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Hello again, CyclingTips readers!
As we dive into another week, we are starting to feel a hint of excitement—this is the last full week racing fans have to make it through before the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, which is just under two weeks away now.
In the meantime, there’s still plenty of news to cover, of course, particularly for fans of the time trialing stars. For starters, there’s Tom Dumoulin, who has said that the illness that has bothered him in the early goings of this year is due to intestinal parasites. Probably not the most fun way to start the year, but the former TT world champ is recovering now.
Then there’s Chloe Dygert, who won’t be racing for a UCI-registered team this season—but not because she has made an unexpected transfer. The actual explanation: Her Sho-Air Twenty20 team decided not to go in for a UCI license this year. Without a focus on racing internationally in 2020, the team is saving some cash and racing as a US domestic team instead, an interesting decision to be sure.
Until next time, readers.
| Dumoulin recovering from intestinal parasites
Tom Dumoulin wrote on social media on Monday that he is “feeling much better” after starting medication to treat parasites in his gut. Illness had forced the Dutchman to change plans and delay the start to his 2020 season, but at least he now knows what was behind the health problems.
“I’m looking forward to planning my season start and next goals very soon!” wrote Dumoulin, who has not raced since June of last year after knee problems derailed his 2019 campaign. “I’ll keep you posted!”
| Sho-Air Twenty20 decides against UCI license
Cyclingnews reports that Sho-Air Twenty20, the team of world TT champ Chloe Dygert, opted against a UCI license this year and will instead race as a US domestic team, thereby apparently saving around $35,000. Dygert is one of several athletes on the squad focusing on the Tokyo Olympics this year.
“[Dygert] will be racing road in North America only,” team owner Nicola Cranmer told Cyclingnews. “It’s not necessary that we are UCI, there are zero benefits to us with our schedule this year. Track and time trials will be her focus.”
| Thomas: ‘My power numbers are encouraging’
Geraint Thomas will make his 2020 racing debut at the Volta ao Algarve on Wednesday, and the former Tour de France winner says that although he isn’t targeting the overall there, he is in better shape now than he was at this time last year.
“I’m not at race weight yet but my power numbers are encouraging,” Thomas said. “I’m still a lot lighter than this time last year and my numbers are better as well.”
Beyond Thomas, Ineos will also have Rohan Dennis, Michal Kwiatkowski, Luke Rowe, Ben Swift, Cameron Wurf, and Dylan van Baarle in its strong lineup for the five-day race in Portugal.
| Khaled takes Dubai Women’s Tour lead with stage 2 win
Samah Khaled bested stage 1 winner Lucy van der Haar as well as Kim De Baat to win stage 2 of the Dubai Women’s Tour on Tuesday. The race came down to a sprint with an unconventional final few moments as officials tried to direct the peloton from using the full width of the road to a narrower stretch toward the finish line.
With two stages to go, Khaled now has a nine-second lead over van der Haar in the GC standings.
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