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Has it been one too many Tours for Alberto Contador? – Top Story. We catch up with the Tour de Wallonie with results, reports, quotes and video. Plus preview of Saturday’s Clásica de San Sebastián. In other news: Tour de Pologne, Movistar Vuelta rider list, contract news from Katusha-Alpecin, BMC, stagiaires for Lotto Soudal and BMC, BMC development team to stop, Wanty-Groupe Gobert open a bike shop and behind the scenes with Sunweb at the Tour de France. A Busy EUROTRASH.

TOP STORY: One Tour Too Many for Alberto?
Many people have pointed out that maybe Alberto Contador should not have ridden this years Tour de France and that he should have retired at the end of 2016. This includes his ex-employer, Oleg Tinkov and even Ed Hood in his recent ‘Tour Report Card’. But he did finish in 9th place overall, took 6th place in the stage 20 time trial with 5 top ten stage finishes, not bad for a man who is being written off.

The man from Pinto has not hung up his wheels yet as he is still having talks with his present team, Trek-Segafredo for the 2018 season, with an eye on the Giro d’Italia and he may yet ride this year’s Vuelta a España.

Who would not want to be paid to do the thing you love and that you are good at? There have been some riders who have just taken the money and then just rode out their final years, but Contador isn’t that sort of rider, as was seen by his attacks in this years Tour. If he decides to retire, okay, but there must be some fire power left in ‘Il Pistolero’.

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Tour de Wallonie 2017

In the opening Stage 1 of Tour de Wallonie, from Stavelot to Marchin, Benjamin Thomas (Armée de Terre) soloed to a 5 second win ahead of Wanty-Groupe Gobert’s Xandro Meurisse. Meurisse won the sprint from the chasing group in front of Dylan Teuns (BMC) and Jelle Vanendert (Lotto Soudal). An early breakaway of six riders gave color to the day, but BMC caught the breakaway with 35km to go. The accidents in the finalé of the stage caused an offensive race. For Meurisse it is the fourth 2nd spot this season. In the classification Thomas has 9 seconds on Meurisse and 11 on Teuns.

2nd on the stage, Xandro Meurisse (Wanty-Groupe Gobert): “Benjamin Thomas broke away with 5 kilometers to go and rode to a solo victory. I knew I had to take the wheel of Vanendert and Teuns on this finish and I was ideally placed in their wheel with 250 meters to go. I was able to beat them in the sprint and take 2nd spot. The stage didn’t go smooth for me. After 70 kilometers I had a flat tire. On the small roads it wasn’t easy to rejoin the pack. When I joined the group and was moving up a crash of three riders of Sport Vlaanderen occurred right in front of me. The peloton split in different groups but I was able to rejoin the front for the second time. In the hilly final the peloton was stretched out again. After my crash in Ster ZLM Toer I suffered from my ribs for some time. After the Belgian Championships at the end of June I took four days of rest ahead of a training camp in the Ardennes. In GP Cerami I didn’t yet feel good, but I did not worry. In this tough edition of TRW we have to take the leaders’s jersey as late as possible. We started the race in an ideal position.”

Tour de Wallonie Stage 1 Result:
1. Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Armée de Terre in 4:28:40
2. Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert at 0:05
3. Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC
4. Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal
5. Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal
6. Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Cofidis at 0:08
7. Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin
8. Pim Ligthart (Ned) Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij at 0:13
9. Huub Duijn (Ned) Veranda’s Willems Crelan
10. Michel Kreder (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport.

Tour de Wallonie Overall After Stage 1:
1. Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Armée de Terre in 4:28:30
2. Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert at 0:09
3. Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC at 0:11
4. Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 0:15
5. Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal
6. Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Cofidis at 0:18
7. Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin
8. Pim Ligthart (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij at 0:23
9. Huub Duijn (Ned) Veranda’s Willems Crelan
10. Michel Kreder (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport.

Stage 1 winner Benjamin Thomas:

It was another action packed day of racing on VOO Tour de Wallonie Stage 2 with Jempy Drucker sprinting to a top five finish and Dylan Teuns moving into the leader’s yellow jersey.

For the second consecutive day, it was a battle to get into the breakaway in Belgium with multiple early attempts unable to escape the grasp of the peloton.

After 18km, 20 riders, including Teuns, Loïc Vliegen, and Miles Scotson, looked set to go clear and began to build up an advantage on the Côte de Thimister with the peloton in pieces behind.

However, with the bunch back together, a furious pace saw the group pulled back before, 60km into the 189.4km course, six riders were finally given the freedom to establish a solid lead over the rest of the field.

The leaders’ advantage continued to rise steadily over the next 50km before peaking at around three minutes going over the top of the Côte de Becco.

With 70km to go, the peloton began to apply pressure on the front of the race and, with BMC Racing Team helping to set the pace, the final breakaway rider was caught just 25km from the finish line.

A late attack with 10km to go forced a 10-rider group, which included Teuns, to gain some ground but, with a fast run into the finish, the race was quickly back together, and the stage was set for a bunch sprint that was won by Jasper De Buyst (Lotto Soudal).

Drucker was well-positioned at the front of the bunch on the two technical corners going into the finishing straight before launching his sprint with 300m to go and eventually crossing the line fourth.

A decisive split in the peloton heading under the flamme rouge saw the race leader at the start of the day, Benjamin Thomas (Armeé de Terre), caught out. While Teuns, who also took bonus seconds at the first intermediate sprint, was protected by his teammates and finished safely in the front group to move into the overall race lead with three stages remaining.

Stage winner, Jasper De Buyst (Lotto Soudal): “Today was a tough stage because of the many hills, but also because of the fast-paced opening kilometers. The stage eventually ended in a sprint finish, since the finale was not suited perfectly for a breakaway. There was a lot of headwind in the kilometers after the last climb. Deep in the stage’s finale, a group of around fifteen riders tried to escape. I saw the possible danger of this attack and I made the jump to this group, but we didn’t really get away. Eventually, everything came back together for a sprint finish in which I was the fastest! We have obtained our first goal in this Tour de Wallonie with this stage victory. In stage four, there will be another chance for me, but for now the focus is on tomorrow’s stage since it is an important one for the team as well. Tosh Van der Sande is currently third in the GC and Jelle Vanendert is also still in amongst the top contenders. So, I will work for them in tomorrow’s stage.”

Overall leader, Dylan Teuns (BMC): “Today went well for us. In the beginning, I was in a big move, and as I was the only GC rider in this group, it put a lot of pressure on the other riders in the bunch. Miles Scotson and Loïc Vliegen did a perfect job in this group, and I could take some bonus seconds. The traditional breakaway then went clear, and Armeé de Terre was controlling the race. We waited until the final circuits before putting riders up at the front to help with the chase. In the end, I tried something on the final climb, but I knew it would be hard with a fast descent into the finish. It was good to try and take some time there even though it didn’t work out. From then, I wanted to maintain a good position at the front of the peloton to avoid being caught up in any splits and stay safe. In the end, this proved to be a really good decision. I am really happy. It is great to wear the yellow jersey but the time gaps are small, and there is still three hard days of racing to go. We know the final climb of tomorrow’s stage from Liège-Bastogne-Liège but it is really early in the race so, we are never properly racing on it. It is not too long, but it is really steep, so it will definitely be a hard finish tomorrow.”

4th on the stage, Jempy Drucker (BMC): “It was a pretty hard day. It was always up and down with a fast finish. The final sprint was technical with wet roads and a downhill. With 500m to go, there were two turns, but I was in a good position. The speed went down a little after this and I hesitated a bit too long before starting my sprint. I think that’s where the other guys passed me. I felt good today, and on the last climb, I was able to follow the best so that is a good sign, but you always want to win. There are a couple of other stages that could come down to a bunch sprint but, for us, the priority will be to keep the leader’s jersey. This is the most important thing for us, but we will see over the rest of the race if another opportunity comes up.”

Tour de Wallonie Stage 2 Result:
1. Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal in 4:29:16
2. Michael Morkov (Den) Katusha-Alpecin
3. Justin Jules (Fra) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect
4. Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC
5. Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
6. Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) LottoNl-Jumbo
7. Timothy Dupont (Bel) Veranda’s Willems Crelan
8. Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie
9. Piet Allegaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
10. Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis.

Tour de Wallonie Overall After Stage 2:
1. Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC in 8:57:55
2. Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
3. Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 0:01
4. Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Armee de Terre
5. Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Cofidis at 0:09
6. Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin
7. Jim Aernouts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions at 0:14
8. Michel Kreder (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport
9. Pim Ligthart (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij
10. Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij.

Stage 2:

Dylan Teuns proved that attack is sometimes the best form of defense in Belgium today after powering away from the rest of the field to take a solo stage win on VOO Tour de Wallonie Stage 3, consolidating his overall race lead in the process.

It was another battle to make the breakaway stick on stage 3 with the BMC Racing Team-led peloton covering over 40km, of the 182.7km course, before giving seven riders the freedom to go clear at the front of the race.

The leaders’ advantage continued to rise steadily over the first half of stage before it stabilized at 3:50 with less than 80km to go.

With the yellow jersey on the shoulders of Teuns, BMC Racing Team continued to set the tempo at the front of the bunch before starting to put pressure on the breakaway.

The chase quickly began to heat up, with four of the day’s six categorized climbs coming inside the final 50km, and the fierce pace being set by Francisco Ventoso and Nathan Van Hooydonck saw riders dropping off the back of the main field.

As the race hit the slopes of the short but steep category one climb, the Mur Saint-Roch, for the first of two ascents, the peloton had brought the two remaining breakaway riders to within one minute.

Inside 10km to go, Alexis Gougeard (AG2R La Mondiale) made a final bid for glory and was holding onto a minute’s advantage as a sense of urgency swept over the reduced bunch with teams vying for the stage win.

With the race back together on the second ascent of the relentless climb to the finish line, which featured an average gradient of 10.7%, an impressive attack from Teuns saw him power away from the rest of the field.

Gritting his teeth, Teuns continued to push hard all the way to the line before punching the air with delight as he secured the stage win and extended his overall race lead.

Teuns now leads the General Classification with an advantage of 32 seconds as the race heads into tomorrow’s penultimate stage

The Winner’s Interview with Dylan Teuns
Congratulations, Dylan. How are you feeling after today’s stage win?

“First of all, I would like to thank my BMC Racing Team teammates. They did a great job today and controlled the race. I said to them this morning that today was the main GC day and that my best chance was to ride for the victory. That’s exactly what the team did, and all I had to do was finish it off in the closing meters of the race. At one point, with around 40km to go, I think, I had a flat and I had to make my way back into the peloton. It was not a good moment, but at the end, it wasn’t too much of a problem.”

We saw you launch an impressive attack on the final climb. What were you thinking in that moment?
“Yeah, I was just feeling really good and I knew that I needed to attack there if I wanted to win. I have been feeling strong in my last few races and especially at GP Pino Cerami and also the first two stages here. It is good for me that I can show something after my good result at Flèche Wallone at the beginning of the year. My spring was really good, and now I have another good result here which is really positive for me.”

Tour de Wallonie Stage 3 Result:
1. Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC in 4:25:30
2. Quentin Pacher (Fra) Delko-Marseille Provence-KTM at 0:09
3. Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) FDJ
4. Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 0:14
5. Juan José Lobato (Spa) LottoNL-Jumbo at 0:18
6. Pim Ligthart (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij at 0:20
7. Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 0:21
8. Michel Kreder (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport at 0:24
9. Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
10. Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise.

Tour de Wallonie Overall After Stage 3:
1. Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC in 13:23:15
2. Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 0:32
3. Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Equipe Cycliste Armée de Terre at 0:39
4. Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 0:42
5. Pim Ligthart (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij at 0:44
6. Michel Kreder (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport at 0:48
7. Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert at 0:50
8. Maxime Vantomme (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect
9. Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij at 0:52
10. Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin in 0:54.

Stage 3:

After being billed as a day for the sprinters, VOO Tour de Wallonie Stage 4 didn’t disappoint with Jempy Drucker securing BMC Racing Team’s second consecutive stage win after a fast and furious finish while Dylan Teuns crossed the line safely to head into tomorrow’s final stage wearing the leader’s yellow jersey.

For the first time this week, a breakaway formed early on stage 4 with five riders going clear and extending an advantage of over three minutes after less than 10km of racing.

With no-one threatening the overall race lead of Teuns, BMC Racing Team sat comfortably at the front of the peloton as the leaders gained more than 5:30 over the rest of the field in the first hour of racing.

Approaching the 100km to go mark, the gap began to fall steadily with teams increasing the pace to bring the race back together and set the stage for the previously predicted bunch sprint.

Just under two minutes stood between the breakaway and the peloton with 50km, of the 164.1km course, remaining and the final rider was eventually caught with 9km to go on the finishing circuit around Profondeville.

Almost immediately, four riders flew off the front of the bunch, but BMC Racing Team took control with the peloton strung out in single file behind them as they brought the race back together again inside the closing 5km of the day.

The battle for position could then begin and Loïc Vliegen kept Drucker neatly in his wheel going under the flamme rouge. However, with no clear lead-out trains formed, it was every rider for himself when the final sprint was launched 500m from the line.

Drucker timed his sprint to perfection and looked powerful as he moved through the bunch with ease before throwing his bike over the line to secure the stage win.

After being protected by his BMC Racing Team teammates all day, Teuns safely negotiated a hectic finale to maintain his overall lead heading into tomorrow’s fifth and final stage.

The Winner’s Interview with Jempy Drucker
Congratulations, Jempy. Talk us through today’s sprint.

“It was a bit strange actually as it was all flat. On stage 2, I made the mistake of waiting too long but today, I was on the right wheels and I had the right line to be able to take the win so I am happy.”

It was an incredibly close finish. Were you aware of that as you crossed the line?
“It was a really tight finish and on the line, I actually couldn’t tell if I had won. It was only when I heard it in my ear piece that I knew.”

And looking ahead to tomorrow’s final stage.
“The most important thing for us is that Dylan Teuns is still in the yellow jersey so today was a perfect day for BMC Racing Team. It was a good effort from all of the guys and there is a great spirit in the team so we will work hard to defend the jersey for one more day.”

Tour de Wallonie Stage 4 Result:
1. Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC in 3:43:26
2. Adam Blythe (GB) Aqua Blue Sport
3. Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Cofidis
4. Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) LottoNl-Jumbo
5. Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal
6. Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij
7. Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
8. Julien Duval (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
9. Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis
10. Justin Jules (Fra) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect.

Tour de Wallonie Overall After Stage 4:
1. Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC in 3:43:26
2. Adam Blythe (GB) Aqua Blue Sport
3. Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Cofidis
4. Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) LottoNl-Jumbo
5. Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal
6. Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij
7. Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
8. Julien Duval (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
9. Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis
10. Justin Jules (Fra) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect.

Stage 4:

Dylan Teuns secured the first stage race win of his career in emphatic style today by attacking on the final climb to secure both his second stage win and the overall victory at the VOO Tour de Wallonie.

Order resumed on Stage 5 with riders once again battling to make the breakaway stick before finally, after 35km of racing, five riders were able to go clear and begin to build up an advantage over the rest of the field.

However, with Huub Duyn (Vérandas Willems-Crelan), who was sitting 1’31” back on the General Classification, making the selection, BMC Racing Team kept the race under control and never allowed the gap to rise beyond 3’30” over the first 100km, of the 182.6km course.

With 70km to go, the chase began to heat up, and with Miles Scotson setting the pace, the leaders were brought to within 30 seconds as they went over the top of the Mur de Thuin and crossed the finish line for the first time.

As the bell rang to mark the start of the final 12km circuit around Thuin, the peloton had brought the remaining breakaway riders within sight before Nicolas Maes (Lotto Soudal) attacked to bridge across to Alexis Gougeard (AG2R La Mondiale), Lasse Norman Hansen (Aqua Blue Sport) and Duyn.

BMC Racing Team continued to keep control, and with 5km to go, only Gougeard was left dangling off the front of the bunch, and he was eventually swept up as the race headed towards a fast finale.

Positioning was crucial as the riders turned onto the bottom of the cobbled climb and, after being protected by Loïc Vliegen, Teuns was well-placed up at the front before once again proving what he is capable of by launching an impressive attack.

Teuns’ strength and determination shone through as he continued to power up the climb, distancing himself from the rest of the field further before sitting up to celebrate his second stage win and an emphatic overall victory.

The Winner’s Interview with Dylan Teuns
Congratulations, Dylan. Can you describe how you are feeling after today’s victory?

“I’m not sure if I can believe what I have just achieved. It hasn’t really sunk in yet. It’s an amazing feeling.”

Coming into today was the stage win on your mind?
“The main goal today was the GC but to take the stage win as well is incredible. It couldn’t have been a better day, and everything went perfectly. The guys did a fantastic job again. There was one rider in the breakaway who was dangerous overall so we couldn’t let them go too far up the road. We needed to keep the gap under control but, in the end, we still had guys in the final. I am so proud of the team. They did everything for me.”

Talk us through the final climb up Mur de Thuin.
“Tosh Van der Sande (Lotto – Soudal), who was second on the GC, tried to attack on the final climb which was natural. He had a small gap on the cobbles, so it wasn’t easy to close, but once I found my rhythm, I had more speed and was able to go up and over. I was going full gas over the top of the climb, and then I looked back and saw that I had a gap. Marco Pinotti then started to cheer me on in the radio, and I knew I just had to go. I took the opportunity to win my second stage and my second professional victory.”

Does this win give you a lot of confidence looking ahead to the rest of the season?
“Definitely. It is a great feeling, and it is the first stage race win of my career. I won two stages in the yellow jersey here, and that is amazing. I am definitely going to try and enjoy this win before I head to my next race.”

Tour de Wallonie Stage 5 Result:
1. Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC in 4:13:03
2. Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie at 0:05
3. Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal
4. Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
5. Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Equipe Cycliste Armée de Terre
6. Alex Kirsch (Lux) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect
7. Maxime Vantomme (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect
8. Loïc Vliegen (Bel) BMC
9. Michel Kreder (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport
10. Corne van Kessel (Ned) Telenet Fidea Lions.

Tour de Wallonie Final Overall Result:
1. Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC in 21:19:34
2. Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 0:43
3. Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Equipe Cycliste Armée de Terre at 0:54
4. Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 1:02
5. Michel Kreder (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport at 1:03
6. Maxime Vantomme (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect at 1:05
7. Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert at 1:10
8. Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise at 1:12
9. Loïc Vliegen (Bel) BMC at 1:19
10. Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise at 1:20.

Stage 5:

Clásica San Sebastián 2017
The Donostia-Donostia Klasikoa — Clásica San Sebastián-San Sebastián (San Sebastián Classic) takes place this Saturday. A one day Classic in the North of Spain based in the Basque coastal town of San Sebastián. The race has been running since 1981 and has a big Palmarès.

Clásica de San Sebastián has a tough parcours, taking in the undulating coastal terrain over 220 kilometers with the climb of the Alto de Jaizkibel in the finalé. Bauke Mollema won last year and there are usually several famous Grand Tour stars starting the race. This years edition will be ‘local hero’ Haimar Zubeldia’s last race as a professional.

Website: www.klasikoa.net.

Sunweb for Clasica San Sebastian
A day for the climbers, the 2017 edition of Clasica San Sebastian features eight ascents over its 231 kilometer route. The final climb comes just seven kilometers before the finish and with gradients reaching a huge 22 percent, we can expect only a select group to go through to contest the victory.

Team Sunweb coach Tom Veelers (NED) said: “The competition will be really tough at Clasica San Sebastian with a lot of the peloton coming out of the Tour looking to continue their rhythm during the one-day races. We aim to go for a stage result with Warren and have a strong team around to support him. Zico and Chris will be the guys to control the bunch, then we have Lennard and Georg for the pre-final and we expect Tom, Laurens and Simon to be there deep into the final with Warren.”

Warren Barguil (FRA), Laurens ten Dam (NED), Tom Dumoulin (NED), Simon Geschke (GER), Chris Hamilton (AUS), Lennard Hofstede (NED), Georg Preidler (AUT), Zico Waeytens (BEL).
Coach: Tom Veelers (NED).

Warren Barguil has the form:
Serre-Chevalier - France - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - BARDET Romain of AG2R La Mondiale, BARGUIL Warren of Team Sunweb pictured during the 104th Tour de France 2017 - stage 17 from La Mure to Serre-Chevalier, 183.00 km - foto VK/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

Bahrain-Merida for San Sebastian Classic
Selected riders of BAHRAIN MERIDA Pro Cycling Team are already focusing on the days and races following Tour de France, one of them being Clásica de San Sebastián. 37th edition of this Spanish one-day race will be held next Saturday, the 29th of July.

231 kilometers long, Clásica de San Sebastián is played out on a route through the steep hills of the Basque Country, Spain. The course goes over eight climbs with the steep Murgil Tontorra as the last challenge. It’s a 2.5 kilometers climb with a gradient of 9% and the steepest ramp of 22%.

Enrico Gasparotto, one of the riders in the lineup for Clásica de San Sebastián, is careful with his predictions for the race: “San Sebastian will be my first race after the rest period, so the plan is to give my maximum, being aware that I will have to fight against guys that are coming from the Tour de France, with stronger legs and in better shape. I have to fall into the race rhythm again, after a long period of altitude training, and it will be difficult and hard to compete with the big names.”

Mario Chiesa, Sports Director for the race, revealed some key points for the strategy: “We will try to use the breakaway from the start and bring Gasparotto in the best possible position on the last climb. Riders that finished Tour de France will have some days to rest and to get new energy and it will be easier for them to race than for the riders that haven’t ridden for a long time.”

The full BAHRAIN MERIDA lineup for Clásica de San Sebastián is:
Yukiya Arashiro, Cortina Ivan, Janez Brajkovič , Enrico Gasparotto, Tsgabu Grmay, Ion Insausti, Javier Moreno and Luka Pibernik.

Quick-Step Floors Team to Clasica San Sebastian
Former winner Philippe Gilbert will lead the team at the Spanish one-day event.

A city with a tumultuous and fascinating history, which goes back to the 12th century, San Sebastian left behind the years when it was renowned as a much-needed seaport and military stronghold, and after a makeover which began in the second half of the 19th century, it became one of Europe most popular holiday destinations, and at the same time, the host of one of the most spectacular one-day races of the cycling calendar, the Clasica San Sebastian, whose history traces back to 1981, when Marino Lejarreta won the inaugural edition.

At first glance, the 37th edition will be harder than the one of last year, as it’s longer (231 kilometers) and will see the peloton take on more climbs, but in truth it should once again come down to the Jaizkibel – Arkale combo, set to be done twice, and the leg-sapping Murgil Tontorra, the 1900m-long climb averaging 9.2%, whose summit will be crested just eight kilometers from the finish, where the riders will arrive after a fast technical descent followed by a short flat section.

Philippe Gilbert will headline World Tour leader Quick-Step Floors’ roster for the Spanish classic. The Belgian won here in 2011 and finished runner-up at his most recent participation, in 2015, and is now ready to resume racing after a viral gastroenteritis forced him to abandon the Tour de France in the last week.

“It’s my first race since the Tour de France, so it’s hard to say where I am, especially as I had to pull out of the Tour due to illness. San Sebastian is always an important race, and of course I would like to do good, but it is difficult to say where I stand. I think my body is feeling better and I’m looking forward to racing again and to test the waters, but I’ll be able to say more after the race”, said Philippe, who so far this season has landed five wins in the Quick-Step Floors jersey, including Ronde van Vlaanderen and Amstel Gold Race.

Joining Gilbert for Saturday’s race will be Gianluca Brambilla, Eros Capecchi, David De La Cruz – winner of a Vuelta al Pais Vasco stage in San Sebastian earlier this year – Dries Devenyns, neo-pro Enric Mas (who’ll race his ninth World Tour event of the season), Pieter Serry and Czech Champion Zdenek Stybar.

Dan Martin was also supposed to race San Sebastian, but after a medical examination revealed two small transverse process fracture to the L2 and L3 vertebrae, he will be sidelined for the next three weeks, during which the 30-year-old Irishman will need to rest and recover before returning to action.

“During the Tour I didn’t have any problems when racing, but off the bike I wasn’t feeling very comfortable, so this week I did a scan and got the news. It’s a real pity I won’t ride San Sebastian, because the legs were there and it’s a race I like, but fortunately this injury isn’t something to worry about. In order to tackle my future goals in good condition, it’s better to take a break and give the fracture time to heal. There’s nothing else I can do, just rest and then build up for the final part of the season”, said Dan, who concluded the Tour de France in sixth overall, his best ever Grand Tour result.

29.07 Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian (ESP) 1.UWT

Gianluca Brambilla (ITA), Eros Capecchi (ITA), David De La Cruz Melgarejo (ESP), Dries Devenyns (BEL), Philippe Gilbert (BEL), Enric Mas (ESP), Pieter Serry (BEL), Zdenek Stybar (CZE).
Sports Director: Wilfried Peeters (BEL).

Caja Rural-Seguros RGA to San Seastian Classic
Starting with the San Sebastian Classic (UWT) on Saturday (29/7/17) the team will begin its build-up for the Vuelta España later in August. THe team will have many cards to play in San Sebastian with Jaime Roson and Sergio Pardilla claiming leadership responsibilities. The route favours the punchy climbers and may suit the capabilities of Australian neo-pro Nick Schultz quite well.

Hector Saez: “I am arriving to this race in good shape. I spent the last few weeks at altitude and last Tuesday in Ordizia I felt good. We will go to San Sebastian with the same objective as always . to get in the breakaways and to show our team spirit. This year I think we have the strength to be there in the final also”

BMC Racing Team Primed for UCI WorldTour One-Day Races
BMC Racing Team is set to line up at two UCI WorldTour one-day races this weekend with Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian on Saturday, followed by Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on Sunday.

Sports Director Yvon Ledanois said the majority of the Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian riders are coming out of the Tour de France with good form.

“Six of our eight riders are coming to Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian from the Tour de France so we know their form is good and after missing out on a stage win there, they will be very motivated to go for the win in San Sebastian,” Ledanois said.

“We have one strong leader in Greg Van Avermaet who, as we know, was primed to win the race in 2015. I expect everyone to be ready to support Greg to go for a good result.”

Van Avermaet is eyeing a top ten finish in San Sebastian.

“I was a little sick in the last few days of the Tour de France so I’m hoping I’ll be feeling good at the Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian. I’m motivated to do a good race and a top ten finish would be great, especially considering there are UCI WorldTour points on offer. I like the course and it’s challenging which suits me,” Van Avermaet explained.

In London, BMC Racing Team will back Jempy Drucker and Stefan Küng depending on how the race develops, Sports Director Valerio Piva said.

“We go into the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic with two protected riders. One is Stefan Küng who just finished his first Tour de France and is looking very strong. He will be protected in case of attacks on the hilly part of the race. The other will be Jempy Drucker, who won here two years ago, and who we know can be a strong contender if the race comes down to a sprint. Of course, it depends on how the race develops but I definitely think that we can ride aggressively and be present,” Piva said.

“Over the last two years, we have seen a similar pattern of racing with a group going clear on the hilly part, especially Box Hill. From the last climb, there is still 40km to go until the finish so, it is not easy to stay on the front and to arrive with a select group, and this is why we go into the race with two options.”

Drucker is lining up at the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic after winning stage 4 of the VOO Tour de Wallonie this week.

“It’s always nice to go back to a race that you have won and I have really good memories from Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic. It’s a super nice race and always an awesome crowd on the side of the road. I really like going back every year so I’m looking forward to the race and hopefully I can get a good result. I’m definitely coming in motivated and confident after my win at the VOO Tour de Wallonie this week,” Drucker added.

Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian (29 July)
Rider roster:
Alessandro De Marchi (ITA), Amaël Moinard (FRA), Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Nicolas Roche (IRL), Michael Schär (SUI), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL), Francisco Ventoso (ESP), Danilo Wyss (SUI).
Sports Director: Yvon Ledanois (FRA).

Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic (30 July)
Rider roster:

Jempy Drucker (LUX), Stefan Küng (SUI), Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Miles Scotson (AUS), Nathan Van Hooydonck (BEL), Francisco Ventoso (ESP), Loïc Vliegen (BEL).
Sports Director: Valerio Piva (ITA).

Greg Van Avermaet for San Seb:
Longwy - Luxembourg - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Greg VAN AVERMAET (Belgium / BMC Racing Team) pictured during the 104th Tour de France 2017 - stage 3 from Verviers to Longwy, 212.50 km - foto VK/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

Lots of Stars will be Lining up for the Tour de Pologne, Which Kicks Off from Krakow on Saturday
22 teams for a total of 154 riders: Peter Sagan, Rafal Majka and Vincenzo Nibali will be there.

Is it the race that makes the riders great or the riders that make the race great? This is a question that cycling has always pondered. One thing is for sure; it’s enough just to have a look at the route for the Tour de Pologne that is taking off from Krakow on Saturday (scheduled from July 29th to August 4th) to see that it was designed to make the race spectacular. The final will be all uphill, with two mountain stages and a never-before-seen climbing arrival on the third day, to fire up the race before giving the sprinters room to attack. Likewise, if you scan the list of starting riders you will read the names of plenty of great champions who will definitely know how to bring excitement to the roads of Poland. There are 22 teams signed up, 18 Pro Teams plus 4 Wild Cards, with 7 riders per team for a total of 154 athletes on the starting grid.

Three names above all promise to make this a great Tour de Pologne: current World Champion Peter Sagan and Poland’s own Rafal Majka, who have both already won here at the Tour de Pologne, respectively in 2011 and 2014. The duo from Bora-Hansgrohe will have company from “The Shark” Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida), the only currently active rider to have won all three major tours in his career: the Tour, the Giro and the Vuelta.

There are many top riders, and several men who could vie for stage victories but also for the final classification; in any case, they have already stood out on the roads of the Tour de Pologne in the past, and they are likely to do it again. Let us mention among these: the Brit Adam Yates (Orica-Scott), white jersey as the best young rider in the 2016 Tour de France; from Luxembourg Bob Jungels, white jersey for best young rider in this year’s Giro d’Italia and Dutchman Niki Terpstra, winner of the 2014 Roubaix (Quick-Step Floors); Russian Ilnur Zakarin, Spain’s Alberto Losada and the Slovenian Simon Spilak (Katusha-Alpecin); American Tejay Van Garderen, Belgian Ben Hermans, third place in the 2015 Tour de Pologne, Italian Daniel Oss and Spaniard Samuel Sanchez, 2008 Olympic Champion (BMC); Italian, Davide Formolo (Cannondale–Drapac), fourth last year in the Tour de Pologne; Belgian Bart De Clerq (Lotto-Soudal) second in the final classification for the 2015 Tour de Pologne and winner of one stage; Italian Domenico Pozzovivo and Frenchman Christophe Riblon, third in the 2013 Tour de Pologne (Ag2r); Franco Pellizotti and Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain Merida); Portugal’s Alberto Rui Costa, 2013 World Champion (UAE Team Emirates); Italian Enrico Battaglin (Lotto NL-Jumbo); Belgian Wouter Poels and Italian Diego Rosa (Team Sky); the Italian duo Oscar Gatto and Moreno Moser, winner of the 2012 Tour de Pologne (Astana)…all these and many more.

In addition to Peter Sagan, who can amaze on any type of arrival, for sprints the most highly anticipated stars (at least on paper) are Australian Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) and his team mate, Slovenian Luka Mezgec. Then there is Italy’s Niccolò Bonifazio, who already won a stage in the Tour de Pologne in 2016; Spaniard Josè Joaquim Rojas (Movistar), Italians Sacha Modolo and Roberto Ferrari (UAE Team Emirates), with any number of sprinters that could end up in the mix.

And finally, the Tour de Pologne is very proud to have a large Polish turnout, as proof of the constant growth happening within the national cycling movement. There will be 16 Polish riders in the race. In addition to the National Team featuring headliner Kamil Zielinski, who wore the yellow jersey for one day in the 2015 Tour de Pologne, there is the Professional-Continental Polish formation CCC Sprandi Polkowice, which is lining up 4 Polish riders, including Maciej Paterski and Adrian Kurek. There are 5 Polish riders racing for Pro Teams: besides Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) there is Przemyslaw Niemiec (UAE Team Emirates); Michal Golas and Lukasz Wisniowski (Team Sky) and Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto Soudal).

“We are really extremely pleased; I have to say that this year we have one of the best starting fields we’ve seen in the last editions, with lots of champions and riders who can stand out on any terrain: on the climbs, in the sprints and in the breaks. This is another important sign of the constant growth process that the Tour de Pologne is undergoing, year after year. Not only has this event become the most important bicycle race in all of Eastern Europe, it is also an event that is essential to the UCI World Tour’s mid-summer calendar,” says General Director for the Tour de Pologne Czeslaw Lang.

La Vuelta shortlist Announced
12 riders pre-selected for Movistar Team’s official nine-man squad for the 2017 Spanish Grand Tour.

The Movistar Team announced Wednesday a list of 12 candidates for the Blues’ nine spots in their roster for the 2017 Vuelta a España, which starts in Nîmes (France) on Saturday, August 19th.

Winner Anacona, Jorge Arcas, Carlos Betancur, Richard Carapaz, Rubén Fernández, Gorka Izagirre, Dani Moreno, Nelson Oliveira, Antonio Pedrero, Dayer Quintana, José Joaquín Rojas and Marc Soler are the names pre-selected by Eusebio Unzué’s squad.

The official lineup will be confirmed after the Spanish outfit completes a packed calendar in early August, which includes visits to San Sebastián (Saturday 29th), Poland (29th – August 4th), Getxo (Monday 31st), Burgos (August 1st-5th) and the BinckBank Tour (7th-13th).

KATUSHA ALPECIN Extend Contracts with Hollenstein and Restrepo
Team KATUSHA ALPECIN are happy to announce the contract extensions for Reto Hollenstein and Jhonatan Restrepo, both for one year through 2018.

Swiss rider Reto Hollenstein, age 31, came to the team in 2017, and has had a successful first year riding support for several leaders in the team, most notably his recent work in the Tour de France. Hollenstein’s dependability makes his efforts as precise as a fine Swiss clock. He placed 2nd in the Swiss National Championships (ITT) for both 2015 and 2016 and was also second on the GC in 2015 for the Baloise Belgium Tour.

“Reto was a real stroke of luck for the team,” said general manager José Azevedo. “Because of his strength, he has already taken on very important support roles for the team. Whether it is the spring classics or stage races, you can absolutely count on Reto.”

Jhonatan Restrepo, age 22 and born in Pácora, Colombia, came to KATUSHA ALPECIN as a trainee in 2015 and has continued to build his palmarès during his first two years in the team colors. In the early part of 2017 he won the white jersey as best young rider in the Tour Down Under, was 4th in the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and was second in the Vuelta Ciclista a la Región de Murcia.

“In the first months of the season, Jhonatan showed us his huge talent. But now he must work more on his consistency throughout the year. If he does, he will continue to give us great satisfaction in the future,” said Azevedo.

Reto Hollenstein and Jhonatan Restrepo:

BMC Racing Team Announce First Wave of Contract Extensions
Brent Bookwalter, Alessandro De Marchi, Michael Schär and Danilo Wyss will continue with BMC Racing Team beyond the 2017 season, General Manager Jim Ochowicz today announced.

Ochowicz said the four riders bring a wealth of experience and diversity to the team.

“In Brent Bookwalter and Danilo Wyss, we have 20 years of combined experience at BMC Racing Team. Both riders have signed on for their eleventh year with the team and I think that speaks for itself. Brent consistently proves himself in both a leader and support capacity and Danilo is a rider that is always there to support our leaders but will make the most of an opportunity when it comes his way. To have riders with this level of racing experience in the team is invaluable and I look forward to seeing Brent and Danilo continue to develop with us,” Ochowicz explained.

“Michael Schär is a clear road captain within BMC Racing Team. No matter what the race situation is, we trust in Michael’s ability to support the team leaders, whether it is at the Classics or a stage race, so we are very happy to see Michael extend his contract. In his three years with BMC Racing Team, Alessandro De Marchi has delivered some excellent results, including Grand Tour stage wins, as well as being a key support rider for our Grand Tour leaders, so Alessandro is a great asset to our team.”

Brent Bookwalter – with BMC Racing Team since 2008
“When I reflect back on the past 10 years and ahead to 2018, the people who make up the BMC Racing Team are what made it an easy decision to return for my 11th season. I’ve relished the chances to grow out of a pure worker roll and have the opportunity to also race for personal results, leading the team when the opportunity arises. I know I have greater potential when it comes to this role within the team and am confident I have more to give. I’ve put myself in the position to win on several occasions this season, so I am motivated to translate these opportunities into victories for myself and the team.”

Alessandro De Marchi – with BMC Racing Team since 2015
“I’m happy to continue with BMC Racing Team next year. I think it will be another year to find and understand my role in the team and I am happy to have the support from the team to do this. Firstly, I am focused on ending this season well as I think I am missing a good result and the kind of presence I want to have in the races. Of course, I then want to continue like this next year and deliver good results for myself and the team.”

Michael Schär – with BMC Racing Team since 2010
“After eight years with BMC Racing Team and coming into my ninth year, it really feels like a family. We have a great team and a good spirit. I have some good friends here and performance wise, we have the absolute best equipment. I feel very good in this team after so many years and I think I have proved myself through my performances since I started with the team. I’m looking forward to a good future with the team and a lot of nice moments in the Classics and the Grand Tours.”

Danilo Wyss – with BMC Racing Team since 2008
“After spending ten years with BMC Racing Team, I feel really at home here. The team is improving every year and I see a lot of big differences in BMC Racing Team now compared to when I started in 2008. I’m really happy to sign my contract after finishing my second Tour de France and I look forward to starting my eleventh year in 2018. I think we have a great team and I hope we will continue our good results for the rest of the season and into next year.”

In keeping with BMC Racing Team policy, no other details of the contracts were released.

Brent Bookwalter:

Kochetkov and Belkov Add to Current Contracts
Team KATUSHA ALPECIN have re-signed two Russian riders on the team, with Pavel Kochetkov adding two years through 2019 and Maxim Belkov penning a contract through 2018.

At age 31, Kochetkov is currently in his sixth season for the team and continues to contribute as a strong support rider in his race schedule. Last year Pavel won the road championships for Russia. In addition he has stage wins in both the Tour des Pays de Savoie and Tour of Bulgaria in 2011. He has also worn the blue mountains jersey in the Giro d’Italia (2015) and won the green sprint jersey in the 2012 Czech Cycling Tour.

“Pavel has been a bit unhappy this season with injuries from crashes. Despite this, he is an important rider in the teams built for Ilnur Zakarin and he will be particularly important in a future Grand Tour,” said general manager José Azevedo.

Belkov, 32, is now in his sixth season for KATUSHA ALPECIN. He enjoys a well-rounded list of successes, including stage 9 in the 2013 Giro d’Italia and second in the Russian Time Trial championships this year. He also earned the mountains classifications in 2015 for both the Tour de Romandie and Tour of Austria.

“Maxim is an important building block for us because of his vast experience, but also his class as a rider. This year he displayed this again at the Giro, where he was an important supporter for his captain Zakarin,” said Azevedo.

Kochetkov and Belkov:

Three trainees from the Lotto Soudal U23 team
As from the first of August, three Lotto Soudal U23 riders will be a trainee at the pro team for the remainder of the season. The three are Senne Leysen, Emiel Planckaert and Mathias Van Gompel.

Senne Leysen is in his third year at the U23 level, in which he showed his time trialling capabilities. Last May, he was crowned Belgian champion against the clock for U23 riders and he finished third in the time trial in a strong field in the Giro d’Italia U23. Next to that, he has also shown his classics capabilities by finishing ninth in Paris Roubaix for Espoirs.

Emiel Planckaert is a third-year Espoir as well, just as Senne Leysen. He is the true definition of an all-rounder, as he is able to compete in both the Flemish and the Walloon classics. Next to that, he has proven himself in stage races as well. In the tough Tour de l’Isard, he finished seventh overall after two top ten places.

In his final year at U23 level, Mathias Van Gompel has repeatedly shown his qualities in the prestigious Lotto Top Competition for Espoirs. He rode at a very high and constant level, which results in a current second place in the overall standings, with one race remaining. He has a lot of power which makes that he can still go strong at the end of a race.

Kurt Van de Wouwer, head department of sports Lotto Soudal U23: “It will be the first time these three riders will compete at the professional level. This is an opportunity for them to show their qualities in the pro peloton. They are given a unique chance, which they should grasp with both hands.”

“The trainees won’t participate in WorldTour races, but there are plenty of races on the calendar in August and September, so they will definitely get their chance. We chose for these three, as they are ready to compete. Their profiles and their program fit the team perfectly for the upcoming races this fall.”

“The goal for Senne, Emiel and Mathias is to acquire as much experience as possible during this period. It’s a way for them to see how a race is ridden in the pro peloton and it is an opportunity to measure themselves against the pro riders, to check if they are ready for the professional level. We don’t expect them to compete for the race victory, but it is important that they do what is asked from them, whether that is pulling at the front of the peloton or trying to be in an early breakaway. If it would result in a nice outcome, that would be all the better.”

Senne Leysen:
Palma de Mallorca - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  Senne Leysen of Lotto - Soudal cycling team U23   pictured during Lotto - Soudal team photoshoot 2017- photo NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2016

Müller and Welten Join BMC Racing Team as Stagiaires
BMC Development Team’s Patrick Müller and Bram Welten have been promoted to stagiaires with BMC Racing Team for the remainder of the 2017 season.

General Manager Jim Ochowicz said the duo have impressed in their time with BMC Development Team and will have the chance to learn from the WorldTour team for the rest of the season.

“We are pleased to welcome Patrick Müller and Bram Welten to BMC Racing Team as stagiaires. Through their time in the BMC Development Team, Patrick and Bram have already gained valuable experience and we are looking forward to seeing them step up to the WorldTour level. We still have a busy program in the second half of the year so they will have many opportunities to race with the best cyclists in the world,” Ochowicz said.

In his third year with BMC Development Team, Müller is looking forward to making the step up when he makes his debut at The Larry H Miller Tour of Utah.

“I am super excited to make the step up and become a stagiaire for BMC Racing Team. I’m really looking forward to racing with the pro riders and getting the opportunity to learn as much as possible from them. I’ve only heard good things about racing at The Larry H Miller Tour of Utah and to start my time as a stagiaire on a different continent makes it even more special,” Müller explained.

Welten will race with BMC Racing Team for the first time at the Artic Race of Norway.

“It’s going to be really cool to join BMC Racing Team as a stagiaire for some races. I am really happy that they have the confidence in me. I think it will be a great opportunity to learn and I am looking forward to getting started. I have worked hard all season and I have had some good results so I feel very lucky that they have seen what I am capable of. I’m not sure what to expect but I will work hard for the team and will use every moment as an opportunity to learn,” Welten said.

Patrick Müller riding for Switzerland:
Ieper - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Neilson POWLESS - Patrick MULLER pictured during the Kattekoers - UCI Nation’s Cup U23  2017 - photo Tim van Wichelen//Cor Vos © 2017

BMC Development Team to Wrap Up at the End of 2017
The BMC U-23 Development Team will come to an end at the completion of the 2017 season, BMC Racing Team General Manager Jim Ochowicz today announced.

“BMC Development Team was started in 2013, with no defined ending point, for the purpose of offering a platform for young athletes to race and train in an organized fashion against others in their age group and providing a feeder system to BMC Racing Team. Since its inception, this team has graduated eight riders to our professional team. All of these athletes have progressed well in BMC Development Team and as graduates to the professional team,” Ochowicz explained.

“Unlike prior years, the athletes today are for the most part being managed by rider agents. These rider agents then propose these athletes to other teams who may or may not invest in such a program. In essence, we are now developing athletes at a cost for both our team and other teams.”

“The UCI offers no protection to development teams and no regulations exist that protect their investment or the transfer of riders from team to team.”

“We are proud of all the young athletes that participated in the program and we wish them all great success for the future. The staff over the years has been incredible and taken exceptional care of these future stars. The riders and staff should be proud of their time as members of BMC Development Team.”

Nathan Van Hooydonck, ex-BMC Development Team:
Chimay - Belgium  - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  VAN HOOYDONCK Nathan in action pictured during the 2017 Belgian national championships individual time trial cycling race for men elite with start and finish in Chimay on June 22, 2017  - foto: PdV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

Wanty-Groupe Gobert Launches Bicycle Store
In the wake of the Tour de France, Wanty-Groupe Gobert will start a bicycle shop in Tournai (Belgium). In the Belgian city, located in the heart of the Eurometropole area near Lille and Kortrijk, the concept Want You Bike will be launched in September. On the banks of the Schelde, cyclists can discover the new shop on an area of more than 1,000 square meters.

The “Want You Bike, The Place to Ride” project, headed by General Manager Jean-François Bourlart, will be an important location for the cycling community in Tournai with a store with a large number of brands including the full range of Cube, the official partner of cycling team Wanty-Groupe Gobert or Mustache, French specialist in electric bicycles. From presence on the roads of the Tour de France to mountain bikes for children: you will find everything you need in our new store in Tournai (Quai des Vicinaux, 24).

Behind the Scenes with Sunweb at the Tour de France
Team Sunweb’s latest behind the scenes footage features a Tour de France wrap up with the team’s polka dot and green jerseys Warren Barguil (FRA) and Michael Matthews (AUS). Team Sunweb’s jersey duo detail their Grand Tour highlights and what it’s like to take home the two incredibly prestigious jerseys.

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