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VN News ticker: Teniel Campbell powers to Tour de l’Ardèche stage 6 win, Kate Courtney and Keegan Swenson headline U.S. marathon MTB worlds

Here's the news making the headlines on Monday, September 13.

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Teniel Campbell powers to Tour de l’Ardèche stage 6 win

Teniel Campbell (Team BikeExchange) powered to the win on stage 6 of the 2021 Tour de l’Ardèche, a 138km route from Anduze to Goudargues.

The neo-pro sprinted to her first professional victory from a 12-woman break, getting the best of Nina Kessler (Tibco-SVB) and Lauretta Hanson (Trek-Segafredo Women) at the line, just a day after the Team BikeExhchange bikes were stolen.

“It’s extremely special to win today in so many ways. After what transpired with the bikes yesterday, how everyone kept calm and found solutions instead of freaking out. How everyone remained motivated throughout what seemed at first chaotic! Is completely unreal,” said Campbell.

“It’s a first win from me with Team BikeExchange and I will cherish and remember it for a long time as it was such an amazing team effort. The first one for the season does indeed feel extremely good,” Campbell added.

The dozen women had gained a maximum gap of nearly five minutes at 30km out, and maintained nearly 3:30 advantage at the conclusion of the stage.

American Ayesha McGowan (Liv Racing) made this final selection and ultimately finished seventh on the stage with the same time as the stage-winner.

Prior to the start of stage 5 Team BikeExchange suffered a massive loss when the squads bikes were stolen. Trek-Segafredo, Liv Racing, and Movistar were generous in lending the Australian-based squad bikes and equipment until replacements could be provided by equipment partners.

Leah Thomas (Movistar Team) still leads the general classification with a nine-second advantage over Mavi García (Alé BTC Ljubljana) and Ane Santesteban (Team BikeExchange) who are tied on time for second place.

The 2021 Tour de l’Ardèche concludes on Tuesday with a 81.5km, lumpy route from Le Pouzin to Privas. The route features two cat 1 climbs split by a cat 3 climb.

2021 Tour de l’Ardèche stage 6 Results

  1. Teniel Campbell (Team BikeExchange), 3:33:57
  2. Nina Kessler (Tibco-SVB), at s.t.
  3. Lauretta Hanson (Trek-Segafredo Women), at s.t.

2021 Tour de l’Ardèche General Classification

  1. Leah Thomas (Movistar Team), 20:55:08
  2. Mavi García (Alé BTC Ljubljana), at :09
  3. Ane Santesteban (Team BikeExchange), at s.t.

Kate Courtney and Keegan Swenson headline U.S. marathon MTB world championship team

Seven Americans will head to Tuscany, Italy to compete in the Marathon Mountain Bike World Championships.

Headlining the team are 2021 U.S. national cross-country mountain bike champion Keegan Swenson (Santa Cruz Bicycles) and 2018 cross-country mountain bike world champion Kate Courtney (SCOTT-SRAM Factory Racing).

The 2021 UCI Marathon Mountain Bike World Championships are slated to take place on the island of Elba on October 2, 2021. Men will race a 115km course, and women will race 80km through the countryside of Capoliveri.

Joining Courtney on the women’s squad is Kelly Catale, who most recently raced to Top-15 in the UCI mountain bike marathon series in Arbent, France. Kyle Trudeau, Alex Wild, Will Foley, and Jules Goguely round out the men’s team.


French XC MTB star Victor Koretzky to join B&B HOTELS p/b KTM road team

Victor Koretzky’s third place finish at mountain bike worlds in Val di Sole last month sealed a new deal for the Frenchman.

For the next two seasons, the 27-year-old will race on the road with French pro conti team B&B HOTELS p/b KTM. The contract will allow him to continue to compete on the cross-country mountain bike World Cup circuit.

According to Koretzky, who won the World Cup XCO races in both Albstadt and Lenzerheide this season, “the road has always made me dream.”

“I want to find out what I’m capable of at this level,” the Frenchman said. “When I see all these mountain bikers or former mountain bikers shining on the biggest races in the world, I tell myself that we must seize the opportunities, rush where the doors open.”

B&B HOTELS p/b KTM’s general manager Jérôme Pineau said he’s had Koretzky in mind for the squad since its formation four years ago.

“Victor wanted to stay 100 percent focused on mountain biking until the Tokyo Games and he did well,” Pineau said. “This has succeeded him, there is no question that he will lose the thread of his current practice. We can see how mountain bikers are able to perform on the road and Victor is of the caliber of Van Der Poel or Pidcock. His physical capacities are exceptional, his agility and his explosiveness too, he is an extraordinary boy who will bring to the club all his freshness, his fun side and his taste for pleasure cycling. Victor is intelligent, road cycling is already part of his daily life, he will know how to measure the work to be done to adapt his qualities to the demands of the road.”

Koretzky will race at the final UCI World Cup event of the year in Snowshoe, West Virginia this weekend.

Denmark’s star-studded worlds roster

Fresh off of three stage-wins at the 2021 Vuelta a España, Magnus Cort will headline a star-studded roster at the 2021 UCI Road World Championships.

Cort won stages 6, 12, and 19, as well as the overall Combativity Award at the Spanish grand tour.

Joining Cort is EF Education-Nippo trade teammate Michael Valgren, 2019 world champion Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo), Kasper Asgreen, Mikkel Honoré (both Deceuninck-Quick-Step), Andreas Kron (Lotto Soudal), Mads Würtz Schmidt (Israel Start-Up Nation), and Mikkel Bjerg (UAE-Team Emirates).

Asgreen and Bjerg will also race in the individual time trial.

Representing Denmark in the women’s 157.7-kilometer road race are Cecile Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ), Amalie Diderikse (Trek-Segafredo Women), Emma Norsgaard (Movistar Team Women), Julie Leth (Ceratizit-WNT), Marita Jensen and Rebecca Koerner (both Team ABC Dame Elite), and Trine Holmsgaard (Isorex No-Aqua Ladies).

Norsgaard and Koerner will double up and also race the individual time trial, while Dideriksen and Leth will join Cort, and Bjerg, and the brother-sister Norsgaard duo in the mixed team time trial.

Vuelta a España 2022 to start with team time trial

The opening stages of the 2022 Vuelta a España have been unveiled with the Spanish grand tour set to start with a team time trial in Utrecht, Netherlands. The Vuelta had been due to start in the Netherlands in 2020 but the gran salida had to be canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

It was announced earlier this year that the delayed trip to Holland would happen next year with three stages. It is the second time that the Vuelta will begin in the country after Assen hosted the start of the 2009 edition.

The race last started with a TTT in 2019 with Astana taking the top spot two seconds ahead of Deceuninck-Quick-Step. Stage 2 will travel 181.6k from ‘s-Hertogenbosch to Utrecht while the third stage will head out from and return to Breda over 193.2k. The exact details, including the parcours, of the stages are yet to be unveiled.

“We’re establishing new dates for a project with almost 6=six years of work behind it. These extra months of waiting haven’t reduced one bit our eagerness to work together, nor the enthusiasm and ambition we have put into organizing this official departure from the very first day. This departure will go down in history, marking an important milestone for both Spanish and Dutch cycling,” the general manager of La Vuelta, Javier Guillen, said.

Team BikeExchange bikes stolen at Tour de l’Ardeche

Team BikeExchange had to rely on the good nature of its rivals to continue at the Tour de l’Ardeche after the team had its bikes stolen ahead of the fifth stage.

Fortunately for the squad, the peloton was forthcoming with help with Trek-Segafredo, Liv Racing, and Movistar all lending the team equipment so the riders could continue the race. However, it meant a busy morning for the team’s mechanics as they raced to get the new equipment ready.

The team’s GC leader Ane Santesteban managed to keep a hold of her second place overall, despite the disruptions. She was one of the few on a team-issue bike and the Spanish climber raced on a Bianchi Specialissima during Sunday’s stage 5.

“Every rider’s worst nightmare – stolen bikes,” BikeExchange wrote on social media. “Thankfully the women’s peloton is full of great people & we would like to share our gratitude to the teams that rallied around to help us get our riders to the start line today after our bikes were stolen overnight.”

The Tour de l’Ardeche finishes Tuesday and replacement bikes have been sent out to the race.