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Thursday, October 13, 2022

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Dirty Feet: Early days of the Tour de France

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Tour de Langkawi stage 2 reports

We posted the report from the race organizer with the results.

Here's the report from GC leader Gleb Syritsa's Team Astana-Qazaqstan:

Another day and another bunch sprint at Le Tour de Langkawi. Today, a massive sprint has decided Stage 2 on the streets of Raub: yesterday’s winner Gleb Syritsa finished third, while the Colombian Juan Sebastian Molano took the win. Later, Molano has been relegated for irregular sprint, so Syritsa became second at the stage.

Here's the sprint.

“Well, once again our team did a great job for me, and I want to thank my teammates for this support. The final sprint was a fast one, maybe it was not the best option for me, but I did all I could and finished third. Perhaps, I missed the right moment to launch my sprint, but I am sure that will do better in the next stages”, – said Gleb Syritsa.

Astana Qazaqstan Team spent another solid day at Le Tour de Langkawi, working hard in front to control the daily break and to protect the race leader Gleb Syritsa. In the last kilometers Astana’s riders did a nice job bringing Syritsa in a good position for the final sprint, where he finished second.

After two stages Gleb Syritsa still keeps the lead in the overall standings as well as in the point classification.

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Giro del Veneto reports

We posted the report from winner Matteo Trentin's UAE Team Emirates with the results.

Here's the report from fourth-place Miguel Angel Lopez's Team Astana-Qazaqstan:

Astana Qazaqstan Team rider Miguel Angel Lopez finished today 4th at the Italian one-day race Giro del Veneto.

The Colombian leader of the Kazakh team spent an impressive day, becoming one of the most active riders of the race.

Matteo Trentin wins the 2022 Giro del Veneto.

“It was fast and tough day as all day long we were riding full gas, from the start and until the finish with no time to breath. Well, I felt quite good, and I am happy I was there to fight for a good result. In the decisive moment I got a good help from Javier Romo, who made a powerful move and strong selection in the peloton, I was able to follow it and to join a small group of the strongest riders. Later, on the climb I tried to do something and finally we went away in five. With no climbs remained in the end I hadn’t many options for the final, so I played all my cards and finished fourth. Today I remained with a “wood” medal, however I am pretty happy with the way I spent this day”, – said Miguel Angel Lopez.

The 85th edition of the race started in Padova and finished in Vicenza after 160 km of racing on the hilly route of Veneto. Five riders made the decisive attack to play the race victory on the streets of Vicenza. The Italian Matteo Trentin won the race, while Astana’s Miguel Angel Lopez finished fourth.

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Pauline Ferrand-Prévot joins INEOS Grenadiers’ off-road roster

The team sent me this release:

The INEOS Grenadiers are delighted to announce that Pauline Ferrand-Prévot will be joining the team on a two-year contract from 2023, supporting the 30 year old French rider’s target to win gold at the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

The four-time World Champion is the latest addition to the growing number of multi-disciplinary athletes racing for the INEOS Grenadiers.

Here's Pauline Ferrand-Prévot having a good day at the 2015 Giro Rosa. Sirotti photo

Confirmation of the off-road star’s signing comes after a record-breaking 2022 season which saw Pauline win the short track, cross country and marathon mountain bike World Championships, as well as the inaugural UCI Gravel World Championships. Having also held rainbow jerseys in both road cycling and cyclocross along with mountain biking, makes her one of the most decorated cyclists of all time.

Pauline said: “Signing with the INEOS Grenadiers is a dream for me. I’m super excited to be joining the off-road team and becoming part of a wider group of riders and the INEOS family of athletes. The INEOS Grenadiers’ professionalism is world-renowned and I have always admired the team’s ethos and spirit.

“To have the 2024 Olympics in Paris is huge for me. I want to be the best rider I can be in front of a home crowd and that will be my main goal over the next two years. An Olympic gold medal is the only one missing from my palmares so it’s the one I want the most. It was a key reason to join this adventure with the INEOS Grenadiers. I still have a lot of things to learn and it is the best team to help me reach my goal.”

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Rod Ellingworth, Deputy Team Principal, welcomed Pauline and praised her talent and dedication: “Signing a world-class rider like Pauline is a huge boost as we grow the number of multi-disciplinary athletes racing as Grenadiers.

“Pauline is a unique talent. Her palmares speaks for itself, especially after just winning four world titles in the space of two months. But what sets her apart and makes her a great addition to the Grenadiers is her drive and grit. She loves the sport and is a natural born racer and that comes through in the way she rides.

“Pauline is on her own journey to try and win gold at her home Olympics and this is an area where we thrive and have proven success. We are excited to support that ambition and help her achieve her goals over the coming years.”

Reflecting on her season to date and the months coming up, Pauline is still hungry for more racing: “The main goal of the season was to be World Champion in Les Gets. I wanted to prove to myself that I could win in my home country with the increased pressure and media attention that brings. Because of the Paris Olympics in 2024 that was an important test for me, and it went perfectly. I had all my family there so it was really cool to win in front of them all. I have now won four World titles in one year and I’m really happy with that!”

“I’m still feeling super good at the moment and really motivated so I’m looking to start cyclocross again in November and try and become European Champion in Namur. After that I will take a small break and then I want to start cyclocross again and be in the best condition for those World Championships.”

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