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Grand Prix du Morbihan (May 14) / Tro-Bro Léon (May 15)

Clément Venturini : « Perform well right away »

« After more than a month off, I can’t wait to pin on my number. My feelings are improving day by day and I can’t wait to see how I stack up to the competition in the race.
I was lucky to have a good medical staff around me. We have tried to reduce the duration of rehabilitation as much as possible with physio sessions twice a week.
I took advantage of this period to rest well and I am ready to start a new block of racing, beginning with these two rounds of the Coupe de France.
Even if it’s just my first race back, I hope to be able to perform well right away, and why not this weekend. »Clément

 

The number

36

Clément Venturini returns to competition after thirty-six days of absence.
He suffered a crash in the last kilometers of the fourth stage of the Circuit Cycliste Sarthe – Pays de la Loire on April 8.

The news

Anthony Jullien back to racing

Anthony Jullien, hampered by cardiac adaptation disorders since the start of the season, is authorized to resume competition.
The Grand Prix du Morbihan will be his second day of racing in 2022 after the Roue Tourangelle on March 27th.

— Romain Perez Canales to ag2rcitroenteam.com

Yates powers to his first Grand Tour TT victory with a phenomenal win at the Giro d’Italia – Team BikeExchange Jayco

British climber Simon Yates has put down a marker at the Giro d’Italia with a thrilling victory in the stage two time trial in Budapest.
 
The 29-year-old powered around the 9.2km course in the Hungarian capital in a time of 11’50” to take the stage win by three seconds, with teammate Matteo Sobrero taking fourth place and the white jersey for his efforts.
 
It was a strong overall team performance by Team BikeExchange-Jayco, placing six riders in the top-40, with American time trial champion Lawson Craddock and Lucas Hamilton both in the mix early on, after two impressive rides against the clock.
 
Italian time trial champion Sobrero then took the top spot in his home Grand Tour with a time of 12’03” to dethrone long-time leader Lenard Kamna at the head of the standings. Sobrero’s provisional fastest time didn’t last long though, as Tom Dumoulin bettered the 24-year-old’s effort with a time of 11’55”.
 
However, before the Dutchman could take his place in the hotseat, Yates raced across the line in a blistering time of 11’50” to reclaim the fastest time for Team BikeExchange-Jayco. The British rider set the quickest intermediate split on the flat section of the course, before putting more time into his rivals on the climb to the finish line.
 
It was then a case of waiting for the remaining riders to see how the final standings would shake out, but nobody could topple Yates as he claimed his fifth Giro d’Italia stage win of his career, to demonstrate his top form in his major goal of the season.
 
Simon Yates – 1st place:
“I just tried to go as fast as possible, I have to thank our partners, Giant and Cadex, we put a lot of work into our equipment this year, and of course it’s paying off.
 
I was never confident, Van der Poel was close as well, but of course you always have that belief that you can win, and eventually I managed to hang on.
 
Today was a 12-minute effort, we still have some much more demanding stages in front of us. But of course, we will celebrate today, it’s one of only two time trials I have ever won and my first ever in a Grand Tour, so we’ll enjoy today, but I think we need to look at the bigger picture.”

Matt White (Head Sport Director):
“Winning in the Giro d’Italia is always a lovely day, and the time trial Simon produced today was a very, very impressive one. We had a feeling he would be in the mix, but for him to win his first TT in a Grand Tour, it was a very special effort from him.
 
It was also one of the best time trials Sobrero has ever ridden as well and I think across the board the team performed very well today, and it’s a nice reward for Matteo to be in the best young rider jersey.”

2022 Giro d’Italia Stage 2 – Results:
1. Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange-Jayco) 11’50”
2. Mathieu van der Poel +0:03
3. Tom Dumoulin +0:05
4. Matteo Sobrero (Team BikeExchange-Jayco) +0:13
 
2022 Giro d’Italia Stage 2 – GC:
1. Mathieu van der Poel +4:47:11
2. Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange-Jayco) +0:11
3. Tom Dumoulin +0:16
4. Matteo Sobrero (Team BikeExchange-Jayco) +0:24

Photo: Getty Sport

— Team BikeExchange to www.greenedgecycling.com

Mieke Kröger’s Grand Tour – Human Powered Health


Mindset

Olympic champion begins epic trip from Cologne to Zagreb

Mieke Kröger has embarked on a tour of central Europe in the form of an epic training ride that traverses five countries.

Starting out from Cologne, Germany, the Olympic and world champion track pursuit rider will cycle through most of her home country, before touring through Austria, Italy and Slovenia on her way to the final destination in Zagreb, Croatia.

Along the way, Kröger hopes to meet up with friends such as team pursuit teammate, German road champion Lisa Brennauer (Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling), which will no doubt help to boost her morale.

It’s a journey into my inner self,

she says a week before setting off atop her Felt AR packed with luggage, lights, a 24-year old bike bell and – naturally for an Olympic champ – gold handlebar tape.

Like so many cyclists, adventures like this take Kröger back to the purity of cycling as a means of getting from A to B and as a crucial tool in someone’s mindset.

“I’ve done this before and it reminds me of how little I actually need,” she explains. “You really have a lot of time to think and you have to overcome hurdles and slow down whilst also doing some great training.”

 

While she sees it as a journey of reflection, it will also have some big benefits for Kröger’s form.

“I was planning on doing a training block anyway but if I have the opportunity and the time and the weather is good, why not challenge yourself and get out of your comfort zone and combine your training with a great experience that will broaden your horizons?”

The 856-mile (1,347-kilometer) route has a vertical gain of 16,040 meters and takes in some of Europe’s most desirable cycling destinations with Kröger wanting to push herself as well as experience some of this beauty.

“I knew that Slovenia was really nice. I was there for the Giro in 2015 and I really liked it and I wanted to have some climbing, so I’m going to climb the Alps,” Kröger says jovially. It’s bound to be quite an adventure.

Make sure to keep an eye on her and the team’s social media feeds for updates on the ride. Kröger will be back in action at the Vuelta a Burgos on May 19.

— Oskar Scarsbrook to humanpoweredhealth.com

Classic Grand Besançon Doubs (April 15) – Tour du Jura Cycliste (April 16)

Nans Peters : « The goal is to win »

“I was lucky enough to get back on my bike quickly after the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (he retired during the second stage after having a crash that required stitches). Since March 28, I have been training at altitude at Etna to prepare in good conditions for the next objectives, which are the Tour de Romandie and then the Giro d’Italia. The Classic Grand Besançon Doubs and the Tour du Jura Cycliste will allow me to refine my condition from training and see where I am in terms of sensations.
We are fielding a very good team on both days and the objective will be simple: to win.
These are races that correspond to our qualities and we have the riders to influence the race. It is up to us to perform well collectively.”Nans

The number

2

The AG2R CITROËN TEAM finished on the podium in both events in 2021.
Benoît Cosnefroy won the Tour du Jura Cycliste and Andrea Vendrame finished second in the Classic Grand Besançon Doubs.

The news

Clément Berthet at home

The Classic Grand Besançon Doubs will finish in Montfaucon, the village where Clément Berthet lives.
“I’m very happy to be racing at home this Friday. During the racing season, few people are so lucky to have a race that ends a few meters from home. I know the roads by heart and the finishing climb is really difficult. It will all be great entertainment,” Clément Berthet said.

— Romain Perez Canales to ag2rcitroenteam.com

Inside Acura’s Long Beach Grand Prix – Rally Cycling

The team’s partnership with Acura began over 10 years ago. During that time we’ve won countless races together but never before had a team car made it to the “start line” of such a prestigious race – Acura’s Long Beach Grand Prix.

Final results from the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach with starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed, and reason out:

1. (14) Colton Herta, Honda, 85, Running
2. (1) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 85, Running
3. (2) Scott Dixon, Honda, 85, Running
4. (10) Alex Palou, Honda, 85, Running
5. (4) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 85, Running
6. (15) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 85, Running
7. (25) Jack Harvey, Honda, 85, Running
8. (22) Sebastien Bourdais, Chevrolet, 85, Running
9. (16) Takuma Sato, Honda, 85, Running
10. (12) Will Power, Chevrolet, 85, Running

— Tom Soladay to rallycycling.com

Kusztor finds his legs at the Classic Grand Besancon Doubs

Sports director Gennady Mikhaylov:

“We had a better day today and it was good to see Peter rediscover his mojo and race with a smile on his face again. I’m not sure how much longer that we could have held on at the front because the pace was high, the crash split things up anyway so it’s a moot point.”

“Andrea is pretty lucky because that was a heavy crash at 60kph and it could have been a lot worse, so we’re thankful that he’s ok and will be ok to race tomorrow. It’s going to be a hard day at the Tour du Jura and we will need all of our resources.”

Peter Kusztor:

“I think I’ve come back quite well after, some good training days at home since the Tour of Denmark and today went better than I expected. The weather was beautiful all day, brilliant sunshine and not much wind. The course was hilly, but the bigger climbs tomorrow and once the breakaway went clear today the peloton eased up and the pace stayed relatively constant until the final third.”

“I managed to stay with the front group until a crash split the bunch with around 20 kilometers to go. Andrea had gone down a little earlier and that was a bigger crash. I was lucky because I manged to avoid the worst of it, but I couldn’t make it back to the front and David and I finished together.”

— Tim Lindley to www.teamnovonordisk.com

Breakaway day for Berwick in his first Grand Tour


Israel Start-Up Nation’s Grand Tour debutant, Sebastian Berwick, showed an impressive fighting spirit on the challenging stage 12 of the Vuelta a España as he made it into the breakaway of the day.

After two very hot and very hard days on the bike, Thursday’s stage gave the riders no rest either. The first two hours took place in a blistering pace with countless attacks and counterattacks. The Israel Start-Up Nation riders tried multiple times to get away but it wasn’t until Berwick took off that a group finally manage to distance the peloton.

Despite this being his first-ever Grand Tour, Berwick put up a great fight at the front of the race. However, the pack never gave the break much of a gap and on the slopes of the final climb, the riders got caught and new attacks occurred.

Ultimately, a reduced bunch ended up fighting for the victory with James Piccoli finishing as best ISN rider on the day. On paper, tomorrow’s stage should be a day for the sprinters, which will give Itamar Einhorn a chance to shine.

Sebastian Berwick: “It was a hard day out there as it took a long time before the break went away. I was actually a little lucky because when I went, it was the first time I attacked so my teammates were a little jealous of me.

“It was nice to be up there in the break, I knew I didn’t have the best legs today but when you’re in it, you have got to commit. This has definitely given me a confidence boost and helped me realize that I can sort of be up there if I put my mind to it.”

— MC to israelcyclingacademy.com

THE BIG ‘VIVA LA VUELTA’ PREVIEW: ISN TO SPAIN FOR YEAR’S FINAL GRAND TOUR

  • VANMARCKE TO LEAD MIXED TEAM OF VETERANS AND NEWCOMERS

  • CARLSTRÖM: GOING FOR STAGE SUCCESS AND EXPERIENCE FOR THE FUTURE

  • EINHORN MAKES GRAND TOUR DEBUT

Olé! Spain is calling the Israel Start-Up Nation team, and we are off to Burgos for the Vuelta a España once again!

ISN is sending a mixed group to the final Grand Tour of the year. “We have a fairly inexperienced team taking part in this year’s Vuelta, blended with a few experienced riders like Sep Vanmarcke and Mads Würtz Schmidt,” said team manager Kjell Carlström.

“We’ll be pushing for stage success and to build further experience towards the future. It will be great to see youngsters like Itamar Einhorn and Seb Berwick try their limits.”

Sep Vanmarcke will head up the team, which consists of Sebastian Berwick, Alexander Cataford, Davide Cimolai, Itamar Einhorn, Guy Niv, James Piccoli and Mads Würtz Schmidt.

Six of these riders were in the Vuelta a Burgos, so they are conveniently placed – no travel difficulties for Vanmarcke, Cataford, Einhorn, Niv, Piccoli and Würtz Schmidt.

‘Israel is behind you’

It will be the Grand Tour debut for two of our young riders, including Israeli Itamar Einhorn. The sprinter knows that the latter part of the course will be very difficult, but says, “Riding a Grand Tour is a challenge and I think I can do it. I feel good, I feel ready, and I feel really motivated.”

Einhorn will join Guy Niv in the squad, only the second time that two Israelis have been together in a Grand Tour line-up. Actually, it will be Niv’s second Grand Tour this year, having already participated in the Giro d’Italia.

“Two Israelis will take the start at this year’s Vuelta, validating our efforts in developing Israeli cyclists,” said team owner Sylvan Adams. “Each will have a different role on ISN’s eight man squad, with Guy being largely a breakaway stage hunter, while Itamar will be the team’s principal sprinter.”

“Guy is ISN’s most experienced GT rider, with the Vuelta representing his second Grand Tour this year following his participation in the Giro, while this is the first Grand Tour of Itamar’s career. I for one am excited to see what they can do over the three week race. Y’alla, all of Israel is behind you!”

ISN targets stages

Our sports directors Oscar Guerrero and Zak Dempster took a critical look at this year’s challenging course. “It’s a diverse Vuelta this year with quite a few sprint opportunities and of course the usual collection of tough mountain days. Along with this there are a number of medium mountain stages that will be really suited to strong breaks.

“For us the most important thing is that we are specific on the days that suit our guys. We’re not going in with a GC guy so that opens up so many opportunities for every rider on the team to have their day to really target a stage (or two or three).”

Our sprinters are also up to the challenge. Davide Cimolai and Itamar Einhorn will be dividing up the sprint duties, depending on how they feel each day. Cimolai showed us his good form in the Giro d’Italia earlier this year, with three second places in bunch sprints, while Einhorn has a win since coming back from a knee injury.

The course:

Happily, the race returns to 21 stages this year. And the entire race will be within the boundaries of Spain, to avoid any possible quarantines or limitations due to COVID. Last year, it was only 18 stages and held in October.

In an interesting twist, though, it starts and ends with individual time trials – no ceremonial procession into Madrid on the final stage. In fact, the race totally avoids the national capital city this year.

What’s there to look forward to? Eight flat stages, four hilly stages, seven mountain stages (six of them with mountaintop finishes), and the two time trials. Those climbs include the Lagos de Covadonga and the Alto d’el Gamoniteiru, and we are seeing some rather eye-popping gradients.

You can read our complete stage preview here

THE TEAM

Sebastian Berwick

Sebastian Berwick, 21, Australia: This is Seb’s first Grand Tour and his first year at WorldTour level – quite an honour! He is also the youngest on this year’s line-up.  Our young climber was part of our winning team time trial in Coppi e Bartali, and most recently appeared in San Sebastian.

Seb says: “It feels great to be lining up for my first Grand Tour and as a neo pro it’s pretty cool too, I just really want to have some good performances. My first goal will be to finish the race, haha, but I definitely want to be active in some of the breakaways in some mountain stages and really have some good digs at stages hopefully. We haven’t pin-pointed any stages yet, but I’m sure there will be some in the second and third week that really suit me.”

Oscar and Zak say: “In his first neo-pro year that has had some ups and downs (like all do), this is an important learning step for him. He’s a guy we will hopefully see present in the breaks on the big mountain stages especially in the second week.”

Alexander Cataford

Alexander Cataford, 27, Canada: This is Alex’s second Grand Tour, having started the Giro d’Italia in 2020. The time trial specialist will have his eyes on the race’s two individual time trials. He too was in San Sebastian and did his final warm-up on Burgos.

Alex says: “I am very excited to be making my debut at the Vuelta this year. Spain has become my European home, so I am very excited to be racing here. Typically, my role in the team is to support our GC riders, but we will be going to the Vuelta with a more dynamic team focusing on stage results. So, it will be a bit of a shift for me. I am really looking forward to being in the race for results and taking my chances in some breakaways. I’ll be looking for opportunities in the medium hills and the more mountainous terrain in the second half of the race.”

Oscar and Zak say: “After focusing mostly on plying his trade as a domestique for the first part of the season, now Alex will get chances to chase breaks on the hard stages and chase the results, too.”

Davide Cimolai

Davide Cimolai, 31, Italy: Our fiery Italian sprinter is one of the team’s veterans, with nine Grand Tours behind him, including this year’s Giro d’Italia. The Giro was very successful for him, as seven top ten stage finishes, including three second places, put him in the overall second for the points jersey.

Davide says: “This will be first time I will ride two Grand Tours in one year, so it will be new experience for me. I feel good, even though I have had problems training lately, because of the bad weather. Plus, this race is important for me, as I have the European and World Championships coming up, too.”

Oscar and Zak say: “One of the most consistent and solid performers for the team in the last three years. Cimo will be there to fight for results and also help Itamar learn what it is to be a sprinter at the top level.”

Itamar Einhorn

Itamar Einhorn, 23, Israel: Sprinter Itamar is making his Grand Tour debut in Burgos. He holds the honor of being the first Israeli to be on the podium in a UCI-sanctioned race, when he finished third on a stage of the 2020 Tour of Colombia. His 2021 season got off to a late start due to a knee injury, but he topped off his comeback with a win for the Israel Cycling Academy team at the Visegard 4 Bicycle Race – GP Polski in July.

Itamar says: “I’m really excited going to my first Grand Tour, and especially the Vuelta, because it looks like this year it has pretty good options for the sprint. I will go for some of the sprints and on others I will help Davide Cimolai. We will see how it goes each day. The first week is good for me, the second week is getting harder, but it will help to train my climbing abilities. The third week is actually super hard, so I hope to make it to the end. I had a knee injury early this year, but now I am ready to go again. Riding a Grand Tour is a challenge and I think I can do it. I feel good, I feel ready, and I feel really motivated.”

Oscar and Zak say: “After a complicated season, the Vuelta comes at the right time, and at the right time of his career. There are plenty of sprints for him to learn his craft and fight for results and of course it’s an important step in his career which should help him to progress.”

Guy Niv

Guy Niv, 27, Israel: Guy is facing his second Grand Tour of the year, having ridden the Giro d’Italia this spring. It is, in fact, his third GT, as he also rode the Tour de France last year. The veteran rider has been in numerous stage races this year, most recently the Settimana Ciclistica Italiana and the Vuelta a Burgos.

Guy: “For me, this Vuelta is a huge mental challenge because of the circumstances surrounding my selection. The team offered me the chance to do two Grand Tours this year, and I decided to take on this challenge with a full heart and look at it as an honor and an opportunity. I will do everything to turn this into a great three weeks, to look for opportunities to fight for a win from a breakaway, and also to help my friend and teammate Itamar Einhorn in his first Grand Tour. For me, it will be my fifth, and – as I said – the second this season after the Giro.”

Oscar and Zak say: “Guy definitely took a big, step in the Giro to being more competitive at the top level. In the Vuelta he now has the chance to make an even bigger step forward with complete freedom to enter breaks and fight for real results. It’s a big opportunity for him at this stage of his career.”

James Piccoli

James Piccoli, 29, Canada: James is returning to the Vuelta, having also ridden it in 2020. He has had an excellent first part of the season, with the highlight being second on GC in the Tour of Rwanda, where he finished in the top five in five of the eight stages. He has not raced since the Tour de Suisse in June, but is ready to give it his all in Spain.

James says: “I’m really excited to return to the Vuelta, and I’ve prepared really well for it. I’m ready for the heat and the climbs and I can’t wait to be an aggressor in the race. I’m putting the finishing touches on my form here in Burgos and it should be all systems go for the Vuelta!”

Oscar and Zak say: “After bouncing back from last season well with some solid results, he’s gotten another shot at the Vuelta. James is one for the high mountains and there’s plenty of those for him to prove himself.”

Mads Würtz Schmidt

Mads Würtz Schmidt, 27, Denmark: This has been a great year so far for Mads, starting with his winning stage in Tirreno-Adriatico and continuing with his winning the Danish national road title. Riding the Vuelta will complete his Grand Tour experience, as he also ridden the Giro and Tour once each.

Mads says: “I’m looking forward to the Vuelta. It will be a good experience to do my first Vuelta. I have ambitions to win a stage. My shape is really good, so I believe it’s possible if I get myself in a position to win. I’m racing in Burgos now and have been very strong, so the training over the summer has been very good. It only makes it cooler to do the Vuelta in my Danish champion kit. I love every kilometer I race and ride in the jersey.”

Oscar and Zak say: “One of our best breakaway riders.  When he’s there, he usually converts it into a result. He showed in Burgos he’s definitely ready, so with an intelligent strategy he should be a contender on a number of stages.”

Sep Vanmarcke

Sep Vanmarcke, 33, Belgium: Sep will have his hands full guiding the team and looking for his own chances as well. He too has had a good season so far, with top five finishes this spring in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Le Samyn and Tour of Flanders. Most recently he finished second overall in the difficult Settimana Ciclistica Italiana, with podium finishes in three of the five stages.

Sep says: “Ten years ago I rode my first Vuelta, and my first Grand Tour. It was a big thing and was pretty hard back then because I was 22 or 23. It is ten years later now and I am happy to go back. I’m looking forward to it. I did Settimana Italiana a few weeks ago and then Vuelta a Burgos.  I feel ok and look forward to next week.

“Of course, I’m not going for GC — I’m a little bit too big for that but I can always try (laughs). No, but I look to find some moments where I can go for a stage. It’s always a dream of every rider to win a stage in a Grand Tour. Next to that I will work for the team, of course, and I hope to get in good work for hopefully the Worlds and then Roubaix.”

Oscar and Zak say: “As we saw in Burgos, Sep is definitely ready for the Vuelta and the end of the season. We can expect him to lead the team and be present in those tough breaks fighting for results. He’s also a great reference for the sprinters in the lead-out.”

— Sjors Beukeboom to israelcyclingacademy.com

‘Grande’ Martin WINS in the Giro and completes Grand Tour stage victory trifecta

⁃ Israel Start-Up Nation wins stage 17 in the Giro
⁃ Martin wins first-ever Giro stage, after having won in Tour and Vuelta
⁃ Martin: “I could not believe it at the finish”
⁃ Co-owner Sylvan Adams: “We are proud”

An outstanding Dan Martin wins stage 17 after an incredible fight on the final climb. “This is the reason why I came to the Giro d’Italia!”

The Irishman forced, together with his teammates, a breakaway group after an hour of racing. The chase in the peloton was on, but didn’t manage to close the gap.

“I came to the Giro to win a stage,” Martin said after the finish. “That I joggled my head after the finish proves that I just could not believe that I made it.

“I knew today would be one of my last chances. As I lost time before, I could try to go for my goal with joining a breakaway.”

One minute and thirty seconds distanced Martin from other GC-contenders. At the finish, he had 13 seconds left.

Martin: “I received the updates from the sports directors about what was happening behind me. From 3.5 kilometers to the finish, I pushed as hard as I could, because I knew from a recon I did that the climb would flatten towards the finish.”

Team co-owner Sylvan Adams was watching the final hour of racing on the bus. It was exciting until the finish, as the gap between Martin and his competitors shrunk, grew, shrunk, and grew throughout the whole race.

With a big smile on his face, Adams said after the finish, “Dan said yesterday that he would give it a go in today’s stage. He said this climb suited him particularly well. The team did amazing to get Dan into the break. He delivered and I am super proud.”

Winning the seventeenth stage in the Giro meant that Martin successfully achieved an important career goal. He has now won stages in the Giro d’Italia, the Tour de France, and the Vuelta a Espana, the first and last of those races while wearing #blueandwhite colors of ISN.

Israeli climber Guy Niv said after the stage that he was nervously listening to the race radio, but could not hear anything anymore in the last kilometer. “When I found out that Dan made it to the finish, I was super happy. As a team, we kept fighting after a challenging second week for us this Giro. It is exciting that Dan succeeded today.”

Martin concluded: “We had a Giro with ups-and-downs. We lost Krists in the first stage, then had pink with Alessandro and got a few podiums, then lost two guys in one day and now the team is back at an up. We kept fighting and believing, and today it worked out.”

#YallaISN #Blueandwhite #sababaisn #fantiniwines #giro
Photos: Noa Arnon and Bettini Photos

— Sjors Beukeboom to israelcyclingacademy.com