TNN turn attention to Tour of Turkey

Team Novo Nordisk head to the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey on Sunday with memories of Italian sprinter Andrea Peron’s stellar performance on last year’s final stage still fresh in the memory and another challenging route ahead.

Eight tough stages await the world’s first all diabetes professional cycling team with plenty of mixed terrain on the menu that will hopefully mean plenty of opportunities for Peron and experienced Spanish climber David Lozano who arrives fresh from the snow of Navarre after the recent GP Miguel Indurain.

“The Tour of Turkey is always a highlight on our calendar and I’m excited to be back racing at one of our favourite races,” said General Manager Vassili Davidenko. “We’ve had some very positive results recently and I hope we can keep that going next week.”

“We know the race well and along with the beautiful scenery there is going to be some challenging days over the course of the eight stages and good teamwork will be key to our goals of trying to position Andrea and David to give them the best chance possible of some good results. Our inspirational message has always been well received in Turkey and we’ll be doing our best to Drive Change in Diabetes throughout the race and show everyone what is possible.”

The Isle of Man’s second favourite son Sam Brand will be on hand in support with veteran Hungarian climber Peter Kusztor and young Italian neo-pro Filippo Ridolfo also ready for the rolling stages.

“We’re at that stage of the calendar where the races are coming thick and fast now,” said Peron. “And after some good results at the recent races in Greece we had a really tough day in Belgium at Scheldeprijs on Wednesday, but we have to take the rough with the smooth.”

“I’m looking forward to being back racing at the Tour of Turkey at the weekend, we came close to some good stage results there last year and it will be great if we can make the top ten this time around. It’s going to be eight days of hard racing, it always is, and we know what’s in store for us, but there should be some opportunities for us, and we’ll do our best to be in the thick of the action when it counts.”

Verona native Umberto Poli and Kiwi Hamish Beadle complete the team with Beadle returning to roads he impressed on at the start of the year in the Tour of Antalya.

Topping out at close to 1,300km this year’s edition will be the 59th and starts on the southwest coast in Bodrum before following a tough route through much of the Aegean region and taking in Manisa and Gelibolu (Gallipoli) before turning East for the traditional final stage in Istanbul.

Team Novo Nordisk at the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey 10th – 17th April:

Hamish Beadle (NZL, 23)

Sam Brand (GBR, 31)

Peter Kusztor (HUN, 37)

David Lozano (ESP, 33)

Andrea Peron (IT, 33)

Umberto Poli (IT, 25)

Filippo Ridolfo (IT, 20)


Sunday 10TH April, Stage 1: Bodrum – Kusadasi, 202km

Monday 11th April, Stage 2: Selcuk (Efes) – Alacati, 156.4km

Tuesday 12th April, Stage 3: Cesme – Izmir (Karsiyaka), 117.9km

Wednesday 13th April, Stage 4: Izmir (Konak) – Manisa, 156.2km

Thursday 14th April. Stage 5: Manisa – Ayvalik, 186.1km

Friday 15th April, Stage 6: Edremit (Akcay) – Eceabat, 201.5km

Saturday 16th April, Stage 7: Gelibolu – Tekirdag, 131.3km

Sunday 17th April, Stage 8: Istanbul – Istanbul, 137.8km

— Tim Lindley to www.teamnovonordisk.com

Valentin Retailleau will turn professional with the AG2R CITROËN TEAM on August 1

Valentin Retailleau, a member of the AG2R CITROËN U23 TEAM, the reigning French U23 Champion and 3rd in Gent-Wevelgem U23 on Sunday, March 27, will turn professional with the AG2R CITROËN TEAM on August 1 with a contract through 2024.
He had been a stagiaire in the AG2R CITROËN TEAM from August to October 2021.

Valentin Retailleau : « It’s an accomplishment »

« I am very happy to turn professional with the AG2R CITROËN TEAM. After six years in their training program, it is an accomplishment. I thank the team for the trust it has placed in me for all these years and at least until 2024. My time as a stagiaire with the team from August to October 2021 went very well and we managed to reach an agreement for me to join the team in August 2022. This allows me to finish my studies (a bachelor’s degree in business school) before devoting myself fulltime to cycling.
I can’t wait to meet up with my old friends from the AG2R CITROËN U23 TEAM and get to know my new teammates. I want to learn as much as possible from those who have more experience so I can continue to progress.»Valentin

Vincent Lavenu : « An exemplary career »

« Given his exemplary career in recent years within our training program, Valentin (Retailleau) rightfully has his place within the AG2R CITROËN TEAM.
In parallel with his university studies, he was able to progress athletically and obtained excellent results such as his title of U23 French Champion and his recent third place at the U23 Gent-Wevelgem. Valentin has a very interesting puncheur’s profile. And we have already seen his talent and his ability to blend into the group during his time as a stagiaire last year. The signing of this contract once again pays tribute to the work carried out by our two training programs and to the overall concept, namely, moving into the professionals while still having the chance to complete a university degree. »Vincent

In brief:
Born 18 June 2000 (21 years old)
Originally from Oradour-sur-Glane (Haute-Vienne), lives in Chambéry (Savoie)
U23 Champion of France in 2021
Winner of the first stage and third in the general classification of the Tour de Bretagne (2.2) in 2021
3rd U23 Gent-Wevelgem in 2022

The number


Valentin Retailleau will be the 30th rider on the 2022 squad for the AG2R CITROËN TEAM. After Clément Champoussin, Benoît Cosnefroy, Anthony Jullien, Paul Lapeira, Aurélien Paret-Peintre, Valentin Paret-Peintre, Nans Peters, Nicolas Prodhomme and Antoine Raugel, Valentin Retailleau will be the 10th rider from the AG2R CITROËN U23 TEAM, i.e. a third of the 2022 squad. With Geoffrey Bouchard, Paul Lapeira, Valentin Paret-Peintre, Nans Peters, Antoine Raugel, Damien Touzé and Clément Venturini, Valentin Retailleau will be the 8th rider from the AG2R CITROËN U19.
In total, he is the twenty-fifth rider from the AG2R CITROËN U23 TEAM to join the AG2R CITROËN TEAM. The first was Blaise Sonnery in 2007.


Valentin Retailleau, pure product of the training program

Valentin Retailleau has been part of the AG2R CITROËN TEAM since 2017.
He spent two seasons with the AG2R CITROËN U19 TEAM (2017-2018) and has been with the AG2R CITROËN U23 TEAM for four years (2019 to 2022).

— Kévin Bottin to ag2rcitroenteam.com

Nurbergen Nurlykhassym to turn professional with Astana Qazaqstan Team – Astana

Nurbergen Nurlykhassym to turn professional with Astana Qazaqstan Team

The reigning U23 Kazakhstan Road Race Champion Nurbergen Nurlykhassym is set to join UCI WorldTour Astana Qazaqstan Team in the upcoming season. The 21-year-old rider signed his first ever professional contract for two years (2022 and 2023).

“I am really happy and excited with a big step in my career, which I am going to do very soon. The move to the WorldTour together with our Astana Qazaqstan Team is a dream which is coming true. I spent quite a good season at the youth level, but I realize that the UCI WorldTour is a completely different level of races, preparation and goals. I am grateful to Alexandr Vinokurov for the chance I was granted with. I will do my best to repay the trust. In my mind, I am already in the new season, which I am going to start in the best team side by side with the best riders, many of those I was cheering for since my childhood. The new chapter of my career is set to start soon, and I am looking forward to meeting the team at the first training camp”, – said Nurbergen Nurlykhassym.

Nurbergen Nurlykhassym already gained some important experience at the prestigious youth races all around Europe, where he represented the National Team of Kazakhstan both at the Junior and U23 World Road Championships, as well as the Giro Ciclistico d’Italia and the Tour de l’Avenir.

This season, Nurbergen took an important solo win in the road race of the U23 Kazakhstan National Championships. The podium places at the Junior National Champs, fourth place at a stage of Baltyk – Karkonosze Tour (2019) and ninth place in the General Classification of the Tour de DMZ are among his youth career highlights.

“This summer Nurbergen impressed us with his solid win at the Kazakhstan National Championships, as well as with good performances at the Tour de l’Avenir and the U23 World Championships held on tough “Northern Classic” roads. In this rider we see good potential and, there is no doubt that he deserves a chance to test himself at the WorldTour level. There is a huge amount of work to be done and there is some serious experience to be gained, but I see a motivated and dedicated rider and I think he can succeed. We are going to create a strong, ambitious team, which will set some important goals in the upcoming season, so I believe that Nurlykhassym will be able to fit l into this roster well”, – said Alexandr Vinokurov, General Manager of Astana Qazaqstan Team.


“Nurbergen is a promising young athlete and the U23 Champion of Kazakhstan. This year, he demonstrated some good results, but also proved himself as a purposeful athlete. Of course, the UCI WorldTour is a different level, and he has a lot to learn, but I think this chance will provide him with the new goals and opportunities to develop properly in order to grow into a good professional cyclist. The arrival of Nurlykhasym to the WorldTour is another vivid example of fruitful cooperation between Kazakhstan Cycling Federation and Astana Qazaqstan Team. We will continue to work on finding new young talents and creating all the necessary conditions for their development”, – said Nurlan Smagulov, President of Kazakhstan Cycling Federation.

— Vitalii to www.astana-qazaqstan.com