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Egan Bernal to win the Giro and Chris Froome to take the Tour, according to Alberto Contador – Top Story. A very full EuroTrash Thursday: Riders for the Great Ocean Race and Vuelta a San Juan, teams for Paris-Roubaix, Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Tour of the Alps’19, Scheldeprijs to start in the Netherlands, Giro d’Italia news, Romain Bardet and Fabio Aru make plans, Tosh Van der Sande cleared, De Rosa unveils Caja Rural-Seguros RGA’s bikes, Rouleur Classic in Melbourne, Belgian race radio on-line, Gazprom-RusVelo testing and goodbye Mathew Hayman.

TOP STORY: Contador: “Bernal for the Giro, Froome for the Tour”
Alberto Contador thinks that Egan Bernal is the favorite for this year’s Giro d’Italia: “His potential is enormous; it makes me scared,” Contador told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The retired Spaniard thinks Chris Froome can win his 5th Tour de France in 2019. “He has it in his legs, and if many competitors choose to do the combination of Giro and Tour, they make it easier for Froome in France. Because not all riders can recover their Giro efforts within a month.”

“You can win both Giro and Tour in the same year. You need a suitable course and a very strong team. In 2011 I prepared the Tour of Italy at my peak, after which I started in the Tour de France. I did well, but I had a bad day and then it was over. Anyway, in 2018, Dumoulin came near the victory in Giro and Tour with a consistent level in both races, Froome had the same.” The only rider that Contador thinks is able, is Vincenzo Nibali: “One of Nibali’s winning keys is that he rarely gets a bad day. Quintana and Aru? Many people think they are already over their top. They know that and they could benefit from it.”

‘El Pistolero’ retired at the end of 2017, does he regret it? “I could have continued for two or three seasons. I also had good offers, but I had to concentrate on other things in my life, like becoming a father. I miss the competition, but I do not miss things like the food diet or the fear of crashes.”

The Pistolero fired for the last time in 2017:

Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
Luke Roberts – Team Sunweb coach: “On Sunday we are returning to CEGORR, the scene where Nikias [Arndt] picked up the victory two years ago. This year we don’t have a real fast guy to be in what is usually a select group at the finish. With our young Australians, we will apply a more offensive approach and try make the race a bit harder and hopefully that select group at the finish can be smaller than previous years with less fast men in there. We hope to have a good result with Chris – he’s shown he has great legs at the Tour Down Under with 6th in the GC and a white jersey win.”

Cees Bol (NED), Johannes Fröhlinger (GER), Chris Hamilton (AUS), Jai Hindley (AUS), Max Kanter (GER), Michael Storer (AUS), Max Walscheid (GER).

Max Walscheid and Jai Hindley:

Deceuninck – Quick-Step to Cadel Evans Road Race
Discover our seven-man team for the fifth edition of Australia’s only World Tour one-day race.

It’s going to be a busy second half of the week in Melbourne, with the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Criterium and Road Race scheduled in the space of just four days. The first event will consist of 14 laps held on the famous 5.3km-long Formula 1 Grand Prix track and will suit the sprinters, who have travelled here after completing the inaugural World Tour race of the season, Tour Down Under.

Sunday’s event (163 kilometers) will start from Melbourne and travel to Geelong, host of the 2010 World Championships, where the peloton will take on the hard Challambra climb several times, before continuing onto Scenic Road all the way to the finish on the Geelong Waterfront, which in the past years has seen both sprinters and attackers prevail.

First rider to take a World Tour win this season, Elia Viviani will lead Deceuninck – Quick-Step at the Cadel Evans Road Race, where in 2018 he finished a close second, just as the peloton was catching the late attackers with the line in sight. Alongside him will be Rémi Cavagna, Dries Devenyns – who comes here after completing the Tour Down Under in the top 10 overall for the second consecutive season – neo-pro Mikkel Honoré, James Knox, Danish Champion Michael Mørkøv and Fabio Sabatini.

“We have a very motivated Elia, who was runner-up last year, and wants to be again in contention for a solid result. It will not be easy, because the field here is strong, but we have a plan and more than one rider who can be in the mix in the finale. It’s pretty hot at the moment and it looks like the mercury will go up also on Thursday, when we have the criterium, but we hope it will be better on Sunday. Regardless of the conditions, we are ready for the challenge”, said sports director Rik Van Slycke.

27.01 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (AUS) 1.UWT

Rémi Cavagna (FRA), Dries Devenyns (BEL), Mikkel Honoré (DEN), James Knox (GBR), Michael Mørkøv (DEN), Fabio Sabatini (ITA), Elia Viviani (ITA).
Sports Director: Rik van Slycke (BEL).

Deceuninck – Quick-Step to Vuelta a San Juan
The Argentinean stage race will mark Petr Vakoc’s first outing in nearly 16 months

Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s campaign in the Southern Hemisphere continues at the 37th Vuelta a San Juan, a race scheduled to kick off on January 27 with a flat stage in Pocito. From there, the peloton travels north, where the leader’s jersey will change hands on the punchy finish to Peri Lago Punta Negra, before returning to Pocito for a 12km-long individual time trial.

The breakaway specialists will get their chance on stage 4, which will be followed by a rest day that precedes the race’s queen-stage to Alto Colorado (2,565 meters). The final two days of the Vuelta a San Juan shouldn’t bring any changes to the general classification, with the sprinters expected to shine again after having survived the mountains.

The Argentinean race will be Petr Vakoc’s first appearance in the bunch since finishing in the top 10 at Binche-Chimay-Binche, in October 2017. The 26-year-old former Czech Champion and Brabantse Pijl winner hasn’t raced since after being injured by a truck twelve months ago, while training in South Africa. Now, after several surgeries and months of rehabilitation during which he never stopped believing, Petr will race again with the Wolfpack.

“I am very eager to finally pin a number after all this time. I won’t hide the fact that I’m a bit nervous, but that’s normal, because it has been 16 months since my last race. My personal goals are to ease back into the peloton and get used to the race and changes in the pace as fast as possible and help my teammates. If I can do that, I will look at it as a big achievement. It’s my second time in South America, after the 2016 Olympics, and I know how passionate people here are about cycling, so I expect a very nice atmosphere and I’m really looking forward to this experience.”

Joining Petr for Vuelta a San Juan (January 27 – February 3) will be Tour de France KOM winner Julian Alaphilippe, double Junior World Champion Remco Evenepoel – who will make his pro debut in South America – Alvaro Hodeg, one of the best neo-pros of last season, the experienced Iljo Keisse and multiple San Juan stage victor and home favorite Maximiliano Richeze.

“The course is very similar to that of last year, with opportunities for all types of riders, and we are excited to getting things started”, said sports director Davide Bramati. “We have a strong and balanced squad, comprising Petr – who has worked so hard to return and we are extremely happy to see back in action – Iljo, who will use his experience to help young Remco throughout the week, two strong guys for the bunch finishes in Alvaro and Max, and Julian, who is starting his season earlier than usual. As you can see, it’s a solid team, which we are confident will be up there when it will matter.”

27.01–03.02 Vuelta a San Juan International – 36 Edition (ARG) 2.1

Julian Alaphilippe (FRA), Remco Evenepoel (BEL), Alvaro Jose Hodeg Chagui (COL), Iljo Keisse (BEL), Maximiliano Richeze (ARG), Petr Vakoc (CZE).
Sports Director: Davide Bramati (ITA).

More wins for Alvaro Jose Hodeg:

Carapaz and Quintana Debut in la Vuelta a San Juan
Two Latin American aces from Movistar Team to race for the first time this season in Argentina (Sunday 27th Jan – Sunday 3rd Feb) – lineup also featuring local hero Eduardo Sepúlveda
Following their official season opener at the Tour Down Under, the Movistar Team will kick off a short tour across Latin America this weekend with the start of the 37th Vuelta a San Juan, over seven stages – plus one rest day – from Sunday 27th February to Sunday 3rd February.

José Luis Jaimerena will act as DS for a six-man lineup composed of:
Richard Carapaz (ECU), Nairo Quintana, Winner Anacona (COL), Jorge Arcas, Carlos Barbero (ESP) and local Eduardo Sepúlveda, in his second year in Blue colors.

The Argentinian stage race – the Movistar Team set to arrive on Friday to complete their acclimatization to the summer weather – features a 12km ITT at Pocito (Tuesday 29th) plus three mountainous stages: the circuit around the Punta Negra dam hill (st. 2, Monday 28th); a long ascent before Villa San Agustín’s finish (st. 4, Wednesday 30th) and, most importantly, the Alto Colorado (19km at nearly 5% average), the decisive point of the race on Friday 1st February.

Gaviria Debuts in the Vuelta a San Juan
The Argentinian race will take place from January 27 to February 3

Fernando Gaviria will debut in UAE Team Emirates’s colors in the Vuelta a San Juan, January 27 to February 3 in Argentina.

“I’m returning to Argentina and San Juan with pleasure,” said the Colombian sprinter. “I have good memories: in 2017, I won two stages and in 2018, before pulling out due to a crash in the fourth stage, I was able to win a stage. This year, I hope to repeat the success from two years ago.”

It will also be my debut with UAE Team Emirates and I can’t hide that I’d like to start on the right foot with the idea that this is going to be a great season for me and the team“.

Seven stages with a day of rest are on the menu in Argentina: four stages should suit the sprinters, one time trial of 12 km, a stage for the all-rounders, and one for the climbers.

UAE Team Emirates brings a roster ready to support Gaviria’s speed, but also with the desire to take part in the overall with Valerio Conti.

Tom Bohli (Sui), Simone Consonni (Ita), Valerio Conti (Ita), Roberto Ferrari (Ita), Fernando Gaviria (Col), Oliviero Troia (Ita).
Sports Director: Simone Pedrazzini (Sui).

Paris-Roubaix 2019: Teams Selected
The organizers of Paris-Roubaix have chosen the teams for the 117th edition of the “reine des classiques” (Sunday, April 14th).

In accordance with Union Cycliste Internationale rules, the eighteen UCI WorldTeams are invited:

In addition to these eighteen teams, the organizers have awarded wildcards to seven teams:

Roubaix ’18:

2019 Ardennes Classics: See You At Huy… And In Liège!
As historical and attached to traditions as they are, the Ardennes classics still manage to bring novelty. The city of Ans was used to welcoming the champions at the end of La Doyenne, in 2019 it will host the start of the 83rd edition of the Flèche Wallonne, a 195.5-km challenge leading to the legendary battle up the Mur de Huy. The stars lining up to succeed Julian Alaphilippe will first tackle the Côte des Forges, a classic from Liège-Bastogne-Liège, before entering the final circuit. They will then face three ascents of the Côte d’Ereffe, the Côte de Cherave and the Mur de Huy.

The puncheurs will also need resilience four days later to come out on top after the 256 km awaiting them for the 105th edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The challenges are as usual concentrated in the second part of the race, with nine climbs in the last 100 km. The Wanne, Stockeu and Haute-Levée triptych comes back with the addition of the Côte de Mont-le-Soie to spice it up. But the main changes come from the finale, redesigned to ensure a finish in the city center. The iconic Côte de la Redoute, the historic Côte des Forges and the always spectacular Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons (where Luxembourg champions Andy Schleck and Bob Jungels built their successes) will lead the riders to glory.

The women’s peloton will tackle the Flèche Wallonne from Huy on the Wednesday morning. The start will be given for the first time from the Grand-Place, at the bottom of the Mur. The champions will cover a 70-km loop before entering the final circuit. Two ascents of the Côte d’Ereffe, the Côte de Cherave and the Mur de Huy will give them the opportunities to try and topple Anna van der Breggen, in this 118.5-km long 22nd edition.

On Sunday, the Dutch star will discover new grounds for the third women’s race of Liège-Bastogne-Liège. After her two triumphs in Ans, she will head to Liège, for a finish in the city centre after 138.5 km of battle. Van der Breggen and her rivals will face five climbs, beginning with the Côte de Wanne, Côte de Brume and Côte de la Vecquée. They will then battle it out over the Côte de La Redoute and Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons.

As well as unveiling the courses of the Ardennes classics, the organizers revealed the team selection for the upcoming editions of La Flèche Wallonne and Liège–Bastogne–Liège. The following squads have been selected to compete alongside the 18 WorldTour outfits:

2019 Flèche Wallonne

2019 Liège-Bastogne-Liège

Key points:
The World’s best puncheurs will vie for the Flèche Wallonne on Wednesday, April 24th. The men and women’s races of Liège-Bastogne-Liège are set on Sunday, April 28th.

Ø The Doyenne goes back to Liège with a finish inside the city, after 27 editions set in Ans. The Côte de la Redoute and the Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons are expected to play a key role in the new finale.

Ø The Flèche Wallonne will see the women’s peloton start for the first time from the city centre of Huy, and the female riders will arrive for the first time inside Liège with the new finish of La Doyenne.

Find all the information about:
La Flèche Wallonne on www.la-fleche-wallonne.be/en/
La Flèche Wallonne Femmes on www.la-fleche-wallonne-femmes.be/en/
Liège-Bastogne-Liège on www.liege-bastogne-liege.be/en/
Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes on www.liege-bastogne-liege-femmes.be/en/

Dictée de Liège–Bastogne–Liège returns for second edition
The dictation will take place in all participating schools (students in the last year of primary education and first year of secondary education in the Province of Liège) on Wednesday 13 March at 10 am. The Province of Liège will organize a prize award ceremony on the occasion of the official team presentation on Saturday 27 April, the eve of the race. 150 to 200 winners will be selected for the ceremony. On the day of the race, the top 14 students will get to attend Liège–Bastogne–Liège (seven at the start and seven at the finish) together with an adult relative.

9th edition of the Liège-Bastogne-Liège Challenge: Saturday, April, 27th
The day before the elite race, more than 8,000 amateur riders will be expected on the same race as professionals to challenge the most beautiful Ardennes hills. The three distances on the menu will make sure there is something for riders of all levels: 273 km, 153 km and 75 km.

Information and registration on www.lblchallenge.be


Tour of the Alps to Discover its Champions in Bozen
On Tuesday, January 29th (11.00 am CET), the 43rd edition of the euro-regional stage race (April 22nd-26th, 2019) unveils the teams’ list at Bozen University

A few days ago, the 2019 cycling road season started in Australia and the Tour of the Alps is getting closer at the 43rd edition (April 22nd-26th), with now less than 100 days to the start from Kufstein (Tyrol, Austria).

Having unveiled the routes of the five stages – characterized by the established formula made of short and challenging courses – last November in Milan, the Tour of the Alps is now ready to unveil the names of the teams that will light up the Euro-regional race in April, in live coverage all over the World. As in 2018, 20 teams will take part in the stage race connecting the territories of Tyrol, South Tyrol and Trentino, and Bozen – the city to stage the grand finale of the 2019 edition – will host the announcement of the teams list at the Free University of Bozen, on Tuesday, January 29th at 11.00 am CET.

Ideal springboard for the Giro d’Italia contenders, two years ago the Tour of the Alps launched Geraint Thomas’ ambitions in stage races, eventually crowned by his Tour de France victory in 2018. Last April instead, Frenchman Thibaut Pinot raised the Tour of the Alps trophy in Innsbruck, in an edition whose participation also featured Brit Chris Froome, who went on to win the following Giro d’Italia.

The Stages:
Monday, April 22nd, 2019

Stage 1: Kufstein – Kufstein 144,0 km
2.100 mt elevation gain. Difficulty: **

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019
Stage 2: Reith im Alpbachtal – Schenna/Scena 178,7 km
3.050 mt elevation gain. Difficulty: *****

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019
Stage 3: Salurn/Salorno – Baselga di Pinè 106,3 km
2.650 mt elevation gain. Difficulty: ***

Thursday, April 25th, 2019
Stage 4: Baselga di Pinè – Cles 134,0 km
2.730 mt elevation gain. Difficulty: ***

Friday, April 26th, 2019
Stage 5: Kaltern/Caldaro – Bozen/Bolzano 148,7 km
3.100 mt elevation gain. Difficulty: ***

Tour of the Alps route:

Scheldeprijs to Start in the Netherlands Again
The 2019 Scheldeprijs will start in Terneuzen, the organizers announced in a press release. Just like last season, the Province of Zeeland is the starting point for the unofficial World Championships for sprinters, a course of 203 kilometers. On Wednesday 10 April the race will cover 203 kilometers.

After the start in Terneuzen, the peloton will race over 150 kilometers of Dutch roads, 20 kilometers more than in 2018. With the cooperation with the Province of Zeeland the Belgian one-day race is made possible. The crosswinds in Zeeland can be decisive on the polders. The finish of the 107th edition of the Scheldeprijs is traditionally on the Churchilllaan in Schoten after two local rounds.

Fabio Jakobsen won in 2018:

RCS Sport Will Announce Giro Wildcards this Week
The ProContinental teams will soon know if they have been invited to the 102nd Giro d’Italia. Race organizer, RCS Sport, will make the news public on Friday, according to Tuttobici. Originally, the plan was to hand out the four wildcards in the second week of January, but there had been nothing, RCS Sports now say next Friday.

Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec are the only ProConti team guaranteed a place due to winning the Ciclismo Cup in 2018. Italian teams: Bardiani-CSF, Nippo-Vini Fantini Faizanè and Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia-KTM also hope to receive invitations. The competition for the remaining places is fierce as Israel Cycling Academy and Direct Energie are also in the running for a start.

Giro d’Italia 2019 Official Promo:

Giro Want’s Geraint
Mauro Vegni, the boss of the Giro d’Italia, would like Geraint Thomas to be at the start of the Italian stage race in 2019. The Team Sky rider is still dubious about his participation, but Vegni would like to welcome him. “What can I say? Of course we want him there.”

“We have a nice course for him with strong opponents. It is a race where not one rider will dominate. In short, a challenging race for a strong rider,” Vegni said.

Thomas initially seemed determined to put everything on the Tour de France, but recently seemed unsure. What role the Tour winner would have at the Giro is not known as Sky have already confirmed that Egan Bernal will be the designated leader for La Corsa Rosa.

Giro or no Giro for Thomas?

Bardet Looks to the Tour
Romain Bardet hopes to finally give France a long-awaited Tour victory, which the country has been waiting for since 1985. This year’s course looks to suit the AG2R-La Mondiale rider and Bardet believes he can follow in the footsteps of his countryman Bernard Hinault.

Bardet told press agency AFP: “I need a few conditions to win the Tour, I must at least be spared from bad luck. However, you have no control over some of those circumstances. There is the strength of the competition, their collective strength and ours, my qualities and the need to be able to use them on the big day.” Bardet thinks things could go his way in 2019: “I was often in the top 10 here. If I can continue my progress and take the final steps, things must fall into place for me.”

The Frenchman recently announced his program for the spring.

Bardet’s early 2019 schedule:
Tour du Haut Var, France (22-24 February)
Classic de l’Ardèche, France (March 2)
Paris-Nice, France (10-17 March)
Milan-San Remo, Italy (March 23)
Volta a Catalunya, Spain (25-31 March).

Romain Bardet, Tour victory?

Aru Makes Official His Participation the 2019 Giro d’Italia
The Corsa Rosa will close the first chapter of his season
Fabio Aru will be at the start of the 2019 Giro d’Italia on May 11. The decision was a result of recent tests of the Italian cyclist with UAE Team Emirates’s technical staff, trainers and doctors.

“The idea of starting in the Giro d’Italia always hugely motivates me given I’m a climber and there’s that extra bit of emotion added given I’m Italian”, the 28-year-old Sardinian explained. “You can imagine my desire to reap some rewards on the road during this Corsa Rosa – rewards I weren’t able to enjoy in the last edition. I have a desire to repay the sponsors, fans and organizers who continued to believe in me in these last months. The Giro’s route offers plenty of serious climbs to balance with the number of kilometers in the time trials. We will arrive prepared physically and technically in order to confront every detail of the race in the best way possible.”

Aru’s lead up to the Giro d’Italia sees him debuting in the Trofeo Mallorca, January 31 to February 3. He will continue with the Volta ao Algarve, February 20-24, and the Volta a Catalunya, March 25-31. He will train at altitude in Colorado, in the U.S., for his final step ahead of the Giro. The race marks the end of Aru’s first chapter in the 2019 season.

Fabio Aru:

Van der Sande Hopes for Clarity by February
Over a month ago, Lotto Soudal announced the news of the positive doping test by Tosh Van der Sande. The Belgian rider hopes for clarity from the UCI by at latest early February, according to his manager Jef Van den Bosch, who spoke to WielerFlits.

“By 10 January we had to deliver all requested documents to the UCI”, said Van den Bosch. “That happened. Now we are waiting for a verdict from a UCI appointed committee to investigate the case.”

Van der Sande is now training in Spain, according to Van den Bosch. “In principle, he has little to worry about, because it is clear that this has been an administrative error. Really a miserable thing. One advantage: for the time being, Tosh has no conditional disadvantage. His first races are scheduled for February. We now hope that we will get clarity by the beginning of February at the latest.”

***STOP PRESS – Van der Sande Cleared***
The Belgian newspaper, Het Nieuwsblad, has reported that the UCI Disciplinary Committee have announced that there is no case due to the prednisolone that was found in his urine sample came from the use of a nasal spray, Sofrasolone, which is permitted in competition if declared at the time of the anti-doping test. Van der Sande wrote the wrong medication on the declaration form. “The Disciplinary Commission announced today that they are following our statement and the case is officially closed,” his lawyer said.

Van der Sande commented: “Unfortunately I was initially depicted as a cycling doper, while I only had to make a statement about how the particular substance was found in my urine. It was merely an adminstrative mistake.”

The Belgian can now continue building towards the new season in peace. “As planned, I am starting in the Ruta del Sol. Then follow the Strade Bianche and the Tirreno Adriatico. Via the Tour of the Basque Country and the Walloon classics, it then goes towards the Giro d’Italia.”

Van der Sande had been suspended by his Lotto Soudal team. “Teams cannot take any risks in these times and have to protect themselves. I completely understand that. I absolutely do not blame the team management”, Van der Sande concluded.

Tosh Van der Sande:

De Rosa Unveils Caja Rural-Seguros RGA’s Bicycles for the 2019 Season
For the second year in a row, De Rosa will be the company in charge of providing bicycles to the professional and amateur teams of Caja Rural-Seguros RGA for the new season.

All the cyclists will ride with De Rosa Protos model, with two units for each one: green for the competition and black for training. It should be noted that Nelson Soto and Matteo Malucelli will use disc brakes, both thinking in the sprints. The rest of the roster will ride with traditional brakes.

Each rider will have the latest technology in the other components to complete the perfection of a machine like the De Rosa Protos: Miche Supertype wheels with Vittoria Corsa 25 tires, Deda Zero 100 powers and handlebars, KMC X11 SL Gold chains and Repente saddles in the Aleena 4.0 and Comptus 4.0 models, according to the needs of each member of the team.

You can find further information and the best images on the website www.derosa-cajarural.com, where you can also buy the same bike used by our riders.

Rouleur Classic, the World’s Finest Road Cycling Exhibition to Launch in Melbourne, Australia in November 2019
Gruppo Media Limited is delighted to announce the launch of its award-winning annual bicycle show the Rouleur Classic in Melbourne, which will take place from Thursday 28th to Saturday 30th November 2019, at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (111 Sturt Street, Southbank VIC 3006, Melbourne, Australia).

The show will be produced under license, in conjunction with Corporate Cycling, headed up by Michael Hands and Nathan Lorkin. Corporate Cycling delivers premium bespoke events for corporate clients as well as public events such as the Handmade Bicycle Show, and has a long background in major cycling, triathlon and running events, along with extensive experience in the marketing, design and advertising sector.

The Rouleur Classic is the world’s finest road cycling exhibition and hosts a collection of the world’s foremost cycling marques, exhibits and talent. The show provides the opportunity to enjoy both the professional athletes and brands at the very pinnacle of cycling in a relaxed but prestigious environment. There will be a stellar line-up of guests and pro riders in attendance, to be announced over the coming months, together with all the leading cycling marques, exhibiting the latest cycling apparel, components, technology and much more.

The theme for the 2019 edition of the Rouleur Classic is the Grand Tours, three legendary races that are highlights of the season for true cycling fans. Rouleur Classic is officially partnered with all the race organisations and will be helping them bring the unique aspects of each race – Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and La Vuelta España – to both the London and Melbourne shows.

Bruce Sandell, Managing Director of Gruppo Media says: “When I first conceived the idea for the Rouleur Classic, it was always with international expansion in mind. I am delighted to announce our partnership with Michael and Nathan on the inaugural Rouleur Classic Melbourne – they bring with them a huge wealth of experience in cycling racing and events, plus loads of vision and entrepreneurial spirit, but more importantly, just like us, they are huge fans of our fantastic sport. I know they will deliver a superb experience for fans in the Asia-Pacific region.”

Michael Hands, Director of Corporate Cycling says: “We are enormously excited to be working with Bruce and the team at Gruppo Media to bring the Rouleur Classic to Melbourne, it really is a very special event. We’ve spent the last year looking for the right venue in the right location around Australia, and we think that the stunning ACCA and Malthouse Theatre in the heart of Melbourne are the perfect venues to showcase the best of the bikes and talent that are at the heart of the sport we love.”

2019 also marks the 5th Anniversary edition of the show in London – marking a very exciting year for the innovative live events brand. The London event will be held in the same spectacular venue as 2018 from Thursday 31st October to Saturday 2nd November 2019 – Victoria House, in the heart of London’s Covent Garden.

Belgian Open Race Radio
This spring Belgian Cycling a new initiative. It will launch an app so that everyone can follow the Belgian races live. “In all races where we use the radio,” says general manager Jos Smets.

The new sevice makes it possible for every fan to listen to what the DS hears in the team car. “In the past you had to buy a receiver and be close to the race. Now you only need a good working internet connection,” Smets tells Het Nieuwsblad. It will be both big and small competitions. “And the interclubs in the youth categories.”

Because the app is still in a test phase, its use will be free. “In the middle of the season you can take out a subscription, because we also have to pay for our frequency,” Smets said.

Marc Bollen the voice of Radio Tour – BinckBank Tour 2018:

Gazprom — RusVelo: Training and Testing Period
The Russian professional cycling team Gazprom — Rusvelo is finishing the build-up for upcoming races at the second training camp in Spain.

Gazprom — RusVelo is performing a block of prep work with less than two weeks to go before the debut in the races. In the first part of January riders did several physiological tests in Italian sport science center ScienceOfCycling Italia, before coming back to Calpe to work hard for the beginning of the new season.

“With the members of the team we have completed the building phase according to the programs.” DS Michele Devoti says “the main goal was to refine their shape and check the parameters of each rider. The work was quite scrupulous, thanks also to the nice atmosphere that has been established in the team and with Simone’s staff during the tests at the beginning of this year”

For this season, the team has chosen to work with ScienceOfCycling Italia to perform physiological tests and have scientific support for the evaluation of athletes. “The riders have undergone the VO2 max tests and all physiological assessments at our lab in Milan and provided us with encouraging feedback, so I think everything’s ready for 2019” says Simone Casonato, sport scientist and director of the company.

After a series of VO2 max tests already carried out, Gazprom — RusVelo will continue the collaboration with ScienceOfCycling Italia through a series of seasonal evaluations. All the assessments will be managed with modern technologies and equipment, in order to monitor and evaluate their parameters to have a successful season.

Tributes to Mathew Hayman
As Mat Hayman hangs up the wheels after an incredibly long and successful career, it is clear to see the impact he has had on the peloton and his teammates over the years.

Sharing his wealth of experience, Hayman is known for his selfless teamwork and guidance as a valuable road captain and an inspiration for many. Results wise, the 2016 Paris-Roubaix will always rise above, but there’s a lot more to Mathew Hayman than that one magical day.

Here’s what some of his teammates, past and present had to say:

Sam Bewley: “I really enjoyed my years racing with Mat and consider myself lucky to have been able to do so. Although he still always had ambitions of his own he was always the first to offer help and guidance wether that was through conversation or by leading the way on the bike.

“He was an incredible road captain and somebody that I have learnt so much from in the past and continue to now. He’ll be missed in the bunch by many but I’m excited for him with what the next chapter brings and wish him nothing but success.”

Michael Albasini: “It was a big pleasure and honor to be a team mate of Mathew Hayman. I remember before he joined GreenEDGE I listened to a discussion about Australian world championships selection. When they went through a possible roster they started with his name before anybody else. I asked why they were they so sure he’ll be selected. They told me, that he’s always the first rider selected because he is indispensable for every team.”

“The next season, he joined us and I understood quickly what they meant. He always was the most reliable rider when there was a difficult job to do. For nearly two decades, race by race!”

“Of course his amazing win at Paris-Roubaix remains in the mind of the people and shows what a big rider he is, but the proper significance of his career you only can understand when you have raced as his teammate. I’m very happy that I had the possibility to be his teammate. Thank you Hayminator for a great time!”

Gracie Elvin: “I always admired Mat’s career from afar but didn’t get the chance to get to know him better until he joined GreenEDGE. I look up to his work ethic and relate to his love of the Classics, as I love them so much too. His persistence with his favorite race Paris-Roubaix was motivating even before he won it, but I will never forget that epic day. His words “Just keep riding” struck such a deep chord with me and they are words I tell myself regularly when times or races get tough.

“He’s one of the good guys, a friend to all of us women and not just the guys. I hope that he can continue to share his years of experience with riders in the future because he has so much to offer.”

Esteban Chaves: “I’m sure you will feel nervous in your final professional race like you felt when you were participated in you first professional race, that is because you love this sport, you are a professional guy and always you want to do the best.

“I joke a lot to you because I say you are old and you know is true, but even when you are 40-years-old you continue to act like a young fella, feel nervous, anxious and maybe some times scared. This is why you are a good example for the team and the young guys because we can see is completely normal having this feeling and continue to go and train, race and follow the dreams.”

“Thanks ´Boss` for all your words, for sharing with me your experience, I’m pretty happy because one day I will say to my grand children about how you became a ´KING OF THE NORTH` with so much pride and excitement. See you soon for finish our business.”

Simon Gerrans: “For many years Mat Hayman has been one of the most respected riders in the peloton. I admired his work ethic and his professionalism. Mat and I were teammates at Team Sky, GreenEDGE and many occasions representing Australia.

“I always looked forward to racing alongside Mat, not only is he a great mate but I also knew our chance of winning increased by him being in the team. I wish him all the best in his final race and future endeavors beyond the professional peloton.”

Jens Keukeleire: “I learned a lot from Mat the years we raced together and most importantly in the classics. His experience, and his professionalism as an athlete always inspired me. Even in his last years as a rider he was still investing in his career and trying to improve. Also, he was a super nice guy to have around. Not afraid to say his opinion and was honest to everybody. I think everybody that raced with him will agree that he is a very important rider to have in a team.”

Luke Durbridge: “Hayman has and will continue to be a role model of mine. The way he is such a family focused, caring and well rounded Aussie bloke but still does not compromise on doing the extra one percent for performance.”

“I’ve always been amazed by Hayman’s attention to detail in the way he approaches his life. Nothing is left to chance and that’s why he has been our fearless leader for so many years. Watching and being apart of him winning Paris-Roubaix was still to this day, one of the best moments for me on the bike. Hayman is a role model but also a good friend and I have so much respect for him.”

“I’m super excited for what’s next for Hayman and I’m just glad that we get to have him around the team still and will get to hang out and chat through his classics war stories and hopefully I can continue to learn even more of such a great character of our sport.”

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