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EUROTRASH Information Spherical Up Thursday!

The crew coaching camps are all go… besides Jumbo-Visma. Who will likely be using the Grand Excursions – TOP STORY. Australian time trial championship report. Rider information from Egan Bernal, Wout van Aert, Remco Evenepoel, Tom Dumoulin, Fernando Gaviria, Rohan Dennis, Thibaut Pinot, Marc Hirschi, Simon Clarke, Brian Holm, Jempy Drucker and Julien El Fares. Crew information: Jumbo-Visma Tour de France riders, Arkéa-Samsic to Paris-Good and Tirreno-Adriatico, Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl’s 2022 season begins and Nalini Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux new package. Race information: Canada to Host UCI Observe Biking Nations Cup in Milton in 2022 & 2023. Video interview with Peter Sagan. EUROTRASH espresso time.

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TOP STORY: The Riders Who will Sort out the Giro, Tour and Vuelta in 2022
With the 2022 street season approaching, groups are working onerous behind the scenes on their planning for the Grand Excursions. Here’s a checklist of riders who will take part within the Giro d’Italia, the Tour de France and/or la Vuelta a España in 2022 based on WielerFlits.

Giro d’Italia 2022 (Might 6-29)
GC Riders:

David De la Cruz (Astana Qazaqstan)
Miguel Angel López (Astana Qazaqstan)
Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Qazaqstan)
Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious)
Simon Yates (BikeExchange-Jayco)
Guillaume Martin (Cofidis)
Attila Valter (Groupama-FDJ)
Richie Porte (INEOS Grenadiers)
Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers)
Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma)
Tobias Foss (Jumbo-Visma)
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)
Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo)
Joao Almeida (UAE Crew Emirates).

Non-GC riders:
Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ)
Tom Pidcock (INEOS Grenadiers)
Giacomo Nizzolo (Israel-Premier Tech)
Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)
Davide Formolo (UAE Crew Emirates).

Tour de France 2022 (1-24 July)
GC Riders:

Ben O’Connor (AG2R Citroën)
Miguel Angel López (Astana Qazaqstan)
Alexey Lutsenko (Astana Qazaqstan)
Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Qazaqstan)
Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious)
Guillaume Martin (Cofidis)
Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ)
David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ)
Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers)
Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma)
Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma)
Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma)
Enric Mas (Movistar)
Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo)
Tadej Pogačar (UAE Crew Emirates).

Non-GC Riders
Gianni Moscon (Astana Qazaqstan)
Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Victorious)
Dylan Groenewegen (BikeExchange-Jayco)
Danny van Poppel (BORA-hansgrohe)
Sam Bennett (BORA-hansgrohe)
Michael Storer (Groupama-FDJ)
Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ)
Filippo Ganna (INEOS Grenadiers)
Alexander Kristoff (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert)
Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma)
Julian Alaphilippe (Fast-Step-Alpha Vinyl)
Kasper Asgreen (Fast-Step-Alpha Vinyl)
Fabio Jakobsen (Fast-Step-Alpha Vinyl)
Peter Sagan (TotalEnergies)
Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo).

Vuelta a España 2022 (August 19-September 11)
GC Riders:

David De la Cruz (Astana Qazaqstan)
Enric Mas (Movistar)
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)
Remco Evenepoel (Fast-Step-Alpha Vinyl)
Marc Soler (UAE Crew Emirates)
Tadej Pogačar (UAE Crew Emirates)
Joao Almeida (UAE Crew Emirates).

Pogačar to the Tour and Vuelta:
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Australian Nationwide Time Trial Championship 2022
Rohan Dennis is the brand new Australian time trial champion. The Jumbo-Visma rider beat Luke Durbridge by greater than a minute over the 37.5 kilometre race. Conor Leahy was third.

Earlier than the beginning Luke Plapp (INEOS-Grenadiers), final yr’s winner, introduced through his social media that he wouldn’t defend his title, as a result of he was in quarantine in Tasmania after an in depth corona contact. Rohan Dennis was the massive favorite for the title. Within the absence of 21-year-old Plapp, Luke Durbridge (BikeExchange Jayco) was his foremost opponent.

In the long run Dennis, who rode his first race within the Jumbo-Visma package, managed to beat Durbridge comparatively simply. On the end, the distinction between the 2 was greater than a minute. For Dennis it’s his fourth Australian time trial title. This places the 31-year-old rider on an equal footing with Durbridge.

Australian time trial champion, Rohan Dennis (Jumbo-Visma): “Reaching an essential purpose in your first race day provides you confidence. It’s at all times good to grow to be a nationwide champion. For Australians it is likely one of the hardest races to win. I already confirmed that after I began twice as world champion and couldn’t win right here. It’s at all times about who can put together finest, as everyone seems to be reaching their highest stage. Jumbo-Visma reveals loads of confidence in me. It was essential to return in nicely by exhibiting respect and performing instantly.” And the street championships on Sunday with Chris Harper? “Hopefully it will likely be simply such a wonderful day for Chris and me.”

Australian Nationwide Time Trial Championship Consequence:
1. Rohan Dennis (Aus) Jumbo-Visma in 45:34
2. Luke Durbridge (Aus) BikeExchange Jayco at 1:13
3. Conor Leahy (Aus) at 1:48
4. Jordan Villani (Aus) at 2:33
5. Alastair Christie-Johnston (Aus) BridgeLane at 2:44
6. Kane Richards (Aus) at 3:34
7. Riley Fleming (Aus) Smartdry at 3:40
8. Benjamin Dyball (Aus) Crew UKYO at 3:44
9. Daniel Luke (Aus) at 4:37
10. Nick Squillari (Aus).

Australian TT podium:
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Jumbo-Visma Coaching Camp Deserted After Optimistic Corona Take a look at
Jumbo-Visma stopped their crew coaching camp in Alicante on the third day because of a optimistic corona check throughout the group. Instantly after the day by day corona check earlier than breakfast confirmed that one particular person within the group is contaminated with Covid-19, a session was held between the technical workers and the riders. A variety of riders left instantly for house. Others determined to take a resort within the space, whereas numerous riders will even proceed the coaching camp on a person foundation within the authentic resort. The contaminated particular person, who has to date been freed from signs, and the so-called ‘shut contacts’ are quarantined in accordance with the rules.

Though Jumbo-Visma has taken strict measures, and the riders even fashioned teams of 4 separate bubbles throughout the crew bubble, the virus was nonetheless taken by somebody from ‘house’. The danger of changing into contaminated and due to this fact having to stay in quarantine in Spain was too nice for a number of riders, so that they determined to return house. The riders who dwell in Andorra (Robert Gesink, Sepp Kuss and Tobias Foss) left virtually instantly. Steven Kruijswijk and Primoz Roglič additionally returned to Monaco by automobile.

“It’s an extended journey, however I also can practice nicely in Monaco. I don’t need to danger getting contaminated within the crew resort. As a precaution, I’m now returning house,” Kruijswijk instructed WielerFlits earlier than he left.

Everybody at Jumbo-Visma needed to be examined each morning earlier than breakfast and solely when it was clear that the check was destructive was the particular person allowed to enter the breakfast room. It was additionally chosen that every one riders had a resort room to themselves. On Monday, the primary riders of the crew arrived on the resort simply exterior Alicante. on Tuesday morning the coaching began, after which the crew presentation passed off within the afternoon. As a result of everybody skilled and ate in separate compartments as a precautionary measure, the variety of shut contacts was restricted.

Nonetheless, the Jumbo-Visma crew stopped the camp. “The doomsday situation has come true,” mentioned Mathieu Heijboer, crew efficiency supervisor. “A situation that we now have taken under consideration, in fact. We had already determined how you can act in such a state of affairs and brought every kind of measures. Breaking apart is the best choice to stop additional unfold. That may be a logistical job to get achieved.”

Sports activities director Merijn Zeeman provides: “We don’t need to danger the well being of riders and workers. That’s why we’re breaking down our coaching camp. It has been confirmed as soon as once more that this can be very troublesome to organise these sorts of actions in these instances. We are going to assure the sporting half as finest as attainable, in order that the riders can proceed their preparation for the season throughout the prospects. It’s a disgrace, however the one proper alternative.”

Jumbo-Visma coaching camp cancelled:
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Colombian Tour Winner Renews Contract to Race as a Grenadier Till at Least 2026
The INEOS Grenadiers are excited to announce that Egan Bernal has renewed his contract with the crew and agreed a brand new five-year deal which is able to imply the Colombian stays a Grenadier till not less than the top of 2026.


Coinciding with the beginning of the 2022 season, each the crew and rider have underlined their motivation to chase extra success collectively, with Bernal setting his sights on a return to the Tour de France in July.

Bernal mentioned: “It’s actually essential, signing this new contract. I’m actually glad on this crew. I’m actually pleased with the crew, the workers, and I’m signing now for my most essential years. It will likely be my finest years and I need to spend this time with this crew. I actually need to return to the Tour. I skipped final yr due to the Giro, but it surely feels prefer it’s been a very long time since I used to be on the Tour. So I’m actually enthusiastic about this yr. I need to return having ready very well, taking a very good crew, and being there to actually benefit from the race.”

Deputy Crew Principal Rod Ellingworth mentioned: “We now have seen Egan actually develop over the past 4 years with the crew. He’s demonstrated again and again that he’s an outstanding expertise. He has additionally proven that, within the difficult moments, he has an enormous quantity of braveness to select himself up, lay himself on the road and go once more. As a Grenadier and as a teammate, you may’t ask for way more than that. This season goes to be massively aggressive. Egan and the entire crew are motivated to go all in and are available out preventing.”

In 2018, Bernal took the leap from Professional Continental to WorldTour crew with what was then Crew Sky. Only a yr later he went on to win the 2019 Tour de France aged 21, making him the youngest rider to ever take the Maillot Jaune and attaining an historic win for Colombia. He added the 2021 pink jersey on the 2021 Giro d’Italia to his Palmarès and delivered the crew’s twelfth Grand Tour win.

Commenting on his determination to remain racing with the crew for what will likely be near a decade, Bernal says he believes the Grenadiers present the toughest working and strongest assist construction in biking with a crew that’s completely aligned and motivated.

Bernal mentioned: “I’m actually proud to be a Grenadier. You arrive on the races and you’re feeling that you’ve the assist and construction behind you. The factor about this crew that I observed proper from the start is that everybody is working in direction of one purpose. You’ll be able to see and really feel that everybody loves the game, they’re all actually devoted and have an all in mentality.”


Wout van Aert Defends his Amstel Gold Race Title
Wout van Aert will defend his title within the Amstel Gold Race this yr. The Jumbo-Visma Classics rider will likely be on the start-line on Sunday 10 April within the Limburg Traditional, which is scheduled between the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.

Final weekend, Van Aert put an finish to his cyclo-cross season by successful the Belgian title. Within the coming weeks, the Belgian champion will deal with his build-up to the Spring Classics, to be in prime type within the interval of Flanders and Roubaix. Strade Bianche is lacking from Van Aert’s program. The Italian gravel race, which he received in 2020, can’t be mixed with Paris-Good. Van Aert hopes to put the foundations for the remainder of the spring within the French stage race. Milan-Sanremo is Van Aert’s first main race, adopted by the E3 Saxo Financial institution Traditional, Gent-Wevelgem, the Tour of Flanders, the Amstel Gold Race and Paris-Roubaix. The Amstel Gold and Roubaix have switched dates.

In the summertime, the Tour de France has full precedence for the 2022 triple stage winner. Van Aert doesn’t conceal his ambitions: he needs to go for the inexperienced jersey. “There are nonetheless many targets to be achieved. Biking fever is beginning to rise, additionally with me,” mentioned Van Aert about 2022. “My ambition is to win a monument. Final yr I had a very good yr, however I simply missed it within the largest races. We will even strategy that otherwise.”

“I’ll put together myself for the opposite classics through the Omloop and Paris-Good. We now have been eager about bridging to Roubaix after the Tour that week. We got here to the conclusion that no race in between goes to be troublesome. So it could be bizarre to move up the Amstel Gold Race. Now I attempt to have a peak interval from Sanremo to Roubaix.”

Wout van Aert 2022 Schedule:
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (26 February)
Paris-Good (6-13 March)
Milan-San Remo (March 19)
E3 Saxo Financial institution Traditional (March 25)
Gent-Wevelgem (27 March)
Tour of Flanders (April 3)
Amstel Gold Race (10 April)
Paris-Roubaix (April 17)
Tour de France (1-24 July).

One other Amstel win for Van Aert?


Evenepoel To Experience Ardennes Classics and Vuelta
Remco Evenepoel is aware of his program for the early season. The Fast-Step-Alpha Vinyl rider will begin his street marketing campaign in Spain subsequent month with the Tour of Valencia and can deal with the Ardennes classics and the Vuelta a España in 2022.

The Belgian rider ought to have began the 2022 season within the Vuelta a San Juan, however the Argentine stage race was canceled for the second consecutive yr. Evenepoel and the crew had to return to the drafting board. Crew supervisor Patrick Lefevere considered beginning the season within the UAE Tour or the Tour of Valencia and the selection went to the Spanish stage race in the long run.

Within the month of February, a second stage race is scheduled for Evenepoel with the Volta ao Algarve (16-20 February). The 21-year-old rider then focuses on Tirreno-Adriatico (7-13 March) and the Tour of the Basque Nation (4-9 April), two prestigious stage race at WorldTour stage. “After Tirreno-Adriatico, we’re planning an altitude coaching camp for the Tour of the Basque Nation,” mentioned Evenepoel from Calpe in Spain, the place his crew is at the moment on a coaching camp.

Evenepoel hopes to organize within the Basque Nation for the Brabantse Pijl, Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. After Liège, the Fast-Step-Alpha Vinyl rider eases off to begin half two of his season. By way of the Tour of Norway (24-29 Might) and the Tour of Switzerland (12-19 June), the Belgian hopes to organize for the Belgian time trial championships in Gavere and the Belgian street championship in Middelkerke, on the finish of June.

In the summertime, his run-up to the final Grand Tour of the season begins: the Vuelta a España. Evenepoel has not ridden the Spanish tour earlier than. Evenepoel will put the ending touches on his Vuelta preparations within the Clásica San Sebastián (July 30) and the Tour of Burgos (August 2-6). Based on Lefevere, the 2022 Vuelta course is ideal for Evenepoel.

“This course ought to go well with Remco. We now have seen within the Giro – regardless of his lesser preparation – that he has the expertise to trip Grand Excursions. If he begins in Spain with regular preparation, I nonetheless see alternatives in a number of levels. I simply don’t need to assign him a favorite function simply but. It nonetheless stays to be seen how he’ll react to a three-week stage race,” Lefevere instructed Sporza. It’s nonetheless unclear which races Evenepoel will contest after the Vuelta.

Remco Evenepoel Early Season Program:
Tour of Valencia (2-6 February)
Volta ao Algarve (February 16-20)
Tirreno-Adriatico (7-13 March).

Vuelta for Evenepoel:


Tom Dumoulin Places Amstel Gold Race on the Program In direction of Giro d’Italia
Tom Dumoulin has introduced his program within the run-up to the Giro d’Italia. The Jumbo-Visma rider has the Amstel Gold Race on his Spring calendar. The final time he rode the Gold Race was in 2016.

Dumoulin will begin his season in February within the UAE Tour from February 20-26. It will likely be his second participation within the Emirates Tour, in 2019 he completed sixth within the ultimate total standings. Within the run-up to the Spring Classics, Dumoulin will contest the Tour of Catalonia (March 21-27). He rode the Spanish race six years in the past, however he didn’t end. Of the Ardennes classics, he solely rides the Amstel Gold Race. After the Dutch race, he’ll go on a two and a half week altitude coaching camp, in all probability to Teide, on Tenerife.

“The selection was not that troublesome,” mentioned Dumoulin concerning the Giro d’Italia. “We have already got an excellent Tour crew, with Primož, Jonas and Steven because the leaders. I’m very pleased with my participation within the Amstel Gold Race. As a result of transfer, every week earlier, it simply got here out. I’m going to trip the Amstel and instantly go on an altitude camp. Then I can go on a camp for the Giro for 3 weeks. I’ve identified for some time. And if the Amstel had fallen in the identical week as at all times, it could not have occurred.”

Fifteen race days for the Giro, Dumoulin thinks that isn’t too little. “I react very nicely to an altitude camp, higher than to many races. However I additionally want the mixture. That can be in this system. Not an excessive amount of, however definitely not too little.”

In Italy, Tobias Foss is Dumoulin’s co-leader. “I like that quite a bit. I hit it off with Tobias. We are able to study quite a bit from one another. And I’m trying ahead to going into these finals collectively.”

Tom Dumoulin’s Race Schedule for 2022:
UAE Tour (February 20-26)
Strade Bianche (March 5)
Tour of Catalonia (March 21-27)
Amstel Gold Race (10 April)
Giro d’Italia (6-29 Might).

A return to the Giro for Dumoulin:


Schedule Not sure for Fernando Gaviria
Fernando Gaviria will begin the 2022 season in February with the Saudi Tour, however the Colombian sprinter has no additional thought of ​​his program for 2022. Whether or not he’ll begin a Grand Tour this yr, Gaviria continues to be not sure.

The South American sprinter hopes to take part in a three-week tour once more this yr, however can be real looking on the similar time. “So far as the Grand Excursions are involved, I do know {that a} Tour choice will likely be a troublesome story. The crew will likely be absolutely employed by Tadej Pogačar, hoping to regain the yellow jersey,” he instructed SpazioCiclismo.

Gaviria is principally trying on the Giro d’Italia and/or Vuelta a España, however continues to be at the hours of darkness in the intervening time. “For now, all I do know is that I’ll begin within the Saudi Tour. That is a crucial race for our crew. We now have but to place collectively my program. As a bike owner you naturally have the ambition to win a stage in a Grand Tour, however I’ll make sure selections with the crew. I don’t know but.”

Final yr, partly because of well being issues, Gaviria didn’t have his finest season. The as soon as feared sprinter just one win: within the Tour of Poland he received the third stage to Rzeszów, forward of Olav Kooij and Phil Bauhaus.

Fernando Gaviria:


Rohan Dennis: “I observed that INEOS was copying Jumbo-Visma”
Rohan Dennis has moved from INEOS Grenadiers to Jumbo-Visma for a number of causes. In a brief crew video, the Australian mentioned his new crew is technically higher than INEOS Grenadiers was “copying the yellow and black formation in some ways.”

“There are numerous issues that the crew is doing very nicely,” Dennis mentioned. “I observed after I was at INEOS that they have been copying Jumbo in lots of areas. And I assumed, why would I need to be on a crew that copies one other crew? Why shouldn’t I trip for that crew? So mainly I wished to maneuver right here as a result of technically it’s a greater squad. It appears like an awesome construction.”

For the Australian additionally it is a sort of return to the outdated nest. In 2011, he raced for the continental department of the crew, which was then nonetheless referred to as Rabobank. “I additionally return to the place I as soon as began, after I was at Rabobank in 2011. It’s a bit completely different now as a result of again then it was a continental squad. It’s a very good step and I’m trying ahead to it: Jumbo-Visma is at the moment the main crew.”

A sports activities director referred to as Dennis a ‘dream acquisition’. “I attempt to not fear an excessive amount of about that. It does create a little bit of strain while you get a label like that. It’s not a strain I don’t like, it makes me realise how essential I’m within the crew. I don’t come right here simply to have enjoyable. You’re right here to do your job, to maintain performing and that’s what I like to do. It’s one of many issues I’ve labored for my total profession to get so far. It has at all times been a purpose to grow to be among the best riders on the planet.”

The Australian is one in all six riders at Jumbo-Visma who’re already assured of a spot within the Tour de France, together with Wout van Aert, Steven Kruijswijk, Sepp Kuss, Primož Roglič and Jonas Vingegaard. “The massive purpose for me and the crew is the Tour de France. It’s an enormous race, a circus, and I actually need to be a part of a squad that may probably win. I’ll attempt to assist the crew to beat Tadej Pogačar. I like him, however he’s the enemy.”

Dennis will begin the brand new season later this month. In Australia he’ll trip within the Santos Competition of Biking, the substitute stage race for the canceled Tour Down Underneath.

Rohan Dennis trying ahead to 2022 with Jumbo-Visma:


Pinot Returns to the Tour de France, Démare to the Giro d’Italia
Thibaut Pinot will once more be on this yr’s Tour de France. The French climber is already sure of a Tour choice, similar to David Gaudu, Michael Storer, Valentin Madouas and Stefan Küng. Arnaud Démare will deal with the Giro d’Italia in 2022.

With Pinot, Gaudu, Madouas and newcomer Storer, Groupama-FDJ will likely be firstly of the Tour with a number of robust climbers. Pinot, who has a love-hate relationship with the Tour de France, final participated within the Tour in 2020. The French climber, third total in 2014, seems to be absolutely match once more after again issues.

Pinot could also be within the shadows a bit extra this yr, because the crew additionally counts on David Gaudu. The 25 year-old French climber could be very bold and hopes to attain excessive as a GC rider. “I need to flip my prime 10 spots into prime 5 finishes, flip my prime 5 finishes into podiums and switch podiums into victories. The Tour is my foremost purpose this season. With the crew I’m aiming for a podium place within the basic classification.”

The Swiss rider Küng, the French all-rounder Madouas and the Australian climber Storer, who received the mountain jersey within the Vuelta a España final yr, are already certain of a spot within the Tour number of Groupama-FDJ.

The French crew of supervisor Marc Madiot has additionally already launched two names for the upcoming Giro d’Italia. Within the Italian tour, the crew is relying on Arnaud Démare within the sprints and Hungarian Attila Valter will even be current. Valter wore pink for some time within the Giro in 2021. The bar is ready very excessive for Démare. Two years in the past, at his final participation within the Giro, he received 4 levels and the factors jersey.

Thibaut Pinot again to the Tour:
Thibaut Pinot


Marc Hirschi Misses Begin of the Season As a result of Hip Surgical procedure
Marc Hirschi must be affected person firstly of 2022. The Swiss UAE Crew Emirates rider had surgical procedure on his hip three weeks in the past and won’t be seen within the peloton till March.

23-year-old Hirschi had been fighting a painful hip for some time and needed to go below the knife. “Three weeks in the past I had hip surgical procedure,” the winner of the 2020 Flèche Wallonne mentioned in an internet press convention. “The issue was that I didn’t have sufficient house in my proper hip, however that drawback has now been solved.”

Nevertheless, Hirschi must take it simple within the coming weeks, with the consequence that he has to postpone his season debut. “I’ve already ridden on a coaching camp. My hip feels higher than earlier than, but it surely’s not fairly proper but.” The Traditional specialist won’t full till March 2022. “If I have been to race earlier than that, the dangers and penalties of a attainable crash can be too nice.”

The massive query is whether or not Hirschi can discover his prime type in time for his beloved hilly Classics in April. “I can’t say something about my program but. Participation within the Classics will rely upon my restoration.”

Marc Hirschi:
Marc Hirschi


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Simon Clarke Indicators with Israel–Premier Tech on the Final Minute
It has been within the air for some time, however now it’s official: Simon Clarke will proceed his profession with Israel–Premier Tech. The Australian, who was left with out a crew after the Qhubeka NextHash crew stopped, has signed a one-year contract with Israel–Premier Tech for 2022.

Clarke is happy that he was capable of signal a contract on the final minute. “To begin with, I’m glad I discovered a crew. However I’m additionally very glad that I ended up with a crew that I’d have chosen in a traditional switch interval. So I’m not solely glad to stay lively within the WorldTour, but additionally with the crew that it will likely be for.”

The 35-year-old rider, who joined the crew’s coaching camp in Spain, additionally mentioned that all of it feels acquainted. “I don’t really feel like I’m becoming a member of a brand new crew in any respect, as I met a number of ex-teammates within the group. Guys like Impey, Vanmarcke, Nizzolo, Van Asbroeck and a part of the workers. It virtually looks like coming again, even when it’s not,” he mentioned.

Clarke can’t say a lot about his program but. “So far as my targets are involved, I can’t say a lot till I’ve had conversations with the crew. However I come right here with an open thoughts, I’m pleased with every part I’m going to do and I’m going to make the very best of it. If the previous interval of uncertainty has made me admire one factor, it’s that I’ve been fortunate in my profession. It has made me grateful and keen to get probably the most out of it,” he concluded.

Simon Clarke – Saved on the final minute:
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Brian Holm to Cease Working as a DS on the Finish of the Yr
For Brian Holm, 2022 will likely be his final yr within the crew supervisor’s automobile. Nevertheless, the 59-year-old Dane, who’s at the moment working with Fast-Step – Alpha Vinyl, won’t disappear from the biking world. Sooner or later, he’ll work with Joanna Laukka, a Finnish ex-cyclist, who at the moment a biking supervisor for forty riders.

“I’m going to overlook it, however I don’t thoughts. I additionally stopped as a rider earlier than I used to be utterly achieved, so I nonetheless get pleasure from using the bike now. It’s good to cease whereas every part continues to be going nicely,” mentioned Holm, who raced till 1998, in dialog with Feltet. After his personal biking profession, he was a sports activities director for nearly twenty years with Telekom, HTC-Highroad and Fast-Step.

The truth that Holm will cease now additionally has to do along with his additional plans. “All through my life, I’ve at all times tried to think about the place I’d be in 5 to 10 years. I’d assume it silly if I didn’t cease in time to begin one thing else. And there are nonetheless issues on my checklist of issues I need to do,” he mentioned.

“I haven’t signed something but, however I obtained a suggestion from Joanna (Laukka) for 5 to 10 years, as a result of he’s too busy with all his shoppers. I keep in mind him from once we raced, and ever since he’s been guiding riders, he’s been asking me if I wouldn’t need to work with him. He’s at all times mentioned I’d prefer it,” concluded Holm.

Brian Holm:


Jempy Drucker Provides up Seek for New Crew
Jempy Drucker has determined to finish his profession on the age of 35. The Luxembourger has been in search of a brand new crew, but it surely has turned out to be wasted effort. Drucker rode for Wanty-Groupe Gobert, BMC, BORA-hansgrohe and Cofidis throughout his profession.

Drucker raced for Cofidis final yr, however the French crew determined to not renew his contract, so Drucker needed to search for a brand new crew. The skilled rider did his finest to seek out someplace, however different groups weren’t . In an extended message, Drucker introduced that he’s hanging up his bike.

“I’d have preferred to say goodbye as a bike owner in a special and higher manner, after a very good farewell yr and in an awesome race. The previous few months have been dominated by hope, by ready for a brand new likelihood. Sadly, I couldn’t determine my very own goodbye. Now there is no such thing as a different possibility than to say goodbye to biking. That is the top of my biking profession. This was it.”

Drucker began his biking profession as a cyclo-cross rider with the Fidea crew, however determined to pursue a street profession and rode for Willems Veranda’s and BMC. Drucker then moved to BORA-hansgrohe for 2 seasons and Cofidis final yr. In 2015, Drucker was the very best within the Prudential RideLondon & Surrey Traditional. A yr later, he took the most important win of his profession within the sixteenth stage of the Vuelta a España. His palmarès additionally embrace two stage victories within the Tour de Luxembourg and a stage win within the Tour de Wallonie.

Jempy Drucker:


Julien El Fares Retires
Julien El Fares has ended his profession after virtually fifteen years. The Frenchman, who rode for Cofidis, Sojasun and Delko Marseille previously, was seen final yr with the WorldTour crew, EF Schooling-Nippo.

El Fares is content material that he has to cease on the age of 36, he instructed the French newspaper La Provence. “I’m calm about it. I feel that is the perfect time to cease. I can look again on an extended and wealthy profession. I’ve realized quite a bit in fifteen years. In fact it was generally troublesome, but it surely has formed me into the person I’m at present.”

The French rider began his skilled profession in 2008 with Cofidis and rode for the crew for 4 seasons. He received a stage in Tirreno-Adriatico, the general victory within the Tour of Wallonia and the Tour of the Mediterranean. El Fares additionally rode the Tour de France thrice with Cofidis.

El Fares then rode for Crew Sort 1 and Sojasun after which went to Delko Marseille Provence. Within the winter of 2020, he switched groups one final time to EF Schooling-Nippo. With the American crew he was a mentor to the youthful riders. In his farewell yr he completed ninth within the GP La Marseillaise and nineteenth within the Tro-Bro Léon.

Julien El Fares:
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Jumbo-Visma has Six Names for the Tour de France
Six Jumbo-Visma riders are sure of a spot within the crew for the Tour de France. There are three leaders with Primož Roglič, Jonas Vingegaard and Wout van Aert. The Dutch crew introduced throughout their livestream presentation proven by WielerFlits.

Roglič and Vingegaard goal for a very good ultimate classification in France. The Slovenian hopes to win the ultimate total classification within the Tour after three consecutive victories within the Vuelta. Final yr he had to surrender early after a crash, after which Vingegaard took over the lead and surprisingly completed second behind Tadej Pogačar. In 2022 they may race collectively.

Wout van Aert has additionally made the Tour de France a foremost purpose. The reigning Belgian street and cyclo-cross champion, who received three levels within the final Tour, is in search of the inexperienced jersey. Not a lot is thought about his assist within the flatter levels. Van Aert will mix his mission for inexperienced with supporting the GC leaders. In recent times he has additionally proved that he might be of worth within the mountains.

“The dream of the inexperienced jersey is alive, however I additionally hope to be a part of the crew if we are able to win the Tour,” mentioned Van Aert. “I need to be there. I’ve already been part of it. It’s a new problem this yr to do even higher. I additionally proved that I could be a crew participant and obtain success. I will even attempt to mix that in 2022.”

Steven Kruijswijk, Sepp Kuss and newcomer Rohan Dennis are additionally certain of a spot within the Jumbo-Visma Tour crew. Kruijswijk completed third within the Tour of 2019, however is aware of that Roglič and Vingegaard are larger within the pecking order. Kuss has been a daily helper within the excessive mountains and managed to win a stage himself in Andorra final yr. Dennis additionally is aware of what it’s prefer to race as a helper. In 2020 he guided Tao Geoghegan Hart to the general victory within the Giro when he was with INEOS Grenadiers.

“The race can go in numerous instructions,” Roglič mentioned of the upcoming Tour de France. “We are actually beginning the preparations and that is how I prepare for the season. We are going to select the very best techniques with the crew.”

Grischa Niermann is answerable for crew techniques. “It’s a bonus that we now have three riders who completed on the rostrum. We now have to make good tactical selections, even upfront. We’re already that. Tadej Pogačar is the massive favorite, however in fact we are going to attempt to beat him as a crew. We’re pondering of all attainable eventualities.”

It’s not but identified which riders will take up the final two locations in Jumbo-Visma’s eight-man choice for the Tour de France. There’s nonetheless uncertainty for Mike Teunissen, Robert Gesink, Christophe Laporte and Tiesj Benoot.

Provisional Jumbo-Visma Tour de France 2022 Choice (1-24 July):
Wout van Aert (Bel)
Rohan Dennis (Aus)
Steven Kruijswijk (Ned)
Sepp Kuss (USA)
Primož Roglič (Slo)
Jonas Vingegaard (DK)
*Two spots nonetheless to be stuffed

Tour win for Roglič?


Quintana to Paris-Good, Barguil and Bouhanni to Tirreno-Adriatico
Arkéa-Samsic will unfold its leaders within the first a part of the season. Nairo Quintana will trip Paris-Good, whereas Warren Barguil and Nacer Bouhanni will likely be on the beginning line of Tirreno-Adriatico.

Quintana will primarily trip stage races in February and March. The Tour de la Provence (10-13 February), the Tour des Alpes-Maritimes et du Var (18-20 February), the Ardèche Traditional (26 February), Paris-Good (6-13 March) and the Tour of Catalonia (March 21-27) are on his program. “A traditional program for Nairo,” mentioned sports activities director Yvon Ledanois.

The French leaders of the crew, Barguil and Bouhanni, will hardly race in their very own nation. Barguil opts for the Mallorca Problem (January 26-30), the Vuelta a Murcia (February 12), the Volta ao Algarve (February 16-20), the Ardèche Traditional (February 26) and the Drôme Traditional (February 27). Then an Italian block awaits the climber, with Strade Bianche (March 5), Tirreno-Adriatico (March 7-13) and Milan-Turin (March 16).

Sprinter Bouhanni will begin his season within the Saudi Tour (February 1-5), earlier than working by means of the Clásica de Almería (February 13) and the Drôme Traditional (February 27) to Tirreno-Adriatico (March 7-13) and Milan-San Remo (March 19). “Tirreno gives one other run-up for him in direction of Milan-Sanremo. That race has at all times been one in all Nacer’s large targets,” mentioned sports activities director Sébastien Hinault.

It’s attainable for Arkéa-Samsic to map out a program for the early season as a result of as quantity two within the ProTeams rating in 2021, the crew is routinely entitled to a wildcard for all WorldTour races of 2022.

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Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl’s 2022 Season Begins in Calpe
The UCI World Crew Classification winner has excessive hopes forward of its twentieth yr within the peloton.

Sponsors, companions, and journalists attended the Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl crew presentation Monday on the Suitopia – Sol y Mar Suites Resort in Calpe, the place CEO Patrick Lefevere started by presenting the brand new sponsors of the squad – Castelli Biking, Ekopak, Renson and Security Jogger – earlier than shifting on to the expectations for the season we’ll kick off in simply a few weeks.


“As we put together to begin a brand new season, we’re motivated to be once more among the many finest squads on the planet. For the previous ten years, we now have been probably the most profitable crew within the World Tour and we hope to proceed including extra victories and nice outcomes to our palmarès. We rely on a stable crew, a mixture of skilled and younger riders, all hungry and motivated to provide their finest. We’re additionally very grateful for having so many extraordinary companions at our facet, exhibiting the identical willpower and dedication to be on the prime”, defined Patrick Lefevere.

World Champion Julian Alaphilippe, one of many riders in scorching demand on the media day, outlined the targets he has for his ninth season with the Wolfpack: “It was wonderful to put on the rainbow jersey for an entire yr, and win with it on my shoulders some large races, and I really feel honoured to have the possibility to sport it once more this season. As you realize, I need to enhance and to grow to be higher, that’s why I at all times have a few targets in thoughts. Liège–Bastogne–Liège will likely be one in all these, because it’s a race that fits me and the place I got here shut a few instances. I’d additionally prefer to take a stage victory once more on the Tour de France, as a result of doing it in 2021 as World Champion was fairly particular. I do know I can’t win each race I need to, however a very powerful factor is to know that I at all times give every part and revel in each single second on the bike.”


Additionally within the highlight on the crew presentation was Remco Evenepoel, who confirmed he will likely be firstly of a Grand Tour this yr: “I hope to have a traditional season, in contrast to final yr after I had a late begin. On the finish of the day, I can’t complain, as I received eight races and have been on the rostrum on the Nationwide, European and World Championships, however I would like extra from this yr. I’ll work onerous in direction of the Ardennes Classics and La Vuelta. I like using in Spain, I received San Sebastian and Burgos there, and might’t wait to trip the Vuelta and achieve as a lot expertise as attainable.”


One of many foremost protagonists of the cobbled Classics in 2021, Danish powerhouse Kasper Asgreen has the identical starvation for victories: “Final yr was an awesome one. I received Ronde van Vlaanderen and E3 Harelbeke, however that’s historical past now and my focus is on what lies forward. I like successful races and hopefully I’ll preserve doing that. What I do know for certain is that I’ll preserve attempting. My foremost focus would be the Spring Classics, with the Amstel Gold Race as a brand new addition to my calendar. Then I’ll put together for the Tour de France and the World Championships within the second a part of the season. The truth that the Tour begins from Denmark will solely gas my motivation.”

“I really like biking, I’ve at all times liked it. I don’t know but the place my season will get underway, however what I can inform you is that I’ll do every part that I can to be ready for each race I’ll begin with the squad. I had an unforgettable season in 2021, however what issues probably the most on the finish of the day is that I’m glad to be on this crew, a crew the place you are feeling like in a household”, added Mark Cavendish, who final yr loved an incredible season that noticed him equal Eddy Merckx’s document of Tour de France stage victories, along with successful a second inexperienced jersey.


Going into its twentieth season, Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl contains 31 riders from 10 nationalities: Julian Alaphilippe, Kasper Asgreen, Andrea Bagioli, Davide Ballerini, Mattia Cattaneo, Rémi Cavagna, Mark Cavendish, Josef Cerny, Tim Declercq, Dries Devenyns, Remco Evenepoel, Mikkel Honoré, Fabio Jakobsen, Iljo Keisse, James Knox, Yves Lampaert, Fausto Masnada, Michael Mørkøv, Mauro Schmid, Florian Sénéchal, Pieter Serry, Stijn Steels, Jannik Steimle, Zdenek Stybar, Martin Svrcek (who’ll be part of the squad from July 1st), Bert Van Lerberghe, Stan Van Tricht, Ilan Van Wilder, Mauri Vansevenant, Ethan Vernon, and Louis Vervaeke.


Nalini Presents the Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux Equipment for 2022!
The riders of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux will proceed to differentiate themselves within the peloton due to their new package, which is introduced by Italian model Nalini this season. For its second yr within the World Tour, the crew directed by Jean-François Bourlart associates with the clothes producer from Mantova, which is thought for being on the slicing fringe of know-how and for dressing probably the most prestigious groups and the very best riders on the planet.


The presence on the sleeves of yellow fluo and navy blue, conventional colors of the Belgian World Crew, is mixed with a predominance of white on the breast. This new design gives each sobriety and an ideal visibility for the sponsors, with title companions Intermarché, Wanty and Gobert Matériaux in the course of the package. The brand of Circus retains its conventional place on the again of the shorts, similar to the one in all Tormans on the sleeves in its typical orange color.

The know-how of Italian clothes producer Nalini enabled to allocate a outstanding place to new accomplice Vini Zabù, current on each the left a part of the belly belt and the left facet of the shorts. As an envoy for the Walloon Area, the crew primarily based in Tournai will put on the emblem of Wallonia on the left sleeve, the again and the precise facet of the shorts. Industrial group Technord primarily based in Tournai makes its look on the entrance of the package, with on-line employment company Digital Interim staying on the again.


Identical to final yr, the breast reveals the technical companions of the World Crew, particularly bike producer Dice Bikes, biking and leisure sneakers DMT, Pressure helmets and henceforth new clothes producer Nalini, which can be on the again of the shorts and on the again. Identical to in 2021, Bière des Amis 0,0% stays seen on the shorts, however moved in direction of the precise leg.

The brand new package produced by Nalini worn the entire season by the riders of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux in probably the most prestigious races honours the champions within the crew. For instance, the sleeves of Alexander Kristoff present champion bands referring to his European title from Herning 2017, similar to those from his compatriot Sven Erik Bystrøm, South-African Louis Meintjes, Hungarian rider Barnabás Peák est Estonian Rein Taaramäe, former nationwide street race champions. The final named rider is the reigning nationwide time trial champion and can put on a Nalini time trial go well with in Estonian colors.


Nalini is an Italian clothes producer based on the eagerness of the brothers Vincenzo and Claudio Mantovani within the sixties. With a particular look after particulars, Nalini went by means of the biking historical past dressing nice champions like Fignon, Bugno, Chiapucci, Indurain or Pantani, due to the continuing follow-up on the technical improvements to remain on the slicing fringe of textile modernity. Nalini is a model of manufacturing unit MoaSport, which continues to be directed by Claudio Mantovani and produces its clothes line in its historic headquarters of Castel d’Ario (Mantova) to at all times defend ‘Made in Italy’.


Jean-François Bourlart (CEO): “I’m happy with this new partnership with Nalini. Their society, MoaSport, is an emblematic reference within the biking world, they already dressed numerous champions. From the primary contacts with the historic founder, Claudio Mantovani, this partnership between our crew and Nalini was an proof. We share the identical household values with the continual willingness to enhance ourselves. Their designers designed a sublime package in all its simplicity, through the use of colors which allow Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux to face out within the peloton. I can’t wait to see them a primary time in motion in competitors!”

Claudio Mantovani (Founder Nalini): “We start this partnership with Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux with enthusiasm because the crew has grown strongly the final couple of years and on the similar time maintains a robust relationship with its origins. This is a crucial worth in biking, and this explicit consideration to authenticity, the premise and the roots is solely in step with the rules we defend with our firm. Nalini realises virtually your entire manufacturing in Italy, which is essential to us. We want that this partnership, began with sharing values an similarities, will likely be advantageous for us and for biking basically.”

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Biking Canada to Host UCI Observe Biking Nations Cup in Milton in 2022 & 2023
After efficiently internet hosting three rounds of the Tissot UCI Observe Biking World Cup from 2017 to 2020 at Milton’s Mattamy Nationwide Biking Centre, Biking Canada is happy to announce that it has been chosen by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) to host a leg of the Tissot UCI Observe Biking Nations Cup for 2022 and 2023, with a primary proper of refusal for the 2024 season. With solely three UCI Observe Nations Cups hosted around the globe yearly, the occasion is the best calibre of worldwide monitor biking competitors and attracts over 250 athletes from 30 completely different nations.

“We’re proud to announce the return of the Nations Cup in Milton after a number of months of discussions with the UCI,” mentioned Mathieu Boucher, Chief Improvement Officer at Biking Canada. “We’re optimistic that this occasion will be capable to go ahead as deliberate and will likely be an effective way for spectators to assist Canadian athletes who impressed us by delivering wonderful performances in Tokyo whereas additionally having a optimistic financial impression on the native and provincial ranges.”

The primary occasion within the two-year dedication will likely be held from Might 12-15, 2022 on the Mattamy Nationwide Biking Centre and can showcase all six Olympic occasions (Dash, Keirin, Crew Dash, Crew Pursuit, Omnium & Madison), in addition to the Elimination Race, Particular person Pursuit and Time Trial over 4 days of racing. Spectators can anticipate to see a few of biking’s largest stars in motion, together with Olympic Dash gold medallist Kelsey Mitchell and Olympic Keirin bronze medallist, Lauriane Genest, each at the moment primarily based in Milton.

“I couldn’t be extra enthusiastic about the truth that Biking Canada will likely be internet hosting a Nations Cup,” mentioned Mitchell. “I really like racing at house in entrance of my buddies, household and neighborhood; the sensation of seeing each waving their Canadian flags and everybody cheering for Canada is tough to explain. I’m already counting down the times, and I hope the joy round our success on the Olympics will proceed on the Milton Nations Cup!”

Occasion particulars and ticket data will likely be out there within the coming months. As has been the case for the reason that starting of the pandemic, Biking Canada will proceed to function occasions in a way that helps before everything the well being and security of all individuals, in addition to most people. Extra details about Biking Canada occasions might be discovered right here.

Key Information:

  • 30 nations
  • 250 athletes
  • 100 accredited crew workers
  • Six days of actions (4 days of racing, 2 days of official coaching)
  • 4000 + spectators
  • Thousands and thousands of worldwide viewers



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