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Are South American’s Set To Dominate Cycling? | The Cycling Race News Show

Are South American’s Set To Dominate Cycling? | The Cycling Race News Show

Welcome to the GCN Racing News Show. This week, are South American’s about to
win all three Grand Tours in the same year? We take a look at a very exciting opening
two days of the Vuelta a Espana. We’ve also got the Cyclassics Hamburg, the
Ladies Tour of Norway, the Colorado Classic, Tour of Denmark, Tour de l’Avenir and the
Rad Race Fixed42. Now, it’s been a week full of very exciting,
high level professional racing, but despite all the action, I want to start the racing
news show this week with a tribute to the career of Marcel Kittel. As most of you will know, Kittel decided to
leave his team, Katusha Alpecin, and take a break from the sport. There was lots of speculation as to which
team would host his return, but last week, Kittel quashed all those rumours by announcing
his retirement from the sport. He cited a lack of motivation to punish himself
physically and mentally to be at the top of what is a hard old sport. A brave and courageous decision, when the
easier one probably would have been to continue getting a big paycheck for a couple more years,
even if his head wasn’t in it. I have a lot of respect for that. He’s only 31, but what a career he had. 93 victories in total, including 14 stages
of the Tour, 4 at the Giro, and 1 at the Vuelta. He also won the Scheldeprijs 5 times between
2012 and 2017. It wasn’t just his results that made him
popular though, Kittel also looked pretty darn good, on and off the bike, and above
that, he always spoke eloquently to media and journalists on whatever subject they wished
to talk about. He was a great ambassador for cycling, and
there’s no doubt that cycling is going to miss him. As you’d expect, there were tributes paid
left right and centre by fellow pro cyclists, amongst them, rival German sprinter Andre
Greipel, who thanked him for everything he’s done for German cycling and young talents,
and also from John Degenkolb, who had this to say to Eurosport at the start of stage
2 of the Vuelta. And we would also like to wish Marcel all the best for
his future, away from competing, and thank him for everything he has done for our sport. Cheers Marcel, I’ll lift a drink to you
later. Now, onto the third and final Grand Tour of
the year, the Vuelta a Espana. Just two days in, we’ve got to ask the question,
are South Americans about to win all three Grand Tours, and dominate the sport for the
next decade? Well, the former is a distinct possibility,
and the latter is almost an inevitability, at least in the Grand Tours and the high mountains. One rider who didn’t even make it to the
start was one of the pre race favourites, and winner of this year’s Giro d’Italia,
Richard Carapaz. He crashed whilst competing in a post Tour
criterium in the Netherlands just over a week ago, and although he didn’t fracture anything,
his injuries were enough to stop him from competing at the Vuelta. The race kicked off on Saturday with a 13.4km
Team Time Trial around Torrevieja, and there were two very different outcomes for the two
of the favourite teams. For Astana, it couldn’t have started any
better – they blitzed round the course and would end up winning the stage, and putting
team leader Miguel Angel Lopez into the leader’s red jersey already on stage 1. However, in complete contrast to the perfect
ride of Astana, and through no fault of their own, were Jumbo Visma. A broken garden hose leaked water onto the
course, just before this left hander. As we all know, wet tyres and full throttle
cornering don’t really go hand in hand, and so half of the team hit the deck. Thankfully, they were all able to get back
up and finish the stage, but it left Primoz Roglic, George Bennett and Steven Kruijswijk
with a 40 second deficit after just one stage. Not ideal. Stage 2 was not your standard sprint affair. In fact, the finale became a full blown GC
battle. The climb of the Alto de Puig Llorenca may
only have been just over 3kms long, but it was steep, and it provoked action right from
the foot. In fact, by the top, there were fewer than
10 riders in the front group. It did regroup slightly on the descent, but
with no one team having the numbers to control the race, it ended up being a bit of a free
for all, and eventually a very strong 6 man group got clear at the head of the race. Rigoberto Uran, Nairo Quintana, Mikel Nieve,
Fabio Aru, who’d also fallen on the first stage, Primoz Roglic, and the best placed
on GC, Nico Roche. It was Quintana who attacked first in the
closing three kilometres, and with a moments hesitation behind, he soon got a gap, one
that he would conserve all the way to the finish line. A stage win on the opening weekend for a climber
and GC contender, it doesn’t get much better than that. Behind him, Roche won the sprint for 2nd,
which was enough to see him going into the leader’s red jersey, 6 years after he first
took it. Going into today, he holds a 2 second advantage
over Quintana, with Uran in 3rd. The big losers that day were Astana, who only
had Ion Izaguirre to ride for Lopez in the final, and also Team Ineos, whose GC riders
Geoghehan Hart and Poels both lost over 9 minutes. It looks as though they’ll be going just
for stage wins from here on in. So, as things stand, we have three Colombians
in the first 5 on GC, and 4 in the top 8, courtesy of young Sergio Higuita. The sheer volume of talent that they, and
other South American countries are producing is quite simple mind boggling. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again
– it won’t be long before we see the first South American clean sweep of a Grand Tour
podium. As a reminder, you can get daily highlights
of the Vuelta a Espana, wherever you are in the world, right here on GCN Racing. And I’d really appreciate your help on this
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so that they are informed whenever a race is uploaded or going live. Along with the Vuelta, we will also have the
DEutschland Tour, or Tour of Germany, live in North and South America, except Colombia,
from Thursday through Sunday, and then at the weekend, we’re going to have live coverage
of the next one day WorldTour event, the men’s and women’s Bretagne Classics, available
everywhere except for the US, Canada, Japan, Colombia, Africa and New Zealand. I do know it’s frustrating if you’re in
one of the countries that is geo-restricted, but please rest assured we are doing everything
within our power to get as much racing as possible to as much of the world as possible. Also taking place on Sunday was the Cyclassics
Hamburg. It’s a sprinters classic, but certainly
hilly enough that they really have to work hard to make it to the finish line in the
front group. Most of them made it, though, and in the end
if was European Champion Elia Viviani who took his third victory in a row, after yet
another exemplary lead out from Michael Morkov. I think Viviani is going to miss him when
he moves to Cofidis next year. Speaking of which, on the very same day, his
22 year old brother, Attilio, won the Schaal Sels Merksem in Belgium, also in a sprint,
whilst riding as a stagiaire for Cofidis. Some talent in that family, isn’t there?! Meanwhile, we were privileged last week to
have live worldwide coverage of the Colorado Classic, and any of you who watched it were
also privileged, as you got to witness the utter domination of the race by one of the
sports brightest young prospects, 22 year old Chloe Dygert-Owen. On stage 1, she pressed on over the top of
the final QOM, going solo down the gravel descent and going on to win solo by 44 seconds. Stage 2 was basically a downtown criterium
followed by a huge climb. There, everyone was watching and waiting for
Katie Hall to attack, but she just didn’t have it in her. Dygert rode like a proper track rider – she
caught Brodie Chapman over the top of that climb, and once again made the difference
on the descent. On stage 3, Dygert Owen was at it again, attacking
for the QOM points with one lap to go, which she took, and then over the top she took a
quick glance back, decided to go for it, and was never seen again. By this point she had won every stage, of
course she was leading overall, she was also leading the points, young rider, QOM’s. A bit greedy really, but she hadn’t even
finished. She won the 4th and final in Denver, breaking
clear with Janelle Coll, dropping her and coming to the line 11 seconds clear, and 50
seconds ahead of the bunch. Now, admittedly, this was not the strongest
field ever assembled, but dominance like that doesn’t happen often at ANY level of the
sport. Dygert already has 5 World Championship gold
medals to her name, and will likely be heading to Yorkshire soon to compete at the World
Time Trial Championships for the USA. Who’d bet against her causing a big upset
there? Almost as dominant at the Ladies Tour of Norway
was Marianne Vos, who is not only back to her best, but possible even better than ever. Stage 1 was run off under biblical rain – it
came down to a bunch sprint, won by Lorena Wiebes. Wiebes crashed on the finishing circuit on
stage 2, relinquishing the race lead. Up front, Vos attacked up the climb, was caught,
but then went again the final time up it with about 5kms to go. She looked nailed on for the victory until
Lisa Klein got on the front for Alice Barnes. It looked like Vos was going to get caught,
but she just about managed to hold on for the win, with Barnes having to settle for
second place. Bastianelli 3rd. Stage 3 was the only hilltop finish of the
race, into the Fredriksten Fortress in Halden. Once again, Marianne Vos was on the attack
the first time up the climb, and the only person who could go with her was Corinne Rivera. On to the final climb, Rivera was understandably
letting Vos do all the work on the front, but with Kazia Nieuwiadoma chasing hard behind,
Rivera panicked and went to the front – having maintained the gap, she swung over to try
and manoeuvre Vos onto the front, but just as she did that, Vos went hell for leather,
and Rivera simply didn’t have the power to answer that speed. On to the 4th and final stage, and guess what,
it was Vos again. The stage started on the border between Sweden
and Norway. Canyon SRAM did a great lead out for Barnes,
but nobody could come near Vos, who took three stages in a row. One solo, one no a climb, and one in a bunch
sprint. That’s 13 wins for Vos so far this year,
and 402 career victories across all the disciplines in which she’s competed. Hard to see who can get close to her at the
World championships, isn’t it?! At the Tour of Denmark, Tiejs Benoot took
his 2nd ever pro victory on day one through a late attack, a nice way to finish his time
with Lotto Soudal. The final stage was won by Tim Merlier, Belgian
National Road Champion, who proved once again that his pedigree extends far beyond the world
of cyclocross on the final day of the race. The GC, though, was dominated by Danish riders. Top of them all was 22 year old Niklas Larsen
of Coloquick, who didn’t win a stage, but never finished outside the top 20. The Tour de l’Avenir also concluded on Sunday
– as mentioned last year, succeed here and you can almost guarantee you’re going to
go on to future greatness. That name this year is Tobias Foss, who became
the first ever Norwegian to win overall. He adds his name to a rather illustrious list
of previous winners, as you can see from this tweet by Ammatti Pyorailly. Like Larsen in Denmark, he didn’t win a
stage, but he also only finished twice outside the top 10 over the 10 stages. He will ride for Jumbo Visma over the next
two seasons, further strengthening their climbing prowess. The Colombians didn’t have quite the influence
on GC that we were expecting, their best placed was Jhojan Garcia in 9th, but they did take
a stage win with Harold Tejada on day 7. Tom Pidcock had been looking good throughout
the race, including that day, but a nasty crash saw him have to withdraw with some particularly
nasty looking facial scars and some lost teeth. He’s still hoping to line up on home roads
for the upcoming World Championships. Another notable performance came from Mauri
Vansevenant, who went into the overall lead after that stage. His Dad, Wim, was a multiple ‘winner’
of the lanterne rouge, as the last placed rider at the Tour de France, but it seems
Mauri is a little bit better at climbing than his dad was. Next up, it’s the latest Rad Race event,
which took place in Hamburg on Sunday. This is called the Fixed42, and as the name
suggests, it’s a 42km fixed gear race, held on closed roads, which is known as the unofficial
Fixed gear world championships. The speeds in this thing really are quite
incredible, and the racing far too close for comfort if you ask my, considering they’ve
got no brakes. Leg speed and aerodynamics are the name of
the game in this event, with the latter taken a little too far by some of the competitors. There was a clean sweep of the podium in the
men’s event by three Italians from the T-Red Factory Racing Team. Leonardo Fedrigo outsprinting Facundo Gabriel
for the win, at an average speed of 45.86kph. In the women’s, it was Margaux Vigie of
Team Look Criterium who came home over a minute clear of Francesca Selva. On to some transfer news now, and we’ll
start with Ben Tullett, who has just signed his first pro deal for Corendon Circus, with
whom he’ll be able to compete on the road, but also in cyclocross, a discipline in which
he has won back to back junior World Championship titles. Still just 17 years old, he’ll be one of,
if not the youngest pro rider in 2020. He’ll begin racing Cyclocross with them
in September as a first year Under 23. John Degenkolb was long rumoured to be leaving
Trek Segafredo at the end of this season, but it has recently been revealed that his
new home will be Lotto Soudal, as it will in fact for Philippe Gilbert, news that came
out just too late for last week’s show. His contract is for three years, almost unheard
of for a 37 year old. Meanwhile, Bora Hansrohe have signed up young
German talent Lennard Kamna from Sunweb. There have also been a couple of notable contract
extensions – Remco Evenepoel will remain at Deceuninck Quickstep until at least the end
of 2023, whilst Jakob Fuglsand has extended his contract at Astana by 2 years. In other news, Team Wiggins Le-col, who have
helped a number of riders up to the top level of the pro ranks, are set to disband at the
end of the season, saying that the operation had come to it’s natural conclusion. And finally in Italy, Alessandro Petacchi
has been handed a 2 year ban by the UCI, after receiving evidence against him from the people
conducting Operation Anderlass. He will also have his results from 2012 and
2013 stripped. That’s how you finish a show with both a
positive and a negative. Right, that’s all for now, don’t forget
to spread the word about this new GCN Racing channel to help us get more and more racing
coverage to you. I’ll be back next week with the rest of
the first week of the Vuelta, the Deutschland Tour, and the Bretagne Classics. In the meantime, if you’re yet to catch
highlights of the Vuelta so far, you can find our Vuelta a Espana playlist down here.

18 comments on “Are South American’s Set To Dominate Cycling? | The Cycling Race News Show

  1. Big fan from Colombia here, hopefully we'll be able to follow the live events soon. Thank you guys for keeping us up to date with your videos!

  2. As Hank like racing fixed wheel bikes on the road. Will we be seeing him doing any, if not all of the Rad Races next year?

  3. I highly doubt Tobias Foss is going to be a genuine GT contender like many of the other winner of the tour de l'avenir.
    Pogacar, Bernal, Gaudu, MAL and Quintana won it on the season of their 20th birthday.
    Barguil and Chaves on their 21st.
    Soler and Fernandez on their 22nd.
    Clearly looks as if winning it youner is for the best and Foss is a 22.

  4. Its amazing that you paid respect to Kittel. To me he is the most sucessful german cyclist of all times and i got to see all his prime. It was amazing when he won 4 (or was it 5) tour stages in one year. And he was always a fair sportsman!

  5. Too bad about Marcel Kittel. One of my favorites.

    Great coverage. The greedy in me is grumpy about blackouts. The thankful in me realizes I've watched more stages for free through GCN since my first TDFs on network TV in the 90s. And since I'm cheap and refuse to pay to watch grand tours…. Thanks.

    Yes on the S Americans. As long as races are tailored to their stereotypical physiology. That being the micro sized climber types. Add to that, the extreme topography in much of the area, the altitude training (daily living), and larger powerful teammates to pull them along on flat stages. Then yup. Even if the climbing is reduced I would expect the South Americans to lose less on the flats than the Europeans and N Americans on the climbs.

    Now with success, I wouldn't be surprised to see an increased investment in youth development.

    Of course this is all conjecture as I'm no expert. And with N Americans & Europeans having such a varied pool of talent to draw from it's not inevitable. I can see it as likely though.

  6. How many attempts did you have to get that last statement out without laughing? (A positive (drug test) and a negative (UCI ban))

  7. Get a vpn so you can bypass the geo-restrictions and watch the live coverage that way 😉 hehe

    Tadaaa everybody can support the channel

  8. South American’s dominating the grand tours , they better be careful as the UCI will be banning them or limiting them to one per tour x

  9. Vos, the female Roger Federer of cycling: Enjoyment, Grace, incredible accelerations and tactically impeccable!

  10. Fortunately we see mainly the clean side and real top prospects of South American cycling scene in the World Tour. Sadly the rest of there domestic scene seems to be plagued by doping shadows. Check out

  11. In the year 2018 the great win all three Grand Tours in the same year, in 2019 South Americans perhaps it is not mark a tendence, in 2020 could win whoever. I think the important is South Americans bring spectacle

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