Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling’s Jolien D’hoore dominated the BeNe Ladies Tour for the second year in succession, winning three of the four stages and taking the overall victory once again. Wearing the Lazer Z1 helmet, the former Belgian Champion took the opening stage, in Philippine, Netherlands. Waearing the Lazer Wasp Air aerodyanmic helmet she won the Stage 2b time trial in Sint-Laureins, Belgium, on Saturday, and then the final stage in Zelzate, Belgium, on Sunday.
With D’hoore’s season focused on the Olympic Omnium in Rio, Brazil, next month, the former Belgian champion has been concentrating all of her 2016 training on the track. Despite several sections of cobblestones in the road stages, however, the flat parcours and short, fast time trial proved to be suited to her characteristics once again.
“The race was perfect preparation for the track,” she smiled. “But I came in a bit tired because I did a lot of training in the last couple of weeks. But I still pulled off some great results; and that’s hopeful for the future if I can do this when I’m tired!”
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Thomas Gendt won the stage to the Mont Ventoux today, the first victory for Lotto Soudal at this year’s Tour de France!
I am really happy with this victory. It’s difficult to choose between this win and the one on the Stelvio. The Tour is a bigger race, but that Giro stage was the first big victory in my career and it also got me third on GC. Up till now we hadn’t won yet with the team at this Tour. Maybe another stage win will follow now, there are still a few chances for André. At the finish the KOM points were doubled and I own the polka dot jersey again. I still think it is very difficult for someone other than a GC rider to take the jersey home. I only have a small lead. I am keen on joining more breakaways and then we’ll see where it ends.
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Shimano signs agreement to acquire Lazer Sport
Shimano Europe (Shimano) is proud to announce that it has signed an agreement for the acquisition of Lazer Sport NV (Lazer), the Belgian helmet company, on 30 June 2016. The transaction is subject to receipt of regulatory clearances and other customary closing conditions. Shimano and Lazer expect to close the transaction in the second half of 2016.
Lazer, founded in 1919, is the world's oldest helmet company, designing, manufacturing and marketing its protective headwear products for cycling, leisure and winter sports in more than 50 countries over five continents.
SHIMANO AND LAZER
Shimano's acquisition of Lazer advances its mission to support people across the world to enjoy cycling and inspire excitement for exploring by bike. Lazer headwear complements Shimano’s own clothing, footwear and eyewear products, as well as Pearl Izumi clothing, also owned by Shimano, to bring a complete top-to-toe line up for on the bike use.
Sean van Waes, Managing Director: "This is a complete win-win for Lazer and Shimano. It allows Lazer to concentrate on what we do best - innovation - helping us to become the biggest helmet brand in the world at a faster pace whilst giving Shimano access to the best helmets in the business."
“By combining Shimano's customer base with our unique patents, technologies and products, the Shimano group will be well positioned to equip road, MTB, urban and leisure bike riders with a full mix of innovative components and accessories.”
The combination of the two companies will increase the value Shimano and Lazer deliver to distributors and retailers in the cycle industry, whilst expanding Shimano's portfolio.
For all customers and consumers, the acquisition brings greater expertise to both companies, which will allow for the enhanced creation and delivery of products on both sides. This in turn will enable retailers to bring better products into stores and enhance the experiences of everyone who rides a bike.
Marc Van Rooij, President of Shimano Europe: "When we made the decision to expand our portfolio we were looking to invest in a strong and successful global brand that resonated well with consumers. We're very pleased to say that in Lazer we found the perfect match.
“We have become big fans of Lazer products and what Lazer has achieved. This exciting acquisition allows us to strengthen our position in key markets across the world and benefit from the technological expertise Lazer has built up in its helmet division. We look forward to working with our new Lazer colleagues in the near future."
Under the terms of the acquisition agreement, Lazer company owners Sean van Waes and Peter Steenwegen, Sales Director, will remain an integral part of the Lazer management board. All staff will also remain with the company at its base in Antwerp, Belgium.
NOTES TO EDITOR:
- For more news: See Shimano Europe’s news pages at:
- About Lazer: Lazer is the world’s oldest helmet company, having started out in 1919 making leather hairnets for racers in Belgian cobbled classics. Lazer helmets are the perfect mix of design, comfort, safety and technology and the result of over 90 years of experience, passion and dedication.
- For more information see lazersport.com. About Shimano Europe: Shimano Europe, a member of global Team Shimano, along with its world-renowned subsidiaries, offers consumers outstanding sport-related products and apparel. Shimano is proud of its staff, diversity in talent, interests and backgrounds. The company is an ISO14001 certified business where environmental compliance and continual improvements are part of the business philosophy and operations. For more information see http://cycle.shimano-eu.com.
It's been a successful Giro Rosa so far for the Wiggle High5 Professional Team!
Giorgia Bronzini won the opening road stage of the 2016 Giro d’Italia Femminile, between Gaiarine and San Fior, in a sprint from a select breakaway group. The former two-time road World Champion outpaced US Champion Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) in the race for the line, with Lithuanian Rasa Leleivyte (Aromitalia Vaiano) third after a powerful display from Bronzini’s black and orange teammates.
Two days later Chloe Hosking took her first ever victory in the Giro d’Italia Femminile, as the peloton finished the third stage, between Montagnana and Lendinara, in a bunch sprint. The Australian burst away from the pack as it rounded the final sweeping corner with 300 metres to go, and finished more than a length clear of the race for second place. Marta Tagliaferro (Alé-Cipollini) finished just ahead of Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling’s stage one winner Giorgia Bronzini in the battle for the podium positions.
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André Greipel showed his great form in the lead up to the Tour de France by winning the German National Road Championships last Sunday!
Despite the nature of the course you can never be sure it will end with a sprint, because the big teams could have other tactics. Sibi and I had decided to race attentively and join every big breakaway. And we succeeded in doing that. With 45 kilometres to go for example, we were part of a break, but Giant-Alpecin didn’t have a rider in that group and that’s why we didn’t stand a chance. Sibi made sure I was positioned perfectly for the sprint. John Degenkolb launched the sprint for his teammate Walscheid, I remained on his wheel. I started sprinting with two hundred metres to go and nobody could pass me. I’ve seen the images and the gap was rather big.
Of course I am happy that I’ve become national champion for the third time ever. When it’s this type of course, it’s always a goal for me. I am proud to wear the jersey for a year and I am looking forward to show it in the Tour. This victory, my eighth of the season, is good for the confidence.
Congratulations André! We know you will have a great Tour!
Rally Cycling dominated the North Star Grand Prix, holding onto the leader’s yellow jersey from start to finish, taking three stage wins, four podiums and sweeping the final general classification podium with Evan Huffman, Brad Huff and Tom Zirbel. Sprinter Erica Allar surprised many by winning the Queen of the Hill. Brad Huff’s victory on the final stage, the grueling Stillwater Criterium, put an exclamation point on the week. Huffman’s victory is the sixth consecutive North Star Grand Prix title for the team.
“The final stage was hard, but it went as planned,” said Huffman, who had taken the race lead less than 24 hours prior. “We used Danny, Brad and Tom to roll attacks back each lap when the course leveled off at the top of the climb. In the second half of the race, the guys in the top ten started attacking and I had to follow two moves which was really hard. Tom led Brad out into the final climb and Brad went really fast up the hill to win the stage.”
The result continued Huffman’s phenomenal first season with Rally Cycling, and was one of his biggest wins to date.
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Congratulations to Wiggle High5 Pro Jolien D’hoore for her 3rd straight win in the Flanders Diamond Tour!
Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling’s Jolien D’hoore proved once again that she is the Belgian rider to beat on the road, despite spending most of the season so far training on the track, with a third successive victory in the Flanders Diamond Tour in the centre of the city of Antwerp. The Belgian National Champion outsprinted the pack at the end of a flat, but attacking race around the Antwerp region, after a near-perfect lead out from black and orange teammates Amy Pieters and Chloe Hosking.
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Lotto Soudal continues their build up to the 2016 Tour de France! Following last week's win by André Greipel at the first stage of the Tour de Luxembourg, Tony Gallopin was active in the final kilometers of the Dauphiné Stage 2 finishing in second place!
I have mixed feelings. I am disappointed because we were ahead with three and were close to winning. I was keeping an eye on Serge Pauwels, who seemed to be the strongest. I thought it was possible to win, but in the end Herrada did an impressive acceleration. First, he closed the gap on us and then he sprinted to the finish. There was nothing to do about it. I got second about twenty metres behind him. It’s a pity that I couldn’t win, this is the second consecutive second place for our team. It does prove that I am in good shape. In the finale I was doubting if I should wait for the sprint or attack. I made the right choice. When I attacked Kwiatkowski had already taken off, so Sky wouldn’t chase. I did all I could to win this stage, but my attempt wasn’t successful.
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Tom Stewart was denied victory in Durham in the cruellest fashion, as with just one and a half laps remaining, a mechanical ended his hopes of a first individual Tour Series win for the team this year.
Stewart was caught while holding a 25-second lead, with just moments of the race remaining.
— James King (@JamesJosephKing) May 31, 2016
On an unforgiving course, Stewart’s talents were to the fore all evening at the sixth round of the series. Making the breakaway, he was a constant presence in a group that changed personnel throughout the hour-long contest.
As riders attacked each other Stewart made his move alongside Chris Lawless (JLT Condor), before eventually becoming the solo leader on the road.
Although there was a concerted chase, Stewart managed to remain off the front despite the gap being reduced to as little as four seconds. In scenes reminiscent of Velothon Wales, the gap remained and he entered the final lap with what looked like a race-winning lead.
However, with just one and a half a laps remaining, disaster stuck and a mechanical took Stewart out of contention.
On a night to forget, the team placed fifth overall in Durham, with the gap to JLT Condor growing from three to six points, with four rounds to go.
Evan Huffman crossed the finish line in Sacramento today clad in the polka dot jersey of the 2016 Amgen Tour of California King of the Mountains. The jersey is the accumulation of Huffman’s passion, dedication and determination. It also stands as a testament to the teamwork that is the foundation of Rally Cycling. In addition to the KOM jersey, Rob Britton finished an impressive 11th overall while the women’s team showed its strength and perseverance.
“It is great to win the King of the Mountains jersey,” said Huffman. “It is a special thing to win a classification jersey at a major event like the Amgen Tour of California. Being able to do it in my home state with my friends and family here is amazing. The team was incredible all week. The KOM competition was one of our goals and once I had the jersey the team defended it perfectly. Will (Routley) got in the break on stage four and got most of the KOM points – and then Adam (De Vos) did it again on stage five. In stage seven the other teams made a play for it, but Danny (Pate) made a heroic effort and bridged me up to the break and in a position to defend my jersey. Without my teammates I would not have the jersey.”
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