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Saudi Tour – 2. Etappe

Winter Park – Shalal Sijlyat Rocks – 184 Km


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1 MILAN Jonathan ITA BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS 04:53:35
2 GROENEWEGEN Dylan NED TEAM JAYCO-ALULA 00:00
3 BOL Cees NED ASTANA QAZAQSTAN TEAM 00:00
4 BLIKRA Erlend NOR UNO-X PRO CYCLING TEAM 00:00
5 KANTER Max GER MOVISTAR TEAM 00:00
6 WALSCHEID Max GER COFIDIS 00:00

7 GIBBONS Ryan RSA UAE TEAM EMIRATES 00:00
8 MEZGEC Luka SLO TEAM JAYCO-ALULA 00:03
9 CONSONNI Simone ITA COFIDIS 00:03
10 SAJNOK Szymon POL Q36.5 PRO CYCLING TEAM 00:03

Gesamt:

1 GROENEWEGEN Dylan NED TEAM JAYCO-ALULA 09:01:28
2 MILAN Jonathan ITA BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS 00:06
3 WALSCHEID Max GER COFIDIS 00:12
4 BOL Cees NED ASTANA QAZAQSTAN TEAM 00:12
5 KANTER Max GER MOVISTAR TEAM 00:16
6 GIBBONS Ryan RSA UAE TEAM EMIRATES 00:16
7 BLIKRA Erlend NOR UNO-X PRO CYCLING TEAM 00:16
8 MEZGEC Luka SLO TEAM JAYCO-ALULA 00:19
9 CÔTÉ Pier-André CAN HUMAN POWERED HEALTH 00:19
10 CONSONNI Simone ITA COFIDIS 00:19
11 GUERREIRO Ruben POR MOVISTAR TEAM 00:19
12 GROSSSCHARTNE Felix AUT UAE TEAM EMIRATES 00:19
13 LOPEZ DE ABETXUKO Andoni ESP EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI 00:19
14 AZURMENDI Ibai ESP EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI 00:19
15 VAN UDEN Casper NED TEAM DSM 00:19

SWEET REVENGE FOR MILAN

A year after struggling in the echelons of a similar stage on the Saudi Tour, a day after suffering a mechanical incident in the final moments of the opening stage, Jonathan Milan (Bahrain Victorious) concluded a windy day in style. A sweet revenge for the Italian who beat Dylan Groenewegen (Team Jayco AlUla) and Cees Bol (Astana Qazaqstan Team) in a final bunched sprint. Thanks to his second spot, Groenewegen keeps the overall leader’s Green jersey.
After a first demanding stage to the south-east of the ALUla region, the 107 remaining riders were offered another grueling test on day 2. On the menu : a rectangular course from the Winter Park to Shalal Sijlyat Rocks over 184kms. With the wind picking up and the changes in direction it would promise to be an exciting day, a frightening one for those not to used to echelons.

4 AND THEN 2 IN LEAD
While many were expecting fireworks straight from the start, the pack took off at a fairly quiet pace allowing four men to break away: Azparren (EUS), Vacek (COR), Mohd Zariff (TSG) and Ishibashi (JCL). The front four would drop down to two after 10kms, Vacek suffering mechanical issues and Mohd Zariff struggling after all his efforts in yesterday’s breakaway. At the bonus sprint (km 18,9) won by Azparren, the pack had a deficit of 6’10. The gap would grow to a maximum 7’30’’ before dropping down under the influence of teams Jayco AlUla and Bingoal WB.

ECHELONS OF COURSE
While the peloton moved closer to the escapees, three teams (DSM, Jayco AlUla and Uno X) moved to the front and “put the hammer down”. The pack rapidly broke into several echelons at km 68 leaving only 20 men in the first part of the peloton (including the likes of Groenewegen, Stybar, Milan, Formolo, Degenkolb, Walscheid, Waerenskjold). Meanwhile the front two were eventually caught at km 83.
After enjoying a 30’’ lead over a group including Rajovic and Ackermann, the leading Green jersey group was finally caught and the entire peloton bunched up together after a left turn into headwind. The first intermediate active sprint (km 123) was then claimed by Walscheid (COF) ahead of Hansen (UNO) and Goikoetxea (EUS). The situation calmed down for the next 50kms before the big teams again powered to the front shattering the pack into several groups. At the front just under 40 riders took off leaving in a second echelon riders like Rajovic (TBV), Buitrago (TBV), Ackermann (UAE) and white jersey Hansen (UNO). Just after Walscheid again captured the most points at the second intermediate active sprint (km 160), the front group could enjoy a 30’’ advantage with 15kms to go.

NORSGAARD POWERS AWAY
Another change in direction saw the second group catch the leaders with just under 10kms to go. That was the moment chosen by Mathias Norsgaard (MOV) to try his luck in a solo breakaway. The Norwegian had a 10” lead with 5kms left but he would later be gobbled up by the pack. It finally all came down to a bunched sprint by the Shalal Sijlyat Rocks. With his team mate, red jersey wearer and second yesterday Dusan Rajovic (TBV) out of contention, Jonathan Milan flew to his first win of the season, the third of his career after two successes at the Cro Tour last year. The young Italian beat Dylan Groenewegen (JAY) and Cees Bol (AST) to the line.

GROENEWEGEN STILL LEADER
Thanks to his second spot, yesterday’s stage winner Groenewegen keeps his overall leader’s green jersey. He also stays in command of the points classification while 22-year-old Milan captures the white jersey for the best young rider. Marcus Hansen keeps the blue jersey for the most active rider.

Colbrelli über die Tour of the Alps: „Eine Rundfahrt für echte Superstars“

Mit Sonny Colbrelli hat kein Geringerer als der Straßenrad-Europameister und Sieger von Paris-Roubaix von 2021 die Etappen der #TotA 2023 (17. bis 21. April) in fünf Kurzvideos genau unter die Lupe genommen. „Die fünf Teilstücke bieten reichlich Spektakel und dürften der Crème de la Crème der modernen Radsport-Szene entgegenkommen“, so das erste Fazit des ehemaligen italienischen Radprofis.


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Sonny Colbrelli verbindet besondere Erinnerungen an die Europaregion Tirol-Südtirol-Trentino – in erster Linie an die Provinz Trentino. Der „Azzurro“ kürte sich 2021 in Trient nämlich zum Straßenrad-Europameister und feierte damit einen der größten Erfolge seiner Karriere. Im selben Jahr triumphierte er außerdem beim Klassiker Paris-Roubaix und unterstrich damit, dass er zu den formstärksten Fahrern des Kalenderjahres gehörte. Nur ein Jahr später wurde Colbrelli jedoch von einem gesundheitlichen Schicksalsschlag abrupt ausgebremst: Nach einem Herzstillstand, den der Italiener bei der Katalonien-Rundfahrt erlitt, musste der 32-Jährige seine Karriere leider vorzeitig beenden.


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Für die Tour of the Alps ist Colbrelli heuer als Botschafter im Einsatz. Das Sprint-Ass hat alle fünf Etappen auf den Straßen Tirols, Südtirols und des Trentino zurückgelegt und zeigt in seinen Videos, worauf es ankommt, wenn in der Alpenregion vom 17. bis 21. April dieses Jahres die 46. Ausgabe des grenzüberschreitenden Etappenrennens über die Bühne geht.
In den Kurzvideos bringt Colbrelli die Erfahrung aus über einem Jahrzehnt im professionellen Straßenradsport ein. Neben einer Analyse der entscheidenden Stellen der fünf TotA-Etappen von Rattenberg nach Bruneck kommen dabei auch landschaftliche Besonderheiten sowie eindrucksvolle Panoramen nicht zu kurz.

„Die Rundfahrt ist sehr anspruchsvoll und dürfte für einiges an Unterhaltung sorgen. Zwar ist keiner der Anstiege endlos lang, aber dennoch dürften sich die Fahrer im Anschluss an das Rennen noch lange an die Berge erinnern“, so Colbrelli. Der Europameister von 2021 betont aber auch, dass ein Videostudium der Etappen nicht ausreicht, um sich optimal auf die einzelnen Teilstücke vorzubereiten: „Man darf nicht vergessen, dass auch der Faktor Müdigkeit eine Rolle spielt und schnelle Abfahrten für einen Unterschied sorgen können. Um die TotA zu gewinnen, benötigt es ein umfangreiches Gesamtpaket: Einerseits muss man ein starker Kletterer sein, andererseits muss man auch dazu in der Lage sein, auf allen Terrains mit den Besten mitzuhalten.“

Auch in diesem Jahr wartet die Tour of the Alps mit kurzen, aber selektiven Anstiegen, schnellen Abfahrten und keinen endlos langen Etappen auf. Dadurch soll die Rundfahrt vom ersten bis zum letzten Kilometer umkämpft und spannend bleiben. Dieses Erfolgsrezept ist seit der ersten Ausgabe im Jahr 2017 in der DNA der TotA verankert und hat sie zu jener Erfolgsgeschichte gemacht, die sie heute ist.

„Auf kurzen Etappen gibt es weitaus mehr Angriffe, Zweikämpfe und Spektakel. Die Strecke der Europameisterschaft 2021 war auch nicht sonderlich lang, dafür aber umso schwieriger. Dieses Rennen war das härteste meiner Karriere – im Vergleich dazu war Paris-Roubaix wesentlich einfacher. Der Radsport hat sich in den letzten Jahren gewandelt: Während lange Ausreißversuche ebenso der Vergangenheit angehören wie längere Verschnaufpausen, fahren die ‚Jungen Wilden‘ sprichwörtlich mit dem Messer zwischen den Zähnen und geben vom ersten bis zum letzten Kilometer Vollgas. Im Laufe eines Rennens kommt es dadurch ständig zu Führungswechseln und es gibt immer wieder Szenen, in denen sich das Blatt von einem Moment auf den anderen wendet“, erklärt Colbrelli.

Die fünf Videos, in denen Sonny Colbrelli die einzelnen Etappen unter die Lupe nimmt, werden auf der Website der Tour of the Alps sowie den offiziellen Facebook-, Instagram- und YouTube-Kanälen der Veranstaltung publiziert. Das Video zur ersten Etappe von Rattenberg nach Alpbach (127,5 km) ist bereits online und auf allen Kanälen einsehbar.

TRO BRO LEON 2023: A LAND AND SEA MENU

Key points:
 The 39th edition of the Tro Bro Leon will be held on 7 May on a 203.1 km course starting and ending in Lannilis, with 28.9 km of ribinoù, the dirt and gravel roads that give the Breton race its special flavour.
 This escapade through the Pays de Leon, in the far south-west of the Finistère department, will take the field to Pointe Saint-Mathieu on a course with almost no respite from the wind.
 Any favourites and outsiders who withstand the fury of the elements will have to contend with the toughest of the tough on the final circuit around Lannilis, which has the „ribin du château“ as a sting in the tail.

As with kouign-amann and, especially, the kig ha farz in the Pays de Leon, a winning recipe should never be changed, but it is perfectly fine to tinker with the amounts and origins of certain key ingredients. This is how Jean-Paul Mellouët, the chef at the helm of the Tro Bro Leon since its launch in 1984, sees it: „I have never cooked up the same course twice“, he explains at the unveiling of the menu that will be served to runners on 7 May. The race will still be centred on the town of Lannilis, but the first change for the 2023 edition has to do with the direction of the loop, with the field heading south at the beginning, then cutting through the middle of the mini-peninsula to reach its tip in Le Conquet, and tackling the return trip largely on coastal roads. „The course is a bit less steep than usual, but it is much more exposed to the wind, which will blow sideways if it comes from the west, as is often the case“, explains Mellouët, also raising the possibility of splits near the halfway point.
However, the dirt and gravel roads that put the riders‘ acrobatic skills to the test —27 in total— remain the calling card of the Tro Bro Leon. Coming into the decisive phase of the race, the peloton will tackle one of the five brand-new sectors on the menu: „The Saint-Mathieu lighthouse ribin is the longest on the course, at 2.3 kilometres. The exit of the sector is 115 km from the finish line, but an early selection is on the cards“. Much further down the road, the Meshuel ribin will turn the screws on the peloton and knock out many other pretenders before the final circuit. However, the final contenders will have to wait until the exit of the famous Keroüartz Castle ribin, stretching for 1,600 metres and culminating under the tunnel of ambition, to play their ace cards. „This is the make-or-break moment“, admits the cook and designer, always eager to watch the last tussles, in which the last men in contention for the win will clash with less than 7 kilometres to go.
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Paris-Roubaix and Paris-Roubaix Femmes avec Zwift – Teams selection

The organisers of Paris-Roubaix Femmes avec Zwift have selected the teams for the 3rd edition, Saturday, April 8th.

In accordance with the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) regulations, the fifteen UCI Women’s WorldTeams automatically entered are:

Canyon / / SRAM Racing (GER)
EF Education – Tibco – SVB (USA)
FDJ – Suez (FRA)
Fenix – Deceuninck (BEL)
Human Powered Health (USA)
Israel Premier Tech Roland (SUI)
Liv Racing TeqFind (NED)
Movistar Team Women (ESP)
Team DSM (NEd)
Team Jayco Alula (AUS)
Team Jumbo – Visma (NED)
Team SD Worx (NED)
Trek – Segafredo (USA)
UAE Team ADQ (UAE)
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team (NOR)

Furthermore, the two best 2022 UCI Women’s Continental teams will participate by right in Paris-Roubaix Femmes avec Zwift:

Ceratizit – WNT Pro Cycling Team (GER)
Lifeplus Wahoo (GBR)

The organisers have invited the following teams:

AG Insurance – Soudal Quick-Step Team (BEL)
Arkéa Pro Cycling Team (FRA)
Cofidis Women Team (FRA)
Parkhotel Valkenburg (NED)
St Michel – Mavic – Auber 93 (FRA)
Stade Rochelais Charente Maritime (FRA)
ZAAF Cycling Team (ESP)

PARIS-ROUBAIX: TEAM SELECTION

The organisers of Paris-Roubaix have selected the teams for the 120th edition, Sunday, April 9th.
In accordance with the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) rules, the eighteen UCI WorldTeams are invited:

AG2R Citroën Team (FRA)
Alpecin Deceuninck (BEL)
Astana QazaQstan Team (KAZ)
Bora-Hansgrohe (GER)
EF Education-Easypost (USA)
Groupama-FDJ (FRA)
Ineos Grenadiers (GBR)
Intermarché-Circus-Wanty (BEL)
Jumbo-Visma (NED)
Movistar Team (ESP)
Soudal Quick-Step (BEl)
Team Arkea-Samsic (FRA)
Team Bahrain Victorious (BRN)
Team Cofidis (FRA)
Team DSM (NED)
Team Jayco AlUla (AUS)
Trek-Segafredo (USA)
UAE Team Emirates (UAE)

Furthermore, the three highest ranked UCI ProTeams in 2022 will participate by right in Paris-Roubaix:

TotalEnergies (FRA)
Lotto Dstny (BEL)
Israel Premier Tech (ISR)

The organisers have invited the following teams:

Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB (BEL)
Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team (SUI)
Team Flanders-Baloise (BEL)
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team (NOR)

ARDENNES CLASSICS: THE COURSE OF HISTORY

Key points:

 In the Ardennes classics, there are, first of all, classics! The Flèche Wallonne (194.2 km) and Liège-Bastogne-Liège (258.5 km), which will take place respectively on 19 and 23 April, will be based on the key passages that have marked the history of these races.
 The Mur de Huy and the final loop, including the Ereffe and Cherave climbs, will also be on the programme of the Flèche Wallonne Femmes, which has a total route of 131.5 km. Four days later, the riders of the seventh edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes will, for the first time, confront the Wanne, Stockeu and Haute-Levée sequence of climbs before attacking La Redoute and finish their race in the Liège city centre after 140 km.
 25 teams, including four invited by the organisers, will each nominate seven cyclists to form pelotons of 175 riders for the Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, while 144 female riders from 24 teams will form those of the Flèche Wallonne Femmes and Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes.

The evocation of the Ardennes classics campaign always triggers memories, and congers up either distant or recent images, which have become embedded in the consciousness of cycling enthusiasts. In terms of history, the Flèche Wallonne experienced a significant turning point in 1985, when the finish line was painted indelibly at the top of the Mur de Huy. Several variants have been tried on the approach of the now famous Chemin des Chapelles, which the riders climb three times, at the end of a final circuit, including the climbs of Ereffe and Cherave as springboards for the ambitious riders who hope to present themselves at the foot of the Mur with a slight advantage. And if no solo rider has managed to resist the peloton of punchers for 20 years, the most spectacular kilometre of the cycling world still retains its indomitable character.

Since 1998, the women’s peloton has joined the train of history by confronting the iconic hill-climbing reference giving rise to hard-fought battles and cycles of domination that are occasionally interrupted. The Valverde and Alaphilippe in the women’s record book are Marianne Vos and Anna van der Breggen, the latter having even hit harder on the heights of Huy with a series of seven consecutive victories. However, it was only in 2022 that the women riders had the opportunity to climb the Mur three times in a row. It will be the case again this year during the 131.5 km expedition.

The course of La Doyenne features references all too familiar to history lovers. The most well-known round trip on the calendar has had slightly different versions according to the era, with a constant sequence of steep and short climbs that provide the race to the finish line in Liège its character. The names of La Redoute, the Roche-aux-Faucons or the age-old Côte des Forges have become part of the vocabulary of connoisseurs, as well Wanne, Stockeu and Haute-Levée sequence of climbs concentrated in 15 kilometres and where the shrinking of the peloton becomes increasingly evident. The champions will reunite with this trio, whilst a small subtlety will perhaps modify the strategy applied on La Redoute, which will immediately precede a new addition to the race, the Côte de Cornémont.

The contenders for the title on Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes start for the seventh time from Bastogne on a course that is increasingly similar to the route of the men’s race. In 2023, the race distance will be 130 kilometres and include the famous Wanne, Stockeu and Haute-Levée triptych, which will be a first for the ladies, before the action-packed final stretch heading towards Liège. For example, it was on the Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons where Annemiek van Vleuten dealt a crushing blow to her remaining rivals in last year’s edition. The race is once again wide open.

LIÈGE-BASTOGNE-LIÈGE CHALLENGE: THREE ROUTES FOR THE CYCLISTS
It has also become a classic for cyclists. Liège-Bastogne-Liège Challenge has taken on the promise of taking amateur cyclists on the legendary roads of the Doyenne. For its 12th edition, 8,000 cyclists are once again expected on Saturday 22 April 2023 to register for one of the three proposed routes according to their level and motivation: 80km, 150km and 260km to be covered, starting from the town of Banneux, located 20 km from Liège. Registration on the website lblchallenge.be

EF Education-EasyPost – Team News

Marijn van den Berg wins the Trofeo ses Salines-Port d’Alcudia

Dutchman outsmarts his rivals in Mallorca


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The EF Education-EasyPost rider attacked into the final corner and left his rivals gasping, as he held his speed across the line and celebrated his first ever professional win. Afterwards, Marijn thanked his teammates for the work they did to set him up for the wet and tricky finale.

“I stayed with the first group and then we had a perfect lead out with Neilson and Owain and Julius,” Marijn said. “They did a great job. I just had to finish it so it was good. It’s the first win of my career with the pros. Hopefully there are more to come.”

This victory proved the second-year pro’s resilience, daring, and skill.

1 VAN DEN BERG Marijn NED EF EDUCATION-EASYPOST 03:37:31
2 VERNON Ethan GBR SOUDAL QUICK-STEP 00:00
3 GIRMAY Biniam ERI INTERMARCHÉ-CIRCUS-WANTY 00:00
4 ZINGLE Axel FRA COFIDIS 00:00
5 SOTO Antonio ESP EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI 00:00
6 KANTER Max GER MOVISTAR TEAM 00:00
7 CANAL Carlos ESP EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI 00:00
8 OLIVEIRA Rui POR UAE TEAM EMIRATES 00:00
9 TEUNISSEN Mike NED INTERMARCHÉ-CIRCUS-WANTY 00:00
10 KONRAD Patrick AUT BORA-HANSGROHE 00:00

It was another cold wet day in Mallorca. The second of the Spanish island’s early-season races, the Trofeo Port d’Alcúdia, looped around the rugged northeast corner of the island, crossing the second-category Coll sa Batalla and then the Coll Femenia, before the swooping return to the beachside town of Port d’Alcúdia and the finish-line. Marijn had to get over the mountains with the front group before he could let loose in the rainy, technical final kilometre. The plan from the start was to hit the last corner first and not look back.

That’s exactly what Marijn did. He worked his way forward through the surging group with the help of his teammates. Hugh Carthy had done a huge turn to bring back the last attacker and keep the bunch together for the sprint. Then, Neilson Powless, Owain Doull, and Julius van den Berg took over and brought Marijn to the front. Marijn launched when he saw the final turn. He knew the line was right around the bend. The others never had a chance.

“I’m not really a bunch sprinter, but this was perfect for me,” he said. “It was a hard race, small group, and then a sprint. I think that’s what my power is. I feel really good. I felt good during the training camp and during training in the last weeks. I had good legs today and to finish it is always nice.”

Congratulations Marijn!

Saudi Tour 2023 – Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team Roster

Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team will make its 2023 racing debut this week at the Saudi Tour (Jan 30 – Feb 3) with a diverse and ambitious seven-rider squad.

The Swiss-registered team will take on the five-stage UCI 2.1 race in Saudi Arabia with a strong roster and clear goal of being competitive on each of the stages and of making a strong first impression in the Q36.5 jersey.
Three sprint stages and two hillier stages are up for grabs in a race that is typically held in sweltering temperatures and where the desert wind is often the catalyst for the infamous echelons.

Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team will be represented by a multicultural roster spearheaded by Brit Mark Donovan, Italian Alessandro Fedeli and Polish sprinter Szymon Sajnok. The three will be the team’s protected riders and will look for their chances to fight for a top result throughout the week in the desert.

Experienced New-Zealander Jack Bauer and American Joey Rosskopf will play a crucial support role on the flat terrain, whereas Polish Kamil Małecki brings climbing firepower for the hillier stages. The seven-rider roster is completed with former Canadian champion Nick Zukowsky, whose versatility and previous experience racing in the Saudi Tour will prove invaluable all week.
Ready and Eager
“This will be our first race of the season and we’re eager to show our jersey, race aggressively and make our partners proud. We’re bringing a strong team and our main objective is to take a stage win. Szymon Sajnok will be our card for the sprint stages while both Donovan and Fedeli will aim for the uphill finishes. This will be a competitive race but we’re confident that we can leave our mark and start the 2023 season on a good note,” said Gabriele Missaglia, DS at Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team.

“The Saudi Tour will be the curtain raiser for our team and the first time to pin numbers onto our technology advanced Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team jersey. We are fully committed to start our journey of #RacingTheFuture in the best possible way. The team is strong, ready and united and I truly believe that will propel us to achieve great results and do our sponsors and our fans proud. We have options to fight for victory in all stages and come away with a nice result that will set the momentum for what will be a very busy Spring of racing,” added Doug Ryder, General Manager of Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team.

Racing at the Saudi Tour for the first time in his career 26-year-old Italian Alessandro Fedeli believes the race will serve up good opportunities to show his early season form and his looking forward to the challenge ahead.

“The Saudi Tour is a great race to start the season. Personally, I really enjoy to start racing outside of Europe, in sunny, warmer locations. I will be my first time in Saudi Arabia so I’m excited to visit a new country and discover a new culture. I’m in good shape and very motivated for this race where I will try to do my best. I believe we can achieve a good result and get a stage win,” said Fedeli.

Five Exciting Stages
The Saudi Tour covers a total distance of 830 km over the course of five days with Stage 1 starting in Alula Airport and finishing in Khaybar providing a flat opener suited for the fast men in the peloton. Stage 2 from Winter Park to Shalal Sijlyat Rocks will be the longest of the race with 184km and will serve up another chance for a bunch sprint finale.The race enters hillier terrain on Stage 3 from Al Manshiyah to Abu Rakah and the uphill finale will certainly bring the General Classification contenders to the fore. A steep short climb within the final 15 km of the penultimate stage from Maraya to Skyviews of Harrat Uwairid will provide the perfect backdrop for the punchier climbers to take their chances and seize stage glory. The Saudi Tour concludes on Friday, February 3rd with a sprinter friendly Stage 5 from Alula Old Town to Maraya.

Gabriele Missaglia and Piotr Wadecki will be Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team’s DS’s for the Saudi Tour, a race which will be televised internationally on Eurosport, GCN and other major sport broadcasters.
Saudi Tour 2023 – Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team Roster

Jack Bauer (NZL)
Mark Donovan (GBR)
Alessandro Fedeli (ITA)
Kamil Małecki (POL)
Joey Rosskopf (USA)
Szymon Sajnok (POL)
Nick Zukowsky (CAN)

Saudi-Tour Etappe 1

AlUla Int.Airport – Khaybar – 181 Km

1 GROENEWEGEN Dylan NED TEAM JAYCO-ALULA 04:08:09
2 RAJOVIC Dusan SBA BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS 00:00
3 WALSCHEID Max GER COFIDIS 00:00
4 WÆRENSKJOLD Søren NOR UNO-X PRO CYCLING TEAM 00:00
5 KANTER Max GER MOVISTAR TEAM 00:00
6 OLIVEIRA Ivo POR UAE TEAM EMIRATES 00:00
7 BOL Cees NED ASTANA QAZAQSTAN TEAM 00:00
8 FREDHEIM Stian NOR UNO-X PRO CYCLING TEAM 00:00
9 TIZZA Marco ITA BINGOAL WB 00:00
10 MEZGEC Luka SLO TEAM JAYCO-ALULA 00:00
11 VAN UDEN Casper NED TEAM DSM 00:00
12 NORSGAARD Mathias DEN MOVISTAR TEAM 00:00
13 CÔTÉ Pier-André CAN HUMAN POWERED HEALTH 00:00
14 GROSSSCHARTNE Felix AUT UAE TEAM EMIRATES 00:00
15 GUERREIRO Ruben POR MOVISTAR TEAM 00:00

After a spectacular opening ceremony yesterday evening, there were more fireworks at the finish of stage 1 of the Saudi Tour. As expected the pack made it bunched to Khaybar where Dylan Groenewegen (Team Jayco AlUla) flew to his first success this year in his opening race. The Dutchman who carries the colours of AlUla where this tour is staged comfortably beat Dusan Rajovic (Team Bahrain Victorious) and Max Walscheid (Cofidis) to the line and captures the first overall leader’s red jersey.
Before even the first pedal strokes, the third edition of the Saudi Tour started with a bang on the eve of the first stage. Fire dancers, over 600 drones in the sky, 16 teams gathered on five different stages, a mapping show on the magnificent Elephant Rock: the opening ceremony was bigger, greater and ever more spectacular than ever. Never had a team presentation been so impressive, and that was just an appetizer of what the race had to offer. After the opening festivities, it was time to battle it out for the first day of racing: a 180.5-km stage from the International Airport of Al Ula to the city of Khaybar. 111 riders took off shortly before noon and would have to deal with a fairly strong head wind as they headed to the south-east.

6 IN THE LEAD

After 3kms of racing six riders powered away: Hansen (UXT), Goikoetxea (EUS), Van Der Bekken (BWB), Iacchi (COR), Mohd Zariff (TSG) and Takeyama (JCL). Their advantage grew rapidly over a rather quiet pack: 2’50’’ after 10kms, 4’10’’ after 20. The first Intermediate average sprint (km 62) was claimed by Hansen while the gap reached a maximum 5’20’’. Under the influence of Team Jayco AlUla of Dylan Groenewegen, the pack moved closer to the escapees.

HANSEN, LAST SURVIVOR

Just before the second intermediate active sprint, Peio Goikoetxea pulled away in his quest for the most active rider’s blue jersey. Just after making it first to the line, the Spaniard was caught by his mail rival Hansen. At the bonus sprint (km 135), Hansen outsprinted his opponent to conquer the blue jersey. The Dane would eventually be the last man standing as Goikoetxea stopped his efforts due to cramps. With 25kms to go, Markus Hansen could still enjoy a 2’ lead but his solo adventure stopped just under 15kms from the finish.

BUNCHED SPRINT AS EXPECTED

Despite timid attempts and a crash, the pack remained bunched all the way to the final straight in Khaybar. Perfectly led out by his blue and white train including the precious likes of Luka Mezgec, Dylan Groenewegen comfortably conquered his first win of the season. The Dutchman who had already won two stages in Saudi Arabia last year beat Dusan Rajovic (TBV) and Max Walscheid (COF) to the line.

GREEN JERSEY FOR GROENEWEGEN

The five-time Tour de France stage winner naturally takes command of the general classification and will be wearing the leader’s Green Jersey for tomorrow’s second stage that heads to Shalal Sijlyat Rocks. He also leads the points classification while Marcus Hansen will be wearing the best young rider’s white jersey.

The Saudi Tour, launched in 2020 under the aegis of the Saudi Ministry of Sport and Saudi Cycling Federation, is returning in 2023 for its third edition. Sixteen teams in the international peloton will battle it out in five stages held from 30 January to 3 February. The 2023 route is a new opportunity for the field to discover AlUla, an oasis city in north-western Saudi Arabia, long a major stopover on the incense route and the road to Mecca. As well as bringing the unprecedented promise of a trip back in time, it will pull back the veil on a desert that only a few lucky tourists have got to explore so far. AlUla showcases the heritage of a 7,000-year-old civilisation, jaw-dropping rock formations and natural canyons, an array of adventure sports activities, and contemporary art facilities boasting unique architecture, such as Maraya, which will host the finish of the race. AlUla is also famous for its monumental tombs from the Nabataean period, carved into red sandstone cliffs: Hegra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site awaiting the peloton in the final stage.

The iconic sights of the 2023 Saudi Tour:
 Khaybar: an ancient oasis within an extraordinary landscape, born from desert volcanic activity
 The carved tombs of the Nabataean city of Hegra, the first place in Saudi Arabia designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
 AlUla Old Town: a 12th-century elaborate mud brick settlement along the pilgrimage route from Damascus to Mecca, today Old Town is an active tourism hotspot
 Maraya, the largest mirrored building in the world
 Harrat Uwayrid, a volcanic plateau overlooking the entire AlUla valley and the biggest of AlUla’s five nature reserves

As usual, the 2023 Saudi Tour, scheduled to take place from 30 January to 3 February, will be one of the first professional cycling races of the year and kick off the season for quite a few riders. The five stages on the programme trace a star-shaped route around AlUla, Saudi Arabia’s little-known archaeological gem.

The opening stage will take off from AlUla Airport and set course for the gorgeous Khaybar oasis.
AlUla International Airport, inaugurated in 2021, is is a beautifully designed piece of architecture that blends into the landscape and now offers direct international flights from Dubai, Cairo and Paris. The finish line of this stage will be set up in Khaybar, which is also known for its long history on the incense route. The city, planted in the heart of a volcanic field against the backdrop of majestic mountains, aspires to become a premium tourist destination.

Stage 2 will come to an end at the majestic Shalal Sijlyat Rocks after a 184 km journey.

Stage 3, which is 159.2 km long, will depart from Al Manshiyah Train Station, once an important stop on the legendary Hejaz Railway, a 1,300 km single-track line stretching from Damascus to Medina. Completed in 1907, the station saw thousands of travellers and pilgrims go through, some of whom stayed to create new local communities.

Stage 4 promises to be breathtaking, with a flying start from Maraya towards the incredible panoramas of Harrat Uwayrid. Maraya means ‚mirrors‘ in Arabic. The building serves as a multipurpose concert, entertainment and conference venue in AlUla. A brainchild of the Italian designer Florian Boje from Giò Forma, located in the Ashar Valley, Maraya has already hosted world-famous artists such as OneRepublic, John Legend, Alicia Keys and Andrea Bocelli, to name but a few, as well as local and regional artists. Maraya will also bring down the curtain on the race the next day.

The closing stage of this Saudi Tour will get under way from AlUla Old Town and give riders the opportunity to feast their eyes on the Nabataean site of Hegra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on Condé Nast Traveler’s list of Seven Wonders of the World for 2023.

Phillip Jones, Chief Destination Marketing Officer at the Royal Commission for AlUla said:
“With some of the top professional cyclists and teams competing here over five days, the Saudi Tour puts the eyes of the sporting world on AlUla.
“For those watching and participating, the route will highlight the truly unique and ancient landmarks of AlUla, and also emphasise AlUla and Saudi Arabia’s strong credentials as host for world-class international sporting events.
“AlUla’s links to cycling can only grow stronger, and we hope the tour will act as an inspiration to the population at large, showcasing the huge benefits that cycling has in terms of environment, health and fitness.”

About AlUla Moments:
AlUla Moments is AlUla’s new home of events. The brand was launched at the end of 2021 and introduced four new festivals to celebrate and unlock AlUla’s stories, uncover its secrets and celebrate local and international cultures. With 7000 years of civilisations and home to some of the most sophisticated ancient Kingdoms of antiquity, AlUla is no stranger to social gathering and cultural celebrations. The four festivals introduced were Winter at Tantora, which returned to celebrate heritage, culture and music, in addition to the AlUla Skies, AlUla Arts and AlUla Wellness Festival. The festivals offered a selection of experiences in art, culture, music, nature, wellness, equestrian, food and astronomy. All of which were celebrating the culture, history and legacy of AlUla and the civilisations that once called the land of AlUla their home. In 2023, AlUla Moments presents five major festivals and six marque events, including the return of Winter at Tantora, AlUla Wellness Festival, AlUla Arts Festival, AlUla Skies presented by Saudia, AZIMUTH, Richard Mille Desert Polo, Endurance Cup Race, and the Ancient Kingdoms Festival.
For more information please visit experiencealula.com/en/alula-moments

About AlUla:
Located 1,100 km from Riyadh, in North-West Saudi Arabia, AlUla is a place of extraordinary natural and human heritage. The vast area, covering 22,561km², includes a lush oasis valley, towering sandstone mountains and ancient cultural heritage sites dating back thousands of years to when the Lihyan and Nabataean kingdoms reigned.
The most well-known and recognised site in AlUla is Hegra, Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. A 52-hectare ancient city, Hegra was the principal southern city of the Nabataean Kingdom and is comprised of 111 well-preserved tombs, many with elaborate facades cut out of the sandstone outcrops surrounding the walled urban settlement. Current research also suggests Hegra was the most southern outpost of the Roman Empire after the Roman’s conquered the Nabataeans in 106 CE.
In addition to Hegra, AlUla is also home to ancient Dadan, the capital of the Dadan and Lihyan Kingdoms and considered to be one of the most developed 1st millennium BCE cities of the Arabian Peninsula, and Jabal Ikmah, an open air library of hundreds of inscriptions and writings in many different languages. Also AlUla Old Town, a labyrinth of more than 900 mudbrick homes developed from at least the 12th century, and Hijaz Railway and Hegra Fort, key sites in the story and conquests of Lawrence of Arabia.

Vuelta a San Juan 7. Etappe

Av. Circunvalacion y Mendoza sur – 113 Km

1 WELSFORD Samuel AUS TEAMDSM 02:23:41
2 JAKOBSEN Fabio NED SOUDAL-QUICK STEP 00:00
3 NIZZOLO Giacomo ITA ISRAEL-PREMIMER TECH 00:00
4 GAVIRIA Fernando COL MOVISTAR 00:00
5 VAN POPPEL Danny NED BORA – HANSGROHE 00:00
6 VIVIANI Attilio ITA TEAM CORRATEC 00:00
7 LONARDI Giovanni ITA EOLO KOMETA CYCLING TEAM 00:00
8 SAGAN Peter SVK TOTAL ENERGIES 00:00
9 ABERASTURI Jon ESP TREK-SEGAFREDO 00:00
10 ZANONCELLO Enrico ITA GREEN PROJECT-BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE 00:00

Endstand:

1. Miguel Ángel López (COL, Team Medellin – EPM) 25:40:57
2. Filippo Ganna (ITA, INEOS Grenadiers) 0:30
3. Sergio Higuita (COL, BORA – hansgrohe) 0:44

4. Einer Augusto Rubio (COL, Movistar Team) 0:50
5. Brandon Smith Rivera (COL, INEOS Grenadiers) 1:01
6. César Nicolás Paredes (COL, Sindicato de Empleados Públicos of San Juan) 1:19
7. Remco Evenepoel (BEL, Soudal – Quick Step) 1:19
8. Kevin Vermaerke (USA, Team DSM) 1:30
9. Matthew Riccitello (USA, Israel – Premier Tech) 1:41
10. Quinn Simmons (USA, Trek – Segafredo) 1:46
11. Leandro Carlos Messineo (ARG, Chimbas Te Quiero) 1:56
12. German Nicolás Tivani (ARG, Team Corratec) 1:59
13. Oier Lazkano (ESP, Movistar Team) 2:00
14. Juan Pablo Dotti (ARG, Sindicato de Empleados Públicos of San Juan) 2:05
15. Steff Cras (BEL, TotalEnergies) 2:11

Sergio Higuita beendet die Vuelta a San Juan auf Rang drei der Gesamtwertung

Mit einer 112km langen Flachetappe auf einem Rundkurs in San Juan / Argentinien ging heute die Vuelta a San Juan zu Ende. Tausende Zuschauer verfolgten an den Straßen die finale Etappe der achttägigen Rundfahrt – ein Radsportfest!
Die Sprinterteams kontrollierten die Etappe und gewährten den Ausreißern nie mehr als eine Minute Vorsprung. In einem hektischen Finale holte sich S. Welsford den Sieg. Während Sam Bennett nicht ideal positioniert war, überquerte Danny van Poppel die Ziellinie als Fünfter. In der Gesamtwertung konnte Sergio Higuita seinen dritten Rang verteidigen und das erste Rundfahrts-Podium der Saison für BORA – hansgrohe einfahren.

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„Diese Woche war super gut für das Team! Wir sind als Mannschaft stark gefahren, haben uns gegenseitig unterstützt und starke Ergebnisse erzielt. Ich bin zufrieden mit diesem Saisonstart, hier ein Podium mit nach Hause zu nehmen, war definitiv mein Ziel. Mein nächstes Rennen wird die Nationale Meisterschaft in Kolumbien sein – ich bin super motiviert und hoffe, dass ich das Trikot noch ein weiteres Jahr tragen darf.“Sergio Higuita

„Für den Sprint haben wir uns heute natürlich mehr vorgenommen, leider war Sam Bennett am Ende etwas eingesperrt und ein weiterer Sieg außer Reichweite. Insgesamt sind wir zufrieden mit der Rundfahrt. Ein Etappensieg und das Podium in der Gesamtwertung stimmen uns positiv für die kommenden Aufgaben.“Bernhard Eisel, Sportlicher Leiter

XXXII Garden Hotels-Luxcom Mallorca Cycling Challenge Palma-Palma 142 Km


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1 VERNON Ethan GBR SOUDAL QUICK-STEP 03:17:57
2 GIRMAY Biniam ERI INTERMARCHÉ-CIRCUS-WANTY 00:00
3 VAN DE PAAR Jarne BEL LOTTO DSTNY 00:00
4 GARCÍA CORTINA Iván ESP MOVISTAR TEAM 00:00
5 MOLANO Sebastian COL UAE TEAM EMIRATES 00:00
6 ANIOLKOWSKI Stanislaw POL HUMAN POWERED HEALTH 00:00
7 VAN ASBROECK Tom BEL ISRAEL-PREMIER TECH 00:00
8 BABOR Daniel CZE CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA 00:00
9 ZINGLE Axel FRA COFIDIS 00:00
10 DOULL Owain GBR EF EDUCATION-EASYPOST 00:00
11 EINHORN Itamar ISR ISRAEL-PREMIER TECH 00:00
12 CANAL Carlos ESP EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI 00:00
13 WALLS Matthew GBR BORA-HANSGROHE 00:00
14 ROJAS José Joaquin ESP MOVISTAR TEAM 00:00
15 GRONDIN Donavan FRA TEAM ARKÉA-SAMSIC 00:00
16 MARTIN MUÑOZ Jose Maria ESP ELECTRO HIPER EUROPA 00:00
17 MARTIN David ESP EOLO-KOMETA CYCLING TEAM 00:00
18 SOTO Antonio ESP EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI 00:00
19 MAESTRI Mirco ITA EOLO-KOMETA CYCLING TEAM 00:00
20 FIORELLI Filippo ITA GREEN PROJECT-BARDIANI CSF-FAIZANÈ 00:00

Before a spectacular setting such as the Cathedral of Palma, Ethan Vernon (Soudal Quick-Step) has been awarded the last trophy of the XXXII Garden Hotels-Luxcom Challenge Ciclista Mallorca to the sprint, beating Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Circus-Wanty) and Jarne van de Paar (Lotto-Dstny), second and third, respectively.

The British sprinter snapped the Intermarché-Circus-Wanty team’s winning streak in what could have been a perfect week of victories, having won three of the first four trophies contested. Vernon said at the end that “it seemed like a chase on the track, my first victory of the season and so early fills me with satisfaction.”

A four-man breakaway managed to establish a margin from the start, with Xabier Berasategi (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Ivan Cobo Cayon (Kern Pharma Team), Vincent Van Hemelen (Team Flanders-Baloise) and Marc Terrasa (Aluminios Cortizo), who arrived to reach an advantage of more than a minute and a half over the peloton, which at all times had them under control.
With 18 km to go, the compact group began the 3.5 km circuit in Palma and after four laps, they reached the sprint, with the victory of Vernon.

Matt Walls im Sprint bei der Trofeo Palma nicht in den Top Ten

Am letzten Tag der Mallorca Challenge wartete auf das Feld heute eine flache Strecke Richtung Palma. Nachdem das Rennen über weite Teile von einer vier Mann Ausreißergruppe bestimmt wurde, sorgten die Sprinterteams am Ende rechtzeitig für einen Zusammenschluss. BORA – hansgrohe versuchte Matt Walls vor der entscheidenden Spitzkehre 500 m vor dem Ziel in Position zu bringen. Dies gelang leider nicht ganz nach Wunsch und der Olympiasieger erreichte das Ziel am Ende außerhalb der Top Ten.

Von der Ziellinie

“Wir hatten uns viel vorgenommen und waren am Ende auch sehr präsent. Leider hat die Abstimmung im Finale nicht ganz gepasst und Matt hat seine Teamkollegen verloren. In der letzten Kurve war er einfach nicht in Position und so hat es am Ende leider nicht für ein Topergebnis gereicht. Unsere Bilanz hier nach fünf Rennen fällt eher gemischt aus. Ich denke, die Jungs sind besser in Form als das die Ergebnisse zeigen. Aber zufrieden können wir mit dieser Woche dennoch nicht sein. Wir wissen aber nach dieser Standortbestimmung woran wir zu arbeiten haben.” – Torsten Schmidt, Sportlicher Leiter

Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race 176 Km


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1 MAYRHOFER Marius GER TEAM DSM 04:15:11
2 PAGE Hugo FRA INTERMARCHÉ-CIRCUS-WANTY 00:00
3 CLARKE Simon AUS ISRAEL-PREMIER TECH 00:00
4 MATTHEWS Michael AUS TEAM JAYCO-ALULA 00:00
5 STRONG Corbin NZL ISRAEL-PREMIER TECH 00:00
6 EWAN Caleb AUS AUSTRALIA 00:00
7 SMITH Dion NZL INTERMARCHÉ-CIRCUS-WANTY 00:00
8 HIRSCHI Marc SUI UAE TEAM EMIRATES 00:00
9 BENNETT George NZL UAE TEAM EMIRATES 00:00
10 QUINN Sean USA EF EDUCATION-EASYPOST 00:00
11 LEDANOIS Kevin FRA TEAM ARKÉA-SAMSIC 00:00
12 GATE Aaron NZL BOLTON EQUITIES BLACK SPOKE 00:00
13 TESFAZION Natnael ERI TREK-SEGAFREDO 00:00
14 SCHMID Mauro SUI SOUDAL QUICK-STEP 00:00
15 PLAPP Lucas AUS INEOS GRENADIERS 00:00
16 TIBERI Antonio ITA TREK-SEGAFREDO 00:00
17 HONORE Mikkel DEN EF EDUCATION-EASYPOST 00:00
18 SCHACHMANN Maximilian GER BORA-HANSGROHE 00:00
19 GALLOPIN Tony FRA TREK-SEGAFREDO 00:00
20 FOUCHE James NZL BOLTON EQUITIES BLACK SPOKE 00:00

Trotz aktiver Fahrweise erreicht BORA – hansgrohe keine Top-Platzierung beim Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

BORA-hansgrohe beendete heute die Rennen in Australien mit dem Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. Nachdem ein Soloausreißer in der entscheidenden Rennphase wieder eingeholt war, setzte sich eine Gruppe um Jai Hindley und Marco Haller ab. Der Australier versuchte mehrmals im vorletzten Anstieg zu attackieren, wurde aber schnell wieder von der Verfolgergruppe eingefangen. Danach gelang es einem Duo sich abzusetzen, doch auch diese Bemühungen blieben erfolglos. Am Ende kam es zu einem Sprint aus einer rund 25 Fahrer großen Gruppe, in der sich auch Jai, Marco und Max befanden. Den Tagessieg holte sich M. Mayrhofer während Max zeitgleich mit dem Sieger auf dem 18. Platz als bester BORA-hansgrohe Fahrer das Ziel erreichte.

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„Es war ein ziemlich verrückter Tag bis wir zu dem Rundkurs kamen. Wir haben vorher versucht, zu attackieren, aber das hat nicht geklappt, weil die Windverhältnisse dafür nicht ganz geeignet waren. Als wir dann den Rundkurs erreichten, wurde es ziemlich hart. Ich denke, wir haben als Team einen guten Job gemacht, immer in der vorderen Gruppe mit dabei zu sein. Wir haben auf Jordi gehofft, sollte es zu einem Massensprint kommen, oder auf Marco gesetzt, wenn es zu einem Sprint aus einer kleineren Gruppe kommen sollte. Am Ende konnten wir den Attacken an den Anstiegen folgen. Das Finale fand in einer Gruppe von etwa 25 Fahrern statt und ich war mit Max und Marco dabei. Aber letztlich konnten wir nicht in das Sprintgeschehen eingreifen.“ – Jai Hindley

„Wir wollten heute den formäßigen Aufwärtstrend, den wir bei der Tour Down Under gesehen haben, in Ergebnisse ummünzen. Wir sind ganz klar mit der Einstellung 100 Prozent auf Sieg zu fahren in das Rennen gegangen. Dafür haben wir auf ein möglichst schweres Rennen bereits vor der viermal zu fahrenden Schlussrunde gehofft. Die Wettervorhersage hatte wieder starken Wind vorhergesagt. Leider war es am Ende aber nicht so windig; nichtsdestotrotz haben die Jungs beim Seitenwind versucht, eine Vorselektion herbeizuführen. Das hat leider nicht geklappt. Jai und auch Marco haben sich dann auch auf den Schlussrunden aktiv gezeigt und immer wieder gefährliche Gruppen besetzt. Letztendlich ist es dann zu einem Sprint aus einer relativ großen Gruppe gekommen. Max hat versucht, Marco den Sprint zu lancieren, aber das hat leider nicht geklappt. Am Ende fahren wir ohne Ergebnis in Australien nach Hause und sind natürlich etwas enttäuscht.“ – Christian Pömer, Sportlicher Leiter