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TOP STORY: The Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift
There can only be one ‘TOP STORY’ and that’s the first Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift. It is without a doubt the race the women’s peloton has been most looking forward to. Eight days of spectacle: From Paris there are a thousand very different kilometres east to the two tough final days in the Vosges. There are also sprints, hard hills and a mini-Strade Bianche. Read all the stage reports and see the stage videos here in EUROTRASH Monday and Thursday. You can read all about the first stage HERE.

The Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift 2022 route:
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Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift 2022
Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) now has 13 rainbow jerseys and a Maillot Jaune to bring more colour to her stellar palmarès as one of the greatest champions in the history of cycling. The Dutch icon made the most of her experience and speed to win Stage 2 of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift after a very animated finalè around Provins. On the uphill finish, she was the fastest from the group of six attackers, out-sprinting Silvia Persico (Valcar-Travel & Service), 2nd on her 25th birthday, and Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon//Sram). Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) finished 4th and gained time on her GC rivals.

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The 142 finishers in Paris started from Meaux for 136.4km of racing. The wind, steadily blowing at more than 20kph and hitting 50kph, and the rolling terrain lead to early attacks. Four riders manage to escape after 3 kilometres: Sabrina Stultiens (Liv Racing Xstra), Femke Gerritse (Parkhotel Valkenburg), Rotem Gafinovitz (Roland Cogeas Edelweiss) and Marit Raaijmakers (Human Powered Health). They had a 2 minutes lead en route to the categorised climb of the day, Côte de Tigeaux (16.9km).

At the summit, Femke Gerritse took the 2 KOM points. She is on the same points as her teammate, Femke Markus, their position on GC at the end of the stage will decide who wears the polka-dots on Tuesday. The gap reached a maximum of 3 minutes after 27 kilometres and the situation settled for some 20km. Then, the tension seriously increases in the bunch, with teams such as Trek-Segafredo, FDJ Suez Futuroscope and Jumbo-Visma trying to split the peloton in the wind. A dozen riders are dropped, including the 3-time cyclo-cross World champion Sanne Cant (Plantur-Pura), but most of the bunch stay together. The main consequence of the acceleration is that the early attackers are caught with 78km to go. As the route turned eastwards, the crosswind become a tailwind and the race situation settled ahead of the final battles with a 19.7km loop around Provins. There were a series of crashes around 30km from the finish. Among the main riders involved, Marta Cavalli (FDJ Suez Futuroscope) and Amanda Spratt (BikeExchange-Jayco) struggle to get back on their bikes.

At the same time, Maike van der Duin (Le Col-Wahoo) attacked. She had a lead of 15 seconds as she crossed the line for the first time. Wiebes dominates the intermediate sprint in the bunch but she couldn’t follow the move initiated by Elisa Balsamo and her Trek-Segafredo teammate Elisa Longo Borghini. Six riders were at the front on the final lap: Balsamo, Longo Borghini and Van der Duin, joined by Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma), Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon//Sram Racing) and Silvia Persico (Valcar-Travel & Service), celebrating her 25th birthday with an attack. They entered the last 10km with a lead of 30 seconds and increased the gap to 40 seconds for the last 5km. Their move allowed them to battle for the stage win and the Maillot Jaune. Longo Borghini was the first to make a move inside the last kilometre, as Balsamo sat up. Vos was in perfect control. Her final kick brought her the stage win, the Maillot Jaune and also the green jersey.

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Stage winner and overall leader, Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma): “It’s not a revenge on yesterday, it’s just a beautiful day! We knew we had to be focused, to be alert on the final lap and before because it was narrow and the wind was a factor but I didn’t expect that we would break away and stay away. Yesterday, the team did a perfect lead-out on the Champs-Élysées and today they led me perfectly. And then Elisa Balsamo decided to attack, so it was the moment to go. You try to stay focus, but taking this victory is a beautiful moment. I want to thank my team. I knew there were fast girls and everybody had sore legs in the finale, so I just had to go and see if it was enough.”

5th on the stage and overall, Maike van der Duin (Le Col-Wahoo): “The bunch was nervous and at a moment it was a little bit more relaxed, I talked with my teammates and I said: “Can I go ?”. And they said: “Yeah, why not ?”. And I went, I felt very good, it was amazing to ride in the front in the Tour de France. It was really nice to get over the climb and over the finish. I looked behind and there were only big names. We had a gap, and then it was like surviving until the finish. I have a good sprint but I’m not a real sprinter. I really like when it’s a harder course, not climbs like the last two stages of this week but courses like today and tomorrow I really enjoy it. And then, if there is a sprint, I can also compete. After the finish, they told me I also won the combative award and I thought: ‘This is one of the most beautiful days on the bike’.”

QOM, Femke Markus (Parkhotel Valkenburg): “The plan was to have one my teammates follow the attacks for her to take the 2 KOM points and level things with me. So the jersey stays in the team and that’s the most important thing today! I was really nervous, I was like: “I want to go to the front, I want to attack too!” And my other teammates told me: ‘No Fem, you stay here, you stay quiet!’ And I was like: ‘No!’ And then: ‘Ok, I trust you.’ I trusted Femke [Gerritse] with the uphill sprint. I hope I can be on the attack in the next days!”

Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift Stage 2 Result:
1. Marianne Vos (Ned) Jumbo-Visma in 3:14:02
2. Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
3. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon//SRAM
4. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 0:02
5. Maike van der Duin (Ned) Le Col-Wahoo at 0:12
6. Lorena Wiebes (Ned) DSM at 0:29
7. Julie de Wilde (Bel) Plantur-Pura
8. Rachele Barbieri (Ita) Liv Racing Xstra
9. Lotte Kopecky (Bel) SD Worx
10. Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT.

Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift Overall after Stage 2:
1. Marianne Vos (Ned) Jumbo-Visma in 5:07:46
2. Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service at 0:10
3. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon//SRAM at 0:12
4. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 0:18
5. Maike van der Duin (Ned) Le Col-Wahoo at 0:28
6. Lorena Wiebes (Ned) DSM at 0:35
7. Lotte Kopecky (Bel) SD Worx at 0:41
8. Rachele Barbieri (Ita) Liv Racing Xstra at 0:45
9. Julie de Wilde (Bel) Plantur-Pura
10. Demi Vollering (Ned) SD Worx.

Tour de France Femmes’22 stage 2:

 

On the day after a terrible stage 2 for FDJ-Suez-Futuroscope, Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig claimed a spectacular victory in Épernay on Stage 3. The Danish National champion was the fastest on the final uphill of the day to take victory in front of Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) and Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (SD Worx) after an eventful finalé. Vos retained the Maillot Jaune while the gaps open on the overall standings, with only seven riders within a minute of the GC leader.

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On the day after an explosive finish around Provins and with many hills on the way to Épernay, baroudeurs were inspired from the start. Attacks were flying non-stop at the front, which prevented any group from opening significant gaps in the early part of the stage.

The peloton flew towards the first categorised climb of the day, the Cat.4 Côte de Trépail (21.6km). At the summit, Femke Gerritse (Parkhotel Valkenburg) added 2 QOM points to her total, she was already a joint-leader with her teammate Femke Markus, who was wearing the polka-dot jersey due to a better position on the overall standings. Elise Chabbey (Canyon//Sram) was 2nd over the top. After the summit, Pauline Allin (Arkéa) went for her second breakaway of the Tour, after a previous attempt on the Champs-Élysées. Femke Markus joined her at 40 kilometres. More riders try to bridge the gap but the peloton, wary of the wind, chase every move. Unable to open a significant gap, the attacking duo were caught with 74km to go. The situation then settled towards the final climbs of the day.

Gerritse was first over the Cat.4 climbs of Vertus (78.9km) and Mesnil-sur-Oger (88.1km), each time ahead of Chabbey. She all but secures the polka-dot jersey at the end of the day. Amialiusik accelerated after the climb and set off alone at the front. Many riders try to counter-attack, but none succeeds. She has a lead of 1 minute on the bunch as she entered the last 30km. The peloton accelerated and the gap was down to 30 seconds as they cross the finish line for the first time, with 24km to go. They face an explosive final lap, with the Côte de Mutigny, where Julian Alaphilippe powered to the stage win and the Maillot Jaune on the same roads in 2019. Amialiusik was caught at the bottom of the climb. Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) set the early pace, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (SD Worx) accelerated and then her teammate Demi Vollering powered to the summit.

Only seven riders remained at the front: Van Vleuten, Moolman-Pasio, Vollering, Lippert, Persico, Garcia, Longo Borghini. The Maillot Jaune Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) was chasing 15 seconds behind them, with Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ-SUEZ-Futuroscope) and Juliette Labous (DSM). The situation was turned upside down again when Vollering missed a turn and Lippert went down with her. Eventually, 11 riders were together ahead of the final climb of the day: Vollering, Faulkner, Ludwig, Niewiadoma, Labous, Persico, Moolman-Pasio, Van Vleuten, Longo Borghini and Garcia. Van Vleuten couldn’t keep up when Longo Borghini accelerates on the slopes of Mont Bernon to take 3 bonus seconds over the top. Van Vleuten eventually gets back for the last kilometre, with the final uphill sections to battle it out. Niewiadoma, Moolman-Pasio and Vos anticipate and Ludwig flies past them right at the end to take revenge after a crash-marred stage 2 for her team on Monday.

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Stage winner, Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ-SUEZ-Futuroscope): “I felt I was in a good spot following Marianne [Vos]’s wheel under flamme rouge, but then I lost position a bit and I was: ‘sh…’ And Kasia [Niewiadoma] was already attacking. I just kept on fighting, thinking ‘I can come back, at least the podium!’ And then: ‘it’s looking pretty good…’ It’s amazing. Yesterday was such a gloomy, sad, sh… day. To keep fighting with the team like this is something I’ll remember for the rest of my life I think. We’re not quitters! During the race, the girls came to me to tell me: ‘We believe in you! We’re here for you!’ And then they were standing in front of me when I was on the podium. I was just crying, crying, crying. And them too. It was so special. I’m a stage winner of the Tour de France! That’s a good line on my resume. And we’re gonna celebrate tonight, I promise you. Marta [Cavalli] will be with us in the hotel and we’ll be able to have a glass of champagne and also tell her: ‘We did it for you’.”

Overall leader, Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma): “We knew it was going to be tough, we knew it would be a fight to stay in contention and to try to go for the stage and also to keep the yellow jersey. Of course, I’m happy to keep the yellow and I think Cecilie [Uttrup Ludwig] was definitely the strongest there on the final climb. Was I close to another victory? Not really. I gave it all and in the end I didn’t have the legs to accelerate once again and Cecilie did. 2nd it was. After such a hard race, I’m happy to stay in yellow another day. It was really special in the bunch, with the people along the route spotting this iconic jersey. Tomorrow is another hard stage with the ‘chemins blancs’ [white roads] but also the climbs before. There are no easy days in the Tour de France!”

QOM, Femke Gerritse (Parkhotel Valkenburg): “I stole the jersey from my teammate, and we have also the same name! She didn’t have a good day, and I had a good day, so I went for the sprints. For sure, we wanted to keep the jersey in the team because yesterday we had the same total of points and we hoped that one of us could go in the break. But that was not possible. Fortunately, I had good legs for the sprints on the mountains against Elise Chabbey. It was really cool. Two or three times, we had a gap and we tried to go. We were just saying to each other ‘hey, here we go!’ I was really happy after the first three sprints. So I went really slow on the côte de Mutigny because I knew I had enough points. We will defend the jersey tomorrow.”

Alena Amialiusik (Canyon//SRAM): “I tried to go away and I hoped that I would have some company to join me but unfortunately I was alone and I tried to give my best. It was a good move for myself and the team because at that moment the team could relax a bit and use the situation, so it was perfect. It’s amazing to be on the podium of the Tour de France with this combative award. It’s really nice. I think it’s important to believe in yourself. Miracles happen. Maybe one day it would work. Why not I really enjoy the Strade Bianche races and spring classics. We will try tomorrow. I feel comfortable on these roads. And we will use our numbers.”

Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift Stage 3 Result:
1. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) FDJ-SUEZ-Futuroscope in 3:22:54
2. Marianne Vos (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:02
3. Ashleigh Moolman (SA) SD Worx
4. Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
5. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
6. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon//SRAM
7. Mavi García (Spa) UAE Team ADQ at 0:06
8. Demi Vollering (Ned) SD Worx at 0:08
9. Juliette Labous (Fra) DSM at 0:11
10. Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Movistar at 0:20.

Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift Overall after Stage 3:
1. Marianne Vos (Ned) Jumbo-Visma in 8:30:36
2. Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service at 0:16
3. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon//SRAM
4. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo ay 0:21
5. Ashleigh Moolman (SA) SD Worx at 0:51
6. Mavi García (Spa) UAE Team ADQ at 0:55
7. Demi Vollering (Ned) SD Worx at 0:57
8. Juliette Labous (Fra) DSM at 1:05
9. Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Movistar at 1:14
10. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) FDJ-SUEZ-Futuroscope at 1:48.

Tour de France Femmes’22 stage 3:

 

The European time-trial champion Marlen Reusser (SD Worx) made the most of her skills to take a spectacular solo victory in Bar-sur-Aube, at the end of Stage 4. The Swiss rider attacked with 23km to go, ahead of the final gravel section of the day, and eventually triumphed in Bar-sur-Aube with a gap of 1:24 on Evita Muzic. Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) fought the many attacks launched by her rivals and eventually beat them in the final sprint while Mavi Garcia (UAE Team ADQ) lost almost 2 minutes as she suffered mechanicals and a crash. Vos will wear the Maillot Jaune for a third day on stage 5, as the peloton take on the longest stage of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift, 175.6km to Saint-Dié-des-Vosges.

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As always, the battle for the breakaway was intense one from the start. It took many attacks, counter-attacks and follow up moves for a breakaway to be established on the road to Bar-sur-Aube after 126.8km. The World champion Elisa Balsamo (Trek-Segafredo) tried to get away in a 23-rider group, but Movistar controlled that move. 42.5km were covered in the first hour before a group of three riders manage to make the break: Laura Asencio (Ceratizit-WNT), Valérie Demey (Liv Racing Xstra) and Coralie Demay (St-Michel Auber 93). They opened a gap of 2:40 en route to the first categorised climb of the day, the Cat.3 Côte de Celles-sur-Ource (summit at68.1km), to be immediately followed by the first ‘white road’, the Chemin blanc de Celles (2,300m). The intensity increased in the bunch with many teams battling for the front positions and the gap quickly dropped. A race of attrition began in the bunch. Canyon//Sram, SD Worx, Trek-Segafredo and Jumbo-Visma chase the break. Demay went solo at the front on the 2nd climb of the day, the Cat.3 Côte du Val des Clos (77.3km).

There was still round 50 riders in the front bunch when they eventually catch Demay at km 90, on the penultimate and longest white road of the day, Chemin blanc du plateau de Blu (4,400m). On the gravel, Kasia Niewiadoma (3rd on GC), Mavi Garcia (6th) and Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (10th) all suffer mechanicals. They manage to get back to the front bunch on the Cat.4 Côte de Maître Jean (98.6km). Marlen Reusser attacked with 23 kilometres to go and quickly opened a gap. She has a lead of 25 seconds as she entered the final 20 kilometres and the last gravel section of the day. Niewiadoma tried to attack several times as Vos also made a move, Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) had a late puncture, but the GC contenders stay together. Garcia sustained another mechanical and eventually crashed inside the last 15km. Alena Amialiusik (Canyon//Sram), Evita Muzic (FDJ-SUEZ-Futuroscope) and Veronica Ewers (EF Education-Tibco-SVB) set off in pursuit and get together on the Côte des Bergères, the penultimate ascent of the day. But Reusser is too far away and she forges on, on the last climb of the day, Côte du Val Perdu, to power to victory.

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Stage winner, Marlen Reusser (SD Worx): “We did it! The team had a plan to make it a hard race and to not let it come down to an easy finale. We said we would attack and one would go. Then I was lucky it was me. We have our GC leaders, we always keep them in front, but this team always has an open and aggressive strategy, so everybody is allowed to go for the win. We all work together, we help each other and we attack. I was the lucky one. I’m really grateful for my team and my teammates. In this Tour, every day is hard, at least for me every day was hard. This stage suits the kind of rider I am with these gravel sections. It was hard but it was not as hard as other stages for me.”

Overall leader and 5th on the stage, Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma): “Looking back at today, we’ve been quite safe with the team, we tried to stay in the right position, to stay in contention for the win as well but when Reusser attacked it was a very strong moment and then we also knew that it’s difficult to cover everything. And to keep the yellow jersey is a very nice thing. It’s a good day. Gravel is great when you’re at the front, and much less enjoyable when you’re further back. I really enjoyed today also with the spectators along the course again. The team kept me out of trouble the whole day. And I think it was the most important thing. I’m very happy. It’s also nice to have good points for the green jersey but until now it hasn’t been the main focus.”

Julie de Wilde (Plantur-Pura): “It was very hard today especially in the last few kilometres, I had a flat tyre and I had to come back. I struggled but in the end it worked out. It was good to have teammates who are experts in cyclo-cross, they know how to do it so they taught me some things, it’s nice. I hope to keep my white jersey tomorrow. But I will see day by day.”

QOM, Femke Gerritse (Parkhotel Valkenburg): “I’m lucky now ! I have to thank my teammate Mischa [Bredewold] because she took points in the first group so I have to give her a kiss tonight I think! She beat Elise Chabbey, really? Oh, that’s really nice, I didn’t know! Tomorrow, it should be easier to keep the jersey, there is only two sprints and they are less steep than today. So we’ll try again to gain some points. I did enjoy today. When I was dropped I was like: ‘Oh, sh… !’ But yes it was a nice parcours, and I enjoyed it in this jersey. On every mountain there was a lot of people, also in the same jersey as me and they were screaming! So that was very nice.”

Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift Stage 4 Result:
1. Marlen Reusser (Sui) SD Worx in 3:16:30
2. Évita Muzic (Fra) FDJ-SUEZ-Futuroscope at 1:24
3. Alena Amialiusik (-) Canyon//SRAM
4. Veronica Ewers (SA) EF Education-TIBCO-SVB
5. Marianne Vos (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 1:40
6. Lotte Kopecky (Bel) SD Worx
7. Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
8. Ruby Roseman-Gannon (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco
9. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
10. Demi Vollering (Ned) SD Worx.

Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift Overall after Stage 4:
1. Marianne Vos (Ned) Jumbo-Visma in 11:48:46
2. Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service at 0:16
3. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon//SRAM
4. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 0:21
5. Ashleigh Moolman (SA) SD Worx at 0:51
6. Demi Vollering (Ned) SD Worx at 0:57
7. Juliette Labous (Fra) DSM at 1:05
8. Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Movistar at 1:14
9. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) FDJ-SUEZ-Futuroscope at 1:48
10. Elise Chabbey (Sui) Canyon//SRAM at 2:20.

Tour de France Femmes’22 stage 4:

 

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Ethias Tour de Wallonie 2022
The Third Stage of the Tour de Wallonie went to Arnaud De Lie. The promising Belgian sprinter of Lotto Soudal beat Biniam Girmay in Rochefort, the Frenchman Auxel Laurence was third. Australian Robert Stannard holds the lead in the general classification.

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The stage was far from flat, with almost 3,000 metres of climbing, but the organisers said it was the first sprinter’s stage. The climbs were the Côte de Chambralles (1.9km at 6.8%), Côte de Malboutée (5.1km at 2.5%) and Côte du Fays (3.4km at 3.5%). The Côte du Fais was the last categorised climb at 35 kilometres from the finish.

World champion Julian Alaphilippe and winner of stage 1 of the Tour de Wallonie, had to withdraw from the race due a positive covid test. The opening part of the stage was very hard. The first attack attempts were soon nipped in the bud. A group of about 20 riders, including Biniam Girmay, tried in vain to get away from the peloton. The peloton then stayed together to the first intermediate sprint, where Loïc Vliegen took the 3 seconds bonus. It remained restless in the peloton after the sprint and this caused a split, although the race got back together. Seven riders took advantage of the chaos and set up the first successful break of the day: Matteo Trentin, Jorge Arcas, Ben Healy, Casper Pedersen, Jake Stewart, Ivo Oliveira and Stan Van Tricht.

This strong group had a maximum lead of 3 minutes. The men of Lotto Soudal and Alpecin-Deceuninck to start to chase the escapees. The Belgian teams managed to cut the difference in half to 1:30 with 60 kilometres to go and the escape was soon over. The race then got ready for a sprint. Due to the high pace, several riders had problems. It was too fast for Merlier, one of the favourites for the stage victory. In the final, Kévin Vauquelin tried to surprise the sprinters with a late attack, but the Arkéa-Samsic rider was pulled back. At the line De Lie was the winner for the 20 year-old’s seventh victory of the season, following the Trofeo Playa de Palma in Mallorca, GP Jean-Pierre Monseré, Volta Limburg Classic, Marcel Kint Classic, Heistse Pijl and the Ronde van Limburg.

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Stage winner, Arnaud De Lie (Lotto Soudal): “It is really special to win in Wallonia for the first time. Of course, I had marked this stage beforehand and yesterday, I gained confidence for today on the tough Ardennes course between Verviers and Herve. Today would normally suit me a bit better and the team made sure it would be a sprint on this tough course. Sébastien Grignard did a great job to keep the breakaway within reach. Afterwards, the guys did a great sprint preparation and Jasper De Buyst guided me to the win. I love the winning feeling and it is great to get my seventh win today. I would already have been happy with one victory this season, so this exceeds all expectations. Everything that still comes now is a bonus, so to speak. But of course, I want to keep on going like this. Tomorrow’s stage even has a bit more altitude metres so it will depend on how it’s raced whether we will get another sprint or not.”

Ethias Tour de Wallonie Stage 3 Result:
1. Arnaud De Lie (Bel) Lotto Soudal in 4:39:22
2. Biniam Girmay (Eri) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
3. Axel Laurance (Fra) B&B Hotels-KTM
4. Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Israel-Premier Tech
5. Matteo Moschetti (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
6. Alex Aranburu (Spa) Movistar
7. Milan Menten (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
8. Oliviero Troia (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
9. Ben Turner (GB) INEOS Grenadiers
10. Kim Heiduk (Ger) INEOS Grenadiers.

Ethias Tour de Wallonie Overall After Stage 3:
1. Robert Stannard (Aus) Alpecin-Deceuninck in 12:58:23
2. Loïc Vliegen (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux at 0:04
3. Mattias Skjelmose Jensen (Den) Trek-Segafredo at 0:06
4. Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux at 0:08
5. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis at 0:11
6. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) AG2R Citroën at 0:20
7. Cian Uijtdebroeks (Bel) BORA-hansgrohe at 0:22
8. James Shaw (GB) EF Education-EasyPost at 0:28
9. Jesús Herrada (Spa) Cofidis at 0:29
10. Maxim Van Gils (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 0:32.

Wallonie’22 stage 3:

 

Davide Ballerini won the Fourth Stage of the Tour de Wallonie on Tuesday. The Italian on the Quick-Step-Alpha Vinyl team won the sprint from a group of four in Couvin, who escaped the peloton in the hilly final. Ballerini was ahead of José Joaquin Rojas and Rui Oliveira, with whom he had been on the attack all day. The overall lead remains in the hands of Robert Stannard of Alpecin-Deceuninck.

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There were three categorised climbs in the first half of the stage. Before those climbs, the break of the day made their move with Kenneth Vanbilsen (Cofidis), Thijs Aerts (Baloise-Trek Lions), Davide Ballerini (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl), Cameron Wurf (INEOS Grenadiers), José Joaquín Rojas (Movistar) and Rui Oliveira (UAE Team Emirates).

Of the six, Rojas was the best placed, 9 minutes behind leader Robert Stannard. The group got more than 7 minutes ahead of the peloton. That difference was quickly closed on the difficult circuit, with more than 3,000 meters of climbing, but then grew again towards 5 minutes. The final was opened 50 kilometres from the finish on the Côte de L’Ermitage (6km at 2.8%). Then it went up and down constantly, with the Côte du Barrage du Ry de Rome (5.2km at 3.1%) in the final with the summit at 5 kilometres from the finish. Groupama-FDJ and Bingoal-Pauwels Sauces-WB were chasing and they reduced the difference to the six leaders to under 2 minutes. That was the difference at the intermediate sprint in Presgaux. After that, closing the gap became more difficult, but the route was in favour of the peloton. Due to the nervousness in the peloton, there were also some crashes. Lotto Soudal picked up the pace in the run-up to the Côte du Barrage du Ry de Rome. There Biniam Girmay accelerated on the steep section, followed by an attack from Guillaume Martin. There was a small group that could see the last escapees.

Overall leader Robert Stannard was very attentive to Martin’s attack, as were Matthias Skjelmose, Omer Goldstein, Maxim Van Gils and Lorenzo Rota. The Trek-Segafredo Dane tried to close the gap to Ballerini, Rojas and Oliveira and succeeded just before the top of that last climb. Stannard had some problems for a while, but he held his own in the big favourites group just behind. The last 5 kilometres to Couvin were downhill. Skjelmose, Ballerini, Rojas and Oliveira went into the descent with a slight lead over the chasing group. AG2R Citroën led the chase and that made it even more exciting. There was also some disagreement in the leading group. Skjelmose rode hard for his own classification place. It was Ballerini who won the sprint, ahead of Rojas and Oliveira. Skjelmose had to make do with fourth place, which meant that he missed the bonus seconds. His efforts led to very little as the sprinting peloton was close behind him. Biniam Girmay won the sprint of that group, ahead of Matteo Trentin and Milan Menten. Little changed on the GC, as all the favourites finished in the same time.

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Stage winner, Davide Ballerini (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl): “This win means a lot for me, because cycling is my life. I’m happy to be back on the top spot of the podium after such a long time and repay the confidence of the team. This victory is also for my teammates who aren’t here anymore, I hope they will recover quickly and rejoin us soon”, Davide said after the stage which saw him become the first Italian in three years to get a victory at the Tour de Wallonie. “It wasn’t an easy day, but I kept believing all the time, even when the gap was coming down fast in the finale. Our group was small, but we gave everything and I’m happy I could finish it off for the Wolfpack.”

3rd on the stage, Rui Oliveira (UAE Team Emirates): “I am very happy with this result. It was a long first part of the season, where I couldn’t get good personal results but I made myself available to the team with all my heart. I found myself in this race in good shape with good legs. In the first stage I was unlucky with the jumped chain on the Mur de Huy. Today, however, it went well with 200 km in the break. I wanted to win and did the best I could. I feel good and I have very good sensations for tomorrow and the next races scheduled.”

Ethias Tour de Wallonie Stage 4 Result:
1. Davide Ballerini (Ita) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl in 5:10:12
2. José Joaquín Rojas (Spa) Movistar
3. Rui Oliveira (Por) UAE Team Emirates
4. Mattias Skjelmose Jensen (Den) Trek-Segafredo
5. Biniam Girmay (Eri) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
6. Matteo Trentin (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
7. Jake Stewart (GB) Groupama-FDJ
8. Milan Menten (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
9. Axel Laurance (Fra) B&B Hotels-KTM
10. Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Israel-Premier Tech.

Ethias Tour de Wallonie Overall After Stage 4:
1. Robert Stannard (Aus) Alpecin-Deceuninck in 18:08:35
2. Loïc Vliegen (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux at 0:04
3. Mattias Skjelmose Jensen (Den) Trek-Segafredo at 0:06
4. Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux at 0:08
5. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis at 0:11
6. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) AG2R Citroën at 0:20
7. Cian Uijtdebroeks (Bel) BORA-hansgrohe at 0:22
8. James Shaw (GB) EF Education-EasyPost at 0:28
9. Jesús Herrada (Spa) Cofidis at 0:29
10. Maxim Van Gils (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 0:32.

Wallonie’22 stage 4:

 

Jan Bakelants won a race for the first time in six years. The experienced Belgian of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert managed to stay out of the hands of the sprinters in the Final Stage 5 of the Tour de Wallonie with a late attack in Chapelle-lez-Herlaimont. Robert Stannard sprinted to second place and secured his overall victory in the Walloon stage race.

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In the early phase of the stage, a leading group of sixteen riders formed: Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo), Ben Turner (INEOS Grenadiers), yesterday’s stage winner Davide Ballerini (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl), Casper Pedersen (DSM), Matteo Trentin (UAE Team Emirates), the best placed Dimitri Peyskens (Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB) and Chris Lawless & Dries Van Gestel (TotalEnergies).

The sixteen escapees had almost 4 minutes on the peloton, where Lotto Soudal kept control in for Arnaud De Lie. There was a hilly final with some cobble sections, five of which were in the last 70 kilometres. Halfway through the stage there was also cobbles and Biniam Girmay crashed hard and had to abandon. The race exploded in the final. Theuns, Turner, Ballerini, Trentin and Van Gestel were in the lead for the longest, while the battle for the overall victory started in the peloton. Forty kilometres from the finish, De Lie crashed, which didn’t help the co-operation. De Lie also had to abandon. Sep Vanmarcke and Ben Healy managed to make the crossing from the peloton to Luc Wirtgen, and those three were able to join the five leaders. The eight escapees started the last 25 kilometres with a minute lead and made it quite difficult for the peloton. Oier Lazkano tried to make the jump when the gap was reduced to half a minute and Victor Campenaerts also made an attempt, but they had a hard time getting away.

Lazkano also failed to join the leading group on the last cobbled section. He was caught 8 kilometres from the finish and the last escapees were also caught not much later, although Vanmarcke, Trentin, Ballerini and Theuns struggled on a bit. Vanmarcke and Ballerini made an ultimate attack 2 kilometres before the finish, but they were caught in the final kilometre. Bakelants chose the right moment, after which a teammate cleverly let a gap go. The sprinting bunch started too late, so Bakelants took the stage victory. Robert Stannard came very close to Bakelants, but had to settle for second place. He stayed ahead of Axel Laurance and Thibau Nys. Stannard (Alpecin-Deceuninck) had plenty to celebrate, because with that second place he secured his final overall victory.

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Stage winner, Jan Bakelants (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux): “A lot has happened in recent years. It feels a lot of good to finish a rehabilitation of several years, especially after my serious fall in the Tour of Lombardy. I prove that I am again part of the winners. It was a tiring step. I didn’t have any specific goals today. I was there supporting Loic Vliegen and Lorenzo Rota, but I had amazing legs. I have always tackled the cobbles in the best positions. The end was hard and when the regrouping took place, I tried. For once, luck was on the right side. The gap on the line was sufficient, but it should not be 10 metres longer.”

Final overall winner and 2nd on the stage, Robert Stannard (Alpecin-Deceuninck): “I came here with the aim of winning but I never thought things would turn out like this. I have never won a stage race, even as a youngster. I have worked for the last five days to get there. Today we worked a lot. I am very happy that everything went well. We have had no incidents. It was very stressful, we had to manage the risks in the cobbled sections. I don’t think I’ve ever competed in such a stressful race in my entire career. Several riders were threatening me and you had to be careful from start to finish. I hope this victory will mark a turning point in my career. My next goal will be the Vuelta, where I would like to win a stage.”

Ethias Tour de Wallonie Stage 5 Result:
1. Jan Bakelants (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux in 4:41:25
2. Robert Stannard (Aus) Alpecin-Deceuninck
3. Axel Laurance (Fra) B&B Hotels-KTM
4. Thibau Nys (Bel) Baloise-Trek Lions
5. Matteo Trentin (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
6. Dimitri Peyskens (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
7. Loïc Vliegen (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
8. Mattias Skjelmose Jensen (Den) Trek-Segafredo
9. Marijn van den Berg (Ned) EF Education-EasyPost
10. Filippo Baroncini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo.

Ethias Tour de Wallonie Final Overall Result:
1. Robert Stannard (Aus) Alpecin-Deceuninck in 22:49:54
2. Loïc Vliegen (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux at 0:10
3. Mattias Skjelmose Jensen (Den) Trek-Segafredo at 0:12
4. Lorenzo Rota Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux at 0:14
5. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) AG2R Citroën at 0:26
6. Maxim Van Gils (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 0:38
7. Frederik Wandahl (Den) BORA-hansgrohe at 0:43
8. Omer Goldstein (Isr) Israel-Premier Tech at 0:46
9. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis at 0:51
10. Oier Lazkano (Spa) Movistar at 0:55.

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Prueba Villafranca – Ordiziako Klasika 2022
The Prueba Villafrance – Ordiziako Klasika was won by Simon Yates. The BikeExchange-Jayco rider crossed the line solo after 165.7km. He attacked on the final climb to finish solo.

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The Ordiziako Klasika’s course consisted of five laps. First three laps of 32 kilometres, then two more of 35.5. In both circuits was the Alto de Abaltzisketa (3.1km at 7.3%). On the last lap the Alto de Altzo (2.5km to 6.1%) was added. The summit of the Alto de Abaltzisketa for the final time was just over 10 kilometres from the finish. After that it was mainly a descent to the finish line.

The leading group of the day consisted of five riders. Alexander Cataford (Israel-Premier Tech), Julen Irizar (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Marcos Jurado (Electro Hiper Europa-Caldas), Edwin Torres (Java Kiwi Atlántico) and David Martin (EOLO-Kometa) got a maximum lead of 2:30. With 66 kilometres to go, Cataford and Irizar were dropped. Ten kilometres later, the other early escapees was over. On the penultimate climb of the Alto de Abaltzisketa, Astana Qazaqstan put the pressure on. This created a leading group of three riders: Simon Yates, Juan Ayuso and Samuele Battistella. The three held off the thinned peloton for a while, but were caught with 30 kilometres to go. Then it was full speed to the last two climbs on the final lap.

After the Altzo, Ivan Garcia Cortina escaped. He started the Alto de Abaltzisketa with a lead of just over 10 seconds. But in no time that was closed, due to UAE team Emirates for Ayuso. It was Yates who started the action. The Brit accelerated halfway up the climb and no one could follow him. Yates came over the top with 15 seconds in hand. Behind him about 20 riders chased, but they couldn’t get close. Yates had 30 seconds at one point and his victory was not in danger in the last flat kilometres. His teammate, Dion Smith, sprinted in behind Yates for second place.

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Race winner, Simon Yates (BikeExchange-Jayco): “I’ve had a long break between races, and training’s been going really well, so I was able to do a good race. It was exactly the same place (the attack) as when I won in 2016, so I knew the race really well, and I chose my moment, exactly the same. The race suits me really well. The length of the climbs is really good for my characteristics, and I’m sure I’ll be back again.”

Prueba Villafranca – Ordiziako Klasika Result:
1. Simon Yates (GB) BikeExchange-Jayco in 3:52:51
2. Dion Smith (NZ) BikeExchange-Jayco at 0:10
3. Xavier Cañellas (Spa) Java Kiwi Atlántico
4. Juan Ayuso (Spa) UAE Team Emirates
5. Samuele Battistella (Ita) Astana Qazaqstan
6. Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar
7. Andrea Piccolo (Ita) Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli
8. Fernando Barceló (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
9. Élie Gesbert (Fra) Arkéa Samsic
10. Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Arkéa Samsic.

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Vuelta a Castilla y Leon 2022
Giacomo Nizzolo won the Opening Stage 1 of the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon on Wednesday. The Italian sprinter from Israel-Premier Tech was the fastest in Morales del Vino after a stage of 171 kilometres. Behind Nizzolo, Dion Smith and Iván Garcia were second and third.

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Three escapees coloured the first stage, with Ángel Madrazo (Burgos-BH), Mikel Aristi (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Alan Jousseaume (TotalEnergies). The Frenchman dropped out of the break early on the Alto de Carmona and his place was taken by Miquel Valls of Manuela Fundación. They took a 2 minute lead. The route became a bit more difficult in the last 70 kilometres and the leading group was caught. At the Alto de Villadepera (2.8km at 5.6%), 55 kilometres from the finish, Simon Yates made an attempt to escape, but failed.

On the subsequent uncategorised climb of 2.3 kilometres at 5%, Sean Bennett managed to pull away. His effort failed, leaving a compact peloton in the last 25 kilometres. Vincenzo Nibali and Vegard Stake Laengen made a move, but they too were quickly caught. Paul Ourselin tried to avoid a sprint and attacked in the last 10 kilometres, which were still steep, but the Frenchman of TotalEnergies was caught with the finish in sight. The final sprint was won by Giacomo Nizzolo, ahead of Dion Smith and Iván Garcia. The fourth place went to Arvid de Kleijn.

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Stage winner and overall winner, Giacomo Nizzolo (Israel-Premier Tech): “The team worked hard all day. We controlled the whole race, all day long, also because there were not a lot of teams who wanted a mass sprint. I am very happy to deliver and give this victory back to my team. Nizzolo will wear the leader’s jersey in the second (and final) stage of the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon. Of course, Israel – Premier Tech will attempt to defend the jersey on the significantly more challenging stage. I think I am in good shape. Tomorrow is going to be challenging, but I am going to give it my all to be there. I have nothing to lose.”

2nd on the stage and overall, Dion Smith (BikeExchange-Jayco): “It was a super fast, hot day, with a bit of wind, but the plan was to race aggressive with the team we have here. It’s only a two-day tour and could come down to time bonuses, so we tried to make the race hard and get rid of a few of the faster sprinters. I think we managed to hurt them a little bit, but it didn’t quite work out. The boys did a good job and got me in a good position, and I did what I could at the end and Nizzolo was the faster guy. I’m happy to pick up some bonus seconds, and tomorrow will be a harder stage with more climbing, and it’s longer. If it all works out and I’m there at the finish, I’ll go for the stage again and we’ll see where I end up on the overall GC.”

Vuelta a Castilla y Leon Stage 1 Result:
1. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Israel-Premier Tech in 3:24:00
2. Dion Smith (NZ) BikeExchange-Jayco
3. Iván García Cortina (Spa) Movistar
4. Arvid de Kleijn (Ned) Human Powered Health
5. Julien Simon (Fra) TotalEnergies
6. Daniel McLay (GB) Arkéa Samsic
7. Manuel Peñalver (Spa) Burgos-BH
8. Santiago Mesa (Col) Manuela Fundación Continental
9. Ryan Gibbons (SA) UAE Team Emirates
10. Carlos Canal (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi.

Vuelta a Castilla y Leon Overall After Stage 1:
1. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Israel-Premier Tech in 3:23:50
2. Dion Smith (NZ) BikeExchange-Jayco at 0:04
3. Iván García Cortina (Spa) Movistar at 0:06
4. Jonathan Klever Caicedo (Ecu) EF Education-EasyPost at 0:07
5. Jonathan Lastra (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA at 0:08
6. Alan Jousseaume (Fra) TotalEnergies
7. Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Israel-Premier Tech at 0:09
8. Ángel Madrazo (Spa) Burgos-BH
9. Arvid de Kleijn (Ned) Human Powered Health at 0:10
10. Julien Simon (Fra) TotalEnergies.

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Van der Poel: “Something Went Wrong with Altitude Training After the Giro”
The Tour de France turned out to be a disappointment for Mathieu van der Poel. After his retirement, it remained quiet around the Dutchman for a long time, but Van der Poel tries to put his finger on the sore spot two weeks after his DNF. “I mainly think that something went wrong with the altitude training after the Giro d’Italia towards the Tour,” he told the NOS.

Van der Poel will not look back with much pleasure on his last Tour de France. After a good opening time trial in Copenhagen, Van der Poel finished fifth, he then had a very difficult time in the first week. Still, he seemed to be on top of it by the second weekend. In the epic ride to the Col du Granon he even took part in an extensive early break, but he was already the first to release at Lacets des Montvernier. His abandonment followed not much later.

Van der Poel thinks he has an explanation for his performance in France. “I especially think that something went wrong with the altitude training camp after the Giro towards the Tour,” he said before the criterium in Boxmeer, which he won. “I didn’t feel like I came out of the Giro completely empty, on the contrary. Maybe my body was still recovering and not sufficiently recovered at altitude.”

“If you do that (train at altitude) after a Grand Tour, you may need more recovery than you think, it may be that your body comes out of the altitude training less than recovered. I’m not one hundred percent sure, but I have a feeling that’s what it’s all about, yes. Of course we have to see where it went wrong, but then we have to let it rest and set new goals.”

This road season, the Alpecin-Deceuninck rider focuses mainly on the World championships in Wollongong, Australia. “I’m not going to ride the European Championship anyway, I’ve already said that to Koos (Moerenhout). The World champs is something I will make a goal of. I hope to show something before that, but that I am the best version of myself in Australia again.”

Van der Poel didn’t recover at altitude:
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UAE Team Emirates set out plans for remainder of Pogačar’s 2022 season
Slovenian back in action at San Sebastián.

As the dust settles on a memorable Tour de France, Tadej Pogačar will look to his next challenges for the later part of the season. The 23-year-old will be in action as soon as this weekend for the San Sebastián Classic in the Basque Country, before taking a break and building up towards a block of one-day races starting with the GP Plouay in France before building up towards the World championships and Il Lombardia where he won in 2021.

Following the Il Lombardía, Pogačar and his fellow riders and members of UAE Team Emirates will be jetting into the UAE for one final warm-weather training camp before the curtain falls on the 2022 season.

Race Program:
30 July San Sebastián Classic
28 August GP Plouay
9 September GP Quebec
11 September GP Montreal
25 September World Championships
1 October Giro Dell’Emilia
4 October Tre Valli Varesine
8 October Il Lombardía

All go for Tadej:
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According to la Vuelta, Egan Bernal Will be on the Start Line
Six months after his accident when he ran into a stationary bus, Egan Bernal seems to be closer to his racing form. Vuelta a España race director, Javier Guillén, he will be in his race this August.

In an interview with Radio MARCA, Guillén said that Egan Bernal will be at the start in Utrecht on the 19th of August. This, although unconfirmed by his team, is a good sign that the Colombian will back in competition soon. Bernal has been training in Andorra in the last few weeks with INEOS Grenadiers riders who are scheduled to race in the Vuelta. This of course is no guarantee that he will be at the start, but the chances seem increasingly higher.

It has been rumoured that he could be back to racing at the Vuelta a Burgos in the coming week, however the team is still deciding on the best path for the Colombian. Earlier this month, he said he was hopeful of racing the late-season Italian classics.

Bernal back soon:
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Patrick Lefevere on the farewell to Mark Cavendish: “A heartbreaking Decision”
Patrick Lefevere found it difficult to tell Mark Cavendish that he would not get a new contract for 2023, the manager of Quick-Step-Alpha Vinyl told VeloNews. “Sometimes you have to stop, even if it is a heartbreaking decision,” said Lefevere.

Lefevere was asked about the consideration of offering the experienced British sprinter another one-year contract. “And then another year, then another year… Sometimes you have to stop, even if it’s a heartbreaking decision. For me it was, but that’s also why I’m the boss. When you are in charge, you are alone at the top and there is no one to help you.”

Lefevere has not spoken to Cavendish during the Tour de France. It is now known that the Manx Missile has had discussions with several WorldTeams and also with B&B Hotels-KTM. Lefevere can’t say where Cav is going. “The last time I spoke to him was two days before the Tour. I know he’s going to the Tour of Poland now, but that’s all I know. I don’t read much in the newspapers. I only hear the rumours from Radio Peloton.”

Mark Cavendish’s place in the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl team (which will be Soudal-Quick-Step in 2023) will be taken by Tim Merlier next year. Casper Pedersen will come from DSM as a new lead-out man.

Cavendish replaced at Quick-Step:
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Mike Teunissen Going to Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert
Mike Teunissen will leave Jumbo-Visma at the end of the season. The 29-year-old Classic specialist was able to stay with Jumbo-Visma, which would have liked to keep him. However, the Limburger opts for his own opportunities at Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert, according to WielerFlits. Both parties are said to be working on the final details of the contract.

There was interest in Teunissen from several teams. BikeExchange-Jayco was also very concrete, where he would once again work with Dylan Groenewegen as lead-out. He could also get a free role there in the spring. In the end, the classic specialist did not opt ​​for that offer, because it is not yet clear whether the Australian team will have a WorldTour license next year as they are at the bottom of the relegation zone.

Teunissen wanted to wait and see. But due to the developments surrounding Quinten Hermans at Intermarché, those negotiations suddenly gained momentum. The Limburger – in 2019 he won the first stage in the Tour de France, with the yellow jersey as a reward – can count on co-leadership in the spring and autumn classics with Aike Visbeek’s team. In addition, he has received the guarantee to be able to ride a Grand Tour every year.

Teunissen will also be lead out-man for Biniam Girmay. Those conditions were decisive in not waiting any longer for BikeExchange-Jayco, together with the confidence that Intermarché has in him. Both parties are nearing an agreement. Jumbo-Visma wanted to continue with him, but due to the arrival of Dylan van Baarle, he had fallen in the pecking order for the classics and the Tour de France. He didn’t like that and so the fast man chose to jump ship. Teunissen will be with ex-teammate Taco van der Hoorn at Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert. The Limburger raced for six years with Jumbo-Visma and two seasons in between with Sunweb.

Mike Teunissen off to Intermarché:
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Successful Surgery for Caleb Ewan After Tour de France
On Monday Caleb Ewan went to the hospital for a checkup of the collarbone he broke in last year’s Tour de France. To solve the issues he had with his shoulder and arm, the decision was made to take out the plate that was placed on his collarbone. The surgery was successful. Further examinations will determine the recovery process.

Not much luck for Ewan in 2022:
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Quick-Step Has Replacement for Michael Mørkøv – Casper Pedersen the New Lead-Out
It has been known for a while that Patrick Lefevere is looking for a new lead-out man to replace Michael Mørkøv. The 37-year-old Dane is considered the best sprint lead-out man in the world, but is not getting any younger. Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl now has its replacement in house, according to WielerFlits it is Casper Pedersen.

The Dane was not offered a new contract with DSM, which cleared the way for Pedersen to look for another team. Lefevere said that he had found a new lead-out ‘of Mørkøv’s level, but that he has to learn from him for another year’. It is now clear that the team boss was talking about Pedersen. The 26-year-old Pedersen has been a professional with the Dutch team since 2019, which was Sunweb at that time.

As an U23 he was European road champion in 2017, beating Benoît Cosnefroy and Marc Hirschi in a sprint. In his period with the team of Iwan Spekenbrink, the fast Dane won one race. He beat Cosnefroy (again) in Paris-Tours in 2020. So far this season, the Dane has not ridden a Grand Tour. For the previous two years he rode the Tour de France.

Casper Pedersen to be a Quick-Step lead-out man:
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Mathieu van der Poel Hopes to be Back at His Best for the World Champs
Since his abandonment on the 11th stage of the Tour de France, things have been quiet around Mathieu van der Poel. However, the Dutchman of Alpecin-Deceuninck is now back on his bike and rode the post-Tour criterium in Boxmeer, which he won. “I’m going to make a goal of the World championships,” he said in conversation with the NOS.

Van der Poel will not look back on his last Tour de France with great pleasure. After a good opening time trial in Copenhagen where he finished 5th, he then had a very difficult time in the first week. He seemed to be on top of it by the second weekend. On the epic stage to the Col du Granon he even took part in an early break, but he was the first to be dropped at Lacets des Montvernier. He abandoned not much later, after which he left quietly.

Now Van der Poel added: “I’ve been back on the bike for two days now. Of course I would have liked to finish in Paris, but that was not possible. The body just didn’t want to go.”

The 27-year-old rider now mainly wants to work towards the World championships in Wollongong, Australia. “I’m not going to ride the European Championship anyway, I’ve already said that to Koos (Moerenhout, Dutch national coach). The World championships is something I will make a goal of. I also hope to show something before that, but I do hope that I am the best version of myself again in Australia.”

In the coming days, Van der Poel will first compete in some criteriums: Boxmeer, Surhuisterveen, Chaam, Heerlen on Friday 29 July and Roosendaal on Monday 1 August. “I view the criteriums as a bit of training. They are always ridden on a technical circuit and that is something I can use at the moment.”

Not a good Tour for Van der Poel:
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Tim Merlier to be Belgian leader at European Championships in Munich
The European championship selection has not be released yet, but it is clear that Belgian national coach Sven Vanthourenhout will travel to Munich with Tim Merlier as the leader. The European championship are to be held on a flat course.

A month and a half ago, national coach Vanthourenhout was already clear in an interview with WielerFlits. For the European championships in Munich he would build a team around Jasper Philipsen or Tim Merlier. The final selection will be announced, but it is expected that Belgian champion Merlier will be the front man on Sunday 14 August.

The 207 kilometre race between Murnau am Staffelsee and Munich has a completely flat final and is perfect for sprinters. Philipsen was preferred by his team Alpecin-Deceuninck to Merlier in the Tour de France, so Merlier could seize his chance at the European championships. Merlier is currently preparing in the Tour de Wallonia.

Other fast men, Wout van Aert and Arnaud De Lie will not be at the European Championship. The rest of the selection probably consists of a number of domestiques and a few riders that can get in an escape. In the time trial, Vanthourenhout will call on Yves Lampaert and Rune Herregodts.

Tim Merlier to the Euro Champs:
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Mauro Gianetti on Brandon McNulty: “One of our GC leaders in the future”
The seventeenth stage of the 2022 Tour de France, finishing in Peyragudes, was won by Tadej Pogačar. The man of the day was Pogačar’s teammate, Brandon McNulty. The American rode on the front for a long tome. “Now the world has also discovered that we have a very good rider in the team,” Mauro Gianetti told VeloNews. The UAE Team Emirates boss spoke about McNulty and his capabilities.

“What Brandon did that day was something unbelievable. He had a lot of morale and satisfaction afterwards. This was a big sign for him,” said Gianetti. However, the performance did not come as a big surprise to the manager. “We always knew that Brandon can win at a high level. But now the world has also discovered that we have a very good rider in the team.”

McNulty has been a luxury domestic these days, but in 2023 he will be a team leader, said Gianetti. “He grows every year. Next year he will start with some responsibility and we will see if he wins, if he has that responsibility. In the future, the plan for Brandon is to become one of the leaders in stage races. We will start with one week races and then the Grand Tours.”

“He is a complete rider. He is a very good climber and very strong in the time trial. And he recovers well, day after day. So he has a lot of potential. Now he has to build calmly, without stress, and then he will go in the right direction.” This autumn, McNulty will start, alongside João Almeida, in the Vuelta a España.

McNulty was a strong worker for Pogačar:
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Leo Hayter to be a stagiaire with INEOS Grenadiers
Leo Hayter, Ethan Hayter’s younger brother, will be a stagiaire at INEOS Grenadiers from 1 August. The 20-year-old Briton will also have the prospect of a contract with the WorldTour team.

Hayter is not the only one in the INEOS Grenadiers spotlight: other WorldTour teams would also be interested in signing him for 2023. He was recently at a training camp with some INEOS Grenadiers riders in Andorra. He will be racing for the team this autumn, according to VeloNews. In all likelihood, he will ride several Italian one-day races.

Recently Hayter impressed in the U23 Giro d’Italia. He won two mountain stages and the final classification with a great display of power. This Wednesday, the rider, who switched from DSM Developement to Hagens Berman Axeon last winter, will start the Tour d’Alsace. In the Tour de l’Avenir (18-28 August) he will compete for the British U23 selection.

Another Hayter at INOES:
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Lilian Calmejane Confirms Departure from AG2R Citroën
Lilian Calmejane will not race for AG2R Citroën next year, the Frenchman announced on Instagram. Calmejane was previously linked to Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert. The transfer has not yet been confirmed.

“I can’t wait to race again,” said Calmejane, who stopped competing after the Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge (June 14). “Mentally it is not easy to go on blind, but my commitment, professionalism and motivation are intact before I start my final challenges with the team AG2R Citroën, which I will leave at the end of the season.”

Calmejane has been racing for AG2R Citroën since 2021. Before that he rode for five years with (Total) Direct Energie, where he achieved his greatest successes. He won a stage in the Tour de France in 2017, after he already won a stage in the Vuelta a España in 2016. His next race will also be in Spain, wrote Calmejane. He starts the Clásica San Sebastián and then the Vuelta Burgos.

New team for Lilian Calmejane:
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Wout van Aert by Helicopter to the After-Tour Criterium in Roeselare
Like his teammate and Tour de France winner Jonas Vingegaard, Wout van Aert will not appear at the start of the post-Tour criteriums in Aalst or Boxmeer, the day after La Grande Boucle. On Tuesday he will give an appearance in Roeselare. And for that he uses a special means of transport.

The Belgian winner of three stages, the points classification and the super fighting spirit will be in Den Bosch in the Netherlands on Tuesday afternoon. This is where the Jumbo-Visma service course is located, where a tribute with sponsors and partners of the Dutch team gather. He then leaves by helicopter from the Netherlands to Belgium, where he takes part in the criterium in Roeselare in the evening.

Helicopter for Van Aert:
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EF Education-EasyPost Working on Transfers for Piccolo and Cepeda
EF Education-EasyPost is about to sign Andrea Piccolo and Jefferson Alexander Cepeda. Both riders are currently under contract with Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli, but may transfer to the American WorldTeam on August 1.

Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli’s team boss Gianni Savio has confirmed that talks are underway to have Piccolo (21) and Cepeda (24) transfer during the season. “It is possible, but certainly not complete yet,” said Savio. “I think it will come to that because I’m discovering so many young riders and I’m happy when they have the chance to move to the WorldTour.”

The possible switch of the Ecuadorian Cepeda was leaked through the organisers of the Tour of Burgos, because the climber has been put on the provisional start list by EF. The news of the talented Piccolo, who was previously under contract with Astana-Premier Tech, Gazprom-RusVelo and now Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli, came out via La Gazzetta dello Sport. The Italian has been in shape in recent weeks, with a fourth place in the Italian championship, his sixth in the Sibiu Tour and his seventh in the Ordiziako Klasika.

UCI rules allow for transfers within WorldTeams and/or ProTeams between August 1 and 15, subject to agreement by all parties. The transfer window for a switch between 2022 and 2023 will start on August 1.

An early move to EF for Cepeda:
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San Sebastian Squad Announced
Pogačar and Almeida back in action in San Sebastian
UAE Team Emirates have announced teams for the upcoming races with the San Sebastian Classic on Sat 30 July followed by the Circuito de Getxo the following day on Sun 31 July in Spain.

The team for San Sebastian takes a line-up packed with talent, headlined by Tadej Pogačar who arrives after his podium place at the Tour de France in Paris last weekend.

Team Manager Joxean Matxin Fernandez (Spa) and Sports Director Manuele Mori (Ita) will lead the 7 riders at San Sebastian.

Pogačar: “Since the end of the Tour I’ve been to see my fiancee Urska racing in the Tour Femme and taken a few quieter days. I’m already back in action racing next Saturday in San Sebastian so I’m focussed on that. The Basque fans are really passionate about cycling and I love racing there. Then I’ll take a good break before building up to the last part of the season.”

Donostia San Sebastian Klasikoa [1.UWT] – 30-Jul-2022
-Joao Almeida (Por)
-Juan Ayuso (Spa)
-George Bennett (NZ)
-Rui Costa (Por)
-Ryan Gibbons (RSA)
-Yousif Mirza (UAE)
-Jan Polanc (Slo).

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Circuito de Getxo – Memorial Hermanos Otxoa [1.1] – 31-Jul-2022
-Camilo Ardila (Col)
-Juan Ayuso (Spa)
-George Bennett (NZ)
-Rui Costa (Por)
-Ryan Gibbons (RSA)
-Tadej Pogačar (Slo)
-Jan Polanc (Slo).

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Preview San Sebastian – Lorenzo Rota Wants to Repeat his Performance of Last Year
This Saturday, Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux will participâte to the Clásica San Sebastian (1.UWT, 30/07) for the second time. Last year, the World Team shone during its first appearance thanks to among others Lorenzo Rota, who finished fourth.

The parcours of this edition will be identical to the previous one. The course of 224 kilometer around San Sebastian contains three categorized hills in the first race half: Azkarate (4.4km at 7.6%), Urraki (8.8km at 6.7%) and Alkiza (4.5 km at 5.8 %).

In the final 70 kilometer, three other categorized climbs have to be covered, starting with the Alto de Jaizkibel (7.4km at 5.8%) almost immediately followed by Puerto de Erlaitz (4km at 10.4%).

Last season, Lorenzo Rota escaped in the downhill of Erlaitz with a group of five riders, heading towards the last climb Murgil (2.1 km at 9,8%) in the lead of the race. Rota battled for the victory until he was involved in a crash of Mikkel Honoré in the downhill towards the finish.

The vice Italian champion returns to the event after a solid Tour de Wallonie, in which he finished fourth. He will be accompanied by Jan Bakelants, winner of the last stage in Wallonie and participating for the seventh time in San Sebastian (11th in 2017, 12th in 2013).

Kobe Goossens, who recently finished his first Tour de France, participates to ‘Klasikoa’ for the second consecutive year, just like Simone Petilli. It will be the first participation for Théo Delacroix, Domenico Pozzovivo and Corné Van Kessel, who complete the roster directed by Valerio Piva and Jean-Marc Rossignon.

Lorenzo Rota: “I absolutely wanted to return to the Clásica San Sebastian, because this was the first race in which I showed myself on the highest level last year. The parcours suits me as it is challenging and as the climbs have a perfect length. I’d like to repeat last year’s performance. But the circumstances are completely different compared to last season. I feel fresh, I have an altitude camp and a solid Tour de Wallonie behind my back. Last year, I could benefit from my form after my first Tour de France. Also, the weather conditions will probably be a lot better than the rain and wet roads of last year.”

“No matter what, we’re determined to race aggressively. I like this racing style, to follow my instinct when I feel that it is the right moment, no matter how far it is to the finish. At the Tour de Wallonie, it is thanks to an audacious acceleration in the queen stage that Loïc Vliegen and I finished second and fourth in the final classification. I accelerated on the Col de La Redoute, 56 kilometer before the finish. The victory of Jan Bakelants in the final stage crowned our teamwork. He worked for us all week and wanted to do a lead out for me in the final kilometer. But he came to me with such a high speed that I decided to leave a gap and nobody managed to close it. Jan is also part of our solid team here in San Sebastian. “

Line up:
Jan Bakelants
Théo Delacroix
Kobe Goossens
Simone Petilli
Domenico Pozzovivo
Lorenzo Rota
Corné van Kessel
Sports Directors: Valerio Piva, Jean-Marc Rossignon.

Lorenzo Rota:
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Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl to Clásica San Sebastian
Spain’s only World Tour one-day race contains seven leg-sapping ascents and some really brutal gradients.

Less than a week from the end of the Tour de France, many of the riders who completed the second Grand Tour of the season will line out for the 41st edition of Clasica San Sebastian, a spectacular 224.8km race to the taste of climbers and puncheurs alike. Starting and finishing in the charming Basque city that lies on the coast of the Atlantic, the race should get off to a quiet start before coming to life on the iconic Jaizkibel ascent (8.3km, 5.3%), which will feature inside the last 70 kilometres.

With 40 kilometres to go, the riders will take on the Erlaitz, a 3.8km-long ascent averaging 10.6% that promises to whittle down the bunch, before a long descent followed by some flat roads taking to the bottom of the brutal Murgil Tontorra (1.8km, 11.5%), whose steep and gruelling gradients and narrow roads can be used as springboard to victory, especially as the hill will be crested just eight kilometres from the finish located on the famous Boulevard.

Victorious here in 2019, when he became the youngest rider ever to get a victory at World Tour level, Remco Evenepoel will make his first appearance with the Wolfpack since completing an altitude training camp in Livigno, part of a solid squad including Mattia Cattaneo, Mikkel Honoré, James Knox, Fausto Masnada, Pieter Serry and Jannik Steimle.

“Clasica San Sebastian is a beautiful, and at the same time, hard race. Remco won it in his first year as a pro, Mikkel came close of taking the victory last year, and the two of them together with our other guys who will be at the start will form a strong team whose ambition is to get a good result”, said Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl sports director Wilfried Peeters.

30.07 Donostia San Sebastian Klasikoa (ESP) 1.UWT
Riders:

Mattia Cattaneo (ITA)
Remco Evenepoel (BEL)
Mikkel Honoré (DEN)
James Knox (GBR)
Fausto Masnada (ITA)
Pieter Serry (BEL)
Jannik Steimle (GER).
Sports Director: Wilfried Peeters (BEL).

A win again for Evenepoel:
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Yates, Matthews & Schultz Spearhead Team BikeExchange-Jayco’s Hunt for Victory at Clásica San Sebastián
Briton Simon Yates returns to WorldTour racing headlining Team BikeExchange-Jayco at the one-day Clasica San Sebastian, alongside recent Tour de France stage winner Michael Matthews and second place stage finisher Nick Schultz.

After claiming two stage wins at the Giro d’Italia, Yates is back in action ready for the second phase of the season with the 224km race one of his goals. After starting things off well upon his return to racing with a recent victory on Monday at Prueba VillaFranca and yesterday, securing the overall win at Castilla y Leon, the Brit is ready to challenge for his third win of the week on Saturday.

After finishing in seventh place in 2016 and with it’s hard and punchy climbs, which lends itself to an explosive style of racing, the event is one of Yates’ favourites which suits the 29-year-old’s characteristics.

Joining him, fresh from taking first and second-place stage finishes respectively at the Tour de France, will be Australians Michael Matthews and Nick Schultz, both in fine form and hoping to have backed-up well after the three-week event to give the team added strength and depth.

Rounding out one of Team BikeExchange-Jayco’s strongest team line-ups at the one-day event will be recent Prueba Villa-France and Castilla y Leon stage runner up Dion Smith, Dutch domestique Jan Maas, plus Australian powerhouse Callum Scotson and Tsgabu Grmay.

Team BikeExchange-Jayco Line-up:
Tsgabu Grmay (ETH)
Jan Maas (NED)
Michael Matthews (AUS)
Nick Schultz (AUS)
Callum Scotson (AUS)
Dion Smith (NZL)
Simon Yates (GBR)

Simon Yates: “I’m looking forward to San Sebastian, it is a one-day race that I really like with the explosive climbs and in general a course that you can really race on. I love this type of racing and I’m hoping on Saturday we can have a good result.

It has been nice getting back into the swing of things after almost two months of training since the Giro. The legs are feeling good, and it was nice to start back with a win in Villafranca and also in Castilla y Leon. Saturday will be hard, there’s a lot of good riders and guys coming out of the Tour with good legs, so let’s see what we can do. It will definitely be a tough race, but we have a really good team.”

Mat Hayman – Sport Director: “We come into San Sebastian with a really strong team, probably one of the strongest teams we have fielded at this race in the last few years. Simon is on a true run of form, winning on Monday and yesterday with solo breakaways and we will have Nick and Michael joining the line-up coming out of the Tour de France, so those three riders will spearhead our team. It is a tough race but with this team I think we have a very good chance of going after the win.”

Simon Yates is on form:
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Bahrain Victorious to Clásica de San Sebastián
Matej Mohorič leads a strong Bahrain Victorious line up to the 42nd edition of the Clásica de San Sebastián. The 224.8km day race starts and ends in San Sebastián, as the riders go over 4,147 vertical meters across six classified climbs.

Luis León Sánchez joins Mohorič from the Tour, while Arashiro, Buitrago, Mäder, Pernsteiner and Poels make up the lineup and bring options to the team to battle for the win.

Sports Director Neil Stephens will be hoping Mohorič can go one place better after finishing runner-up in 2021: “It’s a really demanding race that starts along the coastline towards the west then turns inland towards the hardest climb, the Erlaitz. Then Murgil- Tontorra, before the descent into San Sebastián.

This year we are hoping to go one better than last year with Matej. We expect it to be a demanding race with attacks right from the start. Alongside Matej, we’ve got Gino Mäder, who is hoping to be there in the final, and Luis León Sánchez, who is coming off a solid Tour de France, which gives us options depending on how the race pans out.”

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Donostia San Sebastian Klasikoa (July 30)
Clément Berthet and Benoît Cosnefroy will compete for the first time in Donostia San Sebastian Klasikoa.

Clément Berthet: “Since my crash during the fourth stage of the Tour des Alpes on April 21, I have only raced the Tour de Suisse (June 12-19). With only eight days of racing in more than three months, I really want to pin on a number and start the second half of the season. My training has gone well and I feel ready. I have never participated in the Donostia San Sebastian Klasikoa but it is a race that I have always wanted to do. And considering the profile, it may suit me well. We will have a great team there in any case. I hope to get good results in the coming weeks to reverse the trend of what has been a complicated start to the season for me.”

Suffering from tendinitis on the inside of his right knee, Benoit Cosnefroy will not take part in the Clasica San Sebastian. He will be replaced by Paul Lapeira.

After a crash in the fifth stage of the Tour de Wallonie on Wednesday, Larry Warbasse is out of the Clasica San Sebastian. He will be replaced by Clément Champoussin.

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Donostia San Sebastian Klasikoa – JUL 30
Marcel Sieberg – Team DSM coach: “The race around San Sebastian is a classic part of the calendar after the Tour de France. It is always a hard race with a 225 kilometre route, which includes more than 3500 altitude metres and a steep final climb. We have a strong team on the start line, with Romain coming in good shape from the Tour de France as our main finisher. With the group we have at the race we’re looking to ride well as a unit, look after each other throughout the race and play our cards well, and aim for a nice result at the end of the day.”

Line-up:
Søren Kragh Andersen (DEN)
Romain Bardet (FRA)
Romain Combaud (FRA)
Mark Donovan (GBR)
Leon Heinschke (GER)
Casper Pedersen (DEN)
Martijn Tusveld (NED).

Bardet to the Clásica San Sebastián:
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Arkéa-Samsic Withdraws from Clásica San Sebastián
The field of Clásica San Sebastián will not have Arkéa-Samsic. The French team of Nairo Quintana, which had automatically received a wildcard, has withdrawn from the Basque race because it does not have enough riders available to participate.

“The team leadership has decided not to participate in the Clásica San Sebastián on Saturday. Several riders have come out of the Tour de France sick and still have not recovered,” Arkéa-Samsic said in a statement on social media. “We thank the organisers for their understanding. See you in 2023.”

The French ProTeam took sixth place in the final classification of the Tour de France last weekend with Nairo Quintana. Arkéa-Samsic currently also has riders in the Tour de Wallonie. In addition, the Vuelta a Castilla y Léon and the Circuito de Getxo are on the program this week. The Clásica San Sebastián (UCI 1.UWT) will be held on Saturday 30 July.

No Arkéa-Samsic in San Sebastián:
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