The UCI WorldTour Chronicle
- What Happened -
The Giro d’Italia has announced that the Grand Depart of its centenary edition in 2017 will take place on the Italian island of Sardinia. The Italian Grand Tour will set off from the northern town of Alghero on Friday May 5th, and feature three stages on Sardinia in total. It will be the third time the Giro d’Italia visits Sardinia. The full Giro d’Italia route for 2017 will be announced on October 25th in Milan.
Peter Sagan (Slovakia) won the UEC Road European Championships elite title ahead of Julian Alaphilippe (France) and Dani Moreno (Spain) in Plumelec, France. Sagan was the fastest in a small bunch sprint that decided the victory. Earlier in the week, the Elite Men’s time trial title was won by Jonathan Castroviejo (Spain) ahead of Victor Campenaerts (Belgium) and Moreno Moser (Italy).
Vuelta a España winner and UCI WorldTour leader Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) has extended his contract with the Spanish team until 2019. Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) has confirmed that he will race next season for Trek-Segafredo.
As of September 11th, Nairo Quintana has moved up from fifth to third in the UCI Individual World Ranking, behind longstanding leader Peter Sagan and second placed Chris Froome (Team Sky). Alberto Contador has moved from ninth to sixth. In the UCI World Nations Ranking, Belgium has moved into second overall, behind leaders France, with Spain dropping down to third. Colombia gain two places and are now fourth.
The 2016 UCI WorldTour has now completed 22,008.3 kilometres
- What's Next -
The Eneco Tour: Monday September 19th - Sunday September 25th
- Last year’s results -
Greg Van Avermaet
What you should know about…Giro dell’Emilia/Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli
The Giro dell’Emilia and Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli are two Italian one-day Classics, ranked 1.HC and part of the UCI Europe Tour.
The Giro dell’Emilia is one of the oldest races on the UCI Calendar, first starting in 1909, whilst the Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli is one of the youngest, starting in 1996.
The 213km Giro dell’Emilia is a very mountainous race, almost invariably won by climbers, with around 1,800 metres of climbing and a finish atop the Colle di San Luca. Italy’s Costante Girardengo has the most wins (five). The current defending champion is Belgian Jan Bakelants.
The Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli is 196.3 kilometres long, culminating with ten 13.3km circuits centering on the village of Zappolino. It tends to end in a bunch sprint. Italy’s Stefano Zanini is the only multiple winner with two victories. The current defending champion is his compatriot Sonny Colbrelli.
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- Focus on: Tom Dumoulin -
Tom Dumoulin (NED) rides for the Giant-Alpecin squad. Professional since 2012, Dumoulin (25) is a gifted stage racer and outstanding time triallist. A multiple winner of Grand Tour mountain and time trial stages, Dumoulin won silver in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games time trial. Dumoulin has said that in 2017 he will target the general classification of a Grand Tour.
Major victories and other top results:
2016: Tour de France, two stage wins.
Giro d’Italia, race leader and one stage win.
2015: Vuelta a España, race leader, two stage wins and sixth overall.
Tour de Suisse, race leader, two stages and third overall.
Vuelta al País Vasco, one stage.
2014: Eneco Tour, race leader, one stage and third overall.
Critérium International, one stage.
2013: Eneco Tour, second overall.
2016: Olympic Games time trial, silver medal.
National Time Trial Championships
2014: UCI Road World Championships, time trial: bronze medal.
National Time Trial Championships.
Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec, second.
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