EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
All the latest cycling news.
Sad news of the passing of Aldo Moser. Disc brake injury to Shirin van Anrooij – TOP STORY. Other cycling news: UCI safety measures, Filippo Ganna’s 2021 race schedule and Flanders Classics without fans. Race news from the Tour of the Alps and E3 BinckBank Classic. Contract news: Qhubeka-ASSOS, UAE Team Emirates, Nippo, Israel Start-Up Nation and Caja Rural-Seguros RGA. Team news from Astana women’s team, Andy Schleck Cycles-Immo Losch, Riwal Securitas, Canyon dbh SunGod, Gazprom-RusVelo, EF Pro Cycling and Circus-Wanty Gobert-Tormans. Rider news from Sam Bennett, Marcus Burghardt, Julius van den Berg and Rinaldo Nocentini. Plus Tour video by UAE Team Emirates.
TOP STORY: Disc Brake Injury to Shirin van Anrooij
Shirin van Anrooij had to stay in hospital for a few days after her crash in the World Cup in Tábor. On Sunday evening she needed an operation on the open wound in her arm.
Van Anrooij made an announcement on Monday morning on social media: “After my crash in Tábor, I was taken to hospital. Last night I had an operation to treat the deep wound in my arm. Fortunately no muscles or tendons are badly damaged and only my ring finger is broken. I have to stay in this hospital for a few days, but hopefully I will be home soon.” She doesn’t know how long her recovery from her injury will take.
Van Anrooij was involved in a crash shortly after the start, after which she immediately grabbed her arm. The 18-year-old rider, the reigning junior world champion, had suffered a deep wound and lost a lot of blood. She was then taken to hospital. After the race, her team, Telenet-Baloise said that her injury was caused by a disc brake.
Shirin van Anrooij Returned to Belgium on Tuesday and was Examined in Herentals Hospital. “Shirin was completely checked this morning by the team of doctor Toon Claes in the AZ Herentals,” her team wrote on social media. “The wound in her forearm was properly operated on in the Czech Republic, but she will receive further treatment to prevent infections. The hospital in Herentals will keep a close eye on the situation in the coming days.”
Shirin spoke of the crash: “I saw that my suit was torn, that my skin was completely open and that it was bleeding terribly. Then I panicked.” After running the wrong way first, she eventually got to the emergency room. “They didn’t really know what to do with me there. They cut my suit even wider so that I could see even better how deep that cut was. Very scary.”
The 18-year-old rider was then taken to hospital, where the open wound in her arm received 25 stitches. “They said I was lucky that no muscles or tendons were hit. I also have no loss of strength in my arm or hand now. There is now a numb spot near my wrist. It is not yet certain whether that will pass. My ring finger is also broken.”
In addition to her serious arm injury caused by a disc brake in a massive crash, Van Anrooij also bruised her shoulder. It is still uncertain how long she will not be able to race because of the consequences of the fall.
Shirin van Anrooij:
Aldo Moser Passes Away at 86
Former cyclist Aldo Moser died on Wednesday morning. The oldest member of the famous Italian cycling family died in hospital after being admitted a few days ago with complications from the corona virus.
Moser was part of the peloton from 1954 to 1974. During those years he won the Coppa Agostoni, the GP Industria e Commercio di Prato, twice the Trofeo Baracchi, GP des Nations, Manche-Océan and the Coppa Bernocchi. He won his last race in 1963 after a solo of 70 kilometres. He also rode for the Italian national team at the World Championships in Frascati (1955), Waregem (1957), Reims (1958) and Mendrisio (1971).
Our condolences to the Moser family.
Aldo Moser climbing through the snow on stage 20 of the 1965 Giro d’Italia Madesimo-Stelvio:
UCI is Preparing a Series of Safety Measures
The UCI will soon come up with a series of measures that should improve the safety of the riders from next season. The governing body announced in a press release.
Representatives from the professional peloton, from riders, teams and organisers, have spoken several times in recent months to the UCI and president David Lappartient to improve safety in road races. Iwan Spekenbrink, Richard Plugge, Patrick Lefevere, Christian Prudhomme and riders Philippe Gilbert and Matteo Trentin, among others, took part in the group.
The goal was to draw up a series of measures, which can be introduced in the new season. This resulted in concrete measures, which are now being further elaborated on by the UCI. Before the measures are implemented, they are first submitted to the Professional Cycling Council consultation body on 9 December and then approved by the UCI Management Committee.
The first measures will enter into force in January 2021, the others will be gradually introduced during the season.
UCI president David Lappartient:
Filippo Ganna Builds Up to the Olympic Games with the Giro d’Italia
In an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, Filippo Ganna has revealed his preliminary schedule for the coming season. The Italian also reveals that Tao Geoghegan Hart will try to defend his title in the Giro d’Italia next year. Ganna claims to be part the INEOS Grenadiers team in La Corsa Rosa.
His contract renewal with INEOS Grenadiers has not yet been officially announced, but it is certain that he will remain with the British team. The main goal of the World time trial champion is the Olympic Games in Tokyo, where he wants to go for gold both on the track and in the time trial.
Ganna was recently hit by the coronavirus, but now he is able to train towards next season again. He hopes to start his season in Argentina. “Then Tirreno-Adriatico follows, a race that I would like to win in the future. Then I will ride Milan-Sanremo, Paris-Roubaix, the Tour of the Alps and the Giro d’Italia, where I will try to help Tao Geoghegan Hart to another overall victory.”
The European Track Championships will be Ganna’s last event before Tokyo; “I can’t wait for the Olympics.”
Filippo Ganna’s Race Schedule for 2021:
January 24-31: Vuelta a San Juan
March 10-16: Tirreno-Adriatico
March 20: Milan-Sanremo
April 11: Paris-Roubaix
April 19-23: Tour of the Alps
May 8-30: Giro d’Italia
June 23-27: European Track Championships
July 24: Olympic Games Road Race
July 28: Olympic Games Time Trial
August 2-8: Olympic Games Track.
Big season ahead for Ganna:
Flanders Classics Events Also Without Spectators in 2021
Flanders Classics is once again preparing for a Tour of Flanders without an audience, according to CEO Tomas Van Den Spiegel in De Morgen.
No fans along the route of Flanders’ Finest and all other Flanders Classics competitions was a strange sensation this year. Many hoped that this would be a one-off, especially now that the development of various vaccines seems to be heading in the right direction. But Van Den Spiegel crushes all hope. “There will be no audience,” he emphasised.
This applies to all the spring races of Flanders Classics, including the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Gent-Wevelgem, Dwars Door Vlaanderen, the Scheldeprijs and the Brabantse Pijl. “It has turned out that cycling races can take place without an audience. Of course I would rather see Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel race up the Oude Kwaremont side by side through a sea of people,” said Van Den Spiegel. “Unfortunately that will not be the case in 2021 either.”
“It never occurred to us not to organise the Omloop, Gent-Wevelgem or the Ronde.” Van Den Spiegel does indicate that Flanders Classics can organise its events one more time without an audience. “We can do this one more time, then it really can’t be done anymore.” If it were up to him, in 2022 we will again have crowds on the Flemish climbs.
The Paterberg without any fans in de Ronde van Vlaanderen 2020:
Tour of the Alps’ Hotspots to Increase Race Safety
The stunning Euroregional stage race (April 19-23, 2021) chose to oversee the trickiest sections of the route with additional signage and the motorbike escorts’ stakeouts.
Tour of the Alps’ roads will be even more protected during the 44th edition to be held from April 19th to 23rd, 2021, in Tyrol, South Tyrol and Trentino. Indeed, the GS Alto Garda organisers decided to reinforce the security protocol of the next edition, entrusting the technical area to identify the trickiest stretches of the five stages.
The Tour of the Alps’ brand-new ‘Hotspots’ are not to be considered high-risk points, rather challenging sections along the route, such as a technical descent, a hard bend or a barely visible traffic island. These sections may prove to be pretty demanding, notably during a tense and high-level competition like the Euroregional UCI ProSeries stage race.
The ‘Hotspot’ icon to be integrated into the signage will highlight three or four selected points of each stage. Motorbike escorts in service will also secure these sections by lurking to call the riders’ attention.
“We have taken note of the concerns the riders expressed at the end of last season,” GS Alto Garda President Giacomo Santini explained. “As they broadly urged to increase the measures of safety in the races and we did it. Thanks to the professionalism and commitment of our technical staff, we decided to strengthen the measures to protect athletes’ safety. We care that our event – known for being a spectacular and highly competitive one – can take place in a positive mood.”
The ‘Hotspots’ of the 2021 Tour of the Alps will be appropriately marked both in the roadbook and technical guide, with photos and accurate descriptions about the points. The technical guide, a further novelty of the Tour of the Alps 2021, will be made available in due time, 45 days ahead of the start, to the teams and everyone involved in the race.
E3 BinckBank Classic Becomes E3 Saxo Bank Classic
The E3 BinckBank Classic, one of the most important cobbled Classics in the spring, will continue under a new name: E3 Saxo Bank Classic. On Friday, March 26, 2021, the riders will also be presented with a new course.
Two years ago, Saxo Bank, an investment bank from Denmark, spent more than 400 million euros to acquire BinckBank, a year later the acquisition was finalised. In 2019 it also became clear that the BinckBank brand name would disappear and so the Classic will be called the E3 Saxo Bank Classic.
In July it was announced that the race will start, for at least the next five years, and finish in Harelbeke. The city is paying €1.25 million for the honour. The next edition of the cobbled classic will be held on Friday, March 26, 2021. The riders will also have a new course with seventeen climbs: Kattenberg, La Houppe, Kanarieberg, Oude Kruisberg, Knokteberg, Hotond, Kortekeer, Taaienberg, Berg Ter Stene, Boigneberg, Eikenberg, Stationberg, Kapelberg, Paterberg, Oude Kwaremont, Karnemelkbeekstraat and Tiegemberg. The Oude Kruisberg and the Eikenberg have been brought back to the spring Classic.
Zdeněk Štybar won the last edition in 2019, as the race was canceled this year:
Fabio Aru signs for Team Qhubeka ASSOS
Team Qhubeka ASSOS is thrilled to announce that Fabio Aru, the 2015 Vuelta a Espana champion, will be riding for Africa’s only UCI-registered WorldTour team in 2021. Aru, 30, has a stellar palmares having finished second and third at the Giro d’Italia, in 2015 and 2014 respectively, and fifth at the Tour de France in 2017.
The Italian is a multiple Grand Tour stage-winner including stage five of the Tour de France in 2017, back-to-back Giro d’Italia stage wins in 2015 as well as doubling up at the Vuelta a Espana in 2014. He took his debut Grand Tour stage victory at the Giro d’Italia in 2014.
He announced himself onto the international scene in some style in 2012, then as a stagiare with Astana, by taking an impressive second place finish on stage six of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. The Sardinian spent six seasons with Astana during which time he returned some very impressive results including a stage win at the Criterium du Dauphine in 2016.
The 2017 Italian champion joined UAE-Team Emirates the following year which is where he joins Team Qhubeka ASSOS from, and during which time he took to the start line of his 13th career Grand Tour.
Aru’s arrival follows on that from Simon Clarke, Sean Bennett, Dimitri Claeys, Kilian Frankiny, Lukasz Wisniowski, Karel Vacek, Emil Vinjebo, Connor Brown and Harry Tanfield.
Further additions to complete our roster will be made in due course.
Douglas Ryder – Team Principal: “I am excited to have Fabio join our team; to have a rider who has won a grand tour in the Vuelta, been 5th in the Tour de France and twice on the podium of the Giro adds a lot to our teams development as we continue to strive to win on the world’s biggest stage; to inspire hope and create opportunity. Fabio’s passion and love for cycling can be seen in the way he races and I think in our unique team we will see him rise again, as I am sure we will get the best out of each other.”
Fabio Aru: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Team Qhubeka ASSOS next season and very grateful to Douglas Ryder who welcomed me to his team. When the possibility to sign first came about, and then after speaking with Douglas and other team members, I immediately felt that this was an environment that I wanted to be a part of. I’ve also closely observed the work of the Qhubeka Charity and what they do is incredible. Some of my new colleagues have told me of the power and impact that going to a bicycle distribution ceremony has had on them. This has brought home to me the impact that the bicycle has had in my own life and the power it can hold for others. I really look forward to having that opportunity in the future too.”
“In the last few years I haven’t experienced all of the success that I’d hoped for and so I will use this new step to draw from some of the simple factors that saw me achieve those results, as I know that I’m capable again of similar success. At this point in my career Team Qhubeka ASSOS is the perfect place for me to do so and I’m very grateful for the opportunity that they’ve provided me with to contribute to their legacy and to build on that fantastic work that they’ve done in the past.”
Can Aru make a come back?
UAE Team Emirates Wants João Almeida
UAE Team Emirates has expressed interest in João Almeida. This was confirmed by the agent of the Portuguese rider, who wore pink for 15 days this year and finished fourth in the Giro d’Italia.
“There is interest from UAE Emirates and other WorldTour teams, but the fact is that João Almeida still has an ongoing one-year contract with Deceuninck – Quick-Step,” João Correia, agent of the 22-year-old rider, told the Portuguese sports newspaper A Bola. “The manager of the team, Joxean Matxin, knows the qualities of João. But knowing and recognising is one thing, coming up with an offer is another.”
“Our way of working is known to the teams. Much is said, but without concrete proposals they are all rumours,” Correia added. According to UCI rules, a rider with an ongoing contract may only move to another team as long as there is agreement between the rider, his current employer and his new employer. Permission from the UCI is also required.
João Almeida in pink:
Eduard Prades to Nippo-Delko One Provence
Eduard Prades has left the Movistar team. The 33-year-old Spaniard didn’t get a contract extension with the WorldTour team, and so has taken a step back. He has signed with the ProTeam Nippo-Delko One Provence for two years.
At Nippo-Delko One Provence, Prades expects to get a program that is made for him. “I get the attention I need to get the best results, with the responsibility of a leader in certain races,” he says. “My strength lies in one-day races with explosive finishes on short climbs, but I can also handle short stage races.”
Team manager Philippe Lannes thinks that the Spaniard will do better in his team. “He has more the profile of a leader in a ProTeam than that he is a good helper in the WorldTour,” Lannes thinks. “We offer him a WorldTour-worthy team and choose competitions in which he can show his potential.”
Prades rode for Movistar for the last two seasons. The puncheur won a stage in the Tour de la Provence 2019 and the final classification of the Vuelta a Aragón, but raced on only 19 days last year. This was partly due to a broken neck vertebra that he sustained in the Groenewegen-Jakobsen crash in Poland.
Eduard Prades – Vuelta a Aragón:
Israel Start-Up Nation Team Finalised with Boivin and Hollenstein Extensions
Israel Start-Up Nation has completed its roster for next season, after Guillaume Boivin and Reto Hollenstein signed for two years more. The Israeli team will start the new season with 31 riders, and Chris Froome as the figurehead. Taj Jones will join the team from August 1st.
Guillaume Boivin has been part of the squad from the start. “I am impressed with the great strides we take each year and I look forward to being reunited with my good friend Michael Woods. I hope I can race with him and help him to success,” the 31-year-old Canadian sprinter said via the team.
Hollenstein, who turned 35 in August, came from Katusha-Alpecin last season. “The current situation made it a challenging year, but I never lost focus and kept fighting. I look forward to next season to race with a strong team and to benefit from Chris Froome’s experience.”
Froome is one of nine newcomers to the Israel Start-Up Nation team for 2021. The four-time Tour winner will be the big leader for the team. Patrick Bevin, Alessandro De Marchi, Carl Fredrik Hagen, Daryl Impey, Michael Woods and Sep Vanmarcke also came from other WorldTour teams. Sebastian Berwick and Taj Jones come from continental level.
Seven riders leave at the end of the year: Rory Sutherland and Travis McCabe have retired, Nils Politt goes to BORA-hansgrohe and Matteo Badilatti to Groupama-FDJ. It is not yet known what Daniel Navarro, Mihkel Räim and Patrick Schelling (who was suspended for four months for Terbutaline use) are doing in 2021.
Israel Start-Up Nation has planned a large training camp in Israel for January. Before that, on December 12, the team management will have a multi-day meeting in which the strategy, tactics and race programs of the riders are discussed.
Israel Start-Up Nation team for 2021:
Rudy Barbier, Sebastian Berwick, Patrick Bevin, Jenthe Biermans, Guillaume Boivin, Matthias Brändle, Alexander Cataford, Davide Cimolai, Alessandro De Marchi, Alex Dowsett, Itamar Einhorn, Chris Froome, Omer Goldstein, André Greipel, Carl Fredrik Hagen, Ben Hermans, Hugo Hofstetter, Reto Hollenstein, Daryl Impey, Taj Jones – from August 1, Dan Martin, Krists Neilands, Guy Niv, James Piccoli, Alexis Renard, Guy Sagiv, Norman Vahtra, Tom Van Asbroeck, Sep Vanmarcke, Michael Woods, Mads Würtz Schmidt, Rick Zabel.
New start for Chris Froome:
Caja Rural-Seguros RGA Roster for 2021
Caja Rural-Seguros RGA will start the new season with twenty riders. The team is counting on several young talents and the experienced sprinter Jon Aberasturi next year. Gonzalo Serrano, Cristián Rodríguez and Matteo Malucelli have not been resigned.
Despite the corona pandemic, the Spanish team can look back on a more than solid season, with 51 top 10 positions and victories in the Ruta del Sol, the Tour of Hungary and the Volta a Portugal. Caja Rural, which is preparing for a new season at ProTeam level, hopes to have the necessary talents for 2021.
Newcomers Josu Etxeberria, Jokin Murguialday and Jon Barrenetxea will hope to prove themselves next season. “We want to stick to our philosophy and that is to train young talents,” explained manager Juan Manuel Hernández. “We believe in the new generation and we are proud of what we have achieved.”
“In the past we managed to improve guys like Hugh Carthy, Pello Bilbao and Gonzalo Serrano and we hope to do this with other talented riders as well.” With an average age of less than 24, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA will soon start the new season with a very young team.
Caja Rural-Seguros RGA team for 2021:
Jon Aberasturi, Julen Amézqueta, Orluis Aular (Ven), Aritz Bagües, Jon Barrenetxea, Juan Fernando Calle (Col), Jefferson Cepeda (Ecu), Álvaro Cuadros, Josu Etxeberria, Jhojan García (Col), David González, Jon Irisarri, Jonathan Lastra, Oier Lazkano, Sergio Martín, Jokin Murguialday, Joel Nicolau, Alejandro Osorio (Col), Héctor Sáez and Carmelo Urbano.
Young Caja Rural-Seguros RGA team for 2021:
Team NIPPO-Provence-PTS Conti 2021
Switzerland’s ProTouchGlobal athlete and sports management in cooperation with Japanese construction company NIPPO Corporation is excited to announce the launch of a new UCI Continental cycling team for the next racing season.
The Swiss based team, to be known as Team NIPPO-Provence-PTS Conti, will be headed up by Swiss Team Manager Marcello Albasini. Most recently Marcello was Swiss National Coach for men’s Elite and U23.
“This is a great opportunity for our roster of young riders, and I am looking forward to working with them and with our team of sponsors to build something special for the future,” says Marcello Albasini.
Essentially a development team to support, foster and encourage young riders, the team is made up of talent from around the world:
From Switzerland – Kevin Kuhn, (22), Jonathan Bögli (20), Fabio Christen (18), Luca Jenni (18)
From Ethiopia – Hagos Welay Berhe (19), Bazaye Redae Tesfu (18)
From France – Jonathan Couanon (23), Robin Meyer (24)
From Japan – Hijiri Oda (22)
From Norway – Iver Knotten (22)
From Poland – Szymon Tracz (22)
From Russia – Matvey Mamykin (26)
Also participating in this exciting new venture is Provence, a group of southern
French businesses and ProTouchStaff BV, a new Dutch sports staffing platform.
The project is also supported by EF Education First, Cannondale and other partners.
Team website www.nippo-provence-pts.com for more information to come.
Jonathan Bögli (20), Fabio Christen (18), Luca Jenni (18), Hagos Welay Berhe (19), Bazaye Redae Tesfu (18), Jonathan Couanon (23), Robin Meyer (24), Hijiri Oda (22), Iver Knotten (22), Szymon Tracz (22), Matvey Mamykin (26) and Kevin Kuhn (22):
Astana Women’s Team New Name
After six seasons, the partnership with main sponsor Astana for the Astana Women’s Team ends. The women’s team will remain active in the peloton under a new name, which will be announced shortly. Lizbeth Salazar’s successes at the Mexican track championships recently, were the last for manager Maurizio Fabretto’s squad under the name Astana Women’s Team. The team says it will remain in the peloton, but that after six years the management and the main sponsor will separate.
“In all these years it has been a real honour to bear such a prestigious name as Astana all over the world. It has been six intense seasons. Sometimes full of difficulties, but that also gave us great satisfaction,” said Maurizio Fabretto. “Unfortunately we have to end this cooperation after an exceptional season, but we have always done the maximum.”
Despite the end of the collaboration with Astana, the sports director sees a bright future. “Now we have to look ahead, because we are ready to embark on an even more ambitious adventure. We are more motivated than ever,” said the team manager.
From January 1, 2021 the Astana women’s team will be: A.R. Monex Women’s Pro Cycling Team. A continental U23 team and a mountain bike team will also be part of the project for the next three seasons. With this new Mexican partner, the team can look to the future again, according to the press release. Team manager Maurizio Fabretto wants to work with brothers Alejandro and Luis Rodríguez on a solid foundation for the future in the coming period. “In three to four years, not only do we want to have the best team in Latin America, but nothing will stop us from dreaming of being part of the Women’s WorldTour in a few seasons,” said Fabretto.
A.R. Monex Women’s Pro Cycling Team will consist of thirteen riders next season. The Cuban Arlenis Sierra will stay with the team, who will help the team to victories. Yareli Salazar and the promising Italian Katia Ragusa also remain. More riders will be announced in the near future. It should also soon become clear who will ride with the continental U23 team and the mountain bike team.
Astana in the Giro’20 TTT:
Andy Schleck’s Women’s Team Hopes to Participate in Top Classics
The Luxembourg women’s cycling team Andy Schleck Cycles-Immo Losch hopes to take a step up in 2021. The team of the former Tour winner is looking for invitations to some top classics for the coming cycling year, 1Limburg reported.
The team can apply for UCI status this year for the next three seasons, after extra finance from some sponsors. With a UCI status, the team can also be invited to the biggest cycling races. The team is hoping for invitations to the Tour of Flanders, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Amstel Gold Race.
Former cyclist Andy Schleck, who won Liège-Bastogne-Liège, is associated with the team as a sponsor. Schleck, who is now 35, is also active as a contact person. “As a former Tour winner, he can open doors that normally remain closed,” Tjarco Cuppens told 1Limburg.
Cuppens from Hulsberg is connected to the team as a sports director. In 2021, the formation will have an almost entirely ‘Limburg’ framework, with team managers Johan Kruijntjens and Glenn Crauwels and masseur Christian van Deursen.
Andy Schleck Cycles-Immo Losch team:
Riwal Securitas in Talks with Potential Sponsor
Positive developments are underway around the future of the Riwal Securitas team. Team manager Steffen Kromann says that the management of the Danish ProTeam is still working on the future and that a potential sponsor come forward last week.
“We have already had a number of conversations,” he told Feltet.dk. “If this works, I expect that we will have a group of owners with several sponsors. So something is happening. It’s something that came out last week and the plan looks good. That is why I am now also a bit more optimistic than last Friday.”
Riwal Securitas does not have much time left to put everything in order. The UCI has given the team a postponement until December 15 to sort out all paperwork and financial matters. “It is a matter of time. If it succeeds, it will have to be done within a week. Then we have to arrange the finances, give riders a contract and sign it,” summed up Kromann.
What if the current investment does not go ahead? “Then it doesn’t look good. If we don’t find a solution before the end of the year, it will end on December 31 for all employees, including myself,” admits the manager. “But we also have to think ahead with the sponsor. It’s not all about survival. We have also found some new sponsors that are interesting, so I hope it works.”
Sports director Michael Skelde announced on LinkedIn that he is leaving the team. The same goes for some other freelancers and team directors. “We hope that our search will be successful and that the employees who worked for us can get their jobs back,” said Kromann.
Riwal 2020 team:
Tim Elverson Presents Canyon dbh SunGod
SunGod is a new title sponsor of Canyon dhb.
Performance sports clothing brand dhb will continue their involvement in 2021, after joining forces with Tim Elverson’s British UCI Continental squad in 2018. Canyon will also continue to support the team for a fifth year running. Eyewear brand SunGod is a new partner for 2021 and will support the team, based in Fleet, Hampshire, which will be known as Canyon dhb SunGod from January 1.
SunGod are a British performance eyewear brand, founded in 2013. With offices in London and Switzerland, an entirely direct to consumer approach meant they have quickly grown to establish themselves as a global challenger brand. SunGod create exceptional, innovative products that rival larger established names, with a seamless and reassuring online ordering process and unrivalled customer experience. After seven years of accelerating organic growth, SunGod recently gave their community the opportunity to invest in and own part of SunGod, raising £1.5 million and closing the campaign in just 24 hours. Soreen have been replaced on the team’s title, however they will continue to support the team for the coming season.
Tim Elverson, owner and sports director: “It’s great to finally announce our new team name, Canyon dhb SunGod, going forward. Canyon has been a key partner since day one and is now stepping into year five with us, bringing with it an exciting new bike which we cannot wait to get our hands on. dhb will be entering their fourth year with us, and the continued improvements in the kit which are made through our testing and feedback, has meant we are using market leading products that the team and the dhb customers are benefiting from. Finding a third partner in the British brand SunGod, that has a similar business outlook and strategy to development as our current partners, has come as fantastic news. SunGod already has some amazing products but are keen to use the team not only to promote but also test and feedback to them so we can continue to elevate the British eyewear brand to the top echelons. Even though we started the 2020 season well with winning the Tour of Antalya, getting two further UCI podiums and winning the Holland cup for a second year, it will still be good to put 2020 behind us. Having three great partners on board for next year will ensure continued improvement into 2021. We don’t have any set goals for 2021, only to ensure we are better than 2020, with retention of a lot of the current squad and the addition of some exciting new riders. I feel this will be a natural progression and I think everyone is over 2020 so watch out ‘21, here we come.”
Nick Allen, UK marketing manager for Canyon: “We are excited that Canyon continues its partnership as title sponsor for UCI Continental team Canyon dhb SunGod for the 2021 season. The team have worked hard during a challenging year, still managing some fantastic results and we can’t wait to see them on the new team bikes for the coming year!”
Rob Atkins, brand manager for dhb: “We are looking forward to a fourth year of our partnership with huge excitement – and no shortage of relief! It’s fair to say the 2020 season didn’t quite go to plan, although the lads definitely made their mark in the few races that were possible. We know Tim and the whole team are now super motivated to make the most of every opportunity in 2021 and make it a season to remember. We share that determination and we are once again proud to be providing kit from our Aeron LAB collection, which the riders have personally tested and helped develop over the past three years. And that’s why this partnership is so important. Feedback from these guys ensures we keep creating innovative products for every cyclist, whatever their goal.”
David Rogal, head of partnerships at SunGod: “We’re incredibly excited to join the team as a part title sponsor and to see the SunGod logo and products on every rider. This is both a significant and symbolic step for us following the launch of our new Pace series earlier this year. It’s also important to us that as a British brand we are supporting the top British teams that lead the pelotons both in the UK and on the continent. We have always had an obsessive approach to creating better products and the team at Canyon dhb SunGod will be providing invaluable feedback to enable us to keep doing so.”
Gazprom-RusVelo and Ak Bars Bank Enter into Partnership Agreement
The Russian bank Ak Bars Bank and the professional cycling team Gazprom-RusVelo will become partners in 2021. Support of sports and a healthy lifestyle is one of the bank’s fundamental values which reflects its commitment to the principles of sustainable development. Among the key components of the agreement are the sponsorship of the Russian team and brand positioning at the international level.
“Ak Bars Bank actively supports sports projects. We are pleased to become a partner of the only Russian professional cycling team Gazprom-RusVelo, which competes in numerous international races. We would like to wish the riders great achievements in the future,” – Zufar Garayev, Chairman of the Management Board of PJSC AK BARS BANK.
General Manager of Gazprom-RusVelo Renat Khamidulin commented on the new partnership: “Ak Bars Bank provides significant support in the field of physical culture and sports traditionally acting as a partner of professional teams in team sports. We are delighted to start our partnership and represent Ak Bars Bank internationally using the broadest communication capabilities of professional cycling sport.”
Arroyave Signs with EF Pro Cycling
Daniel Arroyave has announced his transfer to EF Pro Cycling. The young Colombian, who comes from the UAE Colombia team, made the announcement before the start of the second stage of the national stage race Clásico RCN. “I am happy to join a great team like EF Pro Cycling, with several Colombians. I am eager and already want the season to start,” Arroyave told El Espectador. “We’ve been talking since the beginning of this year. Because of my results and what I have shown, doors have opened. I therefore hope to start the next season well.”
“I am a very complete rider,” he pointed out. “I can handle undulating terrain well and I dream of becoming world champion, going to the Olympics and winning classics.”
The still only 20-year-old Arroyave won the U23 National road title this year. Last year he rode several smaller European stage races, such as the Tour of Hungary and the Sibiu Cycling Tour.
Brown, Tanfield and Vinjebo Sign-On for Team Qhubeka ASSOS
Team Qhubeka ASSOS is excited to announce that Connor Brown, Harry Tanfield and Emil Vinjebo will all join our WorldTour team in 2021.
Brown, who was born in Cape Town and holds dual South African and New Zealand citizenship, takes the step up from our hugely successful Continental team where he has spent the last two seasons. Under the impressive guidance of Kevin Campbell, this team based in Lucca, Italy, has a remarkable record of delivering riders to the WorldTour which includes Samuele Battistella, the 2019 under 23 World Champion. Brown now becomes the latest to come out of that system. In a year without many opportunities due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Brown shone at the under 23 Giro d’Italia taking a hugely impressive third place on a big mountain finish at Montespluga on stage seven. He also represented the WorldTour team at the Giro della Toscana and Coppa Sabatini; in the former he performed strongly in the breakaway while in the latter he did an excellent job in looking after our sprinter Carlos Barbero. In 2019 he won a stage at the Tour de Limpopo, taking third overall, and has also finished in the top-10 at the Oceania Continental Championships.
Tanfield is no stranger to the WorldTour having ridden previously for Katusha-Alpecin and most recently AG2R La Mondiale. A former stage winner at the Tour de Yorkshire, where he famously won from a breakaway that stayed away on a day that was an expected sprint finish, Tanfield’s track experience as well as time trial abilities see him a valuable addition to the team in terms of his versatility.
Vinjebo’s a former top-10 finisher overall at the Tour of Denmark as well as taking a third at the Tro-Bro Leon in 2019 to go with a fourth at the Royal Bernard Drome Classic in 2019. The 26-year-old has excellent ability as a support rider which was highlighted by the crucial role he played with his former team, in taking their stage victory at the Tour de Yorkshire in 2019 and when representing the national team at the World Championships. His abilities to ride at high-speed, over distance, and to get over medium climbs will be crucial for the team’s ambitions in the 2021 season. Their signings follow from the confirmations of those including Simon Clarke, Sean Bennett, Lukasz Wisniowski, Dimitri Claeys, Kilian Frankiny and Karel Vacek.
Connor Brown: “I’ve been dreaming of riding in the WorldTour for as long as I can remember and it’s finally a reality. My two years with the Continental team have been very special, and the perfect platform from which to now take the next step in my career. I’d like to pay a special thanks to Doug and the team for believing in me and giving me this opportunity.”
Harry Tanfield: “I really look forward to the opportunity to be involved with an ambitious and passionate team that is Team Qhubeka ASSOS. The teams’ ethos and work with the Qhubeka Charity is something to admire and I can’t wait to be involved in the future. Alongside this, the loyalty of the team’s partners and sponsors and the positive team environment make Qhubeka ASSOS the optimal place for me to progress. I’m looking forward to embarking on this new challenge and contributing to the team next year.”
Emil Vinjebo: “I’m really looking forward to joining Team Qhubeka ASSOS next year. It has been a childhood dream for me since I started cycling as a little kid. This contract is exactly what I have been training towards for years. Personally, I also look forward to working with Lars Michaelsen, who is a person I admire and have a great amount of respect for. Furthermore, I am very excited to be a part of the Qhubeka organisation. Besides of course being a world-class team, the team makes a great effort in changing lives, and that inspires me!”
Lars Michaelsen: “All three of these signings will be able to add hugely to the versatility within our squad which will be crucial to our ambitions in 2021. In Emil we’ve got a guy who demonstrates resilience when things are tough – highlighted by some of his personal results – but even more so when riding for the team. I’m excited for what he will have to offer, and this is a big chance for him now to show those capabilities on the WorldTour. Harry has the experience at this level now to take the next step and has scored some really good results in the past. His track experience and time trialling ability will bring an added dimension to our outfit and I look forward to seeing how he will get on in our environment. While I am just so pleased for Connor. Him taking the step up to our WorldTour team is once again the confirmation that the system we have in place is working and we continue to offer young riders their next opportunity in their career. He’s had some very good performances and as a former junior team pursuit world record holder has a good “engine”, so let’s see what he can now produce at the highest level.”
Another new team for Tanfield
Kevin Kuhn, Ambassador of Printing House ATAR from Geneva
ATAR, historical partner of Circus-Wanty Gobert-Tormans, contributes now to cyclocross. The Swiss printing house, specialised in the printing of journals, artistic work, beautiful books and bookbinding, can rely on Kevin Kuhn (23 years old) as an ambassador. The company from Geneva, founded at the end of the 19th century, wants to contribute to the development of the Swiss sport by supporting the U23 World Cup winner 2019-2020.
Kevin KUHN: “I’m very happy to become ambassador for ATAR. To receive the support of a Swiss company to represent a Belgian cyclocross team is incredible. Thanks to ATAR and Tormans Cyclo Cross Team, I can stay all winter in the heart of the cyclocross world. I’m very well surrounded, and I appreciate the enthusiasm of Marc Van Hove and his teams. Unfortunately, the planned races in the region of Geneva were cancelled, because I was looking forward to race in the region of our partner. I promised to win flowers for the technical director of ATAR and I hope I can send them soon!”
Marc VAN HOVE (Administrateur délégué d’ ATAR): “Within ATAR, we’re very passionate about sports and cycling in particular. We’re supporting Circus-Wanty Gobert-Tormans for several years already, and we didn’t hesitate a second about supporting a young Swiss talent like Kevin. We were impressed by his performances last winter, so we’re happy to see him in the colours of Tormans Cyclo Cross Team now. We’ve had some big cyclocross champions in Switzerland, and I’m happy to be able to contribute to the careers of future stars. We’ve got a nice way ahead together.”
Sam Bennett: “Going for green this year was the opportunity of a lifetime”
The first Irishman in more than three decades to win the Tour de France points classification looked back on his historical achievement.
“At the start of the Tour de France I wasn’t thinking of the green jersey. I knew that going for it means fighting from the first to the last stage, investing a lot of energy, staying alert all the time and chasing points everywhere, so my primary goal was taking a maiden stage win at the race. But during the whole opening week I was consistent and after stage 5 I got to wear green for two days and from that moment on I said to myself I would now give everything and do my best to take it home.”
“At the same time, I wanted to win a stage, not just wear the green jersey, and to finally get it on stage 10 in Île de Ré meant the world to me. It brought back green after losing it three days before and it took the pressure off and made me calmer for the remainder of the race. I didn’t know if I would get this chance again. I sensed it would be the opportunity of a lifetime, I had a great team and great legs, so I went all in from that point, focusing on taking it to Paris.”
“That last stage was really strange. I more or less had the jersey in the bag, it was pretty much mine after stage 19, but that Sunday was a bit of a slow-burner, because I couldn’t really enjoy it, not until the intermediate sprint, that is. It was only after I mathematically won it that I got a huge sense of relief, one that allowed me to go for the stage win without thinking what would happen to my chances of claiming green in case of a crash or a mechanical.”
“I was very calm in the final 50 kilometres, just followed the boys, who were once again phenomenal, and coming through the last corner I knew what I had to do and did it. Once I crossed the finish, I couldn’t believe what had just happened, I needed some time to realise what I had just done. You always dream of something like that – winning at the Tour de France in Paris – but you never think you might actually do it, as there are so many pieces that need to fall into the right place.”
“Being on the podium in Paris to collect the winner’s trophy and the green jersey, which made me very proud to bring to Carrick-on-Suir 31 years after Sean Kelly, was unbelievable, as I said, it was maybe a once in a lifetime moment. I felt honoured that I could share this moment with my teammates and the amazing Deceuninck – Quick-Step staff, who made our life easier over those three weeks. Seeing them there, wearing those special “Green belongs to Ireland” T-shirts – which only added to the whole moment – and celebrating our fantastic Tour de France close to the iconic Champs-Élysées, are memories I will forever cherish!”
Infected Knee Keeps Marcus Burghardt From Training
Marcus Burghardt can’t ride his bike for some time. The 37-year-old BORA-hansgrohe rider has an inflamed knee and is not taking any risks with a view to next season, according to a post on Instagram.
Burghardt was already preparing for next season, but was suffering from a painful knee while training. The German, who started his career as a Classic specialist, but is now more of a road captain and domestique, hopes to be back on the bike soon.
Burghardt turned professional with T-Mobile sixteen years ago and raced for Team Columbia and BMC. He has been riding for BORA-hansgrohe since 2017. Burghardt won stages in the Tour of Switzerland and in 2007 he won Gent-Wevelgem. Twelve years ago he also won the Tour stage to Saint-Étienne. Last season, he only raced on 19 days. He finished 23rd in Strade Bianche and rode several Belgian cobbled Classics and Milan-San Remo.
Marcus Burghardt in Strade Bianche:
Shoulder Injury for Van den Berg
EF Pro Cycling’s Julius van den Berg suffered a tear in his shoulder when he crashed on his mountain bike. The damage to the shoulder is not too bad, said Van den Berg. It takes about three weeks to recover from the fracture, and because he can still train indoors, he doesn’t expect to miss much of his preparation for the 2021 season.
Last season, the 24-year-old from north Holland raced 35 days despite the corona break. Van den Berg closed the season with the Vuelta a España where he helped teammate Hugh Carthy reach the final podium.
Julius van den Berg on Vuelta’20 stage 2:
Nocentini Suspended for Four Years
Former professional cyclist Rinaldo Nocentini has been suspended for four years by the Italian anti-doping agency NADO for violating anti-doping rules. The Italian wore the yellow for eight days in the Tour de France of 2009.
Although Nocentini stopped racing last year, he has been suspended by NADO for four years “for the use or attempted use of prohibited substances or a prohibited method.” According to the Corriere della Sera, the suspension is the result of irregularities in his blood passport, which were established in December 2019. The suspension started on Monday, November 30 and ends on Friday, November 29, 2024.
The results of the 43-year-old Italian have also been declared invalid since January 2018. This means that he will lose his two stage victories in 2018 in La Tropicale Amissa Bongo. He must also pay the legal costs, 378 euros.
Nocentini was a professional from 1999 to 2019 and raced for Mapei–QuickStep, Fassa Bortolo, Formaggi Pinzolo Fiavé, Acqua e Sapone and AG2R-La Mondiale. He has been racing on the Continental circuit for Sporting-Tavira since 2016, until he retired last year. In addition to being in yellow for eight days, a second place in Paris-Nice, a fourth in Tirreno and victories in the GP Miguel Indurain, the GP Lugano and the Giro dell’Appennino were the highlights of his career.
Rinaldo Nocentini spoke to TuttoBiciWeb: “I am fighting an unknown opponent as there is no evidence of disorderly. I don’t know what to do to prove my honesty, even my lawyer has never been in such a situation. It’s strange and unclear. I’ve asked them to recheck all the doping tests I’ve taken in the last 21 years. To suspend someone, concrete facts are needed, not suspicious facts. The values in my blood passport went wild during the Volta a Portugal 2018, which should have been the last race in my career. The team wanted me to continue for another year, but I had no more ambition, except to help young riders. Why should I take refuge in prohibited substances at 41? I don’t work like that and neither are my values. In my career I have done all kinds of tests and nothing ever came out. I am not interested in that at all. I was in the last years of my career and don’t even want to race with amateurs. I have now stopped and after this story I will continue to do so. But of course I will continue to prove my innocence and enforce justice. If that does not produce any results, I will appeal to the CAS. I know what I’ve done and that I’ve honestly earned my results. I feel betrayed by the sport that shaped my life. It’s a great way to control and understand more of the people who cheat, but it’s not enough to make an assumption and condemn an athlete without concrete evidence that he breaks the rules. Otherwise the sport is dead.”
Rinaldo Nocentini in yellow:
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