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Track cycling Things are coming together for Mathias Guillemette



Mathias Guillemette took second place in the Scratch race and sixth in the elimination race on Saturday at the third stage of the Track Cycling Champions League presented in St-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France.

Results that seemed like a relief for the Trois-Rivières resident who was the third best of the day in the men’s endurance events with his 27 points.

“It feels good to finally see things unblocked! […] It’s more of a relief. I wanted to have my first victory, but I will get back in London (next week),” commented the athlete in an interview with Sportcom, adding that he learned to read the peloton better in order to implement more effective strategies. effective than in the first two stages of the League.

“I know a little more who to follow and who not to follow, which helps me a lot during the race. My goal was to do well in the Scratch race and I achieved that, in addition to collecting points in the elimination race. »

Another reason to rejoice for the Quebecer is that his teammate Dylan Bibic offered an impeccable performance on the track of the velodrome which will host the Olympic events next summer. The Ontarian won both endurance events: the Scratch in front of Guillemette and the elimination against the Belgian Jules Hesters.

Thanks to these two victories, the Canadian, aged only 20, takes the leader’s jersey in the men’s endurance events with 96 points, 26 more than Hesters. For her part, Guillemette is in seventh place with 49 points.

With two more stages to go, Guillemette believes that the top 5 of the final ranking still remains within reach.

“It’s achievable. Fifth is 8 points ahead of me and it’s not an extremely big gap. On the other hand, Dylan is really ahead. At the Scratch, I’m certainly capable of beating him in the sprint because it’s always close between him and me, but today, that wasn’t possible,” he concluded with a laugh.

A collision, but no breakage for Genest


Lauriane Genest

In action in the women’s sprint events, Lauriane Genest was eliminated in the preliminary rounds of the Keirin, while she missed the cut of the first two qualifiers. Genest had a collision with the Chinese Lijuan Wang to his left. Both athletes remained on their bikes, except that the commissioners then disqualified Wang for changing her trajectory. However, this was not enough for the Quebecer to advance to the next round.

In the sprint, the Lévis athlete ranked 16ean event in which Alberta’s Kelsey Mitchell took second place behind New Zealander and leader in the standings, Ellesse Andrews.

British Columbian Sarah van Dam won the Scratch race ahead of her compatriot Maggie Coles-Lyster. The latter is provisionally third in the women’s ranking of endurance events with 82 points, 20 points behind the leader, the British Katie Archibald.

The fourth stage will take place in London next Saturday and will be followed by the grand final the next day, at the same location.

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Jonas Vingegaard’s Jumbo-Visma team will be called Visma-Lease a Bike in 2024




(Paris) The Jumbo-Visma team, which dominates world cycling with stars like two-time Tour de France winner Jonas Vingegaard and Wout Van Aert, will be called Visma-Lease a Bike from 1er January 2024, the Dutch team announced on Friday.

This name change follows the withdrawal of the main sponsor, the Dutch supermarket chain Jumbo, whose new managers have modified the marketing strategy.

Visma has been present as a jersey sponsor for five years now. Lease a Bike, which was already a secondary sponsor this year, is a Belgian company subsidiary of the Pon group which offers companies the rental of fleets of bicycles available to their employees.

The company operates notably in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Austria. It is looking to expand into other European countries and the United States.

“This strengthened partnership represents another big step forward which provides us with the necessary resources to further develop and progress as a team,” Dutch team manager Richard Plugge said in a statement.

The Jumbo-Visma is coming off an extraordinary 2023 season during which it won the three grand tours (Giro with the Slovenian Primoz Roglic, Tour de France with the Dane Jonas Vingegaard and Vuelta with the American Sepp Kuss).

In Spain, the “Hornets” even signed an unprecedented hat-trick, Kuss ahead of Vingegaard and Roglic.

The team will lose Roglic next season – the Slovenian has signed with the German structure Bora-Hansgrohe – but still counts in its ranks the Belgian champion Wout Van Aert and the French Christophe Laporte as well as the Dutch Marianne Vos among the women .

The doubts that arose about the future of its partnership with Jumbo had fueled reflections this fall on a possible merger of the team with the Belgian formation Soudal Quick-Step, another stronghold of cycling, putting the peloton under tension before this solution is ultimately abandoned.

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The Tour de France will start from Lille in 2025




(Paris) The 2025 Tour de France will start from the North and the European metropolis of Lille, Amaury sport organization, organizer of the competition, announced Tuesday in a press release.

The details of the “grand departure” and the stages will be revealed during a press conference on Thursday November 30 at 11:30 a.m. at the Nord prefecture in Lille, ASO said.

After three consecutive editions marked by a start abroad, in Copenhagen in 2022, Bilbao in 2023 and Florence next year, the “grand departure” of the Tour will therefore return to France.

For the fifth time since its creation in 1903, the Grande Boucle will start from the Hauts-de-France region, after the 1960 (Lille), 1969 (Roubaix), 1994 (Lille) and 2001 (Dunkirk) editions.

The Tour de France 2024 (June 29-July 21), the route of which is already known, will begin, in an unprecedented move, in Italy with an arrival in Nice and not in Paris, as usual, due to the Olympic Games.

On the occasion of the 2024 Olympic Games (July 26-August 11), the Lille metropolis will host the handball and basketball competitions at the Pierre Mauroy stadium, in Villeneuve-d’Ascq.

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Track cycling “I was in the wrong place, at the wrong time,” laments Mathias Guillemette




The form was there and the will was there, however it was an unfortunate combination of circumstances which marked Mathias Guillemette’s day on Friday, during the fourth stage of the Track Cycling Champions League.

At Lee Valley Velo Park in London’s Olympic Park, Guillemette found himself stuck behind an opponent twice, which prevented him from progressing at the pace he wanted.

In the Scratch race, Guillemette was in the thick of the fight with less than four laps to complete. The Quebecer wanted to try everything, but was unable to respond to the attack of the Dutchman Roy Eefting in the last lap, who went straight to victory.

“This weekend I want to try some high-risk maneuvers, moves who will make me win or lose. I wanted to go for it, but today (Friday), it didn’t pay off and I lost. I tried to follow Eefting when he attacked, but it quickly tightened up and I no longer had any room to maneuver,” mentioned Guillemette, ninth overall.

Ontarian Dylan Bibic, first in the provisional general ranking of the endurance events after three rounds, took second place behind Eefting.

Then, at the end of the day, Guillemette was back on the track for the elimination race. As was the case in the Scratch race, the athlete from Trois-Rivières found himself stuck at the back of the peloton from the third lap and was not able to avoid the ax.

He took the 15e rank while Bibic was eliminated two laps later and concluded the race by elimination 13e. The British William Tidball pleased the fans by winning at the end of the event against Jules Hesters.

“I was in the wrong place, at the wrong time. I think I was unlucky with my positioning. I was caught behind a runner who was looking back. It’s not a lack of energy, I was just in the worst place at that time,” added Guillemette, who had to take two days off in the middle of the week, bothered by a fever.

After four stages, Guillemette finds himself at 10e rank in the provisional ranking of endurance events with 56 points while Bibic retains his first place thanks to his 116 points, 10 more than William Tidball.

The fifth and final stage of the Champions League will be played on Saturday, still in London. Guillemette promises to give everything to finish this big meeting in style.

“I will try to burn more cartridges to be at the front at the start of the race. I want to avoid getting eliminated early again. I’m going to go all out to have fun and finish the Champions League in the best possible way. »

For her part, Lauriane Genest was not able to pass the qualifying rounds as much in the sprint as in the Keirin on Friday.

In the sprint, the first event of the day for her in London, Genest finished third in her qualifying group behind the Colombian Martha Bayona and the Ukrainian Alla Biletska.

Then, at Keirin, the Quebecer found herself in excellent position at the end of the race, but she could not resist the enormous push from the Chinese Lijuan Wang who gave everything in the last meters to finish in second place. of this qualifying round in order to obtain one of the two tickets for the final.

Genest took third place in the group (+0.063 seconds). Martha Bayona took top honors in the keirin, beating New Zealander Ellesse Andrews and Briton Emma Finucane in the final.

Genest is now at 12e rank among sprinters with her total of 45 points. Ellesse Andrews is still at the top of the rankings with 133 points.

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