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Kirchmann praises Team Sunweb's 'MeToo' protocol

Team Sunweb, together with their riders, have developed a #MeToo protocol that is meant to help create awareness surrounding sexual abuse and harassment in the workplace. Canadian time trial champion Leah Kirchmann told Cyclingnews that she feels safer knowing that there are clear behaviour and ethical expectations, and step-by-step instructions for reporting sexual abuse.

"We came up with it last year in the wake of all of the #MeToo stories coming out in the mainstream news," said Kirchmann referring to the #MeToo movement against sexual assault and harassment that went viral in 2017 as a hashtag on social media. 

The movement was a response to the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment, especially in the workplace, and particularly after multiple sexual abuse allegations were levelled against American film producer Harvey Weinstein.

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Cycling has not been immune to reports of abuse. Ten riders filed abuse allegations with the UCI Ethics Commission against Bigla manager Thomas Campana in 2015. This year, Cyclingnews reported in early June that three former Health Mate Ladies riders - Esther Meisels, Sara Mustonen and the father of Chloë Turblin - separately filed complaints with the UCI Ethics Commission, reporting abuses by manager Patrick Van Gansen. In the wake of that report, seven more riders have come forward to corroborate the allegations. Campana and Van Gansen denied all allegations.

"Team Sunweb wanted to take the initiative to show that they believed [abuse] was an important subject to bring awareness. [Management] wanted to prevent things like this from happening within our team," Kirchmann said.

"It's very clear for new staff coming to the team, too. We can show them this document, and our expectations are clear." 

Reporting channels

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Posted on August 21st, 2019, 10:52 pm

Jastrab denied entry to Colorado Classic

Recently crowned junior track world champion Megan Jastrab (Rally UHC) will miss the upcoming Colorado Classic after the UCI denied her request for an exemption that would have allowed the 17-year-old to compete in the 2.1-ranked race.

Jastrab, who won the Omnium and Madison titles at the UCI Junior Track World Championships last week in Frankfurt, Germany, competed in Colorado in 2017 with the Amy D. Foundation composite team and again last year with trade team Rally UHC.

The race's jump to UCI status this year, however, means junior riders are not eligible.

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"I was very disappointed to hear that I couldn't race the Colorado Classic," said Jastrab, who is in transit home to California from Germany.

"I have competed in the last two editions, and it's been a great way to close out the season. This year it was going to be the perfect prep for road Worlds."

Jastrab is not only one of the top up-and-coming riders in the US, her exploits recently on the track and in international competition with the USA Cycling development program have lifted her into the elite ranks among her world-wide peers.

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Posted on August 21st, 2019, 10:43 pm

Colorado Classic 2019 - Preview

The cycling community is waiting with anticipation to watch on live TV the women's-only Colorado Classic unfold between August 22-25. Organisers did away with their men's race in favour of strengthening their corresponding women's event. So far, they've lived up to their promise of offering harder stages, more prize money, and live streaming.

You can watch live streaming of all four stage on Cyclingnews. Our coverage of the event will also include race reports, news, results, and galleries.

Katie Hall will return to defend her title. Instead of competing with her trade team Boels Dolmans, who are competing at the Women's WorldTour Ladies Tour of Norway, she will be leading Team USA. 

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Her teammates, mostly development riders, include Madeline Bemis, Anna Christian, Emma Edwards, Cara O'Neill and Samantha Runnels.

Hall has a strong chance of securing the overall title, given her palmares as one of America's strongest climbers. Last year, she won every stage race she started on home soil: Joe Martin Stage Race, Tour of the Gila, Redlands Bicycle Classic, Tour of California and the Colorado Classic. This year, she helped her teammate, world champion Anna van der Breggen, to the overall victory in California and she finished in a close second place.

The field in Colorado will be much tougher than last year, however, and Hall will face a series of new and potential overall contenders. 

Colorado Classic - two climbing stages, two sprint stages

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Posted on August 21st, 2019, 10:40 pm

Valverde set to hunt stage victories at the Vuelta a Espana

Alejandro Valverde will take to the Vuelta a España start in Salinas de Torrevieja as a nominal co-leader of Movistar, but rather than mount an overall challenge, the 2009 winner will target stage victories at the year's final Grand Tour.

With reigning champion Simon Yates absent from the start list, Valverde's status as world champion means he'll wear the number one on his back. There's no pressure for him to fight for the top places in the general classification, however, even if he might end up there or thereabouts.

"The Vuelta is the race he likes the most, and if he gets results, great," Movistar directeur sportif José Luis Arrieta told Marca. "For Alejandro, what we would like is that he has a good time on the bike, especially this year with the [rainbow] jersey."

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Perhaps more than any other team, Movistar have become known for bringing multiple leaders to Grand Tours and letting the road take care of things from there.

As they did at the past two editions of the Tour de France, the Spanish team has once again gone with three team leaders in the shape of Valverde, Giro d'Italia winner Richard Carapaz, and 2016 Vuelta champion Nairo Quintana, with the latter two men both racing their final Grand Tour for the team before moving to Team Ineos and Arkéa-Samsic, respectively.

At the Tour, where Mikel Landa took Carapaz's place in the triumvirate, the plan was largely the same – for Valverde to target stage wins rather than ride for overall position. He ended up in ninth overall – his 18th Grand Tour top ten placing.

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Posted on August 21st, 2019, 5:40 pm

McNulty: Success of young riders suggests cycling is cleaner

Brandon McNulty believes the recent string of successes from young riders suggests professional cycling is cleaner than ever. The 21-year-old American will move from Rally UHC to WorldTour level next year but is resisting the pressure to keep pace with his contemporaries.

Egan Bernal won the Tour de France this year at the age of 22, the youngest winner in more than 100 years. Elsewhere, 20-year-old Tadej Pogačar has won the Tour of California and Volta ao Algarve in his neo-pro season, and Remco Evenepoel has won the Clásica San Sebastián and elite European time trial title at the age of 19. Meanwhile, 24-year-olds Mathieu van der Poel and Wout Van Aert have taken the road by storm after spending their early 20s dominating the cyclo-cross scene. 

"It's really cool, seeing young guys thrive. I think it's maybe also a sign the sport is cleaner," McNulty told Cyclingnews at the recent Arctic Race of Norway.

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"You kind of hope so. You never know for sure, but you like to think positively. If young guys are doing well, I think that's a good sign for everything. So I think it's exciting for the future."

McNulty is very much part of an exciting new generation. The Arizonian won the junior world time trial title in 2016 and placed second in the U23 race the following year. Having ridden for the LUX development team, he joined Rally in 2017 and turned pro by default when they obtained a Professional Continental licence in 2018. Such was talent he has shown over the years, moving to the WorldTour was a matter of when – not if. 

"There has been interest from several WorldTour teams for a couple of years now," McNulty said. "Luckily enough, I was definitely in the fortunate situation where I kind of had to interview the teams – it was kind of backwards, I guess."

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Posted on August 21st, 2019, 5:12 pm

Fuglsang opts to stay with Astana

Jakob Fuglsang has signed a new two-year contract with the Astana team, keen to continue as their Grand Tour leader despite considering his options elsewhere during the summer.

The Dane turned 34 in March and has enjoyed his best ever season, winning Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Critérium du Dauphiné and taking a sting of placings in tough Classics such as Strade Bianche, Amstel Gold Race and La Flèche Wallonne.

Fuglsang's victory at the Critérium du Dauphiné and strong form made him a favourite for the Tour de France but he crashed hard on stage 1 and eventually crashed out of the race on stage 16 to Nimes, hurting his hand. That also hurt his contract options and meant he has still to truly confirm his Grand Tour credentials.

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Fuglsang has not raced since the Tour de France but was named in Astana's line-up for the Vuelta a España. He will support Miguel Angel Lopez and target stages.

"I am happy to stay with the team as I feel here like at home. I've been with Astana for 7 years already and I am happy to continue. As everyone could see this year, I've really found my spot and I had a great support team around me, from riders to staff and sports directors," Fuglsang said when Astana confirmed his contract extension.

"This year is my best season ever so far and I am still motivated to show more. In the next days I am going to start La Vuelta where I'd like to go for the stages and to try to find the legs for the last part of the season. I am happy that everything worked out perfectly and we are going ahead together with the team for two more years. I hope to be able to deliver more big results for the team in the future."

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Posted on August 21st, 2019, 4:54 pm

Laporte to balance own ambitions with Viviani support in 2020

Christophe Laporte has welcomed the arrival of Elia Viviani and a new lead-out train to the Cofidis team for the 2020 season, saying he’ll be happy to work for the Italian in the biggest races while chasing his own ambitions elsewhere.

Laporte has become the lead sprinter at Cofidis since Cedric Vasseur took the reins of team management in 2018 and pushed Nacer Bouhanni down the pecking order.

The 26-year-old has made big strides since then, winning 11 races and becoming the team’s chief breadwinner. However, the arrival of Viviani, the European champion and a stage winner in all three Grand Tours, sees a new leading figure and a new direction at Cofidis as the French teams steps up to WorldTour level.

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“For sure it’s a good signing. He’s one of the best sprinters in the world, so it’s great news for the team,” Laporte told Cyclingnews at the Arctic Race of Norway.

“It’s a very French team, and he’s going to bring his experience from abroad, and also his demands. I hope he’ll help the team to make progress. I’ve heard good things about him, so I think it’s good for the team.”

Laporte hasn’t yet sat down with Vasseur to discuss his role for next year but sees himself as a secondary leader, rather than a support rider for Viviani.

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Posted on August 21st, 2019, 1:20 pm

Bora-Hansgrohe sign Lennard Kamna from Team Sunweb

Bora-Hansgrohe have confirmed the signing of talented young German stage race rider Lennard Kämna from Team Sunweb as they further strengthen their German-oriented roster and become less reliant on the success of Peter Sagan. 

The 22-year-old Kämna is a former junior time trial world champion and was second in the under-23 road race World Championships in 2017 in Bergen. He joined Team Sunweb for the 2017 season and rode much of the Vuelta a España before focusing on the Worlds.

Kämna is considered one of Germany’s best young stage racers but took time away from the sport in 2018 to reflect on his future and cycling career. He stopped racing after Milan-San Remo but returned last summer at the Tour of Denmark.

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He has raced a full calendar so far in 2019 and made an impressive Tour de France debut, finishing fourth on stage 18 to Valloire after being in the break of the day with eventual winner Nairo Quintana.

Kämna has signed a two-year contract with Bora-Hansgrohe.

"I think it was time for me to take the next step. I'm very happy with my decision to move to Bora-Hansgrohe," Kämna said.

Careful development

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Posted on August 21st, 2019, 1:05 pm

Davide Ballerini signs for Deceuninck-QuickStep

Davide Ballerini will ride for Deceuninck-QuickStep in 2020 after signing a two-year contract with the Belgian squad. The 24-year-old joins the team after spending the 2019 campaign in the colours of Astana and two seasons with Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec.  

"For me, joining this team is a dream. When I spoke to Deceuninck-QuickStep and heard that they wanted me to ride for them it was special, because when I was younger the first time I watched Lombardia it was when Paolo Bettini won it for QuickStep, and I said to myself 'Ok, now I go on my bike and I want to ride for that team!'" Ballerini said on Wednesday.

Ballerini turned professional with Androni in 2017 and spent two seasons at Pro Continental level. The Italian won the Memorial Marco Pantani and the Trofeo Matteotti in 2018 before moving up to WorldTour level with Astana this season. After forming part of Astana's cobbled Classics squad this spring, Ballerini won the road race at the European Games in Minsk in June. Though not a climber, he won the mountains competition at the Tour of California after some aggressive racing.

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"Now my dream has come true and I am very, very happy," Ballerini said of his switch to Deceuninck-QuickStep.

"I am in a good place in my career, where I am trying to become a champion but I am still learning and building, which I think I can do with this extraordinary team. I am looking forward to building with them and learning more about being part of a great squad and how we can be successful together."

Ballerini is the sixth new arrival confirmed at Deceuninck-QuickStep for 2020 after the signings of Stijn Steels, Mattia Cattaneo, João Almeida, Bert Van Lerberghe and Andrea Bagioli. Julian Alaphilippe signed a new contract before his Tour de France success, and Remco Evenepoel has quickly confirmed his huge potential.

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Posted on August 21st, 2019, 12:19 pm

Jumbo-Visma announce new development team

Jumbo-Visma have announced the formation of Development Team Jumbo-Visma for 2020, which will be made up of 13 riders from around the world, all under the age of 20.

The WorldTour team manager Richard Plugge said that it was a dream come true to establish such a squad following the closure of the Rabobank Development Team at the end of 2016. 

Rabobank was the original sponsor of the WorldTour outfit that Plugge took the reins of at the end of the 2012 season, becoming Blanco, then Belkin, LottoNL-Jumbo, and now Jumbo-Visma.

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"I am very proud that, after the disappearance of the Rabobank Development Team, that we've been able to set up a development team with the help of Jumbo and Visma," Plugge said on the team's website.

"Together with, among other things, a school plan [education programme], we want to create growth for Dutch cycling."

While nine of the riders are from the Netherlands, four others come from further afield, with Ireland's Archie Ryan, German riders Michel Hessmann and Maurice Ballerstedt, and Finn Fisher-Black of New Zealand completing the 13-rider team.

You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

Posted on August 21st, 2019, 10:20 am

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