Bel secondo posto di Jhonatan Restrepo (Bettiniphoto) dietro all’imbattibile Pascal Ackermann nella Cagliari-Cagliari (170 chilometri), ultima tappa della Settimana Ciclistica Italiana.
Il colombiano è stato il più bravo alle spalle del forte tedesco della Bora Hansgrohe che nella corsa sarda ha ottenuto tre successi: Restrepo ha preceduto Vanmarcke, Bouet, Burchio, Canola, Filosi, Garavaglia e Cullaigh per chiudere la top-10. Il sudamericano dell’Androni Giocattoli Sidermec, così come i compagni Ponomar, Umba, Pellaud e Bais, faceva parte del primo troncone del gruppo che si era avvantaggiato nell’ultimo quarto di gara. Nel finale, ben pilotato dai compagni, ha ottenuto il brillante piazzamento. La Settimana Ciclistica Italiana ha visto il successo finale di Diego Ulissi.

— Team Androni Sidermec to teamandronisidermec.com

Lourdes Oyarbide, primera ‘movistar’ tras la decisiva CRI de Knokke; Guarischi, 3ª en el sprint matutino

Lourdes Oyarbide, primera ‘movistar’ tras la decisiva CRI de Knokke; Guarischi, 3ª en el sprint matutino — Albert Valero to movistarteam.com

A sprint into Mortegliano with minds on Monte Matajur 🇮🇹 – Rally Cycling

We had a simple mission today; stay safe, save energy for tomorrow. The day began fast[4], with the leading GC teams unwilling to let anything go – and it took around half the race before a break finally went away. We battled hard to get into the move but ultimately missed out. The break was reeled in on the final finishing circuit by the main sprint teams. With the help of Poido, Clara was able to stay safe deep into the final, crossing the line in the peloton with the other general classification riders. Now, we refocus and get ready for tomorrow – the queen stage of the race. Mission accomplished.[6]

— Tom Owen to rallycycling.com

6ª posición para Barbara Guarischi en el sprint de Eeklo

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Sibiu Tour wraps with downtown sprint at sunset

Head Sports Director Massimo Podenzana:

“We’ve had a great time at Sibiu Cycling Tour and our first time racing in Romania. It was important for us to try and get our message across while we were here, and I think we have done that. With the support of our sponsors Novo Nordisk, we were able to take part in some extra race activities while the guys showed what we can do on the road.”

“David climbed well early in the race on the mountain stages and then he was up there again today after we got caught behind the late crash in the final kilometer. Our intention was to go with Andrea and try for the sprint, but the splits on the last climbs and then the crash meant that David was our best-placed guy. In the end, we have had a positive week and the guys worked well for each other.”

Andrea Peron:

“It’s a shame I couldn’t go for the sprint today I was feeling pretty good and motivated to go for it, but we split on the climbs and then went full gas to get back in but lost the opportunity with the crash. The finish was so technical, we knew that before, but to be honest I thought if we could get back to the front before we entered Sibiu, we would be ok, but it wasn’t to be.”

David Lozano:

“I’m not a sprinter at all, but I tried to hold on in the front group just to hold position and make sure we finished well on GC and I think we did that. We had a good week overall, it’s a hard race, it surprised me how hard it is, but Bora certainly made it a hard week of racing and I’m happy that we could be up there competing and holding our own.”

— tnn to www.teamnovonordisk.com

Sprint massif à Châteauroux | Team TotalEnergies Pro Cycling

Sprint massif à Châteauroux

Après un contre-la-montre renversant, les coureurs se sont donné rendez-vous pour un troisième sprint massif. Dans les rues de Châteauroux, le Cav a une nouvelle fois fait parler la poudre.

Le Cav, encore lui !

Au départ de cette sixième étape, un groupe d’attaquants assez conséquent s’est formé. A l’avant, on retrouve de grands noms : Kasper Asgreen, Nils Politt, Thomas De Gendt ou encore Greg Van Avermaet. Cette échappée est une grande menace pour les équipes de sprinteurs. Par conséquent, les formations Groupama-FDJ et Arkea-Samsic réagissent activement et ne laissent pas plus de 55’’ de marge. Malgré la forte pression du peloton, un duo arrive à se reformer. Greg Van Avermaet et Roger Kluge font la journée en tête.

Plus les kilomètres défilent, plus les trains se mettent en route, l’échappée dans le viseur. Les deux hommes de tête rendent finalement les armes à 2,5km du but. L’emballage final peut débuter.

Les coureurs de Deceuninck-Quick Step sont au coude-à-coude avec les Alpecin-Fenix. Mais la supériorité de Mark Cavendish se fait une nouvelle fois sentir dans le final. Le Cav fait mouche et condamne Jasper Philipsen et Nacer Bouhanni aux places d’honneur.

Les TotalEnergies pas à la fête

Malgré une bonne course, nos coureurs n’ont pas pu participer à l’emballage final. Edvald Boasson-Hagen a perdu la roue d’Anthony Turgis sur la chute de Jacobo Guarnieri à 3km de l’arrivée.

Découvrez la réaction de nos coureurs en vidéo.


— Administrateur to teamtotalenergies.com

Matthews fights to fourth on another frantic & thrilling sprint stage on day four of the Tour de France – Team BikeExchange

Australian sprinter Michael Matthews looked to go one better than the opening stage of the Tour de France where he picked up second place, as he battled his way through a thrilling finale on today’s fourth stage, to take a strong fourth place on the line after a late solo escapee was caught nail-bitingly close, inside the last 50metres, with Mark Cavendish claiming the victory.

Like all previous sprint stages, the final was fast, frantic, and chaotic with every team fighting to position their sprinter at the front and keep their GC leaders out of trouble. Slovenian rider Luka Mezgec worked to position Matthews in the final kilometres as the pace picked up, with it looking uncertain as to whether the lone leader could hold off the peloton.

Scrapping for the best route to the finish line, Matthews launched out of the wheels and took a strong fourth place, which moves him up to third overall in the points classification standings after also picking up fourth place in the day’s intermediate sprint.

The team’s climbers all remained safe and survived the stage without any problems with Esteban Chaves currently the highest on the GC for the squad in 15 place at 52 seconds. Attention now turns to tomorrow’s first test for the classification race with the first individual time trial of this year’s tour.

Michael Matthews – 4th place
“That was like every other Tour de France sprint; hectic. With the resources we had there with just me and Luka Mezgec in the final, we had to wait and then make a run at the end. Luka did a great job positioning me in the final there and I finished fourth. Of course I came to win, but I have to be satisfied with fourth place today.”

Matt White – Head Sport Director
“It was a good sprint, a sprint that suited Michael’s characteristics more than a plain flat sprint. He took fourth place on the stage so it was a good result and we have also moved up to third place in the green jersey competition ahead of a well-deserved rest day for some tomorrow on the TT Day.”

Lucas Hamilton
“It will be nice tomorrow not to have 180 riders around me, my TT hasn’t been great this year but it is a big part of this tour so all I can do is put my best effort in and see what I can do. Then on the other side of it we are getting closer and closer to the mountains which I am really looking forward to.”

2021 Tour de France – Stage 4 results:
1. Mark Cavendish 3:20:17
2. Nacer Bouhanni ST
3. Jasper Philipsen ST
4. Michael Matthews (Team BikeExchange) ST

General Classification result after stage 4:
1. Mathieu van der Poel 16:19:10
2. Julian Alaphilippe +0:08
3. Richard Carapaz +0:31
15. Esteban Chaves (Team BikeExchange) +0:52

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

— Team BikeExchange to www.greenedgecycling.com

Sprint finish wraps up hot, hot, hot third stage of the Belgium Tour

Sport Director Gennady Mikhaylov:

“It’s frustrating that we just missed the breakaway today. Oliver attacked first and it didn’t stick, but the next move did, that’s just the way that it goes sometimes. After the breakaway was established, we regrouped and held a good position in the bunch to help Peter and Declan.”

“Logan, Oliver and Sam did great work looking after their teammates today. Logan was back to the cars for bottles even when he was suffering and by his own admission, that gave purpose to his suffering which cannot be underestimated on a hot day like today.”

Oliver Behringer

“I tried to get in the first breakaway straight out of the neutral zone, but unfortunately it didn’t happen, and the bunch regrouped, but only for a moment and the next attacks to spring were what formed the break. There were a lot of twists and turns in the beginning and it wasn’t possible to bridge across.

“After that we made a really good decision as a team to look after Declan and Peter and help each other. So, I was able to recover from the early effort and then do my job for the team with everyone else and prepare for the circuits.

“I think it was key that we worked so well for each other going into the finishing laps, because we were able to keep Declan and Peter up near the front, before Sam and I dropped off on the last lap and rode tempo to the line.”

— tnn to www.teamnovonordisk.com