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VN news ticker: Jai Hindley replaced by Chris Hamilton at Vuelta a España, Giacomo Nizzolo wins Circuito de Getxo

Here's the news making the headlines on Monday, August 8.

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Jai Hindley replaced by Chris Hamilton at Vuelta a España

Jai Hindley will not race the Vuelta a España as previously planned as he continues to struggle with saddle sore issues. He will be replaced by Chris Hamilton at the Spanish grand tour and at the forthcoming Vuelta a Burgos.

The team has said it’s unsure if Hindley’s injury will hold out for a three-week race and it decided to give him shorter racing blocks for the remainder of the season. Hindley picked up the saddle sore during the Giro d’Italia and had to abandon ahead of stage 14. He raced the Clásica San Sebastián on Saturday.

“There have been ups and downs over the last few months and because of that we wanted to wait until closer to the Vuelta, once I’d also had a race in my legs, to make the final call,” Hindley said. “I felt good this weekend and like the form is really coming along, but after discussing with the team’s doctor, we decided that at this stage it’s sensible to focus on shorter races, so we take no risks and things continue on this upward trend.

“I am happy the team puts my wellbeing at the first priority and with the new program we have some great goals where I’m motivated to bring home some strong results for the team.”

Hindley will ride the Tour de Pologne, Bretagne Classic, Tour de Slovaquie and Il Lombardia over the next months.

Koen de Kort announces retirement, shift to management with Trek-Segafredo

Koen de Kort announced his retirement from professional racing and will join Trek-Segafredo as a team manager.

The 38-year-old Dutch rider lost three fingers on his right hand in an off-road vehicle accident in the Pyrénées earlier this summer.

In a statement following the June accident, Trek-Segafredo said that de Kort suffered serious damage to his right hand that required an emergency airlifted to hospital Parc Tauli in Sabadell, in the Spanish province of Barcelona. Upon medical review, a decision was made for immediate surgical intervention and amputation of the third, fourth, and fifth digits on de Kort’s right hand.

“Unfortunately, Koen has lost the third, fourth, and fifth finger of his right hand. The amputation has been total removal,” said Trek-Segafredo physician Dr. Manuel Rodrìguez Alonso.

According to an AFP report, de Kort was to retire from racing at the conclusion of the current season.

His final race was at the Dutch national road championships the week prior to the start of the 2021 Tour de France.

De Kort has been associate with the Trek squad since 2017. He has started in eight editions of the Tour de France between 2009 and 2019.

Giacomo Nizzolo charges to win at Circuito de Getxo

Giacomo Nizzolo (Qhubeka-NextHash) claimed victory at the Circuito de Getxo after forging clear in a three-rider breakaway inside the final six kilometers of a hilly course.

The 194k race took place over six laps, two of a flatter starting circuit and four of one that featured two classified climbs.

Following a rapid start to the day, more than half the race had disappeared by the time a breakaway of 11 riders was able to build a gap. With a little over 50k to go to the line, the peloton split under the pressure of the chase with just 12 riders making the cut.

Nizzolo was distanced on the final ascent of the Pike Bidea, but got back on the descent to keep him in contention. Just seven riders remained in the leading group as a flurry of attacks saw Nizzolo, Giovanni Aleotti (Bora-Hansgrohe), and Santiago Buitrago (Bahrain-Victorious) go clear. The European champion had the pace on his companions to take the win.

“I am super happy about today’s victory. Last year I came second here so this year I really wanted to win. The race was super difficult to control because everyone wanted to attack,” Nizzolo said. “I had to attack as well and spent a lot of energy, but in the end, I still felt good, so I am super happy. Thanks to all the team for the support today, and also to all the fans here in Basque Country, they always have a lot of passion and are very special to me.”

Uno-X starts building women’s team for 2022

The transfer window is open, and Uno-X has begun building its women’s team in earnest with Hannah Ludwig, Anne Dorthe Ysland, Amalie Lutro, Mie Bjørndal Ottestad, and Anniina Ahtosalo among their first signings.

The 21-year-old German Ludwig is one of the team’s most promising new signings as a two-time under 23 European time trial champion. Currently riding with Canyon-SRAM, she recently finished sixth overall at the Baloise Ladies Tour.

“Life is full of twists and turns — ups and downs — positive and negative surprises,” she said. “That makes life so beautiful. Getting the chance of being one of the pioneers of this wonderful women cycling team project it´s such a beautiful turn. I feel excited and proud — let‘s do this together.”

Lutro, also 21, joins from the Team Coop-Hitech Products team, where she has been racing since turning pro in 2019. Lutro finished ninth in the mountains classification at the recent Tour de Belle Isle en Terre-Kreiz Breizh and 15th in the youth classification at the Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour back in May.