The Belkin Pro Cycling Team hoped to get in the mix one last time in the Vuelta a España’s closing stage but Robert Wagner fell short in Madrid’s streets. The riders and sports directors reflect on the three weeks in Spain with mixed feelings, though they all agree that they made the best out of the situation.
Belkin Pro Cycling Team’s Sep Vanmarke waited a long time to find out he lost the GP Jef Scherens today in Belgium. One guy said yes, the other said no. With the naked eye it wasn’t possible to see whether the Belgian had beaten his compatriot Bert De Backer (Argos-Shimano) in the sprint. Eventually, the photo finish was decisive: De Backer first, Vanmarcke second.
Sep Vanmarcke finished in the top ten again today in the Tour de France’s stage seven to Nancy. From a small group of around 30, the Belgian Belkin Pro Cycling TEAM rider placed ninth behind winner Matteo Trentin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep).
The Belkin Pro Cycling TEAM will start the GP Impanis van Petegem on Sunday with last year’s winner, Sep Vanmarcke. He won in a sprint-a-deux with Pieter Weening of Orica-Green Edge in 2013 and hopes for more of the same this year, though the result is not the most important thing for the Belgian.
Belkin Pro Cycling TEAM rider Jos van Emden finished third today in the Arnhem Veenendaal Classic in The Netherlands. Belgian Yves Lampaert of Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise soloed to the win and 10 seconds behind, Dutchman Michael Vingerling of Team 3M finished just ahead of Van Emden.
Jos van Emden hopes to come close to his two previous wins in the German one-day race, Sparkassen Münsterland Giro. In 2013 and 2007, the Belkin Pro Cycling TEAM Dutchman won the race, but says taking a third in 2014, this Friday, will be hard.
For the Belkin Pro Cycling Team, it is mainly about performing and partly about preparing in the Tour of Alberta. In the Canadian stage race starting Tuesday, the sprinters will have their chance, while Robert Gesink and Tom-Jelte Slagter will ready themselves for the upcoming Canadian one-day events.
Theo Bos will not start in the Vuelta a España today. The team has decided to send Bos home to recover because of low cortisol levels that appeared in a regular pre-race UCI test, which is an indication of sub optimal health conditions. The team received an e-mail from the UCI this morning that low cortisol levels were measured in the regular UCI pre-race test last Thursday. According to the UCI riders with low cortisol levels are allowed to start in World Tour races but the Belkin Pro Cycling medical staff has together with Theo Bos decided to let Bos travel home.
Theo Bos will start Belgium’s GP Houtland on Wednesday September 25 after a period of forced rest. The Belkin Pro Cycling Team withhold the rider from racing the Vuelta a España after a control showed low cortisol levels. After attending external specialists the team’s medical staff completed the investigation into Bos’ low cortisol levels. The conclusion is that an asthma medication caused the low levels.
The NOS camera crew and reporter Kees Jongkind closely followed the Belkin Pro Cycling Team during the Tour de France. From early in the morning until late in the evening, they documented the riders' and staff's every move. The Tour of Bauke gives an unique behind the scenes look from the camera crew, embedded with a professional cycling team as never before.
Bauke Mollema and Laurens ten Dam moved to second and fifth overall in the Tour de France. Thanks to the recon by the Sports Directors a few weeks ago, both riders of the Belkin Pro Cycling Team knew they had to be alert in the thirteenth stage. The team's good planning and teamwork allowed Mollema and Ten Dam to be up in the first group between Tours and Saint-Amand-Monrond. They crossed the line as third and eighth, and gained a minute, nine seconds on leader Chris Froome (Sky).
The Belkin Pro Cycling TEAM aims for nothing less than a victory in Sunday’s Tour of Limburg. In Belgium, the pressure will be on Sports Director Michiel Elijzen’s riders, but he doesn’t mind.
Bianchi officially introduces Team Belkin’s Infinito CV model for the 2014 season. With its Countervail® vibration cancelling technology, the new Infinito CV is the innovative invention developed by Bianchi to reduce muscle fatigue and increase bike control.
The Belkin Pro Cycling TEAM will start Belgium’s Omloop van het Houtland on Wednesday with two leaders, Theo Bos and Moreno Hofland.
The Belkin Pro Cycling TEAM starts the Arctic Race of Norway with ambitions, counting on a highly motivated Lars Petter Nordhaug and Steven Kruijswijk still in Tour-shape.
The Belkin Pro Cycling TEAM will start the Dutch one-day race Arnhem-Veenendaal on Friday with Theo Bos as leader. The sprinter, born in the region, hopes to do well on familiar ground, just as in 2011 and 2012, when he won the race.
The Belkin Pro Cycling TEAM will race the Baloise Belgium Tour with various options but without an outright caption. Nevertheless, Sports Director Michiel Elijzen is optimistic for success.
The Belkin Pro Cycling TEAM is determined to notch a good result in the Volta Limburg Classic on Saturday. Sports Director Frans Maassen hopes to see one of his riders on the top step of the podium in Eijsden, the Netherlands.
The Tour of Qatar, February 9 to 14, opens the season for seven of eight Belkin Pro Cycling TEAM riders taking part. After the Tour Down Under, Graeme Brown is the only one of the eight who already has racing kilometres in his legs. Theo Bos is among the riders debuting.
The Belkin Pro Cycling TEAM has his sights set on stage victories in the Tour of Alberta. The Canadian stage race starts Tuesday, September 2 with a prologue through Calgary, and ends five days later.