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Tuesday, September 13, 2022

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Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl to ride Tour of Luxembourg

Here’s the team’s update:

The Wolfpack is back at the start of the Tour de Luxembourg, a race our team won last year, when we placed two riders on the final podium and took a pair of stages wins. The route will favour the attackers and the puncheurs, but it’s expected that the 26.1km individual time trial around Remich will also play an important role in the outcome.

Davide Ballerini, a stage winner at the Tour de Wallonie this summer, Tim Declercq, Stijn Steels, Jannik Steimle – who returned to racing last weekend, at the GP de Fourmies, after the Burgos crash which left him with a broken collarbone – and French Champion Florian Sénéchal will be the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl riders in action at the five-day race, which gets underway Tuesday afternoon.

Florian Sénéchal winning the 2021 Primus Classic.

“The Tour de Luxembourg has always been a fantastic race and we love being there. We are with only five guys, so we aren’t the big favourites, but we’d like to get a stage victory and we’ll fight for that. The course is never flat, but up and down the entire time, with many short and sharp climbs, and we’re motivated to give our best, as we always do”, said sports director Brian Holm.

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Upcoming racing for UAE Team Emirates

Here’s the team’s schedule:

UAE Team Emirates will begin the final leg of the season with the Tour de Luxembourg (13-17 Sept) followed by a succession of races in Italy – Giro Della Toscana (14 Sept), Coppa Sabatini (15 Sept) and Memorial Marco Pantani ((17 Sept).

Rafal Majka will lead the teams overall ambitions in the Tour of Luxembourg with Matteo Trentin also capable of results in the flatter stages.

Rafal Majka leads Pogacar, Thomas and Vingegaard on the Col du Granon in the 2022 Tour de France. Sirotti photo

Meanwhile Marc Hirschi makes a return at the the Giro Della Toscana in hope of finishing the season on a high-note.

The squad for Luxembourg will be overseen by Sports Directors Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) and Aart Vierhouten (Ned) while Fabio Baldato (Ita) and Marco Marzano (Ita) will take charge in Italy.

Skoda Tour Luxembourg [2.Pro] – 13-Sep-2022 / 17-Sep-2022

-Camilo Ardila (Col)
-Arthur Kluckers (Lux)
-Rafal Majka (Pol)
-Rui Oliveira (Por)
-Joel Suter (Swi)
–Matteo Trentin (Ita)

Giro della Toscana – Memorial Alfredo Martini [1.1] – 14-Sep-2022

–Kasper Andersen (Den)
–Marc Hirschi (Swi)
-Oliver Knight (GB)
–Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor)
-Felix Gross (Ger)
-Yousif Mirza (UAE)
-Oliviero Troia (Ita)

Coppa Sabatini – Gran Premio città di Peccioli [1.Pro] – 15-Sep-2022

–Kasper Andersen (Den)
–Marc Hirschi (Swi)
-Oliver Knight (GB)
–Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor)
-Alessandro Covi (Ita)
-Yousif Mirza (UAE)
-Oliviero Troia (Ita)

Memorial Marco Pantani [1.1] – 17-Sep-2022

–Kasper Andersen (Den)
–Alessandro Covi (Ita)
–Marc Hirschi (Swi)
-Felix Gross (Ger)
–Diego Ulissi (Ita)
-Yousif Mirza (UAE)
-Oliviero Troia (Ita)

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Team BikeExchange-Jayco signs more contract renewals: Colleoni, Grøndahl Jansen & Maas sign up for more

The team sent me this news:

It is a busy period for Team BikeExchange-Jayco with various new rider signings plus multiple contract renewals and with this, the squad is pleased to confirm the contract extensions of three more riders – Kevin Colleoni, Amund Grøndahl Jansen and Jan Maas.

Young Italian climber Kevin Colleoni joined the team as a neo-pro last season and has been following an upward trajectory, learning and developing into a consistent WorldTour rider. The 22-year-old had a stand-out performance this season finishing on the podium at the Saska Tour. Team BikeExchange-Jayco believe there is still a lot of potential inside the Italian and the squad is happy to continue to work with Colleoni through the 2023 season.

Norwegian powerhouse Amund Grøndahl Jansen has also put pen to paper to confirm his commitment for a further season, having joined the Australian outfit back in 2021. The 28-year-old has been a key player in many of the big races, assisting the team to success like at this year’s Tour de France and will continue to play an important role in the team’s “engine room” throughout 2023 and 2024.

Amund Grøndahl Jansen wins stage 3 of the 2019 ZLM Tour

Finally, 26-year-old Jan Maas has enjoyed his first taste of the WorldTour peloton in 2022 as he made the step up, joining the team in January, and has proven to be an all-round contributor in many races across the calendar both on and off the bike. Having quickly settled into the WorldTour bunch, it has been clear to see that Maas has a lot to give his teammates and Team BikeExchange-Jayco is pleased to see him continue for two more seasons.

Brent Copeland – General Manager:
“It has been a pleasure to renew the contracts of these three riders and it was important for us as a team to keep riders that have worked so well over the past season and to keep continuity and consistency within our squad. Some of them, especially Amund, hasn’t been so lucky due to various unfortunate injuries, but we hope that the bad luck is now behind him.

Kevin, Amund and Jan are all very different riders, but all have the same vision and goals, to assist the team in the best ways they can while also continuing to develop themselves as riders. Kevin really showed us what he is capable of this season with his strong results in Czech, while Amund and Jan both selflessly sacrificed themselves in the biggest races on the calendar for their teammates. It is great for us to continue working with these riders into the 2023 season.”

Kevin Colleoni:
“I’m happy to re-sign with the Team BikeExchange-Jayco. I felt very good riding with the team the last two years and with a new contract for 2023, I hope to repay them in the best possible way. I have been learning a lot in my first years in the WorldTour peloton, it has been very interesting and challenging and I am sure I will continue to learn more next year.”

Amund Grøndahl Jansen:
“I’m happy the team still has faith in me despite a challenging first period of 2021 and 2022. I feel very at home and it’s great knowing they believe in my capabilities, so I am happy to continue to 2024. I hope to get my career properly back on track over the next years and contribute with both my own results and helping other riders score victories, especially Dylan, as I’m a part of his sprint preparation.”

Jan Maas:
“It is great for me to continue with Team BikeExchange-Jayco, I am very happy about it. It is just a right fit, the Aussie mentality has a lot of similarities to the Dutch and from the first training camp and race, it felt like family. It is a very nice group of people and I had already some great moments with them on and off the bike. We race always with a plan and determination which I really like and that motivates me.

"For the next two years I hope to develop in a way that I can be the best version of myself which can lead to many great success’s together with the team. I am also happy to celebrate the fact that I have been selected to represent the Netherlands at the coming World Championships after a strong season with the team.”

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Kevin Colleoni
Date of Birth: 11th November 1999 (22)
Nationality: Italian
Joined GreenEDGE Cycling: 2021
New Contract: 2023
Top Results:
3rd Saska Tour Overall (2022)
3rd Giro Ciclistico d’Italia (2020)
4th Tour of Oman Stage (2022)
4th Saska Tour Stage (2022)
5th Saska Tour Stage (2022)
7th Saska Tour Stage (2022)
7th Tour of Oman Overall (2022)
11th Tour of Turkey Stage (2022)
9th Tour of Hungary Overall (2022)

Amund Grøndahl Jansen
Date of Birth: 11th February 1994 (28)
Nationality: Norway
Joined GreenEDGE Cycling: 2019
New Contract: 2023 & 2024
Top Results:
1st ZLM Tour Stage (2019)
1st Tour de Gironde Overall (2016)
2nd Four days of Dunkerque Overall (2019)
5th Bretagne Classic Ouest France (2019)
5th Prudential RideLondon Surrey Classic (2019)
2nd ZLM Tour (2019)

Jan Maas
Date of Birth: 19th February 1996 (26)
Nationality: Dutch
Joined GreenEDGE Cycling: 2022
New Contract: 2023 & 2024
Top Results:
6th Tour du Doubs (2020)
3rd Tour de la Mirabelle Overall (2021)

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