What's Cool In Road Cycling
Bagnères-de-Luchon - France - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Geraint THOMAS (Team SKY) - Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) pictured during the 105th Tour de France - stage - 16 from Carcassonne to Bagnères-de-Luchon - 218KM - photo Tim van Wichelen/Cor Vos © 2018

EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!

Looks like Geraint Thomas will be fresh for the 2019 Tour de France, no Giro for him – Top Story. Details of the Paul Sherwen Memorial Service. In other cycling news: Campenaerts and Degrendle win the Kristallen Fiets, Amgen Tour of California 2019 route, Arkéa-Samsic wants WorldTour license, Matxin: “Philipsen reminds me of Tom Boonen”, Renshaw fractured pelvis, Gerts for Tarteletto-Isorex, Campenaerts: “I want to be the best”, Sunweb new staff, UAE Team Emirates still believe in Aru, Hungarian champion for Team Novo Nordisk, Kiesanowski to co-direct Rally team, Lang influential in Polish sports, Simoni and Hoogerland to ride MiddleEastCyclingTour and the Lotto Soudal 2019 kit. Lot’s to get through.

Our Dear Friend Paul Sherwen Memorial Service Details
A memorial service for Paul Sherwen will be held this Friday, 7 December at 11am at St. Francis Church at Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. A reception will follow at Kyadondo Rugby Club from 1-4pm. All are Welcome

Katherine, Alexander & Margaux have a family email address for condolence messages and reflections and anecdotes on Paul’s life [email protected].

TOP STORY: No Giro for Thomas
Geraint Thomas said in October that he had not yet decided anything about a possible participation in the Tour de France. However, the reigning Tour winner is leaning towards the French Tour in a recent interview with the BBC. This makes Giro participation unlikely.

Thomas did not exclude Giro participation during the presentation of the Tour course. The 32-year-old Sky rider has something to make up for in the Italian race, as he had to give up in 2017 after two weeks. He started the Giro as leader, but fell heavily in the mountain stage to Blockhaus.

“I feel that I have an account open in the Giro, but next year may not be the right time. It would be a great pity if I did not have my best form in the Tour – as a defending champion. I therefore incline to the Tour”, Thomas is made clear.

The Welshman will have to share the lead in the Tour with Chris Froome, who could win his fifth overall victory. Thomas emphasizes once again that no problems need arise. “As long as we do not race against each other, we can both do well.”

Geraint Thomas – Tour bound:

Campenaerts and Degrendle Win the Kristallen Fiets
Victor Campenaerts received the Kristallen Fiets tonight, the trophy for the best Belgian cyclist of the year. He got the most points from the jury consisting of journalists, former winners, a delegation from the Belgian cycling federation, national coaches and cycling celebrities. Nicky Degrendele was voted best Belgian women’s cyclist.

Campenaerts (27) won 52 points ahead of Yves Lampaert. The winner of Dwars door Vlaanderen and the Belgian championship finished in second place. Four-time winner of the Kristallen Fiets Greg Van Avermaet was third, Wout van Aert was 4th and Thomas De Gendt in 5th place completed the top-5.

For Campenaerts, in 2018 he kept his European time trial title and retook the Belgian title against the clock, after losing that title to Yves Lampaert in 2017. In the World Championships in Innsbruck he finished third, in the same time as second placed Tom Dumoulin. The Belgian is now aiming at the World Hour Record.

The Kristallen Fiets for Women went to Nicky Degrendele (22), who took the World title in the Keirin in Apeldoorn – one of the disciplines that will be part of the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. During the European Championships in Glasgow she also won silver. She won by 36 points ahead of cyclo-cross rider Sanne Cant.

Degrendele recently joined BEAT Cycling Club, where she wants to take further steps in her development as a rider. “As a Belgian sprinter, Nicky is special in track cycling,” coach Tim Veldt said. “In a country with no sprint culture on the track, she has been able to achieve global top performances very quickly.”

The 27th edition of the Kristallen Fiets Gala was not held at the Knokke Grand Casino as usual, Greg Van Avermaet and Jolien D’Hoore their awards last year. Due to the merger of television channel VTM with De Persgroep, the studios of the Medialaan in Vilvoorde formed the stage this year’s awards ceremony.

Overview winners 2018:
Kristallen Fiets for men – Victor Campenaerts

Kristallen Fiets for women – Nicky Degrendele

Young rider of the year – Remco Evenepoel

Team manager of the year – Patrick Lefevere

Kristallen Zweetdruppel (best domestique) – Tim Declercq.

Victor Campenaerts won the Kristallen Fiets for men:

Amgen Tour of California 2019 Host Cities and Race Schedule Revealed
The annual Amgen Tour of California carries the distinction of being the only U.S. men’s and women’s races on the UCI WorldTour calendar and have helped launch some of today’s best known and most decorated international cyclists as well as continuing to attract the most talented competitors and teams in the world. With seven new courses between them, the event’s legacy as an international platform for both men’s and women’s racing will hold special significance this year as Olympic hopefuls gear up for Tokyo 2020.

This year’s course will highlight the distinct beauty of Northern, Central and Southern California. The 2019 Host Cities include the return of fan and race team favorites, long-time veterans like Sacramento, Santa Clarita and Pasadena, and a first-time start in Rancho Cordova.

The 2019 Amgen Tour of California will cover a variety of terrain, showcasing many of California’s most well-known and iconic settings and landmarks, and allowing different types of specialists in the peloton to shine throughout the week. Several fast and flat sections on tap in Sacramento, Morgan Hill and Pasadena will cater to sprinters (not to mention a start overlooking the famous WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca motor speedway). Climbers will also face challenges in South Lake Tahoe, the Diablo Mountain Range outside Stockton where they will reach an elevation of 4,625 feet, and on multiple climbs between Pismo Beach and Ventura. Fans and teams alike will count down to the men’s and women’s Queen Stages from Ontario to Mt. Baldy, which will feature a grueling 26-mile fan-favorite climb to the summit finish, a day that will shake up the leader board and can make or break the quest for the overall victory.

A traditional stage for the Amgen Tour of California, the final race day for both the men and women is one that highlights the beauty of long-time race partners: Santa Clarita and Pasadena. Past overall finishes in Pasadena have consistently been dramatic and exciting, with fans from across Southern California lining up to cheer on the fast-and-furious sprint finishes to determine the ultimate champions.

“The Amgen Tour of California continues to serve as an international postcard for the state, showcasing the beauty and diversity of California – and the 2019 host cities certainly reflect that,” said Kristin Klein, president of the Amgen Tour of California and executive vice president of AEG Sports. “We look forward to hosting another truly dynamic and engaging race, which will feature an all-star peloton, continuing the tradition of delivering one of the most exciting sporting events in the country.”

Key points:
Ø The Amgen Tour of California organizers today announced the 13 Host Cities selected for the 14th edition of America’s premier professional cycling stage race set for May 12-18, 2019.
Ø Throughout seven stages over seven days, the world’s elite cyclists will contest more than 750 miles of roadways, highways and coastlines from Sacramento to Pasadena.
Ø The Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race empowered with SRAM, showcasing the world’s best women cyclists, will run concurrently May 16-18, covering upwards of 180 miles over three stages. Owned and presented by AEG, both races conclude with same-day finishes in Pasadena, a veteran overall finish city.

2019 Race Schedule

Amgen Tour of California:
Sunday, May 12, Stage 1 / Sacramento
Monday, May 13, Stage 2 / Rancho Cordova – South Lake Tahoe
Tuesday, May 14, Stage 3 / Stockton – Morgan Hill
Wednesday, May 15, Stage 4 / WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca – Morro Bay
Thursday, May 16, Stage 5 / Pismo Beach – Ventura
Friday, May 17, Stage 6 / Ontario – Mt. Baldy
Saturday, May 18, Stage 7 / Santa Clarita – Pasadena.

Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race empowered with SRAM:
Thursday, May 16, Stage 1 / Ventura
Friday, May 17, Stage 2 / Ontario – Mt. Baldy
Saturday, May 18, Stage 3 / Santa Clarita – Pasadena.

Amgen Tour of California race website.

Arkéa-Samsic Wants WorldTour License in 2020
New sponsor, new possibilities. Arkéa-Samsic, the replacement for the Fortuneo-Samsic team next year, wants to be part of the WorldTour in 2020. According to team manager Emmanuel Hubert in the French newspaper; Ouest-France.

Insurance bank Arkéa is the parent company of Fortuneo. Due to this new deal, up to the end of 2021, the budget of the ProContinental team will go from 8 to 10 million euros, but the team will have to move up to the top level of the sport. “The WorldTour has to come quickly,” says Hubert. “I had a project for 2021, but my ambition is now to be there in 2020.”

The new WorldTour licenses will be distributed at the end of 2019. These licenses are valid for three years under the UCI reforms. “This means that I will make a proposal in the first half of 2019,” according to the team boss. Hubert acknowledges that the team will have to do better than their two wins in 2018.

Camprodón - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - illustration - scenery - carte postal scenic shot - postcard sfeerfoto - sfeer - illustratie soigneur team Pro Cycling Breizh - Fortuneo - Oscaro pictured during 98th Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (2.UWT) stage 3 from Sant Cugat to Camprodón - 20-03-2018 - photo Luis Gomez/Cor Vos © 2018

Matxin: “Philipsen Reminds Me Of Tom Boonen”
Joxean Fernandez Matxin, team manager at UAE Emirates, has the utmost confidence in Jasper Philipsen. “The absolute phenomenon, perhaps the biggest, is Jasper Philipsen”, he praised the young Belgian in an interview with Spanish paper Marca.

The Spanish DS compares Philipsen with another great rider from the Belgian cycling history. “His profile as a cyclist is very similar to that of Tom Boonen. With the same potential”, says Matxin. “A big candidate to win the U23 World Championship for this year.”

Matxin emphasizes the major steps that Philipsen has taken in recent years. “Look at his route. He went from junior to U23 and won his first race immediately and then also the time trial and the general classification. A phenomenon”, the Spaniard continues to praise his acquisition. “And this year he has fought for the stage wins with Fernando Gaviria in the Tour of California”, he emphasizes again the rapid development of the young Belgian.

Jasper Philipsen:

Mark Renshaw to Miss Season Start After Fracturing Pelvis
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka’s Mark Renshaw will miss the start of the season after sustaining an injury in a collision with a motor vehicle while training in his hometown of Bathurst.

Dr. Helge Riepenhoff, Head of Medical, confirmed the extent of the injury: “Mark has a fracture of his left pelvis. Unfortunately it will take at least 3-4 months until he will be back racing but the good news is that he doesn’t need surgery.”

Renshaw has been training at home since the recent conclusion of our annual training camp in Cape Town and was set to get his season underway at the Australian National Road Championships in early January.

Mark Renshaw, speaking from his hospital bed, said: “I was heading back out on the road for the final two hours of my five hour training ride and as I entered the roundabout the car looked like it was going to stop, I assume the driver didn’t see me and I hit the front right of the car and flew over the bonnet, landing heavily on my pelvis.”

“I’m not sure if the impact with the car or the ground caused my injury’s but it was definitely a scary moment as you now realize it could have been much worse”

“I’m devastated that my pre-season training will be hampered as I was planning a big start to 2019. I returned from our training camp super motivated for next season and I was already into serious training for January’s racing. It’s gutting to have another set-back but as hospital staff have told me, it could have been much worse than it was.”

Mark Renshaw:

Floris Gerts Signs for Tarteletto-Isorex
Floris Gerts defends the colors of the continental Tarteletto-Isorex team next season. The 26-year-old Dutchman signed a one-year contract with the Belgian team. Gerts was with Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij in 2018, but his contract was not renewed, he had been with the WorldTour BMC team.

“A rider with his abilities should not be lost,” says manager Peter Bauwens of Tarteletto-Isorex. “The team was set up with this last transfer just before the new season. Take a look at the results that he has put together in big races in recent years. We can play it in all classics, we need this man.”

Gerts won one professional race in his career; in 2016 he took the Volta Limburg Classic. In 2015 he finished third in the Belgian one-day race Primus Classic Impanis-Van Petegem and the Japan Cup Cycle Road Race. In 2018 he was fourth in the Druivenkoers-Overijse and the GP Stad Zottegem.

Floris Gerts hoping for better times:
Dour - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Floris GERTS (Nertherlands / Team Roompot Nederlandse Loterij) pictured during Le Samyn 2018 for Elite men a one day cyclingrace on 27-02-2018 - photo Tim van Wichelen/Cor Vos © 2018

Victor Campenaerts: “I Want to be the Best”
With the presentation of the Crystal Bike for the best Belgian cyclist of the year on the horizon, contender Victor Campenaerts spoke extensively about his ambitions to Het Laaste Nieuws: “I want to be the best.”.

Campenaerts considers his chances of being greatest in his specialty – the time trial. “If I can ever succeed in realizing my ambitions in one branch, that is in the TT”, he said confidently. In terms of physique, Campenaerts is built very differently from competitors like Tom Dumoulin and Rohan Dennis, but according to the Belgian, this does not have to be a problem. “In time-trials you have big and strong guys like Dumoulin. I am just small in shape but if my legs are next to the legs of Dumoulin and Dennis… “ He explains how he makes the difference: “They ride fast because of their high power, but I can ride fast because I am aerodynamic and efficient.”

To beat the current top, the specialist is doing micro-management. “Still, there are always small things that you can still make progress in”, the Lotto Soudal rider explained. “We are now working on developing special shoes. That may sound like a less important part, but when you see that at the World Cup the difference with Dumoulin is only half a second.”

The first goal for Campenaerts is his attack on the World hour record. “I am realistic enough to know that I am not a better rider than Wiggins, but on a good day I can break his record,”, he said with full self-confidence. In preparation for this record, Campenaerts will go to Namibia for two months.

Euro TT champion Victor Campenaerts:
Jerusalem - Israel - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Victor Campenaerts (BEL - Lotto Soudal) pictured during the 101st Giro d’Italia 2018 - stage 1 from Jerusalem to Jerusalem (9.7 KM) - ITT - Time Trial Individual - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2018

Sunweb Expand Coaching Staff for 2019
Michiel Elijzen (NED)

Team Sunweb are pleased to add Michiel Elijzen (NED) to their coaching staff for the 2019 season. A former-pro, Elijzen retired from his career on the bike in 2010 and has spent the past eight years working in various coaching roles across the sport.

Elijzen said: “I’m very happy to be back coaching in the WorldTour and of course I’m honored to do this in a world class team like Team Sunweb. The way they approach cycling, in a scientific and personal coaching-based way, suits me well and I’m looking forward to being a part of this process in 2019. I hope I can contribute to the continual development of the team, the riders and the staff and make 2019 a huge success.”

Head of coaching, Rudi Kemna (NED) said: “We’re really pleased to add Michiel to our coaching staff for the 2019 season. His experience both on and off the bike will be of value to our performance team, and his way of working and straight personality is a great fit to the way in which we work.”

Michiel Elijzen:

Jelle de Jong (NED)
Another new arrival to the team’s performance staff, Jelle de Jong (NED) joins Team Sunweb as a trainer from 2019. De Jong has a background in Exercise Physiology and will join the team following five years working as a trainer for UCI Continental Team Delta Cycling Rotterdam.

De Jong said: “I am very happy to make the step to Team Sunweb. The structure and philosophy at the team ensures that riders are being challenged and supported in different fields, which allows me to further specialize my skills as a trainer. I look forward to starting my journey with the team, with a focus on the process and the ingredients needed to achieve maximum performance. It will require cooperation and hard work and I am looking forward to starting to work together with the staff and riders.”

Head of coaching, Rudi Kemna (NED) said: “It’s great to have Jelle on board as trainer in the team. He has worked with a scientific approach in the past which of course suits perfectly to us. His extensive knowledge will be a great asset to our riders and the team as a whole, as we look to continue our successes and development in the new year.”

Jelle de Jong:

UAE Team Emirates Still Believe in Aru
Fabio Aru won the Vuelta a España three years ago, but has since struggled to reach that level. Team manager Joxean Fernandez Matxin has also seen that, but the Spaniard continues to believe in his rider. “I have full confidence in Fabio”, he said in an extensive interview with Marca.

Aru has a meager season behind him. His best result is a sixth place in the Tour of the Alps. In the Giro d’Italia he was very disappointed: he gave up disillusioned on the 19th stage. In the Vuelta a España (23rd) he wasn’t much better.

Matxin believes that the Sardinian can reach its old level again in 2019. “I continue to believe in him. Because of a few small things, he did not reach his level this year.”

“I do not believe that he is demoralized either. It is really a fighter”, says Matxin. One thing is certain: UAE Emirates will proceed differently next season. “I cannot say much about it yet, because we are fully engaged in developing ideas. However, it will go in a very scientific way.”

Fabio Aru:

Three-Time Former Hungarian National Champion Signs For Team Novo Nordisk
For the first time since launching in late 2012, Team Novo Nordisk is adding a new rider to its professional roster from outside of its development pipeline. Team Novo Nordisk is proud to announce that Hungarian Peter Kusztor will join its 2019 roster. The Olympian was recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and will bring depth and experience to the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team.

“For everyone, a diabetes diagnosis is a terrifying moment that comes with a lot of uncertainty. Life changes in an instant and it is a condition that immediately affects the entire family,” Team Novo Nordisk CEO and Co-Founder Phil Southerland said. “I’m proud that our organization could give Peter hope through those first days when he struggled and his entire family was fearful of his future. While we never wish anyone to be diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, we are eager to welcome Peter into our family.”

While racing for MyBike Stevens on Stage 3 of the Czech Cycling Tour, Kusztor broke his collarbone (August 2018). Before going in for surgery, doctors checked his fasting blood glucose levels, which were elevated. Initially, doctors believed he had type 2 diabetes and hospitalized him to bring down his blood glucose. He did not respond to medication, and eventually endocrinologists ran a series of new tests that led to his type 1 diagnosis.

The diagnosis and lifestyle changes were difficult for Kusztor, and he couldn’t imagine racing professionally while managing the condition. Yet the Hungarian had raced against Team Novo Nordisk over the years and knew that all riders on the team competed with type 1 diabetes.

“Over the years, I’ve always admired the riders at Team Novo Nordisk and the way they raced while managing such a serious condition. I knew about their unique mission, which has become my own personal mission,” Kusztor said. “In Hungary, people still don’t believe that you can race at the top level with diabetes and I’m motivated to overcome these judgments and prove that it is still possible to race with diabetes.”

Not wanting to give up his career and dream, Kusztor reached out to Team Novo Nordisk to receive information on nutrition and training advice for someone newly diagnosed with diabetes. After several conversations, the team offered him a spot on the 2019 squad.

“Peter is a very experienced rider as an Olympian and former multi-national champion,” Team Novo Nordisk General Manager Vassili Davidenko explained. “That exposure and level of experience will bolster our overall performance in 2019, and we are all looking forward to welcoming him to the team.”

Throughout Kusztor’s career, accolades include representing Hungary at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, two-time Hungary national road race champion (2010, 2012), Hungary national time trial champion (2010), winner overall at the Tour of Bretagne (2011), second overall at Gemenc GP (2017) and lining up for four UCI Road World Championships (2008, 2009, 2012, 2013).

“Moving up to Team Novo Nordisk means that a very big and old dream of mine is finally coming true. While I fully believe I have the ability to race at this level, I’ve never had the chance to move up,” Kusztor said. “My primary goal for the 2019 season is to get to know Team Novo Nordisk and learn how to train and race with diabetes at this top level. Additionally, I recognize that I still have a lot to learn around racing at this level.”

Outside of Italian Andrea Peron, Kusztor is the only rider on Team Novo Nordisk’s 2019 roster who didn’t come through the organization’s pipeline.

“It’s invigorating to add a rider with this level of experience from outside the team to our roster,” Southerland said. “His intense hunger and fight are very palpable and I’m eager to see how this drive will motivate all our riders.”

The 33-year-old went professional in 2005 with P-nivo Betonexpressz 2000 and has raced the past 13 seasons with continental squads including Atlas Personal, Utensilnord, Amplatz-BMC, and MyBike Stevens.

“I’m excited for next year’s program and believe it will be well suited for me. The professional continental calendar is more balanced, and I’m motivated to achieve my best results, but first and foremost, I want to fit into this program and work with my new teammates to earn our best results together,” Kusztor concluded.

Off the bike, Kusztor is married and has two daughters. His family lives outside of Budapest in Páty where he and his wife also run an amateur cycling team.

Peter Kusztor:

Joanne Kiesanowski to Co-Direct Women’s Team with Zach Bell
Rally Cycling completes its women’s team for the 2019 season with the hiring of Joanne Kiesanowski. Kiesanowski, a three-time Olympian from New Zealand, will act as Assistant Director alongside fellow Olympian Zach Bell. The duo will lead a roster that accounted for 32 wins and 96 podiums in 2018.

“Joanne brings an enormous amount of international experience, which will be vital as we make the transition to a global program,” said Bell. “I knew Joanne from my own racing career and she’s just what we need. Serious about performance but low key and good with helping athlete’s manage the high energy of competition.”

Following an outstanding 16 year career which saw her compete in three Olympic Games and finish top ten at the UCI Road Cycling World Championships and La Course by Le Tour de France, Kiesanowski brings a proven track record to the program.

Learn more about Joanne at rallyte.am/3xOlympian.

Forbes Confirms Czeslaw Lang Among the Top 5 Most Influential People in Polish Sports
The importance of cycling in sports and the Polish lifestyle.

2018 has brought another important recognition for the Tour de Pologne and in particular for its General Manager, Czeslaw Lang. The Polish edition of Forbes, the prestigious financial and economic magazine famous for its lists of most influential people, placed Czeslaw Lang among the top spots of the sports section.

The General Manager for the Tour de Pologne came in fifth place on this special list of the most influential personalities in Polish sports. Ahead of him in fourth and third place respectively, we find two ex-ski jumpers Kamil Stoch and Adam Malysz (both winners of World and Olympic medals); Robert Lewandowski, the Polish National football team and Bayern Monaco striker, was in second place. Zbigniew Boniek, current President of Poland’s football federation and ex-player for the Juventus and Roma teams, was at the top of the list.

Czeslaw Lang’s curriculum says it all: silver medal for cycling in the ’80 Moscow Olympics; winner of two World Championship medals in the team time trial (bronze in 1977 and silver in 1979). He was the first Polish rider to race at the highest professional level in the West, beyond the Iron Curtain, between 1982 and 1989, next to champions like Francesco Moser and Giuseppe Saronni. Since 1993 he has been the organizer behind the Tour de Pologne, the most important yearly sporting event in Poland after the football championship; the Tour de Pologne has become the most substantial bicycle race in all of Eastern Europe, and the only event of its kind on this side of the continent that is part of the UCI World Tour calendar. These are the significant “stages” that testify as to how Czesalw Lang was able to build on his cycling experience, first as an athlete and then on a managerial level.

“Besides the personal satisfaction, I am ecstatic because this acknowledgement testifies to the important role that the bicycle and the sport of cycling play in the lifestyle of the Polish people, as well as in Poland’s overall global economy. I believe that the work my staff and I are doing with the Tour de Pologne has been determinative in this process. I’m thinking of the pro race, which over the last several years has contributed to affirming Poland at an international level in the world of cycling, but also of the many events for amateurs and cycling tourists, as well as events for children that we organize annually across the entire national territory. Just this year with the Kinder+Sport Mini Tour de Pologne we got more than 3000 really young riders involved. Now we are hard at work on all fronts for the 2019 edition, and we are sure that the new season will also bring great rewards,” explains Czeslaw Lang.

See the complete list of the most important influencers in the world of sport in Poland:

Gilberto Simoni and Johnny Hoogerland to Ride MiddleEastCyclingTour
Former champions Gilberto Simoni and Johnny Hoogerland are some of the ex-professional riders to participate in the first MiddleEastCyclingTour from 8 until 14 March 2019.

The MiddleEastCyclingTour is the first cross-border sport event for peace in the world and has been added by the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) in their Cycling for All calendar.

“I am impressed by the project”, said two-time Giro d’Italia winner Gilberto Simoni. “The combination of amateur and hobby cyclists together with professional riders is one thing, the fact that we ride in regions where all people dream of peace makes it unique. All national and local authorities collaborate. Jordan, Palestine Territory and all parts of Israel will give us a warm welcome and will send riders as well. I am thrilled to participate in this event.”

Alongside Simoni, former Dutch national champion Johnny Hoogerland will be one of the participants. “Two years ago, my compatriot and current time trial world champion Annemiek van Vleuten, rode the MiddleEastCyclingTour test event. She enjoyed the stunning scenery and landscapes, the challenging roads, the cultural heritage and the hospitality of the local people. The region has so much to offer, I need to be there”, declared Johnny Hoogerland.

Some 60 riders already registered for the first MiddleEastCyclingTour. Amongst them also former Italian pro rider and Giro d’Italia podium finisher Marzio Bruseghin.

The MiddleEastCyclingTour will start in Jordan with a circuit race in the old City of Amman, followed by stage finishes in the historical city of Petra and Aqaba at the Red Sea. After a rest day in Eilat, the MiddleEastCyclingTour continues with the longest stage to the unique Mitzpe Ramon crater. After a long descent in stage 5, the race will arrive at Neve Zohar at the Dead Sea. On the last day riders travel to Jericho in the Palestinian Territories, where they finish the first half-stage. Part two of that stage goes from Jericho to Jerusalem.

MiddleEastCyclingTour stages will be timed with respect for all kind of participants, receiving full mechanical, medical and logistical support in safe circumstances. March offers sunny days and warm temperatures.

More details HERE.

Lotto Soudal: The 2019 jersey unveiled!
Lotto Soudal proudly unveils its jersey for 2019! Discover the shirt, presented to you by Puck Moonen, Lotte Kopecky and Thomas De Gendt in the following video:

The PEZ INSTAGRAM Take a look at our Instagram page for a live feed of #PeloPics, #DailyDistractions, and giveaways straight from your phone: https://www.instagram.com/pezcyclingnews

Don’t forget to check the “NEWSWIRE” section, you can find it on the homepage, just above the EuroTrash section. The bits of news that missed the EuroTrash deadline are in there, plus any news as-it-happens will be added there too.

Any comments drop me a line, email address: [email protected] or Twitter. And check the PezCyclingNews Twitter and Facebook Page.

Like PEZ? Why not subscribe to our weekly newsletter to receive updates and reminders on what's cool in road cycling?

Comments are closed.