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Chain Links; Bora-Hansgrohe vs. auto - Kelderman & Schillinger broke vertebra plus more news, January 18, 2021

Wilco Kelderman and Andreas Schillinger both broke vertebra in their necks in scary crash for Bora-Hansgrohe

Team Deceuninck - Quick-Step 2021 - Training Camp
Julian Alaphilippe of France World Champion jersey and Team Deceuninck - Quick Stepduring the Team Deceuninck - Quick-Step 2021, Training Camp. Alaphilippe has announced he’s in for the Tour, but will not have GC ambitions for the race.
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Welcome to Chain Links here at The Podium Cafe, a selection of cycling news links from across the internet. I do the work so that you don’t have to.

Bora-Hansgrohe had a rough last day of training camp as a driver pulled in front of the team causing a massive pile-up and serious injuries to Wilco Kelderman, plus we have men’s and women’s cyclocross news, plus a whole lot more.

A note about this Chain Links: Links with descriptions in italics are to a non-English site, and the descriptions in those links are computer translations. I’ve decided to focus more on international sites because they generally have the news faster than American publications and, as a reader recently pointed out, everybody already reads the big two websites daily anyway.



Bora riders hit car: concussion and broken vertebra at Kelderman - Sporza - The Bora-Hansgrohe training camp is startled by a collision with a car. Several riders went down. The team has now provided an update on the damage. Wilco Kelderman, acquired from Sunweb, suffered a concussion and a fractured vertebra.

Lucinda Brand takes the victory in the Zilvermeercross - Sporza - Lucinda Brand has won the Zilvermeercross in Mol, a cyclocross race that does not count for the rankings. The Dutch was slightly stronger in the soft sand of the Zilvermeer than her compatriot Denise Betsema. Marianne Vos was third on the podium.

Wout van Aert leaves the cross bike at home for an internship: “Do I look up to leaving? A little bit” - Sporza - From the snow and cold in Mol, it is now going for Wout van Aert to the sun in Spain, where he will train for a week in the company of his teammates from Jumbo-Visma. As a brand new father, such a first internship after birth takes some getting used to.

Wout van Aert is the sand and snow king of Mol - Sporza - Wout van Aert has won his first cyclocross race in the Belgian tricolor. Van Aert was the strongest in the sand in the Zilvermeercross in Mol and therefore had a good rehearsal for the World Cup in Ostend (31 January). Laurens Sweeck came in second. Many top riders sent their cat to Mol, which is not a classification cross.

Cycling, Malucelli triumphs at the Vuelta Tachira in Venezuela - La Gazzetta dello Sport - Vuelta Tachira: the sprinter from Romagna of Androni-Sidermec repeats the victory of 2018. Third Dalla Valle and eighth Lonardi, both of Bardiani-Csf

Astana-Premier Tech, in the Giro with Vlasov captain. And young Italians give hope - La Gazzetta dello Sport - In the web presentation, Belgian Yana Seel, managing director, speaks first about Vinokourov. Piccolo, Battistella and Sobrero are also on staff

Giro d’Italia 2021 over Tour for Thibaut Pinot - La Gazzetta dello Sport - The Frenchman of Groupama-Fdj, king of Lombardy 2018 and a great lover in our country, had reached the foot of the podium of the pink race in 2017

Kelderman accident, diagnosis: fracture of a vertebra and concussion - La Gazzetta dello Sport - The Dutch rider from Bora-Hansgrohe was involved in a training accident near Gardaland on Saturday: an SUV ignored right of way

Gilbert: “Van der Poel and Van Aert have no other life than cycling” - - The Belgian doubts the longevity that his compatriot and the Dutchman can maintain in this sport. He won the Paris-Roubaix at the age of 36.

The cowboy Egan Bernal - - The Colombian is recovering from the physical problems of last season in the company of his animals and his family.

Julian Alaphilippe will compete in the Tour de France but “not for the general classification” - L’Équipe - Julian Alaphilippe imagines overtaking the Tour de France and the Olympic Games next summer but without ambition in the general classification on the Great Loop.

Tour of San Juan is cancelled - L’Équipe - The Tour of San Juan, scheduled for January 24 to 31, will not take place in 2021, due to COVID conditions in Argentina.

The program of the Astana leaders: Fuglsang rides the Tour of Flanders - sporza - Astana has released the competition schedule of its spearheads. Jakob Fuglsang and Aleksej Loetsko go to the Tour, but also take a solid classic part on their plate. Aleksandr Vlasov will be the leader for the Giro.

Vanmarcke: “9 out of 10 times I will not beat Van Aert and Van der Poel, but sometimes you are lucky” - Sporza - Sep Vanmarcke made the switch to Israel Start-Up Nation this winter. The 32-year-old Belgian is on stage in Girona with his new team. “It’s a new incentive and this motivates me to do even better,” he says.


Kelderman diagnosed with concussion and fractured vertebrae after SUV hits Bora-Hansgrohe riders - Cyclingnews - Seven riders involved as car reportedly pulls out in front of them on final day of training camp

Bora-Hansgrohe riders hit by vehicle at training camp and taken to hospital - Cyclingnews - Seven riders hit by the car while training in Italy

Update: Wilco Kelderman sustains fractured vertebrae in Bora-Hansgrohe training crash – - Andreas Schillinger also sustained broken vertebrae in accident with car at team training camp in Italy on Saturday.


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