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EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!

Rohan Dennis eventually finds a new team and WADA blocks Russia for four years – TOP STORY. All the other news from the week in cycling: Bahrain McLaren launch a new look, big news from Circus and Wanty, new bikes for Vital Concept, WorldTour licenses for the next two years, but problem for Mitchelton-Scott, Lars Boom off-road, Rory Sutherland breaks leg, team and rider news, doping, Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne 2020 course, UAE Team Emirates training in Spain and Mitchelton-Scott team for 2020. Thursday EUROTRASH coffee time!

TOP STORY: WADA blocks Russia from major sporting events for four years
WADA has banned Russia from the Olympic Games and all other international competitions for four years. In concrete terms, this means that Russian cyclists will not be allowed to participate in World championships under the Russian flag in the coming years.

At the end of November, it was announced that a WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) commission of inquiry wanted to ban Russia from the Games and all other international competitions for four years. The committee found that there is evidence of manipulation in a doping laboratory in Moscow. Data supplied would be incomplete, which means that positive doping cases may no longer be found in the system. Severe sanctions were therefore proposed.

The criminal proposal meant that Russia should not participate in the Olympic Games, the Paralympic Games and the Youth Olympic Games for the next four years. The country should also not be allowed to participate in tournaments organised by WADA affiliated sports bodies, including the UCI. For Russian athletes who can prove that they have a ‘clean record’ there would be a possibility to participate in those tournaments under a neutral flag.

The WADA executive committee met on Monday and, as expected, adopted the recommendations of the committee of inquiry. Russia has three weeks to appeal to CAS, the highest legal body in sport, to make a final judgment.

No Olympic Russian team in 2020? Maybe a good thing with those track suits:

Rohan Dennis Joins Team INEOS
Rohan Dennis has completed his ‘dream move’ to Team INEOS, signing a two-year deal. The 29 year old arrives as the reigning World individual time trial champion, having won the title for the second year in a row in Harrogate in September.

With 28 race wins to his name already, Dennis is excited about the next chapter of his career at Team INEOS, commenting: “This has been a dream of mine since turning professional. Watching on from afar, I’ve always been a huge fan of the team – ever since the early years. It’s always been a goal of mine to ride for this team, so to finally fulfil that dream is a brilliant feeling and a huge honour. I already feel a connection to this team – a team that really believes in innovation, especially in time trialling, which is obviously something I’m hugely passionate about. I hope I can do the team colours proud over the course of my time here.”

Dennis will link-up with his new teammates for the first time at December Camp this week – and is in line to make his Team INEOS debut on home roads in Australia in the New Year. He’s understandably excited about the opening few months of his time with the team, adding: “I’m really excited about getting to camp – it’s a crucial period, both in terms of building relationships and setting goals for the coming season. I know a lot of the guys already, from speaking in the peloton over the years, so there’s already friendships built, but building on those relationships and getting to know the whole team will be important.”

He added: “Racing in Australia is always special, especially for my family who rarely get to see me race – so it’ll be extra special to race for the first time for INEOS in front of them.”

Team Principal, Sir Dave Brailsford, welcomed the arrival of Dennis, commenting: “We all know what a world class talent Rohan is. He is one of the best and most-exciting time trial riders in modern cycling and we are very pleased to have signed him at Team INEOS. We are all about building a team that is the optimum blend of youth and experience. Rohan knows what it takes to win. We can give him an environment now where he can best fulfil his own future ambitions at the same time as showing other younger riders at the Team what you have to do to succeed at the very highest level.”

Team Bahrain McLaren Launches its Bold New Vision and Line-up for 2020
UCI World Tour road racing outfit Team Bahrain McLaren today unveiled its dynamic new identity, team line-up and vision for 2020 at the McLaren Thought Leadership Centre in Woking, United Kingdom. The team, a joint venture between Bahrain World Tour Cycling Team and British automotive, racing and technology leader McLaren, will race as Team Bahrain McLaren in 2020.
Originally conceived by His Highness Shaikh Nasser, and having competed as Team Bahrain Merida since 2017, the change in the team’s name signals a bold new chapter in the team’s ownership, one in which the existing rider line-up, team management and support staff have all been supplemented. Team Bahrain McLaren will be overseen by the highly respected Rod Ellingworth, in the new role of Team Principal.

As Team Bahrain Merida the team achieved an impressive number of race wins over three years, including Grand Tour podiums in its first season – the first team ever to achieve such a result in its debut year. Together with its foundation partner, leading bike brand Merida, the team built a strong technical and rider line-up, and multiple victories – including notable break throughs at Milano-San Remo and Il Lombardia, as well as numerous stage race and Grand Tour wins.

For 2020, the team has signed Grand Tour stars Mikel Landa and Wout Poels, as well as Mark Cavendish, the most successful Grand Tour sprinter of all time.

Joining Ellingworth’s new senior executive team are ex World Tour pro and British National Road Race Champion Roger Hammond, in the role of Performance Director, and Duncan Bradley, a founding member of McLaren’s Applied Technologies business – as the team’s inaugural Technical Director. They join Brent Copeland who moves to the new position of Operations Director, and Charlie Pym, who joins the team as Marketing Director.

John Allert, Joint Managing Director of Team Bahrain McLaren commented: “This is a great moment in the story of our team – joining forces with Bahrain World Tour Cycling Team to challenge the conventions of a sport we love and respect is exciting for everyone involved. We hope to give cycling’s passionate fans something new to cheer – this is a team built for tomorrow, with a great respect for the past. McLaren will bring technology to the team, a culture of continuous improvement, dynamic marketing and innovation forged in the most technically demanding sport in the world – F1. However, this is a phenomenally competitive sport, and we don’t underestimate the challenges nor the strength of our competition.”

Team Bahrain McLaren welcomes a number of new, industry leading partners to the World Tour. Joining the team’s technical bike partner, Merida, and Bahrain’s national oil company Bapco, are premium British performance apparel brand Le Col, as official race clothing partner, and Muc-off, the innovative cleaning and lubricant brand. Super luxury watch brand Richard Mille enters cycling for the first time, as does respected global news broadcaster CNBC.

The team’s strong connection to the Kingdom of Bahrain is represented by the proud and continuing support of Mumtalakat, the Bahrain Economic Development Board, Batelco, NBB, Alba, First Energy Bank B.S.C. and Lulu Hypermarket, amongst many others.

Team Bahrain McLaren will also be working with a number of pro cycling’s most impressive technical partners – including leading edge helmet and eyewear brand Rudy Project, premium race shoe brand Sidi, cycling luggage innovator Scicon and Elite trainers.

Milan Erzen, co-founder of Team Bahrain Merida and Joint Managing Director of Team Bahrain McLaren commented: “Today is a great moment for the entire team. We are indebted to the Kingdom of Bahrain for the support and belief it has had in this team right from the beginning of our journey in 2016. As we start this new and exciting chapter, we look forward to further promoting the benefits of our great sport to the Bahrain community, and giving them, as well as all our international fans and partners, plenty to cheer about in 2020.”

A dynamic new look for a dynamic new team:

Circus Increases its Commitment to Wanty-Gobert
The cycling structure Wanty Gobert will change name in 2020. The UCI Pro Team on the road, under the arm of the Want You Cycling structure will become Circus – Wanty Gobert as from the 1st of January. Circus, the subsidiary of the Belgian family-owned group GAMING1, an active player in casino, game rooms and sports betting, increases its commitment to the Belgian team which it supported since 2017 by becoming title partner number 1.

Gaming1, subsidiary of the Belgian family-owned Ardent Group through it’s entertainment division, is present in Belgium and in seven other countries. Circus offers casino and online and offline sports betting. Circus, visible on the back of Wanty-Gobert’s race shorts since 2017, is a key actor in Belgian sport. Besides its partnership with Corendon-Circus, with Mathieu Van der Poel, Circus is also present in football since its sponsorship for Standard de Liège in 2018. Circus, loyal to its will to accompany black-yellow-red projects, will become title sponsor of Circus-Wanty Gobert for the next three seasons with the will to accompany the team to the top of international cycling and to expand internationally.

Emmanuel Mewissen (CEO Ardent Group): “After three nice seasons of Wanty Gobert, with their performances at the Tour de France – the biggest race in the world – as an apotheosis, we wanted to accompany them in their progression. To strengthen our partnership with team Wanty-Gobert makes a lot of sense for us. Actually, even if Circus stays loyal to its Belgian roots, we are developing internationally, with a strong expansion in casino’s in France for example. The cyclocross project, sponsored by Tormans, will be named Tormans Cyclo Cross Team. The team, directed by the structure Want You Cycling of Jean-François Bourlart, will kick off 1st of January at the cyclocross in Baal (Belgium) with Quinten Hermans and Corné Van Kessel. Both cyclocross specialists will defend the colours of Tormans, a group of engineers in Antwerp, for the next three seasons, with the appearance of a UCI Cyclo Cross Team for the season 2020-2021 with Women and U23 riders.”

Jean-François Bourlart (general manager): “Our structure reaches a new threshold thanks to the switchover of Circus to main sponsor, Wanty and Gobert, supporting our project since 2014 as title partners and continuing as active board members of Want You Cycling, enabled us to open the doors of the team for new partners. The name’s changeover from Wanty-Goupe Gobert to Wanty Gobert during the off-season allowed symbolically the association of a new company to the team name. Tormans was a first candidate, but will stay title partner of our cyclo-cross project, with also a good visibility on the road. The magnitude of Circus in our project increases again. Our structure grew a lot since I took the commands in 2001. We arrived at a hinge moment in the history of our team after three participations in the Tour de France. The UCI submitted new rules, motivating us even more to stay at the top of the best UCI Pro Teams, in order to qualify automatically for the World Tour races. This change in partners brings a new impetus to our project. Wanty and Gobert, accompanying the team for more than ten years, continue to support us at their scale. Circus reflects our image: a family-owned group, 100% Belgian and with a continuing growth. We never shot ahead, by progressing through the levels reasonably. We wish to sustain our momentum with Circus-Wanty Gobert! Alongside, our cyclocross project with Tormans stays a priority. We’re ready to get started the 1st of January in the mud in Baal with Quinten Hermans and Corné Van Kessel, but also with Fabien Doubey and Xandro Meurisse, rediscovering their first love. We want to build Tormans Cyclo Cross Team to one of the landmark projects of the discipline, by relying upon the best female and U23 riders as from next winter.”

Benoit Soenen (CEO Groupe Wanty): “The Wanty Group is proud of the level reached by our team. We support the project as main partners since 2013, and we will continue to contribute with all our support in the future. We always shared the same vision with Jean-François Bourlart, the team has to grow. This happens since several years thanks to the Want You Club, our business club which doesn’t cease its development. But also by offering an opening in the name of the team to another company. We consolidate the team Circus-Wanty Gobert which, I’m convinced, will again reach a new sportive level on both the road and in cyclocross.”

Ronald Gobert (CEO Groupe Gobert): “Groupe Gobert and cycling teams, it’s a long love story. It began almost 15 years ago, when it was still VC Ath with Storez Ledecq Materials. Our commitment will always be present, and the arrival of Circus as main partner corresponds to the philosophy of our project, in which we were ready to gradually reduce our place in the name. Firstly, by switching from Groupe Gobert to Gobert, and afterwards by becoming Circus-Wanty Gobert. Just like Wanty, Gobert and Tormans, Circus is a family-owned group. We already experienced intense emotions, during the Tour de France and elsewhere, and I’m convinced that many more will follow thanks to this growing project!”

Jan Tormans (CEO Tormans Group): “Everything went very fast, both for the team and for our group, Tormans. We decided to incorporate this project for three years, with a focus on cyclocross. The arrival of Circus as title partner for the road team allows the structure to evolve. The road team of course, but also the cyclocross project. We keep the same ambition with Tormans Cyclo Cross Team: become one of the reference teams in cyclocross. We can start to build the future, by recruiting the best U23 and female riders. I’m looking forward to the kick off in Baal 1st of January with Quinten Hermans and Corné Van Kessel in the colours of the Tormans Cyclo Cross Team.”

Hilaire Van der Schueren (DS): “Our will is to continue our progress both on the road and in cyclocross. We want to become one of the best, if not the best cyclocross team in the world. In this regard, we won’t only concentrate on the pro men, we also want to reinforce the team with elite women and U23 riders. The road season is also approaching, and I’m happy to see that everybody is preparing well. We’ll continue to target the position of best UCI Pro Team in the World Ranking for the next three years. The partnerships with Circus and Tormans enable us, on the financial side, to reinforce our team to reach our goal.”

Vital Concept B&B Hotels Swap Orbea for KTM
Vital Concept-B&B Hotels will race on KTM bikes in 2020. After two seasons, the French team has ended its collaboration with Orbea after two years to join forces with the Austrian bike manufacturer, KTM.

The French announced on Wednesday in a press release that they would be riding KTM bikes next season. The Revelator Alto model is used for climbing and the Revelator Lisse will be used by Bryan Coquard and his lead-out men in the sprints and on the flat roads.

“We were looking for a strong partner to guide our development,” said team manager Jérôme Pineau. “We strive to develop high-quality products and to continue to grow our partner as a top manufacturer of bicycles. KTM will benefit from improved visibility and we rely on their undeniable technical expertise and financial strength.”

Sebastian Schönberger, who comes over from Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia-KTM, is already familiar with the models the team will ride. “When I discovered these models last year, it felt like driving a sports car: stiff, fast and with great brakes. My new teammates will now experience it in the same way. The team and KTM have set up a win-win situation.”

Schönberger is not the only newcomer to Vital Concept-B&B Hotels. In total, six riders will make the switch to the French team, which will be called B&B Hotels-Vital Concept next season. Belgians Jens Debusschere and Frederik Backaert and Dutchman Tom-Jelte Slagter also join the team. Bryan Coquard and Pierre Rolland remain the most important riders.

KTM Revelator Lisse:

Lotto Soudal Gets Three-Year WorldTour License
Good news for Lotto Soudal: The team is assured of a place in the WorldTour for the coming three seasons. Lotto Soudal, who has been active in cycling under various names since 1985, was on the list of nineteen teams that are eligible for a three-year WorldTour license, but now has the final approval of the UCI’s license committee. Deceuninck – Quick-Step and Jumbo-Visma are also on this list. The UCI assesses the teams on administrative, ethical, financial, organisational and sporting criteria. The requirements are often no problem for the teams that have applied.

The future is good for Lotto Soudal:

WorldTour License for Cofidis, Mitchelton-Scott Still Waiting
The UCI has published a list of teams that are assured of a place in the WorldTour in the coming three seasons. Of the nineteen team that have submitted an application, eighteen teams are now certain of a license. However, the UCI still has to make a judgment about the fate of Mitchelton-Scott.

On Tuesday, Lotto Soudal announced that it had received a license, the UCI also had good news for seventeen other teams that had applied. Israel Cycling Academy and Cofidis are heading for a WorldTour license next year, but the question is whether Mitchelton-Scott will join them in 2020.

The team of the Yates brothers, Esteban Chaves and Daryl Impey will have to wait a while for the news, as the license committee of the UCI are still looking at the request from Mitchelton-Scott. A final decision will be taken “as quickly as possible,” the UCI said.

Teams with WorldTour license (2020-2022):
AG2R La Mondiale, Astana, Bahrain-McLaren, BORA-hansgrohe, CCC, Cofidis, Deceuninck – Quick-Step, EF Education First, Groupama-FDJ, Israel Cycling Academy, Jumbo-Visma, Lotto Soudal, Movistar, NTT Pro Cycling, Team Ineos, Team Sunweb, Trek-Segafredo, UAE Team Emirates

No crash for Mitchelton-Scott, we hope:

Mitchelton-Scott Waiting for WWT License
The UCI international cycling union has given seven women’s teams a Women’s WorldTour license for the coming seasons. CCC-Liv, Team Sunweb and Canyon SRAM will be on a WWT license from next year. Mitchelton-Scott, the team of world champion Annemiek van Vleuten, will have to wait a while for the news. The UCI has announced in a press release that the licensing committee will shortly be taking another look at the files. According to the cycling union, a decision will be made as soon as possible. The other seven teams that have applied for a WWT license received the good news on Tuesday. In addition to CCC-Liv, Team Sunweb and Canyon-SRAM, there is also Alé BTC Ljubljana, FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope, Movistar Team and Trek-Segafredo.

Boels-Dolmans had previously announced that they would not register as a Women’s WorldTour team. The Dutch top team will lose both main sponsors after 2020 and could therefore not give guarantees with the current sponsors until the end of 2023. At Boels-Dolmans, Anna van der Breggen, Chantal Blaak and Jolien D’hoore are under contract.

Teams with Women’s WorldTour license (2020-2023):
Alé BTC Ljubljana, Canyon SRAM Racing, CCC-Liv, FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope, Movistar Team, Team Sunweb, Trek-Segafredo.

Liege’19 winner: Annemiek Van Vleuten:

Lars Boom Ends Road Career, For Off-Road
Lars Boom has brought his road cycling career to an end. The 33-year-old could not find a new team, after Roompot-Charles announced earlier this year that they would stop after 2019. Boom still has an ongoing contract for some cyclo-cross races, but from now on he will focus on an off-road career, Boom announced through his management to WielerFlits.

The 2008 cyclocross World champion and winner of the Paris-Roubaix stage in the Tour de France of 2014 may still ride a few times on the road: “We do not exclude that he – maybe at a lower level – will race on the road. However, this will be in extra to the gravel and mountain bike competitions. That is where Lars now has the highest priority,” explained his management.

After it became clear that Roompot-Charles would stop, Boom considered his future. “I have had a great and long road career, with a number of great victories and good placings that I am proud of. By stopping my current team, there was an opportunity to shift my focus to a passion that I have cherished for some time. Those are gravel and beach races, as well as MTB marathons.”

Boom was Dutch MTB marathon champion twice, in 2017 and 2018, this year he was second, also having previously won the national title on the road and time trial. It is not yet known which team he is going to shape his new ambitions with. “There are a number of options that we are currently investigating,” says Boom. “As soon as things are concrete, I will make my choice known.”

Lars Boom in the Berencross’19:

Rory Sutherland Breaks Leg
The Israel Cycling Academy presented its selection for 2020, but Rory Sutherland was missing. The 37-year-old Australian broke his thigh during a training camp in Croatia. It is not yet known how long the Australian will be out of circulation.

Sutherland raced for UAE Emirates last year, but after two years he had to look for another team. A contract with the Israel WorldTour wasn’t long in coming. The experienced rider previously rode for UnitedHealthcare, Tinkoff-Saxo and Movistar.

Sutherland training in liege:
Liege - Belgium wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Rory SUTHERLAND (Australia / UAE Team Emirates) - Rooijakkers Pauliena (Netherlands / WaowDeals Pro Cycling) pictured at the col de la Redoute during the reconnaissance of the Liege-Bastogne-Liege 2018 cycling race on April 20, 2018 in Liege, Belgium, 20/04/2018 - photo PdV/PN/Cor Vos © 2018

Rolf Aldag becomes Team Manager at Canyon // SRAM
Rolf Aldag will be working at Canyon // SRAM next season. The ex rider, who leaves the technical staff of Dimension Data after four years, will take a seat on the German team management.

“I am proud that Rolf wants to work with us. That proves that we have taken many steps in recent years,” team manager Ronny Lauke told radsport-news.com. “I think his experience will help us a lot and Rolf can move the team forward in different areas.”

Three months ago it was announced that the roads of Dimension Data and performance manager Rolf Aldag were going separate ways at the end of the season. The former pro, who previously worked for Etixx – Quick-Step, was in his fourth year with the South African team.

Rolf Aldag with Bernie Eisel:

Richardson and Krieger Last Contracts for Corendon Circus
Corendon-Circus will start the 2020 cycling season with 27 riders. A big roster for a ProContinental team, But there are riders who will mainly concentrate on mountain biking and cyclocross. Alexander Krieger and Alexander Richardson are the last two riders to sign contracts for the 2020 season, WielerFlits report.

Alexander Richardson
The 29-year-old Richardson has only been cycling since 2015. After the British rider won the Lincoln Classic and in Maldegem last year, the Canyon-DHB p/b Bloor Homes team decided to give him a chance and he won his first UCI race earlier this year in the Arno Wallaard Memorial. About a month later he was also first in the final stage of the Tour de Maribelle. He also won two other races, the Puivelde Koerse and Zwevezele Koerse.

Alexander Krieger
Krieger is a 28-year-old German who makes his professional debut. Riding for the Luxembourg Continental team; Leopard, he has made a name for himself in recent years, with a host of placings in a range of one-day races. The fast man didn’t win, but he was always good for UCI points.

With the arrival of the British and the German riders, Corendon-Circus is ready for the coming season and are now at their first training camp. Mathieu van der Poel didn’t ride the ‘cross races in Essen and Zonhoven to stay on at the training camp with his new teammates. The team managers had an enormous choice, as many riders offered themselves to the team. Steve Cummings and Pieter Weening amongst others, but without success.

Alexander Krieger:

Minali to Delko Marseille Provence
Riccardo Minali will continue his career in 2020 at Delko Marseille Provence. The Italian sprinter comes from the Israel Cycling Academy, where he was under contract for only one season, but did not get a new contract.

The 24-year-old Minali has been a professional for three seasons. He debuted in 2017 with Astana, that year he was seventh in the Dubai Tour, among other things. In his second season Minali managed to take his first two professional victories, both in the Tour de Langkawi. Last year, fourth place in the Gooikse Pijl was his best result for the Israel Cycling Academy.

Riccardo Minali looks back on a difficult 2019: “I hope to grab my revenge next season, because as a sprinter I am hungry and want to win,” he says. “I am convinced that with this new team I am in the right place to show myself again.”

Riccardo Minali:

Monsalve Suspended After Positive Tests for Three Substances
Jonathan Monsalve has been suspended by the UCI for four years, after he was found positive with several prohibited substances. The Venezuelan cyclist will not be able to race until 20 July 2023.

Monsalve tested positive on the 21st of July and the 18th of September of this year. Traces of anabolic steroids, the carcinogen GW1516 and Ligandrol were found. The latter was previously found by the anti-doping agency WADA in race horses. It has about the same effect as anabolic steroids, because it stimulates muscle growth. GW1516 is an experimental drug that ensures a higher concentration of good cholesterol. It was used to combat diabetes, among other things, but turned out to be carcinogenic. In 2013 several cyclists were caught taking GW1516.

Monsalve debuted in 2011 with Androni Giocattoli and then rode for Vini Fantini, Neri Sottoli and Southeast. Since 2017, the Venezuelan has been riding for Chinese continental teams. In 2017, Monsalve won the Tour of Qinghai Lake and early this year he was the best in a stage during the Vuelta al Tachira.

Jonathan Monsalve:

Wilmar Paredes suspension now official
In April this year, it was announced that Wilmar Paredes was provisionally suspended by the UCI after he had tested positive for EPO. The provisional sentence has been converted into a four-year suspension, which takes effect from 27th February 2019. As a result, the Colombian is allowed to race again after 26 February 2023. Until his suspension, Paredes rode for the Colombian Manzana-Postobon team. The team stopped during this season, thanks in part to the positive test from Paredes.

Wilmar Paredes:

Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne Presents New Course
The Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne organisers have announced the new course for 2020 three months before the start of the Belgian semi-Classic. The 72nd edition of K-B-K promises to be a lot harder for the riders, with a passage through the Zwalm region and only one lap in Kuurne.

The riders will still start in the hippodrome of Kuurne in 2020. In recent years, the race often ended in a mass sprint, although the Luxembourg champion Bob Jungels finished solo this season. “I think it’s time to do something else,” said race director Peter Debaveye in a press release. “We have our tradition as a sprinters race, but the sprinters will find it a lot harder next year. After the Eikenmolen, we are already turning towards Zottegem. For safety reasons, we want to race on wider roads this time.”

After the Bossenaarstraat and a passage through Ronse the course goes towards a new climb: the Mont Saint-Laurent. Via the Vloesberg it goes on to the Kruisberg, where the riders hit the “old” course again. The Oude Kwaremont, one of the possible deciders, is now less than sixty kilometres from the finish. This is to the disadvantage of the sprinters.

The sprinters present will not only have to survive the Oude Kwaremont, there is also a section through the Zwalm region. “This region is known for its rolling roads, where the wind has free rein,” said Debaveye. The final also promises to be tricky with a cobblestone section near the Vossenhol, after which the riders will head towards the finish in Kuurne.

In the past the race was decided after two local laps of just 15 kilometres, but the organisers have now opted for one local circuit. Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne will be held on Sunday, March 1, traditionally the day after Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. This year the victory went to Jungels, ahead of Owain Doull and Niki Terpstra.

Kuurne 2020 course map:

UAE Team Emirates Begin Winter Training Camp in Spain
UAE Team Emirates will head to the Spanish city of Benidorm from 9-20 December for their winter team training camp in preparation for the 2020 season.

The camp will be held at the Hotel Melia and marks the teams second pre-season gathering after a successful team-building camp in UAE in late October. There the riders participated in many events with team sponsors as well as with the UAE Team Emirates Youth Academy set-up for young aspiring cyclists from UAE.

The camp in Benidorm will be more focused on the forthcoming season, and will see all thirty riders as well as all the team staff members come together to train, plan and prepare for the forthcoming year.

During the camp the team will also hold its official Media Day on the 17th December at the Hotel Melia where press from around the world are invited to meet the staff and riders as they prepare for the next season.

UAE Team Emirates training:

Mitchelton-Scott Completes Team for 2020
Mitchelton-Scott is ready for next season. According to a press release from the Australian team they will have 28 riders in 2020, with the top men being the Yates brothers, Esteban Chaves, Luka Mezgec and Daryl Impey.

Team manager Matthew White expects a lot from the next year. “We can look back on a fantastic season with 35 wins. We hope to win many races again next year. The goal is to perform the entire season, from January to October. There will be few other changes.”

White is referring to the past transfer season, for example, Mitchelton-Scott only lost one rider, although the departure of Matteo Trentin to CCC will be a loss. New riders Kaden Groves, Alexander Konychev and Barnabás Peak have joined the team, and the experienced Andrey Zeits also signed a contract.

“It is always good to have new faces, they provide a fresh breeze,” said White. “Kaden, Alexander and Barnabás have to strengthen our sprint and classic group, while Andrey has joined for the Grand Tours. It is always good to think of the long term as a team.”

Mitchelton-Scott is still waiting for a WorldTour license for 2020-2022. The team expects to receive the green light from the UCI within a few days. The management did not hand in some papers on time, which means that the UCI needs more time to approve the complete files of the men’s and women’s teams.

Mitchelton-Scott Team for 2020:
Edoardo Affini, Michael Albasini (until the Tour of Switzerland), Jack Bauer, Sam Bewley, Brent Bookwalter, Esteban Chaves, Luke Durbridge, Alex Edmondson, Tsgabu Grmay, Kaden Groves (new), Jack Haig, Lucas Hamilton, Michael Hepburn, Damien Howson, Daryl Impey, Chris Juul-Jensen, Alexander Konychev (new), Cameron Meyer, Luka Mezgec, Mikel Nieve, Barnabás Peák (new), Nick Schultz, Callum Scotson, Dion Smith, Robert Stannard, Adam Yates, Simon Yates, Andrey Zeits (new).

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