Chain Links; Dumoulin stops racing, TDF on NBC ending plus more news, January 25, 2021

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Tom Dumoulin of The Netherlands and Team Jumbo-Visma during the 106 th Liege – Bastogne – Liege 2020 | Photo by Bas Czerwinski/ Getty Images

Dumoulin paths apart( at least for now) while cycling fans in the US get to wonder about their future cycling coverage options with the downfall of NBCSports.


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Along side the weekend wins in cyclocross, the theatre on Jumbo-Visma with Tom Dumoulin cycling followers in the US face the concern of cycling television coverage lapsing with the demise of the onetime OLN, Versus and now NBCSports network.

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Zeeman:’ We have often offered Tom help, this is sad’ – – Sports chairman Merijn Zeeman of Jumbo-Visma calls the decision of cyclist Tom Dumoulin to take a break in his career a result of a longer process.

Wout van Aert hopes for the return of’ immense rider’ Dumoulin, Van der Poel understands alternative – – Wout van Aert has responded to the temporary stop of his teammate at Jumbo-Visma Tom Dumoulin. For the Belgian, the news did not come out of the blue, he said after the cyclocross scoot in Hamme.

Tom Dumoulin will stop cycling for the time being – – Tom Dumoulin, in consultation with his crew Jumbo-Visma, has decided to stop cycling for the time being. The 30 -year-old Limburger first wants to determine for himself what he actually craves with his life. The decision is a big surprise, because the day before, his unit announced that Dumoulin was looking forward to the new season.

Classic Valenciana: victory of the French Manzin, sixth Pacioni – La Gazzetta dello Sport – In Spain, the first European hasten of the season ended with a sprint finish. According to the Spanish Aristi, third the Belgian Capiot. Manzin, 26, is primarily from the island of Reunion, in the Indian Ocean

Dumoulin stops indefinitely – La Gazzetta dello Sport – The Jumbo-Visma Dutchman had announced plans for a 2021 Tour de France not later than Friday. And now?

Manzin thumps Aristi at the Valencia GP, the first race of the year in Spain – – The French Direct Energie sprinter won the Classica Comunitat Valenciana-GP Valencia, a hasten that has opened the European calendar in full wave of cancellations.

Wout van Aert: “Pleasant to be a rabbit instead of a hunter” – WielerFlits – Wout van Aert had to fight hard for it, but at the end he “ve managed to” prevail the win in Overijse. “I’m still waiting for the day when the cross will be simple. But that will take a long time, I conceive ”, he said in the flash interview.

Interview: Fernando Gaviria spoke of everything, hard-bitten and head-on – El Tiempo – The Colombian cyclist is currently under United Arab Emirates preparation of the season.

Van Aert too strong for Van der Poel and records a double motion – – Wout van Aert won the cyclocross race in Overijse on Sunday. It was the last game of the World cup finals and the Belgian from Jumbo-Visma likewise stuck the overall succes in the stances over five tournaments. Mathieu van der Poel, his only remaining competitor, finished second in the Druivencross. Both have two World Cup victories to their name this season. Briton Tom Pidcock “re coming back” third.

Zeeman: “A Dumoulin who is not” glad “is also not good for the team” – Sporza – Friend and foe will have caught their eyes on Saturday when they heard the information that Tom Dumoulin will temporarily stop scooting. The decision does not come altogether out of the blue. Certainly not for Merijn Zeeman, plays head at Jumbo-Visma.

Marcel Kittel about the searching Dumoulin: “I know what it feels like – Sporza – Two year ago, Marcel Kittel hooked up his bicycle at the age of 31. “I know how difficult it is when you have doubts about what you are doing. Hopefully Tom will find answers soon, ” said Kittel of his ex-team mate.

Organizing committee for the cyclocross world championships: “We assume that it will continue” – Sporza – In Ostend, the organizing committee of the cyclocross world-wide championships is almost finished with the course. “We hope that there will be a chance to race next weekend”, says Rik Debeaussaert.

Amaury Capiot finishes 3rd in the first race on European – Sporza – Today’s 1st race in Europe was on the program with the Classica Comunitat Valenciana. Frenchman Lorrenzo Manzin( Total Direct Energy) raced to win, Amaury Capiot finished 3rd.

Van Aert pass out Van der Poel and triumphs World cup finals for the 3rd term – Sporza – Wout van Aert guided the last test for the World Cup with flying colors. In Overijse he leant Mathieu van der Poel a good instant behind. Van Aert thus crowns himself for the 3rd go as the overall champion in the World cup finals, which means that Tim Merlier can go to the World Cup as 9th Belgian.

Minister Ben Weyts: “We want to organize the World cup finals, but it must be safe” – Sporza – Due to the outbreak of the South African variant of the corona virus in Ostend, the cyclocross World cup finals next Sunday is on the descent. “We will decide together with the virologists based on the numbers.”


Giro d’Italia possible for Chris Froome before Tour de France – Cyclingnews – Israel Start-Up Nation administrator Carlstrom not ruling out two Grand Tours for Briton

Alvarado acquires privileged women’s Cyclo-cross World cup finals in Overijse – Cyclingnews – Branda and Bakker complete podium

NBC Shuts Down NBC Sports Network – Tour de France Live Coverage – The premiere cycling affair of the year may have to find a brand-new TV home.

Tour de France broadcaster NBC Sports will shut down following the adjournment of the year – CyclingTips – Television system NBC Sports is set to screen before the end of 2021, leaving a question mark over the route fans will watch the network’s premier cycling owned, the Tour de France, as well as a accumulation of other major races.

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