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The opening stages of la Vuelta a España have not been disappointing with excitement and surprises - All the news with video. Not just Spain, reports and results from the EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg and the Schaal Sels Merksem. Marcel Kittel hangs his bike up - Top Story. In other news: No Vuelta for Richard Carapaz, Remco Evenepoel signs his deal with Deceuninck - Quick-Step and BORA - hansgrohe wears Sportful. Café solo?



TOP STORY: Marcel Kittel Retires
Marcel Kittel will not return to professional cycling. In German media, fourteen stage winner in the Tour de France announced his final goodbye to cycling. "I have lost all motivation to continue to hurt myself on the bike," he explains.

Kittel is one of the most successful sprinters in recent years with nineteen stage victories in the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a España. Since he moved Quick-Step Floors to Katusha-Alpecin after two seasons, however, winning became increasingly difficult. In 2019 he started with a win in the Trofeo Palma, but the performance then declined. It was finally decided at the beginning of May that the contract with the rider was terminated immediately.

The German sprinter told the German magazine Der Spiegel that he felt no confidence with the Swiss formation and after that rider and team split up, he started to consider his future. In the meantime, he was associated with his old teams Deceuninck - Quick-Step and Jumbo-Visma.

During the break he realised more and more the negative effect that cycling had on his life, so he decided to give up that existence forever. "The sport and the world in which you live are determined by pain. You don't have time for family and friends, and then there's the constant fatigue and routine. As a cyclist you are on the road 200 days a year. I didn't want to see my son grow up via Skype."

Before Kittel became the top sprinter, the German was a gifted time trialist. In both 2005 and 2006 he won the world title twice in a row. After 2010 he made the switch to Skil-Shimano, where he developed his skills as a sprinter. That immediately resulted in a stage win in the Vuelta a España, in which he defeated Peter Sagan and Óscar Freire.

In the years that followed, Kittel increasingly proved to be the benchmark in mass prints. He won no less than four stage victories in the 2013 Tour de France, something he would repeat a year later. That season, he also had his first successes in the Giro d’Italia. Apart from the Grand Tours he was also successful five times in the Scheldeprijs and he won the Dubai Tour twice. In 2017 he won five stage victories in the Tour.

Marcel Kittel winning in Tirreno:
Fano - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Marcel KITTEL (Germany / Team Katusha - Alpecin) pictured during Tirreno-Adriatico stage 6 from Numana to Fano (153KM) - 12-03-2017 - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2018



Vuelta a España 2019
Astana's Miguel Angel Lopez will wear the leader's red jersey on Sunday after his team Astana dominated the Stage 1 team time trial of La Vuelta 19 in Torrevieja. The Kazakh team covered the 13.4km in 14.51 to overhaul Deceuninck - Quick Step by 2 seconds and Sunweb by 5. The young Colombian climber will enjoy a Grand Tour leader’s jersey for the first time in his career as he sets his eyes on the overall podium in Madrid. Jumbo-Visma’s Primoz Roglic and Steven Kruijswijk lost 40 seconds after riding through a nightmare first stage for the Dutch squad.

The 176 riders participating in La Vuelta 19 began their journey through Spain on Saturday evening with a 13.4km team time trial starting from the spectacular Salinas de Torrevieja. Dimension Data were the first to start, at 6:56 PM. They set a first reference of 15:25 and held the hot seat for about ten minutes, until CCC Team clocked 15:06.

Jumbo-Visma crash
Another ten minutes later, Tejay Van Garderen’s EF Education First were the first to break the 15 minute mark with a time of 14:58. Team Sunweb rode even better: 14:56, enough for them to finish on the podium, but not to fend off Astana with 14:51. Miguel Angel Lopez led the kazakh team over the line to claim the first red jersey as Deceuninck - Quick Step finished 2 seconds behind them.

Jumbo-Visma's shot at glory was quickly hampered by Sepp Kuss’ mechanical inside the first kilometre. The Dutch squad was trailing by 7 seconds at the intermediate point, but they missed a curve in the second part and both Primoz Roglic and Steven Kruijswijk went down. They got back to Tony Martin, George Bennett and Robert Gesink, the only riders who didn’t crash, and lost 40 seconds on the line.

See the full 'PEZ Vuelta Stage 1 Race Report' HERE.



Overall leader, Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana): "We did a very good time trial, all guys put a great effort today and in the end of the day everything worked out perfectly. It is our team’s success and we all are very happy with this victory. What a great day for Astana Pro Team! I am so happy with the red jersey, it was maybe a bit unexpected for me, but now it gives me a lot of motivation. It was not planned for me to cross the line on the first position. I was sitting on the second position before the last corner, when Gorka Izagirre said me to come in front. I passed the corner and realised there were just 150 meters to go, so I just gave my all until the finish line. Indeed, this is a perfect start of La Vuelta for our team. But, this is just the beginning and the whole race is still ahead. We will keep on racing with a cold head and calm, moving through it day by day."

3rd overall, Jakob Fuglsang (Astana): "I told the boys before the stage: I’ve started La Vuelta twice with a team time trial, and I’ve won it twice. And now we’ve made it three. I’m really happy things worked out well to keep this statistic going. I don’t think we have to defend the jersey with everything we have. I imagine Deceuninck-Quick Step will try to take it from us as they’re so close but I don’t think it’s a bad idea to lose the jersey. The first day will be nervous and it’s not an easy stage so we’ll see tomorrow."

5th team, Felix Großschartner (Bora-Hansgrohe): "I think we started really good, of course it is a pity, we missed a podium place by just some seconds but it is how it is. We worked well together and heard on the radio that we should be careful on this corner, where some teams crashed, therefore we went through slower but all in all it was a good start to this final Grand Tour of the year."

Vuelta a España Stage 1 Result:
1. Astana in 14:51
2. Deceuninck - Quick-Step at 0:02
3. Sunweb at 0:05
4. EF Education First at 0:07
5. Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:13
6. CCC at 0:15
7. Movistar at 0:16
8. Groupama-FDJ
9. Mitchelton-Scott at 0:18
10. Lotto Soudal at 0:19.

Vuelta a España Overall After Stage 1:
1. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana in 14:51
2. Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana
3. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana
4. Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana
5. Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana
6. Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana
7. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Deceuninck - Quick-Step at 0:02
8. Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Deceuninck - Quick-Step
9. Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Deceuninck - Quick-Step
10. Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) Deceuninck - Quick-Step.

Vuelta'19 stage 1:



The lumpy roads leading to Calpe already saw the main contenders of La Vuelta 19 get on the move, with Nairo Quintana (Movistar) soloing to victory on Sunday's Stage 2. The race split after an intense battle on the last climb of the day, the Alto de Puig Llorença, with more than 20km to go and the Colombian climber made the most of the situation to open up a 5 second gap to a chasing group led by Nicolas Roche (Sunweb) ahead of Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma). Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana Pro Team) dropped 37 seconds and Roche is the new leader of La Vuelta, six years after a first stint with La Roja.

The 176 riders participating in La Vuelta 19 pay tribute to Bjorg Lambrecht - Lotto Soudal’s rider who tragically passed away at the beginning of the month after a crash in Poland - with a minute of silence before the start of the stage from Benidorm. Attackers appear motivated by the challenges lying ahead and it takes 15km of battle for a break to get away at the bottom of the 20km climb up the Puerto de Confrides (Cat 2).

Bora chase
Sander Armée (Lotto Soudal) and Angel Madrazo (Burgos-BH) make the most of this first climb of La Vuelta 19: Madrazo claim the first KOM points 1:30 ahead of two chasers, Jonathan Lastra (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) and Willie Smit (Katusha-Alpecin). Astana drive the bunch for the leader Miguel Angel Lopez with a delay of 6:30. The chasers join the leading duo in the second climb of the day, the Alto de Benilloba, and Madrazo takes 3 more points at the summit.

The gap is almost up to 7 minutes when Sam Bennett’s Bora-Hansgrohe get to the front of the bunch with 130km to go. The German squad steadily reduces the gap and the pack crosses the finish line for the first time (km 156) with a delay of 1:25. Sander Armée drops his breakaway companions with 41km to go and is eventually reeled in by the bunch 10km further.

Valverde sets the pace
The race opens up in the last climb of the day, the spectacular Alto de Puig Llorença (3km, 9.5%). Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) sets a hard tempo and only 20 riders remain in the front group. Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) trails by 40 seconds at the summit.

Another group of six strong riders attack with 20km to go: Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First), Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott), Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), Nicolas Roche (Sunweb) and Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates). They enter the last 10km with a lead of 20 seconds over the Lopez group. Nairo Quintana accelerates again with 3km to go and soloes to victory, 5 seconds ahead of Nicolas Roche, who takes the red jersey from Miguel Angel Lopez as the Colombian drops 37 seconds at the line.

'PEZ Vuelta Stage 2 Race Report' HERE.



Stage winner and 2nd overall, Nairo Quintana (Movistar): "It was kind of a different finish, and a very beautiful one. I had never won like that so far in my career - there's always a first time, isn't there? A special day for me, and one that I really needed to happen. It was also a massive boost for the team, which deserved this from so long. We've been working all day, in great harmony, with Alejandro and all of our team-mates doing so well - and we got that prize we deserved. We didn't expect the front split in the Puig Llorença to be such a small group - we expected to have a sprint stage, maybe with a quite restricted peloton, but still with some sprinters there. Alejandro and I tried to make those moves after the top, going one rider at a time, and once that six-man group went away, I tried to keep taking turns so the pace didn't stop. I found a moment to attack and didn't hesitate nor looked behind: if it sticked, great, and if it didn't, at least I would have been trying. We're only two days into this race; there's so much still left, we must not get too optimistic with this win. It's a joy we will surely enjoy, because of the morale it gives you, and it will surely make the team ride calmer and stronger. But there's all mountains still to cover in this Vuelta."

Overall leader and 2nd on the stage, Nicolas Roche (Sunweb): "It’s an amazing feeling. To be back in the leaders jersey at a Grand Tour is incredible; I’m speechless. I thought this morning that a group of around 30-40 riders would arrive at the line together and fight for the win but it turned out to be an even harder day. I know these roads off by heart, we spend five weeks of the year here. I knew if we attacked on the run in to Calpe then people would look at each other. On the radio we were thinking about the stage, knowing that if I took the stage win I would be in red too. We tried to play it smart going into the finish but Quintana went at the perfect time and I didn’t want to drag everyone with me if I went after him. To take the leader’s jersey is incredible; I’m going to enjoy tonight and tomorrow on the bike."

5th overall, Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana): "Difficult stage with a lot of climbs and a very hot weather. My teammates worked hard to keep the race under control during the whole day. On the last climb they placed me well up there in front, so I could control my rivals. There were many attacks on the climb, but I’ve managed to answer to all of them. On the descent there was a chaos with new attacks, one by one a few riders tried to escape. I just missed a bit to follow the decisive move. Later Ion Izagirre provided me a good help, pushing hard in our chasing group, we were close, but never caught back the break. Yeah, I’ve lost the red jersey, but I don’t think that happened something extraordinary. I felt good today and the team worked well. On the climb I was in front. So, we will continue working hard day by day. We are still at the start of the race."

3rd on the stage and 6th overall, Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma): "It was really tough today, in the end, I no longer had the legs to go for the stage victory. Today, I didn't really suffer from the crash and I am very pleased with this third place and with the time we have taken back. After the Giro d’Italia I haven't done a race apart from the national championship, so I didn’t know how my shape would be. This is encouraging and certainly gives confidence."

5th on the stage, Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates): "This morning I woke up with pain due to the fall yesterday, especially at the beginning of the race my knee was bothering me, then with as the kilometres went by the situation improved. Also in the coming days the aftermath of the fall will be felt, but I will face them with an excellent morale that comes from today’s good performance. In the end I had some cramps as the day was very hot. Quintana made the perfect move to take the win."

9th overall, Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe): "It was a really hot day today, I have to get used the heat but I tried it. As the race headed onto the final climb of the day I thought I will try it but the breakaway was too strong to catch. Rafal and I are inside the Top10, haven’t lost any time so far, and it is still a long way to Madrid."

Vuelta a España Stage 2 Result:
1. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar in 5:11:17
2. Nicolas Roche (Irl) Sunweb at 0:05
3. Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma
4. Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First
5. Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
6. Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:08
7. Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) Equipo Euskadi at 0:37
8. Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates
9. Alexander Aranburu Deba (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
10. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar.

Vuelta a España Overall After Stage 2:
1. Nicolas Roche (Irl) Sunweb in 5:26:12
2. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 0:02
3. Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First at 0:08
4. Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:22
5. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana at 0:33
6. Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma at 0:36
7. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Sunweb at 0:38
8. Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) Equipo Euskadi at 0:40
9. Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:46
10. Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe.

Vuelta'19 stage 2:




EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg 2019
The European Champion becomes the first rider to win the German one-day race on three occasions. Elia Viviani savoured his tenth victory of the year on Sunday afternoon, when put in a perfect position by Danish Champion Michael Mørkøv on the Mönckebergstraße, he delivered a flawless sprint to see off the challenge of his rivals and notch up Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s 56th UCI win since the start of the season.

The 24th edition of the Cyclassics Hamburg took in several climbs, including four ascents of the iconic Waseberg. The race was animated by four men, who enjoyed a ten-minute advantage over the peloton before being reeled in on the penultimate lap. Yves Lampaert then attacked together with other riders and opened a small gap, but the bunch duly responded and brought them back. The scenario was repeated with 14 kilometres remaining, only this time, the peloton was reduced to around 25 men, many of the sprinters getting dropped.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step had three delegates in the leading group, and it was Florian Sénéchal who controlled the late attacks, making sure it would all come down to a sprint. Under the flamme rouge, Mørkøv took over the reins and piloted Viviani, who unleashed a blistering speed and emphatically captured his third consecutive victory at the event, ahead of Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) and Giacomo Nizzolo (Dimension Data).



Race winner, Elia Viviani (Deceuninck - Quick-Step): "I’m very happy, especially as it wasn’t easy today, with the break opening a huge gap and the hot temperatures we had. That meant we had to spend a lot of energy to control the escapees and the late attackers, but we stayed focused, motivated and did a great job, and I am proud of the guys, to whom I want to say a big thanks, as I couldn’t have pulled it off without them. After the last ascent of the Waseberg, we were only 20-25 guys at the front, and I asked Florian to control the attacks and make sure no one got clear. Then I relied on a great Michael, who gave me another superb lead-out and as soon as he peeled off, I felt that I was going to win. It’s a pleasure to take the victory clad in this jersey and set a record in Hamburg, which is the cherry on the top at the end of the day. I won all three races I took part in after the Tour de France and I hope more strong results will follow before I call it a season."

3rd, Giacomo Nizzolo (Dimension Data): "It was hard and fast day because the early breakaway got quite a big gap so we had to chase really fast. Hamburg is one of my favourite races though, so I just had to stay calm and pick the right moment to move up. This sprint is always a lottery but we got a 3rd place and I think it is a good result for the day."

6th, Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe): "I felt good in my first race after the Tour de France. The guys put in a strong effort to control the race and I'd like to thank Cesare Benedetti for the tremendous work in the final kilometres to keep me safe and well-placed in the reduced bunch for the sprint finish. It got a bit complicated for me in the final straight but I felt good in the short, sharp climbs, which will certainly help me in the upcoming races."

EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg Result:
1. Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck - Quick-Step in 4:47:27
2. Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal
3. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Dimension Data
4. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
5. Mike Teunissen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:01
6. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
7. Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott
8. Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
9. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
10. Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R-La Mondiale.

Hamburg'19:




Schaal Sels Merksem 2019
The sixth race of the Bingoal Cycling Cup took place this Sunday, after a two month summer break. Ten 20 kilometre laps were scheduled at the Schaals Sels Merksem (1.1, 25/08). But the riders decided otherwise, before having completed the first lap. The riders, disagreeing with the security of the course, concluded together to strike. The organisation found a solution to get the riders on the bike again, by eliminating a bridge and neutralise one lap. Therefore, the 200 kilometre race was reduced to 128 kilometre.

A duo rode in front of the race for a long time, while the Wanty-Gobert riders controlled the peloton. They were caught in the final. Several riders tried to escape the expected bunch sprint, but didn't succeed. Attilio Viviani and Timothy Dupont sprinted side by side to the finish-line, and finally it was the Italian sprinter who took the victory in the streets of the suburbs of Antwerp, one tire ahead of title defender Timothy Dupont.

The sprinter from Wanty-Gobert sits in 3rd position in the provisional Bingoal Cycling Cup classification, with two more races to ride.



2nd, Timothy Dupont (Wanty-Gobert): "All riders decided together to stop the race, after not less than six crashes during the first lap. The adjustment of the course was a good decision to make the race safer. Frederik Backaert and Ludwig De Winter controlled the breakaway all day, so I could prepare my sprint in a comfortable position. There was some suspense in the final when a new breakaway was up the road, and I had to sacrifice my lead-out for the sprint, Wesley Kreder, to close the gap. Despite his absence in the final kilometres, I was able to ride my sprint as I had in mind. It was very close and I tried to take the win with a big jump, however, it wasn't enough. I want to thank my teammates for their confidence and their hard work!"

Schaal Sels Merksem Result:
1. Attilio Viviani (Ita) Cofidis in 2:53:16
2. Timothy Dupont (Bel) Wanty-Gobert
3. Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Roompot-Charles
4. Adrien Petit (Fra) Total Direct Energie
5. Aksel Nõmmela (Est) Wallonie-Bruxelles
6. Alberto Dainese (Ita) SEG Racing Academy
7. Ryan Christensen (NZ) Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes
8. Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
9. Zak Dempster (Aus) Israel Cycling Academy
10. Benjamin Declercq (Bel)Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise

Schaal Sels Merksem'19




Richard Carapaz Out of Vuelta a España
Ecuadorian climber from Movistar Team unable to recover in time from significant contusion to his right shoulder, after crashing at a criterium in the Netherlands last Sunday. José Joaquín Rojas will replace him in Torrevieja on Saturday.

The Movistar Team confirmed Thursday that Richard Carapaz will not take the start of the 74th Vuelta a España, which begins in Alicante on Saturday, despite being part of the lineup originally announced.

The Ecuadorian rider suffers from a significant contusion in his right shoulder, as well as several bruises, after a crash sustained in the Profronde van Etten-Leur criterium in the Netherlands, last Sunday. In spite of treatment received all over the week and the lack of fractures, the injury's evolution has advised for further precautions to allow it healing completely, which rules out against his appearance in the race.

José Joaquín Rojas, initially designated as a reserve for the Blues in the Vuelta and already in Alicante since Wednesday, will be part of an eight-man roster which also includes Valverde, Quintana, Soler, Erviti, Pedrero, Arcas and Oliveira.

No Vuelta for Carapaz:




Remco Evenepoel extends with Deceuninck – Quick-Step until end of 2023
The Belgian has inked a new deal with the UCI World Team Classification leader for an additional three years.

After graduating from the junior ranks straight to the World Tour, Remco Evenepoel didn’t need too much time before making the headlines, at his very first race, the Vuelta a San Juan, where a solid ride netted him a place in the top 10 overall and the best young rider jersey. But his breakthrough came on home turf, at the beginning of June, when Evenepoel took the Belgium Tour by storm, notching up a spectacular solo victory on his way to clinching the overall and points classifications.

Fast forward a couple of weeks, and Remco continued his stellar campaign by taking a stage win at the Adriatica Ionica Race and then by becoming the third-youngest rider in history to claim a major one-day classic, when he rode away from the peloton and triumphed at the prestigious Clasica San Sebastian. This success was followed just a few days later by another sensational victory – gold at the European ITT Championships – and now by a contract that will keep him with the Wolfpack until the end of 2023.

“I am happy and proud that I have extended my stay with Deceuninck – Quick-Step and I will continue to build my future together with this amazing group. The team have believed in me from the very beginning and that means a lot. Signing a new deal was the logical thing to do and after talking with Patrick about it, I agreed immediately. Deceuninck – Quick-Step is the perfect environment for me, a second family where we are always working together to improve with passion, professionalism and commitment, and this is a very important aspect for me”, a happy Remco Evenepoel – winner of five races so far in 2019 – said after putting pen to paper.

The 19-year-old, who will return to competition next week at the Deutschland Tour, continued: “This year has been incredible so far! Nobody was expecting such a solid string of results, myself included. Ok, I was dreaming about winning some races, but didn’t think it will actually happen. The season is not over yet, but we are already talking about future goals and I feel that everybody wants to help me in everything I want to achieve. We share the same vision, ideas and mentality, and they always give me the best advises to improve. We will continue with my development one step at a time and hopefully our hard work will continue to pay off.”

“We are extremely happy with this agreement. Remco isn’t just a talented rider, but also a great person, and everybody in the team that got to work with him knows that. We believe that he can have a bright future in cycling. We put our trust in him and he has a lot of confidence in us”, Deceuninck – Quick-Step CEO Patrick Lefevere explained. “In the first months of his career, he really hit the ground running and dazzled everyone, exceeding all expectations. In spite of that, we won’t let ourselves get carried away, and instead continue with our well-structured program as well as adapting to his continuous development, while remaining at all times in contact with Remco and his family, as was the case since he has joined our team.”

Evenepoel winning the Clásica San Sebastián:




BORA - hansgrohe and Sportful to Extend their Partnership Through 2021
BORA - hansgrohe and Sportful are proud to announce the renewal of their partnership through 2021. This marks the extension of a winning collaboration between the German team and the Italian cycling apparel brand.

"In our Performance Team, we always work very hard to be able to provide the best possible material for our riders. Racing apparel is particularly important, because it’s all about performance, particularly aerodynamics and heat management, as well as comfort. Sportful has the same demands of its products which we have as a team, and that’s why since the beginning of our partnership, we’ve been working together in the pursuit of every small improvement that can be made. I’m pleased that we’re able to continue this extremely successful and productive partnership." - Ralph Denk, Team Manager, BORA - hansgrohe.

"We’re very excited to keep on working with the team also for the two coming years. We’ve always been thrilled to cooperate with BORA - hansgrohe in terms of product development, research and communication. We are enthusiastic about the continuous growth of the team, up to be a benchmark in the peloton in all fields. We cannot wait for more adventures, successes and innovations to come." - Dario Cremonese says for Sportful.

"I've had the privilege of racing with Sportful for most of my career. Their apparel blends style and technology and together we have built innovative and highly-performing garments. I don't think there is a better demonstration of the close relation and mutual trust than the fact we developed the Peter Sagan line with Sportful. I'm pleased that BORA-hansgrohe and Sportful will continue their partnership for two more years."- Peter Sagan.

"Sportful invests a lot into continuously developing new fabrics and materials. Within this process, functionality has always been foregrounded, and as a result, the jerseys and suits are not only extremely fast, but also protect us from all types of weather conditions. Whether it’s heat in summer, or rain and cold at the Classics, we are perfectly equipped." - Marcus Burghardt.







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