Edvald Boasson Hagen’s form continued to improve as he finished 24th at E3 Harelbeke, despite the odds, on Friday to finish as our best-placed rider. The race was won by Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors) ahead of teammate Philippe Gilbert and defending champion Greg van Avermaet (BMC Racing). The start of the Classics season is always hugely anticipated and the opening race proved exactly why. It seemingly had it all: an early breakaway, multiple crashes and the winner soloing to victory. Eight-men made the early jump and built a lead at one point that went up to around seven minutes before it was brought down and.
The breakaway proved too good on stage five of the Volta Catalunya as Jarlinson Pantano (Trek-Segafredo) took victory ahead of Vegard Stake Laengen (UAE-Team Emirates) and Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida) prevailed at the finish in Vielha Val d’Aran. Merhawi Kudus was our best rider on the day as he finished in the group 14 seconds off the lead and in 21st position overall. The day started with an early breakaway of 15 riders that was slowly whittled down as the race reached the latter half. With 75km to go the gap held steady at just over 4 minutes which the group of Wyss, Pantano, Didier, Bidard,.
Following on from last weekend’s crash at Milan-San Remo, Mark Cavendish has provided a positive update on his condition. After further medical examination this week it’s been confirmed that as expected Cavendish has avoided any serious, long term injury and is now working hard to recover from the broken rib and damaged ankle he suffered as a result of the crash last Saturday. Cavendish has however been forced into making immediate adjustments to his race schedule as he recovers from his injuries which include the disappointment of having to pull out of this year’s Commonwealth Games. Although there has been no specific time frame pencilled.
Our Eritrean rider Mekseb Debesay is yet to return home following his major crash during the Tour de Langkawi earlier in the week and sustaining a serious injury. For now he remains under medical care in Malaysia, as the team’s Dr. Dirk Tenner explains: “After further scans we can confirm that Mekseb sustained a fracture to the pelvis, after crashing on stage 4 of the Tour de Langkawi. “Mekseb will undergo surgery here in Kuala Lumpur on Monday, to stabilize the fracture. He will then need to spend a few days under observation before flying back to Italy to begin his recovery and rehabilitation.”.