domingo, abril 2, 2023

EUROTRASH Monday: High Cross & Highway Motion + All of the Information


Large battles within the World cyclocross championships, plus the Saudi Tour, Volta a la Communitat Valenciana, Étoile de Bessèges, Vuelta CV Feminas and the Colombian time trial and highway race championships – Reviews, outcomes and video.
Rigoberto Urán not joyful about the way forward for Colombian biking – TOP STORY.
Rider information: Dylan Groenewegen proud of the Saudi Tour, Ethan Hayter and Eddie Dunbar injured, Pascal Ackermann to the Giro and Carlos Rodríguez to debut within the Tour de France.
Workforce information: Sebastián Unzué annoyed Over the ladies’s calendar, Purple Bull on the lookout for subsequent Wout van Aert, Soudal Fast-Step to Oman and Kevin Kuhn & Gerben Kuypers decide to Intermarché-Circus-Wanty.
Race information: Milano-Sanremo new begin & route and groups for the 2023 UAE Tour.
EUROTRASH cyclocross espresso time.


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TOP STORY: Rigoberto Urán Not Comfortable Concerning the Way forward for Colombian Biking
Colombia has a era of prime rider in the intervening time: Nairo Quintana, Esteban Chaves, Egan Bernal, Miguel Ángel López and Rigoberto Urán because the best-known, however Urán expresses his issues in dialog with CyclingUpToDate. “The successors are usually not prepared in the intervening time,” he mentioned.

Bernal, Quintana, López, Uran, Chaves, Fernando Gaviria, Sergio Henao, Carlos Betancur, Sergio Higuita, Daniel Felipe Martínez… There isn’t a scarcity of prime cyclists in Colombia. The South American nation has had a whole lot of success in biking for the reason that flip of the century, however Urán doesn’t see a brilliant future for Colombian biking.

“The fact is that there are usually not very many good riders in Colombia proper now. Most riders have made the step to European biking, however then solely final 1 or 2 years. They’re unable to adapt to the upper tempo and are then despatched again to Colombia. It’s worrying, as a result of there aren’t any replacements accessible in the intervening time.”

With riders like Santiago Buitrago and Einer Rubio, Colombian expertise remains to be breaking by on the highest stage, however many riders additionally battle. Andrés Camilo Ardila is probably probably the most well-known instance. The now 23 year-old climber received the Giro d’Italia U23 in 2019, however after a number of unsuccessful years at UAE Workforce Emirates, he has now moved to the Spanish Burgos-BH ProTeam.

Rigo fearful about the way forward for Colombian biking:


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World Cyclocross Championships – Males 2023
Mathieu van der Poel is the World cyclocross champion once more. In Hoogerheide he beat Wout van Aert in a dash end. The World championship was an extremely thrilling duel between the 2 prime favourites, who pushed one another to the restrict. Within the dash, Van der Poel performed on a shock and was too quick for Van Aert. Eli Iserbyt took the bronze medal.

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Everybody was Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert for the win, however the beginning place may make a distinction. Van Aert needed to begin on the second row and selected to start out on the wheel of Van der Poel. The quick begin was for the house rider: Lars van der Haar was the quickest off the road, forward of Van der Poel and Joris Nieuwenhuis. Van Aert squeezed himself behind Van der Poel with problem.

On the primary lap Van der Poel selected to assault on a sloping part. The one rider who may comply with him was… Wout van Aert. After 3 minutes of racing, the 40,000 followers bought what that they had come to Hoogerheide for: the duel of the BIG two. The opposite riders had been already greater than 10 seconds down within the first lap. Van der Poel set the tempo and put the strain on, however Van Aert adopted and took over the lead after two laps. On the third lap of ten, the Dutchman tried to make a spot once more, however Van Aert was to not be dropped. The common velocity of the 2 entrance riders was 30 kph. Neither of the 2 leaders may make an actual distinction. Van der Poel jumped higher over the planks, however couldn’t actually get away from Van Aert. The Dutchman tried once more on one of many bridges through the seventh lap. He had a lead of 4 bike lengths, however once more Van Aert managed to shut the hole.

On the eighth and ninth laps, Van der Poel and Van Aert dropped the velocity a bit of. This was mirrored within the lap instances, and pursuers Lars van der Haar and Eli Iserbyt, who had caught and handed Michael Vanthourenhout within the second half of the cross, had been capable of get inside 15 seconds of Van Aert and Van der Poel. This was as shut as they might get, as a result of within the closing lap the 2 favourites began to spar once more. Van Aert took over by the woods and tried to place strain on Van der Poel, however the Dutchman took command once more. There was anticipated assaults over the planks and the steps, however nothing got here, so the race could be determined by a dash. Mathieu van der Poel was on the wheel of Van Aert and shocked the Belgian with a leap. Van Aert had problem getting on phrases with Van der Poel. The Dutchman received his fifth World title, placing the rating with Van Aert at 5-3. Twelve seconds behind the dash for victory, Iserbyt managed to take the bronze by beating Van der Haar.

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World cyclocross champion, Mathieu van der Poel (Ned): “I felt like I had the whole lot underneath management at this time. I stored my cool and which may have gotten me the win at this time. I felt actually good and likewise had the sensation that I used to be the strongest alongside the best way. I’m actually tremendous joyful. This week I educated uphill sprints with David, I may use that at this time. I used to be actually relaxed. Everybody anticipated me to go on the beams, however I believed that was too predictable. I wished to show into the ending straight in second after which I instantly began. Perhaps I shocked Van Aert with that. I actually price this victory very extremely. I do know what it’s wish to fall by the ice in Hoogerheide (when he was a junior), so perhaps I discovered to maintain cool there. I wanted my finest day of the season and that day I had.”

2nd, Wout van Aert (Bel): “I’m dissatisfied I didn’t win. I used to be underneath strain from the primary minute. I had a tough time particularly within the first half hour. I felt like a cowardly bike owner on the wheel. It didn’t make a lot sense to attempt one thing, as a result of it wasn’t going to work anyway. Mathieu pulls it to himself within the dash, so chapeau. I accelerated in entrance of the beams as a result of each time I observed that I misplaced one thing there. In the long run I attempted to show into the end in second place, however I used to be pressured into the entrance after which had no prepared plan. That’s a part of the race. In hindsight I had a greater probability if I had began the dash immediately. However I didn’t try this, in order that’s my fault. Mathieu was the strongest within the race.”

third, Eli Iserbyt (Bel): “This makes me very joyful. I’m joyful to take dwelling third place. Nonetheless, I’m additionally dissatisfied that Wout couldn’t win. He actually deserved it. My activity was to get Wout to get with Mathieu proper from the beginning, as a result of we knew that he would speed up instantly within the first lap, which was the case ultimately. Everybody began arduous at first. I used to be capable of watch the combat from the background and ended up getting extra into the race. In the long run it was my luck that Lars stored pushing. He left me within the lead on the final lap. I anticipated one other breakaway, but it surely by no means got here. On the beams I lastly accelerated. I held on to the road for the few seconds I took there. I wanted this. Third place and medal and I’ll take the medal anyway. They received’t take a medal at a championship from me anymore.”

4th, Lars van der Haar (Ned): “I feel I deserve third place bodily, however not technically. Eli jumped nicely over the beams. I left him within the lead and made a tactical mistake there. I believed I may cross him earlier than the beams, however I simply couldn’t. I’m proud to have the ability to race for third place, I didn’t anticipate that. Perhaps that wasn’t very sensible of me (he had quickest begin). I used to be capable of pull by as soon as and so I did one thing for Mathieu, but it surely took me one or two laps earlier than I bought by it.”

World Cyclocross Championships – Males Consequence:
1. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) in 1:07:20
2. Wout van Aert (Bel)
3. Eli Iserbyt (Bel) at 0:12
4. Lars van der Haar (Ned) at 0:13
5. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) at 0:46
6. Gerben Kuypers (Bel) at 0:54
7. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) at 0:59
8. Cameron Mason (GB) at 1:08
9. Clément Venturini (Fra) at 1:30
10. Jens Adams (Bel) at 1:33.

Cross Worlds’23:


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World Cyclocross Championships – Girls 2023
Fem van Empel is the brand new ladies’s cyclocross World champion. The 20 year-old Jumbo-Visma rider went solo earlier than midway and took extra time because the race went on. Puck Pieterse needed to accept silver. The bronze went to Lucinda Model for a full podium from the Netherlands, in actual fact it was 7 out of 10 for the orange crew.

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Within the absence of Shirin van Anrooij, who raced with the U23s on Sunday, a duel was anticipated between Fem van Empel and Puck Pieterse. Pieterse had a nasty begin as she had hassle stepping into her pedal and was in tenth place once they went off-road. Van der Heijden had one of the best begin, however Van Empel was shortly within the lead.

The Jumbo-Visma rider took a spot on the others. Behind her, Pieterse moved as much as second place, after which she quickly crossed to Van Empel. The 2 got here by collectively after one lap. Silvia Persico and Lucinda Model weren’t far behind and had been capable of make contact firstly of the second lap. Alvarado adopted at a brief distance. Within the following lap, Pieterse, Van Empel and Persico got here by. A lap later solely Pieterse and Van Empel had been left. As a result of it slowed on the entrance, Model was capable of return once more. Simply at that second, Pieterse crashed. This turned out to be a decisive second within the race. Van Empel seized her probability and pushed arduous. It took some time earlier than Pieterse was again in Model’s wheel.

Pieterse left Model behind, however she misplaced increasingly floor on Van Empel. After 5 of the seven laps she got here by at virtually 30 seconds. The Alpecin-Deceuninck rider didn’t lose a lot within the following lap, however the prime three appeared to be mounted by this time. Initially of the ultimate lap, Model got here by at a minute, whereas Persico and Alvarado had been already virtually 1:30 behind. Nothing modified on the entrance. Van Empel soloed to victory and succeeds Marianne Vos as elite ladies’s World champion. Pieterse crossed the road second with a wheelie. Model accomplished the rostrum. Within the battle for fourth place, Persico was quicker than Alvarado.

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World cyclocross champion, Fem van Empel (Ned): “It is a good reward for the entire season. When Puck fell, I went full throttle. It feels actually loopy. It is a good reward for the entire season. I had the suitable folks behind me, I need to thank all of them for the assistance. We additionally helped one another nicely within the nationwide crew, whereas we’re usually rivals. It’s a really particular second for me. The followers was additionally actually nice at this time. I’ve by no means seen so many individuals in a single race.”

2nd, Puck Pieterse (Ned): My left foot, with which I pushed off, slipped away twice. I knew that if Fem noticed that I didn’t have a great begin, she would go for it instantly. So it’s a must to reply and are available again as quickly as potential. That took a whole lot of energy. I don’t know precisely what occurred then, I’ve but to look again. I’ve at all times believed in it, as a result of a mistake can actually be made on this course. I simply drove full throttle all the race. It was actually cool to experience right here with the elites and instantly seize a medal. I’ve additionally ridden sufficient World Championships through which I didn’t attain the rostrum because of dangerous luck, a crash or an excessive amount of stress. Particularly for those who can win in such a method, I want Fem nicely.”

third, Lucinda Model (Ned): “I’m very joyful. I had set my sights on a podium place, but it surely nonetheless has to occur. There have been at all times some small issues that usually prevented me from ending on the rostrum even on good days. That is additionally as a result of the extent in width has gone up a lot. However I at all times stored this present day. I secretly hoped that it might proceed like this for some time. It went as I had hoped. I can at all times develop nicely within the competitors, so it really took me a bit too quick. I don’t know if I might have completed even nearer if it had lasted a bit of longer, although. You possibly can see that they (Van Empel and Pieterse) are bodily even higher. Fem all the best way, she’s one step above. However it went nicely. It’s good for myself, for in my head. You’re employed very arduous for it and you are feeling it’s in it. It’s good that it comes out then. She’s driving a unbelievable season (Van Empel). She is extremely sturdy, which could be very good to see. I feel she’s doing very well, however I do assume the hole remains to be closing. Originally of the season I used to be in fact capable of take part. She will need to have taken one other step, however I used to be not within the stream myself. Then you definately see that the hole is there.”

World Cyclocross Championships – Girls Consequence:
1. Fem van Empel (Ned) in 54:42
2. Puck Pieterse (Ned) at 0:39
3. Lucinda Model (Ned) at 1:11
4. Silvia Persico (Ita) at 1:45
5. Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Ned) at 1:46
6. Annemarie Worst (Ned) at 2:14
7. Inge van der Heijden (Ned) at 2:36
8. Denise Betsema (Ned) at 2:41
9. Maghalie Rochette (Can) at 2:55
10. Hélène Clauzel (Fra) 3:02.

Cross Worlds’23:


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Saudi Tour 2023
The Stage 4 of the Saudi Tour, ending in Harrat Uwayrid, was received by Ruben Guerreiro. The Portuguese rider gave his new Movistar crew the victory, beating Davide Formolo and Santiago Buitrago in a dash. Guerreiro additionally took over the chief’s jersey from Jonathan Milan.

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Day 4 of the Saudi Tour was made for the climbers. After Wednesday’s uphill end, the fourth stage went to Skyviews or Harrat Uwayrid. The ultimate had a climb of two.9 kilometres at 12%, with the summit just below 8 kilometres from the end. Final 12 months, the younger Belgian Maxim Van Gils laid the muse for his total victory on this climb

The break of the day was: Felix Engelhardt (Jayco AlUla), Nickolas Zukowsky (Q36.5), Antonio Barac (Workforce Corratec) and Muhamad Nur Aiman Mohd Zariff (Terengganu Polygon Biking Workforce). These riders labored nicely collectively and had 2 minutes on the peloton. The 4 had been being pulled in as a result of work of Bahrain Victorious for chief Jonathan Milan and likewise potential stage winner, Santiago Buitrago. Approaching the ultimate climb, DSM and Uno-X moved ahead within the peloton to guard the leaders in addition to potential. The main group had fully exploded, because of Zukowsky. The Canadian knew the peloton was catching them and wished to be the primary on to the climb, however he was caught simply earlier than it began. On the steep elements of the climb, a battle began between the higher climbers on the race. For chief Milan, issues had been going too quick and he was in hassle from the assaults of Davide Formolo.

The Italian handed out a number of jumps on the steepest sections, however was unable to shake Buitrago and Ruben Guerreiro off his wheel. Guerreiro took over simply earlier than the highest, however the three turned out to be evenly matched. It was Movistar’s Portuguese rider who managed to gather 3 bonus seconds on the prime, forward of Buitrago and Formolo. There was 8 flat kilometres to the end. Buitrago, Guerreiro and Formolo had been all going for the stage and total victory, though the co-operation within the final kilometres was not nice. Formolo clearly didn’t need to work, figuring out that his Austrian teammate Felix Großschartner was nonetheless behind him and managed to make contact to make 4 going into the final kilometre. Behind; Milan tried to get again, but it surely was too late.

Within the final kilometre Buitrago was the primary to make a transfer. The Colombian took benefit of a lull within the motion by Guerreiro and Formolo, however the Portuguese rider closed the hole. Within the dash, the Movistar rider was clearly the quickest. Guerreiro stored Formolo and Buitrago behind for the stage win and the chief’s jersey. With a flat closing stage to go, Guerreiro appears on his solution to the ultimate victory in Saudi. Guerreiro has an 8 second lead over Formolo, Buitrago is third at 9 seconds. Milan dropped to fifth place, Cees Bol remains to be sixth. The Dutch sprinter managed to outlive the ultimate and completed within the group with Milan, simply 28 seconds behind the entrance trio.

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Stage winner and total chief, Ruben Guerreiro (Movistar): “It was a very arduous, actually powerful end, identical to the entire day. We knew this climb nicely, as a result of our first coaching experience right here was on the ascent. We didn’t know the way the legs would go after three essentially flat phases, and it’s additionally been fairly a aggravating race, so there was a query mark on how our legs would go. My team-mates had been extremely. My sports activities director, Yvon Ledanois; the entire workers, soigneurs, mechanics – I’m so grateful to all of them. This victory is for them, in addition to for my household. I’m so grateful for the chance Eusebio and this household gave me to be a part of them. Since day one, I’ve felt this was the suitable alternative, and it makes me joyful to dedicate this to them. This complete Saudi Tour was about ready, ready, ready for me. It was so nervous; with these winds, it was both full gasoline or gradual driving. You wanted to know the right way to defend your self from the wind, particularly at this time, with three hours of racing earlier than the underside of the climb. Saving your legs, figuring out when to go, then taking the suitable strikes. The 2 UAE riders had been harmful heading into such a dash, and Santiago (Buitrago) too. He knew the right way to play that ‘poker face’ function; he dropped on the climb, then sprinted in opposition to you for the bonus and the end. I wanted to play with them. I knew that, if Felix made it again to our group, it might be helpful, as a result of two UAE riders could be working as an alternative of none. However Santiago was additionally quick, so we would have liked to play our playing cards nicely. I had the legs to beat them and I’m so joyful. I didn’t take into consideration this jersey once I crossed the road – I’m realising now. We’ve bought such a powerful group right here, there’s just one stage left and we’ll be certainly working arduous to defend the jersey.”

2nd on the stage and total, Davide Formolo (UAE Workforce Emirates): “It was a brief and steep climb close to the top. The situations had been good: not too scorching and never too windy but it surely was highly regarded. The tempo on the climb wasn’t sufficient for thus I attempted to push it on however we couldn’t do away with the opposite guys, however that’s biking. We got here away with god outcomes even when we actually wished the victory. We are going to attempt once more tomorrow for the final day.”

third on the stage and total, Santiago Buitrago (Bahrain Victorious): “I want to thank the entire crew for an excellent job at this time. I actually felt good on the climb, and within the dash, I bought third place. I’m very proud of the younger jersey and the rostrum in GC. Tomorrow is the final day. We’ll attempt once more, as at all times. Yet another time, because of all the fellows; they did a very good job at this time.”

Saudi Tour Stage 4 Consequence:
1. Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Movistar in 3:45:01
2. Davide Formolo (Ita) UAE Workforce Emirates
3. Santiago Buitrago (Col) Bahrain Victorious
4. Felix Großschartner (Aust) UAE Workforce Emirates at 0:04
5. Will Barta (USA) Movistar at 0:22
6. Gregor Mühlberger (Aust) Movistar at 0:23
7. Axel Mariault (Fra) Cofidis
8. Xabier Mikel Azparren (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
9. Luka Mezgec (Slo) Jayco AlUla at 0:28
10. Simone Consonni (Ita) Cofidis.

Saudi Tour Total After Stage 4:
1. Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Movistar in 17:09:51
2. Davide Formolo (Ita) UAE Workforce Emirates at 0:08
3. Santiago Buitrago (Col) Bahrain Victorious at 0:09
4. Felix Großschartner (Aust) UAE Workforce Emirates at 0:18
5. Jonathan Milan (Ita) Bahrain Victorious at 0:24
6. Cees Bol (Ned) Astana Qazaqstan at 0:32
7. Will Barta (USA) Movistar at 0:37
8. Xabier Mikel Azparren (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 0:38
9. Simone Consonni (Ita) Cofidis at 0:43
10. Luka Mezgec (Slo) Jayco AlUla.

Saudi Tour’23 stage 4:


Ruben Guerreiro received the 2023 Saudi Tour. The Movistar rider solidified his total victory on Stage 5 to Maraya. Simone Consonni (Cofidis) received the ultimate stage, Matteo Malucelli and Pascal Ackermann took second and third on the stage.

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The fifth stage began in AlUla Outdated City for 142.9 kilometres to the end in Maraya. The route was not fully flat, but it surely was anticipated that there could be a dash for the victory.

A number one group of six escaped: Ceriel Desal (Bingoal WB), Etienne van Empel & Alessandro Iacchi (Workforce Corratec), Kamil Malecki (Q36.5), Txomin Juaristi (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Hansen Sander (Uno-X). The breakaway by no means bought greater than 2 minutes. Within the peloton, Movistar, with race chief Ruben Guerreiro, Cofidis, Bahrain Victorious and Jayco AlUla set the tempo. About 30 kilometres from the end, the riders needed to cross a piece of gravel of a few kilometre lengthy. Mark Donovan (Q36.5) attacked, however his try got here to nothing. The break noticed extra of their lead disappear because the peloton accelerated.

The peloton was in no huge hurry to drag the break again, however they had been caught one after the other. It was the Pole Malecki who stored preventing the longest, however finally needed to admit defeat. The final kilometres weren’t too straightforward as there was a troublesome uphill within the closing kilometre which brought about a whole lot of chaos. It was Dylan Groenewegen who began sprinting first. The Dutchman began strongly, however he was too early. Simone Consonni pulled Groenewegen again 100 metres from the road after which went previous him. Matteo Malucelli got here from behind, however he was too late. Consonni sprinted to his first victory of the season. Ruben Guerreiro’s total victory was not in peril within the fifth and closing stage.


Stage winner and seventh total, Simone Consonni (Cofidis): “It was actually powerful, I already began sprinting 300 metres from the end. It actually felt just like the dash was 4 kilometres lengthy. I needed to push actually arduous till the top. This is essential for me and the crew. We began the season very nicely. I’m joyful that I now present that I can win too.”

Ultimate total winner, Ruben Guerreiro (Movistar): “I’m so joyful about this, for me and likewise for my crew, who did an incredible job all this week — the entire squad, our riders and workers. It’s been an incredible few days right here. We may handle our solution to the end with no issues. To be sincere, it was really form of straightforward; the wind gave us type of a possibility to be relaxed, the gravel highway went properly and the assaults on the entrance had been extra of an leisure than an actual combat for the GC. It was emotional to cross this closing kilometre within the chief’s jersey, although not straightforward; the ultimate half was difficult and technical, and I attempted to be on the entrance and use my legs to remain throughout the top-10 to hopefully assist Max, however there have been too many groups with good sprinters and I needed to keep content material with ending secure on the wheel with the identical time because the leaders; that ended up being the precedence. On this fashionable biking that we stay in, it’s so arduous to win something, both a one-day occasion or a GC, much more to take the primary race of the season for a lot of. Due to the Movistar Workforce for his or her help – first 12 months, first race, first victory, can’t complain! Additionally to my household, who assist me with the whole lot. I really feel like I’m forsaking so many accidents and knockdowns from the previous, and I’m stronger than ever, bodily and mentally. I simply hope I can maintain this up.”

2nd total, Davide Formolo (UAE Workforce Emirates): “It was a pleasant week of racing for us. We got here near profitable just a few phases and took second and fourth on the GC with me and Felix whereas additionally coming dwelling with the crew classification so it’s a strong begin. We’re in motion right here once more subsequent week in Oman with the likes of Diego Ulissi coming into the squad so we look ahead to making an attempt for a giant outcomes there.”

third total, Santiago Buitrago (Bahrain Victorious): “I’m actually proud of my first race of the season and really proud of the third place within the common classification. At present was a really quick day, and I used to be feeling good. The ultimate was very difficult, beginning with the final nook and a climb very quick. I’m very proud of the job the entire crew put on this stage in addition to the entire week.”

tenth on the stage and fifth total, Jonathan Milan (Bahrain Victorious): “It was 5 unbelievable days, our objective was to complete on the rostrum with Santi, and we made it. That is the unbelievable starting of the season, and it actually means so much to us. We began nicely in Australia and proceed now right here. We confirmed that we’re actually aggressive and have a really sturdy crew. I’m tremendous joyful about my outcome and the crew’s outcome as nicely, and searching ahead to the following race.”

Saudi Tour Stage 5 Consequence:
1. Simone Consonni (Ita) Cofidis in 3:10:13
2. Matteo Malucelli (Ita) Bingoal WB
3. Pascal Ackermann (Ger) UAE Workforce Emirates
4. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Jayco AlUla
5. Max Kanter (Ger) Movistar
6. Cees Bol (Ned) Astana Qazaqstan
7. Juan José Lobato (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
8. Marco Tizza (Ita) Bingoal WB
9. Szymon Sajnok (Pol) Q36.5 Professional Biking Workforce
10. Jonathan Milan (Ita) Bahrain Victorious.

Saudi Tour Ultimate Total Consequence:
1. Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Movistar in 20:20:04
2. Davide Formolo (Ita) UAE Workforce Emirates at 0:08
3. Santiago Buitrago (Col) Bahrain Victorious at 0:09
4. Felix Großschartner (Aust) UAE Workforce Emirates at 0:18
5. Jonathan Milan (Ita) Bahrain Victorious at 0:24
6. Cees Bol (Ned) Astana Qazaqstan at 0:32
7. Simone Consonni (Ita) Cofidis at 0:33
8. Will Barta (USA) Movistar at 0:37
9. Xabier Mikel Azparren (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 0:38
10. Marco Tizza (Ita) Bingoal WB at 0:43.

Saudi Tour’23 stage 5:


Volta a la Communitat Valenciana 2023
Giulio Ciccone received the Second Stage of the Tour of Valencia. On the quick, however steep Alto de Pinos, the Italian had one of the best closing dash. Pello Bilbao completed second after Tao Geoghegan Hart was declassed, Aleksandr Vlasov completed in third place. Ciccone is the brand new total chief.


The second day in Valencia had a tricky stage on the menu. After the riders had already confronted 4 categorised climbs within the first a part of the stage, La Fustera (4.3km at 4.9%) was adopted by the very steep Cumbres del Sol (3.4km at 8,5%) and the Alto de Pinos to complete. That final climb began 12 kilometres from the end, however there have been some flat sections. The final 3.2 kilometres climbed at a median of seven.2%.

With Biniam Girmay, the winner of the opening stage within the chief’s jersey, the peloton left Novelda. A number one group of 5 bought collectively: Mulu Kinfe Hailemichael (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Samuele Zoccarato (Inexperienced Venture-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè), Javier Romo (Astana Qazaqstan), Benjamin Perry (Human Powered Well being) and Alessandro de Marchi (Jayco AlUla). They constructed a lead of just about 7 minutes. Within the peloton, the tempo was set by Intermarché-Circus-Wanty for race chief Girmay. Later they had been helped by BORA-hansgrohe and Bahrain Victorious. Collectively that they had the main group at 4 minutes with 50 kilometres from the end, on the foot of La Fustera. Kinfe Hailemichael let the opposite 4 go.

Perry was subsequent to go off, on La Fustera. Then on the Cumbres del Sol it was Zoccarato’s flip, however he had collected sufficient factors to beat the KOM jersey. Romo and De Marchi had been the primary to the highest of Cumbres de Sol. The 2 nonetheless had a minute and a half on the peloton, the place, primarily as a result of work of Matej Mohorič, there was a whole lot of splits. Girmay was one of many victims. Within the run-up to the Alto de Pinos, the distinction between the main duo and the chasing group remained about 1 minute for a very long time. When INEOS took over from Mohorič with about 12 kilometres to go, the lead shortly dropped. With 5 kilometres to go, the 2 had been caught and it was ‘full gasoline’ to the ultimate climb.

Within the first a part of the Alto de Pinos, Jonathan Castroviejo stored the tempo excessive. The Spaniard rode so arduous in order that Laurens De Plus, the following man in line, couldn’t maintain his wheel. Thymen Arensman additionally dropped again within the group. When Castroviejo lastly gave the sign to take over, Brandon McNulty attacked. The American from UAE Workforce Emirates made a pleasant hole, however Thomas Gloag of Jumbo-Visma managed to leap to his wheel. The 2 began the final kilometre collectively, just a few different riders had been capable of come again, together with Rui Costa, Aleksandr Vlasov and Mikel Landa. Landa began a protracted dash. Giulo Ciccone instantly jumped to his wheel after which sprinted to victory. Tao Geoghegan Hart crossed the road in second, however as he deviated from his line through the dash, he was later put again to ninth. Pello Bilbao, who was hampered by Hart, moved as much as second place within the outcome. Aleksandr Vlasov accomplished the highest three.

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Stage winner and total chief, Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo): “It was a really powerful stage. I knew from the start that I used to be sturdy, regardless that there are 5 of us within the crew and never seven. Higher high quality than amount. We tried to avoid wasting as a lot as potential for the top, my director was on a regular basis telling me to remain on the wheel, and it was after we handed the final nook that we knew it was time. I’m very joyful to start out the season with a victory like this within the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana. We’ve had a great winter, the primary time with none setbacks for me. I’m in good condition so we hope to proceed like this. Now we have huge targets for this season and we’re heading in the right direction. Now it’s time to take pleasure in this victory. The overall classification remains to be very tight. There are solely 5 riders within the crew, so now we have to be sensible. I feel we will management and I really feel good, so we are going to combat till the top.”

Volta a la Communitat Valenciana Stage 2 Consequence:
1. Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo in 4:38:59
2. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain Victorious
3. Aleksandr Vlasov (-) BORA-hansgrohe
4. Mikel Landa (Spa) Bahrain Victorious
5. Rui Costa (Por) Intermarché-Circus-Wanty
6. Anthon Charmig (Den) Uno-X
7. Alex Aranburu (Spa) Movistar
8. Thomas Gloag (GB) Jumbo-Visma
9. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB) INEOS Grenadiers
10. Carlos Rodríguez (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:06.

Volta a la Communitat Valenciana Total After Stage 2:
1. Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo in 9:17:00
2. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain Victorious at 0:03
3. Aleksandr Vlasov (-) BORA-hansgrohe at 0:06
4. Alex Aranburu (Spa) Movistar at 0:10
5. Anthon Charmig (Den) Uno-X
6. Thomas Gloag (GB) Jumbo-Visma
7. Rui Costa (Por) Intermarché-Circus-Wanty
8. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB) INEOS Grenadiers
9. Mikel Landa (Spa) Bahrain Victorious
10. Carlos Rodríguez (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:16.

Valenciana’23 stage 2:


Simone Velasco received Stage 3 of the Volta a la Communitat Valenciana. The Italian rider of Astana Qazaqstan defeated Bob Jungels and Jonas Gregaard in a tricky stage to Sagunto. The three remained from the day’s break. Giulio Ciccone held the general lead.


The third stage of the Tour of Valencia was 145.1 kilometres lengthy. There have been some arduous climbs on the highway to the end in Sagunto. Quickly a gaggle of 5 riders broke away, together with Bob Jungels (BORA-hansgrohe), Simone Velasco (Astana Qazaqstan), Lawson Craddock (Jayco AlUla), Jonas Gregaard (Uno-X) and Sander De Pestel (Workforce Flanders-Baloise). The 5 had a most lead of three minutes.

The peloton made positive the early break didn’t get too far forward as there have been some sturdy riders within the entrance group. On the foot of the Garbi, the final categorised climb of the day, the break nonetheless had a pleasant lead of greater than 2:30. On the Garbi, Craddock confirmed that he was one of the best and dropped the others. The American crossed the summit solo. Thomas Gloag attacked the peloton. The younger Jumbo-Visma rider attacked 2 kilometres from the highest of the Girba. Gloag didn’t bought a lot area, he was quickly pulled again by the peloton. Within the peloton, Biniam Girmay, a contender for the stage victory, couldn’t maintain the tempo on the climb.

Craddock was caught once more on the lengthy descent of the Girba by Velasco, Gregaard and Jungels. The Belgian De Pestel was dropped on the climb. Craddock had additionally pushed too arduous and was dropped. The three escapees began the final 15 kilometres along with a lead of 1 minute. Movistar and Bahrain Victorious set the tempo within the closing kilometres. The 2 groups ensured that the three escapees misplaced a whole lot of floor. Jungels, Velasco and Gregaard labored nicely collectively and held off the bunch to dash for victory. Velasco was the primary to start out the dash and was capable of keep on the entrance to the road. Jungels and Gregaard didn’t come shut and needed to accept third place. The peloton crossed the road just a few seconds later. Giulio Ciccone held his total lead.


Stage winner, Simone Velasco (Astana Qazaqstan): “We knew that it might be a really powerful stage and now we have mentioned with the Sports activities Administrators our technique, aiming the breakaway. However, in fact, we knew that there could be a terrific combat to make a part of the break of the day. We had been warding off attacking proper from the beginning of the stage and, lastly, after many makes an attempt I used to be capable of break free clear in a gaggle of riders. After we crossed the final climb, I began pondering of the end, began believing that we may survive. So, we continued working collectively, pushing as arduous as potential. There have been just some seconds between us and the peloton, but it surely was sufficient. I simply gave my all within the dash and it labored out! I’m so proud of this victory! I want to dedicate this success to our masseur Umberto Inselvini, who handed away some days in the past. This a dedication from all our crew. Additionally, I want to thank all my household for a terrific help and this victory can also be for my little daughter Diletta. We are going to do our greatest to maintain on driving in the identical method and I hope that is only the start of a terrific season,”

Total chief, Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo): “It was a really nervous stage, particularly for me as a result of I had a puncture within the final 10 kilometres. I used to be a bit scared, however I made a decision to proceed to the top and we managed to avoid wasting the day. Tomorrow we are going to attempt once more for the victory. Bahrain Victorious is quick, particularly on the climbs, they set a great tempo, however there have been no huge assaults. We went very quick and tomorrow goes to be a tricky the next day’s effort.”

2nd on the stage, Bob Jungels (BORA-hansgrohe): “Originally I believed it might be little bit of a suicide mission, for the reason that groups with a sprinter would management the race anyway. From the final climb on I used to be actually on the restrict, however in some way we managed to make it to the road. Within the closing dash, Gregaard sadly misplaced his chain proper in entrance of me, so I used to be boxed in for a second. After all, a win would have been nicer, however ultimately I’m simply joyful to take dwelling a podium at this time.”

Volta a la Communitat Valenciana Stage 3 Consequence:
1. Simone Velasco (Ita) Astana Qazaqstan in 3:13:47
2. Bob Jungels (Lux) BORA-hansgrohe
3. Jonas Gregaard (Den) Uno-X
4. Alex Aranburu (Spa) Movistar at 0:03
5. José Joaquín Rojas (Spa) Movistar
6. Fred Wright (GB) Bahrain Victorious
7. Koen Bouwman (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
8. Rui Costa (Port) Intermarché-Circus-Wanty
9. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain Victorious
10. Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Workforce Emirates.

Volta a la Communitat Valenciana Total After Stage 3:
1. Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo in12:30:50
2. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain Victorious at 0:03
3. Aleksandr Vlasov (-) BORA-hansgrohe at 0:06
4. Alex Aranburu (Spa) Movistar at 0:10
5. Anthon Charmig (Den) Uno-X
6. Thomas Gloag (GB) Jumbo-Visma
7. Rui Costa (Port) Intermarché-Circus-Wanty
8. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB) INEOS Grenadiers
9. Mikel Landa (Spa) Bahrain Victorious
10. Carlos Rodríguez (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:16.

Valenciana’23 stage 3:


Tao Geoghegan Hart received his first race since his total victory within the 2020 Giro d’Italia. On the climb of the Alto de Cova Santa, the INEOS Grenadiers rider received the dash from a small group. Thomas Gloag (Jumbo-Visma) completed second within the Fourth Stage forward of Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo). The Italian held his total lead.


The fourth day in Valencia was in all probability the Queen Stage of the Spanish race. The motion began quickly after the beginning in Burriana and a big main group shaped. Tosh van der Sande was the one Belgian on the entrance for Jumbo-Visma. The Dutchmen Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), Thymen Arensman (INEOS Grenadiers) and Wout Poels (Bahrain Victorious) had been additionally on the entrance.

Nico Denz (BORA-hansgrohe), Omair Fraile (INEOS Grenadiers), Domen Novak (UAE Workforce Emirates), Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Trek-Segafredo), Georg Zimmermann (Intermarché-Circus-Wanty), Jorge Arcas (Movistar), David de la Cruz & Christian Scaroni (Astana), Alessandro De Marchi (Jayco-AlUla), Luca Covili, Alessandro Tonelli & Samuele Zoccarato (Inexperienced Venture-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè), Fernando Barceló (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Héctor Carretero (Kern Pharma ), Daniel Navarro (Burgos-BH), Joan Bou (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Filippo Conca and Damien Howson (Q36.5). Partly because of BORA-hansgrohe, the lead was restricted. When the riders within the already thinned main group crossed the road for the primary time the had 90 seconds of the 4 minutes most lead. This was the signal for Arensman to attempt for a solo. The Dutch newcomer of INEOS Grenadiers rode strongly off the entrance.

Arensman stood no probability in opposition to the chasing peloton. On the foot of the final climb, he was in hassle. The headwind on the climb made any escape very troublesome and the race was now primarily a battle of attrition, through which one rider after the opposite had been dropped because of the excessive tempo of INEOS Grenadiers. When Tao Geoghegan Hart began the dash, there have been about ten riders left on the entrance. The assault of the Giro winner was a great 150 metres from the end and was so highly effective that he created a spot. Gloag tried to shut him down, however this proved not possible. Ciccone took 4 bonus seconds together with his third place. Fortuitously for the Italian, as a result of this allowed him to maintain his total lead. Geoghegan Hart is now inside 4 seconds of the lead going into the ultimate stage.

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Stage winner and 2nd total, Tao Geoghegan Hart (INEOS Grenadiers): “We wished to have somebody within the breakaway, that’s for positive. It was a great day for Thymen Arensman and boy did he look good when he was within the lead as a result of we didn’t get any time on him. We stayed calm on the again and after we noticed that Thymen wasn’t going to make it, the remainder of the crew did a terrific job to place us on the prime for the win. It wasn’t a simple one as a result of we had the wind in opposition to us and the climb was powerful, however we did it and I’m tremendous joyful. Many because of all my crew. The opposite day in Benissa I skilled an odd state of affairs, the primary time in my profession that one thing like this has occurred to me. At present I carried out nicely, controlling what I can management. I need to thank my household and mates, who know the way unfortunate I’ve been in recent times. It’s my first victory outdoors the Giro d’Italia. It means the world to me. It’s very troublesome to win in a sport like biking. This isn’t one of many huge stage races, however the stage of participation is as much as that stage, because it has been within the final three editions. I can solely say thanks for the whole lot. How dangerous I’ve had it through the years with the crashes makes it all of the extra significant. It has been a terrific winter for me, I need to thank my new coach who has helped me so much. My girlfriend and all my household. I’m a bit dissatisfied as a result of my brother requested me to do a giant celebration this morning, but it surely wasn’t one of the best ending to do it.”

Total chief and third on the stage, Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo): “In the long run we saved the yellow jersey. It was a really, very arduous stage. A bit unusual, as a result of we had two riders within the huge breakaway, so the remainder of the groups needed to pull all day. In the long run I noticed that I had good legs, I made a small mistake within the final kilometre and I used to be too far behind, however I used to be ready to put it aside within the final 300 metres. I’m very joyful and now I’ve to consider tomorrow, which goes to be powerful. It’s a brief stage, with a few arduous climbs so it’s going to be a day to be prepared. I made a decision to not combat the second bunch dash, which Vlasov did, however I seemed sturdy for the end. I used to be fortunate to get third and decide up just a few seconds, so good day and fascinated about tomorrow.”

2nd on the stage and fifth total, Thomas Gloag (Jumbo-Visma): “I used to be assured the previous couple of days, however this morning I used to be nervous. The crew had a whole lot of confidence in me, and if a crew like Jumbo-Visma tells me that I can do it, I imagine in that too. My teammates put me in a terrific place, I’m grateful to them for that. I feel I ought to have gone earlier, however I used to be fairly drained. I additionally didn’t realise how small the group was. Perhaps I ought to have had a bit of extra confidence in my legs. That could be because of a scarcity of expertise, however hey…”

Volta a la Communitat Valenciana Stage 4 Consequence:
1. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB) INEOS Grenadiers in 4:32:00
2. Thomas Gloag (GB) Jumbo-Visma
3. Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
4. Aleksandr Vlasov (-) BORA-hansgrohe
5. Mikel Landa (Spa) Bahrain Victorious
6. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain Victorious
7. Rui Costa (Por) Intermarché-Circus-Wanty
8. Anton Palzer (Ger) BORA-hansgrohe
9. Carlos Rodríguez (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers
10. Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Workforce Emirates.

Volta a la Communitat Valenciana Total After Stage 4:
1. Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 17:02:46
2. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:04
3. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain Victorious at 0:07
4. Aleksandr Vlasov (-) BORA-hansgrohe at 0:08
5. Thomas Gloag (GB) Jumbo-Visma
6. Rui Costa (Por) Intermarché-Circus-Wanty at 0:14
7. Mikel Landa (Spa) Bahrain Victorious
8. Alex Aranburu (Spa) Movistar at 0:20
9. Anthon Charmig (Den) Uno-X
10. Carlos Rodríguez (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers.

Valenciana’23 stage 4:


Rui Costa took the ultimate total win within the Volta a Valencia. The skilled Portuguese rider of Intermarché-Circus-Wanty beat Thymen Arensman on the Ultimate Stage 5. Costa beat the general chief, Giulio Ciccone, by 21 seconds to take the ultimate GC by 16 seconds over the Italian.


The break of the day consisted of Davide Gabburo (Inexperienced Venture-Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè), Alessandro De Marchi (Jayco AlUla) and Samuele Battistella (Astana Qazaqstan), however they couldn’t do something on the general on this quick stage to Valencia.

On the second climb of the day, La Frontera (5.2km at 9%), Aleksandr Vlasov attacked. Total chief, Giulio Ciccone adopted Vlasov and the opposite classification riders; Tao Geoghegan Hart, Pello Bilbao, Marc Soler, Thymen Arensman and Battistella excessive. Rui Costa managed to combat again to the favourites group on the descent.

A big chasing group, together with Mikel Landa and Damiano Caruso adopted at about 30 seconds for a very long time. Fifteen kilometres earlier than the end, the hole was 10 seconds, however contact was by no means made. Within the main group it was Bilbao and Hart who took necessary bonus seconds, making an attempt put Ciccone out of the chief’s jersey, however they needed to win the stage and get extra bonuses. However Arensman and Costa put a cease to that. The Dutchman jumped away with the Portuguese rider chasing after him. The 2 stored going and sprinted for the stage victory.

Costa was quicker than Arensman and managed to take the stage and likewise win the ultimate total classification because of his lead and the bonus seconds. Ciccone completed 16 seconds behind Costa total as Bilbao completed third total at 23 seconds. The younger Jumbo-Visma rider, Tom Gloag missed the transfer on the final climb and was pressured to chase. He finally completed fourth total at 34 seconds.

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Stage and total winner, Rui Costa (Intermarché-Circus-Wanty): “I didn’t anticipate this end result. I went out for the stage with the ambition to maintain my place within the total within the prime 10. The stage was arduous, however quick and with a protracted stretch from the final climb to the end. However I didn’t anticipate to be in such a small group that might permit me to combat for the general victory. In the long run it was potential to play and I had a closing card. I didn’t know the place to start out, however ultimately I clicked and mentioned I used to be going to attempt. Fortunately it labored out nicely. It was virtually a choice of the race itself, not mine. I noticed that I may attempt as a result of there was nothing left to lose. In the long run, the race stopped a bit, the group behind me was getting nearer and both I attempted there or I had no extra choices. This crew has introduced me again the phantasm of preventing for races. They believed in me, and this winter now we have labored so much. This helps to encourage me and issues find yourself understanding”.

2nd on the stage, Thymen Arensman (INEOS Grenadiers): “I used to be fully damaged. I used to be joyful that I may get subsequent to him within the dash. I not had the motivation to win. I don’t assume that’s a disgrace in opposition to Rui Costa both. I fully ignored him, as a result of he’s tremendous sturdy. Collectively we survived the climb. I needed to maintain the velocity excessive in order that the second group would keep behind us. That was all I may do.”

Volta a la Communitat Valenciana Stage 5 Consequence:
1. Rui Costa (Por) Intermarché-Circus-Wanty in 2:07:16
2. Thymen Arensman (Ned) INEOS Grenadiers
3. Samuele Battistella (Ita) Astana Qazaqstan at 0:07
4. Marc Soler (Spa) UAE Workforce Emirates
5. Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 0:21
6. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain Victorious at 0:23
7. Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Workforce Emirates at 0:28
8. Fred Wright (GB) Bahrain Victorious at 0:30
9. Matej Mohorič (Slo) Bahrain Victorious
10. Omar Fraile (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers.

Volta a la Communitat Valenciana Ultimate Total Consequence:
1. Rui Costa (Por) Intermarché-Circus-Wanty in 19:10:06
2. Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 0:16
3. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain Victorious at 0:23
4. Thomas Gloag (GB) Jumbo-Visma at 0:34
5. Mikel Landa (Spa) Bahrain Victorious at 0:40
6. Alex Aranburu (Spa) Movistar at 0:46
7. Carlos Rodríguez (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers
8. Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Workforce Emirates at 0:52
9. Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Workforce Emirates at 1:00
10. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:03.

Valenciana’23 stage 5:


Étoile de Bessèges 2023
The Second Stage of the Étoile de Bessèges had no winner. After a giant crash on a slender bridge, the race was stopped 22 kilometres from the end. The riders then rode neutralised to the end in Aubais.

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On account of the crash, each ambulances current needed to evacuate riders. Consequently, medical help was not accessible. In a biking race, a number of ambulances should drive behind the race as commonplace to have the ability to assist at any time. If these emergency companies are all busy, the course should be stopped by the jury.

The autumn at 22 kilometres from the end was not the primary of the day. At about forty kilometres from the end, a part of the peloton additionally fell to the bottom, after which the group tore into a number of items. On the final hill of the day, the peloton bought in sight of the primary echelon with, amongst others, classification chief Arnaud De Lie and Mads Pedersen, however simply at that second there was one other crash.

A part of the peloton was capable of proceed and made the reference to the entrance runners. At that time, nonetheless, the jury determined to neutralise the match. A number of riders required medical (and mechanical) help and Valentin Ferron of TotalEnergies needed to cling onto the concrete fringe of a bridge. After a delay of about fifteen minutes, the jury determined to cancel the competitors. De Lie subsequently stays within the lead of the overall classification.

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Étoile de Bessèges Stage 2 Consequence:
* Cancelled *

Étoile de Bessèges Total After Stage 2:
1. Arnaud De Lie (Bel) Lotto Dstny in 3:30:25
2. Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo at 0:04
3. Benoît Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R Citroën at 0:06
4. Dylan Teuns (Bel) Israel-Premier Tech at 0:13
5. Andrea Piccolo (Ita) EF Training-EasyPost
6. Mattias Skjelmose (Den) Trek-Segafredo at 0:15
7. Neilson Powless (USA) EF Training-EasyPost
8. Aaron Van Poucke (Bel) Workforce Flanders-Baloise
9. Pau Miquel (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma at 0:18
10. Anders Halland Johannessen (Nor) Uno-X.

Bessèges’23 stage 2:


Arnaud De Lie received the Third Stage of the Étoile de Bessèges. The younger Belgian was one of the best after a hilly stage of 169 kilometres. Valentin Ferron and Samuel Watson completed second and third. De Lie additionally received the primary stage and remains to be the chief of the French stage race after the stage 2 was cancelled.

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The city of Bessèges was the beginning and end on day three for 169.7 kilometres. It was not flat and there was a few steep climbs within the closing.

That profile invited assaults. In the long run it was Dries De Bondt (Alpecin-Deceuninck), Kenny Molly (Go Sport-Roubaix Lille Métropole), Vito Braet (Flanders-Balosie), Thomas Champion (Cofidis), Paul Hennequin, Damien Girard (each Good Métropole Côte d’Azur ) and Enzo Paleni (Groupama-FDJ) who made the break. The break took a 4 minute break, however that lead didn’t final lengthy, as a result of sprinter’s groups. The early break was caught 23 kilometres from the end, this was adopted by a number of assaults. Mads Pedersen, and others, tried, however nobody may get away. This gave the sprinters a really troublesome time.

On the following climb there was once more a whole lot of assaults. Neilson Powless jumped and took the Frenchman Kévin Vauquelin with him. Mattias Skjelmose, Pierre Latour, Thibaut Pinot, Benjamin Thomas, Dylan Teuns and Ben Tulett managed to hitch them. Nonetheless, the eight sturdy riders didn’t work nicely collectively and the peloton got here again. De Lie was nonetheless within the bunch, making him once more the favorite for the stage win. After one other assault, it was De Lie who needed to shut the hole, then the Belgian countered the assault himself. Within the final kilometre there was extra management within the peloton and so the dash may begin. De Lie was convincingly the quickest within the dash. The Belgian gave Lotto Dstny one other victory and his second victory within the Étoile de Bessèges and third of the season. Valentin Ferron and Samuel Watson had been second and third. De Lie held his total lead.


Stage winner, Arnaud De Lie (Lotto Dstny): “Perhaps this victory seemed straightforward however I can let you know that this was not the case. We anticipated the race to open actually early however ultimately, it was solely on the native circuit that issues exploded. I wasn’t instantly up there on the penultimate ascent, however fortunately my teammates introduced me again in competition. On the ultimate climb, I did the whole lot to attempt to comply with, however actually I used to be a bit cooked and began the descent in final place, the place it will definitely cut up. I used to be fortunate that the cooperation wasn’t nice within the entrance group. Finally all of it got here collectively within the final kilometres and I nonetheless answered an assault by a Uno-X rider as a result of assault is one of the best defence, proper? We bought caught nonetheless however I may nonetheless recuperate. I needed to do a protracted dash however that’s simply how I prefer it. It feels unbelievable to once more reward nice teamwork as a result of with out Sébastien Grignard and Cedric Beullens at first, it wasn’t straightforward at this time. Tomorrow’s summit end? After all it is best to defend a frontrunner’s jersey to one of the best of your talents, but it surely actually is a tricky climb. I don’t anticipate to make it however we are going to give our all, that’s for positive.”

Étoile de Bessèges Stage 3 Consequence:
1. Arnaud De Lie (Bel) Lotto Dstny in 4:03:47
2. Valentin Ferron (Fra) TotalEnergies
3. Samuel Watson (GB) Groupama-FDJ
4. Louis Barré (Fra) Arkéa Samsic
5. Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Israel-Premier Tech
6. Joel Suter (Sui) Tudor Professional Biking
7. Rémy Mertz (Bel) Bingoal WB
8. Pierre Latour (Fra) TotalEnergies
9. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) AG2R Citroën
10. Franck Bonnamour (Fra) AG2R Citroën.

Étoile de Bessèges Total After Stage 3:
1. Arnaud De Lie (Bel) Lotto Dstny in 7:34:02
2. Benoît Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R Citroën at 0:16
3. Dylan Teuns (Bel) Israel-Premier Tech at 0:23
4. Samuel Watson (GB) Groupama-FDJ at 0:24
5. Mattias Skjelmose (Den) Trek-Segafredo at 0:25
6. Neilson Powless (USA) EF Training-EasyPost
7. Pierre Latour (Fra) TotalEnergies at 0:28
8. Ben Tulett (GB) INEOS Grenadiers
9. Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel-Premier Tech
10. Pau Miquel (Fra) Equipo Kern Pharma.

Bessèges’23 stage 3:


Mattias Skjelmose received the Queen Stage 4 of the Étoile de Bessèges. The Dane of Trek-Segafredo was a part of a robust main group, together with total chief Arnaud De Lie, and proved to be the strongest on Le Mont Bouquet. He beat Neilson Powless in a closing dash. Skjelmose can also be the brand new total chief.

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Arnaud De Lie received two of the primary three phases (the opposite was cancelled), but it surely was anticipated that he would lose his total lead on Saturday because the stage completed on Le Mont Bouquet (4.6km at 9%).

De Lie was with a big early break together with his Lotto Dstny teammate Brent Van Moer, Greg Van Avermaet (AG2R Citroën), Pavel Sivakov (INEOS Grenadiers), Mads Pedersen, Jacopo Mosca, Mattias Skjelmose Jensen & Toms Skujiņš (Trek-Segafredo), Andrea Piccolo & Neilson Powless (EF Training-EasyPost), Hugo Houle & Sep Vanmarcke (Israel-Premier Tech), Luca Mozzato (Arkéa-Samsic), Samuel Leroux (Go Sport-Roubaix Lille Métropole), Larry Valvasori (Good Métropole Côte d’Azur), Pierre Latour and Dries Van Gestel (TotalEnergies). The break was 1:30 forward of the peloton, the place Bingoal WB and Arkéa-Samsic set the tempo. Later Tudor and Cofidis began to work, however that they had misplaced the battle. Though they diminished the result in a few minute once they began Le Mont Bouquet. The main group had already been thinned out by this time.

Trek-Segafredo, and Mads Pedersen specifically, had been driving arduous on the entrance all day. Mattias Skjelmose was fifth total at 25 seconds to De Lie. When Neilson Powless accelerated, the Dane was alert. He jumped to the American, who was sixth total. De Lie additionally adopted with Pavel Sivakov and Pierre Latour. After one other acceleration from Powless, De Lie was dropped. The EF Training-EasyPost rider was solo for some time, however Skjelmose didn’t let him go and made the leap. Whereas De Lie misplaced floor and noticed his lead slip away, Powless and Skjelmose began the final 500 metres collectively. Skeljmose was the quickest and received the stage and can also be the brand new chief on the GC. De Lie completed eighth, 1:34 behind Skjelmose and is now fifth total.

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Stage winner and total chief, Mattias Skjelmose (Trek-Segafredo): “It was fairly a special occasion. It was full throttle from the beginning. Mads (Pedersen) mentioned to me: ‘Settle down, stick with me.’ We had been a bit too far, however he took me to the left aspect of the highway and drove me to the primary group. Then Mads, Jacopo (Mosca) and Toms (Skujins) drove like loopy all day. I didn’t should do something. Really, I hoped that different riders would comply with Powless. As a result of they didn’t, the hole turned too huge to easily shut it. So I needed to await a steep half, in order that I wouldn’t take everybody with me. On this steep half I rode at my very own tempo to Powless. I feel I’m in an excellent place. After at this time I’m very motivated. I simply need to get the job executed so I will pay the fellows again for all their work.”

Étoile de Bessèges Stage 4 Consequence:
1. Mattias Skjelmose (Den) Trek-Segafredo in 3:22:23
2. Neilson Powless (USA) EF Training-EasyPost
3. Pierre Latour (Fra) TotalEnergies at 0:13
4. Pavel Sivakov (Fra) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:19
5. Kévin Vauquelin (Fra) Arkéa Samsic at 1:06
6. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 1:17
7. Hugo Houle (Can) Israel-Premier Tech at 1:30
8. Arnaud De Lie (Bel) Lotto Dstny at 1:34
9. Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo at 1:40
10. Axel Laurance (Fra) Alpecin-Deceuninck at 1:53.

Étoile de Bessèges Total After Stage 4:
1. Mattias Skjelmose (Den) Trek-Segafredo in 10:56:40
2. Neilson Powless (USA) EF Training-EasyPost at 0:04
3. Pierre Latour (Fra) TotalEnergies at 0:22
4. Pavel Sivakov (Fra) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:00
5. Arnaud De Lie (Bel) Lotto Dstny at 1:19
6. Kévin Vauquelin (Fra) Arkéa Samsic at 1:26
7. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 1:37
8. Hugo Houle (Can) Israel-Premier Tech at 1:50
9. Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel-Premier Tech at 2:13
10. Anthony Perez (Den) Cofidis.

Bessèges’23 stage 4:


Mads Pedersen received the troublesome particular person time trial to Alès on the Ultimate Stage 5 of the Étoile de Bessèges. The Dane was quicker than the INEOS Grenadiers pair of Joshua Tarling and Ben Tulett on the ten.6 kilometre course. On the battle for the general victory, Neilson Powless managed to take the lead from Mattias Skjelmose and the ultimate total win within the French stage race.

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As a result of his low place on Gc, Mads Pedersen had an early begin. On the prime of the two.8 kilometre climb (5.6% common) he set a time of 15.25 minutes at a median velocity of 41.5kph.

Pedersen was 8 seconds quicker than INEOS neopro Joshua Tarling and 10 seconds quicker than Ben Tulett. Consequently, the Dane added a stage victory to his palmarès. Within the opening stage he completed second behind Arnaud De Lie on a troublesome end.

The battle for the ultimate total classification was a sport of seconds. Mattias Skjelmose (Trek-Segafredo) defended a 4 second lead over Neilson Powless (EF Training-EasyPost) and simply fell quick. The American was 6 seconds quicker and took the general victory. Pierre Latour (TotalEnergies) was third within the closing standings.

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Stage winner, Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo): “That was painful. I wished to go full gasoline to make some good cut up instances for Mattias so he had one thing to race with and in opposition to. That was mainly the primary plan of at this time. Then, I knew from final 12 months, that I may do a great outcome on this course so it’s good to win a TT. It’s been just a few years since I’ve executed that. I felt quick on the market. Usually I’m not a fan of racing time trials but it surely was good to have this sense again once more so perhaps I ought to spend some extra time on it to any extent further. However, additionally now we’re heading in the direction of Paris-Good and now we have the crew time trial the place now we have to carry out very well for Mattias so I higher experience a bit on the bike. Yesterday was much less of a heat up for at this time, it was extra emptying the tank a bit of bit but it surely was good to have executed that earlier than at this time’s race and I feel it was good to spin the legs for greater than 20 minutes. Total, a great day.”

Ultimate total winner and eighth on the stage, Neilson Powless (EF Training-EasyPost): “I knew I must experience the TT simply off of really feel. On the finish of a stage race, it’s all nearly what you are feeling and the way a lot you’ve gotten left within the tank. I’m simply so joyful I may repay all of the arduous work that my teammates gave and get some redemption for myself. This feels superb. I used to be actually torn up that I slipped up on my ways on the very finish yesterday, I knew I needed to be first into that closing nook, however Skjelmose knew the identical factor. He simply went sooner than I used to be anticipating so he bought the higher of me on the very finish however I felt like I nonetheless had so much left to present so I actually wished to make up for that at this time. It’s not potential to win a race like this with all these cross winds and punchy finishes and phases the place each day it’s a must to have good place virtually the entire day with out an impeccable crew, a great race plan, a great technique, a great director. Throughout the board, the workers, my teammates, the director, everyone was simply 100% dedicated to profitable this race total. We couldn’t lose focus for one second, as a result of each day the wind was blowing. The crosswinds had been tearing the race aside each day. To not put a foot incorrect over 5 days of that’s simply such a testomony to how sturdy our crew is and the way dedicated we had been and the way good of teammates I’ve right here. I couldn’t have picked a greater crew if I had my decide of the entire WorldTour to help me this week. It simply makes me so proud to be part of this crew. It feels superb to have two wins now already. It offers me a whole lot of confidence and it makes me really feel very happy with how far I’ve been capable of come and develop as a motorcycle rider and present my commonplace as a motorcycle racer, not simply as a climber or a time trialist or a puncheur. Right here, I used to be capable of present my skill to actually be part of the race throughout any terrain. I feel that’s my energy: my skill to be part of the race it doesn’t matter what. I’ve grown so much by way of my skill to comply with my teammates nicely and use them nicely. I feel it’s actually created a pleasant ambiance within the crew and now I’ve that confidence to begin to lead the crew higher.”

2nd total and ninth on the stage, Mattias Skjelmose (Trek-Segafredo): “After all, I’m dissatisfied that I miss out by only one second however that’s biking typically. I’m extra dissatisfied that I couldn’t end off the job that the fellows began yesterday. That I’m a bit of bit unhappy about however, hopefully I will pay them again one other time. I didn’t have tremendous legs, this was the primary race of the season for me and I nonetheless want some extra anaerobic efforts to enhance the restoration a bit of bit but it surely wasn’t dangerous at this time both. I nonetheless completed prime ten and had some actually good names in entrance of me and likewise beat some actually good names so, I feel the TT was okay from me. I feel my subsequent race – Haut Var – is one other good one for me. Not tremendous arduous like earlier years however I feel we are going to see a whole lot of small group finishes the place I can do some good sprints. We even have a very good crew there so hopefully we will do one other good job.”

seventh total, Arnaud De Lie (Lotto Dstny): “This was solely my second time trial on the professionals however we ready it meticulously to set one of the best time potential. Regardless of it’s not my specialty, I feel we nonetheless achieved our mission. I’m proud of this efficiency. The unique objective of this week was to win one stage. The 2 stage victories, factors jersey and seventh place total additionally shocked me, to be sincere. I can say this was a unprecedented efficiency, because the course – particularly with the steep climb of Mount Bouquet, was not likely my cup of tea. I can’t repeat it sufficient, however this wouldn’t have been potential with no sturdy Lotto Dstny crew which completely supported me. Now we have made a great begin to the 12 months and need to proceed that method. Personally, this sturdy begin to the season offers me a whole lot of confidence for the races to come back. However now it’s time for just a few days of relaxation after these 5 intense days of racing. Then, I’ll construct up once more in the direction of the GP Almeria and the primary race on Belgian soil: Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne.”

Étoile de Bessèges Stage 5 Consequence:
1. Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo in 15:25
2. Joshua Tarling (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:07
3. Ben Tulett (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:10
4. Kévin Vauquelin (Fra) Arkéa Samsic
5. Pierre Latour (Fra) TotalEnergies at 0:14
6. Magnus Cort (Den) EF Training-EasyPost at 0:20
7. Ben Turner (GB) INEOS Grenadiers
8. Neilson Powless (USA) EF Training-EasyPost at 0:21
9. Mattias Skjelmose (Den) Trek-Segafredo at 0:26
10. Bruno Armirail (Fra) Groupama-FDJ.

Étoile de Bessèges Ultimate Total Consequence:
1. Neilson Powless (USA) EF Training-EasyPost in 11:12:30
2. Mattias Skjelmose (Den) Trek-Segafredo at 0:01
3. Pierre Latour (Fra) TotalEnergies at 0:12
4. Kévin Vauquelin (Fra) Arkéa Samsic at 1:12
5. Pavel Sivakov (Fra) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:27
6. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 1:58
7. Arnaud De Lie (Bel) Lotto Dstny at 2:04
8. Hugo Houle (Can) Israel-Premier Tech at 2:27
9. Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis at 2:36
10. Joel Suter (Sui) Tudor Professional Biking at 2:53.

Bessèges’23 stage 4:


Vuelta CV Feminas 2023
Floortje Mackaij, a newcomer to Movistar Workforce, launched a solo assault after La Frontera that allowed her to achieve the end line at l’Oceanogràfic de València forward of her teammate Lianne Lippert and the Czech rider Nikola Nosková.

Movistar Workforce rider Floortje Mackaij has received the fifth VCV Féminas Gran Premi Deputation de València. The Dutch rider was the strongest of the 136 members on this VCV Féminas which, for the primary time in its 5 editions, included two mountain climbs in its route. L’Oronet and La Frontera, which determined, particularly the latter, the ultimate podium positions.

The day bought off to an early begin in entrance of Paterna City Corridor. The 23 groups had been presentation by Juan Mari Guajardo, the 136 riders took the stage to greet the followers who
had been already gathered early within the morning to observe the beginning. It was shortly earlier than 09:00 when the fifth VCV Féminas Gran Premi Deputació de València bought underway. The same old ribbon reducing ceremony was attended by José Manuel Mora Zamora, Deputy Mayor for Tradition and Modernisation of Paterna; Isabel Segura, Councillor for Social Inclusion and Equality Insurance policies of Paterna; and Silvia Tirado, Director of the VCV Féminas Gran Premi Deputació de València.

The end result of this fifth version was completely unpredictable. For the primary time, two mountain passes had been included within the route, which meant that the climbers had been within the highlight forward of the sprinters. When the primary hour of the race was reached, the primary of the day’s climbs arrived; l’Oronet. The peloton was grouped collectively at first of the climb and remained so all through, with Movistar Workforce’s Lourdes Oyarbide coming excessive first. On the descent of l’Oronet, riders from three groups had been concerned in a crash, though with out severe penalties. It was time to face the second climb of the day and, 5 kilometres earlier than La Frontera, the Czech rider Nikola Nosková launched an assault and took 30 seconds over the peloton. With the primary ramps, a gaggle of 14 riders broke away to chase Nosková, who was caught by solely six riders. As anticipated, the steep ramps of La Frontera ended up splitting the race.

Solely 4 riders had been within the lead on the second and final climb of the day. Clara Koppenburg, Liane Lippert (two of the highest favourites), Floortje Mackaij and Erica Magnaldi, joined by Nikola Nosková on the descent of La Frontera. It appeared that the ultimate victory could be between them, as that they had a bit of greater than 50 seconds of benefit with lower than 30 kilometres to go. They rode nicely collectively for some time, however with simply over 10 kilometres to go the assaults started. Lianne Lippert tried first, taking Nosková together with her. However Floortje Mackaij had not mentioned her final phrase and counter-attacked from behind, overtaking the 2 main riders and taking a solo lead of about 10 seconds.

That is how she rode the final kilometres by the streets of Valencia, till she crossed the end line in entrance of the Oceanogràfic on her personal. The brand new Movistar Workforce rider couldn’t have had a greater debut, as along with the general victory she additionally received the mountains classification. Mackaij was joined on the rostrum by her teammate and German champion, Lianne Lippert, and Zaaf Workforce’s Czech rider Nikola Mosková, who additionally received the flying objective prize. Lastly, Susana Pérez, from Riomiera CC Meruelo, received the Comunitat de l’Esport jersey for one of the best Valencian rider. A real celebration of ladies’s biking on this fifth version of the VCV Féminas.


Race winner, Floortje Mackaij (Movistar): “You couldn’t actually ask for a greater begin to the season. The best way we raced at this time is the rationale why I really like biking. Doing it alongside this group, with a pal like Liane by my aspect – it was a unbelievable day. We went the 5 of us at Frontera and there was a second after we determined to play our playing cards individually and simply not go to a dash. We knew that Liane was quick, however each of us can ship a great end in such circumstances, and with assaults, we had extra playing cards to play. I feel it performed out nicely ultimately. Reaching the road solo and having fun with might be the easiest way to attain a victory. This provides me a lot morale heading into the classics season, although I must extra races right here in Spain, in Almería (Saturday eleventh) and the Setmana Valenciana (16-19), to benefit from the solar of this nation. Who do I dedicate this to? There’s so many family members I’ve bought in thoughts proper now, however undoubtedly, this has to go to the entire Movistar Workforce, for the best way they’ve taken care of me up to now. It’s a real household.”

Vuelta CV Feminas Consequence:
1. Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Movistar in 2:27:58
2. Liane Lippert (Ger) Movistar at 0:32
3. Nikola Nosková (CZ) Zaaf Biking Workforce at 0:34
4. Erica Magnaldi (Ita) UAE Growth Workforce at 0:46
5. Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Cofidis at 0:49
6. Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Fra) Zaaf Biking Workforce at 2:40
7. Arianna Fidanza (Ita) CERATIZIT-WNT
8. Anouska Koster (Ned) Uno-X
9. Aranza Valentina Villalón (Chi) Eneicat-CMTeam-Seguros Deportivos
10. Mareille Meijering (Ned) Zaaf Biking Workforce.

Vuelta CV Feminas’23:


Colombian Nationwide Time Trial Championships 2023
Miguel Ángel López is the brand new time trial champion of Colombia. The 28 year-old Medellín-EPM rider beat his teammate Walter Vargas by 1:12. Former Astana rider Rodrigo Contreras was third at greater than two minutes (2:18).

The Colombian time trial championship occurred in and round Bucaramanga on a circuit of greater than 43 kilometres, which López accomplished in just below 53 minutes. Vargas conceded one minute and twelve seconds, Contreras misplaced two minutes and eighteen seconds. In fourth and fifth place had been Diego Andrés Camargo (EF Training-EasyPost) and Daniel Felipe Martínez (INEOS Grenadiers). Martínez had mechanical issues throughout his race in opposition to the clock.

It’s López’s third victory of the season. Final week he received the Vuelta a San Juan, had been he additionally received the Queen stage to the Alto Colorado. The Colombian rode for Astana Qazaqstan final 12 months, however was fired in early December due to new proof in opposition to him in a doping case.

2023 Colombian Nationwide Time Trial Championships Consequence:
1. Miguel Ángel López (Col) Medellin-EPM in 52:59
2. Walter Vargas (Col) Medellin-EPM at 1:12
3. Rodrigo Contreras (Col) Colombia Pacto por el Deporte at 2:18
4. Diego Andrés Camargo (Col) EF Training-EasyPost at 2:36
5. Daniel Felipe Martínez (Col) INEOS Grenadiers at 3:08
6. Omar Alberto Mendoza (Col) Colombia Pacto por el Deporte at 4:37
7. Frank Sebastián Flórez (Col) at 5:20
8. Jorge Camilo Castiblanco (Col) Pío Rico-Alcaldía La Vega at 6:07
9. Marlon David Garzon (Col) at 6:29
10. Juan Pablo Rendón (Col) at 7:02.

Colombian TT champ – Miguel Ángel López:


Colombian Nationwide Highway Race Championships 2023
Esteban Chaves is the brand new Colombian highway champion. The 33 year-old EF Training-EasyPost rider escaped 8 kilometres from the end and crossed the road solo. Daniel Felipe Martinez (INEOS Grenadiers) and Nairo Quintana joined Chaves on the rostrum at Bucaramanga. They crossed the end line 41 seconds after Chaves. Quintana remains to be teamless. On Sunday, Quintana raced in a white jersey with out sponsors. Chaves takes the Colombian championship from Sergio Higuita, who received in Pereira final 12 months.

Colombian champion, Esteban Chaves (EF Training-EasyPost: “Right now of the 12 months, we’re largely all collectively, competing with one another, so it’s extra stage. Folks simply take the bus for ten hours 100% simply to see us. So that is fairly particular, and competing for the jersey is a dream for everybody rising up, dreaming of sporting the Colombian jersey through the Tour de France for instance or through the Giro d’Italia. The entire season with the Colombian jersey, that’s like man, I’m the person, I’m the boss. It’s like, ‘Take a look at me. I’m from Colombia.’”

The 237 kilometre race consisted of 9 laps round Bucaramanga and the route was lined with followers from begin to end. Upon crossing the end line, Esteban was humbled by the second. “Sporting the nationwide colors for a 12 months is one thing I’ll always remember. Profitable right here in Bucaramanga was spectacular, the folks had been loopy. I feel at this time was the day most individuals shouted my identify that I noticed, that gave me that heat that made me push till the very finish. There are numerous individuals who made this potential: my household, my spouse. At present anyone particular got here too, Dr. Sandoval, who, with out his assist, this wouldn’t have been potential. He saved my profession.”

Esteban’s EF Training-EasyPost teammate Diego Camargo performed an important function within the race by sheltering Esteban and providing help. Praising Diego, Esteban mentioned merely, “The crew was unimaginable. It is a dream.”

He’ll return to his European base within the coming weeks for the highway season. Whereas he’s bolstered by at this time’s win, he is aware of the season is lengthy and appears ahead to placing within the arduous work. “It is a day to take pleasure in and now now we have to proceed working, maintain our toes on the bottom. The season has simply began and now now we have to start out from zero.”

2023 Colombian Nationwide Highway Race Championships Consequence:
1. Esteban Chaves (Col) EF Training-EasyPost in 5:13:13
2. Daniel Felipe Martínez (Col) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:41
3. Nairo Quintana (Col).

Colombian RR champ – Esteban Chaves:


Groenewegen Proud of the Saudi Tour
Dylan Groenewegen appears again with satisfaction on the Saudi Tour. The Dutch sprinter received the primary stage and simply missed out within the closing stage (4th), however he nonetheless appears again with satisfaction. “With a victory, the factors jersey and a number of other locations of honour, I can come dwelling.”

In Friday’s closing stage, Groenewegen began his dash too early. “We had been very sturdy as a crew. I usually like an ascending half, however this arrival was very troublesome. I bought in fairly early, bought boxed in after which got here in from behind with velocity. Then I fell silent and some came visiting me,” mentioned the person from Amsterdam.

“After all, as a sprinter you at all times need extra, however we’re joyful that we removed the zero. The dash prepare is nicely on monitor and I’m glad with my legs,” mentioned Groenewegen. “The jersey is sweet for my father, he can use it within the bicycle store, the place he hangs all my (race) Jersey.”

Groenewegen shall be within the Center East later this month. He’ll compete in opposition to Mark Cavendish within the UAE Tour beginning on February 20.

Groenewegen joyful in Saudi:
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Ethan Hayter Out with Damaged Collarbone
Ethan Hayter won’t race for INEOS Grenadiers for a short time. The British rider broke his collarbone in a crash within the Cadel Evans Nice Ocean Highway Race final Sunday. Hayter has since undergone profitable surgical procedure.

Hayter, 24, crashed arduous within the closing dash of the Cadel Evans Nice Ocean Highway and needed to be taken to hospital, the place docs identified a damaged collarbone. Dangerous information for the Briton, who’s now unable to symbolize Britain within the European Observe Championships (8-12 February) in Grenchen, Switzerland.

Hayter has now efficiently gone underneath the knife, based on his INEOS Grenadiers crew. The rider has now returned dwelling and may start his rehabilitation. It’s nonetheless unclear when the Briton can begin coaching once more. Hayter’s absence is a significant setback for INEOS Grenadiers. The Briton is a prime expertise within the crew, with six victories final 12 months. He received the ultimate total of the Tour de Pologne and two stage victories within the Tour de Romandie.

Ethan Hayter out:


Dangerous Begin to the Season for Eddie Dunbar
Eddie Dunbar crashed within the opening stage of the Tour of Valencia, his first race for his new Jayco-AlUla crew.

The 26 year-old Dunbar hit the highway through the opening stage of the Tour of Valencia on Wednesday. “Sadly he won’t be at first of the second stage. He suffers from ache and stiffness in his hand, attributable to the autumn. It’s now time to relaxation, recuperate after which be 100% prepared for the following race,” mentioned Workforce Jayco AlUla through social media.

Dunbar left INEOS Grenadiers final 12 months for the Australian crew. Along with his new crew, the Irishman can do his personal factor, particularly within the stage races. He would be the chief in a Grand Tour this 12 months. “The Giro d’Italia is the plan, I would be the crew chief. I used to be within the prime 20 in 2019, however crashed on the ultimate stage. nineteenth sounds higher than twenty second.” Dunbar advised PezCyclingNews final week (Full interview quickly).

“Eddie has solely executed one Grand Tour in his profession. It’s clear that he has missed alternatives in that space. He hasn’t had the prospect to actually present what he’s price but. Final 12 months he had quite a lot of alternatives in stage races and he grabbed them with each palms. He received two,” Matt White, crew efficiency director, advised The Irish Instances, referred to Dunbar’s total victories within the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali and the Tour of Hungary.

Not the best way Dunbar wished to start out the season:


Carlos Rodríguez to Make his Debut within the Tour de France this 12 months
Carlos Rodríguez will make his first look within the Tour de France this 12 months. Former rider Steve Cummings, now a INEOS Grenadiers DS, advised Cyclingweekly.

The 22-year-old Rodríguez rode his first three week tour final 12 months. Within the 2022 Vuelta a España he turned out to be one of many revelations within the mountains. The younger Spanish rider competed for a podium place for a time, however partly because of a nasty crash he fell again to seventh place within the closing week.

The INEOS Grenadiers rider turned out to be a really quick learner and so he’ll experience the Tour de France in 2023. The Spaniard even have a job as a frontrunner. “The plan is to start out with three GC males within the upcoming Tour: Egan Bernal, Daniel Felipe Martínez and Carlos Rodríguez. The season remains to be lengthy and so much can occur, however that is the plan,” mentioned Cummings.

Rodríguez had a wonderful third season with INEOS Grenadiers in 2022. The rider not solely completed seventh within the Vuelta. He additionally completed second in La Route d’Occitanie and third within the Tour of Valencia and achieved with good closing placings within the Ruta del Sol and Tour of Burgos (4th) and the Tour of Lombardy (fifth). He was additionally Spanish highway champion and received a stage within the Tour of the Basque Nation.

Tour de France for Rodríguez:


Pascal Ackermann Hopes to Journey the Giro d’Italia
Based on Die Rheinpfalz, UAE Workforce Emirates is pondering of taking the 29 year-old Pascal Ackermann to the Giro d’Italia as a dash chief.

It was beforehand introduced that João Almeida will take part within the Tour of Italy for a fourth consecutive time this 12 months. Because the chief of UAE Workforce Emirates, the Portuguese rider could be aiming for a podium place, his crew believes that the ultimate win is feasible. Along with Almeida, Diego Ulissi, Alessandro Covi and Jay Vine are additionally positive of a spot within the Giro choice.

Almeida is the undisputed chief, mentioned crew supervisor Joxean Fernández. “It’s not the intention to solely take pure domestiques, however João Almeida is the chief. There isn’t a dialogue about that. There may be at all times a whole lot of respect for the chief and the riders who’ve a helper function with us even have a substantial honours record themselves.”

It has not been excluded that UAE Workforce Emirates may also take a sprinter within the individual of Pascal Ackermann. The quick German began the Giro as soon as earlier than, and with success. Within the 2019 Giro, Ackermann received two phases and the purple factors jersey on the finish of the race.

Pascal Ackermann to the Giro’23:
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Sebastián Unzué Pissed off Over the Girls’s Calendar
Sebastián Unzué, supervisor of the Movistar ladies’s crew, has been vital of the Girls’s WorldTour calendar. In recent times, the variety of races has elevated significantly, however based on Unzué, the implications of this are usually not all optimistic. “The pursuits of the groups are usually not taken under consideration,” he advised CyclingWeekly.

Unzué is especially displeased with the relocation of the Vuelta a España from September to Might. “With the races which are already being ridden in Might, there is no such thing as a room for the Vuelta. Groups solely have fourteen or fifteen riders, whereas February, March and April are very intensive months. In Might you all of the sudden have the Vuelta, the place the riders really need ten days of relaxation,” he mentioned.

Increasing the rider base looks as if a logical answer, however based on the supervisor it’s not that straightforward. “High groups have dedicated themselves to ladies’s biking and the working local weather is nice, everybody now has a great wage. However the foundation is just not so as, now we have too many races and too few riders.”

Unzué want to see change from the UCI. “I ponder what the UCI will do about this. I feel it is crucial that they spend money on the fundamentals of ladies’s biking, as a result of in any other case the event of the game will stop and groups won’t be able to proceed to develop.”

Annemiek van Vleuten’s crew boss not joyful:
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Purple Bull Trying to find a New Wout van Aert
Purple Bull has began a worldwide scouting program with WorldTour crew, BORA-hansgrohe to search out new biking expertise. The ‘Purple Bull Junior Brothers’ is targeted on discovering the following era {of professional} highway riders. On the finish of this system, two younger riders shall be signed to BORA-hansgrohe’s U19 males’s crew, Auto Eder, and a Purple Bull athlete partnership deal.

Purple Bull has been lively in skilled biking in recent times by sponsoring numerous riders. Wout van Aert, Thomas Pidcock, Anton Palzer and Blanka Vas and others, are ambassadors for the power drink. The model is now calling members, who can compete from February 1 to Might 31, 2023 through Strava or Zwift for his or her probability to develop into a Purple Bull Junior Brother. Members in this system should be underneath the age of 19 and born between 2006 and 2007.

Initially, members should log in to Zwift or Strava for rides. The most effective performing riders will then be invited to use for a spot on the efficiency camp in August, the place there may be room for 15 riders. From this, two candidates shall be chosen to hitch the BORA-hansgrohe coaching crew in September.

“That is the primary time that Purple Bull has been concerned in a highway biking mission worldwide and I’m proud that they’re doing this along with BORA-hansgrohe,” mentioned crew supervisor Ralph Denk. “As well as, this system itself can also be a milestone for us within the area of scouting. Via the Purple Bull Junior Brothers, we will seek for expertise worldwide and even attain those that may in any other case not compete in any respect.”

Who would be the subsequent Wout?


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Soudal Fast-Step Returns to Oman
Belgian Champion Tim Merlier will make his debut for the Wolfpack on the highway

Subsequent week, we shall be again within the Center East, a area the place our crew has scored a staggering 65 wins since 2003, together with a memorable victory on the World Workforce Time Trial Championships held in Qatar, again in 2016. Oman and the United Arab Emirates is the place Soudal Fast-Step shall be in motion this month, with the previous internet hosting additionally a brand-new occasion, along with its nationwide tour, the one-day Muscat Basic.

Scheduled on the eve of the Tour of Oman, the race will see the riders sort out the hilly roads to Al Bustan, the place the puncheurs are anticipated to combat for victory. Someday later, the sprinters will get their solely actual alternative of the week, earlier than making method for the climbers. Jabal Haat (4.6km, 8%) and Jabal Al Akhdar (5.7km, 10.5%) – the latter that includes on the final stage for the primary time within the race’s 14-year historical past – would be the excellent terrain for the GC contenders to make the distinction.

Oman will mark the primary outing of Tim Merlier for the Wolfpack within the Belgian Champion jersey which he conquered for the second time in his profession final summer season. The 30-year-old – victorious within the Zonnebeke cyclo-cross race final month – shall be joined by defending champion Jan Hirt, Fausto Masnada – who completed runner-up on the earlier version – Josef Cerny, James Knox, Bert Van Lerberghe and Mauri Vansevenant.

“We are going to attempt to go for a victory, first with Tim within the dash, however he received’t be our solely card subsequent week. Jan received right here in 2022 and is aware of the course, the identical will be mentioned about Fausto, who took a stage final season in Oman, and likewise Mauri will be an choice on the tougher phases. The boldness is excessive within the crew and hopefully we are going to come out of the race with a victory,” mentioned Soudal Fast-Step sports activities director Wilfried Peeters.

10.02–15.02 Muscat/Tour of Oman (OMA) 2.Professional

Josef Cerny (CZE)
Jan Hirt (CZE)
James Knox (GBR)
Fausto Masnada (ITA)
Tim Merlier (BEL)
Bert Van Lerberghe (BEL)
Mauri Vansevenant (BEL).
Sports activities Director: Wilfried Peeters (BEL).



Kevin Kuhn & Gerben Kuypers Decide to the Venture of Intermarché-Circus-Wanty
Swiss Kevin Kuhn (24) and Belgian Gerben Kuypers (23) signed their first professional contract throughout the construction of Jean-François Bourlart.

Each cyclocross specialists will spend their winters within the cyclocross mission of Intermarché-Circus-Wanty, which is actively trying to find new title companions, and mix this with highway campaigns within the colors of Circus-ReUz-Technord, the brand new Continental Growth Workforce underneath the course of Kevin Van Melsen.

After three seasons underneath steerage of Bart and Geert Wellens, Kevin Kuhn prolonged his contract with the construction till the top of 2024. Along with his third place in Val Di Sole, he’s the primary rider in 9 years to symbolize Switzerland on a World Cup podium. Kuhn turned a set worth within the prime ten and concluded the World Cups in seventh place within the total rating, along with his 4 victories on dwelling soil. Within the spring, Kuhn will put on the colors of the Belgian construction for the primary time on the highway with Circus-ReUz-Technord.

Gerben Kuypers, one of many rising stars of Belgian cyclocross, will be part of the mission till at the very least the top of 2025. After promising ends in the youth classes, he made a robust impression throughout his first winter within the elite class this season, with a victory within the Actual Cross in Essen and 5 different wins within the French Cup. Through the previous month he completed 3 times within the prime ten of World Cup races and took fifth place within the Belgian championship, conquering the title within the non professional class. The Belgian rider, who celebrated his twenty third birthday on Wednesday 1st of February, will end the cyclocross season earlier than exhibiting his new colors on the highway with Circus-ReUz-Technord.

Kevin Kuhn: “I’m very joyful to increase my journey, as a result of I do know I’ll be capable of depend on the perfect surroundings {and professional} steerage for at the very least two extra years. The imaginative and prescient of the crew bears fruit, my outcomes are one of the best proof for that. It was virtually surreal to symbolize Switzerland on a World Cup podium for the primary time in 9 years, in Val Di Sole. My steady development is especially because of our close-knit group, which is at all times there for me. On the age of 24 I do know that I nonetheless have so much to study. And I additionally know that right here is the proper place to do this!”

“I’m additionally very keen about becoming a member of Circus-ReUz Technord on the highway. For the primary time I’ll have a nicely structured summer season program, so I can plan my 12 months from A to Z and profit from an expert surroundings. I cherish the ambition to develop into a greater highway rider underneath the course of Kevin Van Melsen and I additionally hope to study alongside the riders of the World Workforce in a number of races.”

Gerben Kuypers: “My childhood dream of turning into an expert bike owner turns into a actuality at this time, on my twenty third birthday! My efficiency on the Belgian championship, amongst others, woke up the curiosity of a number of groups. The transversal mission of Intermarché-Circus-Wanty happy me most, trying to the steps made the previous couple of years. I recognise myself within the imaginative and prescient of the organisation as it’s is repeatedly growing, launching a cyclocross crew after which a Continental crew.”

“One other figuring out consider my alternative was the chance to profit from the skilled construction and the expertise of Bart and Geert Wellens, which visibly has a optimistic affect on the event of the riders. The event of Kevin Kuhn is a wonderful instance. I used to be invited as a visitor to the crew coaching camp in Alicante final week, noticing the exceptional devotion of the workers. They create an surroundings through which they will flourish. I felt good on this skilled and on the similar time pleasant ambiance, the whole lot was completely organised and structured.”

“Along with my ambition in cyclocross, I additionally intention to honour the jersey of Circus-ReUz-Technord on the highway. However first, I’m targeted on my first World Championships within the elite class, through which I hope to shine with a prime ten, after which I can conclude the cyclocross marketing campaign in serene method.”

Bart Wellens (Sports activities Director): “The loyalty of Kevin Kuhn and the arrival of Gerben Kuypers supply our crew good future prospects. For all folks concerned in our mission this is a crucial motivating issue to proceed constructing our profitable mission and investing within the abilities of tomorrow, who dream to comply with within the footsteps of our professional riders. Our imaginative and prescient is to work with a small group so we will guarantee the person teaching of every of our riders. We’re at all times able to accompany our riders for coaching periods behind the scooter or in races overseas, to call however just a few examples.”

“We at all times attempt to create situations through which they will fully use their potential. It’s on this method that Kevin Kuhn managed to make huge steps forwards the previous three years. We helped him to create a house feeling for him in Belgium. He has been exceptional all winter, like for instance just lately in Benidorm, the place he was to just one who was capable of comply with Wout Van Aert, Tom Pidcock and Mathieu van der Poel throughout 35 minutes. I anticipate him to pursue his development and to develop into a set worth within the prime 5. I can also’t wait to see the consequences of his first strong summer season on the highway on his growth.”

“On the age of solely 22, Gerben confirmed himself usually among the many finest riders on this planet. That is fairly exceptional figuring out that he had a full-time job till six weeks in the past and that he solely has restricted help. This step up is his personal advantage. Collectively, we’re satisfied that we may also help him to pursue his solution to the highest. The arrival of Gerben motivates all of us, the alchemy was good from the primary contacts, which is essential to my eyes. I’m satisfied that he’ll shortly be built-in and flourish in our cyclocross crew and Circus-ReUz-Technord!”

Kevin Kuhn and Gerben Kuypers:


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Iljo Keisse: “I’m feeling that pleasure of a neo-pro once more”
The Belgian seemed again on his first race week as a Soudal Fast-Step sports activities director on the Problem Mallorca.

“How was my first expertise within the crew automotive throughout a race? Effectively, there was a little bit of stress, however I had two good guides by my aspect. I discovered so much and made just a few errors, however I feel it’s regular at first. I skilled each driving the race automotive and guiding the riders and talking within the automotive. At this second I feel driving is extra aggravating, particularly in Mallorca with the dangerous climate and by no means straight roads. Additionally, there’s the truth that you are feeling powerless within the automotive, typically you’ve gotten one thing in thoughts, however now I skilled that it’s not at all times that straightforward to execute it.

The primary days on the coaching camp I had already made the swap in my thoughts. In Mallorca I actually felt like a sports activities director, as earlier than I nonetheless typically thought as a rider.

My bond with the riders is completely different now.

I really feel one thing has modified, which is regular ultimately. As a rider I additionally seemed in a different way to sports activities administrators than I do now. That was one of the vital troublesome elements once I arrived on the coaching camp, it’s bizarre that one thing like that may change in in the future. It’s regular, I don’t have any issues with it, but it surely simply takes a while to adapt. I additionally really feel prefer it wouldn’t be good if I nonetheless had been the man making ambiance within the crew, you may’t do it as a sports activities director, that’s why I’m looking for a great stability in that.”

Early mornings and late nights
“Tom and Klaas actually helped me final week, I’m grateful for that. Not solely within the race, but additionally outdoors of it. There are a whole lot of issues that you simply don’t know as a rider. I used to be additionally shocked of how lengthy the times are. Early mornings, a lot of stuff to do through the day, and you might be nonetheless busy till late in evening. You might be continually busy, after spending hours within the race automotive you are feeling actually exhausted. You don’t do something bodily, however nonetheless, you might be very drained after a complete day on the race.

It’s fully completely different within the automotive than on the bike. However the best way you are feeling the race is a bit the identical, I feel. Final week typically we had automotive quantity 19 or 20, which implies you don’t see something from the entire day. You don’t see the riders otherwise you don’t have any connection, after which so much much less as a sports activities director within the automotive than the folks see on TV.

The bar is at all times set excessive right here. It doesn’t matter which race or when, we at all times need to win. The crew was actually sturdy in Mallorca, perhaps even one of the best crew most instances. We solely received one time, however we had been additionally shut in all the opposite races. I feel everyone seems to be at a great stage, with a bit extra luck perhaps we may have taken some extra wins dwelling. I don’t miss the lifetime of a rider but; at a sure level you simply don’t take pleasure in it anymore as you used to. Final 12 months that was the case for me, as I wasn’t driving nicely. I take pleasure in once more what I do now, I really feel the stress and have that feeling of a neo-pro. That’s necessary. I miss driving my bike a bit, however the racing itself not.”

Profitable feeling
“My subsequent races shall be in Portugal, the Figueira Basic and the Volta ao Algarve. Then I’m heading to Belgium for the Classics, as third sports activities director. I’m actually trying ahead to that. Simply to be there and study, because the one-day races are nonetheless one thing completely different, for those who ask me. The plan is to do La Vuelta on the finish of the 12 months; I feel this season I have to study as a lot as potential and acquire expertise.

The function of a sports activities director is certainly what I anticipated. Final week you felt the strain build up after we hadn’t received but, then on Sunday the whole lot modified, as we took the victory and this gave again that particular feeling. That feeling when the crew wins remains to be the identical, even when it’s not anymore on the bike.”

Iljo Keisse within the crew automotive now:


Milano-Sanremo: A New Begin Location and a Change within the Route
The 2023 version of the Classicissima, scheduled on 18th March, will begin in Abbiategrasso, close to Milan, and end alongside the By way of Roma in Sanremo after 294 km. The route, modified within the first 30 km, will rejoin the unique one from Pavia onwards, touching iconic factors such because the Passo del Turchino, the Capi, the Cipressa and the Poggio.

The 114th Milano-Sanremo introduced by Crédit Agricole, organised by RCS Sport and scheduled on Saturday 18th March, will as soon as once more open the season of the Monument Classics, proposing a brand new route with beginning in Abbiategrasso and merging again to the unique one from km 30, because the race enters Pavia.


The Milano-Sanremo introduced by Crédit Agricole begins in Abbiategrasso and, after overlaying round 30 km of flat roads on the sting of the Ticino River, it returns to the basic route in Pavia. From there the race will head to Ovada, then to the Passo del Turchino climb that leads into Genova Voltri. From there, it rolls westwards by Varazze, Savona, Albenga to Imperia and San Lorenzo al Mare the place, after the basic sequence of the Capi (Mele, Cervo and Berta), the athletes will take care of the 2 climbs added in latest a long time: the Cipressa (1982) and the Poggio di Sanremo (1961). The Cipressa is simply over 5.6 km lengthy with a gradient of 4.1%. The extremely testing descent leads again right down to SS 1 Aurelia.


Ultimate kilometres
The ascent of Poggio di Sanremo begins with 9 km remaining to the end (3.7 km, common gradient lower than 4%, most 8% within the phase earlier than attending to the highest of the climb). The highway is barely narrower, with 4 hairpin turns within the first 2 km. The descent is testing, on asphalt switchback roads, slender at factors and with twists and turns so far as the junction with SS 1 Aurelia. The ultimate a part of the descent enters city Sanremo. The final 2 km are on lengthy, straight city roads. There’s a left-hand bend on a roundabout 850 m from the end line. The final bend, main into the house straight in By way of Roma, is 750 m from the end line.

The Groups of the Milano-Sanremo Offered by Crédit Agricole

18 UCI WorldTeams

7 wild card



uae tour23
The Groups for the 2023 Version of UAE Tour are Introduced
Sixteen UCI WorldTeams and 4 UCI ProTeams will race within the fifth version of the UAE Tour, beginning 20 February

Abu Dhabi Sports activities Council, organisers of the UAE Tour, are happy to substantiate the complete record of groups taking part within the 2023 version of the UAE Tour, happening from 20-26 February. Throughout seven phases, sixteen UCI WorldTeams shall be joined by 4 UCI ProTeams that may race alongside the distinctive roads of the Center East, beginning and ending in Abu Dhabi.

The UAE Tour has seen its two most up-to-date Basic Classification victories go to UAE Workforce Emirates, with Tadej Pogačar profitable each editions in 2021 and 2022. Mitchelton-Scott (now Workforce Jayco-AlUla) secured the lead the 12 months earlier than with Adam Yates topping the standings in 2020, and in 2019, Primoz Roglič of Jumbo-Visma secured the race’s first-ever purple jersey.

UAE Workforce Emirates has additionally loved probably the most time within the purple chief’s jersey for the reason that UAE Tour’s inception, with Tadej Pogačar sporting it for a formidable 10 phases up to now. Primoz Roglič in the meantime, has donned the jersey for a complete of seven phases, and in third, Adam Yates has additionally worn it 3 times. Elsewhere, Alpecin-Fenix (now Alpecin-Deceuninck) have additionally held the chief’s jersey for 3 phases, with Jasper Philipsen sporting it for 2 phases in 2022 and Mathieu van der Poel as soon as in 2021.

The UAE Tour would be the second WorldTour stage race within the 2023 UCI calendar, following the Santos Tour Down Below received by Jay Vine of UAE Workforce Emirates. As with previous editions, the fifth version of the one and solely UCI WorldTour race within the Center East will see the world-class skilled groups, together with Jumbo-Visma, UAE Workforce Emirates, INEOS Grenadiers and Soudal – Fast Step at first line. The total record of confirmed groups is as follows:

UCI WorldTeams:
AG2R Citroen Workforce
Astana Qazaqstan Workforce
Bahrain – Victorious
BORA – hansgrohe
EF Training – Easypost
Groupama – FDJ
INEOS Grenadiers
Intermarché – Circus – Wanty
Movistar Workforce
Soudal – Fast Step
Workforce DSM
Workforce Jayco AlUla
Trek – Segafredo
UAE Workforce Emirates.

UCI ProTeams
Israel – Premier Tech
Inexperienced Venture-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè
Tudor Professional Biking Workforce.

A full provisional entry record of riders shall be introduced in the end. To seek out out extra concerning the UAE Tour, together with particulars of the official race route, jerseys and sponsors, go to

UAE Tour 20-26 February:
uae tour


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