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Van der Hulst and Buurman sign two-year contract with Liv Racing – Liv Racing

Liv Racing welcomes two riders with great potential. Dutch riders Eva Buurman and Amber van der Hulst have signed a two-year contract with the UCI WorldTeam. After Rachele Barbieri and Katia Ragusa they are the third and fourth reinforcements for 2022.

Amber van der Hulst is only 22 years young, but has nevertheless already achieved several good results. This year, she came third in the Grand Prix International d’Isbergues – Pas de Calais Féminin. In the five stages of the Baloise Belgium Tour (including the prologue) she finished in the top ten four times. In the Healthy Ageing Tour she also had a number of great results, with eighth place in stage three on and around the VAMberg in Drenthe as her personal highlight.

“I am very happy with my transfer to Liv Racing. After a good time with my current team I hope to take the next step in my career here. I am still young, there is a lot of room for improvement. Liv Racing can play an important role in that. I feel I will get space to develop myself here. The coaching staff supports me in a kind of voyage of discovery. Many aspects of cycling suit me, but what am I really good at? What can I mean for the team? Together with the team I want to specialize.”

“If you ask me now what I was born for, it would be the spring classics. I have a decent sprint and have also shown that my sprint is still reasonable after a hard race. My sprint is still far from optimal. I hope to improve on that specific point in the time to come. That is why it is nice to have sports managers like Giorgia Bronzini and Wim Stroetinga in the team. They have a lot of experience when it comes to sprinting, and also in other areas. I can learn from them, both on the road and on the track.”

Confidence

Eva Buurman hopes to give her career a new impulse at Liv Racing. The rider from North-Holland has been a professional for eight years now and has achieved many good results and places of honour during that time. The big breakthrough did not happen yet. This season she unfortunately struggled with overtraining. “I was exhausted both physically and mentally. The Tour of Flanders was my last race this season. In the weeks after, I felt very empty. I was exhausted, I couldn’t do it anymore.”

It was exactly during this period that Liv Racing team manager Eric van den Boom contacted Buurman. “I thought: you can always talk. We spoke to each other and I told him honestly that I was not doing well. Instead of the door being shut for that reason, it was opened wide. There was interest, I felt confidence. ‘We are going to get back on track together!’ That gave me a lot of confidence. I said to myself: ‘Eef, take this chance, this is a great team to get back on your level!’”

“For next season that is my main goal. Step by step I want to get back to my old level and experience the enormous pleasure again. That is a prerequisite for me to be successful. At Liv Racing I expect to make steps in the right direction. I am given time and space. The management has a lot of confidence in me and is patient. That means a lot to me.”

Photo credits: Cor Vos

— rik to livracing.com

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

Sebastian Henao and Leonardo Basso sign with Astana Qazaqstan Team – Astana

Sebastian Henao and Leonardo Basso sign with Astana Qazaqstan Team

Colombian rider Sebastian Henao (28) and Italian rider Leonardo Basso (27) will join Astana Qazaqstan Team in the upcoming season with Henao signing one-year contract (2022) and Basso signing a two-year deal (2022 and 2023).

Sebastian Henao turned pro in 2014 after a set of notable results in the Colombia racing circuit. In eight years as a professional rider, Henao has proved himself as a strong and loyal team player with a lot of Grand Tour experience, especially at the Giro d’Italia with five participations to his name.

Third place at Le Tour de Langkawi (2015), fifth place in the overall standings of Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali (2016), sixth place at the Arctic Race of Norway (2016) and eighth place in the General Classification of the Vuelta a Burgos (2018) and Volta ao Algarve (2021) can be named among his best results.

“Honestly, I am really excited to come to Astana. This is a new step for me, a change which I am really looking for to keep on improving as a professional rider. I would like to thank Alexandr Vinokurov for a chance to become a rider of team Astana. I am looking forward to join the team, to see my new teammates, to wear the new jersey, to ride the new bike. I think Astana is the team which can suit me perfectly and I will try to do my all to reach the best possible results together”, – said Sebastian Henao.

Leonardo Basso turned professional in 2018, choosing classic and one-day races as his main specialization. In the past four years, Basso has ridden 60 one-day races with fifth place at Coppa Bernocchi, seventh at Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli, and ninth at Trofeo Palma and Trofeo Campos amongst his career highlights.

“I am really happy to ride for Astana Qazaqstan Team from the next season. This is one of the biggest and oldest teams in the WorldTour and there were many champions who were competing in the jersey of Astana during its long and great history. So, it is a pleasure for me to join this team for the next two years. I am grateful to Alexandr Vinokurov for trusting in me and I hope to repay this trust on the road with my work and dedication. I will give my best to help the team to reach its biggest goals. I am ready to help the leaders to win as much as possible in the upcoming season”, – said Leonardo Basso.

 

“We are looking for reinforcement in our team both for the Grand Tours and classics, and I think that these two riders can suit us in the best way. We know Sebastian Henao as a good helper, very experienced in the Grand Tours and stage races, so he can play an important role for our leaders. Also, Leonardo Basso in just a few years has gained some good experience in the Northern Classics, while we are going to work on improvement in this direction. I would like to welcome Sebastian and Leonardo to Astana Qazaqstan Team and I am looking forward to start working with them ahead of the new season”, – said Alexandr Vinokurov.

Photo credit: @Gettysport

— Vitalii to www.astanapremiertech.com