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VN news ticker: Deceuninck-Quick-Step to auction S-Works Tarmac SL7 frameset, Max Kanter to Movistar in 2022

Here's the news making headlines on Tuesday, September 28.

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Deceuninck-Quick-Step to auction unique S-Works Tarmac SL7 frameset

This 56cm Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7 is a one-off, destined for one, lucky fan.
This 56cm Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7 is a one-off, destined for one, lucky high bidder. (Photo: Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

Deceuninck-Quick-Step will auction a one-off Specialized S-Works Tarmac, size 56cm. The proceeds being directed towards sustainability efforts, including a reforestation project in the Bretagne region of France, where trees will be planted in collaboration with the CO2logic experts. In a press release, the team staid it is “strongly committed to battling climate change and is engaged in reducing its environmental impact, compensating its CO2 emissions and educating riders, staff and partners.”

The color scheme reflects the team’s reforestation project from last season on Mont Ventoux. The frame is unpainted, and the texture is drawn on by hand. The bright splashes of color disrupt the dark raw pigments on the frame, “to symbolize brightness that is found in new life.”

“We wanted to create a design that speaks to the life we see on the Ventoux, but also acknowledges the role humans have played, both good and bad,” said principal concept designer for Specialized Kayla Clarot.

You register for and enter the auction which closes on October 6th.

Max Kanter to Movistar in 2022

German sprint specialist Max Katner signed with Movistar Team for the 2022-23 season.

The 23-year-old has been racing with Team DSM as a developmental rider and then a professional in 2019.

“I am extremely happy to join this team. I am very grateful for the huge confidence in me. I believe I also found the right people and an environment that will be perfect fit for me to take my next steps on the path to a successful career,” Kanter said. “Now that I’ve got some years in the WorldTour under my belt, I want to build on my successful time as an under-23 rider – with very great humility, but also with some healthy self-confidence, I say I want to win again.”

In 2021 Kanter raced his first grand tour — the Giro d’Italia — and also finished fourth in a bunch sprint at the Tour de Pologne. He had several top-ten placings at the Tour of Britain.

Juan Sebastian Molano wins Giro di Sicilia opener

Juan Sebastian Molano won stage 1 of the 2021 Giro di Sicilia.
Juan Sebastian Molano won stage 1 of the 2021 Giro di Sicilia. (Photo: UAE Team Emirate/Bettini Photo)

Juan Sebastian Molano (UAE-Team Emirates) won the opening stage of the 2021 Giro di Sicilia after being delivered to sprint striking distance from the finishline.

This victory notches number three for the Colombian sprinter in 2021, and number 30 for the squad this year.

“The team did amazing work all day in controlling the race. The finish suited me well and suited Richeze also who gave me the perfect leadout,” Molano said. “In the last meters we knew we had to be in the lead with all the corners so I’m really pleased it worked out well and thankful to all the team, my family, and everyone who has supported me.”

The 179-kilometer route from Avola to Licata saw three riders go off the front early in the stage, and collect as much as eight minutes advantage before Joe Dombrowski helped to bring the break under control. The triad was reclaimed by the main bunch inside of 14km to go.

Brandon McNulty did the work under the 10km kite and kept an eye on a late attack from Vincenzo Albanese (Eolo-Kometa) who managed to hold on for second place, while Molano’s leadout Richeze took third.

“Tomorrow looks like it could be a good finish for me again so we’ll try and go for win number two,” Molano added.

2021 Giro di Sicilia Stage 1 Results

  1. Juan Sebastian Molano (UAE Team Emirates), 4:37:21
  2. Vincenzo Albanese (Eolo-Kometa), at s.t.
  3. Maximiliano Richeze (UAE Team Emirates), at s.t.

2021 Giro di Sicilia General Classification

  1. Juan Sebastian Molano (UAE Team Emirates), 4:37:11
  2. Vincenzo Albanese (Eolo-Kometa), at :04
  3. Maximiliano Richeze (UAE Team Emirates), at :06