Dylan Groenewegen wins for first time since ban
Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) won the opening stage of Tour de Wallonie, his first victory in 17 months after his suspension.
Groenewegen was banned for several months following the dangerous, high-speed crash last summer at the Tour of Poland. He returned to racing this year, but won for the first time since 2020 in a bunch sprint to open the Belgian stage race Tuesday.
“It is a big relief that I finally won again. This win is more than just a win for me,” Groenewegen said. “It went through a very difficult period in which cycling came second. A lot has happened. Of course with the accident, but also in my private life. We have continued to work hard and it is very nice to finally win again. The team has been fully supporting me all the time and I am very grateful to them for that. That has helped me a lot.”
That winning feeling! #samenwinnen
— Team Jumbo-Visma cycling (@JumboVismaRoad) July 20, 2021
HelloFresh to co-sponsor Colavita women’s pro cycling team
HelloFresh, a worldwide distributor of healthy ready-made meal-kits, is now a title co-sponsor of the Colavita/HelloFresh women’s pro cycling team.
Colavita/HelloFresh is currently racing the USA Crits series.
Ineos Grenadiers to wear Bioracer kit from 2022
Ineos Grenadiers will swap Castelli for Belgian apparel company Bioracer for the 2022 season.
The team, which finished third at this year’s Tour de France, has been riding in Castelli kit since 2017 but the partnership will finish at the end of this year.
“From 2022 the team will race in Bioracer kit as part of a new exciting Performance Apparel partnership,” the team said in a brief statement. “We’re extremely excited about Bioracer’s expertise in both speedwear and custom fit, and are looking forward to welcoming the Bioracer family into the team.”
In June, Ineos Grenadiers extended its long-standing relationship with bike manufacturer Pinarello until 2025.
After five successful seasons, 2021 will be the final year of the partnership between INEOS Grenadiers and @CastelliCycling.
— INEOS Grenadiers (@INEOSGrenadiers) July 20, 2021
Franck Bonnamour extends with B&B Hotels
Franck Bonnamour’s exploits at the Tour de France have earned him an extra year on his contract with the B&B Hotels p/b KTM team.
Bonnamour was consistently in the breakaway throughout the grand tour, a feat that earned him the “super combatif” award as the race’s most aggressive rider. The 26-year-old was making his debut at the Tour de France.
“This is exactly what I was looking for,” Bonnamour said. “I found a great atmosphere here, a family structure that works very well, putting people at the center of everything.
“This is the relationship I was looking for, which allows you to do things well while having fun. The whole staff trust me, that’s what allowed me to take a step forward and I want to continue on this path. I am ready to assume.”