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GP de Fourmies 198 Km

1 VIVIANI Elia ITA COFIDIS 04:23:12
2 ACKERMANN Pascal GER BORA – HANSGROHE 00:00
3 GAVIRIA Fernando COL UAE TEAM EMIRATES 00:00
4 HOFSTETTER Hugo FRA ISRAEL START-UP NATION 00:00
5 THIJSSEN Gerben BEL LOTTO – SOUDAL 00:00
6 DEGENKOLB John GER LOTTO – SOUDAL 00:00
7 HODEG Alvaro COL DECEUNINCK – QUICK-STEP 00:00
8 TESSON Jason FRA ST MICHEL – AUBER 93 00:00
9 LOUVEL Matis FRA TEAM ARKÉA – SAMSIC 00:00
10 PLANCKAERT Baptiste BEL INTERMARCHÉ – WANTY – GO.. 00:00

Pascal Ackermann Zweiter beim GP Fourmies

BORA – hansgrohe ging heute mit dem zweimaligen Sieger des GP Fourmies, Pascal Ackermann, an den Start. Der Raublinger Rennstall versuchte auch beim diesjährigen Rennen über 199 km welliges Terrain den Südpfälzer gut im Sprint zu positionieren, um seinen dritten Sieg bei dem französischen Eintagesrennen einzufahren. Nach guter Vorarbeit des Teams und einem starken Lead-Out wurde Pascal allerdings von E. Viviani in letzter Minute auf der Zielgeraden überholt und überquerte die Ziellinie in Fourmies auf dem zweiten Platz.

Reaktionen im Ziel
„Ich bin derzeit in Form, war sehr motiviert und wollte heute mein Bestes geben. Ich habe hier schon zweimal gewonnen und wollte natürlich noch einen dritten Sieg hinzufügen. Das hat leider nicht ganz geklappt und ich bin ein bisschen enttäuscht, dass unser Plan nicht aufgegangen ist. Danke aber an das ganze Team für ihre Arbeit, denn die Jungs haben mich super unterstützt.“ – Pascal Ackermann
„Unser Ziel war, Pascal voll zu unterstützen und ihm im Massensprint so gut wie möglich zu lancieren. Er hatte als Zielsetzung, dass er den bestmöglichen Sprint fährt. Beide Ziele sind uns gelungen. Aber heute waren die anderen Teams nicht gewillt uns zu helfen. Großes Kompliment an Matt Walls, der die Arbeit von zwei Fahrern vollbracht hat, denn Lukas Pöstlberger war heute nicht am Start. Auch der Rest des Teams hat fantastisch gearbeitet. Das Finale ist im Großen und Ganzen wie geplant gelaufen. Rudi Selig hat Pascal 180m vor dem Ziel abgesetzt, aber ich glaube, dass Viviani am Ende einfach stärker war. Gratulation an ihn. Wir sind mit der Teamleistung heute sehr zufrieden, und Pascal wird nochmal einige Chancen haben, sich mit einem Sieg von dem Team zu verabschieden.“ – Christian Pömer, Sportlicher Leiter

UEC Road European Championships

Elite Men’s Road Race – 179 Km


Photo by Plomi

1 Sonny Colbrelli (Italy) 4:19:45
2 Remco Evenepoel (Belgium)
3 Benoit Cosnefroy (France) 0:01:30
4 Matteo Trentin (Italy) 0:01:44
5 Tadej Pogacar (Slovenia)
6 Marc Hirschi (Switzerland)
7 Markus Hoelgaard (Norway)
8 Ben Hermans (Belgium) 0:01:46
9 Pavel Sivakov (Russian Federation) 0:01:49
10 Victor Campenaerts (Belgium) 0:05:41
11 Stan Dewulf (Belgium) 0:05:49
12 Romain Bardet (France)
13 Matej Mohoric (Slovenia) 0:05:50
14 João Almeida (Portugal) 0:06:00
15 Diego Ulissi (Italy)
16 Simon Geschke (Germany)

A European show in Trento: Colbrelli wins the challenge of giants
The Èlite Men Race of the Road European Championships gave one of the most exciting shows of the season, with top riders to the fore since the very beginning, and ending up with a thrilling duel between the Italian National Champion and Remco Evenepoel. Bronze went to France’s Cosnefroy. Huge public on the road for the finale of a hugely successful event.

When, in 2018, began the path that would lead to the UEC Road European Championships in Trentino, it would have been daring to imagine a finale like the one that today, September 12th, 2021, the Men’s Elite Road Race gave to the people in Trento and all the fans watching from 71 Countries around the world.
Italy’s Sonny Colbrelli won, to the joy of the big crowd Trento, but there was much more than that. There was the duel with Remco Evenepoel, the phenomenon of the future (and the present). Remco had to surrender to the Italian, in the form of his life and favored by the course, as well as by his better sprint. There was the clash of the top riders, started already on the ascents to Drena and the Monte Bondone: from Pogacar to Hirschi, from Sivakov to Pinot, from Landa to Almeida.
The bronze medal of French Benoit Cosnefroy is also worth a lot, won ahead of Matteo Trentin and Tadej Pogacar, after giving in to the top two finishers only on the last time up to Povo.

It was the fourth gold medal for Italy in an extraordinary edition of the European Championships. The greatest win of Colbrelli’s career was also a great gift for team coach Davide Cassani, whose Azzurri team secured the fourth straight success in the Men’s European Road Race.

FULL-GAS BATTLE FROM THE GO
The premises for a day full of twists were all there, but the Elite Men race went beyond expectations, offering 4 hours of great cycling. The limited mileage (179.2 km) made sure that the race lit up already in the challenging in-line stretch in the beautiful Valle dei Laghi and up the iconic Monte Bondone.
France and Spain sparked things up early on, and at the foot of the Monte Bondone a selected group was already on the road with a 1:10 lead over the peloton: Vanhoucke (Belgium), Pinot, Paret Peintre and Bonnamour (France), De La Cruz, G. Izaguirre, Landa and Soto (Spain), Rapp (Germany), Bagioli (Italy), Reichenbach (Switzerland) and Großschartner (Austria).
However, on the Bondone ramps, the situation was reshuffled thanks to the first acceleration of Romain Bardet (France), followed like a shadow by Remco Evenepoel (Belgium), Pavel Sivakov (Russia) and Gianni Moscon (Italy), while it was already game over for the likes of Peter Sagan (Slovakia), Alexander Kristoff (Norway), Sam Bennett (Ireland) and Gino Mader (Switzerland).
The restless battle continued into the Trento circuit, and in lap four (out of eight) the decisive move happened. Two-time Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar went on the attack, bringing away a quintet also including Hoelgaard (Norway), Campenaerts (Belgium), Trentin (Italy) and Padun (Ukraine).
Frenchman Cosnefroy, Belgian Evenepoel and Italian Sonny Colbrelli managed to bridge back to the lead, while Padun quickly lost touch. On the downhill, Hirschi (Switzerland), Hermans (Belgium) and Sivakov (Russia) also got back on the leaders to form a 10-man group at the sharp end.
In the seventh and penultimate lap it was the Belgian Evenepoel who dug deep on the Povo climb, followed only by Cosnefroy and Colbrelli, with Pogacar failing to organize the chase behind them. The leading trio showed up together at the foot of the last time up the Povo climb: Cosnefroy lost contact under Evenepoel’s pace, while Colbrelli managed to somehow resist all the way to the top.
It all went down to a two-way sprint in Piazza Duomo, and as predictable, Colbrelli took the final bend at the front and confidently outpaced the Belgian. Evenepoel was clearly disappointed by the silver medal, but talent and time are on his side.

Cosnefroy managed to resist to the comeback of the pursuers to secure a valuable bronze medal. Fourth place for Matteo Trentin, whose contribution to Colbrelli’s win was substantial, whilst Tadej Pogačar was fifth at the end of an aggressive race.
„Starting as a favorite when racing at home is not easy, as there’s additional pressure to cope with, but I felt well and wanted to deliver to reward the team’s great work. It was really hard to hold on with Remco on the final climb, but when I finally took the final turn at the front, I knew I had done it. Winning in this incredible atmosphere is a dream come true.“, said Colbrelli.

THE WRAP-UP OF A DREAM WEEK
Great satisfaction could be heard in the words of Trentino’s Sports and Tourism Assessor Roberto Failoni and Trentino Marketing CEO Maurizio Rossini in assessing the UEC Road European Championships experience.
“Postponing the event from last year was clearly the best choice,” – Failoni stated. – „We have shown Trentino’s attention to major sporting events, and these European Championships have certainly had a global impact. We are proud of this outcome, and I would like to thank the OC and all those who contributed to this success. I think we went pretty close to perfection, and we are very proud of that.”
„Our TV images have reached no less than 71 Countries, and we can’t be anything but happy with the media impact of these European Championships“ – underlined Rossini. – “Millions of people have got to know the beauty of Trento, Monte Bondone, the Lakes Valley and Trentino as a whole. The event has brought an immediate economic impact, as 20,000 people have been esteemed in Trento for the event, +20% compared to last year’s figures. Furthermore, many people stopped in the nearby valleys, and plenty more have come only for the final day of Sunday, as it clearly showed on the roads.”
UCI President David Lappartient also voiced his impression for the organizational quality of the Europeans, as well as for Trentino, a land that also boasts other top-level UCI events like the MTB World Championships in Val di Sole and the Tour of the Alps. “Trentino is an extraordinary reality for the world of cycling, I saw it two weeks ago in Val di Sole and once again here in Trento. There is a great passion and welcoming for our sport here, and this is combined with authentically extraordinary territories and great organizational quality. I am sure that the future holds more great cycling events in Trentino.“
The balance of UEC President Enrico Della Casa was also excellent: “This European Championships had a very high technical and organizational level. We have set new records for participation, with 800 starters, and carried over 2.500 quick tests to ensure the complete safety for the athletes and all the categories taking part in the event. I wish to thank the OC and the sanitary equip for that. I am sure we will remember the show of these wonderful days in Trento for a long time.”

2021 ROAD EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS MEDAL COUNT

1. Italy (4 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze)
2. Belgium (2 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze)
3. Switzerland (2 gold)
4. Germany (1 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze)
5. Netherlands (1 gold, 1 silver, 3 bronze)
6. France (1 gold, 5 bronze)
7. Russia (1 gold)
7. Denmark (1 gold)
9. Norway (2 silver)
10. Hungary (1 silver)
11. Spain (1 bronze)
11. Lithuania (1 bronze)

UEC Road European Championships

In Trento wins the unexpected Dutch: Ellen Van Dijk is the new European Champion

The 34-year-old Dutch gave the Netherlands their fifth Elite Women’s RR title in six editions at the UEC Road European Championships. Belgian Thibaut Nys amazes with dominating sprint to the Under 23 Road Race title. UCI President Lappartient also arrives to Trento.

In Trento wins the unexpected Dutch: Ellen Van Dijk is the new European Champion
The 34-year-old Dutch gave the Netherlands their fifth Elite Women’s RR title in six editions at the UEC Road European Championships. Belgian Thibaut Nys amazes with dominating sprint to the Under 23 Road Race title. UCI President Lappartient also arrives to Trento

The Netherlands lived up to the odds and expectations by claiming the Women’s Elite Road Race title in Trento at the UEC Road European Championships – Trentino 2021; they just did it in a different way than most would have expected.
The Orange team won the fifth Women’s RR title in six editions of the continental event, confirming a supremacy that has lasted for years, only interrupted by the unexpected victory of Austrian Kiesenhofer at the Tokyo Olympics.
After winning four European time trial titles, Ellen Van Dijk showed up to the appointment with her opportunity in the road race, delivering with a great long-range action. Behind her on the podium were Germany’s Liane Lippert and Lithuania’s Rasa Leleivyte.

Earlier on the day, Thibaut Nys had left a huge impression by claiming the gold medal for Belgium in the Under 23 Men’s race. The son of the great Sven made the most of one of his few road races in the season, delivering a dominating sprint ahead of Italy’s Filippo Baroncini and Spain’s Juan Ayuso.
Once again, Trentino and the city of Trento triumphed, whose splendid images went around the world, and whose amazing show of public impressed even David Lappartient, the UCI President who arrived in Trento today to experience the last, exciting days of the event.

ESCAPE FOR VICTORY: EUROPEAN SOLO FOR VAN DIJK
It took more than half of the total 107.2 km (eight laps of the circuit) for the Women’s Elite road race to find its turning point. Ellen Van Dijk went on the attack, bringing with her Italian Soraya Paladin, German Romy Kasper and French Aude Biannic.
As the laps passed, the pace of Van Dijk exhausted the opponents who inexorably faded: first Biannic, then Kasper, and finally also a combative Soraya Paladin raised the white flag in the penultimate time on the Povo climb. Back in the peloton, Belgium and Germany tried to oerganize the chase, the latter setting up the attack of Lippert. The German’s acceleration generated a group with Italy’s Longo Borghini and Cavalli, Pole Niewiadoma, Swiss Reusser – the European TT champion, – Lithuanian Leleivyte, Belarusian Amialiusik and two fellow Dutch riders, Van Vleuten and Vollering.
The chasing group managed to come within second, but struggled to find an agreement and Van Dijk took advantage of it on the descent, opening a one minute gap.
On the last Povo ascent, Lippert and Niewiadoma tried to increase the pace again, but gold was already gone. The German confirmed to be the strongest of the chasing group by winning silver in the sprint; bronze for surprising Lithuanian Leleivyte ahead of the Pole Niewiadoma and fellow Dutch Vollering.
The party, however, was for Ellen Van Dijk, who after four European time trial titles wore the road race European champion’s jersey for the very first time. „I didn’t expect it, my role was to support my teammates, but I felt good and I wanted to go on the breakaway. Little by little I managed to outpace all the others, also because it was my only way to try and win, not being the best sprinter. In the finale, I didn’t know the chasers had come that close, and maybe it was better this way .. “

1 Ellen van Dijk (Netherlands) 2:50:35
2 Liane Lippert (Germany) 0:01:18

3 Rasa Leleivyte (Lithuania)
4 Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Poland)
5 Demi Vollering (Netherlands)
6 Marta Cavalli (Italy)
7 Marlen Reusser (Switzerland)
8 Alena Amialiusik (Belarus)
9 Annemiek van Vleuten (Netherlands) 0:01:21
10 Elisa Balsamo (Italy) 0:02:29
11 Lisa Brennauer (Germany)


Photo by Plomi

TALENT HAS NO DISCIPLINE: THIBAUT NYS HAS NO LIMITS
With a great sprint in Piazza Duomo in Trento, Thibau Nys was crowned European Under 23 Road Champion. The son of the great Sven Nys dominated the final dash, beating Italian Filippo Baroncini and top favorite, Spaniard Juan Ayuso.
The Belgian, already Junior European cyclo-cross champion in Italy in Silvelle di Trebaseleghe in 2019, was part of the decisive action on the last time atop the Povo ascent, when Ayuso attacked in the successful attempt to bridge back to Belgian Lennert Van Eetvelt, who had gone on the attack in the previous lap.
With him, in addition to Baroncini and Nys, were other Italian Filippo Zana, Hungarian Erik Fetter and Frenchman Louis Barre.
The seven-man group retained an advantage of 10-15 seconds over the chasing group and, an unsuccessful acceleration by Zana with 2km to go, they sprinted for victory. Baroncini went into the final straight in the first position but Nys soon got out of his wheel and showed his power.
“It feels strange to win this road title on the day the cyclo-cross season opens in Belgium,“ Nys said. „I had raced very little on the road this season, but this European Championships was a big goal for me, and to have achieved it is incredible. By a whisker, I managed to stay in the decisive action, and from there I was convinced I could be the fastest on the final straight.“
The victory of Nys, considered one of the most promising talents of world cycling, confirms the current trends of raising prospect competing – and shining – in different disciplines. The Belgian has cyclo-cross as his first love, and he was 2020 Junior World Champion in the discipline.

1 Thibau Nys (Belgium) 3:06:57
2 Filippo Baroncini (Italy)
3 Juan Ayuso Pesquera (Spain)
4 Erik Fetter (Hungary)
5 Lennert van Eetvelt (Belgium)
6 Filippo Zana (Italy)
7 Louis Barre (France) 0:00:04
8 Marijn van den Berg (Netherlands) 0:00:19
9 Jakub Oupalík (Czech Republic)
10 Tobias Bayer (Austria)

TOMORROW THE GRAND FINALE: EVENEPOEL AND POGACAR IN THE SPOTLIGHTS, ITALY HOPES IN COLBRELLI
The Road European Championships in Trentino will end tomorrow, Sunday September 12th, with the Men’s Elite race. Italy has won the last three edition, and has Sonny Colbrelli as its best option – at least on cards – to try to extend the stretch.
In what should be an unpredictable race, with the in-line stretch of 69 km through the Valle dei Laghi and the Monte Bondone ascent to Candriai, before the 8 laps on the final circuit (179,2 km), the list of top favorites includes two-time Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar (Slovenia), Marc Hirschi (Switzerland), Joao Almeida (Portugal), Remco Evenepoel (Belgium) Romain Bardet (France), Bauke Mollema (Netherlands) and Mikel Landa (Spain).
Peter Sagan (Slovakia), Sam Bennett (Ireland) and Alexander Kristoff (Norway) are the greatest threats in the event of a sprint finish. Also classic specialists like Philippe Gilbert (Belgium) and Zdenek Stybar (Czech Republic) and other Slovenian Matej Mohoric can’t be overlooked.

Tour of Britain – Etappe 6

Carlisle – Gateshead – 198 Km

1 Wout Van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma 4:35:56
2 Ethan Hayter (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers
3 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep
4 Gonzalo Serrano Rodriguez (Spa) Movistar Team
5 James Shaw (GBr) Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling
6 Michael Woods (Can) Israel Start-up Nation
7 Daniel Martin (Irl) Israel Start-up Nation
8 Mikkel Honoré (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep
9 Matteo Jorgenson (USA) Movistar Team 0:00:04
10 Carlos Rodriguez Cano (Spa) Ineos Grenadiers

Gesamt:
1 Ethan Hayter (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 22:53:32
2 Wout Van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma 0:00:04
3 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:21
4 Mikkel Honoré (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:35
5 Michael Woods (Can) Israel Start-up Nation 0:00:54
6 Rohan Dennis (Aus) Ineos Grenadiers 0:01:08
7 Daniel Martin (Irl) Israel Start-up Nation 0:01:10
8 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Alpecin-Fenix 0:01:37
9 Mark Donovan (GBr) Team DSM 0:01:58
10 Carlos Rodriguez Cano (Spa) Ineos Grenadiers 0:02:01

UEC Road European Championships – Linda Riedmann gewinnt Gold!

Silvia Zanardi’s Under 23 gold clinches first road races day in Trento
Italy celebrates in the final act of an intense day at the UEC Road European Championships Trentino 2021. Romain Gregoire of France and Germany’s Linda Riedmann graduate new champions among Juniors.

On the third day, the European Championships – Trentino 2021 has reached the heart of Trento: the geographical one, Piazza Duomo, and the one of the people, who responded with even greater enthusiasm than the beautiful two days at Le Albere district. The Road Races have started on Friday September 10th, meeting their scenic starting and finishing point right in front of the Trento’s Dome.
The third day of Trentino 2021 offered three entertaining and exciting challenges among Junior Men and Women, and Under 23 Women. The clincher of the day was Silvia Zanardi’s winning three-rider sprint that made the Italian fans voice their excitement. It was the third gold for the home Country in the first three days of the event.
Before Zanardi, French Romain Gregoire and German Linda Riedmann had celebrated their road race titles in the junior categories, treating themselves to a pour of Trento DOC – the only rains of this splendid week of sunshine in the Trentino sky.

FROM THE TRACK TO ROAD, ZANARDI KEEPS RAKING TITLES
The first day of road races helped shaping a fairly precise identikit of the qualities required to conquer the European gold on the Trentino course: brilliance and punch uphill, a good dose of tactical acumen and a more than solid sprint. Silvia Zanardi had them all today in the Under 23 Women’s race.
Fresh from the three European Under 23 titles won on the track in Apeldoorn, the Italian from Fiorenzuola d’Arda gave herself a new star-studded jersey thanks to an intelligent race conduct in the six laps of the Trento circuit (80.8 km).
It was an elimination race for long, with Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium pushing hard at the front, preventing breakaways while dropping riders from behind.
After a solitary attempt by the French Le Net on the penultimate lap, the race was decided on the last lap with the attack of Italian Gaia Realini on the Povo climb. Only four riders could follow in Kata Blanka Vas (Hungary), Silvia Zanardi, Evita Muzic (France) and Laura Stigger (Austria). Then, when the Hungarian decided to push through, also Realini and Stigger got dropped.
The trio at the front eventually contested the title in a three-way sprint, confidently won by Zanardi over Vas and Muzic. “In the final kilometers I kept asking for info on the gap, when I heard 20 seconds I realized it could be done. I owe a lot to team tactics today: Realini would go on the attack on the tough stretches, and I should have sat up in the group, trying to hold on as long as possible. When Gaia faded a bit at the top, I managed to hold on with Vas: it was my chance, and I took it.“

JUNIOR MEN, GREGOIRE IS THE GOLD OF FRANCE
In the Trento’s morning, France dominated the Men’s Junior road race, winning both gold and bronze. The new champion is Romain Gregoire, who beat Norwegian Per Strand Hagenes and compatriot Lenny Martinez in the three-man sprint.
After a quick early part of the race, with attempts by Irish Rafferty and the German Abt and a first move by Gregoire himself at 85 km, the turning point of the race came at the start of the last of the eight laps (107.2 km), when the trio made by Gregoire, Hagenes and Martinez gained about ten seconds on the peloton, which was no longer able to close the gap. At the sprint, the French duo managed to exploit their strength in numbers, leaving no escape to the Norwegian.
Belgian Vlad Van Mechelen ruled the chasing group, ahead Italy’s Manuel Oioli.
„It’s fantastic, this was my big goal of the season and I managed to hit it,“ said Gregoire. “I came on recognition on the route in June, we knew what to do, but until the last lap we weren’t able to make the difference we wanted. In the final I was afraid of Hagenes, who is very fast: fortunately, he did not make the last corner in the best possible way, and this also helped me to beat him.“

1 Romain Grégoire (France) 2:35:42
2 Per Strand Hagenes (Norway)
3 Lenny Martinez (France)
4 Vlad van Mechelen (Belgium) 0:00:10
5 Manuel Oioli (Italy)
6 Jan Christen (Switzerland)
7 Madis Mihkels (Estonia)
8 Martin Svrček (Slovakia)
9 Alexander Hajek (Austria)
10 Sebastian Kirkedam Larsen (Norway)
11 Alessandro Romele (Italy)
12 Emil Herzog (Germany)
13 Moritz Kärsten (Germany)

RIEDMANN RULES CIABOTTO IN THE JUNIOR’S SPRINT
In the early afternoon, Italy had come close to another success in the Junior Women test, in which Eleonora Ciabocco had to settle for second place behind Linda Riedmann, winner of another reduced sprint – this time of five athletes. Rounding out the podium was French Eglantine Rayer.
On the 67.6 km of the Trento circuit (5 laps), the race was decided by the escape of six athletes who, in addition to the three girls on the podium, featured winner of the Junior Women Time Trial Alena Ivanchenko, fellow Italian Francesca Barale and Russian Inna Abaidullina.
During the last time on the Povo climb, Riedmann tried to get clear of her opponents, but managed to distance only Abaidullina. In the final kilometers, Barale’s work for Ciabocco was not enough to beat the German, who won in 1:53:09.
“I knew I could have a chance today, but the race was really tough, with this climb wearing the legs lap after lap. On the final ascent to Povo I tried to accelerate, but the descent wasn’t that technical so I was caught, and it ended up in a sprint. Now I will enjoy this success before focusing on the World Championships,“ the German winner told.

1 Linda Riedmann (Germany) 1:53:09
2 Eleonora Ciabocco (Italy)
3 Eglantine Rayer (France) 0:00:02
4 Francesca Barale (Italy)
5 Alena Ivanchenko (Russia)
6 Anniina Ahtosalo (Finland) 0:01:10
7 Noëlle Ruetschi (Switzerland)
8 Carlotta Cipressi (Italy)
9 Anna van der Meiden (Netherlands)
10 Fiona Zimmermann (Switzerland)

VAN VLEUTEN FAVORITE AMONG ELITE WOMEN
On Saturday, September 11th, it will be time for the Elite Women’s Road Race, getting off at 14:15 CET from Piazza Duomo in Trento. The Netherlands are widely regarded as the team to beat on the 107.2 km course (8 laps of the 13.2 km circuit), lining up with outgoing champion Annemiek Van Vleuten, as well as Marianne Vos, Amy Pieters, Demi Vollering and Chantal Van den Broek-Blaak. Italy will play its cards by opposing Team Relay Elisa Longo Borghini and Marta Cavalli, plus a mix of youth and experience. Among the other top names, Lotte Kopecky (Belgium), Audrey Cordon Ragot (France), Lisa Brennauer (Germany) and Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Poland) should not be underestimated as well.

Starting the morning will be the Men’s Under 23 Road Race (starting at 9:00 CET). The young talents of European cycling will compete on a 133.6 km course, repeating 10 times the city circuit including the Povo ascent (3.6 km at 4.7%). There are many interesting names to follow, including Juan Ayuso, the promising Spaniard winner of the U23 Giro d’Italia, and Norwegian twins Anders (winner of the Tour de l’Avenir) and Tobias Halland Johannessen. Belgian Henri Vandernabeele should not be overlooked as well, while Italy will try to play its best cards in Filippo Zana and Luca Colnaghi.
For the last two days of competitions, UCI President David Lappartient will also reach Trento. Lappartient will also take part in a press conference on Saturday (15:00 CET), along with UCI Vice-President Renato Di Rocco, the UEC President Enrico Della Casa, Italian Cycling Federation President Cordiano Dagnoni and Trentino Marketing CEO Maurizio Rossini.

Saturday, September 11th

9:00 am – U23 Men Road Race – 133,6 km
2:15 pm – Elite Women Road Race – 107,2 km

Sunday, September 12th

12:30 pm – Elite Men Road Race – 179,2 km

Buongiorno Trento: Day 3 – Road races start in Trentino

Change of scenery at the UEC Road European Championships in Trentino, with Juniors and U23 Women taking in the road races on Friday, September 10th

Good morning from the UEC Road European Championships. The two days of time trials are now over, and it’s time to switch to the road races for a long and exciting weekend in the Trento, Monte Bondone and Valle dei Laghi area.
The menu of Friday, September 10th in Trento consists of: Junior Men’s Road Race at 9.00 am CET, Junior Women’s Road Race from 1.50 pm, CET and, finally, the Under 23 Women’s Road Race from 4.30 pm CET.

THE ROUTE – THE POVO CLIMB THREATENS THE FAST MEN’S AMBITIONS
All the road races, except for the Elite Men’s race which includes a starting in-line loop, will be decided entirely in the city circuit of Trento, 13.2 km and 250 meters of elevation gain, characterized by the Povo climb, starting and finishing in Piazza Duomo.
The first 2 km are flat. The climb towards the Povo roundabout begins from Via San Marco, (3.6 km at 4.7%), and will wear down the legs of the riders as laps pass by. The following descent takes the riders to Piazza Vicenza, where the last 4, flat, kilometers begin, leading through the streets of the city center to the finish line in Piazza Duomo.
Junior Women will face 5 laps of the Trento circuit for a total of 67.5 km. 6 laps and 80.8 km are planned for the Under 23 Women, 8 laps and 107.2 km for the Junior Men.

THE CIRCUIT – BETWEEN PIAZZA DUOMO AND “THE SCIENCE HILL”.
All the road races start and finish in Piazza Duomo, the beating heart of Trento. Around this square, Trento has built its millennial history made of Central European tradition and Italian style. The cathedral of San Vigilio, dedicated to the Patron Saint, and the Palazzo Pretorio, now home to the Tridentine Diocesan Museum, overlook the suggestive square. In the center of the square is the fascinating Fountain of Neptune, dating back to the eighteenth century, that attracts the attention of visitors.
The Trento circuit crosses fascinating areas of the city, passing close to Buonconsiglio Castle, the largest and most important monumental complex in Trentino-Alto Adige, and the Povo Research Centre, the „science hill“, home to scientific excellence such as the Bruno Kessler Foundation.

THE TOP RIDERS – GUAZZINI, UIJTDEBROECKS AND THE SONS OF ART
Belgium vs. France, the Men’s Junior road race will start at 9.00 am CET with two national teams as main references. Time trial gold medalist Alec Segaert and fellow Belgian Cian Uijtdebroecks will be motivated to repeat themselves after the time trial’s one-two.
Coming off a solid display at the Giro di Lunigiana, France will be led by Brieuc Rolland and by the son of art Lenny Martinez (his father is the Miguel Martinez, MTB Olympic Champion at Sydney 2000).
Switzerland’s Nils Aebersold is the son of Niki, a professional cyclist from the late 90s. The Swiss also competes in Mountain Bike, and claimed a bronze medal at the World Championships in Val di Sole just a few days ago. Another athlete to watch will be Norway’s Per Strand Hargenes, winner of a stage at the Corsa della Pace.
The Junior Women’s favorites include Dutch Elise Uijen, Swiss Noelle Ruetschi, German Antonia Niedermaier and Linda Riedmann, time trial European champion Alena Ivanchenko (Russia) and Finn Anniina Ahtosalo, winner of the Piccolo Trofeo Binda.

Closing the day is the Women Under 23 race. After winning the title in 2020 with Elisa Balsamo, Italy will try again with Under 23 time trial European champion Vittoria Guazzini along with Camilla Alessio, Giorgia Bariani, Barbara Malcotti, Gaia Realini and Silvia Zanardi. Led by Shirin Van Anrooij, the Netherlands will be carefully watched, as will be the Austrian selection that includes Tyrolean Mona Mitterwallner and Laura Stigger, respectively U23 Cross Country World Champion and runner-up in Val di Sole. In particular, Laura Stigger can also boast experience on the road, having graduated as Juniors World Champion in 2018 in Innsbruck.

TRENTO SOLD OUT
The European Championships are bringing enthusiasm and attendance to Trentino, not only in the city of Trento, but also in the neighboring territories, particulary in Valle dei Laghi, Valsugana, Garda Trentino and Alpe Cimbra.
After a good summer season in terms of tourism presence, the period from September 3rd to 14threcords an increase in hotel occupancy of about 15% compared to last year, and even 20% in the city of Trento, a significant part of it being a result of the European Champs.
In the week of the UEC Road European Championships – Trentino 2021, there are over 20,000 estimated tourist presences in the city of Trento, half of which managed through the booking service set up on purpose by the Trento, Monte Bondone, Valle dei Laghi Tourist Board.
The Organizing Committee has supported the National Federations, providing accommodations in hotels equipped with all the technical requirements and services needed by a team, plus all the required characteristics to comply with the strict health protocol drawn up by the OC’s medical staff.

A number of sportsmen, enthusiasts and fans have reached and are reaching Trentino as well, to follow the sporting feats of their champions while taking a chance to spend a few days of vacation among different beauties: naturalistic, artistic and cultural.

WEATHER FORECASTS
Good news from the weather side on Friday 10 September. Sun forecasts, no wind in the morning and moderate in the afternoon. A temperature of 21 degrees is expected in the morning. Temperatures will rise in the early afternoon to 26-27 degrees.

THE DAY’S PROGRAMME (All CET Times)
Friday, September 10th

Junior Road Race Men

Distance: 107.2 km (8 laps)
Start: 09:10 CET
Expected finish: 11.36/11.50
Favorites: Cian Uijtdebroecks, Alec Segaert, Brieuc Rolland.

Road race Junior Women

Distance: 67.6 km (5 laps)
Start: 14:00 CET
Expected finish: 15:36/15:46
Favorites: Noelle Ruetschi, Anniina Ahtosalo, Linda Riedmann.

U23 Women’s Road Race

Distance: 80.8 km (6 laps)
Start: 16:40 CET
Expected arrival: 18.35/18.47
Favorite: Vittoria Guazzini, Shirin Van Anrooij, Laura Stigger.

Sagan sprints towards Trento: “I’m coming back”

After the knee injury sustained at the Tour de France, Peter Sagan looks forward to his racing comeback at the UEC Road European Championships in Trento (September 8th-12th), five years after his victory in Plumelec.
In 2016 in Plumelec (France), Peter Sagan inaugurated with a win the first edition of the UEC Road European Championships for the Elite categories, writing the first page of a prestigious golden book. Five years later, the three-time World Champion is completing his preparation for the “Trentino 2021” edition from September 8th to 12th, 2021.

The name of Sagan joins other major riders such as Tadej Pogacar, Remco Evenepoel, Filippo Ganna and Kasper Asgreen, who have already confirmed their presence at the UEC Road European Championships “Trentino 2021”.
The European Championships will also mark Sagan’s return to racing after the knee injury that forced him to withdraw from the Tour de France, and the consequential surgery. “My recovery is on the right track,” stated the Slovak. “I’m training intensively in order to get back to the best possible level.”
Trento will be both a litmus test and an important goal, with an Elite Men’s race (179 km), on Sunday September 12th, potentially very well suited for Sagan’s skills. “In a race such as the Road European Championships, there are so many factors that can influence a race and nearly all of them are beyond our control. Just that makes it impossible to truly foresee how it will play out. The only thing I am sure about is that I will give it my all, and I’ll try to get the best result I can”, explained Sagan.

Five years ago, the European Champs – and the following World title – were the last major successes before Sagan switched teams to Team BORA-hansgrohe, the one he is now about to leave for French TotalEnergies. A stint full of success, just like the one that the European Champs have enjoyed over these five years, with more top-class winners like Alexander Kristoff, Matteo Trentin, Elia Viviani e Giacomo Nizzolo.
“Without a doubt, the UEC Road European Championships have seen an impressive growth since 2016. I don’t know to what extent my victory contributed to this, but I’m happy to add my small stone even if it’s just a little bit. As for this year’s edition, I’m sure it will have a top-level field that will guarantee an exciting race”, said Peter Sagan.


Photo by Plomi

Rekord zum Jubiläum: 13 WorldTour-Teams bei Eschborn-Frankfurt

Am 19. September feiert Eschborn-Frankfurt das 60. Jubiläum und freut sich auf hochkarätige „Gäste“. Denn zum Geburtstag gibt es einen Rekord: erstmals starten 13 Teams aus der WorldTour beim Radklassiker. Gemeinsam mit den Mannschaften der ersten Kategorie stehen 7 ProTeams am Start in Eschborn, um vor der Alten Oper in Frankfurt den diesjährigen Gewinner von Eschborn-Frankfurt zu küren.

Die beiden deutschen Mannschaften BORA – hansgrohe und Team DSM wollen das Heimspiel genauso nutzen, wie UAE-Team Emirates um den Seriensieger Alexander Kristoff. Auch die Mannschaft Lotto Soudal von Lokalmatador John Degenkolb hat sich für den Taunusklassiker angekündigt. Gleich 16 der 20 Radklassiker-Teams haben in diesem Jahr die Tour de France bestritten. Die beste Mannschaft der Tour, Bahrain Victorious, ist genauso dabei wie Jumbo-Visma. 2014 startete die niederländische Equipe zuletzt in Eschborn.

Eschborn-Frankfurt als Generalprobe für die Weltmeisterschaft
In den kommenden Wochen werden die 20 Teams ihre sieben Fahrer nominieren, die den Radklassiker bestreiten. Eschborn-Frankfurt wird für viele Top-Stars zur WM-Generalprobe, denn das Rennen findet in diesem Jahr genau eine Woche vor den UCI Road World Championships statt. Neben dem Zeitpunkt bietet sich dafür auch der Streckenverlauf an. Mit 190 Kilometern und 3.222 Höhenmeter ist das WorldTour-Rennen eine letzte Belastung für die Klassikerspezialisten, die wenige Tage später in Belgien um das Regenbogen-Trikot kämpfen.

Am 19. September wird ein Doppel-Jubiläum gefeiert, denn auch die ŠKODA Velotour hat einen Jahrestag. Zum 20. Mal erleben die Hobbyradsportler*innen einen wahren Jedermann-Klassiker. Auf zwei abgesperrten Strecken (ŠKODA Velotour Classic über 100 Kilometer, ŠKODA Velotour Skyline über 40 Kilometer) kommen schnell Radklassiker-Gefühle auf. Wie bei den Profis zeichnet sich auch bei Jedermann und Jedefrau großer Zuspruch am Geburtstagsrennen ab. Wer auf dem Rad mitfeiern möchte, kann sich noch unter www.skoda-velotour.de anmelden.

Classica San Sebastián

Women – 140km

1 VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek NED MOVISTAR TEAM WOMEN 03:53:37
2 WINDER Ruth USA TREK – SEGAFREDO 00:36
3 GUDERZO Tatiana ITA ALE‘ BTC LJUBLJANA 01:35
4 STULTIENS Sabrina NED LIV RACING 01:35
5 MUZIC Evita FRA FDJ NOUVELLE-AQUITAINE FUTUROSCOPE 01:35
6 CHAPMAN Brodie AUS FDJ NOUVELLE-AQUITAINE FUTUROSCOPE 01:35
7 ROOIJAKKERS Pauliena NED LIV RACING 01:38
8 CORDON RAGOT Audrey FRA TREK – SEGAFREDO 01:52
9 MAGNALDI Erica ITA CERATIZIT – WNT PRO CYCLING TEAM 01:52
10 VAN DIJK Ellen NED TREK – SEGAFREDO 01:52
11 KOREVAAR Jeanne NED LIV RACING 02:00
12 ENSING Janneke NED TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE 02:12
13 DUVAL Eugénie FRA FDJ NOUVELLE-AQUITAINE FUTUROSCOPE 02:12
14 PINTAR Urska SLO ALE‘ BTC LJUBLJANA 02:12
15 NEUMANOVÁ Tereza CZE WOMEN CYCLING SPORT 02:53

Men – 224km

1 POWLESS Neilson USA EF EDUCATION – NIPPO 05:34:31
2 MOHORIC Matej SLO BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS 00:00
3 HONORÉ Mikkel DEN DECEUNINCK – QUICK-STEP 00:00
4 ROTA Lorenzo ITA INTERMARCHÉ – WANTY – GOBERT MATÉRIAUX 00:30
5 COVI Alessandro ITA UAE TEAM EMIRATES 01:04
6 ALAPHILIPPE Julian FRA DECEUNINCK – QUICK-STEP 01:04
7 EIKING Odd Christian NOR INTERMARCHÉ – WANTY – GOBERT MATÉRIAUX 01:04
8 VINGEGAARD Jonas DEN JUMBO-VISMA 01:04
9 MOSCON Gianni ITA INEOS GRENADIERS 01:04
10 MOLLEMA Bauke NED TREK – SEGAFREDO 01:04
11 SERRANO RODRIGUEZ Gonzalo ESP MOVISTAR TEAM 01:04
12 VAN GILS Maxim BEL LOTTO SOUDAL 01:04
13 PADUN Mark UKR BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS 01:04
14 CICCONE Giulio ITA TREK – SEGAFREDO 01:04
15 CARR Simon GBR EF EDUCATION – NIPPO 01:08

Folgenreicher Sturz verhindert Top-Ergebnis für BORA-hansgrohe bei der Clasicá San Sebastián

Das erste große Rennen nach der Tour de France ist traditionell die Clasica San Sebastian, wegen der Olympischen Spiele wurde die diesährige Klasikoa aber am zweiten und nicht am ersten Samstag nach der Tour ausgetragen. Der harte 223,5 Kilometer lange Parcours rund um San Sebastian begünstigt mit seinen sechs harten und steilen Anstiegen vor allem die Bergfahrer im Feld. Zusätzlich zur schweren Strecke sorgten auch die Wetterbedingungen und nassen Straßen für einen harten Tag. Nach mehreren Attacken konnte sich schließlich nach vielen Kilometern eine Ausreißergruppe mit 13 Fahrern entscheidend absetzten und einen maximalen Vorsprung von ungefähr fünf Minuten herausfahren. Die BORA-hansgrohe Fahrer konnten sich dabei im Hauptfeld verstecken und ihre Kräfte für das anspruchsvolle Finale schonen. Leider stürzten ungefähr 45 Kilometer vor dem Ziel kurz vor dem vorletzten Anstieg des Tages mit Giovanni Aleotti, Matteo Fabbro und Wilco Kelderman alle drei Kapitäne des Teams aufgrund der nassen Fahrbahn in einer scharfen Rechtskurve. Für alle drei war der Kampf um den Sieg und ein gutes Ergebnis beendet, denn das Peloton näherte sich bereits mit hohem Tempo dem vorentscheidenden an Anstieg. Für das Team war das Rennen also beendet, da die gesamte Strategie auf einen der drei Fahrer ausgelegt war. Glücklicherweise kamen Wilco und Giovanni mit leichten Verletzungen davon, während sich Matteo am Fuß verletzte und nun vom Teamarzt beobachtet wird.

Reaktionen im Ziel

„Leider konnten wir heute nicht unser volles Potential zeigen, da unsere drei wichtigsten für ein gutes Ergebnis kurz vor dem vorletzten Anstieg gestürzt sind. Bis dahin hat das Team einen tollen Job gemacht und alle drei geschützt, um sie sicher in das Finale zu bringen. Aber das ist Radsport, innerhalb von Sekundenbruchteilen war die ganze harte Arbeit und unsere gute Strategie dahin und unser Rennen endete früher als wir erhofft hatten. Leider war da nichts mehr zu machen. Jetzt hoffen wir, dass es den Fahrern gut geht und sie morgen wieder starten können.“ – Andre Schulze, Sportlicher Leiter

Olympic Games Road Race Elite Men – Tokyo 2020

234 Km:

Photo by HERBERT MOOS

Photo by HERBERT MOOS

1 CARAPAZ Richard ECU INEOS GRENADIERS 06:05:26
2 VAN AERT Wout BEL JUMBO-VISMA 01:07
3 POGAČAR Tadej SLO UAE TEAM EMIRATES 01:07
4 MOLLEMA Bauke NED TREK – SEGAFREDO 01:07
5 WOODS Michael CAN ISRAEL START-UP NATION 01:07
6 MCNULTY Brandon USA UAE TEAM EMIRATES 01:07
7 GAUDU David FRA GROUPAMA – FDJ 01:07
8 URAN Rigoberto COL EF EDUCATION – NIPPO 01:07
9 YATES Simon Philip GBR TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE 01:07
10 SCHACHMANN Maximilian GER BORA – HANSGROHE 01:07

Giro dell’Appennino 192km

AUT, Ö-Tour, Österreich Radrundfahrt
PhotoCredit: EXPA/ JFK

1 HERMANS Ben BEL ISRAEL START-UP NATION 04:50:22
2 CONTI Valerio ITA UAE TEAM EMIRATES 00:30
3 BATTAGLIN Enrico ITA BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE‘ 00:30
4 VELASCO Simone ITA GAZPROM-RUSVELO 00:30
5 POLANC Jan SLO UAE TEAM EMIRATES 00:31
6 MULUEBERHAN Henok ERI TEAM QHUBEKA 00:31
7 ULISSI Diego ITA UAE TEAM EMIRATES 00:31
8 CHIRICO Luca ITA ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC 00:31
9 ROPERO MOLINA Alejandro ESP EOLO-KOMETA CYCLING TEAM 00:31
10 SEPULVEDA Eduardo ARG ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC 00:31
11 FEDELI Alessandro ITA ITALY 00:31
12 REBELLIN Davide ITA WORK SERVICE – MARCHIOL – DYNATEK 00:31
13 TIZZA Marco ITA AMORE E VITA 00:31
14 TRENTIN Matteo ITA UAE TEAM EMIRATES 00:34
15 GAROSIO Andrea ITA BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE‘ 00:42