EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
Luis Leon Sanchez held his overall lead in Paris-Nice after the time trial, we have the results and video from France and the first stage of Tirreno-Adriatico. Wout Van Aert is heading for the World Tour – Top Story. Lots of cycling news in EUROTRASH Thursday: The track World champs have been good for the Gazprom and Rally teams, SEG Racing Academy start the season, Giro d’Italia big weekend, Alé celebrate International Women’s Day and Wout Van Aert has his say on the Strade Bianche. Coffee and EUROTRASH time.
TOP STORY: The Big Time for Van Aert on the Road?
Jef van den Bosch, Wout Van Aert’s personal manager, said to Het Laatste Nieuws earlier this week: “A good handful of WorldTour team managers have shown interest since Saturday. The interest is solid and comes from the international arena, which is very striking.” The World cyclocross champion has had an outstanding start to his 2018 road season with 32nd place, on the same time as second placed rider, in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and then his strong ride in Saturday’s Strade Bianche. Third place which could have been higher, but for cramp, hunger and a flying Tiesj Benoot.
The 23 year-old Belgian cross ace has a contract with the Veranda’s Willems-Crelan team till the end of 2019, but the contract could be bought out. Van den Bosch added “In the future he will need a team with which he can evolve together. He is one of those extraordinary riders who can take big steps forward very quickly and that is something that his team will have to be able to do with him. The most important thing is that he is presented with the best conditions to be able to fully develop and, more important still, that he can decide for himself when he can combine the road with cyclocross.”
It seems the interest is gives Van Aert motivation: “For now, I do not close the door on anyone. Of course, I keep Wout informed of everything. It’s something that stimulates him and keeps him working hard.”
Of course as the Classics season unfolds, the cross World champ might have problems as the Classics specialists come into full form and the parcours get harder, bit it will be interesting to see.
Wout in Strade trouble:
Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) won Stage 2 of Paris-Nice in an impressive sprint in Vierzon. The 24-year-old rider from Amsterdam was the strongest in the bunch sprint in Vierzon and took his fifth win of the year. Groenewegen’s victory is also the sixth victory for Team LottoNL-Jumbo this season.
The 187,5 kilometer stage from Orzonville to Vierzon was a calm stage with an average of just 33 kilometers per hour during the first three hours. The stage was eventually spiced up by Lars Boom, who was in the leading group. After a part of this group, which initially consisted of six riders, was chased down, Boom helped ensure that the remainder of the leading group was caught in the final. Groenewegen was then perfectly positioned by his team for the slightly up-hill finish.
Stage winner, Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo): “It was a difficult sprint. The last two hundred meters went uphill. The boys perfectly dropped me off for the last corner. I was well positioned for the sprint. I just went full throttle and nobody was able to keep up with me. I am very happy with this victory, because I beat a lot of good sprinters, like Viviani, Démare and Greipel. It’s always good to be able to beat those top guys. I am very grateful for my teammates, because without them this would never have been possible.”
11th on the stage, Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe): “The guys did a great job to keep me in position until the last kilometer. On the home straight, I saw FDJ coming and thought I have to go to don’t get boxed in. This was too early. I felt really strong when I hit the front with 250m, but on the last 100m I couldn’t match the speed of the guys coming out of my slipstream.”
Paris-Nice Stage 2 Result:
1. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo in 4:51:31
2. Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step Floors
3. André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal
4. Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Sunweb
5. Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
6. Mike Teunissen (Ned) Sunweb
7. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
8. Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC
9. John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo
10. Ivan Garcia (Spa) Bahrain-Merida.
Paris-Nice Overall After Stage 2:
1. Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ in 7:58:57
2. Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida at 0:07
3. Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis at 0:08
4. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors at 0:10
5. Mike Teunissen (Ned) Sunweb at 0:13
6. Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal
7. Tony Gallopin (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 0:15
8. Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott
9. Ion Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida
10. Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Bahrain-Merida.
The final kilometers of stage 2:
A strong team performance from Astana in the final of Tuesday’s Stage 3 at Paris-Nice resulted in the yellow leader jersey for Luis Leon Sanchez. After attacks from Sanchez’s teammate Jakob Fuglsang on the final climb, it was Sanchez to take off with two other riders, finishing second behind Jonathan Hivert (Direct Energie) and taking over the lead from Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ).
It was the longest stage of this year’s Paris-Nice, with 210 kilometers, riding from Bourges to Chatel-Guyon. Right from the start the day’s breakaway went clear from the peloton, creating a large gap of maximum 7:30 minutes. These riders stayed in front of the bunch for a long time, dividing the points at the first intermediate sprint and two 3rd category climbs.
Going into the final local lap, everything was back together, preparing for the challenge at the final climb. Immediately there was fireworks with Jakob Fuglsang and Luis Leon Sanchez attacking in a big group taking an advantage on the peloton with the sprinters. After several attempts from Jakob Fuglsang to launch a smaller leading group, it was Luis Leon Sanchez who attacked and rode to the lone leader Remy di Gregorio (Delko-Marseille Provence-KTM), followed by Jonathan Hivert.
While the other groups were back together, the 2 leaders were defending an advantage of 56 seconds going into the final 10 kilometers. They managed to stay in front of the chasing peloton, so Jonathan Hivert could sprint to a stage victory and Luis Leon Sanchez into the yellow leaders jersey.
2nd on the stage and overall leader, Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana): “First of all I want to say again thank you to the team for the great work they’ve done today, we keep holding this high level from the start of the season. At the final climb we did a good job together with Jakob Fuglsang, we stayed very focused in that moment. Later I saw a possibility for an attack, I thought it was a right moment and tried to use it. I went away with two guys and my first thought was to fight for a stage victory. So, finally it was possible to hold the advantage to the rivals and now I am in the yellow jersey and that’s of course really nice. Tomorrow we will have the first big test in this Paris-Nice. I hope to recover as well as possible after today’s effort and to do my best in tomorrow’s TT to keep my yellow jersey. Let’s see how it works out.”
10th on the stage, 9th overall and best young rider,Felix Großschartner (Bora-Hansgrohe): “The final was really hard today. When Alaphilippe attacked everything fell apart. I was together with Patrick (Konrad) up there with the best and felt good on the climb. When Fuglsang was in front I bridged the gap, but the group didn’t let me go. When the trio went away nobody really wanted to pull, therefore the Yellow Jersey group came back. But I still had good legs in the sprint, so I decided to give it a go. I am happy with my result and the White Jersey, but especially with my legs. Let’s see tomorrow in the TT, but I am confident right now.”
Jakob Fuglsang (Astana): “I still feel some pain of the crash on the first day, but during this stage it didn’t bothered me and I was able to attack. I felt really strong and I’m really happy that Luis Leon Sanchez was able to take the lead in the General Classification. Now some challenging days are coming up, let’s see if we can continue to stay as strong with this team as we were today.”
Paris-Nice Stage 3 Result:
1. Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Direct Energie in 5:22:49
2. Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana at 0:01
3. Remy Di Gregorio (Fra) Delko-Marseille Provence-KTM
4. Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 0:38
5. Mike Teunissen (Ned) Sunweb
6. André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal
7. Magnus Cort (Den) Astana
8. Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott
9. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors
10. Felix Großschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe.
Paris-Nice Overall After Stage 3:
1. Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana in 13:21:56
2. Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 0:28
3. Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida at 0:35
4. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors at 0:38
5. Mike Teunissen (Ned) Sunweb at 0:41
6. Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal
7. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Mitchelton-Scott
8. Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Bahrain-Merida at 0:43
9. Felix Großschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
10. Ion Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida.
Team Sky won five of the last six editions of Paris-Nice, and the British outfit showed, with Wout Poels’s victory in Wednesday’s Stage 4 18.4-km individual time trial in St Etienne that they would still be a force to reckon with in this edition. But the Dutchman’s brilliant effort of 25:33 was not enough for him to dislodge race leader Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana), who finished 7th, limited the damage and retained his yellow and white jersey by 15 seconds. France’s Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) took third place, both in the stage and in the GC, where he now lies 26 seconds behind Sanchez.
4th on the stage and 6th overall, Felix Großschartner (Bora-Hansgrohe): “When I heard the split times in the radio, I thought the guys in the car just wanted to motivate me. I never thought that I’ll be up there to fight for a podium today. But these kind of time trials with long uphill drags suite my style rather well. In the downhill I didn’t risk everything, so I might lost some seconds there. This result makes me really proud, and I am looking forward to the mountains now. It will be a tough fight man against man.”
6th on the stage and 5th overall, Gorka Izagirre (Bora-Hansgrohe): “It was a hard stage today, especially the first part was extremely tough. My conditions were good. In the last 2 km I felt I lost some energy, but I am satisfied with the performance.”
Patrick Konrad (Bora-Hansgrohe): “I changed my position before the Algarve TT. It took some time to adapt, but now I feel good again. At the beginning of today’s race I struggled a little to find my rhythm, I really had to suffer on the first climb. But I felt better and better during the race and I am happy with my performance and time today. Now it’s time to hit the mountains.”
Paris-Nice Stage 4 Result:
1. Wout Poels (Ned) Sky in 25:33
2. Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar at 0:11
3. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors at 0:16
4. Felix Großschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:20
5. Ion Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida at 0:27
6. Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida
7. Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana at 0:28
8. Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 0:29
9. Sergio Henao (Col) Sky at 0:33
10. Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott.
Paris-Nice Overall After Stage 4:
1. Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana in 13:47:57
2. Wout Poels (Ned) Sky at 0:15
3. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors at 0:26
4. Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar
5. Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida at 0:34
6. Felix Großschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:35
7. Ion Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida at 0:42
8. Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal
9. Sergio Henao (Col) Sky 0:00:48
10. Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott.
Paris-Nice stage 4:
For a third consecutive year, BMC Racing Team proved to be the team to beat on Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 1 with an impressive display of team time trialling prowess helping to secure victory on the 21.5km out and back course.
BMC Racing Team rolled down the ramp as one of the pre-race favorites, and as they settled into a seamless rhythm out on the course, they were looking to better 22.23, the benchmark set by Mitchelton-Scott. Second-fastest at the turning point, BMC Racing Team kicked it up another gear heading into the second half of the course and, after a brilliant show of strength and teamwork, the first four riders stopped the clock at 22:19.
In the end, this was more than enough to claim the stage win and put Damiano Caruso into the leader’s jersey for the second year in a row.
Race leader, Damiano Caruso (BMC): “There is always a lot of satisfaction for us to win here. This was our first goal of the race, and we did a lot of work to be ready for it so, we are happy. The weather was good and the roads too. The parcours is really fast, but we have the right guys to be able to ride fast. The teamwork was excellent. The whole team, staff and riders, were amazing. All of BMC Racing Team worked really hard. I think it was hard for every team today, but we kept pushing to the finish. We went à bloc, and we are happy. I am not sure if there was less wind for us in the final, but for sure, we had a strong group of riders. This is one of my favorite races because we are in Italy and it is always a pleasure to race here. Without Richie Porte, it is more difficult for us to win the race but I will take it day by day, and we will see what happens from now on. We have a few objectives with a couple of stages suiting Greg Van Avermaet, and I want to try and fight for the GC but without any pressure or stress. I just want to take it day by day and see where I end up.”
Best young rider, Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors): “I’m really happy with how strong my team was today. But we weren’t the strongest so we didn’t win the stage. We have put Bob Jungels in a good position. He’s our leader. It’s a satisfaction to have the best young rider jersey but I’ll try to get the stage win tomorrow. It’s a stage for sprinters but there are a lot of good sprinters: Kittel; Cavendish who crashed today, I think – I hope he’s OK; Ewan… and many more. It should be a great stage tomorrow.”
Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe): “It was a good day. Although we knew it would have been very difficult to win against the strongest teams, I feel BORA-hansgrohe has improved from last year and our team time-trials have stepped up. I think the hard work of the riders and the effort of the coaches, last year and during the off-season, is paying off. The Tirreno-Adriatico is long and difficult, and we have many stages ahead of us where anything can happen but I think we had a good start.”
Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 1 Result:
1. BMC in 22:19
2. Mitchelton-Scott at 0:04
3. Sky at 0:09
4. Quick-Step Floors at 0:15
5. Sunweb at 0:25
6. Katusha-Alpecin at 0:29
7. Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:30
8. Trek-Segafredo at 0:39
9. UAE Team Emirates at 0:45
10. EF Education First-Drapac.
Tirreno-Adriatico Overall After Stage 1:
1. Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC in 22:19
2. Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC
3. Patrick Bevin (NZ) BMC
4. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC
5. Luke Durbridge (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:04
6. Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott
7. Adam Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott
8. Michael Hepburn (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
9. Geraint Thomas (GB) Sky at 0:09
10. Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Sky.
Gazprom — RusVelo Riders Won Two Medals at the UCI Track World Championships
Last week from 28 February to 4 March the UCI Track World Championships took place in the Netherlands, Apeldoorn. The Russian national team won three medals, two of them were earned by Gazprom — RusVelo riders.
On the first racing day Anastasia Voinova and Daria Shmeleva won the bronze medal in team sprint and on Saturday third of March Daria Shmeleva took over the silver medal in 500m time trial (33.237), being edged out by the German rider Miriam Welte (33.150).
General Manager of Gazprom — RusVelo Renat Khamidulin shared his opinion on the results: “With no doubt, we expected to perform better and the fans definitely expected more medals, as the Russian national team features some of the highly recognized sprinters in the world. The team management and coaches certainly have identified the mistakes and are going to work on improving the team performance. Luckily, there are two full seasons ahead of the Olympic Games in Tokyo and there is still time to develop. That is what elite sport is all about, — the constant working process with its ups and downs, to forge ahead you need to learn from your experience. That’s why, Gazprom — RusVelo continues not only to work with the already existing track unit, but we are also extending it to the other track cycling disciplines. This year we formed a new endurance group and started participating in professional six-day races. Our task is to prepare athletes for the main line-up of the national squad.”
Catlin wins world championship with Team USA
23-year-old Minnesota native earns third rainbow jersey on the track
Rally Cycling’s Kelly Catlin helped Team USA defend their world title in the team pursuit this past weekend at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. Catlin and her teammates Jennifer Valente, Chloe Dygert and Kimberly Geist narrowly edged out defending Olympic champions Great Britain. Catlin also took bronze in the individual pursuit.
“Defending the world title was very special,” said Catlin. “Our team has been training extensively to improve our team pursuit technical skills, and winning in the Netherlands is proof that we are on the right track for the Tokyo Olympics.”
The team pursuit event is four kilometers in length, consists of four riders per team, and takes just over four minutes to complete. With no brakes and only one gear, the mindset is simple for Catlin.
“All I needed to worry about was the timing and speed of my pulls,” said Catlin. “I only noticed on one lap that we were slightly behind Great Britain, but not devastatingly so for that point of the race. A team pursuiter can only have two, maybe three anchors of attention in a given race, and the opposing team should rarely be one of them. Internal focus and perceived effort are instead the driving forces of a successful final kilometer.”
Catlin is currently a student at the University of Minnesota where she is pursuing a dual major in Mathematics and Chinese. Managing a blossoming professional cycling career while remaining dedicated to your studies is a challenge but one that Catlin derives great pleasure from.
“Being a student while also training for and racing at the world championships has been a unique experience,” said Catlin. “I have to admit that forcing oneself to study for an exam after a double session at the track is challenging, but immensely satisfying. Being able to complete a full day of training while also checking off school work makes each day much more complete for me. At times they can be separately annoying, but worthwhile together.”
The Racing Season is Underway!
It was a long period, but we are finally back in the racing scheme. Sunday’s Dwars door West Vlaanderen was our first race of the year.
As usual we have been preparing for the season in Loutraki, where the riders enjoyed two training camps in order to improve the condition for the first part of the season. However, this year we have we have made the most out of it, as we have not only trained but also raced in the Loutraki Challenge in late February.
We Kicked Off the Season in Dwars Door West Vlaanderen
Belgium’s Dwars door West Vlaanderen marked our first race of the 2018 season. The combination of cobbles, rain and wind made our opening day a tough one but did not stop our riders of showing themselves.
Once the initial break was caught, it was Cees Bol the one representing the Academy flag upfront together with nine other riders. After the strong Dutchman was caught, the bunch picked up the pace and the number of riders quickly decreased. At the end of the race the victory was played among a trio of riders, with our Edo Affini and Jordi Meeus remaining in the peloton and finishing into the Top 20 after overcoming mechanical problems in the final local lap.
Academy Dominance in the First Ever Loutraki Challenge
This year we wrapped up the camp in a different way than usual. Our riders took part in the two-day Loutraki Challenge, in order to test themselves after a hard training camp and ahead of the first races of the year. They made the hard work of the past two weeks pay off and they showed absolute dominance in the uphill time trial and the road race.
Ide Schelling showed his form and won the overall classification after winning the opening time trial and placing second to Daan Hoole in the road race. Both Dutch riders were joined in the podium by Julius van den Berg, who finished the weekend in third place in GC.
It was a really well-organized event with a large number of participants and amazing parcours. We can’t wait to be back next year!
We are always happy to meet you at the races, so you’re more than welcome to show up and be part of this journey!
A Great Weekend of Cycling in Valle D’Aosta
Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May the Valle D’Aosta climbs in Italy will host the Giro d’Italia stage 20 and the Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia, on which the sportive riders can race on the very same roads that the pro riders face the previous day. Registrations are open on www.gfgiroditalia.it.
Announced today are two special days which should be marked on everyone’s calendar with a pink highlighter: Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May. It’s going to be a special weekend of sport with the Valle d’Aosta climbs in Italy set to test the skills of both professionals and sportive cyclists.
The program of the two busy days organized by RCS Sport / RCS Active Team will begin with Stage 20 of the 2018 Giro d’Italia, Susa-Cervinia, the stage that looks most likely to define the position in the Grand Tour’s General Classification. Sunday 27 May will be the day of the Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia, starting from Saint Vincent and facing the Valle d’Aosta climbs until the finish line in Cervinia. This will be a 100km course with the same three climbs that the professional riders faced the previous day: Col Tsecore (1,623m), Col San Pantaleon (1,664m) and Cervinia (2,001m).
Just like October’s Gran Fondo Il Lombardia and March 4’s Gran Fondo Strade Bianche in Siena, the organizer’s goal is to give all race fans and sportive riders an unforgettable weekend. The exact same roads, the same logistics at the finish line, and the satisfaction of emulating the pros – plus the chance to watch and support them on the roads of the penultimate stage of the 101st Giro d’Italia.
Registrations are open on www.gfgiroditalia.it
Alé Sponsored Pro Teams Celebrate Women’s Cycling Ahead of International Women’s Day
Alé Cipollini and Bardiani-CSF team riders sport one ultra-violet glove during European races in support of International Women’s Day.
Marta Bastianelli of Alé Cipollini celebrates her Trofeo Oro victory in Motignoso on Sunday with her IWD winter gloves
In anticipation of International Women’s Day (IWD) tomorrow, Alé’s sponsored male and female cycling teams Alé Cipollini and Bardiani-CSF highlighted their support for the global movement by wearing one ultra-violet purple glove during their recent triumphs at Strade Bianche (Alé Cipollini), Trofeo Oro (Alé Cipollini) and International Rhodes GP (Bardiani-CSF) races.
By adding this touch of purple to the international races ahead of IWD on Thursday, Alé and their sponsored teams wanted to bring a message of support for the campaign, hoping to inspire and empower women within the sport.
WorldTour team Alé Cipollini’s support of the movement felt especially meaningful, thanks to Marta Bastianelli’s victory in Montignoso at the Trofeo Oro on Sunday.
Bardiani-CSF wearing the ultra-violet summer gloves in Rhodes, Greece
International Women’s Day has been celebrated since as early as 1909, in order to commemorate the movement of women’s rights across the globe; a cause close to Alé’s heart. The Italian cycling clothing brand stands out from the crowd in the bike industry, with its majority female workforce and company head Alessia Piccolo, a dedicated and passionate cyclist who inspires other women in the male-dominated industry.
Alé Cipollini will continue to wear the IWD glove during their next race at the Ronde van Drenthe in the Netherlands this Sunday.
Roberto Reverberi, Team Manager of Bardiani-CSF, said: “We’re happy to share the initiative of our sponsor Alé and its message. Giving support to this awareness campaign for International Women’s Day is a duty. Wearing the ultra-violet glove is just a little gesture, but everything should be done to spread this message as wide as possible, especially in these hard times.”
Alessia Piccolo, CEO of Alé and President of the Alé Cipollini team, said: “We are living in a time of change with the rights of women in every situation being addressed and bravely challenged. Our ultra-violet glove is simply a symbol of support for those women and their journey to equality, and we hope it shines a light on the pride and motivation that the cycling community has towards their cause.”
The special edition International Women’s Day winter (€36,50) and summer (€30,90) gloves will be available to buy on Alé Cycling from tomorrow, Thursday 8th March.
Alé Cipollini at the Strade Bianche with the Alé International Women’s Day winter gloves
How was it Wout?
World cyclocross champion, Wout Van Aert, sums up his Strade Bianche in this post-race interview:
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