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Tuesday, June 20, 2023

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Arnaud De Lie returns to competition at Belgian road championships

De Lie’s Lotto Dstny team sent me this:

Arnaud De Lie will take part in the Belgian road race championships in Izegem this Sunday. However, the Lotto Dstny rider will not start as the leader of the team. He primarily wants to help his teammates in the battle for the Belgian tricolour.

Arnaud De Lie wins the 2023 GP de Morbihan

De Lie crashed hard in the 4 Jours de Dunkerque opening stage and suffered from a pneumothorax, a fractured collarbone, a crack in the sternum and a fractured rib. Two weeks ago, the rider was given the green light to train full again following a period of recovery. For the Lotto Dstny rider, the consequences of his crash aren’t causing any inconvenience anymore. De Lie especially wants to help his team in Izegem.

“Arnaud will start without any stress”, says sports manager Kurt Van de Wouwer, “he knows he’s not 100% yet but he especially wants to be at the Belgian championships to contribute to the team. To pin on a race number again, will give him a big mental boost after a long period without racing. Arnaud is not thinking about the title, he just wants to race and help the team where he can so he can leave to the Livigno altitude training camp with a good feeling.”

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Soudal Quick-Step riders headed to national championships

Here’s the team’s news:

Twenty-four of our riders will compete for the road race or time trial title, between 21-25 June, in seven different countries.

In the two decades that have passed since the team’s inception, Soudal Quick-Step has won a staggering 67 National Championships with 32 different riders across 19 countries on three continents. The most recent of these titles was captured last season in France, when Florian Sénéchal made it into a select group in the finale and outsprinted his companions for what was arguably the biggest victory of his career.

The 29-year-old Frenchman will be gain on the start line, part of a small but motivated Soudal Quick-Step team that will try to beat the odds in Cassel, where this year’s edition is held. In total, 24 of the squad’s 29 riders are set to take part over the next couple of days at the races scheduled in their countries.

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“The week of the National Championships is one of the best of the year. You’ve got a lot of racing happening in many countries and our riders are all motivated to get some good results. Of course, one of our main focuses will be on the Belgian races, where the aim is to be among the protagonists, but there are also other countries and races where we have a fair chance of doing something nice”, said sports director Tom Steels.

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ITT – June 22: Herzerle (41.9km)

Riders: Remco Evenepoel, Ilan Van Wilder.

Road Race – June 25: Izegem (228.5km)

Riders: Tim Declercq, Dries Devenyns, Remco Evenepoel, Yves Lampaert, Tim Merlier, Pieter Serry, Bert Van Lerberghe, Ilan Van Wilder, Mauri Vansevenant, Stan Van Tricht, Louis Vervaeke.


ITT – June 22: Aalborg (39.6km)

Riders: Kasper Asgreen.

Road Race – June 25: Aalborg (210.7km)

Riders: Kasper Asgreen, Michael Mørkøv, Casper Pedersen.


ITT – June 22: Hazebrouck – Cassel (31.3km)

Riders: Rémi Cavagna.

Road Race – June 25: Hazebrouck – Cassel (224km)

Riders: Julian Alaphilippe, Rémi Cavagna, Florian Sénéchal.


ITT – June 23: Donaueschinger – Bad Durrheim (32.3km)

Riders: Jannik Steimle.

Road Race – June 25: Donaueschinger – Bad Durrheim (220.6km)

Riders: Jannik Steimle.

Great Britain

ITT – June 21: Croft Circuit (41.8km)

Riders: Ethan Vernon.

Road Race – June 25: Saltburn-by-the-Sea (188.8km)

Riders: James Knox.


ITT – June 22: Sarche (25.7km)

Riders: Mattia Cattaneo.

Road Race – June 25: Comano Terme (226.1km)

Riders: Andrea Bagioli, Davide Ballerini, Mattia Cattaneo.


Road Race – June 25: Valkenburg – Sittard (218.3km)

Riders: Fabio Jakobsen.

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Nadav Raisberg becomes the first Israeli cyclist to join the Israel-Premier Tech team in four years

Here’s the team’s news:

Nadav Raisberg, a 22-year-old from Kibbutz Dafna in northern Israel, has signed a two-year contract with Israel – Premier Tech, becoming the first Israeli cyclist to join the professional team in four years.

“This is incredible. I’ve dreamed of this moment. I will do everything I can to go as far as possible,” exclaimed Raisberg after signing his first professional contract. This development guarantees his participation in major races worldwide for at least the next two seasons.

The IPT roster currently includes three Israeli riders: Guy Sagiv, Omer Goldstein, and Itamar Einhorn, who joined the team at the beginning of 2020.

The decision to move Raisberg up the ranks was paradoxically surprising and expected. Surprising because he only joined the team’s development squad, Israel – Premier Tech Academy, less than a year and a half ago; but expected because the young Raisberg made rapid progress and has impressed the ProTeam management at nearly every race he has competed in.

“He has shown maturity and quick adaptability in an exceptional way, proving he can be relied upon and showing all the qualities required to earn a pro contract and a spot on the team’s senior roster starting in 2024,” said Kjell Carlstrom, IPT’s General Manager. “We expect him to continue to improve and flourish, showing the way for other Israeli talents.”

IPT owner Sylvan Adams welcomed the young Israeli, saying “I am proud of Nadav’s significant impact as a road racer in our U23 continental development squad. He has earned this promotion to our senior ProTeam, and I am excited to see his results next year.”

Raisberg shares proudly that he grew up in a “dream home” for cycling. His father, Boris, was an excellent rider who won the Israeli road race championship in 1987. “I got my passion for cycling from him,” recalls Nadav, who started riding at the age of ten with a focus more on off-road cycling. He credits Guy Niv, the first Israeli rider to complete the Tour de France, for convincing him to transition to road racing, as Niv had done himself years before. “I owe him for that. He is like an older brother to me,” said Raisberg. “I feel like I’m on top of the world now that I’ve achieved my dream and signed a professional contract. I have big goals. The first is to race in a Grand Tour – as early as next season – and one day I will go for victories there.”

Perhaps the person most proud of this signing is the team’s founder, Ron Baron, who sees this as an encouraging realization of the team’s inceptive vision. “Promoting Israeli riders has always been and remains one of our most important goals. I am thrilled that Nadav has made it and I look forward to more Israeli cyclists following in his footsteps. The door is open for them.”

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