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EUROTRASH Thursday: Loopy Cross Battles and All of the Different Biking Information

Lot’s of cyclo-cross enjoyable from Gavere, Heusden-Zolder and Diegem, with video, as Wout van Aert took two out of the three.
Pogačar didn’t lose the Tour to Vingegaard however to Superman – TOP STORY.
Rider information: Remco Evenepoel talks Giro, Patrick Lefevere prefers to not see Remco Evenepoel driving cyclo-cross, Egan Bernal and Alberto Contador have surgical procedure, Magnus Cort to the Giro, no regrets for Tom Dumoulin, Yves Lampaert the brand new face of highway security and Alex Howes ends his profession.
Group information: Group Novo Nordisk on Vittoria in 2023.
Contract information: 13 WorldTour riders nonetheless with out group for 2023, Darwin Atapuma and Natnael Berhane signal with Beykoz Group-Turkey, Roxane Fournier to St Michel-Mavic-Auber93, Alex Molenaar to Electro Hiper Europa-Caldas.
Race information: Diezma and Otura stage begins of the Ruta del Sol and One other profitable 12 months for the Tour de Pologne: new challenges in retailer for 2023.
A giant New 12 months espresso.


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TOP STORY: Aart Vierhouten: “Pogačar didn’t lose the Tour to Vingegaard however to Superman”
Aart Vierhouten shall be a DS with Q36.5 subsequent 12 months, however throughout the 2022 Tour de France he was behind the wheel of the UAE Group Emirates group automotive. From there he noticed how his rider Tadej Pogačar was crushed. However in line with the Dutchman, this was not completed by the eventual winner Jonas Vingegaard. Vierhouten advised Volkskrant that Wout van Aert was the one who killed Pogačar.

Vierhouten particularly talks in regards to the fifth stage of the final Tour, the cobbled stage from Lille to Wallers-Arenberg. Pogačar raced ‘very properly’ that day, however he nonetheless misplaced the race, thinks his then sports activities director. Jumbo-Visma did must cope with a setback throughout the stage – Vingegaard had bike issues and Primoz Roglič crashed, but it surely turned out properly ultimately, Vierhouten believes. “They had been really fortunate that Roglič fell, so in that stage they may do nothing however select Jonas as the primary chief,” mentioned the 52 year-old Vierhouten. “If they’d postponed that selection, it might have performed into our fingers.”

The best ‘luck’ for Jumbo-Visma was that Van Aert not had an opportunity on the stage victory on account of crashes, says Vierhouten. The Belgian them tailored to his function as a helper for Vingegaard. “Tadej was good, however we had been unfortunate that we ran right into a superman that day who listened to the title Wout van Aert. He took the lead forward of Vingegaard and closed a spot of two minutes on Pogačar within the final twenty kilometres.”

“Had Van Aert been within the main group with Pogačar, Jumbo-Visma wouldn’t have recognized what to do: let Wout wait or attempt to win the stage? Then we might have received the Tour there. As a result of with out Van Aert, Vingegaard would have fallen behind Pogačar, which he may by no means have made up for within the mountain phases.” Ultimately issues turned out otherwise. Vingegaard struck within the stage to the Col du Granon and wouldn’t relinquish his yellow jersey. Pogačar completed second in Paris, 2:43 behind the Dane.

Vierhouten may have stayed with UAE Group Emirates, however opted to make the transfer to Q36.5, Douglas Ryder’s new group. “At UAE, the construction was fastened: the way you lead a group, the way you deal with all these high riders. Now I can arrange that construction myself and introduce how I feel biking must be skilled, the way it must be raced,” he defined.

“I can fall on my face, but when I succeed I’ve a number of honour from my work. I might have had that at UAE too, . As a result of irrespective of how huge a rider is, all of them have a sure uncertainty. Each topper has that. Solely not Tadej.”

It was Van Aert who did the job on Pogačar:


Telenet Superprestige Cyclo-Cross – Diegem Males 2022
The Superprestige of Diegem was an amazing night out for the spectator on the track-side and the viewers at residence for the primary time since 2019. The large three battle between Mathieu van der Poel, Wout van Aert and Tom Pidcock was on once more and the Belgian champion was the finally winner after an enormous struggle. Pidcock made a late mistake and completed second, a drained Van der Poel led to third place.


Kevin Kuhn had one of the best begin and Eli Iserbyt additionally confirmed himself within the opening lap and the primary main group was fashioned. Michael Vanthourenhout had a foul crash as a result of Laurens Sweeck made a mistake with the beams and triggered the European champion to hit the bottom arduous. On the entrance, Iserbyt, Tom Pidcock, Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert had been collectively on the finish of the primary lap. Behind them, Lars van der Haar, Kuhn, Sweeck and Daan Soete had been already having issues maintaining with the entrance riders. Pidcock gave it his all, however Van der Poel and Van Aert had been on his wheel, as was a struggling Iserbyt.

Van der Poel put in a severe acceleration within the sand on that second lap, after which he had a spot. Van Aert and Pidcock adopted at 5 seconds, however had been capable of pull him again. So the Large Three had been within the lead. Van der Poel, the winner of the final six editions, took a lead via the sand, however the different two had been capable of restrict the harm. On the fifth lap Van der Poel had one other acceleration, which elevated his lead. Van Aert had a foul sand passage and needed to let go of World champion, Pidcock. The battle was on for the final 25 minutes. Van der Poel’s lead disappeared on the sixth lap; Van Aert managed to catch Pidcock with a powerful dash, who in flip had already closed the hole to Van der Poel. Van Aert had a robust passage via the sand. Van der Poel and Pidcock needed to get off their bikes and noticed the Belgian champion disappear.

Van Aert quickly had a lead of 8 seconds, as he began the penultimate lap, however this was not the profitable transfer, as a result of Van Aert appeared to ease up and Van der Poel and Pidcock returned. This time it was the Briton rider who put in an assault, inflicting Van der Poel to lose his maintain. Pidcock put a number of strain on Van Aert, however they crossed the end line collectively in the beginning of the ultimate lap. Van der Poel adopted at 10 seconds. The battle for victory was going to be between the World champion and the Belgium champion. Simply earlier than the technical zone, Van Aert took the lead, however within the sand he needed to get off the bike and so Pidcock got here again. The ultimate lap was an enormous battle. Each put in assaults and pushed the opposite to the restrict. The choice fell simply earlier than the ultimate dash. Pidcock made a small mistake and needed to go away a spot on Van Aert. The Belgian champion jumped to the entrance and held on for the victory in Diegem with a robust closing dash.


Race winner, Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma): “This will’t be wholesome. Right this moment has proven once more that it’s shut. The sand was my ache level at first and that began to play in my head. I really gave up and thought Mathieu had gone flying. However after that I nonetheless had Mathieu in sight. The race began again up and I began to imagine in it once more. Within the final two laps I used to be utterly useless. This was a victory over character. It’s robust, the cross. The winner in me was nonetheless there someplace deep down. I utterly misplaced religion for some time, however I turned it round anyway. That doesn’t play such a job within the race. You simply wish to win. After all it’s harder to beat Mathieu. The urge to do the whole lot that has to do with the competitors. Tomorrow I’ll sleep in.”

2nd, Tom Pidcock (INEOS Grenadiers): “I assumed the final time I went over [Van Aert] I used to be a bit complacent and that I’d have the lead into the ultimate stairs. However he simply got here previous me on the ultimate bit earlier than the final bridge. At that time I used to be by no means going to beat him. He ran up these stairs and jumped on his bike earlier than I’d even seemed up. In follow I rode the proper aspect (of the sand) each lap. Then I noticed all the ladies had been driving on the left aspect and it appeared much less deep. So I made a decision to stay to the left aspect. It paid off as a result of I feel I rode the sand fairly good right now. Truthfully I feel this was the best race from the final three. On the climb just a few laps we went full. On the climb it was a headwind so after we had been collectively we had been one another. It’s only a disgrace I couldn’t pull it off, but it surely’s okay.”

third, Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Deceuninck): “I simply wasn’t adequate. I didn’t have the legs to win. I attempted to make the distinction and I feel I used to be one of the best via the sand, however didn’t have the legs to maintain the distinction. On the lengthy stretch there was a headwind, you are feeling it particularly there. You at all times attempt to win the race, however I didn’t have the legs on the finish. The busy schedule is similar for everybody. It’s a pity, however this sequence additionally needed to come to an finish. (his seven Diegem wins in a row)”

Telenet Superprestige Cyclo-Cross – Diegem Males End result:
1. Wout van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma in 1:00:46
2. Tom Pidcock (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:06
3. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Deceuninck at 0:33
4. Eli Iserbyt (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 1:08
5. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 1:45
6. Lars van der Haar (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions at 1:55
7. Quinten Hermans (Bel) Tormans Cyclo Cross Group at 2:00
8. Thibau Nys (Bel) Baloise Trek Lions at 2:29
9. David Haverdings (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions at 2:56
10. Kevin Kuhn (Sui) Tormans Cyclo Cross Group at 2:59.



Telenet Superprestige Cyclo-Cross – Diegem Ladies 2022
Puck Pieterse convincingly received the Superprestige cyclo-cross in Diegem on Wednesday night. The proficient Alpecin-Deceuninck rider broke away on the primary lap and stayed within the lead for the remainder of the race. Shirin van Anrooij got here near Pieterse midway via the race, however she cracked within the closing phases and needed to accept second place.


For the primary time since 2019, when Annemarie Worst received the ladies’s race, the cross in Diegem was again on this system. Blanka Kata Vas had one of the best begin, however high favorite Puck Pieterse additionally had a wonderful begin on the moist and slippery path. She quickly rode away. Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado was capable of comply with for some time, however needed to let her teammate go.

There was a foul begin for Shirin van Anrooij, who needed to make an effort to affix the big group behind Pieterse. The chief made an impression by being the one one to leap over the beams and elevated her lead. Alvarado, Vas, Van Anrooij and Inge van der Heijden adopted at 16 seconds after one lap. Van Anrooij then tried to cross to Pieterse alone. On the third lap of 5, Van Anrooij acquired very near Pieterse. After the beams, Pieterse had a small lead once more and the hole fluctuated between 5 and 10 seconds.

Pieterse saved a stable tempo, which was essential to hold Van Anrooij at bay. Within the sand, the chief took no dangers, however she took again what she misplaced there later on the beams. Van Anrooij, who began the ultimate lap 13 seconds behind the chief. Pieterse made no extra errors in that final lap and took her sixth victory of the season. Behind her, Van Anrooij took second place, and Alvarado managed to complete third after a duel with Van der Heijden. Denise Betsema misplaced her lead within the Superprestige as she was ‘solely’ eighth and noticed Alvarado take the general lead. Van der Heijden is now second, simply behind Alvarado.


Race winner, Puck Pieterse (Alpecin-Deceuninck): “I did begin to stress. At a sure level I observed that Shirin was getting shut. Ought to I maintain again after which proceed collectively? Or ought to I strive once more? However I knew my piece was coming, with the beams first after which a fast part down. After that I had a spot once more. I made a decision to not hesitate anymore and to go full throttle into the final two laps. I couldn’t cycle within the sand, and I do know Shirin is nice within the sand. However after that I used to be capable of draw back once more. Generally I’m trying ahead to it and I begin somewhat too arduous. Then I’ve to decide on to proceed.”

2nd, Shirin van Anrooij (Baloise Trek Lions): “I saved believing in it till the final lap, however then I observed that I had run out. However now it was additional unhealthy. I couldn’t actually get via within the first lap and I couldn’t transfer up both. That labored after that after which I got here very shut, however Puck was gone after the beams after which I acquired caught. I observed after the cross in Gavere that I used to be very drained. Now it is very important get well rapidly for the cross in Loenhout. Then I can get well for per week earlier than Koksijde.”

Telenet Superprestige Cyclo-Cross – Diegem Ladies End result:
1. Puck Pieterse (Ned) Alpecin-Deceuninck in 44:09
2. Shirin van Anrooij (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions at 0:30
3. Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Ned) Alpecin-Deceuninck at 1:02
4. Inge Van der Heijden (Ned) 777) at 1:09
5. Kata Blanka Vas (Hun) SD Worx at 1:23
6. Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar-Journey & Service at 1:31
7. Zoe Backstedt (GB) EF Training-Tibco-SVB at 1:45
8. Denise Betsema (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 1:59
9. Annemarie Worst (Ned) 777 at 2:15
10. Aniek van Alphen (Ned) 777 at 2:20.



Telenet Superprestige Cyclo-Cross – Heusden-Zolder Males 2022
Wout van Aert received the Superprestige in Heusden-Zolder on Tuesday. The Belgian champion managed to settle a duel with Mathieu van der Poel by beating the Dutchman who misplaced his pedal within the dash.


In the future after the robust World Cup in Gavere, cyclo-cross moved to Belgian Limburg for the third cross of Christmas. The sixth spherical of the Telenet Superprestige was held on the Terlaemen Circuit in Heusden-Zolder, with the ‘Large Three’ beginning. It will be a very completely different race from the mud in Gavere, however it might be one other battle between Mathieu van der Poel, Wout van Aert and World champion Tom Pidcock.

Thijs Aerts was the primary rider off the highway. The brother of Toon Aerts shot off the beginning blocks, however Van der Poel and Van Aert additionally had a wonderful begin. The winner in Gavere managed to work his approach as much as third place very quickly, Van Aert was on the wheel of his everlasting rival. World champion Pidcock had, not for the primary time this season, a foul begin. The Briton needed to chase, however was on the entrance of the chase. Van der Poel clearly didn’t wish to be in a bunch and went ‘full fuel’ within the first lap. Just one rider was capable of comply with the Dutchman’s tempo: Wout van Aert. The 2 didn’t look again and instantly had hole. The primary pursuers, Pidcock, Laurens Sweeck and Michael Vanthourenhout, had been already 20 seconds behind after one lap.

Within the following laps it was a matter of Van der Poel and Van Aert working collectively. The 2 high riders alternated on the head of the race, however we had been ready for one of many chief to make their transfer. On the sixth lap the large second got here. Van der Poel put in an enormous effort and his Belgian competitor needed to pull out all of the stops to have the ability to comply with. Nevertheless, Van Aert benefited from a mistake by Van der Poel, who needed to get off the bike on a brief slope. The primary hazard for the Belgian champion handed, however something may nonetheless occur within the closing lap. Van der Poel and Van Aert began that ninth and closing lap collectively. The Dutchman put the strain on once more. Van Aert needed to push arduous once more to maintain with Van der Poel. Van der Poel made one other mistake. Van Aert took benefit and went previous his huge competitor, however Van der Poel managed to get well and there could be a dash for the victory. Van Aert was the primary to begin the dash, Van der Poel reacted however shot out of his pedal. This turned out to be disastrous for Van der Poel’s probabilities of profitable, who noticed Van Aert triumph after an exciting race.


Race winner, Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma): “It was nerve-wracking. On the primary lap of the race, Mathieu took the lead. Then we rode collectively in entrance for the remainder of the race, however we felt like we couldn’t eliminate each other. I meant for it to be a protracted dash. Mathieu put me below strain greater than as soon as, however I may keep calm and never make any errors right now. We’ve at all times been racing like this. They’re at all times thrilling duels.”

2nd, Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Deceuninck): “I attempted to make a distinction on the final technical half, but it surely didn’t work. We had been evenly matched. It then got here right down to a dash. I didn’t wish to exit with a bunch that was too giant. If you happen to then get Wout, that you’re gone for the remainder of the cross. It’s tough in Zolder to experience somebody who’s equal off the wheel. I attempted to place strain a couple of times throughout the cross, however was unable to make the distinction. I wished to make it a protracted dash at first, but it surely ended up being a brief dash. Sadly, I shoot out of my pedal within the dash. That may be a disappointment, that I didn’t get the prospect to dash. It’s a pity, on to tomorrow.”

third, Lars van der (Baloise Trek Lions): “Simply as I used to be about to push myself ahead, my handlebars flipped down. That occurred on the final descent in the direction of the finishIt meant that I needed to be within the lead on a regular basis, in order that I may at the least be the primary to enter the pits and be the final to reconnect. However then the entire group falls aside and I’ve to catch up once more. At one level I used to be solely out with Pidcock. I had already ridden the opposite riders. So I made a decision to only hold driving and see what it might give on the end line. It is going to be one other robust cross. I’m simply going for outcome once more after which we’ll see who’s in entrance and behind me on the finish.”

4th, Tom Pidcock (INEOS Grenadiers): “I didn’t take part within the cross in any respect. I felt I used to be taking part in a special race. I selected the center of the highway in the beginning, however that was not one of the best thought. I used to be handed left and proper by a number of riders, so I used to be fairly far again within the opening section. I then rode ahead once more, however sadly Mathieu and Wout had already left. Then it’s already too late. I didn’t have my greatest day. It was a troublesome course. Midway via the race I used to be already having a tough time, primarily due to all of the quick sprints after the corners. Lars is at all times sturdy within the final laps. I couldn’t shut the hole with him anymore.”

eighth, Laurens Sweeck (Crelan-Fristads): “The final three laps my again really blocked on a regular basis. I additionally had various bother with that on Monday and now the climate cramped. Furthermore, the ability went out of the legs. Then two extra riders joined us and we needed to dash. However there was not a lot left for me. It was a little bit of a disgrace that Mathieu and Wout rode away from the remainder virtually instantly. After that, we watched loads. I feel ultimately it was yesterday’s fatigue that acquired me down. Lars (van der Haar) Now makes transfer within the standings. It’s going to be chasing now. I’ll attempt to regain the lead within the Superprestige. Tomorrow (Diegem) there may be one other probability. It is going to be tough, as a result of Lars is doing properly. For now, it’s simply harm limitation. But it surely’s actually not completed but. We don’t simply surrender.”

Telenet Tremendous Status Cyclo-Cross – Heusden-Zolder Males End result:
1. Wout van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma in 1:02:30
2. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Deceuninck at 0:06
3. Lars van der Haar (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions at 0:16
4. Tom Pidcock (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:20
5. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 1:05
6. Joris Nieuwenhuis (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions at 1:19
7. Quinten Hermans (Bel) Tormans Cyclo Cross Group at 1:20
8. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Crelan-Fristads at 1:24
9. Kevin Kuhn (Sui) Tormans Cyclo Cross Group at 1:56
10. Niels Vandeputte (Bel) Alpecin-Deceuninck at 1:57.



Telenet Tremendous Status Cyclo-Cross – Heusden-Zolder Ladies 2022
Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado received the Superprestige in Heusden-Zolder on Tuesday. The Alpecin-Deceuninck rider rode away from her final attacker, Inge van der Heijden, on the penultimate lap after which soloed to victory.


In the future after the World Cup in Gavere, the cyclo-cross peloton moved to Belgian Limburg for the third cross of the Christmas interval. The sixth spherical of the Telenet Superprestige was on Tuesday on the Terlaemen Circuit in Heusden-Zolder. With out Fem van Empel and Puck Pieterse, however with in-form Shirin van Anrooij, Lucinda Model, Superprestige chief Denise Betsema, Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado and Silvia Persico.

The very best begin on the tarmac of the previous F1 Circuit went to Alvarado, who was first off highway with Persico on her wheel. Alvarado, who nonetheless has the prospect of the general victory within the Superprestige sequence, was quickly handed by Betsema. The chief within the Superprestige, like Alvarado, didn’t participate within the World Cup in Gavere on Boxing Day and had comparatively recent legs. Betsema got here via arduous on the opening lap, however held again, which gave a number of riders the prospect to get again to the entrance, so eight riders began the second lap collectively. Inge van der Heijden, Betsema, Persico, Alvarado, Model, Annemarie Worst, Marion Norbert-Riberolle and Aniek van Alphen had survived the primary choice. Alvarado and Betsema elevated the tempo in the beginning of the third lap. Van der Heijden managed to go together with them, but it surely was too quick for the opposite riders. Not a lot later Model and Persico managed to get again additionally. This was very short-lived, as a result of on the third lap Alvarado accelerated once more.

The previous World champion cut up the main group along with her acceleration. Van der Heijden was once more along with her, Betsema, Model and Persico misplaced fairly a little bit of floor. A lap from the end, Van der Heijden needed to let go of a flying Alvarado. This turned out to be a decisive second in Heusden-Zolder. Alvarado soloed within the closing lap to victory. After earlier victories in Niel and Merksplas, she took her third victory within the Superprestige 2022/23. Van der Heijden managed to remain out of the grip of Model, who crossed the road in third. Persico and Betsema accomplished the highest 5. Betsema now leads Alvarado by one level within the Superprestige, 68 to 67.


Race winner, Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Alpecin-Deceuninck): “I actually needed to get into the sport. The primary two laps had been fairly tough for me and I used to be on the stretcher. At each nook there have been at all times riders who simply tried to squeak for it, so I needed to shut a spot later. When the gaps had been lastly a bit larger and I may set the tempo myself, it went higher and higher. Till I used to be the strongest left on the finish. I actually wished to work with Inge. She was additionally very sturdy, however needed to let go at one level. Then I had no selection however to proceed to the road by myself. I didn’t know the way I might be after the coaching camp, but it surely’s superb. This can be a essential win. I really feel a bit stronger now than earlier than my break. Hopefully I can now proceed my good type into the championship interval.”

2nd, Inge van der Heijden (777): “I didn’t have one of the best begin in my view, however fortunately I used to be capable of transfer up rapidly within the pits. I had an excellent day, which was stunning after the tough cross in Gavere. I is aware of from Ceylin that she will at all times just do that little bit extra within the closing lap. I actually didn’t wish to surrender, however Ceylin was clearly the strongest. Within the closing I needed to give the whole lot to maintain Lucinda behind me. Second was the very best doable right now and I’m very proud of that.”

third, Lucinda Model (Baloise Trek Lions): “I’m nonetheless glad with my race. I didn’t handle to maneuver up throughout the cross. As well as, I used to be at all times held up on the hills. I ended up with a spot on the asphalt each time. Additionally it is tough to actually cross somebody on this circuit, for the reason that stage in cyclo-cross is so excessive. I might have appreciated to see it with out all of the delays, however I’m in any other case glad with my race.

4th, Silvia Persico (FAS Airport Companies): “I’ve to imagine in it much more. It went ‘OK’. I’m proud of this fourth place, particularly as a result of it was my first cross on Belgian soil. Tomorrow there shall be one other cross after which I’ll go for the rostrum once more. I simply must imagine in it somewhat extra.”

Telenet Tremendous Status Cyclo-Cross – Heusden-Zolder Ladies End result:
1. Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Ned) Alpecin-Deceuninck in 40:21
2. Inge van der Heijden (Ned) 777 at 0:03
3. Lucinda Model (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions at 0:06
4. Silvia Persico (Ita) FAS Airport Companies at 0:11
5. Denise Betsema (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 0:18
6. Aniek van Alphen (Ned) 777 at 0:49
7. Annemarie Worst (Ned) 777 at 0:53
8. Marion Norbert-Riberolle (Bel) Crelan-Fristads at 1:37
9. Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Fra) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:44
10. Lauren Molengraaf (Ned) Tormans Cyclo-cross Group at 1: 47.



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UCI World Cup Cyclo-Cross – Gavere Males 2022
Mathieu van der Poel took revenge for his second place within the Precise Cross Mol. After an exciting race, the Dutchman beat his huge rival Wout van Aert and world champion Tom Pidcock within the UCI World Cup in Gavere.


After their battle final on Friday within the Precise Cross Mol, Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel competed in opposition to one another once more on Boxing Day, this time within the World Cup Gavere. Tom Pidcock and World Cup chief Laurens Sweeck had been additionally current. Michael Vanthourenhout and Lars van der Haar, who had missed Mol, additionally made an look.

Toon Vandebosch had the quickest begin. Lars van der Haar and Laurens Sweeck adopted in second and third place, whereas Tom Pidcock additionally had begin. They had been quickly handed by Mathieu van der Poel, who had began in row three. He took the lead and gave it ‘full fuel’. Van Aert was a bit additional again, however handed fairly a number of riders on the lengthy climb. The Belgian champion got here excessive in third place, behind the main duo of Van der Poel and Pidcock. Van Aert was unable to make contact instantly, partly on account of an issue within the pit space. After one lap he got here via at 9 9 seconds. Not a lot later, along with Michael Vanthourenhout, he was capable of get to Van der Poel, who needed to let Pidcock go after a flat tyre. As soon as on a brand new bike, the Dutchman gave it one other go, forcing Vanthourenhout to lose some floor, though the hole to Pidcock had not been closed.

After two of the six laps, Pidcock had a 9 second lead over Van Aert and Van der Poel. On the lengthy climb, one of many key factors within the circuit, the 2 caught the British rider, who was the one one to remain on the bike. Van der Poel had the momentum and pulled via on the high. Van Aert and Pidcock had been put below appreciable strain and after three laps, midway via the race, and confronted a 14 second deficit. On the fourth lap, Pidcock put in a robust effort, which put Van Aert in bother a number of instances and Van der Poel was in sight. On the fifth lap the Brit joined the Dutchman. Pidcock took over instantly, however on the lengthy climb he struggled once more. The outcome on the high: Van der Poel within the lead, Van Aert simply behind, Pidcock in third place. At the moment the gaps had been nonetheless small, however the variations had grown significantly by the beginning of the ultimate lap, however Van Aert didn’t surrender. The Belgian champion had a deficit of 15 seconds, however pulled 5 seconds again. On the lengthy climb, Van Aert had some issues along with his pedal, so Van der Poel took time again once more and held out to the end. Van Aert needed to accept second place, Pidcock was third.


Race winner, Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Deceuninck): “I actually wished to win. As I’ve already mentioned, I used to be probably not glad in Mol. I actually wished to get outcome right now. There have been many elements. This lap could be very robust, but in addition technical. I feel it was a really good race, there have been additionally lots of people. I loved it. I’m proud of my win.”

2nd, Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma): “I by no means felt like I used to be competing for the win. From the beginning I used to be at all times chasing, I by no means had the rhythm I wished. I’ve to be glad with second place, it was the very best doable right now. It was an amazing cross day. There have been so many individuals, it was the environment of a World Cup. Though the legs didn’t actually do what I wished from the beginning, I saved preventing for the followers. It was a really good race.”

third, Tom Pidcock (INEOS Grenadiers): “I simply wasn’t sturdy sufficient. It was a very robust race, the final laps I actually felt it. Particularly within the operating sections. I additionally had actual issues to click on again in afterwards. On the operating sections my bike felt more and more heavier. It felt like I used to be carrying a automotive on my shoulder. It will be good if my bike had a automotive engine. Anyway, within the final laps my legs had been simply gone.”

UCI World Cup Cyclo-Cross – Gavere Males End result:
1. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Deceuninck in 57:14
2. Wout van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma at 0:27
3. Tom Pidcock (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:54
4. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 1:53
5. Lars van der Haar (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions at 2:20
6. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Crelan-Fristads at 2:55
7. Thibau Nys (Bel) Baloise Trek Lions at 3:50
8. Toon Vandebosch (Bel) Alpecin-Deceuninck at 3:57
9. Cameron Mason (GB) Trinity Racing at 4:02
10. Gerben Kuypers (GB) Proximus-Alpha Motorhomes-DoltciniCT at 4:10.



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UCI World Cup Cyclo-Cross – Gavere Ladies 2022
Shirin van Anrooij received the World Cup in Gavere on Monday. The Baloise Trek Lions rider began the ultimate lap with a small lead on Lucinda Model, however held off her teammate for the victory. Puck Pieterse, who had tools issues, completed third.


There could be np World Cup duel between Puck Pieterse and Fem van Empel in Gavere. Van Empel continues to be affected by her crash in Val di Sole and was absent on Boxing Day. Pieterse was the highest favorite. The competitors needed to come from Kata Blanka Vas, Shirin van Anrooij, Annemarie Worst and Lucinda Model.

The very best begin was from Marie Schreiber, who was the primary off highway with Inge van der Heijden on her wheel. Pieterse wasn’t far behind and rapidly took the lead. Very quickly she made an enormous hole on her pursuers: Kata Blanka Vas and Shirin van Anrooij. Van Anrooij didn’t give in and acquired nearer to Pieterse on the robust course with a number of climbing and dust. She caught Pieterse earlier than the tip of the primary lap after which took the lead. On the finish of the primary lap, the Baloise Trek Lions rider had a lead of 10 seconds. Within the first a part of the second lap Pieterse was capable of pull her again, however on the lengthy climb, Van Anrooij was sturdy sufficient to experience away once more.

Pieterse was having a tough time, as a result of Vas and Model had been on her. The trigger turned clear: because of the great amount of mud, the rear wheel of the Alpecin-Deceuninck rider was utterly jammed. She misplaced a number of time till the subsequent pits. After two of the 4 laps she was in fifth place, 45 seconds behind Van Anrooij. Lucinda Model was a lot nearer to the chief, she was at 19 seconds behind her teammate. On the third lap, Model slowly however absolutely acquired nearer. They had been collectively midway via the lap, after which Model instantly accelerated. Van Anrooij chased her down after which went on her personal. Model had no reply and got here via at 12 seconds in the beginning of the ultimate lap. That turned out to be greater than sufficient for Van Anrooij. She was even additional forward of her teammate within the final lap and would cross the road solo. Within the battle for third place, Vas was in pole place for a very long time, however Pieterse and the sturdy Zoe Bäckstedt handed her on the robust climb. The final podium place was for the Dutch rider, the younger Bäckstedt completed fourth. Vas needed to accept fifth place.

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Race winner, Shirin van Anrooij (Baloise Trek Lions): “It was very robust. I simply rode my very own strains. I felt very sturdy. However on the third lap, on the lengthy climb, I saved driving too lengthy. My legs deflated. After that I made a decision to only run in all places which was simple for me. But it surely was tremendous robust. I simply rode in entrance and at first I didn’t realise that Puck was not on my wheel. I didn’t look again, I simply drove my very own tempo. At one level I noticed Lucinda approaching, however I knew that the final a part of the lap was proper for me. There I additionally rode away from Puck. I attempted to maintain busy, and it labored out properly.”

2nd, Lucinda Model (Baloise Trek Lions): “I’m blissful to be again on the rostrum of a World Cup race. I hope I can get somewhat higher, however we will transfer on from this. She made some little errors, so I wished to cross. She needed to run, however I used to be on high in a considerably tough observe. I acquired off observe, so I needed to run too. There I misplaced the connection once more. That additionally price a number of power. After all I hoped to reconnect on the lengthy climb, however Shirin had a very good final lap. I couldn’t race so far as I wished. The power was gone, so the strongest received right now.”

third, Puck Pieterse (Alpecin-Deceuninck): “My wheel was utterly caught on the lengthy climb. It was a bit demotivating to see Shirin nonetheless spinning her wheel, whereas mine was utterly caught. We each didn’t go into the tech publish. I adopted Shirin, I assumed it might be okay. However that was not the case. I ought to have switched bikes sooner. It was a mistake on my half. After that I modified bikes each half lap and it was higher. My wheel didn’t flip. I misplaced a number of time there. Then I needed to focus once more and attempt to cross riders. This was the primary time I skilled one thing like this. You be taught one thing new each race.”

UCI World Cup Cyclo-Cross – Gavere Ladies End result:
1. Shirin van Anrooij (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions in 47:02
2. Lucinda Model (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions at 0:37
3. Puck Pieterse (Ned) Alpecin-Deceuninck at 0:50
4. Zoe Bäckstedt (GB) EF Training-TIBCO-SVB at 1:01
5. Kata Blanka Vas (Hun) SD Worx at 1:17
6. Clara Honsinger (USA) EF Training-TIBCO-SVB at 1:24
7. Annemarie Worst (Ned) 777 at 1:35
8. Manon Bakker (Ned) Crelan-Fristads at 1:48
9. Aniek van Alphen (Ned) 777 at 2:14
10. Inge van der Heijden (Ned) 777 at 2:30.



Remco Evenepoel Talks Giro’23
Remco Evenepoel is aiming for a closing podium place within the 2023 Giro d’Italia. Evenepoel, the Soudal – Fast-Step World champion, mentioned on the VTM program ‘Your Movie of the 12 months’. Evenepoel received the Vuelta a España this 12 months, however in line with him the 2 grand excursions can’t be in contrast.

“I wish to win at the least one stage, anyway. Ideally that is without doubt one of the three time trials. As well as, I might additionally wish to win a mountain stage, so that’s really two stage victories. After which I goal for high 3 within the standings, a spot on the rostrum,” mentioned Evenepoel about subsequent season’s Giro.

He is aware of that expectations are excessive after his Vuelta victory. “The Giro is a very completely different race. A very completely different attribute, the mountains within the course… You at all times must be reasonable and I feel that getting on the rostrum in a Grand Tour is already an amazing achievement.”

Evenepoel may also put collectively a big a part of the choice that should assist him within the Giro d’Italia 2023. He can designate 5 of the eight riders who will go to Italy. “After which there are two locations which might be chosen by the group administration and Patrick Lefevere. Additionally due to the person applications all through the season and likewise by seeing who suits in greatest, and who desires and might go.”

It isn’t but recognized which riders will be part of Evenepoel on the Giro.

Remco Evenepoel’s Race Schedule:
22-01 – 29-01 Vuelta a San Juan Internacional
20-02 – 26-02 UAE Tour
20-03 – 26-03 Volta Ciclista A Catalunya
12-04 La Flèche Brabançonne – Brabantse Pijl
19-04 La Flèche Wallonne
23-04 Liège-Bastogne-Liège
06-05 – 28-05 Giro d’Italia
29-07 Donostia San Sebastián Klasikoa
07-10 Il Lombardia.

The World champion’s 2023 season takes form:


Lefevere Prefers To not See Evenepoel in Cyclo-Cross
Increasingly more highway cyclists are having fun with themselves driving cyclo-cross within the winter months. Two-time Tour winner Tadej Pogačar rode a cross race in Slovenia on Boxing Day. Remco Evenepoel, the reigning World champion, is all for driving some cyclo-cross, however his group boss Patrick Lefevere is much less enthusiastic.

Evenepoel was requested in an Instagram dwell session earlier this month whether or not he ever plans to experience a cyclocross race. “Sure, but it surely’s not an enormous objective and I don’t assume there are any alternatives to develop as a rider. The large dream on which I’m now centered is profitable the three Grand Excursions,” Evenepoel mentioned on the time. In 2023, the Belgian will primarily give attention to the Giro d’Italia and the World Time Trial Championships.

Lefevere, the Soudal – Fast-Step group supervisor, makes no bones about it in an interview with Humo. “He can get via the mud because of his energy, however he would drown within the technical zones. He began biking too late for that. As a World champion he could be ridiculous,” Lefevere identified.

Pogačar was admired on the cross bike on Boxing Day, however the Slovenian needed to accept second place within the cyclo-cross in Ljubljana. Final 12 months he managed to win this cross, however this time Mihael Štajnar was one of the best. Nevertheless, the two-time Tour winner appeared to take pleasure in himself, in line with the numerous images and movies that appeared on social media. Pogačar even jumped the obstacles like a high cross rider.

No cross for Remco:


Egan Bernal Undergoes Nostril Surgical procedure to Enhance Respiratory Perform
Egan Bernal has had surgical procedure on his nostril. The INEOS Grenadiers rider had a number of issues with the sense of scent, together with a ‘septum defect’, an abnormality of the nasal septum. Consequently, the air passage was obstructed. The medical doctors who operated on Bernal confirmed this to Colombian SoHo journal.

The operation had nothing to do with Bernal’s crash in January this 12 months, when he collided with a stationary bus, struggling a number of fractures. The nostril issues are an outdated downside. The climber skilled extra discomfort from the situation at instances of “higher bodily exertion”, the medical doctors mentioned.

To treatment the issue and enhance Bernal’s biking efficiency, it was determined to function on the 25 year-old rider. The goal of the process was to enhance respiratory perform. “That’s, to enhance the passage of air via the nostril,” say the specialists. They emphasise that the operation was not carried out for aesthetic causes. “The principle motivation was the useful enchancment of his nostril.”

Bernal is now again on his bike, pictures on social media present. He’s anticipated to begin the brand new season within the Vuelta a San Juan (January 22-29). It’s nonetheless unclear what this system of the previous Tour winner will seem like in 2023. He has already mentioned that he hopes to return to the Tour de France subsequent 12 months.

Bernal now has a nostril for victory:


Alberto Contador has Greater than a Hundred Benign Tumours Eliminated
Alberto Contador underwent surgical procedure to take away greater than 100 benign tumours. The previous rider introduced through a video message on Instagram. The video exhibits that a big a part of Contador’s physique is wrapped in bandages.

“Yesterday it was time to have some repairs completed. I needed to have some lipomas eliminated and it turned out I had over 100! I received’t have the ability to cycle for some time,” the two-time Tour de France winner wrote. A lipoma is a small lump of fats a benign tumour of adipose tissue cells.

The now 40-year-old Contador stopped racing in 2017. Along with profitable the Tour de France twice, he additionally received the Giro d’Italia twice and the Vuelta a España thrice.



Magnus Cort will Return to the Giro Subsequent Season
Magnus Cort had a reasonably profitable 2022. The Dane rode, in his personal nation, within the polka dot jersey of the Tour de France for some days and likewise received a stage. He was unable to triumph within the Giro d’Italia, however the EF Training-EasyPost rider desires to vary that subsequent 12 months, he mentioned in dialog with Ekstra Bladet.

Cort hopes to begin in each the Giro and Tour in 2023. If he manages to win a stage within the Italian stage race this time, he’ll be part of the distinguished group of riders who’ve received a stage in all three Grand Excursions. In final 12 months’s Giro he was not in the proper type to win on account of accidents. “I don’t know if that also actually bothers me, however I positively wish to win a stage now,” Cort mentioned. “It’s no secret. It is without doubt one of the causes to experience the Giro once more subsequent 12 months.”

In dialog with Ekstra Bladet, 29-year-old Cort additionally gave some perception into the remainder of his program. He begins his season on the finish of January with a number of one-day races in Mallorca, after which he rides the Étoile de Bèsseges (February 1-5) and the Volta ao Algarve (February 15-19). A selection has but to be made between Paris-Good and Tirreno-Adriatico, however it’s already sure that the Dane will contest Milan-Sanremo. He received’t experience the cobbled Classics, as ordinary.

Magnus Cort – Giro/Tour in 2023:
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No Regrets for Tom Dumoulin
Between 2014 and 2018, Tom Dumoulin received the Gerrit Schulte Trophy 5 instances. The now retired Limburger was current final Monday on the Wielergala in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the place Dylan van Baarle was named Bike owner of the 12 months. Dumoulin spoke to the press on the presentation.

“I’m used to the opposite life by now and I’m having fun with it,” mentioned the winner of the 2017 Giro d’Italia. “I particularly take pleasure in that the strain is not fixed. After I was a bike owner, I typically went for a beer with my buddies, and I typically went to a celebration within the winter, however you at all times thought: subsequent week we’ve got to go once more. So there was at all times a brake. Now that’s not the case.”

The 32-year-old Dumoulin mentioned that he loved his profession. “However as a high athlete you’re at all times busy with one factor. As a bike owner, which means biking as quick as doable. Then there may be little time, area and power for different issues. Now there may be.”

Dumoulin was interviewed throughout the Wielergala along with Niki Terpstra, who ended his skilled profession two weeks in the past with the Wooning Zesdaagse van Rotterdam. Terpstra received that competitors collectively along with her associate Yoeri Havik and was additionally put within the highlight herself. Wouldn’t Dumoulin have wished to go away the game in such a approach? “If I may have deliberate it, I might have deliberate it otherwise. Let me put it this fashion. However I’ve not regretted for a second that I made the choice in August to cease instantly, with no farewell occasion, or one other grand farewell.”

Dumoulin having fun with his new life:


Yves Lampaert: The New Face of Highway Security
Highway Security West Flanders has launched a ‘new’ marketing campaign to attract additional consideration to cyclists in each day visitors. The face of the ‘Biking tourism in concord’ marketing campaign is Fast-Step skilled Yves Lampaert.

Highway Security West Flanders strives for a safer highway province with numerous campaigns. The accident figures in West Flanders are nonetheless excessive. An annual marketing campaign is that of ‘Biking tourism in concord’, which additionally includes the Kortrijk bicycle honest Velofollies.

“In each survey about what folks discover necessary, highway security comes first. However, we proceed to be confronted with excessive accident charges. Sadly, after a decline throughout the corona disaster, we’re again on the stage of 2019,” provincial governor Carl Decaluwé outlined in dialog with Het Nieuwsblad.

Yves Lampaert is the face of this 12 months’s marketing campaign. “As a bike owner, I’m additionally confronted with highway security day by day. A automotive driving up or down a driveway, a driver misjudging a curve. It’s getting busier on the highway, however drivers mustn’t neglect that there are additionally a number of cyclists on the highway. Luckily, I have already got some biking expertise myself, however for younger, beginning riders it’s fairly harmful to go on the highway.”

Because the face of the marketing campaign, Lampaert will seem on the consuming bottle that shall be handed out throughout Velofollies (20-22 January) in Kortrijk Xpo. There shall be 2,000 consuming bottles. “Hopefully everybody will choose up one thing from the marketing campaign. Even when it’s simply an accident that may be prevented, it’s nonetheless one,” mentioned Lampaert.

Yves Lampaert the brand new face of highway security:


Alex Howes Ends his Profession
Alex Howes won’t be within the peloton in 2023. The 34 year-old American has determined to place an finish to his skilled profession. Howes rode his complete profession for Jonathan Vaughters’ group.

Howes started his professional profession in 2012 with Group Garmin-Barracuda and remained with the Vaughters squad for over a decade. He recorded 4 skilled victories: In 2014 he received a stage within the USA Professional Problem, in 2017 he was profitable within the Colorado Traditional and Tour of Alberta and in 2019 he was USA highway champion.

Howes additionally rode 5 Grand Excursions. He was in the beginning of the Tour de France twice, additionally rode the Vuelta a España twice and one Giro d’Italia. Within the final years of his profession, Howes more and more centered on the choice program of EF Training-EasyPost, with a give attention to gravel races and rode much less and fewer highway races.

“You don’t see somebody like Alex a lot in biking anymore. Along with his perseverance and work ethic, he has managed to work his approach as much as the WorldTour. He didn’t depend on his distinctive bodily talents, however he did have an amazing mindset. I due to this fact have a number of admiration for Alex,” EF group boss Jonathan Vaughters praised Howes. “The place different riders would surrender, he saved preventing.”

Howes now desires to spend extra time along with his household. “It is going to be fairly a transition. I nonetheless wish to race, nonetheless have a number of enjoyable, however I can’t deliver myself to be removed from residence anymore. I’m fortunate to have the ability to retire with a smile as an expert bike owner. I’m blissful, additionally as a result of it’s my very own selection. I’m very grateful for the previous twenty years.”

Alex Howes retires:
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Group Novo Nordisk to Hit the Highway with Vittoria for 2023
The world’s first all diabetes skilled biking group is proud to verify that its riders will race on Vittoria tires in 2023 with Group Novo Nordisk happy to associate with the distinguished Italian model.

“Vittoria’s tires have graced the skilled peloton for many years,” mentioned Common Supervisor Vassili Davidenko. “The years of expertise and technical data they’ve amassed imply that Vittoria are constantly on the apex of cutting-edge know-how and developments.”

“We’re very blissful that our riders will get the advantage of that high quality for the upcoming season and we’re trying ahead to a protracted and profitable working relationship.”

Vittoria was fashioned in Italy in 1953 with an preliminary give attention to pro-performance highway tires, digging deep into the guts of their Italian roots to develop tires for a few of the most profitable riders and groups within the historical past of biking.

A relentless pursuit of the subsequent materials, subsequent know-how and the subsequent stage of design and efficiency has seen Vittoria stay a market chief 70 years later with ranges in each completely different pursuit biking has to supply.

“We’re blissful to work alongside Group Novo Nordisk,” mentioned Vittoria International Advertising and marketing Director Bruno Tecci. “This group has a function pushed actuality of the very best stage and with a novel character. Now we have loads in frequent when it comes to mentality. Our ‘The Experience Forward’ – which even earlier than being a model positioning is a mind-set – finds a wonderful embodiment within the tales of those riders and this group.”

To be taught extra about Vittoria, go to



13 WorldTour Riders Nonetheless With out Contracts for 2023
Because the 2023 season is about to begin, there are nonetheless 13 WorldTour riders who haven’t any contract for the approaching season. Most WorldTeams have already had their first group get togethers and have crammed their their rosters for 2023. The early race schedules have been introduced, however numerous riders who raced at WorldTour stage in 2022 are nonetheless with no group.

WorldTour riders with no contract for 2023:

AG2R Citroen
Anthony Julin (Fra)

Astana Qazaqstan
Michele Gazzoli (Ita) (Suspended 2022-08-10 to 2023-08-09)
Sebastian Henao (Col)

Bahrain Victorious
Ahmed Madan (Bah)

Sander Armée (Bel)
Davide Villella (Ita)

EF Training EasyPost
Lachlan Morton (Aus)

INEOS Grenadiers
Brandon Smith Rivera (Col)

Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita)

Israel-Premier Tech
Alexander Cataford (Can)
James Piccoli (Can)

Lotto Soudal
Carlos Barbero (Spa)
Matthew Holmes (GB).

Nonetheless no group for Domenico Pozzovivo:


Atapuma and Berhane Signal with Beykoz Group-Turkey
Darwin Atapuma and Natnael Berhane will race for a Turkish group in 2023. The 2 ex-pros have signed a contract with Beykoz Group-Turkey, a brand new Continental formation.

Prior to now, Atapuma rode for skilled groups Colombia-Coldeportes (2012-2013), BMC Racing Group (2014-2016), UAE Group Emirates (2017-2018) and Cofidis (2019). The now 34 year-old Colombian climber had a number of profitable years in Europe, with stage victories within the Giro del Trentino, Tour of Poland and Tour of Switzerland. He additionally completed ninth within the closing classification of the Giro d’Italia in 2016.

After his departure from the French Cofidis group, Atapuma returned to his residence nation of Colombia, the place he raced for Colombia Tierra de Atletas. The climber has been profitable in South American in recent times, he received the Queen stage within the Vuelta a Colombia final 12 months and final season he additionally received a stage within the Ciclismo Clásica Ciudad de Huaca.

Berhane (31) raced for Group Europcar, Group Dimension Knowledge and Cofidis. His palmarès embrace closing victories within the Tour of Turkey (2013) and La Tropicale Amissa Bongo (2014). The Eritrean climber additionally rode high 10 within the Tour of Austria and Tour of Guangxi and he rode eight Grand Excursions. On the finish of 2021 he needed to go away Cofidis.

Beykoz-Group Turkey have additionally signed Sergey Rostovtsev, Yaroslav Parashchak and Halil İbrahim Doğan for 2023.

Berhane indicators with Beykoz Group-Turkey:


Roxane Fournier From SD Worx to St Michel-Mavic-Auber93
Roxane Fournier takes step again in 2023. The 31 year-old French rider has ridden for SD Worx for the previous two seasons, however in 2023 she shall be with the modest St Michel-Mavic-Auber93.

Fournies is making a return, as she rode for what we now know as St Michel-Mavic-Auber93 earlier than. The rider then competed for FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope, Movistar, Chevalmeire Biking Group after which SD Worx. “Now I return to Auber after ten years. I’m tremendous blissful and motivated to get again to the group, the place I achieved my first UCI successes in 2012.”

Fournier has taken 9 skilled victories in her profession, though her final victory was in 2016. She received two phases within the Tour de Bretagne Féminin, Trophée d’Or Féminin, Tour of Chongming Island, the Tour Cycliste Féminin Worldwide de l’ Ardèche, Tour of Zhouslan Island and La Route de France (twice). She additionally received the Grand Prix Dottignies in 2015.

Whereas with SD Worx, she primarily rode for the now retired Anna van der Breggen, Demi Vollering and Lotte Kopecky. She began 28 races this 12 months.

Roxane Fournier to St Michel-Mavic-Auber93:


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Alex Molenaar will Race with Electro Hiper Europa-Caldas in 2023
Alex Molenaar has a group for subsequent 12 months. The 23-year-old Dutchman, who didn’t get a contract extension with Burgos-BH, will experience for the Continental Electro Hiper Europa-Caldas in 2023. The Spanish group made the announcement on their web site.

Electro Hiper Europe was created in 2021 with an Argentinian license. In 2022, the group was Colombian. Subsequent season, Electro Hiper Europa-Caldas will change nationality once more and shall be Spanish registered. The group is led by Rafael Casero, the youthful brother of Ángel Casero, who received the 2001 Vuelta a España and is the organiser of the Tour of Valencia.

Final season was tough for Molenaar. He began strongly with an 18th place within the Gran Camiño (2.1), however within the Tour of Catalonia he contracted mononucleosis. “Pfeiffer’s illness has left an enormous gap in my season,” the Dutchman just lately advised WielerFlits. Molenaar has a Spanish mom and spent a part of his childhood in Girona, the place he now lives.

Within the autumn, Molenaar began to get his type again. First he took a 4th place in stage 4 of the Tour of Portugal after which he received the ultimate stage of the Tour of Langkawi, his final race for Burgos-BH. He beating Jason Osborne of Alpecin-Deceuninck in a two-man dash. On the time, he hoped that victory would assist him to proceed at ProContinental stage, however now he takes a step down.

Alex Molenaar staying in Spain:


Diezma and Otura Stage Begins of the the 69th Ruta del Sol from February 15 to 19
The Granada Provincial Council as soon as once more bets on sport and tourism promotion within the province with the assist of the 2023 Biking Tour of Andalusia, by which Diezma would be the begin of the second stage and Otura of the final and decisive closing day.

On the morning of this Tuesday, December 27, the 2 phases of the 69th version of the Ruta del Sol Biking Tour of Andalusia had been offered on the Granada Provincial Council headquarters. The second will begin within the city of Diezma on February 16. A day that may start within the coronary heart of the Guadix area and that may finish on the Fortaleza de la Mota in Alcalá la Actual after 156 kilometres. The check will run via the municipalities of Darro, Moreda, Piñar (the place the primary flying objective of the day shall be established), Ventas de Andar and Trujillo in Montillana, along with the ascent to the third class Zegri mountain cross. Departure is scheduled for 11:50 a.m.

The opposite stage with a number one function from Granada would be the decisive final day on Sunday 19, beginning at 10:50 from the municipality of Otura. The city, which final 12 months was the tip of the stage, hosts the beginning of a really arduous day by which the Puerto del Sol shall be climbed and by which Alhaurín de la Torre shall be reached to crown the ultimate winner of this version. On this decisive closing stage it can cross via Ventas de Huelma, Agrón, Arenas del Rey and Ventas de Zafarraya. Likewise, the ports of El Zerrajón and Alto del Navazo shall be climbed. It is going to be 184 kilometres and 400 meters on a spectacular day.

The president of the Provincial Council of Granada, José Entrena; the mayors of the beginning cities Nazario Montes and Emilia Troncoso, in addition to the overall director of Deporinter, Joaquin Cuevas. Entrena wished to focus on the likelihood provided by a top-level occasion such because the Andalusian spherical of “displaying your complete world distinctive landscapes, the wealth of Granada’s municipalities and the wealthy heritage of your complete province”. The president of the Granada Provincial Council wished to focus on, in the identical approach, the likelihood that an occasion of this magnitude has of giving visibility to inland municipalities, providing, on this event, the chance to see one of the best cyclists on this planet up shut giant variety of biking followers that Granada historically has.

The mayoress of Diezma, Emilia Troncoso, has proven herself to be very proud that her city, which has simply over 750 inhabitants, hosts the beginning of an occasion of this magnitude: “It’s a pleasure to host in our city an occasion that strikes a lot folks with a lot ardour. It is going to transfer not solely the residents of Diezma however your complete area of Guadix. It is going to be a possibility to offer ourselves visibility and to supply financial, vacationer and pure surroundings enhancements.” For his half, Nazario Montes, mayor of Otura, highlighted the satisfaction that it means for his municipality to have the ability to participate within the Vuelta a Andalucía. “Being a part of a stage of the Ruta del Sol means a possibility to offer unbelievable wealth for the worldwide promotion of the city and the metropolitan space of ​​Granada,” he defined.

Lastly, the overall director of Deporinter, Joaquin Cuevas, wished to thank the unconditional assist of the Granada Provincial Council for the Vuelta a Andalucía and wished to as soon as once more spotlight the good influence that the province of Granada may have with the celebration of those two phases: “We’ll return to succeed in greater than 180 international locations with spectacular tv viewers numbers. We’ll attain 320 million properties all through the Vuelta that may have the ability to benefit from the wonders that Granada gives. Biking followers will see these demanding and delightful routes and can wish to come and luxuriate in them “. Lastly, he additionally introduced the affirmation of groups equivalent to Bahrain, Movistar, UAE, INEOS and Astana, which has confirmed an necessary name for individuals, together with the winner of a number of phases within the Tour de France Luis León Sánchez and the Kazakh Alexey Lutsenko, stage winner in Vuelta y Tour.



Tour de La Provence to Run in 2023
There was the likelihood that the 2023 version of the Tour de La Provence wouldn’t happen, however the French stage race will run from February 9 to 12 subsequent 12 months. The race organisers made an announcement to the French information company AFP.

The organisers of the Tour de La Provence had been struggling to seek out the required monetary backing for 2023. Former rider Marion Rousse was related to the French stage race as deputy director, however has since resigned on account of a monetary dispute and would take authorized motion in opposition to the organisation.

At first of December, the race seemed like it might disappear from the calendar, but it surely has now develop into clear that the Tour de La Provence will happen in 2023. The race will begin on February 9 with a prologue in Martigues, adopted by a stage to Manosque, the Queen stage to La Montagne de Lure and the ultimate stage with the end in Arles.

The Tour de La Provence had its first version in 2016, received by Thomas Voeckler, and is without doubt one of the first European races on the biking calendar. The honours record consists of Rohan Dennis, Gorka Izagirre, Nairo Quintana (twice) and Iván Sosa. Quintana received the final version of the Tour de La Provence this 12 months.

Quintana, winner in 2022:


One other profitable 12 months for the Tour de Pologne: new challenges in retailer for 2023
Czesław Lang takes inventory of the previous version and prepares for the ninety fifth birthday of Poland’s largest sporting occasion.

“It was a profitable 12 months, however there are nonetheless extra challenges forward,” says Czesław Lang, normal director of the Tour de Pologne, who’s taking inventory of the achievements of the 2022 season and laying the foundations for the longer term, waiting for the 12 months to come back.

The final version actually set some fascinating information, equivalent to the primary success of a Briton within the normal classification in virtually 100 years. In actual fact, Ethan Hayter – INEOS Grenadiers, Michal Kwiatkowski’s team-mate – had already secured the victory of your complete Tour within the particular person time trial with the end in Wierch Rusinski, after which made historical past inside the race standing on the ultimate podium in Krakow.

The Tour de Pologne quantity seventy-nine, held below the motto ‘Race for Peace’, was attended by round 4 million followers who welcomed the riders throughout the over-1,200-kilometre route between Kielce and Krakow.

“Throughout every version of our nationwide race, we promote Poland,” says Moscow Olympic runner-up Czesław Lang. “We present how our nation is continually evolving: the roads, the connections, the infrastructure. The Tour de Pologne is our showcase to the world and in 2022, we wished to make use of this worldwide stage to point out our full solidarity with the courageous Ukraine. Because of this we selected this slogan for the race. All groups got wristbands within the colors of the Ukrainian flag, in order that this message would even be seen on the rostrum.”

The 7 phases of the race reached over 100 international locations world wide and had been broadcast dwell in full on TVP and Polsat Sport for a complete of fifty hours. A novel alternative to point out the territory to such a big viewers that no different Polish sporting occasion gives.

There are various challenges awaiting the Lang Group in 2023, beginning with the utterly new route and different thrilling tasks such because the scheduling of a minimum of 5 phases of the UCI ORLEN Nations Cup Grand Prix – for riders of nationwide groups – which additionally consists of some phases overseas.


Though the eightieth version of the Tour de Pologne shall be run in 2023, the primary theme would be the ninety fifth birthday of the race, which has witnessed many necessary occasions in Polish historical past. Subsequent 12 months’s race will begin in Poznań whereas, as per custom, Krakow’s Błonia would be the backdrop for the ultimate stage. Karpacz shall be again within the route after a few years, guaranteeing many sporting thrills amongst followers.

“Regardless of 30 years of expertise in organising this occasion, the creation of the route is rarely a straightforward job. However as a sportsman, I imagine that one of the best time to assault is when the going will get robust,” continues the overall director.

Amongst different tasks, Czesław Lang’s group is engaged on the extension of the ORLEN Grand Prix of Nations to 5 phases, with the basic finale on the Arłamów lodge, whereas some fractions will happen outdoors Poland. Three occasions for amateurs have additionally been deliberate – two ORLEN Lang Group Races and ORLEN Tour de Pologne Amatorów – in Arłamów (27.05), Karpacz (30.07) and Bytów (16.09). Amateurs will get factors for the overall classification.

The younger cyclists – the way forward for the game – will compete in 4 phases of the Tour de Pologne Junior, that are additionally organised on sections of the Tour de Pologne. The TdP Junior Memorial of Marian Więckowski will once more be a possibility to have enjoyable and be taught inside the framework of a sporting competitors.

“It is going to be a really busy 12 months, however we love biking and are grateful to the followers who assist the riders in such giant numbers. It’s for them that we organise these occasions: their ardour is the driving pressure behind our ongoing dedication,” Czesław Lang concludes.



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