EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
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A stuffed EUROTRASH Thursday. Christian Prudhomme optimistic about the season – TOP Story. Other news: No quarantine for Olympics. Rider news: Tom Pidcock the runner, Remco Evenepoel restarts training, Thibaut Pinot doesn’t want to be leader, Thomas De Gendt to all Grand Tours, Richard Carapaz’s season starts and Mateusz Rudyk signs for Team Novo Nordisk. Team news from the Tour de La Provence and the Clasica de Almeria. Race news: Vuelta’21 to finish in Santiago de Compostela, Arctic Race of Norway to Finland, 2021 RCS Wildcards, EOLO-KOMETA and Bardiani happy, landslide on Milano-Sanremo, Wildcards for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Vuelta on TVE till 2024, WorldTour teams for Paris-Camembert and Halle Ingooigem canceled. Plus Danilo Wyss retires, DS job for Steve Cummings and Bahrain Victorious with Rocket Espresso.
TOP STORY: Prudhomme “Fairly Optimistic” About the Season
There has been quite a few race cancellations this season, but despite this, Christian Prudhomme, Tour Director and Chairman of the Association of Race Organisers (AIOCC), is confident that the majority of cycling races will go ahead this year.
Prudhomme, who was infected with the corona virus during the Tour de France last year, told RTBF: “In discussions with local authorities, we always emphasise the specific circumstances in which professional sport can exist, with all appropriate measures, of course. I am especially happy that the GP Marseillaise and the Star of Bessèges have continued. A few months ago I thought we could start 2021 calmly. That has not been the case, but nevertheless I remain reasonably optimistic until proven otherwise. Until then, we will organise competitions, while respecting the wishes of authorities.”
“It’s not up to us to get annoyed when things like a negative PCR test are asked for. We want to organise events, but we also want to ensure that the number of infections is limited as much as possible. We (ASO) Hoped to be able to organise all our races this year. This is not the case either, but we will continue to work with the authorities and they will help us so that our events can take place in Belgium and France. I also hope that other competitions, such as those for U23 and juniors, can continue. After all, there is a risk that the essential basis of the cycling pyramid will crumble.”
Tour top man Christian Prudhomme:
IOC Confirms No Two-Week Quarantine for Olympic Games
The IOC has confirmed that athletes going to Japan next summer to participate in the Olympic Games in Tokyo do not have to be quarantined for two weeks first. “A fourteen-day quarantine is a reasonable idea and we have considered it. But we have come to the conclusion that we find it very undesirable to put athletes in a situation where they cannot train for two weeks,” said Toshiro Muto, head of the organising committee.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has published several plans towards the Olympic Games in Tokyo. The athletes do not have to be in quarantine for two weeks, but they do have to take their temperature daily in the days before departure to Japan and report their health, via a mobile app, to the relevant authorities.
Athletes planning to travel to Japan for the Games must submit a negative PCR test 72 hours prior to departure. Now that a quarantine obligation has been finally removed, it seems possible for riders to combine the Tour de France with the Olympic Games. After the Tour, which ends in Paris on Sunday, July 18, there are six more days until the Olympic road race on Saturday, July 24.
No quarantine for the Olympics:
Tom Pidcock ‘The Runner’
To be a good cyclocross ridder you have to be able to run, but Tom Pidcock has found out that he is one of the best runners in the World – If we can believe his data on Strava. According to the app, Pidcock ran 5 kilometres in 13:25 minutes, which was just 7 seconds slower than the European road record.
Pidcock said on social media that he wanted to run under 15 minutes for 5 kilometres. That he ran so fast was also a surprise to Pidcock. “Apparently this is very fast. I’m going to try again in a few days to confirm. Maybe running is more my sport.”
It appears that the authenticity of the data is in doubt, as the running activity has now been reported to Strava. Pidcock’s running qualities are beyond dispute, his Belgian supervisor Kurt Bogaerts told Het Nieuwsblad. “He can run well. Tests at Red Bull’s lab in Salzburg showed that he had a tremendous talent for running. Both in terms of power and running style. Tom even thinks he can go even faster. He mainly runs in his spare time. After the World championships he had been given ten days off and so he started running a bit, but quite quickly.”
A running Tom Pidcock:
Evenepoel to Restart Training
The young Belgian has been cleared to return on his bike.
Remco Evenepoel has today undergone a further examination of the injury sustained while crashing at last August’s Il Lombardia, which has revealed that the injuries have healed sufficiently for the 21-year-old to commence on-bike training again.
In the coming weeks his progress will continue to be monitored by the Deceuninck – Quick-Step medical team, who will continue to consult with Remco and the team’s management, before planning his return to racing.
“I am obviously really happy that I can get back on my bike and ride again. For now, I have to take it step by step and depending on my progress we can decide my future program, but the main thing is I am making progress”, a delighted Remco said.
“The recovery process from a crash of the magnitude that Remco had will always have some ups and downs. In the beginning it was all very positive and healing very quickly but then we had a slowing of the process. While this was nothing too severe, we had to pause and we are now happy that Remco can continue training and build towards the start of his season. We will have to proceed with caution and it will still be a long road to him being on the start line of a race, but it is now going in the right direction”, added Deceuninck – Quick-Step team doctor Phil Jansen.
It seems impossible that Evenepoel is heading for the Giro. “The Giro will be the earliest race in which we can put Remco Evenepoel,” team boss Patrick Lefevere told Sporza. “The fact that he can train again is fantastic. I’m very happy. I am not only happy for Remco but also for the entire team. We will now try not to skip a single step to bring him back into competition,” said Lefevere. “Remco has been idle for too long. He is now back from a period of about seven to eight weeks without a bicycle.”
The Giro will probably be the first race for Evenepoel since his crash. “The Giro must be feasible, but then Remco should certainly not have a relapse. We are definitely trying to get him where he needs to be, back in the peloton,” said the Deceuninck – Quick-Step manager. “He will start in the Tour of Italy without any pressure,” Lefevere continued. “It remains to be seen how his body will respond to a three-week stage race. I am especially pleased that Remco has a positive outlook again.” The Giro d’Italia starts in three months, on May 8 with a time trial in Turin.
Remco Evenepoel training again:
Thibaut Pinot No Longer Wants to be the Only Team Leader
Thibaut Pinot has had a lot of good victories in his career, but has also had some disappointments. After a difficult period, the Frenchman mainly hopes to regain his joy of cycling, he said in an extensive interview with L’Équipe.
Pinot has been the GC leader of Groupama-FDJ since his breakthrough in 2012, but no longer wants to carry all the pressure. “I’ve now come to a point where I don’t just want to talk about results. I just want to be 100% fit and find the joy and confidence. I don’t want to be the absolute leader anymore.”
“If I am the leader in a certain race, my teammates will also have to race. They no longer have to sacrifice themselves completely. I don’t want to disappoint the team again,” said Pinot, who raced with a back injury last year and failed to reach his usual level in the Tour de France and Vuelta a España. The 30-year-old rider will not start the Tour this year and focus entirely on the Giro d’Italia. “I need the Giro to get back to the highest level, to regain confidence. I hope it works. I want to be on the podium of the Giro someday,” said Pinot, who had to abandon the Giro three years ago.
The Groupama-FDJ rider should start his season in the Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var (19-21 February), but Pinot told L’Équipe that he still his back pain. It is unclear whether Pinot will be back in the peloton at the end of February.
Thibaut Pinot in trouble:
De Gendt Wants to Ride All the Grand Tours in 2021
Thomas De Gendt wants to ride all three Grand Tours again this year. In conversation with Het Nieuwsblad, he said that he wants to participate in the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España.
“In any case, I will go for the Giro and the Tour,” De Gendt said. “After that, there is nothing really special in terms of races for me. Then I better also go to the Vuelta and try to pick my stages there. I like that. The condition is of course that I come out of the Tour well.” De Gendt has now completed quite a few Grand Tours. The first time he raced all three Grand Tours in a year was in 2019. Last year De Gendt rode the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia. It was impossible to ride the Vuelta as well, as it overlapped with the Giro.
Before De Gendt the three-week stage races, there are also some races on his program. Starting with the UAE Tour. “I just hope that I can start the season in the UAE Tour, because I also read that it is getting worse again in terms of infections. I hope they will not cancel this WorldTour race at the last instance.”
Thomas De Gendt:
Richard Carapaz’s Road Season Starts with Volta a Catalunya
Richard Carapaz will start his road season next month with the Volta a Catalunya. For the 2019 Giro winner, this will be his second appearance in the Spanish stage race. He will also ride the hilly classics in April.
Also two years ago, Carapaz was at the start in the Volta a Catalunya. In the mountain stage to Vallter 2000 he finished in 8hth place and was 26th overall. “This edition is extra special because this time there are two high finishes that should suit me very well. I think it will be a tough race, one of the first in which we really want to be there with the team. We want to ride the races leading up to the Tour as well as possible,” Carapaz said on his website.
After the Tour of Catalonia, the Tour of the Basque Country and the three hilly classics are on the Carapaz program. Then he travels back to Ecuador to prepare for the Tour.
Richard Carapaz’s calendar for 2021:
Volta a Catalonia
Tour of the Basque Country
Amstel Gold Race
Tour de France
Richard Carapaz on the attack in la Vuelta:
Team Novo Nordisk Sign Polish Track Star Mateusz Rudyk
Team Novo Nordisk is proud to announce the signing of the Polish track sprinter Mateusz Rudyk for the 2021 season.
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all diabetes professional cycling team, today announced the signing of 2016 UEC European team sprint gold medalist Mateusz Rudyk.
Rudyk will continue to race and compete on the track as he prepares for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 12, Rudyk joins 18-time US National Champion Mandy Marquardt as Team Novo Nordisk’s second fully supported professional track athlete.
“Joining Team Novo Nordisk is an important stage in my career,” began Rudyk. “The team consists of people with diabetes, just like me, and it shows that with diabetes you can be a professional athlete and achieve high results in sports. The Olympic Games are my main goal. I want to fight for a medal, and I believe in myself. My goal is to show people that with diabetes I am able to be the best in the world.”
Boasting an impressive pedigree on the track, Rudyk won a bronze medal in the individual sprint at the 2019 World Championships in Pruszków and another bronze in the individual sprint at the 2019 European Championships in Apeldoorn. With the Tokyo Olympics the big goal for 2021, Rudyk and Team Novo Nordisk will work together over the coming months to provide the best possible environment for Rudyk to train and prepare for Tokyo.
“First and foremost, Mateusz is a really good young man, goal orientated, and has a big dream for Tokyo,” said Team Novo Nordisk CEO and Co-Founder Phil Southerland. “The fact that one of the world’s top track sprinters is joining Team Novo Nordisk is a big boost to all of us. He and Mandy have developed a friendship, and to think we have the chance at both male and female Olympians from Team Novo Nordisk is truly a dream come true.”
“Mateusz doesn’t just want a medal at the Olympics, but he wants to leverage that visibility as a means to educate, empower, and inspire the diabetes community. I really look forward to working with him, helping him not only in his sporting goals, but to see his role as a hero for all of us with diabetes come to fruition. Together, we will be stronger. Together our message will go farther. And together we will be changing diabetes for the world, one person at a time.”
2021 is a major milestone and anniversary for all of the people living with diabetes around the world as it marks the 100th year anniversary of the discovery of insulin. Keenly aware of the significance of 2021 for the diabetes community and particularly for Team Novo Nordisk, Rudyk is thankful for the opportunity joining the team presents.
“This is an important year for everyone with diabetes,” continued Rudyk. “If not for the discovery of insulin, life with this disease would have been completely different. I cannot imagine my life without insulin, it accompanies me all the time and it is one of the most important elements of living with diabetes.”
Rudyk’s first contact with Team Novo Nordisk came years earlier as a visitor to the team bus at his home Tour in Poland and after the first wheels were set in motion, the team finally had their man.
“We met Mateusz a few years ago at the Tour du Pologne and we have been developing a relationship since then” said General Manager Vassili Davidenko. “He is one of the world’s top track sprinters and a great example for everyone to see what is possible with diabetes. 2021 is an Olympic year and also 100 years since the discovery of insulin. What better way to showcase the importance of this than with Team Novo Nordisk athletes doing well at the Olympics.”
“With our structure and support within the team we want to provide Mateusz with all the help necessary to help him achieve his goals and show the world that diabetes isn’t a barrier to achieving Olympic success.”
Team Novo Nordisk is set to begin the 2021 season at the Trofeo Laigueglia in Italy on March 3rd.
Provence (Feb 11-14) to Open Blues’ 2021 season
Puerto Rican Abner González’s first race in Movistar Team colours, Enric Mas’ first 2021 appearance headline Telefónica-backed squad’s season-opening lineup.
Fully conscious about the privilege it represents to carry out their pro activity into such a challenging health situation, the Movistar Team take the curtains of their fourty-second season up this week (Thursday 11th – Sunday 14th February) with the 6th Tour de La Provence (UCI ProSeries), a four-day event in southern France that will mark the first event in three months for the men’s squad managed by Eusebio Unzué.
Three riders from the 2020 TDF/La Vuelta squad – Enric Mas, Carlos Verona and Imanol Erviti – will make their 2021 competitive debut as part of a seven-man roster also including Sergio Samitier, Lluís Mas, Matteo Jorgenson and one of this year’s additions to the Telefónica-backed squad: Puerto Rico’s Abner González.
The French event will be decided at the top of the Chalet Reynard – three quarters of the legendary Mont Ventoux climb – at the end of stage three on Saturday 13th. Two sprinter-suited finishes and a lumpy circuit around Manosque (Friday 12th) complete the week’s program in Provence.
Tour de la Provence 11-14-02
Ben O’Connor is taking part in the Tour de la Provence for the first time. It will also be the first time that he will climb Mont Ventoux. “Even if the climb stops at Chalet Reynard, I know it will be tough for February. And it will certainly let me know where I stand physically. I have no historical references on the Ventoux. I just know it’s very hard… and Chris Froome ran up it for a while,” he said. “I am excited to be competing in my first race with the AG2R Citroën Team. This is the start of a new stage in my career. Physically I am feeling good and recovered well from a broken collarbone in November I suffered while mountain biking. The Tour de la Provence will be an opportunity to test myself and see where I am in my fitness. The team is doing well already, first with Aurélien Paret Peintre’s victory at the GP La Marseillaise and then Greg Van Avermaet’s good form at Etoile de Bessèges. It gives us confidence. My first goal will be Tirreno-Adriatico, but above all I hope to be able to influence the race at the Tour de Romandie. Of course I am also determined to support Bob Jungels and Benoit Cosnefroy in the Ardennes races.”
After his victory in the GP de la Marseillaise, Aurélien Paret-Peintre gained more than 700 new followers on Instagram in record time.
Bahrain Victorious Heading for First Race of the Season with a Strong Line-Up
The 6th Tour de la Provence will start on 11th February in Aubagne and end four stages later in Salon-de-Provence. Provence’s beautiful landscape provides ideal scenery for an early season race and a perfect challenge for riders at the beginning of a new season.
The Provence’s first race was organised in 2016 under Tour Cycliste International La Provence, and renamed in 2019, Tour de la Provence. This year’s opening stage covers 182.3 km, from Aubagne to Six-Fours-Les-Plages. The riders will start the second Stage in Cassis, a popular tourist destination famous for its cliffs, finishing 174.6 km later in Manosque, the largest town and commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence in southeastern France. The third Stage of 153.9km is where the GC will most likely be decided with a mountain-top finish on Mont Ventoux. The climb will be an excellent rehearsal for all the riders heading to Tour de France this season, where it features on Stage 11. The last 163.2 km Stage starts in Avignon and concludes the race at Salon-de-Provence.
Sports Director Rolf Aldag reveals the strategy for the first race of the season: “We had a super good training camp with the whole team, and now we are looking forward to scoring results in the first race of the season. We will consider every Stage like a one day race and fight for the win. Phil will fight on the sprint stages, Dylan on the hilly stages and, Jack, Dylan, and Wout during the GC showdown halfway up to the Mont Ventoux. It is always tough to predict the first race of the season,” continues Aldag, “since we don’t know how well prepared our competitors are and how they trained during the winter. That’s why we won’t wait to see what others will do but ride with an offensive strategy from the very beginning.”
Team Bahrain Victorious prepared a strong line-up for their first challenge of the season. Phil Bauhaus will aim for the win on stages 1 and 4, Dylan Teuns will try to win Stage 2 and, Jack Haig, Wout Poels and, Dylan Teuns will target Stage 3 with the mountain top finish. “I’m motivated to race again, and the Tour de la Provence is a perfect start, with a few stages that fit me very well,” commented Dylan Teuns before the race.
Wout Poels is also looking forward to the first race of the season: “I had a good winter and successful training camp with the team. I believe we have a strong line-up, and I’m curious to see how the first race of the year will turn out.”
Jack Haig shares the excitement of his co-riders: “I am excited but also a little nervous. That will be my first race with the new team, and it’s also a race I haven’t done before. I think it will be a good race to know how the team works and how I fit into the team. It’s also some rehearsal for some of the big races coming up, especially the UAE Tour, which will be my first race directly after Tour de la Provence.”
Team Bahrain Victorious’ line-up for Tour de la Provence:
Phil Bauhaus / Jack Haig / Heinrich Haussler / Gino Mäder / Wout Poels / Dylan Teuns / Fred Wright.
Bernal and De Plus in the Tour de La Provence
Egan Bernal will lead the INEOS Grenadiers team in the Tour de La Provence. The Colombian climber has Laurens De Plus at his side in the French four days for the first time.
Bernal started his season in the Étoile de Bessèges last week, where he finished 64th overall. Bernal was in the winning break on stage 3, which was eventually won by Tim Wellens. Bernal worked hard for Michal Kwiatkowski. Kwiatkowski is not riding in Provence, so newcomer Laurens De Plus, who came from Jumbo-Visma last winter will take his place. The Belgian is also on the shortlist to ride the Tour de France next summer. In addition to Bernal and De Plus, Eddie Dunbar, Gianni Moscon, Carlos Rodriguez, Iván Ramiro Sosa and Ben Swift will be alongside Bernal in France.
INEOS Grenadiers for the 2021 Tour de La Provence (11-14 February):
Egan Bernal (Col)
Laurens De Plus (Bel)
Eddie Dunbar (Ire)
Gianni Moscon (Ita)
Carlos Rodriguez (Spa)
Iván Ramiro Sosa (Col)
Ben Swift (GB).
Mollema and Ciccone Lead Trek-Segafredo in the Tour de la Provence
Trek-Segafredo has announced their roster for the Tour de la Provence. The WorldTour team will be lead Bauke Mollema and Giulio Ciccone in the GC battle, as Matteo Moschetti and Emils Liepins will go for the sprints.
“The feeling I have for this race can be compared to the feeling I have for the greatest days,” said Ciccone. “I really want to race and leave the problems of last year behind me. I have no indication of how competitive I can be, but I am ready to start the season, perhaps my most important season ever as a pro.”
Mollema recently opened his season in the Étoile de Bessèges. The Dutchman had a little problem with his left wrist, which he broke in the Tour. “I can just sprint in the saddle, that’s a good indicator for cyclists,” he said. “I feel it now and then when there is force, but I don’t have to relieve the wrist in the race. There is still an iron plate with screws in my arm, they will be removed after the season.”
Trek-Segafredo for Tour de La Provence (11-14 February):
Giulio Ciccone (Ita)
Koen de Kort (Ned)
Niklas Eg (DK)
Emils Liepins (Lat)
Bauke Mollema (Ned)
Matteo Moschetti (Ita)
Kiel Reijnen (USA).
Tour de la Provence FEB 11-14
Michiel Elijzen – Team DSM coach: “After a good team camp together at the start of the year, we’re all excited to get our season underway at the Tour de la Provence this week. Over the four stages our goal is to go for day results with a nice mix of riders; with Romain, Andreas and Niklas making their debut for us. The parcours looks demanding but we should get some chances to go for a sprint on stages one and four, where we will work to set up Max for those fast finishes. Mark will have the chance to test his legs on the famous Mont Ventoux climb and see how he goes there. Overall, we have four opportunities to go for a solid stage result and with some good teamwork throughout the race, we hope to start the season in a nice way.”
Romain Combaud (FRA)
Mark Donovan (GBR)
Max Kanter (GER)
Andreas Leknessund (NOR)
Niklas Märkl (GER)
Nicholas Roche (IRL)
Jasha Sütterlin (GER).
DSM’s Romain Combaud:
Astana – Premier Tech to Kick Off 2021 Season at Tour de la Provence
The new Astana – Premier Tech Giordana kit is set to make its race debut in the 2021 season, the team’s 16th year at the highest level of professional cycling, this week at Tour de la Provence.
The four-day race will be the official season start for the Kazakh-Canadian UCI WorldTeam, where a mix of young and experienced riders will line up in the new look of Astana – Premier Tech with Aleksandr Vlasov and Alexey Lutsenko returning to France as the defending winners of the youth and points classification and second and third on the General Classification respectively, alongside 2019 winner Gorka Izagirre.
Following the stage race in France, Astana – Premier Tech will line up at the Classica de Almeria, where Spanish road race champion Luis Leon Sanchez will make his season debut on home soil, and the Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var, where Jakob Fuglsang will lead the team.
Astana – Premier Tech has its sights set on stage race and Grand Tour victories throughout the 2021 season, and a General Classification podium spot at the Giro d’Italia with Vlasov. Fuglsang will target the Ardennes Classics and aim to change Rio’s silver into Tokyo’s gold medal at the Olympic Games, alongside Kazakh champion Lutsenko who will also focus on the spring Classics and the Tour de France.
“We are really proud to line up at our first race as Astana – Premier Tech and show off our new Giordana kit. After a busy off season, there is always a lot of excitement ahead of the first race of the season and this year more than ever as we welcome Premier Tech as the new co-owner and title sponsor of the team. Our riders and staff have put in a lot of hard work in the last months so we are happy to officially start the season this week at Tour de la Provence and look forward to a successful season as Astana – Premier Tech,” – Yana Seel, Managing Director.
“First of all, we hope to have a normal season again with all remaining races able to take place. 2020 was a difficult year for everyone but we were still able to collect 15 victories. In 2021, we have a strong team with a good mix of young and experienced riders, who can achieve great results. After the cancellation of Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, we are excited to finally pin a number on the back of our jersey and start our season at Tour de la Provence, followed by Clasica de Almeria. We have used the extra time to prepare at training camp and now we will focus on a strong start to the season and getting some wins on the board,” – Alexandr Vinokurov, Sports Team Principal
Astana ready for 2021:
Lotto Soudal for Tour de La Provence
Lotto Soudal has made their team selection for the Tour de La Provence. The Belgian formation counts on the man on form, Tim Wellens, plus Philippe Gilbert and John Degenkolb. Wellens won the Étoile de Bessèges last Sunday and is Lotto Soudal’s leader in Provence, together with sprinter Degenkolb and classic specialist Gilbert. For Degenkolb and Gilbert it is also their second stage race of the season, after a successful Étoile for Lotto Soudal.
Stefano Oldani, Filippo Conca, Frederik Frison and Florian Vermeersch are also part of the team. This is the first time Lotto Soudal has ridden the Tour de La Provence.
Lotto Soudal for Tour de La Provence (11-14 February):
Filippo Conca (Ita)
John Degenkolb (Ger)
Frederik Frison (Bel)
Philippe Gilbert (Bel)
Stefano Oldani (Ita)
Florian Vermeersch (Bel)
Tim Wellens (Bel).
Tim Wellens has the form:
BORA-hansgrohe with Großschartner and Schelling to Tour de La Provence
BORA-hansgrohe is taking several climbers to the Tour de La Provence. The German WorldTour team is counting on Felix Großschartner, Patrick Konrad and Ide Schelling in the French stage race.
Großschartner rode the Étoile de Bessèges last week, but crashed early in the race and didn’t compete for the overall victory. The 27-year-old Austrian did finish 15th in the final time trial in Alès. For Schelling and Konrad it is their first race of the season. BORA-hansgrohe is heading to the Tour de La Provence with a young selection. Neo-pros Giovanni Aleotti and Matthew Walls make their professional debut in the south of France. Matteo Fabbro and Frederik Wandahl complete the team.
BORA-hansgrohe team for the Tour de La Provence (11-14 February):
Giovanni Aleotti (Ita)
Matteo Fabbro (Ita)
Felix Großschartner (Aust)
Patrick Konrad (Aust)
Ide Schelling (Ned)
Matthew Walls (GB)
Frederik Wandahl (DK).
Cofidis Team for La Provence
Cofidis is ready for the Tour de La Provence with these seven riders: Nicolas Edet, Szymon Sajnok, Thomas Champion, Piet Allegaert, Ruben Fernández and the brothers Jesus and José Herrada. With Jesus Herrada, Edet and Fernández, Cofidis has three potential GC riders.
The 30-year-old Jesus Herrada finished 9th in the Tour de La Provence last year. In the sprints the team will be looking to Sajnok and Allegaert.
Cofidis for Tour de La Provence (11-14 February):
Jesus Herrada (Spa)
José Herrada (Spa)
Nicolas Edet (Fra)
Szymon Sajnok (Pol)
Thomas Champion (Fra)
Ruben Fernández (Spa)
Piet Allegaert (Bel).
Groupama-FDJ to Provence
Groupama-FDJ hopes for wins with Arnaud Démare, the king of victories of 2020. The French sprinter will be joined by Ramon Sinkeldam and Jacopo Guarnieri who will have to assist him in the final of the flat stages.
Rudy Molard should be the man for the GC. Ignatas Konovalovas and Miles Scotson will also be lead-out men for Démare, but could get in breaks. The young French neo-pro Clément Davy is also part of the seven-man team.
Groupama-FDJ riders for Tour de La Provence (11-14 February):
Clément Davy (Fra)
Arnaud Démare (Fra)
Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita)
Ignatas Konovalovas (Lit)
Rudy Molard (Fra)
Miles Scotson (Aus)
Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned).
Astana – Premier Tech Riders for the Tour de la Provence, the First Race of 2021 season
After the cancellation of the first planned race Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana earlier this month, Astana – Premier Tech is ready to pin race numbers on the new jerseys and kick off the 2021 season at the 2.Pro stage race Tour de la Provence, from February 11th to 14th.
Bringing a solid roster to the French race, the Kazakh-Canadian team is aiming for a strong and successful start to the season with the team’s impressive line up featuring Gorka Izagirre, winner of the 2019 edition of the race, and Aleksand Vlasov and Alexey Lutsenko, who rounded out the final podium as well as the point and young classification jerseys in 2020.
“I know this race pretty well and I won it in 2019. Of course, this edition differs a lot from the race I won two years ago, but I still like it and I think our team can get something important here. I have been waiting for the start of the season with great expectation and impatience and I am happy to begin the year at the Tour de la Provence. We are coming there with a very strong team and our goal is to try to win it. I am ready to support my teammates and to provide them with all my help and experience”, says Gorka Izagirre, the overall winner of the Tour de la Provence 2019.
“I have very beautiful memories from last year when I debuted for Astana Pro Team and won my first race in the Astana jersey. Honestly, I did not expect to be in such good form so early in the season, but I was really happy to bring that stage victory to the team and to step onto the final podium. This year I expect the race will turn out a bit differently for me as my main goal here is to feel the racing rhythm and to build the form. I am going to use the race as preparation towards my next races. In the same time I will be happy to help my teammates, who will be aiming to get more from this race”, – adds Aleksandr Vlasov, stage winner, best young rider and runner-up in 2020.
“Together with the team, we prepared well for the season, firstly at the training camp in Benidorm and recently in Teide. I had quite a big break from racing since last year’s Tour de France, but, actually, I feel pretty good and I am coming to this start of the season with good form. However, we have to see how the race will go on, but I hope the form will be at the same level I had at the start of last season, because our ambitions are high and our team can fight for a good result in the General Classification”, – resumes Alexey Lutsenko, third in the General Classification in 2020.
Alex Aranburu (ESP), Omar Fraile (ESP), Gorka Izagirre (ESP), Ion Izagirre (ESP), Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ), Harold Tejada (COL), Aleksandr Vlasov (RUS).
Sports Directors: Dmitriy Fofonov (KAZ), Bruno Cenghialta (ITA).
Aru, Dlamini Spearhead Team Qhubeka ASSOS at Tour de la Provence
Team Qhubeka ASSOS is excited to announce that Fabio Aru will be one of six debutants in our seven rider line-up for Tour de la Provence, starting on Thursday.
The four-day stage race opens up with an undulating 173km from Aubagne to Six-Fours-les-Plages, but all eyes will likely already be cast to stage three and the mountain-top finish at Mont Ventoux.
Aru, the 2015 Vuelta a España champion, expressed his anticipation in finally getting his road-racing season underway for his new team, and he’ll be joined by an exciting selection, of varying experience, out on the roads of southern France.
South Africa’s Nicholas Dlamini opens his season at the race having not been in action since October 2020. The 25-year-old, who recently became a father for the first time, showed some good form at the recent training camp held in Spain and will now be looking to bring that sharpness straight into his first race.
The highly-experienced duo of Sander Armeé and Kilian Frankiny will both relish the opportunity to test themselves early in the season with the climbing on offer, and both have experience of scoring good personal results in the past too.
Our line-up is completed by a very exciting young trio: Frankiny’s Swiss compatriot Mauro Schmid, exciting Czech youngster Karel Vacek and Connor Brown who has made the exciting step up from our Continental team in 2021. These three are certainly exciting prospects to watch throughout the season.
As our team did with it’s line-up for our opening race of the season at Etoile de Bessèges, we’ve asked one of our ardent fans to officially name the team for the Tour de la Provence. It something that’s a new innovation for our team, and one which we know will draw our fans even closer.
For this race we want to say a big “thank you” to Marco Overbeeke for your incredible support of Team Qhubeka ASSOS.
Fabio Aru: “I’m really happy and I can’t wait now to start my road season with my new team. For sure I’ve worked really hard over the winter including participating in some cyclocross – which I thoroughly enjoyed. I’m very happy overall (with my condition) and I now just want to start my road season. I will do my best for my team and teammates, and we will see how the race unfolds.”
Nic Dlamini: “I’m really quite excited to start racing again. I’ve never raced in February in Europe as I always start Down Under, so it’s quite early (for me) but I’m super-excited. I’m happy with my form; the body’s showing some good signs from the camp and I’ve been maintaining that shape so I’m excited to put it to the test. For the team going in there it’s going to be something new for us all: new riders in the team, first time working together and so on, but I think we’re all super-motivated to the highest level after seeing how our team performed in Etoile de Bessèges. We want to continue with that momentum and hopefully do better and get closer and closer to the podium overall. I think with the dynamics of the whole team everyone is motivated and in a good space; and I think we’re looking forward to a great start.”
Gabriele Missaglia – Sports Director: “The main goals for the Tour de la Provence will be to feature well across the race; definitely trying to win a stage and consequently aiming for a strong general classification from Aru and Armeé. The team is competitive, although we still have to consider that for this group it’s the first race of the season and despite having worked well with targeted training we do not know our real racing condition, yet. In what promises to be a very interesting race, the third stage is going to be by all accounts the most important, it is the stage that will likely define the general classification. I very much hope for a good result, and I am sure that is within our reach.”
Aru goes to the Tour de la Provence:
Racing continues for UAE Team Emirates at Provence and Almeria
Stage race in France and Spanish one day classic for Emirati squad.
UAE Team Emirates will head into their next block of racing with the Tour de la Provence [2.Pro] from 11-14 Feb and the one-day Clasica de Almeria [1.Pro] on 14 Feb.
With several members of the squad preparing at altitude at the Canary Islands in Spain, the rest of the team will pin on race numbers to go in search of the teams first victory of 2021.
Tour de la Provence [2.Pro]
New Sports Director Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) and Manuele Mori (Ita) will lead the seven rider squad:
Camilo Ardila (Col)
Sven Erik Bystrom (Nor)
Valerio Conti (Ita)
Alessandro Covi (Ita)
Alexander Kristoff (Nor)
Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor)
Matteo Trentin (Ita)
Alexander Kristoff: “It’s my first race and usually I need to get some races under my belt before I hit top form, but there are a few stages here that suit me. The training has been going well and it would be good to get some nice results before the classics. Obviously stage 3 to Mt. Ventoux will be the decisive day for the GC where our climbers will aim to be active, but the other days are better terrain for me.”
Clasica de Almeria [1.Pro]
Team Manager Joxean Matxin Fernandez (Spa) and Simone Pedrazzini (Swi) will take charge of the squad:
Fernando Gaviria (Col)
Marco Marcato (Ita)
Sebastian Molano (Col)
Ivo Oliveira (Por)
Rui Oliveira (Por)
Maximiliano Richeze (Arg)
Oliviero Troia (Ita)
Fernando Gaviria: “This will be my first race of the season and my first time racing Clasica Almeria. I usually start the season at San Juan in Argentina so this will be a change of pace and something new for me. We are going in with a very strong squad with guys who are really specialists on this terrain. Between myself and Molano we have options in the sprint and will be looking for a good result. We can’t wait to get back racing again.”
Deceuninck – Quick-Step to Clasica de Almeria
Mark Cavendish is set to race for the first time this season at the race he won back in 2015
Sunny Andalusia will host one of the first one-day races of the season – Clasica de Almeria – which will run its 36th edition this year and is expected to play again into the hands of the sprinters. Three classified climbs – Alto de Celin, Alto de La Alqueria, and Alto de Fuente Marbella – will punctuate the first part of the course, but with the second half almost flat, it’s difficult to believe the attackers will manage to give the slip to the peloton.
Six years ago, Mark Cavendish claimed a convincing win at the Spanish one-day race, one of the 44 victories he scored during his first spell with the Wolfpack. Now, the 2011 World Champion will be back at the start, part of a strong Deceuninck – Quick-Step line-up which will include also “El Tractor” Tim Declercq, Alvaro Hodeg, Florian Sénéchal, Stijn Steels, Jannik Steimle, and Bert Van Lerberghe.
“Like every rider in these times I am excited to get the season underway. We are fortunate that the races can go ahead and I’m even more excited to pull on the jersey of the Wolfpack once again and race with the boys. The fact it will happen at an event which brings back a lot of beautiful memories makes it even more special”, said Mark Cavendish.
“Almeria is for all our riders at the start the first appointment of the year. It’s a very beautiful race that usually ends with a sprint. We have two guys who can be up there, Mark and Alvaro, and we will decide during the race what we will do. Tim, Stijn, Jannik, Florian and Bert carry a lot of experience and make it a strong line-up, capable of being prominent in both breakaways and final, so we’re looking forward to Sunday”, added Deceuninck – Quick-Step sports director Wilfried Peeters.
14.02 Clasica de Almeria (ESP) 1.Pro
Mark Cavendish (GBR)
Tim Declercq (BEL)
Alvaro Jose Hodeg Chagui (COL)
Florian Sénéchal (FRA)
Stijn Steels (BEL)
Jannik Steimle (GER)
Bert Van Lerberghe (BEL).
Sports Director: Wilfried Peeters (BEL).
Cortina, Valverde Headline Almería Lineup
Iván makes first outing with Movistar Team in Andalusia as former World Champion joins him at traditional sprint festival.
The men’s Movistar Team’s first week of 2021 racing, which kicks off Thursday with the Tour de La Provence, will come to its close with another UCI ProSeries event: the 36th Clásica de Almería (Sunday 14th February), over 183km between Puebla de Vícar and Roquetas de Mar and four categorised climbs, before a finish fully suited to the sprinters.
The Telefónica-backed squad, led by Chente García Acosta on Andalusian soil, will feature its two main sprinters, with Briton Gabriel Cullaigh and Iván García Cortina, who will make his first appearance in Blue colours at the opening Spanish race for WorldTour teams this year.
Alongside the Gijón native will be, in his first 2021 outing, no less than former World Champion Alejandro Valverde, ‘beacon’ of a Blue lineup featuring many classics specialists: Johan Jacobs, Mathias Norsgaard, Juri Hollmann and another addition to the Movistar Team roster this year, Spaniard Gonzalo Serrano.
Facing the Clásica de Almería: A Sprint to Restart the Competition
Two weeks after the competitive debut of the new season, a start conditioned by the evolution of the sanitary situation in the Comunitat Valenciana territory, the EOLO-KOMETA Cycling Team returns to put on a number to face in the Spanish Mediterranean a new edition of the Clásica de Almería.
A British rider and six Italian cyclists compose the formation that will fight for the victory in the Clásica 2021. Seven of them are debutants, as all of them will discover the Almería race for the first time in their career. Manuel Belletti and Luca Pacioni will be the two big guns for the sprint. Davide Bais, Mattia Frapporti, Lorenzo Fortunato, Samuele Rivi and John Archibald complete the squad.
The Andalusian race, in which the professional team of the Contador Foundation competed for the first time in 2020, is a ‘free spirit’ in the Spanish calendar. Since its origins it has been an ideal race for sprinters and fast men, a stage for exciting battles between adventurers and teams with an interest in a volata.
Some of the greatest names in this speciality stand out in the Classic’s list of winners. Germany’s Pascal Ackermann has won the last two editions and this year the list of sprinters will once again be very relevant.
The 2021 route will be no exception to what has been proposed in recent years. The first part presents a more broken route around the town of Berja, with the summit of Celín, La Alquería and Fuente Marbella as major orographic obstacles. The second part, which includes the climb to Almerimar, offers a more favourable profile and two passes over the finish line before the finish line on the Avenida Juan Carlos I in Roquetas.
“It’s the first race of the season, the first with the new colours… I’m very happy to be able to start this adventure”, says Manuel Belletti. “It’s my first participation in the Clásica de Almería and I hope to achieve a good result for the team from the start. A sprint finish is very possible. We will be ready and united to chase the victory”.
Sunday 14th February.
34th Clásica de Almería.
Puebla de Vícar-Roquetas de Mar (183.3 km).
Vuelta 2021 Ends with Time Trial in Santiago de Compostela
The Vuelta a España does not end this year with a sprinter stage to Madrid, but with an individual time trial to Santiago de Compostella. According to Atlántico, the finish line on the final stage on Sunday, September 5 is in front of the world-famous cathedral.
The last time the Vuelta finished with a time trial was in 2014. Then the stage victory in Santiago de Compostella went to the Italian Adriano Malori, Alberto Contador took the overall victory. The finish of la Vuelta is usually in the centre of Madrid. The Vuelta a España starts on August 14 in Burgos with a short time trial from Burgos Cathedral. The finish is right in front of La Santa Iglesia Catedral Basílica Metropolitana de Santa María. The Vuelta’21 route will be presented on 11 February.
Alberto Contador in Santiago de Compostella 2014:
Arctic Race of Norway 2021 to Finland
The Arctic Race of Norway 2021 (UCI 2.Pro) will take a trip to Finland on August 6. Last year, the organisers wanted to finish the second stage in the neighbouring country, but then the race was canceled. This year, the Arctic Race is sticking to the planned route for 2020; with a finish in Kilpisjärvi.
The first stage takes the riders over 166 kilometres from Tromsø to Tromsø and in the final of that stage the peloton tackles the Mackbratta climb of 1.1 kilometres at 7.4% three times. After the top of the last climb it is still more than 2 kilometres down to the finish line. Stage 2 start is in Nordkjosbotn and the finish is after 172 kilometres, and four climbs, in Kilpisjärvi, Finland. The last 12 kilometres of the stage are on Finnish roads. Kilpisjärvi is located near the border triangle with Sweden and Norway.
Stage three is the Queen Stage of the Arctic Race of Norway. With 184.5 kilometres, it is also the longest stage of the four. The finish is in ski village of Målselv after a climb of 3.7 kilometres at an average ramp of 7.8%. The run-up to the final climb is almost flat. The last stage starts in Gratangen and finishes after 161 kilometres in Harstad. On the finishing circuit there is the climb of Novkollen, 1.4 kilometres at 6%, to be crossed three times. Thor Hushovd was the overall winner in the first edition in 2013 when the race finished in Harstad.
Previous winners of the Arctic Race of Norway are Steven Kruijswijk in 2014, followed by Rein Taaramäe, Gianni Moscon, Dylan Teuns, Sergei Chernetskiy and Alexey Lutsenko. Last year, the race was canceled due to the covid-19 crisis.
Route schedule Arctic Race of Norway 2021:
Thursday, August 5 – Stage 1: Tromsø – Tromsø (166 km)
Friday, August 6 – Stage 2: Nordkjosbotn – Kilpisjärvi (172 km)
Saturday August 7 – Stage 3: Finnsnes – Målselv (184.5 km)
Sunday 8 August – Stage 4: Gratangen – Harstad (161 km).
2021 RCS Sport Races: Team Lists Announced
RCS Sport has today announced the list of teams that will participate in the 104th Giro d’Italia and in its spring UCI WorldTour races for the 2021 season. The list of teams and wild cards competing in Il Giro di Sicilia, Milano-Torino, GranPiemonte and Il Lombardia will be announced later in the year.
Furthermore, ALPECIN-FENIX (BEL) – the no.1 ranked team in the 2020 UCI ProTeam classification – is invited to take part in all four of the UCI WorldTour spring races by right. Following their invitation, the team has confirmed its participation in all four races.
GIRO D’ITALIA (8–30 May) – 19 UCI WorldTeams, 1 qualified by ranking and 3 wild cards (23 teams of 8 riders each).
UCI WORLDTEAMS – 19
AG2R CITROEN TEAM (FRA)
ASTANA – PREMIER TECH (KAZ)
BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS (BRN)
BORA – HANSGROHE (GER)
DECEUNINCK – QUICK-STEP (BEL)
EF EDUCATION – NIPPO (USA)
GROUPAMA – FDJ (FRA)
INEOS GRENADIERS (GBR)
INTERMARCHÉ – WANTY – GOBERT MATÉRIAUX (BEL)
ISRAEL START-UP NATION (ISR)
LOTTO SOUDAL (BEL)
MOVISTAR TEAM (ESP)
TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE (AUS)
TEAM DSM (GER)
TEAM QHUBEKA ASSOS (RSA)
TREK – SEGAFREDO (USA)
UAE TEAM EMIRATES (UAE)
QUALIFIED BY RANKING – 1
Following the decision of the Union Cycliste Internationale’s (UCI) directors’ committee to increase the maximum number of riders allowed at the start of Grand Tours from 176 to 184, the organisers of the Giro d’Italia have extended invitations to the following three teams:
WILD CARDS – 3
BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE’ (ITA)
EOLO-KOMETA CYCLING TEAM (ITA)
VINI ZABU’ (ITA)
STRADE BIANCHE (6 March) – 19 UCI WorldTeams, 2 qualified by ranking and 4 wild cards (25 teams of 7 riders each).
QUALIFIED BY RANKING – 2
TEAM ARKEA – SAMSIC (FRA), runner-up of the 2020 UCI ProTeam ranking
WILD CARDS – 4
ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC (ITA)
BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE’ (ITA)
EOLO-KOMETA CYCLING TEAM (ITA)
VINI ZABU’ (ITA)
TIRRENO-ADRIATICO (10–16 March) – 19 UCI WorldTeams, 1 qualified by ranking and 5 wild cards (25 teams of 7 riders each).
QUALIFIED BY RANKING – 1
WILD CARDS – 5
ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC (ITA)
EOLO-KOMETA CYCLING TEAM (ITA)
TEAM ARKEA – SAMSIC (FRA)
TOTAL DIRECT ENERGIE (FRA)
MILANO-SANREMO (20 March) – 19 UCI WorldTeams, 2 qualified by ranking and 4 wild cards (25 teams of 7 riders each).
QUALIFIED BY RANKING – 2
TEAM ARKEA – SAMSIC (FRA), runner-up of the 2020 UCI ProTeam ranking
WILD CARDS – 4
ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC (ITA)
BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE’ (ITA)
TEAM NOVO NORDISK (USA)
TOTAL DIRECT ENERGIE (FRA)
Teams announced for RCS races:
The EOLO-KOMETA Cycling Team Receives 2021 Giro d’Italia Wildcard
A dream come true. A great support to a new born project. The EOLO-KOMETA Cycling Team will be one of the twenty-three teams participating in the next Giro d’Italia, which will be held between May 8 and 30. The organisation of the race confirmed this Wednesday the list of registered teams for the 2021 edition. The 104th edition of the Corsa Rosa will start from Turin, probably finish in the streets of Milan and will once again offer several days of great orographic difficulty during its three-week duration.
“We are very happy. From the very beginning of this project, we had set ourselves the objective of fighting to be in the Giro d’Italia. It wasn’t going to be easy, it was clear, because we are newcomers to the category and there was a lot of competition for the wildcard. From the very first moment, there has been a current of opinion that took our presence in the Giro for granted because of the nationality of our licence or that of our main sponsors, when this was not the case. On the contrary, this was a double-edged sword”, explains Fran Contador, general manager of the EOLO-KOMETA Cycling Team.
“For me to be in a Giro d’Italia in 2021 after having started this whole project in 2013 with a junior team is something I still find hard to believe,” continues Fran Contador. “I experienced the Giro d’Italia as Alberto’s manager and it already seemed like a powerful and unforgettable experience because of everything that revolves around it. And now we see ourselves there, with our own team. Since 2013 we have been working hard to achieve this. It’s a dream come true behind which there is a lot of effort and sacrifice”.
Ivan Basso, sport manager of EOLO-KOMETA Cycling Team and double winner of the race: “Every race was important for us, but obviously now the Giro d’Italia is our big goal of the year. It is our first three-week race since we started working on this project three years ago. We want to do a great job, we want to be protagonists in the race. We can’t say that we’re going to win the Giro, we have to be realistic, but we want EOLO-KOMETA to be a team that leaves its mark on the race and that our participation lays the foundations for future ambitions. We have a team with a lot of quality, with riders who will surely do a great job. I can’t wait for the race to start in Turin”.
Celebrating Bardiani Team Happy with Wildcard
Now that Bardiani CSF Faizanè has its wildcard in his pocket, the team can start working towards the Giro d’Italia. The Reverberi team has already announced that they are ambitious to go to the start on 8 May in Turin.
“We are very pleased with the confidence of RCS Sport in a very important year for us,” the team said in a press release. 2021 is the 40th year for the Italian team in the peloton. “This year we strengthened our team with the aim of winning at least one stage. From Giovanni Visconti to Enrico Battaglin and Kevin Rivera, but also the countless young people: everyone is aware of it. We want to race as heroes and hunt for stage success, to honour our wildcard in the best possible way.”
Five years ago, Bardiani CSF Faizanè managed to win a stage in the Giro d’Italia. In 2016, Giulio Ciccone (who now rides Trek-Segafredo) won the mountain stage to Sestola, after dropping fellow escapees Damiano Cunego and Stefano Pirazzi on the descent of the penultimate climb. Bardiani CSF Faizanè also received a wildcard for Strade Bianche and Milan-San Remo.
Bardiani looking for stages:
Turchino Impassable After Landslide
The Passo del Turchino in Molano-Sanremo is impassable due to a landslide leading up to the climb. The organisers are investigating alternative routes for the classic, which is scheduled for Saturday 20 March.
Savonanews.it reports that the landslide happened at Gnocchetto, on the route from Ovada to the top of the Turchino. The Milan-Sanremo route could go over the Bric Berton, just like in 2001 and 2002, which is a possible alternative. At Ovada, the course then heads west to Molare and Bric Berton, then via Sassello, Stella and Albisola Superiore to the coast and the traditional finish with the Cipressa and Poggio. Last year’s alternative route is also reportedly an option. “We hope something will be decided in the coming days,” said Simona Ferro of the Liguria regional council. “We are sure it will not be the classic route due to the closure of the Turchino. As a region, we are working hard to ensure that as much of the route of this super classic as possible crosses our territory.”
RCS Sport will soon announce the race route of Milan-Sanremo. All the wild cards were distributed on Wednesday. The two best ProTeams of 2020, Alpecin-Fenix and Arkéa Samsic, were already assured of an invitation. In addition, Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec, Bardiani CSF Faizanè, Novo Nordisk and Total Direct Energie will be at the start.
Last year Wout van Aert won in Sanremo:
Wildcards for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
The organisers of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad have announced which teams will start in the first WorldTour one-day race of the season. Alpecin-Fenix and Arkéa Samsic were already assured of an invitation as the best ProTeams of 2020. The four wild cards go to French and Belgian teams.
Alpecin-Fenix and Arkéa Samsic were also at the departure of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad a year ago. Three of the four teams with a wildcard, Total Direct Energie, Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise and Bingoal-Wallonie Bruxelles, were also there last season. B&B Hotels returns to the classic after two years of absence.
The 76th edition of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad is scheduled for Saturday 27 February.
Teams for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2021:
Deceuninck – Quick-Step
Israel Start-Up Nation
Total Direct Energy
Jasper Stuyven 2020 winner:
Woman’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Teams
The Omloop Het Nieuwsblad organisers also announced the 24 teams for the women’s edition. Movistar Women, the new team of Annemiek van Vleuten, is also among the nine Women’s WorldTeams. The 2019 World champion won the classic for the first time last year and should start again on Saturday 27 February. The Dutch teams Jumbo-Visma, LIV Racing, NXTG, Parkhotel Valkenburg, SD Worx and Team DSM will also start. Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire, Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus, Lotto Soudal and Multum Accountants are the Belgian teams.
Teams for the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad for women 2021
Alé BTC Ljubljana
Canyon // SRAM
FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
Lotto Soudal Ladies
Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
Valcar-Travel & Service
Annemiek van Vleuten in 2020:
RTVE Renews its Commitment to La Vuelta Until 2024
RTVE (Radio Televisión Española) renews its commitment to one of its most historically-broadcast sporting events: La Vuelta. RTVE will be the official TV station of La Vuelta for the next four editions. Tomorrow, Thursday the 11th of February, RTVE will broadcast the official presentation of the route of La Vuelta 21, presented by Carlos de Andrés and Pedro Delgado. The 21 stages of the Spanish grand tour’s 76th edition will be unveiled in a gala held at the Burgos Evolution Forum and may be followed live starting at 12:00pm on Teledeporte and +TDP.
RTVE has signed a contract with Unipublic renewing its broadcasting rights of the Spanish grand tour until 2024. This firm commitment to cycling will make TVE the official TV station of the next four editions: 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024.
This agreement coincides with the presentation gala for the next edition of La Vuelta, that will take place this Thursday at 12:00pm. Teledeporte will broadcast the event live from the Burgos Evolution Forum, where the route of La Vuelta 21 will be revealed.
The event, presented by TVE’s cycling commentators, Carlos de Andrés and Perico Delgado – who have been narrating La Vuelta for over twenty years – will feature the special guest appearance of four great champions: Miguel Indurain, Óscar Freire, Óscar Pereiro and Alejandro Valverde. Together they will, accompanied by Javier Guillén, Director of La Vuelta, discover the itinerary of a race that each year “makes us discover new mountain passes and new locations to delight the spectators. The race organisers seek to create a spectacle on the roads, always hoping that surprises will arise in each stage,” says Carlos de Andrés.
The 76th edition of La Vuelta will take off from Burgos on the 14th of August, as part of the 8th centenary celebrations of the city’s Cathedral, and will conclude 21 stages later on the 5th of September.
More information about La Vuelta: www.lavuelta.com.
Five WorldTour Teams for Paris-Camembert
There will be five WorldTour teams at the start of the next edition of the French one-day race, Paris-Camembert, on Tuesday, April 13. Eleven ProTeams will also be present. AG2R Citroën, Cofidis, Groupama-FDJ, Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert and Israel Start-Up Nation are the WorldTour teams. Last year only AG2R La Mondiale and Groupama-FDJ rode.
Alpecin-Fenix, Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec, Arkéa-Samsic, B&B Hotels p / b KTM, Bingoal-Wallonie Bruxelles, Delko, Equipo Kern Pharma, Rally Cycling, Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise , Total Direct Energie and the Norwegian Uno-X team will probably start. St. Michel-Auber 93 and Xelliss-Roubaix Lille Métropole are the two Continental teams who are also participating.
Last year the victory went to Dorian Godon:
2021 Halle Ingooigem Canceled
Halle Ingooigem will not run in 2021. The organisers of the race, which is part of the Bingoal Cycling Cup, announced on Wednesday. Because the corona pandemic, it is still not certain whether VIPs and the public will be allowed to attend the race in June, the organisers, KWC Yvegem Sportief had no choice but to miss another year after thorough consultation, reports Het Nieuwsblad. The 2020 edition was also canceled.
“It is always a folk festival that also involves networking. That is part of the DNA of our race,” said Yvegem Sportief. “Because this threatens to become impossible now, we have made this difficult decision.”
Dries De Bondt was the last winner of the 1.1 race:
Danilo Wyss Retires
35-year-old Danilo Wyss was without a team after NTT Pro Cycling did not renew his contract. His search for a new team has come to nothing, so Wyss has decided to put an end to his career.
“I will have many fond memories of my 13 years at the highest level,” Wyss wrote on social media. He looks back with great pride on the summer of 2015. “I won the Swiss championship and got to wear the red jersey with the white cross on the roads of the Tour de France. The icing on the cake was a stage victory in the team time trial.”
In 2008 Wyss turned pro with BMC, which was still a ProContinent team at the time. With the American team with Swiss roots, he grew up to the WorldTour. At the end of 2018, when BMC withdrew as title sponsor, Wyss moved to Dimension Data on a two-year contract.
The only professional victory he achieved was his national road title in 2015. He also finished fourth in the Arctic Race of Norway in 2018 and second in a Vuelta stage in 2016. In addition, he was at the start of twelve Grand Tours, all of which he finished. “I was also fortunate to have been spared serious crashes. I haven’t broken anything. Something that few cyclists can say.”
Cummings Ready for Next Adventure as a Grenadier
Steve Cummings spent his racing career leaving a unique mark on some of cycling’s biggest races and became known as one of the most tactically astute riders of his generation. Now, the 39 year old is ready for his next adventure with the INEOS Grenadiers.
Cummings officially joined the team at the turn of the year and will be taking on a varied role as a development Sport Director and coach.
The two-time Tour de France stage winner and former British national road and time trial champion stopped racing at the end of the 2019 season and embarked on a new journey, studying a sports business management degree with an open mind to what his future held. Yet he soon found he missed the buzz of competition – the lifelong racer missed racing.
“When I stopped racing, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do,” says Cummings, from his family home on the Wirrall. “I started studying because I felt like I needed a bit more in my life. I tried to do a few things but I missed that competitive edge and competition. I’ve always kept in touch with Dave and we spoke for a while about various things, and eventually he offered me an opportunity to be a part of the team. A lot of the studying I’ve done is around leadership and anywhere you go, Dave is used as an example. I guess he’s kind of like a role model to me. I’ve always been interested in that side of the sport, the leadership and team culture, and to be joining now when Dave is adding an extra dimension to what the team already does so well is so exciting.”
Cummings will work closely with his fellow Sport Directors as well as Director of Racing Rod Ellingworth and Director of Performance Dan Hunt, as the team seeks to build on the more expansive style of racing that proved so effective at the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España in 2020.
“For me, that’s the really exciting part,” enthuses Cummings. “That’s what I’m passionate about – riders winning, everyone getting an opportunity, and how that can affect the group. Starting as many races as we can thinking about how we’re going to win the race. That’s quite a challenge and very inspiring. This team has been so incredibly successful in what they’ve done, and that isn’t being changed, it’s just being tweaked and an extra dimension added, which hopefully will bring more success. Riders will see that everyone will get an opportunity, but to earn that opportunity you need discipline and commitment.”
The lead-up and preparation to this season has been like no other but Steve is excited about the challenges and opportunities ahead. “I’m so keen to learn and even though it hasn’t been straightforward so far with a lack of face-to-face time and the difficult period we’re all living through, it’s been great to see how Dave, Rod, Dan and the Sports Directors all work up close. The year is all about learning and making the most of the opportunities I have. I’m here to support the other Sport Directors and riders as best I can. It takes time to become a good Sport Director and coach. I’m working hard in the background and I’ve done a lot of theory work and now I need to connect that with the practical side. This year, success for me would be integration, continued learning and building trust and a rapport with team members.”
It’s clear that Cummings has got that competitive buzz back. And that he’s ready for his next adventure, this time as a Grenadier.
New DS at INEOS Grenadiers – Steve Cummings:
Bahrain Victorious and Rocket Espresso Renew Partnership
Team Bahrain Victorious is pleased to announce its continued partnership with Rocket Espresso, manufacturer of the finest domestic and commercial espresso machines.
Rocket Espresso began its involvement with the team since its foundation in 2017.
Espresso has become an integral part of the professional peloton since Rocket started working with professional cycling back in 2008.
There is a historic and strong link between coffee and professional cycling, but no specific reason behind this relationship. More recently, the coffee culture has resurged in both professional and recreational cycling.
Many of the WorldTour riders are owners of Rocket Espresso machines, using them each morning before training. The partnership with Bahrain Victorious team strengthens this link with the cycling world. Together, the riders on the team will be ‘faster’ with Rocket Espresso machines on their team bus and at home in their kitchens.
Rocket Espresso is a specialist producer of handmade espresso machines. Their portfolio consists of beautiful premium domestic machines making espresso equal to the best cafes from the comfort of your home. Their professional machines are also used by the best coffee shops across the world.
Find out more at rocket-espresso.com.
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