Short news roundup: Nathan Van Hooydonck, Moreno Hofland, Yves Lampaert, Tour du Limousin, Tour de Hongrie
Aug 19 2018 05:40 am CET

Short news roundup: Nathan Van Hooydonck, Moreno Hofland, Yves Lampaert, Tour du Limousin, Tour de Hongrie
Short news roundup: Nathan Van Hooydonck, Moreno Hofland, Yves Lampaert, Tour du Limousin, Tour de Hongrie
Photo by ASO/Thomas MAHEUX

The roundup of the day includes the final stage of Nathan Van Hooydonck contract extension, Moreno Hofland's new team and Yves Lampaert fall at the BinckBank Tour, the Tour du Limousin, the Tour de Hongrie.

Nathan Van Hooydonck extends contract with Continuum Sports

The Belgian is the latest rider to extend his contract with the currently known as BMC Racing Team, with the intention of continuing his development in the Classics following the example of successful riders like Greg Van Avermaet.

"Nathan Van Hooydonck's progression with BMC Racing Team is a testament to the success of BMC Development Team so we are thrilled to extend Nathan's contract," said the team's General Manager Jom Ochowicz. "Since Nathan turned professional mid-way through the 2017 season, he has shown great potential in the classics and with our focus on these races, Nathan will be able to learn from the best in the business, including Greg Van Avermaet."

Moreno Hofland joins EF Education First-Drapac in 2019

The Dutchman makes the move after two seasons in Lotto Soudal looking for a new environment and new opportunities. "I like to explore myself through learning, and there’s no better way to learn than through differences," he commented. "I’m the only Dutch guy on my current team, which is mainly Belgian, and that can be isolating sometimes. I think it’s really cool to have Danes, Italians, Spanish, Colombians, Australians, Dutch and, of course, Americans working together. This will be new for me, and I always like to try new things.

"I was expecting to do more racing for myself in my current team, but I ended up mostly helping out my teammates. I want to work for Sebastian (Langeveld) and Sep (Vanmarcke) in the Classics, but I also hope I can try for my own chances again. I have a talent for sprinting, and I wasn’t able to show it these last two years."

Yves Lampaert crashes at the last kilometre of the BinckBank Tour

The Belgian of Quick-Step Floors was part of the riders that were going to fight for the stage victory at the race, but he crashed in the last kilometre. "I fell flat on my back," said the rider to the media after the final line. "I had no breath right after the fall. I didn't see how the fall happened. I think my chain skipped or my derailleur got a hit.

"I hope to be able to start in the final stage. I have some minor abrasions on my arms and legs, but I have big bruises on my back and chest. It is going to be a painful night. I hope the injuries evolve favourably and I can still do my thing in the final stage."

Lorrenzo Manzin wins last stage, Nicolas Edet claims Tour du Limousin final victory

Vital Concept's Manzin has won the final sprint on the last day of the French race. Cofidis' Edet arrived in the finish line with the peloton and that was enough to take the final victory of the race.

The 162.6-kilometre stage between Bellac and Limoges started with an escape of ten riders. Cofidis and Euskadi Murias set the pace of the peloton and managed to catch the escapees just before the last lap of the final circuit and even though some riders tried to attack at the final kilometres, everything came down to a bunch sprint that was won by Manzin. Marco Canola and Anthony Roux completed the final podium of the race.

Nikodemus Holler takes stage victory, Manuel Belletti secures Yellow Jersey at Tour de Hongrie

Bike Aid's Holler has won the fourth stage of the Tour de Hongrie. Androni-Giocattoli's Belletti crossed the finish line in the second position despite having trouble at the start of the stage and secured his GC victory with one day to go.

The stage featured a steep climb in which Belletti could win or lose the race and even though he dropped at moments because of the hardness of the terrain, he and his team could cross the summit with enough time to get on the pursuit of the front men. With seven kilometres to go, the Italian rejoined the reduced group and crossed the finish line just behind of Holler, while CCC's Kamil Malecki, was third.




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