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Two more crazy days on the la Vuelta a España – Never a dull moment. Results, reports and video from Spain and the OVO Energy Tour of Britain. Surgery for Rigoberto Urán – Top Story. In other cycling news: Teams for the Grands Prix Cyclistes Québec and Montréal, more rider contracts for 2020, Bart De Clercq retires, Milano-Torino, USA and Canada World’s riders and La Vuelta Junior for 2020. Café con leche?

TOP STORY: Seven hour operation for Urán
Rigoberto Urán underwent a seven-hour operation after his crash in the Vuelta a España. The Colombian was treated for the fractures and injuries he sustained more than a week and a half ago in the stage to Ares del Maestrat.

Urán was involved in a massive crash in the sixth stage. The Colombian then had to abandon the race, despite his sixth place overall. “Several riders crashed and it wasn’t possible to avoid the crash.” He appeared to have broken his left collarbone and his shoulder blade was also smashed. He also injured some ribs and his neck vertebrae, plus a perforated lung.

“After seven hours of surgery, the doctor told my family that the puzzle was complete again,” Urán said through social media. “I’m fine. My collarbone, shoulder blade, ribs, cervical vertebra and lung are already improving. Now I have to be patient and recover slowly. This was a difficult 2019 season. Thanks to everyone for the sympathy, because according to the doctor I am lucky that I am still here.”

Urán on Instagram:

Vuelta a España 2019
Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) made the most of a gruelling day and his climbing abilities to win stage 16 of La Vuelta 19 atop an unprecedented climb at the end of Stage 16. After a stellar Spring and an unlucky July, the Danish rider was part of the 21-man break that managed to get away after more than 50km of hard racing and he dropped all his companions on the Alto de la Cubilla to claim the solo win ahead of Tao Geoghegan Hart (Ineos). His leader Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) attacked on the final climb. He couldn’t drop Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) nor Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), but both Movistar men Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana lost time.

It’s another hard fight for the breakaway as riders attacked from the gun and the battle kept going for more than 50km. Mark Padun (Bahrain-Merida), Rémi Cavagna, James Knox (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) and Romain Seigle (Groupama-FDJ) are slightly ahead of the bunch at the bottom of the Puerto de San Lorenzo (km 50). They were joined by 17 more riders on the climb: Imanol Erviti (Movistar), Geoffrey Bouchard (AG2R-La Mondiale), Jakob Fuglsang, Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana), Max Richeze, Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck – Quick-Step), Thomas de Gendt (Lotto Soudal), Damien Howson (Mitchelton-Scott), Amanuel Ghebreizhabier (Dimension Data), Tao Geoghegan Hart (Ineos), Nikias Arndt (Sunweb), Gianluca Brambilla, Niklas Eg (Trek-Segafredo), Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates), Angel Madrazo (Burgos-BH), Fernando Barcelo, Mikel Bizkarra (Euskadi-Murias).

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) briefly went with the move, but Jumbo-Visma manage to keep a bunch of 35 riders under control. Geoffrey Bouchard takes the 10 points at the summit to lead the virtual KOM standings. The bunch trailed by 2:45 at the summit. The race situation settled in the valley leading to the Alto de la Cobertoria and the attackers enjoyed a lead of 4:42 at the bottom of the climb. Again, Bouchard was first at the summit ahead of Madrazo. The gap to the bunch was up to 7 minutes.

Astana shake the race at the front and in the bunch
Attackers battled it out in the last valley bit, but they were still together when they hit the first slopes up the Alto de la Cubilla, with a lead up to 9:10. Jakob Fuglsang accelerated twice and Gianluca Brambilla was the only one able to follow him 7km from the summit. The Dane dropped everyone with 4km to go and soloed to victory ahead of Tao Geoghegan Hart.

The Astana riders up’d the tempo in the last 7km and Nairo Quintana was quickly dropped. Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) attacked with 6km to go, but his GC rivals follow. He goes again with 4km to go, and this time only Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) and Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) can follow him. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) dropped 23 seconds on the line. Quintana finished more than 2 minutes down and sees Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) take his spot in the GC top 5.

See the ‘PEZ Stage 16 Race Report’ HERE.

Stage winner, Jakob Fuglsang (Astana): “I am super happy with my win! Finally, I’ve got a Grand tour stage victory! It a great continuation of my best season so far. I am happy that after a disappointing Tour de France I’ve managed to get my form back here at the Vuelta. It was our plan to go in a breakaway together with Luis Leon. Actually, I tried also yesterday, but it did not work out. Now, everything was perfect. In the morning we were talking about two options for this stage – to try to go in a break for the stage, but if it wouldn’t work out, to stay in front and to help Miguel Angel on the final climb. I want to thank Luis Leon for a great help he provided me on the last climb. He made a super strong attack with about 9 km to go and after that we found ourselves in a small group of 5 riders. He continued pushing hard and on a steep sector I attacked and only Brambilla was able to follow me. A bit later, with maybe 5 km to go I tried again and this time I went away alone. I have a great feeling right now with this success, which confirms I am on the right way for the Worlds and the final part of the season. However, we still have the most important goal here – to help Miguel Angel Lopez to reach the podium and I am ready to help him with all my forces. We still have two difficult stages at the third week of the race, so we will keep on fighting.”

Overall leader, Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma): “It was a tough day and a long and difficult final climb, all in all it was a good day for us. The team did a good job and I kept the red jersey. We are in a good starting position for the final week, we have a lot of confidence and the team spirit is really great. I expected that they would go flat out from the start. That is also what happened, the attacks kept coming, but I was happy I could follow. They rode really fast today. Now it’s time to enjoy the rest day and then we must above all ensure that we keep the focus until Madrid. It has been two tough weeks, and the third week will be very difficult as well in which anything can happen. We have a strong team and I am confident that we can achieve something beautiful together.”

2nd overall, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar): “It was quite a decent result for me after all. It wasn’t my worst day here, and not the best either, you can say. I gained 40″ yesterday and lost 23″ today; one for the other! Considering the tough route on today’s stage, 23″ is basically nothing. All major podium contenders are pretty much equal in strength, or so I feel it like. Marc did a phenomenal job to help me. Initially, he chose to carry on after Pogacar and López’s attacks, so as to help me if I could attack and bridge back, but in the end, I was actually struggling a bit. Even Roglic showed some weakness today, but just like me, he set his pace and was even able to join them. Having Marc there really helped me a lot. The rest day will help us – just like everyone, of course. Still with a chance to win La Vuelta? Well’, there’s terrain to win it, to lose it and many other things in between…”

3rd overall, Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates): “Today was a tough day, above all in the finale when Lopez attacked me several times. I gave everything I had to follow him and it went well at the end. It will be a really exciting duel until the last day. Today was also a good day because I gained some time on Valverde, and also maintained my advantage on Lopez. I’m tired, I think like everyone, in the morning and after the stage, but I continue to feel good during the race. I hope to be at the top in the last week too.”

5th overall, Rafał Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe): “First, I want to say thank you to my team. Once again, they did a great job, protecting me the whole day and staying with me until the final climb. I moved up to 5th overall before we start the final stages of the Vuelta. It is still a way until Madrid, things still can change but first, we take the rest day to relax and get ready for the last stages of this last Grand Tour.”

4th on the stage and 11th overall, James Knox (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “It was a really successful day. We tried to go in the break from the beginning, with Styby, then after he got caught, with myself and Rémi. When Phil and Max came across, we had a very nice group there and tried to control and keep it together, especially on the last descent, where it became a bit crazy, once many riders attacked. The guys did an amazing job, they were always there, sacrificed for me and I am so grateful to them. I didn’t have the legs to win the stage, but I gave everything and 11th on the GC now is better than I could have imagined. Hopefully I can stay there after the two hard mountain stages coming up in this final week.”

KOM, Geoffrey Bouchard (AG2R-La Mondiale): “We had 51 kilometres before hitting the first climb, and I really thank my fantastic AG2R-La Mondiale teammates for putting me in position and protecting me. I managed to get into the breakaway after a big fight, and only Madrazo was dangerous for me in the front. By taking twenty points on both passes, I was confident enough for the finish. Wearing this jersey is such an honour; it is my first success among the professionals, but it is far from finished. Does the hard part start with wearing this jersey? I do not know. It will be important to take some time to recover, and the rest day will be a big help there. Then it will be time to make plans to try to defend the jersey.”

Vuelta a España Stage 16 Result:
1. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana in 4:01:22
2. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB) Ineos at 0:22
3. Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Astana at 0:40
4. James Knox (GB) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:42
5. Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 1:12
6. Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 2:09
7. Mikel Bizkarra (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias at 2:15
8. Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Eri) Dimension Data at 2:21
9. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 2:32
10. Geoffrey Bouchard (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale.

Vuelta a España Overall After Stage 16:
1. Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma in 62:17:52
2. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 2:48
3. Tadej Pogačar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates at 3:42
4. Miguel Ángel López (Col) Astana at 3:59
5. Rafał Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe at 7:40
6. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 7:43
7. Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis at 10:27
8. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Sunweb at 10:34
9. Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) Lotto Soudal at 10:40
10. Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain-Merida at 12:05.

Vuelta’19 stage 16:

Flat days are as animated as the mountain stages at La Vuelta 19: Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) won in Guadalajara after a 219.6km huge battle through the wind of Stage 17. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) is the other winner of the day, as he moves to 2nd overall after spending the whole day at the front. Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) and James Knox (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) also made the most of the echelons to move up in the top 10. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) retains La Roja after dropping 5:29 on the line.

Riders are wary of a windy day and Deceuninck – Quick-Step quickly made their fears a reality: the peloton was shredded after 4km. About 50 riders got away with all of the Deceuninck – Quick-Step riders except for Max Richeze. Nairo Quintana (6th on GC, at 7:43) was there with several teammates. Sunweb’s Wilco Kelderman (8th, at 10:34) is in a similar situation and Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s James Knox (11th, at 13:26) is another GC threat while Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) joins the move as he hunts for another stage win.

Tadej Pogacar’s UAE Team Emirates and Miguel Angel Lopez’ Astana teams help Primoz Roglic’s Jumbo-Visma drive the bunch, but the gap steadily increases, up to 6 minutes when the race heads south-west with 80km to go. The collaboration briefly stops at the front and the pack enjoys the opportunity to bring the gap down to 5:15 as the race enters the last 60km.

The wolf pack snatches the prize
Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) is dropped from the leading group as the leaders hit an uphill section with 49km to go. Movistar accelerate in the same spot to get rid of the teammates who were driving the bunch for Primoz Roglic and Tadej Pogacar. The gap to the front group gets down under 5 minutes. Astana pull the GC group.

The front riders start attacking each other in the last 3km. Zdenek Stybar (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) opened a gap in the last 2km. Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) kicks early in order to overtake him in the last kilometre but the Irish national champion can’t hold off Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) as the Belgian star powered to a second stage win at La Vuelta 19. Primoz Roglic and his closest GC rivals crossed the line with a delay of 5:29.

See the ‘PEZ Stage 17 Race Report’ HERE.

Stage winner, Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck – Quick Step): “The stage was complicated and very aggressive right from the start with the wind and everything, but we were very motivated and had a plan, so we hit the front early and did our thing. It was just crazy out there and I can tell you I have never experienced anything like this in 17 seasons as a pro. I am sure this stage will forever remain in the history of La Vuelta and people will talk about it for many years from now on. All this makes my win, which was possible only with the help of a fantastic and committed Wolfpack, even more sweet and unforgettable.”

Overall leader, Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma): “It was a hard day. I made a mistake. I shouldn’t have where I was, I should have been in the front. The team saved me with a big effort. They just went full gas from the very beginning and that was it for the rest of the day. We can see our team did a really big effort from the beginning. In the end, we couldn’t anymore so other teams had to work also. We’re still in a really good position. It was a hard day for everyone. We lost a battle today, but not the war. I never felt like La Vuelta was lost. Other guys wanted to finish as fast as possible so it was full gas until the finish line. We’ll see in Madrid but things are still looking really good for us. La Vuelta is really unpredictable and we can expect still big fight for the days to come.”

2nd overall, Nairo Quintana (Movistar): “We made the right moves, and I hope I can recover from my recent illness because this was a spectacular stage. We made huge gains into a stage where anything could happen. Here we are, back again. I’m steadily improving from my flu, but I have to wait for tomorrow in the mountains to see how I’m really doing. It’s nice to do so well in what you could call an ‘anti-Nairo’ stage, flat and so windy. I always said I’d give my everything until the very end. Our plan was to make the race leader’s team suffer with those attacks, and ahead in my group, gain as much time as possible. We’re back in contention for La Roja; my health didn’t help me much due to the coughing, but we’ll keep on fighting. And if our legs get tired, we’ll pedal with our heart.”

3rd overall, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar): “We can only be happy about this result. It was a good stage to try and create some echelons, and thanks to them, we’ve got Nairo back into race contention. If will offer us two very good chances to go for the GC. The split got formed almost inadvertently: I couldn’t get in despite being quite near the front at the start because it was built with riders progressing through the left side of the road, in an instant, with no room for reaction. Jumbo later tried to close the gap, yet weren’t able to, and that gave us a bigger and bigger advantage. At one of those climbs near the end we accelerated to leave the teams in pursuit without energy, yet Astana was really strong and kept some numbers at the front. Astana really saved Roglic from losing his red jersey, but it’s how cycling works, everyone rides for their own interests. Many people will be suffering after today’s effort and it could play an impact tomorrow, especially those who pushed all day – which I didn’t do, staying all day on others’ wheels.”

2nd on the stage, Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe): “Of course, I wanted to take the win today, but at the end it was a battle six against one. However, Gilbert was the strongest and therefore congrats to him. Today’s stage was from kilometre 0 until the line just ridden with high speed and many attacks. I made it into the breakaway of the day and felt quite good, at the end it was just enough for second place.”

4th on the stage and 10th overall, Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida): “As I said at the start, it will be a tough day and it was. I’m happy I could join the breakaway and stay in the first echelon. The start was very fast and it was hard to stay in front, but once the first big group start to collaborate well, it was much easier. In the final I still did a good sprint on a kind of finish like this, slightly uphill. I think it’s all about recovery now” Teuns concluded “It’s the third week of La Vuelta and today it was hard for the legs. I hope to recover well for the next three tough days.”

10th on the stage and 8th overall, James Knox (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “We knew it was windy, we knew it was exposed, and we went full gas as soon as we had the opportunity. When we found ourselves at the front, we knew we were going to give everything and really believed we would go all the way to the line. We rode for the overall standings, but also to protect Phil. What we did today is pretty unreal and I’m not sure I’ll ever top this.”

Vuelta a España Stage 17 Result:
1. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick Step in 4:20:15
2. Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:02
3. Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck – Quick Step
4. Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-Merida
5. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Sunweb
6. Jonas Koch (Ger) CCC
7. Lawson Craddock (USA) EF Education First
8. Tim Declercq (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick Step
9. Silvan Dillier (Swi) AG2R-La Mondiale
10. James Knox (GB) Deceuninck – Quick Step at 0:06

Vuelta a España Overall After Stage 17:
1. Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma in 66:43:36
2. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 2:24
3. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 2:48
4. Tadej Pogačar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates at 3:42
5. Miguel Ángel López (Col) Astana at 3:59
6. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Sunweb at 5:05
7. Rafał Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe at 7:40
8. James Knox (GB) Deceuninck – Quick Step at 8:03
9. Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) Lotto Soudal at 10:43
10. Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain Merida at 12:21.

Vuelta’19 stage 17:

OVO Energy Tour of Britain 2019
Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen made light work of an uphill finish to sprint to his second stage victory on this year’s OVO Energy Tour of Britain in three days in Newcastle-upon-Tyne on Monday’s Stage 3. The Team Jumbo – Visma Cycling rider crossed the line comfortably ahead of pre-stage favourite Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus), Davide Cimolai (Israel Cycling Academy) and team-mate Mike Teunissen following the 500-metre uphill drag at the end of the stage from Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) placed fifth to retain the OVO Energy green jersey and Cetaphil Points jersey going into Tuesday’s fourth stage. Cimolai’s top three position marginally reduced Trentin’s overnight lead to seven seconds, with van der Poel and Jasper De Buyst (Lotto Soudal) a further four seconds in arrears.

The race being held briefly at a level crossing had threatened to give a six rider breakaway, containing Harry Tanfield (Katusha-Alpecin), Rory Townsend (Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes), Jacob Scott (Swift Carbon Pro Cycling), Rob Scott (Team Wiggins Le Col) and Belgian due Dries de Bondt (Corendon-Circus) and Christophe Noppe (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise) their head. When racing resumed Mitchelton-Scott and Team Jumbo-Visma worked to bring them back, finally succeeding as the race hit the Newcastle Quayside with one kilometre remaining.

While there was disappointment to not see one of the four domestic riders taking the victory in front of Newcastle city centre’s big crowds, fans did help vote Tanfield the winner of the day’s Wahooligan Combativity award, in what is the most local stage for the North Yorkshireman.

In the Eisberg Sprints competition Rory Townsend reclaimed the red jersey, while built what is a commanding lead in the SKODA King of the Mountains competition, now 13 points clear of nearest challenger De Bondt.

Stage winner, Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma): “This was a beautiful day, it was a close call whether we could bring back the breakaway in time, but the boys timed that perfectly. It was a difficult finish, slightly uphill and ideal for me. At first I thought I had started the sprint too early, but I immediately created a gap and I luckily could keep that all the way. The team was very impressive today and the lead out very good. After a difficult period, I am more than happy to have claimed my second stage victory here today. That feels good.”

Overall leader and 5th on the stage, Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott): “It was actually harder than I expected. The railway gate mixed up the plan a little bit, the breakaway got time to recover a little more than we hoped for and of course the riders out there were really strong. We needed a good effort to get them back. Tomorrow’s going to be the first real GC day, then of course the time trial is going to be the second one. In the Tour of Britain there is always space for some attacks and for things that can happen every day.”

OVO Energy Tour of Britain Stage 3 Result:
1. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma in 4:37:53
2. Mathieu Van Der Poel (Ned) Corendon-Circus
3. Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy
4. Mike Teunissen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
5. Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott
6. Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Nor) Jumbo-Visma
7. Matthew Walls (GB) Great Britain
8. Alexander Edmondson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
9. Nils Eekhoff (Ned) Sunweb
10. Danilo Wyss (Swi) Dimension Data.

OVO Energy Tour of Britain Overall After Stage 3:
1. Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott in 13:13:18
2. Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy at 0:07
3. Mathieu Van Der Poel (Ned) Corendon-Circus at 0:11
4. Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal
5. Mike Teunissen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:13
6. Simon Clarke (Aus) Ef Education First at 0:16
7. Ben Swift (GB) Ineos at 0:17
8. Loïc Vliegen (Bel) Wanty-Gobert
9. Alexander Edmondson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
10. Danilo Wyss (Swi) Dimension Data.

Britain’19 stage 3:

Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) moved into the OVO Energy Tour of Britain lead on Wednesday after winning Stage 4 from Gateshead atop Kendal’s famed Beast Banks climb. The 24-year-old Dutchman attacked from a reduced peloton 200m up the gruelling Cumbrian finishing climb, crossing the line three seconds ahead of his nearest challengers Jasper de Buyst (Lotto Soudal) and Simon Clarke (EF Education First).

While overnight race leader Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) placed ninth on the stage, van der Poel’s 10-second time bonus for his stage victory moved the Corendon-Circus Cycling Team rider into the OVO Energy green jersey at the race’s halfway point. Trentin retains his lead in the Cetaphil points jersey, however, while Jake Scott (SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling) and Rory Townsend (Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes) kept hold of the SKODA King of the Mountains and Eisberg Sprints jerseys respectively.

Van der Poel sits one second ahead of Trentin on the general classification, with de Buyst a further six seconds in arrears, while a further 12 riders sit within 20 seconds of the race lead. The Corendon-Circus rider believes that Worcestershire’s time trial stage on Thursday will be key to the overall victory.

An exciting stage that had begun from the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead was lit up early on by aggressive riding by Team Ineos duo Eddie Dunbar and Dylan van Baarle, with the latter clinching the Wahooligan Combativity Award for his ride. However it was a different three man breakaway that had really enlivened proceedings, going clear on the final SKODA King of the Mountains climb at Gawthrop above Dentdale after a diminished peloton had come back together.

The attack of Lotto Soudal rider Tiesj Benoot triggered the move, but it was home rider James Shaw (Swift Carbon Pro Cycling) who went away along with Ben Hermans (Israel Cycling Academy) and Tony Gallopin (AG2R-La Mondiale) building a small lead that never looked enough. That ultimately proved to be so at the foot of Beast Banks climb, as the moment that many cycling fans watching were waiting for as van der Poel unleashed his sprint in dominant fashion.

Stage winner and overall leader, Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus): “I knew that the finish suited me really well if I had good legs. I was confident to do a good finish here I think the team did a great job. This climb is perfect for me. I really like those finish straights and it’s something I’m good at especially after a hard stage like today. Attacking early was a bit of a gamble because I didn’t really know where the finish line was. I got a bit bumped in yesterday at the finish and I didn’t want it to happen again today, so I just went full gas with 300 metres to go. It was actually a bit far but I immediately had a gap. With 100 metres to go the road got a bit easier so it was big enough to keep that gap until the finish line. It’s going to be a battle for sure but I think the time trial [on stage six] will be decisive and it’s been a long, long time since I’ve done one. I don’t know where I stand in that discipline right now so it’s going to be really hard to be in touch with the best time trial guys here.”

OVO Energy Tour of Britain Stage 4 Result:
1. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Corendon-Circus in 4:23:08
2. Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 0:03
3. Simon Clarke (Aus) EF Education First
4. Ben Swift (GB) Ineos
5. Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Nor) Jumbo-Visma
6. Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Israel Cycling Academy
7. Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty-Gobert
8. Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Cycling Academy
9. Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott
10. Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal.

OVO Energy Tour of Britain Overall After Stage 4:
1. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Corendon-Circus at 17:36:27
2. Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:01
3. Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 0:07
4. Simon Clarke (Aus) EF Education First at 0:14
5. Mike Teunissen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:15
6. Ben Swift (GB) Ineos at 0:19
7. Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Nor) Jumbo-Visma
8. Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
9. Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin
10. Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar.

Britain’19 stage 4:

Dylan Groenewegen made it three wins in five days at the 2019 OVO Energy Tour of Britain as he sprinted to win the race’s first-ever Wirral stage in Birkenhead Park on Stage 5. The Team Jumbo – Visma rider added the stage five victory to Saturday’s success in Kirkcudbright and his triumph on Newcastle’s Grey Street on Monday in dominant style.

Great Britain’s Matt Walls notably placed second, with Matteo Trentin’s third-place finish and subsequent time bonus putting the Mitchelton-Scott rider back into the OVO Energy green jersey of race leader leading into Thursday’s time trial in Pershore.

Trentin now leads by three seconds from Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus), with a handful of riders also within striking distance ahead of the time trial. One rider who will no longer be a threat to the overall was former winner Steve Cummings (Dimension Data), who crashed out of the top 20 and the race on his home roads on the Wirral.

The Italian also leads the Cetaphil Points jersey classification by nine points from Davide Cimolai (Israel Cycling Academy). Thanks to his presence in the day’s breakaway Jacob Scott (Swift Carbon Pro Cycling) moved to a 21 point lead over Dries de Bondt (Corendon-Circus) in the SKODA King of the Mountains and also won the public vote for the Wahooligan Combativity award.

Rory Townsend (Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes) kept the Eisberg Sprints jersey, despite a fall in the closing stages, with a four point lead over his nearest rival.

Stage winner, Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma): “I am very happy with my third stage win, this was a really good team performance and a great lead out. However, compared to the previous days I didn’t have the best feeling. We had the stage under control and Koen did a lot of work in the chase. On the final climb we were not in an entirely ideal position. Thanks to Jos, we were back at the front at the right moment, after which Amund and Mike started a fantastic sprint. This victory is not only good for my morale, but also for the team.”

Overall leader and 3rd on the stage, Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott): “It was finally a kind of easy day even if it’s not as easy as it looks on television, But I think it just gives the guys a little bit of a relax today and try to focus on your sprint and it came out pretty good, I knew that I had to come from the back, to be honest I was a little bit too much but Groenewegen here just demonstrated once again that he’s one step above all the rest and I thought I had a good race and take bonus seconds to be back in the general classification lead.”

OVO Energy Tour of Britain Stage 5 Result:
1. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma in 3:57:31
2. Matthew Walls (GB) Great Britain
3. Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott
4. Cees Bol (Ned) Sunweb
5. Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy
6. Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal
7. Ben Swift (GB) Ineos
8. Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Israel Cycling Academy
9. Edoardo Affini (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott
10. Mark Cavendish (GB) Dimension Data.

OVO Energy Tour of Britain Overall After Stage 5:
1. Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott in 21:33:55
2. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Corendon-Circus at 0:03
3. Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 0:10
4. Simon Clarke (Aus) EF Education First at 0:17
5. Mike Teunissen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:18
6. Ben Swift (GB) Ineos at 0:22
7. Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar
8. Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Nor) Jumbo-Visma
9. Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin
10. Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Ineos.

Britain’19 stage 5:

Diego Ulissi to Lead UAE Team Emirates as they Take on a Double Bill of Racing in Canada
UAE Team Emirates’ Diego Ulissi will be looking to replicate his 2017 win at the GP Montreal, as he leads a seven man squad to North America for a double bill of racing in the French Quarter of Canada. The team will take on both the 201.6km Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec (13 September) and the 219.6km Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal (15 September), two challenging WorldTour races that are played out on street circuits around the respective host cities.

The team will be guided by Sports Director Neil Stephens:
– Diego Ulissi (Ita)
– Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor)
– Rui Costa (Por)
– Daniel Martin (Ire)
– Rui Oliveira (Por)
– Jasper Philipsen (Bel)
– Jan Polan (Slo)

Ulissi said: “I have special memories of these races in Canada. I won in the past in Montreal, and it’s a race that you need to be switched on for from start to finish. For the 2019 edition, the organisers have decided to add two laps of the race circuit, bringing the total count to 18 climbs which will therefore make it even more important to arrive in Canada with a good condition and be present as a team with as many riders as possible in the final. The goal is to do well in these races and bring forward the condition from the Deutschland Tour.”

Grands Prix Cyclistes Québec and Montréal (13 and 15 Sept.)
Our riders have finished four times in fourth place at the Grand Prix Québec et Montréal during the last four editions with Olivier Naesen (Montréal 2018), Alexis Vuillermoz (Québec 2017) and Jan Bakelants (Montréal 2015 and 2017).

Mathias Frank: “After the Tour de France, I took a little bit of a breathe before returning to racing in Germany at the end of August. All is well and I approach the two races in Quebec with high morale and good legs. These are two beautiful events, because of their atmosphere, their setting, and the difficulty of the courses. Montreal is a tiring race, with two more laps this year, and Quebec, which is raced at a very fast pace, always offers a spectacular final. We are lining up with a great team including Oliver, one of the best riders in one day races this season, as well as Benoît Cosnefroy, who is in excellent shape. In Quebec, I will be especially at their service. In Montreal, I may have a card to play for myself, if all goes well. I will then concentrate on the Italian races.”

Olivier Naesen 2nd in the UCI One Day Race World Ranking.
After racing the GP Plouay, Oliver Naesen is in second place in the UCI One Day Race World Ranking, just behind his friend and fellow Belgian, Greg Van Avermaet. Both men will be racing in Quebec.

An Ambitious Team for Canadian Races
Everything is ready for the two UCI WorldTour Canadian races. Next Friday, the calendar starts with the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec which will be run in the heart of the “Vieille Capitale”. The route is a city circuit of about 200km (12.6km per lap) with the finish line in Old Quebec. Sunday, September 15, instead, will be the moment for the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal; an intimidating course with a demanding climb and more than 5 hours of racing (18 laps for 219km).

Among the most anticipated riders, there is certainly our Sonny Colbrelli who has just won the last stage of the Deutschland Tour: “They are two races that I know well enough and that suit for my characteristics. Last year I was 2nd in Montreal, while in Quebec I suffered a bit of jet lag and I wasn’t at my best. The condition is good and after the good results in Germany I think I can do well also in Canada.”

Even his teammate Matej Mohoric knows the two North American races very well. “It is the fourth time I compete in Quebec City and Montreal and they are two races that I like. For me, it is better the Montreal circuit that this year has been made even harder. My condition is growing and I would like to do a good world championship in Great Britain; these two races will help me understand how my preparation is improving”.

SD Gorazd Stangelj is optimistic: “We go to Canada with an excellent team and I expect some good results. In addition to Sonny and Matej, who will be the two riders for the win, I also think that Vincenzo Nibali can be a protagonist especially in Montreal, which this year is longer and so much more competitive”.

TBM’s line-up for both the Canadian races:
Vincenzo Nibali, Valerio Agnoli, Damiano Caruso, Grega Bole, Sonny Colbrelli, Matej Mohoric and Ivan Garcia Cortina.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step to GPCQM
One of the most successful riders of the year, Julian Alaphilippe headlines our squad for the Canadian World Tour races

The peloton travels this week to North America, for two events which have always delivered plenty of spectacle and emotion since their inception in 2010. First race, scheduled on Friday, is the Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec, which will see the peloton cover 16 laps of a 12.6km circuit that includes four demanding climbs: Côte de la Montagne (375 m, 10%), Côte de la Potasse (420 m, 9%), Montée de la Fabrique (190 m, 7%) and Montée du Fort (1000 m, 4%), the last of these being where the winner has emerged at most of the past editions.

Then, on Sunday afternoon, the peloton will take on the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal (219.2 kilometres), another race run on a circuit, this time 12.2 kilometres in length, similar to the one used at the World Championships in 1974; Côte Camillien-Houde (1800 m, 8%), Côte de Polytechnique (780 m, 6%) and Avenue du Parc (560 m, 4%) are the three difficulties of the day, which should shake up the bunch and be used by the riders as springboard to victory.

After resuming competition at the Deutschland Tour, Julian Alaphilippe continues his road to the Yorkshire World Championships, this time in Canada, where he is set to race for the first time in three years. The leader of the UCI World Individual Classification will be joined by Kasper Asgreen – a winner of three races so far this season – Dries Devenyns, European ITT Champion and Clasica San Sebastian victor Remco Evenepoel, Danish neo-pro Mikkel Honoré, Enric Mas and Pieter Serry – riders who will give our team several cards to play, as Davide Bramati mentioned when previewing this weekend’s appointments.

“We head to Canada with many of the guys who did a very strong Deutschland Tour two weeks ago, riders who are motivated to be again in the thick of the action and bring other good results to the team in what has been another remarkable season. Quebec and Montreal are two really tough races and hardly give you a moment of respite, but our roster possesses the depth, strength and determination necessary to be there when it will matter and have a say in the outcome”, explained Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s sports director.

13.09 Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec (CAN) 1.UWT

Julian Alaphilippe (FRA), Kasper Asgreen (DEN), Dries Devenyns (BEL), Remco Evenepoel (BEL), Mikkel Honoré (DEN), Enric Mas (ESP), Pieter Serry (BEL).
Sports Director: Davide Bramati (ITA).

15.09 Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal (CAN) 1.UWT

Julian Alaphilippe (FRA), Kasper Asgreen (DEN), Dries Devenyns (BEL), Remco Evenepoel (BEL), Mikkel Honoré (DEN), Enric Mas (ESP), Pieter Serry (BEL).
Sports Director: Davide Bramati (ITA).

Van Avermaet Eyeing Return to the Podium in Quebec and Montreal
Former Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal winner Greg Van Avermaet will return to the start line in Quebec and Montreal this Friday and Sunday respectively, where he hopes to continue his success at the WorldTour one-day races.

Van Avermaet, who stood on the top step in Montreal in 2016, lines up as one of the pre-race favourites with seven podium places collectively at the two races to his name, Sports Director Steve Bauer said. “Greg Van Avermaet is in great shape and, as we see looking at the previous seven editions of both races, he always finds good legs at the two races so it is only natural that Greg is our outright leader in Quebec and Montreal this week. He will have some strong support with Simon Geschke, Serge Pauwels, Michael Schär, Joey Rosskopf, Łukasz Wiśniowski, and Josef Černy completing the team. Having placed in the top ten every time he has lined up in Quebec, including five times on the podium, Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec is well suited to Greg’s strengths. However, this year the course in Montreal has increased to almost 220 kilometres so the two extra laps could play in Greg’s favour with the additional kilometres causing more fatigue in the peloton, which is when Greg can dig deep and really make the difference,” Bauer said.

“Although we have a pre-race favourite in Greg, the team will need to be on their A-game. Both races can be difficult to control and the punchy profiles can work in the favour of a small group of strong riders going clear. Our guys are healthy, ready. and motivated to get Greg back on the podium for the fourth consecutive year.”

Greg Van Avermaet is taking confidence from his recent races ahead of the Canadian races.

“I always look forward to racing in Quebec and Montreal as these are two of my biggest goals of the season. I felt good at Bretagne Classic – Ouest France last week and I think my legs were better than what the result suggested. I always seem to have good legs at this time of the year and with the World Championships in Yorkshire serving as extra motivation, I have put in a solid block of training so, I hope it pays off in Canada,” Van Avermaet said.

“Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec and Montreal are tough races which suit my style of racing, especially as I like to sprint at the end of a long, hard race so we will be looking to make the races as hard as possible. I think we will have a good indication of how everyone is racing before the World Championships and see what needs to be done to fine-tune my form in the next couple of weeks.”

Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec / Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal (13 & 15 September)
Rider roster:

Josef Černy (CZE), Simon Geschke (GER), Serge Pauwels (BEL), Michael Schär (SUI), Joey Rosskopf (USA, Greg Van Avermaet (BEL), Łukasz Wiśniowski (POL).
Sports Director: Steve Bauer (CAD).

Greg Van Avermaet looking for a win in Canada:

Preview GP Québec and GP Montréal
With the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec on Friday 13 September and the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal on Sunday 15 September, two one-day WorldTour races in Canada are scheduled this weekend. Tim Wellens was already successful in Montréal and is again part of the contenders for the victory this year. Sports director Herman Frison confirms.

Herman Frison: “In both Québec and Montréal, the course consists of local laps. Québec has a very tough finish, which ends with one-kilometre stretch of false flat. In the final three to four kilometres, the peloton could split, but often, a considerable group sprints for victory. The rider who still has the most energy left in the tank at the end of the race will win because it is a course that suits strong finishers.”

“In my opinion, Montréal is a little harder. Immediately after the start, there is a long climb, followed by another one mid-race. Afterwards, it goes towards the finish, where the riders are presented with another hill. The two races in Canada are really beautiful and if the weather is nice, there will most likely be a big group that sprints for the win. If the weather conditions would be bad, I fear that the whole bunch will be stretched out.”

“But I have to admit that bad weather conditions could maybe play into our hands. Tim Wellens already won in Montréal in wet conditions. Also this year, he is the clear leader and the other Lotto Soudal riders will mainly ride at the service of Tim, which means they will protect him or they will join a breakaway. We like to make it a hard race, so it may well be that we will ride very aggressively.”

“I haven’t looked at the list of participants yet, so I don’t know exactly who will be at the start, but riders like Matthews, Vanmarcke, Oliver Naesen and Wellens will have a good chance. The better punchers will battle for victory in Canada.”

“This diptych in Canada sure is important because they are WorldTour level. You need to be at the start with a clear goal in mind, something we have with Tim Wellens. In addition, Monfort, Vanendert and Dewulf are excellent riders to join a breakaway, if necessary.”

Adam Hansen suffered a foot injury, so Lotto Soudal will be at the start with six riders.

Line-up Lotto Soudal GP Québec:
Stan Dewulf, Nikolas Maes, Maxime Monfort, Lawrence Naesen, Jelle Vanendert and Tim Wellens.

Line-up Lotto Soudal GP Montréal:
Stan Dewulf, Nikolas Maes, Maxime Monfort, Lawrence Naesen, Jelle Vanendert and Tim Wellens.
Sports director: Herman Frison.

Tim Wellens will be in Canada:

Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
Michiel Elijzen – Team Sunweb coach: “We arrive in Québec with the defending champion, Michael, on our team. The lap circuit around Québec does offer a chance for the attackers to stay away but in recent years the race has been decided in a sprint finish. Once again we will look to keep Michael in a good position throughout the race and set him up for the finale, where we hope to repeat last year’s success.”

Jan Bakelants (BEL), Johannes Fröhlinger (GER), Jai Hindley (AUS), Marc Hirschi (SWI), Lennard Kämna (GER), Michael Matthews (AUS), Louis Vervaeke (BEL).

Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
Michiel Elijzen – Team Sunweb coach: “Just like in Québec, we line up in Montréal with Michael as defending champion at the race. The circuit in Montréal is quite challenging and often produces a selective race; where either a reduced bunch sprint or late breakaway decides the outcome of the day. The team is motivated to defend our crown and we will work to keep Michael safe throughout the race and set him up as best as possible for the finale.”

Jan Bakelants (BEL), Johannes Fröhlinger (GER), Jai Hindley (AUS), Marc Hirschi (SWI), Lennard Kämna (GER), Michael Matthews (AUS), Louis Vervaeke (BEL).

Michael Matthews:

Svein Tuft’s Career Comes to a Close in Quebec
13-time Canadian national champion enters his final races, Grand Prix Cyclistes de Québec and Montréal

Rally UHC Cycling’s road captain, the venerable Svein Tuft, is calling it a career at the Grand Prix Cyclistes de Québec and Montréal on September 13th and 15th. The 11-time Canadian National Time Trial Champion and two-time road champion will lead a roster full of Canadians at North America’s premier WorldTour one-days, putting an exclamation point on his storied career in front of his hometown fans.

“To finish in Canada is a dream,” said Tuft. “I feel lucky that I can stop my career in Montréal, where my wife was born and raised. I never would have thought that after so many years, I’d do my final race at a WorldTour event in Canada. It’s awesome.”

Joining Tuft in Québec are British Columbia native Ryan Anderson, Canadian national time trial champ Rob Britton, Ontario native Matteo Dal-Cin, Canadian national road champ Adam de Vos, and British Columbia native Nigel Ellsay. American Gavin Mannion replaces the injured Pier-André Coté to fill out the GP Québec and Montréal squad.

The Grand Prix Cyclistes de Québec and Montréal are two of the most challenging one-day races on the WorldTour calendar. The GP Québec circles historic Québec City to the tune of 201 km and features an uphill finish suited to well-rounded sprinters. Two days later the peloton tackles the hilly GP Montréal. Increased to 18 laps of the Parc du Mont-Royal circuit, the race travels 219 km and serves as the ideal prep for Yorkshire’s challenging World Championships course later this month.

The end of an era
Performance manager Jonas Carney brought Tuft on board at the end of 2018 to lead the team both on and off the bike. A veteran of the WorldTour peloton whose palmarès include a day in the maglia rosa at the 2014 Giro d’Italia and a silver medal at the UCI Road Time Trial Championships in 2008, Tuft brought experience that elevated those around him. He also brought a sense of fairness, morality, and a gentle spirit that allowed him to make a significant impact on the trajectory of the team’s many young athletes.

“One of the things I try to emphasise in life is you can’t go around telling people what to do,” said Tuft. “You have to get in there and show them how you operate and how you’ve been doing it for many years. People will resonate with that.”

Tuft’s arrival proved invaluable for the team, as it established itself in Europe and developed the top North American talent.

Tuft has a way of bringing people together. Pictured here, Emerson Oronte leads the team in an early-season race in Spain with Tuft and team in tow.

“A lot of guys get thrown into the deep end on WorldTour teams and are racing the Classics in their first year,” said Tuft. “That’s a hard way to learn. What Rally UHC Cycling has been doing allows riders to dip their toes in over in Europe where the level is still incredibly high but you have a higher chance to get a result and that’s massive.

“The thing that I hope guys have learned from me is to look at things as a long-term project. To understand that if you’re healthy and happy you can have a good, long career. It’s about being patient and staying focused. There are definitely no shortcuts.”

At the age of 42, Tuft is one of the oldest professional cyclists in the world. Through strength of will, determination, and an unwavering positive attitude, Tuft has enjoyed a long career and earned respect from the entire peloton. When asked what will change when he stops racing, he responded as only Svein can – “I think we move until we die and I hope to keep doing these things that I love until I’m ready to pack ‘er in,” said Tuft. “Not much is going to change for me but I definitely won’t feel forced to ride six hours in the pissing rain or snow, so that’s kinda nice.”

People like Svein Tuft don’t come around very often and when they do, they leave an indelible mark. From the entire cycling community, thank you, Svein.

Reason to Ride: Svein Tuft from Rally UHC Cycling on Vimeo.

Roglic Continues for the Next Four Years with Team Jumbo-Visma
Primoz Roglic will continue to ride for Team Jumbo-Visma in the coming four seasons. The one-year rolling contract has been extended until the end of 2023. The 29-year-old Slovenian, who is currently in the lead in the Vuelta a España, says he feels at home in the team of CEO Richard Plugge.

In a video on Team Jumbo-Visma’s channel, Roglic’s contract extension was announced with the cooperation of PSV Eindhoven director Toon Gerbrands, multiple world darts champion Michael van Gerwen, Barcelona FC football player Frenkie de Jong and Dutch singer Jan Smit. With a nod to his much-discussed ski jumping history, they check with Plugge that the successful rider cannot be tempted to switch to another kind of sport. Plugge responds to this by retaining Roglic for the next four years.

“I like the way this team works. I am enjoying being part of it,” Roglic said. “It’s all about collaboration. Together we can achieve great goals. As a cyclist, I entered this team as a relative beginner and I have developed with the help of the team. I received opportunities and support. It all went quickly. For me, but also for the team. We have now reached a nice level together and I really believe that we can achieve even more. I have won some races in recent years, but you always aim for more and for the highest.”

“We are still improving and our best has not yet been reached. The team and I have brought each other to a higher level and that really gives me a feeling of connection. We want to get the best out of me, but also out of the team. Only then will we see how far we can really get. We insist on growth and development. We will continue to invest energy in this, even if it is a process of years.”

Roglic did not hesitate when he was offered a contract extension. “No. Why? I am happy with the role I have. The most important argument for staying is that I get opportunities here. I like to win. I have that option within this team. So I didn’t have to think about it for long. I feel at home here, so why not? I hope to bring motivation and inspiration within the team, so that we can continue to fight together to be the best.”

Merijn Zeeman, sportive director of Team Jumbo-Visma, underlines Roglic’ words. “We are proud and happy that Primoz will stay with our team. It is a reward for all the hard work of many people in recent years. Primoz has developed enormously in recent years as a person and as an athlete, just like the team. In the coming years we will continue to jointly focus on growing and getting better in all possible areas.”

Barbero Signs on for Team NTT
In a very exciting move, we are delighted to announce that Carlos Barbero has signed as part of our rebrand to Team NTT from 1, January 2020.

The 28-year-old Spaniard will join us after three years at Movistar and brings a huge amount of racing experience to our team, having ridden with some of the best riders in the world. Barbero has spent all of his professional career at Spanish teams; first riding with Orbea Continental and then Euskadi before stepping up a level to join Caja Rural.

He moved to Movistar in 2017 and made an immediate impression taking stage victories at Comunidad de Madrid, Vuelta a Burgos, Hammer Limburg, Castilla y Leon – all performances that he followed up in 2018 too. While in 2019 he won the opening stage of the Tour of Austria as well as delivering strong performances at Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne and Gent-Wevelgem.

Carlos Barbero: “I am very happy and excited to be part of the team since I have been in Spanish teams for all my career, so it’s a new challenge for me to be part of a foreign team. This motivates me a lot and I think that my riding style suits the team. I intend to bring stage wins for the team when I have the opportunity, and also to help my colleagues to achieve victory. The important thing is that the team adds stage wins. My ambitions are to show consistency during the whole year, and I am very motivated to focus on the classics calendar, but above everything, that the team is happy with my work at the end of the year.”

Douglas Ryder, Team Principal: “Carlos joining us is really exciting; he’ll not only bring a different set of skills to our team but also bolster what we already have in our current Classics environment. His experience speaks for itself and his versatility will be of huge benefit. He’s been with Spanish teams his whole career so to have him bring that experience into our group is also going to be of great benefit.”

Carlos Barbero:

The Venezuelan Orluis Aular Reinforces Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
The 2020 roster of Caja Rural-Seguros RGA begins to take shape. After the mid-season promotion of Joel Nicolau and Jefferson Cepeda from the development squad, the green team confirms the arrival of the Venezuelan Orluis Aular (Nirgua, 1996), a young cyclist who has accumulated eleven wins during this year.

Aular, who already knows Spain as under 23, has competed this campaign in the Matrix Powertag Japanese. He has achieved a stage victory and the GC of the Tour of Kumano. He also accumulates several podiums and good results in the Tour of Japan or the Tour of Tochigi. Anyway, his main achievements have come in his country, where he won the general classification and five stages of the Vuelta a Venezuela or the ITT National Championship.

The South American is a fast man, but he also stands out in other areas such as the time trials or the hilly stages, as evidenced by his second place in the first stage of the last Vuelta a Asturias. This features, together with its potential and development in recent years, become him a future value for Caja Rural-Seguros RGA.

Orluis Aular: “It has been an impressive year, achieving great results both personally and collectively with my team. I knew that I should profit the opportunity in Japan. I was aware that with a great season I could attract the attention of the European teams. In fact, when they told me that we were going to Europe for a couple of races, I knew that I had to do the things well and that it was a good opportunity to let me see.

What motivates me the most to keep fighting it is my family and my loved ones. That is why this year I have focused on doing things very well so that I can make the jump to a professional team. It is a great joy to be able to do it with Caja Rural Seguros RGA, a team that already has many years in the professional field and it is one of the best in Spain. I am very grateful to Juanma Hernández for the opportunity and the confidence they offer me to start this new project.

At the beginning I could not believe it, I felt a great emotion. It is a team that I have always followed and for me it is a great satisfaction to wear their colours next season. I know it will another level, even more demanding, and I have to work hard, so this year I will try to adapt as quickly as possible. My main objective will be to help the team to achieve their objectives.”

Orluis Aular:

Six Exciting Renewals for Team NTT in 2020
We are delighted to confirm six contract renewals that will underpin the next phase of our team’s journey as we rebrand as Team NTT in 2020.

Exciting and in-demand South African sprinter Ryan Gibbons, who continues to progress at the very highest level, will be looking to even greater success in 2020. He impressed hugely at the Tour Down Under early on in the year and followed that up with fourth at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. Gibbons also finished twice in the top 10 on stages at the Giro d’Italia in 2019 to go with capturing the individual time trial title at the African Games.

Nicholas Dlamini joins Gibbons in extending his contract after the taking the step up in 2018 as a neo-pro, having ridden for our Continental team. The 24-year-old’s star continues to rise as he’s currently riding his debut Grand Tour, the Vuelta a Espana.

They’re joined by compatriot Jay Thomson who will ride for the team for an eighth season in 2020. The stalwart has been a key rider over the years with his all-round ability a huge asset both on and off the bike for the team.

Eritrean star Amanuel Ghebreighzabhier’s excellent 2019 sees him with an opportunity to build on that in 2020. Highlights have included winning his national time trial championship, top-10 GC finishes at Vuelta a Burgos and the Tour of Austria, a strong showing at the Giro d’Italia and two impressive top-10 finishes, so far, at the Vuelta a Espana.

Joining them is American Ben King who followed his break-out double-stage win at he Vuelta in 2018 with an impressive showing at the Tour of California in May. In July he rode his second ever Tour de France, one of the toughest yet, before once again tackling the Vuelta a Espana in August.

The hugely experienced Italian Enrico Gasparotto has also agreed to another year with the team. Having joined at the start of the year he’s made an immediate impression, playing a crucial role not only in his own racing ambitions but also in his role with mentoring some of the younger riders on our roster.

This announcement follows after confirmation of Michael Gogl, Max Walscheid and Carlos Barbero earlier this week.

Douglas Ryder: “I’m so thrilled to be able to confirm that this talented group have committed their immediate futures to our team, and the hugely exciting next step on our journey. We continue to provide the platform, via our Continental feeder team, for some of the very best talent from Africa the opportunity to showcase their abilities on the biggest stage. Considering how the likes of Ryan, Nic and Amanuel have come on in the last two years the future looks very bright. In Enrico, Jay and Ben we have slightly older heads who are going to continue to provide not only versatility and solidity to our group but also showcase that one of the true strengths of this team is its diversity. Those all come together with the common goals of performing to the utmost of our abilities on the bike while at the same time changing lives together with the Qhubeka charity.”

Enrico Gasparotto: “I’m really happy to have renewed to stay on with the team for another year. I hope that with my experience and my approach to racing that I can help my teammates to improve as riders and as people. I’m not young anymore but I’m still a dreamer and absolutely love the Classics, so I will continue to dream in 2020.”

Ryan Gibbons: “I’m very pleased to be continuing my journey with Team DD as we change to Team NTT for next season. I’m looking forward to more opportunities next year and building on some of the results achieved this year.”

Nicholas Dlamini: “I’m really happy to be given another opportunity to continue living my dream and to step up into the big league. This year has been a year of ups and downs but I’ve learnt a huge amount. Next year I want to be a totally different rider now that I’ve got the depth through experiences like the Vuelta. I’ve got great ambitions for next year along with the team, and look forward to going bigger and better.”

Jay Thomson: “I’m super happy to sign for another year to make it my eighth season in a row with the Team. I’m incredibly happy to have a home here and very motivated to make 2020 the best of them all.”

Ben King: “I couldn’t be happier to stay with the team. We’re a family from all over the world united by our passion for excellence and the incredible cause of changing lives with bicycles. I’ve had amazing opportunities here and I look forward to “moving forward” and getting the best out of myself in 2020. It’s sure to be a big year!”

Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier: “I am very happy to renew my contract and race in the team’s new NTT jersey next season. From joining the Continental team in 2016, every year I’ve progressed and stepped up in my career, so this is a very good environment for me. I hope to continue in the same way next season and start to achieve some important results for me, the team and Eritrean cycling.”

Lotto Soudal Welcomes Jon Dibben
Jonathan Dibben will strengthen the Lotto Soudal cycling team next year, the 25-year-old Brit – who’s currently riding for Madison Genesis – signed a one-year contract.

As a junior, Jon Dibben caught attention with amongst others a third place at Paris-Roubaix and a silver medal in the omnium at the track world championships. It earned him a place within the British Cycling Academy, a period which he concluded with the points race world title in London, 2016. In 2017, Dibben signed a two-year pro contract with Team Sky and shifted his focus towards road racing. That year, the Brit won the individual time trial at the Tour of California. Earlier that year, the 25-year-old rider got a taste of the cobbled Classics with participations at the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. After two years at Team Sky, he participated in some six-day events early in 2019 before defending the colours of Madison Genesis for the remainder of the season. Dibben is delighted to again race at WorldTour level next year and hopes to further progress at Lotto Soudal and to play a key role in the run-up to the sprints.

Jon Dibben: “I met with John Lelangue and Marc Sergeant during the Tour this year and it just seemed like a really good fit. The role I will have in the team and the races that will be on my schedule seem perfectly suited to what I want to be doing or what I think I can I do well at in racing. In the past, I have been involved in the sprints and I have already worked in lead-outs. With the way Caleb Ewan has showed himself this year and with John Degenkolb arriving next year, it will stress the sprint aspect in the team even more. The kind of lead-out riders are really important in racing, which is something I am very good at. Lotto Soudal is also a Belgian team, so they know all about the Classics. The team really suits my character as a rider and I’m really looking forward to it.”

“Originally, I joined the British Cycling Academy and when I turned U23, I mainly focused on track racing for four years. I did that up to 2016, when I kind of finished off that period with the points race world title in London. At the end of that year, I did some road racing with Team Wiggins and the British team. Then, I joined Team Sky for two years, which was sort of a natural way to go from the track. At the end of last year, I did a little track racing in the winter and I raced for Madison Genesis this year.”

“I am more the type of rider for the faster kind of racing and to form the sharp end of the bunch sprint. But I also want to keep progressing in the time trial area, and I hope to attain some nice individual time trial results. There are races that include sprints all over the year, so my main role will be to work for the sprinters if they are present. Otherwise, I’ll be looking to race attractively myself and have a go in the breakaway. I want to keep progressing to where I’ve been, which means riding some of the bigger races and being involved in the racing a bit more.”

Jonathan Dibben:
Nationality: British
Date of birth: 12.02.1994 – Southampton
Living in Nice, France
Turned pro in 2017 with Team Sky
190 cm – 78 kg.

Jonathan Dibben – Hammer Series’17 TTT:
Cycling: 1st Velon-Best Team 2017 / Day 3 Arrival / Tao GEOGHEGAN HART (GBR)/ Elia VIVIANI (ITA)/ Danny VAN POPPEL (NED)/ Jonathan DIBBEN (GBR)/ Owain DOULL (GBR)/ Team SKY (GBR)/ Max WALSCHEID (GER)/ Team SUNWEB (GER)/ Sittard-Geleen - SportZone Limburg (44,7km) / Team Time Trial / TTT / Hammer Series / Hammer Chase / (Photo by LC/Tim De Waele/Corbis via Getty Images)

US rider Joe Dombrowski joins, as Marcato and Riabushenko renew
Dombrowski pens two-year deal and strengthens climbing depth

UAE Team Emirates continues to make signings to improve the quality of their climbing structure while holding onto two important members of the current squad. UAE Team Emirates renews with two key current riders while new signing adds climbing talent and experience. Joe Dombrowski, American rider born in Marshall in 1991, (185 cm and 68 kg) comes across to the Emirati team on a two year contract.

Joxean Matxin, team manager, on the new signing: “Dombroswki is a pure climber and a very interesting rider. He is a rider who showed great promise in the early years of his career and has built up a wealth of experience competing at the highest level. He can ride with the best on the climbs as we saw in this years Giro d’Italia. We believe Joe can be an important rider for the team, as he has the necessary qualities and the right mindset to help us in the final kilometres of the hardest races. Joe will be a valuable member of our team and his signing with us is part of the wider development and growth of the team ”

UAE Team Emirates have also confirmed contract renewals for Marco Marcato and Aleksandr Riabushenko, with the experienced Italian and the young Belarussian climber staying on through 2020.

Joe Dombrowski in Utah’19:

Lotto Soudal: Stefano Oldani Signs Two-Year Pro Contract at Lotto Soudal
The promising Italian Stefano Oldani turns pro at Lotto Soudal next year; he signed a contract for two seasons. The 21-year-old Oldani is the third Italian rider in the history of Lotto Soudal.

After being part of Team Colpack, Oldani completed an internship with Kometa Cycling Team at the end of last year, which delivered him a place in the 2019 squad. This season, Oldani kept on collecting top ten results in amongst others the Tour of Antalya, the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon and the Tour of Hungary. In addition, he sprinted – each time after a tough stage – to a third and fifth place at the prestigious U23 race, the Tour de l’Avenir. Oldani is of course delighted with his transfer to Lotto Soudal.

Stefano Oldani: “It sure is a pleasure and also a dream to join the team next year because I think Lotto Soudal is one of the best teams in the world. I really want to thank the team for this big opportunity and I will always give my all as a sign of gratitude. Cycling is a really important sport in Belgium and is closely followed. It is the perfect country to learn everything about cycling and Lotto Soudal is the perfect team to understand the sport.”

“I started cycling at the age of five and at the moment, I am facing an important part of my career because next year will be my first year as a professional rider. I am more like a sprinter but also a complete rider because I can climb quite well and I also have a fast sprint. I like the stage races as well as the big Classics like Paris-Roubaix and Liège-Bastogne-Liège.”

“The next two years, I will of course do all I can to support my future teammates as best as possible. I will also try to learn as much as possible from all the experienced Lotto Soudal riders. Of course, I know guys like Caleb Ewan, Tim Wellens and Gilbert, who will join the team next season. I am really looking forward to race together with them. My next race will be the Coppa Agostoni, where I’ll participate with the national team. After that, I will maybe do another pro race. The U23 world championships is a possibility, but the selections haven’t been announced just yet.”

Stefano Oldani
Nationality: Italian
Date of birth: 10.01.1998 – Busto Arsizio (Varese)
Living in Busto Garolfo (Milan)
1m78 – 62 kg.

Stefano Oldani:

Max Walscheid joins Team Dimension Data
We are delighted to announce that German sprinter Max Walscheid will join our team in 2020 as we transition into Team NTT.

Walscheid, 26, brings a wealth of experience to our set-up and will be looking at taking the next step in his career as a member of Team NTT.

Walscheid first turned professional in 2012, racing with Team Lotto Kern-Haus after which he stepped up to the WorldTour with Giant-Alpecin in 2015. At Team Sunweb, he held a leadership role in the on the flat stages, while playing an important support role when required too.

The German had 22 top-10 finishes in 2019 including, team time trials, with his second place at Schelderprijs a standout performance. He is currently competing in his second Grand Tour, the Vuelta a Espana.

Max Walscheid: “I’m extremely thrilled about the opportunity to join team NTT. The team offers me exactly the opportunity I was looking for at this point my career. We share the same goals, our interests were a perfect match and I’m looking forward to working in a new environment which is not only a world class cycling team, but so much more. I had a great time with Sunweb, and during the past four years I grew a lot in the team. It’s not easy to say goodbye but new challenges are ahead and I can’t wait to start racing for Team NTT.”

Team Principal, Douglas Ryder: “Max is a very exciting addition to our team for the future. He is a big, powerful sprinter who is going to add depth to our roster, and brings with him a history of challenging for the top step of the podium. We look forward to him now having that opportunity with us to compete for the top step while also being able to play a supporting role for other riders too. We wish him all the best for the rest of the current season before welcoming him in what’s going to be a very exciting 2020.”

Max Walscheid:

BORA – hansgrohe Signs Neo-Pro Ide Schelling
The 21-year-old Dutch rider is regarded as an all-rounder and will be developed as such over the coming years. Next season, Schelling will predominantly concentrate on the demanding one-day races, where he will assume a role as a helper for BORA – hansgrohe.

“It’s a dream come true to graduate from SEG Racing Academy and join BORA – hansgrohe. The past three years have been so amazing for me, it’s a period where I grew as a cyclist and also as a person. But I couldn’t be prouder now that I have made the step up to the WorldTour with one of the best teams. Joining BORA – hansgrohe was an easy choice for me. My current team is like a family to me, but I have the feeling that my next ‘family’ is already waiting. A decisive factor in my decision was the strategic approach that is taken by BORA – hansgrohe. Already at our first meeting, the team had a plan as to how my development would take shape, and how we would work together in the future. That made a real impression on me. It will be an honour to be able to ride for BORA – hansgrohe during the following years, alongside some of the biggest stars of our sport. I can hardly wait!”Ide Schelling.

“We are convinced that Ide is an interesting type of rider, who stands out most of all due to his versatility. At the moment, one cannot know exactly where our journey with him will lead, however, he possesses great potential. In the coming season, we will firstly need to prepare him adequately for racing on the WorldTour level, but I hope that he will be able to give our squad greater depth in races such as the Ardennes classics, where he can play a role in actively supporting the team. He will receive the necessary time and also opportunities to discover with us where exactly his future as a rider lies.”Ralph Denk, Team Manager.

Ide Schelling:

Astana Pro Team Extends Nikita Stalnov
Astana Pro Team has signed a new agreement with the Kazakh rider Nikita Stalnov, who will be riding for the Kazakh team for another season of 2020.

“After three seasons in Astana, I am happy to stay in this team for another year. We have a great squad and I am very pleased to be a part of it. I thank Alexandr Vinokurov for his faith in me, I will do everything possible to justify this trust. The Olympic season is coming and participation in the Olympic Games is a dream of any athlete. At the end of the season I will analyse this year and will begin my preparation for a possible Olympic start. There are many guys in our team who deserve to perform at the Olympics, I am sure that each of my teammates will represent Kazakhstan with a great honour, but I will try to do everything possible to earn a place in the national team, for me it is a huge goal. Therefore, I am happy to have a possibility to prepare for it in Astana Pro Team. For this reason, I thank the management of our project and the main sponsor Samruk-Kazyna, which supports us for many years. In the new season I will strive for personal results, I would like to bring Astana some wins, but, of course, I am always ready to help our leaders at stage races and Grand tours,” said Nikita Stalnov.

Nikita Stalnov, 27, is spending his third season with the Kazakh team. Being a strong team player, this season Stalnov helped Miguel Angel Lopez to win the Colombia 2.1, helped Merhawi Kudus to take the Tour du Rwanda and supported Yuriy Natarov on reaching his first professional victory at the Tour of Almaty. Besides, Nikita Stalnov has a few Top-10 placements during this year: he was 7th and 10th at the stages of the Tour du Rwanda, 5th and 10th at the stages of the Tour of the Alps and 6th at a stage of the Tour of Almaty.

“Nikita is a loyal team player, he is always in the corner of team’s leader. We saw it last year at the Vuelta a España, he confirmed it this season in many races, working for our leaders. Talking about his personal results, I am sure that Nikita has everything to improve and in the next season he will get a chance to show it,” said Alexandr Vinokurov.

Nikita Stalnov:

Gogl to join Team NTT in 2020
Michael Gogl is the latest name to be confirmed to have signed for next season as part of our very exciting rebrand as Team NTT in 2020.

The 25-year-old Austrian is currently in his third season with Trek-Segafredo and brings a wealth of experience to our outfit, after having first ridden on the WorldTour in 2015. That was as part of the Tinkoff team and followed four years at Continental level.

Gogl’s ridden four Grand Tours, including the Tour de France twice and secured a fourth-place stage finish on his debut at the Vuelta a Espana in 2016.

In 2019 he rode the Giro d’Italia in the service of Bauke Mollema, who finished 5th overall, and he was also the runner-up at the Austrian road race championships in Mondsee.

Michael Gogl: “I am indeed very proud to join the Team in the future and to open a new sporting chapter together. The talks that I held with Douglas Ryder convinced and motivated me immediately. I am looking forward to racing, especially the classics, where we will have a strong team. Added to that I simply want to race my bike as fast as I can, bring my experience to the team and at the same time support the Qhubeka charity. In all, a perfect combination that sees me really happy and positive about the future.”

Douglas Ryder, Team Principal: “We are delighted to have Michael join us from next season as we transition into Team NTT. It’s a very exciting time for us, and the wealth of experience he adds makes this an important time for us. He comes from a very competitive environment where he worked with one of our current riders, Giacomo Nizzolo, and so we’ll be leaning on that experience in order for us to assist him in taking the next step up in his career.”

Michael Gogl:

Bart De Clercq Announces the End of his Professional Cycling Career
Bart De Clercq will say goodbye to his professional cycling career at the end of the 2019 season. The 33 year old Belgian rider represents the Wanty-Gobert colours since 2018. During his nine year long professional cycling career he won stages in the Tour of Italy and the Tour of Poland. The climber, in search of his best feeling since a bad crash in January 2018, looks back with gratitude to his career rich of memories.

Bart De Clercq: “I had the chance to live my passion for almost nine years. I started racing late, at the age of 22, without higher ambitions. Later, I received the chance to become professional with Lotto, before joining Wanty-Gobert in 2018.”

“Unfortunately this period started badly. I crashed on my second day in my new colours, January 2nd, with a broken hip as a result (movement of the femoral neck). Thereafter, I lived a difficult year, with several operations and ultimately a hip replacement.”

“My return to racing, in the Tour of Oman, was rather positive. Unfortunately, I suffered from pain in my other leg, without prosthesis, shortly after that. Despite numerous medical examinations, we didn’t find an explication. But I continued working, hoping to be selected for the Tour de France. During the Dauphiné, it was frustrating to realise I was only able to perform at 80% of my capacities.”

“Since then, I had to accept that a miracle to solve the problem won’t come and that I’ll have to turn back to ‘normal life’ as from next year. I hope to use my master degree in physical education and my experience as a professional athlete for my reconversion. It is a pity to end my career in this way, but I keep excellent memories after all these years. It was a nice chapter of my life, but time has come to start the next one…”

Hilaire Van der Schueren (sportive director): “We attracted Bart De Clercq in the team to shine in the high mountains with Guillaume Martin and Xandro Meurisse. Unfortunately, his crash on January 2nd 2018 took his chances of success away. Despite many setbacks, Bart always showed a drive without limits, by sacrificing himself for the team. This role model for athletes had to resign himself to end his professional career. I hope he stays in the cycling world, after quitting the peloton on a down note.”

Bart De Clercq:

Milano-Torino 100th Edition: The Race That’s Part of Cycling History
The oldest classic in cycling (born in 1876), celebrates the historic milestone of 100 editions. Like last year, the race starts in Magenta and finishes in front of the Basilica of Superga in Turin after 179km.

The oldest classic will celebrate its 100th edition on Wednesday 9 October. Milano-Torino NamedSport marks this historic anniversary on the same route as last year’s race – starting from Magenta and finishing on the Colle di Superga climb, where the victory went to the French rider Thibaut Pinot.

The Route
After departing from Magenta the riders cross the Padana plain on flat, wide, straight roads with a long route through the Abbiategrasso, Vigevano and Lomellina territories up to Monferrato. Here the race profile begins to change with the gentle ups and downs of the Casale Monferrato area before returning to the wide, straight roads that lead to the final circuit.
After San Mauro Torinese the route goes along the Po river in Corso Casale then up to the Basilica of Superga for the first time (with a turn 600m before the finish line). Then it’s down to Rivodora with a demanding descent that brings the riders back to San Mauro, and up to the finish with gradients of over 10%. There is a feed zone at km 89-92.

Last km
The last 5km are repeated twice (except for the final 600m) from Turin in Corso Casale, where the climb to the Basilica of Superga begins. The average slope is 9.1% with a peak of 14% at around halfway up, and long stretches at 10%. At 600m from the finish line there’s a U-turn left to face the final ramp, with its 8.2% gradient, and then the last bend is at 50m from the finish.

2019 Milano-Torino NamedSport Teams

21 teams: 16 UCI WorldTeams and 5 UCI Professional Continental Teams:

The Mayor of Magenta, Chiara Calati said: “It is with great pride that this year Magenta hosts the 100th edition of Milano-Torino, after having already hosted this ‘classic of classics’ last year. Having such a significant national and international sporting event in our city fully reflects the desire to highlight Magenta’s potential as an attractive city for the entire territory.

“Hearing the great names that will ride in our streets is a great thrill and a source of pride for an area where cycling is our passion, even at an amateur level along the banks of the Naviglio Grande and in the green of Parco Ticino. We are certain that the citizens of Magento will all participate with great warmth and enthusiasm.”

Stefano Allocchio, RCS Sport Race Director, highlighted how: “There are few races in the world that can celebrate the 100 editions. This is the oldest classic, which, even in recent years, has seen the names of the most prominent riders in its roll of honour. We will start from Magenta, a city of culture and cycling tradition that fully believes in this project. The finish will be under the Basilica of Superga, a place dedicated to sport, and I am sure that a great champion will win.”

“Sport is one of the hubs that makes the city live, not only from the point of view of the competition itself, but also as a stimulus to all the local businesses and activities that make our community work. I am thinking of associations, students and tradesmen, but also all the other people who are aware of how important it is to work together with these great events to welcome the teams and athletes with their international appeal. Together they give Magenta the image of an open city that accepts challenges and wins them,” said the Councillor for Sport of the Municipality of Magenta, Luca Aloi.

From left, the Councillor for Sport of the Municipality of Magenta, Luca Aloi, Stefano Allocchio, RCS Sport Race Director, the Mayor of Magenta, Chiara Calati and Simone Gelli, Magenta Deputy Mayor:

USA Cycling Names 2019 UCI Road World Championships Elite, U23 & Junior Teams
U.S. National Team includes 72-time National Champ Coryn Rivera, 7-time World Champion Chloe Dygert and 5-time Road World Championships rider Lawson Craddock.

USA Cycling announced the athletes that will represent the United States in the Elite Men’s and Women’s Time Trial and Road Race at the 2019 UCI Road World Championships which will place in York, Great Britain, September 22-29, 2019.

The U.S. National Team will start the eight-day competition with a strong group of time trialists. Among the competitors in the women’s elite individual time trial are Amber Neben (Lake Forest, Calif.; Cogeas-Mettler Pro Cycling Team) who won the UCI World Championship Time Trial in both 2008 and 2016, 2019 Pan American Road Championships ITT winner Leah Thomas (Boulder Creek, Calif.; Bigla Pro Cycling) and 2016 Olympic and seven-time World Champion Chloe Dygert (Brownsburg, IN.; Sho-Air TWENTY20) who recently won all four stages of the Colorado Classic. For the men’s elite individual time trial: five-time Road World Championship U.S. National Team member Lawson Craddock (Houston, TX., EF Education First) and 2018 UCI Road Team Time Trials World Championships Silver Medalist Chad Haga (McKinney, TX; Team Sunweb) will represent Team USA.

For the men’s elite road race, the U.S. National Team will include the 2019 USA Cycling Pro Road National Champion, Alex Howes (Denver, Colo.; EF Education First), three-time U23 World Championships team member Neilson Powless (Roseville, Calif.; Team Jumbo-Visma), Craddock, and Haga. Dygert and Thomas will double up on the ITT and the women’s Road race. 72-time U.S. National Champion Coryn Rivera (Newport Beach, Calif.; Team Sunweb), the 2018 Colorado Classic Champion Katherine Hall (Saratoga, Calif.; Boels-Dolmans) and 2019 USA Cycling Pro Road National Champion Ruth Winder (Lafayette, Calif.; Trek-Segafredo) will form one of the most versatile U.S. National Teams Road World Championships teams.

Scott Schnitzspahn, Vice President of Elite Athletics for USA Cycling is excited to see the mix of veteran and young riders compete, “The (U.S. National) Team is filled with some of the strongest riders the U.S. has, who complement each other’s strengths. We have very solid group of Juniors, U23s, and Elites who have won over 10 World Championships. With the recent success from our riders, we’re in a good position for a medal finish in multiple races.”

Among the Juniors and U23 riders on the U.S. National Team are several 2019 National Champions: Zoe Ta-Perez (Orange, Calif.; LUX Cycling Development Team), Megan Jastrab (Apple Valley, Calif.; Rally UHC Cycling), Quinn Simmons (Durango, Colo.; LUX Cycling Development Team) and Ian Garrison (Decatur, Ga.; Hagens Berman Axeon) winner of both U23 and Men’s Elite Individual Time Trial

“Our Juniors and U23 riders had been racing in Europe all summer and have dominated many races. Both our women’s and men’s junior programs are in the top three in the Nations’ Cup rankings,” said Jeff Pierce, Director of Elite Athletics, Road and Track. “Combined with the Elite team, we are looking forward to seeing our Red, White and Blue kits race aggressively in Yorkshire.”

The U.S. National Team roster is as follows:

Individual Time Trial
Junior Women:

Zoe Ta-Perez* (Orange, Calif.; LUX Cycling Development Team)
Megan Jastrab (Apple Valley, Ca; Rally UHC Cycling).

Elite Women:
Leah Thomas* (Santa Clara, Calif.; Bigla Pro Cycling)
Amber Neben* (Lake Forest, Calif.; Cogeas-Mettler Pro Cycling)
Chloe Dygert (Brownsburg, Ind.; Sho-Air TWENTY20).

Junior Men:
Quinn Simmons* (Durango, Colo.; LUX Cycling Development Team)
Michael Garrison (Decatur, Ga.; LUX Cycling Development Team)-

U23 Men:
Ian Garrison* (Decatur, Ga.; Hagens Berman Axeon)
Brandon McNulty (Phoenix, Ariz.; Rally UHC Cycling)

Elite Men:
Lawson Craddock (Austin, Texas; EF Education First Cycling Team)
Chad Haga (McKinney, Texas; Team Sunweb).

Road Race
Junior Women:

Megan Jastrab* (Apple Valley, Ca; Rally UHC Cycling)
Ava Sykes (Athens, GA.; LUX Cycling Development Team)
Zoe Ta-Perez (Orange, Calif.; LUX Cycling Development Team)
Katie Clouse (Park City, Utah; DNA Pro Cycling Team)
Gabrielle Lehnert (Eugene, Ore.; LUX Cycling Development Team).

Elite Women:
Ruth Winder* (Lafayette, Calif.; Trek-Segafredo)
Leigh Ann Ganzar* (Austin, Texas; Hagens Berman-Supermint)
Coryn Rivera (Newport Beach, Calif.; Team Sunweb)
Tayler Wiles (Fairfax, Calif.; Trek-Segafredo)
Leah Thomas (Santa Clara, Calif.; Bigla Pro Cycling)
Chloe Dygert (Brownsburg, Ind.; Sho-Air TWENTY20)
Katharine Hall (Saratoga, Calif.; Boels-Dolmans).

Junior Men:
Quinn Simmons* (Durango, Colo.; LUX Cycling Development Team)
Gianni Lamperti* (Sebastopol, Calif.; LUX Cycling Development Team)
Michael Garrison (Decatur, Ga.; LUX Cycling Development Team)
Magnus Sheffield (Pittsford, N.Y..; Hot Tubes Development Cycling Team)
Matthew Riccitello (Tucson, Ariz..; LUX Cycling Development Team).

U23 Men:
Brandon McNulty* (Phoenix, Ariz.; Rally Cycling)
Kevin Vermaerke* (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.; Hagens Berman Axeon)
Lance Haidet* (Bend, Ore.; Aevolo Cycling)
Ian Garrison* (Decatur, Ga, Hagens Berman Axeon)
Matteo Jorgenson (Boise, Idaho; AG2R La Mondiale).

Elite Men:
Alex Howes* (Denver, Colo.; EF Education First)
Lawson Craddock (Austin, Texas; EF Education First)
Chad Haga (McKinney, Texas; Team Sunweb)
Neilson Powless (Roseville, Calif.; Team Jumbo-Visma).

Automatic qualifiers are noted with an asterisk (*).
Note: Jared Scott automatically qualified for the Junior Men’s Road Race but declined his nomination.

Lawson Craddock and Alex Howes:

Cycling Canada Announces Road World Championships Team
Cycling Canada is pleased to announce the squad of 25 riders who will represent Canada at the 2019 UCI Road Cycling World Championships in Yorkshire, United Kingdom from September 22 – 29. Women and men will compete in the road race and time trial events across five categories: Junior and Elite women, as well as Junior, Under-23 and Elite men.

This year, Canada managed to qualify six spots in the Elite men’s road race, giving the team access to more support riders. Leading the squad will be professional riders from the highest level of the sport, including last year’s bronze medallist and top ranked Canadian on the WorldTour circuit, Michael Woods, as well as Hugo Houle, known to be of the world’s best support riders.

“It’s always a great opportunity to represent Canada at the World Championships, especially with a great leader like Mike Woods,” said Hugo Houle. “I have been in excellent physical condition since the Tour de France – it was really important for me to be in the best possible shape for this competition in order to support Mike until the end of the race. He showed us he could be world champion in Innsbruck, and he needs teammates who live up to his performances.”

On the women’s side, the team will be led by former world time trial champion and current national road champion Karol-Ann Canuel. She will be joined by all-rounder Alison Jackson and climbing specialist Sara Poidevin. Top ranked Canadian rider Leah Kirchmann was set to compete, but will be unable to take part in the project due to injury.

“Our women were our stand-out performers last year in Austria” said Team Manager, Kevin Field. “We faced some injuries and setbacks this year – that’s all part of sport. Challenge is something these girls don’t shy away from and we’re ready to bring a good game to Yorkshire.”

The Under-23 men’s selection includes national road champion and breakout athlete Nickolas Zukowsky, as well as national time trial champion Adam Roberge. In the Junior ranks, national women’s road, time trial and criterium champion Magdeleine Vallières-Mill will be leading the team, while the men’s selection includes national road champion Raphael Parisella, and national time trial champion Jacob Rubuliak, who are both first in their first year as Juniors.

“I’m less concerned about results in our developing categories. We have very high potential athletes in these age groups; however, the goal of this event is to learn and experience, with a focus on process that we can leverage to springboard them forward. I have no doubts we can do that.”

The world championships begin on Monday, September 23th with the Junior women’s and men’s time trials, and conclude on Sunday, September 29th, with the Elite men’s road race.

Team Canada [TT – Time Trial, RR – Road Race]

Elite Men
Guillaume Boivin – Montreal, QC [RR]
Antoine Duchesne – Saguenay, QC [RR]
Hugo Houle – Sainte-Perpétue, QC [TT, RR]
Benjamin Perry – St.Catharines, ON [RR]
James Piccoli – Montreal, QC [RR]
Mike Woods – Ottawa, ON [RR]

Elite Women
Marie-Soleil Blais – Saint-Rosaire, QC [RR]
Karol-Ann Canuel – Gatineau, QC [TT, RR]
Gillian Ellsay – Courtenay, BC [RR]
Alison Jackson – Vermilion, AB [RR]
Sara Poidevin – Canmore, AB [RR]
Other rider – TBD

Under-23 Men
Evan Burtnik – Edmonton, AB [RR]
Pier-André Côté – Levis, QC [RR]
Adam Roberge – Montreal, QC [TT]
Nickolas Zukowsky – Ste-Lucie-des-Laurentides, QC [TT, RR]

Junior Women
Adèle Desgagnés – Montreal, QC [RR]
Laury Milette – Gatineau, QC [RR]
Camille Primeau – Rosemère, QC [TT, RR]
Magdeleine Vallières-Mill – Sherbrooke, QC [TT, RR]

Junior Men
Lukas Carreau – La Prairie, QC [RR]
Tristan Jussaume – Contrecoeur, QC [TT]
Raphael Parisella – Boucherville, QC [RR]
Riley Pickrell – Victoria, BC [RR]
Jacob Rubuliak – Kelowna, BC [TT, RR]

Hugo Houle will ride the road Race and time trial:

La Vuelta Junior Cofidis Will Go On in 2020
The Vuelta Junior Cofidis will celebrate 10 years of training children in road education and healthy lifestyle habits, as confirmed by the entities behind the sports-training program. Thus, in 2020, the 10th edition of the project is secured.

This week the stages of La Vuelta Junior Cofidis 2019 will be contested in Guadalajara, Toledo and Madrid. The Alberto Contador Foundation is newly incorporated in the cast of entities behind the project in addition to the launch of an education campaign about road safety with Luis Ángel Maté, cyclist of the Cofidis team, as an image of the hand of the General Directorate of Traffic.

A Project with Almost Ten Years of History
The Vuelta Junior Cofidis is a program to promote the use of bicycles, healthy lifestyles and road education promoted since 2011 by the financial institution, which has already trained more than 225,000 children throughout Spain. Together with Cofidis, the Young Sports Foundation (FDJ) of the CSD (Higher Sports Council), La Vuelta, the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) and the Association of Professional Cyclists (ACP) are part of it, as well as the Alberto Contador Foundation for the first year.

More information about La Vuelta: www.lavuelta.com
More information about La Vuelta Junior Cofidis: www.lavueltajuniorcofidis.com.

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