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Escaut Grand Prix : Caleb EWAN's new victory

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Escaut Grand Prix : Caleb EWAN's new victory
Published on 2020-10-15 12:02:39
Updated on 2020-10-15 12:03:56

The rider of the Lotto Soudal Cycling Team wins the 108th Edition of the Grand Prix de l'Escaut.

Small anecdote, this event is the unofficial world championship reserved for sprinters.

First participation and 1st victory on this classic for the Australian

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Caleb EWAN
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Team KMC ORBEA : Leader of Worlwide UCI Teams

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It is a great pride for EKOÏ to be partner of the leader team of the UCI world ranking teams. ➡ 1st in the world ranking ➡ 2 team wins in the World Cup ➡ 6 individual World Cup podiums ➡ 13 Wins ➡ 29 podiums Congratulations to Malene Degn, Annie Last, Victor Koretzky, Milan Vader, Thomas Litscher and all the staff. Michel Hutsebaut, General Manager "We have had an atypical season. Our team, which has existed since 1998, has been able to adapt to the various constraints that were imposed and we have been able to cope. During this particular season, I retain the unfailing support of our partners, but also an incredible job of all our staff and a great professionalism of our drivers. I also remember our 2 team victories during the stages of the World Cup of Nove Mesto. For 4 years, we waited for this moment.And the 2 victories came to reward the work and the cohesion of our group. Today, after 2 victories for Victor Koretzky in Turkey, the season is officially over. And I am proud to see our KMC - ORBEA team finish the season in world number one! As in 2016, we end the year at the top of this ranking, proof of consistency throughout a year punctuated by thirteen UCI victories. Once again, I can only thank everyone, partners in the first place with KMC Chain Europe and Orbea, but also our other sponsors and suppliers who allow us to benefit from the best bike on the circuit. It gives everyone even more motivation for 2021."

7th stage ofthe Vuelta : Guillaume Martin wins the best climber jersey

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It wasn't necessarily expected today but there was a running movement on the 1st ascent of the day. So I was able to integrate the breakaway and take points in the mountain standings. I put in a lot of effort and tried to finish as well as possible. Of course the best climber's jersey, we will do everything to keep it! " During a completely unbridled stage rich in twists and turns, the Cofidis team shone once again Four riders from the team have made the breakaway. Guillaume Martin, 5th on the stage, puts on the best climber's jersey, a great reward for the whole team. Pierre-Luc Périchon and Victor Lafay were the first to join the breakaway after an hour of racing.When, José Herrada and Guillaume Martin, in a group of pursuers, ended up making the junction in the ascent of Puerto de Orduna. The riders had to climb this 1st category pass twice and Guillaume Martin was 2nd each time at the top of the pass. Result: the Normand pocketed precious points in the mountain classification, enough to take the lead. -Guillaume started the race with four other riders - Valverde, Woods, Peters and Fraile - all already stage winners on a Grand Tour. The Normand attacked several times before finishing in 5th place. For the third time in a row on this Vuelta, he finished in the ‘top 10’. On arrival, Guillaume Martin was able to don the polka dot best climber jersey, his first distinctive jersey on a Grand Tour. A great reward also for the incredible collective work provided by his team members. From now on, everyone will get down to 'defending' this jersey on the roads of the Vuelta. Guillaume Martin : "I had fun and I hurt myself too! On this Vuelta, we see some u...

Tim Wellens wins the 5thstage of Vuelta

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Tim Wellens notched a fine stage victory in the Tour of Spain, edging out Guillaume Martin and Thymen Arensman in a three-man sprint. The Belgian Lotto Soudal also endorses the jersey of the leader of the mountain classification. The three men, the only survivors of the day's breakaway, fought for victory in the streets of Sabiñanigo. “From the start of the Vuelta, the team’s ambition was to win a stage,” said the very attacking Tim Wellens, who has already spent three days in the breakaway in this Tour of Spain. "It's really good that the goal is reached so early in the race, we will be able to tackle the next two weeks without any stress. I already had the breakaway in mind this morning. The start was very difficult, we drove at full speed for two hours. I finally had the chance to find myself in the front group. The collaboration was not easy because we had with us two riders well classified overall. There were three of us then and the relationship was much better. We were all at the same level but I was finally able to make the difference on the big percentages just before the finish." Tim Wellens, winner of several stage races, already has two Giro stages to his name, but this is his first victory in the Vuelta. After a difficult campaign on the classics, Tim Wellens wanted to take part in the Vuelta to end on a good note this 2020 season so short and so special. “I had a tough time after I crashed just before the start of the Tour de France. I returned to competition at the Tour du Luxembourg but it took me a long time to get back to good feelings. I had a few fears when I got to the start of the Vuelta so I'm really happy with this stage victory, ...

Five Products for the Team KMC Orbea in Nove Mesto

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Two rounds of the World Cup, or 4 events, took place at the Nove Mesto site. The KMC Orbea team leaves with five podiums: Milan Vader: 3rd and 2nd in the XCO. Thomas Litscher: 2nd in the second XCC). Victor Koretzky: 2nd in the first XCC and 4th in the second XCO. The team wins both team stages. Milan Vader: "An incredible week" “Before coming here, I knew the feelings were good. But with the lack of international confrontation, it was difficult to project. Of course, I'm leaving more than satisfied with my first two World Cup podiums. I see that victory is getting closer and it’s really motivating for the future. Overall, we have had an amazing week all together with the team. Everyone has done a tremendous amount of work to ensure that we are in the best possible conditions and that can be felt on the bike. " Victor Koretzky: "A very dense level" “I started my week perfectly with second place in the XCC. Although I had some problems afterwards at the XCO, I managed to get back into the game for the last two events of the season. Today with Milan we had a really good race, taking our responsibilities. In times, I have never been so close to victory. We could see this week that the level was very dense. I think that now ten riders can win a World Cup. I can't wait to be next. " Thomas Litscher: "A great dynamic" “Even though back problems prevented me from expressing myself properly today, I'm pretty happy with my week, including a podium. The general atmosphere in the team is excellent and that makes you hurt yourself even more on the bike. Now it's time for the World Championship in Austria where I have the feeling that anything is possible. " ...

Frist national Victory for Lotte Kopecky

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Lotte Kopecky won the title of Belgian road champion for the first time in her career. After 131 kilometers of racing in the Anzegem region, she beat Jolien D’Hoore and Shari Bossuyt in the sprint. Kopecky therefore succeeds her teammate Jesse Vandenbulcke. Alongside this road title, the 24-year-old is also the current national time trial champion. Monkfish Kopecky “I've been chasing this national title for a long time. This victory therefore gives me great pleasure. It was really a great team performance today. My teammates took matters into their own hands from the start. They hardened the race and they neutralized a lot of attacks. After all this work, I had to conclude. " “I wasn't afraid to attack soon enough. In the end, it paid off. I was able to make the race more difficult for Jolien and that had an impact on her in the sprint. At one point the peloton was very close and I tried to surprise them by attacking in the Tiegemberg. She didn't really like it, but we were able to keep up the pace. " “When Shari joined us in the last few kilometers, I quickly felt she was going to be satisfied with third place. I started my sprint 200 meters from the finish line. I panicked a bit as I shifted gears, but luckily that didn't cause too much of a problem. Jolien was right next to me and I knew I had to go all out until the end. " “I raised my arms because I felt I had won. When Jolien did the same, I started to have doubts. We then had to wait a long time before receiving official confirmation. The minutes seemed to last forever. The relief was great when they announced that I had won. After my stage victory at the Giro Rosa last week, here is another g...

Nacer Bouhanni wins the Grand Prix d'Isbergues

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Nacer Bouhanni won his 3rd success in the North, the 9th since the start of the season for the Arkéa-SamsicTeam. Nacer Bouhanni “The race was very fast from the start, but the team controlled as much as possible to make it a sprint. Benoit Jarrier, Florian Vachon & Alan Riou held the helm in front of the peloton Donavan Grondin pulled a good stretch to the last corner, and then I had Bram Welten and Dan McLay to start the sprint. I just had to finish the job. " "I'm happy to win this event for the Arkéa-Samsic team, but also for Florian Vachon who was competing in the last race of his professional career today. I told him while laughing last night, "like tomorrow, it's your last competition, you'll keep your bibs!" "He told me then" only if you win! I told him then, "I'll try to win for you." I also gave Florian my cup and the bouquet. It’s good to end up like this. It gives us all a boost. I am happy to offer him the end of his career with this success ”. “After the Brussels Classic, it was complicated. I had pain all over, especially in the neck. Once the aches were gone, I did a big week of training. The recovery in Italy did me good: the Gi ro della Toscana & the Coppa Sabatini. The average was high on these two events. The second day, it was a puncher's arrival. It allowed me to get back into it, because I did not run for a while between Brussels and these two events, now I will continue with Paris-Camembert & Paris-Chauny ".

TDF 2020 / Stage 11 : Nairo Quintana still ranks 5th in general classification

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Nairo Quintana finished in the first peloton on this second flat stage in a row of this 2020 Tour de France. He was perfectly protected by all of his teammates including Clément Russo, 17th at the finish. Clement Russo“I spent the last fifty kilometers protecting Nairo during this second day on the plains. We were positioned in the top 20 of the peloton. I told him to stay in my wheel, that I was going to pilot him. I do indeed like rubbing and being in contact with the sprinters. I enjoyed doing this placement work, like that throughout the day. It’s a role I enjoyed playing with him " Nairo Quintana“The proposed routes for this 11th stage were still complicated, however my teammates helped me as always, supported me throughout the day. We had to constantly fight to find ourselves in front, to keep our position. Being in the front of the peloton was the best place to be because it was a lot of friction. We have held our place. Tomorrow is a stage in the middle of the mountains, and my goal once again will be to find myself in contact with the very best. I feel great after my fall yesterday. I am recovering well. Luckily this one was okay. I am physically well ”. Yvon Ledanois, Sports Director of the Arkéa-Samsic team“This 11th stage was quieter. I think yesterday's was so exhausting that the whole peloton needed to breathe physically, morally. This day allowed all the runners, including ours of course, to recover from the falls that had occurred the day before. Tomorrow is scheduled a very long mid-mountain stage which could leave traces in the bodies, before the important ones which are looming in the 3rd week of this Tour de France ”.

TDF 2020/Stage 11 : Guillaume Martin still ranks 3rd in the General Classification

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The day after a minor crash, the leader of the Cofidis team (3rd overall) wanted to experience a quieter stage. And this is exactly the expected scenario that unfolded between Châtelaillon-Plage and Poitiers (167.5 km) where his teammates supported him seriously throughout the day. The vigilant team to the endThis long day between Châtelaillon-Plage and Poitiers (167.5 km) went off without a hitch for the leaders, Guillaume included. At the end of the stage, Nicolas Edet and the whole team were keen to place themselves at the forefront in order to support him until the end and avoid the traps. On arrival, Guillaume Martin, who praised the work of his teammates, said he was satisfied with this stage. On his hand, Elia Viviani did not manage to find the opening in the sprint and finally finished 17th . Guillaume Martin's hot reaction“I wanted to have a quiet day after the crash yesterday and I did. We were attentive all day and we stayed focused. In the end, Nicolas (Edet) and the whole team had a great work to keep us in the front and not waste too much energy. From start to finish, it was a good job. It allowed us to have a relatively calm day and to consider the rest with serenity. I felt better than after yesterday's stage. I still felt in my back and neck that it was quite sore at the start of the stage. It wasn't a super enjoyable day on the bike but it was. And I'm glad I got through the day without any problems. "

TDF 2020/ sTAGE 11 / CalebEwan 2nd Victory

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Caleb Ewan caught a second stage victory in Poitiers in this Tour de France. In the final sprint, a final boost allowed the Australian to throw his bike on the line and lead in extremis Peter Sagan, Sam Bennett and Wout van Aert. This is the second victory for Caleb Ewan and Lotto Soudal in this Tour de France, after a first success in Sisteron at the end of the third stage. Caleb Ewan: “It was madness in the finale. I was at the front 1.5km from the finish and let myself be downshifted because of the headwind. Since my first win, I know I have to stay calm and wait for the breach to open. I didn’t find the opening until quite late today. I threw my bike over the line but didn't know if I won. I really wanted to win today. I was disappointed yesterday and it gives me great pleasure that the efforts of my teammates are rewarded. " “I'm really happy with these two victories. The first takes a lot of pressure off. After that, you always want to go get a second one. Now I obviously want to win a 3rd one, especially in Paris on the Champs-Elysées. So I hope to hang in the mountains and be able to try my luck again in Paris. " “We are only 5 cyclists at Lotto Soudal. It means I only have four teammates left to prepare for the sprints. After all the hard work during the stage, they were down to two in the last 10 kilometers. The other teams put pressure on us attacking in the final, but my two teammates did the job of a dozen men. They really did a really good job. " “My main competitor, Sam Bennett, is one of my best friends. In the sprint it is only the victory that counts but we are happy when the other wins. I was very happy to see him take his first ...

pauline Allin Victory on the 6th stage of Tour de l'Ardèche International

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And two! Pauline Allin scored a second success for the Arkéa Pro Cycling Team, a few days after Gladys Verhulst unlocked the clock in Ile-de-France. This second 'bouquet' was raised on the roads of the Tour International de l'Ardèche, race 2.1! Accustomed to prestigious successes, Pauline, who won the Francophonie Games in Africa a few years ago, appreciated this beautiful new line that she has included in her record. “La Francophonie was with the French team, but this is a race with my brand team, there is a high level in this competition, and this success is a great reward for all the girls of the team, because we have all been present since the start of this competition. I started in the morning break and at the top of the last pass we were down to six in the lead. At the bottom of the last steep one-kilometer climb: four. And then it was done by still elimination, and I end up with the girl from Rally leading the way. And I thought, maybe she'll crack. I am still in his wheel in a turn at fifty meters. I was on top of it and all of a sudden she collapsed, and I was like, so "go on, go on". It’s the best victory of my career ”. This success Pauline wants to savor it by putting a collective accent on it. “This victory belongs to the whole team. We are all doing well, there are still six of us in the race. Sandra is still 5th in the general, and everyone is working towards the collective ”. An effective and profitable policy. The proof ! To which she added her sports director who was able to find the words in the final to sublimate it.

TDF 2020/ STAGE 10 : Elia Viviani ranks 4th

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Elia Viviani was able to join in the battle for the sprint where he pocketed 4th place and thus demonstrated his rise to power. Guillaume Martin, victim of a minor fall halfway through, benefited from the support of his teammates to preserve his 3rd place overall. After a well-deserved rest day, the peloton hit the road again on Tuesday. And for the first time in twenty years, a stage took place entirely in Charente-Maritime, to the delight of the public who came in large numbers throughout the 168.5 km covered on Tuesday. At Cofidis, we knew that it was a risky stage because of multiple factors including the wind from the ocean - ultimately relatively weak - but also the many roundabouts, islets and urban developments that made the more difficult race. Viviani confirms her return to business When entering Rochefort, Guillaume Martin was caught in a fall, apparently not serious. The rider also complained about his back at the finish. After the crash, he benefited from the invaluable support of his teammates to get back into the peloton. He then strived to stay in the wake of the best, thus protecting his 3rd place overall. The Norman nevertheless wants to be reassuring on his state of health and hopes "a day a little calmer", tomorrow, in order to recover well. His sprinting teammates got involved in the final battle. Elia Viviani, who is gradually regaining full possession of his means after having been touched in the foot in the first week, remained in the wake of the most fit riders of the moment. He finished in 4th place, his best result on this edition of the Tour de France. A clear rise in power and a ranking that he hopes to improve from tomorrow whe...

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