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Only a week to go until the ‘Big One’ starts – Tour de France time! Tour teams start to name their riders for La Grande Boucle, plus time trial champs from Holland, Italy and Kazahkstan. Amy Pieters is recovering – TOP STORY. Rider news: Yves Lampaert reacted to the Baloise Belgium Tour, Julian Alaphilippe and Biniam Girmay back to racing, no Tour for Miguel Ángel López and Michael Valgren, Remco Evenepoel changes plans, Pavel Sivakov to miss French champs and Alexander Kristoff to Uno-X. Team News: Alexys Brunel to stop, BORA-hansgrohe and Trek-Segafredo extends contracts, EOLO-KOMETA welcomes Alessandro Fedeli and INEOS launch Cycling Academy in Kenya. Race news: Vuelta a España stage finish at 3,000 metre and Omloop Het Nieuwsblad to finish in Ninove. Team news: New co-sponsor for FDJ woman’s team. *** Save Ukraine. ***

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TOP STORY: Amy Pieters is Recovering: “She understands more and more when you ask something”
It has been six months since Amy Pieters had a serious crash during a training camp in Calpe, Spain. She lost consciousness, suffered severe brain damage and was in a coma for almost three months. In recent months, however, Pieters has made progress in her rehabilitation, although there is still a long way to go.

NOS visited Pieters last Sunday. For the first time, her family spoke about the situation and her recovery. There is still the question whether the 31-year-old Pieters will ever be her old self again, but there is progress and hope. “People are curious how she is,” father Peter Pieters, a former cyclist and ex-national coach of the Belgian track team. “There is little progress. She is convalescing in Dordrecht, but she is now home during the weekends. They will bring her on Friday and we will bring her back on Sunday evening. That’s very nice now. And that’s good for her too, you notice that.” Pieters has made significant progress since mid-March, the period in which she just came out of the coma. “She woke up at a very low level. Very little response came from her. That has slowly improved in recent months.”

“She first had to learn to breathe on her own, then she had to learn to eat and now she is actually eating with us completely. The next step is for her to learn to talk herself. She understands more and more when you ask something. Then she nods yes or no. You also notice more and more that she has her own will again. That she sometimes says no. Do you want to eat? No. But despite everything, she is quite optimistic, quite cheerful to deal with.”

Pieters is still partially paralysed. “Her right arm and right leg, that’s not possible yet. She needs help with everything. But we remain hopeful. The attending physicians are also seeing progress,” continued father Peter. It is unclear if she will ever fully recover. “We can’t do anything about the brain, the doctors say. That should go without saying. The connections have to be made again on their own and that takes time. They tell us that if ten patients come in with the exact same injury, they can leave in ten different ways.”

“We hope she can go to Woerden soon, where there is a rehabilitation centre (The Daan Theeuwes Centre) for younger people. Things can go really fast there, there is attention for four hours a day, also to learn everything at once. Walk, talk. The cyclist Stig Broeckx? He had a very different brain injury, but he’s still making progress after six years. I’ll sign up for it if Amy can make it that far.”

Amy Pieters is progressing step by step:
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Italian National Time Trial Championships 2022
A week before the Tour de France time trial in Copenhagen, Filippo Ganna showed that his form is good. The INEOS Grenadiers time trial World champion is the new Italian time trial champion. He was more than half a minute ahead of Mattia Cattaneo and Edoardo Affini.

The Italian time trial champs were fought in San Giovanni al Natisone. Top favourite Ganna, who was surprisingly beaten by Matteo Sobrero last year, didn’t waste any time on the 35.6 kilometre course. He clocked a time of 40:29 at the finish and was more than half a minute faster than the competition.

Mattia Cattaneo (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) came closest, 36 seconds behind Ganna. Edoardo Affini (Jumbo-Visma) lost 50 seconds and took the bronze. Last year’s champion, BikeExchange-Jayco’s Matteo Sobrero, finished in fourth place. He was 56 seconds short of Ganna. Behind; the differences were over a minute to the time of Ganna. This is the third national time trial title for 25-year-old Ganna. He previously won in 2019 and 2020.

2nd, Mattia Cattaneo (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl): “I did my best today in what was a hard race. Second is a very good result, I am content with my condition and I take a lot of confidence from this runner-up place, just like I do after every time trial race where I am up there in the classification. We had a plan before the start and I followed it, giving everything out there. The week isn’t over yet, as on Sunday we have the road race, where I will try to help the team go for what at the end of the day we hope will be another good result.”

Italian National Time Trial Championships Result:
1. Filippo Ganna (Ita) INEOS Grenadiers in 40:29
2. Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl at 0:37
3. Edoardo Affini (Ita) Jumbo-Visma at 0:50
4. Matteo Sobrero (Ita) BikeExchange-Jayco at 0:56
5. Filippo Baroncini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 1:34
6. Alessandro De Marchi Israel-Premier Tech at 2:02
7. Antonio Tiberi (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 2:11
8. Daniel Oss (Ita) TotalEnergies at 3:02
9. Kevin Colleoni (Ita) BikeExchange-Jayco
10. Samuele Rivi (Ita) EOLO-Kometa at 3:05.

2022 Italian ITT champion – Filippo Ganna:
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Netherlands National Time Trail Championships 2022
Bauke Mollema is the new Dutch time trial champion. After 29.4 kilometres, the experienced Trek-Segafredo rider, who made his debut in the time trial championship this year, was the fastest in Drenthe. He takes over the red-white-blue jersey from Tom Dumoulin, who took the silver medal in his first race since announcing his retirement.

The men participants were divided into three blocks. Brian Megens was the fastest of the first block in a time of 34:04. In the second block, Jos van Emden and Daan Hoole were the two specialists from the WorldTour at the start, which was noticeable in the split times. Van Emden set the fastest first intermediate time, but at the second point, Hoole was the fastest, but by only 1 second. The Trek-Segafredo youngster extended his lead over Van Emden in the final section to 12 seconds. The finish time for Hoole of 33:36 was the target for the last group. That group included Tim van Dijke, Bauke Mollema, Julius van den Berg, Elmar Reinders, Mick van Dijke, Sebastian Langeveld and 2021 champion Tom Dumoulin.

The surprisingly fastest first intermediate time came from Mollema, who was the only one to go under 10 minutes and was ahead of Van Emden by 5 seconds and Dumoulin by 10. The 35 year-old from Groninger was also the fastest at the second point and the finish. With his finishing time of 33:03, good for an average of 53.3 km/h, he was 33 seconds faster than Hoole. A number of riders still had to finish after Mollema. Dumoulin came closest. At the second intermediate point, he was 18 seconds behind and that rose to 31 at the finish line. Dumoulin was just a little faster than Daan Hoole, who took the bronze medal. The silver was for Dumoulin. Jos van Emden missed the podium by 12 seconds, finishing fourth. Elmar Reinders, Julius van den Berg, Marien Bogerd, Brian Megens, Tim van Dijke and Sebastian Langeveld completed the top-10.

New Netherlands TT champion, Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo): “I didn’t expect this to be possible. I secretly hoped for a medal. I don’t know if I could have won other years, but today I had a super day. Everything went perfectly. For example, I was very good at staying aero. It was a nice course, where I could lose my strength. I surprise myself too, because I didn’t expect this to be possible. I secretly hoped for a medal. But really winning and with a lead of half a minute, I had never taken that into account. My time trials were never great. I have a bit of a love-hate relationship. I often rode less time trials. And I am never around real specialists, such as Tom Dumoulin or Jos van Emden. But the time trials have ridden very well in recent years. I was already thinking about it and this year it happened. That you immediately start like this is very special. Yes, my sports director just told me that I can start in Copenhagen in red, white and blue in the Tour. They can work for the team to quickly make a suit. That will be very nice. It does give a kick. I have never been able to win an national title, not even with the youths.”

2nd, Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma): “I just wasn’t good enough. But that’s definitely not half a minute. I just wasn’t good enough. I had to get off the Giro with back pain and then took it easy for two weeks, but I still have a lot of problems. You always hope for more. I had hoped to take the jersey, but it wasn’t possible. I really focused on today, but also on the races to come. I would do Poland, Benelux Tour and World champs. But the Benelux Tour has been cancelled, so we have to see if there is an alternative during that period. We still have to see how we’re going to do that. I’ve announced that I’m going to stop, but that doesn’t change the fact that I want to close it nicely. I want to keep my focus on the second half of the year, so it’s not like the reins in my head have been released yet. I still want to go for it. That does bring some restlessness in my body, but I also need that to perform.”

Netherlands National Time Trail Championships Result:
1. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo in 33:03
2. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:31
3. Daan Hoole (Ned) Trek-Segafredo at 0:33
4. Jos van Emden (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:45
5. Elmar Reinders (Ned) Riwal at 0:51
6. Julius van den Berg (Ned) EF Education-EasyPost at 0:52
7. Marien Bogerd (Ned) Allinq Continental Cycling Team at 1:00
8. Brian Megens (Ned) at 1:01
9. Tim van Dijke (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 1:11
10. Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) EF Education-EasyPost at 1:18.

2022 Dutch national TT champion – Bauke Mollema:
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Kazakhstan National Time Trail Championships 2022
Yuriy Natarov won the individual time trial of the Kazakhstan National Championships, which started on Wednesday in Burabay in the north of Kazakhstan. Astana Qazaqstan Team rider covered a 30km route in 37:46. Igor Chzhan finished second at 0.51, while Anton Kuzmin completed the podium with third place at 1:20.

“I’ve just arrived in Kazakhstan last night after a set of races in France and therefore I was not sure about my legs, so, just tried to do my best in today’s race. And I’m happy that I was able to show good time, enough to bring me the title of the National champion. It’s always a great pleasure to perform at homeland, and of course I will be proud to show the National champion’s jersey at the WorldTour level,” said Yuriy Natarov, who won the Elite Kazakhstan Championships for the first time.

In Under 23 category the riders of Astana Qazaqstan Development Team took the podium of the individual time trial: Daniil Pronskiy became the new U23 Kazakhstan Champion, Andrey Remkhe took the silver medal, while Nicolas Vinokurov completed the podium with the bronze medal.

Yuriy Natarov – Kazakh TT champion:
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Jumbo-Visma Tour Selection – No Dennis, Gesink and Teunissen
Jumbo-Visma has presented its eight-man selection for the 2022 Tour de France. Primož Roglič, Wout van Aert and Jonas Vingegaard are the main men. Missing from the line-up is Rohan Dennis, as is Robert Gesink and Mike Teunissen.

The Dutch team heads to Denmark with high expectations for the Tour starting in Copenhagen. With Roglič and Vingegaard as ‘co-leaders’, Jumbo-Visma hopes to challenge top favourite Tadej Pogačar and take home the Tour victory. The team is also going to the Tour with a green mission, as Wout van Aert has ambitions for the points competition.

“We have diverse ambitions, so we have opted for riders who can perform best on different terrains,” sports director Merijn Zeeman explained the selection on the Jumbo-Visma website. “We have to guide our leaders safely through the first hectic week, but also be able to make it difficult for the other Tour favourites in the mountains.”

“Wout also deserves sufficient support in his hunt for stage victories and the green jersey. This squad is fit and in our view capable of pursuing our ambitions best.” Sepp Kuss, Steven Kruijswijk, Christophe Laporte, Tiesj Benoot and Nathan Van Hooydonck will assist Van Aert, Roglič and Vingegaard in the battle for green and yellow.

Rohan Dennis, Robert Gesink and Mike Teunissen are the names that are missing from the team’s final Tour selection. Dennis was presented by the team in January in Alicante as one of the certainties for the Tour team, but the Australian has been struggling with stomach and intestinal problems in recent weeks.

To make matters worse, Jumbo-Visma recently decided – due to several corona cases – to withdraw from the Tour of Switzerland, so Dennis could no longer prove himself. Teunissen and Gesink, who both rode the Tour last year were also not included.

Jumbo-Visma riders for the 2022 Tour de France
Primoz Roglič
Sepp Kuss
Steven Kruijswijk
Wout van Aert
Jonas Vingegaard
Tiesj Benoot
Christophe Laporte
Nathan Van Hooydonck.

New Jumbo-Visma kit for the Tour:
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Lotto Soudal to Hunt for Tour de France Stage Victories
Lotto Soudal has finalised its Tour de France line-up. Caleb Ewan will be supported in his hunt for sprint victories by Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, Frederik Frison, Florian Vermeersch and Brent Van Moer. Philippe Gilbert, Andreas Kron and Tim Wellens will aim for success in stages with more altitude meters.

“With these 8 we can play our part on almost every terrain in this Tour de France,” says CEO John Lelangue about the line-up. “With Caleb Ewan we have one of the fastest riders of the peloton. He is our biggest chance on a stage win and therefore we have made sure he is well surrounded with Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, Frederik Frison, Florian Vermeersch and Brent Van Moer. Those last two will also definitely have highlighted the cobbled stage to Arenberg. Furthermore, Philippe Gilbert, Andreas Kron and Tim Wellens have proven the last weeks to be in a very good shape. They will definitely be active in the more difficult stages and be present in breakaways.”

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Groupama-FDJ Picks Gaudu, Storer, Pinot and Küng for the Tour
Groupama-FDJ is going to the Tour de France 2022 with a balanced selection. The French team is counting on climbers David Gaudu, Michael Storer and Thibaut Pinot. Also Stefan Küng is an important candidate for the opening time trial in Copenhagen.

In addition to the leaders, Valentin Madouas, third of the Tour of Flanders, will also be present at the Tour. The Groupama-FDJ selection is completed by Canadian Antoine Duchesne, Luxembourger Kevin Enjoys and Frenchman Olivier Le Gac.

Gaudu and Storer will be looking for a good general classification, but both climbers can also go for stage victories. That role will also be filled by the experienced Pinot. Last week Pinot won a stage in the Tour de Suisse. “Expectations will be high. But I have faith in myself, I will rest well. The most important thing for me is that I can cheer,” he looked forward to the Tour.

Groupama-FDJ riders for the 2022 Tour de France:
Michael Storer
Kévin Geniets
David Gaudu
Thibaut Pinot
Valentin Madous
Stefan Küng
Olivier Le Gac
Antoine Duchesne.

Pinot looking forward to the Tour:
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Froome, Fuglsang and Woods to Ride the Tour for Israel-Premier Tech
Israel – Premier Tech has announced its eight-rider roster for this year’s Tour de France with the primary goal of hunting for stage wins.

“In this Tour, the main priority for us is to win a stage. With Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España stage wins to our name, we would like to complete the Grand Tour trifecta with a Tour de France win so it’s certainly our main focus to begin with,” General Manager, Kjell Carlström, explains. “We also want to keep our options open and see what may be possible in terms of fighting for a leader’s jersey like we did last year, when we had Michael Woods fighting for the KOM jersey. However, hunting for stages is definitely the most important goal for us in this year’s Tour de France.”

IPT partner, Sylvan Adams, says that he’s eager for the race to kick off next week and that he has high hopes for the team. “We have a strong squad racing in this year’s Tour de France. Our star riders are on top form and I am hoping for important stage victories. I know that all of Israel is behind us, and this gives the team energy and motivation for the three weeks ahead.”

In-shape Jakob Fuglsang is leading the IPT team in the Tour as the race starts out in his home country, Denmark, with the opening time trial on Friday, July 1. In fact, the first three stages will take place on Danish soil before moving to Northern France on the following Monday.

”Starting the Tour de France in my home country will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me. I can’t wait to get started. I’m sure the Danish fans will make this year’s Grand Depart one that won’t be forgotten anytime soon,” Fuglsang tells.

“After my victory in Mercan’Tour and third place overall in Tour de Suisse last week, I feel ready to take on this Tour. I’ve been working hard to get to this point and I believe my shape is where it should be right now. The Tour is always unpredictable, but I’m here to leave my mark on the race and not just to be another pair of legs in the bunch.”

Michael Woods is another strong card in the IPT lineup. Fresh off a stage win and the overall victory in Route d’Occitanie last week, Woods is eager to keep the momentum going in the Tour. “I’m really excited to get started with this year’s Tour de France,” the Canadian climber adds. “After Route d’Occitanie, I’m feeling really confident for the race. The first week is going to be very demanding, very stressful and very technical. My first goal is just not to crash in this opening week. I’ve come close to winning stages the last two times I’ve done the Tour, but I feel that I’ve always been hampered by injuries from crashes. This time around, the goal is just to stay safe and then have the legs ready to go in the final two weeks. There are quite a few stages there, which are suited to me, and I hope to take advantage of as many of them as possible.”

Israel – Premier Tech will also be able to rely on the strength and experience of Chris Froome in the Tour de France this year. Froome has had his best season with IPT in 2022 and the four-time winner of the Tour is now looking forward to lining up at the world’s biggest race once again.

“It’s awesome to be starting my 10th Tour de France with Israel – Premier Tech. I’ve worked exceptionally hard this year and I’m looking forward to giving it my all. We’ve got a great group of riders in the lineup and we can’t wait for the battle to begin in Copenhagen,” Froome tells.

In addition to Fuglsang, Woods and Froome, Tour de France stage winner, Daryl Impey, and multiple Vuelta a España stage winner, Simon Clarke, will also take the start for IPT. The same goes for Canadian time trial champion Hugo Houle, Latvian climber Krists Neilands and Israeli Omer Goldstein, who will be lining up for his second Tour de France after his debut last year.

“Racing the Tour is super stressful but at the same time also super exciting, as you get to perform on the biggest stage in the cycling world. I believe I have been preparing for this Tour in the best way possible. I have worked very hard and I want to deliver an unforgettable performance for myself, my team and for the country I represent,” Goldstein says.

Tour de France (July 1-24) Lineup:
Jakob Fuglsang (DEN)
Michael Woods (CAN)
Chris Froome (GBR)
Daryl Impey (RSA)
Simon Clarke (AUS)
Hugo Houle (CAN)
Krists Neilands (LAT)
Omer Goldstein (ISR).
Sports directors: Nicki Sørensen (DEN), Zak Dempster (AUS) & Steve Bauer (CAN).

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Yves Lampaert: “I thought being burned at the stake was a bit exaggerated”
Yves Lampaert has reacted to the incident in the ‘Golden Kilometre’ three days after his disqualification from the Baloise Belgium Tour. The Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl driver used his elbows and shoulders to hinder Tim Wellens, allowing teammate Mauro Schmid to win the sprint and the race overall. “It has been magnified,” says Lampaert about the reactions.

“I am a bit shocked by the reactions,” Lampaert said to Radio 2 West Flanders. Partly because he hindered Wellens considerably, Schmid was able to take bonus seconds in the ‘Golden Kilometre’ and win the Baloise Belgium Tour.

Afterwards, Lampaert was disqualified for dangerous behaviour. There was also a lot of online discussion about Lampaert’s behaviour. Even the UCI road commission is still going to look into it. “When I look back at the images, I can understand it. It was all over, a grey zone,” said Lampaert. “But being burned at the stake like that was a bit of an exaggeration for me. But I accepted the jury’s decision and accepted my sentence.”

“I hope we can leave that behind now, on to the next races. It has no impact on the Belgian Championship time trial tomorrow. I am as motivated as usual at the start, as always I do my best.”

Lampaert holding Wellens back:
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Julian Alaphilippe Makes his Comeback on Sunday After Liège-Bastogne-Liège Crash
Julian Alaphilippe will be at the start of the French national championship on Sunday. It is the first race for the World champion since Liège-Bastogne-Liège, where he broke several ribs, a shoulder blade and suffered a collapsed lung.

Alaphilippe was involved in a massive high-speed crash in Liège-Bastogne-Liège at 60 kilometres from the finish. The Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl rider was in a bad way and Romain Bardet (DSM) did not hesitate and immediately came to the rescue. In the weeks after the accident, the question arose whether Alaphilippe would recover in time for the Tour de France, which starts on Friday 1 July in the Danish capital Copenhagen. Last month, the World champion announced that “everything was going in the right direction” with his recovery. He was also able to carefully start training again. In the meantime, he is fit enough to start a race as he is on the roster for the French road championship with Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl.

The French road championship will be held on Sunday in and around Cholet, in the Pays de la Loire, twelve laps of a 20 kilometre circuit.

Alaphilippe is back:
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Biniam Girmay Making his Comeback this Week
Biniam Girmay returns to the peloton this week. The Eritrean national road and time trial championships will be the first competitions for the 22 year-old rider of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert since the cork incident in the Giro d’Italia.

Girmay will first appear at the start of the individual time trial in the capital Asmara on Friday, where Merhawi Kudus of EF Education-EasyPost could defend his title. His only entry in the Eritrean Time Trial Championship in 2019 (Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier won), Girmay was sixth. Two days later he will be at the start of the road race where he will be hoping to be the successor to Dawit Yemane (Bike Aid). In his only appearance in the Eritrean road championship was also in 2019, Girmay finished in 8th place behind the winner Natnael Berhane.

Girmay was perhaps the revelation of the season due to his strong spring. Two days after his fifth place in the E3 Saxo Bank Classic, he won Gent-Wevelgem. He beat the Frenchman Christophe Laporte and the Belgians Dries Van Gestel and Jasper Stuyven. In May he made his first appearance in the Giro d’Italia. He had a slew of top 5 finishes under his belt when he won the tenth stage to Jesi. During the podium ceremony things didn’t go to plan as the cork of the champagne bottle shot in his eye, after which he couldn’t start the next day, the eleventh stage.

Girmay on the way back:
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Miguel Ángel López to Miss the Tour de France
According to the Spanish cycling website Ciclo21, Miguel Ángel López will not be at the start of the 2022 Tour de France. The Colombian is still having problems with a hip injury.

López had to stop early in the Giro d’Italia due to his hip injury and then decided to focus on the Tour. However, the French race comes too early for the climber. So no third participation for López, who finished sixth in the general classification in 2020. Last year, after a disappointing Tour he abandoned.

Earlier this month, the Astana Qazaqstan team said that Lopez was back in training and had recovered well from his injury, but the situation is not looking so good. For the Kazakh team, López’s inability to start is a big blow. The 28-year-old Colombian would have been co-leader together with Alexey Lutsenko in the Tour de France, but now the Kazakh will be the main-man for the team.

No 2022 Tour for Miguel Ángel López:
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Remco Evenepoel Changes his Plans in Run-up to la Vuelta a España
Remco Evenepoel hopes to shine in the Vuelta a España later this year. In order to be at his best at the start of the three-week stage race, the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl rider has decided to change his plans. Evenepoel will not ride the Tour of Burgos but will go on an altitude training camp.

Evenepoel was initially working towards the Vuelta via the Tour of Burgos, but the 22 year-old rider now wants to spend as much time as possible at altitude, in the mountains. The all-rounder hopes to get ready for the last Grand Tour of the season. The 77th edition of the Vuelta starts on Friday 19 August with a team time trial in Utrecht. Three weeks later, the riders finish on a flat final stage to Madrid.

According to Patrick Lefevere, the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl manager, this year’s Vuelta course is something for Evenepoel. “This course should suit Remco. We have seen in the Giro – despite his lesser preparation – that he has the talent to ride grand tours. If he starts in Spain with normal preparation, I still see opportunities in a few stages.”

However, Lefevere doesn’t doesn’t make big promises. “I just don’t want to assign him a favourite role just yet. It still remains to be seen how he will react to a three-week stage race,” he said at the end of last year. Evenepoel will participate in the Belgian time trial championship next Thursday. The road race follows on Sunday.

Race program for Remco Evenepoel:
23/06 Belgian time trial championship
26/06 Belgian road race championship
30/07 Donostia San Sebastian Klasikoa
19/08 – 11/09 Vuelta a España
18/09 UCI Road World Championships – Men’s time trial
25/09 UCI Road World Championships – Men’s road race.

Remco heading for la Vuelta:
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No Tour de France for Michael Valgren
For Michael Valgren of EF Education-EasyPost, La Route d’Occitanie ended badly. In a heavy fall on the final stage, the Dane suffered a dislocated hip and a pelvic fracture, which means that he will have to miss the Tour de France.

Valgren had an early crash on the 188.3km fourth stage between Les Angles and Auterive, which started with a difficult and technical descent. The Dane, who was second in the stage to Roquefort-sur-Soulzon on Friday, was immediately taken to hospital after his crash. In the evening, EF Education-EasyPost announced that his hip was dislocated, his knee was damaged and he suffered a broken pelvis. The rider was transferred to a hospital in Monaco, where he will undergo surgery.

Matti Breschel, the team’s assistant sports director, told TV2 that Valgren fell into an abyss and landed very hard. He ended up in a place where he had to be pulled out with ropes. But if Valgren had fallen a few meters further on, he could have dropped down 100 meters more. Breschel was not present in France, but received this information through the team. Due to the consequences of his crash, Valgren will miss the Tour de France, which starts in his home country of Denmark.

Michael Valgren blames himself for his crash in La Route d’Occitanie, he wrote on social media from his hospital bed: “Covid two weeks ago and now a heavy crash. It was my own fault and I’m sorry I took such a risk, but I wanted to show myself before the Tour de France and after my corona.”

“I went a bit over the limit on a descent. Luckily I didn’t take anyone with me. And I also want to say: thank you for all your sweet messages. They mean a lot to me,” the 30-year-old all-rounder wrote on Instagram.

Broken pelvis for Valgren:
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Pavel Sivakov Cancel his First French Championships
Pavel Sivakov will not be in action this week during the French national championship. The INEOS Grenadiers rider is ill and is forced to miss the road race. It would have been his first participation in the championship since his naturalisation as a Frenchman.

Sivakov was going to compete in both the time trial and the road race. “Unfortunately I have to give up the French championships. Because I have been ill with fever and other complaints since last Sunday, I will not be able to appear at the start of the two races. It is not covid after several negative tests,” he wrote on social media.

Until recently, Sivakov rode on a Russian racing license, but he had wanted to be naturalised as a Frenchman for some time. After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, he accelerated that process and so he has been racing under the French flag since the beginning of March. Now that he is officially French, he can also ride for the national team and compete in the French championships.

No French champs for Sivakov:
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Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Loses Alexander Kristoff to Uno-X
Alexander Kristoff will ride for Uno-X from next year, according to Norwegian TV2. The 34-year-old sprinter had an offer from the Norwegian team, but it now looks like the transfer will now go through.

Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert, Kristoff’s current team, has also tried to keep the experienced rider. The winner of Milan-San Remo (2014) and the Tour of Flanders (2015) was able to sign a new three-year contract with the Belgian team on improved conditions, but Kristoff prefers a new three-year contract with Uno-X .

Kristoff has shown several times this season that he is not finished yet. The rider from Stavanger won the Clásica de Almería, Scheldeprijs and a stage in the Tour of Norway this season. He also collected several podium places. The Norwegian will travel to the Tour de France in less than two weeks as sprint leader for Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert.

His future team, Uno-X has been racing on a ProTeam license for several seasons and has been making good progress in recent years with promising youngsters such as the brothers Tobias and Anders Halland Johannessen, Anthon Charmig, Rasmus Tiller and Torstein Træen. With Kristoff as leader, figurehead, road captain and mentor, Uno-X undoubtedly hopes to take the extra step and receive even more invitations to bigger events.

Kristoff off to Uno-X:
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Alexys Brunel to Step Away from Professional Cycling
Promising Frenchman to take indefinite break

Alexys Brunel will put a premature end to his career as a professional cyclist to focus on other pursuits, with the 23 year old Frenchman requesting to terminate his contract with UAE Team Emirates.

Alexys Brunel: “I’d like to thank everyone at UAE Team Emirates for the opportunities and support they have given me. It’s been a pleasure to be part of this great team but it’s now time for me to turn a new page and to focus on new challenges and experiences in my life.”

Mauro Gianetti, (Team Principal & CEO) : “We still believe that Alexys has huge potential and we saw glimpses of that already in the first part of this season. But we are talking about human being and not just a bike racer and we fully accept his decision to stop his career as a professional cyclist. We wish Alexys all the best in his future endeavours.”

Alexys Brunel:
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BORA-hansgrohe Extend with Lennard Kämna, Ben Zwiehoff and Patrick Gamper
BORA – hansgrohe has extended the contracts early of no less than three riders from the successful Giro squad. Lennard Kämna, Ben Zwiehoff and Patrick Gamper will continue to race for the German WorldTeam beyond 2023.

“Lennard is definitely an exceptional rider. His talent makes him incredibly versatile, which is of course a very nice situation for us as a team because we can use him in a wide variety of roles. His racing instinct allows him to recognise situations that others don’t anticipate and Lenni can make the difference in those moments. He is a real character, has some rough edges and stands up for his opinion, but that is what makes him stand out and that is why he fits so well with us. We will see over the next few years what else is possible in the future. But we will continue to pursue our successful path together, namely taking one step at a time. As for Ben and Patrick, both are riders we can rely on. Ben has his strengths in the mountains, Patrick on the flat and both were important building blocks of our success at the Giro. We appreciate their loyalty to the team and that’s why we have extended the contracts of both.”Ralph Denk, Team Manager.

“I am very happy to continue with BORA – hansgrohe and to extend my contract. It has already become clear this season that we are thinking and working in the same direction. I am grateful for the opportunities I have been given since 2020 and I think I have been able to convince with some results. We have a lot planned for the future, and I am excited and convinced that together we can achieve great things. This certainly always requires some patience, and above all trust. I feel really taken care of in the BORA – hansgrohe family, and I want to do my part to ensure that we all continue to grow together and hopefully celebrate many successes together in the future.”Lennard Kämna.

“It has already been a great season for the team and for me and it is only my second year on the road. I was able to be part of three stage race wins and our Giro d’Italia victory with Jai and the team. Now I’m proud and grateful to continue being part of this great team. The motivation for the future couldn’t be greater!”Ben Zwiehoff.

“I am overjoyed to be able to extend with BORA – hansgrohe. The last two years I have been able to develop steadily, and I enjoy the trust of the team and can take the next steps in my career as a rider here. At BORA – hansgrohe I have the best environment that I can imagine. It would be sensational if we could write even more beautiful stories together in the future like our recent Giro victory with Jai. To this end, I will continue to put myself 100% at the service of our team.”Patrick Gamper.

Kämna to stay with BORA-hansgrohe:
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Trek-Segafredo Confirms Jasper Stuyven Contract Extension to 2025
Trek-Segafredo has confirmed that Jasper Stuyven has extended his expiring contract with the team until the end of 2025. There had been rumours that the 30-year-old Belgian would stay with the American WorldTeam for some time.

Stuyven has been racing for Trek-Segafredo since the start of his pro career in 2014. Since then, he has become one of the leaders of the American squad and recorded several major victories, including a stage win in the Vuelta a España and a win in Milan-San Remo. “As many know, it is the team where I turned pro and that I have been with this team since the beginning shows how well we fit together. We’ve had some great victories and moments over the years, and I’d love to add a few more.”

According to team manager Luca Guercilena, Stuyven is an “important rider” for the team “who motivates others around him. Since he joined our team, he has grown significantly. He has always been a strong rider, but he has matured and learned what it means to lead a team and the responsibilities that come with it. Jasper has given us some unforgettable moments over the years, culminating in his win in Milan-San Remo last year.”

Stuyven has been close to a stage victory a few times in the Tour de France, but he has not yet been able to win. Guercilena is looking forward to seeing the Belgian compete for victories again this summer. “Winning a Tour stage has always been a big goal for him, and he’s come close a few times. I look forward to seeing him fight for it again.”

Stuyven stays Trek:
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Welcome Alessandro!
The EOLO-KOMETA Cycling Team is proud to welcome to the team Alessandro Fedeli, who will make his debut with our team at the Italian Championships next Sunday. Fedeli had started the season with Gazprom and was therefore left without a contract: a signing, his, that manifests the team’s desire to grow by focusing on the talent of young riders and their desire.

Alessandro Fedeli: “To say that I am delighted is reductive, I wanted with all my strength to close this very bad period and return to racing and to have arrived at EOLO-KOMETA is something that goes beyond all expectations. I had already given up on this season and instead, here I am: I want to fit into this team right away, considering that I will be here next year as well. Everything was born a bit by chance: Zanatta had been looking for me but we were talking about next year, then there was the problem with Gazprom and I insisted on starting right away. Ivan Basso was very willing and we decided to start from this year: I am very well, I had a really good winter and I have an important base. Then, I was stopped six months so I’ve recovered… I expect to do well right away, usually the second part of the season is the one I prefer and the one in which I ride the strongest.”

Fran Contador General Manager EOLO-KOMETA Cycling Team: “Alessandro is a very important reinforcement for our team. He is a valuable rider who was in a complicated situation, as were all his colleagues at Gazprom: we as a team had the responsibility to give him the opportunity to get back into the swing of things.”

Ivan Basso Sport Manager EOLO-KOMETA Cycling Team: “Welcome to a rider who has very good qualities, a rider we were already monitoring for next season. Given the situation there was an acceleration, but we had still decided to bet on him: he is a quality rider who adds value and growth to our team. In the first talks we had I really liked his desire and was impressed by his sporting hunger.”

Alessandro Fedeli (March 2, 1996)
He started cycling with the jersey of Ausonia CSI Pescantina, then moved as an Under 23 first to Colpack and then to Trevigiani: in this category he won two stages at the Giro della Valle d’Aosta, a GP Liberazione and an Edil C Trophy. He turned pro in 2019 with Delko and found success in his first pro race by winning the first stage of the Tour du Rwanda. In 2020 he wins the final stage of the Tour du Limousin, and in 2022 his move to Russian Gazprom was announced.

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INEOS to Launch New Cycling Academy in Kenya
INEOS is investing in the development of a new cycling academy in Kenya, deepening its commitment to sport in Africa.

In partnership with multiple Grand-Tour-winning cycling team, INEOS Grenadiers, and double Olympic champion and world-record holder Eliud Kipchoge the teams are working together to create the new academy at the renowned Kaptagat camp – Eliud Kipchoge’s Kenyan training centre.

INEOS Chairman, Sir Jim Ratcliffe said: “There is such exciting sporting talent, passion and ambition in Africa and at INEOS we want to continue to invest to help realise its maximum potential. I visited the Kaptagat facility in Kenya recently and came away convinced that this partnership can do something truly different and unique for cycling – as well as for aspiring young African athletes.”

INEOS’ Director of Sport and INEOS Grenadiers Team Principal, Sir Dave Brailsford said: “This is a significant and exciting development in world cycling – it has the power to drive lasting change by developing new riders from Africa. We all know the talent is there – we’ve seen it this year with Biniam Girmay’s history-making successes at the Giro d’Italia and Gent-Wevelgem, and I saw it first-hand in the inspiring young athletes I met in Kaptagat. Their passion, dedication and love of sport is a perfect fit with the INEOS Grenadiers’ spirit of giving it all to race and be your best. Together I believe we can achieve something unique and important for cycling in Kenya, Africa, and the sport itself.”

Eliud Kipchoge said: “I’m proud that we are expanding our Kaptagat based training camp from a purely athletics focussed training camp towards a wider kind of sports academy. The INEOS Eliud Kipchoge Cycling Academy is a very natural fit with great potential to enable our young talented cyclists to make the next steps towards the top level of cycling.”

The INEOS Eliud Kipchoge Cycling Academy will be headed up by Valentijn Trouw and the wider Kaptagat team. Trouw has over 30 years’ experience in identifying and nurturing long distance running talent in Kenya, creating a pathway for some of the greatest distance runners ever to compete on the world stage. It is the ambition of this project to utilise this knowledge, combined with that of the INEOS Grenadiers cycling team, to create a world-class, sustainable academy in Kenya.

Valentijn Trouw, Performance Director Global Sports Communication, said: “We work with the great potential of east African long-distance runners for over 30 years, and I believe the exceptional local endurance talent combined with the great training environment at Kaptagat will be perfect for developing quality cyclists. Working together with Sir Dave Brailsford, the INEOS Grenadiers Cycling Team and tapping into the broader INEOS sporting family will bring us the world’s best practice in competitive cycling.”

“I am excited by the opportunity to build a relatively new sport in Kenya, in good harmony and collaboration with the Kenyan Cycling Federation, bringing together our collective knowledge and insights from running and cycling for the benefit of the sport.”

Celebrating the new cycling academy at the Kaptagat training camp with Sir Jim Ratcliffe, Eliud Kipchoge, Sir Dave Brailsford, Valentijn Trouw and athletes from the NN Running Team:
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Vuelta a España Wants a Stage Finish at Almost 2,900 Meters Altitude
The fifteenth stage of this year’s Vuelta a España finishes at 2,510 meters in the original plans, but the finish may be even higher when it is run at the beginning of September. Javier Guillén, race director, confirms that an attempt is being made to finish the mountain stage to the Sierra Nevada at 2,896 meters.

This year’s Vuelta a España route was announced in December, the race starts on Friday 19 August in Utrecht and ends on Sunday 11 September in Madrid. However, the fifteenth stage, a mountain stage between Martos and the Sierra Nevada, may become the highest finish in the history of the Grand Tours.

Race director Javier Guillén confirmed in conversation with RTVE that it is the intention of the race organisation, Unipublic, that the stage finishing in the Sierra Nevada ski area will end a few kilometres higher than in Pradollano. The intended finish location is the Sierra Nevada Observatory, at an altitude of 2,896 metres. This would make the final climb five kilometres longer and almost 400 metres higher. The finish at the observatory would be a milestone in the history of the Grand Tours, as it would be the highest peak a stage has ever finished.

Vuelta’22 highest ever stage finish:
Vuelta stage 15 in the Sierra Nevada was a hard day for everyone. The men at the back were not laughing much when they came in. Read all about it in PEZ. Pic:CorVos/PezCyclingNews.

 

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The Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Will Finish in Ninove for the Next Three Years
Ninove will host the finish of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad for the next three editions. Organiser, Flanders Classics announced the news in a press release. Since 2018, the Flemish municipality has hosted the finish of the Belgian opening classic.

Tomas Van den Spiegel, CEO of Flanders Classics, is satisfied with the course and is pleased with the extension with Ninove: “In recent years, the well-known final over the Muur-Bosberg has provided beautiful results for both men and women winners.”

Mayor Tania De Jonge also expressed her pleasure: “I am very pleased that we can also welcome the finish of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in Ninove for the next three years. This opening classic gives our beautiful city an international appearance. The previous two editions were limited by corona, but we are now looking forward to the next edition to make it another great cycling party.”

Wout van Aert and Annemiek van Vleuten were the last winners of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Van Vleuten won on the same course in 2020.

Annemiek Van Vleuten – Het Nieuwsblad winner in 2022:
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New Co-Sponsor and Name Change for FDJ Woman’s Team
FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope will be known as FDJ-SUEZ-Futuroscope from 15th July. The French team has found a new co-sponsor for the coming seasons with SUEZ, a French environmental company.

SUEZ is entering into a partnership for the next three years. This means that the team will continue under the name FDJ-SUEZ-Futuroscope from July 15 until the end of the season. From 2023, the team will be registered as FDJ-SUEZ. There is even more good news for the women’s team as main sponsor FDJ will also remain on board in the coming seasons, as will Futuroscope and the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.

“With the support of FDJ and SUEZ, the team will present itself from July 24 in the very first edition of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift. Obtaining a UCI Women’s WorldTour license in 2020 was an essential step. FDJ-SUEZ has the ambition to participate in the biggest cycling races, to consolidate its status as the most important French team and to maintain itself among the top three teams in the WWT ranking,” the team said in a press release.

The team has won eight races this season. FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope, as the team is still called, was successful this season with Marta Cavalli in the Amstel Gold Race, Flèche Wallonne and the Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge. Other key riders in the team are Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, Grace Brown, Clara Copponi and Brodie Chapman.

Big winner for FDJ – Marta Cavalli:
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