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Tour of the Alps. David De La Cruz is second on a wet day in Lienz – Astana

Tour of the Alps. David De La Cruz is second on a wet day in Lienz

David De La Cruz finished second today at the final stage of the Tour of the Alps in Lienz. At the finish, in the uphill sprint the Astana Qazaqstan Team rider lost to Thibault Pinot who became the winner of Stage 5.

“The feeling was really good and after first difficult stages, yesterday and especially today I felt myself much better. Looks like the form is coming and I hope to be ready for the main goal Giro d’Italia. Well, I was fighting for a stage win, but there was 50/50 between me and him with many factors which could impact the result. But today Thibault Pinot was the strongest and I congratulate him. It did not work today, but I hope it could work in a day at the Giro. Now with these good sensations I am heading to the Liège-Bastogne-Liège, while later I will go to Budapest”, – said David De La Cruz.

The final Stage 5 of the race has been impacted a lot by cold and rain. After some 30 km of racing a group of 15 riders finally broke away clear with David De La Cruz among the escapers. The Astana Qazaqstan Team rider was one of the most active in the break; with 65 km to go De La Cruz launched an attack together with the Frenchman Thibault Pinot, shortly opening a good gap to the rest of the breakaway. Two riders worked well together, increasing their advantage on the next climb of the day. David De La Cruz made an attack on the descent, while Thibault Pinot tried to escape on the last climb, however the riders hit the finish 500 meters all together and decided the stage win in a sprint, won by French rider.

“Well, it was a real fight between David and Thibault and the strongest won today. We were close to another win here at the Tour of the Alps, however I am quite happy with David’s performance today and with the form he showed in this stage. He looked really strong, and it is a good sign ahead of the Giro d’Italia. So, it still was a good day for us. In general, we spent a nice week here in Alps and all riders who are going to take part in the Giro showed they are ready”, – said Alexandr Shefer, Sports Director of Astana Qazaqstan Team.

Photo credit: @Gettysport

— Vitalii to www.astana-qazaqstan.com

Tour of the Alps. Miguel Angel Lopez wins atop Grossglockner – Astana

Tour of the Alps. Miguel Angel Lopez wins atop Grossglockner

The leader of Astana Qazaqstan Team Miguel Angel Lopez takes a beautiful solo win atop Kals am Grossglockner at Stage 4 of the Tour of the Alps. Lopez attacked from the peloton with some four kilometers to go; firstly, he caught the only remained rider from the earlier breakaway Thibault Pinot and later after a counterattack he went solo to take his first win of the season.

“It is a good day for me, but also for the whole team. We were looking for this success and now we get the confidence and motivation for the next goals. It was the only stage with an uphill final and, definitely, I was motivated to try something today. I stayed calmly in the main group while we had Sebastian and Fabio in the break, but when it became clear that it won’t reach the finish, I decided to attack. I made a powerful move, shortly getting a gap to the peloton. But until a moment I still was not sure if I can reach Thibault Pinot or not. He still was far away in front, but with some 2.5 kilometers to go I finally saw him in front, and in that moment I just gave my best to catch him and later to attack again”, – said Miguel Angel Lopez.

 

“I lived some good moments at the finish, and I wanted to deliver this success to Astana Qazaqstan Team, my home team where I returned this season and where I got a very warm welcome back. Also, I wanted to dedicate the win to my second child, who we are expecting with my wife soon. Alongside this by this victory I just wanted to remember our great champion Michele Scarponi who left us five years ago”, – continued Miguel Angel.

 

“Well, we arrived here with a goal to make the final step in our preparation to the Giro d’Italia, to feel the racing rhythm, to try different tactics and to try to win a stage. I believe we are spending a good week here at the Tour of the Alps, I feel like my form is growing and I am on the right way to the Giro”, – concluded Lopez.

Astana Qazaqstan Team was very active from the start: firstly, it was David De La Cruz who attacked for several times for a breakaway, and in a moment he found himself in a group of eleven riders. When this group has been caught back, Fabio Felline and Sebastian Henao made another move, which brought them to another group of escapers.

After a crash Fabio Felline came back to the peloton, where he provided some help to Miguel Angel Lopez, while Sebastian Henao still was fighting for a stage win until the final six kilometers, when the peloton neutralized his breakaway.

There was still a rider in front of the race – Thibault Pinot, but he could not resist under a super strong attack of Miguel Angel Lopez, who won today’s Stage 4.

“We had two options for this stage and at the meeting before start we decided that it is better if Miguel Angel stays in the peloton for the final, while some other riders would try to do something in the break. I think our team did a great stage with David De La Cruz and later with Fabio Felline and Sebastian Henao, who worked hard and fought for a stage win. Well, at the end of the day it did not work, but we still had our leader Miguel Angel Lopez, who was ready to attack on the final climb. It was a perfect move; he was unstoppable today. We all are really happy with this long-awaited victory, and it brings us some good motivation and inspiration ahead of the Giro d’Italia”, – said Alexandr Shefer, Sports Director of Astana Qazaqstan Team.

Photo credit: @Gettysport

— Vitalii to www.astana-qazaqstan.com

BRILLIANT PELLO BILBAO SPRINTS TO STAGE VICTORY AND THE LEADER’S JERSEY AT TOUR OF THE ALPS

Day 2 of the Tour of the Alps was the Pelli & Pello show, as Sports Director Franco Pelizzotti masterminded a perfect performance from Bahrain Victorious, which was finished off by Pello Bilbao on an uphill finish in Lana.

It is the Spaniard’s 3rd career win at the Tour of the Alps, and means that he wears the green jersey for the first time. A great day was made even better when news came through that Santiago Buitrago had taken the white jersey for the best young rider as well!

There was climbing straight from the start in Primiero/S. Martin di Castrozza – the cat 2 Passo Rolle, on whose slopes a 10 man breakaway formed, including GC danger men Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) & Pavel Sivakov (Ineos Grenadiers), along with our own Hermann Pernsteiner.

Halfway through the stage the break had around 2’30”, as the main test of the day began: the Passo della Mendola; 16kms at an average gradient of 6.5%. From this moment, our team led the peloton right until the final few metres in Lana – nearly 80kms on the front!

With 30k remaining, Sivakov and Michael Storer (Groupama-FDJ) were over a minute in front, but Pernsteiner (who had dropped back to join his teammates), Buitrago, Bilbao, and Mikel Landa – who worked like a one-man engine – pulled the Bahrain train closer to the escapees as the kilometres ticked down.

Having been confident of fighting it out between themselves for the win, incredibly the duo in front were caught with 9.6k left, and still the red & orange jerseys dominated on the front.

As the bunch entered the uphill 2 kilometre drag to the line, Bahrain Victorious provided a lead out of which a sprint team would have been proud, leaving Bilbao an uncontested run in, and a chance to raise both arms ‘victorious’.

Tour of the Alps 2022 – 45th Edition – Primiero/S. Martino di Castrozza – Lana 154,1 km – 19/04/2022 – Pello Bilbao (ESP – Bahrain Victorious) – photo Massimo Fulgenzi/SprintCyclingAgency©2022

We worked at our own pace, were super confident, and we always believed. The team did all the work, I just did the last 100metres to put the cherry on the cake. We really demonstrated that cycling is a team sport today,” said the stage winner afterwards.

After a 2nd place yesterday, today’s triumph means Pello takes a 6 second advantage over Romain Bardet into Wednesday’s Queen stage. Meanwhile, 22 year old Colombian Buitrago is also in the top 10, and leads the young riders’ classification.

There is plenty to play for in the next 3 days, and Bilbao, Buitrago, & Bahrain are in pole position:

After being close to victory here a few times, this year I have the responsibility to fight for the jersey. We have a powerful team, with Mikel and Santiago near in the GC too. That’s going to be important because we expect a crazy race like we’ve already seen for the first two stages.

Tour of the Alps 2022 – 45th Edition – 2nd stage Primiero/S. Martino di Castrozza – Lana 154.1km – 19/04/2022 – Pello Bilbao (ESP – Bahrain Victorious) – photo Massimo Fulgenzi/SprintCyclingAgency©2022

— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com

PELLO BILBAO SECOND ON TOUR OF THE ALPS STAGE 1 

The 45th Tour of the Alps started on Monday with a 6-man Team Bahrain Victorious squad showing strongly on the front of the bunch throughout the day, before Pello Bilbao won a sprint for 2nd place behind stage winner Geoffrey Bouchard (AG2R Citroën Team).

The Frenchman had been part of the initial breakaway which built up a lead of 7’45”, before the first climb, the category 2 Passo Brocon. It was Bahrain Victorious who were active at the front and pulled the peloton, reducing the gap to 4 minutes at the first KoM.

Bouchard was all alone at the front of the race by the top of the day’s other categorised climb, the 3rd cat Passo Gobbera, and with Ineos Grenadiers helping, there were 5 TBV riders pushing the pace as the leader’s advantage fell to 2’30”

It was down to a minute when the race entered its denouement – a 13.5k lap around Fiera di Primiero, including a kick to the finish with maximum gradients of 9%.

Bahrain Victorious were once again dominant in the chase, and although Bouchard managed to hold on for victory, 5 seconds behind, Bilbao came around and through a big group, passing 5 riders to take the sprint for second place ahead of rivals including Romain Bardet, Pavel Sivakov, Miguel Angel Lopez & Richie Porte.

Tour of the Alps 2022 – 45th Edition – ClesÝPrimiero/S. Martino di Castrozza 160,9 km – 18/04/2022 – Pello Bilbao (ESP – Bahrain Victorious) – Romain Bardet (FRA – Team DSM) – Vincenzo Albanese (ITA – EOLO – Kometa) – photo Luca Bettini/SprintCyclingAgency©2022

At one point we thought the race was lost. The peloton didn’t work together 100% but we tried to pull full in the last 5k and we were near,” said Bilbo after the stage.

The Basque rider, who finished 2nd overall here last year, takes a time bonus on the line to lie 9 seconds back in GC. Santiago Buitrago came over the line in 11th, and leader Mikel Landa made it 3 TBV riders in the top 25.

After that team performance, Bilbao added, “We showed that we can do great things in this race.

Stage 2 leaves from where stage 1 ended, and the race heads 153kms to Lana, with 2 serious climbs to contend with on the way.

(All pictures can be used for editorial and non-commercial usages only and are copyright @Sprintcycling @TeamBahrainVictorious)

— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com

Bahrain Victorious to Tour of the Alps

Team Bahrain Victorious are back in action on Monday 18th April at the 45th edition of the Tour of the Alps.

With the Giro d’Italia Grande Partenza in Budapest less than 3 weeks away, the race covers the mountainous roads of Trentino, South Tyrol & Tyrol, in both Italy and Austria.

TBV are sending a strong squad, including leader Mikel Landa, winner in 2016, and road captain Pello Bilbao, who finished 2nd last year.

“This is an important preparation race for the Giro, with very high quality riders,” commented Alberto Volpi, lead Sports Director. “It’s an exciting route, with not a single easy stage”

As usual, the stages are relatively short which encourages dramatic racing, and with 13,900 metres of climbing over the 5 days, the battle for the green jersey will be intense from start to finish.

Stages 2 & 3 will provide the biggest tests, including the 1st category Passo Furcia on Wednesday, before a 12.5km-ascent to the line at Kals am Grossglockner on stage 4, and a short, nerve-testing final stage on Friday.

Two of our riders will be close to home: Edoardo Zambanini who turns 21 on Thursday, hails from the Trentino region, and Austrian Hermann Pernsteiner, who takes the start for the third time.

Also in the Alps to support their leader on the climbs will be Columbian Santiago Buitrago, already a stage winner this season at the Saudi Tour, and Slovenian Domen Novak.

“We have a very strong team for this kind of race; guys who climb really well,” Volpi adds. “Our objectives are to try to win a stage and to finish on the podium in the GC. I think those are realistic and achievable targets for us.”

— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com

Astana Qazaqstan Team for Tour of the Alps 2022 – Astana

Astana Qazaqstan Team for Tour of the Alps 2022

Astana Qazaqstan Team will take part in the 2.Pro stage race Tour of the Alps, which will be held in Italy and Austria from April 18th to 22nd.

Rider roster: Fabio Felline (ITA), Sebastian Henao (COL), Miguel Angel Lopez (COL), David De La Cruz (ESP), Yuriy Natarov (KAZ), Joe Dombrowski (USA), Vadim Pronskiy (KAZ).

 

Sports directors in race: Alexandr Shefer (KAZ), Bruno Cenghialta (ITA).

Race information: https://www.tourofthealps.eu/en/

Photo credit: @Gettysport

— Vitalii to www.astana-qazaqstan.com

Movistar Team debuta en el Tour of the Alps (lunes 18 – viernes 22)

Movistar Team debuta en el Tour of the Alps (lunes 18 – viernes 22) — Dani Sánchez to movistarteam.com

Tour of the Alps (April 18-22)

Nicolas Prodhomme : « Seize every opportunity »

“The start of the season was not what I expected with my crash in training in January and then Covid-19 in February. I was able to complete a few rounds of the Coupe de France to get back on my feet, then the Itzulia Basque Country last week did me a lot of good. There was a high level.
I have very good memories of the Tour des Alpes last year having been in a great breakaway as well as during the last stage being in contact with the favorites with Geoffrey (Bouchard). It is a race that I really enjoy for its profile and the beauty of the course.
This year, we are fielding a competitive team with Geoffrey Bouchard, Clément Champoussin and Félix Gall. Having three cards capable of playing leading roles will allow us to take risks and seize all opportunities.”Nicolas

The number

15

As of April 12, 2022, Benoît Cosnefroy, second in the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday and in De Brabantse Pijl on Wednesday, is in fifteenth place in the UCI ranking.

The news

Clément Venturini unavailable for a month

The victim of a crash in the last kilometers of the last stage of the Circuit Cycliste Sarthe – Pays de la Loire, Clément Venturini suffered a contusion on the right side of his pelvis with partial lesion of a tendon in the right hip.
He will be out for a month. The date for his return to racing is not yet known

— Romain Perez Canales to ag2rcitroenteam.com

French weekend at the foot of the Alps for Team Novo Nordisk at Besancon & Jura

The world’s first all diabetes professional cycling team carry their message of inspiration and empowerment to France at the weekend for successive one day races at the Classic Grand Besancon Doubs and the Tour of Jura.

Following hot on the heels of two tough races in Belgium, Team Novo Nordisk will face similar challenges as they race through over the climbs and stunning river valleys of the Doubs with young French climber Lucas Dauge finally set to make his full debut for the pro team after a year beset by injuries and recuperation.

“I can’t believe it’s finally happening,” said Dauge. “I crashed way back in December 2020 in Girona during pre-season training and broke my Tibia and Fibula. I had two surgeries and a long period immobile, around three months before weeks of intense physio sessions to be able to walk again and rebuild my strength.”

“Starting from scratch was a real challenge, but I embraced it and although the process was very long, I stayed patient and worked hard, to be back at training on the bike this summer. My family, friends, physio, doctor and the team gave me a lot of support throughout this whole situation and I couldn’t have done it without them.”

There will be no pressure for Dauge as he eases back into racing with compatriot Mehdi Benahmouda also returning and racing in support of Spanish climber David Lozano and the versatile, in form Italian Andrea Peron, both set to lead the team.”

“We are very pleased that Lucas has made it back in time to race before the end of the season,” said General Manager Vassili Davidenko. “It was such an unfortunate sequence of events and he has shown real determination and dedication to over-come the challenges in front of him this year and we are excited to have Lucas making his first senior appearance.”

After solid performances in Belgium Italian Umberto Poli also comes straight into the line-up for France with Swiss rouleur Oliver Behringer making the short to trip over the border to complete the team alongside former Hungarian road champion Peter Kusztor.

“This line-up has a good balance of experience and versatility,” continued Davidenko. “It’s important that our leaders step up and show what we can do at the weekend. Important for the team, but also for our younger guys like Lucas and Oliver who will be gaining more valuable experience at these challenging races.”

First up is the Classic Grand Besancon Doubs on Friday with 172.5 kilometers of repeated sharp climbs including the Côte D’Arguel and the Col de la Grande Côte.

For Saturday’s Tour du Jura the peloton will face some hilly circuits totalling 181.7 kilometers with ascents such as the Côte de Mancy which maybe short, but tops out with gradients of 22%, a wall by any another name.

The race takes place around the spa town of Lons le Saunier, surrounded by picturesque vineyards that cover the lower slopes of the local hills and the winding ancient roads.

“I am excited that I’m finally here, getting ready to pull on the Team Novo Nordisk jersey as a full professional for the first time,” concluded Dauge. “I know these races will be hard, I have been in this area before and it’s beautiful and very hilly, but I am very motivated to give it everything.”

Team Novo Nordisk at Classic Grand Besancon Doubs and the Tour of Jura, 3rd & 4th September:

Oliver Behringer (SUI, 25)

Mehdi Benhamouda (26)

Lucas Dauge (FR, 24)

Peter Kusztor (HUN, 36)

David Lozano (ESP, 32)

Andrea Peron (IT, 32)

Umberto Poli (IT, 25)

— Tim Lindley to www.teamnovonordisk.com

Third place for Dan Martin on stage 2 of Tour of the Alps

The Israel Start-Up Nation riders put on another strong performance in Tour of the Alps this Tuesday, as Dan Martin fought admirably to take third place on the difficult stage 2 of the race.

With a length of only 121.5 km but nearly 3,000 meters of climbing to overcome, it was clear to everyone that this stage was going to be a challenging day in the saddle for the riders.

As expected, a small breakaway got away early on the stage. However, the peloton never let the group get a gap of more than three minutes and as the riders started on the penultimate climb of the day, it all came back together again.

The pre-race favorites attacked as soon as the race hit the steep slopes of the ascent. Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange) ended up soloing away, while Martin did well to manage his effort intelligently, which allowed him to come back to the main chase group and fight for the podium.

Ultimately, Martin took third place, which is also his position in the general classification. Alessandro De Marchi is second in the KOM classification, but will wear the blue jersey again tomorrow as the leader, Yates, also leads the race overall.

Dan Martin: “Today was a good test for me. I suffered a bit at the bottom of the final climb and got dropped but I stayed focused and did a big effort to move up. On the last climb, it was really aggressive with multiple attacks. I felt quite good at that moment and I made another big effort to go across to a strong group that was chasing Yates. Sivakov then went away with five kilometers to go and we just kept going full gas to the finish to get the best result possible. There is still a long time to the Giro and today was definitely a good sign ahead that. I’m quite satisfied with how it went today.”

— MC to israelcyclingacademy.com