RATE SHORT. Lotto-Dstny ends collaboration with Energy Lab – Cyclo-cross World Cup will travel to Dublin, Maasmechelen and Gavere next season | Cycling

Lotto-Dstny ends collaboration with Energy Lab

Lotto-Dstny (today’s Lotto-Soudal) will hire Jeroen Dingemans, Loïc Segaert, Sander Cordeel and Britt Lambrecht from the performance staff from 1 January. This also means that the long-standing collaboration with Energy Lab is coming to an end. Maxime Monfort and Nikolas Maes lead the performance department at Lotto Soudal. They will continue to do so at Lotto-Dstny, with reinforcements from Dingemans (head of performance coordinator), Segaert (performance coordinator), Cordeel (performance coordinator) and Lambrecht (dietician).

“We are very pleased with these acquisitions,” Monfort said in a press release. “All four are young, enthusiastic specialists. Experts in their field and up to date with the latest techniques. They will all maintain a very close relationship with our riders. We are confident that we can grow to a higher level together with them.”

The new appointments have an impact on the collaboration with EnergyLab. “Unfortunately, this means that we have to end the collaboration with Energy Lab,” says Monfort. “We would like to thank them for many years of successful cooperation.” The cycling team has been working with Energy Lab since 2009.


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Cyclo-cross World Cup will travel to Dublin, Maasmechelen and Gavere next season

The Irish capital Dublin, Maasmechelen and Gavere are on the program of the Cyclo-cross World Cup next season. Maasmechelen replaces the Dutch Rucphen on October 30, Gavere takes the place of Dendermonde on December 26. On December 11, the Cyclo-cross World Cup will head to Ireland for the first time. It is the ninth of a total of fourteen WB motos. The first round will be held on October 9 in the American Waterloo, the final round is foreseen on January 29 in the French Besançon.

“We are extremely proud to welcome Dublin”, says Flanders Classics CEO Tomas Van Den Spiegel. “We will race in a thoroughly Irish landscape, which gives Dublin an enormous individuality, just like a Val di Sole or Flamanville last season. In addition, we also had to look for alternatives for Rucphen and Dendermonde. With Maasmechelen we add a Belgian round to look forward to. And finally, on Boxing Day, we will race in Gavere, making the World Cup for next winter a true classic richer.”

“I would like to welcome Dublin and Ireland to the Cyclo-cross World Cup,” adds UCI President David Lappartient. “Organizing a race in a new country is part of the development that the most important regularity criterion in this cycling branch has undergone in recent years, especially since the collaboration between the UCI and Flanders Classics. With Maasmechelen and Gavere we return to one of the traditional cyclocross countries where fantastic competitions and a very warm welcome always await us. All three locations announced will be real assets of the upcoming World Cup.”


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Benoot freed from neck brace

New step in the rehabilitation of Tiesj Benoot. Our compatriot misses the World Cup after a collision at training in Livigno at the beginning of August. Benoot suffered a fracture in a cervical vertebra and had to live with a neck brace ever since. Now he can ditch that brace and wear a soft supportive foam collar. He also rode his bicycle again for the first time. In any case, Benoot will no longer be in action this season, the East Fleming is taking a break to start preparing for the new year in a fit condition in the winter.

Dries De Bondt wins Vichte Textile Prize: “At last another prize”

Dries De Bondt (Alpecin-Fenix) won the eighteenth stage in the Giro d’Italia, but this season mainly won podium places. He was second four times and third three times. “Now it was finally time again. I had to fight for it until the end,” said the 31-year-old former Belgian champion after his victory in the Textile Prize of Vichte.

“We know that it is not easy to start off in Vichte with a small group. This has to be done with a large group. That happened, but then it came down to talking the ‘tugs’ off. So we ended up with thirteen men left in the final and then it was all right and we were able to gradually increase our lead.”

De Bondt played the team game with Sjoerd Bax in the final round. “We each took turns attacking. That’s how we were able to drive Ethan Vernon off. Mark Cavendish had already indicated that he wasn’t great, so Vernon was our biggest competitor. I went on first. Then it was Bax’s turn. When it was up to me again, I managed to cut a small gap. Little by little, that got bigger and so did the belief in a victory.”

De Bondt had started to attack just before Anzegem, the place where he was crowned Belgian champion in 2020. “It always does something to me when I race there. I am happy that I was able to win again in nearby Vichte.”

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Van Rooy leaves Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise

Kenneth Van Rooy (28) leaves Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise and signs for two seasons with Bingoal-Pauwels Sauces-WB. Van Rooy finished third in the Sels scale this year, fourth in the Primus Classic, fifth in the Druivenkoers, ninth in the Heistse Pijl and eleventh in the Tour of Great Britain.

Vlaanderen-Baloise in turn strengthens itself with the Belgian champion in the elite without a contract Vince Gerits. 24, but only 20 when he started cycling and made enormous progress in a short period, despite two years of corona. Gerits is a sprinter and has already won seven times this season. He combined cycling with physiotherapy studies and works as a movement expert and performance specialist.

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Adam Yates to UAE Team Emirates

Adam Yates moves from INEOS Grenadiers to UAE Team Emirates. The 30-year-old Briton signs a contract for three seasons. Yates is an ex-winner of the Clasica San Sebastian (2015). He won the Tour of Germany last month and finished tenth in the Tour de France (ninth after the elimination of Nairo Quintana), almost 25 minutes behind Jonas Vingegaard. He previously finished fourth (2016) and ninth (2020) in the Tour and fourth in the Vuelta (2021).

In total, the twin brother of ex-Vueltawinaar Simon Yates has already booked eighteen professional victories, including the Tour of Catalonia last year and the UAE Tour in 2020. “I am really looking forward to joining UAE Team Emirates. I’ve seen the team grow over the years and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to come here,” said Adam Yates. “I feel my best years are approaching and the team will get the best of me.”

Yates will become a teammate of, among others, two-time Tour winner Tadej Pogacar and Tim Wellens, who is leaving Lotto Soudal.


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Adam Yates won the Tour of Germany last month.
Adam Yates won the Tour of Germany last month. © AP

Guy Niv (Israel-Premier Tech) ends his cycling career

Guy Niv puts an end to his cycling career at the age of 28. “It’s the hardest decision I’ve ever made, but the internal fire that has propelled me forward since I started racing has died down,” he says. “This will come as a surprise to many, but my loved ones know that I’ve been thinking about this for some time. There are many reasons, but the main one is that I no longer have the drive and motivation that are essential to reach the heights I am capable of as a professional rider.”

Niv rode six Grand Tours and became the first Israeli to start the Tour de France in 2020. He finished it in 139th. Last summer he finished 76th in his second participation.

Since his professional debut in 2017, the Israeli has won the national time trial championship in 2019.


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