Tuesday, December 5, 2023

EUROTRASH Thursday: Move, Flandriens and The whole thing Else!


Such a lot information from the peloton in nowadays’s EUROTRASH: UCI now not glad about riders lacking the cyclo-cross Global Cup races – TOP STORY.

Rider information: Philipsen, Kopecky and Van der Poel all ‘Flandrien of the Yr’, Peter Sagan will pass over the atmosphere of biking, Patrick Lefevere indicators a brand new rider – Gianni Moscon, Sepp Kuss on staying with Jumbo-Visma, Chris Froome had a the unsuitable place for years, Michael Rasmussen responds to Chris Froome: “What bullshit”, Egan Bernal desires of luck, Matej Mohorič has two primary targets for 2024, two wins, however Jenthe Biermans remains to be real looking, 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 place of business closes legal investigation into Gino Mäder’s demise.

Crew information: Crew Polti Kometa would be the new title of Ivan Basso and Alberto Contador biking undertaking, former rider and W52 DS Nuno Ribeirto suspended for 25 years, Mark Renshaw joins Astana as Sports activities Director, Carmen Small joins EF Schooling-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 staff.

Race information: Excursion of Britain unsure and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne wont get started in Kuurne for the following 3 years.

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

Sit down again with a large EUROTRASH Thursday espresso.


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TOP STORY: UCI No longer Glad about Riders Lacking the Cyclo-Move Global Cup Races
The Global Cup will have to be crucial collection of races in cyclo-cross, however the peak riders from time to time make a choice to pass over out a Global Cup weekend. UCI CEO Peter Van den Abeele isn’t glad concerning the state of affairs: “If the Global Cup is noticed as a toy, then now we have an issue,” he instructed Sporza.

The various cancellations through riders within the Global Cup are an annoyance for Van den Abeele. Lars van der Haar in the past mentioned that he’ll now not contest all the Global Cup collection of occasions, Thibau Nys is not going to compete in Dendermonde subsequent Sunday and peak feminine pass riders, Fem van Empel and Puck Pieterse is not going to race in all the Global Cup.

“Lars van der Haar mentioned after his victory in Maasmechelen that he’s losing the Global Cup ratings. Thibau Nys prefers the Superprestige in Niel over the Global Cup in Dendermonde. I appreciate riders who say they make a choice to take a relaxation. However penalising the Global Cup for a distinct collection? If the Global Cup is noticed as a toy, then now we have an issue,” mentioned Van den Abeele.

“That isn’t excellent for somebody, now not even for cyclo-cross as a self-discipline. Alternatively, nowhere can they win as a lot prize cash as within the Cyclo-Move Global Cup. Then one thing is going unsuitable, proper?” the previous cyclo-cross rider thinks. But Van den Abeele does now not simplest level the accusing finger on the cyclo-cross riders. “We will be able to additionally glance within the replicate ourselves,” he admitted.

“Will have to performances within the Global Cup be rewarded with extra issues? Will have to we package the Global Cup pass races in a shorter duration in order that all of the peak riders can also be there, for instance from December to the final weekend ahead of the Global Championships? Those are all issues that I urgently wish to visit Flanders Classics (organisers of the Global Cup) and different primary avid gamers from the cyclo-cross global.”

Van den Abeele does now not wish to wait too lengthy. “We will be able to make the ones choices with the perfect precedence in order that they may be able to be authorized on the Global Championships (Tábor in February). This manner they are going to come into impact subsequent season.”

No longer everybody desires to experience all of the Global Cup races:


Philipsen, Kopecky and Van der Poel all Flandrien of the Yr
Jasper Philipsen and Lotte Kopecky had been voted Flandrien and Flandrienne of the yr on Tuesday night. Mathieu van der Poel gained the World Flandrien, the prize for the most efficient world rider of the previous season.

With 19 victories, Jasper Philipsen gained probably the most races in peloton this yr. He gained 4 phases within the Excursion de France and he additionally took the fairway issues jersey. Within the one-day races, he gained the Vintage Brugge-De Panne and the Scheldeprijs and was once 2d in Paris-Roubaix. The Alpecin-Deceuninck rider was once elected Flandrien of the Yr forward of Remco Evenepoel, who this yr gained Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Clásica San Sebastián and is Global time trial champion. Arnaud De Lie was once 3rd. It’s the first time Philipsen has gained the Flandrien of the Yr trophy. Ultimate yr the prize went to Evenepoel.

A number of the ladies there was once one transparent favorite; Lotte Kopecky. The 27 year-old rider had the most efficient season of her profession. She gained Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and the Excursion of Flanders within the spring, she was once 2d within the Excursion de France Femmes in the summertime and gained the Global street name. She additionally gained two gold medals within the monitor Global championships and a gold medal on the Eu monitor championships, for which she was once awarded the Patrick Sercu Grand Prix.

On the Flandrien gala, Mathieu van der Poel was once rewarded for his season. The Dutchman gained two Monuments; Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix, plus the Global titles at the street and cyclo-cross. He ignored out at the Velo d’Or to Jonas Vingegaard, however Van der Poel was once voted easiest world rider within the Flandrien of the Yr.

Nathan Van Hooydonck, who was once compelled to prevent racing because of a middle situation, was once voted Teammate of the Yr. Within the adolescence classes, Thibaut Van Damme (learners), Fleur Moors (juniors) and Alec Segaert (U23) took house the prizes. Peter Sagan and Greg Van Avermaet, who’ve each retired, had been awarded the Lifetime Fulfillment Award.

Flandrien of the Yr: Jasper Philipsen
Flandrienne of the Yr: Lotte Kopecky
World Flandrien: Mathieu van der Poel
Grand Prix Patrick Sercu: Lotte Kopecky
Teammate of the Yr: Nathan van Hooydonck
Formative years Flandriens of the yr: Thibaut Van Damme, Fleur Moors, Alec Segeart
Spark of the Yr: Lotte Kopecky at the Tourmalet
Lifetime Fulfillment Award: Peter Sagan and Greg Van Avermaet.

Flandrien of the Yr Jasper Philipsen:
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Peter Sagan: “I Will Particularly Omit the Atmosphere of Biking”
Peter Sagan will pass over skilled biking, however now not the races themselves. The 3-time Global champion instructed Proximus on Tuesday on the Flandrien Gala, the place he was once honoured with a Lifetime Fulfillment Award.

“I will be able to particularly pass over the ambience and touring with buddies. I gained’t pass over the races themselves, it is going to principally be the atmosphere,” mentioned Sagan, who hasn’t retired from biking simply but. Within the coming yr he’ll center of attention at the mountain motorbike race on the Paris Olympic Video games. “I began mountain cycling and that’s how I sought after to finish my profession, to experience it extra. I’ll undoubtedly take a look at that.”

Arrangements for the 2024 Video games will get started quickly. “We will be able to for sure nonetheless pass to coaching camp with the Specialised staff, however we at the moment are within the offseason. I simply were given again from Tokyo (for the ASO Saitama Criterium) and went immediately to this gala. I’m going to get some sleep first.”

Sagan introduced early in 2023 that he would retire. “I attempted to experience the entirety extra. I sought after to spend extra time with enthusiasts and group of workers, so I broke the scoop in the beginning of the yr. This made me assume extra concerning the other people and the ambience across the race.”

Peter Sagan isn’t going to pass over the races:


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

Till now, Soudal Fast-Step simplest had 26 riders underneath contract for 2024, whilst a WorldTeam should have no less than 27 riders. “It had escaped my understand that all of the managers who had been already pushing me in December final yr may just see on a undeniable website online that we had been nonetheless in need of a rider. I’ve been bombarded with requests in contemporary weeks,” mentioned Lefevere.

The now 68 year-old staff boss has now signed a deal. “The twenty seventh spot has been crammed because the weekend. I’m going to stay 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 staff this yr. Finally, he was once on the finish of his contract with that staff.”

The Belgian in the past introduced 8 new riders for subsequent season. Those 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 building staff.

Who’s Lefevere’s new rider?


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Gianni Moscon Consents to Sign up for Soudal Fast-Step
Flexible Italian reaches settlement with the Wolfpack for subsequent season.

A professional since 2016, Gianni Moscon will turn out to be the most recent rider to enroll in Soudal Fast-Step, after achieving an settlement to signal a handle probably the most a success staff of the previous 21 years. Hailing from Trento, a area which produced some nice riders, Gianni has constructed himself slightly a forged palmares over those previous seasons.

Nicknamed “Il Trattore” for the improbable engine he possesses and quantity of labor he’s able to putting in place all the way through a race, in addition to his interest for farming apparatus which was once cultivated whilst rising up on his circle of relatives’s apple farm, the 29-year-old has racked up 11 skilled wins up to now, together with the Excursion of Guangxi, the Arctic Race of Norway, and Giro della Toscana, one of the vital oldest races in his house nation.

What has stuck the eye of biking enthusiasts all the way through those seasons was once additionally his outstanding versatility throughout a wide variety of terrain, with effects together with a couple of peak 10 finishes in Paris-Roubaix, a fifteenth position in Ronde van Vlaanderen and an excellent 3rd at Il Lombardia, along with two consecutive nationwide time trial titles, all serving as testimony to his ability and talents.

“I’m in point of fact glad to enroll in the staff. Soudal Fast-Step is without doubt one of the largest groups on the earth, I may just see that after racing by contrast squad within the classics in a lot of these years, it at all times was once the staff to be careful for, the staff who was once in the best position on the proper second and made the race not easy. It was once one in every of my targets once I became professional to experience for Soudal Fast-Step someday and I’m thrilled that this may occur subsequent season. Coming right here after two tricky years in my profession method so much to me and I wish to thank everybody for placing their accept as true with in me.”

“I really like the Classics, I really like the way in which this staff races and I will be able to’t wait to be a part of this team. I at all times give my easiest and I’m dedicated to what I do at the motorbike, and figuring out I will be able to be a part of the Wolfpack makes me very excited”, mentioned Gianni – who when isn’t on his motorbike, can also be discovered on his farm – forward of this new journey.

“We’ve recognized Gianni for a very long time now, since he was once nonetheless an beginner. He’s an overly proficient rider, who became heads since his U23 days with the sturdy effects he scored in races such because the Piccolo Giro di Lombardia and Excursion de l’Avenir, and who endured to turn what he’s able to additionally within the professional ranks. He’ll be the most important addition to our squad for subsequent season, and we’re assured that during our staff he can display some gorgeous issues in 2024”, mentioned Soudal Fast-Step CEO Patrick Lefevere.

Moscon to Soudal Fast-Step:


Sepp Kuss on His Long run with Jumbo-Visma
Sepp Kuss is proud of Jumbo-Visma, however doesn’t rule out leaving the Dutch staff sooner or later. “I’m now not towards 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 the most important position within the Giro d’Italia and Excursion de France for the full winners; Primoz Roglič and Jonas Vingegaard after which he gained the Vuelta a España. Subsequent season he’ll center of attention at the Excursion and Vuelta. He’ll now not experience the Excursion of Italy in 2024. However how does 29 year-old Kuss view his long term? Will he stick with Jumbo-Visma for future years? Or is he pondering of a brand new staff and a task as a staff chief? His contract with the Dutch staff runs till the tip of 2024.

“I’m going to check out it lightly. There are different choices the place I will have extra freedom. On the identical time, what I’ve at Jumbo-Visma is exclusive,” Kuss sees the good thing about staying with the Dutch staff. “To win the Excursion I might merely need to experience in the most efficient staff on the earth. I will be able to pursue my very own alternatives at Jumbo-Visma and fulfil the position of domestique at different instances. I am getting pleasure from each roles.”

In keeping with sports activities director Merijn Zeeman, not anything wishes to switch for Kuss within the coming years. “If you happen to reason why from how we way the game, not anything will alternate for Sepp. He can for sure win any other Grand Excursion with us, simply in addition to we let him do it now,” Zeeman mentioned. “Sepp is aware of that he can win a large excursion at Jumbo-Visma, a lot more than being outplayed as the one chief someplace.”

No alternate for Sepp Kuss, for the instant:
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Chris Froome had a the Incorrect Place on his Motorcycle for Years
Chris Froome has suffered from again issues lately, however now he turns out to have discovered the reason. With out realising it, Froome’s place had modified significantly when he left INEOS Grenadiers for Israel-Premier Tech. And that was once the supply of his court cases, the four-time Excursion winner instructed Cyclingnews.

“To start with I believed it was once the age,” mentioned 38 year-old Froome, who began having again issues after two to 3 hours within the saddle. “However then I began wondering my place at the motorbike and began evaluating. I nonetheless had one in every of my outdated motorcycles from my time at Crew Sky/INEOS, so I may just evaluate the 2 other motorcycles. I found out that there was once a distinction within the succeed in (the space between the end of the saddle and the handlebars). My new motorbike was once 3 centimetres longer.”

After 2020, Froome switched from Crew INEOS to Israel Get started-Up Country, which is now known as Israel-Premier Tech. He rode a Pinarello for the British staff, however now he has a Issue. He found out the adaptation in place this summer time, after he was once now not decided on for the Excursion de France. “I took my outdated motorbike to a expert and we found out very giant variations between my positions. However now now we have made adjustments. So far as saddle peak is anxious, it’s greater than centimetres. And the succeed in additionally comes to so much. We aren’t speaking about millimetres right here.”

The Briton, who says the flawed place is a ‘mistake’, is now eager for the longer term once more. “That is one thing sure for me. I understand that it provides me numerous motivation, as a result of it may be a part of the puzzle, a lacking piece, within the reason behind now not attaining the specified stage.”

Froome desires to achieve that stage once more within the Excursion de France in 2024. “If I will be able to go back to the Excursion de France and be there when the race turns into selective, whether or not that’s to win any other level and even attempt to opt for a classification, for no matter place… That might be a dream.”

Froome all unsuitable on a motorbike?


Michael Rasmussen Responds to Chris Froome: “What Bullshit”
Chris Froome lately said that his deficient performances in contemporary seasons are partially because of an flawed place at the motorbike (See earlier article). Former rider Michael Rasmussen doesn’t assume Froome’s tale is plausible and made his concept transparent on X (Twitter). “What numerous bullshit.”

After 2020, Froome switched from Crew INEOS to Israel-Premier Tech. He rode a Pinarello for the British staff, however now he has a Issue. “I took my outdated motorbike to a expert and we found out very giant variations between my positions. However now now we have made adjustments. On the subject of saddle peak, it’s greater than centimetres. And the succeed in additionally comes to so much. We aren’t speaking about millimetres right here.”

Entire nonsense, wrote Michael Rasmussen on “Each and every skilled bicycle owner who spends 1000’s of hours on his motorbike will straight away really feel if there could be this kind of alternate. Froome would nonetheless now not experience within the peak twenty within the Excursion of Rwanda on his 2015 Pinarello, at his present stage,” says the ex-Rabobank rider.

Michael Rasmussen now not inspired


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Niels Albert on Eli Iserbyt
Eli Iserbyt didn’t play a significant position on the Eu cyclo-cross championships in Pontchâteu final Sunday. Ahead of the beginning he was once thought to be one of the vital favourites for the name, however he completed in sixth position. “As so continuously occurs at a championship, Eli Iserbyt was once now not on the appointment,” says Niels Albert wrote in his column for Het Laatste Nieuws.

“One time Eu champion, that’s it for him,” says Albert, who recollects the 2020 Eu championship. Previous that yr, Iserbyt accomplished his easiest end in a Belgian professional championship: 2d. He additionally gained silver on the 2019 Eu championships, whilst he gained bronze on the Global championships in each 2022 and 2023. Now a medal was once now not an choice for the 25 year-old rider. “You could possibly assume: Pontchâteu, twisting, turning, a little bit technical, that’s a circuit he will have to be capable of do. He had a puncture, sure, however there was once no means to go back.”

Albert additionally commented on a remark through Sven Vanthourenhout. The Belgian nationwide trainer mentioned previous to the Eu championships {that a} forged street program is changing into an increasing number of necessary for cyclo-cross riders. “Street racing will turn out to be an increasing number of necessary for a cyclo-cross rider,” Albert additionally thinks. “Iserbyt, Vanthourenhout and Sweeck need to do something positive about this if they would like so that you can experience one or two kilometres in step with hour sooner in cross-country sooner or later.”

Niels Alberts serious of Eli Iserbyt:


Egan Bernal Goals of Luck
Egan Bernal desires to compete once more on the peak of professional biking subsequent season. In January 2022, the Giro and Excursion winner suffered 20 fractures, together with his backbone, femur and kneecap, and two collapsed lungs. An extended rehabilitation each off and on the motorbike will have to carry the Colombian again to the highest in 2024, the INEOS Grenadiers rider instructed Cyclingnews.

“How I survived this isn’t standard, so above all I’m glad to be alive,” Bernal appeared again on his horrible crash. “In biking we at all times take into accounts being primary and profitable the Excursion de France, and I did that ahead of the twist of fate. However whilst you realise that you’re a standard individual and also you enjoy that you can’t transfer in mattress… I used to be fortunate.”

After a protracted rehabilitation, Bernal made his go back to the peloton on the finish of final yr. The season that adopted was once one in every of few highlights, but the 26 year-old climber nonetheless desires of luck. He did experience on this yr’s Vuelta a España, which gave him self belief. “Within the Vuelta, despite the fact that I didn’t reach any nice effects, I used to be ready to experience it. I used to be ready to assault so much and was once now not some distance from the highest.”

The previous winner of the Giro and Excursion would feel free to finish the trilogy. “You probably have felt what it method to win a Grand Excursion, after which just one race just like the Vuelta is lacking… Then I feel I will be able to be there once more if I stay having the mentality to turn out to be one of the vital easiest once more. For me, to be in point of fact proud of my profession, it is only the Vuelta this is lacking.”

To succeed in this, the INEOS Grenadiers GC guy should compete towards present peak Grand Excursion riders, however he desires to end up that he may also be an impressive competitor. “They in point of fact wish to win each race. They begin in excellent form to win, and for that you want sturdy and difficult paintings. I don’t assume they’ve the rest that I don’t have, or vice versa. It might be great to peer how my stage is in comparison to them in a regular state of affairs.”

Bernal nonetheless has desires:
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Matej Mohorič has Two Primary Objectives for 2024
Matej Mohorič is already shopping forward to the 2024 season in an interview with Cyclingnews. The Slovenian set his carrying bar top. “I’ve two giant targets for 2024: the Excursion 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 at the podium subsequent yr in Roubaix and Flanders.

“For me, profitable Milan-San Remo was once the realisation of a dream, however Flanders and Roubaix are targets that I nonetheless wish to reach. That’s what my center of attention is. The Excursion of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix are my two giant targets for 2024.”

Mohorič additionally hopes to polish within the Excursion de France once more subsequent yr. This yr he controlled to win any other Excursion level. “I’m going for much more level wins. I am hoping there will probably be alternatives for the attackers subsequent yr. I haven’t appeared on the course correctly but, however I do know we can have a level on unpaved roads. Alternatively, I’m really not simply shopping at this level. I’ve the posh of now not having to take into accounts a basic classification and having the ability to take some dangers every so often.”

Mohorič shopping ahead to 2024:


After his Easiest Season Ever, Jenthe Biermans is Nonetheless Lifelike
For Jenthe Biermans, the 2023 season was once the most efficient yr of his profession. He appears again with pleasure on his debut yr with Arkéa-Samsic, the place he took two victories. The 28 year-old Biermans remains to be bold, but in addition real looking. “I do know that I will be able to in point of fact compete in smaller races, however in greater occasions I fall brief,” he instructed WielerFlits.

“Gorgeous yr, I’ve two victories in my profession and I accomplished either one of them this yr,” he mentioned, pondering again to the Muscat Vintage in Oman and his level victory within the Excursion of Luxembourg. “In that appreciate it was once an out of this world yr, my easiest season. I’m very, very happy. I had at all times was hoping to win a race someday, in order that could be very great. I believe excellent within the staff.”

In 2024, the staff will alternate its title to Arkéa-B&B Resorts, however the ambitions are simply as nice. Biermans desires to proceed his present pattern, however is aware of that he has reached his ceiling. “It’s at all times great when you’ll be able to rating or experience within the ultimate for a very long time, however I don’t know if I will be able to in point of fact support in this,” he’s self-critical.

“I realise that I will be able to in point of fact compete in smaller competitions, however I fall brief in greater competitions. There’s no disgrace in figuring out that your self. With the reinforcements of Florian Sénéchal and Arnaud Démare inside the staff, I am hoping that I will be able to play the most important position within the classics.”

After profitable the Giro d’Italia two times (2019 and 2022), Biermans was once additionally allowed to make his debut within the Excursion de France final summer time. “It might be great to force there once more,” he says. This can be imaginable within the provider of Démare. “I do know Arnaud slightly neatly, get alongside neatly with him, and feature already executed a couple of races with him.”

Jenthe Biermans’ easiest season ever:


Adrie van der Poel: “No, Mathieu Will have to No longer Have Gained the Velo d’Or”
Adrie van der Poel believes that Tadej Pogačar will have 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. “Alternatively, there aren’t many riders at the Velo d’Or honours checklist who’ve now not gained the Excursion.”

Within the interview with Van der Poel, Van Avermaet and De Cauwer, Van der Poel senior was once serious of Wout van Aert. “I’ve learn that he desires to regulate his racing behaviour. That’s the largest mistake he could make. Then he begins racing towards his nature.” Van Avermaet agreed: “I wouldn’t alternate the rest in his position. There’ll come a yr when it is going to all fall into position.”

The dialog moved directly to the presentation of the Velo d’Or, which was once gained through Jonas Vingegaard. Many of us concept that Van der Poel will have to have win the prize. Father Adrie disagrees. “No longer Matje, however Tadej Pogačar will have to have gained that prize. Paris-Great, Excursion of Flanders, 2d within the Excursion, the Excursion of Lombardy. Sure, guys. However take a look at the Velo d’Or honours checklist: there aren’t many riders on it who’ve now not gained the Excursion.”

De Cauwer consents with Van der Poel, even supposing he additionally added his ideas: “What a season. I don’t put on a helmet or a jersey, however I’m a fan. Despite the fact that I will be able to say: I’m revising my opinion about Vingegaard. I believed that determine was once somewhat flat, however profitable the Excursion two years in a row and this yr additionally the Critérium du Dauphiné, the Excursion of the Basque Nation and coming 2d 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 staff subsequent yr. 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 staff 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 once the revelation of the hole weekend of the Excursion de France this yr. He gave Cofidis their first level victory within the Excursion de France in San Sébastián since 2008. A number of groups then made up our minds to inquire with Lafay’s agent, former rider Christophe Le Mével, because the Frenchman has an expiring contract with Cofidis. INEOS Grenadiers were in discussions with Lafay for a while, however 4 extra WorldTeams had been abruptly within the Frenchman.

INEOS Grenadiers was once the primary choice at the desk for a very long time, however Lafay opted to visit AG2R Citroën. Lafay took his first steps as a adolescence rider inside the AG2R construction and this performed the most important position in his determination to signal for Lavenu’s staff.

After an preliminary supply from AG2R Citroën, Cofidis introduced a counter-offer, as was once in the past reported through the French newspaper Le Parisien. Lafay may just 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 multiple million euros in step with yr along with his new staff.

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 yr. 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 in the past mentioned that he would depart Israel-Premier Tech on the finish of the yr. The skilled rider has had two tricky years, all the way through which he first suffered from the results of lengthy Covid after which from a hip and elbow fracture, sustained in a crash within the Excursion de Wallonie. Hermans confirmed some promise this season and sought after to hold on.

“I nonetheless have numerous enjoy that I will be able to carry to a staff. I remember the fact that many groups have doubts as a result of I’ve raced so little, however I will be able to make it possible for my ends up in coaching and motivation are upper than ever. Expectantly I will be able to nonetheless protected a spot within the peloton in 2024,” he mentioned in an interview with WielerFlits in October.

Hermans now has a brand new staff; Cofidis. “I’m extraordinarily thankful to the staff for this new alternative,” a cheerful Hermans mentioned in a press free up. “I’ve proven up to now that I’m a whole rider. I wish to give myself utterly to my new teammates and, if essential, take a look at my very own good fortune. I want to realise the staff’s ambitions.”

Kenny Elissonde is any other new rider for Cofidis. After 3 seasons with Sky and 4 seasons with Lidl-Trek, the climber returns to the French staff. Elissonde began his profession with FDJ. “I’m glad to take in this new problem. I’m a climber with a desire for level races. I will be able to’t wait to paintings in a brand new means. I’ve spoken a number of instances all the way through my profession with Cédric (Vasseur) and the riders inside the staff.”

The French staff will get started the 2024 season with 30 riders. Twelve beginners; 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 yr. The Italian and Portuguese riders aren’t a part of the roster of the French staff 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 in point of fact shine with the staff. In his first skilled years, Cimolai gained slightly a couple of races, however with Cofidis there were none. He was once necessary as a lead-out guy for Bryan Coquard and different sprinters. Within the autumn of 2023, he sprinted to fourth position in a Vuelta level and ninth position in Paris-Bourges.

Carvalho rode for Cédric Vasseur’s staff for 3 years, however was once a domestique for his time with the staff. The Portuguese rider completed fifth within the U23 Paris-Roubaix and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, he was once additionally twelfth this yr in a level of the Vuelta a España and nineteenth within the Famenne Ardenne Vintage. Those are Carvalho’s easiest effects with the Cofidis staff.

Cofidis will get started the 2024 season with 30 riders. There are 12 beginners: 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 staff has additionally misplaced 12 riders for more than a few causes. Those 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 position for Cimolai with the Cofidis staff:


Triple Australian Champion Luke Plapp Joins GreenEDGE Biking on a 4-Yr Deal
Crew Jayco AlUla is delighted to welcome triple Australian champion Luke Plapp to the staff on a four-year contract thru to the tip of 2027.

The tough 22-year-old is thought of as one in every of the most up to date younger skills within the WorldTour peloton and GreenEDGE Biking is thrilled to have the reigning Australian street race champion sign up for the setup for the approaching season.

Plapp, a a couple of nationwide champion at junior and U23 stage, burst onto the pro scene with an excellent victory within the nationwide time trial championships in 2021. Again-to-back Australian street race titles in 2022 and 2023 additional showed his skill as he made the step as much as WorldTour stage with INEOS Grenadiers in 2022.

The control staff imagine the most efficient is but to return from the person from Melbourne. Along with his power and herbal skill, Plapp has already proven he can problem for basic classification luck, significantly this yr with an excellent 2d position end on the UAE Excursion.

With a various skillset, the younger Australian will supply Crew Jayco AlUla with any other string to its bow, as the boys’s squad provides intensity to the roster for 2024.

Brent Copeland – Crew Jayco AlUla Basic Supervisor: “There’s no mistaking that Luke has improbable ability, so for us to be welcoming him to our staff with a four-year contract could be very thrilling for everyone concerned. We need to thank Gerry Ryan for his dedication to creating this signing a fact, in addition to our companions AlUla and Massive for his or her improve. Luke remains to be an overly younger rider; we’re motivated to paintings with him and feature him develop with us as a staff into the longer term. With our bolstered mountain climbing team for the approaching season, Luke can have a excellent improve staff round him, and we’re shopping ahead to seeing him problem for basic classification luck and proceed to attempt for peak ends up in time trials. As an Australian staff, we’re already very a lot shopping ahead to the nationwide championships in January and seeing if he can protect his street race name for a 3rd yr operating.”

Luke Plapp: “It truthfully does really feel like I’m coming house, I’m this kind of proud Australian and to now be capable of experience for the Australian staff, it’s an actual honour. I simply can’t wait to get began; the following 4 years are going to be wonderful in this staff. I will be able to’t thank Gerry Ryan and the staff sufficient for this chance. Gerry has executed such a lot for Australian biking and to now be on his staff and so that you can experience for him, it makes me in point of fact proud and tremendous thankful. I will be able to’t wait to reach good stuff in combination. It’s this kind of nice team of men and I do know such a lot of of them already so I’m in point of fact shopping ahead to kicking issues off neatly in my first race with the staff.”

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

Key effects:
2x 1st Australian Street Race Championships (2022 & 2023)
1st Australian Time Trial Championships (2021)
second UAE Excursion – Total (2023)
second U23 Global Championships Time Trial (2021)
third Excursion of Norway – Total (2022).



Swiss Public Prosecutor’s Place of work Closes Prison Investigation into Gino Mäder’s Dying
The legal investigation into the tragic demise of Gino Mäder within the Excursion of Switzerland has been stopped. The Swiss Public Prosecutor is not going to prosecute a 3rd celebration following the deadly twist of fate.

The Swiss cantonal police of Graubünden made up our minds in July to release an investigation into the deadly crash of Gino Mäder within the Excursion of Switzerland. The Swiss rider crashed at the descent of the Albula move at the 5th level. After a protracted resuscitation, he was once taken to Chur sanatorium, the place he handed on.

The native Swiss police sought after to behavior an investigation to “determine the precise dynamics of the details and ask any witnesses to return ahead.” After a number of interviews and investigations into Mäder’s motorbike and frame had been performed through the Institute for Forensic Drugs, the Swiss public prosecutor’s place of business concluded that no 3rd celebration might be prosecuted for the Swiss bicycle owner’s demise.

No connection can also be made between Mäder’s deadly crash and the autumn of INEOS Grenadiers rider Magnus Sheffield, who had crashed on the identical level in a while ahead of. The organisers of the Excursion of Switzerland may be to not blame, studies the Graubünden public prosecutor’s place of business. The circle of relatives of Gino Mäder consents with the result of the investigation and won’t enchantment, day-to-day newspaper Blick reported.

The 86th version of the Excursion of Switzerland endured after the incident, even supposing the 6th level was once neutralised. Many riders, together with Mäder’s Bahrain Victorious teammates, deserted the race early.

R.I.P. Gino Mäder:


Crew Polti Kometa Would be the New Identify of Ivan Basso and Alberto Contador Biking Undertaking in 2024
Polti, a pace-setter in steam home equipment for ironing and residential {and professional} cleansing, and Kometa, an agri-food corporate specialised within the processing and transformation of beef and poultry meats, a faithful spouse of the Alberto Contador Basis since 2017, are the 2 firms that can lend their names to Crew Polti Kometa beginning in January 2024. The eagerly awaited go back of Polti to the arena of biking, game through which Polti was once the undisputed famous person for 17 years (from 1983 to 2000), with the collaboration of Ivan Basso and Alberto Contador, guarantees the continuing development of a forward-looking undertaking.

“Crew Polti Kometa embarks on its adventure with the load of its historical past, now strengthened through the celebrated addition of Polti in 2024. Polti boasts a wealthy biking legacy, and our affiliation with this famend logo complements our undertaking, bringing status, credibility, and a heightened sense of objective to our staff as we proceed our expansion,” basic supervisor Fran Contador emphasises. This three-season settlement, now not simplest reinforces our goals, but in addition complements the staff’s dynamics since its transition to the ProTeam class.

“I’m thrilled to apply in my father’s footsteps and constitute a 2d era that also believes on this game, now not simplest as a way to improve our logo’s visibility but in addition as a platform for selling wholesome values and ideas. We nurture the dream of finding the following champion and changing into some extent of reference for younger cyclists, and who is aware of, in all probability even for feminine cyclists in a couple of years,” remarks Francesca Polti, CEO of Polti.

“Celebrating our 8th season along the Fundación Contador, we mirror at the adventure we’ve undertaken with Ivan, Alberto, and Fran. Step-by-step, we’ve crafted this tale with unwavering choice and perseverance. All the way through the years, we’ve welcomed new companions, witnessing steady expansion,” states Giacomo Pedranzini, CEO of Kometa.

Ivan Basso envisions a promising long term for the staff, declaring: “This can be a second of significant pleasure for me. Succeeding in bringing again a prestigious title like Polti into the arena of biking is a dream come true. With the long-lasting improve of Kometa and now Polti, we will be able to glance to the longer term with self belief, figuring out that we will be able to supply the staff new sources and impressive potentialities.”

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

Ribeiro was once attempted as a part of Operation Prova Limpa (Blank Proof). Former staff chief Nuno Ribeiro and staff 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 also are concerned.

Paperwork noticed through Portuguese media allegedly display that Ribeiro, Quintanilha and W52-FC Porto basic supervisor Hugo Veloso had drawn up a ‘doping plan’ to support the riders’ efficiency. Since 2020, doping use, together with blood transfusions, expansion hormones and testosterone, would were standard inside the staff. The staff then made up our minds to drag the plug at the undertaking.

In keeping with the pass judgement on, Ribeiro performed the most important position. “The defendant inspired the riders of W52-FC Porto to make use of more than a few doping ingredients and blood transfusions. He purchased the goods after which gave them to the riders. He additionally ready the goods to be used all the way through competitions and left them within the riders’ rooms.”

The pass judgement on made up our minds to impose a 25 yr ban on him for ‘possessing, managing and buying and selling in prohibited ingredients 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 serious about doping, as a rider, he was once stuck and suspended in 2009 for the usage of CERA.

Large ban for Nuno Ribeiro:
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Mark Renshaw Joins Astana Qazaqstan Crew as Sports activities Director
The Australian ex-pro Mark Renshaw (40), who collaborated with Astana Qazaqstan Crew all the way through the final Excursion de France as a dash and lead-out advisor, goes to enroll in the Kazakh undertaking in 2024 as a Sports activities Director.

“I’m very excited to be taking up a Director Sportif position with Astana Qazaqstan for the impending 2024 season. After operating at the Excursion de France along the group of workers & riders at Crew Astana Qazaqstan I knew that I’ve extra to provide skilled biking. With the improve of my wonderful circle of relatives, to get again into elite game I imagine I will be able to assist lead our proficient riders to victories in one of the most largest and easiest races at the calendar. I want to thank Alexandr Vinokurov for giving me this chance to move on my enjoy to the staff. Now we have some massive goals forward people in 2024 and I will be able to’t wait to paintings on attaining those targets with the staff,” mentioned Mark Renshaw.

“We had an excellent enjoy with Mark Renshaw all the way through the Excursion de France. His assist and recommendation had been very helpful now not simplest within the subject of dash problems but in addition usually within the subject of race technique. We had a pleasing dialog afterwards; now we have a commonplace imaginative and prescient on many stuff concerning the staff building during the prism of accomplishing the races and preparation to it. So, I imagine that having a tender Sports activities Director with a distinct trendy imaginative and prescient to biking would assist us to stay on bettering,” mentioned Alexandr Vinokurov, Basic Supervisor of Astana Qazaqstan Crew.

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

“I feel I’ve discovered a excellent house,” Carmen says. “It’s an American staff and I’m an American. Despite the fact that the staff is Eu-based and now we have a powerful, world roster, that is tremendous great for me as a result of I’ve simplest ever been on international groups. It’s in point of fact great to take into accounts 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 numerous issues the two-time American time trial nationwide champion is shopping ahead to in her first season with EF Schooling-Cannondale. For starters, the risk to paintings with basic supervisor Esra Tromp as soon as once more.

“Operating with Esra, I’ve simplest had sure stories,” Carmen says. “I imagine in her. She’s an improbable supervisor. She in point of fact is aware of how one can carry out the most efficient in other people and how one can foster the goodness in a staff. Attending to paintings with Esra was once primary.”

Carmen cherished the theory of becoming a member of a staff in its first yr. To get to construct a staff and its tradition from the bottom up is one thing she has executed ahead of.

“When Esra approached me about this staff, it was once tremendous attention-grabbing as it’s a primary yr program. I had enjoy with Crew Virtu to construct that staff up so I’m now not new to the sport of latest groups however this was once great as a result of whilst in fact EF Schooling-Cannondale has the infrastructure arrange from the boys’s aspect, it’s a clean slate. That will provide you with the chance to construct and create one thing new and spot what you’ll be able to expand out of it. That was once attention-grabbing to me.”

Between her years each as a rider and as a DS, Carmen has been in skilled biking for just about 20 years. In that point, she’s noticed and skilled quite a lot of approaches to biking. Some have labored higher than others however she was once drawn in through EF Professional Biking’s angle towards the game.

“I really like the philosophy of the staff,” she says. “The playfulness of it. They’re amusing, but in addition severe. They’re very skilled however on the identical time they may be able to have fun and create one thing that’s a little bit bit other. You understand this from the outdoor. It’s now not ‘we need to be severe and now not smile and now not chuckle to be able to win races.’ So let’s chuckle a little bit, experience what we’re doing, after which luck will come.”

Whilst Carmen makes it sound simple, she is aware of that numerous groundwork needs to be in position ahead of riders beginning clicking, having amusing, and incomes wins.

“Something I’ve realized as a basic is that you need to have every different’s backs. That’s now not simply riders, that’s additionally the group of workers. You need to create an atmosphere that’s useful. Perhaps on paper it’s now not your activity to head do a undeniable process however you need to assist your teammate and so that you do just 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 every different to achieve success,” Carmen says.

A significant part find staff luck is inconspicuous verbal exchange. “Having a excellent courting with the riders, having the ability to keep in touch to them what my expectation is, I feel is a in point of fact giant deal. That implies having numerous pre race talks, after which within the race, I’m their motivator. I attempt to get the most efficient 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. Ahead of her profession as a DS, she raced professionally. And ahead of that, she was once a math trainer in Colorado. “Being a DS is, in numerous techniques, similar to being a trainer. It’s important to be organised. You may have a lesson plan, a race plan. But it surely’s additionally about conserving riders responsible. Are you doing all your homework? That’s a large a part of biking and girls’s biking particularly is rising and rising and rising. You spot an increasing number of that we want to stay converting and stay bettering the small issues to support the full. As it’s undoubtedly getting sooner and sooner annually and the game is changing into an increasing number of skilled. And because the salaries build up, the expectancies additionally want to build up. What do we predict the riders to do and carry out? And that during phase comes all the way down to what are you doing at house? Are you doing all your homework?”

Carmen can have executed her personal homework forward of our first race in 2024. And on that day when she will get within the staff automobile to apply her riders, you’ll be able to depend on her to be ready – and excited.

“I in point of fact love my activity. I in point of fact find it irresistible,” she says. “I really like operating with the riders. They provide me numerous motivation. They provide me numerous power. I really like serving to them get ready mentally and I really like motivating them. The principle factor I believe once I’m at paintings is pleasure. I at all times were given frightened as a rider and now I’m now not frightened. The riders need to do the not easy paintings whilst I am getting to stick within the automobile and communicate at the radio. If we’re getting into the finale of a race and I do know we will be able to win, I’m nonetheless now not frightened however I’m ready. I’m bracing myself and I’m able for the joy. That feeling doesn’t alternate whether or not it’s a camp or a race. It’s the similar feeling for me all through the season. I am getting that very same motivation each time. Whether or not it’s a building race or the Excursion de France, I do my activity precisely the similar and I find it irresistible precisely the similar.”

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


Dmitriy Gruzdev Stays in Astana Qazaqstan Crew
Probably the most skilled Kazakh riders Dmitriy Gruzdev (37) will spend another season (2024) in Astana Qazaqstan Crew.

“In spite of all of the difficulties of this season, we controlled to fulfil one of the most duties that had been set at the beginning of the yr. This season was once necessary from the viewpoint of the Olympic variety, and as a staff, we did the entirety imaginable to get as many issues as imaginable. We confirmed a 100% end result each on the Asian Biking Championships and on the Asian Summer season Video games, and I’m glad that I used to be a part of this luck, that I used to be ready to assist our leaders on methods to the gold medals, necessary now not just for the staff, but in addition for Kazakhstan. I believe that there’s nonetheless power, there’s a need to paintings, to be helpful to the staff, to provide myself utterly for the sake of commonplace targets. Subsequently, I believe the brand new season in conjunction with Astana Qazaqstan Crew as any other alternative to assist the staff with the entirety I do know in biking,” mentioned Dmitriy Gruzdev.

Dmitriy Gruzdev spent 12 complete seasons within the Kazakh undertaking, collaborating in 9 Grand Excursions and 20 Huge vintage races the place he performed at all times as a faithful helper to staff leaders. Along to this, Dmitriy was once at all times the most important a part of the Nationwide Crew. In 2023 in conjunction with the Nationwide Crew of Kazakhstan Gruzdev gained the gold medal within the Combined Relay and completed fifth within the street race of the Asian Summer season Video games.

“Dmitriy Gruzdev is a 100% unswerving staff rider who has faithful his complete profession to serving to leaders at races of any stage, be it Grand Excursions, vintage races, Global Championships, Asian Championships or the Olympic Video games. Dmitriy has priceless enjoy, which the staff wishes, and which we will be able to use each in operating with younger Kazakh riders and to reach the set staff duties,” mentioned Alexandr Vinokurov, Basic Supervisor of Astana Qazaqstan Crew.

Dmitriy Gruzdev to stick with Astana:


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

“I believe any other season in Astana Qazaqstan Crew, initially, as a possibility to end up that I nonetheless have ambitions in biking, I’ve the will and motivation to reach top effects. Lately, now not the entirety labored out, however I attempted to not surrender, attempted time and again. There have been moments when one thing labored out, and this permits me to wish that victories and podiums are just a subject of time and perseverance. After all, staff targets are the primary factor, I’m able to assist the staff in all races, the place it is going to be wanted, each for Astana and the Nationwide Crew. However I want to pursue my non-public effects additionally, as a result of I do know that I will be able to end up myself in sure races,” mentioned Yevgeniy Gidich.

In 2023 Yevgeniy Gidich, representing Kazakhstan Nationwide Crew, gained two phases on the Excursion of Van, he was once 2d within the street race of the Asian Biking Championships and the Nationwide Champs of Kazakhstan, completed 4th in a level of the Vuelta a San Juan and was once eighth within the Basic Classification of the Excursion of Istanbul.

“In the second one part of the season, Yevgeniy confirmed himself lovely neatly; he demonstrated the will to be helpful to the staff and, on the identical time, the will to struggle for victory. Additionally, Yevgeniy carried out neatly as a member of the Nationwide Crew, he gained a medal on the Asian Biking Championships and dropped at Kazakhstan necessary rating issues. No longer the entirety labored out, however we see that the rider is motivated and has a need to paintings, and that is crucial factor. For more than a few causes, the season was once tricky for everybody with out exception, so let’s hope that subsequent yr will probably be calmer and with out pressure majeure, which can permit every of the riders to end up themselves on 100%,” mentioned Alexandr Vinokurov, Basic Supervisor of Astana Qazaqstan Crew.

Every other yr for Yevgeniy Gidich with Astana:
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Giovanni Lonardi’s Pace will Stay Dressed in EOLO KOMETA’s Colors
The Italian sprinter, one of the vital staff’s peak names within the ultimate a part of the season, will proceed to struggle for victories within the mass finishes.

Each and every level, each race, has just one winner. Successful is enormously tricky. However making an attempt, each day, to take action, and to cherish that honour isn’t simple both. That’s the place Giovanni Lonardi has proved his price, a bicycle owner who has amassed a complete of nineteen top-10s and eight top-5s this 2023, 2d in Poitou Charentes or including two podiums in Turkey.

“The one factor lacking was once a win”, smiles Lonardi. “I’m more than happy with what I’ve accomplished, with the consistency on this ultimate a part of the season, although I didn’t carry my fingers. But even so, I’ve at all times been a bicycle owner who has at all times accomplished one victory in step with season. This yr it wasn’t imaginable, so in 2024 it is going to be no less than two victories”, he predicts with fun.

“Beginning the 2024 season neatly, with a win, is a concern for me,” says Lonardi. The sprinters are characterized through their skill to reach lengthy streaks of excellent positions or victories, as soon as they’ve discovered the shape to be within the struggle each day. “Beginning neatly is helping the yr to head neatly and even supposing in 2023 we struggled to get forward in the beginning, then the consequences got here and I am hoping to deal with this dynamic”.

Jesús Hernández, sports activities director: “Lonardi has turn out to be a certain factor for us in the case of getting excellent ends up in the races that come to the dash. A solvency that makes us more than happy to depend on him for any other season, and we are hoping that he continues to give a contribution to us on this box, as he has executed particularly this season with numerous top-10 finishes and coming just about profitable on a number of events”.



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CANYON//SRAM Racing Announce Two Contracts for 2024
CANYON//SRAM Racing is delighted to announce a freelance extension and a brand new rider to the staff for subsequent season. Soraya Paladin extends her contract thru to 2025, and Justyna Czapla from CANYON//SRAM Era will sign up for the Global Excursion Crew thru to 2026.

Paladin was once a constant performer for the staff in 2023, incomes seventeen top-ten puts in Global Excursion one-day or level races, together with 5th at Trofeo Binda, Amstel Gold Race, and two times on the Excursion de France Femmes avec Zwift phases. She completed within the peak ten within the basic classification on the UAE Girls’s Excursion, Vuelta a Burgos and Journey London Classique, proving her versatility and tactical prowess on more than a few parcours.

For the Italian rider, it was once a very easy determination to increase her contract for any other two years after first becoming a member of CANYON//SRAM Racing in 2022.

“I’ve discovered an overly organised staff that cares about riders as people and now not simply as numbers. The verdict to increase my contract was once simple. I believe excellent right here, and now we have nice apparatus from supportive companions. As riders, we simplest have to consider racing as speedy as imaginable. For the remainder, now we have numerous improve from our hard-working group of workers,” mentioned Paladin.

“I love to have other people round that accept as true with me, and I in finding that at CANYON//SRAM Racing. Having sturdy teammates pushes me to support and be informed up to imaginable from them. I in point of fact like and experience how we race as a staff. I’m making development as a rider and as an individual, and I’m assured that I will be able to turn out to be more potent annually.”

Czapla joins the Global Excursion staff after using for a season with CANYON//SRAM Era. With peak ten in UCI races 4a reVolta and Classique L. a. Morbihan, the 19-year-old German rider has endured a gentle building trail after her silver medal on the 2022 Junior ITT Global Championship at the back of long term teammate Zoe Bäckstedt. She took bronze on the German U23 nationwide ITT at the back of Antonia Niedermaier, who later turned into the U23 ITT Global Champion.

“I actually can’t describe how excited I’m to have a freelance with CANYON//SRAM Racing in 2024! This was once one in every of my largest desires, and I’m so glad I were given this opportunity,” mentioned Czapla.

“CANYON//SRAM Era allowed me to enjoy my first yr within the elite class with none power. The staff guided me thru the entire season, step-by-step in order that I may just get new insights into professional biking and likewise be informed and expand as a rider who remains to be rather new within the ladies’s peloton.”

“The most important problem for me in 2023 was once the period of races, going from 80km as a junior to 130km within the elite. I struggled with that from time to time, particularly in level races, however through the tip of the season, I overcame that problem. I loved going to races with my teammates and group of workers.”

Czapla added, “My largest spotlight was once eighth position on the UCI 1.1 race 4a reVolta in Spain. It was once if truth be told my first longer race, however I used to be in in point of fact excellent form, and the mountain climbing space there suited me. I didn’t be expecting that end result in any respect, so I used to be even happier that I may just get it for the staff!”

“With CANYON//SRAM Era, I’ve realized the significance of teamwork and the power of a staff. I’ve additionally realized about taking the initiative to check out one thing, trusting in your self that you’re sturdy sufficient, and conserving preventing if issues aren’t turning out neatly. I’m thankful for my building, and I believe it’s ready me rather well for the Global Excursion.”

“I’m in point of fact shopping ahead to how the races are at this upper stage. I wish to improve my teammates up to imaginable and reach excellent effects in combination. My maximum necessary objective is to achieve extra enjoy and to be told from my teammates and group of workers to turn out to be a good higher rider,” said Czapla.

Soraya Paladin to stick with CANYON SRAM:
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Bahrain Victorious Strengthens Efficiency Crew with Two New Coaches
Crew Bahrain Victorious is happy to announce the addition of 2 new coaches, Loïc Segaert and Ioannis Tamouridis, to its efficiency staff. Those strategic additions are a part of the staff’s dedication to growing the following era of biking skills, bettering its center of attention on nurturing younger riders, and additional solidifying its place as a number one pressure on the earth {of professional} biking.

Loïc Segaert, who joins us from Lotto Dstny, is happy to take in this new problem and use his enjoy of operating with younger riders and building buildings. He said, “I’m in point of fact proud of the chance to enroll in the staff. Operating on this efficiency construction on the perfect stage in biking is actually a dream. I’m totally devoted to making use of my wisdom and stories from earlier years and likewise studying from the extra skilled coaches. My primary process will probably be to assist younger, proficient riders expand within the first years in their profession and feature a excellent courting with the CTF building staff. In step with my activity at Lotto-Dstny, the place I had an excellent time, I’ll even be all for serving to the time trial performances.”

Ioannis Tamouridis, previously with Intermarche, is similarly captivated with his new position with Crew Bahrain Victorious: “To start with, I want to categorical my gratitude for the cooperation I had over the last two years with all my colleagues in Intermarche-Wanty-Circus. In combination, we accomplished necessary effects, and I’m proud I used to be a part of this nice undertaking. However now it’s time to take the next move and settle for the chance to enroll in one of the vital most powerful groups in WorldTour for the following 3 seasons. Along with the skilled riders with giant GC ambitions, the staff has a major plan for the advance of younger skills, and I’m certain I will be able to give a contribution with my enjoy from operating as Efficiency Supervisor in one of the vital a success building groups, ‘SEG Racing Academy,’ to assist those riders get the most efficient out of themselves.”

Vladimir Miholjević, the Efficiency Director of Crew Bahrain Victorious, underlined the importance of those trainer additions to the staff’s imaginative and prescient, announcing, “We’re thrilled to welcome Loïc Segaert and Ioannis Tamouridis to our efficiency staff. Their experience in nurturing and growing younger riders aligns completely with our targets for the longer term. Crew Bahrain Victorious is dedicated not to simplest attaining luck on the perfect stage of biking but in addition to growing the following era of biking stars. We look ahead to witnessing the sure have an effect on that Loïc Segaert and Ioannis Tamouridis will carry to the staff within the seasons forward.”



New Identify Introduced for Allinq Continental Crew
The Allinq Continental Crew was once to make a brand new get started this yr, however now CyclingOnline studies a brand new title for the staff: Diftar Continental Biking Crew.

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

8 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 beginners, in line with WielerFlits.

The staff control will probably be within the fingers 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 staff chief’s automobile.

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Unsure Long run of the Excursion of Britain After British Biking Ends Collaboration
It’s not but sure whether or not the Excursion of Britain will pass forward subsequent yr. British Biking, the controlling frame 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 studies.

SweetSpot has held the license for the Excursion of Britain since 2004, when the race was once 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 quick impact as a result of SweetSpot nonetheless owes the affiliation €700,000 in license charges.

“We will ascertain that we have got terminated our settlement with SweetSpot Staff Restricted to organise the Excursion of Britain,” a British Biking spokesperson instructed CyclingWeekly. He added: “British Biking stays dedicated to the Excursion of Britain going forward in 2024 and can percentage additional main points sooner or later.”

SweetSpot, which was once compelled to cancel the 2023 Girls’s Excursion in March because of a loss of sponsorship cash, stays positive. Talking to The Father or mother, director Hugh Roberts mentioned he’s assured there will probably be a solution to the dispute with British Biking. “I’m positive that the issues with British Biking can also be conquer. We should unravel our variations,” he mentioned.

The Excursion of Britain has been at the calendar virtually annually since 2004, simplest in 2020 the race couldn’t happen because of the covid disaster. Lars Growth (two times), Bradley Wiggins and Mathieu van der Poel, and others, are at the honours checklist. In 2023, Wout van Aert gained the race for the second one time in his profession, whilst Olav Kooij gained 4 of the seven phases.

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Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne Wont Get started in Kuurne for the Subsequent 3 Years
Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne is not going to get started in Kuurne for the following 3 years. From 2024, that honour will pass to Kortrijk, which has signed an settlement with the organisers, Het Nieuwsblad studies.

In keeping with the Flemish newspaper, Kortrijk has already paid some huge cash lately to have the town noticed on TV through helicopter all the way through the race. That quantity will now build up, from €75,000 in 2024 to €85,000 in 2025 and €90,000 in 2026.

The newest version of Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne was once gained through Tiesj Benoot. The Belgian rode clear of the break out within the ultimate. Nathan Van Hooydonck was once 2d, whilst Matej Mohorič took 3rd position. Taco van der Hoorn and Tim Wellens needed to accept fourth and 5th position.

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The Race that Modified Cameron Mason’s Existence
The second one largest race of the cyclocross calendar, the Eu Cyclocross Championships. I used to be all in for nowadays, to do my easiest and display the arena what I may just do. Here’s what came about…


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