VN news ticker: Deceuninck to sponsor Alpecin-Fenix through 2026, Leadville LT100 lottery opens December 1

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Deceuninck to sponsor Alpecin-Fenix through 2026

Deceuninck announced Tuesday a four-year partnership with the ProTour team Alpecin-Fenix.

“I’m very delighted to communicate this partnership with Alpecin–Fenix. Supporting both young talent and [bolstering] female cycling are two values which we both hold in very high esteem. Personally, I look forward to the spring classics and especially the Tour of Flanders,” said CEO of Deceuninck Group Francis Van Eeckhout. “We believe that, in close collaboration with the Alpecin–Fenix team, our brand will stand out all season long.”

After three years with Quick-Step, Deceuninck has opted to not renew its sponsorship of the “Wolfpack.”

In moving its relationship to the Alpecin-Fenix squad, Deceuninck will support the team of Mathieu van der Poel, Jasper Philipsen, and Tim Merlier.

The Belgian-based building materials producer will also sponsor the team’s mountain bike, cyclocross, and women’s elite cycling squads.

“Supporting the women’s cycling sport and female athletes to further develop their professional careers perfectly fits with the Deceuninck core values of diversity and gender equality,” a Deceuninck press release said.

As the co-title sponsor of the Quick-Step squad, the brand experienced valuable media exposure with two world road championship wins by Julian Alaphilippe and an unexpectedly long run in pink on the shoulders of the departing João Almeida at the 2020 Giro d’Italia.

Next year Quick-Step will be called Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl. Alpha Vinyl is a flooring product of Quick-Step.

Leadville MTB lottery opens December 1

Lottery entries open for the 2022 Leadville 100 MTB race tomorrow, December 1, at noon EST.

Those who have not qualified for the LT100 MTB based on previous performances in a qualifying event may enter the lottery for a chance to participate in the 2022 LT100 events.

The lottery closes on December 16 at 2 a.m. EST, and selected entries will be notified on January 12, 2022.

The 2022 LT100 MTB will take place on August 13, and is a part of the recently debuted Life Time Grand Prix race series.

The Leadville Trail 100 MTB takes on 104 miles and 13,129 feet of elevation gain through Colorado’s alpine terrain via singletrack, doubletrack, and forest roads.

The Life Time Grand Prix will challenge 40 elite riders to a series of six mountain bike and gravel events and offer a total prize purse of $250,000.

Katie Archibald returns to Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling

Kate Archibald returns to Certatizit-WNT Pro Cycling (Photo: Courtesy Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling)

British track racing star Kate Archibald will return to Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling for the 2022-24 racing seasons.

She joins road aces Kirsten Wild of the Netherlands and Lisa Brennauer of Germany, among others.

The 27-year-old was part of the 2016 Olympic gold medal women’s team pursuit squad from Great Britain. She helped the four-woman squad capture a silver medal in the most recent Olympics, in Tokyo. Archibald and Laura Kenny won the inaugural Olympic women’s Madison event in Tokyo.

Archibald raced on the Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling in 2017 where she finished third on stages three and four of the Semana Ciclista Valenciana. She moved to the Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling squad for the 2018 road season.

“Hip hip hooraaaay, welcome home, Katie 🎉 After a stellar start in the first two rounds of the @ucitcl in Mallorca and Lithuania, we thought we’d continue the celebrations and welcome @_katiearchibald back to the team, her home until 2024,” the team announced via Instagram.

Theo Bos retires and becomes coach for Chinese track team

Theo Bos at the 2019 track world championships
Theo Bos at the 2018 track world championships (Photo: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP via Getty Images)

Multiple track world champion Theo Bos has called time on his long career and will take up a new role as a coach for the Chinese track team in the build-up to the Paris Olympics in 2024.

Bos’ career has spanned 20 years across multiple disciplines, but his biggest successes came on the track.

He has won world championship titles in the sprint, Keirin, and the one-kilometer time trial, as well as nine other medals at the worlds level. He spent several years racing on the road and contested two grand tours, but he returned to the track for the latter part of his career and has been working as a pundit for Dutch television in recent years.

Bos told the Dutch podcast In Het Wiel that he had spent time weighing the decision to work for the Chinese track team, particularly in light of the recent concerns around Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai after she accused the former vice-premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault.

“I had a list of pros and cons. How they deal with people there was of course one of the cons. I talked to my new boss about it, but she couldn’t say much about it over the phone,” he said. “I’ve thought about it and if I don’t go, nothing will change.

“Can I talk about these things publicly? I don’t know, I’ll see. If I don’t like it anymore, I can always come back. In any case, I want to try not to look at how they are doing there through Western glasses.”

Premier Tech and Hugo Houle launch U23 team

Canadian company Premier Tech announced this week that it will launch a U23 team to help develop young talent from the country. The squad will be led by former rider Flavien Dassonville and riders will be mentored by current pro Hugo Houle.

Premier Tech has a long-standing relationship with cycling and was a title sponsor of the Astana WorldTour team throughout 2021. It was announced in August that the company would no longer fund the Kazakh team, but it maintained its intention to remain in the WorldTour.

Discussions with Australian team BikeExchange fell through, as did talks with the South African squad Qhubeka-NextHash. Israel Start-Up Nation owner confirmed he had held talks with the company, but no agreement has yet been signed.

Some 10 riders have been confirmed for the U23 team, which will be called Premier Tech U-23 Cycling Project, including seven Canadians, one American, and two from France.

“With this initiative, Premier Tech reinforces its commitment toward cycling. It is important for us to be present in many areas of the sport, whether with local amateur teams or professional ones. The creation of the U23 team reaffirms our commitment toward the development of this sport,” Premier Tech president Jean Bélanger said.

Burgos BH reveals new kit for 2022

Spanish ProTeam Burgos BH has unveiled its new kit design for the 2022 season, which has been designed by the Finisseur brand. The squad showed off its new colors at the recent Solidarity Criterium, which was organized by Matteo Trentin, in Monaco, last weekend.

Burgos BH is known for its purple kit in the peloton and the team has decided to keep the color but opted for a brighter shade that will make it even easier to spot in the bunch.

“The team’s satisfaction with the Finisseur garments and the brand’s with the team’s performance in 2021,” team manager Julio Andrés said. “We have met our goal, which was none other than to bring the Finisseur values, show our combativeness and help them so that the fans can know the quality of their products. We are both proud and grateful to be able to extend our agreement, and we have the ambition to continue improving together with them.”

The new Burgos BH kit for 2022
The new Burgos BH kit for 2022 (Photo: Burgos BH)