VN news ticker: Emma Langley and Tyler Stites take stage 2 at Joe Martin; Mathieu van der Poel will miss the Benelux Tour

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Emma Langley and Tyler Stites win the 2nd stage of the Joe Martin Stage Race

Emma Langley (Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank) and Tyler Stites (Aevolo) won the second stage of the Joe Martin Stage Race on Friday. Langley and Stites both had breakaway victories, with Stites crossing the finish line 4 seconds ahead of overall leader Tyler Williams (Los Angeles L39ion) and Langley coming in 1:44 over leader of the general classification Skyler Schneider (Los Angeles L39ion). Schneider and Williams were both able to defend their respective lead in the overall standings.

The women tackled a hilly 107.2 km course that started and ended in Fayetteville, while the men completed a 181.9 km course with the same start and finish area.

Joe Martin State Race stage 2

Professional women

  1. Emma Langley, Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
  2. Skylar Schneider, Los Angeles L39ion
  3. Jessica Ewers, Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank

Pro men

  1. Tyler Stites, Aevolo
  2. Tyler Williams, Los Angeles L39ion
  3. Richard Arnopol, Echelon Racing Project

Mathieu van der Poel will miss the Benelux Tour

Mathieu van der Poel’s return from injury will be further delayed after his side confirmed he would miss his Benelux Tour title defense next week. The Alpecin-Fenix ​​rider was already due to miss the MTB World Championships this week due to a long back injury.

Van der Poel injured his back in a fall at the Olympics late last month after misjudging a jump in the first round. He will eventually retire as a result of the crash and has not raced since.

He pulled out of a training camp earlier this month due to back pain. Van der Poel hopes to be able to compete in the road world championships next month and in Paris-Roubaix in October.

“Mathieu van der Poel was hoping to defend his title in the Benelux Tour, but unfortunately he will have to give up the race. Due to his back problems van der Poel has not been able to train optimally in recent weeks and the Benelux Tour is coming too early, ”said a team statement.

“His adjusted training and running program for the coming months will be based on his recovery. At the moment, there is no reason to question his participation in the world championships and in Paris-Roubaix.

Jay Vine extends with Alpecin-Fenix ​​until 2023

Zwift Academy 2019 winner Jay Vine has accepted a contract extension with Alpecin-Fenix ​​which will see him run alongside Mathieu van der Poel with the UCI ProTeam until 2023.

“The team gave me opportunities and helped me develop as a driver. I am so relieved and grateful for the opportunity that Alpecin-Fenix ​​and Zwift have given me. Zwift Academy turned my distant dream in 2019 into reality, I run with a team that I didn’t even think I had the chance to run with, I have traveled to countries I would never have traveled to, I ‘I made some great friends along the way, and I do what I love and that is riding a bike, ”said Vine.

Vine was active in the breakaways of the Vuelta a Espa̱a 2021, gaining valuable experience, while helping to lead sprinter Jasper Philipsen Рbefore Philipsen retired from the Vuelta at the start of week two.

“I am ecstatic! This year I arrived wanting to give everything I had and do my best for the team, with the ultimate goal of getting a contract extension with Alpecin-Fenix. I was in a race in uncharted territory as a professional, everything was completely new to me, ”said Vine.

“Earlier this year, my wife Bre and I sold everything we owned in Australia with the intention of making it a long-term career, so I’m really grateful and relieved that we were able to secure more. years of racing with Alpecin-Fenix.

Lonneke Uneken wins the third stage of the Simac Ladies Tour

Lonneke Uneken (SD Worx) claimed a small group victory in stage 3 of the Simac Ladies Tour after almost the entire field fell in the last 10 kilometers. Uneken was one of six riders who missed the carnage, along with three of his teammates and two from the DSM team.

The young Dutchwoman led the group in the last left turn and had enough room to hold Susanne Andersen in charge, Pfeiffer Georgi taking third place.

“It was our plan to attack 5 km from the finish, which is why we were ahead with so many of us. Suddenly there was a crash, it happened in a split second. Glad to be able to finish it. Hope everyone is doing well, ”Unneken said.

Race leader Marlen Reusser was caught in the crash just over three miles from the finish and suffered cuts to her knees. Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM) appeared to be the first rider to fall when she lost her balance when her wheels passed a small ledge on the side of the road.

Reusser was able to finish in the second road group, which crossed the line 29 seconds behind the Uneken group. The large overall margin she built up with her strong TT race on Thursday was enough to keep Reusser ahead of the race for another day.

Dylan van Baarle, Adam Yates and Nelson Oliveira avoid the worst in the crash of the Vuelta a España

The riders of Ineos Grenadiers and Movistar were bloodied and bruised, but were able to continue racing after a mass accident on the 12th stage of the Vuelta a España.

The riders of Jumbo-Visma, Ineos Grenadiers and Movistar were among the dozen to fall in a heavy descent of Thursday’s stage. Overnight reports indicate that some of the heaviest slaughterers have come out unscathed.

Ineos Grenadiers saw Dylan van Baarle, Adam Yates, Pavel Sivakov and Salvatore Puccio all caught up in the pile-up. Sivakov and Puccio suffered only abrasions, but van Baarle and Yates were hit harder.

“Dylan van Baarle underwent a CT scan of his left hip and thigh due to an accident in stage 12. The results showed no fractures,” said Ineos Grenadiers. “Adam Yates suffered a contusion to his left calf and shin from the same accident.”

The team confirmed on Friday morning that van Baarle and Yates had undergone a more thorough assessment and were ready to race.

One of the most dramatic injuries was Movistar wheeler Nelson Oliveira. The Portuguese runner’s shorts were ripped apart and bloodied after becoming entangled in barbed wire, but his team confirmed that he was left with only bruises.

Primož Roglič also crashed but was able to avoid injuries and quickly got back on his bike.

Lucy Kennedy will retire at the end of the season

Lucy Kennedy has confirmed that she will retire at the end of this season. The 33-year-old Australian will end her four-year professional career after competing in the Challenge by La Vuelta and the Tour de l’Ardèche next month.

“It’s almost the end of a crazy race! I have decided that 2021 will be my last year as a professional cyclist as I focus on different priorities, ”Kennedy wrote on Instagram. “It’s like it’s yesterday and it’s been a lifetime since I’ve changed my life and been sent to Europe to join GreenEdge Cycling.”

Despite his relatively short professional career, Kennedy notched two Herald Sun Tour victories and won one-day races in San Sebastian and Emakumeen Saria while riding as a domestic for Annemiek van Vleuten and Amanda Spratt.

“I could write a book about the experiences I have gathered in four years. Saying everything I want to say and thanking everyone I want to thank will be very emotional, so I’ll save it all for a bit later because at the moment I’m still a cyclist with a job to do ”, a- she writes. “I will hit the road one last time next week for my last block of races and I will savor every moment!

Great Britain and Australia continue to lead the Paralympic cycling medal table, silver for Canada

Five more medals were on offer at the Izu Velodrome on Friday, with Great Britain and Australia each adding two more medals each to stay ahead of the medal standings.

France also continued its impressive run in Tokyo while Romania and Ukraine won their first cycling competition equipment. Canada also won its third medal of the competition with Kate O’Brien taking silver in the C4-5 500m women’s time trial.

Amanda Reid (Australia) put in an impressive performance to win the first gold of the day in the C1-3 500m time trial. Reid, a C2 rider, set a new world record en route to victory and beat Dutch Alydia Norbruis by almost half a second.

Chinese C1 rider Wangwei Qian also set a new world record in her category by winning the bronze medal ahead of home favorite Keiko Sugiura (Japan).

China will later win their first 2021 Paralympic gold on the track with Zhangyu Li winning the men’s C1-3 1000m time trial. Li, a C1 rider who had already won bronze in the Individual Pursuit, beat Alexandre Leaute (France), gold medalist in the C2 Individual Pursuit, by more than a second.

Jaco van Gass, winner of the C3 Individual Pursuit, climbed to the bottom of the podium half a second longer.

Kadeena Cox got off to a winning start for her Paralympic Games in the C4-5 500m women’s time trial. Cox circled the Velodrome at a world record pace to beat the Canadian O’Brien by one second. Cox will also compete in track and field competitions later in the games.

Caroline Groot (Netherlands) pushed O’Brien hard for the silver medal with the Canadian winning by just over a tenth of a second.

Jozef Metelka (Slovakia) improved his silver medal from Thursday’s time trial to gold on Friday in the men’s C4 4000m individual pursuit. Metelka was in great shape as he set a new world record in qualifying to set up a final with Carol-Eduard Novak (Romania).

There was no way to stop Metelka as he turned to Novak to catch him before the 3,000-meter mark. Meanwhile, Diego German Duenas (Colombia) beat Ronan Grimes (Ireland) after regaining more than two seconds behind in the last kilometer.

The final medal competition of the day was the men’s C5 4000m individual pursuit, with Frenchman Dorian Foulon taking the top honors. Foulon took a landslide victory over Australia’s Alistair Donohoe, beating him by more than three seconds.

In the race for the bronze medal, Ukrainian Yehor Dementyev denied France a second medal in the competition by beating Kevin le Cunff by five seconds.

You can find the full results here.



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