Robin Hutchinson, EY Global Digital Products and Solutions Leader – Markets: “Our collaboration with Velon has the potential to revolutionize not only the way that people enjoy cycling, but the way that professional sport is delivered to fans around the world. It is truly a ground-breaking development and we’re very proud to be a part of this venture.”

Giro d’Italia 2017 winner, Tom Dumoulin, Team Sunweb: “For elite cyclists, racing is a passion. Sharing our race data with fans adds a new, exciting dimension to the sport and it’s great that we can make fans part of our journey in better and closer ways than ever before. Big thanks for this new collaboration.”

Tour de France 2018 winner, Geraint Thomas, Team INEOS: “I’m all for offering fans as much insight into cycling as we can, and EY and Velon have done a brilliant job of opening up the data side of the sport.”

Tour of Flanders 2019 winner, Alberto Bettiol, EF Education First Pro Cycling: “In modern cycling, data is important. I use it in my training, I use it to know when I’m rested and ready for a big race, I use it to know how hard I’m working in the races themselves. Of course sometimes, as our director says, you have to throw out the head and pedal with the heart like the last 14 km in Flanders. I couldn’t bear to look, but I’m happy others could see.”

Below are examples of data-driven infographics from Velon:

Home Story with Coryn Rivera
Join us #InsideOut ahead of Liège–Bastogne–Liège this weekend with US national champ Coryn Rivera, as our new Home Story series continues with a mid-season coffee and catch up.

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