Bol wins in Tour of Britain
Cees Bol (Team DSM) won the second stage of the Tour of Great Britain on Monday, with start in Hawick and finish after 175.2 kilometers in Duns.
The 27-year-old Dutchman beat Briton Jake Stewart with a small difference after a bunch sprint. The man in the red leader’s jersey, 22-year-old New Zealander Corbin Strong (Israel-Premier Tech), came in third and solidifies his leading position with the bonus seconds. Kenneth Van Rooy became 7th and best Belgian.
For Cees Bol it was his first victory of the season. The last victory of the Dutchman already dated from the second stage in Paris-Nice in 2021.
Almost immediately after the go-ahead, Travis Stedman, Ukko Iisiakki Peltonen, Adam Lewis, Matthew Teggart, and brothers Charlie and Harry Tanfield separated themselves from the crowd. The six immediately received the blessing of the peloton where the Israel-Premier Tech riders had placed themselves on the outposts. Harry Tanfield, at 27 years the oldest of the brother pair, had to get out of the way with a flat tire but was able to take his place in the leading group again before the intermediate sprint in Coldstream. The lead of the early escapees was a maximum of 4:50.
Once after the third intermediate sprint of the day – Matthew Teggart won all three – the riders of INEOS Grenadiers also came forward in the peloton and started gnawing at the backlog. On the ascent of Wanside Rigg, Adam Lewis and Matthew Teggart abandoned their companions and headed out together. Just before the top of Wanside Rigg, Stephan Bassett joined the two, but had to give the lead in the mountain sprint. The peloton followed at 15 seconds. After the descent, the ascent of Mainslaughter Law immediately followed, with a top 17 kilometers from the finish. On that strip everything melted together again and we had a general regrouping. Until Davide Gabburo went out ahead of the group. The Italian was allowed to start Hardens Hill, the last slope of the day, with a small lead.
With 8 kilometers to go, the duo of Jack Rootkin-Gray and Alexander Richardson of team Saint Piran tried to bridge the gap with Gabburo. The latter soon had to let his team mate ride but before the top of Hardens Hill the peloton reformed again and started the last 5 kilometers. Dylan Teuns ensured that the entire peloton was pulled on a long ribbon with an acceleration of the tempo. Team DSM countered and headed for a bunch sprint. Jake Stewart was still fierce, but after viewing the photo finish, Cees Bol was declared the winner.
Tomorrow/Tuesday the riders will head from Durham to Sunderland. With Chapel Fell, Billy Lane and High Moorsley, three slopes are on the agenda. The top of that last hump is located 20 kilometers from the finish.
Van der Poel drives road race and mixed relay at World Cup in Australia
Mathieu van der Poel will participate in the World Cup in Australia at the end of this month. 27-year-old Van der Poel will compete in the road race and the mixed team time trial. It was uncertain whether the leader of Alpecin-Deceuninck wanted to make the trip to Wollongong on the Australian east coast, but he is part of the selection of national coach Koos Moerenhout.
“Mathieu is a spearhead, but we certainly want to use the strength of the entire team,” said Moerenhout, who has also selected Dylan van Baarle, Bauke Mollema, Daan Hoole, Pascal Eenkhoorn, Wout Poels, Jan Maas and Taco van der Hoorn. “As far as you can compare a World Cup course with a classic, it is a mix of the Tour of Flanders, Amstel Gold Race and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. We have a balanced squad that allows us to be competitive on all parts of the course. We travel with confidence and ambition.”
Mollema and Hoole will also ride the time trial on the opening day of the World Cup (September 18). Hoole takes over from Tom Dumoulin, who would initially stop after the World Cup, but already decided last month to immediately end his career. “Daan has already shown that he can achieve a very high level in the youth categories and can now also compete directly with the best in the world among the pros,” says Moerenhout. “Bauke Mollema has always been a good time trialist, but has shown a lot of progress this year. I am curious about his performance at this World Cup. So there is also ambition in this area.” Mollema became Dutch time trial champion in June.
In the mixed team time trial, which will be held on September 21, Van der Poel forms the Dutch team with Mollema, Hoole, Ellen van Dijk, Annemiek van Vleuten and Riejanne Markus. “That can be a nice last competition stimulus for Mathieu towards the road race,” says Moerenhout.
Last week, national coach Loes Gunnewijk already announced the women’s World Cup team. Van Vleuten and Marianne Vos are the spearheads in the road race, on September 24 over 165.4 kilometres. The men close the event a day later with a race over 266.9 kilometers.
Maxim Van Gils leaves Vuelta after corona infection
At Lotto Soudal, Maxim Van Gils will no longer appear at the start of the sixteenth stage in the Vuelta on Tuesday. After all, our 22-year-old compatriot has contracted the coronavirus, the Belgian WorldTour formation announced on Monday during the rest day.
“I am very disappointed”, Van Gils said in a first reaction. “The Vuelta has been a main goal for me this season and I worked hard for it. I will now take my time to recover and then focus on the end of the season.”
After fifteen stages, Van Gils was in 80th place in the standings, at 2:11:45 am from leader Remco Evenepoel.
Keisse gets farewell in Kuipke in Ghent
On Thursday 24 November, Iljo Keisse will say goodbye to cycling during a gala evening in Kuipke in Ghent, the arena in which he achieved numerous sporting successes for his own audience. ‘Merci Iljooo’ will be an evening “full of top sport, music, entertainment and a look back at a brilliant career”, according to the organizer Golazo. Tickets are on sale from Monday 12 September, then more information about the program will follow.
Iljo Keisse (39) announced earlier that this year would be his last season as a professional cyclist. The Gentenaar has been riding for Quick-Step since 2010. His victory in the final stage of the 2015 Giro d’Italia is his greatest victory on the road. In track cycling, Keisse piled up the triumphs. He won ‘his’ Ghent Six Days seven times. The competition will take place this year from 15 to 20 November and will celebrate its centenary.
Cameron Meyer (34) hangs bicycle on the hook
Cameron Meyer puts an end to his cycling career at the age of 34. He confirms this on the website of his team Team BikeExchange-Jayco. The Australian achieved a series of successes both on the road and the track. He became national champion on the road in 2020 and 2021 and time trial in 2010 and 2011. That same year he won the Tour Down Under in his own country. He started ten times in a big round. On the track, Meyer became world champion several times, including in the points race, team race and team pursuit.
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Vanmarcke tastes victory for the first time since 2019: “Feel relieved”
After three years without a win, Sep Vanmarcke was allowed to celebrate Sunday in the first edition of the Maryland Cycling Classic (1.Pro). The 34-year-old West Fleming showed himself to be the fastest of a group of refugees. “I feel relieved. It had been a long time since I was able to win a race (since the Bretagne Classic-Ouest-France on September 1, 2019, ed.), I was often sick or injured, and this puts me back on the map”, the rider of Israel Prime Minister Tech. “Over the past few months it has not been easy to get back to a good level and two weeks ago I bruised my ribs. That’s why I had to take some time and missed some important matches. That was a big disappointment but this is a nice way to get back on track.”
Vanmarcke was victorious after a game that was attacked from the start. Eventually a group of 25 riders got away, after which they fell apart on the climbs. “It was heavier than expected. The first 120 km were very difficult due to the heat and the long day on the attack, and the final was also very tough,” continued Vanmarcke. “We knew there would be a succession of climbs, but it was really one bump after another. Also the fact that we escaped with 25 riders after 10 km made it a very tough race. EF took care of the separation after 60 to 70 km, after which we came in front with twelve. Everyone got tired and I also felt it in the final. But I knew I had to pay attention because it was going to break.”
The team initially planned to sprint with Giacomo Nizzolo but he missed the good flight. Vanmarcke took over his role with verve. “I am very proud to win in America. It’s been a while since we’ve raced here, so winning here is really nice,” he concluded.
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