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EUROTRASH Monday: Extra Cross and All the pieces Else you Must Know!

A contented EUROTRASH New Yr to all… Extra high cyclo-cross motion from the Precise Cross Azencross in Loenhout and X20 Badkamers Trofee GP Sven Nys in Baal, plus the Belgian Seaside Race Championships.
Sonny Colbrelli misses life as an expert bike owner – TOP STORY.
Rider information: One other award for Remco Evenepoel, Jonas Vingegaard won’t ever cheat, UCI to droop Toon Aerts for 2 years, Jonathan Milan desires of Basic victory, Anthony Jullien, Quentin Venner and Sander Armée retire, Tom Dumoulin to be TV biking analyst, or?
Workforce information: Soudal Fast-Step roster video, new package for Jayco AlUla, BORA-hansgrohe, Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal, Human Powered Well being, EOLO KOMETA, Equipo Kern Pharma and FDJ-SUEZ-Futuroscope, Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise renamed Flanders-Baloise, Piotr Wadecki and Rik Reinerink strengthen Q36.5’s efficiency crew and Soudal Fast-Step household day.
Contract information: Timo Kielich strikes to Alpecin-Deceuninck WorldTour crew in 2024.
Plus the unhappy information of the passing of Noël Dejonckheere.


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TOP STORY: Sonny Colbrelli Misses his Life as a Skilled Bike owner
2022 was not a great 12 months for Sonny Colbrelli. The Italian needed to put an finish to his skilled biking profession on the age of 32 resulting from coronary heart issues. “I’ve been trying ahead to the final day of the 12 months, as a result of I wish to put 2022 behind me.”

March twenty first was the day Colbrelli found his coronary heart issues. Within the first stage of the Tour of Catalonia he was sprinting to second place, however catastrophe struck. “It went black earlier than my eyes. I solely wakened within the hospital. They instructed me I had a cardiac arrest. At first I didn’t imagine them,” Colbrelli instructed Het Nieuwsblad.

“I received fortunate twice. At first as a result of there was a younger man within the crowd who got here to the ambulance and instantly understood the seriousness of the scenario. He climbed over the crush obstacles to present me a coronary heart therapeutic massage and to set my coronary heart shifting once more after a couple of minutes with a defibrillator. The truth that the defibrillator was there was second to my luck.”

The compelled retirement from biking is difficult for Colbrelli. “I’ve repeatedly wiped away a tear in current weeks and months. Final month I went on a crew coaching camp with Bahrain. When the opposite boys placed on their new package, journey on the brand new bikes, talk about the brand new packages, I’ve to get into the assist automobile in regular garments, then tears come to your eyes.”

“I miss the fatigue in my legs, I miss sharing the room with my common companions Damiano Caruso and Matej Mohorič, I miss the adrenaline of the race.” Nonetheless, Colbrelli tries to remain optimistic, which he additionally discovered vital as a rider. “Not everybody can inform their story after a cardiac arrest. I’ve to be glad and never egocentric as a result of I can’t race anymore.”

Colbrelli attempting to remain optimistic:


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Precise Cross Azencross – Loenhout Males 2022
Wout van Aert received the Precise Cross in Loenhout on Friday. The Jumbo-Visma rider beat Mathieu van der Poel and Tom Pidcock within the dash after one other nice race. For Van Aert it’s his fourth victory within the busy Christmas interval.


Mathieu van der Poel wasted no time in Loenhout. The quickest begin was for Wout van Aert, however Van der Poel instantly took over. The Dutchman hit the primary bridge and instantly compelled Van Aert to chase. Tom Pidcock additionally had a great begin in Loenhout, however couldn’t reply Van der Poel’s early transfer.

On the washboard Van Aert was capable of be part of Van der Poel once more, who made a small mistake. The 2 slowed down a bit, which allowed Pidcock to affix in the beginning of the second lap. After a comparatively quiet second lap, Van der Poel pushed on in lap three. Van Aert and Pidcock needed to pull out all of the stops, however had been capable of rejoin on the finish of lap two. Even though the ‘Huge Three’ have a busy Christmas interval, they as soon as once more offered all of the motion. This was primarily resulting from Van der Poel, who accelerated each time he took the lead. With a brand new hole, the Alpecin-Deceuninck rider began the lengthy ending straight. Pidcock was additionally robust and with Van Aert on his wheel, closed the hole to Van der Poel.

On lap 5 there was no assaults. Pidcock needed to recuperate after his effort and in addition made a mistake within the working part, however the Briton was capable of rejoin via the end line. On the sixth lap Van der Poel got here via onerous. Van Aert needed to go away a small hole, however was capable of keep shut. It was too quick for Pidcock, however the INEOS Grenadiers rider discovered his second breath within the subsequent lap and rejoined once more. The three began the ultimate lap collectively. Belgian champion Van Aert was the primary to make a transfer. Van der Poel was rapidly onto Van Aert’s wheel after which got here previous. After a technical mistake by Van Aert, Van der Poel had a brand new hole. By the mud in direction of the pits, it was Van der Poel who made a mistake and once more Van Aert and Pidcock might rejoin the Dutchman. The three raced into the ending straight to dash for the victory. Van Aert began the dash first and instantly had a spot. Van der Poel held him for some time, however finally needed to give in. Van Aert was the winner, Van der Poel and Pidcock needed to accept second and third.


Race winner, Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma): “It was a tough course. Mathieu carried out higher on the technical sections at this time, however I couldn’t make it tough for the opposite two. I used to be blissful all alongside that I might sustain. To be trustworthy, I believed Mathieu took off on the ultimate lap. However he made a mistake that allowed me to come back again, so I needed to work to get myself collectively earlier than the dash. The plan was to be a number of metres behind Tom so I might dash from his slipstream. That labored out properly. It’s actually insane. I didn’t count on this after I began this a part of the season. The legs and my morale are good. Then, often, issues go a bit simpler.”

2nd, Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Deceuninck): “There was not a lot left for me within the dash, I had already made an important effort earlier than. There have been very deep ruts there and I received into the flawed observe, so I hit the opposite facet. That’s a pity, as a result of that mistake price me the victory. After that there was not a lot left within the dash, Wout was the strongest there. I had already made a giant effort for that dash. That lead was initially additionally large enough to maintain it to the road. Then I didn’t should drive that dash, however the situation and type are good. Even with out the perfect legs, I attempted to cross.”

third, Tom Pidcock (INEOS Grenadiers): “It was good to be there within the remaining straight. I instantly shot out of my pedal. Someway I used to be rapidly again with the primary riders and after the primary bridge I used to be on the wheel of Van Aert and Van der Poel. I misplaced numerous time within the mud afterwards, I used to be actually caught rather a lot at this time. On the different factors within the course I used to be good and I used to be capable of sustain with the remaining. It was good to be there. Nevertheless, I now not believed in victory. Third place was the very best achievable at this time.”

Precise Cross Azencross – Loenhout Males Consequence:
1. Wout van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma in 59:40
2. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Deceuninck at 0:01
3. Tom Pidcock (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:01
4. Cameron Mason (GB) Trinity Racing Cross at 1:08
5. Gerben Kuypers (Bel) Proximus-AlphaMotorhomes-Doltcini CT at 1:36
6. Thomas Mein (GB) Hope Manufacturing facility Racing at 1:48
7. Thijs Aerts (Bel) Baloise Trek Lions at 1:51
8. Witse Meeussen (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 1:54
9. Timo Kielich (Bel) Crelan-Fristads at 2:13
10. Niels Vandeputte (Bel) Alpecin-Deceuninck at 2:20.



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Precise Cross Azencross – Loenhout Girls 2022
Shirin van Anrooij received the Precise Cross in Loenhout. The Dutch cyclo-cross rider rode away within the first lap and was not seen once more. For Van Anrooij it was her third victory within the Christmas interval. Marie Schreiber and Manon Bakker had been allowed to affix the rostrum.


The quickest starter in Loenhout was Marie Schreiber from Luxembourg. High favorite Shirin van Anrooij additionally had a great begin and hit the off-road in fourth place. As a consequence of rain, the floor was very slippery and the riders needed to be cautious to not make too many slides.

As a result of absence of Blanka Kata Vas and Annemarie Worst, who dropped out on the final minute, Van Anrooij didn’t have numerous competitors in Loenhout. The Dutch rider went away midway via the primary lap and was 10 seconds forward of the pursuers on the end line. The opposition by no means noticed her once more. At first, Schreiber and the Czech rider Kristyna Zemanova, tried to comply with Van Anrooij, however Zemanova couldn’t sustain with Scheiber’s tempo, who rode to her first podium end this season with the elite ladies in a Belgian cross. Whereas Van Anrooij continued to tug away, there was an thrilling battle for third place behind. A bunch with Manon Bakker, Leonie Bentveld, Lauren Molengraaf and Line Burquier might see Zemanova forward of them. Firstly of the penultimate lap, the 4 caught the Czech, however by one another, Anna Kay was additionally capable of catch them.

It was Bakker who attacked simply earlier than the penultimate lap and took the initiative. As normal, the Crelan-Fristads rider had a powerful final lap in her legs for third place. Van Anrooij was the primary to cross the road in Loenhout after an extended cross of just about 50 minutes. From begin to end, the Baloise Trek Lions rider had dominated the race. After her victory in Mol final Friday and victory in Gavere on Monday, that is her third victory in per week. The 17-year-old Molengraaf completed in fourth, fifth place for Burquier.


Race winner, Shirin van Anrooij (Baloise Trek Lions): “This offers me confidence. I quickly had a spot. It was then vital to proceed properly on the ending straight, in order that the remaining couldn’t come again. The course suited me. It felt superb. I used to be capable of journey at my very own tempo all through the race. After my lead was large enough, I appeared for a brand new tempo and tried to not make any errors. This offers numerous confidence certainly. Profitable was the objective, however you continue to should do it. Now I’m going to relaxation a bit after which I’ll be again in competitors in Koksijde.”

Precise Cross Azencross – Loenhout Girls Consequence:
1. Shirin Van Anrooij (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions in 49:50
2. Marie Schreiber (Ned) Tormans Cyclo Cross Workforce at 0:59
3. Manon Bakker (Ned) Crelan-Fristads at 1:29
4. Lauren Molengraaf (Ned) Tormans Cyclo Cross Workforce at 1:43
5. Line Burquier (Fra) at 1:48
6. Leonie Bentveld (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 1:48
7. Kristýna Zemanova (CZ) Brilon Racing Workforce MB at 1:48
8. Anna Kay (GB) 777 at 2:32
9. Amandine Fouquenet (Fra) Arkéa Professional Biking Workforce at 2:37
10. Alicia Franck (Bel) De Ceuster Bonache Biking Workforce at 2:48.



X20 Badkamers Trofee GP Sven Hys – Baal Males 2023
The GP Sven Nys in Baal, the third spherical of the X2O Badkamers Trofee, was received by Eli Iserbyt on Sunday. Tom Pidcock gave the impression to be on his approach to victory, however fell in the course of the remaining lap when he was ‘showboating’ over a leap. The World champion completed third, behind Vanthourenhout.


Over the Christmas interval, Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel divided the prizes within the cyclo-cross races, however each riders weren’t in the beginning of the GP Sven Nys on January 1. Tom Pidcock was the massive favorite of their absence. Along with Pidcock’s new INEOS Grenadiers teammate, Thymen Arensman, there was additionally Quinten Hermans, Lars van de Haar, Michael Vanthourenhout and Eli Iserbyt on the start-line.

Vanthourenhout and Iserbyt received off to a quick begin. The Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal duo accelerated within the first lap to flee along with Tom Pidcock. The British rider was at all times at a small hole, however didn’t lose contact. Behind the trio on the entrance, a gaggle with Hermans, Thibau Nys, Pim Ronhaar and Joris Nieuwenhuis fashioned. No Van der Haar, who got here via in tenth after the opening lap. He was already 25 seconds down. The trio continued to distance the pursuers, however Pidcock didn’t suppose it was going quick sufficient. The World champion put in an assault on the second lap. He made a giant hole, however Iserbyt and Vanthourenhout didn’t quit. They stored the strain on within the laps that adopted. When Pidcock skidded on the fourth lap, the 2 got here inside 5 seconds.

This was short-lived, as a result of on the finish of the lap, Pidcock had prolonged his result in 12 seconds. After a mistake by Vanthourenhout, he took much more. Behind; Van der Haar was busy catching up, the Dutch champion moved as much as fourth place. It was not a great day for the Dutchman within the X2O Trofee. He began the day second within the collection, 4 seconds behind Iserbyt, however would lose numerous time. On the entrance, the scenario remained the identical for a very long time. Generally Pidcock had extra time on Iserbyt and Vanthourenhout, typically the 2 received nearer, however the World champion at all times appeared to have every thing beneath management. Till the final lap, when Pidcock made a mistake. To entertain the followers, he made a leap on the washboard, nonetheless, he shot off the observe, into the fences. Vanthourenhout and Iserbyt closed the hole on the shaken champion. It was Iserbyt who took benefit of Pidcock’s mistake and went off alone and would journey solo to victory. Though he initially to carry on, Pidcock finally had to surrender. He would end third, behind winner Iserbyt and his teammate Vanthourenhout.

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Race winner, Eli Iserbyt (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal): “I’ve to thank my entourage, the crew and everybody who stored believing in me. It definitely wasn’t simple these previous two months. It was a skinny refrain between stopping the season or persevering with. I already really feel higher once more. The win makes me very blissful. I additionally should thank Michael (Vanthourenhout) as a result of he actually gave me a lift within the final lap to go for it once more. As a result of arrival of Mathieu (van der Poel), Wout (van Aert) and Pidcock, the remaining is seen extra negatively. I’m blissful at this time to take the win. All of it fell in the precise place. It was a really treacherous course. All over the place, however particularly on the finish. Three laps earlier than the tip I discovered a great observe on the final climb. I knew that I might make a distinction there, if I used to be within the lead there. However Herentals (January third) and Koksijde (January fifth) are coming quickly and at this time I used to be deep. Hopefully I’ll recuperate properly and I can restrict the injury in Herentals, as a result of that isn’t my favorite course.”

third, Tom Pidcock (INEOS Grenadiers): “It was a silly fall, however I hope it was a minimum of on tv. I used to be shaken up a bit. I wasn’t feeling superb at this time, however I needed a fast remaining lap. I went somewhat quicker all over the place, however this was a harmful level. It wasn’t my greatest concept. I got here down the identical manner as at all times. Possibly it was the reason for my fall. Whenever you go quick, typically it’s higher to leap than to remain on the bottom. However I used to be ‘Don’t be silly’. I used to be fascinated with doing one thing like that, however I believed, no manner. The minimize I’ve will not be the massive drawback. It’s primarily the bruises. We’ll see later. In the meanwhile I’m nonetheless stuffed with adrenaline.” Pidcock additionally confirmed that he is not going to take part within the cyclo-cross World championships in Hoogerheide.

X20 Badkamers Trofee GP Sven Hys – Baal Males 2023
1. Eli Iserbyt (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal in 1:00:35
2. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 0:11
3. Tom Pidcock (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:02
4. Lars van der Haar (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions at 1:08
5. Jens Adams (Bel) Chocovit at 1:56
6. Joris Nieuwenhuis (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions at 2:01
7. Quinten Hermans (Bel) Alpecin-Deceuninck at 2:21
8. Cameron Mason (GB) Trinity Racing at 0:29
9. Pim Ronhaar (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions at 2:55
10. Timo Kielich (Bel) Alpecin-Deceuninck at 3:35.

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X20 Badkamers Trofee GP Sven Hys – Baal Girls 2023
Fem van Empel who hasn’t competed in current weeks after a crash within the World Cup Val di Sole, received the GP Sven Nys in Baal on January 1. Jumbo-Visma’s new rider was by far the perfect, she defeated Lucinda Model and Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado.


Puck Pieterse and Shirin van Anrooij didn’t begin the GP Sven Nys, however Fem van Empel was there. The Dutch rider had recovered from a crash within the World Cup in Val di Sole and was in the beginning in Baal for her new Jumbo-Visma crew. Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado, Lucinda Model, Aniek van Alphen, Denise Betsema and Zoë Backstedt had been additionally on the start-line.

The very best begin got here from Marion Norbert-Riberrolle. She was the primary off the highway with Van Empel proper behind her. Alvarado, Model, Van Alpen and Betsema weren’t far behind. A niche quickly fashioned behind them. Backstedt was capable of be part of the group, however at that second Van Empel had already gone, after Alvarado had made a mistake in second place. On the second lap, Alvarado once more made a number of errors, forcing her to let Model go. The Baloise Trek Lions rider was the primary chaser behind Van Empel, however was already 46 seconds behind after two laps. The European champion gave the impression to be on her approach to victory. A lap later it was apparent that nothing might be completed about Van Empel, as a result of her lead had grown to 1:10.

Model was greater than 30 seconds forward of Alvarado in the beginning of the ultimate lap, who in flip had a reassuring lead over Denise Betsema and Marion Norbert-Riberrolle. Model completed second, Alvarado crossed the road third. Van Empel had completed a very long time earlier than – 2 minutes.


Race winner, Fem van Empel (Jumbo-Visma): “I stored up a great tempo in some components, nevertheless it was not crucial to present the total hundred p.c at this time, however possibly I’m going properly on not a lot sleep. I loved at this time. I’ve been away for some time and I at all times have bother moving into my rhythm. I really needed to battle with somebody to enhance my health, however I needed to make one thing lovely of it myself. I’m solely twenty, so that you additionally should make decisions. I even have a pleasant highway season forward of me, and a pleasant mountain bike program. That’s what I’m specializing in now. And on the World championships.” And the highway? “It’s onerous to say. I nonetheless have too little expertise to essentially categorical an ambition, however such a Tour of Flanders or Strade Bianche appears tremendous cool to me. However first I primarily deal with mountain biking. Then we’ll look additional afterwards.”

2nd, Lucinda Model (Baloise Trek Lions): “It wasn’t dangerous, nevertheless it wasn’t good both. I’d have appreciated to have had higher legs. There have been numerous components that you simply couldn’t get via, with numerous ruts beneath the mud that you could possibly simply get caught in. It was very a lot about energy. I virtually have a cross each different day, so it is going to be cross nation or sitting on the sofa for the approaching time.”

X20 Badkamers Trofee GP Sven Hys – Baal Girls 2023
1. Fem van Empel (Ned) Jumbo-Visma in 50:50
2. Lucinda Model (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions in 2:00
3. Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Ned) Alpecin-Deceuninck in 2:27
4. Denise Betsema (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal in 3:12
5. Marion Norbert-Riberolle (Bel) Crelan-Fristads in 3:20
6. Clara Honsinger (USA) EF Schooling-TIBCO-SVB in 3:36
7. Aniek van Alpen (Ned) 777 at 3:42
8. Zoë Backstedt (GB) EF Schooling-TIBCO-SVB at 4:54
9. Maghalie Rochette (Can) at 5:45
10. Madigan Munro (USA) Trek Manufacturing facility Racing CX at 6:26.

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Jordi Warlop Beats Sep Vanmarcke within the Belgian Seaside Race Championships
Jordi Warlop is the Belgian seashore race champion. The 26-year-old rider, who has not but discovered a crew for 2023 after the B&B collapse, beat Sep Vanmarcke in Bredene. Warlop succeeds Timothy Dupont, who received the seashore race in 2020 and 2021.

The beginning-list in Bredene was spectacular. Along with Warlop, Vanmarcke and Dupont, different highway racers corresponding to Yves Lampaert, Tim Declercq, Bert Van Lerberghe, Tim Merlier, Jordi Meeus and Jasper Philipsen had been additionally in the beginning. The race consisted of six laps of 9 kilometres over the seashore to cowl 54 kilometres in complete.

The primary severe try got here from Van Lerberghe. He was off the entrance of the pack for some time, however he was finally joined by Warlop. Later, a gaggle together with Vanmarcke and Thomas Joseph was additionally capable of get to them. The 2 instantly took off, and once more had Van Lerberghe with them. Warlop additionally made contact.

These 4 would compete for victory within the remaining. Simply earlier than the final lap, Joseph was dropped, lowering the main group to 3. After Van Lerberghe had a puncture, it grew to become a duel between Vanmarcke and Warlop. warlop had the perfect legs and managed to lose his companion to cross the end line solo. Vanmarcke needed to accept silver, Van Lerberghe was third.

Belgian Seaside Race Consequence 2022:
1. Jordi Warlop
2. Sep Vanmarcke
3. Bert Van Lerberghe.

Belgian seashore race champion, Jordi Warlop:


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One other Award for Remco Evenepoel
Remco Evenepoel received yet one more prize on the final day of 2022, that of Belgian of the Yr. The readers and viewers of HLN and VTM voted for the younger Belgian. “That is actually very particular,” Evenepoel responded.

Evenepoel was forward of Camille (artist), the volunteers for Ukraine, Stromae (artist) and Dirk De Wachter (psychiatrist). The Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl rider received by a big margin.

“I really suppose that is very particular,” Evenepoel stated to VTM. “Turning into Belgian of the Yr is nice, I’m proud to be Belgian. To be the primary in your nation then is basically particular. It’s a story of actually and figuratively sitting very deep to the place I’m now. It’s about mentality, resilience and perseverance.”

One other award for Remco Evenepoel:


Jonas Vingegaard Will By no means Cheat
Jonas Vingegaard had a Tour de France victory this summer season, however the 26 year-old Dane needs to get far more out of his profession. On the finish of his profession he wish to have accomplished all three Grand Excursions, he stated to Algemeen Dagblad. In the identical interview, Vingegaard additionally spoke about doping.

“I’m very a lot trying ahead to using within the Tour with jersey #1,” the Jumbo-Visma chief commented. “And for the long run: I wish to win all three Grand Excursions. And actually uncover the Classics. The Tour of Lombardy and Liège-Bastogne-Liège ought to swimsuit me.”

Vingegaard has by no means got here near a victory in these Monuments. Within the Tour of Lombardy he completed fourteenth in 2021) and sixteenth in 2022. In Liège-Bastogne-Liège his greatest place was twenty eighth in 2021. He has raced in each competitions thrice.

“I’ve already ridden these races, however that didn’t at all times go properly. Races of some weeks swimsuit me higher in the intervening time, as a result of I recuperate rapidly every single day. I haven’t put the Classics out of my thoughts but, however I’d by no means handle to win one.”

Vingegaard was additionally requested about his county-man, Michael Rasmussen. In the course of the 2022 Tour de France the 2 Danes spoke to one another after the final time trial. “What occurred to him was not good for him,” Vingegaard recollects the 2007 Tour de France. Rasmussen was taken out of the Tour by the Rabobank crew on the time as a result of he had lied about his whereabouts. Though he later admitted to having used doping, he nonetheless feels robbed.

“However he cheated,” continued Vingegaard. “I don’t agree with him that he was robbed. The biking world has modified. In Denmark, folks know that we don’t cheat anymore. At the very least, I believe and hope they suppose so. I can discuss this matter very simply. It’s a pity that we typically should endure for one more era in our picture.”

Vingegaard understands the priority. “As a fan I’d additionally marvel if we aren’t being fooled. It’s slowly getting higher, however we shouldn’t disguise the topic. When you cheat, try to be gone. I’m by no means going to screw issues up. I wish to show that it’s doable with out doping. And I do know folks stated that twenty years in the past. They will preserve my assessments ceaselessly and retest them in 100 years. I believe that’s completely positive.”

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UCI to Droop Toon Aerts for Two Years
Cyclo-cross rider Toon Aerts has obtained dangerous information about his doping case. The UCI are proposing a 2 12 months suspension. The cross rider examined optimistic for the banned Letrozole Metabolite on January 19 throughout an out of competitors doping management. “It was hell telling this to my mother and father, girlfriend, brother and everybody,” stated an emotional Aerts at a press convention.

The 29 year-old Aerts gave an replace on his case at a press convention in Merksplas on Thursday morning. The UCI wish to droop the previous European cross champion for 2 years for his optimistic check for Letrozole Metabolite. This can be a product that can be utilized to extend testosterone ranges and masks the damaging results of steroid use.

Aerts has not raced since his optimistic check. In line with the cyclo-cross rider’s defence, the quantity of Letrozole discovered is so small that there isn’t a query of acutely aware doping use, which was the principle conclusion after a hair check. When a contaminated dietary complement was additionally discovered not a lot later, the defence was ready to attract its conclusions and document them in a report, which was submitted to the authorities concerned.

Nevertheless, the UCI doesn’t agree with Aerts’ story, who has obtained a two-year suspension proposal. “We’ve got to ship a message to the world that we don’t actually need,” an emotional Aerts started his account on the press convention. “Sadly I obtained a letter that nobody needs to obtain. The UCI proposes a two-year suspension, because of which I’ll now not have the ability to journey this season. That is far too extreme a punishment for somebody who stands up straight.”

“I had by no means even heard of the product in query. To this present day I nonetheless haven’t had my hair minimize. We went with my crew to search out out the place this went flawed and we made a number of options to the UCI. However they choose that I ought to be suspended for 2 years anyway. It was hell telling this to my mother and father, girlfriend, brother and everybody else. However they’ve continued to assist me and that’s very gratifying.”

Nevertheless, Aerts stays combative and nonetheless sees a future as a crosser. “I’ll proceed to do every thing I can to show my innocence. I’m satisfied that I’ll take my place in cyclo-cross once more. I’ve numerous uncertainties, however one factor is for certain: my second profession will begin on February 16, 2024 on the newest.”

Aerts is predicted to attraction in opposition to his sentence.

Two 12 months ban for Toon Aerts:


Jonathan Milan Goals of Basic Victory
Jonathan Milan took his first skilled victories on the highway final season. He was the perfect in each the primary and second phases of the CRO Race. Nevertheless, the 22-year-old Italian has even higher ambitions, he instructed Tuttobici.

Milan desires of successful a Basic in the future. “There are numerous races I take into consideration, however my coronary heart is with the classics. After which I believe within the first place of Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix,” stated the Bahrain Victorious rider. “I’ve ridden them each earlier than and I bear in mind the joy earlier than the beginning. I like these races, I adopted them since I used to be a toddler. The victories of my teammates, Matej Mohorič and Sonny Colbrelli, additionally really feel a bit like mine.”

Milan additionally has different targets for 2023. “I wish to journey my first Grand Tour. I wish to acquire expertise there, assist the crew and, who is aware of, get some freedom myself.” The Italian doesn’t but know precisely what his program will appear like. It’s clear that he’ll begin with the Saudi Tour (January 30 to February 2) after which the European Monitor Championships in Grenchen, Switzerland (February 8-12).

Combining the observe and the highway will not be simple, identified Milan. “However I’m fortunate to be in a crew the place I really feel at residence and which helps me plan the 12 months properly. After getting that, the sensible half is less complicated to rearrange.” Milan received two silver medals on the final observe World Championships. Within the crew pursuit, Italy was crushed by Nice Britain, within the particular person pursuit it was his countryman, Filippo Ganna, who took gold.

Basic win for Jonathan Milan in 2023:


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Anthony Jullien and Quentin Venner Announce their Retirement
Anthony Jullien and Quentin Venner, each 24 years-old, have introduced their retirement as skilled cyclists. Julien raced his final season with AG2R Citroën, Venner was with the Belgian Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB crew.

Frenchman Jullien shared his information by way of social media. “I’ve no contract for subsequent 12 months and the web page has turned for me in different phrases. Regardless of this reasonably brutal ending, I can solely have extra fond reminiscences of this chapter of my life. I’ve made many good reminiscences and had many nice encounters.”

The Belgian, Venner, had numerous dangerous luck in 2022. On the finish of the 12 months he additionally needed to cope with a torn cruciate ligament, after which he put an finish to his profession. This was reported by the Walloon newspaper Sudinfo.

Anthony Jullien hangs up his race bike:


Sander Armée Ends his Professional Profession
Sander Armée is not going to be within the skilled peloton in 2023. The 37 year-old Belgian, who didn’t get a contract extension with Cofidis, is beginning a “new problem”. He wrote on Instagram.

“My final day as an expert bike owner,” Armée started his message. “From January my profession will look somewhat totally different. I’m trying ahead to the brand new problem that awaits me.” What precisely Armée will do will not be said within the message, however on the finish of November he stated that working in the true property sector appeals to him and he has studied for it.

“Throughout all these years, it has been nice assembly new folks, attending to know cultures and making buddies for all times. I wish to thank my household, buddies and followers for his or her assist all through my biking profession, particularly my pal Julie, my kids Nelson and Mona, my coach Ronny, my mother and father and my sister. I additionally wish to thank all of the groups the place I received an opportunity as a rider. I’ll proceed to cheer for you and for biking usually.”

Armée turned skilled in 2010 with Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator. After 4 years with the ProContinental crew, he went to Lotto Belisol, now Lotto Soudal, in 2014. With Lotto he took his solely two skilled victories. In 2017 he received a stage within the Vuelta a España, in 2020 he was the perfect in a stage of the Tour Poitou-Charentes and Nouvelle Aquitaine. He then moved to Qhubeka ASSOS, then Cofidis, however his one-year contract was not renewed on the en of this season.

Vuelta’17 stage 18 win for Sander Armée:


NOS Need Tom Dumoulin as a Biking Analyst
Tom Dumoulin has had a suggestion from the NOS to be an analyst for the general public broadcaster at an important bike races. He was already an analyst the World time trial championships in Bruges final 12 months and on the time he stated that he loved the work rather a lot. Along with the NOS supply, Eurosport has additionally made a suggestion to the Dutchman to be an analyst. The Giro d’Italia has been talked about.

Lately, NOS has primarily used Stef Clement, Danny Nelissen and Michael Boogerd as biking analysts, whereas Roxanne Knetemann has been utilized in many ladies’s races. The general public broadcaster wish to add Dumoulin to their panel of biking analysts subsequent season. When Dumoulin needed to miss the World championships in Flanders in October 2021 resulting from a wrist fracture, he was requested by NOS to touch upon the World time trial championships race.

After he introduced his retirement from biking on August 15, Dumoulin has at all times indicated that he first needs to get far from biking earlier than making decisions about his future. Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert has already requested him for a place inside their WorldTour crew. Efficiency supervisor Aike Visbeek indicated that Dumoulin might be of nice worth within the discipline of time trial throughout the crew.

Dumoulin Can go to Intermarché-Circus-Wanty When he Need To
Intermarché-Circus-Wanty Workforce supervisor Aike Visbeek just lately had dinner with Dumoulin and emphasises in dialog with WielerFlits that he had a private dialog with the 2017 Giro d’Italia winner and never essentially enterprise. “In the meanwhile there are different issues that Tom has to cope with. He should first discover a good stability for himself after which calmly contemplate what he needs to do. Tom is aware of that there are a number of alternatives to work in biking.”

“It has not escaped his discover that we even have that possibility,” stated Visbeek. “However let him take his time for that. What function fits him? He has numerous data when it comes to time trial and every thing that goes with it. We’re nonetheless very a lot in improvement there. It is extremely helpful to us if he can work with us. That might be greater than a coach and specialist in that discipline.”

That image sounds a bit just like the function Mathieu Heijboer has at Jumbo-Visma. “That might be good,” thinks Visbeek. “It’s simply too untimely to speak about it. Let’s look first and see what Tom himself needs. Nevertheless, I additionally know from our earlier collaboration that Tom likes racing very a lot. Possibly he’ll develop in that too.”

“However take Dimitri Claeys, for instance,” continued the crew supervisor of Intermarché-Circus-Wanty. “From the second I received to know him higher, I believed: here’s a crew DS. With Tom I don’t instantly have that feeling. He has numerous data and may clarify issues very properly. However he’s additionally 5 years youthful than Dimitri. We’ll should see how Tom does it himself. When he’s prepared, I’ll speak to him.”

What subsequent for Dumoulin:


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Soudal Fast-Step: Yr 21
Twenty-nine riders – who between them have scored greater than 240 wins within the professional ranks – from ten totally different nations are prepared to present their greatest this season for the Wolfpack and assist the crew add extra prestigious victories to its already spectacular palmarès.

Soudal Fast-Step’s CEO, Patrick Lefevere, talks in regards to the crew’s extremely profitable 2022 season and his expectations for this 12 months.

“As I prefer to say, each New Yr brings a brand new starting, and 2023 is not any totally different for our crew. We’ve got a brand new title sponsor in Soudal, who’ve joined our different long-standing companions with the objective of serving to the squad stay on the high of its sport and among the many greatest on this planet.

We enter this twenty first season after what has been a implausible and memorable 12 months, which might be very tough to repeat. To win Classics, Grand Tour phases, a Grand Tour and the World Championships in a time span of kind of half a 12 months is exceptional, and we will all be proud – from riders and employees to sponsors and followers – of what we now have achieved collectively. On the similar time, we predict additionally about those that are in problem throughout these attempting instances, and we hope that biking usually, and our crew specifically, have introduced them some moments of pleasure and can proceed doing that.

We’re ready to work onerous and showcase the identical Wolfpack mentality and successful spirit which have helped us stand out in all these years. We’re additionally excited to increase our household with the three ladies’s groups and the boys’s improvement squad, which we stay up for seeing in motion this 12 months.

On behalf of everybody at Soudal Fast-Step, I wish to want you a Blissful New Yr and all the perfect to you and your households!”

Uncover our roster on this video!


Workforce Jayco AlUla 2023 Package Reveal
A brand new 12 months and new identify brings a contemporary new package design for 2023 – Workforce Jayco AlUla is proud to current its elegant Alé Biking package for the approaching season introduced by Giro d’Italia stage winner Matteo Sobrero and new recruit Letizia Paternoster.

The Italian duo spent the day on the Alé Headquarters in Veneto to see how the crew’s efficiency attire is made earlier than the athletes are handed the ultimate consequence.

Returning to elegant block colors, the boys’s design stands out with its dynamic blue tones representing the core colors of the squad’s bike sponsor Big, with a white higher physique and shoulder space for model and higher visibility within the bunch.

The ladies’s design additionally takes on the basic blue tones whereas incorporating the important thing colors of the bike model Liv, via delicate hints of Aubergine. With the shoulders and arms additionally white, the 2 crew package designs complement one another for a chic and complicated look in 2023.


BORA-hansgrohe Groups Up with Le Col As soon as Once more to Reveal 2023 Season Package
BORA-hansgrohe is happy to disclose the crew’s new look package for the 2023 season, offered by premium biking efficiency model, Le Col.

Final season’s Grand Tour successful package has been up to date with aerodynamics on the forefront of the design, having been examined and perfected in wind tunnels by professional aerodynamicists to attain the quickest speeds doable for the crew.

Having labored carefully with WorldTour riders, Le Col has developed one of many quickest jerseys in the marketplace but, designed to face out within the busy chaos of the race whereas incorporating revolutionary changes to push the riders’ velocity to new ranges. The package’s strategically positioned tripping panels and seam structure easy the airflow, whereas additionally minimising drag to additional enhance the riders effectivity when using at increased speeds.

A extra premium, light-weight lycra has been used to present the crew the right quantity of stretch, whereas nonetheless providing a dialled-in match for an additional aerodynamic benefit, with out limiting the riders motion.

The Race Bib Shorts which share the identical design because the shorts worn by ‘22 Giro winner, Jai Hindley are minimize to deal with racing and velocity. Additionally they use the exceptionally snug Professional Dolomiti Chamois, with a extremely efficient silicone therapy – giving unparalleled consolation and eradicating any extra bulk.

Ralph Denk, Founder and Supervisor of the BORA-hansgrohe crew, stated: “Le Col is famend for creating the quickest kits on the WorldTour and this one is not any exception. The 2022 Giro successful package worn by Jai Hindley immediately influenced the 2023 season’s package and we all know full properly that it’s going to take the crew to thrilling locations within the coming 12 months.”

The package will quickly be accessible, in each males’s and ladies’s sizes, immediately from Le Col. A reproduction model can be accessible which provides a extra versatile match with extra freedom of motion, in addition to lengthy sleeve variations of the jersey. The Reproduction vary additionally features a vary of equipment together with caps, mitts, socks and extra.

For extra info, the entire assortment will quickly be accessible at

The unique race package will even be accessible within the new BORA – hansgrohe on-line store quickly. As well as, the crew’s personal informal clothes assortment, “Band of Brothers”, might be launched and shortly accessible on the BORA – hansgrohe on-line store.

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New Design for Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal Package
The Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal crew have modified their clothes design for subsequent 12 months. The colors are largely the identical, however the model is totally different from 2022. The jersey is predominantly crimson and black, however black doesn’t type the idea because it did this 12 months. As a substitute, the underside of the jersey has extra crimson, which turns into black. Little has modified with the shorts, they’re nonetheless primarily black.



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Human Powered Well being™ is Proud to Reveal a Placing New Package for the 2023 Racing Season
The design is an evolution of 2022’s look, the primary 12 months beneath the Human Powered Well being model. The jersey’s vibrant gradient is refreshed, incorporating wealthy darkish blue and purple hues. The crew’s hanging bolt image is extra important than ever on the back and front of the jersey, and a delicate geometric sample enhances nearer views.

The first perform of a crew package in skilled biking is to show accomplice manufacturers, however Human Powered Well being is in a singular place – the crew model itself represents a motion and a mission.

“Our design crew has created a package that’s knowledgeable by the core ideas of our Human Powered Well being model and motion,” stated managing director of Circuit Sport, Charles Aaron. “It’s about maximising human efficiency in the precise methods. Which means a holistic, complete physique and thoughts strategy to efficiency.”

These “core ideas” that inform Human Powered Well being – motion, gasoline, restoration and mindset – are mirrored within the package’s wealthy color scheme.

“The heat and power of motion and gasoline are represented on one finish of the gradient,” Human Powered Well being’s chief inventive officer Sam Wiebe stated, “and on the cooler finish of the spectrum are restoration and mindset. We wish these cooler colors on our package to remind those that efficiency isn’t nearly consuming and burning power. A calmness of thoughts and physique is a vital issue.”

Additionally new to 2023 is the addition of an angular, path-driven geometric sample.

“The geometric strains characterize planning and development, primarily a ‘drafting board’ strategy we will take as we work in direction of higher dwelling,” says Wiebe. “We even have a Nascar fan within the entrance workplace who stated it reminded her of the Invoice France Trophy which I actually appreciated. That helped seal the deal on the sample.”

Lastly, in one other new addition for 2023, the package is accomplished by new darkish purple bib shorts that seamlessly mix into the jersey. The newly up to date Flyte collection bib shorts from Pactimo enable full-colour sublimation on each panel for the primary time.

The package will debut at a coaching camp in Portugal earlier than being worn in competitors on the Girls’s WordTour Santos Tour Down Underneath, beginning January 14.


EOLO KOMETA reveals his new GOBIK package for 2023
The EOLO KOMETA crew welcomes the brand new 12 months with the official presentation of the GOBIK package that might be worn in the perfect races of the 2023 biking calendar. The predominance of blue is maintained within the design, with a barely totally different sample, by which a darker blue and gradients acquire presence whereas sustaining the road. The most recent expertise on the service of the biking kits with which Vincenzo Albanese, Lorenzo Fortunato and the remainder of the crew hope to proceed including nice successes.

Speak about GOBIK is discuss ardour for biking. In all their creations and designs, clear strains and vibrant colors stand out to encourage very particular biking kits, with a singular energy and persona. That’s the reason EOLO KOMETA is the perfect crew to make shared desires of values, ambition and success come true.

GOBIK garments will proceed to be the second pores and skin of cyclists on the highway. Engineering and design primarily based on the necessities of competitors on the highest degree, in pursuit of the head of efficiency. It options an ultra-fit and a brand new textured cloth on the sleeves and higher again to fulfill the objective of enhancing aerodynamic efficiency on the highway.

As well as, a brand new elastic band is included on the sleeves and decrease entrance for a greater match of the jersey. The biking package is even lighter than the earlier model, so as to have the ability to climb to victory. As for the bib shorts, a brand new improvement designed to supply efficiency with wonderful compression and luxury qualities has been chosen.

Fran Contador, common supervisor of EOLO KOMETA: “Another season collectively, and this makes us perceive one another completely with GOBIK. Each events are conscious of our id, and throughout the problem of renewing the jersey yearly, giving it a change or a facelift to the design, it turns into a lot simpler. When the time comes to put the sponsors, to discover a manner for each to really feel snug with the illustration they’ll have on our jersey all through the season, GOBIK accompanies and guides us, conscious of the significance of this second. The design course of, with their options and our contributions; the approval of the sponsors to the proposals and the seek for a consensus are a elementary a part of our work that’s materialised within the biking package, that are expertise on the service of biking, that GOBIK makes. We’re delighted to current a brand new jersey that maintains the id, the design of the final two years and that we hope to put on in competitors attaining nice sporting outcomes”.



Hardly any Change to the Equipo Kern Pharma 2023 Package
The race clothes of Equipo Kern Pharma for subsequent 12 months is sort of similar to that of 2022 when it comes to look, however the materials of the shorts and jerseys has improved significantly, the crew say on their web site. The clothes is provided by Etxeondo.

The jersey of Equipo Kern Pharma might be inexperienced once more subsequent 12 months, the shorts might be black. The design has additionally remained the identical. Just one sponsor has modified within the high left nook of the jersey: in 2022 it was Lizarte, in 2023 it’s BCD Sports activities.

“Simply as Equipo Kern Pharma takes a step, we from Etxeondo additionally take a step in making the package,” stated Patxi Rodrigo, the supervisor of clothes provider Etxeondo. “The riders will obtain new clothes, utilizing new developments and supplies to make lighter, tighter and aerodynamic clothes. We’re blissful to maneuver ahead and assist the crew.”



FDJ-SUEZ-Futuroscope 2023 Package
FDJ-SUEZ-Futuroscope has introduced their package for 2023. The shirt of the crew from the Girls’s WorldTour is a little more blue and the white sleeves have turned blue. The shirt for 2023 is similar to that of 2022. Along with the blue, the crimson additionally returns. Additionally ‘Futuroscope’ is printed barely bigger. Subsequent 12 months Marta Cavalli, Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig and Loes Adegeest will race for FDJ-SUEZ-Futuroscope.

Marta Cavalli:


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Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise Renamed Flanders-Baloise
Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise might be known as Flanders-Baloise from 1 January 2023. The ProTeam introduced of their web site. The crew additionally introduced the roster and the package for the approaching season.

Flanders-Baloise consists of twenty riders in 2023. Arno Claeys, Toon Clynhens, Vince Gerits, Elias Maris, Vincent Van Hemelen and Noah Vandenbranden are the brand new additions. Every of them will debut as Professionals. Ruben Apers, Jenno Berckmoes, Kamiel Bonneu, Vito Braet, Alex Colman, Sander De Pestel, Lindsay De Vylder, Gilles De Wilde, Tuur Dens, Milan Fretin, Jules Hesters, Aaron Van Poucke, Ward Vanhoof and Aaron Verwilst stay with the crew.

Seven riders go away the crew on the finish of 2022. These are Julian Mertens, Kenneth Van Rooy (each to Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB), Arne Marit, Rune Herregodts (to Intermarché-Circus-Wanty), Sasha Weemaes (Human Powered Well being), Jens Reynders (Israel-Premier Tech) and Rhobbe Ghys (Alpecin-Deceuninck).

The package for subsequent 12 months is sort of precisely the identical as that of final season. Solely the identify of the crew has after all modified.

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Piotr Wadecki and Rik Reinerink Strengthen Q36.5 Professional Biking’s Efficiency Workforce
We’re thrilled to announce that Piotr Wadecki (POL) and Rik Reinerink (NED) have joined Q36.5 Professional Biking Workforce for the 2023 season, the place they’ll bolster our efficiency crew as sports activities administrators.

Former Polish Nationwide crew coach Piotr Wadecki, 49, brings a wealth of expertise to the efficiency squad of our Swiss-registered crew.

After a profitable profession as an expert bike owner the place he notched 15 professional wins and represented Poland on the highest degree, together with on the Olympic Video games and World Championships, Wadecki transitioned to the function of sports activities director having led the Polish Nationwide crew to nice success over the course of 15 years. Moreover, he held the place of sports activities director at crew CCC from 2007 to 2020.

“I’m actually excited and honoured to be ‘again to enterprise’ as a sports activities director. After a one-year break from pro-cycling I used to be delighted to obtain the decision from administration to affix this new and impressive crew. Biking is my life and I’m ready to take up this new problem. At crew CCC I skilled the squad’s journey from Continental to World Tour degree and I’m keen to assist Q36.5 Professional Biking Workforce stand up the ranks and obtain their targets,” stated Wadecki “I’ve beforehand labored with a number of the different sports activities administrators on the crew and know I’ll be a part of a extremely skilled group. The crew has a various crew of riders with enormous potential. I can not wait to start out the season and present ourselves on the races.”

Rik Reinerink joins Q36.5 Professional Biking Workforce after a five-year stint as a sports activities director for VolkerWessels Biking Workforce. With a profession as a professional bike owner that span almost a decade Reinerink specialised in breakaways and lead outs and heralds his win on Stage 4 of the Eneco Tour in 2003 as a profession spotlight.

The 49-year-old Dutch brings multilayered expertise to our crew, having additionally labored within the company setting as a contract supervisor within the automotive trade.

“After I first met Doug Ryder and Aart Vierhouten, I used to be very excited in regards to the undertaking, however I additionally seen that they see and perceive biking in the identical manner I do. The sensation was mutual, and that’s indispensable. I wish to share the data I’ve gained from company and biking backgrounds, which have each contributed extensively to what I can supply the crew,” stated Reinerink. “I’m trying ahead to constructing a crew collectively, one that’s related and close-knit. I’m trying ahead to #RacingTheFuture, along with the riders, sports activities administrators and all employees members. If we deliver that power into the crew, then I’m satisfied that we’ll put Q36.5 Professional Biking Workforce on the map in 2023.”

Reinerink and Wadecki full the Q36.5 Professional Biking Workforce of DS’s, they’ll crew up with Head of Efficiency Alex Sans Vega, and sports activities administrators Aart Vierhouten and Gabriele Missaglia.

“We’re delighted to have each Piotr Wadecki and Rik Reinerink on board. Each have deep-rooted data of the game and might be invaluable property to our efficiency crew. Along with their in depth expertise as sports activities administrators in addition they deliver enthusiasm, professionalism and drive to assist Q36.5 Professional Biking Workforce make a mark in professional biking. They’re two essential appointments which might be vital for our future success,” stated Doug Ryder, Basic Supervisor of Q36.5 Professional Biking Workforce.

Piotr Wadecki to the Q36.5 crew:
Piotr Wadecki


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Meet the Workforce on the Soudal Fast-Step Household Day at Plopsaland De Panne, on Friday, the sixth of January
By teaming up with the favored Belgian theme park Plopsaland in De Panne, the Soudal Fast-Step Household Day will give followers of the crew an opportunity to see the 2023 squad at first hand, with the entire of the crew being introduced publicly for the primary time, in addition to a number of actions for followers, each younger and outdated.

The distinctive day will encompass quite a lot of actions going down all through the park. There will even be the possibility to get your fingers on the crew’s implausible merchandise and stroll via the Soudal Fast-Step village, assembly the crew’s sponsors, but in addition to go to the Wolfpack bus, which the riders use when they’re on the races. This in addition to accessing the entire of the Plopsaland De Panne Theme Park and its greater than 50 points of interest all through the day.

The principle occasion would be the official crew presentation, which is able to happen within the Primary Sq. of the park, giving followers a detailed up take a look at the entire of the Soudal Fast-Step Workforce for the primary time, with every rider taking to the stage after which collaborating in a parade via the park.

World Champion Remco Evenepoel, who might be there with the likes of Julian Alaphilippe, Fabio Jakobsen and Yves Lampaert, shared his enthusiasm in regards to the day on this message to followers: “I can’t wait to see you all on the Soudal Fast-Step Household Day! We’re all enthusiastic about this, it’s going to be a enjoyable and exquisite day with the entire crew, and also you shouldn’t miss it, so make sure that you’ll be there!”

Followers can safe their place for this distinctive occasion, which might be held on Friday sixth of January, in Plopsaland De Panne, by visiting WWW.PLOPSA.BE/SOUDALQUICKSTEP



Timo Kielich Strikes to WorldTeam Alpecin-Deceuninck on 1 January 2024
Timo Kielich will stick with Alpecin-Deceuninck for 3 extra years. In 2023 within the improvement crew, in 2024 and 2025 he might be promoted to the WorldTeam.

It was already deliberate for the step as much as the WorldTeam in 2023. “We predict he has the capacities to change into a great lead-out. However as a result of extended unavailability of Jonas Rickaert, we don’t wish to throw him to the wolves instantly and contracted the extra skilled Ramon Sinkeldam. As a devo-rider, Kielich will journey a blended program although: partly with the WorldTeam, partly with the event crew, to then make the ultimate step in 2024.”

Timo Kielich is clearly delighted with the extension. “I’ll quickly enter my seventh season with the crew. This construction is my second residence. The Roodhooft brothers have at all times believed in me and this contract is the right launch of my highway profession. I’m trying ahead to studying much more and shortly being a part of top-of-the-line lead-outs within the present peloton.”

Timo Kielich to the WorldTour:
Timo Kielich


Noël Dejonckheere Handed Away
Noël Dejonckheere handed away in Izegem within the night time from Wednesday to Thursday. The West Fleming, who received six phases within the Tour of Spain in his profession, had been battling well being issues for a while. Dejonckheere has change into 67 years outdated.

Dejonckheere was born on April 22, 1955 in Lendelede. His skilled profession began in 1979, after he had change into beginner world champion within the factors race on the observe a 12 months earlier. He then received a contract with Teka. He rode for that crew for many of his run, which lasted via 1988. In his ten seasons as an expert, he was particularly profitable in Spain. Along with his stage victories within the Vuelta, the quick Dejonckheere, for instance, received the Trofeo Luis Puig thrice. Within the Ruta del Sol he triumphed seven instances, within the Tour of Valencia ten instances.

After his personal profession, Dejonckheere remained energetic in biking. For instance, he was a sports activities director at Motorola for some time, the place he supervised a younger Lance Armstrong, amongst others, and BMC. He was additionally employed by the American Biking Federation for ten years. As a coach and educator of younger American biking skills, he has labored with riders corresponding to Tyler Farrar, David Zabriskie, Brent Bookwalter, Taylor Phinney and Tejay van Garderen.

# You’ll be able to learn ED Hood’s obituary for Anton Tkac & Noel Dejonckheere HERE.

Relaxation in peace Noël Dejonckheere:


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