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The Vuelta a España 2020 route has been announced – Details in today’s Top Story. A cycling news packed EUROTRASH Thursday: Alejandro Valverde for Tour/Vuelta double, Richard Carapaz for the Giro, Amanda Spratt returns to the TDU, Vuelta 2021 to start in Burgos, Thibaut Pinot for Paris-Nice, Giro jerseys, CCC, CCC-Liv and UAE Team Emirates talk 2020, Bardiani-CSF till 2022, HEMA sponsor Jumbo-Visma, rider and team news and la Vuelta in numbers. The new season isn’t that far off.

TOP STORY: The 2020 Vuelta a España Route
The 2020 Spanish Grand Tour course was announced on Tuesday evening in Madrid. The 75th edition starts in Holland, goes to France and Portugal and doesn’t venture south, in-fact the final stage in Madrid is the most southerly point, much to the annoyance of our EUROTRASH editor who looks like he will miss the Vuelta for the first time since 2002.

The Vuelta a España 2020 has summit finishes on the Col du Tourmalet and the Alto de l’Angliru and will visit four countries. The Tour of Spain starts next year on August 14th with a team time trial in Utrecht and ends on September 6th on the streets of Madrid. The total race is completely north of the Spanish capital. The race plan has eight flat stages, a team time and individual time trail. In addition, six stages are hilly and five mountain stage.

As previously announced, the Vuelta 2020 starts in the Netherlands. On Friday, August the 14th, Utrecht is the setting for a 23.3 kilometre team time trial. The first stage on Saturday is from ‘s-Hertogenbosch to Utrecht. The first mountain points can be earned on the Amerongse Berg. The three stages in the Netherlands will be concluded with a stage of 193 kilometres with start and finish in Breda.

On the first rest day the riders make the journey to Spain, where a stage with the finish on the Arrate is on Tuesday in the Basque Country. After a tough ride from Pamplona to Lekunberri, an uphill finish follows to La Laguna Negra de Vinuesa. After a few transitional stages, the peloton visits France the day before the second rest day, for a Pyrenees stage in which, after climbing the Aubisque, the finish line is on the summit of the Tourmalet.

In the second week in there is a new summit finish in Burgos on Wednesday on climb of the Alto de Moncalvillo. The second weekend has two tough mountain stages with finishes on top of Alto de La Farrapona and the Alto de l’Angliru.

The final week will start with a 33.5km ITT along the Galician coast. The finish is at the Mirador de Ézaro, where Alexandre Geniez won a stage three years ago. After a hilly transition to Ourense, the Vuelta heads towards Portugal for a sprinter stage to Matosinhos, north of Porto. The second stage in Portugal is also flat and finishes in Ciudad Rodrigo. On the penultimate day there is a summit finish on the Alto de La Covatilla to make the final overall decision, if it is needed. The 2020 Vuelta comes to an end in the Spanish capital of Madrid on Sunday the 6th of September. There will probably be a new winner of the Spanish race as last year’s winner, Primoz Roglic, is unlikely to defend his 2019 title.

Ed Hood’s ‘PEZ Vuelta First Look’ up soon and you can see more HERE.

Vuelta a España 2020 Route:

Alejandro Valverde to Ride Tour and Vuelta
Alejandro Valverde will be at the start of the Vuelta in 2020. During the presentation of the Vuelta course, the 39-year-old Spaniard confirmed that he will include the Spanish stage race in his race program for next year. “If nothing happens, then I’ll race the Vuelta,” according to the Spanish sports newspaper Marca.

The route of the Vuelta 2020 seems to please the ex-World champion: “It is a demanding and beautiful course, as always. Very hard. The most important stages are in the second week. I think it suits me. It is not a bad route, but first let’s see how I get there.”

Valverde has been at the start of the Spanish Grand Tour thirteen times. In 2009 he took the final victory and in the last edition he finished second behind Primoz Roglic. Next season he will ride the Tour, but there is a chance that he will stop early to prepare for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, his main goal for 2020.

Olympic champ to go with the rainbow?

Richard Carapaz To Giro d’Italia in 2020
Richard Carapaz was the first cyclist from Ecuador to win a Grand Tour. After three weeks of racing through Italy in the 2019 Giro, Carapaz pulled on the final pink jersey. His goal for 2020 is to repeat that victory, wrote La Gazzetta. According to the Italian sports newspaper, Carapaz wants to defend his title.

Peter Sagan has already announced his participation in the pink race, just like GC riders Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale), Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb), Rafal Majka (BORA-hansgrohe) and Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo).

The participation of Carapaz has not yet been officially announced, but it is probable that the future Ineos rider would be on the start line. The Giro d’Italia will starts on the 9th of May with a short time trial in the Hungarian capital, Budapest. The race ends on May the 31st with an individual time trial in Milan.

Giro’19 winner:

Spratt Dreaming of a Fourth Consecutive Santos Women’s Tour Down Under Victory in 2020
Three-time Santos Women’s Tour Down Under champion Amanda Spratt will take to the start line in 2020, as confirmed by Mitchelton-SCOTT today. Spratt will attempt her fourth-straight victory after taking honours in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Kimberley Conte, Race Director, Santos Women’s Tour Down Under said the event is looking forward to Amanda’s return in 2020 and she is expected to once again be a leader in the field.

“Amanda will no doubt be a marked rider again next year and despite changing the courses we run every year, she continues to excel at the event,” said Kimberley Conte. “With her tenacity, race skill and ability to read the race. She consistently puts herself in the right position and having a rider like Amanda in the field sets the bar for what’s expected from all teams. It is great to see that Amanda typically continues her great form after competing in South Australia each January and in 2019 went on to win silver in the World Championships.”

Amanda Spratt said that she is looking forward to competing in a home race and returning to the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under. “I’ve won three times before and I know in January my form is good and it is a period of the year where I always want to be in good form, so there’s no reason why I can’t think that I can win again next year and make it a four-peat,” said Amanda Spratt. “I enjoy the pressure of returning as a defending champion and that pressure is something I have become quite used to over the past two or three years.”

“For me it is just exciting to be going there to a home race, and especially the Santos Tour Down Under, it is just getting bigger and bigger every year. There’s always so much support, there’s so many people cheering for you and next year my parents are coming so it will be good to have some hometown support. It is a pretty special feeling, you almost feel famous for that week of the TDU rather than feeling a lot of pressure.”

Mitchelton-SCOTT will confirm their full line-up closer to the event.

Teams and Riders Confirmed So Far:
UniSA-Australia (men’s) have confirmed their full line up
UniSA-Australia (women’s) have confirmed their full line up
Trek-Segafredo (men’s) have confirmed Richie Porte and Mads Pedersen
Mitchelton-SCOTT (men’s) have confirmed Daryl Impey

Santos Tour Down Under
From humble beginnings in 1999, the Santos Tour Down Under has grown to be one of Australia’s premier sporting events, taking the fastest men and women in the world through some of the most iconic regions of SA. It is more than just a bike race, it is a festival of cycling, with a range of associated events and participation rides that create a massive party atmosphere. www.tourdownunder.com.au.

Amanda Spratt:

Vuelta 2021 Will Start with Individual Time Trial in Burgos
Next year the Vuelta a España will depart from Utrecht in the Netherlands. In 2021, Vuelta organiser, Javier Guillén, has decided to have the ‘Salida’ in his home country.

The Spanish sports newspaper Marca reports that the riders in 2021 will start in Burgos with an individual time trial with the possibility of the start ramp being near or even in the cathedral. The start in Burgos would be in honour of the eight-hundredth anniversary of the gothic cathedral.

The following days the riders would ride through the province of Burgos. On day two; the race would go from the provincial capital to Santo Domingo de Silos, and according to current plans, Caleruega would be the start town for stage 3, with a summit finish planned for the Picón Blanco. The GC men will have to be on their toes early.

Home start for the Burgos team:

Pinot to Ride Paris-Nice
Thibaut Pinot has never raced Paris-Nice during his ten-year career. The Groupama-FDJ rider has always preferred Tirreno-Adriatico, but the 29-year-old climber will be at the start of the French stage race for the first time next year. “I’ll take a risk,” he said in conversation with L’Est Republican.

Pinot has shown his talent in the Critérium du Dauphiné and the Tour de France, but he is only now preparing for his first Paris-Nice. “And that is strange for a French rider who is in a French team. It is a very special race, but I’ll take a risk, since I always perform well in Tirreno-Adriatico.” Pinot was fifth in the Italian stage race this year.

“So I opt for a trend break in the spring,” says Pinot, who might be confronted with wind and echelons in Paris-Nice. “They are different echelons than in the Tour de France, but it is still an echelon race. The team is also built for such stages. We are all going to see it,” says Pinot, who will participate in the Tour of the Basque Country again next year.

Pinot will start his season in the Tour de la Provence, and will focus on the climbing classics, the Tour de France, the Tokyo Olympic Games and the World Championship in Martigny. “But I am not thinking about the summer yet. There is no point in worrying now. I’ve been through worse things in my career.”

Pinot on the attack in Tour’19 stage 14:

Giro d’Italia 2020: New Jerseys Unveiled
Designed by Castelli and made with environmentally friendly SITIP fabrics, using recycled plastic bottles.

Here are the jerseys of the 103rd Giro d’Italia, organised by RCS Sport / La Gazzetta dello Sport and held from 9 to 31 May 2020. The jerseys are produced by Manifattura Valcismon – with the famous scorpion brand, Castelli, the designer of the jerseys. They are all made with special eco-friendly SITIP fabrics.

As the 2020 Giro d’Italia Maglia Rosa looks to the future, for the first time ever at a Grand Tour the leaders’ jerseys are manufactured with eco-sustainable fabrics: “Native by SITIP” uses processes and fabrics with a lower environmental impact, produced with recycled yarns – GRS (Global Recycled Standard) certified – deriving mainly from recycled plastic bottles, and driven by circular economy principles and policies.

The jerseys offer classification leaders the lightest, most aerodynamic high performance equipment available. Integrated transparent number pockets negate pinning race numbers to the jersey, further improving aerodynamics. Castelli’s design touches include a subtle new graphic representing the shape of the Trofeo Senza Fine (the ‘never-ending’ winner’s trophy), a raised rubberised Giro d’Italia logo on the sleeves and an injection moulded Amore Infinito ribbon on the back of the pocket.

The recycled fabrics will be used not only on the race jerseys but also in Castelli’s official replicas of the leaders’ jerseys.

The four jerseys of the Giro d’Italia are:
MAGLIA ROSA (pink) – General Classification leader, sponsored by Enel
MAGLIA CICLAMINO (cyclamen) – Sprinter Classification leader, sponsored by Segafredo
MAGLIA AZZURRA (blue) – King of the Mountains Classification leader, sponsored by Banca Mediolanum
MAGLIA BIANCA (white) – Young Rider General Classification leader, sponsored by Eurospin

The partnership with Intimissimi Uomo
Following the successful 2019 edition, the Giro d’Italia and Intimissimi Uomo, an exclusive Italian brand of men’s underwear, have renewed their partnership. The official jerseys used in the race and on the podium will feature a special internal design for the sponsor. Concealed inside the zipped jersey, and perfectly visible only once unzipped, the Intimissimi Uomo logo will always be in contact with the athlete’s skin, reflecting the brand’s slogan: “Experience the emotion on your skin.”

All Eyes on 2020: CCC Team to Target Five Key Victories
CCC Team will aim to finish the 2020 season with five major wins, team President Jim Ochowicz today announced at the team’s pre-season media day in Denia, Spain.

“After our inaugural year as CCC Team in 2019, we are approaching the next season with a bolstered roster of 28 riders and we have identified an ambitious, but achievable, list of victories we will target,” Ochowicz explained.

“As usual, we are starting the season looking to secure a Monument. Greg Van Avermaet delivered the first Monument win for the team back in 2017 and is more than capable of adding another one to his palmarès. With Matteo Trentin joining us in 2020, we now have multiple cards to play when it comes to the spring Classics. I am excited to see Greg and Matteo race together and believe we will have an aggressive and successful spring campaign. This goes hand in hand with our second goal of winning a UCI WorldTour one day race, which we achieved in 2019 with Greg’s win in Montreal, so we have another 21 opportunities in 2020. Moving on to the Grand Tours, we want to win a stage in each of the three races. Our 2019 roster has been boosted by three 2019 Grand Tour stage winners in Fausto Masnada, Matteo Trentin, and Ilnur Zakarin, who join our continuing riders who have also achieved this feat at least once in their career. Finally, we will aim to win a UCI WorldTour stage race throughout the season. Patrick Bevin came extremely close in 2019 at the Santos Tour Down Under, and Van Avermaet and Zakarin have WorldTour stage race victories to their names already. In total, that is six races we are targeting but, of course, if you win a Monument, you tick the WorldTour one day race off the list as well. So, these are the five races we want to win in 2020. As a team, we are motivated to achieve our goals and believe we have a talented and motivated group of riders capable of doing so.”

Wadecki appointed General Manager, Bauer becomes Sporting Manager
In 2020, Piotr Wadecki will assume the role of General Manager of CCC Team, working closely with Ochowicz, the team’s President, while Steve Bauer will transition from Director of VIP Services to Sporting Manager.

“In 2019, CCC Team made history as the first Polish UCI WorldTour team. In 2020, we want to build on this momentum and really achieve the results we know we can. We have welcomed new talent and if our training camp in Denia this week is anything to go by, we will be lining up for the first races of the season with a strong 28-rider team. As General Manager, I am excited to see what we can do in 2020,” Wadecki explained.

Ochowicz and Wadecki will continue to lead the day to day operations of the team and Bauer will oversee the team’s Sports Director group and assume responsibility for race calendar and rider roster planning. Gavin Chilcott continues as Chief Operating Officer, managing the business activities of the team.

“As we continue to grow the team from a sporting perspective, we welcome the news that CCC Team has been awarded a three-year WorldTeam license by the UCI, giving the organisation a platform to continue developing robust future business and sports objectives,” Chilcott said.

“I am looking forward to working more intensely with the sport group than I have in recent years. The wealth of experience and expertise we have throughout our CCC Team sport group is a tremendous asset. My vision is to always work to align this expertise into achieving our collective CCC Team performance goals. 2020 is an exciting year before us,” Bauer added.

Sprandi and CADEX feature on CCC Team’s 2020 Kit
CCC Team’s 2020 racing kit, made by Exteondo, retains the signature CCC orange colour and design that was seen in the peloton in 2019. CCC’s in-house shoe brand Sprandi will be more prominent in 2020 on the front and back, sides, and sleeves of the jersey, as well as the front of the bib short. Whilst CADEX, the team’s wheel and saddle partner, will feature on the jersey for the first time.

“The promotion of the Sprandi brand will be an important focus for the CCC company in 2020. Many cycling fans will be familiar with the brand from the former title sponsorship of CCC Sprandi Polkowice [now CCC Development Team] and now, with the logo featuring prominently on CCC Team’s jersey, we hope to build more awareness of Sprandi while competing at the WorldTour level,” CCC President Dariusz Miłek said.

PEZ was at the media day – Interviews coming soon.

CCC kit for 2020:

Bardiani-CSF Extend Till 2022
Good news for Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè as sponsors Bardiani and CSF have announced that they will support the Italian team for the next three years. Co-sponsors Omac and MBS have also extended their collaboration with the team.

Bardiani and CSF announced the renewed collaboration with the Italian ProContinental team on the last day of the training camp in the province of Parma. Earlier this week, the new race clothing was also revealed. The team has gone for a purple and green kit and moves away from the orange, white and green, in which the team had been seen in recent seasons.

Earlier this year it was also announced that Bardiani-CSF could count on the support of Faizanè for the next three seasons. The Italian plastic producer was a sponsor of Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizanè last season, but that team will not run next year. This ensures the future of the Italian team, which will be called Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè in the coming season.

In January, the team goes to Mallorca for a new training camp, before the first races of the season. The team’s first race of the year is the Vuelta a San Juan in Argentina and the Trofeo Felanitx in Mallorca is the first in Europe.

The new kit:

Italian Sofia Bertizzolo reinforces CCC-Liv
CCC-Liv arranged for a surprise on Monday at the training camp in Denia (Spain). During the media meeting, Sofia Bertizzolo (22) was added as fifteenth and last rider to the selection. In 2020, CCC-Liv will be part of the UCI Women’s WorldTour, the new top league in women’s cycling.

“I am extremely happy with this transfer and also grateful to CCC-Liv, as the team has always shown an interest in me. This team is a good choice for me, because I can take the next step in my career with them. The team is very experienced and has built a solid organisation with people who have been involved with the team for a long time, also having generated many champions over the years. I am happy to work with top riders like Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and Marianne Vos and to be able to learn from them. In any case, I hope to have a strong season in the spring and I am convinced that the team can help me to tactically race in a smart manner”, says Sofia Bertizzolo.

Versatile top talent
“We have had Sofia on our radar for a long time and are happy that we managed to reach an agreement at the last minute. Already in 2018, by winning the youth ranking in the Women’s WorldTour, she has shown that she is a rising talent. This year she was in the leading group in the Tour of Flanders and she nicely finished fourth. She can perfectly manage climbs and moreover she has a strong sprint in her legs, having proven this in the opening stage of the Emakumeen Bira earlier in the year, among other things. With Sofia we get a versatile rider and we can be even more dominant in 2020”, says CCC-Liv’s general manager and team owner Eric van den Boom.

More quality
With the arrival of the Italian Sofia Bertizzolo, the selection of CCC-Liv for 2020 is complete. Earlier, Aurela Nerlo (Poland), Marta Jaskulska (Poland) and Soraya Paladin (Italy) placed their signature on a contract. All riders who raced for the team in 2019 will stay the next season. “We have become stronger across the board and, moreover, the team now has even more qualities. We would like to take advantage of this, starting in the spring. For classics such as the Strade Bianche, Tour of Flanders, Amstel Gold Race, Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, we are holding several cards”, says sports director Jeroen Blijlevens.

CCC-Liv 2020 team:
Sofia Bertizzolo (Italy)
Valerie Demey (Belgium)
Inge van der Heijden (the Netherlands)
Marta Jaskulska (Poland)
Jeanne Korevaar (the Netherlands)
Evy Kuijpers (the Netherlands)
Aurela Nerlo (Poland)
Marta Lach (Poland)
Riejanne Markus (the Netherlands)
Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (South-Africa)
Soraya Paladin (Italy)
Pauliena Rooijakkers (the Netherlands)
Agnieszka Skalniak (Poland)
Sabrina Stultiens (the Netherlands)
Marianne Vos (the Netherlands).

Sofia Bertizzolo:

UAE Team Emirates Set Sights on the Big Tours for 2020
During the media day of their annual training camp in Benidorm, the leaders for the three big Tours were made official for 2020.

Tour of Italy: Davide Formolo, Alexander Kristoff and Diego Ulissi.
Tour de France: Tadej Pogačar, Fabio Aru, Fernando Gaviria.
Vuelta a España: David De La Cruz, Davide Formolo, Jasper Philipsen.

Joxean Matxin, Team Manager: “We think we have succeeded in designing a balanced season to achieve our objectives, given the resources we have on our team. The aim is to be competitive in the General classifications of the big stage races, as well as in the sprint finishes. For the Giro we will have the option of Kristoff, who has been keen to race the Giro for some time. Formolo will be the leader for the General, while Ulissi will go in search of stages. At the Tour de France we will go with Pogačar, who will race without any pressure, taking the race day by day. Aru will focus more on the GC and Gaviria will have his chances in the sprint. Finally, Formolo will ride alongside De la Cruz at the Vuelta, while the young Belgian sprinter Philipsen will also debut in Spain for his second Grand Tour”.

PEZ was at the UAE press day – Interviews up soon:

HEMA Co-Sponsor Team Jumbo-Visma for Four Years
Department store chain HEMA becomes co-sponsor of the skating and cycling team Team Jumbo-Visma. For the next four years, HEMA will be on the competition apparel of both sports teams.

The co-sponsorship provides Team Jumbo-Visma with the opportunity to achieve further growth. On the other hand, the partnership contributes to the development of HEMA’s brand strategy. In origin, HEMA is a Dutch chain of department stores with more than 750 branches in eleven countries.

“We are very happy with our new co-sponsor”, says Richard Plugge, director of the skating and cycling team Team Jumbo-Visma. “Speed skating and cycling are leading sports in the Netherlands. Just like us, HEMA is very Dutch, with international branches and visibility. The long-term contracts of our other sponsors are very attractive. We are a stable factor with which a large and renowned company like HEMA likes to identify.”

On 20 December, the two cycling teams of Team Jumbo-Visma will be presented at the headquarters of HEMA in Amsterdam. That presentation will be live broadcasted from 1 PM on Eurosport 1 BeNeLux and the Eurosport Player.

New co-sponsor and more success in 2020:

Ewan, De Buyst and Kluge re-sign already – Two more years with Lotto Soudal
On Lotto Soudal’s training camp in Mallorca, Caleb Ewan and two of his teammates, Jasper De Buyst and Roger Kluge, extended their contracts with the Belgian World Tour team until the end of 2022. The three riders still had an agreement with the team until end 2020.

“I already knew after probably the first few months in the team that it was a great fit for me and something that I wanted to continue on for in the future. That was before I even started doing well with the team”, says Caleb Ewan. “The first few months of this year were going so well. The team had so much faith in me and I just knew that if we worked together well that the wins would start coming. I just felt so comfortable in the team that straight away from the first few months I knew that, if the opportunity came and the team wanted to keep me, that I’d be happy to extend for a longer period and that we could really work together and work towards the future.”

Australian Caleb Ewan (25) won 10 races last season, including two and three stages in Tour of Italy and Tour de France respectively.

“I am happy to see that Caleb loves his current environment,” adds General Manager John Lelangue. “Caleb likes the team and the vision of Lotto Soudal. These signings are good for the stability and continuity of the team. With Caleb we have one of the fastest guys of the peloton, maybe the fastest one. He is still young as well. With Roger and Jasper he will have, the coming three years, the two key riders of his sprinter’s train with him. Those three riders did Giro and Tour together. They will do the same in 2020.”

Belgian rider Jasper De Buyst (26) and reigning madison world champion Roger Kluge (33), from Germany, extended their contracts with the team as well, with two more years.

“I brought Roger with me obviously and I’ve gelled with Jasper really well in the team already. All of my big wins this year came with those two helping me. So, it’s super important for me to have them for future successes as well”, concluded Caleb Ewan.

With Lotto Soudal till the end of 2022:

New Contract for De Gent?
Thomas De Gendt’s present contract with Lotto Soudal finishes at the end of 2020. Both parties intend to extend, but…. “We have made a contract proposal, but that has ended up in the freezer indefinitely, but I’d rather not wait too long” he told Wielerflits.

“Yes, we are supposed to continue longer, but I don’t want it to drag on too long. From April you will go to the important races and I know from experience that it is better to wait until after the Tour and to wait and see what happens there.” De Gendt does not hide the fact that the financial aspect plays an important role. “I am almost in the autumn of my career and you take that into account a little more than when you are young. On the other hand, it is certainly not the intention to get the most out of it. I will not put my price too high. You shouldn’t ask for the price of a Ferrari if you’re “just” a Porsche. Nothing is wrong with a Porsche, right?”

De Gendt and his management have already made a first proposal. “But that ended up in the freezer indefinitely. Perhaps that has to do with the fact that a decision by Caleb Ewan was awaited. I understand that. Caleb takes a big bite out of the budget. But that is now done, I heard”

“To be clear, I don’t think I will change,” De Gendt said. “I am convinced that we are moving in the same direction. Then I don’t have to worry anymore either. Because that’s the only thing I’m afraid of, that I would end up in a scenario like Campenaerts. But I don’t think the team wants that either.”

Thomas De Gendt:

Patxi Vila to add his experience to the Movistar Team
Spaniard comes back to his first team as a pro cyclist, becomes a member of the Telefónica-backed squad as Head of Performance, covering key functions into the diverse sporting areas of Eusebio Unzué’s team.

The Movistar Team confirmed Monday that Patxi Vila (Vera de Bidasoa, ESP; 1975) will be part of its staff, starting in 2020, as Head of Performance. A pro cyclist for ten years between the iBanesto.com (2001-02), Lampre (2003-08) and De Rosa (2011-12) squads, Vila has also amassed invaluable experience alongside big riders as a member of Tinkoff (2015-16) and Bora-Hansgrohe (2017-19), other than performance specialist for bike manufacturer Specialized (2013-2014).

“Through all these years, already before becoming a pro rider and both during my sporting and technical careers, I’ve always held the Movistar Team as a reference,” Vila explains. “It’s my home team, and the place where my idols made a name for themselves, such as Pedro Delgado or Miguel Indurain. I’ve spent three wonderful seasons as part of the Bora-Hansgrohe squad, supporting the team’s sporting success, and in this moment of profound transformations the Movistar Team is currently undergoing, I thought it was the right time to come back home.”

“I want to support the team with my work experience after having gathered knowledge across all areas one can be part of as a team member – I’ve been a professional cyclist, worked for riders as a coach, acted as a sports director and made all sorts of technical adjustments as part of a brand producing bikes and components. Because of all that, I feel like my main role here will be making things easier for everyone I work with, both riders and staff, and support the team’s overall operation. Combined with that, the fact that I can get back to working near my home, close to my loved ones, and spending time into a team with people who speak Spanish, is something really important for me from a personal standpoint. It’s an easier atmosphere, a culture I’m more used to, which helps you work better. I’m so grateful to Eusebio and all of my team-mates for the warm welcome, and can’t wait to get going and help the team continue to build this new path to success.”

Patxi Vila at the Movistar training camp in Calpe:

INEOS Announce Mercedes-AMG Petronas Partnership
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport and INEOS, in collaboration with Team INEOS cycling and INEOS TEAM UK sailing, today announced a new partnership to help drive performance levels even higher on the track, road and sea.

The collaboration is founded on three core principles – a shared belief that no limits should be placed on what is possible in human performance; a desire for the technical excellence and winning cultures of each team to be shared so all three partners benefit; and a belief that the best technical support enables great athletes to create the greatest racing moments.

The partnership will see the teams work together to develop and implement innovations in areas such as engineering, human science, simulation and data analysis. Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport are the current Formula 1 world champions; Team INEOS are the seven-time winners of the Tour de France; and INEOS TEAM UK are looking to win sport’s oldest international sporting trophy, the America’s Cup.

All three teams will work together through Mercedes-Benz Applied Science (MBAS), which was established to blend the pioneering spirit of racing with the best insights from science and technology. The division leverages the human and technological capability that has underpinned an unprecedented series of six double world championships under the leadership of Toto Wolff, Team Principal and CEO of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport.

Toto Wolff explains: “The technological demands of Formula 1 mean we are well-placed to support with advanced technical challenges in specific areas of sailing and cycling, with a particular focus on aerodynamics and the manufacturing capability around key components. When Sir Jim Ratcliffe approached us with the concept of bringing together the three organisations, all with proven track records of excellence and high ambitions for the future, we immediately saw the opportunity to grow and diversify our business – and to learn from some of the most successful teams in world sport. We are very excited about this agreement’s potential in the months and years ahead.”

Team INEOS Team Principal Sir Dave Brailsford said: “At the very heart of these three great teams lies a shared passion for racing, for winning and creating great sporting moments. Our unrelenting determination to drive, sail and pedal faster and outwit the ever-improving competition will benefit hugely from this partnership. We can cross-pollinate our collective knowledge in science, technology, human performance and racing strategy to create even stronger winning environments. It is massively exciting to be working with such brilliant and successful people in other sports – led by Mercedes the best team in F1 – and we can’t wait to get started and be greater together.”

Sir Ben Ainslie, Team Principal and Skipper of INEOS TEAM UK commented: “There’s an incredible amount of synergy across of all the sports – Formula 1, cycling and the America’s Cup. It’s a fascinating mixture of pushing the boundaries of technical innovation alongside sporting prowess. Mercedes have been phenomenally successful in Formula 1 and there is undoubtedly much we can learn from their organisation. Being able to access their technical resource and experience will be a huge boost for our team. We look forward to a strong collaboration as we work together to get the Cup back to British waters.”

The New Jumbo-Visma 2020 Kit
New season → new journey → new kit!
Pre-order our new 2020 kit now! Be quick, because you can order the jersey and bib short for men, women and kids until 5 January 2020. The clothing will be delivered in March at the latest.

Pre-order our new kit in our webshop: www.teamjumbovisma.com/shop/ .

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