Hello CyclingTips books,
What an opening weekend we’ve just had! It’s a good thing there was just one day off before two most exciting hastens in Belgium, Le Samyn and Le Samyn Dames.
Despite a rise in coronavirus contingencies in Siena, RCS is determined for Strade Bianche to happen. The women’s WorldTour will officially kick off on the white superhighways of Tuscany. The race is set to be one for the books this year if the weather predictions are chastise. Paws crossed we don’t have a repeat of 2020.
Here’s what else you need to know.
Associate EditorAbby Mickey
Strade Bianche will go ahead amid COVID-1 9 rise in southern Tuscany
Strade Bianche, the race where the season shut down in 2020, will go ahead on Saturday, March 6th despite southern Tuscany being on red notify. A 20% rise in the brand-new variances of COVID-1 9 have caused Siena, where the hasten starts and finishes, to go into lockdown.
A representative of RCS told Cyclingnews that the rise in cases will have no impact on the race, only on those who hoped to see the action from the roadside.
As customary with the pandemic, anything can happen.
Patrick Lefevere isn’t afraid of Van der Poel and Van Aert
The team boss for Deceuninck-QuickStep is not afraid of the Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert. Although the on-the-road threat of the cyclocross duo is all anyone can talk about, Lefevere is sure his crew has the tactical upper hand.
When asked about Van der Poel and Van Aert in the forthcoming classics Lefevere said, “do “were having” Wout van Aert on the team? No. Van der Poel? No. We have Alaphilippe, and around him, there are quite a few very strong equestrians and with the collective, we realized Saturday, we still won.”
It’s true that Deceuninck-QuickStep has a myriad of equestrians who can win bike scoots, and their tactics generally play on the numbers. The team was outstanding at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, where they verified the scoot from the start and triumphed with Davide Ballerini.
Neither Van Aert nor Van der Poel raced the commencement of the cobbled Classic, but the two are set to attend Strade Bianche, where Van Aert will be looking to defend his 2020 succes.
Novo Nordisk Development Team proves UCI Continental status in 2021
The Development outfit of Team Novo Nordisk has confirmed they will be stepping it up to UCI Continental this season.
” The feeling of bumping the team up to a Continental Team has been something I’ve been hoping to be able to do for several years now ,” said the growing team’s director Daniel Holt.” One thing that really helped solidify the decision this season is that now the devo and pro teams have the ability to share some equestrians at races, establishing “the organizations activities” the opportunity to continue the development of riders at all levels .”
The Novo Nordisk Development Team will kick off their 2021 season in Croatia this Wednesday. More message become available here.
Trek-Segafredo be prepared for Paris Roubaix
After recovering from Omloop Het Nieuwsblad the women of Trek-Segafredo went out on a little recognisance ride of what’s to come later in the season … the first-ever women’s Paris Roubaix.
The hype for the first edition of the @Paris_Roubaix females develops more and more.Yesterday @lizziedeignan @ElisaLongoB @ellenvdijk @CordonRagot @chloe_hosking and Trixi Worrack explored the 17 different sectors of the scoot … experience pic.twitter.com/ 48 HDp8bdjU
— Trek-Segafredo (@ TrekSegafredo) March 1, 2021
Deceuninck-QuickStep debut’ don’t booze& drive’ jersey for Le Samyn
Deceuninck-QuickStep have partnered with Maes Pils, brewer of Belgian beer, to promote a’ don’t drink& drive’ safarus. The unit will wear new jerseys in Le Samyn on Wednesday featuring a grey strap around the middle and’ don’t glas& drive’ alongside the Maes Pils logo.
. @Maes_Pils& Deceuninck- Quick-Step join forces to launch a brand-new’ Don’t drink& drive’ campaign which will see #TheWolfpack play a unique cycling jersey for Le Samynhttps :// t.co/ DpSb9AUU 3i #DontDrinkAndDrive #MatenMakkersMaes #EntrePotesCestMaes #ItStartsWithUsPhoto @BeelWout pic.twitter.com/ 5oQrfGDcrI
— Deceuninck-QuickStep (@ deceuninck_qst) March 1, 2021
Coming up …
Le Samyn for both men and women will be live Wednesday on Eurosport and GNC +, as well as Sporza and RTBF in Belgium. Last-place year Hugo Hofstetter made the men’s victory in an exciting finale, while Chantal van den Broek-Blaak won the women’s race solo by virtually two minutes.
In bag you missed it
Dave Rome spotlights a tool that travels beep-beep and offers professional level-accuracy, the Pro Team Digital Torque Wrench. In’ Pray for Speed‘ Brian Wagner takes descending to a whole new speed. A accumulation of photos from the first cobbled hastens of 2021. Ronan Mc Laughlin reviews Met’s brand-new Manta aero helmet.
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