2020 WEEK #6 - CYCLING SHORTS




News

A leaked report from CADF (Cycling Anti Doping Foundation) was picked up by a Danish newspaper. It alleged that Astana Pro Team riders Jakob Fuglsang and Alexey Lutsenko have been meeting disgraced and banned Dr Ferrari (linked to the Lance Armstrong case and more). Both riders had a spike in performance in 2019, which has heightened the suspicion surrounding the case.

Astana and the riders deny having met the doctor.


Matteo Moschetti, the Trek-Segafredo sprinter who had started the season with 2 wins, has fractured his pelvis along with a dislocation of the right femur in a high-speed crash during the Etoile de Bessegès race.



Results

MEN: Dylan Groenewegen opened his 2020 account with a sprint win on stage 1 of La Vuelta a la Comunitat Valenciana (2.Pro).

On stage 2, Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) continued where he left off on his amazing debut year in 2019 and won a tough stage, beating Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) and Dylan Teuns (Bahrain McLaren) to the line on an uphill finish.

It was win number 2 for Dylan Groenewegen on stage 3.

Tadej Pogacar doubled his win tally on the uphill finish of stage 4.

Fabio Jacobsen (Deceuninck-QuickStep) finally had the best over Groenewegen on stage 5.

The overall winner of the race was Tadej Pogacar, showing that his stellar first season as a pro was no fluke.


WOMEN: The one-day race Vuelta a la Comunitat Valenciana Feminas (1.1) opened Marta Bastianelli's (Alé BTC Ljubljana) 2020 account.


WOMEN & MEN: The Herald Sun Tour (2.1) started for both the men and women.

Stage 1 was won by Arlenis Sierra (Astana Women's Team) and Alberto Dainese (Team Sunweb).

Stage 2 went to Elia Harris (Canyon SRAM Racing) and Jai Hindley (Team Sunweb).

The overall winner in the shorter women's stage race was Lucy Kennedy (Mitchelton-Scott).

The men's race continued and stage 3 was won by Kaden Groves (Mitchelton-Scott) and stage 4 again by Jai Hindley.

Stage 5 was Kaden Groves' again and the overall was sealed by Jai Hindley.


MEN: 2020 saw the birth of the Saudi Tour (2.1).

Stage 1 was a bunch sprint, albeit in slower motion as it was a long drag to the line. Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) crossed the line first after a stage marred (or blessed, depending on if you're a rider or a fan) by strong crosswinds, forcing a number of echelons and splits in the peloton.

Stage 2 went to Niccolò Bonifazio (Total Direct Energie) and stage 3 to another sprinter, Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain McLaren).

Stage 4 was won by Macer Bouhanni (Team Arkéa Samsic).

Stage 5 saw Phil Bauhaus take his 2nd win and the Overall Classification, this winning his first stage race if his career.


MEN: A chaotic finale at the Etoile de Bessegès stage 1 (2.1) didn't stop Alexys Brunel (Groupama FDJ) to win his first race as a neo-pro. Stage 2 was a bunch sprint win by Magnus Cort (EF Pro Cycling).

Stage 3 went to sprinter Dries De Bondt (Alpecin-Fenix).

An uphill finish on stage 4 gave Ben O'Connor (NTT Pro Cycling) his first win since 2018.

Stage 5's short time trial was won by last year's Tour of Flanders champion Alberto Bettiol (EF Pro Cycling).

The overall winner was AG2R's Benoît Cosnefroy.


WOMEN & MEN: At the South African Championships Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (CCC-Liv) won both the Road Race and the Individual Time Trial titles.

Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) won the Men's Individual Time Trial, while Ryan Gibbons (NTT Pro Cycling) won the Road Race.


MEN: At the PETRONAS Le Tour de Langkawi (2.Pro) stage 1 was won in style from a breakaway by Yevgeniy Fedorov (Vino-Astana Motors).

Stage 2's winner was Taj Jones (Ara Pro Racing Sunshine Coast).

Max Walsheid (NTT Pro Cycling) won stage 3.


MEN: Branislau Samoilau (Minsk Cycling Club) won the GP Manavgat (1.2) in Turkey

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