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EUROTRASH Monday: Soudal-Visma in 2024? And All of the Different Biking Information

A BIG EUROTRASH sack to empty this Monday: We wind-up the Škoda Tour de Luxembourg, plus the European highway championships and the PETRONAS Le Tour de Langkawi 2023 – All of the studies, outcomes, rider’s ideas and video.

Jumbo-Visma and Soudal Fast-Step to merge? – TOP STORY.

Rider information: Racing with a defibrillator? “That’s unimaginable”, Sepp Kuss doesn’t need to go to the Tour as chief, Miguel Angel López kidnapped and robbed, UCI asks the Swiss Federation why Küng was allowed to proceed within the Euro TT After his crash, Patrick Lefevere on riders leaving Soudal Fast-Step, Gorka Izagirre reunited along with his brother Ion, Felipe Orts leaves Burgos-BH and Richard Plugge: “Hessmann doping case forces us to take look within the mirror”.

Workforce information: Bahrain Victorious indicators promising expertise Max van der Meulen, Georg Steinhauser renews with EF Schooling-EasyPost and Bahrain Victorious lengthen Arashiro, Buitrago and Caruso contracts.

Race information: The Amstel Gold Race is within the fingers of Flanders Classics organisers, GranPiemonte 2023 groups and route, the hidden treasures of the 2023 UCI Gravel World Championships and the Adriatica Ionica Race canceled the day earlier than the beginning.

Plus: Austin Aviators tackle SLC Criterium video.

Monday EUROTRASH espresso time.


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TOP STORY: Jumbo-Visma to Merger with Soudal Fast-Step?
Evidently since mid-July, Jumbo-Visma and Soudal Fast-Step have been in discussions about merging groups by 2024, in keeping with a number of media sources. Richard Plugge will develop into the crew’s CEO. Merijn Zeeman turns into head coach. Patrick Lefevere turns into a member of the crew’s Supervisory Board. In keeping with insiders, it is just a matter of time earlier than this merger is accomplished.

It seems that the administration of Jumbo-Visma began to speak to Zdenek Bakala, proprietor of Soudal Fast-Step throughout the Tour de France. After a gathering in Geneva with Bakala, a plan was hatched and the thought was additionally favored by the primary sponsors of each groups in 2024, Soudal and Visma. Financially this is able to give the crew the sources to compete with INEOS Grenadiers and UAE Workforce Emirates.

However there are lots of issues: Jumbo-Visma at the moment has 27 riders and Soudal Fast-Step 23 for 2024. Might a crew work with Remco Evenepoel, Primoz Roglic, Jonas Vingegaard and Wout van Aert? Though Evenepoel has been courted by INEOS Grenadiers and Bahrain Victorious, Jayco–AlUla, Lidl-Trek and Movistar are all for Roglič. There may be additionally the issue of the bike sponsors (Specialised and Cervelo), tools (Shimano and SRAM) and employees. Then there are additionally two ladies’s groups and the event groups. Then there’s the query of two WorldTour licenses. However the place there’s cash there’s at all times an opportunity.

The story was first damaged by Raymond Kerckhoffs of WielerFlits.

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Škoda Tour de Luxembourg 2023
Stage 2 of the Tour of Luxembourg was received by Jenthe Biermans. The Belgian was too sturdy for Søren Kragh Andersen and Tim van Dijke in a bunch dash on a barely uphill end. Due to the bonus seconds, Kragh Andersen took the general chief’s jersey from Corbin Sturdy.

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This was anticipated to be a sprinters’ end on the second day of the Tour of Luxembourg. Though it was up and down virtually all day, it was by no means actually tough. The ending circuit round Mamer of 15.5 kilometres needed to be accomplished thrice and was flat.

Within the early a part of the stage there was an intermediate dash, the place Quinten Hermans took 3 and Pascal Eenkhoorn took 2 bonus seconds. Eenkhoorn was additionally within the first break of the day with Lennert Teugels (Bingoal WB), Elias Maris (Workforce Flanders-Baloise) and Mats Wenzel (Leopard TOGT). Earlier than half by way of the race they had been caught. Wenzel was within the subsequent break with Luca Van Boven (Bingoal WB) and Bastien Tronchon (AG2R Citroën), they took a 3 minute lead, after which BORA-hansgrohe began working for his or her sprinter Jordi Meeus. The German crew had decreased the distinction to 1 minute, when Ben Healy attacked 55 kilometres from the end. The Irish champion was accompanied by Ewen Costiou (Arkéa-Samsic) and Alexis Guerin (Bingoal WB). Nonetheless, the assault was short-lived for Healy and Costiou who dropped again to the peloton, Guerin carried on. He finally managed to hitch the three leaders, however that didn’t final lengthy. Wenzel was dropped simply over 40 kilometres from the end.

The three held on till 15 kilometres from the end. Tudor closed the final hole and took management. After the subsequent descent, the Swiss crew got here off the entrance and the peloton was in a single lengthy line, this provoked an assault by Julian Alaphilippe. The Frenchman didn’t get away, however extra assaults got here. Richard Carapaz tried to flee, however nobody managed to open a niche, so there can be a bunch dash. Victor Campenaerts tried to shock, however he was unable to open a niche. Then Søren Kragh Andersen. The Dane noticed Tim van Dijke come subsequent to him, however the Dutchman couldn’t move, however Jenthe Biermans did. The Belgian Arkéa-Samsic rider sprinted to his second victory of the season after the Muscat Basic in Oman in February.

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Stage winner, Jenthe Biermans (Arkéa Samsic): “I’m in fact very glad. It’s a good victory. It’s my second of the season and the second of my profession. It has been season to date. Due to the rain and the course of the race. The truth that they had been attacked midway by way of the race was good for me. This made the actual sprinters a bit extra drained. Earlier than the beginning we already knew that it was end for me. It sloped barely upwards, which I like. In the long run, I timed my effort completely. I’m very proud of this victory. The final nook, with one and a half kilometres to go, was crucial. The crew put me in an excellent place, however I misplaced the wheel of my final man. I couldn’t discover it once more within the closing kilometre, however Kragh Andersen attacked very early. I sat within the wheel and thought: I’ll come third. However they fell a bit silent, as a result of it was a troublesome end. Within the final meters I had an additional dash in my legs and was capable of move them. Tomorrow shall be a bit too tough for me, I feel. I’ll concentrate on the ultimate stage. It will likely be on the restrict, it relies on how the classification riders race on the final day.”

Škoda Tour de Luxembourg Stage 2 Consequence:
1. Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Arkéa Samsic in 4:31:10
2. Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Alpecin-Deceuninck
3. Tim van Dijke (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
4. Jordi Meeus (Bel) BORA-hansgrohe
5. Andrea Bagioli (Ita) Soudal Fast-Step
6. Alex Kirsch (Lux) Lidl-Trek
7. Alex Aranburu (Spa) Movistar
8. Maxim Van Gils (Bel) Lotto Dstny
9. Franck Bonnamour (Fra) AG2R Citroën
10. Rick Pluimers (Ned) Tudor.

Škoda Tour de Luxembourg Total After Stage 2:
1. Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Alpecin-Deceuninck in 8:21:59
2. Corbin Sturdy (NZ) Israel-Premier Tech at 0:02
3. Alex Aranburu (Spa) Movistar at 0:08
4. Quinten Hermans (Bel) Alpecin-Deceuninck at 0:09
5. Alex Kirsch (Lux) Lidl-Trek at 0:11
6. Andrea Bagioli (Ita) Soudal Fast-Step at 0:12
7. Rick Pluimers (Ned) Tudor
8. Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Lidl-Trek
9. Maxim Van Gils (Bel) Lotto Dstny
10. Ilan Van Wilder (Bel) Soudal Fast-Step.

Luxembourg’23 stage 2:


Ben Healy received Stage 3 of the Tour of Luxembourg on Friday. The EF Schooling-EasyPost rider attacked a long way from the end and soloed to the road. Marc Hirschi and Dylan Teuns completed second and third, Søren Kragh Andersen misplaced his chief’s jersey to Healy.

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There was plenty of climbing to be carried out on day three in Luxembourg. A Cat-1 climb, three Cat-HC climbs and a troublesome final kilometre. The break of the day was made up of: Gilles De Wilde (Workforce Flanders-Baloise), Oliver Knight (Cofidis, trainee), Bastien Tronchon (AG2R Citroën), Rémy Mertz (Cofidis) and Mats Wenzel (Leopard TOGT). The 2 Belgians, the Briton, the Frenchman and the Luxembourger, had a lead of slightly below 4 minutes on the peloton. Not a lot occurred on the primary categorised climb, the Montée de Munshausen (3.3km at 4.5%), however about 30 kilometres later, on the primary climb of the Montée de Niklosbierg (3.6km at 7.8%) was on the menu. The UAE Workforce Emirates riders elevated the tempo and the escapees had been virtually caught.

Tronchon was the strongest within the escapee of the day and helped to remain forward of the peloton for some time. On the subsequent climb of the Montée de Niklosbierg the primary assault got here from one of many favourites. It was the Irishman Ben Healy who went for a protracted vary assault. Healy rapidly caught the leaders, the place solely Tronchon might maintain his wheel. Healy and Tronchon’s lead was not too massive on the prime, however they made extra time on the descent and the flat kilometres to the third climb. The peloton was 50 seconds behind on the foot of the ultimate climb of the Montée de Niklosbierg. Healy dropped Tronchon on the climb. Marc Hirschi set the tempo within the peloton, however they didn’t actually get shut.

Jumbo-Visma then took management, Archie Ryan being the power-house, they received a bit nearer, however Richard Carapaz upsetting the chase for his teammate. Hirschi then managed to flee. Along with Dylan Teuns, he chased Healy, who had an 18 second lead going into the final 10 kilometres. Healy cracked a bit, however the EF Schooling-EasyPost rider discovered a second wind and held on to solo to victory in Vianden. Healy can be the brand new general chief. Within the robust closing kilometre, Hirschi beat Teuns within the battle for second place.

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Stage winner and general chief, Ben Healy (EF Schooling-EasyPost): “We had two playing cards to play with me and Richard. Going lengthy for me is my power and we might use Richard behind if I received caught again. I simply had the legs right now to make it stick and Richard didn’t should do something. I don’t suppose anybody will ever admit to liking these phases. The rain’s by no means good to trip in, however for positive I carry out effectively within the rain. It doesn’t gradual me down. Now, it’s all about making an attempt to carry on to this jersey. I’m fairly assured in my TT and now I’ve a pleasant buffer going into tomorrow. We now have a powerful crew to take care of the jersey if I maintain it tomorrow for the final stage as effectively, so I’m fairly assured.”

2nd on the stage and general, Marc Hirschi (UAE Workforce Emirates): “When the bunch decreased myself and Brandon tried to assault the group and I managed to slide away in he finish. Healy was already far up the highway and was the strongest right now however I used to be glad to take 2nd. Tomorrow I’ll give my all within the time trial, the situation is excellent so I hope I can do a powerful trip.”

Škoda Tour de Luxembourg Stage 3 Consequence:
1. Ben Healy (Irl) EF Schooling-EasyPost in 4:16:33
2. Marc Hirschi (Sui) UAE Workforce Emirates at 0:15
3. Dylan Teuns (Bel) Israel-Premier Tech at 0:18
4. Maxim Van Gils (Bel) Lotto Dstny at 0:37
5. Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Workforce Emirates
6. Archie Ryan (Irl) Jumbo-Visma
7. Matteo Jorgenson (USA) Movistar
8. Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Alpecin-Deceuninck at 0:45
9. Richard Carapaz (Eu) EF Schooling-EasyPost
10. Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Jumbo-Visma.

Škoda Tour de Luxembourg Total After Stage 3:
1. Ben Healy (Irl) EF Schooling-EasyPost in 12:38:34
2. Marc Hirschi (Sui) UAE Workforce Emirates at 0:19
3. Dylan Teuns (Bel) Israel-Premier Tech at 0:24
4. Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Alpecin-Deceuninck at 0:43
5. Maxim Van Gils (Bel) Lotto Dstny at 0:47
6. Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Workforce Emirates
7. Matteo Jorgenson (USA) Movistar
8. Ilan Van Wilder (Bel) Soudal Fast-Step at 0:55
9. Richard Carapaz (Eu) EF Schooling-EasyPost
10. Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Jumbo-Visma.

Luxembourg’23 stage 3:


Victor Campenaerts received the penultimate Stage 4 time trial of the Tour of Luxembourg. Over 23.9 kilometres, the Belgian was simply sooner than Brandon McNulty. Ben Healy misplaced his general result in Marc Hirschi.

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The time trial began and completed in Pétange, with a rolling terrain. The course turned out to swimsuit Pascal Eenkhoorn, as a result of he was the primary to set a severe goal time. It was residence rider Alex Kirsch (Lidl-Trek) who dethroned him. The Luxembourger was then within the scorching seat for some time, till Victor Campenaerts got here in. The Belgian was greater than 30 seconds higher than Kirsch.

Koen Bouwman, Felix Großschartner, Ilan Van Wilder additionally set good instances, as did Diego Ulissi, however none of them got here near Campenaerts. Brandon McNulty had a greater time on the intermediate level, however on the end the American time trial champion was 1 second brief. Campenaerts took the stage victory, this was his first time trial victory since March 2019, when he received the ultimate time trial of Tirreno-Adriatico. There was additionally the battle for the general. Ben Healy began the time trial in yellow, however misplaced time and the general result in Marc Hirschi, who was second general. Hirschi has 2 seconds on Brandon McNulty and three seconds on Healy.

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Stage winner, Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Dstny): “Yesterday was an enormous disappointment for me, as a result of I actually needed to do effectively right here. The run-up to this race was not simple for me. My uncle, my godfather truly, Bob died simply earlier than the beginning of this race. It was very sudden and, subsequently, tough for me and my father. He advised me that there was no higher option to honour him than to go to Luxembourg and win for him. So I’m very glad that I used to be capable of take this time trial victory with Bob in my head. It was very thrilling on the finish and it makes this victory even nicer as a result of it was so shut. Biking is leisure and profitable by only one second makes it much more particular. I centered much less on it lately (time trialling), however in fact I nonetheless have that have and I used to be significantly centered on this time trial. My girlfriend Nel has supported me very effectively in latest months and I’m very glad to take this victory, for her and particularly for Bob.”

Total chief and seventh on the stage, Marc Hirschi (UAE Workforce Emirates): “I’m very proud of my trip. We put plenty of work in for the time-trials this yr within the crew with plenty of testing and a focus to element for the TTs and I feel we’ve made enhancements. Tomorrow we are going to goal to defend the yellow jersey.I feel we’re in place to do it although we should be on our guard.”

Škoda Tour de Luxembourg Stage 4 Consequence:
1. Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto Dstny in 28:06
2. Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Workforce Emirates at 0:01
3. Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Workforce Emirates at 0:20
4. Felix Großschartner (Aust) UAE Workforce Emirates at 0:22
5. Ilan Van Wilder (Bel) Soudal Fast-Step at 0:24
6. Koen Bouwman (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
7. Marc Hirschi (Sui) UAE Workforce Emirates at 0:27
8. Ben O’Connor (Aus) AG2R Citroën
9. Alex Kirsch (Lux) Lidl-Trek at 0:32
10. Arthur Kluckers (Lux) Tudor at 0:41.

Škoda Tour de Luxembourg Total After Stage 4:
1. Marc Hirschi (Sui) UAE Workforce Emirates in 13:07:26
2. Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Workforce Emirates at 0:02
3. Ben Healy (Irl) EF Schooling-EasyPost at 0:03
4. Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Workforce Emirates at 0:33
5. Ilan Van Wilder (Bel) Soudal Fast-Step
6. Felix Großschartner (Aust) UAE Workforce Emirates at 0:37
7. Koen Bouwman (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:39
8. Ben O’Connor (Aust) AG2R Citroën at 0:42
9. Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Alpecin-Deceuninck at 0:45
10. Arthur Kluckers (Lux) Tudor at 0:56.

Luxembourg’23 stage 4:


Tobias Halland Johannessen received the Remaining Stage 5 of the Tour of Luxembourg. On the final climb of the day he had the perfect leap of a prime group of escapees. Marc Hirschi was the ultimate general winner by 3 seconds over Brandon McNulty and 5 on Ben Healy.

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The ultimate stage of the Tour of Luxembourg went from Mersch to Luxembourg Metropolis. The 177.2 kilometre stage was not probably the most tough, however the closing circuit, ridden thrice, was a troublesome finale with very stiff penultimate kilometre. Marc Hirschi was defending a 2 second lead over his teammate Brandon McNulty. Ben Healy was simply 3 seconds behind the Swiss rider.

After greater than an hour of racing a break fashioned. The eight riders on the entrance had been: Asbjørn Hellemose (Lidl-Trek), Marco Haller (BORA-hansgrohe), Alexandre Delettre (Cofidis), Magnus Cort (EF Schooling-EasyPost), Juri Hollmann (Movistar), Andrea Bagioli (Soudal Fast-Step), Lennert Teugels (Bingoal WB), Krists Neilands (Israel-Premier Tech) and Ådne Holter (Uno-X). Of the escapees, Bagioli held out the longest, about 25 kilometres from the end, after which, the GC males began to race. Richard Carapaz attacked with the hope that Hirschi would crack and Healy might take the ultimate win. Nonetheless, the other occurred: Healy initially misplaced contact. The Irishman was capable of return with a gaggle of different riders, however on the intermediate dash, Hirschi took 2 bonus seconds.

Carapaz attacked once more, this time for the stage win. He had Alexis Guerin (Bingoal WB) with him and collectively the 2 gained virtually 30 seconds on the peloton, the place UAE Workforce Emirates managed. Ten kilometres from the end, the 2 had been caught, after which Ewen Costiou (Arkéa-Samsic) went solo. A bunch together with Valentin Madouas, Sam Oomen and Mauri Vansevenant managed to cross to Costiou. They might combat for victory on the final climb. Tobias Halland Johannessen managed to make a distinction right here. He then soloed to the end. Eight seconds later, Alex Aranburu received the dash for second place, forward of Franck Bonnamour. Simply behind this group, the fragmented peloton additionally completed. Hirschi completed on the wheel of his teammate McNulty and forward of Healy to take the general victory.

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Remaining general winner, Marc Hirschi (UAE Workforce Emirates): “It was a really irritating stage. A giant break went at first which suited us however a few of the different groups needed to carry it again so it stored the velocity excessive all day and it was laborious. On the steep climb on the circuit I needed to keep watch over Healy as he was so shut. In the long run we stored the hole so I’m actually glad. I had a really sturdy crew with me who did wonderful work and stored me relaxed regardless that Healy was so shut. It’s a race that fits me effectively and I’m delighted to lastly win right here.”

third on the stage, Franck Bonnamour (AG2R Citroën): “It was an intense day with a tough route. Nans (Peters) did an enormous job all through the stage, he was actually sturdy. I anticipated a bit by being in a gaggle of round fifteen riders within the closing and we went to the end collectively. I’m a bit upset to not have received as a result of I feel I had the legs for it. However it’s nonetheless a podium; truly my first with the AG2R CITROËN TEAM. It’s at all times good to get a consequence, particularly after having endured such a tough season. I need to proceed racing since I’m in such good bodily situation till the tip of the yr. I need to finish on a optimistic word!”

Škoda Tour de Luxembourg Stage 5 Consequence:
1. Tobias Halland Johannessen (Nor) Uno-X in 4:07:25
2. Alex Aranburu (Spa) Movistar at 0:08
3. Franck Bonnamour (Fra) AG2R Citroën
4. Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
5. Mauri Vansevenant (Bel) Soudal Fast-Step
6. Ewen Costiou (Fra) Arkéa Samsic
7. Natnael Tesfatsion (Eri) Lidl-Trek
8. Sam Oomen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
9. Luca Vergallito (Ita) Alpecin-Deceuninck
10. Felix Gall (Aust) AG2R Citroën.

Škoda Tour de Luxembourg Remaining Total Consequence:
1. Marc Hirschi (Sui) UAE Workforce Emirates in 17:15:11
2. Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Workforce Emirates at 0:03
3. Ben Healy (Irl) EF Schooling-EasyPost at 0:05
4. Ilan Van Wilder (Bel) Soudal Fast-Step at 0:34
5. Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Workforce Emirates at 0:35
6. Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Alpecin-Deceuninck at 0:39
7. Felix Großschartner (Aust) UAE Workforce Emirates
8. Koen Bouwman (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:41
9. Ben O’Connor (Aus) AG2R Citroën at 0:44
10. Maxim Van Gils (Bel) Lotto Dstny at 0:57.

Luxembourg’23 stage 5:


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European Championships – Males’s Street Race 2023
Christophe Laporte is the brand new European highway champion. The Frenchman went on the assault within the closing lap and, after an exhilarating closing kilometre, narrowly managed to carry off the sprinting Wout van Aert and Olav Kooij. Arnaud De Lie and Mike Teunissen, who had sacrificed themselves for Van Aert and Kooij, completed in fourth and fifth locations.

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After the beginning in Assen the riders coated 115 kilometres previous Norg, Zuidlaren, Gieten, Borger and Westerbork to the ending circuit. Earlier than that they climbed the VAM mountain from two sides: Atteropad (500 meters at 6%) and Mount Vampad (200 meters at 12%). After this primary crossing of the road, there have been 6 circuits of 13.7 kilometres. This additionally included a 3rd climb, the Dak van Drenthe, a brand new climb on the VAM course.

The ‘break of the day’ consisted of 5 riders. The European time trial champion Joshua Tarling and the second positioned, Stefan Bissegger. They joined Rory Townsend (Eire), Mathias Vacek (Czech Republic) and Norman Vahtra (Estonia). The 5 constructed up a 2 minute lead, however after they began the circuit on the VAM mountain they had been in sight of the peloton. Bauke Mollema needed to abandon the race after being concerned in an enormous crash 115 kilometres from the end. That crash had additionally triggered a break up within the peloton. Olav Kooij was within the second half, nevertheless it was all again collectively in lower than 10 kilometres.

On the first passage of the end, after the primary two climbs of the day, the main group had been thinned out to 3 riders. Tarling and Vahtra had been dropped, so Bisseger, Vacek and Townsend got extra of a lead by the peloton, the place the Danes and Belgians had been working. The French attacked on the primary circuits. Florian Sénéchal, Axel Zingle and Anthony Turgis all put the strain on, though they didn’t managed to get away. Jaka Primožič (Slovenia) and Dušan Rajović (Serbia) did. With three laps to go, they had been 22 seconds behind Bissegger and Vacek, who had dropped Townsend. The peloton was 20 seconds additional again. On the Dak van Drenthe the peloton caught the 2 counter-attackers. Even after the climb there have been assaults from Andreas Kron and Turgis once more, however the Belgian crew didn’t enable anybody to flee.

It was the Italians who took the lead about 30 kilometres from the end and caught Bissegger and Vacek. The blue crew stored happening the Atteropad. First with Mattia Cattaneo, then Matteo Trentin elevated the tempo and simply earlier than the highest Filippo Ganna got here by way of and stored it going. Wout van Aert and about 20 different riders had been capable of observe, however behind them it break up. The Netherlands had been additionally there with Olav Kooij and Mike Teunissen, who attacked on the Dak van Drenthe, however he was unable to create a niche. Christophe Laporte managed to get away and it was his Jumbo-Visma teammate, Kooij, who went after the Frenchman. When the Dutchman had simply attacked there was a crash behind him, together with Florian Vermeersch and Filippo Ganna. The Italian chased laborious, however it could be laborious to return to the entrance.

Kooij and Laporte had been joined by Teunissen, Van Aert, De Lie, Kron, Mads Pedersen, Sandy Dujardin, Rasmus Tiller and John Degenkolb. They began the ultimate lap collectively. Laporte tried once more. The Frenchman took 15 seconds, however the pursuers stored working. The opposite Frenchman, Allen Dujardin, tried to disrupt the chase. On the foot of the VAM mountain, Laporte nonetheless had 12 seconds. At the beginning of the ultimate kilometre, De Lie began his lead-out for Van Aert. Apart from Van Aert, solely Kooij might observe. The three virtually caught Laporte on the prime of the Atteropad. Nonetheless, after the descent the Frenchman nonetheless had a niche. Van Aert managed to shut that hole after leaping from De Lie’s wheel, however was unable to get previous his Jumbo-Visma teammate. Kooij completed on Van Aert’s wheel. The European championship went to Laporte, the silver medal to Van Aert and the bronze to Kooij. De Lie completed fourth at 1 second and Mike Teunissen accomplished the highest 5.

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European champion, Christophe Laporte (France): “It’s nonetheless laborious to imagine”, he stammered after clinching the European title. “It was a gruelling race with a spectacular end. I knew I had the perfect probability of profitable once I received away. I don’t suppose I might have overwhelmed Wout and Olav in a dash. I felt good all day, so I made a decision to go for it. I attacked on intuition. It’s wonderful to put on the European jersey for a yr now. I need to dedicate this victory to my household and likewise to Nathan Van Hooijdonck. I hope he’ll be proud to see me using on this jersey.”

2nd, Wout van Aert (Belgium): “Christophe was simply too sturdy. For a second, I believed we had been going to catch him. He was using fairly sturdy and nonetheless had some power left. He is aware of how to decide on the correct second. It reveals that we’re all sturdy in Workforce Jumbo-Visma.”

third, Olav Kooij (Netherlands): “Christophe is a really sturdy rider. On days when he feels good, few riders can beat him. Within the closing, he rode very sturdy. He beat Wout and me on worth and is the rightful winner. It’s astounding that we’ve three riders from the crew on the rostrum. It reveals the power of the crew. In fact, I might have favored to take the title myself, however I’m glad for Christophe.”

fifth, Mike Teunissen (Netherlands): “The plan of the Dutch crew was clear, conserving Olav Kooij within the forefront for the aim of a dash. The parcours was most likely underestimated by many, the nervousness and a number of other crashes lastly remoted a gaggle of ten sturdy riders. This case was excellent for us. Collectively we rode a flawless race, however we needed to cope with Christophe Laporte and a powerful Belgian crew. I might be happy about my contribution to our crew efficiency. I’m now trying ahead with nice ambition to a number of Walloon classics with my teammates of Intermarché-Circus-Wanty!”

European Championships – Males’s Street Race Consequence:
1. Christophe Laporte (France) in 4:15:51
2. Wout van Aert (Belgium)
3. Olav Kooij (Netherlands)
4. Arnaud De Lie (Belgium) at 0:01
5. Mike Teunissen (Netherlands) at 0:09
6. Rasmus Tiller (Norway)
7. Mads Pedersen (Denmark) at 0:13
8. John Degenkolb (Germany) at 0:15
9. Andreas Kron (Denmark) at 0:39
10. Florian Sénéchal (France) at 0:41

Euro champs’23 males:


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European Championships – Girls’s Street Race 2023
Mischa Bredewold is the brand new European highway champion. The Dutch rider broke away from an elite group on the ultimate lap and narrowly managed to carry out on the final VAM mountain. Lorena Wiebes accomplished the occasion for the Netherlands by sprinting to silver. Lotte Kopecky was third.

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The beginning of the ladies’s European highway race championships was in Meppel, from there they race through Havelte, Vledder and Dwingeloo in the direction of Beilen, then to Wijster and Drijber to the primary passage of the VAM mountain. This climb has two-stages consisting of the Atteropad (roughly 500 meters at 6%) and the Mount Vampad (roughly 200 meters at 12%). After the primary crossing of the road, there have been 5 laps of 13.7 kilometres to cowl.

The race had a really chaotic begin. A part of the peloton had taken the mistaken route, which meant that the riders needed to cease not lengthy after the beginning. There was some delay, however the race finally received going. The opening hour was quick, regardless that there was a good quantity of wind, this didn’t result in echelons, nevertheless it was too quick for some riders. There have been additionally just a few crashes as a result of moist highway floor in Drenthe. There have been some break makes an attempt, however nobody actually received a niche. Finally Emilia Fahlin (Sweden) managed to open a niche, however earlier than the ultimate circuit, she was caught, so there was a big peloton on the VAM mountain. The Germany crew took the lead, after which Lotte Kopecky tried to leap away, nevertheless the Belgian couldn’t get a niche. Within the first full lap of 5, a number of riders once more tried to get away. The Netherlands crew was additionally very energetic with Mischa Bredewold, Riejanne Markus and Loes Adegeest. Soroya Paladin (Italy), Elise Chabbey (Switzerland) and Jelena Erić (Serbia) did handle to flee on the VAM mountain on the finish of the lap. The Dutch crew needed to chase.

Shirin van Anrooij, Markus, Adegeest and Floortje Mackaij, who had a puncture, settled on the entrance of the peloton and tried to shut the hole. Three laps from the tip they got here inside 17 seconds and the break over, however the distinction elevated once more. A lap later, the Dutch ladies managed to place the trio in. With 30 kilometres to go all the things was collectively. Simply earlier than the beginning of the penultimate lap, Katarzyna Niewiadoma accelerated on the Mount Vampad. It triggered some splits, however most riders had been capable of return. From a big peloton there was then a number of assaults on the flat a part of the course. First a gaggle of seven together with Riejanne Markus received away, then a gaggle together with Demi Vollering and Marlen Reusser. On the foot of the VAM mountain all the things was again collectively. Reusser was the primary to start out on the Atteropad and had good go. Elisa Balsamo and Pfeiffer Georgi made the crossing, prime favourites Demi Vollering and Lotte Kopecky had been additional again. On the Dak van Drenthe, Vollering ensured that an elite group related with Balsamo, Georgi and Reusser. Additionally Lorena Wiebes. Balsamo crashed on the descent of the Dak van Drenthe.

It was not but a foregone conclusion that the race would finish in a dash, as a result of there have been nonetheless fairly just a few escape makes an attempt. Marlen Reusser, and others, attacked. The Netherlands had three helpers for Wiebes, with Vollering, Riejanne Markus and Mischa Bredewold. Bredewold nonetheless had one thing in her legs, as a result of on the proper second she rode away from the group. The chase stopped behind, partly as a result of work of the Dutch ladies to mess up the chase. Bredewold quickly had a pleasant lead. The distinction elevated to 30 seconds, however as a result of a powerful Reusser, the hole rapidly shrank. Nonetheless, the Swiss rider had Demi Vollering in her wheel, who in fact didn’t do any work. Reusser didn’t give all the things and Emma Norsgaard got here previous. The Danish rider went alone after Bredewold, who began the Atteropad with an 11 second lead. The hazard didn’t come from Norsgaard, as she fell again to the pursuers. Demi Vollering took the lead forward of Lorena Wiebes, who got here shut. On the Mountvam, Lotte Kopecky and Lorena Wiebes had been quick. However Bredewold held on and achieved the most important victory of her profession. Outgoing champion Wiebes was second and Kopecky third.

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European champion, Mischa Bredewold (Netherlands): “I can’t imagine it. It feels unreal that I take the European title. Bredewold responded enthusiastically. It was raining assaults. As a Dutch crew, we needed to make the race laborious. In consequence, I used to be in assault mode. Truly, the plan was to not make one other solo assault within the final lap, however I noticed second and went for it. For a second it crossed my thoughts that this was not the plan, however I reasoned that my teammates didn’t should do the work due to my assault. I believed they’d come over me on VAM Mountain, so I attempted to cycle up as laborious as I might. I knew that then the others must shut the hole to me, in order that my Dutch teammates might then use me as a springboard or lead-out. After I reached the cobbles, I heard that I had 10 seconds left. I appeared again and didn’t see anybody. At that second got here the realisation that possibly I might take the title. This implies an enormous quantity to me. Final yr was actually tough at instances. I’ve no phrases for the truth that I’ve taken such an enormous step this season and am already to date alongside in my improvement. It appears like I’m dwelling in a haze. I don’t realise but that I’ve received the European title. This can be a dream. It’s merely weird that I’m now European champion.”

2nd, Lorena Wiebes (Netherlands): “Truly on the penultimate time at VAM-berg, the place it broke and once I was with the primary. Then I believed: that is the best state of affairs for us, particularly as a result of it was a shock to me that she went on the assault. Your private objective is to win, so you might have considerably blended emotions. However in the end the Netherlands has gold, that’s why we had been at first. The enjoyment for Mischa will return quickly. It typically feels prefer it’s not fairly proper this yr. Very often this yr I discovered myself sprinting for second or third place as a result of a teammate was away. I knew that was my selection once I signed with SD Worx. I’m proud of the steps I’ve taken this yr and know what I can construct on for subsequent yr.”

third, Lotte Kopecky (Belgium): “A little bit of a blended feeling. A podium is at all times good, and when Bredewold rode away I had no selection however to remain seated. If I responded, one other Dutch individual would begin. In the long run the story would stay the identical. Both I raced all the best way for second place, or I did nothing and I gambled. In the long run I used to be overwhelmed on the end line by Wiebes, so it was undoubtedly for second place. They sat the place they had been supposed to take a seat and attentively adopted necessary riders. They received probably the most out of it, I’m very pleased with that. I have to truthfully admit; I’m glad the season is over. I mentioned final yr that it was unimaginable. I’m going to make use of the identical phrase now. The previous season shouldn’t develop into a normal. We now have to understand that it was very distinctive.”

European Championships – Girls’s Street Race Consequence:
1. Mischa Bredewold (Netherlands) in 3:04:12
2. Lorena Wiebes (Netherlands) at 0:04
3. Lotte Kopecky (Belgium)
4. Pfeiffer Georgi (Nice Britain) at 0:08
5. Silvia Persico (Italy)
6. Elise Chabbey (Switzerland)
7. Liane Lippert (Germany)
8. Anna Henderson (Nice Britain)
9. Juliette Labous (France) at 0:11
10. Demi Vollering (Netherlands) at 0:13.

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PETRONAS Le Tour de Langkawi 2023
Arvid de Kleijn of Tudor Professional Biking Workforce charged strongly forward of the opposite frontrunners in an in depth bunch dash to take the opening Stage 1 of the PETRONAS LE Tour de Langkawi 2023 from Kerteh to Kuala Terengganu.

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It was a candy victory for the 29 year-old Dutchman, fondly often known as ‘Little Gorilla’, who’s making his maiden look with the Swiss-based crew within the twenty seventh version of Asia’s ProSeries race. Saturday’s stage win noticed De Kleijn rising as general race chief which earned him the PETRONAS Inexperienced Jersey in addition to the KBS Orange Jersey as chief within the sprints classification.

Terengganu Polygon Biking Workforce received off to a promising begin with climber and two-time KOM jersey winner, Muhammad Nur Aiman Zariff taking the TOURISM MALAYSIA Polka Dot Jersey as chief of the mountains classification. Nur Aiman collected full factors after profitable the primary KOM forward of Thailand’s Sarawut Sirironnachai of Thailand Continental Biking Workforce within the first KOM at Jerangau (74km) however took the second spot within the Cat-4 second climb at Sekayu.

For de Kleijn, right now’s stage win was his fifth of the season in 5 totally different races, and in 5 totally different months. Earlier than coming to Malaysia, the Dutchman received phases in Milano Torino (1.Professional), Deutschland Tour (2.Professional), Boucles de la Mayenne (2.Professional), and ZLM Tour (2.Professional). Sprinter Gleb Syritsa of Astana Qazaqstan got here near repeating his stage 1 victory of final yr however ultimately needed to settled for third, behind Human Powered Well being’s Sasha Weemaes.

Mongolian Tegshbayar Batsaikhan of Roojai On-line Insurance coverage took the BEAUTIFUL TERENGGANU White Jersey after rising as the perfect Asian rider. The Mongolian was additionally picked because the BUBBLES 02 Most Combative Rider of the day. A complete of 128 riders with 34 totally different nationalities from 22 groups lined up at first level in entrance of Mesra Mall in Kerteh, which is internet hosting the race for under the second time.

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Stage winner and general chief, Arvid De Kleijn (Tudor): “Profitable the 2 jerseys right now, the Petronas Inexperienced and KBS Orange jerseys was merely nice. However it could be even nicer if I can maintain the Inexperienced jersey proper up after Stage 8. Scrambling in the direction of the ending line, at one level, I believed I’d lose out to (Gleb) Syritsa as a result of his superior sprinting energy. However being small, I managed to slide by way of, and I do know I had plenty of velocity with me… I’m glad to beat him,”

2nd on the stage and 4th general, Sasha Weemaes (Human Powered Well being): “The boys did an ideal job right now. It was a busy closing 25km nevertheless it was the right lead out. I waited for the primary man to start out the dash and took his slipstream. After I got here subsequent to him he was using with me to the correct aspect of the highway so I misplaced plenty of meters.”

third on the stage and 4th general, Gleb Syritsa (Astana Qazaqstan): “Properly, maybe I did a mistake within the dash as I launched it too early. Every little thing went fairly good within the closing and my crew labored fairly effectively, transferring me into place for the dash. However, after I began it early, I couldn’t maintain it to the tip and two riders handed me simply on the end line. It’s a pity as a result of I felt good all day lengthy and our crew did an outstanding job in entrance of the peloton, chasing the break and serving to me to avoid wasting power. Anyway, it was simply the primary stage and a few extra alternatives will come within the subsequent days. I’ll carry on preventing.”

KOM, Muhammad Nur Aiman (Terengganu Polygon Biking Workforce): “Sure, that’s my goal, I’ll do my finest to realize the goal. I’m in good condition and can give my all to win the KOM jersey for the third time in a row. I’m conserving my eyes and concentrate on Stage 3, which shall be laborious however essential for me and the crew.”

PETRONAS Le Tour de Langkawi Stage 1:
1. Arvid de Kleijn (Ned) Tudor in 4:25:48
2. Sasha Weemaes (Bel) Human Powered Well being
3. Gleb Syritsa (-) Astana Qazaqstan
4. Mohamad Izzat Hilmi Abdul Halil (Mal) Malaysia
5. Enrico Zanoncello (Ita) Inexperienced Venture-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè
6. Lorenzo Conforti (Ita) Inexperienced Venture-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè
7. Carlos Canal (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
8. Tomáš Bárta (CZ) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
9. Mohd Harrif Saleh (Mal) Terengganu Polygon Biking Workforce
10. Nur Amirul Fakhruddin Mazuki (Mal) Terengganu Polygon Biking Workforce.

PETRONAS Le Tour de Langkawi Total After Stage 1:
1. Arvid de Kleijn (Ned) Tudor in 4:25:38
2. Sasha Weemaes (Bel) Human Powered Well being at 0:04
3. Tegsh-bayar Batsaikhan (Mon) Roojai On-line Insurance coverage
4. Gleb Syritsa (-) Astana Qazaqstan at 0:06
5. Sarawut Sirironnachai (Thai) Thailand Continental Biking Workforce at 0:07
6. Tomáš Bárta (CZ) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA at 0:08
7. Pablo Castrillo (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma
8. Simon Carr (GB) EF Schooling-EasyPost
9. Michael Valgren (Den) EF Schooling-EasyPost at 0:09
10. Joan Bou (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi.

Langkawi’23 stage 1:


GLEB Syritsa stamped his brute sprinting power within the final 50 metres to take Stage 2 from Kuala Terengganu to Kota Bharu, his second profession win within the PETRONAS Le Tour de Langkawi.

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The 23-year-old Astana Qazaqstan Workforce’s prime sprinter made amends for the errors of beginning yesterday’s dash from too far out which price him the win, completely timed his dash in Sunday’s stage to edge out Dutch sprinter Arvid de Kleijn, to take his second profession win within the Tour.

With 300 metres to go, De Kleijn was locked in an in depth tussle with Syritsa who stayed agency on his wheel, and got here in second however remained within the PETRONAS Inexperienced Chief’s Jersey with an in depth 0.02s forward of the Russian. The Dutchman additionally stored the KBS Orange Sprinter’s Jersey on his again, accumulating 27 factors to remain forward of Syritsa who’s now three factors behind.

Italian Enrico Zanoncello (Inexperienced Venture-Bardiani-CSF-Fanzaine), winner of this yr’s Tour of Qinghai Lake (2.Professional), got here third. De Kleijn conceded that Syritsa was the higher man right now, saying that he seems to be ahead to extra dash battles along with his shut rival within the coming phases.

In the meantime, the TOURISM MALAYSIA Crimson Polka Dot jersey modified fingers with Terengganu Polygon Biking Workforce’s Nur Amirull Fakhrudin Mazuki taking on from teammate Muhammad Nur Aiman Zariff, who’s now second within the KOM standings. Nur Amirull took full factors in each KOM zones in Setiu and Pelong, amassing 4 factors with Nur Aiman a degree behind.

The BEAUTIFUL TERENGGANU White Jersey remained with Roojai On-line Insurance coverage’s rider, Tegshbayar Batsaikhan as Asia’s Finest rider, after finishing the stage in seventh place. In the meantime, Caja-Rural Seguros rider, Calum Johnston took the BUBBLES O2 Most Combative award following his 50km solo effort after the 90km mark.

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Stage winner and 2nd general, Gleb Syritsa (Astana Qazaqstan): “Properly, right now all the things went completely, and I realized from the lesson of yesterday’s dash. The stage was fairly simple, however the warmth and excessive humidity made it a bit more durable, particularly for me as I favor cool and wet climate. Nonetheless, as soon as once more the crew made a terrific effort for me and I used to be capable of save plenty of power for the ultimate and to return to the dash fairly contemporary: each 15-20 kilometres my teammates supplied me with some ice and chilly water, it was necessary and stored me out of troubles on this climate situations. I’m actually proud of my teammates as they had been at all times subsequent to me, supporting me, transferring me security by way of the peloton, but additionally controlling the race and chasing the break. So, my plan for the ultimate was quite simple: don’t repeat yesterday’s mistake. And it labored fairly effectively.”

Total chief and 2nd on the stage, Arvid de Kleijn (Tudor): “My crew did a terrific job in main me out, however with 200 metres to go, I attempted laborious however ultimately, I felt I didn’t have it right now. There’s extra dash battles within the coming days, and I’m trying ahead to lock horns with Gleb once more.”

KOM, Nur Amirull Fakhrudin Mazuki (Terengganu Polygon Biking Workforce): “The technique right now was for me to do the breakaway and keep forward, and provides Nur Aiman a relaxation and put together for tomorrow’s hilly stage, which fits effectively for pure climbers. It’s going to be essential for us tomorrow and can give our greatest… we hope that our climbers like Jambaljamts Sainbayar, Nur Aiman and Jeroen Meijers keep in good condition for tomorrow.”

PETRONAS Le Tour de Langkawi Stage 2:
1. Gleb Syritsa (-) Astana Qazaqstan in 4:15:14
2. Arvid de Kleijn (Ned) Tudor
3. Enrico Zanoncello (Ita) Inexperienced Venture-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè
4. Daniel Babor (CZ) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
5. Davide Gabburo (Ita) Inexperienced Venture-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè
6. Lorenzo Conforti (Ita) Inexperienced Venture-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè
7. Raymond Kreder (Ned) JCL Workforce UKYO
8. Riku Onaka (Jap) JCL Workforce UKYO
9. Maikel Zijlaard (Ned) Tudor
10. Alessandro Iacchi (Ita) Workforce Corratec-Selle Italia.

PETRONAS Le Tour de Langkawi Total After Stage 2:
1. Arvid de Kleijn (ned) Tudor in 8:40:46
2. Gleb Syritsa (-) Astana Qazaqstan at 0:02
3. Sasha Weemaes (Bel) Human Powered Well being at 0:10
4. Tegsh-bayar Batsaikhan (Mon) Roojai On-line Insurance coverage
5. Simon Carr (GB) EF Schooling-EasyPost at 0:12
6. Enrico Zanoncello (Ita) Inexperienced Venture-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè
7. Tomáš Bárta (CZ) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA at 0:13
8. Sarawut Sirironnachai (Thai) Thailand Continental Biking Workforce
9. Jon Agirre (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma
10. Tom Scully (NZ) EF Schooling-EasyPost.

Langkawi’23 stage 2:


>Racing With a Defibrillator? “That’s Inconceivable”
Jumbo-Visma rider, Nathan Van Hooydonck, introduced that he should cease biking as a result of coronary heart issues. An inner defibrillator (ICD) has now been fitted to the 27 year-old Belgian. Kris Van der Mieren, the physician of the Belgian biking federation, defined to Sporza why Van Hooydonck can not race.

“There’s a consensus about it. Racing with a defibrillator is excluded. For instance, if the defibrillator goes off when you are descending a mountain move, you would fall and endanger your self and the opposite riders,” Van der Mieren mentioned. “If a soccer participant receives a shock, he might fall to his knees, however he is not going to endanger himself or the opposite gamers. There are at all times individuals who can intervene.”

“In biking it’s way more particular, identical to in different sports activities similar to System 1 or motocross. These are sports activities the place it’s not doable for a similar causes.” So Van Hooydonck has no selection however to finish his skilled biking profession. The Belgian isn’t the primary rider to have stopped racing as a result of coronary heart issues, however Van der Mieren doesn’t need to draw any conclusions.

“We should definitely emphasise that such issues additionally occur in different sporting disciplines. Athletics, swimming, soccer… But additionally exterior the sports activities world. Such a situation in a well known athlete reaches the media, however people who find themselves much less identified and/or don’t take part in sports activities don’t speak about it. However the frequency is definitely comparable.”

Can top-level sports activities set off the situation? “There could possibly be many causes. Then we consider a viral an infection or a congenital defect that has remained below the radar, however then there are certainly issues that may set off it. Intensive efforts can then be a set off,” mentioned the federal physician. “I simply don’t suppose this might have been decided earlier. Somebody who races at such a degree has been higher screened than anybody else.”

Colbrelli to Van Hooydonck: “You might be by no means alone”
Sonny Colbrelli can think about Van Hooydonck’s state of affairs higher than anybody, as the previous rider additionally not too long ago needed to cease as a result of coronary heart issues. A defibrillator was additionally fitted to the Paris-Roubaix winner. Colbrelli wrote Van Hooydonck in a publish on Fb and has a private message for the 27 year-old Belgian: “I perceive what’s happening in your head proper now. I recognise your ache and your solely query: Why does this should occur to me? I do know what you are feeling in your hospital mattress when folks inform you that your profession is over, however you don’t need to imagine it your self. However at instances like that you must be sturdy and suppose that we’re nonetheless alive, whereas many can’t say that. Know that you’re not alone and that you’ll by no means be alone. I want you the perfect in your future life, Nathan,” wrote Colbrelli.

In an announcement, Jumbo-Visma introduced that Van Hooydonck was discovered to have an abnormality within the coronary heart muscle after in depth examination within the hospital. That dysfunction virtually killed him when he was in his automobile and on the best way to the hospital along with his pregnant spouse. Van Hooydonck had an inner defibrillator (ICD) put in after the incident. This gadget can be utilized to right cardiac arrhythmias, however skilled biking is not doable.

No extra racing for Nathan Van Hooydonck, however he’s nonetheless with us:


Sepp Kuss Doesn’t Need to Go to the Tour as Chief
As a result of his victory within the Vuelta a España, much more eyes shall be on Sepp Kuss from 2024. His anonymity within the peloton now doesn’t exist. “However I can nonetheless be that very same rider in the back of the peloton, however there shall be extra expectations from the surface world.”

“That shall be totally different. However above all, I shouldn’t impose too many expectations on myself and maintain going, as I’ve at all times carried out prior to now,” Kuss mentioned to WielerFlits on the Jumbo-Visma ceremony on the crew’s service course in Den Bosch on Tuesday.

For years Kuss was a luxurious domestique within the Dutch crew. The American climber labored laborious for all the general victories within the Grand Excursions, by Primož Roglič and Jonas Vingegaard and when he received the 2023 Vuelta a España for himself. He needed to carry out on the prime of his recreation for the primary time for 3 weeks, Kuss has realized rather a lot about being a winner of a Grand Tour. “The psychological half,” he mentioned. “Driving in a race the place you may lose all the things. Usually I’ve nothing to lose, as a result of I concentrate on my work and need to do it effectively. From that perspective you don’t have anything to lose, however being centered day-after-day and getting probably the most out of each stage isn’t simple mentally.”

The defining second within the Vuelta was the mountain stage to the Alto de l’Angliru within the closing week, the place Kuss managed to carry his chief’s jersey after Roglič and Vingegaard had distanced him. “Earlier than the Angliru we weren’t positive that we might be the three strongest riders within the race. Till that second we primarily raced towards the competitors, however then there have been three of us… That shocked us all. You can not plan that prematurely, as a result of we didn’t count on that state of affairs. We subsequently needed readability on this new state of affairs,” Kuss mentioned. After that mountain stage, the choice was made and the crew supported Kuss and the crew to take the complete podium.

With a view to 2024, Sepp Kuss may also play a significant position inside Jumbo-Visma. Because the winner of a Grand Tour he could have one thing to demand. The query is whether or not he needs to go to the Tour de France as a frontrunner, in a crew through which two-time winner Vingegaard and Giro and Vuelta winner Roglič may also race. “You’ll be able to at all times have these aspirations,” Kuss says about eager to win the Tour. “However I realise that the Vuelta may be very totally different from the Tour. Then I’m speaking concerning the dynamics of the race. The Vuelta is the right race. Within the Tour it’s way more nervous. There the transition phases are more durable and the climbs are much less steep. In order that race is admittedly totally different for me.”

Presently Sepp Kuss has no want to be the chief within the Tour de France subsequent yr. He expects to be at first once more in his outdated position as a helper within the mountains. “Usually sure, however I additionally wish to be performed as a joker. That can be motivating for me, to work for a frontrunner on this manner and likewise to have the ability to race. I’ve definitely not misplaced the pleasure of serving.”

Kuss again to working in 2024:
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Miguel Angel López Kidnapped and Robbed
Miguel Angel López was kidnapped by three suspects on his farm final Thursday, after which he was additionally robbed. In keeping with native police: “They detained him for 3 hours and stole his Ford truck, a cellphone and 800,000 Colombian Peso (about €190).” A Police colonel made a video announcement on Twitter (X). The crime happened in Boyacá, the place López lives along with his household. López joins an inventory of kidnapped Colombian cyclists.

López was provisionally suspended in July on suspicion of possession and use of prohibited substances within the week previous to the 2022 Giro d’Italia. A closing resolution will observe. ‘Sooper López’ is at the moment racing with the Medellín-EPM crew the place he received the Vuelta a Colombia earlier this yr.

López has not had a lot luck not too long ago:
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UCI Asks the Swiss Federation Why Küng was Allowed to Proceed within the Euro TT After his Crash
The UCI has requested the Swiss Biking Affiliation what measures have been taken following the crash of Stefan Küng within the time trial throughout the European Time Trial Championships on Wednesday in Emmen.

A bloodied Küng crossed the end line in Emmen. Along with cuts, he additionally suffered two fractures in his hand, a crack in his cheekbone and a gentle concussion after his crash into the limitations. Regardless of a damaged helmet, Küng completed, however after he was examined and brought to hospital.

Since 2021, the UCI has had a protocol if there’s, or s suspicion of, concussion. Riders should first be assessed for a doable concussion; if their helmet is damaged or if they’ve had a severe crash. The UCI now needs to listen to from the Swiss federation whether or not this measure was taken, in keeping with the Danish Ekstra Bladet. In that case, there would have been probability that Küng wouldn’t have been allowed to proceed racing after his crash. There could also be penalties if the proper tips concerning concussion protocol weren’t adopted.

Kúng completed, however ought to he have been allowed to proceed?
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Patrick Lefevere on Riders Leaving Soudal Fast-Step
Patrick Lefevere has supplied some extra details about the lack of riders from his Soudal Fast-Step crew in his weekly column in Het Nieuwsblad. The supervisor mentioned, amongst different issues, the harder farewell to Tim Declercq, but additionally an odd state of affairs with Mauro Schmid. “On the finish of the season you spend fewer phrases saying goodbye.”

“Attentive biking followers could have already observed: there are lots of riders who’re leaving our crew this yr. There are at the moment 9 ‘sure’ departures, along with Dries Devenyns who’s retiring from racing. We additionally had fifteen riders who’ve reached the tip of their contracts, so it’s logical that there’s a lot of turnover,” Lefevere mentioned in his column. “I might say that saying goodbye isn’t nice, however in apply it varies significantly from case to case.”

One of many harder ones is saying goodbye to workhorse Declercq. “Sure, that’s with a heavy coronary heart. I might have beloved to maintain him, he would have beloved to remain, however there’s a monetary actuality. Tim is in a sure wage vary. He needed to cut back his value barely, however I didn’t like that. In my expertise: a rider who earns much less is a rider who will carry out much less. We had been unable to achieve an settlement and he obtained a pleasant supply from Lidl-Trek, a crew that clearly has cash.”

“We even have departures who’re ‘prepared for a brand new problem’. Rémi Cavagna mentioned that in so many phrases. Which in his case I additionally perceive after seven seasons. He’s near Movistar, the place he might race for himself within the Classics of the North. I’ve some extra questions on that. I don’t need to say something dangerous about Rémi who has been a really invaluable power, however cobblestone Classics along with his racing expertise? I don’t see it instantly.”

The Belgian supervisor additionally offers some extra details about Schmid’s state of affairs. “You typically lose riders who signal a contract for one more crew. Actually within the case of Mauro Schmid, who will transfer to Jayco-Alula after this season. After the World championships in Glasgow he disappeared off the radar. When coach Koen Pelgrim requested why his information had not been loaded into our coaching program, he mentioned that his Garmin was damaged. It later turned out that he had been on a visit to Las Vegas for six days. On the finish of the season you spend fewer phrases saying goodbye.”

Mauro Schmid Responded to Lefevere
Mauro Schmid responded to the allegation from Patrick Lefevere who implied that the Swiss rider was not severe about his occupation. Nonetheless, the rider was certainly coaching in Las Vegas, in keeping with a Strava route that he posted on social media. The Strava file dates from August 18. The file reveals that Schmid spent greater than 3 hours on the bike that day and coated greater than 94.1km. Per week later, Schmid began within the Deutschland Tour, the place he didn’t do a lot, his finest consequence was seventeenth within the prologue.



Gorka Izagirre Reunited along with his Brother Ion After Two Years
Gorka Izagirre shall be reunited along with his brother Ion Izagirre in 2024. Cofidis has signed the 35 year-old Basque from Movistar, the Izagirre brothers will race collectively once more subsequent yr.

Gorka, the eldest Izagirre, shall be using with the French crew subsequent yr. “He shall be an simple added worth for the crew and our younger riders,” says supervisor Cédric Vasseur. “Gorka and Ion have at all times shined after they had the chance to race in the identical crew. Gorka shall be invaluable for Guillaume Martin in stage races and one-day races. He’s skilled and at all times motivated.”

It’s a problem for Izagirre himself, he says. “The sensation among the many crew and the riders is excellent. For me it’s a new crew, a brand new nation and a brand new language, however I’ll do all the things I can to adapt. Ion has solely mentioned good issues. My objective shall be to assist the leaders and do all the things I can to realize as many victories as doable.”

It’s not the primary time that Gorka and Ion Izagirre have raced in the identical crew, beforehand they had been collectively in Euskatel-Euskadi (2010-2013), Movistar (2014-2017, 2022-2023), Bahrain Merida (2018) and Astana (2019-2021).

Ion shall be with Gorka in 2024:
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Felipe Orts Leaves Burgos-BH
Felipe Orts has introduced his departure from the Burgos-BH crew. The Spanish cyclo-cross champion is not going to race with the ProTeam after December 31 and can proceed on his personal from January 1, 2024. Orts has arrange his personal crew to mix cyclo-cross, mountain biking and gravel.

The Orts off-road crew shall be known as FORTS Workforce. He’ll announce at a later date which sponsors and employees will be part of his mission. From the brand new yr we are going to see Orts in new package, the place he makes the Spanish Cyclo-Cross Championship, the World Cup in Benidorm and the Cyclo-Cross World Championship his greatest objectives.

In the interim, Orts continues to be within the purple of Burg0s-BH at first of the cyclo-cross season. “Initially, I wish to thank Burgos-BH and categorical my appreciation for the final three years,” mentioned the 28 year-old Spaniard. “The crew has been crucial to my profession, and till the tip of the yr I’ll proceed to defend the colors with all pleasure and respect, however I do know the time has come to start out a brand new mission and develop myself in specialties like mountain biking and gravel, that are exterior the main focus of a highway crew.”

Orts shall be again in his ‘residence’ cross in Benidorm 2024:
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Richard Plugge: “Hessmann Doping Case Forces us to Take a Good Look within the Mirror”
Richard Plugge discusses the optimistic doping check of his German rider Michel Hessmann in additional element in his column in RIDE Journal by WielerFlits. He explains, amongst different issues, how the crew views dietary supplements, medicines and power drinks.

“Wednesday, August 16, 2023 was a black day for our crew,” Plugge wrote. “For the primary time in ten years, we obtained the message {that a} rider from our crew, Michel Hessmann, had taken a optimistic doping check. We now have to look within the mirror ourselves, are we doing all the things proper?”

“Everybody concerned in and with our organisation should concentrate on all the things. Germany has a doping regulation, so the general public prosecutor’s workplace is routinely concerned. Felony regulation has the presumption of innocence, whereas disciplinary regulation causes the opposite manner round. It’s as much as the athlete to show that he has carried out nothing mistaken. If the check is carried out correctly, there are two flavours, both it’s aware, or it’s contamination from a complement or different medication,” Plugge defined.

In his column he goes into extra element about the best way his crew works. “It’s subsequently obligatory inside our crew to solely use dietary supplements and medicines which have been batch checked for doping substances, to minimise the chance of contamination. Many merchandise comprise remnants of different merchandise.”

“Briefly, an athlete can’t merely take a complement, drug or power drink with out realizing whether or not it has been examined beforehand. There could be a (in- or out-of-competition) doping management 12 months a yr, the athlete have to be sharp day-after-day. That’s a part of biking coverage. Riders (the a number of winners or chief jersey wearers) are checked between thirty and 150 instances per yr. That’s good and will stay that manner. We stand for truthful sport through which skills cross swords on equal grounds.”

RIDE Journal is produced by Dutch biking web site WielerFlits.

Plugge talks about Hessmann and doping:
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Bahrain Victorious Indicators Promising Expertise Max van der Meulen for 2025
Bahrain Victorious are delighted to announce the signing of the promising younger Dutch bike owner Max van der Meulen for the 2025 season. Max will spend one season growing his expertise and skills with the Bahrain Victorious under-23 improvement crew, Biking Workforce Friuli, earlier than making his anticipated leap into the WorldTour.

His signing comes following a profitable improvement interval with Growth Workforce dsm-firmenich. Bahrain Victorious is happy to offer him with the platform to evolve his expertise additional and fulfil his potential.

Max van der Meulen expressed his gratitude for his time with Workforce dsm-firmenich and his enthusiasm for the brand new chapter in his profession, saying, “Firstly, I’d wish to thank Workforce dsm-firmenich for the event they’ve given me up till this level in my profession. I’m extraordinarily excited to get the prospect to develop myself throughout the subsequent couple of years inside Bahrain Victorious. I’m trying ahead to subsequent yr with Biking Workforce Friuli, the place I’ll make my closing steps in improvement earlier than realising a lifelong dream, turning into knowledgeable bike rider for Bahrain Victorious.”

This strategic signing reinforces Bahrain Victorious’ dedication to nurturing and supporting rising skills in skilled biking.



Georg Steinhauser Renews with EF Schooling-EasyPost
“I need to race and carry out on the highest degree that I can presumably attain.”

Georg Steinhauser’s biking profession is simply getting began. Two years after he made his WorldTour debut with EF Schooling-EasyPost, the twenty-one-year-old German has signed a brand new contract to proceed racing with our crew. Georg is keen to achieve new heights with the teammates he now calls associates. He has realized rather a lot throughout his first seasons within the skilled ranks.

“I take pleasure in racing and I need to race and carry out on the highest degree that I can presumably attain,” Georg says. “I’m positive that if I do this I also can win some races. Throughout my first years, I made some massive steps efficiency sensible and data sensible, so I’m tremendous glad to proceed with the crew.”

Georg has ridden to a lot of spectacular outcomes throughout his first years as a professional. Highlights embody a third-place on GC on the Route d’Occitanie-La Dépêche du Midi and second on a stage on the Tour of the Alps, the place he got here in simply behind his EF Schooling-EasyPost teammate Simon Carr.

Throughout his rookie yr, Georg was nonetheless finishing his apprenticeship to develop into a certified metalworker, so 2023 was the primary season when he might concentrate on racing full time. Alongside along with his successes, Georg needed to cope with some challenges on the bike. A nagging knee damage stored him out of a few of the races he was most excited to trip. So did just a few premature sicknesses. This fall, Georg was within the form of his life and raring to make his grand tour debut on the Vuelta a España when a bout of COVID struck him down. That was a tough blow to take. Nonetheless, Georg was inspired by the progress he made throughout his preparations for the race.

“I’d had some small successes within the Tour of the Alps and the Route d’Occitanie, however for me the large success was truly the construct as much as the Vuelta, as a result of I simply received in such good condition,” Georg says. “It was only a disgrace that I couldn’t present it within the race, however that’s what it’s. I do know I can get there once more.”

Now, Georg’s primary objective for the approaching yr is evident. He needs to trip his first grand tour.

“That will be superior,” Georg says. “I need to see how I develop over three weeks and undergo such a race.”

Georg additionally has his sights set on the Strade Bianche. He’s a eager mountain biker, who goes off-road every time he will get the prospect. He would like to get his first skilled win and is aware of he has the power to trip with the perfect, whether or not he’s racing for himself or his teammates. EF Schooling-EasyPost CEO Jonathan Vaughters may be very glad to have Georg on the crew. “Georg continues to be exploring his potential after his first yr as a full-time bike owner,” Vaughters says. “His work ethic and expertise are actually going to begin to present within the coming years.”

EF Schooling-EasyPost is the place Georg feels at residence. He enjoys working with the employees and being in such a global setting.

“At each race, we get nice help and there’s a nice combine of various folks and nationalities. The older riders assist me and provides me some ideas. I simply take pleasure in being on the races all the time.”

Earlier than he hangs up his bike on the finish of this season, Georg has extra racing on his schedule. This week, he’s set to trip the Tour of Langkawi. He’ll then head residence to his new residence in Austria, the place he and his girlfriend have moved to be nearer to the mountains. Georg loves snowboarding within the winter, each alpine and cross-country, and ski-mo particularly. He additionally needs to place his metalworking expertise to make use of. He’s excited to construct some furnishings for his new place. Earlier than lengthy, he’ll flip his consideration to coaching once more although. Georg Steinhauser is not a neo-pro. Together with his new contract, he’s extra motivated than ever.

Georg Steinhauser stays with EF Schooling-EasyPost:
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Bahrain Victorious Lengthen Arashiro, Buitrago and Caruso Contracts
Bahrain Victorious is delighted to announce the contract extensions of Yukiya Arashiro, Santiago Buitrago and Damiano Caruso.

The Japanese biking star Yukiya Arashiro joined the crew in 2017, the inaugural season. Subsequent yr shall be his eighth season with us: “I’m thrilled to proceed working with a crew that correctly evaluates my work as a helper and respects my profession. Skilled racing has entered a brand new stage and is taking up a unique dimension than prior to now, however I imagine that I nonetheless have one thing to contribute and that there are duties which swimsuit me the perfect, so I’ll proceed to concentrate on every race one after the other. I can’t wait so as to add another racing season and revel in another yr within the WorldTour.”

The younger Columbian expertise Santiago Buitrago, who turned professional with Bahrain Victorious in 2020, will keep on with the crew for one more two years and look to develop on his excellent outcomes that embody two stage victories on the Giro d’Italia, a third place within the Monument Liège-Bastogne-Liège, plus two wins at Saudi Tour and Vuelta Burgos: “I’m more than happy to increase my contract with the crew. Previously 4 seasons, the crew drastically helped me develop. I need to proceed believing within the mission that the crew has with me. I hope I can maintain giving the crew as many successes as doable to repay the crew’s belief in myself and obtain the targets collectively.”

Damiano Caruso may also proceed with the crew until 2025. Caruso has been integral to the crew’s success over his 5 seasons and continues to show himself as a GC contender. The skilled Italian climber has claimed two GrandTour stage wins, a 2nd place within the general on the Giro d’Italia in 2021 and, extra not too long ago, 4th on the 2023 version of the Giro d’Italia: “This extension of 1 yr extra is pure formality. We neither wanted to debate the choice of staying or not with the crew. I really feel a part of a mission past the job of knowledgeable rider as a result of I really feel a part of a household that gratifies me as an athlete and individual: mutual feeling with the administration that prolonged my contract till 2025. I like pondering that Bahrain Victorious will be the crew with which I’ll finish my skilled profession as a bike owner.”



The Amstel Gold Race is within the Fingers of Flanders Classics Organisers
The Amstel Gold Race, the Netherlands’ greatest Basic, could have a brand new organiser in 2025. Flanders Classics will take over from race director and organiser Leo van Vliet. The Dutchman will stay race director of the Amstel Gold Race within the coming editions and can retire in 2026.

Former rider Leo Van Vliet has been the person behind the one-day Basic for nearly three a long time. The just about 68 year-old Dutchman will stay the face of the Amstel Gold Race as race director within the coming editions and can on the identical time work intently with Flanders Classics to make sure a easy switch. Van Vliet will retire in 2026 after thirty years of service. Nothing modifications for Leontien van Moorsel. She stays race director of the ladies’s version of the Amstel Gold Race.

The Amstel Gold Race Basis needs to additional develop the race with Flanders Classics. “Flanders Classics has an unlimited monitor report in cycling-mad Belgium and is aware of higher than anybody else tips on how to set the tempo within the quickly evolving sports activities world,” the race organisers mentioned a press launch. “It’s a progressive occasion that’s continuously growing within the areas of innovation, sustainability and inclusivity.”

“Along with them we are able to additional form the beloved Amstel Gold Race for each professionals and touring riders and the biking competition for followers. We’re more than happy that Leo will stay with us for the subsequent three editions to set out the traces we’ve come to count on from him for nearly three a long time. Collectively we work with Flanders Classics to take the Amstel Gold Race to an excellent greater degree.”

Leo van Vliet is already waiting for his impending retirement as race director. “After I took over the position from Herman Krott (the race director till 1996), he had organised no fewer than thirty editions of the Amstel Gold Race. I’m now approaching that quantity; 2026 appears to me to be a beautiful time to cease. Then, identical to Krott, I even have thirty to my identify. I’m extremely pleased with the event we’ve achieved in these three a long time.”

“In all these years, organising a biking race has develop into extra sophisticated. Flanders Classics has confirmed itself as a high-quality organiser. Simply as necessary is that they’ve the identical ardour for biking. These two qualities make sure that I can confidently hand over my beloved Amstel Gold Race to them. However I haven’t left but, we are going to work collectively within the coming editions and guarantee a easy switch.”

Tomas Van Den Spiegel, the CEO of Flanders Classics: “This can be a crucial step for us. We additional develop our worldwide journey with the Amstel Gold Race. Leo van Vliet has an unbelievable monitor report and we’re very proud that we are able to proceed to construct on his success. Naturally, we are going to safeguard the individuality of this race and make sure the typical Amstel Gold Race character.”

Leo van Vliet to retire:


GranPiemonte 2023: A Difficult Route Via the Hills of Canavese
The 107th version of the GranPiemonte, scheduled for five October, has been offered. 152 km from Borgofranco d’Ivrea to Favria with an open finale. Wout Van Aert, Alberto Dainese, Bauke Mollema, Fabio Felline and Ivan Garcia Cortina, winner of the 2022 version, are among the many big-name contenders on the nationwide and worldwide biking scene introduced at first.


The 107th version of the GranPiemonte offered by Crédit Agricole was offered right now in Turin on the Grattacielo Piemonte, the headquarters of the Area. The plan for the day contains 152 km beginning in Borgofranco d’Ivrea and ending in Favria, all within the Canavese space. The route is split into two components: the primary one is sort of fully flat, whereas the second, after passing over the end line, is wholly a succession of consecutive climbs and descents that would break up the group in favour of those that will assault. Along with the route, the 22 groups that we’ll see at first of the race on 5 October have been introduced, with the presence of 15 World Tour groups.

Fabrizio Ricca, Sports activities Councillor at Regione Piemonte, and Mauro Vegni, Director of biking at RCS Sport, with the trophy of the GranPiemonte offered by Crédit Agricole

The ROUTE of GrandPiemonte Offered by Crédit Agricole
The 107th version of the race is basically a flat trip from the beginning in Borgofranco d’Ivrea to simply after the move over the end line in Favria, which marks the start of a 74km circuit. Previous Castellamonte, the riders will negotiate a brace of consecutive ascents and descents. After a 7km climb to Colleretto Castelnuovo (3.4%), adopted by a brief descent and a 5.4% uphill to Faiallo (5.1km), the peloton descends into Pont Canavese and crosses the bridge over the Orco stream. Alpette, developing, is the toughest climb of the race: it goes up a mean 9% for almost 5 km, with gradients touching 17% within the first half, on a comparatively slim highway. After a high-speed descent into Cuorgnè, the route takes within the final climb resulting in Pratiglione (4.4km at 3.4%). Previous the summit, the end is 13km away.

Remaining kilometres
The final 5 km are performed out on comparatively vast and basically flat roads. Roundabouts, visitors islands and avenue furnishings are the primary impediments right here. The house straight (200 m) is on 7 m vast tarmac.


Fabrizio Ricca, Sports activities Councillor at Regione Piemonte: “Piemonte is turning into the Italian residence of biking and this reality, as directors, makes us actually proud. The historical past of this sport owes rather a lot to our area, however as councillor, I feel that the way forward for aggressive biking must also be linked to our area. In truth, main occasions aren’t solely a novel leisure alternative for residents but additionally a driver of financial progress that, in keeping with information, is each bit pretty much as good as different productive sectors. Investing in sport is synonymous with investing in our future”.

Mauro Vegni, Director of biking at RCS Sport: “Like yearly, we’re renewing our particular relationship with Regione Piemonte, whose territory has repeatedly been a beginning and ending location of our races. All these occasions can develop into a novel driver, if properly guided, to showcase the world not solely the sporting occasion but additionally the jewels of the territory. We now have designed a troublesome and selective route that pulls a few of the stars of world biking to the beginning, one above all Wout Van Aert. I’m trying ahead to a terrific battle as a result of among the many riders introduced at first are necessary names similar to Ivan Garcia Cortina, who received the Gran Piemonte in 2022, or Alberto Dainese, whom we noticed reaching some necessary victories at each the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España”.

Livio Tola, Mayor of Borgofranco d’Ivrea: “After the beginning of the Giro d’Italia we may also host the GranPiemonte, for us it’s a dream that continues. I’m proud that Borgofranco d’Ivrea will host this nice race as a result of for us it’s a additional enhancement of the territory that follows the trail taken in Could with the Corsa Rosa. The GranPiemonte is a brand new alternative and we need to seize it totally”.

Vittorio Bellone, Mayor of Favria: “We now have by no means hosted a begin or end of a biking race of this degree and it is rather necessary for us to have the ability to get entangled. We’re gearing up for five October to be an ideal day and for the entire world to understand our territories. In the present day I really feel like mayor not solely of Favria however of the whole Canavese area”.

The Groups of GranPiemonte PresentedRESENTED by Crédit Agricole:
22 groups, 15 UCI World Groups and seven UCI Professional Groups, with 7 riders every



The profitable dash of Ivan Garcia Cortina within the 2022 version:


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The Hidden Treasures of the 2023 UCI Gravel World Championships
The races scheduled for 7-8 October will undoubtedly be thrilling, however throughout there shall be a novel and great territory to find. The perfect setting for awarding the rainbow jersey

Lower than 20 days and the whole space encompassing the municipalities of the province of Treviso and the Piave space and valley shall be crammed with hundreds of cyclists for the 2023 UCI Gravel World Championship. On 7-8 October, the perfect athletes on this planet will compete and have enjoyable all alongside the Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene.

The occasion would be the very best alternative to find – for many who have no idea the world – or to rediscover – for many who haven’t been right here for some time – an space wealthy in historical past and artwork, mixed with a novel situation in the entire of Italy. The work of the winegrowers, in reality, has made these hills and landscapes extremely recognisable and inimitable.

Within the midst of nature, it’s almost unimaginable to recover from cities and villages, wealthy in appeal and tradition. Proper from the beginning we immerse ourselves in historic locations, the attribute passage alongside the Piave riverbed, arriving at Ponte della Priula and Susegana and encountering the Citadel of San Salvatore, in-built 1245. We then descend alongside filth tracks passing by the Citadel of Collalto and getting into the city of Pieve di Soligo for the primary time. From there we fly in the direction of Molinetto della Croda, an historical water mill positioned in an necessary panorama space of the province of Treviso, the Lierza valley, alongside the highway that connects the city of Refrontolo (the municipality which the monument belongs) to that of Rolle. The route then proceeds within the route of Arfanta and reaches first the Cison di Valmarino after which the lakes of Revine; along with Tarzo, is a part of a valuable ecosystem for biodiversity and represents a pure heritage recognised and guarded by the European Group. Enhanced by the Veneto Area as a Park of Native Curiosity and safeguarded by the lakeside municipalities by way of the Environmental Plan, rightfully enters the territorial boundaries of the ‘Prosecco Hills’ as a UNESCO World Heritage Website. Leaving the lakes, we cross Tarzo and climb in the direction of San Pietro di Feletto and Refrontolo. As soon as once more we move over Pieve di Soligo and start a really technical stretch wealthy in historical past: with Palù di Sernaglia della Battaglia and Moriago della Battaglia.

Right here, one totally enters historical past by crossing the Piave riverbed on the Isola del Morti. On this particular place, on the financial institution of the Piave river past Montello, within the final days of October 1918, the offensive of the Battle of Victory led by the Arditi happened, which led to the tip of the Nice Battle. Hundreds of younger troopers sacrificed their lives. The identify of this place, now a marvellous backyard alongside the Piave River, is because of the truth that the whole floor was coated with troopers who had fallen in battle and the comrades advancing needed to make their manner by way of that spectral surroundings. From right here we proceed to the Prosecco Hills of Conegliano Valdobbiadene and encounter the Strada del Prosecco and Through dei Colli, the oldest wine route in Italy. A unbelievable journey that then leads us to the ultimate climbs of Collagù and San Gallo in Farra di Soligo, earlier than swooping down in Pieve di Soligo.

It’s exactly in Pieve di Soligo, capital of Quartier del Piave, that the end line shall be positioned to reward the second UCI Gravel World Champion. The city of Pieve di Soligo has quite a few examples of Venetian palaces and villas, lots of which have been listed by the Istituto Regionale Ville Venete, together with Villa Chisini, Ghetti and Morona.

The mayor of Pieve di Soligo, Stefano Soldan, emphasised the significance of this occasion: “Internet hosting the 2023 version of the UCI Gravel World Championship within the province of Treviso is a superb alternative for the whole Alta Marca Trevigiana space, at the start when it comes to tourism, as a result of massive variety of athletes and followers who shall be travelling alongside the race route on 7/8 October to attend the occasion, which could have the great fortune of being adopted worldwide and can additional promote and qualify our territory”.

“Secondly,” continued the First Citizen, “the selection of Pieve di Soligo and the Quartier del Piave because the privileged location for the end line testifies the nice consideration and keenness that the territory has at all times reserved for biking and its apply, due to the passion of followers and athletes who’ve at all times been dedicated to organising races or supporting this sporting apply, which right now is the undisputed emblem of a manner of experiencing sport, the panorama and tourism. I’m satisfied that this occasion definitively seals this territory’s propensity for internet hosting main occasions and a candidate for the UCI Bike Lab. My heartfelt due to the organisers and to all those that will honour us with their presence.”

Marina Montedoro, President of the Affiliation for the Heritage of the Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, additionally expressed her opinion on the topic: “Internet hosting the UCI Gravel World Championship between Treviso and the Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene is a novelty that honours us deeply. As quickly as we heard the information of the task of this high-level worldwide race to the Alta Marca space, as an affiliation we gave our help not solely as a result of a big a part of the route crosses the Hills, but additionally as a result of it’s an occasion that registers vital numbers. Over 300 skilled athletes from everywhere in the world, together with Australia, america, and Africa, within the males’s and girls’s fields, will move by way of our roads, together with the perfect, about 600, novice cyclists who certified throughout the 16 phases of the UCI World Sequence. Gravel is a steadily rising self-discipline that embraces an ever-growing viewers of fanatics. This occasion, which winds its manner by way of a few of the most iconic locations of our UNESCO World Heritage Website, will carry the territory itself below the nationwide and worldwide highlight, from the Citadel of San Salvatore to Pieve di Soligo, from the Molinetto della Croda to the Castelbrando fortress, from the Revine Lakes to the well-known Ca’ del Poggio wall. A singular alternative that mixes sport, leisure, ardour and scenic magnificence and that we couldn’t fail to welcome with enthusiasm and dedication”.

The work of the winegrowers has made the Prosecco Hills a novel and interesting place:
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Adriatica Ionica Race Canceled the Day Earlier than the Begin
The Adriatica Ionica Race is not going to happen this yr. The three-day stage race was supposed to start out on Friday, however lower than 24 hours earlier than the scheduled begin, the groups had been advised that the race can be canceled. In keeping with sources from Tuttobiciweb, errors had been made by organiser Asd Sportunion that led to ‘a complete sequence of issues’. These issues forestall the multi-day occasion from persevering with.

The overwhelming majority of the groups had been already in Corropoli on Thursday, the place the multi-day occasion would begin. They had been reassured by the organisation on Wednesday night, regardless of the rumours already circulating that the race couldn’t go forward. On Thursday afternoon, race director Moreno Argentin introduced from his residence, by way of a video name, that the race couldn’t go forward in spite of everything.

The explanations given had been issues with visitors, technical steering and the absence of the UCI jury. In keeping with Argentin, the truth that the UCI didn’t ship jury members was as a result of a ‘political’ battle with the Italian biking federation. Beforehand, the race organisation and the biking affiliation had not reached an settlement concerning the TV rights for the race.

The Adriatica Ionica Race can be in its fifth version this yr. The primary version happened in 2018 and was received by Iván Ramiro Sosa. Mark Padun (2019), Lorenzo Fortunato (2021) and Filippo Zana (2022).

The primary winner of Adriatica Ionica Race in 2018, Iván Ramiro Sosa:
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Austin Aviators Tackle SLC Criterium
This video brings you to Salt Lake by way of the eyes of riders Joyce Monton and Eamon Lucas, two senior members of the Aviators squad.

Austin Aviators

For the Austin Aviators, it’s been a summer season of race, relaxation, and repeat.

On this second installment of Vitus’ video sequence following the first-year skilled criterium crew, the Aviators land in Salt Lake Metropolis, Utah, for 2 back-to-back days of racing on the Salt Lake Criterium — a heater of a race each actually and figuratively. The sixth spherical of the American Criterium Cup introduced 100-degree warmth and a stacked area in each the ladies’s and males’s occasions.

This video brings you to Salt Lake by way of the eyes of riders Joyce Monton and Eamon Lucas, two senior members of the Aviators squad. Joyce, a Los Angeles-based professional who got here to the US from the Philippines, has fought the percentages to earn her place on the Aviators roster.

She got here to the US shouldering a world of accountability to work and assist help her household within the Philippines. Bike racing, Joyce mentioned, isn’t one thing usually within the playing cards for somebody in her place — a dream, at finest. But right here she is.

“That is actual, that is occurring; it’s not a dream anymore,” Joyce mentioned “Changing into knowledgeable bike owner is such a privilege, particularly for me as a result of I come from nothing.”

Eamon, the de-facto highway captain of the lads’s squad, is a veteran bike racer with deep expertise within the US and European peloton. He’s tasked with serving to the lads’s and girls’s groups gel and passing on the data he’s earned over a decade-plus in racing. “The [Salt Lake Criterium] is tremendous necessary as a result of we’ve lastly clicked and located plenty of momentum, and while you’re on that development it’s necessary to maintain that momentum going Eamon mentioned. “We’ve been collectively sufficient; and we’ve sufficient race days within the legs; and we’re match sufficient to do what we would like and should do.”

Created by acclaimed filmmaker Angus Morton (Thereabouts, Outskirts), this brief movie seems to be at American skilled crit racing by way of the lens of a seasoned professional and an up-and-comer.

Watch the video right here:


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