VN news ticker: Jasper Philipsen wins the Denain Grand Prix in the peloton sprint, Sam Bennett out of the world road race


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Jasper Philipsen wins the Denain Grand Prix in a massive sprint

Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix) won the GP de Denain 2021 ahead of Jordi Meeus (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Ben Swift (Ineos Grenadiers).

Considered a dress rehearsal for Paris-Roubaix, the 200 km course covered 12 cobbled sectors totaling more than 20 km. The teams were testing the equipment setups and 46 riders did not finish.

A break of five escaped early in the race and took a maximum advantage of six minutes, however, Alpecin-Fenix ​​and EF Education-Nippo did the job to bring the escapees back.

Near the halfway point, the leading group attacked the first cobbled sector, with a margin reduced to less than two minutes. Once this group is stopped, another 11-man breakaway escapes, and several times the breakaway advantage stretches and contracts.

Sep Vanmarke (Israel Start-Up Nation) took the lead but had a puncture 15 km from the finish. Several attack attempts were made with Michael Kwiatkowski (Ineos Grenadiers) as host, and stayed away – along with Stan Dewulf (AG2R-Citroën) and Clément Davy (Groupama-FDJ) – from the main peloton to the last mile.

Meeus opened the sprint first, but Philipsen pitched later and managed to secure the victory. Philipsen also won the Flanders Championship the previous Friday, as well as Eschborn-Frankfurt two days ago.

Denain Grand Prix 2021

  1. Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix), 4:40:44
  2. Jordi Meeus (Bora-Hansgrohe), in st
  3. Ben Swift (Ineos Grenadiers), at st

Sam Bennett out of the world road race

Irish sprinter Sam Bennett has retired from the road at the 2021 UCI world championships, saying the 260km + road race is a “step too far”.

“It is always an honor to represent Ireland on the international stage. Unfortunately, however, participating in this year’s World Road Championships will not be possible, ”said Bennett. “I’m very happy to be back pain-free and with every race I know my fitness and running accuracy are improving. However, at this point a grueling 260km + run is probably a step too far. “

Bennett has suffered from persistent knee injuries throughout the season. He dropped out of the European Road Championships on September 12 and has struggled to return to racing since last spring.

Bennett and his sales team manager Patrick Lefevere have been at odds over his health throughout the season, Lefever hurling insults at sprinter Deceuninck-Quick-Step.

Report: Ineos Grenadiers stir as Dave Brailsford is bound to rise in rank

Dave Brailsford could leave Ineos Grenadiers at the end of the season, and become the sporting manager of the Ineos conglomerate.

This is according to a report by TuttoBici, who does not cite sources, but says Brailsford could step down as head of the WorldTour team he founded more than a decade ago at the end of the season.

The report also says current team manager Rod Ellingworth will take over as team manager.

Ineos Grenadiers officials did not comment on the report on the Italian site.

The report says Brailsford will be harnessed to lead Ineos’ ever-growing sports footprint. In addition to owning Ineos Grenadiers, petrochemical company owner Jim Ratcliffe is also diversifying his holdings into sailing, Formula 1, marathon and European football.

Ellingworth, who has been Brailsford’s number 2 since the team’s founding, will take on the role of team manager on the WorldTour team, according to the report.

The report comes as Brailsford grapples with health issues along with rumors that Egan Bernal may try to break his contract with the team and switch teams.

Il Lombardia confirms the route with 4,500 m of vertical drop for 2021

Il Lombardia will still be hilly in October. The last monument of the season is expected to pack 4,500m of vertical drop for its 239km journey from Como to Bergamo this fall.

This year the race will return to its former finish in Bergamo after the end of the last four editions in Como. The reverse journey means that the extra-steep “wall” of the Sormano will be left out, the difficulty rather coming from the incessant climbs and descents of the last 100 kilometers.

“It will be a route without difficult climbs like that of Sormano, but a series of bumps for a total vertical drop of 4,500 meters,” said RCS sporting director Mauro Vegni. “Like every year, there will be great champions at the start. This year we have riders of the caliber of Tadej Pogacar, Primož Roglič, Remco Evenepoel, Tao Geoghegan Hart, Vincenzi Nibali and Chris Froome to name a few who I’m sure will put on a show.

The race will start from Como on October 9, a week after the return from Paris-Roubaix.

Cofidis names 10 runners for its new women’s team

The France WorldTour Cofidis team has confirmed 10 riders who will form the core of the team’s women’s team for 2022.

On Tuesday, 10 names, including Canadian Gabrielle Pilote Fortin, will be among the newcomers for the start-up team, and have said more names will be on the way.

“We will have a team that will allow us to aim for the best results in mountain stages, sprints and classics,” said team manager Gaël Le Bellec. “The number of riders right now is modest at 10, but it allows us to support them individually and put them in the best positions to shine during the races.

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