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Bad news: Paris-Roubaix postponed, but Flanders will go – TOP STORY. All the race reports and video from the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali and the Oxyclean Classic Brugge – De Panne. Riders for Gent-Wevelgem, Nicolas Roche, Casper Pedersen, Harry Sweeny and Tosh van der Sande in quarantine and New Zealand Olympic cyclists to receive corona vaccination. Steven Kruijswijk, Robert Gesink and Jos van Emden sign for two years. Giro di Sicilia returns, teams for the Scheldeprijs – no Caleb Ewan. Tour of Utah removed from calendar. Patrick Lefevere and Ralph Denk continue their argument, Eufemiano Fuentes on TV and Milano-Sanremo video from UAE Team Emirates. EUROTRASH coffee time.

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TOP STORY: Paris-Roubaix Postponed
No Paris-Roubaix on April 11, 2021. The arguments of race organiser ASO to allow the race to go ahead have been swept aside by the Ministry of Sports and Health, according to Le Parisien, the decision will be officially announced later on Wednesday.

It is a decision that has been coming for a while. It was recently announced that the region of Hauts-de-France, the area were Roubaix is ​​located, will remain in lockdown for four weeks. The deteriorated health situation makes organising the cycling event impossible, according to the Ministry of Sports and Public Health. Arguments from ASO also failed to change the ministry’s thoughts.

According to the French newspaper, Paris-Roubaix is ​​now hoping to run in the autumn. October 24 and 31 have been put forward as possible dates. There is no definite cancellation for the time being. The 118th edition of the legendary cobblestone classic was planned for April 11, 2021. The women would also have ridden the Roubaix cobbles for the first time.

Decision on Paris-Roubaix Next Week
The race organisation explored the Paris-Roubaix route on Wednesday to investigate the possibilities of holding the cobbled classic on the planned date, Sunday 11 April. The decision on a possible postponement will be taken next week at the earliest, reports French sports newspaper L’Équipe. The organisation is investigating the possibilities of drastically reducing the influx of spectators, so that the race can still be held on the original date.

French Sport Minister: ‘No final decision on Paris-Roubaix yet’
According to Roxana Maracineanu, France’s sports minister, no decision has yet been taken on the Paris-Roubaix passage on April 11. She does confirm that the situation in the region in which the “Hell of the North” is being ridden is problematic regarding the corona virus.

The Hauts-de-France region has been in a strict lockdown for four weeks. Le Parisien reported on Wednesday that Paris-Roubaix will be postponed to October as a result, but according to L’Equipe, that is not yet final. The organization is still looking for ways to continue the cobblestone classic.

“Let it be clear that this is a department where the health status is problematic,” said Minister Maracineanu. “There is no final decision, but perhaps the race will be postponed. The local prefect has already said that there is a possibility of postponement. He thereby takes the responsibility, even though we are still talking to him.”

Flanders Classics Will Not Cancel the Tour of Flanders
Flanders Classics does not take into account the cancellation of the Tour of Flanders due to the strict corona measures. CEO Tomas Van den Spiegel told VRT: “That is a scenario that we do not take into account today. It is also not up to us to decide.”

Corona figures are rising in Belgium and measures may be tightened. Nevertheless, Van den Spiegel thinks that the Tour of Flanders can take place on April 4. “We are still confident that this will have no consequences for the Tour. I think we showed in October during a very bad period that you can organise a race very safely. I think we’ve seen that in recent weeks too.”

“It can even be an incentive for people to stay at home when there is a race on television. We are therefore full of confidence that we will make it out,” said Van den Spiegel. “I think we were looked at globally in October in the second wave of how all this could be done. And we are ready to do that again.”

The situation around Paris-Roubaix is ​​becoming increasingly critical, given the lockdown in the region. “I think there is a big gap there, which we do not know, between authorities and organisers,” continued Van den Spiegel. “They have been working in confidence here for months. There is confidence from both sides. That has worked well up to now and it will work well in the coming weeks.”

E3 Saxo Bank Classic
“If the government soon states that it will be another hard lockdown, I fear for our race. But, to be clear, I still assume that there will be racing.” Jacques Coussens of the E3 Classic told Het Nieuwsblad. Last year, the spring classic was also canceled due to the crisis. “Of course I am not the government, and it decides. As organisers, we have taken all possible safety measures, we even use robots in Harelbeke to replace the podium girls and test for corona. Moreover, we always urge the public to stay at home and watch television.”

Gent-Wevelgem
They are not reassured at Gent-Wevelgem either, said co-organiser Griet Langedock. “You could say that for the third time in a year we have closed our buttocks. In March last year, our concerns came true and Gent-Wevelgem was canceled. We then moved to the beginning of October, but then it was close because the new corona wave broke through. Gent-Wevelgem then arrived not a day too early. And now it is fright again.”

The Gent-Wevelgem organisation has already taken all possible measures. “So it cannot be our fault. On the other hand, it is also only race. You cannot argue that the whole country will go flat, but the course will continue anyway. It is not possible,” says Langedock, who is still going ‘full speed ahead’ with the organisation as long as the race is not canceled.

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Volta Ciclista a Catalunya 2021
Andreas Kron won the opening Stage 1 of the Volta a Catalunya on Monday. The young Dane of Lotto Soudal was the best of a leading group of four which had escaped more than 20 kilometres from the finish. He defeated Luis Léon Sánchez, Rémy Rochas and Lennard Kämna. Kron also took the overall lead.

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The leading group of Natnael Berhane (Cofidis), Sylvain Moniquet (Lotto Soudal), Gotzon Martin (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Rein Taaramäe (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) could take no more than 5 minutes ahead of BORA-hansgrohe led peloton. Deceuninck’s Pieter Serry crashed after 30 kilometres and had to abandon. The difference between the leading group and the peloton then fluctuated for a long time between 3 and 4 minutes, but BORA-hansgrohe slowly reduced the difference. On the toughest climb of the day, the Cat 1 Santa Fe del Montseny, Movistar took command. The peloton was considerably thinned as a result. For Peter Sagan it was too fast and he was dropped 8 kilometres from the top. Chris Froome was also in trouble. In the leading group it was Moniquet who, after two attacks, was alone on the Santa Fe del Montseny. The 23-year-old crossed the summit with a 20 second lead, taking the KOM points. Not much later Moniquet was caught by the peloton. Movistar maintained a fast pace on the descent, but stopped pulling on the flat. Because no team was in control nothing happened.

Various attack attempts followed, but Geraint Thomas, Fausto Masnada and Chris Harper couldn’t get away. Luis Léon Sánchez (Astana-Premier Tech), Lennard Kämna (BORA-hansgrohe), Andreas Kron (Lotto Soudal) and Rémy Rochas (Cofidis) did manage to escape 20 kilometres from the finish. The four took 30 seconds from the thinned peloton, where there was no chase. At the top of the last climb of the day, the Port de Collsacreu at 16 kilometres from the finish, the difference was 25 seconds. On the last kilometres towards Calella, the lead continued to fluctuate around half a minute, despite BikeExchange starting to chase. The four extended the lead to 45 seconds. INEOS Grenadiers also lend a hand in the last five kilometres, but the lead was more than enough for the group to fight for stage victory.

Kämna tried to escape 2 kilometres out, but he couldn’t get a gap. At the start of the last kilometre the four started to look at each other, but it was going to come down to a sprint. Rochas started the fight, but it was the Andreas Kron who had the fastest sprint, coming from behind. Dion Smith won the bunch sprint for fifth.

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Stage winner and overall leader, Andreas Kron (Lotto Soudal): “This is really fantastic. It is my first race in the WorldTour and my first victory in the WorldTour. This is great. I can do a lot more there don’t say about it. We worked hard as a team today. It was a tough stage and had Sylvain Moniquet in the leading group. He also takes the mountain jersey. Then I ended up in the leading group and won the sprint. That’s great and very special.”

4th, Lennard Kämna (BORA-hansgrohe): “We rode a strong race and controlled it well. In the final part of the stage I had a good eye and I was part of the decisive attack. Unfortunately, the finale wasn’t a perfect one. On the one hand, I am happy because my legs are good and I am in a promising shape after the winter break, but to finish fourth in a group of four, well, is disappointing though.”

5th, Dion Smith (BikeExchange): “It was a bit of a tricky one today because we have a couple of guys going for GC, so we don’t really want to use them all in the final and the four guys up the road weren’t really GC guys. We had Brent (Bookwalter) and Tanel (Kangert) riding on the flat run-in but for some reason the gap was staying quite far out. No other teams were really interested in this sprint so there was no cohesion, and so they managed to stay away which is a shame. I went pretty deep to stay at the front but today at least shows good signs for later in the week. For the sprint for fifth, it was a good test anyway to see how the legs are and Callum (Scotson) did an awesome lead-out and I trust him and his power and he put me in the perfect position. Today gives me confidence that I can climb but still finish well in the sprint.”

Volta Ciclista a Catalunya Stage 1 Result:
1. Andreas Kron (Den) Lotto Soudal in 4:20:15
2. Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech
3. Rémy Rochas (Fra) Cofidis
4. Lennard Kämna (Ger) BORA-hansgrohe
5. Dion Smith (NZ) BikeExchange at 0:16
6. Matej Mohorič (Slo) Bahrain-Victorious
7. Ide Schelling (Ned) BORA-hansgrohe
8. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar
9. Alexander Kamp (Den) Trek-Segafredo
10. Michael Valgren (Den) EF Education-Nippo.

Volta Ciclista Catalunya Overall After Stage 1:
1. Andreas Kron (Den) Lotto Soudal in 4:20:05
2. Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech at 0:04
3. Rémy Rochas (Fra) Cofidis at 0:06
4. Lennard Kämna (Ger) BORA-hansgrohe at 0:10
5. Dion Smith (NZ) BikeExchange at 0:26
6. Matej Mohorič (Slo) Bahrain-Victorious
7. Ide Schelling (Ned) BORA-hansgrohe
8. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar
9. Alexander Kamp (Den) Trek-Segafredo
10. Michael Valgren (Den) EF Education-Nippo.

Stage 1:

 

Rohan Dennis won Stage 2 of the Volta a Catalunya. The Australian INEOS Grenadiers rider was 5 seconds faster than Rémi Cavagna in the 18.5 kilometre time trial round Banyoles. João Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) was third and took the lead in the general classification.

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Rémi Cavagna was an early starter and the French champion set the first top time. His time of 22:32 was good for a place in the hot seat for a long time, but the Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider was eventually beaten. Rohan Dennis put up the better time of 22:27. The Australian rode at an average speed of 49.4 kph on the rolling roads of Banyoles. Richie Porte (23.02) was the first of the GC riders to set a good time and Brandon McNulty (22.56) went even faster. Adam Yates (23.02) and Steven Kruijswijk (23.00) were also among the favourites. João Almeida managed to set a new best time among the GC men with 22:55. The Portuguese leader of Deceuninck – Quick-Step was the fastest rider of the remaining starters, beating overall leader, Andreas Kron, by 16 seconds.

Kron, Lennard Kämna and Rémy Rochas were not fast enough, so fell out of the rankings. Luis Léon Sánchez was the best of stage one’s four escapees. Sánchez finished in 23:20 and only missed the leader’s jersey by 3 seconds. Of the other classification riders, Geraint Thomas (23:14), Wilco Kelderman (23:19), Lennard Kämna (23:32), Rigoberto Urán (23:33), Marc Soler (23:34), Simon Yates (23:37), Alejandro Valverde (23:41), Enric Mas (23:46), George Bennett (23:47), Richard Carapaz (23:47), Sepp Kuss (23:51), Daniel Martin (23:58), Nairo Quintana (24:02) and Jai Hindley (24:19) all lost time.

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Stage winner, Rohan Dennis (INEOS Grenadiers): “I’m relieved! It’s been a long time between drinks if I’m completely honest. It’s been a tough little road but it’s really great to be back on that top step. It’s amazing – the team have always supported and believed in the fact that I can be back on that top step. It’s just amazing to be back here. It means a lot. It’s my first victory with the INEOS Grenadiers and my first victory since Yorkshire Worlds. It’s been a pretty tough sort of year and a half of seconds, thirds or even being out of the top 10 sometimes. It’s something I’ve been trying to work on every day. It’s not getting any easier with all these young guys, so I’m making the most of this win at Volta a Catalunya. I train on these roads a lot and there are a lot of friends down here to cheer me on. It’s great to do it in front of them. For me I’m just the donkey if I’m honest with you. I’m the one that helps out, and it’s amazing that we’ve got the cards to play with the two Richies, G and Yatesy as well. It’s not going to get any easier from here – we’ve got Vallter 2000. Yesterday was the “flat” stage and you saw how that was with Movistar when they lit it up. It’s good that we’ve got options.”

3rd on the stage and overall leader, João Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “I wasn’t expecting this before the stage, but I felt good today and did my best in this time trial. Coming into the race I knew that the time trial was one of my weapons and I could gain some time thanks to it, and it’s great so see I’ve done that. I want to do a good general classification, but we’ll take it day by day and see what the big climbs will bring.”

4th on the stage and 2nd overall, Brandon McNulty (UAE Team Emirates): “Today was another good TT for me, I’m happy with how it went. To get this result in a World Tour TT is always a good sign. The next few days will be the real test of the legs, so I’m looking forward to that. I live pretty close so I know the roads around this region pretty well which is a bonus.”

Volta Ciclista a Catalunya Stage 2 Result:
1. Rohan Dennis (Aus) INEOS Grenadiers in 22:27
2. Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:05
3. João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:28
4. Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Team Emirates at 0:28
5. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:33
6. Richie Porte (Aus) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:34
7. Adam Yates (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:35
8. Josef Cerny (Cze) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:38
9. Stefan De Bod (RSA) Astana-Premier Tech at 0:38
10. Geraint Thomas (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:47.

Volta Ciclista Catalunya Overall After Stage 2:
1. João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck – Quick-Step in 4:43:26
2. Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Team Emirates
3. Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech at 0:03
4. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:05
5. Richie Porte (Aus) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:06
6. Adam Yates (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:07
7. Stefan de Bod (RSA) Astana-Premier Tech at 0:10
8. Geraint Thomas (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:19
9. Fausto Masnada (Ita) Deceuninck – Quick Step at 0:20
10. Lennard Kämna (Ger) BORA-hansgrohe at 0:21.

Stage 2:

 

The mountain Stage 3 of the Volta a Catalunya went to Adam Yates. At Vallter 2000, INEOS Grenadiers’ new signing was by far the best of the GC men. Thanks to his efforts, he also took the leader’s jersey from João Almeida.

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Thymen Arensman (DSM), Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, Sean Bennett (both Qhubeka-Assos), Alexander Kamp (Trek-Segafredo), Clément Venturini (AG2R Citroën), Thomas Champion (Cofidis), Alexander Evans (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert), Colin Joyce (Rally) and Francisco Galvan (Equipo Kern Pharma) made up the break of the day. The escape group built up a 12 minute lead, but thanks to the work of Deceuninck – Quick-Step, INEOS Grenadiers and Jumbo-Visma, the lead was rapidly pulled in. The escapees only had 3:30 at the foot of the climb to Vallter 2000. Arensman was by far the best of the escape. He dropped the others and went in search of stage victory. Alejandro Valverde started the action in the peloton, 9.5 kilometres from the finish. The Movistar rider put in several attacks, one time with ex-teammate Nairo Quintana (Arkéa-Samsic).

With 5 kilometres to go, the difference to Arensman was only 30 seconds and it was time for Adam Yates to step on the pedals. Only Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma) and again Valverde could hold the Brit. Arensman was making a good go at holding them off, but Yates and co. kept Arensman in their sights and they soon left him on the climb. Yates then dropped Valverde and Kuss. At just under 2 kilometres from the finish, the American was the last rider to be left by Yates.

Esteban Chaves (BikeExchange) was strong, but his move came too late and Yates won the stage. Chaves finished at 13 seconds and Valverde finished third, 19 seconds behind Yates. A strong Harm Vanhoucke (Lotto Soudal) managed to pass Kuss to take 5th place, half a minute behind the winner. Thanks to his victory, Yates leads the overall 45 seconds ahead of teammate Richie Porte. João Almeida is at 50 seconds.

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Stage winner and overall leader, Adam Yates (INEOS Grenadiers): “I feel good. We had to keep the breakaway under control because in the beginning they gained a lot of time. We had to bring it back and bring the gap down before the bottom of the climb. It’s a long and hard climb, so we knew even if they had a couple of minutes at the bottom we could bring it back. Everything was perfect – and then in the end we had cards to play as we knew from the beginning. We played them well, with Richie going in the early move, then I came across and then just kept on going. It’s a first victory for my new team – I’m really happy. It’s always hard to tell (when to attack). Obviously two years ago I also went really well here. I just felt good and I was hoping to bridge across to Richard Carapaz – then we could start working. In the end I had enough momentum and enough speed to go straight past. I still had (Sepp) Kuss and Alejandro (Valverde) with me, but in the end I managed to drop them. Tonight we’ll sit down and have a look at the GC. First we’ll celebrate today and take it from there.”

2nd on the stage and 9th overall, Esteban Chaves (BikeExchange): “I lost the momentum in the final part; it is the first race, and the confidence is not 100% especially after the last years and months and I lost the momentum in the final moment. I have to work harder but I am getting closer. Adam (Yates) was really strong in the end and it was the first real test for my legs, but I am happy with this ride. The team worked really well as always today, we understand each other and now we are looking forward to tomorrow. Today really gives me and the team a lot of confidence for tomorrow and for the coming days and the season in front.”

5th overall, Wilco Kelderman (BORA-hansgrohe): “I think it was a good day, this is my first race and in my view, I can be satisfied with my legs and the feeling. The team did a good job all the way to the last climb and I was brought into a good position. It was a fast ascent with quite a number of attacks and accelerations in the final 10km. I tried to attack myself with about 4km to go but I still haven’t reached my peak power because of the lack of racing. However, I think it was a good stage for us.”

Volta Ciclista a Catalunya Stage 3 Result:
1. Adam Yates (GB) INEOS Grenadiers in 5:00:58
2. Esteban Chaves (Col) BikeExchange at 0:13
3. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 0:19
4. Geraint Thomas (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:31
5. Harm Vanhoucke (Bel) Lotto Soudal
6. Sepp Kuss (USA) Jumbo-Visma at 0:33
7. Hugh Carthy (GB) EF Education-Nippo
8. Michael Woods (Can) Israel Start-Up Nation at 0:36
9. Richie Porte (Aus) INEOS Grenadiers
10. Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo.

Volta Ciclista Catalunya Overall After Stage 3:
1. Adam Yates (GB) INEOS Grenadiers in 9:44:21
2. Richie Porte (Aus) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:45
3. João Almeida (Por) Deceuninick – Quick-Step at 0:50
4. Geraint Thomas (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:53
5. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) BORA-hansgrohe at 1:03
6. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 1:04
7. Hugh Carthy (GB) EF Education-Nippo at 1:16
8. Simon Yates (GB) BikeExchange at 1:21
9. Esteban Chaves (Col) BikeExchange
10. Harm Vanhoucke (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 1:30.

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Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali 2021
Stage 1a of the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali was won by Jakub Mareczko. The fast-finisher of Vini Zabù was the first to cross the finish line in Gatteo ahead of Mark Cavendish.

After several attack attempts, two relatively unknown Italians managed to get away from the pack. Raffaele Radice (Mg.k Vis VPM) and Francesco Zandri (Work Service Marchiol Vega) had a lead of about 1 minute, but in the peloton kept tight control. The two escapees were caught in time for the final. The speed was too high for any attacks. The sprinter teams tried to get their lead-outs on track. Two kilometres from the finish there was a crash, Andrey Zeits was one of the victims. Fast men like Mareczko and Cavendish managed to avoid the crash and were able to start their sprint. The high speed finish was won by Mareczko, but Cavendish was very close. This was Mareczko second victory of the season after the Trofej Umag.

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Stage winner and overall leader, Jakub Mareczko (Vini Zabù Brado KTM): “We did the perfect race and we ended in a great way. We needed this win as in the last races we were a bit unlucky. Now we are fully motivated and team is by my side, united we can do great things.”

Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali Stage 1a Result:
1. Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Vini Zabù Brado KTM in 2:19:05
2. Mark Cavendish (GB) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
3. Marius Mayrhofer (Ger) Development Team DSM
4. Luca Coati (Ita) Team Qhubeka
5. Ethan Hayter (GB) INEOS Grenadiers
6. Michael Zecchin (Ita) Work Service-Marchiol-Dynatek
7. Cristian Rocchetta (Ita) General Store-f.lli Curia-Essegibi
8. Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Eolo-Kometa
9. Damiano Cima (Ita) Gazprom-RusVelo
10. Mick van Dijke (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Development Team.

Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali Overall After Stage 1a:
1. Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Vini Zabù Brado KTM in 2:18:59
2. Mark Cavendish (GB) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:02
3. Marius Mayrhofer (Ger) Development Team DSM at 0:04
4. Luca Coati (Ita) Qhubeka-Assos at 0:06
5. Ethan Hayter (GB) INEOS Grenadiers
6. Michael Zecchin (Ita) Work Service-Marchiol-Dynatek
7. Cristian Rocchetta (Ita) General Store-f.lli Curia-Essegibi
8. Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Eolo-Kometa
9. Damiano Cima (Ita) Gazprom-RusVelo
10. Mick van Dijke (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Development Team.

Stage 1a:

 

Israel Start-Up Nation won the team time trial Stage 1b of the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali on Tuesday. The Israeli team was the fastest on the 10.8 kilometre circuit around Gatteo. The top 3 were within 2 seconds of each other. Astana-Premier Tech finished second, Deceuninck – Quick-Step finished third and Mark Cavendish took the overall lead.

The WorldTour teams stood out in the flat team time trial around Gatteo. Trek-Segafredo and Qhubeka Assos rode just under 12 minutes, but were beaten by INEOS Grenadiers. The British team finished with a time of 11:44 minutes and took the lead. Israel Start-Up Nation was 8 seconds faster with a time of 11:36, they thundered round the course at almost 56 kph. BikeExchange (11:42) and Jumbo-Visma (11:47) didn’t get near the top time of the Israeli team. Astana-Premier Tech came closest to Israel Start-Up Nation with 11:37 for second place. Deceuninck – Quick-Step finished third with 11:38. Winner of the morning stage, Jakub Mareczko (and his Zabù team), finished 24 seconds behind Israel Start-Up Nation and lost the leader’s jersey to Mark Cavendish, who now has 2 seconds on Alex Dowsett.

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Overall leader, Mark Cavendish (GB) Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “Two podiums in a day and the leader’s jersey here, it’s not too bad. Though we just missed the wins, I am extremely proud of our five-man group here. The lads looked after me in the morning and I was disappointed not to repay their hard work with a victory. But then, in the afternoon, we committed against the odds in the team time trial. I couldn’t be happier to at least get to lead the race after day one, especially as it’s the first time in four years that I lead a stage race. Now some hilly stages await and we’re motivated to work hard for our GC guys.”

Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali Stage 1b Result:
1. Israel Start-Up Nation in 11:36
2. Astana-Premier Tech at 0:01
3. Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:02
4. BikeExchange at 0:06
5. INEOS Grenadiers at 0:08
6. Jumbo-Visma at 0:11
7. Italy at 0:14
8. Movistar at 0:21
9. Qhubeka-Assos at 0:22
10. Trek-Segafredo at 0:23.

Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali Overall After Stage 1b:
1. Mark Cavendish (GB) Deceuninck – Quick-Step in 2:30:39
2. Alex Dowsett (GB) Israel Start-up Nation at 0:02
3. Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Start-up Nation
4. James Piccoli (Can) Israel Start-up Nation
5. Guy Niv (Isr) Israel Start-up Nation
6. Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Israel Start-up Nation
7. Sebastian Berwick (Aus) Israel Start-up Nation
8. Gleb Brussenskiy (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech at 0:03
9. Javier Romo Oliver (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech
10. Fabio Felline (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech.

Stage 1b:

 

Jonas Vingegaard won Stage 2 of the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali behind on Wednesday. In Sogliano al Rubicone, the Dane of Jumbo-Visma managed to stay ahead of Iván Ramiro Sosa in an uphill sprint. Thanks to his victory, Vingegaard is the new overall leader.

After a few kilometres the early breakaway was established. Italians Lorenzo Visintainer, Francesco Carollo and Mattia Petrucci had joined forces with the Hungarian Márton Dina, the Spaniard Xabier Azparren and Emil Dima from Romania. Their lead was kept around 3 to 4 minutes until the local circuit around Sogliano al Rubicone. Once on the local circuit, the gap between the leading group and the peloton started to decrease, partly due to the work of Deceuninck – Quick-Step, the team of leader Cavendish, and Israel Start-Up Nation, which had won the team time trial on the opening day. After the second time through the finish, Dina and Azparren left the breakaway and continued with a 3:40 lead. Dina and Azparren initially managed to extend their lead to over 4 minutes, but then the peloton started to chase. The third time over the line, the lead was less than 3 minutes. On the penultimate climb to Sogliano al Rubicone, Azparren then let go of Dina, but the Hungarian EOLO-Kometa rider had no chance against the peloton that were at 20 seconds. It wasn’t long before the early breakaway was over.

Everything came down to the final lap. First, Antonio Tiberi, 2019 junior World time trial champion, tried to ride away, but the Italian’s attempt was unsuccessful. Mauri Vansevenant and Juan Ayuso were the next attackers with 9 kilometres to go and they took 25 seconds. Everything came together again. At the line, Jonas Vingegaard managed to stay ahead of Iván Ramiro Sosa in the uphill sprint.

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Stage winner and overall leader, Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma): “Of course I’m happy with the win today. We did really well. The team is incredibly strong and helped me perfectly today. I had to play it smart. I knew that if I closed the gap myself, I wouldn’t have a chance to win. So I gambled and fortunately Movistar closed the gap.”

Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali Stage 2 Result:
1. Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma in 4:17:33
2. Ivan Ramiro Sosa Cuervo (Col) INEOS Grenadiers
3. Nick Schultz (Aus) BikeExchange
4. Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Start-up Nation
5. Ethan Hayter (GB) INEOS Grenadiers
6. Mauri Vansevenant (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
7. Ilan Van Wilder (Bel) DSM
8. Marco Brenner (Ger) DSM
9. Sergio Henao (Col) Qhubeka-Assos
10. Javier Romo Oliver (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech.

Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali Overall After Stage 2:
1. Jonas Vingegaard (DEN) Jumbo-Visma in 6:48:25
2. Iván Ramiro Sosa (Col) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:01
3. Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Start-Up Nation at 0:03
4. Nick Schultz (Aus) BikeExchange at 0:05
5. Javier Romo (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech at 0:10
6. Ethan Hayter (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:11
7. Mauri Vansevenant (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
8. Mikkel Frølich Honoré (Den) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:14
9. Kevin Colleoni (Ita) BikeExchange at 0:20
10. Sergio Henao (Col) Qhubeka-Assos at 0:31.

Stage 2:

 

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Oxyclean Classic Brugge – De Panne 2021
Sam Bennett won the OxyClean Classic Brugge-De Panne on Wednesday. In De Panne, the Irish sprinter was the fastest in the bunch sprint final. Jasper Philipsen finished second and Pascal Ackermann was third.

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In the fast opening section, nobody got away at first and only after half an hour a six-man break was formed. The experienced Alexis Gougard joined forces with Gerben Thijssen, Barnabás Peák, Ruben Apers, Erik Resell and Wout van Elzakker. In the run-up to the three local circuits around De Panne, of 45 kilometres each, they managed to gain about 4 minutes. Before the local circuit, Nacer Bouhanni abandoned. Once on the local circuit, the pace in the peloton was increased before De Moeren. During the first passage several riders ran into problems. Due to the acceleration of the peloton, the leading group had only 1 minute at the start of the second lap. During the second passage of De Moeren, Deceuninck – Quick-Step and Jumbo-Visma joined forces, so that the leading group was caught at 76 kilometres from the finish. Just like after the first time through De Moeren, the wind returned. With 71 kilometres to go, Sebastián Mora went solo. The track specialist from Castellón de la Plana took a gap of about 20 seconds, but it didn’t get much more and he was caught just before the start of the last lap. On the last passage through De Moeren, Lotto Soudal took the lead and lifted the pace, but the peloton didn’t split.

Qhubeka-Assos also put the pressure on, but the peloton refused to break. Once they had passed De Moeren, Davide Martinelli of Astana and Lluís Mas of Movistar attacked. Just like Mora before, the Italian-Spanish couple made a gap. However, the two were no match for such a large peloton. With 20 kilometres to go, Brent Van Moer was the next attacker. His teammate Gerben Thijssen had been leading the race for some time in the early break and now it was the turn of the second placed U23 in the 2018 TT World championships. Van Moer was ahead of the peloton for a while, but was caught with 11 kilometres to go. On the narrow paths of the Hoge Blekker nature reserve, the sprinter’s teams had to be careful not to lose their fast man, but once on the wide road, the trains of Deceuninck – Quick-Step and DSM returned to the front. Groupama-FDJ and Jumbo-Visma also emerged in the last 4 kilometres. Michael Mørkøv gave Sam Bennett an ideal lead-out and the Irishman took the victory.

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Race winner, Sam Bennett (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “It’s a great day for me and the team. Winning a World Tour one-day race was something I’ve been chasing for many years and I’m very happy to get it here today. The guys did a fantastic job, remained calm and worked hard for this result the entire day. I can’t thank them enough for this. In the last meters, I didn’t focus on anyone else, just did my sprint and now I’m happy with this win, important for us but also for our Belgian sponsors. The confidence is high in the team, which is excellent ahead of our next races.”

2nd, Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix): “He clearly had the strongest team in the end. I think that was the ideal wheel to sit on. Then I felt that I had to ride a little too much into the wind, so I just turned it on. It was downwind, so who knows I could still surprise them. In the end I felt my legs deflate. Did Bennett say the wind was blowing? Oops, then one of us is wrong. Normally it was always tailwind, but maybe the wind had turned a bit. There were a lot of obstacles on the road. The peloton was quite nervous because there were always there is a chance of echelons, but I think it was fairly clear today that it was a bunch sprint. I think I can just be happy to be in again. This is a boost anyway and I think I can just be happy with this. Hopefully I can take it a step higher in the coming races.”

3rd, Pascal Ackermann (BORA-hansgrohe): “Our plan was to have the race be decided in a sprint. Some teams attempted to split the field but we were very attentive today, and their efforts were ultimately unsuccessful. The finale was quite chaotic. Over the last kilometres the peloton was spread out and then there was this tricky combination of turns before the finishing straight. In the approach to the sprint itself, Deceuninck-Quickstep was very strong and I tried to pass Sam, but he was simply the fastest today and so I have to make do with third place.”

Oxyclean Classic Brugge – De Panne Result:
1. Sam Bennett (Irl) Deceuninck – Quick-Step in 4:27:40
2. Jasper Philipsen (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
3. Pascal Ackermann (Ger) BORA-hansgrohe
4. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Qhubeka Assos
5. Timothy Dupont (Bel) Bingoal-Wallonnie Bruxelles
6. Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Israel Start-up Nation
7. Cees Bol (Ned) DSM
8. Michael Mørkøv (Den) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
9. Elia Viviani (Ita) Cofidis
10. Stanislaw Aniolkowski (Pol) Bingoal-Wallonnie Bruxelles.

De Panne’21:

 

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AG2R Citroën for Gent-Wevelgem
Having already taken third in 2008, Greg van Avermaet has stepped on the podium every year since his victory in 2017 (when Oliver Naesen took 3rd place). He took 3rd place in both 2018 and 2019.

Gijs van Hoecke: “I’m lined up to start the Flanders classics with AG2R CITROËN TEAM. During the first races of the season, we were able to get into a rhythm with each other and get ready for the most important period of the year for me. I will race close to home; I know the roads by heart and that’s always an advantage. Of the three upcoming races, the E3 is the one that most resembles the Ronde Van Vlaanderen. The favourite on Friday often is at the front again a week later. I hope we will be able to get a nice victory in the coming weeks with Greg or Oliver.”

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Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields – MAR 28
Marc Reef – Team DSM coach: “Gent Wevelgem is a tough one-day race where as a team we need to be alert throughout the day for any decisive moments. The potential strong winds in the exposed Moeren and the climb of the Kemmelerg are the two main well-known crucial parts and factors in deciding the race. Since the addition of the Plugstreets in recent years, they have also proved to be important points of the parcours. Our approach for the race will be to ride aggressively in the opening part of the race so that we can get into the finale with as many riders as possible. That will allow us to use our numbers in the finale, while if it comes down to a reduced sprint as we have seen in past editions, then Nils will be our protected rider.”

Line-up:
Nikias Arndt (GER)
Cees Bol (NED)
Nico Denz (GER)
Nils Eekhoff (NED)
Niklas Märkl (GER)
Casper Pedersen (DEN)
Jasha Sütterlin (GER).

Cees Bol:
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Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields – MAR 28
Albert Timmer – Team DSM coach: “Gent Wevelgem is in an interesting race with a testing parcours. Last year we saw the race split up over the cobbled climbs in the middle. We expect that something like that could happen again this year but we can’t also discount a sprint, as the two editions before that have ended in fast finishes. We have Lorena in the team as our sprinter if it comes back together for the finale and we’ll work to position her for that. Likewise, in the shape of Liane and Floortje we have two riders who can go on the attack and cover the moves on the Kemmelberg, allowing us to race on the front foot, giving us another option and letting us save energy in the group behind.”

Line-up:
Susanne Andersen (NOR)
Leah Kirchmann (CAN)
Franziska Koch (GER)
Liane Lippert (GER)
Floortje Mackaij (NED)
Lorena Wiebes (NED).

Franziska Koch:
Franziska Koch

 

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Total Direct Energie for Gent-Wevelgem

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UAE Team Emirates Continue Their Campaign at the Northern Classics on Belgian soil – Gent-Wevelgem on 28 March
The team will look to the joint experience of Alexander Kristoff and Matteo Trentin, with the former having been victorious in De Panne in 2015 and also in Gent-Wevelgem in the colours of UAE in 2019.

Sports Directors Allan Peiper (Aus) and Fabio Baldato (Ita) will take charge.

Gent-Wevelgem [1.UWT] – 28-Mar-2021:
-Mikkel Bjerg (Den)
-Fernando Gaviria (Col)
-Alexander Kristoff (Nor)
-Sven Erik Bystrom (Nor)
-Matteo Trentin (Ita)
-Ivo Oliveira (Por)
-Maximiliano Richeze (Arg).

Allan Peiper (Sports Director): “We’re coming into one of the biggest weeks in the classics period. We have a good mix of youth and experience here : Bjerg and the Oliveira twins are progressing well and showing they can ride the big classics. Kristoff has won at Gent-Wevelgem before so we know what he’s capable of doing there. With Trentin in the squad we have an extra leader now also. We’re hoping for good results from this block of racing and getting the best out of all our guys.”

Alexander Kristoff: “It’s good to be back here in Belgium and we’re really motivated to race. The form is ok, I’ve been a bit sick lately but I’m coming back now. The team is strong, maybe the strongest we’ve had at the classics before. Gent-Wevelgem is a race I like a lot especially since winning here 2 years ago and with myself and Trentin we hope to have options in the final.”

uae

 

dsm
Roche and Pedersen Isolated After ‘Corona Contact’
Nicolas Roche and Casper Pedersen are now in isolation after coming into contact with someone who has tested positive for the corona virus, the DSM team announced via Twitter. Roche has withdrawn from the Volta a Catalunya, Pedersen will not start in the E3 Saxo Bank Classic on Friday.

Roche and Pedersen are feeling fine at the moment and are not showing any symptoms of the virus, but the team obviously does not want to take any risks and prevent any further spread of the virus. The team doctors will test more frequently for corona in the coming days, in order to determine whether the team should, for example, withdraw from certain races. It is not the first time that the Volta a Catalunya has had to deal with a corona case. Alpecin-Fenix ​​decided to withdraw a few days before the start of the tour, as three staff members had tested positive for the corona virus. Roche finished in 16th place on stage 1 to Calella on Monday.

Season on hold for Roche:
Nicholas Roche

 

lotto soudal
Harry Sweeny Returns Positive Corona Test
Lotto Soudal’s Australian rider Harry Sweeny did not start in Wednesday’s Oxyclean Classic Brugge – De Panne. Sweeny, with stomach problems, underwent a PCR test in the morning and returned a positive corona result.

Consequently, and in compliance with Lotto Soudal’s health protocols to prevent the spread of covid-19, the team decided to isolate and quarantine Sweeny’s roommate Tosh Van der Sande as well. The latter returned a negative result in a post-race rapid test. Van der Sande feels well and does not show any symptoms. On Wednesday evening all team riders and staff underwent PCR tests. Team Lotto Soudal will continue to carry out more covid tests in the coming period.

Tosh van der Sande in quarantine:
tosh

 

new zealand
New Zealand Olympic Cyclists will Receive Priority for Corona Vaccination
The New Zealand cyclists who will represent their country at the Tokyo Olympics in the summer will be vaccinated against covid-19 before leaving for the Japanese capital. The New Zealand government has decided.

The Olympic Games are described by Minister Chris Hipkins as an event representing the interests of the country, a prerequisite for early vaccination. “It goes without saying that Olympians and sports teams attending an important tournament meet those criteria.”

“The athletes will have to apply to be vaccinated themselves.” Secretary General Kereyn Smith of the New Zealand Olympic Committee calls it a “very positive and important step for the safety of our athletes”.

New Zealand road champ Bennett:
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jumbo-visma
Kruijswijk, Gesink and Van Emden Two More Years at Team Jumbo-Visma
Team Jumbo-Visma has extended the contracts of Steven Kruijswijk, Robert Gesink and Jos van Emden. The experienced trio will remain loyal to team manager Richard Plugge’s formation at least through 2023. The Dutch riders owe their longer commitment to their sporting value, but they are also considered cultural carriers of the team.

“Jos, Steven and Robert have helped to create a new culture in the team”, Plugge says. “From about 2013 they have contributed to that change. They helped shape our way of working and interacting with each other. They are the carriers of the Blanco Koers, in which this working method has been laid down. Robert, Jos and Steven have been involved in this very much. They were riders who saw that things had to and could be done differently. I like that very much. We have been through a lot together in the meantime. That makes it extra nice that they will stay with us for at least two more years.”

Van Emden: “We have a certain way of working that we grew up with. I’m a bit of a watchdog for that. Culture carriers keep an eye on things to make sure they remain normal, that things don’t get out of hand. I think that by staying so normal we have come so far with this team.”

The time trialist is happy with his role on and off the bike. “It’s nice to know that you have input. Guarding the culture is a nice bonus, but I also want to perform and be of added value. I want to make a difference on the bike. If that is no longer possible, it stops. If you can also make a difference, that’s a bonus. Teammates like Primoz Roglic and Wout van Aert ensure that you stay hungry. The arrival of Tony Martin has also ensured that I have become better as a supportive rider. He has not been working specifically with me, but he has made me realise on what level I could still improve. Primoz and Wout are two super men to work for. I don’t want to sell anyone short, but those are the two best leaders I’ve ever ridden for. Both on a physical and personal level. It feels great to be able to support them. As long as I can be of added value on the bike, I want to continue with what I’m doing now.”

Gesink is also pleased with his contract extension. “I am happy to be part of this fantastic team for two more years. That is great news. From a young age, I always had the dream to cycle with the biggest Dutch team. That is Team Jumbo-Visma. I still want to be part of that.”

As far as he is concerned, the end is not yet in sight. “The team and I have been working together for so long that by now we know where the other is coming from. The team has gained momentum in recent years. I would like to continue to be part of that. I am only 34 years old and I have the feeling that I can still be around for a while. I enjoy what I do and my level is still good. It has become very consistent over the years.”

Over the years, the climber has seen many changes. “Cycling has become much more professional. It is nice to still be able to hold your own there. You only really realise how good the facilities are nowadays if you have experienced less luxurious circumstances. The fact that the culture here is very professional is something that people have worked for years, but also something that has really grown over the years. What appeals to me a lot in this culture is that every day you try to develop that better version of yourself.”

This also applies to Kruijswijk. “I have a long history with this team. I feel very much at home here. Everything the team has been through in recent years I have also experienced. I have not only seen the team grow, but also myself. We have always done that together. For the future, I still see an important role for myself and I hope to achieve the results as I have shown in the past. I am really looking forward to continuing to work with the team in this way at least until the end of 2023.”

 

sicilia
Il Giro di Sicilia Returns from 28 September to 1 October
The four-stage race organised by RCS Sport in collaboration with Regione Siciliana, which returned in vogue in 2019 and was not held for reasons of force majeure in 2020, is scheduled for early autumn 2021.

The UCI has officially released its racing calendar until the end of this season and Il Giro di Sicilia, originally set to take place in April, has been rescheduled for 28 September to 1 October.

The details of the route, designed to suit riders with different characteristics and showcase the beauty of Sicily, will be communicated at a later date.

RCS Sport would like to thank Sport Club Mobili Lissone for their precious help in finding an ideal date for the 2021 edition of Il Giro di Sicilia, a stage race that wants to grow over the years. An alternative date was thus set for their race, the Coppa Agostoni – Giro delle Brianza, now in its 74th edition, initially scheduled for September 29, which will be held two days after Il Lombardia, on Monday 11 October, again starting from and arriving in Lissone.

Brandon McNulty, winner of the 2019’s Il Giro di Sicilia:
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Thirteen WorldTour Teams for the Scheldeprijs
The organisers of the Scheldeprijs have announced the participating teams for this year’s edition on April 7, 2021. The sprinter’s classic will have thirteen WorldTour teams at the start in Terneuzen. For the first time there is also a Scheldeprijs for women, with six Women’s WorldTour teams at the start.

Lotto Soudal, who won the Scheldeprijs last year with Caleb Ewan, will be present, as is Deceuninck – Quick-Step. The other top teams are Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert, AG2R Citroën, Cofidis, Groupama-FDJ, UAE Emirates, Trek-Segafredo, Astana-Premier Tech, DSM, Qhubeka Assos, Israel Start-Up Nation and BORA-hansgrohe .

In addition, ten ProTeams: Alpecin-Fenix, Arkéa-Samsic, B&B Hotels, Total Direct Energie, Bingoal-WB, Delko, Rally, Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise, Uno-X and Vini Zabù, plus two continental teams will also start. In addition to EvoPro Racing, the Dutch BEAT Cycling team also received an invitation.

The first edition of the Scheldeprijs for women will start and finish in Schoten on 7 April. Six WorldTour teams are participating: Movistar, DSM, Alé BTC Ljubljana, Canyon-SRAM, BikeExchange and Trek-Segafredo. Also on the start list is: Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire, Lotto Soudal, Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus, Multum Accountants, Ciclismo Mundial, NXTG Racing, Drops-Le Col, Aromitalia Basso Bikes Vaiano, Valcar-Travel & Service, Parkhotel Valkenburg, Bepink, Bizkaia-Durango, Rupelcleaning-Champion Lubricants, Ceratizit-WNT, AR Monex, Andy Schleck-CP NVST-Immo Losch, Arkéa, Cogeas Mettler Look, GT Krush Tunap, Isolmant-Premac-Vittoria, Massi Tactic and Liv Cycling Team.

Last year’s Scheldeprijs winner – Caleb Ewan:
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Caleb Ewan Will Not Ride the 2021 Scheldeprijs
Caleb Ewan won the last edition of the Scheldeprijs in 2020, but will not defend his title this year. “I have to be honest: I’m just not good at Flemish races,” Ewan told Het Nieuwsblad.

Ewan wants to shine in the three grand tours this year and so the Australian sprinter has to make some decisions. “It would be too hard to do Classics and the grand tours as well. I really like to watch the races on TV, but if you do them yourself, it’s super tough.”

Ewan says he has his limitations. “I won the Scheldeprijs, but that was on a local course and therefore not a real Scheldeprijs. I am proud to be on the honours list among all those great sprinters, but it has not made me more enthusiastic about the Flemish work. I would like to leave it to Tim (Wellens), John (Degenkolb) and Phil (Gilbert) this year, they are just much better at it.”

Caleb Ewan – 2nd in Sanremo:
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Tour of Utah Removed from UCI Calendar
The Tour of Utah will not take place this year. The American stage race, which was to be held from July 26 to August 1, has been removed from the UCI calendar. The last edition took place in 2019 and was won by Ben Hermans.

For the first edition of the Tour of Utah was back to 2010. Levi Leipheimer was the overall winner that year and the American who has now retired won the multi-day cycling race again a year later. Other Tour of Utah winners are Johan Tschopp, Tom Danielson (in 2013 and 2014), Joe Dombrowski, Lachlan Morton, Rob Britton, Sepp Kuss and Hermans. Hermans held off James Piccoli and Joe Dombrowski in 2019. The Belgian also took two stage victories.

Utah’19 podium:
Joe Dombrowski

 

deceuninck
Lefevere: “Denk Also Made Ballerini a Concrete Proposal”
The talk between team managers Patrick Lefevere and Ralph Denk continued this new week. Lefevere responded to statements that Denk made in the media at the weekend. “Denk also made a concrete proposal to Ballerini.”

Lefevere, team manager of Deceuninck – Quick-Step, revealed in his weekly column in Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday that BORA-hansgrohe are very interested in Remco Evenepoel and is even prepared to buy his team. But Denk, manager of the German team, referred this to the realm of fables. “We never talked about buying the team.”

On Monday, however, Lefevere did not take a word back in his column in Het Nieuwsblad. “Denk earlier: How much do you want for your paying agent, the legal structure behind the team? Then he wants to take it over, doesn’t he?” The 66-year-old manager also denied Denk’s statements that he already has a new sponsor.

In addition, Lefevere claimed that BORA-hansgrohe also has other riders of his team in mind, as well as Evenepoel. “In addition to Remco, Denk also made Davide Ballerini and even a third rider of our team a concrete proposal. That is currently not allowed.” Ballerini won two stages in the Tour de La Provence and Omloop Het Nieuwsblad this season.

BORA also after Davide Ballerini:
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spain
Fuentes To Give TV Interview
Sports doctor, Eufemiano Fuentes, the man behind Operación Puerto, will give an interview on Spanish television this week. In it, he admits that he cheated, but adds that he “doesn’t know anyone who didn’t.”

It is not yet known what Fuentes will say exactly, but the television program Lo de Évole has already published a short part. “I want to share things that people don’t know yet,” said the Spanish sports physician, who recalls how “cyclists, athletes, footballers and boxers” came to see him “to improve their performance”.

Also, Fuentes would admit he cheated, but he adds that he doesn’t know anyone who didn’t. In addition, he says he is “pretty sure” that some people may be nervous about what he will say. The interview can be seen on Sunday 28 March from 9:25 pm in Lo de Évole, on the Spanish TV channel La Sexta.

Fuentes to spill the beans?
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Video: Milano Sanremo 2021
Did you miss the action of Milano-Sanremo last weekend? We bring you along on the first Monument of the season.

 

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