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Vini Zabù KTM’s Daniel Pearson Gets PEZ’d!

01/11/2021 23:29

Rider interview: Daniel Pearson has not been hanging about since he won the junior British road championship, way back in 2011. With a long list of teams, the next chapter to his life story is with the Italian ProTeam, Vini Zabù-KTM. Ed Hood caught up with the Welshman to hear his story.

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Daniel Pearson may only be 26 years-old but he’s done a couple of laps of the block. The Welshman was British Junior Road Race Champion back in 2011 and since then has ridden at Continental and Pro Continental level from Croatia to China via the Ardennes Classics. And he has that quality which is essential if you wish to be a professional cyclist enjoying continuous employment in the current environment – persistence.

Let go by UK Continental team Canyon dhb at the end of 2020 he made a science of getting a ride this year. His persistence paid off and for season 2021 he rides with Italian ProTeam (the new UCi definition for Pro Continental) Vini Zabù – KTM under the auspices of the imposing figure of Luca Scinto. We caught up with Daniel recently for a wander through his career.

PEZ: British Junior Road race Champion in 2011, your memories of that day?
Daniel Pearson:
That’s a long time ago! It was a bit of a turn up for the book, I wasn’t that well known and that year there was a strong group of guys riding – Matt Holmes who’s with Lotto-Soudal; John Dibben was with them too but has called it a day; Chris Latham who was with me at Wiggins; Owen Doull, who’s with Ineos; Harry Tanfield who’s just gone to Qhubeka. . .


PEZ: You were a ‘Zappi Man’, riding with Flavio Zappi’s development squadra in Italy in 2013?
Overall that was a good experience, the ‘trying to be as skinny as possible’ thing was difficult for some guys but whilst it was a school of hard knocks it was great fun.

PEZ: Your second season with Zappi saw you get some nice results, top 10 overall in the Giro Valle d’Aosta – which is a major u23 stage race – and top 20 in the Piccolo Giro di Lombardia.
Yes, I had a good year and caught the eye of the Zalf team for season 2015 as a result.

PEZ: Tell us about Zalf.
It’s a long established, strong Italian amateur/u23 set up which has a big rivalry with the Colpack team – but that year we were the best; we had guys like Gianni Moscon, who’s with Ineos now and Andrea Vendrame who’s with AG2R on board. I was going OK with fifth on GC in Aosta but had dislocated my finger a couple of days before and rode the whole race with a big bandage on it. It was a great set up; one of the sponsors was in the hospitality business with a hotel and restaurants; after training we’d go to the restaurant and get fed like kings in the ‘secret’ staff dining room.


PEZ: Wiggins for 2016.
They approached me; it would be difficult to turn down an opportunity to ride with Bradley Wiggins. The team had a great programme, I had 55 days of international racing with them that year but felt mediocre for most of that year; the person who was supposed to be looking after my training that year didn’t really give me best guidance. I was living with James Knox in Girona and did 30,000 kilometres that year – too much, I had great base but just wasn’t sharp enough.


PEZ: How did you get the Aqua Blue ride for 2017?
My agent, Andrew McQuaid organised that, he did well because I felt 2016 was mediocre for me. The race programme was good but I would have liked to ride more climbing races. The second season I had a good ride in the Tour of Croatia where I was sixth but I got sick after that although I was just outside the top 20 in the Yorkshire. After that it was Norway and the Fiords; I hadn’t recovered for the Tour of Switzerland and had to abandon Austria.

PEZ: Aqua Blue folding, did you see it coming?
Not at all, it was a bolt from the blue, I woke up and saw it on Twitter.

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PEZ: The inevitable question – those bikes?
One of the big problems was that the groupset wasn’t a road gruppo, it was a one X cyclo-cross set up and so wasn’t the lightest. There was the problem with chains coming off, the big jumps between the gears and the huge deflection on the chain when you were in the biggest sprocket. Gear changes in the hills were hard, the difference in cadence was difficult for your legs to handle. It was a nice experiment and OK for flatter races but they should have given us the option of two chainrings for mountainous races.

PEZ: Back to the UK for season 2019 with Canyon.
It was a good atmosphere on the team, they were ambitious. Unfortunately, along with nine-or-so other riders I picked up a virus the first year at the Tour of Yorkshire and was DNF.


PEZ: But you came back well from that, just outside the top 10 in Rhone-Alpes Isere Tour and then a stage win and fourth on GC in the Tour de la Mirabelle.
That 11th place in Rhone-Alpes was actually a better ride than it looks, at one stage I crossed a three minute gap to get to the break but then there was the usual; guys sitting up. But that ride gave me a lot of confidence for Mirabelle; the stage I won I was away with Simone Ravanelli, who’s with Androni Giocatolli now, I got the better of him at the line – it was nice to get my arms back up in the air. But that was at the start of June and then in August I rode the Druivenkoers – Overijse where there was a crash on one of those narrow climbs through steep bankings you get in Belgium, I managed to avoid it but a guy fell against me and pushed me into the banking. I must have landed on something hard and was in a lot of pain with it for weeks after.

PEZ: Lockdown?
I rode the Tour of Antalya in February and then with all of the UK and most of the continental races cancelled I just decided to train hard right through it; three days of big rides then a day off and repeat for six weeks – I took a break and then did another four/five week block which took me up to the Ventoux Challenge, my last race.


PEZ: Vini Zabu – KTM?
Tim Elverson the team manager at Canyon obviously saw me as surplus to requirements and I didn’t have a ride with the team for 2021. I’d done a test with trainSharp Cycle Coaching and my Coach said to me that my numbers were too good to talk about quitting. I knew in early November I didn’t have a ride and I decided to make a full time job of searching for a ride. I’ve made a lot of contacts and put my CV out there; Simone Velasco who’s with Gazprom now but who I knew from my Zalf days put a word in for me with Luca Scinto, we exchanged emails, spoke on the phone and agreement was reached. I’ll be based in Cardiff and fly in and out as necessary; my training has been going well and I was looking forward to the first training camp but the Covid situation means that has had to be cancelled; so right now I’m not sure what’s happening.

# You and many others, Daniel – we’ll be keeping our eye out for the man when hostilities resume. #


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EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!

01/11/2021 23:29
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The Spanish training camps have started, but the Mallorca races have been cancelled – TOP STORY. A full sack of other news: The Belgian cyclocross champs, UAE Team Emirates get covid vaccine, DSM wanted out of Hirschi’s contract. Rider news: Tadej Pogačar want to win the Tour again, Wout van Aert contract, Peter Sagan, Davide Cimolai, Tom Dumoulin, Elia Viviani, Diego Rosa and Guillaume Martin race schedule, Caleb Ewan talks sprinting, Eduard Prades and Ruben Guerreiro injured and Francisco Ventoso retires. Team news: Bahrain Victorious goals for 2021, BORA-hansgrohe and Red Bull, Global6 cycling team, Cofidis women’s team, DSM and Jumbo-Visma rent hotels and Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux kit for 2021. Race news: Teams for the Grand Prix La Marseillaise, U23 Eschborn-Frankfurt cancelled, Italy wants the 2026 World cross champs and RAI lose the Giro. Doping news: Prison for Dr. Schmidt and contract for Stefano Pirazzi. Big EUROTRASH coffee time!

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TOP STORY: Covid news: Challenge Mallorca Postponed
The Challenge Mallorca has been postponed due to the corona virus. The Spanish series of one-day races would have taken place from January 28th to January 31st. Tour winner Tadej Pogačar, among others, had already agreed to participate.

The serious health crisis that Mallorca is facing as a result of the corona virus and the current corona measures, make it impossible for the organisation to hold the four races at the end of this month. The organisation has submitted a request on to change the dates to 13 to 16 May. “We deeply regret having to make this decision, but the current situation forces us to take responsibility and give priority to the health of everyone involved in the race,” said race director Manuel Hernández. The Challenge Mallorca would have had its thirtieth edition this year.

The Challenge Mallorca consists of four races: the Trofeo Ses Salines, the Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana, the Trofeo Andratx and the Trofeo Playa de Palma. Seven WorldTeams had already agreed to participate, including UAE Emirates. Tour winner Tadej Pogačar would have started his season on the Spanish Island.

Mallorca sprint 2020:


Belgian Men Cyclocross Championship 2021
Wout van Aert won Belgian cyclocross championships for the fourth time in his career in Meulebeke on Sunday. The new father was unbeatable on the West Flanders course. He crossed the finish line with a thumb in his mouth. Toon Aerts and Michael Vanthourenhout fought it out behind Van Aert for the silver; Aerts took it ahead of Vanthourenhout.

Quinten Hermans had the best start, but the others were on his wheel. Due to an early rider jam, Michael Vanthourenhout and Eli Iserbyt fell back. The two favourites had to chase. Laurens Sweeck set the pace at the front. On the second lap, Wout van Aert made the jump to Sweeck, but it was mainly the Jumbo-Visma rider who took the initiative. He put the 2020 champion under considerable pressure and, in the third lap, dropped him. Toon Aerts followed in third place at more than 10 seconds. Vanthourenhout rode away from Hermans and Gianni Vermeersch.

Van Aert maintained a solid pace and extended his lead to 25 seconds. Behind him, Aerts took over second place from Sweeck, who also had teammate Vanthourenhout on his shoulder. The three entered the sixth lap of the nine together. On that lap, Sweeck lost the wheel after an acceleration by Aerts, which only Vanthourenhout could follow. Meantime, Van Aert kept his lead of half a minute over the Aerts-Vanthourenhout duo in the final part of the race. The pursuers kept the pressure high, but Van Aert held out to receive his fourth national cyclocross title.

The battle for the silver medal was settled in favour of Toon Aerts, who managed to distance himself from Vanthourenhout just before the start of the penultimate lap. The leader of Baloise Trek Lions retained a small gap on the Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal rider in the final laps for second place.

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Belgian champion, Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma): “I didn’t want to say it, but I barely slept six nights, but apparently I don’t need that if you live on a pink cloud. I would like to dedicate this victory to my son Georges and my wife Sarah. It’s been nine months since she took care of it. And this week… Merci Sarah! I felt good in the beginning and was able to expand the gap in a good way. From half the cross I sat à bloc. I had to try to keep that lead, but that was hard enough. I am really very satisfied with this title.”

Belgian Men Cyclocross Championship Result
1. Wout van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma
2. Toon Aerts (Bel) Baloise Trek
3. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal
4. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal
5. Tim Merlier (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
6. Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Credishop-Fristads
7. Quinten Hermans (Bel) Tormans CX
8. Diether Sweeck (Bel) Credishop-Fristads
9. Jim Aernouts (Bel) Baloise Trek
10. Daan Soete (Bel) Group Hens-Maes Containers.

Full race on Tiz Cycling:


Belgian Women Cyclocross Championship 2021
Sanne Cant has taken the women’s Belgian cyclocross title for the twelfth time in a row. The 30-year-old leader of the IKO-Crelan team won the gold medal in Meulebeke after a tough solo. Road champion Lotte Kopecky kept the pressure on Cant throughout the race, but had to settle for silver. The bronze went to Alicia Franck.

The fast start was for Sanne Cant, who distanced herself from the others after the first obstacles. Alicia Frank and Lotte Kopecky followed at a few seconds, followed by a group including Ellen Van Loy. But the top-3 was soon formed: Cant, Kopecky and Franck soon separated from the rest. There was no competition for Sanne Cant on the versatile course in Meulebeke, who has not been able to win since her Belgian champs victory in 2020. After two laps, the difference with Kopecky was 15 seconds and with Franck 25 seconds. It was everyone for themselves in West Flanders and the medal winners were determined early on.

Kopecky, the Belgian road champion, managed to keep the pressure on leader Cant. For a long time the gap fluctuated between 10 and 15 seconds. At one moment Kopecky seemed to close the gap on Cant, but the IKO-Crelan rider recovered and lengthened her lead again. The pace of Kopecky forced Cant to keep going. The eleven-time champion could not rest on her laurels and could not afford a mistake. At the start of the final lap, the lead of the three-time world champion had grown to a reassuring 19 seconds, which she held to the finish.


Belgian champion, Sanne Cant (Iko-Crelan): “Nine seconds doesn’t sound like much, but it’s quite a bit on a fast course. That’s why I was never really nervous. It was a difficult course. That was a bit predicted, but during the reconnaissance it started to thaw. During the first lap, the sand section had also ridden quite loose, so that was a bit of a surprise. But in itself I think we had a long cross and that I finished it well. I have tried to make few mistakes. It is always a bit exciting for a Belgian championships. It had also been a long time since I had to put on the team jersey. It took some getting used to, but I am happy that it can go back into the closet for the Belgian jersey. It is a nice course and I am looking forward to a World championships in my own country. Unfortunately it is without an audience. I’m going to give the best of myself, and not just give up. You should never underestimate anyone and I certainly did not do that with her (second placed Lotte Kopecky). She started without pressure and is very technical and strong. I do not think that she would be second.”

2nd, Lotte Kopecky (Liv Racing): “I had a good time and at one point I started to believe in it, because she did not ride away from me Sanne Cant). I felt I was losing time on certain technical parts, so I can actually live with it, but during a certain sand section just before the end it went badly, and the gap was really made there. It went well. I was able to maintain my pace and I thought it was nice that I could resist. Sanne made a gap in the first lap and that remained the status quo after that. I was curious for myself how far I could get, then this is certainly not bad. Next year is a very important year. Only after the Olympics, or actually only after the World championships on the road, will I decide what I want to do next. I try not to spend too much time on that now. I look a bit at Lucinda Brand, who is also a good road cyclist. What she does in the cross is really good, but there is a lot of work for me technically. That will not be done 1-2-3. I am certainly not in top form, because I peak towards the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and spring.”

Belgian Women Cyclocross Championship Result:
1. Sanne Cant (Bel) Iko-Crelan in 48:39
2. Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Liv Racing at 0:22
3. Alicia Franck (Bel) Alphamotorhomes-Doltcini CT at 1:38
4. Laura Verdonschot (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal at 2:17
5. Ellen Van Loy (Bel) Baloise Trek at 2:19
6. Marthe Truyen (Bel) Baloise Trek at 2:47
7. Loes Sels (Bel) Iko-Crelan at 2:49
8. Suzanne Verhoeven (Bel) Vondelmolen de Ceuster CT at 3:10
9. Kiona Crabbé (Bel) Ciclismo Mundial at 3:50
10. Karen Verhestraeten (Bel) Iko-Crelan at 4:08.

The finish:


UAE Team Emirates Gets Covid Vaccine
The first riders and staff of UAE Team Emirates have been vaccinated against the corona virus, La Gazzetta dello Sport reports. All riders who are currently staying in Abu Dhabi for a training camp have now registered for vaccination.

Team boss Mauro Gianetti previously announced that members of UAE Team Emirates would be vaccinated against the corona virus during the training camp. The covid vaccine is from the Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinopharm Group. The vaccine is produced by China, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates. The vaccination consists of two doses. Gianetti had previously been vaccinated against the coronavirus, as part of a large group of volunteers trying out the Sinopharm Group covid vaccine. “I had no contraindications. We have already coordinated and planned it all with the medical staff. We are ready.” The riders who will resume racing soon, such as Tour winner Tadej Pogačar, will be vaccinated first, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport. “As a team, we are extremely proud of the efforts made by the United Arab Emirates. We are very relieved to have been given the opportunity to protect ourselves and other people by getting vaccinated against the virus.”

UAE Team Emirates was hit by some corona cases in 2020. Top sprinter Fernando Gaviria even got infected with the virus twice. Team osteopath Dario Marini also fell ill and was even in intensive care for a while.

First in the queue for the vaccine:
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Lefevere on the Covid vaccination: “I don’t want to be on the front page with this”
UAE Emirates riders and staff, including Tour winner Tadej Pogačar, were given a corona vaccine last week. The team is the first in the peloton. Patrick Lefevere, manager of Deceuninck – Quick-Step, has his thoughts.

UAE Emirates announced on Friday that almost the entire team has been vaccinated against the corona virus. Lefevere said to Sporza that the Emirates team vaccinations do not make him jealous. “That means that they are more efficient than us? I think it mainly has to do with the country. I don’t think any team can touch a vaccine right now unless they do it in a devious way.”

He suspects that the Emirates have good ties with China and they paid for it. “But it doesn’t make them race faster. Although you are safe if you have received a vaccine.” The team manager does not hope for accelerated access to the vaccine for his team. “I wouldn’t like to be on the first page of the newspaper and everyone saying that the riders are allowed a bit more because they ride a bicycle. Athletes just have to queue up, just like everyone else.”

Patrick will need his masks a bit longer:
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Team DSM Wanted to Get Out of Hirschi’s Commitment
The sudden departure of Marc Hirschi from Team DSM and his transfer to UAE Team Emirates caused quite a stir. It was probably mainly about money, wrote the Swiss paper Blick. The truth is a bit more complicated, says Team DSM.

“Marc Hirschi is now a cycling millionaire,” Blick headlined. According to the Swiss newspaper, a difference of opinion cannot be ruled out, but the transfer probably has mainly financial reasons and the winner of a Tour stage and Flèche Wallonne can earn a million Swiss francs (converted to about €923,000) with his new employer. As a neo-pro he reportedly earned the minimum wage of €29,370 in 2019.

The truth is a bit more complicated, Team DSM told Het Laatste Nieuws. According to Iwan Spekenbrink’s team, Hirschi has not been bought away. Also, UAE Team Emirates did not violate the agreement between teams not to take over each other’s riders while they are still under contract. Therefore, UAE Team Emirates would also not pay a lump sum. According to the newspaper, DSM apparently wanted to get out of the ongoing commitment.

For legal reasons, Hirschi’s departure was announced late. Team DSM made no statement about why the team wanted to get rid of the promising rider.

Why did Marc Hirschi move on?


UAE Team Emirates signs Marc Hirschi
Swiss talent joins the Emirati squad on a 3 year deal.

The 22 year old from Bern, Switzerland had a breakthrough season in the pro ranks in 2020 with highlights including a stunning solo stage win in the Tour de France, victory at Flèche Wallone, second place at Liege-Bastogne-Liege and a bronze medal at the World Championships.

Hirschi, former under-23 World Champion, will now join the team at their pre-season camp in UAE.

Marc Hirschi: “Firstly, I’d like to thank my previous team for everything they’ve done for me over the past three years. I am now happy to be able to say that I am joining UAE Team Emirates. I’m really excited about the move. We share the same approach and goals. The UAE team is moving in the right direction and have been growing a lot over the past years. I look forward to benefit from that dynamic, both for the team and the development of my career. Now I’ll turn my attention to the training camp and getting to know everybody and settling in. This will be my first time ever visiting the UAE so I look forward to discovering the country.”


Pogačar Wants to Defend Tour Title
Tadej Pogačar won the Tour de France in his second professional season and the Slovenian climber hopes to confirm his Tour win. “Of course I would like to defend my Tour title,” said Pogačar, who will not only focus on the French race.

The 22-year-old rider experienced his breakthrough at the highest level two years ago as a first-year professional, but went one step further in 2020 with a win in the Tour de France. However, Pogačar is far from finished in cycling, he said in an interview with the Tour of Valencia. “It is not difficult to motivate myself, because I love to race. I still want to achieve many things in cycling. Of course I would like to defend my overall victory in the Tour de France, but there are other important races. I also hope to win other major races.”

Pogačar, who also won the Tour of Valencia last year, is already thinking about the new cycling season. “I can look back on a good winter period, with a short holiday in the United Arab Emirates. That was nice, but we are now again dealing with stricter corona measures. I am now mainly training again, while I am also busy with sponsoring obligations and media requests. However, I do enjoy it and can’t wait to race again soon.” Pogačar should have started his season with the Challenge Mallorca, but that will now not happen.

Valencia again in 2021?


Wout van Aert on Contract Negotiations
The negotiations between Wout van Aert and Jumbo-Visma about a new contract “look good”. The new father and Belgian cyclocross champion told Sporza. “I would have preferred to have it all right, but it has to be one hundred percent all right.”

The question is when he will renew his expiring contract with Jumbo-Visma. “I’ll ask my Dutch friends about that,” laughs Van Aert. “It is true that I can let it go. I think I’m in a pretty luxurious situation in that area. I would rather have it right, but it has to be one hundred percent right. We are working on it and I think it looks good.”

“At the moment I have a lot of other things to work on, so luckily I am seriously relieved about that by my manager. He follows it all up. It looks good and it will come naturally,” he added.

Earlier this week, WielerFlits reported that main sponsor Jumbo Supermarkets is assuming a contract extension for Van Aert. Ton van Veen (chairman of the supermarket chain) spoke about it at a New Year reception. “He still has a commitment for this year, but we want to keep him with us for longer. Those negotiations look very good. We will also hear that in the coming days and we are very happy with that.”

Things looking good for Wout van Aert:


Sagan Rides the Classics, the Giro, the Tour and the Games
Peter Sagan is planing for a packed race schedule in 2021. The Slovak will ride the Classics, followed by the Giro d’Italia, then the Tour de France and finally the Tokyo Olympics.

Peter Sagan’s program was announced by Ján Valach, his fellow countryman and one of the DS at BORA-hansgrohe. Last year, the three-time world champion rode the Tour and made his debut in the Giro. “That was a serious change from the traditional program,” says Valach in Pravda, Slovakia. “I think he did well. He fought for the green jersey every day in the Tour and continued that line in the Giro. He lacked better preparation, because in other years he had a fuller schedule for the Tour.”

Although he did fight for it, Sagan didn’t win the points jersey in either race, but did win a stage in the Italian tour. His sports director thinks that the Slovak is still strong enough to go for an eighth green jersey in the Tour. “He is one of the fastest riders and can also handle demanding stages. Sometimes he also lacked luck. Or they took his points (in the Tour stage to Poitiers). I still think that was a heavy punishment, but it no longer makes sense to discuss it.”

Sagan will turn 31 at the end of January, but Valach still sees room for improvement with his rider. “Mainly in the Classics, we have already talked about that several times. He is now at the ideal age for this. In any case, they will be his main target in the coming seasons. Of course, it is also important that he retains his mental energy and that he enjoys it anyway. He is a fighter and he can still take victories, especially in the classic races and also in the bunch sprints – if the situation is optimal for that.”

Sagan’s contract expires at the end of this season, but Valach does not want to anticipate a possible departure from BORA-hansgrohe. “We have no time pressure, these are matters for the managers. Peter focuses on his training and performance in competitions. A change of shift? I don’t want to speculate about that. We feel good here.”

Peter Sagan will make his appearance in the Flemish opening weekend this year. The BORA-hansgrohe leader announced in an online press conference in the run-up to the season. The last time Sagan raced in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne was in 2017. In recent years, Sagan has always started his season outside of Europe, namely in Argentina (2020) and Australia (2019 and 2018). He also started in the Tour Down Under four years ago. In 2017, Sagan was very strong in the opening weekend: second in the Omloop and won in Kuurne a day later.

The Slovakian program also includes Milan-San Remo, E3 Saxo Bank Classic, Gent-Wevelgem, the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. In the run-up to his start of the road season, Sagan is organising three training camps. He is currently in Italy near Lake Garda. After that, camps will follow in Gran Canaria and in the Sierra Nevada.

Peter Sagan Giro stage win:
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Cimolai is Aiming for Milan-San Remo and Giro d’Italia
Davide Cimolai did not have his best year with the Israel Start-Up Nation team. The 31-year-old Italian did not win in 2020. Nevertheless, the sprinter is eagerly looking ahead to the upcoming season, in which he dreams of victories in Milan-San Remo and the Giro d’Italia.

“Without a doubt Milan-San Remo is the best race for me. It is one of the five monuments and the competition that best matches my qualities. I rode it for the first time in 2012. Then I helped Damiano Cunego on the Poggio. Those emotions were great.”

In the years that followed, Cimolai was at the start of La Primavera almost every year, with the highlight being eighth in 2016. This season the Italian is preparing via the Tour of Valencia, Clásica de Almería, Ruta del Sol, Trofeo Laigueglia and Tirreno-Adriatico before the first monument.

The Giro d’Italia then becomes the big goal. For the third year in a row, Cimolai is on the grid to contest the tour through his own country, but he has never won a stage victory. Last year, fifth place to Matera was his best result.

“I don’t like the flat sprints,” he told TuttoBiciWeb. “I need tough finals. In the Giro d’Italia there was only that finish in Matera that suited me. I think it’s a shame that I only finished fifth, because I had a good chance of success. I can’t be satisfied with my entire season either. I didn’t win, that means I made mistakes. Maybe I wasn’t in perfect shape either. Next season I am sure I will win. The team has faith in me and I love the team. I imagine my future with them.”

Davide Cimolai win in Wallonie’19 stage 3:


Dumoulin Focuses on Flemish Classics
Tom Dumoulin opts for a different program for the spring this year. The Jumbo-Visma rider will focus on the Flemish classics, according to WielerFlits.

The Limburger is planning to make his debut in the E3 Saxo Bank Classic and the Tour of Flanders is also featured on his provisional competition schedule. Dumoulin will start his season with an Italian triptych consisting of the Strade Bianche (March 6), Tirreno-Adriatico (March 10-16) and Milan-San Remo (March 20).

Then he opts for two Flemish classics. On March 26, the E3 Saxo Bank Classic is on his program for the first time and a week later also the Tour of Flanders. For Dumoulin it will be his second appearance in Flanders’ Finest. In 2012, in his debut year with the pros, he was called up as a reserve to replace a sick teammate, he didn’t finish.

This race program is also good news for Wout van Aert, it means he will have a strong extra teammate in the months of March and April. Due to his choice of Flemish cobblestone races, Dumoulin will skip the Amstel Gold Race this year. The Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège are also not on his schedule. At the end of April, he will close the spring with the Tour de Romandie (April 27-May 2). It doesn’t look like the spring changes will affect the Grand Tours. Next week, the team will discuss it at the training camp in Alicante. The preference seems to be the Tour de France.

Tom Dumoulin:


Elia Viviani to Choose Between Giro d’Italia and Tour de France
Elia Viviani will be looking for success in 2021, after a disappointing season at Cofidis. The Italian will mainly focus on road races, but also has Olympic track ambitions. So he probably has to choose between the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France.

The Olympic Games will take place this year from July 23 to August 8 in Tokyo, provided that the corona virus doesn’t disrupt proceedings again. Viviani hopes to shine on the track and is already working on an ideal program. The 31-year-old rider will compete in a Grand Tour before the Olympic Games, but has not yet been able to choose between the Giro (May 8-30) and the Tour (June 26-July 18). “We haven’t made a decision yet, we won’t do that until later. The team naturally prefers the Tour, especially since there are many sprint opportunities this year. But if you look at it from an Olympic perspective, it would be better to contest the Giro. There will then be enough time to recover for the Games,” Viviani told Corriere dello Sport.

Viviani will start the new cycling year in Spain, then travels to the Middle East for the UAE Tour, followed by Tirreno-Adriatico, Milan-San Remo, Three Days Bruges-De Panne and Gent-Wevelgem. After these races, Viviani returns to track cycling with the Nations Cup in Newport and the European Championships in Minsk.

A better 2021 season for Viviani:


Martin Wants to Ride the Olympic Games in Tokyo
Guillaume Martin hopes to be part of the French squad for the Tokyo Olympics this year. “It was a great experience to be there at the World Championships in Imola,” the Cofidis rider told Born to Cycle.

The combination Tour de France/Olympic Games: it is a headache for quite a few riders. There is very little time between the French tour and the Olympic road race in Japan. Martin has, however, intended to combine both events, although national coach Thomas Voeckler still has to select him for Tokyo.

“I want to perform well at the Olympic Games, especially after what we experienced at the World Championships in Imola last year,” Martin refers to the world title win of his fellow countryman Julian Alaphilippe. “It was a great experience and I really hope to wear the French shirt in Tokyo.” Voeckler announced earlier that there are three potential leaders for the road race.

Martin also looks with interest at the Ardennes classics, and especially Liège-Bastogne-Liège. “I also hope for good performances in the Ardennes races. I certainly do not want to forget Liège-Bastogne-Liège,” said Martin, was good for several places of honour in 2020, plus the KOM jersey in the Vuelta a España.

Guillaume Martin – España KOM:
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Ewan on ‘Sprint Lanes’
Theo Bos argues for a change in the sprint arrivals of road races. The Dutchman advocated, among other things, lines on the road. Caleb Ewan does not like such ‘sprint lanes’. “That would be the worst possible idea. Sprinting is simply dangerous,” said the Lotto Soudal rider.

As a track cyclist Bos works a lot with lines. In road races he thinks of three lines on the road: a line in the middle of the road and two on the side, about a meter from the fences. “You then get so-called ‘sprinter courses’ along the fences, just like on the track. If you are in that section as the front rider, you are not allowed to leave.”

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“This prevents riders from wandering on the road,” Bos refers to sprinters and lead-out riders. “If you are at the head of the peloton at three hundred meters in the sprinters’ lane, then you stay there. Getting out means downgrading. If you overtake riders from behind, you are allowed to leave the box, otherwise you cannot pass.”

Passing in the box along the fences is prohibited. “So you can no longer dive into small gaps, like Peter Sagan in the Tour. But you also no longer get the situation that the front rider slams the door.” However, Ewan is not in favour of such sprint lanes. “I hope it never happens, that would really be the worst thing ever.”

“I don’t even know how it should work in practice. Whether you’re sprinting on a ten-meter or three-meter road, it will always be dangerous. A team may also try to block all squares. As a sprinter you know what the risks are, that is a matter of acceptance. It is the sprinters who cause danger during a sprint.”

“Of course, if it is possible to make a fence or other things safer, that must be chosen. But if you end up in the fence, it is because of another sprinter.” Sprinters shouldn’t be muzzled, according to Ewan. “Let us sprint in a fair way, but don’t push us into sprint lanes.”

“A Tour stage that finishes with a sprint is usually boring. If we also have to sprint in certain lanes, that sprint also becomes boring,” said Ewan, who also mentions his Tour stage victory in Sisteron. “That is just nice to watch, how I make my way there. If that were no longer allowed, it would be a shame.”

2020 Tour de France stage 3 in Sisteron – Win for Caleb Ewan:


Bahrain Victorious Outline Goals for the 2021 Season
Team Bahrain Victorious shared their upcoming season plans over two virtual press conferences involving key riders: Mikel Landa, Pello Bilbao, Sonny Colbrelli, Damiano Caruso, Wout Poels, Dylan Teuns, Matej Mohorič, Fred Wright, Jack Haig and Jonathan Milan.

It was the first press conference under the new team name and the first opportunity for the journalists to engage with Vladimir Miholjević in his new role as Technical Director of the team.

“The team is entering its 5th season of existence, achieving nice results and racing with a clear aim to take a step forward in the upcoming year and in the future. We see improvement in the riders roster but also in the staff. The performance first ethos will continue to lead us into 2021. The team aims to offer the best possible support to the riders, the best technical equipment and research & development projects in cooperation with our technical partners. The most important card in our hands is the expertise of our coaches, sports directors and each and every staff member. I would also like to express our gratitude to the Kingdom of Bahrain and His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa for his support and shared vision through our journey in the past but also great vision and project in the future.”

The team will hold their first training camp in Altea Spain next week, for two weeks, with some of the riders heading straight to Volta Valenciana for the debut race of the season.

Speaking about the training camp, Miholjević said “3 blocks of 3 days training with rest day are scheduled in the plan. There will be important testing, especially for time trials. More importantly, the camp will pull all the new riders and new staff members together.”

Team Bahrain Victorious riders are looking forward to training together soon.

After a good off-season period, the team are all looking forward to the new season, highlighted by Mikel Landa: “I’ve had a very good rest. After the Liège-Bastogne-Liège, I stopped and recovered both my mind and my body, and now I’m ready for the new season. I want to start it in Andalucia, then we have to choose between Tirreno and Catalunya. For sure I will be racing in Itzulia. We’re waiting to see the course of the Giro d’Italia, but I would like to be there also. My goal is to win a Grand Tour, at the moment the Giro, then we will see. I would like to be competitive again and fight for the podium or victory at the Giro. My aim is to ride also the Tour de France. Grand Tours remain my main goal.”

Supporting Landa pursuing Grand Tours will be his teammates who were formidable at Tour de France: Bilbao, Caruso, Mohorič, Poels and Colbrelli.

Pello Bilbao is looking for this own opportunities when possible, after his impressive display at last seasons Giro: “This year’s Giro will be a great opportunity for Mikel. I will be there to support him, as I will be at the Tour. If possible, I would like to have my own opportunities to win a stage, we will see. You never know when opportunities will come, particularly in this uncertain period. It’s important to be always ready.”

Damiano Caruso was another important helper for Landa at the Tour de France: “I’m looking forward the upcoming season. My first goal is keeping last year’s high level and if possible, improve. My aim is still to help Landa and the team. Try to win a Grand Tour with him is the aim of everybody in the team.”

The Olympics being held this year is also an ambition for many of the riders such as Wout Poels: “I would really like to go to the Olympics. I think if I do a good Ardennes block, I’ll have a good chance to go. The course suits me very well, and I’ve already had experience at the Olympics and it was very nice.”

Newcomer Jack Haig is also looking forward to the Olympics and getting integrated with the team at the training camp: “I’m super excited to begin a new part of my career with Bahrain Victorious and looking forward to joining my new team on the upcoming training camp and on my first race that will be the Volta a Valenciana. I have the Olympics as big goal of mine, that probably will be my only chance in my cycling career. The Ardennes block will be decisive to make the selection. It’s the first time I’ve changed team since I started my professional career. Therefore my aim will first of all be to integrate with the new team and feel part and comfortable.”

Besides Grand Tours, Team Bahrain Victorious will target the Classics too. Teuns, Colbrelli, Poels and Mohorič are all talented riders to face the various Classics races and the Monuments in the calendar.

Flanders Classics and Ardennes Classics will be Dylan Teuns main goals: “I’m really motivated towards these races. I was really surprised about my performance in my first participation in Tour of Flanders last year. Also, Liège will be my biggest target for Spring races. The Olympics features a parcour that suits me and for sure the performance of the first part of the season will be fundamental to make the selection.”

Matej Mohorič is looking to build on his good results at Milano-Sanremo and Liège-Bastogne-Liège: “I’m more focussed on the Grand Tours supporting my captain, but I would like to take my opportunities in Classics races too. I will be at the start of Strade Bianche, Sanremo, Amstel and Liège.”

The team’s huge talent for the Belgian Classics is Sonny Colbrelli: “I’m happy with the new experience with the role of helper in the Grand Tours, but for sure, my aim is to win my dream races like Tour of Flanders and Milano-Sanremo. Without forgetting that in 2021 there will be the World Championships in Leuven that really suits me.”

The team also focussed on its younger talent during the press conference with Fred Wright and new signing Jonathan Milan.

Milan commented, making his debut professional season: “I feel good and happy to be here in this wonderful team. I’ve a lot of expectations for the upcoming year. My focus for next year is the Track Olympic Games and improve my performance in the time trial. I want to give my help to the team.”

After impressively supporting Poels at the Vuelta a España, Wright is looking to improve and gain more experience: “Last year I tried to gain as much experience as possible. Riding my first Grand Tour was pretty special. I would like first of all to continue gaining as much experience as possible, especially in the Classics race.” Miholjević also commented about Wright’s potential: “From the team’s perspective, we put a lot of attention on his future. We strongly believe that he’s one of the riders of the new generation.”

Bahrain looking for success in 2021:
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Rosa Gets Free Role in One-Day Races
Diego Rosa signed a two-year contract with Arkéa-Samsic at the end of 2019, but his first season in the team was cut short due to the corona crisis and a broken collarbone. The 31-year-old Rosa didn’t have much of a 2020 season, but will take revenge in 2021.

Rosa, who has ridden in the past for Androni Giocattoli, Astana and Team Sky, will be given a free role in the most important one-day races. “I will compete more one-day races this year and be free to do my own thing,” he told Spaziociclismo.

“In stage races I will again be employed by Nairo Quintana. I am very satisfied with my program and the team is clearly confident in my capabilities.” Rosa should have started his season with the Challenge Mallorca, but should ride the Trofeo Laigueglia, Strade Bianche, Milan-San Remo and the Ardennes Classics. The experienced Italian climber has already made an impression as a one-day racer in the past. He won Milan-Turin six years ago and finished fifth in the Tour of Lombardy. In 2016 he even finished second in Il Lombardia behind Esteban Chaves. The Colombian managed in to overtake the Italian in the sprint.

Rosa hopes to participate in the Giro d’Italia again this year, although his Arkéa-Samsic team is dependent on a wild card. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Nairo Quintana wants to compete again in the Tour of Italy this year. “We hope for a wild card for the Giro. It is the best Grand Tour of the season,” Rosa believes.

Diego Rosa disappointed in Lombardia 2016:
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Seven WorldTour Teams in Grand Prix La Marseillaise
The organisers of the Grand Prix La Marseillaise (January 31) will have seven WorldTour teams this year. Last year, four WT teams participated in the south of France. In addition to home teams AG2R Citroën, Cofidis and Groupama-FDJ, UAE Team Emirates, EF Education-Nippo, Lotto Soudal and Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert will also be on the start-line of the Grand Prix La Marseillaise. Last year only AG2R, Cofidis, Groupama-FDJ and NTT Pro Cycling were present.

There will also be seven ProTeams: Delko, Total Direct Energie, Arkéa-Samsic, B&B Hôtels p/b KTM, Bingoal-Wallonie Bruxelles, Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise and Equipo Kern Pharma. The start list is completed by three continental teams: Saint Michel-Auber 93, Xelliss-Roubaix Lille Métropole and Cambodia Cycling Academy.

The first race of the French season is celebrating its 43rd edition and will be longer than usual at 171 kilometres, 26 kilometres longer than last year. According to the organisation, this change is a one-off. The main obstacles remain unchanged.

2020 Grand Prix La Marseillaise podium:


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Prades Out for Three Months After Ski Accident
Eduard Prades is forced to postpone his debut with the Delko team. The Spanish rider, who rode for Movistar last year, has broken his thigh in a skiing accident.

Prades has had a successful operation. He is expected to be on the sidelines for three months. He should start the new season at the end of January with the GP la Marseillaise, but due to his injury he has to postpone his start of the season. This winter, Prades left Movistar after two seasons for Delko. He is one of the intended leaders for the French team.

Eduard Prades:
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Ruben Guerreiro Back on the Bike After a Collarbone Fracture
Ruben Guerreiro is recovering well from a clavicle fracture, which he sustained in a collision with a car more than two weeks ago. The Portuguese rider, who won the blue mountains jersey in the Giro d’Italia last year, is now able to cycle outside again.

“I’m not 100 percent yet, but I can move my arm again and train on my bike again,” Guerreiro said via his EF Education-Nippo team. The Portuguese rider gets help from a physiotherapist at home and has already noticed a lot of improvement in his shoulder. Team doctor Kevin Sprouse is also closely involved in his recovery. “Fortunately it is a fairly standard healing process for the collarbone. That should show in his recovery. Most riders experience such an injury and Ruben is doing well.”

While Guerreiro pays a lot of attention to his recovery, and has once again set his sights on a return. “I am motivated every day to recover and do things right. Fortunately, the days pass quickly.”

Ruben Guerreiro Giro stage 9:


Ventoso Retires
Francisco Ventoso has decided at the age of 38 to put an end to his cycling career. The experienced Spanish rider was with the CCC team last year, but the Polish sponsored team has now disappeared.

Ventoso started his professional career seventeen years ago with Saunier Duval. The Spaniard was a strong sprinter and took a lot of good victories with Saunier Duval, Movistar, Andalucia-Caja Sur and Carmiooro-NGC. Later he signed with BMC and CCC to become a strong worker. Ventoso won two stages in the Giro d’Italia in 2011 and 2012, a stage in the Vuelta a España and Paris-Brussels. He was also successful in the Tour Down Under, the Ruta del Sol and the Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli. He was also Spanish road champion in 2012.

In 2009, he tested positive for the banned drug furosemide in an out-of-competition control, but his nine-month suspension was eventually reversed. Seven years later, he suffered deep cuts in Paris-Roubaix after a disc brake accident. “After seventeen seasons I have decided that it has been great as a cyclist,” Ventoso said via Instagram. “I have experienced good and bad moments, but it has shaped me into the person I am today. I want to thank everyone for the support, especially the people who are never in the spotlight and my family. This is certainly not a goodbye, as the bicycle will always be central to my life. I hope to share my experience with the new generation. Today I am starting a new chapter and with some new and great projects.”

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U23 Eschborn-Frankfurt Cancelled
Bad news for the U23 riders as the organisers of the Eschborn-Frankfurt has decided to cancel the U23 edition for this year, it should have been held on May 1, 2021.

The race organisation needs all its efforts to comply with the corona restrictions for the professional race, and this is at the expense of the U23 race. Eschborn-Frankfurt U23 has in the past been won by Fabio Jakobsen, Mads Pedersen, Lasse Norman Hansen, Sven Erik Bystrøm and Marc de Maar. Last year’s race, just like the professional race, was also canceled due to the corona virus. The last time the race was held in 2019 Frederik Rodenberg was the winner. The Dane, who currently races for Uno-X, beat Kaden Groves and Jake Stewart on that occasion.

Eschborn-Frankfurt U23 is the first U23 race to be dropped from the cycling calendar. The pro edition will continue as usual on Saturday 1 May.

Ackermann won the Pro race in 2019:


Italy Wants the 2026 World Cyclocross Championships Rome
Italy is going to make a bid for the organisation of the 2026 World cyclocross championships. According to national coach Fausto Scotti, the Italian cycling federation is planning to bring the world championship to Rome. Earlier, there was also talk of a World Cup round in Rome.

“One of the goals is to bring the cyclocross World championships that will be held in 2026 to Rome. It should then take place in the Circus Maximus,” he told Tuttobiciweb. Circus Maximus is a large stadium in the centre of Rome, which was used in ancient times for chariot races. The last time the UCI organised the World cyclocross championships in Italy was in 2008. In Treviso the world titles went to Lars Boom and Hanka Kupfernagel. A Cyclocross World Cup took place in Italy in the 2016-2017 winter season in Fiuggi (an hour east of Rome).

Last weekend, the final round of the ‘Giro d’Italia di ciclocross’ was completed, and so Scotti is looking ahead. The Italian championship are up next and then the World championships. Fabio Aru was a candidate for the World champs in Ostend, but Aru is not yet certain of a place. “He’s done well and I don’t want to rule him out yet,” said Scotti. “But I cannot guarantee him a selection for the World champs yet,” the national coach continued. “We first have to look at how the Italian championships go and then at his situation with his team. There is room for Fabio in the selection, but there is still a long way to go to the World championships. That is why I also want to know what his plans are with Qhubeka ASSOS. I cannot decide on that alone. We still have almost the whole month to make a decision about it.”

Aru the ‘crossman:
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BORA-hansgrohe to Add Red Bull as a Partner
BORA-hansgrohe has found a new sponsor in Red Bull, team manager Ralph Denk confirmed. It is not yet known exactly how the collaboration will be organised. As an energy drink, Red Bull is well-known in the sports world, including football and Formula 1. But Red Bull is also active in winter sports. The Austrian brand is also the personal sponsor of BORA-hansgrohe rider Anton Palzer, who comes from Ski Mountaineering.

“Cycling is fairly new to Red Bull and we are going to see what may arise in the future,” Denk said during a team presentation. In any case, Palzer will ride with a helmet in the colours of Red Bull during his road races for BORA-hansgrohe.

The mountain biker and the ski mountaineer:


Former Rider Starts His Own Cycling Team
James Mitri has decided to set up his own cycling team at the age of 21. The ex-rider of Burgos-BH and Vini Zabù-KTM hopes as many talented riders as possible will pass through his Continental team, Global6 Cycling. Mitri says he will have more news soon.

The New Zealander, who will also race for the new team, has been setting up his own cycling team for a while. “The philosophy is to give young riders an equal chance. We also want to be the first New Zealand cycling team to complete a mainly European program.”

“We will be educating the stars of the future. I feel the support of some great people and sponsors,” said Mitri, who doesn’t just have an eye for young talents. This year, the team will have the experienced Francesco Manuel Bongiorno. Mitri and Bongiorno rode together last year at Vini Zabù-KTM.

The now 30-year-old Bongiorno previously rode for Bardiani-CSF, Sangemini-MG.Kvis, Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia-KTM and Vini Zabù-KTM. He showed great things in his debut years with placings in Tre Valli Varesine and the Giro dell’Emilia, but really never managed to breakthrough.

Francesco Manuel Bongiorno:


Giro d’Italia No Longer On RAI
For the past 23 years, the Giro d’Italia was shown by the Italian public broadcaster RAI, but that may now change. The free to air broadcasting rights for the race have expired, parties such as Discovery and Mediaset are already showing interest.

The broadcasting rights of the RAI have expired at the end of 2020. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, talks are already underway between organiser RCS Sport and Discovery. Should the rights end up with the American company, the Giro in Italy will probably be seen on Canal Nove from now on – as will races such as Milan-Sanremo and the Tour of Lombardy.

Mediaset, which broadcast the Giro from 1993 to 1997, has also showed interest, but according to the sports newspaper, it is unlikely that the rights will go to the Italian company. The Discovery group already has the rights for cycling and already broadcasts the race on Eurosport’s pay channels.

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Cofidis to Have Women’s Team in 2022
Cofidis will have its own women’s team next year, the team announced during a presentation. “We are still missing something,” explains Cofidis chairman Thierry Vittu.

Other French teams such as Groupama-FDJ and Arkéa-Samsic already have a women’s team, but Cofidis decided not to invest in women’s cycling for a long time. Vittu now considers the time is ripe to set up their own women’s team. “The Cofidis company consists of more than five thousand people, the majority of whom are women. So something is still missing from us. It takes time to build a team, but in 2022 we will have a women’s team,” said Vittu, who also talks about the short term. The boss is aiming for a lot of wins this year with the current WorldTour team. “The goal is to finish around fifteenth place in the UCI ranking. We need about 5,000 points for that. We also hope to win a stage in the Tour de France this year.” The team will be counting on Elia Viviani, Guillaume Martin, Jesús Herrada and Christophe Laporte.

Cofidis to have a women’s team in 2022:


Team DSM and Jumbo-Visma Rent Hotels for Training Camp
Team DSM and Jumbo-Visma are going to Spain for training camps this month and both WorldTour teams have rented complete hotel for this. All staff members of the hotels concerned are to be sent home as a precaution. “So Tom Dumoulin and Primož Roglič will have to keep their room tidy themselves.” spokesman Ard Bierens of Jumbo-Visma told De Limburger.

Jumbo-Visma is going to Alicante with more than eighty people. This is 27 riders from the WorldTour team, twelve riders from the women’s team and twelve U23 riders. To keep the chance of a corona infection small, the riders and staff members do as much as possible themselves. “Cooking, serving, cleaning: all riders and staff members will have to do it themselves,” said Bierens.

In February, Jumbo-Visma wants to take a group to Tenerife, to train at altitude on Teide, this would be after the lockdown in the Canary Island is lifted.

Team DSM plans to move into its ‘own’ hotel in Calpe. “We are creating three big bubbles: the men’s team, the women’s team and the young team. Those three groups remain strictly separated. And we divide those three bubbles into small bubbles of four when they hit the road for training,”says sports director Matt Winston.

A lot had to be arranged in the run-up to the training camp. “To get to Spain at all, all riders must have two negative PCR tests in their pocket. Officially it only needs to be one, but we follow the guidelines of the UCI on this,” said Winston.

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Santic Presents the New Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux Kit for 2021
The equipment from the riders of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux, produced by the Chinese brand Santic, will continue to stand out in the peloton thanks to the combination of blue, white and neon yellow. Baptiste Planckaert, Kévin Van Melsen and Loïc Vliegen present the design of the jersey which was made more sleek by using straight lines, but preserved the traditional colours. The most prominent place on the jersey is reserved for new title sponsor Intermarché, just like the sides. 2020 title sponsor Circus keeps its traditional place on the back of the bib shorts, whereas the logo of Tormans is now visible on the sleeves in its typical orange colour. Santic Cycling equips Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux with clothing since 2018.

Except for the addition of Intermarché on the bib shorts, the bottom of the kit remains the same with Bière des Amis 0,0% on the left leg and Wanty and Gobert on the right leg. The Technord industrial group, integrator, specialised in industrial electricity and artificial intelligence makes its appearance on the back of the jersey, just like Digital Interim.

The breast of the jersey reveals the new technical partners of the World Team. Next to traditional partners Cube Bikes and Santic Cycling, the riders will be equipped with DMT cycling and leisure shoes and Force helmets. With the UCI World Team logo placed just above the heart of the riders, the team is motivated to start a new chapter in its history.


Fred Hou (Santic): “As one of the best cycling teams in Europe, INTERMARCHÉ WANTY GOBERT is always keeping a good relationship with us. We are so proud that the team becomes a World Team and are also honoured that we can grow with them and make a progress together. Santic, one of the best cycling equipment brands in Asia, deepens the partnership with the team, which means a lot to us. We are convinced that our brand awareness will be further enhanced as the team competes in the world’s highest races.”

Stijn Dossche (Stycle Design): “In 2021, a jersey designed by Stycle Design will be visible in the World Tour peloton for the first time and it makes me proud. The starting point for the new design was the combination of the traditional blue and neon yellow colours of the team. It was a nice challenge to turn the flashy yellow into a beautiful accent, and in the meantime making sure it was not overwhelming. The homogeneous colours of several partner logos, like Intermarché, Wanty and Circus, coincide perfectly, forming a nice alchemy. Together with Santic Cycling, the new jersey was chosen from a selection of four different designs, for which I especially focused on separating the patterns and colours from the sponsor logos in order to create a more peaceful design.”

Loïc Vliegen: “The design of the new kit for 2021 is a success. With only Intermarché added to the bib shorts, the jersey underwent a transformation. The new design looks clean and nice. The designer managed to give all our loyal sponsors a nice visibility on the Santic kits. It’s great to work on a long term with technical partners, who listen to our needs and grow with the team. On the technical side, the clothing keeps evolving year after year, thanks to the continuous development of Santic’s clothing range.”



Five and a Half Years Prison for Dr. Schmidt
Operation Aderlass: A five and a half year prison sentence was demanded against the German doctor Mark Schmidt. The judiciary also believes that Schmidt should be banned from work for five years. The Munich court is expected to rule in the doping case on Friday, January 15.

Schmidt, who previously was a team doctor for Gerolsteiner, among others, is seen as the pivot in the doping case, Operation Aderlass. The case came to light in early 2019 through a statement by cross-country skier, Johannes Dürr, and a raid in Schmidt’s hometown, Erfurt. Since then the doctor has been in custody. Four accomplices are also on trial. Two and a half years in prison has been demanded against one of them. The three others, including Schmidt’s father, heard demanding suspended sentences.

The justice has asked for such severe sentences because it concerns the largest doping case in Germany ever. Schmidt mainly used doping on cross-country skiers and professional cyclists, including Georg Preidler and Alessandro Petacchi. More than a hundred criminally relevant cases were established by the judicial authorities. Schmidt is also said to have been guilty of physical injury by administering an as yet untested drug to a mountain biker.

Georg Preidler:
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Contract for Suspended Pirazzi?
Stefano Pirazzi is still out for a four-year suspension after a positive doping test. But it sounds like he might be returning to the peloton in the spring. When his suspension ends in May, the Italian rider is said to be racing for the Continental team Amore e Vita.

Pirazzi was banned for four years in 2017 after testing positive for the use of growth hormones prior to the Giro d’Italia. As a result, he will be on the sidelines until Monday 3 May. TuttoBici reports that the now 33-year-old rider may return to the peloton at Amore e Vita. The team is known for its fierce policy against doping, but on the other hand, it often gives dopers a new chance.

Team manager Ivano Fanini is hopeful for the arrival of Pirazzi, who won the mountain jersey in the 2013 Giro d’Italia. “He knows he may have his only chance to return with us, as we are strongly against doping. The riders who have faced this problem for whatever reason are fundamental to us in continuing our fight for healthy cycling.”

Pirazzi started his professional career in 2010 with Colnago-CSF Inox, the team that later became Bardiani-CSF. In addition to the mountains classification in the Giro in 2013, he also won a stage in the Italian tour a year later. On the stage to Vittorio Veneto he was part of a large leading group. In the finalé he jumped away from his fellow escapees and managed to hold on to the finish line.

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Ton Merckx Shows His 2300+ Cycling Jersey Collection

01/11/2021 23:29

Collector interview:  There is nothing better than some new cycling kit to give you some inspiration and having a collection of your favourite team clothing is sometimes unavoidable. Ton Merckx (yes, that’s his real name) has amassed an incredible collection of over 2300 jerseys. Ed Hood found out all about Ton’s wonderful collection.

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When a man called Merckx emails you from The Netherlands and tells you that he has a collection of 2,300 plus cycling jerseys, we have to pay attention, right?

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PEZ: The basics first, how old are you, where are you from, what do you do, what about family?
Ton Merckx:
I am 55 years old, I’m from Eindhoven in The Netherlands. I used to be a baker, later on postman and the last eight years I’ve been working in a warehouse at the European base of the English company Nisbets who make kitchen equipment. I’m not married, but I have a very nice girlfriend, my dad was also a fanatical cyclist in the 50s & 60s. He was also a baker. At the age of 30 in 1959 he turned professional as an individual pro. Dutch amateurs from above the age of 30 could not race in Belgium; that’s why there were so many Dutch individual pro cyclist above 30 years-old in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.

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PEZ: Did you ever race?
I never did any racing because I suffer from epilepsy, but in 1980 I started to ride my racing bike. I did long distance events Paris-Brest-Paris (a mere 1,200 kilometres, ed.). Twice I had an epilepsy attack on my racing bike. But after years without epilepsy I decided to ask the doctor if it would be possible to start racing; the morning before my visit to the doctor I went cyclo-cross riding with my usual training partner and after about 10 km I had a epilepsy attack and ended up in a (dry) ditch. I really don’t know how I got back home – on my bike they told me – but laying in my bed after that I realised that this was the end of my racing dream. I’m still a very keen cyclist but not in any kind of competition.

PEZ: How/why did you start the jersey collection?
In August 1983 I visited a race in Valkenswaard in The Netherlands, it was one week after the Tour de France, and in the peloton with the big names and teams there was an individual pro cyclist called Jan Aling in a beautiful jersey advertising a local fruit merchant. I liked the jersey and decided that I would like to have one.

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PEZ: Which was your very first jersey and when was that?
Some days after that race in Valkenswaard I wrote a letter to Jan Aling and I got an answer from him; ‘you can come to my place and pick up the jersey of my sponsor, HENK WINTERMANS.’ I also got a jersey of HB Alarmsystemen, B&S Wegenbouwmaterialen, B&S-Elro Snacks & Marc Zeepcentrale. At that time I didn’t realise that it was the start of this awesome collection.

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PEZ: How do you acquire them, where do you look?
In the past I wrote around 150 letters every winter to cyclists for jerseys, receiving around 70 answers of which 40 would be positive, It was hard to find addresses but phonebooks and national cycling unions were a good help. At the moment you can’t get any addresses because of privacy laws, but Facebook and the internet give me the opportunity to do some research and achieve similar results as I achieved in the past. When I visit races I never ask cyclists if they can help me on a jersey, you wouldn’t go to a building site and ask a builder to have his shirt! I wait until the end of the season. With around 2300 jerseys it’s working out very well for me.


PEZ: What’s the most you have paid for one?
I prefer not to pay for jerseys but of course I’ll pay for packaging and shipping. But sometimes it happens that you have to pay for a jersey; the most I paid was 100 Euro.

PEZ: How many do you have?
Just today I counted 2301 different jerseys, but some more (10 jerseys) are on their way by post or still have to be picked up at cyclists homes.


PEZ: Do you include track/six days/skinsuits?
I have jerseys from all kinds of pro cyclists and all kinds of type jersey. I have jerseys from road, track, cyclo-cross, a few from MTB, and six days. I have world champion jerseys from the road – Igor Astarloa; track – Tony Doyle and Peter Schep; Cyclocross – Bart Wellens, Erwin Vervecken, Mike Teunissen and Sven Nijs; MTB – Gunne Rita Dahle. Skinsuits; if they’re used or damaged it’s no problem, for instance from the last Tour de France I got the time trial suit of Marc Hirschi, which was damaged from his big crash.

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PEZ: Where and how do you store them – and find the one you wish to look at?
I store them in two rooms in my house, around 1100 jerseys are on hangers (only the Dutch & Belgium jerseys) with all the rest in big plastic boxes in my wardrobe. I have a lot of documentation for every jersey, I take a photo of the jersey and write down the staff and members of that team, all their victories and sometimes nice anecdotes. All boxes are numbered and the jerseys are put away in country and alphabetical order so when I want to see a jersey I can find it in just a few minutes.

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PEZ: Moths?
I pray to God every day to keep them away; so far I have had no problems.

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PEZ: Keeping them clean?
All my jerseys are in plastic sealed bags in the boxes, and all the jerseys hanging are in big plastic covers, I just bought a lot of covers today to cover the last jerseys which were without covers. I never wash them, because some of the jerseys are already dirty from being used by the rider. It has to stay like that.

PEZ: Which is your favourite?
It’s hard to say; there are some special ones. But I think NEILSON-TIVOLI (English team) because I live in a neighbourhood called TIVOLI and of course MOLTENI, And PEUGEOT-MICHELIN-BP.

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PEZ: Are jersey deigns getting better or worse as the years go by?
It depends on your personal taste, but some designs are better in the past like PEUGEOT-MICHELIN it lasted for many years, but personally I also like Team ILLUMINATE from the USA a black jersey with an orange zipper. The 2019 jersey of ILLUMINATE I picked up in January this year during my holiday in New Zealand in the town of Wanaka from Mikayla Harvey.

Not in the collection yet

PEZ: What do you think of the AG2R 2021 jersey?
I had hoped it was a JOKE; but I guess the names of the sponsors are loud and clear to read.


PEZ: What’s the ‘Holy Grail’ you’ve yet to add?
A PINK JERSEY OF THE GIRO D’ITALIA would be great, but also some old jerseys from teams like Percy Bilton; I have a ‘bucket list’ with some names on it.

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PEZ: When will the collection be finished?
When I die, I guess?

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# With thanks to Ton, you can find his website HERE – and next time your partner moans about how much cycling clothing you have in the wardrobe, let them read this. #

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Shave Off: Harry’s Winston VS Schick Hydro 5

01/11/2021 23:28
harrys winston vs schick hydro

What’s the best razor to shave your legs for cycling? I shaved one leg with the Harry’s Winston razor, and my other leg with the Schick Hydro 5 to see which of these 5 bladed razors did a better job on getting my legs clean smooth and knick-free for cycling.

Watch the full video here or click PLAY below – you might learn a thing or two about these razors and  leg shaving – and then check out the PEZ Youtube channel here.

The Harry’s Winston comes in a neatly packaged cardboard box, and I liked the eco-friendly lack of plastics and glue.  I also liked the smarty-pants use of interior and other spaces to plant various marketing-minded messages.

Of course they’re trying to get you to buy more (and if you’re so inclined, I have shop links at the bottom) – but at least they’re clever and somewhat entertaining in their messaging.

The Schick Hydro 5 comes packaged in plastic, while the blades come inside small plastic containers inside a small cardboard box.  Marketing messaging from the big-brand boys  is lacking in its creativity.

Both razors are 5-bladed, which I discovered a few years ago and have never stopped using.   Both also use a lubricating strip – I found the Schick outperformed the Harry’s here, offering a smoother slipperier glide over my skin.

Harry’s head flexes on a bendy neck, while the Schick pivots on a hinge – offering better full-blade contact to the contours of faces and in this case… legs.

On the other side of the razor is a single blade that’s useful for trimming beard edges under the neck or nose – The Harry’s version worked much better than the Schick – you’ll see why in the video.

During my leg shave off – I found both razors clogged after 3-4 strokes, requiring a solid rinse under the tap.

For my comparison, I started with both legs unshaven for a couple of weeks, so the hair growth was considerably more than I’d normally allow in a summer season.  But then – longer hair also makes for a more definitive visual in the video.

While my experience was admittedly pretty subjective, I did try to add some objectivity to the experiment by ensuring both blades were brand new, and that my legs were lubricated with the same shave stick, and that the hair on my legs was of even length.

This shave off did not account for multiple uses of the blades either.  Both blades performed well enough, although I did manage to cut myself wth the Harry’s.  Over the long term, I’ve found the Schick Hydro 5 blades hold their sharpness longer than Harry’s, and I like the mobility of the pivot head design on the Schick.

Ultimately I use both when shaving my face, but prefer the Schick for my legs.

LINK to HARRY’S Ltd Edition Fleece Red Gift Set at Amazon: • LINK to SCHICK Hydro 5 at Amazon:

• Click straight to the video here.

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Gear Break: Castelli, Austin Cycles, Sidi, KitBrix, Chrome Industries & Kane

01/11/2021 23:28
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Gear Break: The ‘Holiday Season’ is just a memory, but maybe there is something you still want? New and top kit in Gear Break 2021: Castelli Superleggera bibshort – Light, cool and straight out of the future, Austin Cycles ATTO carbon folding bike, new limited Sidi Sixty Sea Foam shoes, KitBrix unique CityBrix backpack with rain cover, Chrome Industries launches Doubletrack bike bag series and introducing regenerative footwear by Kane.

Castelli: Superleggera Bibshort – Light, Cool and Straight Out of the Future
Castelli’s lightest-ever road short utilizes the first seamless graduated-ventilation stretch woven fabric, creating a short that’s both impossibly light and cool yet supportive for the longest rides.


By engineering a brand-new woven fabric (not knit) they shaved 30% in weight while maintaining support and avoiding transparency. They then worked with the world’s leading mill to construct a gradient fabric which becomes increasingly lighter the farther down the leg it extends, with the last part weighing a mere 90 g/m2 compared to normal short fabric (220 g/m2). Note that while the short saves a mere 48 grams while dry, this means it also absorbs around 30% less moisture when you’re sweating. So when you’re sweating your way up the Alpe d’Huez you’re actually saving closer to 150 grams.


This short doesn’t compromise on comfort. Castelli uses their top Progetto X2 Air Seamless seat pad, the spectacular striped mesh bibs from the Free Aero Race 4 Bibshort and a flat stretch woven leg gripper to keep everything in place.


● More info at:
● RRP: $229.99

Austin Cycles ATTO – Carbon Folding Bike


A fast-folding, fun, versatile carbon bike designed in the UK, the ATTO is a beautifully simple and elegant addition to your urban commute or journey. Folding in under 10-seconds thanks to its smart hinge mechanism, the ATTO features hydraulic disc brakes providing top notch stopping power, as well as a Gates Carbon belt drive to keep you clean and clear of grime and oil.


The AC ATTO is available in two versions: a single speed version and an 11 speed bike that utilises the amazing Shimano Alfine hub gear, both featuring responsive 20″ carbon wheels, as well as carbon handlebar and seatpost pairing to keep weight at a minimum.


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● RRP – £2500

SIDI Sixty Sea Foam, The New Ltd Tone Inspired by Nature

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Seafoam represents one of the softest colors associated with the ocean and includes green and blue shades along with some gray. The stormy sea has inspired Sidi, giving a new chromatic version to its already iconic Sixty showing off today in a special limited edition in which everyone can find its own personal nuance.

The color is linked to nature, referring to the foam created by the ocean, and intends to recall a feeling of soul balance and positivity.

This new shade gives a great personality to the shoe line, brightening every bike ride with a precious and unique look.

Sidi Sixty in a nutshell
The Sidi Sixty cycling shoes were developed to celebrate sixty years of tireless and passionate work, sixty years of successes and champions.

Made with cutting-edge materials that are also eco-friendly, Sidi Sixty are light, performing, resistant and naturally comfortable. The technology behind these shoes includes an incredible mix of iconic details and innovative solutions, like the Tecno-4 closing system with a single rotor, which reduces the weight while offering extra precise adjustment.

The ultra-light Vent Carbon sole is made from carbon fibres, which ensure the right balance of stiffness and controlled flexibility in the toe. Special integrated air ducts provide ventilation and heat dispersal.

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The CityBrix – with Rain Cover


The worlds first backpack with a built in gym locker. Created for professionals who train hard. With it’s unique KitBrix™ training gear section and space for a 17 inch laptop, your phone charger, an Ipad, work equipment and a whole load more, your CityBrix will be with you wherever you work, train and play.


Divide the bag in to two sections for wet and dry or two organised compartments, designed to overcome the problem of carrying both gym, swim and work kit during the working day. Allowing you maximum use of your training time and making sure your sweaty training gear never touches any of your work or lifestyle essentials.


Divided into work and play sections
● Laptop and tablet pocket to 17”
● Separated gym locker section for all your kit from wetsuits to gym kit
● Cabin and travel fit
● Robust base for ‘stand up’ business use
● Airflow moulded cushioned back panel
● Sealed Water resistant base compartment
● Front clip extra strap for stability when running
● Quick access pockets
● See more here:
● Regular price £99.50

Chrome Industries Launches Doubletrack Bike Bag Series
Featuring Magnetic-closure Handlebar Sling and Multifunctional Feedbag

Chrome’s new Doubletrack cycling bag series bridges the functionality of bikepacking bags and city EDC with two smartly convertible new ways to bring your essentials along for the ride.


Doubletrack Handlebar Sling
Freeing up pocket space and eliminating the need to wear a backpack on rides, handlebar bags are the key to carrying snacks, extra clothing and essentials. The Doubletrack Handlebar Sling ratchets up the utility of this classic form by allowing you to wear it via a deployable shoulder strap.

Whether you run it on your bars and use sling mode when making a pit stop or mostly sling it and occasionally mount it to your bike, the Doubletrack Handlebar sling is a versatile system for carrying your stuff with efficiency and style. Run what you brung!


● Magnetic closure
● Quick-access mesh side pockets
● Stowable crossbody strap
● Durable nylon shell with 70d poly liner
● Mount on handlebars or wear crossbody
● 9″ wide, 9″ height, 4.5″ deep
● Volume: 5L
● Weight: 0.88lbs
● MSRP: $60
Product Page Here

Doubletrack Feed Bag
Quick-access is the name of the game with Chrome’s Feed Bag. Some use it as a compact camera bag, some for extra drinks, or snacks. Bottom line, this padded bag will work on your bike, belt, or Chrome backpack strap. Wherever you need to add a little extra capacity, the Doubletrack Feed Bag is there for you.


● Quick-access handlebar bag and hip pouch
● Cinch top for one-handed access
● Padded protection
● Hook and loop straps allow you to piggyback on another bag
● Durable nylon shell with 70d poly liner
● 4″ width, 6.5″ height, 3″ deep
● Volume: 1.5L
● Weight: 0.26lbs
● Three-way functionality: Mount on bike handlebar stem, wear on belt or add to another bag
● MSRP: $40
Product Page Here

Introducing Kane: Regenerative Footwear for Body + Planet


Kane, a new footwear brand that’s entering the endurance market with a category of recovery they’re calling regenerative footwear. The regenerative nature of Kane’s newest biobased foam slip-on, the Revive, is derived from Kane’s proprietary active recovery design and the brand’s use of sustainable manufacturing and end-of-life-cycle processes. While some brands dedicate their focus to aspects of recovery, and others commit to sustainability, Kane is taking a holistic approach from the outset, creating footwear that renews the body and planet. Best of all, the Kane Revive is a stylish slip-on you’ll be happy to wear in public.

Active Recovery Design
The Revive is not just another “comfy” recovery shoe. It is a pre and post-workout slip-on designed to stimulate muscle recovery and thwart fatigue. Data driven input from Dr. Daniel Geller, a renowned Board Certified foot and ankle surgeon, as well as a veteran footwear designer from Crocs, Under Armour and Nike, help to inform Kane’s active recovery design:

Cushioning – Most shoes use a complicated multilayer construction to fuse the upper with the midsole. Kane’s uppers are connected directly to a generously cushioned lower, with 31mm cushioning under the heel and 22mm cushioning under the forefoot. Combined with a dual-density construction—a design that accommodates varying degrees of pronotation—this design provides the perfect balance of cushioning and support.

Energy return – Proper design can help provide energy return to aid us in taking our next step. A 12mm drop in height from heel to toe reduces stress on the heel, Achilles tendon, and calf, while providing optimal transferability and energy return. The Revive creates a smooth transition from heel, to mid-foot, to push-off from your toes.


Sustainable Manufacturing
Having founded the popular lacrosse apparel and gear brand, Maverik Lacrosse, Kane CEO John Gagliardi, is keenly aware of the environmental harm that can be caused through the production of consumer goods. With Kane Footwear, John is focused on reducing environmental impact during the manufacturing process:

● The Kane Revive is the world’s first recovery slip-on to be manufactured using a biopolymer derived from renewably sourced Brazilian sugarcane. (The same biobased material used in Allbirds shoes)

● The Kane Revive is comprised of over 75% eco-sustainable materials, including responsibly sourced sugarcane, for a 100% recyclable shoe.

The Revive (MSRP: $60) is launching on February 2nd.

● More info at:

Note: PezCyclingNews ask that you contact the manufacturers before using any products you see here. Only the manufacturer can provide accurate and complete information on proper / safe use, handling, maintenance and or installation of products as well as any conditional information or product limitations.


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Qualcomm’s new in-display fingerprint sensor is 50% faster, could debut soon

01/11/2021 23:23
The new 3D Sonic Sensor should make unlocking your Android phone a quicker, easier process.

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CES 2021: Intel adds ransomware detection capabilities at the silicon level

01/11/2021 23:23
Intel 11th Gen Intel Core vPro CPUs with support for the Hardware Shield and TDT features will be able to detect ransomware attacks at the hardware level, many layers below antivirus software.

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Get ready for really low-power AI: Synaptics and Eta Compute envision neural nets that observe every sound, motion

01/11/2021 23:23
Synaptics’s Katana family of chips will find their way into battery-powered industrial IoT applications, such as scanning a room for the slightest sound, the slightest movement.

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CES 2021: Belkin adds MagSafe 2-in-1, Soundform wireless earbuds and a Linksys Wi-Fi 6E mesh system to lineup

01/11/2021 23:23
The company is taking a new approach to CES announcements, revealing products that will be available in the semi-near future.

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CES 2021: Otterbox announces new mobile gaming accessory lineup for Xbox users

01/11/2021 23:23
The accessories are designed to make gaming on your smartphone easier, more comfortable.

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