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EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!

Good news as RCS say the Poggio will be included in this years Milan-Sanremo – Top Story. Race reports and video from the Ruta del Sol and the Volta Ao Algarve. In other cycling news: Sick John Degenkolb to miss Algarve and Het Nieuwsblad, Thibaut Pinot to Paris-Nice, Tom Dumoulin had intestinal parasites, André Greipel successful operation, UAE, Sunweb, CCC and Deceuninck – Quick-Step to the UAE Tour, Juan Miguel Mercado arrested, Tissot at the Giro and Eurovision Sport extends with A.S.O. until 2025. Thursday EUROTRASH time.


TOP STORY: The riders will climb the Poggio in Milan-Sanremo
The Poggio, the pointy end of Milan-Sanremo, will be in the Italian Classic this year. The climb was closed for some time due to landslides, but the problems have since been resolved, WielerFlits report.

RCS Sport, the organiser of Milan-Sanremo, announced that this year the riders will cover 291 kilometres between Milan and the finish in Sanremo. Along the way, the riders climb the Passo del Turchino, followed by the three Capos (Mele, Cervo and Berta), the Cipressa and the Poggio.

The Via Duca d’Aosta, better known as the climb of the Poggio, was closed as a precaution until further notice. The decision was taken at the beginning of December after studying a landslide, which had already led to a partial closure of the road in recent months.

Race director Mauro Vegni was not worried about the closed Poggio, but Alberto Biancheri, the mayor of San Remo, said: “We are talking about millions of euros in damage. Exceptional resources are needed to intervene.” The mayor hoped for financial support from RCS Sport. Milan-Sanremo will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2020. Last year, the victory went to Julian Alaphilippe, after the Frenchman won the sprint on the Via Roma ahead Oliver Naesen and Michał Kwiatkowski.

2019 road to success in Sanremo:


Ruta del Sol – Vuelta a Andalucia 2020
Jakob Fugslang (Astana) and Mikel Landa (Bahrain-McLaren) proved to be the strongest riders on Stage 1 of the Vuelta a Andalusia-Ruta del Sol on Wednesday. Both riders escaped from the other favourites on the final climb, after which Fuglsang took the win and the lead in Grazalema.

On the Puerto Las Palomas (12.5kilometres at 6.5%) came 6.5 kilometres from the finish the top men showed their strength. Before the final action started on the Puerto Las Palomas, the early break had to play its hand. Eleven riders made the move: Kobe Goossens (Lotto Soudal), Alexis Gougeard (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Maurits Lammertink (Circus-Wanty Gobert) were the big names. Their maximum lead got to almost 4 minutes.

The climbs ensured that the early break disintegrated, and by 40 kilometres from the finish it fall apart when Lammertink launched an attack on the Puerto del Gastor. Willie Smit managed to follow – Goossens, Juan Felipe Osorio and Txomin Juaristi joined them. They got to the foot of the Puerto Las Palomas with a 2 minute lead. Then the lead narrowed rapidly because of Mitchelton-Scott riding for Jack Haig, who had finished second in the Vuelta a Valenciana last week.

The Puerto Las Palomas saw the end for the leading group, except for Lammertink who made a brave attempt in the last 15 kilometres to win the stage, although the Dutchman’s attack failed. After Lammertink was caught, Mikel Landa opened fire. Jakob Fuglsang got with the Basque rider and they soon had a half-minute lead together on a large group of pursuers, where Andrey Zeits led Haig. Fuglsang and Landa crossed the summit with a lead of 55 seconds, after which there was a descent of 6 kilometres. On the descent they extended their lead a little further, after which they fought for the win in Grazalema. In the uphill sprint, Fuglsang was by far the stronger rider. Landa’s Bahrain-McLaren teammate, Dylan Teuns, finished in third place.

Stage winner and overall leader, Jakob Fuglsang (Astana): “I am really happy to take the win. It is always nice to start the season with a win and I like Vuelta a Andalucía. The team did an amazing job and as Landa attacked we knew we couldn’t wait so I followed him and on the last meters I just went. The stage was not easy with all that climbing and luckily, it did not start to rain. It will be difficult to defend the jersey as we have just 6 riders here but of course we will do our best. I want to thank my whole team for their support, this victory means a lot to me, I was really motivated to achieve a good result today.”

Ruta del Sol – Vuelta a Andalucia Stage 1 Result:
1. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana in 4:41:08
2. Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain-McLaren at 0:06
3. Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-McLaren at 0:25
4. Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:27
5. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain-McLaren
6. Ion Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Astana at 0:30
7. Chris Harper (Aus) Jumbo-Visma at 0:54
8. David De la Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) UAE Team Emirates at 1:03
9. Harm Vanhoucke (Bel) Lotto Soudal
10. Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Fundacion Euskadi-Orbea at 1:07.

Ruta del Sol – Vuelta a Andalucia Overall After Stage 1:
1. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana in 4:41:08
2. Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain-McLaren at 0:06
3. Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-McLaren at 0:25
4. Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:27
5. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain-McLaren
6. Ion Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Astana at 0:30
7. Chris Harper (Aus) Jumbo-Visma at 0:54
8. David De la Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) UAE Team Emirates at 1:03
9. Harm Vanhoucke (Bel) Lotto Soudal
10. Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Fundacion Euskadi-Orbea at 1:07.

Andalucia’20:


Volta Ao Algarve 2020
Stage 1 of the Volta ao Algarve fell to the fast Dutch champion, Fabio Jakobsen. Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s sprinter was faster than his old teammate, Elia Viviani (Cofidis). The Dutchman will wear the first leader’s jersey on stage 2.

The sprint in Lagos took almost two hundred kilometres. Three riders made the break of the day: Diego López (Fundación Euskadi-Orbea), Alvaro Trueba (Tuna General-Tavira-Maria Nova Hotel) and Pedro Paulinho (Efapel) had a maximum lead of 2 minutes, but it soon became clear that Deceuninck – Quick-Step was going to reel them in before the finish line.

The Belgian team never let the three up front have more than those two minutes. In the last hour they were taken back in, and the preparations for the sprint began. At 20 kilometres from the finish an attack by Tim Wellens and Joao Almeida on a steep, short, climb caused a little disturbance in the peloton, then there was another at 14 kilometres out from Alexys Brunel and Remco Evenepoel, but in both cases order was soon restored.

After that, the sprinter’s teams were in control to the finish. The Sunweb and Alpecin-Fenix teams worked hard, but they played no significant role in the sprint as Viviani and Jakobsen would fight it out for the victory. In the sprint between the two former teammates, Jakobsen turned out to be faster than Viviani.

Stage winner and overall leader, Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “I want to win as much as possible this season, but that makes sense for a sprinter as well. The finish in Lagos is a long, straight line with enough space. It was the same finish as last year, but this time I was more enclosed, fortunately I was able to get out. Now we also want to win the other stages. Remco has his classification ambitions, so something can still be won, certainly also with a time trial ahead. I had an amazing team around me, who controlled all the attacks on that short and steep climb. I’m very happy, we couldn’t have had a better start to the race.”

4th, Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates): “I had good legs again today but I wasn’t in a good enough position coming into the final straight. With a kilometre to go I was 20 riders back and with the high speed it was very hard to move up. We have one more stage here in Algarve where it should end in a sprint so I will try again to get my first win.”

Volta Ao Algarve Stage 1 Result:
1. Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Deceuninck – Quick-Step in 4:55:37
2. Elia Viviani (Ita) Cofidis
3. Matteo Trentin (Ita) CCC
4. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
5. Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
6. Cees Bol (Ned) Sunweb
7. Roger Kluge (Ger) Lotto Soudal
8. Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Start Up Nation
9. Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) Uno-X Norwegian Development Team
10. Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo.

Volta Ao Algarve Overall After Stage 1:
1. Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Deceuninck – Quick-Step in 4:55:37
2. Elia Viviani (Ita) Cofidis
3. Matteo Trentin (Ita) CCC
4. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
5. Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
6. Cees Bol (Ned) Sunweb
7. Roger Kluge (Ger) Lotto Soudal
8. Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Start Up Nation
9. Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) Uno-X Norwegian Development Team
10. Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo.

Algarve’20:


Sick John Degenkolb Misses Volta ao Algarve
John Degenkolb will not be in Portugal for the Volta ao Algarve in the run-up to the Spring Classics. The Lotto Soudal team reports the German is sick. Degenkolb is being replaced in Portugal by the British rider, Jon Dibben.

Lotto Soudal was planning to compete with three leaders in the five-day preparation race through the Algarve. Tim Wellens and Philippe Gilbert start in the Portuguese stage race. Degenkolb already started his season in early February in the Tour of Valencia. He managed to sprint to third place in the final stage. It is not yet known whether the illness of the 31-year-old German will influence his participation in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne on 29 February and 1 March.

UPDATE:
There will be no John Degenkolb at the side of Philippe Gilbert and Tim Wellens in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, next Saturday. “It is a choice of the team”, Frederik Willems tells us. “He will ride in Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. John has the right to be the sole leader.”

“John was in good condition in Valencia. He still lacks a bit of punch, but if some focused training work is to be done from the middle of next week, that should be all right,” add Frederik Willems. “Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne is still on his program, as planned. The team has indeed decided not to have Degenkolb start in the Omloop this year. Tim Wellens and Philippe Gilbert are the leaders there. We want to play John in Kuurne. As the only leader and – without the Omloop in the legs – sufficiently fresh.”

An additional reason to aim for Kuurne with Degenkolb is the change of the course. “That will be a lot harder than before. There may still be a sprint, but then – depending on the weather – with a limited group. Not with a pack of eighty or one hundred riders,” predicted Willems. “It will be a completely different course than before.”

Degenkolb in Valencia’20:


Thibaut Pinot: “Paris-Nice is my first goal”
For Thibaut Pinot, his seventh place in the Tour de la Provence is no reason to panic. The leader of Groupama-FDJ had stomach problems at the start of the stage race, but managed to end the race in the top 10. “My first goals are only in March, during Paris-Nice,” Pinot told L’Équipe.

“There is no reason to panic for me. I have to remain calm and patient, even though that is not my strong point,” said the French climber. “This week I gave everything and I was beaten by stronger riders. I have no regrets. The Tour du Var will be another test for me. There are also other leaders and it is a good time to measure myself.”

Team manager, Philippe Mauduit, looks back with a good feeling on the season debut of Pinot in Provence. “He needs this effort to get back to his best level,” he said. “It will take a few more races to find last year’s Thibaut. Looking at his training values, he is physically back to the level of last year.”

Thibaut Pinot on the attack in the 2019 Tour:


Tom Dumoulin Sick Due to Parasites in the Intestines
The cause of Tom Dumoulin’s recent illness is now known. The leader of Jumbo-Visma had to deal with parasites in his gut, he wrote on social media. Dumoulin has received medication and has since resumed training.

“As you all know, I didn’t feel well lately. Last week we found parasites in my intestines and since then I have had medication for that,” says Dumoulin. “I feel much better now because I have been able to train well today and at the weekend. I am looking forward to planning my season start.”

Dumoulin was originally to start his season in the Tour of Valencia, but he fell ill one day before the start. In order to be able to properly investigate the cause and to recover, the planned altitude training camp, Tirreno-Adriatico and Milan-San Remo were also removed from his race schedule. Now that the cause of his illness is known. Where and when Dumoulin will make his debut for Jumbo-Visma is not yet known.

We might see Dumoulin in a Jumbo-Visma jersey soon:


André Greipel Shoulder Fracture Operation Successful
André Greipel has undergone a successful operation on his shoulder fracture he suffered in a training crash. The German is expected to return in May, said his Israel Start-Up Nation team.

Greipel was treated in an orthopaedic clinic in Cologne. His team announced via social media that the displaced shoulder fracture has been successfully repaired. The German sprinter will start his rehabilitation process on Monday. In May he is expected back in competition.

In the Tour Down Under, Greipel rode his first kilometres for his new team, after leaving Arkéa-Samsic in the winter. In the Australian race he finished three times in the top ten. This was followed by the Race Torquay and the Cadel Road Race. The crash has put his season on hold.

Greipel in Australia:

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Solid Team Assembled for UAE Tour
Emirati squad aiming high for home race.

UAE Team Emirates have announced their squad to take on the UAE Tour (2.WT) from 23 – 29 February with equal emphasis on sprinting and climbing.

With 10 race wins already this season the team is experiencing a strong start to 2020 and riding a wave which they plan to continue right into the UAE Tour.

In the absence of a time trial, the race route features two summit finishes at the Jebel Hafeet. Tadej Pogačar will spearhead the climbing force with Diego Ulissi and new signing Davide Formolo giving the team further options. Pogačar proved his condition earlier this month with overall victory at the Vuelta Valenciana in Spain and will go into the UAE Tour aiming for another big result.

Fernando Gaviria also goes into the race on good form having claimed 3 stage wins at the Vuelta San Juan in January and will hope to build on his win in the 2019 race where he won the opening road stage. This year he will rely on the lead-out capabilities of Max Richeze with Oliviero Troia and Sven Erik Bystrom offering further strength on the flat stages.

The team will be under the direction of the experienced trio of Joxean Matxin Fernandez (Spa), Neil Stephens (Aus) and Marco Marzano (Ita) who will lead the following 7 riders:

-Fernando Gaviria (Col)
-Max Richeze (Arg)
-Davide Formolo (Ita)
-Diego Ulissi (Ita)
-Tadej Pogačar (Slo)
-Oliviero Troia (Ita)
-Sven Erik Bystrom (Nor)

Joxean Matxin Fernandez (Manager) : “The UAE Tour is our home race and one of the most important fixtures in our season. Gaviria will be our main man for the sprint stages and he will be well supported. Max Richeze has shown great things this season and Fernando has thrived with him as a lead-out man so we hope for more victories from them. For the mountain stages we have the strong trio of Pogačar, Formolo and Ulissi. We want to be active in all stages in UAE and we are going there full of confidence after our strong start to the season.”

Tadej Pogačar: “After Vuelta Valenciana I feel confident knowing that my form is good. After the winter you are always unsure where you stand but I worked really hard in training and it seems to have paid off so far. UAE will be the first big goal of my season building up towards the Tour de France. With myself, Diego and Davide we have many cards to play in the mountain stages and then for the sprints we will be focused on Fernando. The atmosphere in the team is very good, winning obviously helps this and we’ll be aiming to continue that good run into UAE Tour and beyond.”


Sunweb to the UAE Tour – FEB 23-29
Luke Roberts – Team Sunweb coach: “The UAE Tour offers a mixed parcours and opportunities throughout the week. There are four stages which should be for the pure sprinters, two mountain-top finishes on Jebel Hafeet and the punchy Hatta Dam finish on stage two. We have Wilco here as our leader for the GC and we will target a good result with him for the overall. The other six guys are all back from Australia where we put some good work in and made progress. We saw the result of that good work at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour where we took three stages and the overall win with Jai. Jai is still in good shape to help support Wilco deep into the mountain stages, with Rob and Florian riding in support too. After his first win for us in Australia, Alberto will look to continue his good form and go for his first WorldTour podium, with Asbjørn and Max setting him up for the finales.”

Line-up:
Asbjørn Kragh Andersen (DEN), Alberto Dainese (ITA), Jai Hindley (AUS), Max Kanter (GER), Wilco Kelderman (NED), Robert Power (AUS), Florian Stork (GER).

Wilco Kelderman:


Deceuninck – Quick-Step to the UAE Tour
Three National Champions will be in action for the Wolfpack at the week-long race.

One of the six different Deceuninck – Quick-Step riders to put their name on the winners’ list this year, Sam Bennett will be gunning for more victories at the third World Tour stop of the season, the UAE Tour, which runs its second edition between 23-29 February.

Wins at the Tour Down Under and Race Torquay served as confirmation of the Irish Champion’s solid form in the beginning of the season, who will be part of a star-studded field at the seven-day race, where the sprinters will have four opportunities to shine. With the time trial missing this year, the general classification will be decided by the two stages finishing atop Jebel Haffet, the 12.5km-long climb averaging 6.1% which will make the gaps on the punchy finish to Hatta Dam completely irrelevant by the end of the week.

Also traveling to the Middle East for Deceuninck – Quick-Step will be Shane Archbold – who gets to sport for the first time his New Zealand national champion jersey won last Sunday in truly spectacular fashion – Mattia Cattaneo, James Knox (a top 10 finisher at the 2019 edition of the race), Danish Champion Michael Mørkøv, Pieter Serry and Stijn Steels.

“The number one goal is to win a stage and in Sam we have one of the favourites. He showed in Australia that he is in shape and we are really looking forward to the bunch gallops and our colourful lead-out train featuring Shane and Michael, while at the same time being aware it won’t be easy, as many top sprinters are at the start.”

“James has had a good start to the season in Valencia and we all remember his solid and impressive ride that helped him crack the top 10 overall last year at the UAE Tour, which would be nice if it were to happen again. The Jebel Hafeet climb suits him, but we’re not putting any pressure, we’ll just see how it goes. Mattia can also do a good race, while Pieter and Stijn will be there to help the team control the race”, concluded sports director Geert Van Bondt.

23.02–29.02 UAE Tour (UAE) 2.UWT
Riders:

Shane Archbold (NZL), Sam Bennett (IRL), Mattia Cattaneo (ITA), James Knox (GBR), Michael Mørkøv (DEN), Pieter Serry (BEL), Stijn Steels (BEL).
Sports Director: Klaas Lodewyck (BEL) and Geert Van Bondt (BEL).


Zakarin to Make CCC Team Debut at UAE Tour
Ilnur Zakarin will race in CCC Team colors for the first time this season at the upcoming UAE Tour (23-29 February), where he will be supported by a well-rounded team for the General Classification while Jakub Mareczko will provide an option for the sprint stages.

Zakarin will be vying for a top five on the General Classification while gauging his early season form, General Manager and Sports Director Piotr Wadecki said.

“We are looking forward to seeing Ilnur Zakarin race for CCC Team for the first time at UAE Tour. He has raced well in the past when it was Abu Dhabi Tour and last year, he finished seventh on the Jebel Hafeet stage. Ilnur will be focused on finishing in the top five on the General classification, especially with the two uphill finishes which are suited to him,” Wadecki explained.

“Jakub Mareczko will be our card to play on the flat stages and after his performance in Provence, his morale is high and he is ready to make the most of the sprint opportunities. With Jan Hirt and Víctor de la Parte for the climbs, and Kamil Gradek, Pavel Kochetkov, and Francisco Ventoso for the flat terrain, we are bringing a diverse team in support of our leaders and I think we can expect some nice results.”

Zakarin climbed to second place on Jebel Hafeet in 2017 at the Abu Dhabi Tour, which again features on stage five of UAE Tour, and secured second overall.

After an extended off season and recent altitude training block in Teide, Zakarin is looking forward to making his debut with CCC Team.

“This season in general consists of mixed emotions. On one hand, everything is the same, I am still doing what I love and what I’ve been doing for all my life. On the other hand, everything is new. The off season was nice, I spent pretty much all of the off season with my family and with my kids, but it was also very productive on the road. I arrived in Teide, 2200 meters above sea level, with Pavel Kochetkov one month before UAE Tour and after 16 days there, I am ready and motivated to race. So, I am both excited and really calm at the same time ahead of my first race, I just want to show what I can do. I know the Jebel Hafeet climb well and I’ll do my best to ride aggressively,” Zakarin said.

Mareczko is looking to build on his form after narrowly missing the win on stage one of Tour de la Provence.

“I’m excited to race at UAE Tour because there are quite a few opportunities for sprinters. I have taken a lot of confidence from my second place in Provence as I know my legs are good so it was nice to see that reflected in the race. UAE Tour always attracts a strong field of sprinters but I hope I can get a good result,” Mareczko added.

UAE Tour (23-26 February)
Rider roster:

Víctor de la Parte (ESP), Kamil Gradek (POL), Jan Hirt (CZE), Pavel Kochetkov (RUS), Jakub Mareczko (ITA), Francisco Ventoso (ESP), Ilnur Zakarin (RUS).
Sports Directors: Piotr Wadecki, Marco Pinotti.

Ilnur Zakarin training with CCC:


Mercado Suspected of Involvement in Criminal Organisation
Juan Miguel Mercado was once in the news because of his successes in the Tour de France, but the 41-year-old former rider now graces the front pages of the Spanish newspapers because of his possible involvement with a criminal organisation. This gang committed at least sixteen robberies in the Granada area.

The Spanish Guardia Civil has arrested four people in “Operation Zaletasuna”, including Mercado. The climber is suspected of being involved in armed robberies that have been committed in Armilla, Ogíjares and Churriana de la Vega in recent months. According to local media, the criminals have stolen more than 120,000 euros. Items involved were; vehicles, electronic devices, sports items, musical instruments, computers, jewellery and furniture. The first robbery took place on December 1, 2019 in a religious prayer room.
 
Mercado started his cycling career in 1998 with Vitalicio Seguros, before racing for iBanesto, Quick-Step-Innergetic and Agritubel. He ended his career at the age of 29, after a disappointing season for the French team. Mercado made his breakthrough in 2001 when he won the Tour of Burgos and finished fifth in the Vuelta a España. Mercado also won a mountain stage on the mythical Lagos de Covadonga. He later also won the Setmana Catalana, the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon and the Tour of Austria. However, he achieved his greatest successes in the Tour de France, by winning a stage in both the 2004 and 2006 editions.

Mercado is not the first Spanish cyclist to be associated with criminal activities after his career. Aitor Gonzalez, winner of the Vuelta a España in 2002, was arrested after he retired due to fraud and a burglary from a telephone store.

Juan Miguel Mercado – Tour’06 stage win:


Tissot Will be the Exclusive Official Timekeeper of the Giro d’Italia and All the Other Italian Races Organised by RCS Sport
Three-year agreement, starting in 2020, with the prestigious Swiss brand of the Swatch group.

The agreement between RCS Sport and Tissot has been announced today, with the Swiss brand becoming the official timekeeper for the Corsa Rosa and all the Italian races organised by RCS Sport. The duration of the partnership will be three years (2020/2021/2022) and, in addition to the Giro d’Italia, includes Strade Bianche, Milano-Sanremo, Tirreno-Adriatico, Il Giro di Sicilia, Milano-Torino, Gran Piemonte and Il Lombardia.

To celebrate the partnership with the Giro d’Italia, Tissot will launch the Tissot Chrono XL Giro d’Italia 2020, a 45mm diameter chronograph that pays tribute to the first collaboration between Tissot and the Giro.

Urbano Cairo, President of RCS MediaGroup said: “Sport, the Giro d’Italia and all cycling are a fundamental asset for our group. We want to grow our events more every year and the partnership with an international brand of Tissot’s stature makes us proud because it means that we are working in the right direction. I am sure that the collaboration between our two companies will be as successful as our respective products are.”

Francois Thiébaud, President of Tissot, said: “Tissot is proud to announce that it is becoming Partner and Official Timekeeper of the Giro d’Italia. This is the first time in the world of cycling that a watchmaking brand has been the worldwide partner of the main cycling events. Tissot’s involvement as Partner of big sporting events like the Giro means the beauty and technical capacity of our products will be associated with the emotional values encountered in the sport, in relation to both individual and team performance. Ensuring precise timekeeping also demonstrates the precision of our watches. With these commitments, Tissot is proud of presenting the time beautifully as well as being a timekeeper.”

Paolo Bellino, CEO and General Manager of RCS Sport said: “The Corsa Rosa has grown exponentially in recent years as well as our other events such as Strade Bianche without forgetting our two Classic Monuments, Milano-Sanremo and Il Lombardia. This three-year agreement with Tissot, a world-class brand that already has a long history in sport, makes us proud because it means that large companies identify our events as strategic resources to invest in.”

Francois Thiébaud, President of Tissot and Urbano Cairo, President of RCS MediaGroup with the Trofeo Senza Fine of the Giro d’Italia:


Eurovision Sport extends Tour de France with A.S.O. and La Vuelta with Unipublic until 2025
Eurovision Sport and Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.) are pleased to announce they have extended their media rights agreement for the Tour de France through to 2025. In addition, Eurovision Sport has extended its agreement with Unipublic, a subsidiary of A.S.O, for the Vuelta, again through to 2025.

The prestigious Tour de France will be available to audiences in 54 countries, with free-to-air coverage from EBU Member broadcasters in Belgium (RTBF and VRT), the Netherlands (NOS), Switzerland (SRF, RTS and RSI), United Kingdom and Ireland (ITV), Spain (RTVE), Portugal (RTP), Italy (RAI), Denmark (TV2), Norway (TV2), Luxembourg (RTL), Slovakia (RTVS) and Slovenia (RTVSLO).

All the excitement of the Vuelta will be covered free-to-air by EBU Members in Belgium (VRT), the Netherlands (NOS), Denmark (TV2) and Norway (TV2). The race will see an increased number of broadcast hours on offer to fans, around 70 hours per edition.

Eurosport will continue to screen the Tour de France and La Vuelta across all screens throughout Europe.

The deal also includes other major races including for the first time, several women’s races: La Course by Le Tour avec FDJ, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Flèche Wallonne women’s races from 2020 in the Tour de France agreement and, in the Vuelta agreement, the Ceratizit Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta and Clásica San Sebastian women’s races from 2021. These additions affirm Eurovision Sport’s continued commitment to develop women’s cycling and offer the widest range of sports rights for EBU member broadcasters.

Eurovision Sport Executive Director Stefan Kürten said: “We’re very proud to renew our long-standing partnership with A.S.O and Unipublic. The Tour de France and La Vuelta are highlights of the annual cycling calendar, with a fanbase of millions, and we remain committed to enabling these iconic races to maintain and develop their unrivalled free-to-air exposure.”

Eurovision Sport Head of Cycling Frederic Sanz added: “Thanks to the ideal combination of EBU Members and Eurosport platforms, Eurovision Sport continues to showcase the best of cycling throughout Europe. We are in addition particularly happy to strengthen our commitment to women’s cycling and more generally to women’s sport with those races widely exposed throughout Europe.”

ASO Managing Director Yann le Moenner said: “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the EBU and its members, which have always been committed to offer a large exposure for cycling all over Europe, through a perfect combination of generalist free-to-air channels and sport thematic channels. Thanks to the fast growth of EBU members’ digital platforms, we will enlarge our audience to include the youngest generations which have a huge role to play for the development of the sport. Besides the broadcast of our iconic events, the EBU will be a great asset for the promotion and development of women’s cycling for which we intend to produce and distribute new events live starting 2020. Our long-standing relationship with the EBU will help to strengthen the relationship between the fans, the historical events they are waiting for every year, and the new races we are adding to the calendar.”

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Don’t forget to check the “NEWSWIRE” section, you can find it on the homepage, just above the EuroTrash section. The bits of news that missed the EuroTrash deadline are in there, plus any news as-it-happens will be added there too.

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