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VN news ticker: Wilco Kelderman breaks pelvis at Benelux Tour, Tour de Yorkshire 2022 canceled

Here's the news making headlines for Wednesday, September 1.

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Wilco Kelderman breaks pelvis at 2021 Benelux Tour

Wilco Kelderman (Bora-Hansgrohe) was forced to abandon the 2021 Benelux Tour following a crash in which he sustained a deep cut on his lift are, a broken pelvis, and two broken ribs.

With just 5km remaining on the stage, Kelderman was involved in a high-speed crash that sent him into the roadside grass.

The Dutch rider was taken to a nearby hospital for examination, and he is not reported to require surgery. But his return to racing this season looks unlikely due to the severity of his injuries.

Kelderman had been in 16th place overall at the Benelux Tour after the stage 2 time trial.

Tour de Yorkshire 2022 canceled

The 2022 Tour de Yorkshire was officially pulled from the race calendar on Wednesday.

The race organization, in consultation with ASO, determined that as a result of the impact of COVID-19 — still a major concern for many worldwide — and also due to “escalating financial challenges”, the event which was conducted between 2015 and 2019 following the success of the 2014 Tour de France Grand Départ, would not be viable in 2022.

“This has been an intense period of back and forth discussions about the 2022 Tour de Yorkshire over many months. The race is a much-loved international sports event which showcases Yorkshire across the globe. So many people involved in the decision-making process understand just how popular the race is. We had every intention for the race to go ahead but unfortunately, some of the circumstances were out of our control, and sometimes you have to make big calls for the right reasons,” said James Mason, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire the local race organizer.

“People from Yorkshire are proud and we only want the best for the county. We still have ambitions for large events going forward to put Yorkshire on the world stage and we will continue to work with our partners to plan for those,” added Mason.

The 2020 and 2021 editions of the race were canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Giulio Ciccone distraught after Vuelta a España abandon

Trek-Segafredo captain Giulio Ciccone abandoned the Vuelta a España after a high-speed crash on Tuesday’s 16th stage.

Ciccone was heavily injured by a chainring in a large pile up in the opening 10km of the race and was left with “a severe contusion and puncture hole” in his knee. The Italian got back on the bike but was forced to abandon with the pain of his wound.

Ciccone had been hunting for a top-1o finish and abandoned the race while sitting in 12th overall. The 26-year-old was distraught after also abandoning this year’s Giro d’Italia due to a crash in the final week.

“It’s a very difficult situation to accept; I’m so sorry,” he said. “After the Giro, I am forced to abandon again in the Vuelta in the key moment of the race. After the crash, I wanted to restart even if the pain was so strong. I really didn’t want to give up, but at one point I couldn’t pedal anymore. Leaving the race due to bad luck makes no sense, I have to get over it, but right now it’s not easy.”

Ciccone was later diagnosed with a lacerated contused deep cut in the inner part of the right knee, but was free of fractures. Sep Vanmarcke (Israel Start-Up Nation) and Rudy Mollard (Groupama-FDJ) also abandoned after being caught up in early crashes.

Twenty24 Pro Cycling signs LeadBoat talent Melisa Rollins

North American squad Twenty24 Pro Cycling has signed star of the LeadBoat Challenge Melisa Rollins.

University of Utah graduate Rollins placed sixth at this year’s Leadville 100 and finished second overall in the LeadBoat Challenge behind winner Sarah Sturm.

“I have been recruiting talented development athletes for more than a decade and I know Melisa has what it takes to go as far as she wants in cycling regardless of discipline,” said Twenty24 Pro Cycling general manager, Nicola Cranmer. “I was impressed with her top-10 finish and her positive attitude – Melisa checks so many of the boxes that determine a rising star and I’m excited to create a pathway to her performance goals.”

Rollins balances racing with work as a chemist at ARUP Laboratories, a national nonprofit and academic reference laboratory in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Rollins has also recently won the 2020 Eden Epic MTB and 2021 Firecracker 50 MTB, and placed fifth at the 2020 Belgian Waffle Ride. She also has a long history with the Leadville 100 after acting as a support crew member for her family at the race for many years.

“I’m super excited to join the team—there is a wealth of knowledge on Team Twenty24,” Rollins said. “Though I’ve had a lot of help from the Hangar 15 Bicycles shop team this past year, I have never really had any actual teammates to ride or race with. I’m excited to be able to get to know and watch some experienced ladies.

“I’m fairly new to participating in such a high level of racing, and I’m excited to be able to learn from women who I have looked up to for years. I am so proud and honored to line up in Team Twenty24 colors.”

Jakob Fuglsang has collarbone surgery, ends season after Benelux Tour crash

Jakob Fuglsang has been forced to call time on his season after breaking his collarbone in a crash on the opening stage of the Benelux Tour. The Danish rider underwent surgery on the injury Tuesday, but will need six weeks to recover and will therefore be unable to compete in the remaining races on the cycling calendar.

“Being disappointed is an understatement. The season hasn’t been great as everyone knows, but after the Olympics, I trained so hard and felt in good shape for the final part of the season, with Il Lombardia my main goal,” Fuglsang said. “It’s pretty sure that my season is done, that’s a hard one to swallow but something I have to accept. I want to thank our medical team which arranged my surgery immediately here in Belgium, so I can now start my recovery.”

Team doctor Andrei Mikhailov detailed Fuglsang’s injuries, which included abrasions and a broken scapula

“Jakob Fuglsang was forced to abandon the opening day of racing at Benelux Tour after crashing in the first half of the stage,” Dr. Mikhailov said. “He was transferred to hospital where X-rays confirmed non-displaced fractures of the left collarbone and left scapular (trans-glenoid), in addition to the multiple superficial abrasions sustained in the crash. After evaluating treatment options, it was clear the best treatment option was to stabilize the fracture surgically and we are happy to report Jakob underwent successful surgery in Herentals, Belgium, yesterday.”

Israel Start-Up Nation finish training camp with Rwandan women’s cycling team

WorldTour team Israel Start-Up Nation has finished an eight-day training camp with the Bugesera Women’s Cycling Team in Rwanda. The camp consisted of regular training sessions, skills classes, and cycling-based lectures.

More than 50 bikes were also donated to the local community, and children will be able to use them to take part in weekly training rides.

“With this support, we can grow our team. Every time the children want to ride a bike, they can come to our club and we will lend them a kit and a bike, so they can enjoy riding,” Liliane Kayirebwa, from the women’s cycling team, said.

“We will pass on the knowledge we gained to the younger kids, by organizing a weekly training on the road.”