Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly August 13, 2020

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1 min.
start line 13.08

It’s not often that a changing of the guard in cycling is so blindingly obvious as the one we’re currently witnessing. Like the Coldstream Guards marching out of Buckingham Palace with a full band to accompany them, Remco Evenepoel and Wout van Aert’s performances are a sure sign of a handover of the reigns of power to the next generation. We’d seen the start of this last year with Mathieu van der Poel and Egan Bernal taking big wins in impressive style, but now there is a clutch of young riders not just taking their tentative first wins, but blowing away the rest of the peloton as they do so. Evenepoel’s win in Poland, in fact his whole season so far, is mind blowing. Four wins from four stages races from a…

5 min.
bc racing return sees relief, joy and innovation

Racing cyclists in Britain breathed a long sigh of relief – and then drew a deep breath – as competition finally kicked off again under the auspices of British Cycling, following nearly five months of lockdown. Two circuit race meetings on Hertfordshire’s Bovingdon Bomber closed circuit were followed by a Brooks Cycles Track League meet at Newcastle under Lyme last week, with all being hailed a resounding success despite the challenges thrown up by the pandemic. British Cycling’s head of delivery Jonathan Day called the return to racing, “Hugely important. It’s part of the fabric of what we’re about as an organisation, you know, it’s absolutely at the centre of what we do. People race and compete for lots of reasons; because they enjoy it but also because physically and psychologically…

1 min.
the thrill of the race

If you have been itching to get racing again so you can get enough points to maintain that hard-won first or second-category licence, worry not. There will be no ranking points available for any remaining events in 2020, and thus British Cycling has pledged not to downgrade any licences at the end of the season. The emphasis, says BC’s Jonathan Day, is on simply enjoying bike racing again. “We want people just to come back and enjoy it, and have a smile on their face and feel a bit more relaxed about it,” he says, “rather than having to race for ranking points or feel as though they have to build up points to move up categories.” Day says that BC is also conscious of not making riders feel they need to…

2 min.
‘limitless’ van aert bags his maiden monument

Wout Van Aert gave the perfect demonstration of just how flexible a rider he is at Milan-San Remo last Saturday, when he attacked on the Poggio with Julian Alaphilippe, going on to best him in the sprint for what was his first Monument victory. The Dutchman, riding in the colours of Jumbo-Visma, underlined his superb form coming out of lockdown, which saw him take an impressive solo win in Strade Bianche the weekend before. And it seems fans aren’t the only ones impressed with the 25-year-old’s performance; Van Aert himself is enjoying finding out exactly what he’s capable of, as he pointed out in San Remo after the race: “I think it’s super-good that I don’t know what my limits are,” he said. “I’m 25 and it’s really a pleasure to still discover…

1 min.
evenepoel and roglič on form

Young Belgian Remco Evenepoel continued his remarkable season with a win in the Tour of Poland at the weekend. The victory was his fourth from four starts in stage races this year and came about thanks to an audacious 50km lone break on the penultimate stage. Evenepoel takes to the start of Il Lombardia this weekend while his participation at the Giro d’Italia - his Grand Tour debut - is becoming hotly anticipated. His victory was, however, overshadowed by the horrific injuries sustained by his Deceuninck-Quick Step team-mate Fabio Jakobson in the stage one sprint. Jumbo-Visma’s Dylan Groenewegen switched across the road in the sprint and pushed Jakobson into the barriers, a move he was later disqualified for. The Deceuninck rider went over the barriers and hit either the finish line gantry…

2 min.
il lombardia

A solid start to the post-pandemic season, with top sixes in Tour de l’Ain and Route d’Occitanie puts Dutchman Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) in a prime spot to repeat his win in last year’s Il Lombardia. But to do that he will have to contend with team-mate Vincenzo Nibali, who is also due to line up in Bergamo on Saturday and, as a previous two-time winner, will be one of the most successful riders on the starting grid. “It will be super-difficult but I feel like I’m in good form,” Mollema said. I did two races last week and they went pretty well. I think I have the level to be up there again in the final.” The Dutchman felt that he had come out of lockdown well, but he certainly wasn’t alone…