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TOP STORY: Gianni Vermeersch on Jay Vine: “I Didn’t Expect Him to be so Strong”
Although Gianni Vermeersch has not yet felt great in this Vuelta a España, the stage victories of teammate Jay Vine gave the rider of Alpecin-Deceuninck reason for joy. WielerFlits spoke to him about Vine’s victory and his own form and ambitions this Vuelta.
Vermeersch first looks back on the sixth stage. “The idea was to get Vine in the early break. That failed due to a flat tyre at the beginning of the stage, but the fact that he still wins might make it even better,” said the Belgian.
He also expresses his appreciation for Vine’s professionalism. “Vine is a very focused rider. If he has his mind set on a ride like that, that’s almost all he’s doing. That he manages to finish it shows how strong he is in his head,” said the 29-year-old rider.
Yet even Vermeersch was surprised by his teammate’s performance. “We were surprised that he was so strong. We expected that he can win from the early break, but that he can attack out of the pack and stay 20 seconds ahead of Evenepoel and maybe be better than him is really very clever,” he praised the Australian .
Vermeersch is not yet completely satisfied with his own form, but he does feel progress. “I hope to have the legs to be able to join the early flight a few more times. The first ride in Spain was bad for me. I haven’t had the good feeling yet, but I do feel an improvement in the last two days.”
Two stage wins for Jay Vine:
Vuelta a España 2022
A summit finish on the slopes of Pico Jano, at the end of Stage 6, saw Jay Vine (Alpecin-Deceuninck) take his first Grand Tour stage win just ahead of Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl). Through the fog, Evenepoel took La Roja from Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ) with a lead of 21 seconds. He is the first Belgian leader of the Spanish Grand Tour since Dylan Teuns took the red jersey after stage 6 in 2019. Enric Mas (Movistar) was Evenepoel’s closest rival. Juan Ayuso (UAE Team Emirates) showed his talent while Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) lost over a minute.
Following skirmishes on the early Basque country climbs, the peloton headed to the first proper mountains with a Cat.2 and two Cat.1 climbs on the way to the summit finish at Pico Jano. 178 riders started as Jan Hirt (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux) had to withdraw due to a positive Covid-19 test.
After 14km of battles, ten riders manage to open a gap of 34 seconds on the bunch: Ruben Fernandez (Cofidis), Mark Padun (EF Education-EasyPost), Jan Bakelants (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert), Nelson Oliveira (Movistar), Fausto Masnada (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl), Kaden Groves (BikeExchange-Jayco), Marco Brenner (DSM), Dario Cataldo (Trek-Segafredo), Xandro Meurisse (Alpecin-Deceuninck) and Xabier Mikel Azparren (Euskaltel-Euskadi). Rudy Molard’s Groupama-FDJ led the bunch and the gap hit a maximum of 5:50 at the top of the first climb of the day, the Cat.2 Puerto de Alisas (summit at 77.7km). At that point, Jan Bakelants led the virtual standings as he was 5:02 down on GC at the start of the day. But the peloton up the pace on the downhill.
Rémi Cavagna (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) also participated in the chase on the valley towards the Cat.1 ascent of Collada de Brenes (145.8km). And INEOS Grenadiers up the ante just ahead of the climb. The gap was down to 2 minutes at the bottom. The race exploded on the ascent. With 5km to go to the summit, Mark Padun dropped his breakaway companions. Remco Evenepoel’s Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl riders set a hard pace in the bunch, so hard that Rudy Molard is dropped inside the last 2km of the climb. At the summit, Padun is 1 minute ahead of Fernandez, closely followed by Masnada. The bunch trail by 1:50 and Molard is 50 seconds further back. On wet roads, Padun lost time on the descent. As he entered the last 15km, he is the last attacker still ahead of the bunch, with a lead of 55 seconds.
Jay Vine (Alpecin-Deceuninck) set off in pursuit with 10km to go, as Remco Evenepoel uped the pace a couple of kilometres later. The young Belgian rider dropped everyone except for Mas. Vine catches Padun and drops him with 6.5km to go. At that point, he has a 25 second gap on Evenepoel, who sets a brutal pace to open significant GC gaps while Primoz Roglič tried to limit his losses, with the likes of Pavel Sivakov (INEOS Grenadiers), Simon Yates (BikeExchange-Jayco) and Jai Hindley (BORA-hansgrohe) on his wheel. At the summit, Vine holds on to a margin of 15 seconds ahead of Evenepoel, who takes the overall lead. Mas finishes 3rd at 16 seconds, ahead of his young compatriot Juan Ayuso (UAE Team Emirates) at 55 seconds. Roglič led the rest of the GC contenders with a gap of 1:37.
# You can see more race photos in the ‘PEZ Stage 6 Report’ HERE. #
Stage winner, Jay Vine (Alpecin-Deceuninck): “It’s almost unreal. I missed the break, I had a flat tyre in the first 5km. It’s unreal to be able to do it from the GC group in the last 10km. I’ve been working so much this year after coming so close last year. I was able to manage my effort and pace the climb pretty handily. [In the last km], I thought about my wife who’s basically done everything for me in the last 3 or 4 years to get me to this point.”
Overall leader and 2nd on the stage, Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl): “I’m really happy and proud. The Wolfpack was outstanding today. The guys kept me safe the entire time, they were great. To have the rainbow jersey work so hard for me it’s a real honour and something for which I am grateful. Julian was fantastic today, I dare to say he was instrumental in this result. This was one of my best days on the bike. We had a plan to send a guy in the break if it was a big one, and Fausto was there, but he still had enough left in the tank to help me on the final climb. We did a perfect race and later I am sure I will realise what this moment means for me and how big it is to lead a Grand Tour for the first time. Keeping the red jersey all the way until the end is just a dream at the moment. The race is still long and hard and we’ll continue taking it day by day.”
2nd on the stage and 3rd overall, Enric Mas (Movistar): “I am very happy with this, it was a very tough stage. From the first kilometres it went very fast. The weather was also difficult. It became very dangerous on the descents, a number of riders went down in the peloton.” Mas was the only rider who could stay with Evenepoel. “I was especially happy about that. It’s also good that I can gain time on guys like Primoz Roglič.”
3rd on the stage and overall, Juan Ayuso (UAE Team Emirates): “I am very happy with this result. It was a very tough day, that was mainly due to the rain. I knew the final climb well, because I raced there as a junior. I chose my own pace and that allowed me to return to the group with Primož Roglič. And then my own pace led me to fourth place. The first stages here in Spain were very challenging, but at the moment I feel very good and that’s why I’m happy with this result. I look at it day by day, because here in the Vuelta I learn something every day.”
5th on the stage and 4th overall, Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma): “I didn’t really have the legs for the win, I had to do it alone. I fought to the finish. I lost some time today, but the road is still long.”
8th on the stage, Jai Hindley (BORA-hansgrohe): “The team did a great job looking after the GC guys. Then it started raining pretty heavily, which made the day very hard. There was a really hard tempo on the penultimate climb, and it didn’t stop on the final climb either. We were unfortunately not able to follow the decisive move, they were just too strong today. But in the end, we still had our riders right up there in the GC group. There are still a lot of climbing stages to come, so it’s still all to play for, I think.”
Jan Bakelants (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux): “We were convinced that the breakaway had a chance to make it to the finish today. I managed to join an interesting leading group and initially we worked well together. I could even start thinking about the red jersey. But behind, the peloton accelerated in the approach of each climb and less riders were willing to pull in the leading group. It started raining heavily, but luckily we didn’t have to descend in heavy fog. Also our Continental tires were very helpful. I continued at a high rhythm on the Collada de Brenes, until I heard that the favourites accelerated behind me. I chose to wait for our GC leaders, so after the descent I could make sure that Louis Meintjes and Domenico Pozzovivo started the final climb in the slipstream of Primoz Roglič.”
KOM, Victor Langellotti (Burgos-BH): “I’m very happy to keep the jersey. It’s a bit unexpected but I’m very happy. Today the stage was pretty hard and I couldn’t go in the break so I’m a bit disappointed, but I still have the jersey! My team told me with 1km to go that I would keep the jersey. I didn’t expect that. I have it one more day and tomorrow we have another 1st category climb so maybe I will get in the break to score some points.”
Vuelta a España Stage 6 Result:
1. Jay Vine (Aus) Alpecin-Deceuninck in 4:38:00
2. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl at 0:15
3. Enric Mas (Spa) Movistar at 0:16
4. Juan Ayuso (Spa) UAE Team Emirates at 0:55
5. Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma at 1:37
6. Pavel Sivakov (Fra) INEOS Grenadiers
7. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB) INEOS Grenadiers
8. Jai Hindley (Aus) BORA-hansgrohe
9. Carlos Rodríguez (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers
10. Simon Yates (GB) BikeExchange-Jayco.
Vuelta a España Overall After Stage 6:
1. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl in 20:50:07
2. Rudy Molard (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 0:21
3. Enric Mas (Spa) Movistar at 0:28
4. Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma at 1:01
5. Juan Ayuso (Spa) UAE Team Emirates at 1:12
6. Pavel Sivakov (Fra) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:27
7. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB) INEOS Grenadiers
8. Carlos Rodríguez (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:34
9. Simon Yates (GB) BikeExchange-Jayco at 1:52
10. João Almeida (Por) UAE Team Emirates at 1:54.
Vuelta’22 stage 6:
Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) couldn’t hold back his tears after giving everything he had to win Stage 7. The Spanish rider narrowly edged out Samuele Battistella (Astana Qazaqstan) and Fred Wright (Bahrain-Victorious) in Cistierna after a 190km stage covered at a brutal pace to hold off the bunch. This is his second stage win in the Spanish Grand Tour, three years after the previous one. Sprinter’s teams, and especially Mads Pedersen’s Trek-Segafredo, tried to control the day ahead of two gruelling stages in Asturias. But the peloton eventually came up short as Sam Bennett (BORA-hansgrohe) crossed the line with a gap of 29 seconds to the stage winner. Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) is only the 2nd Belgian rider to retain the overall leadership for more than a day in La Vuelta in the last 40 years, after Philippe Gilbert in 2010.
On the day after Jay Vine and Remco Eneveopel’s show of strength, and ahead of two gruelling stages in the Asturias, la Vuelta’22 headed west with a 190km route from Camargo to Cistierna that could favour sprinters or attackers. 176 riders start after AG2R Citroen’s Andrea Vendrame and Jaakko Hanninen returned positive Covid-19 tests.
After a few skirmishes, six attackers quickly manage to open a gap: Samuele Battistella (Astana Qazaqstan), Fred Wright (Bahrain-Victorious), Jesus Herrada (Cofidis), Omer Goldstein (Israel-Premier Tech), Harry Sweeny (Lotto Soudal) and Jimmy Janssens (Alpecin-Deceuninck). But the peloton, and especially Euskaltel-Euskadi, were not willing to let them go. The battle was ongoing until the gap eventually increases to 1 minute after 30 kilometres. BikeExchange-Jayco and Trek-Segafredo moved to the front of the bunch to control the gap. The break pushed their lead up to 4:20 after 60km of racing. The gap was down to 3:30 at the bottom of the main climb of the day, the 22.4km Puerto de San Glorio, summit at 125.8km. Trek-Segafredo up the ante on the climb with the likes of Kenny Elissonde and Juanpe Lopez setting the pace. Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Deceuninck) was dropped 16km from the summit. Pascal Ackermann (UAE Team Emirates) suffered the same fate a few kilometres later and Sam Bennett (BORA-hansgrohe) was also dropped inside the last 2km of the climb.
At the front, Omer Goldstein couldn’t hold the break. The gap was down to 2:35 at the summit. With the help of two teammates, Sam Bennett returned to the bunch after a 15km chase. Arkea-Samsic and BikeExchange set the pace as the race entered the last 40km. The attackers held on to a lead of 2:05 into the last 30km. And the gap didn’t change much until Trek-Segafredo and BORA-hansgrohe started pulling inside the last 25km. Samuele Battistella, Fred Wright, Jesus Herrada, Harry Sweeny and Jimmy Janssens still had a lead of 58 seconds under the 10km banner. And 50 seconds with 5km to go. They eventually get to battle it out for the stage win in Cistierna. Wright opens up the sprint but Herrada powers to his seconds stage win in la Vuelta, three years after Ares del Maestrat. Half a minute later, Bennett is the fastest rider from the bunch.
# You can see more race photos in the ‘PEZ Stage 7 Report’ HERE. #
Stage winner, Jesús Herrada (Cofidis): “It’s crazy! Into the last 3km, the gaps made it clear we would make it. I had to be patient in the last km, following wheels. I knew there were fast men in the group but I trusted my sprint. We fought until the line and I could make it. It’s very important. It was hard to open up a significant gap for the breakaway. We had to go hard on the climb. We worked well together and it was about giving it all until the end. We knew the finale and the wind could play in our favour. After Marc [Soler]’s victory, Spain takes a second stage win. We’re happy. Tomorrow will be very hard but we’ll savour this win.”
Overall leader, Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl): “It was a good day for us. Nice weather, which I enjoyed, and a breakaway going clear and all the way to the line, which was the perfect scenario for our team. I enjoyed wearing my first Grand Tour leader’s jersey, it was a real pleasure to have this iconic jersey on my shoulders, and I want to say again thank you to my teammates for the job they did. It’s nice to lead the ranking and I hope to keep my advantage after the weekend, but it won’t be easy, because we have two hard mountain stages. If there will be an opportunity to gain time I will go for it, but the plan is to defend the jersey and carry it into the second week. We will see how it goes.”
2nd on the stage, Samuele Battistella (Astana Qazaqstan): “I did everything I could do. I did a good sprint, but Herrada was just faster. It was very close, I have no regrets. I crossed the line in second, but I have a good feeling. The Vuelta is still long, so we’ll see what happens.”
3rd on the stage, Fred Wright (Bahrain-Victorious): “The break went fairly early on, and I jumped across to get there. We had a good group of 6 guys working well together, and the best moment of the day was when we found out we were going to make it! We were all thinking it wasn’t going to happen, but when it looks more likely you get even more motivated. People say, ‘You should have gone from the back,’ but it’s easier said than done. It’s hard not to let the emotions get the better of you. You have to keep a cool head. But I think as soon as it clicks and I learn how it’s done it’s going to get a lot easier. It’s hard when you want it so bad – I think that’s why I went a bit earlier because I see the finish line and I think, ‘I’ve got the best sprint here, I’m just going to go for it.’ I’m feeling great and ready for more breakaways! It means a lot to everyone on the team as well to get that win on the board. I just needed to play the sprint a bit better but it’s all learning, so I’m sure there’ll be more opportunities. I’m not going to lie, I’m really gutted. But I have to stay positive, because it’s coming, it’s definitely coming.”
Points leader and 6th on the stage, Sam Bennett (BORA-hansgrohe): “I’m a bit disappointed of course that I wasn’t able to fight it out for the stage win, but the breakaway was just too strong. We weren’t sure that I’d be able to survive the climb, but thanks to the amazing support from my teammates, I was able to bridge back to the main group. I’m so thankful to them for their support, and I am really pleased to have been able to defend the green jersey.”
Vuelta a España Stage 7 Result:
1. Jesús Herrada (Spa) Cofidis in 4:30:58
2. Samuele Battistella (Ita) Astana Qazaqstan
3. Fred Wright (GB) Bahrain-Victorious
4. Jimmy Janssens (Bel) Alpecin-Deceuninck
5. Harry Sweeny (Aus) Lotto Soudal
6. Sam Bennett (Irl) BORA-hansgrohe at 0:29
7. Jake Stewart (GB) Groupama-FDJ
8. Kaden Groves (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco
9. Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo
10. Daniel McLay (GB) Arkéa Samsic.
Vuelta a España Overall After Stage 7:
1. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl in 25:21:34
2. Rudy Molard (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 0:21
3. Enric Mas (Spa) Movistar at 0:28
4. Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma at 1:01
5. Juan Ayuso (Spa) UAE Team Emirates at 1:12
6. Pavel Sivakov (Fra) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:27
7. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB) INEOS Grenadiers
8. Carlos Rodríguez (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:34
9. Simon Yates (GB) BikeExchange-Jayco at 1:52
10. João Almeida (Por) UAE Team Emirates at 1:54.
Vuelta’22 stage 7:
Jay Vine (Alpecin-Deceuninck) and Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) showed more impressive climbing performances on the slopes of Collau Fancuaya, a gruelling ascent with slopes up to 19% at the end of Stage 8. The Australian rising star dropped all his breakaway companions, including Marc Soler (UAE Team Emirates) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), to take his second win in three days. Through the fog, Remco Evenepoel set a brutal pace only Enric Mas (Movistar) and Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) could follow. The Belgian retained the red jersey on the eve of another showdown in the mountains of Asturias.
The first mountainous weekend of la Vuelta’22 begins with a new summit finish up Collau Fancuaya. With six categorised ascents packed into 153.4km, they will have to overcome over 3,500m of climbing. 171 riders start after the withdrawals of Nikias Arndt & Mark Donovan (DSM), Jake Stewart (Groupama-FDJ) and Anthony Delaplace (Arkéa-Samsic).
Alexey Lutsenko (Astana-Qazaqstan) was the first attacker of the day. His move unleashed a flurry of attacks as the riders quickly hit the first slopes up the Cat.2 Alto de La Colladona (summit at 9.8km). Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) are among the many riders on the move, already forcing Remco Evenepoel’s Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl to chase hard. At the summit, Jay Vine (Alpecin-Deceuninck) took the 5 points to lead the KOM. Marc Soler (UAE Team Emirates) closely followed him. The winners of stages 5 and 6 worked together in the valley and were joined after 23 kilometres by six more: Alexey Lutsenko (Astana-Qazaqstan), Mikel Landa (Bahrain-Victorious), Bruno Armirail (Groupama-FDJ), Rein Taaramäe (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert), Lucas Hamilton (BikeExchange-Jayco) and Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo). Bruno Armirail dropped back to help Thibaut Pinot and Sébastien Reichenbach (Groupama-FDJ) to make a very strong break after 40km of battles. Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl still drive the bunch at an easier pace.
Jay Vine kept racking up the KOM points on the Cat.2 Alto de La Mozqueta (48.8km), Cat.3 Alto de Santo Emiliano (66.5km) and Cat.3 Puerto de Tenebreo (98.1km). The gap was stable around 4 minutes. Victor Langellotti (Burgos-BH), who started the stage with the KOM jersey, abandoned after a crash. Over the penultimate climb of the day, Peralvia (Cat.3, km 113.8km), Vine has all but secured the polka dots. Pedersen made the most of the intermediate sprint (127.4km) to chase the green jersey with a total of 147 points, 5 more than Sam Bennett (BORA-hansgrohe) had at the start of the stage. Pedersen and Armirail were dropped from the break ahead of the final ascent up Collau Fancuaya (10km at 8.5%, max gradient: 19%). Movistar and INEOS Grenadiers moved to the front of the bunch. The gap was down to 3:15 at the bottom. Jay Vine went solo with 6km to go. Marc Soler, Rein Taaramäe and Thibaut Pinot were his fiercest chasers but they all come short while Remco Evenepoel set off inside the last 3km of the climb. Enric Mas (Movistar) is able to follow him, like he did up Pico Jano. This time, Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) is also up there but the rest of the GC contenders are dealt a new blow by the young Belgian star who crossed the line 1:20 after Vine. He strengthens his position at the top of the standings ahead of another showdown on Sunday.
# You can see more race photos in the ‘PEZ Stage 8 Report’ HERE. #
Stage winner and KOM, Jay Vine (Alpecin-Deceuninck): “On the first climb, I wasn’t sure we would be able to stay away, they seemed to be chasing pretty intently. I decided to target the first couple of KOMs. Then in the valley we had a really good group. The FDJ were three in the move and Quick-Step were controlling so I thought it was good to take the KOM points without too much struggle but the stage was still the main goal. Lutsenko did a starting move and I was sort of in this wheel so I decided to follow. After he pulled off, it was sort of a 25 minutes effort from there, similar to what I did two days ago. I decided to keep the pressure on. After a minute and a half, I kept going to the next hairpin, I looked behind and there was no one. It’s incredible [to win two stages]. I think I’ve just got so much more confidence after that first one. I got that monkey off my back. I just enjoyed today. It was such a fun day!”
Overall leader, 5th on the stage and Best Young Rider, Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl): “The goal was to not lose time. I did that and even managed to gain more seconds over almost all the other riders, which is good. I did my best out there, the team was superb, taking care of me and controlling the race from the start, and I want to thank them for that. We keep the confidence and we’ll give everything again on Sunday, when we’ll try to keep the red jersey.”
2nd on the stage, Marc Soler (UAE Team Emirates): “I’m tired but happy with this second place. In the end I decided to go at my own pace and do the best I could without thinking too much about anything else. Every day I give my best and try to help the team and, on days like today get ahead animate the race.”
3rd on the stage, Rein Taaramäe (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux): “I worked very hard to prepare this Tour of Spain and I’m probably in the best shape of my life. I felt good and I was confident, but Jay Vine was just incredible. When he accelerated with 6 kilometre to go, I didn’t immediately have an answer. On such a regular climb it can be risky to dig deep, because there are never possibilities to recover. So I chose to climb at my rhythm, hoping for a difficult moment for Vine and a chance on the stage win for me. But in the end he was the strongest today so I had to settle with the podium. We’ll keep trying.”
2nd overall and 6th on the stage, Enric Mas (Movistar): “I’m happy. The squad has been a ‘ten’; first with Bala (Alejandro Valverde) in a coup on the Alto de la Colladona that also included Richard Carapaz. When we saw that the leading group had a bit more lead than we had in mind, we let Rojillas (José Joaquín Rojas) and Nelson (Oliveira) lead in the final and they performed super. Remco is really strong and today we have seen that Primož and Carlitos (Carlos Rodríguez) are also very good; they are tough rivals and we will see what happens. Tomorrow is day nine of the Vuelta, and I think both today and tomorrow the wear will be noticeable and it will show. As I have emphasised all along, today is today and tomorrow is tomorrow; we look at it day by day. Pico Jano and today were the first two mountain stages and we can’t draw any conclusions yet about how the bodies will react in the decisive part of the Vuelta and the last week. At the moment we have seen several rivals who are in very good shape ; we’re going to try and play our cards and see how they react.”
7th on the stage and 3rd overall, Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma): “The legs felt better than they had a few days ago. The level in this Vuelta is very high, involving high-paced riding. My form is good. I was in a good group today with this Tour’s strongest riders. I am thrilled with how it went today. We are on the right track. I am getting better every day on this tour. A lot can still happen in the next two weeks.”
9th overall, Jai Hindley (BORA-hansgrohe): “It was a tough day from the start. But the team, especially our fast guys, put in a great performance to come back after the start and position our GC riders well. I have to say they did a really good job there. The last climb was really brutal. And on inclines like that, you either have the legs or you don’t. Unfortunately we all lost a bit of time there, but the race is far from over. There’s still a long way to go to Madrid, and hopefully we can recover from that.”
Points leader, Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo): “The plan was actually to finish the day without too much effort but then I managed to be in the first group on the first climb. The break started to go and I thought why not be up there. I don’t think I spent much more energy being in the break than sitting in the tail at the end of the peloton. I think it was a good way of getting 20 points. It’s nice [to get the jersey] but I’m only 5 points ahead and the race is still long. We keep fighting to get more points. I can get there in breakaways, in the sprints and also in the TT. But for sure tomorrow I will definitely not be on the front.”
Vuelta a España Stage 8 Result:
1. Jay Vine (Aus) Alpecin-Deceuninck in 4:05:25
2. Marc Soler (Spa) UAE Team Emirates at 0:43
3. Rein Taaramäe (Est) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
4. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 0:47
5. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl at 1:20
6. Enric Mas (Spa) Movistar
7. Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma
8. Simon Yates (GB) BikeExchange-Jayco at 1:33
9. Carlos Rodríguez (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers
10. Sébastien Reichenbach (Sui) Groupama-FDJ at 1:42.
Vuelta a España Overall After Stage 8:
1. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl in 29:28:19
2. Enric Mas (Spa) Movistar at 0:28
3. Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma at 1:01
4. Carlos Rodríguez (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:47
5. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:54
6. Juan Ayuso (Spa) UAE Team Emirates at 2:02
7. Simon Yates (GB) BikeExchange-Jayco at 2:05
8. João Almeida (Por) UAE Team Emirates at 2:44
9. Jai Hindley (Aus) BORA-hansgrohe at 2:51
10. Ben O’Connor (Aus) AG2R Citroën at 2:59.
Vuelta’22 stage 8:
Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) dropped all his rivals on the brutal slopes of Les Praeres at the end of Stage 9, won by Louis Meintjes (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert). The South African climber joined the break after a fierce battle to become the second South-African stage winner in the history of the Spanish Grand Tour, two decades after Robbie Hunter (2 victories in 1999 and 2001). But the strongest on the day was, again, the young Belgian star, who powered away 3km away from the summit of the infamous ascent to extend his GC lead ahead of the second rest day and Tuesday’s time trial. Enric Mas (Movistar) is still 2nd on the GC at 1:12, and Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) trails by 1:53.
Stage 9 was a gruelling one, with 3,700m of climbing and a brutal finish on the slopes of Les Praeres (3.9km at 12.9%, maximum gradient: 24%). 166 riders started from Villaviciosa after the withdrawals of Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma), Wout Poels (Bahrain Victorious) and Pieter Serry (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl).
It took 44km of battles for the nine attackers of the day to launch the break: Samuele Battistella (Astana Qazaqstan), Edoardo Zambanini (Bahrain-Victorious), Dylan van Baarle (INEOS Grenadiers), Louis Meintjes (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert), Filippo Conca (Lotto Soudal), Jimmy Janssens & Robert Stannard (Alpecin-Deceuninck), José Manuel Diaz Gallego (Burgos-BH) and Simon Guglielmi (Arkea-Samsic). Thymen Arensman (DSM), 11th overall, was also there, but dropped back to the bunch on the first climb of the day, the Cat.2 Alto del Torno (summit at 55.6km). Stannard was first over the top ahead of Janssens to defend Jay Vine’s polka-dot jersey. The Australian climber, winner of two stages, also attacked on the climb, but the situation settled under Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl’s control.
Remco Evenepoel’s teammates keep the gap at around 5 minutes over the next climbs, the Cat.1 Alto del Mirador del Fito (93km) and the Cat.3 Alto de la Llama (118.1km). At the top of the penultimate climb of the day, the Cat.3 La Campa (148.6km), the gap was 4:12. The riders at the front started attacking each other with 12km to go. Janssens and Battistella had a small lead as they hit the first slopes up Les Praeres. But they can’t hold off Meintjes when the South African rider catches and drops them with 2.5km to go. In the GC group, Juan Ayuso (UAE Team Emirates) is the first rider to make a move, early on the climb. But Remco Evenepoel ups the ante with 3km to go and opened significant gaps: 34 seconds to Ayuso, 44 to Mas, 46 to Rodriguez, 52 to Roglič.
# You can see more race photos in the ‘PEZ Stage 9 Report’ HERE. #
Stage winner, Louis Meintjes (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux): “I wanted to attack today, because I didn’t manage to follow the rhythm of the GC favourites the last couple of days. If I was in the right breakaway, it was thanks to my teammates. They controlled all breakaway attempts for more than one hour, after which one acceleration from my side was enough to join the right one. But the task wasn’t easy at all for me, because I was regarded as one of the best climbers in the leading group. My breakaway companions made my life hard by forcing me to work more and by accelerating now and then. I knew I was spending more energy than the others, so I wasn’t sure whether I would be the one with the best legs in the end. The slopes of Les Praeres were so steep that there were no other tactics than climbing in time trial mode to the top. It is so special to win here. This is the first time that I’m on top of the podium in a World Tour race, this is something I really wanted to achieve in my career. It will take some time before I realise what I achieved today!”
Overall leader, 4th on the stage and Best Young Rider, Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl): “The team was outstanding again. I am impressed by these incredible riders on our squad, of how they selflessly work for me and how they give their best. They make me emotional and they deserve all the praise for their effort”, Remco said straight after the stage. “I felt that I had the legs to try something on the last climb, so I just did it. I am satisfied with the way things panned out and happy with having the red jersey at the start of next week. I didn’t expect to go into the time trial with this lead, but at the same time I know the Vuelta is far from being over, so we’ll remain motivated and focused.”
3rd on the stage, Edoardo Zambanini (Bahrain-Victorious): “I suffered a lot, but I timed it right, jumped in the breakaway, and did my job. The rhythm was good; sometimes, some of the guys didn’t do turns on the front, but we worked together. The last climb was really, really nice, the crowds too. I suffered much less thanks to them… it’s amazing. I really liked the steep parts of the climb. I tried to do my own race and not follow others, and then I just gave it all until the finish line. For sure I’ll try again because today I really enjoyed the stage and the race too. Being here at La Vuelta is a dream; I’m so, so happy. Thanks to all the team who support me all the time, and to my teammates. I’m very, very happy to be here.”
Points leader, Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo): “We figured if it was a group with 10 guys it would be nice to be in but in the end I’m quite happy that I didn’t end up in the breakaway today. I was busy hanging on in the peloton so I had no time to think about anything else. Now we will have the flight in Alicante and we will start to think about the time trial. I want to win the time trial.”
KOM, Jay Vine (Alpecin-Deceuninck): “Quick-Step weren’t having it, me being in the breakaway today, so my job was to make sure that no one dangerous like Pinot or Soler or someone like that went up the road to take more points for the KOM jersey. Every time I followed, Quick-Step chased me. I wasn’t allowed but we had two riders up the road. To hold this jersey is not an individual effort. The whole team rallied around it. We came to a plan that even if I couldn’t take points today we had to make sure we wouldn’t give away 31 points for free to someone. They worked really awesome today. It’s pretty exciting to ride the time trial with the polka dot jersey. I’m looking forward to that.”
José Manuel Diaz (Burgos-BH): “To make the break was hard and it was already a prize in itself. In the end, I’m the most combative and we’ll have to hunt another breakaway to try and win. I’m very hopeful for the stages in Andalusia. I know really well some of them. These climbs are very steep while it’s a bit smoother in Andalusia. Knowing the terrain, I think it suits me a bit better.”
Vuelta a España Stage 9 Result:
1. Louis Meintjes (SA) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux in 4:32:39
2. Samuele Battistella (Ita) Astana Qazaqstan at 1:01
3. Edoardo Zambanini (Ita) Bahrain-Victorious at 1:14
4. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl at 1:34
5. Filippo Conca (Ita) Lotto Soudal at 1:58
6. Juan Ayuso (Spa) UAE Team Emirates at 2:08
7. Simon Guglielmi (Fra) Arkéa Samsic
8. Enric Mas (Spa) Movistar at 2:18
9. Carlos Rodríguez (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers at 2:20
10. Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma at 2:26.
Vuelta a España Overall After Stage 9:
1. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl in 34:02:32
2. Enric Mas (Spa) Movistar at 1:12
3. Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma at 1:53
4. Carlos Rodríguez (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers at 2:33
5. Juan Ayuso (Spa) UAE Team Emirates at 2:36
6. Simon Yates (GB) BikeExchange-Jayco at 3:08
7. João Almeida (Por) UAE Team Emirates at 4:32
8. Miguel Ángel López (Col) Astana Qazaqstan at 5:03
9. Jai Hindley (Aus) BORA-hansgrohe at 5:36
10. Pavel Sivakov (Fra) INEOS Grenadiers at 5:39.
Vuelta’22 stage 9:
Deutschland Tour 2022
Caleb Ewan won the first road stage of the Deutschland Tour on Thursday. On Stage 2 from Weimar to Meiningen, Lotto Soudal’s sprinter was the fastest of a thinned peloton after 171 kilometres. Ewan was ahead of Jonathan Milan (Bahrain Victorious) and Max Kanter (Movistar). Filippo Ganna remained the leader.
The leading group of the day consisted of Roman Duckert (Dauner-Akkon), Jakob Gessner and Joshua Huppertz (both Lotto-Kern Haus) with Michiel Stockman (Saris Rouvy Sauerland). They escaped early and got more than 5 minutes ahead of the peloton. Gessner managed to take enough points to take the first mountain jersey. More than 60 kilometres from the finish, it was too fast for Huppertz in the leading group and he dropped back to the peloton.
In the last 30 kilometres there were two climbs with Kühndorf (2.9km at 3.9%) and Dreissigacker, a climb with ramps of up to 10% with bonus seconds. In Kühndorf little happened in the peloton, as the three remaining leaders still had a large lead. BORA-hansgrohe checked the peloton behind. There was a race on the bonus climb. Duckert dropped Gessner and Stockman while 40 seconds behind him AG2R Citroën and INEOS Grenadiers pushed the pace up. This was too high for European champion Fabio Jakobsen, who let go 19 kilometres before the finish. A large peloton rounded the top and overall leader, Filippo Ganna attack on the descent.
The Italian time trialist was caught and everyone was waiting for a sprint. Various teams: Jumbo-Visma, AG2R Citroën, EF Education-EasyPost and BORA-hansgrohe, tried to avoid that sprint, but Lotto Soudal and Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert managed to keep everything together. Alpecin-Deceuninck took the lead in the last kilometre, but then Lotto Soudal and Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert took over. Alexander Kristoff was well placed, but he could not keep up his effort. From behind him came Caleb Ewan, who took the victory with a strong sprint. For the Australian, his victory was revenge for the news that he will not be selected for the World championships in his own country. Ganna remains in the lead on the general classification and Bauke Mollema is second. Jonathan Milan has moved up to third place due to his second place in the stage and the bonus seconds.
Stage winner, Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal): “With several climbs along the way, this was by no means an easy stage but the team protected me perfectly and brought me into an ideal position towards the line. I am really happy to finish it off here after a long period without victories. This stage win tastes really sweet following some pretty average months. I kept believing in myself and also my team always supported me. So I am happy to be back to winning ways and give the team this Deutschland Tour stage victory. I knew I was in a good shape but due to a crash in Hamburg I couldn’t really show it so far. With several climbs, today was kind of a selective stage but I found my climbing legs again and could hang on without any problems. The undulating terrain made it a chaotic final but my teammates just did it perfectly. They kept the bunch together and made sure it would be a sprint in the end. Often, these downhill finishes are really hard to time but the guys dropped me off in a perfect position and I could start my sprint when I wanted to. It still became a little tricky when I almost got boxed in but I could find some space to pass and could power on all the way to the line. I am really pleased with this win.”
2nd on the stage and 3rd overall, Jonathan Milan (Bahrain-Victorious): “I’m pretty happy about the second place. The team did a fantastic job today. Also, Heinrich Haussler brought me to the perfect position for the sprint finish. In the end, Caleb Ewan won, as he came full gas in the last 100 meters. I was also full gas… We’ll see for the next stage, my condition is good, and I’m happy about it.”
Marco Haller (BORA-hansgrohe): “I paced the last climb well and was never on the limit. We dropped some sprinters, but some still were part of the group. The final was super-fast and sometimes even downhill. It was important to be in front before the road got a little narrow at 1.5km to go. But I lost the wheel of Nils in the wrong moment and there was no chance to recover positions for the sprint after that.”
Deutschland Tour Stage 1 Result:
1. Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal in 4:01:54
2. Jonathan Milan (Ita) Bahrain-Victorious
3. Max Kanter (Ger) Movistar
4. Felix Groß (Ger) UAE Team Emirates
5. Florian Sénéchal (Fra) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl
6. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
7. Jérémy Lecroq (Fra) B&B Hotels-KTM
8. Tim Torn Teutenberg (Ger) Germany
9. Lawrence Naesen (Bel) AG2R Citroën
10. Marius Mayrhofer (Ger) DSM.
Deutschland Tour Overall After Stage 1::
1. Filippo Ganna (Ita) INEOS Grenadiers in 4:04:50
2. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo at 0:02
3. Jonathan Milan (Ita) Bahrain-Victorious at 0:03
4. Nils Politt BORA-hansgrohe
5. Mick van Dijke (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:05
6. Adam Yates (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:06
7. Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education-EasyPost
8. Tobias Foss (Nor) Jumbo-Visma
9. Kim Heiduk (Ger) INEOS Grenadiers
10. Lars Boven (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:07.
Deutschland Tour’22 stage 1:
Alexander Kristoff won the Second Stage of the Deutschland Tour. The Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert rider was the best after an active final. Florian Sénéchal and Alberto Bettiol took second and third places. Bettiol is also the new leader on GC.
The second stage of the Deutschland Tour started in Meiningen. The riders had a long stage of 200.7 kilometres. The finish was in Marburg, which is in the centre of Germany.
After 20 kilometres of racing, we had a successful break. Quentin Jauregui (B&B-Hotels KTM), Bryon Munton (Dauner Akkon) and Jan Hugger (Lotto-Kern Haus). Abram Stockman had missed the move, but the Belgian of Saris Rouvy Sauerland managed to close the gap to the three leaders. In the first hilly stage of the German race, the escapees were only allowed a small lead. With 100 kilometres to go, the four had 3 minutes. One of the riders who ensured that the escapees remained within reach was Egan Bernal. The INEOS Grenadiers rider is on his second stage race since his bad crash early this year. The escapees held on to their lead for a long time. However, on the second climb of the day they lost a lot of their advantage. The Amöneburg was only 1.5 kilometres long, but with an average gradient of 9.3%, it was particularly tough. At the top, the three leaders, as Jauregui had lost contact, only had 30 seconds.
With the Hasenkopf (2km at 6.4%) and the Neuhofe (1.1km at 4.7%) the final was made for attackers. At 40 kilometres from the finish there was a big attack, set up by Mikkel Bjerg. Overall leader Filippo Ganna, Bauke Mollema, Mick van Dijke, Adam Yates, Romain Bardet and Mauri Vansevenant, and others, broke away. Home team, BORA-hansgrohe, had missed the move, but didn’t have to do it alone, Bahrain-Victorious were also missing from the front group. The gap was never more than half a minute, but they had to pull out all the stops. Pello Bilbao was the rider who closed the gap with 30 kilometres to go. UAE Team Emirates clearly had plans. Alessandro Covi was the next to attack. The Italian had Ben Healy and Stan Van Tricht with him.
This was not the decisive attack. A few kilometres later a large group went off the front including Bjerg, Vansevenant, Lilian Calmejane, Gijs Leemreize and Tosh Van der Sande, but they were also unsuccessful. Then the men of EF Education-EasyPost took control in the peloton. Thanks to their pace, the race was in one big group to Marburg. There were a lot of attacks in the last kilometres, with a strong Tony Gallopin as one of the strongest. The Frenchman didn’t make it and a sprint would decide the stage. It was Alexander Kristoff who started the sprint first. Florian Sénéchal came close, but Kristoff held out strongly. Sénéchal finished second, Bettiol crossed the line in third. Thanks to that third place and bonus seconds, Bettiol took the lead on the general classification. The Italian is on the same time as Kristoff and Ganna. Bauke Mollema and Mick van Dijke follow at 2 and 5 seconds.
Stage winner, and 2nd overall, Alexander Kristoff (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux): “The final of this stage was particularly difficult, with numerous climbs and crosswinds in the final 50 kilometre. While my teammates followed the dangerous breakaway attempts, I dug deep to follow the peloton on every climb. Sven Erik Bystrøm was always by my side, helping me to return when I was in difficulty. After the last climb I thought that the intense rhythm of the punchers was fatal for me. But my teammates kept believing in my chances. With 1000 meter to go I managed to return in the peloton and position in the slipstream of Barnabás Peák, who did a fantastic lead out. Finishing off the teamwork a couple of minutes after thinking that you don’t stand a chance anymore makes me so happy. Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux is performing well since the start of the season and I’m very motivated to continue this success until the very end.”
8th on the stage, Patrick Konrad (BORA-hansgrohe): “The race was as hard as we expected it, but the finale started even earlier than we thought. We had some bad luck when the group of 18 riders went away, but the boys did an amazing job to neutralise the situation. In the end Emu and I have always been up front. When the group got quite small on the last climb, I decided to focus on the stage win rather than to take some bonus seconds. But just before the sprint a group with Kristoff and Senechal came back and that obviously ruined my plans. Anyway, I felt quite good today and I am optimistic for the mountain top finish tomorrow.”
Deutschland Tour Stage 2 Result:
1. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux in 4:57:37
2. Florian Sénéchal (Fra) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl
3. Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education-EasyPost
4. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) AG2R Citroën
5. Max Kanter (Ger) Movistar
6. Matthew Holmes (GB) Lotto Soudal
7. Lilian Calmejane (Fra) AG2R Citroën
8. Patrick Konrad (Aust) BORA-hansgrohe
9. Mikkel Bjerg (Den) UAE Team Emirates
10. Georg Zimmermann (Ger) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux.
Deutschland Tour Overall After Stage 2:
1. Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education-EasyPost in 9:02:27
2. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
3. Filippo Ganna (Ita) INEOS Grenadiers
4. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo at 0:02
5. Mick van Dijke (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:05
6. Adam Yates (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:06
7. Florian Sénéchal (Fra) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl
8. Tobias Foss (Nor) Jumbo-Visma
9. Lars Boven (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:07
10. Sean Quinn (USA) EF Education-EasyPost.
Deutschland Tour’22 stage 2:
Adam Yates was the strongest on the Queen Stage 3 on the Schauinsland. He recorded his first victory of the season on the 11.6 kilometre climb. Pello Bilbao took second place at some distance. Mauri Vansevenant won the uphill sprint for third place.
The penultimate stage of the Tour of Germany started in Freiburg with the finish climb just 10 kilometres away. The stage also had the Ballingen am Kaiserstruhl (2.8km at 7.6%) and the Texas Pass (1.8km at 7.9%) there were also some first and second category climbs in the first part of the stage.
Six riders competed for the KOM points: Jakob Geßner, Joshua Huppertz (both Lotto-Kern Haus) and Frederik Raßmann (Dauner Akkon). With Harm Vanhoucke (Lotto Soudal) and the twin brothers Abram and Michiel Stockman (both Saris Rouvy Sauerland) there were also three Belgians at the front. On the first climb Raßmann took five points. Geßner, who was beaten in the sprint on the first climb, took full points on the Texas Pass, cementing his lead in the mountains classification. After that there was a long, flat run-up to the two final climbs. In Bad Krozingen Michiel Stockman took the intermediate sprint. In Bollschweil, not long before turning up the Lüsenhöhle, he repeated this with his twin brother on his wheel. The peloton allowed the six in the break a maximum lead of 7 minutes, but then started to chase. Fabio Jakobsen, among others, did long turns to keep pace with the leading group. Trek-Segafredo, EF Education-EasyPost and DSM were frequently seen at the front. The result was that at 20 kilometres from the finish, when the heavens opened, there was still about 3 minutes lead.
Harm Vanhoucke put in his first attack, but this didn’t have much of a result, but on the flanks of the Lüsenhöhle (3.5km at 7.4%) he dropped the others one by one. Unfortunately for Vanhoucke, the peloton also got closer and closer. He started first on the final climb, but he had no chance for the stage victory. The Schauinsland (11.6km at 6.5%) was the scene of a knockout race in which one favourite after the other quickly had to drop out. Romain Bardet and Bauke Mollema were dropped early. Local favourite Simon Geschke, who rode all day on his training roads, was also unable to maintain the pace at the front. Adam Yates put in his move and it was he who pulled Vanhoucke back just over 8 kilometres before the finish. The only one who could follow Yates was Antonio Pedrero (Movistar). But not for long, because with 6.5 kilometres to go, the INEOS Grenadiers went solo. It turned out to be enough for the win, although he had to keep the pace up to the line. Pello Bilbao and Georg Zimmermann put further pressure on Yates, but their efforts were not rewarded. Bilbao was second at 19 seconds behind Yates, while Zimmermann was caught by a group of pursuers. Of these, Mauri Vansevenant was the strongest in the sprint for third place. Yates, who also took some extra bonus seconds on the climb, has lead of 30 seconds on Bilbao and 48 on Vansevenant in the final stage.
Stage winner and overall leader, Adam Yates (INEOS Grenadiers): “I’m really happy. It’s my first win in a long time and this year I’ve had a lot of bad luck. I’ve been sick it feels like the whole year. To come back after the Tour and with good condition and good legs, it really feels good. All the guys knew we had to put the pressure on early. The bottom of the climb was a lot steeper than the final. And also with the bonus seconds today, it would have been nice to take them. So we decided to go full gas at the bottom and that’s what we did. Yeah, it was a long effort, but in the end it worked out.”
2nd on the stage and overall, Pello Bilbao (Bahrain-Victorious): “From the radio, they were telling me to be patient. Yates attacked early, and I saw there are still ten riders in the group, a few teams with two or three riders, so I expected more rhythm to try to go for the stage win, but finally, Yates did a good attack. At the bonus sprint, I decided to attack, and maybe that was too late. If I went behind Yates, maybe I would have the opportunity to go for the stage win. Anyway, I’m quite happy with the result.”
Emanuel Buchmann (BORA-hansgrohe): “I was positive ahead of today and for sure I thought I can do better on this climb. My legs have been quite good the last days, even on the more explosive climbs that suit me less, but today I felt blocked right after 2 km of climbing. There is not a lot I can add, I just couldn’t go fast enough.”
Deutschland Tour Stage 3 Result:
1. Adam Yates (GB) INEOS Grenadiers in 3:41:19
2. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain-Victorious at 0:19
3. Mauri Vansevenant (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl at 0:28
4. Ruben Guerreiro (Por) EF Education-EasyPost
5. Georg Zimmermann (Ger) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux at 0:29
6. James Knox (GB) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl at 0:31
7. Mattias Skjelmose Jensen (Den) Trek-Segafredo at 0:33
8. Laurens Huys (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux at 0:34
9. Iván Ramiro Sosa (Col) Movistar at 0:35
10. Sylvain Moniquet (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 0:36.
Deutschland Tour Overall After Stage 3:
1. Adam Yates (GB) INEOS Grenadiers in 12:43:39
2. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain-Victorious at 0:30
3. Mauri Vansevenant (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl at 0:48
4. Mattias Skjelmose Jensen (Den) Trek-Segafredo
5. Georg Zimmermann (Ger) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux at 0:49
6. Ruben Guerreiro (Por) EF Education-EasyPost at 0:51
7. James Knox (GB) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl at 0:56
8. Sylvain Moniquet (Bel) Lotto Soudal
9. Laurens Huys (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux at 1:02
10. Iván Ramiro Sosa (Col) Movistar at 1:06.
Deutschland Tour’22 stage 3:
Pello Bilbao won the Final Stage 4 of the Deutschland Tour. In Stuttgart, the Bahrain-Victorious rider was the fastest in the sprint of the favourites group. Adam Yates (INEOS Grenadiers) successfully defended his overall lead and took the final overall victory.
The five-day Deutschland Tour concluded on Sunday with an 186.6-kilometre stage from Schiltach to Stuttgart, finishing on a 10.4 kilometre circuit that had to be completed three times. The climb of the Herdweg (1.4km at 7.1%) would be decisive.
In the first half of the stage a strong leading group got away: Nils Politt & Felix Großschartner (BORA-hansgrohe), Laurens Huys & Barbabás Peák (Intermarché), Romain Bardet (DSM), Matthew Holmes, Sylvain Moniquet (Lotto Soudal), Alessandro Covi (UAE), Jannis Peter (German selection), Clément Berthet (AG2R Citroën), Mick van Dijke (Jumbo-Visma) and Johannes Adamietz (Saris Rouvy Sauerland). Moniquet was the best placed rider in eighth, 56 seconds behind leader Yates, so INEOS Grenadiers had to work to defend the leader’s jersey. At 15 kilometres from the finish, the attacks in the leading group started. Van Dijke attacked and had Peák, Bardet and Holmes with him. Just before the last lap Peák tried to go alone, but the differences were small and not much later the leading group was caught.
The last climb of the Herdweg was ridden hard, after which an elite leading group was formed with the best GC men, only Mattias Skjelmose was no longer there after a crash. This group would sprint for the win, with Pello Bilbao having the best final kick. It was his third victory of the season for the Spaniard, after previous stage victories in the Tour of the Basque Country and the Tour of the Alps. Yates secured the overall victory. It was his first overall win of the season for the INEOS Grenadiers rider.
Stage winner, 2nd overall and points winner, Pello Bilbao (Bahrain-Victorious): “A victory was the best way to finish the race. We knew it would be difficult to fight for the overall, as 30 seconds was a big gap for this kind of final circuit. But we were feeling confident in fighting for the stage victory today. I’m not a sprinter, but everybody arrives with tired legs and little energy at the end of races like this. I felt confident, and I just fought for a good position. I knew the guy from Wanty was fast. I let him take advantage in the last corner, so he could help me to launch the sprint. In the end, I just went, opening the sprint on my own and then sprinting full gas in the last 200m. The team did super work this week. We didn’t start this stage race the best way with Phil’s abandon. I also was involved in a minor crash, and in the first days, I was not feeling perfect, but yesterday the guys were impressive. They let me in the proper position to fight for a stage victory but finishing it was impossible. Finally, I took it today. Thanks to all my teammates for all the job they did.”
Final overall winner, Adam Yates (INEOS Grenadiers): “Today was a super tough day, but the team rode amazingly. It was a super dangerous break, which we tried to control in the beginning, but everybody wanted to be in the break so we had to pull hard. The guys did an amazing job all the way to the finish, I didn’t really touch the wind until the final. I couldn’t be more happy or to have asked for any more. It means so much as I had so much bad luck this season, but for the team to ride for me the way they did today – they had so much confidence in me, which really means a lot. I’m super happy, now onto the rest of the season.”
3rd on the stage and 4th overall, Georg Zimmermann (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux): “All week long I enjoyed racing in my home country, because this is one of the few chances to do it. The encouragements of the fans were amazing. We showed them an exciting battle, because for the final classification it came down to the bonus seconds. I’m happy to finish with the white jersey for best young rider for a second time in a row. I want to thank my teammates for the great team spirit. We had everything under control and were represented in each dangerous move.”
Nils Politt (BORA-hansgrohe): “We wanted to go all in from the beginning today and I think that’s what we did. After several attacks finally Felix and I broke away with a group of 12, but the others always had an eye on us and tried to save something. That was frustrating and I forced a selection. But also in this group of 7 riders there was the same issue. Everyone knew we are a little under pressure and left most of the work on my shoulders. In the end I missed some energy because of that.”
Deutschland Tour Stage 4 Result:
1. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain-Victorious in 4:11:19
2. Ruben Guerreiro (Por) EF Education-EasyPost
3. Georg Zimmermann (Ger) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
4. Sylvain Moniquet (Bel) Lotto Soudal
5. Adam Yates (GB) INEOS Grenadiers
6. Davide Formolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
7. Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education-EasyPost
8. Mauri Vansevenant (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl
9. James Knox (GB) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl
10. Hermann Pernsteiner (Aust) Bahrain-Victorious.
Deutschland Tour Final Overall Result:
1. Adam Yates (GB) INEOS Grenadiers in 16:54:56
2. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain-Victorious at 0:22
3. Ruben Guerreiro (Por) EF Education-EasyPost at 0:44
4. Georg Zimmermann (Ger) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux at 0:47
5. Mauri Vansevenant (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl at 0:49
6. James Knox (GB) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl at 0:58
7. Sylvain Moniquet (Bel) Lotto Soudal
8. Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar at 1:14
9. Iván Ramiro Sosa (Col) Movistar at 1:36
10. Davide Formolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 1:44.
Deutschland Tour’22 stage 4:
Bretagne Classic-Ouest France 2022
Wout van Aert took the victory in the Bretagne Classic-Ouest France with a strong sprint. After a hilly race of 255 kilometres through Brittany, the Jumbo-Visma leader was the first to finish in the WorldTour race. Van Aert managed to win the sprint from a big favourites group, ahead of Axel Laurence and Alexander Kamp.
From the start, Jumbo-Visma took control of the peloton. The Dutch team controlled the pack behind a leading group of six, consisting of Pierre Rolland (B&B Hotels-KTM), Luke Rowe (INEOS Grenadiers), Yevgeniy Gidich (Astana Qazaqstan), Chris Hamilton (DSM), Johan Meens (Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB) and Martin Urianstad (Uno-X).
The lead of the six was never more than 5 minutes. More than 60 kilometres before the finish, the race was split open in the peloton. Aurélien Paret-Peintre started the attack and got nine men with him, including Jan Tratnik, Matteo Trentin, Kevin Enjoys and Andrea Piccolo. That group joined the early breakaways 47 kilometres from the finish, so that 15 went into the last 40 kilometres with a lead. The pack gave them no more than 1 minute. The first attacks in the group came 30 kilometres from the finish. Wout van Aert and Biniam Girmay showed themselves, but they didn’t get away. In the leading group, Tratnik got away on Bosse du Marta and Van Aert joined in. The Jumbo-Visma leader managed to close the gap to the leading group on his own with 25 kilometres to go. It turned out to be a waste of time, because the others managed to close the gap. This happened 30 seconds from Tratnik and 20 seconds from the chasing group with Piccolo and Trentin. Just before turning onto the local circuit, Van Aert tried again, but it was nothing more than a trial run. Fifteen kilometres before the finish, the riders turned onto the local loop around Plouay. There followed Bosse de Kersoulic (225 metres at 8.9%), the last lap at 11.7 kilometres, Bosse de Rostervel (1.5km at 4.5%), Bosse du Lezot (900 metres at 5.3%) and again Bosse de Kersoulic.
Tratnik, Piccolo and Samuele Zoccarato started with a half-minute lead on the ultimate circuit. Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert were working for Girmay. At Bosse de Rostervel, the favourites managed to halve the gap. Once again it was Van Aert who threw in an attack, but it was clear that he was being marked. It was the teams of Girmay and Arnaud De Lie who tried to control things. At Bosse du Lezot, Tratnik rode away alone again, but in his wake it was Van Aert who closed the gap with Valentin Madouas and Oliver Naesen. It fell silent again behind, forcing Tratnik to try again. Not for the first time, Van Aert attacked, but again the gap was closed. A large elite group would sprint for the win. Lotto Soudal managed to lead-out De Lie very well in the finishing straight, but the youngster couldn’t finish it. He was pulled in by Van Aert, who took the win. He kept Axel Laurence (B&B Hotels) and the up-and-coming Alexander Kamp (Trek-Segafredo) behind him. De Lie was fourth.
Race winner, Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma): “It was a tough day for our team, although racing was challenging since other teams alternated attacks, I felt good in the final. In the sprint, we went into the last hundreds of metres at high speed, but I was in a bad position. I had to regain a few places and, thanks to the others’ speed, I could take the lead. I am thrilled with this victory. After the Tour de France, I took the time to recover. With a few important weeks ahead, it’s nice that the form is slowly coming back.”
4th, Arnaud De Lie (Lotto Soudal): “This fourth place in a tough race like the Bretagne Classic of course makes me happy but if you are sprinting for victory, you always want more. The legs still felt quite good for the sprint and the team did another great job of delivering me to the line. Maybe we made a little mistake by being at the front too early. Nevertheless, I don’t think I launched my sprint too early but with the slight uphill and the headwind, I was still passed at the very end. I was close to the podium and maybe even the victory, so this fourth place makes me really happy. After Gent-Wevelgem, this is only my second race of such a long distance. That I can already take a result here is really great. The team’s plan was quite simple: race to get the highest possible result. In the final kilometres, it became clear that it would end in a sprint so it was up to me to show my fast legs. The team did another great job today and I am happy to reward them for their big efforts with this fourth place. This is once again a boost towards my next race: GP Fourmies on Sunday 11 September.”
Bretagne Classic-Ouest France Result:
1. Wout van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma in 6:04:22
2. Axel Laurance (Fra) B&B Hotels-KTM
3. Alexander Kamp (Den) Trek-Segafredo
4. Arnaud De Lie (Bel) Lotto Soudal
5. Filippo Fiorelli (Ita) Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè
6. Biniam Girmay (Eri) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
7. Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R Citroën
8. Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Cofidis
9. Toms Skujiņš (Lat) Trek-Segafredo
10. Andrea Piccolo (Ita) EF Education-EasyPost.
Winners Break Records at Annual Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb
Racers also break record by raising over $20,000 for nonprofit
New records were set at the 49th annual Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb (MWARBH).
In the predawn hours of Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022, about 400 bicyclists from across the country and Canada gathered at the base of Mt. Washington for the 49th annual Hillclimb, considered one of the toughest in the world.
The iconic event is a fundraiser for Tin Mountain Conservation Center, a non-profit environmental education center for grades K–12 in the Mt. Washington Valley. This year, the organisation reported the highest fundraising year in its history, with participants raising over $20,000.
The spectacular weather—bright blue, cloudless skies and very little wind—combined with a new, fully-paved road from top to bottom, set the stage for setting new records.
Four-time winner and 36-year-old Phil Gaimon (Woodland, Calif.) regained his title from 32-year-old Erik Levinsohn (Boston, MA) who won last year. Gaimon crossed in 50:38 and was followed by Levinsohn at 50:45. Third place was 24-year-old Drake Deuel (Los Angeles, Calif.) with 53:04.
The women kept a blistering pace with 39-year-old Courtney Nelson (Tiburon, Calif.) crossing first for the women at 1:09:35. 36-year-old Kathryn Cumming (Bloomfield, NJ) earned second place with a time of 1:11:36, followed by 35-year-old Nicole Falcaro (Exeter, NH) in third place with 1:12:25.
Leo Cloutier from Falls Church, VA took the top (and only) honours for riding his unicycle.
“We could not do this event year after year without teams at the Mount Washington Auto Road and Central NH Amateur Radio Club as our eyes on the mountain to keep you all safe, and all of our sponsors who supported the event,” said MWARBH Race Director Erin Holmes. “From base to summit, the cheering and the passion for the event was intoxicating. We’re already begun planning and looking forward to next year’s 50th anniversary event.”
The race was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic and organisers reduced the rider count to 250 when the race resumed in 2021. This year also saw the return of the awards ceremony and luncheon, featuring the famous turkey dinner provided by Hart’s Turkey Farm Restaurant.
Next year marks the event’s 50th anniversary, set for Saturday, Aug. 19, 2023. One of the leading goals for next year is to host a rider from each of the 50 states.
Team Lotto Kern-Haus and Tirol KTM Cycling Team to Become Development Partners of BORA – hansgrohe
With this cooperation, BORA – hansgrohe aims to close the gap between its own U19 team Auto Eder and the WorldTour team. In the future, young talents will have the opportunity to first gain a foothold in the U23 ranks before joining BORA – hansgrohe in the WorldTour.
“First of all, I would like to say that with Cian and Luis-Joe we have successfully integrated two riders directly with us from the U19 into the WorldTour. They are both riding a very good season and we can definitely call this experiment a success. However, we must also realise that not every young rider will be ready to take this step for different reasons, for instance, with some riders still having to complete their school education. So it doesn’t make much sense for them to come directly to us. Since we don’t have our own U23 team, there was a gap in our system, which we can now close with our partnerships with Lotto Kern-Haus and Tirol. In the future, riders from our U19 team can make a stopover, so to speak, at one of the two teams. Both teams have a very strong and also international racing program, as well as a professional structure. We’ll also be supporting with our own coach, know-how and a few other aspects. The riders who come from us also remain contractually bound to us. I think we’ll create a true win-win-win situation with these collaborations. The riders have more time to develop, our two partners will receive very good riders who are highly motivated and we’ll benefit from professional U23 structures that we wouldn’t otherwise have.” – Ralph Denk.
“We are very much looking forward to this collaboration with BORA – hansgrohe. After some initial talks following the U23 German Championships, we were able to quickly come to an agreement, with both of us having the same goals – to have the best possible riders in the team. Ralph Denk was looking for partners who already have excellent infrastructure and offer the riders a solid racing program. He found that with us. Our cooperation with BORA – hansgrohe will also make our team even more attractive for hopeful talents. For us as a team, this is a big step overall. We have already provided several riders to WorldTour teams in recent years. This shows that we have a proven good hand in training young talent.” – Florian Monreal, Team Manager Team Lotto Kern-Haus.
“I’ve known Ralph for a long time. When we started our team in 2008, we bought a couple of RDR time trial frames from him. We also met often later on, a possible cooperation came up more than once. It’s nice that it has worked out now. But it is also somehow logical. Patrick Konrad, Gregor Mühlberger, Lukas Pöstlberger, Patrick Gamper and Marco Haller have already ridden in both our jerseys. The highly talented ex-biathlete Florian Lipowitz is currently competing in some races for BORA – hansgrohe as a stagiaire. And our staff are also creating careers in Ralph’s team: Ziga Slak and Jacques Horn are two examples. So this collaboration not only reflects an authentic story, but it is also a classic win-win situation. With the young Austrians Marco Schrettl and Alexander Hajek, we will start with two riders in 2023, but I am confident that the partnership can be expanded in the future. And two more points are worth mentioning for me. Firstly, Ralph Denk deserves great respect for his team’s rise to become one of the best in the WorldTour, and secondly, his open and mindful sense of good design, style and attractive jerseys is very much on the same wavelength as us.” – Mag. Thomas Pupp, Team Manager Tirol KTM Cycling Team.
Mag. Thomas Pupp, Ralph Denk, Florian Monreal:
Hugo Page and Baptiste Planckaert Extend for Two Extra Seasons
Hugo Page (21 year old) and Baptiste Planckaert (33 year old) extended their contract with Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux with two extra seasons, connecting them to the Belgian team until the end of 2025 and the end of 2024 respectively. This year, both riders collected a series of good results in difficult races and also played an important role in the performances of their teammates, for example as part of the sprint train in the successes of Gerben Thijssen in the Dunkirk Four Day and the Tour de Pologne.
Young Frenchman Hugo Page showed himself from his step up to the pro ranks in the colours of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux with an attractive racing style, which led to results on home soil in races such as the Classic Loire Atlantique (5th), La Roue Tourangelle (11th), La Route Adélie de Vitré (15th) or in the general classification of the Dunkirk Four Day. In June he distinguished himself for the first time on the highest level in the Critérium du Dauphiné, by sprinting three times among the five fastest riders in the peloton and wearing the green points jersey for one day.
Baptiste Planckaert joined the team of Jean-François Bourlart at the beginning of 2021 and finished in the top fifteen of thirteen different once day races since then. He also distinguished himself in his first participation in Paris-Roubaix (19th) in October last year, a couple of months before contributing to the team’s collective performance in the Hell of North (23rd) and finishing fifth in the final classification of the Dunkirk Four Day one month later.
Hugo Page: “I’m very happy that I made the choice to step up to the pro ranks in Belgian team. I have fun within Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux thanks to the good atmosphere and the excellent team spirit, which are essential factors to perform. The team invests a lot in my development, that’s why it was important for me to confirm that our collaboration is a long term project. From the start there was a clear plan to make me stronger progressively. For example, last month I went on an altitude training camp for the first time. I want to continue learning with this team and I can’t wait to discover my first Monument and make my Grand Tour debut.”
“I’m also very grateful towards the sports direction for regularly giving me carte blanche and this from my first months as a pro. I’m happy that I could reward this sign of confidence by several results. For example in the Criterium du Dauphiné, in which I seized a first opportunity to show myself among the international elite. The privilege to wear the green jersey makes me dream of more and motivates me to continue working hard for my goals. I’m eager to finish my first season as a pro with a victory. My programme until the end of the season contains a lot of French races, starting with the Bretagne Classic – Ouest France this Sunday, in which I’ll race for more than 250 kilometre for the first time.”
Baptiste Planckaert: “Thanks to Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux, I could realise a childhood dream last autumn by making my debut in Paris-Roubaix. This journey of discovery in horrible weather conditions is with no doubt one of my best memories since my arrival. I’m also thinking of the races in which I contributed to the victories of my teammates and not to forget our collective performance in Paris-Roubaix last spring. On that day we managed to surpass ourselves thanks to our experimented team on the one hand and our detailed preparation on the other. We did the recon of each cobble section, tested tire pressure and worked with NEWMEN on new rims for the classics. The focus on details within Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert is a decisive factor in our performances.”
“I hope to shine again in the spring classics the next two seasons. Our chances on the victory with Biniam Girmay, among others, are an important source of motivation, just like the role I can play for our young riders. I’m convinced that as a team captain I can contribute to the development of the five young Belgian riders who will soon join our team, for example by sharing my tactical vision. It’s a great feeling to be part of a growing team and it’s an honour that the Performance Cel also for me personally keeps searching for improvements. Just like this two year contract it shows their confidence in my capabilities.”
Aike Visbeek (Performance Manager): “Hugo Page is one of our young talents with large physical abilities and a great potential. From his arrival we invested in his development by offering him an extended race programme with World Tour stage races to make him stronger and cobble classics to make him gain experience. With the help of our trainers and our sports directors he managed to perform with more regularity. Hugo made a clear progression this year, so with the members of the Performance team we can start focusing on the details. I’m convinced that our efforts with this young talent will result in success the next couple of years!”
“His focus will progressively shift towards the spring classics, in which he can learn alongside Baptiste Planckaert, among others. As part of our team for the classics, Baptiste will receive more responsibilities as a team captain. The past twelve months he animated the finals of the most prominent classics, I’m thinking about Paris-Roubaix. He also played an important role in our sprint trains and regularly seized opportunities to obtain results himself. He’s one of our most experienced riders, but still I’m convinced that there’s a margin for progression. Together with Baptiste we reflected on how we can reach these extra percentages. I’m looking forward to the next spring campaign!”
Dutch Road Race Champion Pascal Eenkhoorn Signs with Lotto Dstny
Pascal Eenkhoorn will ride for Lotto Dstny from 2023 on. The reigning Dutch road race champion has signed a two-year contract. He will get a more free role at the Belgian WorldTour team in both Classics and Grand Tours. “My biggest motivation is to win races. I want to get the maximum out of my career.”
In June, Pascal Eenkhoorn rode to victory in the Dutch road race championship. His red-white-blue jersey will be adorned with the logos of Lotto and Dstny from 2023 on. “This is a team with a beautiful history and future”, comments Pascal Eenkhoorn. “I have had a lot of talks with everyone at the team: about the performance department, the style of racing and the division of roles. At this team I can chase my own ambitions and will receive more freedom during races. The style of racing, with this young and talented group appeals to me. I have a very good feeling about this move.”
According to the Dutch champion, who has also won the Heistse Pijl, two stages in the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali and a stage in the Colorado Classic, it was time to switch lanes. “I have been a pro for 5 years now and have learned a lot at my current team. Some of those things I can take with me to Lotto Dstny. But I have a need for more freedom in races. Now is the time where I can still make the decision to change and follow my own ambitions.”
More specifically, Pascal Eenkhoorn aims for success in the spring Classics and a stage victory in a Grand Tour. “My biggest motivation is to win races. I want to get the maximum out of my career. The team has had its share of bad luck this year, but has always continued to race very offensively and was always fighting for victory. The atmosphere seems very good and I am convinced that I will fit in well with this group.”
With the signing of Pascal Eenkhoorn the 2023 team of Lotto Dstny is taking shape more and more. “We are working very hard on the team for next year”, says CEO John Lelangue. “Of course, signing riders is a big part of the process. But we are also talking about our equipment, nutrition and the steps we are going to take in the performance area. Only with a total package like that we can convince riders like Pascal Eenkhoorn to sign with us.”
John Lelangue is convinced that Pascal Eenkhoorn will prove to be of great value for Lotto Dstny. “He is a rider who has already proven that he can win races. With a bit more freedom and an altered racing program, we think he can prove that more often. Moreover, he is a very versatile rider: he can play his role in almost any Classic and can go far in breakaways in Grand Tours. We are looking very much forward to our collaboration with him.”
U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame Announces Four 2022 Inductees
Four legends of American cycling have been voted into the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame. The Class of 2022 inductees are: Kristin Armstrong (Modern Road & Track Competitor), Les Barczewski (Veteran Road & Track Competitor), Melissa “Missy” Giove (Off-Road Competitor), and Dean Crandall (Contributor to the Sport). Including the Class of 2022, there are now 169 Inductees in the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame.
“The U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame is proud to honour these talented individuals,” said Bob Bowen, Board President. “Each of them were selected by the voters because of their supreme accomplishments in cycling. Their induction into the Hall of Fame will serve as a perpetual reminder of their dedication and sacrifices related to pursuing the sport of cycling at the highest levels.”
The 36th USBHOF Induction Ceremony for the 2022 Inductees will be held in 2023 at a date and location to be announced later. Induction Ceremony information will be available in early 2023 at usbhof.org.
The Class of 2022 Inductees are:
Kristin Armstrong – Modern Road and Track: Undoubtedly one of the best American performers in modern history, Kristin Armstrong is the most decorated U.S. women’s cyclist of all time and the best Individual Time Trialist in sports history. She is a three-time Olympic Gold Medalist (in 2008, 2012 & 2016 in the Time Trial), two-time World Champion (2006 & 2009 in the Time Trial) and has won six U.S. National Championships: four in the Time Trial event and two in the Road event.
Les Barczewski – Veteran Road & Track: Les Barczewski came out of the powerhouse speed skating community of Wisconsin to excel in track sprinting on the velodrome, qualifying as a member of the 1980 Olympic Team and winning silver in the match sprint at the 1983 Pan American Games. Barczewski was also often paired on the tandem with his brother, Hall of Famer Leigh Barczewski and with Hall of Famer Nelson Vails. He was a four-time member of the US Worlds Team and a three-time member of the US Pan American Team. He sped to the US record in the 200 Meter Time Trial in 1981 and eventually claimed the World Professional 200-meter TT record in 1986. When paired with Nelson Vails on the tandem, Barczewski and Vails won the 1985 US National Championship and took silver at the Tandem Sprint at the World Championships.
Melissa “Missy” Giove – Off-Road Competitor: Throughout her career Missy “The Missile” Giove won 14 NORBA downhill titles and 11 World Cups. Her speed and skill led her to three overall NORBA downhill crowns, two World Cup overalls, and the 1994 World Championship title. One of mountain bike racing’s original superstars, Giove is the all-time leader in NORBA downhill wins with 14, and is fourth on the list of World Cup medals with 11. She also won an X Games Gold in Dual Slalom in 2000. Giove was inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in 2016 and was an honorary inductee into the Italian Hall of Fame in 2017.
Dean Crandall – Contributor: Dean Crandall is a pioneer in officiating at mountain bike races and helped develop the rules and regulations for the USCF/US Cycling Federation (now USA Cycling), NORBA/the National Off Road Bicycle Association (now the mountain bike racing division of USA Cycling), the World Mountain Bike Championships and the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale). Crandall served as a member of the USCF Board of Directors and was the first elected chairman of the NORBA Board of Trustees. He served for six years on the UCI Mountain Bike Commission where he helped develop mountain bike stage race rules and regulations with the UCI. Crandall helped transition NORBA from an independent loosely administered organisation to a successful division of USA Cycling when it was purchased from private entities. He developed the first training programs for officials, both in the U.S. and internationally. In 1990 while in Paris, he took and passed the first-ever UCI Mountain Bike Commissaires exam to become one of the first International “A” Level Officials.
Mountain Biker Rab Wardell Dies Two Days After Winning Scottish Title
Rab Wardell passed away on Tuesday morning. The mountain biker, who won the Scottish championship last Sunday, had a cardiac arrest on Monday night, Tuesday Morning. Wardell was 37 years old.
Wardell took his first national elite title last Sunday, in Kirroughtree Forest in Dumfries & Galloway. He had been a champion of his country in the past with the juniors and U23s. “It has taken a few years, but I can now add the Senior Cross Country title to the Junior and U23 titles, titles I took almost two decades ago. In all honesty, it was a shocking race for me, with three flat tires. But I am very happy that I was able to take the win,” Wardell wrote on Instagram on Monday.
Katie Archibald, multiple Olympic track champion and Wardell’s wife, was sleeping next to her partner when the drama happened. She shared her story on Instagram: “I still don’t understand what happened, I still don’t know if this is real. Why has he been taken from us now, so healthy and happy?”
“While we were in bed, he went into cardiac arrest. I tried and tried, and the emergency services were there within minutes. But his heart had stopped and they couldn’t bring him back. My heart stopped too. I love him so much and need him here with me. I need him so much, but he’s gone. I cannot describe the pain.”
RIP Rab Wardell:
Herman Van Springel has Passed Away at 79
Herman Van Springel, nicknamed Monsieur Bordeaux-Paris, has passed away. The Belgian, who won more than 130 races in his career, had been ill for a long time. Van Springel was 79 years old.
Vanspringel turned pro in 1965. His career would last until the end of 1981. In his second season as a professional he won Gent-Wevelgem. Many more big victories followed, including seven times Bordeaux-Paris. In addition, he was the best in the Tour of Lombardy, the Brabantse Pijl (twice) and Paris-Tours. In the 1973 Tour de France he took the green jersey home. He also won a total of five stages.
Van Springel also gained fame mainly because of his second places, for example, finishing second in the Tour de France in 1968, which Jan Janssen won, when he started the final stage time trial in yellow. He was also runner-up in the 1971 Giro d’Italia and third in the 1970 Vuelta a España.
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