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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

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Vincenzo Nibali will move from Bahrain-Merida to Trek-Segafredo for the 2020 season

Here's the report from Cycling Weekly:

A boss of Trek-Segafredo has confirmed Vincenzo Nibali will be joining the US-based team next season.

Massimo Zanetti, owner of the coffee giant and second team sponsor Segafredo, has said in an interview he was determined to sign the Italian Grand Tour star, who will move from Bahrain-Merida at the end of the year. Nibali, runner-up in the 2019 Giro d’Italia, will bolster the Italian contingent in the squad.

Vincenzo Nibali

Vincenzo Nibali finished second in the 2019 Giro d'Italia. Sirotti photo

Zanetti told Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport: “In 2020, Vincenzo Nibali will be riding for Trek-Segafredo.

“I’ve wanted this very strongly and finally I did it. Vincenzo is the best Italy has and one of the best in the world.”

Trek-Segafredo is currently built around Grand Tour hopeful Richie Porte and sprinter John Degenkolb, with Bauke Mollema also offering strong Grand Tour performances and Jasper Stuyven their leader in the classics.

You can read the entire story here.

UCI's post-Giro d'Italia rider rankings

Here are the top 40:

Rank Rider Team Points
1 ALAPHILIPPE Julian DECEUNINCK-QUICK STEP 3745.95
2 ROGLIČ Primož TEAM JUMBO-VISMA 3695.28
3 FUGLSANG Jakob ASTANA PRO TEAM 2991
4 VALVERDE Alejandro MOVISTAR TEAM 2943
5 VAN AVERMAET Greg CCC TEAM 2666.57
6 THOMAS Geraint TEAM INEOS 2615.82
7 PINOT Thibaut GROUPAMA-FDJ 2526
8 ACKERMANN Pascal BORA-HANSGROHE 2450
9 MATTHEWS Michael TEAM SUNWEB 2331.86
10 VAN DER POEL Mathieu CORENDON-CIRCUS 2278
11 NAESEN Oliver AG2R LA MONDIALE 2277
12 DUMOULIN Tom TEAM SUNWEB 2232.86
13 KRISTOFF Alexander UAE TEAM EMIRATES 2172.5
14 YATES Simon MITCHELTON-SCOTT 2145
15 VIVIANI Elia DECEUNINCK-QUICK STEP 2126
16 YATES Adam MITCHELTON-SCOTT 2093.45
17 KWIATKOWSKI Michal TEAM INEOS 2067.65
18 BARDET Romain AG2R LA MONDIALE 2043
19 LOPEZ Miguel Angel ASTANA PRO TEAM 2010
20 SAGAN Peter BORA-HANSGROHE 1982
21 WELLENS Tim LOTTO SOUDAL 1924.29
22 SCHACHMANN Maximilian BORA-HANSGROHE 1905.47
23 NIBALI Vincenzo BAHRAIN-MERIDA 1704.86
24 MOLLEMA Bauke TREK-SEGAFREDO 1699
25 QUINTANA Nairo MOVISTAR TEAM 1697
26 KRUIJSWIJK Steven TEAM JUMBO-VISMA 1684
27 CARAPAZ Richard MOVISTAR TEAM 1628
28 IZAGUIRRE Ion ASTANA PRO TEAM 1584
29 DEGENKOLB John TREK-SEGAFREDO 1569
30 ŠTYBAR Zdeněk DECEUNINCK-QUICK STEP 1567
31 WOODS Michael EF EDUCATION FIRST 1509
32 MARTIN Daniel UAE TEAM EMIRATES 1507
33 LUTSENKO Alexey ASTANA PRO TEAM 1504
34 MAS NICOLAU Enric DECEUNINCK-QUICK STEP 1366.43
35 MOHORIC Matej BAHRAIN-MERIDA 1359
36 DEMARE Arnaud GROUPAMA-FDJ 1353
37 JUNGELS Bob DECEUNINCK-QUICK STEP 1335.28
38 GROENEWEGEN Dylan TEAM JUMBO-VISMA 1327.54
39 POGAČAR Tadej UAE TEAM EMIRATES 1322
40 TRENTIN Matteo MITCHELTON-SCOTT 1304.33

Fabio Aru returns to competing after his operation

Aru's UAE-Team Emirates sent me this update:

The Sardinian climber will participate in the GP Lugano on June 9

“I’ve followed the prescribed rehabilitation program to recuperate physical strength after the surgery. I’ve had nothing but good sensations and I haven’t encountered any problems,” says Fabio Aru. “In light of this and in agreement with the medical and technical staff, we have decided that it will be useful to participate in the GP Lugano to try out my racing rhythm. After that we will evaluate the situation to see what our next step should be.”

Fabio Aru

Fabio Aru at the 2018 Giro team presentation. Sirotti photo

UAE Team Emirates will have plenty of strong members lining up for the start of the 185.6-km race next June 9. In fact, after the surgery to his iliac artery, Aru will be accompanied by Pogačar (in his first race after his success in the Tour of California) and Polanc (who has spent two days in the maglia rosa at the Giro d’Italia), in addition to Diego Ulissi.

Here is the complete formation being led by coach Rubens Bertogliati (Sui):
– Fabio Aru (Ita)
– Tom Bohli (Sui)
– Marco Marcato (Ita)
– Tadej Pogačar (Slo)
– Jan Polanc (Slo)
– Aleksandr Riabushenko (Blr)
– Diego Ulissi (Ita)

Brent Van Moer moves from Lotto-Soudal U23 team to World Tour squad

Lotto-Soudal sent me this:

One month earlier than initially planned, the 21-year-old Brent Van Moer trades the Lotto Soudal U23 division for the WorldTour team. Van Moer signed a two-year professional contract and makes his debut in the Hammer Series Limburg (7 – 9 June) and will later take part in the Baloise Belgium Tour (12 – 16 June).

Van Moer already showed his talent in the past few years. The reigning Belgian U23 champion against the clock took the silver medal during the time trial World Championships in Innsbruck last year. Also in the Classics, Van Moer already caught attention with some nice results. The young Belgian was runner-up in the U23 edition of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, a race he already won in the junior ranks. Just like in 2018, Van Moer finished - despite bad luck in the finale – sixth in Paris-Roubaix U23 this year. Of course, Brent Van Moer is looking forward to joining the WorldTour outfit.

Brent Van Moer: “Of course, it is an exciting feeling to turn pro. But Lotto Soudal is already a familiar environment and I will encounter a lot of Belgian riders. Also, I already know some guys with whom I worked within the U23 team.”

“My strengths are in the time trials and the Classics. Therefore, Lotto Soudal is the perfect environment to further develop myself in those areas. Especially what concerns time trialing, I already worked with Kevin De Weert at the national team. So it is nice that he is now part of Lotto Soudal as the performance manager. Of course, I hope to learn a lot from Victor Campenaerts, one of the world’s best time trialists. Strong and experienced riders like Tiesj Benoot and Tim Wellens can teach me a lot about the Classics. In the future, races like Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders should really suit me thanks to the level of difficulty and my big engine.”

“We have to wait and see a bit how fluent everything goes. In the U23 category, I was able to perform at the highest level but with the pros, everything is just a little different. I hope to take some steps in the time trial area but I certainly don’t want to leave the Classics aside in favour of the work against the clock. I want to get a taste of everything during my first years as a pro.”

“My first race for Lotto Soudal will be the Hammer Series Limburg. I don’t really know what to expect but it will mainly be about learning from the big guys. During the Baloise Belgium Tour, especially in the time trial, it will be interesting to compete against some of the best like Victor Campenaerts. Then I will soon know how much work I have ahead of me.”

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