ag2r la mondiale

Mikel Landa, Vincenzo Nibali and Romain Bardet to face off at Giro del Trentino

The three WorldTour teams at the Giro del Trentino will send strong squads to the four-day stage race in Italy next week

Mikel Landa, Vincenzo Nibali And Romain Bardet To Face Off At Giro Del Trentino

(Photos: Watson/Sunada)

There may only be three WorldTour1 teams competing at the Giro del Trentino this year but the quality of the field remains pretty high, with a host of Grand Tour contenders present. Mikel Landa continues his build up to the Giro d Italia2 in his fourth race for Team Sky. The Spaniard, who finished second to Richie Porte3 in this race last year, will be looking to improve on his 11th and 12th place finishes in stage races so far this season.

In Landa s old team, Astana, Vincenzo Nibali4 takes the leadership role, with a strong band of helpers, including Jakob Fuglsang and Michele Scarponi perhaps a warm-up for the Giro squad. The other WorldTour team, Ag2r La Mondiale5, sends both Romain Bardet the likely leader for the Tour de France6 and Domenico Pozzovivo who could lead at the Giro. Jean-Christophe Peraud also forms part of the formidable squad.

Of the Pro Continental teams, three-time Trentino winner Damiano Cunego will ride for Nippo-Vini Fantini and young Brit Hugh Carthy7 ninth in the Volta a Catalunya is part of the Caja Rural team.

The race starts with a 12.1km team time trial on Tuesday, April 19 and is followed by three mountainous stages.

References

  1. ^ WorldTour (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ build up to the Giro d Italia (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ finished second to Richie Porte (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ Vincenzo Nibali (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ Ag2r La Mondiale (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ Tour de France (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ young Brit Hugh Carthy (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

Teams begin announcing squads for season-opening Tour Down Under

Ag2r La Mondiale, FDJ, Orica-GreenEdge and Trek Factory Racing announce their seven-man squads for January’s Tour Down Under

Teams Begin Announcing Squads For Season-opening Tour Down Under

The peloton on stage one of the 2015 Tour Down Under

Believe it or not, the Santos Tour Down Under1 is only 41 days away and some teams are getting their squads out early. For those riders racing out in Australia in January, Christmas lunch will likely be a little smaller as the training ramps up and Orica-GreenEdge2, FDJ, Trek and Ag2r La Mondiale have given their guys a bit of a heads-up as to who exactly will be going. For Orica, Simon Gerrans will lead the team3 in their home race, hoping to win his fourth overall title in South Australia, while sprinter Caleb Ewan4 will be on hand for the plentiful flat stages.

Trek are giving debuts to four of their new recruits including Jack Bobridge5, who won a stage for Budget Forklifts in 2015. Ryder Hesjedal, Peter Stetina and Keil Reijnen are the other new riders making their bows. Ag2r and FDJ have a more European feel in their squads, with the likes of Cyril Gautier and Domenico Pozzovivo6 lining up for the boys in brown and Steve Morabito and Yoann Offredo among FDJ s seven riders.

Teams for Santos Tour Down Under

Ag2r La Mondiale: Domenico Pozzovivo, Gediminas Bagdonas, Cyril Gautier, Alexis Gougeard, Matteo Montaguti, Christophe Riblon, Jesse Sergent

FDJ: Murilo Antonio Fischer, Steve Morabito, Yoann Offredo, Johan Le Bon, Benoit Vaugrenard, Anthony Roux, Laurent Pichot

Orica-GreenEdge: Simon Gerrans, Caleb Ewan, Michael Albasini, Daryl Impey, Luke Durbridge, Michael Hepburn, Mathew Hayman

Trek Factory Racing: Jack Bobridge, Julian Arredondo, Giacomo Nizzolo, Peter Stetina, Ryder Hesjedal, Boy Van Poppel, Kiel Reijnen

References

  1. ^ Tour Down Under (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Orica-GreenEdge (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Simon Gerrans will lead the team (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ sprinter Caleb Ewan (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ new recruits including Jack Bobridge (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ and Domenico Pozzovivo (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

Jan Bakelants defies sprinters with Gran Piemonte solo win

Belgian Jan Bakelants took the victory in a wet and windy edition of Gran Piemonte in Italy
– Tao Geoghegan Hart in escape on his debut for Sky
– Photos by Graham Watson

Jan Bakelants Defies Sprinters With Gran Piemonte Solo Win

Jan Bakelants (AG2R La Mondiale) wins he 2015 Grand Piemonte

Jan Bakelants (Ag2r1) held off the chasing peloton to win Gran Piemonte in Italy on Friday, having distanced his rivals with a late solo attack. The Belgian launched his winning move with around five kilometres remaining in the 185km UCI 1.HC-ranked race. Initially it looked as though he had gone to early and would not keep the sprinters trains at bay, but remarkably Bakelants managed to maintain his advantage all the way to the line in Ciri just.

Jan Bakelants Defies Sprinters With Gran Piemonte Solo Win

Tao Geoghegan Hart put himself in the day s break in his first outing for Sky

The wet, distinctly autumnal conditions did nothing to dampen Bakelants celebration after taking his first victory of the season and his first win since a stage of the 2014 Crit rium du Dauphin 2. Matteo Trentin (Etixx-QuickStep) brought home the chasers in second, with Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani-CSF) in third. Tao Geoghegan Hart marked his race debut as a stagiaire for Team Sky3 by joining the day s escape group. The 20-year-old Londoner was one of the last of the original 13 escapees to get caught.

GranPiemonte: In early move of 13. Lights out & started freezing in rain @ 170k when break caught.

Huge thanks @TeamSky4 for the opportunity!

Tao Geoghegan Hart (@taogeoghegan) October 2, 20155

Attention now turns to Sunday, where many of the riders in Gran Piemonte will contest Il Lombardia6, the final WorldTour race of 2015.

>>> Il Lombardia 2015 preview7

Jan Bakelants Defies Sprinters With Gran Piemonte Solo Win

Matteo Trentin (Etixx Quick Step), Jan Bakelants (AG2R La Mondiale) and Sonny Colbrelli on the podium after the 2015 Grand Piemonte

Result

Gran Piedmonte 2015: San Francesco al Campo to Ciri , 185km
1. Jan Bakelants (Bel) Ag2r-La Mondiale
2. Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx-QuickStep
3. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani-CSF
4. Eduard Grosu (Bel) Nippo-Vini Fantini
5. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar
6. Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida
7. Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo
8. Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN-Qhubeka
9.

Andrea Fedi (Ita) Southeast
10.

Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin

References

  1. ^ Ag2r (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Chris Froome survives Dauphin crash as Jan Bakelants wins stage six (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Two new Brits sign for Team Sky (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ @TeamSky (twitter.com)
  5. ^ October 2, 2015 (twitter.com)
  6. ^ Il Lombardia (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ Il Lombardia 2015 preview (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)