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The pro peloton is back in Switzerland for the Tour de Romandie – Reports and video from the first stages. Mathieu van der Poel’s father thinks Tadej Pogačar and Wout van Aert were the men of the spring – TOP STORY. Rider news: Tadej Pogačar aims at the Tour, no Belgian TT championships for Wout van Aert and Remco Evenepoel, Simon Yates recons Giro mountain stage, physiotherapist expects Vincenzo Nibali to be at the Giro, Dylan Groenewegen to the Giro, Tom Pidcock to ride a BMC MTB, Jonas Vingegaard to ride the Tour, Chloe Hosking recovering and Hugh Carthy stays with EF Education-NIPPO. Up to date UCI team rankings. Race news: Teams for the women’s Tour of Burgos and new Tour of Switzerland women’s race. Plus video 20 questions for Tao Geoghegan Hart. Big EUROTRASH Thursday.

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TOP STORY: Adrie van der Poel: “Pogačar and Van Aert are the men of the spring”
Adrie van der Poel does not mention his son Mathieu van der Poel as a great man of the spring. In conversation with Sporza, he does mention two other riders. “If you look purely at the results, I think there are two great men this spring: Tadej Pogačar and Wout van Aert,” said Van der Poel senior.

He also mentions a third name in that list. “For me that is Tom Pidcock. Not so much because of his results, but during his first spring Pidcock dominated the big races and attacked,” said Van der Poel, who does not count Kasper Asgreen (winner of the Tour of Flanders and the E3 Saxo Bank Classic). “In the end, Asgreen did only three good races.”

The 61-year-old Adrie also cites the pressure on the top riders, including his son. “Roglič and Pogačar have raced the most this spring, but that involves twenty races. Wout van Aert and Mathieu have only raced fourteen. Then follows a rest period. Physically you can’t be tired with fourteen races, but the pressure with which that type of rider is racing around with is enormous.”

“The day after a good performance, those top riders are already bombarded as top favourites for the next race, while that is often a race with other riders and a different course,” explains Van der Poel. He warns the current riders. “This class has to be very careful with the mental (situation). Rest periods are necessary for those riders if they want to build a long career.”

Adrie van der Poel and Ferdi Vandenhaute – Paris-Roubaix 1984 – Bois de Wallers:
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Tour de Romandie 2021
Rohan Dennis won the Prologue of the Tour de Romandie on Tuesday. The Australian time trial specialist set the fastest time over the 4 kilometre course in Oron, which had a final climb of almost 900 metres with 7.6% incline. Dennis set a time of 5:26. INEOS Grenadiers also took second and third place with Geraint Thomas and Richie Porte.

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The first serious time came from Stefan Bissegger. The Swiss TT specialist, who won the time trial in Paris-Nice earlier this year, posted a time of 5:37. He was well ahead of his fellow countryman and reigning European time trial champion Stefan Küng on 5:43. Jan Tratnik also made a bid for the best time. However, the Slovenian, who won the prologue in Romandie in 2019, was two seconds slower than Bissegger. Jesús Herrada surprised with a time of 5:40 minutes. Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) was the first GC rider and he finished with a time of 5:50. Wilco Kelderman was better than his fellow countryman. The BORA-hansgrohe leader clocked 5:42. Mattia Cattaneo, Ilan Van Wilder, Rui Costa, Miguel Ángel López, Jack Haig, Ion Izagirre, Fausto Masnada, Michael Woods and Marc Soler all finished close to the times of Kelderman and Kruijswijk. Sepp Kuss put in a good time, with his 5:42 he was 8 seconds faster than Kruijswijk.

INEOS Grenadiers top guns started late. Rohan Dennis, was 11 seconds faster than Bissegger at the finish. His 5:26 was impressive, he beat teammate and world champion Filippo Ganna. The Italian lost 14 seconds to Dennis. Richie Porte was next in, but his time of 5:35 was good for the second fastest time. The French time trial champion Rémi Cavagna also failed to beat the fastest time of Dennis by more than 10 seconds. The only rider left to finish was Geraint Thomas. The Welshman set a time of 5:35, completing the clean sweep for INEOS Grenadiers: Dennis was ahead of Thomas and Porte.

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Stage winner and overall leader, Rohan Dennis (INEOS Grenadiers): “I’m very happy here, but this 1-2-3 also gives us some extra pressure for the rest of the week, but it’s also a good sign that we have two riders in good shape for the general classification. My role is the same as in the Volta a Catalunya and the Giro d’Italia last year. I am one of the last helpers in the mountains. My role only changes when the weather is so bad that I can continue to compete in the rankings. Then I can finish in the last time trial, but in principle my role is not going to change. I was able to organise my time trial. I knew I had to start quickly, but also that I had to save something for the climb. I should climb faster against strong riders like Bissegger and Ganna, because that is my strength. I didn’t want to lose anything on the flat and then have to make up a difference. There is some rivalry, but we are happy for each other when we win. It’s about the team winning. He will be happy for me, just like I was happy for him when he became world champion.”

2nd on the stage and overall, Geraint Thomas (INEOS Grenadiers): “I blew out some cobwebs, It’s the same for everyone though, we’re not really used to doing efforts like that. But it was decent, I think. I tried to control the first part and move on a little harder at the bottom of the climb. In the last 200 metres, it felt like I started to slow down quite a bit then but it is what it is, a good start to the race.”

Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma): “I did surprise myself. I worked hard on my time trial. This gives confidence for the rest of the week and the time trials to come. I look forward to the upcoming mountain stages, where the differences will be made.”

Peter Sagan (BORA-Hansgrohe): “Good opening time-trial in the Tour de Romandie that brought back nice memories from my first year as a professional rider. I gave my best to finish in a good position even if this short course wasn’t particularly suited to me. I felt quite well, my condition is improving and I’ll chase all opportunities in the next stages.”

Tour de Romandie Prologue Result:
1. Rohan Dennis (Aus) INEOS Grenadiers in 5:26
2. Geraint Thomas (GB) INEOS Grenadiers in 0:09
3. Richie Porte (Aus) INEOS Grenadiers
4. Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:11
5. Stefan Bissegger (Swi) EF Education-Nippo
6. Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain Victorious at 0:13
7. Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis at 0:14
8. Marc Hirschi (Swi) UAE Team Emirates at 0:15
9. Filippo Ganna (Ita) INEOS Grenadiers
10. Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Deceuninck – Quick-Step.

Tour de Romandie Overall After The Prologue:
1. Rohan Dennis (Aus) INEOS Grenadiers in 5:26
2. Geraint Thomas (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:09
3. Richie Porte (Aus) INEOS Grenadiers
4. Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:11
5. Stefan Bissegger (Swi) EF Education-Nippo
6. Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain Victorious at 0:13
7. Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis at 0:14
8. Marc Hirschi (Swi) UAE Team Emirates at 0:15
9. Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
10. Filippo Ganna (Ita) INEOS Grenadiers.

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Peter Sagan won Stage 1 of the Tour de Romandie on Wednesday. In Martigny, the three-time world champion held off Sonny Colbrelli and Patrick Bevin in the final sprint from a thinned out peloton. Rohan Dennis, winner of the prologue, held the overall lead.

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Before the first climb, the break of the day formed. The Thymen Arensman (DSM) joined forces with Alexis Gougeard (AG2R Citroën), Manuele Boaro (Astana), Robert Power (Qhubeka ASSOS), Filippo Conca (Lotto Soudal) and Joël Suter (Swiss Cycling). On the first climb of the Produit, after 38 kilometres, the six escapees had 6 minutes on the peloton. INEOS Grenadiers, the team of leaders Rohan Dennis, Geraint Thomas and Richie Porte were in control and they slowly started to increase the pace, which reduced the lead. Once the peloton took a few minutes off the lead, the difference remained stable for a long time between 3 and 4 minutes. After the third passage of the Produit, Suter went solo. The Swiss rider was the first over the climbs and secured the KOM jersey on the Chamoson.

Suter was alone ahead for some time, but eventually allowed himself to be caught by the others in the break at 52 kilometres from the finish. BORA-hansgrohe, for Peter Sagan, and Team BikeExchange for Dion Smith were also working in the peloton with INEOS, and the time difference narrowed. At the start of the last 40 kilometres, the lead was still 2 minutes. On the last lap the peloton caught sight of the six and on the last climb of the Produit the leading group fell apart. Arensman left the other five on the 2.6 kilometre climb. The Dutchman was the first to cross the top and he was also the first on the Chamoson. INEOS Grenadiers was in no hurry to catch up with Arensman, but with 20 kilometres to go the gap was closed by the INEOS Grenadiers men. Rémi Cavagna jumped out of the peloton and took a small gap, but was quickly pulled back by Bahrain Victorious, who also wanted a sprint.

Cavagna’s attack inspired Stefan Küng, and 13 kilometres from the finish, the Swiss champion tried a solo move. His attack was short lived, this time BikeExchange chased. Rémi Cavagna was involved again in another attack, this time with his teammate Mattia Cattaneo. Damian Howson and Sébastian Reichenbach jumped, but were not willing to help the Deceuninck – Quick-Step couple and so everything was back together with 5 kilometres to go. Bahrain Victorious worked hard to help Sonny Colbrelli win, but it was Peter Sagan who crossed the line first. For the Slovakian rider it was his first victory in the Romandy since 2010, when he won the second stage in Fleurier.

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Stage winner and 5th overall, Peter Sagan (BORA-hansgrohe): “I’m really happy to win again in the Tour de Romandie. In 2010 I had taken the first road stage and here I am eleven years later with another victory. I have to thank my teammates for their great job today, in the last two laps they were pulling in the front and after the last climb, they held the bunch together. It feels nice after three weeks without any racing to come here and win, probably the only stage suited to me because the following ones will be very hard. Thanks as well to the whole team and its sponsors for their continuous support.”

Overall leader, Rohan Dennis (INEOS Grenadiers): “We just rode a good tempo and we made sure the breakaway was within distance so the sprinter teams could come up and help later in the stage. Tomorrow will be more complicated but we’ll see what the legs can do. If I go down I’ll go down swinging, but we’ve got two guys who can climb with the best in the world, so it’s no stress for me. We’ll see how tomorrow goes first and Saturday is going to be a pretty decisive day. In the end my head is saying that I’m here if the guys need me to ride on the front, even with this jersey.”

2nd on the stage, Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Victorious): “Today it was a super effort for the team, and I had great support in the final and before. It was a super lead out by Tratnik. I went for the sprint from 300m, but Sagan followed me. I’ll try again after tomorrow, which is a good chance for me.”

3rd on the stage and 7th overall, Patrick Bevin (Israel Start-Up Nation): “In the last twenty kilometres the plans changed and I had both Reto Hollenstein and Alex Dowsett available to get me in position for the sprint. Unfortunately, I let myself be in the last few A hundred meters and I lost a lot of speed when the sprint started. Third is a nice result with the sprint field here today.”

4th on the stage, Andrea Pasqualon (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux): “Even if the profile seemed favourable for a sprint, there was 2000 meters of elevation and it was a very hard stage. I benefited from the team’s help throughout the stage, and thanks to the work that we did during 20 days in Sierra Nevada, I could deal with the accumulation of climbing. I still felt strong in the final, Jan (Bakelants), Simone (Petilli) and Rein (Taaramäe) ideally placed me in Sagan’s wheel. I am happy with this fourth place, behind riders who come out of the classics and have a better race rhythm. Happy also because I know I’m not at the peak of my sprinting after the altitude training, where I mainly worked on resistance and climbs. But I feel that we are ready and strong collectively on this Tour de Romandie.”

5th on the stage, Alessandro Covi (UAE Team Emirates): “We knew that from a reduced group we had a chance. Me and Marc spoke about attacking coming into the finish but decided to hold on for the final sprint where we both came home at the head of the peloton and I managed to take 5th. The next stages will be hard but we have the team here to be competitive.”

9th overall, Marc Hirschi (UAE Team Emirates): “The headwind played a big part today and it made it quite hard to fight for position. The next days are good for us as we have guys who can climb and are fast without being pure sprinters, so we’ll look for opportunities on the next stages.”

Tour de Romandie Stage 1 Result:
1. Peter Sagan (Svk) BORA-hansgrohe in 4:12:40
2. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain Victorious
3. Patrick Bevin (NZ) Israel Start-up Nation
4. Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
5. Alessandro Covi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
6. Magnus Cort (Den) EF Education-Nippo
7. Dion Smith (NZ) BikeExchange
8. Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R Citroën
9. Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
10. Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Trek-Segafredo.

Tour de Romandie Overall After Stage 1:
1. Rohan Dennis (Aus) INEOS Grenadiers in 4:18:06
2. Geraint Thomas (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:09
3. Richie Porte (Aus) INEOS Grenadiers
4. Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:11
5. Peter Sagan (Svk) BORA-hansgrohe at 0:12
6. Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain Victorious at 0:13
7. Patrick Bevin (NZ) Israel Start-up Nation at 0:14
8. Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis
9. Marc Hirschi (Swi) UAE Team Emirates at 0:15
10. Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Deceuninck – Quick-Step.

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Pogačar Taking a Different Training Route to the Tour de France
Tadej Pogačar had a very successful early season, but from now on everything is dominated by the Tour de France. The Slovenian rode the Critérium du Dauphiné last year in the run-up to the Tour, but the UAE Team Emirates rider may now go for a different build-up towards the French tour. According to the Italian sports newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, there is a good chance that Pogačar will not participate in the Critérium du Dauphiné (May 30-June 6), an important preparation race for many riders with a view to the Tour de France. In 2020 Pogačar opted for the Dauphiné-Tour combination.

Pogačar finished fourth in the Dauphiné last year, and then won his first Tour de France. This year he will probably stay in his own country to compete in the Tour of Slovenia (9-13 June) and the national championships (17-20 June). The Tour de France starts a week after the Slovenian championships, on Saturday 26 June with a stage from Brest to Landerneau. Primož Roglič, Pogačar’s biggest challenger in the Tour, has already said he will not to contest any more races in the run-up to the Tour, as he prefers altitude training.

Pogačar preparing at home for the Tour:
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Wout van Aert Won’t Defend Belgian TT Title
Wout van Aert will not be Belgian time trial champion for the third consecutive time this year. The Jumbo-Visma rider will not be on the start line in Ingelmunster. “That is impossible to combine with his training camp,” sports director Merijn Zeeman told Het Nieuwsblad.

Van Aert can look back on a hard, but successful early season, but will return to the Sierra Neveda in the next two weeks for a first altitude training camp in the run-up to the Tour de France. Van Aert will participate in the Critérium du Dauphiné (May 30-June 6), followed by a second altitude training camp, June 11-19 in Tignes.

The Belgian time trial will take place on Wednesday June 16 in Ingelmunster, but then Van Aert is still in Tignes. The 26-year-old had to make a choice and so he has decided to skip the Belgian time trial this year. “Wout will be able to race the Belgian road champs. Our training period ends on Saturday morning and the Belgian Championship is held on Sunday,” said Zeeman.

Unlike the Belgian time trial championships, every Belgian professional is obliged to participate in the title race on the road in Waregem on Sunday 20 June, if the rider wants to ride the World championships. Van Aert won the past two editions of the Belgian TT champs in Middelkerke and Koksijde.

No TT champs for Wout:
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Remco Evenepoel to Miss Belgian Time Trial Championships
Following Wout van Aert, Remco Evenepoel will also be missing from the Belgian time trial championship. Just like his fellow countryman, the young Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider chooses an altitude training camp. The Belgian time trial championships has lost two of its most important contenders.

The Belgian time trial will take place on June 16 in Ingelmunster. Unlike the Belgian time trial championships, every Belgian professional is obliged to participate in the road race in Waregem on Sunday 20 June. For both Van Aert and Evenepoel it now appears that the Belgian time trial does not fit into their program. Both riders opt instead to train at altitude for a few more days, HLN reports. In the run-up to the Olympic Games, Remco Evenepoel will first ride the Giro d’Italia, his first Grand Tour.

No Belgian TT champs for Remco:
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Simon Yates Recons Giro Mountain Stage
Simon Yates will start as one of the top favourites at the Giro d’Italia in just under two weeks. The British rider has left nothing to chance in the run-up to the Italian tour. Yates made a recon one of the toughest Giro stages after the Tour of the Alps. Yates traveled with three teammates to the Passo San Valentino and the climb of Sega di Ala, the two big climbs of the seventeenth stage of the Giro. The 28-year-old, winner of the Tour of the Alps last Friday, was in Italy to explore some crucial stages.

Yates and his teammates climbed the flanks of Sega di Ala, a climb of 11.4 kilometres at more than 10%, with peaks of up to 18%. At the top of this climb in the Trentino region is the finish line of the seventeenth stage. “To be honest, I didn’t expect this climb to be this tough. There are some really steep passages,” said Yates.

“You can certainly make a difference on this climb. It is also important not to take the climb of San Valentino lightly. It is very nice to see the course itself. That may well be crucial for the outcome of the upcoming Giro.” Yates will travel to Montalcino early next week to ride the infamous gravel stage.

Giro favourite:
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Physiotherapist Expects Vincenzo Nibali to be at the Start of the Giro
Vincenzo Nibali should make it to the start of the Giro d’Italia on Saturday, May 8. Martino Donati, the physiotherapist of the Italian leader of Trek-Segafredo, told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “The chance that he will make it to the Giro? For me that is one hundred percent.”

Eleven days ago, Nibali crashed during training and sustained a wrist fracture. Two days later he underwent surgery, after which a special brace was fitted. Meanwhile, ‘the Shark of Messina’ is at an altitude training camp in Livorno, where he also visits the physiotherapist twice a day.

“I’ve never seen Vincenzo so determined. He is willing to work very hard,” said Donati, who is convinced that Nibali will make the start in Turin. “What else would be the use of all this extra work? If necessary, he will be ready for a session at 6:50am. We are also working on the recovery of his wrist, but also his arm and his back.”

Will Nibali start the 2021 Giro?
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Jumbo-Visma Adds Groenewegen to Giro d’Italia Squad
Team Jumbo-Visma has announced the final roster for the Giro d’Italia. The most notable name on the roster is Dylan Groenewegen. The nine-month suspension of the Dutch sprinter comes to an end on May 7th, just one day before the Giro starts in Turin with a time trial of nine kilometres. The team further consists of George Bennett, Edoardo Affini, Koen Bouwman, David Dekker, Jos van Emden, Tobias Foss and Paul Martens.

Initially, Chris Harper was on the start list for Team Jumbo-Visma. Because the Australian is struggling with an eye condition, his place became vacant in the selection. “We have decided that his place will go to Dylan”, explains Merijn Zeeman, the sportive director of the team. “Dylan is one of our leaders, but he has not been able to race for a long time due to his long suspension. We had mapped out a nice program for him that would allow him to return to the peloton in the shadows. However, due to corona, the Tour of Norway has already been postponed and it remains to be seen whether the other races he would ride will remain on the calendar. With this solution we opt for more certainty, because after nine months without racing it is the intention for Dylan to return to competition.”

Zeeman does not comment on the sporting ambitions of the four-time stage winner of the Tour de France. “Dylan has worked hard for his return, but he has no race rhythm and he will have to find his place in the peloton after everything that happened. That is now the priority. With David Dekker we have another fast man in the team, so we have several options for different situations. It is great that Fabio Jakobsen has made a good return in Turkey. Now that Dylan has served his suspension, it is hoped that the same will apply to him soon. That’s the most important thing now. I hope everyone will give him that chance.”

Groenewegen was suspended for his role in the heavy crash in the Tour of Poland last year. Jakobsen in particular was seriously injured. “I have received many heart warming messages after all that has happened, but I am also taking into account some negative reactions on my return. That might happen anyway”, Groenewegen says. “I have spoken with Fabio before he went to Turkey and it was good to see how well he did there. I am very much looking forward to racing again myself too now and I am glad that I can do that in a beautiful race like the Giro d’Italia.”

Dylan Groenewegen back for the Giro:
Dylan Groenewegen

 

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Tom Pidcock to Ride a BMC Mountain Bikes
Tom Pidcock is going to compete his mountain bike races on a BMC mountain bike. INEOS Grenadiers announced that the British multi-talent will ride a BMC Fourstrokes at World Cups and the Olympics.

On the road, INEOS Grenadiers and Pidcock rides Pinarello framed bikes, but the Italian bike brand no longer produces mountain bikes, so he has chosen the BMC Fourstrokes. The 21-year-old Pidcock made a name for himself as a professional road cyclist in his first spring. He won the Brabantse Pijl, came second in the Amstel Gold Race, third in Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne and sixth in the Flèche Wallonne. He is currently preparing for three mountain bike World Cups, in which he hopes to get Olympic selection for next summer in Tokyo.

Last year Pidcock was U23 World mountain bike champion. He also competed in the e-mountain bike World Championship, which resulted in a gold medal.

Pidcock the mountain biker:

 

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Vingegaard Completes Team Jumbo-Visma in Tour de France
The last place in the lineup of Team Jumbo-Visma for the Tour de France has been appointed to Jonas Vingegaard. Steven Kruijswijk and Primoz Roglič, respectively the number three of 2019 and the runner-up of last year, will lead the Dutch team. Like both leaders, Mike Teunissen, Wout van Aert, Sepp Kuss, Robert Gesink and Tony Martin were already announced earlier.

As Tom Dumoulin is having a break from cycling, one more place still had to be filled. Vingegaard proved to have made a new step in his development and that he is ready for a Tour debut by winning stages and the GC in the Settimana Coppi e Bartali and ending second in the Tour of the Basque Country. The Danish rider was part of the Vuelta team that achieved the final victory with Roglic, last year.

“I am of course very happy with this”, says Vingegaard. “It’s a dream coming true for me. I always watched the Tour on television, so it’s very nice to be awarded a place in the Tour selection. I am very happy with my development, because I have made quite a big improvement indeed. Hopefully I can get even better. By helping Primoz and Steven I can take another step and learn a lot. The Tour is something different from the Vuelta, but it will certainly be a great experience again.”

“We took Jonas into the team in 2019 because we saw that he is really talented”, sports director Grischa Niermann says. “He showed that straight away. Last year he rode a really strong Vuelta in support of Primoz. He also showed for the first time that he can play a crucial role in the high mountains, in the Alps and the Pyrenees. We believe he will play a really important role in the Tour. His selection is a reward for his good results. In theory, Jonas can be a grand tour contender himself. He also has a good time trial. But he needs time for his development. In that regard nothing is better than riding a grand tour with Steven and with Primoz and support them and also learn from them.”

Roglič has confidence in the team that is being sent to France. “Jonas deserves to be included in the Tour squad. We have put together the strongest team to achieve the best possible result together. To show a really nice fight again. I’m looking forward to be at the start with these guys. Day after day we will have to show our qualities. If we can do that, we are all winners. I am still very proud of last year’s result and especially of what we have shown in the Tour de France in recent years.”

Tour for Jonas Vingegaard:
Jonas Vingegaard

 

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Hosking Recovering from Corona
Chloe Hosking has been unable to race in recent weeks due to a corona infection. The Australian sprinter from Trek-Segafredo has shown mild symptoms, but is still unable to train properly. It is still unclear when she can return to the peloton.

The 30-year-old Hosking started the season with a third place in Le Samyn and a seventh place in the Oxyclean Classic Brugge-De Panne, but she was unable to finish Gent-Wevelgem. Hosking has not competed since then, but now it is also clear why she has not raced for a while. Hosking tested positive for COVID-19 at the beginning of April. “Although I have mild symptoms, I am still not able to do a decent workout,” she said via Instagram. “My blood test results are a bit abnormal. This is obviously a blow from a sporting point of view, but fortunately the team sees the bigger picture: my health.”

Hosking hopes to be able to train normally again as soon as possible. “When the lights are green, I am ready to go a long way to my best level. I have done it in the past and I will do it again,” she said. Earlier, Ellen van Dijk, a teammate of Hosking at Trek-Segafredo, tested positive for corona.

Chloe Hosking:
Chloe Hosking

 

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Hugh Carthy Extends with EF Education-NIPPO
EF Education–NIPPO is proud to announce the re-signing of Hugh Carthy.

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“I chose to stay at EF simply because the team feels right,” said Carthy. “We’re a weird mix of riders but we form a team. When it feels right, staying seems the only logical option. I’ve had some nice memories and made good friends here amongst riders and staff. I want to continue on this journey and play my part in the team’s great legacy.”

Since he joined our ranks, the young Brit has steadily progressed, with last season’s third-place overall at the Vuelta a España and stage win on the fabled Alto de L’Angliru brilliant highlights.

“Over the past few seasons he has really blossomed as a climber and has become a leader in this team as well. We are excited to have Hugh Carthy be part of the future of this team,” Vaughters said. “Hugh represents this team’s foundational values. He works hard, isn’t scared to punch above his weight, and, most importantly, he stays true to himself. We knew his work ethic would pay off, and we’re just glad people are starting to notice.”

The 2019 campaign was Carthy’s breakout. After starting the year with a third-place finish on the general classification at the Tour Cycliste International du Haut Var, Carthy continued to impress with a standout performance at the Giro d’Italia, where he was regularly seen setting a rapid tempo at the front and finished 11th overall.

A man of few words, Hugh usually lets his legs do the talking. His first career victory was taken in style on the queen stage of the 2019 Tour de Suisse. Carthy rode 98 kilometres solo over three of Switzerland’s most iconic mountain passes on a blisteringly hot day before crossing the line more than a minute ahead of his closest competitors. If you hadn’t noticed him before then, he certainly made sure the cycling world knew his name that day. On the bike, he has a flair for the dramatic.

After a crash at the Vuelta a España later that year slightly dampened his otherwise stellar season, Carthy entered 2020 set on doing more of the same, which for him meant more expressive pain faces and gutsy attacks on some of cycling’s hardest climbs.

At his maiden Tour de France last year, the Brit showed he could be a trusted teammate no matter the situation. From setting the pace for Rigo on the climbs to launching the decisive break for Dani Martínez before his stage 13 win, he showed he was always there when it mattered.

But the Vuelta a España was his time to shine. After a strong start to the race where he showed he could ride with the best, Hugh went on to win a stage on the summit finish atop the infamous Alto de L’Angliru, a climb known for its leg-breaking length and steep gradients. He would wrap up a brilliant three week performance with a third place finish in the general classification, a clear sign that he could be in the mix over a three-week race.

“My favourite memory with the team must have been the Vuelta 2020,” said Carthy. “The team really knitted together those three weeks and was the best team performance I’ve witnessed here.”

Off the bike, Hugh has earned a reputation among his teammates for always being quick with a joke. He’s also known for always carrying a book around. Biographies of some of his favourite athletes – most of whom are snooker players, boxers or darts professionals.

An eternal rationalist, one doesn’t need to spend a lot of time with Hugh to get the sense that he doesn’t speak unless he has thought about what he was going to say thoroughly, balancing each side of the equation.

On the topic of how hard three-week long races are for example, Carthy said: “I’ve been in Grand Tours before where you settle into survival mode and the whole thing drags, so a few years ago I said no more survival mode, take every day as it comes, enjoy every stage and then it passes a lot quicker.”

Carthy, who has spent most of his pro career in Spain and Andorra, has impressed over the past few seasons with the team. He has quietly and consistently racked up big performances in cycling’s biggest races and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for Hugh.

“I’m looking forward to trying to lead the team to success and have fun doing it,” concluded Carthy. “Not just focus on being good bike riders but good people, too.”

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UCI Team Ranking:
The UCI has a new update in the 2021 Team Ranking. Little has changed at the top of the rankings. Deceuninck – Quick-Step is still in the lead, ahead of INEOS Grenadiers and Jumbo-Visma. The two pursuers were catching up, but the difference with the Belgian team has become a lot bigger after the Walloon classics. Due to the strong performances of World champion Julian Alaphilippe, victory in the Flèche Wallonne and a second place in Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Deceuninck – Quick-Step has again added points.

The difference with INEOS Grenadiers and Jumbo-Visma is now again about 1,500 points. In the top-5 it is a further change between UAE Team Emirates and Alpecin-Fenix. The Middle East team won in Liège last Sunday with Tadej Pogačar and rises to fourth place in the UCI Team Ranking. Team BikeExchange is a newcomer to the top 10. The Australian team moves up two places after a good week and is now ninth. Astana-Premier Tech is the biggest loser: the Kazakh’s have lost two places and is now back in twelfth. AG2R Citroën is still just in the top-10.

UCI Team Ranking (on April 27, 2021)
1. Deceuninck – Quick-Step – 6,418 points
2. INEOS Grenadiers – 4,989 points
3. Jumbo-Visma – 4,890 points
4. UAE Team Emirates – 4,008 points
5. Alpecin-Fenix ​​- 3,483 points
6. BORA-hansgrohe – 3,199 points
7. Trek-Segafredo – 3,108 points
8. Bahrain Victorious flag bra – 2,999 points
9. Team BikeExchange – 2,646 points
10. AG2R Citroën – 2,644 points
11. Groupama-FDJ – 2,588 points
12. Astana-Premier Tech – 2,548 points
13. Israel Start-Up Nation – 2,281 points
14. Movistar – 2,275 points
15. Qhubeka ASSOS – 1,891 points
16. Lotto Soudal – 1,713 points
17. Arkéa-Samsic – 1,614 points
18. Cofidis – 1,558 points
19. Total Direct Energy – 1,291 points
20. Team DSM – 1,215 points
21. EF Education-Nippo – 1,122 points
24. Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert – 816 points.

Alpecin-Fenix ​​remains the best ProTeam in the UCI Team Ranking. The Belgian team of Mathieu van der Poel, Jasper Philipsen and Tim Merlier is now on 3,483 points. The difference with Arkéa-Samsic has become slightly smaller, but the lead is still fairly big. Total Direct Energie, Bingoal Pauwels Sauces-WB and Delko are further behind.

Top five ProTeams in the UCI Team Ranking (on April 27, 2021)
5. Alpecin-Fenix ​​- 3,483 points
17. Arkéa-Samsic – 1,614 points
19. Total Direct Energy – 1,291 points
22. Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB – 982 points
23. Delko – 844 points.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step still top team:
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Nine WorldTeams in the Tour of Burgos for Women
The Tour of Burgos (20-23 May) for women will have a very strong field this year. The nine Women’s WorldTeams will be at the start of the Spanish stage race. These are: Alé BTC Ljubljana, Canyon-SRAM, FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope, Liv Racing, Movistar, SD Worx, Team BikeExchange, Team DSM and Trek-Segafredo. The four-day stage race in the province of Burgos is part of the Women’s WorldTour for the first time this year.

The Tour of Burgos for women, together with the Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta, the Tour of Norway and the Simac Ladies Tour, is one of the few multi-day UCI Women’s WorldTour events on the calendar. We still have to wait for the full route, but it is certain that the women will finish on the flanks of the iconic climb to Lagunas de Neila on the final day.

The woman’s peloton will be in Burgos in May:
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Tour of Switzerland Women’s Race
Good news for women’s cycling: the Tour de Suisse will have a separate women’s race this year. The first edition of the Tour of Switzerland for women will take place on 5 and 6 June. The race will consist of two stages and will be a UCI 2.1 race. The field consists of seventeen women’s teams, including four WorldTeams. The race will be broadcast live in Switzerland and many other countries. The live broadcast will be an hour and a half on both Saturday and Sunday.

The first edition of the Swiss tour for women starts in Frauenfeld. In the opening stage, the riders are presented with a hilly circuit of three laps. Stage two also takes place in the vicinity of Frauenfeld with a 98 kilometre stage of ten circuits on the time trial course of the men’s race. Olivier Senn, the Tour de Suisse race director, spoke of the important development. “The launch of a women’s race is a hugely important step in the further development of the Tour de Suisse, but also for Swiss cycling. We should have taken the step much earlier.”

The stage race should grow into a five-day event and be part of the Women’s WorldTour, the organisers said in a press release. Race director Senn still has to smooth out the last financial arrangements and wait to see how the corona pandemic develops.

The first women’s Tour de Suisse in 2021:
Gommiswald - Swiss - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - illustration - scenery - carte postal scenic shot - postcard sfeerfoto - sfeer - illustratie pictured during the 82nd Tour de Suisse (2.UWT) stage 6 from Fiesch to Gommiswald 186KM - photo VK/PN/Cor Vos © 2018

 

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20 questions with Tao Geoghegan Hart | INEOS Grenadiers X Belstaff

“Every person’s journey is completely unique.”

From Hackney to the heights of the Giro d’Italia. An independent spirit, Tao Geoghegan Hart talks to Belstaff about his life and his journey to the top of the sport.

 

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