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National Champion Marquardt Takes Two UCI Wins at the first weekend of the T-Town Summer Games Series

Strong off her four national titles at the U.S. National Track Championships last week, Mandy Marquardt of Team Novo Nordisk went two-for-two at the first event of the UCI T-Town Summer Games Series, winning the Elite Women’s Keirin on Friday, and the Elite Women’s Sprint the following day. Held at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania, the UCI T-Town Summer Games Series is scheduled over three consecutive weekends from July 23 to August 7.

The two days of racing started with the Elite Women’s Keirin on July 23. Marquardt, wearing the Stars and Stripes, took the win in Friday morning’s qualifying heat. Team Novo Nordisk Ambassador and sprinter McKenna Mckee was also in the same qualifying heat.

Marquardt said, “It’s great to have McKenna staying with me for the series and getting more race experience on the track. You can see the joy in her journey. She’s only 17, keeping an open mind on learning and improving her race tactics. It’s fun to be in it together!” McKenna also raced the U23 Keirin and came in 4th and 9th in the Elite Women’s Keirin.

In the evening, Marquardt raced the Women’s Elite 1-6 Major Keirin Final, and made her way to the front of the Keirin. She rode an aggressive and tactical ride to win the gold. Silver was Canadian National Team Member Sarah Orban and American Kayla Hankins in third. 

On Saturday morning, July 24, Sprint National Champion Marquardt qualified first with a time of 11.255 putting her in a good position for the sprint tournament.

“Despite it not being very fast race conditions and continuing to train hard, I was really happy with my qualifying time. It was a Personal Best on this track,” she noted.

Following her qualification, Marquardt won the quarterfinal ride against American Mary Wintz. In the Semifinals, Marquardt won both rides against Orban and met Guatemalan Nicole Hacohen Rodriguerz in the finals, winning both rides to come away with the victory in the Elite Women’s Sprint.

“It’s really great that the velodrome is hosting their own T-Town Summer Games Series. As much as I’d love to be in Tokyo right now, I’m happy to be home and racing with some top international riders. I’m keeping a good perspective on what’s ahead and wishing my USA Cycling teammates all the best in Tokyo,” Marquardt concluded.

The outdoor facility at T-Town, with its 333-meter concrete cycling track, will hold two more UCI Class-1 events this summer, the T-Town Summer Games: Festival of Speed, July 30-31 and T-Town Summer Games: Fastest Man/Woman on Wheels, August 6-7.

Photos courtesy of Vishrut Garg (@vishrut_fa) and Trevor Raab (@Trevorraab)

— tnn to www.teamnovonordisk.com

Tour de France (stage 18) : Ben O’Connor takes 8th on the stage and moves up to 4th in the GC

Ben O’Connor: «The third week of the Grand Tours suit me well»

“I didn’t feel as good as the day before, but I managed to get through it. It’s a good day for me and for the AG2R CITROËN TEAM. The third week of the Grand Tours suit me well. Wilco Kelderman and I did the same race today. I’m fourth in the overall standings but the gap with him is slim (32’’). We will see on Saturday after the time trial.”Ben

The number

15

Aurélien Paret Peintre is fifteenth in the general classification and fourth in the best young rider classification. “For my first Tour, I am satisfied. There have been ups and downs, but I have been in the mix,” Aurélien Paret Peintre explained. The AG2R CITROËN team is fourth in the team classification.“It’s a great day for our team, without too much stress since the race was going so smoothly. In Brest, at the start of the Tour de France, we did not expect such a good result,” Vincent Lavenu, general manager of the AG2R CITROËN TEAM, said.

The news

Bidard, Chérel, Gastaeur, Peters and Venturini are back to racing

Five of our riders who have had to take a break from racing due to health problems will return to competition in the coming weeks.

Mikaël Chérel, who suffered a double collarbone fracture last November in training, will compete in his first race of the season on July 31 at the Clasica San Sebastian.

François Bidard will also return at the Clasica San Sebastian after having to abandon on the sixth stage of the Giro d´Italia with a fractured left collarbone.

Clément Venturini, who has not raced since abandoning during the fifth stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné (due to a knee injury following a crash), and Nans Peters, who left the Tour de France during the 9th stage, because of a fracture of the lumbar transverse apophysis, will participate in the Tour de l’Ain (July 29-31).

Ben Gastauer, who has not raced since the Itzulia Basque Country in April and suffered from saddle sore issues, will be at the start of the Tour de Poland (August 9-15).

— Antonin Uvietta to www.ag2rcitroenteam.com

Alexey Lutsenko takes a strong eighth place on Mont Ventoux stage – Astana

Alexey Lutsenko takes a strong eighth place on Mont Ventoux stage

The epic Mont Ventoux was on today´s menu for the eleventh stage of the Tour de France with Alexey Lutsenko showing his form with an impressive eighth place.

With one ascent of the iconic climb already brutal enough, the peloton faced it twice before descending towards the finish line in Malaucéne after 198.9 kilometres.

It was, as expected, a fight for the daily breakaway as soon as the flag dropped and some kilometres after leaving the start town Sorgues, the favourites for the stage win went on the attack. Astana – Premier Tech had several cards to play but also kept an eye on the overall ranking with Lutsenko.

Jakob Fuglsang was the first rider of the Kazakh – Canadian team to try his luck in an early breakaway but the group got caught ahead of the second climb of the day. After a long battle and countless moves brought back, a group was finally able to open a gap on the peloton.

Lutsenko, Fuglsang and Ion Izagirre stayed in the yellow jersey group, which was some minutes behind the leading group.

Approaching the first ascent of Mont Ventoux, Fuglsang and Izagirre had to let the group go and rode home in their own rhythm, crossing the line around 15 minutes down on eventual stage winner Wout Van Aert.

On the final lap up Mont Ventoux, Lutsenko trailed the solo leader by two minutes but dug deep all the way to the line. The Kazakh rider put in a strong ride, pushing on the descent towards the finish line, which saw him cross the line in a strong eighth place. After this great ride, Lutsenko moved up to seventh place on the General Classification.

It was a brutal stage today. Due to the overall ranking, I tried to stay as long as possible on the wheels of Pogacar, not to lose any time in the GC, and it worked quite well. On the top of Mont Ventoux after the second time, I found myself with Kelderman and the chase was on. I am happy with my 8th place and also that I could move up again one place on the overall ranking. Of course, the Tour is still long with some tricky and tough stages but so far I am satisfied with my performance. – Alexey Lutsenko

 

Race Profile

Tour de France

Stage 11: Sorgues > Malaucéne (198km)

Top 3: 1.Wout Van Aert (Team Jumbo Visma), 2. Kenny Elissonde 3. Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)

Astana – Premier Tech Top 3: 8. Alexey Lutsenko, 37 Jakob Fuglsang, 53 Hugo Houle

 

©Gettysport

— nadine Pfeffer to www.astanapremiertech.com

Matthews takes 18th on a chaotic crash marred final to stage three at the Tour de France – Team BikeExchange

Stage one’s second place finisher Michael Matthews avoided the crashes on today’s chaotic finale to stage three of the Tour de France but missed his opportunity to sprint, after being caught behind one of the touch downs with just over three kilometres to go.

Despite being in good position with teammate Luka Mezgec, a tight corner caused a massive pile up and effected the outcome of the stage, with many riders caught behind the crash and a significant split occurring.

In the end, 17 riders survived and went on ahead to contest the sprint, with Matthews crossing the line in 18th place, the best of the rest in the second group on the road.

The team’s climbers Lucas Hamilton and Esteban Chaves finished amongst the other main GC contenders, 26seconds behind the stage winner, which Richard Carapaz the only main GC contender to profit from the day, finding himself in the front selection and taking extra time on his contenders. With 18 stages still remaining, it is all still very much to play for.

Michael Matthews
“I guess the final basically started after the intermediate sprint, quite narrow, twisty roads and I think everybody basically knew about the corner when the crash actually happened. So, it put stress in the peloton with everybody wanting to be further forward into that corner and I was just behind the crash.

Me and Luka were around the top 15 when the crash happened and everyone in front and around us crashed and we just didn’t get back to the front.

That ruined my race because I was stuck in between the front group and the peloton trying to chance across by myself.”

Matt White – Head Sport Director 
“It was as predicted a nervous day; the final was as tricky as we expected and some major crashes that has taken out key riders which split the group. Michael was unfortunately caught behind the final crash there so was best of the result. 

Again, we lost a little bit of time to some guys but gained sometimes on others, so it has been the story of the first week. You need a little bit of luck but also you have to make it. There’s a long way to go but we are certainly playing the long game. Things will settle down eventually.”

2021 Tour de France – Stage 3:
1. Tim Merlier 4:01:28
2. Jasper Philipsen ST
3. Nacer Bouhanni ST
18. Michael Matthews (Team BikeExchange) +0:14

General Classification after stage 3:
1. Mathieu van der Poel 12:58:53
2. Julian Alaphilippe +0:08
3. Richard Carapaz +0:31
14. Esteban Chaves (Team BikeExchange) +0:52

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

— Team BikeExchange to www.greenedgecycling.com

Yevgeniy Fedorov takes Kazakhstan Road Race title, Yevgeniy Gidich and Artyom Zakharov complete the podium – Astana

Yevgeniy Fedorov takes Kazakhstan Road Race title, Yevgeniy Gidich and Artyom Zakharov complete the podium

Astana – Premier Tech dominated the 2021 edition of the Kazakhstan National Championships, taking all three places on the podium in the road race. Yevgeniy Fedorov became the new Kazakh road race champion, while Yevgeniy Gidich and Artyom Zakharov completed the race podium with second and third positions, respectively.

“Well, in the time trial I was really close to a win and I missed just a few seconds. So, coming out to the start of this race I was motivated to fight for a win. I spent a good day on the road, and I liked the route with just one climb over the distance and big and flat roads all the way to the finish. I made my attack with some three laps to go but I never got a big gap so, in the final, the group caught me. However, I still had some energy and in the sprint I just gave what I had in the legs and it was enough for a victory. I am really happy with my win and wearing the Kazakhstan national jersey makes me so proud. Now I will have a short break and then I will go to a training camp together with my team to get ready for the second half of the season”, – said Yevgeniy Fedorov.

Once the early break had been caught back with six laps to go, a new leading group with five Astana – Premier Tech riders went away, opening a one-minute gap to the peloton. With three laps to go, it was Yevgeniy Fedorov who launched a solo attack, gaining a ten-second advantage.

Fedorov pushed hard in front of the race but could not get more than 15 seconds to the group of chasers. At the finish, he was finally caught back by the group but was able to do a great sprint, winning the race and becoming the new national champion ahead of Yevgeniy Gidich and Artyom Zakharov.

Kazakhstan National Championships, road race, 160 km. Petropavlovsk.

Top-3: 1. Yevgeniy Fedorov (Astana – Premier Tech); 2. Yevgeniy Gidich (Astana – Premier Tech); 3. Artyom Zakharov (Astana – Premier Tech).

— Vitalii to www.astanapremiertech.com

Gino Mäder takes 3rd place at ITT Stage 7 of Tour de Suisse

Gino Mäder placed third on the 23.3 km long ITT stage 7 over the Oberalp Pass. The course was split into two parts, starting with a challenging climb to the Pass, followed by a fast descent to Andermatt with riders reaching speeds over 100km/h. 

Riders were faced with a decision to use their road bikes, TT bikes or a combination of the two. Mäder stuck with his TT bike throughout and proved to be third fastest on the day behind Rigoberto Uran (Education First Nippo)  and Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep)

Tour de Suisse 2021 – 85th Edition – 7th stage Disentis Sedrun – Andermatt 23,2 km – 12/06/2021 – Gino Mader (SUI – Bahrain Victorious) – photo Heinz Zwicky/BettiniPhoto©2021

Gino Mäder was glad to take a podium finish in his homeland: “Finally, I was able to show what I wanted to show in my home race. It was nice to have legs again. I missed them after stage 3; luckily, they’re back for these final days. I think it’s so good to take a podium position. I really enjoyed the race. It was super hard with the climb at the beginning and then a fast and furious downhill. I’m glad we could deliver a solid performance again today, which makes us hungry for tomorrow. Maybe the legs won’t be so fresh, but obviously, the mind will be so and also motivated. We hope for an excellent finish in this race.”

Tour de Suisse 2021 – 85th Edition – 7th stage Disentis Sedrun – Andermatt 23,2 km – 12/06/2021 – Wouter Poels (NED – Bahrain Victorious) – photo Sabine Zwicky/BettiniPhoto©2021

Wout Poels was the fastest on the downhill, and at the finish, he was just out of the top ten at 11th place: “It was not a bad time trial at all. So, I’m happy with the result and also with the fact that I had a faster downhill. In the end, of course, the time at the finish counts, so I think it was a good performance for me and Gino, who did an amazing job. So, I think we can be happy with the day. There is one more day to go, so let’s see what we have left in the tank for tomorrow and make a good and nice day of it and finish this week with a bang and hopefully another good result”.

— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com

Oscar Rodriguez takes third on the queen stage of La Route d’Occitanie – Astana

Oscar Rodriguez takes third on the queen stage of La Route d’Occitanie

After a solid performance on the one-day race Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge, Oscar Rodriguez continues to deliver impressive results for Astana – Premier Tech. Today he took a strong third place on the queen stage of La Route d’Occitanie with the finish atop Le Mourtis climb (12.7 km, 6.3%).

Rodriguez counterattacked from a small chasing group trying to bridge to the solo leader Antonio Pedrero. It did not work as Pedrero was able to stay clear in front, taking the stage win and the race lead. However, Rodriguez did his best and finished third just behind Jesus Herrada, who claimed second.

“It was a hard day with some difficult climbs including Tourmalet and the final summit. My teammates worked really well protecting me and helping to bring the breakaway back. On the final climb I did my best, it was impossible to catch Pedrero, but I was still there in front fighting for a high result and finally I was able to take a third place which makes me happy”, – said Oscar Rodriguez.

Thanks to today’s result, Oscar Rodriguez moved up to the third position in the General Classification of the race, 49 seconds behind Pedrero.

Merhawi Kudus also did a very good race, finishing seventh today.

“The team worked very well today and the guys did a great job from the start and until the finish. Yevgeniy Fedorov spent a strong day in front of the peloton, helping the team to control the breakaway on Col du Tourmalet. Also, Yuriy Natarov and Merhawi Kudus stayed close to our leader Oscar Rodriguez until the very last kilometres. Well, we were hoping to fight for a stage win today, but there was a stronger rider in front, and we did not manage to catch him. However, Oscar was really strong today, he did a smart race and at the end he finished this day with a nice podium. We can be really happy with this result”, – added Dmitriy Fofonov, Team Performance Manager.

La Route d’Occitanie, Stage 3. Pierrefitte-Nestalas – La Mourtis, 191.8 km.

Stage Top-3: 1. Antonio Pedrero (Movistar Team); 2. Jesus Herrada (Cofidis, Solutions Credits); 3. Oscar Rodriguez (Astana – Premier Tech).

Astana – Premier Tech stage Top-3: 3. Oscar Rodriguez; 7. Merhawi Kudus; 18. Yuriy Natarov.

Photo credit: @Getty Images

— Vitalii to www.astanapremiertech.com

Crash takes out Team momentum on stage one of the Belgium Tour.

Sport Director Gennady Mikhaylov

“The guys were doing a very good job throughout the opening part of the race, working together and holding position as fourth team in the bunch and then we got unlucky with the crash, but hey that’s cycling and no one was injured, so we smile, say our thanks and move on.”

“Tomorrow we have the individual time trial up on the coast at Knokke-Heist and although it’s flat it could easily be 11 kilometers against the wind as much as the clock, so, we’re hoping for the best from the weather and also that our guys recover well tonight.”

Declan Irvine (AUS)

“For the first 100 kilometers we were riding really well as a team, all together towards the front of the peloton and then just before we hit the final circuits there was a crash just in front and four of us went down. We couldn’t avoid it and it totally disrupted our momentum and our race today.”

“We managed to get back into the bunch and I’m thankful that we are all ok, but the circuits were classic Belgian, narrow, up and down and really technical, so we didn’t have a chance to regain the front part of the bunch and then the race split, and we just tried to hold on.”

“It’s quite positive overall though, we all finished, we worked together and helped each other through the tough part to come out of the other side and after the crash I hope no one’s too stiff for the time trial tomorrow.”

— tnn to www.teamnovonordisk.com

Oscar Rodriguez takes solid second place atop Mont Ventoux – Astana

Oscar Rodriguez takes solid second place atop Mont Ventoux

Oscar Rodriguez showed pure climber class at the one-day race Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge, taking a solid second podium place on the top of the legendary Giant of Provence Mont Ventoux.

The rider of Astana – Premier Tech launched a strong counterattack from a small group of chasers with some seven kilometers to go, trying to follow the attack of the Spaniard Miguel Angel Lopez, who stayed solo at the front and at the end of the day took the win in this race.

With four kilometers to the top Enric Mas joined Astana – Premier Tech rider in his chase, but on the finish line Oscar Rodriguez was just stronger, taking a very nice second place, 2 minutes 26 seconds behind the race winner.

“I think I can be happy with my performance today as I did my best in this race and to be on the podium next to Miguel Angel Lopez is a big achievement for me. He is a great champion and right now he is staying in a big form ahead of the Tour de France. So, to be second behind him – is a good result. The team worked good for me today and on the climb I just tried to be close to other favorites. In a moment I went away alone, and I think it was a good move. Later Enric Mas caught me, but I still had some energy to attack inside the last kilometer and to take the second place. I know that Gleb Brussenskiy crashed during the race and now he is in the hospital for medical check-up. I wish Gleb a speedy recovery and hope to see him in our next race La Route d’Occitanie”, – said Oscar Rodriguez.

The race, last year won by Aleksandr Vlasov, took start in Vaison-la-Romaine and shortly after it a few riders created the daily breakaway. However, the peloton did not give the escapers too much space and at the bottom of the final ascent to Mont Ventoux the break has been completely neutralized.

Inside the final 15 kilometers of the race there was just a small group of favourites with Oscar Rodriguez and Merhawi Kudus among them representing the Kazakh-Canadian team. It was Miguel Angel Lopez, who attacked with some 12 kilometers to go quickly opening a big gap, enough to take the race win.

While Merhawi Kudus was forced to drop out from the chasing group, taking his own pace, Oscar Rodriguez proved to be one of the most active riders behind the solo leader, working in front of the chasing group and following the attacks of the rivals. With seven kilometers to go Rodriguez found a moment for a strong counterattack, which brought him the podium on such a famous climb as Mont Ventoux.

Gleb Brussenskiy was involved in a crash on the descent. It seems that the rider did not get any serious injury, however, after the race he has been moved to the hospital for medical check-up. Th team will communicate on rider’s state of health as soon as possible.

“We started this race with two leaders, Merhawi Kudus and Oscar Rodriguez. While for Merhawi it was the first race after a long break, Oscar already did the Critérium du Dauphiné, where he showed himself in a really good form. So, we were expecting something good from him today. We knew the race and knew the climb really well as last year Aleksandr Vlasov brought us a beautiful victory here, so we were aiming to fight for another high result. Indeed, Miguel Angel Lopez was the biggest favourite after Dauphiné, so our plan was to follow his attacks and to try to stay as close to him as possible. The team did a good job for both our leaders on the first lap and during the first ascent to Mont Ventoux, while in the final Oscar showed really good legs staying with the best riders and attacking in a right moment. Of course, we would prefer to win today, but Lopez was just the strongest. However, we are very happy with such a strong performance of Oscar Rodriguez and this podium place give us some additional motivation ahead of La Route d’Occitanie”, – said Dmitriy Fofonov.

Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge, Vaison-la-Romaine – Mont Ventoux, 153 km.

Top-3: 1. Miguel Angel Lopez (Movistar Team); 2. Oscar Rodriguez (Astana – Premier Tech); 3. Enric Mas (Movistar Team).

Photo credit: @Getty Images

— Vitalii to www.astanapremiertech.com