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The team training camps have started and we have a full EUROTRASH Thursday: Knee injury for Mathieu van der Poel – TOP STORY. Rider news: Remco Evenepoel talks of his recovery, Mathieu van der Poel to the gravel World champs, Vincenzo Nibali starts season in Valencia, Damiano Caruso on next season, Tom Pidcock for hat-trick, Mark Cavendish robbery, Elia Viviani ready, Warren Barguil to the Giro, Alexey Lutsenko for the Tour podium, Lorenzo Rota on 2022 and UCI cyclo-cross ranking. Contract news from Mark Cavendish, Julian Vermote, Tiesj Benoot and Davide Rebellin. Team news: DSM a Dutch team again, Deceuninck – Quick-Step to Spain, Jumbo-Visma Women and U23 skiing in Norway and DSM with Youfone. Race news: Tour de La Provence route and Tour of America’s Dairyland towns. Plus Johnny Carera’s condition improves, Win Wout Van Aert’s signed Tour of Britain Winners jersey, second edition of ProCyclingStats Favorite500 and The Wolfpack Insider: Tour de France video. Coffee time.

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TOP STORY: Knee Injury for Mathieu van der Poel
Mathieu van der Poel had to traveled four days later than planned to Benicasim, Spain, where Alpecin-Fenix ​​is ​​currently on a training camp. WielerFlits learned that the cyclo-cross World champion is struggling with knee problems due to a crash while training in a forest.

During a training session in Lichtaart, twelve days ago, Van der Poel slipped and injured a knee. There were reportedly no stitches involved, but to allow the painful knee to recover, the World champion couldn’t train for a few days. Last Wednesday, his teammates flew ​​to Spain for a first training camp for the 2022 season, but in order not to put extra strain on the painful knee, Van der Poel didn’t travel with them. After a few days of extra recovery in Belgium, he finally joined the group at the beginning of this week and he is said to have resumed training.

Due to the knee problem, Van der Poel is slightly behind in his preparation for his cross season, but according to WielerFlits he will ride the World Cups in Rucphen and Namen on December 18 and 19.

Knee problem for the champ:
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Remco Evenepoel: “Winning the Tour of Belgium Brought Back a Winning Feeling”
It was a great relief that Remco Evenepoel won the Baloise Belgium Tour for the second time in his career in June. The 21-year-old rider said on his Deceuninck-Quick-Step team website.

“After a long injury and a long way back, it was very special to win again, to know that I was getting close to my old level again,” said Evenepoel, who made his comeback in the Giro d’Italia after his crash in the 2020 Tour of Lombardy. After a crash, he abandoned the first Grand Tour of the season, but a week after his return to racing, he won the Baloise Belgium Tour. “Winning was a great relief. It was also a confirmation of the hard work I had done and the support I had received from the team. Something I was and am very grateful for.”

The young Belgian remembers that the race started with a hot, tough stage. “But the guys did a wonderful job and got me in the right place at the right time. Noticing that some of the competitors were suffering, I decided to attack and break the pack, which worked out well. I didn’t win that day, but I managed to gain time. Then came the time trial and my first win of the year. That I got it on my own bids made everything even more special. The only pity about that day is that Yves (Lampaert) couldn’t stand on the first step of the podium with me, because he was also very strong and would have deserved the victory.”

The days after, Evenepoel was kept out of the wind by his teammates. “They made sure that nothing would happen in the remaining difficult stages, and that made everything easier. All I had to do was pay attention and follow my teammates. During that week, everyone could see the Wolfpack mentality again. We fought hard and we worked hard, always believing in ourselves. This overall victory brought back a winning feeling that I had missed since last year’s Tour of Poland and gave an important boost for the second part of the season,” said Evenepoel, who went on to win the Danmark Rundt, Druivenkoers, Brussels Classic and Coppa Bernocchi.

Remco Evenepoel winning the Tour of Belgium:
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Mathieu van der Poel Considers Gravel World Champs
Mathieu van der Poel is going for his fifth World title in cyclo-cross this winter and he also ventured into the World championships on the road and mountain bike. It is now possible the 26 year-old ​will try to win the rainbow jersey on a gravel bike.

Van der Poel has his eye on the gravel racing World championship, which will be on the UCI calendar from next year. The Dutchman said this in conversation with GCN. He was asked if he was considering competing in the gravel World Championships. “Yes,” he replied without thinking twice. “Would I win? I do not know. I’ve never done a gravel race before.”

In September it was announced that the UCI is embracing gravel racing: from 2022 a UCI Gravel World Series and a World championship will be held. The Gravel World Series will be a mass event and during these races riders can qualify for the World Championship. Van der Poel is not the only big name in cycling who is interested in gravel racing, Peter Sagan is also interested.

The question about the gravel racing World championships was part of a whole series of questions put to Van der Poel. In response to other questions, Van der Poel said he thinks his team-mate Tim Merlier is faster than Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck – Quick-Step), if he had to choose one discipline it would be mountain biking and that Tadej Pogačar can break the record number of overall victories in the Tour de France.

From cross to gravel:
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Vincenzo Nibali Starts his Season in Tour of Valencia
Vincenzo Nibali will make his comeback with Astana Qazaqstan in the Tour of Valencia. The Italian rider, who makes the switch from Trek-Segafredo, announced on the press day of his new team.

“I will start my season in Spain, in Valencia. But I don’t know yet which classics I’ll ride next,” said Nibali. “In the coming days, my program for 2022 will have to be completed. I would like to start again in races that I have already ridden, such as the Ronde van Vlaanderen. And there has also been talk of Paris-Roubaix, but that is not certain yet.”

The 37 year-old GC rider knows that the hilly classics suit him better. “Starting in Liège-Bastogne-Liège is much more likely than starting in Roubaix. We’ll see what the right choice will be. All I know now is that I will start in the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana (February 2-6),” said the Shark of Messina to Italian media.

“The first training camp is going very well. We tried the equipment and the time trial bikes and took the measurements. All this is necessary to start in good shape, and from now on we will spend more hours on the training. We’ll go home soon, and then we’ll go back to training camp in January,” explained Nibali.

Nibali back with Astana:


Damiano Caruso on the New Season
Damiano Caruso is likely to give priority to the Tour de France in 2022, possibly at the expense of the Tour of Italy, the Italian said in an interview with Il Messaggero. “I am almost certain that my main appointment will be in France in 2022.”

The Bahrain Victorious rider had a strong 2021 season. He took second place in the Giro d’Italia and rode to stage wins in the Vuelta a España. Caruso himself called it his best year. “I probably had the best year as a professional rider with this group and in this team.” His contract was extended by two years.

Caruso is still uncertain about his planning for the new season, although the Giro d’Italia will probably not be on his program. “The program for next season is still under development. I would like to be at the start of the Giro in Budapest, but the team gives priority to the Tour. They want to be there with the strongest team.”

In the Tour de France, Caruso probably won’t be going for the general classification. “I’m aiming to win a stage and get into the club of riders with a win in each of the three Grand Tours. If I do end up in a situation where I would go for the general classification, that will be decided there and then. The stage win has priority,” said the 34-year-old Italian.

The Bahrain Victorious rider was also full of praise for Tadej Pogačar. “He is the most talented rider I have ever seen in my career.” Caruso knows how to fight the Slovenian. “I don’t think he can be beaten in a direct confrontation, but by attacking him from afar. Especially with the help of my team. In cycling you have to take risks, like I did on Alpe Motta,” he referred to his stage win in the Tour of Italy.

Damiano Caruso, 2nd in the 2022 Giro:
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Tom Pidcock Goes for Hat-Trick
Tom Pidcock has had a strong 2021, but is already looking forward to 2022. The 22-year-old rider also has big plans for the rest of his career, he said in conversation with VeloNews. In the future, the Englishman wants to become World champion in mountain bike, cross and road – in the same year.

Last year Pidcock became Olympic mountain bike champion, won silver at the cyclo-cross World championships and finished sixth in the road race in Leuven. That could have been better, Pidcock thinks: “I want to be World champion in all three disciplines in one year. It’s just a matter of waiting until there is a year when all races are tailored to my size. The profile of the road race is not yet known for this year, so we have to wait and see,” the INEOS Grenadiers rider looks ahead at the World championships in Wollongong, Australia.

What is certain with regard to 2022 is Pidcock’s first goal: the World cyclo-cross championships in Fayetteville, America, at the end of January. “I want to peak at the world championship. The course is not perfect for me, but it suits me well enough,” the multi-talented said. “I’m going there to win.”

After this World championship, the focus shifts to the cobblestone and hilly classics, where Pidcock also impressed. It is not yet known whether he will also make his debut in Paris-Roubaix. “There have to be concessions somewhere, because I also ride the Giro,” explains Pidcock. In the Tour of Italy he will get a free role. Spring will be dominated by cyclo-cross and road cycling, but in the summer Pidcock jumps takes to his mountain bike. After his Olympic title, he also wants to get the rainbow jersey.

Pidcock want’s to be a multi World champion:


Mark Cavendish Victim of Violent Robbery at Home
Mark Cavendish and his family were the victims of a violent and armed robbery at their home in late November. The British sprinter was violently attacked, he said via social media and is calling on possible witnesses to come forward.

The robbery happened on the night of November 27, when Cavendish had just returned to his hometown in Essex after spending some time in intensive care in Belgium. “Four masked and armed men broke into our house while we were sleeping. They have threatened my wife and children and attacked me in a violent way,” he wrote. “They looted our possessions with a knife.”

“They took two watches that are of great value to us. But what’s worse is that the sense of protection, security, privacy and dignity has been taken away from my young family. Everyone has a right to that in their own home,” Cavendish said. “The effect this nightmare has had on my family is clear, and it’s heartbreaking.”

The 36-year-old green jersey winner, who recently extended his contract with Deceuninck – Quick-Step for a year, is calling on people who have information about the case to come forward in response to the incident.

Mark Cavendish victim of a violent and armed robbery:


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Elia Viviani Ready to Win Important Sprints Again
Elia Viviani will leave on Monday for his first training camp with his new INEOS Grenadiers squad, after having had some tough years. “Now my doubts and insecurities are gone. I wiped them away. I’m back in an environment that I know and feel comfortable in,” Elia Viviani told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Italian was part of the INEOS Grenadiers (then Sky) team between 2015 and 2017. Monday 6 December, they will leave on a first training camp. After two years of racing with Cofidis, Viviani is happy to be back. “I am back in an environment that I know and where I feel comfortable. I want to return to the best sprinters in the world,” he began.

He is also honest about his difficult period. “I admit my head was filled with doubts and insecurities. I imagine the same thing happens to a striker in football when he can no longer score. But now my doubts and insecurities are gone. I swept them away,” he said.

Viviani also gave his opinion about last season in the interview. “The riders with the most wins are not sprinters. There is no dominant winner, there are dozens of sprinters competing for the marbles. Because no one stands out, you are never beaten as a sprinter.” The Olympic champion in the omnium of 2016 is determined for the new season. “I’m ready to win important sprints again.”

Back to Sky (INEOS) for Elia Viviani:
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Warren Barguil Dreams of Giro Debut
Warren Barguil has ridden the Tour de France seven times and also appeared four times in the Vuelta a España, but he has never been on the start line of the Giro d’Italia. If it is up to the 30-year-old Arkéa-Samsic climber, that will change next season. Although his team would need a wildcard from the Italian Tour organisers.

“Next year I would like to ride the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France,” Barguil told Le Télégramme. To be at the start in both races, his team Arkéa-Samsic, as a ProTeam, would first needs a wildcard from the race organisers and it is not yet known which teams will receive one. “We haven’t been invited yet, but I hope it happens. Of course it’s a shame that a team like Qhubeka is in trouble. But as they say, one’s death is another’s bread.”

The French rider dreams of a stage win in the Giro d’Italia. “I have already won stages in the other Grand Tours (two in the Tour and Vuelta), so I would really like to complete my collection. It is perhaps my main source of motivation until the end of my career. It makes me dream. For a rider it is something very beautiful. Few can say that they have won in the three Grand Tours. If I succeed, I will be really proud of myself.”

Barguil has been training again since mid-November after breaking his pelvis in a bad crash while training at the end of September. “I didn’t expect to be back on the bike so soon, I’m very happy! Normally I could have resumed only now. My pelvic fracture has healed very well. I was very lucky. The team doctor didn’t think I would be able to train again so soon.”

His contract with Arkea-Samsic expires at the end of next season, but Barguil doesn’t think it’s time to think about his future yet. He has been racing for Emmanuel Hubert’s team since 2018. “Now is not the time to talk about it. I feel very good, and I hope the team is happy with me. My goal is to bring Arkéa-Samsic to the WorldTour. If I can, I will want to stay because I have the calendar I want. Whatever happens, I hope to know my future before the Tour de France.”

Warren Barguil:


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Alexey Lutsenko Want’s to be On the Tour Podium
Alexey Lutsenko got a taste for success with his seventh place in the Tour de France. The 29 year-old leader of Astana Qazaqstan will aim for a good classification in the French tour in 2022. “It won’t be easy, but my goal, and that of the team, is to reach the podium in the Tour,” he said.

“We are now at a training camp and after that I will go to Teide at altitude,” said Lutsenko. “I will start the season with the Tour de La Provence and the Ruta del Sol. I’m not going to the UAE Tour because I want to prepare well for the Classics. I would like to ride to the Tour of Flanders and then the Ardennes Classics. Then, as always with me, the Dauphiné and the Tour de France will follow.”

A podium place in Paris is therefore his big goal. “With my seventh place this year I have shown that I can compete with the best. In the coming years I will try to achieve my goal. Nothing is impossible,” he said ambitiously. “I’ve had good results in the Classics, but I think I can improve a lot in the mountains and in long stage races. And it’s also good to have multiple goals in a season. I’m not saying that I don’t want to compete in the classics for the wins, because there is enough time to prepare for them and get results there. I just want to be in good shape for Flanders and the Ardennes, but my way of training has changed. You have to if you want to become a classification rider. I’m trying to do that step by step and so far it’s going well.”

Alexey Lutsenko:
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Lorenzo Rota on 2022
Lorenzo Rota wants to do better next season than in 2021. In an interview with Tuttobiciweb, the Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert rider indicates that only a victory was missing last season. In addition to making further progress, this is his main goal in the new season. “I will work even harder to get the win.”

Rota was close to victory several times in 2021 in his first year with the Belgian squad. He took fourth place in Clásica San Sebastián, although he believes there was more in it. “I could have won that race, but a crash in the final left me in fourth place.” Rota will take this experience with him to 2022. “We have to move on and I know what I can do,” said the rider from Bergamo, who also received a contract extension.

“We are now with the team at a training camp in Spain until December 16, after that there will be another one here. I will also be training in the mountains in Colombia for a while,” Rota said. His season will start again at the end of February. “I will start again from France with two races that are of great value to me, the Faun Ardeche Classic and the Royal Bernard Drome Classic. These are two races that suit my characteristics in terms of course. I think I’m fit for the classics.”

However, most of Rota’s season will be in Italy. An extra motivation for him will now be that the team has an extra Italian sponsor. “After France, I will return to Italy. I’m doing the Trofeo Laigueglia, Strade Bianche and Tirreno-Adriatico. Then I have a short break and after that I would like to go to the Giro.”

The Italian hopes to explore some stages with Valerio Piva, one of the team’s sports directors. “Now that I live in Trentino, I have seen the stages in my region. The stage in Naples also appeals to me. It has a track that suits me well.”

Lorenzo Rota in Lombardia’21:


UCI Cyclo-Cross Ranking
After his impressive victory in the Superprestige in Boom, Wout van Aert has risen four places in the UCI cyclo-cross ranking. The Belgian champion is now 28th with 400 points. Eli Iserbyt is still in the lead, ahead of Toon Aerts and Quinten Hermans.

Van Aert is now equal in points with his rival Mathieu van der Poel, who will return to cyclo-cross on December 18 in the World Cup in Rucphen. There are not too many changes in the cyclo-cross ranking, which is not surprising since there was only one cross last weekend. The Antwerp World Cup on Sunday 5 December was canceled. In the top-10 there are no changes, in the top-20, American Curtis White has moved from seventeen to fifteen, a rise of two places. The Spaniard Kevin Suarez makes a jump from 27th to 20th. The biggest climber is Eric Brunner. The 23-year-old American won the Pan-American cyclo-cross championship in Garland last Saturday and makes a jump from 35th to 22nd.

Little has changed in the women’s cyclo-cross rankings. Lucinda Brand, the best in Boom’s Superprestige last Saturday, remains in the lead. With Denise Betsema and Annemarie Worst, three Dutch women are in the top 3, Clara Honsinger is in 4th place. Despite an 8th place in Boom, Sanne Cant drops one spot and is now 16th.

UCI cyclo-cross ranking men (update 7 December 2021):
1. Eli Iserbyt – 2191 points
2. Toon Aerts – 1826 points
3. Quinten Hermans – 1420 points
4. Lars van der Haar – 1412 points
5. Michael Vanthourenhout – 1283 points
6. Laurens Sweeck – 1108 points
7. Vincent Baestaens – 870 points
8. Corné van Kessel – 850 points
9. Daan Soete – 722 points
10. Ryan Kamp – 722 points
27. Mathieu van der Poel – 400 points
28. Wout van Aert – 400 points
39. Tom Pidcock – 286 points.

UCI cyclocross ranking women (update 7 December 2021):
1. Lucinda Brand – 2190 points
2. Denise Betsema – 1955 points
3. Annemarie Worst – 1325 points
4. Clara Honsinger – 1148 points
5. Puck Pieterse – 1097 points
6. Yara Kastelijn – 973 points
7. Fem van Empel – 944 points
8. Blanka Kata Vas – 860 points
9. Shirin van Anrooij – 853 points
10. Maghalie Rochette – 832 points.

Eli Iserbyt still top, for the moment:
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Mark Cavendish Extends with Deceuninck – Quick-Step
The Manxman will stay with the UCI World Team Classification winner for one more year.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step can announce that Mark Cavendish will stay with the team for one more season. After rejoining them at the start of 2021 in what turned out to be a history-making season, Mark is now in his second spell with the Wolfpack, a period that has so far seen him win for the first time in three years, take the Tour de France by storm in winning four stages and the Green Jersey, and equalling the record for the most stage wins at the famous race.

Having previously ridden for the team from 2013 to 2015, the year kicked off for the man known to so many as simply ‘Cav’ when he won stage 2 of the Tour of Turkey, where he would go on to rack up three more victories. This was followed by a win on the final stage of the Belgium Tour, but his most noticeable victories came at the Tour de France, a race that he already had a historic relationship with.

Coming into the 2021 edition, he had already won 30 stages at the world’s most famous race, and after his late call up to the team he came in with the eyes of the world looking on him curiously. Ever the showman, Cav would not disappoint, by taking an emotional victory on stage 4 in Fougères, which brought tears to the eyes of fans around the world. He would follow that up by taking three more stage victories, which made him the joint record holder for Tour de France stage victories, alongside the great Eddy Merckx, and the first rider to win at least four stages in six different editions of the race.

He also showed his grit and determination in the tough mountain stages to make it to Paris and secure the iconic green jersey for the second time in his career, setting a record for the most years between two points classification triumphs, with a 10-year difference.

Speaking of his new agreement, which will run to the end of 2022, Mark Cavendish said: “I am incredibly proud and happy to have agreed a new deal with Deceuninck – Quick-Step. One year ago, when I came to the team, I did not hide my admiration for what this team does and how happy I was to be back here. I knew from my first time here that this squad has a unique family feeling, and it is a culture that remains to this day. The last 12 months have been phenomenal and the support that I have had from the team and the staff has made me very emotional at times. I am really looking forward to making some more special memories together over the next 12 months.”

This was echoed by Deceuninck – Quick-Step CEO Patrick Lefevere: “The whole world saw what he did this year. What they didn’t see though is the way that he speaks and leads within the team and encourages everyone – we have a very close group here and Mark always embodies that spirit, and while he may be the one that crosses the line with his hands in the air, he is the first to recognise the work that the team does as well, which means a lot to everyone. We are more than happy that we can continue the story with Mark for one more year.”

One last year for ‘Cav’:


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Alpecin-Fenix ​​Extends Contract with Julian Vermote
Alpecin-Fenix ​​has extended Julien Vermote’s contract for another year. The 32-year-old Belgian rider joined the team at the end of March, but had to postpone his debut due to corona and the infectious disease toxoplasmosis.

“It has been very tough mentally. I am very grateful to the team management that they believed in me. My future was in their hands,” Vermote said via Alpecin-Fenix. The West Flemish did not receive a contract extension with Cofidis at the end of 2020 and it took months before he was certain about his future. In the end it happened and he was able to work at Alpecin-Fenix. He was eager to prove himself as a rider again, but health problems kept him out for the rest of the year.

Vermote is currently at training camp in Benicasim, on Spain’s Costa del Azahar. He is looking forward to racing with his teammates next season. “I have been looking forward to this training camp for months. I’m very eager to ride with them and so happy to be part of the squad after all I’ve been through. That’s the main thing, but I still have ambitions. I want to race and be of value to my teammates. I’m not just doing this to be a professional cyclist. Too much has happened for that.”

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Team DSM Releases Tiesj Benoot from Contract
Team DSM have agreed to terminate their contract with Tiesj Benoot from 2022 onwards. During their 2021 campaign it became clear that Benoot could not deliver on his commitments, which reflected in performances both on and off the bike. In favour of positive dynamics with riders and staff within the team, as well as around it, the team have thus cooperated with the termination of Benoot’s agreement. Tiesj is a gifted rider with great athletic capability, who can perform on a multitude of terrain. He has shown some great performances as a member of Team DSM for which Team DSM are very thankful.

Tiesj Benoot said: “I have good memories here at Team DSM, with some great opportunities and I have learned a lot. It’s fun to be part of this team, but it’s also demanding. That is not a negative towards the team; the many staff and specialists, as well as team mates are all really passionate, that’s why riders can get a lot out of themselves. I just wasn’t fully able to go for it together. I wish the team, my colleagues and team mates all the best.”

Team DSM wish Benoot all the best with his future endeavours.

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Tiesj Benoot to Jumbo-Visma for Two Years
Tiesj Benoot will race for Jumbo-Visma next season. The 27 year-old classic specialist comes from Team DSM, where he had his contract terminated early, and signs a two-year contract with the Dutch team.

“I don’t think I have reached the top of my ability yet,” Benoot said in the announcement of his new team. “At Jumbo-Visma I think I can take that step forward. I have looked up to this team for the past few years. I know some guys from the team, so I can estimate a bit how things are going. There is a professional way of working that appeals to me,” said the Belgian rider.

Merijn Zeeman, sporting director at Jumbo-Visma, is very pleased with the arrival of Benoot. “Tiesj had been on our list of potential reinforcements for several years,” says 43-year-old Zeeman. “When it became clear that he would be available, we did not hesitate. We are very happy that Tiesj has chosen us. He is a great rider and has a great personality. He makes us stronger in many ways and his personality suits us perfectly.”

Benoot has raced for Team DSM for the past two seasons, after racing with Lotto Soudal as an U23. The Belgian classic specialist still had a contract with the German WorldTeam until the end of 2022, but earlier on Tuesday it was confirmed that the rider and team had agreed to end the ongoing contract early.

The 27 year-old is enthusiastic about his new adventure with Jumbo-Visma. “The confidence I gained after the first conversations gave me an extra push. I am convinced that in this team I can become the best version of myself as a cyclist. In the big races I want to be able to play a decisive role well into the final, both for a leader and for myself if that opportunity presents itself.”

Benoot, who recorded a memorable victory in Strade Bianche in 2018 and won a stage in Paris-Nice in 2020, should strengthen the classic core around Wout van Aert and will also play an important role in the stage races, Zeeman announced. “He is a real team player, who has an eye for improvements and is open to new ideas and innovations. Together we make a plan that we both support and believe in.”

Tiesj Benoot off to Jumbo-Visma:


Davide Rebellin Will Definitely Continue
Davide Rebellin will definitely be in the peloton for another year. The now 50-year-old rider, who suffered a double leg fracture last September and was previously uncertain about his future, has signed for one year with the Italian Continental Work Service Marchiol Vega team. It will be Rebellin’s thirtieth year as a pro.

Last season, Rebellin was mainly active in Italy, but probably achieved its best results in Romania. In July, the Italian finished tenth in the Sibiu Cycling Tour, in September he finished seventh in the Turul Romaniei. But not much later, during the Memorial Marco Pantani, he crashed so hard that he was still on crutches in November. However, the doubts that still existed at the time about continuing his career are now a thing of the past. He will start his second season at Work Service next year.

Rebellin started his career in 1992 with GB-MG Maglificio. After that he rode for Polti and Gerolsteiner for a longer period of time. His honours list includes the Amstel Gold Race, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Flèche Wallonne three times.

Davide Rebellin racing into his 50’s:


Team DSM Officially is a Dutch Team Again
The Netherlands will officially have two WorldTeams in 2022. Team DSM has decided to change the German status of the team again for Dutch nationality.

In 2015, the squad of team manager Iwan Spekenbrink, then known as Giant-Alpecin, decided to formally ride under the German flag. What counted in that decision at the time was that they were sponsored by the German shampoo manufacturer Alpecin. They also had a number of German top riders in the team. “The change is part of the continuous broadening of the team’s international focus. As part of this, there will be a focus on the development of German talent,” said team manager Iwan Spekenbrink at the time.

Even after the arrival of holiday specialist Sunweb as the new main sponsor of the team in 2017, the team retained the German status for the men’s selection. The women’s team switched from Dutch to German status in 2020. The development team has been registered with the German Cycling Federation since its start in 2017.

Since this year, the originally Dutch chemical and biotech company DSM has been the title sponsor of the team. Following on from this, it was recently decided to also change the official nationality back to the Dutch one. The team indicates that both the team and the partners operate internationally. “We have not changed as a team, but there is a ceremonial flag in front of it,” the team said.

In addition to Team DSM, Jumbo-Visma has been a WorldTeam with Dutch nationality for many years.

DSM Dutch again.


Deceuninck – Quick-Step Heading to Spain
Our team will begin its first training camp of the winter this week, as the squad converges in Calpe, on the Costa Blanca.

The Wolfpack will return to its traditional base at the Suitopia Sol y Mar Hotel, as last year’s Covid restrictions made it not possible to visit. It is an area that is extremely popular amongst cyclists, giving a mix of terrain that will suit our climbers, classics riders and sprinters alike, as well as being able to enjoy the kinder climates of Southern Europe.

Speaking of the camp, Deceuninck – Quick-Step head coach Koen Pelgrim said: “The camp is one of the few times of the year that we can get the entire team together, and we really value the bond that brings, although we will of course have to follow the Covid restrictions advised by our medical staff. It is also an opportunity to get in some quality structured training, try out equipment and continue our preparations for the 2022 season – our 20th year in the peloton. The staff at the Suitopia always give us the warmest of welcomes and are exceptional at looking after us throughout the two weeks we will be there, and we can’t thank them enough.”



Jumbo-Visma Women and U23 Go Cross-Country Skiing in Norway
The women and the U23’s of Jumbo-Visma have chosen a different location for the traditional training camp in December. Where most cycling teams are looking for the Spanish sun this month, the two sections of the Dutch team will be near the Norwegian capital Oslo from next Monday. There the riders will also go cross-country skiing instead of cycling.

“Next Monday we will go to training camp for the first time. That is a different story. They have devised an out of comfort zone training camp,” said Riejanne Markus, who spoke about the training camp in podcast De Grote Plaat. “We are going to Norway, to Oslo, and cross-country skiing there.”

For some of the U23 riders, that comfort zone will not be too bad. Johannes Staune-Mittet and Per Strand Hagenes, two Norwegians on the team, have sufficient experience with cross-country skiing, both have a history in the sport. The two Norwegians have switched to road cycling. 19-year-old Staune-Mittet, who has been riding for the training team since last year, recently joined Jumbo-Visma until 2026. Strand Hagenes, 18 years old and 2021 world junior champion in Leuven, is starting his first season with the team.

Per Strand Hagenes going skiing with Jumbo-Visma:


Team DSM Reveal Exciting Strategic Partnership with Youfone
Youfone embraces Team DSM’s distinguished performance approach, forward innovative thinking and built on beautiful human values at its heart: a new big partnership.

Team DSM and Youfone are delighted to announce their major and long-term strategic partnership, with the innovative collaboration and partnership fuelling Youfone’s international marketing strategy, boosting their ambitions to grow as a company.

Founded in 2008 and based in Rotterdam, Youfone is the largest independent operator in the Netherlands with over 450,000 customers, offering both mobile and fixed services. In 2017 Youfone launched its own TV-service with the latest technology standards while in January 2021, Youfone added a B2B business unit focusing on the partner channel. Over the years Youfone has won numerous awards, for things such as best customer service and best sim-only provider, while they’ve also won fastest growing company for three years in a row.

As partners Team DSM and Youfone will work on various strategic initiatives together, bringing fan engagement to the next level, supported by the latest technology and innovative promotional campaigns. Youfone will be prominent and proudly worn on the team’s kit as of next year. Furthermore, as a key partner of Team DSM, Youfone will enable the team to stay connected to each other with the best quality available to optimise telecommunication and cooperation with athletes, coaches, and experts around the world. Cycling is a pure team sport, where being able to perform truly together requires the best communications; and Youfone will be vital in helping the team do that.

Team DSM CEO, Iwan Spekenbrink said: “We are very proud that a successful and strong company in the form of Youfone is joining us in such a significant and strategic partnership. They show firm commitment, dedication, and bold thinking in our collaboration. They are an innovative, reliable and a futureproof player in technological business which enables people to communicate with each other without traveling. Youfone’s mission is to deliver best quality in telecom business for everyone and they play it ahead of the game. Their beliefs and customer centric approach fits both our culture and philosophy. Cycling is a proven driver for technology and business development. We are excited to work together in the coming years with such a rapid growing company that is clearly on the rise.”

Youfone CEO, Valentijn Rensing added: “We are excited and proud to share this news about the partnership and our close cooperation with Team DSM. We got to learn the Team as a strong collective of passionate people and all team members, on and off the bike, together chase their dreams while operating their unique “Keep Challenging” model, with truly beautiful human values at the core. An amazing group of people on a mission and doing so through cooperation, passion, commitment, empowering each other, joy and – most definitely – respect for one another. We share these values and it is the Team’s culture which inspires us. The Team’s forward, innovative thinking and empowerment of each other connects symbolically with our business in telecommunications as modern technology empowers people to connect and communicate. This partnership will perfectly support our long-term growth strategy and create opportunities to connect with our customers in a new way.”

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Tour de La Provence Starts with Prologue and Ends at Montagne de Lure
The stage schedule of the Tour de La Provence has been announced. The organising newspaper La Provence revealed the four stages today. Unlike last season, the race in Berre-l’Étang starts with a prologue over 7.2 kilometres. The last time the four-day course opened with a time trial was in 2019.

After the prologue, the race continues with the first stage over 152 kilometres from Istres to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, which is tailor-made for the sprinters. In 2020, Nacer Bouhanni was faster than Jakub Mareczko. On the third day, the longest stage of 176.1 kilometres from Arles to Manosque. Quite a few metres have to be climbed, so it is expected that this will be a more selective stage. Last season Davide Ballerini was the best in Manosque, in the sprint from a peloton of about forty men.

The queen stage is planned on the last day, over 166.1 kilometres from Manosque to the finish on the Montagne de Lure. The riders have to cross more than 3200 metres and the final climb is 12 kilometres long. The top of the climb is at an altitude of more than 1700 metres. The climb has never been the finish in the southern French race before, but has been used twice in Paris-Nice, in 2009 and 2013. Iván Sosa seized the overall win in the Tour de La Provence last season, ahead of Julian Alaphilippe and Egan Bernal.

Tour de La Provence 2022 Stages (February 10-13):
Prologue: Berre-l’Étang – Berre-l’Étang (7.2 km)
Stage 1. Istres – Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (152 km)
Stage 2. Arles – Manosque (176.1 km)
Stage 3. Manosque – Montagne de Lure (166.1 km).

Sosa winner in Provence 2021:
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2022 Tour of America’s Dairyland p/b Kwik Trip Update
It’s been awhile since we last communicated on our progress in planning the 13th edition of Tour of America’s Dairyland p/b Kwik Trip, it seemed reasonable to add you to this update!

The dates for ToAD p/b Kwik Trip in 2022 are set for June 15-26! We’ve been meeting monthly already since August and have made great progress on several fronts, including adding some new faces to our staff who tested the waters this year! One of the obvious focal points in the Fall planning is securing our venue partners, who we refer to formally as our Local Hosts. This is what the calendar looks like right now…

Wednesday, June 15 – Milwaukee Mile (Junior only opener!)
Thursday, June 16 – Janesville
Friday, June 17 – East Troy
Saturday, June 18 – Grafton
Sunday, June 19 – Manitowoc
Monday, June 20 – TBD
Tuesday, June 21 – TBD
Wednesday, June 22 – Greendale
Thursday, June 23 – Brady Street (Milwaukee)
Friday, June 24 – Shorewood
Saturday, June 25 – Downer Avenue (Milwaukee)
Sunday, June 26 – Wauwatosa

Embedded in this calendar is our return as a founding event for the USA Masters CUP, consisting of 2 five day series for Masters 40, 50 and 60+, the inaugural launch of the USA Juniors CUP, a five day series featuring some of the top juniors ages 15-18 from around the country and then ToAD’s participation in a brand new Pro/1 series featuring approximately ten of the country’s top races. More on all these as we inch forward after the New Year!

Once we finish contracting our 12 race venues, we’ll start focusing on agreements with all of you OR hoping we convince you to officially join the ToAD family in 2022! As you might see, there is some pretty stellar company already! We’ll stay in touch and as always, welcome any communications from you as well.



Johnny Carera’s Condition Improved
Johnny Carera’s condition appears to be improving slightly. The manager of Tadej Pogačar and Vincenzo Nibali is still in intensive care, but is showing signs of recovery. “We have to be careful, but it seems to be going in the right direction,” his brother Alex Carera told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Carera has been in an artificial coma since Friday, November 26, after being involved in a serious traffic accident in which he collided with a truck. The situation was called serious by the doctors at the hospital in Milan last week, but now, despite the doctors’ reserved prognosis, there has been an update.

“The doctors were pleasantly surprised by Johnny’s progress,” said Alex, who indicates that his brother, with whom he runs management agency A&J All Sports, is conscious during the day. “The drugs have been reduced, but he remains sedated at night. He cannot speak yet, but he can communicate via a table on which he indicates the letters.”

Carera does not know why he is in the hospital. “Johnny doesn’t remember anything about the accident, but he did ask me about work-related matters, such as how the criterium went in Monaco. He also responds well to stimuli, and at some point in the coming days it should be possible to operate on his fractured collarbone.”

Things looking up for Johnny Carera:
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Win Wout Van Aert’s Signed Tour of Britain Winners Jersey!
Supporting The Next Generation of Stars


As a charity our mission is to build a better future for the sport of cycling in the UK by inspiring, empowering and supporting the next generation of cyclists. Every year we have a Gala dinner to celebrate the success of the riders we support and raise funds for the following year.

We can’t bring you our Gala Dinner this year but, like the riders we support, we can offer you the opportunity to get in on the action!

We have an amazing prize draw for the Tour of Britain winners jersey signed by the 2021 winner Wout Van Aert,

…and help us support the next generation of stars

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Second Edition of ProCyclingStats Favorite500
After the inaugural edition, won by three time world champion Peter Sagan, the PCS Favorite500 is back for 2021. From Friday December 10 8:00 PM (CET) until Sunday December 19th 8:00 PM, cycling enthusiasts from all over the world can vote for a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 15 of their favourite cyclists via procyclingstats.com/favorite500. The final ranking will be revealed gradually on the website and social media from December 23 until December 31.

In 2020, more than 5,000 lists from 121 countries were submitted, with almost half of those lists containing Peter Sagan. The award, a glass trophy with the Favorite500 logo and list of the recipients’ names engraved in it, was presented to the Slovakian shortly after his win was announced.


“Our website is full of statistics about which rider is the best or which rider won the most races. That’s our business; statistics. However, this ranking is not about who is best, but about who is liked the most. A reason for having a favourite cyclist is completely personal. The contrast between statistics and a subjective ranking like ours, that’s the beauty of it,” said Stephan van der Zwan, CEO and founder of ProCyclingStats.

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The Wolfpack Insider: Tour de France
A magnificent victory of the World Champion on the opening day which saw Julian Alaphilippe swap rainbow for yellow, Mark Cavendish’s first win at the race in five years after one of the most thrilling finishes of the season and a very happy and emotional Wolfpack – this first episode of the movie that tells the story of the team’s unforgettable Tour de France has it all.

Watch it now!


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