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Remco Evenepoel has shown again why he is the ‘big hope’ of the future. Results and video from the Vuelta a San Juan. Tour and Vuelta winner, Jan Janssen statue unveiled – Top Story. A full bag of cycling news: Jumbo-Visma ketone use, top riders announce their calendars, Amstel Gold Race ‘Wildcards’, Jumbo-Visma women’s team, Dave Rayner Foundation funded riders, Thomas Mein to Tormans cyclo-cross team and Annemiek van Vleuten trains with the men video. Coffee?

TOP STORY: Jan Janssen Statue in Nootdorp
A small statue of Jan Janssen was unveiled in his birthplace of Nootdorp. The artwork of the 1968 Tour winner was officially presented on Monday in the Dorpsstraat. Janssen was born and raised in Nootdorp.

At the presentation of the statue, guests were also present alongside the family, including Joop Zoetemelk (1980 Tour winner) and other former colleagues. “I am proud and honoured to get a statue in the place where I was born and raised and from where I rode on my training rides,” says Janssen, according to AD.

The 79-year-old Janssen also won the Vuelta a España in addition to the Tour de France. He also won seven stages in the French Grand Tour and three stages in the Spanish stage race.

Jansen and his statue:

Vuelta a San Juan Internacional 2020
Stage 2 of the Vuelta a San Juan was won by Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates), the Colombian sprinter also took the overall lead. Gaviria sprinted across the finish line on the wide street in Pocito after a stage of over 168 kilometres.

Eight riders escaped in the early part of the stage. Francisco Montes (Selection Argentina), Leandro Velardez, Daniel Juarez (both Agrupacion Virgen de Fatima), Royner Navarro, Hugo Ruiz (Selection Peru), Robin Carpenter (Rally), Iker Ballarin (Fundación Euskadi) and Christopher Jurado (Selection Panama) took a 3 minute lead. The peloton kept the gap small in view of the expected bunch sprint. A crash due to a dog slowed the break, but all could continue. Carpenter and Jurado turned out to be the strongest and held out in the lead and made the sprinter’s teams work. They managed to keep the peloton at a minute for a long time. In the peloton it was mainly UAE Emirates for Fernando Gaviria, Deceuninck – Quick-Step for Álvaro José Hodeg, Bora-Hansgrohe Peter Sagan and Israel Start-Up Nation for race leader Rudy Barbier who set the pace.

10 kilometres from the finish and the break was over and there was a crash at the back of the peloton, but not as bad as the crash on stage 1. The final was broad and straight, but dangerous at certain points due to posts in the middle of the road. Hodeg and Sagan were well guided by their teams, but lost the train in a chaotic sprint. Gaviria waited a long time before he unleashed his sprint, which was the correct strategy. The Colombian fast-man sprinted on the right-hand side of the road for the stage victory.

Home rider Nicolas Naranjo (Agrupacion Virgen de Fatima) finished second, just ahead of Marco Benfatto (Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè). Sagan was 5th and Hodeg finished in 10th place. Stage 1 winner, Rudy Barbier, finished outside of the top 10 and lost his leader’s jersey to Gaviria, although they are both on the same time due to the bonuses.

Stage winner and overall leader, Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates): “It feels really good because it’s the first race of the season and my first race back with Max. Max was caught up in a crash near the end so couldn’t help but McNulty and Bohli did great work. This win is great motivation for the team for the whole week. I will enjoy wearing the leaders jersey tomorrow.”

Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “In the eyes of everyone, the jury made the best decision since it was a fan that caused the crash. Bizarre, but it was an unnatural crash. I felt it was over and the three-kilometre rule no longer counted. It was a miracle that we were not all there. I was the left-most rider of the team and that is why I fell. In the images I have seen how a cyclist collided with a woman and as a result he crashed on the inside. I have some scratches, but it’s nothing. My loss of time is gone, another advantage. Otherwise the rankings were already destroyed”

Vuelta a San Juan Internacional Stage 2 Result:
1. Fernando Gaviria (Col) UAE Team Emirates in 3:30:06
2. Nicolas Naranjo (Arg) Agrupacion Virgen De Fatima
3. Macro Benfatto (Ita) Bardiani-CSF-Faizane
4. Piet Allegaert (Bel) Cofidis
5. Peter Sagan (Slk) Bora-Hansgrohe
6. Travis McCabe (USA) Israel Start-Up Nation
7. Mauro Richeze (Arg) Transportes Puertas de Buyo
8. Cesar Martingil (Por) Atum genneral-Tavira-Maria Nova Hotel
9. Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
10. Alvaro Hodeg (Col) Deceuninck – Quick-Step.

Vuelta a San Juan Internacional Overall After Stage 2:
1. Fernando Gaviria (Col) UAE Team Emirates in 7:15:10
2. Rudy Barbier (Fra) Israel Start-up Nation
3. Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec at 0:04
4. Nicolas Naranjo (Arg) Agrupacion Virgen De Fatima
5. Macro Benfatto (Ita) Bardiani-CSF-Faizane at 0:06
6. Peter Sagan (Slk)Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:10
7. Alvaro Hodeg (Col) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
8. Travis McCabe (USA) Israel Start-Up Nation
9. Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis
10. Cesar Martingil (Por) Atum genneral-Tavira-Maria Nova Hotel.

San Juan’20 stage 2:

Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) convincingly took the lead in the Vuelta a San Juan. The 20-year-old Belgian covered the 15.2 kilometre long time trial Stage 3 in the fastest time of 19 minutes and 16 seconds. Filippo Ganna was second at 32 seconds and moved into second place overall. Evenepoel’s teammate and second overall in 2019, Julian Alaphilippe, due to stomach complaints.

Home rider Leonardo Cobarrubia set a fast early time for the others to aim for. The 21-year-old Argentinian took the hot-seat, but his time didn’t stand up to the TT specialists Maciej Bodnar and Nelson Oliveira. Second in the 2019 World TT championships, Evenepoel was the top favourite and like his competitors, he rode a normal road bike, albeit with a disk rear wheel. At the first point it was already clear that he was well on his way to a top ride, his lead was 36 seconds faster than the recorded best time. At the finish, he beat the time of ‘old man’ Oscar Sevilla by 1:08, who had been in the lead.

Evenepoel’s time would last, for him to take his first victory of the season. The general classification was completely changed by the time trial. Classification leader, Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates), finished in wind and rain and lost his leader’s jersey to Evenepoel. Due to the weather conditions, there was no podium ceremony.

Stage winner and overall leader, Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “The time trial was short, but it felt like the longest one I did in my life because of the straight roads, even the climb felt endless. I went for the win and getting it makes me happy. Today I gained time on the flat, where I could sustain a strong pace, but also on the climb, where I accelerated. This means I had good legs, which is a nice feeling so early in the season.”

Vuelta a San Juan Internacional Stage 3 Result:
1. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step in 19:16
2. Filippo Ganna (Ita) Italy at 0:32
3. Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Team Medellin at 1:08
4. Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar at 1:25
5. Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Team Emirates at 1:26
6. Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe at 1:27
7. Alexander Evtushenko (Rus) Russia at 1:28
8. Colin Joyce (USA) Rally Cycling at 1:40
9. Matteo Fabbro (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe at 1:41
10. Gavin Mannion (USA) Rally Cycling at 1:43.

Vuelta a San Juan Internacional Overall After Stage 3:
1. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step in 7:34:36
2. Filippo Ganna (Ita) Italy at 0:32
3. Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Team Medellin at 1:08
4. Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar at 1:25
5. Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Team Emirates at 1:26
6. Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe at 1:27
7. Alexander Evtushenko (Rus) Russia at 1:28
8. Colin Joyce (USA) Rally Cycling at 1:40
9. Matteo Fabbro (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe at 1:41
10. Gavin Mannion (USA) Rally Cycling at 1:43.

San Juan’20 stage 3:

Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) won Stage 4 of the Vuelta a San Juan on Wednesday. On the fast stage to San Agustín, he was the best in a bunch sprint. Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) rode well and held his overall lead going into the rest day.

On the fourth stage to San Agustín, the capital of the Valle Fértil department, the route passed through the Ischigualasto nature park with an altitude of 1510 metres, from the top it was 80 kilometres of descending to the finish line. Another day for the sprinters.

In the first 30 kilometres, there were many attacks, but nothing stuck. The first sprint came after 36 kilometres, and home rider Daniel Juarez, intermediate sprint overall leader added to his score. Zdeněk Štybar and Simon Pellaud were the first to come over the line and Juarez got 1 point.

After 40 kilometres, a leading group of ten riders tried to escape, including Nelson Oliveira. The Portuguese rider was fourth overall and so this escape was chased down. Only after 70 kilometres did a leading group manage to escape. Initially it was nine riders with Mattia Bais being the best overall at 2:47. Another six riders joined, including Filippo Ganna, second overall. The pace was boosted with the climb in the Ischigualasto nature park. This was split into three: a 3rd Cat climb, followed by two 1st Cat. Robin Carpenter was first on the first climb. Before the second climb, the leading group was caught and César Paredes took the points. On the third, Guillaume Martin was first.

The climbing was over and 79 descending kilometres remained to the finish in San Agustín. That gave dropped riders the chance to return. At 50 kilometres from the finish Robin Carpenter and Peio Goikoetxea escaped, while UAE Team Emirates did the work in the peloton. Fernando Gaviria had clearly set his sights on a second success in San Agustín.

Carpenter, who was involved in the escape earlier in the day, and Goikoetxea managed to extend their lead at the second intermediate sprint 40 kilometres from the finish to 40 seconds, Evenepoel was third to take the final bonus second to add to his time on Ganna, which was 32 ​​seconds after the time trial on Tuesday.

Heavy rain started to fall in the last 20 kilometres as UAE Team Emirates continued to lead while the lead of the escape steadily declined. The American and the Spaniard held them off until 3 kilometres to go. The sprinter’s teams then put their trains on the front. UAE Team Emirates were joined by Bora-Hansgrohe and Cofidis. Deceuninck – Quick-Step also tried to bring Álvaro José Hodeg to the front.

UAE performed a perfect lead-out, and Fernando Gaviria rewarded their work with his second stage win, equaling his haul of last year in the Argentinian race. Second was Rudy Barbier, the winner of the opening stage, Hodeg was third.

Stage winner, Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates): “Today’s stage was a little complicated with the Cat.1 climb. But the team worked perfectly from start to finish. They brought back the break and then set me up nicely for the sprint and I’m super happy with that. Molano and Richeze dropped me off at the line at just the right moment and I was able to capitalise on it. I’m really happy with my condition and looking forward to the second half of the race.”

Overall leader, Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “Tomorrow (Thursday) I will definitely take my rest. Perhaps I will cycle a little and then relax with the team. Hopefully I can keep the jersey and keep my lead, or maybe even expand it. I now have a big lead. Óscar Sevilla (third at 1:09) seems to be my main opponent. I’m feeling good. I hope I don’t get sick and I can hold the lead.”

Vuelta a San Juan Internacional Stage 4 Result:
1. Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Col) UAE Team Emirates in 4:08:03
2. Rudy Barbier (Fra) Israel Start-Up Nation
3. Alvaro Jose Hodeg Chagui (Col) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
4. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
5. Piet Allegaert (Bel) Cofidis
6. Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
7. Marco Benfatto (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane
8. Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
9. Nicolas Naranjo (Arg) Agrupacion Virgin de Fatima-Saddledrunk
10. Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) UAE Team Emirates.

Vuelta a San Juan Internacional Overall After Stage 4:
1. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step in 11:42:38
2. Filippo Ganna (Ita) Italy at 0:33
3. Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Team Medellin at 1:09
4. Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar at 1:26
5. Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Team Emirates at 1:27
6. Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe at 1:28
7. Alexander Evtushenko (Rus) Russia at 1:29
8. Colin Joyce (USA) Rally Cycling at 1:41
9. Matteo Fabbro (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe at 1:42
10. Gavin Mannion (USA) Rally Cycling at 1:44.

San Juan’20 stage 4:

“Use of Ketones by Jumbo-Visma is Uncomfortable”
The Dutch Doping Authority advises athletes not to use ketones. President Herman Ram told De Limburger. He believes that little is known about the long-term consequences.

A lot has been said about ketones in recent years. Ketones are bodily fuels, but are also used in exogenous (non-bodily) form in the cycling peloton. Allegedly Ineos (formerly Sky) has been using it for years. Jumbo-Visma confirmed their use of ketones last summer, while Sunweb does not use ketones because of a lack of knowledge about the long-term health effects.

The Dutch Doping Authority is skeptical. “It is a legal food, but at the same time, too little is known about the possible health consequences,” said Ram. “That makes it a grey area. It is therefore not on the doping list, but if we receive questions from athletes we advise them not to use ketones. Team Sunweb does not use them for that reason either. I find it uncomfortable that Jumbo-Visma does.”

Nutritionist Asker Jeukendrup from Jumbo-Visma estimates that the risks are minimal. “Precisely because ketones are natural, we do not expect that there will be any adverse health effects in the long term. I understand that Ram says this from his position, but if you understand well how ketones work, those worries are unnecessary.”

The team works with it on an experimental basis. “Because so little research is available, we test them ourselves. So we do our own research. Because we mainly use them in competitions, all kinds of variables also play a role. That is why I think it will be years before we know enough about how it works.”

Nevertheless, Jeukendrup expresses reservations about the performance-enhancing effect. These have not yet been proven. “It is certainly not the panacea that many see in it.”

Jumbo-Visma in a grey area:

Movistar Team Leader’s Schedule for 2020
Alejandro Valverde, Enric Mas and Marc Soler are ready for the new cycling season, now that the three leaders of Movistar have announced their program. Both Valverde, Mas and Soler will be at the start of the Tour de France this summer.

The three strong players of Movistar all start on the island of Mallorca, before the Challenge Mallorca, four stand-alone day races with alternating opportunities for sprinters and climbers. Valverde and Soler then head to the Tour of Valencia, while Mas makes its appearance in the Ruta del Sol almost two weeks later.

But we start with Valverde. After the series of one-day races in Mallorca and the Tour of Valencia, the 39-year-old driver travels to his home region of Murcia for the two-day Vuelta a Murcia. Furthermore, the UAE Tour, Strade Bianche and the Tour of Catalonia are on the program in the run-up to the spring classics.

It is certain that Valverde will participate in Dwars door Vlaanderen, the Amstel Gold Race, Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. His team Movistar does not mention the Tour of Flanders, but it is not excluded that Valverde will also contest Flanders’ Most Beautiful. After a short rest period, a few important rates will follow.

We are talking about the Tour, the Olympic Games in Tokyo, the Vuelta a España and the World Championships in Aigle and Martigny. Mas will focus entirely on the Tour de France in 2020. It is not yet known whether the brand new addition will also ride the Vuelta, although he indicated earlier that he would like to contest two large laps. Like Valverde, Soler will combine the Tour and Vuelta.

Alejandro Valverde:
Challenge Mallorca (January 30 to February 2) (Spa)
Tour of Valencia (5-9 February) (Spa)
Tour of Murcia (14-15 February) (Spa)
UAE Tour (23-29 February) (UAE)
Strade Bianche (7 March) (Ita)
Tour of Catalonia (23-29 March) (Spa)
Dwars door Vlaanderen (April 1) (Bel)
Amstel Gold Race (April 19) (Ned)
Flèche Wallonne (April 22) (Bel)
Liège-Bastogne-Liège (26 April) (Bel)
Tour de France (27 June-19 July) (Fra)
Olympic Games road race (25 July) (Jpn)*
Vuelta a España (August 14 to September 6) (Spa)
World Championship cycling road race (27 September) (Sui)*
* If part of the Spanish team

Enric Mas:
Challenge Mallorca (January 30 to February 2) (Spa)
Ruta del Sol (19-23 February) (Spa)
Paris-Nice (8-15 March) (Fra)
Tour of the Basque Country (6-11 April) (Spa)
Flèche Wallonne (April 22) (Bel)
Liège-Bastogne-Liège (26 April) (Bel)
Critérium du Dauphiné (31 May-7 June) (Fra)
Tour de France (27 June-19 July) (Fra)

Marc Soler:
Challenge Mallorca (January 30 to February 2) (Spa)
Tour of Valencia (5-9 February) (Spa)
Ruta del Sol (19-23 February) (Spa)
Strade Bianche (7 March) (Ita)
Tirreno-Adriatico (11-17 March) (Ita)
Tour of Catalonia (23-29 March) (Spa)
Tour of Switzerland (7-14 June) (Sui)
Tour de France (27 June-19 July) (Fra)
Olympic Games road race (25 July) (Jpn)*
Vuelta a España (August 14 to September 6) (Spa)
* If part of the Spanish Team

Valverde and Soler:

No Omloop Het Nieuwsblad for Peter Sagan
Peter Sagan has changed his mind and will now not start in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. In December the race organisers announced that the triple World champion would make its appearance in the Flemish opening classic. The Bora-Hansgrohe team now say that after the Vuelta a San Juan he will go on a high-altitude training camp in Colombia. The Strade Bianche on March 7 will be his next race. He will then ride Tirreno-Adriatico in preparation for Milan-San Remo.

Peter Sagan 2020 Calendar:
March 7: Strade Bianche
March 11: Tirreno-Adriatico
March 21: Milano-Sanremo
March 27: E3 BinckBank Classic
March 29: Gent-Wevelgem
April 1: Dwars door Vlaanderen
April 5: Tour of Flanders
April 12: Paris-Roubaix
9 May: Giro d’Italia
June 27: Tour de France
July 25: Olympic Games Road Race.

Big season again for Sagan:

Nibali via Austria and Poland to Tokyo
Vincenzo Nibali has decided his preparation for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. The 35-year-old will skip the Tour de France this year. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, he will instead ride the Tours of Austria and Poland.

Nibali is currently in Tenerife for altitude training until 10 February, where he is preparing for the new season at 2000 metres. “He asked for it himself,” said coach Paolo Slongo, emphasising the ambition of his rider. Nibali is accompanied on the volcano island by his brother Antonio, Gianluca Brambilla, Giulio Ciccone, Tom Skujins and Bauke Mollema. Jasper Stuyven and Edward Theuns will also join them on Monday. They be there until the 16th.

Nibali has already revealed that he will start his season on February 19 in the Tour of the Algarve, a race he has never ridden before. He has now added the French one-day races Faun-Ardèche Classic (29 Feb) and the Royal Bernard Drome Classic (01 Mar) to his program. After a few races in Italy and another altitude camp, he will face the Tour of The Alps and Liège-Bastogne-Liège before the start of the Giro d’Italia on Saturday 9 May in Budapest.

Nibali will miss the Tour de France before the Olympic Games. In preparation, he will ride the Tour of Austria and the Tour of Poland before leaving for Japan on 17 July, eight days before the Olympic road race. He will ride the Vuelta in preparation for the World Championships.

Vincenzo Nibali 2020 Calendar:
February 19: Tour of the Algarve
February 29: Faun-Ardèche Classic
March 1: Royal Bernard Drome Classic
March 8: GP Larciano
March 11: Tirreno-Adriatico
March 21: Milano-Sanremo
April 20: Tour of the Alps
April 26: Liège-Bastogne-Liège
9 May: Giro d’Italia
June 21: Italian championship
27 June: Tour of Austria
July 5: Tour of Poland
July 25: Olympic Games Road Race
August 14: Vuelta a España
27 September: World Cycling Championships in Aigle/Martigny.

Vincenzo Nibali:

Six Teams Receive ‘Wildcard’ for Amstel Gold Race
Six teams are assured of a wildcard for the Amstel Gold Race. Among other things, the organisation gives Alpecin-Fenix ​​a starting ticket, the team of title defender Mathieu van der Poel. It is still uncertain whether the Dutchman is actually leaving again.

Last year the Van der Poel team (then Corendon-Circus) was at the start of the Amstel Gold Race with a wildcard. Circus-Wanty Gobert and Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise also receive another starting ticket for the Dutch race. Arkéa-Samsic, Riwal Readynez and Wallonie Bruxelles were missing last year, but are now among them.

Compared to the previous edition, B&B Hotels-Vital Concept and Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè now received no invitation. Roompot-Charles ceased to exist, while Israel Start-Up Nation is assured of a starting ticket now that the team has been promoted to the WorldTour. Total Direct Energie has rejected the invitation to participate in the Amstel Gold Race. The Amstel Gold Race is on Sunday, April 19.

Wildcards for Amstel Gold Race 2020:
Alpecin-Fenix (Bel), Arkéa-Samsic (Fra), Circus-Wanty Gobert (Bel), Riwal Readynez (Den), Sport Flanders-Baloise (Bel), Wallonie Bruxelles (Bel).

Amstel’19 highlights:

Jumbo-Visma to Have Women’s Team
Jumbo-Visma wants to set up a women’s team in the short term. Team manager Richard Plugge confirms to Bicycling. The team has long had the ambition to start a women’s team, but Plugge believes the time is now ripe to actually start working on the plan.

“Next season, one of the largest teams in the women’s squad, Boels-Dolmans, will lose both main sponsors,” Plugge explains. “The team may disappear, maybe a restart will start, but probably riders will be released. In any case, we have the impression that there is room for us to start building our own women’s team from the bottom.”

The start of its own women’s team is in line with the path that Team Jumbo-Visma has taken with the start of its development team and the set-up of the Jumbo-Visma Academy. “We often speak with the Academy about the achievement of boy’s dreams. But we are just as committed to girls dreams,” he said.

Team manager Richard Plugge with Roglic and Groenewegen:
Veghel - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Primoz ROGLIC (Slowenia / Team Lotto NL - Jumbo) - Richard PLUGGE (Netherlands / Teammanager Team Lotto NL - Jumbo) - Dylan GROENEWEGEN (Netherlands / Team Lotto NL - Jumbo) pictured during teampresentation - team launch LottoNL-Jumbo 2018 at the headquarter of Jumbo in Veghel, the Netherlands - photo Carla Vos/Cor Vos © 2017

The Dave Rayner Foundation Funded Riders for 2020
The Rayner Foundation is pleased to be able to reveal the names of those riders that will be
supported during the season of 2020. A total of 41 riders will live and race abroad for various teams in Europe.

The Numbers
41 Riders consisting of 33 Male and 8 Female
20 have been funded previously
21 are first time supported riders *
39 supported for full season/2 in summer
16 go to France
13 go to Belgium
7 go to Holland
3 go to Spain
2 go to Italy

The Names
Lewis Askey* from Cannock – Groupama FDJ in France
Stuart Balfour from Heriot – Bourg Ain Cyclisme in France
Kim Baptista from Wigan – Restore Cycling Team in Holland
George Bazley from Bristol – Velo Sport Valletais in France
Louis Bilyard* from London – Team Controlpack in Spain
Morgan Bown* from Menstrie – Velo Club de Corbas in France
Jim Brown* from Holmfirth – CC Etupes in France
Brecon Burnett from Cardiff – VC Toucy in France
Charley Calvert from Christchurch – Anarto CT in Belgium
Euan Cameron from Bradford – Ottignies Perwez CT in Belgium
Henrietta Colborne from Penrith – Biehler Pro Cycling Team in Holland
Zak Coleman from Great Yarmouth – Acrog Tormans in Belgium
Amy Cowton* from Ripponden – Hoop op Zegen Beveren in Belgium
Tom Cullen from Otley – Tempo Hoppenbrouwers in Holland
Alex Dent* from Fort William – VC Toucy in France
Alex Haines* from Loughborough – GSC Blagnac VS 31 in France
Adam Hartley from Carleton – SEG Racing Academy in Holland
Leo Hayter* from London – Sunweb Development Team in Holland
Mason Hollyman* from Huddersfield – Zappi Racing Team in Italy
Dylan Hughes from North Berwick – Asfra RT in Belgium
Rachel Jary from West Dulwich – Keukens Redant in Belgium
Calum Johnstone from Stewartfield – Zappi Racing Team in Italy
Adam Kelly* from Isle of Man – Urbano CT in Belgium
Oliver Knight* from Wooton – AVC Aix en Provence in France
Emily Knight* from Bishops Stortford – Isorex Ladies CT in Belgium
Joe Laverick* from Grimsby – Chambery Formation AG2R in France
Matthew Lewis* from Walsall – Zannata CT in Belgium
Theo Modell from London – Hennebont Cyclisme in France
Charles Paige* from Clitheroe – Team U Cube 17 in France
Tom Portsmouth* from Addlestone – Urbano CT in Belgium
Sam Reed* from Guernsey – Cotes d’Amor Cyclisme in France
Josie Shepherd from Tadworth – Multum Accountants – LSK CT in Belgium
Jake Stewart from Coventry – Groupama FDJ Continental in France
Isabella Stone from Crawley – Illi Bikes Cycling Team in Belgium
Tosh Teare* from Isle of Man – Lotto U23 in Belgium
Emily Wadsworth* from Drayton – Rogelli Gyproc in Holland
Sam Walsham from Chesterfield – US St Herblain Cyclisme in France
Matthew Warhurst* from Glossop – ASPTT Nancy Cyclisme
Dylan Westley* from Leeds – Equipo Lizarte AD Galibier in Spain
Harrison Wood from Torquay – SEG Racing Academy in Holland
Jake Wright from Bury – GD Supermercados Froix in Spain

Yet again we had a huge number of applicants and unfortunately not everyone could receive support. We hope that those riders who were unsuccessful nevertheless manage to fulfil their ambition to race abroad and we wish them the best of luck. There is always the opportunity to apply again for the 2021 season.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported the fund not only during the last year but during the last 24 years.

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The late Dave Rayner:

Briton Thomas Mein is the First Recruitment for Tormans Cyclo-Cross Team for the Winter 2020-2021
British rider Thomas Mein will represent Tormans Cyclo-Cross Team the next two winters. The 21 year old will join the UCI Cyclocross Team 15th of August for two cyclocross campaigns.

The rider of the Tarteletto-Isorex cross team performed well at the U23 World Cups this winter, but missed the final podium because of a mechanical during the final in Hoogerheide last Sunday. The British rider was the best at the World Cup in Tabor in November, and missed the podium in Koksijde one week later. He added a World Cup podium in Nommay two weeks ago.

A win at the Koppenberg cross showed already in the junior category that the Briton was cut out for cyclocross. The inhabitant of Newcastle finished 9th in his latest international championships, the U23 world and European championships in 2019 and is preparing to do better at the U23 world championships in Dübendorf in three weeks.

Thomas Mein: “I’m very happy with this new challenge with Tormans Cyclo-Cross Team! This interesting change motivates me to set new goals. My base in Belgium is very close to the Tormans headquarters and to Quinten and Corné’s home, so I can’t wait to start learning from them and to benefit from the support from the team. But first, I want to perform at the U23 world championships in Dübendorf in three weeks!”

Jean-François Bourlart (general manager): “We really want to expand the Tormans Cyclo-Cross Team and therefore we’re actively recruiting. Thomas Mein is a young and very promising rider, with already the World Cup in Tabor on his palmarès. His profile is exactly what we’re looking for to prepare the future with Tormans Cyclo-Cross Team.”

Annemiek van Vleuten – WHAT IT TAKES – Episode 1: ‘One of the boys’
“For sure I will think ‘what am I doing here?’, but I know it makes me stronger and that is the driving force for me.”Annemiek van Vleuten

For the second year running world champion Annemiek van Vleuten voluntarily went where no other women has dared to go before; the famous point-to-point Mitchelton-SCOTT men’s camp.

Different from those of their WorldTour counterparts, Mitchelton-SCOTT’s January camp has quickly gained a reputation since it was introduced in 2018.

With ten days of back-to-back 200km days, the camp mirrors the routine of a stage race, with different roads and hotel locations each day. The purpose is to ‘empty the tank’ with load, but without intensity.

Grasping for hope following a serious knee injury at the 2018 world championship, Van Vleuten was set the challenge to join the camp for the first time last year by women’s performance manager Gene Bates.

Despite pushing herself to every limit, including making a conscious effort to ‘dress up’ for dinner in an attempt to hide her fatigue and prevent the team from restricting her participation on follow days, the results spoke for themselves.

The 37-year-old won her second race of the season, Strade Bianche, and went on to have her most successful year to date, including a Giro Rosa title and a UCI World Championship gold medal.

‘One of the boys’ is the first episode in the ‘Annemiek van Vleuten – WHAT IT TAKES’ series. It provides a behind the scenes look at the motivations, struggles and impact her presence has at the Mitchelton-SCOTT men’s camp – an activity that contributed to her 2020 early season training kilometres being higher than all other elite male riders except Egan Bernal (Source: Velofacts/Strava).

Future episodes will take you further inside the world of ‘Vleuty’ – the levels she takes herself to in training, fuelling and preparing, and what controls and powers the mind of one of the world’s best female riders.

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