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TOP STORY: Jumbo-Visma: “Roglič is not satisfied with a podium place”
After ten stages in the Vuelta a España, it is clear that three-time Vuelta winner, Primož Roglič battling a superior Remco Evenepoel… for the time being. After the time trial to Alicante, the young Belgian’s lead in the general classification has increased to 2:41. In the Jumbo-Visma camp there is no question of capitulation.
Jumbo-Visma sports director Grischa Niermann spoke about Evenepoel with Algemeen Dagblad: “He was clearly the strongest in all three mountain stages. He also has a super strong team, we have seen that in the last few days. If Remco can perform at this level for three weeks and he doesn’t flinch, it will be difficult to get him out of the jersey. Not just for us, but for everyone.”
Jumbo-Visma still hope for something to happen in the second and third weeks. “Primož was sometimes minutes ahead of the competition in the Giro and we didn’t win then either,” Niermann outlines. “There are still two weeks to go and a lot can still happen. Primož till has the ambition to win and participate. He does. Evenepoel stands out, but Primož is not going home.”
“So we remain fighting. He won’t settle for a podium finish. Primož is here to win the Vuelta. Still. You must also have that ambition. I will put that into perspective and say that the podium is also nice, but Primož is not going to ride to Madrid to defend a third place. If you want to win, you have to be willing to lose and take risks. He is ready for that.”
Roglič still dreaming of red:
Vuelta a España 2022
Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) took the stage win he was looking for in la Vuelta’22 with an impressive performance in the Stage 10 individual time trial finishing in Alicante, on Tuesday. At 55.7kph, the Belgian star beat everyone, including Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma), 2nd on the day at 48 seconds after 30.9km. Evenepoel is the first rider to beat Roglič in a Vuelta time trial. He increased his lead to 2:40 ahead of Roglic and 3:03 on Enric Mas (Movistar). He is also the first Belgian rider to win an ITT stage of la Vuelta since Fons De Wolf in Valladolid in 1979. Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke won the prologue in Benidorm in 1987.
Stage 10 was a 30.9km individual time trial from Elche to Alicante. A handful of riders didn’t start due to illness, including Sam Bennett (BORA-hansgrohe), winner of stages 2 and 3 in the Netherlands, who returned a positive test for Covid-19 and “also showed some symptoms” according to his team.
Among the early starters, Rémi Cavagna (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) maintained an average speed of 54.1kph to set the best time ahead of two BikeExchange-Jayco riders, Michael Hepburn at 0:52 and Luke Durbridge at 1:21. Fred Wright (Bahrain Victorious) at 0:53 and Rohan Dennis (Jumbo-Visma) at 1:21 were both beaten by the Frenchman. But Cavagna made it clear at the finish: ‘Remco [Evenepoel] will beat me, that’s for sure.’ Lawson Craddock (BikeExchange-Jayco) finished in 2nd position at 0:37, before the GC battle began.
Pavel Sivakov (INEOS Grenadiers) and Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) quickly show their strength, at less than a second away from Cavagna at the first intermediate point. Carlos Rodriguez (INEOS Grenadiers) gradually improves his position. But Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) was the best on the Alicante road. At the first intermediate point, the young Belgian star already led by 0:20. By the second split, the gap was up to 0:36. At the line, he got the better of Roglič by 48 seconds and Cavagna by 1 minute. Evenepoel now leads the GC with a 2:40 gap to the Slovenian 3 time winner of la Vuelta, Roglič.
# You can see more race photos in the ‘PEZ Stage 10 Report’ HERE. #
Stage winner, Best Young Rider and overall leader, Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl): “I am just so happy and proud with my first Grand Tour stage win! I achieved my dream and goal for this race, and it feels great. The pressure is off now, but the confidence and motivation are high, so we will continue to fight over the next stages. Winning the Vuelta remains a dream and we will try to keep the jersey for as long as possible, but for the moment we will just enjoy what’s a fantastic day for us. I saw what Rémi did and knowing the time in the key sections of the race helped me a lot, as I noticed many were losing time in the second part of the course, which included that long downhill. I knew I had to push the entire time I was out on the course and after almost 30 kilometres, on the small bump to the finish, my legs were a bit heavy, but I left it all out there and it feels nice to know that I won my first Grand Tour stage in the leader’s jersey.”
2nd on the stage and overall, Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma): “I am delighted with my performance. I rode a good time trial. I’m proud of it. One rider was better today. Remco is flying at the moment. He is in the form of his life. After all his successes, we shouldn’t be surprised. I feel I am physically fit. The Vuelta is not halfway yet, so there is still a lot to fight for. I have moved up to second place in the general classification. Each day, we will look at the possibilities to get good results. I am convinced that those opportunities will come. Today’s time trial has boosted my confidence.”
10th on the stage and 3rd overall, Enric Mas (Movistar): “I didn’t do a bad time trial, I’m just not very satisfied with my performance. I got off to a good start, but I still had to give up a lot of time in the end. It was really a route for the time trial specialists, with little climbing. It was never really difficult anywhere. There is still a long way to go in this Vuelta and we are looking at it day by day. On Wednesday we get a flat stage and from Thursday we get an idea how the race will develop further. Evenepoel is currently flying in this Vuelta, he shows that he is very good. But we keep trying.”
KOM: Jay Vine (Alpecin-Deceuninck): “That was a really fun time trial. I guess it was fun because I wasn’t going full gas, but it’s fun to have a special jersey. I also got fans from Australia who came over and watch, for them to be there and notice me is pretty cool. I definitely think that, if we put our minds to it and prepare properly for this sort of events I can go very quick, but it was good to just open legs up again after the rest day and get ready for the rest of the week. We’ve got a sprint tomorrow with Tim [Merlier], it will be a bit tricky though with Sam Bennet out of the race. Bora is obviously not going to control for us, so we are going to try to find some allies and win the sprint with Tim. Then, the rest of the week is pretty hard and I’m looking forward to it.”
14th overall, Louis Meintjes (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux): “It’s not that I wasn’t feeling good in the first few days of this Vuelta, but it was only when I attacked last Sunday that I felt this little extra in the legs. I really benefited from the rest day to recover from all efforts made during the first week and the long day on Sunday, including the ceremony protocol and trip to Alicante. My victory gave a big boost to my motivation for this time trial. My performance enabled me to climb two places in the classification, but I wan’t to avoid getting too excited. The level of the climbers is very high in this Vuelta and there are many GC contenders. There’s still a long way to go and also the flat stages could be tricky because of the wind. I’m looking forward to the mountain top finishes on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. They are quite long so they should suit me quite well.”
19th on the stage, Rohan Dennis (Jumbo-Visma): “I aspired to achieve a place of honour. I felt strong at the start. But along the way, I noticed I could not reach my full potential today. Then I focused on finishing this time trial unscathed. I feel I am getting better every day in this Vuelta. I hope I can support Primoz well in the rest of this race.”
Vuelta a España Stage 10 Result:
1. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl in 33:18
2. Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma at 0:48
3. Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl at 1:00
4. Carlos Rodríguez (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:22
5. Pavel Sivakov (Fra) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:27
6. Lawson Craddock USA) BikeExchange-Jayco at 1:37
7. Simon Yates (GB) BikeExchange-Jayco at 1:42
8. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:46
9. Miguel Ángel López (Col) Astana Qazaqstan at 1:47
10. Enric Mas (Spa) Movistar at 1:51.
Vuelta a España Overall After Stage 10:
1. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl in 34:35:50
2. Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma at 2:41
3. Enric Mas (Spa) Movistar at 3:03
4. Carlos Rodríguez (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers at 3:55
5. Simon Yates (GB) BikeExchange-Jayco at 4:50
6. Juan Ayuso (Spa) UAE Team Emirates at 4:53
7. João Almeida (Por) UAE Team Emirates at 6:45
8. Miguel Ángel López (Col) Astana Qazaqstan at 6:50
9. Pavel Sivakov (Fra) INEOS Grenadiers at 7:06
10. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 7:37.
Vuelta’22 stage 10:
Kaden Groves (BikeExchange-Jayco) took his first Grand Tour stage win on Stage 11 of la Vuelta, a fast and furious sprint on the Mediterranean coast. On the same day his GC leader, Simon Yates, had to leave the race, the young Australian sprinter got the better of Danny van Poppel (BORA-hansgrohe) and Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Deceuninck) to take his biggest victory in Cabo de Gata. Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) retained the red jersey, but he lost a precious teammate as World champion Julian Alaphilippe crashed out of the race.
On the day after the explosive ITT in Alicante, the peloton face a mostly flat 191.2km stage from El Pozo Alimentacion (Alhama de Murcia) to Cabo de Gata, with long stretches along the coast and an exposed 3.5km final straight. Simon Yates (BikeExchange-Jayco) and Pavel Sivakov (INEOS Grenadiers) were among the five riders forced to withdraw due to Covid.
Three riders attacked from the start: Jetse Bol (Burgos-BH), Vojtech Repa (Kern Pharma) and Joan Bou (Euskaltel-Euskadi). After 10km of racing, their lead on the bunch was up to 4 minutes. Tim Merlier’s Alpecin-Deceuninck were the first to react. They were quickly joined by Dan McLay’s Arkea-Samsic, Mads Pedersen’s Trek-Segafredo. Kaden Groves’ BikeExchange-Jayco also came to the front of the bunch to control the break. There were no problems in the peloton until Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) crashed with 64km to go. The World champion suffered injuries to his right shoulder and had to be taken away in an ambulance.
At the front, Jetse Bol dropped his break companions with 52km to go. Joan Bou and Vojtech Repa were quickly caught by the bunch, also pulled by BORA-hansgrohe. Bol was eventually reeled in with 26km to go. The peloton controlled the race to the final sprint. BikeExchange-Jayco launched Kaden Groves and the 23 year-old Australian showed the speed he has from the track to take victory ahead of Danny van Poppel and Tim Merlier.
# You can see more race photos in the ‘PEZ Stage 11 Report’ HERE. #
Stage winner, Kaden Groves (BikeExchange-Jayco): “It feels fantastic, with the news this morning of Simon going positive for Covid, all the boys were pretty disappointed, and this is the best way to bounce back after such bad news. I’m really happy to celebrate, but I also wish he was here, because he’s a part of this team. I’ve got to thank all the guys, Luke was riding all day, and then we set up early for the wind. We thought there would be crosswinds a bit earlier, but there was nothing until the final 4km where we were first team, and the guys did a perfect job of keeping me in front and fresh. It’s been a really good year. I’m super happy to get a win here already and there’s still more stages to come.”
Overall leader and Best Young Rider, Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl): “It’s definitely not a beautiful day like we hoped for [with Julian Alpahilippe crashing out of the race]. I don’t know yet what happened and what the results are. It’s definitely a big loss for our team, especially on a quiet stage. It’s quite a pity. I hope he does well and he’s not suffering too much. I wish all the best for Loulou. Julian was doing really well in a lot of stages but I think we are not the only team losing guys. It’s a pity that we lose the world champion because he was in a really good shape. I have confidence in my other teammates also and I’m sure they will do very well in the coming stages.”
2nd on the stage, Danny van Poppel (BORA-hansgrohe): “I hesitated for a split second and I think that cost me the win. The team had confidence in my sprint and I was well supported all day. In the last straight, I was on Groves’ wheel the whole time. There I was in a good position out of the wind. Only then the other riders came over the right and the sprint started early. I kept following Groves and got a good speed. If I hadn’t doubted, I think I could have won. But that only gives confidence for the upcoming sprints. I’m happy with my performance and I’m looking forward to the next sprint, which will go up slightly. I think that suits me too.”
4th on the stage, Juan Sebastián Molano (UAE Team Emirates): “We tried with Pascal but he was blocked in and couldn’t move up. I just about made it towards the front but Pascal just missed out unfortunately. We knew today we’d have a crosswind finish and there wasn’t too much room to move. I jumped early as was the plan but the guys came from the side and I got swamped. We have a few mountainous days ahead but we’ll look for more sprint opportunities when the chance comes.”
Points leader, Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo): “It was pretty hectic. The last 3 km were pretty much straight forward, so after an easy day like this a lot of guys want to join the sprint and that makes it really hectic. I didn’t really manage to open my sprint right, I should have trusted a long sprint instead of waiting too long and get a bit boxed in. Sometimes you judge right and sometimes you judge wrong, and today I miscalculated and didn’t trust what I am normally good at. It’s my mistake for not fighting for he victory.”
KOM, Jay Vine (Alpecin-Deceuninck): “It would have been pretty special to have Tim [Merlier] win today. We gave it everything we had, the team pulled all day to set him up for a sprint. We kept Tim as easy as possible in the peloton but sometimes it just doesn’t go your way. I told him: ‘bad luck’. It’s bike racing. There’s 180 riders in the field and only one winner every day. It’s tough but there’s still more opportunities to go. Tomorrow will be fun. It’s a pretty drafting climb. We’ve had three relatively easy days in a row so I’m looking forwards to spinning the legs over some climbs.”
10th on the stage, Boy van Poppel (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux): “Many riders agree on the fact that this first week of the Vuelta was very difficult. Julius Johansen and I stayed with our sprinter Gerben Thijssen all the time until last Sunday. He crashed downhill in a wet corner with gravel stones and unfortunately couldn’t reach the finish anymore. This was a major setback for us, because this eleventh stage was a perfect opportunity for our sprint train. Today’s finish corresponded perfectly with Gerben’s characteristics. It was particularly warm today and the presence of the wind caused nervousness. But the hectic final was not a problem for me, Julius and I managed to position well and to stay there until the approach of the sprint. When I saw the finish line I wanted to start my sprint, but unfortunately there was only room to pass through the wind, making me loose some speed. However, I’m satisfied with this top ten. It motivates me to do better. Following the absence of Gerben I’ll try my best to offer the team as many results as possible in the sprint finishes in this Vuelta.”
Vuelta a España Stage 11 Result:
1. Kaden Groves (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco in 5:03:14
2. Danny van Poppel (Ned) BORA-hansgrohe
3. Tim Merlier (Bel) Alpecin-Deceuninck
4. Juan Sebastián Molano (Col) UAE Team Emirates
5. Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo
6. Daniel McLay (GB) Arkéa Samsic
7. John Degenkolb (Ger) DSM
8. Fred Wright (GB) Bahrain-Victorious
9. Cedric Beullens (Bel) Lotto Soudal
10. Boy van Poppel (Ned) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux.
Vuelta a España Overall After Stage 11:
1. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl in 39:39:04
2. Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma at 2:41
3. Enric Mas (Spa) Movistar at 3:03
4. Carlos Rodríguez (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers at 3:55
5. Juan Ayuso (Spa) UAE Team Emirates at 4:53
6. João Almeida (Por) UAE Team Emirates at 6:45
7. Miguel Ángel López (Col) Astana Qazaqstan at 6:50
8. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 7:37
9. Ben O’Connor (Aus) AG2R Citroën at 7:46
10. Thymen Arensman (Ned) DSM at 8:44.
Vuelta’22 stage 11:
Simac Ladies Tour 2022
In the First Stage of the Simac Ladies Tour, the European champion, Lorena Wiebes, was by far the best in the sprint from a leading group of about 20 riders. Karlijn Swinkels of Jumbo-Visma crossed the line in second place, Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Trek-Segafredo) finished third. Wiebes is also the first leader of the Dutch stage race.
The six-day Simac Ladies Tour (until 2020 the Boels Ladies Tour) started with a 141.2 kilometre stage around Lelystad. The course consisted of a local circuit of 60.4 kilometres, which had to be completed two and a half times. The finish was in front of the entrance to the ‘fashion outlet’ Batavia Stad.
The relatively flat stage was an opportunity for the sprinters, although they had to watch out for the wind in the polder of Flevoland and along the Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve. The pace was high early in the stage, which initially kept everything together. The wind did indeed play a role and after 23 kilometres the peloton split for the first time. 28 riders were off the front for a while, but after 40 kilometres the front echelons came together again. Alison Jackson (Liv) was fastest in the intermediate sprint, ahead of Pfeiffer Georgi and Lorena Wiebes (both DSM). The nervousness in the race also caused crashes in the peloton. Jumbo-Visma lost Coryn Labecki after a crash. The peloton split again, with 21 riders pulling away from the rest. SD Worx, Trek-Segafredo, FDJ-SUEZ-Futuroscope, DSM, Canyon-SRAM, Valcar, BikeExchange-Jayco, Jumbo-Visma, Liv Racing Xstra and Parkhotel Valkenburg all had one or more riders at the front. The front echelon initially had 1 minute on the peloton.
Karlijn Swinkels (Jumbo-Visma) was the fastest at the second intermediate sprint, ahead of Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Trek-Segafredo) and Jackson. The Canadian rider of Liv Racing Xstra won her fourth bonus second of the day. As the finish approached, things got better and better for the leading group. With 10 kilometres to go, the first attacks followed. Silke Smulders provided the first of a whole series of attacks from the Liv Racing Xstra team. However, Trek-Segafredo and DSM managed to control them. Because it was stop and start in the leading group, the pace dropped and the peloton was able to get closer. Trek-Segafredo then took the initiative and led the first echelon to the last kilometre. Just before 1K to go, Chantal van den Broek-Blaak tried, but the SD Worx rider couldn’t get away. The race then prepared for a final sprint. Charlotte Kool led-out for Lorena Wiebes and the European champion completed the job.
Stage winner and overall leader, Lorena Wiebes (DSM): “As expected there was some wind out there today. The group broke after the first time passing the finish line and we had four riders in there, but it all came back with headwind. On another crosswind part there was a big crash and Pfeiffer was caught up in it, so that was not the best situation for us, and it split the race. The group behind never came back and we focused on the stage win. Franzi did a great job with keeping the pace and closing the attacks in the last five kilometres and Charlotte then brought me in the perfect position through the last corner. I’m super happy to finish it off for them.”
Simac Ladies Tour Stage 1 Result:
1. Lorena Wiebes (Ned) DSM in 3:17:24
2. Karlijn Swinkels (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
3. Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Fra) Trek-Segafredo
4. Alison Jackson (Can) Liv Racing Xstra
5. Eugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ-SUEZ-Futuroscope
6. Ruby Roseman-Gannon (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco
7. Soraya Paladin (Ita) Canyon//SRAM
8. Eleonora Camilla Gasparrini (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
9. Anna Henderson (GB) Jumbo-Visma
10. Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Liv Racing Xstra.
Simac Ladies Tour Overall After Stage 1:
1. Lorena Wiebes (Ned) DSM in 3:17:13
2. Karlijn Swinkels (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:05
3. Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Fra) Trek-Segafredo
4. Alison Jackson (Can) Liv Racing Xstra at 0:07
5. Anna Henderson (GB) Jumbo-Visma at 0:08
6. Eugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ-SUEZ-Futuroscope at 0:11
7. Ruby Roseman-Gannon (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco
8. Soraya Paladin (Ita) Canyon//SRAM
9. Eleonora Camilla Gasparrini (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
10. Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Liv Racing Xstra.
Simac’22 stage 1:
Lorena Wiebes took her second win in a row in the Simac Ladies Tour on Wednesday’s Stage 2. The Dutch rider of DSM, who also won the stage to Lelystad on Tuesday, beat Laura Tomasi and Lonneke Uneken and strengthened her leading position on the general classification.
The race started in Ede for a 117.8 kilometre stage through Gelderland. The riders had to complete three circuits of 40 kilometres before finishing back in Ede. The route had some climbing, nothing too hard. There were bonus seconds on the three crossings of the finish line in Ede.
With more than 100 kilometres to go, a leading group of three broke away: Georgia Baker (BikeExchange-Jayco), Lieke Nooijen (Parkhotel Valkenburg) and Senne Knaven (AG Insurance-NXTG). Clara Lundmark of GT Krush Tunap tried to make the crossing, but never made it. At the first intermediate sprint at about 80 kilometres from the finish, Nooijen, Knaven and Baker took 3, 2 and 1 second. The lead had by then increased to almost 2 minutes. There was the same result at the next intermediate sprint at 41 kilometres from the finish. Nooijen was dropped after the sprint. The remaining two then had a lead of about half a minute.
With 28 kilometres to go, Baker took off alone. At 15 kilometres from the finish she was also caught, after which the peloton started preparing for a sprint finish. It was mainly DSM, Jumbo-Visma, BikeExchange-Jayco and Trek-Segafredo who led the peloton in the final. With 4 kilometres to go, SD Worx also came forward and the pace in the peloton went up considerably. The peloton, led by DSM, started the final kilometre in a long line. At the end of a long sprint, Lorena Wiebes (DSM) took her second win in a row, ahead of Italian Laura Tomasi of UAE Team ADQ. The Dutch rider, Lonneke Uneken from SD Worx was third. Wiebes also retains the leader’s jersey.
Stage winner and overall leader, Lorena Wiebes (DSM): “It was a chaotic sprint, we lost my lead-out Charlotte Kool. Then I was quite early on the wheel of Georgi Pfeiffer, who had to hold something back then. I felt the rest coming from behind, but luckily I was able to catch it. In the end it was a pretty short sprint, but enough to win. It was a good situation for us to have three ahead. We checked with Elise Uijen and Leah Kirchmann. Franziska Koch, Georgi Pfeiffer and Charlotte Kool took me well to the final. We had everything under control today. It is not a goal in itself, but I will try to get as far as possible.”
Simac Ladies Tour Stage 2 Result:
1. Lorena Wiebes (Ned) DSM in 2:54:55
2. Laura Tomasi (Ita) UAE Team ADQ
3. Lonneke Uneken (Ned) SD Worx
4. Mylène de Zoete (Ned) AG Insurance-NXTG
5. Rachele Barbieri (Ita) Liv Racing Xstra
6. Karlijn Swinkels (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
7. Tamara Dronova-Balabolina (-) Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad
8. Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Trek-Segafredo
9. Daniek Hengeveld (Ned) GT Krush Tunap Pro Cycling
10. Maud Rijnbeek (Ned) AG Insurance-NXTG.
Simac Ladies Tour Overall After Stage 2:
1. Lorena Wiebes (Ned) DSM in 6:11:58
2. Karlijn Swinkels (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:15
3. Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Fra) Trek-Segafredo
4. Lonneke Uneken (Ned) SD Worx at 0:17
5. Alison Jackson (Can) Liv Racing Xstra
6. Anna Henderson (GB) Jumbo-Visma at 0:18
7. Eugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ-SUEZ-Futuroscope at 0:21
8. Soraya Paladin (Ita) Canyon//SRAM
9. Mischa Bredewold (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
10. Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Liv Racing Xstra.
Simac’22 stage 2:
Jérôme Pineau on Paris Cycling Club Project: “Still Talking to Cavendish”
Jérôme Pineau spoke to Le Télégramme about the Paris Cycling Club project, as his current team B&B Hotels-KTM will be called next year. He expects the official presentation at the end of September and reveals that the necessary transfers will follow. “We have recruited five riders from the WorldTour. And we’re still talking to Mark Cavendish,” Pineau said.
“Everything will be fine with our team,” said the boss of the French ProTeam. “We are working on the details now, but before I talk to the press I need to talk to my colleagues and partners. I can imagine that people will start talking about it and that there will be questions. But I don’t have it myself. The name of our professional team will be Paris and the budget will be around 15 million euros. The project will be explained in more detail at the end of September.”
Pineau has 26 riders on paper for next season. “That includes the contract extensions, which will be announced shortly. And if we get the chance, we aim for 28 riders. At the moment I have also attracted five riders from the WorldTour,” he says. Among them are Dutchmen Cees Bol and Ramon Sinkeldam. “These five strengthen us in all areas. We also look around. I was almost done with Michael Matthews, but in the end he preferred to stay with BikeExchange-Jayco.”
Mark Cavendish’s name has already been linked to Paris Cycling Club. “We are talking,” Pineau confirms. “But he’s not one of the five we’re already around. I’d really like Cavendish to come to us, but it’s complicated. It looks like negotiations around a football player. He would like to come to us, but he also does not want to phase out. If he comes, it will be to win. Let’s say the odds are now 50-50.”
“Our new women’s team will have the same name as our men’s team. We have twelve riders and we have all completed those transfers, although it has not been easy,” said Pineau. He doesn’t want to name names yet. “But I said before that I would really like to have Audrey Cordon-Ragot on my team.”
Cavendish to Paris Club:
Mathijs Paasschens Signs with Lotto Dstny Until the End of 2024
The transfer of Mathijs Paasschens was already in the air, but has now also been officially confirmed. The 26-year-old Dutchman leaves Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB to Lotto Dstny, which is called Lotto Soudal at the moment. He signs for two seasons and follows the example of Arjen Livyns.
Paasschens was born in Rotterdam, but moved with his parents to Flanders when he was three. In 2019 he turned professional with Wallonie-Bruxelles. For this team he often showed himself in early races during the big spring classics. “That mentality, always looking for the attack, matches well with the attitude at Lotto Dstny. And I can also use my strengths to control a break for Caleb Ewan or Arnaud De Lie.”
“This is a step forward for me,” said Paasschens. “It motivates me to work in a team with such a professional framework and it also motivates me to be able to ride for leaders who have already proven to be able to win at the highest level. I think I still have the necessary growth margin. At Lotto Dstny I can fully utilise that.”
According to team boss John Lelangue, Paasschens will get every chance to show himself. “He has clearly shown in recent years what he has to offer. We are going to guide him to reach an even higher level. He is multi-deployable and will certainly get his chance to show his attacking spirit with us too,” said the CEO of the Belgian team.
Mathijs Paasschens to Lotto Dstny:
Valter, Tratnik and Gloag new reinforcements Team Jumbo-Visma
Team Jumbo-Visma has boosted its selection for the coming season with Attila Valter, Thomas Gloag and the experienced Jan Tratnik.
Hungarian champion Valter is honoured with his transfer to Team Jumbo-Visma. “I think this environment is the best for me to develop further. Team Jumbo-Visma is a top team that guides its riders very well to a higher level. Due to the conversations I had with the team management, my confidence was boosted a lot. I’m hoping I can fulfil my potential in the coming years.”
Sportive director Merijn Zeeman believes Team Jumbo-Visma has added a rider with potential in Valter. “We have been following Attila for several years. Both in races and tests we have seen that he has great abilities. We look forward to working with him and helping him reach his potential.”
Tratnik is the reigning Slovenian time trial champion and won a stage in the 2020 Giro d’Italia. “I’m proud to be a member of one of the world’s top teams. The team has demonstrated its ability to improve riders. I look forward to contributing to the team’s future successes.”
Zeeman: “We are delighted with Jan’s arrival. Team Jumbo-Visma is ambitious to compete for the win in the biggest races the entire season. Jan is highly valued as a personality and a rider to realise those ambitions.”
Gloag, stage winner in last week’s Tour de l’Avenir, is looking forward to his first moments in yellow and black. “I can’t wait to be a member of this squad because they have demonstrated their ability to develop new riders. I don’t yet have much experience. That is why I want to immerse myself in all facets of cycling in the coming years. With this team, I am in the right place.”
Zeeman sees a role for Gloag within the so-called Young Team Jumbo-Visma. “Thomas is a wonderful talent with whom we will work in the coming years. Thanks to a balanced programme, we give him plenty of time and space to improve. Together we will let his talent blossom to the fullest.”
Tratnik signs a contract until 2024, while Valter and Gloag commit to Team Jumbo-Visma until the end of 2025. The contracts of Timo Roosen and Lennard Hofstede have also been extended, by one and two years respectively.
Matthew Riccitello Rises Up the Ranks from 2023
The future looks bright with young North American talent Matthew Riccitello continuing to race in Israel – Premier Tech colours in 2023, when he is set to turn pro.
“Matthew is a brilliant young talent with a bright future. Welcome to IPT, we are expecting big things,” says IPT Partner Sylvan Adams.
20-year-old Riccitello, who is currently riding as a stagiaire for IPT, has signed a three-year deal with the Israeli team.
“We are very happy to see Matthew Riccitello join us from next year. He has already impressed us in Burgos when he rode in support of our WorldTour guys and was right up there on the climbs. Matthew is one of the top up and coming riders coming from North America and shows huge potential when it comes to being a General Classification rider. At only 20-years-old, Matthew has a big career ahead of him and we are very happy to play a role in Matthew’s development in the next years,” explains IPT General Manager Kjell Carlström.
Riccitello made his IPT debut at Vuelta a Burgos, where he finished fourth in the young rider classification, and already felt at home in the IPT environment. “It felt good to ride in IPT colours at Burgos. It was nice to get to know Mason Hollyman, Marco Frigo, and the other riders and staff a bit better. The team has been super helpful in getting me set up with new equipment. It’s been a really encouraging and positive environment,” says Riccitello. “I’ve raced pro races before, but never with this high of a field. I struggled with the heat a bit the first days, but managed to get it right the last couple days. It was a bit surreal finding myself on the wheel of guys like Nibali, who I’ve been watching on television since I was little. It was nice having such great support.”
For 2023 and beyond, Riccitello already has plans to hit the ground running and continue his development. “Next year, I look forward to working with the riders and staff at IPT to continue my development as a General Classification rider. I’ll look to improve on my positioning, descending, climbing, and time trialing as much as possible. I look forward to contributing to the success of the team and helping my teammates as much as I can. I really value the opportunity to learn from some of the best in cycling, like Chris Froome, Mike Woods, and of course, also the directors and mechanics. I’m grateful for the team’s belief in my potential and ability to grow as a rider.”
Riccitello is part of IPT’s addition of young riders in its 2023 roster, alongside Mason Hollyman, Marco Frigo, and Derek Gee, who are all graduating from Israel Cycling Academy.
Riccitello turns pro:
Arjen Livyns Transfers to Lotto Dstny
Arjen Livyns will race for the next two seasons for Lotto Dstny, the team that is currently Lotto Soudal. The transfer of the 27 year-old rider from Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB was reported in July, but has now been confirmed. “I am very happy to finally get the chance after 5 years as a professional in a great team like Lotto Dstny,” said Livyns.
“I want to force my place in that classic team as soon as possible. The Flemish classics are my home and they suit me well. I want to take another step forward. In addition, I am an all-rounder: I last quite a long time uphill and am also not afraid to get involved in the sprint preparation. But above all: I am extremely motivated to show myself,” said the rider from Harelbeke.
John Lelangue, Lotto Soudal’s team principal, sees Livyns as an important rider in the Flemish spring Classics. “He has shown that he has what it takes to last a long time in those classics. Arjen has an attacking attitude, which is very important to us. And for the next few years, he will be at the top of his capabilities physically. I’m sure we can help him reach an even higher level and have a lot of fun with him,” said Lelangue.
Arjen Livyns to Lotto Dstny:
Liam Slock Turns Pro with Lotto Dstny
U23 rider Liam Slock will step up from the Lotto Soudal Development Team to the WorldTour team next season. The 21-year-old Belgian rider from Lochristi has signed a two-year deal for the team, that will be named Lotto Dstny from then on. “I could not have wished for a better education than at the Lotto Soudal Development Team.”
Liam Slock has been part of the Development Team of Lotto Soudal for two years now. “He has proven himself as a real team player during this period”, says Kurt Van de Wouwer, team manager of the Lotto Soudal Development Team. “He is a typical baroudeur with an all-round profile. With the Grand Prix Color Code and the first stage of the Triptique Ardennais he has won two races this year, but also during the rest of the season he has convinced us with his offensive style of racing.”
Grateful for the confidence
Liam Slock himself is obviously very satisfied about the opportunity to step up to the pros. “The last two years I have done everything I can to be able to turn pro”, says Slock. “The results were there from the beginning of the season. I was very happy when I got the call from Kurt Van de Wouwer, telling me I was getting the chance with the pros.”
At the moment, Liam Slock is recovering from Lyme disease. “Now that I am sure to turn pro next year, gives me the time and mental rest necessary to recover. I am very grateful for the confidence from the team. My goal is to still get some good results in the U23 category this season, but the most important now is to be in top shape at the start of next season.”
The Belgian rider will get his chances in breakaways next year, but will also be chasing breakaways when the team wants to put Caleb Ewan or Arnaud De Lie in a position to sprint for victory. “Liam Slock is a down to earth guy who has proven to be able to use his strengths at the service of others when necessary”, says CEO John Lelangue. “The tests we do with all our riders, show that physically he is more than ready to step up. Those physical capacities combined with his sense of duty and team spirit make him a valuable asset to our team for the years to come.”
Eleventh rider from the own Development Team
After Lennert Van Eetvelt, Liam Slock will be the second U23 rider that moves up from the ranks of Lotto Soudal’s own Development Team. The 2023 Lotto Dstny roster now consists of 11 riders with a history in the own Development Team. “The Development Team benefits hugely from the knowledge and experience within the WorldTour team”, explains Liam Slock. “The staff, training, equipment and racing program: all meticulously planned as with the pros. Next to that the scouting is obviously top level: once you get a spot in the Development Team, you know you are amongst the best Belgian U23 riders. That is a big motivation, together with the fact that you already train and race in the kit of a real WorldTour team. I could not have wished for a better education.”
Alex Dowsett to Retire After this Season
Alex Dowsett is in his final months as a professional cyclist. The 33 year-old announced in a video on his own YouTube channel. Dowsett says that he has made the decision himself, but that he will not completely stop cycling. “I want to explore other aspects next year.”
“I told you before that I wanted to continue for another two years, but something has changed since then. The will to win or to get better has wavered,” the Israel-Premier Tech rider explained. “I am happy with what I have achieved and the successes I have had in the WorldTour. I feel this is a good time to stop. I will continue cycling, but I want to decide this myself. It is not a forced retirement.”
Dowsett has decided to stop after consultation with his management. “That was especially when it became clear that I had to wait a long time again for a new contract in the WorldTour. Let’s stop it,” he said. “Since the decision was made, I look forward to my future more and more. I have achieved everything in the WorldTour, as a pro. I have also experienced life next to it. But my future remains on two wheels. This is not a retirement, but it is the end for me in the WorldTour.”
The track record of the time trial specialist includes two stage wins in the Giro d’Italia, a stage win in the Tour of Poland, six British time trial titles, the overall win in the Bayern Rundfahrt and places of honour at the World time trial championship. Dowsett achieved those achievements with Sky (2011-2012), Movistar (2013-2017), Katusha-Alpecin (2018-2019) and Israel Start-Up Nation (2020-2022).
Dowsett continues to focus on time trialling and has plans to support other cyclists in that area. In addition, he wants to compete in some gravel races. “But I’m not going to say that I’m going to become a clay pro for a while,” he laughed. “I’ve never competed in gravel races, but I’m fascinated by it. I also want to continue to contribute to the hemophilia community. I’m in a position to do that and that feels like my responsibility.”
Hemophilia is a disease in which the blood does not clot sufficiently, so that a large wound can be difficult to stop, also there can be internal bleeding. Dowsett was diagnosed with the disease as a baby and his daughter also has it. During his World hour record attempt in 2021, he drew attention to the disease.
Mikel Nieve to Retire
Mikel Nieve’s cycling career is almost over. The 38-year-old Basque climber, who currently rides for Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, has announced his retirement via social media. “They were unforgettable years,” he summed up his 15 year career.
“After fifteen years in the peloton, it is time to say goodbye to the cycling world. It was truly a privilege to be part of the pack. I want to thank a lot of people: my family, friends, teammates, staff members, fans and organisers. But I especially want to thank my father, whom I miss so much, and my mother. They have given me so much in life. Just like my brother and my son Danel.”
“They were truly unforgettable years. I have learned and enjoyed a lot, but now it is time to say goodbye and discover new things,” said Nieve. The climber started his professional career in 2009 with Euskaltel-Euskadi. When that team ceased to exist at the end of 2014, Nieve switched to Team Sky. After four years with British team, Nieve moved to Mitchelton-Scott, now BikeExchange-Jayco. He rode for the Australian team for four years.
Nieve won three stages in the Giro d’Italia during his career, where he also won the mountains classification in 2016. In 2010 he also won a stage in the Vuelta a España. The climber has a total of 22 Grand Tours to his name, in which he finished in the top 10 six times and nine times in places 11 to 18. Nieve was also part of the winning Tour and Vuelta team several times at Team Sky.
At the end of 2021, the Basque rider returned to a Spanish team, he had trained with Caja Rural from 2004 to 2007. Nieve, however, failed to distinguish himself this season.
Mikel Nieve retires:
Leah Kirchmann Announces Her Retirement from Professional Cycling
After 12 years as a professional cyclist, Leah Kirchmann will hang up her wheels at the end of 2022; with the Simac Ladies Tour her last planned race with Team DSM before she races the World Championships with Canada.
Spending time with Colavita Forno D’Asolo as her first team before four years honing her craft on the American racing scene with Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies; Kirchmann made the move across the pond fully to join the Team DSM structure in 2016, then known as Team Liv-Plantur.
Immediately finding her feet with the team, 2016 saw the punchy Kirchmann take the win at Drentse Acht van Westerveld before donning the famous Maglia Rosa after an exceptional prologue win at the Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile. In the years since, Kirchmann has continued to take successes herself, winning a total of 12 races throughout her career, alongside being an invaluable team member, who was always willing to work for others: helping the team to 40 victories since 2016. As the seasons have progressed and Kirchmann has grown in experience, she’s also been an important role model for the younger riders within the team and is the ever-consummate professional.
Kirchmann said: “After 12 years in the professional peloton, I’ve decided that I’m ready to invest my energy in other things away from WorldTour racing. Thank you to everyone who helped me on this journey. I never imagined when I first stepped on a bike as a young girl back in Winnipeg that I would one day compete in two Olympic Games, race professionally and represent Canada proudly for so many years on the international stage. I am forever grateful for all the support I’ve received along the way. I’m proud of what I accomplished during my career, and how far I pushed my mental and physical limits as an athlete. I also feel fortunate that I got to help contribute to the success of many teammates during this time – with my favourite victory with the team definitely being the 2017 World Championships TTT win in Bergen. I am so grateful for everything sport has brought to me. I grew up and developed as an athlete surrounded by empowered women who taught me to embrace my strengths, and to not accept the status quo of society. I feel motivated by the momentum behind women’s sport and will continue to help build a better future. If sport has taught me anything, it is that I love to learn and love to embrace big challenges, so I look forward to exploring other opportunities and adventures in this life.”
Team DSM head coach Rudi Kemna added: “Leah has been with us since 2016 and has made great steps in her career here, taking some brilliant results on the road and becoming a role model within the team. A true professional, Leah brought a lot of value to us on and of the bike, supporting the team with her strong riding but also being an important and experienced figurehead for the younger riders; helping their transition to elite level racing and making them feel even more welcomed in the team. We’re really happy with the time we have spent together and from everyone at Team DSM, we wish Leah the best of luck and success for what lies next in the future.”
Leah Kirchmann retires:
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