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No Pro teams in the Vuelta San Juan – TOP STORY. Cyclocross from Bredene with reports, results and video. Wout van Aert on Bianchi after December, Egan Bernal wants the 2021 Tour, quarantine makes Tour/Olympics impossible, Tour or Olympics for Mathieu van der Poel. Race news from Veenendaal-Veenendaal and Thüringen Ladies Tour. Rider news: George Bennett, Yoann Offredo, Joris Nieuwenhuis, Ella Harris, Daniel Pearson and Riccardo Minali. Team news: Hagens Berman Axeon, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA and Team Novo Nordisk. Health news from Winner Anacona and Sheyla Gutiérrez. Plus video from Deceuninck – Quick-Step and UAE Team Emirates. Happy New Year!
TOP STORY: Professional Teams Not Welcome in Vuelta San Juan
The Vuelta a San Juan will most likely have to do without WorldTour teams and ProTeams in January. According to Ciclismo Internacional, the authorities of the province of San Juan, in consultation with the organisation, have decided not to allow international teams to participate in the stage race.
Argentina is preparing for a new wave of the corona virus in the first months of 2021. The national borders are closed until January 8 and air traffic is also limited. That period could be extended until the end of January to prevent a further spread of the corona virus from Europe.
Bad news for the WorldTour teams of Deceuninck – Quick-Step, BORA-hansgrohe, Israel Start-Up Nation and Cofidis, which had already been announced for the stage race from January 24-31. The participation of Chris Froome, Peter Sagan, João Almeida, Elia Viviani and Filippo Ganna, among others, had already been confirmed by the organisation.
Reportedly, the Vuelta a San Juan (2.Pro) will continue, but only with continental teams from Argentina and some national selections from South American countries.
No WorldTour riders in San Juan 2021:
Ethias Cross Men – Bredene 2020
Mathieu van der Poel won the Ethias Cross in Bredene on Wednesday. The reigning World champion took his fifth cyclocross victory of the season in West Flanders in the final cross of 2020. He finished more than a minute ahead of Toon Aerts, who had to settle for second place. Michael Vanthourenhout was third.
With the lack of top riders such as Wout van Aert, Tom Pidcock and Eli Iserbyt, the Bredene cross offered second line riders the opportunity to come to the fore. American Curtis White seized his chance with a fast start, but his moment of fame was short lived. Thijs Aerts and Mathieu van der Poel took over the initiative in the first lap. The leading duo was soon joined by Gianni Vermeersch. Michael Vanthourenhout also managed to join them on the second lap, but fell back again. Van der Poel set the pace as expected at the front of the race.
On the third lap Vermeersch had to let go due to the high pace. On the fourth lap Van der Poel distanced himself from Aerts, who had to deal with a flat tyre a lap later. Behind; Vermeersch and Michael Vanthourenhout fought for the third podium place. Van der Poel started the final lap with a lead of 34 seconds. He would not give up his lead and, just like last year, he was the first to cross the finish line in Bredene solo. Van der Poel closes 2020 with thirteen cyclocross victories.
Race winner, Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix): “It actually went quite well. It was a nice cross. One part was slogging, but the back part of the track went quite good. Toon imposed a fairly tight pace. I was pretty good on his wheel. Because I had not opted for the coarsest profile, I had to remain technically focused. Although that was better on the rest of the course. In retrospect it turned out to be the right choice. It has been a strange year. I think for everyone, not just us. I think we can be very happy with the crosses we have been able to ride. I am happy that we were able to experience another sporty year. Hopefully it will all be back to normal soon with an audience.”
Ethias Cross Men – Bredene Result:
1. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix in 59:03
2. Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Baloise at 1:01
3. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 1:42
4. Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Credishop-Fristads at 1:48
5. Tom Meeusen (Bel) Group Hens-Maes Containers at 1:59
6. Diether Sweeck (Bel) Credishop-Fristads at 2:05
7. Nicolas Cleppe (Bel) Telenet Baloise at 2:11
8. Tim Merlier (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix at 2:23
9. Yentl Bekaert (Bel) Telenet Baloise at 2:32
10. Anton Ferdinande (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 2:43.
Ethias Cross Women – Bredene 2020
Blanka Kata Vas the year with her first win in a TV cross. In Bredene, the Hungarian champion was far too strong for the competition. Sanne Cant finished second just over a minute down on the 19-year-old talent. Alicia Franck beat Clara Honsinger in a sprint for third and last podium place.
No trace of the Dutch top riders in the West Flemish cross, so many other riders saw their chance. Among them, defending champion Sanne Cant, who had the best start from the front row. During the first lap, the Belgian saw Anna Kay and Blanka Kata Vas take over the lead. The Hungarian champion of the Doltcini-Van Eyck team came through hard and in no time gained a 10 second lead over Cant, who escaped the others. Where Vas could ride in the sand and mud for a long time, Cant had to get off the bike. At the end of the second lap, Vas’s lead was 30 seconds even after a crash in which Vas had to put her chain back on.
The Hungarian simply outshone the other riders. Cant had more trouble, and Alicia Franck joined her at the end of the second lap and in the third lap Clara Honsinger also managed to catch up with the three-time world champion. The battle between Honsinger and Cant was by far the most interesting of the race. The two played leapfrog several times, but they also had to kept an eye on Franck who also attacked. Cant and Honsinger managed to get back to Franck in the final section.
In the fifth and final lap, the experienced Cant dealt with her competitors for the podium by riding away. Franck lost her podium place due to a crash in the final metres, but she fought her way back to the wheel of the American. Franck narrowly had the upper hand in the sprint. It is the first podium place of the season for both Franck and Cant. All this took place far behind Blanka Kata Vas. She recorded her third victory of the season, her first in a Belgian TV cross. Earlier this year she won the Bryksy Cross Gościęcin and the Toi Toi Cup in Rýmařov.
Ethias Cross Women – Bredene Result:
1. Blanka Kata Vas (Hun) Doltcini Van Eyck Sport in 42:20
2. Sanne Cant (Bel) Iko-Crelan at 1:14
3. Alicia Franck (Bel) Proximus-Alphamotorhomes-Doltcini at 1:15
4. Clara Honsinger (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld at 1:16
5. Aniek van Alphen (Ned) Credishop-Fristads at 2:46
6. Margaret Norbert Riberolle (Fra) Starcasino CX at 2:56
7. Anna Kay (GB) Starcasino CX at 3:09
8. Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels-Dolmans at 3:33
9. Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Bizkaia-Durango at 3:35
10. Rebecca Fahringer (USA) at 3:58.
Van Aert Will Ride Bianchi Cross Bikes after December 31st
Team Jumbo-Visma will be riding Cervélo bikes on the road from 1 January. In cyclocross, Wout van Aert will remain on his Bianchi cross bike for the time being, albeit painted in a different colour, the team confirmed.
Cervélo is developing a cross bike but it is not ready yet. It is also not really beneficial to change bikes during the season. So the big question was which rig Van Aert would start in Baal on January 1. A number of names were doing the rounds, but it was more logical that Van Aert would remain faithful to his current Bianchi until the end of the cyclocross season. The Bianchi blue-green colour will make way for yellow-black.
Van Aert on Bianchi for a while longer:
Bernal Aiming for Tour Victory in 2021
In conversation with Noticias Caracol, Egan Bernal said he is aiming for a second overall victory in the Tour de France. Bernal was the first Colombian to win the Tour de France in 2019, but this year he had to quit the battle after stage sixteen due to a back injury. It turned out to be his last race of the season. Bernal is out for sporting revenge next season in the most important stage race in the world.
“I’m preparing for the Tour de France,” he said after winning the Zipaquirá best sportsman award. “It is the most important race in the world, so I will have to train very hard for it. I have been able to cycle without pain for a few days, but it will take some time to recover. I hope to be able to attend the national championships in February.”
Bernal made his debut in La Grande Boucle in 2018. As a domestique for Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome, he finished fifteenth. A year later, the INEOS Grenadiers rider won the race.
Second Tour win to come Egan Bernal:
IOC Imposes Quarantine Obligation, Tour/Olympic Games Combination Impossible
Athletes participating in the Olympics must be quarantined for the first two weeks after arriving in Tokyo. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has decided on quarantine measures, wrote Het Laatste Nieuws. This decision has major consequences for cyclists. This measure makes it impossible for them to combine the Olympic Games with the Tour de France.
The Tour de France starts next year on June 26 and ends on July 18. Road cycling will be on the Olympic program between 24 and 28 July. This would make it impossible to complete the Tour and participate in the Olympic Games. Het Laatste Nieuws reports that the Belgian Olympic Committee will make another attempt to allow cyclists to have an exception to the measure, but the chance of success is not considered great.
Getting out of the Tour earlier is not an option, according to national coach Sven Vanthourenhout. “I can’t imagine that Greg Van Avermaet or Wout van Aert will start the Tour and leave after ten days. Before the end of January I would like to know who I can select for the Games. I will understand if Wout van Aert resolutely opts for the Tour.”
The quarantine obligation also presents a challenge for Mathieu van der Poel. The mountain bike race is on the calendar for July 26, which means that finishing the Tour will be impossible for the Alpecin-Fenix rider. Earlier withdrawal from the Tour de France will therefore be necessary for the Dutch to go for gold.
Women also seem to have to make choices. The Giro Rosa is a big race on the calendar, despite the fact that it will no longer be a WorldTour race next year. The road race for women is scheduled for July 25, while the last stage of the Italian stage race will be held on July 11. If the IOC does not make an exception for cyclists, choices will also have to be made in the women’s peloton.
Tour or Olympics for Van der Poel?
Mathieu van der Poel would rather ride the Olympic Games in 2021 than the Tour de France. The cyclocross World champion said after his win in the Ethias Cross in Bredene on Wednesday. Riders will probably have to make a choice between both events in 2021. Van der Poel prefers the Games.
It was announced that athletes participating in the Olympic Games must be quarantined for two weeks. This quarantine obligation presents a challenge for Van der Poel. The mountain bike race is on the calendar for July 26, while the Tour will be held from June 26 to July 18. Earlier withdrawal from the Tour de France would be necessary for the Dutch rider to participate in the games. Road cycling is on the Olympic program between 24 and 28 July.
“It will be a puzzle anyway,” he said. “I haven’t talked to the team about it yet, but if I let my heart speak, then I choose the Games. That is something I have been working on for a long time. Moreover, the Games are only every four years while the Tour is held every year. It is a difficult decision, although it is not a difficult choice for me personally. Olympic champion is a very special title.”
Van der Poel is looking forward to going mountain biking again. “It might be crude to say, but it would work out well for me because I could prepare myself specifically. I also miss mountain biking. I have noticed that in the past year.”
Van der Poel to the Olympics:
Veenendaal-Veenendaal Aiming for a Cycling Party in 2021
Veenendaal-Veenendaal has big plans for the 2021 edition, with various events for the public in addition to a men’s and women’s competition. However, the organisation also takes into account that all plans must be put on hold. “We depend on what kind of permits are issued,” chairman André Homma told WielerFlits.
Veenendaal-Veenendaal is on the UCI calendar for Friday May 21 (women) and Saturday May 22 (men). “But if the corona measures in May are still such that we do not get approval, we will park the plans for a later date in 2021, or for the year after. Then we will see what is possible,” said Homma.
“We depend on what kind of permits are issued. Suppose that the professional races can be ridden, but that no public is welcome, then we will see what we are going to do as an organisation. And we have to wait and see what the municipality wants then.” said the chairman of the board of Stichting Veenendaal-Veenendaal. “That is separate from the side events.”
A race for adapted athletes, an e-bike competition and competitions for children… Everything has been thought of. “Veenendaal-Veenendaal is more than just a competition,” Homma said in a press release. Yet the priority is elsewhere, as he told WielerFlits: “The professional races are the main event, they are the most important. We look at what we can organise within all possibilities.”
The history of Veenendaal-Veenendaal goes back to 1985, when Joop Zoetemelk won the first edition. In 2019 Zak Dempster won the last edition of the Utrecht race.
Thüringen Ladies Tour Will Take Place in 2021
The organisers of the Thüringen Ladies Tour is optimistic about the 2021 edition. The German stage race for women was canceled last season due to the corona crisis, but is aiming for a new edition at the end of May. “In any case, we are ready,” said organiser Vera Hohlfeld.
“Our tour will be held again next year. This is possible because, despite the difficult times, many of our sponsors have pledged their support for 2021. We also notice that it is an Olympic year, because we have already received a lot of applications from teams,” said Hohlfeld. Movistar and the new Jumbo-Visma, among others, have already applied.
The 33rd edition of the Thüringen Ladies Tour (2.Pro) will be held from May 25-30. In total, a route of 750 kilometres has been mapped out over the six stages. “Last May, we were already very far in the preparations for the canceled stage race. Now we are also very well prepared.”
Kathrin Hammes was the last winner of the Thüringen Ladies Tour. The home rider defeated Pernille Mathiesen in 2019.
George Bennett Opens Season in New Zealand’s Strade Bianche
George Bennett will ride his first race of the new year on January 23, 2021. The Jumbo-Visma climber will ride the 1.2 Gravel and Tar for the New Zealand national team.
Gravel and Tar is thought of as the New Zealand Strade Bianche. The race starts in Feilding and finishes after five long sections of clay in Palmerston North. Bennett is looking forward to it: “I will not be race fit yet, but it is nice to be able to race in my own country again,” Bennett said in conversation with TVNZ. “It reminds me of the time before I got really serious in the WorldTour.”
Bennett wants to use the race to help younger riders. “Growing up, I was lucky enough to be able to race with guys like Julian Dean and Hayden Roulston. That was always quite an experience. They raced hard and they taught us a lot. This is a great opportunity for me to mean something like that for New Zealand cycling.”
After Gravel and Tar, Bennett, currently still in self-isolation, also rides the New Zealand championship. These will take place in and around Cambridge from 12 to 14 February.
Thank You Yoann Offredo!
Just before his 34th birthday, Yoann Offredo announced the end of his sportive career. A forced end, due to irreversible injuries after his bad crash at the GP Denain in March 2019. The French rider recovered from a temporary tetraplegia before participating in his third Tour de France with Wanty-Gobert. It would be his last Tour, because an ankle operation would make irreversible damage. Offredo started 2020 full confidence and motivation, but it became soon clear that his ankle couldn’t bear the succession of races. The Omloop het Nieuwsblad, a race in which he just missed the podium in 2011, was the last race of his cycling career, on February 29th. During his 13 years as a pro, Offredo also took 3rd in Plouay, 7th in Milan-San Remo and 14th at the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. At the end of his fourth season with Circus-Wanty Gobert-Tormans, the resident of Monthléry received the confirmation about the impossibility to continue sports at high level. The loyal ambassador of Bière des Amis can now start his reconversion, for example as a consultant for France Télévisions, where he covered the latest Tour de France.
Yoann Offredo: “I wanted to announce the end of my career in order to thank fans and people who surrounded me, but I wasn’t capable of doing it. If you’re used to train 30 hours per week, and from one day to another you can’t walk anymore, it isn’t easy. Not physically, but also not mentally. I miss painful legs, being cold, being tired. It is still impossible to practice sports, so I’m forced to rest. I’m busy with other activities now, like meetings with the UCI concerning the safety of races, recordings of the sports programme Stade 2, and I’ll be supporting two amateur teams. I wanted to find a new goal in life, that’s why I decided to finish my studies. In September, I’ll start a master in Political Sciences, option Journalism. I’ll still be present in the cycling world, but I realised that it will be at the other side of the fence. I met a lot of business leaders during my time with Circus-Wanty Gobert and I have a good relationship with these partners of the team. Some of them contacted me about my future. So even though I’m leaving Circus-Wanty Gobert, I’ll always be in touch with the team. Cycling has brought me so much, both suffering and beautiful memories. For example, I remember very well winning the combativity award in Liège at the beginning of my first Tour de France with Wanty-Gobert, in front of all fans and partners of the team. I want to thank FDJ and Circus-Wanty Gobert-Tormans for the nice years!”
Jean-François Bourlart (general manager): “I want to thank Yoann for his involvement in the team the past couple of years. I remember his performances at the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix during his first classics campaign in our team, in 2017, but also his breakaways and offensive spirit on the roads of the Tour de France. We could always count on the courageous rider with charming character, on and off the bike. The French rider was definitely one of the essential actors in the development of the team. I’m convinced that a nice ‘second’ career is awaiting him after his life as a pro cyclist. I wish him a lot of success.”
Yoann Offredo on the Tour’18 podium:
Joris Nieuwenhuis’ January Cyclocross Program
After a strong opening to his 2020-2021 cyclocross campaign, Team Sunweb are pleased to announce Joris Nieuwenhuis’ January line-up. The 24 year-old Dutchman will make the World Championships at the end of the month his main focus, hear from him and head of coaching Rudi Kemna below.
Nieuwenhuis said: “I’m looking forward to the races in January. It’s the month that I have been working towards in my first block of races, and it’s where all of my main goals lie, so I’m really looking forward to getting into it. In December I invested a bit more in endurance than I normally would, next I will focus a bit more on cyclocross specific intervals, aiming to be in my top shape for the championships.”
Team Sunweb head of coaching Rudi Kemna continued: “Joris has had a solid start to his cyclocross campaign, picking up consistent results in the races that he’s done so far. After his later finish to the road season, we planned to start off the cyclocross season a bit slower, building momentum and shape towards his main goals in January. Joris’ training is going well and after working on his endurance, we’re shifting focus to the explosiveness needed to compete for top results. Things are heading in the right direction and in this way we expect Joris to steadily build on his form in the coming weeks.”
Hulst World Cup – 03/01/2021
Overijse World Cup – 24/01/2021
World Championships – 31/01/2021
Two Years More for Ella Harris with Canyon-SRAM
Ella Harris will continue to ride for Canyon SRAM for the next two years. The Women’s WorldTour squad announced the contract extension of the New Zealand climber. Harris joined the squad through the Zwift Academy. Last year she won the queen stage of the Herald Sun Tour.
Harris sees Pauline Ferrand-Prévot, Elena Cecchini, Rotem Gafinovitz, Tanja Erath, Christa Riffel and Jessica Pratt leave the team. Newcomers are Mikayla Harvey, Elise Chabbey, Neve Bradbury and ex-world time trial champion Chloé Dygert.
Canyon SRAM team for 2021:
Alena Amialiusik (Belarus), Alice Barnes (GB), Hannah Barnes (GB), Neve Bradbury (Aus), Tiffany Cromwell (Aus), Elise Chabbey (Sui), Chloé Dygert (USA), Ella Harris (NZ), Mikayla Harvey (NZ), Lisa Klein (Ger), Hannah Ludwig (Ger), Kasia Niewiadoma (Pol), Alexis Ryan (USA) and Omer Shapira (Isr).
Daniel Pearson to Vini Zabù Brado KTM
Vini Zabù Brado KTM has strengthened its roster for the coming season with Daniel Pearson. The British rider comes from Canyon dhb p/b Soreen and returns to the second-highest level in cycling after two years. In 2017 and 2018 he raced for Aqua Blue Sport.
Pearson, sixth in the 2018 Tour of Croatia, is happy with his contract with the Italian team. “As a U23 I mainly raced in Italy, so this almost feels like coming home.”
Daniel Pearson in Flèche Wallone 2017:
Minali completes Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
Riccardo Minali will be the fourth Italian rider within Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux. The 25 year old started his professional career with Astana, before moving to Israel Cycling Academy and Nippo Delko One Provence, before returning to the World Tour in the Belgian team in 2021. The sprinter from Verona started his season well with podium finishes in Gabon and in Langkawi. Since 2018, he has two stages in this Tour of Langkawi on his palmarès. At the end of the season at the Tour of Portugal, the son of multiple Grand Tour stage winner Nicolas Minali added more podiums. Riccardo Minali signed a contract until the end of 2021.
Riccardo Minali: “I couldn’t imagine a better Christmas present! 2020 was complicated for me, with the lockdown and roller training in the spring, and then the uncertainty about my professional career at the end of the year. But in the end, the year finishes on a very positive note, it’s incredible! I’m very happy to wear the jersey of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux in a couple of days. After a good education within Astana, the year 2020 made me stronger mentally. I’m looking forward to return to the highest level, I want to show my qualities to my new team. I’m eager to win races in the colours of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériau! And as an Italian rider, I’m dreaming of the Giro d’Italia and Milano-San Remo…”
Aike Visbeek (Performance Manager): “We wanted to complete our team of fast riders, with a sprinter with a good top speed and World Tour experience. Riccardo has a past on the track, and a nice palmarès on the road. In the fast sprints, he’s able to win races if the team supports him well. The Italian rider is in the pro ranks for four years already, from which two in the World Tour, and his young age offers nice progression perspectives.”
Hagens Berman Axeon Presents Thirteen Man Team
Things looked just as bad for Hagens Berman Axeon in the fall, but the American training team has remained upright. Thirteen drivers will defend the colours of Axel Merckx’s team next year.
Five riders from Hagens Berman Axeon will make the step to the pros next year. Jakob Egholm goes to Trek-Segafredo, Kevin Vermaerke chooses Team Sunweb, André Carvalho joins Cofidis, Jens Reynders makes the switch to Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise and Edward Anderson was announced a few days ago at Alpecin-Fenix.
Lian Holowesko, Sean Quinn, Michael Garrison, Cole Davis, Jarrad Drizners and Pedro Andrade remain loyal to the formation. New faces are mostly Americans: Simon Jones, Lucas Bourgoyne, Matthew Riccitello, Samuel Janisch and Colby Lange. The Briton Joseph Laverick and the Portuguese Diogo Barbosa complete the team.
Hagens Berman Axeon for 2021:
Pedro Andrade (Por), Diogo Barbosa (Por), Lucas Bourgoyne (USA), Cole Davis (USA), Jarrid Drizners (Aus), Michael Garrison (USA), Liam Holowesko (Bahama), Samuel Janisch (USA), Simon Jones (USA), Colby Lange (USA), Joseph Laverick (GB), Sean Quinn (USA), Matthew Riccitello (USA).
Hagens Berman Axeon:
Caja Rural-Seguros RGA Presents 2021 Kit
Caja Rural-Seguros RGA has revealed their new kit for 2021. As usual the team will be racing in a predominantly green and white outfit next year, although there has been some changes from last season.
Josu Etxeberria, Jon Barrenetxea and Jokin Murguialday, the three new riders in the Spanish team, have the honour of being the first riders to pose in the kit for the coming season. The most notable change is that the top of the shirt is now white. Last year, only the sleeves and a stripe on the chest with the main sponsor were white. In addition, a dark green side panel has been added. The shorts remain black.
Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 2021 kit:
Team Novo Nordisk Announces Partnership with Prologo
Team Novo Nordisk is racing on Prologo saddles during the 2021 season
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team, and Italian-based Prologo announced a partnership naming Prologo the official saddle and handlebar tape sponsor for Team Novo Nordisk.
Prologo was born with the ambition to become the leading manufacturer of quality saddles in the world, bringing innovation and changing the way athletes think about the saddle in the different disciplines: Road racing, XC, Cyclocross, and Gravity.
“Prologo is a high-end boutique brand that creates some of the top saddles in the world and we are honoured to have them join Team Novo Nordisk as an official partner,” Team Novo Nordisk Senior Vice President of Athletics Vassili Davidenko said. “Their saddles are innovative and crafted with some of the leading technology in the world. They invest significant resources into research and development to ensure they are bringing some of the lightest and most supportive saddles to the market.”
Prologo’s sponsored athletes and teams have won Olympic and World titles, as well as iconic races such as Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, Tour of Flanders, and many more.
“We are honoured to be an official partner of Team Novo Nordisk. This team is re-writing the history of professional cycling, showing us every day the true meaning of sport: overcoming adversities and improving quality of life,” Prologo General Manager Salvatore Truglio said. “Prologo believes in the power of sport and its social impact as well as collaborations to improve our products. An organisation like Team Novo Nordisk, with its results and mission, is an unbelievably valuable partner. Good luck to the riders and the entire staff for the incoming season.”
Prologo’s innovative and patented technologies are designed in collaboration with the excellence of the cycling world and developed to guarantee the best riding experience for everyone.
To learn more about Prologo, please visit https://www.prologo.it/en
Anacona Injured in Training Crash
Winner Anacona has some nasty injuries from a crash during training. Arkéa-Samsic’s Colombian climber, an important worker and friend of Nairo Quintana, underwent surgery on his face in hospital.
32-year-old Anacona was on a mountain bike ride in Colombia, but his training ride eventually ended in hospital after a serious crash. Anacona has no fractures from his fall, but does suffer from a bruised kidney and injuries to his ribs. The doctors also had to perform an aesthetic procedure on the outside of his eye and Anacona’s knee was stitched. It is still unclear when Anacona will be pain-free again and can train for the new season.
Valerio Conti and Ruben Guerreiro also suffered injuries during a training ride earlier this month, although these riders were hit by motorists.
Winner Anacona with Quintana in the 2020 Tour:
Gutiérrez Problems with Blood Pressure
Sheyla Gutiérrez didn’t race in recent months due to health complaints. The 26-year-old Movistar rider, who was Spanish road champion in 2017, had problems with her blood pressure. She wrote on social media.
“I have been standing still for a few months now, because I have been feeling ill since the summer,” said Gutiérrez. “The doctors have discovered that these are health problems related to my blood pressure. It was very frustrating and disconcerting not to be able to cycle like I always did. On the other hand, it was also reassuring that the problem has been found.”
In July and August Gutiérrez raced in seven races, but she did not appear in the GP Plouay (DNF), the European Championship road race (DNF) and La Course (OTL). She then ended her season and took a rest. “Now, after a few months, I am back on the bike. I will have to work on my fitness before I can think about performance. But despite this break I have received confirmation that I like my sport, but that life is uncertain and that there is no point in making plans.”
Sheyla Gutiérrez win La Perigord:
The Three Wise Men
In a land far away, under a warm December sun, a Frenchman, a Portuguese and an Irishman convened after a complicated and challenging season.
Going by the names of Julian Alaphilippe, João Almeida and Sam Bennett, the three gathered there after having enjoyed a spectacular season with Deceuninck – Quick-Step – that saw them wear and win some of cycling’s most iconic jerseys – to share stories from a year like no other.
Video: Till the last stage
A great season, with wins in the most important races, ended with a dream come true.
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