EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
Sky will have two leaders at the Tour de France – will the Froome/Thomas pact succeed again? Top Story. Mathieu van der Poel takes another win, this time in Baal – Result and video. Other cycling news: Three crosses for Lars Boom, Richie ready for TDU, teams for Algarve, Tour de Yorkshire riders, Viviani Down Under, Froome, Thomas and Bernal talk 2019, GP Industria’19, Deceuninck – Quick-Step keen for 2019, new kit for Dimension Data, UAE Team Emirates and CCC and helmets for Sunweb and bikes for Rally-UHC. RIP Mike Barry. 2019 starts here.
TOP STORY: Tour Two Pronged Attack for Sky?
In a press release Team Sky has ‘set out their stall’ for the 2019 Tour de France. Four time winner, Chris Froome and last year’s winner, Geraint Thomas will head the team’s Tour hopes for a seventh win. So, what do the main-men have to say?
Chris Froome: “The Tour route next year is definitely a difficult one, It’s challenging in a lot of different aspects. More than ever the climbing is going to be emphasized again with very high summit finishes – over 2,000m in altitude – so that’s going to be another element to really prepare for. Spending time at altitude beforehand will be really important. As always with a team time trial, and an individual time trial on the penultimate stage, time trialling is going to be key as well, keeping that dynamic of who’s going to be in front at what point and who has to be defending, attacking. There’ll be a lot of time on the TT bike and there’s a lot to get ready for.”
Geraint Thomas: “The main goal for me will be to go back to the Tour de France for the best result I can. I’ll have the number one on my back and it would be sad not to go back and not to go back at 100% as well. The year will be geared around that. I haven’t had time to study the Tour route in too much detail. I was obviously at the launch and I’ve spoken to Tim [Kerrison] about it. I know the general structure of it but I don’t know it in a massive amount of detail… but it’s always hard! There are always some high mountains and this year altitude will certainly play a factor in it. I like the look of it and I’m motivated for it. I think I’ll take the same attitude as always really: I’ll try to be there in the best shape and whatever happens, happens.”
In any other team you would be expecting ‘trouble at mill’ but at Team Sky it would all be part of the big plan. The fall-out between Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome in 2012 taught the team the lesson of ‘omertà’ to keep everything in house. During the 2018 Tour everything was for the team win, all the way to the final week Thomas was working for Froome and Froome was thinking of the team win. Of course now there is the added intrigue of Sky pulling their sponsorship at the end of the year. Knives could be drawn?
DVV Verzekeringen Trofee – GP Sven Nys – Baal 2019
Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) won the Grand Prix Sven Nys in Baal on Tuesday, New Year’s Day. Even a crash and a flat tire could not stop the European champion as he also took the lead in the DVV Verzekeringen Trofee from Toon Aerts (Telenet Fidea Lions) who finished second. Laurens Sweeck (Pauwels Sauzen-Vastgoedservice) was third.
The opening lap saw a big crash which included Michael Vanthourenhout (Marlux-Bingoal) and Gianni Vermeersch (Corendon-Circus). Top favorite, Mathieu van der Poel, had all the time to put in his expected attack, but Van der Poel was too quick to take the lead and crashed. The European champion was OK, but lost 20 seconds and ended up in 18 place.
Toon Aerts also had a bad start, but went into the lead and took the intermediate sprint 15 bonus seconds for the DVV Verzekeringen Trofee, and extended his lead in the standings to 26 seconds.
Van der Poel didn’t wait for long to get back to the front and soon had a gap on the rest. By the half-way point he had 20 seconds, but then had a puncture. Aerts took 10 seconds back and the hope of keeping his overall lead. Van der Poel held Aerts off to win by 34 seconds ahead of Sweeck at 49. Van der Poel has an 8 second lead going into the penultimate round in Brussels.
Race winner, Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus): “It was quite incidental and I am glad that I was able to take the win. I had hoped to be able to grab a few more seconds, but due to circumstances that did not happen today. It was my own fault, I felt pretty good right from the start and wanted to take a break to continue to the intermediate sprint. But I went faster than expected. My front wheel began to slide and my handle-bars were caught against a wooden post. I keep on hanging on good luck and in one way or another it’s usually okay. It became a little more dangerous every round because it had smooth tracks. The mud surface made it really slippery. In the end it was still a rather technical descent. I knew I had to drive down very concentrated. I still drive them all, you saw it today. When something happens and you miss the intermediate sprint, you just lose 15 seconds. When I have it in Brussels, I have lost the leading position.”
2nd, Toon Aerts (Telenet Fidea Lions): “It was a difficult cross today. What made it difficult was that you often get technical traces in the descent. If you do not have to give gas, you have to be careful that you do not make mistakes. That makes it very difficult in terms of concentration. This is my basic level. I had already felt during the exploration that I was not super. But of course I find a course that really suits me so I can take second place. You can see that on a course that really suits me, I can go to a podium on my basic level. On a good day I can take part in the victory. He missed his mechanic and then threw his bike to my father, who was ready to change my bike. That meant I had to hold back. I tried to get ahead again, but heading for aggression is often not the right way. But these are things that happen in the cross. I think it will be a battle between Mathieu and me. Today I also managed to get 15 seconds. That will still be decisive in the upcoming matches. It’s a nice fact that comes with it and makes for a nice fight.”
DVV Verzekeringen Trofee – GP Sven Nys – Baal Result:
1. Mathieu Van Der Poel (Ned) Corendon-Circus in 55:30
2. Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions at 0:34
3. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Vastgoedservice at 0:49
4. Eli Iserbyt (Bel) Marlux-Bingoal at 0:54
5. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Marlux-Bingoal at 0:57
6. Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet Fidea Lions
7. Tom Meeusen (Bel) Corendon-Circus at 1:08
8. Thomas Pidcock (GB) Tp Racing at 1:10
9. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux-Bingoal at 1:31
10. Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Telenet Fidea Lions at 1:42.
Lars Boom to Ride Three Cyclocross Races
Lars Boom will race this winter in at least three cross races, according to his Roompot-Charles team. Last month it was announced that Boom will start his season next Sunday at the Brussels Universities Cyclocross, part of the DVV Verzekeringen Trofee. He has also added the crosses in Otegem (14th Jan) and Zonnebeke (26th Jan) to his program.
Boom will be competing this winter for the Charles CX team, the cyclocross section of the ProContinental team. Stan Godrie will also race cross on behalf of the team and both will ride on Stevens bikes until the end of the cross season.
On Wednesday Godrie showed off the new team kit in Baal:
Trek-Segafredo for the Tour Down Under
Richie Porte makes his first race appearance for the Trek-Segafredo team in the Tour Down Under later this month. The 33-year-old Australian transferred from BMC this winter and he is motivated to show himself in his homeland and has a strong team to help him in the first WorldTour race of 2019.
“The Tour Down Under is always a goal for me at the beginning of the season and it’s nice to race in Adelaide every January,” said Richie Porte. “Of course in my first race with Trek-Segafredo I am extra motivated to ride a good classification and I hope to continue my series of success on Willunga Hill (Porte has won the last five years). I know that I have to get the best out of myself, and that’s what I’m going to do.”
Trek-Segafredo for the Tour Down Under:
William Clarke (Aus), Koen de Kort (Ned), Ryan Mullen (Ire), Jarlinson Pantano (Col), Richie Porte (Aus), Kiel Reijnen (USA), Peter Stetina (USA).
Porte ready for the off:
Twelve WorldTour teams to Volta ao Algarve
The Volta ao Algarve has twelve WorldTour teams on the start sheet for 2019, one less than last year. The organization has announced the teams that will race in the Portuguese stage race starting in Portimão on February the 20th. Among the participating teams is the Dutch Jumbo-Visma, which won in 2017 with Primož Roglič. Last year, the final victory went to Michał Kwiatkowski of Sky, beating Tour winner Geraint Thomas and Tejay van Garderen.
The Volta ao Algarve starts February 20th, finishes February 24th, 2019.
Volta ao Algarve teams
BORA-hansgrohe (Ger), CCC (Pol), Deceuninck – Quick-Step (Bel), Dimension Data (SA), Groupama-FDJ (Fra), Jumbo-Visma (Ned), Katusha-Alpecin (Sui), Lotto Soudal (Bel), Sky (GB), Sunweb (Ger), Trek-Segafredo (USA), UAE Emirates (UAE).
Caja Rural-Seguros RGA (Spa), Cofidis (Fra), W52-FC Porto (Por), Wanty-Groupe Gobert (Bel).
Aviludo-Louletano (Por), Efapel (Por), LA Alumínios-LA Sport (Por), Miranda-Mortágua (Por), Rádio Popular-Boavista (Por), Sporting-Tavira (Por), UD Oliveirense-InOutBuild (Por), Vito-Feirense-PNB (Por).
Volta ao Algarve 2018:
Star Riders Set their Sights on Yorkshire
Team Sky have announced four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome has his sights set on riding this year’s Tour de Yorkshire.
The six-time Grand Tour Champion, who is eyeing a fifth Tour de France title, has announced his race calendar for the year and high on his agenda is a return to Yorkshire.
33-year-old Froome explains; ‘Yorkshire hosted the start of the Tour de France a few years ago and the atmosphere was just incredible. The Tour de Yorkshire has been growing year on year and I’d love to get out there this year’
The team also revealed Froome hopes to be a part of the UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire in September where he’ll race for Great Britain along with the reigning Tour de France Champion Geraint Thomas.
Thomas, who is 32, says; ‘Looking at the course for Worlds in Yorkshire, I think the Men’s Elite Individual Time Trial will be my best chance of getting a title. It’ll be a good goal to have for the end of the year. I certainly want to be there because the support in Yorkshire is unbelievable. I think it’s going to be a massive World Championships and I want to be a part of it.’
Sir Gary Verity DL, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire said: ‘Both Chris and Geraint raced in Yorkshire when we hosted the Grand Depart of the Tour de France in 2014 so have first-hand experience of the incredible crowds and carnival atmosphere here in Yorkshire. They will be guaranteed the hugest of Yorkshire welcomes for the Tour de Yorkshire and the UCI Road World Championships and we can’t wait to see them race on our county’s roads.’
Viviani Starts Season in Australia
Elia Viviani starts his cycling season next week in the Tour Down Under, the 29-year-old Italian champion took his first victory for Quick-Step last year in the Australian WorldTour event. Viviani confirmed his participation with the Deceuninck – Quick-Step team to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
The sprinter hopes to be able to show the same form in 2019 as last season: “I hope I can stay on the same level. I am not obsessed with winning so much again. My goals are a bit different. I would be happy with ten victories, if that is the case in bigger races. I really feel that I can win a great classic and can win many victories over the next two, three or four years. I am Italian champion and Olympic champion. I am proud of that.”
Fernando Gaviria no longer a teammate, but a competitor: “When I found out that Fernando was going to leave, it was my first thought that I got a new competitor. Then I realized that Quick-Step Floors had explained that there were budget problems and that my successes probably helped in deciding to sacrifice Fernando. After Peter Sagan, Gaviria is going to be my big competitor. I also expect Marcel Kittel to join the top again, while Dylan Groenewegen may be underestimated. Pascal Ackerman can be the surprise of 2019.”
The Italian is once again aiming at Milan-San Remo: “La Primavera is not an obsession, but I always think about it when I’m on my bike. I had a hard time there last year, but now it’s going to be different. In February I will do a number of endurance training sessions of seven hours, because the World Cup is also almost three hundred kilometers long. I am also going to study the Milan-San Remo race route, as well as the sprints of the last few editions. That way I hope to learn how I can best approach that course.”
La Gazzetta dello Sport expects Viviani to be active in the Giro d’Italia, skip the Tour de France and then prepare for the World Championships by riding the Vuelta a España.
2019 Provisional Schedule for Elia Viviani:
People’s Choice Classic (Aus)
Tour Down Under (Aus)
Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (Aus)
Milan-San Remo (Ita)
Three-day Bruges-De Panne (Bel)
Giro d’Italia (Ita)
Vuelta a España (Spa)
World road championships, Yorkshire (GB).
Viviani – Italian champ:
Froome, Thomas and Bernal Outline 2019 Plans
Team Sky can confirm that Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas will focus their 2019 seasons around the Tour de France, with Egan Bernal set to lead his first Grand Tour at the Giro d’Italia.
Froome, who is targeting a record-equalling fifth Tour title, and defending champion Thomas will take to the start line in Brussels on July 6. Bernal, who enjoyed a revelatory first season at WorldTour level, will lead the team at the Giro, starting in Bologna on May 11.
Explaining his decision to target the Tour, Froome said: “It’s been a hard decision to figure out exactly what to do in 2019 and figure out which Grand Tours to focus on, especially having won the Giro last year and having had such an amazing time out there with the team – but for 2019, my number one objective is going to be the Tour de France.
“It was definitely a difficult decision not to go back to the Giro d’Italia and defend the maglia rosa. I’ve got some amazing memories from last year, but I think, with the Tour de France as my main objective, it’s probably better that I skip the Giro d’Italia in 2019.
“I’m getting to the point in my career now where I’m starting to think about what kind of legacy I want to leave behind and if I am able to win the Tour de France for a fifth time and join that very elite group of bike riders – only four other people have ever done that – it would just be incredible.”
Thomas also confirmed that he will be targeting the Tour in 2019, as well as eyeing the time trial World Championships which are being held on British soil in Yorkshire.
He said: “The main goal for me will be to go back to the Tour de France for the best result I can. Maybe if I hadn’t have won the Tour in 2018 I might have looked at a Giro/Vuelta program but, having won the Tour, I’ll have the number one on my back and it would be sad not to go back and not to go back at 100% as well.
“The year will be geared around that, but I’m also looking forward to a slightly different program as well, and obviously after the Tour, the Worlds in Yorkshire will be massive.
“I think the time trial will be my best chance of getting something out of it. It will be a good goal to have for the end of the year. I certainly want to be there because the support in the UK and in Yorkshire especially is just unbelievable at the moment. They’re going to be a massive Worlds and it will be great to be a part of that.”
Bernal, 21, is excited about tackling the Giro for the first time – a race close to his heart.
He said: “The Giro is a race that I really, really like. I lived in Italy for three years, so I have a lot of friends there and I really like the Italian fans. I know the roads, I really like the Giro, and I want to do a good race there.”
And the Colombian will start his season on home soil, as defending champion at the Tour Colombia.
“I’m really excited to do the Tour Colombia. It will be the first race with Froomey there so we want to do it well! It’s at home and I want to do a good race for the fans, for my family, and for Colombia. It’s incredible how the fans support us and it’s right at home. It will be good.”
The full Team Sky squad for 2019:
Leonardo Basso – Italy – age 25, Egan Bernal – Colombia – age 21, Jonathan Castroviejo – Spain – age 31, David de la Cruz – Spain – age 29, Owain Doull – Wales – age 25, Eddie Dunbar – Ireland – age 22, Kenny Elissonde – France – age 27, Chris Froome – Great Britain – age 33, Filippo Ganna – Italy – age 22, Tao Geoghegan Hart – Great Britain – age 23, Michal Golas – Poland – age 34, Kristoffer Halvorsen – Norway – age 22, Sebastian Henao – Colombia – age 25, Vasil Kiryienka – Belarus – age 37, Christian Knees – Germany – age 37, Michal Kwiatkowski – Poland – age 28, Chris Lawless – Great Britain – age 23, Gianni Moscon – Italy – age 24, Jhonatan Narvaez – Ecuador – age 21, Wout Poels – Netherlands – age 31, Salvatore Puccio – Italy – age 29, Diego Rosa – Italy – age 29, Luke Rowe – Wales – age 28, Pavel Sivakov – Russia – age 21, Ivan Sosa – Colombia – age 21, Ian Stannard – Great Britain – age 31, Ben Swift – Great Britain – age 31, Geraint Thomas – Wales – age 32, Dylan van Baarle – Netherlands – age 26.
The new Sky kit for 2019:
GP Industria is Hoping Vincenzo Nibali will Ride
Just like previous years, the GP Industria e Artigianato is wedged between Strade Bianche and Tirreno-Adriatico, on March the 10th. The Italian one-day race hopes to benefit from that date to encourage the top riders to compete. The organizers main hope is for Vincenzo Nibali, writes SpazioCiclismo. The Italian has ridden six times and won in 2007. There should be six or seven WorldTour teams with ProContinental and Continental teams at the start.
Thibaut Pinot has already announced his participation; the Groupama-FDJ team-leader will go to Italy after a French start to his season takes part in the GP Industria before Tirreno-Adriatico.
GP Industria e Artigianato 2018:
Patrick Lefevere: “New year, same hunger of wins”
Deceuninck – Quick-Step Team’s CEO shared his thoughts and hopes ahead of the 17th season in the history of our squad.
As we have just kicked off a new year and find ourselves on the ramp to a new and promising campaign that will take us from Australia to Asia and from the Americas to Europe, I want to thank everybody who has been involved in and part of our unforgettable 2018 season – riders, staff, sponsors and fans. It’s not every year that you win more than 70 races – Monuments, Grand Tour stages, the World TTT Championships – and the World Tour Team Classification on top of all, that’s why we look back to this campaign with pride and joy.
We can easily label 2018 as being an annus mirabilis which saw us close in on 700 all-time victories. As we enter our 17th year – a performance as remarkable as the myriad of victories we have been racking up since the team’s inception – we are preparing for a new chapter, one which we hope it will be again rewarding in terms of the quantity and quality of wins.
At the end of last year, we said goodbye to several riders who’ve had a big contribution to our success over the years and welcomed new ones into our family. It’s not something new, this is the way things go in cycling, and sports in general, but I have the greatest confidence that we possess the right combination of experienced riders who can take on the responsibility and live up to the very high expectations and pressure, and young and promising talents who will be ready to take a few steps up the ladder.
We hope 2019 will be another vintage year, which we start with the same enthusiasm, ambition and determination that have become the trademarks of the Wolfpack. We also want it to be a year during which we will entertain, deliver fireworks on the road and beautiful cycling moments, and engage with all our fans around the world.
On behalf of the Deceuninck – Quick-Step Cycling Team, I want to wish you a Happy New Year and all the best to you and your families! We are looking forward to seeing you on the road for some spectacular races.
Meet our 25 riders who are ready to rock in the new season, the 17th in the history of the team, winner of nearly 700 races since 2003 and reigning World Tour Champion:
2019: A New Look For Team Dimension Data
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka is delighted to reveal our new on-bike kit for 2019.
The cutting-edge design by our new partner Assos of Switzerland recently wowed our riders and staff when it was first revealed to them in mid-November. It will carry the logos of a number of key partners alongside that of title sponsor: Dimension Data.
The iconic Qhubeka hand will take up a striking position on the back of the jersey, reaching upwards. This is a key signifier of what the charity stands for in providing a “hand up” to the beneficiaries.
We are also delighted to share with you the redesign of our website where you’ll be able to find more information about our riders and staff, as well as our fantastic partners – www.africasteam.com.
“As a team we are incredibly excited about 2019 and a new fresh look is a fantastic way to see in the new year. When we first saw the early sets of kit designs from ASSOS at our team camp in Cape Town in November, we were all incredibly excited. So to be able to now present our kit is a proud moment,” said Team Principal Douglas Ryder.
“During the course of 2018 the Qhubeka hand became an iconic piece of our digital offering by way of our race posters and was hugely well received as fans sought it out. Its strategic placement on our new kit is really significant and speaks to the core essence of what drives our team, as we look to continue to change lives through bicycles.
“The new kit along with our new-look website are core pillars in the branding of the team and I’d like to extend a huge thanks to everyone who spent so much time in getting us off to the perfect start.”
Mark Cavendish in the new kit:
New Kit for UAE Team Emirates
UAE Team Emirates have unveiled their new look for 2019 and their new signing for the coming season.
CCC Show Off Their New Kit
The Polish backed CCC team unveiled their new kit of 2018 back in December, but we couldn’t see the all the riders in the new orange kit till the 1st of January 2019. Here are some of the riders from the old BMC team, plus some of the new riders.
We spoke to team leader, Greg Van Avermaet at the presentation, you can read the interview HERE.
Olympic road champion – Greg Van Avermaet:
Patrick Bevin (PEZclusive interview coming soon):
After four years in BMC – Joey Rosskopf (interview soon on PEZ):
Laurens ten Dam from Sunweb:
Serge Pauwels from Dimension Data:
Simon Geschke from Sunweb:
Josef Černý – Czech Republic road race and time trial National champion:
The Tour of Andalucia 2019 Will be Broadcast in More Than 170 Countries
The Andalusian round will be broadcast live on Eurosport Radio and Public Television Andaluza (RTVA).
The 2019 Tour of Andalucia, to be held from 20 to 24 February, will be broadcast by Eurosport and the Public Radio Television Andaluza (RTVA). This 65th edition of the ‘Ruta del Sol’ will feature a large device that will reach a total of 173 countries.
In addition to Eurosport International, which broadcast live to 62 countries last hours of each stage and interviews with the protagonists, the Andalusian round will be broadcast by Canal Sur for Andalusia also live. It also reports for the daily news and specialized programs of the Andalusian chain, which has again bet and roll over the largest sporting event traveling community will be developed.
The Tour of Andalucia, which will fulfill its centenary in 2024, is an excellent showcase for promoting once again Deporinter, organizer, take care to produce, distribute and manage issue through a great technical and human deployment.
It is the largest cross event in Andalusia which may be seen on RCTV in Colombia; FloSports in the US; DAZN in Canada; Sky in New Zealand; Fox Sports in Africa and recently Deporinter has confirmed the issuance of the ‘Ruta del Sol’ in JSPORTS chain in Japan.
Felt joins Rally UHC Cycling through 2021
Rally UHC Cycling is proud to announce a three-year partnership with California-based Felt Bicycles. The Southern California company will supply both the Pro Continental Men’s and UCI Women’s programs with Felt FR Disc road bikes and Felt DA time trial rigs.
“Felt will play an integral part in our team’s performance at some of the world’s biggest races,” said Managing Director Charles Aaron. “They’ve proven themselves year-after-year by making some of the best performance-driven bicycles on the planet and we can’t imagine a better bicycle brand to be partnered with.”
The new bicycles will be equipped with SRAM RED eTAP components, Easton bars, stems, and seatposts, HED wheels, Kenda tires, TIME pedals, Arundel cages, and finished off with Garmin computers.
To ring in the new year in style, Felt and Rally UHC Cycling released a brand new video:
Sunweb Welcomes Lazer Helmets as New Technica Partner
Kicking off the new year, Team Sunweb are proud to announce that they have teamed up with Lazer as their helmet supplier and technology partner. Lazer will supply Team Sunweb with the latest developments in cycling helmets, focusing on state-of-the-art innovations in safety, aerodynamics and comfort.
The partnership between the team and Lazer marks the start of Lazer’s anniversary year, with which it brings 100 years of experience within head protection to the team.
Mike Smink, Commercial Director of Lazer Sport: “We are extremely proud to partner with the world-class Team Sunweb. Together with the experts and riders at the team we will push our future developments forward, aiming to enhance safety, performance and comfort, eventually for all cyclists around the world.”
Iwan Spekenbrink, CEO of Team Sunweb: “With the addition of Lazer as our technical partner, Team Sunweb’s experts and Lazer will work closely together to make the next steps in aerodynamics, as well as safety improvements and temperature control. The first wind tunnel tests look extremely promising, we are therefore confident that the cooperation with Lazer will support our ambitions for the years to come.”
Mike Barry 1938-2018 RIP
Late on Saturday night, Mike Barry Sr. passed away at 80 years of age in . Mike has been described as ‘the father of modern cycling in Canada’. Mike was a source of inspiration, knowledge and guidance to generations of cyclists. Until several weeks ago, Mike was riding his regular route from north of the Metro Toronto Zoo to Annina’s Bakeshop in Goodwood, Ont. As always, he ordered tea and an Eccles cake.
You can read more at Canadian Cycling Magazine.
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