EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
Lots of cycling news
It may be December, but the EUROTRASH bag keeps filling up. Big new sponsor for GreenEDGE – TOP STORY. NIPPO to join EF Pro Cycling. Race news: Women’s Vuelta to have seven stages, Valencia yellow jersey and Étoile de Bessèges route. Rider news from Tadej Pogaćar, Dylan Groenewegen, Diego Ulissi, Riccardo Riccò, Pawel Poljanski and Fabián Puerta. Contract news: Óscar Sevilla, EF Pro Cycling, BORA-hansgrohe, Benjamin Dyball, Ronald Bernal, Carlos Betancur, Laurens De Vreese, Taco van der Hoorn, Christian Knees and Movistar. Team news: Bingoal-WB women’s team, Team Auto Eder and UAE Team Emirates. Awards for Tim Declercq and Lennard Kämna. Dates for Canadian track and cross champs. Canyon take-over. BORA-hansgrohe use EVOC and part 3 of the UAE team Emirates Tour video. Big read time.
TOP STORY: GreenEDGE Gets New Main Sponsor
The cycling team that is presently known as Mitchelton-Scott will get a new main sponsor from 2021. General manager Brent Copeland announced to BiciPro. “We are getting a different name from one of the major leading companies. We will announce this shortly,” he said.
“Now I can’t say anything yet. For the time being we will keep the name GreenEDGE Cycling of the umbrella organisation,” said Copeland. “For the rest, there will be some changes, starting with the Bianchi bikes. I believe the Italian brand is of the best quality. With the exception of the Giro helmets, we will soon have only Italian sponsors. Vision, Fizik, Giordana…”
Mitchelton-Scott saw Adam Yates go to INEOS Grenadiers, Jack Haig to Bahrain McLaren and Edoardo Affini to Jumbo-Visma, but that is no reason for the team to change their plans. “They remain the same, only because of the departure of Adam we no longer have two leaders for the grand tours. Simon Yates is still there, while Esteban Chaves is still on it,” he explained.
“The departure of Adam Yates did free up some budget,” says Copeland. The Australian WorldTour team signed Michael Matthews from Sunweb. “He was happy to return and is also convinced by our project. He can win the Amstel Gold Race and Liège-Bastogne-Liège and at the World Championships he was just missing from the best. We have to thank Sunweb for releasing him early.”
What name will be on the jersey in 2021?
NIPPO to Join EF Pro Cycling as Co-Title Sponsor
The EF Pro Cycling organisation is thrilled to welcome the innovative Japanese construction and asphalt company NIPPO CORPORATION as its co-title partner. The team will race, ride, and explore as EF Education-NIPPO from Jan. 1, 2021.
The NIPPO CORPORATION has long been a sponsor and supporter of racing in Europe — the NIPPO–Vini Fantini–Faizanè team raced the Giro d’Italia on three occasions — but the move marks the company’s first partnership at professional road cycling’s highest level.
“It is the first time for NIPPO CORPORATION to participate in the WorldTour, and we are thrilled and excited. It’s a new adventure for us,” said Hiroshi Daimon, director of sport for NIPPO CORPORATION. “We are excited to contribute as much as possible to furthering the success of the EF Pro Cycling team across the world.”
The NIPPO CORPORATION’s businesses work toward a realisation of prosperous societies through reliable craftsmanship. Its approach of earning trust, passing on the art of its techniques and challenging itself to achieve dreams connects with the EF Pro Cycling team, which races across the world with the mission to compete but also to explore and inspire.
“Our team comes from far and wide, and the same is true for our partner family. There is a freedom and freshness on our roster and in our thinking between our partners since we all come from so many different places in the world. I’m very proud of that fact,” said team CEO Jonathan Vaughters. “With NIPPO CORPORATION joining us as a title sponsor next season, we will only add to our global approach to professional cycling and exploration.”
The NIPPO CORPORATION has a particular affinity for cycling given that some of its business involves the construction of velodromes and other race tracks — specifically the highly technical construction of a velodrome’s banked asphalt walls.
The company builds 90 percent of velodromes in Japan and has been a booster of cycling since the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Since then, NIPPO CORPORATION has sponsored assorted Japanese national teams over the years and smaller teams throughout Europe. One of the aims of NIPPO CORPORATION’s investment is to support and empower Japanese cyclists and cycling team staff, thus furthering cycling in Japan.
“We hope that the Japanese athletes and technical staff, from mechanics, to soigneurs who join the team, will gain more experience and contribute to the development of Japanese cycling,” Daimon said. “We can’t wait to race as EF Education-NIPPO in 2021.”
In addition to EF Pro Cycling, NIPPO CORPORATION will also sponsor Nippo-Provence-PTS Conti, a Swiss-based continental team with riders from Switzerland, Ethiopia, France, Japan, Norway, and Poland.
EF now with NIPPO:
Vuelta for Women with Possibly Seven Stages
The women’s race that is linked to the Vuelta a España was extended to three days this year, but Vuelta boss Javier Guillén has announced that the race will have between five and seven stages in the future.
The Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta closed the shortened Women’s WorldTour season this year. The riders had three stages in the Madrid area, starting with a relatively flat opening stage to Escalona, followed by an individual time trial of 9 kilometres and a flat final stage in the enter of Madrid. Guillén, who as race director is responsible for the last Grand Tour of the season, is busy behind the scenes to expand the women’s event even further. Guillén wants to organise a stage race between five and seven stages within a few years.
This year, the overall victory in the Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta went to Lisa Brennauer, ahead of Elisa Longo Borghini and Lorena Wiebes. The race was organised for the first time in 2015. Shelly Olds was the first winner. Jolien D’hoore (2016, 2017), Ellen van Dijk (2018) and Brennauer (2019 and 2020) followed in her footsteps.
Balsamo won Ceratizit Challenge 2020 stage 3:
Yellow Jersey for the 72nd Edition of la Vuelta a la Comunidad Valencia Gran Premi Banc Sabadell
The 72nd edition of the Vuelta Ciclista a la Comunitat Valenciana Gran Premi Banc Sabadell, which will be held between February 3 and 7, 2021, finalises its preparations. The best squads of the international peloton will be on the Valencian roads for another year.
The design of the yellow jersey that distinguishes the winner of the event is now official. The logo of the event and that of the main sponsor, Banc Sabadell, as well as the colours of the Valencian flag appear on the garment.
Tadej Pogaçar, the young Slovenian rider who won the recent edition of the Tour de France, was the last to wear the yellow jersey. Pogaçar won two stages, including the Queen stage, with a tremendous climb of the Sierra de Bernia.
The organisation of the VCV directed by Ángel Casero, continues its work so that for one more year, this historic cycling event is, as in previous years, a success. The interest shown by the best teams in the international peloton who wish to participate demonstrates this.
Tadej Pogaćar winning Valencia’20 stage 2:
Étoile de Bessèges 2021 Route
The Étoile de Bessèges has announced its 2021 course. Compared to this year’s edition, the route will undergo some minor changes. However, the tough final time trial to the sanctuary of Alès remains the same. It will also be one of the defining stages in 2021.
It will be the first Étoile de Bessèges without founder Roland Fangille, who died of the corona virus in November. “The best tribute to Roland is a great 51st edition, while maintaining the friendly and family atmosphere that characterises the event,” Patrick Herse told Midi Libre.
The race will run from 3 to 7 February. Last year’s winner, Benoît Cosnefroy’s AG2R-La Mondiale team will probably return next year, as will a number of WorldTour teams that normally ignore the race. The requests are already pouring in. “We don’t want to punish teams that have remained loyal to us for years for not having competition from a race like the Tour Down Under, we can’t let all WorldTour teams ride. We would also prefer to go to 22 teams instead of 20 teams.”
Étoile de Bessèges stages 2021:
03/02: Bellegarde – Bellegarde (141km)
04/02: Saint-Geniès – La Calmette (154km)
05/02: Bessèges – Bessèges (156km)
06/02: Rousson – Saint-Siffret Pays d’Uzès (152km)
07/02: Alès – Alès (11km TT).
Last year’s winner, Benoît Cosnefroy:
Tadej Pogačar had Mixed Feelings after Beating Roglič
Tadej Pogačar struggled with his feelings after his overall victory in the Tour de France. The fact that he loved his countryman Primož Roglič, whom he looked up to for years, left a knot in his stomach.
“I was a Roglič fan since my first races. From the age of ten to fifteen, I screamed in front of the television that he would win. And now I was the very one who beat him and kept him from a long dream,” Pogačar said in an interview with L’Équipe. “It was very, very strange. I kept saying ‘That’s the race, that’s sport. It’s normal that I want to win’ to myself.”
Ultimately, it was Roglič himself who managed to calm him down after the all-deciding time trial. “A few minutes after he finished, I was in the TV tent. He came to see me and hugged me. I will never forget that moment. It was as if he gave permission to enjoy it and told me not to feel guilty. Like me, the fans would have preferred Primož to win. I realised that, I also read it on social media. But what could I do about it? Nothing.”
In the interview with the French sports newspaper, Pogačar acknowledged that he is aware that his victory has been met with skepticism. “Anyone who wins the Tour is suspicious. That’s because of the past. That is the history of cycling. There have been so many cases that it is hard for people to believe. We need time to get rid of that and regain respect. We have to learn to live with that.”
Before he became a pro, the Slovenian was already aware of the doping use in the peloton. “When I was young, it was often talked about. At the association we had to sign an annual contract that we would never use doping. I signed that for ten years. In June I saw Lance Armstrong’s documentary. I saw where it can all lead. Today I have the feeling that doping use in cycling has decreased significantly.”
Dylan Groenewegen Asks His Pregnant Girlfriend in Hospital To Marry
Dylan Groenwegen is engaged to his partner Nine Storms. The couple announced this via their social media. Groenewegen made his marriage proposal at the AMC in Amsterdam. His girlfriend is in hospital because of pregnancy complications. The couple are expecting their first child, a son, in February. “She said yes!”, The Jumbo-Visma rider wrote on Wednesday with a photo in which he holds the engagement ring. “Good and bad moments, you always give me back. We are looking ahead, Mrs. Groenewegen.”
His fiancé shared the same photo on her instagram account. “At my hospital bed, because his planned surprises fell into the water for a moment. I SAID YESSSS!!!!”
She said yes!
Ulissi Takes Break to Undergo Cardiac Tests
Diego Ulissi will be forced to observe a temporary break from competitive activity to carry out cardiac checks related to the development of myocarditis.
Doctor Michele De Grandi, who forms part of the medical staff at UAE Team Emirates, explains how the necessary decision was made to temporarily keep Ulissi out of action: “Diego underwent the normal health checks required by the UCI and the team. Subjectively he was fine and did not feel any disturbance, but the finding of an irregular heartbeat during a physical exertion, not previously present, gave us some doubt. Even with a normal ultrasound appearance, two new tests (Holter ECG 24 hours, which highlighted further arrhythmias, and a cardiac MRI scan) have drawn a conclusion of myocarditis. Myocarditis is an inflammation of the myocardial tissue, the heart muscle, usually of viral origin. As a precaution Ulissi will undergo a period of absolute rest for a few months, during which he will carry out in-depth investigations to further clarify the clinical picture.”
Ulissi, 31, has accumulated 38 career victories to date and experienced one of the strongest years of his career with 5 victories including two stage wins at the Giro d’Italia.
Diego Ulissi: “I cannot hide the feeling of worry and anger. I’ve never had any sign of it, I’ve always felt good; Fortunately, the team’s medical staff were quick to act and discovered this abnormality. I will take a break now which I hope will be temporary, bearing in mind that the priority is health, because life does not end with cycling. I have just finished what has perhaps been my best season ever, with a consistent run of high level performances from January to October which also earned me the Top Ten in the UCI individual ranking. I was already beginning my preparation for 2021 with the desire to build on last years results. Now, however, I find myself facing this unexpected situation. I think my state of mind is understandable for everyone. A heartfelt thanks to all at UAE Team Emirates who are taking great care of me through this unfortunate time.”
Diego Ulissi Giro’20 stage 2 win:
Riccardo Riccò Suspended for Life
Riccardo Riccò has been banned for life by the Italian anti-doping agency NADO for (attempted) illegal trade in banned substances or methods. The Italian, who raced for Saunier Duval and Vacansoleil, and others, had already been suspended for twelve years.
Riccò will be punished for the illegal trade or attempted illegal trade in prohibited substances or methods, which is subject to a suspension of at least four years up to a lifetime exclusion. The now 37-year-old Italian also has to pay a fine of €4000. He was also ordered to pay the costs of the proceedings €378.
Riccò had already been suspended for 12 years, until 2024, after he used blood doping in 2011. The Italian, who was under contract with Vacansoleil at the time, ended up in hospital because, according to a doctor, something had gone wrong with the transfusion. He was immediately fired. Riccò was also suspended during the 2008 Tour de France, he tested positive for CERA, on that occasion he was banned for 20 months.
In an interview with Lello Ferrara, Riccò said: “Of course it’s not pleasant to go back to the newspapers as if I were still involved in something, but nothing has changed in what we already knew. I spoke last Thursday in a video conference with the court and I honestly don’t care that much about the lifetime ban, having already left this world for good. I won’t even appeal. Riders find themselves with institutions led by older people, with a mentality that is no longer good for what needs to be addressed. The world has changed, but we are always in the hands of the usual ones. Doping? Surely the situation has changed a lot, but from a certain point of view it is even worse because the most powerful teams have a huge advantage being able to afford unattainable means and people for other teams. I’m no longer in the environment, I don’t even see the former colleagues, but seeing the races I got the idea that the difference is still too big. And I would add that it would be time to stop harassing the riders in Italy, while in Spain and Belgium it has never been like this. When I won the stage at the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, finishing 5th overall in the 2007 Giro, I didn’t reach a medicine for the three weeks of racing. I had hallucinating values, I was destroyed even if I had previously “prepared”, but unlike many others I didn’t care during the Giro and I assure you that, without taking anything, it was almost impossible to compete in top level races. What would I say to my 11-year-old son, if he asked me to be a rider? Simply to be careful, because cycling is the most beautiful sport in the world, but its problems arise from everything that surrounds it.”
Bad boy Riccò:
Former World Champion Fabián Puerta Banned for Four Years
Track sprinter Fabián Puerta has been suspended for four years by the UCI Anti-doping Tribunal for violating anti-doping rules. In 2018, the Colombian rider won the World championship in the Keirin event in Apeldoorn.
Puerta had been suspended since 2018. During the Colombian Championship, three months after the World championships in Apeldoorn, the substance Boldenon was found in the blood of the sprinter. This is a form of an anabolic steroid, which was also found in some baseball players and MMA fighters.
The 29-year-old rider also competed in the Keirin at the London Olympics (2012). Four years later, in Rio, he finished in 10th place in the sprint and finished 5th in the Keirin. In 2017 he took silver in the Keirin World championship.
Sevilla to Race for Another Year
Óscar Sevilla will be in action in the peloton next season. The now 44-year-old Spaniard has extended his contract with Medellín for another year. Sevilla announced his decision through the social channels of the Continental Colombia team.
With his announcement, Sevilla follows the example of Davide Rebellin, who, according to Italian media, also decided at the age of 49 to stick with it for another year with the Cambodian tam. Sevilla will start his fifth season with Medellín in 2021. Sevilla was considered a big GC hope, especially in the early 2000s and was second in the Vuelta a España in 2001. He has been riding at Continental level since 2008, but still appears in the results. He finished second in the Tour of Qinghai Lake last year and third in the Vuelta a San Juan at the beginning of this season. He also finished 12th in the Spanish road championship.
Óscar Sevilla in San Juan:
Pawel Poljanski Stops Despite WorldTour Offer
Paweł Poljański has ridden his last race as a cycling professional. Despite an offer of a new contract in the WorldTour, the Polish climber has put an end to his career.
Poljański joined the professional peloton in 2014 with Tinkoff-Saxo. In three seasons with Tinkoff, the Pole twice rode the Giro d’Italia and once the Vuelta a España. In those tours he always worked for his countryman Rafał Majka. He finished 9th in the 2015 Tour of Austria. In 2017 he followed Majka to BORA-hansgrohe, where he rode until last season.
“It was one of the most difficult decisions in years,” Poljański said via social media. “I always dreamed of riding with the best teams in the world – and I did. I have met great people and experienced many beautiful moments in the peloton. Despite an offer for a new contract in the WorldTour, I am now putting an end to this period in my life.”
“I did not sign the contract, because it did not give me a better future perspective than the new path I am now taking. Cycling has given me a lot of perseverance and cost a lot of sacrifices. With loads of experience I am starting a new chapter in my life. It was a great adventure of more than fifteen years. I am happy that I was able to be active in cycling for such a long time,” said Poljański.
Paweł Poljański leading Michael Matthews in the 2020 Giro d’Italia:
EF Pro Cycling Signs Frenchman Julien El Fares
Julien El Fares will be racing at the highest level in 2021. The 35-year-old Frenchman has signed a contract with EF Pro Cycling. El Fares rode for Cofidis in the past and has raced for Nippo-Delko One Provence since 2014.
El Fares isn’t the first rider to leave Nippo-Delko One Provence to go to EF Pro Cycling. The Japanese riders Fumiyuki Beppu and Hideto Nakane will also race next year for manager Jonathan Vaughters. “EF Pro Cycling is a great team with a good mentality,” El Fares commented after signing the contract.
“It’s great that I can now be part of the EF family,” said the Frenchman, who will look after his younger teammates as a kind of mentor. “I look forward to using my experience in European races, familiarising the young riders and I want to contribute to the success. I want to perform as well as possible in 2021.”
El Fares started his professional career in 2008 with Cofidis and raced for the team for four seasons. He won a stage in Tirreno-Adriatico and the overall victory in the Tour of Wallonia and the Tour of the Mediterranean. El Fares also rode the Tour de France three times.
The likely arrival of the Japanese company Nippo as a sponsor at EF may be the basis for the transfer of El Fares. The team has yet to officially announce the new sponsor. The Japanese construction company Nippo is currently still sponsoring Nippo-Delko One Provence, the ex-team of El Fares, Beppu and Nakane.
Julien El Fares leading the break in the Dauphine 2017:
Uijtdebroeks signs with Team Auto Eder and will start his professional career with BORA – hansgrohe in 2022
The highly sought-after 17-year-old Belgian will take on his final season as a junior with Team Auto Eder. From 2022, Uijtdebroeks will then ride for BORA – hansgrohe for at least three years.
“It’s no secret that everyone was interested in Cian. His results are very good, yet his performance data is particularly convincing. I must say that I am personally highly impressed by Cian’s demeanour and his very productive cooperation with his stepfather. We all quickly found out that we operated on the same wavelength. That was certainly one reason for him to choose us. The second is that with Team Auto Eder, we will have an international junior team from 2021 onwards, and will thus be able to introduce talent into the BORA – hansgrohe structure at an early stage. I’m already quite excited about where our common journey will take us. But we are not pursuing any particular short-term goals with Cian, instead he will be given time to develop in a less pressurised environment.” – Ralph Denk, Team Manager.
“After winning Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, I had contact with pretty much all the WorldTour teams. There were different approaches to making the move to the pro ranks and also towards my development. With BORA – hansgrohe, I immediately had a good feeling. They don’t just look at young riders physiologically, but they also take a very individual approach to their riders. In the end, I was also convinced by the fact that Team Auto Eder will work towards integrating me into the BORA – hansgrohe structure. I feel that I am in good hands and am very happy with my decision. Now I’ll be able to fully concentrate on the first third of the racing program, with the Classics.” – Cian Uijtdebroeks.
“We became aware of Cian in our scouting process during Spring, and we then contacted him. He has potential in different areas, as he is a very good climber, but can also ride a strong time trial. In general, his performance data is very impressive for a 17-year-old rider. In the upcoming season, he will firstly be concentrating on the Belgian races, and then increasingly on stage races. I think that with our new international focus, we’ll have a very good race program for him, and if everything goes well, it would certainly be a goal of his to do well at the World Championships in Flanders. But we will also bring Cian together with the pros at some training events this year. I think this is very important, because in twelve months, he will already be in the midst of preparations for his first professional season with BORA – hansgrohe.” – Christian Schrot, Sports Director and Talent Scout.
Benjamin Dyball to UKYO
Benjamin Dyball has found a new team for 2021 at the last minute. The 31-year-old Australian will leave NTT Pro Cycling for the Japanese UKYO team. He will become a teammate of the Dutchman Raymond Kreder, who has extended his contract with UKYO.
Dyball finally got a chance at WorldTour level in 2020, and rode the Vuelta a España, but had to look for a new team. The Aussie, winner of the Tour de Langkawi last year, is UKYO’s fourth new rider. Marcus Culey, Ryuga Uga and Tomoya Koyama have also signed for 2021.
The Continental team starts the new season with ten riders. Kreder, Yuma Koishi, Naoya Yoshioka, Kohei Yokotsuka, Kosuke Takeyama and Nathan Earle all stay with the team.
Benjamin Dyball in la Vuelta’20:
Gianni Savio to Look After Egan Bernal’s Younger Brother
Egan Bernal has been a top performer in Europe for several years, but we may see another Bernal in the professional peloton soon. Fifteen year-old Ronald Stiven Bernal, the younger brother of the 2019 Tour winner, is coming to Europe.
The very young Ronald Stiven Bernal will not yet race for a youth team in Europe, but will certainly not be left to his own devices. Bernal junior hopes to continue to grow as a cyclist under the wing of Gianni Savio. “Egan has decided that his brother Ronald Stiven will come to Italy to race under our leadership,” Savio told Tuttobiciweb.
Savio, as team manager of Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec, succeeded in bringing a young Egan Bernal to Europe. The Colombian rode under Savio’s wing for two seasons, had a lot of success and was eventually picked up by the Sky team, now INEOS Grenadiers. Now Savio will take care of his younger brother.
Savio said: “Ronald is known as a talent and according to Egan he is really very strong. In contrast to Egan, he has a very strong sprint. In a small group he is able to control the race. I hear very good stories about him and can’t wait to work with him. We will guide him as best we can.”
Another Bernal in Europe:
Betancur Will Race for a Colombian Team in 2021
Carlos Betancur was practically invisible this year. The 31-year-old Movistar climber has now spoken via social media. “Next year I will continue to race in a new outfit with God’s help.” According to Ciclismointernacional, Betancur is returning to his home country of Colombia.
Betancur does not yet want to say where his future lies, but according to Ciclismointernacional he will soon sign a contract with a Colombian team from the Antioquia department, where Betancur grew up and still lives. It seems unlikely that he will race in Europe.
At the end of 2010, Betancur joined the professionals after the Colombian won the U23 Giro d’Italia. When riding for Acqua e Sapone, he won the Giro dell’Emilia as a neo-pro, and a year later he won the Queen Stage of the Tour of Belgium. After two seasons at Acqua e Sapone, Betancur was given the opportunity to prove himself at WorldTour level after signing a contract with AG2R-La Mondiale. The Colombian took overall wins in Paris-Nice and the Tour du Haut-Var, fifth place in the Giro d’Italia and top 5 finishes in the Walloon classics.
Betancur also proved difficult to manage. He sometimes disappeared for a long periods of time and he was often overweight during the season. After a few promising years, the rider never managed to reach his old level again, not even at Movistar, although there were occasionally sparks of form: 1st in Stage 2 of the 2016 Vuelta a Asturias and 9th Overall Vuelta a Castilla y León with a stage win. Then in 2019 he won the Klasika Primavera. This year he had thirteen race days.
Carlos Betancur in one of his few appearances in a Movistar jersey:
De Vreese to Alpecin-Fenix
Laurens De Vreese’s professional career doesn’t seem to be over yet. Het Laatste Nieuws writes that the 32-year-old Belgian will continue his career at Alpecin-Fenix.
Laurens De Vreese was not se-signed by Astana after six years, despite the fact that he was a strong part of the Classic’s team. In 2018 he helped Michael Valgren to victories in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and the Amstel Gold Race. De Vreese will be helping Mathieu van der Poel next year. His professional career hung by a thread, but according to the Belgian newspaper, he has found a new home at Alpecin-Fenix.
The team already contracted Xandro Meurisse (Circus-Wanty Gobert), Jasper Philipsen (UAE team Emirates), Edward Planckaert (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Lionel Taminiaux (Bingoal-Wallonie Bruxelles), Silvan Dillier (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Tobias Bayer (Tirol-KTM) for 2021.
Laurens De Vreese:
Van der Hoorn to Intermarché Wanty Gobert
Taco van der Hoorn will have his chance in the WorldTour. It was recently announced that he signed with BEAT Cycling, but that team now announces that the man from Rotterdam will be active at the highest level. According to WielerFlits, he will be working for Intermarché Wanty Gobert, the successor of Circus-Wanty Gobert in 2021.
In the second half of the summer it was announced that Van der Hoorn would not be with Jumbo-Visma, the team he has been racing with for two years. In November he appeared to have signed a contract with BEAT Cycling. “I chose BEAT because they are the best continental team at the moment. My goal is actually to show again that I can win races in order to put me back in the spotlight at the professional level.”
However, BEAT Cycling has now announced that Van der Hoorn will not be in their colours in 2021. The rider will make the switch to the WorldTour. “This was a unique opportunity for me that I could not pass up,” he says via BEAT. “Of course it is a shame that it will not take place at BEAT now, but at the same time I am very happy that I can race at WorldTour level again. I was impressed by the structure that BEAT has put in place.” According to WielerFlits, he is on his way to Intermarché Wanty Gobert. In the short time remaining, the BEAT Cycling road team is looking for a replacement.
Taco van der Hoorn crash in Roubaix’19:
Christian Knees Ends Professional Career
After seventeen seasons, Christian Knees has decided to end his professional career. The INEOS Grenadiers rider will hang his bike up, but he will continue in a different role with the team he raced for since 2011.
Knees started his career in the professional peloton in 2004 as part of Team Wiesenhof. In 2006 he moved to Milram, where he raced for four seasons. In 2011 he went to Team Sky and stayed there until the end of his career. Knees’ palmarès include Rund um Köln (2006), the Bayern-Rundfahrt (2008) and the German road championship (2010). But the strong German mainly rode for others. He helped Bradley Wiggins to Tour de France victory and Chris Froome in 2017 and 2018, and the Vuelta a España and the Giro d’Italia.
“Not many can say that they are still a professional at the age of 39. Everyone has to stop at some point and it’s always difficult to close a chapter, but I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished. I have a lot of good memories and I can leave the peloton with my head held high. It is now time for new adventures, but I will always keep cycling. I am happy to stay with the team. It will be a year in which we will try things out to see how I can best help the team,” he said on the INEOS Grenadiers website.
Movistar Team Confirms 29 Riders for 2021 Men’s Roster
Telefónica-backed squad finalises ample lineup, one of its most diverse with 11 nationalities + mixture of stalwarts and young talents.
The Movistar Team confirmed on Monday the 29 riders that would make part of their 2021 men’s roster, their 42nd lineup in the highest tier of professional road cycling (now called UCI WorldTour). The list includes the five signings they announced in previous releases over the autumn: Miguel Ángel López, Iván García Cortina, Gregor Mühlberger, Gonzalo Serrano and Abner González.
The Telefónica-backed squad’s roster contains 11 different nationalities, with a mixture of veterans and youngsters (16 riders aged 26 or younger) and international talents alongside strong Spanish members (16 riders from the squad’s original country). Enric Mas, Marc Soler and Alejandro Valverde will continue to race for the Eusebio Unzué-led organisation.
2021 Men’s Movistar Team:
Juan Diego Alba (COL), Jorge Arcas (ESP), Héctor Carretero (ESP), Dario Cataldo (ITA), Gabriel Cullaigh (GBR), Iñigo Elosegui (ESP), Imanol Erviti (ESP), Iván García Cortina (ESP), Abner González (PUR), Juri Hollmann (GER), Johan Jacobs (SUI), Matteo Jorgenson (USA), Miguel Ángel López (COL), Lluís Mas (ESP), Enric Mas (ESP), Sebastián Mora (ESP), Gregor Mühlberger (AUT), Mathias Norsgaard (DEN), Nelson Oliveira (POR), Antonio Pedrero (ESP), José Joaquín Rojas (ESP), Einer Rubio (COL), Sergio Samitier (ESP), Gonzalo Serrano (ESP), Marc Soler (ESP), Albert Torres (ESP), Alejandro Valverde (ESP), Carlos Verona (ESP), Davide Villella (ITA).
The 14 riders already confirmed for the Movistar’s women’s program back in November round out the longest lineup for the Abarca Sports structure in more than four decades of uninterrupted activity. 43 world-class athletes will be carrying the Blue flag next year as part of one of only five teams* with both men’s and women’s UCI WorldTour outfits.
*DSM, Trek-Segafredo, Mitchelton and FDJ – a structure independent from the Groupama men’s team – are the other four teams whose sponsors support teams at both of cycling’s top men’s and women’s categories.
2021 Movistar men’s team:
Bingoal-WB Starts Women’s Team
Bingoal-Wallonie Bruxelles has established a women’s team of elites and juniors. The Belgian squad already has a ProTeam, a development team with a continental license and links with disabled sports.
Manager Christophe Brandt of Bingoal-WB is very enthusiastic about the women’s team, which will be led by former cyclist Ludivine Henrion. “Our wish is to promote cycling, to help young people to grow and to reach the highest level,” said Brandt.
The project is also supported by the federation of Wallonie-Bruxelles. “Promoting sport to the female public is one of my main goals,” said Valérie Glatigny, the sports minister. “The women’s team will benefit from Christophe Brandt’s experience and this team will play a role as ambassador.”
Bingoal-WB Ladies will compete in the Lotto Cycling Cup and various Women Cycling Series races in Belgium and the Netherlands.
Ladies Bingoal-WB team:
Laura CHARLIER – Julie DEBOCK – Kelly DECALUWE – Francine DELAIN – Camille DELESTRAIT – Naika DENEEF – Ann-Sophie DUYCK – Océane JONCKERS – Lien LANSSENS – Liliane LEENKNEGT – Alissa LURQUIN – Fiona MERTENS – Femke OSSELAER – Tuva SADICHTER – Elrine TAAYOISE – Elrine TAAYOISE – Elrine Delphine THIRIFAYS – Isabel VANDEWALLE – Fanny VANDRIESSCHE – Lauryne VAN LAEKEN – Justine VROMANNE – Eleanor WISEMAN – Allison ZAVA.
Ladies team for Bingoal:
Team Auto Eder: Professional Talent Development
Team Auto Eder is the official junior team of the UCI WorldTour Team BORA – hansgrohe. Since its founding in 2007 under the then sponsor Quest Immobilen, it has pursued the goal of providing the best possible support for young and ambitious riders, offering them an environment in which they are able to develop without pressure, but nevertheless in a targeted manner, and in the long term, ultimately find their way into professional cycling. The successful professional cyclists of today, such as Michael Schwarzmann, Georg Zimmermann and Marco Brenner, are the result of these years of talent development in the U19 category, which is an excellent basis for commencing a career as a professional athlete.
At the turn of the year, Team Auto Eder will open a new chapter in its team history. Up until the 2020 season, only Bavarian athletes were permitted to race for the official junior team of BORA – hansgrohe. From the 2021 season onwards, however, new ground will be broken, with this concept being opened up to the whole of Germany as well as neighbouring countries. The background: with a larger talent pool, Auto Eder aims to create even greater synergy with BORA – hansgrohe, while simultaneously increasing its level of performance.
The sportive goals are also higher than before. To give young riders the opportunity to gather international experience, the program will include more participation in high-class international one-day races as well as stage races. In terms of its operation, the goal is to run a junior cycling team on a highly professional level. As in previous years, the team will be led by Christian Schrot, who is also responsible for scouting for the WorldTour Team BORA – hansgrohe. In addition, Team Auto Eder will also rely on BORA – hansgrohe’s resources in terms of material and organisation.
“The realignment of Team Auto Eder serves as the next step in our team history. For us, soccer and the other ball sports have provided a model for this path, where it is quite normal to work with international talents already in the junior categories. In cycling, however, such a strategy is still quite new – so I am very much looking forward to this task. But I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Auto Eder company and in particular its managing director Willi Bonke. We have already worked together very successfully for 20 years, and he has always been open to new ideas and ways of doing things. We would also like to thank the Bund Deutscher Radfahrer (BDR) and its subordinate associations. Because such a path is also new for the federations, and we are pleased that they support our idea of an even more professional approach to talent development.” – Ralph Denk, Team Manager
“We have achieved everything there was to achieve with Team Auto Eder at a national level over the past few years. Therefore, we now want to become increasingly successful on the international stage as well. This is particularly the case, because it has been so great to see how the synergies created in recent years between Team Auto Eder and BORA – hansgrohe are now being taken to a new level. The new team concept also brings with it the next step in our external presentation: because now we will be able to gain more of an international image. Other companies take the route of TV advertising, yet we remain committed to cycling. Finally, I would like to emphasise that we are very proud of this extremely successful cooperation over the past 20 years, and are now looking forward to a new chapter in the upcoming season.” – Willi Bonke, Managing Director, Auto Eder
Team Auto Eder 2021:
ECKERSTORFER, Benjamin (AUT, 2004)
GROSS, Matteo (GER, 2004)
HAJEK, Alexander (AUT, 2003)
HERZOG, Emil (GER, 2004)
LÜHRS, Luis (GER, 2003)
SCHRAG, Daniel (GER, 2003)
SCHRETTL, Marco (AUT, 2003)
UIJTDEBROEKS, Cian (BEL, 2003)
Team Auto Eder:
Fabrizio Guidi Joins UAE Team Emirates as Sports Director
Italian to link up with the Emirati squad for 2021
UAE Team Emirates have secured the services of Fabrizio Guidi for the 2021 season, who will join the sporting staff in the role of Sports Director.
Guidi, 48, has much experience in the role having spent time with teams such as Nippo, Saxo-Tinkoff and most recently at EF Pro Cycling.
Speaking on the announcement, Guidi is keen to link up with his new team: “It’s a team I have admired for a long time. I’m happy and proud to join a strong and ambitious team with a solid project for the future. It’s an important opportunity and I can’t wait to spend my energy on this exciting adventure.”
Guidi is the second new Sports Director for 2021, with Fabio Baldato also assuming the role for the new cycling campaign.
Fabrizio Guidi doing a bit of cyclocross in Het Volk 1999:
Tim Declercq Receives Another Kristallen Fiets Best Domestique Trophy
A Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider has won the award each year since 2012.
For the third year in a row, Tim Declercq was named Best Domestique of the peloton in the Kristallen Fiets survey, receiving the award from teammate and friend Yves Lampaert and joining Iljo Keisse as the only two riders to have won the prestigious trophy on three occasions.
Last season, his fourth with Deceuninck – Quick-Step, Tim impressed again with the amazing workload he put in on countless occasions, shining in both one-day races and the Tour de France. At the latter, the 31-year-old played a vital role in the team’s hat-trick of stage wins and Sam Bennett’s resounding victory in the points jersey classification, spending a total of over 1000 kilometres at the head of the bunch.
“It is a great honour for me to be awarded the Kristallen Fiets trophy again, especially in such an unusual year. It was a season of two halves, with the interruptions meaning that the conditions of races changed but I just tried to focus and keep doing what I do for the guys around me. The year had started well for me, with the team doing well in Valencia and Algarve, but then after Paris-Nice the season stopped. I was lucky that I could still train outdoors in the lockdown and I tried to look after my condition and stay strong as best as I could.”
“Then in August, when racing started again, it was all about preparing for the Tour de France. What we did as a team there, with Julian in yellow for several days and Sam winning the green jersey competition, was really special. His victory in Paris and how we rode as a team was something I will never forget”, said the always-smiling Belgian, who concluded the season by taking a solid second at Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne, behind Yves Lampaert, for his first ever World Tour podium.
Tim, who made it nine years in a row that a Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider has won the Kristallen Fiets Best Domestique Prize, continued: “I would like to thank the whole team for their support throughout the year. A lot of people comment on how much work I do on the front, but it takes a special team to convert that into something meaningful. I am lucky that I am in a squad that try every day to do something special and it is nice to have my part in that recognised but it is only possible to because of the guys around me, not only the riders, but also Patrick, the team management and all of the staff that make this team so special.”
Tim Declercq working as usual:
Lennard Kämna Receives German Cycling Award
Lennard Kämna has been named Cyclist of the Year in Germany. The 24-year-old BORA-hansgrohe rider won stages in the Tour de France and the Critérium du Dauphiné this year.
The vote was organised by the magazines RadSport and RennRad. Kämna received the most votes among the men, 26.9%. Ahead of his BORA-hansgrohe teammates Maximilian Schachmann on 19.2% and Pascal Ackermann with 16.3%.
Among the women, the title Cyclist of the Year went to track cyclist Emma Hinze, who was three times World champion in Berlin in early 2020. She won the sprint, keirin and team sprint events. Hinze received more votes than Lisa Brennauer and Franziska Brauße. The prize for the best young talent went to 18-year-old Marco Brenner, who will race for the WorldTour DSM team (ex Sunweb) for the next four years.
Lennard Kämna solo in the Tour de France:
Dates Announced for 2021 Canadian Track and Cyclo-Cross Championships
Following the release of our 2021 national calendar for the road, mountain bike and BMX disciplines, Cycling Canada is pleased to announce the dates of the 2021 Canadian Track and Cyclo-Cross Championships.
“2020 has been a challenging year for all those involved – directly and indirectly – in the delivery of cycling events across the country,” said Josh Peacock, Events & Partnerships Manager at Cycling Canada. “We are thrilled to continue to work with a dedicated group of local organising committees and host communities who remain committed to welcoming the highest level of national cycling events to their regions for 2021. Cycling Canada will continue to work within local public health guidelines to ensure that nationally sanctioned events are delivered in the safest possible manner, and remain optimistic that a return to competition remains in sight.”
The Elite, Masters and Para Canadian Track Championships are scheduled to return to the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, ON, from September 23-26, 2021. Previously included in the U17 & Junior Track Championships event programme, para-cycling categories will now be hosted in conjunction with the Elites and Masters in September. Unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 trends and the situation in Ontario, we are not in a position to announce spring dates for the U17/Junior Track Championships at this time. Cycling Canada will continue to monitor the effects of the pandemic closely and review all possible options to identify a potential summer or fall date for the safe return of this important event.
Originally slated for the early months of 2021, organisers of the Western Track Challenge have also made the decision to postpone the event to a later date, citing March or May 2021 as preferred options. Cycling Canada, in conjunction with Cycling BC and the Burnaby Velodrome Club, will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates for confirmed postponement dates as they become available.
Later in the season, Canada will play host to two cyclo-cross events which will kick off on November 27th with the 2021 Canadian Cyclo-cross Championships in Langford, BC, followed by the UCI C2 sanctioned Bear Crossing Grand Prix the next day. Both events will take place at Langford’s newly constructed Jordie Lunn Bike Park featuring the nation’s first full-time purpose-built cyclo-cross course.
At the heart of Cycling Canada’s national event portfolio remains a commitment to ensure the health and safety of all stakeholders involved in event delivery. All relevant event updates will continue to be communicated via the Cycling Canada website in the weeks and months to come. For the complete list of Cycling Canada events, click here.
Canyon New Belgian Investors
The Belgian holding company GBL (Group Bruxelles Lambert) has taken a majority share in the German bicycle manufacturer. Canyon had been looking for a takeover candidate for some time.
It is unknown how big GBL’s investment is. What is known is that Canyon founder Roman Arnold will remain involved in the company’s advisory board. He is reportedly investing a large portion of the proceeds from the acquisition. GBL wants to further grow with the Koblenz company in Europe, the United States and in the e-bike market, because according to CEO Ian Gallienne, there is “great potential” for Canyon.
Canyon is very active in the professional cycling world. Mathieu van der Poel has been an ambassador of the bicycle brand since last year and his team Alpecin-Fenix has also been riding Canyon bikes for several years. In addition, the German company supplies the bikes to the WorldTour Movistar team and is the named sponsor of the Women’s WorldTour Canyon-SRAM team.
Top winner on a Canyon – Mathieu van der Poel:
EVOC and BORA – hansgrohe Are Going on Tour Together Starting in 2021
EVOC, global market leader for bicycle travel bags, will partner up with road cycling WorldTour team BORA – hansgrohe as their “official supplier for travel luggage”. The Munich based specialist for sports travel goods will support the UCI WorldTeam with products specifically developed for road cycling, ensuring to make the transport of equipment easier and more secure.
Travel, transport and logistics in professional road cycling are immensely exacting for bikes, material and equipment. This is why it is all the more essential for luggage and transport solutions to withstand that strain. So it was a relatively logical consequence for one of the world’s best road cycling teams to pair up with the leading expert for bike travel bags and sports travel goods. The collaboration between EVOC and the team BORA – hansgrohe will begin on 1st January 2021.
EVOC cofounder Holger Feist is looking forward to the cooperation: “Finally and after a long planning period, the cooperation between BORA – hansgrohe and EVOC can finally start. Both parties are renowned for highest quality, performance and an unwavering passion for sports. We here at EVOC are very proud to be accompanying the world’s best road cyclists to training and competitions with our bags. And through this cooperation, where our products will be taken to their limits on a daily basis, we are hoping for vital feedback for further developments and even higher standards of quality.”
Aside from the high standards the two companies have set for themselves and their achievements, there is also another connection. They share the cultivation of regionality and both had to fight their way to success against outside resistance.
Ralph Denk, team manager of BORA – hansgrohe continues: “It fills me with pride to see that the global leaders for travel and bike bags, also based here in Upper Bavaria, are making their way into professional cycling together with my team. The partnership has intensified over a longer period of time. Together with EVOC, we have been collaborating on specific road cycling products that live up to the requirements of a WorldTour team. From the start, I felt that we were on the same page and would be able to achieve a lot. Now that I am holding the products in my own hands for the first time, I am certain that our equipment will always get to the races around the globe safely. I am looking forward to our Bavarian collaboration and I’m sure that it will be a success for both sides.”
“For me, collaboration with a professional team is beneficial, because the wear of the products far exceeds anything we would expect from private use. This means we get essential feedback on durability and wear resistance,” says Tobias Reischle, product developer at EVOC.
If you keep in mind that a Grand Tour entails up to 21 changes of hotels, you get an idea of how traveling with sports equipment can be taken to a whole new dimension. “For example, the pros rationalise a great deal when it comes to the use of our Bike Travel Bags. This means that, ideally, we get a lot of suggestions for improvement on how to make them even simpler and more intuitive to operate, resulting in increased user friendliness – not just for professionals. The frequency of use and intensity of travel with the bags are what constitutes the decisive distinction from hobby and leisure applications,” continues Reischle. “Lastly, it’s a great motivating factor for the entire product team to be privileged to work for professionals and to know they are traveling the world with our Road Bike Bag Pro, to hope for their success and to be in a position to make a contribution with our work.”
The range which has been exclusively developed for and with BORA – hansgrohe comprises eleven products that make transporting equipment safer, as well as more comfortable and that support the supervisory staff during the races. One of these is the Road Bike Bag Pro, a unique bike travel bag with a hybrid construction in which individually adapted road bikes can travel securely without the need to alter the cockpit or saddle setup. In addition, riders and team can look forward to their individual pillow bags, washing nets, suitcases, as well as backpacks while the work of supervisory staff will be facilitated by special physio and medical backpacks, cool bags, rain bags and finish-line backpacks. The EVOC BORA – hansgrohe product line will initially be reserved for the team, however an extensive range of EVOC sports travel goods is generally available.
Further information: www.evocsports.com
Video: Till the last stage
The drama, the sacrifice, the glory and the emotion of 2020: Till The Last Stage.
Tadej Pogačar continued to impress after a very promising early season, taking the lead in the best young rider classification and picking up his first Tour de France stage.
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