Bouchard-Hall stepping down; Jakobsen ends Quick-Step’s season victoriously: Daily News Digest

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Changes are on the horizon at USA Cycling, as the president and CEO will be stepping down at the end of the year. Also, unsurprisingly, Quick-Step Floors won its final race of the season, and time trial powerhouse Tony Martin is on the move. Those stories and more in today’s Daily News Digest.

Story of the day: Bouchard-Hall stepping down as USA Cycling CEO

Derek Bouchard-Hall will be stepping down as president and CEO of USA Cycling at the end of the year, the organization announced over the weekend. Bouchard-Hall has only been leading USA Cycling for the last three years, after replacing Steven Johnson in June of 2015. USA Cycling Board of Directors Chairman Bob Stapleton will step in to act as interim CEO until a replacement is found.

By coincidence, the news comes mere weeks after CyclingTips’ published a long-form story detailing the state of professional cycling in the US, especially on the men’s side. USA Cycling said in a release that the reason for Bouchard-Hall’s departure is that he will be leading “a USA Cycling partner company.” The release stated the partner company, which is yet to be named, will issue a separate announcement next week.

USA Cycling Chairman Bob Stapleton and CEO Derek Bouchard-Hall. Photo: Neal Rogers.

“Deciding to leave USA Cycling to take on a new role was the hardest professional decision of my life. I have loved serving the American bike racing community, and my heart will always remain firmly with USA Cycling,” Bouchard-Hall said in a press release. “My professional career has focused on improving organizations and setting them on a new path. I am confident that I have done that at USA Cycling, and am proud of the team we have in place which will continue improving our ability to support our membership.”

Despite having a focus on membership support during his tenure, Bouchard-Hall did see USA Cycling membership numbers continue to decline. He took over the organization just two years after Lance Armstrong’s infamous Oprah interview. He was also a staunch supporter of anti-doping and USA Cycling increased its testing at the amateur level during Bouchard-Hall’s tenure. He commented on just this issue on Twitter a day before it was announced he would be stepping down at the end of the year.

The Beauty of Cycling

Photographer Kristof Ramon recently went on a gravel adventure in Eifel National Park and High Venn Nature Park in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The stunning image below is from the Dirty Boar Gravel Ride in Germany and it has made us here at CyclingTips want to check out Germany’s gravel riding.

Gravel riding is blossoming throughout the world and if you haven’t already, take a look at our recent U.S. gravel adventure at Rebecca’s Private Idaho.

Race Radio

Trentin and Jakobsen take wins at Guangxi, Moscon takes overall

Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) and Fabio Jakobsen (Quick-Step Floors) took the final two stages of the Tour of Guangxi over the weekend. Italian Gianni Moscon (Sky) took home the overall title, which he had all-but solidified on Friday by winning the only summit finish of the race. The Chinese race was also the final event on the 2018 WorldTour calendar.

Jakobsen’s victory was the 73rd of the year for Quick-Step Floors. “It’s been an amazing season for me and the greatest year in the history of Quick-Step Floors, so to put an end to it like that gives me huge joy,” Jakobsen said. “If you win as a neo-pro seven times, you have to be happy, and I am delighted with how things went this season. These results only motivate me even more for 2019, when I hope to continue my development, become faster and get more victories for the team.”

Sierra takes Women’s WorldTour finale at Guangxi

Arlenis Sierra (Astana) sprinted through the rain to take the final Women’s World Tour race of the season at the one-day Tour of Guangxi. She beat Hannah Barnes (Canyon-SRAM) and Sara Mustonen (Experza-Footlogix) to the victory. The win was Sierra’s fifth of the year.

Power powers to victory at Japan Cup

Rob Power, who is set to leave Mitchelton-Scott and join Team Sunweb in 2019, ended his three-year reign with the Aussie squad on a high note. Power took the Japan Cup in a two-up sprint against Antwan Tolhoek (LottoNL Jumbo). Tolhoek and Power escaped on the final climb of the 10.3-kilometre circuit around Utsunomiya Forest Park. Matti Breschel (EF Education First-Drapac) rounded out the podium.

“The whole team rode really well today, and it was nice to be back racing in Japan. I really enjoyed this race two years ago, so to come back here and win is great,” Power, who rode to third place in 2016, said. “It’s a special win because it’s my last race in Mitchelton-Scott colours and I really wanted to come here and do my best to say thank you for the last few years.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time with the team and I am pleased we were able to get a result here and close out the season in such a positive way.”

Transfer News

German TT specialist Tony Martin will move from Katusha-Alpecin to LottoNL-Jumbo in 2019.

And, American Sean Bennett penned a two-year deal with EF Education First-Drapac beginning next season. The 22-year-old rode for the Pro Continental Hagens Berman Axeon team this past season. His biggest victory was his win on the sixth stage of the Baby Giro in June.

Tony Martin is still chasing that elusive fifth world TT championship. He is tied with Fabian Cancellara for the most all-time with four. Photo: Cor Vos

Moving Pictures

Tour of Guangxi stage 5 on-bike highlights

Tour of Guangxi stage 6 on-bike highlights

Today’s feature image: Fabio Jakobsen (Quick-Step Floors) wins the final stage of the Tour of Guangxi in rainy conditions.

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