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Un effort chronométré avant le premier sprint

La grande fête entrevue hier lors de l’étape d’ouverture du Giro s’est perpétuée ce samedi dans les rues de Budapest, à l’occasion d’un court contre-la-montre qui a mobilisé les foules. Attila Valter a de nouveau pu goûter à sa popularité, alors que Tobias Ludvigsson a réalisé le meilleur temps dans le clan de l’Équipe cycliste Groupama-FDJ, à trente-sept secondes du vainqueur Simon Yates. Dimanche, le premier véritable sprint de l’épreuve s’annonce comme le premier grand rendez-vous pour Arnaud Démare et son train.

Le décor de la deuxième étape valait le coup d’œil ce samedi, à travers quelques-uns des principaux monuments de Budapest et du Danube. Les coureurs n’avaient toutefois pas véritablement le temps de l’apprécier tout au long de leur douzaine de minutes d’efforts. La distance était courte (9,2 kilomètres) mais l’exercice était délicat. « Le chrono était assez particulier dans le sens où il était plat, technique, avec un enchainement de virages assez nombreux dans la première partie, introduisait Anthony Bouillod, l’un des entraîneurs de l’équipe. Puis la dernière partie, un gros kilomètre, était en montée avec une partie raide comprenant un passage à environ 14% et des pavés. C’était assez atypique ». C’est Clément Davy qui a été le premier membre du groupe à se présenter sur la rampe de lancement, peu après 14 heures. Se sont alors succédé Jacopo Guarnieri, Ramon Sinkeldam, ainsi que Miles Scotson et Arnaud Démare qui ont réalisé de solides temps, assez semblables, en 12’32 et 12’36. Parti peu avant 16 heures, Tobias Ludvigsson a certes fait mieux en 12’27, mais le Suédois était malgré tout assez éloigné des meilleurs concurrents. Dernier représentant de la Groupama-FDJ à prendre le départ, Attila Valter a été poussé par son public, puis a coupé la ligne après 12’41 d’efforts.

« Demain, le premier gros rendez-vous », Arnaud Démare

« Il y a un peu de déception par rapport au résultat car on avait imaginé mieux, notamment avec Tobias qui était très motivé mais qui n’avait pas forcément de bonnes jambes aujourd’hui, décortiquait Anthony. Avec du recul, on se rend compte aussi que la première partie technique n’a pas forcément désavantagé les grimpeurs par rapport aux rouleurs. Quand on regarde le classement final, il y a quand même beaucoup de grimpeurs/puncheurs devant. Ce n’est pas anodin, et ça prouve que ce n’était pas spécialement un chrono pour purs spécialistes ». Au lendemain d’un final frustrant, Arnaud Démare a pu tester ses jambes ce samedi, et en a été plutôt convaincu. « C’était un bon chrono, estimait le Picard. J’aime les faire de manière appliquée, j’ai fait quelque chose de propre. Physiquement, ça répondait bien, y compris dans la dernière bosse. Demain, c’est le premier gros rendez-vous, et on est tous très motivés ». « C’était aussi important de faire de bons efforts, sans se donner non plus à 100%, afin de garder une bonne dynamique en vue de dimanche », ajoutait Anthony. Attila Valter, enfin, a passé une nouvelle journée de rêve. « C’était vraiment incroyable, ponctuait-il incrédule. Je voulais profiter au maximum et essayer de faire un bon contre-la-montre, bien sûr. Je n’ai pas de regret, j’ai fait mon maximum. Quand j’ai débuté la montée, il y avait tellement d’ambiance que je n’ai pu m’empêcher de faire un sprint. Je l’ai payé un peu après (sourires) mais j’ai eu tout le temps de bien profiter ».

— Alexandre to www.equipecycliste-groupama-fdj.fr

Astana – Premier Tech finishes 2021 season with a stunning win by Samuele Battistella – Astana

Astana – Premier Tech finishes 2021 season with a stunning win by Samuele Battistella

It was the perfect way to wrap up a challenging 2021 season as Samuele Battistella soloed to glory in Bassano del Grappa after a stunning performance riding many kilometres at the front of the race.

The last race of the 2021 season took the riders over 200km from Venice to Bassano del Grappa with the second part of the race featuring a punchy circuit before crossing the finish line.

The Astana – Premier Tech riders showed an amazing display of teamwork, controlling the race from kilometre zero. As the race headed towards the last laps of the circuit, Samuele Battistella paid attention to the moves at the front which saw him lead the race with two other riders. Meanwhile Alexey Lutsenko took control of the pace in the chasing group.

At the front, Matteo Trentin touched wheels with Battistella and hit the deck, which meant Samuele Battistella led the race solo with less than 20 kilometres to go. The chasing group pushed hard trying to close the gap but Battistella put the hammer down and rode an absolute fantastic race to wrap up the season with a win, and was able to celebrate as he had a five-second gap over his opponents.

Teammate Alexey Lutsenko rounded out a great end of the season with sprinting to a top five finish.

I feel sorry for Trentin, we worked well together and when he touched my wheels we had only 15 kilometres left. I asked Martino (Giuseppe Martinelli) what we should do then and he said I should ride my rhythm up the climb towards the finish. From there on I never looked back and gave everything I had. It is my first victory as a professional and it feels like a rebirth as the season started not in the way I wanted as I struggled with health issues. The last days I worked for Alexey and today he worked for me as a return. The last kilometres were on home soil, I train here a lot and the fans were amazing and pushed me. Also, a huge thanks to my team, it was pure teamwork. The plan was that I start and Alexey would finish it off but at the end we changed and I went ahead with Luts also taking a top result. It is the perfect way to finish our season. – Samuele Battistella

What should I say, it has been a wonderful week. Already on Friday, when Lutsenko took the win, it was pure joy but today’s win was just perfect. Today, I bet on Battistella to win, even if we weren’t riding for him and he needed to work but you could see the previous days that he was getting stronger and stronger. I am so happy for the team and it was the best way to finish the season and also to take these emotions into the off season, already being motivated for the upcoming one. I hope this victory will be a good sign for 2022. – Giuseppe Martinelli

 

 

Photo credit: ©Gettysport

— nadine Pfeffer to www.astana-qazaqstan.com

Astana – Premier Tech for Veneto Classic – Astana

Astana – Premier Tech for Veneto Classic

Astana – Premier Tech is finishing its 2021 cycling season at the Italian one-day race Veneto Classic on Sunday, October 17th.

Rider roster: Manuele Boaro (ITA), Samuele Battistella (ITA), Fabio Felline (ITA), Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ), Rodrigo Contreras (COL), Davide Martinelli (ITA).

Sports directors: Bruno Cenghialta (ITA), Giuseppe Martinelli (ITA).

Race information: https://venetoclassic.com

— Vitalii to www.astana-qazaqstan.com

Astana – Premier Tech for Serenissima Gravel – Astana

Astana – Premier Tech for Serenissima Gravel

Astana – Premier Tech will take part in the Italian one-day gravel race Serenissima Gravel, which will be held on October 15th.

Rider roster: Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ), Fabio Felline (ITA), Samuele Battistella (ITA), Davide Martinelli (ITA).

Sports directors: Bruno Cenghialta (ITA), Giuseppe Martinelli (ITA).

Race information: https://serenissimagravel.com

— Vitalii to www.astana-qazaqstan.com

Astana – Premier Tech for Giro del Veneto – Astana

Astana – Premier Tech for Giro del Veneto

Astana – Premier Tech will take part in the Italian 1.1 one-day race Giro del Veneto on October 13th.

Rider roster: Manuele Boaro (ITA), Samuele Battistella (ITA), Fabio Felline (ITA), Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ), Rodrigo Contreras (COL), Davide Martinelli (ITA).

Sports directors: Bruno Cenghialta (ITA), Giuseppe Martinelli (ITA).

Race information: https://www.girodelveneto.com

— Vitalii to www.astana-qazaqstan.com

Astana – Premier Tech for Coppa Agostoni – Astana

Astana – Premier Tech for Coppa Agostoni

Astana – Premier Tech will take part in Italian one-day race Coppa Agostoni, which is going to be held on Monday, October 11th.

Rider Roster: Manuele Boaro (ITA), Samuele Battistella (ITA), Fabio Felline (ITA), Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ), Rodrigo Contreras (COL), Matteo Sobrero (ITA).

Sports directors: Giuseppe Martinelli (ITA), Stefano Zanini (ITA).

Race information: https://www.coppaagostoni.it

— Vitalii to www.astana-qazaqstan.com

Astana – Premier Tech becomes Astana Qazaqstan Team in 2022 – Astana

Astana – Premier Tech becomes Astana Qazaqstan Team in 2022

The UCI WorldTour team Astana – Premier Tech is set to get a new name in 2022. The Kazakh cycling project will step into the upcoming season as Astana Qazaqstan Team.

Qazaqstan is the most accurate and correct name of Kazakhstan in its English transcription. Qazaqstan is a kind of new brand of the state on the international stage, which is combining centuries-old traditions, language, culture and strategy of the country’s development in the today’s world.

“Starting from 2022 our cycling team will go on under the new name Astana Qazaqstan Team, a name which is very important to our country. The name of our state will appear on the cyclists’ jerseys and in the new team logo, and it will become a kind of sign of the continuation of traditions and, at the same time, a moment of change and renewal for the sake of two important goals: promotion of the image of our country all around the world and development of domestic cycling. The project is getting a second wind and is preparing for a new turn in its development. I would like to express my special gratitude to the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan as well as to the Professional Sports Club Astana, which actively support the team. I am happy with the fact that Kazakhstan Cycling Federation is going to play an important role in the development of the renewed team and the implementation of ambitious plans, which will be announced in the nearest future. Also, I am happy that our federation will be presented both in the Board of Directors and in the management of Astana Qazaqstan Team. We envisage strengthening the team’s work with the federation in the transfer of professional skills to domestic athletes and specialists as well as deeper participation of Astana Qazaqstan Team in the life of Kazakhstan cycling”, – said Nurlan Smagulov, President of Kazakhstan Cycling Federation.

 

“I am happy that our team will continue its development under the new Astana Qazaqstan Team brand, and it is an honor for me to return to the leadership of this team as a General Manager. For the past 16 years the Astana Cycling Project has been the hallmark of our country in the world of sports, and I would like to thank the leadership of Kazakhstan for many years of support and trust. Astana Qazaqstan Team is not just a new team name, it is an updated project philosophy emphasizing closer integration of our sports brand and promotion of the Republic of Kazakhstan as a major international partner. In the current period, preparations for the new season and the registration of the team in the top division are in full swing. Beside this we are working on an additional project, which we will announce soon”, – said Alexandr Vinokurov, General Manager of Astana Qazaqstan Team.

— Vitalii to www.astana-qazaqstan.com

Astana – Premier Tech for Gran Piemonte – Astana

Astana – Premier Tech for Gran Piemonte

Astana – Premier Tech will take part in the Italian 1.Pro one-day race Gran Piemonte on October 7th.

Rider roster: Alex Aranburu (SPA), Manuele Boaro (ITA), Fabio Felline (ITA), Rodrigo Contreras (COL), Davide Martinelli (ITA), Matteo Sobrero (ITA).

Sports directors: Giuseppe Martinelli (ITA), Stefano Zanini (ITA).

Race information: https://www.ilgranpiemonte.it

— Vitalii to www.astana-qazaqstan.com

Astana – Premier Tech for Milano – Torino – Astana

Astana – Premier Tech for Milano – Torino

Astana – Premier Tech will continue its Italian campaign with the oldest ode-day race Milano – Torino, those 102nd edition will held on October 6th.

Rider roster: Samuele Battistella (ESP), Rodrigo Contreras (COL), Fabio Felline (ITA), Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ), Matteo Sobrero (ITA), Aleksandr Vlasov (RUS).

Sports directors: Giuseppe Martinelli (ITA), Stefano Zanini (ITA).

Race information: https://www.milanotorino.it

— Vitalii to www.astanapremiertech.com

Astana – Premier Tech for Tre Valli Varesine – Astana

Astana – Premier Tech for Tre Valli Varesine

Astana – Premier Tech will take part in the Italian 1.Pro one-day race Tre Valli Varesine, which will be held tomorrow, on October 5th.

Rider roster: Alex Aranburu (SPA), Samuele Battistella (ITA), Rodrigo Contreras (COL), Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ), Javier Romo (SPA), Fabio Felline (ITA), Aleksandr Vlasov (RUS).

Sports directors: Giuseppe Martinelli (ITA), Stefano Zanini (ITA).

Race information: https://www.trevallivaresine.com/it/index/

— Vitalii to www.astana-qazaqstan.com