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Weekend Round-Up – Week 19

Everything is possible

The weekend turned pink with the start of the Giro d’Italia in the Netherlands. With the perfect summer weather it was a real treat to watch the race (with ice cream) or go for your own ride on the road or in the woods.

First things first, the real winners this weekend were the guys of Synergy Baku Cycling Project in the Tour d’Azerbaidjan. They not only won two stages, but for the second year in a row they won the team ranking. Max Averin was the hero of stage two, the first time that an Azeri rider has won a stage in the Tour d’Azerbaidjan.

“I am not only overjoyed by my stage win, but also overwhelmed by being the first Azeri to win a stage in this great race. Many, many thanks to my teammates, who made this win possible.” Said Averin after the race.

The second stage win for the team was from Matej Mugerli in the third stage of the race. “After yesterday’s stage I felt my form was good – that stage was like a test. So I asked our DS and Max Averin if I could have a free hand today,” Mugerli said. “Two years ago I finished second on this stage and last year I was third, I was missing the victory, and today I got it. Like I said before, it is always difficult to race at home, but with a team like we have this year, everything is possible.”

Team Baku, best team of the Tour d’Azerbaidjan.

 

Dehaes takes the win

Wanty-Groupe Gobert got the second win of the season during the Four Days of Dunkirk! The team was pretty successful the whole race. Roy Jans raced to the 3rd place in the second stage and Kenny Dehaes rode to victory in the fourth stage.

Kenny Dehaes wins the last sprint to the finish!

Thanks for everything guys!! Great @teamwantygobert all week! #RideForAntoine #4jdd #1stwin

Een foto die is geplaatst door Kenny Dehaes (@kennydehaes) op

Team Roompot Oranje Peloton was happy to be in the breakaway five times during the Four Days of Dunkirk. Team FDJ got a couple of top ten finishers in the different stages of the Four Days of Dunkirk. Daniel Hoelgaard finished 7th in the first stage and Laurent Pichon finished 7th on the third day of the race. The team finished 8th in overall, which sealed another top 10 classification in a race.

 

Fight for pink

On Friday, Team FDJ was at the start of the Giro d’Italia in the Netherlands. After the hellish weather of Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the riders had to put on sunscreen, since there was no raindrop or snow in sight, only sunrays. There were 575.000 spectators in total during the weekend, a big success! Arnaud Démare took second place in stage 2 on Saturday, which meant a great start for the team.

Especially for the Giro d’Italia we supplied Marc Sarreau with pink temple tips for his Summit sport glasses.

Team FDJ’s, Murilo Fischer, got a special Brazilian Tithon helmet.

 

European Championships MTB

Our mountainbikers were in Huskvarna, Sweden, this weekend for the European Championships. The best result was for Yana Belomoina with a 5th place in the women’s category. Sebastian Fini finished 26th in the U23 category and Rudi van Houts was the fastest Dutchman with a 14th place. Jiri Novak had a race of his own in the Czech Republic and got 5th during the Czech Marathon Championships. A nice result!


Yana Belomoina riding to 5th place during the European Championships.


5th place for Jiri Novak in the Czech Marathon Championships.

 

And to round it all up, Joost shows the little ones how to ride: