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Van Anrooij, Baestaens win Jingle Cross opener

Shirin van Anrooij (Baloise Trek Lions) and Vincent Baestaens (CX Team Deschacht-Group) won the opening day of racing at the Jingle Cross festival on Friday.

Van Anrooij ripped to a solo victory, beating second place Hélène Clauzel (AS Bike Crossteam) by 40 seconds.

Baestaens took advantage of a crash of Thijs Aerts (Baloise Trek Lions) and Anton Ferdinande (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal) on the final lap to win the men’s race. Aerts chased back for second as American Eric Brunner (Blue Competition Cycles) completed the podium.

[email protected]_shirin and Vincent Baestaens triumph in @MuscoLighting Friday Night Frights – River Products Company Chris Lillig C1 Races. Read the full report. https://t.co/cXJmeyUblW pic.twitter.com/tNHPJg9f8O

— Jingle Cross (@JingleCross) October 16, 2021

The European motocross riders welcomed the party atmosphere during the night race.

“I really like this course and the atmosphere is great,” says Van Anrooij. “I always like to race in the dark, so it makes for a fun night. I like the sand races in Belgium so I knew that was the place to attack so I just went full throttle there. ”

Friday’s race marked the return of the Iowan Festival after a one-year hiatus. The three-day event continues on Saturday with a gravel fondo for the UCI World Cup round on Saturday.

Mount Krupit is alive! pic.twitter.com/vNlySOv5Th

— Jingle Cross (@JingleCross) October 16, 2021

Report: Vini Zabù in financial difficulties

ProTeam squad Vini Zabù is in financial difficulties, according to a report in La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Italian outlet reported this week that Vini Zabù officials have confirmed directly to them that the future of the team is in danger. No further details were given.

The news comes in the wake of Team Delko’s dramatic fold early this week, and confirmation Friday that Qhubeka-NextHash has withdrawn its WorldTour license application as it negotiates future finances.

Italian team Vini Zabù has 24 riders to its name, including sprinter Jakub Mareczko, who has a handful of podium finishes in the Grand Tour. The team was most recently in the headlines when it was forced to withdraw from the 2021 Giro d’Italia after Matteo De Bonis was made aware of two adverse analytical findings for erythropoietin (EPO) during testing in February.

The day after #iLombardia @Il_Lombardia

📸 @PhotoSirotti/Colombo#ForZabù pic.twitter.com/AIoVn0Fc6B

— Vini Zabu – Pro Cycling Team (@ViniZabuProTeam) October 10, 2021

Details emerge about failed deal with Manuela Fundación

More details are known about the Manuela Fundación – Mitchelton-Scott saga.

Spanish outlet Marca has received information about a deal between the Manuela group and Mitchelton-Scott whereby the Australian team’s WorldTour license has changed hands for €6,980,000.

Manuela Fundación’s bid to get into pro cycling made headlines last summer when the Spanish nonprofit reached an agreement with Gerry Ryan’s struggling Mitchelton-Scott/BikeExchange lineup.

After an initial agreement that Manuela Fundación would take over both the men’s and women’s WorldTour teams, Ryan dramatically canceled the deal and team manager Shayne Bannan left after helping form the squad in 2012.

The report obtained by Marca shows that the Manuela Fundación would make an initial payment of €3,180,000 for the team in July 2020, with a further €600,000 paid for expenses related to WorldTour license applications. The balance payment to be paid up to €6,980,000 would follow.

It was a deal that would have given Manuela Fundación leader Francisco Huertas control of the entire team structure and an end to Ryan’s 10-year ownership.

Shortly after the initial agreement, however, Ryan made a renewed financial commitment to keep the team afloat and Team BikeExchange was born.

This week’s report shows that in the months following the disaster, Manuela Fundación turned to Deceuninck-Quick-Step manager Patrick Lefevere as it pursues a path in cycling, but talks are spiraling out of control. Huertas and co. are instead poised to support a Spanish continental squad in 2022.

MPCC suspends cortisol testing after WADA ban

The MPCC (Movement For Credible Cycling) will stop its cortisol testing program next season.

The group confirmed Friday that it would halt its long-running cortisol testing campaign when WADA rules banning injectable and oral corticosteroids come into effect on Jan. 1.

“After a 14-year struggle, MPCC has been delighted to witness the reversal in corticosteroid policy,” reads a statement from the MPCC. “WADA now believes that using this substance improves performance. Team doctors informed the movement about WADA’s new rules, which state that the use of corticosteroids by injection and oral administration will now be banned.”

The MPCC, which now makes up 68 percent of the pro pack, added that it would have some oversight over the new operation being implemented by WADA.

“Team doctors underline the fact that to date there is still some ambiguity about the qualitative aspect of the tests that will be performed to enforce these new rules,” the statement said.

“While we await the final details, the movement aims to monitor the enforcement of these new rules and halt its own cortisol level tests by 2022.

“MPCC expresses its desire to build a lasting relationship on this and other issues with the International Testing Anti-Doping (ITA), which has been in charge of WADA’s anti-doping program for a year.”

The MPCC statement also noted that Tramadol use had declined “to the point of becoming almost irrelevant” and supported the UCI’s recent advice against the use of ketones.

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