Superprestige Zonhoven, Track World Cup & 2019 Pro Cycling Sponsors | The Cycling Race News Show

Superprestige Zonhoven, Track World Cup & 2019 Pro Cycling Sponsors | The Cycling Race News Show


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(quietly intense music) – Welcome back to the
GCN Racing News show. This week, a big weekend in the world of cyclocross with the latest
rounds of the DVV trophy and the Superprestige,
which was on one of the most iconic cyclocross courses,
the sand dunes of Zonhoven. (upbeat music) We’ve also got the US
National Championships, the Track World Cup from London, and also a look at the past,
the present, and the future of team sponsors as one leaves the sport, one remains, and two come in. Mathieu van der Poel has been
up to his usual tricks again, i.e, completely dominating. After a couple of weeks
break from competition, he resumed with back-to-back
wins at the weekend, in both the Scheldecross
DVV Trophy, where he was over a minute ahead of Wout
van Aert and Toon Aerts, and then over one of the most
iconic courses in cyclocross, the Superprestige in Zonhoven on Sunday. In that event, he made light work of sand and wintry conditions, cruising home 43 seconds
ahead of van Aert, with Aerts a further 52
seconds back, in third. Now there’s absolutely no sign
of anybody even getting close to van der Poel right now, let alone getting the better of him. As pointed out by Daniel
Ostanek on Twitter, “van der Poel has this
season, won all five rounds “of the Superprestige, all
three rounds of World Cup “in which he has competed, “and three of the four DVV trophies.” In fact, the only real
blemishes are through his absence at the opening two
rounds of the World Cup, the Koppenbergcross, where
he was uncharacteristically in 21st position, and a
round of the Bicro Cross, where he crashed and his ankle
swelled up like a balloon. Well, he did still win the next day. The question on everybody’s mind though, possibly even his own, is
whether or not he can carry his form through to
the World Championships in a couple of months time. In that event, of course,
he has been beaten by van Aert for the past
three years in a row, and there’s no doubt that
that result has always hurt. In the women’s events, Denise Betsema, who signed a pro-contract off
the back of a series of wins that included a round of
the World Cup in Koksijde, proved that the team
had most definitely made the right decision by comfortably winning the Scheldecross on Saturday, 23 seconds ahead of Lucinda Brand. On Sunday, though, she
could only manage second. Sanne Cant giving everybody a Master Class on how to run with a bike. The World Champion taking her first Superprestige win of the season. The riders will all be meeting up again for their next battle in Namur on Sunday, for the sixth round of the World Cup. Meanwhile, last weekend, we also had the USA National Championships,
which were held in some atrociously muddy conditions
in Louisville, Kentucky. In the women’s race, Katie
Compton has sat on the throne for a decade and a half. Looking to dethrone her were
the likes of Ellen Noble and Kaitlin Keough, and it
was those two that led off the start line, with Compton
trailing in tenth position, after having unclipped from her pedal. It’s been a tough season for
Compton, who’s just turned 40, and you wondered if this would be the year that 14-year winning streak
would come to an end. Not so. And once she got up to speed,
there was no stopping her, flying down the descents and taking chunks of time out of all her rivals. Compton would eventually come
home with over two minutes to spare over Sunny Gilbert at
the Van Dessel Cycling team, with Ellen Noble, over two
and a half minutes down, taking the bronze. That means it’s an
incredible 15-titles in a row for Compton, who will,
today, head to Europe as she builds up for another crack at the World Championships
at the end of February. In the men’s event over in Kentucky, there’s another winning
streak starting to develop. Stephen Hyde of
Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld took his third title in a row, but
only after a hard-fought and race-long battle with
teammate Curtis White. Midway through, it looked as
though Hyde would literally run away with it after a crash
for White, but he did manage to claw his way back, and it
wasn’t until the penultimate lap that Hyde would get a significant gap. Even then, though, it
wasn’t plain sailing for him as he almost came to grief
himself, near the start/finish area with a couple of laps to go. In the end, though, it
was job done for Hyde, with White in second place, and 20-year-old Gage Hecht in third, a man who you may remember
from his spectacular stage win at the Colorado Classic this year. Over at the UCI Track World Cup in London, the small British city
of Darby arguably became the number one in the
Men’s team pursuit as the Huub Wattbike Test Team took gold, beating Belgium in the final. The result is all the more impressive considering the team
is made up of amateurs who have applied tech,
science, and engineering to optimize performance. At day two of the World
Cup saw Australia’s Stephanie Morton dominate
the women’s sprint, while Denmark’s duo Julius
Johansen and Casper von Folsach won gold in the Madison. Kirsten Wild came out on top
in the Omnium and fellow Dutch rider Matthijs Buchli secured
gold for the men’s Keirin. Having already secured
gold in the team pursuit, Laura Kenny and Katie
Archibald took to the board as Madison partners on the final day of the UCI Track World Cup. Going into the race as clear favorites they didn’t disappoint the home crowd, taking a whopping 34
points to claim the gold. There’re also a few stand-out performances from young Matthew Walls,
who took a bronze, a silver, and then finally a gold in
the Omnium on the last day. On to sponsorship now. Last week, as I’m sure
you all know by now, it was revealed that
Sky’s long association with Team Sky would come to and end at the end of the 2019 season. If you haven’t already
seen our video looking back at their last nine years as
a team and what this news could mean for them, I will link to that at the end of this video. But it certainly looks
as though it could be a defining moment for our sport. If they find a replacement sponsor, that would be good in many ways, as it means our sport
is managing to attract the big bucks of the corporate world. If they don’t, it might look
bad that nobody’s willing to invest in the most
high-profile team in cycling, but some have argued that
it could firstly level up the playing field and also
potentially attract other major companies to invest,
companies who may otherwise have been put off spending
about 15 million quid, only to be in the shadow
of the mighty Team Sky. Whatever happens, it’s
going to be an interesting few months for all involved. The riders within the team
have been giving generally positive reactions to the
news, as you might expect. Chris Froome said that it
had made the team even more determined with regards
to their 2019 ambitions, whilst Gerain Thomas posted
a video to Instagram. – Like I say, try and
end on a high next year and then who knows? The future is exciting
and hopefully we’ll have another big sponsor to support us and, yeah, we’ll go from there, so cheers. – Meanwhile, EF Education First
manager Jonathan Vaughters, told the Guardian newspaper
that Sir Dave Brailsford has an impressive ability
to reach into a toilet and pull out chocolate. We do want to make doubly sure
it’s definitely chocolate, though, but don’t you,
before you reach in? Anyway, it’s going to be
very interesting to see how this all plays out
over the next few months. Contrary to that news, there
was some very good news in Spain, as parent company
Telefonica extended its support of the Movistar Squad,
through to the end of 2021; Movistar winning the team classification yet again with that news. And another team with a lot to celebrate this Christmas is Jelly Belly. After 19 years in the
sport, it looked as though the team was set to disband
after Jelly Belly removed their sponsorship, but
they’ve had a late reprieve. For the next three
years, they will be known as the Wildlife Generation
presented by Maxxis Squad, and compete at a continental level. Very welcome news for
everybody involved over there. Also investing in the sport
are McLaren, who’ve taken a 50% stake in the Bahrain Merida team, who had their 2019 team
launch last week Croatia. As you’d expect, McLaren
will be working mainly on the performance side,
including aerodynamics, mindset, and recovery. In other news, next year’s
Colorado Classic is set to be a womens-only
event, in a mission to, firstly, support women’s
cycling, but also to secure the financial future of the event. Provisionally, it is scheduled for August the 22nd to the 25th. Now with an increased prize
pool and expenses paid for teams attending, organizers
are hoping to attract some of the world’s top
talent, despite the fact that the race will come at
a similar time in the season to three World Tour races in Europe. We certainly wish them the best of luck, and, fingers crossed,
we’ll get to show you some coverage right here on GCN. Lotto Soudal new recruit
Caleb Ewan appears to have a completely new lead-out
train for next year. And so along with Adam
Blythe, he can now count on both Lawrence Naesen,
and Thomas De Gendt. Very funny. How low can you go? And finally, Corendon-Circus, the team and Mathieu van der Poel, have received pro-continental status with the UCI, which is very exciting for all of us, because it opens up the
door for them to receive wild card invitations
to the biggest races, which could well mean
that we see van der Poel compete at events such
as the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, just as
Wout van Aert did this year. And I, for one, would
absolutely love to see that. Right, that’s all for this
week’s Racing News show. Next week I am going to be
back with a look at some more of the best moments of this season, plus we’re going to reveal
the winners of the best male, female, and team of the
year, as voted for by you. Before then, if you haven’t
already watched our video on Team Sky, you’re able to
find that just down here.