Tejay van Garderen to retire after USA Nationals

“I’ve really enjoyed working with Hugh, and I think he has a really bright future,” Tejay says. “He knows if there’s ever any kind of question he has about time trialing, or just in general, he can always reach out, or call, or whatever. My door’s always open, and that goes to anyone on the team.”

 

Still, being a professional bike racer is a very tough business. Racing up and down alpine cols in the harshest conditions that nature can throw at you is one of the most physically and mentally challenging pursuits an athlete can do. Cycling is dangerous and all-consuming. To be competitive, riders have to ignore the risks and lead a highly disciplined existence. And there is so much uncertainty involved that there is never any guarantee of success. With a young family at home, Tejay has reached a point where he no longer feels he can do it well. He doesn’t want to take chances away from his teammates. He respects them as much as they respect him.

 

“The honest truth is that I don’t feel super effective as a bike racer anymore,” he says. “Once your ability starts to be less than it was, you have to find a way to make yourself effective. I was really motivated by the rise of Hugh Carthy, and I wanted to be able to mentor him and help him. I said, ‘Okay, I’m still a good climber. Maybe I can stay with him in the high mountains and give him support.’ I’m not skilled enough to be like those cobbled classics guys who are able to shepherd their leader through all the tricky sections. We have guys like Jens Keukeleire and Alberto Bettiol who are much more effective at that than I could ever be. But the truth is I wasn’t able to just climb into a group of the 20 best anymore, to be able to give a leader like Hugh support in the high mountains. So I was riding around thinking, well, what do I do? How am I effective in the race? And if I really took a good, honest look in the mirror, I said, “Well, if you have eight people to fill a roster, I could name eight people that would serve a purpose better than I could serve that purpose.”

 

— Mary Lee Mahony to www.efprocycling.com

Chasing the stars and stripes – a US Pro preview – Rally Cycling


Rally Cycling is heading to Tennessee to compete in the 2021 USA Cycling Professional Road National Championships. Held from June 17 – 20, the top American talent from around the world will converge in Knoxville to duke it out for the right to wear the stars and stripes.

As national champion, the winning men’s and women’s riders will wear the iconic US national champion’s jersey for an entire season – although the current holders including Emma White have had twice the time in the limelight, with the championships being postponed in 2020. 

The white whale

Rally Cycling has been competing at US nationals for over a decade, and while its riders have won multiple titles across the criterium, women’s road race and men’s time trial, there are two wins that have eluded them thus far: the men’s road race and the women’s time trial.

In 2018, Robin Carpenter bagged second place in the road race, only for Stephen Bassett to come second in 2019 (before signing on to race with Rally Cycling in the 2020 season). 

As far back as 2009 and ’10, riders from the team were on the podium, with Andrew Bajadali – now women’s sports director – coming second in ’09 and Alex Candelario second the next year to a certain young talent named Ben King.

It’s no exaggeration to say the team wants this one bad. 

“Of course this is a big target for us as an organization,” Jonas Carney, performance manager explained. “As a North American team with ambitions on the world stage, we would love to fly the stars and stripes in the pro peloton.”

Carney added.

“We’ll be going full gas to try and secure the road race title and will be entirely skipping the men’s criterium to do so.”

Men’s roster: Stephen Bassett, Nate Brown, Robin Carpenter, Colin Joyce, Ben King, Gavin Mannion, Kyle Murphy, Emerson Oronte, Joey Rosskopf, Magnus Sheffield, and Keegan Swirbul.

The women’s team looks to duplicate Jade Wilcoxson’s winning performance from 2013.

Women’s roster: Madeline Bemis, Holly Breck, Katie Clouse, Krista Doebel-Hickok, Leigh Ann Ganzar, Heidi Franz, Emma White, and Lily Williams.

Race of truth

World Team Pursuit champ Lily Williams will be joined by teammate Madeline Bemis in their pursuit of the team’s first-ever elite women’s time trial crown while Joey Rosskopf chases his third title alongside Junior World Pursuit king Magnus Sheffield.

Downtown criterium

With the reigning US Pro criterium champ Emma White and her teammate Lily Williams opting to focus on this year’s road race, the women’s team will look to a formidable roster favoring aggressive racing and a reduced group finish. The men’s team will skip the criterium event.

Schedule of events

Thursday, June 17 – Women’s 23.2k time trial starts at 10am ET, followed by Men’s 34.9k time trial. Course is flat and located just outside of Knoxville in nearby Oak Ridge.

Friday, June 18 – The women’s crit has an approximate run-time of 70 minutes, and kicks off 6pm ET. A single lap is just 1.7km long, so fans at the roadside can expect to see the riders a bunch of times.

Sunday, June 20 – Women start at 9am ET, and cover 114.6km. There are no start or finish loops, just one main circuit, which features the race defining Sherrod Rd climb. It’ll be done nine times by the women and 15 by the men. The men’s race follows at 1:15pm and will cover 190.9km. 

The criteriums and road races will be streamed live by FloBikes.

— Tom Owen to rallycycling.com

French National Championships in Epinal (June 17-20)

Vincent Lavenu : « The race everyone dreams of winning »

«The French Championship is always an important moment in the season. It is first of all the cycling festival with all the teams gathered at the start. The “French Nationals” is the gateway to summer and the Tour which begins just six days later. The tricolor jersey is everyone’s dream, from cadets to professionals. And of course that will be our goal again this year. We arrive in Epinal with humility but with great desire. The Vosges circuit is expected to be difficult and we can have legitimate ambitions. Benoît Cosnefroy showed that he has regained a very good level after his knee problems, Aurélien Paret-Peintre was among the best riders at the Critérium du Dauphiné. Guys like Tony Gallopin and Nans Peters have proven that they are not very far from taking more victories. Geoffrey Bouchard came out of the Giro d’Italia in very good form. We have no shortage of options, and we are all looking forward to the start. »Vincent

The number

13

Thirteen riders from our team will be at the start of the French Championship in Epinal: Lilian Calmejane,Clément Champoussin, Benoît Cosnefroy, Julien Duval, Tony Gallopin, Dorian Godon, Alexis Gougeard, (TT June 17), Aurélien Paret-Peintre (TT June 17), Nans Peters, Nicolas Prodhomme, Marc Sarreau, Damien Touze.

The news

The other national championships

For the first time in our history, we will line up 5 riders at the start of a non-French championship. In Belgium, Stan Dewulf, Lawrence and Oliver Naesen, Greg Van Avermaet and Gijs Van Hoecke will start the road race on Sunday, June 20 in Waregem. In Switzerland, Michaël Schär and Mathias Frank, whose last race will be the Swiss road race on June 20 in Knutwil. In Luxembourg, Bob Jungels will defend his time trial title on June 18 in Harlange before lining up at the start of the road race two days later. In Italy, Andrea Vendrame will start the road race on June 20, which will take place on the Imola circuit.

— Kevin Bottin to www.ag2rcitroenteam.com

Chris Froome ready for first Tour de France with ISN

Israel Start-Up Nation is proud to announce that four-time Tour de France winner, Chris Froome, will line up for this year’s Tour in the blue and white colors of ISN.

“Chris will be our road captain in this year’s Tour de France. As a four-time winner of the Tour, the value of his experience cannot be underestimated. It will be extremely useful for the team during the race”, said sports manager Rik Verbrugghe.

“On a performance level, I believe that we will see another improvement from the Dauphiné to the Tour after our recent training camp in the Alps. We hope to see Chris progress stage by stage throughout the race.”

With seven Grand Tour victories and 14 Grand Tour stage wins to his name, Froome is one of the most acclaimed GC riders of his generation. This year’s edition of the Tour marks his return to the race after a career-threatening accident two years ago.

“After two years away from the Tour de France I can’t wait to get back. It has been an arduous journey since my crash at the Critérium du Dauphiné in 2019, but this has been one of my biggest motivations”, Froome explains.

“I’ve been working tirelessly to get to where I am, and although my ambitions this year won’t be as leader, I hope to add my experience and support to the team as best I can as road captain. We have a strong contender in Michael Woods, and I look forward to giving my all for him and the team in the battle to Paris.”

We will continue to announce our Tour de France lineup throughout this week. Make sure to follow the ISN social media channels to stay updated.

— Mikkel to israelcyclingacademy.com

Nos ladies toujours vers le haut

L’équipe Bingoal WB Ladies disputera le championnat de Belgique des élites dames le 20 juin à Waregem. 122 kilomètres attendent nos féminines qui en seront à leurs toutes premières joutes nationales en élites. L’équipe Bingoal WB Ladies sera une des formations les plus fournies du plateau. Ludivine Henrion, manager de la formation, est enthousiaste. Elle dresse un premier bilan très encourageant des six premiers mois de notre équipe féminine dont les coureuses sont en progrès constant, à force de travail et de compétition.

 

Ludivine Henrion.La création de l’équipe Bingoal WB Ladies a permis à nos coureuses de regarder vers le haut, de gravir les échelons de l’expérience dans le cyclisme. Beaucoup d’entre elles, en effet, ont commencé à vraiment rouler grâce à notre projet. On se rend compte que des filles ont déjà énormément progressé: je suis certaine que ça n’aurait jamais été le cas sans notre structure. Je prends l’exemple de Fiona Mertens qui a fini toutes ses courses 1.1 dans le premier groupe, ce qui est un énorme en avant par rapport à l’an dernier. On voit nos coureuses se positionner dans la Lotto Cycling Cup, comme, récemment, Lien Lanssens, Fiona Mertens et Eleanor Wiseman à Nijlen. Je pense aussi, entre autres, à Kelly Decaluwe, qui n’avait jamais connu le peloton avant d’intégrer notre équipe et qui s’y fait une place sans problème. Ces filles apprennent le métier et on sent que leur marge de progression est très grande, compte tenu de la rapidité de leurs progrès. Je pense que le travail effectué par tout le groupe, malgré le manque de compétitions, commence à payer: j’en tiens pour preuve l’écart être nos néophytes et nos meilleures coureuses qui se réduit de plus en plus. C’est un excellent signal pour la suite! L’ambiance dans le groupe est parfaite, ce qui très important, les filles sont très sérieuses et très motivées, les plus fortes tirent les autres vers le haut. Le fait d’être intégrées dans une grande structure très professionnelle avec des pros, des espoirs, des paracyclistes, des staffs très compétents est extrêmement important aussi. Les prochaines semaines seront ainsi mises à profit pour disputer le plus de kermesses possibles et apprendre à nos filles de rouler ensemble, d’attaquer, ce qui est un nouveau pas en avant.”

“Ce qui est essentiel à retenir, c’est que la création de notre équipe a permis, malgré les circonstances, de mettre un très beau programme de courses au point, ce qui incite à nos coureuses d’aller de l’avant.”

National de Waregem. “On peut espérer que nos coureuses qui ont déjà disputé quelques courses importantes de la Lotto Cycling Cup vont pouvoir participer à la course en jouant un rôle le plus longtemps possible. Le parcours annoncé n’est pas des plus faciles, avec un premier circuit plat et un deuxième circuit, après 80 kilomètres de course, avec des bosses et des pavés. C’est donc là que devrait se faire la sélection, sauf si un beau groupe sort déjà dans le premier circuit, ce qui est un autre scénario possible. La mission première de nos coureuses sera de rester très attentives dans le premier circuit.”

 

 

Sélection pour le championnat de Belgique

— eric to www.wbca.be

Hydrating with Nuun through the summer months

Summer is here in the northern hemisphere which makes hydration on your workouts more important. Nuun has been a longstanding partner to Team Novo Nordisk and is a perfect fit for the team because added to water, it creates a sports drink without the added sugars. 

The Seattle-based company was the first to separate electrolyte replacement from carbohydrates and has become a must-have for many people as wellness becomes more widespread. 

This is what some of our athletes have to say about Nuun. 

Hamish Beadle: Nuun is an essential part of training for me, I almost always have a tab or two in my bottle. I also use it after training, to help rehydrate and recover. I’m not good at drinking enough water every day so Nuun really helps because it makes water taste so good. I’ve used Nuun since being in the development team, so nearly 5 years now. It’s a part of my daily routine.

Oliver Behringer: I use it all the time, especially when it’s warm. Because I come from Switzerland, I am not always used to warmer conditions so for me, the warmer it gets, the more important it is to hydrate and fill up on electrolytes. I use it mostly in training and racing. As soon as it’s over 20 degrees Celsius, I add electrolytes to avoid cramping. 

Przemyslaw Kotulski: For me, Nuun works very well especially in racing when I want to avoid cramping. I always drink it during competitions and it helps me with hydration. I like to have at least one bottle with Nuun with me during the race and I like lemon 🍋 flavor. The best time I would say every couple minutes during the race is to drink at least a little.

— tnn to www.teamnovonordisk.com

Hamish Beadle: Pursuing a career in pro cycling and the challenges that come with it

Hamish Beadle waited a full year to make his professional debut with Team Novo Nordisk. 2020 was his first season with the pro team but when the coronavirus pandemic hit, he made the difficult decision to head back to New Zealand before pinning on his first number. 

The trip back home meant he was there from March to October, missing out on racing when it finally commenced late last year. 

Hailing from the tiny town of Invercargill, one of the southernmost cities in the world, Beadle says it was the place he felt most safe in all the uncertainty of the pandemic. 

In many ways for the 23-year-old, going home was claiming back lost time. Beadle left home at a very young age in pursuit of a professional cycling career. 

“I was 15 when I started talking to Team Novo Nordisk. I emailed them and told them I’m a track cyclist and loved riding bikes. I was trying to get some of the new kit because I owned the old Type 1 kit. All of a sudden, they asked for my resume and a couple of weeks later I had plane tickets to the TalentID camp in America. Asking for kit escalated to plane tickets to join the camp in America for a few weeks.”

His performance at the camp led to an invitation to the Team Novo Nordisk junior team and eventually two years later the devo team. “At the end of high school, I got the contract offer to move to the US full-time and didn’t think twice. Straight out of school I was on my way to America.”

Moving to Atlanta from Invercargill, a city of a population with less than 60 000 was “different” as Beadle recalls. “I think my town has more sheep and cows than people, and I went to America, the land where everything is big. It was mind-blowing.”

The sacrifice was an easy one. When Beadle was 7 years old, the teacher asked all the children to write down what they wanted to become and he wrote, “a professional cyclist.”

“Most people didn’t really understand that it could be a full-time job but I come from a cycling family where mom, dad, my brother and uncle all raced. It’s all I wanted to do.” 

A challenging pro debut

He finally got his chance in the big leagues recently when he lined up with the pro team for the first time in Tour de la Mirabelle. Beadle has been struggling with chronic fatigue syndrome after overloading himself with too much training in anticipation for the upcoming season. 

He knew the French race would be tough, but he was up for the challenge. 

“It was great to be back with the team and in that atmosphere with the boys but it didn’t have the best outcome performance-wise. It was a shock to the system. The level of racing has gone to another level, I knew it was going to be a lot of suffering and my main focus was to help the guys and make it as easy as possible for them.” 

Despite a lack of racing, he did well in the prologue to finish mid-pack, proving the speed he acquired from a track cycling background still benefits him. On stage one he played a supporting role in helping the team leaders and similarly on stage two until he pulled out of the race. 

His Mirabelle debut was special as one of his best friends from high school back in Invercargill was also on the startline. The little town of Invercargill represented well on the other side of the world in professional cycling. 

Diabetes chooses champions 

Beadle has been living with type 1 diabetes since the age of 3. I asked him if being diagnosed at such a young age has taught him anything. “I definitely learnt at a very young age to be independent. It was a big thing for me because it gave me the freedom and took the weight off my parent’s shoulders when I learnt to be more mature with everything. When my mates wanted to go off to the park to play, I had to say hang on, I have a list of things to get together to take with me – a backpack, a drinks bottle, insulin, test kit etc.” 

That independence blossomed into a young 15-year-old Beadle hopping on a plane in pursuit of a cycling dream. A dream he has achieved but a journey that has only just gotten started.

— Xylon Vaneyck to www.teamnovonordisk.com

Chasse aux tuniques nationales – Cycling Team Bingoal-WB

La journée du 20 juin sera consacrée aux championnats nationaux.

Waregem accueillera le championnat de Belgique. La course de 220,4 kilomètres est dessinée sur un parcours sélectif en trois boucles, le Briek Schotteronde (4 x 18,2 km), le Andre Defoortronde (4 x 20,7 km) et la boucle finale (4 x 16,1 km) avec un secteur pavé à Herlegemstraat, les bosses du Kamelberg et de la Holstraat (vidéo du parcours – 221,3 km).

 

 

Luxembourg (Harlange), Tom et Luc Wirtgen. « Le championnat se déroule dimanche et nous sommes motivés pour cette course après le Tour de Slovénie pour Luc et le Tour de Belgique pour moi. La forme est bonne, malgré une grosse chute pour Luc en Slovénie. Il faut toujours croire en ses chances dans un championnat. Alex Kirsch et Bob Jungels font figurent de favoris de cette course qui sera très difficile, avec une bosse de presque 5 kilomètres et une autre de presque 1,5 kilomètre. Ca sera donc une course d’usure. »

 

 

  Pays-Bas (Midden Drenthe), Mathijs Paasschens. « Le parcours du championnat national est dur, en circuit, avec deux bosses à franchir à chaque tour dont le Col du Vam (Vam Berg). Ce sera donc une course d’usure dont le grand favori est Mathieu Van Der Poel. Mon objectif sera de rouler le plus possible à l’avant car les routes empruntées sont souvent étroites et avec beaucoup de virages. »

 

 

Pologne (Kartuzy), Stanislaw Aniolkowski. Notre coureur est le champion de Pologne sortant. Il sort du Tour de Slovénie.

 

 

Suisse (Knutwil), Joel Suter. Notre coureur est en forme, il sort du Tour de Suisse qu’il a disputé sous le maillot de son équipe nationale.

— eric to www.wbca.be

WOODS TO LEAD TEAM ISN IN THE TOUR DE FRANCE

Israel Start-Up Nation Lineup for the Tour de France 2021

Rider: Mike Woods

Role: Leader

Goals: GC and stage victories 

We call him Woodsy, and we fell in love with him the moment he arrived. And what’s not to love? Woods was all we expected and much more. He quickly became one of our brightest stars with his winning mentality and mode of attacking, he delivered victories and came so close many other times. 

Head sports director, Rik Verbrugghe:

“The thing with Mike is that before joining us, he was always the second rider. The one to work for a leader. Joining ISN, we allowed him to lead, and he proved to us that he is, indeed, a natural leader.

His success in the Classics, the Tour de Romandie, and the Tour de Suisse gave him – and us – the confidence that he can play the role in the greatest cycling race of all, the Tour.

“I expect him to fight for stage wins and be there in the GC hunt as he did in the Tour de Suisse. The team’s primary focus will be to protect Woodsy and provide all the support he will need.”

Mike Woods: 

“I am really excited to represent Israel Start-Up Nation in the Tour de France, especially in a team leader role. I had an opportunity to lead a team in a Grand Tour, but never at the Tour de France. I am honored to be given this position, especially considering the quality of the team we have.

“My main goals and priorities are clear: stage wins first and try to go high on the general classification. We want to do well on the GC, no doubt, most important thing for me is the stage wins. That’s the main focus.

“I am looking forward to taking on the GC role in the team. I love racing GC. It’s really challenging and doing it on Tour is more challenging, more intense, and much more stressful. But the way I am riding these days, I am up to the challenge. And with the team that we have, we will be a force to be reckoned with.

“I think I’m in a good spot right now. I learned some excellent lessons in the Tour de Suisse that we just finished yesterday, where I was able to fight for stage wins and finished fifth overall. I think we’re going to use those lessons going into this Grand Tour. I’m excited about it, I believe there are some excellent opportunities for us – not just for me but for the team, and I’m looking forward to starting up in Bretagne.”

Tour de Suisse 2021 – 85th Edition – 8th stage Andermatt – Andermatt 159,5 km – 13/06/2021 – Passo del Gottardo – Michael Woods (NZL – Israel Start-Up Nation) – photo Peter De Voecht/PN/BettiniPhoto©2021

— Tsadok to israelcyclingacademy.com

Mon premier « national » sera une grande expérience

Quentin Venner est, avec Tom Paquot et Laurez Rex, un des coureurs de notre noyau de Développement à s’être hissé dans l’équipe professionnel Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB en janvier 2021. Notre jeune pro dispute mardi la semi-classique française Paris-Camembert en guise dernière mise en jambes pour les championnats nationaux des élites qui se dérouleront le 20 juin à Waregem. Notre équipe enregistre, par ailleurs, le retour de Sean De Bie, aux prises ces derniers temps avec des problèmes d’allergies aux pollens. Johan Meens, Nathan Vandepitte et Louis Blouwe, de notre pôle de développement, complète le groupe également nourri de Boris Vallée et de Jonas Castrique,

Quentin Venner. « Je termine mes premiers six mois en tant que coureur professionnel. Je n’ai certes pas signé de grands résultats, le but l’était pas là, mais j’ai surtout beaucoup appris au contact du staff et des coureurs plus expérimentés du groupe. C’est en faisant des courses à leurs côtés qu’on apprend le plus au niveau du placement, de la tactique de course, des échappées, de la façon de contrôler. La course qui, jusqu’ici, m’a le plus marqué, a été ma première, la Drôme Classic, où j’ai directement senti le niveau, le rythme des équipes du World Tour, où j’ai compris que je devais continuer à travailler pour grandir. Je dispute ce mardi Paris-Camembert pour la deuxième fois. Le final de la course n’est pas facile, les hommes forts seront immanquablement devant. Nous devrons être attentifs. Mon rôle sera de servir Sean De Bie et Boris Vallée. Ma condition est bonne et je pense pouvoir assurer. Dimanche, j’en serai à ma première participation au championnat national des professionnels. C’est, pour moi, assez impressionnant,, je l’avoue C’est, quelque part, un aboutissement de ma carrière chez les jeunes mais aussi un grand test pour me jauger, après mes six premiers mois comme professionnel. Ce sera certainement donc une belle journée à plus d’un titre. »

Sélection pour Paris-Camembert

— eric to www.wbca.be