EUROTRASH Thursday: Davide Rebellin R.I.P.
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There’s only one story that’s top of mind for the cycling world today – the sad news of the death of Davide Rebellin in a road accident.
Scroll down for the rest: Belgian Team Names Wout van Aert for World Cup in Antwerp.
Rider news: Remco Evenepoel to ride the 2023 Giro d’Italia, Primož Roglič doesn’t regret Vuelta statements, Fred Wright had a big off-season, Matej Mohorič has sights on Paris-Roubaix, Tobias Foss doubts future at Jumbo-Visma, Jasper Philipsen on Tim Merlier’s departure, Gianni Moscon sets his sights on the Giro, Chloé Dygert has treatment for cardiac arrhythmias, Warren Barguil rides his first triathlon, David van der Poel returns to cyclo-cross in Essen, Sacha Modolo leaves Bardiani, Edoardo Zardini retires and maybe the end of Diego Rubio’s career.
Rider contracts: Jesse Vandenbulcke leaves Le Col-Wahoo, Christian Scaroni stays with Astana and Gianmarco Garofoli joins Astana.
Team News: Future of B&B Hotels still uncertain, Movistar 4th TV series, Androni Giocattoli and South American Conti team merger, new CEO of Lotto Dstny soon, Bianchi joins the Cassani Project with Team Technipes #inEmiliaRomagna and Belgian National Lottery CEO steps down from the Board of Lotto Dstny.
Race news: The Tour de France will not finish in Paris in 2024, 2023 Arctic Race of Norway route, teams for the GP La Marseillaise, Étoile de Bessèges 2023 route, Danilith Nokere Koerse wants the final sprint to be safer and the Giro d’Italia virtual ENEL 2022 hosted by BKOOL is back. Plus Wahoo x UCI Series.
Davide Rebellin Killed in Road Accident at the Age of 51
Davide Rebellin passed away at the age of 51. The Italian cyclist, who officially ended his long career this year, was hit by a truck in Montebello Vicentino on Wednesday.
PEz SEz: I had a brief encounter with Davide at the 2015 Giro di Lombardia start in Bergamo (photo above). As the racers lined up for the start, I was milling around inside the barriers mid pack, when a fan on the outside tapped me on the shoulder, held out a pen and paper, and pointed towards Rebellin. Although I’d never met the rider before, I wove my way through the riders to ask him for an autograph – to which he happily obliged. I remember being amazed that he was still riding, but even more impressed by the fact that he’d not been forgotten by the fans. I viewed him in a different light after that. I think we could use a few more like him.
Several Italian media confirm the incident. The fatal accident happened just before noon. A truck entered an intersection and hit a cyclist. The driver drove on after the accident. The police were still investigating whether the driver realised that a collision had occurred, and were still looking for the driver. There was nothing the emergency services could do when they arrived at the accident. Rebellin was killed instantly.
Climbing the Sormano later in the day at Lombardia 2015.
In recent years, Rebellin raced with smaller teams at Continental level, but despite his age, still managed to achieve respectable results in the professional peloton. On October 16, Rebellin raced in his last professional race, the Veneto Classic. In his career of thirty seasons he won Flèche Wallonne, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the Amstel Gold Race, Tirreno-Adriatico, Paris-Nice, and the Clásica San Sebastián three times. Last Sunday, Rebellin was in Monaco to participate in the BEKING criterium. That evening he was honoured at a gala for his impressive career.
Rest in peace Davide Rebellin:
Belgian Team Names Wout van Aert for World Cup Antwerp
Belgian Cycling has announced their team for the Antwerp World Cup (December 4). The three-time cyclo-cross World champion, Wout van Aert, is on the start list of the Antwerp World Cup cyclo-cross, his first cross race of the season. After the return of Tom Pidcock and Mathieu van der Poel, it is now the turn of Wout van Aert to start the 2022/23 cross season. The Jumbo-Visma rider cannot yet fully estimate where he stands, as his preparation didn’t go smoothly. “I fell ill, after which I noticed that I had lost a lot of condition,” he said last week.
The illness came after a few weeks of vacation. “It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t ideal either. If I did have to get sick, it wasn’t so badly timed. When I started training with the bike again at the end of October, I had lost a lot of condition.” In Antwerp Van Aert will be up against the biggest stars of cross; Van der Poel and Pidcock. Van Aert will be joined by Laurens Sweeck, Eli Iserbyt and Michael Vanthourenhout in the Belgian team.
“When he’s at 90 percent, he’s going to be a tough opponent. We have a good track record in cyclo-cross and I hope to fight some good duels with him,” van Aert said in an interview with Het Nieuwsblad. “I look forward to that. I’m at 90 percent myself, I think. I can ride at a high pace for a long time, but I still miss that acceleration.”
Wout back to cross:
Remco Evenepoel to the Giro!
The World Champion will be at the start of the Italian Grand Tour.
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl’s Remco Evenepoel will ride the Giro d’Italia in 2023, returning to the race where he made his Grand Tour debut.
Following an unprecedented 2022, which saw him take fifteen victories, including Liège–Bastogne–Liège, Clasica San Sebastián, two stages and the general classification at La Vuelta a España, and the World Road Race Championships, Remco has set his sights on the Corsa Rosa in 2023.
The 22-year-old Belgian will be on the start line at Fossacesia Marina on the 6th of May, ready to tackle the famous Italian Grand Tour. Next year’s edition will see the riders cover 3448 kilometres over its 21 stages, with an altitude gain of 51,300 meters, and take on the climbs of Monte Bondone, Tre Cime di Lavaredo and Monte Lussari.
In this video, Remco tells of his thoughts on taking on the challenge of such a prestigious race, and how he is already preparing for Il Giro.
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Roglič Doesn’t Regret Vuelta statements
Primož Roglič still stands by his words regarding his crash in the 2022 Vuelta a España. The Slovenian of Jumbo-Visma pointed the finger of blame at Fred Wright after his crash on the 16th stage.
“The crash was caused by the behaviour of another rider. I don’t have eyes in my back, otherwise I would have gone wide. Wright came from behind and rode the wheel out of my hands before I knew it,” the three-time Vuelta winner said after his crash. Wright was disappointed in the statements of the Slovenian and Bahrain Victorious, Wright’s team, reacted sharply to the statement of Roglič and Jumbo-Visma.
We are now almost three months further, but Roglič certainly does not regret his statements. “I asked myself if it was necessary to say or write something, but why do you always have to remain silent?” he said to Radio Slovenia. “I just wanted to indicate that I would like to race in an environment where fair play is of paramount importance. That was my point.”
“I just had to get it out. It is now also easier for me to return to the peloton. Otherwise I might not have done it at all.” It is unclear when Roglič can pin on a number again. He has not been able to train due to shoulder surgery and is still in the early stages of his rehabilitation. “My goal now is to be ready for the team training camp on December 11,” he said last week.
Roglič still blames Wright:
Fred Wright had a Big Off-Season
Fred Wright is now preparing for the 2023 cycling year, but during the ‘off-season’ the Briton really went all out. The 23-year-old rider told VeloNews that. “I like to get to a point where I feel so angry with myself that I want to ride my bike again,” explained Wright.
Wright rode the 6 Days of Gent to round off his off-season and finish sixth with Ethan Hayter, but after the road season he didn’t touch his bike for four weeks. “The length of my break changes every year. Sometimes it’s three weeks, sometimes six. This year it would have been nice after four weeks.” During those weeks, Wright took it easy. “I ate a lot of junk and I kind of got into the habit of drinking, maybe a little more than a normal person. Let’s just say I enjoyed life for those four weeks.”
This period will help Wright to fully live for the sport afterwards, he expects. “You can’t be ‘on’ all the time. If possible, you have to get the most out of it and find the balance. That has a positive impact on how you approach your workouts. There’s no point in being half-on all the time. You have to be off or on, either one. I feel that in the winter I need to let go of cycling completely, so that I can prepare myself again with full dedication for the classics.”
Wright, one of the revelations of 2022, has been back on the bike for a while now. “The rides are slowly starting to get a bit longer, but even though the season is already pretty close, it feels like I need a lot of long rides and training before I feel really good on the bike again. I think it will just be a long, slow and steady process.”
Fred Wright has started training:
Matej Mohorič Sets Sights on Paris-Roubaix
Matej Mohorič had a year of highs and lows. In conversation with the Slovenian SIOL, he looked back on his season and looked ahead to 2023. The Bahrain Victorious rider said he was mainly looking forward to Paris-Roubaix.
“The most resounding success was winning my first monument, Milano-Sanremo. This has always been a dream,” Mohorič named his highlight of 2022. “The saddest thing was the poor performance in the Tour de France. I wanted to be good, but I couldn’t. Afterwards it turned out that I had quite serious health problems during the race. I was struggling with corona and possibly the Epstein-Barr virus at the same time. Fortunately, this has not had any long-term consequences and I am already looking forward to next season.”
Paris-Roubaix on Sunday, April 9, 2023 is circled on Mohorič’s calendar. “I’m really looking forward to getting back in the race,” said Mohorič, who finished 5th in the Hell of the North won by Dylan van Baarle last year. “I was very close this year, but in the end there was no resounding result. Next year I will show more determination.”
Last season, Mohorič won Milano-Sanremo partly thanks to the dropper post. He was able to lower his saddle a few centimetres at the top of the Poggio before the descent. Will Mohorič come up with such a novelty again in Paris-Roubaix? “We have very good, if not the best, equipment at Bahrain Victorious,” he evaded that question. “I would say we have a small competitive advantage.”
Roubaix for Mohorič?
Tobias Foss Has Doubts About His Future with Jumbo-Visma
Tobias Foss surprised at the end of September by becoming World time trial champion in Wollongong, but until then his season had not gone entirely according to plan. Next season he will do things differently. “I think we realised that we wanted a bit too much at once,” said the Norwegian of Jumbo-Visma in an interview with Discovery. He also hints that it is not certain whether his future lies with the Dutch team.
“We skipped a few steps,” said the 9th place finisher in the 2021 Giro d’Italia, who didn’t race that much last season. Before Foss picked up the rainbow jersey, he also took the national time trial title, but otherwise 2022 was disappointing. Now he mainly looks ahead: “I think it could be good to start from scratch again, do a few good stage races and build up some confidence again.”
Foss continues to have great ambitions, but wants to move forward step by step. “A Grand Tour is still my absolute dream, a dream I’m working towards. But at the moment it is more likely that I can win short stage races with an individual time trial.”
The fact that the 25-year-old rider doesn’t focus on the Grand Tours also has to do with the high level within the Jumbo-Visma team. The team has classification riders who are higher in the pecking order. For this reason, Foss does not yet know whether he will continue to race for the Dutch team after 2023 as his contract expires after this season. “If I want to pursue a career as a GC leader in the grand tours, I have to realise that it will be difficult to go to the Tour or Giro and ride for my own chances. There are so many other good leaders here.”
What is in the future for Foss?
Jasper Philipsen on Tim Merlier’s Departure
Jasper Philipsen was quite successful this season, including two victories in the Tour de France, but the sprinter is still not completely satisfied with his year, he said in an extensive interview with Rouleur. In the conversation, he also discusses Tim Merlier’s departure from Alpecin-Deceuninck.
“I had two goals this season: to win in the Tour and to have at least ten victories in total. In the end I got to nine, so that was not quite what I was going for,” said Philipsen, who also finished second eleven times. “Second is good, but not good enough. In cycling, and in sprinting in particular, only first place counts.” Next year, the Belgian wants to win more often. “If I can convert my second places into victories, that will save a lot.”
Last season, Philipsen was one of the fastest sprinters in the world, he thinks. “Not the fastest, but one of them. Fabio Jakobsen is very strong in a pure sprint, but in the Tour I was fresher at the end. I kept my sprint despite the fatigue, so maybe that’s my strength.”
What will play in his favour next year is that he will have his permanent lead out Jonas Rickaert again. The sprinter missed much of 2022 due to surgery on a strangulated femoral artery. “I think we couldn’t be really happy with our lead-outs this year. That was mainly because the most important link of our train, Jonas Rickaert, was out of circulation for a long time. If I had had him, I think I would have won more often. But he wasn’t there. We tried it with different riders, also because the team doesn’t want one specific sprint train to stay flexible. But it is always difficult because everyone still has to learn.”
This winter, Philipsen wants to train more on the lead-out. “It is difficult to keep a group together, I think that is something we can improve on. We’ve talked about it and maybe we’ll do some training camps specifically for the sprint. But it is difficult, because it is very specialised. There are not many specialists in the peloton who really focus on attracting the sprint and are 100% dedicated to this task.”
Alpecin-Deceuninck says goodbye to Tim Merlier this winter. The sprinter leaves for Soudal-Quick-Step. Will this change things for Philipsen? “I do not think so. Maybe for the media, but I’m just doing my own thing. I try to be in as good shape as possible. It’s not like Tim’s presence would change anything about my form or the opportunities I get within the team. I could do pretty much all the races I wanted to do, so it doesn’t make a big difference.”
As far as the races for 2023 are concerned, Philipsen is first of all aiming for Milan-Sanremo and Gent-Wevelgem. “Those are my main goals,” he says of his spring. He also dreams of the green in the Tour, but says that this will be difficult if riders like Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert are in good shape and also make this a goal. “It is then almost impossible for me to win. But if Wout, for example, focuses on the World championships next year (which are at the beginning of August), opportunities may arise for me.”
Jasper Philipsen looking for more wins in 2023:
Gianni Moscon Sets His Sights on the 2023 Giro d’Italia
Gianni Moscon has been suffering in recent months with his health, but can now build up to the new season without any problems. The Italian Astana Qazaqstan rider hopes to be at the start of the Giro d’Italia again in 2023.
Moscon has only one Giro start to his name at the age of 28, but that must change in 2023. “I want to participate in the Giro again next year. That is always an important goal for an Italian cyclist,” he said in conversation with TGR Trentino. In his first and only Giro to date, he finished 24th overall, helping his then INEOS Grenadiers teammate Egan Bernal to victory.
Moscon will probably start his season quite early with the Tour Down Under (January 17-22), Italian broadcaster Rai reports. He also looks forward to races such as Strade Bianche, Paris-Roubaix and the Ardennes classics.
The classic specialist hopes to be back to full form again in 2023, after a truly bad season. “A good feeling is the most important thing in our sport. I feel good now and that is very nice. My body responds well to training stimuli again and can also tax it again. I look forward to the upcoming season. This year I wasn’t myself, now everything is finally back to normal,” he said a few weeks ago.
Moscon looking forward to 2023:
Chloé Dygert Treatment for Cardiac Arrhythmias Successful
Chloé Dygert announced via her social media that she has been successfully treated for cardiac arrhythmias. The 25 year-old Dygert has recently been suffering from abnormal heart palpitations and decided to have an operation.
The former World time trial champion told her story on Instagram. “It was a nasty ailment, but not life-threatening. It started in 2015 and I suffered from it once or twice a year, but it has happened no less than five times in the past two months. The last time my heart rate went up to 219 beats per minute during simple endurance training and I had to stop along the way to get it back under control.”
“My big fear is that it will happen sometime during a race and so we decided to deal with it.” So Dygert had ablation, which is burning away cells in the heart wall to treat heart rhythm disorders. The American is now training again. “I was able to get back on my bike five days after my operation. After five days there was a small problem, but otherwise everything is fine.”
The Canyon-SRAM rider has had some bad luck in her career. In 2020 she rode a strong World championship time trial, until she crashed into a road barrier. After a long rehabilitation, she was able to get back on the bike, but the 2022 season was not too successful either. She had to deal with the Epstein-Barr virus, which put her out of action for a long time. As a result, Dygert only had one race on the road in 2022. At the end of that season, she underwent surgery, with the aim of being completely pain-free again by 2023.
Chloé Dygert healthy in 2023:
New challenge for Warren Barguil his First Triathlon
The French climber, Warren Barguil, is also open to new challenges, as he will compete in his very first triathlon on Saturday.
Barguil will be at the start of the ‘0-3000’, a tough triathlon on the French island of La Réunion this Saturday. The participants are presented with a very hard race, which connects the coastline to the top of Piton des Neiges, an inactive volcano on La Réunion and also the highest mountain (3,071 metres) on the island. At the top of Piton des Neiges is the finish of the triathlon.
“It is a big challenge because the route is very tough. The cycling part will go well for me, but for running it is not usual to climb from 2000 to 3000 metres altitude,” Barguil said in a press release. “The 0-3000 is really ideal in December, in the middle of my winter preparation, and the risks of injury are lower.” Barguil will have 1500 metres swimming, followed by 45 kilometres cycling and 10 kilometres running to the top of Piton des Neiges.
The Frenchman has special equipment. Ekoï is a personal sponsor of Barguil and will provide him with a custom aero helmet which is tri specific. “During the training tests I noticed that it was especially comfortable and airy in the back, which is perfect for a triathlon.”
Tri for Warren Barguil:
David van der Poel Returns to Cyclo-Cross in Essen
David van der Poel will return to cyclo-cross next week. The 30 year-old cross rider will ride his first cyclo-cross race of this season in the Exact Cross of Essen. The oldest Van der Poel son will ride a short, intensive program this winter. “I choose the races that suit me more and where there is a slightly less strong starting field, especially in my first crosses,” he previously said about his cross ambitions in an interview in RIDE Magazine.
“I have to be smart about that. The fastest crosses with a lot of twists and turns are the most stressful for my back. I’ll skip that one. As crazy as it sounds, a heavy mud cross feels even better. The old school laps without too many turns, I prefer those. But also the sand crosses, because I really have that sand technique in me. Koksijde, Mol, Zonhoven, I always love to do those and I’m good at them too. I want to show myself there.”
It is not yet clear which crosses David will contest after his season debut. The number of times he will meet his younger brother Mathieu van der Poel will remain limited for the time being. David is currently down to 73rd place on the UCI Ranking List and is therefore not automatically selected for the World Cup.
Only riders from the top 50 can automatically count on a place in the national selection. The only point of reference that national coach Gerben de Knegt may hand out for the time being goes to Mathieu van der Poel or Joris Nieuwenhuis. For that reason, the latter also misses the World Cup in Antwerp.
For Van der Poel it will probably be his last cyclocross winter as a professional crosser. He sees the world championship in Hoogerheide, where his family roots lie, as a good end point. “The world championship must be my last feat in cross country. I think a World Cup – in our own Hoogerheide, of all places – is a good moment to end my cyclo-cross career.”
Some cross for David van der Poel this winter:
Sacha Modolo Leaves Bardiani and Sees a Gloomy Future for Cycling
Sacha Modolo fears his career is almost over. The 35 year-old Italian cannot count on a contract extension at Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè and has still not found a new team. “I still have a little bit of hope, but it is the end of November,” he said to tuttobiciweb.
“Many teams’ rosters are already full, so at this time of year you need a miracle to find a place somewhere,” said Modolo, who has 47 professional victories to his name, including two stages of the Giro d’Italia. “I’m sorry, I would have liked to have continued for another year to hunt for my 50th victory, but I realise that at the moment there are still a lot of riders without a contract, riders who are younger and earn more than me. I’m not stupid, I know how cycling works. And if it doesn’t happen this year, then it probably would be next year. I just regret the way it ends…”
Modolo was hopeful that he could stay with Bardiani-CSF-Faizainé for another year. “But in October they informed me that my contract would not be renewed after I had another good Tour of Croatia. I think this is a shame because if they had told me this summer I would have had the chance to plan the end of my season and announce my retirement before the last races.”
“It is a pity, also because of the good relationship I have with the Reverberi family, who I will always be grateful to have been able to start my career with them. However, if they had told me sooner I would have appreciated it. I could have accepted the choice in all serenity.”
In 2020 and 2021 Modolo rode for Alpecin-Fenix, but last winter he decided to return to Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè, where he started his career in 2010 (with Colnago-CSF Inox). He had big ambitions for 2022. “However, the past season was not good,” the Italian admits. Now he has set a deadline for himself: if he has not found a team by the first week of December, he will stop his search. “Without certainties I cannot find the motivation to train.”
“And cycling on a Continental level? Certainly not. I’ve had a great career, I have no intention of continuing that way. Also because I would then steal a spot from a younger rider. Let’s see what happens in the next ten days. Otherwise, I’ll quit without too much heartache. I’m 35, I knew this moment would come one day. Will I stay active in cycling? I don’t think so, for example I don’t have the desire to become a sports director.”
Sacha Modolo out of contract:
Edoardo Zardini Ends his Cycling Career
Edoardo Zardini will not return to the peloton next year. The 33-year-old Italian had two contract offers, but is ready for a new phase of life. “I am no longer 100% motivated,” he said to Tuttobiciweb.
The Italian climber raced this year for Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli, but Gianni Savio’s team will no longer be a ProTeam due to financial problems. The team plans to be at Continental level for a year. The latest news is that Savio is close to a merger deal with a South American Conti team.
Zardini has decided to retire despite the interest of two teams. “I have been approached by a British Continental team and a pro team in recent weeks, but I have kindly declined. I am no longer 100% motivated and you have to be as a cycling professional. I’m taking the plunge myself now. I might start working in my parents’ company, or maybe I’ll take a different path.”
Zardini started his professional career in 2013 with Bardiani and eventually rode for the Reverberi family for five seasons. He also rode for Vini Zabú from 2018 to 2021 and this year Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli. His palmarès includes two victories, both achieved in 2014. That year he was the best in a mountain stage of the Giro del Trentino, ahead of Cadel Evans and Domenico Pozzovivo, he also won the Queen stage of the Tour of Britain. The Italian was also started the Giro d’Italia six times. Only in the 2018 Giro did he not finish.
Edoardo Zardini to retire:
Maybe the End of Diego Rubio’s Career
Diego Rubio may not be part of the peloton next year. The 31-year-old Spaniard broke his ulna and radius bone in a crash earlier this year and has still not the recovered 100%. “And the doctors don’t have too much confidence in it anymore,” Rubio told Diario AS.
The Spanish rider had a season to quickly forget. At the start of the year he broke his femur in a crash in the Challenge Mallorca, it took over four months to recover. Once recovered, things went wrong again in the Tour of Estonia, and this turned out to be the start of a very difficult time. Rubio was taken to hospital with a broken ulna and radius bone and had to undergo emergency surgery. “The operation in Estonia was just not successful, it didn’t look like anything. The plates were not in the right place. As a result, my wrist had a deviation of forty degrees,” said Rubio, who had to undergo another operation back in Spain. “The doctors are optimistic about the mobility in my arm, that I will soon be able to lead a normal life again. But to return to the top level… They don’t have too much confidence in that anymore.”
Burgos-BH has not yet extended his contract, but the door is certainly not closed yet. “I don’t want to put an end to my career yet, at least not like this. I’m really going to fight for it, but I also have to be realistic.” Rubio has ridden the Vuelta a España four times.
The end of the road for Diego Rubio?
Jesse Vandenbulcke Leaves Le Col-Wahoo Despite Ongoing Contract
Jesse Vandenbulcke had a contract with Le Col-Wahoo until the end of 2024, but the British women’s team is in financial difficulties and is forced to let a few riders go. Vandenbulcke is one of the victims. It is not yet known for which team the former Belgian champion will ride in 2023.
“It’s hard to say goodbye to all the amazing people around me in this great team,” writes 26-year-old Vandenbulcke on Instagram. “It was a team where I felt at home and where everyone did everything for the other. But this is also cycling. It is not only positive things, luck and victories, but also people who work hard behind the scenes. Unfortunately, the story didn’t go as hoped or planned, but that’s part of life. Thank you to all the girls, staff and sponsors for the fantastic year we had with Le Col-Wahoo.”
Vandenbulcke won the Belgian championship in 2019. At the time she rode for Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport, the following two years she rode for Lotto Soudal. She moved from the Belgian team for Le Col-Wahoo last winter. This year she was second in the Grand Prix Beerens (1.1), behind her teammate Marjolein van ‘t Geloof, who has moved to Human Powered Health.
Jesse Vandenbulcke leaves Le Col-Wahoo:
Christian Scaroni stays in Astana Qazaqstan Team
The Italian rider Christian Scaroni, who joined Astana Qazaqstan Team in the end of July 2022, signed a contract for the upcoming season of 2023. Thus, Scaroni is going to spend his first full season in the WorldTour.
“The last half of the year, thanks to Astana and the chance which I was granted with, allowed me to get prepared well for this step into the WorldTour. I think I was able to integrate really well in the team as I already knew some Sports Directors and also the riders. During these months I did my best to help the team in pursuing its goals and this extension for one more year means a lot for me. During my time in Astana Qazaqstan Team I found a great atmosphere and support and I can say I am happy here. It is a big step for me to spend a full season at the WorldTour level, but I believe I am ready for it. Will try to do my best to keep on improving as a rider and as a team player,” – said Christian Scaroni.
Christian Scaroni (25) is a promising rider with a good sprint from small groups, who has already some important results in hilly and mountain races. Despite some tough challenges during 2022 season Scaroni was able to score two stages at Adriatica Ionica Race, also taking a nice 7th place at the Italian one-day race Coppa Bernocchi.
“Christian is a strong rider and I believe that all he needs is just a chance to show something good in cycling. We saw a great attitude both to the training process and the races, the rider showed a great team spirit and I think that in the next season Scaroni can achieve more if he continues working hard during the winter and later in the first months of the season,” – said Alexandr Vinokurov, General Manager of Astana Qazaqstan Team.
Another year for Christian Scaroni:
Gianmarco Garofoli Joins Astana Qazaqstan Team
Gianmarco Garofoli is going to join Astana Qazaqstan Team after a season spent in the development team. 20-year-old Italian rider, who rode a few races in the colours of the WorldTour team in 2022, signed a two-year deal with Astana Qazaqstan Team as a neo-pro rider (2023 and 2024).
“Indeed, I am so happy to sign this contract because it is a dream which is coming true. 2022 season became a real challenge for me, and I am so grateful to the team who trusted in me and provided me a great chance to compete on the WorldTour level. I am super motivated to start the new season as good as possible to justify team’s faith,” – said Gianmarco Garofoli.
Gianmarco Garofoli is a young rider, who spent a very solid 2021 season, scoring a stage victory and taking a second place in the overall at Giro Ciclistico della Valle d’Aosta – Mont Blanc. His 2022 season as a rider of Astana Qazaqstan Development Team has been heavily affected by so-called “long-COVID”. However, in the end of the season Garofoli rode a few races with Astana Qazaqstan Team – Veneto Classic and Giro del Veneto, where he supported Miguel Angel Lopez, who finished fourth.
“It was a pretty tough season for Gianmarco Garofoli due to COVID and its consequences, so he could not show his potential, spending a huge part of the season for recovery. However, just several races with our development team and our WorldTour team convinced us to invite him in Astana Qazaqstan Team and to provide Gianmarco a chance as a young and promising rider who is ready to work hard to reach big goals,” – said Alexandr Vinokurov, General Manager of Astana Qazaqstan Team.
Gianmarco Garofoli to Astana:
Future of B&B Hotels Team Still Uncertain, More Time from UCI
Dark clouds are still hanging over the B&B Hotels-KTM project. Wednesday was the deadline of the UCI for the team to provide the documents for their license for 2023. According to various sources, the team would need some extra time to smooth out the last details, although there are conflicting stories.
The French newspaper Le Télégramme has said that Jérôme Pineau, the team manager of B&B Hotels-KTM, will communicate about the future of his cycling team this Friday. Pineau was given some extra time by the UCI to complete and submit a file. The International Cycling Union will then determine on Saturday (December 3) whether teams are entitled to their requested license, and will also make a public announcement.
Another French newspaper, Ouest-France, states that B&B Hotels-KTM has until Monday 5 December to submit all documents to the UCI licensing commission. The French team was to receive a major upgrade in 2023, but this no longer seems realistic. The names of Paris Cycling Club, Amazon France, Carrefour, Cdiscount and Engie have already been linked to the French team several times, but they have been silent.
Another possibility is that the team will continue on more or less the same as in 2023, on a ProTeam license and with a budget between five and seven million euros. Main sponsor B&B Hotels would then invest even more money in the project, knowing that several other sponsors have already dropped out.
If this is actually the case, then the question is whether the new signings of Mark Cavendish, Maximiliano Richeze, Cees Bol, Ramon Sinkeldam, Nick Schultz and Stephen Williams can join the team. These riders have already signed a contract with B&B Hotels-KTM for 2023, but that was on the condition that the team would receive a major financial upgrade.
What next for Jérôme Pineau?
Fourth Season of the Movistar Series in the Making
The popular series involving the Movistar cycling team, ‘El Día Menos Pensado’, will have a fourth season. Producer Télefonica announced via social media that the series will be seen on Netflix.
After the years 2019 and 2020 were covered in the first two seasons, the third season followed the 2021 season. In the new fourth season, the viewers can look back on the past year with the Spanish team. The Movistar team had a stressful relegation battle, attention will be paid to Enric Mas’s retirement in the Tour de France and his resurrection in the Vuelta a España, the emotional farewell to Spanish cycling icon Alejandro Valverde and the many successes by Annemiek van Vleuten.
Season 4 on the way:
Merger Between Androni Giocattoli and South American Conti Team
Due to financial problems, Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli will not be a ProTeam in 2023, but manager Gianni Savio has no plans to retire his team. He previously said he hoped for a transition year at Continental level. Now the Italian has told tuttobici that a merger deal with a South American Conti team is almost complete. It is not known which team it is yet.
Tuttobici mentions Colombia Tierra de Atletas-GW-Shimano as a possible partner, but this is not certain yet. “It is our intention to return to the professional level in 2024 via a transition year at continental level – with a project for young, promising riders,” Savio reiterated. “When the last details are ready, we will go on a Continental license together with a South American team. It is a formation that mainly consists of young Colombian talents.”
“In this restart at Continental level, I still have the same enthusiasm as when I started, about thirty years ago,” said Savio, who brought on several Colombian talents in the past and whose team was sponsored by the country of Venezuela for a while. “Racing remains my great passion and my return to South America is a celebration of the continent where I have discovered many talents, including Egan Bernal.”
Savio to have a half South American team in 2023:
Search for New CEO Lotto Dstny Nears its End
The search for the new CEO of Lotto Dstny is nearly finished, Het Laatste Nieuws reports. The remaining candidates have been told that there will be more news in early December.
Lotto Dstny is still looking for a successor to John Lelangue. This search is not carried out in-house, but is outsourced to ‘headhunter’ Blackbox, which helps professional companies to find the most suitable and relevant candidate for an open position. After a series of interviews, Blackbox has submitted a longlist to the Board of Directors of the cycling team. The Executive Board has now reduced this longlist to a shortlist.
It is not fully known who is on this shortlist. Frank Glorieux, the former CEO of Cycling Vlaanderen, is reportedly on the list. According to Het Laatste Nieuws, some candidates come from the business world, since the tasks of the CEO of Lotto Dstny are mainly of an accounting, legal and organisational nature.
The names of Axel Merckx, Peter Van Den Abeele and Andrei Tchmil, among others, were mentioned, but have since been dropped. At the moment, Lotto Dstny is led by sports manager Kurt Van de Wouwer and Chief Business Officer Yana Seel.
New boss for Lotto Dstny soon:
Bianchi Joins the Cassani Project with Team Technipes #inEmiliaRomagna
A multi-year agreement has been signed between Bianchi and the Continental project created by Davide Cassani with an aim to launch new talent and support the Italian cycling movement
Italian cycling is getting a reboot from talented youngsters with one of the most iconic brands in world cycling by its side. This is the vision of the Team Technipes #inEmiliaRomagna project, which Bianchi has chosen to support for the 2023 season.
This project, developed by Davide Cassani, uses the UCI Continental category as a benchmark for building a high-level development program to be able to offer young Italian talent the chance to compete with professionals in the most important races of the Italian and international calendars. Distinguished by Made in Italy excellence and an iconic brand of Italian and international cycling, Bianchi sees an opportunity in Team Technipes #InEmiliaRomagna to support the relaunch of the Italian cycling movement through the development of new emerging athletes.
“The multi-year agreement with Team Technipes #inEmiliaRomagna is a concrete sign that Bianchi wants to launch Italian cycling into the future. We want to develop this project, which brings with it the vision and credibility of Davide Cassani. We are convinced that the potential exists to grow and create a superior standard for our movement,” said Bianchi CEO Fabrizio Scalzotto.
Thanks to Team Technipes #inEmiliaRomagna, Bianchi will have a real development team to test technical solutions and materials designed for the racing world. The Continental line-up will compete with the Oltre XR4 and the Aquila for time trials. The team’s bikes will be equipped with the new V50R wheels and Mitora saddle, high-performance products by Velomann – Bianchi’s brand dedicated to cycling components and accessories.
“Team Technipes #inEmiliaRomagna aims to allow emerging athletes to participate in the most important Italian and international races dedicated to this category. Athletes are put at the heart of the project to grow and improve, and to test themselves against their foreign peers and professionals. By strengthening the team management and partnering with Bianchi, one of the world’s most important and innovative companies, we believe we can grow further,” said Davide Cassani, the mastermind of the project.
Composed of twelve athletes (six elite and six under-23), the team will start the 2023 season on February 25 at the Coppa San Geo.
Bianchi technical equipment:
- SRAM Red eTap AXS drivetrain
- Velomann V50R wheels
- Vision time trial wheels
- Reparto Corse cockpit by Vision/FSA (for Oltre XR4 and Aquila)
- Pirelli tyres
- Velomann Mitora saddles
- Elite water bottles and bottle cages
- Garmin cycle computers.
Belgian National Lottery CEO Steps Down from the Board of Directors of Lotto Dstny
Jannie Haek, the CEO of the Belgian National Lottery, is no longer part of the Board of Directors of Lotto Dstny. Haek was an important man within the Belgian cycling team for many years, but is now stepping aside.
Haek, 57, has been managing director of the National Lottery since 2013. As the main sponsor, he had quite a say in the Board of Directors of the private company (BVBA) behind the team, called Captains of Cycling. However, things didn’t always go smoothly behind the scenes. “Haek has the stamp of being old school. It sometimes resulted in a difficult collaboration in the further modernisation of the team,” writes Het Laatste Nieuws.
Roger Malevé, Olivier Alsteens and Bénédicte Lobelle (on behalf of the National Lottery) and Joris Van Rymenant and Joachim Lauwers (from the new sponsor Dstny) are still members of the Board of Directors. The board will be expanded with two independent directors and the new CEO of the cycling team. The search for the new CEO is nearing its end.
Haek could not be reached for comment. His spokeswoman Joke Vermoere spoke briefly to HLN. “It is our policy not to communicate about our governing bodies, especially as we are now in the process of selecting the new General Manager. Once that is done, we will communicate.”
Jannie Haek with Daan De Wever Ceo of Destiny and ex-CEO of the team John Lelangue:
No Paris finish for the Tour de France in 2024
The Italian sports newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport now says for sure that the Tour de France will not finish on the Champs-Élysées in Paris in 2024. The Tour de France, which has always finished in Paris since its first edition, will end in Nice in two years’ time.
Nice will be the final destination of the most important cycle race on earth in two years’ time due to the Olympic Games of 2024 in Paris from July 26 to August 11. The final stage of the Tour will take place on July 21, just five days before the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. For that reason, the seaside resort of Nice has been designated as an alternative finish, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
The start of the 111th Tour de France on June 29, 2024 at Piazzale Michelangelo in the historic center of Florence for a road stage. The Tour will also remain in Italy for four days. The first stage, which starts in the home region of Gino Bartali and Gastone Nencini, finishes in Rimini, where Marco Pantani died in 2004. The next day the stage starts in Cesenatico, Pantani’s birthplace.
It is expected that race organiser ASO will issue a final press release this week. The 2023 edition of the Tour de France will have a Grand Départ in the cycling-crazy region of the Basque Country and will finish in Paris.
No Champs-Élysées finish for the Tour in 2024:
2023 Arctic Race of Norway: The Tenth Anniversary in North Cape
The county of Troms og Finnmark will take centre stage in the 2023 edition of the Arctic Race of Norway, with all four stages traversing the region after starting in the Sami town of Kautokeino on 17 August and finishing in North Cape on 20 August. According to Thor Hushovd, ambassador of the race: “It could be a very open competition for the overall win this year. A sprinter with good climbing legs can win, but so can a typical explosive climber. This makes it difficult to predict a winner. The race will be open, and several riders will probably see an opportunity to pull this off. This increases the entertainment value because it often leads to an offensive ride with many attacks.”
Following a 2022 edition held entirely below the Arctic Circle, the Arctic Race of Norway returns to its roots by heading north. The route of the opening stage from Kautokeino to Alta could be one for the sprinters. Those in the know will remember that in 2018, a certain Mathieu Van der Poel easily won the stage. The plans of the fastest men could, nevertheless, be thwarted by daring riders in the new 15 km finishing circuit.
The pure sprinters will also appreciate stage two and its finish in Hammerfest, where, unlike in the 2014 and 2018 editions, they will have to climb a 1.7 km climb with a 4% gradient before the finish line. This climb will probably give ideas to the punchers who were left hungry after stage one. As the main partner of the Arctic Race of Norway, Equinor is linked closely to Hammerfest, where the Norwegian company has been developing Europe’s largest liquefied natural gas production site since 2007. The Nordic city will also host the start of stage three, which will delight its 10,000 residents.
The climbers will be in the spotlight on stage three, heading towards Havøysund for a new finish. The last hundred kilometres of this stage will follow a road parallel to the one of the North Cape in a breathtaking scenery typical of the Norwegian North. The riders will ride along several fjords before ascending two climbs listed in the mountain classification, the Kirkedalen summit (4.1 km at 5.2%) and the Selvika summit (2.6 km at 5.4%). These two passes will allow the mountain specialists to demonstrate their skills. An initial selection will come before the climb heading to the finish line and its 10% average gradient over 2.2 km. “Just outside the village, we found this climb that leads to the plateau hosting the finish. The typical Arctic landscape and the 360° panorama are breathtaking,” describes Yannick Talabardon, the event’s technical director. “The passages of more than 10% will allow the fittest riders to show their strength after an undulating second half of the stage.”
As in 2014, Europe’s most northerly point and majestic setting will be part of this edition. That year, Norwegian rider Lars Petter Nordhaug won by attacking in the final three kilometres of the stage after a battle on the last climb with six kilometres to go. For its tenth anniversary, the Arctic Race returns to the symbolic site of the North Cape with the finish of the last stage. The two classified climbs in the last 25 kilometres and a windy final stretch, which are conducive to bordures promise a non-stop battle to the finish line for the stage win and the general classification.
Thor Hushovd predict an epic ending to this anniversary edition of the Arctic Race of Norway: “The last stage runs along some of the most beautiful Norway has to offer in terms of brutal and magnificent nature. However, the last 25 kilometres towards Nordkapp will be tough. Here, the best climbers will surely attack and give all that is left of their strength after four hard stages, and the overall race will certainly not be decided before the finish on the Nordkapp plateau.”
- For the tenth anniversary of the Arctic Race of Norway, which will take place from 17 to 20 August, the world’s most northerly cycling race is returning to the North Cape. The favourites will compete over four stages, all of which will be north of the Arctic Circle.
- From Kautokeino, a cultural centre of the Sami people and a town hosting the riders for the first time, the race will cross Troms og Finnmark over four days with a sumptuous fourth and final stage from Kvalsund, which hosted the start of the last day in 2018, to North Cape. With this iconic finish, the Arctic Race is reviving its history and celebrating ten years of existence.
The stages of the 2023 Arctic Race of Norway:
Thursday 17 August, Stage 1: Kautokeino – Alta (171km)
Friday 18 August, Stage 2: Alta – Hammerfest (153km)
Saturday 19 August, Stage 3: Hammerfest – Havøysund (167km)
Sunday 20 August, Stage 4: Kvalsund – Cap Nord (171km).
Seven WorldTeams to Start the 2023 GP La Marseillaise
The Grand Prix Cycliste La Marseillaise (1.1) has announced most of the teams that will take part in the French opening race in 2023. Seven WorldTeams are among the nineteen teams that have confirmed their participation. The major French teams will be joined by Alpecin-Deceuninck, Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert and EF Education-EasyPost.
Eight ProTeams have already announced that they will be at the start in Marseille on January 29. Israel-Premier Tech, Lotto-Dstny and B&B Hotels-KTM will be amongst the peloton. It is still unclear about the future of the B&B team, but they are on the start list of the GP La Marseillaise. This one-day race was won by Amaury Capiot of Arkéa-Samsic last year.
Participating teams Grand Prix Cycliste La Marseillaise (29 January 2023):
AG2R Citroen Team
EF Education EasyPost
Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
Equipo Kern Pharma
Go Sport-Roubaix Lille Metropole
Nice Metropole Cote d’Azur
St Michel Auber 93
U Nantes Atlantique.
Grand Prix La Marseillaise 2022:
Étoile de Bessèges 2023 Route: Something for Everyone
The Étoile de Bessèges has presented the 2023 route. The race will start in Bellegarde, and will end with the now classic time trial in Alès.
The 53rd edition of the Étoile de Bessèges will, like the past ten editions, start in Bellegarde. The finish of the opening stage is also in Bellegarde, about 20 kilometres from Nîmes. The stage is just over 160 kilometres long on relatively flat roads, although the final is very tough. The finish is on a short but difficult climb. This year Mads Pedersen was the strongest on the Bellegarde climb.
Stage two departs from Bagard again, to finish in Aubais after 170 kilometres. It looks like a stage for the sprinters, although it is not flat at the finish. The third stage is for the climbers, with four categorised climbs totalling 3,000 vertical meters. The penultimate stage is also important for the GC, with a finish on Mont Bouquet, a 4.6 kilometre climb at 9.1%.
The final time trial is just over 10 kilometres in Alès. The first kilometres are almost flat, but the finish is after the 2.6 kilometres at 5.8% climb towards the sanctuary of Notre-Dame des Mines-Ermitage d’Alès. Benjamin Thomas won the Étoile de Bessèges this year.
Étoile de Bessèges 2023 Course (February 1-5)
01/02 – Stage 1: Bellegarde – Bellegarde (160.6km)
02/02 – Stage 2: Bagard – Aubais (170.1km)
03/02 – Stage 3: Bessèges – Bessèges (169.6km)
04/02 – Stage 4: Saint-Christol-Lèz-Alès – Mont Bouquet (146.1km)
05/02 – Stage 5: Alès – Alès (10.6 km – time trial).
2022 Étoile de Bessèges stage 4:
Danilith Nokere Koerse Wants to Make the Run-In to the Final Sprint Safer
We don’t know the route of the next edition of Danilith Nokere Koerse, which will run on Wednesday 15 March, but the organisers are doing everything they can to make the run-in to the final sprint on the Nokereberg safer.
The final of Danilith Nokere Koerse has very narrow and technical roads towards the finish on the Nokereberg and that is often hectic. By changing the run-in to the finish, the organisers hope for a safe final. “We will do this by making adjustments to the last one and a half kilometres, among other things,” chairman Robrecht Bothuyne told Het Nieuwsblad.
“We race a little further on the Anzegemsesteenweg and then enter the Nokeredorpstraat via a sharp bend. As a result, the ‘funnel of the Tsjoenstraat’ is avoided and the speed at which the sprint is started will be less high and therefore safer. There are not many other ‘major’ adjustments,” explains Bothuyne.
In this way, the organisation hopes to reduce the risk of crashes. Three years ago, the race was marred by a major crash, with Mathieu van der Poel as the most famous victim. The Dutchman crashed at high speed on the cobblestones of the Nokereberg, but came away with some scrapes and bumps.
The 2019 Danilith Nokere Koerse finalé:
The Giro d’Italia Virtual ENEL 2022 Hosted by BKOOL is Back for its Second Phase
The virtual edition of the Corsa Rosa starts its second block of stages on Monday 28th November in BKOOL, having finished the first phases with thousands of participants.
Once the first round of the Giro d’Italia Virtual ENEL 2022 hosted by BKOOL has come to an end, which has brought together over 4000 cyclists to take part at home, the second round of this exclusive virtual experience is here.
The Giro d’Italia Virtual ENEL 2022 hosted by BKOOL is an indoor cycling event, created by RCS Sport, the company which organises the Giro d’Italia and BKOOL, a virtual cycling platform which allows you to ride on actual routes on your bike without leaving home. All you need to take part in the event is a Cycling Smart Trainer or Smart Bike and a subscription for the BKOOL Cycling Simulator.
Registration is completely free and can be done by taking advantage of the 30 day free trial available at bkool.com for new users. Also, if you register via the official event website (www.girovirtual.com) you will get a 20% discount for life on your BKOOL subscription.
The virtual edition of the Giro d’Italia allows you to ride on the actual stages of the races, recorded in HD throughout the last edition and present via an innovative simulation technology which combines HD video with 3D elements, to generate a 100% realistic and immersive experience.
The event is made up of a total of 5 rounds, consisting of various stages from the Giro d’Italia 2022. After finishing the Grande Partenza, the first round, on Monday 28th November the second phase, Part 2, will get underway with the following stages:
- Stage 1: Salò – Aprica Part 1. 28th November – 4th December
- Stage 2: Verona TISSOT ITT 5th December – 11th December
- Stage 3: Borgo Valsugana – Treviso Part 1. 12th December – 18th December
- Stage 4: Passo Fedaia Part 1. 19th December – 25th December
To take part in the second round and enjoy famous routes such as the climb up Passo Fedaia or the Verona Time Trial, you do not need to have completed the first round. Each phase of the event has its own prize draws for the participants, with special prizes or Hospitality tickets for the Giro d’Italia in person.
In addition, the cyclists who sign up for the experience will enjoy the chance to ride alongside the big stars of the world of cycling. Cyclists such as Alberto Contador, Chris Froome, or cyclists from the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl team, including the current world champion, Remco Evenepoel, have already confirmed they will be taking part in the event.
Wahoo x UCI Series
New multi discipline training series on Wahoo X, gives exclusive ‘behind the curtain’ access with the World’s best coaches at the exclusive UCI World Cycling Center in Aigle, Switzerland.
For the first time ever, Wahoo Fitness, the leading endurance athlete fitness technology company, is pulling back the curtain and giving athletes the chance to go behind-the-scenes at the coveted UCI World Cycling Center through a series of insightful Wahoo X video workouts.
The new Wahoo X “A Week With the UCI World Cycling Center” series is available to watch and ride from today on the Wahoo SYSTM platform. Produced as part of Wahoo Fitness’ long term partnership with the UCI World Cycling Center, Wahoo Fitness were given unrivalled access to the UCI World Cycling Center’s facility, coaches, riders and staff to create a one-of-a-kind and immersive training experience. Athletes will have a unique opportunity to experience the life of a UCI World Cycling Center athlete, training like a pro cyclist with the track, road, MTB and BMX racing teams.
After receiving an invitation to come to the UCI World Cycling Center for a test week, the series starts with a tour of the facility and is followed by four workouts, each focusing on a different cycling discipline. The world’s best coaches, riders and staff share insight of what life is like as a UCI World Cycling Center athlete and give tips on technique.
The Wahoo X “A Week With the UCI World Cycling Center” series includes:
- UCI World Cycling Center – Tour: Ride and take a tour of the UCI World Cycling Center with its Director, Jacques Landry, where he and others share its mission as well as stories and insights into what the centre has to offer.
- UCI World Cycling Center – Track: Get face-to-face with legendary track coach, Craig MacLean on the UCI Velodrome. The workout includes a Scratch race and a series of high-intensity efforts with the track athletes.
- UCI World Cycling Center – Road: Join the UCI Women’s Continental Team, as they take you out on a team time trial up the infamous climb of Torgon, a UCI rite of passage, before finishing up with a race simulation and long descent back home.
- UCI World Cycling Center – BMX Racing: UCI World Cycling Center Performance Manager Liam Phillips takes riders through an introduction to the sport and five flat out laps of the track.
- UCI World Cycling Center – Mountain Bike: riders will join the trails in La Thuile, Italy with the Mountain Bike Team Coach Charlie Evans and will do two laps of the race course, attempting to master the highly technical features, demanding climbs and aggressive competitors.
Jacques Landry, UCI World Cycling Center Director commented: “The A Week with the UCI World Cycling Center series is a great way for the Wahoo X members to really get into the daily lives of athletes. These athletes come to us from many parts of the globe to improve their physical and mental development and acquire important technical and tactical knowledge to help them reach their goals in cycling. Participants in this series will be put through the paces of our athletes’ training and racing routines. Get ready to have fun, work hard and learn a lot, with our talented riders and staff!”
As part of this launch, Wahoo and the UCI are also holding a competition where anyone completing the series and earning the UCI World Cycling Center badge in Wahoo SYSTM by 23rd December 2022, will be entered to win exclusive prizes from the UCI World Cycling Center.
Priced at US$14.99 per month, Wahoo X’s all-in-one membership provides cyclists with the full breadth of year-round riding and training experiences. It offers the ultimate combined virtual and real world cycling ecosystem – indoors and outdoors, structured training or virtual riding, racing and challenges. Whatever being a better athlete means to the rider, Wahoo X offers the most comprehensive ways to get there. For one low priced subscription, Wahoo X delivers two apps – Wahoo RGT and Wahoo SYSTM – offering an unparalleled range.
- Wahoo X is available for US$14.99. For more information visit: https://www.wahoofitness.com/wahoo-x-membership
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