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Rider of the week

So far, 22 neo-pro managed to claim at least a win in the 2015 season, with Pierre-Roger Latour being the most recent to do this feat, in the last – and most difficult – stage of the Tour de l’Ain. After attacking on the penultimate climb of the day and giving it all, Latour kept enough in the tank to accelerate one more time on the final ascent and leave his countryman Fabrice Jeandesboz behind, thus taking home a big victory, on Lélex-Mont Jura, which helped him finish third overall, as well as notching up the U23 classification.

But who is this 21-year-old who made himself noticed long before the Tour de l’Ain? Born in the Drôme department, Pierre-Roger Latour showed his potential from early on, winning no less than four races in his first season as a cadet. Then, during his two-year spell in the Junior ranks, the lanky Frenchman scored ten wins and with each one of these confirmed that he’s poised to have a great future in the sport. For this reason, it wasn’t a surprise to see Chambéry Cyclisme Foundation – AG2R’s feeder team – offering him a contract and with it the opportunity to further develop.

As an U23 rider, Latour made steady progress and nabbed important top-10 placings in strong races as Ronde de l’Isard, Tour de l’Avenir, Tour des Pays de Savoie and even the Tour de l’Ain, where he raced as a stagiaire for AG2R, which soon put a pro contract on the table, not wanting to miss on one of the most talented young cyclists on the market. Even though is his first pro season, Latour didn’t waste time and besides the stage win in the Tour de l’Ain, he made a powerful impression in the Route du Sud, where he finished third overall, after staying with Alberto Contador and Nairo Quintana on the tough Port de Balès.

Now, after a season which can be easily labed as excellent, it will be very interesting to watch Pierre-Roger Latour’s development in the years to come, as well as the way he’ll manage – hopefully, with the help of his team – the extra pressure he’ll get from the French media, now that it’s a certainty he has all that it takes to be a Grand Tour contender in the future.

Ryan Mullen: “The ITT in Richmond is my biggest goal”

Cycling was an important part of Ryan Mullen’s family before he was even born, with his father riding as an amateur in Ireland for many years, so it wasn’t a surprise that Ryan got hooked early by this sport and began watching the Tour de France from a young age. When he turned 12, he started riding together with his father and the steps forward from that moment on came very natural, with Ryan Mullen embarking on his first road season in 2008.

The signs were more than encouraging, considering he won his first ever road race with an impressive display, leaving everyone behind and taking a solo victory. One year later, he got selected to represent Ireland at the European Youth Olimpic Games in Finland, another cornerstone in his career, which has been on the rise ever since, with Ryan Mullen confirming his huge potential in the individual time trial, a discipline in which he clocked up many noteworthy results.

As it goes, the young Irish cyclist came second at the European Championships in the Juniors’ race, before notching up his first big victory, in the Chrono des Herbiers, a result that got him a contract with IG-Sigma Sport, where he continued to make steady progress. His performances didn’t go unnoticed and in the following season he signed for An Post Chain Reaction. During his first season with the Continental squad managed by Kurt Bogaerts, Ryan Mullen took the U23 time trial title, as well as winning the elite road race, an astonishing feat which brought him even more into the spotlight.

Then, in September, he came as one of the favorites at the start of the World Championships in Ponferrada, but missed out on winning the Under-23 time trial title for just 0,48 seconds. It was a big disappointment for the Irishman, but he eventually got over it and came back stronger from this, confirming that he’s one of the brightest talents on the U23 scene and scoring another string of strong results, including the national time trial title in the elite ranking and a third place in An Post Ras, despite being hit by injuries and crashes during the first months of this season.

Now entering in a very busy period of the year and fully focused on the last weeks of the season, with the Richmond World Championships being the climax of his preparation, Ryan Mullen took some time recently to talk for Cafe Roubaix of his 2015 results and future goals. You can read all about it in the following interview.

– Ryan, you’ve been part of An Post team since 2014. How much did it help you to develop?

Being a part of An Post Chain Reaction has been amazing for me. I’ve been given a great racing programme and I’ve learned so much about cycling in the last year and a half. We ride a lot of the high level races and it’s helped me develop so much. Without the racing programme and the structure and support I’ve received I wouldn’t have got the results I’ve had today. Having Sean Kelly and Kurt Bogaerts as mentors helped smooth my transition from having no experience in UCI road races to medalling in the World Championships last year. I’m very grateful for their help.

– Since then, you’ve had your share of wins and defeats. Which would you say that was your top moment?

I would say my proudest yet most disappointing moment was definitely finishing second in the World U23 ITT Championships. Although I lost out by 0,48 seconds, it is something I will never forget and I’m very proud of that result. But at the same time it took me a long time to get over the fact that I was a blink of an eye off being World Champion. It was a huge moment for me in my career and it was the result of a lot of hard work that both myself, my team and my national federation put in. I was hugely disappointed I couldn’t win to repay them for all their hard work, but at the same time I am very proud of my silver medal.

– Were there any positives after that?

Yes, after that defeat in Ponferrada, I can say there were many positives. I learned to appreciate that in the future every little detail counts. But more importantly it made me realise that I have the potential to win this race one day. It put belief in me.

– Did you get any offers to turn pro at that moment?

There was interest from teams directly after the race. But I made the decision to stay with An Post for one more year so I could further develop myself as a road rider. I feel that at the moment, I lack the skill and experience of a World Tour racer, which was a big deciding factor in me wanting to remain at Continental level for another year.

– How would you rate your 2015 season so far?

This season is starting to go a little bit better for me. It started terribly. I was massively fatigued and run down from a hard winter on the track with the national team where I went to South America five times in the space of 10 months. I didn’t get any rest after the Road Worlds, I went straight in to a track camp. Things didn’t go to plan with crashes and injuries. I went to the Track World Championships in Paris and was below my expectations in getting seventh in the Individual Pursuit. After that, again, I didn’t have much rest as I was straight into the road season. It took me a long time to get going and I went without a single result for the first half of season. I began to doubt myself and my confidence was at an all time low after crashing out of the U23 Tour of Flanders. I had a bout of tendonitis for two and a half weeks after that, so I missed a huge block of racing and training. I came back with nothing. My team were understanding and still gave me good quality race days to build my fitness again before the summer.

– What meant for you to shine again at the Nationals?

It was huge for me to go back to the Nationals and win the Elite time trial. I was ill at the time with a stomach bug I picked up coming back from the Bake games, so to still pull off a result meant a lot to me. I really wanted to win the Elite time trial this year. I consider it one of my proudest moments in my career. There was pressure on me to perform on a hard course, with a little bit of jet lag added in to make things more difficult me for. I’m more proud of the Elite time trial title than I am of my Elite road race victory in 2014.

– How were the European Championships in Tartu?

The European Championships went pretty okay for me. I’ve just started back after my break and I was very happy to finish where I did. I came to the Championships hoping for a medal again. I was one second off bronze. It is disappointing for me to lose out by such a small margin again, but the bigger picture for me is the World Championships. After my break I lack road racing and that’s where I get my fitness and strength for the time trials. So to be so close with so little preparation is good for my confidence. Now everything is being built towards going one better in Richmond. But I know it isn’t going to be easy and I’m not for one second going in to the Worlds thinking I’ll get things for granted. I know it will be hard and I’m going to fight for it.

– So the time trial race in Richmond is a big goal for you.

The individual time trial in Richmond is the biggest goal of the year for me. Nothing else matters for me apart from a result there. I have some demons to put to bed. The course looks good. I won’t get a good idea of it until I ride it. But on paper it looks easier than last year. We’ll see how it goes. I have a good programme till then which should bode me well for any course no matter how hard it is.

– And besides that? Any other targets you have for 2015?

I would like to show myself in a road race at some point this year. I feel like every road race I have done this year has purely been training for a different event. I have a lot of road races this month, so to get a result in one of them will make me very happy.

– Where do you see yourself in a couple of years? What races would you like to win as a pro?

In a few years time, I’d like to be in the World Tour. I want to stay focussed on time trials. I think it is somewhere that I have the ability and physique to achieve results. It’s something I don’t want to let slip away. In the long run I would like to become a GC contender for week-long stage races. I know I’ll have a lot of work to do to get there, but I think with the right training, diet and attitude it should be achievable for me. If I had to name one race I want to win as a professional, it would be the World Time Trial Championships.

2015 Vuelta a España Startlist

AG2R: Gediminas Bagdonas, Mikael Cherel, Alexis Gougeard, Blel Kadri, Sebastien Minard, Matteo Montaguti, Rinaldo Nocentini, Domenico Pozzovivo, Johan Vansummeren.

Astana: Fabio Aru, Dario Cataldo, Mikel Landa, Vincenzo Nibali, Diego Rosa, Luis Leon Sanchez, Paolo Tiralongo, Alessandro Vanotti, Andrey Zeits.

BMC: Darwin Atapuma, Marcus Burghardt, Alessandro De Marchi, Jean-Pierre Drucker, Amael Moinard, Joey Rosskopf, Samuel Sanchez, Tejay van Garderen, Peter Velits.

Caja Rural: David Arroyo, Carlos Barbero, Pello Bilbao, Omar Fraile, Jose Gonçalves, Angel Madrazo, Luis Mas, Amets Txurruka, Ricardo Vilela.

Cannondale-Garmin: André Cardoso, Joe Dombrowski, Alex Howes, Ben King, Daniel Martin, Matej Mohoric, Moreno Moser, Andrew Talansky, Davide Villella.

Cofidis: Yoann Bagot, Nacer Bouhanni, Romain Hardy, Cyril Lemoine, Daniel Navarro, Dominique Rollin, Stephane Rossetto, Julien Simon, Geoffrey Soupe.

Colombia-Coldeportes: Alex Cano, Fabio Duarte, Leonardo Duque, Walter Pedraza, Carlos Julian Quintero, Brayan Ramirez, Miguel Angel Rubiano, Rodolfo Torres, Juan Pablo Valencia.

Etixx-Quick Step: Maxime Bouet, Gianluca Brambilla, David De La Cruz, Iljo Keisse, Nikolas Maes, Pieter Serry, Niki Terpstra, Martin Velits, Carlos Verona.

Europcar: Yukiya Arashiro, Jerome Cousin, Antoine Duchesne, Jimmy Engoulvent, Cyril Gautier, Tony Hurel, Fabrice Jeandesboz, Pierre Rolland, Romain Sicard.

FDJ: Arnaud Courteille, Mikael Delage, Kenny Elissonde, Murilo Fischer, Olivier Le Gac, Lorrenzo Manzin, Laurent Pichon, Kevin Reza, Jussi Veikkanen.

Giant-Alpecin: Lawson Craddock, Koen de Kort, John Degenkolb, Tom Dumoulin, Johannes Frohlinger, Luka Mezgec, Tom Stamsnijder, Zico Waeytens.

IAM Cycling: Marcel Aregger, Sylvain Chavanel, Jerome Coppel, Thomas Degand, Simon Pellaud, Matteo Pelucchi, Vicente Reynes, David Tanner, Larry Warbasse.

Katusha: Vladimir Isaychev, Pavel Kochetkov, Alberto Losada, Tiago Machado, Daniel Moreno, Joaquim Rodriguez, Gatis Smukulis, Angel Vicioso, Eduard Vorganov.

Lampre-Merida: Mattia Cattaneo, Valerio Conti, Kristijan Durasek, Tsgabu Grmay, Ilia Koshevoy, Przemyslav Niemiec, Nelson Oliveira, Ruben Plaza, Maximiliano Richeze.

LottoNL-Jumbo: George Bennett, Martijn Keizer, Bert-Jan Lindemann, Timo Roosen, Mike Teunissen, Maarten Tjallingii, Tom Van Asbroeck, Dennis Van Winden, Maarten Wynants.

Lotto-Soudal: Kris Boeckmans, Jasper De Buyst, Bart De Clercq, Thomas De Gendt, Adam Hansen, Maxime Monfort, Jurgen Van Den Broeck, Tosh Van Der Sande, Jelle Vanendert.

Movistar: Andrey Amador, Imanol Erviti, Javier Moreno, Nairo Quintana, Jose Joaquin Rojas, Rory Sutherland, Alejandro Valverde, Francisco Ventoso, Giovanni Visconti,

MTN-Qhubeka: Natnael Berhane, Stephen Cummings, Songezo Jim, Louis Meintjes, Youcef Reguigui, Kristian Sbaragli, Jay Thomson, Johann Van Zyl, Jaco Venter.

Orica-GreenEdge: Esteban Chaves, Mitchell Docker, Caleb Ewan, Simon Gerrans, Mathew Hayman, Damien Howson, Daryl Impey, Jens Keukeleire, Cameron Meyer.

Sky: Ian Boswell, Chris Froome, Sergio Henao, Vasil Kiryienka, Christian Knees, Mikel Nieve, Salvatore Puccio, Nicolas Roche, Geraint Thomas.

Tinkoff-Saxo: Daniele Bennati, Maciej Bodnar, Pavel Brutt, Jesper Hansen, Rafal Majka, Jay McCarthy, Sergio Paulinho, Pawel Poljanski, Peter Sagan.

Trek Factory Racing: Fabian Cancellara, Markel Irizar, Yaroslav Popovych, Franck Schleck, Jasper Stuyven, Boy van Poppel, Danny van Poppel, Riccardo Zoidl, Haimar Zubeldia.

Who will win the Vuelta a España?

Rider of the week

In 2012, after taking the overall classification in the Girobio ahead of Fabio Aru, Davide Formolo and Ilnur Zakarin, Joe Dombrowski was widely regarded as the next big thing of US cycling, many tipping him for a Grand Tour victory in the years to come. After that season – in which he got other impressive results in the Tour of California and USA Pro Cycling Challenge, racing agains the pros – the 21-year-old was signed by Sky, but the move didn’t turn out to be a match made in heaven, the main reason being a medical problem (iliac artery endofibrosis) that hampered his two-year spell with the British outfit.

With Sky not extending his contract beyond 2014, Dombrowski had to search for a new team, and it didn’t took him too much to find it, as Cannondale-Garmin was eager to take him aboard and came with an offer. The young climbing ace didn’t weigh too much on this, as he saw the transfer to the US-based squad as an excellent opportunity to relaunch his career and find the form that has helped him shine in the seasons spent as an U23 cyclist with Bontrager-Livestrong.

The signs that Joe Dombrowski started to regain his legs were there early in the year, at the Tour de San Luis, where he finished 7th. Then, the beginning of the Spring wasn’t very satisfactory, but the tables eventually turned around in the Tour of California, where the former Girobio winner came home 4th, a result reminiscent of his 2012 season. Finishing just outside the podium left Dombrowski very confident ahead of his next appointments and hungry for more, a big result looking to be just around the corner.

Cannondale-Garmin’s leader at the start of the Tour of Utah, the rider from Virginia stayed safe during the first stages of the week-long event and made sure of not losing any time to his rivals, before storming away on Snowbird (10,8 kilometers, 7,5% average gradient), in the penultimate stage, putting on a fantastice surge with more than six kilometers to go, that let all the other GC contenders in the dust.

Thanks to an impressive cadence (which didn’t overshadow his elegant style), Dombrowski claimed his maiden pro victory, which confimed the huge potential that heralded him when he turned pro, in 2013. Getting also the yellow jersey on his shoulders, the 24-year-old put on another dominant display one day later, on Empire Pass – one of the toughest climbs in the US (12,7 kilometers, 7,7% average gradient) – marking all his opponents and sealing the overall classification win in Park City, where he became the 7th US cyclist to triumph in the Tour of Utah.

With the Vuelta a España ready to hit it off in less than two weeks – a race that will provide opportunities galore to the climbers – and taking into account his superb form, Joe Dombrowski can be one of the revelations there, despite making his debut in a Grand Tour. After all, he’s not the future of US cycling anymore; he’s the present of it.

Eneco Tour Stats

Historical stats

– Edvald Boasson Hagen and Jose-Ivan Gutierez share the record for the most overall wins, two

– Edvald Boasson Hagen (22 years) is also the youngest rider to take the GC, while Bobby Julich is the oldest one (33 days)

– Tom Boonen and André Greipel have the most stage victories, six each

– Jack Bobridge (21 years) is the youngest ever stage winner; Robbie McEwen (38 years) is the oldest one

– Between 2005 and 2007, the leader’s jersey was red, but starting from 2008 it was changed to white

– Germany, Norway and Spain are the countries with the most overall wins, two

– 16 countries have won at least one stage: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Latvia, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, The Netherlands, U.S.A.

– Bobby Julich (USA) is the only cyclist from outside of Europe to triumph in the race

– No road race world champion or Tour de France winner has ever finished first in the Eneco Tour

– The smallest time gap between the first two was recorded in 2006, when just one second has separated Stefan Schumacher and George Hincapie

– In 2009, Edvald Boassin Hagen won ahead of Sylvain Chavanel for 45 seconds, the largest ever time gap

2015 stats

– 20 teams (17 World Tour, 3 Pro Continental) will be at the start of the 11th edition

– Roompot is the only one of these without a victory in the 2015 season

– The race will consist of six stages in line and an individual time trial, making-up for a total of 1120,7 kilometers

– The peloton of the 2015 race has won a combined total of 11 Monuments, 5 World Titles and more than 50 Grand Tour stages

– Lars Boom and Tim Wellens are the two former winners to line-up at the start

– 27 nations will have at least a rider in the race, with Belgium topping the standings (35)

– Eight national champions will compete in the event: Hugo Houle, Christopher Juul-Jensen, Wilco Kelderman, Adriano Malori, Ramunas Navardauskas, Aleksejs Saramotins, Gatis Smukulis and Preben Van Hecke

– Andre Looij (21 years) is the youngest cyclist to ride the Eneco Tour (21 years); Greg Henderson (38 years) is the oldest one

Dan Pearson, guest of the week at Cafe Roubaix

Dan Pearson

Just 21-years-old, Dan Pearson is in his first full season of racing in Italy with Zalf Euromobil Fior, the country’s best amateur team, which he joined after previously riding for Zappi. Coming from Cardiff, his presence in the roster of a foreign team can seem a bit odd, but for the 2011 British Junior champion could turn out to be one of the best decisions he took in his career so far, considering Italy is known as a launchpad for many young cyclists to the pro ranks.

A strong climber, Pearson got to taste some really tough one-day and stage races, that have helped him learn the trade of things and also make significant improvements. This season, the cyclist supported by the Dave Rayner Fund netted a couple of impressive results, such as the third place he got in the Giro delle Pesche Nettarine – where he was Zalf’s best cyclist – the fifth place in the Giro della Valle D’Aosta, arguably the toughest U23 stage race of this season, and the victory he netted in the 65th Coppa Ardigo-Pessina Cremonese, a 140-km long race.

Recently, I got to talk with Dan Pearson – who is gearing up for his next appointments – and ask him a couple of questions about his first years in the sport, his life and results since moving to Italy and the targets he has for the remaining of the season.

– Dan, how did you end up in cycling?

My dad started taking me out mountain biking at the local mountain bike centre, Afan Argoed, when I was 15. Then, one season later, I began my first year racing on the road. I was 16 and it was mostly a case of hanging on for as long as possible.

– In 2011, you became British junior champion. Did that result gave you the confidence you needed?

It probably helped a lot but I’d already decided before that I wanted to pursue cycling as a career.

– I know that you were hoping to join a British Continental team, but it didn’t happen. Why was that?

I applied for the GB U23 Academy too, I knew I wanted to race abroad, but wasn’t sure how to get there. My final season as a junior didn’t go very well, I had some nasty crashes and illness at the wrong times. I found Zappi through a friend, he offered a very promising program, living and racing in Portugal and Italy with races in France and Belgium too.

– Looking behind, how important was this step for your development?

I had a great, but hard two years with Zappi. I learned a lot, it was vital for my development, and there always a lot of support and encouragement.

– Then you moved to Italy and began riding for Zalf.

Italy was my favourite place to live, I enjoy the racing and most of my results were from Italian races. It was an easy decision when I got offered a place at Zalf.

– You changed countries, but also cultures. What differences did you notice between training/racing in the UK and training/racing in Italy?

Training is better with long steady climbs for specific efforts, the weather is warmer and dryer too. There are more races with climbs, the races go uphill faster and there is more strength in depth. Past 26-years-old, if you have not turned pro, Italians stop racing, so the average age is much lower too.

– Are you satisfied with how things went so far for you since joining Zalf?

Yes, it’s been a great year so far. I am heavier and stronger on the flat and better at entering the break. I got up there in the general classification of the Giro della Valle d’Aosta, it’s such a beautiful, yet brutal race. It’s the hardest race I have ridden and my favourite.

– What was the toughest experience or moment encountered while racing in Italy?

I crashed out of a race two days before the Giro della Valle d’Aosta started, my wrist took a big hit and I dislocated a finger. It was ok going uphill, but the rest of the time was pretty uncomfortable, especially descending and bad sections of road.

– What’s next for you this year?

Plenty of hard hilly races in Italy for sure. Racing doesn’t finish until mid October. Also, I’m waiting to hear if I’ll get picked for the Tour de l’Avenir and Tour of Britain or not.

2015 Post-Tour de France Criteriums

Location First Second Third
Aalborg Patrick Clausen Mads Würtz Schmidt Daniel Foder
Aalborg Michael Valgren Alex Rasmussen Simon Dahl
Aalst Peter Sagan Chris Froome Preben Van Hecke
Acht van Chaam Robert Gesink Daniel Teklehaimanot Stef Clement
Antwerp Greg Van Avermaet Zdenek Stybar Sep Vanmarcke
Bavikhove Preben Van Hecke Alberto Contador Marcel Kittel
Boxmeer Wout Poels Robert Gesink Daniel Teklehaimanot
Camors Steven Tronet Julien Simon Warren Barguil
Castillon-la-Bataille Romain Bardet Chris Froome Alexandre Geniez
Dijon Pierre-Luc Perrichon Alexis Vuillermoz Thibaut Pinot
Emmen John Degenkolb Bauke Mollema Robert Gesink
Etten-Leur Chris Froome Alberto Contador Bauke Mollema
Hadsten Søren Kragh Andersen Patrick Clausen Jonas Aaen Jorgensen
Heerlen Simon Geschke Wout Poels Bram Tankink
Herentals Greg Van Avermaet Zdenek Stybar Nairo Quintana
Kolding Mads Würtz Schmidt Michael Valgren Mads Baadgaard Rahbek
Lisieux Warren Barguil Jeremy Roy Thomas Voeckler
Lommel Greg Van Avermaet Peter Sagan Kevin Hulsmans

 

Luxembourg Zdenek Stybar Bob Jungels Stephen Cummings
Maarheeze Lieuwe Westra Steven Kruijswijk Wout Poels
Maastricht Wout Poels Steven Kruijswijk Peter Weening
Marcoles Alexandre Geniez Chris Froome Romain Bardet
Mechelen Chris Froome Stephen Cummings Preben Van Hecke
Ninove Greg Van Avermaet Chris Froome Nairo Quintana
Oostvoorne Bauke Mollema Jos van Emden Roy Curvers
Roeselare Nairo Quintana Chris Froome Serge Pauwels
Roosendaal Nairo Quintana Bauke Mollema Wout Poels
Sint-Niklaas Chris Froome Geraint Thomas Preben Van Hecke
Steenwijk Bauke Mollema Albert Timmer Pieter Weening
Surhuisterveen Peter Sagan Robert Gesink Bauke Mollema
Thüngen André Greipel Nils Pollit Marcel Sieberg
Tiel Bauke Mollema Lars Boom Wilco Kelderman
Wateringen Niki Terpstra Dylan van Baarle Robert Gesink
Wilrijk Jurgen Roelandts Preben Van Hecke Sep Vanmarcke
Zevenbergen Steven Kruijswijk Wout Poels Mathieu van der Poel

Rider of the week

Saturday, August 1st, proved to be a memorable day in more ways than one for Adam Yates, who claimed his maiden World Tour victory in the 35th running of Clasica San Sebastian – Spain’s top one-day race – becoming the second youngest rider to win it. The 22-year-old, who is in his second pro year, was tipped for greatness for some time now, ever since finishing on the podium of the 2013 Tour de l’Avenir, a race in which few British riders have shined over the years. Coming at the start of the Classic less than a week after completing his debut Tour de France – where he got three top 10 placings – Yates was ranked among the contenders for the victory, but truth is not many were expecting him to fly on the Bordako Tortorra climb and take a solo win at the end.

That’s exactly what the Orice-GreenEdge rider has done: attacked on the ascent, built a small lead over his rivals and then increased the gap on the same descent he crashed last year, less than five kilometers before the finish. It was a day to remember not only due to his impressive performance, but also because of the confusion that ran in the closing kilometers, a consequence of the fact that there weren’t any live images from the road until the final minutes, when the riders had already crossed the last climb of the course.

This situation, as well as the noise of the crowd that prevented him from getting any info on the situation, led to Adam Yates arriving at the finish line without knowing he’s won, a thing which he found out from his soigneur. As soon as he realized what he has done, the young Brit began celebrating his biggest victory to date, one which confirmed once and for all his huge potential that recommends him at winning a Grand Tour in the following years, when he’s expected to be, alongside his twin brother Simon, the leader of maybe the finest generation of riders Britain has ever had.

2015/2016 Confirmed transfers

AG2R

In: François Bidard, Nico Denz, Cyril Gautier, Jesse Sergent.

Out: Carlos Betancur, Lloyd Mondory (fired after testing positive), Rinaldo Nocentini.

Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec

In: Egan Bernal, Giorgio Cecchinel, Luca Pacioni, Daniele Ratto, Mirko Selvaggi, Rodolfo Torres, Davide Vigano.

Out: Davide Appollonio (fired after testing positive), John Ebsen, Oscar Gatto, Carlos Galviz, František Padous, Emanuele Sella (retired), Simone Stortoni (retired), Fabio Taborre (fired after testing positive), Gianfranco Zilioli, Andrea Zordan.

Astana

In: Eros Capecchi, Dias Omirzakov, Gatis Smukulis, Artyom Zakharov.

Out: Borut Bozic, Alexandr Dyachenko (retired), Mikel Landa, Rein Taaramäe.

Bardiani

In: Giulio Ciccone, Mirco Maestri, Lorenzo Rota, Simone Velasco.

Out: Enrico Battaglin, Andrea Manfredi, Andrea Piechiele (retired).

BMC

In: Tom Bohli, Floris Gerts, Richie Porte, Loïc Vliegen.

Out: Cadel Evans (retired), Campbell Flakemore (retired), Klaas Lodewyck (retired), Peter Stetina.

Bora-Argon 18

In: Silvio Herklotz, Gregor Mühlberger, Lukas Pöstlberger, Rüdiger Selig.

Out: Cristiano Salerno (retired), Daniel Schorn, Björn Thurau.

Caja Rural

In: Alberto Gallego, Domingos Gonçalves, Jonathan Lastra, Jaime Roson, Diego Rubio.

Out: Omar Fraile, Fernando Grijalba, Francesco Lasca, Heiner Parra, Amets Txurruka.

Cannondale-Garmin

In: Patrick Bevin, Matti Breschel, Simon Clarke, Lawson Craddock, Phil Gaimon, Ryan Mullen, Pierre Rolland, Toms Skujiņš, Rigoberto Uran, Wouter Wippert, Michael Woods.

Out: Janier Acevedo, Tom Danielson (fired after testing positive), Lasse Norman Hansen, Nathan Haas, Ryder Hesjedal, Ted King (retired), Daniel Martin, Matej Mohoric.

CCC Sprandi Polokowice

In: Alan Banaszek, Victor De La Parte, Felix Großschartner, Marcin Mrozek, Simone Ponzi.

Out: Grega Bole, Cristian Delle Stelle, Marek Rutkiewicz, Stefan Schumacher.

Cofidis

In: Rayane Bouhanni, Borut Bozic, Jérôme Cousin, Hugo Hofstetter, Arnold Jeannesson, Anthony Perez.

Out: Steve Chainel, Adrien Petit, Dominique Rollin (retired), Louis Verhelst, Romain Zingle (retired).

Colombia-Coldeportes

Out: Edwin Avila, Alex Cano, Camilo Castiblanco, Edward Diaz, Fabio Duarte, Leonardo Duque, Daniel Martinez, Sebastian Molano, Darwin Pantoja, Jonathan Paredes, Walter Pedraza, Carlos Quintero, Carlos Mario Ramirez, Brayan Ramirez, Miguel Angel Rubiano, Cayetano Sarmiento, Rodolfo Torres, Juan Pablo Valencia.

Delko Marseille-Provence KTM

In: Asbjørn Kragh Andersen, Mikel Aristi, Romain Combaud, Daniel Diaz, Leonardo Duque, Delio Fernandez, Fredrik Strand Galta, Thierry Hupond, Christophe Laborie, Martin Laas, Yannick Martinez, Quentin Pacher.

Out: Alexandre Blain, Ignatas Konovalovas, Julien Loubet, Yoann Paillot, Clement Penven, Clement Saint-Martin, Gregoire Tarride.

Dimension Data

In: Igor Anton, Mark Cavendish, Mekseb Debesay, Bernhard Eisel, Omar Fraile, Nathan Haas, Cameron Meyer, Mark Renshaw, Kanstantsin Siutsou.

Out: Gerald Ciolek, Matthew Goss, Louis Meintjes, Andreas Stauff.

Direct Energie

In: Ryan Anderson, Lilian Calmejane, Romain Cardis, Sylvain Chavanel, Jeremy Cornu, Fabien Grellier, Adrien Petit.

Out: Yukiya Arashiro, Giovanni Bernaudeau (retired), Jérôme Cousin, Dan Craven, Jimmy Engoulvent (retired), Cyril Gautier, Vincent Jérôme (retired), Morgan Lamoisson, Yannick Martinez, Maxime Mederel (retired), Pierre Rolland.

Drapac Cycling

In: Brendan Canty, Nathan Earle, Jason Lowndes, Gavin Mannion, Jens Mouris, Thomas Scully.

Out: Dylan Girdlestone, Robbie Hucker, Martin Kohler, Darren Lapthorne (retired), Cameron Petersen, Malcolm Rudolph, Wouter Wippert.

Etixx-Quick Step

In: Rodrigo Contreras, Laurens De Plus, Fernando Gaviria, Marcel Kittel, Bob Jungels, Daniel Martin, Davide Martinelli, Maximiliano Richeze.

Out: Mark Cavendish, Michal Golas, Michal Kwiatkowski, Mark Renshaw, Rigoberto Uran.

FDJ

In: Odd Christian Eiking, Marc Fournier, Daniel Hoelgaard, Ignatas Konovalovas, Jeremy Maison, Sebastien Reichenbach.

Out: David Boucher, Mickaël Delage, Anthony Geslin (retired), Arnold Jeannesson, Francis Mourey, Jussi Veikkanen (retired).

Fortuneo-Vital Concept

In: Franck Bonnamour, Vegard Breen, Julien Loubet, Francis Mourey, Chris Anker Sørensen, Steven Tronet, Boris Vallée.

Out: Matthieu Boulo, Romain Feillu, Florian Guillou (retired), Christophe Laborie.

Funvic Soul Cycles & Carrefour

In: Ottavio Bulgarelli, Joao Gaspar, Nathan Mahler, Pedro Nicacio, Antonio Piedra, Rodrigo Dos Santos Quirino, Pablo Urtasun.

Out: Murilo Affonso, Jose Braga, Daniel Diaz, Antonio Garnero, Lucas Pereira, Alan Santos, Douglas Santos.

Gazprom-RusVelo

In: Aleksey Rybalkin, Ivan Savitskiy, Evgeniy Shalunov, Kirill Sveshnikov, Aydar Zakarin.

Out: Ivan Balykin, Petr Ignatenko (fired after testing positive), Aleksandr Komin, Alexander Rybakov, Kirill Pozdnyakov.

Giant-Alpecin

In: Søren Kragh Andersen, Sindre Lunke, Sam Oomen, Laurens ten Dam, Max Walscheid.

Out: Lawson Craddock, Thierry Hupond, Marcel Kittel, Luka Mezgec, Daan Olivier (retired).

IAM Cycling

In: Leigh Howard, Oliver Naesen, Vegard Stake Laengen, Oliver Zaugg.

Out: Sylvain Chavanel, Thomas Degand, Jerome Pineau (retired), Sebastien Reichenbach, Patrick Schelling.

Katusha

In: Matvey Mamykin, Michael Mørkøv, Nils Politt, Jhonatan Restrepo, Rein Taaramäe, Jurgen Van Den Broeck.

Out: Giampaolo Caruso (fired after testing positive), Alexander Kolobnev (retired), Daniel Moreno, Luca Paolini (fired after testing positive), Rüdiger Selig, Gatis Smukulis, Yuri Trofimov.

Lampre-Merida

In: Yukiya Arashiro, Marko Kump, Matej Mohoric, Louis Meintjes, Simone Petilli, Federico Zurlo.

Out: Niccolo Bonifazio, Nelson Oliveira, Ruben Plaza, Filippo Pozzato, Maximiliano Richeze, Jose Serpa, Rafael Valls.

LottoNL-Jumbo

In: Enrico Battaglin, Koen Bouwman, Victor Campenaerts, Twan Castelijns, Dylan Groenewegen, Steven Lammertink, Primoz Roglic, Alexey Vermeulen, Dennis van Winden.

Out: Brian Bulgac, Kevin De Weert (retired), Rick Flens, Barry Markus, Laurens ten Dam, Nick van der Lijke.

Lotto-Soudal

In: Frederik Frison, Tomasz Marczynski, Rafael Valls, Jelle Wallays.

Out: Vegard Breen, Kenny Dehaes, Jurgen Van Den Broeck, Boris Vallée.

Movistar

In: Jorge Arcas, Carlos Betancur, Daniel Moreno, Nelson Oliveira, Antonio Pedrero.

Out: Igor Anton, Eros Capecchi, John Gadret (retired), Beñat Intxausti, Pablo Lastras (retired), Enrique Sanz.

Nippo-Vini Fantini

In: Grega Bole, Yuma Koishi, Kazushige Kuboki, Gianfranco Zilioli.

Out: Didier Chaparro, Mattia Pozzo (retired).

Novo Nordisk

In: Mehdi Benhamouda, Brian Kamstra.

Out: Thomas Raeymaekers (retired), Simon Strobel (retired).

ONE Pro Cycling

In: Karol Domagalski, John Ebsen, Matthew Goss, Richard Handley, Kristian House, Sebastian Lander, Hayden McCormick, Martin Mortensen, Glenn O’Shea, James Oram, Dion Smith, Steele Von Hoff.

Out: George Atkins, Jonathan Bellis (retired), Dexter Gardias, Marc Hester, Ian Mould.

Orica-GreenEdge

In: Alex Edmondson, Jack Haig, Christopher Juul-Jensen, Luka Mezgec, Ruben Plaza, Robert Power, Amets Txurruka.

Out: Adam Blythe, Simon Clarke, Leigh Howard, Brett Lancaster (retired), Cameron Meyer, Jens Mouris, Ivan Santaromita, Pieter Weening.

Roompot Oranje

In: Barry Markus, Antwan Tolhoek, Nick van der Lijke, Pieter Weening.

Out: Dylan Groenewegen, Mike Terpstra.

Roth-Skoda

In: Valentin Baillifard, Nicolas Baldo, David Belda, Dimitri Bussard, Marco D’Urbano, Lucas Manuel Gaday, Grischa Janorschke, Matthias Krizek, Martin Kohler, Frank Pasche, Bruno Pires, Nicola Toffali, Rino Zampilli, Andrea Zordan.

Out: Milos Borisavljevic, Alessio Botura, Michael Bresciani, Ricardo Tomas Creel, Silvan Dieterich, Yannick Eckmann, Gianluca Ocanha, Temesgen Teklehaymanot.

Sky

In: Michal Golas, Beñat Intxausti, Michal Kwiatkowski, Mikel Landa, Gianni Moscon, Alex Peters, Danny van Poppel.

Out: Nathan Earle, Bernhard Eisel, Danny Pate, Richie Porte, Kanstantsin Siutsou, Chris Sutton, Bradley Wiggins.

Southeast-Venezuela

In: Julen Amezqueta, Matteo Draperi, Gilbert Ducornau, Tomas Gil, Daniel Martinez, Filippo Pozzato, Cristian Rodriguez, Enrique Sanz, Mirko Trosino.

Out: Rafael Andriatto, Ramon Carretero (fired after testing positive), Giorgio Cecchinel, Andrea Dal Col, Elia Favilli, Mauro Finetto, Francesco Gavazzi, Yonathan Monsalve, Alessandro Petacchi (retired), Simone Ponzi, Luca Wackermann.

Stölting Service Group

In: Michael Carbel, Gerald Ciolek, Linus Gerdemann, Rasmus Guldhammer, Lasse Norman Hansen, Alexander Kamp, Lennard Kämna, Alex Kirsch, Thomas Koep, Romain Lemarchand, Christian Mager, Mads Pedersen, Rasmus Quaade, Michael Reihs, Sven Reutter, Jonas Tenbrock, Fabian Wegmann.

Out: Lars Becker, Russell Downing, James Early, Arne Egner, Nako Georgiev, Aaron Grosser, Silvio Herklotz, Karel Hnik, Martin Mortensen, Jan Oelerich, Manuel Porzner, Ole Quast, Til Schuster, Maximilian Werda, Troels Vinther, Joel Zangerle.

Tinkoff Team

In: Erik Baška, Adam Blythe, Oscar Gatto, Michael Gogl, Yuri Trofimov.

Out: Ivan Basso (retired), Edward Beltran, Matti Breschel, Christopher Juul-Jensen, Michael Mørkøv, Bruno Pires, Chris Anker Sørensen, Oliver Zaugg.

Topsport Vlaanderen

In: Aimé De Gendt, Maxime Farazijn, Ruben Pols, Dries Van Gestel, Kenneth Van Rooy.

Out: Victor Campenaerts, Pieter Jacobs, Oliver Naesen, Edward Theuns, Arthur Vanoverberghe (retired), Jelle Wallays.

Trek-Segafredo

In: Julien Bernard, Jack Bobridge, Niccolo Bonifazio, Ryder Hesjedal, Kiel Reijnen, Peter Stetina, Edward Theuns.

Out: Matthew Busche, Bob Jungels, Hayden Roulston (retired), Jesse Sergent, Fabio Silvestre, Gert Steegmans (retired), Danny van Poppel, Kristof Vandewalle (retired), Calvin Watson.

UnitedHealthcare

In: Matthew Busche, Daniel Eaton, Daniel Jaramillo, Ty Magner.

Out: Alessandro Bazzana, Isaac Bolivar, Hilton Clarke (retired), Lucas Euser, Robert Förster (retired), Davide Frattini (retired), Ken Hanson (retired), Daniele Ratto, Kiel Reijnen, Federico Zurlo.

Verva ActiveJet

In: Stanislaw Aniolkowski, Adrian Banaszek, Norbert Banaszek, Pawel Charucki, Pawel Cieslik, Karel Hnik, Jonas Koch, Jiri Polnicky, Jordi Simon, Adam Stachowiak, Daniel Staniszewski.

Out: Pawel Brylowski, Konrad Dabkowski, Mario Gonzales, Tomasz Mickiewicz, Jesus Muela, David Muntaner, Arkadiusz Owsian.

Wanty-Groupe Gobert

In: Gaetan Bille, Dimitry Claeys, Thomas Degand, Kenny Dehaes, Antoine Demoitié, Guillaume Martin, Marc McNally, Robin Stenuit, Björn Thurau.

Out: Francis De Greef (retired), Tim De Troyer, Yannick Eijssen, Jan Ghyselinck, Bjorn Leukemans (retired), Frederique Robert, Mirko Selvaggi, James Vanlandschoot (retired).

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