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ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI SIDERMEC: UMBA E BAIS OTTIMI PROTAGONISTI AL TOUR ALSACE

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ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI SIDERMEC: UMBA AND BAIS EXCELLENT PROTAGONISTS AT THE TOUR ALSACE

«We were protagonists and we won with Santiago Umba the queen stage with arrival at La Planche des Belles Filles, one of the historic finish line of the Tour de France that evokes the achievements of great riders. With the success achieved Santiago Umba has set a small record. With 18 years of age, he is, in fact, the youngest neo-professional to have imposed himself in a race on the international Uci calendar», says the team manager of Androni Giocattoli Sidermec Gianni Savio the day after the closing of the Alsace Tour. The French stage race (Uci 2.2) brought to the fore the talent of the 18-year-old Colombian Umba, first friday on the climb of La Planche de Belles Filles (Michaël Gilson – DirectVelo) in the third stage and always a protagonist. On Saturday, in a stage with many climbs, Umba finished fifth, remaining with the best. In the overall standings, despite two crashes in the last stage of yesterday, the Colombian finished in fourth place at 48” from the Spanish Parra, the winner of Alsace 2021. Umbra finished second in the youth ranking.
Good performance in France in general for the team that also proposed Bisolti and Bais to attack. The latter was the protagonist on several occasions, eventually winning the combactivity jersey  and finishing in second place in that of the mountains.

— Team Androni Sidermec to teamandronisidermec.com

ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI SIDERMEC: UMBA AL TOUR ALSACE VINCE SUL TRAGUARDO DELLA PLANCHE DES BELLES FILLES 

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ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI SIDERMEC: UMBA WINS AT THE ALSACE TOUR ON THE FINISH LINE OF PLANCHE DES BELLES FILLES

Success arrives at the Alsace Tour for Androni Giocattoli Sidermec. In France, the very young Santiago Umba is the master of the prestigious finish line of La Planche des Belles Filles, the arrival of the Tour de France on more than one occasion in recent seasons.
On the final climb of the third stage (starting from Vesoul and its 143 kilometers challenging overall) of the French race, the 18-year-old Colombian of Androni Giocattoli Sidermec first tried to stretch on the leading bunch less than two kilometers from the conclusion, but without too much luck. Then in the last kilometer the true show of the South American talent who all got out of the way, going to catch an attacker and detaching the squad of the best. Behind Umba closed the French Huby, the Swiss Reichenbach, the Spanish Berrade and the Belgian Van Eetvelt. Umbra is also the leader of the youth ranking. First in the ranking of combativeness, however, the other Androni Giocattoli Sidermec Mattia Bais, protagonist with other riders in the long breakaway that animated the whole stage up to the final stages.
On Umba’s victory comes the comment of team manager Gianni Savio: «We have great confidence in Santiago and it is no coincidence that we had defined a four-year contract with him. We didn’t take him to the Giro d’Italia because he was too young and still in the training phase. We will make him grow gradually and we are sure that he will be able to offer great emotions to all the fans».
For the Androni Giocattoli Sidermec, led in France by the sporting director Gian Paolo Cheula, success of Umba is the sixth of the season. For Umba it is the first victory as a professional.
The fourth stage Ribeauvillé-Lac Blanc (161,3 kilometers) is scheduled for tomorrow at the Tour Alsace.

— Team Androni Sidermec to teamandronisidermec.com

Tour de France : clap de fin

Tour de France : clap de fin

La 108e édition s’est achevée ce dimanche par la victoire de Wout Van Aert sur les Champs-Elysées. Tadej Pogacar a de son côté célébré son deuxième sacre d’affilée.

Tadej Pogacar savoure son doublé

Comme le veut la tradition, les premiers kilomètres de la dernière étape sont propices aux célébrations. On pense plus aux coupes de champagne qu’à la course en elle-même. Cette année encore, c’est Tadej Pogacar et ses coéquipiers qui sont sous le feu des projecteurs. A 22 ans, le champion slovène conserve sa couronne de leader du classement général, mais aussi de la montagne et du meilleur jeune.

Anthony Turgis pas à la fête

En arrivant sur la plus belle avenue du monde, la course reprend ses droits. Nombreux sont ceux à avoir jeté leurs dernières forces dans des tentatives d’échappées. Mais sans surprise, les 142 coureurs encore en course se sont départagés dans un sprint massif après avoir repris le trio de tête dans le dernier tour. Parfaitement emmené par Mike Teunissen, Wout van Aert a fait parler sa puissance pour régler le sprint et s’imposer pour la troisième fois sur ce Tour de France. Le Belge devance Jasper Philipsen et Mark Cavendish. Le maillot vert ne deviendra donc pas l’unique recordman de victoires sur le Tour de France cette année.

Malade depuis la veille au soir, Anthony Turgis n’a malheureusement pas pu se mêler à la bagarre finale. Le Francilien qui a décroché trois top10 a tout de même tenu à prendre le départ de la 21e étape pour boucler son quatrième Tour de France.

Jean-René Bernaudeau, l’heure du bilan

Le Manager Général du Team TotalEnergies dresse le bilan de sa formation :

“On conclut ce Tour avec quelque chose d’assez rare. Anthony Turgis était malade et termine loin derrière les autres. Je ne pense pas que dans l’histoire du Tour on ait déjà vu ça. On a eu une équipe combative qui n’a pas eu toutes les planètes alignées pour réussir. Mais sportivement, ils ont été à la hauteur. Mes coureurs se sont battus et n’ont pas subi. C’était un Tour hyper exigeant. On a fait des Classiques tous les jours. C’était très violent ! Il y a eu le froid, la pluie… Aujourd’hui, on peut dire qu’on est content d’être à Paris. J’ai également une pensée pour Edvald Boasson-Hagen. Maintenant, on a des points à travailler pour pouvoir espérer aller chercher une belle victoire dans les années à venir”

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— Administrateur to teamtotalenergies.com

ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI SIDERMEC: C’È L’APPUNTAMENTO CON IL TOUR ALSACE

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ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI SIDERMEC: THE APPOINTMENT WITH THE TOUR ALSACE

The Tour Alsace, the 2.2 stage race of the UCI international calendar, will start tomorrow, ending on 25 July, and will also see the Androni Giocattoli Sidermec competing.
In France, where there are five stages scheduled including tomorrow’s time trial prologue, Mattia Bais, Alessandro Bisolti, Jefferson Alexander Cepeda, Simone Ravanelli, Filippo Tagliani and Santiago Umba will race. Sports director Gian Paolo Cheula.

— Team Androni Sidermec to teamandronisidermec.com

Bahrain Victorious Win Team Classification at Tour de France

Bahrain Victorious capped off a successful Tour, winning the best team award at the Tour de France. The team donned yellow helmets and numbers throughout most of the race.

The team managed to beat EF Education Nippo by over 19 minutes to secure the classification in addition to three stage wins and a top ten finish in GC. Wout Poels also put in a great fight for the best climber classification, only narrowly missing out to the race winner Tadej Pogacar (UAE Emirates).

The team went through a challenging period early on, after team leader Jack Haig abandoned on stage 2 after a bad crash. The team responded well as Matej Mohoric rode away from the peloton in the breakaway, winning stage 7.

The momentum continued for the team the following day, as Dylan Teuns took his chances in the break, securing back to back wins for Bahrain Victorious on stage 8. Mohoric then added to his tally on stage 19, again successful through the breakaway on stage 19.

Tour de France 2021 – 108th Edition – 21th stage Chatou – Paris Champs Elysees 108,4 km – 18/07/2021 – Sonny Colbrelli (ITA – Bahrain Victorious) – Wouter Poels (NED – Bahrain Victorious) – Marco Haller (AUT – Bahrain Victorious) – Fred Wright (GBR – Bahrain Victorious) – Dylan Teuns (BEL – Bahrain Victorious) – Pello Bilbao (ESP – Bahrain Victorious) – Matej Mohoric (SLO – Bahrain Victorious) – photo Dario Belingheri/BettiniPhoto©2021

Rolf Aldag, Bahrain Victorious SD: “It’s been an incredible experience for all of us. Like in the Giro we unfortunately lost our GC leader Jack. We then had to re strategise and we took our chances in the breakaway which paid off with back to back stage wins with Matej and Dylan. After that, we had to look at our place in GC where Pello kept up the fight to place in the top 10.

Obviously, we had a hard night after stage 17, but we kept going and got another stage win with Matej. It would have been really nice to get Wout to secure the Polka Dot Jersey, but it wasn’t to be and it was always going to be hard against someone like Pogacar. Overall, to finish on the podium as a team is a special moment and a memorable one for all of us.”

(All pictures can be used for editorial and non-commercial usages only and are copyright @Bettiniphoto @TeamBahrainVictorious)

— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com

Alexey Lutsenko secures career-best seventh place at Tour de France – Astana

Alexey Lutsenko secures career-best seventh place at Tour de France

Alexey Lutsenko crossed the line on the Champs-Élysées to ride to a career-best seventh place in the General Classification to secure his first top ten result in six Tour de France participations. 

Lutsenko’s impressive performance makes the 2020 Tour de France stage winner the first Kazakh rider to secure a top ten result at the Tour de France since 2005.

“I am really happy and proud to finish in the top ten at the Tour de France. I came into the race after a good Critérium du Dauphiné and wanted to take things day by day to see what I could do. To finish in seventh place is a big achievement for me, especially as a Kazakh rider. I want to thank all of my teammates as they supported me a lot throughout the race and helped me to fight to be in the top ten”, – said Alexey Lutsenko after the finish of Stage 21.

“It was a really hard Tour de France which makes it even more special to finish in the top ten. Of course, it would have been nice to win a stage again, but I can come away from the race happy with my performance and my form and motivated for Tokyo”.

Astana – Premier Tech Managing Director Yana Seel highlighted the importance of Lutsenko’s achievement for the Kazakh – Canadian team.

“It makes me really proud to see Alexey Lutsenko’s name in the top ten of the Tour de France. Proud for Alexey, proud for Astana – Premier Tech and proud for Kazakhstan. Alexey didn’t give up throughout the three weeks and his result really shows his determination in what was a tough race. As a Kazakh – Canadian team, it is really important to support our Kazakh riders and I think Alexey’s result will inspire our young Kazakh riders”, – added Seel. 

The team narrowly missed a stage win on multiple occasions with eight top ten results throughout the three weeks while supporting Lutsenko’s General Classification bid. Team Performance Manager and Sports Director Dmitriy Fofonov praised the riders’ teamwork and aggressive approach to stage hunting. 

“I am really satisfied with the team’s racing here at the Tour de France. We came here with the objective of winning a stage and having someone in the top ten of the General Classification. With Alexey Lutsenko in the top ten, we achieved one of these and we came very close to the other. We saw a super Alexey in the race with great form and motivation, so I am happy to see his hard work pay off. All of the team raced aggressively in the breakaways, and we had Ion Izagirre coming very close to the win on stage 8 and our Spanish Champion Omar Fraile up there on multiple occasions. We had a good spirit in the team and all of the riders did a great job to support Alexey and help him to achieve his GC result. As you can see, many teams are leaving without a stage win, but we can be happy knowing we did our maximum every day and were able to finish with Alexey in seventh place overall”, – said Fofonov.

General Classification: 1. Tadej Pogacar (UAE-Team Emirates); 2. Jonas Vingegaard (Team Jumbo-Visma); 3. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers)… 7. Alexey Lutsenko (Astana – Premier Tech).

Photo credit: @Chris Auld

— Phoebe Haymes to www.astanapremiertech.com

Olivia Ray wins Tour of Lake Ellyn – Rally Cycling


Kiwi criterium champion Olivia Ray claimed her first victory of the summer this Saturday, winning the Tour of Lake Ellyn as part of Chicago’s Intelligentsia Cup. Ray is currently making her comeback from a devastating crash in which she broke her ankle, requiring surgery, during Spain’s Setmana Ciclista Valenciana.

“This win felt weird if I’m honest,” said Ray. “I was having some negative thoughts about whether racing was for me during my recovery, if I’d lost the will to be aggressive, especially with a crash during the first night of Intelli. But, my ankle break is no excuse, just a setback, and it makes for an even better comeback!

Ray and teammate Madeline Bemis arrived in Chicago following the Boise Twilight Criterium where they had the opportunity to gel as a team.

“Madeline has been my saving grace,” added Ray. “Having her with me, the leading, the encouragement, and the support are unmatched. From the outside, you see her closing gaps for me but she contributes so much more.”

The Rally Cycling duo will take part in the first seven races of Intelligentsia Cup before traveling down to the team’s hometown of Minneapolis, MN for the 10th Annual UHCCF Century Ride.

“We’re here to take it day by day and have fun,” said Ray. “If we’re not having fun, what’s the point… but, also, if you’re not first, you’re last.”

For the latest updates from Intelligentsia Cup, check out their Instagram Stories.

— Tom Soladay to rallycycling.com

Crunching the numbers from a colder than usual Tour de France – Astana

Crunching the numbers from a colder than usual Tour de France

The 2021 Tour de France has been an unusual one. Despite returning to its usual July position in the season, we haven’t seen the typical scorching summer days that we’ve used to. Cold and rainy days have plagued the Tour this year making it one of the hardest editions we’ve seen in a long time. Just ask the riders. 

This season, we’re thinking about temperatures more than ever as we hit the six month mark of our partnership with CORE Body Temperature.

“We have been using the CORE sensors for a few months now so it is a like a power meter that we are still learning a lot from because it’s quite new. Until this year, we have never had this kind of data so it’s totally new for us. Now, we are trying to learn how to best use the data which could be for warming up and cooling down protocols, and to see the impact that temperatures has on performance in races and training,” said Ivan Velasco, Astana – Premier Tech Team Technical Manager.

When you take a look through the galleries from every Tour de France stage, one thing stands out. There was plenty of suffering going on. Suffering made worse by the cold temperatures and never ending rain. Velasco acknowledges the impact the unusual temperatures had on the riders’ CORE data readings.

“For sure this Tour de France has been cooler than normal. In a normal Tour de France, most days you have temperatures of 25 to 35 degrees Celsius and this has an impact on the riders’ performance. As soon as you go up with the temperature, the body reacts and your performance is suffering. With the CORE sensor, we can see that the internal temperature of the riders has not been as high as it has been throughout summer, for example in comparison to the data we have from Criterium du Dauphine or other warmer races this year. So we are definitely identifying the relationship between the external temperatures and the impact on the internal body temperature, and how that has had an affect on our riders’ performances whether that be positive or negative depending on the conditions”

As Velasco explains, his job is to take this data and identify the situations where core body temperature can be critical to performance.

“When it comes to the mountain stages this is when the riders are going at their maximum effort and really suffering so the CORE data is really valuable. Also, for the time trials we can identify areas of improvement in this maximum effort. They go really, really deep in the effort so with CORE we can have an insight into how the body is reacting to this effort and quantify this data, while taking into account different external factors like external temperature and humidity. So in this way, we are using this year as a learning exercise and when we really understand the best way to use the data, especially in conjunction with all of the other numbers we see, we will really benefit from this new piece of the puzzle. Each rider reacts differently. You have some riders who can push themselves more than others in the hot weather or the cold weather and now we can see how that correlates with the internal body temperature readings.”

The Tour de France may have been cooler than usual but the Vuelta a España will no doubt deliver the usual scorching summer days which Velasco says will be a valuable race when it comes to understanding the CORE body temperature readings.

“We know we will always have some really hot days at the Vuelta a España and as we will have some of our Giro d’Italia and Tour de France riders doing their second Grand Tour of the season, we will have a chance to really compare the data from both races and see the difference in the CORE data readings.”

Bring on the sun at the Vuelta!

 

Main photo: Michiel van der Meer

— Phoebe Haymes to www.astanapremiertech.com

Tour de France (stage 20): Ben O’Connor 4th in GC, Aurélien Paret Peintre 15th

Ben O’Connor : «I’m taking a new step forward»

«On Friday, I felt a lot of emotion thinking about the Tour de France, and what I was doing. Today, I am super happy. I have taken a new step forward with a team that trusted an Australian rider. When I think back to what we went through the first day, where I thought I had a fractured shoulder, had stitches and was sore all over the place, and that most of the team had also crashed, I can only savor what we are going through right now.»Ben

Aurélien Paret-Peintre : «I’m satisfied»

« It was a difficult time in a superb landscape… which I found very beautiful to watch on TV before taking the start. I am happy to finish my first Tour de France. My results are pretty good, even if the last week was difficult. I was able to get into two great breakaways which pushed me forward towards a good spot in the overall classification. I am satisfied.»Aurélien

Le chiffre

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With Ben O’Connor’s 4th place, it will be the eighth time since 2014 that a rider from the AG2R CITROËN TEAM has finished in the top 10 of the Tour de France.

Jean-Christophe Péraud finished 2nd in 2014, Romain Bardet, 2nd in 2016, 3rd in 2017, 6th in both 2014 and in 2018, as well as 9th in 2015, and now Ben O’Connor is 4th in 2021.

The news

Ben O’Connor will return to racing at the Deutschland Tour

After a few days off, Ben O’Connor will return to competition at the Deutschland Tour (August 26-29). He should then participate in the Tour du Jura (September 4), the Tour du Doubs (September 5) and the Tour du Luxembourg (September 14-18).

Aurélien Paret Peintre, Nans Peters, and Dorian Godon will compete in the Tour de l’Ain (July 29 – August 1).

Oliver Naesen will be at the start of the Arctic Race (August 5-8) and then the Cyclacics Hamburg (August 22).

Greg Van Avermaet, Michaël Schär and Benoit Cosnefroy will participate to the Olympic race (July 24th).

These programs are subject to change.

— Antonin Uvietta to www.ag2rcitroenteam.com

Un vent de Classique souffle sur le Tour

Un vent de Classique souffle sur le Tour

La traversée des Landes de la 19e étape a été mouvementée. C’est sur un scénario de Classique que Matej Mohoric s’est imposé à Libourne après s’être débarrassé de ses compères d’échappée où figurait Anthony Turgis.

Une échappée conséquente

Dans un premier temps, c’est un groupe de 5 coureurs qui se porte vers l’avant. Mais cette situation ne convient pas à tout le monde. En effet, des mouvements de contre-attaque se dessinent dès le kilomètre 70. C’est finalement un attroupement volumineux de 20 coureurs réunis qui prend peu à peu ses distances avec le peloton. On retrouve à l’avant des habitués aux Classiques : Dylan Theuns, Davide Ballerini, Christophe Laporte, Sylvan Dillier, Matej Mohoric ou encore Anthony Turgis pour représenter le Team.

Après un joli bras de fer, ce dernier laisse filer l’échappée. L’écart en leur faveur franchit la barre des 10 minutes en approchant des 50 derniers kilomètres de course. La gagne va donc se jouer dans ce groupe de tête.

Mohoric bis repetita

A 43km du but, les hostilités sont déclenchées. Les attaques pleuvent les unes après les autres. Mais c’est Matej Mohoric qui s’isole significativement à 26 kilomètres de Libourne. Les rescapés de l’échappée ne reverront jamais le coureur slovène qui s’envole vers un second succès sur cette 108e édition. Sur le modèle de sa victoire au Creusot pour la plus longue étape du Tour, il a de nouveau tenu en respect ses poursuivants pour finir en solitaire. Il s’agit là de la 5e étape remportée par un Slovène cette année.

Du côté du Team TotalEnergies, Anthony Turgis a plusieurs fois tenté de prendre quelques longueurs d’avance, sans réussite. Il décroche finalement une nouvelle 9e place après celles déjà acquises lors des étapes 3 et 10.

“Quand on se retrouve avec des costauds, on n’a pas le droit à l’erreur. On a laissé une seconde à Mohoric, il en a profité. Ensuite c’est le jeu du chat et la souris. Il faut bien courir et être dans les bonnes vagues pour en garder un maximum. Il faut attendre le bon moment. A la fin, le groupe s’est cassé. Je n’étais pas dans la meilleure position pour entamer le sprint, mais j’ai fait ce que je pouvais”

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— Administrateur to teamtotalenergies.com