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Tim Wellens swooped in for the stage win and overall lead in Guangxi - All the news from China and the Japan Cup with a double win for Marco Canola with results and video. Does Michael Bresciani have a good excuse? - Top Story. In other news: Daniil Fominykh to stay with Astana and Sunweb finalise their 2018 roster. Plus video of the Mathieu Van der Poel crash from Saturday.


TOP STORY: The Dog Eat My Homework!
Bardiani-CSF's Michael Bresciani tested positive in his first professional race and claimed that it was caused by 'cross contamination' due to his mother cutting up her medication on the family kitchen chopping board. His mother has been taking a diuretic (Furosemide) for many years and usually prepares the tablets in this fashion before meals.

The test was taken at the Italian National championships, a race that Bardiani-CSF riders were allowed to compete in, even thought the team was serving a months suspension due to the positive tests of Nicola Ruffoni and Stefano Pirazzi before the start of the 2017 Giro d'Italia.

Bresciani told Italian sports paper, La Gazzetta dello Sport, that: "I know I haven’t done anything wrong. The problem is that my mother takes Lasix (Furosemide) at meal times. While she was dividing the tablets it must have got into my plate. The UCI is studying my case and has yet to issue a verdict. But I don’t think I can be punished for anything more than negligence."

This is all very similar to the case of Italian tennis player Sara Errani who claimed that one of her mother's tablet fell into her dinner. She was given a two month ban, but the case has gone to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Ignoring the weakness of his defense (the dog eat my homework), under WADA/UCI rules; the athlete is liable for anything found in his/her system. The Bardiani-CSF team is hoping that a video of Bresciani's mother chopping her medication and dinner will clear them of any connection with the doping case as they could be facing a sizable ban after the cases of Ruffoni and Pirazzi.

Like all good Italian boys, Bresciani still lives with his mum. Careful what you put in the pasta:




Tour of Guangxi 2017
Up until this point of the season, Fernando Gaviria scored at least one victory in every stage race he rode – Vuelta a San Juan, Volta ao Algarve, Tirreno-Adriatico, Giro d’Italia and Tour of Britain – and the Colombian was keen on continuing his streak at the inaugural Tour of Guangxi, last World Tour stop of the year, which marked his first outing in China.

Stage 1 of the event featured a four-man breakaway from the start, which included also Quick-Step Floors’ Rémi Cavagna, who in Guangxi is closing out his first pro season. The powerful 22-year-old Frenchman did his fair share of pulling in the escape – whose maximum gap stood at 30 seconds – before attacking after the last intermediate sprint and extending his lead to one minute.

On the stage’s sole classified climb, which he won, Rémi was joined from the peloton by Jonathan Lastras (Caja Rural) and the duo managed to keep the chasers at bay until the three kilometers to go mark, where they were reabsorbed by the pack. That was the cue for the Quick-Step Floors train to move towards the front of the charging bunch and bring Fernando Gaviria in a good position for the sprint in Beihai.

Brimming with confidence after a solid final part of the season, which saw him claim victories at the Tour of Britain and the Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen, Gaviria left it late and kicked out with only 100 meters to go, sailing from the right side of the road past Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) en route to claiming his first ever victory in Asia, and with it, the leader’s jersey in the Tour of Guangxi.

Cycling: 1st Tour of Guangxi 2017 / Stage 1 Arrival / Fernando GAVIRIA (COL) Celebration / Dylan GROENEWEGEN (NED)/ Pascal ACKERMANN (GER)/ Danny VAN POPPEL (NED)/ Wouter WIPPERT (NED)/ Beihai - Beihai (107,4km)/ Gree - Tour of Guangxi / TOG / © Tim De Waele

Stage winner, Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors): "We had only 100 kilometers on the menu today, but it was a very difficult stage, because of the wind and the speed in the bunch. The break wasn’t large and luckily we had Rémi there, who proved just how strong he was, getting caught only in the final kilometers. My teammates did again a great job and I’m glad I could repay them with this victory. It’s always nice to win a race, especially a World Tour one, and I’m happy to have added another win to the team’s remarkable haul of successes this season."

Dylan Page (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA): "The whole day was managed by Lotto-Jumbo and I just tried to surf the wheels into the finish. I had to break with 500m to the finish which was not ideal but in general I have good legs this week and I feel good. This is my first World Tour race and I hope I can get more good results here this week."

Tour of Guangxi Stage 1 Result:
1. Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors in 2:20:01
2. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo
3. Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
4. Max Walscheid (Ger) Sunweb
5. Wouter Wippert (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac
6. Andrea Guardini (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
7. Danny van Poppel (Ned) Sky
8. Dylan Page (Swi) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
9. Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin
10. Moreno Hofland (Ned) Lotto Soudal.

Tour of Guangxi Overall After Stage 1:
1. Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors in 2:19:51
2. Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC at 0:01
3. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo at 0:04
4. Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:06
5. Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana
6. Remi Cavagna (Fra) Quick-Step Floors at 0:07
7. Nicholas Dougall (RSA) Dimension Data at 0:08
8. Max Walscheid (Ger) Sunweb at 0:10
9. Wouter Wippert (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac
10. Andrea Guardini (Ita) UAE Team Emirates.

Stage 1:



Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) claimed his second win in a row at the maiden edition of the Tour of Guangxi, this time in Nanning, where the 23-year-old outmuscled Max Walscheid (Team Sunweb) and Wouter Wippert (Cannondale-Drapac) on a slightly uphill finish of Stage 2 to keep hold of his red jersey, five seconds clear of Silvan Dillier (BMC).

Measuring 156.7 kilometers, the stage which rolled out from Qinzhou – a small town on the Gulf of Tonkin – got off to a furious start, as several riders fought to book a place in the day’s escape. A break formed only after the first intermediate sprint, 25 kilometers into the stage, but the attackers weren’t allowed too much space, with the sprinters aware they couldn’t miss their second opportunity at this final World Tour race of the season.

With five kilometers left, as the men in the lead got reeled in, the blue Quick-Step Floors train emerged and piloted Fernando Gaviria into a perfect position, from which the Giro d’Italia maglia ciclamino kicked off his powerful acceleration, some 200 meters from the line, to notch up his 12th victory of a season in which he really came of age, with wins across three continents and six different countries.

Cycling: 1st Tour of Guangxi 2017 / Stage 2  Arrival / Sprint / Fernando GAVIRIA (COL) Red Leader Jersey / Max WALSCHEID (GER)/ Matteo PELUCCHI (ITA)/ Wouter WIPPERT (NED)/ Magnus CORT NIELSEN (DEN)/ Sonny COLBRELLI (ITA)/ Daniel OSS (ITA)/  Qinzhou - Nanning 132m (156,7km)/ Gree - Tour of Guangxi / TOG / © Tim De Waele

Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step floors): "The guys were great once again, protecting me throughout the day and making the difference in the final, so this win is for them. A big shout out goes to Martin Velits, who is retiring after this race and continued to work hard for me. It was harder than yesterday, with a crazy last kilometer and a longer and tougher sprint this time on an uphill drag, so having won in these conditions makes me very happy. Four more stages are left in the store and the plan is to take everything day by day, looking for other opportunities and helping the team conclude the season on a high."

5th on the stage, Mekseb Debesay (Dimension Data): "The race was good today. Our plan was to prepare Ryan for the sprint but unfortunately after his crash yesterday he wasn't able to do the sprint. We did plan that if Ryan was not feeling well enough to make the sprint that I would be the 2nd option for the final. We were in a good position right up to 2km to go behind Bernie Eisel, he did a really good job and it was the perfect lead-out that allowed me to get this result today."

Mei-Yin (Bahrain- Merida): "I felt happy, thanks to the Philippe, our sports director for giving me this chance to join in the breakaway. I had done my best today. I will take one or two days to recover, and hopefully have another try in the following days."

Tour of Guangxi Stage 2 Result:
1. Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Col) Quick-Step Floors in 3:43:54
2. Maximilian Richard Walscheid (Ger) Sunweb
3. Wouter Wippert (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac
4. Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
5. Mekseb Debesay (Eri) Dimension Data
6. Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-Scott
7. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
8. Federico Zurlo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
9. Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC
10. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo.

Tour of Guangxi Overall After Stage 2:
1. Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Col) Quick-Step Floors in 6:03:35
2. Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC at 0:05
3. Maximilian Richard Walscheid (Ger) Sunweb at 0:14
4. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo
5. Wouter Wippert (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac at 0:16
6. Andrey Grivko (Ukr) Astana
7. Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:16
8. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb at 0:17
9. Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Quick-Step Floors
10. Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA.

Stage 2:



Fernando Gaviria’s purple patch of form in these closing weeks of the season carried the Quick-Step Floors rider to his 13th victory of the year, at the end of another fast and furious Stage 3 in the Tour of Guangxi, which was based around the town of Nanning.

Three riders – Nuno Bico (Movistar), Jack Haig (Orica-Scott) and Daniel Oss (BMC) – formed the day’s main breakaway, but the peloton wasn’t willing of making any gifts ahead of the race’s queen-stage, and as consequence the trio couldn’t establish a significant lead.

The escapees were brought back before the last intermediate sprint, where Julian Alaphilippe grabbed three seconds to put him into contention for the general classification, but other moves soon followed from the bunch, with Lawson Craddock (Cannondale-Drapac) and Matej Mohoric (UAE Team Emirates) giving it a go and managing to stay at the front until the final five kilometers of stage three.

Quick-Step Floors took the reins in the bunch at the three kilometers to go mark and began setting a high pace in the pack, before Max Richeze stepped in and showcased for the umpteenth time his extraordinary lead-out skills, bringing Fernando Gaviria to the front and helping the Colombian stamp again his authority on the Tour of Guangxi sprints.

Fernando’s fantastic turn of speed couldn’t be matched by his opponents – Max Walscheid (Team Sunweb) and Magnus Cort (Orica-Scott) – as the 23-year-old completed his hat-trick of victories in China and increased his cushion in the overall classification, where teammate Julian Alaphilippe sits in tenth place ahead of the race’s only uphill finish.

Cycling: 1st Tour of Guangxi 2017 / Stage 3 Arrival / Sprint / Fernando GAVIRIA (COL) Red Leader Jersey / Max WALSCHEID (GER) Blue Sprint Jersey / Magnus CORT NIELSEN (DEN)/ Wouter WIPPERT (NED)/  Nanning - Nanning (125,3km)/ Gree - Tour of Guangxi / TOG / © Tim De Waele

Stage winner and overall leader, Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors): "Can’t say I had the best sensations in my legs this morning, but things became better as the stage progressed. Having all the guys around, protecting me in every moment, helped a lot today. Martin and Pieter worked hard and pulled back the break, while Max provided another solid proof lead-out in the final 500 meters. I love this team, it’s my second family and I’m really proud to be part of the Wolfpack and live so many great moments with them."

4th on the stage, Niccolo Bonifazio (Bahrain-Merida): "My feeling is very good, today is a fast stage, in the final, I tried to find my teammates, and in 500 meters, we are having a good position, tried to attack full gas, but I am a little bit in the back, finished 4th. I like this race, in October, energy is not too much. I want to try to win one stage!"

6th on the stage, Dylan Page (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA): "I am happy to confirm my first result with this 6th place today. Yesterday I got blocked in the final and couldn't challenge the sprint but the legs are still good and I hope to continue moving up in the sprints.Today I had a lot of ambition and feel myself getting closer to the podium. The final day will be a sprints again I am really motivated for that. There is a high level of sprinters here, so my confidence is growing to be up there with them. I will try something different for the final days."

Tour of Guangxi Stage 3 Result:
1. Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors in 2:41:57
2. Max Walscheid (Ger) Sunweb
3. Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-Scott
4. Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
5. Wouter Wippert (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac
6. Dylan Page (Swi) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
7. Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
8. Andrea Guardini (Ita) Team UAE Abu Dhabi
9. Moreno Hofland (Ned) Lotto Soudal
10. Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data.

Tour of Guangxi Overall After Stage 3:
1. Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors in 8:45:22
2. Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC at 0:13
3. Max Walscheid (Ger) Sunweb at 0:18
4. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo at 0:24
5. Wouter Wippert (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac at 0:26
6. Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-Scott
7. Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
8. Andrey Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team
9. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Sunweb at 0:27
10. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors.

Stage 3:



Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) won the Stage 4 of the Tour of Guangxi, which took place between Nanning and Nongla. It was considered as the first real opportunity for the GC riders to gain time on their rivals. There was a third category climb in the first part of the race, but today’s main feature was the last first category climb, at the top of which the finish was situated.

Campenaerts, Hofstede, Kotchekov and Molina established the breakaway after ten kilometers of racing. The four escapees’ advantage culminated to 7:30, but the peloton rode faster and faster as the final climb was approaching. Despite a brave solo attack from future Lotto Soudal rider Victor Campenaerts, the breakaway was reeled in with six kilometres to go. Tim Wellens, Bauke Mollema and Nicolas Roche went clear on the final climb, but the Belgian proved to be the strongest of the three and claimed his sixth victory of the season. Wellens also takes the leader’s jersey and is now four seconds ahead of Mollema in the general classification.



Stage winner and overall leader, Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal): "I didn’t feel super good at the start of the stage but the team gave me confidence. My teammates helped me all day and kept me out of the wind. As we approached the finale I felt better and better and I had great legs on the final climb. Roche was the first to make his move, and I came back a bit later with Mollema. Then it was my turn to attack and I managed to go clear. Of course, it gives a very good feeling, everyone wanted to win today and it was not easy. It’s a special experience to race here. I have to say that the organization is super good, with nice hotels and beautiful roads. It is also good to show our team in such fashion in China. Our co-sponsor Soudal is also active here! I had previously said that this stage would be the most important for the overall classification, and today I happened to have a great day. Therefore, I hope that the last two days will be good for me as well. I am now in a very good position to defend the leader’s jersey, but I know it will not be easy, but I can count on a very strong team. I had said that I wanted to perform well here but there are a lot of factors that needed to go right in China, such as jet-lag or the food, but it’s all been good so far."

3rd on the stage and overall, Nicolas Roche (BMC): "The finish was quite hectic but the crash didn't bother me as we stayed to the left hand side of the road out of trouble. The team did a great job all day to chase the breakaway and keep us well-positioned. We wanted to take some responsibility so we put Floris Gerts up there straight away to chase and then Manuel Senni, and then Joey Rosskopf and Daniel Oss did the last effort to position us before the climb when it became a drag race with the other teams. We saw in the last few stages on these big open roads that everyone tries to get around you with the strong head wind so it can be really chaotic. So, we decided to take the race on and I think our plan to not save energy but instead use all of the guys paid off. Daniel made it a hard pace going into the climb and I knew that it flattened out a bit with 2km to go so that would be a good place to make a move. I attacked and went clear but was caught with about 800m to go by Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal). Wellens was stronger and rode myself and Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) off his wheel with 500m to go."

"You never know what can happen in the final two days with the bonus seconds. It's going to be quite tough as the intermediate sprints are well placed. But, you just never know which these stages and on these big roads."


12th, Grega Bole (Bahrain-Merida): "I felt good today, and then we have some unlucky crash with Jani Brajkovic, I hope that he will be okay. About the race, we worked like a team. I took the climb in the front, and I followed the first riders in the climb.1.5 km before the finish, the climb became flat, so riders attacked. I didn't followed this attack because I didn't believe me, so I lost some position there. I thought that I feel good legs. Maybe I lost the chance for better position."

Mekseb Debesay (Dimension Data): "It was a really difficult uphill finish today. My teammates did a great job looking after me all day and keeping me in a good position until the start of the final climb. I am in pretty good shape at the moment and felt good on the climb. There was a lot of attacking on the climb and eventually it was just about going as hard as you could to the finish. At the finish, I was 9th and I am happy with this result against this strong field."

Tour of Guangxi Stage 4 Result:
1. Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal in 3:23:18
2. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
3. Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC at 0:04
4. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors at 0:06
5. Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC
6. Wout Poels (Ned) Sky at 0:12
7. Matej Mohoric (Slo) Team UAE Abu Dhabi
8. Rein Taaramäe (Est) Katusha-Alpecin at 0:17
9. Mekseb Debesay (Eri) Dimension Data at 0:20
10. Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Quick-Step Floors at 0:22.

Tour of Guangxi Overall After Stage 4:
1. Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal in 12:09:00
2. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo at 0:04
3. Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC at 0:09
4. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors at 0:13
5. Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC at 0:16
6. Matej Mohoric (Slo) Team UAE Abu Dhabi at 0:22
7. Wout Poels (Ned) Sky
8. Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC at 0:27
9. Rein Taaramäe (Est) Katusha-Alpecin
10. Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Quick-Step Floors at 0:29.

Stage 4:




What a wonderful and incredible victory for Marco Canola, the sixth of his season, plus the double success in the Criterium and in the Japan Cup (UCI 1.HC), the most important race in Japan. Last year's winner was davide Villella and in 2008 the race was won also by the other #OrangeBlue rider Damiano Cunego. A historic day also for Mario Manzoni, the Sports Director, back in Japan after 27 years and his victory for Italy in the U23 World championships. An unforgettable moment also for the Japanese brand NIPPO Corporation that today wins for the first time ever the Japan Cup, with only a victory in the Under 23 category in the past.



Race winner, Marco Canola (NIPPO-Vini Fantini): "I’m so happy for this victory, that have such a big value for the team and for me. Our team is Italian-Japanese and this is the best gift we can do to our sponsor and to our fans for the trust they give us everyday. I want to dedicate this victory to all our sponsors, today here also from Italy, and to my mother that was sick and I know that for sure I give her a big satisfaction."

Japan Cup Result:
1. Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini
2. Benjamin Prades (Por) Team UKYO
3. Takeaki Amezawa (Jap) Utsunomiya Blitzen
4. Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo
5. Thomas Lebas (Fra) Kinan Cycling Team
6. Japser Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
7. Benjamin Hill (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto
8. Enrico Battaglin (Ita) LottoNl-Jumbo
9. Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC
10. Yusuke Hatanaka (Jap) Team UKYO.

Team Novo Nordisk at the Japan Cup:




Japan Cup Criterium 2017
A good success for the #OragenBlue rider the day before of the important Japan Cup. The NIPPO Vini Fantini leader won the inaugural Criterium with a long sprint from the leading the group. A good success after his five seasonal individual victories of the rider and the 11th success of the team.

38 kilometers of city race roads in Utsunomiya for the inaugural Criterium that preceded the Japan Cup. The NIPPO-Vini Fantini team today was on the start line with the special jersey, made by MSTina, to celebrate the important home competition. The line-up was motivated and focus on the Sunday race, but wanted to give satisfaction to the sponsors and many Japanese fans, so the team wanted to play for the final victory.

For that reason 500 meters before the finish, Marco Canola soloed from the group for the final victory. For him a good success the day before of the Japan Cup. A success that comes in a special season, the best one for the #OrangeBlue rider who already has five individual successes and for the team, the 11th victory.

Utsunomiya - Japon - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Marco CANOLA (Italy / Team Nippo - Vini Fantini)  pictured during Japan Cup Cycle Criterium in Utsunomiya - Japon - photo Miwa iijima/Cor Vos © 2017

Race winner, Marco Canola (NIPPO-Vini Fantini): "After a mechanical problem I changed bike for the spare one, then I came back to the bunch again and I stayed on the wheel until the last lap. So I took last corner in the first 4 position and outside the corner I went for the sprint so far to the finish line but fortunately the power in the legs was enough to remain at the front until the line."

Japan Cup Criterium Result:
1. Marco Canola (Ita) NIPPO Vini Fantini
2. Juan José Lobato (Spa) LottoNL-Jumbo
3. Bram Welten (Ned) BMC.

Team Novo Nordisk at the Japan Cup Criterium:




Daniil Fominykh Continues with Astana Team
Daniil Fominykh from Kazakhstan will continue with Astana ProTeam in the upcoming season of 2018. The agreement between team’s management and the rider was signed recently.

"I am very happy to renew my contract with Astana Team. For me, this is a great chance to continue working in perfect conditions. I hope, that the next season will be a turning point for me, at least I will do my best for it," said Daniil Fominykh.

Daniil Fominykh (26) joined Astana ProTeam in 2014, when he won the individual time trial at Kazakhstan Road Championships. Last year, despite a bad crash during the Paris-Nice, Daniil was able to turn back on the road for the second part of the season, together with Astana taking a nice win at the team time trial of the Vuelta a Burgos.

In the current season, together with Kazakhstan National Team Fominykh won the gold medal at the team time trial of the Asian Road Championships. These days, Daniil is taking part in the Gree-Tour of Guangxi in China.

"The last season was quite difficult for Daniil because of his injury and five months out of racing. So, in 2017 the main goal for him was to come back in a good rhythm, to continue working for 100% and to come back on the way of his progress in cycling. Fominykh is still young, and he has a good potential both in individual and team time trial races. This is the reason, we decided to provide the rider another chance to show himself in the upcoming season," explained Alexandr Vinokurov.

Daniil Fominykh in Oman:
Al Bustan - Oman - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -   Daniil FOMINYKH (Kasachstan / Team Astana)  pictured during stage 2 of the 2017 Tour of Oman from Nakhal to Al Bustan on February 15, 2017 in Oman  - photo PDV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017



Sunweb Confirm Rosters for 2018 Season
Team Sunweb are pleased to confirm their rosters for the 2018 season, inclusive of the latest addition to their Development Program.

Across their three Programs - Men's, Women's and Development - Team Sunweb welcomes a total of 12 new riders. Counting on an extensive track record of developing young athletes to the top level ranks of the sport to perform amongst the world's best, Team Sunweb continues to invest in up and coming talent. This is reflected by the signing of Aussie-duo Jai Hindley and Michael Storer for the Men’s Program, Pernille Mathiesen (DEN) to the Women’s Program, and young additions to its Development Program; German-duo Leon Heinschke and Niklas Märkl, Marc Hirschi (SUI), Jens Vanoverberghe (BEL), and latest signing Sergio Tu (TAI).

The 20-year-old Tu counts as the final addition to Team Sunweb's Development Program and commented about joining the team: "It's a great opportunity to join Team Sunweb and it's great for me to take the next step in my development. Becoming a part of the team is a dream come true, Team Sunweb has a great support structure required for riders to develop to the next level."

Speaking about Team Sunweb's 2018 roster, head of coaching Rudi Kemna (NED) said: "We're happy to finalize our 2018 roster and are already looking forward to the year ahead. With the new signings to the team we can make another step in our growth, alongside laying the foundations for the future with the addition of some huge talents. Talent development remains to be one of the core pillars of our elite sport approach. The focus this winter will be to make a smart, multi-year plan for each individual rider and offer them the scientific support structure to grow. It is a demanding approach and requires a lot of dedication and interaction between riders, movement scientists, coaches and scientific experts, in order for us to be able to optimize the ingredients for success across training, nutrition, data and equipment. After one of our most successful seasons to date, we're motivated to continue this momentum into the 2018 racing season."

Men's Program:
Søren Kragh Andersen (DEN), Nikias Arndt (GER), Phil Bauhaus (GER), Roy Curvers (NED), Laurens ten Dam (NED), Tom Dumoulin (NED), Johannes Fröhlinger (GER), Simon Geschke (GER), Chad Haga (USA), Chris Hamilton (AUS), Jai Hindley (AUS), Lennard Hofstede (NED), Wilco Kelderman (NED), Lennard Kämna (GER), Michael Matthews (AUS), Sam Oomen (NED), Tom Stamsnijder (NED), Michael Storer (AUS), Mike Teunissen (NED), Edward Theuns (BEL), Albert Timmer (NED), Martijn Tusveld (NED), Louis Vervaeke (BEL), Max Walscheid (GER).

Women's Program:
Lucinda Brand (NED), Ellen van Dijk (NED), Leah Kirchmann (CAN), Juliette Labous (FRA), Liane Lippert (GER), Floortje Mackaij (NED), Pernille Mathiesen (DEN), Coryn Rivera (USA), Julia Soek (NED), Ruth Winder (USA).

Development Program:
Nils Eekhoff (NED), Felix Gall (AUT), Leon Heinschke (GER), Marc Hirschi (SUI), Max Kanter (GER), Jarno Mobach (NED), Niklas Märkl (GER), Joris Nieuwenhuis (NED), Martin Salmon (GER), Florian Stork (GER), Sergio Tu (TAI), Jens Vanoverberghe (BEL).

Tom Dumoulin will be the main man for Sunweb in 2018:




Oops, Mathieu!
Just to show that things don't always go well for Mathieu Van der Poel. He took a bad crash on Saturday in the Telenet Superprestige Niels Albert in Boom. World champion Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Charles) took the win.
Full race report and video in EUROTRASH Thursday.








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