EUROTRASH Thursday: Evenepoel, Pogačar, Pidcock and all the News from the Cycling World
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Settle in for a giant EUROTRASH Thursday: Remco Evenepoel to ride the 2023 Giro d’Italia? – TOP STORY.
Rider news: Pogačar thinking about Tour of Flanders, Tom Pidcock to ride the cyclo-cross World Cup in Dublin, Enric Mas on his descending anxiety, Mathieu van der Poel’s 2022/23 cyclo-cross calendar, Nairo Quintana not going to Bahrain Victorious, Olympic Champion Anna Kiesenhofer signs with B&B Hotels-KTM, broken elbow for Pauliena Rooijakkers and Bram Welten to be lead-out for Arnaud Démare.
Contract news: Canadian James Piccoli leaves Israel-Premier Tech, Gleb Syritsa to Astana Qazaqstan as Andrey Zeits and Gleb Brussenskiy extend, Andrea Garosio to eolo-Kometa and Lotto Dstny sign Eduardo Sepulveda and Johannes Adamietz.
Team news: Tchmil will not be Lotto Dstny CEO, INEOS Grenadiers DS’s Ian Stannard & Dajo Sanders, Matt White Director of High Performance and Chard, Clarke & Valls join as Sport Directors with BikeExchange-Jayco, plus men’s and women’s 2023 roster.
Race News: Canadian cyclo-cross championships return after two years, 2024 Tour de France to start in Piemonte, Dwars door Vlaanderen 2023 Route, women’s 2023 Dwars door Vlaanderen not WorldTour, 2023 Olympia’s Tour ends with Limburg stage, Beking rides alongside the Princesse Charlene de Monaco Foundation and RCS Sport partner with the UCI for even greener cycling. Plus Fabio Jakobsen passes his marriage test. Thursday coffee time.
TOP STORY: Remco Evenepoel to Start His Season in the Vuelta a San Juan – Giro d’Italia Main Goal?
Remco Evenepoel will start his 2023 season in the Vuelta a San Juan (January 22-29), Het Laatste Nieuws reports. The World champion has started his season in Argentine twice before.
That Evenepoel will starts his year in South America is not a big surprise. In 2019 and 2020, the Belgian also opted for the Vuelta a San Juan as his first race appointment. In 2019, as a neo-pro, he rode his first kilometres as a professional and finished ninth overall. A year later he came back and took the overall victory ahead of Filippo Ganna and Óscar Sevilla. That was also the last time that the Vuelta a San Juan was held, as the race could not take place in 2021 and 2022 due to covid. Now, however, the Vuelta a San Juan returns to the calendar. INEOS Grenadiers are sending a team, most likely with Ganna and Egan Bernal. TotalEnergies with Peter Sagan should also be present.
The Vuelta a San Juan will be the first race for Evenepoel in the run-up to his major spring goals: the Ardennes classics and most likely the Giro d’Italia. Het Laatste Nieuws is certain of Evenepoel’s participation in the Giro, although the Soudal-Quick Step rider himself does not yet want to say whether he will be at the start of the Giro d’Italia or the Tour de France in 2023.
Giro for Evenepoel:
Pogačar Thinking About Tour of Flanders
Tadej Pogačar is thinking of riding the Tour of Flanders again in 2023. The Slovenian told the Italian sports newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport this week of his plans. “I have something to make up for.”
In 2022, Pogačar made his debut in the Tour of Flanders, he had to settle for fourth place, but the two-time Tour winner was the main protagonist of the race. The Slovenian was at the finish in Oudenaarde with eventual winner Mathieu van der Poel, but Pogačar fell short in the sprint after an eventful last kilometre. Pogačar hopes for a better outcome in Flanders next year. “I have the desire to make up for something in the Tour of Flanders, after my fourth place in the previous edition.” The leader of UAE Team Emirates will not change his program much. “The Italian races will certainly not be missing. I am also still looking for my first victory in Milan-Sanremo. And then there is the World championships in Scotland, which will also be a great challenge.”
The 24 year-old Pogačar also has his main goal, the Tour de France, to work towards. After his defeat at the hands of Jonas Vingegaard, Pogačar is aiming for the final yellow jersey again in 2023. “We will use this experience and take advantage of the defeat in the future. Next year we will come back to the Tour with even more morale. We are all going to give everything to try and win,” he told Cyclingnews recently.
Pogačar to Flanders again:
Tom Pidcock to Ride the Cyclo-Cross World Cup in Dublin
Tom Pidcock, the reigning cyclo-cross World champion, will be at the start of the World Cup in Dublin, Ireland in just under three weeks. This was announced on Monday by the Irish Cycling Federation in a press release.
“Cyclo-cross World Champion Tom Pidcock has confirmed he will compete in the World Cup in Dublin on Sunday 11th December. The 23-year-old rider is a new top rider on the start list, after Wout van Aert had already announced that he would be at the start,” Cycling Ireland said on their website.
There is still some uncertainty about Pidcock’s cyclo-cross program, but it is now certain that he will participate in the World Cup of Hulst (Sunday, November 27) the Superprestige of Diegem (Monday, November 28), the World Cup of Dublin (Sunday, December 11) and the Val di Sole World Cup (Saturday, December 17). Pidcock already has already ridden two races this winter; the Superprestige of Merksplas where he was 7th and finished 2nd in the World Cup of Overijse.
Mathieu van der Poel will not participate in the World Cup round in Dublin. The four-time World champion will be on a training camp in Spain at the beginning of December.
Pidcock to ride the Dublin cross:
Enric Mas Talks About his Descending Anxiety
In an interview with Cyclingnews, Enric Mas discussed his fear of descending during last season. The Spanish climber of Movistar had mental problems, especially in the Tour de France. “It was a disaster,” said Mas. “I would like to remove the Tour de France from my memory because it was terrible from start to finish. Downhills were like riding a bike for the first time. Then you lose all your confidence.” It all started due to crashes in the spring, in Tirreno-Adriatico, the Tour of the Basque Country and the Critérium du Dauphine. Mas suffered mentally. “I panicked. I was afraid of every turn. Doubt creeps into your head and takes over your power. Your brain tells you to brake for corners where you can ‘normally’ enter at 80 kph. It’s difficult to explain, but if your head says so, then you do it,” said the Movistar leader. “The loss of time became secondary. My safety was the most important thing, because there were times when I almost lost control of my bike.”
Despite those mental problems, Mas fought for a top-10 place in the Tour, but he had to abandon just before Paris because of the corona virus. “But the Tour was no longer important to me then.” Before he could start the Vuelta, he talked to a psychologist and a descent expert. “Andorra consists of mountains, so if you go up, you have to come down again. I had to repeat and analyse all descents. I had to get my confidence back. But it is also technique. How do you approach curves? So we got better little by little.”
Mas was back on track in the Vuelta where he finished second behind Remco Evenepoel. “We knew I was in good shape after the Tour and fortunately I recovered well from corona. I found almost my best form ever in the Vuelta. And the descents were no longer a problem.” His second place in the Tour of Lombardy gave Mas extra confidence. “I am on the right track. I am slowly getting closer to Evenepoel and Pogačar and at some point I hope to be on their level.”
Mas has his descending confidence back:
Mathieu van der Poel’s 2022/23 Cyclo-Cross Calendar
We are pleased to announce Mathieu van der Poel’s CX calendar for this winter. Next Sunday, Mathieu will start his first of a series of races that should bring him in top shape at the start of the World Championships in Hoogerheide. The series will be interrupted twice for a team training camp in Spain with our road team. The very last weekend before the World Championships (January 28-29) is still a little too far away to decide what that will look like.
27/11: Hulst – World Cup
03/12: Boom – Superprestige
04/12: Antwerp – World Cup
05-14/12: Team camp Spain
17/12: Val di Sole – World Cup
23/12: Mol – Exact Cross
26/12: Giver – World Cup
27/12: Heusden-Zolder – Superprestige
28/12: Diegem – Superprestige
30/12: Loenhout – Exact Cross
03/01: Herentals – X2O Trophy
05/01: Koksijde – X2O Trophy
08/01: Zonhoven – World Cup
09/01-19/01: Team camp Spain
22/01: Benidorm – World Cup
28-29/01: To be discussed
05/02: Hoogerheide – World Championships.
Nairo Quintana Not Going to Bahrain Victorious
After Nairo Quintana said last weekend that he will ride for a WorldTour level team next year, there was a lot of speculation about the Colombian’s new employer. One of the teams that was frequently mentioned was Bahrain Victorious. However, a spokesman for the team has informed VeloNews that the rumours about Quintana’s arrival are not true.
Bahrain Victorious currently has 27 riders on the roster for 2023. So there are still some spots left, but it doesn’t look like Quintana will fill any of these places. It is not known whether there was any contact between the two parties.
Another option for Quintana would be a return to his former team, Movistar, he said earlier. The only question is whether the Spanish team is interested in the 32 year-old climber, since the team has already completed its team. The team has signed only three riders for 2023, with Fernando Gaviria, Ruben Guerreiro and Iván Romeo. Nairoman has received an offer from the Colombian Conti team Medellín-EPM, but he rejected it.
Quintana was disqualified from the Tour de France in August, in which he finished sixth, after testing positive for tramadol. The painkiller is not on the WADA banned substance list, but it is banned by the UCI. Quintana appealed against this disqualification, but this was rejected by the CAS.
Quintana not going to Bahrain:
Olympic Champion Anna Kiesenhofer Signs Contract with B&B Hotels-KTM
Anna Kiesenhofer, who surprisingly won the Olympic road race in Tokyo in 2021, may be a full-time professional again next year. VeloNews reports this based on their sources. The Austrian would race in 2023 for the women’s team of the French B&B Hotels-KTM, although there are still many uncertainties about this team.
The 31-year-old Kiesenhofer, alongside the French champion Audrey Cordon-Ragot, is one of twelve women who signed with B&B Hotels-KTM. However, the question is whether this team will actually be seen in the peloton in 2023. Jérôme Pineau, the team manager of B&B Hotels-KTM, announced a major project last summer, which would also add a women’s team to the current structure. In recent weeks it appeared that the sponsors had not yet signed. There is still no clarity about the future of the team.
Kiesenhofer was a professional with Lotto Soudal Ladies for a year in 2017, but in the following years she focused mainly on her career as a mathematician and teacher, but she continued to compete. In 2021 she won the Olympic Games by holding out from the early break.
Last autumn she had a temporary contract with the Spanish Soltec Team to ride the Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta. In the fourth stage, she almost completed a 145 kilometre solo, but she was caught 1.5 kilometres from the finish. She finished twentieth on the final overall. She then also finished tenth at the World time trial championships, after finishing fifth at the European championship earlier in the year.
Anna Kiesenhofer to B&B Hotels-KTM:
Broken Elbow for Pauliena Rooijakkers in Training Crash
Pauliena Rooijakkers will not be able to train in the coming weeks. The 29-year-old Canyon-SRAM rider suffered a broken elbow in a crash during training.
“Unfortunately I crashed in training and that resulted in a broken elbow. I will therefore take it a bit easier in the coming weeks, in order to recover in no time,” says the Dutch rider said via Instagram. The elbow fracture comes at an unfortunate time for Rooijakkers, although there is still plenty of time to build up towards the first races of the new season.
Rooijakkers experienced her breakthrough in the peloton in 2022. In the spring she finished sixth in the Brabantse Pijl and 11th in the Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. She continued after the Ardennes classics, with a second place in the Itzulia Women, a fourth place in the Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge and a third place in the Tour de Suisse. She also the prestigious one-day race, the Durango-Durango Emakumeen Saria. She also took part in the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift and the Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta this year.
Pauliena Rooijakkers, out for a little time:
Bram Welten to be First Lead-Out for Arnaud Démare
Bram Welten will start the new season with a new role. After the departure of Ramon Sinkeldam (B&B Hotels-KTM) and Jacopo Guarnieri (Lotto Soudal), the 25-year-old Dutchman will be the first lead-out of top sprinter Arnaud Démare in 2023. Welten said during an interview with WielerFlits.
Since his professional debut with Fortuneo-Samsic in 2018, Welten has been very close to winning in various, difficult one-day races. After he won his last race (Tour de Vendée) for Arkéa Samsic, he went to Groupama-FDJ. There they saw him as a good sprint starter for Arnaud Démare. In the second part of the year, Welten was with Sinkeldam, Guarnieri and Démare for the rest of the season, to get a taste for the work.
This collaboration has been a success for both sides. “Ninety percent of the races next season I will ride together with Miles Scotson and Arnaud. Together we form the sprint train. I will therefore also make my debut in a Grand Tour in 2023. That was already foreseen in the last Vuelta a España, but Arnaud didn’t start there at the last minute and that’s why we did the Tour of Poland together. I am really looking forward to a Grand Tour. If I have the choice, I think the Tour de France is very beautiful.”
Lead-out work for Bram Welten:
Canadian James Piccoli Leaves Israel-Premier Tech
James Piccoli will not race for Israel-Premier Tech next year. “After three good years, we wish James good luck in the future,” the team said via social media. It is currently unclear what his future is.
The 31-year-old Piccoli made his professional debut for Israel-Premier Tech in 2020 after several good years at Continental level. In 2018 and 2019, the Canadian managed to get into the spotlight with the big teams while riding with Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling. In 2018 he won the Tour de Beauce (2.2) and rode to top 10 in the Tour of the Gila and the Colorado Classic.
Piccoli started 2019 with a stage win and a second place in the final classification of the Tour de Taiwan. He also finished second in the Joe Martin Stage Race, overall winner of the Tour of the Gila, second in the Tour de Beauce and most importantly second in the Tour of Utah, beaten only by Ben Hermans, finishing ahead of Joe Dombrowski, João Almeida and Lawson Craddock.
Israel-Premier Tech then recruited him, but Piccoli never really managed to break through at the highest level. He was second in the Tour du Rwanda and eighth in the Ruta del Sol and the Sibiu Cycling Tour. Piccoli leaves the Israeli team after three seasons. It is unknown what he will be doing.
James Piccoli leaves Israel-Premier Tech:
Gleb Syritsa Moves to WorldTour with Astana Qazaqstan Team
22-year-old Gleb Syritsa signed his first professional contract with the Kazakh WorldTour team Astana Qazaqstan Team, where he is going to spend two following seasons (2023 and 2024).
“This year I’ve got a unique chance to try myself on the professional level, joining Astana Qazaqstan Team as a trainee. I did all I could to show myself in the best possible way in every race I was riding for Astana and now I am really happy to sign my first professional contract with the team. Debut at the WorldTour level as a part of such a famous team as Astana is an incredible possibility for me and I am ready to provide my all to use it in the best way. I am grateful to the management of the team for trust and this chance. There is a lot of work ahead, there are many trainings and races to gain experience which I am still missing of. But I am here, I am ready for all the challenges to become better to compete against the best riders of the world”, – said Gleb Syritsa.
Gleb Syritsa spent a solid stagiary in Astana Qazaqstan Team and in just five races with the team he managed to score a victory (Stage 1 of Le Tour de Langkawi) and four podium places (stages of Arctic Race of Norway, Tour of Slovakia and Le Tour de Langkawi).
“I am happy that the team gave Gleb a chance to prove himself as a trainee, which he took a full advantage of. A victory and four podiums in just several races is a significant result. His sprinting qualities speak for themselves, however, there is a lot of work to be done both to improve the sprint and to evaluate the capabilities of the rider in other specialisations. Nevertheless, Gleb Syritsa impressed with his results and his attitude during the stagiary, so I am happy that he will join Astana in next season as a rider of the main team”, – said Alexandr Vinokurov, General Manager of Astana Qazaqstan Team.
Andrey Zeits and Gleb Brussenskiy Extend with Astana Qazaqstan Team
Two Kazakh riders, Andrey Zeits and Gleb Brussenskiy have prolonged their contracts with Astana Qazaqstan Team for one more season (2023).
Andrey Zeits (35), the most experienced Kazakh rider in the peloton, has spent a solid season in the team being part of the squad at the Tour de France, where he provided a good support to Alexey Lutsenko. Alongside his great dedication to the team goals, Andrey was able to score several personal results, among them an eighth place at the Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge, a ninth place in the General Classification of the Tour of Sicily and two tenth places in the overall standings of the Route d’Occitanie and Le Tour de Langkawi.
“Even though the year was not easy at all due to COVID and all the consequences of the pandemic, I think I managed to spend a good season. I am happy I was useful in team’s tactic, to help our leaders to achieve the goals that were set. And, of course, I am happy that I managed to prove myself in those races where the team was waiting it from me. I feel that both motivation and physical form remain at a high level, so I am ready to continue working, helping my team with all my forces. I am happy to extend the contract for another season and I am going to do my all to spend it as best as possible”, – said Andrey Zeits.
Recently ended season for Gleb Brussenskiy (22) became his second year as a pro in Astana Qazaqstan Team. During 2022 Gleb won the road race of Under 23 Asian Cycling Championships, took third in the road race of the Kazakhstan National Championships and finished 15th in the General Classification of the Tour de l’Avenir.
“It is great to have the opportunity to continue performing as a part of our Kazakh team, to continue working on myself to reach a new level. The first two years in the WorldTour passed very fast and maybe a little messy because of the pandemic. So, I failed to fully reach my potential. But I am sure that the success will come, I am ready to work a lot to realise myself as a professional rider at 100%”, – said Gleb Brussenskiy.
“Indeed, Andrey Zeits is a true veteran of domestic cycling, but this season he showed he is still full of energy and motivation to keep on riding on a very high level. Andrey is a strong rider you can always lean on in any race, so I am happy he stays with us for one more year. If we talk about Gleb Brussenskiy, he spent two good but at the same time tough seasons much affected by the pandemic. Last season this young rider had ups and downs, but that’s normal. He is still very young, he is still missing valuable experience, so we are going to keep on working together to reach some good results in the upcoming season”, – said Alexandr Vinokurov, General Manager of Astana Qazaqstan Team.
Another year with Astana for Andrey Zeits:
Here’s Andrea Garosio: “This is a Little World Tour”
Here is another new name among those who will make up the EOLO KOMETA of 2023. Andrea Garosio, a pure climber born in Chiari (Brescia) in 1993, is indeed ready to wear our uniform and defend our colours in a season that promises to be long and full of opportunities.
In his short career, Andrea has already had the opportunity to show off his skills with the Bahrain jersey and a Giro d’Italia raced in support of Vincenzo Nibali, before moving on to wear the Vini Zabù jersey and then the Bardiani jersey. Last year, with Biesse-Carrera, he won the best climber jersey at Coppi e Bartali. In short, one of the most interesting prospects who will have the opportunity to grow, show off, and take some satisfaction here.
And that Andrea has a great desire to do, shows it right away: “These days my father can’t work, so I am helping here at the construction site together with my brother: in the morning on the bike, in the afternoon I give a hand here.” And in this sentence is all the spirit of this boy who grew up with the healthiest principles and respect for hard work: elements that cannot be lacking, in the life of someone who wants to be a cyclist. “I,” he says, “started when I was seven years old: everyone in my family is a soccer player, and I remember always going to my uncle’s house to watch the games. At home he had a few cups won in some tournament he had played, and I used to ask him why there were so few: he would tell me that soccer is a team sport and when you win the trophy belongs to everyone, so he kept a few because the others went to his teammates. Then I decided I would be a cyclist: because every cup won, it would be mine alone.” Strong motivation, and an idol in his heart: “His name is Alberto Contador, I always cheered for him because he drove me crazy when he sprinted uphill and because we were both born on December 6: I got to talk to him briefly, it was a huge thrill.”
It can’t be bad, for a kid who grew up with a passion for cycling, to end up on the team of Contador and Basso: “Two great champions, and I’m sure that also thanks to their advice I can grow a lot. I still remember when my manager at Carrera told me that there was Ivan who wanted to talk to me: these are things you can’t forget. Because to arrive in this team is a dream: the EOLO KOMETA seems like a small World Tour, for organisation, for the staff, for the materials, for the calendar in which it takes part. Beautiful to be here, beautiful. Let’s say that there is the beauty of the World Tours here, but also that family and relaxed environment that by necessity is not there in the big teams and that for me is fundamental.”
There is a most beautiful moment in Andrea Garosio’s career, and there is a big dream to come true: “The most beautiful moment was on the stage at Coppi e Bartali when I won the climbers’ jersey: there were four jerseys up for grabs, three were from Ineos and one was mine. And the dream…the dream is called Giro d’Italia. Already being there would be beautiful, if I have to dream big I say I would like to win a stage: for superstition I haven’t looked at them yet, but I saw that there is one suitable for me that comes right to my house….”
Lotto Dstny Reinforces Team with Sepulveda and Adamietz
Eduardo Sepulveda (31) and Johannes Adamietz (24) will defend the colours of Lotto Dstny in 2023. Adamietz has signed for two years with the Belgian team, Sepulveda for one. “These two riders will give our team more depth in races with a lot of altitude meters”, explains sports manager Kurt Van de Wouwer.
The German rider Adamietz will make his professional debut at Lotto Dstny. He showed his capacities past season with a seventh place in the Sibiu Cycling Tour. As a rider of a continental team, his performance at the Deutschland Tour also stood out. “I am very pleased and excited with this opportunity at Lotto Dstny, a big team with a lot of history in cycling”, says Johannes Adamietz. “I am a rider for the high mountains and hilly classics. On those terrains I want to further develop myself at Lotto Dstny. This really is a dream come true.”
The Argentinean rider Sepulveda already has the necessary experience at the highest level. He finished the 2022 season strongly with a seventh place in the Tour of Langkawi, but his stage win and third place overall at the Tour of Turkey also impressed. “I am extremely motivated to become a part of Lotto Dstny”, says Eduardo Sepulveda. “This team has a beautiful history. It will be my first time in a Belgian team and I am looking forward to meeting everyone. I am ready to help my teammates achieve good results and fight for victory myself.”
Sports manager Kurt Van de Wouwer is excited about the two latest reinforcements for the 2023 team. “These two riders will give our team more body in races with a lot of altitude meters. Maybe they are not the two most striking names, but they are more than worth their spot in our team. Sepulveda has a lot of experience and is very ambitious to get results in difficult races. He also knows what it means to work for a leader. Adamietz has shown himself as a continental rider amongst the pros. We believe he can still improve and grow and will help in this process.”
Sepulveda and Adamietz to Lotto dstny:
Tchmil Will Not be Lotto Dstny CEO, Team Continues to Look
Andrei Tchmil will not be the new CEO of the Lotto Dstny team. The ex-rider applied for the position a month ago, but has been told that he has “insufficient experience” to be at the helm of a cycling team, Tchmil told Het Laatste Nieuws. The Belgian team continues to search.
Tchmil does not fully understand the reason given for the rejection, since after his cycling career he was, among other things, the minister of sports of Moldova and manager of Team Katusha. That is why he says he has enough experience.
“I asked if my age might play against me,” says 59-year-old Tchmil, who raced for Lotto for years and has had a Belgian passport since 1998. “The answer was no. I do not understand. I would accept it if they said that I am not a real Belgian, that I do not speak Dutch, that I do not live in Belgium. Not that I have no experience.”
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 known who is on it. Axel Merckx certainly not, because he previously announced that he will not be the new CEO of the team. Het Laatste Nieuws writes that Frank Glorieux, the former CEO of Cycling Flanders, is reportedly still one of the candidates. Lotto Soudal is currently led by sports manager Kurt Van de Wouwer and Chief Business Officer Yana Seel.
Andrei Tchmil will not be the new CEO of the Lotto Dstny team:
INEOS Grenadiers Welcomes Ian Stannard & Dajo Sanders
INEOS Grenadiers is excited to welcome back former team member Ian Stannard as a Sport Director from 2023, as well as welcoming Dajo Sanders, who will bolster the team’s elite coaching group.
Stannard spent ten years of his cycling career racing for the team and became renowned for his racing grit and success in some of cycling’s toughest races. This included winning back-to-back editions of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in 2014 and 2015 – the latter where he famously outraced two Etixx-Quick-step riders and won in an incredible two-up sprint.
Stannard honed his race savviness through many Classics seasons and as part of three of the team’s seven successful Tour de France campaigns. After retiring in 2020 Stannard joined Trinity Racing as Sport Director, working with some of the young talent who are now racing with the INEOS Grenadiers.
Stannard said: “It’s very exciting to be coming back to the INEOS Grenadiers. I had two great years and a steep learning curve at Trinity Racing which I think puts me in a good place to be stepping into a DS role. I’m looking forward to taking on new challenges with the Team, which has some of the young riders I worked with at Trinity. It’s been great to see the way the Team is building for the future and that is something I’m looking forward to being part of. It will be fun to be back working with some of my old teammates as well.”
Rod Ellingworth, Deputy Team Principal said: “It felt like it would only be a matter of time before Ian came back to work with us again. He has a wealth of knowledge to pass on, especially when I think about our Spring Classics and Grand Tour teams. I’m looking forward to working with him and sharing time on the road with him again. If there’s anyone who embodies our ‘all in’ racing spirit, it’s Ian.”
The INEOS Grenadiers coaching staff will also be bolstered by the addition of Dajo Sanders. The highly experienced Dutchman competed at national and international level while also completing his BSc and MSc in Exercise Physiology at the University of Maastricht. Sanders has co-authored more than 30 widely published papers and has conducted applied sport science projects with multiple professional cycling teams.
Rod Ellingworth, Deputy Team Principal added: “Dajo will be an invaluable addition to our coaching team. He is highly experienced and comes with a unique mix of academic knowledge, personal racing experience and practical coaching insights. While coaching at UCI World Tour level for the last four years, he has twice successfully coached a rider to the podium of a Grand Tour as well as multiple Grand Tour stage victories.”
Ian Stannard to be DS with INEOS:
White Appointed Role of Director of High Performance & Racing Plus Chard, Clarke & Valls Join as Sport Directors
GreenEDGE Cycling is pleased to welcome onboard three new sport directors for the 2023 season and a new role for former Head Sport Director Matt White.
Canadian Shawn Clarke and Briton Megan Chard will join the women’s WorldTour team for the coming season, extending the women’s sport directors group out to three, while former professional cyclist Rafael Valls is welcomed into the men’s squad.
After spending the past 11 years at GreenEDGE Cycling in a Head Sport Director position for the men’s team, White moves into a broader role in 2023, bringing his invaluable experience to become the ‘Director of High Performance & Racing’, which will see the Australian overseeing both the men’s and women’s WorldTour teams.
Brent Copeland – General Manager: “We are extremely pleased to make the announcement of Matthew White’s new role within the team for 2023. We feel this is an area which needs more attention to detail and there are few people within professional cycling with the level of experience that ‘Whitey’ has. As an organisation we are continuously looking for improvements all-round and this new role will help us improve in many of the team’s performance areas, so it is definitely a new and exciting approach for us. We are just as excited to also be welcoming a new sport director to the men’s team and two new sport directors to the women’s team. Having Megan and Shawn joining us in the women’s team brings a huge amount of enthusiasm, motivation as well as extra resources, which is important for us to balance the workload between all staff members involved in the performance area.”
Matthew White – Director of High Performance & Racing: “As an organisation always looking to evolve by improving and refining its practices, my new role as Director of High Performance and Racing will enable me to work across the high-performance spectrum in both the men’s and women’s teams. We have some new Sport Directors and performance staff joining both teams in 2023 and I will be able to assist them to grow and develop their skills in our team’s unique culture. The role change presents more opportunities for people to step up and lead at different races, and I am really looking forward to working more with the women’s team compared to previous years, to continue their team growth and evolution.”
Shawn Clarke – 2023 Women’s Sport Director: “I am super excited to be joining GreenEDGE next year, it’s something I have been working towards for a long time. With my time at the national team, with all the work I did there with the development and junior teams and then with the elite riders at world championships and Olympics, I think I have a pretty broad skill set that I’m really excited to bring to GreenEDGE. And obviously I can learn a lot from Martin, Meg, Whitey, and Marco Pinotti. Team BikeExchange-Jayco is a really good corporate environment, they treat the staff really well and there is a really good camaraderie between the riders. It is a team that’s well known for working hard but having fun together and that is exactly what I was looking for – it’s a dream come true for me. I’ve spent a lot of time now with Martin and Meg, I think we have a really good crew, we work super well together and I can’t wait for the season to begin.”
Megan Chard – 2023 Women’s Sport Director: “I’m very proud and excited to be joining GreenEDGE Cycling, I’ve met most of the staff and riders now and it looks like we have a great group for next year, so I’m really motivated to get started. I’ve been working with various teams in the UK and believe I have a lot to bring to GreenEDGE but I’m also looking forwarding to learning a lot myself, working alongside Martin and Shawn. It’s a great opportunity for me and I’m committed to getting the most of it and believe that with the group we have, we can achieve a lot next season and into the future. It’s an exciting moment to be joining such an organisation and it will be a nice step and the first time the team has had a female sport director.”
Rafael Valls – 2023 Men’s Sport Director: “First of all, I want to thank Brent Copeland and Matthew White for giving me this great opportunity to join one of the teams that has been in the WorldTour for many years. Switching almost directly from the bike to the team car is a great challenge for me but I am convinced that I will be able to contribute a lot to the development of this very interesting project. I’m very happy to be part of GreenEDGE and I can’t wait to start the new season.”
Brent Copeland (RSA) – General Manager
Matthew White (AUS) – Director of High Performance & Racing
2023 Women’s Team Sport Directors:
Martin Vestby (NOR)
Megan Chard (GBR)
Shawn Clarke (CAN)
2023 Men’s Team Sport Directors:
Vittorio Algeri (ITA)
Mathew Hayman (AUS)
Tristan Hoffman (NED)
Dave McPartland (AUS)
Andrew Smith (RSA)
Rafael Valls (ESP)
Pieter Weening (NED).
Matt White appointed Director of High Performance:
Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Team BikeExchange-Jayco’s Confirmed 2023 Men’s Roster
Team BikeExchange-Jayco has confirm its complete and final men’s roster for the 2023 season, with strength and depth added to all areas, as the Australian outfit welcome onboard 11 new riders to form a well-balanced 30-rider strong team.
Fortified Sprint Squad:
With the welcomed addition of sprint star Dylan Groenewegen in January 2022, bunch sprint victories have become a high priority for the team, with Groenewegen capable of winning at the highest level, demonstrated by his stage win at this year’s Tour de France. Now, as the squad heads into its 12th season in the UCI WorldTour peloton in 2023, fortifying the sprint group even further was a key priority.
With this, Team BikeExchange-Jayco recruit experienced Dutch rider Elmar Reinders (who joined midway through 2022), plus young Australian talent Blake Quick, both fast men that will slot into the team’s lead-out train and complement the work of the seasoned lead-out professionals, such as Luka Mezgec and Luke Durbridge. With an eye on building for the future, Quick also provides the squad with an option to lead the team’s ‘B’ sprint group, made up from former track riders such as Campbell Stewart and Kelland O’Brien.
“We have enjoyed seeing the team step up and challenge for sprint victories throughout the entire season and how the lead-out train has improved to become one of the best in the world. It was very important to continue with this momentum, we’ve put a lot of work and resources into our sprint team, and we believe the new riders we have joining the team next year will really help to boost us in this area. We have big ambitions for sprint finishes in 2023.” – General Manager Brent Copeland.
Consistency With Climbers:
With general classification success in stage races continuing as a major focus for the squad, 2023 sees the Australian outfit bolster its climbing group significantly, with the addition of Australian Chris Harper, Irishman Eddie Dunbar, and Italian champion Filippo Zana.
Alongside the three climbers will be Austrian all-rounder Lukas Pöstlberger, and two older experienced riders with Italian Alessandro De Marchi and Czech Zdeněk Štybar, providing the team with a more enriched group to tackle stage races, in support of general classification leader Simon Yates.
“Winning stage races is a big goal for us as an organisation and we are thrilled to have such diverse and talented riders joining us next year that will be able to support our leaders in stage races, from the high mountains to keeping safe and protected on the flat throughout Grand Tours. We believe we have found and created a very well-balanced team, one of our strongest team rosters for the hilly races and a team that will really enable us to step up another level next year, especially in the big tours, chasing podium finishes.” – Copeland.
Developing The Future:
Finding and developing young talent is always of high importance for GreenEDGE Cycling, and in 2023 it is no different. With the backing of Team Owner Gerry Ryan confirmed through to 2025, development projects have been included into the roster. Ethiopian climber Welay Hagos Berhe is a rider that the team believe has incredible potential in the mountains, along with Rudy Porter from Australia. U23 European champion Felix Engelhardt is also amongst the names of new rider signings that the team looks to assist with their transition into the WorldTour peloton and development deep into the future.
“With a clear vision for the future, we’re delighted to be able to bring onboard young talented riders, give them a plan and assist them with the important start of their careers as they step into the WorldTour. This has always been very important for us, to find and nurture new talent, the stars of the future, and it is very motivating for us to have four young and gifted riders in Hagos Berhe, Porter, Engelhardt and Quick for 2023. With the support staff, our dedicated sponsors, and the older experienced riders on the team, we believe it is a great environment to help these riders on their journey to becoming the world’s best.” – Copeland.
Team BikeExchange-Jayco 2023 Roster: (30)
Alex Balmer (SUI)
Welay Hagos Berhe (ETH) *New Rider
Kevin Colleoni (ITA)
Lawson Craddock (USA)
Alessandro De Marchi (ITA) *New Rider
Eddie Dunbar (IRL) *New Rider
Luke Durbridge (AUS)
Felix Engelhardt (GER) *New Rider
Tsgabu Grmay (ETH)
Dylan Groenewegen (NED)
Lucas Hamilton (AUS)
Chris Harper (AUS) *New Rider
Michael Hepburn (AUS)
Amund Grøndahl Jansen (NOR)
Chris Juul-Jensen (DEN)
Jan Maas (NED)
Michael Matthews (AUS)
Luka Mezgec (SLO)
Kelland O’Brien (AUS)
Jesús David Peña (COL)
Lukas Pöstlberger (AUT) *New Rider
Rudy Porter (AUS) *New Rider
Blake Quick (AUS) *New Rider
Elmar Reinders (NED) *New Rider
Callum Scotson (AUS)
Matteo Sobrero (ITA)
Campbell Stewart (NZL)
Zdeněk Štybar (CZE) *New Rider
Simon Yates (GBR)
Filippo Zana (ITA) *New Rider
Team BikeExchange Jayco:
No. of riders: 30
No. of Australians: 9
No. of other nationalities: 21 (4x ITA, 3x NED, 2x ETH, 1x NZL, 1x GBR, 1x AUT, 1x COL, 1x SLO, 1x NOR, 1x DEN, 1x IRL, 1x USA, 1x SUI, 1x GER, 1x CZE)
Youngest rider: 21 – Welay Hagos Berhe
Oldest rider: 36 – Zdeněk Štybar
Average age: 27.5
International Growth: Team BikeExchange-Jayco Women Confirm 2023 Roster & Goals
Team BikeExchange-Jayco women confirm its complete team line-up for the 2023 season – its largest and most international roster since the team’s inception in 2012. The team will comprise of 15 riders from nine different countries and three different continents, with the Australian outfit looking to build on delivering consistent performances across the entire season.
Stage Race Targets:
With women’s cycling continuing in a rapid upward trajectory, the inclusion of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift and other longer stage races, means a greater focus on general classification success. After proving her level throughout 2022, Kristen Faulkner will continue to be a leader for the team for the overall GC battles, with a strong squad made up of opportunistic riders around her.
“We have seen over the last couple of years how much women’s cycling is progressing. It has been incredible to witness and be a part of and it was demonstrated this year with a very successful Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift. Naturally, with the inclusion of these high-profile stage races, the team’s focus leans more towards overall stage racing success. We have built a team for 2023 that is well balanced, and we believe we have the right pedigree of riders to challenge for general classification podium placing and wins. We saw with the great support from their teammates this season, riders such as Kristen Faulkner and Alex Manly showed their huge potential in racing consistently through long stage races and I’m sure we will see them challenging for overall victories in many tours next season.” – General Manager Brent Copeland.
Five New Faces:
As the team continues to develop fresh new talent, three Australian newcomers, Amber Pate, Alyssa Polites and Georgie Howe are exciting additions, all set to make their debut in the UCI Women’s WorldTour peloton in 2023. Having each shown potential in their own right, GreenEDGE Cycling staff are motivated to see what these riders can achieve as they are welcomed into the new environment.
Despite her fairly young age, experienced Italian Letizia Paternoster will boost the team’s sprint campaign, bringing her intensive track speed and fast kick to the team line-up. The fifth rider to join will be Norweigian Ingvild Gåskjenn, another young promising all-rounder that can be of great value to the team in a range of racing scenarios.
“It is always exciting bringing on new riders and we believe that the five new additions we have for 2023, will really complement our women’s team, as we bring on a mix of experience, speed, and newfound talent. We are looking forward to working with and assisting with the development of these riders and we have a clear vision for the future and continuing to create a well-balanced team that is able to challenge in all types of races, over varied terrain and throughout the lengthy season. The roster for 2023 will be our largest to date with a great mix of nationalities, and this is something we are very pleased and proud to have, and it again demonstrates the growth of women’s cycling in general and the level of riders internationally.” – Copeland
Building on Success:
After enjoying breakthrough seasons in 2022, Australian trio Alex Manly, Georgia Baker and Ruby Roseman-Gannon have high ambitions for 2023 having each won big races this year. A ‘stepping stone’ season saw Roseman-Gannon make a successful debut in the Women’s WorldTour peloton, which she took in her stride, whilst both Manly and Baker returned to the road, displaying how their track backgrounds have assisted with their step up a level on the road. With this, Team BikeExchange-Jayco believe the new roster has all the right ingredients to create a special 2023 season.
“This season the team enjoyed some great results with wins from seven different riders, this gives us a lot of confidence heading into the new year. We don’t need to rely on one leader, we have a range of talent. The riders gelled well, they have great trust in each other and that is always very important to be successful. With the strong foundations they have built, the things they learnt and the progress that individual riders made this year, we are all ready to fight for plenty more wins in 2023 and build on what was achieved in 2022.” – Copeland
Team BikeExchange-Jayco 2023 Roster: (15 riders)
Jess Allen (AUS)
Georgia Baker (AUS)
Teniel Campbell (TTO)
Kristen Faulkner (USA)
Ingvild Gåskjenn (NOR) *New Rider
Georgie Howe (AUS) *New Rider
Nina Kessler (NED)
Alex Manly (AUS)
Amber Pate (AUS) *New Rider
Letizia Paternoster (ITA) *New Rider
Alyssa Polites (AUS) *New Rider
Ruby Roseman-Gannon (AUS)
Ane Santesteban (ESP)
Chelsie Tan (SGP)
Urška Žigart (SLO)
Team BikeExchange Jayco:
No. of riders: 15
No. of Australians: 8
No. of Other Nationalities: 7x (1x USA, 1x NOR, 1x NED, 1x ITA, 1x ESP, 1x SLO, 1x SGP)
Youngest rider: 19 – Alyssa Polites
Oldest rider: 34 – Nina Kessler
Average age: 27.4.
Canadian Cyclo-Cross Championships Return After Two Years
Athletes from across Canada are getting ready for the 2022 Lazer Canadian Cyclo-cross Championships in Saanich, BC, after two years without Championship racing in the discipline.
While riders in U13, U15, U17 and Sports categories will race for a spot on the podium, it will be the Junior, U23, Elite and Masters classifications who aim to take the maple leaf jersey home and the title of 2023 Canadian Cyclo-cross Champion.
“We are thrilled to be heading to beautiful Saanich, BC for the 2022 Lazer Canadian Cyclo-cross Championships,” said Josh Peacock, Director of Marketing & Events at Cycling Canada. “With a rich history of cyclo-cross event hosting on Vancouver Island, this event promises to deliver the atmosphere and excitement that the cyclo-cross community has come to expect of the Canadian Championships. Following a two year hiatus of the event, we’re very much looking forward to bringing the Canadian cyclo-cross community together again.”
Familiar names include the current Canadian Cyclo-cross Champion, Michael van den Ham, who has won four maple leaf jerseys and will look for his fifth Championship title on the weekend. Ruby West will also be in attendance after coming off her track season, where she competed at the Track World Championships earlier this year. Switching gears, the Dundas, ON, rider says she’s excited to be back racing cyclo-cross as she pursues her first Elite Canadian title. “I’m so excited to be coming out to Canadian Cyclo-cross Championships this year,” said West. “I was bummed when the last few years’ nationals got cancelled, first because of COVID in 2020, then flooding in 2021. I felt like this was finally my chance to get out to some west coast cyclo-cross and the fact that it’s Canadian Championships makes it extra special! My goal any time I race at Canadian Championships is always to race for a jersey, so I’m going to do my best to chase that. I’m not sure where my form or other rider’s form is at. All I do know is that it’ll be a great battle with whoever shows up and I cannot wait!”
Championship racing will be on Nov. 26 across categories with the TREK Bear Crossing Grand Prix the following day. Live timing and full results can be found on the events page of the Cycling Canada website.
2024 Tour de France to Start in Piemonte
At the beginning of June, La Gazzetta dello Sport reported that the Tour de France will start in Florence in 2024. Now there is again a strong indication that the Grand Départ will indeed take place in Italy in two years’ time. Alberto Cirio, the Governor of Piedmont, told Italian media on Monday evening that the Tour will pass through his region in 2024.
“Piedmont will continue to host major events. After all, I can tell you that the Tour de France will come over our roads,” Cirio told tuttobiciweb. The governor said this after the ATP Finals tennis tournament won by Novak Djokovic, which took place in Turin. “In terms of visibility, the Tour de France is the biggest sporting event in the world. The 2024 edition will pass through Piemonte, with Turin and Pinerolo as important stage cities. I can’t say more at the moment…”
The governor cannot say more, but it seems to confirm what La Gazzetta dello Sport wrote earlier. According to the Italian sports newspaper, the 111th edition of the Tour de France will start on June 29 in Piazzale Michelangelo, in the historic centre of Florence. The Tour would also be in Italy the following days, until the border is crossed on day four. This stage to France would start from Pinerolo, La Gazzetta dello Sport reported.
The Tour to Italy:
Dwars door Vlaanderen 2023 Route: Fewer Climbs and More Cobbles
The route of Dwars door Vlaanderen 2023 was revealed at the Rogiers Machinery Academy in Waregem. The riders will face slightly fewer climbs in the WorldTour race next year, but on the other hand, more cobblestones have been included in the course.
Eleven climbs are included in the 185 kilometre men’s race. This year the riders had thirteen climbs to tackle. Dwars door Vlaanderen remains a difficult course, especially since the number of cobbled zones has been increased to eight. The Stooktestrat and the Zeelstraat will be in the semi classic next year, as will the Volkegemberg.
The course designer Guy Delesie told Het Nieuwsblad. “The slope of the Holstraat and the Karmeldreef have been cleared.” In the last 30 kilometres there are the Nokereberg, the cobbles of Herlegem, the Nokereberg and Herlegem. In the final there is another passage at the Hippodroom in Waregem, but in the other direction.
The men’s victory this year went to Mathieu van der Poel. The Dutchman was ahead of Tiesj Benoot and Tom Pidcock after an entertaining final. Chiara Consonni was the best among the women, the fast Italian beat Julie De Wilde and Elise Chabbey in a sprint. Next year’s edition will take place on Wednesday 29 March 2023, traditionally four days before the Tour of Flanders.
The men will start a little earlier next year as the women finish, for the first time, after the men. The eleventh edition of Dwars door Vlaanderen for women will also be broadcast live on Belgian television. The race also hopes to be part of the Women’s WorldTour in 2024, but will remain a ProSeries race for now.
Van der Poel won in 2022:
Women’s 2023 Dwars door Vlaanderen Not in WorldTour
The organisers of the Dwars door Vlaanderen hoped to join the WorldTour with the women’s race in 2023, but the semi-classic for women will have to wait another year. “Of course we think that’s a shame, but we just have to accept it,” was said in conversation with Sporza.
The eleventh edition of Dwars voor Vlaanderen for women will continue to be a 1.Pro competition next year. “Of course we think that’s a pity, but we just have to accept it,” said Nele Dewaele of the organising committee. “Nevertheless, we will have a nice field of participants.”
“We have already received numerous requests from WorldTour teams, so the field must be nice. It would be nice to have a Belgian rider as the winner. The Dutch have dominated so far, with eight of the ten victories.”
The riders will face a race of 155 kilometres on Wednesday, March 29, 2023, with eight climbs and seven cobbled sections. The final is identical to that of the men’s race. This year, the victory went to Chiara Consonni. The fast Italian defeated Julie De Wilde and Elise Chabbey in a sprint.
Chiara Consonni won in 2022:
Olympia’s Tour 2023 Ends with Limburg Stage to Beek
The final stage of Olympia’s Tour will end in Limburg. On the final day of the oldest stage race in the Netherlands, a hilly stage with a finish in Beek is on the program. Olympia’s Tour 2023 runs from Tuesday 22 to Sunday 26 March.
The final stage of the 2023 Olympia’s Tour has a tough route. After the riders have already been presented with many climbs in a large circuit, they are faced with a final with the Maasberg and Adsteeg. Finish place Beek and Olympia’s Tour are no strangers to each other. Also in 1989 and 1990 the tour ended in Beek.
Ralph Diederen, alderman of Beek, is pleased with the agreement between the municipality and Olympia’s Tour. “I am happy and proud that our municipality forms the backdrop for the final stage. We are happy to contribute to the talent development of Dutch cycling talent in one of the oldest stage races in Europe.”
In the previous edition of Olympia’s Tour, which was won by Maikel Zijlaard, there was no Limburg stage. The race mainly took place in Groningen, Drenthe and Overijssel. It is not yet known what the course will look like next year, in addition to the stage to Beek.
Stage 3 winner, Elmar Reinders:
Beking Rides Alongside the Princesse Charlene de Monaco Foundation and Fight Aids Monaco
Cycling once again becomes a means of raising awareness and giving a voice to associations.
Created with the precise aim of uniting sport and charity to help with actions, Beking Monaco is much more than a cycling event. The event involves local associations, creating an important human link with the people before the implementation of projects, so that there is always the security of sharing objectives and results.
“We thought about Beking during the lockdown,” explained Matteo Trentin. “And it was automatic to reflect first of all on the future, on what we would like our children to have as authentic values, on which to base their lives. We wanted to bring a different event to Monaco, one that would also involve local families and foundations.”
Beking supports two associations in particular: the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation and Fight Aids Monaco, engaged on two different fronts but absolutely in line with the values of the event.
Founded by H.S.H. Princess Stephanie, since 2004 Fight Aids Monaco has been supporting people living with HIV, as well as carrying out a prevention campaign, both in France and in some African regions. Over the years, the association has become a firm point of reference for those who feel excluded because of this disease, creating personal and shared paths to find their place in society and in themselves.
“Beking is fun, educational and convivial, but it also wants to be a way to shed light on important issues and get more people involved in social engagement,” Matteo continued. “Cycling is in itself a great medium to convey messages in a simple and clear way at the same time. Our shared passion has created great opportunities.”
Launched on 14 December 2012, the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation is dedicated to saving lives, fighting drowning and educating children to become responsible and aware adults. Its missions are to raise awareness of the dangers of water and to teach children preventive measures, as well as to introduce them to swimming and sport. The Learn to Swim and Water Safety programmes are carried out worldwide. The Sport & Education programme on the other hand aims to encourage sporting activities in order to contribute to the well-being and development of children.
“In a world like ours, sport can become a valid answer to many problems,” he concluded. “Now that we are more than ever faced with the need to consume less fossil fuels, the bicycle is perfect for short-distance travel. Just imagine people cycling to work and we will have less traffic on the roads, a big saving in the use of hydrocarbons and much cleaner air. This is just one example of all that can be done by sticking together, that’s why I find it really important to have a solid partnership with foundations, they help us to have more of a voice internationally as well.”
For an event like Beking, it is essential that the associations’ missions are in line with the values conveyed by cycling and the event itself, a key point to take these challenges forward and unite all participants towards the pursuit of a single goal, as this is what cycling teaches.
“Beking Monaco is an event that supports charities through cycling while raising awareness of cycling as a synonym for sustainable mobility. The event, organised by CMT and AWE, is open to the public, and will take place on 27 November at the Port Hercule in Monaco, with a variety of activities under the banner of sport and solidarity.”
RCS Sport Partner with the UCI for Even Greener Cycling
The UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) has presented its manifesto for cycling with an increasingly low environmental impact. The manifesto was immediately signed by RCS Sport, a key player at the forefront of minimising emissions during major cycling sporting events. This has been particularly prevalent through many tools created within the Giro d’Italia.
The UCI Charter is based on eight points, implementing the Paris climate agreement, aiming to reduce emissions from the use of fossil coal, between now and 2030, and limiting global warming to 1,5 degrees. The Organisation said the next five years will be crucial in accelerating the transformations necessary for sustainable climate development.
One of the cornerstones of this action will be the systematic measurement of the climate footprint of the events on the UCI calendar. They will activate all communication channels to raise awareness on the topic among the general public worldwide.
RCS Sport, which immediately signed up to the Charter, has already been active for years on the sustainability front. Along with the use of low environmental impact cars in races, the Ride Green campaign, based on a separate waste collection and waste flow traceability system, is a project aimed at safeguarding the areas visited by the Giro d’Italia.
Fabio Jakobsen Passes his ‘Marriage Test’ in Curaçao
Fabio Jakobsen and Delore Stougje recently tied the knot. They have been staying on Curaçao for a while on honeymoon, but the new couple are not just lying on the beach.
Jakobsen previously described the honeymoon as a “Honeymoon training camp”. The Soudal-Quick Step sprinter is thinking about the new road season and needs to maintain his condition. And so Jakobsen and his wife took part in the Kärcher Duo Extreme. This is a mountain bike race over 70 kilometres that is ridden in pairs. Fabio and Delore managed to control the race. “Marriage test passed! We won the mixed race in tough conditions,” said a proud Jakobsen on Instagram.
Delore Stougje is an avid cyclist herself. She was active for years at a high amateur level in the Netherlands. Her sister, Chanella Stougje, was a rider of the Parkhotel-Valkenburg professional team, but ended her career in 2019.
Kärcher Duo Extreme Winners:
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