Short news roundup: Fortuneo-Samsic, Sunweb, Tsgabu Grmay, Arctic Race of Norway and Mathieu van der Poel
Jun 26 2018 05:52 am CET

Short news roundup: Fortuneo-Samsic, Sunweb, Tsgabu Grmay, Arctic Race of Norway and Mathieu van der Poel
Short news roundup: Fortuneo-Samsic, Sunweb, Tsgabu Grmay, Arctic Race of Norway and Mathieu van der Poel
Photo by ASO/A.Broadway

The day's roundup includes sponsor break-ups, national championships new champions and selections, and teams to start at the northernmost race in the world.

Fortuneo-Samsic breaks-up with Look bicycles weeks before the Tour de France

Fortuneo-Samsic and Look bicycles have finished their collaboration at just two weeks from the 2018 Tour de France.

Fortuneo-Samsic is one of the French teams that received wildcards for the French grand tour and now it is unknown with which brand of bikes it will start in the race.

"After four years of intense and fruitful collaboration, the French equipment manufacturer Look Cycle and the Fortuneo Samsic announce the termination of their partnership with immediate effect," said the president of Look Cycle Federico Musi and Emmanuel Hubert, general director of Fortuneo-Samsic in a statement.

Team Sunweb ready for National Championships

Several riders of the men's and women's teams of Sunweb are heading to their respective national championships. After the success of Coryn Rivera at the US National Championships, the rest of the team is willing to follow.

Men's team:

The Netherlands: Wilco Kelderman (ITT), Martijn Tusveld (ITT), Roy Curvers, Laurens ten Dam, Tom Dumoulin, Lennard Hofstede, Sam Oomen, Tom Stamsnijder and Martijn Tusveld.
Germany: Nikias Arndt (ITT), Phil Bauhaus, Johannes Fröhlinger, Simon Geschke, Max Walscheid, Leon Heinschke, Max Kanter, Niklas Märkl, Martin Salmon and Florias Stork.

Women's team:

The Netherlands: Lucinda Brand (ITT), Ellen van Dijk (ITT), Floortje Mackaij (ITT), Julia Soek.
Denmark: Pernille Mathiesen.
France: Juliette Labous.
Germany: Liane Lippert.

Tsgabu Grmay keeps Ethiopian Time Trial title

Tsgabu Grmay (Trek-Segafredo) has successfully defended his time trial title in Ethiopia. He was more than two minutes faster than Redwan Ebrahim and Temesgen Buru, who completed the podium.

"It's always great to wear this jersey and I was really eager to win the championships again. I had good legs today and I gave it my all!" said the rider after the competition. "I am really happy and I already look forward to the road race next Sunday, that I really want to win as well. I will leave it all out on the road and I hope to bring that jersey home too!"

This is the fifth time trial national title for the rider.

Arctic Race of Norway confirms four WorldTour teams and Mathieu van der Poel

The Arctic Race of Norway has announced that four WorldTour teams that will be joined by another four that will start in the Tour de France.

BMC's Dylan Teuns will be back to defend his title and Astana, Dimension Data and Katusha-Alpecin will also take part of the race. Direct Energie, Cofidis, Fortuneo-Samsic and Wanty-Groupe Gobert are the other teams to start in the French grand tour and the Norwegian race.

Corendon-Circus and its star rider Mathieu van der Poel will also be at the start line of the race. He is expected to be one of the future leading riders of the professional peloton when he makes the complete transition from the cyclocross and the mountain bike, after the Olympic games of 2020.




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