VN news ticker: ASO confirms 2022 women’s Tour de France, Giro d’Italia peloton all clear on latest COVID controls

VN news ticker: ASO confirms 2022 women’s Tour de France, Giro d’Italia peloton all clear on latest COVID controls

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Report: Christian Prudhomme confirms 2022 women’s Tour de France

Christian Prudhomme, boss of the Tour de France, confirmed that there will be a women’s edition of the famed French grand tour in 2022.

Speaking to The Guardian, Prudhomme spoke about the highly anticipated women’s edition, but did not reveal exact dates or course details. It is expected to be contested in August in the weeks following the conclusion of the men’s race, and be about a week in duration.

“It will take place next year, that’s certain,” Prudhomme told The Guardian. “It would have happened this year if it had not been for the COVID-19 pandemic, obviously, and above all if the Tokyo Olympics had not been after the [men’s] Tour, so the best riders may not be available. But the decision has been taken. There will be a Tour de France femmes in 2022 following closely after the [men’s] Tour.

“What we want to do is create a race that will stay the course, that will be set up and stand the test of time. What that means is that the race cannot lose money,” he said. “Today, all the women’s races that we organize lose us money. Even so, we’ve been running Flèche Wallonne, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, La Course by Le Tour. There was the Tour of Yorkshire and the Tour de Qatar Feminin, there will be Paris-Roubaix in October. If it makes money, that’s great, but it mustn’t lose money or it will end up like the [women’s Tour] in the 80s, and it will die.”

Jürgen Roelandts joins Trinity Racing

Jurgen Roelandts didn’t stay “retired” very long. The Belgian sprinter and classics specialist ended his racing career with Movistar at the end of 2020.

Roelandts, who won eight pro races from 2005 to 2020, joins Trinity Racing as sport director, coach and mentor to the team’s budding riders.

Trinity Racing is backing several U23 road, mountain bike and cyclocross riders. WorldTour pro Tom Pidcock (Ineos Grenadiers) is a recent graduate of the program, and U.S. riders Chris Blevins and Luke Lamperti are now part of the team.

Following a string of race cancelations this spring, the team expects a busy May and June, with races in Belgium, France, and the “Baby Giro” in Italy.

Giro d’Italia all clear on latest round of COVID controls

Giro d’Italia officials confirmed the latest round of COVID-19 controls came back all clear.

Testing overnight Monday into Tuesday revealed that no one inside the Giro bubble was diagnosed with the highly contagious virus. All riders and staffers were required to clear COVID controls before the race started, and health officials will monitoring the peloton throughout.

Last fall, the Giro was rocked by a few COVID cases, and the departure of Team BikeExchange and Jumbo-Visma from the race.

Race officials are taking an even stricter tone this year, and are keeping fans and media away from anyone inside the Giro “bubble.”

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