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Caja Rural '21 | TDF - preview
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (1.UWT) | i.imgur.com/OXwpbMJ.png 199.4 kms


It wasn't until the very last cobbled section that some kind of move happened in this very uneventful edition. Olliver Naesen split the - average - field with his acceleration and Cortes made the cut for us.


Cortes sat far back for the final sprint and did not have too much left either, yet he would just make in into the top 10, his best ever result in this race.

The others pretty much piloted the fastest man in the group to the line, where Demare comfortably outsprinted them to win the race for the second time after coming second in 2019 too.

1Arnaud DemareTeam Sunweb4h37'43"
2Wim AlderwereltLotto Soudals.t.
3Oliver NaesenAG2R La Mondiales.t.
4Peter SaganBahrain - McLarens.t.
5Edward TheunsLotto Soudals.t.
6Jenthe BiermansIsrael Start Up Nations.t.
7Aldo LatureMitchelton-Scotts.t.
8Falk BögerBORA - hansgrohes.t.
9David HellingNTT Pro Cycling Teams.t.
10Ednaldo Luiz Cortes i.imgur.com/NKp27Y6.pngRuralvĂ­a-CCU Pro Teams.t.
i.imgur.com/zMBJxFz.png Strade Bianche (1.UWT) i.imgur.com/zMBJxFz.png
Toscana, 176.5 kms
Strade Bianche
Latest editions
1.Wout Poels1.Carlos Betancur1.Ruben Guerreiro
2.Michal Kwiatkowski2.Andrea Manfredi2.Valerio Conti
3.Julian Arredondo3.Alexis Vuillermoz3.Enrico Battaglin
Strade Bianche 2021
Race profile
Strade Bianche 2021
Top riders
Julian Alaphilippe Julian Arredondo Renaud Bailly
Ruben FernĂĄndez Louis Meintjes Ricki Nelson
Edward Ravasi Jordi Van Dingenen Simon Yates
Strade Bianche 2021
Team lineup
F. CollaP. FurerS. HenaoN. Padilla
D. QuintanaD. SagastaA. Serrano

Edited by Kiserlovski01 on 29-11-2020 11:00
Strade Bianche (1.UWT) | i.imgur.com/zMBJxFz.png 176.5 kms

In the absence of our usual team captains, Quintana and Henao got their chance as a leader in the first World Tour edition of the gravel roads classic.


Fiorenza Colla spent the day in the breakaway with Julien Simon, but a duo rarely stands a chance is this kind of race. They were both caught inside the last 25 kilometers.


Just over the final gravel sector, Calmejane made what would turn out to be a decisive move from a group that didn't include any of our men anymore.

Bottura couldn't keep his wheel, whereas Alaphilippe and Matthews failed to close the gap together. Calmejane eventually resisted the comeback of Bailly too on the steep Via Caterina in the old city centre of Siena.

1Lilian CalmejaneGroupama - FDJ4h12'32"
2Renaud BaillyBahrain - McLarens.t.
3Julian AlaphilippeNTT Pro Cycling Teams.t.
4Michael MatthewsLotto Soudals.t.
5Louis MeintjesBORA - hansgrohes.t.
6Diego UlissiUAE-Team Emirates+ 23"
7Alexis VuillermozTeam Arkéa - Samsics.t.
8Peter KennaughBORA - hansgrohes.t.
9Bernardo SuazaMovistar Teams.t.
10Jan HirtDeceuninck - Quick Steps.t.
17Dayer Quintana i.imgur.com/NKp27Y6.pngRuralvĂ­a-CCU Pro Team+ 52"
Paris - Nice (2.UWT)
France, 8 stages
Paris - Nice
Latest editions
1.Davide Formolo1.Wilco Kelderman1.Julian Alaphilippe
2.Adam Yates2.Tejay Van Garderen2.Michal Kwiatkowski
3.Nairo Quintana3.Gianluca Brambilla3.Adam Yates
Paris - Nice 2021
1.i.imgur.com/7djCDDF.png 9.4km2.i.imgur.com/OXwpbMJ.png 185km3.i.imgur.com/zMBJxFz.png 193km4.i.imgur.com/zMBJxFz.png 177km
5.i.imgur.com/zMBJxFz.png 178km6.i.imgur.com/OXwpbMJ.png 178km7.i.imgur.com/zMBJxFz.png 219km8.i.imgur.com/7f8IDN2.png 9.8km
Paris - Nice 2021
Top riders
GC riders:Sprinters:Other:
Joe Dombrowski Bill Fraser David Helling
Davide Formolo Bryan Coquard Bob Jungels
Valerien Galtier Caleb Ewan Abel Kenyeres
Miguel Angel Lopez Eduard-Michael Grosu Michal Kwiatkowski
Wout Poels Jasper Stuyven Matej Mohoric
Nairo Quintana Sam Oomen
Paris - Nice 2021
Team lineup
C. BarberoJ. CaicedoR. GuerreiroSeb. Henao
I. IzagirreJ. NoriaN. OliveiraV. Pinheiral
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Paris - Nice (2.UWT)

i.imgur.com/7djCDDF.png Stage 1 | 9.4 km ITT
1Tony GallopinBORA - hansgrohe12'00"
2Ilnur ZakarinAstana Pro Team+ 3"
3Sergey ChernetskiyAstana Pro Team+ 8"
4Johan Le BonGroupama - FDJ+ 9"
5Tom BohliUAE-Team Emiratess.t.
15Ion Izagirre i.imgur.com/NKp27Y6.pngRuralvĂ­a-CCU Pro Team+ 17"

i.imgur.com/OXwpbMJ.png Stage 2 | 185.6 kms
1Boris ValléeNTT Pro Cycling Team3h41'10"
2Wouter WippertTeam Sunwebs.t.
3Bryan CoquardNTT Pro Cycling Teams.t.
4Caleb EwanBORA - hansgrohes.t.
5Carlos Barbero i.imgur.com/NKp27Y6.pngRuralvĂ­a-CCU Pro Teams.t.

i.imgur.com/zMBJxFz.png Stage 3 | 194 kms
1Sam OomenNTT Pro Cycling Team4h13'12"
2Dries Van GestelDeceuninck - Quick Steps.t.
3Davide VillellaTeam INEOSs.t.
4Bryan CoquardNTT Pro Cycling Teams.t.
5Tony GallopinBORA - hansgrohes.t.
19Carlos Barbero i.imgur.com/NKp27Y6.pngRuralvĂ­a-CCU Pro Teams.t.

i.imgur.com/zMBJxFz.png Stage 4 | 177.5 kms
1Jasper StuyvenCCC Team4h00'42"
2Andrea ManfrediBahrain - McLarens.t.
3Caleb EwanBORA - hansgrohes.t.
4Davide VillellaTeam INEOSs.t.
5Ion Izagirre i.imgur.com/NKp27Y6.pngRuralvĂ­a-CCU Pro Team+ 24"

i.imgur.com/zMBJxFz.png Stage 5 | 178.7 kms
1Sergey ChernetskiyAstana Pro Team4h20'22"
2Bob JungelsBORA - hansgrohe+ 28"
3Abel KenyeresBahrain - McLarens.t.
4Joseph DombrowskiBORA - hansgrohe+ 40"
5Dries Van GestelDeceuninck - Quick Steps.t.
21Ion Izagirre i.imgur.com/NKp27Y6.pngRuralvĂ­a-CCU Pro Team+ 3'23"

i.imgur.com/OXwpbMJ.png Stage 6 | 178.2 kms
1Jasper StuyvenCCC Team4h06'23"
2Wouter WippertTeam Sunwebs.t.
3Caleb EwanBORA - hansgrohes.t.
4Boris ValléeNTT Pro Cycling Teams.t.
5Sergey ChernetskiyAstana Pro Teams.t.
13Ion Izagirre i.imgur.com/NKp27Y6.pngRuralvĂ­a-CCU Pro Teams.t.

i.imgur.com/zMBJxFz.png Stage 7 | 219.5 kms
1Caleb EwanBORA - hansgrohe5h03'44"
2Jasper StuyvenCCC Teams.t.
3Tony GallopinBORA - hansgrohes.t.
4Valérien GaltierAG2R La Mondiale+ 34"
5Matej MohoricBahrain - McLarens.t.
16Ion Izagirre i.imgur.com/NKp27Y6.pngRuralvĂ­a-CCU Pro Teams.t.

i.imgur.com/7f8IDN2.png Stage 8 | 9.8 km ITT
1Thomas De GendtLotto Soudal18'46"
2Wout PoelsTeam Sunweb+ 1"
3Dylan TeunsLotto Soudal+ 5"
4Nairo QuintanaBahrain - McLaren+ 12"
5Abel KenyeresBahrain - McLarens.t.
15Ion Izagirre i.imgur.com/NKp27Y6.pngRuralvĂ­a-CCU Pro Team+ 40"


We never really made the headlines during this race and rightfully so. The first couple of stages were not too bad, with Izagirre losing about 20” to the stage winner and Barbero sprinting to a unexpected fifth place on day two.

Barbero also had very good legs on the third stage that had its finish close to the Vassiviere Lake, yet he spent way too much energy riding near the front. Guerreiro had to let go of the bunch and waved his GC ambition goodbye.

Gallopin lost the race lea on the stage to Rodez, where Stuyven won from a group of four with the new yellow jersey, Manfredi. The latter wouldn’t stay in the lead very long as he crashed out on the next day.

Izagirre had bad legs on the wrong day and lost about 3’30” to Chernetskiy, who took the stage and the yellow jersey. Ion dropped to GC 9th. An obvious yet not awarded time gap kept him from taking back some 40” on day six.

Sebastian Henao was part of a four-man breakaway on the seventh stage but saw his chances vanish in thin air when a companion took Seba down with him when he crashed. Ion made it over the climbs in the GC group but so did all of his closest competitors.

Ion set a solid time on the Col d’Èze time trial. De Gendt and Teuns however, both rode remarkably faster and forced him from 9th into 11th overall. Chernetskiy comfortably secured the biggest triumph of his career.


Paris - Nice 2021
Final overall standings
1Sergey ChernetskiyAstana Pro Team25h57'45"
2Bob JungelsBORA - hansgrohe+ 48"
3Abel KenyeresBahrain - McLaren+ 53"
4Sam OomenNTT Pro Cycling Team+ 1'27"
5Dries Van GestelDeceuninck - Quick Step+ 1'50"
6Kenny ElissondeCofidis, Solutions Crédits+ 2'00"
7Davide VillellaTeam INEOS+ 2'09"
8MichaƂ KwiatkowskiBahrain - McLaren+ 2'16"
9Thomas De GendtLotto Soudal+ 3'40"
10Dylan TeunsLotto Soudal+ 3'47"
11Ion Izagirre i.imgur.com/NKp27Y6.pngRuralvĂ­a-CCU Pro Team+ 3'49"
Paris - Nice 2021
Final overall standings
i.imgur.com/mwLC8CT.png Overall Sergey ChernetskiyAstana Pro Team
i.imgur.com/Rzki2rG.png Points Sergey ChernetskiyAstana Pro Team
i.imgur.com/fbKrwLq.png Mountain Johan Le BonGroupama - FDJ
i.imgur.com/DRL9drO.png Young Axel CarlesTeam INEOS
Best team: Bahrain - McLaren
Slightly unsatisfying, but I blame the course, tailored to produce a pretty random result.

Yes indeed. I always struggle to do well at these slightly uphill finishes. Ion's stats are starting to drop now as well, but this could have been a GC top 5 if not for his bad day.
Tirreno - Adriatico (2.UWT)

Latest editions
1.Wilco Kelderman1.Julian Alaphilippe1.Fabio Aru
2.Thibaut Pinot2.Fabio Aru2.Alberto Contador
3.Tejay Van Garderen3.Adam Yates3.Tom Dumoulin
1.i.imgur.com/6V1zUPo.png 16.5km2.i.imgur.com/OXwpbMJ.png 234km3.i.imgur.com/OXwpbMJ.png 176km4.i.imgur.com/zMBJxFz.png 246km
5.i.imgur.com/xFpGiMO.png 198km6.i.imgur.com/zMBJxFz.png 181km7.i.imgur.com/7djCDDF.png 9.4km
Team lineup
E. ChĂĄvarriF. CollaE.L. CortesP. Furer
E. LarraM. MartĂ­nezD. QuintanaE. Zardini


i.imgur.com/6V1zUPo.png Stage 1 | 16.5 km TTT
1Bahrain - McLaren20'09"
2BORA - hansgrohe+ 14"
3Team INEOS+ 26"
4NTT Pro Cycling Teams.t.
5CCC Team+ 47"
14RuralvĂ­a-CCU Pro Team i.imgur.com/NKp27Y6.png+ 1'40"

i.imgur.com/OXwpbMJ.png Stage 2 | 234.6 kms
1Niccolo BonifazioBahrain - McLaren5h32'13"
2Arnaud DemareTeam Sunwebs.t.
3John DegenkolbNTT Pro Cycling Teams.t.
4Danny Van PoppelBORA - hansgrohes.t.
5Elia VivianiAstana Pro Teams.t.
30Manuel MartĂ­nez i.imgur.com/NKp27Y6.pngRuralvĂ­a-CCU Pro Teams.t.

i.imgur.com/OXwpbMJ.png Stage 3 | 176.1 kms
1Arnaud DemareTeam Sunweb3h55'41"
2Danny Van PoppelBORA - hansgrohes.t.
3Michael MatthewsLotto Soudals.t.
4Magnus Cort NielsenBORA - hansgrohes.t.
5Fernando GaviriaTeam Sunwebs.t.
26Manuel MartĂ­nez i.imgur.com/NKp27Y6.pngRuralvĂ­a-CCU Pro Teams.t.

i.imgur.com/zMBJxFz.png Stage 4 | 245.9 kms
1Julian AlaphilippeNTT Pro Cycling Team5h55'25"
2Louis MeintjesBORA - hansgrohes.t.
3Gregor MĂŒhlbergerBahrain - McLarens.t.
4Fabio AruUAE-Team Emirates+ 18"
5Adam YatesBahrain - McLaren+ 1'13"
9Dayer Quintana i.imgur.com/NKp27Y6.pngRuralvĂ­a-CCU Pro Team+ 1'50"

i.imgur.com/xFpGiMO.png Stage 5 | 198.4 kms
1Simon YatesTeam INEOS5h19'19"
2Fabio AruUAE-Team Emiratess.t.
3Louis MeintjesBORA - hansgrohe+ 1'33"
4Allessio BotturaIsrael Start Up Nation+ 2'45"
5Julian AlaphilippeNTT Pro Cycling Teams.t.
14Dayer Quintana i.imgur.com/NKp27Y6.pngRuralvĂ­a-CCU Pro Team+ 5'29"

i.imgur.com/zMBJxFz.png Stage 6 | 181.4 kms
1Peter SaganBahrain - McLaren4h48'24"
2Arnaud DemareTeam Sunwebs.t.
3Julian AlaphilippeNTT Pro Cycling Teams.t.
4Michael MatthewsLotto Soudals.t.
5Gregor MĂŒhlbergerBahrain - McLarens.t.
18Dayer Quintana i.imgur.com/NKp27Y6.pngRuralvĂ­a-CCU Pro Teams.t.

i.imgur.com/7djCDDF.png Stage 7 | 9.4 km ITT
1Adriano MaloriTeam INEOS11'46"
2Ryan MullenMovistar Team+ 7"
3Tom DumoulinBahrain - McLaren+ 17"
4Mathias KrigbaumLotto Soudal+ 18"
5Lukas MeilerIsrael Start Up Nation+ 20"


We kicked off our Tirreno adventure with a simply disastrous team time trial and underwhelming results on the two flat stages. By the end of day three, ChĂĄvarri felt extremely sick and Quintana had lost much time because of a ill-timed crash.

Dayer bounced back nicely with a 9th place on the hilly stage to Chieti, where MĂŒhlberger became the first GC rider to move into the blue jersey. Aru, Meintjes and Yates then ruined Bahrain's plan by leaving their leader behind on the mountain stage to Prati di Tivo. Dayer chose his own pace from the foot and crossed the line in 14th.

Edoardo Zardini used the hilly circuit stage on day six to secure the mountain jersey. Dayer moved up to GC 20th on that penultimate stage but lost 3 places on the conclusive time trial.

Local hero Aru rode slower than his GC rivals, yet he still won Tirreno - Adriatico for the second time. In the end, he did so by almost the slimmest of margins.


Tirreno - Adriatico 2021
Final overall standings
1Fabio AruUAE-Team Emirates26h05'21"
2Louis MeintjesBORA - hansgrohe+ 2"
3Simon YatesTeam INEOS+ 7"
4Julian AlaphilippeNTT Pro Cycling Team+ 1'08"
5Gregor MĂŒhlbergerBahrain - McLaren+ 2'00"
6Adam YatesBahrain - McLaren+ 2'41"
7Tom SlagterNTT Pro Cycling Team+ 3'56"
8Tim WellensLotto Soudal+ 4'10"
9Wilco KeldermanTeam Jumbo-Visma+ 4'24"
10Allessio BotturaIsrael Start Up Nation+ 5'33"
23Dayer Quintana i.imgur.com/NKp27Y6.pngRuralvĂ­a-CCU Pro Team+ 15'23"
Tirreno - Adriatico 2021
Jersey winners
i.imgur.com/TkCaZs1.png Overall Fabio AruUAE Team Emirates
i.imgur.com/B5ICOAk.png Points Arnaud DemareTeam Sunweb
i.imgur.com/iRcNuxQ.png Mountain Edoardo ZardiniRuralvĂ­a-CCU Pro Team
i.imgur.com/z7Ayfdj.png Young Shani OdhiamboNTT Pro Cycling Team
Best team: NTT Pro Cycling Team
Milano - Sanremo (1.UWT) i.imgur.com/OXwpbMJ.png
296.3 kms

Latest editions
1.Nacer Bouhanni1.Fernando Gaviria1.Marcel Kittel
2.Marcel Kittel2.Wouter Wippert2.Peter Sagan
3.Carlos Barbero3.Matteo Pelucchi3.Bryan Coquard
Team lineup
C. BarberoI. IzagirreA. MendigainN. Oliveira
N. PadillaD. SagastaA. Serrano



Despite countless tries, nobody was allowed to join poor Atle Veiby out front. With just one man in the break and the atrocious weather, some roadside campers did not even bother to open their tents.


It was former world champion Jasha SĂŒtterlin who lit up the race hours later with a surprising attack on Capo Berta. Sagan and Alaphilippe went with him and eventually Lampaert bridged as well. The four caught sight of Veiby at the foot of the Cipressa climb.


Once Veiby was back in the bunch, the chasers reduced the gap of the lead four to 20". Near the Poggio, however, they almost sat up collectively. Halfway up the climb, Barbero had enough of it as he jumped away.

Alaphilippe set the pace in the front group, which made Sagan crack just before the top. As he was unable to pick up the pace in the descent, a trio would fight for the win.


Lampaert saw both Alaphillipe and SĂŒtterlin launch too early to keep up their sprinting effort. At the age of 29, winning Milano - Sanremo became the biggest achievement of his career.

Carlos started his sprint too late to stay clear of the bunch, but he did hold off Van Poppel to finish in 8th place, securing our first sponsor goal of the season.

Milano - Sanremo 2020
Race results
1Yves LampaertDeceuninck - Quick Step6h38'16"
2Jasha SĂŒtterlinTeam Jumbo-Vismas.t.
3Julian AlaphilippeNTT Pro Cycling Teams.t.
4Peter SaganBahrain - McLarens.t.
5Niccolo BonifazioBahrain - McLaren+ 49"
6Caleb EwanBORA - hansgrohes.t.
7Arnaud DemareTeam Sunwebs.t.
8Carlos Barbero i.imgur.com/KPrEWyF.pngRuralvĂ­a-CCU Pro Teams.t.
9Danny Van PoppelBORA - hansgrohes.t.
10Magnus Cort NielsenBORA - hansgrohes.t.
Volta a Catalunya (2.UWT)
Catalonia, 7 stages

Latest editions
1.Tom Dumoulin1.Wilco Kelderman1.Nairo Quintana
2.Mikel Landa2.Alberto Contador2.Adam Yates
3.Nairo Quintana3.Romain Bardet3.Mikel Landa
1.i.imgur.com/zMBJxFz.png 137km2.i.imgur.com/zMBJxFz.png 161km3.i.imgur.com/xFpGiMO.png 209km4.i.imgur.com/zMBJxFz.png 197km
5.i.imgur.com/zMBJxFz.png 206km6.i.imgur.com/zMBJxFz.png 165km7.i.imgur.com/zMBJxFz.png 119km
Team lineup
P. BilbaoF. CollaL. DoncelS. Henao
J. HerradaM. MartĂ­nezJ. NoriaC. Verona

i.imgur.com/zMBJxFz.png Stage 1 | 137.4 kms
1Pello Bilbao i.imgur.com/KPrEWyF.pngRuralvĂ­a-CCU Pro Team3h19'43"
2Carlos Verona i.imgur.com/KPrEWyF.pngRuralvĂ­a-CCU Pro Teams.t.
3JesĂșs Herrada i.imgur.com/KPrEWyF.pngRuralvĂ­a-CCU Pro Teams.t.
4Fabio AruUAE-Team Emiratess.t.
5Peter KennaughBORA - hansgrohes.t.

i.imgur.com/zMBJxFz.png Stage 2 | 161.7 kms
1Joseph DombrowskiBORA - hansgrohe3h38'45"
2Graeme HammondTeam INEOSs.t.
3Stu BryceEF Education First Pro Teams.t.
4Mikel LandaBahrain - McLarens.t.
5Carlos Verona i.imgur.com/KPrEWyF.pngRuralvĂ­a-CCU Pro Teams.t.

i.imgur.com/xFpGiMO.png Stage 3 | 209.5 kms
1Fabio AruUAE-Team Emirates5h26'47"
2Thomas De GendtLotto Soudal+ 27"
3Joseph DombrowskiBORA - hansgrohe+ 1'11"
4Juan Andrés PardoMovistar Team+ 1'54"
5Clément ChevrierAG2R La Mondiales.t.
9Sebastian Henao i.imgur.com/KPrEWyF.pngRuralvĂ­a-CCU Pro Team+ 2'12"

i.imgur.com/zMBJxFz.png Stage 4 | 197.6 kms
1LoĂŻc VliegenLotto Soudal4h38'40"
2Joseph DombrowskiBORA - hansgrohes.t.
3Leopold KönigNTT Pro Cycling Teams.t.
4Vladislav GorbunovAstana Pro Teams.t.
5Silvio HerklotzIsrael Start Up Nations.t.
53Fabio AruUAE-Team Emirates+ 2'47"

i.imgur.com/zMBJxFz.png Stage 5 | 206.8 kms
1Sergey ChernetskiyAstana Pro Team4h54'46"
2Davide FormoloBahrain - McLarens.t.
3Wout PoelsTeam Sunwebs.t.
4Fabio AruUAE-Team Emiratess.t.
5Romain BardetAG2R La Mondiales.t.
20Sebastian Henao i.imgur.com/KPrEWyF.pngRuralvĂ­a-CCU Pro Team+ 58"

i.imgur.com/zMBJxFz.png Stage 6 | 165.7 kms

1Brendan CantyMitchelton-Scott3h55'40"
2Alessandro De MarchiMovistar Team+ 23"
3Nacer BouhanniNTT Pro Cycling Team+ 51"
4Pello Bilbao i.imgur.com/KPrEWyF.pngRuralvĂ­a-CCU Pro Teams.t.
5Sebastian Henao i.imgur.com/KPrEWyF.pngRuralvĂ­a-CCU Pro Teams.t.

i.imgur.com/zMBJxFz.png Stage 7 | 119.4 kms
1LĂ©o VincentTeam INEOS2h50'07"
2Mikel LandaBahrain - McLaren+ 42"
3Fabio AruUAE-Team Emiratess.t.
4Thomas De GendtLotto Soudal+ 1'14"
5Sebastian Henao i.imgur.com/KPrEWyF.pngRuralvĂ­a-CCU Pro Teams.t.


Although MartĂ­nez, our sprinter for this race, had the worst legs on the opening day, we still could not have gotten off to a better start. Herrada ripped the pack apart over the last climb as the stage concluded with a unique 1-2-3 for the team and a second ever Catalunya stage win for Bilbao.

Team leader Verona accelerated from the bunch on the final climb of the second stage. He finished with the GC group as stage winner Dombrowski grabbed the overall lead.

Verona disappointed on the big mountain stage on day three as he fell through the ice on the penultimate climb already. Aru countered a long range attack from Dombrowski, who also saw De Gendt pass him near the line. Henao followed beautifully for us and came home in a superb 9th place.

Sitting in 6th with the same time as GC 5th Carthy, he saw Aru lose the race lead the day after because of the crash. Henao lost time himself on day 5, despite Veronalending him a strong hand.

We made the top 5 on the last two stages, both won by the breakaway. We missed the GC top 5 sponsor goal by about a minute, yet Henao's best ever GC result was a result worth cherishing.


Volta a Catalunya 2021
Final overall standings
1Joseph DombrowskiBORA - hansgrohe28h47'21"
2Thomas De GendtLotto Soudal+ 17"
3Mikel LandaBahrain - McLaren+ 46"
4Fabio AruUAE-Team Emirates+ 1'11"
5Hugh CarthyNTT Pro Cycling Team+ 2'08"
6Sebastian Henao i.imgur.com/KPrEWyF.pngRuralvĂ­a-CCU Pro Team+ 3'06"
7Vladislav GorbunovAstana Pro Team+ 3'26"
8Romain BardetAG2R La Mondiales.t.
9Börje KratzertTeam Jumbo-Visma+ 5'31"
10Davide FormoloBahrain - McLaren+ 5'37"
Volta a Catalunya 2021
Jersey winners
i.imgur.com/To0ukoU.png Overall Joe DombrowskiBORA - hansgrohe
i.imgur.com/rv7CUTF.png Points Fabio AruUAE Team Emirates
i.imgur.com/c8f4u3n.png Mountain Fabio AruUAE Team Emirates
i.imgur.com/BLVbicD.png Young Börje KratzertTeam Jumbo-Visma
Best team: Bahrain - McLaren
Well done, Henao!

Ripley wrote:
Well done, Henao!

That was genuinely one of my favorite results of this story. Such a shame it let him protect Verona which caused him to lose time earlier in the race...
E3 BinckBank Classic (1.UWT)
Latest editions
1.Peter Sagan1.Tiesj Benoot1.Niccolo Bonifazio
2.Tiesj Benoot2.Alexey Lutsenko2.Kristian Sbaragli
3.Geraint Thomas3.Jens Keukeleire3.Yves Lampaert
Team lineup
A. CerezoE.L. CortesI. IzagirreE. Larra
A. MendigainN. OliveiraV. PinheiralF.Zurlo


i.imgur.com/OXwpbMJ.png 203.1 kms | Harelbeke â€ș Harelbeke


Not much to be told about the race until Oliveira ripped the pack apart on the narrow cobbled Taaienberg. Most of our riders made the cut there but the group kept getting thinned on the remaining climb, which included Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg.


Over Knokteberg, the last main difficulty of the day, Cerezo and Cortes both found themselves in the lead group. With no sprint of his own and little left in the tank, Cerezo focused on supporting Cortes as long as he could.


Cortes knew the leading group of 14 had several fasters sprinters in it than him and hoped to knock at least some of them out of contention with a late acceleration. INEOS' Lukas Spengler was looked at to close the gap.


Switzerlands' main man for the cobbles did so and went on to win the race after an impressively long sprint. Both Lutsenko and Sagan secured a podium spot by passing Cortes in the final 50 meters. Cerezo crossed the line in 12th.

E3 BinckBank Classic 2021
Race results
1Lukas SpenglerTeam INEOS4h41'07"
2Alexey LutsenkoBORA - hansgrohes.t.
3Peter SaganBahrain - McLarens.t.
4Ednaldo Luiz Cortes i.imgur.com/KPrEWyF.pngRuralvĂ­a-CCU Pro Teams.t.
5Yves LampaertDeceuninck - Quick Steps.t.
6Jasper BovenhuisTeam Sunwebs.t.
7David HellingNTT Pro Cycling Teams.t.
8Oliver NaesenAG2R La Mondiales.t.
9Aldo LatureMitchelton-Scotts.t.
10Wilfried KöhlerCCC Teams.t.


Gent - Wevelgem (1.UWT)
Latest editions
1.Bryan Coquard1.John Degenkolb1.Niccolo Bonifazio
2.Tiesj Benoot2.David Helling2.Tom Van Asbroeck
3.Florian Senechal3.Alexey Lutsenko3.Sam Bennett
Team lineup
C. BarberoJ.L. CamposE.L. CortesP. Furer
N. PadillaF. PalmeroA. Serrano


i.imgur.com/OXwpbMJ.png 236.1 kms | Gent â€ș Wevelgem


A very inexperienced squad supported Cortes and Barbero very well and helped them make it through the hilly zone in this front group of 19. Barbero didn't have the legs to do more and gave everything to help Cortes.


The young Brazilian didn't have his best day either and didn't make the top 10 in a final sprint with many fast riders. Magnus Cort kept Spengler from making it two out of two, adding the biggest classic win of his career to his own tally.

Gent - Wevelgem 2021
Race results
1Magnus Cort NielsenBORA - hansgrohe5h08'37"
2Lukas SpenglerTeam INEOSs.t.
3Arnaud DemareTeam Sunwebs.t.
4Niccolo BonifazioBahrain - McLarens.t.
5Logan OwenTeam INEOSs.t.
6Elia VivianiAstana Pro Teams.t.
7Jasper StuyvenCCC Teams.t.
8Edward TheunsLotto Soudals.t.
9Sam BennettDeceuninck - Quick Steps.t.
10Lars BoomTeam Sunwebs.t.
14Ednaldo Luiz Cortes i.imgur.com/KPrEWyF.pngRuralvĂ­a-CCU Pro Teams.t.


Dwars door Vlaanderen (1.UWT)
Latest editions
1.Adrien Petit1.Tiesj Benoot1.Tiesj Benoot
2.Edward Theuns2.Jasha SĂŒtterlin2.Lars Boom
3.Alexey Lutsenko3.Florian Senechal3.Ian Stannard
Team lineup
J.L. CamposA. CerezoE.L. CortesA. Mendigain
N. OliveiraF. PalmeroA. Serrano


i.imgur.com/OXwpbMJ.png 196 kms | Roeselare â€ș Waregem


Cortes also made the front group a couple of days later, yet he found himself slightly at the back at the time of a late acceleration.

Youngster Vanderaerden beat good old JĂŒrgen Roelandts to top an entirely Belgian podium, Cortes finished in 9th.

Gent - Wevelgem 2021
Race results
1Massimo VanderaerdenSport Vlaanderen - Baloise4h28'49"
2JĂŒrgen RoelandtsLotto Soudals.t.
3Tom Van AsbroeckLotto Soudals.t.
4Guillaume Van KeirsbulckSport Vlaanderen - Baloises.t.
5Gytis VeikutisUAE-Team Emiratess.t.
6Paulo WehmschulteBORA - hansgrohes.t.
7Hendrick QuagliaDeceuninck - Quick Steps.t.
8Miguel BryonEF Education First Pro Teams.t.
9Ednaldo Luiz Cortes i.imgur.com/KPrEWyF.pngRuralvĂ­a-CCU Pro Teams.t.
10Magnus Bak KlarisBahrain - McLarens.t.
GP Miguel Indurain (1.Pro)

Latest editions
1.Sam Oomen1.Eder ChĂĄvarri1.Eder ChĂĄvarri
2.Carlos Verona2.Jordi SimĂłn2.Alexis Vuillermoz
3.Dylan Teuns3.Joaquim RodrĂ­guez3.Andrea Fedi
Team lineup
P. BilbaoJ. CaicedoE. ChĂĄvarriJ. Herrada
J. NoriaC. VeronaE. Zardini

i.imgur.com/zMBJxFz.png 177.6 kms | Estella â€ș Estella


One week before Itzulia, a team built around Verona and ChĂĄvarri raced in the Basque Country alreayd. Noria bridged to the breakaway by himself and saw Higinio FernĂĄndez leave the other three behind with 25 kilometers to go.


Lotto, who had been working all day, disappeared from the fore so we had to take matters into our own hands. We didn't catch sight of FernĂĄndez until the final climb to the line.


FernĂĄndez eventually made it to the line, despite the high pace and a strong sprint by several of our men. At the age of 32, he has finally managed to land his maiden pro win. Verona had to settle for back to back second places.

GP Miguel Indurain 2021
Race results
1Higinio FernĂĄndezMovistar Team4h32'26"
2Carlos Verona i.imgur.com/KPrEWyF.pngRuralvĂ­a-CCU Pro Team+ 22"
3Tsgabu GrmayMitchelton-Scotts.t.
4Edoardo Zardini i.imgur.com/KPrEWyF.pngRuralvĂ­a-CCU Pro Teams.t.
5Eder ChĂĄvarri i.imgur.com/KPrEWyF.pngRuralvĂ­a-CCU Pro Teams.t.
6Julian ArredondoMovistar Teams.t.
7Louis VervaekeLotto Soudals.t.
8Dylan TeunsLotto Soudals.t.
9Kenneth VanbilsenLotto Soudals.t.
10Sergey ChernetskiyAstana Pro Teams.t.




I love a result like that, a 32-year old with his maiden win, must feel so good. Ruralvia seems ready for the big home race.

Ripley wrote:
I love a result like that, a 32-year old with his maiden win, must feel so good. Ruralvia seems ready for the big home race.

Rather leave the win to a rider like him indeed. Hopefully Verona can take this legs to the home race indeed.
Ronde van Vlaanderen (1.UWT)

Latest editions
1.Tiesj Benoot1.Tiesj Benoot1.Alexander Kristoff
2.Jens Keukeleire2.John Degenkolb2.Davide Cimolai
3.Jasper Stuyven3.Alexey Lutsenko3.Zdenek Stybar
Team lineup
A. CerezoE.L. CortesI. IzagirreA. Mendigain
N. OliveiraA. SerranoF. Zurlo

i.imgur.com/9fdHTFD.png i.imgur.com/OXwpbMJ.png 253.4 kms | Brugge â€ș Meerbeke

Sadly no images of the second Monument of 2021 as the screenshots were nowhere to be found after the race.

On the old course, four of riders stayed with the favourites' group very long. Cortes and Cerezo were still there on the Muur, the penultimate difficulty. Peter Sagan split the group single-handedly at the steepest part and saw only David Helling keep up.

The duo kept its gap on the Bosberg, where Cortes failed to follow the chasing group, and he wouldn't catch up again.

Sagan beat Helling in a sprint Ă  deux in Meerbeke to win his second Monument at long last. Lampaert won the sprint of the chasing group to complete the podium.

Cortes outsprinted Vanmarcke and former teammate Lature in group three to cross the line in 11th. That's only one place shy of the result demanded by the sponsors.

Ronde van Vlaanderen 2021
Race results
1Peter SaganBahrain - McLaren5h49'47"
2David HellingNTT Pro Cycling Teams.t.
3Yves LampaertDeceuninck - Quick Step+ 1'10"
4Niki TerpstraTeam Sunwebs.t.
5Elia VivianiAstana Pro Teams.t.
6Jens KeukeleireLotto Soudals.t.
7Lars BoomTeam Sunwebs.t.
8Wilfried KöhlerCCC Teams.t.
9Jenthe BiermansIsrael Start Up Nations.t.
10Lukas SpenglerTeam INEOSs.t.
11Ednaldo Luiz Cortes i.imgur.com/KPrEWyF.pngRuralvĂ­a-CCU Pro Team+ 1'50"




Itzulia Basque Country (2.UWT)
PaĂ­s Vasco, 6 stages

Latest editions
1.Julian Alaphilippe1.Fabio Aru1.Simon Yates
2.Simon Yates2.Michal Kwiatkowski2.Michal Kwiatkowski
3.Adam Yates3.Alberto Contador3.Thibaut Pinot
1.i.imgur.com/zMBJxFz.png 154km2.i.imgur.com/OXwpbMJ.png 170km3.i.imgur.com/zMBJxFz.png 164km
4.i.imgur.com/zMBJxFz.png 151km5.i.imgur.com/zMBJxFz.png 160km6.i.imgur.com/ttAHdWi.png 23km
Team lineup
C. BarberoP. BilbaoJ.L. CamposL. Doncel
S. HenaoJ. HerradaM. MartĂ­nezC. Verona


i.imgur.com/zMBJxFz.png Stage 1 | 154.3 kms
1Julian AlaphilippeNTT Pro Cycling Team3h39'03"
2Simon YatesTeam INEOSs.t.
3Bob JungelsBORA - hansgrohe+ 1'20"
4Abel KenyeresBahrain - McLarens.t.
5Adam YatesBahrain - McLaren+ 1'48"
6JesĂșs Herrada i.imgur.com/KPrEWyF.pngRuralvĂ­a-CCU Pro Teams.t.

i.imgur.com/OXwpbMJ.png Stage 2 | 170.1 kms
1Bryan CoquardNTT Pro Cycling Team3h53'09"
2Fabio FellineUAE-Team Emiratess.t.
3Carlos Barbero i.imgur.com/KPrEWyF.pngRuralvĂ­a-CCU Pro Teams.t.
4Michael MatthewsLotto Soudals.t.
5Bob JungelsBORA - hansgrohes.t.

i.imgur.com/zMBJxFz.png Stage 3 | 164.4 kms
1Adam YatesBahrain - McLaren3h33'22"
2Julian AlaphilippeNTT Pro Cycling Teams.t.
3Simon YatesTeam INEOS+ 16"
4Bob JungelsBORA - hansgrohe+ 1'12"
5Allessio BotturaIsrael Start Up Nation+ 1'29"
8Carlos Verona i.imgur.com/KPrEWyF.pngRuralvĂ­a-CCU Pro Team+ 1'47"

i.imgur.com/zMBJxFz.png Stage 4 | 151.6 kms
1Adam YatesBahrain - McLaren3h54'17"
2Simon YatesTeam INEOSs.t.
3Julian AlaphilippeNTT Pro Cycling Team+ 45"
4Julian ArredondoMovistar Teams.t.
5Bob JungelsBORA - hansgrohes.t.
7Carlos Verona i.imgur.com/KPrEWyF.pngRuralvĂ­a-CCU Pro Team+ 1'33"

i.imgur.com/zMBJxFz.png Stage 5 | 160.7 kms
1Julian AlaphilippeNTT Pro Cycling Team4h17'56"
2Sam OomenNTT Pro Cycling Teams.t.
3Adam YatesBahrain - McLarens.t.
4Simon YatesTeam INEOSs.t.
5Gregor MĂŒhlbergerBahrain - McLarens.t.
8Carlos Verona i.imgur.com/KPrEWyF.pngRuralvĂ­a-CCU Pro Team+ 57"

i.imgur.com/ttAHdWi.png Stage 6 | 24 km ITT
1Simon YatesTeam INEOS34'36"
2JesĂșs Herrada i.imgur.com/KPrEWyF.pngRuralvĂ­a-CCU Pro Team+ 14"
3Ryan MullenMovistar Team+ 15"
4Tom DumoulinBahrain - McLarens.t.
5Abel KenyeresBahrain - McLaren+ 25"


The Yates brothers, multiple GT winner Kelderman, Alaphilippe, Formolo, Tirreno winner Aru, Mathieu van der Poel: they all headlined this year's gorgeous field.

The field's strength would show on day one already, when NTT ripped the bunch apart of the toughest climbs about halfway. It came as a total surprise that tem captain Verona had to let go their. So did the rest of the team bar Herrada, who rolled across the line in 6th as Alaphilippe thanked his teammates in the best way possibble.
The day after, Coquard made it two out of two for NTT with Barbero coming third.

The third stage proved to be too tough for Herrada because of NTT setting the pace again. While Adam Yates beat the GC top two, Verona bounced back with a solid 8th place, moving into GC 13th.

The Yates brothers kept the momentum on the annual Arate stage and put quite some time into Alaphilippe. Adam won the stage, Simon moved into the overall lead. Alaphilippe could have taken back time on day four if the jury hadn't bailed out the chasers. Two respectable results for Verona made him tackle the final day sitting in GC 7th.

Verona's conclusive time trial was mediocre and not nearly good enough to finish higher than 7th. Herrada rode a superb time trial, edging out specialists like Dumoulin and Mullen. The last rider and overall winner Simon Yates was the only one to finish even faster, proving how even his time trialing is still improving.

All in all a comfortable second overall win for Team INEOS' new flagship climber after an edition that could go down as the one with the most ridiculous time gaps.


Itzulia Basque Country 2021
Final overall standings
1Simon YatesTeam INEOS19h52'39"
2Julian AlaphilippeNTT Pro Cycling Team+ 2'23"
3Adam YatesBahrain - McLaren+ 2'52"
4Bob JungelsBORA - hansgrohe+ 5'36"
5Julian ArredondoMovistar Team+ 9'11"
6Abel KenyeresBahrain - McLaren+ 10'19"
7Carlos Verona i.imgur.com/KPrEWyF.pngRuralvĂ­a-CCU Pro Team+ 11'40"
8Gregor MĂŒhlbergerBahrain - McLaren+ 12'04"
9Davide FormoloBahrain - McLaren+ 12'39"
10Sam OomenNTT Pro Cycling Teams.t.
Itzulia Basque Country 2021
Jersey winners
i.imgur.com/qUHDrmq.png Overall Simon YatesTeam INEOS
i.imgur.com/9D2jn5m.png Points Julian AlaphilippeNTT Pro Cycling Team
i.imgur.com/zgBNnFq.png Mountain Quentin PacherAG2R La Mondiale
i.imgur.com/pWQzJdu.png Young Jordi Van DingenenUAE Team Emirates
Best team: Bahrain - McLaren

Edited by Kiserlovski01 on 24-01-2021 11:05



Cant be too upset with 11th at RvV. 7th at Basque Country isn't bad either. Some big names ahead (apart from the Hungarian) and the gaps look huge. Usually when I race it the gaps are quite small for some reason.

I think stage 2's profile might be wrong. Smile

Wow, the Basque Tour was brutal. No chance in hell to compete with the Yates twins and Alaphilippe.

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