Groenewegen sprints to fourth Veenendaal-Veenendaal Classic win – Team BikeExchange Jayco

Dutch fast-man Dylan Groenewegen has taken his fourth victory in the Veenendaal-Veenendaal Classic with a dominant and powerful sprint finish.

The 28-year-old demonstrated his speed once again with a rapid dash to the line, claiming his fourth win of the season and his fourth in the Dutch one-day race.

Team BikeExchange-Jayco took charge of the race in the early kilometres as they controlled the gap to a breakaway group of five and despite crosswinds in the final 60km of the race splitting the peloton, the bunch reached the bell for the final lap altogether behind the break.

There were then several attacks as the pack closed in on the escapees, but Italian Alexander Konychev was quick to shut down the moves, and with 11km to go the race was back together.

Australian Kaden Groves guided his teammate Groenewegen through the tricky finale and into position inside the final kilometre, before the Dutchman opened up his sprint and raced away to take the win.

Dylan Groenewegen (1st):
“We were here with a young group of riders, most of them had a long break, but we positioned well all day long, and especially in the last corner I was in the perfect spot.

I am glad of this result, I am happy, the team is happy, especially because everything went as planned. We are on the right track.”

Tristan Hoffman (Sport Director):
“The team did a great job managing to control and come back to catch the breakway with only a few kilometres left in the race. Then we prepared in the best way possible for the final hundred meters and Dylan was in the best spot.

Once he is there, there are few people who can beat him in a sprint like today. I’m super happy and proud of the work done today by the boys and now we will fully focus on tomorrow’s race in Koln.”

2022 Veenendaal-Veenendaal Classic – Results:
1. Dylan Groenewegen (Team BikeExchange-Jayco) 4:32:40
2. Gerben Thijssen ST
3. Araund De Lie ST

Photo: Veenendaal-Veenendaal Classic

— Team BikeExchange to www.greenedgecycling.com

Yates powers to his first Grand Tour TT victory with a phenomenal win at the Giro d’Italia – Team BikeExchange Jayco

British climber Simon Yates has put down a marker at the Giro d’Italia with a thrilling victory in the stage two time trial in Budapest.
The 29-year-old powered around the 9.2km course in the Hungarian capital in a time of 11’50” to take the stage win by three seconds, with teammate Matteo Sobrero taking fourth place and the white jersey for his efforts.
It was a strong overall team performance by Team BikeExchange-Jayco, placing six riders in the top-40, with American time trial champion Lawson Craddock and Lucas Hamilton both in the mix early on, after two impressive rides against the clock.
Italian time trial champion Sobrero then took the top spot in his home Grand Tour with a time of 12’03” to dethrone long-time leader Lenard Kamna at the head of the standings. Sobrero’s provisional fastest time didn’t last long though, as Tom Dumoulin bettered the 24-year-old’s effort with a time of 11’55”.
However, before the Dutchman could take his place in the hotseat, Yates raced across the line in a blistering time of 11’50” to reclaim the fastest time for Team BikeExchange-Jayco. The British rider set the quickest intermediate split on the flat section of the course, before putting more time into his rivals on the climb to the finish line.
It was then a case of waiting for the remaining riders to see how the final standings would shake out, but nobody could topple Yates as he claimed his fifth Giro d’Italia stage win of his career, to demonstrate his top form in his major goal of the season.
Simon Yates – 1st place:
“I just tried to go as fast as possible, I have to thank our partners, Giant and Cadex, we put a lot of work into our equipment this year, and of course it’s paying off.
I was never confident, Van der Poel was close as well, but of course you always have that belief that you can win, and eventually I managed to hang on.
Today was a 12-minute effort, we still have some much more demanding stages in front of us. But of course, we will celebrate today, it’s one of only two time trials I have ever won and my first ever in a Grand Tour, so we’ll enjoy today, but I think we need to look at the bigger picture.”

Matt White (Head Sport Director):
“Winning in the Giro d’Italia is always a lovely day, and the time trial Simon produced today was a very, very impressive one. We had a feeling he would be in the mix, but for him to win his first TT in a Grand Tour, it was a very special effort from him.
It was also one of the best time trials Sobrero has ever ridden as well and I think across the board the team performed very well today, and it’s a nice reward for Matteo to be in the best young rider jersey.”

2022 Giro d’Italia Stage 2 – Results:
1. Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange-Jayco) 11’50”
2. Mathieu van der Poel +0:03
3. Tom Dumoulin +0:05
4. Matteo Sobrero (Team BikeExchange-Jayco) +0:13
2022 Giro d’Italia Stage 2 – GC:
1. Mathieu van der Poel +4:47:11
2. Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange-Jayco) +0:11
3. Tom Dumoulin +0:16
4. Matteo Sobrero (Team BikeExchange-Jayco) +0:24

Photo: Getty Sport

— Team BikeExchange to www.greenedgecycling.com

Yates takes an impressive second victory in three-days with a solo win on the final day at Vuelta Asturias – Team BikeExchange Jayco

Stage one winner Simon Yates has taken a second victory at the three-day Vuelta Asturias, attacking on today’s final climb and riding away solo, to snatch another spectacular win as part of the ‘Final Touches‘ to his Giro d’Italia preparations.
After bringing back a breakaway of four riders ahead of the final climb, Team BikeExchange-Jayco continued to set a fierce tempo at the head of the peloton, leading into ‘Violeo,’ a short 3.1km climb with sections as steep as 20% and an average gradient of 9.2%.

Australian powerhouse Callum Scotson then launched an attack on the bottom slopes of the climb which Yates used as a launch pad, jumping across to his teammate before darting away again, with just one rider able to hold on his wheel initially. 

As the road continued to head north, Yates pressed on the pedals once again, riding away from his rivals to crest the top of the climb and barrel down a technical descent alone, and towards the finish line with a healthy advantage.
The 29-year-old maintained his lead over a small group of chasers on the flat road to the finishing town of Oviedo, crossing the line with a 37 second gap to take his second victory of the race. The success brings both Yates and the Australian outfit confidence ahead of the upcoming Giro d’Italia, starting on Friday, 6th May.
Simon Yates – 1st place
“It was a good race today in the end. I had a little bit of a bad day yesterday, just with the heat. It was the first really hot race that I had done all year but today I bounced back very well, the legs felt good and the team rode really well again.

They controlled all day, set me up well for the final attack on the last climb, so it all went to plan and now we are looking forward to the Giro, which starts already in five days.”

Matt White – Head Sport Director
“Today was a short, intense and relatively flat day. We had a really crucial and very, very tough climb to the finish. As we have been for the last couple of days, we continued our process of preparing for the Giro, we controlled the day and brought the break back and the boys put Simon in a very good position at the bottom of the climb.
Callum Scotson slipped away on the bottom slopes of the climb and Simon went across to him. He rode a tempo that nobody could follow, then he was in the safest place to be, ahead solo, on a very tricky descent where there was a crash in the main group behind. 

Simon was too strong, and it was a good comeback after yesterday. We know the reason why Simon suffered yesterday. Traditionally he suffers with the first shock of high temperatures and humidity in the season, and we have now got that out of the way with two hot days here. 

We walk away with two wins from this race, the team is in a really good place, and we built some really good cohesiveness. Now it’s legs up, recover and focus on getting across to Budapest to start the Giro d’Italia next week.”

2022 Vuelta Asturias stage 3 results:
1. Simon Yates 2:47:08
2. Vincenzo Albanese +0:37
3. Kevin Vauquelin +0:37

Final General Classification:
1. Ivan Sosa 
2. Lorenzo Fortunato +0:15
3. Nicolas Edet +0:44
14. Simon Yates
Photo: Gomez Sport 

— Team BikeExchange to www.greenedgecycling.com


With triumph, pride and exertion etched across his face, Bahrain Victorious’ 30 year old Belgian, Dylan Teuns, spread his arms wide and crossed the line of La Flèche Wallone several bike lengths ahead of the undisputed King of the Mur de Huy, Alejandro Valverde (MOV) & Aleksandr Vlasov (BOH).

It’s unbelievable. It’s a dream that comes true to win today on the Mur in front of my fans, wife and family. It’s a super special one. I always dreamed of a classic victory and today it happens finally.

Bahrain Victorious had shown strength in numbers earlier in the race, forcing a split when crosswinds threatened and continued to do so as more selections were made on the later climbs. First Jack Haig attacked on the Côte de Cherave, then Wout Poels went on the front just after the leaders went over the Mur for the 2nd of 3 times, and finally, Damiano Caruso put himself into the wind at the foot of the Côte d’Ereffe.

La Flche Wallonne 2022 – 86th Edition – Blegny – Mur de Huy 202.1 km – 20/04/2022 – Gino Mader (SUI – Bahrain Victorious) – photo Peter De Voecht/PN/SprintCyclingAgency©2022

After the final 2 leaders – Soren Kragh Andersen (DSM) & Mauri Vansevenant (QST) – had been caught, Teuns, (3rd here in 2017) found himself in a large group of nearly 20 riders as the famous 800 metres of ‘The Mur’ rose like a wall ahead of them.

Leaving the current Tour de France & world champions in his wake, Teuns wove his way through the group and was left alone with Valverde at the 300 metre mark. Despite all his experience, the 5 time Fleche winner simply couldn’t keep up with the Victorious hero of the day.

Dylan’s victory is the 14th of his career, and the first in a one-day race, although it crowns a super-successful April campaign: top ten finishes in 4 from 5 classics.

The moment I crossed the flame rouge I was really confident. I had something left in the legs and made an extra acceleration and was enough to take the victory. I’m in the shape of my life, I showed that at the Classics. Now I’m heading to Liège with big motivation.”

It takes the tally to 13 wins by Bahrain Victorious riders in 2022, and comes after Matej Mohorič’s ‘monumental’ Milan-Sanremo performance a month ago.

Gorazd Štangelj, Sports Director in Wallone, commended the entire team’s performance on the day:

With the quality of the names on the start list I wouldn’t say we expected this result. We were fighting for a good result and we didn’t want to wait, so we tried some moves on the circuit, and kept Dylan & Wout for the finale. The best riders came to the bottom of the final climb but Dylan had incredible legs, and he showed he has that extra star quality today.

Meanwhile in Italy, Pello Bilbao, Mikel Landa, Santiago Buitrago & Hermann Pernsteiner all finished in the favourites’ group on stage 3 OF THE TOUR OF THE ALPS between Lana & Villabassa, meaning Bilbao retains the green leaders’ jersey, and Buitrago is the joint best young rider.

Stage 4 of 5 on Thursday sees the riders tackle 142.4kms between Villabassa and Kals am Grossglockner, and will see plenty of attacks from our rivals throughout the day, before a 13km climb to the finish line with a maximum gradient of 9.6%.

Game on!

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

— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com

How to win the “Hell of the North” – Human Powered Health


Team takes on the famous pavé of Paris-Roubaix Femmes avec Zwift

Human Powered Health™ is gearing up for the biggest one-day race of the year on Saturday, Paris-Roubaix Femmes avec Zwift. Traversing the cobbles – or locally, ‘pavé’ – of northeast France, Paris-Roubaix is the most excitingly unpredictable race of the season.

The race’s nickname is the “Hell of the North”, which was how the organizers described the region in which the race is held following the devastating effects of the first world war. While the catastrophic damage to the region is gone now, Paris-Roubaix has always retained a special poignancy.

With riders regularly coming to the finish covered in the mud, dust or grit of the former coal-mining region and sporting thousand-yard stares, the French epic is a trip into cycling’s past when gladiatorial athletes heaved their one gear bikes over unimaginable terrain.

So, how do you win such an event and what makes Paris-Roubaix the ‘Queen of the Classics’?



A lot goes into winning the toughest classic in the world. The riders who line up in Denain know that to conquer the cobbles they need to be physically fit, mentally prepared, be a good bike handler, have good tactical awareness and be in the right place at the right time.

Lily Williams and Mieke Kröger glide across the cobbles on a pre-Roubaix recon ride.

A big engine balanced with bike handling skills is absolutely paramount for a rider to succeed. Furthermore, unlike a standard road stage where the big riders can shelter on the wheels in the peloton throughout the race before launching their attacks late on, to be successful, a rider must be in the first 10-15 riders from the first sector of pavé at Hornaing à Wandignies, all the way to the finale

This is because the race into the sectors can be as big of a battle as the cobbles themselves. Handling skills learnt through cyclocross are also very helpful on the pavé, so it’s no surprise to see off-road champions like Marianne Vos (Team Jumbo-Visma) and Lucinda Brand (Trek – Segafredo), heavily tipped to perform well on Saturday. 

 The race into the sectors can be as big of a battle as the cobbles themselves.

How difficult is Paris-Roubaix?

The 124km route of Paris-Roubaix Femmes is characterized by the 17 sectors of cobbles that line the route from Denain to Roubaix.

Unlike the Belgian classics, the cobbled roads in Northern France have a significant camber. Riding on the ‘crown’ of the camber is the best and safest position to be in and hitting them with great speed results in rider and bike gliding over the pavé. Although the edge of the cobbles may offer a little bit of respite compared to the crown, the risk of puncturing on the dust or colliding with a boisterous fan is far greater. 

These sectors are all allocated a star rating from one to five stars, which relates to the difficulty, conditions and length of the cobbles. On Saturday’s route, there are two stretches graded five stars, Mons-en-Pévèle and the famous Carrefour de l’Arbre. Often race-making, these tracks are where the powerhouse riders really come to the fore. 

A star rating on a sector of pavé.
What will the weather be like?

Last year’s inaugural Paris-Roubaix Femmes was both a historic edition and an anomaly due to the conditions. Due to its change in the calendar from April to October and the fall weather that came along with the switch, the cobbles became mired in mud, resulting in many crashes and making it look more like a cyclocross than a road race. 

Forecasts for Saturday however are very different, with the sun expected to shine on the peloton with temperatures hitting the mid 60s, making the cobbles dry and dusty.  

This may seem like a blessing, but hotter weather offers a false sense of security. The pavé is arguably more difficult in dry conditions because the sectors are bare and offer absolutely no rest bite. It may mean that we see more tactical racing compared to last year’s epic slugfest, but it certainly isn’t any easier. 

Where does Paris-Roubaix finish?

For most of the editions of the men’s race since the late 19th Century, the outdoor Vélodrome André-Pétrieux has served as the finish stretch of Paris-Roubaix. If the cobbles weren’t impressive enough already, this cathedral of cycling certainly puts the cherry on top.

Serving as either a celebration of a solo rider or the final battleground for a small group, the one-and-a-half laps around the concrete track produce some of the most spectacular images of the entire season.

Will Mieke Kröger and Lily Williams’ track cycling Olympic medals and experience make the difference? Only time will tell. 

How much prize money is there at Paris-Roubaix

As reported by VeloNews, in a step forward towards prize parity between men and women, Paris-Roubaix will have a prize purse of €50,000 ($54,000), with €20,000 ($21,600) going to the winner. This is a significant increase compared to 2020’s €7,005 ($7,500) prize pot.

As with the prize equality at the recent Tour of Flanders, the large cobble trophy that the winner receives in Roubaix Velodrome and the prestige that goes with it is priceless, but it’s once again a good sign that Women’s WorldTour races and riders are getting more respect. 

Makayla MacPherson will take on the ‘Queen of the Classics’ at just 18 years of age.
How to watch

In North America, FloSports has live coverage of the racing and in Europe, it can be caught on the Eurosport Player and GCN+. Live images from the women’s race start at 7:15 am ET. Unlike 2021 where Deignan’s race-winning move was missed by live cameras, the broadcast will show all 17 pavé sectors this year.

If you can’t contain your excitement for the broadcast, keep up with the team’s updates on social media as we will be bringing wall-to-wall coverage from the ground.


Henrietta Christie
Katie Clouse
Mieke Kröger
Evy Kuijpers
Makayla MacPherson 
Lily Williams


— Oskar Scarsbrook to humanpoweredhealth.com

Alexey Lutsenko takes a solo win at Clásica Jaén Paraíso Interior – Astana

Alexey Lutsenko takes a solo win at Clásica Jaén Paraíso Interior

Kazakh rider Alexey Lutsenko won the inaugurate one-day Spanish race Clásica Jaén Paraíso Interior, held today between Baeza and Úbeda, two cities of the UNESCO World Heritage.

Lutsenko attacked solo on the final part of 188-km-long distance, first time with some 50 km to go and again with around 28 km to go. His second attack became a decisive one, which, finally, brought him a stylish solo victory on the streets of Úbeda.

“I am really happy to take this win in my first race of the season. Together with the team I spent two good weeks at the altitude training camp in Teide and today I felt ready and motivated to try something. Last year I already won a gravel race – Serenissima Gravel, so I knew what to expect. The race turned out to be a hard one with a lot of climbs and gravel sectors. But the team helped me to save some energy for the decisive part and then I just did my best in attacks. I knew that Tim Wellens can be a real favorite in this kind of races, so my plan was to attack earlier and to try to go solo and it worked out perfectly. Well, it is a very nice feeling to win in the first race of the season! Now I am looking forward to the next race – Vuelta a Andalucia”, – said Alexey Lutsenko.

The race turned out to be a tough challenge for all riders since it included seven gravel sectors and many short but super steep climbs. There were many crashes on the gravel and, unfortunately, Astana Qazaqstan Team riders were also involved: Davide Martinelli and Dmitriy Gruzdev both crashed hardly but, fortunately, did not get any serious injury. Also, Yuriy Natarov and Nurbergen Nurlykhassym both got a flat tire in the first gravel sectors.

Closer to the final part Yevgeniy Fedorov, Dmitriy Gruzdev and Miguel Angel Lopez helped Alexey Lutsenko to get a good position, so the team leader launched his attack to make a huge selection in the group and then to go away solo for the race victory.

“Having a rider like Alexey Lutsenko in the race you can always expect something nice from him. We were ready to support Alexey, while he showed a phenomenal form at the start of the season and spent this day in a style! It was a tough and very demanding race, and I am happy with the way Alexey attacked today and took this win. It was a beautiful one and a good start of the season for him but also for all our team”, – said Giuseppe Martinelli, Sports Director of Astana Qazaqstan Team.


“This is the first win for Kazakh team in 2022 and it is symbolic that this beautiful victory has been brought by our Kazakh rider. I congratulate all our team and Alexey Lutsenko with this great performance! A solid start of the season! Well done!” – said Nurlan Smagulov, president of Kazakhstan Cycling Federation.

Photo credit: @Gettysport

— Vitalii to www.astana-qazaqstan.com

Pick your favorite Magical ISN Moment of 2021 and win!

Magical ISN Moment win Vini Fantini

Last week, we presented Seven Magical ISN Moments from the 2021 season. Now, we want to hear which one is your personal favorite!

Let us know by commenting on at least one of the following three social media posts and you’ll have a chance to win a goodie bag from our partner Vini Fantini. What’s more appropriate than celebrating a magical moment with a toast?


On Monday, November 8, 2021, we will pick three lucky winners who each get a goodie bag from Vini Fantini.

In case you missed it, these are the seven Magical ISN Moments of 2021 that we have chosen. Which one is your favorite?

Part 1: Mads Würtz Schmidt’s victory on stage 6 of Tirreno-Adriatico
Part 2: Alessandro De Marchi takes the pink jersey in Giro d’Italia
Part 3: Dan Martin wins stage 17 of Giro d’Italia
Part 4: André Greipel wins stage 4 of Vuelta a Andalucia
Part 5: Ben Hermans solos to victory in Giro dell’Appennino
Part 6: Itamar Einhorn wins stage 4 of Tour de Slovaquie
Part 7: Team performance and muddy scenes from Paris-Roubaix


The post Pick your favorite Magical ISN Moment of 2021 and win! appeared first on Israel Start-Up Nation.

— MC to israelcyclingacademy.com

Astana – Premier Tech finishes 2021 season with a stunning win by Samuele Battistella – Astana

Astana – Premier Tech finishes 2021 season with a stunning win by Samuele Battistella

It was the perfect way to wrap up a challenging 2021 season as Samuele Battistella soloed to glory in Bassano del Grappa after a stunning performance riding many kilometres at the front of the race.

The last race of the 2021 season took the riders over 200km from Venice to Bassano del Grappa with the second part of the race featuring a punchy circuit before crossing the finish line.

The Astana – Premier Tech riders showed an amazing display of teamwork, controlling the race from kilometre zero. As the race headed towards the last laps of the circuit, Samuele Battistella paid attention to the moves at the front which saw him lead the race with two other riders. Meanwhile Alexey Lutsenko took control of the pace in the chasing group.

At the front, Matteo Trentin touched wheels with Battistella and hit the deck, which meant Samuele Battistella led the race solo with less than 20 kilometres to go. The chasing group pushed hard trying to close the gap but Battistella put the hammer down and rode an absolute fantastic race to wrap up the season with a win, and was able to celebrate as he had a five-second gap over his opponents.

Teammate Alexey Lutsenko rounded out a great end of the season with sprinting to a top five finish.

I feel sorry for Trentin, we worked well together and when he touched my wheels we had only 15 kilometres left. I asked Martino (Giuseppe Martinelli) what we should do then and he said I should ride my rhythm up the climb towards the finish. From there on I never looked back and gave everything I had. It is my first victory as a professional and it feels like a rebirth as the season started not in the way I wanted as I struggled with health issues. The last days I worked for Alexey and today he worked for me as a return. The last kilometres were on home soil, I train here a lot and the fans were amazing and pushed me. Also, a huge thanks to my team, it was pure teamwork. The plan was that I start and Alexey would finish it off but at the end we changed and I went ahead with Luts also taking a top result. It is the perfect way to finish our season. – Samuele Battistella

What should I say, it has been a wonderful week. Already on Friday, when Lutsenko took the win, it was pure joy but today’s win was just perfect. Today, I bet on Battistella to win, even if we weren’t riding for him and he needed to work but you could see the previous days that he was getting stronger and stronger. I am so happy for the team and it was the best way to finish the season and also to take these emotions into the off season, already being motivated for the upcoming one. I hope this victory will be a good sign for 2022. – Giuseppe Martinelli



Photo credit: ©Gettysport

— nadine Pfeffer to www.astana-qazaqstan.com

Team aims for the win at Sea Otter – Rally Cycling

Rally Cycling is heading back to the Sea Otter Classic for the festival of cycling that’s bigger than ever before. The women will take on both the criterium and road race on October 7 and 8. 

With a thirty-year history, the Sea Otter Classic is the most prestigious festival of its kind in the United States. Held annually at the Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California, the four-day event can be considered as the world’s largest celebration of cycling. 

Team director Andrew Bajadali returns to the event having had a successful relationship with the classic. Bajadali won the men’s open race in the 2007 edition and has always been a great admirer of what he calls a “mainstay in American bike racing.” 

“The race is unique in that it’s also a festival for bike enthusiasts and industry representatives for product releases and testing,” Bajadali said.  

The event has always showcased the very best American bike racers. From road pros to gravel enthusiasts, MTB adrenaline junkies to enduro athletes, everyone is welcome.  

The mission of the race – to make people’s lives better through participation in sport and celebrating an active lifestyle – is very much in-tune with Rally Cycling’s own health and wellness message. 

Sea Otter Classic criterium  

The PRO/Open Women’s criterium will be a 50-minute race around the 2.4-mile long Laguna Seca racetrack on October 7. The course starts and finishes at the Tire Bridge and takes in the track’s iconic corkscrew bend. New Zealand national crit champ Olivia Ray will be lining up in the fern jersey, and gunning for her sixth criterium win of the season. 

Sea Otter Classic road race

The PRO/Open Women’s Road Race starts on October 8 and tackles a 54-mile route starting at the Tire Bridge and finishing on a climb up Barloy Canyon Road. The riders will head out to the stunning Fort Old National Monument and do multiple laps of a rolling circuit before heading back uphill.

Bajadali has strong hopes for the two races. “Our objectives are simple: go out on a high note by winning one or both races. We’ll have a full team, so my expectations are big.”

A memorable 2021 

The Sea Otter Classic will be one of the team’s last races of the season, so what better time to reflect on what has been a unique year for the team. Bajadali will come away with his own memories from his first year directing for the women’s program. 

“For me, what comes to mind are those moments when your team is all on the same page, motivated, fearless and hungry. These are the moments when results come easily. We had this at points during the year, but the goal is to strive for this always.”

With the team striving for Women’s WorldTour status, 2022 looks like it will be an even bigger year for the riders. 

Sea Otter facts

Another one of the Classic’s missions is to promote environmental protection. The festival takes its name from the indigenous mammals that call the Pacific coast home. What better way to celebrate the sea otter than by teaching Rally Cycling fans a little more about the local wildlife. 

  • They have the densest fur in the animal kingdom with up to one million hairs per square inch, toasty ♨️
  • Just like a pro cyclist, they eat a quarter of their own weight in food every day ?
  • You may notice that they sleep on their backs and look super cute whilst doing it ?
  • When they rest as a group, it’s called a raft and they hold hands to stay together ?
  • They are one of only a few species of animals that use tools. Could our mechanics be out of a job? ?
  • Sea otters are a keystone species and help to keep carbon dioxide levels low by eating sea urchins. Thanks, guys ?

Sea Otter Classic 2021 roster
Madeline Bemis
Holly Breck
Krista Doebel-Hickok
Heidi Franz
Sara Poidevin 
Olivia Ray
Emma White

— Oskar Scarsbrook to rallycycling.com


It was another successful Grand Tour for Team Bahrain Victorious at La Vuelta, as Jack Haig secured a podium place in the GC. Gino Mäder, who worked tremendously hard to help Jack also found himself in the top 5 in GC and wearing the white jersey Santiago de Compostela. The teamwork at the race was also rewarded by winning the Best Team Classification, adding to the tally after winning the same prize at Tour de France.

After the incredible stage 20, it was only a 34km Time Trial to the finish in Santiago de Compostela, separating the riders from solidifying their positions at the start of the day. With Adam Yates (Ineos-Grenadiers) only a minute behind Haig, it was the biggest threat to the podium place for Haig.

Haig put on an impressive display over a challenging parkour with 600m of elevation, defending his lead and securing the third position, finishing 17th on the day, beating Yates. Gino Mader also secured the white jersey and fifth in GC.

Bahrain Victorious came into this race with the goal of a podium place, and in the end, the team finish the final Grand Tour of the season with the podium place in the GC, a stage win, the Best Young rider, and Best Team prize.

Vuelta Espana 2021 – 76th Edition – 21th stage Padron – Santiago de Compostela 33,8 km – 05/09/2021 – Primoz Roglic (SLO – Jumbo – Visma) – Enric Mas (ESP – Movistar Team) – Jack Haig (AUS – Bahrain Victorious) – photo Luis Angel Gomez/BettiniPhoto©2021

Jack Haig commented on his podium finish:” Its incredible, I was just speaking to my wife saying how you always dream of getting on a podium at a Grand Tour, but I really never knew it was possible or not. It’s amazing to move to Bahrain Victorious and then having the crash at Tour, and come here with no expectations, and be third on the podium. I have no words for it, and I want to thank everyone who got me here as it doesn’t just happen overnight. It’s not just a years work and there are so many people I’d like to thank along the way that helped me.

I will keep approaching racing the way I do, as long as I’m happy with the right people around me and enjoy it. If you’ve got that, then the results come, and I couldn’t be happier.”

Vuelta Espana 2021 – 76th Edition – 21th stage Padron – Santiago de Compostela 33,8 km – 05/09/2021 – Gino Mader (SUI – Bahrain Victorious) – photo Luis Angel Gomez/BettiniPhoto©2021

Gino Mäder was delighted with winning the best young rider: “Wow, it’s unbelievable for me, and the whole thing just fell into my hands yesterday. I was already happy before with my provisional 8th in GC and being amongst the best climbers in this race.

Now I’m sitting here in the white jersey having helped Jack on the podium and I’m a little bit lost for words. In the end it’s a fifth place, and there are a lot of really strong riders. It’s unexpected and maybe a bit too good, and I take it and I hope it’s not my last time in the top 5 in the GC.

Gorazd Štangelj:” We did some really amazing things here. We came here for Mikel after his success at Burgos, but unfortunately had some difficulty. We reacted fast and reset the roles in the team and the guys all did the maximum from the first to the last stage. Let’s look back at how windy it was in the first week which didn’t really suite us, and we struggled a lot on those days but we were able to do a great job with minimum losses. When the mountain stages came we got a victory with Damiano and then we had a good period.

We had a good plan for the next two weeks. I’m really happy for Gino to get this confirmation of his ability and for his future, he can be a GC rider. I was really sorry after Jack’s crash in Tour de France, but he bounced back and did a great job to get on the podium in the GC, which is a beautiful moment for him and the team.”

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— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com