Monday news roundup

Gregory Rast to retire at the end of the season –

Grégory Rast has announced that he will retire at the end of the current season but will remain with Trek-Segafredo in an unspecified role in 2019. The experienced Swiss rider has been a professional since 2001 and has been part of the Trek-Segafredo squad since its beginnings under the RadioShack banner in 2010.

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‘Britain has embraced women’s cycling, elsewhere you have a lot of old men’ –

Legendary German sprinter Ina Teutenberg has returned to professional women’s cycling full-time, in a director’s role with the new Trek Factory Women’s Racing team.

With a Tour of Flanders win, UCI World Championships bronze and gold in the team pursuit to her name, plus two Olympic appearances, Teutenberg’s decision to end her riding career came with a thud. A crash resulting in season-ending concussion brought her down, earlier than planned.

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Bernal has nose and mouth surgery after San Sebastian crash –

Egan Bernal has undergone surgery on his nose and mouth after his crash at Saturday’s Clasica San Sebastian. The young Team Sky rider was caught up in a high-speed crash in the final 20 kilometres of the one-day race and also suffered a bleed on the brain, which means that he will have to take at least three weeks off the bike.

Movistar’s Mikel Landa was also seriously injured in the accident, fracturing his L1 vertebra, and has been told to rest for two to three weeks.

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Police hunt for man who drove ‘stolen car’ at cyclists (video) –

Police are hunting for a man who drove aggressively at cyclists, in a black Audi A3 he later claimed was stolen.

Footage shows the driver shouting at cyclists from a set of lights, close to Clapham North Station, in London – before driving off, then mounting the pavement to continue the threatening behaviour.

Police are appealing for anyone who recognises the man to contact the police as soon as possible.

“Luckily no-one was seriously injured or even killed by this reckless driver,” Det Con James Preston said.

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Van Keirsbulck joins Van Avermaet at revamped CCC squad for 2019 –

Guillaume Van Keirsbulck has signed for CCC for the 2019 season, joining Greg Van Avermaet as the second rider to be confirmed on the roster of the revamped team. Last month, BMC Racing manager Jim Ochowicz announced that CCC would take over as title sponsor of his WorldTour team for 2019.

Van Keirsbulck arrives at CCC after a two-year spell at Professional Continental level with Wanty-Groupe Gobert. The Belgian won Le Samyn last year and was overall winner of the Three Days of De Panne in 2014.

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Yousif Mirza is UAE’s pro cycling pioneer  –

The United Arab Emirates hosts multiple stage races and even sponsors an entire WorldTour team.

The list of Emirati riders racing at the WorldTour level, however, is short. It starts and ends with Yousif Mirza.

The 29-year-old was the first Emirati cyclist to compete in the Olympic road race. He’s won a whopping eight national titles in the road race and five in the time trial.

Last year, he became the first rider from the UAE to join the WorldTour — joining UAE Team Emirates, alongside established stars Dan Martin, Fabio Aru, and Alexander Kristoff. He raced a fairly limited calendar in his first season with the squad, although he did add to his tally of national titles in both the road race and the TT in 2017.

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