The highway season is completed you say? Effectively, there’s nonetheless loads of it happening. Reviews, outcomes and video from the Veneto Traditional, Chrono des Nations, Japan Cup and Serenissima Gravel. Patrick Lefevere: ‘INEOS Grenadiers was late once more’ – TOP STORY. Different information: Mark Cavendish to B&B Accommodations, Canada’s Dylan Bibic wins Worlds scratch race, Evenepoel and Kopecky win Kristallen Fiets, Zdenek Stybar second in his comeback cross, Mathieu van der Poel talks of psychological fatigue, Juan Ayuso to the Vuelta, Tom Dumoulin to work with Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert, Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli stepping down a stage, Samuele Battistella to stick with Astana Qazaqstan, Bahrain Victorious, Trek-Segafredo, Arkéa-Samsic and UAE Group Emirates contracts. Rider information: Michael Valgren on his comeback, no contract for Alessandro De Marchi and Mark Donovan takes a step down. Group information: Leopard and Riwal groups to merge and Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl auctions S-Works body to help the farmers. Race information: 2023 Giro d’Italia route announcement at present. Plus Davide Rebellin and Philip Gilbert’s final races. Monday EUROTRASH espresso time.
TOP STORY: Patrick Lefevere on Evenepoel: “INEOS Grenadiers was Late Once more”
The rumours between INEOS Grenadiers and Remco Evenepoel are actually behind us, however Patrick Lefevere has made himself heard once more as it appears that evidently there was a suggestion from the British group.
In an interview with Cyclingnews, Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl supervisor Lefevere commented on INEOS Grenadiers fishing. “It’s a simple tactic for them to return over and say, ‘You’re on two, we will pay you six’. However it doesn’t work that approach,” Lefevere mentioned. “It’s regular, they’ve been chasing Remco for years.”
“They had been late when he was junior, now they’re late once more,” the Belgian supervisor continued. “Do I look silly? Folks typically assume I’m silly, however after I submit a five-year contract, it’s all there, for each state of affairs. All I’ve to do is pay it.”
It’s not but recognized which Grand Tour Evenepoel will trip in 2023. “Subsequent yr the group shall be sturdy, for 2024 I do know that I should search for some new riders,” Lefevere referred to the truth that many contracts will expire by then.
“I feel it’s truly simpler to win the Tour de France than the Vuelta a España. There’s extra management by different groups, who control one another. You simply must observe them after which beat them.”
Patrick Lefevere: “INEOS Grenadiers was late once more”
Veneto Traditional 2022
Marc Hirschi (UAE-Emirates) gained the Veneto Traditional. The Swiss rider crossed the road solo in Bassano del Grappa after dropping his fellow escapees on the ultimate climb. His teammate Davide Formolo was second and Nicola Conci (Alpecin-Deceuninck) took third place.
The riders had a hilly race to Bassano del Grappa and a complete of 191 kilometres. After 100 kilometres, the peloton had three climbs of La Rosina (2.7km at 5.9%). The ultimate was then on the cobbled climb of La Tisa (300m at 12.3%), which was climbed twice. The killer of the day was the Diesel Farm climb (1.3km at 9.6%) at 10 kilometres from the end, after that there was additionally a ramp of 500 meters at 11.4% at 9 kilometres out.
From the beginning, a number one group of 5 shortly emerged with Italians Ricardo Tosin (Basic Retailer-Essegibi-F.Lli Curia), Matto Zurlo (Zalf Euromobil Fior), Michael Belleri (Biesse-Carrera), Norwegian Jonas Abrahamsen (Uno-X) and the Swiss rider Nils Brun (Tudor). The lead of the 5 shortly elevated to greater than 4 minutes. Within the peloton, it was primarily UAE Group Emirates who led for dwelling rider Matteo Trentin. When the main group, from which Tosin had in the meantime been dropped, began La Tisa, the lead was just one minute. On the climb, Davide Formolo for UAE Group Emirates lifted the tempo, decimating the lead of the break, the place Abrahamsen couldn’t dangle on, and the lead was solely 20 seconds on the prime. At 37 kilometres the remaining escapees had been additionally caught by the peloton, which was nonetheless led by UAE Group Emirates. Thirty-three kilometres from the end, Miguel Ángel Lopéz crashed out of the race. On the second passage of La Tisa, a gaggle escaped the peloton. Simply when the pursuers made the connection once more, Formolo determined to make his transfer. He was joined by his teammate Marc Hirschi, Florian Vermeersch (Lotto Soudal), Rémy Rochas (Cofidis), Christian Scaroni (Astana Qazaqstan) and Stefano Oldani (Alpecin-Deceuninck).
The main group began the final climb of La Tisa with a lead of about 15 seconds. Trentin attacked from the group behind and managed to affix the main group on the descent, however one other group of riders joined, together with Diego Ulissi. This group began the unpaved stretches of the Diesel Farm with simply over 10 kilometres to go. Right here Nicola Conci of Alpecin-Deceuninck made a spot off the entrance. The Italian was joined by Formolo and Hirschi. The Swiss rider then took the lead on the tough descent, which was additionally unpaved, the place he managed to power a spot on his fellow escapees. His lead shortly elevated to fifteen seconds. On the final uphill stretch about 5 kilometres from the end, Formolo additionally left Conci behind. Formolo then gave chase on his teammate. Hirschi managed to carry on for the solo win. Formolo accomplished the one-two for UAE Group Emirates. Conci managed to remain forward of the pursuers to completed third.
Race winner, Marc Hirschi (UAE Group Emirates): “The Veneto Traditional is an effective race and it fits me. It’s all the time small climbs, and I prefer it. I like Italy. We’re virtually an Italian group, so I’m joyful to win. I reconned the gravel climb and descent in coaching, and regardless that this yr was barely totally different from final, it was the same form of race. For our group the most suitable choice was to assault and we performed our playing cards proper. We deliberate to begin the racing on the primary cobbled climb. On gravel it’s important to begin on the entrance as a result of it’s actually arduous to overhaul. It’s about energy nevertheless it’s additionally about approach. I simply knew I wished to be shut the entrance. I’ve carried out some cyclocross prior to now, though I’m no specialist. We attacked early on the climb, then on the gravel we got here collectively and full fuel to the highest, in all places with two guys. I had reconned the gravel descent in coaching, so I attempted to power a mistake from the others. I simply rode on intuition. I went full fuel, I knew Davide [Formolo] was alone however I didn’t know what was happening behind. I received a while gaps however they had been arduous to know so I simply went full fuel. (After taking 4 wins this season): It’s troublesome to check [this season with 2020]. My season has been higher than I might have anticipated after the hip operation on January. It was a brief season for me, though I had good preparation and I used to be capable of do loads of kilometres in coaching. I caught Covid-19 within the Tour de Suisse. I hoped I’d be within the Tour group, however I used to be advised I used to be not 3 or 4 days earlier than it began. I understood, though I used to be actually unhappy as a result of I’d spent 4 weeks in altitude camp. Then Trentin received Covid-19. They took me, however I used to be not ok. I saved hoping I’d get higher after the subsequent stage or the remaining day. It was vital for the group as a result of we didn’t have loads of guys. I had a knee damage from a crash, then after the Tour I took a break for a month, then constructed up once more, and now I got here into the top of season races recent bodily and mentally. Total I’m actually joyful, and I hope I can carry this kind into the brand new season.”
2nd, Davide Formolo (UAE Group Emirates): “I used to be following Conci, then I noticed Conci didn’t have the ability. I might see Marc forward of me however I didn’t need him to attend for me as a result of I used to be going to complete second anyway. The Tisa is pure emotion. I like cyclocross. I’ve carried out Strade Bianchi twice, and the primary time I used to be second. I like driving on gravel though on at present’s descent, a bit much less. On some curves you threat ending the race.”
third, Nicola Conci (Alpecin-Deceuninck): “Once I attacked [on the climb to Diesel Farm] I didn’t assume a lot concerning the end. I felt I might trip at rhythm on the climb, however Marc handed me on the descent and did one or two curves higher than me. I didn’t need to take dangers as a result of you may acquire just a few metres on each curve, however you may as well
end your race. After the descent, I didn’t have the legs to get again to Marc, then Davide
clearly noticed I didn’t have the legs, and attacked me. I can’t have any regrets after this
season. I had iliac artery hassle after I was at Trek and I made a decision to have the operation final season. This yr I felt like a neo professional once more, however [after a spell with Gazprom] I discovered a wonderful group [in Alpecin-Deceuninck] and I’m wanting ahead to subsequent season with
Veneto Traditional Consequence:
1. Marc Hirschi (Sui) UAE Group Emirates in 4:39:54
2. Davide Formolo (Ita) UAE Group Emirates at 0:10
3. Nicola Conci (Ita) Alpecin-Deceuninck at 0:29
4. Stefano Oldani (Ita) Alpecin-Deceuninck at 0:33
5. Matteo Trentin (Ita) UAE Group Emirates
6. Mathias Vacek (CZ) Trek-Segafredo
7. Francesco Busatto (Ita) Basic Retailer-Essegibi-F.Lli Curia
8. Rémy Rochas (Fra) Cofidis
9. Andreas Kron (Den) Lotto Soudal at 0:39
10. Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Group Emirates at 0:42.
Chrono des Nations – Males 2022
Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ) gained the 2022 Chrono des Nations. The Swiss rider was simply over 2 seconds sooner than World champion Tobias Foss over the 45 kilometre course. On the World Time Trial Championships final month, the roles had been reversed. Then Foss gained by 3 seconds forward of the Küng. Italian Matteo Sobrero (BikeExchange-Jayco) was third at 11 seconds.
Küng and Foss had been pre-race favourites, and so they lived as much as that standing. Foss set the quickest time on the first intermediate level after 10.5 kilometres with 12:45. Stefan Küng was at 6 seconds. The Swiss rider needed to make up time on the World champion. European champion Stefan Bissegger appeared unlikely to win. He was 20 seconds slower than Foss on the first intermediate level. Sobrero was additionally outdoors the highest 10 on the first intermediate level.
On the second time level after 35 kilometres, Foss’ lead was solely 2 seconds. On the end, the Swiss rider had turned his deficit right into a 2 second lead, successful the Chrono des Nations and maintaining Tobias Foss from his first rainbow jersey victory. Sobero managed to make up loads of time and took third place.
2nd, Tobias Foss (Jumbo-Visma): “It was a pleasant combat. It’s a pity that I misplaced by two seconds, however all in all I can definitely be happy with this. After the Tour of Lombardy I used to be a bit sick, so I didn’t have the very best legs at present. However, I gave it my all and I’m joyful that I used to be capable of carry out the time trial in a great way. It’s nonetheless unreal that I can trip on this jersey. Usually I trip my races in yellow-black and now my outfit instantly appeared very totally different. Though it was not a memorable time trial, I loved it immensely. Now it’s time for trip.”
Chrono des Nations – Males Consequence:
1. Stefan Küng (Sui) Groupama-FDJ in 53:29
2. Tobias Foss (Nor) Jumbo-Visma at 0:02
3. Matteo Sobrero (Ita) BikeExchange-Jayco at 0:11
4. Martin Toft Madsen (Den) BHS-PL Beton Bornholm at 0:33
5. Bruno Armirail (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 0:50
6. Pierre Latour (Fra) TotalEnergies at 0:56
7. Stefan Bissegger (Sui) EF Training-EasyPost at 1:04
8. Frederik Muff (Den) Group ColoQuick at 1:18
9. Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Group Arkéa Samsic at 1:36
10. Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) St Michel-Auber93 at 1:48.
Chrono des Nations’22:
Chrono des Nations – Ladies 2022
Ellen van Dijk has gained her first time trial since her World title win in Wollongong. The Trek-Segafredo specialist was in a category of her personal within the Chrono des Nations on the 27.2 kilometre course in France.
Initially of this month, 35-year-old Van Dijk determined to finish her season in Chrono des Nations, in order that she might trip this yr in her rainbow jersey. All eyes had been on her, within the absence of her largest competitor Marlen Reusser. On the intermediate level after 10.5 kilometres she had a lead of 13 seconds on Anna Kiesenhofer and 18 seconds on Christina Schweinberger.
Within the second a part of the check, Van Dijk went sooner. With a ending time of 35:54, she had Valeriya Kononenko from Ukraine at 1:06. Third place went to Amber Neben, who misplaced 1:18 to the winner. Schweinberger completed in fourth place and Loes Adegeest was fifth.
Race winner, Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo): “I all the time take pleasure in collaborating on this race and I’m joyful that I used to be capable of win right here. The organisers have put loads of effort into this race and it’s on par with the lads’s version. I admire that quite a bit. I additionally like these form of one-day races that solely encompass a time trial, particularly as a result of I like time trial a lot. I say it extra usually, however occasions like this needs to be held extra for my part. I really feel very joyful after I look again on final season. Breaking the World hour document was already a dream that turned actuality this yr, but in addition defending my World title within the time trial I by no means dared dream, as a result of from expertise I understand how troublesome it’s. It was eight years between my first and second World title. It’s superb how nice the final two years have been, and that exhibits how properly every little thing goes with the group and the way good the connection is with my coach Josu Larratabel. All the things got here collectively and I’m already wanting ahead to subsequent yr.”
Chrono des Nations – Ladies Consequence:
1. Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Trek-Segafredo in 35:54
2. Valeriya Kononenko (Ukr) Ukraine at 1:06
3. Amber Neben (USA) United States at 1:18
4. Christina Schweinberger (Aust) Plantur-Pura at 1:37
5. Loes Adegeest (Ned) IBCT at 1:46
6. Élena Hartmann (Sui) VC Horgen at 1:51
7. Coralie Demay (Fra) St Michel-Auber93 at 1:55
8. Dana Rožlapa (Lat) Keukens Redant Biking Group at 2:11
9. Julie Van de Velde (Bel) Plantur-Pura at 2:12
10. Marie Le Internet (Fra) FDJ-SUEZ-Futuroscope at 2:18.
Chrono des Nations’22 ladies’s podium:
Japan Cup 2022
Neilson Powless gained the twenty ninth version of the Japan Cup. The 26-year-old American beat his Italian teammate Andrea Piccolo, who completed second to finish the EF Training-EasyPost get together. Benjamin Dyball was third.
The Japan Cup befell in Utsunomiya, about 100 kilometres from Tokyo. The race was held on the Utsunomiya Metropolis Forest Park Circuit. The ten.3-kilometre circuit had the Mt. Kogashiyama as a decider. A dash from a small group was possible, however a solo rider might additionally win.
It was quickly clear that the race wouldn’t finish in a dash. The quick tempo break up the race fairly shortly. EF Training-EasyPost turned out to have the very best riders within the ultimate: the American group might declare victory with both Powless and Piccolo. Powless attacked on the proper second and rode away from the opposite attackers. The American all-rounder managed to construct a pleasant lead and this turned out to be the successful transfer. Powless introduced his solo to finish, including a second skilled victory to his palmarès. Final yr he took his first victory with the professionals within the Clásica San Sebastián. Piccolo crossed the road in second place, giving EF Training-EasyPost a 1-2.
33-year-old Australian Benjamin Dyball, one of many stars within the Asian circuit for years, was third on the rostrum. The ex-rider of Delko Marseille and NTT Professional Biking beat the Austrian Hermann Pernsteiner within the dash for third place. Along with his victory, Powless follows within the footsteps of Claudio Chiappucci, Mauro Gianetti, Gilberto Simoni, Damiano Cunego, Richardo Riccò, Daniel Martin, Ivan Basso and Bauke Mollema, who’ve all gained the Japan Cup.
Race winner, Neilson Powless (EF Training-EasyPost): “I feel a tricky race suited us properly. We’ve got riders with actually good depth. We got here right here with some sturdy one-day riders. James Shaw is a extremely sturdy one-day rider. He and Andrea Piccolo confirmed their energy at present. First and second is an ideal race for us. As a motorcycle rider, you actually simply need to win a motorcycle race. So I’m simply so joyful that I might do it in Japan, on the final race of the yr. I made loads of progress this yr however I used to be all the time lacking a win. I used to be actually proud of the way in which I developed and the enhancements I made, however as a motorcycle rider, you actually simply need to win a motorcycle race. So I’m simply so joyful that I might do it in Japan, on the final race of the yr.”
Japan Cup Consequence:
1. Neilson Powless (USA) EF Training-EasyPost in 3:37:49
2. Andrea Piccolo (Ita) EF Training-EasyPost at 0:12
3. Benjamin Dyball (Aus) Group UKYO at 0:13
4. Hermann Pernsteiner (Aust) Bahrain-Victorious
5. Maxim Van Gils (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 0:17
6. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis
7. Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 0:32
8. Thomas Lebas Kinan (Fra) Biking Group at 0:34
9. Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 1:32
10. Gotzon Martín (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi.
Serenissima Gravel 2022
Robin Froidevaux gained the Serenissima Gravel on Friday. The Tudor group rider broke away from a number one group within the ultimate of the Italian race. Emils Liepins and Gianni Vermeersch had been second and third on the rostrum. Mathieu van der Poel was additionally a part of the main group, however was held up by a crash.
Final yr, Kazakh Alexey Lutsenko gained the Serenissima Gravel. This yr there have been loads of well-known names at the beginning corresponding to Mathieu van der Poel, new Gravel World champion Gianni Vermeersch, Miguel Angel López, Florian Vermeersch, Filippo Fiorelli and Davide Cimolai. The gravel race began in Porto Barricata and after 195.9 kilometres it completed in Piazzola sul Brenta.
After 70 kilometres there was a big main group. Van der Poel, López and Vermeersch had been current. Ludovic Robeet (Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB) briefly escaped with some companions, however was quickly caught once more. The main group thinned out because the race progressed, in order that they began the final 50 kilometres with about 15 riders. The peloton was at greater than 4 minutes and wouldn’t see the entrance once more.
The ultimate of the Serenissima Gravel was three circuits of 11 kilometres every. Earlier than beginning the primary of these three laps, Van der Poel set a stable tempo within the main group, nevertheless it was not potential to get away. The Dutchman was held up by a crash, after he had attacked once more. At first of the final lap, Van der Poel was capable of rejoin the main group, nevertheless it had been a tricky chase.
Ten riders began the ultimate of the Italian race. It was 23-year-old Robin Froidevaux who was the primary to make a spot. The Swiss highway champion, who rides for Tudor, was 25 seconds forward of the chasing group 4 kilometres from the end. The younger Froidevaux held out within the ultimate kilometres and rode to victory. Emils Liepins took second place and World gravel champion Vermeersch was third.
Race winner, Robin Froidevaux (Tudor Professional Biking Group): “I’m not an excessive amount of of a gravel specialist, and even MTB I’m not so good technically however I took the chance and went on the assault, as a result of I knew that if I stayed within the group, it could be arduous technically towards the very best within the final lap, and it labored. I didn’t consider it till the final kilometre. I really feel actually joyful. I had damage in my fingers two and a half months in the past. I needed to relaxation for a month then begin coaching once more, so I’m brisker that the opposite riders as a result of I didn’t have a mid-season.”
Serenissima Gravel Consequence:
1. Robin Froideveaux (Sui) Tudor in 4:45:14
2. Emīls Liepinš (Lat) Trek-Segafredo at 0:13
3. Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Alpecin-Deceuninck
4. Florian Vermeersch (Bel) Lotto Soudal
5. Martin Urianstad (Nor) Uno-X
6. Miguel Angel López (Col) Astana Qazaqstan at 0:14
7. Samuele Zoccarto (Ita) Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè at 0:16
8. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Deceuninck at 0:19
9. Umberto Marengo (Ita) Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli at 0:23
10. Matteo Zurlo (Ita) Zalf Euromobil Fior at 0:24.
As Rumoured for a very long time, Mark Cavendish Appears to Have a Contract with B&B Accommodations
A lot has already been mentioned and written about the way forward for B&B Accommodations-KTM, which it’s mentioned can have a considerably increased funds from 2023 than it does at present. Massive names have been talked about in reference to Jérôme Pineau’s French group, however now it sound like he has attracted one prime rider: Mark Cavendish.
The British sprinter didn’t get a contract extension with Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl, however nonetheless needs to do every little thing he can to interrupt the document of 34 stage victories within the Tour de France. The 37-year-old sprinter equaled Eddy Merckx final yr. Cav gained 4 levels in that Tour and put himself equal to the legendary Belgian. This yr Patrick Lefevere selected Fabio Jakobsen as his sprinter within the French Grand Tour.
After the announcement that he couldn’t stick with Fast-Step, the Briton went in search of a brand new group. He sought assist from the Dutch administration company SEG Biking. They’d have contributed to a contract with B&B Accommodations-KTM. SEG Biking additionally represents Cees Bol (DSM) and Nick Schultz (BikeExchange-Jayco), who may also switch to the French group subsequent yr.
WielerFlits understands that final week varied riders tried on the group clothes for subsequent yr and that Cavendish was current. VeloNews additionally studies that the group have registered for a ProTeam license subsequent yr. Which will appear trivial, however there have been additionally opinions that Pineau would face monetary issues. In the meanwhile, it appears that he’s embarking on a brand new venture with the town of Paris, with a view to the 2024 Olympic Video games in that very same metropolis. The place Carrefour was beforehand talked about as a sponsor, sources now inform WielerFlits that Amazon France is stepping on board. In any case, it appears to be like like Pineau is engaged on a group occasion or press convention on Wednesday, October 26. Not completely coincidentally, the Tour de France route for 2023 shall be introduced a day later in Paris, which signifies that loads of press will already be current within the French capital. It appears that evidently Cavendish, Bol, Sinkeldam, Schultz, Williams and Maximiliano Richeze may also be introduced.
The Argentinian, Richeze, who’s 39 years previous mentioned goodbye to the skilled peloton in June, however the dash lead-out man would restart his profession on the specific request of Cavendish. In keeping with radio peloton, Stephen Williams can also be within the image with the French group, additionally from the identical Dutch administration secure. The British climber was with Bahrain Victorious lately.
B&B for Cavendish:
Bibic turns into 1st Canadian to Win Gold in Males’s Scratch Race at Monitor Biking World Championships
19-year-old gained final yr’s males’s factors race at junior world championships
The Canadian Press reported on Thursday that Canada’s Dylan Bibic gained the lads’s scratch race on the 2022 UCI Monitor Biking World Championships on Thursday in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France.
The 19-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., turned the primary Canadian to win gold within the occasion, which is a 15-kilometre mass begin, that includes breakaways that may get rid of lapped riders. The race calls for a mix of endurance and sprinting talents. Defending champion Donavan Grondin of France was in good place to win once more with a pair laps to go. Mitchell, Bibic named Canadian cyclists of the yr by Canadian Bicycle owner journal
Belgium’s Tuur Dens accelerated to take the lead till Bibic’s timed assault to win by a full bike size.
“I consider in my dash because it’s akin to sprinters, so I can depend on it,” Bibic advised the UCI in a post-race interview. “I’ve carried out loads of team-pursuit follow and driving behind the moto. I’m now wanting ahead to the Omnium and Madison, which I need to place properly in forward of the Olympics, after which the UCI Monitor Champions League.”
Bibic gained gold in his world championship debut. He gained final yr’s males’s factors race on the junior world championships in Cairo, Egypt. The Velodrome Nationwide de St-Quentin-en-Yvelines is the Olympic venue for the 2024 Summer time Video games in Paris. Nineteen Canadians, led by Olympic dash champion Kelsey Mitchell, are competing on the world championship till Sunday. 4 Canadians may also compete within the UCI Para-Biking Monitor World Championships there Oct. 20-23.
Dylan Bibic of Canada celebrates successful the gold medal within the males’s Scratch race on the 2022 UCI Monitor Biking World Championships in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France, on Thursday:
Remco Evenepoel and Lotte Kopecky Win Kristallen Fiets
Remco Evenepoel and Lotte Kopecky have gained the Kristallen Fiets. The Kristallen Fiets is an annual prize awarded to the very best Belgian cyclists. Kopecky acquired the trophy final yr, Wout van Aert was the lads’s winner.
This yr it was Evenepoel who gained the Kristallen Fiets. The younger Belgian already gained the Greatest Promising rider prize in 2018, however took dwelling the primary prize this yr. Evenepoel gained Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the ultimate classification of the Vuelta a España and the World championships this yr.
Among the many ladies, Kopecky was the winner once more. The SD Worx rider gained each the Strade Bianche and the Tour of Flanders within the spring by beating the World champion to be Annemiek van Vleuten. Kopecky was additionally second within the World championships.
Along with the Kristallen Fiets, trophies had been additionally awarded for Greatest Promising rider, Greatest Supervisor/Coach and Greatest domestique (Crystal Sweat Drop). Sven Vanthourenhout was voted Coach of the Yr. The nationwide coach delivered the World champion with Remco Evenepoel in Wollongong. And naturally that deserved the very best accolade. Alec Segaert was once more the very best Promising rider.
Tiesj Benoot has gained the Crystal Sweat Drop. The Jumbo-Visma rider performed an vital function in Wout van Aert’s profitable spring. He was additionally essential for the group within the Tour. He beat teammate Nathan Van Hooydonck and Pieter Serry for the trophy.
Remco Evenepoel with the Kristallen Fiets trophy:
Zdenek Stybar Celebrates Cross Comeback with Second Place
Zdenek Stybar completed second within the Grand Prix Dohnany 1, his first cross since January 2021. The Czech was overwhelmed Ward Huybs within the Slovak C2 cyclocross. For the 20-year-old Belgian it was his first victory as an expert.
The final time Stybar got here into motion in cyclo-cross was the World championships in Ostend, on January 31, 2021. After a season with none cross, he was at the beginning in Dohnany. There Huybs was the primary to cross the road after greater than an hour. Stybar adopted seventeen seconds behind the Baloise Trek Lions rider, Seppe Rombouts was third at one minute and eighteen seconds. On Sunday, within the Grand Prix Dohnany 2, Stybar will get one other likelihood at success. Stybar shall be racing extra cyclo-cross this season. Czech nationwide coach Petr Kloucek mentioned that Styby needs to take part within the 2024 cyclo-cross World Championships in Tabor, the place he turned World champion in 2010.
Styby Again to cross:
Van der Poel Speaks About Psychological Fatigue
Mathieu van der Poel rode the Giro del Veneto on Wednesday, however needed to cope with tools issues at a decisive second within the race and gave up not a lot later. Van der Poel additionally rode the Serenissima Gravel on Friday. “I shall be joyful after I can take a brief break after Friday.” the Dutchman advised the press
Van der Poel has had an eventful season, with some peaks but in addition deep troughs. The Alpecin-Deceuninck rider not feels recent. “This season, the psychological fatigue is larger than the bodily fatigue,” he mentioned earlier than the beginning of the Giro del Veneto. “There’s not likely a lot left within the tank. The gravel World championship was one thing I actually wished to do as a result of it was slightly bit particular, however after that there have been two extra races. I shall be joyful after I can take a brief break after Friday.”
Why did Van der Poel take part within the Giro del Veneto? “I used to be right here for per week anyway. Generally it’s arduous to maintain coaching, so I’d somewhat trip a race to maintain busy. In any other case I’d simply be in that resort room all day. I believed: let’s contest that race.”
After Friday’s Serenissima Gravel he’ll then decelerate a bit after which work in the direction of the cross season, though he doesn’t but know his ultimate program. “I’ll determine after my break when I’ll begin my cyclo-cross season. I feel it will likely be someday on the finish of November, however I’m unsure but.”
One factor is for certain: the Dutchman will stick to at least one Grand Tour subsequent yr. “This season it was a bit particular as a result of I used to be capable of take the pink jersey within the Giro d’Italia. However usually I’m going to do ten to fifteen crosses within the winter, then put together for spring, take a relaxation after which go to the Tour de France.”
Van der Poel ends his season within the Serenissima Gravel:
Ayuso Will Go for the Vuelta Once more in 2023
Within the 2022 Vuelta a España, Juan Ayuso completed in third place on the ultimate general. For the 2023 version, the 20-year-old Spaniard has huge ambitions. “This yr I completed third, why shouldn’t I dream of victory?” Ayuso mentioned in dialog with El País.
“After you come third, all you may take into consideration is making an attempt to win,” continued Ayuso, who additionally sees the Vuelta a España subsequent yr as his huge aim. “I need to attempt once more within the Vuelta. In 2024 I’ll begin to change so far as the Grand Excursions are involved.”
The Vuelta a España 2022 was Ayuso’s first stage race with greater than ten levels. “From ten days to 21 is twice as a lot, however I recovered very properly and was at my greatest within the third week. There I got here closest to Enric Mas and Remco Evenepoel. That offers loads of confidence for subsequent yr. It’s the litmus check for large tour riders.”
Ayuso doesn’t solely need to carry out in Grand Excursions, he additionally needs to point out himself within the one-day races. Pogačar is a supply of inspiration. “He’s the instance to observe. I do know I can do properly within the one-days and that’s why I need to check myself within the Ardennes subsequent yr.”
Ayuso’s ultimate program for 2023 will not be but recognized, however he does know that he’ll trip extra WorldTour races. “I don’t know which one week races shall be my objectives, however I’ll determine that with the group. It is going to be loads of races till Might, then some relaxation after which construct as much as the Vuelta.”
Juan Ayuso, third in la Vuelta’22:
Aike Visbeek is Nonetheless Pondering About Tom Dumoulin in a New Function
Aike Visbeek can be solely too joyful to welcome Tom Dumoulin to the employees of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert. The Dutch sports activities director made it clear in an interview with VeloNews that he’s nonetheless involved with Dumoulin, however that the ex-pro is taking time to assume.
“Tom and I are nonetheless in contact. We all know one another properly although, in order that’s regular. He’s now what he needs to do,” says Visbeek. “He is aware of we’re fascinated about his data. I feel Tom is an effective match for us, as he would go well with a number of groups.”
“In our group, the individuals are passionate and bursting with vitality. You need to see that from Tom if he want to be part of our group. The fireplace has to begin once more.” In keeping with Visbeek, Dumoulin is in no hurry. “In the long run he has to make his personal selections. He takes the time to assume. It is necessary for him to maintain his distance for some time, however the door stays open.”
Visbeek additionally mentioned that the group considered Tim Merlier and Mark Cavendish for Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert. Nonetheless, each transfers fell via. “We wished a brand new sprinter. The conversations with Merlier led to little. Cavendish was one other chance, however on the time we had been nonetheless speaking to Alexander Kristoff. When he determined to go away, Cavendish was not out there.”
Dumoulin may nonetheless work with Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert:
Savio doesn’t rule out stepping again: “We’re ready to race as a Continental group for a yr”
It has been recognized for a while that Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli is in monetary difficulties as a result of foremost sponsor Drone Hopper can not present the monetary ensures. In the meanwhile, Gianni Savio has nonetheless not discovered an alternate sponsor. A short lived step right down to the continental stage could possibly be an answer, the Italian thinks.
On the finish of September, Savio advised La Gazzetta dello Sport that it’s not but sure about Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli will nonetheless exist in 2023. “There are delays in funding. We want to proceed, however to do that we’d like ensures.” Within the meantime, Savio has continued to search for a brand new sponsor with extra monetary sources than Drone Hopper. However though there are contacts, the search has not but yielded something concrete.
That’s the reason Savio and his group are contemplating taking a step down from ProContinental stage to Continental stage. “We’re ready to trip as a Continental group for a yr,” he advised CyclingNews. “That may imply that the group can be contracted and possibly made up of younger riders. However it needs to be an actual venture, not simply an old style Continental group with riders plucked from right here and there.”
As Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli as a ProTeam doesn’t have the understanding that it’ll trip the Giro d’Italia doesn’t make discovering a sponsor any simpler, says Savio. “Not too long ago I spoke with a director of an vital overseas firm, and he requested me if I used to be positive that we might trip the Giro. I mentioned, ‘I’m not even positive if we’ll have a group…’”
‘Swiss Tony’ in hassle once more:
Samuele Battistella – Two Extra Years with Astana Qazaqstan
Samuele Battistella will stick with Astana Qazaqstan for 2 extra years. The Italian, whose contract expires on the finish of this yr, is alleged to have a brand new cope with the Kazakh squad till the top of 2024.
The 23 year-old Battistella didn’t win this season, however did have some good outcomes. Regardless of knee issues and concussion on account of a crash within the Amstel Gold Race, he completed seventh within the Tour de La Provence and third within the Tour of Hungary. Battistella additionally took third place within the Italian Championships, seventh place within the Tour of Poland and two 2nd locations in levels of the Vuelta a España.
Battistella will begin his third season with Astana Qazaqstan in 2023. He turned professional with NTT Professional Biking in 2020, after successful the U23 World championships in 2019.
Samuele Battistella to stick with Astana:
Bahrain Victorious Extends Contract Yukiya Arashiro
Bahrain Victorious has prolonged Yukiya Arashiro’s contract for an additional yr. The 38-year-old Japanese rider has been with the Bahrain group for seven years.
Arashiro switched from Europcar to Lampre-Merida in 2016. The group modified to Bahrain-Merida after which Bahrain Victorious and he rode the Tour twice, the Vuelta thrice and the Giro twice.
Arashiro has primarily been driving for others. Prior to now seven years, Arashiro had two victories within the Japanese championship, a stage win within the Tour of Taiwan and a stage win within the Tour of Japan.
Natnael Tesfatsion Joins Trek-Segafredo
Natnael Tesfatsion shall be carrying a Trek-Segafredo jersey for the subsequent two seasons. The Eritrean comes from the Italian Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli group. “It’s a very huge problem, however I’m very joyful and excited to tackle it.”
The 23-year-old Tesfatsion got here into the highlight this season by successful the queen stage within the Adriatica Ionica Race. He additionally confirmed himself within the Giro d’Italia with two top-10 locations. “Becoming a member of Trek-Segafredo is the best alternative I’ve had in my life up to now,” Tesfatsion mentioned in a press launch. “It’s a giant problem, however I’m very joyful and excited to take it on. I actually really feel that my dream has come true. I’m positive I could make loads of progress at Trek-Segafredo over the subsequent two years. I’m motivated to thank the group for his or her belief, but in addition to make my nation proud.”
Basic supervisor Luca Guercilena is wanting ahead to working with the younger Tesfatsion: “He has confirmed to be a stable rider who is able to step as much as the subsequent stage. We’ve got been following him for 2 years and in that point he has proven himself on each quick and lengthy climbs. On prime of that, he additionally has a fairly good dash. He’s an entire rider and has loads of potential.”
Natnael Tesfatsion transferring up:
Sjoerd Bax Introduced for UAE Group Emirates
Dutch rider joins on 2-year contract.
UAE Group Emirates proceed to strengthen their squad for the long run with the signing of Sjoerd Bax who will be part of the group ranging from 2023 for 2 seasons. The 26-year previous from Gorinchem comes throughout from Deceuninck-Alpecin having had a breakthrough season claiming his first skilled victory final month on the Coppa Agostoni. Bax turns into the primary Dutchman to affix the Emirati squad and can link-up together with his new teammates this week on the forthcoming group camp deliberate within the UAE.
Sjoerd Bax: “I’m after all very joyful to affix UAE Group Emirates and curious how a lot I can enhance with the help from probably the greatest groups on the earth and driving alongside the very best teammates.”
Mauro Gianetti (Group Principal & CEO): “Bax has proven a gentle development over the previous years with a very good 2022 marketing campaign behind him, and we hope he can proceed to point out extra of what he has to supply with us over the approaching seasons.”
Sjoerd Bax to UAE:
Chun Kai Feng Leaves Bahrain Victorious
Chun Kai Feng won’t be racing for Bahrain Victorious in 2023, the Center East group introduced by way of social media. The 33-year-old Taiwanese rider goes to Utsunomiya Blitzen, a Japanese continental group.
Feng joined the then Bahrain Merida group in 2017, the 2 years earlier than that he raced for Lampre-Merida. Whereas with Bahrain, he gained each the Taiwanese Time Trial Championships (2019) and the Taiwanese Street Championships (2021). As well as, in 2019 he completed third within the Asian Championship and in 2020 he took fourth place within the ultimate classification of the Tour of Taiwan (2020).
This yr, Feng solely contested just a few races for Bahrain Victorious. He shall be at the beginning of the Japan Cup this Sunday.
Chun Kai Feng:
Bahrain Victorious are Happy to Announce the Signing of Sergio Tu for Two Years
The 25-year-old Taiwanese rider is debuting within the WorldTour after a 6-season effort in Europe. He proved to be probably the greatest time trialists in Asia after taking silver in U23 Asian Championship in 2019 and nationwide champion in 2020 and 2021.
Sergio Tu on his transfer to Bahrain Victorious: “After numerous years, making an attempt to attain various things in Europe as an Asian rider I’m tremendous grateful to affix the group in 2023 until 2024. This yr I’ve discovered and gained loads of expertise in Biking Group Friuli and I hope the spirit and mindset proceed with me to turn out to be a greater particular person and a rider. Taking the step to turn out to be an expert rider on the WorldTour stage is severely a dream come true for me. I hope it brings worth to myself and each to the group. I hope to affect extra individuals or younger riders at dwelling to by no means cease pursuing their desires.”
Michael Valgren Continues to Work on his Comeback
Michael Valgren remains to be recovering after his crash in La Route d’Occitanie. The Danish classics specialist of EF Training-EasyPost, who suffered a dislocated hip, damaged pelvis and knee damage, needs to return to the peloton at any value. “I like my occupation and do every little thing I can to have the ability to follow it once more,” he says on the group’s website.
“I actually don’t need to finish my profession with an damage,” continued Valgren, who has a contract with EF Training-EasyPost till the top of 2023. “I need to cease after I don’t need to race anymore, however for the time being I’m actually not prepared for that. I like my life. Not driving a motorcycle, not being a bicycle owner, that’s one thing I don’t need to take into consideration proper now.”
The previous winner of the Amstel Gold Race and the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad has been unable to trip for months. It was particularly arduous for him in the beginning. “I went from twenty-five to thirty hours of coaching per week to no stimulation of the heart-lung system in any respect. And that for months. That was troublesome, since you get loads of vitality from coaching.”
“I used to be nonetheless doing workouts, however physio workouts are extra about pushing via the ache. That’s not a pleasant feeling. I attempt to get via it as greatest I can, however I don’t get a kick out of it. I miss sweating quite a bit and getting my coronary heart price up.”
Valgren is now usually on the indoor coach, however the rides are nonetheless quick: thrice 1 / 4 of an hour a day. For the remaining, the Dane does loads of workouts to strengthen his knee and pelvis, and he’s usually on the physiotherapist. These days, the 30-year-old rider has been seeing progress. “I’m lastly heading in the right direction. I’ve way more mobility in my knee and may lastly do a full pedal revolution once more. So issues are stepping into the appropriate course.”
When he shall be ‘again to full energy’, Valgren doesn’t know but. “However I’m in good fingers and I work very arduous on daily basis. So eventually I’ll return.”
Michael Valgren need’s to be again:
Arkéa-Samsic Broadcasts the Arrival of Jenthe Biermans
Jenthe Biermans will race Arkéa-Samsic subsequent season. The Belgian comes from the Israel-Premier Tech group. “Biermans is ready to shortly turn out to be an vital rider in our group,” mentioned common supervisor Emmanuel Hubert.
The 26-year-old Biermans spent three years within the service of the Israeli group. The rider from Geel had his greatest end result final yr, when he completed fifth in Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. “I’m a rider for the classics, however alternatively I even have the power to work for a sprinter. In smaller races I can even go for my very own success,” Biermans mentioned on the Arkéa-Samsic group web site.
“Each sportingly and structurally, Arkéa-Samsic continues to make progress yr after yr. Subsequent yr we’ll transfer on to the WorldTour, that’s vital. I already know Amaury Capiot and Hugo Hofstetter from the group, we get alongside properly.”
Basic supervisor Hubert can also be proud of the brand new Belgian addition: “He’s the kind of rider we had been in search of. Biermnas has expertise for the Flemish classics, however can even contribute to the leaping preparations. He ought to be capable to shortly turn out to be an vital rider in our group.”
Jenthe Biermans to Arkéa:
Alessandro De Marchi nonetheless and not using a contract for 2023
Alessandro De Marchi nonetheless doesn’t have a group for 2023. The 36-year-old Italian completed fifth within the Giro del Veneto on Wednesday. “I’m on maintain,” he mentioned.
“There are alternatives to stay an expert, however nothing has actually turn out to be concrete but. Hopefully every little thing will fall into place and I’ll discover one thing.” The Italian had a disappointing 2022 on account of covid and two different diseases. A yr earlier, the Israel-Premier Tech rider gained Tre Valli Varesine and rode within the pink jersey for just a few days within the Giro d’Italia. Each by attacking early. “My racing type will not be essentially the most sensible. Possibly that’s why it’s so arduous to discover a new contract. Some races I trip all day within the early break and I get caught. Often I’m even happier than in races during which I’ve to attend.”
Alessandro De Marchi nonetheless hoping:
Scratch World Champion Donavan Grondin Extends at Arkéa-Samsic
Donavan Grondin may also trip for Arkéa-Samsic in 2023. The 22-year-old, who rides each highway and monitor, has prolonged his contract with the French group. It’s not clear for a way lengthy the 2 events have been linked.
“The truth that I can lengthen my contract with Arkéa-Samsic makes me very joyful,” Grondin mentioned in a press launch. “Additionally it is an indication of Emmanuel Hubert’s (Arkéa-Samsic group supervisor) confidence in me. This additionally signifies that I’ve to repay his confidence with ends in the race as I proceed my progress.”
Grondin turned an expert with Arkéa-Samsic in 2020. That season didn’t go as he had hoped. “I additionally struggled a bit with the monitor/highway mixture, which can have affected my outcomes and highway coaching. Nonetheless, now I’ve discovered stability in that, after asking the coach of the group so as to add extra primary highway coaching to my schedule. I feel I can now proceed to develop as a rider.”
On the highway, the Frenchman took seventh place within the Grand Prix Jean-Pierre Monseré this season. He was additionally 2nd and third in a stage of Le Tour de Bretagne Cycliste (2.2). On the monitor, Grondin gained the European champion within the omnium. Final yr, on the World monitor championships in Roubaix, he took gold within the scratch race.
Mark Donovan Takes a Step Down from DSM
Mark Donovan won’t be driving for Group DSM subsequent yr. The 23 year-old Briton has been with group supervisor Iwan Spekenbrink since 2020. Hearsay is that Donovan is heading to Doug Ryder’s group.
Donovan switched to the professionals three years in the past with palmarès. As a junior and U23, he was a wonderful climber. In 2018 he was 4th within the Giro d’Italia U23, seventh within the Tour Alsace, eleventh within the Tour de l’Avenir and he gained a tricky mountain stage within the Giro Valle d’Aosta. Donovan rode the Vuelta a España in 2020 in his first skilled yr for Group DSM, however was unable to essentially break via within the following years. The younger Briton needed to cope with private struggling final yr: his mom died a month earlier than the beginning of the Tour de France.
This yr, Donovan completed sixteenth within the Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var and nineteenth within the Baloise Belgium Tour. Within the Arctic Race of Norway he was twenty first and Tour de La Provence, twenty second.
It has been rumoured for a while that Doug Ryder, former common supervisor of Dimension Information and NextHash, is busy behind the scenes with an improve to his Qhubeka group. The South African group would once more turn out to be a ProTeam. Ryder is alleged to have already attracted 4 WorldTour riders with Donovan, Gianluca Brambilla, Matteo Moschetti and Damien Howson.
There are additionally the employees of the brand new group, which is reportedly sponsored for 5 years by a Swiss multinational. Serge Pauwels, Gabriel Missaglia and Alex Sans Vega would turn out to be sports activities director of the group.
Vincenzo Nibali will an advisor, in accordance with Tuttobiciweb. The Shark of Messina, who has now completed his biking profession, is an envoy for the Italian sports activities model Q36.5, which might even be a group sponsor. The group, which is alleged to be driving Scott’s bikes, should register with the UCI earlier than October seventeenth on the newest. A financial institution assure should be issued per week earlier than.
Merger of Leopard and Riwal Groups
In keeping with the Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet, Leopard and Riwal, two continental groups, are going to merge. The brand new merger group would nonetheless come be at continental stage in 2023, however would aspire to ProTeam standing by 2024.
Riwal’s group supervisor Mogens Tveskov will not be but prepared to substantiate the information to Ekstra Bladet, however admits that his group is engaged on a world collaboration. “I can verify that what I’m engaged on will make at present’s Riwal larger. However it additionally extends past nationwide borders. We hope that this shall be a stepping stone, in order that in the long term a Danish group can compete at one of many increased ranges in biking.”
The ambition is to get Riwal again to the ProContinental stage, as in 2019 and 2020. “We need to push ourselves up once more and be the Danish flagship, making it potential for Danish abilities to trip with a Danish group for slightly longer. The group can then be a springboard to the WorldTour. It is going to be a world group, with the Danes within the majority, because it all the time has been. However there may also be some skilled males and a few overseas riders who will ring a bell.”
Riwal getting larger
Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl Auctions a Particular S-Works Roubaix Body to Help the Farmers
Ever conscious of the local weather change, Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl Group has been dedicated to defending the planet and our pure atmosphere in collaboration with CO2logic, a South Pole Firm. Inside the #ItStartsWithUs initiative, the group began a number of initiatives the final years. Getting the help of sponsor Specialised, the group launches an public sale of a particular Roubaix body.
The income will go on to Soil Capital, a Belgian organisation supporting farmers to scale back land disturbance, to lower using artificial fertilisers and to take care of biodiversity within the ecosystem. “Biking and regenerative agriculture each supply inspiring and really concrete options to deal with at present’s environmental challenges, significantly felt this yr. All of those actions contribute to the return of carbon and life to the soil, to extra considerable and wholesome meals, and to the well being of the countryside via which the riders go”, added Chuck de Liedekerke, CEO of Soil Capital.
The distinctive Roubaix body is totally consistent with the sustainability phrases, referring to the Ventoux forest. It’s left uncooked carbon and as a substitute of paint, the feel and color is drawn on by hand with charcoal. The identical materials that the forest was as soon as pillaged for. The feel represents the fur of the wolves which have been preventing for survival on this territory, wolves representing additionally the second pores and skin of the Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl Group, The Wolfpack.
The splashes of color disrupt the darkish uncooked pigments on the body to symbolise brightness you discover in new life. The manifesto of the group’s sustainability venture will also be discovered within the idea, mirrored in chrome forcing the particular person wanting on the body to have a look at themselves, and do not forget that they too play a task within the combat to avoid wasting our planet.
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2023 Giro d’Italia Presentation: The place to Comply with the Occasion
The route of the 106th version of the Giro d’Italia, happening from 6 to twenty-eight Might 2023, shall be introduced on Monday 17 October from 5.30 pm on the Giorgio Gaber Teatro Lirico in Milan.
The presentation may be adopted stay on the Corsa Rosa channels: on the giroditalia.it web site, with feedback in Italian and English. It can even be out there by way of the official Corsa Rosa Fb, Twitter, YouTube, DailyMotion, TikTok and Instagram accounts, in addition to on Corriere.it and Gazzetta.it.
In Italy, the presentation shall be broadcast on Rai Sport from 5.15pm, while internationally, it will likely be broadcast by SRG Swiss TV, VTM Belgium, VRT Belgium, Eurosport.com, GCN Racing’s Youtube channel along with Discovery subscribers platforms Eurosport Participant, Discovery+ and GCN+ worldwide, besides in Italy the place we’ll behind a paywall.
The occasion shall be introduced by Cristina Fantoni and Paolo Kessisoglu, with participation from many well-known faces from sport, leisure, establishments and firms, all of whom are a part of the nice Giro d’Italia household.
The 2022 winner of the Giro d’Italia, Jay Hindley, shall be on stage alongside fellow podium winners, Arnaud Démare, the winner of the Maglia Ciclamino and Koen Bouwman, the winner of the Maglia Azzurra. Vincenzo Nibali and Alberto Contador may also seem onstage along with Urbano Cairo, the President of RCS Mediagroup, Paolo Bellino, the CEO of RCS Sport and the Director of the Giro d’Italia Mauro Vegni.
Through the presentation there shall be a roundtable dialogue with the administrators of Corriere della Sera, Luciano Fontana, of La Gazzetta dello Sport, Stefano Barigelli and of the Spanish newspaper Marca, Juan Ignacio Gallardo.
Giro’23 presentation on Monday:
Davide Rebellin’s Final Race
He continued till the bitter finish, however Davide Rebellin mentioned goodbye as an expert bicycle owner on Sunday on the age of 51. The Italian placed on a jersey primary extra time for the Veneto Traditional, earlier than ending a thirty-year skilled profession.
Rebellin began his skilled profession thirty years in the past, in 1992, with GB-MG Maglificio. Rebellin rode within the peloton that yr with the likes of Claudio Chiappucci, Miguel Induraín, Laurent Fignon, Stephen Roche and Sean Kelly. He was already a professional in 1992, when riders corresponding to Wout van Aert, Mathieu van der Poel and Tadej Pogačar weren’t but born. In his first skilled yr, the basic specialist completed ninth within the Tour of Lombardy, behind world prime riders corresponding to Tony Rominger, Claudio Chiappucci and Rolf Sørensen.
Rebellin gained a number of nice classics in his profession. He was victorious within the Clásica San Sebastián, the Zurich Championship and the Amstel Gold Race and he gained the Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège thrice. He had his miracle yr in 2004, with a win within the Amstel Gold Race, Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. He additionally gained Tirreno-Adriatico (2001), the Giro dell’Emilia (2006 and 2014) and Paris-Good (2008).
In 2009, Rebellin was banned for 2 years due to a optimistic doping check for CERA, a type of EPO, in the course of the 2008 Olympic Video games in Beijing. The Italian needed to hand again his silver medal from the highway race and after his suspension by no means labored for a prime group once more, though he raced for the Polish CCC Polsat for just a few years. Rebellin has since raced for smaller continental groups lately.
Final yr Rebellin raced for Work Service Marchiol Vega. He didn’t do this badly with just a few prime placings in smaller races. After a damaged leg within the Memorial Marco Pantani, nevertheless, there was doubt whether or not Rebellin might return to the peloton in any respect, however the fifty-year-old made his comeback for the modest Italian formation after an extended rehabilitation.
“I didn’t need to finish my profession with a double leg fracture,” he advised Marca earlier this yr. “I actually wished to compete, give the utmost and get good outcomes. I’m additionally not solely a bicycle owner, but in addition the daddy of my teammates. I need to assist them and go on my expertise.” With prime 20 finishes within the Giro dell’Appennino and the Adriatica Ionica Race, Rebellin was nonetheless very aggressive even in his fifties. Within the Veneto Traditional, Rebellin will full his final race.
Davide Rebellin’s High Palmarès:
Flèche Wallonne (2004, 2007 and 2009)
Amstel Gold Race (2004)
Clásica San Sebastián (1997)
Championship of Zurich (1997)
Giro dell’Emilia (2006 and 2014)
Tre Valli Varesine (1998 and 2011)
Giro del Veneto (1998, 1999 and 2000)
Stage Giro d’Italia (1996).
Rebellin had his final race on Sunday:
Merci Phil: Relive Philippe Gilbert’s Last Racing Weekend
Philippe Gilbert mentioned goodbye to skilled bike racing final weekend in Paris-Excursions. A Lotto Soudal digicam group documented each minute in the course of the ultimate weekend of racing by the previous world champion. He appeared again on his profession one ultimate time, collectively together with his teammates, opponents and employees members of the group. Watch the mini-documentary down beneath.
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