Podium 100% on the grand prix de Wallonie


Podium 100% on the grand prix de Wallonie
Published on 2021-09-16 09:58:37

The fina lclassification for EKOI during the Grand Prix de Wallonie en Belgique with 3 EKOI riders:

Chritophe LAPORTE (Team COFIDIS) Warren BARGUIL (Team ARKEA) Van DER SANDE (Team LOTTO) ... all 3 with EKOI helmets and glasses.

Arkea Samsic
Lotto Soudal
Christophe Laporte
Warren Barguil
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Alan Riou winner on the Classic 44

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Alan Riou won his first professional victory, winning the Classic 44 ! Alan riou"It's a deliverance! I know I've been in good shape for two months and I knew I was close to winning, it feels really good to come through. This is my first professional victory. I was disappointed after my second place in the Tour de Bretagne, but today the plan has worked and I am very happy. In the sprint, I knew the last mile brought speed. I know I'm quick in the sprint and in a small group I often have my chances. When Godon started his effort on the right, I gave everything I could on my own and it worked. I'm glad the team trusted me. We have great leaders at Arkéa-Samsic, when you have to work for them I do it 100% and today it was my turn. It proves that I can also be successful when given my chance. It's great to make it happen. I missed getting so many notifications on my cell phone after the race (laughs). " Yvon Ledanois“It's great, Alan's victory is really nice. It was a race marked by complicated weather conditions. Anthony Delaplace played a key role tactically as there were two of them up front with Alan in a very small squad. With the speed that Alan has, you had to believe in his chances. He played perfectly. I'm happy that Alan wins because most of the time he's a teammate and today he played his card and won: that's great. Despite the conditions ... proof that when times are tough, only the tough guys get away with it. "

Cofidis at the vuelta

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It has now become a habit: the Cofidis team likes to shine on the roads of the Vuelta. In recent years, David Moncoutié, Nicolas Edet, Jesus Herrada and Guillaume Martin have demonstrated this. This season, with Guillaume and Jesus as leaders of the squad, the northern formation will do everything to experience new emotions and beautiful successes on the roads of the most prestigious Spanish race. It is a tradition, a history that the riders are committed, season after season, to enriching. On the roads of the Vuelta, from the peaks of the Pyrenees to the sun-scorched lands of Andalusia, the Cofidis team has become accustomed to distinguishing itself, playing the leading roles and shining. Last year, it was Guillaume Martin who won the polka-dot jersey for best climber. A season earlier, Jesús Herrada raised his arms and Nicolas Edet wore the red leader's jersey. And everyone remembers the ease of David Moncoutié, best climber on four occasions and winner of four stages. Guillaume Martin, a leader eager to shine This season, the Nordic formation will not lack arguments to illustrate itself at the Vuelta. Guillaume Martin will be the leader: the climber, best Frenchman in the last Tour de France, will know how to use all his qualities to shine as soon as the road rises. Jesús Herrada, adept at long breakaways in the high mountains, will also be in the ranks to aim for a stage win. Alongside them, they will be able to count on the experience of José Herrada (35) and the fire of Fernando Barcelo (25), fourth in the last Tour of Wallonia. The Belgian Piet Allegaert (26) will try to do well in the stages for backpackers.He will participate in the fir...

Euskaltel Euskadi at La Vuelta

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The Euskaltel-Euskadi team returns to Vuelta a España with the highest hopes and the goal of fighting for a stage victory. The Basque team has a workforce of eight riders combining experience and youth and whose quality is proven: Mikel Bizkarra, Joan Bou, Mikel Iturria, Gotzon Martín, Luis Ángel Maté, Antonio Soto, Xabier Mikel Azparren and Juan José Lobato, under the sporting direction of Jorge Azanza. The team returns to the big laps with eight motivated riders to fight each day for at least one victory. Bizkarra and Iturria, who won a stage of the Vuelta 2019 in Urdax, are two guarantees, while Maté - this will be his tenth participation - and Lobato will bring their experience both inside and outside the race. There are four beginners: Bou, Gotzon Martín, Soto and Azparren. Fifteen years between Maté and Azparren, which certifies that it is a diverse group but very coherent and united. Indeed, Bizkarra, Bou, Iturria, Gotzon Martín and Maté took part in the recent Vuelta a Burgos and Soto, Azparren and Lobato come from the Arctic Race in Norway. The orange tide is back! Eight cyclists and a technical and auxiliary staff will give the best of themselves to meet the sporting challenge and meet the commitment of their main sponsors and collaborators and the confidence of their partners and all their fans. Jesús Ezkurdia, Managing Director: "I am particularly excited and delighted with the return of the orange tide on the Vuelta a España. We know what awaits us: suffering, dedication, effort. But we will try to make sense of it all, that there is a feeling behind the physical effort.We have a responsibility, but a responsibility that excites and motivates u...

Team Qhubeka NextHash at La Vuelta

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Team Qhubeka NextHash has selected its team for the final grand tour of the season, La Vuelta a Espana. The Spanish grand tour will get underway on Saturday 14 August, from Padron, and will cover over 3400km before finishing in Santiago di Compostela, on Sunday 5 September. Team Qhubeka NextHash was dealt a tough blow last week as our intended Vuelta a Espana race leader, Domenico Pozzovivo crashed at the Vuelta a Burgos and fractured his knee. Emil Vinjebo also crashed at the same race, fracturing his collarbone, forcing our team to make two late replacements to our La Vuelta lineup. Fabio Aru and Sergio Henao will now share responsibility in leading Team Qhubeka NextHash at La Vuelta a Espana. Aru has shown an impressive return to form in recent weeks, and as a previous winner of the Vuelta a Espana, we are proud to have the Sardinian lead our team at La Vuelta. Henao makes a return to racing after a strong showing at the Tour de France this year, where he infiltrated numerous mountain stage breakaways and was set to ride into the top 20 overall before fracturing his arm in a crash, which slowed the Colombian climber who did complete the race in Paris. With Aru and Henao targeting the mountain stages, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg will be our man for the sprint stages. With three top-10 placings in sprints at last year’s edition of the race, the South African will be hoping to edge closer to the top of the results sheet with numerous sprint opportunities at this year’s edition of La Vuelta. Dimitri Claeys and Dylan Sunderland, the two late replacement riders, will both be starting their first ever La Vuelta’s although the duo do have grand tour experience at th...

Lotto Soudal at the Vuelta

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Here are the eight Lotto Soudal riders who will try to take a stage win in the 76th edition of the Tour of Spain: Steff Cras (25), Frederik Frison (29), Matthew Holmes (27), Andreas Kron (23), Sylvain Moniquet (23), Harm Vanhoucke (24), Maxim Van Gils (21) and Florian Vermeersch (22). Kron, Moniquet, Van Gils and Vermeersch will do their first laps in a grand tour. The Vuelta will start with a prologue in the streets of Burgos this Saturday, August 14, and will end three weeks later in Santiago de Compostela with an individual time trial. Sports director Nikolas Maes details Lotto Soudal's selection for the final grand tour of the season. "With the absences of Caleb Ewan and Jasper De Buyst, we had to change our selection for the Tour of Spain. The team is more focused on the mountains," Nikolas Maes begins. "Boys like Andreas Kron and Harm Vanhoucke have often shown that they are capable of great things when the road gets higher. They will be supported by Steff Cras, Matthew Holmes, Sylvain Moniquet and Maxim Van Gils. With Frederik Frison and Florian Vermeersch, our team will also have two strong riders. Our selection does not have a lot of experience in the grand tours, but they are all high potential riders. I'm sure that each of them will have the opportunity to show themselves in this Vuelta. It's a young group and the riders won't be able to be at the front every day, but I think our goal of winning a stage is very achievable. We are mainly aiming for the transition stages and the summit finishes. On paper, there will be some great opportunities to show up." Nikolas Maes: "Andreas Kron will be making his grand tour debut, but the young Dane is already showing a...


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Giacomo Nizzolo won the Circuito de Gexto – Memorial Hermanos Otxoa, sprinting to the victory from a small breakaway group. Giovanni Aleotti (Bora-Hansgrohe) finished 2nd and Santiago Buitrago (Bahrain-Victorious) was 3rd. The UCI 1.1 Circuito de Gexto saw riders take on 6 laps of an undulating circuit between Bilbao and Gexto, before completing a larger finishing circuit that included the the tough final climb of Pike Bidea, for a total race distance of 194km. Team Qhubeka NextHash had last year’s second place finisher, Giacomo Nizzolo, targeting the top step of the podium today and so our South African UCI World Tour team rallied around the European champion throughout the race. The race got off to a very fast start with numerous attacks and the pace was so high that it took almost 90km before any break finally got a significant gap. 11 strong riders had gone off the front and so Team Qhubeka NextHash, together with Caja-Rural and Bora-Hansgrohe took up the chase. With around 55km to go, the pressure was really on to bring the leaders back and as a result, there was a split at the head of the peloton as 12 riders went off in pursuit of the early leaders. Team Qhubeka NextHash had both Nizzolo and Carlos Barbero in this select chase group. Barbero would go on to play a pivotal support role for Nizzolo, all the way up to the final climb of Pike Bidea at 15km to go, as he worked hard to ensure the breakaway was caught before the climb. On the climb it was then up to Nizzolo to try and follow the climbers as they began attacking on the steep slopes. The Italian sprinter held his own and did a fantastic climb, to summit in 5th place, just 15″ behind the front rid...

Matîs Louvel wins the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon

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Matîs Louvel wins the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon. He signs his first victory in the professionals! Matîs Louvel "It was a great day. I had the legs and the luck I needed! I managed to get into the breakaway with Bram Welten after trying several times from the beginning of the race. Little by little the group became smaller as we approached the finish. At 20 kilometers from the finish line, we were three riders at the front with a 1 minute lead on the peloton and the two riders with me crashed. I found myself alone at the front and I said to myself: "Well now, the destiny is in your hands, you must not crack" Arnaud Gérard motivated me very well. He said to me: "Come on, this is your day, you're going to get your first professional victory" He gave me the race information, I really trusted him, I never had to turn around to see where my competitors were. I knew that in order to win, I had no choice but to go all out! It's never happened to me to finish a race alone. I've always been fooled before. In the last kilometer I couldn't believe it, I didn't feel like it was me or that it was real. I was thinking "it's not possible, there must be runners ahead of me (laughs)". I'm really happy. It's my first professional win. It shows my progress, it shows that I have the ability to win and it gives me confidence. It's probably my main fault to not have confidence in myself. Here I am taking it to the maximum! It was a great day, I'm super happy!"

Second consecutive stage win for Ewan at Belgium Tour

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One day after Caleb Ewan’s stage win in Scherpenheuvel-Zichem, the Australian once again took the day’s honours for Lotto Soudal at the Belgium Tour. Against all odds, a reduced bunch sprinted for victory in what was marked as the queen stage in and around Hamoir. Following another impressive lead-out by Lotto Soudal, Caleb Ewan finished the job perfectly. The Australian won the sprint with a considerable margin over Bryan Coquard and Davide Ballerini. Ewan also took over the points jersey from Remco Evenepoel, who remains the overall leader. “To be honest, I didn’t really believe in a stage victory before the start”, begins Caleb Ewan. “I expected that the GC guys would take their opportunity today and that there would be a lot of attacks. But the pace was kept really high all day long and I think a lot of the guys didn’t really have the legs to get away in the end. It was only with one lap to go that I really started to believe in it. I felt good and we decided that we would give it a go. That is why you started seeing us coming to the front to chase the breakaway. I am really happy to pull it off once again after a superb job by my team today.” After a run-up that included several ascents – one of which the infamous Mur de Huy – two local laps of around 30 kilometres were covered in and around Hamoir. The pace was held high and the peloton was thinned out as the riders headed closer to the finish. Despite several attacks, no one was able to carve out a considerable gap. In the very final of the race, the riders were confronted with several climbs, where the peloton was completely strung out. Caleb Ewan got a little distanced, but thanks to impec...

Andreas Kron delivers Lotto Soudal second victory of the day at Tour de Suisse

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Andreas Kron was awarded stage six of the Tour de Suisse after former world champion Rui Costa was relegated. Rui Costa crossed the line first but Lotto Soudal’s Andreas Kron protested after Costa changed his line in the sprint and denied Kron the chance to sprint for the win. After race officials looked at the race footage, Kron was handed the stage win. “I also saw the sprint footage in the truck at the finish line and the decision of the jury is right”, begins Andreas Kron. “We started the sprint on the right and ended up on the left. Both Rui and me think that we were the strongest. That’s fair. In a regular sprint we could have found out. I trust the jury and I’m the winner. I’m happy for that.” For Andreas Kron it is his second WorldTour victory of the season in his first season being part of a WorldTeam. Earlier this year, the young Dane won the Volta a Catalunya opening stage. “It just feels amazing. What a start. If you would have told me this in the beginning of the season I would never have believed it. I was born in 1998. Apparently a good year, as also riders like Hirschi and Pogačar are from ‘98. I need to keep up with them…” In stage six of the Tour de Suisse, a 130-kilometre test from Andermatt to Disentis, the riders had to tackle three major climbs. On the final climb of the day, first Rui Costa and Hermann Pernsteiner bridged to De La Cruz, who attacked from a big breakaway group - which also included Andreas Kron – at 45 kilometres from the finish. With five kilometres to go Andreas Kron joined Costa and Pernsteiner at the front. A three-man sprint would decide the stage. Although Costa crossed the line in first place, ...

Caleb Ewan sprints to 50th pro win at Belgium Tour

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Caleb Ewan has won the third stage at the Baloise Belgium Tour after an impressive team effort. On a slightly uphill finish in Scherpenheuvel-Zichem, the Australian launched a strong sprint after what was an impressive lead-out from his Lotto Soudal teammates. Ewan won ahead of Pascal Ackermann and Michael Mørkøv. For the 26-year-old Ewan, it’s the 50th professional victory of his career. “I am really impressed by what my teammates did today”, starts Caleb Ewan. “They brought me into a perfect position before that final climb and at the top, we were all together. Then they basically pulled into the headwind all the way to the finish and no one came around us. I think we were only with four guys left as we had to use a few more teammates than we wanted to chase the breakaway and that’s what makes it even more impressive.” From the start of the stage, Lotto Soudal – together with several other sprint teams – immediately took control of the race. An early breakaway of five was kept in check and eventually caught at a handful kilometres from the finish. With an impressive lead-out, Caleb Ewan was brought into a perfect position towards the slightly uphill finish, which suited the Australian perfectly. Ewan finished off the work of his teammates with a powerful kick to the line. Caleb Ewan: “I am really lucky to have such strong and smart teammates. We’ve integrated Tosh Van der Sande and Harry Sweeny in the lead-out as well, a first time at the UAE Tour and now here again and I think that was maybe what we were missing a little, those two guys in front of Jasper and Roger. Although it had been months since we’ve all raced together and did a spri...

Brent Van Moer wins the 1st stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné

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Brent Van Moer put on a serious show in the opening stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné. The 23-year-old Lotto Soudal rider went on the attack immediately after the start, left his breakaway companions behind at 15 kilometres from the finish, held off the reduced bunch and soloed to a fantastic first professional victory. By winning the opening stage, the Lotto Soudal rider is also the first leader of the Critérium du Dauphiné. Besides, Van Moer realised a clean sweep as he also took the mountain, points and young rider’s jersey! “I almost can’t believe it. My first professional victory and immediately in this way and with the leader’s jersey on top of it…”, begins an emotional Brent Van Moer. “After what happened at the Ronde van Limburg, where I was about to fight for my first pro victory but got sent into the wrong way at the end, I was really disappointed but I immediately shifted focus towards the Dauphiné and I was really eager to show that I am able to finish off a race. The fact that I can already do this at the Dauphiné, amongst this strong field of riders, is just fantastic. What a difference compared to last year, when I was also part of the early breakaway but had to abandon the race due to a crash. It is really special to be now wearing the yellow jersey.” Almost immediately after the start in Issoire, Brent Van Moer went on the attack together with Gamper, Gautier and Garrison. The four-man breakaway was never granted lots of advantage as the sprint teams set a strong pace at the front of the bunch. Garrison had to let go already early in the race, leaving Van Moer with only two breakaway companions at the front. In the tough opening...


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