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A complete EUROTRASH Monday: The primary phases of the ladies’s Santos Excursion Down Underneath and the Schwalbe Vintage in Adelaide. Plus the Belgian, Netherlands and French cyclo-cross championships.
Global corporations fascinated with conceivable new British WorldTeam – TOP STORY.
Rider information: Cavendish noticed with Astana, Miguel Ángel López maintains his innocence, Greg Van Avermaet desires to take part within the finals of classics once more, Pauline Ferrand-Prévot ends her cyclocross season early, Thibaut Pinot to retire on the finish of the season, Benoît Cosnefroy to journey the Flemish cobbles and Andrea Bagioli begins ultimate yr contract with Soudal Fast-Step.
Group information: Simon Clarke covid certain earlier than the Excursion Down Underneath, ten riders and two sports activities administrators of W52-FC Porto charged with doping, Jorgen Nordhagen decided on for cross-country snowboarding international cup, Excursion de Tietema-Unibet equipment, Michel Cornelisse to Paintings with Fenix-Deceuninck and BORA-hansgrohe launches world ability scouting program with Pink Bull.
Race information: Tom Dumoulin Stops his Excursion de Dumoulin.
Contract information: Group SD Worx contracts Marie Schreiber and Eduard-Michael Grosu indicators with a Polish staff.
And the sorrowful information of the dying of Lieuwe Westra at 40 years previous.

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TOP STORY: Global Corporations Enthusiastic about Imaginable New British WorldTeam
Closing autumn it was once introduced that the British Continental Ribble Weldtite staff would now not race in 2023 because of sponsorship issues, however the control in the back of the staff doesn’t need to surrender. Group managers Tom Timothy and Jack Rees have formidable plans. They need to arrange a brand new British WorldTour staff and are in talks with a number of global corporations, in line with Biking Weekly mag.

It seems that, Timothy and Rees met attainable sponsors in Amsterdam. “We are actually in talks with a number of main world companions. Not anything is absolutely showed but, however there are a number of corporations from other areas of the sector,” Timothy stated. The staff, which as but doesn’t exist, desires to be a part of the WorldTour in 3 years, from the beginning of 2024 to 2026.

Two years in the past, Timothy and Rees additionally had talks with a significant investor, however that failed. “We made up our minds to say no their be offering, despite the fact that it was once moderately a big be offering from the Heart East,” stated Timothy. “It’s transparent that British recreation generally is turning into an increasing number of well-liked by global buyers. Alternatively, we need to make certain that each and every funding or spouse we paintings with contributes one thing to the game as an entire. We see biking as some way of giving again. It’s extra than simply biking.”

Additionally essential to the duo is that the British identification is preserved. They need to be offering younger British riders a possibility, but in addition, following Group Sky/INEOS, additionally encourage younger other folks to begin racing.

A brand new British staff for the long run:


Girls’s Santos Excursion Down Underneath 2023
Daria Pikulik of Human Powered Well being gained the Degree 1 of the ladies’s Excursion Down Underneath. The level resulted in a number dash during which the Polish rider beat Clara Copponi of FDJ-SUEZ-Futuroscope and Georgia Baker of Jayco AlUla. Pikulik additionally took the lead within the normal classification.


Degree 1 was once a most commonly flat level from Glenelg to Aldinga with Chaffeys Climb (600m at 7%) as the one labeled QOM. So all of it seemed like the peloton would dash for victory in Aldinga. At 110.4 kilometres it was once the longest level of this girls’s TDU.

A mass dash did appear doubtful at positive instances since the wind performed a significant function and the peloton break up into echelons at more than a few instances. A number of riders additionally attempted to stop a dash by way of attacking from the peloton. Those efforts grew to become out to be in useless and the whole lot got here again in combination 7 kilometres from the end and the peloton were given able for the dash. FDJ-SUEZ-Futuroscope and Jayco AlUla led-out their sprinters Copponi and Baker neatly, however Pikulik grew to become out to be the quickest with a formidable dash to move the road first. Additionally it is the primary victory for the 26 year-old rider for her new staff.


Degree winner and total chief, Daria Pikulik (Human Powered Well being): “It feels wonderful to win our first Girls’s WorldTour excursion race lately with my new staff. I knew that lets win earlier than the race and everyone believed in me so it’s a actually great feeling and provides me such a lot motivation. The method was once to be within the entrance as a result of we all know that might be a actually robust wind, however I love prerequisites like that so for me it was once the very best ultimate kilometre. The ladies helped me the entire race to stay my legs recent for the end. I need to thank the entire women and workforce for lately. We made the win in combination. I’m only a Polish rider making my dream come true. I actually like this motorcycle. It’s actually stiff so it’s more uncomplicated to be within the sprinting place.”

Girls’s Santos Excursion Down Underneath 2023 – Degree 1 Outcome:
1. Daria Pikulik (Pol) Human Powered Well being in 3:03:01
2. Clara Copponi (Fra) FDJ-SUEZ
3. Georgia Baker (Aus) Jayco AlUla
4. Maggie Coles-Lyster (Can) Zaaf Biking Group
5. Amanda Spratt (Aus) Trek-Segafredo
6. Best friend Wollaston (NZ) New Zealand
7. Kaia Schmid (USA) Human Powered Well being
8. Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
9. Lucinda Stewart (Aus) ARA Skip Capital Sunshine Coast
10. Brodie Chapman (Aus) Trek-Segafredo.

Girls’s Santos Excursion Down Underneath 2023 – Total After Degree 1:
1. Daria Pikulik (Pol) Human Powered Well being in 3:02:51
2. Clara Copponi (Fra) FDJ-SUEZ at 0:04
3. Georgia Baker (Aus) Jayco AlUla at 0:06
4. Grace Brown (Aus) FDJ-SUEZ at 0:07
5. Alexandra Manly (Aus) Jayco AlUla at 0:08
6. Ruby Roseman-Gannon (Aus) Jayco AlUla at 0:09
7. Maggie Coles-Lyster (Can) Zaaf Biking Group at 0:10
8. Amanda Spratt (Aus) Trek-Segafredo
9. Best friend Wollaston (NZ) New Zealand
10. Kaia Schmid (USA) Human Powered Well being.

TDU’23 level 1:


Schwalbe Vintage – Adelaide Males 2023
The 2023 season opens with the Schwalbe Vintage, a night criterium in down-town Adelaide – The curtain lifter for the Excursion Down Underneath. Best friend Wollaston gained the ladies’s race from a spoil and Caleb Ewan gained a number dash end from the boys.


Caleb Ewan gained the Schwalbe Vintage for males, driving for the Australian Nationwide staff. The Australian of Lotto Dstny was once the quickest within the bunch dash forward of the Belgian Jordi Meeus of BORA-hansgrohe and Kaden Groves of Alpecin-Deceuninck. The criterium runs over a 1.35 kilometre flat circuit during the streets of Adelaide, a number dash is all the time at the playing cards.

About midway during the race, a gaggle of six males controlled to become independent from and achieve a lead of 30 seconds, however they’d no probability towards the peloton, which sought after a dash. House rider Caleb Ewan grew to become out to be the quickest of the pack, whilst Meeus completed 2nd forward of Groves.


Race winner, Caleb Ewan (Australia): “You don’t depend this race while you upload up your wins on the finish of the season, however possibly you must. It’s towards a WorldTour box, in a natural dash and we’re all going complete throttle. However regardless of the report books say, a win right here in Adelaide this early within the season and forward of the season is a self belief spice up. As a sprinter it’s essential to stay the momentum going. There are essential sprints arising within the Excursion Down Underneath and I now know that my dash is lovely just right. That provides self belief for the following races. While you pop out of wintry weather, you all the time have a little bit doubt whether or not you have got ready appropriately. I additionally modified coaches, so my coaching was once rather other. That’s why I didn’t understand how it will pass. I used to be already stunned with my efficiency on the Australian championship, however my dash was once nonetheless a query mark. So this win is essential. It might not be famous as an legitimate victory, nevertheless it way one thing to me. It’s affirmation.”

second, Jordi Meeus (BORA-hansgrohe): “It’s a little of a disgrace to complete a detailed 2nd in a number dash, nevertheless it’s now not a nasty end result to begin the season like that. We knew Caleb can be probably the most large favourites this night, however he’s now not right here together with his standard staff, quite with the nationwide squad. So we didn’t moderately know which staff would keep watch over the race. As anticipated, a small crew went transparent and we then had Marco on the entrance, which was once easiest for us. The opposite guys accomplished our plan neatly and supported me up to conceivable. In spite of everything, my positioning can have in all probability been a little higher, however 2nd position isn’t so dangerous in spite of everything.”

Schwalbe Vintage 2023 – Adelaide Males Outcome:
1. Caleb Ewan (Aus) Australia in 1:02:35
2. Jordi Meeus (Bel) BORA-hansgrohe
3. Kaden Groves (Aus) Alpecin-Deceuninck
4. Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bahrain Victorious
5. Marius Mayrhofer (Ger) DSM
6. Campbell Stewart (NZ) Jayco-AlUla
7. Kim Heiduk (Ger) INEOS Grenadiers
8. Paul Penhoët (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
9. Bryan Coquard (Fra) Cofidis
10. Emils Liepins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo.

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Schwalbe Vintage – Adelaide Girls 2023
Best friend Wollaston gained the Schwalbe Vintage for the ladies, driving for the New Zealand Nationwide staff. The 22-year-old rider was once the quickest of a number one crew of 7 after greater than an hour of racing. She beat compatriot Michaela Drummond of Zaaf and the Dutch rider, Nina Buijsman of Human Powered Well being.

The Schwalbe Vintage is historically held the week earlier than the Excursion Down Underneath. The criterium runs over a 1.35 kilometre flat circuit during the streets of Adelaide. The race incessantly leads to a number dash, however on Saturday a number one crew was once in a position to stick away. Wollaston, who’s below contract with AG Insurance coverage-Soudal-Fast-Step, was once the quickest of the spoil and sprinted to victory.

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Schwalbe Vintage – Adelaide Girls Outcome:
1. Best friend Wollaston (NZ) New Zealand in 1:02:41
2. Michaela Drummond (NZ) Zaaf Biking Group
3. Nina Buijsman (Ned) Human Powered Well being
4. Ruby Roseman-Gannon (Aus) Jayco-AlUla
5. Chloe Moran (Aus) ARA Skip Capital
6. Loes Adegeest (Ned) FDJ-SUEZ
7. Anya Louw (Aus) Australia
8. Georgie Howe (Aus) Jayco-AlUla at 0:10
9. Clara Copponi (Fra) FDJ-SUEZ at 0:17
10. Daria Pikulik (Pol) Human Powered Well being.

Schwalbe Vintage’23


Belgian Nationwide Cyclo-Go Championship – Lokeren 2023
Michael Vanthourenhout is the Belgian cyclo-cross champion for the following yr. The Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal rider fought a duel with Laurens Sweeck in Lokeren. Thibau Nys completed 3rd.

Closing yr’s champion, Wout van Aert, was once lacking from the championship race in Lokeren because of a staff coaching camp. Riders reminiscent of Laurens Sweeck, Eli Iserbyt and Michael Vanthourenhout had the chance to take the Belgian jersey. All 3 had a just right get started, nevertheless it was once Thibau Nys who hit the off-road first. He took the initiative within the first a part of the primary lap. Iserbyt made some errors and in addition crashed. He was once already neatly in the back of after one lap. Sweeck and Vanthourenhout had escaped the others. Nys was once the nearest on this level. At the back of him adopted Jens Adams and Emiel Verstrynge, adopted by way of Iserbyt. Nys attempted to got here again, however Sweeck and Vanthourenhout had flown, he crossed the road 30 seconds forward of Iserbyt after 3 of the six laps.

The 2 on the entrance put force on every different. One take an opening, after which the opposite. At the fourth lap, Sweeck was once a couple of meters forward of Vanthourenhout for a very long time, however he was once not able to wreck the Eu champion. Later within the lap it was once Vanthourenhout who went away, however he additionally couldn’t drop his opponent. At the 5th lap, Sweeck had an issue together with his motorcycle alternate. He hooked his motorcycle into Vanthourenhout’s and so misplaced a couple of metres. After that it was once a thrilling struggle. Sweeck didn’t give in, however in spite of everything it was once Vanthourenhout who took the victory. At the back of the 2, Thibau Nys was once 3rd. Iserbyt and Gerben Kuypers finished the highest 5.

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Belgian cyclo-cross champion, Michael Vanthourenhout (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal): “I’m more than pleased. It was once a pleasant duel between Laurens and me. I believe he would possibly were a little higher within the working, however within the ultimate laps I felt that he was once a little wiped out. Then I simply attempted to get out of the loop first after which pass complete to the end. That was once sufficient. I believe it was once all the time in the back of my again. Additionally it is all the time a little of chaos within the pits. Somebody who is aware of my circle of relatives is aware of that this was once now not planned. I didn’t see it both, however I don’t assume it was once on objective. All through the race he already shouted that I needed to pressure my very own race. I didn’t must let Laurens set the tempo, I attempted that within the ultimate two laps. That was once switching. To start with I attempted to get within the result in get Eli to return again, however I may just see that possibly he wasn’t having the most efficient day. Then I knew I used to be by myself. It’s great that I end it anyway. It’s a little of a luxurious drawback.”

second, Laurens Sweeck (Crelan-Fristads): “I’m disillusioned, as a result of I don’t assume it went utterly sportingly. I do assume we had been lightly matched. In that appreciate he merits it, however I believe you select a pit earlier than the beginning and also you stand in it for all the race. I believe tactically I made a good selection to be to start with. You noticed that at the first lap, after I made an opening there. You then are available in the second one lap within the pit after which all of sudden the opposition is in the similar position as you, whilst they had been on the again earlier than. I don’t know why there are laws that aren’t adopted. It was once a little planned that he (the mechanic of Vanthourenhout) The motorcycle… You are feeling that as a rider that that occurs. This is nonetheless a little after all, however as I say: there are laws. They’re made to conform to. I believe that ultimate hole is, I actually needed to give all my energy to reconnect. The direction was once a little slippery and extra treacherous, so errors creep in.”

2023 Belgian Nationwide Cyclo-Go Championship Outcome:
1. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal in 1:00:04
2. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Crelan-Fristads at 0:02
3. Thibau Nys (Bal) Baloise Trek Lions at 1:42
4. Eli Iserbyt (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 2:29
5. Gerben Kuypers (Bel) at 2:39
6. Jens Adams (Bel) ChocoVit at 2:53
7. Timo Kielich (Bel) Crelan-Fristads at 3:44
8. Emiel Verstrynge (Bel) Crelan-Fristads at 3:53
9. Joran Wyseure (Bel) Crelan-Fristads at 3:53
10. Jente Michels (Bel) Alpecin-Deceuninck at 4:03.

Belgian Go Champs’23:


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Netherlands Nationwide Cyclo-Go Championship – Zaltbommel 2023
Lars van der Haar is the Dutch cyclo-cross champion, a repeat of ultimate yr. The 31-year-old Baloise-Trek Lions rider was once on the entrance for just about all the race in conjunction with his teammate Joris Nieuwenhuis. Van der Haar made his transfer within the ultimate.

Joris Nieuwenhuis had a just right begin to his nationwide cyclo-cross. He was once first into the extraordinarily muddy off-road. His teammate Lars van der Haar, the large favorite within the absence of Mathieu van der Poel, was once a little below force, however was once quickly in a position to transport up once more. He was once quickly in fourth place, in the back of Nieuwenhuis, Corné van Kessel and Tibor del Grosso. Later Pim Ronhaar additionally joined them. With Van Kessel having to go, Baloise Trek Lions was once in a super scenario as they’d 3 riders within the main crew of 4. When U23 rider Del Grosso was once dropped on the second one lap, there was once a trio of the purple and blue staff on the entrance. Alternatively, this example didn’t ultimate lengthy, as a result of after Nieuwenhuis sped up, Ronhaar was once long past. Van der Haar was once nonetheless in a position to hold on.

The duo, the place Nieuwenhuis invariably took the lead, briefly were given additional forward of the remainder of the sphere. It will be a duel between the 2 teammates. They didn’t assault every different for a very long time, however at the penultimate lap Van der Haar looked as if it would have to depart a couple of meters a couple of instances. Alternatively, he didn’t assault. The 2 leaders began the general lap in combination. There Van der Haar attempted, whilst working, to position in an assault. Nieuwenhuis, alternatively, was once alert and countered his teammate immediately. Then it was once Van der Haar once more who took the lead and had an opening. Despite the fact that he got here to a standstill within the very ultimate metres, he hung on and took the Dutch identify once more. A disillusioned Nieuwenhuis, who grew to become out to be slowed by way of a damaged cleat was once 2nd.

2023 Netherlands Nationwide Cyclo-Go Championship Outcome:
1. Lars van der Haar (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions in 1:04:11
2. Joris Nieuwenhuis (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions at 0:03
3. Ryan Kamp (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 0:47
4. Pim Ronhaar (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions at 1:25
5. Corné van Kessel (Ned) Deschacht-Hens-Maes at 1:47
6. Mees Hendrikx (Ned) Crelan-Fristads at 2:20
7. Stan Godrie (Ned) at 2:51
8. David van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Deceuninck at 3:13
9. Klaas Groenen (Ned) at 6:58
10. Bart de Veer (Ned).

Two years in a row for Van der Haar:
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French Nationwide Cyclo-Go Championships – 2023
French move champion, Clément Venturini (AG2R-Citroën): “This is a large pleasure to win my 5th French championship identify, the fourth with the AG2R CITROËN TEAM. I’ve struggled a little the previous few weeks with a tricky agenda. I did it that approach to problem myself towards the most efficient in order that I may just development extra, and that has paid off lately.
Fabien (Doubey) was once very robust, however I didn’t surrender till the top. I used my strengths at the maximum tough portions to impose myself. The principle factor was once to win, for myself but in addition to win for the staff. I’m more than pleased with the intention to put on the blue-white-red colors at the jersey. January is having a look just right.”

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Clément Venturini has now grow to be French elite cyclocross champion for the 5th time after profitable in 2017, 2019, 2020 and 2021.

The remainder of Clément Venturini’s program
Clément Venturini will race 3 cyclocross occasions to finish the season: the UCI International Cups in Benidorm (January 22) and Besançon (January 29), after which the UCI International Championships in Hoogerheide (if decided on). He’ll get started his street season on the Excursion des Alpes Maritimes et du Var (February 17 to 19).

French Go Champs’23:


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Cavendish Nonetheless No longer Introduced, however Noticed with Astana
It sort of feels to be turning into an increasing number of transparent that Mark Cavendish’s long run lies with Astana Qazaqstan. It’s been prior to now reported that the deal was once performed, and now the Briton has been noticed being picked up at Malaga airport by way of the Kazakh staff.

Cavendish had firstly signed a freelance with B&B Lodges-KTM, however after this mission collapsed, the Manx Missile needed to search for a brand new house. So he discovered it at Astana Qazaqstan. For the previous two seasons he was once below contract with Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl, however needed to make means for Tim Merlier.

After a protracted silence concerning the switch, the switch turns out like it is going to be showed quickly. After a mediocre season and the retirement of Nibali, Aleksandr Vinokourov’s staff may just use a brand new peak rider.

Cavendish in Malaga:
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medellinMiguel Ángel López Maintains his Innocence
Miguel Ángel López was once sacked by way of Astana Qazaqstan in December 2022 as a result of new proof towards him in a doping case. “I’ve now not used any doping. My organic passport may be blank,” López insists he’s blameless.

Astana Qazaqstan already suspended López in July for his alleged involvement in relation to the debatable physician Marco Maynar Mariño, however later lifted that suspension as a result of there was once “no proof”. Later, the Kazakh staff gained new proof. “We now have found out new components that point out a connection between Miguel Ángel López and physician Marcos Maynar,” the staff stated in a press unlock. “The staff due to this fact had no selection however to terminate the contract.”

The 28-year-old López, who completed fourth within the Vuelta a España ultimate yr, ultimately controlled to discover a new position for 2023 with the continental Medellín-EPM staff. “It stays my ambition to race for a WorldTeam staff once more earlier than I retire. Every now and then in lifestyles it’s important to take a small step again in an effort to take every other large step ahead.”

“Due to the assistance of my family and friends, I were given thru this era. It’s what if you happen to all of sudden don’t have a staff as regards to Christmas. I will’t blame myself.” López will race along the now 46 year-old Óscar Sevilla, Fabio Duarte and Aldemar Reyes.

López blameless:


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Greg Van Avermaet: “I Wish to Take part within the Finals of Classics Once more”
Greg Van Avermaet didn’t have his very best spring Classics marketing campaign ultimate yr, however the 37 year-old rider is hopeful that he can compete once more on the entrance in 2023. “If I not believed that I may just win every other vintage, I wouldn’t be right here anymore,” he advised PezCyclingNews on the AG2R-Citreon media day (complete interview quickly).

“If the whole lot is going completely, I will no doubt nonetheless succeed in just right leads to the classics. I need to take part within the ultimate once more on the entrance. I need to journey finals once more and end within the top-10, top-5.”

Van Avermaet will get started his season on January 22 with the Gran Premi València. He’ll then journey the Étoile de Bessèges (February 1-5) and the Excursion of Oman (February 10-15), then again to Flanders for the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (February 25) and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne (February 26). Then an Italian block of: Strade Bianche (March 4), Tirreno-Adriatico (March 6-12) and Milan-Sanremo (March 18). “From there I journey virtually all classics as much as and together with the Amstel Gold Race. I don’t do Liège-Bastogne-Liège.”

Van Avermaet isn’t eager about preventing but. “I will certainly pass on for a couple of extra years, I don’t know after I’m going to prevent. I don’t need to set a date but, as a result of I’m nonetheless having a laugh. And I don’t need to pass on too lengthy, however I no doubt don’t need to prevent too quickly, however I nonetheless have to achieve a definite stage, that’s the situation. I can see this yr if this is nonetheless conceivable or now not. I can draw my conclusions from that.”

Greg Van Avermaet’s Race program:
22-01 1969 Classica Comunitat Valenciana – Gran Premi Valencia
01-02 – 05-02 Etoile de Bessèges – Excursion du Gard
10-02 – 14-02 Excursion of Oman
25-02 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
26-02 Kuurne – Bruxelles – Kuurne
04-03 Strade Bianche
06-03 – 12-03 Tirreno-Adriatico
18-03 Milano-Sanremo
24-03 E3 Saxo Vintage
26-03 Gent-Wevelgem
02-04 Excursion of Flanders
09-04 Paris-Roubaix
16-04 Amstel Gold Race.

Van Avermaet having a look ahead to 2023:
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Pauline Ferrand-Prévot Ends her 2022/2023 Cyclocross Season Early
Pauline Ferrand-Prévot will finish her 2022/2023 cyclocross season previous than deliberate because of the damage she incurred while racing within the Gavere International Cup cyclocross race at the twenty sixth December.

Ferrand-Prévot, while disillusioned to have to finish her cyclocross season early, remains to be extremely happy together with her 2022 season and is making plans to begin competing once more in mountain motorcycle races within the spring.

Pauline Ferrand-Prévot stated: “Clearly I might have beloved to compete on the cyclocross International Championships however my leg simply hasn’t healed as briefly as we’d have concept. So I’ve taken the verdict, along side my trainer and the staff, to be aware of restoration so I will pop out are compatible and robust for the beginning of the mountain motorcycle season in April.”

The ultimate season has been a standout one for Ferrand-Prévot, having secured 4 international championship titles, 3 in mountain motorcycle and one in gravel racing, in addition to approaching board and being the primary feminine athlete to compete with the INEOS Grenadiers.

Pauline added: “I will not be disillusioned with how this season has long past, to have gained 4 rainbow jerseys is lovely thoughts blowing after I glance again at it. Then becoming a member of this Group has been improbable, everybody has actually welcomed me in and I already really feel at house right here. The fortify I obtain from the entire workforce is lovely particular. I’m having a look ahead to having some downtime after which coming again and seeing what we will do in combination for the remainder of the yr.”

Rod Ellingworth, Deputy Group Predominant stated: “Pauline can handiest glance again in this ultimate season and be actually happy with what she has completed. She has been the sort of welcome boost to the Group and we’ve all been inspired together with her paintings ethic, perspective and information. It’s now essential that she takes a while to heal so she will be able to come again more potent and able to head all in for 2023.”

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Thibaut Pinot Will Retire on the Finish of the Season
For Thibaut Pinot, 2023 might be his ultimate yr within the professional peloton. The 32-year-old Frenchman will prevent after this yr. His Groupama-FDJ staff made the announcement in a press unlock.

Pinot will compete for the ultimate time within the Excursion of Lombardy (October 7), a race he gained in 2018. In his farewell yr, the Giro d’Italia would be the major purpose, however Pinot additionally hopes to contest the Excursion de France another time, he advised L’Équipe.

“It’s a choice that I’ve considered over the last few years,” Pinot stated within the Groupama-FDJ press unlock. “I’m having a look ahead to the brand new issues I will enjoy after my profession, however I additionally need to race for yet another yr. I’ve hardly been so motivated earlier than a season and I need to end on a prime. I’m doing the whole lot I will to reach the most efficient conceivable effects and can proceed to take action.”

For Marc Madiot, the staff supervisor of Groupama-FDJ, it was once no marvel when Pinot stated that he sought after to prevent racing. “I virtually anticipated it. You’ll say it’s the correct time, or now not, nevertheless it’s his selection. I’ve skilled it myself. I do know what peak recreation is, and what it’s like when your frame and thoughts say on the similar time: it’s time. Thibaut has made a a success comeback and I’m certain he’ll have a a success conclusion.”

In his profession, Pinot gained phases in all 3 Grand Excursions: one within the Giro, two within the Vuelta and 3 within the Excursion. He additionally completed at the podium of the Excursion in 2014, completing 3rd. He additionally completed fourth within the Giro in 2017 and 6th within the Vuelta, 2018. The climber additionally had level victories within the Excursion of the Alps, Excursion de Romandie and Excursion of Switzerland. In 2018 he was once the most efficient in Milan-Turin.

Thibaut Pinot to retire:


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Benoît Cosnefroy to Debut in Flemish Cobbles Classics
This yr Benoît Cosnefroy might be at the beginning of a number of Flemish cobbled Classics for the primary time, his AG2R Citroën staff introduced in a press unlock. Those are Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and the E3 Saxo Financial institution Vintage. Participation within the Excursion of Flanders may be conceivable.

Cosnefroy isn’t a amateur in terms of racing at the cobbles. As a junior he was once within the peak 20 in Gent-Wevelgem and the Excursion of Flanders, however as a qualified he hasn’t ever been at the beginning of a Flemish cobbled Vintage. Cosnefroy is scheduled for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (February 25) and the E3 Saxo Financial institution Vintage (March 24). And the danger that Cosnefroy will make his debut within the Excursion of Flanders this yr may be now not excluded. AG2R Citroën has now introduced that participation in Flanders’ Maximum Gorgeous is a practical state of affairs for 2023.

The French puncheur begins his street marketing campaign in France, first with the Grand Prix Los angeles Marseillaise (January 29) after which the Étoile de Bessèges (February 1-5). Closing spring he completed 2nd within the Brabantse Pijl and Amstel Gold Race and within the autumn he gained the Grand Prix de Québec.

Benoît Cosnefroy’s race program:
29-01 Grand Prix Cycliste de Marseille Los angeles Marseillaise
01-02 – 05-02 Etoile de Bessèges – Excursion du Gard
10-02 – 14-02 Excursion of Oman
25-02 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
24-03 E3 Saxo Vintage
02-04 Excursion of Flanders.

Benoît Cosnefroy for the cobbles in 2023:


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Bagioli Begins Ultimate 12 months Contract with Soudal Fast-Step
Andrea Bagioli contract with Soudal Fast-Step will run out on the finish of 2023. The 23 year-old Italian, who grew to become skilled in 2020 with Patrick Lefevere’s staff, faces crucial season. “After 3 years within the professional peloton, it’s time to elevate the bar and turn out a little bit extra,” he stated in dialog with Bicipro.

“I’ve already proven a couple of issues,” stated Bagioli, who has gained 4 instances as a qualified bicycle owner up to now. In 2022 he gained the general level of the Excursion of Catalonia and was once 3rd within the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal. “However one thing all the time is going incorrect. That was once additionally the case ultimate season. I’ve by no means been in a position to accomplish persistently because of more than a few well being issues, together with corona and bronchitis. I’m hoping that to any extent further I not have the ones ups and downs and will all the time keep at a tight stage.”

Bagioli took a unique means this wintry weather than earlier than. Whilst prior to now he was once incessantly in form in November or December, he has now picked up his particular coaching later, he says. “After all it wouldn’t be a nasty factor to race neatly in Mallorca (the place he’ll get started his season), nevertheless it’s extra essential to be in form within the months of March and April, as much as and together with the hilly Classics.”

Prior to these Classics, Bagioli will contest one or among the one-day races in Mallorca. He then does the Faun Drôme Vintage and Faun Ardèche Vintage, earlier than touring to Italy for Strade Bianche and Tirreno-Adriatico. “The Faun Drôme Vintage and Faun Ardèche Vintage are just right assessments for me, the hilly direction fits me,” stated the winner of that first race in 2021. The Giro d’Italia isn’t on his program, a lot to Bagioli’s unhappiness, a 2nd participation within the Excursion de France has now not but been dominated out.

Bagioli envisions a long run as a pacesetter. “For now I nonetheless have that persona, I need to win.” He does realise that it’s tough to get that function together with his present staff, with teammates reminiscent of Remco Evenepoel and Julian Alaphilippe. If that doesn’t determine in the end, he’ll make himself to be had to the staff. “This is one thing that I can must have in mind in regards to the long run. The presence of such toppers no doubt influences my very own position. If I used to be with every other staff, possibly it will be other.”

2023 – Crucial yr for Andrea Bagioli:


Simon Clarke Covid Certain Prior to the Excursion Down Underneath
Simon Clarke is lacking a part of the preparation for the Excursion Down Underneath. The Australian of Israel-Premier Tech, examined certain for the covid virus and is staying at house as a precaution, it’s was hoping that he’ll rejoin the staff.

Israel-Premier Tech stated in a brief remark that 36-year-old Clarke has no signs of the corona virus. His take a look at end result was once certain and so he’ll keep longer at house in Victoria. “He skips Saturday’s criterion (the Schwalbe Vintage, ed.), and then he’ll rejoin the staff in Adelaide once he is taking a detrimental take a look at,” stated the staff.

Clarke will start his 2nd yr with Israel-Premier Tech within the Excursion Down Underneath. Closing yr, the staff handiest stuck him very overdue, and then he stunted within the Excursion de France with a level victory within the cobbled level to Arenberg. Clarke will take part within the Excursion Down Underneath for the 12th time; his very best end result was once 8th position in 2006.

Israel-Premier Tech staff for the Excursion Down Underneath:
Derek Gee
Sebastian Berwick
Simon Clarke
Chris Froome
Daryl Impey
Taj Jones
Corbin Robust.

Covid for Simon Clarke:


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Ten riders and Two Sports activities Administrators of W52-FC Porto Charged with Doping
Ten former W52-FC Porto cyclists will have to seem earlier than the Portuguese court docket. They’re accused by way of the Public Prosecution Provider of dealing in prohibited ingredients and strategies of the use of them. Two DS’s have additionally been charged.

A complete of 26 individuals are on trial within the context of operation Prova Limpa (blank proof). Additionally integrated are former sports activities director Nuno Ribeiro and staff boss Adriano Quintanilha and cyclists João Rodrigues, Rui Vinhas, Ricardo Mestre, Samuel Caldeira, Daniel Mestre, José Neves, Joni Brandão, Ricardo Vilela, José Gonçalves and Jorge Magalhães.

Paperwork observed by way of Portuguese media display that Ribeiro, Quintanilha and normal supervisor Hugo Veloso of W52-FC Porto had drawn up a ‘doping plan’ to fortify the efficiency of the riders. Since 2020, doping use, together with blood transfusions, enlargement hormones, testosterone, were throughout the staff.

“The riders had been prompt at the strategies of introducing the doping into the frame with out it being detected in doping controls. As well as, they gained directions for administering the doping,” is mentioned towards the staff control. Ribeiro would do this “with the information and consent” of staff bosses Quintanilha and Veloso.

The riders concerned are accused of getting “all the time voluntarily and consciously performed the info, with the only real objective of acquiring a monetary and carrying merit for themselves or for the staff thru using prohibited ingredients or blood transfusions”.

In April, information got here out that sports activities director Ribeiro were arrested for his involvement in a doping case. The Portuguese police had a big staff of investigators and all over space searches, in line with more than a few nationwide media, doping ingredients had been present in all ten riders of the staff. Following the doping investigation, the UCI made up our minds to withdraw the license of the Continental staff.

W52-FC Porto staff in court docket:
W52-FC Porto


Nordhagen Decided on for Go-Nation Snowboarding International Cup
The Norwegian variety for the junior International Championship cross-country snowboarding in Canada on the finish of January contains Jorgen Nordhagen. The 17-year-old Norwegian might be racing for Jumbo-Visma from 2024 and remains to be combining snowboarding with biking.

Nordhagen is a smart cross-country snowboarding ability in Norway. Closing yr he completed 2nd within the nationwide championship. He’s additionally a a success bicycle owner. In 2022, as a first-year junior, he gained a level within the GP Rüebliland and took the Norwegian time trial championship. He additionally took 2nd position within the street race within the Eu Championships in Portugal.

“I can proceed to mix biking and cross-country snowboarding within the coming season. I need to do the mix so long as conceivable. This is a nice workout that is helping me to coach and expand my complete frame,” Nordhagen stated after he signed a freelance with Jumbo-Visma.

Jumbo-Visma is worked up to let Nordhagen proceed combining each disciplines. “We see outstanding ability in Jorgen,” stated Robbert de Groot. “He’s a extremely motivated boy who’s searching for a coaching program that he feels will receive advantages him. The truth that he already is aware of the place his long run lies signifies that he can be aware of coaching, racing and creating.” Nordhagen might be a junior for every other yr in 2023.

Jorgen Nordhagen going to the junior International Championship cross-country snowboarding in Canada:
Jorgen Nordhagen


Excursion de Tietema-Unibet Package
Excursion de Tietema-Unibet Biking Group has introduced their equipment for 2023. Bas Tietema’s biking staff has long past for a gentle blue blouse with black shorts. The strains at the blouse, which categorical other biking tales.

“The strains constitute routes which can be of significant significance to ourselves and of significant significance,” explains Devin van der Wiel. “We now have requested our grasp craftsmen to proportion their maximum particular biking excursions with us. We now have decided on numerous them.”

“As an example, the description of France represents the start of our Excursion de Tietema journey within the Excursion de France. The Excursion of Flanders was once an ideal journey for us in 2020 and Bas has a distinct bond with Paris-Roubaix.”

Within the coming weeks, Excursion de Tietema will proportion extra concerning the tales of the ‘Meesterknechts’ at the outfit on social media.



Michel Cornelisse to Paintings with Fenix-Deceuninck
Michel Cornelisse can have a brand new place in 2023 throughout the biking groups of the Roodhooft brothers. The skilled ex-rider from Amsterdam will play a outstanding function within the girls’s staff Fenix-Deceuninck, which can make its debut within the Girls’s WorldTour this yr.

Closing season he was once incessantly lively as a sports activities director for the ladies’s staff; he was once found in the first actual Excursion de France Femmes. The collaboration has long past neatly on all sides, making the promotion a logical subsequent step.

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Closing yr, former rider Heidi Van de Vijver was once the primary DS of the ladies’s staff. Because of personal cases, she needed to renounce from her place. Cornelisse will take over her tasks in the meanwhile.

In recent times, Cornelisse has incessantly participated within the successes of Mathieu van der Poel with Alpecin-Deceuninck. The 57 year-old Cornelisse, with a previous as a DS in groups reminiscent of Vacansoleil-DCM, MTN-Qhubeka and Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij, is not going to utterly disappear from the boys’s peloton. The goal is that he’ll every now and then paintings for the Alpecin-Deceuninck staff.

In 2018, Cornelisse was once nonetheless within the image as a conceivable nationwide trainer of the KNWU. On the time, he was once nonetheless below contract with the educational staff of SEG Racing Academy. The next yr, Corendon-Circus, a predecessor of Alpecin-Deceuninck, picked him up.

On the staff presentation it was once introduced that, along with Fenix-Deceuninck, a 2nd girls’s staff might be added: Fenix-Deceuninck Continental.

Michel Cornelisse to be DS with Fenix-Deceuninck:
Vuelta09 4st Michel CornelisseJohnny Hoogerland


BORA – hansgrohe Launches World Skill Scouting Program with Pink Bull
BORA – hansgrohe is happy to announce the release on 1 February 2023 of a brand new joint scouting mission with Pink Bull. Entitled “Pink Bull Junior Brothers,” it is a world street biking ability scouting program aimed toward discovering the following technology of proficient street cyclists.

On the conclusion of this system, two younger riders from around the globe might be given a freelance with BORA – hansgrohe’s U19 squad, Group Auto Eder, and a freelance as a Pink Bull athlete.

This system is open to members below 19 years of age born between 2006 and 2007. From 1 February to 31 Might, riders will be capable to use Strava or Zwift to compete for his or her probability to grow to be a Pink Bull Junior Brother. They’ll entire their software shape on-line from 1 to 30 June, with the most powerful riders then taking part in a take a look at camp in August. The 2 a success candidates might be signed in September. Extra main points will grow to be to be had at redbull.com/juniorbrothers from 1 February.

BORA – hansgrohe Group Supervisor, Ralph Denk, remarks, “that is the primary time that Pink Bull is concerned with a mission in street biking globally, and I’m proud that they’re doing this in conjunction with BORA – hansgrohe. As well as, this system itself may be a milestone for us relating to scouting. In the course of the Pink Bull Junior Brothers, we will seek for ability international or even achieve those that would possibly now not another way participate in races in any respect.”

Dr. Christian Schrot, Head of Scouting and Construction at BORA – hansgrohe, feedback, “a success candidates will have to carry with them ability and energy, but in addition the possible to fortify. Specifically on the camp, we will be able to be able to position the riders thru their paces, and in addition get to understand them individually. Personality is essential, as a result of to have a qualified profession, you want dedication and stamina.”



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Tom Dumoulin Stops his Excursion de Dumoulin
After 3 editions, Tom Dumoulin has made up our minds to prevent the Excursion de Dumoulin. The development was once the place kids may just come into touch with biking and for adults there have been more than a few rides at the favorite coaching roads of the 2017 Giro d’Italia winner had been mapped out. The issue was once that it was once invariably plagued by way of dangerous climate prerequisites, in order that the entire attainable was once by no means visual.

The primary version was once held in October 2019. The development was once canceled in 2020, however the Excursion de Dumoulin was once once more at the schedule in 2021 and 2022. “The start line of the Excursion de Dumoulin is to let kids come into touch with biking and on this means give them a a laugh day,” Dumoulin advised WielerFlits for the second one version of his tournament. “I need to display the kids how gorgeous my recreation is. With a wide variety of video games and competitions, kids between the ages of four and 13 in numerous age teams can get to understand facets of biking.”

“Shifting extra and maintaining a healthy diet are an increasing number of essential subjects,” emphasized Dumoulin. “Obese and an bad way of life are an increasing number of observed amongst younger other folks and this threatens to grow to be an issue for the long run. The corona pandemic has as soon as once more proven how essential a wholesome way of life is. I need to display the kids {that a} wholesome day may also be a laugh.”

In a message on Fb, the organisers of the Excursion de Dumoulin now says: “Because of more than a few causes and a mixture of cases, we’ve made up our minds that ultimate version was once the ultimate version. We by no means know what the long run will carry, however for now we shut the bankruptcy ‘Excursion de Dumoulin’. Pleasure and disappointment pass hand in hand with this type of information, however with us the sensation of pleasure prevails. We’re more than pleased that we have got been in a position to let such a lot of kids and adults benefit from the recreation: biking. However now it’s time for different ambitions.”

Not more Excursion de Dumoulin:
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Group SD Worx Contracts Marie Schreiber
Marie Schreiber has signed a three-year contract with Group SD Worx. The nineteen-year-old Luxembourger will journey cyclocross races for her present staff, Tormans Cyclo Go Group, till the top of February. Schreiber has already joined Group SD Worx’s coaching camp in Denia, Spain.

Due to her leads to cyclocross, Group SD Worx put the younger ability Schreiber in its points of interest. The Luxembourger has already completed a number of just right effects a number of the elite, which may also be described as outstanding, particularly bearing in mind her age. As an example, she completed 2nd within the Azencross in Loenhout, whilst within the International Cups in Dublin and Val di Sole she completed 5th and 6th respectively.

“Marie Schreiber has indicated to us that she additionally desires to make the transfer to the street,” signifies Group SD Worx sports activities supervisor Danny Stam. “Enjoy displays that just right cyclo-cross riders typically additionally do neatly at the street. The place her attainable lies, we will be able to in finding out within the coming season. Given her body, in the beginning look she looks as if a climber. Within the Ardennes block and races in the second one tier, we need to cautiously see which races go well with her very best.”

“It was once actually a marvel for me that Group SD Worx was once ,” says Schreiber. “It’s an enormous spice up to my self belief that additionally they see alternatives at the street. I’ve by no means ridden a complete street season earlier than. On account of Corona, rarely any races happened in Luxembourg for juniors, whilst I had tasks for college ultimate yr. So this season I can have to determine a little on which terrain I will do very best. Despite the fact that this street season will basically be about cyclocross. If you wish to carry out neatly in cyclocross in wintry weather this present day, you want a forged street season.”

So Schreiber will certainly stay lively in cyclocross within the coming years. “But even so Blanka Vas, we’ve a 2nd nice ability for cyclocross with Marie Schreiber,” Stam endured. “It additionally suits in with our goals to grow to be extra outstanding in cyclocross. Vas and Schreiber have the possible to make strides on this box as neatly.”

Schreiber herself considers it a bonus to enter the cyclocross season with Vas: “When there are two of you, you’ll be able to proportion your stories neatly. Moreover, you pull in combination. I’ve stunned myself slightly with my efficiency in contemporary months. Issues are going higher than I anticipated. The ones performances within the box additionally give self belief for the street season. In any case, one of the vital women I’m competing with now in cyclocross also are doing neatly at the street.”

Marie Schreiber to SD Worx:
Marie Schreiber


Eduard-Michael Grosu Indicators With Polish Group
Eduard-Michael Grosu might be racing with a Polish staff this yr. The skilled sprinter from Romania has signed a freelance with the continental staff HRE Mazowsze Serce Polski.

The 30-year-old Grosu not races for a qualified staff for the primary time since 2014. Closing season he raced for Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli and earlier than that for Delko (2019-2021) and Nippo-Vini Fantini (2014-2018).

Grosu typically has just right effects each and every season. Closing season he additionally controlled to win a level within the Excursion of Romania.

Eduard-Michael Grosu might be house primarily based:
Eduard-Michael Grosu


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Lieuwe Westra Handed Away at 40
Lieuwe Westra passed on to the great beyond on Saturday afternoon. The Frisian was once 40 years previous. In his lively profession he raced for Vacansoleil-DCM and Astana. As a qualified he gained 13 races, together with two Dutch titles within the time trial. The reason for dying remains to be unknown.
It’s with nice dismay that Westra’s circle of relatives reviews that he was once discovered on Saturday afternoon at his trade premises in Zwaagdijk, North Holland. CPR was once of no avail. The previous few years were tricky for Westra. He discovered it tough to are living with skilled lifestyles and his retirement from the game. After his profession he married his Australian female friend, with whom he began a biking lodge in Spain. The 2 were divorced since ultimate summer time, the lodge was once bought and Westra returned to Friesland.

Lieuwe Westra was once a skilled beginner bicycle owner, however by no means actually broke thru. He went to paintings as a street employee, however noticed his brother Jan Hendrik nonetheless succeed in a prime stage at beginner stage. Lieuwe began to itch once more and after 3 years with the continental Krolstone, he grew to become skilled in 2009 with the then new Dutch skilled staff Vacansoleil. Westra was once then 26 years previous.

In his first yr he right away gained the Arno Wallaard Memorial and the Excursion de Picardie. Westra briefly received popularity together with his attacking spirit and time trial abilities. In his 3rd yr as a qualified, he rides the Excursion de France and triumphs within the prologues of the Excursion of Belgium and the Loire Atlantique Vintage. Till then, he basically remained with small competitions, however within the wintry weather of 2011 to 2012 he is taking a unique means.

That is right away mirrored in Paris-Great 2012. Westra can stick with the most efficient classification riders on this planet and on Mende he impressively takes the 5th level. His assault stays unanswered. Alejandro Valverde stranded on six counts that day, simply forward of Bradley Wiggins. He would win the Excursion de France later that yr and is the one one that can keep forward of Westra within the ultimate classification of Paris-Great.

Within the following years, Westra seized two Dutch time trial titles, wins the Excursion of Denmark in 2012 and takes a level within the Excursion of California. In 2014 he then made the transfer to Astana. By the use of level victories within the Excursion of Catalonia and the Critérium du Dauphiné, Westra cycles into Vincenzo Nibali’s Excursion staff. The Dutchman then performs a a very powerful function within the cobbled level.

Two and a part weeks later, Westra enters Paris with the Italian in yellow. It’s in all probability his very best good fortune, Westra incessantly gave the impression extra happy with it than his personal victories. After that he by no means reaches the extent he was once earlier than. In the beginning of 2016 he skilled a final revival with the victory in Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde, earlier than he hangs up the motorcycle on the finish of 2016.

RIP Lieuwe Westra:
Lieuwe Westra

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