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EUROTRASH Thursday: Ardennes Classics & Alpine Climbs!

The peloton is deep within the Ardennes Classics with Liège-Bastogne-Liège on Sunday. We have now all of the information from the boys’s and ladies’s Flèche Wallonne and likewise the primary three levels of the Tour of the Alps with video, outcomes and rider ideas.

UCI boss David Lappartient thinks there shouldn’t be prize cash on the Olympic Video games – TOP STORY.

Rider information: Eddy Merckx had emergency surgical procedure on the finish of March, Demi Vollering near transferring to FDJ-SUEZ, Jonas Vingegaard launched from hospital after 12 days, Wout van Aert noticed on Zwift, Warren Barguil rode Amstel Gold Race with a damaged rib, concussion for Finlay Pickering within the Tour of the Alps, Oscar Onley breaks collarbone for the third time in eight months and Anna Shackley is pressured to stop top-level sport.

Staff information: UAE Staff Emirates, Soudal Fast-Step and dsm-firmenich PostNL riders for Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Gerben Thijssen shifts focus in direction of the Tour de France, Joe Blackmore indicators two-year contract with IPT and Édouard Claisse pledges his future to the construction of Intermarché-Wanty.

Race information: Czeslaw Lang declares stage cities for Tour de Pologne Girls, 2024 USA Biking Skilled Highway Nationwide Championships come to Charleston, 2024 USA Biking Collegiate Highway Nationwide Championships come to Albuquerque and The Nationwide Biking League to concentrate on 2025 and pause the 2024 season.

A giant EUROTRASH espresso time.


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TOP STORY: UCI boss Lappartient Thinks there Shouldn’t be Prize Cash on the Olympic Video games
UCI president David Lappartient has intervened in a dialogue about prize cash for winners of some Olympic medals. WielerFlits report that in accordance with the biking boss, this novelty, which can be launched by the World athletics affiliation throughout the 2024 Olympic Video games in Paris, goes in opposition to the Olympic concept.

The rationale for the dialogue is the selection of World Athletics, the Worldwide Athletics Union, handy out prize cash to the winners of gold medals. That quantities to 46 thousand euros per gold medal and a complete of two.2 million euros. That could be a reward along with the doable reward from a nationwide Olympic committee.

However there isn’t any prize cash from the IOC (Worldwide Olympic Committee). The Olympic concept ‘Collaborating is extra necessary than profitable’ nonetheless applies. The IOC does present a fee and monetary contribution to worldwide sports activities associations and Olympic committees.

The UCI is not going to present any prize cash for winners of biking occasions in Paris in the intervening time, as may be concluded from Lappartient’s fierce response. “The Olympic concept is to share revenues, to make sure that increasingly athletes worldwide can take part in sports activities. So to not give all the cash to the highest gamers, however to distribute it. If we solely concentrate on the highest athletes with cash, many alternatives for different athletes disappear,” he mentioned at a press second on the lighting of the Olympic flame in Greece.

World Athletics boss Sebastien Coe thinks in another way. “We have now to begin someplace to make sure that a number of the income generated by our athletes on the Video games goes instantly again to those that make the Video games a world spectacle,” he mentioned in a press release. “And we will make it simpler for athletes on this means, maybe permitting them to remain within the sport longer and giving them monetary assist to coach in a sophisticated means.”

David Lappartient doesn’t imagine in Olympic prize cash:
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Flèche Wallonne 2024
Stephen Williams took the victory within the 2024 Flèche Wallonne, making historical past by turning into the primary British winner of the race, with a brilliantly timed bounce on the fourth climb of the Mur de Huy. After a race which noticed sunshine, torrential rain and even snow, Kevin Vauquelin (Arkéa-B&B Motels) and Maxim Van Gils (Lotto Dstny) have been additionally on the rostrum, after crossing the end line in second and third locations, carefully behind the victorious Williams.

Flèche Wallonne 2024

174 riders took the beginning of the 88th version of the Flèche Wallonne, as Charleroi hosted the beginning of the race for the thirtieth time. The 2024 midweek Ardennes traditional marked the fortieth end of La Flèche Wallonne on the high of the Mur de Huy, with the peloton taking up the brutal climb of the well-known Chemin des Chapelles 4 instances for the primary time ever. Ben Hermans (Cofidis) was unable to take the beginning, in what would have been his twelfth participation in Flèche Wallonne, having achieved his finest results of 14th on his debut in 2009.

At 11km Igor Chzhan (Astana) and Johan Meens (Bingoal WB) joined the 4 riders already off the entrance, Lilian Calmejane (Intermarché-Wanty), Alan Jousseaume (TotalEnergies), James Whelan (Q.365) and Txomin Juaristi (Euskaltel-Euskadi), who had been the primary attacker within the first kilometre. Aaron Van der Beken (Bingoal WB) tried to go along with Meens within the chase to the entrance group however needed to drop again. Juaristi was additionally the primary rider to succeed in the summit of Côte d’Yvoir at 42.7km and the six man break established a bonus of 4:30 over the peloton after 50km of racing.

The break was drenched by torrential rain as they rode to Huy for the primary time and there was even some snow. Whelan struggled for a number of minutes to get his jacket on appropriately, however lastly managed to take action earlier than the Mur de Huy, though he briefly misplaced some floor on the opposite 5 within the break. Because the peloton reached the highest of the Mur de Huy for the primary of 4 climbs of this well-known ascent, they decreased the hole to the breakaway to 2 minutes. That first ascent of the Mur noticed a bunch of a number of riders dropped by the peloton, together with Aleksandr Vlasov (BORA-hansgrohe) and Mauri Vansevenant (Soudal Fast-Step). After the primary Mur de Huy climb Jousseaume was again within the peloton after greater than 100km within the breakaway, while Dylan Teuns (IPT), the winner of the 2022 version, was dropped by the peloton with 75km to go.

A decreased break of Calmejane, Meens and Juaristi have been caught by the bunch, earlier than the riders tackled the Mur de Huy for the second time. This time it was the large favourites who misplaced contact with the principle peloton: Marc Hirschi, Tom Pidcock, Mattias Skjelmose and David Gaudu have been dropped by the group. Valentin Madouas, who took the lead on the Mur summit (135.3km), was one of the vital aggressive, however Soren Kragh Andersen (Alpecin-Deceuninck) launched a solo assault 60km from the end. With 46km of racing to go there have been solely round 30 riders left within the peloton they usually have been 1:00 behind the solo race chief Kragh Andersen. In the meantime Markus Hoelgaard (Uno-X Mobility) took a 20 second lead on the bunch making an attempt to chase down Kragh Andersen, however his try didn’t final lengthy.

On the penultimate climb of the Mur, Kragh Andersen crossed the summit 1:00 forward of Santiago Buitrago (Bahrain-Victorious) and Richard Carapaz (EF Training-EasyPost), 1:05 forward of the peloton led by Kevin Vauquelin (Arkéa-B&B Motels). IPT’s Stephen Williams went on the offensive with 28km to go, chasing Kragh Andersen, then a quartet composed of Maxim Van Gils (Lotto Dstny), Vauquelin, Buitrago and Carapaz joined Williams within the chase. These 5 chasers have been caught by the peloton 17km from the end. Kragh Andersen was in flip caught by the peloton on the ultimate Côte d’Ereffe climb with slightly below 15km to go, having spent 46km solo on the entrance of the race. Williams timed a late assault completely and shot throughout the end line on the high one of many hardest climbs in professional biking after 198.6km of racing. His historic efficiency, acquired the higher of a robust group of 31 riders who battled it out on the Mur de Huy. Vauquelin was near the victory, however Williams was simply too robust for him within the ultimate metres, with Van Gils in third, adopted over the road by Benoit Cosnefroy in fourth and Buitrago in fifth.

# You may see extra pictures in the total PEZ ‘Race Report’ HERE. #

Fleèche Wallone 2024

Race winner, Stephen Williams (Israel-Premier Tech): “There was a little bit of a block on the street, everybody was form of ready, I simply noticed the 300 and I believed if I can get a bounce right here and put 5” or 10” on the group, you recognize, seeing the road in entrance of you, it could give me a very good likelihood to carry on. I used to be wanting round a bit as a result of the legs have been empty, they have been coming shut, so I’m actually glad to carry on and win. I’m exhausted. I’m misplaced for phrases, fairly emotional actually. It’s a extremely exhausting sport, so to win bike races is tough, particularly right here in these Classics. It’s fantastic to be the primary British winner of this race. I’ve been watching this race for various years and I do know the category and the status of this race. To come back to the Ardennes and win La Flèche is absolutely particular.”

2nd, Kevin Vauquelin (Arkéa-B&B Motels): “It’s a pleasant 2nd place. I simply waited somewhat too lengthy to speed up within the finale. I additionally tousled a bit with my gears, my fingers have been a bit chilly. However for the remainder of the race, I feel I managed it nicely, I had to answer the assaults on the penultimate climb of the Mur de Huy. There have been 4 or 5 of us breaking away on the climb at the moment, we tried it, however behind the group was organised sufficient to catch us up after which we have been in a position to get again to Kragh Andersen. On the ultimate climb, I stayed on Benoit Cosnefroy’s wheel, I knew it was a protected guess. Perhaps I waited somewhat too lengthy. The situations have been particular, however mentally I had already ready myself for it, I knew that we might be chilly within the rain. In any case, we needed to take a step ahead, that’s what I anticipated from my current progress. It’s encouraging, that’s what I needed. It’s true that the extent of the French riders is rising. And all of us need to win races, we push ourselves to the highest. It’s a very good development, now we have to make the most of it, it’s good for us.”

third, Maxim Van Gils (Lotto Dstny): “I actually needed to push myself for that ultimate on the Mur de Huy, it was horribly chilly. I used to be shivering on my bike and will barely stand on the pedals. I knew I needed to keep watch over Stephen Williams, however he was behind me and immediately got here from the left, which stunned me a bit. Perhaps I didn’t ship my finest efficiency on the Mur de Huy, however I feel that utilized to everybody. I gave it my all and I’m fairly happy with that. That is my favorite week of spring classics. The Amstel final weekend wasn’t good, we all know that. However as a workforce, we felt good. Thankfully, we remained motivated to present it our all right here in La Flèche Wallonne, and we succeeded. I feel this makes up for lots, we may be happy.”

Flèche Wallonne End result:
1. Stephen Williams (GB) Israel-Premier Tech in 4:40:24
2. Kévin Vauquelin (Fra) Arkéa-B&B Motels
3. Maxim Van Gils (Bel) Lotto Dstny at 0:03
4. Benoît Cosnefroy (Fra) Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale
5. Santiago Buitrago (Col) Bahrain-Victorious
6. Tobias Halland Johannessen (Nor) Uno-X Mobility at 0:10
7. Romain Grégoire (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
8. Dorian Godon (Fra) Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale
9. Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Visma | Lease a Bike
10. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis.

Flèche’24 final Ok:


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Flèche Wallonne Girls 2024
Few victories are as thrilling and as significant because the one Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon//SRAM) scored on Wednesday within the twenty seventh version of La Flèche Wallonne Femmes. The Polish rider defeated 2023 winner Demi Vollering (SD Worx-ProTime) and Italian nationwide champion Elisa Longo Borghini (Lidl-Trek) on the ultimate climb of the Mur de Huy to lastly web her first win after a 1770-day drought. It has taken her 53 top-5 placings, together with a 2nd place on the 2021 version of this very race, to lastly increase her arms in victory once more. ‘Kasia’ exploded in tears after the end line, leaving an emotional lesson: she who perseveres, succeeds.

Flèche Wallonne 2024

139 riders began the twenty seventh version of La Flèche Wallonne Femmes from Huy’s Grand-Place, taking up a 146-kilometre course to complete on high of the enduring Mur de Huy. A rain bathe was a snowfall as temperatures froze all the way down to 5ºC, creating some exhausting climate situations that might show impactful within the unfolding of the race. Arkéa-Samsic’s Maaike Coljé was the primary to desert following a crash within the impartial zone. No break went clear because the Côte de Provides (7,1km with 2,1km at 5,5%) and Côte de Courrière (37,6km with 1,4km at 7,1%) have been ridden and left behind, creating some injury as pre-race favourites like Mavi García (Liv-AlUla-Jayco) struggled to maintain up with the tempo.

Sara Martín (Movistar), Julie Van de Velde (AG Insurance coverage-Soudal Staff) and Elena Hartmann (Roland) attacked and went clear at kilometre 40, clocking a 1:40 benefit on the pack on the high of the Côte d’Evrehailles (53,4km). The climate acquired higher, from wet and chilly to only cloudy, as 89 kilometres into the race their hole topped at 4:25, with Visma | Lease a Bike on the helm within the bunch. It was within the Côte d’Ereffe (101,4km with 2,1km at 5%) that the peloton wakened. FDJ-SUEZ’s Grace Brown and Fenix-Deceuninck’s Pauline Rooijakkers took off and crested the climb 3:35 behind the entrance trio, with the peloton 10 seconds additional again.

The primary climb to the Mur de Huy (114,3km with 1,3km at 9,6%) proved too demanding for Hartmann, who left Van de Velde and Martín alone on the head of the race. Throughout the summit, that they had 2:09 on Brown and Rooijakkers and a pair of:32 on a 50-strong peloton led by SD Worx-ProTime. The chasing duo have been reeled in with 17 kilometres to go by a peloton that was simply 1:20 behind the top of the race at that time following a co-ordinated effort by Canyon//SRAM and the SD Worx-ProTime. A number of assaults occurred up the Côte d’Ereffe (133,1km with 2,1km at 5%) because the entrance duo was swept up and a 50-strong group was left on the head of the race. Riejanne Markus (Visma | Lease a Bike) put in a solo assault with 5 kilometres to go that caught till the foot of the Mur de Huy. She was caught with 700 metres to go by Demi Vollering (SD Worx-ProTime), who marshalled the principle group till Niewiadoma’s ultimate, profitable acceleration 200 metres from the end line.

Flèche Wallonne 2024

Race winner, Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon//SRAM): “This victory means loads to me. I actually hope that with this victory I’ve impressed lots of people who’re pursuing their desires to maintain going. I’ve failed a number of instances, with many near-misses, and by no means stopped believing. Reward is all the time there, ready for us. The race was tremendous brutal. As we began, it began raining so exhausting and temperatures turned very low. I knew it was my day, I simply felt it, and the climate situations acquired on my aspect as a result of I all the time profit from exhausting races like this. As a workforce, we all the time hold a optimistic environment even when shaking from the chilly. My teammates have been wonderful, caring for me and bringing me to the entrance each time I wanted it. I used to be glad to see Demi [Vollering] taking the accountability to tempo the climb. I knew that final yr she cracked me, however I used to be nicely ready to counter and cope higher along with her rhythm as I simulated this sort of racing in coaching, with the assistance of my coach. That helped me being assured into the ultimate. Then in fact you by no means know what can occur on the race – however I wakened believing that this was the day. To be trustworthy, I had deliberate to not have a good time even when was clear with 100 meters to go after what occurred to Lorena Wiebes at Amstel Gold Race. I didn’t need to waste any power wanting round. I simply needed to present my finest. Liège-Bastogne-Liège? As of now, I simply need to take pleasure in what simply occurred. After 5 years with out profitable a street race, this victory is the whole lot there’s my thoughts now.”

2nd, Demi Vollering (SD Worx-Protime): “I attempted discover my very own rhythm within the ultimate climb to the Mur de Huy, as I did final yr. I needed to trip on the entrance for so long as doable and as exhausting as doable. My objective was to be in first place from the underside to the highest, but Kasia had the facility to come back round me and win. I hoped her legs would explode and I might come again, however she did maintain on. It was good to see her win – she is a really robust rider who’s all the time up there. I’m glad about my form. I can nonetheless enhance, in fact, however preserving in thoughts that the largest objectives are somewhat bit additional within the season. For the second, I’m content material as a result of in Amstel I felt a lot better than within the earlier race, and as we speak I felt higher than in Amstel. Hope this continues like this! As for Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes, it’s a very completely different race in comparison with as we speak’s – right here, the Mur de Huy by no means lies.”

third, Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Lidl-Trek): “Our chief as we speak was Gaia Realini, however she was struggling as a result of chilly climate and she or he finally informed me to take my likelihood. It was a really exhausting day due to the powerful climate situations. I used to be very fortunate to have teammates to deal with me by offering me with heat garments and heat tea. I’m proud of as we speak’s outcome. It provides up with the good season I’ve had to date. ‘Kasia’ Niewiadoma launched her transfer within the excellent spot. For those who look again on the final editions of La Flèche Wallonne, each males’s and ladies’s, the variations have been set with 150 meters to go – kind of the place she attacked. Kasia is a good rider, somebody who I respect loads. I imagine she deserves the win. As for me, I held on till I might after which principally died slowly for 150 meters. I’m very proud of the change of schedule of La Flèche Wallonne Femmes. For me personally, this one is a lot better than those we had earlier than. With the earlier timing, we the riders have been fortunate sufficient to stand up at 5AM… However the staffers, they needed to go to mattress very late after which get up very early to be able to put together for the race. This new schedule is best for our efficiency.”

Flèche Wallonne Girls End result:
1. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon//SRAM in 3:55:29
2. Demi Vollering (Ned) SD Worx-Protime at 0:02
3. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Lidl-Trek at 0:04
4. Évita Muzic (Fra) FDJ-SUEZ at 0:07
5. Ashleigh Moolman (SA) AG Insurance coverage-Soudal at 0:11
6. Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Fenix-Deceuninck at 0:15
7. Juliette Labous (Fra) dsm-firmenich PostNL at 0:19
8. Fem van Empel (Ned) Visma | Lease a Bike at 0:24
9. Marta Cavalli (Ita) FDJ-SUEZ at 0:27
10. Ane Santesteban (Spa) Laboral Kutxa-Fundación Euskadi.



Tour of the Alps 2024
Tobias Foss took his first victory in INEOS Grenadiers package. The 26-year-old Norwegian beat Chris Harper and Esteban Chaves in Stage 1 of the Tour of the Alps on Monday. His win was in a dash from an elite group. Foss can be the primary total chief.

Tour of the Alps 2024

The primary stage of the Tour of the Alps was 133 kilometres with three categorised climbs. The primary climb, the Andalo (15.5km at 5.1%), got here quickly after the beginning. Then there was a flatter part to 2 climbs of the Penon (4.4 km at 9.4%). From the highest of the final climb there have been 14 kilometres to the end. Seven riders went for the early break: Nicklas Amdi Pedersen (TDT-Unibet), Asier Etxeberria (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Mattia Bais & Andrea Garosio (Polti-Kometa), Kyrylo Tsarenko (Corratec-Vini Fantini), Simon Pellaud (Tudor) and Masaki Yamamoto (JCL Staff UKYO). They managed to take a 4 minute lead. Decathlon AG2R made positive that the seven escapees didn’t have an excessive amount of of a lead. TDT-Unibet misplaced their climber Kevin Inkelaar, who had returned after a protracted interval of harm, he deserted after 40 kilometres. On the climb of the Andalo, Pedersen was dropped. On the descent, Bais, Garosio and Pellaud made a small hole, however as soon as down, Exteberria, Yamamoto and Tsarenko managed to reconnect. The six pushed on to the climb of Penon.

On the steep sections (10%) of this 4 kilometre climb, the main group cut up because of Garosio and Bais. The 2 Polti Kometa Italians have been the strongest climbers and dropped their fellow escapees and crossed the summit collectively. Bais was the primary to succeed in the highest, as he was on the primary climb of the day and so took the KOM jersey. There was no assaults within the peloton, as a result of velocity set by Decathlon AG2R for Ben O’Connor. The peloton thinned out and the lead was additionally getting smaller. Bais and Garosio tried their hardest to carry off the peloton for so long as doable, however they have been caught firstly of the final climb.

Decathlon AG2R continued its exhausting work, though Valentin Paret-Peintre’s tempo was not too excessive. Simply earlier than the highest: Hugh Carthy and Antonio Tiberi attacked, however didn’t get away. On the quick descent of the Penon, there was a bunch of 40 riders within the lead and Romain Bardet attacked. The Frenchman is a superb descender and stretched the group of favourites out and prompted splits. Along with his descending, Bardet had an elite group of six riders with him, together with Tiberi, Geraint Thomas, Esteban Chaves, Chris Harper and Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier. 4 riders managed to affix this group: Wout Poels, O’Connor, Tobias Foss and Juan Pedro López. They began the final 8 kilometres with eleven leaders. Within the second group, Movistar tried to shut the hole, because the Spanish workforce had missed the transfer and have been unable to shut the hole.

Within the final kilometres the co-operation on this entrance group fell aside. INEOS Grenadiers, with Thomas and Foss, didn’t need to work and Esteban Chaves additionally stopped coming to the entrance. They began to take a look at one another. Foss tried to shock the others a number of instances, however his assaults have been all closed down. The makes an attempt of Chaves have been the identical. The Colombian did managed to get away with three different riders: Harper, O’Connor and Foss. The others had misplaced out. The 4 would battle it out for victory in a dash. Chaves was the primary to go, however the Colombian was handed by Foss. The Norwegian gained the dash with a very good hole. Harper needed to accept second, Chaves and O’Connor completed third and fourth. The dash for fifth was gained by López. This was the primary win for Foss with INEOS Grenadiers and he can be within the chief’s jersey firstly of stage 2.

Alps 2024

Stage winner and total chief, Tobias Foss (INEOS Grenadiers): “It was a very good and difficult ending, additionally a bit tactical. We have now performed nicely with Thomas, I thank him for giving me carte blanche and the sports activities administrators for believing in me. Behind us we additionally had Ganna, who might come again, so we acted somewhat on the throw-in. Tomorrow is one other tough day, though the climbs are somewhat simpler. We might go all out with Ganna, or possibly I’ll dash once more, we’ll see. The distinction between Visma and Ineos is extra cultural, then every has its execs and cons. Right here I feel I can discover somewhat extra space and the workforce regularly exhibits me the good confidence they’ve in me. It’s true, it is probably not the most effective second within the workforce’s historical past, however Pidcock gained the Amstel Gold Race yesterday and we need to attempt to do very nicely right here, so we’re nonetheless very formidable even on the highest stage. Personally, I’ve by no means thought of myself a pure time trialist, though I do know that I’ve achieved the most effective outcomes there. I’m engaged on turning into a stage racer and possibly even a Grand Tour rider, and right here’s hoping I get there. On the Tour de Romandie I caught covid and I felt horrible, I couldn’t get better. Once I got here again I couldn’t proceed, I did it for a couple of weeks, however I finished once more. I arrived on the finish of August exhausted and completed the season. I took three weeks of full relaxation and it helped. Now I’m lastly superb. The rationale for this progress? To begin with, I feel Norway is a really scientifically superior nation, so from a coaching perspective it’s on the forefront. The College of Lillehammer, for instance, collaborates with a number of WorldTour groups on analysis and innovation. And we’re additionally good “troopers”, very disciplined, we do no matter they inform us. One-X I feel is the logo of this development and we actually hope to proceed down this path.”

2nd on the stage and total, Chris Harper (Jayco AlUla): “It was a little bit of a cat and mouse sport all through the ultimate. Some groups had a number of riders forward of them, so I attempted to remain calm and never expend an excessive amount of power whereas making an attempt to get forward. I feel everybody who was thought of a favorite at the start of the week was within the entrance group. Clearly, there are nonetheless many tough levels left, so there’ll nonetheless be an enormous combat for the final classification. We’ll see within the subsequent few days, however I really feel good. We have now a stable workforce right here and I’m positive we are going to proceed to have many alternatives all through the week.”

ninth on the stage and total, Romain Bardet (dsm-firmenich PostNL): “It’s good to race in Italy once more and I feel it was a very good first stage for us. The boys rode nicely throughout the stage and we went all out on the final climb. My teammates positioned me nicely for the climb and the descent, and I used to be in a position to lead the pack on the latter. The end was very tactical and I used to be on the verge of entering into the main group. It’s nonetheless a very good stage for the subsequent few days.”
KOM, Mattia Bais (Polti Kometa): “The target was to flee and likewise get the mountain jersey. We have now been in a position to do it, with the good assist of Garosio. It has been an important stage as a result of Fabbro and Piga have additionally been in a position to end near the most effective. Now it’s time to work to attempt to put on this jersey till the ultimate stage.”

Tour of the Alps Stage 1 End result:
1. Tobias Foss (Nor) INEOS Grenadiers in 3:17:06
2. Chris Harper (Aus) Jayco AlUla
3. Esteban Chaves (Col) EF Training-EasyPost
4. Ben O’Connor (Aus) Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale
5. Juan Pedro López (Spa) Lidl-Trek at 0:03
6. Geraint Thomas (GB) INEOS Grenadiers
7. Antonio Tiberi (Ita) Bahrain-Victorious
8. Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Eri) Lidl-Trek
9. Romain Bardet (Fra) dsm-firmenich PostNL
10. Valentin Paret-Peintre (Fra) Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale.

Tour of the Alps Total After Stage 1.
1. Tobias Foss (Nor) INEOS Grenadiers in 3:16:56
2. Chris Harper (Aus) Jayco AlUla at 0:04
3. Esteban Chaves (Col) EF Training-EasyPost at 0:06
4. Ben O’Connor (Aus) Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale at 0:10
5. Juan Pedro López (Spa) Lidl-Trek at 0:13
6. Geraint Thomas (GB) INEOS Grenadiers
7. Antonio Tiberi (Ita) Bahrain-Victorious
8. Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Eri) Lidl-Trek
9. Romain Bardet (Fra) dsm-firmenich PostNL
10. Valentin Paret-Peintre (Fra) Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale.

Alps’24 stage 1:


The 37-year-old Italian, Alessandro De Marchi, was the strongest rider from an early break on Stage 2 of the Tour of the Alps. De Marchi soloed to victory after attacking on the ultimate climb. Tobias Foss nonetheless leads the final classification.

Tour of the Alps 2024

The 189 kilometre second stage of the Tour of the Alps was from Salurn to Stans. The riders had two categorised climbs: the Brenner (13.4km at 3.0%) and the steep climb to Gnadenwald (4.6km at 7.4%) close to the end. May the sprinters deal with the final climb or would the break go all the best way?

Six riders attacked early. Lukas Pöstlberger (Austrian nationwide workforce), Patrick Gamper (BORA-hansgrohe), Atsushi Oka & Yuma Koishi (JCL Staff UKYO), Simon Pellaud (Tudor) and Alessandro De Marchi (Jayco AlUla). INEOS Grenadiers have been working for total chief, Tobias Foss. The British workforce saved the distinction to inside 5 minutes. On the climb of the Brenner, Oka was dropped and the remaining 5 riders began the final 70 kilometres. It was then too quick for Koishi and Pöstlberger, leaving simply three riders: De Marchi, Gamper and Pellaud. Subsequent was the 4.5 kilometre climb to Gnadenwald, with gradients of as much as 10%. Gamper attacked earlier than the climb, however was caught and dropped on the primary ramps of the climb.

On the steepest components of the climb, De Marchi dropped the opposite, Pellaud was the final to let go. On the high, the distinction between the 2 males had grown to 1 minute. De Marchi seemed to have the stage victory within the bag. The peloton was additionally not chasing and was at about 3 minutes. De Marchi nonetheless had 13 kilometres to go on his personal. He had no issues and held off Pellaud and Gamper, who had acquired collectively. Gamper sprinted to second place, whereas the Pellaud crossed the road in third. Gregor Mühlberger gained the dash from the peloton for fourth place. Tobias Foss completed within the peloton to maintain the chief’s jersey.

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Stage winner, Alessandro De Marchi (Jayco AlUla): “It took loads [of courage], however I used to be assured. Two years in the past I discovered a brand new, good, tremendous setting right here at Staff Jayco AlUla and ultimately I knew it was nearly the suitable second, the suitable time. Already final yr within the Giro we have been there to play, and this yr once more, we’re there, and hopefully and a little bit of braveness, typically it occurs. When you’re virtually 38, on this period of biking a win like this is without doubt one of the most necessary after so a few years, and I repeat, at this age, on this biking, it means loads.”

Tour of the Alps Stage 2 End result:
1. Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Jayco AlUla in 4:47:37
2. Patrick Gamper (Aust) BORA-hansgrohe at 1:20
3. Simon Pellaud (Sui) Tudor at 1:24
4. Gregor Mühlberger (Aust) Movistar at 1:47
5. Joan Bou (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
6. Fabio Felline (Ita) Lidl-Trek
7. Antonio Tiberi (Ita) Bahrain-Victorious
8. Wout Poels (Ned) Bahrain-Victorious
9. Tom Donnenwirth (Fra) Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale
10. Romain Bardet (Fra) dsm-firmenich PostNL.

Tour of the Alps Total After Stage 2.
1. Tobias Foss (Nor) INEOS Grenadiers in 8:06:20
2. Chris Harper (Aus) Jayco AlUla at 0:04
3. Esteban Chaves (Col) EF Training-EasyPost at 0:06
4. Ben O’Connor (Aus) Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale at 0:10
5. Antonio Tiberi (Ita) Bahrain-Victorious at 0:13
6. Wout Poels (Ned) Bahrain-Victorious
7. Romain Bardet (Fra) dsm-firmenich PostNL
8. Geraint Thomas (GB) INEOS Grenadiers
9. Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Eri) Lidl-Trek
10. Valentin Paret-Peintre (Fra) Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale.

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Juan Pedro López (Lidl-Trek) gained a soaking moist mountain Stage 3 of the Tour of the Alps on Wednesday. In a brief however vicious stage round Schwaz, Austria, the climate situations made the stage additional tough. López broke away 25 kilometres earlier than the end with Giulio Pellizzari, who he then dropped on the ultimate climb after which soloed to victory and the chief’s jersey. Pellizzari completed second, adopted by the remainder of the favourites group.

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The 124 kilometre third stage of the Tour of the Alps began and completed in Schwaz, Austria. From a comparatively flat run-up with two intermediate sprints, the riders arrived at a neighborhood circuit with climbs of the Weerberg (3.2km at 9.5%) and the Pillberg (3.2km at 9.9%).

Each needed to be accomplished twice within the ultimate and the stage took on the character of an Ardennes traditional. Filippo Ganna put in an early assault. The Italian of INEOS Grenadiers managed to construct a very good lead on the peloton. Kyrylo Tsarenko counter-attacked, however the Ukrainian of Staff Corratec-Vini Fantini was unable to shut the hole on his personal and was caught by the peloton. Ganna simply carried on using off the entrance. The Italian held up nicely in very moist and chilly situations of about 4ºC. With 50 kilometres to go, his lead was nonetheless greater than 3 minutes on the peloton, the place the boys of dsm-firmenich PostNL and Decathlon AG2R set the tempo. Ganna began the primary climb of the day 10 kilometres later, the tough Weerberg, with ramps nicely above 10%. On this climb the Italian’s lead acquired smaller and smaller, additionally as a result of DSM-firmenich PostNL needed to make an preliminary choice within the peloton. Ganna was the primary to the highest on the primary passage of the Weerberg, however his lead had now shrunk to 45 seconds. On the steeper Pillberg (common 10%), the INEOS Grenadiers rider was caught and the GC males might prepare for the battle. Romain Bardet attacked early, however he didn’t get distant and sat up.

Subsequent it was Giulio Pellizzari flip. The 20-year-old Italian climber of VF Group-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè was joined by the Spaniard Juan Pedro López (Lidl-Trek) and these two achieve a pleasant lead. On the high of the Pillberg the distinction had already elevated to twenty seconds. Within the group of favourites, which was now solely about 20 riders, there was no co-operation. On the high of the final Weerberg, López and Pellizzari’s lead had elevated to 40 seconds, after which we needed to look forward to Pillberg’s ultimate climb. Wout Poels put in his first assault, however total chief Tobas Foss saved the tempo excessive and left the remainder behind. Amongst them Bardet, Ben O’Connor, Poels, Antonio Tiberi, Iván Ramiro Sosa, Michael Storer and the Paret-Peintre brothers. On the entrance, López tried to drag away from Pellizzari 2 kilometres from the highest. This labored and the Lidl-Trek climber began the ultimate descent to Schwaz with a 20 second lead over the Italian. The favourites group adopted at 30 seconds. López had had no issues on the moist descent to take his first skilled victory. The Spaniard additionally took the chief’s jersey from Foss, who sprinted to 3rd place behind.

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Stage winner and total chief, Juan Pedro López (Lidl-Trek): “It was one of many hardest days of my life as a bicycle owner. Originally, I felt my fingers and legs have been blocked, then on the ultimate climbs, I had good sensations and I attempted to go. It doesn’t rain fairly often the place I reside, and when it occurs I normally don’t exit coaching: I attempted not to consider it, and concentrate on my place on the climbs and descents. On the first go over Pillberg, I noticed Bardet assault, however he wasn’t gaining floor. As a substitute, Pellizzari’s moved appeared more practical, and I attempted to comply with him. We labored nicely collectively, and I congratulate him: he was excellent. As soon as I crossed the end line, the feelings overwhelmed me. I believed in regards to the work and the hassle made to attain a outcome like this. Additionally, I come from a tough season, the place I used to be not in a position to reward my workforce’s belief because of bodily issues. Because of the workforce’s assist and a psychologist, I acquired out of it: as we speak I’m glad once more.”

Tour of the Alps Stage 3 End result:
1. Juan Pedro López (Spa) Lidl-Trek in 3:16:11
2. Giulio Pellizzari (Ita) VF Group-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè at 0:22
3. Tobias Foss (Nor) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:38
4. Romain Bardet (Fra) dsm-firmenich PostNL
5. Aurélien Paret-Peintre (Fra) Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale
6. Antonio Tiberi (Ita) Bahrain-Victorious
7. Wout Poels (Ned) Bahrain-Victorious
8. Ben O’Connor (Aus) Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale
9. Valentin Paret-Peintre (Fra) Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale
10. Iván Ramiro Sosa (Col) Movistar.

Tour of the Alps Total After Stage 3.
1. Juan Pedro López (Spa) Lidl-Trek in 11:22:34
2. Tobias Foss (Nor) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:31
3. Ben O’Connor (Aus) Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale at 0:45
4. Antonio Tiberi (Ita) Bahrain-Victorious at 0:48
5. Romain Bardet (Fra) dsm-firmenich PostNL
6. Wout Poels (Ned) Bahrain-Victorious
7. Valentin Paret-Peintre (Fra) Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale
8. Giulio Pellizzari (Ita) VF Group-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè at 0:57
9. Aurélien Paret-Peintre (Fra) Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale at 1:19
10. Iván Ramiro Sosa (Col) Movistar.

Alps’24 stage 3:


Eddy Merckx had Emergency Surgical procedure on the Finish of March
He returned residence after a couple of days in hospital, the Flemish newspaper Het Laatse Nieuws reported.

The legendary Belgian bicycle owner Eddy Merckx, 78, needed to endure an emergency intestinal operation on the finish of March however his life was not at risk. Merckx misplaced a number of weight after surgical procedure, by which a major a part of his gut needed to be eliminated after medical doctors discovered intestinal malrotation. The five-time Tour de France champion went to the emergency room of a hospital on the outskirts of Brussels on the evening of March 26 to 27, and there he was operated on at 3:00 a.m. CET that very same morning, in a surgical procedure that was carried out with out issues.

Merckx wakened with extreme belly ache and he himself defined to the newspaper that he suffered loads that evening, so his spouse determined to take him to the emergency room. After spending a couple of days within the hospital, the previous bicycle owner was in a position to return residence, and now he’s superb, resting and recovering from the surgical procedure. Eddy Merckx is taken into account top-of-the-line cyclists in historical past, and in his report he has 5 Excursions of France, 5 Giros d’Italia and one Tour of Spain, along with three World street Championships.

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Demi Vollering Near Shifting to FDJ-SUEZ
Demi Vollering is near a multi-year settlement with FDJ-SUEZ. Bicycle model Specialised can be becoming a member of the French ladies’s workforce. The American model is claimed to pay a big a part of the wage of the winner of the Tour de France Femmes. The Algemeen Dagblad was the primary to report the information.

Within the run-up to Dwars door Vlaanderen, it was introduced that Vollering would depart Staff SD Worx-Protime on the finish of this season. The Dutch champion isn’t saying about her future in the intervening time, however there are rumours about which workforce she can be with in 2025. UAE Staff ADQ, Lidl-Trek and Visma | Lease a Bike have been talked about, however GCN beforehand reported that FDJ-SUEZ was one of many primary candidates for Vollering’s signature.

Specialised has been a private sponsor of Vollering for a while and likewise makes use of the #1 on the UCI rating, like Remco Evenepoel, as certainly one of their figureheads. With the arrival of Vollering, Specialised would be a part of FDJ-SUEZ. The model is not going to sponsor the boys’s Groupama-FDJ workforce. Specialised may even stick with Staff SD Worx-Protime till 2028. That contract was prolonged final autumn.

The largest names within the present workforce are Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, Marta Cavalli and Grace Brown. All three have expiring contracts. Évita Muzic, additionally one of many high riders within the French workforce, nonetheless has a contract till the tip of 2027.

Vollering to FDJ-SUEZ?
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Jonas Vingegaard Launched from Hospital After 12 Days
Jonas Vingegaard is out of the Txagorritxu Hospital within the Basque capital of Vitoria-Gasteiz. The 2-time Tour winner was launched from hospital on Tuesday morning, his workforce Visma | Lease a Bike introduced on social media.

“Hi there all. It’s time to depart the hospital,” Vingegaard wrote. “I want to thank the medical workers of the hospital for the wonderful care. And I might additionally wish to thank everybody for the ethical help. I’ve acquired a number of messages, items and drawings. It’s actually heartwarming! It’s now time to make a full restoration. Thumbs’ up!”

Two weeks in the past, Vingegaard was one of many riders concerned in an enormous crash within the fourth stage of the Itzulia Basque Nation. He was taken to hospital after the crash and examinations revealed that the Dane had damaged his collarbone and a number of other ribs. Later, he was additionally identified with a lung contusion and a collapsed lung. His collarbone was operated on 5 days later.

Vingegaard will proceed to get better at residence. It’s unclear how lengthy his rehabilitation will take, and whether or not he can be slot in time for the Tour de France, beginning on June 29, in Florence, Italy. The Dane had hoped to win the Tour de France for a 3rd consecutive time this season, after victories in 2023 and 2022.

Vingegaard going residence:


Wout van Aert Noticed on Zwift
It seems to be like Wout van Aert has began coaching on the bike, at residence. The Visma | Lease a Bike Belgian, crashed at hight velocity within the Dwars door Vlaanderen, has been noticed a number of instances not too long ago on Zwift.

A number of rides have appeared on his Zwift account in current days, however Van Aert hasn’t put these rides on his Strava. The final Zwift trip that the Belgian made public is from February 22. On his Zwift account, you may see that Van Aert rode a number of instances since then. Prior to now 30 days he has ridden 142 digital kilometres in 4 hours and 23 minutes.

Van Aert introduced final week that he ‘can’t practice in any respect in the intervening time’, however now seems to be taking critical steps in his rehabilitation course of. A primary participation within the Giro d’Italia is simply too early and it’s nonetheless unknown when he’ll return to competitors.

He broke his collarbone, sternum and a number of other ribs, which meant Van Aert couldn’t begin in his two primary objectives of the spring: the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. “I’m very disenchanted that I additionally must miss my second main objective (the Giro, ed.) of this season. However proper now I’ve to place my well being first. I’ve to present my physique time to get better.”

Secret coaching for Wout?



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Warren Barguil Rode Amstel Gold Race with a Damaged Rib
For dsm-firmenich PostNL, the 58th Amstel Gold Race was not nice. The Dutch workforce noticed Oscar Onley abandon with a damaged collarbone and the opposite chief, Warren Barguil, additionally didn’t end.

The French climber: Barguil raced on Sunday with a damaged rib. The 32-year-old Barguil suffered a damaged rib in a crash within the ultimate stage of the Tour of the Basque Nation, simply over every week in the past. Barguil didn’t need to miss the Dutch race on Sunday, maybe in opposition to his higher judgment. “I couldn’t pressure something and I’m very disenchanted, since I used to be on an altitude coaching camp for 3 weeks,” he mentioned on Strava.

Beginning in Flèche Wallonne (April 17) and Liège-Bastogne-Liège (April 21) doesn’t appear doable for the dsm-firmenich PostNL workforce. Barguil has had a number of top-10 finishes within the Ardennes Classics previously. Final yr he was tenth within the Flèche Wallonne.

Damaged rib for Barguil:
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Concussion for Finlay Pickering within the Tour of the Alps
Within the ultimate of stage 1 of the Tour of the Alps, Finlay Pickering ended up on the street on the final descent of the day.

The 21-year-old British rider, who rides for Bahrain Victorious, was not in a position to proceed and needed to abandon. His workforce introduced by way of social media that the younger rider is affected by concussion. “He’s presently present process additional medical examinations.”

Pickering is in his first season as knowledgeable, after competing for the Continental Trinity Racing workforce final yr. The teenager had already raced the Tour of Antalya earlier this season. The Tour of the Alps was his third race of 2024, however his race turned out to be short-lived.

Finlay Pickering crashed out of the Tour of the Alps:
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Oscar Onley Breaks Collarbone for Third Time in Eight Months: “How Many fckn Occasions?”
Oscar Onley broke his collarbone in a fall within the Amstel Gold Race. It’s the third time in eight months that the rider of dsm-firmenich PostNL has suffered this particular harm. “What number of fckn instances?”, the 21-year-old Brit asks herself on Instagram.

About eight months in the past, on August 26, 2023, Onley broke his collarbone within the second stage of the Vuelta a España. He recovered shortly and rode a number of extra races within the autumn, together with the Tour of Lombardy and Tour of Guangxi. He began the present season in Australia, the place he gained a stage within the Tour Down Below. Nevertheless, every week after that victory he crashed within the Cadel Evans Nice Ocean Highway Race. The decision: a damaged collarbone.

On the finish of March, simply two months after his crash in Australia, Onley made his return within the GP Miguel Indurain. He instantly proved his kind by ending third on this Spanish one-day occasion. He then rode the Tour of the Basque Nation, however issues went incorrect once more within the Amstel Gold Race. He fell time and again suffered a damaged collarbone. It’s not but recognized how lengthy Onley can be out of motion this time.

One other damaged collarbone for Onley:
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Anna Shackley is Pressured to Give up Prime-Degree Sport
Anna Shackley is to stop top-level sport primarily based on the outcomes of a number of medical exams. She was identified with cardiac arrhythmia in January. Following this, she underwent a coronary heart screening in Maxima Medisch Centrum in Veldhoven in collaboration with the SD Worx-Protime’s medical workforce. Right here, a number of irregularities have been discovered. That was the rationale to instantly take her off the bike and do extra in depth exams and procedures on the hospital in Barcelona close to her hometown. All this time, Shackley (22) didn’t practice or compete in races.

The newest results of all of the exams and procedures has led to the conclusion that the guts downside isn’t suitable with a top-level sports activities profession. “We’re very sorry to see Anna’s biking profession finish like this,” indicated sports activities supervisor Danny Stam. “She was one of many greater abilities within the ladies’s peloton. We noticed in recent times that she was making good progress and we believed she might develop to the world high. It’s particularly unlucky for her that she is now pressured to cease. Alternatively, we’re additionally glad that we have been in a position to forestall any extra harmful issues. We hope Anna can return to her ‘regular’ life and we are going to work with the workforce to see how we can assist.”

We hope you’ll grant Anna Shackley some relaxation over the approaching interval in order that she will address this setback.

SD Worx-Protime Shackley


Pogačar Returns to Motion in Liège
UAE Staff Emirates proceed their spring racing marketing campaign with two necessary World Tour races scheduled, beginning with the Flèche Wallonne on Wednesday adopted by the oldest Monument of the calendar generally known as ‘La Doyenne’, Liege-Bastogne-Liege on Sunday (21 April).

The workforce for Liege can be lead by Tadej Pogačar who comes into the race after a blistering begin to the season with victories already in Strade Bianche and the Volta Catalunya. The Emirati squad may even look to the nice type of Amstel Gold Race runner-up Marc Hirschi and the expertise of veteran riders like Diego Ulissi.

Pogačar: “Liege is certainly one of my favorite races and likewise one of many hardest, so it’s all the time good to return there. Since Catalunya I’ve spent a while at altitude with some teammates and we’ve been increase nicely collectively in direction of the Giro. For these Ardennes races now we have a really dynamic workforce. The shape is nice and I feel I can do nicely however on an entire the workforce could be very robust and we’ll have choices which is all the time a bonus.I’m excited to pin on a race quantity once more on Sunday.”

Sports activities Supervisor Matxin Fernandez (Spa) alongside Sports activities Administrators Andrej Hauptman (Slo) and Tomas Gil (Ven).

Liège-Bastogne-Liège [1.UWT] – 21-Apr-2024
Joao Almeida (Por)
Sjoerd Bax (Ned)
Finn Fisher Black (NZ)
Marc Hirschi (Swi)
Domen Novak (Slo)
Tadej Pogačar (Slo)
Diego Ulissi (Ita).

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Soudal Fast-Step to Liège–Bastogne–Liège
Our squad is prepared for one of many season’s most prestigious one-day races

Sunday brings the fourth and ultimate Monument of the spring, the 254.5km Liège–Bastogne–Liège – one of many climbers’ finest alternatives so as to add a significant one-day race to their palmares. The route can be an up-and-down one your entire day, with the riders having to sort out eleven ascents earlier than the ultimate flat kilometers taking them to the middle of Liège, the place the one hundred and tenth version will conclude.

Côte de la Redoute (1.6km, 9.4%), Côte des Forges (1.3km, 7.8%) and Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons (1.3km, 11%) – the final of those coming simply 13 kilometers from the road – would be the hills the place the race guarantees to get harder, paving the best way for the large and doubtlessly decisive strikes of the day.

Soudal Fast-Step – a three-time winner of “La Doyenne” – involves the beginning of the oldest Monument on the earth with James Knox, Fausto Masnada, making his first outing since Tirreno-Adriatico, Pieter Serry, Mauri Vansevenant and Louis Vervaeke, who can be joined by neo-pros Gil Gelders and William Junior Lecerf, the latter a stage winner on the Tour du Rwanda and runner-up on the AlUla Tour this yr.

“We’re with out our two leaders for this race, however now we have confidence on this younger and motivated group. We come to the beginning with a plan and we’re able to go on the market and combat for a very good outcome. The climate gained’t be variety on Sunday and will find yourself taking part in an enormous function, however we’re decided to present our greatest earlier than concluding our spring classics marketing campaign”, mentioned sports activities director Klaas Lodewyck.

21.04 Liège-Bastogne-Liège (BEL) 1.UWT

Gil Gelders (BEL)
James Knox (GBR)
William Junior Lecerf (BEL)
Fausto Masnada (ITA)
Pieter Serry (BEL)
Mauri Vansevenant (BEL)
Louis Vervaeke (BEL).
Sports activities Director: Klaas Lodewyck (BEL) and Geert Van Bondt (BEL).

Mauri Vansevenant to Liège:
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Liège-Bastogne-Liège – APR 21
Phil West – Staff dsm-firmenich PostNL coach: “La Doyenne, the Queen of the Classics, and maybe the hardest of all to spherical out the Ardennes marketing campaign awaits us on Sunday. We’ll purpose to trip a proactive race, ideally in order that we will have numbers late into the day and with Romain [Bardet] and Kevin we then have choices to sort out the race on a number of fronts collectively. As ever, with trendy racing we will anticipate the ultimate to open early so will probably be necessary for us to speculate power in these moments so we come into the end in a great way, and might play our possibilities. In a race like this we are going to must be actually sharp as a workforce and again one another up so we will go for the most effective outcome that’s doable on the day.”

Romain Bardet (FRA)
Romain Combaud (FRA)
Matt Dinham (AUS)
Enzo Leijnse (NED)
Chris Hamilton (AUS)
Martijn Tusveld (NED)
Kevin Vermaerke (USA)

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Kelvin Dekker – Staff dsm-firmenich PostNL coach: “Liège-Bastogne-Liège marks the tip of our classics marketing campaign and we need to end on a excessive. We go into the race with Juliette as our finisher, however the difficult parcours provides a number of alternatives for us to affect the race with our robust line-up, so we can be alert for any promising early strikes. We stay up for taking up the ultimate spring traditional and we are going to do our greatest as a workforce to verify we’re current within the race till the tip.”

Francesca Barale (ITA)
Juliette Labous (FRA)
Josie Nelson (GBR)
Eglantine Rayer (FRA)
Elise Uijen (NED)
Nienke Vinke (NED).

Kevin Vermaerke to Liège:
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The New Basic Supervisor – Thor Hushovd
On the earth of biking, few names resonate as deeply as Thor Hushovd’s.

Rising up in Grimstad, Norway, Hushovd’s childhood was full of numerous sports activities, from athletics and soccer to cross-country snowboarding. But, one thing about biking caught his curiosity after his older brother launched him to the game. It wasn’t nearly how briskly you can go from A to B. It was the motion and ways. What began as a borrowed bike and weekend household outings quickly turned a lifelong ardour for Hushovd. The remaining is historical past for the most-decorated bicycle owner in Norway.

“I’ve all the time had a winner’s mentality and aggressive intuition, and haven’t been scared to set excessive objectives and share them. Typically it labored, typically it didn’t, however I feel it’s necessary to purpose excessive.”

Upon retiring in 2014, he dreamed of elevating and establishing a Norwegian biking workforce at a high stage amongst the elite, to compete in races such because the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, and Vuelta a Espana.

“When this chance offered itself, it was simple for me to say sure. Difficult, however extraordinarily thrilling. The workforce enjoys a excessive worldwide standing as we speak, incomes nice respect throughout the group and among the many world’s finest cyclists, recognising the workforce as a well-organised, wholesome, and strong organisation. On the similar time, I purpose to carry the workforce to the highest stage in order that we will compete within the greatest biking races and be a part of the large arenas.”

Hushovd is presently spending time attending to know the folks behind the workforce whereas repeatedly taking a look at methods to maintain constructing on the workforce’s robust basis. With an eye fixed in direction of the long run, he seeks to create an setting for aspiring younger cyclists, the place they will thrive on the worldwide stage and encourage a brand new wave of Norwegian and Danish riders to embark on this journey.

“Uno-X Mobility continues to be a “small” workforce in comparison with the World Tour groups in biking. In fact, it’s extra thrilling for younger riders after they get a name from an even bigger workforce to decide on them. However we’re a workforce with a robust basis and identification, and we need to be a spot the place the subsequent era of Norwegian and Danish riders really feel at residence and might develop.”

As he enters this new chapter, he feels a way of pleasure and humility. Nonetheless, nonetheless, he’s full of pleasure as he embarks on this journey, the place he aspires to domesticate a way of nationwide pleasure and unity by biking. For him, Uno-X Mobility Biking is extra than simply constructing a profitable biking workforce. It’s additionally about fostering a united feeling, the place each Norwegian and Dane feels part of our journey, with the workforce representing this spirit on the roads, competing shoulder to shoulder subsequent to the world’s finest.

“I vividly keep in mind racing within the Tour de France, the place my fellow riders requested me if there have been any Norwegians left in Norway. It felt like your entire nation had come out to cheer, watch, and be part of the joy that the Tour de France and biking brings. That’s the sensation I’m making an attempt to recreate.”

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Gerben Thijssen Shifts Focus In direction of the Tour de France
Gerben Thijssen resumed coaching lower than two weeks after his crash within the Scheldeprijs on Wednesday third of April, throughout which he sustained partially ruptured ligaments on the skin of his ankle.

The 25 yr outdated Belgian rider, winner of the Trofeo Palma and the primary stage of the Volta ao Algarve this season, prepares his return into competitors and can begin his second a part of the season on the event of the Elfstedenronde on fifth of Could. On account of a disturbed preparation, Gerben Thijssen is not going to take part within the Tour of Italy and shift focus in direction of his first participation within the Tour de France, which begins in Florence on twenty ninth of June.

Gerben Thijssen: “Regardless of the ache the primary days after the crash, the harm turned out to be much less critical than we feared and I might get better pretty shortly. My feeling on the bike is enhancing daily, however I nonetheless must be cautious with sure actions similar to strolling. Not taking part within the Giro d’Italia is clearly a disappointment as I used to be very a lot wanting ahead to my debut on this grand tour, but it surely was the most effective choice for the remainder of my season. My new programme provides me sufficient time to get better. And it additionally brings renewed motivation as loads of dash alternatives await me in Could and in June, in races by which I’ve been profitable previously such because the Ronde van Limburg. Additionally, making my debut within the Tour de France is the realisation of a childhood dream. It’s a reward for my efforts and for those who’ve supported me in my growth, en unimaginable motivating issue.”

Aike Visbeek (Efficiency Supervisor): “On account of his ankle harm, the preparation of Gerben Thijssen in direction of the Tour of Italy was disturbed and shortened. The medical workers and efficiency workforce analysed the state of affairs in session with Gerben and regarded another programme. We unanimously determined to not take any dangers and to supply him a brand new programme to arrange him in an optimum means for his first participation within the Tour de France. Gerben will line up with ambition for the Belgian classics in Could, the Belgium Tour and Belgian championship in June.”

Gerald Ackerl (Head Physician): “There’s optimistic information in regards to the restoration of Gerben Thijssen, lower than two weeks after his crash within the Scheldeprijs. Because of a interval of crucial relaxation, the partially ruptured ligaments of his ankle healed nicely. Gerben was comparatively shortly pain-free, so he might resume coaching and already made development in his build-up.”

Gerben Thijssen to the Tour:
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British Sensation Joe Blackmore Indicators Two-Yr Contract with Israel – Premier Tech
The long run is vibrant for Joe Blackmore.

It might not have been a reputation that many had heard within the biking world previous to the 2024 season but it surely didn’t take lengthy for that to vary.

Having burst onto the street racing scene in 2024, after simply 4 races on the street in 2023, the 21-year-old Brit has completed nothing however impress in his first 4 months with Israel – Premier Tech Academy. So, it can come as no shock that he’s already landed a professional contract, becoming a member of IPT’s ProTeam on a two-year deal for the 2025 and 2026 seasons.

Blackmore added the Liège – Bastogne – Liège U23 win to his palmarès on Saturday, the newest outcome on a protracted record that features his Basic Classification victories on the Tour du Rwanda, Tour de Taiwan, and Circuit des Ardennes and three stage wins. However that is just the start.

“I’ve actually loved my first few months with the workforce and the race calendar I’ve,” says Blackmore. “I didn’t anticipate to win a lot already. I knew that my winter with out cyclocross allowed me to coach extra so I anticipated to be a bit stronger than final yr, a bit nearer to the entrance, however I didn’t anticipate to win all these races. I assume when you begin profitable, you’re on a roll.”

Regardless of the unsurprising curiosity from different groups, Blackmore seemed no additional than Israel – Premier Tech.

“Israel – Premier Tech looks like a extremely good workforce, and everyone seems to be caring and supportive. I’ve raced up with the ProTeam a bit already, and I actually just like the setting and the alternatives I’ve been given so I used to be motivated to remain. As for my goals, I actually need to go for the win in each race that fits me, and I’ve my eye on the mountain bike and street World Championships this yr. I’m not a pure climber, I’m not a pure sprinter so I feel one week stage races and punchy one-day races are significantly suited to me and finally, I’ll see how I’m going on the Grand Excursions.”

Blackmore’s background as a mountain bike and cyclocross rider first caught the eye of IPT Academy’s newly appointed Supervisor Tim Elverson, who inspired the Brit to spend extra time on the street.

“I first noticed Joe again within the 21/22 cyclocross season and I might see one thing in him so began to keep watch over him,” explains Elverson. “I’ve rolled the cube earlier than bringing riders from cyclocross over to the street, so I began working with him from September final yr. He got here to Israel – Premier Tech Academy and embraced the training curve and has actually settled into the household setting now we have constructed, which I imagine has allowed him to develop shortly. With the alternatives IPT can provide and the WorldTour construction now we have, the progress he could make is limitless.”

Whereas Blackmore continues to be discovering his means on the street, Elverson believes his versatility holds the important thing to his future as a professional rider.

“Clearly, Joe could be very a lot on the up and it’s nonetheless unclear precisely what sort of racer he’ll change into however my feeling is he’s significantly suited to quick stage races and the Ardennes Classics. Though, with the best way he handles the bike and his love of a tough race, I feel there are few Monuments which will go well with him. Joe is a calculated racer and with the expertise now we have on this workforce, the one positive factor is there can be many wins to come back.”

Blackmore’s promotion from the Academy to the ProTeam sees him be a part of a protracted record of riders who’ve made the bounce throughout the IPT construction, a testomony to the workforce’s recruitment technique says IPT proprietor Sylvan Adams.

“Joe has been a really fast learner since making the swap to street racing,” says Adams. “And as he’s proven, he is a brilliant, fearless competitor, and an actual winner. Joe’s exceptional outcomes and his new contract are a further validation of our recruitment technique, with seven riders promoted over the past three seasons. Signing Joe to IPT was the simplest choice we’ve made this yr. I’m excited to see his growth subsequent season when he can be up in opposition to the most effective. He’s acquired an important future forward.” IPT Basic Supervisor Kjell Carlström echoes Adams’ phrases, highlighting the workforce’s profitable begin to 2024.



intermarche wanty 2024
Édouard Claisse Pledges his Future to the Construction of Intermarché-Wanty
Intermarché-Wanty continues its funding within the abilities of tomorrow with the arrival of the younger Walloon rider Édouard Claisse. The 16 yr outdated junior from Vaudignies, within the province of Hainaut, tied his future to the construction of Jean-François Bourlart.

With the Norwegian rider Felix Ørn-Kristoff, Édouard Claisse is the second junior to profit from the help of Intermarché-Wanty in sight of his passage within the U23 class in 2026 with the Continental Improvement workforce Wanty-ReUz-Technord underneath the path of Kévin Van Melsen.

Édouard Claisse is without doubt one of the most promising Belgian biking abilities of his era. Throughout seasons 2022 and 2023, he cumulated 40 victories on all terrains along with his Dice Litening C:68X, amongst which two levels and the general classification of the celebrated Tour de l’Ain and a stage within the Triptyque Ardennais.

Stepping as much as the junior class in 2024, he instantly gained two races after his participation within the winter coaching camp of Wanty-ReUz-Technord in Alicante in February. He additionally completed subsequent to the rostrum in worldwide competitions, with fourth locations within the Gran Premi Les Franqueses in Espagne and within the Tour du Bocage et de l’Ernée in France.

Édouard Claisse: “Pursuing my growth with the construction of Intermarché-Wanty was a logical alternative for me. As a result of they help me for fairly a very long time already, each with tools and with a every day comply with up by my coach Christophe Prémont and others. Along with this bond of belief, I’ve a fairly robust sense of belonging to the workforce. I’m born in Ath, identical to the venture of Jean-François Bourlart, so it makes me proud to characterize the colors of my native workforce. I’ve all the time been welcomed with open arms, each by the workers and the professional riders I love. I spent fairly a while speaking to Gerben Thijssen throughout the winter coaching camp of the World Staff and discovered loads. For the time trial self-discipline I like to handle my inquiries to Rune Herregodts. Not too long ago I acquired recommendation from sports activities director Dimitri Claeys to arrange for the gravel roads throughout the 4 day stage race Eroica, my first expertise with the Belgian nationwide workforce beginning this Thursday. This yr, my primary objectives are the Classique des Alpes and the Tour du Valromey, two prestigious races in my class by which I hope to complete within the high 10 to return with extra expertise in my second season as a junior. I need to pursue my growth step-by-step, hoping to grasp my dream of taking part within the Tour de France with Intermarché-Wanty.”

Kévin Van Melsen (Sports activities Director): “We launched our Continental Improvement Staff Wanty-ReUz-Technord with the purpose of creating younger abilities and enabling them to change into skilled cyclists. As the primary Walloon World Staff, Intermarché-Wanty attaches a number of significance to the event of Belgian abilities – Walloon riders specifically – in its philosophy. So I’m proud {that a} extremely coveted expertise similar to Édouard has chosen to comply with within the footsteps of William Graff, Sacha Prestianni or encore Tim Rex, who made exceptional development since their arrival. This exhibits the standard of our growth construction and it’s a reward for the boldness we put in Édouard from a younger age and for the nice contacts we maintained along with his household. He’s a rider with loads of completely different qualities, who actually impressed me throughout our winter coaching camps. But when I would like to select one facet, it could be his maturity in his race imaginative and prescient. At his age, it’s slightly distinctive to know precisely learn how to handle a race to win. He learns very quick and has a pleasant margin for development. Our intention is to present him the required time to develop himself. I can’t wait to welcome in our colors from 2026.”

Aike Visbeek (Efficiency Supervisor): “We comply with the evolution of Édouard Claisse for a very long time already. This younger Walloon expertise from the province of Hainaut, the place the guts of our construction is located, has a profile that completely matches our growth philosophy. That’s why we began supporting him in his growth final season, step-by-step. Édouard is adopted each day by our coach Christophe Prémont and advantages from materials help. In February he participated to the coaching camp of Wanty-ReUz-Technord in Alicante. He’s often current at workforce coaching periods or races. On this means, he can familiarise with our organisation and pursue his studying course of in a family-type {and professional} setting. We’re glad that the event construction we’ve constructed continues attracting promising abilities within the junior class in Wallonia, along with worldwide abilities similar to Simone Gualdi and Felix Ørn-Kristoff.”

Christophe Prémont (Coach): “Édouard Claisse is without doubt one of the most promising abilities of his era.Within the junior class he’s aggressive on all terrains. Within the U17 class he gained each within the mountains of the Tour de l’Ain and within the flat Belgian races. His outcomes converse for themselves, nevertheless, I connect extra significance to the linear development I discover since we began working collectively one and a half yr in the past. And particularly, there’s nonetheless a number of room for development. For now, we concentrate on the fundamentals, studying learn how to handle the coaching load and learn how to eat nicely, earlier than looking for marginal positive factors. Édouard exhibits eagerness to study and retains each ft on the bottom, he is aware of learn how to encompass him with good folks. The previous yr we constructed a relationship of belief. Throughout the construction of Intermarché-Wanty, now we have long run plans for his growth as a bicycle owner, to succeed in his maximal potential, step-by-step and in a serene means.”



Pologne women
Czeslaw Lang Declares Stage Cities for Tour de Pologne Girls
The Lublin voivodeship has been awarded the race, scheduled for the tip of June 2024.

“We have now very formidable plans for the Tour de Pologne Girls given the fast growth of girls’s biking. Right this moment, I can announce that the three levels of the race can be held within the Lublin area, an space that distinguished itself years in the past throughout the Tour de Pologne UCI WorldTour,” declares Basic Director Czesław Lang, including: “Subsequently, we’re assured that the routes now we have ready can be of a really excessive commonplace. I’m glad to have a primary sponsor like ORLEN, which helps biking.”

The Tour de Pologne Girls, scheduled for the final weekend of June 2024, will due to this fact be held totally within the Lublin voivodeship, which has already hosted the Tour de Pologne UCI WorldTour in 2021 and 2022. On this event, the cities of Lublin, Zamość, Kraśnik, Kazimierz Dolny and Chełm have been concerned. The keenness of the local people, wonderful roads and picturesque views prompted Czeslaw Lang to repeat the success and return to the area with one other worldwide occasion.

“In 2022, throughout the Tour de Pologne funds convention, I introduced that we want to return to this lovely area with one other race. I’m glad to announce that we are going to do that with the Tour de Pologne Girls. We’ll begin with a person time trial in Lublin. The second stage can be between Krasnystaw and Kraśnik, whereas the third stage will see the peloton set off from the Arche Lodge in Nałęczów in direction of Kazimierz Dolny. There we are going to discover out the winner of the final classification, sponsored by ORLEN,” declares Czeslaw Lang, vice-Olympic champion and organiser of the occasion.

Along with the routes, the occasion’s primary sponsor, a long-time supporter of Polish biking, each skilled and newbie, has additionally been confirmed: ORLEN. The model will thus be along side ladies’s biking and the athletes will compete for the coveted yellow jersey within the ORLEN common classification.

“ORLEN is the largest and most energetic sports activities sponsor in Poland. Our actions on this space lead to a optimistic notion of our model within the nation and elevated recognition overseas. Supporting well-liked sports activities and athletes makes it simpler to succeed in current clients and entice new ones. Biking couldn’t be overlooked of our broad portfolio of tasks. Now we’re going to help the Tour de Pologne Girls, which is returning to the calendar of the nation’s most necessary sporting occasions, which could be very attention-grabbing from the perspective of popularising the self-discipline amongst ladies,’ says Agata Pniewska, ORLEN’s Govt Director for Sponsorship.

The primary version of the Tour de Pologne Girls came about in 2016. It was gained by Olympic mountain bike champion Jolanda Neff, who proved that she may be aggressive on the street. The very best Polish girl that yr was Paulina Brzeźna-Bentkowska, who completed a robust fourth.

2nd Tour de Pologne Girls: 28-30.06.2024
STAGE 1 – Lublin
STAGE 2 – Krasnystaw – Kraśnik, Kraśnik District
STAGE 3 – Arche Nałęczów – Kazimierz Dolny

Pologne women


USA Cycling
2024 USA Biking Skilled Highway Nationwide Championships Come to Charleston, West Virginia on Could 14-19, 2024
The general public is invited to downtown Charleston, Could 14-19 for Professional Highway Nationals, the place the winner of the Elite Males’s and Elite Girls’s Time Trial occasions will routinely qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Video games.

The 2024 USA Biking Skilled Highway Nationwide Championships will happen Could 14-19, 2024 on the roads of downtown Charleston. That is the occasion’s inaugural yr in Charleston and can proceed annually by 2028.

Occurring simply two months previous to the Summer season Olympic Video games, this yr’s occasion is anticipated to attract top-tier riders, together with Olympians, World Tour professionals, and rising stars. The winner of the Elite Males’s and Elite Girls’s Time Trial occasions on the 2024 Skilled Highway Nationwide Championships will routinely qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Video games.

The Skilled Highway Nationwide Championships will proceed to characteristic the skilled Highway Race, Time Trial and Criterium, with the addition of the Below-23 and Junior 17-18 age classes in an effort to raise the UCI classes on the nationwide stage, creating one world-class biking occasion.

Day by day Awards & Race Schedule:
Spectators can anticipate six full days of best-in-class racing. The marquee occasions embody:
Tuesday: Junior Time Trial
Wednesday: Elite Time Trial (Olympic qualifying occasion), U-23 Time Trial
Thursday: Criterium
Friday: Criterium
Saturday: Highway Race
Sunday: Highway Race
For a full schedule, click on right here.

Basic Info:
Spectators are inspired to attend. The Expo space can be situated at Metropolis Heart at Slack Plaza Thursday-Sunday. Extra spectator data may be discovered right here: https://charlestonwv.com/usa-cycling/.

USA Champs come to Charleston:


USA Cycling
2024 USA Biking Collegiate Highway Nationwide Championships Come to Albuquerque on Could 3-5, 2024
The general public is invited to Balloon Fiesta Park on Sunday, Could 5, 2024 for Criterium Day of the Collegiate Highway Nationwide Championships.

The 2024 USA Biking Collegiate Highway Nationwide Championships will happen Could 3-5, 2024 in Albuquerque, N.M. Returning for its second yr in Albuquerque, this yr’s nationwide championship will characteristic sixteen championship races the place Varsity and Membership collegiate athletes can be topped. Spectators are inspired to attend the criterium race on Could 5, 2024, which can be co-located with the Rio Grande Valley Celtic Competition at Balloon Fiesta Park.

Day by day Awards & Race Schedule:
The marquee occasions embody:
Friday: Staff Time Trial, Particular person Time Trial
Saturday: Highway Race
Sunday: Criterium
Awards can be held on Saturday, Could 4th at East Mountain Excessive College Soccer Area and on Sunday, Could fifth at Balloon Fiesta Park.
For a full schedule, click on right here.

Basic Info:
Spectators are inspired to attend Sunday’s criterium at Balloon Fiesta Park, which can be co-located with the Rio Grande Valley Celtic Competition. Tickets may be bought on-line by clicking right here. Tickets may even be out there for buy on the entrance for $20.
(Athletes, their households, and coaches will have the ability to attend the criterium utilizing the Collegiate Highway Nationwide Championships wristband that can be supplied onsite and handed out throughout the athlete assembly.)

Parking can be out there at Balloon Fiesta Park’s east parking zone situated at 5500 Balloon Fiesta Parkway NE.

The 2024 USA Biking Collegiate Highway Nationwide Championships will happen in Albuquerque:
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The Nationwide Biking League to Deal with 2025 and Pause the 2024 Season
Nationwide Biking League (NCL) declares it can pause operations for the 2024 season efficient instantly because it seems to be to restructure and rebuild for the 2025 season. Whereas NCL is not going to discipline occasions or groups in 2024, the chief workforce and board of administrators will concentrate on coming again stronger in 2025 by restructuring its enterprise mannequin throughout the present financial challenges going through the home and international biking trade.

“Pausing our 2024 plans impacts many groups and riders, and we’re working with everybody individually to assist them by 2024 and to place everybody for achievement in 2025,” mentioned Reed McCalvin, VP of Operations and Groups.

NCL had deliberate to discipline three full co-ed groups – Miami Nights, Denver Disruptors, and Atlanta Rise – for the 2024 season. These groups have been going to battle for the 2024 NCL Cup, in addition to problem the most effective groups and riders within the U.S. with a full home race calendar. Riders and workers have been notified and can be assisted by their transitions.

In 2023, its inaugural season, NCL hosted three profitable criterium races in Miami Seashore, Denver, and Atlanta. These occasions is not going to happen in 2024.

“One of many objectives for the Nationwide Biking League has been to construct on the present home biking scene,” mentioned Andrea Pagnanelli, NCL CEO. ”For us to succeed in this objective on this market, we felt that pausing our 2024 plans to regulate our mannequin will permit us to come back again even stronger sooner or later.”

NCL 2023 Highlights – Spherical 1, Miami Seashore:


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