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Saturday, October 26, 2019

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2018 Tour de France | 2018 Giro d'Italia

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Bahrain-Merida signs Mark Cavendish

The team sent me this release:

Sprint star, Mark Cavendish, will join the exciting pro cycling joint venture between the Kingdom of Bahrain and racing, technology and automotive brand, McLaren, for the 2020 season. Cavendish is widely regarded as the greatest sprinter in the history of the sport, having won a phenomenal 48 Grand Tour stage wins during his career, including 30 at the Tour de France.

Mark Cavendish

Mark Cavendish at the 2018 Tour de France. Sirotti photo

The signing cements a long-standing relationship between Cavendish and McLaren, dating back to the star sprinter’s world championship success on a bike co-developed with McLaren. The 2011 World Road Race Champion is the latest high-profile signing to an increasingly impressive line-up, led by team principal Rod Ellingworth, which now includes Mikel Landa, Wout Poels, and 2019 Tour de France stage winner, Dylan Teuns.

Mark Cavendish commented:
“Joining this team is the fulfilment of a long-held ambition for me… and is super exciting and motivating. You could even say a dream come true. Having worked closely with McLaren in the past, and seen the benefits of their technology and processes, this was an opportunity I jumped at. My relationship with Rod goes way back, and he’s been instrumental in helping me develop as a rider and a person. I can’t wait to join my new teammates and do everything I can to help us achieve the successes I know will come.”

Rod Ellingworth, Team Principal of Bahrain Merida, commented:
“Mark’s signing completes our rider roster for 2020 and gives us the balance the team needs to win. Mark is a proven champion and has a lot to contribute – both on and off the bike. Having last worked with him at the 2016 Rio Olympics and Qatar World Championships, I’ve been delighted to see that his energy and determination to succeed are greater now than ever. We’re going to do everything in our power to enable him to perform at his best.”

John Allert, Managing Director, McLaren Pro Cycling, commented:
“Mark has been a friend of McLaren for many years – indeed it was partly our previous work with him that kindled our interest in the sport. It actually feels like Mark is coming home. Together we share a passion for the romance and heritage of racing in all its forms, as well as a desire to keep innovating and improving in order to win. I’m delighted he’s joining the team.”

Jumbo-Visma comments on 2020 Giro d'Italia route

The 2020 Giro page is here.

Here's the team's post:

“It is a beautiful course that offers opportunities for all kinds of specialties. Just the way I like it”, sports director of Team Jumbo-Visma Merijn Zeeman says about the route for the 2020 Giro d'Italia that got announced yesterday.

“There are opportunities for the sprinters, there are many time trial kilometres and heavy, exhausting mountain stages. It is a nice course for our classification riders, but also for a top sprinter like Dylan Groenewegen. This does not make the choices easier. We have about five weeks to complete the puzzle.”

For the 2020 Giro d’Italia, 58.8 time trial kilometres have been scheduled, spread over three individual time trials. The Italian grand tour starts with a 9.5 kilometre prologue in Budapest, Hungary. The prologue ends with a climb of one and a half kilometres at a four percent gradient. The last stage is also a time trial. This one is 16.5 kilometres long and will finish in Milan. The third week is likely to prove decisive. Then three long mountain stages are on the program.

PRimoz Roglic

Primoz Roglic was third in the 2019 Giro. Here he rides the final stage, a 17-kilometer individual time trial. Sirotti photo.

During this year’s edition, Primoz Roglic clinched the pink jersey in the opening time trial in Bologna. The other individual time trial, to San Marino, was also won by the Slovenian. These victories helped to ensure that Roglic finished third in the general classification.

End of season UCI rider, team & nation rankings

Riders:

Rank Rider Team Points
1 ROGLIČ Primož TEAM JUMBO-VISMA 4705.28
2 ALAPHILIPPE Julian DECEUNINCK-QUICK STEP 3569.95
3 FUGLSANG Jakob ASTANA PRO TEAM 3472.5
4 BERNAL GOMEZ Egan Arley TEAM INEOS 3346.75
5 VALVERDE Alejandro MOVISTAR TEAM 3297
6 VAN AVERMAET Greg CCC TEAM 2947.33
7 ACKERMANN Pascal BORA-HANSGROHE 2538
8 KRISTOFF Alexander UAE TEAM EMIRATES 2484.5
9 VIVIANI Elia DECEUNINCK-QUICK STEP 2392.12
10 SAGAN Peter BORA-HANSGROHE 2232
11 MOLLEMA Bauke TREK-SEGAFREDO 2220
12 VAN DER POEL Mathieu CORENDON-CIRCUS 2205
13 ULISSI Diego UAE TEAM EMIRATES 2084
14 NAESEN Oliver AG2R LA MONDIALE 2072
15 POGAČAR Tadej UAE TEAM EMIRATES 2065.33
16 BUCHMANN Emanuel BORA-HANSGROHE 2043
17 WELLENS Tim LOTTO SOUDAL 1936.18
18 YATES Adam MITCHELTON-SCOTT 1927.57
19 TRENTIN Matteo MITCHELTON-SCOTT 1920
20 EWAN Caleb LOTTO SOUDAL 1845
21 QUINTANA Nairo MOVISTAR TEAM 1830
22 LUTSENKO Alexey ASTANA PRO TEAM 1688
23 WOODS Michael EF EDUCATION FIRST 1684
24 CARAPAZ Richard MOVISTAR TEAM 1607
25 SCHACHMANN Maximilian BORA-HANSGROHE 1528
26 TEUNISSEN Mike TEAM JUMBO-VISMA 1514.63
27 BENNETT Sam BORA-HANSGROHE 1480.93
28 GROENEWEGEN Dylan TEAM JUMBO-VISMA 1452.83
29 LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel ASTANA PRO TEAM 1450.5
30 BENOOT Tiesj LOTTO SOUDAL 1444
31 IMPEY Daryl MITCHELTON-SCOTT 1399
32 NIBALI Vincenzo BAHRAIN-MERIDA 1393.86
33 MATTHEWS Michael TEAM SUNWEB 1330.88
34 LANDA MEANA Mikel MOVISTAR TEAM 1326
35 HIGUITA GARCIA Sergio Andres EF EDUCATION FIRST 1307.5
36 LAMPAERT Yves DECEUNINCK-QUICK STEP 1306.35
37 VAN AERT Wout TEAM JUMBO-VISMA 1283
38 ŠTYBAR Zdeněk DECEUNINCK-QUICK STEP 1275
39 EVENEPOEL Remco DECEUNINCK-QUICK STEP 1272.23
40 POLITT Nils TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN 1253.95

Teams:

Rank Team Points
1 DECEUNINCK -QUICK-STEP (DQT) 14835.15
2 BORA -HANSGROHE (BOH) 14192.86
3 TEAM JUMBO-VISMA (TJV) 13128.07
4 UAE TEAM EMIRATES (UAD) 11765.33
5 ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 11474.5
6 TEAM INEOS (INS) 10547.08
7 MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) 10398
8 MITCHELTON -SCOTT (MTS) 9108.74
9 LOTTO SOUDAL (LTS) 8741.94
10 TREK -SEGAFREDO (TFS) 8248
11 EF EDUCATION FIRST (EF1) 8161.99
12 GROUPAMA -FDJ (GFC) 7319
13 BAHRAIN -MERIDA (TBM) 7200.72
14 AG2R LA MONDIALE (ALM) 6718.4
15 TEAM SUNWEB (SUN) 5471.37
16 TOTAL DIRECT ENERGIE (TDE) 5152.67
17 WANTY -GOBERT CYCLING TEAM (WGG) 5086
18 CORENDON -CIRCUS (COC) 4898
19 ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY (ICA) 4849.2
20 CCC TEAM (CCC) 4819.79
21 COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS (COF) 4644
22 TEAM DIMENSION DATA (TDD) 4357.34
23 TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN (TKA) 3985.43
24 ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI-SIDERMEC (ANS) 3681
25 WALLONIE BRUXELLES (WVA) 3065
26 VITAL CONCEPT-B&B HOTELS (VCB) 2780.34
27 TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC (PCB) 2769
28 TERENGGANU INC. TSG CYCLING TEAM (TSG) 2658
29 NERI SOTTOLI SELLE ITALIA KTM (NSK) 2551
30 SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE (SVB) 2423
31 ROOMPOT -CHARLES (ROC) 2198
32 DELKO MARSEILLE PROVENCE (DMP) 2092
33 RIWAL READYNEZ CYCLING TEAM (RIW) 1972.78
34 GAZPROM -RUSVELO (GAZ) 1921.15
35 TEAM SAPURA CYCLING (TSC) 1822.26
36 MINSK CYCLING CLUB (MCC) 1706
37 CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA (CJR) 1585.53
38 SALCANO SAKARYA BB TEAM (SBB) 1583
39 EUSKADI BASQUE COUNTRY-MURIAS (EUS) 1545
40 CCC DEVELOPMENT TEAM (CDT) 1544

Nations:

Rank Nation Points
1 BELGIUM 13491.09
2 ITALY 11747.48
3 NETHERLANDS 11388.14
4 FRANCE 10909.95
5 COLOMBIA 10710.71
6 SPAIN 10039.62
7 SLOVENIA 9521.4
8 GERMANY 9373.33
9 AUSTRALIA 8820.45
10 DENMARK 8138.19
11 GREAT BRITAIN 6158.32
12 NORWAY 5827.59
13 SWITZERLAND 4003.27
14 AUSTRIA 3662.88
15 POLAND 3660.55
16 IRELAND 3578.57
17 RUSSIAN FEDERATION 3512.48
18 SOUTH AFRICA 3504.67
19 KAZAKHSTAN 3259.35
20 CANADA 3251
21 CZECH REPUBLIC 3126.13
22 ECUADOR 3063.5
23 PORTUGAL 2970
24 SLOVAKIA 2966.86
25 ERITREA 2570.5
26 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 2492.33
27 NEW ZEALAND 2224.37
28 ESTONIA 2188
29 ALGERIA 2019.33
30 LUXEMBOURG 1884.83
31 LATVIA 1878
32 TURKEY 1820
33 BELARUS 1757.5
34 UKRAINE 1466.43
35 COSTA RICA 1077
36 GREECE 1068.43
37 ROMANIA 1038
38 ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN 990
39 SWEDEN 983.86
40 HUNGARY 959

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