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Tuesday, September 6, 2022

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Cameron Meyer announces retirement

Meyer’s Team BikeExchange-Jayco sent me this:

Four-time Australian champion Cameron Meyer has announced his retirement from professional cycling, ending a long and successful career on both the road and the track. The Australian rider spent nine-years with GreenEDGE Cycling, joining the squad in its first season in 2012, and has been a key member of the team, playing an important role in many victories, whilst also achieving many special race wins himself.

Cameron Meyer winning stage 2 of the 2018 Tour of Britain

Having competed in no less than 10 Grand Tours, Cameron has shown his diversity as a rider over the years, with an incredible list of palmares including nine World titles on the track, four Commonwealth Games titles, plus a Tour de France TTT and Giro d’Italia TTT stage win.

In the more recent years, Cameron has been a rider that the younger team members look up to with his natural ability to guide and mentor. The rider from Western Australia will be greatly missed in the team and the WorldTour peloton, but with a bright future ahead, with new goals and challenges waiting for him, we are pleased to see ‘Cam’ take the next step and wish him the best of luck in his next endeavours.

Cameron Meyer:
“It’s certainly been a wild ride and a journey I look back on with the happiest of memories. I cannot thank Gerry and Val Ryan enough for allowing me so many fantastic years as a member of the GreenEdge Team. I am very excited for the next chapter in my life and wish this team all the very best of success in the future.”

Congratulations on a fantastic career Cam. Good luck with the next chapter!

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Team DSM’s upcoming racing

The team sent me this schedule:

Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta: SEP 07 - 11

Huub Duijn - Team DSM coach:
"La Vuelta Challenge has a bit of everything this year. We start with a TTT, where we will of course go all out for the best possible result - and we have confidence in the discipline after our recent showing in Vårgårda. The following three days are the harder stages, with climbing spread throughout the day. However, with no mountain-top finish, we will look to ride aggressively and use strong group of climbers to animate the race and take our chances. Stage five then finishes in the centre of Madrid, where we can expect a bunch sprint and we will look to set up Megan as our finisher."

Line-up:
Francesca Barale (ITA)
Léa Curinier (FRA)
Megan Jastrab (USA)
Juliette Labous (FRA)
Liane Lippert (GER)
Floortje Mackaij (NED)

Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec: SEP 09

Luke Roberts - Team DSM coach:
"After a two year absence we're looking forward to racing on Canadian soil again at Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec. Taking on the traditional circuit around the Parc des Champs-de-Bataille; the main focal points along the route are the short but sharp climbs on the latter half of the circuit - which suit the puncheur type riders. We arrive with a strong team that gives us options to play throughout the day; depending on how hard the race is made by the peloton as we head towards the dragging kick to the line, where normally the race is decided in a reduced sprint."

Romain Bardet (shown on Alpe d'Huez in the 2022 Tour de France) will be racing in Canada. Sirotti photo

Line-up:
Søren Kragh Andersen (DEN)
Romain Bardet (FRA)
Pavel Bittner (CZE)
Romain Combaud (FRA)
Nils Eekhoff (NED)
Andreas Leknessund (NOR)
Martijn Tusveld (NED)

Grand Prix de la Somme: SEP 11

Boris Zimine - Team DSM coach:
"GP de la Somme is a typical end-of-season race where the weather can have a big influence on the outcome of the day, although normally the race finishes in a mass sprint. The beginning of the race is mostly flat with some parts close to the sea where echelons can happen in if the wind is strong. While in the second part of the day, there are some climbs but they are not really that long. It's a good race for our Development program riders to build their experience. We also have recently promoted Casper joining us, and he will share his experience and help to drive the group; and he's the finisher we will look to in the finale. It will be one of the last battles for the Development program this season so we are really looking forward to making an offensive race and trying to take the opportunities in front of us."

Line-up:
Joost Brinkman (NED)
Patrick Eddy (AUS)
Axel Källberg (FIN)
Moritz Kärsten (GER)
Lorenza Ursella (ITA)
Casper van Uden (NED)

Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal: SEP 11

Luke Roberts - Team DSM coach:
"The second race of our Canadian double-header, Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal takes place on a slightly harder parcours than its Quebec counterpart. The ascent at the beginning of the circuit, the Côte Camillien-Houde, is almost two kilometres long and averages eight percent - which gives the purer climbers a chance to go on the attack alongside the puncheurs. Depending on how aggressively the day is approached by the bunch, a strong group can go clear to compete for the win in the finale or we could also see another larger reduced sprint finish. As a team, we have a variety of cards to play throughout the day so we can react to what we expect to be a dynamic race situation."

Line-up:
Søren Kragh Andersen (DEN)
Romain Bardet (FRA)
Pavel Bittner (CZE)
Romain Combaud (FRA)
Nils Eekhoff (NED)
Andreas Leknessund (NOR)
Martijn Tusveld (NED)


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Team INEOS Grenadiers reports on Tour of Britain Stage two

We posted the report from stage winner Cees Bol's Team DSM with the results.

Here's the INEOS Grenadiers update:

Tom Pidcock sprinted to seventh place on day two of the Tour of Britain as the race completed its time in Scotland.

The Grenadiers rode hard to help control the race, pushing on in exposed terrain in a bid to make it a tough run-in. A second day of strong headwinds made life difficult and nullified a number of possible attacks.

Richie Porte again put in a strong turn on the run-in in his final race. Omar Fraile finished in the peloton to remain well placed, now third overall, eight seconds back on Corbin Strong (Israel-PremierTech). Pidcock sits fifth overall, while Magnus Sheffield also holds a strong GC position after launching an attack of his own during the stage.

Cees Bol wins stage two. Photo: SWpix

Magnus Sheffield:
"The plan was to try and bring Tom and Omar into the sprint and see how Tom could go in the final. The last hour was super hard, especially with the headwind over the last three climbs. Kwiato punched it really hard and we were able to string out the bunch. But then everyone started looking at each other, especially Israel. But over the last climb the race really started to go off again and I was able to follow Dylan Teuns. It got kind of messy but it was just Omar and Tom in the end and Tom was able to finish in the top 10.

"We have to just keep on chomping at the bit. Richie was able to ride really well again in the final. The wind really influences the race, especially when it’s really open. It would be nice if it was a bit more cross or tailwind – it would make the race a bit more exciting rather than neutralising it. It was another tough day.

"Today we actually got to enjoy the views a bit more now that we had some sun and it wasn’t just pouring rain. The start was really spectacular with the rolling hills. I really enjoyed it."


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Lilian Calmejane joins Intermarché-Wanty Gobert

Here’s the team’s announcement:

Frenchman Lilian Calmejane (29 years old), the double Grand Tour stage winner, will represent Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux during the next two seasons. He thus signed his first contract with a team abroad.

Lilian Calmejane made an interesting entry in the pro peloton by winning a stage from the breakaway in the Tour of Spain 2016 on the final climb towards San Andrés de Teixido. He repeated this stunt the next season in the Tour de France on the Station des Rousses, a couple of months after winning the polka-dot jersey in Paris-Nice.

 

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Lilian Calmejane wins 2016 Vuelta stage 4 at San Andrés de Teixido. Sirotti photo

The all-round rider with aggressive racing style also won the Étoile de Bessèges, the Settimana internazionale Coppi e Bartali and the Circuit de la Sarthe thanks to solo stage victories and French cup races such as the Drôme Classic (2018), Paris-Camembert (2018) and the Faun-Ardèche Classic (2019).

“I'm very happy to join Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert! I was charmed by the confidence that the team kept on showing in my capabilities for a long time, I had to grab this opportunity with both hands. From our first meetings, there was a clear idea about which race programme would enable me to shine. The team observes the qualities of the riders and employs them to favor succes for each of them. I like this vision. My last victory is three years ago already. I've always had a winning mentality and I'm pleased with the team's support in my ambition to return on the top step of the podium. What also motivâtes me, is the continuous progression of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux. I remember well our battle for the title of best Pro Continental team a couple of years ago. Since then, Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux confirmed its position in the World Tour, climbing to fifth place in the UCI world ranking this season. The dynamics are incredible and I'm convinced that it's just the beginning. I followed how the team continued increasing investment in terms of training, equipment, nutrition etc. to improve each detail. I will leave my comfort zone, just like Adrien Petit did by joining a foreign team for the first time. I can't wait for this challenge in a Belgian environment, where people breathe cycling.” - Lilian Calmejane

“Lilian Calmejane built an impressive palmares thanks to his allround characteristics and race intelligence. His experience will undoubtedly be an added value for our team, I'm thinking of our extended race programme on French soil. He'll be an asset in the finals of difficult races and he has proven that he can perform with regularity all season long. He has chosen to join us aiming to make a step forward, in a new environment. He has a clear idea about which details can nurture this progression, for example in terms of equipment or nutrition. We also share the idea that he has a progression margin. We're looking forward to start our collaboration, which will hopefully lead to a success story! - Aike Visbeek (Performance Manager)

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