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EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!

Simon Yates – The new wave of champions? Which team will he be on in 2019 – Top Story. A full EUROTRASH Thursday with all the race news, results and video from the Giro d’Italia, Tour des Fjords and the Baloise Belgium Tour. In other cycling news we have: The Hammer Series Stavanger, Alberto Contador with Trek, Tour of Utah jerseys, Fabio Casartelli mediofondo, Euro CX Champs’19 and the Middle East Tour 2019 – Cycling for Global Peace. Big coffee time.

TOP STORY: The Rumor Mill Starts to Rumble
Trek-Segafredo want’s Simon Yates at the end of the season, according to Het Nieuwsblad. The current wearer of the pink jersey in the Giro d’Italia has an expiring contract with Mitchelton-Scott and is the desired successor of Alberto Contador at Trek-Segafredo.

The American registered team managed by Luca Guercilena needed a replacement for Alberto Contador, who retired last season, this year Bauke Mollema will take on the role of leader in the Tour de France. The rumor is that Guercilena wants to attract a new team leader and he is interested in Simon Yates. Although there are several teams interested in the Brit.

Yates has been with Mitchelton-Scott since 2014, alongside his brother Adam Yates and Caleb Ewan, all three end their contracts this year. The Australian team doesn’t seem to have the budget to keep the trio onboard, so other teams have seen their chance. Trek-Segafredo had tried to get hold of Geraint Thomas and Richie Porte in the past, but those moves fell though.

Of course the other big rumor is that the BMC team will be Deloitte-Giant in 2019 and the Sunweb team will be riding Cervelo bikes. Now this would surely end the Dimension Data team unless it can find new backing. But it’s only May!

Everyone wants the pink jersey:
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Giro d’Italia 2018
Rohan Dennis (BMC) took his revenge over Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) after losing stage 1 in Jerusalem by only two seconds as he rode 22 seconds faster than the third-placed world champion in the individual time trial Stage 16 from Trento to Rovereto. Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin) finished 14 seconds behind in second place. The defending champion didn’t regain enough time on race leader Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) to wrestle the lead from Yates, who proved himself once again in the form of his life as he maintained an advantage of 56 seconds over Dumoulin, his closest rival in the overall ranking. Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida), Chris Froome (Sky) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) are more than three minutes adrift before the remaining three mountain stages. Dennis, who was the second Maglia Rosa between Dumoulin and Yates, moved back into the top 10 (6th at 5:04).

Stage 16 Race Report HERE.

Rovereto - Italië - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Rohan DENNIS (Australia / BMC Racing Team) pictured during the 101st Giro d’Italia 2018 - stage 16 from Trento to Rovereto (34.2 KM) - ITT Time Trial Individual - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2018

Interview with stage winner and 6th overall, Rohan Dennis (BMC).
Congratulations, Rohan! How does it feel to get your first Giro d’Italia stage win?

“I’m really happy. I wanted to get a stage win here and I was hoping it would be in Israel. It didn’t happen there but we were able to get the pink jersey. It’s great to be able to pay the team back for all the hard work they have done this week and get a stage win as well as move back up into the top ten. Most time trials are generally good for me but it is always good to get a Grand Tour stage win plus there’s a bit of a bonus today with coming back into the top ten. It’s a nice way to finish today.”

How was the time trial for you?
“At the first time split, I knew I was up by around 15 seconds and then at the second it was six. And then for some reason, I thought he [Martin] did a 39’40” and I thought I had lost it but when I came towards the finish line and Marco Pinotti was in my ear screaming, I looked at the time and there was no time and normally that means you’re the quickest. I came across the line and they told me I was the fastest and I wasn’t going to argue. It was a good surprise.”

You have now moved up to sixth overall. How do you think the General Classification battle will play out this week?
“Basically I just have to hold on for as long as possible. There are going to be guys going crazy in the last week. I think there will be some guys hurting and I think I’ll be hurting a little bit. It’s an unknown for me when it comes to riding for the General Classification, in the mountains in the third week. I am going to just take each day as it comes and try to hold onto that top ten spot. I’ve looked at the stages to come and they are all hard. I don’t know how I am going to react to these three big days. Mentally, after that last mountains stage, there is nothing after that but Rome so you go all in and I think everyone will be doing the same so that will be the toughest one. I’m just taking each day as it comes.”

After crashing out of last year’s Giro d’Italia, how would you describe this year’s race for you?
“Last year’s Giro d’Italia is all forgotten. It’s been going pretty well so far. There have been challenges but I am pretty happy. It’s been a good Giro d’Italia.”

Overall leader, Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott): “For long time trials, this is definitely the best I’ve ever done. I’ve had better placings but in short time trials or prologues that suited my characteristics. I’m very happy with the outcome today. I did have time checks. On a course like that, it didn’t change anything in my pacing but I liked to know where I am compared to my rivals. I don’t feel very fresh at this stage of the Giro; I feel pretty tired and there are very difficult stages to come. I’ll have to defend instead of attacking. Anybody within 10 minutes is still dangerous. In the Giro, a lot of strange things happen. Hopefully, I’ll have no bad days until we reach Rome. I have a very good team to support me until the very final of the climbs.”

6th on the stage, Fabbio Aru (UAE Team Emirates): “My performance in the TT has been good. I did not forget the difficulties I faced in the past days, however the Giro goes on and I’ll face every day with serenity. I thank everyone who supported me: the team, my family and the fans, I received many messages of support which made me very happy.”

3rd overall, Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida): “Yes Im satisfied. It was a very flat time trial. I tried to manage my effort and wanted to be most regular as possible. I think it is good to keep the podium position. Three mountain stages are ahead of me and I want to improve and stay at the podium. Especially the Friday (Stage 19) and Saturday (Stage 20) stages might be suitable for me.”

12th overall, Ben O’Connor (Dimension Data): “Today was run very well. I saw the course earlier on today in the rain and the preparation was spot on. I felt good, I had a really good sleep on the rest day so I was really controlled. During the stage, I knew what I could try. Once we got to the rolling parts of the course it was really about trying to ramp up. I was able to cross the finish line not completely blown, and I was really content with what I was able to do on course. In comparison to the GC men around me, that was really about what my day was for, the guys five spots below and the guys five spots above. I was able to be ahead of almost all of them, and I am pretty chuffed with today. It was a good day.”

Victor Campenaerts (Lotto FixAll): “I am very disappointed with today’s result. It is natural to feel that way if you start the time trial with high expectations. I never received negative signals this week and I certainly don’t want to hide behind excuses. Two days ago, I could produce more power during 40 minutes than I did today. Being a time trialist, that’s just something you don’t expect. During time trials at the beginning of a race, like in the Tour de Romandie, Volta ao Algarve or in Jerusalem two weeks ago, I feel I can compete with the world’s best riders. In time trials that are scheduled later in a race, like in the Tirreno-Adriatico and today, I lose small percentages of my shape. This will be something to improve in the future. Today’s time trial will be my last stage in this Giro. After mutual agreement with the sports directors, we decided that I won’t start tomorrow. I will focus on new goals such as the Critérium du Dauphiné. The French stage race starts with a prologue, and later on there is a team time trial. First, I will take some days off the bike in Belgium and then I will start to prepare for that race, in which I’ll try to obtain a good result. The team got me on board to perform in time trials, so that’s exactly what I will try to do in the Critérium du Dauphiné.”

20th on the stage, Felix Großschartner (Bora-Hansgrohe): “I felt really good today, normally that kind of course isn’t my favorite but I am satisfied with my result. Now, I want to help my teammates the upcoming stages.”

Dimension Data’s Louis Meintjes will not start stage 17 due to a viral upper respiratory infection: “It’s obviously really disappointing to have to stop the Giro d’Italia in the final week but my body just doesn’t want to cooperate. I felt my condition was gradually improving during the race and I was looking forward to playing a role at the three upcoming mountain stages but it is just not possible. The team is riding well, Ben (O’Connor) has been very impressive so I know the team will finish the Giro strongly. I will do everything I can to get healthy and come back stronger.”

Giro d’Italia Stage 16 Result:
1. Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC in 40:00
2. Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin at 0:14
3. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Sunweb at 0:22
4. Jos van Emden (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo at 0:27
5. Chris Froome (GB) Sky at 0:35
6. Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 0:37 + 20 second penalty
7. Alex Dowsett (GB) Katusha-Alpecin at 0:40
8. Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates + 2 minutes
9. Chad Haga (USA) Sunweb at 0:47
10. David De La Cruz (Spa) Sky at 1:01.

Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 16:
1. Simon Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott in 66:39:14
2. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Sunweb at 0:56
3. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida at 3:11
4. Chris Froome (GB) Sky at 3:50
5. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 4:19
6. Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC at 5:04
7. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana at 5:37
8. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana at 6:02
9. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar at 6:07
10. George Bennett (NZ) LottoNL-Jumbo at 7:01.

Stage 16:

Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) claimed another bunch sprint victory in difficult conditions at Iseo ahead of his arch-rival Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Niccolo Bonifazio (Bahrain-Merida). The Franciacorta Stage 17 was shortened as the neutral zone was extended by 5.5 kilometers. The race was contested on lumpy terrain with numerous attacks and, by the finish, in pouring rain. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) retained the Maglia Rosa for the 12th straight day ahead of three mountain stages. Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) is second at 56 seconds with Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) at 3:11.

More from stage 17 HERE.

Iseo - Italië - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Elia VIVIANI (Italy / Team Quick - Step Floors) pictured during the 101st Giro d’Italia 2018 - stage 17 from Riva del Garda to Iseo (155 KM) - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2018

Stage winner, Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors): “My 10th win of the season and my fourth at the Giro d’Italia confirms the level I’ve reached since I joined Quick Step. I’ve only doubted myself at Imola where I had a bad day, but I came here with a very well-prepared team that was built to help me win stages. In addition to these victories, the Maglia Ciclamino was – and remains – my main goal of the season. I was pretty nervous this morning because I knew this was a unique occasion for Sam Bennett to take the jersey away from me. Therefore, we opted for a defensive tactic – firstly to make it back to the back after being dropped in a climb, secondly in the lead-up to the sprint. Eventually, my lead-out men could play their normal role, especially Fabio Sabatini who had a flat tyre before my second win in Eilat and a mechanical before my third win in Nervesa della Battaglia. He made the difference in the sprint today.”

Overall leader, Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott): “I was expecting a much easier day today. It’s been a very fast stage. Everybody was looking for a breakaway. There were also candidates for a sprint finish. We didn’t make the race difficult but other teams did because they were never happy with the composition of the breakaways. We were happy for the breakaways to stay away but other teams were not, so it came down to a sprint. In the coming three days, I’ll watch Tom [Dumoulin] mostly and the other GC guys. I’m getting closer to the end. As the days tick down, I feel that I’m getting closer to the overall victory but I also feel that difficult days are coming so I’ll be careful. Tomorrow is the only day that I know the final climb but I expect a breakaway to finally succeed.”

2nd on the stage, Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe): “I want to say a big thanks to the whole team for the incredible work today and over the last weeks. They went so deep for me, working in the front of the race to close the gap to the breakaway and brought me in a good position for the finale. Unfortunately, it was not possible to finish the job off.”

3rd on the stage, Niccolo Bonifazio (Bahrain-Merida): “I’m happy with this result. It was a hard day. There wasn’t any moment to retrieve since the start. Thanks to Mohoric for leading me up to 300 meters to go and have the chance to contest the sprint.”

3rd overall, Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida): “As planned we were in the break with Visconti and then contesting the sprint with Bonifazio. The road was slippery due to the rain in the final, so the aim was to finish it safely. I was in a good position with the help of my teammates. Now three crucial stages are awaiting us.”

11th on the stage, Ryan Gibbons (Dimension Data): “It was a tough stage today, starting with a gradual 10km climb. There were numerous attacks in the beginning, and these big groups kept going clear and coming back. Only after being on the pedals fully for the first 100km, did the break go. From there we were always relatively well placed as Bora and LottoNL controlled the bunch. The final circuit was quite technical, but when it came down to the sprint I was fighting with Van Poppel for the wheel of Viviani. As we banged handlebars in the final kilometer, my electrical cable came out of the gearing’s junction box, resulting in my chain dropping to the small ring. At the time I wasn’t aware this was the problem, I could just feel something wasn’t right and an overwhelming frustration. It is disappointing for sure, I hope everything can come together in Rome as I can feel my legs are still as fast as the guys who are winning.”

Giro d’Italia Stage 17 Result:
1. Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step Floors in 3:19:57
2. Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe
3. Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
4. Danny van Poppel (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo
5. Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal
6. Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy
7. Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC
8. Sacha Modolo (Ita) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
9. Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
10. José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin.

Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 17:
1. Simon Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott in 69:59:11
2. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Sunweb at 0:56
3. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida at 3:11
4. Chris Froome (GB) Sky at 3:50
5. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 4:19
6. Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC at 5:04
7. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana at 5:37
8. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana at 6:02
9. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar at 6:07
10. George Bennett (NZ) LottoNL-Jumbo at 7:01.

Stage 17:

Tour de Fjords 2018
The Dutch neo-pro, Fabio Jakobsen, capitalized on the excellent work of his teammates and claimed the 34th win of Quick-Step Floors in 2018. We’re less than five months into the season, but Fabio Jakobsen is already one of the best neo-pros of the year, with three victories to his name: Nokere Koerse, Scheldeprijs (where he became the youngest victor this century) and most recently at the three-day Tour des Fjords, where Fabio’s devastating sprint on the uphill drag in Grimstad saw him finish way clear of his opponents, who were left fighting for the minor places on the Stage 1 podium.

The longest stage of this year’s Tour des Fjords kicked off from Lindesnes and took the peloton on a local circuit in Grimstad, the hometown of Dag Otto Lauritzen, the first Norwegian to win a Tour de France stage, three decades ago. Quick-Step Floors were again prominent from the start, taking the reins in the bunch and setting the pace behind the five-man breakaway which was overhauled in the last kilometers.

Niki Terpstra kept everything together despite some late attacks and helped by his teammates moved Fabio Jakobsen in an excellent position before the flamme rouge arch, where a 400-meter hill averaging 5.5% strung out the bunch. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) was the first to open the sprint, but Fabio Jakobsen found a breach on the inside and out-powered his opponents for the victory and overall lead.

Grimstad - Norway - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - 1) Fabio Jakobsen (Team Quick-Step Floors) - 2) Moreno Hofland (Team Lotto Soudal) - 3) Timo Roosen (Team LottoNL-Jumbo) - pictured during Tour des Fjords 2018 - stage 1 from Lindesnes to Grimstad (191KM)- photo Davy Rietbergen/Cor Vos © 2018

Stage winner and overall leader, Fabio Jakobsen (Quick-Step Floors): “We controlled the race from the start with Tim and Davide, who took the front and remained there for the first half of the stage, doing a fantastic job. As we closed in on the break, the speed went up, but James, Niki and Davide protected and put me in a great position at the foot of the climb. In the final, I just took the wheel of Boasson Hagen, passed him with 100 meters to go and raised my arms in celebration. It feels really great to get my third success of the year. This victory came as a result of a great team effort and I am happy I could finish it off. The Wolfpack is on a roll and we are looking forward to the next stages.”

Tour de Fjords Stage 1 Result:
1. Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Quick-Step Floors in 4:22:32
2. Moreno Hofland (Ned) Lotto Soudal
3. Timo Roosen (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo
4. Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Nor) LottoNL-Jumbo
5. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
6. Eduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini
7. Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij at 0:01
8. Michael Albasini (Swi) Mitchelton-Scott
9. Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise at 0:03
10. Enzo Wouters (Bel) Lotto Soudal.

Tour de Fjords Overall After Stage 1:
1. Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Quick-Step Floors in 4:22:22
2. Moreno Hofland (Ned) Lotto Soudal at 0:04
3. Timo Roosen (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo at 0:08
4. Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Nor) LottoNL-Jumbo at 0:10
5. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
6. Eduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini
7. Nelson Andres Soto Martinez (Col) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
8. Frantisek Sisr (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
9. Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij at 0:12
10. Michael Albasini (Swi) Mitchelton-Scott.

Fjords stage 1 finish line:

Swiss rider Michael Albasini sprinted to victory for Mitchelton-Scott today on Stage 2 of the Tour des Fjords. After a tough start to the year due to illness, Albasini was able to turn things around today to claim his first victory of the season from a reduced group sprint into Kristiansand. Albasini is now in second place overall on the same time as stage 1 winner and overall leader, Fabio Jakobsen (Quick-Step Floors).

In the opening part of the race, three riders established the day’s breakaway and hovered around two minutes ahead for the majority of the relatively flat stage.The peloton controlled the distance to the leaders, like yesterday, not allowing them to gain a large advantage before working to gradually reeling them in with around 45 kilometers to go.

Mitchelton-Scott contributed to the chase, in an attempt to bring back the leaders before the King of the Mountain sprint to give Carlos Verona an opportunity to take the jersey. Verona crested the climb in first position to take top points in the GPM with Lucas Hamilton behind in second place, which was enough to secure Verona’s lead in mountains classification after picking up points during stage 1, when he was in the breakaway.

As the race entered the final two finishing circuits, the fireworks began and the attacks came one after the other, with riders using a climb on each lap to try and launch away. With less than 10 kilometers left, 10 riders opened up a gap. The race continued to change and with just three kilometers to go the front of the race swelled to 40 riders with Albasini ready to pounce. The 37-year-old launched off the wheels of the group and to his first victory of the season, which jumps him up to second place overall with one day remaining.

Kristiansand - Norway - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Michael ALBASINI (Swiss / Team Mitchelton - Scott) - Pim LIGTHART (Netherlands / Team Roompot Nederlandse Loterij) - Amund Grondahl JANSEN (Norway / Team Lotto NL - Jumbo) pictured during Tour des Fjords 2018 - stage 2 from Ris¯r to Kristiansand (188KM)- photo Davy Rietbergen/Cor Vos © 2018

Stage winner, Micheal Albasini (Mitchelton-Scott): “It is great to win, I had a really rough spring so it feels good to be back and I am super happy now to show that I am not getting too old. I was struggling a bit the last week, feeling tired in training so I still wasn’t sure how I would be. I was maybe training a bit too much because I wanted to get back in shape, I just needed to step back a little bit and just recover so I wasn’t expecting to win at all which makes it so much better. It was a tricky final and a harder climb than expected, we thought today would be the easier day out of the three but it turned out to be a really tough final and we actually took it by the horns. The boys rode really good and rode really hard on the climbs which made it easier for me to keep a position for the sprint. I came to the final corner in a good place in fourth spot and I had a good sprint, it was a long sprint but it worked out really well. This race is all about bonus seconds, I am now on the same time as the leader so it is not over. It is an uphill finishing tomorrow which suits me so if again I have good legs we can try and do something.”

Tour de Fjords Stage 2 Result:
1. Michael Albasini (Swi) Mitchelton-Scott in 4:33:02
2. Pim Ligthart (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij
3. Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Sky
4. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
5. Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Nor) LottoNL-Jumbo
6. Timo Roosen (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo
7. Davide Martinelli (Ita) Quick-Step Floors
8. Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Quick-Step Floors
9. Herman Dahl (Nor) Joker Icopal
10. Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Sunweb.

Tour de Fjords Overall After Stage 2:
1. Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Quick-Step Floors in 8:55:24
2. Michael Albasini (Swi) Mitchelton-Scott
3. Pim Ligthart (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij at 0:04
4. Frantisek Sisr (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice at 0:05
5. Michael Gogl (Aut) Trek-Segafredo
6. Timo Roosen (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo at 0:06
7. Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Sky
8. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data at 0:10
9. Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Nor) LottoNL-Jumbo
10. Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Sunweb.

Fjords stage 2:

Baloise Belgium Tour 2018
After winning two stages at 4 Jours de Dunkerque, André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) continued his winning streak in the Baloise Belgium Tour. During the opening Stage 1 in Buggenhout, Greipel finished off a genuine team performance in the sprint. The German beat the Italian Ricardo Minali (Astana) and the Belgian Tim Merlier (Veranda’s Willems-Crelan).

The first stage of the Baloise Belgium Tour in and around Buggenhout with its flat course a real treat for the sprinters. Despite the furious pace in the first hour of the race – in which 47 kilometers were covered – six riders managed to escape. Aimé De Gendt, Dunn, Carboni, Molly, Boros and Bouvry never got much advantage though. It was mainly Lotto Soudal rider Jelle Wallays who lead the peloton and who controlled the advantage of the escapees. Later on, he was assisted by Team Astana and Vital Concept. The peloton eventually caught the breakaway with nine kilometers to go. In the final kilometers, Daan Soete tried to escape the peloton but he was caught at the final kilometer mark. Lotto Soudal delivered a perfect lead-out and André Greipel rewarded the hard work of the team. He won the sprint ahead of Ricardo Minali and Tim Merlier.

Buggenhout - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Andre GREIPEL (Germany / Team Lotto Soudal) pictured during 88th Baloise Belgium Tour 2018 - stage 1 from Buggenhout to Buggenhout (179 KM)- photo PdV/PN/Cor Vos © 2018

Stage winner and overall leader, André Greipel (Lotto Soudal): “We wanted to win a stage, and we have already achieved that goal by now. I have to thank the whole team, everybody played its part in today’s victory. Especially Jelle Wallays did an amazing effort today. During the sprint preparations, I could stay on the wheels of De Buyst, Maes and Sieberg. There was some headwind at the finish so we had to time our effort really well, which we did. A sprinter is only as good as the team in front of him. We have to use every race now to practice our sprint train and to trust each other towards the Tour de France. Tomorrow’s finish in Knokke-Heist should suit me as well, but I know it won’t be easy to get in a good position for the sprint. We will see what tomorrow brings.”

Baloise Belgium Tour Stage 1 Result:
1. André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal in 3:54:29
2. Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana
3. Tim Merlier (Bel) Veranda’s Willems-Crelan
4. Timothy Dupont (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
5. Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept Club
6. Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis
7. Wouter Wippert (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij
8. Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin
9. Jelle Mannaerts (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex
10. Bram Welten (Ned) Fortuneo-Samsic.

Baloise Belgium Tour Overall After Stage 1:
1. André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal 3:54:19
2. Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana at 0:04
3. Michael Boros (Cze) Pauwels Sauzen-Vastgoedservice at 0:05
4. Aime De Gendt (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
5. Tim Merlier (Bel) Vérandas Willems-Crelan at 0:06
6. Conor Dunne (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport
7. Kenny Molly (Bel) Belgium at 0:08
8. Dieter Bouvry (Bel) Cibel-Cebon
9. Timothy Dupont (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert at 0:10
10. Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept Cycling Club.

Belgium Tour stage 1:

Hammer Series Stavanger
Team Sunweb coach Morten Bennekou (DEN): “As a team we are really looking forward to participating in the second edition of the Hammer Series. It’s great that we now see the series extended to three races and after a super successful launch last year we are excited to see what this year brings. Last year we saw a very interesting and explosive race with this new and exciting format, and we are expecting exactly the same experience here in Norway. We bring a strong line-up where we believe that Søren, Simon, Phil and Edward can score points on the first two days with Martijn and Michael riding in support of this goal. Then of course we will do our very best for a strong TTT on the last day to be able to wrap up a good overall result.”

Hammer Series Stavanger (UCI 2.1)
Sunweb line-up:

Søren Kragh Andersen (DEN), Phil Bauhaus (GER), Simon Geschke (GER), Michael Storer (AUS), Edward Theuns (BEL), Martijn Tusveld (NED).
Coach: Morten Bennekou.

Edward Theuns:
Meerbeke - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Edward THEUNS (Belgium / Team Sunweb) pictured during the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2018 a one day cyclingrace WC between Gent and Meerbeke on 24-2-2018 - photo Dion Kerckhoffs/Cor Vos © 2018

BMC Racing Team Reveals Hammer Series Stavanger Line-Up
BMC Racing Team is heading to the start line in Stavanger, Norway this weekend (25 – 27 May) for the first of three Hammer Series races throughout the year.

Sports Director Jackson Stewart will lead BMC Racing Team in Stavanger after being part of the inaugural race in Limburg, the Netherlands in 2017. “I expect Hammer Series Stavanger to be a well-organized and entertaining race just like it was in Limburg last year. It was my first time experiencing such a race format, and I think it was unique and perpetuated the excitement of road cycling throughout the race. We will be going to Stavanger with five competent riders, some of whom competed at last year’s race. It’s a well-rounded roster with Dylan Teuns and Damiano Caruso for the Hammer Climb while, Miles Scotson, Tom Bohli, and Stefan Küng are all returning to racing from different circumstances. I think we will be curious to see if we can match our level from last year in the Hammer Chase. Personally, I’m looking forward to it though, and I think Stavanger is a terrific location for such an event,” Stewart explained.

Stefan Küng, who raced in all three challenges at last year’s event, is looking forward to making his return to racing after his crash at Paris-Roubaix. “I’m excited to get back into race mode. I’ve been home for quite a bit now and I have been able to train well so I am taking Hammer Series Stavanger as a step in my preparation towards my bigger goals this summer. I will try to be good there and also have some fun with the team during this unique format of bike racing. I am really happy to go to Norway for the scenery and also I think the crowds will be amazing,” Küng said.

Hammer Series Stavanger (25 – 27 May)
Rider Roster:

Tom Bohli (SUI), Damiano Caruso (ITA), Stefan Küng (SUI), Miles Scotson (AUS), Dylan Teuns (BEL).
Sports Director: Jackson Stewart (USA)

Stefan Küng:
Wevelgem - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Stefan KUNG (Swiss / BMC Racing Team) - Jurgen ROELANDTS (Belgium / BMC Racing Team) pictured during Gent-Wevelgem In Flanders Fields (1.WWT) a one day men’s elite race from Gent to Wevelgem 25-03-2018 - photo NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2018

Alberto Contador Continues link with Trek as International Ambassador
Alberto Contador has reached an agreement with Trek to continue linked to the American bicycle brand as international ambassador, a project that is especially satisfying, given that he achieved his first Tour de France at the controls of a Trek bike, with which he also got his first Giro d’Italia and his first Vuelta a España, to retire after one last victory in the legendary Angliru, also pedaling on a Trek.

The first appearance as international ambassador of Trek took place in Portugal on the occasion of the Granfondo Douro, held on May 6, where he was accompanied, among others, by Óscar Pereiro, also in the work of ambassador of the American brand.

From this moment on, Alberto Contador will be the image of Trek in various events, still to be defined, while in the day to day he will exercise as a special tester of the new Trek products, to whom he will offer his feedback as an expert.

“Being linked to Trek makes me especially excited, because it has been an important part of my career. With these bikes I got my first big triumphs in Paris-Nice and in the Tour de France 2007 and with a Trek bike I took my farewell to my career in the last stage of the Vuelta España 2017 in Madrid and also with it I got my last victory in the Angliru”, explains Alberto Contador.

“Now that I am no longer an active cyclist, I enjoy my bike even more than before, because I can go out pedaling without the pressure of competition and feel really comfortable about the entire range of Trek bikes. And last but not least, we are also using Trek bikes in the Polartec-Kometa team, which perfectly complements our work and allows us to follow the evolution of all innovations in full competition”, concludes the winner of the Big Three.

Beehive Pattern and Bright Colors Spotlight Award Jerseys at 2018 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah
Daily Fan Favorite Category Returns for Race Week

Six distinctive award jerseys have been redesigned for the 2018 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah to recognize classification leaders and fan favorites during race week, Aug. 6-12. Five jerseys will be presented daily for the race leader, top sprinter, top climber, most aggressive and best young rising star. The America First Credit Union Fan Favorite jersey will be awarded daily in special categories using online voting by fans.

Using a theme based on the state’s nickname of the Beehive State, the new Tour of Utah award jerseys incorporate a honeycomb pattern with distinctive bright colors. It is the eighth year that Tour organizers have partnered with Utah-based DNACYCLING for design and production of all award jerseys.

All award jerseys will feature branding for three Tour Partners on the collar, sleeves and side panels — Larry H. Miller Dealerships, Utah Sports Commission and the Utah Office of Tourism, an agency of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. A distinct color is paired with a Tour partner brand to identify each unique jersey.

Yellow — Larry H. Miller Group of Companies Overall Leader jersey
White — Utah Sports Commission Sprint jersey
Light Blue — WCF Insurance Best Young Rider jersey
Medium Blue with Snowflakes — Utah Office of Tourism King of the Mountain jersey
Dark Blue — America First Credit Union Fan Favorite jersey
Red — Larry H. Miller Dealerships Most Aggressive Rider jersey

“The beehive is a symbol used on the state flag and the state seal to represent hard work and industry. And from that hard work comes the honeycomb, so we are proud to use this iconic mark to showcase the top performers in the Tour of Utah. These are the best teams and cyclists on the planet, and we are excited to have them racing across our beautiful state,” said John Kimball, managing director of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah.

The awards ceremonies are held adjacent to the finish line of each day’s stage, and are open to the general public. New for 2018, the Tour of Utah will produce commemorative T-shirts to represent each award jersey. After the formal presentations, the professional riders will autograph the limited-edition shirts and toss them into the crowd as souvenirs.

The Larry H. Miller Group of Companies Overall Leader jersey is distinguished by its signature yellow color, first used by the Tour de France in 1913. The rider with the lowest accumulated time in the general classification (G.C.) wears yellow to showcase that individual as the overall leader. Last year, Canadian Rob Britton of Rally Cycling captured the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies Overall Leader jersey on Stage 3 at the individual time trial and held the G.C. lead for the final four days to secure the championship.

The Utah Sports Commission Sprint jersey is awarded to the rider who specializes in speed. This white jersey will showcase the “Utah the State of Sport” tag line. Each day, riders can accumulate points for this classification along the route at designated sprint lines, in addition to bonus points at finish lines. The top sprinter from the 2017 race was American Travis McCabe of UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team.

The Utah Office of Tourism King of the Mountain (KOM) jersey will return with its popular motif of blue snowflakes and the Ski Utah brand. The top three cyclists who cross designated KOM climbs along the route will receive points for this classification. The rider with the most accumulated points is awarded the KOM jersey each day. Jacob Rathe (USA), Jelly Belly Cycling p/b Maxxis, earned the KOM title last year.

The WCF Insurance Best Young Rider jersey goes to the best up-and-coming rider in the peloton. This light blue jersey, sponsored for a second time by Workers Compensation Fund, recognizes the athlete under the age of 24 who has the lowest accumulated time in the G.C. each day. Neilson Powless (USA), riding for the Axeon Hagens Berman Cycling Team, won this jersey in 2017.

The Larry H. Miller Dealerships Most Aggressive Rider jersey features the tag line “Driven By You” featured on the side panels. This red jersey is awarded to one rider each day who is judged by a panel of race officials to have exhibited a courageous or decisive performance. There is no overall champion for this award jersey since the designation is based on voting rather than G.C. standings. Last year on Stage 7, this jersey was presented to Italian Manuel Senni of BMC Racing Team.

The dark blue America First Credit Union Fan Favorite jersey returns for a fifth year. This offers a way for fans to recognize rising stars, past champions and inspirational riders. Each day a different category is provided online at TourofUtah.com, with a daily winner tabulated by popular votes. Last year, Canadian Pier-André Côté of Silber Pro Cycling received the most votes to capture the Overall Fan Favorite prize. Voting for the daily Fan Favorite athlete will be begin Aug. 6.

The Tour of Utah remains a 2.HC-rated stage race on the UCI America Tour, making it one of the premier events for professional cycling teams in North America. It is also one of the prominent road cycling events that is also part of USA Cycling’s Pro Road Tour. The Tour of Utah will start on Aug. 6 in St. George for the first time with a prologue, and conclude seven days later in Park City. Additional host venues are Cedar City, Payson City, Antelope Island State Park, Layton City, Salt Lake City, Canyons Village, and Snowbird Resort.

The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah is free to all spectators, making professional cycling one of the most unique professional sports in the world today. More information about the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah can be found by visiting www.tourofutah.com, as well as social channels Facebook (tourofutah), Twitter (tourofutah), Instagram (thetourofutah) and YouTube (Tour of Utah).

Fabio Casartelli Lives Again in his 20th Mediofondo
On July 15, 2018 Albese con Cassano (Como, Italy) will host a special edition of the event – dedicated to families and riders – in memory of Fabio Casartelli, Olympic champion died in 1995

Almost 23 years later July 18, 1995, when Italian rider Fabio Casartelli tragically died during the Tour de France 15th stage because of a fatal crash on the Col de Portet d’Aspet downhill, his hometown Albese con Cassano (Como, Italy) and the world of cycling as a whole are still keeping memory of the Olympic gold medallist in Barcelona 1992.

Albese con Cassano will host the Mediofondo “Fabio Casartelli” 20th edition next July 15 remembering the unlucky champion. The organizing committee has planned three different routes: short (58 km), medium (75 km) and long (114 km). The Mediofondo “Fabio Casartelli” is designed to 4fun riders but a surprise has in store for the competitive riders of both gender: two engaging uphill time trials – the Bellagio-Ghisallo and the Wall of Sormano, the “Tour of Lombardia” historical climbs.

The Mediofondo 20th edition will gather big champions of the cycling world, former or current riders, including Casartelli’s friends and old-teammates. All together in the Olympic champion’s hometown remembering a great athlete but also a man with high values, loved for his kindness, modesty and warmth.

Albese con Cassano will never forget Fabio Casartelli. The Mediofondo’s new official website is online (click here). The registrations are now open (click here).

European CX Championships: “Silvelle 2019” mission has begun
The European Cycling Union and the A.S.D Silvellese signed in Trento the agreement for the organization of the European Cyclocross Championships 2019 at Silvelle di Trebaseleghe (9th-10th November, 2019). The event’s official logo was also unveiled

Whilst the Giro d’Italia is in full swing, the UEC (European Cycling Union) and the A.S.D Silvellese have signed in Trento the agreement for the organization of the 2019 Cyclocross European Championships – returning to Italy after eight years – to be held in Silvelle di Trebaseleghe (Padua) on 9th and 10th November 2019.

“Silvelle and the Veneto Region represent the cradle of the Italian cyclocross and we are sure that such a skillful organizational team guarantees excellence. A great event is coming, which will attract thousands of people from all over Europe”, the European Cycling Union President Rocco Cattaneo said.

“We are looking forward to this new great adventure – “Silvelle ‘19” Technical Director Mauro Zamprogna explained – which will bring a high-class CX event back to Veneto. Despite the date being still one year and a half away, the atmosphere of the great event is deeply felt: we’ll do our best to keep the prestige and the tradition of Silvelle on top”.

“Silvelle 19″‘ official logo

“Silvelle ’19” organizing committee also unveiled the official logo of the event. Designed by Jonny Mole, the symbol aims at focusing in a single stylized graphic composition the close relationship between the territory, its features and off-road cycling.

This is why recognizable forms have been used, such as the yellow stars of the European flag, the CX rider in the typical position of the jump of the obstacle and the Treviso’s radicchio, one of the peculiarities of local gastronomy. The stars, arranged in perspective, follow an ellipse that is strengthened and completed thanks to the stylized leaves with the typical ribs of the Treviso’ chicory. Into the logo appears the athlete, drawn with strong lines, thus representing the soul of the people of Treviso. The colors used are blue and yellow from the European flag and the intense radicchio’s red.

“The logo we have chosen perfectly summarizes the character of the event,” added Zamprogna. “The European Championships are certainly an event of great appeal, yet at the same time we intend to enhance the relationship with the territory, which has always been one of the keys to our success”.

UEC’s President Rocco Cattaneo and “Silvelle 19” Technical Director Mauro Zamprogna signed the agreement for 2019 Cyclocross European Championships’ organization

Middle East Tour 2019 – Cycling for Global Peace
The Middle East Tour is the first sporting event in the world for peace.

“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire.
It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does.
It speaks to youth in a language they understand.
Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.”

Nelson Mandela.

In 300 days, from March 8th until March 14th 2019, the first ever Middle East Tour (MET) will take place, a cycling event/race in astonishing landscapes, promoting as well the message of peace. The unique collaboration of national and local authorities is the result of five years of dreaming, negotiating and preparing. The MET is the first cross-border sport event for peace in the world and has been added by the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) in their Cycling for All calendar.

Cyclists from all over the world – from amateur and hobby cyclists to professionals – will participate and support the idea of peace in sport. The concept for the brand new seven-day event arose in a discussion between Gerhard Schönbacher (Austria) – a former Tour de France rider and currently a successful cycling event organizer (amongst his creations the iconic Crocodile Trophy MTB) – and Ido Eindor (Israel), an international UCI commissaire. Schönbacher and Eindor were later joined by Geoffrey R. Hoguet (USA), the first member of the steering team, who focuses on the business and financial aspects of the race.

“Already in the Spring of 2017 we organized a test event. Amongst the participants we had an enthusiastic world champion Annemiek van Vleuten who enjoyed the stunning scenery and landscapes, the challenging roads, the cultural heritage and the hospitality of the local people. The region has so much to offer. Noting that the 2018 Giro d’Italia starts in this region confirms that we are on the right track,” explains organizer Gerhard Schönbacher.

“It is our goal to promote peace through the participation of cyclists from all over the world as well as from local participants from the Middle East. We have put together a comprehensive five-year plan. It makes us happy that all participating authorities are behind our idea, seek to make this project work and give us all possible support. Sport, more than anything else, goes far beyond politics. It has the power to achieve global unity,” continues Gerhard Schönbacher.

After the 2017 test event (watch the test event video here) the route received some final adaptations resulting in an exciting seven-day Middle East Tour. The MET will start in Jordan with a circuit race in the old City of Amman, followed by stage finishes in the historical city of Petra and Aqaba at the Red Sea. After a rest day in Eilat, the MET continues with the longest stage to the unique Mitzpe Ramon crater. After a long descent in stage 5, the race will arrive at Neve Zohar at the Dead Sea.

On the last day riders travel to Jericho, where they finish the first half-stage. Part two of that stage goes from Jericho to Jerusalem. MET stages will be timed with respect for all kind of participants. The pro rider as well as the hobby cyclist will receive full mechanical, medical and logistical support in safe circumstances. March offers sunny days and warm temperatures – the ideal circumstances for riders of the northern hemisphere to escape winter.

The test event:

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