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Quinn Simmons solos to victory in the junior men’s road race at Yorkshire Worlds, Boels Dolmans losing title sponsors at the end of 2020, e-worlds is coming. Those stories and more in today’s Daily News Digest.
Story of the Day: Quinn Simmons wins the junior men’s road world title
Quinn Simmons soloed to an impressive victory in Thursday’s junior men’s road race at Yorkshire Worlds to secure the gold medal for the United States.
Crossing the Harrogate finish line nearly one minute ahead of runner-up Alessio Martinelli, Simmons had plenty of time to celebrate his junior road title, the biggest win of his young career. The 18-year-old was joined on the podium by American compatriot Magnus Sheffield, who won the sprint out of a small chasing group for third.
“We never knew when exactly we were going to go but we knew [the plan] was to get me and Magnus on the circuits and then I’d launch from there. It worked out, maybe a little earlier than we’d planned,” said Simmons, who finished fourth in the junior time trial event earlier this week, and is bound for the WorldTour next year (more on that shortly).
“I didn’t have the legs I wanted in the TT so I came in extra motivated for this and definitely had a point to prove, and I think I did.”
The race covered 148.1 kilometers of rolling roads from Richmond to Harrogate and a short finishing circuit. Simmons and Sheffield were part of a five-rider lead group that formed as the race approached Harrogate. As the selection headed into the circuit with just over 30 kilometers to go, Simmons exploded off the front.
While the pack swallowed up the rest of the group, Simmons quickly built a massive lead. Martinelli jumped solo with 20 kilometers left to race, but he never came particularly close to closing down Simmons, who was all smiles even with a lap still to go.
Simmons held on to take the gold medal 56 seconds ahead of Martinelli, while Sheffield would win the sprint for bronze out of a select chasing group.
1 SIMMONS Quinn (United States) 3:38:04
2 MARTINELLI Alessio (Italy) 0:56
3 SHEFFIELD Magnus (United States) 1:33
4 LEIJNSE Enzo (Netherlands)
5 GAROFOLI Gianmarco (Italy)
6 STOKKE Vegard (Norway)
7 GEORGE Alfred (Great Britain) 1:45
8 WANDAHL Frederik (Denmark)
9 BOUCEK Jakub (Czech Republic)
10 PAULUS Milan (Belgium)
Worlds has delivered some emotional moments in the past few days. Australia’s Rohan Dennis defended his time trial title on Wednesday and then enjoyed a celebration with his family that tugged at the proverbial heart strings …
He defends his WORLD TITLE! 🌈
— UCI (@UCI_cycling) September 25, 2019
On Thursday, Colombia’s German Dario Gomez shed some tears while experiencing the other end of the emotional spectrum after he was passed by several support cars while waiting with a mechanical on the side of the road during the junior men’s road race.
German Dario Gomez (Colombia) got emotional after stopping in the peloton with a rolled rear tyre. Started walking the course and it was several minutes until a chase group (and support cars) could reach him. Brutal #Yorkshire2019 pic.twitter.com/PGWyhJ0eWN
— Daniel Ostanek (@LVCKV) September 26, 2019
And then there was Dutchman Casper van Uden, who may have narrowly avoided a dramatic moment of his own by urgently stopping to pay a visit to a local establishment mid-race.
— Ciclismo Ignorante (@Ciclignorante) September 26, 2019
Trek-Segafredo signs Simmons for 2020 and Tiberi for 2021
Trek-Segafredo has announced two big signings with impeccable timing. Newly minted junior world road champ Quinn Simmons will make the jump to the WorldTour with Trek next year, and newly minted junior world TT champ Antonio Tiberi will join the team in 2021 after riding at the Continental level next season with Colpack.
“Their proven ability to develop young riders and a history of success in the Classics makes this the best place for me to continue my development,” Simmons said. “Over the next two years, I hope to learn as much as possible and make big steps towards the goal of one day winning Paris-Roubaix.”
Simmons has shown that Classics potential as a youngster already, winning this year’s Gent-Wevelgem junior’s race. Tiberi, meanwhile, is seen as a stage racing talent for the future.
“I chose Trek-Segafredo because it is very professional but it is also like a family,” Tiberi said. “My goals in the future are to do some big Tours where I can learn from [Vincenzo] Nibali and the other big riders.”
Boels and Dolmans to end title sponsorship of Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam at the end of 2020
The title sponsors of the Boels Dolmans team, the most successful squad in the women’s peloton in recent years, will end their sponsorships at the end of the 2020 season, the team has announced.
Boels, a Dutch equipment rental company, and Dolmans, a Dutch landscaping company, have shared title sponsorship of the team since 2012. In recent years, Boels Dolmans has emerged as a powerhouse in women’s cycling. Each of the last four women’s world road champions, including current title holder Anna van der Breggen, has ridden for the team, which has consistently scored big results with different riders across the WorldTour calendar.
The team did not apply to be one of the eight inaugural women’s WorldTour teams for next year, however, suggesting an uncertain future for the squad. Now, team director Danny Stam will be on the hunt for new partners to take the team past next season. As he told a press conference at Yorkshire Worlds, he is convinced that he will succeed in that goal.
“I’m confident we will find new sponsors,” Stam said. “We are in talks, but nothing is sure until you have signed. There are potential sponsors that are interested to take on our team.”
E-worlds is coming
UCI president David Lappartient was on-hand at the Zwift pop-up Draft House at Yorkshire Worlds this week for a big announcement: Zwift and the UCI will partner for an e-world championships in 2020.
The event will take place next year some time around road Worlds, which kick off on September 20th in Switzerland. Racers will gain entry via qualifying events, which will be scheduled during gaps in the WorldTour calendar to facilitate at least the potential entry of the sport’s biggest riders.
Corendon-Circus beefs up 2020 roster
Mathieu van der Poel will have some reinforcements next season as Corendon-Circus has signed several new arrivals for next year.
Earlier this week, it was announced that 25-year-old Belgian Louis Vervaeke would join Corendon next year from the Sunweb team. Now, Wielerflits reports that Petr Vakoc will join the Belgian Pro Continental squad from Deceuninck-Quick-Step in 2020. So too will Floris De Tier (Jumbo-Visma) and Senne Leysen (Roompot-Charles), giving the team more riders with skill sets geared toward one-day racing to support rising star van der Poel as he eyes the upcoming Classics campaign.
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Feature Image: Quinn Simmons wins the junior men’s road world title in Yorkshire. Photo: Dion Kerckhoffs/Cor Vos © 2019