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Thursday brought the bulletin that Paris-Roubaix will not take place in April due to COVID-1 9, that Wout van Aert has added Brabantse Pijl and the Amstel Gold Race to his calendar, and that Dan Martin will hasten the 2021 Giro d’Italia.
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Dane CashNews Editor
Paris-Roubaix has been postponed
Organizers announced on Thursday that Paris-Roubaix will not take place in April due to COVID-1 9. Both the men’s and women’s hastens have been rescheduled from their initial date of April 11 and will now take place on two separate periods, with the women’s hasten now set to run on October 2 and the men’s hasten planned to take place October 3.
The decision comes after weeks of indecision as French authorities are putting new restrictions in place amid a surge in COVID-1 9 cases.
” The new times were approved by the stakeholders in men’s and women’s professional superhighway cycling( organizers, teams and riders ), following a consultation process involving organizers and other stakeholders, ” read a statement from the UCI secreted on Thursday.
“This decision follows the decision of the competent French authorities to prohibit the holding of the 2021 edition of Paris-Roubaix- men and women- on the years scheduled to be held in the UCI International Road Calendar in the context of the current health situation.”
Wout van Aert includes Brabantse Pijl and the Amstel Gold Race to his calendar
Adjusting his schedule now that he won’t be hastening Paris-Roubaix in April, Wout van Aert has added both Brabantse Pijl and the Amstel Gold Race to his schedule. Van Aert has never hastened Brabantse Pijl, while this year’s Amstel will label his second profession appearing there.
” I’ve only started my season so it was possible to add these scoots to my schedule ,” Van Aert said, according to Cyclingnews.” I want to get do more with the assemble that I’m currently at. With Roubaix happening I would not have done the two other scoots .”
Dan Martin will scoot the 2021 Giro d’Italia
Israel Start-Up Nation announced on Thursday that Dan Martin will draw his third busines Giro d’Italia start last-minute this year. The 33 -year-old Irishman last-place raced the Giro in 2014, when he gate-crashed out of the opening team time trial in Belfast.
” It feels like unfinished business there as, well, I approximate everybody knows the narration ,” Martin said.” I arrived at the start in Belfast in excellent shape and disintegrated out halfway through the TTT in stage 1. It was tough for me to watch the race that year, but I have always been a huge fan of the[ Giro ]. After completing it in 2010, it has just never fit with my goals or the team’s dreams since then for me to be at the Ardennes classics and the Tour.”
Israel Start-Up Nation manager Kjell Carlstrom said in the team’s statement that he expects the Giro course to favor Martin’s skillset. The press release likewise noted that Martin is planning to race the Tour de France later in the season.
The MPCC’ denounces the serious damage’ caused by latest Vini Zabu doping positive
The Movement for Credible Cycling( MPCC) exhausted the following statement on Thursday condemning” the serious damage” that Vini Zabu’s recent doping positive- the second for the team in a 12 -month period- has already caused “to the image of cycling.” The UCI announced earlier the coming week that Matteo De Bonis had been notified of an adverse analytical determine for EPO in February, less than four months after Matteo Spreafico returned positive tests for Enobosarm( ostarine) during last year’s Giro d’Italia.
Vini Zabu was briefly a member of the MPCC in 2014 but left at the end of the season.
” Whatever the amount of resources allocated to the fight against doping, some riders will still choose to cheat ,” the MPCC said in its statement.” Though, this simple observation is not a thread for the credibility of cycling. However, when these events arise multiple times, year after year, within the same team, and when the relevant institutions fail to break the cycles/second, it represents a unspeakable blow to the credibility of cycling .”
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