2020 WEEK #2 - CYCLING SHORTS


Remco Evenepoel

The young prodigy is not scaling down after an amazing 2019. His programme for 2020 is full of iconic races and ambition. He'll be targeting Liége-Bastogne-Liége, the Olympics, the Worlds and Il Lombardia. He will ride the Giro as well to improve and learn how to race Grand Tours.


Transfers

Belgian rider Jan Bakelants, who was out of contract after Team Sunweb didn't renew for 2020, has finally found a team for this season: Circus-Wanty Gobert. In 2017 he sustained massive injuries in a crash during Il Lombardia. He then took a long time to recover, fell out with his former team AG2R-La Mondiale and joined Sunweb for 2019.


Results

World Champion Rohan Dennis (Team INEOS) was beaten at the Australian TT Championships by Luke Durbridge (Mitchelton-Scott). Third place went to 25-year-old Chris Harper in his first race for Team Jumbo-Visma. This was Durbridge's 4th National TT title after winning in 2012, 2013 and 2019.

In the Women's TT race, 19-year-old Sarah Gigante of Team TIBCO-SVB took the title ahead of Grace Brown (Mitchelton-Scott) and Emily Herfoss. Amanda Spratt just missed out the podium in 4th place. It's not even the first time Gigante has stunned the cycling world: last year she won the U23 and Elite National road race titles.

Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) won her third road Aussie title, beating Justine Barrow (Roxsolt Attaquer) and teammate Grace Brown who helped Spratt staying away from the peloton.

Mitchelton-Scott racked up the third title this year with Cameron Meyer in the men's road race. Meyer finally won the Australian championships after 12 years of attempts with a solo victory. Teammate Lucas Hamilton was almost a minute behind and third place went to Marcus Culey of Team Sapura Cycling.


Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec opened their account with a win at the first stage of the Vuelta al Tachira (2.2) in Venezuela. Luca Pacioni took the spoils with a sprint, beating Isaac Yaguaro (Fund CicloCorso DC) and Yonathan Salinas (Deportivo Tachira).

The Cambodia Bay Cycling Tour (2.2) was won by Ariya Phounsavath of Laos. He took the first stage win, while the other two stages went to Hiu Fung Choi of HKSI Pro Cycling and Ronnilan Quita of Team Go For Gold.


News

Ayesha McGowan becomes the first African American professional cyclist. She will ride for Liv Cycling. French rider Pauline Ferrand-Prévot has successfully undergone surgery to treat iliac artery endofibrosis. This is the second time in the space of a year.

Bjarne Riis is on his way back into World Tour cycling as a manager and co-owner of Team NTT Pro Cycling. Riis retired as a rider in 1999 and later confessed to doping to win the 1996 Tour de France. He then managed Memory Card in 2000, Team CSC for eight years, Saxo Bank for five and Tinkoff for two. His latest venture was Team Virtu Cycling (men and women) but folded at the end of 2019.


ASO have chosen the wild cards for the Tour de France: Total Direct Energie; B&B Hotels-Vital Concept; Team Arkéa-Samsic.

Lorena Wiebes and her current team Parkhotel Valkenburg have found an agreement out of court. The Dutchwoman will ride for them for the first six months with an option to talk to other teams after that.

Documentary

Director Marina Zenovich will screen a 3 hours 20 minutes long documentary on disgraced and divisive former rider Lance Armstrong. It will be shown on 27th January at the Sundance Festival in Utah.

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