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Ilnur Zakarin not going to the Olympics, but Valverde rides, is that fair? – Top Story. All the race reports, results, quotes and video from San Sebastián, RideLondon and the Tour of Denmark. Other cycling news: Preview the Tour of Utah, Vuelta a Burgos and TV coverage of the Tour of Britain, plus rider/stagiaire news and mini Sky interviews. EuroTrash Monday coffee time.

TOP STORY: Zakarin & Valverde. What’s the difference?
Ilnur Zakarin was on the airplane about to fly to Rio de Janeiro to race in the Olympic Games road race when he was told to get off the plane because he would not be able to start the race. The IOC had made the decision that any Russian athlete who had previously received a doping banned would not be allowed to compete in Rio. Zakarin was banned in 2009 for methandienone.

Yes, I realize Alejandro Valverde is not Russian, but Zakarin admitted his mistake and took the punishment and probably had nothing to do with the ‘Russian Doping System’. Valverde has never admitted any guilt, but he will be in Rio.

Maybe the young Russian will get his chance in 2020?
99th Giro d’Italia 2016 stage - 16

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Clásica San Sebastián 2016
Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) solo’d to victory in San Sebastián after a strong attack on the final climb of the day, the Murgil Tontorra, with 8 kilometers to go. Tony Gallopin (Lotto Soudal) out-sprinted Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) for 2nd place at 17 seconds, while Katusha’s Joaquim Rodriguez, riding his last race on Spanish soil was fourth, 22 seconds later. Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) brought in a chase group of five at 34 seconds for 5th.

Moreno Moser (Cannondale-Drapac), Mario Costa (Lampre-Merida), Pirmin Lang (IAM Cycling), Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (Dimension Data), Jamie Roson (Cajal Rural-Seguros RGA) and Loic Chetout (Cofidis) made up the break of the day, but were caught at the start of the second climb of the Jaizkibel. Dario Cataldo (Astana) and Mikel Landa (Sky) attacked further up the Jaizkibel, but were pulled back after the climb.

Movistar controlled the race until they hit the final lap with 20 kilometers when Orica-BikeExchange took over to set the stage for the Yates brothers and the final, new climb, of the Murgil Tontorra. The Australian team’s tactics didn’t work as Joaquim Rodriguez attacked first and Mollema jumped after him with Valverde and Gallopin on his wheel. Once Rodriguez was caught, Mollema attacked as the others looked at each other. The Dutchman soon gained 10 seconds, then put his head down to for an extra 17 seconds by the finish. Valverde was relying on his usual habit of waiting for others to do the work, but Gallopin beat him in the sprint for second.

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Race winner, Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo): “The last days of the Tour de France were really disappointing for me, and this was a good way to fight back. I recovered well from the Tour, and I am really happy to win, I have always loved this race. This is the first WorldTour classic I have won; I have always wanted to be on the podium of this race and have one of those Basque hats, and now I finally have one. Yesterday in training I did the last climb twice and three times the descent, so I knew what was coming. I was a few places behind when Rodriguez went, and it was a narrow climb, so it was difficult to pass the other riders. But I felt quite good and knew that I could close the gap in the last few hundred meters of the climb. On the top, we were four and Rodriguez slowed down a little bit, and I think that was the perfect time to go. I just wanted to try something, and it was a good moment for an attack, it was still 500 meters flat at the top. I tried and saw I had a gap and then it was just full gas until the finish. I think with two kilometers more or less I knew I had it. I still felt I had some power in the legs, so I was not going to blow up, and when I looked back, I didn’t see the second group. I felt I could keep it until the finish – it was a nice feeling, especially in the last few hundred meters.”

2nd, Tony Gallopin (Lotto Soudal): “I’m pleased that my legs felt good after a disappointing Tour de France. The second place isn’t the most beautiful place on the podium, but I can tell that I’m very happy with today’s performance. I had a difficult period just after the Tour because it didn’t go as I hoped it would be. But one week later, I’m able to compete against the best riders and that gives a great feeling. I was able to follow riders such as Rodríguez and Valverde on the last steep climb. I had really good legs today, I rode an excellent race but unfortunately my efforts didn’t pay off. The new ascent in the finale was short but several parts were very steep. It was important to be at the front of the peloton as we entered the climb. That worked out well with Jelle Vanendert and Tim Wellens by my side. I was able to follow the strongest riders on that climb and that really gave a boost. Mollema chose the right moment to attack. Rodríguez and Valverde are two great riders but the cooperation wasn’t as it should have been. It was possible to reel in Mollema as we were about five seconds behind him at a certain moment. But it is what it is. First, I will enjoy a short rest period and then I’ll participate in Hamburg on 21 August.”

3rd, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar): “I’m happy with yet another podium. Mollema was really good in that finale; he went ahead before the downhill, and even though we started to cooperate behind, we didn’t got on with each other as we should. Plus, at the sprint, I was full of cramps – when I tried to launch the final acceleration, my legs were hurting too much to continue, and I could only keep Gallopin’s wheel for third. It happened the same to ‘Purito’ – it was a hot race and a very humid one, which happens to be a quite similar scenario to what we’ll find in Brazil. Finishing third here with the top guys keeps my hopes high for Rio. It’s a good route for us on the 6th; we will try to continue in this way and hopefully chase a medal for our country.”

4th, Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha): “I enjoyed my last race in Spain. That last climb was really my terrain. I saw I had a gap and I tried. I had to. Earlier I saw Adam Yates attacking and I knew he was trying to repeat his move of last year. That’s why I followed him and later dropped him. Unfortunately, at the top Mollema, Valverde and Gallopin joined me and when Mollema went away, Valverde and Gallopin really did nothing. Were they so afraid of me? In theory they are faster than me in the sprint. In the end they also missed the victory but it is like this. I was dead at that moment after my attack. The climb was super with the fans cheering for me. This is most likely my last race ever in Spain. This was a nice goodbye. I really enjoyed it, doing this climb even while suffering. I’m sorry I missed the top 3, but in the end there were three riders faster.”

5th, Greg Van Avermaet (BMC): “It was a hard edition that’s for sure. There were quite a few attacks to bring back the breakaway and we had Alessandro De Marchi in there, and then it was all for the last climb. Alessandro and Ben Hermans put me in a good position and then it was all up to me to do a good result on the last part of the final climb. I just tried to do my own tempo on the climb and I had to let these real climbers, like Valverde and Mollema, go. But I did a good tempo and I came to the top in a good position, and then I sprinted from our group to fifth position. I couldn’t have done any better today so I’m pretty happy with this result. You always wait to see how the legs will react after the Tour de France and I’ve had a pretty busy week because I did some criteriums. I still feel good and it gives me confidence ahead of Rio. It’s a difficult parcours in Rio but I have a good chance. I have to be a little bit lucky with the race situation but maybe I can go for it.”

6th, Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx – Quick-Step): “I was a bit nervous at the start of the race, because I didn’t know what my condition was after more than a month without racing. Fortunately, any doubt went away right after the start, as I felt my legs were strong. Before the last climb I tried to be in a good position, but it was hard to keep the pace with the riders coming off the Tour de France, who had a different speed. Considering I didn’t race for more than a month, I am satisfied with my result and I am looking forward to the next events I’ll do in August.”

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff): “I feel happy and satisfied with my form today. I, obviously, have to be realistic and aware that I come from a crash at the Tour and that my goal is the Vuelta. I have to be in optimal form for the Vuelta and as a result here and at Burgos I have to sacrifice my result.”

Clasicá San Sebastián Result:
1. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo in 5:31:00
2. Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal at 0:05
3. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar
4. Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Katusha at 0:22
5. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC at 0:34
6. Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx – Quick-Step
7. Simon Yates (GB) Orica-BikeExchange
8. Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac
9. Nicolas Roche (Irl) Sky
10. Dries Devenyns (Bel) IAM Cycling at 0:37.

San Sebastián action:

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RideLondon Classic 2016
Napoleon Bonaparte once said that “great ambition is the passion of great a character” and if there’s a rider in the current peloton who can be seen as the epitome of these words, that’s Tom Boonen. The Belgian proved again that age is just a number, passion and ambition being the quintessential factors that drive a rider in his permanent quest for victories and strong results, as he won the most important one-day race in the United Kingdom, RideLondon Classic (202 kilometers), which took place on Sunday.

It was for the first time in three years that the event came down to a bunch sprint, but this happened only after Etixx – Quick-Step and Orica-BikeExchange worked hard at the forefront in order to peg back the seven riders up the road, who at one point enjoyed a four-minute gap. Team Sky had the numbers in the group, with Ian Stannard and Geraint Thomas, and tried to take advantage of that, as the Welshman attacked with more than 50 kilometers to go and left his fellow escapees in the dust, building an advantage which looked to be insurmountable.

But the energy spent by the Etixx – Quick-Step riders at the head of the bunch paid off, as all the seven breakaway riders were pulled back, Thomas being the last one to wave the flag inside the final five kilometers. Protected by his teammates, who nullified a late move of Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani-CSF), Tom Boonen found a breach at the front through which he powered away in the closing 250 meters, beating Mark Renshaw (Dimension Data) and Michael Matthews (Orica-BikeExchange) by more than a bike length.

Sunday’s victory on The Mall – Tom’s second in the space of just a week – capped off a great July for Etixx – Quick-Step, the second month of the summer witnessing seven wins of the team, in the Tour de France, Tour de Pologne, Tour de Wallonie and RideLondon Classic.
Thanks to the Etixx – Quick-Step team for the race info.

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Race winner, Tom Boonen (Etixx – Quick-Step): “I am very happy. It was a hard race, as everyone was going bananas all day long. I was dropped twice, punctured once and suffered as I chased the pack, but managed to return to the main group every time. It was only with about 50 kilometers to go that we started to pull behind the break and it finally came back together with 5 kilometers left. The guys got well-organized going into the last corner and I could launch my sprint from the right side of the road. I’m very happy with how things went and with getting this victory in front of the British fans, who were great as always.”

2nd, Mark Renshaw (Dimension Data): “The race was really fast from the start. Team Sky set a hard tempo all day, of course setting it up for Geraint Thomas to attack. We missed that move and 20 guys got away so we were quite lucky to come back into the race there. With a few a sprint teams working to make it a sprint, like Orica and Etixx, we were quite fortunate to come back into it for the sprint as well. In the final 5km Tyler Farrar helped me a lot, he put me in the perfect position for the final. I started my sprint from 200 meters and as soon as I moved Tom Boonen came through with much more speed. There was no chance really to beat him, once I opened the door next to the barrier for him. I am happy with 2nd though as it’s the first race back after the Tour.”

RideLondon Classic Result:
1. Tom Boonen (Bel) Etixx – Quick-Step in 4:43:55
2. Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data
3. Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange
4. Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal
5. Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
6. Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani-CSF
7. Floris Gerfs (Ned) BMC
8. Tobyn Horton (GB) Madison Genesis
9. Steele Von Hoff (Aus) ONE Pro Cycling
10. Mark McNally (GB) Wanty-Groupe Gobert.

RideLondon Classic:

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Tour of Denmark 2016
Starting Stage 2 in defense of the race lead, Daniele Bennati (Tinkoff) nearly pulled off the double on Thursday. His teammate, Michael Valgren, tried his luck in the final kilometer, before Daniele was just edged into third in a thrilling sprint finish. With Michael caught in the final few hundred meters, Daniele appeared in the leader’s jersey in an elbow to elbow sprint to the line, being passed just before the finish by Magnus Cort Nielsen (Team Postnord Danmark) and Moreno Hofland (LottoNl-Jumbo). The sprint unfolded after a furious and frantic finish on the day’s finish circuits, on a day where the race speeds were high and crashes were plenty.

After a flurry of early attacks, a break of three eventually established itself at the front of the race, none of which were threat’s to the overall GC. Having built a lead of over 4 minutes, their advantage was pegged back gradually as the 180km stage ticked by. After the first two hours, the average speed was nearly 48km/h, with the breakaway pushing hard, but heading into the final 30km their advantage was down to just over 1 minute. A large crash in the peloton with around 25km to race disturbed the chase slightly, but with 15km to go the race was all back together.

One rider made a big solo push in the final kilometers before Michael Valgren jumped clear from behind to give chase. Catching and passing the rider, Valgren looked like he might hold on but he was eventually caught and passed as the line approach before the sprint unfolded.

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stage 1 winner, Magnus Cort Nielsen (Team Postnord Danmark): “I could hope for that. He (Matti Breschel, ed.) is a few years older than me, so I still have some years to make it. But he’s a great rider to try to match. My next chance will probably be in Frederiksberg (stage 5). I think tomorrow’s stage is a little too hard for me. I have tried before and maybe it will be Søren’s (Kragh Andersen) chance tomorrow. We will discuss that in the briefing. It is a win that I have longed for and really hoped that I could get, and of course I also believed that it was possible.”

2nd on the stage and 3rd overall, Moreno hofland (LottoNl-Jumbo): “The finish went slightly uphill, as well, so it wasn’t a sprint at high speed. I delivered a good final kick. I saw that Bennati was right behind me, but he wasn’t able to pass me. That was a good sign, but suddenly Cort Nielsen appeared to win it. I can’t be disappointed about this one because we did the best we could. We really delivered a strong final part of the race with the team.”“I still had to start my sprint a little bit too early in the end.

3rd on the stage and overall leader, Daniele Bennati (Tinkoff): “It was a very tough and fast-paced stage and I performed better than I had expected. My goal was to keep the leader’s jersey and thanks to today’s third place, I achieved it. I’d like to thank my teammates for the excellent work they did in controlling the race. I’m sure they finished the stage exhausted but they deserve the credit. Tomorrow, I’ll also try to hold on to the overall but I’m not sure about my form. It’s only the second race after my hard crash at the Milano-Sanremo, so I have to approach the Tour of Denmark day-by-day.”

Tour of Denmark Stage 2 Result:
1. Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Team Postnord Danmark in 4:52:26
2. Moreno Hofland (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo
3. Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff
4. Amaury Capiot (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise at 0:02
5. Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana
6. Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Den) Virtu Pro Veloconcept
7. Scott Thwaites (GB) Bora-Argon 18
8. Roy Jans (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
9. Alexander Camp (Den) Stolting Service Group
10. Marco Marcato (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert.

Tour of Denmark Overall After Stage 2:
1. Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff in 58:24:39
2. Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Virtu Pro Veloconcept at 0:15
3. Moreno Hofland (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo at 0:22
4. Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Team Postnord Danmark
5. Michael Gogl (Aus) Tinkoff at 0:31
6. Tim Declerq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
7. Michael Valgren (Den) Tinkoff at 0:33
8. Amaury Capiot (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise at 0:34
9. Roy Jans (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
10. Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana.

Denmark Stage 2:

Michael Valgren continued Tinkoff’s strong start to the Tour of Denmark this week taking a superb victory on Stage 3 with a huge attack on the final short, sharp climb to the line. Looking comfortable on each of the four tough finishing circuits, Valgren left the select front group behind as he powered his way to the overall race lead, held by teammate Daniele Bennati at the start of the stage.

Going into the stage, Tinkoff had both the responsibility of defending the overall race lead, but also the goal of bringing Valgren in a good position towards the finishing laps to contest the win. After a hard fight in the opening 15km, the right selection formed and five riders set about building a maximum lead of up to 7 minutes.

The racing was steady until the final 40 kilometers where attacks came from the peloton with the gap dropping under 2 minutes, and going into the four finishing circuits, a new selection of five was leading the race, with Tinkoff controlling affairs behind.

It wasn’t until the second time up the finishing climb that the front of the race came back together, as Valgren pushed clear as part of a small group, together with Michael Gogl, and Daniele Bennati also joining from a small group behind over the top. This group was to explode again the next time up before a group of around 20 headed into the final ascent together.

Coming into the bottom corner in third position, Valgren jumped clear as soon as the road kicked up. At first three riders hung on to his wheel but as he powered on, they dropped off, leaving him to turn into the finishing straight alone, finishing a handful of seconds ahead of his rivals. Race leader, Daniele came across the line a few minutes back after losing contact on the penultimate climb.

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Stage winner and overall leader, Michael Valgren (Tinkoff): “I’m really happy – it’s my first win in a few years, and it’s the hardest stage to win in the Tour of Denmark. The city where we finished today, I lived there for two years so I know the town really well, so it’s really nice to win there in front of the public. It was quite hard with little time between the Tour, but I love to ride in Denmark and to show the people here who come to see me that I am capable of getting the results – it’s nice to pay them back. I had to take the opportunity today,” Valgren continued. “We have a really strong team here – they guys rode perfectly today for Benna and me. Benna and I spoke on the third lap that and he wasn’t too good so I took it up and it was up to me. Coming into the last climb I thought just give it a go. You had to be up there coming into the climb as it’s quite narrow and hard to move up. I keep my head cool and went full gas up the climb and it all worked out. Tomorrow’s time trial normally suits me well. When I look at the GC now, I should hopefully be able to gain some more time. The guys behind me are faster in the sprints so could maybe take some bonus seconds on the last stage so I want to make it safe tomorrow.”

Previous race leader, Daniele Bennati (Tinkoff): “Like I said this morning, I didn’t know how my condition was still from day to day, but Michael Valgren is in super condition as you saw.”

Tour of Denmark Stage 3 Result:
1. Michael Valgren (Den) Tinkoff in 4:18:48
2. Alexander Kamp (Den) Stölting Service Group at 0:02
3. Marco Marcato (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
4. Rasmus Mygind (Den) Riwal Platform
5. Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Team Postnord Danmark at 0:06
6. Gillio Ciccone (Ita) Bardiani-CSF at 0:12
7. Sjoerd Van Ginneken (Ned) Roompot-Oranje Peloton at 0:13
8. Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Stölting Service Group
9. Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana
10. Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert at 0:15.

Tour of Denmark Overall After Stage 3:
1. Michael Valgren (Den) Tinkoff in 12:43:50
2. Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Team Postnord Danmark at 0:05
3. Alexander Kamp (Den) Stölting Service Group at 0:07
4. Marco Marcato (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert at 0:09
5. Rasmus Mygind (Den) Riwal Platform at 0:13
6. Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Stölting Service Group at 0:22
7. Gillio Ciccone (Ita) Bardiani-CSF at 0:23
8. Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
9. Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana at 0:24
10. Sjoerd Van Ginneken (Ned) Roompot-Oranje Peloton.

Denmark Stage 3:

Michael Valgren (Tinkoff) put in a solid performance in the Stage 4 individual time trial at the Tour of Denmark to take fourth on the day, just 10 seconds down on the race winner. With his ride, Valgren successfully defends his overall race lead going into Sunday’s final stage.

The race’s only individual time trial covered a distance of 19.6km over a mainly fast, flat route, proved by the winning average speed of over 50kmh. With Pavel Brutt setting a strong early time for the team to give benchmarks for the others later in the day, the guys set about putting in strong performances across the board. Daniele Bennati rode another strong time trial after his top 10 finish in the time trial at the Tour of Poland to place 10th on the stage, with teammate Manuele Boaro going one better in ninth. All eyes were then on Valgren to see how he could fare, and how the efforts of yesterday would sit in his legs.

He set a strong time through the first time split and then led at the second by just one second, however the hard efforts of the past days caught up with him in the final kilometers and he eventually came over the line with a time of 23:22, placing fourth.

Sunday’s final stage sees the riders tackle 175km over a rolling parcours that covers ten finishing circuits, but without any major difficulties on this circuit, it could well be another day for a sprint.

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Stage winner and 3rd overall, Mads Würtz Schmidt (Virtu Pro-Veloconcept): “I’m very happy and very proud. It’s a really good comeback after yesterday. I had to go out and prove that Friday was an off-day. I think I am the happiest man in Denmark. It’s crazy. I cannot remember what happened. I was completely spent. I couldn’t see anything and they had to catch me at the finish. I just had to get back my consciousness. I had high expectations and felt good this morning. I am in great form, so I just had to pull myself back up. I did so and it was a pleasure. I did my best time trial this year and felt that I could get far with that time. I was pretty sure that only Michael Valgren (Tinkoff) could beat me. I think that I was going fast throughout the race and I was only four seconds behind Boom at the intermediate check. Then I just gave it everything in the finale to take back the time that I needed and I really went full gas. It was absolutely perfect. The GC was a goal but the time trial was too and I got what I wanted. I was a little nervous whether I could repeat it, but I had good legs out there so it was a great TT. I am back in GC contention and am in a comfortable third place. Now I have to be on the podium in the Frederiksberg.”

2nd on the stage, Lars Boom (Astana): “I’m happy with my race, finally I got back to my level and I was close to victory.”

Tinkoff Sport Director Lars Michaelsen: “We finished with three guys in the top ten with Valgren, Boaro and Benna and Valgren defended his lead which was the goal so we can be happy. Valgren did a solid ride, very smooth and led through the second split but in the final section he lost some time. The winner is a specialist so it was a good performance again today. Valgren missed the podium by a tiny amount today, fading and losing a few seconds through the final corners, but this doesn’t matter as the goal was to defend his race lead which he did. Gogl also did a good ride to hold onto fourth overall. Valgren now has 12 seconds over second place, and although there are bonus seconds available during the stage normally there should be a break to take these. However, we are ready to give everything and will only relax when it’s all over. There’s still a lot to concentrate on tomorrow.”

Tour of Denmark Stage 4 Result:
1. Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Virtu Pro-Veloconcept in 23:12
2. Lars Boom (Ned) Astana at 0:08
3. Martin Toft Madsen (Den) Team Almeborg-Bornholm at 0:09
4. Michael Valgren (Den) Tinkoff at 0:10
5. Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) ONE Pro Cycling at 0:12
6. Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-BikeExchange at 0:17
7. Asbjørn Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Postnord Danmark at 0:26
8. Martijn Keizer (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo at 0:29
9. Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff at 0:43
10. Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff at 0:48.

Tour of Denmark Overall After Stage 4:
1. Michael Valgren (Den) Tinkoff in 13:07:12
2. Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-BikeExchange at 0:12
3. Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Virtu Pro-Veloconcept at 0:56
4. Michael Gogl (Aut) Tinkoff at 1:20
5. Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-Argon 18 at 1:21
6. Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise at 1:32
7. Alexander Kamp (Den) Stölting Service Group at 1:40
8. Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana at 1:41
9. Marco Marcato (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert at 1:43
10. Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff at 1:45.

Denmark Race Leader, Michael Valgren:
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Michael Valgren (Tinkoff) recorded his second overall victory at the Tour of Denmark, capping off a superb week of racing for Tinkoff at his home tour. With Daniele Bennati’s third place on the Final Stage 5 bunch sprint, he won the points classification, as Tinkoff also took the team classification, finishing the race with two stage wins, two podiums, and first, fourth and tenth overall.

The 175km final stage suited a bunch sprint with largely a flat parcours, and ten finish circuits to end the race, but the Tinkoff team still had to be aware of second place on GC, sat at just 12 seconds going into the stage but with enough bonus seconds available to overturn the lead.

After an early fight for the breakaway, six riders pulled clear, suiting Tinkoff and Valgren with no GC threats up the road. However, under pressure from other teams behind in the peloton, the breakaway was closed down ahead of the first intermediate sprint with 111km to race. After a hard fight, Magnus Cort, sitting in second overall, took three bonus seconds, while Bennati and Valgren took two and one respectively, closing the advantage down to just 10 seconds.

A second breakaway soon went clear and this time the chase was unable to bring back the escape ahead of the second sprint, meaning that Cort had to win the stage with a gap over Valgren, as the Tinkoff rider led by over 10 seconds with his time trial advantage, with Valgren having to finish outside of the top 10 – it was leaning in Valgren’s favor.

As the peloton raced around the 10 finishing circuits a bunch sprint was set up with all riders caught with 7km to race. As rain started to fall, the situation became more complicated but the Tinkoff train remained at the front of the bunch with Valgren and Bennati in the wheels. As the sprint unfolded, Bennati pushed hard for the line, just being pipped into third, with Valgren just a bike length behind in fifth, sealing his overall race victory.

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2nd on the stage, Moreno Hofland (LottoNl-Jumbo): “Unfortunately, I did not win! Everything went fine until the last corner, Dennis went full on from the corner, but Tom Van Asbroeck thought he wasn’t strong enough to keep the speed and went a little too early for him. I had to start my sprint too early. Bauhaus brought up the speed and sprinted off of my rear wheel. I could hold him for a second, but he was still just a little faster. I am satisfied with the sprint train, the only thing we still need to work on is timing. That’s the important last piece of the sprint train, but I think we did a great race today.”

Tinkoff Sport Director, Lars Michaelsen: “We had some suspense today, but we adjusted our strategy along the road and the guys did another great job. We also win the team classification too which underlines the team effort out here this week, and Benna is also rewarded with the points classification. We didn’t win the stage, but there were plenty of other rewards. In the morning we tried to have the right break go clear, but other teams agendas were different. We covered 52km in the first hour, a continuously high speed, and in the end the guys out front ran out of energy, and Cort took the first sprint, so we adapted to the situation. For the second sprint it worked out that the break stayed away and took the bonifications there so with Valgren’s gap in the TT even if Cort won the bunch sprint Valgren would still win the overall. In the end Valgren took fifth, showing his strength, and Benna took third, to win the points jersey, ending a really good week here for the team.”

Tour of Denmark Stage 5 Result:
1. Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bora-Argon 18 in 3:34:24
2. Moreno Hofland (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo
3. Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff
4. Roy Jans (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
5. Michael Valgren (Den) Tinkoff
6. Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
7. Michael Carbel Svengaard (Den) Stolting Service Group
8. Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana
9. Sebastian Lander (Den) ONE Pro Cycling
10. Amaury Capiot (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise.

Tour of Denmark Final Overall Result:
1. Michael Valgren (Den) Tinkoff in 16:41:35
2. Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Team Postnord Danmark at 0:10
3. Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Virtu Pro-Veloconcept at 0:57
4. Michael Gogl (Aut) Tinkoff at 1:21
5. Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-Argon 18 at 1:32
6. Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise at 1:33
7. Alexander Kamp (Den) Stölting Service Group at 1:41
8. Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana at 1:42
9. Marco Marcato (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert at 1:44
10. Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff at 2:00.

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BMC Racing Team Head Stateside for Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah
BMC Racing Team will race stateside next week as an eight-rider squad line up on Monday for the first of seven stages at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah.

Sports Director Jackson Stewart said racing on home soil always gives the riders extra motivation. “We are heading to Utah with a young and ambitious team. Many of our riders have raced here before and with a solid week’s recon, we will be lining up with a strong and well-prepared team. We are not heading to the race with a clear leader as we have multiple options available to us so we will see how the race evolves day by day.”

“It is also great to have BMC Racing Team stagiaires, [Taylor] Eisenhart and [Fabian] Lienhard here with us. They’ve progressed well as part of the BMC Development Team program and this is a perfect race for them to enter the professional world of cycling and demonstrate their abilities. It is particularly exciting to see Eisenhart starting here in his home state and on his home roads.”

For Taylor Eisenhart and Fabian Lienhard, racing in Utah is an exciting opportunity. “For me, being able to start my first pro race in my home state is pretty incredible. The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah should be a fantastic start for me as I know a lot of the guys there really well and many are my former teammates who have moved up the ranks,” said Eisenhart.

“I think this is going to be a really good race to line up alongside the BMC Racing Team pro riders for the first time. It’s definitely not going to be easy but I am looking forward to stepping up to the challenge,” added Lienhard.

Rider roster:
Darwin Atapuma (COL), Tom Bohli (SUI), Taylor Eisenhart (USA), Fabian Lienhard (SUI), Joey Rosskopf (USA), Manuel Senni (ITA), Dylan Teuns (BEL), Rick Zabel (GER).
Sports Director: Jackson Stewart (USA).

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Lupus Racing Team Signs Costa Rican National Champion
Roster Announced for Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah

The Lupus Racing Team has signed Costa Rican climber, Joseph Chavarría, who will join the squad at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. Chavarría, who turns 24 in October, is a two-time road race national champion for Costa Rica. He captured the elite national title in June this season.

“We are very happy to have Joseph on our Lupus Racing Team as we head into some big UCI races in Utah and Alberta. He has had some great results so far this season at UCI stage races in Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. As a climber, we look forward to adding his firepower to support Chris Horner and Chad Beyer,” said Phil Cortes, sports director for Lupus Racing Team.

Chavarría, racing for the Nestle Giant Costa Rica team, started the year with a General Classification (G.C.) victory at the Vuelta al Tachira en Bicicleta, a UCI 2.2 stage race on the America Tour. He finished seventh on the G.C. at the Vuelta Independencia Nacional Republica Dominicana. At this same UCI 2.2 stage race, the Lupus Racing Team captured three podiums, including the first UCI stage win of the year by Michael Olheiser.

The team also announced its race roster for the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, a UCI 2.HC taking place Aug. 1-7 from Zion Canyon Village in southern Utah to Park City in the Wasatch Mountains to the north. Chavarría will make his first appearance in the black and purple kit alongside seven other teammates: Chad Beyer (USA), Chris Horner (USA), Matthieu Jeannès (FRA), Bryan Lewis (USA), Barry Miller (USA), Nicolae Tanovitchii (MDA), Thomas Vaubourzeix (FRA). In the past three seasons, Horner has finished fifth or better on G.C. at the Tour of Utah.

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Alberto Contador Continues Vuelta a España build at Vuelta a Burgos this Week
Following his participation in the Clasica San Sebastian, his first race back after injury during the Tour de France, Tinkoff’s GC leader Alberto Contador lines up at the five day Vuelta a Burgos in Spain. The race will be a strong test and preparation race in the build-up for the Tour of Spain, for both Alberto and his teammates.

Alberto will be joined at the race by a selection of riders capable of supporting him in his goal of a strong GC position, as well as racing for their own stage successes. Jesús Hernandez, Sergio Paulinho, Ivan Rovny and Yuri Trofimov come to the race from San Sebastian where they raced alongside Alberto. Michael Gogl comes to the race after a strong fourth place overall at the Tour of Denmark, while the team is completed by Adam Blythe and Jay McCarthy.

Despite wins in most of the major Spanish stage races in the calendar, the Vuelta a Burgos is a race that Alberto has never etched on his palmares. However, with the race forming part of Alberto’s build towards the Vuelta a España following his Tour de France disappointment, it may be more of a case of finding form than racing for the victory.

The race offers the team a range of different opportunities, and Sport Director Ivan Basso confirmed that the riders will have their chances over the five days. “For Alberto, he comes here from injury so we have to see how he is. We will focus on bringing him through the race in a good way, and we will see how he recovers from San Sebastian and go from there.

“For the other riders, it’s a good race to take their opportunities for results. We will see day-by-day who can do what. In this race I think you can get your own results, which is important for the riders. I want to see the Tinkoff spirit, which is in our DNA, to see the team fighting, motivated, committed and working hard in the race.”

The race gets underway with a relatively flat stage that suits the sprinters before the GC will see a shake up with the second day’s team time trial. Stage 3 will be more suited to the breakaway, or a small group coming to the finish with three categorised climbs to tackle, while stage 4 also will be a tough test that should shed the pure sprinters.

Finally, the race comes to a climax with the queen stage on Saturday, covering seven categorised climbs, including the final mountain top finish after 163km of racing. This final day will be a good test for Alberto to see how his climbing legs have recovered after the Tour, and how his recovery process is coming along.

Basso continued, “It’s nice for me as it’s my second experience as first Sport Director, and I’m happy to share this with Jan Valach – we’ll repeat the same experience of Croatia where we had a great race. This is a much different race, first of all because our GC captain is there, Alberto, and it’s an important race as we have 12 other WorldTour teams there, and it’s a very difficult race. We will try each day to see what we can do.”

The Race

Stage 1, Sasamón – Melgar de Fernamental, 158km
With just one categorised climb on the parcours for the opening stage, the race’s first leader should be decided in a bunch sprint. The third category climb crests after just 50km of racing before a flat run to the finish.

Stage 2, Burgos – Burgos, 10.72km TTT
The race’s only time trial, stage 2 will see teams put their overall strengths to the test with this short, fast team time trial. To make things slightly more complicated, the riders will tackle the Alto del Castillo just before the midway point.

Stage 3, Sedano – Villacayo, 198km
The climbs start to become a bit more testing on stage 3 as the peloton tackles three categorised ascents over the day’s 198km route. The final climb of the day will reach its summit with just 17km to go, and after a fast descent, the riders will fight out the stage on a flat run-in.

Stage 4, Aranda de Duero – Lerma, 145km
Another tough, rolling stage faces the peloton on the fourth day, tackling two categorised climbs, as well as other uncategorised ramps. A slightly uphill finish will draw out the puncheurs, unless a breakaway survives to fight out the finish.

Stage 5, Caleruega – Lagunas de Neila, 163km
The final stage of the race is also the queen stage, with its mountain-top finish atop Laguna de Neila, over 2000m altitude. The GC should be sorted out on the slopes of this final climb, with the climbers looking to leave their mark. However, with six other classified climbs on the route, there’s plenty more to challenge the riders on the day.

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Vuelta a Burgos
Team Giant-Alpecin have one Spanish excursion this August before the Vuelta a España, with the Vuelta a Burgos. The race starting Tuesday provides the riders a good opportunity to test themselves out in high mountains, on short and steep uphill finishes and in the crosswinds. The five stages that make up the 2016 edition will maintain a similar format from past seasons.

Coach Morten Bennekou (DEN) said: “Burgos will be a good race for those who are riding the Vuelta to fine-tune their form. The goal for the team as a whole is to aim for stage opportunities, to go on the offensive and get into the breakaways. We expect to see some promising performances and we want to show ourselves during the stages.

“The race will also give the opportunity to our stagiaires Jochem and Martijn, to get a good idea of what the professional world is like and also at riding as a team at this level.”

Line-up:
Johannes Fröhlinger (GER), Lars van der Haar (NED), Chad Haga (USA), Jochem Hoekstra (NED), Sindre Skjøstad Lunke (NOR), Martijn Tusveld (NED), Zico Waeytens (BEL).
Coach: Morten Bennekou.

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Etixx – Quick-Step to Vuelta a Burgos
Our team will look to be a protagonist in the fight for stage victories and the overall standings.

The 38th edition of Vuelta a Burgos kicks-off with a rather flat stage, which shouldn’t see any other outcome than a bunch gallop. On Wednesday, the 10.7km team time trial will lead to some gaps – albeit small – between the general classification contenders, before the puncheurs and attackers will take center stage in Villarcayo, respectively Lerma. Nothing will be decided until the final day of the race, when the peloton will visit the iconic climb of Lagunas de Neila, which came to prominence at the 1998 Vuelta a España. Averaging 5.3% over its 14.8 kilometers, Lagunas de Neila features double-digit gradients in the final kilometers, where the race is very likely to explode.

An in-form Gianni Meersman – who made a strong impression at the Tour de Wallonie, where he showed a remarkable consistency – will be the team’s main card for the stages expected to come down to a bunch sprint, in which he’ll rely on a strong lead-out train which includes Yves Lampaert, Guillaume Van Keirsbulck and Martin Velits. Giro d’Italia stage winner Gianluca Brambilla (6th in last week-end’s Clasica San Sebastian) and David De La Cruz, who’ll ride on home soil, will hope to shine on the challenging climbs, where they will be supported by the experienced Maxime Bouet and Pieter Serry.

Riders:
Maxime Bouet (FRA), Gianluca Brambilla (ITA), David De La Cruz Melgarejo (ESP), Yves Lampaert (BEL), Gianni Meersman (BEL), Pieter Serry (BEL), Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (BEL), Martin Velits (SVK).
Sports Director Rik van Slycke (BEL).

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BMC Racing Team Set to Debut at Vuelta a Burgos
BMC Racing Team will race at Vuelta a Burgos for the first time from 2-6 August, with former winner Samuel Sánchez as team leader.

Sports Director Max Sciandri said Sánchez will be supported by a strong team, some of whom will use the race as preparation for the Vuelta a Espãna. “Vuelta a Burgos is a great race to do at this point in the season as it offers a bit of everything when it comes to the stage profiles across the five days. We have a great team leader in Samuel Sanchez, who is a previous winner of the race, and we have a good opportunity with the Team Time Trial on stage 2. It’s the ideal race for a number of our riders who will use this as preparation for the Vuelta a Espãna,” Sciandri explained.

Sánchez, who won the race in 2010, is looking forward to lining up on home soil. “The Vuelta a Burgos gives me five more race days before the Vuelta a Espãna. With the course profile and the line up of riders set to compete, it is an ideal race where I can get a lot a big workload in my legs and get used to the race pace again before the Vuelta a Espãna,” Sánchez said.

Rider roster:
Jempy Drucker (LUX), Floris Gerts (NED), Ben Hermans (BEL), Daniel Oss (ITA), Samuel Sánchez (ESP), Peter Velits (SVK), Loïc Vliegen (BEL), Danilo Wyss (SUI).
Sports Director: Max Sciandri (ITA), Allan Peiper (AUS).

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Preview: Vuelta a Burgos
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka fine tune form at Vuelta a Burgos.

The 38th edition of the Vuelta a Burgos begins on Tuesday 2 August and Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will be at the start in Sasamon.

The Vuelta a Burgos is a 5 stage UCI 2.HC event which takes place in the hilly province of Burgos. This year’s edition of the race comprises 4 road stages and a team time trial stage (stage 2). The final stage will be the GC deciding stage as there is 6 categorised climbs before a final out of category summit finish. The 3 other road stages (stages 1,3 & 4) should suit the sprinters.

The Vuelta a Burgos will once again attract a quality field, with many of the riders using Burgos as the final build up event to the 3rd grand tour of the year, La Vuelta a Espana. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will start with a powerful team, which aims to compete for victory on each individual stage.

Kristian Sbaragli will be our favoured rider for the sprint stages. Omar Fraile, Igor Anton, Merhawi Kudus and Jacques Janse van Rensburg will be our riders targeting the tough final stage in particular and a possible good overall result. Nic Dougall, Nathan Haas and Jaco Venter’s versatility will make sure our African Team will have ample fire power during each stage.

Omar Fraile – Rider
I look forward to some good competition and hard racing at Burgos. It is a race that I really like and it is also close to home which is always very nice. My sensations are quite good at the moment as I have been training at altitude for some time, so Burgos will be a good test before the Vuelta a Espana.

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Vermote Stays with Etixx – Quick-Step in 2017
The Belgian reached a new agreement with the team for which he’s been riding since 2011, when he turned pro.

Julien Vermote will continue in the colors of Etixx – Quick-Step next season, after the two parties have struck a deal on Thursday. A former winner of Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen, the 27-year-old has enjoyed a very strong season so far, working hard for his teammates in the Spring Classics and placing in the top 10 at the National Championships in both the time trial and road race, before going on to ride his second Tour de France, where he was a key man of the team.

“I am happy, because this is what I wanted from the beginning. I’m here for six years, I turned pro with this outfit and grew up in this environment. Under the guidance of the team I made some important steps and I feel like there’s still room to improve and achieve a few more goals, at a personal level, but also together with the squad. For that reason, I want to thank Patrick Lefevere and the team for their trust”, said Julian after inking the new deal.

Also Patrick Lefevere, Etixx – Quick-Step’s CEO, was satisfied with this agreement: “Julien is one of the most reliable riders in the peloton, always there for the team, on the flat and on the mountains, in the rain or under the scorching sun. In this year’s Tour de France, he spent more than 1,000 kilometers at the front of the bunch, which says a lot about his commitment, and he was there for Dan Martin on the last Alpine stage, helping him secure his top 10 in the GC and proving what a valuable road captain he is.”

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Nicolas Roche to Join BMC Racing Team in 2017
Nicolas Roche (32), Irish National Road Race and Time Trial Champion, will join BMC Racing Team for the 2017 season, General Manager Jim Ochowicz announced today.

“Nicolas Roche is a fantastic addition to BMC Racing Team. Nicolas brings a wealth of experience and is exactly the sort of rider we are looking for to support our Grand Tour ambitions and work for his own personal objectives. A lot of our goals are centered around Grand Tours and we felt we needed an additional rider who could bring us experience in that field,” Ochowicz explained.

“We are looking forward to a big season again in 2017 and I think Nicolas will be an asset for us, as he has proven in the past. Nicolas is a rider who brings a lot of dimensions with his portfolio, including Grand Tour stage wins and top ten finishes in the General Classification, so we are thrilled to welcome him to the BMC Racing Team family.”

Roche was attracted to BMC Racing Team’s style of riding.

“I’m super excited because BMC Racing Team is a team that rides with a lot of the characteristics that I like. They’re always up the front, riding with aggression and trying to make an exciting race. I think I’ll enjoy the aggressive style of racing,” Roche said.

“Looking ahead to the 2017 season, my main role will be to really support Richie Porte and Tejay van Garderen in their General Classification ambitions, and hopefully I’ll have a good go at the Vuelta a Espãna.”

2017 will mark Roche’s 13th season as a professional cyclist, during which time he has claimed two Vuelta a Espãna stage wins, overall victory at Route du Sud, and two Irish National Road Race and Time Trial Championships.

Roche is the first Irish rider to join BMC Racing Team.

In keeping with BMC Racing Team policy, no other terms or conditions of the contract were released.

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Fabio Sabatini continues with Etixx – Quick-Step
2017 will be the Italian’s third season with the team where he established himself as one of the peloton’s top lead-out men.

Fabio Sabatini (31) has agreed on a new contract with Etixx – Quick-Step, following in the footsteps of Tom Boonen, Iljo Keisse and Yves Lampaert, who re-upped a few weeks ago. A pro since 2006, Fabio was the only rider to be at the side of Marcel Kittel in all the races he did this season, and a superstitious person could even say at first glance that he was the German’s talisman, as the powerful sprinter nabbed a win in each of these races.

A hard-working rider, who relies on his fast legs as well as the tactical nous he possesses, Fabio knows how to protect his leader in the hectic final meters of a stage and launch him to that much desired victory. That’s what he’s done since the start of the season, his partnership with Marcel Kittel – one of the strongest in the peloton – helping the 28-year-old sprinter become the most successful World Tour rider of 2016. Next year, he will continue to help Marcel and show why he’s such a valuable lead-out man.

“I chose to stay with Etixx – Quick-Step because I feel at home here. It’s a team whose philosophy and approach I like and where I have many good friends. In the past two years I enjoyed many unforgettable moments and been part of some really great victories, such as the ones in the Grand Tours or in Scheldeprijs, where Marcel took a record fourth win. Next year, I will continue to do what I know best, as I want to prove that I’m even more determined to help my teammates and bring my contribution to other important triumphs, so that Etixx – Quick-Step remains the most winningest team in the peloton”, said Fabio Sabatini, for whom 2017 will be the 12th season in the pro ranks.

“There’s no secret that Fabio is one of the best lead-out riders out there. He’s experienced and a real team player, giving his last ounce of energy for his leaders. Fabio is already in his second year with Etixx – Quick-Step and this season we could see there’s a strong chemistry between him and Marcel. He played a part in all of Marcel’s 11 wins of this year, which says a lot about how important he is for the team. To extend with him was the natural thing to do”, Patrick Lefevere – Etixx – Quick-Step’s CEO – explained the decision to give the Italian a new contract.

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BIKE UK to screen live coverage of the Tour of Britain this September
Watch LIVE coverage of the UK’s largest professional cycle race, as the Tour of Britain comes to BIKE Channel UK this summer.

Ten World Tour teams start this year’s Tour of Britain for the first time, with the teams of British favorites Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish’s (Team WIGGINS and Team Dimension Data respectively) racing on home roads. Fans can watch LIVE coverage of British Cycling’s premier road event on BIKE Channel UK this September on Sky, Virgin and Freesat.

Alongside the BIKE Channel, ITV4 will also screen live coverage and highlights daily from the Tour of Britain.

After starting in Glasgow on 4 September, the 1,296.6km route passes through the Lake District, Wales and Dartmoor, before finishing on Regent Street in central London on Sunday 11 September. The route promises to test riders’ limits and BIKE, the UK’s only 24-hour cycling channel, will be there for every pedal stroke as this iconic event unfolds, with three hours of live coverage from every stage.

The Tour of Britain is the cornerstone of the British cycling calendar, and the UK’s largest free-to-watch sporting event, attracting more than one million spectators. This year’s Tour is the biggest in its history, and the event continues to grow with cycling popularity nationwide.

Filippo Ubaldini, Founder and CEO of BIKE Channel, said: “The Tour of Britain is one of the most important tours on the calendar and we are delighted to bring it to BIKE this summer. We are sure fans will love following our dedicated coverage of eight days of racing through stunning British countryside before what promises to be an exciting sprint finish in London.”

Mick Bennett, Race Director of the Tour of Britain, said: “With 10 WorldTour teams riding in this year’s Tour of Britain, the race is now the biggest it’s ever been. BIKE’s coverage – available in over 17 million households in the UK – will bring the Tour of Britain to new audiences and is key to the continued growth of the country’s national Tour.”

Fans can follow all the LIVE action from this summer’s Tour of Britain from the comfort of their own home with BIKE, available on Sky channel 464, Virgin Media channel 552 and Freesat channel 251.

The 2016 Tour of Britain takes place from Sunday 4 to Sunday 11 September:
Stage One – Sunday 4 September – Glasgow to Castle Douglas
Stage Two – Monday 5 September – Carlisle to Kendal
Stage Three – Tuesday 6 September – Congleton to Tatton Park, Knutsford
Stage Four – Wednesday 7 September – Denbigh to Builth Wells
Stage Five – Thursday 8 September – Aberdare to Bath
Stage Six – Friday 9 September – Sidmouth to Haytor, Dartmoor
Stage Seven – Saturday 10 September – Bristol Stage
Stage Eight – Sunday 11 September – London Stage presented by TfL.

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Three Stagiaires will be Added to Giant-Alpecin’s Roster from August
Team Giant-Alpecin is pleased to announce that Max Kanter (GER), Jochem Hoekstra (NED) and Martijn Tusveld (NED) will be joining the team as stagiaires from August 1.

Kanter is recognized as a promising talent and comes over from LKT Team Brandenburg. The 18-year old will get the opportunity to gain his first WorldTour experience in the remainder of the season and will be part of Team Giant-Alpecin’s Development Program next season.

The German is considered an all-rounder with the potential to perform well in the classics. He put himself on the radar with strong showings in 2015, belonging to the best riders of his juniors class, winning the general classification at the Polish stage race Ville de Grudziadz and the Driedaagse van Axel. This year, at the Carpathian Couriers Race he finished third in the overall classification and top of the youth classification. He recently participated in the German U23 championships where he took eighth in the ITT.

Signing Kanter for the team’s Development Program as of next year is in line with the team’s aim to further grow and contribute to the development of German cycling from its roots. Indeed, next year the team will have in place a German-oriented Development Program with a base in Germany, offering talented young riders the support of a professional WorldTour structure and providing world class knowledge and experience from trainers, coaches and scientists.

Kanter said of this opportunity: “To have the chance to already ride this autumn a few races as a stagiaire with the WorldTour Program of the team before joining Team Giant-Alpecin’s Development Program next year was a surprise to me. I think it is very special to get a stagiaire contract in the first year of being an U23 rider. I’m really pleased and I think it is a great opportunity for me to develop and continue my learning process in the Development Program next year.”

Hoekstra, 23 years of age, is a strong rider with a big engine as he can ride well on all type of terrains. He has already notched up some good results, including winning the Ronde van Limburg and Omloop der Kempen in 2015. Hoekstra, who joins the team from Parkhotel Valkenburg CT, commented: “I am super happy with this step as I’ve been working hard to get an opportunity like this. Team Giant-Alpecin is a great team and to get the chance to join as a stagiaire makes me really proud. I am looking forward to showing my abilities and the second part of the season with the team is primary to learn and develop.”

The 22-year old Tusveld, currently with Rabobank Development Team has all-round capacities and can perform well in a variety of races. He already has shown strong results by finishing second at Paris-Tours Espoirs last year. In March of this year he won a stage and took second overall at the Istrian Spring Trophy, at the Tour de Normandie he raced to fourth overall and won the youth classification. “It’s a great opportunity for me to demonstrate my capabilities at WorldTour level and I am happy to make this next step with Team Giant-Alpecin,” said Tusveld. “I believe in their philosophy and their way of working, and I am eager to contribute to this team and to show what I can do.”

Team Giant-Alpecin coach Marc Reef (NED) explained: “Talent development belongs to the core of our existence and our aim is to connect the world’s best talents to the team. Next to that we want to take responsibility for German cycling by focusing on grassroots development. Those two goals go hand in hand with signing Max [Kanter], who is a big talent. We are happy that he joins our Development Program next season with the aim to proceed to our WorldTour Program in the future.

“Both Jochem [Hoekstra] and Martijn [Tusveld] have been followed by the team to monitor their progression during the last years and they have shown good potential. For us, the stagiaire period will be an opportunity to see what they are capable of, and they will get the chance to prove themselves.”

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Carapaz joins Movistar Team as trainee
23-year-old climber from Ecuador to take part in international courses as part of Eusebio Unzué’s squad this summer, following short, brilliant stay into Spanish amateur scene.

Movistar Team confirms on Thursday that Richard Carapaz (Tulcán, Ecuador; 1993) will join their squad in the next few days as trainee for the remainder of the season. The South American talent’s debut with Eusebio Unzué’s squad will take place at the Tour de l’Ain (France), from 10 to 13 August. Carapaz comes from Navarran development team Lizarte.

Winner of the Pan-American Games road race U23 in 2013 and the Colombian Vuelta al Porvenir in 2015, the rider hailing from the Carchí prefecture, just next to the Colombia border, has shone bright thanks to his climbing abilities and strategic nose during his four-month stay as an amateur in Spain: he finished 2nd in the Memorial Valenciaga, arguably the biggest one-day event in the country, in only his second appearance in Lizarte’s pink and black jersey, before going on to win in Lazkao, the Urraki hill climb and also the prestigious Vuelta a Navarra, where he proved himself as the strongest into the ascents.

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Two stagiaires for Wanty-Groupe Gobert
Wanty-Groupe Gobert will employ two stagiaires for the upcoming months. They are Belgian riders Xandro Meurisse and Jenthe Biermans.

“I’m happy to receive this opportunity to ride against professional riders”, Xandro Meurisse says.

Xandro Meurisse is a perfect all-rounder. He feels at ease on the cobblestones and on hilly roads. This season he was fifth in the Drie-Daagse van West-Vlaanderen and seventh in the Tour de Wallonie.

Two years ago he was stagiaire in the team Lotto-Belisol but he got badly injured in a crash. He broke his wrist. Last year he rode for the Irish continental team An Post-Chainreaction. He took the tenth place in the final GC of the Tour of Britain. In 2016 he came back to Belgium in the team Crelan-Vastgoedservice. He won his first professional race in the queen stage of the 4 Days of Dunkirk.

“I came back to Belgium to show great things. My first part of the season was successful. This is a great reward and let’s hope this is the last step to a professional contract”, he continues.

Xandro Meurisse will line-up on Sunday in the Prudential Ride London. “I don’t know my race schedule in details but I will normally ride the Tour of Britain whose I keep very good memories of last year.”

Jenthe Biermans is a cobblestone specialist. This year he rides for the Dutch continental team SEG Racing. He was twice second in Paris-Roubaix U23. He is 20 years old. He is reasonably fast at the line as well. He was second in the Belgian Championship U23 in 2015 and he took the fifth place in Paris-Tours U23 as well.

“I hope to show the team that I can be a good rider for the future not only on Flemish races. I’m looking forward to starting my first race in my new jersey.”

He should normally line up in Dwars door het Hageland in Aarschot.

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Three stagiaires for Etixx – Quick-Step
The team continues its commitment to developing talents, as Adrien Costa, Ivan Cortina and Hamish Schreurs get a trial period.

The final months of the season will bring a big opportunity to Adrien Costa (Axeon Hagens Berman) and Klein Constantia’s Ivan Cortina and Hamish Schreurs, who will suit up in the blue and black kit of Etixx – Quick-Step, joining the team for several races, as trainees. For each and every one of them, riding alongside the likes of Monument winners Tom Boonen and Niki Terpstra will represent an exciting step in their career, one which will give them the chance to taste the life of a pro.

Just 18 years old, Adrien Costa has been heralded for some time now as one of the most fascinating and prodigious talents to come from the US, backed by many impressive wins in the Junior ranks, such as Tour du Pays de Vaud and Tour de l’Abitibi. Twice runner-up at the World Championships in the time trial race, Costa shined this season in Tour de Bretagne – becoming the first American to take the GC honors, as well as the youngest winner in the history of the race – and showcased himself not only in time trials, but also in the mountains, which led to top 10 placings in two other prestigious races, Le Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux and Rhône-Alpes Isère Tour.

Hailing from New Zealand, Hamish Schreurs (22 years) has had a strong start to the season, coming on the podium of both elite races at the National Championships and taking the U23 title for the second consecutive year, these results being an indication of the good form with which he returned to Europe, where he won the Carpathian Couriers Race after an incredible display of power. Schreurs was victorious in the prologue, before taking the penultimate stage from a small group, thus making sure he will go home with the overall victory and the points classification in the bag. Another impressive display followed just a few weeks later, when the Kiwi finished third in Paris-Roubaix, after being part of the long-day break.

In the same race, another Klein Constantia rider came in the top 10: Ivan Cortina, who was the fastest from the big chasing group which rolled home more than a minute behind the winner. The only rider to get in the top 10 of both Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix in 2016, Cortina proved a remarkable consistency, as shown by his 16 top-10 placings this season, which include a stage win at Course Cycliste de Solidarnosc et des Champions Olympiques and four podiums. While not a sprinter, the 20-year-old Spaniard has a fast turn of speed which can make the difference especially when the terrain is more challenging and selective, giving him the upper hand on his opponents.

Hamish Schreurs’ first race will be RideLondon Classic (July 31), while his Klein Constantia teammate Ivan Cortina will join the team for Dwars door het Hageland (August 5). Adrien Costa is expected to make his debut for Etixx – Quick-Step later, in September.

Adrien Costa:
ITT World Championships (Men Juniors)

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Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka adds 3 Stagieres for Remainder of 2016 Season
African talents to bolster teams roster

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka is happy to announce the signing of 3 stagieres for the remainder of the 2016 season. South African Ryan Gibbons as well as Eritreans Metkel Eyob and Amanuel Gebreigzabhier spent the first half of the season riding for our African team’s continental outfit.

21-year old Gibbons has enjoyed a solid season so far, his first ever in Europe. Eyob, who is one year older, was runner-up at the Eritrean Nationals behind Daniel Teklehaimanot and is the current U23 National champion of his country. Gebreigzabhier is also only 21 years of age, but showed his talent by winning the U23 African Continental title.

The three will join our WorldTour squad with immediate effect.

Douglas Ryder – Team Principal:
Our major focus is to develop cycling across the African continent. Through our UCI Continental Team we are giving more riders the chance to succeed in international racing. To be able to bring these three incredibly talented African riders in to experience the setup and racing of our World Tour team is a fantastic achievement for the riders and testament to their hard work. If you add the support and commitment to providing bicycles to communities through the Qhubeka charity and how the team is leveraging its global exposure to support mobilising people on bicycles in South Africa, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka is providing a bright future for many.

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Mini Team Sky Montage with Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas & Ian Stannard!
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