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Wollongong Worlds in 2022 will take place from September 18 to 25, Arkéa-Samsic signs Nacer Bouhanni, Israel Cycling Academy acquires Katusha-Alpecin. Those stories and more in today’s Daily News Digest.

Story of the Day: Dates announced for 2022 Worlds in Wollongong

The 2022 UCI Road World Championships in Wollongong, Australia, will run from September 18 to 25, the UCI and organizers have announced.

“The 2022 UCI Road World Championships will be the biggest event to ever come to Wollongong,” said Dean Dalla Valle, chair of the organizing committee, in a press release. “We are working hard to deliver a world-class event and legacy for the region.”

Thor Hushovd wins the world road title in Geelong in 2010. Photo: Wessel van Keuk/Cor Vos ©2010

September of 2022 will see Australia hosting road Worlds for the first time since 2010, when Geelong and Melbourne hosted the event. With the event heading to Switzerland next year and Flanders in 2021, 2022 will also mark the first edition held outside of Europe since Doha Worlds in 2016.

“After five editions in Europe, the UCI Road World Championships make their way to Wollongong in Australia, confirming the global reach of one of our sport’s major annual events,” UCI president David Lappartient said.

“We now know the dates, and I am sure our hosts in New South Wales will organize an unforgettable event for our athletes and for the spectators.”

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Arkéa-Samsic signs Bouhanni, McLay, Boudat, and others

One day after announcing the termination of André Greipel’s contract, Arkéa-Samsic has officially announced the impending arrival of a new sprinter. After five years with Cofidis, Nacer Bouhanni will join Arkéa-Samsic on a two-year deal.

“In 2020 we want to be a World Tour team. We know that 70 percent of the races are sprinting; we had to strengthen ourselves in this area,” said team manager Emmanuel Hubert. “For a sprinter, every detail of its importance, I rely on Sébastien Hinault to orchestrate all that. Nacer Bouhanni will be our number one sprinter. He has enormous qualities.”

Bouhanni, 29, looked to be one of the sport’s most promising young sprinters in the early stages of his career. He turned pro with FDJ and took stage victories during his time there at both the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España. He then signed with Cofidis in 2015 and scored a handful of wins over the next few seasons, but the big results many expected for him did not materialize, and his relationship with management at Cofidis soured over the last two years.

Nacer Bouhanni at the Critérium du Dauphiné. Photo: VK/PN/Cor Vos © 2019

Cofidis brass did not select him for the team’s Tour de France roster in 2018, and although he won a Vuelta stage later in the year, Bouhanni was not at the start line of any of the three Grand Tours in 2019.

“For me, it’s a new beginning,” said Bouhanni of his move to Arkéa. “I will start the next season as if I have never won anything. I did not ask to come with staff or riders, I want to focus on me, for the rest I trust the management of the team.”

In addition to confirming the Bouhanni news, Arkéa-Samsic also announced the signings of Daniel McLay from EF Education First, Thomas Boudat from Total-Direct Énergie, Lukasz Owsian from CCC, and Ben Declercq and Christophe Noppe from Topsport Vlaanderen.

Israel Cycling Academy acquires Katusha-Alpecin, securing a WorldTour spot for 2020

Pro Continental outfit Israel Cycling Academy has announced that it has bought out WorldTour team Katusha-Alpecin, confirming weeks of rumors.

Israel Cycling Academy at the GP Montréal team presentation. Photo: Oran Kelly/Cor Vos © 2019

In acquiring Katusha, whose fate had been unclear with management unable to find sponsors for next season, Israel Cycling Academy would obtain a ticket to the WorldTour, pending approval of the transaction by the UCI.

“The Israeli team will race in the WorldTour under the existing Katusha license, which is being renewed for the next three years,” read the team’s statement.

“We have several new riders, including some from the current Katusha team that will join, and I promise we will make some noise in lots of big races next year,” said Israel Cycling Academy co-owner Sylvan Adams.

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Wyman opens a spot on the UCI rankings

Longtime cyclocross veteran Helen Wyman retired in February, but until recently she remained in the UCI’s world rankings.

As she has pointed out on Twitter, that’s no longer the case, thanks to her own classy request—and that means one more (active) rider will now qualify for World Cups.

Ineos extends Castroviejo

Jonathan Castroviejo will ride on with Ineos for the next two seasons. The 32-year-old Spaniard, who is the reigning Spanish national champion in the time trial, joined the team last year after several years with Movistar, and has been part of the winning Tour de France team in both of his two years with the Ineos/Sky organization.

“I’ve enjoyed two brilliant years here and to be a part of two Tour de France winning teams has been special,” Castroviejo said.

“I wanted to take a next step when I joined the Team and I feel like I have done that. Now I’m really settled here. It has been a great environment for me to keep improving as a cyclist and I’m looking forward to playing my part alongside our exciting group of young riders.”

Movistar reportedly interested in Rohan Dennis

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Movistar is one of the teams in play for the services of Rohan Dennis next season.

The 29-year-old Australian, who defended his world time trial title last week in Yorkshire, joined Bahrain-Merida at the start of this season, but the team recently announced that it had terminated his contract. The relationship between rider and team deteriorated this summer, with Dennis pulling out of the Tour de France one day before a time trial in which he would have been a top favorite to take the stage victory.

He did not race again for the team before his contract was terminated. Now that he is un-signed for 2020, he has been connected to contract talks with various squads around the pro peloton. Wednesday’s reports in the Italian media put Movistar onto the list of teams that have reportedly shown interest, with other stories over the past few weeks mentioning CCC and Ineos as other possible landing spots.

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GoPro announces the Hero8 Black

It feels like we only just got our hands GoPro’s Hero7 Black action camera to review, and now the company has a new and improved version. The Hero8 Black retains many of the same features as its predecessor, but adds in more advanced image stabilization, low light performance, and recording control. The new camera also offers integrated mounting “fingers” that fold when not in use, a slightly smaller form factor and easier battery replacement.

The new Hero8 is joined by the new Max 360, a camera that features opposite-side lenses capable of filming 360-degree footage in enormously high resolutions.

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Feature Image: Nacer Bouhanni at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. Photo: ©kramon

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