There’s been a flurry of announcements of new bike sponsors for WorldTour men’s and women’s pro teams, with three teams swapping the bikes they’ll be riding next year. Probably the hardest to get your head around is that the team currently called Mitchelton-Scott will not be riding Scott bikes next year. The underlying licence belongs to GreenEdge Cycling and for 2021 the men’s and women’s teams will be aboard Bianchi bikes. It marks quite a departure for the GreenEdge, whose riders have been on Scott bikes under the team’s various guises ever since it was launched in 2011. The team currently known as Mitchelton-Scott will be riding Bianchi bikes in 2021. Adam Yates (pictured) will also be moving to Ineos-Grenadiers for the new season. Alex Whitehead/SWPix.com According to GreenEdge owner Gerry Ryan: “The UCI WorldTour is consistently seeing more technology innovations and we are confident our collaboration with Bianchi will result in our riders racing on the most cutting-edge road and time trial bicycles, that will deliver many victories in the world’s biggest races.” GreenEdge, whose riders include the Yates twins (though Adam Yates will move to Ineos-Grenadiers and ride a Pinarello for 2021) will ride Bianchi’s Oltre XR4 aero bike, Specialissima climbing bike and Aquila time trial bike. And new bikes for Jumbo-Visma and Sunweb Primož Roglič finished second at the 2020 Tour de France riding a Bianchi. Alex Whitehead/SWPix.com That means Bianchi bikes won’t be under the Jumbo-Visma team of Tour de France runner-up Primož Roglič next year. Roglič, predominantly riding the Oltre XR4, led much of the 2020 Tour but was overhauled by fellow Slovenian – and eventual champion – Tadej Pogačar on the penultimate stage time trial. Roglič’s Jumbo-Visma team will instead be riding Cervélos in 2021. Jumbo-Visma is also founding a women’s team for next year, with its headline signing Marianne Vos. Cervélo says Jumbo-Visma will be using the R5 Disc, S5 and P5, as well as the new Caledonia ‘performance-endurance’ bike, and that it will be developing new products to help support the team. The women’s and development teams will be riding on carbon wheels from the Reserve brand, co-designed by Cervélo. The men’s team currently ride on Shimano wheels and use the brand’s groupsets, but were also seen on unbranded wheels in the Tour and other races, which were made by Corima, so there might be a wheel sponsor change in the offing too. Cervélo enjoyed plenty of airtime with the Sunweb team at the 2020 Tour de France but will supply bikes to Jumbo-Visma in 2021. Alex Whitehead/SWPix.com To complete the sponsor merry-go-round, that leaves Sunweb, after one season on Cervélo bikes this year, riding… Scott bikes. That includes the Scott Addict RC aero lightweight bike for climbing stages and hilly one-day races, the recently-redesigned Foil aero bike for sprinters and flat stages, and the Plasma time trial bike (although not the latest UCI-illegal Plasma 6). All will be kitted out with cockpits from Syncros, Scott’s component brand.
Wyn hits the pits and gets to grips with everyone after the second race of the 2020 season in Maribor.
This year’s Vuelta a España marks the 75th edition of the race and, despite being delayed as part of the revised UCI calendar, the race still features everything we’d expect from the Spanish Grand Tour, with iconic mountain passes and legendary climbs. The race, reduced from 21 to 18 stages, starts on Tuesday 20 October and finishes in Madrid on Sunday 8 November. Riders will cover a total distance of 2,882.8km, made up of four flat stages, eight hilly stages, five mountain stages and one individual time trial. The 2019 Vuelta was won by Slovenian Primož Roglič, who returns again this year hoping to defend his title having finished second at the Tour de France, but all eyes are likely to be on Chris Froome. The four-time Tour de France winner is racing in his first Grand Tour since his crash at last year’s Criterium du Dauphiné. Can he mark his last race for Team Ineos-Grenadiers with a hat-trick of wins at the Vuelta, having previously won the race in 2011 and 2017? If watching the racing isn’t enough for you, indoor cycling app Rouvy has partnered with the Vuelta to allow fans to ride alongside the pros in a virtual grand finale on four stages, taking place on 14, 15, 21 and 22 November. There are prizes up for grabs too. Also, don’t forget that the Giro d’Italia is still in full swing, with riders heading into the mountains for the final week of racing. Find out where and how to watch the Giro in our TV guide. This week there’s Grand Tour racing from the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España. Getty Images / ustin Setterfield / Staff How to watch the 2020 Vuelta a España in the UK Eurosport Eurosport will be broadcasting the race live each day. A monthly pass to the Eurosport Player app will cost you £6.99 or you can get a full annual pass for £39 / £4.99 a month. Eurosport will also show daily highlights. GCN RacePass You can also watch the race live with the GCN Race Pass. UK-based fans can buy either a flexible monthly pass for £6.99 or an annual one-off pass for £39.99. ITV4 ITV4 will broadcast an hour-long highlights show for each stage. How to watch the 2020 Vuelta a España in the US FloBikes US and Canadian viewers can watch the Vuelta a España live on Flobikes. A yearly subscription to FloBikes is available for $150 and includes access to FloSport’s network of 20 sports. 2020 Vuelta a España TV schedule Daily coverage of the Vuelta a España for UK viewers is as follows (subject to change), Stage 1 – Tuesday 20 October 11:25–1645 – Stage 1 live coverage, Eurosport 2 21:30–23:00 – Stage 1 highlights, Eurosport 1 19:00–20:00 – Stage 1 highlights, ITV4 Stage 2 – Wednesday 21 October 11:25–16:45 – Stage 2 live coverage, Eurosport 2 21:30–23:00 – Stage 2 highlights, Eurosport 1 19:00–20:00 – Stage 2 highlights, ITV4 Stage 3 – Thursday 22 October 11:25–16:45 – Stage 3 live coverage, Eurosport 2 21:30–23:00 – Stage 3 highlights, Eurosport 1 19:00–20:00 – Stage 3 highlights, ITV4 Stage 4 – Friday 23 October 11:25–16:45 – Stage 4 live coverage, Eurosport 2 21:30–23:00 – Stage 4 highlights, Eurosport 1 19:00–20:00 – Stage 4 highlights, ITV4 Stage 5 – Saturday 24 October 11:25–16:45 – Stage 5 live coverage, Eurosport 2 21:30–23:00 – Stage 5 highlights, Eurosport 1 19:00–20:00 – Stage 5 highlights, ITV4 Stage 6– Sunday 25 October 11:25–16:45 – Stage 6 live coverage, Eurosport 2 21:30–23:00 – Stage 6 highlights, Eurosport 1 19:00–20:00 – Stage 6 highlights, ITV4 Rest day – Monday 26 October Stage 7 – Tuesday 27 October 13:40–16:40 – Stage 7 live coverage, Eurosport 1 2:000–21:30 – Stage 7 highlights, Eurosport 1 19:00–20:00 – Stage 7 highlights, ITV4 Stage 8 – Wednesday 28 October 13:40–16:40 – Stage 8 live coverage, Eurosport 1 20:00–21:30 – Stage 8 highlights, Eurosport 1 19:00–20:00 – Stage 8 highlights, ITV4 Stage 9 – Thursday 29 October 13:40–16:40 – Stage 9 live coverage, Eurosport 1 20:00–21:30 – Stage 9 highlights, Eurosport 1 19:00–20:00 – Stage 9 highlights, ITV4 Stage 10 – Friday 30 October 13:40-16:40 – Stage 10 live coverage, Eurosport 1 20:00–21:30 – Stage 10 highlights, Eurosport 1 19:00–20:00 – Stage 10 highlights, ITV4 Stage 11 – Saturday 31 October 10:15–16:30 – Stage 11 live coverage, Eurosport 1 20:00–21:30 – Stage 11 highlights, Eurosport 1 19:00–20:00 – Stage 11 highlights, ITV4 Stage 12 – Sunday 1 November 12:45–16:30 – Stage 12 live coverage, Eurosport 1 20:00–21:30 – Stage 12 highlights, Eurosport 1 19:00–20:00 – Stage 12 highlights, ITV4 Rest day – Monday 2 November Stage 13 – Tuesday 3 November 13:40–16:30 – Stage 13 live coverage, Eurosport 1 20:00–21:30 – Stage 13 highlights, Eurosport 1 19:00–20:00 – Stage 13 highlights, ITV4 Stage 14 – Wednesday 4 November 13:40–16:30 – Stage 14 live coverage, Eurosport 1 20:00–21:30 – Stage 14 highlights, Eurosport 1 19:00–20:00 – Stage 14 highlights, ITV4 Stage 15 – Thursday 5 November 13:40–16:30 – Stage 15 live coverage, Eurosport 1 20:00–21:30 – Stage 15 highlights, Eurosport 1 19:00–20:00 – Stage 15 highlights, ITV4 Stage 16 – Friday 6 November 13:40–16:30 – Stage 16 live coverage, Eurosport 1 20:00–21:30 – Stage 16 highlights, Eurosport 1 19:00–20:00 – Stage 16 highlights, ITV4 Stage 17 – Saturday 7 November TBC – Stage 17 live coverage, Eurosport 2000–2130 – Stage 17 highlights, Eurosport 1 1900-2000 Stage 17 highlights, ITV4 Stage 18 – Sunday 8 November TBC – Stage 18 live coverage, Eurosport 20:00–21:30 – Stage 18 highlights, Eurosport 1 19:00–20:00 – Stage 18 highlights, ITV4
If you haven’t seen the sixth/latest version of RAW100, with Brandon Semenuk, you’re missing out and should have a look. If you have, then you might recognize the bike below. Read on for an in depth look at Brandon’s latest creation… If you’re lucky enough to be a Trek C3 athlete, pretty much every bike you ride gets to be a blank canvas. For this project, we had a truly unique build and thus a very unique bike was in order. For this bike, Brandon had the traditional style tattoo artwork of Brett Rees as the centerpiece. Three separate window details on the top tube, and a bit of branding with a classy font… Macro lens details – pretty clean. Artwork on the other side of the downtube. More details…The work coming out of C3 and Project One is always amazing, but this is next level. Okay, how about some bike details? Brandon finally made the switch over to a Trickstuff hydraulic gyro, which means no more cables. A SRAM Level Ultimate brake is on either end of the Trickstuff gyro, meaning unlimited spins and way more braking power. Out back and RockShox Deluxe Ultimate and a RockShox Pike Ultimate up front. Both are custom jobs, but travel is around 100mm front and rear and the pressure is usually freakishly high. This is Brandon’s second year on Industry Nine and I know first hand he’s very happy with the wheels. He’s running Hyrdra hubs and the Enduro 30.5mm inner diameter rims. Matching gold for this bike of course… The artist’s badge… Chromag bits all around – the Synth plastic pedals, and an ultra short (31mm) Ranger stem. Rounding out the cockpit is a standard aluminum Fubar and Brandon’s signature Overture saddle – which is easily the most popular and widely used saddle in slopestyle. Last, but not least – the big guy’s name in traditional font.
The fastest runs from the second race in 3 days.
After two days of the debut race of the UCI DH World Cup 2020 and a week after the UCI DH World Championships, this short, bizarre and ultra-compressed racing season is back in full swing with event #2 in Maribor. Compared to race #1, the weather conditions have improved and the ground has dried considerably from the mud two days ago, just enough to significantly increase grip and speed, but it still remained slippery in many sections of the track. After Friday’s victory, Loris Vergier once again won with the best time, blazing an incredible run with a composed and precise riding, which is getting more and more mature, which reveals the teachings of his current mentor Greg Minnaar. Vergier, after two races, now leads the overall with an abundant advantage. Loïc Bruni rode flawlessly, setting clean and razor sharp trajectories, but it just wasn’t enough to beat Vergier’s time and he finished just 57 thousandths back in second position. Third position for an unstoppable Matt Walker who has been improving and rising up the ranks during this season. The run was constantly in attack mode for the Brit who closed just 4 tenths from the best time of the day. Fourth place for Finn Iles who wowed the public with his super aggressive and dynamic poise. Troy Brosnan landed in fifth position thus sealing a podium of truly amazing athletes who all fought in the space of just one second behind first. It was an incredible performance from Nina Hoffman who with an aggressive run and consistent pacer won her first World Cup, interrupting Marine Cabirou’s series of victories that continued from last season. The Frenchwoman, still leader of the overall, led a run devoid of obvious errors but was not aggressive enough, giving Hoffmann an advantage of almost 2 seconds. Eleonora Farina brings the Italian flag back to the podium with a well deserved third place thanks to a truly convincing run. Fourth position for Myriam Nicole, slowed down by a crash but in general not yet in her best form. Ditto for Thanée Seagrave who finished in eighth place. Tracey Hannah rounded out the podium with the fifth position. Among the Juniors it was Oisin O’Callaghan again to get on the first step of the podium. Thanks to this series of victories in both heats of both races here in Maribor, the Junior World Champion is also dominating the overall of the World Cup. Among the Junior girls it is again Leona Pierrini to establish herself with a clear advantage over her opponents. Complete rankings Maribor # 2 final Elite Men Elite Women Junior Men Junior Women World Cup overall Elite Men Elite Women Junior Men Junior Women The DH is back on track in two weeks with the double appointment in Lousa, Portugal, for the third and fourth stages that will conclude the 2020 UCI DH World Cup season, while next weekend the DH Italian Championships will be held in Viola St. Grée (CN).
The second round of the 2020 DH World Cup is underway in Maribor, stay tuned for live results and updates.( Photos: 1, Comments: 2 )
Check out who will be last down the hill tomorrow for the second round of the 2020 DH World Cup in Maribor.( Photos: 9 )