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MIKEL LANDA IS PREPARING FOR TOUR DE FRANCE

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Murgia, May 20 – Mikel Landa met several Spanish sports journalists online this afternoon. The first point discussed was the end of lockdown and the start of a return to normal life. “The first thing I did – said Mikel – was to go uphill near my house and I remember a strong feeling of freedom”.


The Basque rider has started training gradually again without excessive workloads: “During the lockdown, I tried to maintain my fitness, and now I’m starting to work on intensity and endurance. I feel like I did in December – today to give an example, I trained for 5 hours. Mine and the team’s focus is to make us ready for when we return to the races.”


The first major goal remains the Tour de France which will leave Nice on Saturday, August 29. “I hope the audience can be part of the show; a closed-door Tour would have a different taste”.


“We have yet to agree on the races preceding the Grande Boucle, but the ideal route is the one that passes through the Critèrium du Dauphinè which starts on August 12”.


On the team’s performance at the start of the Grande Boucle, Mikel has a clear idea: “We will be one of the strongest and best-equipped teams to try and win. Together with me, there will be excellent runners such as Wout Poels, Dylan Teuns, Pello Bilbao and the Ivan Garcia Cortina”.


On the first months in the new team, Mikel said: “I am very happy with how I am working with the team; these are the most important years of my career, and I am aware of being in a squad that wants to achieve important goals”.


The Vuelta 2020 starts from the Basque Country, and Mikel commented that he would consider being at the departure. “I like the route with many climbs and many stages in Northern Spain. I would like to be at the start, but I will decide only after the Tour”.


Finally, Mikel commented on the difficult season, “We hope that the worst has passed and we look to the future with confidence. We now have a race calendar, and in a year that’s been as usual as this it’s important to finish the season by competing”.


Warsaw, May 5th - The Tour de Pologne will be raced from 5 to 9 August and will be the first stage race to open up the 2020 calendar following the interruption due to the COVID-19.

According to the new UCI calendar, the race will be reduced to five stages from the seven originally planned so as to leave room for the other re-scheduled races.

In the coming weeks the Lang Team will be working in collaboration with the Polish institutions and the UCI to design a route that can guarantee the high-quality standard and technical level that meet the needs of modern professional cycling, yet within the limits imposed by the circumstances and in compliance with the sanitary regulations.

Further details will be released in due time.

“This news has given us hope and has lifted our spirits” Czeslaw Lang said. “To have some dates to be back
to racing is very important for everyone, the sponsors, the organization and the cycling community. The situation is under constant monitoring and of course it all depends of the evolution of the situation and in particular the decisions of the Polish government. The priority is to safeguard public health, ensuring that the competition can be performed in full safety, under the constraints that the government will decide upon. For now, we are glad that the UCI has given us this opportunity and the organization is already at work to guarantee a new route we will soon unveil in all its details.”

New 2020 Cycling Calendar Unveiled

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Wednesday 15 April 2020

Tour de France to take place from August to September, followed by the World Championships, the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España, Monuments rescheduled as well.

After weeks of uncertainty generated by the coronavirus pandemic that led to hundreds of races being cancelled or postponed, the UCI – after holding talks with the race organizers – has rolled out a new calendar for the 2020 season, which will restart in the summer and include all of the sport’s main events.

As it goes, the Tour de France – originally slated to take place between 27 June and 19 July – will now be run from 29 August to 20 September, benefitting from the postponement of the Olympic Games. The race will keep its parcours, meaning that it will start from Nice and see the riders take on such climbs as Orcières-Merlette, Mont Aigoual, Grand Colombier, Villard-de-Lans, Méribel, and La Planche des Belles Filles, before the traditional finish in Paris.

The race will be followed by the World Road Championships, held in Switzerland between 20-27 September, and the other Grand Tours, the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España, which will keep their three-week format, meaning the season should continue into November. Cycling’s five Monuments – Milano-Sanremo, Ronde van Vlaanderen, Paris-Roubaix, Liège–Bastogne–Liège, and Il Lombardia – will also take place this year, with dates still to be defined, while the National Championships have been moved to the weekend of 22-23 August and the European Championships maintained for 9-13 September.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step CEO Patrick Lefevere talked of the changes implemented to the calendar, assuming that the pandemic will allow so: “I am happy that we have more or less a schedule and that it includes all the big events. Some other races are very likely to take place in early August to give riders the opportunity to arrive in a good condition at the start of Le Tour, which will also be of importance. Of course, it depends from country to country, but the riders could have the possibility to run an intense training program in July, before resuming racing, so that they are fit until the end of the season.”

Julian Alaphilippe, who animated last year’s Tour de France, carrying the yellow jersey for two weeks in addition to a brace of stage wins, also shared his thoughts on the matter: “I’m really happy to finally have a calendar, to see that races like the Tour de France, the Worlds, and the Monuments are planned to go ahead. It’s a light at the end of the tunnel, which is something good for the morale in times like these as it gives you an extra boost to work harder in order to be fit for when the moment will come to be again with my teammates.”

“Of course, the news is quite fresh and we will need to discuss all of the options as a team, but it is a bit of a relief that there is some sort of structure in place and we can look forward to racing again. I have still been training, but without a goal in mind it can be hard, so it’s nice to have some dates to aim for”, Luxembourg Champion Bob Jungels said. “It looks like a condensed period of racing, but I am sure we will all be ready to pin a number on by then and do what we love. Hopefully we are all safe to do so soon and I can look to build my program for the rest of the year with the team.”

From his home in Ireland, where he is training daily on his Tacx rollers to stay in shape, Sam Bennett welcomed the good news: “Finally, today we woke up to some nice news. It’s really exciting to have something to target, this is very good for our sport, for the sponsors, for the riders and fans. We have something to aim for again, which is great. It means the season isn’t lost and that the show will go on a little bit. Hope everyone is excited as I am!”

European ITT Champion Remco Evenepoel was another Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider to talk about the rearrangement of the calendar: “I am glad that we have something, even if it means a few more months before we are back racing. Of course, I will have to talk with the team and work together on a program, but things look better now that we have a calendar and it features the Worlds, the European Championships and all the other historic races. Knowing that they will take place makes me happy.”

“It’s nice to see that we now have some dates and we know when the Tour de France will start, if everything will be fine in the world by then, and we know that the Monuments will be run as well. We can set our goals and plan our training well. We are really looking forward to it and also to see our fans again supporting us from the side of the road, we miss that”, added Yves Lampaert.

Virtual series to offer business guidance for athletes of all sports

Denver, CO (April 10, 2020) — In response to the stalled racing season, the Colorado Classic® presented by VF Corporation today announced the launch of the Business in Sport Webinar Series, a free series of conversations designed to provide education and information for female athletes in cycling and other sports.

“Our Colorado Classic team feels a sense of responsibility to the athletes in the women’s peloton; and since the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak we have been closely watching the impacts the virus has had on the sport,” stated Lucy Diaz, CEO of RPM Events Group LLC.

“With all professional sporting events currently canceled or postponed, our hearts go out to the athletes who rely on competition and prize money to support their livelihoods. We’ve been brainstorming ways in which we can make a meaningful contribution to the sporting community. In this time when so many of us are 'sheltering in place,' we're hoping to make use of this downtime to expand the athletes skills and knowledge, both on and off the bike .”

Kicking off on Wednesday, April 15th, the series will be broadcasted live using Zoom, and feature panel discussions addressing relevant topics that many athletes deal with during their careers. From creating your own brand to attracting sponsorships, the series will bring together industry experts in the sport and business to share their experiences and advice with today’s athletes and team staff.

All discussions are free and open to the public and accessible via RSVP. Though the conversation will be steered specifically towards female athletes, all are welcome.

The educational series is part of the race organizers’ initiative to elevate women’s sports through exposure, opportunity, storytelling and enabling the athletes to make meaningful connections within the community and business worlds.

The Business in Sport Webinar series will kick off next week with:

Look at Me! The Importance of Creating and Promoting your Own Brand
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
2:30 p.m. MST
Via Zoom Conferencing (link)

Panelists include:
Jessica Murphy: co-founder of BibRave, a leading grassroots community, and social marketing agency.
Patrick Crawford: co-founder, and partner at the leading creator-marketing agency Inkwell
Kristen Mayer: founder of Betty Designs, an endurance sport apparel brand built on the concept that women can be both strong + beautiful.
Ellen Noble: Ellen Noble is a professional cyclocross and mountain bike racer riding for the Trek Factory Racing team. Noble has successfully used social media to build her brand and a platform from which to push for equity in sport and beyond.

To RSVP and learn more about the Business in Sport webinar series, visit https://www.coloradoclassic.com/business-in-sports

April 13th, 2020

Blue outfit to wear a jersey created by their fans for their return to competition; contest through April 26th, jersey also signed by team members and sent to the Spanish Red Cross, Italy's Protezione Civile for relief fund against COVID-19
Movistar Team, Alé and Telefónica are setting up on Monday a charity initiative in which they look to involve all cycling fans against the coronavirus pandemic. The Blues' fan base is invited to design the jersey the Telefónica-backed outfit will wear during their return to racing, with some of the jerseys to be signed by all members and delivered to the Spanish Red Cross and Italy's Protezione Civile, with proceeds set to support those most affected by the consequences of the COVID-19 disease.

 

At the website alecycling.com/en/seguimos-conectados-ale, the fans will be able to download the template they will be asked to draw the jersey, with all techniques, manual or computer-based, being allowed (no sponsors can be drawn over). To take part, they only have to post a public Instagram feed picture, using the hashtag #SeguimosConectados and tagging @alecyclingofficial and @movistar_team. A jury made of members of Alé and the Movistar Team will select a shortlist of six drawings, from which the fans will be able to select the final design on April 24-26, also on Instagram, with their votes.

The design picked by the fans will be used by Alé, official technical partner of the squad, to craft the jersey the Movistar Team riders will use at a UCI WorldTour event following their return to racing. The winner will earn him/herself a kit with the new design. Some of those jerseys, signed by the full roster, will be sent to the Spanish Red Cross and Italy's Protezione Civile for a relief fund for those struck by the consequences of coronavirus. The legal terms and participation formula of this contest will remain available here.

3 April 2020

CCC Team has been forced to suspend the majority of team support staff contracts due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, while all rider salaries will be heavily reduced for the rest of the season.

In order to allow the team to operate at a minimum level during the non-racing period, a very small number of support staff will retain their roles.

CCC Team President Jim Ochowicz said the team has been forced to take these measures in the hope that racing will resume this year.

“The decision to make widespread cuts has been a painful process and one that we did not foresee even a matter of weeks ago. The economic implications of the Covid-19 pandemic have had a drastic effect on business for our title sponsor CCC and like other professional cycling teams, we are now faced with a lack of cash flow due to unforeseen reductions in our sponsorships. This aspect of our business is beyond our control. We know there will be no racing until June at the earliest but the situation is constantly evolving and right now, we can only act on a short-term basis. In order to have the budget to race should the season start again, we have had to temporarily suspend all but a handful of staff and heavily reduce rider salaries. As soon as racing can resume, we hope to be in a position to reinstate as many support staff as possible and reevaluate our budget,” Ochowicz said.

“This is a difficult time for everyone and we will continue to represent our sponsors and fans to the best of our ability while we eagerly wait to get back to what we love doing; bike racing. We will do everything possible to keep the team going during this period and hope to bounce back once the Covid-19 situation improves.”

The spring classics are in full swing… on the BKOOL platform. Our team Circus-Wanty Gobert-Tormans made its debut on the virtual Spanish training programme this Wednesday, on the occasion of Dwars door Vlaanderen. BKOOL, coupled to an Elite Smart Trainer, gives our riders the opportunity to accomplish the final of each of the spring classics, until Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

Next Sunday April 5th, the unmissable Tour of Flanders will be presented to our riders. The Kruisberg, followed by the Old Kwaremont and the Paterberg will have to be covered by Wesley Kreder, Jérémy Bellicaud, Maurits Lammertink, Tom Devriendt, Jasper De Plus and Andrea Pasqualon on Sunday morning, at 10 AM. They will accomplish the final 32 kilometer of « Flanders’ finest ».

UP TO 100€ CASH

For this occasion our partner Circus gives you the possibility to win up to €100! Are you able to beat a pro rider? Download the BKOOL app (the first month is for free), subscribe on Circus.be and challenge the riders of Circus-Wanty Gobert-Tormans at each e-classic.

Each participant will receive a discount voucher of €10 for the webshop of Want You Bike. The best Circus bettor of each race will receive a coupon of €50 for the eshop. Finally, €100 CASH will be credited to the rider(s) who beat the riders of Circus-Wanty Gobert-Tormans!

LIVESTREAM

Do you prefer to follow the e-classics from your couch? You can also win presents on Circus.be and social media! The virtual Circus-Wanty Gobert-Tormans races will be broadcasted live on the Facebook page of Circus Sport. There will be many possibilities to win gifts!

In our section « our best odds » we offer fun bets about the e-classics and the performances of our riders. Cycling fans, take advantage of it!

Follow also the social media of Circus and Circus Sport and participate in their games for winning a maximum of presents. Circus-Wanty Gobert-Tormans team shirts, BKOOL memberships, or coins will be up for grabs before each e-classic.

Next up :
* 5/04 : Ronde van Vlaanderen (10AM CET)
* 8/04 : Scheldeprijs (10AM CET - 4PM CET)
* 12/04 : Paris-Roubaix (10AM CET - 4PM CET)
* 15/04 : Brabantse Pijl (10AM CET - 4PM CET)
* 19/04 : Amstel Gold Race (10AM CET - 4PM CET)
* 22/04 : Flèche Wallonne (10AM CET - 4PM CET)
* 26/04 : Liège-Bastogne-Liège (10AM CET - 4PM CET)


The spring with classics was shaken up by the COVID-19 pandemic. Health is essential during this period, in which Circus-Wanty Gobert-Tormans will compete in the spring classics… virtually! Thanks to the online platform BKool and Elite smart trainers, our riders will be able to ride the final of each of the spring races at home, in respect with the precautionary guidelines for public health. But even better, each fan or cyclist will have the opportunity to join our riders to pedal virtually on the day of the classics.

BKool is a simulator and virtual training software that offers the possibility to ride online on the courses of the main races of the international cycling calendar. The Paterberg, the Old Kwaremont, the Kemmelberg, the Mur of Huy, the Cauberg, or the Redoute are some of the difficulties which each cyclist can climb with our riders, from their living room.

The most seasoned users accomplishing the rides with our riders, can attempt to win official Circus-Wanty Gobert-Tormans goodies: cycling kit, accessories, bottles, … but also presents offered by our partners like Circus, Morgan Blue, Elite, Bryton, Northwave, 3Action, Santic, BBB, etc.

Don’t hesitate to join us: the premium membership is free the first month! Subscription and information: https://www.bkool.com/en

This Wednesday April 1st, fans will have the opportunity to join our riders for the final of Dwars door Vlaanderen, for a ride on the last 35.8 kilometers of the final rehearsal before the Tour of Flanders, with for example Côte de Trieu and Nokereberg. At 10AM, cobble specialists Aimé De Gendt, Kevin Van Melsen and French U23 champion Théo Delacroix will be ready to ride. At 4PM Loïc Vliegen, Ludwig De Winter and Maurits Lammertink will tackle the Flemish semi classic.

Frederik Veuchelen (Performance Coach Circus-Wanty Gobert-Tormans):

« During this lockdown period, it’s important to stay in a good shape. Certain riders, like the Belgian and Dutch ones, are privileged, because they are allowed to train alone or by two on the road following their national regulations in force. Others, like the residents of France, Italy or Spain have to stay at home. But anyway, caution prefers everybody to stay at home, in order to avoid risks. The BKool simulator, coupled to our Elite home trainers, offers the possibility to recall the final of the classics and to train virtually on the toughest difficulties. In this way, our riders can stay in shape and accomplish the hours on the home trainer in a nicer manner. It is also a perfect solution for bringing our riders and our fans together on the bike. They can challenge each other, offering intense training incentives! »

Dates :

* 1/04 : Dwars door Vlaanderen (10AM CET - 4PM CET)
* 5/04 : Ronde van Vlaanderen (10AM CET - 4PM CET)
* 8/04 : Scheldeprijs (10AM CET - 4PM CET)
* 12/04 : Paris-Roubaix (10AM CET - 4PM CET)
* 15/04 : Brabantse Pijl (10AM CET - 4PM CET)
* 19/04 : Amstel Gold Race (10AM CET - 4PM CET)
* 22/04 : Flèche Wallonne (10AM CET - 4PM CET)
* 26/04 : Liège-Bastogne-Liège (10AM CET - 4PM CET)


We are delighted to announce the launch of the Team Bahrain McLaren // Ride As One Series, presented by Merida and Bapco. To kick things off, Mark Cavendish will be leading our first group ride on Thursday, April 2nd at 5pm CET / 4pm GMT / 8am PST⁣.


Cav will take riders on a flat-ish 60mins ride at moderate pace for the first 50mins, and then who knows what will happen.

The star sprinter will also be rolling out our virtual team jersey for the first time. Plus, Cav will be streamlining it all on Instagram Live, so you can interact with him there too.


The #RideAsOne series takes place every Thursday at the same time, with Ivan Cortina featuring on April 9th.


All are welcome, so get involved.

Thursday 02 April 2020 - 17:23

The “Lockdown Edition” of the race will take place this Sunday.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all races haven been scrapped at least until the beginning of June. One of these events is the legendary Ronde van Vlaanderen, one of cycling’s five Monuments and a race our team has won on seven occasions – 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2017, and 2018 – with four different riders.

But the organisers, together with Deceuninck – Quick-Step, have found a way to hold Flanders, albeit in a different format, on its scheduled date, April 5, when 13 riders – including Remco Evenepoel, Yves Lampaert and Zdenek Stybar – will tackle the final 32 kilometers, and with them, the famous Kruisberg, Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg climbs, online and from the comfort of their homes.

“I never thought I would make my Monument debut this way, but it’s still better than nothing. I guess I’m the first rider in history to race a Monument for the first time on a smart trainer, and as strange as it may sound, I am looking forward to it. From what I understand, it will replicate the conditions of Flanders, so it should be quite a tough test”, 20-year-old Evenepoel said of the race which will be livestreamed on our website this Sunday.

“It’s a difficult time for everyone, but we really hope this project will bring some happiness and a glimmer of hope to all the fans in Belgium and around the world, who will have the possibility to watch us live as we race the final part of Flanders”, added Yves Lampaert.

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