Kopecky in the top 30 in his debut at Tour of Estonia

Matyas Kopecky (CZE)

“It’s my first time at the Tour of Estonia, and I am very happy to be here to show what’s possible with diabetes together with my teammates.”

“I didn’t know what to expect – I just finished exams at school, and I came here to help the team but for today I really didn’t have expectations. To be honest, my feeling right before the start wasn’t great but I did my best and in the end it turned out quite well. I’m in the top five among young riders, and in good range to aim for the white jersey.”

Sports Director, Gennady Mikhaylov 

“Today’s prologue was short but intense and technical, with a few tricky turns in the final part. We feared a wet start to the race, which would have made the course even more challenging, but instead the sun kept us company all the way.

“The boys were focused, and ready to give it all. I’m satisfied with the results and it’s very good to see Matyas in the top 30 and in the top 5 for young riders. It’s a good start and good motivation for the whole team.”

Photo Credit @Adam Illingworth

— tnn to www.teamnovonordisk.com

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Kopecky to make classics debut at Scheldeprijs

Team Novo Nordisk return to race on Belgian and Dutch roads next week at the oldest one-day race in Flanders, Scheldeprijs. The world’s first all diabetes professional cycling team will line up at the “sprinters classic” as it follows the newer parcours that crosses the border into the Netherlands before returning to Belgium for the finishing circuits in Schoten.

Semi local riders and neo-pro’s Matyas Kopecky and Robbe Ceurens are both set to feature at the 110th edition, with Kopecky fresh from a stellar debut at the recent Rhodes Tour that included an impressive third place in the sprint on stage two.

Versatile Italian sprinter Andrea Peron will lead the team with compatriot Umberto Poli and the experienced Irishman Stephen Clancy alongside him.

“Racing in Belgium during the classics period is always a special experience,” said General Manager Vassili Davidenko. “The atmosphere is great the routes are historic, and the level is very high. For our young riders like Matyas and Robbe this experience will be invaluable. They are both relatively local to the Flanders area and that should give them both an added boost.”

“Scheldeprijs is long, usually windy and almost completely flat with fast local circuits at the end, and with the recent wintry conditions in Northern Europe it, could make things interesting, but we will be motivated to do our best to look after Andrea and keep him as fresh and as sheltered as possible for what is normally a fast and hectic sprint finish.”

Australian rouleur Declan Irvine returns to a race that’s close to his heart after spending part of his junior racing career in Belgium and completes the team alongside Kiwi Hamish Beadle and will be looking to make a happy comeback to the Flanders roads.

“After making a positive start to my professional racing career at the Rhodes Tour,” began Kopecky. “I’m excited to be lining up at such a big race so close to home like Scheldeprijs. It’s going to be hard with the length, I haven’t raced 200 kilometers in a one-day event before, so the experience is going to be good for me and I hope to learn a lot racing against the big classic’s teams.”

Scheldeprijs is of course a big race. The riders that are on the start line are always the guys I look up to when I am watching races on TV and I’m excited to be finally lining up to race against them. My form after the races on Rhodes is good and the climbs there definitely helped me in terms of condition, and I’d love to show myself as much as possible. But make no mistake, I know it will be tough, but I aim 100% to enjoy the experience.”

200 kilometers of windy racing will unfold across the Flanders borderlands as the race heads into the Zeeland province in the Netherlands before turning back into Belgium for the traditional closing circuits in Schoten, Antwerp.

Team Novo Nordisk at Scheldeprijs Wednesday 6th April:

Hamish Beadle (NZL, 23)

Robbe Ceurens (BEL,20)

Stephen Clancy (IRL, 29)

Declan Irvine (AUS, 22)

Matyas Kopecky (CZ, 19)

Andrea Peron (IT, 33)

Umberto Poli (IT, 25)

Photo: Nassos Triantafyllou

— Tim Lindley to www.teamnovonordisk.com

Team BikeExchange to debut at Tour de Luxembourg – Team BikeExchange

Team BikeExchange will make their debut at the Tour de Luxembourg with an attack-minded squad on the hunt for stage wins and a strong general classification challenge.

Estonian Tanel Kangert will lead the team’s GC charge and he will aided by the returning Esteban Chaves and young neo-pro Kevin Colleoni on the climbs. Veteran Brent Bookwalter will provide valuable experience, while Jack Bauer and Callum Scotson add power to the squad for the five days of racing.

Team BikeExchange at Tour de Luxembourg:
Jack Bauer (NZL)
Brent Bookwalter (USA)
Esteban Chaves (COL)
Kevin Colleoni (ITA)
Tanel Kangert (EST)
Callum Scotson (AUS)

Tanel Kangert:
“It’s going to be my first time racing at the Tour of Luxembourg and already this fact is exciting for me. I don’t really know what to expect from the race course, I guess it will be tough and demanding with no real big climbs, but lots of medium size climbs. 

My training has been done on super flat roads in the last weeks, so it will be interesting to see how I can climb coming from flatlands.”

Mat Hayman (Sports Director):
“It’s not a WorldTour race but we still have eight strong WorldTour teams lining up and teams getting ready for a final push of the season, whether it’s the World Championships or the last big one-day races of the year.

It’s a five-day stage race with a 25km time trial on the penultimate stage, which will have a big impact on the general classification. But before we get to that TT, Luxembourg is known for its hilly, punchy climbs, nothing too long, but when they put them back-to-back it can crate an aggressive style of racing.

We’re looking to be involved in some aggressive racing, we go there without a sprinter, without a pure time trialist, so we’re going to have to be firing on every stage. We’re looking forward to it and we have some riders in some great form, Tanel is moving well, Jack Bauer was moving well last week in Benelux and we have Esteban Chaves coming back after a little break after the Olympics.

2021 Tour of Luxembourg – Race Details:
Tuesday, 14th September: Stage 1, Luxembourg-City – Luxembourg-City, 140km              
Wednesday 15th September: Stage 2, Steinfort – Esch-sur-Sûre, 186.1km             
Thursday 16th September: Stage 3, Mondorf-les-Bains – Mamer, 189.3km           
Friday 17th September: Stage 4, Dudelange – Dudelange, 25.4km TT                     
Saturday 18th September: Stage 5, Mersch – Luxembourg-City, 183.7km

Photo Courtesy of Getty Sport.

— Team BikeExchange to www.greenedgecycling.com

Parisella lands sprint comp on debut weekend – Rally Cycling

Rally Cycling stagiaire Raphaël Parisella flew off the front of the Tour du Doubs on Sunday to claim the intermediate sprint competition. As a member of a 10-rider breakaway, Parisella won the first two sprints on offer during the 201km race in eastern France. After scoring points over the third and final sprint line, Parisella had the competition locked up as the group of favorites swallowed up the breakaway on the final climbs. Teammate Pier-André Coté finished 19th on the day.

It was a positive day and a stride in the right direction,” said Parisella who was competing in just his second race with the team. “The plan for me today was to get the sprint jersey from the breakaway. I felt good and am glad it worked out.”

Parisella was one of three young riders that joined the team at the beginning of August. He told the team then, “I’m very motivated to join the squad and start racing.” That motivation continues.

“These were my first two pro races so it’s all about learning,” added Parisella. “It’s good for my confidence and I’m happy to contribute to the team this quickly.”

While Parisella takes a short break to prepare for a slate of one-day races later this month, his teammates in France now head to the Tour du Luxembourg from September 14 – 18. Can’t wait for that racing to begin? Follow the team’s journey at the Tour of Britain on Twitter and Instagram.

— Tom Soladay to rallycycling.com

Boivin makes Tour de France debut with ISN

Guillaume Boivin is set to make his first-ever appearance in the Tour de France as one of the eight selected riders for Israel Start-Up Nation this year.

“Guillaume has had a strong season and he will be one of the main helpers for our GC riders in this Tour. The plan is for G to stay close to Mike [Woods], keeping him out of trouble while also helping to set up him – or one of our other leaders – for a potential stage win. He’s an important part of our selection”, sports manager Rik Verbrugghe explained.

After over a decade in the professional peloton, Boivin can’t wait to finally line up at the start of the biggest race of them all.

“For me, it’s a dream come true being able to go to the Tour de France. It’s something every pro cyclist wants to do in their career. All the hard work I’ve put in is now paying off. I’m really proud to do the Tour with Israel Start-Up Nation, especially with the team we have this year”, Boivin said.

“My main focus will be to protect our GC guys. Already in the first week, there are some great stages for us. Every Grand Tour is always very stressful in the opening week but from what I hear, it’s even more hectic in the Tour. Firstly, I’ll focus on getting our leaders safely through the first week and then, I’ll see how the race evolves.”

Tomorrow, we will announce the final two spots for our Tour de France roster. Make sure to follow the team’s social media channels to stay updated.

— MC to israelcyclingacademy.com