Hirschi on a roll

Hirschi on a roll

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Skoda Tour Luxembourg: Hirschi on a roll 

Marc Hirschi never wavered in his attempt to win the Skoda Tour Luxembourg, the second general classification victory of his career after winning the Tour of Hungary at the start of the season. The Swiss climber from the UAE Team Emirates team, took the yellow jersey after the time trial on Saturday, and maintained a three-second lead over his American teammate Brandon McNulty, while holding five seconds over Irishman Ben Healy (EF Education Easy Post) in third.

“It was a very stressful stage,” he said after a nervous final stage won by Tobias Halland Johannessen (Uno-X Pro Cycling Team) who accelerated on the last climb of this last stage, less than 2 kilometers from the finish line. “A big breakaway went out at the start, which suited us, but some of the other teams wanted to bring it back and that made it tough. On the steep climb of the circuit I had to keep an eye on Healy because he was so close on the GC. In the end, we held the time gap, so I’m really happy. I had a very strong team with me who did an incredible job and kept me relaxed even though Healy was such a danger. It’s a race that suits me well and I’m delighted to have finally won here.” 

The results: 1. Hirschi (UAE Team Emirates) ; 2. McNulty (UAE Team Emirates) ; 3. Healy (EF Education Easy Post)… 

Stages won by: Strong (Israel – Premier Tech) ; Biermans (Arkéa-Samsic) ; Healy (EF Education Easy Post) ; Campenaerts (Lotto Dstny) ; Johannessen (Uno-X Pro Cycling Team).


Upcoming races:

26 September – 1st October: Cro Race, https://crorace.com/en/

28 September: Coppa Agostoni – Giro delle Brianze, https://www.coppaagostoni.it/?lang=fr

30 September: Giro dell’Emilia, http://www.gsemilia.it/

30 September: Grand Prix Cerami, http://www.grandprixcerami.be/

1st October: Tour de Vendée, https://www.tourdevendee.fr/

Kuss, the triumph of a model teammate

Kuss, the triumph of a model teammate

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Vuelta a Espana: Kuss, the triumph of a model teammate

Though he came to support Primoz Roglic and Jonas Vingegaard, Sepp Kuss succeeded in climbing on the highest step of the Vuelta a Espana podium, winning his first Grand Tour.

From his first stage in red to his ultimate coronation as victor, his slight smile, restrained, and a bit embarrassed, never left him. In his first interview after the end of the Vuelta, Sepp Kuss was still “struggling to realize what he had achieved.” The American won the Vuelta a Espana at the age of 29. A clear and flawless success, which no one had anticipated three weeks earlier.

This is quite simply because Sepp Kuss did not come to race as the leader. He had always been the model teammate who was accustomed to acting as the launching pad on the last slopes of the mountain stages for his team leaders. And he was very comfortable with this role.

After having worked hard to help Primoz Roglic win the Giro last May, and then worked for Jonas Vingegaard’s victory in the Tour de France, the super climbing domestique for the Jumbo-Visma Team was preparing to wear the same hat and above all to survive his third Grand Tour of the year. At the start of the Vuelta, he still carried the fresh marks from his heavy crash on the penultimate stage of the Grande Boucle.

Thanks to a victorious breakaway on the 6th stage, in Javalambre, Kuss earned a stage win while taking more than 3 minutes ahead of the majority of favorites for the final overall victory. He grabbed the red jersey two days later, finishing the 8th stage with the best, taking advantage of the time lost when race leader Frenchman Lenny Martinez was dropped from the front group. Kuss never let go of the leader’s jersey after that and ultimately stepped on the final podium along with Jonas Vingegaard and Primoz Roglic, celebrating a Jumbo-Visma hat-trick, which hasn’t been seen for more than 50 years.

The results: 1. Kuss (Jumbo-Visma) ; 2. Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) ; 3. Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)…

Stages won by: Team dsm-firmenich ; Kron (Lotto-Dstny) ; Evenepoel (Soudal-Quick Step) ; Groves (Alpecin-Deceuninck) ; Groves (Alpecin-Deceuninck) ; Kuss (Jumbo-Visma) ; Soupe (TotalEnergies) ; Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) ; Kamna (Bora-Hansgrohe) ; Ganna (INEOS Grenadiers) ; Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) ; Molano (UAE Team Emirates) ; Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) ; Evenepoel (Soudal-Quick Step) ; Costa (Intermarché – Circus – Wanty) ; Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) ; Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) ; Evenepoel (Soudal-Quick Step) ; Dainese (Team dsm-firmenich) ; Poels (Bahrain-Victorious) ; Groves (Alpecin-Deceuninck). 


Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l’Ardèche: Cavalli back on top

Marta Cavalli definitely seems to be back in the spotlight at the top. A favorite for the final victory in the Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l’Ardèche, the Italian lived up to her billing perfectly, along with her teammates, by defeating her main WorldTour rivals, the riders from UAE Team ADQ and Human Powered Health, to win in the streets of Privas after taking control two days earlier, at the summit of Mont Lozère.

Thirteenth in the Vuelta, fourteenth in the Giro, and nineteenth in the Tour de France this season, with a final victory in Tour des Pyrénées to add to her palmarès, Cavalli seems to be getting closer to her real level that she showed in 2022 by winning Amstel Gold Race and Flèche Wallonne, before suffering a terrible accident in the 2022 Tour.

“It’s going in the right direction, it’s getting better and better,” she confirmed. “This is an intermediate step for me. At the start of the Tour de France, I talked about the fact that I was still a little too weak to play for the general classification of the world’s biggest stage races at the moment. Now, I’ve managed to last seven days in a race like this which is difficult, but where there weren’t any of the world’s best riders. But it’s still satisfying to have managed to win here. I’m gradually coming back. It was a very good test for me. The team had total confidence in me all week and that’s really important for me.”

The results: 1. Cavalli (FDJ-SUEZ) ; 2. Magnaldi (UAE Team ADQ) ; 3. Kolesava (Arkéa Pro Cycling Team)…

Stages won by: Pikulik (Human Powered Health) ; Drummond (Farto-BTC Women’s Cycling Team) ; Pikulik (Human Powered Health) ; Zanardi (BePink – GOLD) ; Cavailli (FDJ-SUEZ) ; Malcotti (Human Powered Health) ; Baril (UAE Team ADQ).


Giro della Toscana: Sivakov confirms his good form

The victory was French at the Giro della Toscana. The Russian-born French rider from the Ineos Grenadiers team, Pavel Sivakov (26 years old), won the Italian classic. Having been on a roll lately, Sivakov, who finished second at the Grand Prix de Montréal on Sunday, dropped his breakaway companion, the Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz, 1.5 km from the finish to clinch his first victory of the season. Austrian UAE Team Emirates rider Felix Grossschartner, finished third to complete the podium. 

Having not raced since the World Championships in Glasgow, Tadej Pogacar suffered in the race. Although his team did a lot of work, the Slovenian ran out of steam a little before the flamme rouge. Arriving in the company of his teammate Davide Formolo and Filippo Zana, Pogacar won the sprint from this small group of three in front of Zana, taking fourth place. 

The results: 1. Sivakov (INEOS Grenadiers) ; 2. Carapaz (EF Education-EasyPost) ; 3. Grossschartner (UAE Team Emirates)…


Grand Prix de WallonieSerrano surprises Van der Poel

Rarely has a rider defied the odds so much. Among all the potential favorites for victory in this Grand Prix de Wallonie, not a single pundit would have bet on the chances of Gonzalo Serrano (Movistar). However, it was the Spaniard who won in Namur at the Grand Prix de Wallonie.

The whole peloton rather expected a success for Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Deceuninck). It must be said that at the foot of the final climb, which races up to the citadel of Namur, the World Champion was ideally placed to launch an attack and drop all competitors. At the base, the peloton was grouped together after a fairly calm day, where three men (Dries De Bondt from Alpecin-Deceuninck, Kenny Molly from Van Rysel-Roubaix Lille Métropole, Pier-André Côté from Human Powered Health) led a breakaway without ever really building up much of a lead.

But it was Dylan Teuns (Israel-Premier Tech) who attacked after the flamme rouge, followed only by Serrano. It was Serrano who timed his final acceleration perfectly to win the final two-man sprint, ahead of a peloton which failed to reel them in. Van der Poel finished 4th, behind Jasper De Buyst (Lotto-Dstny).

For Serrano, this is the second prestigious victory of his career after the general classification of the Tour of Britain last year, the last three stages of which were canceled following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. In 2022, the Spaniard had already climbed to 3rd place in the GP de Wallonie, behind Van der Poel and Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Circus-Wanty), who was also very discreet this Wednesday.

The results: 1. Serrano (Movistar) ; 2. Teuns (Israël-Premier Tech) ; 3. De Buyst (Lotto-Dstny)…


Tour of Taihu Lake: Jackson unleashes his power

George Jackson (Bolton Equities Black Spoke) won everything at the Tour of Taihu Lake. All the stages of this 2023 edition ended with a mass sprint and the New Zealander showed his power by raising his arms in victory during the last two stages. These wins consolidated his position as leader.

On the final podium of this Tour du Lac Taihu 2023, George Jacskson was accompanied by the two other riders who took victories this week, the Italian Enrico Zanoncello (Green Project-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè) and the Belgian Jarne Van de Paar (Lotto Dstny).

The results: 1. Jackson (Bolton Equities Black Spoke) ; 2. Zanoncello (Green Project-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè) ; 3. Van de Paar (Lotto Dstny)…

Stages won by: Zanoncello (Green Project-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè) ; Van de Paar (Lotto Dstny) ; Jackson (Bolton Equities Black Spoke) ; Jackson (Bolton Equities Black Spoke).


Coppa Sabatini: Hirschi gives UAE Team Emirates its 50th victory

The Swiss Marc Hirschi posted the 50th victory of the season for the UAE Team Emirates team by winning the Coppa Sabatini, beating in the final the Frenchman Pavel Sivakov, who was the winner the day before the Giro della Toscana. Tadej Pogacar took third place.

Hirschi, former winner of the Flèche Wallonne, made the decisive attack 37 km from the finish, during the last pass on the Muro di Peccioli (0.8 km at 10.9%). Only Sivakov managed to follow him, with difficulty, while Tadej Pogacar, teammate and leader of Hirschi’s UAE Team Emirates, was responsible for preventing the pursuers – the Frenchman Guillaume Martin (4th), the Kazakh Aleksey Lutsenko (5th) – from joining back up. The rest of the peloton arrived more than two minutes later.

“It was a good thing that there were four riders, the situation was perfect for us,” Hirschi explained. “I had Tadej behind me, which allowed me to fly away. It’s super nice to take this victory. I raced here last year, so I already knew it was tough, I knew the course, and I knew the race opened up very early.”

The results: 1. Hirschi (UAE Team Emirates) ; 2. Sivakov (INEOS Grenadiers) ; 3. Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates)…


Tour de Romandie Féminin: Vollering, as expected

Victorious in the queen stage to Torgon, Demi Vollering (SD Worx) won the 2023 edition of the women’s Tour de Romandie. The Dutchwoman then contained the attacks by her rivals in the final stage, which was won in a sprint by the German Liane Lippert in Nyon.

Winner of the Tour de France this summer, Demi Vollering spent a rather quiet day, thanks in particular to the work done by her luxury teammate Marlen Reusser. Second overall at 6” before the final stage, Katarzyna Niewiadoma was unable to do anything to break Vollering’s stranglehold.

Niewiadoma attacked about 30 km from the finish, but Demi Vollering quickly joined her. A small group then broke away at the front, also with Marlen Reusser, but the main peloton reformed 20km from the finish.

The favorites tried their luck in the sprint, at the end of which Liane Lippert proved the fastest.

World number 1, Demi Vollering made the ultimate difference by winning in Torgon after producing a first acceleration 3.8 km from the finish, which only Katarzyna Niewiadoma was able to follow. The Dutchwoman then dropped the Pole less than 200 meters from the line.

The results: 1. Vollering (SD Worx) ; 2. Niewiadoma (Canyon//SRAM Racing) ; 3. Reusser (SD Worx)…

Stages won by: Bertizzolo (UAE Team ADQ) ; Vollering (SD Worx) ; Lippert (Movistar).


Grand Prix d’Isbergues: Moschetti surprises the big names

The Grand Prix d’Isbergues, which is the penultimate round of the Coupe de France, was won this Sunday by Matteo Moschetti. The Italian, who already stood on the podium of the Grand Prix de Fourmies last weekend, won by a whisker ahead of Mads Pedersen, winner of the event in 2019 (the week before winning his world champion title), and the Frenchman Arnaud Démare, who came a little closer to a first success wearing his new colors of Arkéa-Samsic.

The results: Moschetti (Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team) ; 2. Pedersen (Lidl-Trek) ; 3. Démare (Arkéa-Samsic)… 


Upcoming races:

20 – 24 September: Adriatica Ionica Race / Sulle Rotte della Serenissima, https://airace.it/

20 – 24 September: Skoda Tour Luxembourg, https://skodatour.lu/fr/

Adam Yates continues the UAE tradition

Adam Yates continues the UAE tradition

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Vuelta Ciclista a Espana: Jumbo-Visma’s demonstration, Evenepoel’s disappointment

Extremely rare in the history of the Grand Tours, three riders from the same team are leading the general classification at the start of the last week of the Vuelta a Espana. The question is no longer whether a Jumbo-Visma will achieve final victory. But which of the three riders Sepp Kuss, Primoz Roglic or Jonas Vingegaard will be on the top step.

Wearing the red jersey since the 8th stage, Sepp Kuss remains in pole position coming into the last six days of racing. He is 1’37” ahead of Primoz Roglic and 1’44” ahead of Jonas Vingegaard. A comfortable margin. Above all, he seems to have the backing of his two teammates to take the final victory. Roglic and Vingegaard want to see him win. This is a unique opportunity for them to reward the exceptional dedication of their “super teammate”. So far, Kuss hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. If Jumbo-Visma’s plan goes off without a hitch, the American will finish in red.

The week was also marked by the collapse of Remco Evenepoel on the Tourmalet stage. The Belgian has lost all hope of winning a second Vuelta in a row. But in revenge the next day, the leader of the Soudal-Quick Step put on an incredible show in Larra-Belagua to take the stage and don the jersey as the King of the Mountains.

Stages won by: Team dsm-firmenich ; Kron (Lotto-Dstny) ; Evenepoel (Soudal-Quick Step) ; Groves (Alpecin-Deceuninck) ; Groves (Alpecin-Deceuninck) ; Kuss (Jumbo-Visma) ; Soupe (TotalEnergies) ; Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) ; Kamna (Bora-Hansgrohe) ; Ganna (INEOS Grenadiers) ; Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) ; Molano (UAE Team Emirates) ; Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) ; Evenepoel (Soudal-Quick Step) ; Costa (Intermarché – Circus – Wanty).


Simac Ladies Tour: Van Vleuten, farewell to the queen

Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx) won the overall classification of the Simac Ladies Tour (WorldTour), an event that takes place in Belgium and the Netherlands. The 5th and final stage was won in a sprint by her teammate, the Dutch Lorena Wiebes.

At the end of a 150.3 km stage in Arnhem, the victory of the day came down to a sprint with European champion Wiebes winning, the 71st of her career, ahead of the Italian Elisa Balsamo (Lidl-Trek) and Lotte Kopecky who ultimately launched her teammate to victory.

With an advantage of 11 seconds at the start on Sunday, Lotte Kopecky, 27, won the final general classification. The rider from Antwerp thus adds a 34th victory to her career, the 14th of the season. The world champion finished in the peloton and now succeeds Lorena Wiebes as the event’s champion. In 25 editions, this is the first Belgian victory.

It was also the last professional race for the Dutch rider Annemiek van Vleuten, Olympic time trial champion, who is hanging up the bike with 104 victories under her belt. At the end of a 2023 season that she has left her mark on, the Dutchwoman is retiring from professional cycling leaving a very big footprint. At over 40 years old, “Vleuty” has continued to dictate to the young guard. Her success is a result of long-term work ethic and a passion that she has maintained from the beginning of her professional career. Now in the twilight of that career, Annemiek van Vleuten can savor her success. The road has been long, but how beautiful it was…

The results: 1. Kopecky (Team SD Worx) ; 2. Wiebes (Team SD Worx) ; 3. Henderson (Team Jumbo-Visma)…

Stages won by: Kool (Team dsm-firmenich) ; Balsamo (Trek-Segafredo) ; Kopecky (Team SD Worx) ; Kool (Team dsm-firmenich) ; Kopecky (Team SD Worx) ; Wiebes (Team SD Worx).


Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec: De Lie, the first WorldTour win with style

At 21, Arnaud De Lie (Lotto-Dstny) finally has his first major victory. During the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec, the first of the two Canadian classics at the end of the season, the Belgian showed himself to be uncompromising during the mass sprint and won his first WorldTour race. De Lie won ahead of Corbin Strong (Israel-Premier Tech) and Michael Matthews (Jayco-AlUla), double winner of the competition in 2018 and 2019.

The young Belgian sprinter was inspired by the Australian to build his success: “I looked at the other editions and saw that Michael Matthews was launching very late. I launched my sprint from afar, but I knew how to gain momentum. Corbin Strong is 2nd, he is always super strong on this kind of finish.”

Badly placed at the moment when Christophe Laporte (Jumbo-Visma) launched his sprint, the Bull of Leschert began to reel in his competitors one by one with his hands on the hoods finally to win by a solid margin over his rivals.

The results: 1. De Lie (Lotto-Dstny) ; 2. Strong (Israel-Premier Tech) ; Matthews (Jayco-AlUla)…


Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal: Adam Yates continues the UAE tradition

Briton Adam Yates won the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal by outsprinting his breakaway companion, Frenchman Pavel Sivakov, in the final meters. Third in the last Tour de France, Yates now succeeds Tadej Pogacar, the leader of his UAE Team Emirates, on the list of winners of the prestigious Canadian race. Pogacar did not race the event this year. The 31-year-old Yates settled his score with Sivakov, currently at Ineos but who will join the UAE team next season, 200 meters from the finish after 219.6 km on the rugged Mont-Royal circuit.

“It’s a very difficult race, with almost six hours on the bike. Tactically we had the perfect race. On the last lap, I went all out. I had great legs. It’s a perfect day, really,” Yates explained after his 23rd professional victory. “Adam was much stronger than me in the sprint, but I’m really happy with this second place,” Sivakov emphasized.

The two men escaped 10 kilometers from the finish when Yates attacked, taking advantage of the enormous work his teammates did to make the difference. Only Sivakov managed to follow him, but was unable to realize his dream of achieving a first victory in a one-day classic, since he is more of a specialist in stage races.

Behind, a chasing group of around ten riders, including Julian Alaphilippe (12th in the end) and Valentin Madouas (4th), closed to around ten seconds, but they did not manage to collaborate sufficiently to catch the pair up front. Spaniard Alex Aranburu (Movistar) took third place, just ahead of Madouas, while Simon Yates, Adam’s twin brother, finished sixth.

The results: 1. A. Yates (UAE Team Emirates) ; 2. Sivakov (INEOS Grenadiers) ; 3. Aranburu (Movistar)…


GP de Fourmies / La Voix du Nord: Merlier, of course

Having decided to come to the Grand Prix de Fourmies / La Voix du Nord at the last minute, Tim Merlier justified his change of program at the end of the season by winning the northern classic, after a perfectly controlled mass sprint.

“The team did a great job today and I have to thank them for that. I had good feelings and a lot of confidence, which helped when I lost my leadout riders a bit in that crazy last kilometer. I started the sprint very early, but I had enough power to hold it. This victory makes me very happy and I am looking forward to my next event, which will be the Tour of Slovakia,” said the 30-year-old rider.

At the end of the afternoon, which was animated by five breakaway riders including Dries De Bondt who was caught only 10 kilometers from the finish at the start of the last lap of the circuit, the Belgian leader of the Soudal-Quick Step team proved to be the most powerful in the streets of Fourmies: he beat his compatriot Gerben Thijssen (Intermarché-Circus-Wanty), Matteo Moschetti (Q36.5) and Alexander Kristoff (Uno-X). The French riders Paul Penhoët (Groupama-FDJ) and Arnaud Démare (Arkéa-Samsic) ranked 5th and 7th, respectively.

The results: 1. Merlier (Soudal-Quick Step) ; 2. Thijssen (Intermarché-Circus-Wanty) ; 3. Moschetti (Q36.5)…

Upcoming races:

Until 11 September: Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l’Ardèche, https://tcfia.com/

Until 17 September: Vuelta a Espana, https://www.lavuelta.es/fr/

13 September: Giro della Toscana, http://www.girodellatoscana.com/

13 September: Grand Prix de Wallonie, https://www.trworg.be/

14 – 17 September:  Tour of Taihu Lake, https://www.uci.org/competition-details/2023/ROA/70122

14 September: Coppa Sabatini, http://www.girodellatoscana.com/

15 – 17 September: Tour de Romandie Féminin, https://tourderomandiefeminin.ch/

17 September: Grand Prix d’Isbergues, https://gpisbergues.com/

Kuss, life in red

Kuss, life in red

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Vuelta a Espana: Kuss, allowed to dream 

After ten days of racing, the Vuelta a Espana enjoyed its first rest day on Monday with Sepp Kuss in red. A perfect teammate, top-20 in the last two Grand Tours, tireless lieutenant, the American in the Jumbo-Visma is currently riding at the peak of his career. The 28-year-old climber has reached a new level on Spanish roads. For the first time in his life, Kuss is leading a Grand Tour and wearing the red jersey. A fantastic climber who usually is confined to a role of luxury domestique, has Kuss changed his status enough to claim a final podium place? 

On paper, the American is 2’22” ahead of Remco Evenepoel, the first of the favorites, in the general classification. This is a cushion that could give him room to suffer a few bad moments without losing too much in the classification standings. Is it not possible to believe that he will stay with his teammates Roglic and Vingegaard on the most difficult climbs as he was able to do on the Tour de France? He may have to take a new step by then, especially mentally since he is not used to these responsibilities, but all dreams are allowed.

Stages won by: Team dsm-firmenich ; Kron (Lotto-Dstny) ; Evenepoel (Soudal-Quick Step) ; Groves (Alpecin-Deceuninck) ; Groves (Alpecin-Deceuninck) ; Kuss (Jumbo-Visma) ; Soupe (TotalEnergies) ; Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) ; Kamna (Bora-Hansgrohe)…


Classic Lorient Agglomération – Trophée CERATIZIT: Bredewold shows her power

The Dutch rider Mischa Bredewold (Team SD Worx, 23 years old) won in Plouay for the Classic Lorient Agglomeration – Ceratizit Trophy. It was a sprint victory where she beat the Polish Marta Lach (CERATIZIT-WNT Pro Cycling) and the Italian Sofia Bertizzolo (UAE Team ADQ). “I am very happy to win. We came here with a solid team and we controlled the whole race,” she explained. “When there were attacks, we were always able to cover. So we didn’t have to waste a lot of energy. I felt super strong today, the sprint was very chaotic, but that suits me very well.” 

Two French women made it into the top 10 of the event. Juliette Labous (Team dsm-firmenich) took fifth place in the race while her Norman teammate Eglantine Rayer scored a fine 8th place at just 19 years old.

The day was marked by an early breakaway of three competitors which fell apart over the kilometers after a determined resistance until the arrival on the final circuit. The last survivor of the breakaway, Norwegian champion Susanne Andersen (Uno-X Pro Cycling Team) was caught only ten kilometers from the finish. 

The results : 1. Bredewold (Team SD Worx) ; 2. Lach (CERATIZIT-WNT Pro Cycling) ; 3. Bertizzolo (UAE Team ADQ)…


Bretagne Classic – Ouest-France: Madouas, a first win as French champion

Valentin Madouas raised his arms for the first time wearing the French champion jersey during the Bretagne Classic – Ouest France in Plouay, at his home in Brittany. The Groupama-FDJ rider won ahead of Mathieu Burgaudeau (TotalEnergies) and the Austrian Felix Grossschartner (UAE Team Emirates). His teammate Stefan Küng finished just off the podium.

At 27, Madouas now has won his first WorldTour classic after finishing second in the Strade Bianche and fifth in Liège-Bastogne-Liège this year and third in the Tour of Flanders in 2022. “I don’t really know what to say, frankly, I am really moved. Winning at Plouay here with this jersey is really extraordinary, I’m enjoying it to the fullest, it was a dream to win at Plouay in my career, and to do it wearing the French champion’s jersey, what more could you ask for?“ he said.

The results: 1. Madouas (Groupama-FDJ) ; 2. Burgaudeau (TotalEnergies) ; 3. Grossschartner (UAE Team Emirates)…


Upcoming races:

Until 17 September: Vuelta Ciclista a Espana, https://www.lavuelta.es/fr/

5 – 11 September: Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l’Ardèche, https://tcfia.com/

5 – 10 September: Simac Ladies Tour, https://simacladiestour.nl/

September: Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec, https://gpcqm.ca/

10 September: Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal, https://gpcqm.ca/

10 September: GP de Fourmies / La Voix du Nord, https://www.lavoixdunord.fr/tags/grand-prix-de-fourmies

Del Toro, discovering a diamond

Del Toro, discovering a diamond

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Tour de l’Avenir: Del Toro turns everything upside down

By taking second place in the last stage of the Tour de l’Avenir behind the Italian Giulio Pellizzari, the Mexican Isaac Del Toro turned the GC on its head. As a result, he took over the yellow jersey which had been the property of the American Matthew Riccitello.

At the start of the last day of the Tour de l’Avenir, 54 seconds separated them. It seemed a comfortable lead for the American Matthew Riccitello, who took the yellow jersey at the finish of the sixth stage at the top of the Col de la Loze (Friday), which was won by Isaac Del Toro. But the 19-year-old Mexican’s performance that day had already given a glimpse of what he was capable of doing.

For the eighth and final stage, the young talents set off from Val-Cenis and arrived at the summit in Sainte Foy Tarentaise after having climbed Col de la Madeleine, Col de l’Iseran and climb of Villaret, for a total of more than 2 600 meters of climbing.

A course which was perfect for the qualities of Del Toro, who attacked about 50 km from the finish, and took second place, just behind Giulio Pellizzari, successfully overthrowing the general classification to win the yellow jersey at the last moment. The Italian took advantage of Riccitello’s collapse (finally 5th overall), and finished in 2nd place overall.

The results: 1. Del Toro (Mexique) ; 2. Pellizzari (Italie) ; 3. Piganzoli (Italie)…

Stages won by: Foldager (Danemark) ; Pickrell (Canada) ; Danemark ; Christen (Suisse) ; Romeo (Espagne) ; Del Toro (Mexique) ; Riccitello (Etats-Unis) ; Ryan (Irlande) ; Pellizzari (Italie).


Tour of Scandinavia: Van Vleuten enjoys her final races

‘I can go home with a smile’, Movistar veteran bids farewell to Scandinavia with the overall title.

After donning the yellow jersey on the 4th stage at the end of the time trial in Herning, Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) had to battle hard on the 5th stage from Middelfart to Haderslev before being able to celebrate her victory in the general classification of the Tour of Scandinavia, only two seconds ahead of Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ-SUEZ).

After the Tour of Scandinavia, Van Vleuten only has the Simac Ladies Tour left on her calendar, from September 5 to 10, to end her 16-year professional cycling career.

The 40-year-old star said it wasn’t just the overall victory that made her happy, but rather the ability to compete at the highest level until the end. “It’s good for me still to be fighting for the win in my last races. That’s why I love cycling, not just to win, but also because I’m always in good shape, I’m in front and I have good legs. Then I can say goodbye to sport with a smile,” she said after receiving the yellow jersey and a large trophy with a spinning wheel and a piece of Norwegian granite for the overall winner. 

The results: 1. Van Vleuten (Movistar) ; 2. Ludwig (FDJ-SUEZ) ; 3. Kraak (Jumbo-Visma)…

Stages won by: Wiebes (SD-Worx) ; Ludwig (FDJ-SUEZ) ; Wiebes (SD-Worx) ; Brown (FDJ-SUEZ) ; Ludwig (FDJ-SUEZ). 


Tour Poitou-Charentes en Nouvelle Aquitaine : Wærenskjold in complete control

A first general classification win for Søren Wærenskjold. The Norwegian from Uno-X won the Tour Poitou-Charentes en Nouvelle Aquitaine. The Uno-X rider calmly won the event after four full days of racing and with a small gap of 6 seconds ahead of Bruno Armirail (Groupama-FDJ).

He was an exceptional sprinter on the first day, a strong rouleur around La Roche-Posay during Thursday’s time trial, and finally, a fine tactician to control the ambitions of the Groupama-FDJ team during the last stage, Wærenskjold showed off all his qualities.

The results: 1. Wærenskjold (Uno-X) ; 2. Armirail (Groupama-FDJ) ; 3. Maestri (EOLO-Kometa)…

Stages won by: Wærenskjold (Uno-X) ; Penhoët (Groupama-FDJ) ; 3. Rivi (EOLO-Kometa) ; Armirail (Groupama-FDJ) ; Sarreau (AG2R Citroën).


Renewi Tour: Wellens pursues his love

Between the Renewi Tour and Tim Wellens, there’s a real love story! Always very successful in this event, the Belgian took the record for number of overall victories this Sunday, when he took his third success in the general classification (following wins in 2014 and 2015), separating him from the Spaniard José Ivan Gutierrez and the Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen. Second in the time trial and the stage arriving at Grammont, the Belgian from the UAE Team Emirates was the most consistent during this week of racing, 23 seconds ahead of his compatriots Florian Vermeersch (Lotto Dstny) and Yves Lampaert (Soudal Quick-Step).

“We came here with the ambition to win the race, and it worked out perfectly in the end. I knew the time trial and the next day’s stage in Geraardsbergen would be decisive, so I really focused on those. My teammates helped me perfectly,” he explained. “It’s a WorldTour race, so it’s a very important victory for me and also for the team. I’m in good shape and I can’t wait to tackle my last goals of the season.”

The results: 1. Wellens (UAE Team Emirates) ; 2. Vermeersch (Lotto-Dstny) ; 3. Lampaert (Soudal-Quick Step)…

Stages won by: Philipsen (Alpecin-Deceuninck) ; Tarling (INEOS Grenadiers) ; Teunissen (Intermarché-Circus-Wanty) ; Welsford (Team dsm – firmenich) ; Mohoric (Bahrain-Victorious).


Deutschland Tour: Van Wilder shines

With the foundation of his final victory having been laid on Thursday during the 2nd stage which he won, Ilan Van Wilder took the overall classification at the Tour of Germany, displaying unfailing calmness. “It’s a great feeling to win, in the same week, my first professional victory and my first overall victory. We can all be proud of what we have achieved here,” explained the Belgian from the Soudal-Quick Step. “After winning the stage on day two, my teammates did a great job helping me defend the jersey, and I want to thank them for that.”

The results: 1. Van Wilder (Soudal-Quick Step) ; 2. Grossschartner (UAE Team Emirates) ; 3. Van Poppel (BORA-Hansgrohe)…

Stages won by: Vernon (Soudal-Quick Step) ; Van Wilder (Soudal-Quick Step) ; Mühlberger (Movistar) ; Mihkels (Intermarché-Circus-Wanty) ; De Kleijn (Tudor Pro Cycling Team.


Upcoming races:

Until 17 September : Vuelta a Espana, https://www.lavuelta.es/fr/

2 September : Classic Lorient Agglomération – Trophée CERATIZIT, http://www.grandprix-plouay.com/4-jours-cic-plouay/grand-prix-lorient-agglomeration.php

3 September : Bretagne Classic, http://www.grandprix-plouay.com/4-jours-cic-plouay/grand-prix-bretagne-classic.php

3 September : Tour of Leuven – Memorial Jef Scherens, https://tourofleuven.be/fr/

A winning return for Primoz Roglic

A winning return for Primoz Roglic

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Tour du Limousin – Périgord – Nouvelle Aquitaine: Grégoire confirms his promise

At only 20 years old, Romain Grégoire continues his impressive rise. Already the winner of the Four Days of Dunkirk in May, the Groupama-FDJ rider now has won a second stage race this season at the Tour du Limousin-Périgord-Nouvelle Aquitaine. Thanks in particular to his victories in the 1st and 3rd stages, Grégoire won the overall standings with a 38-second lead over Benoît Cosnefroy (AG2R-Citroën). His Australian teammate Michael Storer completed the podium (56”).

“Winning here is great for me! I did not expect it when I came here,” Grégoire admitted. “It’s already my second victory in a stage race; I keep surprising myself month after month and that’s really great. The objective now will be to win in the WorldTour. For the moment I do not necessarily feel ready; it will still take a little work. I am not putting pressure on myself. I came into this final stage with a lot of confidence thanks to the work of the whole team, and the day went perfectly.”

The results: 1. Grégoire (Groupama-FDJ) ; 2. Cosnefroy (AG2R Citroën) ; 3. Storer (Groupama-FDJ)…

Stages won by: Grégoire (Groupama-FDJ) ; Mozzato (Arkéa-Samsic) ; Grégiore (Groupama-FDJ) ; Page (Intermarché-Circus-Wanty).


PostNord Danmark Rundt – Tour of Denmark: Pedersen the star at home

Dane Mads Pedersen (Lidl-Trek) won the PostNord Danmark Rundt – Tour of Denmark on home soil after dominating the fifth and final stage, a 16.1 km time trial in Helsingor.

Pedersen, 27, won ahead of Norwegian Soren Waerenskjold, second and winner of the first stage, and ahead of his compatriot Magnus Cort Nielsen. With that victory, he had the advantage needed to steal the overall leader’s blue jersey from his teammate Mattias Skjelmose who came into the day in the lead.

Skjelmose took 5th in the time trial but was only four seconds ahead of Pedersen going into the final stage. He ended up finishing in second place, 41 seconds behind his compatriot, while Magnus Cort Nielsen completed this 100% Danish podium.

Mads Pedersen also won the jersey for the points classification. The Tour of Denmark was raced over five stages and ended on the north of the island of Seeland. This is Pedersen’s second victory in Denmark after winning the race in 2017.

The results: 1. Pedersen (Lidl-Trek) ; 2. Skjelmose (Lidl-Trek) ; 3. Cort (EF Education-Easy Post)…

Stages won by: Wærenskjold (Uno-X Pro Cycling Team) ; Jakobsen (Soudal-Quick Step) ; Skjelmose (Lidl-Trek) ; Jakobsen (Soudal-Quick Step) ; Pedersen (Lidl-Trek).


Vuelta a Burgos: A winning return for Roglic

Primoz Roglic won the 45th edition of the Vuelta a Burgos at the end of the fifth and final stage which he also won in front of his main two rivals overall.

The Slovenian from the Jumbo-Visma team, 33, has won all the races in which he has participated this season, all stage races, starting with Tirreno-Adriatico, the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, the Giro d’Italia, and now the Vuelta a Burgos, adding to his record a 76th and 77th career victory.

The difference was made on the last climb of the day, the Lagunas de Neila (seven kilometers at 8.5% average), with the stage ending at the summit.

After having his team set a furious tempo, Adam Yates (UAE Team Emirates) attacked 2.5 kilometers from the finish, though both Roglic and the Russian Aleksandr Vlasov (Bora Hansgrohe) were able to follow well. The three favorites failed to make a difference in the last meters and Roglic took advantage by using his burst of speed to beat his rivals in the sprint, which he had already done on the third stage on Thursday.

Overall, Roglic finished ahead of Vlasov (39 seconds) and Yates (42 seconds). He succeeds the previous winner of the race, the Frenchman Pavel Sivakov, and makes an appointment for the Vuelta a Espana (August 26 – September 17) where he will be one of the great favorites.

The results: 1. Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) ; 2. Vlasov (Bora-Hansgrohe) ; 3. A. Yates (UAE Team Emirates)…

Stages won by: Molano (UAE Team Emirates) ; Jumbo-Visma ; Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) ; Lazkano (Movistar) ; Roglic (Jumbo-Visma).


Arctic Race of Norway: Williams wins by the wire

Stephen Williams (Israel-Premier Tech) won the Arctic Race of Norway 2023 with barely a second separating him from Christian Scaroni (Astana Qazaqstan Team), a minimal gap identical to that which had allowed Alexey Lutsenko to win the final victory in 2019, ahead of Warren Barguil. Kevin Vermaerke (Team dsm-firmenich) completed the final podium, thanks to the bonus seconds gained at the start of this last stage, which ended in the breathtaking setting of the North Cape, one of the northernmost places in Europe.

The results: 1. Williams (Israël-PremierTech) ; 2. Scaroni (Astana Qazaqstan Team) ; 3. Vermaerke (Team dsm – firmenich)…

Stages won by: Dainese (Team dsm – firmenich) ; Gazzoli (Astana Qazaqstan) ; Williams (Israel-PremierTech) ; Champoussin (Arkéa-Samsic).


Bemer Cyclassics Hamburg: Pedersen wins again

What a week for Mads Pedersen (Lidl-Trek)! Winner of the PostNord Danmark Rundt – Tour of Denmark on Saturday, the 2019 World Champion won the Cyclassics Hamburg the next day. Doing all the work himself in the last kilometer, the Dane caught the trio of escapees made up by Brandon McNulty (UAE Team Emirates), Yves Lampaert (Soudal Quick-Step) and Nils Politt (Bora -hansgrohe), before holding off the peloton to take an impressive win in front of Danny Van Poppel (Bora – hansgrohe). Frenchman Arnaud Démare (Team Arkéa Samsic) took 4th place.

The results: 1. Pedersen (Lidl-Trek) ; 2. Van Poppel (Bora-Hansgrohe) ; 3. Viviani (INEOS Grenadiers)…


Upcoming races:

Until 27 August : Tour de l’Avenir, https://tourdelavenir.com

22-27 August: Tour of Scandinavia, https://www.battleofthenorth.eu/

22-25 August: Tour Poitou-Charentes en Nouvelle Aquitaine, https://www.tour-poitou-charentes.com/

23-27 August: Renewi Tour, https://renewitour.com/fr/

23-27 August: Deutschland Tour, https://www.deutschland-tour.com/de/home

26 August – 17 September: Vuelta Ciclista a Espana, https://www.lavuelta.es/es