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Giro d’Italia. Vincenzo Nibali takes a strong fourth place in Turin – Astana

Giro d’Italia. Vincenzo Nibali takes a strong fourth place in Turin

A super tough Stage 14 around Turin with Superga and Colle della Maddalena climbs passed twice has been held today at the Giro d’Italia. The Astana Qazaqstan Team leader Vincenzo Nibali showed great legs today, finishing fourth in a small group of GC contenders just behind the solo winner Simon Yates.

“The day has turned out to be a tough one, because the pace proposed by Bora was a very high one. Also, it was a very hot day, and it was quite challenging to eat and drink on a nervous and tricky circuit in Turin. The pace of the race was very high both on the climbs and on the descents, so it was really tough”, – said Vincenzo Nibali.

The day started with numerous attacks from the peloton with Harold Tejada, Joe Dombrowski, Fabio Felline and Vadim Pronskiy trying to break away. Finally, it was Dombrowski, who attacked solo on Il Pilonetto climb, later creating a group, who opened a three-minute gap to the peloton.

However, on the first climb Superga a reduced group of GC contenders, including Astana’s Vincenzo Nibali caught the break back.

Nibali was the rider, who launched an attack on the second climb Superga, creating a group of four leaders. Later, after several attacks these four riders broke away clear to get an advantage to the rivals and to play the stage: Simon Yates won it after an attack with a few kilometers to go, while Jai Hindley, Richard Carapaz and Vincenzo Nibali finished 15 seconds later.

“Yes, I am quite satisfied with the stage. I’d like to fight for a stage win, but I knew it would be difficult. I lost some time on Etna, but I was still there, and I knew, that the rivals consider me as a dangerous rider for the GC, while to win from a small group of favorites is always hard”, – added Vincenzo Nibali.

Carapaz moved into the race lead, taking the pink jersey, while Nibali became 8th in the General Classification, 2 minutes, 58 seconds behind Carapaz.

Photo credit: @Gettysport

— Vitalii to www.astana-qazaqstan.com

Groenewegen sprints to fourth Veenendaal-Veenendaal Classic win – Team BikeExchange Jayco

Dutch fast-man Dylan Groenewegen has taken his fourth victory in the Veenendaal-Veenendaal Classic with a dominant and powerful sprint finish.

The 28-year-old demonstrated his speed once again with a rapid dash to the line, claiming his fourth win of the season and his fourth in the Dutch one-day race.

Team BikeExchange-Jayco took charge of the race in the early kilometres as they controlled the gap to a breakaway group of five and despite crosswinds in the final 60km of the race splitting the peloton, the bunch reached the bell for the final lap altogether behind the break.

There were then several attacks as the pack closed in on the escapees, but Italian Alexander Konychev was quick to shut down the moves, and with 11km to go the race was back together.

Australian Kaden Groves guided his teammate Groenewegen through the tricky finale and into position inside the final kilometre, before the Dutchman opened up his sprint and raced away to take the win.

Dylan Groenewegen (1st):
“We were here with a young group of riders, most of them had a long break, but we positioned well all day long, and especially in the last corner I was in the perfect spot.

I am glad of this result, I am happy, the team is happy, especially because everything went as planned. We are on the right track.”

Tristan Hoffman (Sport Director):
“The team did a great job managing to control and come back to catch the breakway with only a few kilometres left in the race. Then we prepared in the best way possible for the final hundred meters and Dylan was in the best spot.

Once he is there, there are few people who can beat him in a sprint like today. I’m super happy and proud of the work done today by the boys and now we will fully focus on tomorrow’s race in Koln.”

2022 Veenendaal-Veenendaal Classic – Results:
1. Dylan Groenewegen (Team BikeExchange-Jayco) 4:32:40
2. Gerben Thijssen ST
3. Araund De Lie ST

Photo: Veenendaal-Veenendaal Classic

— Team BikeExchange to www.greenedgecycling.com

Peron fourth on stage four as TNN teamwork comes to the fore

Someone once said that cycling is a team sport and even though the results table only shows the individual, the whole team make that result possible and Team Novo Nordisk showed that in spades today as Andrea Peron’s teammates carved a way through the carnage to set the Italian up for fourth place in the sprint at the International Tour of Hellas.

Andrea Peron:

“My legs are feeling it a little today, but thanks to the amazing work of the team today I was able to have a chance again in the sprint and we came very close to another podium.  A hairs width in the end and fourth is a little bit disappointing but the reality is that it’s another positive result, another top ten and there’s a great buzz within the team at the moment, that I’m loving.”

“Sam, David and Lucas were all working for me throughout the last 20km to keep me in a good position and then Joonas and Peter took over in that last 5km and it was Peter again who produced that vital final lead out into the last km. Fortunately the big crash occurred behind me, and the rest of the guys managed to avoid It too.”

Sports Director Gennady Mikhaylov:

“So close again today, it really is so close we feel like we can almost touch it. If we keep working together like we did today, then I’m sure that a victory is coming. All the guys worked almost perfectly. We followed the complexion of the race nicely and worked when we needed too, particularly at the end when everyone came together for Andrea.”

“Peter has been reborn as a lead out man here at the Tour of Hellas and his experience, knowhow and bike handling have been very useful in the closing kilometers here in Greece. One more stage to go and it’s going to be very tough, 3,000m of climbing in 156km, so we will try our best see how the day plays out.”

— Tim Lindley to www.teamnovonordisk.com

Tour de la Provence. Samuele Battistella makes fourth in the prologue – Astana

Tour de la Provence. Samuele Battistella makes fourth in the prologue

Samuele Battistella made a solid start at the Tour de la Provence (2.Pro) in France, which began today with a seven-kilometer-long prologue in Berre-l’Étang.

The Astana Qazaqstan Team rider finished fourth, losing just 15 seconds to the World Champion Filippo Ganna, who won the stage.

“Well, I am quite happy with the way the race turned out for me. This winter I worked a lot on my TT bike position and I improved a lot, so I was confident I could get a good result here. The route suited me well and I was motivated to try my best for a high place. Well, I am fourth at the end of the day and this results in my first race inspire me ahead of the entire season”, – said Samuele Battistella.

Photo credit: @Gettysport

— Vitalii to www.astana-qazaqstan.com

Joyce sprints to fourth in elite company to close out Britain – Rally Cycling

Colin Joyce sprinted to fourth place on the Aberdeen Esplanade, just narrowly missing a podium packed with sprint royalty.[1]

The 2019 Rutland – Melton Cicle Classic winner brought his Tour of Britain debut to an impressive end, after tasting disappointment on stage 6.

«It was nice to have Robin up the road. The last five to ten kilometers were chaos. I tried to have a late go at it, but couldn’t quite find my way to the line. But yeah, happy with the result.»[2]

The sprint came after a Robin Carpenter-led breakaway[6] was caught just five zkm from the line. Despite suffering through the day, Carpenter found a little extra energy to salute the huge crowds on the Cairn o’Mount KOM.

«The fans were just crazy and I was trying to hype them up. That was the best part of the day.»

Carpenter has enjoyed a superb Tour of Britain, with a stage win and day in the overall race lead. He said, «You can feel like people want you to be here. Just feel the love.»[4]

Joyce summed up the team’s time in Britain.

«It’s an amazing country, especially Scotland. The dense forests, the rivers, and the amazing crowds.»[3][5][7]

— Tom Owen to rallycycling.com

La Vuelta. Stage 6 Aleksandr Vlasov takes a solid fourth place atop Alto de Cullera – Astana

La Vuelta. Stage 6 Aleksandr Vlasov takes a solid fourth place atop Alto de Cullera

Astana – Premier Tech leader Aleksandr Vlasov showed a brave and solid race on the sixth stage of La Vuelta with the finish atop the two-kilometer-long steep climb Alto de la Montaña de Cullera. Vlasov was part of the leading group of GC contenders, firstly moving in front inside the final kilometer of a super steep and explosive climb and later making a strong attack to try and catch the only remaining rider from the early breakaway and to win this stage. However, Magnus Cort, a rider from the break was able to hold on and take the victory, while Primoz Roglic and Andrea Bagioli both were able to close the gap, opened by Vlasov, and to pass him right before the finish line. Thus, Aleksandr finished fourth today and thanks to this result, he moved up to sixth position in the General Classification.

“Today I felt quite good and in general I think my form is getting better day by day. The stage was a really hard one, very fast and also the wind in the final made it even harder. But my teammates did a great job to bring me to the front group after the peloton split in parts and later, I got some important help while we were heading into the final climb. I was in a good position and I just tried to follow the first riders. Inside the final kilometer I tried to attack by myself and I think it was a good move, but at the end we couldn’t catch the last rider from the break and I finished fourth. However, I am quite happy with this day and my form. Let’s see what will happen in the next stages”, – said Aleksandr Vlasov.

Stage 6 was characterized by hot weather and strong crosswinds in the final part of the stage, which impacted the race a lot, creating echelons on the final circuit in Cullera. The stage also saw many crashes with Oscar Rodriguez and Yuriy Natarov both involved in them. After a big battle at the start, five riders finally went away in the daily breakaway. Heading onto the final climb, the riders from the break still had a one-minute gap, but only Magnus Cort was able to survive and to keep his minimal advantage until the finish line.

Astana – Premier Tech worked really well all together today and the riders brought Aleksandr Vlasov and Alex Aranburu into a good position before the final climb. Alto de Cullera was a tough challenge for Aranburu, while Vlasov did an impressive ride all the way to the top, showing his improving form.

“The team did a great job today for Aleksandr and on the final climb he showed himself really well. It was a difficult stage for us, some riders were still suffering from yesterday’s crash, and also today we had Oscar Rodriguez and Yuriy Natarov both involved in a new crash. Fortunately they both finished the stage. There was a difficult moment in the crosswinds, but the team did everything in the best possible way, closing the gap and bringing Vlasov to the front. Well, we were aiming for a stage win today and Aleksandr was really close to it, but anyway he did a super race and it is a solid fourth place for him”, – said Dmitriy Fofonov, Team Performance Manager.

La Vuelta, Stage 6. Requena – Alto de la Montaña de Cullera, 158.3 km.

Stage Top-3: 1. Magnus Cort (EF Education – Nippo); 2. Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo – Visma); 3. Andrea Bagioli (Deceuninck – Quick Step); 4. Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana – Premier Tech)… 15. Alex Aranburu (Astana – Premier Tech).

Photo credit: @Chris Auld

— Vitalii to www.astana-qazaqstan.com

Barbier sprints to fourth place after impressive leadout

Israel Start-Up Nation set up Rudy Barbier perfectly for the final sprint on stage 2 of Arctic Race of Norway with an impeccable leadout.

Knowing that Friday’s stage would be a good opportunity for the sprinters to shine, the ISN guys were the determined to get in the mix. The team helped set the pace in the peloton, bringing back the early breakaway for the expected bunch sprint in Kilpisjärvi (Finland).

At the end, Tom Van Asbroeck and Rick Zabel pulled off an incredible leadout for Rudy Barbier who sprinted to fourth place on the day. The Frenchman was aiming for more but unfortunately, he suffered a hard crash earlier on the stage, which held him back in the sprint.

Tomorrow, the queen stage of Arctic Race of Norway awaits with the uphill finish in Målselv. ISN will be banking on Ben Hermans to fight for a good result.

Sports director, Nicki Sørensen: “It makes me happy to see such a strong team performance as we saw today. Unfortunately, Rudy [Barbier] crashed hard halfway through the stage and landed up in a ditch. Taking that into consideration, I think this was a good result. The leadout was impeccable. Once again, Rick [Zabel] and Tom [Van Asbroeck] show how incredibly good they are at this. Also Guy Sagiv was very impressive today. He pulled a lot yesterday and today he was up there again. He’s really strong at the moment. We didn’t get the win today but I’m still very satisfied with the guys.”

— MC to israelcyclingacademy.com

Vahtra sprints to fourth in the second stage of Tour du Rwanda

Estonian national road race champion Norman Vahtra nearly delivered Israel Start-Up Nation the first spot on the podium in the Tour du Rwanda.

Vahtra barely manages to click out of his pedals after the finish when he falls down on his handlebars. For minutes he keeps his head down, gasping for air. “I was on the limit in the final”, he says when he arrives at the team van.

“The beginning of the race was easier than I expected. However, the second half was significantly harder,” Vahtra said.

“We caught the breakaway pretty early, and then riders started attacking again. In the last kilometers I was just holding on.”

Vahtra: “Then, with a kilometer to go, there was time to rest. I could recover a little bit and sprint.”

He finished second in the bunch sprint. However, two riders broke away in the last kilometers.

Tomorrow is the longest stage in the Tour du Rwanda, with plenty of elevation.

Photos: Sjors Beukeboom and Jean Chris Kitoko

#RacingForChange #YallaISN #TdRwanda2021

— Sjors Beukeboom to israelcyclingacademy.com

MIKE WOODS: » I WAS BETTER THAN FOURTH»

 

Mike Woods continues to deliver quality performances and results in the blue and white of Israel Start-Up Nation.
La Fleche Wallonne 2021 – 85th Edition – Charleroi – Mur de Huy 193,6 km – 21/04/2021 – Michael Woods (NZL – Israel Start-Up Nation) – photo Dion Kerckhoffs/CV/BettiniPhoto©2021

 

 

Today it was the mighty Mur de Huy that hosted the greatly anticipated battle – and where our Canadian finished in a solid fourth place at La Fleche Wallonne.

But don’t TELL that to MIKE.

The Canadian was not happy. 

Mike: “I’ve got a real bitter taste in my mouth right now because I felt like I was better than fourth today.”

And that was job was priceless in the finale, coming into the 1.3 km monster that decided it all.

Mike has the full story of what happened there:

“It was certainly frustrating, especially because the team rode so well for me. Krists put me in a really good position and I chose not to follow him at the very end because I thought it would be better to slot in and watch where Roglic was.

“But that wasn’t the original plan. The original plan was for me to stick with [Krists] and I regret not doing that because it put me in a bit of a fight and then I got botched several times, pushed several times, and I ended up in a really bad position, and just couldn’t respond when the guys [Roglic and the eventual winner Alaphilippe] went.”

He wasn’t sure that he would have won it but felt frustrated for missing his shot. “Maybe if those guys were “a fly” today, but I really did feel like I got a fair shot at them.”

La Fleche Wallonne 2021 – 85th Edition – Charleroi – Mur de Huy 193,6 km – 21/04/2021 – Krists Neilands (LAT – Israel Start-Up Nation) – photo Gregory Van Gansen/BettiniPhoto©2021

But don’t get it wrong – there were so many positives. The whole team is behind him and he’s in great shape; all good reasons to be excited for Liège-Bastogne-Liège on Sunday.

“I’m proud of how my legs were, I am proud of the team and we are all looking forward to Liège-Bastogne-Liège. LBL is going to be even bigger for us. It’s a monument. No Canadian has ever won a monument and I think that where my legs are it is certainly a possibility for me to do well there.”

La Fleche Wallonne 2021 – 85th Edition – Charleroi – Mur de Huy 193,6 km – 21/04/2021 – Scenery – photo Nico Vereecken/PN/BettiniPhoto©2021
La Fleche Wallonne 2021 – 85th Edition – Charleroi – Mur de Huy 193,6 km – 21/04/2021 – Israel Start-Up Nation – photo Gregory Van Gansen/BettiniPhoto©2021

YallaISN

— Tsadok to israelcyclingacademy.com

Final Stage of the Tour of Turkey: Greipel rounds off with fourth

In the last, hard-contested mass sprint, the German finished on a place he had not yet landed on in the Tour of Turkey: fourth.

The eighth stage in Turkey unfolded in the same way as pretty much all the other stages: the breakaway didn’t stand a chance and the stage victory was contested by the teams with sprinters.

Throughout the whole stage race, Andre Greipel had been ISN’s team leader, enjoying the full support of his teammates. It resulted in a final spot just outside of the podium.

#YallaISN #TUR2021
Pics: VeloImages, Bettini Photo, Sjors Beukeboom.

 

— Sjors Beukeboom to israelcyclingacademy.com