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EUROTRASH Thursday: Cross, Flandriens and Every part Else!

A lot information from the peloton in at this time’s EUROTRASH: UCI not completely satisfied about riders lacking the cyclo-cross World Cup races – TOP STORY.

Rider information: Philipsen, Kopecky and Van der Poel all ‘Flandrien of the Yr’, Peter Sagan will miss the ambiance of biking, Patrick Lefevere indicators a brand new rider – Gianni Moscon, Sepp Kuss on staying with Jumbo-Visma, Chris Froome had a the improper place for years, Michael Rasmussen responds to Chris Froome: “What bullshit”, Egan Bernal goals of success, Matej Mohorič has two major objectives for 2024, two wins, however Jenthe Biermans remains to be sensible, Adrie van der Poel: “No, Mathieu shouldn’t have gained the Velo d’Or”, Victor Lafay to AG2R Citroën, Ben Hermans and Kenny Elisson signal with Cofidis, no contracts with Cofidis for Davide Cimolai and André Carvalho, Luke Plapp to Jayco AlUla and Swiss public prosecutor’s workplace closes felony investigation into Gino Mäder’s loss of life.

Staff information: Staff Polti Kometa would be the new title of Ivan Basso and Alberto Contador biking mission, former rider and W52 DS Nuno Ribeirto suspended for 25 years, Mark Renshaw joins Astana as Sports activities Director, Carmen Small joins EF Training-Cannondale as head DS, Dmitriy Gruzdev and Yevgeniy Gidich stay with Astana, Giovanni Lonardi to stick with EOLO KOMETA, CANYON//SRAM Racing announce two new contracts, Bahrain Victorious has two new coaches and new title introduced for Allinq Continental group.

Race information: Tour of Britain unsure and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne wont begin in Kuurne for the subsequent three years.

Plus: The race that modified Cameron Mason’s life video.

Sit again with a giant EUROTRASH Thursday espresso.


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TOP STORY: UCI Not Joyful about Riders Lacking the Cyclo-Cross World Cup Races
The World Cup needs to be an important collection of races in cyclo-cross, however the prime riders typically select to overlook out a World Cup weekend. UCI CEO Peter Van den Abeele just isn’t completely satisfied in regards to the state of affairs: “If the World Cup is seen as a toy, then we have now an issue,” he informed Sporza.

The numerous cancellations by riders within the World Cup are an annoyance for Van den Abeele. Lars van der Haar beforehand mentioned that he is not going to contest your complete World Cup collection of occasions, Thibau Nys is not going to compete in Dendermonde subsequent Sunday and prime feminine cross riders, Fem van Empel and Puck Pieterse is not going to race in your complete World Cup.

“Lars van der Haar mentioned after his victory in Maasmechelen that he’s dropping the World Cup rankings. Thibau Nys prefers the Superprestige in Niel over the World Cup in Dendermonde. I respect riders who say they select to take a relaxation. However penalising the World Cup for a unique collection? If the World Cup is seen as a toy, then we have now an issue,” mentioned Van den Abeele.

“That’s not good for anybody, not even for cyclo-cross as a self-discipline. Nevertheless, nowhere can they win as a lot prize cash as within the Cyclo-Cross World Cup. Then one thing goes improper, proper?” the previous cyclo-cross rider thinks. But Van den Abeele doesn’t solely level the accusing finger on the cyclo-cross riders. “We can even look within the mirror ourselves,” he admitted.

“Ought to performances within the World Cup be rewarded with extra factors? Ought to we bundle the World Cup cross races in a shorter interval so that each one the highest riders may be there, for instance from December to the final weekend earlier than the World Championships? These are all issues that I urgently wish to talk about with Flanders Classics (organisers of the World Cup) and different main gamers from the cyclo-cross world.”

Van den Abeele doesn’t wish to wait too lengthy. “We are going to make these selections with the best precedence in order that they are often accredited on the World Championships (Tábor in February). This fashion they are going to come into impact subsequent season.”

Not everybody desires to experience all of the World Cup races:


Philipsen, Kopecky and Van der Poel all Flandrien of the Yr
Jasper Philipsen and Lotte Kopecky have been voted Flandrien and Flandrienne of the 12 months on Tuesday night. Mathieu van der Poel acquired the Worldwide Flandrien, the prize for the most effective worldwide rider of the previous season.

With 19 victories, Jasper Philipsen gained essentially the most races in peloton this 12 months. He gained 4 levels within the Tour de France and he additionally took the inexperienced factors jersey. Within the one-day races, he gained the Basic Brugge-De Panne and the Scheldeprijs and was second in Paris-Roubaix. The Alpecin-Deceuninck rider was elected Flandrien of the Yr forward of Remco Evenepoel, who this 12 months gained Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Clásica San Sebastián and is World time trial champion. Arnaud De Lie was third. It’s the first time Philipsen has gained the Flandrien of the Yr trophy. Final 12 months the prize went to Evenepoel.

Among the many ladies there was one clear favorite; Lotte Kopecky. The 27 year-old rider had the most effective season of her profession. She gained Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and the Tour of Flanders within the spring, she was second within the Tour de France Femmes in the summertime and gained the World highway title. She additionally gained two gold medals within the monitor World championships and a gold medal on the European monitor championships, for which she was awarded the Patrick Sercu Grand Prix.

On the Flandrien gala, Mathieu van der Poel was rewarded for his season. The Dutchman gained two Monuments; Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix, plus the World titles on the highway and cyclo-cross. He missed out on the Velo d’Or to Jonas Vingegaard, however Van der Poel was voted finest worldwide rider within the Flandrien of the Yr.

Nathan Van Hooydonck, who was compelled to cease racing resulting from a coronary heart situation, was voted Teammate of the Yr. Within the youth classes, Thibaut Van Damme (novices), Fleur Moors (juniors) and Alec Segaert (U23) took dwelling the prizes. Peter Sagan and Greg Van Avermaet, who’ve each retired, have been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Flandrien of the Yr: Jasper Philipsen
Flandrienne of the Yr: Lotte Kopecky
Worldwide Flandrien: Mathieu van der Poel
Grand Prix Patrick Sercu: Lotte Kopecky
Teammate of the Yr: Nathan van Hooydonck
Youth Flandriens of the 12 months: Thibaut Van Damme, Fleur Moors, Alec Segeart
Spark of the Yr: Lotte Kopecky on the Tourmalet
Lifetime Achievement Award: Peter Sagan and Greg Van Avermaet.

Flandrien of the Yr Jasper Philipsen:
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Peter Sagan: “I Will Particularly Miss the Ambiance of Biking”
Peter Sagan will miss skilled biking, however not the races themselves. The three-time World champion informed Proximus on Tuesday on the Flandrien Gala, the place he was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

“I’ll particularly miss the ambiance and touring with mates. I gained’t miss the races themselves, it’ll primarily be the ambiance,” mentioned Sagan, who hasn’t retired from biking simply but. Within the coming 12 months he’ll concentrate on the mountain bike race on the Paris Olympic Video games. “I began mountain biking and that’s how I wished to finish my profession, to get pleasure from it extra. I’ll positively strive that.”

Preparations for the 2024 Video games will begin quickly. “We will definitely nonetheless go to coaching camp with the Specialised group, however we are actually within the offseason. I simply bought again from Tokyo (for the ASO Saitama Criterium) and went straight to this gala. I’m going to get some sleep first.”

Sagan introduced early in 2023 that he would retire. “I attempted to get pleasure from all the pieces extra. I wished to spend extra time with followers and employees, so I broke the information initially of the 12 months. This made me suppose extra in regards to the folks and the ambiance across the race.”

Peter Sagan just isn’t going to overlook the races:


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Patrick Lefevere has Indicators a New Rider: “I’ll hold his title to myself for some time”
Soudal Fast-Step will quickly announce a twenty seventh rider for the 2024 season. Patrick Lefevere, the group supervisor of the Belgian group, informed Sporza: “I’ve been bombarded with requests in current weeks.”

Till now, Soudal Fast-Step solely had 26 riders below contract for 2024, whereas a WorldTeam should have at the least 27 riders. “It had escaped my discover that each one the managers who have been already pushing me in December final 12 months might see on a sure website that we have been nonetheless in need of a rider. I’ve been bombarded with requests in current weeks,” mentioned Lefevere.

The now 68 year-old group boss has now signed a deal. “The twenty seventh spot has been stuffed for the reason that weekend. I’m going to maintain that rider’s title to myself for some time, as a result of I don’t know if the boy has already communicated it to his group this 12 months. In any case, he was on the finish of his contract with that group.”

The Belgian beforehand introduced eight new riders for subsequent season. These are Mikel Landa, Antoine Huby, Luke Lamperti, Ayco Bastiaens, William Junior Lecerf, Warre Vangheluwe, Gil Gelders and Jordi Warlop. The final 4 riders come from the Soudal Fast-Step growth group.

Who’s Lefevere’s new rider?


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Gianni Moscon Agrees to Be part of Soudal Fast-Step
Versatile Italian reaches settlement with the Wolfpack for subsequent season.

A professional since 2016, Gianni Moscon will change into the newest rider to hitch Soudal Fast-Step, after reaching an settlement to signal a cope with essentially the most profitable group of the previous 21 years. Hailing from Trento, a area which produced some nice riders, Gianni has constructed himself fairly a strong palmares over these previous seasons.

Nicknamed “Il Trattore” for the unbelievable engine he possesses and quantity of labor he’s able to placing in throughout a race, in addition to his ardour for farming tools which was cultivated whereas rising up on his household’s apple farm, the 29-year-old has racked up 11 skilled wins to date, together with the Tour of Guangxi, the Arctic Race of Norway, and Giro della Toscana, one of many oldest races in his dwelling nation.

What has caught the eye of biking followers throughout these seasons was additionally his outstanding versatility throughout all types of terrain, with outcomes together with a pair of prime 10 finishes in Paris-Roubaix, a fifteenth place in Ronde van Vlaanderen and a powerful third at Il Lombardia, along with two consecutive nationwide time trial titles, all serving as testimony to his expertise and expertise.

“I’m actually completely satisfied to hitch the group. Soudal Fast-Step is likely one of the largest groups on the earth, I might see that when racing in opposition to this squad within the classics in all these years, it at all times was the group to be careful for, the group who was in the precise place on the proper second and made the race laborious. It was certainly one of my objectives after I turned professional to experience for Soudal Fast-Step sooner or later and I’m delighted that this can occur subsequent season. Coming right here after two troublesome years in my profession means so much to me and I wish to thank everybody for placing their belief in me.”

“I like the Classics, I like the way in which this group races and I can’t wait to be a part of this group. I at all times give my finest and I’m dedicated to what I do on the bike, and realizing I shall be a part of the Wolfpack makes me very excited”, mentioned Gianni – who when isn’t on his bike, may be discovered on his farm – forward of this new journey.

“We’ve identified Gianni for a very long time now, since he was nonetheless an beginner. He’s a really proficient rider, who turned heads since his U23 days with the sturdy outcomes he scored in races such because the Piccolo Giro di Lombardia and Tour de l’Avenir, and who continued to indicate what he’s able to additionally within the professional ranks. He shall be an necessary addition to our squad for subsequent season, and we’re assured that in our group he can present some lovely issues in 2024”, mentioned Soudal Fast-Step CEO Patrick Lefevere.

Moscon to Soudal Fast-Step:


Sepp Kuss on His Future with Jumbo-Visma
Sepp Kuss is pleased with Jumbo-Visma, however doesn’t rule out leaving the Dutch group sooner or later. “I’m not in opposition to new adventures. On the identical time, what I’ve at Jumbo-Visma is exclusive,” he mentioned to De Telegraaf.

Kuss has had an excellent season. The American climber performed a vital function within the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France for the general winners; Primoz Roglič and Jonas Vingegaard after which he gained the Vuelta a España. Subsequent season he’ll concentrate on the Tour and Vuelta. He is not going to experience the Tour of Italy in 2024. However how does 29 year-old Kuss view his future? Will he stick with Jumbo-Visma for years to come back? Or is he pondering of a brand new group and a job as a group chief? His contract with the Dutch group runs till the tip of 2024.

“I’m going to try it calmly. There are different choices the place I might have extra freedom. On the identical time, what I’ve at Jumbo-Visma is exclusive,” Kuss sees the benefit of staying with the Dutch group. “To win the Tour I might merely must experience in the most effective group on the earth. I can pursue my very own alternatives at Jumbo-Visma and fulfil the function of domestique at different occasions. I get satisfaction from each roles.”

In accordance with sports activities director Merijn Zeeman, nothing wants to vary for Kuss within the coming years. “When you cause from how we method the game, nothing will change for Sepp. He can actually win one other Grand Tour with us, simply in addition to we let him do it now,” Zeeman mentioned. “Sepp is aware of that he can win a giant tour at Jumbo-Visma, way more than being outplayed as the one chief someplace.”

No change for Sepp Kuss, for the second:
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Chris Froome had a the Incorrect Place on his Bike for Years
Chris Froome has suffered from again issues lately, however now he appears to have discovered the trigger. With out realising it, Froome’s place had modified significantly when he left INEOS Grenadiers for Israel-Premier Tech. And that was the supply of his complaints, the four-time Tour winner informed Cyclingnews.

“At first I assumed it was the age,” mentioned 38 year-old Froome, who began having again issues after two to 3 hours within the saddle. “However then I began questioning my place on the bike and began evaluating. I nonetheless had certainly one of my outdated bikes from my time at Staff Sky/INEOS, so I might examine the 2 totally different bikes. I found that there was a distinction within the attain (the gap between the tip of the saddle and the handlebars). My new bike was three centimetres longer.”

After 2020, Froome switched from Staff INEOS to Israel Begin-Up Nation, which is now referred to as Israel-Premier Tech. He rode a Pinarello for the British group, however now he has a Issue. He found the distinction in place this summer time, after he was not chosen for the Tour de France. “I took my outdated bike to a specialist and we found very large variations between my positions. However now we have now made adjustments. So far as saddle top is anxious, it’s greater than centimetres. And the attain additionally includes so much. We’re not speaking about millimetres right here.”

The Briton, who says the inaccurate place is a ‘mistake’, is now eager for the longer term once more. “That is one thing constructive for me. I discover that it offers me a variety of motivation, as a result of it may be a part of the puzzle, a lacking piece, within the clarification for not attaining the specified stage.”

Froome desires to succeed in that stage once more within the Tour de France in 2024. “If I can return to the Tour de France and be there when the race turns into selective, whether or not that’s to win one other stage and even attempt to go for a classification, for no matter place… That might be a dream.”

Froome all improper on a motorbike?


Michael Rasmussen Responds to Chris Froome: “What Bullshit”
Chris Froome just lately said that his poor performances in current seasons are partly resulting from an incorrect place on the bike (See earlier article). Former rider Michael Rasmussen doesn’t suppose Froome’s story is plausible and made his thought clear on X (Twitter). “What a variety of bullshit.”

After 2020, Froome switched from Staff INEOS to Israel-Premier Tech. He rode a Pinarello for the British group, however now he has a Issue. “I took my outdated bike to a specialist and we found very large variations between my positions. However now we have now made adjustments. With regards to saddle top, it’s greater than centimetres. And the attain additionally includes so much. We’re not speaking about millimetres right here.”

Full nonsense, wrote Michael Rasmussen on “Each skilled bicycle owner who spends hundreds of hours on his bike will instantly really feel if there could be such a change. Froome would nonetheless not experience within the prime twenty within the Tour of Rwanda on his 2015 Pinarello, at his present stage,” says the ex-Rabobank rider.

Michael Rasmussen not impressed


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Niels Albert on Eli Iserbyt
Eli Iserbyt didn’t play a serious function on the European cyclo-cross championships in Pontchâteu final Sunday. Earlier than the beginning he was thought-about one of many favourites for the title, however he completed in sixth place. “As so typically occurs at a championship, Eli Iserbyt was not on the appointment,” says Niels Albert wrote in his column for Het Laatste Nieuws.

“One time European champion, that’s it for him,” says Albert, who remembers the 2020 European championship. Earlier that 12 months, Iserbyt achieved his finest end in a Belgian professional championship: second. He additionally gained silver on the 2019 European championships, whereas he gained bronze on the World championships in each 2022 and 2023. Now a medal was not an possibility for the 25 year-old rider. “You’ll suppose: Pontchâteu, twisting, turning, a bit technical, that’s a circuit he ought to be capable of do. He had a puncture, sure, however there was no technique to return.”

Albert additionally commented on an announcement by Sven Vanthourenhout. The Belgian nationwide coach mentioned previous to the European championships {that a} strong highway program is turning into more and more necessary for cyclo-cross riders. “Street racing will change into more and more necessary for a cyclo-cross rider,” Albert additionally thinks. “Iserbyt, Vanthourenhout and Sweeck must do one thing about this if they need to have the ability to experience one or two kilometres per hour sooner in cross-country sooner or later.”

Niels Alberts essential of Eli Iserbyt:


Egan Bernal Goals of Success
Egan Bernal desires to compete once more on the prime of professional biking subsequent season. In January 2022, the Giro and Tour winner suffered 20 fractures, together with his backbone, femur and kneecap, and two collapsed lungs. A protracted rehabilitation each on and off the bike ought to convey the Colombian again to the highest in 2024, the INEOS Grenadiers rider informed Cyclingnews.

“How I survived this isn’t regular, so above all I’m completely satisfied to be alive,” Bernal appeared again on his horrible crash. “In biking we at all times take into consideration being primary and successful the Tour de France, and I did that earlier than the accident. However once you realise that you’re a regular particular person and also you expertise that you simply can not transfer in mattress… I used to be fortunate.”

After an extended rehabilitation, Bernal made his return to the peloton on the finish of final 12 months. The season that adopted was certainly one of few highlights, but the 26 year-old climber nonetheless goals of success. He did experience on this 12 months’s Vuelta a España, which gave him confidence. “Within the Vuelta, regardless that I didn’t obtain any nice outcomes, I used to be capable of get pleasure from it. I used to be capable of assault so much and was not removed from the highest.”

The previous winner of the Giro and Tour could be completely satisfied to finish the trilogy. “When you could have felt what it means to win a Grand Tour, after which just one race just like the Vuelta is lacking… Then I feel I may be there once more if I hold having the mentality to change into among the finest once more. For me, to be actually pleased with my profession, it’s simply the Vuelta that’s lacking.”

To attain this, the INEOS Grenadiers GC man should compete in opposition to present prime Grand Tour riders, however he desires to show that he will also be a formidable competitor. “They actually wish to win each race. They begin in good condition to win, and for that you simply want sturdy and laborious work. I don’t suppose they’ve something that I don’t have, or vice versa. It could be good to see how my stage is in comparison with them in a standard state of affairs.”

Bernal nonetheless has goals:
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Matej Mohorič has Two Principal Objectives for 2024
Matej Mohorič is already waiting for the 2024 season in an interview with Cyclingnews. The Slovenian set his sporting bar excessive. “I’ve two large objectives for 2024: the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.”

Mohorič gained his first Monument in 2022, Milan-San Remo, however the 29 year-old desires so as to add to his palmarès. The Bahrain Victorious rider completed fifth within the 2020 Paris-Roubaix, however hopes to face on the rostrum subsequent 12 months in Roubaix and Flanders.

“For me, successful Milan-San Remo was the realisation of a dream, however Flanders and Roubaix are objectives that I nonetheless wish to obtain. That’s what my focus is. The Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix are my two large objectives for 2024.”

Mohorič additionally hopes to shine within the Tour de France once more subsequent 12 months. This 12 months he managed to win one other Tour stage. “I’m going for much more stage wins. I hope there shall be alternatives for the attackers subsequent 12 months. I haven’t appeared on the route correctly but, however I do know we can have a stage on unpaved roads. Nevertheless, I’m not simply this stage. I’ve the posh of not having to consider a normal classification and having the ability to take some dangers now and again.”

Mohorič wanting ahead to 2024:


After his Finest Season Ever, Jenthe Biermans is Nonetheless Real looking
For Jenthe Biermans, the 2023 season was the most effective 12 months of his profession. He seems again with satisfaction on his debut 12 months with Arkéa-Samsic, the place he took two victories. The 28 year-old Biermans remains to be bold, but in addition sensible. “I do know that I can actually compete in smaller races, however in bigger occasions I fall brief,” he informed WielerFlits.

“Stunning 12 months, I’ve two victories in my profession and I achieved each of them this 12 months,” he mentioned, pondering again to the Muscat Basic in Oman and his stage victory within the Tour of Luxembourg. “In that respect it was a unbelievable 12 months, my finest season. I’m very, very glad. I had at all times hoped to win a race sooner or later, in order that could be very good. I really feel excellent within the group.”

In 2024, the group will change its title to Arkéa-B&B Inns, however the ambitions are simply as nice. Biermans desires to proceed his present development, however is aware of that he has reached his ceiling. “It’s at all times good when you may rating or experience within the remaining for a very long time, however I don’t know if I can actually enhance on this,” he’s self-critical.

“I realise that I can actually compete in smaller competitions, however I fall brief in bigger competitions. There isn’t any disgrace in realizing that your self. With the reinforcements of Florian Sénéchal and Arnaud Démare inside the group, I hope that I can play an necessary function within the classics.”

After successful the Giro d’Italia twice (2019 and 2022), Biermans was additionally allowed to make his debut within the Tour de France final summer time. “It could be good to drive there once more,” he says. This can be potential within the service of Démare. “I do know Arnaud fairly nicely, get alongside nicely with him, and have already performed a couple of races with him.”

Jenthe Biermans’ finest season ever:


Adrie van der Poel: “No, Mathieu Ought to Not Have Received the Velo d’Or”
Adrie van der Poel believes that Tadej Pogačar ought to have gained the Velo d’Or. The Dutch former rider mentioned this in dialog with Greg Van Avermaet and José De Cauwer to Het Nieuwsblad. “Nevertheless, there aren’t many riders on the Velo d’Or honours checklist who haven’t gained the Tour.”

Within the interview with Van der Poel, Van Avermaet and De Cauwer, Van der Poel senior was essential of Wout van Aert. “I’ve learn that he desires to regulate his racing behaviour. That’s the most important mistake he could make. Then he begins racing in opposition to his nature.” Van Avermaet agreed: “I wouldn’t change something in his place. There’ll come a 12 months when it’ll all fall into place.”

The dialog moved on to the presentation of the Velo d’Or, which was gained by Jonas Vingegaard. Many individuals thought that Van der Poel ought to have win the prize. Father Adrie disagrees. “Not Matje, however Tadej Pogačar ought to have gained that prize. Paris-Good, Tour of Flanders, second within the Tour, the Tour of Lombardy. Sure, guys. However have a look at the Velo d’Or honours checklist: there aren’t many riders on it who haven’t gained the Tour.”

De Cauwer agrees with Van der Poel, though he additionally added his ideas: “What a season. I don’t put on a helmet or a jersey, however I’m a fan. Though I’ll say: I’m revising my opinion about Vingegaard. I assumed that determine was quite flat, however successful the Tour two years in a row and this 12 months additionally the Critérium du Dauphiné, the Tour of the Basque Nation and coming second within the Vuelta a España. Chapeau, chapeau, chapeau.”

Did Jonas Vingegaard deserve the Velo d’Or?
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Victor Lafay Confirms Switch to AG2R Citroën
Victor Lafay will race with the AG2R Citroën group subsequent 12 months. The 27 year-old Frenchman made the announcement in an interview with L’Équipe. Lafay, who has ridden for Cofidis since his skilled debut in 2018, has been related to supervisor Vincent Lavenu’s group for a very long time.

AG2R Citroën has but to announce Lafay’s switch, however the Frenchman makes no secret of it. The puncheur was the revelation of the opening weekend of the Tour de France this 12 months. He gave Cofidis their first stage victory within the Tour de France in San Sébastián since 2008. A number of groups then determined to inquire with Lafay’s agent, former rider Christophe Le Mével, because the Frenchman has an expiring contract with Cofidis. INEOS Grenadiers had been in discussions with Lafay for a while, however 4 extra WorldTeams have been all of a sudden within the Frenchman.

INEOS Grenadiers was the primary possibility on the desk for a very long time, however Lafay opted to go to AG2R Citroën. Lafay took his first steps as a youth rider inside the AG2R construction and this performed an necessary function in his choice to signal for Lavenu’s group.

After an preliminary supply from AG2R Citroën, Cofidis launched a counter-offer, as was beforehand reported by the French newspaper Le Parisien. Lafay might signal a brand new contract with Cofidis with an annual wage of €1.5 million, however Lafay prefers to depart for AG2R Citroën. He’ll reportedly earn a couple of million euros per 12 months together with his new group.

Victor Lafay to AG2R Citroën:
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Ben Hermans and Kenny Elisson Signal with Cofidis
Ben Hermans and Kenny Elissonde will race for Cofidis subsequent 12 months. The 37 year-old Belgian comes from Israel-Premier Tech and indicators for one season. Elissonde (32) leaves Lidl-Trek and has additionally signed till the tip of 2024.

Ben Hermans had beforehand mentioned that he would go away Israel-Premier Tech on the finish of the 12 months. The skilled rider has had two troublesome years, throughout which he first suffered from the results of lengthy Covid after which from a hip and elbow fracture, sustained in a crash within the Tour de Wallonie. Hermans confirmed some promise this season and wished to hold on.

“I nonetheless have a variety of expertise that I can convey to a group. I perceive that many groups have doubts as a result of I’ve raced so little, however I can assure that my ends in coaching and motivation are increased than ever. Hopefully I can nonetheless safe a spot within the peloton in 2024,” he mentioned in an interview with WielerFlits in October.

Hermans now has a brand new group; Cofidis. “I’m extraordinarily grateful to the group for this new alternative,” a contented Hermans mentioned in a press launch. “I’ve proven prior to now that I’m a whole rider. I wish to give myself utterly to my new teammates and, if essential, strive my very own luck. I want to realise the group’s ambitions.”

Kenny Elissonde is one other new rider for Cofidis. After three seasons with Sky and 4 seasons with Lidl-Trek, the climber returns to the French group. Elissonde began his profession with FDJ. “I’m completely satisfied to tackle this new problem. I’m a climber with a choice for stage races. I can’t wait to work in a brand new approach. I’ve spoken a number of occasions throughout my profession with Cédric (Vasseur) and the riders inside the group.”

The French group will begin the 2024 season with 30 riders. Twelve newcomers; together with Hermans and Elissonde, Aimé De Gendt, Alexis Gougeard, Gorka Izagirre and Ludovic Robeet.

Ben Hermans to Cofidis:


No Contracts with Cofidis for Davide Cimolai and André Carvalho
Davide Cimolai and André Carvalho is not going to race for Cofidis subsequent 12 months. The Italian and Portuguese riders aren’t a part of the roster of the French group for 2024. It’s unknown what the longer term holds for Cimolai and Carvalho.

Cimolai rode for Cofidis for the previous two seasons, however didn’t actually shine with the group. In his first skilled years, Cimolai gained fairly a couple of races, however with Cofidis there have been none. He was necessary as a lead-out man for Bryan Coquard and different sprinters. Within the autumn of 2023, he sprinted to fourth place in a Vuelta stage and ninth place in Paris-Bourges.

Carvalho rode for Cédric Vasseur’s group for 3 years, however was a domestique for his time with the group. The Portuguese rider completed fifth within the U23 Paris-Roubaix and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, he was additionally twelfth this 12 months in a stage of the Vuelta a España and nineteenth within the Famenne Ardenne Basic. These are Carvalho’s finest outcomes with the Cofidis group.

Cofidis will begin the 2024 season with 30 riders. There are 12 newcomers: Aimé De Gendt, Alexis Gougeard, Gorka Izagirre, Ludovic Robeet, Stanisław Aniołkowski, Nicolas Debeaumarché, Milan Fretin, Oliver Knight, Nolann Mahoudo, Stefano Oldani, Ben Hermans and Kenny Elissonde. The group has additionally misplaced 12 riders for varied causes. These are Jelle Wallays, Max Walscheid, Wesley Kreder, François Bidard, Simone Consonni, Alexandre Delettre, José Herrada, Victor Lafay, Pierre-Luc Périchon, Rémy Rochas and Cimolai and Carvalho.

No place for Cimolai with the Cofidis group:


Triple Australian Champion Luke Plapp Joins GreenEDGE Biking on a 4-Yr Deal
Staff Jayco AlUla is thrilled to welcome triple Australian champion Luke Plapp to the group on a four-year contract by way of to the tip of 2027.

The highly effective 22-year-old is thought to be one of many hottest younger skills within the WorldTour peloton and GreenEDGE Biking is delighted to have the reigning Australian highway race champion be a part of the setup for the approaching season.

Plapp, a a number of nationwide champion at junior and U23 stage, burst onto the skilled scene with a powerful victory within the nationwide time trial championships in 2021. Again-to-back Australian highway race titles in 2022 and 2023 additional confirmed his potential as he made the step as much as WorldTour stage with INEOS Grenadiers in 2022.

The administration group imagine the most effective is but to come back from the person from Melbourne. Along with his energy and pure potential, Plapp has already proven he can problem for normal classification success, notably this 12 months with a powerful second place end on the UAE Tour.

With a various skillset, the younger Australian will present Staff Jayco AlUla with one other string to its bow, as the lads’s squad provides depth to the roster for 2024.

Brent Copeland – Staff Jayco AlUla Common Supervisor: “There’s no mistaking that Luke has unbelievable expertise, so for us to be welcoming him to our group with a four-year contract could be very thrilling for everyone concerned. We now have to thank Gerry Ryan for his dedication to creating this signing a actuality, in addition to our companions AlUla and Large for his or her help. Luke remains to be a really younger rider; we’re motivated to work with him and have him develop with us as a group into the longer term. With our strengthened climbing group for the approaching season, Luke can have a very good help group round him, and we’re wanting ahead to seeing him problem for normal classification success and proceed to goal for prime ends in time trials. As an Australian group, we’re already very a lot wanting ahead to the nationwide championships in January and seeing if he can defend his highway race title for a 3rd 12 months operating.”

Luke Plapp: “It truthfully does really feel like I’m coming dwelling, I’m such a proud Australian and to now be capable of experience for the Australian group, it’s an actual honour. I simply can’t wait to get began; the subsequent 4 years are going to be superb on this group. I can’t thank Gerry Ryan and the group sufficient for this chance. Gerry has performed a lot for Australian biking and to now be on his group and to have the ability to experience for him, it makes me actually proud and tremendous grateful. I can’t wait to realize nice issues collectively. It’s such a terrific group of fellows and I do know so a lot of them already so I’m actually wanting ahead to kicking issues off nicely in my first race with the group.”

Luke Plapp
Date of Start: twenty fifth December 2000 (22)
Nationality: Australian
Joins GreenEDGE Biking: 2024 – 2027

Key outcomes:
2x 1st Australian Street Race Championships (2022 & 2023)
1st Australian Time Trial Championships (2021)
2nd UAE Tour – Total (2023)
2nd U23 World Championships Time Trial (2021)
third Tour of Norway – Total (2022).



Swiss Public Prosecutor’s Workplace Closes Felony Investigation into Gino Mäder’s Demise
The felony investigation into the tragic loss of life of Gino Mäder within the Tour of Switzerland has been stopped. The Swiss Public Prosecutor is not going to prosecute a 3rd occasion following the deadly accident.

The Swiss cantonal police of Graubünden determined in July to launch an investigation into the deadly crash of Gino Mäder within the Tour of Switzerland. The Swiss rider crashed on the descent of the Albula move on the fifth stage. After an extended resuscitation, he was taken to Chur hospital, the place he handed on.

The native Swiss police wished to conduct an investigation to “set up the precise dynamics of the information and ask any witnesses to come back ahead.” After a number of interviews and investigations into Mäder’s bike and physique have been carried out by the Institute for Forensic Drugs, the Swiss public prosecutor’s workplace concluded that no third occasion may very well be prosecuted for the Swiss bicycle owner’s loss of life.

No connection may be made between Mäder’s deadly crash and the autumn of INEOS Grenadiers rider Magnus Sheffield, who had crashed on the identical level shortly earlier than. The organisers of the Tour of Switzerland can also be to not blame, reviews the Graubünden public prosecutor’s workplace. The household of Gino Mäder agrees with the outcomes of the investigation and won’t enchantment, each day newspaper Blick reported.

The 86th version of the Tour of Switzerland continued after the incident, though the sixth stage was neutralised. Many riders, together with Mäder’s Bahrain Victorious teammates, deserted the race early.

R.I.P. Gino Mäder:


Staff Polti Kometa Would be the New Identify of Ivan Basso and Alberto Contador Biking Mission in 2024
Polti, a pacesetter in steam home equipment for ironing and residential {and professional} cleansing, and Kometa, an agri-food firm specialised within the processing and transformation of pork and poultry meats, a loyal companion of the Alberto Contador Basis since 2017, are the 2 firms that may lend their names to Staff Polti Kometa beginning in January 2024. The eagerly awaited return of Polti to the world of biking, sport wherein Polti was the undisputed star for 17 years (from 1983 to 2000), with the collaboration of Ivan Basso and Alberto Contador, ensures the continuing progress of a forward-looking mission.

“Staff Polti Kometa embarks on its journey with the burden of its historical past, now bolstered by the distinguished addition of Polti in 2024. Polti boasts a wealthy biking legacy, and our affiliation with this famend model enhances our mission, bringing status, credibility, and a heightened sense of function to our group as we proceed our development,” normal supervisor Fran Contador emphasises. This three-season settlement, not solely reinforces our targets, but in addition enhances the group’s dynamics since its transition to the ProTeam class.

“I’m delighted to observe in my father’s footsteps and symbolize a second technology that also believes on this sport, not solely as a way to boost our model’s visibility but in addition as a platform for selling wholesome values and ideas. We nurture the dream of discovering the subsequent champion and turning into a degree of reference for younger cyclists, and who is aware of, maybe even for feminine cyclists in a couple of years,” remarks Francesca Polti, CEO of Polti.

“Celebrating our eighth season alongside the Fundación Contador, we replicate on the journey we’ve undertaken with Ivan, Alberto, and Fran. Step-by-step, we’ve crafted this story with unwavering dedication and perseverance. All through the years, we’ve welcomed new companions, witnessing steady development,” states Giacomo Pedranzini, CEO of Kometa.

Ivan Basso envisions a promising future for the group, stating: “It’s a second of nice satisfaction for me. Succeeding in bringing again a prestigious title like Polti into the world of biking is a dream come true. With the enduring help of Kometa and now Polti, we will look to the longer term with confidence, realizing that we will supply the group new assets and impressive prospects.”

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Former Rider and W52 DS Nuno Ribeirto Suspended for 25 Years
Nuno Ribeiro will in all probability by no means work in biking once more. The 46 year-old former bicycle owner, who was a DS with the now defunct W52-FC Porto group, has been suspended for 25 years by the Portuguese Anti-Doping Authority (ADOP).

Ribeiro was tried as a part of Operation Prova Limpa (Clear Proof). Former group chief Nuno Ribeiro and group boss Adriano Quintanilha and cyclists João Rodrigues, Rui Vinhas, Ricardo Mestre, Samuel Caldeira, Daniel Mestre, José Neves, Joni Brandão, Ricardo Vilela, José Gonçalves and Jorge Magalhães are additionally concerned.

Paperwork seen by Portuguese media allegedly present that Ribeiro, Quintanilha and W52-FC Porto normal supervisor Hugo Veloso had drawn up a ‘doping plan’ to enhance the riders’ efficiency. Since 2020, doping use, together with blood transfusions, development hormones and testosterone, would have been regular inside the group. The group then determined to drag the plug on the mission.

In accordance with the choose, Ribeiro performed an necessary function. “The defendant inspired the riders of W52-FC Porto to make use of varied doping substances and blood transfusions. He purchased the merchandise after which gave them to the riders. He additionally ready the merchandise to be used throughout competitions and left them within the riders’ rooms.”

The choose determined to impose a 25 12 months ban on him for ‘possessing, managing and buying and selling in prohibited substances and strategies’. The Portuguese’s suspension has began on December 16, 2022 and can expire on December 15, 2047. It’s not the primary time that Ribeiro has been concerned in doping, as a rider, he was caught and suspended in 2009 for utilizing CERA.

Huge ban for Nuno Ribeiro:
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Mark Renshaw Joins Astana Qazaqstan Staff as Sports activities Director
The Australian ex-pro Mark Renshaw (40), who collaborated with Astana Qazaqstan Staff over the last Tour de France as a dash and lead-out advisor, goes to hitch the Kazakh mission in 2024 as a Sports activities Director.

“I’m very excited to be taking up a Director Sportif function with Astana Qazaqstan for the upcoming 2024 season. After engaged on the Tour de France alongside the employees & riders at Staff Astana Qazaqstan I knew that I’ve extra to provide skilled biking. With the help of my superb household, to get again into elite sport I imagine I may help lead our proficient riders to victories in a few of the largest and finest races on the calendar. I have to thank Alexandr Vinokurov for giving me this chance to move on my expertise to the group. We now have some large targets forward of us in 2024 and I can’t wait to work on attaining these objectives with the group,” mentioned Mark Renshaw.

“We had an excellent expertise with Mark Renshaw through the Tour de France. His assist and recommendation have been very helpful not solely within the matter of dash points but in addition basically within the matter of race technique. We had a pleasant dialog afterwards; we have now a standard imaginative and prescient on many issues in regards to the group growth by way of the prism of conducting the races and preparation to it. So, I imagine that having a younger Sports activities Director with a unique trendy imaginative and prescient to biking would assist us to maintain on bettering,” mentioned Alexandr Vinokurov, Common Supervisor of Astana Qazaqstan Staff.

Mark Renshaw to be an Astana DS:
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Carmen Small Joins EF Training-Cannondale as Head DS
Small discusses the fun of being a DS and the thrill of working with a first-year group Carmen Small is coming dwelling. That’s how she describes becoming a member of EF Training-Cannondale because the group’s lead directeur sportif because the group prepares for its inaugural season.

“I feel I’ve discovered a very good dwelling,” Carmen says. “It’s an American group and I’m an American. Despite the fact that the group is European-based and we have now a robust, worldwide roster, that is tremendous good for me as a result of I’ve solely ever been on international groups. It’s very nice to consider going to US nationals. I’ve by no means gotten to do nationals as a director, so I’m tremendous enthusiastic about that.”

There are a variety of issues the two-time American time trial nationwide champion is wanting ahead to in her first season with EF Training-Cannondale. For starters, the prospect to work with normal supervisor Esra Tromp as soon as once more.

“Working with Esra, I’ve solely had constructive experiences,” Carmen says. “I imagine in her. She’s an unbelievable supervisor. She actually is aware of the right way to convey out the most effective in folks and the right way to foster the goodness in a group. Attending to work with Esra was primary.”

Carmen liked the concept of becoming a member of a group in its first 12 months. To get to construct a group and its tradition from the bottom up is one thing she has performed earlier than.

“When Esra approached me about this group, it was tremendous fascinating as a result of it’s a primary 12 months program. I had expertise with Staff Virtu to construct that group up so I’m not new to the sport of latest groups however this was good as a result of whereas after all EF Training-Cannondale has the infrastructure arrange from the lads’s aspect, it’s a clean slate. That provides you the chance to construct and create one thing new and see what you may develop out of it. That was fascinating to me.”

Between her years each as a rider and as a DS, Carmen has been in skilled biking for practically twenty years. In that point, she’s seen and skilled a variety of approaches to biking. Some have labored higher than others however she was drawn in by EF Professional Biking’s angle towards the game.

“I like the philosophy of the group,” she says. “The playfulness of it. They’re enjoyable, but in addition critical. They’re very skilled however on the identical time they’ll have fun and create one thing that’s just a little bit totally different. You discover this from the skin. It’s not ‘we have now to be critical and never smile and never snicker in an effort to win races.’ So let’s snicker a bit, get pleasure from what we’re doing, after which success will come.”

Whereas Carmen makes it sound simple, she is aware of that a variety of groundwork must be in place earlier than riders beginning clicking, having enjoyable, and incomes wins.

“One factor I’ve realized as a elementary is that it’s important to have one another’s backs. That’s not simply riders, that’s additionally the employees. You wish to create an atmosphere that’s useful. Perhaps on paper it’s not your job to go do a sure job however you wish to assist your teammate and so that you simply do it. I feel Esra and I see eye to eye on that. We each wish to construct an atmosphere the place we’re all serving to one another to achieve success,” Carmen says.

A serious element to find group success is easy communication. “Having a very good relationship with the riders, having the ability to talk to them what my expectation is, I feel is a extremely large deal. Which means having a variety of pre race talks, after which within the race, I’m their motivator. I attempt to get the most effective out of them as riders.”

If it feels like Carmen is aware of what she’s speaking about, it’s as a result of she does. Earlier than her profession as a DS, she raced professionally. And earlier than that, she was a math trainer in Colorado. “Being a DS is, in a variety of methods, similar to being a trainer. You need to be organised. You’ve got a lesson plan, a race plan. But it surely’s additionally about retaining riders accountable. Are you doing all your homework? That’s a giant a part of biking and girls’s biking particularly is rising and rising and rising. You see increasingly that we have to hold altering and hold bettering the small issues to enhance the general. As a result of it’s positively getting sooner and sooner yearly and the game is turning into increasingly skilled. And because the salaries enhance, the expectations additionally want to extend. What can we count on the riders to do and carry out? And that partially comes right down to what are you doing at dwelling? Are you doing all your homework?”

Carmen can have performed her personal homework forward of our first race in 2024. And on that day when she will get within the group automotive to observe her riders, you may depend on her to be ready – and excited.

“I actually love my job. I actually find it irresistible,” she says. “I like working with the riders. They offer me a variety of motivation. They offer me a variety of vitality. I like serving to them put together mentally and I like motivating them. The primary factor I really feel after I’m at work is pleasure. I at all times bought nervous as a rider and now I’m not nervous. The riders must do the laborious work whereas I get to remain within the automotive and discuss on the radio. If we’re coming into the finale of a race and I do know we will win, I’m nonetheless not nervous however I’m ready. I’m bracing myself and I’m prepared for the thrill. That feeling doesn’t change whether or not it’s a camp or a race. It’s the identical feeling for me all through the season. I get that very same motivation each time. Whether or not it’s a growth race or the Tour de France, I do my job precisely the identical and I find it irresistible precisely the identical.”

Carmen Small leaving Jumbo-Visma for EF Training-Cannondale:


Dmitriy Gruzdev Stays in Astana Qazaqstan Staff
One of the vital skilled Kazakh riders Dmitriy Gruzdev (37) will spend yet one more season (2024) in Astana Qazaqstan Staff.

“Regardless of all of the difficulties of this season, we managed to fulfil a few of the duties that have been set at first of the 12 months. This season was necessary from the viewpoint of the Olympic choice, and as a group, we did all the pieces potential to get as many factors as potential. We confirmed a 100% consequence each on the Asian Biking Championships and on the Asian Summer season Video games, and I’m completely satisfied that I used to be a part of this success, that I used to be capable of assist our leaders on the way in which to the gold medals, necessary not just for the group, but in addition for Kazakhstan. I really feel that there’s nonetheless energy, there’s a need to work, to be helpful to the group, to provide myself utterly for the sake of frequent objectives. Subsequently, I take into account the brand new season along with Astana Qazaqstan Staff as one other alternative to assist the group with all the pieces I do know in biking,” mentioned Dmitriy Gruzdev.

Dmitriy Gruzdev spent 12 full seasons within the Kazakh mission, collaborating in 9 Grand Excursions and 20 Monumental basic races the place he performed at all times as a loyal helper to group leaders. Alongside to this, Dmitriy was at all times an necessary a part of the Nationwide Staff. In 2023 along with the Nationwide Staff of Kazakhstan Gruzdev gained the gold medal within the Blended Relay and completed fifth within the highway race of the Asian Summer season Video games.

“Dmitriy Gruzdev is a 100% loyal group rider who has devoted his total profession to serving to leaders at races of any stage, be it Grand Excursions, basic races, World Championships, Asian Championships or the Olympic Video games. Dmitriy has invaluable expertise, which the group wants, and which we will use each in working with younger Kazakh riders and to realize the set group duties,” mentioned Alexandr Vinokurov, Common Supervisor of Astana Qazaqstan Staff.

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Yevgeniy Gidich Continues with Astana Qazaqstan Staff
Kazakh rider Yevgeniy Gidich (27) renewed his contract with Astana Qazaqstan Staff, the place he’s going to spend one other season of 2024.

“I take into account one other season in Astana Qazaqstan Staff, initially, as a possibility to show that I nonetheless have ambitions in biking, I’ve the need and motivation to realize excessive outcomes. In recent times, not all the pieces labored out, however I attempted not to surrender, tried time and again. There have been moments when one thing labored out, and this enables me to hope that victories and podiums are solely a matter of time and perseverance. In fact, group objectives are the principle factor, I’m prepared to assist the group in all races, the place will probably be wanted, each for Astana and the Nationwide Staff. However I want to pursue my private outcomes additionally, as a result of I do know that I can show myself in sure races,” mentioned Yevgeniy Gidich.

In 2023 Yevgeniy Gidich, representing Kazakhstan Nationwide Staff, gained two levels on the Tour of Van, he was second within the highway race of the Asian Biking Championships and the Nationwide Champs of Kazakhstan, completed 4th in a stage of the Vuelta a San Juan and was eighth within the Common Classification of the Tour of Istanbul.

“Within the second half of the season, Yevgeniy confirmed himself fairly nicely; he demonstrated the need to be helpful to the group and, on the identical time, the need to combat for victory. Additionally, Yevgeniy carried out nicely as a member of the Nationwide Staff, he gained a medal on the Asian Biking Championships and dropped at Kazakhstan necessary rating factors. Not all the pieces labored out, however we see that the rider is motivated and has a need to work, and that is an important factor. For varied causes, the season was troublesome for everybody with out exception, so let’s hope that subsequent 12 months shall be calmer and with out drive majeure, which can enable every of the riders to show themselves on 100%,” mentioned Alexandr Vinokurov, Common Supervisor of Astana Qazaqstan Staff.

One other 12 months for Yevgeniy Gidich with Astana:
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Giovanni Lonardi’s Pace will Maintain Carrying EOLO KOMETA’s Colors
The Italian sprinter, one of many group’s prime names within the remaining a part of the season, will proceed to combat for victories within the mass finishes.

Each stage, each race, has just one winner. Profitable is tremendously troublesome. However attempting, day after day, to take action, and to cherish that honour just isn’t simple both. That’s the place Giovanni Lonardi has proved his price, a bicycle owner who has gathered a complete of 19 top-10s and eight top-5s this 2023, second in Poitou Charentes or including two podiums in Turkey.

“The one factor lacking was a win”, smiles Lonardi. “I’m very pleased with what I’ve achieved, with the consistency on this remaining a part of the season, even when I didn’t increase my arms. In addition to, I’ve at all times been a bicycle owner who has at all times achieved one victory per season. This 12 months it wasn’t potential, so in 2024 will probably be at the least two victories”, he predicts with fun.

“Beginning the 2024 season nicely, with a win, is a precedence for me,” says Lonardi. The sprinters are characterised by their potential to realize lengthy streaks of fine positions or victories, as soon as they’ve discovered the shape to be within the combat day after day. “Beginning nicely helps the 12 months to go nicely and though in 2023 we struggled to get forward initially, then the outcomes got here and I hope to keep up this dynamic”.

Jesús Hernández, sports activities director: “Lonardi has change into a positive factor for us on the subject of getting good ends in the races that come to the dash. A solvency that makes us very completely satisfied to depend on him for one more season, and we hope that he continues to contribute to us on this area, as he has performed particularly this season with numerous top-10 finishes and coming near successful on a number of events”.



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CANYON//SRAM Racing Announce Two Contracts for 2024
CANYON//SRAM Racing is thrilled to announce a contract extension and a brand new rider to the group for subsequent season. Soraya Paladin extends her contract by way of to 2025, and Justyna Czapla from CANYON//SRAM Technology will be a part of the World Tour Staff by way of to 2026.

Paladin was a constant performer for the group in 2023, incomes seventeen top-ten locations in World Tour one-day or stage races, together with fifth at Trofeo Binda, Amstel Gold Race, and twice on the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift levels. She completed within the prime ten within the normal classification on the UAE Ladies’s Tour, Vuelta a Burgos and Trip London Classique, proving her versatility and tactical prowess on varied parcours.

For the Italian rider, it was a straightforward choice to increase her contract for one more two years after first becoming a member of CANYON//SRAM Racing in 2022.

“I’ve discovered a really organised group that cares about riders as people and never simply as numbers. The choice to increase my contract was simple. I really feel good right here, and we have now nice tools from supportive companions. As riders, we solely have to consider racing as quick as potential. For the remainder, we have now a variety of help from our hard-working employees,” mentioned Paladin.

“I prefer to have folks round that belief me, and I discover that at CANYON//SRAM Racing. Having sturdy teammates pushes me to enhance and be taught as a lot as potential from them. I actually like and luxuriate in how we race as a group. I’m making progress as a rider and as an individual, and I’m assured that I can change into stronger yearly.”

Czapla joins the World Tour group after driving for a season with CANYON//SRAM Technology. With prime ten in UCI races 4a reVolta and Classique La Morbihan, the 19-year-old German rider has continued a gentle growth path after her silver medal on the 2022 Junior ITT World Championship behind future teammate Zoe Bäckstedt. She took bronze on the German U23 nationwide ITT behind Antonia Niedermaier, who later turned the U23 ITT World Champion.

“I actually can’t describe how excited I’m to have a contract with CANYON//SRAM Racing in 2024! This was certainly one of my largest goals, and I’m so completely satisfied I bought this opportunity,” mentioned Czapla.

“CANYON//SRAM Technology allowed me to expertise my first 12 months within the elite class with none stress. The group guided me by way of the entire season, step-by-step in order that I might get new insights into professional biking and likewise be taught and develop as a rider who remains to be comparatively new within the ladies’s peloton.”

“The largest problem for me in 2023 was the size of races, going from 80km as a junior to 130km within the elite. I struggled with that typically, particularly in stage races, however by the tip of the season, I overcame that problem. I loved going to races with my teammates and employees.”

Czapla added, “My largest spotlight was eighth place on the UCI 1.1 race 4a reVolta in Spain. It was really my first longer race, however I used to be in actually good condition, and the climbing space there suited me. I didn’t count on that consequence in any respect, so I used to be even happier that I might get it for the group!”

“With CANYON//SRAM Technology, I’ve realized the significance of teamwork and the energy of a group. I’ve additionally realized about taking the initiative to strive one thing, trusting in your self that you’re sturdy sufficient, and retaining combating if issues aren’t turning out nicely. I’m grateful for my growth, and I really feel it’s ready me very nicely for the World Tour.”

“I’m actually wanting ahead to how the races are at this increased stage. I wish to help my teammates as a lot as potential and obtain good outcomes collectively. My most necessary aim is to achieve extra expertise and to be taught from my teammates and employees to change into a good higher rider,” said Czapla.

Soraya Paladin to stick with CANYON SRAM:
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Bahrain Victorious Strengthens Efficiency Staff with Two New Coaches
Staff Bahrain Victorious is happy to announce the addition of two new coaches, Loïc Segaert and Ioannis Tamouridis, to its efficiency group. These strategic additions are a part of the group’s dedication to growing the subsequent technology of biking skills, enhancing its concentrate on nurturing younger riders, and additional solidifying its place as a number one drive on the earth {of professional} biking.

Loïc Segaert, who joins us from Lotto Dstny, is worked up to tackle this new problem and use his expertise of working with younger riders and growth buildings. He said, “I’m actually pleased with the chance to hitch the group. Working on this efficiency construction on the highest stage in biking is completely a dream. I’m totally devoted to making use of my data and experiences from earlier years and likewise studying from the extra skilled coaches. My major job shall be to assist younger, proficient riders develop within the first years of their profession and have a very good relationship with the CTF growth group. Consistent with my job at Lotto-Dstny, the place I had an excellent time, I’ll even be centered on serving to the time trial performances.”

Ioannis Tamouridis, previously with Intermarche, is equally smitten by his new function with Staff Bahrain Victorious: “To start with, I want to categorical my gratitude for the cooperation I had over the previous two years with all my colleagues in Intermarche-Wanty-Circus. Collectively, we achieved necessary outcomes, and I’m proud I used to be a part of this nice mission. However now it’s time to take the subsequent step and settle for the chance to hitch one of many strongest groups in WorldTour for the subsequent three seasons. Along with the skilled riders with large GC ambitions, the group has a critical plan for the event of younger skills, and I’m positive I can contribute with my expertise from working as Efficiency Supervisor in one of the crucial profitable growth groups, ‘SEG Racing Academy,’ to assist these riders get the most effective out of themselves.”

Vladimir Miholjević, the Efficiency Director of Staff Bahrain Victorious, underlined the importance of those coach additions to the group’s imaginative and prescient, saying, “We’re delighted to welcome Loïc Segaert and Ioannis Tamouridis to our efficiency group. Their experience in nurturing and growing younger riders aligns completely with our objectives for the longer term. Staff Bahrain Victorious is dedicated to not solely attaining success on the highest stage of biking but in addition to growing the subsequent technology of biking stars. We look ahead to witnessing the constructive affect that Loïc Segaert and Ioannis Tamouridis will convey to the group within the seasons forward.”



New Identify Introduced for Allinq Continental Staff
The Allinq Continental Staff was to make a brand new begin this 12 months, however now CyclingOnline reviews a brand new title for the group: Diftar Continental Biking Staff.

The Continental group is constructed on the IJsselstreek Biking Promotion Basis. From there’s a restart, after major sponsor Allinq left as a result of it had fulfilled the corporate’s authentic ambition. The group has a complete of fourteen riders on paper for 2024.

Eight of the riders rode for Allinq final season: Mike Vliek, Mike Bronswijk, Lars Rouffaer, Pepijn Veenings, Rick Ottema, Wouter van de Weerdhof, Robin Lowik and Marien Bogerd. As well as, Vincent van Dorp, Jasper Huitema, Marvin Peters and Hugo Kars come from the defunct Scorpions Racing. Peter Schulting (VolkerWessels) and Guillaume Visser (BEAT Biking) are the opposite newcomers, in keeping with WielerFlits.

The group administration shall be within the palms of Marc Zonnebelt, Marc Janssen, Arne Peters, Jarno Gmelich Meijling and Tino Hazelhoff. Peters raced for Allinq final season, however will now sit within the group chief’s automotive.

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Unsure Way forward for the Tour of Britain After British Biking Ends Collaboration
It’s not but sure whether or not the Tour of Britain will go forward subsequent 12 months. British Biking, the controlling physique of biking in Britain, has put an finish to an settlement with race organiser SweetSpot. SweetSpot is claimed to have a debt of £700,000 with British Biking, CyclingWeekly reviews.

SweetSpot has held the license for the Tour of Britain since 2004, when the race was revived. The organisers and British Biking signed a brand new contract in 2019 till the tip of 2029, however British Biking has now terminated the collaboration with fast impact as a result of SweetSpot nonetheless owes the affiliation €700,000 in license charges.

“We will affirm that we have now terminated our settlement with SweetSpot Group Restricted to organise the Tour of Britain,” a British Biking spokesperson informed CyclingWeekly. He added: “British Biking stays dedicated to the Tour of Britain going forward in 2024 and can share additional particulars sooner or later.”

SweetSpot, which was compelled to cancel the 2023 Ladies’s Tour in March resulting from a scarcity of sponsorship cash, stays optimistic. Chatting with The Guardian, director Hugh Roberts mentioned he’s assured there shall be a decision to the dispute with British Biking. “I’m optimistic that the issues with British Biking may be overcome. We should resolve our variations,” he mentioned.

The Tour of Britain has been on the calendar virtually yearly since 2004, solely in 2020 the race couldn’t happen as a result of covid disaster. Lars Increase (twice), Bradley Wiggins and Mathieu van der Poel, and others, are on the honours checklist. In 2023, Wout van Aert gained the race for the second time in his profession, whereas Olav Kooij gained 4 of the seven levels.

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Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne Wont Begin in Kuurne for the Subsequent Three Years
Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne is not going to begin in Kuurne for the subsequent three years. From 2024, that honour will go to Kortrijk, which has signed an settlement with the organisers, Het Nieuwsblad reviews.

In accordance with the Flemish newspaper, Kortrijk has already paid some huge cash lately to have town seen on TV by helicopter through the race. That quantity will now enhance, from €75,000 in 2024 to €85,000 in 2025 and €90,000 in 2026.

The latest version of Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne was gained by Tiesj Benoot. The Belgian rode away from the escape within the remaining. Nathan Van Hooydonck was second, whereas Matej Mohorič took third place. Taco van der Hoorn and Tim Wellens needed to accept fourth and fifth place.

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The Race that Modified Cameron Mason’s Life
The second largest race of the cyclocross calendar, the European Cyclocross Championships. I used to be all in for this present day, to do my finest and present the world what I might do. Here’s what occurred…


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