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Thursday, December 1, 2022

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Davide Rebellin, former Paris-Nice winner, dies after being hit by truck

Here’s the sad report from the Reuters News service:

Davide Rebellin, the Italian cyclist who won the Amstel Gold Race, La Fleche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège in a stellar 2004 season and the Paris-Nice race in 2008, has died aged 51 after being hit by a driver in a truck while training near Vicenza, local media reported on Wednesday.

Davide Rebellin wins the 2004 Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Sirotti photo

Rebellin, who also won an individual stage in the 1996 Giro d’Italia, was killed instantly in the incident, which occurred at Montebello Vicentino shortly before midday, Il Gazzettino reported. The report added that the vehicle did not stop at the scene and that police were looking for it and the driver.

Rebellin, who was ordered to return his road race silver medal from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing after a retroactive doping test, retired earlier this year after three decades in professional cycling.

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Bioracer to continue making Team Uno-X’s clothing

Team UNO-X sent me this press release:

Uno-X Pro Cycling Team and Bioracer have renewed the partnership, making Bioracer the team’s exclusive cycling apparel partner for the 2023 and 2024 season.

Uno-X rider Tobias Halland Johannessen racing in the 2022 Etoile de Besseges

Raymound Vanstraelen founded Bioracer back in 1986 and they are today recognized for their high performance cycling apparel and state of the art speedwear innovations from their headquarters in Tessenderlo, Belgium.

“Long lasting relationships are something we truly value at Uno-X. I’m really thrilled that we have prolonged the cooperation for the next two seasons. Bioracer share our passion and continous drive for development” - Jens Haugland, General Manager at Uno-X Pro Cycling Team

“In the last decade, Bioracer has grown from a Benelux brand to an international cycling brand. To empower this growth, we search for a strong – but matching - presence within the pro peloton. With our Uno-X partnership, we get all-year-round visibility which helps us grow our brand awareness in important markets like Scandinavia.

“At Uno-X we found an ambitious drive for constant innovation to grow to the highest levels of international cycling. Next to this, they work from a solid foundation of youth development with local riders.” – Danny Segers, CEO at Bioracer

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World Champion Remco Evenepoel to race Giro d’Italia

Here’s the announcement from his Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl team

Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl’s Remco Evenepoel will ride the Giro d’Italia in 2023, returning to the race where he made his Grand Tour debut.

Remco Evenepoel at the start of the 2021 Giro d'Italia's 15th stage. He did not finish that Giro, crashing out in stage 17. Sirotti photo

Following an unprecedented 2022, which saw him take fifteen victories, including Liège–Bastogne–Liège, Clasica San Sebastián, two stages and the general classification at La Vuelta a España, and the World Road Race Championships, Remco has set his sights on the Corsa Rosa in 2023.

The 22-year-old Belgian will be on the start line at Fossacesia Marina on the 6th of May, ready to tackle the famous Italian Grand Tour. Next year’s edition will see the riders cover 3448 kilometers over its 21 stages, with an altitude gain of 51 300 meters, and take on the climbs of Monte Bondone, Tre Cime di Lavaredo and Monte Lussari.

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Gianmarco Garofoli joins Team Astana Qazaqstan

Here’s the team’s announcement:

Gianmarco Garofoli is going to join Astana Qazaqstan Team after a season spent in the development team. 20-year-old Italian rider, who rode a few races in the colors of the WorldTour team in 2022, signed a two-year deal with Astana Qazaqstan Team as a neo-pro rider (2023 and 2024).

“Indeed, I am so happy to sign this contract because it is a dream which is coming true. 2022 season became a real challenge for me, and I am so grateful to the team who trusted in me and provided me a great chance to compete on the WorldTour level. I am super motivated to start the new season as good as possible to justify team’s faith”, – said Gianmarco Garofoli.

Gianmarco Garofoli is a young rider, who spent a very solid 2021 season, scoring a stage victory and taking a second place in the overall at Giro Ciclistico della Valle d’Aosta – Mont Blanc. His 2022 season as a rider of Astana Qazaqstan Development Team has been heavily affected by so-called “long-COVID”. However, in the end of the season Garofoli rode a few races with Astana Qazaqstan Team – Veneto Classic and Giro del Veneto, where he supported Miguel Angel Lopez, who finished fourth.

“It was a pretty tough season for Gianmarco Garofoli due to COVID and its consequences, so he could not show his potential, spending a huge part of the season for recovery. However, just several races with our development team and our WorldTour team convinced us to invite him in Astana Qazaqstan Team and to provide Gianmarco a chance as a young and promising rider who is ready to work hard to reach big goals”, – said Alexandr Vinokurov, General Manager of Astana Qazaqstan Team.

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