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A full EUROTRASH Monday: The primary phases of the ladies’s Santos Tour Down Beneath and the Schwalbe Traditional in Adelaide. Plus the Belgian, Netherlands and French cyclo-cross championships.
Worldwide corporations concerned in attainable new British WorldTeam – TOP STORY.
Rider information: Cavendish noticed with Astana, Miguel Ángel López maintains his innocence, Greg Van Avermaet needs to take part within the finals of classics once more, Pauline Ferrand-Prévot ends her cyclocross season early, Thibaut Pinot to retire on the finish of the season, Benoît Cosnefroy to trip the Flemish cobbles and Andrea Bagioli begins closing 12 months contract with Soudal Fast-Step.
Crew information: Simon Clarke covid constructive earlier than the Tour Down Beneath, ten riders and two sports activities administrators of W52-FC Porto charged with doping, Jorgen Nordhagen chosen for cross-country snowboarding world cup, Tour de Tietema-Unibet package, Michel Cornelisse to Work with Fenix-Deceuninck and BORA-hansgrohe launches world expertise scouting program with Crimson Bull.
Race information: Tom Dumoulin Stops his Tour de Dumoulin.
Contract information: Crew SD Worx contracts Marie Schreiber and Eduard-Michael Grosu indicators with a Polish staff.
And the unhappy information of the loss of life of Lieuwe Westra at 40 years outdated.

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TOP STORY: Worldwide Corporations Concerned in Attainable New British WorldTeam
Final autumn it was introduced that the British Continental Ribble Weldtite staff wouldn’t race in 2023 because of sponsorship issues, however the administration behind the staff doesn’t wish to hand over. Crew managers Tom Timothy and Jack Rees have bold plans. They wish to arrange a brand new British WorldTour staff and are in talks with a number of worldwide corporations, in keeping with Biking Weekly journal.

Apparently, Timothy and Rees met potential sponsors in Amsterdam. “We at the moment are in talks with a number of main world companions. Nothing is absolutely confirmed but, however there are a number of corporations from completely different areas of the world,” Timothy mentioned. The staff, which as but doesn’t exist, needs to be a part of the WorldTour in three years, from the beginning of 2024 to 2026.

Two years in the past, Timothy and Rees additionally had talks with a serious investor, however that failed. “We determined to say no their provide, though it was fairly a big provide from the Center East,” mentioned Timothy. “It’s clear that British sport basically is changing into more and more in style with worldwide buyers. Nevertheless, we wish to make it possible for each funding or associate we work with contributes one thing to the game as a complete. We see biking as a manner of giving again. It’s extra than simply biking.”

Additionally vital to the duo is that the British id is preserved. They wish to provide younger British riders an opportunity, but additionally, following Crew Sky/INEOS, additionally encourage younger individuals to start out racing.

A brand new British staff for the long run:


Girls’s Santos Tour Down Beneath 2023
Daria Pikulik of Human Powered Well being gained the Stage 1 of the ladies’s Tour Down Beneath. The stage led to a bunch dash during which the Polish rider beat Clara Copponi of FDJ-SUEZ-Futuroscope and Georgia Baker of Jayco AlUla. Pikulik additionally took the lead within the common classification.


Stage 1 was a largely flat stage from Glenelg to Aldinga with Chaffeys Climb (600m at 7%) as the one categorised QOM. So all of it appeared just like the peloton would dash for victory in Aldinga. At 110.4 kilometres it was the longest stage of this ladies’s TDU.

A mass dash did appear unsure at sure occasions as a result of the wind performed a serious function and the peloton cut up into echelons at varied occasions. A number of riders additionally tried to stop a dash by attacking from the peloton. These efforts turned out to be in useless and all the things got here again collectively 7 kilometres from the end and the peloton received prepared for the dash. FDJ-SUEZ-Futuroscope and Jayco AlUla led-out their sprinters Copponi and Baker effectively, however Pikulik turned out to be the quickest with a strong dash to cross the road first. It is usually the primary victory for the 26 year-old rider for her new staff.


Stage winner and general chief, Daria Pikulik (Human Powered Well being): “It feels wonderful to win our first Girls’s WorldTour tour race as we speak with my new staff. I knew that we may win earlier than the race and all people believed in me so it’s a very nice feeling and provides me a lot motivation. The tactic was to be within the entrance as a result of we all know that might be a extremely sturdy wind, however I like circumstances like that so for me it was the proper final kilometre. The ladies helped me all of the race to maintain my legs contemporary for the end. I wish to thank all the ladies and workers for as we speak. We made the win collectively. I’m only a Polish rider making my dream come true. I actually like this bike. It’s actually stiff so it’s simpler to be within the sprinting place.”

Girls’s Santos Tour Down Beneath 2023 – Stage 1 Outcome:
1. Daria Pikulik (Pol) Human Powered Well being in 3:03:01
2. Clara Copponi (Fra) FDJ-SUEZ
3. Georgia Baker (Aus) Jayco AlUla
4. Maggie Coles-Lyster (Can) Zaaf Biking Crew
5. Amanda Spratt (Aus) Trek-Segafredo
6. Ally Wollaston (NZ) New Zealand
7. Kaia Schmid (USA) Human Powered Well being
8. Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
9. Lucinda Stewart (Aus) ARA Skip Capital Sunshine Coast
10. Brodie Chapman (Aus) Trek-Segafredo.

Girls’s Santos Tour Down Beneath 2023 – General After Stage 1:
1. Daria Pikulik (Pol) Human Powered Well being in 3:02:51
2. Clara Copponi (Fra) FDJ-SUEZ at 0:04
3. Georgia Baker (Aus) Jayco AlUla at 0:06
4. Grace Brown (Aus) FDJ-SUEZ at 0:07
5. Alexandra Manly (Aus) Jayco AlUla at 0:08
6. Ruby Roseman-Gannon (Aus) Jayco AlUla at 0:09
7. Maggie Coles-Lyster (Can) Zaaf Biking Crew at 0:10
8. Amanda Spratt (Aus) Trek-Segafredo
9. Ally Wollaston (NZ) New Zealand
10. Kaia Schmid (USA) Human Powered Well being.

TDU’23 stage 1:


Schwalbe Traditional – Adelaide Males 2023
The 2023 season opens with the Schwalbe Traditional, a night criterium in down-town Adelaide – The curtain lifter for the Tour Down Beneath. Ally Wollaston gained the ladies’s race from a break and Caleb Ewan gained a bunch dash end from the boys.


Caleb Ewan gained the Schwalbe Traditional for males, driving for the Australian Nationwide staff. The Australian of Lotto Dstny was the quickest within the bunch dash forward of the Belgian Jordi Meeus of BORA-hansgrohe and Kaden Groves of Alpecin-Deceuninck. The criterium runs over a 1.35 kilometre flat circuit by the streets of Adelaide, a bunch dash is at all times on the playing cards.

About midway by the race, a bunch of six males managed to interrupt free and achieve a lead of 30 seconds, however that they had no probability in opposition to the peloton, which wished a dash. Dwelling rider Caleb Ewan turned out to be the quickest of the pack, whereas Meeus completed second forward of Groves.


Race winner, Caleb Ewan (Australia): “You don’t depend this race once you add up your wins on the finish of the season, however possibly it’s best to. It’s in opposition to a WorldTour discipline, in a pure dash and we’re all going full throttle. However regardless of the report books say, a win right here in Adelaide this early within the season and forward of the season is a confidence enhance. As a sprinter it’s vital to maintain the momentum going. There are vital sprints developing within the Tour Down Beneath and I now know that my dash is fairly good. That provides confidence for the following races. If you come out of winter, you at all times have slightly doubt whether or not you have got ready appropriately. I additionally modified coaches, so my coaching was barely completely different. That’s why I didn’t understand how it will go. I used to be already shocked with my efficiency on the Australian championship, however my dash was nonetheless a query mark. So this win is vital. It is probably not famous as an official victory, however it means one thing to me. It’s affirmation.”

2nd, Jordi Meeus (BORA-hansgrohe): “It’s a little bit of a disgrace to complete a detailed second in a bunch dash, however it’s not a foul end result to start out the season like that. We knew Caleb can be one of many huge favourites tonight, however he’s not right here along with his common staff, moderately with the nationwide squad. So we didn’t fairly know which staff would management the race. As anticipated, a small group went clear and we then had Marco on the entrance, which was excellent for us. The opposite guys executed our plan effectively and supported me as a lot as attainable. Ultimately, my positioning may have maybe been a bit higher, however second place just isn’t so dangerous ultimately.”

Schwalbe Traditional 2023 – Adelaide Males Outcome:
1. Caleb Ewan (Aus) Australia in 1:02:35
2. Jordi Meeus (Bel) BORA-hansgrohe
3. Kaden Groves (Aus) Alpecin-Deceuninck
4. Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bahrain Victorious
5. Marius Mayrhofer (Ger) DSM
6. Campbell Stewart (NZ) Jayco-AlUla
7. Kim Heiduk (Ger) INEOS Grenadiers
8. Paul Penhoët (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
9. Bryan Coquard (Fra) Cofidis
10. Emils Liepins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo.

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Schwalbe Traditional – Adelaide Girls 2023
Ally Wollaston gained the Schwalbe Traditional for the ladies, driving for the New Zealand Nationwide staff. The 22-year-old rider was the quickest of a number one group of seven after greater than an hour of racing. She beat compatriot Michaela Drummond of Zaaf and the Dutch rider, Nina Buijsman of Human Powered Well being.

The Schwalbe Traditional is historically held the week earlier than the Tour Down Beneath. The criterium runs over a 1.35 kilometre flat circuit by the streets of Adelaide. The race repeatedly ends in a bunch dash, however on Saturday a number one group was capable of keep away. Wollaston, who’s beneath contract with AG Insurance coverage-Soudal-Fast-Step, was the quickest of the break and sprinted to victory.

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Schwalbe Traditional – Adelaide Girls Outcome:
1. Ally Wollaston (NZ) New Zealand in 1:02:41
2. Michaela Drummond (NZ) Zaaf Biking Crew
3. Nina Buijsman (Ned) Human Powered Well being
4. Ruby Roseman-Gannon (Aus) Jayco-AlUla
5. Chloe Moran (Aus) ARA Skip Capital
6. Loes Adegeest (Ned) FDJ-SUEZ
7. Anya Louw (Aus) Australia
8. Georgie Howe (Aus) Jayco-AlUla at 0:10
9. Clara Copponi (Fra) FDJ-SUEZ at 0:17
10. Daria Pikulik (Pol) Human Powered Well being.

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Belgian Nationwide Cyclo-Cross Championship – Lokeren 2023
Michael Vanthourenhout is the Belgian cyclo-cross champion for the following 12 months. The Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal rider fought a duel with Laurens Sweeck in Lokeren. Thibau Nys completed third.

Final 12 months’s champion, Wout van Aert, was lacking from the championship race in Lokeren because of a staff coaching camp. Riders similar to Laurens Sweeck, Eli Iserbyt and Michael Vanthourenhout had the chance to take the Belgian jersey. All three had a very good begin, however it was Thibau Nys who hit the off-road first. He took the initiative within the first a part of the primary lap. Iserbyt made some errors and in addition crashed. He was already effectively behind after one lap. Sweeck and Vanthourenhout had escaped the others. Nys was the closest on this level. Behind him adopted Jens Adams and Emiel Verstrynge, adopted by Iserbyt. Nys tried to got here again, however Sweeck and Vanthourenhout had flown, he crossed the road 30 seconds forward of Iserbyt after three of the six laps.

The 2 on the entrance put stress on one another. One take a spot, after which the opposite. On the fourth lap, Sweeck was a number of meters forward of Vanthourenhout for a very long time, however he was unable to interrupt the European champion. Later within the lap it was Vanthourenhout who went away, however he additionally couldn’t drop his opponent. On the fifth lap, Sweeck had an issue along with his bike change. He hooked his bike into Vanthourenhout’s and so misplaced a number of metres. After that it was an thrilling battle. Sweeck didn’t give in, however ultimately it was Vanthourenhout who took the victory. Behind the 2, Thibau Nys was third. Iserbyt and Gerben Kuypers accomplished the highest 5.

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Belgian cyclo-cross champion, Michael Vanthourenhout (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal): “I’m very comfortable. It was a pleasant duel between Laurens and me. I feel he may need been a bit higher within the operating, however within the final laps I felt that he was a bit worn out. Then I simply tried to get out of the loop first after which go full to the end. That was sufficient. I feel it was at all times behind my again. It is usually at all times a little bit of chaos within the pits. Anybody who is aware of my household is aware of that this was not deliberate. I didn’t see it both, however I don’t suppose it was on goal. In the course of the race he already shouted that I needed to drive my very own race. I didn’t should let Laurens set the tempo, I attempted that within the final two laps. That was switching. At first I attempted to get within the result in get Eli to return again, however I may see that possibly he wasn’t having the very best day. Then I knew I used to be alone. It’s good that I end it anyway. It’s a little bit of a luxurious drawback.”

2nd, Laurens Sweeck (Crelan-Fristads): “I’m disenchanted, as a result of I don’t suppose it went utterly sportingly. I do suppose we have been evenly matched. In that respect he deserves it, however I feel you select a pit earlier than the beginning and also you stand in it for all the race. I feel tactically I made a good selection to be at first. You noticed that on the primary lap, once I made a spot there. Then you definitely come within the second lap within the pit after which out of the blue the opposition is in the identical place as you, whereas they have been on the again earlier than. I don’t know why there are guidelines that aren’t adopted. It was a bit deliberate that he (the mechanic of Vanthourenhout) The bike… You are feeling that as a rider that that occurs. That’s nonetheless a bit after all, however as I say: there are guidelines. They’re made to adjust to. I feel that final hole is, I actually needed to give all my energy to reconnect. The course was a bit slippery and extra treacherous, so errors creep in.”

2023 Belgian Nationwide Cyclo-Cross Championship Outcome:
1. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal in 1:00:04
2. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Crelan-Fristads at 0:02
3. Thibau Nys (Bal) Baloise Trek Lions at 1:42
4. Eli Iserbyt (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 2:29
5. Gerben Kuypers (Bel) at 2:39
6. Jens Adams (Bel) ChocoVit at 2:53
7. Timo Kielich (Bel) Crelan-Fristads at 3:44
8. Emiel Verstrynge (Bel) Crelan-Fristads at 3:53
9. Joran Wyseure (Bel) Crelan-Fristads at 3:53
10. Jente Michels (Bel) Alpecin-Deceuninck at 4:03.

Belgian Cross Champs’23:


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Netherlands Nationwide Cyclo-Cross Championship – Zaltbommel 2023
Lars van der Haar is the Dutch cyclo-cross champion, a repeat of final 12 months. The 31-year-old Baloise-Trek Lions rider was on the entrance for nearly all the race collectively along with his teammate Joris Nieuwenhuis. Van der Haar made his transfer within the closing.

Joris Nieuwenhuis had a very good begin to his nationwide cyclo-cross. He was first into the extraordinarily muddy off-road. His teammate Lars van der Haar, the massive favorite within the absence of Mathieu van der Poel, was a bit beneath stress, however was quickly capable of transfer up once more. He was quickly in fourth place, behind Nieuwenhuis, Corné van Kessel and Tibor del Grosso. Later Pim Ronhaar additionally joined them. With Van Kessel having to move, Baloise Trek Lions was in a super scenario as that they had three riders within the main group of 4. When U23 rider Del Grosso was dropped on the second lap, there was a trio of the purple and blue staff on the entrance. Nevertheless, this case didn’t final lengthy, as a result of after Nieuwenhuis accelerated, Ronhaar was gone. Van der Haar was nonetheless capable of cling on.

The duo, the place Nieuwenhuis invariably took the lead, rapidly received additional forward of the remainder of the sphere. It could be a duel between the 2 teammates. They didn’t assault one another for a very long time, however on the penultimate lap Van der Haar appeared to have to depart a number of meters a number of occasions. Nevertheless, he didn’t assault. The 2 leaders began the ultimate lap collectively. There Van der Haar tried, whereas operating, to place in an assault. Nieuwenhuis, nonetheless, was alert and countered his teammate instantly. Then it was Van der Haar once more who took the lead and had a spot. Though he got here to a standstill within the final metres, he held on and took the Dutch title once more. A disenchanted Nieuwenhuis, who turned out to be slowed by a damaged cleat was second.

2023 Netherlands Nationwide Cyclo-Cross Championship Outcome:
1. Lars van der Haar (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions in 1:04:11
2. Joris Nieuwenhuis (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions at 0:03
3. Ryan Kamp (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 0:47
4. Pim Ronhaar (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions at 1:25
5. Corné van Kessel (Ned) Deschacht-Hens-Maes at 1:47
6. Mees Hendrikx (Ned) Crelan-Fristads at 2:20
7. Stan Godrie (Ned) at 2:51
8. David van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Deceuninck at 3:13
9. Klaas Groenen (Ned) at 6:58
10. Bart de Veer (Ned).

Two years in a row for Van der Haar:
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French Nationwide Cyclo-Cross Championships – 2023
French cross champion, Clément Venturini (AG2R-Citroën): “It’s a big satisfaction to win my fifth French championship title, the fourth with the AG2R CITROËN TEAM. I’ve struggled a bit the previous few weeks with a troublesome schedule. I did it that technique to problem myself in opposition to the very best in order that I may progress extra, and that has paid off as we speak.
Fabien (Doubey) was very sturdy, however I didn’t hand over till the tip. I used my strengths on probably the most tough elements to impose myself. The primary factor was to win, for myself but additionally to win for the staff. I’m very comfortable to have the ability to put on the blue-white-red colors on the jersey. January is wanting good.”

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Clément Venturini has now change into French elite cyclocross champion for the fifth time after successful in 2017, 2019, 2020 and 2021.

The remainder of Clément Venturini’s program
Clément Venturini will race three cyclocross occasions to finish the season: the UCI World Cups in Benidorm (January 22) and Besançon (January 29), after which the UCI World Championships in Hoogerheide (if chosen). He’ll begin his street season on the Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var (February 17 to 19).

French Cross Champs’23:


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Cavendish Nonetheless Not Introduced, however Noticed with Astana
It appears to be changing into more and more clear that Mark Cavendish’s future lies with Astana Qazaqstan. It has been beforehand reported that the deal was performed, and now the Briton has been noticed being picked up at Malaga airport by the Kazakh staff.

Cavendish had initially signed a contract with B&B Lodges-KTM, however after this venture collapsed, the Manx Missile needed to search for a brand new residence. So he discovered it at Astana Qazaqstan. For the previous two seasons he was beneath contract with Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl, however needed to make manner for Tim Merlier.

After a protracted silence concerning the switch, the switch looks as if it is going to be confirmed quickly. After a mediocre season and the retirement of Nibali, Aleksandr Vinokourov’s staff may use a brand new high rider.

Cavendish in Malaga:
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medellinMiguel Ángel López Maintains his Innocence
Miguel Ángel López was sacked by Astana Qazaqstan in December 2022 due to new proof in opposition to him in a doping case. “I’ve not used any doping. My organic passport can also be clear,” López insists he’s harmless.

Astana Qazaqstan already suspended López in July for his alleged involvement within the case of the controversial physician Marco Maynar Mariño, however later lifted that suspension as a result of there was “no proof”. Later, the Kazakh staff acquired new proof. “We’ve got found new parts that point out a connection between Miguel Ángel López and physician Marcos Maynar,” the staff mentioned in a press launch. “The staff due to this fact had no alternative however to terminate the contract.”

The 28-year-old López, who completed fourth within the Vuelta a España final 12 months, finally managed to discover a new place for 2023 with the continental Medellín-EPM staff. “It stays my ambition to race for a WorldTeam staff once more earlier than I retire. Typically in life you must take a small step again with a view to take one other huge step ahead.”

“Due to the assistance of my family and friends, I received by this era. It’s what in the event you out of the blue don’t have a staff near Christmas. I can’t blame myself.” López will race alongside the now 46 year-old Óscar Sevilla, Fabio Duarte and Aldemar Reyes.

López harmless:


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Greg Van Avermaet: “I Wish to Take part within the Finals of Classics Once more”
Greg Van Avermaet didn’t have his finest spring Classics marketing campaign final 12 months, however the 37 year-old rider is hopeful that he can compete once more on the entrance in 2023. “If I not believed that I may win one other basic, I wouldn’t be right here anymore,” he informed PezCyclingNews on the AG2R-Citreon media day (full interview quickly).

“If all the things goes completely, I can definitely nonetheless obtain good ends in the classics. I wish to take part within the closing once more on the entrance. I wish to trip finals once more and end within the top-10, top-5.”

Van Avermaet will begin his season on January 22 with the Gran Premi València. He’ll then trip the Étoile de Bessèges (February 1-5) and the Tour of Oman (February 10-15), then again to Flanders for the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (February 25) and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne (February 26). Then an Italian block of: Strade Bianche (March 4), Tirreno-Adriatico (March 6-12) and Milan-Sanremo (March 18). “From there I trip nearly all classics as much as and together with the Amstel Gold Race. I don’t do Liège-Bastogne-Liège.”

Van Avermaet just isn’t interested by stopping but. “I can positively go on for a number of extra years, I don’t know once I’m going to cease. I don’t wish to set a date but, as a result of I’m nonetheless having enjoyable. And I don’t wish to go on too lengthy, however I definitely don’t wish to cease too quickly, however I nonetheless have to achieve a sure stage, that’s the situation. I’ll see this 12 months if that’s nonetheless attainable or not. I’ll draw my conclusions from that.”

Greg Van Avermaet’s Race program:
22-01 1969 Classica Comunitat Valenciana – Gran Premi Valencia
01-02 – 05-02 Etoile de Bessèges – Tour du Gard
10-02 – 14-02 Tour of Oman
25-02 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
26-02 Kuurne – Bruxelles – Kuurne
04-03 Strade Bianche
06-03 – 12-03 Tirreno-Adriatico
18-03 Milano-Sanremo
24-03 E3 Saxo Traditional
26-03 Gent-Wevelgem
02-04 Tour of Flanders
09-04 Paris-Roubaix
16-04 Amstel Gold Race.

Van Avermaet wanting ahead to 2023:
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Pauline Ferrand-Prévot Ends her 2022/2023 Cyclocross Season Early
Pauline Ferrand-Prévot will finish her 2022/2023 cyclocross season sooner than deliberate because of the harm she incurred while racing within the Gavere World Cup cyclocross race on the twenty sixth December.

Ferrand-Prévot, while disenchanted to have to finish her cyclocross season early, continues to be extremely happy together with her 2022 season and is planning to start out competing once more in mountain bike races within the spring.

Pauline Ferrand-Prévot mentioned: “Clearly I’d have liked to compete on the cyclocross World Championships however my leg simply hasn’t healed as rapidly as we might have thought. So I’ve taken the choice, together with my coach and the staff, to focus on restoration so I can come out match and powerful for the beginning of the mountain bike season in April.”

The final season has been a standout one for Ferrand-Prévot, having secured 4 world championship titles, three in mountain bike and one in gravel racing, in addition to approaching board and being the primary feminine athlete to compete with the INEOS Grenadiers.

Pauline added: “I can’t be disenchanted with how this season has gone, to have gained 4 rainbow jerseys is fairly thoughts blowing once I look again at it. Then becoming a member of this Crew has been unbelievable, everybody has actually welcomed me in and I already really feel at residence right here. The assist I obtain from all of the workers is fairly particular. I’m wanting ahead to having some downtime after which coming again and seeing what we are able to do collectively for the remainder of the 12 months.”

Rod Ellingworth, Deputy Crew Principal mentioned: “Pauline can solely look again on this final season and be actually happy with what she has achieved. She has been such an ideal addition to the Crew and now we have all been impressed together with her work ethic, perspective and data. It’s now vital that she takes a while to heal so she will be able to come again stronger and able to go all in for 2023.”

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Thibaut Pinot Will Retire on the Finish of the Season
For Thibaut Pinot, 2023 might be his final 12 months within the professional peloton. The 32-year-old Frenchman will cease after this 12 months. His Groupama-FDJ staff made the announcement in a press launch.

Pinot will compete for the final time within the Tour of Lombardy (October 7), a race he gained in 2018. In his farewell 12 months, the Giro d’Italia would be the principal aim, however Pinot additionally hopes to contest the Tour de France as soon as extra, he informed L’Équipe.

“It’s a call that I’ve considered over the previous few years,” Pinot mentioned within the Groupama-FDJ press launch. “I’m wanting ahead to the brand new issues I can expertise after my profession, however I additionally wish to race for another 12 months. I’ve not often been so motivated earlier than a season and I wish to end on a excessive. I’m doing all the things I can to realize the very best outcomes and can proceed to take action.”

For Marc Madiot, the staff supervisor of Groupama-FDJ, it was no shock when Pinot mentioned that he wished to cease racing. “I nearly anticipated it. You possibly can say it’s the precise time, or not, however it’s his alternative. I’ve skilled it myself. I do know what high sport is, and what it’s like when your physique and thoughts say on the identical time: it’s time. Thibaut has made a profitable comeback and I’m positive he could have a profitable conclusion.”

In his profession, Pinot gained phases in all three Grand Excursions: one within the Giro, two within the Vuelta and three within the Tour. He additionally completed on the rostrum of the Tour in 2014, ending third. He additionally completed fourth within the Giro in 2017 and sixth within the Vuelta, 2018. The climber additionally had stage victories within the Tour of the Alps, Tour de Romandie and Tour of Switzerland. In 2018 he was the very best in Milan-Turin.

Thibaut Pinot to retire:


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Benoît Cosnefroy to Debut in Flemish Cobbles Classics
This 12 months Benoît Cosnefroy might be initially of a number of Flemish cobbled Classics for the primary time, his AG2R Citroën staff introduced in a press launch. These are Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and the E3 Saxo Financial institution Traditional. Participation within the Tour of Flanders can also be attainable.

Cosnefroy just isn’t a novice in the case of racing on the cobbles. As a junior he was within the high 20 in Gent-Wevelgem and the Tour of Flanders, however as knowledgeable he has by no means been initially of a Flemish cobbled Traditional. Cosnefroy is scheduled for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (February 25) and the E3 Saxo Financial institution Traditional (March 24). And the possibility that Cosnefroy will make his debut within the Tour of Flanders this 12 months can also be not excluded. AG2R Citroën has now introduced that participation in Flanders’ Most Lovely is a sensible state of affairs for 2023.

The French puncheur begins his street marketing campaign in France, first with the Grand Prix La Marseillaise (January 29) after which the Étoile de Bessèges (February 1-5). Final spring he completed second within the Brabantse Pijl and Amstel Gold Race and within the autumn he gained the Grand Prix de Québec.

Benoît Cosnefroy’s race program:
29-01 Grand Prix Cycliste de Marseille La Marseillaise
01-02 – 05-02 Etoile de Bessèges – Tour du Gard
10-02 – 14-02 Tour of Oman
25-02 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
24-03 E3 Saxo Traditional
02-04 Tour of Flanders.

Benoît Cosnefroy for the cobbles in 2023:


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Bagioli Begins Last 12 months Contract with Soudal Fast-Step
Andrea Bagioli contract with Soudal Fast-Step will run out on the finish of 2023. The 23 year-old Italian, who turned skilled in 2020 with Patrick Lefevere’s staff, faces an vital season. “After three years within the professional peloton, it’s time to increase the bar and show slightly extra,” he mentioned in dialog with Bicipro.

“I’ve already proven a number of issues,” mentioned Bagioli, who has gained 4 occasions as knowledgeable bicycle owner to date. In 2022 he gained the ultimate stage of the Tour of Catalonia and was third within the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal. “However one thing at all times goes mistaken. That was additionally the case final season. I’ve by no means been capable of carry out constantly because of varied well being issues, together with corona and bronchitis. I hope that any more I not have these ups and downs and might at all times keep at an honest stage.”

Bagioli took a distinct method this winter than earlier than. Whereas up to now he was usually in form in November or December, he has now picked up his particular coaching later, he says. “In fact it wouldn’t be a foul factor to race effectively in Mallorca (the place he’ll begin his season), however it’s extra vital to be in form within the months of March and April, as much as and together with the hilly Classics.”

Previous to these Classics, Bagioli will contest one or a number of of the one-day races in Mallorca. He then does the Faun Drôme Traditional and Faun Ardèche Traditional, earlier than touring to Italy for Strade Bianche and Tirreno-Adriatico. “The Faun Drôme Traditional and Faun Ardèche Traditional are good assessments for me, the hilly course fits me,” mentioned the winner of that first race in 2021. The Giro d’Italia just isn’t on his program, a lot to Bagioli’s disappointment, a second participation within the Tour de France has not but been dominated out.

Bagioli envisions a future as a pacesetter. “For now I nonetheless have that character, I wish to win.” He does realise that it’s tough to get that function along with his present staff, with teammates similar to Remco Evenepoel and Julian Alaphilippe. If that doesn’t work out in the long term, he’ll make himself accessible to the staff. “That’s one thing that I must bear in mind with regard to the long run. The presence of such toppers definitely influences my very own place. If I used to be with one other staff, possibly it will be completely different.”

2023 – An vital 12 months for Andrea Bagioli:


Simon Clarke Covid Constructive Earlier than the Tour Down Beneath
Simon Clarke is lacking a part of the preparation for the Tour Down Beneath. The Australian of Israel-Premier Tech, examined constructive for the covid virus and is staying at residence as a precaution, it’s hoped that he’ll rejoin the staff.

Israel-Premier Tech mentioned in a brief assertion that 36-year-old Clarke has no signs of the corona virus. His take a look at end result was constructive and so he’ll keep longer at residence in Victoria. “He skips Saturday’s criterion (the Schwalbe Traditional, ed.), after which he’ll rejoin the staff in Adelaide as quickly as he takes a unfavorable take a look at,” mentioned the staff.

Clarke will start his second 12 months with Israel-Premier Tech within the Tour Down Beneath. Final 12 months, the staff solely caught him very late, after which he stunted within the Tour de France with a stage victory within the cobbled stage to Arenberg. Clarke will take part within the Tour Down Beneath for the twelfth time; his finest end result was eighth place in 2006.

Israel-Premier Tech staff for the Tour Down Beneath:
Derek Gee
Sebastian Berwick
Simon Clarke
Chris Froome
Daryl Impey
Taj Jones
Corbin Sturdy.

Covid for Simon Clarke:


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Ten riders and Two Sports activities Administrators of W52-FC Porto Charged with Doping
Ten former W52-FC Porto cyclists should seem earlier than the Portuguese courtroom. They’re accused by the Public Prosecution Service of dealing in prohibited substances and strategies of utilizing them. Two DS’s have additionally been charged.

A complete of 26 persons are on trial within the context of operation Prova Limpa (clear proof). Additionally included are former sports activities director 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.

Paperwork seen by Portuguese media present that Ribeiro, Quintanilha and common supervisor Hugo Veloso of W52-FC Porto had drawn up a ‘doping plan’ to enhance the efficiency of the riders. Since 2020, doping use, together with blood transfusions, progress hormones, testosterone, have been inside the staff.

“The riders have been instructed on the strategies of introducing the doping into the physique with out it being detected in doping controls. As well as, they acquired directions for administering the doping,” is said in opposition to the staff administration. Ribeiro would try this “with the data and consent” of staff bosses Quintanilha and Veloso.

The riders concerned are accused of getting “at all times voluntarily and consciously carried out the details, with the only real goal of acquiring a monetary and sporting benefit for themselves or for the staff by using prohibited substances or blood transfusions”.

In April, information got here out that sports activities director Ribeiro had been arrested for his involvement in a doping case. The Portuguese police had a big staff of investigators and through home searches, in keeping with varied nationwide media, doping substances have been present in all ten riders of the staff. Following the doping investigation, the UCI determined to withdraw the license of the Continental staff.

W52-FC Porto staff in courtroom:
W52-FC Porto


Nordhagen Chosen for Cross-Nation Snowboarding World Cup
The Norwegian choice for the junior World Championship cross-country snowboarding in Canada on the finish of January consists of Jorgen Nordhagen. The 17-year-old Norwegian might be racing for Jumbo-Visma from 2024 and continues to be combining snowboarding with biking.

Nordhagen is a superb cross-country snowboarding expertise in Norway. Final 12 months he completed second within the nationwide championship. He’s additionally a profitable bicycle owner. In 2022, as a first-year junior, he gained a stage within the GP Rüebliland and took the Norwegian time trial championship. He additionally took second place within the street race within the European Championships in Portugal.

“I’ll proceed to mix biking and cross-country snowboarding within the coming season. I wish to do the mixture so long as attainable. It’s a nice train that helps me to coach and develop my entire physique,” Nordhagen mentioned after he signed a contract with Jumbo-Visma.

Jumbo-Visma is comfortable to let Nordhagen proceed combining each disciplines. “We see distinctive expertise in Jorgen,” mentioned Robbert de Groot. “He’s a extremely motivated boy who’s on the lookout for a coaching program that he feels will profit him. The truth that he already is aware of the place his future lies signifies that he can consider coaching, racing and creating.” Nordhagen might be a junior for an additional 12 months in 2023.

Jorgen Nordhagen going to the junior World Championship cross-country snowboarding in Canada:
Jorgen Nordhagen


Tour de Tietema-Unibet Equipment
Tour de Tietema-Unibet Biking Crew has introduced their package for 2023. Bas Tietema’s biking staff has gone for a lightweight blue shirt with black shorts. The traces on the shirt, which specific completely different biking tales.

“The traces symbolize routes which can be of nice significance to ourselves and of nice significance,” explains Devin van der Wiel. “We’ve got requested our grasp craftsmen to share their most particular biking excursions with us. We’ve got chosen quite a few them.”

“For instance, the define of France represents the start of our Tour de Tietema journey within the Tour de France. The Tour of Flanders was an ideal journey for us in 2020 and Bas has a particular bond with Paris-Roubaix.”

Within the coming weeks, Tour de Tietema will share extra concerning the tales of the ‘Meesterknechts’ on the outfit on social media.



Michel Cornelisse to Work with Fenix-Deceuninck
Michel Cornelisse could have a brand new place in 2023 inside the biking groups of the Roodhooft brothers. The skilled ex-rider from Amsterdam will play a distinguished function within the ladies’s staff Fenix-Deceuninck, which can make its debut within the Girls’s WorldTour this 12 months.

Final season he was repeatedly energetic as a sports activities director for the ladies’s staff; he was current within the very first Tour de France Femmes. The collaboration has gone effectively on each side, making the promotion a logical subsequent step.

Final 12 months, former rider Heidi Van de Vijver was the primary DS of the ladies’s staff. Attributable to non-public circumstances, she needed to resign from her place. Cornelisse will take over her duties in the intervening time.

In recent times, Cornelisse has repeatedly participated within the successes of Mathieu van der Poel with Alpecin-Deceuninck. The 57 year-old Cornelisse, with a previous as a DS in groups similar to Vacansoleil-DCM, MTN-Qhubeka and Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij, won’t utterly disappear from the boys’s peloton. The intention is that he’ll sometimes work for the Alpecin-Deceuninck staff.

In 2018, Cornelisse was nonetheless within the image as a attainable nationwide coach of the KNWU. On the time, he was nonetheless beneath contract with the coaching staff of SEG Racing Academy. The next 12 months, Corendon-Circus, a predecessor of Alpecin-Deceuninck, picked him up.

On the staff presentation it was introduced that, along with Fenix-Deceuninck, a second ladies’s staff might be added: Fenix-Deceuninck Continental.

Michel Cornelisse to be DS with Fenix-Deceuninck:
Vuelta09 4st Michel CornelisseJohnny Hoogerland


BORA – hansgrohe Launches World Expertise Scouting Program with Crimson Bull
BORA – hansgrohe is happy to announce the launch on 1 February 2023 of a brand new joint scouting venture with Crimson Bull. Entitled “Crimson Bull Junior Brothers,” it is a world street biking expertise scouting program geared toward discovering the following era of gifted street cyclists.

On the conclusion of this system, two younger riders from around the globe might be given a contract with BORA – hansgrohe’s U19 squad, Crew Auto Eder, and a contract as a Crimson Bull athlete.

This system is open to members beneath 19 years of age born between 2006 and 2007. From 1 February to 31 Might, riders will have the ability to use Strava or Zwift to compete for his or her probability to change into a Crimson Bull Junior Brother. They could full their software kind on-line from 1 to 30 June, with the strongest riders then collaborating in a take a look at camp in August. The 2 profitable candidates might be signed in September. Extra particulars will change into accessible at from 1 February.

BORA – hansgrohe Crew Supervisor, Ralph Denk, remarks, “that is the primary time that Crimson Bull is concerned with a venture in street biking globally, and I’m proud that they’re doing this along with BORA – hansgrohe. As well as, this system itself can also be a milestone for us when it comes to scouting. Via the Crimson Bull Junior Brothers, we are able to seek for expertise worldwide and even attain those that may not in any other case participate in races in any respect.”

Dr. Christian Schrot, Head of Scouting and Improvement at BORA – hansgrohe, feedback, “profitable candidates should convey with them expertise and energy, but additionally the potential to enhance. Significantly on the camp, we could have the chance to place the riders by their paces, and in addition get to know them personally. Character is vital, as a result of to have knowledgeable profession, you want dedication and stamina.”



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Tom Dumoulin Stops his Tour de Dumoulin
After three editions, Tom Dumoulin has determined to cease the Tour de Dumoulin. The occasion was the place kids may come into contact with biking and for adults there have been varied rides on the favorite coaching roads of the 2017 Giro d’Italia winner have been mapped out. The issue was that it was invariably stricken by dangerous climate circumstances, in order that the complete potential was by no means seen.

The primary version was held in October 2019. The occasion was canceled in 2020, however the Tour de Dumoulin was once more on the agenda in 2021 and 2022. “The start line of the Tour de Dumoulin is to let kids come into contact with biking and on this manner give them a enjoyable day,” Dumoulin informed WielerFlits for the second version of his occasion. “I wish to present the youngsters how lovely my sport is. With all types of video games and competitions, kids between the ages of 4 and 13 in several age teams can get to know facets of biking.”

“Shifting extra and maintaining a healthy diet are more and more vital subjects,” emphasised Dumoulin. “Obese and an unhealthy way of life are more and more seen amongst younger individuals and this threatens to change into an issue for the long run. The corona pandemic has as soon as once more proven how vital a wholesome way of life is. I wish to present the youngsters {that a} wholesome day will also be enjoyable.”

In a message on Fb, the organisers of the Tour de Dumoulin now says: “Attributable to varied causes and a mix of circumstances, now we have determined that final version was the final version. We by no means know what the long run will convey, however for now we shut the chapter ‘Tour de Dumoulin’. Pleasure and disappointment go hand in hand with this sort of information, however with us the sensation of pleasure prevails. We’re very comfortable that now we have been capable of let so many kids and adults benefit from the sport: biking. However now it’s time for different ambitions.”

No extra Tour de Dumoulin:
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Crew SD Worx Contracts Marie Schreiber
Marie Schreiber has signed a three-year contract with Crew SD Worx. The 19-year-old Luxembourger will trip cyclocross races for her present staff, Tormans Cyclo Cross Crew, till the tip of February. Schreiber has already joined Crew SD Worx’s coaching camp in Denia, Spain.

Due to her ends in cyclocross, Crew SD Worx put the younger expertise Schreiber in its sights. The Luxembourger has already achieved a number of good outcomes among the many elite, which may be described as distinctive, particularly contemplating her age. For instance, she completed second within the Azencross in Loenhout, whereas within the World Cups in Dublin and Val di Sole she completed fifth and sixth respectively.

“Marie Schreiber has indicated to us that she additionally needs to make the swap to the street,” signifies Crew SD Worx sports activities supervisor Danny Stam. “Expertise exhibits that good cyclo-cross riders often additionally do effectively on the street. The place her potential lies, we’ll discover out within the coming season. Given her physique, at first look she appears to be like like a climber. Within the Ardennes block and races within the second tier, we wish to cautiously see which races swimsuit her finest.”

“It was actually a shock for me that Crew SD Worx was ,” says Schreiber. “It’s an enormous enhance to my confidence that in addition they see alternatives on the street. I’ve by no means ridden a full street season earlier than. Due to Corona, hardly any races passed off in Luxembourg for juniors, whereas I had obligations for college final 12 months. So this season I must work out a bit on which terrain I can do finest. Though this street season will primarily be about cyclocross. If you wish to carry out effectively in cyclocross in winter today, you want a strong street season.”

So Schreiber will certainly stay energetic in cyclocross within the coming years. “Apart from Blanka Vas, we now have a second nice expertise for cyclocross with Marie Schreiber,” Stam continued. “It additionally suits in with our goals to change into extra distinguished in cyclocross. Vas and Schreiber have the potential to make strides on this discipline as effectively.”

Schreiber herself considers it a bonus to enter the cyclocross season with Vas: “When there are two of you, you may share your experiences effectively. Moreover, you pull collectively. I’ve shocked myself considerably with my efficiency in current months. Issues are going higher than I anticipated. These performances within the discipline additionally give confidence for the street season. In any case, a number of the ladies I’m competing with now in cyclocross are additionally doing effectively on the street.”

Marie Schreiber to SD Worx:
Marie Schreiber


Eduard-Michael Grosu Indicators With Polish Crew
Eduard-Michael Grosu might be racing with a Polish staff this 12 months. The skilled sprinter from Romania has signed a contract with the continental staff HRE Mazowsze Serce Polski.

The 30-year-old Grosu not races for knowledgeable staff for the primary time since 2014. Final season he raced for Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli and earlier than that for Delko (2019-2021) and Nippo-Vini Fantini (2014-2018).

Grosu often has good outcomes each season. Final season he additionally managed to win a stage within the Tour of Romania.

Eduard-Michael Grosu might be residence primarily based:
Eduard-Michael Grosu


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Lieuwe Westra Handed Away at 40
Lieuwe Westra handed away on Saturday afternoon. The Frisian was 40 years outdated. In his energetic profession he raced for Vacansoleil-DCM and Astana. As knowledgeable he gained 13 races, together with two Dutch titles within the time trial. The reason for loss of life continues to be unknown.
It’s with nice dismay that Westra’s household experiences that he was discovered on Saturday afternoon at his enterprise premises in Zwaagdijk, North Holland. CPR was of no avail. The previous few years have been powerful for Westra. He discovered it tough to stay with skilled life and his retirement from the game. After his profession he married his Australian girlfriend, with whom he began a biking lodge in Spain. The 2 had been divorced since final summer time, the lodge was offered and Westra returned to Friesland.

Lieuwe Westra was a gifted beginner bicycle owner, however by no means actually broke by. He went to work as a street employee, however noticed his brother Jan Hendrik nonetheless obtain a excessive stage at beginner stage. Lieuwe began to itch once more and after three years with the continental Krolstone, he turned skilled in 2009 with the then new Dutch skilled staff Vacansoleil. Westra was then 26 years outdated.

In his first 12 months he instantly gained the Arno Wallaard Memorial and the Tour de Picardie. Westra rapidly gained fame along with his attacking spirit and time trial expertise. In his third 12 months as knowledgeable, he rides the Tour de France and triumphs within the prologues of the Tour of Belgium and the Loire Atlantique Traditional. Till then, he primarily remained with small competitions, however within the winter of 2011 to 2012 he takes a distinct method.

That is instantly mirrored in Paris-Good 2012. Westra can stick with the very best classification riders on this planet and on Mende he impressively takes the fifth stage. His assault stays unanswered. Alejandro Valverde stranded on six counts that day, simply forward of Bradley Wiggins. He would win the Tour de France later that 12 months and is the one one who can keep forward of Westra within the closing classification of Paris-Good.

Within the following years, Westra seized two Dutch time trial titles, wins the Tour of Denmark in 2012 and takes a stage within the Tour of California. In 2014 he then made the swap to Astana. By way of stage victories within the Tour of Catalonia and the Critérium du Dauphiné, Westra cycles into Vincenzo Nibali’s Tour staff. The Dutchman then performs an important function within the cobbled stage.

Two and a half weeks later, Westra enters Paris with the Italian in yellow. It’s maybe his finest success, Westra usually appeared extra happy with it than his personal victories. After that he by no means reaches the extent he was earlier than. Originally of 2016 he skilled a final revival with the victory in Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde, earlier than he hangs up the bike on the finish of 2016.

RIP Lieuwe Westra:
Lieuwe Westra

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