Ventoux, Tour de Suisse, Occitanie and Belgium in the program

Ventoux, Tour de Suisse, Occitanie and Belgium in the program

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Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenges: Miguel Angel Lopez flies up Ventoux

For its third edition, the French event offered a double ascent of Ventoux. The first ascent was done via its “easier” side from the town of Sault before facing the mythical slopes on the side of Bedoin. And just a few days before the start of the Tour de France (which will take a very similar route during the 11th stage on July 7), Miguel Angel Lopez showed he has sparkling form. The Colombian attacked about ten kilometers from the finish, and no one was able to keep his pace. He won at an altitude of 1909 meters with 2’26” ahead of Oscar Rodriguez. “The whole team worked really well today. I’m happy to get a victory on such an important summit. In July, I hope my body will remember this day.”

The results: 1. Miguel Angel Lopez (Team Movistar); 2. Oscar Rodriguez (Astana Premier Tech); 3. Enric Mas (Team Movistar)

*****

Tour de Suisse: Carapaz enhances his palmarès 

The Ineos Grenadiers team continues its raid on UCI WorldTour stage races this season. After winning the Tour de Romandie (Geraint Thomas) and the Critérium du Dauphiné (Richie Porte), Richard Carapaz added a stone to the building by winning the difficult Tour de Suisse for the first time in his career. “The race was lively until the end, I did not have a huge lead over Uran. We had to be vigilant. It is a difficult race, magnificent, and I am happy to win the general classification. The form is good a few weeks before the start of the Tour de France,” commented the Ecuadorian, already the winner of the Giro d’Italia in 2019.The results: 1. Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers); 2. Rigoberto Uran (EF Education – Nippo); 3. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana Premier Tech)

Stages won by Stefan Küng (Groupama FDJ); Mathieu Van Der Poel (Alpecin Fenix); Stefan Bissegger and Rigoberto Uran (EF Education-Nippo); Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers); Andreas Kron (Lotto Soudal); Gino Mäder (Bahrain Victorious)

***** 

Baloise Belgium Tour: the return of Evenepoel 

After abandoning the Giro d’Italia, which was his first Grand Tour, Remco Evenepoel has not been slow in his return to competition. At 21, he posted his second victory at the Baloise Belgium Tour and his 16th professional success. “I know where I’m coming from after my very big crash last year at Il Lombardia. And winning the Belgium Tour again is a very special feeling.”

The results: 1. Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck – Quick Step); 2. Yves Lampaert (Deceuninck Quick Step); 3. Gianni Marchand (Tarteletto – Isorex); 
Stages won by: Robbe Ghys (Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise); Remco Evenepoel and Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck Quick Step); Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal)

*****

La route d’Occitanie – La Dépêche du Midi: First wins for Pedrero

The last stage race before the Tour de France, the Route d’Occitanie found itself a fine winner with Antonio Pedrero. The Spaniard from Team Movistar won the third stage which included the ascent of the Tourmalet. Well supported by his team the next day, he secured the overall victory and at the same time won the first two races of his career at 29 years old.

The results: 1. Antonio Pedrero (Team Movistar); 2. Jesus Herrada (Cofidis, Solutions Credits); 3. Oscar Rodriguez (Astana Premier Tech)
Stages won by: Andrea Vendrame (AG2R CITROËN TEAM); Arnaud Demare (Groupama FDJ); Antonio Pedrero (Team Movistar); Magnus Cort Nielsen (EF Education – Nippo)

 

*****

The races to come

Paris Camembert (France), 15/06, http://paris-camembert.fr/

 

 

Critérium du Dauphiné: Porte at last

Critérium du Dauphiné: Porte at last

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Critérium du Dauphiné: Porte at last!

Having already taken 2nd in 2013 and 2017, Richie Porte won his first Critérium du Dauphiné at the age of 36! Despite support from a very strong Ineos Grenadiers team, the Australian had to fight until the last kilometers to ensure that he could lift his first trophy in the resort town of Les Gets. Third in the Tour de France last year, this win completes an incredible collection of victories in the Santos Tour Down Under, Volta Ciclista Catalunya, Tour de Suisse, Paris-Nice and the Tour de Romandie. “After two podiums in this race, this victory is the reward for a lot of sacrifices. I am so happy.”

The results: 1. Richie Porte (Ineos Grenadiers) ; 2. Alexey Lutsenko (Astana Premier Tech) ; 3. Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) 

Stages won by: Brent Van Moer (Lotto Soudal) ; Lukas Postlberger (Bora Hansgrohe) ;  Alexey Lutsenko (Astana Premier Tech) ; Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers)  ; Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Mark Padun and Sony Colbrelli (Bahrain Victorious)

*****

Tour de Suisse (Switzerland): King Kung opens it up

European time trial champion Stefan Kung of Switzerland claimed a prestigious victory in the opening time trial of the Tour de Suisse. The Groupama FDJ rider has not won a UCI WorldTour race since his victory in Bellinzona on stage 9 of the Tour de Suisse 2018 ! The winner of the Paris-Nice time trial this season, Stefan Bissegger (EF Education- Nippo) took second place, just ahead of Mattia Cattaneo (Deceuninck Quick Step).

The results: 1. Stefan Kung (Groupama FDJ) ; 2. Stefan Bissegger (EF Education- Nippo) ; 3. Mattia Cattaneo (Deceuninck Quick Step).

***** 

Course de la Paix Grand Prix Jeseníky: Zana takes it

At 22, Filippo Zana won the greatest victory of his career by winning the Peace Race. The 22-year-old Italian rider, having recently raced the Giro d’Italia with his team Bardiani CSF – Faizanè, took advantage of his good form after three weeks of racing to win this Coupe des Nations race for U23 cyclists.

The results: 1. Filippo Zana (Italy) ; 2. Kristjan Hocevar ; 3. Toon Clynhens (Belgium)

Stages won by: Soren Werenskjold (Norway) Pavel Bittner (Czech Republic) ; Filippo Zana (Italy) ; Axel Laurence (France) 

*****

The races to come

 

Tour de Suisse (Switzerland), 6-13/05, www.tourdesuisse.ch

Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge (France), 8/06, www.denivelechallenges.com

Baloise Belgium Tour (Belgium), 9-13/06, www.sport.be/baloisebelgiumtour/2021/nl/

La Route d’Occitanie – La Dépêche du Midi (France), 9-13/06, www.laroutedoccitanie.fr

 

Bernal wins the Trofeo Senza Fine

Bernal wins the Trofeo Senza Fine

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Giro d’Italia: Bernal wins the Trofeo Senza Fine

Having led the race since his victory on the 9th stage, Egan Bernal dominated the 104th Giro d’Italia. Then the 24-year-old Colombian succeeded in adding a prestigious victory at the end of the 16th stage to Cortina d’Ampezzo in appalling weather conditions. In the final days, even stage victories by Simon Yates (3rd in the GC) and Damiano Caruso (2nd in the GC), did not prevent Bernal from taking his second Grand Tour victory after winning the Tour de France (2019). Seven years after Nairo Quintana, he is the second Colombian to lift the Trofeo Senza Fine in victory. “During the final time trial, I was focused on my effort. But in the last straight section, I saw all the flags of Colombia and I understood that I had won. It’s indescribable.”

The results: 1. Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) ; 2. Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious); 3. Simon Yates (Bike Exchange)

Stages won by: Filippo Ganna and Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) ; Tom Merlier (Alpecin Fenix) ; Taco Van Der Hoorn (Intermarché Wanty Gobert Matériaux) ; Jose Dombrowski (UAE Team Emirates) ; Gino Mader  and Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious) ; Victor Lafay (Cofidis Solutions Credits); Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) ; Mauro Schmid, Giaccomo Nizzolo and Victor Campenaerts (Qhubeka Assos); Peter Sagan (Bora Hansgrohe);  Andrea Vendrame (AG2R CITROËN TEAM); Lorenzo Fortunato (Eolo Kometa); Dan Martin (Israël Start-Up Nation) ; Alberto Bettiol (Education – Nippo) ; Simon Yates (Bike Exchange) ; 

*****

Grand Prix Herning: Victory for Kristensen

Having taken second in the Danish national time trial championship last year, Mads Ostergaard Kristensen won the Grand Prix Herning. The 23-year-old on Team ColoQiuick won in a two-up sprint against compatriot Magnus Bak Klaris.

Results: 1. Mads Ostergaard Kristensen (ColoQuick) ; 2. Magnus Bak Klaris (CP :Play-Giant) ; 3. Niklas Larsen (Uno-X Pro Cycling Team)

***** 

Critérium du Dauphiné (Fra): Van Moer believed in himself

The Critérium du Dauphiné opened on the roads of the Auvergne around Issoire. And this first day was marked by Bren Van Moer‘s impressive coup. Having been among the riders in the early breakaway, the Belgian from the Lotto Soudal was never recaptured by the peloton ! At 23, he posted his first professional victory and took possession of the leader’s jersey.

Results: 1. Bren Van Moer (Lotto Soudal) ; 2. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Victorious) ; 3. Clément Venturini (AG2R CITROËN TEAM)

*****

The races to come

 Critérium du Dauphiné (Fra), 30/05-06/06, www.criterium-du-dauphine.fr/en

Course de la Paix Grand Prix Jeseníky (RTC), 3-6/06, www.jesenickacyklisticka.cz

Tour de Suisse (Suisse), 6-13/06, www.tourdesuisse.ch

Rund um Köln (Ger), 6/06, www.rundumkoeln.de

 

Giro d’Italia : Bernal creates a gap

Giro d’Italia : Bernal creates a gap

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Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol (Esp): First for Lopez

Miguel Angel Lopez did not take long to start winning with his new Movistar team. Less than a month after returning to racing on April 27th at the Tour de Romandie, the Colombian notched up a victory at the Ruta del Sol this May. “I’m really happy to win here. After the Tour de Romandie, I came to this race with a lot of confidence and the team had a lot of positive momentum. I wanted to show off the jersey, and we did it!” Lopez also won the third stage.

Results: 1. Miguel Angel Lopez (Movistar); 2. Antwan Tolhoek (Jumbo-Visma); 3. Julen Amezqueta (Caja Rural Seguros RGA)
Stages won by: Gonzala Serrano et Miguel Angel Lopez (Movistar); Ethan Heyter (Ineos Grenadiers); ; André Greipel (Israël Start-up Nation) ;

*****

Vuelta a Burgos Feminas (Esp): Four-way Dutch battle

The Spanish event offered the racers a big battle each stage. Four stages, four different stage winners, and a different leader every night. But the Dutch cyclists reminded everyone that they have the numbers when it comes to exceptional cyclists. World Champion Anna van der Breggen (SD WORX) took the stage on the last day, and with it the overall classification ahead of two of her compatriots also on the podium.

Results: 1. Anna Van Der Breggen (SD Worx); 2. Annemiek Van Vleuten (Movistar); 3. Demi Vollering (SD Worx)
Stages won by: Grace Brown (Bike Exchange) ; Anastasiia Chursina (Alé BTC Ljubljana) ; Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope) ; Anna Van Der Breggen (SD Worx)

***** 

Giro d’Italia (Ita): Bernal creates a gap

At the time of writing this, the Giro d’Italia peloton was preparing to face a terribly difficult day in the Dolomites, a 212-kilometer marathon stage including 5700 meters of climbing. Having taken the lead in the race after winning the 9th stage, Egan Bernal has never missed an opportunity to increase his advantage over his rivals. And even the Zoncolan, won by Lorenzo Fortunato, did not give the Colombian’s opponents a chance to reverse the trend. As far as the general classification is concerned, ahead of the last six stages in the race, the INEOS Grenadiers leader has an advantage of 1’33” over Simon Yates (Bike Exchange) and 1’51” on Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious).

Stages won by: Filippo Ganna and Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers); Tim Merlier (Alpecin Fenix); Taco Van Der Hoorn (Intermarché Wanty Gobert Matériaux); Joe Dombrowski (UAE Team Emirates); Gino Mäder (Bahrain Victorious); Victor Lafay (Cofidis Solutions Credits) Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal); Mauro Schmid, Giaccomo Nizzolo and Victor Campenaerts (Qhubeka Assos); Peter Sagan (Bora Hansgrohe); Andrea Vendrame (AG2R CITROËN TEAM); Lorenzo Fortunato (Eolo Kometa)

*****

The races to come

Giro d’Italia (Ita), 8-30/05, www.giroditalia.it

Grand Prix Herning (Da), May 29, www.gpherning.dk/en

Critérium du Dauphiné (Fra), May 30 – June 6, www.criterium-du-dauphine.fr/en

 

Giro d’Italia : Bernal takes control

Giro d’Italia : Bernal takes control

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Circuit de Wallonie: Laporte the fastest

Christophe Laporte is one of the best French sprinters. And at 28, he has just scored a very big success. At the Circuit de Wallonie, he largely dominated the sprint to secure his 19th professional success: “The team did a great work all day to help me so I’m happy to have been able to make this win a reality for them.”

The results: 1. Christophe Laporte (Cofidis, Solutions Crédits) ; 2. Marc Sarreau (AG2R CITROËN TEAM) ; 3. Laurence Pithie (Continentale Groupama FDJ) 

*****

Tro Bro Leon (Fra): Swift  a first in Brittany

Connor Swift had not been able to lift his arms in success since his title at the British road race championships in 2018. Now the Arkea Samsic rider added a great result to his palmarès by winning the Tro Bro Leon whose route borrows from the graveled paths typical of the region. “This race beats in the heart of our team. I thought I had lifted his arms too early, so I’m very happy to have won.” This victory also gives Arkea Samsic its 5th success of the season … in less than two weeks. 

The results: 1. Connor Swift (Arkea Samsic) ; 2. Piet Allegaert (Cofidis, Solutions Crédits) ; 3. Baptiste Planckaert (Intermarché Wanty Gobert Matériaux)

***** 

Giro d’Italia (Ita): Bernal takes control

Winner of the 9th stage at Campo Felice, Egan Bernal took command of the Giro d’Italia. At 24, the Colombian who has already won the Tour de France in 2019 had never actually won a stage in a Grand Tour. The first week of the event also saw the emergence of the young Attila Valter. Overall leader for three days, he is the first Hungarian rider ever to wear the leader’s jersey at the Giro. At the time of writing, the peloton had only just taken the start of the 10th stage ahead of the first day of the race on Tuesday.

Stages won by : Filippo Ganna and Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) ; Tom Merlier (Alpecin Fenix) ; Taco Van Der Hoorn (Intermarché Wanty Gobert Matériaux) ; Jose Dombrowski (UAE Team Emirates) ; Gino Mäder (Bahrain Victorious) ; Victor Lafay (Cofidis Solutions Credits) Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) ; 

*****

The races to come

Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del SolRuta Del Sol (Esp), 18-22/05, www.vueltaandalucia.es

Vuelta a Burgos Feminas (Esp), 20-23/05, www.vueltaburgos.com/feminas

Giro d’Italia (Ita), 8-30/05, www.giroditalia.it