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EUROTRASH Time Trial Thursday!

Kristin Armstrong and Fabian Cancellara took the Olympic time trial titles, an old riders sport? We have all the reports, quotes and results. Lots of other cycling news: The Tour de l’Ain stage 1 report and result, the Madrid Challenge by la Vuelta, team news from BMC, Lotto Soudal, Giant-Alpecin, Trek-Segafredo, Etixx – Quick-Step, Baby-Dump and Liv-Plantur, plus rider and race news. Greg Van Avermaet downloads his Rio Strava data, how many segments?

TOP STORY: Olympic TT – A Race for the Old?
Kristin Armstrong celebrated her 43rd birthday a day early by winning the women’s Olympic time trial title and 35 year-old Fabian Cancellara won the men’s race, where were all the young riders? They were there, but maybe they could not specialize in the ‘contre la montre’ in the same way Armstrong and Cancellara could. Armstrong is the Queen of the TT, three straight Olympic Gold Medals, Beijing, London and Rio and two Gold and a Silver and Bronze at the Worlds, plus four National TT titles, not a bad record. Cancellara: Two Olympic Gold, four World titles and three Bronze (plus two junior World titles) and ten National TT titles. When it comes to the battle against the clock both riders know what they need to do and it was no surprise that they both took Olympic Gold.

This is Cancellara’s final season, but looking at his form and that Armstrong is showing that age is no barrier, could he not race on? They say it’s good to go out at the top, but surely another Paris-Roubaix and a World TT title wouldn’t be a step too far?

Congratulations Kristin and goodbye Fabian, great champions.

A happy Fabian Cancellara:
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Olympic Men’s Time Trial 2016
Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) won his second Olympic Gold Medal to go along with his Silver road Medal from Beijing. The Swiss multi-champion beat Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) by 47 seconds and Chris Froome (Great Britain) by 1:02. Cancellara lead all they way round the course except at the second time check where he was down on Rohan Dennis (Australia) by 25 seconds.

There had been some rain during the women’s race, but by the time the first rider, Namibia’s Dan Craven, shot down the start ramp for the 54.6 kilometers, the roads were mostly dry. Of the first wave of riders; Leopold König (Czech Republic) set the fastest time with 1:15:23.

The second wave included all the possible winners and Cancellara was first to the time check on the Grumari climb just 0.67 seconds quicker than Rohan Dennis. The Swiss rider was down at the next check but was not worried from then on. Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) started slowly but was coming back as the race went on as did Chris Froome (GB) who had lost 30 seconds on the first lap.

Dennis had been going well, but he needed a bike change due to a loose handlebar and lost his chance of a medal, dropping to 5th. Shortly before this, Cancellara had 18 seconds on Dennis at the Grumari climb check and Dumoulin, Froome and Castroviejo were breathing down the Australian’s neck.

Cancellara made no mistakes in the final kilometers and had 47 seconds on Dumoulin as Dennis dropped to 5th over 1 minute down

Full Race Report HERE.

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Gold Medal, Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland): “It’s pretty special, I still don’t really have the words. After the disappointment in 2012, and many other up and downs that I’ve had, and this is my last season, it’s my Olympic Games and my last chance to do something. I knew that it was going to be a tough day, a challenging one with Chris Froome, Tom Dumoulin and all the others. It was an open course for all different characteristics. I have no words. Finishing, after 16 years, with the gold, it’s not bad. We looked at it with the trainers and the team manager, we worked hard and even yesterday I had my doubts. I think it was good doubts. In the end, I found a way to focus on what I needed to do and this was not to go too fast at the beginning because over an hour, you have to balance everything right. I balanced if well in the first lap and I knew that I had to do that. I found a good key to go well over the whole day and now I’m just happy. It was my last chance to win an Olympic medal again. This victory does not change my decision to retire from cycling. It is unbelievable that I can win the gold medal here. I have no words for that. To say goodbye with a gold medal at the end of the season is a perfect way to end my career. It was my last big time trial. More than an hour of cycling alone is a long time. I had to keep some strength for the end. I am very proud of the way I rode today. ”

Silver Medal, Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands): “I wasn’t able to go 47 seconds faster. In the first lap, I was a bit cautious and I felt my wrist as well. I’ve mixed feelings about the outcome and I am mostly disappointed. I came for gold but on the other hand, I am proud of silver after this super stressful week. I’m disappointed, no other feeling. Everyone says I should be proud but now disappointment dominates. I just want to win. When I see Cancellara with the gold medal, it is what I wanted. I’m very glad it’s over. The last two and a half week were not really easy. But I have noticed that I am very good in the act of causing stress for such an event. But standing on the Olympic podium is something special, especially after my wrist injury I sustained at the Tour de France. When I see where I was a few weeks ago, I’m still happy with what I achieved today. I had a good chance to win gold, but it was not to be.”

Bronze Medal, Chris Froome (Great Britain): “I can’t be disappointed with that. Of course, I would have loved to have been in with a chance for gold but I gave it everything I had today and at the end of the day I’ve got to be happy with that. Fabian was the clear winner, more than a minute ahead, if I’d lost by five or six seconds, maybe I’d be disappointed with myself but Fabian was clearly the strongest guy today. It’s an amazing feeling, the year I’ve had, obviously with the third Tour win and to come here and medal again for the second time in the Olympics, it’s an incredible feeling. For me it is a great way to continue the season, after the Tour. Dumoulin also had a strong ride, especially after his injury in the Tour de France. It’s amazing that he could go for the medals. He can’t be too disappointed with it. Fabian was the strongest. Silver is also special today. I knew the competition was going to be really tough here. Fabian is going extremely well. I’m happy. Another medal is an incredible achievement. It was a tough circuit, a tricky circuit, with all the steep climbs and wet corners. I’m just relieved it all over. I knew coming into the second lap that I had a bit of time to make up, which was playing to my tactic. I was trying to hold something back for that second lap, but I didn’t have the legs. I didn’t have the same legs as Fabian. He was definitely the strongest guy out there. I haven’t done much training. Since the end of the Tour de France I have been sort of tapering and trying to look after myself to come into these Olympic races the best I can. It will be good to do a good long ride tomorrow before heading home to see the family. Obviously, I have been on the road a lot this year and I haven’t spent much time with the family, so it will be nice to be home for a few days and see the little one a little bit.”

Olympic Men’s Time Trial Result:
1. Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) in 1:12:15
2. Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) at 0:47
3. Christopher Froome (Great Britain) at 1:02
4. Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spain) at 1:06
5. Rohan Dennis (Australia) at 1:10
6. Maciej Bodnar (Poland) at 1:50
7. Nelson Oliveira (Portugal) at 2:00
8. Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spain) at 2:06
9. Geraint Thomas (Great Britain) at 2:37
10. Primoz Roglic (Slovenia) at 2:40.

Interview with Fabian Cancellara on BBC:

Olympic Women’s Time Trial 2016
Kristin Armstrong (USA) won her third Olympic gold medal in the women’s time trial at the Rio Olympic Games on Wednesday. She beat Olga Zabelinskaya (Russia) by five seconds and road race champion Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands) by 11 seconds.

The 29.9-kilometer course took in the climbs of Grumari, and Grota Funda, but the wind and the rain were the main problems.

At the first time check (10K); Armstrong was the fastest with 17:07.93 which was 5 seconds faster than Elisa Longo Borghini (Italy) and 22 seconds faster than Zabelinskaya, who had a slow start. At the second time check (19.7 kilometers) Zabelinskaya had lifted her pace to be fastest with 32:41.02 with Armstrong nearly 3 seconds down on the Russian. Longo Borghini was at 7 seconds.

At the finish Zabelinskaya recorded a time of 44:31.97, but had to wait to see who would beat her for the Gold Medal. Longo Borghini had started too fast and dropped down the table with the Dutch pair of Van der Breggen and Ellen van Dijk both finishing faster. Armstrong lifter her speed over the final kilometers to turn her deficit into a 5 second win.

Armstrong’s Rio Gold Medal goes along with the ones she won in London and Beijing, equalling Leontien van Moorsel who won Gold Medals in the road race and time trial in Sydney and the time trial in Athens. Van Moorsel also has an Olympic Gold Medal for the individual pursuit in Sydney.

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Gold Medal, Kristin Armstrong (United States): “I had a support team that believed in me, and I believed in myself, and I knew that I knew how to get in done on the day. I knew it. It was really hard, but that being said, it was the most fun Olympic experience I’ve ever had. I’ve probably ridden my time trial bike in the rain more than anyone else out here. So, I kind of tricked my mind and gave myself confidence, and said: ‘OK, just take it, everyone else has to go through this.'”

Silver Medal, Olga Zabelinskaya (Russia): “In the morning they told us we participate, in the evening they say that we don’t. It was two weeks like this, in the morning we go, in the evening we don’t. I’m happy but of course I’m disappointed because I needed five seconds, but anyway [I’m happy] to get any medal.”

“I am clean for myself, for my kids, for everything, when I got this problem with doping, I had my third child and I breastfed at this time. Any mother knows if you breastfeed you can’t take any medicine. My problem was not actually the problem, I didn’t go to the CAS because I didn’t have time for this. We have an agreement with the UCI that I accept this ban. They find one octopamine, it’s produced (in the) body, when you have some disease, it’s seafood… from this. We prove this with the biological and everything, and I didn’t have time to go ahead with the [CAS] because I had to race, and if I don’t race I don’t get to go to the Olympics. If I go with the CAS or go to race, I prefer to race and now I have this problem. I don’t accept, I just accept because it passed. We had an agreement with the UCI that I accept this ban and they don’t have any aggression with me.”

Olympic Women’s Time Trial Result:
1. Kristin Armstrong (United States) in 44:26.4
2. Olga Zabelinskaya (Russia) at 0:05.5
3. Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands) at 0:11.4
4. Ellen van Dijk (Netherlands) at 0:22.3
5. Elisa Longo Borghini (Italy) at 0:25.5
6. Linda Villumsen (New Zealand) at 0:28.3
7. Tara Whitten (Canada) at 0:34.7
8. Lisa Brenauer (Germany) at 0:56.2
9. Katrin Garfoot (Australia) at 1:08.6
10. Evelyn Stevens (United States) at 1:33.7.

Kristin Armstrong happy at the finish:
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Tour de l’Ain 2016
Just a few days after turning 27, Matteo Trentin (Etixx – Quick-Step) got himself a nice present by winning stage 1 of the Tour de l’Ain, the only one suited to sprinters at this 28th edition, and donning the yellow jersey. The inaugural day of the French race (La Plaine Tonique – Saint-Vulbas, 149.6 kilometers) got underway in usual fashion with a breakaway of three – Alexandre Geniez (FDJ), Arnaud Gerard (Fortuneo-Vital Concept) and Thomas Voeckler (Direct Energie) – pulling clear right after the start.

Once their advantage crossed the 3-minute barrier, Etixx – Quick-Step hit the forefront and took command of the peloton, clawing back time with the help of AG2R and Lotto Soudal. With 80 kilometers to go, the deficit was reduced to two minutes, and the trend continued as the stage progressed. By the time the riders entered on the local circuit, only 30 seconds were separating the leaders off the chasers, who eventually brought them back inside the last 10 kilometers.

Victorious in two races this season – Giro d’Italia stage 18 and Tour de Wallonie stage 4 – Matteo Trentin got himself involved again in the sprint, and although the finish wasn’t quite piece of cake, he managed to overcome its tricky nature and make use of his impressive turn of speed, defeating Rudy Barbier (Roubaix Lille Metropole) and Phil Bauhaus (Bora-Argon 18) for Etixx – Quick-Step’s 42nd victory of the season.
Thanks to Etixx – Quick-Step for the race info.


Stage winner and overall leader, Matteo Trentin (Etixx – Quick-Step): “I am very happy with this win, especially as it shows my good condition. Davide Martinelli did a great job leading me out and in the final 350 meters I entered sixth on a really long bend, from which I came out third. That was very important, as I could launch my sprint the way I wanted. I have to thank the team for the trust they had in me and for protecting me throughout the day. I hope to give it another go tomorrow, depending on how the race will unfold, and then help our GC guys in the last two stages”

3rd, Phil Bauhaus (Bora-Argon 18): “I think everything worked out perfectly today. The guys did a great job and we took the last corner in position one and two, so what more can you expect? But it looks like the other guys had a better line through the corner and carried a little more speed on the home straight. I think that’s why they were able to overtake me. But I think the whole team can be happy with the performance today.”

KOM, Arnaud Gérard (Fortuneo-Vital Concept): “I wanted to try something today and I decided to try to escape, It was a beautiful stage for sprinters but the stage remained fairly open. I think the fact that we were only three in the break ended our hopes prematurely. It would have been better to be four to six riders. Added to this the fact that some teams controlled the race well, it was almost impossible to make it. It was a wasted effort but it is a good day of racing. The three of us gave 100%. I needed to go hard for the next races. It was important to me. The polka-dot jersey? This is anecdotal. But when you get to the climb, you always sprint. At least I was sure to have something in the end.”

Tour de l’Ain Stage 1 Result:
1. Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx – Quick-Step in 3:21:23
2. Rudy Barbier (Fra) Roubaix Métropole Européenne
3. Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
4. Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
5. Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) IAM Cycling
6. Bert De Backer (Bel) Giant-Alpecin
7. Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis
8. Kévin Reza (Fra) FDJ
9. Lorenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ
10. Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Fortuneo-Vital Concept.

Tour de l’Ain Overall After Stage 1:
1. Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx – Quick-Step in 3:21:13
2. Rudy Barbier (Fra) Roubaix Métropole Européenne at 0:04
3. Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bora-Argon 18 at 0:06
4. Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 0:10
5. Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) IAM Cycling
6. Bert De Backer (Bel) Giant-Alpecin
7. Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis
8. Kévin Reza (Fra) FDJ
9. Lorenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ
10. Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Fortuneo-Vital Concept.

Stage 1 podium:

Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta
The organization of the 2016 Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta hereby announces the list of teams selected to participate in the 2nd edition of the race that will take place the 11th of September in Madrid, before the last stage of La Vuelta 2016.

Teams Selected:
Wiggle High5 (WHT)
Boels Dolmans Cycling Team (DLT)
Orica (OGE)
Hitec Products (HPU)
Cylance Pro Cycling (CPC)
Team Liv-Plantur (TLP)
Poitou-Charentes. Futuroscope. 86 (FUT)
BTC City Ljubljana (BTC)
Bepink (BPK)
Ale’ Cipollini (ALE)
Lotto Soudal Ladies (LBL)
Parkhotel Valkenbourg Continental Team (PHV)
Lensworld-Zannata (LZE)
Topsport Vlaanderen-Etixx (VLL)
Bizkaia-Durango (BDP)
Weber Shimano Ladies Power (SLP)
Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team (LWW)
Lointek (LTK)
Selección Nacional Española (ESP).

Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta 2015:

BMC Racing Team Rider Medical Update
In the interest of increasing communication around the health and fitness of BMC Racing Team’s riders, the team will release a regular update from Chief Medical Officer Dr. Max Testa on all rider injuries and illnesses. The update below concerns three of BMC Racing Team’s riders.

Richie Porte:
“Richie sustained a fractured right scapular and multiple contusions in a crash in the Rio 2016 road race. He was taken for observation and X-Rays at Vitoria Hospital in Barra and will now return home for rest and recovery. At this stage no surgery is required as the fracture will heal with time. Richie will need a minimum of ten days off the bike, following which he can train on the rollers before working his way up to training on the road. He should be able to train normally in four to six weeks.”

Floris Gerts:
“Floris sustained a fractured left collarbone in a crash during the warm up for the Team Time Trial at Vuelta a Burgos. He underwent successful surgery in Belgium to reduce the fracture, which required the insertion of a plate and multiple screws. He was discharged the day of the surgery and will be back riding on the rollers in five to seven days. We expect that Floris will be ready to return to competition in 30-40 days.”

Manuel Quinziato:
“Manuel sustained a shoulder injury at the Tour de Polonge in mid-July. After some off the bike he started training on the rollers, and today has trained for the first time on the road. His recovery is progressing well and he will now concentrate on rebuilding his fitness on the bike and returning to race-form.”

Richie Porte:
Santos Tour Down Under 2016 stage 5

Nikolas Maes joins the team in 2017
Today Lotto Soudal can announce a first newcomer for next season. Nikolas Maes has signed a contract for two years. The 30-year-old Belgian will come over from Etixx – Quick-Step, a team for which he will have raced seven seasons. Nikolas Maes is a valued helper who will be a reinforcement for the Classics core of Lotto Soudal.

Manager Marc Sergeant: “Nikolas is a real flandrien, someone who loves the cobbles and isn’t afraid of bad weather. At Lotto Soudal we can definitely use an extra rider like him for our Classics team. This spring several riders were out due to injuries or illness, that’s almost unavoidable. The consequence is that you always need to rely on the same group of riders to line up a team for all races, that’s why reinforcement was welcome.”

“Nikolas is a very experienced rider, the past years he rode the Classics at the side of Tom Boonen. For the spring Classics we have young riders who can set results, just think of Tiesj Benoot and Jens Debusschere. They can definitely benefit from having someone like Nikolas with them in the team, someone who can better judge if the right moment has come to attack thanks to his experience. Nikolas often goes training with Tiesj and I am sure he can temper Tiesj when he gets too eager.”

“I think Nikolas can also play an important role in the sprint. We have of course the sprint train for Greipel, but also for other riders we often set up trains. That can be for Debusschere, Roelandts or Boeckmans for example. Nikolas is a rider who shouldn’t be underestimated and he is a real asset to the team, I’m sure.”

Nikolas Maes: “I didn’t want to change team just for the sake of it, but I had a good chat with Marc Sergeant which made me realize that his vision on cycling and that of the team are very similar to my vision. Then it was an easy choice to make. I will be able to fully use my capacities in this team. Lotto Soudal has a strong U23 team and invests a lot in Belgian youth. There are a lot of talented youngsters in the team and I like working with young riders. I like passing on my experience, but I also want to support them during races. For all these reasons this is a good match.”

“I am very motivated to reinforce this team. I can play a role in the Classics and sprints. Lotto Soudal has some good sprinters in the team and I am looking forward to helping them by being part of the train. It won’t be a problem to fit in. I know most of the riders pretty well. I often go training with Tiesj Benoot for example. I’m sure I’ll be integrated quite soon.”

Nikolas Maes:
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Mads Pedersen and Ruben Guerreiro sign with Trek-Segafredo
Trek-Segafredo is excited to announce it has reached an agreement with 20-year-old Danish cyclist Mads Pedersen and 22-year-old Ruben Guerreiro of Portugal for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Trek-Segafredo recently launched a new youth development program, and the two signings emphasize the team’s focus on its future.

Mads Pedersen arrives from German UCI Pro Continental team Stölting Service Group and is at his best on cobblestones and short, steep climbs. Pedersen, a silver medalist at the World Junior Road Race Championships and winner of Paris-Roubaix Juniors in 2013, blossomed this season with a stage win and the mountains classification at the Tour of Norway, victory in Kattekoers (Belgium), and an eighth overall in the Three Days of De Panne.

“This is really a dream come true,” said Pedersen. “I’ve been following Trek-Segafredo for years now. They are known to invest in the development of young riders and that’s why I’ve always hoped to be able to join this team one day.

“I am only 20 years old, but I have been racing in Belgium and France since I was a junior. Honestly, I can’t wait to race in the classics with the big guys. Of course, I will start out as a domestique, but long-term, I hope to get my chance sometimes. And when I do, I will take it!”

Ruben Guerreiro is the current U23 Portuguese national champion and joins Trek-Segafredo from the American U23 development team Axeon Hagens Berman managed by Axel Merckx. A strong climber, Guerreiro placed third in the under-23 edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège in April.

Guerreiro: “Trek-Segafredo is a solid World Tour team with a large experience, especially in developing young talents. I am really looking forward to working for such big riders as Bauke Mollema and Giacomo Nizzolo.

“If one day I could win one of the Ardennes Classics, and perform very well in the Tour de France, that would be truly awesome. But first things first: my aim for next year is to learn as much as I can. I rode with the team at some of their training rides during the December training camp in Spain, and I picked up a lot in such a short period of time. Now that I am really joining the team, I am excited to learn so much more!”

General manager Luca Guercilena is thrilled to have Pedersen and Guerreiro onboard for the 2017 and 2018 seasons: “Mads (Pedersen) and Ruben (Guerreiro) are both young and very talented, and with them we want to continue investing in the development of young riders. We strongly believe that Pedersen and Guerreiro will be valuable assets for the classics and stage races groups and that they still have a large margin for improvement. I am confident that they will be a solid option for the future.”

Mads Pedersen:

Dries Devenyns returns to Etixx – Quick-Step
After three years, the Belgian makes a comeback to the team where he spent the vast majority of his career.

Quick-Step is happy to announce a new rider for the 2017 season: Dries Devenyns, the Belgium Tour and Tour de Wallonie winner, who had already competed for the squad between 2009 and 2013, a five-year spell during which he notched his first pro victory (in stage 5 of the Österreich Rundfahrt) and asserted himself as one of the most versatile riders in the peloton. This season, by taking the two GC triumphs on home turf as well as some solid results in prestigious one-day races, Dries proved he still has a word to say in the cycling world and is driven by a huge motivation.

“I’m happy to come back to a team I know very well and which I admire for the great way it’s organized. I can’t wait to pull on the new jersey and show how committed I am. Before that, I want to do good in my last races of 2016. I’ve spent two years with IAM Cycling and I would like to thank everybody for their help and our time together. Now the moment has come to return home”, said 33-year-old Dries, who has amassed five wins and five more top 10 placings in the current season.

Patrick Lefevere, Etixx – Quick-Step’s CEO, couldn’t hide his delight in having convinced the Belgian to rejoin the outfit for 2017: “In the last couple of years, after Dries took a different road in his career, we stayed in contact. He wanted to try his own path, but the mutual respect was always there and you can see this today, as we welcome him back. We know what he can do and bring to our squad, he showcased that again in the past months, and he’ll be an important rider to rely on next season.”

Dries Devenyns:
Herzele - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Dries Devenyns (Belgium / IAM Cycling) pictured during stage 3 of the 2016 Baloise Belgium Tour cycling race with start in Knokke-Heist and finish in Herzele, Belgium - photo JdM/PN/Cor Vos © 2016

Giant-Alpecin Extends Contracts of Tom Stamsnijder and Albert Timmer
Team Giant-Alpecin is pleased to announce that Dutch riders Tom Stamsnijder and Albert Timmer have extended their contracts. Stamsnijder is currently racing his fifth season and will extend his contract until the end of 2018. Timmer joined the team in 2007 and has also signed for a further two years.

Coach Rudi Kemna (NED) commented: “We are happy with the contract extensions of Albert and Tom as they belong to the core of the team and fit in well within our culture and structure. They are reliable support riders, strong enough for an extensive race program and very valuable members in our process of teamwork. We are looking forward to their contributions over the next two seasons.”

Timmer said: “After this season I’ve already ridden a decade for the team and it is a natural decision to extend my contract. I am satisfied with the role I have and to have the opportunity to continue my career with the team.”

“The extension of my contract for a further two years is a good decision for me,” explained Stamsnijder. “I enjoy my role in supporting our leaders and guiding the young talented guys, and the appreciation I get is very rewarding.”

Albert Timmer:
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Marco Doets and Rick Ottema Renew Contracts
We are happy to announce Marco Doets will ride in 2017 in green. Marco still has to turn 21, but is already a solid asset to the team. Marco understands the art of an early break-away, but we also expect him finish it off in the future. Together with FIT-training next years’ focus will be on that.

Marco Doets: “The continental level was all new to me in 2016, but I surprised myself a bit and made relevant progression. Hopefully I can repeat this next season and extend my score list.

In 2016 Rick Ottema arrived at Baby-Dump Cycling team with already quiet some continental experience to boost his career once again. Rick and staff started to work on all aspects in cycling training, nutrition, lifestyle and tactics. This resulted in 3 classic podia (Groningen, Altena en 3-landenomloop) and 3 criterium victories.

Rick Ottema: “I found exactly what I was looking for at #BDCT, as long as I don’t earn my pro-contract the best place to be!”

Marco Doets and Rick Ottema:

Liv-Plantur Strengthens Roster with Lucinda Brand
Team Liv-Plantur is pleased to announce that Lucinda Brand (NED) will join the team from 2017. The 27-year-old, currently with Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team has signed a two-year agreement with the team, with more talented key riders are expected to sign for the team in the coming period.

Currently tenth place in the UCI ranking, Brand has shown that she is one of the top riders at the moment. She is a strong all-rounder, good in difficult stages, the one-day hilly races and also has a decent time trial ability. Brand’s experience will be valuable in the development of the team as it continues to evolve in becoming one of the leading cycling teams in the women’s WorldTour peloton in the short-term.

Brand has shown her qualities in challenging races and has achieved some impressive results. Her best results include being two-time Dutch champion on the road in 2013 and 2015. In 2014 she took a huge win at GP de Plouay-Bretagne and the overall victory at Energiewacht Tour. Last year she won two stages at the Giro Rosa and she was runner-up at Boels Rental Ladies Tour in the general classification. Recently she sprinted to fourth place at the Prudential Ride London GP and last weekend she took her first season victory at the 1.2 race Erondegemse Pijl in Belgium.

Brand said: “I am very happy with my contract at Team Liv-Plantur. It’s a great new challenge after four years with Rabobank-Liv. I am looking forward to moving my career in a new direction and this represents a great opportunity to challenge myself in several ways. The professional structure, staff, the team approach and its philosophy to top sports meet my ambitions. In addition, I will have the tools and some designated targeted races that perfectly fit my abilities to go for my chances and this overall picture is just what I am looking for.”

Team Liv-Plantur coach Hans Timmermans (NED) explained: “We have followed Lucinda’s career for some time and have always admired her ability on the bike. Our objective is to be one of the leading teams in women’s cycling in the short-term by applying the same ‘Keep Challenging’ approach as our men program, and the signatures of Lucinda and other talented key riders are important next steps in achieving that. Lucinda is one of the few riders who can naturally read the race, together with her physiological level and her loyal personality, we can help her develop into one of the best road captains in the world. On top of that, she is able to make use of her skills in the finish, which is clearly important for the most challenging races. Furthermore, we are intensively working to develop our sprint lead-out and she will play an important part in that process in order to increase the quality significantly.

“With Floortje [Mackaij] and Sabrina [Stultiens] we already have two big talents for the future where development is pivotal. This year Leah [Kirchmann] has also joined, who has already achieved great results in the WorldTour, as she currently is third overall, proving she is among the world class riders at the moment. We have monitored great progression and we clearly see our way of working is paying off. Together we want to challenge the current leaders and through teamwork and a strong collective, we can be successful. Lucinda has vast experience and knowledge and she will be one of our leaders, as well as playing the role of road captain during the races and her presence will bring our team up to the next level.”

Lucinda Brand:
Paris - France  - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Brand Lucinda (Netherlands / Rabobank Liv Women Cycling Team)  pictured during stage 21 of the 2016 Tour de France La Course in Paris  - photo AntonVos/Cor Vos © 2016

19-Year-Old German Talent Signs for Two Years
Team Giant-Alpecin is delighted to announce that 19-year-old Lennard Kämna (GER) has signed a two-year contract to ride with the team’s WorldTour program. The young German joining from Stölting Service Group, has huge potential and is already crowned World Champion in the juniors time trial. Kämna is recognized as one of the biggest talents of his generation with a strong ability in the time trials.

In his career to date, Kämna has already produced some impressive results and in the junior category he was among the world’s best. 2014 was a fantastic year for him as he won the German, European and World championships titles in the time trial. Kämna won the overall classification at Grand Prix Rüebliland and became second at Trofeo Carlsberg and Tour de Istra, he took stage wins in all three of them. In 2015, in his first year in the U23 category, he won the German U23 time trial championships and was third at the U23 World championships time trial. In addition, he won a stage at the Giro Ciclistico della Valle d’Aosta Mont Blanc and finished 10th at the U23 World championships road race. This year he won the youth classification at Circuit des Ardennes.

Kämna said: “I am glad about my contract at the German Team Giant-Alpecin. Based on the good talks that have taken place, I am looking forward to being part of this team. The professional structure and the teamwork philosophy have all been important factors in my final decision. On top of that, the contributions the team does to bring German cycling back on a high international level are very crucial.”

Welcoming Kämna to the team’s WorldTour program is an important next step integral to Team Giant-Alpecin’s aim to contribute to the development of German cycling, and to bring back Germany where it belongs in the world of international cycling.

As part of this objective, and parallel to signing promising German professional riders like Kämna to the team’s WorldTour program, is the start of the team’s modern and prestigious Development Program from 2017. The approach the team has chosen is focused on grassroots development, supporting the growth of German cycling from its basis: inspiring young people to participate in the sport, and once advanced their careers to offer the very best of class an opportunity to enter into the team’s Development Program. A major objective then is to grow and make the next step towards a place in the team’s WorldTour Program and to develop these athletes into top cyclists. Therefore it is a structure to support a continuous and long-term flow of the most promising German riders entering into the WorldTour.

Coach Marc Reef (NED) commented: “Lennard is one of the biggest talents out there and we’re excited he has chosen to join us. He has proven to be an excellent time trialist but for sure we also recognize his GC qualities. Together with Lennard we are going to work hard in the next years to get the best out of his abilities and to see in which areas he will be at his best at WorldTour level.

“Traditionally we are very focused on young talents with the aim to develop them into world class riders, and for sure Lennard is one of them. With this very same objective we start our Development Program next year. We want to inspire and support talented riders from a young age, giving them the opportunity to learn that cycling is much more than just having strong legs. The aim is to nurture them to become professional athletes ready for their next step towards the WorldTour, using expert resources and scientific excellence from our WorldTour program to fulfill their full potential.”

Lennard Kämna:
Richmond - USA  - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  Lennard Kamna   pictured during the Worldchampionships Cycling - Championat du Monde in Richmond -  TT - men under 23 - photo’s Wessel van Keuk/Davy Rietbergen/Anton Vos/Dion Kerckhoffs/Cor Vos © 2015

Giant-Alpecin Signs 22-Year-Old German Sprinter
Team Giant-Alpecin is pleased to announce that Phil Bauhaus (GER) has signed a contract to race with the team for two years, until the end of 2018. The talented sprinter, currently riding for Bora-Argon 18, is next to Lennard Kämna (GER) the second German rider to strengthen the team’s roster for next season.

Bauhaus’ top results include four professional wins. In 2014 he won two stages at Volta a Portugal em Bicicleta. Recently he won the closing stage of the Tour of Denmark and earlier this season he won the Tour d’Azerbaïdjan opener. He has also performed well in the Belgian classics with a 4th place in Nokere-Koerse last year and second place on stage 3a in the Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde this year, all achieved in bunch sprints.

With the signature of Bauhaus, Team Giant-Alpecin continues to grow its German core. Over time the team has built up a considerable amount of experience and expertise in developing young sprinters. Bauhaus elaborates: “I am very proud to step up to the WorldTour with Team Giant-Alpecin. Their approach in developing young riders has been pretty successful and in terms of sprint preparation they have lots of knowledge and expertise, which were important factors in my decision. I am excited to play my role in supporting the leaders and in some races to go for my own chance, and I am very confident this step will help me reach a higher level.”

Coach Marc Reef (NED) commented: “We’re happy to sign Phil, a young sprinter who has shown a lot of potential this season. Together with our coaches and our experts, step-by-step we want to develop him as a sprinter and he will be offered the time and space for that. Alongside our current sprinters Nikias [Arndt] and Max [Walscheid], these three represent a strong generation of up-and-coming German sprinters.

“Next to the signing of Lennard [Kämna] we are pleased to support German talent. From next season onwards these possibilities will be expanded with our modern Development Program, as the best of class talented German and international riders are being signed to join that program. This is part of the team’s bigger development pyramid with the German Talent Days as an entrance and the team’s new and high-end Development Program as the gateway to its WorldTour Program as the point on the horizon.”

Phil Bauhaus:
Waregem - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Bauhaus Phil (Germany / Bora Argon 18)   pictured during 71e Dwars door Vlaanderen Men Elite - photo Davy Rietbergen/Cor Vos © 2016

JLT Condor, Madison Genesis and NFTO line-up for Tour of Britain
JLT Condor presented by Mavic, Madison Genesis and NFTO will join the line-up of teams for this September’s Tour of Britain, which takes place from Sunday 4 to Sunday 11 September.

The trio of teams have secured their places in Britain’s biggest professional cycle race as a result of their performances across the Motorpoint Spring Cup and Grand Prix Series events and UCI events held in Britain, culminating in the weekend’s Prudential RideLondon – Surrey Classic.

They join a fourth British UCI Continental squad, Team WIGGINS, whose place in the race was assured thanks to being the highest placed domestic team in the 2015 Tour of Britain, when Owain Doull finished third overall and won the Chain Reaction Cycles Points Jersey.

In total seven British teams will ride in the Tour of Britain, headlined by Team Sky and the Great Britain national team, and also including UCI ProContinental team ONE Pro Cycling who will be appearing in their second edition of the race.

Further announcements about the teams and riders for the 2016 Tour of Britain will follow throughout August.

The Tour of Britain is British Cycling’s premier road cycling event giving cycling fans the opportunity to see the world’s best teams and riders competing on their door step.

Stage Details:
Stage One Sunday 4 September Glasgow to Castle Douglas
Stage Two Monday 5 September Carlisle to Kendal
Stage Three Tuesday 6 September Congleton to Tatton Park, Knutsford
Stage Four Wednesday 7 September Denbigh to Builth Wells
Stage Five Thursday 8 September Aberdare to Bath
Stage Six Friday 9 September Sidmouth to Haytor, Dartmoor
Stage Seven a Saturday 10 September Bristol Stage Individual Time Trial
Stage Seven b Saturday 10 September Bristol Stage Circuit Race
Stage Eight Sunday 11 September London Stage presented by TfL.

Tour of Britain 2014 ProMo:

Greg Van Avermaet: Olympic Champion on Strava
After his winning ride in the Olympic road race last Sunday, Greg Van Avermaet uploaded his Strava details naming it: Olympic ride still can’t believe it: Olympic Champion. You can have a detailed look at his Rio ride HERE. Quite impressive.


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