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VN news ticker: Mark Cavendish wins final stage sprint at Baloise Tour, Juan Ayuso wins ‘Baby Giro’ ahead of joining UAE Emirates

Here's the news making headlines for Sunday, June 13.

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Mark Cavendish, Remco Evenepoel double up for Deceuninck-Quick-Step in Belgium

Deceuninck-Quick-Step mopped up at its home race Sunday.

Mark Cavendish won the final stage sprint at the Baloise Belgium Tour while Remco Evenepoel finished safely to secure the GC.

Cavendish beat Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix) by half a length in the chaotic finale in Beringen. The Manxman timed his acceleration perfectly after a strong leadout from Michael Mørkøv, and was able to fend off a late charge from Merlier to land his fifth win of 2021.

Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) finished third.

Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) was denied his chance at taking a hat trick of stage wins at the race after he lost his leadout man in the final 200 meters. The Aussie finished ninth on the stage but secured the points jersey.

Evenepoel’s overall victory was founded in his blazing TT stage win Thursday. It was the 21-year-old’s first stage-race win since his horror crash last summer.

Phil Bauhaus sprints to win at Tour of Slovenia, Tadej Pogačar takes overall

Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain-Victorious) took a commanding final stage victory to score his second win of this year’s Tour of Slovenia.

Tour de France champ Tadej Pogačar (UAE-Emirates) rolled home in the peloton to secure the overall ahead of his yellow jersey defense later this month.

Bauhaus won the final sprint after Bahrain-Victorious bossed the final kilometer into Novo Mesto with a handful of riders at the front of the bunch.

Heinrich Haussler and Matej Mohorič pulled Bauhaus through the final before unleashing the German in the grinding uphill sprint. Matteo Trentin (UAE Emirates) and Alexander Edmondson (Bike Exchange) both challenged, but were unable to come near the charging German as he kicked to a convincing win.

Juan Ayuso wins ‘Baby Giro’ ahead of joining UAE Emirates

Juan Ayuso (Colpack Ballan) punched his ticket to the big time with a commanding GC win at the Giro Ciclisto d’Italia on Saturday.

The Spanish rider safely completed the final stage of the so-called “Baby Giro” to secure overall victory after winning three of the tour’s 10 stages.

The race is seen alongside Tour de l’Avenir as a key stepping-stone for emerging new talent, with recent winners including Tom Pidcock, Aleksandr Vlasov and Joe Dombrowski. At just 18 years old, Ayuso is the youngest “Baby Giro” champion in history.

Tobias Halland Johannessen (Uno-X Development Team) and Henri Vandenabeele (DSM Development team) filled out the podium.

Ayuso has long been earmarked as “the next big thing” in Spanish cycling and was handed a landmark five-year deal with UAE Emirates last year.

Also read: Juan Ayuso set to spark Spanish hopes

The WorldTour Emirati squad agreed for Ayuso to spend six months finding his feet at U23 level with his Italian Colpack Ballan team through the start of this season before formally joining up with the likes of Tadej Pogačar and Brandon McNulty from August 1.


UCI issues statement after Jan-Willem van Schip disqualification

The UCI has issued a statement addressing the controversial ejection of Jan-Willem van Schip from the Baloise Tour on Friday night.

The Dutch rider was booted from the Belgian Tour by the UCI after using his “ABB” extra-aero handlebars in stage 3 on Friday. Van Schip’s BEAT Cycling team stated that the “ABB” bars had been cleared by a UCI official before van Schip rolled out for that day’s race.

The UCI suggested in Saturday’s statement that the disqualification was as much due to van Schip’s elbow position as the use of the bars themselves.

“Mr van Schip was disqualified for violating article 2.2.025 of the UCI regulations, which specifies “… using the forearms as a point of support on the handlebar is prohibited except in time trials”. The position adopted by the rider on his handlebars did not conform to this regulation, which aims to protect rider safety.

“The UCI clarifies that the handlebar in question that led to the disqualification of Mr van Schip had been presented by its manufacturers to the UCI equipment commission earlier in the season. The manufacturers were informed that the handlebar in its current design contradicted the UCI Regulations, and the commission prohibited the use of the handlebar in UCI sanctioned events until further assessments had been conducted.”

The governing body also refuted BEAT Cycling’s statement that the team had consulted them ahead of using the “ABB” bar for Friday’s stage in Belgium.

“Finally, the UCI specifies that since the decision of the UCI technical commission, the UCI was never contacted by BEAT Cycling regarding this handlebar until stage 3 of the Belgian race,” read the statement.