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The peloton news never stops and we have another full EUROTRASH bag to empty. Cyclo-cross from the Nacht van Woerden. Merckx advises Evenepoel – TOP STORY.
Rider news: Jonas Vingegaard to ride the Tour in 2023, Jérôme Pineau on the B&B project, Miguel Ángel López looking for a new team, Arkéa-Samsic: ‘The Quintana chapter is closed’, Joao Almeida wants to ride the Giro next year, Asbjørn Kragh Andersen retires and Diego Rosa ends his road career and returns to MTB.
Contract news: Dario Cataldo extends for two years with Trek-Segafredo, Simon Geschke two more years at Cofidis, Samuele Battistella Stays with Astana, Jumbo-Visma sign Jorgen Nordhagen, Blanka Vas and Anna Shackley extend with SD Worx and Carlijn Achtereekte with Jumbo-Visma.
Team news: Kurt Van de Wouwer has WorldTour ambition for Lotto Dstny, Gianni Savio’s team to drop to Conti level, W52-FC Porto will not be in the 2023, Cofidis completes team, Saudi Cycling Federation and Movistar sign agreement, Lotto Dstny Ladies riders, LOOK Cycle Returns to the WorldTour with Cofidis and DSM confirm new coaches for 2023.
Race news: Matej Mohorič in Beking and 2023 Jayco Herald Sun Tour canceled.
And the sad news of the passing of Brian Robinson.


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TOP STORY: Merckx Advises Evenepoel: “At the Moment it is Better he Rides the Giro Than in the Tour”
World champion Remco Evenepoel knows which Grand Tour he will ride in 2023. The leader of the soon to be Soudal – Quick-Step team just does not want to say whether he will contest the Giro d’Italia or the Tour de France. Eddy Merckx has a preference. “Now I advise him to ride the Giro,” Merckx told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“The Giro-Tour knot has been cut in the meantime, but we are not going to tell you for the time being,” Evenepoel said last week. “I can only say that I am very happy with my program. It is calm in the beginning and then busier towards the end. The opposite of this season actually. But what, where and when: we will leave that unknown for a while.”

In addition to traditionally many mountain stages, the riders are also given seventy time trial kilometres, something that is in Evenepoel’s favour. The Tour 2023 route will be presented next Thursday in Paris. Merckx, who won the Giro five times himself, hopes that Evenepoel can be seen in the Tour of Italy next year. “It depends on how strong the others are, but Evenepoel has proven to be a champion in recent months.”

“He has gone through an evolution. Remco has won the Vuelta, a Grand Tour. And he did that by attacking even on steep climbs. In the Giro it will be more difficult. The climbs are longer and more difficult and often go above 2,000 meters. And the weather is also different, with possible snow and cold temperatures. But Evenepoel has to test himself, only in this way will he learn to know his limits. You also learn that from your defeats.”

Evenepoel’s first encounter with the Giro (in 2021) did not go as planned, but Merckx now sees a completely different rider. “Then he only returned after his bad fall in the Tour of Lombardy. In recent months he has made great strides with a win in Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the Vuelta and the World championships. Now I advise him to ride the Giro. At this point in his career, that’s better than the Tour. Moreover, it is always special to race in Italy: the beautiful places, the supporters, the food.”

Eddy knows best for Remco:


Nacht van Woerden
Nacht van Woerden Cyclo-Cross Men 2022
Lars van der Haar convincingly won the Night of Woerden, the sixth time in a row. From 2015 to 2019 he was the best in his ‘home cross’ close to his hometown Woudenberg. Van der Haar was again the best after a two-year break. He held off Quinten Hermans.

Nacht van Woerden

The best start under the flood-lights in Woerden came from Stan Godrie, but the top favourites quickly got to the front. Home favourite Lars van der Haar was at the front with his biggest challenger Quinten Hermans. Ryan Kamp was able to follow the Dutchman and the Belgian for a long time, but had to let the two go.

In the first half of the cross, Van der Haar made an attempt to drop Hermans, but the Tormans rider got back onto the wheel of the Woudenberger. Halfway through, Hermans had no answer to an attack from the Baloise Trek Lions leader. Van der Haar immediately made a gap of 5 seconds and only expanded it further. Nothing stood in the way of Lars van der Haar’s sixth win in a row, giving him plenty of time to celebrate. Hermans was second at 27 seconds. Kamp defended his third place, although he still had to do his best in the final phase to keep Felipe Orts behind him.

Nacht van Woerden

Race winner, Lars van der Haar (Baloise-Trek): “I really wanted to win, because there are a lot of friends and family here. Of course you’re nervous, because that doesn’t happen that often. When it’s so close to home, you want to do your best. It’s nice to win here. Is it time to call this the GP Lars van der Haar? That’s not up to me, but it’s a nice cross and I like coming here. It was great fun against Quinten. We put up a good battle together and made a nice race. I wanted to be one step ahead of the rest, unfortunately that didn’t work out. I noticed that the steering was a bit better again. At the start of the season I had some trouble following, in the wheel. That is going really well again and that is useful towards the European Championship. The explosiveness is also starting to come back. I’m going to need that to be able to participate in that European Championship. Eli Iserbyt has an edge. Michael Vanthourenhout is daring for me and I think Quinten Hermans and Laurens Sweeck are the question marks. But I hope to have a good fight and I think I can be close.”

Nacht van Woerden Cyclo-Cross Men Result:
1. Lars van der Haar (Ned) in 57:51
2. Quinten Hermans (Bel) at 0:27
3. Ryan Kamp (Ned) at 0:38
4. Felipe Orts (Spa) at 0:50
5. Joris Nieuwenhuis (Ned) 1:04
6. Stan Godrie (Ned) at 1:16
7. Lander Loockx (Bel) at 1:33
8. Diether Sweeck (Bel) at 1:47
9. Julian Siemons (Bel) at 1:51
10. Luke Verburg (Ned) at 2:35.

Nacht van Woerden’22:


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Nacht van Woerden Cyclo-Cross Women 2022
Blanka Kata Vas won the Nacht van Woerden. The young Hungarian was able to deal with World champions Marianne Vos and Puck Pieterse after an exciting battle.

Nacht van Woerden

After an absence of two years, the Nacht van Woerden is back. The Dutch evening cross in the Utrecht region could count on a strong field: World champion Marianne Vos, Shirin van Anrooij, Puck Pieterse and Blanka Kata Vas. The race circuit was of about 3 kilometres in the centre of the city in the Green Heart.

The best start was from Puck Pieterse. The young Dutch rider, who was second in the Tábor World Cup last Sunday, decided to put the pressure on in the first lap. World champion Vos, who rode with a light, jumped on her wheel. Vas also managed to go with them, Bakker and Van Alphen had to pull out all the stops to keep up with the pace. After Pieterse’s lightning-fast start, Vas decided to take command. The SD Worx rider pushed on, but failed to shake off Vos and Pieterse. These three managed to separate themselves from the rest: for Bakker and Van Alphen it was too fast. Vas, Vos and Pieterse didn’t look back.

Pieterse put himself back in the lead of the front group, hoping to drop her two competitors. Vas had to dig deep, Vos, on the other hand, quickly followed. Pieterse turned out to be unable to just drive the others off her wheel. The decision only came in the very last lap. In the final Vas tried for a second time and this turned out to be the right move. The Hungarian champion rode away from Vos and Pieterse and managed to keep the World champion behind her. Pieterse was stranded in third place. Bakker and Van Alphen completed the top 5. For 21-year-old Vas it was her fifth victory of the season. She previously won the first three heats in the Czech Toi Toi Cup and the Ardooie Kermiscross.

Nacht van Woerden

Race winner, Blanka Kata Vas (SD Worx): “It was a tough and technical cross. It was very slippery in the corners. However, I was good in cornering and I was able to make the difference there. I knew I had to start in the lead on the final lap, as it is difficult to overtake on this course. I went for it and was able to finish it. My eyes aren’t very good in the dark, so I was a bit scared. However, it was a lot of fun to do, also because we could count on a lot of encouragement. Namur is a tough course, but I hope to do well there.”

Nacht van Woerden Cyclo-Cross Women Result:
1. Blanka Kata Vas (Hun) in 42:47
2. Marianne Vos (Ned)
3. Puck Pieterse (Ned) at 0:05
4. Manon Bakker (Ned) at 0:35
5. Aniek van Alphen (Ned) at 0:37
6. Lauren Molengraaf (Ned)
7. Anna Kay (GB) at 1:45
8. Marion Norbert-Riberolle (Bel) at 2:07
9. Laura Verdonschot (Bel) at 2:15
10. Maud Kaptheijns (Ned) at 2:16.

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Jonas Vingegaard To Ride the Tour de France Again in 2023
There is a good chance that Jonas Vingegaard will defend his title in the Tour de France next year. The Danish leader of Jumbo-Visma emphasises that no decisions have been made yet, something sporting director Merijn Zeeman also did earlier. “But the idea is to go back to the Tour de France. I would be surprised if that wasn’t the plan,” Vingegaard told media.

“As a defending champion in the Tour it’s always difficult, but I’m ready for the challenge,” he continued. “I know it’s going to be even harder to win there, but that’s part of it. I now have the experience of what it is like to win the Tour. I know I just have to focus on myself so that I can be as good as possible at the start of the 2023 Tour de France.”

In the extensive interview with Cyclingnews, Vingegaard also talks about the way of working at Jumbo-Visma. “I like to prepare for big competitions. The training and the entire preparation. It’s interesting to see what I can do better, what I can learn from the previous year to make strides each season,” said the Dane. “I always think about the process and how it can be improved. I’ve also been thinking about next season. I want to avoid getting sick after Liège, because then my build-up to the Tour will be delayed.”

After his victory in the Tour de France, Vingegaard was honoured in his home country; “It was big, much bigger than I expected” and then he took a rest. He didn’t return to racing until the end of September in the CRO Race. It was said that Vingegaard had problems with the fame of the Tour win, but he firmly denies it. “Those news reports were very exaggerated,” he says. “I just needed a break, that was it.”

“There were no problems. I got my rest and enjoyed quality time with my family and friends. We had a barbecue, I enjoyed a glass of wine or a beer… I don’t need much to be happy, even though I won the Tour de France,” said Vingegaard.

There was also a lot of discussion about his non-participation in the World championships. “It would have been a waste of time to go to Australia, because I didn’t like that course. I could have raced earlier, but I felt I really needed that break. I only removed the Brittany Classic from my original program. I started training in Spain instead and then did the CRO Race. I have finished the season well and I feel good, just before 2023.”

Vingegaard looks forward to the 2023 Tour de France:


Jérôme Pineau on the Delay of the B&B Project
Jérôme Pineau has for the first time reacted to the delay in the presentation of his team for 2023. The manager of the current B&B Hotels-KTM hoped to present the new project, with Mark Cavendish, on Wednesday, but has had to postpone it. “We are busy at work,” Pineau told Le Télégramme.

“I hope everything falls into place soon,” he continued. “But I have people who will support the team and I am in constant contact with them. It is in my nature to be concerned. You always run the risk that a rider or a sponsor changes their mind completely at this point. And just as it is not easy to get a loan for your house, it is not easy to find someone to sponsor a cycling team.”

Pineau hopes to present his new team in November. Recently, a large part of the riders got together to get acquainted. “I had to reassure my riders,” he says. Pineau indicated that the management is working ‘with heart and soul’ on the project and that it is good to remain calm. “I hope the riders sleep better than I do, but they do support me.”

The fact that B&B Hotels-KTM was missing from the UCI’s list of teams that had applied for a ProTeam license already raised questions. The French team now has until November 15 to submit those documents to the UCI. If that works, the riders: Cees Bol, Ramon Sinkeldam, Nick Schultz and possibly Mark Cavendish and Maximiliano Richeze will also have certainty for 2023.

Will Cavendish go to B&B Hotels?


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Miguel Ángel López Looking for a New Team
Miguel Ángel López is under contract with Astana Qazaqstan until the end of 2023, but seems he is looking for a new team, according to Zikloland. The relationship between the two parties is said to have been dented after López was named in a Spanish doping investigation.

Astana Qazaqstan suspended the Colombian in July over this alleged involvement, but later lifted the suspension because there was ‘no evidence’. López then rode the Vuelta a España for the Kazakh team. He finished the Spanish tour in fourth place. However, according to Zikloland, that does not mean that everything is back to normal, and López’s future may well lie elsewhere.

López returned to Astana Qazaqstan in early 2022, after racing for one year with Movistar in 2021. There Superman left after an incident in the Vuelta a España. López was on course for a podium place, but on stage 20 the climber missed the move of the day. He did everything he could to return to the group of GC riders, but his team had to stop his chase. This caused a disagreement between the team management and López, who wanted to abandon, he got back on his bike, but eventually climbed off.

López to leave Astana?


Arkéa-Samsic manager Emmanuel Hubert: “The Quintana chapter is closed”
Arkéa-Samsic achieved enough UCI points in 2022 to become part of the WorldTour, but the French team also had some bad moments last season. Nairo Quintana tested positive for Tramadol and was removed from the Tour de France results. “That was a huge slap in the face,” team manager Emmanuel Hubert told Le Télégramme.

“On the day it came out, I was faced with a fait accompli,” continued Hubert. “I asked him for an explanation. I was very upset and convinced that he hadn’t taken anything. Since then, he has defended himself at CAS. He has the right to claim that he is innocent.” However, Hubert will no longer have anything to do with the case. “It’s his problem now. We are no longer contractually bound. The Quintana chapter is closed.”

Hubert will have to do without Nairo Quintana in 2023, who will leave the team despite a contract extension announced in August. The team manager tried to strengthen the climbing section of the team by reaching out to Romain Bardet and Guillaume Martin, he told Le Télégramme, but both French climbers didn’t respond. Bardet will remain with Team DSM until the end of 2024, Martin extended for the same period with Cofidis.

Arkéa-Samsic will be betting on Warren Barguil and Nacer Bouhanni, newcomers David Dekker and Clément Champoussin, Hubert said. The team had some stagieires come over to the main team. “The future belongs to the riders we have trained ourselves, we are making room for a new generation.”

The Quintana chapter is closed:


Joao Almeida Wants to Ride Giro d’Italia Again Next Year
If it is up to João Almeida, he will be at the start of the Giro d’Italia again next year. In his opinion, the Portuguese rider still has something to make up for in the Italian tour: this year he had to give up while in a promising position in the final week due to a covid infection.

The UAE Team Emirates rider hopes to take sporting revenge in the Tour of Italy in 2023, although he has no idea yet of his final program. But Almeida does have a clear preference. “I want to focus on the Giro again. I can look back on a reasonably good season, although I expected a bit more from the Giro. But in general I have had good results and also learned a lot,” he is quoted.

Almeida started the 2022 season with a fifth place in the UAE Tour and was then eighth in Paris-Nice and third in the Tour of Catalonia and also won the queen stage to Boí Taüll. After a disappointing Giro d’Italia, he won the final stage of the Tour of Burgos and was second in the final standings, in the Vuelta a España he finished fifth in the general classification after a strong final week.

Almeida hopes to be back in the Giro next year, although UAE Team Emirates team may also consider sending the Portuguese all-rounder to the Tour de France as a luxury helper from Tadej Pogačar.

Almeida want’s to ride the Giro in 2023:


Asbjørn Kragh Andersen Retires
Asbjørn Kragh Andersen ends his professional career at the age of 30, he told Ekstra Bladet. The older brother of Søren Kragh Andersen has raced for Team DSM for the past four years.

Kragh Andersen turned pro with Delko Marseille Provence-KTM in 2016 and won a stage in the Tour des Fjords that year. After two years with the French team, he took a step down to the Danish Conti-team Waoo, but after he won the Tour du Loir et Cher E (2.2), he got a place with Team Sunweb in 2019. He spent the last four years of his career with that team and its successor DSM.

“It is not sad for me in any way,” said Kragh Andersen about his farewell to Ekstra Bladet. “On the contrary, I am looking forward to a new chapter in my life. At the same time, I want to say that it has been an experience that I would not have wanted to miss.”

With Team DSM, Asbjørn Kragh Andersen rode with his brother Søren Kragh Andersen. In 2019 they rode the Tour of Flanders together. “It was a highlight to ride in the WorldTour with my brother and to start in a monument with him. It’s something I look back on as a great experience. We started together and now I’m leaving while we were still racing at the same level. It’s something they can’t take from us, something we’ve always wanted.”

Kragh Andersen will not sit still, now that his cycling career is over. He turned down a role as DS at Team DSM, but does not rule out returning to cycling one day. First, however, he goes elsewhere to work. “As of November 1, I will start as a plumber and energy specialist at Jens Kristiansen here in Kolding. So I’ll move on quickly, but that was also something I was pretty clear about. Many people say that after your career you have to find yourself, but that’s not for me. The chance of the black hole is minimised if I have something to do.”

Asbjørn Kragh Andersen:


Diego Rosa Ends Road Career and Returns to MTB
Diego Rosa has decided to end his road career at the age of 33. However, the Italian rider is not planning on hanging up his bike. Rosa will take up his old love of mountain biking again.

“It was ten fun and challenging years. I got a lot out of it and also gained a lot of experience,” Rosa says on his YouTube channel. “I started as a cyclist and will also die as a cyclist. I’m going back to doing what I love most: mountain biking. I really enjoyed my experiences on the road this year. For example, I had a lot of fun during the last Giro d’Italia.”

“However, I didn’t want to put off the decision to stop road racing for too long. I have lost intrinsic motivation.” Rosa will now make the switch to mountain biking. The Italian also hopes to experience beautiful moments and to achieve success in this discipline. “There is still a lot for me to learn. I have to start all over again. I will now experience my sport in a slightly different way.”

Rosa started his career in 2013 with Gianni Savio and after two seasons with Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela, then went to Astana. Rosa also rode for Team Sky (2017-2019), Arkéa-Samsic (2020-2021) and this year for EOLO-Kometa. His palmarès include victories in Milan-Turin, the Tour of the Basque Country and the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali.

Six years ago Rosa was also very close to victory in the Tour of Lombardy, but was passed by Esteban Chaves in the final metres. In recent years, the Italian mainly rode for others and was unable to achieve any results himself. This year he was still fifth in the queen stage of the Giro di Sicilia, with the finish on Etna, and he wore the blue mountain jersey for a few days in the Giro d’Italia.

Diego Rosa back to MTB:


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Dario Cataldo Extends for Two Years with Trek-Segafredo
Dario Cataldo will race for Trek-Segafredo in 2023 and 2024. The 37-year-old Italian, who came from the Movistar team last winter, has signed with the American team for two years.

“Over the last 16 years I have witnessed the radical changes in the cycling world up close,” Cataldo stated in a Trek-Segafredo press release. “It has always been my priority to go with the different aspects of the modernisation and to be a rider who can add something to the team. At Trek-Segafredo, I’ve found a place where my experience and my contributions to the team’s successes – achieved within a hugely competitive system – are valued.”

“There is a huge professional structure within Trek-Segafredo,” the Italian continued. “The team is aware of everything that is needed in modern cycling. In addition, last year I had the opportunity to experience the real family atmosphere of the team. There is a special relationship and a lot of mutual respect between the staff and the riders.”

Last year, Cataldo rode two Grand Tours for Trek-Segafredo, the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España. “The 2022 season gave me the chance to gain the trust of the team, now I can continue the adventure with everyone. Many thanks also to Luca Guercilena (the team manager of Trek-Segafredo), for offering this opportunity. I am almost 38 years old, but I start the season with the same determination and drive to perform as when I was a neopro.”

Team manager Luca Guercilena is full of praise for Cataldo. “This year we saw that Dario’s experience was invaluable. We brought him on in 2022 because we needed someone with the amount of knowledge he brings, who could at the same time act as a domestique to the leaders and help the young riders develop. Dario has fulfilled this role 100 percent and it was an easy decision to offer him this contract extension.”

“We continue to have great confidence in his qualities as a rider and as a role model. And personally I believe he will continue to add value to the whole team and help us achieve even more in 2023.” Cataldo has extended for two more years at Trek-Segafredo and will remain with the team until the end of 2024.

Two more years for Dario Cataldo with Trek-Segafredo:
Dario Cataldo


Simon Geschke Two More Years at Cofidis
Simon Geschke will ride for France’s Cofidis in 2023 and 2024. The 36 year-old German has been racing for the team of manager Cédric Vasseur since 2021 and has now put his name on a contract of another two seasons.

Geschke, who lives in Berlin, wanted to continue his career and Cofidis is very satisfied with the German’s performance. Both sides quickly agreed. “We already talked about an extension of my contract last year. I can look back on a good season and that was also an important reason to extend my contract. I feel good within the team and I want to support the leaders again in the coming years and take my own chance every now and then.”

Geschke, who in the past rode for CCC and Sunweb before Cofidis. He finished third in the Tour de Romandie and won a bronze medal at the German road championship this year. In the Tour de France he also held the KOM, but in the final week he lost it to Tour winner Jonas Vingegaard.

Vasseur is also very happy with Geschke’s contract extension. “It’s great that we can count on a rider as talented as Simon for longer. He also has a lot of experience. He is able to achieve good results himself, but is also a highly valued helper. He ensures a good balance within the team. We have found an excellent road captain in Simon.”

Simon Geschke with Cofidis next year:


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Samuele Battistella Stays with Astana Qazaqstan Team for Two more Years
After two years in the Kazakh team the Italian rider Samuele Battistella extended his contract with Astana Qazaqstan Team for two more seasons, until the end of 2024.

“I am sure that this is the best choice for me and my career. I have spent two great years in Astana Qazaqstan Team, I am feeling here really good as I found in this team a great environment. So, I am happy to sign a new deal for two more seasons. I got a lot of experience during my first two seasons here, I am improved a lot, but at the same time I am still feeling like I can achieve more, and I am really happy to continue growing up as a professional rider together with Astana Qazaqstan Team,” – said Samuele Battistella.

Previous season (2021) Samuele won his first race in Astana jersey at Veneto Classic in Italy, also becoming fourth in the General Classification of the Arctic Race of Norway.

In 2022 despite a challenging season due to the crashes and sickness Battistella got some important results too: twice he was second in the stages of the Vuelta a España, he was third in the General Classification of the Tour of Hungary and finished 7th in the overall standings of the Tour de la Provence and the Tour de Pologne.

“Samuele faced a tough season due to some back luck with the crashes and sickness, especially if we talk about Tour de France, where he was forced to abandon due to COVID. But, at the same time we see in Samuele a very talented and motivated rider who still has a room for improvement. He already won a race for Astana in 2021 and for a few times he was close for another success during this season, especially at La Vuelta, so I am happy that he stays with us for two more years and I am sure he can achieve much more in our team,” said Alexandr Vinokurov.

Samuele Battistella to stay with Astana:


Team Jumbo-Visma invests in future by signing up Nordhagen
Team Jumbo-Visma has signed the 17-year-old Norwegian talent Jorgen Nordhagen. The Scandinavian rider will wear the Jumbo-Visma Development Team jersey in 2024. A year later, Nordhagen will join the World Tour team. Nordhagen has signed a contract through 2027 with the team of CEO Richard Plugge. He will be a second-year junior next year.

Nordhagen (2005) combines cycling and cross-country skiing. Last year, his cycling accomplishments as a first-year junior included winning a stage in the GP Rüebliland and the Norwegian time trial championship. Nordhagen took first place in two national cross-country skiing competitions in his age group last year. Additionally, he took home the silver medal in the Norwegian championships.

Nordhagen is very happy with the opportunity he is getting. “Here, I get the time and room to grow as a person and become a pro rider. That has always been my dream, and it will come true in a few years. I’m really looking forward to it. Because I have already decided to transfer to Team Jumbo-Visma after my junior season, I can continue to develop in peace and quiet and focus on my sporting goals. I think the team and I make a strong match because, based on my first impressions, the team and I have the same mindset. It’s also good to meet my fellow countrymen Tobias Foss, Per Strand Hagenes, and Johannes Staune-Mittet. I’ve heard positive things about the team from them.”

Although Nordhagen has a deal with a cycling team, he will still pursue cross-country skiing. “I’ll keep combining cycling with cross-country skiing in the upcoming seasons. I want to continue that combination for as long as I can. It is a terrific workout that helps me train and develop my entire physique.”

According to Head of Development Robbert de Groot, Nordhagen is a fantastic addition to Team Jumbo-Visma. “The fact that we are embarking on such a trajectory with such a young boy is quite special. We see exceptional talent in Jorgen. He is a highly motivated boy who seeks a training program where he feels he can improve. The fact that he already knows where his future is allows him to concentrate on training, competing and developing. We both feel that he will fit in perfectly with us. To achieve full development, we provide long-term pathways like this. We firmly hold that belief. It fits perfectly with the cooperation we are beginning with Jorgen. We are looking for an optimal balance between training and competition development. We can offer tailor-made solutions to talent over a long period because of the collaboration between our development team and the World Tour team.”

Jorgen Nordhagen to Jumbo-Visma:
Jorgen Nordhagen


Blanka Vas and Anna Shackley Extend Contract at Team SD Worx
Blanka Vas and Anna Shackley have extended their contracts at Team SD Worx. With Vas and Shackley, the team has secured two of the biggest talents in women’s cycling through 2024.

Blanka Vas (21) is currently in the middle of her cyclo-cross season. Meanwhile, the Hungarian has already opened her contract with Team SD Worx and extended it until the end of 2024. “It may not have been immediately obvious to the general public, but Blanka Vas showed once again some strong performances for her age during the last road season,” sports manager Danny Stam points out. “In 2021, she achieved unexpectedly great results. This year she continued to develop and rode a full road season for the first time. We have seen that she has become a lot stronger. Especially in the tougher one-day races she impressed. Blanka is a rider who can do anything and wants it all. The future will show what she can best specialise in.”

Vas stresses that she feels completely at home at Team SD Worx. “I didn’t have to think long when I was able to extend my contract,” Vas said. “Within the team, I can continue to do the combination of road, cyclo-cross and mountain bike. Thus, next year I will ride a few more mountain bike races with a view to qualifying for the Paris Olympics in 2024.”

Vas: “This season I rode a fairly full road programme for the first time. I learned a huge amount. Being in the best team in the world with Danny Stam, Anna van der Breggen and Lars Boom as sports directors and having experienced top riders like Chantal Blaak and Demi Vollering next to you is a big advantage. I have not yet decided where my biggest opportunities on the road actually lie. Although I do have a preference for the one-day races. I like the hill classics, but hope to get to know the cobbled classics in the future. Apart from the sporting part, I also like the atmosphere in the team. I really feel at home here and I’m happy to continue cycling in this environment in the coming years.”

Anny Shackley (21) has also extended her contract until 2024. Danny Stam: “Anna had a difficult year in 2021. For the first time she rode with a big team, while she had hardly ridden any races in 2020 due to Covid. This year, she proved her talent. In the final classification of the Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta and the Tour de Romandie Féminin, she finished in the top ten. She has shown tremendous progression this year, while also suffering setbacks. For instance, she had to miss the Giro d’Italia Donne due to a corona infection. Her autumn was very strong.”

“It is true that the first year with the team was quite difficult,” Shackley confirmed. “Fortunately, I made some nice progress in 2022. In the hill classics and in the heavier round work I come into my own best. Certainly my results in the autumn were good. That gives a lot of motivation going into the winter towards the upcoming season. At Team SD Worx I am enjoying myself. I am developing well here. There is also a good team atmosphere between the riders and the staff. I feel at home here.”

Composition Team SD Worx 2023
Mischa Bredewold, Elena Cecchini, Niamh Fisher-Black, Sina Frei, Barbara Guarischi, Lotte Kopecky, Christine Majerus, Femke Markus, Marlen Reusser, Anna Shackley, Lonneke Uneken, Blanka Vas, Chantal van den Broek-Blaak, Demi Vollering, Lorena Wiebes.

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Achtereekte Extends Contract with Team Jumbo-Visma Women
Carlijn Achtereekte will continue to cycle for Team Jumbo-Visma Women in 2023. The first six months with the team, in which the former long-track speed skater was introduced to the professional peloton, have been successfully completed. As a result, the team management and Achtereekte are very optimistic about a continued partnership.

After five years of competing for Team Jumbo-Visma as a speed skater, the 32-year-old Achtereekte switched to cycling in June this year. Although she initially lacked technical and tactical cycling knowledge, the former Olympic 3000-metre champion’s superior sports mentality, strength, and fitness gave her the confidence she needed to advance in her cycling career.

At the Tour de Suisse, Achtereekte made her professional cycling debut. Many facets of cycling passed were presented, such as a time trial and climbing. “It took some getting used to”, Achtereekte concludes, “but overall, it went better than planned.” The rider also participated in the Vårgårda WestSweden, the Tour of Scandinavia and the Ceratizit Challenge by la Vuelta.

“In Scandinavia, I experienced for the first time what it is like to be able to contribute to the team’s performance”, Achtereekte reflected. “Marianne Vos was riding incredibly well and had already won three stages. We also wanted to ride for her on the final day. So the race coach gave me a particular duty that morning. We got the leading group back and dropped Marianne off well for the last local lap. She lived up to her favourite role and won. That made me feel so good. It felt like I had won myself.”

Rutger Tijssen, Team Jumbo-Visma Women’s sports technical manager, asserts that Achtereekte has demonstrated in recent months that she fits with the group. “Carlijn is a diamond in the rough. We see a lot of potential, which she is not yet fully utilising. Therefore, we will keep guiding her so she can frequently play an important role. Next year, I expect her to shine, especially in the tougher stage races.”

Achtereekte has given herself the objective of having a successful winter training season so she can begin the spring season in shape. “Additionally, 2023 will be a discovery-filled journey for me as I have never ridden a spring classic. But I know it will be good, so I’m looking forward to it.”

Carlijn Achtereekte to stay with Jumbo-Visma:
Carlijn Achtereekte


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Kurt Van de Wouwer Talks of WorldTour Ambition with Lotto Dstny
In recent years, Kurt Van de Wouwer was responsible for the development team and managed to develop many talented riders to the main team of Lotto Soudal. He has now been promoted to sporting manager of the professional team. In conversation with Sporza, the former rider looks ahead to next season.

Van de Wouwer takes over the sporting leadership within Lotto Dstny in turbulent times. The team could not stay in the WorldTour, sponsor Soudal decided to switch to Lefevere and a few weeks ago CEO John Lelangue left. Van de Wouwer is optimistic and emphasises that there is enough talent on board. “We have to let the talent we have in-house perform optimally and perform. Everyone has to stay highly motivated and get the best out of themselves to start collecting points from next season. I am convinced that Brent Van Moer and Florian Vermeersch will take another big step forward.”

The fact that Lotto Dstny will no longer be racing on a WorldTour license next year is not even a disadvantage, according to the new sporting boss. The team is the first ProTeam in the UCI Team Ranking and can still start in all WorldTour races in 2023. “We have the luxury, I see it, that we are no longer obliged to race all the races of the WorldTour. We can put together our own program and take a good look at which races we can drop.”

“This way we can map out a balanced program, in which we do not overload our riders, but still allow them to focus on certain goals. That should be the focus. On the other hand, every year it brings with it the pressure and stress to get wildcards for important races. Because eventually the race to regain a place in the WorldTour in 2026 starts now. If you work for this team, that should automatically be the ambition.”

Lotto dstny in 2023:
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Savio to Have a Continental Level Team in 2023
Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli is in financial difficulties because main sponsor Drone Hopper cannot provide financial guarantees. Team boss Gianni Savio is no longer thinking about a ProTeam license for next season. “The idea is to come out at continental level for a year in 2023,” he told OA Sport.

At the end of September, Savio said in conversation with La Gazzetta dello Sport that it is not yet certain whether Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli will still exist in 2023. Main sponsor Drone Hopper cannot provide the financial guarantees. At the moment, the Italian has still not found an alternative sponsor. A temporary step down to the continental level is the only solution, thinks Savio.

“At the moment we are thinking of a sort of relaunch at Continental level in 2023, but with the proviso that it is a project to launch young riders. In 2024 we want to take the step again to the professional level.” The UCI emphasises that teams can apply for a license until November 10. In the first half of December, the UCI license commission will then determine whether teams qualify for their requested license.

Deep down, Savio still hopes for a miracle, but has no illusions about a ProTeam license. “Finding sponsors was not easy, but today it is even more difficult. The economic situation is not very good, we still have a pandemic, we are in the middle of a war and energy prices have risen sharply. Companies are currently unwilling to invest in the sport. We are currently in talks with two potential sponsors, but that will be on a Continental level.”

The team manager of the Italian team has not yet said goodbye to the Spanish startup company Drone Hopper. The Madrid-based company, which manufactures drones used in fires, agriculture and logistics solutions, signed a contract with the Italian team last year until the end of 2025.

“We still consider the Drone Hopper contract to be legally valid,” said Savio. “We are waiting for the company to be in good health again and then we can move forward together. It is only clear that Drone Hopper will no longer be able to act as the main sponsor next year. But we give the company the chance to stay on board.”

Savio down to Conti level:


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W52-FC Porto Will Not Be in the Peloton Next Year
W52-FC Porto will not race next year. The team has said in a letter to the Portuguese cycling federation that, after all doping cases, it will not apply for a Continental license.

Seven W52-FC Porto riders have been banned for several years by the Portuguese Anti-Doping Agency. João Rodrigues, who was the best in the Volta ao Algarve last year, has to serve a ban seven years. The other six riders have three-year suspensions: Rui Vinhas, Ricardo Mestre, Ricardo Vilela, Daniel Mestre, Jose Neves and Samuel Caldeira.

These riders have been suspended by the Portuguese anti-doping agency ADoP for “possession of a prohibited substance and methods”. The sentence of Rodrigues (27) is higher because deviating values ​​have also been found in his blood passport. In April, the news came out that Nuno Ribeiro, sports director of W52-FC Porto, had been arrested for his involvement in a doping case.

The Portuguese police set up a large team on the case and, according to various national media, during house searches, doping substances were found in ten riders of the team. The UCI then decided to revoke the Portuguese formation’s license. W52-FC Porto was already in the news several times before this doping investigation because of other doping cases, but now the team has also decided to pull the plug on the project.

It is still unclear whether the team will return to the peloton in 2024. Another question is what the future holds for Amaro Antunes, winner of the Volta a Portugal in 2017, 2020 and 2021. The 31-year-old climber is the only W52-FC Porto rider who has not been suspended for doping or involvement in the case. The former CCC rider may soon sign for another team, although there is no clarity about his future.

W52-FC Porto stops, but Amaro Antunes goes on:
Malhao - Portugal - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Amaro Antunes (W52-FC Porto) pictured during the Volta ao Algarve em Bicicleta 2017 stage 5 from Loulé to Malhao (179.2k - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2017


Cofidis Completes 2023 Roster with Christophe Noppe
Cofidis has completed his selection for 2023 after the arrival of Christophe Noppe. The 27-year-old Belgian leaves Arkéa-Samsic after three seasons and signs for two seasons with the team of manager Cédric Vasseur.

Noppe has a preference for the (spring) classics. The Belgian is still looking for his first victory at a professional level, but has had a few places of honour in recent years. This year he was fourth in the Tour de Vendée, fifth in the Memorial Rik Van Steenbergen and tenth in the Eleven Cities in Bruges.

Noppe, born in Oudenaarde but now based in Ypres, will mainly help others with his new team. “I look forward to using my experience in the service of my teammates so that they are able to showcase their class and achieve victories. I am very happy to join the team. As a child I dreamed of representing Cofidis. I can’t wait to start the adventure and help my teammates in the classics and stage races.”

Team boss Vasseur is also happy with his latest addition for next season. “We are very pleased to welcome Christophe to the team. He will teach us a lot about the classics, thanks to his course knowledge and tactical skills. Among other things, he will take care of Axel Zingle, who has already demonstrated an aptitude for classical work. We are sure that Christophe will quickly integrate into the group.”

Cofidis will start the next season with thirty riders. Guillaume Martin will again be the most important leader in the Grand Tours in 2023, in the sprints it will be Bryan Coquard, Max Walscheid, Simone Consonni and Davide Cimolai. Other top men should be Ion Izagirre, Jesús Herrada, Simon Geschke, Victor Lafay, Rémy Rochas and Axel Zingle.

Noppe, Jonathan Lastra, Axel Mariault and Harrison Wood are the newcomers. Sander Armée, Tom Bohli, Szymon Sajnok, Kenneth Vanbilsen and Davide Villella all leave for destinations unknown as yet.

Cofidis Team for 2023:
Piet Allegaert (Bel)
François Bidard (Fra)
André Carvalho (Por)
Thomas Champion (Fra)
Davide Cimolai (Ita)
Simone Consonni (Ita)
Bryan Coquard (Fra)
Alexandre Delettre (Fra)
Rubén Fernandez (Spa)
Eddy Finé (Fra)
Simon Geschke (Ger)
Jesus Herrada (Spa)
Jose Herrada (Spa)
Ion Izagirre (Spa)
Wesley Kreder (Ned)
Victor Lafay (Fra)
Jonathan Lastra (Spa)
Axel Mariault (Fra)
Guillaume Martin (Fra)
Christophe Noppe (Bel)
Anthony Perez (Fra)
Pierre-Luc Perichon (Fra)
Alexis Renard (Fra)
Remy Rochas (Fra)
Benjamin Thomas (Fra)
Hugo Toumire (Fra)
Jelle Wallays (Bel)
Max Walscheid (Ger)
Harrison Wood (GB)
Axel Zingle (Fra).

Christophe Noppe to Cofidis:
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The Saudi Cycling Federation and the Spanish Abarca Sports, Managing Company of Movistar Team, Signed an Agreement
The Saudi Cycling Federation and Spanish Abarca Sports (Movistar Team) signed an agreement today in the presence of Mr. Abdullah Alwathlan the President of the Saudi Cycling Federation and Mr. Eusebio Unzué the President of Abarca Sports and General Manager of Movistar Team.

The agreement aims to develop technical staff, enhance cooperation on training programs, exchange experiences, hold regular workshops and support events, races and activities in the Kingdom for years to come. The cooperation between the parties aims to jointly develop cycling projects in the Kingdom at all levels.

The team started its activity in the pro cycling top tier in 1980, being the longest-running (43 years) and most successful squad in the UCI world Tour, including some of the best cyclists, men and women, in the history of cycling and ranking first in the world rankings in 1992, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

In 2018, the team created the women Movistar Team, that has become one of the best women cycling teams in the World, achieving the victory in Tour of France, Giro Italia and Vuelta España in 2022. Moreover, the team is worldwide recognised as a leader in sustainability practices amongst the cycling family and an innovator in the use of technology and big data to enhance the competitively of its cyclists.



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Lotto Dstny Ladies Selection Part of 15 Riders Next Season
The Lotto Dstny Ladies Team has finalised its selection for the 2023 season. The team will consist of fifteen riders, with again a strong focus on developing young talents.

From the end of last season, a new approach has been taken with the women’s team, that of developing and supporting talent. The continental development team has raced a mixed program the past year including Classics, stage races with plenty of climbing but also events of the Lotto Cycling Cup. A mix of Belgian and non-Belgian talents was given the opportunity – through the support of the professional team’s infrastructure – to further develop themselves. Next year, the team will continue along this path, explains sports manager Kurt Van de Wouwer.

“To reduce the step between the women’s junior and pro category, we deliberately chose another strategy at the end of last year, that of developing young talent, both Belgian and across the borders. The role our team plays in the women’s ranks is crucial, as there is no or hardly any U23 category. From the juniors, you immediately end up in the elite peloton. We raced a balanced program in which every rider had the chance to further discover and improve the specific qualities”, begins Kurt Van de Wouwer.

“With such a young team, we can’t expect results at the highest level straightaway. Nevertheless, several ladies performed really well the past season and showed to have the necessary talent to make it. Next year, the goal is to further build on the foundations we laid this season. The riders who stay in the team, have an additional year of experience and we have also signed some reinforcements. With Fauve Bastiaenssen (24), Julie Hendrickx (19) and Julie Nicolaes (18) we added three young Belgian talents to the team. Julie Sap (30) is a bit older but she only discovered cycling recently and immediately took the Belgian time trial title at club level this year. With the Finnish Wilma Aintila (18), the Dutch Quinty Van de Guchte (23) and the Danish Mette Egtoft Jensen (21), we have also attracted three non-Belgian talents. And with Grace Verbeke, we have appointed a new and very experienced sports director. For this roster of fifteen ladies in total, we will make up a balanced race schedule, so everyone can further develop themselves on their specific terrain”, concludes Kurt Van de Wouwer.

Selection Lotto Dstny Ladies 2023:
Wilma Aintila, Fauve Bastiaenssen, Kristyna Burlova, Katrijn De Clercq, Mieke Docx, Mijntje Geurts, Esmée Gielkens, Julie Hendrickx, Mette Egtoft Jensen, Julie Nicolaes, Julie Sap, Nicole Marla Sigmund, Ines Van de Paar, Quinty Van de Guchte and Sterre Vervloet.



LOOK Cycle Returns to the UCI WorldTour with Long-Term Bike Partnership Across Cofidis Men’s, Women’s & Para-Cycling Teams
Multi-year deal confirmed between iconic performance bicycle and pedal manufacturer and Cofidis pro-team, forming a 100% French team sponsorship at the highest level of professional cycling.

LOOK CYCLE and Team Cofidis have announced a multi-year sponsorship deal starting in 2023. The partnership brings together an iconic French cycling brand and a prestigious French cycling team, with Cofidis men’s UCI WorldTour team, women’s Continental Pro Team and UCI Paracycling Team set to use LOOK bikes and pedals plus CORIMA wheels. Team Cofidis riders will be equipped with LOOK’s latest high-performance bikes across climbing, aero, and TT-focused models. This latest sponsorship deal extends the long-term agreement that has seen LOOK’s French-made LOOK KEO BLADE Ti pedals used by Cofidis since 2010.

Team Cofidis has also deployed CORIMA’s premium race wheels throughout the 2022 calendar. The men’s and women’s team have ridden the highly aerodynamic carbon MCC DX, WS Black DX, and WS TT DX wheelsets across iconic races including the Giro d’Italia and Le Tour de France.

LOOK’s return to bike sponsorship at the UCI WorldTour follows the announcement of a new long-term technical partnership with USA Cycling and its USA Track Sprint Program. LOOK has decades of experience proving its game-changing bike and pedal designs at the world’s most iconic races: LOOK’s pedals saw their first pro-tour victory via Bernard Hinault at the Tour de France in 1984; LOOK’s bicycles took their first pro-tour victory via Greg Lemond at the Tour de France in 1985; Laurent Jalabert achieves 111 victories using LOOK bikes from 1989 through to 2002; and in 2006 LOOK achieved it’s first WorldTour team partnership with Credit Agricole Team.

LOOK and CORIMA will be supporting Team Cofidis’ commitment to bring cycling to a larger and more diverse community of riders and cycling fans by contributing to the development of the women’s, men’s, and paracycling teams. In 2023, the men’s Cofidis team, including Guillaume Martin (FR), Bryan Coquard (FR), Simone Consoni (IT), Ion Izagirre (ES), and Jesus Herada (ES) will be deploying LOOK technology to target victory at key moments in the UCI WorldTour calendar including the Giro d’Italia, Le Tour de France, Paris Roubaix, Liège Bastogne Liège, and the Tour de Lombardie.

Women’s Continental team riders including Rachel Neylan (AUS) and Martina Alzini (IT) will be looking to capitalise on their experience from the first Tour de France Femmes. Meanwhile Cofidis’ paracycling team, including Alexandre Lloveras, Katell Alençon, Mathieu Bosredon and Gatien Le Rousseau, will be taking on the biggest races in the world.

Cédric Vasseur, General Manager, Team Cofidis, said: “We are excited to give our riders the opportunity to ride LOOK bikes for the next few years. LOOK has become over the seasons one of the most emblematic brands on the market and this new partnership is an additional step in the development of our Cofidis team towards the search for Performance.

As the UCI World Tour team, we are more concerned than ever with the level of performance of all the components of our bike and we want to offer the ultimate quality to all of our riders. We are also proud to ride on 100% French high-tech products. We are convinced that the Cofidis LOOK agreement will provide our UCI World Tour Team, Women Team and Handisport Team with the best range of products in all areas of cycling, including road, track and gravel. We are delighted to open a new chapter with LOOK bikes from 2023 by continuing our quest for victories at the highest level.”

Federico Musi, CEO, LOOK Cycle & CORIMA, said: “LOOK and Team Cofidis are proud to announce a long-term partnership which will allow the riders of the UCI World Tour team to benefit from the full range of LOOK bikes, pedals and CORIMA wheels. We are also particularly excited to contribute to diversifying and expanding the community of riders by supporting the professional women’s team as well as the development of the para-cycling team. Promoting ‘Made In France’, French know-how, and LOOK’s heritage of excellence alongside a team as prestigious and historic as Cofidis is a real honour. Our employees in our French factories are fully committed and proud to support the team for the years to come, while the team supporting across the Italian and US offices are delighted to support these top athletes in their quest for victory.”

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Team DSM Confirm New Coaches for 2023
Team DSM are happy to announce that Kelvin Dekker, Callum Ferguson, Christian Guiberteau and Joey Van Rhee will join their coaching staff for the 2023 season. This news follows on from the team’s restructured approaching to coaching last year, which sees select groups of riders work within a given specialism and block – sprint, classics and GC – to help streamline their training and progression.

Speaking about the new staff, Team DSM head coach Rudi Kemna said: “We’re really looking forward to welcoming Kelvin, Callum, Christian and Joey to the team. Christian of course is a former colleague and we’ve always kept in contact with each other, so it will be really nice to reconnect and work with him again. In the talks we’ve had with Kelvin, Callum and Joey, we can see they are all incredibly driven and passionate individuals, who all complement and strengthen our coaching group in different ways. They’ve all worked extremely hard to get to where they are now and it gives us pleasure to give them the platform to showcase their talents as coaches.”

Dekker joins from Allinq Continental Cycling team where he has been performance manager which he combined with a role in cycling development at the Watersley Sports and Talentpark; having previously been a team leader at NXTG Racing. With a focus on the Women’s program, Dekker will also work in the other programs of the team throughout the year too, embedding into the team structure.

Dekker said: “I’m looking forward to working within the professional structure of Team DSM. I’ve been passionate about cycling for as long as I can remember, and later this passion was joined with that for coaching and making people better at what they’re doing. I love how the team sees coaching as a true profession and that’s what makes my drive to work at the team even bigger. I’m young and this is only the beginning, but I have a lot of ambition to keep Team DSM a winning team.”

Ferguson is a former rider himself who has honed his skills and craft as a coach, working both privately, but also with the Zappi Racing Team and Mg-Kvis Colours For Peace where he has helped to mould and grow several young talents. Like Dekker, Ferguson will work alongside different programs to further learn about the team, but will have a main focus on the Men’s program.

Ferguson added: “After conversations with Rudi, I realised the values of the team matched mine. The development and progression of the riders is vital. Plans made by the staff is what makes this team run so smoothly and this is what makes me so excited to get underway and start working with both riders and staff. With previous teams I’ve learned a lot being about being a coach in the majority of the U23 world’s best races. I understand what it takes to be a coach at this level; being clever isn’t just tactics but listening to the riders is just as important. I’m excited to put what I’ve learned from my previous years into practice with Team DSM.”

Guiberteau returns to Team DSM having been a valued member between 2011 to 2015, and since then has been part of the coaching staff at Cofidis where he has helped take them from ProContinental level to the WorldTour. Guiberteau will take a more hands on role as responsible coach for the staff at races, while he will also support the Men’s program.

Guiberteau expressed: “I still remember the good memories of my years in the team from 2011 to the end of 2015 and after a time of separation, I am very happy to be back. I will have to adapt again to the team which has continued to develop and has become a great structure. I’m motivated and eager to start working this winter, with a function that sees me work closely with the staff, to continue my adventure with Team DSM again for the coming seasons.”

Van Rhee rode his bike on the Continental European scene before hanging up his wheels and starting coaching with a focus on mentality – helping youngster Pim Ronhaar to a cyclocross world title. Van Rhee will find his feet in the team and continue to grow as a coach, working more specifically with the Development program but also gaining experience working alongside other coaches from the Men’s program.

Van Rhee said: “I’m really happy and excited with the opportunity to join and work at Team DSM. I am looking forward to getting the best out of each rider, not only physically but also personally and mentally too. As a coach I believe that your whole system, physically and mentally, have to work together to get the best out of yourself and I want to help guide the riders to do just that.”

Team DSM would like to thank Huub Duijn, Marcel Sieberg and Boris Zimine for all of their hard work and efforts over the past seasons; and wish them all the best in their next roles.



Milan-San Remo Dominator Matej Mohorič in Beking: “Cycling helps us build a better future”
The Slovenian champion returns to the Riviera to support the green philosophy of commuting.

The unforgettable descent from the Poggio that earned him victory in ‘La Primavera’ made Matej Mohorič one of the absolute stars of the Classics at the start of the season. Now the Slovenian champion returns home to the Riviera, just a few kilometres from his great seasonal success, to participate in Beking Monaco 2022 and close the season in the sign of sustainability and solidarity.

“I believe that events like Beking are an excellent way to educate and promote cycling,” he explained. “We share a passion for the sport at a professional and competitive level, but not only that, we promote cycling as a way to keep ourselves healthy and safeguard our well-being, as well as a smart way to move around the city more efficiently.”“I think cycling can help us achieve a better future,” he said. “In some countries people use it to go to work and to commute around the city: if we followed their example, we could do something good for our health and have fun at the same time, without wasting time in traffic jams, locked in our cars. Commuting would also allow us to interact socially, perhaps cycling with our friends or taking the long way home. Moreover, bikes take up much less space than cars. Today there are also e-bikes that cater to the needs of the less fit. In short, there are no longer many excuses: the revolution is possible.”

It is a green consciousness that fits perfectly with cycling and biking; it is important to develop it from an early age and to awaken it in adults. This is just one of the objectives of the event, which aims to involve families, cyclists and institutions in a big party that raises awareness of road safety education and the transformation of cities into liveable and safe places, where coexistence can always be respectful and peaceful.

“We have a duty to teach children to be patient and to respect traffic rules,” continued the Slovenian champion. “Together we need to work on improving the infrastructure for cycling, building bike lanes and redesigning roads to make it easier and safer to switch from car to bike. We can all benefit from this change.”

On 27 November, Matej Mohorič will line up with other colleagues at the start of the city criterium dedicated to professionals, challenge fans in the Pro-Am race and be one of the protagonists of the event that promises to be a great mix of champions, families and solidarity.

“I hope it will be a day of fun for everyone,” he concluded. “I invite everyone to participate with their family, it will be great to promote and celebrate cycling. Above all it will be special to do it together.”

Mohorič at Beking Monaco:


Jayco Herald Sun Tour Canceled for Third Year
In 2023 the Jayco Herald Sun Tour will not take place. After the Australian stage race was not held in 2021 and 2022 due to the corona crisis, it is now “ongoing challenges in terms of logistics, planning, timing and manpower” that stand in the way of a new edition, the organisers told CyclingTips.

The organisers say it has been busy behind the scenes on the 2023 edition, but after much deliberation it has concluded that there are “real health and work safety hazards for the riders and staff” and that both the men’s and women’s races are therefore not going to be run. What these dangers are is not made explicit.

“This has not been an easy decision, nor an easy process. As custodians of this historic race, we are disappointed that the race will not continue in 2023,” said chairman Tom Salom. In 2024 he hopes to be able to organise the Jayco Herald Sun Tour again. “We are now focused on the future and are making plans to get Australia’s oldest stage race, with Olympic medal and Grand Tour winners, back on the calendar in 2024.”

The last edition of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour was held in 2020 and was won by Jai Hindley. Lucy Kennedy took her second win in a row in the women’s race.

Hindley and the Sunweb team in 2020:
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British Cyclist Brian Robinson Passes Away at 91 Years Old
Former cyclist Brian Robinson passed away this week at the age of 91. The Briton was part of the peloton in the 50s and 60s and was one of the first top British riders.

Robinson paved the way for riders like Tommy Simpson, Barry Hoban and later Robert Millar, Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome, the Yates brothers and many more. Robinson turned pro with the French Saint-Raphael team in the 1950s. He raced alongside Tour winners Hugo Koblet and Roger Walkowiak, but also Raphaël Geminiani, Jean Dotto and Roger Hassenforder.

Robinson made his first appearance in the Tour de France in 1955 and three years later was the first Briton to win a stage in the Tour, after the declassification of his Italian fellow escapee, Arrigo Padovan. A year later Robinson won a Tour stage solo on the 20th stage to Chalon-sur-Saône.

The British rider was a good climber and also won the Critérium du Dauphiné (in 1961) and the GP Nice (1957). In the latter race he defeated three-time Tour winner Louison Bobet. He also finished third in Milan-Sanremo, fourth in the Flèche Wallonne and eighth in the 1956 Vuelta a España. Robinson retired from professional cycling in 1962.

Rest in peace champion:


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