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EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!

In today’s EUROTRASH we catch up with the weekend’s cyclo-cross and the ups and downs of Mathieu Van Der Poel, plus the final stages of the Tour of Guangxi, all with results and video. What does the future hold for Jan Bakelants, race radios and power meters – Top Story. In other cycling news: Euro cross champs for Italy, Vuelta’18 to start in Malaga, Tour of the Alps presentation, contract news, BMC for 2018, BEAT road team, and Team Type 1 and 7peaks Launch Month-Long Healthy Living Campaign.

*** First up; congratulations to Peter and Katarína Sagan for the birth of their son, Marlon. ***

TOP STORY: Crashes and Radios!
Jan Bakelants crashed out of the Tour of Lombardy and was diagnosed to have seven rib fractures, two dorsal (thoracic) fractures and two lumbar fractures and underwent surgery on his return Belgium, but there is no guarantee that he will be able to race again in the future.

Bakelants spoke to Sporza: “The doctors are confident, but of course they cannot give a 100% guarantee. Now the hope is that my body recovers. Only then can I start planning if I will be the old me again. I’ve done some physio in hospital and perhaps I could ride a little indoors but it’s not necessary, riding a bike will not affect my current condition. I think it’s more important to take my time because it’s a delicate injury. I realize that I’ve escaped the worst. That was hard to take at first but I’m over it now. I’ve realized that cycling is definitely not everything in life. It would be a pity if I cannot ride a bike, but my girlfriend, my daughter and my family are much more important.”

There had been many complaints about the descent before and after the race in Lombardia and the fact that Quick-Step’s Laurens De Plus, Simone Petilli (UAE Team Emirates) and Daniel Martinez (Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia) all crashed at the same point in the race.

Meanwhile the UCI have opened the old wound of race radios with a suggestion that they could be used to influence a race for betting purposes, not for the reason that they take all the fun out of a race. The new UCI president, David Lappartient, wants to ban race radios in the 2019 World championships and also the use of power meters.

The use of power meters in races has taken some of the guess work out of race tactics and there are less ‘do-or-die’ exploits by riders as they are following their ‘numbers’ and ignoring the ‘sensations’ from their body. So to keep the sport of cycling interesting, the banning of power meters in races could be an answer. Race radios do help in the safety of the riders, the manager has the race book in the car and can warn the riders of imminent dangers on the road as well as race information. In the past, the team manager would have to drive up to the riders to give information/orders which had its dangers and not all the cars can do that every few minutes. Maybe the safety of the riders is more important than the possibility of gambling fraud. Riders can race without power meter, they managed quite well for 100 years.

Next on the list? Tramadol and corticosteroids? Maybe the UCI will have a look at them… Eventually.

Was Jan Bakelants crash predicted?


Tour of Guangxi 2017
LottoNL-Jumbo’s Dylan Groenewegen won the penultimate Stage 5 of the Tour of Guangxi. After 212 kilometers, the 24-year-old Dutchman crossed the finish line first, beating Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) and Magnus Cort Nielsen (Orica-Scott) in the bunch sprint. Groenewegen’s victory was the 26th win for Team LottoNL-Jumbo this season and the tenth at World Tour level.

Stage winner Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo): “This victory is a real team performance. Everyone stayed with me to help me cross the hills. After that, I was perfectly placed for the sprint. Tribute to the team.”

5th, Pierpaolo De Negri (NIPPO-Vini Fantini): “As in every race the desire is to battle for the victory but for the race dynamic and the level of competitors this results today is the best. I was looking to this stage since from the beginning, because of the long and mixed road. At the end of the last climb few sprinter was in the group, such as Gaviria, but then they went back and at the end was a massive sprint. I want to thank my team-mate Giacomo Berlato for his help. As a team we really want to do good things in this wonderful race. It’s a big honor to be part of it, we want to do well also tomorrow to receive again this important Wild Card.”

LottoNL-Jumbo sports director Grischa Niermann: “The men dropped off Dylan in good position and he finished it very well. We came here for a stage win and succeeded.Tomorrow is the last stage and we’ll go for the victory again.”

Tour of Guangxi Stage 5 Result:
1. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo in 5:04:21
2. Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Col) Quick-Step Floors
3. Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-Scott
4. Mike Teunissen (Ned) Sunweb
5. Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini
6. Roger Kluge (Ger) Orica-Scott
7. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
8. Wouter Wippert (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac
9. Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin
10. Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal.

Tour of Guangxi Overall After Stage 5:
1. Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal in 17:13:19
2. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo at 0:06
3. Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC at 0:11
4. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors at 0:15
5. Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC at 0:18
6. Matej Mohoric (Slo) UAE Team Emirates at 0:24
7. Wout Poels (Ned) Sky
8. Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC at 0:29
9. Rein Taaramäe (Est) Katusha-Alpecin
10. Mekseb Debesay (Eri) Dimension Data at 0:31.

Stage 5:

Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) completed a poker of stage victories at the inaugural Tour of Guangxi by crossing the line in celebration on the Final Stage 6 of the race, which started and finished in the town of Guilin. For the 23-year-old Colombian, it was the 14th success of the year, which saw him join teammate Marcel Kittel at the top of the 2017 win list.

Gaviria – a stage victor in all multi-day events he raced this season – relied once again on an outstanding Quick-Step Floors team, which kept the breakaway on a leash with the help of Rémi Cavagna, Davide Martinelli, Pieter Serry and Martin Velits (who was making the final outing of his pro career), before Max Richeze catapulted him on the long straight to the line, where the blue jersey wearer comfortably beat Niccolo Bonifazio (Bahrain-Merida) and Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo).

The Tour of Guangxi was the final stop of the season for Quick-Step Floors, for the sixth year running the most successful team in the world. The outfit managed by Patrick Lefevere scored 59 victories, 56 of which came in UCI races. Of these, 30 were attained in WorldTour events, making it an all-time best for the squad, who has won races in 2017 with 14 riders across 15 different countries.

Cycling: 1st Tour of Guangxi 2017 / Stage 6 Arrival / Fernando GAVIRIA (COL) Blue Sprint Jersey Celebration / Dylan GROENEWEGEN (NED)/ Niccolo BONIFAZIO (ITA)/ Andrea GUARDINI (ITA)/ Max WALSCHEID (GER)/ Guilin - Guilin (168km)/ Gree - Tour of Guangxi / TOG / © Tim De Waele

Stage winner, Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors): “There couldn’t have been a better way for calling it a season. I’m happy to take the win on the last stage of this race and finish off the excellent job of my teammates, who made sure I got the maximum out of this race. It’s been a long and rewarding season, one during which I’ve gone from strength to strength, continued to develop and learn, and all these things make me even more motivated for 2018. But before that and resuming training, I’ll go home, enjoy some rest and spend time with my family.”

Overall winner, Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal): “The past two days went well. On Sunday I had conquered the leader’s jersey, but the gaps were small so the support of my team in the last two stages was crucial. Yesterday, it took a long time before a breakaway was established and my teammates controlled the race very well, they were all really strong. Thanks to them I was able to win this WorldTour race. And this means a lot to me. Even though it was the end of the season, there were a lot of strong and motivated riders at the start here. I had to fight for this win. It’s wonderful to finish the season with a victory, just like I started it. Tomorrow we head home. First we fly to Hong Kong where we have to wait twelve hours for our next flight. Adam Hansen has lived there and will give us a tour. We are all looking forward to that. Soon, I will be going on a holiday. I will be off the bike for two weeks. Then I will start running and swimming, go to the fitness and ride on my mountain bike. First I will enjoy this victory and then the preparation for 2018 can begin!”

2nd on the stage, Niccolo’ Bonifazio (Bahrain-Merida): “Fernando is really fast. He won his fourth stage of the race. I tried to follow him in the last km, but today the stage was undulating and to tell the truth I was a little tired, but I succeeded to stay on his wheel and in the sprint I gave it all. Gaviria shows again that he is really strong and it is pretty difficult to beat him.”

4th on the stage, Andrea Guardini (UAE Team Emirates): “All my team mates lent me tremendous support in preparation for the sprint; Mohoric was impeccable in putting me in the perfect position for the last turn. I made it into the final straight stretch in 6th place and in the sprint I passed a few athletes, achieving a satisfying result, considering the top notch sprinters who are here in China.”

3rd overall, Nicolas Roche (BMC): “I think it has been a great first edition of the Tour of Guangxi. Overall, it was very well organized, and I think we can say that it was a success. As a team, we really enjoyed our week here. We rode competitively as a group, and we did a good race. I am pretty happy to be on the podium at a UCI WorldTour one-week race this year and to wrap up the 2017 season in this way.”

4th overall, Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors): “The Tour of Guangxi was a nice experience; the team worked hard and we got repaid with this incredible run. It’s the end of the season, but I felt good and fourth place is a nice result. I like this race and I hope to return here in the next years.”

6th overall, Matej Mohoric (UAE Team Emirates): “I really enjoyed the last race of the season with UAE Team Emirates. I’m very grateful for all of the support they have given me. I’m really pleased with the sixth place in the General Classification, it means a lot to me and I am really happy to be able to perform well for the team.”

10th overall, Mekseb Debesay (Dimension Data): “Today was the last stage of Tour of Gaungxi and it had a few mountains but also a strong headwind. Our goal was to keep my GC position and in the final sprint, to help Ryan. We all did our job well and with a good team spirit. I want to thank my team for a very nice week. Everyone did a really good job and I happy with this 10th place in a World Tour race. This is a big result for me but I also know I can do better than this in the future.”

Most active rider, Mei-Yin (Bahrain-Merida): “I worked hard from the very first day in the breakaway, and gave my best to get the goal set by the team. I really appreciate the team let me try in the breakaway without pressure. Thanks for my team and sports director. As a Chinese, I am proud to be part of the first edition Tour of Guangxi.”

Tour of Guangxi Stage 6 Result:
1. Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Col) Quick-Step Floors in 3:46:30
2. Niccolo’ Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
3. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo
4. Andrea Guardini (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
5. Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-Scott
6. Maximilian Richard Walscheid (Ger) Sunweb
7. Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
8. Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) Quick-Step Floors
9. Roger Kluge (Ger) Orica-Scott
10. Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain-Merida.

Tour of Guangxi Final Overall Result:
1. Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal in 20:59:49
2. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo at 0:06
3. Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC at 0:11
4. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors at 0:15
5. Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC at 0:18
6. Matej Mohoric (Slo) UAE Team Emirates at 0:24
7. Wout Poels (Ned) Sky
8. Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC at 0:29
9. Rein Taaramäe (Est) Katusha-Alpecin
10. Mekseb Debesay (Eri) Dimension Data at 0:31.

Final stage 6:


UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup – Koksijde 2017
Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) took his third WorldCup win of the 2017/18 season at Koksijde on Sunday. The Dutchman was on the start-line with tape all down his right arm from his crash on Saturday in the Telenet Superprestige Niels Albert in Boom.

Van der Poel took the lead from the start and it was obvious that only Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Charles) would be the only rider able to contest the race. Van der Poel was the strongest rider and had Van Aert on the back foot, especially on the sections of sand.

At the halfway point, Van Aert dropped back to the chase group of Lars van der Haar (Telenet Fidea Lions) and Laurens Sweeck (ERA-Circus), as Van der Poel increased his lead. Van Aert rode with Van der Haar and Sweeck until two laps to go when he attacked. Van Aert made a slight mistake on one of the sand dune which gave Sweeck the chance to get past the World champion. Van Aert got back to Sweeck, but he needed a bike change and so lost time on Van der Haar and Sweeck.

Van der Poel steadily rode to a 39 second victory. On the last lap; Van der Haar attacked Sweeck to finish second as Van Aert passed Sweeck for third place.

Koksijde - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Van Der Poel Mathieu (NED) of Beobank - Corendon celebrates the win pictured dring the men’s elite Telenet UCI cyclo-cross World Cup 2017 race, the Vlaamse Duinencross on October 22, 2017 in Koksijde, Belgium, 22/10/2017 - photo NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

Koksijde winner, Mathieu Van Der Poel (Beobank-Corendon): “It was something I was looking forward to. The previous year the race was cancelled. I really like sand courses so it was so much fun to ride out here and take the win today. I started ahead of the bunch. I knew it was the best way because you can do your own thing, ride your own lines. It’s also a little bit difficult because you’re always riding in the sand first and all the traces are gone then. Sometimes, that’s hard but I enjoyed riding here.”

UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup – Koksijde Result:
1. Mathieu Van Der Poel (Ned) Beobank-Corendon in 1:02:41
2. Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Telenet Fidea Lions at 0:39
3. Wout Van Aert (Bel) Crelan-Charles at 0:50
4. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Era-Circus at 1:15
5. David Van Der Poel (Ned) Beobank-Corendon at 1:29
6. Daan Soete (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions at 1:30
7. Quinten Hermans (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions at 1:47
8. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games at 2:00
9. Vincent Baestaens (Bel) at 2:12
10. Jens Adams (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Vastgoedservice at 2:18.

Koksijde’17:


Telenet Superprestige Niels Albert – Boom 2017
On Saturday in Boom, Van der Poel had his usual fast start to split the group early. World champion Wout van Aert (Crelan-Charles) and Kevin Pauwels (Marlux-Napoleon Games) managed to stay with him and a lead group formed.

All was going well until Van der Poel crashed on a corner hitting his arm and shoulder and by the end of lap three he was 50 seconds behind the leaders. Van Aert attacked on the next lap and soon had a 12 second lap on the chasers. Van Aert’s lead hovered around the 11 and 15 second mark for the next laps. Behind the World champion; Quinten Hermans (Telenet Fidea Lions) tried to follow Van Aert, but by the end of lap four Laurens Sweeck (Era-Circus) and Jens Adams (Pauwels Sauzen-Vastgoedservice) had pulled him back. Sweeck was next to attack to hold off Lars Van Der Haar (Telenet Fidea Lions) for second. Van der Poel recovered from his crash and slowly worked his way back to eventually finish 4th.

Under23 World champion Tom Pidcock (Telenet Fidea Lions) won his first cyclo-cross race of the season and would be competing in the pro race on Sunday in Koksijde.

BOOM, BELGIUM - OCTOBER 21 :  in action during the 3th leg of the men’s elite Telenet Superprestige cyclocross race of Boom on October 21, 2017 in Boom, Belgium, 21/10/2017 ( Photo by Nico Vereecken / Photonews

Telenet Superprestige Niels Albert Result:
1. Wout Van Aert (Bel) Crelan-Charles in 1:00:01
2. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Era-Circus at 0:09
3. Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Telenet Fidea Lions at 0:14
4. Mathieu Van Der Poel (Ned) Beobank-Corendon at 0:22
5. Jens Adams (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Vastgoedservice
6. Quinten Hermans (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions at 0:49
7. Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions at 1:04
8. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games at 1:24
9. Tim Merlier (Bel) Crelan-Charles at 1:36
10. Michael Boroš (Cze) Pauwels Sauzen-Vastgoedservice at 1:43.


2019 Cyclocross European Championships Assigned to Italy
The main off-road Continental event will be organized in Silvelle di Trebaseleghe, in Padua nearby on November 2019.

The U.E.C. (Union Européenne de Cyclisme) officially announced that Silvelle di Trebaseleghe (Padua, Italy) will organize the 2019 Cyclocross European Championships. For the second time in the history, an Italian location will host the main CX continental competition, after Lucca (Tuscany) in 2011. This time will be the turn of Veneto, under the organization of A.S.D. Silvellese. The competition will be held on November 2019.

Hosting the European Champs, Silvelle – a small town in Padua nearby – marks another milestone in its history, closely tied to cyclocross superstars’ souvenirs, such as Vito di Tano, Luca Bramati, Adrie Van der Poel and Sven Nys. “Silvelle was not a random choice, being a place where the history of this discipline has been written,” UEC President Rocco Cattaneo explained. “Europe is the cyclocross’ homeland and we’ll live strong days and top-class races In Silvelle. The enthusiasm of Italian fans will be the key of success.”

“We worked a lot on this project,” A.S.D. Silvellese’s President Mauro Zamprogna explained. “After five rounds of Superprestige hosted in the 90’s, we’re extremely excited to welcome the cyclocross superstars again.”

“Silvelle di Trebaseleghe is a true cyclocross enclave, the perfect place to live another important event,” the Italian Cycling Federation President, Renato Di Rocco said. “The European Championships will be a superb opportunity to enjoy cyclocross at the highest level and push our athletes to give their best.”

“We feel proud to host 2019 Cyclocross European Championships in Veneto.” commented Veneto Region’s President Luca Zaia. “We strongly supported the bid, that posed its roots on a strong tradition and the impressive skills of Silvelle’s organizers. They really did a great job, congrats!”

The Mayor of Trebaseleghe, Lorenzo Zanon, expressed “my happiness and gratitude for the UEC choose, a great opportunity to promote our region. I really believe Silvelle is worthy of such recognition.”

Mathieu Van der Poel, Wout Van Aert and Lars Van der Haar in action at 2016 Cyclocross European Championships:


Tour of the Alps to be Discovered in Milan on November 7th
One of the major novelties of the 2017 season, the Euroregional race has more in store for the new edition, April 16th to 20th 2018, whose route will be unveiled in record time


Welshman Geraint Thomas, winner of the Tour of the Alps’ last edition, wearing the leader’s jersey

After representing one of the greatest novelties of 2017, the Tour of the Alps is already looking forward to the next season, proud of its achievements. Over a one-and-a-half hour of live broadcast every day, 8 hours overall, diffused to about 100 Countries in the World: the figures of the Tour of the Alps’s maiden edition tell a story of success, with a record media coverage through TV and web. With seven World Tour teams at the start, the Tour of the Alps has already established itself as a coveted race and a key final test for the Giro d’Italia contenders – thanks to its calendar and parcours.

Now the Euroregional stage race (category 2.HC), that took over the baton and the 40 years of prestigious tradition from the Giro del Trentino, is ready for another ride, re-proposing the five-stage format from April 16th to 20th, 2018. The new race course will be announced to the Italian and International media on November 7th at 11.30 am, at the Sala Buzzati in Milan. No changes in the race’s formula, that received unanimous approval in the first, historical edition: five, intense (but without extreme mileage) days of race across the beauties of Tirol, Südtirol and Trentino, the three territories that share the values of the Euroregional areas and of a project than goes beyond sports: nature, history, culture, environmental sensibility.

After the 2017 success, the preparations for the new event are proceeding at full speed, thanks to the organization of the G.S. Alto Garda with the support of the three territorial marketing boards – Tirol Werbung, IDM Südtirol and Trentino Marketing. “Together with our territorial partners, we started with great impetus in the wake of the 2017 extraordinary results. The preparation will start earlier to make the event even more expected and engaging for the fans. The Tour of the Alps also acts as a very important flywheel for the Euroregion”, explains Giacomo Santini, President of the GS Alto Garda organizing committee.

Demanding and exciting like few other races, 2017 Tour of the Alps was decided by seconds only on the last stage, following a thrilling head-to-head between leader Geraint Thomas and Thibaut Pinot on the slopes of the mythical Monte Bondone. Team Sky’s Welshman, winner of stage 3 in Funes, claimed the overall victory over Fdj’s Frenchman, first in Trento on the last stage, and Domenico Pozzovivo.

Among the 2017 stage winners, beside Rohan Dennis and Matteo Montaguti, it’s impossible to forget Michele Scarponi, the unlucky Italian champion, untimely passed away last April 22nd in a car crash, who claimed in Innsbruck the first Tour of the Alps leader’s jersey and the last victory of his career. The 2018 Tour of the Alps will dedicate a special initiative to his memory, that will also be presented in Milan.

Tour of the Alps 2017 stage 1 won by the late Michele Scarponi:


La Vuelta 2018 Starts from the Museum Pompidou de Málaga
The 73rd edition of La Vuelta will once again surprise with an innovative, transgressive and colorful official departure. The Pompidou Museum in Malaga will be the starting point of the first stage of La Vuelta 2018, which will start in Malaga on Saturday 25 August and end its tour on Sunday, 16 September in Madrid. In addition, for the first time in 9 years, the first stage will be an individual time trial, culminating in the emblematic Calle Larios, in the historic center of the city.
 
The site chosen to announce the exact starting point of the Spanish 2018 round was the Pompidou Center in Paris, where the Mayor of Málaga, Francisco de la Torre, the President of the Diputación de Málaga, Elías Bendodo and the President of the Pompidou Center of Paris, Serge Lavignes have unveiled the news with the Director of La Vuelta, Javier Guillén.
 
The first stage of La Vuelta 2018 will be “the stage of museums”: a cultural and historical journey through the most emblematic streets of Malaga, which will show the world the beauty and cultural richness of the city. “An aesthetic and visual layout,” said Francisco de la Torre, “which will show the Malaga of the past and the future”, in a province “that turns to cycling and La Vuelta”, added the President of the Diputación, Elías Bendodo, who conveyed his satisfaction for the twinning of two cities, such as Paris and Malaga, through “art, culture and sport.”
 
Javier Guillén: “The Pompidou Museum connects La Vuelta with modernity”

· The Vuelta 2018 will leave the Pompidou Museum in Malaga on 25 August.
· The first stage will be an individual time trial that will end at the emblematic Calle Larios, in the historic center of Malaga.

Javier Guillén, General Director of La Vuelta; Francisco de la Torre, Mayor of Málaga; Elías Bendodo, President of the Diputación de Málaga; Cristóbal Ortega, Deputy of Sports of the Diputación de Málaga:


Pello Bilbao Extends with Astana ProTeam
Astana ProTeam is happy to announce the contract extension with Spanish rider Pello Bilbao, who is spending his debut season with the Kazakh project. The new agreement is set for two more years (2018 and 2019).

“To continue with Astana is the best news, I could have. In every moment of the season I knew clear, that my goal is to continue in this team. I found here a really great group to work, all the staff are very professional people and I feel here like at home. Also, the group of riders we have is absolutely fantastic. Despite some difficult moments during the season we always were trying to pass it together, keeping high our motivation. In the second part of the season we could demonstrate that we are a really strong team. I wished so much to extend with this amazing team and now I am happy. In the new season I want to keep on working, to keep on improving. I feel a confidence from the side of the team and this is very important for me,” said Pello Bilbao.

Pello Bilbao (27) joined Astana Team in 2017. Among his best results of the season could be noted a 4th place at a stage of the Giro d’italia and a 10th place in the general classification of the Tour de Suisse. Besides, Bilbao did the Vuelta a España on the highest level, supporting two team’s leaders, Fabio Aru and Miguel Angel Lopez. Also, Pello was a rider, who helped a lot Astana on its way to the final team classification win in La Vuelta.

“This year, Pello showed himself quite good. Indeed, the first half of the season was a bit difficult, it was a period of adaptation in the new team for the rider. But, in the second part, especially, at the Vuelta a España Bilbao proved that he is a strong athlete. We are happy to extend his contract and hope that in the upcoming season Pello will improve even more,” said general manager Alexandr Vinokurov.

Pello Bilbao:
Volta a la Community Valenciana - 4th stage Segorbe - Llucena 180.9 km - 02/04/2017 - Pello Bilbao (ESP - Astana Pro Team)- photo Luis Angel Gomez/BettiniPhoto©2017


Joan Bou Company is Officially a New NIPPO-Vini Fantini Rider
Joan Bou Company, born in 1997, is a new NIPPO Vini Fantini rider from 2018 season. For the 20 years old Spanish rider, already a trainee of the #OrangeBlue team in this 2017 summer, the 2018 will be the first year among PROs, after two years as an Under 23 in the Team of Alberto Contador Foundation. The Sports Director Stefano Garzelli, a true expert in Spanish cycling, considers him a young rider of great perspective, defining him as a “Complete and Modern rider with a great talent.”
La Spezia, 24th of October 2017.

Another young rider will be a PRO with the #OrangeBlue team in the 2018 season. The 20 years old Spanish rider Joan Bou Company, already a trainee of the team in Circuito de Getxo, in Vuelta a Burgos and in the Arctic Race of Norway, will be a new NIPPO Vini Fantini rider starting from 2018. After the announcement of the Italian talents Damiano and Imerio Cima, and after the Japanese Hiroki Nishimura, Joan Bou Company represents a new rider with great future in the 2018 Team Roster, already with a wealth of talented riders such as Damiano Cunego, Ivan Santaromita, Alan Marangoni and the new leader Marco Canola.

The sports director Stefano Garzelli has been an important role in this operation, suggesting the Spanish rider that he follows from 2013: “Undoubtedly a great talent rider, modern, good climber with great capacity in time trial races and with possibilities of improvement. I’ve known him since he started to race at 13 years old and, seeing a sport improvement year by year, I wanted to try his talent in PROs world in 2017 summer at Vuelta a Burgos. Thanks to the General Manager Francesco Pelosi to give Joan the opportunity to demonstrate his quality.”

Joan Bou Company, born in Spain in 1997, is for the fourth consecutive seasons at the Alberto Contador Foundation team. In the summer 2017 has been chosen by NIPPO Vini fantini team as a trainee, riding in Circuito de Getxo, in Vuelta a Burgos (gaining the TOP10 in the youth general ranking) and in the Arctic Race of Norway. Complete rider, good climber and able to achieved good results thanks to his speed in small groups, is now ready to jump among PRO with #OrangeBlue team. In the 2018, when he will have only 20 years old, he will be a PRO with NIPPO Vini Fantini jersey, thanks to a 2 years contract that will link him to the NIPPO Vini Fantini team at least until the 2019.

Joan Blu Company comments with these words his new contract with NIPPO Vini Fantini: “I’m extremely grateful to the team NIPPO Vini Fantini to have bet on me for the following two years. 2018 will be my first season among PROs, I am very delighted to get started with all the team’s stuff in the following weeks. After racing 2 stage races with the team in August and a classic in Brussels in September as a Stagiere, I think I could be a rider who can perform well and help the team and its leaders in many races throughout the season. As always, I will train hard to be in my best condition as much time as possible and, of course, I would very much look forward to finishing the year with the feeling that I have adapted properly to the professional world.”

Joan Blu Company:


Breschel Back with Slipstream Sports in 2018
Slipstream Sports is excited to announce Matti Breschel will wear argyle in 2018. The Dane spent the 2016 season riding for Cannondale-Drapac, leaving for Astana at the end of the year. He’s back on a one-year deal that will see him focus on the classics and grand tours.

“It’s great to be back,” said Matti Breschel. “I’m really happy. I never really wanted to leave the team. I was a bit sad when I’m left, and I’m glad to have the opportunity to return.”

“During Matti’s first year with us, he wasn’t really able to perform to his usual standards,” said Slipstream Sports CEO Jonathan Vaughters. “He was sick for most of the spring and he crashed out of the Tour. He’s a huge talent, and we’re confident his experience and horsepower will be vital to our young team.”

The squad Breschel returns to is markedly different from the one we rode for in 2016.

“We’re a much stronger squad in 2018, especially on the classics side,” said Breschel. “That’s where I fit in, and I’m looking forward to helping Sep [Vanmarcke]. He’s the guy that can finish it off, and we didn’t necessarily have that the last time I was here. It’s going to be a real challenge to get him up for the win, but I think we’re up for it. We’re one of the stronger teams in the classics on paper – that’s the way I see it at least.”

Breschel has recorded 21 professional wins during a career that has spanned 14 seasons. His first victory was a stage win at Post Danmark Rundt in 2007. His most recent win was at the same race in 2015.

“I would love to start winning again or maybe just one win would be enough,” said Breschel. “But if we can win a classic, a big one, or if I can be part of a winning team in a grand tour, that would be great, too. I realize those are pretty high expectations, but I’m really motivated. This is a strong squad with some really interesting names on it, and I definitely think we can do big things next year.”

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Jim Ochowicz: Celebrating BMC Racing Team’s Success in 2017
The 2017 season officially wrapped up yesterday with the final stage of the Tour of Guangxi and I’m proud to say that 2017 has been one of the most successful seasons in BMC Racing Team’s history. We are finishing the season with 48 wins, the highest number ever recorded by our team and by a long way too. Of the 48 wins, 22 were at UCI WorldTour races and six were national titles. Not only did we win a lot of races, but more than half were at the highest level possible which is a testament to our riders and the entire organization. We are also very excited to see Greg Van Avermaet win the UCI WorldTour Individual Ranking after what has been an incredible year for Greg. This is a great achievement and recognition of Greg’s success in 2017, as is BMC Racing Team’s third place overall in the UCI WorldTour Team Ranking.

As a team, we are proud of all 48 of our wins. This season was in some ways a year of firsts for many of our riders. Seeing Greg ride into the velodrome in Roubaix, after an already-stellar spring classics season, and deliver his and BMC Racing Team’s first Monument win was truly impressive. Miles Scotson won the Australian Road Race Championship in his first race with BMC Racing Team, Richie Porte won the Santos Tour Down Under for the first time, Ben Hermans won his first stage race at the Tour of Oman, Silvan Dillier and Tejay van Garderen experienced their first individual Grand Tour stage win, and Dylan Teuns claimed his first professional win at the VOO Tour de Wallonie and then went on to win another seven more races, including the overall title at the Tour of Poland, all in a space of two months. Of course, these are just a handful of examples of our victories throughout the season and every single rider, whether they were the one on the top step of the podium or the rider pulling at the front of the peloton to do their part, deserves to be congratulated for their contribution to the 2017 season.

In 2017, we welcomed TAG Heuer, ASSOS of Switzerland, and Vittoria to our already strong portfolio of partners. It is thanks to our title sponsor BMC Switzerland and all of our partners that we are able to be at the start line day in, day out and win races. The support from our partners is invaluable so I can’t do anything more than say a big thank you to our network of partners for their support throughout the season. We look forward to working with our existing and new partners in 2018 and representing them in the best possible way.

Looking to 2018
In 2018, we will reduce our rider roster from 29 riders to 24 riders which is aligned with our race calendar and the reduced number of riders per team at certain races next year. We are saying goodbye to a number of riders who are moving on or retiring, many of whom have been with BMC Racing Team for quite a few years. I want to say thank you to these riders and wish them all the best in the coming years. We are excited to welcome four new riders to the team: Alberto Bettiol (ITA), Patrick Bevin (NZ), Simon Gerrans (AUS) and Jürgen Roelandts (BEL). All four of these riders bring a wealth of experience and a diverse skill set to the team, so I’m looking forward to seeing what they can do in the BMC Racing Team kit. We have a strong team and we will continue to work hard to achieve our collective goals in 2018.

Finally, thank you to all of our fans for their support throughout the year. Whether it’s cheering the riders on at the roadside or from home around the world, we wouldn’t be where we are without our fan base.

Here’s to continuing our success in 2018!

Jim Ochowicz
General Manager, BMC Racing Team.

BMC Racing Team 2018 Rider Roster:
Alberto BETTIOL (ITA), Patrick BEVIN (NZ), Tom BOHLI (SUI), Brent BOOKWALTER (USA), Damiano CARUSO (ITA), Rohan DENNIS (AUS), Alessandro DE MARCHI (ITA), Jempy DRUCKER (LUX), Kilian FRANKINY (SUI), Simon GERRANS (AUS), Stefan KÜNG (SUI), Richie PORTE (AUS), Nicolas ROCHE (IRL), Jürgen ROELANDTS (BEL), Joey ROSSKOPF (USA), Michael SCHÄR (SUI), Miles SCOTSON (AUS), Dylan TEUNS (BEL), Greg VAN AVERMAET (BEL), Tejay VAN GARDEREN (USA), Nathan VAN HOOYDONCK (BEL), Francisco VENTOSO (ESP), Loïc VLIEGEN (BEL), Danilo WYSS (SUI).

Lido di Camaiore - Italia - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - team BMC pictured during the Tirreno - Adriatico - stage-1- Team Time Trial in Lido di Camaiore TTT, 22.70 km - foto: LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2017


BEAT Cycling Club to Debut Road Team Next Season
BEAT Cycling Club launches second team from club structure

Next season, BEAT Cycling Club will incorporate a new road team into its club structure. BEAT has requested a Continental license from the Dutch cycling federation and the UCI. The road team is the second team within the club, following the launch of a professional track team this summer.

“The establishment of the road team, following the introduction of the track team, is a huge step towards realizing BEAT’s ambition: the creation of a professional cycling club that brings together elite-level athletes, cycling fans and amateur riders, and businesses in one club structure,” said Geert Broekhuizen, co-founder of BEAT Cycling Club. “We are very proud that we have been able to form both a track team and now a road team within our club structure, within a year of our founding. Through the track team we engage in the sport at the highest level and are active in World Cups and championships. With the road team, we will work from a solid base toward the highest achievable level, with the ambition of participating in the Tour de France.”

BEAT: for the members, by members
BEAT aims to inspire its members and partners and involve them in the club. With the arrival of the road team, the offering for members becomes even more attractive, with additions such as exclusive updates on the development of the team, the ability to influence the way the club operates (like by scouting riders), involvement around races and access to the same clothing, coaching and materials as the pro riders. The road team will also serve as a testing ground for the club and its partners, as BEAT is constantly searching for ways to actively involve fans and amateur cyclists in the club and elite-level sports.

Announcements on the further development of the team, including the riders, the team staff and the race schedule, will be made in the following weeks.

The BEAT model
BEAT is developing a sustainable financial foundation, consisting of membership contributions, revenues from activities the club organizes for members, cyclists and businesses and multiple partnerships. In collaboration with its partners, BEAT is constantly developing new propositions for the members of the club, such as clothing, events, coaching and materials. This creates the unique situation that partners can engage with the members of the club as well as the road team and the track team.

The partners that are contributing to the development of BEAT will be announced in the coming weeks. RebelGroup signed up as the first partner late last year and will remain involved in 2018.

About BEAT Cycling Club
Late last year, BEAT Cycling Club introduced a new business model in professional cycling: cycling teams based on a club structure. With this approach, BEAT aims to bring pro riders, cycling fans, amateur cyclists and businesses together by combining elite sports and amateur cycling in a professional cycling club. Currently BEAT is the fastest-growing cycling club in the Benelux, with thousands of supporters and hundreds of members involved. This season, BEAT Cycling Club debuted its own professional team on the track and is now preparing to do the same on the road. More information about BEAT Cycling Club is available at www.beatcycling.club.


Team Type 1 and 7peaks Launch Month-Long Healthy Living Campaign
The Team Type 1 Foundation and Danish-based software company 7peaks are launching a four-week challenge to bring together people affected by diabetes in a positive and empowering way to improve the quality of their lives.

November 14th serves as World Diabetes Day, and the Team Type 1 Foundation is kicking off its ‘Reach Your 100’ campaign, which gamifies health-related parameters like physical activity, eating habits and sleep with the goal of increased energy and balance in life.

“Exercise and a healthy lifestyle are the billion dollar drugs that never get prescribed. Whether you live with type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, or have been told you have prediabetes, we encourage you to come together as the diabetes community to build a healthier future,” said Team Type 1 Founder and President Phil Southerland. “With the Reach Your 100 campaign, we are joining forces with 7peaks to tackle the global epidemic of physical inactivity through their individualized, multi-faceted and effective platform.”

Established in 2005, the Team Type 1 Foundation is a nonprofit organization pursuing a global mission of education, empowerment and equal access to medicine for everyone affected by diabetes. The organization works to increase diabetes awareness for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Through the 7peaks partnership, the Atlanta-based foundation aims to spread the message of a healthy, active lifestyle to the billions of people who need motivation.

Southerland was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was just seven months old. Doctors told his mother he would be blind or dead by 25. Despite the grim diagnosis, he didn’t just overcome the odds but fulfilled his dream of becoming a professional cyclist. His ability to take control of his diabetes at a young age and grow up healthy sparked the idea to encourage others with diabetes to better manage their condition and to use sports as a platform.

Since 2014, the Team Type 1 Foundation has bestowed 271 college scholarships to athletes with diabetes who compete in a NCAA or NAIA sport worth approximately $400,000 through its Global Ambassador Program. For every 100 participants in the Reach Your 100 campaign, one new student-athlete will receive a scholarship in 2018.

Since launching in 2014, 7peaks has inspired and guided more than 250,000 individuals to live better lives by implementing healthy habits into their everyday life through its innovative and engaging digital and gamified campaigns. Motivated by Southerland’s work as a global diabetes advocate, 7peaks recognized an opportunity for the organizations to work together and rewrite the rules of diabetes, exercise, and sports.

“We are kicking off our partnership by inviting people with diabetes from all over the world to sign up and experience our platform first hand starting on World Diabetes Day,” said 7peaks CEO Jesper Nyholm. “When was the last time you invested four weeks in your own life and strived to become a better, stronger, happier and more energetic version of yourself? Come together with the Team Type 1 Foundation and the rest of the world to reach your 100 percent and become the best possible version of you.”

To learn more about the World Diabetes Day ‘Reach Your 100’ campaign, visit www.reachyour100.com and create a profile. Participants will be notified when it’s time to take the digital health check, which reveals their current health habits and body age. Before the month-long campaign kicks off, each member receives a personalized set of daily goals that outlines how to reach their 100 percent. Everyone’s 100 percent is unique and based on his or her current lifestyle habits and fitness. The challenge officially begins on November 14th.

On a daily basis, members track how many fruits and vegetables, snacks, and cups of coffee were consumed along with smoking and alcohol. Participants receive positive points for every minute of physical activity and by sleeping at least 7 hours a night. The goal is to average 100 percent throughout the month, which allows for good days and bad days, and will ultimately lead to a happier and healthier life.

“You never can be 100% all the time. The trick is staying in the game and making every day count towards your overall average to become a better version of yourself,” Nyholm said. “Our design is to help you make small and consistent changes that are manageable over the long term. The campaign helps you develop the endurance to make it through the tough days and joins you in celebrating the great days.”

Throughout the campaign, experts will be available online to help participants reach their 100 percent by providing advice or guidance on diet, exercise, motivation or the campaign itself.

During the Reach Your 100 campaign, the Team Type 1 Foundation will award weekly prizes and the four-week challenge will culminate with a grand prize. The cost to join the month-long challenge is only $25 with a percentage going to the Team Type 1 Foundation.


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