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EUROTRASH Thursday: Worlds Countdown with Race Information and Video

The World champs are coming! The Tour of Luxembourg, Grand Prix de Wallonie women and men and the Giro della Toscana – Memorial Alfredo Martini. Israel-Premier Tech threatens the UCI – TOP STORY. Rider information: Remco Evenepoel to fly Enterprise Class to the Worlds, Tadej Pogačar to trip the Worlds TT, Lefevere on the Vuelta victory, Mohorič on the Roglič crash, Unzué has confidence in Mas, investigation in to Jumbo CEO and Niki Terpstra stops. Staff information: Movistar and BikeExchange-Jayco signings. Espresso, espresso, espresso.

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TOP STORY: Israel-Premier Tech Threatens Lawsuit Towards UCI
The promotion/relegation battle in biking is steadily reaching its climax. Quite a lot of WorldTeams are at present engaged in a fierce battle for factors. Israel-Premier Tech is scuffling with relegation stress. Sylvan Adams, the cash man behind the WorldTour group, has threatened authorized motion in opposition to the UCI.

On the finish of this season, the highest eighteen groups will qualify for a WorldTour license. This rating relies on UCI factors obtained over the previous three years. Lotto Soudal, Israel-Premier Tech, EF Schooling-EasyPost and Movistar are at present preventing for survival. Adams sees all of it with dismay and calls on the UCI to take motion and let go of the promotion/relegation system. In line with Adams, there’s a ‘power majeure’, a state of affairs akin to warfare, drought or a hurricane, which makes it not possible for events to fulfil a sure obligation resulting from circumstances past their management. “A worldwide corona pandemic is the definition of power majeure,” Adams stated to Velonews. “And that in all the interval (three years) of the relegation course of.”

In line with the Israel-Premier Tech boss, there’s a “quite simple and gallant” answer to the issue: Adams needs to extend the variety of WorldTeams from eighteen to twenty. This may put an finish to the much-discussed relegation battle. Along with the present eighteen WorldTeams, there would even be room for Alpecin-Deceuninck and Arkéa-Samsic, who’re nonetheless ProTeam however need to take a step up for subsequent yr. Based mostly on their present place within the rating, they’re additionally eligible.

Beforehand, there have been rumours that the UCI would think about fixing the promotion/relegation downside by rising the variety of WorldTeams from eighteen to twenty. Nevertheless, the UCI rapidly denied this in a press launch. “Opposite to latest public reporting, no determination has been taken to alter the relevant guidelines.” As well as, in addition they talked about that UCI factors will be earned till October 18. In November, the WorldTour licenses for the seasons from 2023 to 2025 will probably be assigned. “After which the ASO can nonetheless hand out two wildcards in the course of the Tour de France. Who will probably be hindered by a WorldTour with twenty groups? No one,” Adams said. “Relegation means loss of life for the groups involved. It doesn’t matter which groups are relegated, it’s an existential downside. Why can we break one thing down in biking as a substitute of constructing one thing up? It’s simply harmful. I actually hope frequent sense will prevail.”

In line with the Canadian/Israeli businessman, essential riders, sponsors and different companions will drop out if a group is relegated from the WorldTour. “I don’t see the purpose of it. The UCI is threatening us and that’s dangerous. And that whereas there’s a easy answer that doesn’t have an effect on anybody. It’s a chic solution to get out of this mess. Let’s broaden the WorldTour from eighteen to twenty groups and there will probably be no losers.”

Adams has since contacted the UCI and hopes to discover a answer through the ‘regular route’. If this doesn’t work, he’s prepared to go to court docket and combat it out legally. “If I lose, I’ll take them to court docket. If I lose my sponsors, it would value me tens of millions. If I can present that the UCI shouldn’t be making use of its guidelines constantly, I’ve an excellent case. I simply hate lawsuits. No one wins in lawsuits, solely attorneys.”

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Skoda Tour Luxembourg 2022
Stage 1 of the 2022 Tour de Luxembourg was gained by Valentin Madouas. The French Groupama-FDJ rider escaped within the closing on the steep sections of the Kirchberg after which soloed to victory. Second place went to Sjoerd Bax, Clément Berthet was third. Madouas can be the primary total chief.


The beginning of the primary stage was in Luxembourg Metropolis, the place it additionally completed after 163.8 kilometres. There have been 4 categorised climbs on the menu with the Montée de Niklosbierg (4.5km at 5.9%), Côte de Bourschied (3.5km at 7.2%), Côte de Eschdorf (3km at 7%) and Côte de Stafelter (1.8km at 7.9%). A couple of kilometres from the end, with the 1.6 kilometre lengthy Kirchberg (at 6.3%) there was additionally an uncategorised climb that would trigger issues.

The main group of the day was shaped by six riders: Niklas Eg (Uno-X), Gil Gelders (Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB), Jesús Antonio Soto (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Tom Sexton (Bolton Equities Black Spoke), Justin Wolf (Leopard) and Kasper Viberg Søgaard (Riwal) took a most lead of virtually 5 minutes. Not a lot was left of this lead when Trek-Segafredo and Groupama-FDJ bought concerned within the chase. With 60 kilometres to go, the distinction was only one minute. The peloton then slowed down, because it was nonetheless fairly far to the end. The main group had been lowered to 5 riders. Soto needed to let his fellow escapees go. Within the meantime, Harrow, Gelders, Sexton, Wolf and Viberg Søgaard had been nonetheless driving nicely collectively, but it surely was solely a matter of time earlier than they had been caught. Trek-Segafredo, Groupama-FDJ and Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl had the state of affairs beneath management with 30 kilometres to go.

The 5 remaining escapees weren’t planning on throw within the towel and continued to work collectively, however had been caught 10 kilometres from the end. The 19 year-old Gelders, who earlier this yr gained a stage within the U23 Giro, was the final chief on the foot of the two kilometre Côte de Stafelter. Trek-Segafredo and UAE Staff Emirates continued on this robust climb of 8%. Because of this many had been dropped, though there was no actual choice. With the Kirchberg, the riders had been confronted with one other arduous climb. The peloton rode at a quick tempo to the foot of the climb, the place the race exploded. Groupama-FDJ took the lead and managed to carry Kevin Geniets into place. The Luxembourger attacked and regarded like he would get away, however was pulled in. This was the sign for his teammate, Valentin Madouas, to assault. With a formidable show of energy, he left everybody behind. The 26year-old Madouas, who gained the French one-day race Tour du Doubs final week, began the final flatter kilometres with a lead and stayed out of the grasp of the primary pursuers. Sjoerd Bax tried to chase, however was too late to meet up with Madouas.


Stage winner and total chief, Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ): “I made a spot straight away, I had a tough time afterwards. I needed to catch my breath as a result of I gave every part on the prime of the climb to get as a lot of a lead as doable. The final 500 metres had been very arduous, the legs had been full of poisons, but it surely was sufficient to hitch the road. It’s actually nice. It’s a beautiful day for us, we ready it nicely. The entire group did a fantastic job, and the legs are actually, actually good. My latest victory actually gave me confidence. Profitable is liberating. I recovered nicely from the Tour du Doubs, the place I managed to win regardless of not having a fantastic day. What gave me confidence was really to assume that I might have gained extra simply if I had had a great day. At this time, I regarded on the start-list and I knew that I needed to go earlier than the dash. It’s a fantastic race with good competitors, and it’s for positive a great signal for the world championships. However, I’ve a race to complete earlier than going there. We’ll attempt to hold the jersey so long as doable. In any case, I could be in a form that I’ve by no means been in throughout my profession.”

third on the stage and total, Clément Berthet (AG2R Citroën): “It’s a pleasure to get such a great consequence after a sophisticated yr. Victory was not far off however Groupama-FDJ raced very sensible within the closing and Valentin Madouas was robust. We had a fantastic day collectively and it’s good to be rewarded with a podium. Personally, I had nice emotions on this stage. It makes me joyful to have managed to regain a stage like this after my finger fracture on August 3 within the second stage of the Vuelta a Burgos. This bodes nicely for the long run. We’ll attempt to get a stage victory however we can even attempt to get a great consequence within the closing basic classification. Even when the person time trial (26.1km) will power some greater time gaps, it’s all the time additionally a good suggestion to have taken a number of bonus seconds immediately.”

Skoda Tour Luxembourg Stage 1 End result:
1. Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ in 4:00:25
2. Sjoerd Bax (Ned) Alpecin-Deceuninck at 0:03
3. Clément Berthet (Fra) AG2R Citroën at 0:07
4. Matteo Trentin (Ita) UAE Staff Emirates at 0:08
5. Florian Sénéchal (Fra) Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl
6. Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Cofidis
7. Maxime Bouet (Fra) Arkéa Samsic
8. Victor Koretzky (Fra) B&B Accommodations-KTM
9. Franck Bonnamour (Fra) B&B Accommodations-KTM
10. Rune Herregodts (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise.

Skoda Tour Luxembourg Total After Stage 1:
1. Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ in 4:00:15
2. Sjoerd Bax (Ned) Alpecin-Deceuninck at 0:07
3. Clément Berthet (Fra) AG2R Citroën at 0:13
4. Matteo Trentin (Ita) UAE Staff Emirates at 0:18
5. Florian Sénéchal (Fra) Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl
6. Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Cofidis
7. Maxime Bouet (Fra) Arkéa Samsic
8. Victor Koretzky (Fra) B&B Accommodations-KTM
9. Franck Bonnamour (Fra) B&B Accommodations-KTM
10. Rune Herregodts (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise.

Luxembourg’22 stage 1:


The Second Stage of the Tour de Luxembourg was gained by Matteo Trentin on Wednesday. The veteran Italian of UAE Staff Emirates was the most effective sprinter in Junglinster, forward of Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl riders Florian Sénéchal and Davide Ballerini. Valentin Madouas, who gained the opening stage, remains to be the general chief.


The main group of the day was made up of eight males: Tom Wirtgen (Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB), Bastien Tronchon (AG2R Citroën), Cyril Barthe (B&B Accommodations-KTM), Joel Nicolau (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Asier Etxeberria (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Morten Hulgaard (Uno-X), James Fouché (Bolton Equities Black Spoke) and Justin Wolf (Leopard). Their lead was a most of 4 minutes. Within the peloton, Groupama-FDJ and UAE Staff Emirates set the tempo, till Alpecin-Deceuninck took command 50 kilometres from the end on the Col de l’Europe. The Belgian group pulled the peloton into an extended skinny line and lowered the result in 30 seconds.

Alpecin-Deceuninck realised that this didn’t have the specified impact, so Groupama-FDJ and UAE Staff Emirates took over once more. The entrance riders had been capable of take a minute again, however Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl additionally bought concerned within the chase seven kilometres from the end. Deep within the closing was the Poteau de Kayl (1km at 6.6%). Luc Wirtgen and Dorian Godon put in a critical assault. The Frenchman of AG2R Citroën had the most effective legs of the 2 and got here excessive solo, though his lead over the others was minimal. On the descent in direction of the end in Junglinster, Godon was virtually caught, however he didn’t hand over. At 1.3 kilometres from the end, he was caught. Within the dash type a thinned out peloton, UAE Staff Emirates and Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl had been on the entrance. In a chaotic dash it was then Trentin who pushed his wheel over the road first. He beat French champion Florian Sénéchal, together with his teammate, Davide Ballerini subsequent to him. Axel Laurance was fourth and Mattias Skjelmose fifth.


Stage winner, Matteo Trentin (UAE Staff Emirates): “It was a very nice closing with a small climb and quick run via town. We deliberate to do the climb with a tough however regular tempo with Majka after which deal with the lead-out with Suter, Oliveira and our stagiaire Kluckers. The fellows made a extremely good lead-out and we pressured Quickstep to go early and so we had been capable of come round within the final metres. The time-trial ought to determine the ultimate GC however we’re centered day-to-day and making one other good stage tomorrow.”

Skoda Tour Luxembourg Stage 2 End result:
1. Matteo Trentin (Ita) UAE Staff Emirates in 3:51:51
2. Florian Sénéchal (Fra) Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl
3. Davide Ballerini (Ita) Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl
4. Axel Laurance (Fra) B&B Accommodations-KTM
5. Mattias Skjelmose Jensen (Den) Trek-Segafredo
6. Jon Barrenetxea (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
7. Tobias Bayer Alpecin-Deceuninck
8. Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Cofidis
9. Victor Koretzky (Fra) B&B Accommodations-KTM
10. Rui Oliveira (Por) UAE Staff Emirates.

Skoda Tour Luxembourg Total After Stage 2:
1. Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ in 7:52:06
2. Sjoerd Bax (Ned) Alpecin-Deceuninck at 0:07
3. Matteo Trentin (Ita) UAE Staff Emirates at 0:08
4. Bastien Tronchon (Fra) AG2R Citroën at 0:09
5. Florian Sénéchal (Fra) Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl at 0:12
6. Clément Berthet (Fra) AG2R Citroën at 0:13
7. Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Cofidis at 0:18
8. Victor Koretzky (Fra) B&B Accommodations-KTM
9. Mattias Skjelmose Jensen (Den) Trek-Segafredo
10. Jonas Gregaard (Den) Uno-X.

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Grand Prix de Wallonie 2022
Mathieu van der Poel was the winner of the GP de Wallonie 2022. The race was determined after virtually 200 kilometres of racing on the Citadel of Namur, which was solely climbed as soon as within the Walloon Traditional. After an extended dash, Van der Poel was first, forward of Biniam Girmay and Gonzalo Serrano.

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It didn’t take too lengthy earlier than the main group of the day was shaped: Johan Meens (Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB), Abram Stockman (Saris Rouvy Sauerland), Gianni Marchand (Tarteletto-Isorex), Martin Urianstad (Uno-X) and Maximilien Juillard (Go Sport-Roubaix Lille Métropole).

The lead of the 5 grew to over 3 minutes, however was then saved round 2 minutes by Israel-Premier Tech, Alpecin-Deceuninck and Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert. Greater than 50 kilometres from the end, the distinction had fallen to lower than 1 minute and Dries De Bondt tried to make the race arduous for prime favorite, Mathieu van der Poel. These had been the primary skirmishes, however they weren’t adopted up. The Côte d’Ermeton additionally didn’t present any spectacle, so the motion must come on the Tienne aux Pierres (3.4km at 4.7%) at about 15 kilometres from the end and the closing climb of the Citadel of Namur (2.2km at 5%).

After Mathieu van der Poel needed to change bikes, Biniam Girmay then additionally needed to do the identical. The chief of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert modified simply in time, as a result of not lengthy after that, the ultimate began. The final early escapees had been caught at Tienne aux Pierres, however Ewen Costiou stayed out entrance for some time. The French stagiaire of Arkéa-Samsic had jumped to the main group earlier and remained within the lead for the longest. Behind there was many assaults, however an actual elite group was unable to get away.

Within the closing section Mathieu van der Poel and Biniam Girmay additionally tried to assault, however they primarily checked out one another and determined to attend for the Citadel of Namur. Even earlier than the beginning of the climb, Costiou was caught. Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert took the initiative, whereas Jasper Philipsen and Dylan Teuns had been additionally nicely positioned. Van der Poel was initially a bit additional again, however moved ahead on the cobbles. The primary assault got here from Teuns, who had Gonzalo Serrano on his wheel. They instantly bought a spot and saved the tempo excessive. The hole was closed by Loic Vliegen and Van der Poel and the consequence would come all the way down to the final metres. The Dutchman of Alpecin-Deceuninck completed with a mighty dash and held off Girmay. Serrano managed to take third, forward of Israel-Premier Tech teammates Teuns and Corbin Robust. Philipsen couldn’t match the tempo of Van der Poel and Girmay within the dash and completed in sixth place.


Race winner, Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Deceuninck): “I’m very joyful, however didn’t really feel nice all day. I really needed to placed on the dash for Jasper, however I don’t assume he felt 100% both. I then closed the final hole (to Dylan Teuns and Gonzalo Serrano) and began sprinting. I didn’t see anybody on my wheel and by chance I used to be capable of proceed my dash to the end. I didn’t realise it had been so lengthy since a Dutchman gained right here. I really like these finishes. The group has labored quite a bit immediately, so I’m joyful to complete it. It was actually a troublesome race. In the long run, after such a climb, the strongest within the race actually wins, and I’m glad it was me.”

2nd, Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux): “I can dwell with this. I might have gained, however I misplaced. The strongest gained. I’m proud of immediately as a result of I used to be sick in Canada, however the group did a fantastic job. I felt good within the closing, however within the final nook I misplaced Mathieu’s wheel. He was stronger than me within the dash and I couldn’t get any nearer. Then it’s nice to be second. I’m joyful for him. He’s very robust and I like him. He rode a great dash immediately, so congratulations to him. On the ultimate climb we had every part beneath management. They did a fantastic job (his group), proper as much as the end. However not simply immediately, they’ve been doing that every one yr. Sure, I’m prepared for the World championships.”

Grand Prix de Wallonie End result:
1. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Deceuninck in 4:55:26
2. Biniam Girmay (Eri) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
3. Gonzalo Serrano (Spa) Movistar
4. Dylan Teuns (Bel) Israel-Premier Tech at 0:01
5. Corbin Robust (NZ) Israel-Premier Tech
6. Jasper Philipsen (Bel) Alpecin-Deceuninck
7. Marijn van den Berg (Ned) EF Schooling-EasyPost
8. Axel Zingle (Fra) Cofidis
9. Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal
10. Warren Barguil (Fra) Arkéa Samsic.



Grisette GP de Wallonie Dames 2022
The Plantur-Pura group had a clear sweep of the rostrum in Wednesday’s Grisette GP de Wallonie Dames. Julie De Wilde completed 3 seconds away from her teammates Justine Ghekiere and Yara Kastelijn. Australia’s Rachel Neylan (Cofidis) completed at 5 seconds in fourth place.

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Grisette GP de Wallonie Dames End result:
1. Julie De Wilde (Bel) Plantur-Pura in 3:48:31
2. Justine Ghekiere (Bel) Plantur-Pura at 0:03
3. Yara Kastelijn (Ned) Plantur-Pura
4. Rachel Neylan (Aus) Cofidis at 0:05
5. Kirstie Van Haaften (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg at 0:12
6. Nicole Frain (Aus) Parkhotel Valkenburg at 0:14
7. Anya Louw (Aus) AG Insurance coverage-NXTG at 0:17
8. Eva Van Agt (Ned) Le Col-Wahoo at 0:18
9. Quinty Schoens (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
10. Fien Masure (Bel) AG Insurance coverage-NXTG at 0:21.

Grisette Wallonie’22:
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Giro della Toscana – Memorial Alfredo Martini 2022
Marc Hirschi gained the 94th version of the Giro della Toscana. After virtually 200 kilometres, the Swiss rider of UAE Staff Emirates was the most effective of a favourites group of 5, who had pulled away on the second climb of Monte Serra. Lorenzo Rota completed in second place.


Six entrance riders colored the opening hours of the race: Daan Hoeks (Mg.Ok Vis-Colour for Peace-VPM), Mirco Maestri (EOLO-Kometa), Simone Ravanelli (Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli), Cristián Rodriguez (ToatlEnergies), Edoardo Faresin and Andrea Guerra (Zalf Euromobil Fior). That they had a 9 minute lead. Adriano Brogi (Giotti Victoria-Savini Due) and Jan Stöckli (Corratec) counter-attacked, however had been unable to hitch the main group.

The main focus of the race was on the double climb of Monte Serra, a climb of 10.2 kilometres at 7.7%. On the primary climb, Rodriguez left his fellow escapees, however the Spaniard was joined on the descent and the valley by some riders from the break and others who had made the soar from the peloton. Gorka Izagirre, Andrii Ponomar and Javier Romo, amongst others, joined the main group, which began Monte Serra for the second time with just below 1 minute lead. Ukrainian champion Ponomar rode away from the main group on the climb, however he had the favourites group on his story. Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert had taken the initiative. At 35 kilometres from the end, Ponomar was additionally caught, after which ten favourites remained. Esteban Chaves attacked 4 kilometres from the summit. Solely Lorenzo Rota, Daniel Felipe Martinez, Natnael Tesfatsion, Einer Rubio and Marc Hirschi might comply with him. Italian champion Filippo Zana was in problem and was dropped.

1.5 kilometres from the highest, Martínez put in a critical assault that nobody might comply with. He crossed the Monte Serra 15 seconds forward of Rota, Chaves, Hirschi and Rubio. On the quick and technical descent, Martínez added a number of seconds. With a lead of 30 seconds, the INEOS Grenadiers climber began the final 20 flat kilometres. One in opposition to 4, however Martínez did his greatest. Ten kilometres from the end, he nonetheless had 17 seconds, however they might see the Colombian coming into the ultimate. Martínez was caught 5 kilometres out. 5 entrance runners had been going to battle for the win. Their lead over the primary pursuers had risen to greater than 1:30, this provided room for a tactical dash up entrance. One kilometre from the end, Rota, Chaves, Hirschi, Rubio and Martínez did nothing. There was no assault, after which the dash began 250 metres from the end. Hirschi proved to be the strongest forward of Rota and Rubio. It’s Hirschi’s third victory of the season, having beforehand gained Per Semper Alfredo and the GP Kanton Aargau.


Race winner, Marc Hirschi (UAE Staff Emirates): “It was a ravishing race and the right solution to comeback to racing. Within the climb I suffered quite a bit and couldn’t comply with Martinez however we knew that within the final 20km we might work collectively and claw him again so we did that. I had good legs for the dash and knew I might be the quickest so to cross the road first was an enormous satisfaction. I’m trying ahead to the following few days racing right here in Italy.”

2nd, Lorenzo Rota (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux): “I need to thank my teammates for his or her help immediately! It’s because of their work that I might dash for the victory immediately. Despite the fact that I needed to win, this second place was in all probability the absolute best consequence immediately in opposition to a quick rider akin to Marc Hirschi. I even reached my private energy file within the dash with backwind immediately. My efficiency was a profitable check two days after ending my altitude camp in Livigno and within the method in direction of the world championships. Earlier than I go away for Australia, I need to strive my greatest once more with the group within the Coppa Sabatini tomorrow, a traditional which additionally fits Andrea Pasqualon very nicely.”

Giro della Toscana – Memorial Alfredo Martini End result:
1. Marc Hirschi (Sui) UAE Staff Emirates in 4:53:30
2. Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
3. Daniel Felipe Martínez (Col) INEOS Grenadiers
4. Einer Augusto Rubio (Col) Movistar
5. Esteban Chaves (Col) EF Schooling-EasyPost
6. Alex Aranburu (Spa) Movistar at 0:13
7. Andreas Kron (Den) Lotto Soudal
8. Paul Double (GB) Mg.Ok Vis-Colour for Peace-VPM
9. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis
10. Andrii Ponomar (Ukr) Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli.



Remco Evenepoel Will Fly Enterprise Class to the World Championships in Australia
Remco Evenepoel is certain of a enterprise class flight to Australia. On Monday the Vuelta winner began his journey from Madrid to Sydney after which to the World championships metropolis of Wollongong. “After all we’ll attempt to get him to the beginning as comfortably as doable,” nationwide coach Sven Vanthourenhout instructed Het Nieuwsblad.

Evenepoel departed from Madrid, and joined the nationwide coach and Yves Lampaert on the stopover in Dubai. A spot within the enterprise class had already been booked for the 22-year-old chief of the Belgian group. “For others, we’re taking a look at what is feasible. Maybe Lampaert can get an improve in Brussels. In precept, this was foreseen for everybody, however the costs all of a sudden skyrocketed. And it was not doable,” says Vanthourenhout.

“We’ll defend him and provides him relaxation,” the nationwide coach continued. “His group can even do this after the World championships. The Vuelta could have required numerous vitality, there isn’t a different method. However I’m positive that Remco will race with full deal with the World championships. Nobody is aware of if he’ll nonetheless be prime. However he’ll do every part in his energy.”

Earlier this week, Wout van Aert complained concerning the costly tickets to Australia. The Jumbo-Visma rider, who flew to Australia from Canada, stated he would initially need to pay €3,500 for an improve to enterprise class, however that this has elevated to €8,000 for a one-way ticket.

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Tadej Pogačar to Journey the World Time Trial in Wollongong
Tadej Pogačar will do the double on the World Championships. The Slovenian confirmed after his victory within the GP de Montréal that, along with the highway race in Wollongong, he can even contest the World Time Trial Championship.

In Montréal, Pogačar confirmed that he’s touring to Australia in prime type. Similar to Wout van Aert, who does skip the time trial championship, the UAE Staff Emirates rider flew to Sydney on Monday.

“The shape appears to be so as in time for the World champs. I hope for a great day. It’s a special course than immediately,” stated Pogačar, evaluating the World championships with the GP Montréal. “As a result of size of the race, it would nonetheless be robust. In any case, I’ll board the airplane to Australia with nice confidence.”

Pogačar will trip the person time trial subsequent Sunday, September 18. Final yr he made his debut within the World time trial championships for professionals. In Bruges, Pogačar completed tenth, virtually 2 minutes behind World champion Filippo Ganna.

Pogačar for the TT Worlds:


Lefevere After Vuelta Victory: “In line with Many, We May Solely Win Classics”
Patrick Lefevere is delighted with Remco Evenepoel’s victory within the Vuelta a España. “I get pleasure from it inside. I’m not that exuberant, however I wish to blame folks,” stated the Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl group boss within the speak present De Afspraak on VRT. He was referring to the concept his group wouldn’t be capable to rating within the Grand Tour.

“In line with many, the Fast-Step group might solely win classics, however apparently folks solely have a reminiscence of 48 hours,” stated Lefevere. “We already got here second within the Vuelta with Mas (in 2018) and we misplaced the Giro resulting from a mistake by the commissioners when Urán was three minutes forward and misplaced his jersey (in 2014). We have now executed greater than what we now have proven prior to now three weeks. Folks all the time neglect that.”

Lefevere additionally responded to the doubts there have been about Evenepoel. “There was numerous doubt about Remco’s capabilities by the surface world. I don’t assume folks actually perceive what it means to fall ten metres down a ravine. A damaged pelvis in a number of locations, and likewise the psychological facet. That little man was barely over 20 years previous. After that, he needed to rehabilitate just a little too rapidly. Some are his fault and a few are ours. After which he had a repercussion, which lasted six months to a yr.”

Will Evenepoel be capable to recharge for the World championships in Wollongong, the place he’ll trip each the time trial and the highway race. “Both there may be decompression on the World champs, or he does a Philippe Gilbert and continues at this stage till the Tour of Lombardy,” Lefevere thinks. “When you’re in such a situation, something is feasible. He was very relaxed on Sunday night. He’s so robust in his head that I think he will probably be prime within the World championships as nicely.”

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Mohorič on That Vuelta Crash: “Roglič Deviated From his Line”
The crash of Primož Roglič within the closing week of the Vuelta a España has saved folks speaking in latest days. The Slovenian GC rider pointed the finger at Fred Wright after his crash. Nevertheless, Matej Mohorič, a teammate of Wright with Bahrain Victorious, made it clear what he thinks to Velonews. “Roglič deviated from his line.”

Every week in the past, Roglič crashed within the final tons of of metres of the sixteenth stage to Tomares, after which he needed to abandon the race. In line with Jumbo-Visma and Roglič, just one particular person was answerable for the crash. “Not everybody noticed it accurately. The crash was not brought on by a foul highway or a scarcity of security however by a rider’s behaviour. I don’t have eyes on my again. In any other case, I’d have run extensive. Wright got here from behind and rode the handlebars out of my palms earlier than I knew it.” stated the three-time Vuelta winner.

Wright indicated that he was upset in Roglič’s statements and his Bahrain Victorious group reacted much more sharply to the assertion by Roglič and Jumbo-Visma. Mohorič can be clear and significant of his compatriot. “We all know that Roglič typically falls, this isn’t the primary time. He clearly deviated from his line. He didn’t look over his shoulder to see if anybody was there after which swerves. I watched three or 4 totally different movies. I don’t actually need to say extra. I additionally don’t assume it’s very good to make such an announcement to Fred.”

In line with Mohorič, his compatriot ought to particularly put his hand on his personal coronary heart. “I’ve respect for everybody, however some riders are simply extra keen in relation to pushing for place achieve. I believe in case you ask the remainder of the pack, everybody will say Primož is extra prepared to push than Fred.”

The ultimate kilometre of stage 16:


Unzué has Confidence in Mas, Once more
Eusebio Unzué, Movistar’s group boss, was strict with Enric Mas after the Tour de France. Mas wouldn’t have the power to steer a group. After a disappointing Tour he then completed second within the Vuelta a España and Unzué didn’t miss his efficiency.

Unzué nonetheless had an unflattering opinion of Mas after the end of the Tour in Paris. “His psychological block in the course of the Tour shouldn’t be regular. Nevertheless it did assist us, as a result of it’s clear that at 27 years previous he nonetheless doesn’t have the power to steer a group. He isn’t but able to tackle the duty of a group, and the goals of a rustic. We additionally need to be affected person with that.”

Mas acquired a sporting and psychological blow within the Tour, however managed to take revenge within the Vuelta a España. Though the Spanish climber needed to recognise his superior in Remco Evenepoel within the battle for the general victory, he did end second within the closing classification. He was additionally runner-up in his residence tour in 2018 and 2021.

Unzúe has seen this and places his hope in his compatriot, particularly now that Alejandro Valverde will grasp his bike up. “It isn’t an possibility for us to deal with a number of leaders, however we’re assured that Enric will assert himself as a frontrunner,” Unzúe stated in dialog with Cyclism’Actu. “The squad will probably be constructed round him. We can even be welcoming 4 or 5 new faces.”

Unzué additionally spoke about Mas in the course of the Vuelta. “Enric confirmed himself this Vuelta as an actual man. He isn’t a spectacular rider, however he’s very constant. He has what it takes to compete with the highest riders and that’s crucial,” he stated to Marca. Together with his good performances within the Vuelta, Mas additionally did his group Movistar a service within the combat in opposition to relegation.

A significantly better Mas in la Vuelta:


Jumbo Responds to Raid on CEO Van Eerd: “Investigation Does Not Concentrate on Firm”
The Fiscal Intelligence and Investigation Service (FIOD) and the police raided the home of Frits van Eerd, the CEO of Jumbo Supermarkets, on Tuesday morning as a part of a large-scale cash laundering investigation. Jumbo has now said in a response that the investigation is geared toward Van Eerd and never on the firm.

“Jumbo has taken be aware of an investigation that’s at present being performed by the FIOD. We perceive that the investigation doesn’t deal with Jumbo. Nevertheless, questions are being requested of Frits van Eerd within the context of the investigation,” they are saying. The raid on Van Eerd, who together with his firm is, amongst different issues, the primary sponsor of the Jumbo-Visma biking group, was carried out on behalf of the Public Prosecution Service Northern Netherlands, a spokesperson confirms.

The raid on Van Eerd’s villa seems to be a part of a joint investigation by the FIOD, the police, the Purposeful Public Prosecutor’s Workplace and the Northern Netherlands Public Prosecutor’s Workplace. Earlier on Tuesday, a 58-year-old man from Aa en Hunze was arrested as the primary suspect on suspicion of involvement in laundering giant quantities of cash and items and VAT fraud.

As well as, eight folks have been arrested, from the provinces of Drenthe and North Brabant. They’re concerned in cash laundering. It’s nonetheless unclear whether or not these arrests are associated to the raid on Van Eerd’s home and whether or not the CEO of Jumbo Supermarkets himself has additionally been arrested. The Public Prosecution Service will present extra data at a later date.

The investigation focuses particularly on varied cash laundering constructions wherein cash and items have been laundered, the Public Prosecution Service stated in a press launch. “This laundering was executed via actual property transactions, automobile buying and selling, unexplained money deposits and sponsorship contracts in motocross sport. As well as, there’s a suspicion of VAT fraud within the automobile commerce.”

Jumbo boss Frits van Eerd:
Frits van Eerd


Niki Terpstra Will Cease On the Finish of This Season
Niki Terpstra is in his final weeks as an expert bike owner. The 38-year-old Traditional specialist will finish his profession after this season, he introduced through his social media.

After a sixteen-year skilled profession, the skilled rider from North Holland is prepared for a brand new problem. “Regardless of alternatives to proceed, it’s time to shut this lovely chapter and deal with new targets on and off the bike. As an 8-year-old I couldn’t have imagined changing into a part of the professional peloton. That I’d win monuments akin to Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders remains to be tough for me and my household to grasp,” he stated proudly.

“It has been a profession with excessive highs and lows. And with the individuals who have all the time supported me – household, buddies, and followers – we are able to look again with immense delight on what we now have achieved. I nonetheless assume biking is unbelievable, so I’ll positively proceed to do this. However, differently.”

With victories in Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders, Terpstra was some of the profitable Dutch cyclists of his era. He additionally grew to become Dutch highway champion 3 times, twice gained Dwars door Vlaanderen and Le Samyn and was profitable within the E3 Harelbeke, Eneco Tour, Tour of Qatar and the Tour de Wallonie. As a rider of the Fast-Step group, he grew to become World champion within the group time trial 4 occasions.

Terpstra began his skilled profession in 2007 with Staff Milram and switched to Fast-Step after 4 seasons. Within the group of Patrick Lefevere, he achieved his biggest successes and grew into an essential employee. Within the Classics he was normally one of many leaders, and with success.

In 2018 he skilled maybe the most effective season of his profession with a win within the E3 Harelbeke and the Tour of Flanders. On the finish of that yr, he determined to depart Fast-Step for Whole Direct Energie. Terpstra was the chief for the Classics, however was by no means capable of shine within the French group resulting from some critical crashes and accidents.

Flanders: Considered one of Terpstra’s largest wins:


Floortje Mackaij provides extra energy to 2023 Movistar Staff roster
Dutchwoman, a part of her nationwide Wollongong Worlds squad subsequent week, set to carry Blues her multi-talent high quality beginning subsequent yr

One other large headline for the Movistar Staff’s 2023 ‘mercato’ lands on Tuesday because the Giro, Tour-winning squad will rely from subsequent yr on the providers of expert allrounder Floortje Mackaij (Woerden, NED; 1995). She joins from Staff DSM on a two-year contract, via the top of 2024.

Mackaij has already spent the higher a part of a decade as some of the invaluable allrounders within the WorldTour, with nice punch, potential to excel at each the mountains and the flat, filled with expertise – 9 years within the UCI peloton regardless of being simply 26 – and large consistency. In 2022, she’s bought herself to the rostrum at Hageland and Drentse Acht (third at each), and completed close to the highest at races as totally different as Paris-Roubaix, the Tour de Suisse (sixth at each) or the Itzulia (eighth).

The standard of Mackaij is additional underlined as she’s been referred to as up for the stacked Dutch nationwide group – led by her future team-mate Annemiek van Vleuten – within the World Championships’ highway race in Wollongong, Australia subsequent week.

Floortje Mackaij: “I’m actually trying ahead to hitch the Movistar Staff in 2023. I’ve bought the sensation that I’m greater than prepared for an enormous change. After a decade with Staff DSM, and its earlier iterations, it’s time for one thing new. As a rider, I do know I nonetheless can enhance quite a bit, and need to focus increasingly more on the classics, hilly stage races and time trials. With the 2023 roster the Movistar Staff could have, I do know we are able to set our sights on numerous wonderful targets and hopefully develop into among the finest WorldTour groups, if not the most effective. One other enjoyable truth for me about this new journey will probably be staying teammates with Liane, which is so nice! We all know one another for greater than six years now, so it feels nice to hitch her to the ‘Blue squadra’. ¡Qué ganas de empezar la nueva temporada con el Movistar Staff! (Literal phrases in Spanish from her: ‘I’m so excited to start out the brand new season with the Movistar Staff!’)”

Sebastián Unzué: “Floortje is a rider I really feel we haven’t seen her most potential but. She’s bought extraordinary allround abilities, whereas I additionally really feel she’s bought good room for enchancment. She’s one who has been close to the entrance at robust classics, like Roubaix or Drenthe, whereas additionally displaying this yr, as we’ve seen within the WorldTour stage-races in Spain or the Tour of Scandinavia, that she will be up there within the mountains. She’s additionally an extremely constant rider, all the time preserving the identical stage, and certainly one of our targets for the long run helps her successful races. In terms of teamwork, she’s going to be a fully key asset after we go along with Annemiek, or Emma / Arlenis at different moments of the season, to the massive races. Considered one of her strongest values is her race-craft and skill to learn how issues are going to pan out — she’s like a sports activities director on the bike, which is essential for us. Regardless of being nonetheless younger, she’s bought robust expertise, having raced within the WWT peloton since age 18.”

“Floortje’s all the time been a part of the identical organisation, which speaks hundreds about her character and loyalty, and coming right here will certainly be a optimistic likelihood for her, which may help her develop a step additional. She’s bought an open persona, she’s proactive and tries to make issues simpler for everybody. It’s the identical as with Liane, whom she’s going to share this journey with subsequent yr. We’ll do our greatest for her to really feel comfy right here. Annemiek is aware of her completely and believes, similar to we do, that there’s extra in her, that she will be able to progress, evolve. And racing along with her will permit her taking big expertise out of it.”



Connor Swift Joins INEOS Grenadiers From 2023
Connor Swift, the previous British highway race champion, will develop into an INEOS Grenadier in 2023 after signing a two-year take care of the group.

The skilled 26-year-old from Yorkshire, who gained the British nationwide highway title in 2018, will probably be stepping as much as race for a WorldTour group for the primary time and becoming a member of his cousin Ben Swift on the Grenadiers.

Swift’s versatility has seen him full the final three editions of the Tour de France whereas concurrently proving his high quality in one-day racing, together with a formidable victory at Tro-Bro Leon in 2021.

Swift’s signing will bolster the Grenadier’s Classics squad whereas on the identical time including additional help to the group’s basic classification ambitions, each in one-week stage races and at Grand Excursions.

Connor Swift stated: “I’m tremendous excited to be becoming a member of the INEOS Grenadiers. The best way the group is evolving on the minute, with the following wave of younger guys coming via and the dynamic method to racing, is admittedly refreshing and it is going to be particular to be part of the journey.

“This can be a group I’ve all the time regarded as much as with many riders who’ve impressed me. To be pulling on that INEOS jersey subsequent season, taking that step up and getting caught into the races with these guys is one thing I’m actually trying ahead to.”

Deputy Staff Principal Rod Ellingworth stated: “It’s nice to have Connor be part of the Grenadiers at such a important level in his improvement. He’s already proven his expertise in some large races so he’ll add vital depth to the group and I’m assured he’ll be a superb match for the group and our ambitions for the long run. His path up to now of his profession has been a constant development and if he maintains that upward trajectory then I’ve little doubt that we are going to see some nice racing from him.”



Dion Smith Returns to Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert
The New Zealander Dion Smith, who rode for Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux in 2017 and 2018, signed a contract with the Walloon group for the following two seasons.

The polkadot jersey wearer within the Tour de France 2018, for 3 days, grew to become the primary New Zealander to put on a particular jersey on the Tour and remains to be the one rider of group Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux who managed to do that.

In the course of the summer season of 2020, he made an attention-grabbing debut in Milano-Sanremo as he took sixth place, one month earlier than his first skilled victory within the Coppa Sabatini forward of his former teammate Andrea Pasqualon.

Smith is a quick rider who can survive on hilly programs, ending second this yr in Per Sempre Alfredo, Ordiziako Klasika and the opening stage of the Vuelta Castilla y León.

Dion Smith: “After I joined the World Tour peloton in 2019, saying goodbye to Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux by no means felt definitive. The group has made numerous steps since then. After 4 seasons in the identical setting, this can be a good second for me to reignite my starvation by returning to my former steady. For them to need me again exhibits they nonetheless consider I’ve one thing to offer and this motivates me. With the Efficiency Cel we mentioned the ambition of the group and which function I can play on this technique. The proposal was actually what I used to be on the lookout for and it excited me. This system will probably be particular to my talents. I sit up for working with acquainted faces and assembly new ones. Six years in the past I used to be warmly welcomed on this household and I count on it to be the identical this time. My two participations on the Tour de France are superb reminiscences, so it could be a dream to return within the equipment of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux.”

Aike Visbeek (Efficiency Supervisor): “Dion Smith progressed step-by-step in his profession, so his DNA matches completely with the one of many group. His return is a brand new increase for his profession. He has the profile we had been on the lookout for, his all-round qualities allow him to play an essential function in a variety of races. He can reinforce our group within the finals of Ardennes classics, cobble classics and likewise stage races. He acquired numerous expertise alongside world class riders and has an expert angle, a dreamed profile to encompass riders like Biniam Girmay or Lorenzo Rota with. Dion additionally has quick legs himself, which he’ll be capable to present from January already to make the colors of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux shine. I can’t wait to see him guiding the group in our first participation within the Australian opening races!”



bikeexchange jayco
Extra Contract Renewals: Colleoni, Grøndahl Jansen & Maas Signal Up For Extra
It’s a busy interval for Staff BikeExchange-Jayco with varied new rider signings plus a number of contract renewals and with this, the squad is happy to verify the contract extensions of three extra riders – Kevin Colleoni, Amund Grøndahl Jansen and Jan Maas.

Younger Italian climber Kevin Colleoni joined the group as a neo-pro final season and has been following an upward trajectory, studying and growing right into a constant WorldTour rider. The 22-year-old had a stand-out efficiency this season ending on the rostrum on the Saska Tour. Staff BikeExchange-Jayco consider there may be nonetheless numerous potential contained in the Italian and the squad is joyful to proceed to work with Colleoni via the 2023 season.

Norwegian powerhouse Amund Grøndahl Jansen has additionally put pen to paper to verify his dedication for an extra season, having joined the Australian outfit again in 2021. The 28-year-old has been a key participant in most of the large races, helping the group to success like at this yr’s Tour de France and can proceed to play an essential function within the group’s “engine room” all through 2023.

Lastly, 26-year-old Jan Maas has loved his first style of the WorldTour peloton in 2022 as he made the step up, becoming a member of the group in January, and has confirmed to be an all-round contributor in lots of races throughout the calendar each on and off the bike. Having rapidly settled into the WorldTour bunch, it has been clear to see that Maas has quite a bit to offer his teammates and Staff BikeExchange-Jayco is happy to see him proceed for 2 extra seasons.

Brent Copeland – Common Supervisor: “It has been a pleasure to resume the contracts of those three riders and it was essential for us as a group to maintain riders which have labored so nicely over the previous season and to maintain continuity and consistency inside our squad. A few of them, particularly Amund, hasn’t been so fortunate resulting from varied unlucky accidents, however we hope that the dangerous luck is now behind him.

Kevin, Amund and Jan are all very totally different riders, however all have the identical imaginative and prescient and targets, to help the group in the most effective methods they’ll whereas additionally persevering with to develop themselves as riders. Kevin actually confirmed us what he’s able to this season together with his robust ends in Czech, whereas Amund and Jan each selflessly sacrificed themselves within the largest races on the calendar for his or her teammates. It’s nice for us to proceed working with these riders into the 2023 season.”

Kevin Colleoni: “I’m joyful to re-sign with the Staff BikeExchange-Jayco. I felt superb driving with the group the final two years and with a brand new contract for 2023, I hope to repay them in the absolute best method. I’ve been studying quite a bit in my first years within the WorldTour peloton, it has been very attention-grabbing and difficult and I’m positive I’ll proceed to be taught extra subsequent yr.”

Amund Grøndahl Jansen: “I’m joyful the group nonetheless has religion in me regardless of a difficult first interval of 2021 and 2022. I really feel very at residence and it’s nice understanding they consider in my capabilities, so I’m joyful to proceed into 2023. I hope to get my profession correctly again on observe over the following years and contribute with each my very own outcomes and serving to different riders rating victories, particularly Dylan, as I’m part of his dash preparation.”

Jan Maas: “It’s nice for me to proceed with Staff BikeExchange-Jayco, I’m very joyful about it. It’s only a proper match, the Aussie mentality has numerous similarities to the Dutch and from the primary coaching camp and race, it felt like household. It’s a very good group of individuals and I had already some nice moments with them on and off the bike. We race all the time with a plan and dedication which I actually like and that motivates me. For the following two years I hope to develop in a method that I will be the most effective model of myself which may result in many nice success’s along with the group. I’m additionally joyful to rejoice the truth that I’ve been chosen to symbolize the Netherlands on the coming World Championships after a robust season with the group.”

Kevin Colleoni
Date of Delivery: eleventh November 1999 (22)
Nationality: Italian
Joined GreenEDGE Biking: 2021
New Contract: 2023
High Outcomes:
third Saska Tour Total (2022)
third Giro Ciclistico d’Italia (2020)
4th Tour of Oman Stage (2022)
4th Saska Tour Stage (2022)
fifth Saska Tour Stage (2022)
seventh Saska Tour Stage (2022)
seventh Tour of Oman Total (2022)
eleventh Tour of Turkey Stage (2022)
ninth Tour of Hungary Total (2022)

Amund Grøndahl Jansen
Date of Delivery: eleventh February 1994 (28)
Nationality: Norway
Joined GreenEDGE Biking: 2019
New Contract: 2023
High Outcomes:
1st ZLM Tour Stage (2019)
1st Tour de Gironde Total (2016)
2nd 4 days of Dunkerque Total (2019)
fifth Bretagne Traditional Ouest France (2019)
fifth Prudential RideLondon Surrey Traditional (2019)
2nd ZLM Tour (2019)

Jan Maas
Date of Delivery: nineteenth February 1996 (26)
Nationality: Dutch
Joined GreenEDGE Biking: 2022
New Contract: 2023 & 2024
High Outcomes:
sixth Tour du Doubs (2020)
third Tour de la Mirabelle Total (2021)



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