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EUROTRASH Monday: Pogačar to Experience Giro & vd Poel Cleans CX

EUROTRASH Monday: Pogačar to Experience Giro & vd Poel Cleans CX


Mathieu van der Poel is again and dominating cross: All of the cyclo-cross motion with video and outcomes from the X2O Badkamers Trofee in Herentals and the UCI World Cup Cyclo-Cross in Namur.

Tadej Pogačar to experience the Giro d’Italia – TOP STORY.

Rider information: Lance Armstrong on how he by no means examined optimistic for EPO, Tao Geoghegan Hart looks like a bike owner once more, Chris Froome talks about Sylvan Adams, Mads Pedersen unveils his 2024 program, Jakob Fuglsang just isn’t desirous about quitting but, Wout Poels important of crew dimension for the Olympic highway race, Tim Declercq: “The Basic core of Lidl-Trek is healthier than Soudal Fast-Step” and Antonio Nibali retires.

Staff information: Astana Qazaqstan 2024 roster, Elmar Reinders extends with Jayco AlUla, UCI publicizes guidelines in opposition to turned-in brake levers, Soudal Fast-Step unveils 2024 package, BORA – hansgrohe new design, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA’s Josu Etxeberria leaves hospital, Movistar nonetheless engaged on a second sponsor, Natalie Quinn joins EF Training-Cannondale, new wheels and package for Astana Qazaqstan and INEOS Grenadiers chooses Prologo as technical associate.

Race information: Ewan, Plapp and Yates headline line-Up for the 2024 Santos Tour Down Below and 75 VCV – Volta a La Comunitat Valenciana levels 2024.

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TOP STORY: Tadej Pogačar to Experience the Giro d’Italia in 2024
Tadej Pogačar might be on the beginning line of the Giro d’Italia subsequent yr. The organisers of the Italian tour introduced the shock information. Whether or not or not the Slovenian will begin the Tour de France in 2024 is unknown.

The organisers of the Giro introduced the participation of Pogačar with a video on X (Twitter). The information of his Giro participation comes as a shock. In earlier interviews, Pogačar appeared to rule out a Giro debut in 2024. “If you wish to have an opportunity of successful the Tour, you must absolutely think about that,” he stated in an interview on the finish of November.

The UAE Emirates has stated a number of instances up to now that he additionally desires to make a bid for total victory within the Giro, someday sooner or later. It now appears just like the two-time Tour winner could have a distinct season in 2024 season together with his debut within the Tour of Italy.

There’s nonetheless greater than 5 months earlier than the beginning of the 107th version of the Giro d’Italia, however it already appears like there might be a high class area of members. In accordance with La Gazzetta dello Sport, former winner Nairo Quintana and Simon Yates may also be firstly in 2024. Geraint Thomas, second final yr, hinted that he’s desirous about one other Giro participation. It is usually sure that Wout van Aert will take part within the Giro for the primary time.

Pogačar going to Italy:


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UCI World Cup Cyclo-Cross – Namur Males 2023
Tom Pidcock received the Namur UCI World Cup cyclo-cross on Sunday. The British rider began as favorite within the powerful muddy race for his first cross victory of the season, after a battle with Pim Ronhaar. The Dutchman was second, Joris Nieuwenhuis completed third. The eighth World Cup of the season is an actual traditional with powerful climbs, mud sections, cobblestones and sloping cambers

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Lots of the high riders missed the snow of Val di Sole, most have been current in Namur, aside from Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert. Tom Pidcock was firstly and was in all probability the highest favorite for victory. Pidcock wasn’t on the entrance row and needed to chase from the beginning.

Pidcock was not the one high rider who needed to chase; Michael Vanthourenhout, Cameron Mason and particularly Lars van der Haar had a nasty begin. Pidcock managed to maneuver up fairly rapidly, however he needed to as a result of motion on the entrance. Joris Nieuwenhuis and Pim Ronhaar, each Baloise Trek Lions, and a powerful Ryan Kamp put the stress on on the entrance. Eli Iserbyt noticed the hazard and tried to go along with the three Dutchmen, however was unable to shut the hole and didn’t see the entrance of the race once more. Whereas Iserbyt couldn’t cross, Pidcock managed to get again into the race. The Brit, second in Herentals, first handed Kamp after which Nieuwenhuis.

Ronhaar, the winner of the World Cup races in Dendermonde and Dublin, went for a solo, however Pidcock was on his heels. The ex-World champion was pulling Ronhaar again, catching him on the sixth lap. Pidcock instantly put stress on his Dutch opponent, who initially had a solution to the Briton’s many assaults, however needed to move on the penultimate lap and was about 10 seconds behind when beginning the ultimate lap. Ronhaar definitely didn’t quit, however Pidcock was the strongest on the Citadel. On Saturday, the World champion, Mathieu van der Poel, was the very best man, however Pidcock was profitable in Namur. Ronhaar got here in second after a powerful exhibiting, Nieuwenhuis was third for 2 Baloise Trek Lions riders on the rostrum.

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Race winner, Tom Pidcock (GB): “It was not very straightforward, however I could be pleased with this victory. I discovered from the final time I rode right here in Namur. It’s clear that this cross is all concerning the final lap. If you happen to begin right here too rapidly, you’ll make errors over time. So it was a matter of ready and ready. At a sure level I made a decision to go for it, however sadly I simply had a puncture. I needed to get myself going once more. So at no level was I certain of victory. It’s not straightforward, since you’re not allowed to go within the purple on this course. I actually can’t complain. It’s a nice begin and that’s additionally stunning. My approach was already fairly good in Herentals, although I haven’t ridden the cross bike a lot but. Nevertheless, the premise is nice. This was the very best first of the season cross I’ve ever had. I can’t ask for extra. This can be a good begin to my winter. The factor is, you are feeling match throughout that very first cross, however throughout the race itself you usually can’t go quicker. There’s nonetheless some progress potential”

2nd, Pim Ronhaar (Ned): “After a coaching camp in Mallorca, the query is all the time whether or not you might be ok to take part, however I instantly felt good. Within the first lap, Joris (Nieuwenhuis) and I saved a pleasant tempo. I felt like I used to be somewhat higher. So I needed to go for it, additionally as a result of Tom was coming. It went effectively, however within the final two laps Tom was a bit too sturdy. He got here from behind actually rapidly. Then he continued to push for about three laps at about twenty metres. I needed to preserve pushing. Tom handed me on the penultimate lap after which it was throughout. He then needed to cope with a flat tyre and I nonetheless had the hope of becoming a member of once more, however Tom was in the end too sturdy. He actually rode up the climb like a superman. The World Cup is a crucial classification for me, however not essentially for the win. Eli is using all of them, which doesn’t make it any simpler. Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel may also be using quite a lot of them once more, so I can’t actually compensate for many factors anymore. All in all, I’m simply tremendous pleased with this second place. It’s good to complete second on this rating.”

third, Joris Nieuwenhuis (Ned): “It was a fairly good cross. It wasn’t my finest race of the season, however it was okay. A podium place is all the time an excellent end result. I shouldn’t be too self-critical both. I’ve already received races this season. So I’m glad. I used to be doing effectively from the beginning. I’ve been in a position to experience at my very own tempo all season, however when Tom handed me I instantly realised: I can’t deal with this. I simply needed to preserve racing at my very own tempo. I noticed Tom and Pim using in entrance of me the entire time. That gave me the motivation not to surrender.”

UCI World Cup Cyclo-Cross – Namur Males 2023
1. Tom Pidcock (GB) in 59:45
2. Pim Ronhaar (Ned) at 0:15
3. Joris Nieuwenhuis (Ned) at 0:33
4. Eli Iserbyt (Bel) at 0:52
5. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) at 1:02
6. Lars van der Haar (Ned) at 1:08
7. Niels Vandeputte (Bel) at 1:30
8. Toon Vandebosch (Bel) at 1:38
9. Witse Meeussen (Bel) at 1:44
10. Ryan Kamp (Ned) at 1:58.



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UCI World Cup Cyclo-Cross – Namur Girls 2023
Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado took her sixth victory of the cross season. The Alpecin-Deceuninck rider gave a one-woman present within the Namur World Cup. Alvarado rode away from the opposition within the first lap and saved Puck Pieterse and Lucinda Model effectively behind her.

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After the withdrawal of Fem van Empel, Lucinda Model was in all probability the highest favorite, though she needed to cope with Puck Pieterse and Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado, the chief within the World Cup. It was Marie Schreiber who made the very best begin. The Luxembourger took the lead, however was quickly overtaken by the Italian Sara Casasola.

The primary lap went badly for Pieterse and Model. The Dutch champion needed to cope with chain issues and wanted a motorbike change, Model suffered a slip. Alvarado had a flawless opening lap and made a giant hole with a high technical experience, together with the hostile camber. The chief of the World Cup began the second lap with a lead of 15 seconds, however Pieterse had began to chase her down. Pieterse was using exhausting in pursuit, however didn’t get any nearer to Alvarado. The chief was using effectively and managed to achieve time on the 2 pursuers, particularly on the difficult descent to the cobbled climb.

After quarter-hour of racing, Alvarado, Pieterse and Model have been certain of the highest three locations. Alvarado had excellent legs and didn’t wish to make any errors. Pieterse had bother together with her shoe cleat, inflicting the distinction between the chief and the 2 pursuers to extend. At one level Alvarado’s lead was about 25 seconds. Pieterse didn’t quit and clearly discovered her second wind. She managed to cut back the lead once more: after three laps the distinction was 18 seconds. The victory was not sure. Model additionally appeared to have one thing left in her pursuit of Alvarado and managed to distance herself from Pieterse with a powerful assault. Model hoped to right the scenario with a powerful second half of the race, however couldn’t get any nearer. Alvarado wasn’t completed and managed to elongate her lead.

Greater than 30 seconds was the distinction between Alvarado and Model firstly of the final lap. A struggling Pieterse adopted somewhat later, simply over 45 seconds. The battle gave the impression to be over. Solely unhealthy luck or a crash may preserve Alvarado from successful. She soloed to her sixth victory of the season. The 25 year-old Alvarado achieved her third World Cup victory of the yr, after wins in Dendermonde and Troyes, and is doing effectively for the World Cup remaining victory. Second place went to Pieterse, beating Model in a dash.

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Race winner, Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Ned): “I didn’t anticipate to be this good. I didn’t anticipate to be within the lead alone for thus lengthy. I used to be nonetheless fairly nervous earlier than the beginning, however it went very effectively. I noticed firstly that Puck (Pieterse) had chain issues and Lucinda was behind her. So I made a decision to maneuver on. I all the time wished to win right here. I’ve been attempting for years and it’s solely the primary time I’ve received right here. I didn’t anticipate it after an exhausting week. I used to be not but match sufficient to contest a double weekend. However I felt excellent at the moment. After three laps I used to be at my restrict. From that second on it was vital to completely climb the climbs and tempo the remaining sections. I remained faultless on a technical stage. Something can nonetheless occur (within the World Cup). In any case, I should preserve preventing for the ultimate victory till the top.”

2nd, Puck Pieterse (Ned): “I had a reasonably good begin, however after two climbs my chain broke off. After that I may now not shift to my largest cog. I needed to push loads of riders apart and overtake them after my bike change. Within the second lap I got here to Lucinda (Model) and so there have been two of us within the chase on Ceylin. After that I solely had an issue with my BOA, my cleat was unfastened. So I needed to cease for some time and misplaced a number of seconds once more. I had a nasty second within the cross, however I managed to search out myself once more. My preventing spirit was definitely current at the moment. I initially believed in victory, however at one level Ceylin abruptly had thirty seconds. You don’t see her pushing anymore after which it turns into troublesome. A mistake on this course is simple to make, however Ceylin was clearly the strongest at the moment.”

third, Lucinda Model (Ned): “I’m certainly standing right here with a toothache. I by no means actually get off to an excellent begin, however at the moment I sank somewhat additional than can be helpful. This meant it took longer earlier than I may do my factor. Ceylin had a very good day and went very quick, however midway by the race Puck Pieterse and I received nearer and the hole turned smaller. Nevertheless, Ceylin then discovered her second wind, rode a super-fast climb and widened the hole once more. I knew then that she was gone. I actually didn’t race an excellent final lap, so I didn’t get as far on the diagonal facet as anticipated. Pieterse had an excellent goal and received my wheel. I used to be the primary to succeed in the highest of the climb and you then actually shouldn’t let it go, however that occurred anyway. I’d reasonably be second than third and it was additionally not essential to let Pieterse come first. That shouldn’t occur anymore at my age.”

UCI World Cup Cyclo-Cross – Namur Girls 2023
1. Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Ned) in 51:57
2. Puck Pieterse (Ned) at 0:17
3. Lucinda Model (Ned) at 0:19
4. Sara Casasola (Ita) at 2:15
5. Inge van der Heijden (Ned) at 2:29
6. Marie Schreiber (Lux) at 2:38
7. Annemarie Worst (Ned) at 2:46
8. Leonie Bentveld (Ned) at 3:01
9. Laura Verdonschot (Bel) at 3:25
10. Hélène Clauzel (Fra) at 3:26.



X2O Badkamers Trofee – Herentals Males 2023
Mathieu van der Poel didn’t waste any time and took his first cyclo-cross win of the 2023/24 season in his first race on Saturday. The World champion was by far the very best within the X2O Trofee in Herentals. He rode away from the others within the first lap and so they didn’t see him once more. Tom Pidcock, who was additionally in his first race of the season, got here second. Lars van der Haar and Eli Iserbyt fought over third and fourth locations.


Dwelling favorite Wout van Aert was lacking from the X2O Trophy Herentals, however Mathieu van der Poel was on the beginning line. The World champion made his return to cross every week sooner than deliberate, together with Tom Pidcock. May Eli Iserbyt and Lars van der Haar compete with the good champions?

In any case, Van der Poel wasted no time. He received off to a terrific begin and was the primary off-road. As soon as within the mud he didn’t decelerate. Midway by the opening lap, on the Skiberg, he pulled forward and instantly opened up an enormous hole. Niels Vandeputte, Michael Vanthourenhout and Eli Iserbyt, who was second on the primary passage after one lap and took 10 bonus seconds for the X2O Trophy, have been the primary pursuers after the opening lap, however have been already 13 seconds behind. Lars van der Haar and Laurens Sweeck adopted at 18 seconds. Tom Pidcock was at virtually 45 seconds. Within the second of eight laps, Van der Poel prolonged his lead. Van der Haar now led the chase. The Dutchman was within the firm of Vandeputte, Iserbyt and Vanthourenhout and was 30 seconds behind the World champion. It was already a battle for second place. Van der Poel slipped simply earlier than midway, however he didn’t lose a lot time and his lead remained snug.

In the meantime, Pidcock was arising from behind. The Brit managed to make the bounce to the Van der Haar group, which Cameron Mason had beforehand joined. Sweeck needed to move not lengthy afterwards, whereas Vanhourenhout and Vandeputte additionally dropped out. The remaining 4 of Pidcock, Mason, Iserbyt and Van der Haar have been 56 seconds behind Van der Poel going into the ultimate lap. The World champion was in a position to take it straightforward to the end. He would win his first cross of the 2023-2024 cyclo-cross season with some ease. There was nonetheless the battle for second place. Simply earlier than the beginning of the ultimate lap, Pidcock attacked. Mason and Van der Haar cracked, however Iserbyt held on. He caught a number of metres from the British rider. On the climb of the Skiberg, Iserbyt was dropped and Pidcock had his hole. The Briton stayed forward of his pursuers to complete second in his first race. Van der Haar handed Iserbyt for the third step of the rostrum.

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Race winner, Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Deceuninck): “It went fairly effectively from the beginning really. I rapidly discovered myself alone and I instantly had a pleasant lead. After that it was fairly an extended hour alone. I felt fairly sturdy and knew that the Skiberg was essentially the most troublesome level of the circuit. And I felt good, so I instantly received into the best rhythm. I rapidly selected my very own tempo. Was it boring to race alone for an hour? Definitely not, I loved it. There was just one second of inattention, once I hit the bottom. However apart from that it was good to be again. I like to try this: experience at my very own tempo, select my very own traces. So it was enjoyable. I’ve skilled for a very long time to get again there and it’s good to get affirmation instantly. I endure exhausting sufficient throughout coaching. So I simply do my factor within the races. It can definitely not be like this each race, so we’ll in all probability have some thrilling races within the Christmas interval, I believe.”

2nd, Tom Pidcock (INEOS Grenadiers): “I’m a bit shocked. Second place is nice, I’m glad. It was my finest first cross. I don’t know why, however it was good. The primary two or three laps I needed to discover my means a bit. Slowly however certainly I received to the entrance. Hopefully after at the moment I’ll be in an excellent place and I can experience effectively tomorrow, however it’s late within the season. As I stated earlier than the race, I wish to give attention to the highway season. I’m right here and doing a number of races, for myself and for the followers. I’m going to get pleasure from it. It’s 100% sure that I can’t experience the World Championships this yr.”

third, Lars van der Haar (Baloise Trek Lions): “That first lap was of a bizarrely excessive stage. We knew Mathieu was going to be good, however I had not hoped for such a primary lap. I had an excellent first lap, however Eli had a barely higher one. That instantly price me ten seconds. That was a tragic second for myself, however I couldn’t race any quicker. That was it. I did fine-tune the remainder of the race a bit. I attempted to get away a number of instances, on the Skiberg I attempted to open the hole a number of instances, however I believe Eli and I have been evenly matched. Ultimately it got here all the way down to a dash and I used to be in a position to get it. I’m going to maintain preventing exhausting for it. Eli is only a actually good rider. It’s simply not straightforward to win in opposition to him. And he’s a boy who has been there from the beginning of the season till the top of the season. We hope for a weak second from him, however that would occur to me someday. That we may have not less than gone with him (Van der Poel) for a number of laps. However he instantly confirmed who was boss.”

X2O Badkamers Trofee – Herentals Males End result:
1. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Deceuninck in 59:20
2. Tom Pidcock (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:28
3. Lars van der Haar (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions at 0:29
4. Eli Iserbyt (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 0:30
5. Cameron Mason (GB) Cyclocross Reds at 0:59
6. Niels Vandeputte (Bel) Alpecin-Deceuninck at 1:12
7. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Crelan-Corendon at 1:28
8. Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Alpecin-Deceuninck at 1:52
9. Quinten Hermans (Bel) Alpecin-Deceuninck
10. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal.



X2O Badkamers Trofee – Herentals Girls 2023
Fem van Empel took her tenth victory of the 2023/24 cyclo-cross season. The cross World champion had crashed whereas coaching and didn’t have a straightforward time within the X2O Trophy Herentals on Saturday. The end got here all the way down to a two-rider-sprint with Lucinda Model, the Jumbo-Visma rider narrowly received. Annemarie Worst was third.


World champion Fem van Empel was current in Herentals for the ladies’s race. The Jumbo-Visma rider had a chilly and had crashed whereas coaching, however was nonetheless thought of the highest favorite. Her important competitor seemed to be Lucinda Model, however Manon Bakker, Annemarie Worst and Denise Betsema have been additionally there.

Van Empel rode with a bandage on her proper leg on account of her crash, however that didn’t cease her from getting an excellent begin. She took the lead on the primary lap, with Model on her wheel. Bakker, Worst and Betsema have been additionally on the entrance. On the Skiberg, the principle climb on the circuit, Van Empel opened up a lead for the primary time. She made a niche, however Model and Worst have been nonetheless in a position to get again to her. Model pulled forward on the finish of the lap and created a small hole, however couldn’t actually get away. Van Empel and Worst returned, after which Bakker and Betsema, who needed to change bikes on the primary lap, have been additionally in a position to reconnect. They began the second time up the Skiberg with 5 riders. Right here Van Empel was once more forcing the tempo and this time the remaining needed to give in additional. On the high, the World champion had a critical lead.

Worst and Model didn’t quit, however after two of the 5 laps the distinction was 10 seconds. Model managed to return again within the third lap. The 2 stayed collectively within the fourth lap and so there can be an thrilling duel within the remaining lap. It needed to occur on the Skiberg. Right here, Van Empel initially ran away from Model, after which she then prolonged her lead when again on the bike. It seemed like a win for Van Empel, however Model returned once more. Nevertheless, the Baloise Trek Lions rider made a mistake, which left her with a niche once more. However coming into the final nook, she was again on Van Empel’s wheel, however the World champion had the higher hand within the dash. She took her tenth victory in a row and stays undefeated within the present cross season. Model was second, Worst was third at 45 seconds.

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Race winner, Fem van Empel (Jumbo-Visma): “I by no means had such a grade at college. It was powerful. It was a really powerful circuit, with numerous intervals. Lucinda Model was tremendous sturdy at the moment. For me it was a little bit of a shock to the system after final week. However that doesn’t detract from Model’s efficiency, since you see once more: she by no means provides up. Particularly throughout the efforts. I’ve been in mattress all week. You then see how rapidly your physique has bother digesting that stimulus. However not less than I’m glad that I’m moderately wholesome once more. Any longer issues can solely get somewhat higher bodily. It’s a number of further seconds once more (within the total battle), that’s good. There are nonetheless quite a lot of crosses within the new yr, so I’m curious. In any case, I’m going for it.”

2nd, Lucinda Model (Baloise Trek Lions): “It was a enjoyable and hard race. I need to truthfully say that I by no means actually suppose: ‘that is what I’ve to do’. And at the moment it was very troublesome the place you might actually make a distinction. Besides that after all you would favor to be the primary to begin on the Skiberg. It didn’t work. After that you just even have only a few possibilities, which makes it very troublesome to shake somebody off. Then you must see when you can nonetheless shock in a dash, however sadly that didn’t work out. I don’t know if I instantly really feel that I’ve taken a step ahead. What I did there (coaching camp in Spain) might not be instantly mirrored. However I believe I’ll profit loads from it within the coming weeks. The truth that I could make issues troublesome for Fem right here till the ultimate is after all incredible.”

third, Annemarie Worst (Cyclocross Reds): “A podium place is all the time good, however it was a tricky day, particularly due to the climb. The remainder of the lap wasn’t too unhealthy, however you needed to climb that climb time and again. They went a bit too quick. I attempted to stick with them, however it took two laps – then they have been gone. That’s simply the way in which it’s. At first I used to be in a position to take part fairly properly, however at a sure level they have been gone. They fell silent for a second, as a result of they checked out one another for a second. I attempted to experience again, however then they accelerated once more. That’s a bit troublesome for me. Nevertheless it was a circuit the place you might experience alone.”

X2O Badkamers Trofee – Herentals Girls End result:
1. Fem van Empel (Ned) Jumbo-Visma in 43:19
2. Lucinda Model (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions
3. Annemarie Worst (Ned) Cyclocross Reds at 0:45
4. Denise Betsema (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 1:14
5. Manon Bakker (Ned) Crelan-Corendon at 1:52
6. Anna Kay (GB) Cyclocross Reds at 1:58
7. Francesca Baroni (Ita) Hubo-Remotive at 2:37
8. Larissa Hartog (Ned) ZZPR.nl-Orange Infants at 3:00
9. Kiona Crabbé (Bel) Proximus-Cyclis-AlphaMotorhomes CT at 3:36
10. Xaydee Van Sinaey (Bel) Crelan-Corendon at 4:09.

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Lance Armstrong on How he By no means Examined Constructive for EPO
Lance Armstrong had his seven total victories within the Tour de France taken away by the UCI, however he by no means examined optimistic in doping controls. In Invoice Maher’s Membership Random podcast, the American instructed how EPO was by no means present in his doping samples. “I needed to pee within the cup, however my urine handed the check,” boasted Armstrong.

“That’s as a result of the substance that gave us the best profit had a half-life of 4 hours,” Armstrong referred to EPO, which ensures the manufacturing of purple blood cells. The half-life of these kinds of medicine signifies how rapidly a sure substance is damaged down within the physique. “Substances akin to hashish or anabolic steroids have a for much longer half-life,” in accordance with the 52 year-old Texan. “If you happen to smoke a joint, you continue to check optimistic two weeks later, as a result of the half-life is for much longer. However EPO has a half-life of 4 hours. Which means it leaves the physique in a short time. EPO was the gas that modified not solely the race, however each different endurance sport.”

So how did Armstrong use it? “The bottom line is to calculate with that half-life of 4 hours. It was about gaming the system. I’ve all the time stated and I can say it once more: I’ve been examined 500 instances and I’ve by no means examined optimistic,” he stated. “That’s not a lie, that’s the reality.”

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Tao Geoghegan Hart Feels Like a Bicycle owner Once more
Tao Geoghegan Hart gave the impression to be on his option to a high place within the Giro d’Italia this yr, however a crash within the eleventh stage put an finish to his hopes. He was taken to hospital with a hip fracture, which was adopted by an extended rehabilitation. He’s now coaching for 2024

Seven months after his crash, Hart is placing within the coaching kilometres in Spain, at Lidl-Trek’s first coaching camp. “The rehabilitation went effectively,” the 28 year-old stated in an interview with Het Nieuwsblad. “Since September it has develop into clear that I may very well be right here at the moment as a standard bike owner, which I didn’t suppose potential in July. The day by day rehab is now behind me.”

“On September 28, I rode my highway bike for the primary time, and I now dare to name myself a bike owner once more.” Hart can now look ahead once more, however has gone by a really troublesome interval. The winner of the 2020 Giro d’Italia went to a particular clinic in Amsterdam for his lengthy and troublesome rehabilitation. “I wished to be someplace the place one thing was taking place off-course since you recuperate for a most of 4 or 5 hours a day.”

“I additionally wished to be someplace the place I wouldn’t be continuously confronted with the race. Sure, I missed the bike and the life-style that got here with it, however I used to be nonetheless working exhausting daily, distant from the boys,” he laughed. “I’ve discovered loads about my physique over the previous yr. However look, right here I’m again in a resort filled with cyclists, with individuals who do every part for me.”

Hart will begin his 2024 season within the Volta ao Algarve (14-18 February). His season will largely be dominated by the Tour de France, however will he be capable of return to his outdated stage after such a critical harm? “No physician can assure that. I’ll by no means be capable of look again on my profession with out making the excellence between earlier than and after the crash.”

“At present every part appears advantageous: flexibility is again, there aren’t any energy variations between left or proper. I’ve banished each type of doubt from my thoughts,” Hart stated with optimism.

Tao Geoghegan Hart is again:
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Chris Froome on Sylvan Adams: “There isn’t any drawback between us”
Chris Froome has stated that there aren’t any issues between Sylvan Adams, the boss of Israel-Premier Tech, and himself. Adams not too long ago spoke out about Froome to the press after his rider had stated his place on the bike was the rationale for his much less that high efficiency, however in accordance with Froome these statements have been inflated.

At the start of November, the information got here out that Chris Froome had been using with the improper bike place for years. The Briton stated that his saddle was positioned incorrectly by 3 centimetres. “At first I believed it was the age. However then I began questioning my place on the bike and began evaluating,” Froome instructed Cyclingnews on the time.

Adams responded: “Does it make sense for somebody who has received seven Grand Excursions to say that his saddle place is off by an inch or no matter he says? Does that sound credible for somebody who just isn’t even dropped on the final climbs, however on one of many first climbs?”

Froome now responds to his boss’s statements to La Gazetta dello Sport. “I really speak to Sylvan loads. However I perceive the query. It’s straightforward to get the improper impression when sure feedback seem within the media. Frankly, a lot of what he stated has been blown out of proportion within the media. The fact is that we’re very shut. There aren’t any issues between us.”

Froome additionally talks concerning the many criticisms he receives for the truth that he continues to race, regardless of his decrease stage. “I can fully perceive that perspective, however can I clarify my place? What I do now, I do for myself and never for anybody else. Not for the followers, not for the journalists. I by no means have a look at my previous with all of the victories. I risked my life and I needed to begin over with lower than nothing, even study to stroll once more. I received a second probability and every part else is a bonus. I’m nonetheless following my goals and that’s the reason I’m grateful to the crew I’m in. I wish to end with out regrets,” stated Froome.

Froome: ‘nonetheless following my goals’:


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Mads Pedersen Unveils Program for 2024
It was already introduced that Mads Pedersen will experience each the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España in 2024, however now the Dane additionally is aware of the remainder of his program with Lidl-Trek. The Dane opens his season on the final day of January within the Étoile de Bessèges and ends on October 6 with Paris-Excursions. In between he rides the cobbled classics and two Grand Excursions.

Pedersen will begin within the Étoile de Bessèges, from January 31 to February 4 subsequent yr. The Dane will then keep in France for the Tour de la Provence. In March, the Lidl-Trek rider will first be firstly of Paris-Good and Milan-Sanremo, then on to Flanders for the E3 Saxo Basic, Gent-Wevelgem, Dwars door Vlaanderen and the Tour of Flanders. He ends his spring with Paris-Roubaix.

Final yr, Pedersen rode the Giro d’Italia in Might, however he’ll miss the Italian tour this yr. He returns to racing in June, with the Critérium du Dauphiné. He then goes to the Tour de France after the nationwide championships of Denmark. There aren’t any races deliberate for between the Tour and the Vuelta a España, the place he received three levels in 2022. After the Tour of Spain he’ll experience two French one-day races: Paris-Bourges and Paris-Excursions. Whither Pedersen will experience the Olympic Video games in Paris and the World championships in Zurich, just isn’t but recognized.

Pedersen’s 2024 Race Programme:
31-01 – 04-02 Etoile de Bessèges – Tour du Gard
08-02 – 11-02 Tour de la Provence
03-03 – 10-03 Paris-Good
16-03 Milano-Sanremo
22-03 E3 Saxo Financial institution Basic
24-03 Gent-Wevelgem
27-03 Dwars door Vlaanderen
31-03 Tour of Flanders
07-04 Paris-Roubaix
02-06 – 09-06 Criterium du Dauphine
29-06 – 21-07 Tour de France
17-08 – 08-09 Vuelta a España
03-10 Paris – Bourges
06-10 Paris – Excursions Elite

Mads Pedersen is aware of his 2024 race schedule:
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Jakob Fuglsang is Not Fascinated by Quitting But
There hasn’t been a lot information from Jakob Fuglsang not too long ago, however the 38 year-old Dane just isn’t desirous about quitting but. He nonetheless has a contract with Israel-Premier Tech subsequent season, however the winner of Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Giro de Lombardia would additionally wish to proceed.

The Dane took his two Basic victories in 2019 and 2020, the 2 finest seasons of his profession. But additionally the final two by which he achieved his perfect stage. “I hope I can get again to ok outcomes to show that I nonetheless have a spot within the peloton. If the outcomes should not forthcoming once more and it turns into a nasty season, just like the earlier two years, it is likely to be higher to hold up the bike,” he instructed the Danish Ekstra Bladet.

Fuglsang wish to lengthen his profession so long as potential. “After I signed this contract, I used to be fairly certain that 2024 can be my final yr. However once I began coaching a month in the past and thought of the truth that this may very well be my final season, I got here to the conclusion that I wish to do yet one more. I’m going into the season with the objective of using yet one more.” Fuglsang didn’t carry out effectively in 2023. Within the spring he suffered from an irritation within the testicle. This stopped him from beginning the Classics. By means of the Tour of Switzerland he ready for the Belgian and Italian autumn races, by which a fifth place within the SUPER 8 Basic was his finest results of the season.

Jakob Fuglsang desires to maintain racing:


Wout Poels Essential of Small Groups for the Olympic Highway Race
Wout Poels wish to go to the Olympic Video games subsequent yr, however locations within the Dutch nationwide crew are scarce. The Netherlands is barely allowed to ship three riders for the highway race. For different main biking international locations, akin to Belgium, the utmost can also be solely 4. “Ridiculous,” says Poels.

“I believe it’s ridiculous what they’ve completed with the variety of locations,” the Dutchman stated to GCN. “I noticed that even breakdancing is Olympic these days… I really had the sensation that cyclists have began to focus extra on the Olympic Video games within the final ten years. It’s a disgrace that they’re now making guidelines in order that the peloton consists of solely ninety riders.”

“It’s ridiculous since you received’t get all the very best riders firstly. As a substitute you’ve got all these international locations with no biking historical past. They create riders to the beginning who can not even comply with ten kilometres. It’s a pleasant Olympic thought, however it doesn’t actually work. A peloton of ninety riders takes away a number of the shine of the race.”

“We’re the Dutch crew with solely three riders, which makes it virtually unattainable to manage the race. You’ll have to make agreements with different international locations,” stated the Bahrain Victorious rider. “However when you ask me if I wish to go, I’ll nonetheless say sure.”

The 36 year-old Poels additionally hopes to contest the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France in 2024, he beforehand stated in an interview with RIDE Journal. “Perhaps I’ll skip the Ardennes classics and do the Tour of the Alps, however that has but to be decided,” stated the winner of Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2016 to GCN.

Wout Poels not pleased with the Olympics:
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Tim Declercq: “The Basic Core of Lidl-Trek is Higher than Soudal Fast-Step”
Tim Declercq might be working on the entrance of the peloton for Lidl-Trek within the Classics in 2024. The 34 year-old ‘work horse’ spoke to GCN concerning the 2024 season: “Everybody knew that Soudal Fast-Step needed to make decisions, and also you noticed that many boys from the Basic core have been on the finish of their contracts. I by no means obtained a transparent ‘no’ from Patrick (Lefevere), however he by no means made me a suggestion both. In August it was time to search for different alternatives and I’m very glad that Lidl-Trek confirmed curiosity in me.”

In accordance with Declercq, Lidl-Trek is an bold crew that’s nonetheless rising. “I haven’t skilled with them but, however the crew for the Classics is stronger than the one at Soudal Fast-Step. It’s after all a troublesome matter when you don’t have anybody from the Massive Three in your crew, however Mads (Pedersen) is a rider who will quickly discover out and perhaps even be capable of put his foot subsequent to it.”

Declercq left Soudal Fast-Step after seven years. “I’m a rider who doesn’t wish to change on a regular basis and once I really feel good someplace, I like to remain. However, it is likely to be good to get out of my consolation zone and go to a crew the place they can provide me new impulses. I hope that I can preserve my present stage at Lidl-Trek.”

A brand new search for Tim Declercq​ in 2024:


Vincenzo’s Brother Antonio Nibali Retires
Antonio Nibali has ended his race profession. The 31 year-old Italian, finest generally known as the brother of Giro, Tour and Vuelta winner Vincenzo Nibali, instructed La Gazzetta dello Sport that he was completed.

The youngest Nibali has been an expert bike owner since 2015. His first two years have been with Nippo-Vini Fantini after which he was all the time at Vincenzo’s facet: Bahrain Merida (2017-2019), Trek-Segafredo (2020-2021) and Astana Qazaqstan (2022). After Vincenzo retired from biking final yr, Antonio was in a position to spend one other yr at Astana, however he is not going to get a brand new contract for 2024.

Antonio Nibali managed to take an expert victory in 2018 within the seventh stage of the Tour of Austria. He additionally completed the Giro d’Italia 3 times and the Vuelta a España twice.

Antonio Nibali becoming a member of his brother:


Astana Qazaqstan Staff Presents its 2024 Roster
Astana Qazaqstan Staff is glad to substantiate its official roster for 2024 season, crew’s nineteenth season within the highest league of world of biking.

The crew constructed round Kazakh champion Alexey Lutsenko and top-of-the-line sprinters of all instances Mark Cavendish is welcoming 14 new riders, two of them are coming from Astana Qazaqstan Growth Staff (Harold Martin Lopez and Nicolas Vinokurov) and one other two are coming from different Kazakh tasks (Daniil Marukhin and Anton Kuzmin).

“I imagine that we created a well-balanced roster with an excellent ratio of younger abilities and skilled riders, well-known and revered within the peloton. So, we’re desirous about some massive objectives within the upcoming season. We received some vital expertise within the matter of dash and by strengthening this path in the direction of 2024 we are able to goal excessive within the bunch dash in all types of races. Apart from, I imagine that with the riders we have now and with the riders who come to the crew we might be aggressive in week-long stage races and the classics. Properly, on paper we’re lacking a rider, who can combat for the Basic Classification in a Grand Tour, however let’s see, how the season will go on. We’ve proficient sturdy riders, and we received’t be statists within the Grand Excursions. After a number of powerful years we’re fairly optimistic concerning the upcoming season, and we’re trying ahead to start 2024 in an effective way. We perceive that alongside the objectives of the skilled calendar, one of many important begins of the season would be the Olympic Video games in Paris, and the crew will do all potential to organize the riders to compete on the Olympics on the highest stage. The objectives of the Nationwide Staff of Kazakhstan have all the time been and stay a precedence for Astana Qazaqstan Staff, subsequently, particular consideration is and might be paid to the coaching of athletes and the total technical assist of the Nationwide Staff representing Kazakhstan not solely on the Olympics, but additionally on the Asian Championships, World Championships and Asian Video games”, – stated Alexandr Vinokurov, Basic Supervisor of Astana Qazaqstan Staff.

The complete 2024 rider roster consists of 29 riders:
Davide Ballerini (Italy), Samuele Battistella (Italy), Cees Bol (Netherlands), Gleb Brussenskiy (Kazakhstan, Asian Champion), Mark Cavendish (Nice Britain), Anthon Charmig (Denmark), Igor Chzhan (Kazakhstan), Yevgeniy Fedorov (Kazakhstan), Lorenzo Fortunato (Italy), Gianmarco Garofoli (Italy), Michele Gazzoli (Italy), Yevgeniy Gidich (Kazakhstan), Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kazakhstan), Max Kanter (Germany), Anton Kuzmin (Kazakhstan), Alexey Lutsenko (Kazakhstani Champion), Harold Martin Lopez (Ecuador), Daniil Marukhin (Kazakhstan), Henok Mulubrhan (Eritrea, African Champion), Michael Mørkøv (Denmark), Vadim Pronskiy (Kazakhstan), Christian Scaroni (Italy), Ide Schelling (Netherlands), Rüdiger Selig (Germany), Gleb Syritsa (Impartial athlete), Harold Tejada (Colombia), Santiago Umba (Colombia), Simone Velasco (Italian Champion), Nicolas Vinokurov (Kazakhstan).

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Elmar Reinders Extends his Contract By means of to 2025 with Staff Jayco AlUla
The 31 year-old Dutch domestique Elmar Reinders has put pen to paper, signing a contract extension with Staff Jayco AlUla to see him by to the top of 2025, after having fun with a profitable first yr with the Australian outfit.

Having solely stepped up into the WorldTour peloton in August 2022 regardless of having a prolonged profession at continental stage, Reinders rapidly confirmed his value, with a strong begin to the 2023 season aiding fellow Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen to a stage victory in Reinders’ debut race, the Saudi Tour.

The 1.9meter tall powerhouse continued to help the sprinters in quick finishes and established himself as a trusted lead-out man which in the end earned him a sought-after spot in his first ever Grand Tour – the Tour de France.

Along with his dedication and selfless nature as a loyal teammate, the squad is delighted to see Reinders lengthen for one more yr, as Staff Jayco AlUla strengthens and provides depth for the 2024 season.

Brent Copeland – Staff Jayco AlUla Basic Supervisor: “We knew Elmar may very well be an enormous asset to the crew and significantly to Dylan in dash finishes. At first it was a bit unknown how he would make the transition as much as WorldTour stage as an older rider, however Elmar rapidly displayed his abilities and has confirmed himself time and time once more, exhibiting that the WorldTour peloton is the place he belongs. He works exhausting to help his teammates in all races and because the crew’s dash group is strengthening additional subsequent yr, we’re very happy that Elmar will proceed to play a giant position in that space for the following two seasons. He has loads to provide.”

Elmar Reinders: “I’m actually glad to stick with the crew for one more two years and that they’ve confidence in me. For myself, this yr I did higher than anticipated and was actually glad to make the Tour de France choice. That was essentially the most stunning journey of the season as a result of I had by no means raced multiple week earlier than, so it was a very new expertise to race a three-week Grand Tour and to do it on the Tour de France was very particular. This primary yr with the crew has given me loads of starvation for extra and I’m actually motivated to provide every part for the crew to get some victories the following two years.”

Date of start: 14th March 1992
Nationality: Netherlands
GreenEDGE Contract: 2024 & 2025.

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UCI Proclaims Guidelines In opposition to Turned-In Brake Levers
Riders are twisting their brake levers in so far as potential and the UCI are actually going to do one thing about it. From 2024, restrictions will apply to the angles that the brake levers are allowed to be set at.

By turning your brake levers inward, you possibly can cut back your frontal space and so be extra aerodynamic and adjust to the present UCI laws, which require you to the touch your brake levers when your wrists relaxation in your handlebars. The UCI launched this rule in 2021 to fight the so-called ‘pet paws’ place. Earlier than then, riders would lie their wrists loosely on the handlebars.

The UCI considers it harmful to experience with levers bent inwards. “Positioning the brake levers at an excessive angle limits the braking capacity of the riders. It additionally constitutes a change to the tools, which signifies that this tools now not corresponds to the meant use. Such positioning might be restricted in 2024. New laws will come into impact in 2025 requiring compliance with lever producers’ set up tips.”

How the UCI will measure the brake lever angle:


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Israel-Premier Tech Not Title Sponsor of Roland Biking Staff
Israel-Premier Tech is not going to be the title sponsor of Israel-Premier Tech Roland crew after two seasons. The ladies’s crew might be generally known as the Roland Biking Staff from 2024.

“Israel-Premier Tech is not going to proceed as co-title sponsor of Israel-Premier Tech Roland,” the Israeli introduced after two years of sponsorship. “That is due to totally different visions about the way forward for the crew.”

Israel-Premier Tech is withdrawing from girls’s biking, “however we definitely have the intention to return to the ladies’s peloton. In 2024, nevertheless, the main focus might be on the skilled crew and coaching crew for the lads.”

Roland Biking Staff began in 2018 as Cogeas-Mettler. Earlier than the beginning of the 2022 season, the crew moved to the Girls’s WorldTour. In February 2022, the Canadian firm Premier Tech and Sylvan Adams, the person behind Israel-Premier Tech, joined the ladies’s crew.

Roland Biking Staff at the moment has 9 riders below contract for subsequent season. Austrian, Anna Kiesenhofer might be their finest rider, she is the present Olympic highway champion. Sylvie Swinkels, Tamara Dronova-Balabolina and Antri Christoforou may also experience for the crew in 2024.

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Soudal Fast-Step Unveils 2024 package
The brand new apparel could have floral patterns and shades of blue that spotlight our environmental effort.

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Incorporating the well-known blue that’s synonymous with the Belgian crew, the outfit has white detailing, and options the purple stripe of our co-title sponsor, Soudal. Nevertheless, it’s the particulars that make the brand new jersey distinctive, with a floral end on the sleeves of the jersey highlighting the crew’s environmental marketing campaign.

The 2024 remaining design is the work of designer Stijn Dossche, who collaborated with our companions at Castelli to make this stunning package a actuality. Talking of the design course of, Gent primarily based Dossche stated: “I used to be given the transient that we wished to maintain the crew’s identification, whereas underlining their environmental effort. I used to be grateful that aside from that I used to be given free rein to be artistic and have some enjoyable with the design, which I hope comes throughout. I’ve additionally tried so as to add some totally different shades of blue, which seek advice from the sky and the seas, and the motion within the floral patterns, which present the crew’s motion by the pure environment by which biking takes place, and the shapes are to seize the motion of the game. I believe it’s actually vital to guard this atmosphere.”

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Equally delighted was Steve Smith, Castelli Model Supervisor, who stated: “We’ve been eagerly anticipating the result of our work with Soudal Fast-Step and with Stijn, and we’re delighted with the ultimate look. The method has allowed Stijn to be superbly artistic, and we have now added our technical experience to show it on to a package that permits the crew’s riders to tackle all the challenges that biking presents, and to assist them carry out at their finest on the earth’s largest races.”

Two-time World Champion Julian Alaphilippe, who introduced the brand new package in a video that has develop into viral, added: “I like the brand new jersey. It has a distinct look than within the earlier years, whereas retaining the weather which can be a part of our identification. I can’t wait to sport it for the primary time in a contest in a few weeks’ time, on the Tour Down Below, after which within the Spring Classics, which I’m so keen on.”

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BORA – hansgrohe and Sportful Enter the 2024 Season with a New Design
With contemporary mild inexperienced accents, BORA – hansgrohe will stand out within the peloton with Sportful within the coming season. The extremely seen color gives a powerful distinction to the acquainted darkish inexperienced base tone. From head to toe, the brand new color seems a number of instances all through the racewear and creates an ideal match. With this design, Sportful makes its comeback as an clothing store for the German UCI WorldTeam.

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By way of tools, BORA – hansgrohe has opted for the Bomber Jersey and the LTD bib shorts from the Italian model, in addition to all the Sportful Fiandre line, which ensures most safety in all climate situations. These are established and WorldTour-proven product traces which were additional optimised by Sportful and the BORA – hansgrohe Efficiency Staff.

WorldTour professionals, U19 abilities and all followers who experience might be extra seen with the brand new assortment. Nevertheless, they will additionally get pleasure from aerodynamics that may be race-deciding, in addition to options which make lengthy hours on the bike extra snug.

The brand new assortment is now obtainable within the On-line Store on bora-hansgrohe.com and sportful.com. Jerseys, shorts, vests and jackets for varied climate situations, in addition to socks and equipment within the crew look are additionally obtainable.

Ralph Denk, Staff Supervisor BORA – hansgrohe: “I’m trying ahead to Sportful supporting our objectives from the brand new season. And to match the comeback of our partnership, we have now a contemporary look that represents our ambitions, is exclusive and can make us extremely seen within the peloton.”

Alessio Cremonese, CEO of MVC Group (Sportful holding) declared: “BORA – hansgrohe represents, for us, an important asset on each the product and advertising facet. We tried to create a product assortment that, on the one hand, may 100% fulfill all of the requests and desires of the athletes and, however, was inherent to our present product assortment. For us it is extremely vital to have the ability to convey the crew’s message and expertise additionally in on-line merchandise that the majority instantly have an effect on the buyer.”

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Good Information from Caja Rural-Seguros RGA – Josu Etxeberria Leaves Hospital
Josu Etxeberria has taken an vital step in his rehabilitation. The Spaniard has left the hospital virtually a month after his critical coaching crash in November.

The 23-year-old Spaniard, who rides for Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, was hit by a automotive throughout a coaching experience and was taken to hospital with a number of accidents. The younger rider was within the intensive care unit of the Navarre hospital in Pamplona, however quickly regained consciousness and was in a position to transfer his limbs.

Virtually a month after the accident, Etxeberria can begin a brand new section in his rehabilitation course of. Earlier this week, the rider was instructed by the medical doctors to go away the hospital and proceed to recuperate at dwelling. It’s nonetheless unclear how lengthy his rehabilitation will take and when he can practice once more or race.

Etxeberria turned skilled with Caja Rural-Seguros RGA in 2021 and has now been racing for the Spanish crew for 3 seasons. The teen has not but taken any skilled victories, however did end fourth this yr within the remaining stage of the Ronde de l’Oise (2.2). His contract with Caja Rural-Seguros RGA runs till the top of 2024.

“It was a very massive shock. After I awoke within the ICU, I didn’t know the place I used to be and what had occurred,” Etxeberria appears again on a troublesome interval with Diario de Navarra. “I’ve by no means had such a critical accident and I’m particularly glad that I’m nonetheless alive and may inform the story. We’ll see how lengthy it’ll final. I’ve to hearken to my physique now. I’m not desirous about biking in the meanwhile, because the restoration will take a very long time.”

Josu Etxeberria on the way in which again:
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Movistar is Nonetheless Engaged on a Second Sponsor
Telecom firm Telefonica, of which Movistar is an element, has lengthy been the loyal sponsor of the Movistar crew. Nevertheless, the Spanish crew has been on the lookout for a co-sponsor for a while, however with out success to date. Behind the scenes, crew boss Eusebio Unzué remains to be busy discovering an extra sponsor.

The 68 year-old Unzué stated in an interview with Mundo Deportivo. “I hope we are able to announce it subsequent yr, we’ll see. With an extra sponsor we are able to preserve our greatest riders and we even have extra choices on the switch market.”

With an additional sponsor on board, the crew hopes to be extra financially efficient. In accordance with Unzué, his crew now ranks between sixth and tenth within the WorldTour by way of finances. “That further sponsor is required to extend our finances and to draw riders that we’d in any other case not be capable of signal,” he stated within the RadioCycling podcast.

Two years in the past, Repsol was talked about as a potential new associate, however that turned out to be unfaithful. The Spanish oil and gasoline firm has lengthy been energetic as a sponsor, particularly in motorsport, however on the finish of 2022 it additionally determined to develop into a title sponsor of the Norwegian Continental crew; Staff Coop-Repsol.

Eusebio Unzué nonetheless trying:
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Natalie Quinn Joins EF Training-Cannondale
U23 nationwide champion to mix racing with ending her diploma

Natalie Quinn remains to be taking all of it in.

It’s been a giant yr for the 21-year-old. This summer time she turned the American U23 nationwide highway race champion and now she is about to affix EF Training-Cannondale.

“After I first heard from Esra, it virtually appeared too good to be true,” Natalie says. “Then I talked with Tim, my director from my present crew, CCB, after which my private coach and it started to sink in that this was actual and I began getting actually excited. This roster has some fairly superb folks that I’ve watched race and it’s tremendous thrilling that I might be working with them this yr.”

Successful the U23 nationwide highway race was a giant second in Natalie’s profession. Going into the mixed elite and U23 race, she shocked herself in additional methods than one.

“My plan was to hold onto the entrance group so long as I may and I used to be fortunately shocked to search out that was a very achievable objective,” she says. “By the point I fell off the entrance group, I used to be the final U23 rider to hold on. After I crossed the end line, I wasn’t tremendous pleased with my end result as a result of I hadn’t realised I had received. I used to be sort of beating myself up as a result of I didn’t make it to the road with the entrance group however then my crew director instructed me I received and it was sort of like, ‘Oh…I received the race!’”

Natalie has been an athlete for many of her life, beginning with downhill ski racing at age eight after her mother and father taught Natalie and her sister to ski. By the point she turned 16, she was on the cusp of turning professional however in the end determined she didn’t love the game sufficient to dedicate her life to it.

In search of a brand new sport, Natalie tried out for her highschool softball crew however didn’t make the minimize. When she discovered her college had a mountain biking crew she may be a part of, Natalie determined to provide it a attempt. That led to her changing into a scholarship athlete in Colorado on Fort Lewis School’s varsity biking program.

“It’s one of many few varsity packages within the nation. We race all of the disciplines and so I raced cyclocross, mountain biking, highway, and somewhat little bit of observe with them – mainly, no matter nationwide championships they’d take me to. There should not many ladies on my crew and so I used to be requested to be a part of the highway crew my freshman yr and I discovered I actually loved the racing,” Natalie says.

The 2023 season was Natalie’s first the place she targeted on the highway. She joined the home crew CCB which led to her first alternative to race in Europe, an expertise she relished. In flip, these leads to Belgium landed her a spot with USA Biking racing the Tour de l’Avenir Femmes and Tour Feminin Ardèche.

Nonetheless new to highway biking, Natalie is savoring the method of discovering her strengths.

“I’m figuring it out somewhat bit. I like cobbles and punchy climbs. I contemplate myself a very strong descender and technical handler. However what I’ve discovered about myself is that I’m fairly aggressive and I’m not afraid to take dangers. I’m not afraid to chase down assaults or to go on the assault myself. I’m not afraid to get right into a breakaway after which go so far as I can with it,” Natalie says.

Staff common supervisor Esra Tromp explains how Natalie is the proper match with what the crew was on the lookout for.

“Within the crew, we had a spot for a rider who was younger, new to the game, and would profit from gaining expertise racing in Europe,” Esra says. “It’s vital that we’re creating a chance for the game to develop by looking for out new riders. We’re additionally an American crew so I used to be looking and Natalie popped up. She is the present U23 nationwide champion which is fascinating, however particularly once we spoke to one another and he or she talked about how she sees her future and growth each as a rider and as an individual, that’s once I knew she can be an excellent mixture with the crew. She comes from CCB which is an excellent growth crew within the US however the racing there may be restricted. She desires to develop however she desires to take it slowly which I believe is basically vital. She’s from alpine snowboarding so that is actually cool as a result of she’s not scared in any respect which is useful in an intense sport like biking. And he or she’s going to encourage loads of women and girls within the US to leap on the bike.”

Along with racing and coaching, Natalie is within the midst of incomes her bachelor’s diploma in environmental conservation and administration.

“It’s a reasonably broad diploma however I’ve discovered myself focusing extra on meals accessibility and sustainable agriculture as a result of loads of the largest issues associated to local weather change are agricultural associated. If and once I determine to focus professionally on one thing apart from biking, I’d actually wish to work both in a authorized capability to assist create protections and insurance policies associated to making a extra sustainable agricultural system or simply going straight to the supply and having some interplay with a farm, whether or not it’s working with one or beginning one,” Natalie says.

Till then, Natalie is thrilled to have signed her first skilled racing contract. She by no means imagined her path to turning professional would come with a nationwide champion’s jersey and signing with one in every of her favorite organisations.

“I’ve adopted EF Professional Biking for a very long time and I’ve actually loved being a fan,” Natalie says. “I additionally love Cannondale bikes and being on an American crew as an American is basically superior. I believe it’s actually nice that the ladies’s and males’s groups are among the many few American groups nonetheless going so it’s thrilling to get to be a part of this.”

Natalie Quinn to EF Training-Cannondale:
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Imaginative and prescient – new official wheels of Astana Qazaqstan Staff
Astana Qazaqstan Staff is glad to announce the brand new collaboration with one of many Mondial leaders in bicycle wheels FSA-Imaginative and prescient.

Since this second Imaginative and prescient wheels develop into the official wheels of Astana Qazaqstan Staff. The settlement with FSA-Imaginative and prescient has been signed for the following two years.

“I’d wish to welcome FSA-Imaginative and prescient as our new associate and new official wheels. We’re extraordinarily proud to signal this settlement and to search out in FSA-Imaginative and prescient a real professional and world’s chief in bike wheels and bike elements. It’s a nice information for the crew, and I’m glad that we’re going to experience into the upcoming season on Imaginative and prescient wheels. The corporate has a terrific historical past, and the progress FSA-Imaginative and prescient demonstrates all through the final decade impresses loads. The best high quality and requirements, consideration to each small element and success reached in biking satisfied us this may very well be a missed piece of puzzle, which permit the crew to return again on a successful means”,– stated Alexandr Vinokurov, Basic Supervisor of Astana Qazaqstan Staff.

Extra about Imaginative and prescient wheels:
Astana Qazaqstan Staff might be utilizing Imaginative and prescient Metron wheels – the quickest and essentially the most aerodynamic mannequin line, for the riders who rides with out compromise and calls for each watt and gram benefit to have quickest bike potential.

Imaginative and prescient wheels are hand assembled, have distinctive carbon curing know-how and new customary composite rim moulding.

Since its start in Kona within the ‘90s, Imaginative and prescient has been synonymous with a no-expense spared assault on wind resistance. Latest years have seen the progressive utility of carbon fibre and the creation of dreamlike shapes to boost efficiency.

Imaginative and prescient is the model to beat, main the way in which in time trials and triathlon by creating slippery-fast aero merchandise with correct match and adjustability that permits riders to push their limits in race situations.

Imaginative and prescient regularly refines, checks and innovates within the quest for pace – with the top end result being business main merchandise all through the vary. Knowledgeable use of wind tunnel know-how is an everyday a part of Imaginative and prescient’s analysis and growth, and Computational Fluid Dynamics – CFD – is used to interpret information and refine product design for final aerodynamic efficiency.



Astana Qazaqstan Staff Presents its 2024 Equipment by Biemme
Astana Qazaqstan Staff is proudly presenting its new 2024 biking package by the well-known Italian model Biemme.

From January 1st, 2024, the riders of Astana Qazaqstan Staff might be sporting the brand new Biemme package, these graphics combines the traditional and really acquainted colors of the challenge and already beloved by followers sample just like the veins of mineral stones, comes from the color affinity with the blue of the sky and the gold of the solar, in addition to with parts of the flag of Kazakhstan.

“Within the new season Astana Qazaqstan might be sporting Biemme and this can be a cool information for us as we’re actually pleased with this partnership. Biemme is a well known Italian model with an extended historical past in biking and along with them we elaborated a really good design of the jersey for the upcoming season. It appears traditional however on the identical time contemporary. Our riders already like it, and we hope our followers will prefer it as effectively. Recent jersey for the riders and contemporary begin for the crew. For me personally it’s a particular second as my first win I received in Biemme jersey. So, I hope, this new jersey will deliver loads of victories to our crew”, – stated Alexandr Vinokurov, Basic Supervisor of Astana Qazaqstan Staff.

Extra about Biemme:
Biemme is an Italian model based in 1978, a frontrunner within the area of technical biking clothes. Over the course of its 40-year historical past, the corporate has been dedicated to analysis and innovation, paying specific consideration to element. From the very starting it has been dedicated to the collaboration and sponsorship {of professional} groups, dressing nice biking champions.

2009 is the yr of change, the brand new firm philosophy Essence of Biking – three phrases that enclose enterprise considering, in distinction to a market that seeks exaggerated kinds, traces dictated solely by aesthetics. Biemme desires to begin from the basis, from the genesis, on the lookout for a garment that’s full in type and performance.

An inside laboratory research and designs the merchandise after which checks them with athletes of varied ranges. Because of their suggestions and recommendations, the garment is refined and examined once more till an ideal product is obtained for the market calls for.

Biemme presents a variety of fashions starting from the vacationer cycle to the skilled two-wheeler. With nice ardour Biemme designs and manufactures not solely collectible clothes but additionally customised clothes, a high-quality vary in a position to fulfill all of the wants of the groups. Biemme is continually engaged on growth of latest fashions and applied sciences, choosing solely top-quality supplies to ensure high-performance and sturdy merchandise over time.

Mark Cavendish within the new Astana package:
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INEOS Grenadiers Chooses Prologo as Technical Companion for Highway and Off-Highway Saddles
The INEOS Grenadiers and Prologo, the main Italian producer of high-performance saddles, are happy to announce a brand new partnership that may see them working and racing collectively for the following three years.

INEOS Grenadiers has partnered with Prologo to be the unique provider of saddles for its elite highway, observe, cycle-cross and cross-country World Cup riders, together with the 2 reigning world champions, Pauline Ferrand-Prévot and Tom Pidcock.

The brand new partnership is grounded in Prologo and INEOS Grenadiers’ shared dedication to the uncompromising pursuit of the best product efficiency by innovation and steady enchancment – each important features of competing at crucial occasions of the season – together with the Olympic Video games in Paris, the place Pidcock and fellow INEOS Grenadier Filippo Ganna will look to defend the Olympic gold medals received in Tokyo.

This new partnership additional reinforces Prologo’s presence on the high stage of highway biking, bringing to seven the variety of World Tour groups it helps in 2024.

“Prologo is happy to affix forces with INEOS Grenadiers, a crew that embodies the best requirements of professionalism and success in highway biking and past. It’s a pleasure to have the ability to collaborate once more with the crew, after the good milestones already achieved collectively within the years 2010 and 2011 throughout the Staff Sky collaboration.” stated Salvatore Truglio, Model Supervisor of Prologo.

“The eagerness for innovation and efficiency, which we share with the INEOS Grenadiers crew, is mixed with the dedication and a focus to element of its champions, creating a novel synergy that may result in nice outcomes and the creation of latest, more and more high-performance merchandise within the totally different disciplines to fulfill the wants of each professionals and all cyclists.”

Carsten Jeppesen, INEOS Grenadiers’ Director of Technical Companions and Logistics, stated, “We’re excited to welcome Prologo as our unique technical associate for saddles. Prologo’s expertise in designing and manufacturing saddles for skilled highway and cross-country groups aligns completely with our imaginative and prescient of success by innovation. We’re assured that this partnership will deliver tangible advantages to our crew and contribute to our ongoing pursuit of excellence in highway and off-road racing”.

INEOS Grenadiers on Prologo:


Ewan, Plapp and Yates Headline Stellar Line-Up for the 2024 Santos Tour Down Below
5 Australians, one Briton and one New Zealander will make up Staff Jayco AlUla’s stellar crew line-up for the 2024 Santos Tour Down Below, with two new faces within the form of Caleb Ewan and Luke Plapp able to make their look for the crew.

As a nine-time Santos Tour Down Below stage winner and 11-time Grand Tour stage winner, Ewan is thrilled to be heading again to his ‘dwelling’ race with the Australian outfit filled with intentions of taking his stage win tally on the occasion into double figures.

Alongside Ewan, set to make a grand entrance in Staff Jayco AlUla colors in January might be back-to-back Australian champion Luke Plapp, considered one of many hottest younger abilities within the WorldTour peloton.

After claiming victory on the ultimate stage of this yr’s version and concluding in second place total, 2018 La Vuelta a España champion Simon Yates might be again for extra, with native Adelaide rider Chris Harper, his trusted domestique, lining up alongside him.

Olympic observe medallists Michael Hepburn, Kelland O’Brien and Campbell Stewart present the crew with uncooked horsepower, making a well-balanced line-up that has all eyes on successful.

Staff Jayco AlUla line-up 2024 Santos Tour Down Below:
Caleb Ewan (AUS)
Chris Harper (AUS)
Michael Hepburn (AUS)
Kelland O’Brien (AUS)
Luke Plapp (AUS)
Campbell Stewart (NZL)
Simon Yates (GBR)

Luke Plapp: “As an Australian the Santos Tour Down Below is such an vital and particular race. Racing for Staff Jayco AlUla, the race is much more vital as it’s an Australian crew, I’m so motivated and excited for the race, we actually wish to win and begin the season off on a excessive. For me personally, I wish to carry out at my finest, it will likely be my first UCI WorldTour race with Staff Jayco AlUla, so I wish to work effectively with my teammates. We’ve an extremely sturdy crew with Simon Yates, so we’re aiming for stage wins with Caleb Ewan, and a powerful total end result.”

Mat Hayman – Sport Director: “As all the time, we’re very motivated to return to the Santos Tour Down Below, it is among the most vital races on the calendar for us as a crew and for 2024, we’re lining up with a really sturdy group and the riders we have now can actually deal with every stage. Having Plapp and Ewan be a part of us might be an enormous enhance and with Yates returning after he loved a stage win and second place end total on this yr’s version, we’re coming in with excessive ambitions to win. It’s a dynamic course and we wish to placed on a terrific present for the Australian followers who solely get to see us race annually in January. Hopefully 2024 might be a memorable one.”

Stuart O’Grady OAM – Santos Tour Down Below Race Director: “Staff Jayco AlUla all the time come to the Santos Tour Down Below with excessive expectations and this line-up reveals it’s a key contender for one more massive total end result at its ‘dwelling’ race. The likes of Plapp, Ewan and Yates might be ones to look at in what’s all the time a fierce battle amongst the opposite 19 groups on the Santos Tour Down Below for stage wins and the Ochre Jersey.”



75 VCV – Volta a La Comunitat Valenciana Phases 2024
The VCV – Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana Gran Premi Banc Sabadell has celebrated this Thursday within the Veles e Vents Constructing the official presentation of the seventy fifth version of the race, which might be held between January thirty first and February 4th 2024, ranging from Benicàssim.

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The seventy fifth VCV – Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana Gran Premi Banc Sabadell and the sixth VCV Féminas Gran Premio Tuawa have introduced their official routes this Thursday. In a ceremony held on the Veles e Vents Constructing in La Marina de València, the VCV’s Basic Director, Ángel Casero, revealed the ins and outs of a route that goals to keep up the joy for victory till the final kilometre, as was the case within the 74th version of the race. The unprecedented ascent to the Alto del Miserat and the final end line on the Puerto de València are the principle novelties of the route of a seventy fifth VCV that might be held between January thirty first and February 4th, 2024.

The presentation ceremony started with a video abstract of Rui Costa’s frenetic victory in 2023, adopted by a short assessment of the historical past of a race that celebrates its seventy fifth version this yr. The journalist Paco Lloret confirmed photos of legendary winners of the VCV akin to Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, Alejandro Valverde and Tadej Pogačar, amongst many others.

Afterwards, the official spot of the seventy fifth VCV was screened, additionally impressed by an extended historical past that makes it the oldest sporting occasion of all these held within the Comunitat Valenciana. This second preceded the climax of the occasion, the presentation of the official route of the seventy fifth version of the VCV – Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana. 5 levels with begins in Benicàssim, Canals, San Vicente del Raspeig, Teulada Moraira and Bétera; and finishes in Castellón, Mancomunitat de la Valldigna, Orihuela, Vall d’Ebo and the Port of Valencia. The climbs of the Desierto de Las Palmas, Pla de Corrals and La Frontera might be among the many highlights of an version by which El Miserat will make its debut. A widely known mountain climb among the many native followers, however which has by no means been climbed in an expert occasion such because the VCV. In whole, the seventy fifth VCV will cross 84 cities within the Comunitat Valenciana.

After the presentation of the route, it was time for the institutional and sponsors’ speeches. Speeches have been made throughout the occasion by the Second Vice-President and Provincial Deputy for Tourism of Castellón, Andrés Martínez; the Provincial Deputy for Sports activities of Alicante, Bernabé Cano; the Provincial Deputy Delegate for Tourism and Sports activities of Valencia, Pedro Cuesta; the Deputy Basic Supervisor and Japanese Territorial Director of Banco Sabadell, Fernando Canós; the Basic Director of Sport of the Generalitat Valenciana, Luis Cervera; the Autonomous Secretary of Tourism of the Generalitat Valenciana, Cristina Moreno; and the Subdelegate of the Authorities in Valencia, Raquel Ibáñez.

To conclude the occasion, the Basic Director of the VCV – Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, former bike owner Ángel Casero, spoke concerning the significance of the affect of an occasion with the worldwide scope of the seventy fifth VCV. «For one week we’ll present the entire world, greater than 200 international locations, the very best of the Comunitat Valenciana. Its landscapes, its capability to host main occasions, the hospitality of its folks and the eagerness of its sports activities followers», stated Casero. The previous winner of La Vuelta a España in 2001 has introduced a novelty for this seventy fifth version, and that’s the return of a number of Continental class groups, in a bid to focus on the worth of the Spanish biking youth.

The sixth VCV Féminas and ‘Mediterranean Biking’
Along with the presentation of the route of the seventy fifth VCV, the route of the sixth VCV Féminas has additionally been introduced, which shares as soon as once more the route with stage 5 of the lads’s race. Beginning in Bétera and ending in Puerto de València with two mountain passes akin to l’Oronet and La Frontera, which final yr gave a totally totally different dimension to a race that had to date been a assured dash end. It’s value highlighting this yr the vital incorporation of Tuawa because the race’s naming sponsor, a transparent signal of the dedication of the race organisers and the International Omnium subsidiary firm to equality in sport and in biking particularly.

Lastly, there was a assessment of the totally different initiatives below the umbrella ‘Mediterranean Biking’, created by the VCV – Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana organisation and which incorporates totally different initiatives for the promotion of biking akin to ‘El Desafío 10 Picos Sierra de Espadán’, the VCV Base, the VCV Expertise, the VCV IN, the Marcha Ciclista Avapace and ‘Experience for the Planet’.

El Miserat and the end line on the Port of Valencia, the principle new options of the 75VCV route

Two mid-mountain levels, one with a dash end and the ‘Queen Stage’ with an unprecedented end in Vall d’Ebo make up the route of the seventy fifth version of the race, which might be held between 31 January and 4 February 2024, ranging from Benicàssim.

Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana Gran Premi Banc Sabadell has celebrated this Thursday the official presentation of its seventy fifth version. In an occasion held on the Veles e Vents Constructing in Valencia, the organisers of the occasion, led by Valencian bike owner Ángel Casero, unveiled the route of every of its 5 levels. A route by which new options embrace the Alto del Miserat, the spotlight of the queen stage on February third, in addition to the unprecedented arrival of the fifth and remaining stage on the Port of Valencia.

These are the 5 levels introduced by the organisers of the VCV:

STAGE 1 / Wednesday, January thirty first, 2024
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BENICÀSSIM – CASTELLÒ – 166 km – Mid Mountain
First stage of the 75VCV beginning within the province of Castellón. A complete of 166 kilometres with 3 mountain climbs in an a priori snug route, however with out forgetting the Desierto de las Palmas. A second class move solely 16 kilometres from the end line that may give pleasure to the ultimate stretch. After the ‘Desierto’ we’ll know if there might be a mass dash or if it will likely be a diminished group who will combat for the primary yellow jersey on the end line in Castellón.

STAGE 2 / Thursday, February 1st, 2024
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The second stage, now within the province of Valencia, between Canals and the Mancomunitat de la Valldigna. A mid-mountain stage of 164 kilometres, with three mountain climbs. It may very well be an ideal stage for a dash end if it weren’t for the third class move of Pla de Corrals, 10 kilometres from the end line. Will the sprinters be capable of overcome this climb and compete within the dash or will there be assaults by vital riders for the final classification? A really quick and thrilling end with a technical descent to succeed in the end line in Simat de la Valldigna.

STAGE 3 / Friday, February 2nd, 2024
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We enter the province of Alicante in a 3rd stage that’s preferrred for a dash end. A mountain climb, though removed from the end line, will encourage the riders to search for the breakaway. There might be nerves within the remaining half with the wind from the facet, however every part signifies that the sprinters’ groups will management the race for a mass end of the peloton.

STAGE 4 / Saturday, February third, 2024
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TEULADA/MORAIRA – LA VALL D’EBO – 175 km – Mountain
The queen stage of the 75VCV, with 3,645 metres of optimistic vertical drop; essentially the most eagerly awaited. A demanding route filled with traps. 5 mountain passes, with the novelty of the Alto del Miserat, a primary in skilled races. A climb of simply over 5 kilometres with a mean gradient of 10.5% and a most of 20%. It’s topped 15 kilometres from the end with hardly any descent. We anticipate a spectacular end result in a troublesome terrain till reaching Vall D’Ebo and the ultimate two-kilometre climb.

STAGE 5 / Sunday, February 4th, 2024
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BÉTERA – VALÈNCIA – 93 km – Mid Mountain
Fifth and remaining stage beginning in Bétera and an unprecedented end on the Port of Valencia. A brief route of 93 kilometres, however which may nonetheless change every part by way of the final classification, as occurred within the 2023 version. The Puerto de la Frontera will as soon as once more be decisive. A 5 kilometre climb with a gradient of 18%. There’s certain to be a battle and pleasure all the way in which to the end line.

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