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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."
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2nd stage victory for Tim Wellens on la Vuelta

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Tim Wellens won in the 14th stage of the Vuelta, contested between Lugo and Ourense (Galicia). This is the Trudonnaire's second success on this Tour of Spain. In a hill sprint atop a nearly 2 kilometer bump, Wellens was faster than Michael Woods and Zdeněk Štybar. The 3 men were part of a seven-runner breakaway that had formed after some 40 miles of racing. With 3 third category ribs on the menu and a rather rolling profile between climbs, all the ingredients were there to make the breakaway last. Tim wellens “Lotto Soudal’s goal was to win at least one stage of this Vuelta. After my victory in the 5th stage in Sabiñanigo, we hoped to be able to go and look for another one. I knew today’s stage was right for me, I had it in mind for a while. It's one thing to check off the stages that are in your favor, but it's another to hit the right breakaway and have the legs to finish the job. Today everything went according to plans ".
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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 unbridled races. I think it's nice to watch on television and it's nice to be the actor too. I run really liberated and it's been three consecutive stages that I find myself in the breakaway.
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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, "said Tim Wellens.
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Guillaume Martin ends 2nd on the 5th stage of Vuelta

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The leader of Cofidis achieved a sacred number while disputing the final victory to Tim Wellens in Sabiñánigo. By finishing 2nd, Guillaume Martin achieved Cofidis’s best performance on a stage of a Grand Tour this season. Designated as the most combative of the day, he promises to be on the offensive again in Week 2.
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Escaut Grand Prix : Caleb EWAN's new victory

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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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Flèche Brabançonne : Benoît Cosnefroy 3rd

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Benoît Cosnefroy, after beeing right next to the victory at La Flèche Wallonne a week ago, the rider of the AG2R La Mondiale team, who was riding with an Ekoï AR14 helmet, finished third and therefore climbed on the podium during of the Brabançonne leche. Benoît was beaten in the sprint by Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) and Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix). BENOIT COSNEFROY: "I tried" “Against Julian and Mathieu, I didn't have a lot of solutions. I tried to start the sprint first, but I knew it would be difficult for me. I tried, it was important to me that the three of us got there together if I wanted to get on the podium. If the group behind us came back, it would have been more complicated. And I would rather be on the box than finish fifth. "
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Giro d'Italia étape 4 : 4th et 5th position for the Ekoï Athletes

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Andrea Vendrame of the AG2R La Mondiale Team and Elia Viviani of the Cofidis team respectively took 4th and 5th position in a hotly contested sprint this Tuesday on the Giro. The AG2R La Mondiale and Cofidis cyclists did not spare themselves and gave all. The next sprint shine will be next Friday in Brindisi.
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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. " Pierre Lebreton "We revolve around victory" “We're ending a good week. We experienced an unprecedented sequence that should not be missed. We're doing really well, we're all about individual victory. Our collective victories are not insignificant and reflect the state of mind that reigns here today. We are reaping the fruits of our work, I am very satisfied. Today anything is possible and we are moving towards the World Championships with confidence and humility."
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Dan McLay Winner of the 5th stage on Tour du Portugal

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Dan McLay went to Portugal to conquer the 11th victory of the Arkéa-Samsic team, acquired after a sprint brought to him with great beauty by Christophe Noppe. But the work upstream had been perfect on the part of all the riders involved in this event. “We had Anthony in the day's breakaway which gave us some peace of mind. The little bit of stress came from the wind which at one point was blowing sideways, but in the end it didn't change much. The whole team protected me well and I only had one hundred and twenty-five meters to go alone! The victory is really as much for the team as it is for me. This year was a bit special as it was the first season since my professional debut that I had not won a race. I don't want to dissociate anyone from this success, Romain Le Roux and Alan Riou rode for me during the stage, Matis did the same in the final. Bram also protected me well on the edge of the finish line, and Christophe did the last 500 meters in an incredible way. We now have two more stages that can promote a sprint finish on this 2020 Tour of Portugal ”.
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Flèche Wallonne : Benoît Cosnefroy 2nd

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BENOIT COSNEFROY: "It represents a lot" "This race was my goal at the start of the season with its arrival where everyone is giving 100%. Second in a classic, that's a lot. The year has been turned upside down and it was not a certainty to get there. In good form. After the Tour de France, I was under pressure and I spoke to myself. The whole team was focused around me throughout the race. It was crazy. We took our responsibilities. In the last wall , Alexis Vuillermoz did the work to position me. Then, I gave everything and I managed my climb to the front to control my effort."
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Warren Barguil : 4th at the top of the Mur de Huy

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4th at the top of the Mur de Huy, Warren Barguil signs his best performance on the first part of the Ardennes classics, the Flèche Wallonne. Warren Barguil “I wanted to attack on the last ascent of Mur de Huy a few hundred yards from the finish, but I got squeezed in the gutter by another competitor. Despite everything my goal was to reach the top without regret! I didn't keep up when the pace picked up again. I actually went there in 2 stages, and I pass Michal Kwiatowski and Dan Martin just before the finish line. There is nevertheless a little frustration to miss the podium, so little, anyway ”
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Milan Vader the New Netherlands champion

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It is the double for Milan Vader who wins a new Dutch Champion title.
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Nacer Bouhanni winner on the Paris-Chauny sprint

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Nacer Bouhanni scored today the 10th victory for the Arkéa-Samsic team, his 4th in a personal capacity, largely dominating the sprint over Paris-Chauny. He also won the final classification of the Coupe de France. Nacer Bouhanni “This 2020 edition of Paris-Chauny, it was a flahute race with rain, wind, & finally, it rolled very quickly all day and I was perfectly helped by all my teammates throughout the race. I was not expected to anticipate on the last corner. Donavan Grondin held the helm until the last kilometer with Thomas Boudat, and in the last corner, instinctively, I started my sprint. I got out of there with several bikes in advance, and manage to hold onto it with the help of Thomas who also had a break. I now want to do well in Paris-Tours, the Grand Prix de l'Escaut and La Panne, races that I still have to compete in before the end of the season. I also won the general classification of the Coupe de France, it is always a victory that counts and it is also good for the Arkéa-Samsic team ".
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Dorian Godon's Victory on the ' Paris-Camembert'

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DORIAN GODON : "Happy to raise my arms" “After two victories in the prologue (Buckles of Mayenne 2018-2019), I am happy to raise my arms for the first time among the professionals. I've been feeling good for a few weeks now, but whether it was the Tour du Poitou-Charentes or the Isbergues Grand Prix, the courses were not selective enough to make the decision & avoid a massive sprint. Today it was a good crank game that started fifty kilometers from the finish to reach the breakaway. Ten kilometers from the finish on the last difficulty, we managed to isolate ourselves together. And I never cared about the peloton. This victory is good for morale before discovering the Flèche Wallonne (September 30) and Liège-Bastogne-Liège (October 4). "
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Nacer Bouhanni leader of French Cup 2020

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3rd in Paris-Camembert, Nacer Bouhanni won the peloton's sprint, and became leader of the  French Cup 2020. Nacer Bouhanni “Everyone has done a good job on the team, Kevin is attacking in the last bump to try to get back on the breakaways, and he unfortunately finds himself in a potato hunt. To make matters worse Romain Hardy got a flat tire in the final which took away one more rider to ride. Kévin was caught 3 kilometers from the line, Anthony did his maximum in the group to which we belonged to achieve the junction with the escape. When we hit Kevin, there are still two riders ahead of us, and I win the peloton's sprint. We died just 8 seconds from the first two. "Arnaud Gerard, Sports Director of the Arkea-Samsic team “Three riders went on a breakaway, and four came out afterwards, two in the end held out until the finish. Kevin tried to make the jump for him in the last bump. Romain Hardy's puncture cost us a lot, since it occurred 10 kilometers from the finish. We need 8 seconds to get to the sprint, and if the team has Romain we could do it. Nacer finished 3rd, won the peloton's sprint and became leader of the French Cup 2020. Nacer finished on the podium but we must underline the good collective behavior of the whole team "
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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 great success. I'm on a good roll. "
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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 ".
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John Degenkolb victory on Sprint au Skoda - Tour of Luxembourg

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John Degenkolb sprinted his first victory of 2020 at the Skoda Tour of Luxembourg. The finish of this 3rd stage was judged at Schifflange, where the 31-year-old German was faster than Eduard Grosu and Pieter Vanspeybrouck. This is his first victory for Lotto Soudal. John Degenkolb : “We had to straighten the bar, after 2 difficult stages for us here in Luxembourg. In particular following the departure of Tomasz Marczyński & Harm Vanhoucke this morning, due to isolation measures. Tosh Van der Sande did an incredible lead-out job. I am very happy with this victory.It's so nice to be able to finish the work for the team and the fact that this is my first win for Lotto Soudal makes this success even more special. “It's now been 19 days since I fell on the Tour's opening stage. This victory shows that my condition was really good at the start of the 'Grande Boucle'. My knee is getting better & better, I don't feel pain anymore. " “The next few days will still offer some great opportunities for the team, but more for me. So I will ride in the service of Tim, Tosh & Phil. Tim is feeling better and can aim for the overall standings" “I'm also part of the selection for the world championships next week. It might come as a surprise to some, but today's success proves I'm in good shape. Imola’s journey doesn’t really suit me, so my role will be to help the team. "
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Lotte Kopecky winner of 1 stage on Giro Rosa

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Lotte Kopecky got a formidable stage victory at the Giro Rosa. In the streets of Maddaloni, the Belgian rider was the fastest of the leading group, edging out Lizzie Deignan and Katarzyna Niewiadoma. At 24, Kopecky won for the first time at the highest level, the Women’s WorldTour. Monkfish Kopecky “The third time was finally the right one! I was starting to get a little impatient after my 2 podiums on the previous stages. It’s fantastic to finally be able to have a big victory. After stepping on the podium twice, I knew my condition was more than good, but it's always frustrating not being able to finish the job. " “The circuit included a pretty difficult hill today. I was left behind from the front group but finally made it back and felt I had a good chance of winning. I was second out of the last corner & gave it my all on the paving stones. I do not yet realize what is happening to me, it is wonderful. " “I'm aiming for victory in the Belgian championship, but I'm not going to focus on the result. The Belgian championship is always a special race. You can imagine all the possible scenarios, the course will always be different. I will give the best of myself and maybe I will leave with the tricolor jersey. "
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