EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
The time trial section of the 2019 World road championships in Yorkshire has been ridden – All the reports, results, quotes and video. More race action from the Omloop van het Houtland Lichtervelde. Lars Boom back to cyclo-cross – Top Story. Other cycling news: 2019 Paris-Tours teams and route, new rider contracts at Astana, CCC, Ineos, Wanty-Gobert, Sunweb and Movistar. We finish with the winner of the best photo from la Vuelta a España. Thursday Worlds coffee time.
TOP STORY: Lars Boom “I’m not done with cycling yet!”
In an interview with Lars Boom by WielerFlits.nl, the Dutch multi-champion spoke of his future: “A real comeback as a cyclo-cross rider is not the intention for the time being. No, I do not yet know which jersey I will wear next year. My management is working on it. I don’t exclude anything. But one thing is certain: I am not done with cycling yet.” Lars Boom is making the switch from road to cross, after the Omloop van het Houtland, he makes his debut in cyclo-cross within ten days.
Boom has a set plan for the first part of the winter: “I have an agreement with the team (Charles) that I will compete in a dozen crosses. I chose to race the first part of it in October, following my road season. That way I will start at any time with a better condition than last winter, when I only started in January. That did not go well. Also because the riders are gradually approaching their top form in that period. Meulebeke, Kruibeke, Gieten, Ardooie and Woerden are already certain. Maybe one more will be added, but that is not yet final. After those crosses I will ride the MTB Beachrace Hoek van Holland – Den Helder on October 27. I’ve been looking forward to that for a long time, but it never fitted into the schedule. Now it does. Then I take a break and have a holiday with the family.”
Boom will not race against Mathieu van der Poel (except for the Nacht van Woerden) and Wout van Aert. “That certainly makes a difference. But Eli Iserbyt and Toon Aerts were also top in the past two weeks. It is difficult today to estimate what I am worth. Above all, I want to remain realistic and take into account that there is a chance that it will be disappointing. But I’m going to do my best anyway.”
Roompot-Charles will soon stop and Boom is still uncertain where he will be in 2020: “My management is busy with a number of things. The transfer market was locked for a long time due to the uncertainty surrounding the Katusha story. For riders like me, that means waiting. I hope that it will get going quickly and that I will soon be clear. Whether a specific field trip team is possible? I don’t exclude anything here either.”
What about Boom’s 2019 season and his past palmarès: “I started reasonably well, including fourth place in Le Samyn. I had good hope. Until the back problems reappeared. It then took a long time before I got rid of it. Super annoying. It is only a few weeks that I was physically in good shape again and that the condition is ok again. I’m pretty proud of what I’ve won. Of course you always hope for more. But I was – or am – a type of rider who very often works towards specific moments and I have achieved results with that. I don’t regret anything, if that’s what you mean. And hopefully I have a few more years ahead of me in which I want to make the best of it. I have not finished with cycling yet.”
Lars Boom best moments:
World Road Championships 2019
You can see ‘WORLDS’19 Elite Road Race: The PEZ Preview’ HERE.
World’s Men Time Trial Championship
Rohan Dennis won his second World time trial championship on Wednesday. The Australian beat European champion, Remco Evenepoel (Belgium) and World individual pursuit champion, Filippo Ganna (Italy).
Ramūnas Narvardauskas was the first down the start ramp, but didn’t manage to set the first fastest time because Eddie Dunbar caught him before the finish. The young Irishman was soon replaced by Kamil Gradek. John Archibald was the next to set the best time, a minute faster than Gradek with 1:08:16. Archibald’s time stayed top until Luke Durbridge eventually took over. The Australian stopped the clock at 1:08:06. Next was Alex Dowsett who set a new best time of 1:07:07, followed by Filippo Ganna with 1:07:00.
19 year-old Remco Evenepoel clocked the next best time of 1:06:14. The other Belgian riders, Yves Lampaert and Victor Campenaerts both crashed and Campenaerts needed a bike change. Patrick Bevin, Jonathan Castroviejo, Tony Martin, Nelson Oliveira and Kasper Asgreen all fell short. Last man to start, Rohan Dennis, caught la Vuelta winner Primoz Roglič to post the best time of the day: 1:05:10. This is his second World time trial win in as many years.
See the ‘PEZ Race Report’ HERE.
World champion, Rohan Dennis (Australia): “I did a lot of work to get mentally prepared for today and I was confident in my ability. Once I got out there I was able to let my legs do the talking. I knew the pace I went out with [at the Championships] last year and just stuck on that. I was 20 seconds up at the first time check and knew I still had more to give and that I wasn’t going to die on the climbs. It was perfect and the course today was awesome as well. We first saw it on Saturday and instantly loved it, so whoever designed it, thanks for that!”
2nd, Remco Evenepoel (Belgium): “I knew the course was pretty technical and some corners were really tricky, but I felt very good on the new Specialized Shiv and I kept the power during the race, after starting a bit too fast. I think I did my job well and took what’s a nice silver medal. Finishing just behind the reigning champion isn’t a shame, so I can be really proud of what I did today. Being on the podium is a dream and I wouldn’t have imagined I could do this. I’m now looking forward to Sunday’s road race, where I hope to help my team as much as possible.”
5th, Alex Dowsett (Great Britain): “It was a good ride and I’m happy with how I executed our plan today. The crowds out there were mad, clearly many people had taken a day off work to cheer us on and that was really good of them. It gave us an extra something. We definitely had to dig in and hearing that support gave us extra power. It really helped and I’m super grateful – this was a really cool result. Yorkshire is the home of cycling in the UK and this has been colossal. There’ll be even bigger crowds at the weekend and it’s an honour to have been a part of it – one to tell the grandkids for sure.”
World’s Men Time Trial Championship Result:
1. Rohan Dennis (Australia) in 1:05:05
2. Remco Evenepoel (Belgium) at 1:08
3. Filippo Ganna (Italy) at 1:55
4. Patrick Bevin (New Zealand) at 1:57
5. Alex Dowsett (Great Britain) at 2:01
6. Lawson Craddock (United States) at 2:07
7. Tanel Kangert (Estonia)
8. Nelson Oliveira (Portugal) at 2:09
9. Tony Martin (Germany) at 2:27
10. Stefan Kung (Switzerland) at 2:46.
Rohan Dennis – Post-race interview – Men’s ITT:
World’s Women Time Trial Championship
Chloe Dygert was by far the best rider in the women’s ITT, finishing in a very wet Harrogate on Tuesday. Anna van der Breggen took the silver medal and Annemiek van Vleuten had to settle for bronze.
The rain really fell in Yorkshire, making road surface very tricky. The race was billed as a battle between Van Vleuten and Van der Breggen, but it was young American Chloé Dygert Owen who took more than a minute and a half out of everyone. Due the weather the start was moved half an hour later and the riders would start at 1 minute intervals.
Belarusian Alena Amialiusik caught a few riders and set a very fast time. Dygert had a fast start and improved Amialiusik’s time. Lucinda Brand, Anna van der Breggen and title defender Van Vleuten were out on the course. The three Dutch-women had to stay close to Dygert’s time. Brand was nearly two minutes slower than the American at the intermediate point. Van der Breggen lost more than 1 minute, while Amber Neben, Marlen Reusser and Lisa Klein also lost a lot of time at the time check.
Van Vleuten finished more than 1 minute slower than Dygert, who humiliate the competition finishing with a time of 42:11. Van der Breggen won the silver, while Van Vleuten took bronze ahead of Amber Neben.
See the ‘PEZ Race Report’ HERE.
World champion, Chloé Dygert Owen (USA): “It’s always special to wear the rainbow stripes and I worked really hard for this. I had a concussion which forced me to miss last year’s Championships so I prepared specifically for this one and to win is really special. Being here in Yorkshire is really cool and it’s a really neat place to be. I’ll enjoy this moment tonight but I’ll be competing in the road race on Saturday so it’ll be back to work tomorrow.”
World’s Women Time Trial Championship Result:
1. Chloe Dygert (USA) in 42:11
2. Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands) at 1:32
3. Annemiek van Vleuten (Netherlands) at 1:53
4. Amber Leone Neben (United States) at 2:38
5. Lisa Klein (Germany) at 2:41
6. Marlen Reusser (Switzerland) at 3:02
7. Leah Thomas (USA) at 3:13
8. Lucinda Brand (Netherlands) at 3:16
9. Alena Amialiusik (Belarus) at 3:18
10. Lisa Brennauer (Germany) at 3:20.
World’s U23 Men Time Trial Championship
Denmark’s Mikkel Bjerg won the U23 time trial title for the third time in a row on a very wet Yorkshire course. US duo, Ian Garrison and Brandon McNulty were second and third. Bjerg’s countryman, Mathias Norsgaard Jorgensen was 4th.
The water on the road caused various crashes, Attila Valter and Johan Price-Pejtersen both fell, and Daan Hoole, Juri Hollmann, Ilan Van Wilder, Brandon McNulty all had problems, plus other riders had mechanical malfunctions.
Garrison was one of the early starters, and posted a top time of 40:46, his countryman, McNulty, was close, finishing 2 seconds slower. Bjerg stormed round the course posting the best times all round the course, finishing 26 seconds faster than Garrison and 28 on McNulty.
See the ‘PEZ Race Report’ HERE.
World champion, Mikkel Bjerg (Denmark): “Today was really, really crazy and they were very difficult conditions out there today. I was told to hold my handlebars tight, keep looking ahead of me, and go full gas through the water. I didn’t have any slips or slides so I am over the moon to have pulled off this third victory.”
3rd, Brandon McNulty (USA): “It was great to finally put together a time trial that I’m proud of. I’ve had a difficult time the last couple of seasons with putting together good time trial performances, but I was finally able to match my form with full confidence in my position and equipment. Conditions were pretty horrid out there, especially with the massive pools of standing water, I don’t usually mind bad weather so I’m glad I avoided any mishaps. I’m super excited to be on the same team as Mikkel next year, he’s obviously incredibly strong but I know he’s a good person off the bike. I think it’s a pretty open race due to the hilly terrain so it’ll be a race of attrition I expect. The bad weather will also play a role but I think I can have a good go at it.”
World’s U23 Men Time Trial Championship Result:
1. Mikkel Bjerg (Denmark) in 40:20
2. Ian Garrison (USA) at 0:26
3. Brandon McNulty (USA) at 0:28
4. Mathias Norsgaard Jorgensen (Denmark) at 0:37
5. Brent Van Moer (Belgium) at 0:43
6. Morten Hulgaard (Denmark) at 0:56
7. Nils Eekhoff (Netherlands) at 1:01
8. Byron Munton (South Africa) at 1:27
9. Markus Wildauer (Austria) at 1:38
10. Daan Hoole (Netherlands) at 1:46.
Men’s U23 ITT’19:
World’s Junior Men Time Trial Championship
Italy’s Antonio Tiberi won the junior men’s World time trial after an equipment failure on the start-line, but still managed to win. The silver medal went to the Dutchman Enzo Leijnse, the bronze to Marco Brenner of Germany.
Enzo Leijnse and Marco Brenner had a tough fight for the podium places. The German was faster on the intermediate times, but the Dutchman was better at the finish by 5 seconds from Brenner. Tiberi needed a bike change at the start and lost around 30 seconds. At each intermediate point and set the fastest time by 7 seconds.
Quinn Simmons (USA) looked like he might beat Tiberi. After his strong opening lap, Simmons lost time and with the super-fast last lap from Tiberi, it was obvious that he off the top time and he ended in 4th place. Even with his bad luck, Tiberi rode an impressive time trial for the rainbow jersey.
See the ‘PEZ Race Report’ HERE.
World champion, Antonio Tiberi (Italy): “I knew straight away that I’d snapped my chain but luckily I was able to roll to my team car and get a bike change. I thought at that point there was no chance I would win but I refocused and was surprised to find out later in the race that I was leading. That gave me huge motivation and I could not believe it when I had won.”
World’s Junior Men Time Trial Championship Result:
1. Antonio Tiberi (Italy) in 38:28
2. Enzo Leijnse (Netherlands) at 0:08
3. Marco Brenner (Germany) at 0:13
4. Quinn Simmons at (USA) 0:20
5. Michel Hessmann (Germany) at 0:28
6. Andrea Piccolo (Italy) at 0:30
7. Lars Boven at (Netherlands) 0:44
8. Leo Hayter at (GB) 0:51
9. Oscar Nilsson-Julien (GB) at 1:00
10. Finn Fisher-Black at (NZ) 1:06.
Bad luck for Antonio Tiberi, but still won:
World’s Junior Women Time Trial Championship
Aigul Gareeva won the women’s junior World time trial champion. Gareeva took a wrong turn in the final fo the race, but she still beat Shirin van Anrooij (Netherlands) and Elynor Bäckstedt (Great Britain).
Italian Sofia Collinelli, led the race for the longer time with 22:51. Leonie Bos (Netherlands), was 39 seconds slower that the Italian at the intermediate point, but at the finish she was the new fastest time with 22:37. American, Zoe Ta-Perez was only 4 seconds down Bos’s time. Holland’s Shirin van Anrooij, Russia’s Aigul Gareeva and Elynor Bäckstedt were all on good times out on the course.
Sweden’s Wilma Olausson was 4 seconds faster than Bos at the finish. The European champion, Shirin van Anrooij (Netherlands), caught Sukhorebrik and improved the fastest time to 22:19. Gareeva was in the lead in the second part of the race, but then took the wrong turn. Her lead was sufficient and she set the fastest time by 3 seconds. Aigul Gareeva took gold and Shirin van Anrooij, the silver. Bäckstedt won the bronze medal.
See the ‘PEZ Race Report’ HERE.
World champion, Aigul Gareeva (Russia): “I was on my absolute limit as I approached that last corner and was following the white stripes on the road instead of looking up at where I was going. It was an error on my part and I was so relieved when I was still able to win. It was a very emotional moment for me and I’m so proud to have my rainbow jersey.”
Bronze medal, Elynor Backstedt (GB): “It was a hilly and technical circuit but I enjoyed every minute of it. I had a little wobble half-way around which lost me some seconds but thankfully I stayed on my bike. The crowds were absolutely incredible. I was the last rider down the start ramp and I could hear the fans cheering my name before I’d even started. That cheering didn’t stop then for my full ride and it certainly pushed me along. I am really happy with my bronze medal and it was an unbelievable experience.”
World’s Junior Women Time Trial Championship Result:
1. Aigul Gareeva (Russia) in 22:16
2. Shirin van Anrooij (Netherlands) at 0:03
3. Elynor Backstedt (Great Britain) at 0:10
4. Camilla Alessio (Italy) at 0:14
5. Wilma Olausson (Sweden) at 0:16
6. Leonie Bos (Netherlands) at 0:21
7. Zoe Ta-Perez (USA) at 0:25
8. Sofia Collinelli (Italy) at 0:35
9. Megan Jastrab (USA) at 0:44
10. Ella Wyllie (New Zealand) at 0:51.
World’s Junior Women Time Trial:
Omloop van het Houtland Lichtervelde 2019
Max Walscheid (Sunweb) sprinted to victory from a select front group at the finish of the Omloop van het Houtland Lichtervelde. More acquainted to racing for the victory from a bunch kick, Team Sunweb’s German sprinter Max Walscheid took victory from a select front group of just five riders. Capping off a strong display of teamwork where Team Sunweb made for a tough race from early on, Walscheid broke away with a handful of others late on before proving the fastest in the race to the line.
Beginning in testing conditions from the start line in Middelkerke, high winds and heavy rain soon split the peloton, seeing several groups form on the roads as they battled against the elements. The effect was soon evident, as a reduced peloton formed and set about pursuing a leading duo’s advantage of 2:00, en route to the first of the day’s finishing circuits in Lichtervelde.
With their lead reduced once several laps had been completed, those at the head of the peloton sensed an opportunity to attack, soon producing a series of skirmishes which resulted in six riders breaking free; featuring Max amongst their ranks.
Initially collaborating well together upon the wet roads, the break established their lead rapidly, knowing that the day’s honours now appeared certain to be decided amongst them. After several efforts from his rivals to ride clear from the group, Max raised the pace and produced a powerful sprint finish to take the victory himself and leave the rest chasing him home for the podium places.
Race winner, Max Walscheid (Sunweb): “I’m super happy to take this victory for the team at the end of the season, as I was waiting a while for it. Today’s a really special one for me, because normally I achieve all my results from a bigger group, but today we sprinted for the win from just five guys. I wanted to do well today really badly, so I was quite active which I’m not used to, normally I’m saved for the final and go for the sprint. Today it was super nice to have an offensive open race on a parcours which suited me, as well as the conditions too. I felt very strong in the final and knew I could rely on a sprint out of the group, but I still had to hold it together as one group. I’m just super happy how it went and grateful for the chance. It’s a very nice feeling at the end of the season, but it’s not over yet.”
Omloop van het Houtland Lichtervelde Result:
1. Max Walscheid (Ger) Sunweb in 4:07:02
2. Dries De Bondt (Bel) Corendon-Circus
3. Taco van der Hoorn (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
4. Jan-Willem van Schip (Ned) Roompot-Charles
5. Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Lotto Soudal
6. Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo at 0:38
7. Danny van Poppel (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
8. Romain Cardis (Fra) Total Direct Energie
9. Lawrence Naesen (Bel) Lotto Soudal
10. Roy Jans (Bel) Corendon-Circus.
Omloop van het Houtland podium:
Paris-Tours 2019: The Paths to Success
The 2018 harvest season exceeded all expectations. This is not a report published by the Vouvray winegrowers, but rather conclusions drawn from the changes made to the Paris-Tours race route last year. An attacking style was rewarded, in particular for Søren Kragh Andersen, the 24-year-old winner of his first classic after finishing runner-up in 2017. When he went on the offensive, the succession of vineyards weeded out the peloton to the delight of the strongest riders. The spirit of this pitched battle has been conserved, while arranging the positioning of the difficulties that will progressively drop riders. Thus, the first unpaved sections come after more than 160 kilometres of the race, while a 10km-long portion favouring a regrouping will precede a second series of unpaved roads.
In the section exposed to wind in the Eure-et-Loir and Loir-et-Cher, the crosswinds more than anything else will preserve the race favourites. But after passing by the Château d’Amboise, they will certainly have to rely on their team mates… and finally trust their instincts and legs. On the 10.7s kilometres of vineyards (vs 12.5 kms in 2018), 6.5 kms are regrouped over a distance of 20 kms and spread out over six sectors. The race will then continue through the city of Rochecorbon and head toward the finish line in Tours where an eventual breakaway leader will have to resist his remaining rivals on the Avenue de Grammont. Unless there is a larger group on this Mecca of sprint finishes…
23 teams entered
AG2R La Mondiale (Fra)
Lotto Soudal (Bel)
Team Dimension Data (SA)
Team Katusha-Alpecin (Sui)
Team Sunweb (Ger)
UAE Team Emirates (UAE)
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits (Fra)
Delko Marseille Provence (Fra)
Euskadi Basque Country-Murias (Spa)
Israel Cycling Academy (Isr)
Rally UHC Cycling (USA)
Riwal Readynez Cycling Team (Den)
Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise (Bel)
Team Arkéa-Samsic (Fra)
Total Direct Energie (Fra)
Vital Concept-B&B Hotels (Fra)
Wallonie Bruxelles (Fra)
Wanty-Gobert Cycling Team (Bel)
Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille Métropole (Fra)
St Michel-Auber 93 (Fra).
Ø For the 113th edition of Paris-Tours, which will take place this coming 13 October, the formula of unpaved roads capable of favouring an eventful race have been brought back, with a slightly shorter distance and a reworked layout.
Ø The 217km race will start in Chartres, while the Paris-Tours Espoirs peloton will kick-off the action using the final 183 kilometres, starting in Bonneval. The cadets and juniors, boys and girls will compete in the Kilomètre de Paris-Tours.
Astana Pro Team Signs with Fabio Felline
The Italian rider Fabio Felline is coming to Astana Pro Team for the next two seasons (2020 and 2021).
“I am very happy to join Astana Pro Team, because by my opinion this is one of the strongest teams around the world. I am very motivated to come to this team because I feel like in this team I will have a chance to show to everyone that I can still perform on a very high level. I am a rider, who knows how to win and year by year during my career I was always winning the races. After last two seasons with some bad luck and the things which could not turn around in a way I’d liked to be, I feel that it came a moment when I have to change something and to find a team, where I could come back on a winning way, a team with a winning spirit. And I found this in Astana Pro Team. I am ready to be a helper for the leaders if the team would need it, but in the same time I am ready to fight for a victory in races where I’ll have a chance to show myself,” said Fabio Felline.
Fabio Felline (29 years old) is going to join Astana Pro Team after six seasons in Trek-Segafredo team. Felline is a very strong all-rounder, who performs well in time trial races but also is doing really good in different kind of hilly races. Among his best results can be noted the GP de Fourmies in 2015, the green (point) jersey of the Vuelta a España in 2016 and the Trofeo Laigueglia in 2017. Alongside, he won a stage at the Vuelta al Pais Vasco in 2015, he was second in the general classification of the Tour de Pologne in 2016 and won a stage at the Tour de Romandie in 2017, being 4th in the final overall standings.
In 2019 Felline was 9th in the general classification of the Etoile de Besseges, 7th in the individual time trial of the Italian National Championships, 5th in a stage of the Tour de France and 11th in the overall of the BinckBank Tour.
“First of all, we know Fabio Felline as a strong time-trialist, and I think that he can bring more of this discipline in our team. We are working on improving our team time trial and Felline looks as being a right rider to strength us. Moreover, Fabio is a strong rider in all kind of hilly races, and I’d like to see him in the classics, where we also need some improvement. Fabio Felline is coming to us after a long period in one team and I hope that this change will help him to rediscover his big potential and to shine again in the races,” said Alexandr Vinokurov.
CCC Team Extends with Kamil Gradek Beyond 2019
Kamil Gradek has extended his contract with CCC Team and will remain in the Polish team for the 2020 season after showing his potential throughout 2019.
Gradek played a key support role in CCC Team’s core Classics squad in 2019 and has shown his potential throughout the season, General Manager Jim Ochowicz said.
“In his first year with us, and at this level of racing, Kamil proved himself to be a strong ally in the cobbled Classics, racing Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne, E3 BinckBank Classic, Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris – Roubaix in support of our leader, Greg Van Avermaet. Kamil showed that this style of racing suits him and I think he will continue to grow as a rider over the next year with us,” Ochowicz explained. “We have also seen Kamil show off his time trialing abilities this season with a strong second place at the Polish National Time Trial Championships. He also took fourth place in the time trial on the opening day in Slovakia and so he is heading into the World Championships this week following a good performance. Both of these results were amongst good company so, I think this is going to be something we can continue to develop with him.”
Kamil Gradek is looking forward to continuing his development with the Polish team. “I’m very excited to have extended my contract with CCC Team. I believe that I’ve made big progress this season and I’m happy that the team has noticed and recognised that. Their confidence in me is a big motivational boost and a reason to work even harder in the future,” Gradek said. “I think that this season has been quite successful and I want to express my gratitude to the team for believing in me. My goal is to become a meaningful part of the team for the spring Classics, where I feel I’m at my best, and to support great leaders like Greg Van Avermaet. I’ve also shown this season, at the Polish National Championships and, most recently, at the Tour de Slovaquie, that I can perform well in time trials and that is also one of my personal goals. I want to keep improving in this area and be the best time trialist I can be. I’m here to help my leaders and it gives me great satisfaction to work for them and be part of a successful team. I want to continue to do so and showcase myself and my abilities.”
Contract Extension for Michal Golas
Michal Golas will continue his career with Team INEOS after signing a new one-year contract extension.
The former Polish national champion is one of the sport’s most dependable support riders and brings great experience and leadership to the team.
On continuing his journey with the team, Golas said: “This contract extension is a big boost of motivation and I’m really thankful that the team showed confidence in me. I’ve found a team where I know my place and my role.
“I still have a couple of years to ride and I can still show my good form. I’m thinking about finishing my career on this team.”
With 13 years at the pro level under his belt, Golas is keen to pass on his knowledge to the young riders of Team INEOS wherever he can.
He added: “I have some experience and we now have a really strong group of young guys. Most of them are more than 10 years younger than me. I try to help them out as much as I can on the road, but also from the other side. Sometimes I try to give them some advice and if they want to listen, I’m happy.”
2019 has been a strong season for Golas, with the 35 year old contributing to some impressive overall victories, at both the Tour de Yorkshire and on his home roads at the Tour de Pologne.
Reflecting on Tour de Yorkshire, the team’s first race – and victory – in Team INEOS colours, he said: “I think Yorkshire was one of the best races this year. It’s a great atmosphere and we had a nice group there. It was something special. The team changed colours and it opened a new chapter in our history – we wanted to start it with a big bang. The young guys maybe didn’t really believe we could do it but on the last stage we played it really smart. We showed our strength as a team and everything played out perfectly.”
Consistency is key for Golas, with the Pole eyeing a number of targets in the next few seasons.
He added: “Going forward I would like remain very consistent. I’d like to target the Giro and help the guys to win there. I know I could play an important goal in this race. Of course, there’s the Tokyo Olympics and this could be my third Olympics. Really, I just hope to continue on a good level. That was always my goal – to finish my career with a great team at the top.”
Coach Dario Cioni is full of praise for the way Golas supports the team, on and off the bike. He explained: “Michal has been part of the team for a long time. He’s an important team player and he has a lot of experience. He knows the big races, but he is also an asset in other races where he can help our younger riders to develop. He can also support the work of the coaches and Sport Directors when it comes to helping out these emerging talents.
“Every time he lines up for a race you know what you are going to get from him. He’s always ready to deliver and help the team.”
Maurits Lammertink Joins Wanty-Gobert for the Next Two Seasons
Maurits Lammertink will ride in the Wanty-Gobert colours as from next year. After two years with Vacansoleil-DCM, in 2012 and 2013, the Dutch rider will be reunited with Hilaire Van der Schueren.
The 29 year old competed in the World Tour in 2017 and 2018 with Katusha. He won the Tour of Luxembourg in 2016, a result he approached this year with a 2nd place. This season, he also finished 6th in the Ster ZLM Tour and 10th at the Brabantse Pijl. Lammertink signed a contract until the end of 2021.
Maurits Lammertink: “I’m very happy to join Wanty-Gobert this winter. During my interlude with Roompot and Katusha, I remained in contact with Hilaire Van der Schueren. I also know several staff members and riders, which will facilitate my integration. My ambition is to achieve good results in the general classifications of one week stage races, like the Tour of Belgium or the Tour of Luxembourg. Wanty-Gobert offers a nice World Tour programme, with races where I also want to show my capacities. This team always seduced me, I’m eager to start this new adventure!”
Hilaire Van der Schueren (directeur sportif): “I got to know Maurits Lammertink at the start of his professional career with Vacansoleil, he’s an excellent rider! I took him to the Giro at the age of 22, where he’s proven he’s strong. His climbing capacities are excellent, and I expect him to accompany the favourites in hilly stage races. I’m delighted about the arrival of Lammertink, which will reinforce our group of climbers.”
Team Sunweb Extend Contracts with Kragh Andersen and Roche
Team Sunweb are happy to announce that Asbjørn Kragh Andersen and Nicholas Roche have extended their contracts with the team, with the duo riding in the team’s colours until the end of 2021.
Asbjørn Kragh Andersen (DEN)
After joining the team at the start of the year Kragh Andersen has proven himself to be a great team player. Providing good support in the classics and also adding firepower to the sprint train, he’s been part of the team successes at Nokere Koerse and the Tour of Norway where he has done important work in the race finales. Looking towards the next two seasons, Kragh Andersen is keen to continue his development with the team and chase more successes together.
“I’m really happy to sign for two more years with Team Sunweb,” explained Kragh Andersen. “As soon as I joined this year, I felt welcome in the team. I like working with both riders and staff, and I have a great cooperation with my personal coaches. Team Sunweb and I have the same vision and thoughts on how to improve to achieve our goals, and I really like the way the team races. For me the goal next year is to keep improving and to help the team to more victories. A dream for me will be to win one of the classics together with the team.”
Team Sunweb coach Marc Reef added: “Asbjørn has had a good first year with the team and we’ve seen him progress with us during the season. He’s a really good team player which is important for us and he provides the team with support during the classics while also adding to our sprint lead out. We’re looking forward to working with Asbjørn in the next two years to help him develop further.”
Asbjørn Kragh Andersen:
Nicholas Roche (IRL)
A rider with years of experience in the peloton, Roche has had a great debut season with the team. After working strongly in support of teammates in the earlier part of the year, Roche finished in a tenth place overall at the Tour de Suisse before also picking up a top ten on stage nine at the Tour de France, after showing his determination in multiple breakaways throughout the three weeks. His favourite race, the Vuelta a España, marked one of the best moments in his career when after a second place on stage two, he moved into the race leader’s jersey for the next three stages. His Vuelta abruptly ended after a crash forced him to abandon but that has only made Roche hungrier for success with the team in the coming years.
“I am extremely happy to be resigning for two years with the team,” explained Nicholas Roche. “I have really found my place here and I enjoy the role that I played in the team this year. It’s been great to share my experience with the younger guys and support in the Grand Tours. The days in red at the Vuelta were really the highlight of my season and now with two more years confirmed with the team, I’m already really looking forward to the upcoming season.”
Team Sunweb coach Marc Reef added: “We’re really happy that Nicholas stays with the team for another two years. He’s one of the most experienced riders in the peloton, having ridden 22 Grand Tours throughout his career; experience that is invaluable in helping the young riders in the team. He rode two very good Grand Tours, including three days in the red leader’s jersey at the Vuelta, and he was a reliable team player in stage races throughout the year. His desire and motivation will also be incredibly helpful in helping to coach and guide the younger riders within the team over the coming years.”
Nicholas Roche in la Vuelta leaders jersey:
Eduardo Sepúlveda to Remain with Movistar Team in 2020
One of Blues’ most solid assets in the second part of 2019 to keep wearing the Spanish outfit’s jersey next season.
The Movistar Team confirmed on Tuesday that Eduardo Sepúlveda (Rawson, Chubut, ARG; 1991) will continue to wear its colours for a third consecutive season in 2020, having signed a one-year extension with Eusebio Unzué’s squad.
Sepúlveda has proven his quality and commitment for most of the 2019 season, valued which granted him a well-earned WorldTour spot last year. The Argentinian came just 20 seconds short to claiming overall honours in the Tour of Austria – he was 2nd in the GC, with good performances in the mountains stages – and contributed to good results from his leaders at tough stage races in the summer, such as the Vuelta a Burgos or the Tour of Britain.
Eduardo will take part this week at the time trial (Wed) and road race (Sun) events of the UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire (UK), his fourth Worlds appearance with the elite ranks.
Polish Champion Michał Paluta to Graduate to the WorldTour
Polish road race champion Michał Paluta will bring his national champion’s jersey to the WorldTour ranks when he graduates from CCC Development Team to CCC Team in 2020.
Paluta, who proved the strongest of a three-rider breakaway that was able to stay clear of the peloton in the Polish road race, will make the transition to the WorldTour team having spent his entire career, since turning professional in 2015, with CCC-sponsored teams.
“As the first and only Polish WorldTour team in professional cycling, we are thrilled to welcome Michał Paluta to CCC Team in 2020. As a Polish team, with a Polish title sponsor, it will be an honour to have the Polish road race champion’s jersey in the team,” General Manager Jim Ochowicz explained.
“At just 23-years-old, Michał has a long career ahead of him. We are looking forward to working with him to continue his development and see him realise his potential as a bike rider. By moving up to the WorldTour level, Michał will have the opportunity to learn from our most experienced riders and build on the experience he has gained in the first five years of his career.”
The opportunity to join CCC Team is a dream come true for the Polish champion.
“As a young rider, I have always dreamed of being a professional cyclist in a WorldTour team. I was always focused on my work and being 100 percent engaged, and it has paid off,” Paluta said. “The possibility of developing in CCC Development Team gave me extra motivation to step up to the first Polish WorldTour team. Wearing the national champion jersey with the Polish eagle on my chest makes me feel honoured and proud. I will push myself to the limits to show these stripes with pride. Looking forward to next year, I want to support the team and gain as much experience as possible. I want to learn from the team’s most experienced riders and if there’s any chance to go for my own results, I will go for it. It would be amazing to put my hands up at the finish line with the CCC Team Polish champion’s jersey.”
Polish Champion Michał Paluta:
#CochesAzules La Vuelta 19 in One Picture
The winner of the second edition of the photo contest #CochesAzules – La Vuelta in one picture is the British photographer Russ Ellis with his picture How much further? Taken in Los Machucos climb on stage 13.
The winning picture was chosen by a jury composed by Miguel Llorente, president of Macario Llorente; Javier Guillén, general director of La Vuelta; Fernando Escartín, sport director of La Vuelta and Laura Cueto, press officer of La Vuelta. The price is a road bike, courtesy of MACARIO LLORENTE, official sponsor of La Vuelta through his brand Shimano.
The contest offered the possibility to the photographers permanently accredited in La Vuelta 19 to send a maximum of two pictures illustrating the event: a representative moment of the race, of cycling and the values that characterise this sport. “I love Russ Ellis’ picture because it perfectly illustrates the loneliness of the rider facing the mountain, the hardness of cycling and of La Vuelta itself”, said Miguel Llorente, President of the Jury.
The Finalists Pictures
Dani Sánchez/“Sal en la salida”
Stage 1 | Salinas de Torrevieja – Torrevieja
Carlos López/“Últimos kilómetros en el Paraíso Natural”
Stage 16 | Pravia – Alto de La Cubilla. Lena
Dario Belingheri/“Snaking in Spain”
Stage 3 | Ibi. Ciudad del Juguete – Alicante
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How much further? – ©Russ Ellis:
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