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Bahrain Victorious Sign Luis León Sánchez and Johan Price-Pejtersen for 2022 Season

Bahrain Victorious are pleased to announce the signings of Luis León Sánchez and Johan Price-Pejtersen for the upcoming 2022 season. 

Luis León Sánchez brings a wealth of experience to the team entering his 19th season as a pro: “I’m really happy to race for team Bahrain over the next few seasons. It’s exciting to join this group of great cyclists and the vision to become one of the best teams in the world. I am sure that with hard work, we will keep a level that has brought so much joy to the team this season.”

Johan Price-Pejtersen joins the team off the back of a successful season, winning the U23 ITT World Championship: “First of all, I want to thank my prior team, Uno-X Pro Cycling, for our collaboration working towards my development and reaching my goals. They have been a big factor putting me in a position to take the next step with Team Bahrain Victorious. 

I’m extremely humbled and honoured to become a part of Team Bahrain Victorious. For me, their project and the team’s development is something I find truly exciting and interesting. I can’t wait to join the team as I’m sure it’s the perfect environment for my further personal development and, with this contributing to the greater collective as a team. Together, I hope we can reach big goals!”

— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com

Season ends on a high in Croatia with Peron breaking the top ten

Sport director Gennady Mikhaylov:

“We ended on a positive note today and that’s satisfying. It was important for us to end the season in a good way and we’ve had some solid results in recent weeks with Andrea and David so to finish with top ten in eighth place on the final stage here in Zagreb is great and I’m happy with that.”

“The guys knew what was at stake today and they all worked hard for one objective and that was the sprint with Andrea and a top ten placing. To see them achieve their goal through unified and selfless teamwork definitely put smile on my face.

“Filippo has been very consistent in his first race with us and the guys have all embraced him as a teammate immediately and that bodes well for the future. It wasn’t an easy race for him to race as a stagiaire, but he has done well and quietly impressed. Now onwards to 2022, we have some work to do in the off-season, but we can now do that with some high aspirations after an affirming result to go home with.”

Andrea Peron:

“I was feeling really good today. Yesterday I tried to save some gas and take it a little bit easy and I think that paid off. It’s right at the end, but I’m back to where I used to be, in the top ten and smiling at the end of a race.”

“It’s definitely a good way to end the season and hugely important for us and our moral to get this result. This year has been so tough, and we have been banging on the door, coming close, but not quite getting there and today we managed to kick the door in and get the result we were aiming for.”

“I think we’re all tired now, but we go away happy and head into the off season ready for a break and with some things to work on as a team over the winter that will hopefully set us up for a good start in 2022.”

Filippo Ridolfo:

“It’s been a great experience racing with the professionals here at CRO-Race and even though it has been a shock to my system, I am happy that I came through and managed to finish the race and help the guys to a positive result to end the season with. The level is super high, there’s no doubt about that and having this race in my legs now will be a real benefit for me and my development.”

— Tim Lindley to www.teamnovonordisk.com

Final WorldTour stage race of the season beckons for Team BikeExchange at the Women’s Tour – Team BikeExchange

Team BikeExchange return to Britain for the final WorldTour stage race of the season as they tackle the six-day Women’s Tour.

Two-time stage winner Sarah Roy will be keen to add further success on British soil, while Spaniard Ane Santesteban looks to build on her strong third place overall at the Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l’Ardèche two weeks ago.

Janneke Ensing lines-up for the final stage race of her career with l’Ardèche stage winner Teniel Campbell back in action alongside Jess Allen, all fresh from the inaugural edition of the Paris-Roubaix Femmes.

Despite announcing her retirement at last month, Lucy Kennedy wanted one more taste of racing and has been called up for the Women’s Tour, rounding out the six-rider squad and replacing Georgia Williams who crashed in Paris-Roubaix and will rest as a precaution.

Team BikeExchange at the Women’s Tour:
Jess Allen (AUS)
Teniel Campbell (TTO)
Janneke Ensing (NED)
Lucy Kennedy (AUS)
Sarah Roy (AUS)
Ane Santesteban (ESP)

Sarah Roy:
“Veloviewer has been great to see what the courses will be like this year. The stages look like it will be really fun and interesting racing across the whole week and the terrain really suits our team.

I like that there’s a ‘short’ time trial this year as well. It’ll really sort out the GC which can open the racing up a bit differently for non time trial riders.

It’s been a really long season, especially for the Australians, having started racing back in January. It’s also been a special year with the Olympics and the first time we’ve had a really popular, strong stage race after the world championships, which I think means we might see a number of riders absent from the tour or slightly fatigued given the demanding season. I expect to see some great racing though, our peloton is relentless.”

Martin Vestby (Head Sport Director):
“There is going to be quite a lot of stages that are exposed to wind and at this time of year there could be a bit of everything. It is a great race and it is one of the bigger tours this year, so we are motivated.

I think with the course this year and the form Roy is in, if she can recover from Roubaix with the form she has, I think we have a strong card with her, but I think we should play with all the opportunities that we have.”

2021 Women’s Tour – Stage Details:
Monday, 4th October: Stage 1, Bicester-Banbury, 147.7km
Tuesday, 5th October: Stage 2, Walsall-Walsall, 102km
Wednesday, 6th October: Stage 3, Atherstone-Atherstone, 16.6km (TT)
Thursday, 7th October: Stage 4, Shoeburyness-Southend-on-Sea, 117.8    
Friday, 8th October: Stage 5, Colchester-Clacton, 95.4km
Saturday, 9th October: Stage 6, Haverhill-Felixstone, 155.3km

Photo Courtesy of Getty Sport.

— Team BikeExchange to www.greenedgecycling.com

Groves & Yates headline Team BikeExchange at the Tour of Croatia hunting late season wins – Team BikeExchange

Team BikeExchange are in Croatia ready for the six-day CRO race starting on Tuesday, 28th September with Giro d’Italia podium finisher Simon Yates back in action and looking for a high overall showing in the last phase of the 2021 season.

The mixed seven-rider team includes recent Tour of Slovakia prologue winner Kaden Groves, who will give the squad a strong option for the flatter, fast stages and will be supported by Ethiopian rider Tsgabu Grmay, Australian powerhouses Callum Scotson and Michael Hepburn, plus Kazakh climber Andrey Zeits.

Olympic team pursuit bronze medalist, Australian rider Kelland O’Brien, will join Team BikeExchange at the CRO race as as stagiaire rider for the remainder of the 2021 season.

With a varied parcours, the team head into the six-day race with a two-pronged approach, as Yates leads the team’s overall classification ambitions, while fast finisher Groves looks to throw his arms in the air in some of the potential sprint finishes.

Team BikeExchange at the Tour of Croatia:
Kaden Groves (AUS)
Michael Hepburn (AUS)
Kelland O’Brien (AUS) Stagiaire*
Callum Scotson
Grmay Tsgabu (ETH)
Simon Yates (GBR)
Andrey Zeits (KAZ)

Kaden Groves

“I am really looking forward to the Tour of Croatia, we have a good team which can target both of our goals, the overall and stage wins. My condition is really good and I’m expecting it to be even better now having some race exposure after a long time off racing due to injury. 

Having Kell O’Brian with us in the team is also a big plus, he brings a lot of horsepower and it’ll be a good experience for him to ride with us in this final part of the season as a stagiaire.

It will be my first time racing in Croatia but having looked at the stages I am confident in our team and I am keen to get on the start line.”

Matt White – Head Sport Director
“We are all excited about heading back to CRO Tour. Our last trip resulted in a win for former rider Adam Yates, back in 2019 and this year we head back with similar ambitions.

We have a well-rounded team with Kaden Groves as our fast man and Simon Yates for the tougher, hillier stages. The tour has a bit for everyone, and we are looking to finish off the 2021 season strong.”

2021 Tour of Croatia Race Details:
Tuesday, 28th September: Stage 1, Osijek to Varazdin, 237km
Wednesday, 29th September: Stage 2, Slujn to Otocac, 187km
Thursday, 30th September: Stage 3, Rimosten to Makarska, 167km
Friday, 1st October: Stage 4, Zadar to Crikvenica, 197km
Saturday, 2nd October: Stage 5, Rabac/Labin to Opatija, 137.5km
Sunday, 3rd October: Stage 6, Samobor to Zagreb, 156.5km 

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

— Team BikeExchange to www.greenedgecycling.com

A tough ending in Slovakia as TNN look ahead to the last race of the season

Sports Director, Massimo Podenzana (ITA)

“It ended up being a tougher final stage than expected.

“There was an early attack, with a group of 25 riders gaining an increasing advantage over the peloton, which was eventually forced to give up the fight for the stage. Our boys tried but didn’t make it in the break. They did a good job in staying together, keeping the pace, which today was really fast, and crossing the line with the rest of the bunch.”

“It’s not the final we hoped for, but now we need to keep focus and put all our energies on the last race of this season: Tour of Croatia.”

Andrea Peron (ITA)

“Today was crazy, there’s no other way to put it.”

When we started, we knew it would have been a tough last day. The pace kept increasing also when approaching the climb. I really wanted to have another chance in the final sprint and with my teammates we did our best to keep up and stay up front, but it was absolutely full gas and we didn’t make it.

“We have now Tour of Croatia coming up. It’s gonna be the last race for our 2021 season and we want to give it all to show what’s possible with diabetes.”

— tnn to www.teamnovonordisk.com