Philipsen until the end of 2024 in Alpecin-Fenix
Jasper Philipsen (24) will also be staying with Alpecin-Fenix for the coming years (starting July 1, Alpecin-Deceuninck). The Belgian sprinter has extended his expired contract for two years, until the end of 2024. “I am very pleased that we reached an agreement so quickly. We will continue to develop in the coming years,” said Philipsen.
Philipsen has raced for the Roodhooft brothers’ team since the start of last year, after two seasons with UAE-Team Emirates. During his first season he won the Scheldeprijs title and two stages in the Vuelta a España. This year he has already arrived twice on the UAE Tour. In about two weeks, Philipsen will be at the start of the Tour de France as the team’s sprinter.
Pogacar wins a mountain stage in Slovenia and is the new leader, but he also swears by the tires
Tadej Pogakar seized power in the Tour of Slovenia. The UAE leader won the third stage and took over the green leader’s shirt from his colleague Rafal Majka. Before the start of the last kilometer, the two-time Tour winner Majka allowed the ride and shortly thereafter Nicolas Consci (Alpecin-Fenix) had to pull out. Pogacar persisted and eventually was able to take a lot of time to celebrate.
Saturday’s stage four takes riders over 152.4 kilometers from Lascaux to the finish uphill towards Velika Planina (Category 1). There are two more Class III climbs and one Class II climb along the way. The Slovenia Tour consists of five phases and ends on Sunday. Tadej Pojakar is the defending champion.
Another amazing moment during the stage: During a wet landing in the latter part of the stage, Pogacar and Majka didn’t have much confidence in their tyres. The duo drove very slowly and very carefully. “Damn those tires!” , even looked at sometime. In this regard, it is clear that the UAE still has some work to do to kick-start the tour.
Alpecin-Fenix Down For Teuns
There was also stiff (financial) top-tier WorldTour competition for Alpecin-Fenix (later Alpecin-Deceuninck) in Dylan Teuns’ transfer profile, as we noted at the end of May. The Belgian team has since left that track and splits its spendable budget on two other newcomers (Caden Groves and a hitherto unknown acquisition). The Teuns are taking a moment to score their future. It is expected to be one of the teams with bigger budgets such as Jumbo-Visma, Ineos Grenadiers, UAE Emirates and Israel-Premier Tech.
Tom Van Damme re-elected President of the Federation
Tom Van Damme, 60, will also remain president of the Belgian Cycling Federation in the coming years. Re-elected and his term extended until the end of 2026. Van Damme has been Chairman of the KBWB Board of Directors since 2010.
Dylan Groenewegen wins second stage of Tour of Slovenia
There was no limit: Dylan Groenwegen won the second stage of the Tour of Slovenia. After a confused sprint, the Dutchman from Bike-Exchange set the pace and beat our compatriot Lionel Tamino. German Pascal Ackermann completed the podium. Rafal Majka is still a leader.
Question marks about participation in the tour Asgreen and Lampaert estimate chances at 70%
The body wound to Kasper Asgren’s knee after a fall at the Tour of Switzerland is worse than initially thought. Dane was transferred from Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl by car to Herentals yesterday, where it is being investigated whether there was underlying damage. Two weeks before the start of the tour in Denmark, there are concerns that Asgreen may miss the tour.
The question marks surrounding Asgreen’s Tour participation do not affect Yves Lampaert’s chances at the moment. “I haven’t been on the Tour for the past two years due to a broken collarbone and the impending birth of my son Alois. This year I want to be there. I estimate my chance of being there at 70 percent. If I go, I’ll get a role on Jacobsen’s sprint train with the task of putting the train on the rails when it starts. The last kilometer.”
Next, it’s up to Senchal and Murkoff to fire Jacobsen. “Asgreen could do that too, but I don’t think I’m in balance with him or Senechal, rather than Cattaneo or Honoré if the team wants an extra man to support Alaphilippe, if Julien becomes fit,” said Lambert, who has not signed a new contract with Lefevere. “I hope to boost my candidacy this week.”
“I would like to stay, but not at any cost. Patrick hasn’t talked much about it yet. I hope to get a great show, but other teams are still interested. I hope to learn more through the tour.”
Van Giles and Vermeersch are close to debuting on the tour
There is a good chance that Maxim van Gils (22) and Florian Vermeersch (23) will make their Tour debut at Lotto-Soudal on July 1. On Monday – after the tours of Switzerland and Belgium – the team management will decide on the choice of the tour, which will be built around Caleb Ewan. Only the Australian sprinter can sleep on his ears about his Tour ticket, but just like regular lead Jasper de Boist, the two young Belgians have favorable credentials. The other nominees for the remaining seven are Tim Wells, Philip Gilbert, Brent van Muir, Frederic Frisson, Andreas Kron, Michael Schwarzman, Harry Sweeney and Reynardt Jansey van Rensburg, although South Africa is currently sick with the flu.
There is no Vanmarcke tour
Israel – Start-Up Nation goes to the tour without the Belgians. Sep Vanmarcke is in great shape, but he wants to lay the groundwork in July for the one-day races in the fall. Ben Hermans is still suffering from post-pneumonia, and Jenthi Bermans and Tom Van Esbroek are getting another show. The tour team is built around Jakob Fuglsang and Michael Woods. Chris Froome is not confirmed yet.
Majka wins the opening stage of the Tour of Slovenia, Pogacar in third place
Paul Rafal Majka, 32, (UAE) won the opening stage of the Tour of Slovenia on Wednesday. After 164.7 kilometers from Nova Gorica, he reached Postojna in a three-fold sprint, ahead of local drivers Domaine Novak and Tadej Pojacar. Majka is also the first leader.
The Tour of Slovenia saw the return of Tadej Pogacar after a great summer campaign. The Slovenian won his country tour last year and wants to do it again this year. With only four WorldTeam teams at the start, Team UAE, BikeExchange-Jayco, Astana and Bahrain-Victorious, the competition isn’t too fierce.
After an early break of the four was detected at 62 kilometres, Pogacar decided to rock the tree on his Zadlog climb. He brought Novak and his co-star Majka with him, and Sean Bennett also tried for a while, but had to give up quickly.
It was still 57 kilometers to the finish, but the trio, with the UAE doing all the work, did not weaken. Pogacar played the team game perfectly. The tour winner fell to the top in the final, and Novak bridged the gap after which Majka slipped away.
Degenkolb Town Matches the Wreath on the Tour of Balois Belgium
Bad luck for John Degenkolb (33). The German from the DSM team has tested positive for coronavirus and therefore has to cancel the Baloise Belgium Tour, which starts tomorrow. “But don’t worry, I’m fine and fortunately the symptoms are mild,” Degenkolb said on Instagram. The DSM team will start with only four riders due to the loss.
Strong Guerreiro wins at Mont Vento
Robin Guerrero (27) won the Mont Fentox Denville Challenge on Tuesday. The Portuguese from EF Education-EasyPost was too big for the opponent at Mont Ventoux and arrived solo. Fellow Colombian Esteban Chaves finished second after about a minute, and Australian Michael Storer (Groupama-FDJ) was third after a minute and a half.
Pogacar knows his colleagues on tour in Slovenia
While his main Tour competitors have ridden Dauphin or run into the Tour of Switzerland, defending champion Tadej Pogacar (23) will be protecting his legs on the Tour of Slovenia from Wednesday after altitude training in Livigno. The Slovenian phenomenon has already taken this path in the past year, with success. After the overall victory in his home country, Pojákár also won the Tour for the second time in a row in 2021. In Slovenia, he will be joined by compatriot Jan Polanc, Pascal Ackermann, Miquel Berg, Wijård Steak Langen, Rafal Majka and Roy Oliveira. Pogacar’s last race dates back to two months ago, when he finished 12th at Flèche Wallonne.
Bardet in the round
Romain Bardet (31) will return to the Tour de France after a year of absence. The Frenchman from the DSM team announced this on social media on Monday morning. Bardet went to the classification in the Giro last month, but was forced to retire in stellar position due to illness during Stage 13. The skinny climber has already completed the Tour eight times before, with two podium finishes (second in 2016 and third in 2017) and three stages (2015 and 2016). and 2017) as the most well-known finding.
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