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Another busy EUROTRASH Monday: All the cross action from Koksijde, Merksplas and Norwegian champs, plus the ‘6 Days’ of Gent. Lefevere wants things sorted with Cavendish – TOP STORY. Eddy Merckx awarded AIOCC Trophy, Christian Prudhomme AIOCC president, Tadej Pogačar on Giro-Tour double, Simon Yates targets the Giro, knee surgery for Nairo Quintana, Gianni Moscon Astana Classics leader and Marianne Vos cross season. Contract news: Rodrigo Contreras for EPM Scott, Sander Armée and Alexandre Delettre to Cofidis, Harrison Wood back to France, two more years for Michael Hepburn, Marco Tizza joins Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB, Josef Cerny to stay with Deceuninck – Quick-Step, Jessica Allen with BikeExchange, Simone Petilli extends with Intermarché and Ilan Van Wilder to Quick-Step. Team news: Lotto Soudal reinforcements, BORA-hansgrohe/Outride partnership and Human Powered Health/Wahoo partnership. Race news: Teams for Vuelta a San Juan, Critérium du Dauphiné to Ardèche, KAS and La Vuelta Raise 10,000€ and UCI cyclo-cross World Cup in Val di Sole. Congratulations to Elia Viviani and Elena Cecchini on their engagement.

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TOP STORY: Lefevere Wants Breakthrough in Negotiations with Cavendish
Almost no one doubts that Mark Cavendish will sign with Quick-Step – AlphaVinyl for 2022, but the signatures are still not on the contract. To the chagrin of team boss Patrick Lefevere: “It gets on my nerves that it drags on for so long.”

The manager wants to force a breakthrough at the Six Days of Gent, reports Het Laatste Nieuws. Cavendish is at present riding on the track in ‘t Kuipke, Lefevere wants to seize the opportunity before he leaves for home. “Otherwise it will be postponed again. I want to finish this on Saturday. I know he wants that too. Every time he talks someone from the team, he asks what I said.”

Finalising the negotiations is in the financial details. Where Cavendish wants a higher salary, Lefevere prefers a bonus system. Lefevere: “Cavendish thinks that his image has value, but I have to think about the image of my team. Where will it go if I start with this? Then next week ‘the next sexy thing’ will be at my door.”

Cavendish’s future after his sports career is also a point of negotiation. The Briton would like to remain associated with the team, but not as a sports director. “When I ask what it is, he says that he wants to walk with me and learn. But do I have to pay someone to learn?”

Time to sign a contract in Gent:


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UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup Men – Koksijde 2021
Eli Iserbyt won the men’s race on Sunday in the cyclo-cross World Cup in Koksijde. The leader of the Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal team made his move in the last two laps in the heavy sandy course, after an exciting duel with Laurens Sweeck, who finished second, Toon Aerts in third and Quinten Hermans, fourth. European champ, Lars van der Haar, finished in fifth place.

Quinten Hermans was the best way from the line, but Lars van der Haar and Eli Iserbyt were not far behind. Due to some crashes, Van der Haar got into a tangle with Laurens Sweeck when he fell, Hermans took some more time at the front. The first to make contact at the front was Toon Aerts, followed by Iserbyt, Vincent Baestaens and Van der Haar. They formed a leading group on the second lap, but saw the chasers join up at the start of lap three. Yet in that third round it was often the same names that drove away. Iserbyt, Van der Haar, Hermans and Aerts found each other. A lap later, the European champion seemed to have to drop out when Aerts accelerated. Those who could follow were Iserbyt and Hermans. The three had a gap at the halfway point of seven laps on Sweeck, Van Kessel and Van der Haar.

On the 5th lap, Aerts was again strong in the long sand section, but he couldn’t shake Iserbyt off. The World Cup leader then put pressure on his Baloise Trek Lions competitor, but Aerts did not give in. But he succeeded on the penultimate lap, when Iserbyt managed to pull off a strong sand crossing. But each time, Aerts came back to the leader. Going into the final lap, Iserbyt had managed to distanced himself from his competition. Hermans and Sweeck had joined Aerts and Van der Haar and were not far away, they were 8 seconds behind Iserbyt. In the sand sections he managed to extend that lead even further, so that the Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal leader could celebrate early. Sweeck defeated Aerts and Hermans in the sprint for second place, to complete the team 1-2. European champion Van der Haar had to accept that he was going to finish fifth as he was in trouble in the last lap.

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Race winner, Eli Iserbyt (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal): “It’s a dream to win here in Koksijde, because I’ve been coming here since I was eight. I had a good feeling the whole cross, I rode either badly or very well through the sand, but I think the intermediates still made the difference. This is the result of very hard work and we have also worked hard conditionally. It’s all together. I also have a lot more confidence and everything is just fine. Then it works. It’s great. But there is still a very difficult period to come. The World Cup is important to me.”

3rd, Toon Aerts (Baloise Trek Lions): “I’m actually surprised by the short duration of the race. It was a great duel for first place. We also raced beautiful sand passages. Eli took them a little better, but I had a feeling I could still race there. That’s a shame on my part, but also a stupid mistake on my part. We used to go over the hour in the World Cups, but now it’s very short. 57 minutes, that can be longer. There was a moment of panic when entering the final lap. So I had to risk going past. For a moment it was an alarm that went off. I had that feeling too. That’s good for confidence, but if you can’t turn it into a win, it’s a shame. Though I have to admit I’m happy to be on the podium. After yesterday (fourth in Merksplas) I was seriously disappointed.”

UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup Men – Koksijde Result:
1. Eli Iserbyt (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal in 57:00
2. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 0:04
3. Toon Aerts (Bel) Baloise Trek Lions at 0:07
4. Quinten Hermans (Bel) Tormans-Circus at 0:14
5. Lars van der Haar (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions at 0:17
6. Corne van Kessel (Ned) Tormans-Circus at 0:54
7. Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Deschacht-Group Hens-Maes Containers 0:01:05
8. Daan Soete (Bel) Deschacht-Group Hens-Maes Containers at 1:06
9. Mees Hendrikx (Ned) Iko-Crelan at 1:18
10. Niels Vandeputte (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix at 1:32



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UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup Women – Koksijde 2021
Annemarie Worst took her first victory of the 2021/22 cyclocross season in the Koksijde World Cup on Sunday. The leader of the 777 team got away from Denise Betsema, who eventually finished second, on the penultimate lap. Third place went to World champion Lucinda Brand.

Shirin van Anrooij shot from the start-line and took the initiative on the first lap of the sandy course. She was accompanied by Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado, Annemarie Worst and Puck Pieterse. Denise Betsema, Fem van Empel and World champion Lucinda Brand managed to join them at the start-finish line at the end of the fist lap, creating a leading group of seven Dutch women. The big absentee was Yara Kastelijn, who had missed the move. On the second lap it was Worst who tried to make the difference, with Betsema in her wake. Behind; Brand settled in third place, just ahead of Van Anrooij. Alvarado had to chase, after she had to change bikes. At the front, Worst and Betsema gave each other little space. They pushed each other to the limit and extended their lead.

On the penultimate lap of five, Worst again attempted to drop Betsema. On the long sand section, Worst succeeded. With twelve seconds ahead of the Betsema, Worst entered the last round, while Brand followed 18 seconds behind the leader. Worst did not relinquish its lead in the final round and headed unthreatened towards its first victory of this winter. The start of her season was difficult due to back problems, but she has now fully recovered from it. Worst’s last win dates back to October 31, 2020 when she won the Koppenbergcross. Betsema and Brand were allowed on stage. Van Anrooij and Alvarado completed the top-5.

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Race winner, Annemarie Worst (777): “I’m happy that the feeling is back and that I can compete for the win. I’m definitely happy. It’s been more than a year since I won. I also lost confidence and it didn’t go well at the start of the season, but I didn’t know what it was. I felt good every week, but missed that one win. I was close, but you have to do it. It was still exciting with Denise, but I knew I had to get through the sand well. Then it would be all right. It was still exciting in the sand passages, because with a mistake Denise would be back in no time. But after the last time through the sand I knew it was in. That would be nice. This one definitely gives you confidence. It would be nice to get a few more, but I’m certainly happy.”

2nd, Denise Betsema (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal): “Annemarie was really the strongest and the most technical in the sand today. This was surely the highest achievable. It seemed for a while that victory was close, but then we still had to two laps. I had the feeling that the sand was a bit heavy and there were also bumps in the sand, which made it difficult. It was really tough today. That’s a good goal for this year, I’m going for that overall victory, to ride above Lucinda is good.”

3rd, Lucinda Brand (Baloise Trek Lions): “I was fighting myself. It was a bit of a fight against myself. I raced around too tense at the beginning, and then it took until halfway through before I got into it. That took too long. Once that’s the case, I’ll get through the sand just fine. Not as good as Annemarie, but then those intermediate pieces are too short to close those gaps.”

UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup Women – Koksijde Result:
1. Annemarie Worst (Ned) 777 in 46:31
2. Denise Betsema (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 0:17
3. Lucinda Brand (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions at 0:37
4. Shirin van Anrooij (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions at 0:49
5. Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix at 1:10
6. Fem Van Empel (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 1:26
7. Puck Pieterse (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix at 1:54
8. Inge van der Heijden (Ned) 777 at 2:11
9. Yara Kastelijn (Ned) Iko-Crelan at 2:22
10. Clara Honsinger (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld at 2:30.

Koksijde’21 podium (video soon, we hope):
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Telenet Superprestige Men – Merksplas 2021
Eli Iserbyt won the Superprestige in Merksplas. The Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal rider was ahead of Quinten Hermans and Laurens Sweeck after an exciting race.

Where the women’s cross was decided within a minute, it took a lot longer for the men before the win was decided. The race remained close for quite some time. European champion Lars van der Haar had a poor start in Merksplas. The Dutchman had to work his way back to the front of the race from 25 place in the first lap. He only succeeded by the third lap, where six men got together at the front: Toon Aerts, Sweeck, Hermans, Ryan Kamp, Iserbyt and Van der Haar. However, the time differences were small. While it seemed for a while that Emiel Verstrynge, Jens Adams, Toon Vandebosch and Thibau Nys would also make the crossing from behind, Aerts and Sweeck decided to break open the race. They led the way while Hermans, Iserbyt, Kamp and Van der Haar were dropped.

Van der Haar again proved tough and closed a gap of almost 15 seconds within half a lap. It became clear that the European champion would compete with the four Belgians for the win. The racing was exciting until the last lap. None of the five front riders managed to get away. Aerts and Sweeck tried, as did Iserbyt who had a 5 second gap in the last two laps. The Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal rider kept his speed and whatever Hermans did in the pursuit, Iserbyt’s lead remained the same. It earned him a deserved victory in Merksplas, ahead of the battle-weary Hermans and Sweeck.


Race winner, Eli Iserbyt (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal): “I think the Superprestige is too important to spare me. We’ll see tomorrow. I had some trouble with the pace at the beginning, because the rest wanted to make it a hard race. In the end I managed to make a small gap, but I fell. There was just about or just no place to stab through, but there was no intention on my part. No elbow, nothing. It was on the cutting edge. A racing incident, as they say in Formula 1.”

Telenet Superprestige Men – Merksplas Result:
1. Eli Iserbyt (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal in 1:02:05
2. Quinten Hermans (Bel) Tormans-Circus at 0:02
3. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 0:05
4. Toon Aerts (Bel) Baloise Trek Lions at 0:13
5. Lars van der Haar (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions at 0:16
6. Corne van Kessel (Ned) Tormans-Circus at 1:06
7. Diether Sweeck (Bel) IKO-Crelan at 1:12
8. Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Deschacht-Group Hens-Containers Maes at 1:16
9. Jens Adams (Bel) at 1:20
10. Niels Vandeputte (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix at 1:28.



Telenet Superprestige Women – Merksplas 2021
Lucinda Brand took a convincing victory in the Superprestige on Saturday afternoon. The Baloise Trek Lions cyclo-cross rider dominated from start to finish in Merksplas. Annemarie Worst and Denise Betsema finished behind here.

Brand is currently the best women’s cyclo-cross star in the world at the moment, and she proved it again on Saturday in Merksplas. In the first minute the World champion showed her competition that there was absolutely nothing for them in the Flemish village near the Dutch border. Inge van der Heijden initially tried to go with Brand, but she didn’t succeed in getting to the leader’s wheel. She joined a chasing group that included Alvarado, Annemarie Worst, Denise Betsema and Yara Kastelijn.

After three of the seven laps, the four pursuers were already 20 seconds behind. Betsema and Worst did everything they could to narrow the gap, but Brand barely lost any ground. In the final laps, Brand even increased her lead and took a comfortable victory. In the battle for second place, Alvarado was the first to drop out. The Dutch champion had been in trouble for a while, but lost sight of Betsema, Kastelijn and Worst in the last laps. Kastelijn also looked vulnerable. She had to pass on the last lap and saw Worst take second place from Betsema.


Race winner, Lucinda Brand (Baloise Trek Lions): “It is in any case advantageous that I did not have to go so deep in the final. I made sure that I had a good gap, after which I was able to dose nicely. The cross is unpredictable. After the start I quickly realised that there was a gap, only then did I come up with the idea to continue. They’d better chase.”

Telenet Superprestige Women – Merksplas Result:
1. Lucinda Brand (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions in 49:07
2. Annemarie Worst (Ned) 777 at 0:19
3. Denise Betsema (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 0:21
4. Yara Kastelijn (Ned) IKO-Crelan at 0:23
5. Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix at 1:08
6. Manon Bakker (Ned) IKO-Crelan at 1:30
7. Inge van der Heijden (Ned) 777 at 1:47
8. Aniek van Alphen (Ned) 777 at 1:53
9. Anna Kay (GB) Starcasino CX Team at 2:14
10. Perrine Clauzel (Fra) A.S. Bike Crossteam at 2:46.



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De Ketele and Ghys win ‘6 Days’ of Gent
A farewell in style for Kenny De Ketele. The retiring track rider, together with Robbe Ghys, won the 2021 6 Days of Gent, after an exciting duel with Roger Kluge and Jasper De Buyst. The final day in ‘t Kuipke was not without incident, a crash involving Mark Cavendish and Lasse Norman Hansen in the closing madison race marred the final.

The final day of the Six Days, traditionally on Sunday afternoon, was opened by Yoeri Havik with a victory in the first points race. Mark Cavendish (second points race), Tuur Dens (500 meter time trial), Kenny De Ketele (first derny race, team elimination, one lap time trial), Jules Hesters (super sprint) and Iljo Keisse (second derny race) also took wins.

Due to the three victories of De Ketele, he and Robbe Ghys were in the lead at the start of the closing race. They had 354 points, as did the Danish World champions Michael Mørkøv and Lasse Norman Hansen. Roger Kluge and Jasper De Buyst were also in the lead in the same lap as the two teams, but they did have 281 points.

A heavy crash by Lasse Norman Hansen and Mark Cavendish marred a lively final. After a break of almost 45 minutes, the race resumed without Cavendish, but with Hansen. However, the Dane was unable to do anything in the standings.

The battle for the win went into the final between Kluge-De Buyst and De Ketele-Ghys. The Belgian pair went thirty laps before the end for a double; De Ketele and Ghys managed to beat the pack twice in no time and (because they had 60 points more than Kluge and De Buyst) took the lead. They did not give it up in the final, after which a standing ovation followed for De Ketele and Ghys.

Kenny De Ketele and Robbe Ghys:
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Tour de l’Avenir Winner Johannessen Wins Norwegian Cyclo-Cross Championship
Tobias Halland Johannessen is more than just a mountain climber. The winner of the Tour de l’Avenir 2021 became Norwegian cyclo-cross champion in Varatun on Saturday.

The 22-year-old Johannessen, who rides for Uno-X, was 25 seconds ahead of Mats Tubaas Glende and 37 seconds ahead of Knut Rohme after more than an hour of racing.

Johannessen often rides the cyclocross bike. In 2018 he was the national elite cross champion and he also participated in the European championships and World championships for U23s. In Den Bosch he finished 18th at the European Championships in 2018 and 23rd at the World Cup in Bogense in 2017.

In the women’s race it was Mie Bjørndal Ottestad who took home the champion’s jersey. She beat Susanne Andersen by almost a minute and a half.

Tobias Halland Johannessen:
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Eddy Merckx Awarded for Positive Influence on Cycling
Eddy Merckx has been awarded the AIOCC Trophy this year. The five-time Tour de France winner received the award in recognition of the positive influence he has had on cycling over the years.

The AIOCC Trophy, an initiative of the International Association of Race Organizers, has been awarded since 1960 and each year rewards an influential cycling figure. Over the years, Eugène Christophe, winner of Milan-San Remo in 1910, five-time Tour winner Jacques Anquetil and Jacques Goddet, former director of the Tour, have received the prize, among others.

It is not the first time that Merckx has been awarded the AIOCC Trophy. In 1980, at the end of his sports career, he also won the trophy once.



Christian Prudhomme Re-Elected as AIOCC President
Christian Prudhomme, race director of the Tour de France, has been re-elected as president of the International Association of Race Organizers (AIOCC). The 61-year-old Frenchman has held the position since 2008 when he succeeded Victor Cordero. A new Board of Directors was also elected.

Prudhomme was appointed chairman during the AIOCC General Assembly for the next four years. “I am proud of the confidence that the members of the AIOCC, the voice of the organisers, have again placed in me. Our unity is important, as is the unity of the cycling world, which has enabled most races to take place in 2020 and 2021. Everyone has worked together.”

“We will continue with vigor and conviction the work we have been doing for several years to better explain the task of the organisers, which is varied and not limited to the sporting aspect,” said Prudhomme. “I strongly believe in the cycling pyramid. You need a broad base. With the new Board of Directors, we have the will to do more for the competitions of the other members, to support, encourage and answer their questions.”

Christian Prudhomme: Top man again:


Pogačar on Giro-Tour Double
Mauro Vegni, race director of the Giro d’Italia, tried earlier this week to tempt Tadej Pogačar to participate in both the Giro and the Tour de France in 2022. However, the Slovenian doesn’t think much of this daring combination yet. “Maybe I will ride the Tour and the Vuelta in 2022,” he said in conversation with ESPN Brazil.

Vegni suggested in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport that it doesn’t matter how many times a rider wins the Tour because “there is little else to prove” after the first title. “I don’t think winning the Tour three or four times makes much difference to a rider’s career. If you win it once, you’ve proven that you’re a great rider and there’s little left to prove,” said Vegni, who likes to see Pogačar take on the challenge of the ‘double’.

However, the two-time Tour winner is holding off. “I have never ridden two Grand Tours in one year. It’s risky to do that next year. Maybe next season I will ride the Tour and the Vuelta and then I can go for the Giro and the Tour for the next two or three years. Yes, that is a possibility.” Last year, the UAE Team Emirates rider already toyed with the idea of ​​contesting the Tour and Vuelta, but ultimately decided to pass for the Spanish Tour.

Twelve times in the history of cycling, the Giro and the Tour had the same winner in the same season: in 1949 and 1952 (Fausto Coppi), in 1964 (Jacques Anquetil), in 1970, 1972 and 1974 (Eddy Merckx), in 1982 and 1985 (Bernard Hinault), in 1987 (Stephen Roche), in 1992 and 1993 (Miguel Indurain) and in 1998 (Marco Pantani). Chris Froome was the last rider to make a serious attempt to win the Giro and Tour in the same season in 2018.

No Giro-Tour double for Pogačar in 2022:


Simon Yates Targets the Giro in 2022
Simon Yates will again be at the start of the Giro d’Italia next year. Brent Copeland, the team manager of Team BikeExchange, hinted in conversation with Tuttobiciweb.

With many tough mountain stages and only two short time trials, it’s a Yates-tailored course. Sports director Matt White said last week that the Giro d’Italia is a serious option. “We are still working out our plans, but it is certainly a nice route for the climbers. We are currently still in talks, but Yates loves the Giro and the Tour. It is very likely that if he decides to start in the Giro, we will see him in the Tour.”

Copeland has now announced that Yates will also make his appearance in the Italian tour in 2022. “Yates is in love with Italy and the Giro and what’s more, the course is really made for him, with very few time trial kilometres and a lot of tough stages in the medium and high mountains. At the moment there is little to say about possible opponents, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Bernal participates in the Giro again.”

According to White, the Giro-Tour combination is a realistic option for next season, but Copeland is a bit more cautious in his statements. “It is still too early to say that he will also go to the Tour. We’ll see how Simon comes out of the Giro. If he combines both tours, he will aim for a few stage wins in the Tour. He will certainly not go for a general classification.”

Simon Yates going for the Giro:
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Another Knee Surgery for Quintana?
Nairo Quintana hopes to compete with the best climbers again in 2022, but due to knee problems, the Colombian has not been reaching his desired level for a while. The Arkéa-Samsic rider may be waiting for another knee surgery. “I don’t know if I should go under the knife yet. The doctors are looking at my situation,” Quintana told Colombian radio.

Quintana had an operation on his left knee in October 2020, as he was racing with severe knee pain after the corona break. It was a result of an accident during the summer in Colombia, when he was hit by a car during training. After months of rehabilitation, Quintana made his comeback in the peloton at the beginning of this year, but rarely managed to reach his old level in 2021.

The Colombian certainly didn’t do too badly in some races, but did not come close to the successes of the past. Quintana hopes for a turnaround in 2022. “I’ve been through a lot of trouble in the past two years. There is of course the corona pandemic and I suffered from injuries. It was an atypical season. I could not prepare ideally and thus never reached my top level. I had to settle for an average level. I hope next season will all go a little better.”

The 31-year-old Quintana will start his season on the island of Mallorca, with a few stages in the Challenge Mallorca. “In February I will be at the start of the Tour de la Provence, followed by Paris-Nice and the Tour of Catalonia. My main goal is the Tour de France, but a Giro participation is also a possibility. I would like to participate in the Giro.” Arkeá-Samsic will have to get a wildcard from organiser RCS Sport.

A better 2022 for Quintana:


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Gianni Moscon: Classics Leader at Astana
Gianni Moscon will be the leader in the classics with his new team Astana Qazaqstan. The Italian one-day specialist who leaves INEOS Grenadiers this winter after six seasons told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

For the 27 year-old Moscon his move to Astana Qazaqstan feels like a new start. “I have often worked for the team in recent years, but at Astana Qazaqstan they keep saying that they want me to be the leader of the classics team. I will never say that the past few years were wasted. I gained a lot of experience and had some good moments: I did four Grand Tours and we won them all. I know I haven’t won much, but whether that’s too little or not, we’ll see in the coming seasons.”

There were times when the Italian lost the joy of cycling. “But this year I enjoyed it. I think I can be even more carefree at Astana and when you race like that, you get your best results.”

At the end of last month it was announced that Moscon had investigated an irregular heart rhythm. He suffered from this several times in the autumn, including during the World championships. “I was diagnosed with an extra electrical connection, a kind of short circuit. I was worried. But when I realised it wasn’t life-threatening and knew I could keep racing, it was a relief. They implanted a recorder to record everything so they know where to intervene next time it happens.”

Moscon admitted that he often thought back to Paris-Roubaix, where he impressed with a long solo and seemed on his way to victory. But a flat tire and a fall ended his dream. “I’ve thought a lot about it, but I couldn’t have done anything else. It wasn’t anyone’s fault. It’s easier to lose races than to win them. In the final of the race, when I was passed, I was so tired that I couldn’t think of anything but to get to the finish. I was hoping Sonny Colbrelli would win to ease the pain of my day.”

The Italian is determined to return to the cobbled classic next season. “I don’t know why I love Roubaix, it’s like loving someone instinctively. Maybe it’s because it’s a unique race. Or the fact that it is for fast riders.”

Moscon’s reputation in the peloton is not without its blemishes. He was punished several times for his behaviour. However, he ignores the criticism on social media. “The criticism may make sense because of my past. But I don’t care what people write about me on social media. I don’t feel offended by it. I’d rather feel good with the people I love, those who know me as I really am. On social media I just look at tractors, that’s what I’m really passionate about,” said the Italian farmer’s son.

Moscon loves Roubaix:


Marianne Vos to Start Cross Season in Val di Sole
Marianne Vos will return to cyclo-cross in a few weeks. The seven-time World champion will make her comeback on Sunday 12th December in the World Cup race in Val di Sole, Italy, according t0 her Jumbo-Visma team. Six cyclocross races have been included in her preliminary competition program.

Vos has already competed in three races in the current cross season. The 34-year-old rider started in Waterloo, where she rode to victory. In the week that followed, she finished fourth in Fayetteville and won again in Iowa City. She then took a long rest to build up to the second part of the cyclocross season. She kicks it off with the World Cup in Val di Sole, after which the World Cup competitions in Rucphen, Dendermonde, Hulst and Hoogerheide and the Dutch National Championships in Zaltbommel are also on her provisional program. Vos’s focus in the coming months will be on the World Cup competitions. At the end of January she hopes to participate in the World championships in Fayetteville.

Marianne Vos Cross Schedule:
Val di Sole World Cup (December 12)
Rucphen World Cup (December 18)
World Cup Dendermonde (December 26)
World Cup Holly (January 2)
Dutch championship Zaltbommel (9 January)
Hoogerheide World Cup (January 23)

Vos has won two cross races already in the 2021/22 season:


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Rodrigo Contreras to Ride For EPM Scott
Rodrigo Contreras will leave the WorldTour after three years. The 27-year-old Colombian, who was with Astana-Premier Tech this year will race for EPM Scott, a Colombian Continental team, in 2022. He has ridden for the team in the past.

After being a successful stagieire in 2015, Contreras joined Patrick Lefevere’s formation a season later. Due to adjustment problems, he stayed with the then Etixx – Quick-Step for one season. He returned to his own country and rediscovered his enjoyment of cycling in 2018 with EPM. Astana then brought Contreras back to the WorldTour. In his first year, the Colombian immediately won the Tour of Rwanda.

However, the Astana-Premier Tech team management was not convinced of Contreras after three years with Kazakh team. The climber has now found a new employer in EPM-Scott for 2022. The Continental team has also signed Cristian Camilo Muñoz, who did not receive a contract extension from UAE Team Emirates.

Rodrigo Contreras back to Colombia:


Cofidis Strengthens with Sander Armée and Alexandre Delettre
Sander Armée and Alexandre Delettre will ride for the French Cofidis team in 2022. Armée (35) comes from Qhubeka NextHash and signs for one season, the 24-year-old Delettre raced for Delko last season and has signed a two-year contract.

Armée raced for the South African formation Qhubeka NextHash this year, but has chosen to switch to Cofidis. Just like last year, the future of Qhubeka NextHash, then as NTT Cycling, is uncertain. Team owner Doug Ryder is still looking for a new sponsor for his team. Behind the scenes they are busy at Qhubeka NextHash to get everything in order in time, but Armée is not waiting.

“I had wanted to represent Cofidis for a number of years. It is a very well-known team in Belgium and many Belgian riders managed to shine on behalf of the team in the past. I am a man of tough courses and I especially like the Walloon classics. I would like to give everything for the leaders, to help them and contribute to the future success of the team.”

Delettre is a promising French rider who made his professional debut at Delko this year. The French formation, like Qhubeka NextHash, was struggling with money problems and recently decided to pull the plug on the project. However, Delettre managed to put himself in the spotlight last season with the bigger teams, including a sixth place in La Polynormande, an eighth place in the Classic Loire Atlantique and the mountains classification in the Etoile de Bessèges.

Delettre: “After a conversation with Cédric Vasseur (Cofidis’ team manager) I immediately gave my yes. Being part of the Cofidis squad is a really great opportunity to continue my progress. I look forward to gaining experience with my future teammates and leading them to victories. I also hope to seize my own opportunities.”

With the signing of Armée and Delettre, the 31-rider selection of Cofidis is complete for next season: Armée, Delettre, François Bidard, Davide Cimolai, Bryan Coquard, Ion Izagirre, Wesley Kreder, Alexis Renard, Hugo Toumire, Davide Villella, Benjamin Thomas, Max Walscheid and Axel Zingle are new to the squad. Opposite this is the departure of Fernando Barceló, Natnael Berhane, Jempy Drucker, Nicolas Edet, Nathan Haas, Christophe Laporte, Emmanuel Morin, Fabio Sabatini and Elia and Attilio Viviani.

Sander Armée:
Sander Armée


Harrison Wood (SEG Racing Academy) Returns to France
Harrison Wood returns to the French amateur peloton in 2022. The 21-year-old Briton will race for AVC Aix-en-Provence. In 2019, as an U23, he already raced for the club team.

Wood raced for the SEG Racing Academy for the past two seasons, but that team decided not to keep their Continental license after seven years. Last season, the young British rider was eighth in the Rhodes Grand Prix (1.2), thirteenth in the Tour of Rhodes (2.2) and nineteenth in the final classification of the Giro d’Italia for U23 (2.2).

For Wood it will be a return to his old team, after he also raced for AVC Aix-en-Provence in 2019. In conversation with DirectVélo, he explained his choice for France: “The races in France suit me better than in England, there are more hills. In addition, in France it is better to learn, the level of the races is better.”

Harrison Wood:


One of GreenEDGE Cycling’s Inaugural Riders, Australian Powerhouse Michael Hepburn Signs on for Two More Years
An inaugural member of GreenEDGE Cycling, Michael Hepburn has proven to be an important member of the Team BikeExchange roster year after year, as a reliable and consistent rider across the 10-month racing calendar.

With this, the Australian outfit is pleased to see Hepburn sign on for two more years, with the 2022 season his 11th consecutive season with the Australian outfit.

The former Australian time trial champion has proven to be a valuable asset with his powerful strength on the flat roads, crucial for protecting and positioning the team leaders in the various Grand Tours and one-day Classic races throughout the lengthy season.

Brent Copeland, General Manager on Hepburn: “Heppy is one of the key riders in GreenEDGE Cycling, he has been with us ten years, since day one of the team built by our team owner, Gerry Ryan. There was no doubt that he was going to stay with us, he is an important support rider and one of the guys that all the young riders look up to. He is a hard-working rider, one of the main riders in the team’s ‘engine room’ and riders with his attitude are always needed. Michael will play a key role in the team for many more years to come and we are pleased to continue our journey with him.”

Michael Hepburn: “I’m really pleased to be staying with GreenEDGE for two more seasons. It’s been a great journey these past 10 years and I’m looking forward to continuing that. I know this team very well, the team understands me well, there are many great people in this organisation and it’s the right environment for me to be able to perform in. It’s been a tough season for us on the results side and I’m very motivated to do my bit to help the team back to its winning ways. I’ll keep supporting our leaders at the biggest races on the calendar and I look forward to seeing what we can achieve together in 2022.”

Michael Hepburn:
Date of Birth: 17th August 1991 (30)
Nationality: Australian
Joined GreenEDGE Cycling: 2012
New Contract: 2022 & 2023

Top Results:
1st 2014 Tour of Qatar stage 3 ITT
1st 2015 Australian Time Trial Championships
3rd 2017 Tirreno-Adriatico stage 3 ITT
10th 2018 Tour de France stage 20 ITT.



Italian Marco Tizza Joins Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB in 2022
The Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB team is hiring the Italian rider Marco Tizza (29), who has played for the last three seasons in the ranks of the Amore e Vita – Prodir team, after a year at Nippo – Vini Fantani. Marco was notably ranked 8th in the Trofeo Laigueglia in 2020, 1st on stages in the Tour du Portugal and in the Sibiu Cycling Tour in 2019, 2nd in the Volta Limburg Classic, 5th in the Tour de Toscane, 2nd in the 4th stage of the Tour de Burgos and 3rd in the Trofeo Matteotti in 2018, 5th in the Sibiu Tour in 2017, 5th in the Memorial Pantani in 2016. In 2021, the Lombard finished 7th in the Kantons Argau GP, 9th in the Lugano GP.

Marco Tizza: “I am very happy and very proud to join the ranks of the Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB team. I enjoy the hard and mountainous courses and I am very motivated by the plan to strengthen the group for the rough races. I am also a fast runner. I won my most impressive results in one-day races in Italy and France. I have six years of professional career under my belt, which gives me a lot of experience that I can share with the young professionals of my new team. I know how to put myself at the service of the group and the leaders. My main objective in 2022 will be to try to finally find this beautiful gesture of raising the arms. I was deprived of a lot of runs due to the covid period, which had an influence on my results. I therefore wish to regain my consistency.”

Christophe Brandt: “We are happy to welcome Marco Tizza to our ranks. His arrival is linked to our Italian cycle partner De Rosa, which will, in particular, allow us to extend our program to more Italian races, which suit Marco well. We are convinced that our new rider is a great backup for hilly races. Marco has an excellent cycling culture and a very good potential, when you see the good results he has been able to achieve over the last two seasons, despite a reduced program.”

Marco Tizza:
Marco Tizza


Josef Cerny Prolongs Deal with Deceuninck – Quick-Step
The Czech ITT Champion adds two more years to his contract.

Josef Cerny enjoyed a strong first season with the Wolfpack. A memorable second behind teammate Mikkel Honoré at the Vuelta al Pais Vasco stage 5 in the spring, he confirmed his prowess against the clock in June by taking a third national title. Then, at the Vuelta a España, he put in more solid displays in the stages against the clock, while at the same time helping Fabio Jakobsen secure the green jersey.

A lot of good memories, which Josef wants to keep on making with the team in the next two years: “I feel like the whole season I showed my good shape, with some highlights. In the Basque Country I didn’t win, but I felt like taking the victory together with Mikkel as we did a great job and crossed the finish line in Ondarroa together. I also have really good memories from the Czech ITT Championships and the Vuelta, which I did for the first time in my career.”

“I can still improve my tactics during the race and gain more experience. I just want to race and to win as much as possible with the Wolfpack. The mentality and the winning spirit here are so nice. Everybody, both riders and staff, are always motivated and go for it 100%. We won the UCI ranking and we topped again the victory classification, so we really showed we’re the best and I’m so happy I can stay for two more years”, Josef smiles.

Patrick Lefevere, CEO of Deceuninck – Quick-Step, was also delighted that the powerful Czech rider will continue with the squad: “Josef is a down-to-earth guy with an unbelievably big engine. He can pull on the front of the peloton, go on the attack, and at the same time, he’s an incredible TT rider. We can now work together to make sure his capacities come out in the best way possible.”



Allen Signs up for Her Seventh Season at Team BikeExchange
Australian rider Jessica Allen has signed a one-year contract extension with Team BikeExchange which will see her race a seventh season in GreenEDGE Cycling colours.

The 28-year-old originally joined the squad in 2016 and has gone on to become one of the most reliable and selfless teammates in the women’s peloton. Allen has proved to be a valuable domestique across the entire racing calendar from one-day Classics to lengthy and hilly stage races and has been a key part of the team’s successes over the years.

Brent Copeland, General Manager on Allen: “Jess is part of our GreenEDGE family, and it is a pleasure for us to continue to work together with her. We will have various new riders in our team in 2022, and we are sure she will be a strong asset for them in order to teach them the team’s values. It’s going to be an important year for her as she continues to get stronger and wiser and become tactically more astute.”

Jess Allen: “I am really happy to be re-signing with Team BikeExchange and for their continued belief in me as I will begin my seventh season with the team. I’m looking forward to having some new riders on the team with us next year and I hope to be able to use my experience and skills to assist them and their development but while also continuing to grow stronger as a rider myself. Next year is a really exciting year for the women’s WorldTour peloton with new races added like Le Tour de France Femmes and the biggest race calendar I’ve ever seen during my career.”

Jessica Allen
Date of Birth: 17th April 1993 (28)
Nationality: Australian
Joined GreenEDGE Cycling: 2016
New Contract: 2022

Top Results:
2nd 2018 Ladies Tour of Norway TTT
2nd 2018 Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile – Stage 1 TTT.



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Simone Petilli Extends the Adventure with Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
The 28 year old climber extended his contract with Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux for one more year, to start his third season with the Belgian team in 2022. The Italian rider distinguished himself in a supporting role when the road went up, but also several times in breakaways. It was in this way that he animated the queen stage in the Tour de Romandie towards Thyon 2000, and finished 18th in the general classification.

Later during the season, he participated in the first Giro and Vuelta in the history of the team. In the Giro he finished 8th in Bagno di Romagna. In August, he contributed to a fantastic collective performance in the Vuelta, which he finished in 29th place.

Simone Petilli: “It was a big honour to be a part of the team’s success in the Giro and the Vuelta! The emotional release after these victories showed the true passion and willingness to work hard of all riders and staff of the team. The fantastic atmosphere and the progress made by the structure motivate me to show the best of myself. The fact that the rest of the peloton takes us into account more and more is a nice compliment for our collective performance. This season, I especially took on a role in support of our best climbers. For next year I have the ambition to adopt the offensive race style of the team even more and imitate my successful teammates. I can’t wait to take up the challenge for next season, and accomplish a new step forward with Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux!”

Aike Visbeek (Performance Manager): “We’re proud on the development of Simone Petilli as an exemplary teammate in difficult World Tour races. His devotion for the team and his offensive spirit are an integral part of the success of our team, for example at the Tour of Italy and the Tour of Spain. His engagement is truly appreciated by his leaders. This contract extension enables us to approach the difficult World Tour events next season with confidence.”

Simone Petilli:


Team DSM Reach Agreement with Deceuninck – Quick-Step Regarding Ilan Van Wilder
21-year-old Belgian signs two-tear contract.
Team DSM and Deceuninck – Quick-Step have reached an agreement regarding Ilan Van Wilder’s move to the Belgian team. Team DSM have agreed to release Van Wilder from his contract with immediate effect, enabling the rider to return to his Belgian roots.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step Team Manager Patrick Lefevere said: “We are happy to sign with Ilan, a rider who we are confident can progress within our ranks and bring something to the team. We believe Ilan will be of added value to our GC ambitions and are pleased that after some good conversations with Team DSM, we were able to bring him on board.”

Team DSM CEO Iwan Spekenbrink said: “It was a no go that a rider could attempt to force his way out of a contract by making public statements or involving a court, and we would have refused to facilitate a transfer in that way. We were open to the possibilities of a transfer in a proper way and on the right basis. It is good to see that Ilan and his agent allowed the two teams to work out a transfer in the correct manner. We wish Ilan and Deceuninck – Quick-Step all the best.”

Both parties will make no further comments about the arrangements.

Van Wilder


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Lotto Soudal Reinforces its Team with Yana Seel
Lotto Soudal continues to build on its project and welcomes a new talent to the team next year as Yana Seel will be incorporated into the management. The 37-year-old Seel, born in Kazakhstan, became the first female Managing Director in the WorldTour at Team Astana Premier Tech, a position she has held for three years. The young Belgian now opts for a new challenge within the Belgian Lotto Soudal cycling team. She will work under the guidance of CEO John Lelangue as Chief Business Officer, a role which had not yet been filled in at the team. In this management function, Seel will primarily be responsible for Business Development, Marketing, Communication and Finance. This for the WorldTour, women’s and U23 team of Lotto Soudal.

“I am delighted that we can welcome Yana Seel at the team”, says John Lelangue, CEO at Lotto Soudal. “Yana has three years of experience as Managing Director within a WorldTour team and her expertise will undoubtedly be of added value to us. We were looking for a reinforcement on a position which had not been filled in yet. So we created the management function of Chief Business Officer with the aim of strengthening the team around the team.”

“In this management position – which mainly consists of three pillars – Yana will always report directly to me. The most important pillar is Business Development and Marketing: Yana will take the lead on everything related to attracting and retaining sponsors. Furthermore, there’s also an important financial pillar: together with me, Yana will be responsible for the financial reporting towards our Board of Directors. The third pillar is communication, in which Yana will define the strategy and direct the communication team. Creating this position will undoubtedly allow us to work more efficiently. As a CEO, I will be able to focus more on the general management of the project and our ‘core-business’: sports and performance. I am convinced that Yana will be an important asset to the team and that way, we keep building the long-term future.”

Yana Seel is also looking forward to a new adventure within the cycling world and explains her choice for Lotto Soudal.

Yana Seel: “First of all, it is a big honour for me to be part of a team like Lotto Soudal. I have been following the team for quite a while and I always feel an enormous passion and warm feeling when I think of Lotto Soudal. Moreover, it is one of the oldest cycling teams of the peloton with a big tradition and continuity. Even though I was born in Kazakhstan, I primarily feel Belgian. So Lotto Soudal kind of feels like coming home. But at the same time, I realise that being part of a team with such a tradition entails a big responsibility. I want to give the best of myself working for the team.”

“I was ready for a new challenge and had several options, but I immediately felt a connection with Lotto Soudal and CEO John Lelangue. We share the passion for cycling and we have a clear vision for the future. Within the function of Chief Business Officer, I will mainly be responsible for Business Development & Marketing. In this position I will – always in consultation – lighten the work of CEO John Lelangue in the marketing and communications area. This will allow him to focus more on the general and sports management aspect of the team in order to work more efficiently. As a professional, I obviously want to add certain things and I am convinced that I will be contributing my share to one of the most respected teams within the cycling peloton. But of course, I can also still learn a lot from the team. I cannot wait to get this new adventure with Lotto Soudal started!”, concludes Yana Seel.



BORA – hansgrohe and Outride Announce Philanthropic Partnership
In keeping with their commitments to responsibility, authenticity, and taking action, throughout 2021 BORA – hansgrohe partnered with Outride in a series of charity auctions. BORA – hansgrohe auctioned off team jerseys around three grand tours and Paris Roubaix and raised €15,000 to support Outride’s youth programming.

Outride is a U.S.-based nonprofit organisation that works with schools, community partners, coaches, teams, and cyclists to promote a more equitable, inclusive, and healthy future for youth. Their mission is to make cycling more accessible to young people so that every child can experience the freedom, joy, and community that cycling can provide.

BORA – hansgrohe launched this series of charity auctions in conjunction with the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France, Vuelta España, and Paris Roubaix using the MatchWornShirt platform. As a result of this 2021 success, Outride and BORA – hansgrohe will continue their philanthropic partnership into the 2022 road season. “I’m happy to have contributed to this effort, and I am pleased that the team will continue to support Outride in 2022. It’s nice to know that my sweaty jerseys have played a part in raising these funds for a good cause!” says Peter Sagan.

Outride operates three programming pillars: Research, Riding For Focus, and The Outride Fund.
One hundred percent of funds raised by Outride and its partners go directly to these youth programming and community grantmaking efforts. Outride conducts and funds research to understand better how bicycling affects our brains, how we think, and how we feel. Outride also works with over 240 schools to help students achieve academic, health, and social success. Through their Riding for Focus program, the organisation provides middle schools with everything they need to get their 6th-8th grade students biking: Bikes, helmets, curriculum, and teacher training. The Outride Fund is a community grant making program that has funnelled over $1.5M to over 120 youth organisations that are working to increase access to cycling as a sport and recreation.

“We are thrilled to partner with BORA – hansgrohe and get the news out about Outride to such a global audience of cycling fans,” said Skye DeLano, Executive Director of Outride. “It’s wonderful to see how a passion for cycling can bring people together and support getting more young people access to bikes and riding.”

In 2022, BORA – hansgrohe will be announcing auctions around the following events: Strade Bianche, Paris – Roubaix, Giro d’Italia, Tour de France, and Vuelta España. “We are proud to have been able to draw attention to Outride for the past few years through the stickers on our helmets and time trial bikes. And now we’ve also been able to add a financial contribution to this. Responsibility is one of the most important values of BORA – hansgrohe and the Band of Brothers wholeheartedly supports the mission and goals of Outride,” said Melanie Hofbauer, BORA – hansgrohe’s Head of Sponsoring.

Keep watch on BORA – hansgrohe and Outride social channels in 2022 to get a chance to win a piece of cycling history and invest in the future of the sport at the same time.



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Nine WorldTeams in Vuelta a San Juan 2022
The Vuelta a San Juan will have nine WorldTeams on the start line next year, the organisers of the multi-day race announced this week. There will also be four ProTeams at the start.

The Vuelta a San Juan, which didn’t take place this year due to the corona pandemic, has Astana Qazaqstan, BORA-hansgrohe, Cofidis, INEOS Grenadiers, Israel Start-Up Nation, Lotto Soudal, Movistar, Quick-Step – AlphaVinyl and Trek-Segafredo WorldTour teams starting the next edition.

Bardiani-CSF Faizanè, Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli, EOLO-Kometa and TotalEnergies are the ProTeams with an invitation. There are also nine continental teams (including Team Medellín with Óscar Sevilla) and two national teams. The organisers will later invite one more national selection either Brazil, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Panama or Peru.

With three-time World champion Peter Sagan, four-time Tour winner Chris Froome, Remco Evenepoel, Filippo Ganna, Richard Carapaz and Elia Viviani, several top riders are expected at the start.

Vuelta a San Juan 2022 Teams (January 30-February 6):

Astana Qazaqstan Team
INEOS Grenadiers
Israel Start-Up Nation
Lotto Soudal
Quick-Step – AlphaVinyl

Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli

San Juan – A great race to start the season:
Villa San Agustín - Argentina- wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - illustration - scenery - carte postal scenic shot - postcard sfeerfoto - sfeer - illustratie pictured during Vuelta a San Juan 2017 - 36th Edition - stage 4 - from San José Jachal : Villa San Agustín (182.8KM) - photo ilario Biondi/LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2018


Human Powered Health Announces Wahoo Fitness as its Official Movement Partner
Fitness technology company extends with team

Human Powered Health is pleased to announce Wahoo Fitness as its official movement partner for 2022. The partnership, which began in 2020, is a natural fit because the pair share the belief that healthy habits and active living can improve people’s overall health and well-being.

The Atlanta-based company will provide the team with its award-winning line of sensors and devices so that Human Powered Health athletes can stay on top of their valuable race and training data.

The product line includes the KICKR family of smart indoor trainers and accessories, ELEMNT GPS bike computers and watches, TICKR heart rate monitors, Speedplay dual-sided pedals, and the SYSTM structured training app with its Pro Ride Series.

“Wahoo’s partnership with Human Powered Health is in direct alignment with our core values,” said Wahoo Fitness athlete liaison and ex-professional rider Ian Boswell. “In parallel with the mission of the Human Powered Health professional cycling team, Wahoo believes that purposeful movement makes us better humans, and nowhere is that better displayed than with this partnership.”

Measuring an active lifestyle journey with products such as the ones developed by Wahoo Fitness is why the brand fits in the Human Powered Health ecosystem so well.

“We’re delighted to have Wahoo Fitness as the official movement partner of Human Powered Health because they share in our message that active lives lead to healthier people,” said Charles Aaron, managing director and founder of Circuit Sport. “As a leading brand in endurance sports, our athletes, and our fans, will benefit from the vast knowledge and research that goes into their products.”

These technologies are used by both professional and amateur athletes alike as tools to succeed and thrive towards a happy, healthy life.

“Together we aim to inspire people to become the healthiest and best version of themselves through smart training with our hardware and software, giving individuals the ability to track one’s metrics and performance,” Boswell added.

Keep a look out for further partnership announcements in the coming weeks as Human Powered Health builds towards lift-off in 2022.



Critérium du Dauphiné 2022: Exploring Ardèche
The stars of the international peloton are called to Ardèche. On Sunday 5 June, just under four weeks before the Grand Départ of the Tour de France, the Critérium du Dauphiné 2022 will start from La Voulte-sur-Rhône. The peloton will embark on two separate loops, with a first pass across the finish line after 130km. Among other challenges, the riders will climb the Côte de Chambon de Bavas twice (4.8km at 5.2%), which could inspire attackers, like Brent Van Moer, first to wear the yellow and blue jersey in 2021. But the final, with wide straight roads on the banks of the Rhône, can allow the peloton to organise themselves for a group finish. This first stage will end in the neighboring town of Beauchastel, after 192 km of racing exclusively on the roads of Ardèche.

The department is once again welcoming a stage finish of the eight-day race, six years after Fabio Aru’s victory in Tournon-sur-Rhône. In 2020, during the Tour de France, it was Wout van Aert who won in Privas, which will be crossed twice on the occasion of this 1st stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné 2022. A spectacular terrain before setting off to the high summits throughout the week!

Key points:
The Ardèche department will host the start of the 74th edition of the Critérium du Dauphiné in 2022.
Ø First stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné 2022 will be entirely set in Ardèche, between La Voulte-sur-Rhône and Beauchastel, on Sunday 5 June.

Richie Porte leading the 2021 Criterium du Dauphine on stage 8 to Les Gets:


KAS and La Vuelta Raise 10,000€ for the NGO Paisaje Limpio Thanks to the ‘EcoCup’
Unipublic and KAS, La Vuelta’s official refreshment supplier, Will join forces with the NGO
Paisaje Limpio to organise two clean-ups on the 19th and 26th of November of La Lanzada Beach (Galicia) and the Santoña Marshes (Cantabria). This initiative is possible thanks to the funds raised during La Vuelta 21 through the “EcoCup” project – a reusable cup that prevented the use of 40,000 single-use plastic cups.

KAS, the Spanish citrus-based refreshment brand born in Vitoria in 1956, part of the PepsiCo company since 1992, announced with Unipublic a donation of 10,000€ to the non-profit organisation Paisaje Limpio. This money will be destined entirely towards two volunteer clean-up days along the Galician and Cantabrian coasts that will take place tomorrow (19th of November) at La Lanzada Beach and on the 26th of November at the Santoña Marshes, respectively.

This donation was made possible due to the launch of the EcoCup project, an initiative implemented for the first time in La Vuelta 21 in joint collaboration with KAS in order to reduce the use of single-use cups (up to 40,000 single-use plastic cups weren’t used during the race). Through the “EcoCup” system, everyone who consumed a drink during La Vuelta 21 did so from a reusable cup for which they had to pay 1€. This fee could be claimed back upon the cup’s return, or donated towards this volunteer cause.

Besides collecting any rubbish the volunteers may come across, the NGO will also work on awareness workshops regarding the use of the MARNOBA Citizen’s Science tool. The aim is to obtain data that allows to determine the source of the rubbish, in such a way that we can attempt to eliminate the problem.

María Cabrera, the Paisaje Limpio Communication’s Officer, assures us that “these activities are essentially aimed at raising public awareness. We not only clean up the rubbish from our coastlines, but also carry out an important scientific task in collaboration with the volunteers involved in this campaign”.

“With an environmental awareness campaign such as the one carried out throughout La Vuelta 21, KAS again proves its commitment to sustainability and to protecting the environment. Recognising the immense ecological value of our beaches and landscapes is essential for us, especially in the North of Spain, where our brand was born. And we can think of no better way to enjoy nature than caring for it.”, pointed out Natalia Suazo, PepsiCo’s Director of the Drinks Division for Southwestern Europe.


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UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup Lands in Val di Sole: Ticket Sales Now Open
Val di Sole set to host another outstanding cycling event: Vermiglio (Trentino) will celebrate the return of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Italy after five years, on December 11-12. The event’s tickets are now available on valdisolebikeland.com.

From Mountain Bike to Cyclo-Cross in three months: Val di Sole is ready to welcome another major cycling event in a unique year. On December 11-12, Vermiglio (Trentino) will celebrate the return of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Italy after five seasons, and a historic debut for Val di Sole in this discipline, three months after hosting a record-setting edition of the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships.

The venue of Vermiglio’s San Leonardo Lakes, near the Tonale Pass, home of the Trial World Cup in the past, is ready to welcome a unique event. Val di Sole will host the highest CX World Cup stage of all time (Vermiglio is located 1.261 mt a.s.l.), with the Alps in the background and snow on the racing field, offering unprecedented and unpredictable technical situations.

The organising committee, led by Grandi Eventi Val di Sole and the Val di Sole Tourist Board in collaboration with the Pontedilegno-Tonale Consortium, has now opened the online ticket sales on the valdisolebikeland.com website. Tickets are available at €10, with free entry for children up to 12 years of age. A valid COVID pass is required for all adults older than 12.

The weekend in Vermiglio starts on Saturday, December 11th, with two hours of free practice (14.00-16.00 CET), followed by another two-hour session on Sunday, December 12th (11.30-13.20 CET) and by the two races: Elite Women at 13.30 CET, Elite Men at 14.55 CET.

From Dutch superstars Mathieu Van der Poel and Marianne Vos, to Belgian Wout Van Aert and MTB Olympic gold medal, Brit Tom Pidcock, the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup has established many outstanding champions in recent years, who significantly impacted cycling making it even more spectacular. With 60 minutes of full gas action, the cyclo-cross races do not stand wait-and-see tactics, delivering an exciting show for on-field and TV fans.

On December 11-12, the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup will return in Italy 5 years after the stage organised in Fiuggi (Lazio), won by Wout Van Aert and Marianne Vos. It’s might not be time for predictions yet, except for an easy one: Vermiglio and Val di Sole are warming up for an incredible event.


Tom Pidcock will be in Val di Sole:


Elia Viviani and Elena Cecchini to Marry
Elia Viviani and Elena Cecchini have become engaged. The 32-year-old Italian sprinter who will race for INEOS Grenadiers from 2022 and the three-year younger SD Worx rider announced their engagement in messages on their social media.

Viviani and Cecchini have been a couple for years. The two cycling professionals recently went on holiday to the Maldives, where Viviani made his marriage proposal. “An endless kiss. She said yes,” the sprinter wrote on Instagram with the message, in which he announced his future marriage.

After a year without road victories, Viviani found his legs again last season. He won the GP Cholet, the GP de Fourmies and the GP d’Isbergues and stages in the Adriatica Ionica Race and the Tour Poitou-Charentes. He returned from the Tokyo Olympics with a bronze medal and recently became World champion in the elimination race.

Cecchini was part of the winning team during the European Mixed Relay Championship in the second half of the summer. Two weeks later she took bronze with the Italian team at the World championships. She was also part of the many successes of her SD Worx team. She ended her season with second place in the Ronde van Drenthe behind Lorena Wiebes.

Elia Viviani and Elena Cecchini:
Elia Viviani and Elena Cecchini


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