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Hi there CyclingTips readers,
It was a rest day at the Tour de France on Monday which granted everyone a chance to stop, catch their breather, and prepare themselves for the two weeks ahead. It wasn’t an perfectly restful date though- every rider and crew staff member at the race was tested for coronavirus on Sunday or Monday and there’s a sense of anxious apprehension as we are today await the results.
As a remember: anyone who knows a justified positive for COVID-1 9 is out of the hasten; any squad with two positives in a week has to send their whole entourage packing. Fingers swept that nobody does sent home; hopefully the Tour can follow as planned.
While we wait for the test results and for the Tour to resume, there’s plenty of other bulletin to catch up on. Tirreno-Adriatico has begun, we’re getting to the business death of the Tour de L’Ardeche, and there’s rider carry word as well. Read on for all that and more.
Have a great day!
Matt de Neef Managing Editor
| Pascal Ackermann prevails Tirreno-Adriatico opener
German sprinter Pascal Ackermann( Bora-Hansgrohe) took out the opening stage of Tirreno-Adriatico on Monday, narrowly hitting Fernando Gaviria( UAE-Team Emirates) in a cluster kick.
Gaviria gazed to have the stage triumphed but a late flow along the barriers from Ackermann met the German take stage decorates and the overall precede in the eight-stage race. Gaviria held on for second while Magnus Cort( EF) was third.
“I can say I’m really happy to have finally triumphed, ” Ackermann said. “I was sick all week and was only one time on the bicycle in the past six daytimes. I’m really happy about my sprint- I have to see it again because it felt amazing. Extremely with its own position I came from. I time received the freedom gap on the right side; it wasn’t that big-hearted, but it was enough.”
| Leigh-Ann Ganzar earns at the Tour de L’Ardeche
Crosswinds wreaked disruption on theatre 5 of the Tour de L’Ardeche with the hasten dividing in the early kilometres. American Leigh Ann Ganzar( Rally) connected across to the remainders of the induce group and eventually “its just” her and compatriot Lauren Stephens( Tibco-SVB) heading the race.
The pair obligated it to the finish 1:14 ahead of the rest of the field, with Ganzar taking the stage win and Stephens taking enough time to snag the overall contribute( albeit on the same overall era as previous lead Mavi Garcia ). In the bunch, Chloe Hosking made third to complete an superb period for Rally Cycling.
The win was Ganzar’s first in Europe. Two stagecoaches remain in the seven-day French race.
| Roglic calls for fans to respect equestrians’ health
Tour de France governor Primoz Roglic( Jumbo-Visma) has called for roadside devotees to show more respect for the health of the equestrians in this year’s race.
“Sometimes on the climbs, also yesterday on[ the Col de] Marie-Blanque, it feels like the same as it was before — having no road , no opening, with all the people around, ” Roglic said on the Tour’s firstly rest day. “Maybe[ fans] should try to watch out for their own health, and also in the end the health of us all.
“We all need to follow the rules, even if sometimes they seem stupid. Also, for me to wear all the time mask, this and that, but we do a favor to ourselves because in that case we can race, and people can work like normal and not be in quarantine.”
| Coronavirus testing accomplish on the Tour’s first rest day
Meanwhile at the Tour, all equestrians and crew staffers in the race’ bubble’ have been researched for coronavirus on the race’s firstly rest day.
” The final unit has now been researched and these research have now been sent to a laboratory in Paris for analysis ,” a staff member at the Tour testing centre told AFP.” The answers will first be communicated to the team doctors, who must then pass those results on to the International Cycling Union. They in turn will inform the Tour organisers .”
Test answers will be officially announced on Tuesday morning ahead of stage 10, although it’s expected some units will release their results before then.
| Bardet: 2020 Tour is the “highest level” edition of my career
Two-time Tour de France pulpit finisher Romain Bardet( Ag2r-La Mondiale) has described the 2020 Tour as” the highest level Tour of my profession “.
” I’m doing carries-on that I’ve never done in the past ,” he said on the rest day.” I’m breaking records, so the assemble is very good, but the level is just ultra-high. All the top players are here, with merely one or two exclusions. It’s actually a scoot of a high level and I like it when there’s a battle like that.”
Bardet said Roglic and Tadej Pogacar( UAE-Team Emirates) are” a step above everyone else at the moment” and that it will take something of a supernatural for him to claw back enough time to win the race overall. Bardet currently sits fourth overall at 30 seconds off the pace.
| Wilco Kelderman signalings with Bora-Hansgrohe
Dutch rider Wilco Kelderman is headed to Bora-Hansgrohe in 2021, the German squad has announced.
” Wilco is a rider with enormous potential ,” said unit director Ralph Denk.” Our task over the next few years will be to consistently bring out this potential on the road. He is the ideal age for this, and will certainly be a real asset.”
Kelderman , now 29, has depleted the past four seasons with Team Sunweb. His best result in that time was a fourth on GC at the 2017 Vuelta a Espana.
” I was just really looking forward to this new challenge ,” Kelderman said.” After the first few convenes with the tutors and conduct team, it became clear to me that this is exactly the liberty gradation for me. I soon gained the confidence that a partnership with Bora-Hansgrohe would equip me with new incentives at the present stage of my profession .”
| Matteo Trentin mansions with UAE-Team Emirates
Three-time Tour de France stage winner Matteo Trentin is headed to UAE-Team Emirates next season, his new team announced Monday.
The 31 -year-old Italian, who countings stage wins in all three Grand Tours and a European street claim on his job palmares, connected CCC this year after two seasons with Mitchelton-Scott.
” I am very happy to join UAE ,” Trentin said during a UAE team statement.” It’s an grandiose crew that is doing very well and where I hope to be able to contribute with some good results .”
| Aussie sprinter Taj Jones clues with Israel Start-Up Nation
Young Australian rider Taj Jones will join the WorldTour in 2021 with Israel Start-Up Nation. The 20 -year-old earned a place of the Tour de Langkawi earlier this year, catching the attention of the members of Israel Start-Up Nation plays conductor( and fellow Australian) Zak Dempster.
“It’s incredible to think about where I has been derived from and where I am honcho ,” Jones said of his three-year contract.” To be a part of the same team as a lore like Chris Froome along with other world-class riders is exciting and I can’t wait to see where I can take my job under the leadership of a WorldTour team .”
| Coming up at the Tour
Tuesday’s stagecoach 10 examines easy on paper but it starts and finishes on islands stay out into the Atlantic, and, in between, passes through flat, wind-swept marsh with few windblocks. Crosswinds could be on the menu!
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