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Bicycle Racing News and Opinion,
Wednesday, November 3, 2021

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2021 Tour de France | 2021 Giro d'Italia

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Les Woodland's book Cycling Heroes: The Golden Years is available as an audiobook here.

UCI 2021 final rider & country rankings

These are the rankings as of November 2, 2021:

Riders (top 40):

Tadej Pogacar

Tadej Pogacar (shown after Tour de France stage 18) finished the year as the world's #1 rider. Sirotti photo

Rank Rider Team Points
1 POGAČAR Tadej UAE TEAM EMIRATES 5363
2 VAN AERT Wout JUMBO-VISMA 4382
3 ROGLIČ Primož JUMBO-VISMA 3924
4 ALAPHILIPPE Julian DECEUNINCK-QUICK-STEP 3104.67
5 BERNAL Egan Arley INEOS GRENADIERS 2576
6 COLBRELLI Sonny BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS 2553
7 VAN DER POEL Mathieu ALPECIN-FENIX 2461
8 YATES Adam INEOS GRENADIERS 2251
9 ALMEIDA João DECEUNINCK-QUICK-STEP 2219
10 CARAPAZ Richard INEOS GRENADIERS 2018
11 VALVERDE Alejandro MOVISTAR TEAM 1981
12 MOHORIC Matej BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS 1897
13 WOODS Michael ISRAEL START-UP NATION 1893
14 EVENEPOEL Remco DECEUNINCK-QUICK-STEP 1799
15 PHILIPSEN Jasper ALPECIN-FENIX 1777
16 GAUDU David GROUPAMA-FDJ 1773
17 STUYVEN Jasper TREK-SEGAFREDO 1771
18 VINGEGAARD Jonas JUMBO-VISMA 1730
19 MERLIER Tim ALPECIN-FENIX 1703
20 MOLLEMA Bauke TREK-SEGAFREDO 1620.66
21 NIZZOLO Giacomo TEAM QHUBEKA NEXTHASH 1607
22 SCHACHMANN Maximilian BORA-HANSGROHE 1579
23 ASGREEN Kasper DECEUNINCK-QUICK-STEP 1553
24 TRENTIN Matteo UAE TEAM EMIRATES 1535
25 MAS NICOLAU Enric MOVISTAR TEAM 1533
26 KÜNG Stefan GROUPAMA-FDJ 1463
27 HONORÉ Mikkel DECEUNINCK-QUICK-STEP 1419.27
28 HAYTER Ethan INEOS GRENADIERS 1335.33
29 PORTE Richie INEOS GRENADIERS 1303.33
30 VAN POPPEL Danny INTERMARCHÉ-WANTY-GOBERT 1291
31 SENECHAL Florian DECEUNINCK-QUICK-STEP 1288
32 CAVENDISH Mark DECEUNINCK-QUICK-STEP 1280.27
33 PIDCOCK Thomas INEOS GRENADIERS 1275
34 THOMAS Geraint INEOS GRENADIERS 1268
35 VLASOV Aleksandr ASTANA-PREMIER TECH 1241
36 YATES Simon Philip TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE 1239
37 CARUSO Damiano BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS 1238
38 VAN BAARLE Dylan INEOS GRENADIERS 1235
39 LUTSENKO Alexey ASTANA-PREMIER TECH 1230
40 O'CONNOR Ben AG2R CITROEN TEAM 1227

Nations (Top 40):

Rank Nation Points
1 BELGIUM 14349.33
2 SLOVENIA 11993
3 FRANCE 11541.67
4 ITALY 10851
5 GREAT BRITAIN 9960.6
6 NETHERLANDS 9808.66
7 SPAIN 7979
8 DENMARK 7911.6
9 AUSTRALIA 7001.66
10 COLOMBIA 6796
11 GERMANY 5230.33
12 SWITZERLAND 4290
13 NORWAY 4017.66
14 PORTUGAL 3893
15 ECUADOR 3015
16 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 2956
17 CANADA 2858
18 POLAND 2532
19 RUSSIAN FEDERATION 2350
20 AUSTRIA 2174
21 SOUTH AFRICA 1983.32
22 IRELAND 1855
23 KAZAKHSTAN 1818.71
24 ERITREA 1774
25 CZECH REPUBLIC 1659
26 ESTONIA 1652
27 SLOVAKIA 1524
28 NEW ZEALAND 1391.34
29 UKRAINE 1174
30 LATVIA 1058
31 LUXEMBOURG 924
32 PANAMA 878
33 HUNGARY 831
34 ALGERIA 815
35 BELARUS 764
36 ROMANIA 728
37 SWEDEN 725
38 GREECE 721
39 LITHUANIA 708
40 JAPAN 698

Hideto Nakane renews with EF Education-Nippo

The team sent me this release:

EF Education-NIPPO is proud to announce the renewal of Hideto Nakane. With 10 seasons of professional racing experience, the 31-year-old continues to grow each season and is looking ahead to 2022.

Hideto Nakane

Hideto Nakane (right) wins stage six of the 2020 Tour de Langkawi

As a rider from Japan who has raced on five continents, is learning English, and loves to ride in Italy, Nakane appreciates the team’s international culture. “I wanted to renew my contract with the team because there are so many great riders and staff from so many countries,” he said. “It is a global team, which means I can learn so much here and that interests me.”

Looking back on 2021, Nakane said he has grown significantly in his first season racing in the WorldTour. “I’ve improved how I train, how I recover, how I race, and my English. This will all help for an even stronger 2022.” Indeed, he wrapped up this past season on a high note, reaching the podium in both the Japanese National Championship Road Race and Time Trial, his best ever result in the two disciplines.

“Hideto has been a wonderful presence on this team. He’s not only someone we love racing with, but he’s got a great sense of humor and adds a lot of fun to this group,” said team CEO Jonathan Vaughters. “Our team is truly global. It’s one of the things I enjoy most about our riders and staff, and having Nakane represent Japanese cycling is important; we want to see more Japanese riders in the WorldTour and help develop talent outside pro cycling’s traditional hotbeds.

Nakane has been an important member of our squad this season and helped teammate Hugh Carthy during the Vuelta a Burgos, in which Carthy won the final stage. “I was so happy for Hugh to win the final stage in Burgos and to have been part of it,” Nakane said. “That was my proudest moment of the season.”

For 2022, Nakane aims to carry on learning so that he can continue to support his teammates. “I am proud to race alongside such strong teammates and I want to work hard for them.”

Nakane has found a home with the team and sees a promising future. “I like how EF operates. I know I can continue to grow as a cyclist with this team, so that’s why I would like to work hard again with EF.”

U23 Vuelta a Colombia champion Jesús David Peña joins Team BikeExchange

The team sent me this announcement:

Young Colombian prospect Jesús David Peña will join Team BikeExchange for the next two seasons as a neo-pro, having shown his potential racing in Europe and at home in Colombia.

With second-place stage finishes at the prestigious Giro Ciclistico d’Italia and as a two-time winner of the Vuelta a Colombia U23 race, Peña has already displayed his talent at U23 level.

GreenEDGE Cycling has decided to invest in the 21-year-old, as the Australian outfit looks to continue developing young international talent, and with this, the squad is delighted to be able to deliver Peña with his first professional contract.

With a strong track record of talent coming out of Colombia, Team BikeExchange is eager to see what Peña can do given the right tools and environment to work in, with the team motivated to assist him in reaching his full potential as he makes the step-up into the WorldTour peloton in 2022.

Brent Copeland, General Manager on Peña:
“We have been presented with this exciting opportunity and after analyzing stats and data of Peña with our technical staff and having the opportunity to see some of his performances, we are happy to have him with us from next season.

He is still very young, but from what we could see up to now, we believe that with our guidance he can be a solid rider for the future. Knowing the high competition in Colombia, if you win the Under 23 Vuelta a Colombia, it means that you certainly have the talent, and we will give him our all in our effort to support his development.

Of course, he will need to adapt to his new life, but at GreenEDGE Cycling will give him all the tools needed to help him progress and there is no lack of experience in our team to offer this support. The first year will be important for him to get the right experience, to feel the atmosphere of being in a WorldTour team, learning as much as possible from all our experienced riders, but then from year two, we hope he can be a solid team player in various races.”

Jesús David Peña:
“I am so excited; I am going to join a WorldTour team which has always been my dream. Doing it with GreenEDGE Cycling, which I have always followed, it makes it even more special. When the opportunity was presented to me, I didn’t hesitate a second and I took it straight away.

Now, of course the hard part will begin, it won’t be easy to compete with the best cyclists in the world, but my motivation is extremely high and this for me is only a starting point. I will have to study, I will have to learn, I will have to focus on every single aspect to improve my performance.

It’s a life changing opportunity for me and I can’t wait to move to Europe and begin this new adventure. I want to thank GreenEDGE Cycling for giving me this opportunity and I’ll do all I can to pay them back for the trust they are putting in me.”

Jesús David Peña
Date of birth: 8th May 2000 (21)
Nationality: Colombian
Joins Team BikeExchange: 2022
New Contract: 2022 & 2023

Top Results:
1st 2021 & 2019 U23 Vuelta a Colombia
2nd 2021 Giro Ciclistico d’Italia stage 7
2nd 2019 Giro Ciclistico d’Italia stage 5

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