Amstel’s gold finish race will remain in Valkenburg until 2027
Amstel will also be in Valkenburg anne de Gaulle for the next five years, finishing the gold race. Valkenburg and the Dutch classic cycling organization have announced that the contract has been extended until 2027. The finish line has been there since 2003.
“Twenty years ago, we chose to move the finish line to Valkenburg anne de Geul,” race director Leo van Vliet says. “We have never regretted it for a moment. The Amstel Gold Race feels right at home in Valkenburg, and so we are pleased to extend the collaboration for another five years.”
Pole Michal Kwiatkowski won the Amstel Gold Race for the second time in his career (after 2015) on April 10. INEOS Grenadiers defeated France’s Benoit Cosnefroy in the 254km race between Maastricht and Valkenburg. Tiesj Benoot completed the podium. Wout van Aert was the best in 2021. The 57th edition of the Dutch classic climbing race will take place on Sunday 16 April 2023.
Hayter wins introduction at the Tour de Romandie
Ethan Hayter won a forerunner in the Tour de Romandie. INEOS Grenadiers Briton completed the five-kilometre segment in 5’52”. This made him four seconds faster than Rohan Dennis. Felix Groschartner finished third with a time of ten seconds. With his victory, Hayter also became the first leader in the six-day stage race.
Bidcock Explores Cobbled Tour
After a day driving the Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Michel Kwiatkowski and Tom Bedcock headed to northern France yesterday to explore the fifth stage of the tour over the cobblestones. Pidcock chose to drive over the field by the stones – of course he is the world champion in cyclocross for a reason. Bidcock usually makes his Giro debut in May, but in the meantime he’s also been put on the long list of Ineos Grenadiers to tour with Kwiatkowski, among others.
Cancellara lays his shoulders under the leadership of the new Swiss cycling team
Fabian Cancellara started a cycling team in Switzerland. Tudor Pro cycling aspires to ride the Tour de Romande and the Tour de Suisse in 2023. From 2024, the team wants to have the right to participate in “the most famous and most prestigious competition in the world”.
The Swiss Tudor (Luxury Watches) team builds sponsored by the Swiss Racing Academy, which now competes at the continental level. Paris-Roubaix of Promises will be the first race for the formation on May 15, which will be driven with black gear. “From 2023 we will have a true Swiss professional team in Peloton again,” Cancellara said. The coaching team will then be retained to “track and mentor Swiss talent”. Cancellara will become the Pro Team Owner and will also take charge of the Swiss Racing Academy where he already started as a mentor. However, he will not claim a sports role. “I will not be an athletic director, coach or manager. I am the owner and that will be my only role.”
Since BMC became CCC in 2019, and thus ended up in the hands of Poland, Switzerland no longer has a professional team. That was a thorn in Cancellara’s side. “Switzerland should have a cycling team,” he told Cycling News. “Especially with the successes of the Swiss riders in recent years. The efforts of the Swiss Cycling Federation must also be rewarded. We start from scratch. After all, you cannot build a pyramid without a good foundation. This is a great day for me, but it should also be an important day for cycling in Switzerland “.
Lotto-Sudal beats Reynardt Jancy van Rensburg and Carlos Barbero
Belgium’s WorldTour squad has announced that Lotto Soudal is giving South African champion Reynardt Jans van Rensburg and Spaniard Carlos Barbero a contract until the end of the season.
Both riders have been without a team since the end of last year after their employer Team Qhubeka announced that they had quit cycling. Lotto-Soudal was once again looking for reinforcements after a disappointing spring. This year there is still a battle to keep the WorldTour.
“Like any team this year, we’ve had a lot of sickness,” CEO John Lilang explains. “As a result, we weren’t always able to start with a full squad. With Kamil Maliki and Jarrad Drazners, we also have two long hits. We had to strengthen ourselves to continue working through our planned programme.”
Lelangue found the perfect two reinforcements at Janse van Rensburg and Barbero. “They are experienced, ready to race and excited. We give them the chance until the end of the season and believe they are a good fit for our team. They are very grateful for the opportunity they had with us and I am sure they will prove their value to our young team.”
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