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EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!

Bad news for Chris Froome and the Ineos team as he crashes out of the Dauphiné and probably the rest of the 2019 season. Jarlinson Pantano and the Manzana Postobon team in trouble – Top Story. On the race front: All the results and video from the Critérium de Dauphiné and the OVO Energy Women’s Tour. Tour de Suisse and GP du Canton d’Argovie teams previews, Jumbo-Visma Tour team, Thomas De Gendt to ride all three Grand Tours, Dries Devenyns to stay with Deceuninck – Quick-Step, ride along the Champs-Élysées, 2020 UEC Road European Championships and Nikki Brammeier retires to have baby. Thursday news time!

Froome Out of the Dauphiné and Tour de France
Before the stage 4 time trial, Ineos team leader, Chris Froome, crashed while making a recon of the course. It seems he hit a wall at speed and sustained several injuries. Ineos team manager, David Brailsford confirmed: “Froome fell in a high-speed descent. He hit a wall. The ambulance was quick. The doctors then took care of him, after which he was taken to the hospital. It is a very serious accident. To be clear, he will not be at the start of the Tour de France. It will be a long time before he can race again.” Obviously Froome did not start the time trial and will not ride the Tour de France.

Team Ineos Statement:
Froome sustains multiple serious injuries

Team INEOS can confirm that Chris Froome sustained multiple serious injuries during a recon of stage four of the Criterium du Dauphine today (Wednesday). The 34 year old crashed towards the end of his route recon in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, sustaining injuries including a fractured right femur, a fractured elbow and fractured ribs. Froome has subsequently been ruled out of the rest of the race and will also miss the 2019 Tour de France.

Team Doctor, Richard Usher, said: “Chris was taken to Roanne Hospital where initial examinations confirmed multiple injuries, most notably a fractured right femur and right elbow. He has also suffered fractured ribs. He is now being airlifted to St Etienne University Hospital for further treatment. On behalf of the Team, I would like to commend the treatment he received from the emergency services and all at Roanne Hospital in assessing and stabilizing him. We will now turn our focus towards supporting him in his recovery.”

Team Principal, Sir Dave Brailsford, added: “Our primary focus now is obviously on ensuring Chris gets the very best possible care, which he will do, so he can recover as soon as possible. “One of our big strengths on this team is coming together in difficult moments, and we will ensure we do everything possible to support Chris and his family.”

Brailsford continued: “Even though we all recognize the risks involved in our sport, it’s always traumatic when a rider crashes and sustains serious injuries. Chris had worked incredibly hard to get in fantastic shape and was on track for the Tour, which unfortunately he will now miss. One of the things which sets Chris apart is his mental strength and resilience – and we will support him totally in his recovery, help him to recalibrate and assist him in pursuing his future goals and ambitions.” Everyone at Team INEOS wishes Chris well in his recovery.

TOP STORY: Pantano Ends His Career
Jarlinson Pantano has put an end to his career. Two months ago it was announced that the Colombian climber had been caught using EPO. “I have decided not to fight,” he told Colombian media. Pantano has thrown in the towel, but he insists on being innocent. “I know I didn’t do anything wrong. My biological passport has been checked 60 times, with the same results every time. It just isn’t right,” said the former Trek-Segafredo rider. “I also have a foundation where I teach children not to use doping.”

Why is Pantano not trying to clear his name? “I decided not to fight the UCI because it costs a lot of money. I don’t want to drag my family into this. I don’t have to prove anything anymore and don’t hold a grudge. I only have good memories of my time as a cyclist.”

“Yet I wonder why I am the victim,” said Pantano, who has had a difficult time. “And it’s still a difficult situation. I never expected to end my career this way. I had a rough time, just like my family. I just feel cheated.” Pantano started his professional career in 2012 with the ProContinental Colombia Coldeportes team. Two years later he made his breakthrough, attracting the attention of WorldTour team IAM Cycling. While riding with the Swiss formation, he won a stage in the Tour de France and the Tour of Switzerland, among others.

After the disappearance of IAM Cycling, Pantano signed a contract with Trek-Segafredo. Last year the Colombian managed to win a stage of the Tour of Catalunya, although he did have a lot of injuries.

Pantano winning Catalunya’18 stage 5:
Vielha Val d’Aran - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Jarlinson PANTANO GOMEZ (Columbia / Team Trek Segafredo) pictured during 98th Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (2.UWT) stage 5 from Llívia to Vielha Val d’Aran (212.9KM) - 23-03-2018 - photo Luis Gomez/Cor Vos © 2018

Ban for the Non-Existent Manzana Postobon Team
The UCI has suspended the now defunct Colombian Manzana Postobon team for 45 days after the recent doping cases. The UCI announces in a statement that the punishment starts the moment the formation requests another license. In April it was announced that Wilmar Paredes (22) was caught using EPO, while not long after that Juan José Amador also gave a doping positive. Because of the two doping cases, the UCI called in its disciplinary committee to hand out a possible suspension. However, the company behind the team did not want to wait for the final decision, and pulled the plug on the project. Because of this all the riders were suddenly unemployed.

Manzana Postobon may no longer exist as a cycling team, but the UCI disciplinary committee has decided to suspend the team for 45 days. The suspension will only start when the team registers for international competition or applies for a license.

Pantano visits the Manzana-Postobon team at la Vuelta:

Critérium de Dauphiné 2019
Belgium’s Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida) took the victory at the end of an epic Stage 2 in the 71st Critérium du Dauphiné as he outclassed Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Gobert) in a two-man sprint a few seconds before the group of the favorites on a very competitive day of racing. The 27 year old also moved into the overall lead, almost two years after his last win, the general classification of the 2017 Arctic Race of Norway.

13 riders in the lead, including Dumoulin and Alaphilippe
154 riders took the start of stage 2 of the 71st Critérium du Dauphiné in Mauriac. Davide Ballerini (Astana) was the first attacker before Mikael Chérel (AG2R-La Mondiale), Gregor Mühlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe), Lennard Hofstede (Jumbo-Visma) and Julien Bernard (Trek-Segafredo) rode away from the peloton. They were rejoined by Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) but up the Côte de Moussages (cat. 2, km 11), a royal breakaway took shape with 14 riders: Michal Kwiatkowski (Ineos), Jack Haig (Mitchelton-Scott), Benoit Cosnefroy (AG2R-La Mondiale), Julian Alaphilippe and Cavagna (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Emanuel Buchmann and Gregor Mühlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe), Gorka Izagirre (Astana), Ruben Fernandez (Movistar), David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ), Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma), Carl Fredrik Hagen (Lotto Soudal), Alessandro De Marchi (CCC) and Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb). Kwiatkowski was called back to the pack by Team Ineos who seized the command of the peloton as Stefan de Bod was also reined in after being sent in between the 13 escapees and the bunch by Dimension Data, the team of race leader Edvald Boasson Hagen.

A leading quintet at Brioude
The breakaway group recorded a maximum advantage of 1:50 atop the côte de Cheylade, km 46, after Chris Froome had a flat tyre. The triple winner of the Critérium du Dauphiné was dragged back to the pack and his team kept chasing strongly as the front group comprised big names like Alaphilippe, Dumoulin, Buchmann, Izagirre and Gaudu who are potential yellow-blue jersey contenders. Following several withdrawals including those of Stephen Cummings (Dimension Data) and Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis), the peloton split in two parts with green jersey wearer Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) caught at the back. In the feed zone (km 96), Cavagna rode away solo from the leading group. He was later chased by Cosnefroy, Alaphilippe, Hagen and De Marchi. The quintet passed Brioude (km 111), the hometown of Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale), with an advantage of 20 seconds over their former breakaway companions and 1:25 over the peloton led by Ineos.

Teuns and Martin, brave hearts
After the 13-man front group was reunited and Cavagna attacked a second time, Dumoulin accelerated up the côte de la Baraque with 52km to go. Buchmann, Gaudu and Izagirre went with him. De Marchi briefly rejoined them but struggled to hold the pace. The leading quartet was reeled in with 35km to go. 12 riders formed a new front group 30km before the end: Gilbert and Petr Vakoc (Deceuninck – Quick-Step), Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida), Serge Pauwels and Pawel Bernas (CCC), Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Gobert), Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ), Chérel (AG2R-La Mondiale), Alexey Lutsenko (Astana), Darwin Atapuma (Cofidis), Rob Power (Sunweb) and Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin). Teuns and G. Martin rode away in the last climb of the day, the côte de St-Victor-sur-Arlanc, with 20km to go. Chris Froome and Wout Poels (Ineos), Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), Jakob Fuglsang and Lutsenko (Astana), Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Michael Woods (EF Education First) and Vakoc formed the strong group of the favorites (without Romain Bardet, Richie Porte, Dan Martin and Steven Kruijswijk who stayed behind) but they didn’t manage to come across to Teuns and Martin. In a slightly uphill finish in Craponne-sur-Arzon, the Belgian who previously made the top 3 in Flèche Wallonie and the Tour of Lombardy proved to be a little bit faster than the Frenchman. Teuns is the new leader of the Dauphiné.

Stage winner and overall leader, Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida): “I’m super happy with this. This is something special. My last win was in Poland almost 24 months ago and this one is also a really nice victory.”

2nd on the stage and overall, Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Gobert): “We’ve had everything during this stage, with a very fast and exhausting start with fog and rain, then crosswinds before an offensive final, as I like it. I end this stage a little bit frustrated, because I had an excellent feeling and because this kind of stages suits me really well. I wanted to attack and I was in the front with Teuns. I knew he was a true Puncher and I am a bad sprinter. So I risked everything and didn’t relay anymore during the last kilometer. I wanted to surprise him, and finally I didn’t do too badly, as it was difficult for him to come next to me. It was only several meters too long, it is a pity, because I really wanted to win today. I have the feeling that I really passed a limit. I am regular compared to the cream of global cycling. I got 26 yesterday and I am really motivated to show something in these kind of races, in this Dauphiné, before starting the Tour de France. I arrive at a physical maturity and the integration of my trainer Samuel Bellenoue in the Wanty-Gobert staff brings me serenity. I prepared this period well with two altitude training camps. I am very motivated to perform, and not delay something I can do today. I will attack again, maybe not tomorrow, but next weekend!”

6th on the stage and 4th overall, Alexey Lutsenko (Astana): “It was a really hard stage, not only because of the rhythm and the terrain but also the rain and the cold. I rode to help Jakob [Fulgsang] who is racing here for GC. We had to close on the breakaway riders. I’m happy to get the green jersey. Maybe tomorrow I’ll take it easy and I’ll work for the GC with Jakob but personally I’m here to prepare for the Tour de France.”

16th on the stage, Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe): “I felt quite good today, and as the attacks started I went with them because we knew it will be a day for breakaways. In the breakaway we worked well together. But as the break fell apart, I gave it a try and attacked once again, unfortunately it didn’t work out. And on the final climb, on the last meters, everything exploded. After being the whole day in the strong breakaway, I missed some power and was in the third group. Therefore, I decided to go with my pace to limit any time losses. Tomorrow is a chance for Sam followed by a time trial day.”

Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma): “It’s been a very difficult day but we still managed to keep an interesting position. I was close to losing the white jersey when I got dropped in the last climb. Eventually, I keep it but it won’t last for long. I can’t make it a goal for the end of the week. I got a good news this morning because the team decided to not take Primoz Roglic to the Tour de France after the Giro. It means I’m in. It’s a superb opportunity for me to take part in the Tour de France.”

Critérium de Dauphiné Stage 2 Result:
1. Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-Merida in 4:12:41
2. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Gobert
3. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana at 0:13
4. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
5. Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First
6. Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana
7. Petr Vakoc (Cze) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
8. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar
9. Wout Poels (Ned) Ineos
10. Adam Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott.

Critérium de Dauphiné Overall After Stage 2:
1. Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-Merida in 7:37:03
2. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Gobert at 0:03
3. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana at 0:20
4. Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana at 0:21
5. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 0:24
6. Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First
7. Wout Poels (Ned) Team Ineos
8. Chris Froome (GB) Team Ineos
9. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
10. Adam Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott.

Stage 2:

Ireland’s Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) won Stage 3 of the 71st Critérium du Dauphiné in a bunch gallop in Riom. Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) and Davide Ballerini rounded out the podium. Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida) retained the overall lead ahead of the 26.1km individual time trial in Roanne.

Berhane and Pacher from the gun
145 riders took the start of stage 3 in Le Puy-en-Velay. Natnael Berhane (Cofidis) and Quentin Pacher (Vital Concept-B&B Hôtels) rode away right after flag off. Berhane passed the côte d’Allègre (cat. 4, km 24.5) in first position with an advantage of 3:55 over the peloton. A maximum time gap of 4:05 was recorded at km 30. The Bahrain-Merida team of race leader Dylan Teuns set the tempo of the peloton on a moderated speed as the leading duo covered only 37km in the first hour, after which Arkea-Samsic and Bora-Hansgrohe seized the command of the pack with the aim of a bunch sprint finish. Deceuninck-Quick Step came in help with 65km to go.

KOM points for Berhane
Berhane went on to collect one point at the top of each climb: côte d’Augerolles (km 105.5), côte de Courpière (km 117.5) and côte de Coulaud (km 121). One hour before the end, the deficit of the peloton was reduced to less than one minute with the same teams of the sprinters swapping turns at the head of the pack at a moderated speed. It was all together again with 12km to go as the bunch delayed the regrouping as much as possible. The Bora-Hansgrohe paved the way at perfection for Bennett who launched his sprint with 200 meters to go and took his time to celebrate his first ever stage victory at the Critérium du Dauphiné before he crossed the line. It’s his seventh win this year.

Stage winner, Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe): “I am super happy to take the win today. It’s certainly not just my victory, the team rode absolutely amazing today and the support I got is what made that win look so easy! Therefore, a huge thanks to the whole team for the effort. Let’s hope the legs are still good for stage 5 in two days.”

Overall leader, Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida): “It wasn’t easy to recover from yesterday’s efforts during today’s stage because of the bad weather. The cold also made the race really hard but I had no issues in the finale so everything went well for my first day in the yellow-blue jersey. It’s a big day tomorrow, also for me to try and keep the jersey. At the Tour of Valencia, I was only one second slower than Tony Martin in the individual time trial and I’m now in a really good shape so I have to believe in myself. I’ve prepared very well for the Dauphiné and what’s coming after. I’m really happy about the form. Hopefully it’ll give me some more success soon.”

4th on the stage, Clément Venturini (AG2R-La Mondiale): “I tried to follow the movement of the sprint teams, but I was hanging out in the wind in the final, and I ended up launching my sprint already a length behind.”

19th on the stage and 2nd overall, Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Gobert): “We could have spent a calm day in the peloton knowing the flat stage profile, but it was far from that. The cold and the rain provoked an ice cold day. I’ve really known a difficult moment after 50 kilometer, so I am happy to arrive at the end of this stage unhindered. The individual time trial, if I start it as 2nd or as 20th in classification, is anyway not my specialty. I expect to suffer and to lose time, but of course I want to limit the losses in this time trial which alternates long straights and sections with a slight downhill slope. I am especially impatient to start the battle in the mountains again on Friday.”

Critérium de Dauphiné Stage 3 Result:
1. Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe in 4:15:25
2. Wout Van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma
3. Davide Ballerini (Ita) Astana
4. Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
5. Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
6. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
7. Alvaro Hodeg (Col) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
8. Jens Debusschere (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin
9. Luka Mezgec (Slo) Mitchelton-Scott
10. Bjorg Lambrecht (Bel) Lotto Soudal.

Critérium de Dauphiné Overall After Stage 3:
1. Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-Merida in 11:52:28
2. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Gobert at 0:03
3. Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana at 0:20
4. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana at
5. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 0:24
6. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
7. Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First
8. Chris Froome (GB) Ineos
9. Wout Poels (Ned) Ineos
10. Adam Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott.

Stage 3:

Former cyclo-cross world champion Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) created a huge surprise in beating the time trial specialists to claim his first victory of the 2019 season with Stage 4 of the 71st Critérium du Dauphiné. Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First) and Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) rounded the podium and Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) moved into the yellow-blue jersey with a small advantage of four seconds over Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida) but the sad news of the day was the serious crash of Chris Froome at training. The four-time winner of the Tour de France will miss the race this July.

Alex Dowsett set the time to beat
142 riders took part in the 26.1km long individual time trial around Roanne. Chris Froome was a non-starter after he crashed during the recon 10.5km before the finish. Blown away by a gust of wind, he hit a wall and will miss the Tour de France due to serious injuries. Jaco Venter (Dimension Data), Julius van den Berg (EF Education First), James Whelan (EF Education First), Martijn Tusveld (Sunweb) successively scored a best time at the finish before Alex Dowsett (Katusha-Alpecin) set a time of reference at the average speed of 44.4km/h.

Wout van Aert dethrones Tom Dumoulin
Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck – Quick-Stop) was first to complete the course over 45km/h but his joy of holding the best performance was short lived as his team-mate Julian Alaphilippe rode 11 seconds faster than him despite announcing in the morning that he wouldn’t give it all. However, it was before Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) was on the road. The Dutchman tied up with the current world’s number in the first part of the race but rode one second per kilometer faster than him to score a new best time at the finish: 34:25 at 45.5km/h. It didn’t stay as the best because Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) rode sensationally. The young Belgian had 18 seconds of an advantage over the former world champion for ITT at the intermediate time check at the top of the hill. He increased his it on the rolling section to beat Dumoulin by 47 seconds and win the second time trial of his pro career after the 6-km prologue of the 2016 Tour of Belgium in which he bettered Tony Martin by two seconds. His average speed around Roanne was 46.560km/h.

Adam Yates in the yellow-blue jersey
In the fight for the yellow-blue jersey, Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida) defended himself greatly but missed out by only four seconds. Second of the Dauphiné overall last year, Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), 6th of the time trial, became the new race leader with an advantage of 4 seconds over the Belgian, 6 seconds over Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First) and 7 seconds over Jakub Fulgsang (Astana). Among the favorites, Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale), now 14th at 1:27, and Michael Woods (EF Education First), 16th at 1:43, are the biggest losers of the day while Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) dropped down from second to 18th on GC.

Stage winner and 9th overall, Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma): “It’s a great win. I can’t believe it. I worked a lot on my time trialling these past few weeks but I didn’t expect to win today. I’m super happy. Obviously it was a good course for me on the long straight roads. I knew before that I was a good time trialist but I never had a chance to focus on it and I never had the right material before. Now with a very experienced team it makes a big difference. This was my first TT for Jumbo-Visma and I directly won it. It’s my first WorldTour victory too. I definitely proved on this Dauphiné that it’s a good choice to go to the Tour de France this year.”

Overall leader and 6th on the stage, Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott): “We knew it would be a hard day but it was a very good course for me, really. These big long straights aren’t my favorites but I put my head down and rode the climb as fast as possible. I made a good time. It was a good day for me. It’s a sprinters’ stage tomorrow, so hopefully other teams will be eager to control. It’ll be a massive task to bring the yellow jersey till the end. I hope to do it but I’ll take it day by day. It’s gonna be tricky. I’m sure the mountain stages will be hard to control.”

5th on the stage and 7th overall, Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe): “Right after the start I found my rhythm and had good sensations, but also the course suited me well. I felt really good and of course I wanted to move up in the general classification, therefore I gave my all. I am happy, that I was able to hold my rhythm and pace to finish the time trial in 5th place. I am now in a promising position before the mountains on the week end, and I am really looking forward to these stages now.”

18th overall, Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Gobert): “My time trial was not exceptional, but I expected this. The time trial is definitely not my preferred effort, but I gave my all. I performed following my habitual standards, which means that I lose one minute per 10 kilometer to the best rouleurs. My position in the general classification is henceforth quite uncomfortable. I am far in the general classification, but not far enough to gain a big advantage in a breakaway. So I will see how the first mountain stage unfolds and review the situation Friday evening. But I keep the spirit with which I started this week: take risks and aim for a stage victory.”

Felix Großschartner (Bora-Hansgrohe): “I am here at the Critérium du Dauphine to support Emu and Sam. After my successful spring season, where my teammates have supported me perfectly, I am happy to be able to give something back now. I was in the wind tunnel and we changed my TT position slightly, I felt good today but went easy on the course to save the energy for the upcoming stages.”

Critérium de Dauphiné Stage 4 Result:
1. Wout Van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma in 33:38
2. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) EF Education First at 0:31
3. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Sunweb at 0:47
4. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:49
5. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:51
6. Adam Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:56
7. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:59
8. Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin at 1:05
9. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana at 1:07
10. Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 1:10.

Critérium de Dauphiné Overall After Stage 4:
1. Adam Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott in 12:27:26
2. Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-Merida at 0:04
3. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) EF Education First at 0:06
4. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana at 0:07
5. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:24
6. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 0:25
7. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:26
8. Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana at 0:30
9. Wout Van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma
10. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 0:40.

Stage 4:

OVO Energy Women’s Tour 2019
Belgian rider Jolien D’hoore sprinted to victory on Stage 1 of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour in Suffolk for the second year running, leading a Boels Dolmans Cycling Team one-two across the line after a testing day in grueling conditions.

D’hoore, winner in Southwold 12 month ago, led home Dutch team-mate Amy Pieters in Stowmarket to take the first OVO Energy green jersey of this year’s race.

The pair were at the head of the peloton that chased down British rider Abby-Mae Parkinson (Drops) who held a one and a half minute lead as the race passed through Stowmarket for the first time, with WNT ROTOR’S Lisa Brennauer taking third.

Parkinson’s reward for her efforts that brought the finish crowds in Stowmarket to life on a rain soaked stage was the first Wahooligan Combativity Award of the week. The Drops rider crossed the finish line 67th, while team-mate Ellie Dickinson was the leading British rider on the stage, finishing 12th.

In addition to the race lead, D’hoore also takes the initial lead in the Breast Cancer Care Points Jersey, while Boels Dolmans team-mate Christine Majerus leads the SKODA Queen of the Mountains Jersey.

Defending champion Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb) began her campaign by taking the Eisberg Sprints jersey on day one and with it six seconds of time bonuses.

Stage winner and overall leader, Jolien D’hoore (Boels-Dolmans): “It was a pretty good day for us, I’m feeling alright, I did Bira two weeks ago and then straight after Thüringen, it’s pretty hard but now I’m feeling pretty good and it was pretty hard and I’m happy I could show it today with the stage win. The team was really strong, and they brought me actually to the perfect position going into the sprint and they dropped me off at 150 to go and Amy Pieters got second herself, so it really proves that we are a strong team here. I think I like Suffolk now. It’s really nice and also last year was the first stage so there’s the advantage of having all the jerseys now, so I really like it and today a bunch sprint was expected and I am happy it was this way.”

OVO Energy Women’s Tour Stage 1 Result:
1. Jolien D’Hoore (Bel) Boels-Dolmans in 4:09:12
2. Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels-Dolmans
3. Lisa Brennauer (Ger) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling
4. Roxane Fournier (Fra) Movistar
5. Marianne Vos (Ned) CCC-Liv
6. Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale-Cipollini
7. Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling
8. Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Movistar
9. Julie Leth (Den) Bigla
10. Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott.

OVO Energy Women’s Tour Overall After Stage 1:
1. Jolien D’Hoore (Bel) Boels-Dolmans in 4:09:02
2. Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels-Dolmans at 0:04
3. Lisa Brennauer (Ger) WNT-Rotor at 0:06
4. Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Movistar at 0:07
5. Marianne Vos (Ned) CCC-Liv at 0:08
6. Coryn Rivera (USA) Sunweb
7. Roxane Fournier (Fra) Movistar at 0:10
8. Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale-Cipollini
9. Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling
10. Julie Leth (Den) Bigla.

OVO Stage 1:

Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) sprinted to victory on Stage 2 of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour at the Gravesend Cyclopark in Kent, to take the overall lead of the race following day two.

Vos took the win ahead of Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) and Sarah Roy (Mitchelton-Scott) at the end of the 25 lap race, run off in hot and sunny conditions, despite the initial weather forecast. The win, her fifth stage win in the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, but first since the 2016 Tour, makes her the most successful rider in the race history.

The CCC Liv rider survived a mid-race puncture and bike change to move into a nine second lead in the race ahead of Lizzie Deignan, with Amy Pieters (Boels-Dolmans) also on the same time. Having battled for numerous victories over the past decade, Vos believes that Deignan is one of the main threats to her overall lead. Deignan takes over the HSBC UK British Cycling Best British Rider jersey as the leading home contender while defending champion Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb) keeps the lead in the Eisberg Sprints jersey.

With a flat day at the Cyclopark, Christine Majerus (Boels Dolmans) retained the SKODA Queen of the Mountains jersey before the serious climbs of the 2019 race begin in the Chilterns on Stage Three from Henley-on-Thames to Blenheim Palace.

Stage winner and overall leader, Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv): “I came from the back so I thought okay if I don’t go now I will be late so I will have to go and see if I can open up a gap and then I did but I felt okay now the legs are going to burn so I just kept going and I saw no wheels coming so that was of course a great feeling. This is for her of course her home race and going to the next day’s she’s in great form, she’s always one to watch for GC, and the team is strong as well. They have a very strong team, we don’t fear anyone, but Trek is one of the teams that we are going to watch.”

OVO Energy Women’s Tour Stage 2 Result:
1. Marianne Vos (Ned) CCC-Liv in 1:34:17
2. Elizabeth Deignan (GB) Trek-Segafredo
3. Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
4. Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon-SRAM
5. Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling
6. Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Team Virtu Cycling
7. Coryn Rivera (USA) Sunweb
8. Roxane Fournier (Fra) Movistar
9. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
10. Liane Lippert (Ger) Sunweb.

OVO Energy Women’s Tour Overall After Stage 2:
1. Marianne Vos (Ned) CCC-Liv in 5:43:14
2. Elizabeth Deignan (GB) Trek-Segafredo at 0:09
3. Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels-Dolmans
4. Coryn Rivera (USA) Sunweb at 0:10
5. Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:11
6. Lisa Brennauer (Ger) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling
7. Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling at 0:15
8. Roxane Fournier (Fra) Movistar
9. Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon-SRAM
10. Liane Lippert (Ger) Sunweb.

OVO Stage 2:

Boels Dolmans Cycling Team’s Jolien D’hoore continued her strong start to this year’s OVO Energy Women’s Tour as she sprinted to victory at historic Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, on Wednesday’s Stage 3 to claim her second win in three days.

D’hoore, wearing the Breast Cancer Care points jersey, edged out Lisa Brennauer (WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling) by a narrow margin to add to Monday’s victory in Stowmarket, Suffolk. Brennaeur’s reward for the time bonuses she has accrued in this year’s race thus far is the OVO Energy green jersey of race leader.

Overnight race leader Marianne Vos was one of a number of riders forced to abandon mid-stage following a crash near Didcot. The Dutch rider required treatment to cuts on her face. Trek Segafredo rider Anna Plichta earned the Wahooligan Combativity Award for a long solo break of just under 100 kilometers, one that saw her escape shortly after the opening SKODA Queen of the Mountains climb at Pishill above Henley-on-Thames in south Oxfordshire. She was eventually caught at Alvescot in west Oxfordshire with 41 kilometers remaining.

Stage winner and 6th overall, Jolien D’Hoore (Boels-Dolmans): “I was hoping for a bunch sprint, it was a bit rolling the whole stage and it was quite hard in the beginning but we made it for a bunch sprint and I’m happy I could finish it off again. The pace was really high and I had Amy Pieters in front of me but I didn’t want to go in second position in the last corner so I let Lisa Brennauer in between and then someone started the sprint with 350 to go and I started as well, but then I realized this is still a long way to go so I went back behind Lisa again and then I started again.”

Overall leader and 2nd on the stage, Lisa Brennauer (WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling): “I wanted to win the stage, I knew that the final would suit me; a flat finish, a long finish straight. But I did everything how I wanted to do it and I don’t think I did anything wrong it’s just Jolien is so fast and she passed me before the line and that’s how it is. She was just better today and so congrats for the stage victory. I think tomorrow is another good day for us as a team to step up and do good teamwork and we are ready for it and I’m excited.”

Speaking after the crash, Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv): “The speed went up in preparation for the second intermediate sprint. There was a fall before me, which I could not avoid. I fell hard on my head and, apart from a cut and some scratches, I don’t have any other injuries. Yet I went to the hospital because the cut had to be stitched. Very unfortunate, I was quite upset by it, because I was in such a good position. But even after a fall, the race continues, but this time without me.”

OVO Energy Women’s Tour Stage 3 Result:
1. Jolien D’Hoore (Bel) Boels-Dolmans in 3:46:04
2. Lisa Brennauer (Ger) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling
3. Demi Vollering (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
4. Roxane Fournier (Fra) Movistar
5. Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
6. Elizabeth Deignan (GB) Trek-Segafredo
7. Eugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
8. Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling
9. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-SRAM
10. Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Team Virtu Cycling.

OVO Energy Women’s Tour Overall After Stage 3:
1. Lisa Brennauer (Ger) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling in 9:29:23
2. Coryn Rivera (USA) Sunweb at 0:03
3. Elizabeth Deignan (GB) Trek-Segafredo at 0:04
4. Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels-Dolmans
5. Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:06
6. Jolien D’Hoore (Bel) Boels-Dolmans at 0:08
7. Roxane Fournier (Fra) Movistar at 0:10
8. Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling
9. Liane Lippert (Ger) Sunweb
10. Susanne Andersen (Nor) Sunweb at 0:11.

OVO Stage 3:

Kristoff Takes Aim at Third GP Canton d’Argovie title, Aru to Line Up at Tour de Suisse
Two Swiss Outings for UAE Team Emirates

UAE Emirates Team are set to head to Swiss soil in the coming week (GP Canton d’Argovie Gippingen June 13, and Tour de Suisse June 15 to 23) with many key riders present: notably Alexander Kristoff, who won the GP Canton d’Argovie Gippingen in 2015 and in 2018; Rui Costa, three time winner of the Tour de Suisse, and Fabio Aru, who look to be competitive despite recently returning from surgery on an iliac artery.

The Teams:
GP Canton d’Argovie Gippingen – 185.1 km, 1.HC

– Tom Bohli (Sui)
– Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor)
– Rui Costa (Por)
– Alexander Kristoff (Nor)
– Manuele Mori (Ita)
– Rui Oliveira (Por)
– Aleksandr Riabushenko (Blr)
DS: Simone Pedrazzini (Sui).

Tour de Suisse – 9 stages – World Tour
– Fabio Aru (Ita)
– Tom Bohli (Sui)
– Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor)
– Rui Costa (Por)
– Sergio Henao (Col)
– Alexander Kristoff (Nor)
– Manuele Mori (Ita)
Ds: Simone Pedrazzini (Sui), Bruno Vicino (Ita).

Fabio Aru explains the decision to participate in the Tour de Suisse: “The return to racing at the GP Lugano was very good, I was happy with how things went in the race, the sensations and how the legs responded. It’s an important step to start racing now: the rhythm, intensity and dynamic is so different from training. Given the encouraging signs in Lugano, the team has opted for the participation in the Tour de Suisse. It will be my debut in this race, which will give me the opportunity to tackle nine stages and try to grow day after day, without any pressure other than to get back in good form.”

Alexander Kristoff on the GP Canton d’Argovie Gippingen: “Having had success in this race twice and being the defending champ, I will be among the favorites and all eyes will be on me and UAE Team Emirates. I really like the course, it suits my characteristics, but it is never easy to repeat successes: so there’s pressure, but I’m hoping for a good performance.”

GP du Canton d’Argovie (13 jun) – Tour de Suisse (15-23 jun)
Mathias Frank: “I raced last month at the Tour de l’Ain (taking 2nd in the final classification), and I was reassured by how well I felt. I saw that I was on the right path, but of course knowing full well that I still had some work left to do. Following the French event, I was able to prepare myself at home and in particular to do reconnaissance of certain Suisse stages with Stephen Barrett, my coach. The Tour de Suisse promises to be very difficult with beautiful mountain stages, including the finish at Saint Gotthard as well as the stages for the final weekend. Along with the Tour de Romandie, it’s the only time of the year that I can race almost from my house, and it’s always an important event for me.”

Deceuninck – Quick-Step to Tour de Suisse
Best young rider at last year’s race, Enric Mas returns to action this weekend.

One of the toughest Tour de Suisse editions in recent memory will kick off on Saturday with a short and flat individual time trial in Langnau im Emmental, an appetizer for what’s to come later in the week, when another stage against the clock and three days in the mountains (two of which conclude at altitude – Flumserberg and San Gottardo) will give character to the 83rd edition of the event first held in 1933 and shape it.

Elia Viviani returns to the race for the first time since 2012, in what will be his final outing in the Italian National Champion jersey which he conquered twelve months ago. Victorious in eight races with the tricolore on his shoulders, Elia will rely on a very strong lead-out train comprising Michael Mørkøv and Maximiliano Richeze, to this day the only Argentinean rider to have won a distinctive jersey at the prestigious race.

Best young rider of the 2018 edition, when he finished just outside the overall podium following a resolute display in the mountains, 24-year-old Enric Mas will ease back into racing seven weeks after his previous appearance, in the Ardennes. The Deceuninck – Quick-Step squad for the nine-day race will also include young Dane Kasper Asgreen – one of the season’s revelations – Dries Devenyns and Yves Lampaert, who has recently powered to victory at Gullegem Koerse.

“It’s going to be a very hard race, with limited opportunities for the sprinters. Their best shot will come on stage 3, when we’ll try to be in the mix with Elia. On the two stages against the clock, Kasper and Yves can put in a strong ride and get a good result, while the three mountain stages, last of which comes on the final day, will represent a very good test for Enric Mas, who has recently completed an altitude training camp. We expect a hard and exciting race, but we like a challenge and will go there confident that we can do some nice things”, explained sports director Geert Van Bondt.

15.06–23.06 Tour de Suisse (SUI) 2.UWT

Kasper Asgreen (DEN), Dries Devenyns (BEL), Yves Lampaert (BEL), Enric Mas (ESP), Michael Mørkøv (DEN), Maximiliano Richeze (ARG), Elia Viviani (ITA).
Sports Director: Tom Steels (BEL) and Geert Van Bondt (BEL).

Elia Viviani:

Tour de Suisse
Luke Roberts – Team Sunweb coach: “The Tour de Suisse this year sees a variety of stages; with days for the sprinters, two time trials, some intermediate stages and tough days in the mountains. We bring a very strong and motivated team to the race and we’ll be aiming for stage success throughout the week. We have a good team for the time trials and the more rolling, intermediate stages. The team will aim to set up Michael for sprint stages, and he’ll be well supported by Søren, Lennard and Nikias. This will also be Marc’s first time racing on home roads in the pro peloton and he is looking forward to the opportunity to leave his own mark on the race. Wilco makes his return to racing after injury and along with Nicholas, they will fly the Team Sunweb flag in the mountains.”

Søren Kragh Andersen (DEN), Nikias Arndt (GER), Marc Hirschi (SWI), Lennard Kämna (GER), Wilco Kelderman (NED), Michael Matthews (AUS), Nicholas Roche (IRL).

Michael Matthews:

Ambitious Team for the Tour de Suisse
The 2019 Tour de Suisse starts on Saturday 15 June with a short ITT to finish with the Queen Stage on Sunday the 23th. The Swiss competition ends two weeks before the Tour de France Grand Départ and this race is seen as an ideal test to verify the shape before the July showdown.The route of the 73rd edition amounts to 1,172 kilometers (and features 18,994 vertical meters) with 9 stages: two of which ITT and three mountain stages.

“We certainly have a good team for this Tour de Suisse,” explains SD Paolo Artuso. “With Domenico Pozzovivo who will fight for the GC, with Rohan Dennis who will try to achieve results in ITT and Ivan Garcia Cortina and Matej Mohoric we could play for stage wins.”

“After the Giro d’Italia,” comments Domenico Pozzovivo. “I was training on the Etna volcano to prepare the Tour well. Two years ago, I won a stage and finished fourth overall. This year I would like to improve that result.”

Matej Mohoric will be at the start after the 3rd place in Lugano: “The last Sunday podium confirmed to me that I worked in a good way during last month. I am very confident and I have seen that there are a couple of stages that adapt very well to my characteristics.”

Return to the races, instead, for Ivan Garcia Cortina after a long training camp: “After the California,” explains Ivan. “I trained in altitude for about a month and I go to Switzerland with good sensations. I like very much the wavy routes and I think I can do well in those stages with a little bunch sprint finish.”

TBM’s line-up for Tour de Suisse:
Rohan Dennis, Matej Mohoric, Valerio Agnoli, Antonio Nibali, Ivan Garcia Cortina, Domenico Pozzovivo and Andrea Garosio.

CCC Team to Focus on Stage Wins at Tour de Suisse
In the absence of a General Classification contender, CCC Team will focus on stage wins at the upcoming Tour de Suisse which serves as the final stage race for the team ahead of the Tour de France.

Sports Director Valerio Piva said the riders will use the nine-day stage race to fine-tune their form and look to race aggressively.

“When you look at our Tour de Suisse roster, it is clear that we don’t have a rider for the mountains so we are not expecting to do anything on the General Classification. Instead, we will aim to win a stage and race aggressively, starting with the individual time trial which should be a good one for Patrick Bevin,” Piva explained.

“Michael Schär, who is our only Swiss rider, will, of course, be motivated racing on home soil and for the riders who are on the Tour de France long list, the Tour de Suisse is their last opportunity to show their form. If we win a stage at the race, I think we can say it was a successful week for CCC Team.”

Greg Van Avermaet is motivated for the Tour de Suisse, which will be his second WorldTour stage race of the season.

“The Tour de Suisse is always a really hard race so it is the best preparation for the Tour de France. This year, without a GC rider in the team, I think we will all be able to go for our own opportunities so I hope to make the most of that as there are a few stages that I like the look of,” Van Avermaet said.

“Hammer Limburg was a good test of my form and I was happy with my legs, especially on the Hammer Climb day, which is a good sign ahead of the Tour de Suisse as we have plenty of climbing throughout the race. A good result in Switzerland will give me a lot of confidence going into the Belgian national championships and the Tour de France, so that’s my main goal.”

Patrick Bevin is looking forward to testing himself against the clock after finishing in fourth place in his last ITT at the Tour de Romandie.

“It was great to have a reset [after Tour de Romadnie] at this time of the year as starting my season in the first week of January makes for a long opening stanza. My main objective at Tour de Suisse is both time trials. Both are great parcours for me and I am obviously trying to improve on my results against the clock. I have been there or there abbots but yet to stand on top of the podium so I am hungry to make that next step in my performance,” Bevin said.

“It’s an exciting time of the year. I have come off a huge block of training in Andorra and with the Tour de France the centre piece of the cycling world come July, it’s been great to have that as my main goal.”

Tour de Suisse (15 – 23 June)
Rider roster:

Patrick Bevin (NZ), Simon Geschke (GER), Szymon Sajnok (POL), Michael Schär (SUI), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL), Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (BEL), Łukasz Wiśniowski (POL).
Sports Directors: Valerio Piva (ITA), Piotr Wadecki (POL).

Patrick Bevin:

Team Jumbo-Visma with Sprint and GC ambitions to Tour de France
Just like last year, Team Jumbo-Visma is heading to the Tour de France in July with big sprint and GC ambitions. In 2018, this resulted in a fourth and fifth place in the general classification and two sprint stage wins with Dylan Groenewegen. Besides this, Primoz Roglic won the queen stage over the Tourmalet and Aubisque on the penultimate day. The number three and two-time stage winner of the Giro d’Italia is going to skip the French stage race this year.

Team Jumbo-Visma again counts on the fast legs of Dylan Groenewegen and the steady Steven Kruijswijk. The Dutch leaders will be supported by their compatriot Mike Teunissen, the Norwegian Amund Jansen, the German Tony Martin, the New Zealander George Bennett and the Belgian Tour newcomers Wout van Aert and Laurens De Plus. The team starts in Brussels after a specific high altitude training.

For Van Aert, his Tour debut means the next step in his career. After his strong spring classics, the 24-year-old rider from Herentals is now participating in Critérium du Dauphiné. “Wout is ready for this next step”, Team Jumbo-Visma’s sportive director Merijn Zeeman explains. “He makes our team stronger. He hasn’t had a lot of race days yet and Wout has prepared himself in an ideal way. After the Tour, he will ride the Prudential Ride London and after that, the preparation for his cyclocross season starts.”

Thomas De Gendt, between Giro and Tour
For the first time in his career, Thomas De Gendt will be riding all three Grand Tours in one year. The Lotto Soudal rider only just returned from the Giro d’Italia but already has the next goal in mind: the Tour de France. The allrounder lends an insight into the period between the past Giro d’Italia and the upcoming Tour de France.

Thomas De Gendt: “The Giro was tough for everyone, but we managed to complete it. The team went to Italy with a clear goal: to take a stage victory. We succeeded in that objective with Caleb Ewan, who won twice and we also took some nice podium places as well.”

“The upcoming training schedule will be limited the coming week. Having ridden the Giro, I don’t need to do any additional long training rides. I will now train until the Belgian championships, where I will take part in both the time trial and road race. In addition, I will train three days in Spain and two days in the Vosges. The other rides will be close to home.”

“I need the Belgian championships to maintain the race rhythm. Winning would be very nice but if that doesn’t happen, I have at least those kilometers in the legs towards the Tour de France.”
“In the Tour de France, it will in the first place be about trying to take a stage win with Caleb Ewan. Hopefully, that will already be the case in the first week, which would take away a lot of stress inside the team. Winning in Brussels would be the perfect start but the Tour is always something special. It will be difficult.”

“I will of course also be aiming for a stage win in the Tour de France. I think there are more possibilities in the Tour than the Giro this year. After the first rest day, the peloton will more often give the escapees some freedom and that’s exactly where my opportunities are. I am not exactly a superstitious person, but if I sleep in room number 103 during the Tour de France, you need to keep an eye on me. I already won often with that number and it will always be special.”

Thomas De Gendt:

Dries Devenyns confirms new agreement with Deceuninck – Quick-Step
In an exclusive video, the ever-reliable Belgian reveals that he has signed a one-year extension.

Now in his second spell with the UCI World Team Ranking leader after rejoining the squad in 2017, Dries Devenyns has since proved himself an invaluable and selfless rider, whose tactical awareness and experience often see him assume the role of a road captain. The new contract signed by the 35-year-old – who has nine Grand Tour and twenty Monument participations under his belt – is an important part of Deceuninck – Quick-Step CEO Patrick Levefere’s building process for the 2020 season.

“I am happy to announce that I will remain part of the Deceuninck – Quick-Step team also next year. The Wolfpack has a great atmosphere and I feel at home and I hope that together we can keep on winning like we have in the last few years”, said Devenyns, a top 10 finisher this season at the Tour Down Under. “I really enjoy working with this team and hopefully I can use my experience to help drive us on to further success. There are so many younger riders now with the team and it is great to be working with them and passing on some of the knowledge that I have picked up over the years.”

In a similar vein, Patrick Lefevere also spoke of his delight at reaching an agreement: “Dries is another important signing for next year. As well as his hard work, his experience and the knowledge that he offers are invaluable, and he has been a huge part of the success we have had in recent times. He is a leader on the road and as well as helping us win races, he can help our younger riders learn their craft, which is equally important.”

Dries Devenyns:

Tour de France: A Ride for All Along the Champs-Élysées
As part of the 100 years of the Yellow Jersey celebrations, the Tour de France, in partnership with the city of Paris, invites all cycling enthusiasts on Sunday 28th July to take part in the Randonnée du Tour de France ride, just a few hours before the riders contest the finish.

In June, most of the Tour de France stage-hosting towns or cities celebrate Le Tour by organizing a series of events aimed at promoting cycling.

In order to celebrate the 100 years of the Yellow Jersey, the Tour de France, in partnership with the city of Paris, will be prolonging the festivities by proposing a ride for all who want to along a 7-kilometer circuit to be ridden by the professionals at the end of the last stage. The cyclists will have the opportunity to discover the news cycle path that allows them to travel safely on the Champs-Élysées.

The start of this ride – opened to all aged 14 years and above and accessible to people with reduced mobility – will take place on Avenue Foch at 13.30. Each participant will be given a collector’s t-shirt in the 100 years of the Yellow Jersey’s colors before taking a bike ride along the world’s most beautiful avenue. For two hours, the Champs-Élysées will be open to everyday cyclists.

The registration fees of €5 per person will be entirely donated to two associations: Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque and Agir pour la santé des femmes.

Practical Information
· Sunday 28th July from 13.30
· Start and finish: Avenue Foch
· End of the ride at 15.30.
· Collection of collector t-shirts from 11.30.
· A 7-km circuit.
· Registration fees: €5

Register on time to.
For further information: www.letour.com.

2020 UEC Road European Championships: Trento, The European Capital of Cycling
Italy will host the 2020 edition of the Road European Championships that will be held in Trento from 9 to 13 September passing through the most iconic places in the Valley of Lakes and Monte Bondone combining sport, culture and nature in perfect harmony.

This continental race, which will award a total of 13 titles in the Men’s and Women’s Junior, Under 23 and Elite categories (6 – Time-Trial, 6 Road races and Team Relay) was presented in Milan and attended by the UEC President, Rocco Cattaneo with the Vice-President Agata Lang, the President of the Italian Cycling Federation and Vice-President of the Union Cycliste Internationale Renato Di Rocco, President of the Trentino CONI Paola Mora; Delegate for sport for the Trento Provence Roberto Failoni; Technical Commissaire Davide Cassani; Mayor of Trento Alessandro Andreatta; CEO of Trentino Marketing Maurizio Rossini; Elda Verones, Director of APT Trento, Monte Bondone, Valley of the Lakes.

The start and finish of all races will be from the Piazza Duomo, with the exception of the Time-Trials that will depart from the MUSE – Trento Science Museum. The UEC has approved the circuit and distances of approximately 180 km with a linear section of approximately 70 km (with some difficult climbing challenges such as the Passo San Udalrico and Bondone via Vigolo Baselga) before entering the final circuit of 7 laps, the only ascent of which will be the Povo climb.

Rocco Cattaneo, President of the Union Européenne de Cyclisme: “Sport in Trentino is particularly associated with cycling, which has an ideal terrain for practicing our sport in all disciplines and on all levels in a unique setting. The 2020 edition of the Road European Championships will have the privilege of taking place in this region on roads which have helped to write our sporting history, like for example Monte Bondone, and will be given extensive media coverage in Europe and the rest of the world thanks to the agreement with Eurovision. In terms of participation, this event can boast some impressive figures since it will involve 50 UEC affiliated countries, with a total of 800 riders and 450 staff members with significant economic benefits for the region in terms of hotel occupancy.

I would like to especially thank the Italian Cycling Federation and its President, Renato Di Rocco, the Mayor of Trento, Alessandro Andreatta, the Delegate for sport for the Trento Provence Roberto Failoni, the Organizing Committee managed by the APT Trento, Monte Bondone, Valley of the Lakes with its Director Elda Verones representing a guarantee of success in close co-operation with the Trento Province and Trentino Marketing».

#EuroRoad20 – Program:
Wednesday 9 September 2020

• Women Junior Individual Time-Trial
• Men Junior Individual Time-Trial
• Team Relay (Men/Women Team Time-Trial)

Thursday 10 September 2020
• Women Elite Individual Time-Trial
• Women Under 23 Individual Time-Trial
• Men Under 23 Individual Time-Trial • Men Elite Individual Time-Trial

Friday 11 September 2020
• Women Junior Road race
• Men Junior Road race
• Women Under 23 Road race

Saturday 12 September 2020
• Men Under 23 Road race • Women Elite Road race

Sunday 13 September 2020
• Men Elite Road race

Information and circuit: click here.

With regards to upcoming UEC events, it should be noted that the Derny and Stayer has been added to the European Championships at the Bottecchia de Pordenone Velodrome (Italy) from 24 to 26 July where the Women’s Derny continental title will be awarded for the first time (information: click here) and the Trials European Championships that will be held in Il Ciocco – Lucca (Italy) from 4 to 6 October.

2018 UEC Derney Champs:

Nikki Brammeier Retires to Have a Baby
Four-time British champion, Nikki Brammeier, has announced her retirement from cycling as she is expecting her first child in November. The British rider was a member of the Telenet Fidea Lions and the Boels Dolmans teams during her career. She won a World Cup race and took 4th place in the World cyclocross championships. Good luck to Nikki and Matt.

You can read Nikki’s full statement here: www.mudiiita.com/latest-news

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