Here’s your News Roundup for Monday, June 4. This is our way of keeping you up to speed on all of the stories circulating in the world of pro cycling.
Report: Dumoulin will race the Tour de France
According to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, Sunweb’s Tom Dumoulin will start the upcoming Tour de France this July.
Dumoulin, who came up just short of defending his overall Giro d’Italia title with a runner-up performance this May, came into the season targeting the Italian grand tour with a plan to decide on Tour participation after the Giro.
De Telegraaf reports that the 27-year-old Dutchman has made his decision and that his Sunweb squad will make the news official later this week.
Dumoulin has raced the Tour de France four times in his career, finishing twice. He nabbed two stage victories in the 2016 edition of the race, his most recent start at the Tour.
American teams Tibco, UHC, and Cylance get La Course invites
The ASO has selected teams for La Course by Le Tour de France, which runs from Annecy to Le Grand-Bornand on Tuesday, July 17.
112.5 kilometers in length, the Women’s WorldTour event is back to a single day of racing this year after last year’s two-stage edition, won by Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott).
The team of the defending champion will be back at the start line this July, as will WorldTour-leading Boels Dolmans. American outfits Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank, UnitedHealthcare, and Cylance Pro Cycling are confirmed as invitees as well.
The 20 teams set to participate in La Course by Le Tour de France: Ale Cipollini, Astana, BePink, Boels Dolmans, BTC City Ljubjana, Canyon-SRAM Racing, Cervelo-Bigla Pro Cycling Team, Cylance Pro Cycling, FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope, Lotto Soudal, Mitchelton-Scott, Movistar, Sunweb, Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank, Virtu Cycling, Trek-Drops, UnitedHealthcare, Valcar PBM, Waowdeals Pro Cycling, Wiggle-High5
Tvetcov claims overall title at Tour de Korea
UnitedHealthcare’s Serghei Tvetcov wrapped up his first career general classification victory in a UCI race on Sunday at the Tour de Korea.
The 29-year-old Romanian rode to the top of the GC standings with a victory in stage 3 and held onto the leader’s jersey through the fourth and fifth stages to seal the overall victory. The stage and GC wins mark his second and third UCI wins of 2018 after his time trial victory at April’s Tour of the Gila.
United Healthcare also won the teams classification.
“It was great job to hold individual GC and team GC,” said Tvetcov, according to a team press release.
“Before the start of Tour of Korea we had a goal that, in this race, we will give the chance for everyone to make results. We didn’t focus on anyone particular, like GC guys or sprint. We were focused on an aggressive race from the start.”
Stepan Astafyev (Vino-Astana Motors) and Matteo Busato (Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia) rounded out the Tour de Korea overall podium.
Van der Poel wins Boucles de la Mayenne
In his first pro road racing appearance this season, Cyclocross star Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) successfully defended his Boucles de la Mayenne title.
The 23-year-old Dutchman won two stages and the overall in the French UCI 2.1 event last season and followed that up with another stage victory and second straight GC victory this year. Building on his runner-up ride in the prologue, van der Poel’s sprint victory in stage 1 put him into the race lead, and he defended the jersey in Sunday’s stage 2 to wrap up the overall title.
Romain Seigle (Groupama-FDJ) finished second on the general classification, while under-23 ‘cross star Eli Iserbyt (Marlux-Bingoal) took the third step on the overall podium.
Van der Poel’s road campaign will continue through the summer, with several one-day races in Belgium also on his docket over the coming weeks.