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EUROTRASH Thursday: Cross, Flandriens and Every thing Else!

A lot information from the peloton in right this moment’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 12 months’, 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 incorrect place for years, Michael Rasmussen responds to Chris Froome: “What bullshit”, Egan Bernal desires of success, Matej Mohorič has two major targets for 2024, two wins, however Jenthe Biermans continues 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.

Crew information: Crew Polti Kometa would be the new title of Ivan Basso and Alberto Contador biking challenge, 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 workforce.

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 Comfortable about Riders Lacking the Cyclo-Cross World Cup Races
The World Cup needs to be a very powerful sequence of races in cyclo-cross, however the prime riders generally select to overlook out a World Cup weekend. UCI CEO Peter Van den Abeele will not be completely satisfied concerning the scenario: “If the World Cup is seen as a toy, then now we have an issue,” he advised Sporza.

The various cancellations by riders within the World Cup are an annoyance for Van den Abeele. Lars van der Haar beforehand stated that he is not going to contest the whole World Cup sequence 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 the whole World Cup.

“Lars van der Haar stated 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 sequence? If the World Cup is seen as a toy, then now we have an issue,” stated 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 incorrect, 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 every one the highest riders might be there, for instance from December to the final weekend earlier than the World Championships? These are all issues that I urgently need to focus on with Flanders Classics (organisers of the World Cup) and different main gamers from the cyclo-cross world.”

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

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


Philipsen, Kopecky and Van der Poel all Flandrien of the 12 months
Jasper Philipsen and Lotte Kopecky had been voted Flandrien and Flandrienne of the yr on Tuesday night. Mathieu van der Poel obtained the Worldwide Flandrien, the prize for the very best worldwide 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 Tour de France and he additionally took the inexperienced factors jersey. Within the one-day races, he gained the Traditional Brugge-De Panne and the Scheldeprijs and was second in Paris-Roubaix. The Alpecin-Deceuninck rider was elected Flandrien of the 12 months forward of Remco Evenepoel, who this yr 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 12 months trophy. Final yr the prize went to Evenepoel.

Among the many ladies there was one clear favorite; Lotte Kopecky. The 27 year-old rider had the very best 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 observe World championships and a gold medal on the European observe 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 12 months.

Nathan Van Hooydonck, who was pressured to cease racing on account of a coronary heart situation, was voted Teammate of the 12 months. Within the youth classes, Thibaut Van Damme (novices), Fleur Moors (juniors) and Alec Segaert (U23) took residence the prizes. Peter Sagan and Greg Van Avermaet, who’ve each retired, had been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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

Flandrien of the 12 months 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 advised 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 would primarily be the ambiance,” stated Sagan, who hasn’t retired from biking simply but. Within the coming yr he’ll deal with 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 take pleasure in it extra. I’ll undoubtedly attempt that.”

Preparations for the 2024 Video games will begin quickly. “We will definitely nonetheless go to coaching camp with the Specialised workforce, however we are actually within the offseason. I simply received 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 take pleasure in all the things extra. I wished to spend extra time with followers and workers, so I broke the information at the start of the yr. This made me suppose extra concerning the individuals and the ambiance across the race.”

Peter Sagan will not be going to overlook the races:


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Patrick Lefevere has Indicators a New Rider: “I’ll maintain his title to myself for some time”
Soudal Fast-Step will quickly announce a twenty seventh rider for the 2024 season. Patrick Lefevere, the workforce supervisor of the Belgian workforce, advised Sporza: “I’ve been bombarded with requests in latest 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 every one the managers who had been already pushing me in December final yr might see on a sure website that we had been nonetheless in need of a rider. I’ve been bombarded with requests in latest weeks,” stated Lefevere.

The now 68 year-old workforce boss has now signed a deal. “The twenty seventh spot has been stuffed because the 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 workforce this yr. In any case, he was on the finish of his contract with that workforce.”

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 improvement workforce.

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 develop into the most recent rider to hitch Soudal Fast-Step, after reaching an settlement to signal a take care of probably the most profitable workforce 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 thus far, together with the Tour of Guangxi, the Arctic Race of Norway, and Giro della Toscana, one of many oldest races in his residence nation.

What has caught the eye of biking followers throughout these seasons was additionally his outstanding versatility throughout every kind 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 workforce. Soudal Fast-Step is likely one of the largest groups on the earth, I might see that when racing towards this squad within the classics in all these years, it at all times was the workforce to be careful for, the workforce who was in the fitting place on the proper second and made the race laborious. It was certainly one of my targets once I turned professional to journey for Soudal Fast-Step sooner or later and I’m delighted that this may occur subsequent season. Coming right here after two tough years in my profession means rather a lot to me and I need to thank everybody for placing their belief in me.”

“I like the Classics, I like the way in which this workforce 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 understanding I can be a part of the Wolfpack makes me very excited”, stated Gianni – who when isn’t on his bike, might 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 novice. 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 can be an essential addition to our squad for subsequent season, and we’re assured that in our workforce he can present some stunning issues in 2024”, stated Soudal Fast-Step CEO Patrick Lefevere.

Moscon to Soudal Fast-Step:


Sepp Kuss on His Future with Jumbo-Visma
Sepp Kuss is proud of Jumbo-Visma, however doesn’t rule out leaving the Dutch workforce sooner or later. “I’m not towards new adventures. On the identical time, what I’ve at Jumbo-Visma is exclusive,” he stated 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 deal with the Tour and Vuelta. He is not going to journey 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 return? Or is he considering of a brand new workforce and a task as a workforce chief? His contract with the Dutch workforce runs till the tip of 2024.

“I’m going to check out 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 workforce. “To win the Tour I might merely need to journey in the very best workforce on the earth. I can pursue my very own alternatives at Jumbo-Visma and fulfil the function of domestique at different instances. I get satisfaction from each roles.”

In line with sports activities director Merijn Zeeman, nothing wants to vary for Kuss within the coming years. “When you motive from how we method the game, nothing will change for Sepp. He can definitely win one other Grand Tour with us, simply in addition to we let him do it now,” Zeeman stated. “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 Improper 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 advised Cyclingnews.

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

After 2020, Froome switched from Crew INEOS to Israel Begin-Up Nation, which is now known as Israel-Premier Tech. He rode a Pinarello for the British workforce, 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 previous bike to a specialist and we found very massive variations between my positions. However now now we have made adjustments. So far as saddle top is worried, it’s greater than centimetres. And the attain additionally entails rather a lot. We aren’t speaking about millimetres right here.”

The Briton, who says the inaccurate place is a ‘mistake’, is now eager for the long run once more. “That is one thing constructive for me. I discover that it offers me a whole lot of motivation, as a result of it may be a part of the puzzle, a lacking piece, within the clarification for not reaching 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 incorrect on a motorbike?


Michael Rasmussen Responds to Chris Froome: “What Bullshit”
Chris Froome just lately acknowledged that his poor performances in latest seasons are partly on account of 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 whole lot of bullshit.”

After 2020, Froome switched from Crew INEOS to Israel-Premier Tech. He rode a Pinarello for the British workforce, however now he has a Issue. “I took my previous bike to a specialist and we found very massive variations between my positions. However now now we have made adjustments. In the case of saddle top, it’s greater than centimetres. And the attain additionally entails rather a lot. We aren’t 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 can be such a change. Froome would nonetheless not journey 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 significant 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 yr, 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 choice 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 option to return.”

Albert additionally commented on an announcement by Sven Vanthourenhout. The Belgian nationwide coach stated previous to the European championships {that a} strong highway program is turning into more and more essential for cyclo-cross riders. “Highway racing will develop into more and more essential for a cyclo-cross rider,” Albert additionally thinks. “Iserbyt, Vanthourenhout and Sweeck need to do one thing about this if they need to have the ability to journey one or two kilometres per hour quicker 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. An extended rehabilitation each on and off the bike ought to carry the Colombian again to the highest in 2024, the INEOS Grenadiers rider advised 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 just can’t transfer in mattress… I used to be fortunate.”

After a protracted rehabilitation, Bernal made his return to the peloton on the finish of final yr. The season that adopted was certainly one of few highlights, but the 26 year-old climber nonetheless desires of success. He did journey on this yr’s Vuelta a España, which gave him confidence. “Within the Vuelta, though I didn’t obtain any nice outcomes, I used to be capable of take pleasure in it. I used to be capable of assault rather a lot and was not removed from the highest.”

The previous winner of the Giro and Tour can be completely satisfied to finish the trilogy. “When you will have felt what it means to win a Grand Tour, after which just one race just like the Vuelta is lacking… Then I believe I might be there once more if I maintain having the mentality to develop into probably the greatest once more. For me, to be actually proud of my profession, it’s simply the Vuelta that’s lacking.”

To attain this, the INEOS Grenadiers GC man should compete towards present prime Grand Tour riders, however he desires to show that he may also be a formidable competitor. “They actually need to win each race. They begin in fine condition to win, and for that you just want sturdy and laborious work. I don’t suppose they’ve something that I don’t have, or vice versa. It might be good to see how my stage is in comparison with them in a traditional scenario.”

Bernal nonetheless has desires:
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Matej Mohorič has Two Fundamental Objectives for 2024
Matej Mohorič is already looking forward to the 2024 season in an interview with Cyclingnews. The Slovenian set his sporting bar excessive. “I’ve two massive targets 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 yr in Roubaix and Flanders.

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

Mohorič additionally hopes to shine within the Tour de France once more subsequent yr. This yr he managed to win one other Tour stage. “I’m going for much more stage wins. I hope there can be alternatives for the attackers subsequent yr. 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 taking a look at 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 trying ahead to 2024:


After his Finest Season Ever, Jenthe Biermans is Nonetheless Lifelike
For Jenthe Biermans, the 2023 season was the very best yr of his profession. He appears to be like again with delight on his debut yr with Arkéa-Samsic, the place he took two victories. The 28 year-old Biermans continues to be bold, but additionally sensible. “I do know that I can actually compete in smaller races, however in bigger occasions I fall brief,” he advised WielerFlits.

“Lovely yr, I’ve two victories in my profession and I achieved each of them this yr,” he stated, considering again to the Muscat Traditional in Oman and his stage victory within the Tour of Luxembourg. “In that respect it was a improbable yr, my finest season. I’m very, very glad. I had at all times hoped to win a race sooner or later, in order that may be very good. I really feel superb within the workforce.”

In 2024, the workforce will change its title to Arkéa-B&B Inns, 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 good when you may rating or journey within the ultimate 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 is no such thing as a disgrace in understanding that your self. With the reinforcements of Florian Sénéchal and Arnaud Démare throughout the workforce, I hope that I can play an essential 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 might be good to drive there once more,” he says. This can be attainable 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 stated this in dialog with Greg Van Avermaet and José De Cauwer to Het Nieuwsblad. “Nevertheless, there usually are not 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 towards his nature.” Van Avermaet agreed: “I wouldn’t change something in his place. There’ll come a yr when it would 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 take a look at the Velo d’Or honours checklist: there usually are not 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 relatively flat, however successful the Tour two years in a row and this yr 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 workforce 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 workforce 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 yr. 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 had been instantly within the Frenchman.

INEOS Grenadiers was the primary choice 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 throughout the AG2R construction and this performed an essential function in his choice to signal for Lavenu’s workforce.

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 yr together with his new workforce.

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 beforehand stated that he would depart Israel-Premier Tech on the finish of the yr. The skilled rider has had two tough years, throughout which he first suffered from the implications 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 whole lot of expertise that I can carry to a workforce. I perceive that many groups have doubts as a result of I’ve raced so little, however I can assure that my leads to coaching and motivation are larger than ever. Hopefully I can nonetheless safe a spot within the peloton in 2024,” he stated in an interview with WielerFlits in October.

Hermans now has a brand new workforce; Cofidis. “I’m extraordinarily grateful to the workforce for this new alternative,” a cheerful Hermans stated in a press launch. “I’ve proven previously that I’m a whole rider. I need to give myself fully to my new teammates and, if crucial, attempt my very own luck. I want to realise the workforce’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 workforce. 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 manner. I’ve spoken a number of instances throughout my profession with Cédric (Vasseur) and the riders throughout the workforce.”

The French workforce 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 yr. The Italian and Portuguese riders usually are not a part of the roster of the French workforce for 2024. It’s unknown what the long run holds for Cimolai and Carvalho.

Cimolai rode for Cofidis for the previous two seasons, however didn’t actually shine with the workforce. In his first skilled years, Cimolai gained fairly a couple of races, however with Cofidis there have been none. He was essential 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 workforce for 3 years, however was a domestique for his time with the workforce. The Portuguese rider completed fifth within the U23 Paris-Roubaix and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, he was additionally twelfth this yr in a stage of the Vuelta a España and nineteenth within the Famenne Ardenne Traditional. These are Carvalho’s finest outcomes with the Cofidis workforce.

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 workforce 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 workforce:


Triple Australian Champion Luke Plapp Joins GreenEDGE Biking on a 4-12 months Deal
Crew Jayco AlUla is thrilled to welcome triple Australian champion Luke Plapp to the workforce on a four-year contract by to the tip of 2027.

The highly effective 22-year-old is thought to be one of many hottest younger abilities 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 capacity as he made the step as much as WorldTour stage with INEOS Grenadiers in 2022.

The administration workforce consider the very best is but to return from the person from Melbourne. Along with his energy and pure capacity, Plapp has already proven he can problem for normal classification success, notably this yr with a powerful second place end on the UAE Tour.

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

Brent Copeland – Crew Jayco AlUla Normal Supervisor: “There’s no mistaking that Luke has unbelievable expertise, so for us to be welcoming him to our workforce with a four-year contract may be very thrilling for everyone concerned. Now we 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 assist. Luke continues to be a really younger rider; we’re motivated to work with him and have him develop with us as a workforce into the long run. With our strengthened climbing group for the approaching season, Luke can have a great assist workforce round him, and we’re trying ahead to seeing him problem for normal classification success and proceed to purpose for prime leads to time trials. As an Australian workforce, we’re already very a lot trying ahead to the nationwide championships in January and seeing if he can defend his highway race title for a 3rd yr working.”

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

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

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



Swiss Public Prosecutor’s Workplace Closes Prison 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 get together 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 cross on the fifth stage. After a protracted 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 details and ask any witnesses to return ahead.” After a number of interviews and investigations into Mäder’s bike and physique had been carried out by the Institute for Forensic Drugs, the Swiss public prosecutor’s workplace concluded that no third get together may very well be prosecuted for the Swiss bicycle owner’s loss of life.

No connection might 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, experiences the Graubünden public prosecutor’s workplace. The household of Gino Mäder agrees with the outcomes of the investigation and won’t enchantment, every 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:


Crew Polti Kometa Would be the New Title of Ivan Basso and Alberto Contador Biking Venture in 2024
Polti, a frontrunner 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 can lend their names to Crew Polti Kometa beginning in January 2024. The eagerly awaited return of Polti to the world of biking, sport during which Polti was the undisputed star for 17 years (from 1983 to 2000), with the collaboration of Ivan Basso and Alberto Contador, ensures the continued progress of a forward-looking challenge.

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

“I’m delighted to comply with in my father’s footsteps and characterize a second era that also believes on this sport, not solely as a method to boost our model’s visibility but additionally 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 mirror on the journey we’ve undertaken with Ivan, Alberto, and Fran. Step-by-step, we’ve crafted this story with unwavering willpower and perseverance. All through the years, we’ve welcomed new companions, witnessing steady progress,” states Giacomo Pedranzini, CEO of Kometa.

Ivan Basso envisions a promising future for the workforce, stating: “It’s a second of nice delight for me. Succeeding in bringing again a prestigious title like Polti into the world of biking is a dream come true. With the enduring assist of Kometa and now Polti, we are able to look to the long run with confidence, understanding that we are able to supply the workforce new sources and bold 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 workforce, 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 workforce chief Nuno Ribeiro and workforce 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, progress hormones and testosterone, would have been regular throughout the workforce. The workforce then determined to drag the plug on the challenge.

In line with the choose, Ribeiro performed an essential 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 yr 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 isn’t the primary time that Ribeiro has been concerned in doping, as a rider, he was caught and suspended in 2009 for utilizing CERA.

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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 over the past Tour de France as a dash and lead-out advisor, goes to hitch the Kazakh challenge 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 workers & riders at Crew Astana Qazaqstan I knew that I’ve extra to offer skilled biking. With the assist of my wonderful household, to get again into elite sport I consider I may also help lead our proficient riders to victories in among the largest and finest races on the calendar. I must thank Alexandr Vinokurov for giving me this chance to cross on my expertise to the workforce. Now we have some enormous targets forward of us in 2024 and I can’t wait to work on reaching these targets with the workforce,” stated Mark Renshaw.

“We had an excellent expertise with Mark Renshaw through the Tour de France. His assist and recommendation had been very helpful not solely within the matter of dash points but additionally normally within the matter of race technique. We had a pleasant dialog afterwards; now we have a standard imaginative and prescient on many issues concerning the workforce improvement by the prism of conducting the races and preparation to it. So, I consider that having a younger Sports activities Director with a unique fashionable imaginative and prescient to biking would assist us to maintain on enhancing,” stated Alexandr Vinokurov, Normal Supervisor of Astana Qazaqstan Crew.

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 joy of working with a first-year workforce Carmen Small is coming residence. That’s how she describes becoming a member of EF Training-Cannondale because the workforce’s lead directeur sportif because the workforce prepares for its inaugural season.

“I believe I’ve discovered a great residence,” Carmen says. “It’s an American workforce and I’m an American. Though the workforce is European-based and now we have 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 whole lot of issues the two-time American time trial nationwide champion is trying ahead to in her first season with EF Training-Cannondale. For starters, the possibility to work with normal supervisor Esra Tromp as soon as once more.

“Working with Esra, I’ve solely had constructive experiences,” Carmen says. “I consider in her. She’s an unbelievable supervisor. She actually is aware of easy methods to carry out the very best in individuals and easy methods to foster the goodness in a workforce. Attending to work with Esra was primary.”

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

“When Esra approached me about this workforce, it was tremendous fascinating as a result of it’s a primary yr program. I had expertise with Crew Virtu to construct that workforce 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 facet, 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 20 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 workforce,” she says. “The playfulness of it. They’re enjoyable, but additionally critical. They’re very skilled however on the identical time they will have fun and create one thing that’s a bit of bit totally different. You discover this from the surface. It’s not ‘now we have to be critical and never smile and never chortle with a view to win races.’ So let’s chortle a bit, take pleasure in what we’re doing, after which success will come.”

Whereas Carmen makes it sound straightforward, she is aware of that a whole lot 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 a must to have one another’s backs. That’s not simply riders, that’s additionally the workers. You need to create an atmosphere that’s useful. Possibly on paper it’s not your job to go do a sure job however you need to assist your teammate and so that you simply do it. I believe Esra and I see eye to eye on that. We each need to construct an atmosphere the place we’re all serving to one another to achieve success,” Carmen says.

A serious part to find workforce success is easy communication. “Having a great relationship with the riders, having the ability to talk to them what my expectation is, I believe is a very massive deal. Which means having a whole lot of pre race talks, after which within the race, I’m their motivator. I attempt to get the very best out of them as riders.”

If it appears 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 instructor in Colorado. “Being a DS is, in a whole lot of methods, similar to being a instructor. You need to be organised. You’ve a lesson plan, a race plan. Nevertheless it’s additionally about conserving riders accountable. Are you doing all your homework? That’s a giant a part of biking and ladies’s biking particularly is rising and rising and rising. You see increasingly that we have to maintain altering and maintain enhancing the small issues to enhance the general. As a result of it’s undoubtedly getting quicker and quicker yearly and the game is turning into increasingly skilled. And because the salaries improve, the expectations additionally want to extend. What will we anticipate the riders to do and carry out? And that partly comes all the way down to what are you doing at residence? 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 workforce automotive to comply with her riders, you may rely on her to be ready – and excited.

“I actually love my job. I actually adore it,” she says. “I like working with the riders. They offer me a whole lot of motivation. They offer me a whole lot of vitality. I like serving to them put together mentally and I like motivating them. The primary factor I really feel once I’m at work is pleasure. I at all times received nervous as a rider and now I’m not nervous. The riders need to do the laborious work whereas I get to remain within the automotive and speak on the radio. If we’re coming into the finale of a race and I do know we are able to win, I’m nonetheless not nervous however I’m ready. I’m bracing myself and I’m prepared for the joy. 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 improvement race or the Tour de France, I do my job precisely the identical and I adore it precisely the identical.”

Carmen Small leaving Jumbo-Visma for EF Training-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.

“Regardless of all of the difficulties of this season, we managed to fulfil among the duties that had been set at the beginning of the yr. This season was essential from the standpoint of the Olympic choice, and as a workforce, we did all the things attainable to get as many factors as attainable. We confirmed a 100% outcome 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, essential not just for the workforce, but additionally for Kazakhstan. I really feel that there’s nonetheless energy, there’s a need to work, to be helpful to the workforce, to offer myself fully for the sake of frequent targets. Due to this fact, I contemplate the brand new season along with Astana Qazaqstan Crew as one other alternative to assist the workforce with all the things I do know in biking,” stated Dmitriy Gruzdev.

Dmitriy Gruzdev spent 12 full seasons within the Kazakh challenge, participating in 9 Grand Excursions and 20 Monumental basic races the place he performed at all times as a loyal helper to workforce leaders. Alongside to this, Dmitriy was at all times an essential a part of the Nationwide Crew. In 2023 along with the Nationwide Crew 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 workforce rider who has devoted his complete 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 workforce wants, and which we are able to use each in working with younger Kazakh riders and to realize the set workforce duties,” stated Alexandr Vinokurov, Normal Supervisor of Astana Qazaqstan Crew.

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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 one other season of 2024.

“I contemplate one other season in Astana Qazaqstan Crew, to start with, as a chance to show that I nonetheless have ambitions in biking, I’ve the will and motivation to realize excessive outcomes. In recent times, not all the things labored out, however I attempted not to surrender, tried time and again. There have been moments when one thing labored out, and this permits me to hope that victories and podiums are solely a matter of time and perseverance. After all, workforce targets are the principle factor, I’m prepared to assist the workforce in all races, the place it is going to be wanted, each for Astana and the Nationwide Crew. However I want to pursue my private outcomes additionally, as a result of I do know that I can show myself in sure races,” stated Yevgeniy Gidich.

In 2023 Yevgeniy Gidich, representing Kazakhstan Nationwide Crew, gained two phases 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 Normal Classification of the Tour of Istanbul.

“Within the second half of the season, Yevgeniy confirmed himself fairly nicely; he demonstrated the will to be helpful to the workforce and, on the identical time, the will to struggle for victory. Additionally, Yevgeniy carried out nicely as a member of the Nationwide Crew, he gained a medal on the Asian Biking Championships and delivered to Kazakhstan essential rating factors. Not all the things labored out, however we see that the rider is motivated and has a need to work, and that is a very powerful factor. For varied causes, the season was tough for everybody with out exception, so let’s hope that subsequent yr can be calmer and with out drive majeure, which is able to permit every of the riders to show themselves on 100%,” stated Alexandr Vinokurov, Normal Supervisor of Astana Qazaqstan Crew.

One other yr for Yevgeniy Gidich with Astana:
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Giovanni Lonardi’s Pace will Preserve Carrying EOLO KOMETA’s Colors
The Italian sprinter, one of many workforce’s prime names within the ultimate a part of the season, will proceed to struggle for victories within the mass finishes.

Each stage, each race, has just one winner. Successful is tremendously tough. However attempting, day after day, to take action, and to cherish that honour will not be straightforward both. That’s the place Giovanni Lonardi has proved his value, a bicycle owner who has accrued 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 proud of what I’ve achieved, with the consistency on this ultimate a part of the season, even when I didn’t elevate 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 yr it wasn’t attainable, so in 2024 it is going to 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 capacity to realize lengthy streaks of fine positions or victories, as soon as they’ve discovered the shape to be within the struggle day after day. “Beginning nicely helps the yr to go nicely and though in 2023 we struggled to get forward at the start, then the outcomes got here and I hope to keep up this dynamic”.

Jesús Hernández, sports activities director: “Lonardi has develop into a certain factor for us in relation to getting good leads to the races that come to the dash. A solvency that makes us very completely satisfied to rely on him for one more season, and we hope that he continues to contribute to us on this subject, 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 workforce for subsequent season. Soraya Paladin extends her contract by to 2025, and Justyna Czapla from CANYON//SRAM Technology will be a part of the World Tour Crew by to 2026.

Paladin was a constant performer for the workforce 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 phases. She completed within the prime ten within the normal classification on the UAE Ladies’s Tour, Vuelta a Burgos and Experience 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 workforce that cares about riders as people and never simply as numbers. The choice to increase my contract was straightforward. I really feel good right here, and now we have nice tools from supportive companions. As riders, we solely have to consider racing as quick as attainable. For the remaining, now we have a whole lot of assist from our hard-working workers,” stated Paladin.

“I wish to have individuals 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 attainable from them. I actually like and luxuriate in how we race as a workforce. I’m making progress as a rider and as an individual, and I’m assured that I can develop into stronger yearly.”

Czapla joins the World Tour workforce after using 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 gradual improvement 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 desires, and I’m so completely satisfied I received this opportunity,” stated Czapla.

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

“The most important 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 generally, particularly in stage races, however by the tip of the season, I overcame that problem. I loved going to races with my teammates and workers.”

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 fine condition, and the climbing space there suited me. I didn’t anticipate that outcome in any respect, so I used to be even happier that I might get it for the workforce!”

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

“I’m actually trying ahead to how the races are at this larger stage. I need to assist my teammates as a lot as attainable and obtain good outcomes collectively. My most essential aim is to achieve extra expertise and to be taught from my teammates and workers to develop into a good higher rider,” acknowledged 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 two new coaches, Loïc Segaert and Ioannis Tamouridis, to its efficiency workforce. These strategic additions are a part of the workforce’s dedication to creating the subsequent era of biking abilities, enhancing its deal with 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 improvement buildings. He acknowledged, “I’m actually proud of the chance to hitch the workforce. Working on this efficiency construction on the highest stage in biking is totally a dream. I’m totally devoted to making use of my data and experiences from earlier years and in addition studying from the extra skilled coaches. My major job can be to assist younger, proficient riders develop within the first years of their profession and have a great relationship with the CTF improvement workforce. 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 keen about his new function with Crew Bahrain Victorious: “Initially, 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 essential outcomes, and I’m proud I used to be a part of this nice challenge. 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 massive GC ambitions, the workforce has a critical plan for the event of younger abilities, and I’m certain I can contribute with my expertise from working as Efficiency Supervisor in one of the vital profitable improvement groups, ‘SEG Racing Academy,’ to assist these riders get the very best out of themselves.”

Vladimir Miholjević, the Efficiency Director of Crew Bahrain Victorious, underlined the importance of those coach additions to the workforce’s imaginative and prescient, saying, “We’re delighted to welcome Loïc Segaert and Ioannis Tamouridis to our efficiency workforce. Their experience in nurturing and creating younger riders aligns completely with our targets for the long run. Crew Bahrain Victorious is dedicated to not solely reaching success on the highest stage of biking but additionally to creating the subsequent era of biking stars. We sit up for witnessing the constructive affect that Loïc Segaert and Ioannis Tamouridis will carry to the workforce within the seasons forward.”



New Title Introduced for Allinq Continental Crew
The Allinq Continental Crew was to make a brand new begin this yr, however now CyclingOnline experiences a brand new title for the workforce: Diftar Continental Biking Crew.

The Continental workforce 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 unique ambition. The workforce 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, based on WielerFlits.

The workforce administration can 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 down within the workforce chief’s automotive.

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Unsure Way forward for the Tour of Britain After British Biking Ends Collaboration
It isn’t but sure whether or not the Tour of Britain will go forward subsequent yr. 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 experiences.

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 speedy impact as a result of SweetSpot nonetheless owes the affiliation €700,000 in license charges.

“We are able to verify that now we have terminated our settlement with SweetSpot Group Restricted to organise the Tour of Britain,” a British Biking spokesperson advised 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 pressured to cancel the 2023 Ladies’s Tour in March on account of an absence of sponsorship cash, stays optimistic. Talking to The Guardian, director Hugh Roberts stated he’s assured there can be a decision to the dispute with British Biking. “I’m optimistic that the issues with British Biking might be overcome. We should resolve our variations,” he stated.

The Tour of Britain has been on the calendar virtually yearly since 2004, solely in 2020 the race couldn’t happen because of the covid disaster. Lars Growth (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 phases.

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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 experiences.

In line 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 improve, from €75,000 in 2024 to €85,000 in 2025 and €90,000 in 2026.

The newest version of Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne was gained by Tiesj Benoot. The Belgian rode away from the escape within the ultimate. 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 at the present time, to do my finest and present the world what I might do. Here’s what occurred…


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