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Pavel Sivakov: “Going to L’Avenir to fight for victory”

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There’s no secret anymore that Pavel Sivakov is one of the strongest and most impressive riders on the U23 scene, but this doesn’t come as a surprise. All you need is a look over his incredible run this season and you understand why: between May 19 and July 16, he rode three stage races and won them all. When you see that those races were the prestigious Ronde de l’Isard, Girobio and Giro della Valle d’Aosta, you understand that this performance is a unique one in the amateur ranks and Pavel has a bright future ahead of him.

Only 20-years-old, Pavel has rose through the ranks in the past two seasons as a member of the BMC Development Team and is now one of the most sought-after youngsters, with several World Tour squads rumoured to have shown an interest in signing him after his remarkable exploits and versatility caught their eye. Despite this, the Russian’s main focus at the moment is on the Tour de l’Avenir, which last year he finished just outside the top 10 overall. If in 2016 he was only discovering the demanding French race, this time around he lines out at the start as one of the main contenders.

More about his goals for L’Avenir, his take on the parcours and the superb season he’s had so far, you can read in this interview which Pavel Sivakov gave for Cafe Roubaix before heading to France.


– Pavel, if anyone would have told you at the beginning of the year you’ll have such a terrific season, what would you have said?

I think I would have just laughed. I knew that I was able to win one of those races, but winning three in row is just something incredible! My ambitions were to take the victory in Liège–Bastogne–Liège and do a good Giro d’Italia. I failed on my first goal, but was able to succeed on achieving the other one. It’s a huge satisfaction to get the victory in a race you were targeting since last winter.

– Ronde de l’Isard, Girobio and Giro della Valle d’Aosta, that’s quite the palmares. Which of these victories makes you the most proud?

Definitely, the U23 Giro, it was an amazing feeling to finish at the top! It was also the hardest one, as the gaps on my rivals were really small and I took the pink jersey pretty early, so that meant extra daily pressure. My teammates worked hard and did a fantastic job from day one, so I just had to win it for them. It’s true that if I wouldn’t have won Ronde de l’Isard, then maybe I wouldn’t have had the same confidence coming to Italy. Same could be said about Giro della Valle d’Aosta; I went there without any pressure and did my race, as I knew I had the level required to do something there.

– Speaking of Girobio, how did you find the race which made its return to the calendar after several years of absence?

In my opinion, it’s one the biggest races of the year and to win it was such an honour. Girobio has a great history, high-caliber riders, a big fight every day and a flawless organization, all these making it one of the best races out there. Coming out on top in the U23 Giro d’Italia is the most important moment of my career and also the best, but I couldn’t have done it without the help of my team, who were amazing.

– Can there be room for regrets after such an incredible run?

No, I don’t have any regrets, all the mistakes I made in the first part of the season served as a good lesson for the rest of the year; it’s going really well at the moment and I’ll work to keep it that way.

– Your primary goal for the second part of the season is the Tour de l’Avenir. I assume you’re going there thinking of the win.

Tour de l’Avenir will be my last big goal of the season, so yes, I’m heading to the race to fight for the overall victory. I’m aware that I will be one of the favorites there and I will do my best to assume this status.

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– What’s your opinion on the parcours? Do you feel you’re disadvantaged by the lack of an ITT?

The parcours is really interesting, we start in Bretagne and finish in the Alps by crossing France, so it’s like a mini Tour de France. I think it’s a really nice course, only thing missing is an individual time trial, which would have been perfect to take some time on the pure climbers. I guess the first couple of days will be very nervous and maybe even crucial, because we will ride through a part of France exposed to the wind, where some echelons can be made. The winner will have to be focused and at all times attentive. Of course, we’ll be in for some great battles in the Alps, but there’s a long road until there and anything can happen before the big mountains.

– Who do you expect to be your biggest challengers in France?

It’s hard to say, many riders and teams are capable of winning. This year, one of my biggest rivals is Bjorg Lambrecht, I think it’s a really good course for him but also for a guy like Egan Bernal. I would have liked an ITT to gain some time on them. The Australians have a very good team, so they too will be strong. Neilson Powless is another big contender and I guess he too would have like to have a stage against the clock, just like me. Of course, being at home, also the French will be a team to watch.

– And what other objectives you have for the closing part of the season?

I will try to get a good result at the World Championships in Bergen, which will be an interesting race, I’m sure of that. I’m also keen on racing the Piccolo Giro di Lombardia and help my teammates; they did so much for me this year and I just want to pay back the favour.

Vuelta a España Stats

Historical stats

– The race was created in 1935 and saw Belgium’s Gustaaf Deloor take the victory in the inaugural edition

– Roberto Heras has the most overall wins, four (2000, 2003, 2004, 2005)

– Spain leads the nations standings (32), followed by France (9) and Belgium (7)

– Julian Berrendero (1942), Freddy Maertens (1977) and Tony Rominger (1994) have led the race from the first until the last stage

– Eight riders won the general classification without taking a stage along the way: Jean Dotto (1955), Rolf Wolfshohl (1965), Ferdinand Bracke (1971), Jose Pessarodona (1976), Marco Giovannetti (1990), Angel Casero (2001), Alejandro Valverde (2009) and Fabio Aru (2015)

– Agustin Tamames (1970), Domingo Perurena (1975), Hennie Kuiper (1976), Oscar Sevilla (2001) and Roberto Heras (2002) are the cyclists who lost the race in the last day

– Delio Rodriguez holds the record for the most stage wins, 39, which he got between 1941 and 1947

– Switzerland’s Alex Zülle has the most days spent in the leader’s jersey, 48

– Sean Kelly and Laurent Jalabert are the only riders to have won the points classification four times

– Jose Luis Laguia is the cyclist with the most victories in the mountains classification, which he took five times

– Iñigo Cuesta rode in 17 editions, an all-time record of the Vuelta

– Jose Vicente Garcia Acosta and Federico Echave have the most completed editions, 14

– Three riders from outside of Europe have won the trophy: Luis Herrera (Colombia), Alexandre Vinokourov (Kazakhstan) and Chris Horner (U.S.A.)

– Smallest ever time gap between first and second was recorded in 1984, when Eric Caritoux came home just six seconds ahead of Alberto Fernandez

– 1945 saw the biggest winning margin, with 30 minutes and 8 seconds separating Delio Fernandez and Julian Berrendero

– Spain’s Domingo Perurena is the only rider to lead the GC at six editions

– Freddy Maertens has the most stage wins at a single edition: 13 in 1977

– Lowest average speed was recorded in 1948: 25,72 km/h; highest average speed was in 2003: 42,5 km/h

– Longest drought without a GC win for the hosts was between 1991 and 1998

– The inaugural edition (1935) had the fewest number of stages, 14; the 1947 edition had the most number of stages, 24

– 34 countries gave at least a stage winner, while 22 nations had a cyclist at the top of the overall standings

– The three most visited cities are Madrid (119), Zaragoza (90) and Barcelona (89)

– Last world champion to take the victory in the race was Freddy Maertens, in 1977

– Angelino Soler is the youngest ever winner – 21 years and 166 days – while Chris Horner is the oldest one – 41 years and 327 days

– At first, the leader’s jersey was orange, then white, orange again, white with a red stripe, yellow, back to orange, yellow, gold and red

– There have been 1398 stages so far and 1368 leaders, because in 1948, Bernardo Ruiz and Julian Berrendero finished in a dead heat

– Delio Rodriguez holds the record for the most consecutive stage victories: six, in 1941

– Only two foreign countries have hosted the start of the Vuelta: Portugal (1997) and The Netherlands (2009)

– In 1995, the race saw a change of date, being moved from April to September

– 213 cyclists got to wear the leader’s jersey since the inception of the event

2017 Stats

– 22 teams will ride this year’s edition (18 World Tour and 4 Pro Continental)

– Of these, only Caja Rural and Manzana Postobon are winless in the World Tour this season

– Aqua Blue Sport is set to become the first ever Irish team to race a Grand Tour

– The 72nd running of the race will cover 3297.7 kilometers and take the riders over 50 classified climbs

– Andorra and France are the two foreign countries which will be visited by the peloton

– The Vuelta will have eight new arrival locations: Nîmes, Gruissan. Grand Narbonne, Alcossebre, ElPozo Alimentación, Antequera, Tomares, Los Machucos. Monumento Vaca Pasiega and Santo Toribio de Liébana

– Sierra Nevada. Alto Hoya de la Mora – which will host the finish of stage 15 – is the highest point of this year’s race – 2510 meters

– Fabio Aru, Alberto Contador and Vincenzo Nibali are the former winners present at the start of the race

– Chris Froome will try to become the third rider in history, after Jacques Anquetil (1963) and Bernard Hinault (1978), to win the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España double in the same season

– The cyclists who’ll line up at the start have won a combined total of 16 Grand Tours, 6 Monuments and over 100 Grand Tour stages

– Lotto-Soudal’s Adam Hansen is racing his 19th consecutive Grand Tour, after completing the previous 18

– Hernan Aguirre, Hernando Bohorquez, Richard Carapaz, Ivan Cortina, Anass Ait El Abdia, Kilian Frankiny, Lennard Hofstede, Enric Mas, Remy Mertz, Antonio Nibali, Domen Novak, Fernando Orjuela, Juan Felipe Osorio, Rafael Reis, Aldemar Reyes, Nikita Stalnov, Bernardo Suaza and Jimmy Turgis are the 18 neo-pros who will make their debut in a Grand Tour

– Youngest cyclist in the race is Lennard Kämna (20 years), while Svein Tuft is the oldest one (40 years)

– Daniel Moreno is the rider with the most editions started (10) and completed (10)

– Spain is the country with the most competitors (31), followed by France and Italy, with 20 each


2017 Vuelta a España Roadbook

2017 Vuelta a Espana Roadbook

2017/2018 Confirmed Transfers

Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec

In: Luca Chirico, Marco d’Urbano.

Out: Egan Bernal.


In: Benoit Cosnefroy, Tony Gallopin, Clément Venturini.

Out: Domenico Pozzovivo.

Aqua Blue Sport

In: Eddie Dunbar.


In: Magnus Cort, Omar Fraile, Jan Hirt, Davide Villella.

Out: Paolo Tiralongo (retired).


In: Gorka Izagirre, Kristijan Koren, Matej Mohoric, Hermann Pernsteiner, Domenico Pozzovivo.


In: Michael Bresciani, Manuel Senni.

Out: Stefano Pirazzi (fired after testing positive), Nicola Ruffoni (fired after testing positive).


In: Alberto Bettiol, Jurgen Roelandts, Nathan Van Hooydonck.

Out: Amaël Moinard, Daniel Oss, Manuel Quinziato (retired), Manuel Senni.


In: Davide Formolo, Peter Kennaugh, Daniel Oss.

Caja Rural

In: Danilo Celano.

Out: Jaime Roson.


Out: Alberto Bettiol, Davide Formolo, Kristijan Koren, Tom-Jelte Slagter, Davide Villella.

CCC Sprandi Polkowice

In: Jonas Koch.

Out: Jan Hirt.


In: Bert Van Lerberghe.

Out: Yoann Bagot, Jerome Cousin, Florian Sénéchal, Jonas Van Genechten, Clément Venturini.

Delko-Marseille Provence KTM

In: Lucas De Rossi, Iuri Filosi, Alexis Guerin, Brenton Jones, Jeremy Laveau, Julien Trarieux.

Out: Romain Lemarchand (retired), Quentin Pacher.

Dimension Data

In: Nicholas Dlamini, Louis Meintjes, Tom-Jelte Slagter, Julien Vermote.

Out: Omar Fraile, Nathan Haas.

Direct Energie

In: Jerome Cousin, Damien Gaudin, Axel Journiaux, Simon Sellier, Rein Taaramäe.

Out: Bryan Coquard, Antoine Duchesne, Fabrice Jeandesboz (retired), Tony Hurel, Julien Morice, Thomas Voeckler (retired).


In: Georg Preidler, Ramon Sinkeldam.

Out: Johan Le Bon, Odd Christian Eiking, Marc Fournier, Lorrenzo Manzin, Kevin Reza.


In: Warren Barguil, Amaël Moinard.

Out: Arnold Jeannesson (retired), Eduardo Sepulveda.


In: Nicolai Cherkasov, Sergey Shilov.

Out: Aydar Zakarin.


In: Ian Boswell, Alex Dowsett, Matteo Fabbro, Nathan Haas, Marcel Kittel.

Out: Alexander Kristoff, Michael Mørkøv, Rein Taaramäe, Angel Vicioso (retired).


In: Pascal Eenkhoorn.

Out: Steven Lammertink, Jurgen Van den Broeck (retired).


In: Jens Keukeleire.

Out: Kris Boeckmans, Tony Gallopin, Jurgen Roelandts, Louis Vervaeke.


In: Mikel Landa, Jaime Roson, Eduardo Sepulveda.

Out: Jonathan Castroviejo, Alex Dowsett, Gorka Izagirre, Adriano Malori (retired), Rory Sutherland.

Nippo-Vini Fantini

Out: Iuri Filosi.


In: Cameron Meyer, Mikel Nieve, Matteo Trentin.

Out: Magnus Cort, Jens Keukeleire.

Quick-Step Floors

In: Fabio Jakobsen, Michael Mørkøv, Jhonatan Narvaez, Florian Sénéchal, Elia Viviani.

Out: Tom Boonen (retired), David De La Cruz, Dan Martin, Matteo Trentin, Julien Vermote.


Out: Martijn Tusveld.


In: Jonathan Castroviejo, David De La Cruz.

Out: Ian Boswell, Peter Kennaugh, Mikel Landa, Mikel Nieve, Elia Viviani.

Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise

In: Milan Menten.

Out: Bert Van Lerberghe.


In: Edward Theuns, Martijn Tusveld, Louis Vervaeke.

Out: Bert De Backer, Georg Preidler, Ramon Sinkeldam.


Out: Alberto Contador (retired), Jesus Hernandez (retired), Edward Theuns, Haimar Zubeldia (retired).

UAE Team Emirates

In: Alexander Kristoff, Dan Martin, Rory Sutherland.

Out: Louis Meintjes, Matej Mohoric.


Out: Greg Henderson (retired), Daniel Summerhill.

Verandas Willems

In: David Tanner.

Vital Concept

In: Yoann Bagot, Kris Boeckmans, Bryan Coquard, Bert De Backer, Corentin Ermenault, Johan Le Bon, Marc Fournier, Steven Lammertink, Jeremy Lecroq, Lorrenzo Manzin, Julien Morice, Justin Mottier, Quentin Pacher, Kevin Reza, Jonas Van Genechten.

Wanty-Groupe Gobert

In: Odd Christian Eiking.

Wilier-Selle Italia

In: Luca Raggio.

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