Skjelmose Jensen won the Skoda-Tour of Luxembourg

Skjelmose Jensen won the Skoda-Tour of Luxembourg

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Skoda-Tour de Luxembourg: Skjelmose Jensen (Trek-Segafredo) well prepared

The Skoda-Tour of Luxembourg ended on Saturday as it had started: with a victory for Valentin Madouas (Groupama FDJ). But it was Mattias Skjelmose Jensen who won the race thanks to his success in the previous day’s time trial and a perfect management of his three-second lead in the general classification over Kevin Vauquelin (Team Arkéa-Samsic). Third in the PostNord Danmark Rundt last month, the Dane could be satisfied: “When the last climb is so steep, everything revolves around the legs, and luckily mine were good,” said Mattias Skjelmose Jensen, who will turn 22 on September 26. “I don’t think you can have better preparation for the world championships than this, so yeah, I’m super happy.”

The results: 1. Mattias Skjelmose Jensen (Trek-Segafredo), 2. Kévin Vauquelin (Team Arkéa Samsic), 3. Valentin Madouas (Groupama FDJ)…

Stages won by: Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ), Matteo Trentin (UAE Team Emirates), Aaron Gate (Bolton Equities Black Spoke Pro Cycling), Mattias Skjelmose Jensen (Trek-Segafredo), Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ).

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Tour cycliste féminin international de l’Ardèche: Antonia Niedermaier (Canyon/SRAM Generation) able to conquer

Winner of the 4th and 5th stages, the German Antonia Niedermaier won the Tour cycliste féminin international de l’Ardèche on Monday. Fifth in the last stage to Privas, which was won by Frenchwoman Coralie Demay, the 19-year-old Canyon / SRAM Generation rider perfectly managed her lead over Adegeest (IBCT) and Patino (Movistar Team), second and third, respectively, in the general classification.

The results: 1. Antonia Niedermaier (Canyon/SRAM Generation), 2. Loes Adegeest (IBCT), 3. Paula Andrea Patino (Movistar Team)…   

Stages won by: Sheyla Gutierrez (Movistar Team), Sheyla Gutierrez (Movistar Team), Loes Adegeest (IBCT), Antonia Niedermaier (Canyon/SRAM Generation), Antonia Niedermaier (Canyon/SRAM Generation), Silvia Zanardi (Bepink), Coralie Demay (Saint-Michel-Auber93 WE).

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Grand Prix de Wallonie: Van der Poel (Alpecin-Deceuninck), a timely victory

Mathieu Van der Poel won the 62nd edition of the Grand Prix de Wallonie on Wednesday. The double champion of the Netherlands 2018 and 2020 had not won since last May, at the Giro (1st stage). During the final sprint, he beat Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux) and Gonzalo Serrano (Movistar Team): “I love these finishes. The team worked hard, so I’m happy to take the win. It was really a tough race,” commented the 27-year-old rider. “At the end, after a climb like this, the strongest in the race really wins, and I’m glad it’s me.” This success comes at the right time a few days before the world championships in Wollongong on September 25th.

The results: 1. Mathieu Van der Poel (Alpecin-Deceuninck), 2. Biniam Girmay (Intermarché- Wanty-Gobert Matériaux), 3. Gonzalo Serrano (Movistar Team)

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Grand Prix d’Isbergues-Pas de Calais: Démare (Groupama-FDJ) gets the hat-trick

After his victories in 2013 and 2014, Arnaud Démare won the Grand Prix d’Isbergues-Pas de Calais on Sunday for the third time in his career. For this 76th edition of the northern event, the rider from the Groupama-FDJ team sprinted ahead of Marc Sarreau (AG2R Citroën Team) and Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo). The native of Beauvais (31) finished second the day before the Primus Classic in Belgium behind Jordi Meeus (Bora-hansgrohe).

Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal), who was one of the serious contenders for victory, withdrew before the start due to illness.

The results

Men: 1. Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ), 2. Marc Sarreau (AG2R Citroën Team), 3. Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo)… 

Women: 1. Chiara Consonni (Valcar-Travel&Service), 2. Clara Copponi (FDJ-Suez-Futuroscope), 3. Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ceratizit-WNT-Pro Cycling)… 

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Races to come

Cro Race 27/09-2/10 www.crorace.com/

Giro dell’Emilia 1/10 www.gsemilia.it/

Tour de Vendée 2/10 https://www.tourdevendee.fr 

Evenepoel wins his first Grand Tour

Evenepoel wins his first Grand Tour

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La Vuelta ciclista a Espana : Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team) wins his first Grand Tour

After Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) crashed which forced him to abandon the Vuelta on Wednesday while sitting in 2nd place on the general classification, Remco Evenepoel saw a boulevard wide open towards his final victory. The Spaniard Enric Mas tried to plant a few banderillas, but the Belgian perfectly contained the attempts of Mas, who had become the only real credible threat in the last week of the race. But since he took the red jersey at the end of the sixth stage in Pico Jano, Evenepoel has earned everyone’s respect as the real boss of the event (15 days wearing the leader’s jersey). Winner of two stages and solid in the mountains, Remco Evenepoel showed a mastery that we had not seen from him at an event of this scale. The 22-year-old Belgian succeeded in winning his first Grand Tour and thus earned himself a new status: “The Vuelta was a goal I had set myself and I managed to win despite the many criticisms I received after abandoning the Giro last year,” commented the Belgian. “It’s historic for my team, for my country, for me. I think we can be really proud of what we have done in the last three weeks.”

Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) succeeded in winning the green jersey thanks to his three stage successes.

The results: 1. Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team), 2. Enric Mas (Movistar Team), 3. Juan Ayuso (UAE Team Emirates)…

Stages won by: Jumbo-Visma, Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe), Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe), Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), Marc Soler (UAE Team Emirates), Jay Vine (Alpecin-Deceuninck), Jesus Herrada (Cofidis), Jay Vine (Alpecin-Deceuninck), Louis Mentjes (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux), Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team), Kaden Groves (Team BikeExchange-Jayco), Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers), Mads Pedersen (Trek-Sofredo), Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers), Thymen Arensman (Team DSM), Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo), Rigoberto Uran (EF Education-EasyPost), Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team), Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo), Richard Carapaz (Inoes Grenadiers), Juan Sebastian Molano (UAE Team Emirates).

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Tour cycliste féminin international de l’Ardèche: Niedermaier (Canyon/SRAM Generation) has it all in hand

At the top of the general classification after her victories at Sarras and Mont-Lozère (4th and 5th stage), the German Antonia Niedermaier will try this Monday to keep her leader’s jersey at the end of the last stage. With a 1’24 lead over Adegeest and 1’53 over Zanardi, winner on Sunday, it’s hard to see how Niedermaier could let the final victory slip away when the last stage which will finish in Privas presents few difficulties.

The GC after six stages: 1. Antonia Niedermaier (Canyon/SRAM Generation), 2. Loes Adegeest (IBCT), 3. Silvia Zanardi (Bepink)…

Stages won by: Sheyla Gutierrez (Movistar Team), Sheyla Gutierrez (Movistar Team), Loes Adegeest (IBCT), Antonia Niedermaier (Canyon/SRAM Generation), Antonia Niedermaier (Canyon/SRAM Generation), Silvia Zanardi (Bepink)

 

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Ceratizit Challenge by la Vuelta : Van Vleuten (Movistar Team) takes a historic triple

After the Giro d’Italia Donne and the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift, Annemiek van Vleuten succeeded in winning the Ceratizit Challenge by la Vuelta on Sunday. These are the three biggest stage races on the calendar! In Madrid this Sunday, the 39-year-old Dutchwoman won the Spanish event for the second time in a row. She stamped her mark on women’s cycling a little more: “When you spend five weeks without competition and without being able to test your physical condition against that of your rivals, you always arrive at a race with some doubts, but I will be able to reach the World Championships serene and convinced that I am capable of maintaining the level with which I approached the Tour,” she commented.

The results: 1. Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar Team), 2. Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo), 3. Demi Vollering (Team SD Worx)…

Stages won by: Trek-Sofredo, Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar Team), Grace Brown (FDJ-SUEZ-Futuroscope), Silvia Persico (Valcar-Travel &Service), Elisa Balsamo (Trek-Segafredo)

 

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Grand Prix cycliste de Québec: Cosnefroy (AG2R Citroën Team) seizes his chance

The AG2R Citroën Team’s Benoît Cosnefroy, took his second World Tour victory in Quebec on Friday, a year after his first in the Grand Prix de Plouay. His attack on the Côte des Glacis two kilometers from the finish line was decisive.

“I came very close to winning the Amstel Gold Race, it was really very close, and that victory would have changed my whole season. Now winning in Quebec changes my season, taking it from average to exceptional. It’s so difficult to go for a win in the WorldTour… It’s fantastic to win a classic here, in Canada,” concludes Cosnefroy who comes from Normandy and rides for the team based in Savoy. He won ahead of Matthews and Girmay by four seconds.

The results: 1. Benoît Cosnefroy (AG2R Citroën Team), 2. Michaël Matthews (Team BikeExchange-Jayco), 3. Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux)…

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Grand Prix cycliste de Montréal : Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) ahead of Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma)

They were among the favorites for the 11th edition of the Grand Prix de Montréal, and Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) and Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) read their lines perfectly. Showing his power, the Slovenian beat the former Belgian champion in the sprint while Andrea Bagioli (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team) took the third step of the podium.

Pogacar, double winner of the Tour de France, perfectly mastered his efforts during the 18 laps of a 221.4 km circuit. As a result, he posted his 14th victory of the season.

The results: 1. Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), 2. Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), 3. Andrea Bagioli (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team)…

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Grand Prix de Fourmies la Voix du Nord : Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) finds his legs

For the past few months, Caleb Ewan had been missing success and certainly a little form. But the Australian set the record straight on Sunday by winning the Grand Prix de Fourmies la Voix du Nord. He posted his seventh success of the season by sprinting ahead of the Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen (Team BikeExchange-Jayco) and the Belgian Amaury Capiot (Arkéa-Samsic): “It’s no secret that we’re chasing these points at this moment. I don’t know how many there are here (200, editor’s note), but for one-day races, it’s a lot. I’m happy to score them, but I’m even happier with the win. The team did a great job and controlled everything for me,” said the Australian.

In the women’s race, the Frenchwoman Clara Copponi (FDJ-Suez-Futuroscope) won after a race of 118 kilometers.

The results

Men: 1. Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal), 2. Dylan Groenewegen (Team BikeExchange-Jayco), 3. Amaury Capiot (Team Arké-Samsic)… 

Women: 1. Clara Copponi (FDJ-Suez-Futuroscope), 2. Valentina Basilico (Bepink), 3. Maria Martins (Le Col-Wahoo)…

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Races to come

Tour cycliste féminin international de l’Ardèche 6-12/09 www.tcfia.com/

Skoda-Tour de Luxembourg 13-17/09 www.skodatour.lu/

Grand Prix de Wallonie 14/09 www.trworg.be/

Grand prix d’Isbergues-Pas de Calais 18/09 www.gpisbergues.com/

 

Simac Ladies Tour : Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM) passes the test

Simac Ladies Tour : Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM) passes the test

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Simac Ladies Tour : Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM) passes the test

Winner of the first two stages, the 2022 European champion dominated the Simac Ladies Tour. The 23-year-old Dutchwoman then managed the end of the race perfectly by finishing second on the 3rd and 4th stages, and then 5th and 3rd on the last two: “I am really proud to take the victory in the general classification after all the incredible work that the girls did this week,” declared the winner.

She won by 10 seconds over the double champion of France Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Trek-Segafredo), winner of the penultimate stage on Saturday.

The results: 1. Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM), 2. Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Trek-Segafredo), 3. Karlijn Swinkels (Team Jumbo-Visma)…

Stages won by: Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM), Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM), Charlotte Kool (Team DSM), Riejanne Markus (Team Jumbo-Visma), Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Trek-Segafredo), Mischa Bredewold (Parkhotel Valkenburg). 

 

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La Vuelta ciclista a Espana : Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team) holds off the pack

Often attacked, sometimes distanced, Remco Evenepoel still clings ferociously to his red leader’s jersey. The 14th and 15th stages saw the Belgian champion waver and his rivals took the opportunity to snatch up precious seconds. After successive finishes at the top of the Sierra de la Pandera on Saturday, then the Sierra Nevada on Sunday, Evenepoel had his lead cut to 1’34 over Roglic, three-time winner of the event, and 2’01 over Mas (against 2’41 and 3’03 respectively on Friday evening). However, the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team rider hopes to be able to contain the onslaught of his opponents during the coming last week of racing, notably with a less mountainous profile: “I felt better today (Sunday). It’s the first time I’ve raced at such a high altitude, so I think I passed this test quite well,” commented the young Belgian. “In the last kilometers, Primoz Roglic attacked me; it was to be expected. I lost almost no time today, I’m happy about that. It was not easy to manage. I am happy that tomorrow (Monday) is a rest day.”

The general classification after 15 stages: 1. Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team), 2. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), 3. Enric Mas (Movistar Team)…

Stages won by: Jumbo-Visma, Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe), Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe), Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), Marc Soler (UAE Team Emirates), Jay Vine (Alpecin-Deceuninck), Jesus Herrada (Cofidis), Jay Vine (Alpecin-Deceuninck), Louis Meintjes (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux), Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team), Kaden Groves (Team BikeExchange-Jayco), Mads Pedersen (Trek-Sofredo), Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers), Thymen Arensman (Team DSM).

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Tour du Doubs : Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ) posts a third success

After Paris-Bourges in 2018 and Polynormande in 2021, Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ) won the 37th edition of the Tour du Doubs on Sunday, which was the fourteenth round of the Coupe de France. At the end of 204 kilometers, the 26-year-old rider from Brest,who took second in the 16th stage of the Tour de France this year, took the victory in a sprint in Pontarlier out of a group of 15 riders. He was ahead of Mathieu Burgaudeau (TotalEnergies) and Matis Level (Team Arkéa Samsic) in the sprint.

The results: 1. Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ), 2. Mathieu Burgaudeau (TotalEnergies), 3. Matis Level (Team Arkéa Samsic)…

 

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Races to come:

La Vuelta ciclista a Espana 19/08-11/09 www.lavuelta.com/

Tour cycliste féminin international de l’Ardèche 6-12/09 www.tcfia.com/

Ceratizit Challenge by la Vuelta 8-11/09 www.aiocc.ch/event/ceratizit-challenge-by-la-vuelta/

Grand Prix cycliste de Québec 9/09 www.aiocc.ch/event/grand-prix-cycliste-de-quebec/

Grand Prix de Fourmies la Voix du Nord 11/09 www.grandprixdefourmies.com/

Grand Prix cycliste de Montréal 11/09 www.gpcqm.ca/

La Vuelta ciclista a España : Remco Evenepoel off to a good start

La Vuelta ciclista a España : Remco Evenepoel off to a good start

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La Vuelta ciclista a España : Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team) off to a good start

We had to wait for the Vuelta a España to start climbing to see the Belgian Remco Evenepoel get his stranglehold on the event. On Thursday, by taking second place behind Jay Vine on the first mountain stage, the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team rider left his mark on the Vuelta. On Sunday, he took fourth in the stage won by Louis Meintjes (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux). In the process, he broke all his rivals on the last climb and consolidated his lead in the red jersey. Mas is 1’12 behind the leader, Roglic, three-time defending champion, is at 1’53.

General classification after 9 stages : 1. Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team), 2. Enric Mas (Movistar), 3. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)…

Stages won by : Jumbo-Visma, Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe), Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe), Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), Marc Soler (UAE Team Emirates), Jay Vine (Alpecin-Deceuninck), Jesus Herrada (Cofidis), Jay Vine (Alpecin-Deceuninck), Louis Meintjes (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux).

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Tour de l’Avenir : Cian Uijtdebroeks (Belgium) dreams in yellow

Cian Uijtdebroeks won the 58th edition of the Tour de l’Avenir on Sunday. The Norwegian Johannes Staune-Mittet and the German Michel Hessmann completed the podium. The 19-year-old Belgian showed his strength during the two mountain stages (7 and 8) which finished at Saint-François-Longchamp and la Toussuire. By winning two days in a row, he secured the leader’s jersey before managing his lead during the final stage won by the Italian Milesi: “Since I was a little boy, I’ve dreamed of wearing the yellow jersey, maybe even one day wearing the yellow jersey at the Tour. Wearing it now after winning is a dream come true. We will see what happens in the future,” commented Uijtdebroek

The results1. Cian Uijtdebroeks (Belgium), 2. Johannes Staune-Mittet (Norway), 3. Michel Hessmann (Germany)…

Stage won by: Netherlands,  Søren Wærenskjold (Norway), Casper Van Uden (Netherlands), Adam Holm Jorgensen (Denmark), Thomas Gloac (Great Britain), Germany, Romain Grégoire (France), Cian Uijtdeboreks (Belgium), Cian Uijtdeboreks (Belgium), Lorenzo Milesi (Italy).

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Tour du Poitou-Charentes en Nouvelle Aquitaine : Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ) consoles himself

Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ) won the 36th Tour du Poitou-Charentes en Nouvelle Aquitaine on Friday. The 28-year-old Swiss rider waited for the fourth and penultimate stage to dispossess Marc Sarreau, winner of the first three stages, of the leader’s jersey. Winner of the Tour de la Communauté de Valence last year, Küng enjoyed this success a few days after losing his title of European champion (2nd). “The objective is Australia with the time trial at Worlds (from September 18 to 25 in Wollongong),” he commented.

The results1. Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ), 2. Kévin Vauquelin (Team Arkéa Samsic), 3. Pierre Latour (TotalEnergies)…

Stages won by: Marc Sarreau (AG2R Citroën Team), Marc Sarreau (AG2R Citroën Team), Marc Sarreau (AG2R Citroën Team), Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ), Lorrenzo Manzin (TotalEnergies).

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Deutschland Tour : Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers) always at the front

Just days after celebrating his 30th birthday, Briton Adam Yates won the 37th Deutschland Tour on Sunday. He had done the hardest part by winning the day before in the Freiburg-Schauinsland stage. The final stage won by Pello Bilbao did not change anything at the top of the general classification.

The results1. Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers), 2. Pello Bilbao (Bahrain-Victorious), 3. Ruben Guerreiro (EF Education EasyPost)…

Stages won by: Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers), Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal), Alexander Kristoff (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux), Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers), Pello Bilbao (Bahrain-Victorious).

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Grand Prix Lorient Agglomération Trophée Ceratizit : Mavi Garcia (UAE Team ADQ) wins again

Third in the Giro d’Italia, Mavi Garcia (UAE Team ADQ), 38, won the 21st edition of the Grand Prix Lorient Agglomération Trophée Ceratizit on Saturday. She won the sprint in Plouay ahead of Amber Kraak (Jumbo-Visma). The Spaniard posted her 4th victory of the year, and the most important in this one-day race. “I’m almost in disbelief, but happy. I know I have very good form and I hope to continue like that in the next races,” said the four-time Spanish champion.

The results: 1. Mavi Garcia (UAE Team ADQ), 2. Amber Kraak (Team Jumbo-Visma), 3. Grace Brown (FDJ-Suez-Futuroscope)…

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Bretagne Classic Ouest-France : Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) as expected

He was the big favorite of the 91st edition of the Bretagne Classic Ouest-France and he did not disappoint his supporters. Belgian Wout Van Aert won the sprint in Plouay on Sunday after a lively 255 kilometer race. This is Van Aert’s ninth victory this year. “In the end, it was the legs that spoke. I felt good in the final, it was of course difficult because the other teams were attacking one after the other and I had to control on my own, but I managed so I’m very happy,” commented the winner of the green jersey at the Tour de France 2022. “After the Tour, I was really sick for a week. I took the time to recover, and I’m happy with the legs now. I have four weeks left now before the world championships. It’s a long time but it’s important to stay focused.” Benoît Cosnefroy (AG2R Citroën Team), winner in 2021, took 20th, while Tadej Pogacar was 89th, more than three minutes from the winner.

The results1. Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), 2. Axel Laurance (B&B Hotels-KTM), 3. Alexander Kamp (Trek-Segafredo)…

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Races to come:

La Vuelta ciclista a Espana 19/08-11/09 www.lavuelta.com/

Simac Ladies Tour 30/08-4/09 https://simacladiestour.nl

Tour du Doubs 4/09

PostNord Danmark Rundt-Tour of Denmark: Laporte (Jumbo-Visma) confirms his strength after the Tour de France

PostNord Danmark Rundt-Tour of Denmark: Laporte (Jumbo-Visma) confirms his strength after the Tour de France

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PostNord Danmark Rundt-Tour of Denmark: Laporte (Jumbo-Visma) confirms his strength after the Tour de France

Frenchman Christophe Laporte won the Tour of Denmark on Friday after a 5th and final stage that was anything but decisive. Indeed, the Team Jumbo-Visma rider was equal on time with Magnus Sheffield (Ineos Grenadiers) at the start in Give. By winning ahead of the American after an epic duel in the finish bump of Vejle, Laporte could savor another victory after his success on the 19th stage of the Tour de France. The first three in the general classification finally finished with fewer than ten seconds separating them (Sheffield at 4 seconds, Skjelmose at 9 seconds).

The results: 1. Christophe Laporte (Jumbo-Visma), 2. Magnus Sheffield (Ineos Grenadiers),  3. Mattias Skjelmose Jensen (Trek-Segafredo)…

Stages won by: Olav Kooij (Jumbo-Visma), Magnus Sheffield (Ineos Grenadiers), Olav Kooij (Jumbo-Visma), Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Deceuninck), Christophe Laporte (Jumbo-Visma).

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Tour du Limousin-Nouvelle Aquitaine : Aranburu (Movistar Team) managed his efforts well

Alex Aranburu (Movistar Team) won the Tour du Limousin-Nouvelle Aquitaine on Friday at the end of the fourth and final stage won by the Italian Vincenzo Albanese. The latter posted the first victory of his career.

The winner of the second stage in Ribérac, Aranburu took the leader’s jersey and never left the front of the peloton to defend his place until the end of the race: “It’s a very, very important victory for me and the team,” commented the 26-year-old Spaniard.

The results: 1. Alex Aranburu (Movistar Team), 2. Diego Ulissi (UEA Team Emirates), 3. Greg Van Avermaet (AG2R Citroën Team)…

Stages won by: Julien Simon (TotalEnergies), Alex Aranburu (Movistar Team), Diego Ulissi (UEA Team Emirates), Vincenzo Albanese (Eolo-Kometa). 

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Le Tour de l’Avenir : Labrosse (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes) the opportunist

Even if he let the victory slip away on Sunday during the third stage in favor of the Dane Adam Holm Jorgensen, Jordan Labrosse did not lose everything since he managed to pull on the leader’s yellow jersey.

The classification after 3 stages: 1. Jordan Labrosse (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes), 2. Petr Kelemen (Czech Republic), 3. Søren Wærenskjold (Norway)…

Stages won by: Søren Wærenskjold (Norway), Casper Van Uden (Netherlands), Adam Holm Jorgensen (Denmark).

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La Vuelta ciclista a España : Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) feels at home

Sam Bennett’s two for two. Winner in the sprint on Saturday during the second stage, the former Irish champion did it again on Sunday. And like the day before, the rider from the Bora-Hansgrohe team beat the Dane Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo). At 31, Sam Bennett is regaining his confidence on the Dutch roads where the first three stages are contested. “It was a difficult final because a lot of riders wanted to have our wheel. There were riders moving up next to me and they threatened to block me in, so I struggled a few times to keep Danny van Poppel’s wheel,” said the rider who is 1’51 behind the overall leader, Edoardo Affini (Jumbo-Visma). Affini’s teammate, three-time winner Primoz Roglic sits in 3rd place in the provisional classification.

The classification after 3 stages : 1. Edoardo Affini (Jumbo-Visma), 2. Sam Oomen (Jumbo-Visma), 3. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)…

Stages won by: Jumbo-Visma, Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe), Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe)

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Bemer Cyclassics Hamburg : Haller (Bora-Hansgrohe) outsmarts Van Aert

Austrian Marco Haller (Bora-Hansgrohe) won the 25th edition of the Bemer Cyclassics on Sunday. Against all odds, in Hamburg, he sprinted ahead of Belgian favorite Wout Van Aert during a lively 205-kilometer race: “When did I think I could beat Wout van Aert? One meter before the line! To be honest, after forming this breakaway of 5, I said to Patrick (Konrad): “4th and 5th are good too, so you better ride”. It was better than seeing 20 riders come back and not being sure of being on the podium. We had a good chance, and obviously, with the victory at the end, it’s a dream come true,” he concluded.

The results: 1. Marco Haller (Bora-Hansgrohe), 2. Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), 3. Quinten Hermans (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux)…

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Grote Prijs Jef Scherens-Rondom Leuven 

On Monday, the race was canceled after two laps due to bad weather.

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Races to come:

Tour de l’Avenir 18-28/08 www.tourdelavenir.com/

La Vuelta ciclista a España 19/08-11/09 www.lavuelta.com/

Tour du Poitou-Charentes en Nouvelle Aquitaine 23-26/08 www.tour-poitou-charentes.com/

Deutschland Tour 24-28/08 www.deutschland-tour.com/de/home

Grand Prix Lorient Agglomération Trophée Ceratizit 27/08 http://www.grandprix-plouay.com/4-jours-cic-plouay/grand-prix-lorient-agglomeration.php

Bretagne Classic Ouest-France  28/08 www.grandprix-plouay.com/

 

Arctic Race of Norway: Leknessund (Team DSM) bided his time

Arctic Race of Norway: Leknessund (Team DSM) bided his time

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Arctic Race of Norway: Leknessund (Team DSM) bided his time

Nine years after his compatriot Thor Hushovd, Norwegian Andreas Leknessund (Team DSM) won the Arctic Race of Norway on Sunday. During this 9th edition, the 23-year-old rider dethroned the French Victor Lafay, third last year and leader of the general classification before the fourth and final stage which took place around Trondheim. Winner of a stage at the Tour de Suisse this year, the Norwegian surprised everyone to escape and win alone with a lead that allowed him to clinch the final victory.

The results: 1. Andreas Leknessund (Team DSM), 2. Hugo Houle (Israël-Premier Tech), 3. Nicola Conci (Alpecin-Deceuninck)…

Stages won by: Axel Zingle (Cofidis), Dylan Groenewegen (Team BikeExchange-Jayco), Victor Lafay (Cofidis), Andreas Leknessund (Team DSM).

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Races to come:

Grote Prijs Jef Scherens-Rondom Leuven 15/08 www.tourofleuven.be/fr/

PostNord Danmark Rundt-Tour of Denmark 16-20/08 www.postnorddanmarkrundt.dk/

Tour du Limousin-Nouvelle Aquitaine 16-19/08 www.aiocc.ch/event/tour-du-limousin-nouvelle-aquitaine/

Tour de l’Avenir 18-28/08 www.tourdelavenir.com/

La Vuelta ciclista a España 19/08-11/09 www.lavuelta.com/

Bemer Cyclassics Hamburg 21/08 https://www.cyclassics-hamburg.de