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Viviani and Keisse show off the Deceuninck kit, will it change for 2019? Mathieu van der Poel makes plans for next year - Top Story. A mixed bag of EuroTrash this Thursday: Three Grand Tours for Thomas De Gendt, Marianne Vos in Koksijde, Conor Dunne for Israel, Jhonatan Restrepo back home, Antonio Colom has heart attack, Vincenzo Nibali talks to the police, Arctic Race for 2019, Astana changes, Vital Concept meeting and new coach for LottoNL-Jumbo. To finish: Mathieu van der Poel National champs win video. Enjoy!



TOP STORY: Cross, MTB and Road for Mathieu?
Mathieu van der Poel normally finishes the entire cyclocross season, and the plan for the Corendon-Circus rider is that up to and including the Vestingcross in Hulst in February the 17th, 2019, he will ride all the cross races, with a rest of two weeks at the beginning of December. Obviously the cyclocross World championship in Bogense, Denmark on Sunday 3rd February, 2019 is a big goal. "We are not planning to leave the cross early," says team manager Christoph Roodhooft to Het Laatste Nieuws. The plan for the 23-year-old Van der Poel is that he will make his debut in the spring classics in 2019.

"His road program will be limited," Roodhooft continues. "We are working hard. Before Mathieu leaves for high-altitude training to Spain on November 28, we hope to have a program arranged." The Dutch road champion said he was going to ride Gent-Wevelgem and possibly Paris-Roubaix and alluded to participating in the E3 Harelbeke.

Roodhooft has his reservations about the latter. "The combination of the E3 Harelbeke (Friday) and Gent-Wevelgem (Sunday) seems difficult. Anyway, if Mathieu said that, then maybe it is possible. But we will not use him as cannon fodder. We are not going to sacrifice Mathieu for a classic spring." Van der Poel himself only wants to think about his spring after the World cyclocross championships.

MDVP does not necessarily want to race the monuments, although he doesn't rule anything out. "My main goal, for the time being, is the Olympic Games on the mountain bike. After the Games, I will be 25 and, in principle, I could ride on the road for another 10 years."

Mathieu van der Poel winning stage 1 of the Arctic Race'18:




Viviani and Keisse in Deceuninck - Quick-Step Colors
On the opening night of the Gent '6 Day' on Tuesday saw Elia Viviani and Iljo Keisse line-up in Deceuninck - Quick-Step jerseys. The blue and white jersey is the same as this years team jersey, but will probably not be the new kit for 2019.

Viviani and Keisse on the Gent '6 Day' start line:




Thomas De Gendt 2019: "Giro, Tour and Vuelta"
The ambitions of Thomas De Gendt for 2019 are clear; the 32-year old Lotto Soudal rider wants to be at the start of all three Grand Tours, he said in an interview with Het Nieuwsblad. It would be a first for him, as he has never ridden the three big tours in the same year. De Gendt has won stages in all three, plus 3rd overall in the Giro and the KOM in the Vuelta.

"I start with the Tour Down Under, then Paris-Nice, Catalonia, the Tour de Romandie, the Giro, the Tour and the Vuelta", is the program De Gendt has in mind. "In between, I will recuperate. I still have to discuss it with the team, but I can more or less choose my own program."

The 32 year-old Belgian was recently elected by the public for an award at the Gala of the Flandrien, ahead of Jelle Wallays and Tim Declercq.

Thomas De Gendt winning stage 2 of the 2018 Tour de Romandie:
Yverdon-les-Bains - Swiss - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Thomas DE GENDT (Belgium / Team Lotto Soudal) pictured during the 72nd Tour de Romandie (2.UWT) stage 2 from Delémont to Yverdon-les-Bains (173.9 (KM) - photo René Vigneron/Cor Vos © 2018



Marianne Vos returns in Koksijde
Marianne Vos is currently enjoying a well-deserved rest period, but the 30-year-old Waowdeals rider went straight into cyclocross right after her road season and focused on the European Championships in Rosmalen. The multi-World champion won silver, and then took her holidays. Vos will make her return in the Koksijde cross with an eye on the World championships.

Vos initially wanted to focus exclusively on the championships prior to the winter, but after winning two of the first three World Cups (in Iowa and Bern), the Dutchwoman was not sure about riding the World Cup in Tábor. Eventually she decided not and returns in the Koksijde World Cup on Sunday, November 25th. "With a view to the World Cup a smart move", according to Dutch National team coach, Gerben de Knegt.

At the moment; Vos has a 68 point lead over World champion Sanne Cant in 2nd place and 71 points on Kaitlin Keough in 3rd and 87 points on 4th placed Ellen van Loy. A victory in a World Cup event is worth 80 points, 2nd 70 and 3rd 65 points. If Cant wins in Tábor, Vos would have to beat the Belgian World champion by 12 points in Koksijde to take the World Cup overall.

Marianne Vos winning the Ruddervoorde SuperPrestige:




Irish Champion Conor Dunne to race for Israel Cycling Academy in 2019
Israel Cycling Academy has added Conor Dunne (26) to the team for next season. The team sees in the tall Irishman the intelligent, smart and reliable rider needed to support the sprinters and climbers and, as he demonstrated in the 2018 Worlds (see photo below), he can also be part of the early break. For the past two years, the Irishman has been riding for Aqua Blue Sport, but the team will not race in 2019.

"He has race insight," said manager Kjell Carlstrom, "and knows exactly when and how to move in the peloton, which you can see from his successful escape attempts. Many riders want to be in the race, but only a few get it. We need him for the escapes, we need him to chase escapes, we need him to support his teammates. In short: He will be very valuable to us."

Dunne reacted enthusiastically to this opportunity. "My personal goal is to win a race in my National champion's jersey next year and I really want to put some pressure on myself to achieve this. I admire the way Israel Cycling Academy works. They are very strong and have worked together as a team in every race I witnessed. I am really looking forward to working with them next year and being ambitious."

Before his two seasons with Aqua Blue Sport, Dunne raced with JLT Condor (2016) and An Post-Chain Reaction (2014-15). He took his first professional victory earlier this year in the Irish road championships.

Conor Dunne leading the break during the 2018 World road championships:




Jhonatan Restrepo to join Manzana Postobon for 2019
Manzana Postobon have announced the arrival of Jhonatan Restrepo to the team for 2019. The 23-year-old Colombian returns home after several season with Katusha-Alpecin. This season he was 2nd on stage 11 of the Vuelta a España and 4th in the Italian one-day race Gran Piemonte.

"I wanted to go to this team, so I can ride a bit more often in Colombia. I also want to regain the confidence that I lost in the past three years when I was in Europe", explaining his transfer. "I did pretty well, but I missed winning and lost confidence. This is not a step back. I hope that everything works out well and that I can deliver beautiful victories for the team."

With Restrepo, Manzana Postobon has completed the team for 2019. The team welcomes eight new faces: Restrepo are Luis Carlos Chia, Bryan Gómez, Daniel Jaramillo, Omar Mendoza, Diego Ochoa, Carlos Quintero and Nicolas Saenz.

Manzana Postobon team for 2019:
Juan José Amador, Luis Carlos Chia, Jhojan García, Bryan Gómez, Daniel Jaramillo, Omar Mendoza, Diego Ochoa, Juan Felipe Osorio, Wilmar Paredes, Jordan Parra, Carlos Quintero, Jhonatan Restrepo, Aldemar Reyes, Nicolas Saenz, Yecid Sierra, Bernardo Suaza (all Colombian).





Ex-Rider Antonio Colom has Heart Attack
Former cyclist Antonio Colom had a heart attack, according to Spanish newspaper Diario de Mallorca. It was reported that the 40-year-old was unconscious when he was taken to hospital.

Colom, who lives in Mallorca and is involved in triathlons was struck by a heart attack last Wednesday after intensive training and was rushed to the Son Espases hospital. After a cardiac catheterization (heart examination) the seriousness of the situation was found. The doctors urgently advised Colom to stop exercising. The Spaniard is in a stable condition.

Colom started his career in 1999 with the Italian Amica Chips-Costa de Almeira team, where Claudio Chiappucci and Evgeni Berzin were finishing their careers. He then moved to Relax-Fuenlabrada after three seasons. After this he rode for Illes Balears and Caisse d'Epargne (2004-2006), then Astana (2007-2008), finished his pro career with Katusha in 2009. His biggest win coming in the Ruta del Sol, Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, Tour of Valencia and his local Vuelta a Mallorca twice.

He was brought in to Katusha as a team leader and started the year with stage wins in the Volta ao Algarve and Paris-Nice and a second place in the Tour of the Basque Country. He was caught with CERA on April 2, 2009 and was suspended for two years, losing his second place overall in the Vuelta al País Vasco. Colom didn't return to the pro peloton.

Colom has been concentrating on training athletes since his forced retirement as a pro cyclist. His most famous pupil is his cousin, Quick-Step Floors' Enric Mas, who finished second in the Vuelta a España.

Antonio Colom beating Alberto Contador on stage 8 of Paris-Nice 2009:




Vincenzo Nibali Helps the French Police with their Enquiries
Vincenzo Nibali sat with the French police for three hours last Saturday. The Bahrain-Merida rider provided evidence and explanations for his crash on stage 12 of the 2018 Tour de France. "We were impressed by how detailed the evidence and research is," his lawyer Fausto Malucchi told the Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Nibali crashed on the Alpe d'Huez after his handlebars caught with the camera strap of a spectator. After examination at the Grenoble hospital, Nibali was found to have a fractured vertebra.

Three French police officers spoke with the 2014 Tour Winner and his lawyer on Saturday with the help of an interpreter. One of the most important points for Nibali and Malucchi was safety and comparisons were made between the climbs of the Alpe d'Huez that of the Giro stage over the Monte Zoncolan. In Italy volunteers kept the road clear during the last kilometers of the Zoncolan, while in France there was a lack of police involvement on l'Alpe d'Huez, meaning that there was little control over a large group of spectators.

Both Nibali and his team Bahrain-Merida believes that the organizer of the Tour de France, ASO, could ultimately be held responsible for the damage caused by the incident. ASO, on the other hand, claims that the accident was caused by the reckless behavior of the fans on the side of the road and that there was little that they could do.

La Gazzetta dello Sport thinks the investigation is close to a conclusion after collecting a considerable amount of photo and video evidence and witness statements.

Nibali's Alpe d'Huez crash:




Arctic Race of Norway 2019: Storming the Norwegian Ventoux
The Arctic Race of Norway is a suspense-filled race where the young stars shine each year. In 2018, Dutch rider Mathieu Van Der Poel (Corendon-Circus) won two stages and confirmed all the hopes that have been placed on him on the road. This year again, the fast and powerful riders will get to show their stuff on two weekend stages. Prior to that, the peloton will visit the Lofoten Islands where the sprinters will battle for victory.

For the second time in seven editions, the Arctic Race of Norway will take place on the Lofoten Islands, known around the world for their atypical scenery where the roads run between the mountains and the sea. The town of “Å” will, for the first time, host a stage of the Arctic Race on Thursday, August 15. This small village with such an original name (the final letter in the Norwegian alphabet!) is also called this because it is here where the last inhabitants on the extreme west side of the island live. Over 182 kilometers, the peloton will pass the finish line twice to complete the two loops. Although four classified climbs will be part of the King of the Mountain classification, this won’t inhibit the sprinters from battling for the win at Leknes.

On day two of the race, the riders will, once again, look to both their left and right to admire the stunning Lofoten Islands scenery. Henningsvær is known for having one of the most spectacular football pitches in the world as well as being the start city for stage two, which will finish in Svolvær, and which was featured in the first edition in 2013. The 168.5km-long stage will run along the seafront and will not pose any major difficulties. It will be the ideal finish for sprinters like local hero Alexander Kristoff!

Following the Lofotens, the Arctic Race will change islands to arrive in Vesterålen on Saturday 17 August. This 176.5km-long stage starting in Sortland was designed for the strongest riders with three climbs that will have to be negotiated before the riders take on an all-new ramp at Storheia Summit, in the town of Melbu (3.5kms at 11.8%). A crazy finish similar to the famous “repechos” of the Vuelta a España that will start just a week later and could be of interest to some riders looking for performance on the final big tour of the season. At the highest altitude, the caravan will have the chance to admire the splendid panoramic view at the observation level that reminds one of a certain Mont Ventoux.

The Arctic Race of Norway will return to the mainland for the final stage that has the look of a rollercoaster between L⌀dingen and Narvik. While the start city will be all-new, all the roads of this 4th stage (166.5kms) have already been raced on in the Arctic Race. During this stage, the “Midnight Sun Jersey” of the leader of the general classification and the “Salmon Jersey” of the best climber could switch riders because there will be six climbs, three before the final 10.5km circuit then three others (Skistua Summit: 2.2kms at 6.6%) located on the same circuit where Dylan Teuns took a memorable win in 2017. The Narvik ski station will conclude this 7th edition at the bottom of the slopes. The town is bidding to become the Norwegian candidate to host the 2027 World Alpine Skiing Championships.

Route of the 2019 Arctic Race of Norway:
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Thursday 15th August, stage 1: Å – Leknes, 182kms
Ø Friday 16th August, stage 2: Henningsvær – Svolvær, 168.5kms
Ø Saturday 17th August, stage 3: Sortland – Storheia Summit (Melbu), 176.5kms
Ø Sunday 18th August, stage 4: L⌀dingen - Narvik, 166.5kms



Key points:
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Edition 7 of the Arctic Race of Norway will be held between August 15-18, 2019.
Ø The Northernmost cycling race in the world will visit the Islands of Lofoten and Vesterålen before finishing at the base of the Nordland ski station in Narvik.
Ø The race will see the sprinters to battle it out in the first two days. The general classification will be settled during the weekend with an all-new mountain-top finish at Storheia Summit.

The Arctic Race of Norway shines the spotlight on the stars of tomorrow
A few hours before the arrival of the professionals in the streets of Narvik, the 17 and 18-year old talents coming from all over Norway and five European countries will have their moment in the sun in the Arctic Heroes of Tomorrow Race. This race for junior riders organized jointly with Equinor, the main sponsor of the Arctic Race of Norway, and the Norwegian Cycling Federation, has become the revelatory event of the future stars of the men’s and women’s pelotons in a country whose passion for cycling is well-known. Winner of the first edition of the Arctic Heroes of Tomorrow Race in 2013 in Harstad, Kristoffer Halvorsen won the World Junior Road Race Championship in 2016, before joining the Sky team this season.

Thor Hushovd, World Champion and race ambassador: “This 7th edition of the Arctic Race of Norway will again be spectacular and undecided just until the last day in Narvik. The first two stages will be an open-air show. In 2013 when I won stage 2 at Svolvær, I rode the most beautiful stage of my career on that day. The finishes at Storheia Summit, the 'Mont Ventoux' of the Vesterålen Islands and at Narvik will certainly be won by the strongest riders.”

The Arctic Race of Norway is delighted to announce the renewal of its partnerships for the next three years with SpareBank 1 Nord-Norge as Official Partner and Telenor as Official Fan.

Initiated in 2013, the collaboration with SpareBank 1 Nord-Norge contributes to the development of cycling practice by young children. Since 2013, more than 11,000 children have participated in the SNN Mini Arctic Race all across Northern Norway.

Year after year, Telenor invests in the extension of the 4G network all over Northern Norway and therefore contributes to ensuring optimal conditions for TV production and for the spectators’ experience all along the route.

Best Of - Arctic Race of Norway 2018:




Alexandr Vinokurov: "We are grateful to each of riders, who were part of Astana Pro Team"
The structure of cycling is such that every year in professional teams there are changes in their rosters: some of the riders leave the team, someone comes. In the end of 2018, 10 riders will leave Astana Team: Michael Valgren, Tanel Kangert, Oscar Gatto, Jesper Hansen, Moreno Moser, Sergei Chernetskii, Andriy Grivko, Truls Korsaeth, Riccardo Minali and Ruslan Tleubayev. Someone will continue his career in other professional teams, setting new goals, someone decides to quit his cycling career, focusing on life outside the sport.

"We are grateful to each of the riders who were part of Astana Team, no matter if it was just for a year, two, five or ten. On behalf of Astana Pro Team I want to wish all the guys who are leaving our project a good luck and success in the new season!" said general manager Alexandr Vinokurov.

Michael Valgren spent two seasons in Astana. During this time, Michael proved to be a strong classic rider with serious ambitions both in cobblestones classics and in the Ardennes. In Astana Team Michael scored two big victories at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Elite and the Amstel Gold Race.

"I think that this year Michael was one of the strongest classic riders not only in Astana, but also around the world. His wins at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Amstel Gold Race, a podium at the Bretagne Classic and a great performance at the World Championships speak for themselves. In Astana Michael was able to make a big step forward, and I am sure that his development will continue in the new season, even if not in our team. I was pleased to work with him in Astana, and I wish him a great success in the new project," said sports director Lars Michaelsen.

Michael Valgren wins Amstel'18:
Valkenburg - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Michael VALGREN ANDERSEN (Danmark / Team Astana) pictured during the 53rd Amstel Gold Race (1.UWT) world tour a one day race between MaastRicht and Valkenburg in the Netherlands (260KM) - photo NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2018

Tanel Kangert joined Astana Team in 2011, having spent 8 strong seasons in the Kazakh project. Among the personal achievements of Kangert in Astana colors it is worth noting a GC victory at the Abu Dhabi Tour (2016), a stage at the Tour de Suisse (2012) and two stages at the Giro del Trentino (2016). Three times Tanel Kangert helped the leader of the team to achieve success on the Grand tours: two times at the Giro d'Italia in 2013 and 2016 and once at the Tour de France in 2014.

"Tanel is a great athlete, an excellent mountain rider, who spent 8 wonderful seasons in Astana. He made a great contribution to the team's victories in the Grand tours. Now, perhaps, came the moment when he began to think about some changes in his career, perhaps he wanted to try something new in one of the other teams. I think this is absolutely normal. We fully respect Tanel's decision and wish him continued success in his career. I want to say a big thank to Tanel for all the years spent with us," said team manager Dmitriy Fofonov.

Tanel Kangert in Trentino'16:


Oscar Gatto spent two seasons in the Kazakh team. In 2017 he won a stage at the Tour of Austria and finished 5th at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. In the 2018 season at the same classic race Oscar provided a great support to Michael Valgren who, finally, became the winner of the Omloop.

"Oscar is a good rider and a wonderful person, very open and sociable. In Astana he had a number of good results, in each race Oscar tried to be as useful as possible to the team. But perhaps the time has come to change something, and I hope that in the new team he will succeed more than with us. Regardless of that in the future he will ride in the colors of another project, we part as good friends," said sports director Bruno Cenghialta.

Oscar Gatto with Luis Leon Sanchez and Lars Michaelsen in TDU'18
Adelaide - Australie - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - illustration - sfeer - illustratie - Oscar GATTO (Italy / Team Astana) - Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spain / Team Astana) - Lars Michaelsen (Danmark / Sportdirector Team Astana)- training - recon Tour Down Under 2018 in Adelaide, Australie -photo Dion Kerckhoffs/Cor Vos© 2018

Jesper Hansen came to Astana Pro Team in 2017; together with the team he did two Grand tours (Giro in 2017 and Tour in 2018) and took a solid second place in the general classification of the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey.

"Jesper came to the team as a rider, who was supposed to help the leaders in the high mountains. Last year at the Giro d'Italia he showed himself very well, also this season at the Tour de France he did everything he could to help our leader. Well, we can only wish Jesper all the best in the new team, I hope that this transfer will have a good impact on his career, will give him some new impetus that will lead to success," said Lars Michaelsen.

Moreno Moser end his second season with Astana Pro Team. Due to some health problems Moreno was forced to skip the middle of the last season. This year in the jersey of the Italian National Team Moser took a nice win at the Trofeo Laigueglia.

"Moreno spent two years with us. Perhaps he was not able to fully realize what he expected from himself, and what the team expected from him. There were also objective reasons related to health. However, Moreno is still not told everything in cycling, it was great to watch his success at the Trofeo Laigueglia early in the season. Well, if not everything turned out in our team, I hope that it will turn out in the new team. Good luck, Moreno!" said sports director Giuseppe Martinelli.

Sergei Chernetskii rode two nice seasons together with Astana Team. In 2017 he did a good Vuelta a España and showed well himself at the Il Lombardia, taking a solid 10th place, while in 2018 he brought to Astana an overall win at the Arctic Race of Norway and finished 3rd in the general classification of the Gree-Tour of Guangxi.

"Sergey is a big professional, he is 100% dedicated to the sport. We spent two seasons together, not everything worked out for Sergei at the beginning of this period, but I am very glad that in the second half of this year he began to really open up. He has great potential, he always works honestly for the benefit of the team and, as we have seen, he knows how to win. I hope that Sergei will continue career in a good team, where will be able to realize himself completely," the sports director Dmitri Sedoun told.

Caja Rural for Sergei Chernetskii in 2019:


Truls Korsaeth began and, unfortunately, ended his fleeting professional career in Astana Team where he came in 2017. In a year and a half Truls showed himself as a talented and hardworking rider with some good perspectives in the classic races. But, last summer he decided to quit his career and to focus on the studies.

"We were a little surprised by the decision of Truls to finish his sports career right in the middle of the season. He spent a year and a half with us, but apparently felt some limit in cycling and decided to finish his career. Well, that's his decision, we accepted it. As far as I know, Truls decided to focus on his studies, chose a medical direction. Of course, this is a serious step in his life. We were counting on Truls for the classic races, such as the Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders, we saw a certain potential in him. During the time spent in the team, he showed himself really well, his work was done perfectly. But, unfortunately, it did not work for his cycling career. Nevertheless, we wish him good luck in life outside the sport," said Dmitriy Fofonov.

Riccardo Minali signed his first professional contract with Astana Pro Team in 2017, becoming the main sprinter of the team despite his young age. In two years in the Kazakh project Riccardo won two stages at Le Tour de Langkawi and took a number of podium places at the stages of Dubai Tour, Tour of Croatia, Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey, Tour of Denmark and Baloise Belgium Tour.

"I think that Riccardo is a very good sprinter, who is able to win much more than he has won at the moment. Perhaps, in such a team as Astana, which pays great attention to the Grand tours and is focused on the fight for the general classifications, the young sprinter might have some problems to prove himself in full. Nevertheless, some results were shown – two victories in Langkawi and a few podiums in other races – it's very good. I wish Riccardo to find a team that will be 100% suitable for him and where he will be able to realize his talent. I hope to see new victories of Riccardo, even if not in the Astana jersey," said Giuseppe Martinelli.

Ruslan Tleubaev joined Astana Team in 2011, first as a trainee, and in 2013 as a neo-pro rider. For six big seasons, Ruslan proved to be an excellent team rider, at the same time, having achieved a number of good results. So, in 2014, Tleubayev won the Asian Cycling Championships and in 2016 he won a stage of the Tour of Hainan. At the end of 2018 Ruslan Tleubaev will end his professional career.

"Ruslan joined our team 6 years ago, he started here his professional career. During this time together, we have gone both through many wonderful moments and through difficulties. In his career, Ruslan had victories, high achievements and team successes, which he shared with all of us. I think, together, we all tried to do our best. I would like to thank Ruslan on behalf of our team and wish him all the best in the new turn of his life," said Dmitri Sedoun.

Andriy Grivko spent in Astana Team 9 seasons, coming to the team in 2010. The veteran of the Kazakh team won La Méditerranéenne in 2016, became 2nd at the Driedaagse Pe Panne-Koksijde in 2010 and 3rd at the Eneco Tour in 2013. Many times he was one of the key riders for the leaders at the Grand tours.

"Andriy spent a very long period of life with us, perhaps it was a separate little life. I think that for him the period in Astana is the best in his career, together with us he was able to achieve good results, while giving the team a lot. The team always believed in Andriy, and he always justified this trust. It was a wonderful time. All I can say now is a big thank for all these years," said Dmitri Sedoun.

Andriy Grivko in Flèche Wallone:




The Vital Concept Cycling Club First Gathering for 2019
A few weeks before starting its second year in the professional peloton, the Vital Concept Cycling Club will have their first winter get-together from Wednesday 14th to Saturday, November 17, 2018.

For the first two days, the 'Glaz et Noir' team will have the honor to gather in the Meucon military base, in the municipality of Monterblanc (Morbihan), where they invite the press to meet the whole team on Thursday. The general manager Jérôme Pineau, all the staff and the twenty-three riders of the 2019 team will be available for interviews. In addition to the members of the Breton ProContinental team from last season, the five new recruits will be present. Even though the meeting is taking place within a property owned by the Ministry of the Armed Forces, there will be the opportunity to shoot footage of this gathering and photograph the 'Men in Glaz' with their hosts of the day, under the control of the staff of the 3rd Regiment Marine Infantry.

As a reminder, here is the composition of the 2019 Vital Concept Cycling Club team, which we will be pleased to name Vital Concept - B & B Hotels from January 1st:
Yoann Bagot (Fra / 31 years old)
Kris Boeckmans (Bel / 31 years old)
Maxime Cam (Fra / 26 years old, formerly VCP Loudéac)
Bryan Coquard (Fra / 26 years old)
Arnaud Courteille (Fra / 29 years old)
Bert De Backer (Bel / 34 years old)
Corentin Ermenault (Fra / 22 years old)
Marc Fournier (Fra / 24 years old)
Adrien Garel (Fra / 22 years old)
Cyril Gautier (Fra / 31 years old, formerly AG2R La Mondiale)
Steven Lammertink (P-B / 25 years old)
Jérémy Lecroq (Fra / 23 years old)
Johan Le Bon (Fra / 28 years old)
Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra / 24 years old)
Julien Morice (Fra / 27 years old)
Justin Mottier (25 years old)
Patrick Müller (Sui / 22 years old)
Quentin Pacher (Fra / 26 years old)
Kévin Reza (Fra / 30 years old)
Pierre Rolland (Fra / 32 years old, former Education First-Drapac)
Jimmy Turgis (Fra / 27 years old, ex-Cofidis)
Jonas Van Genechten (Beautiful / 32 years old)
Arthur Vichot (Fra / 30 years old, formerly Groupama-FDJ).

Vital Concept - B & B Hotels in 2019:




Ex-National Coach Heemskerk Joins Performance Staff Team LottoNL-Jumbo
Former mountain bike coach Tim Heemskerk (42) has joined the performance staff of cycling team LottoNL-Jumbo. With the full-time appointment of the human movement scientist, the Dutch squad of manager Richard Plugge strengthen the coaching and development department.

"Being a part of the performance team of one of the best teams in the world is fantastic", Heemskerk says. "Improving athletes through training and coaching based on science is my passion. I had that opportunity with other teams, but with Team LottoNL-Jumbo it felt right immediately. The way in which riders are being trained, appeals to me: improving together, every day."

Team LottoNL-Jumbo is pleased with the reinforcement of the training staff. "With Tim, we can give our riders even more attention and guidance from highly qualified coaches who work according to our philosophy", sportive director Merijn Zeeman says.

Heemskerk was an amateur cyclist and participated at the mountain bike World Championships. Later, he started a seven-year tenure with the KNWU as national coach of the mountain bikers. Currently, he is self-employed and as coach of the American cycle-cross riders attached to USA Cycling. Until the end of January Heemskerk will combine that work with his new job at Team LottoNL-Jumbo. Subsequently, he will work full-time for the Dutch World Tour team.

Tim Heemskerk:




Road Champion - Mathieu van der Poel
Is there any end to the talents of Dutch wonder kid Mathieu van der Poel? Cyclocross, MTB and on the road, he's going to do it all, so here he is winning the 2018 Dutch National road championships:








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