Jakobsen beats Meus on the Eurométropole
Fabio Jacobsen won the Eurométropole Tour. The Dutchman was the fastest in a team sprint and awarded Deceuninck-Quick, his 64th winning move of the season. Jumbo-Visma is second in the international victories standings with… 40 wins. Patrick Lefevre’s team also dominates the 2021 cycling year. 23-year-old Belgian Jordi Mius finished second in Tournai, and Mads Pedersen completed the top three.
Koej kicks off to win the Tour of Croatia
Olaf Koig won the second stage of the Tour of Croatia (2.1). The Dutchman from Jumbo-Visma won the 187 km from Slung to Otokak in the sprint race ahead of Israel’s Itamar Einhorn and Australia’s Caden Groves. Our compatriot Milan Mentin took seventh place. Koegue also took charge of the leader’s shirt from German Phil Bauhaus, who won the opening stage. He is six seconds ahead of the Bauhaus and ten seconds ahead of Einhorn.
Mulano won another stage in Sicily
Juan Sebastian Molano also won the second stage of the Tour of Sicily. The Colombian-Emirati team finished ahead of the Italians, Matteo Mochetti and Jacob Marischko, after covering a distance of more than 170 kilometers to Mondello. Mulano, of course, maintained the lead in the general classification.
Molano has also already won the first stage in Sicily. For the 26-year-old rider, it was his fourth win of the season. He previously won two stages on the Burgos Tour.
Amstel Gold and Paris-Roubaix race dates switched
Next year’s Amstel Gold Race will be rescheduled with Paris-Roubaix. The Dutch Classic will take place on Sunday 10 April 2022, between the Tour de Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. The ASO, Paris-Roubaix, has requested a change due to the French elections scheduled for Sunday, April 10, 2022.
“Christian Prudhomme called me that the government would not allow Paris-Roubaix to be held on April 10 due to the French elections and asked if we were willing to change the dates,” says Leo van Vliet, Amstel Gold Race Director of Race. “In close consultation with the ASO, the UCI and our partner municipalities Maastricht and Valkenburg aan de Gaulle, we have decided to change the weekends with Paris-Roubaix once due to these exceptional circumstances. It is great that you can help each other in this way and that everyone is ready to cooperate. Sunday April 10 is also a great spot for us on the Spring Classics calendar. An added plus of the area is that with the new date we’ll be a week before the Easter holiday on April 16-17, 2022 and local accommodations will have an extra weekend with several overnight stays. Of course we hope In organizing a race as usual, with an audience and a live cycle across the Limburg scene.”
Christian Prudhomme, Director of ASO Cyclisme: “This solution is due to the benevolence and positive attitude of the Amstel Gold Race organization and especially Leo van Vliet and the UCI. We would like to thank them on behalf of the thousands of fans for their cooperation with this data change.”
Evenepoel begins in Giro dell’Emilia
Deceuninck-Quick.Step goes with Remco Evenepoel for the Italian one-day Giro dell’Emilia (2/10). Body players Joao Almeida and Morey Vancevenant also play first. The selection also consists of Andrea Bagioli, Dries Devenyns, Fausto Masnada and Pieter Serry. One of the races to prepare for the Tour of Lombardy (9/10) is the Giro dell’Emilia.
Moscon exchanges INEOS Grenadiers with Astana
The 27-year-old Italian Gianni Moscon will drive to Astana for the next two seasons. Moscon will finish the year with INEOS Grenadiers, making his debut in 2016. The sprint (Italian time trial champion in 2017 and 2018) and one-day racer has 11 victories to his name, including three this year with two stages on the Alpine Tour and a prize Greater Lugano. The Italian also won the Arctic Race in 2016 and was third at the Tour of Lombardy in 2017.
Aranboro to Movistar
Basque drill Alex Aranburu will be riding in Movistar’s squad colors for the next three seasons. The 26-year-old Aranboro has been riding in Astana since 2020. The Spanish rider is Movistar’s third acquisition after compatriot Oscar Rodriguez (26, Astana) and Germany’s Max Kanter (23, DSM). Arranborough, who finished second behind Slovenian Primoz Roglic at the opening time of the previous Vuelta Trial, won this year’s stage in the Basque Country. He has four pro victories to his name.
Lotto Soudal gets Australian youngster Jarrad Dreamers
Lotto Soudal has strengthened itself with the Grad Dreamers. The 22-year-old Australian from Adelaide moves from the Hagens Bermann Axion team. The Belgian cycling team reported this on Wednesday. The Drizners, a two-time U23 National Champion (road stage 2020, crit 2019), has signed a two-year deal.
I still can’t believe it. “I’m really looking forward to it, but I’m also a little nervous,” says Jared Dreezners. “I wasn’t expecting this at all because 2021 wasn’t my best season. Fortunately, I’ve been able to impress Lotto Soudal in recent months. Since the Tour de l’Avenir I’ve been riding at a high level. I finished fourth in the final Tour standings. Tomorrow Tour, and ten days ago, I was caught just 50 meters from the finish in Liège-Bastogne-Liège, which means I missed a place on the podium. That was a really heartbreaking moment.”
“Jarad is a good reinforcement in the show as he excels in short climbs, fan sprints and sprints,” said John Lelang, Lotto Soudal general manager. “He’s a big-engine racer who loves Belgian racing. He’s definitely not the climber type, but could play a key role in Caleb Ewan’s qualifying. Plus, he can also complete the course himself. I’d like to compare him to riders like Brent Van Meyer or Harry Sweeney. With Jarrad, a lot of potential will be added to the team.”
Before preparing for his first year with Lotto Soudal, the Drizners will wrap up the current season in France at the Circuit des Ardennes, October 7-10.
The longest level in Alpecin-Fenix
Flores de Terre extended his expired contract with Alpecin-Fenix for one year. Our 29-year-old compatriot has been racing the Rodhoft brothers’ team since 2020, and will definitely continue to do so until the end of 2022. At the time, De Tier came from Jumbo-Visma. A class is basically a rider who can work upwards in a major service role. Last month he completed his third career at the Vuelta.
Kenny de Keitel driving last time in Kuipke alongside Robbe Ghys
Kenny De Keitel and Rob Gees will defend their 2019 title together from November 16-21 at Six Days of Ghent. For de Ketely, it will be his last six days in Quebec. At the end of this year, the 36-year-old East Fleming will be hanging his bike on the hook.
De Ketele was the best four times at Six Days of Ghent. In 2011 together with German Robert Bartko, Jasper de Boist was his teammate in 2014, in 2017 Moreno de Pauw formed and two years ago a winning duo with Robbie Guez. With these four wins, De Ketele shares sixth place in the eternal standings with Rik Van Steenbergen, Peter Post and Eddy Merckx. In addition, De Ketele also placed second five times and third twice at Six Days in Ghent.
It was announced on Tuesday that De Ketele will be ending his cycling career six days after Rotterdam (December 7-12). The East Fleming has completed 17 seasons as a professional cyclist. In 2012, he and Gijs Van Hoecke crowned himself world champion in teams racing, and five years later became vice world champion in points race. He also won four bronze medals at the World Cup and five European titles on the track. De Ketele is a 21-time winner for six days. In Rotterdam, De Ketele will compete in his last race alongside Dutchman Niki Terpstra.
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