uses cookies for statistics and targeting ads. This information is shared with third parties.

Every day we bring you more pro-cycling news

"We saved the legs for tomorrow. I want to try to get into the breakaway tomorrow or the next day, that is the main ambition. I want to finish off the season the right way."

Photo: Sirotti








11.09.2014 @ 21:15 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Having lost Robert Gesink due to personal matters, Belkin will target stage wins and a top 15 for Wilco Kelderman in the final part of the Vuelta a Espana. Today Laurens Ten Dam tried hard to join the early break.


Belkin Pro Cycling TEAM's Wilco Kelderman battled to 24th in a steep, explosive uphill finale in Thursday's 18th stage at the Vuelta a España. Belkin battled on following the departure of team captain Robert Gesink, who was poised seventh overall, but left the Spanish tour for personal reasons.

Kelderman picked up the baton, and climbed up one position to 14th overall, at 20:05 behind race leader Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo). Fabio Aru (Astana) won the stage. 

The pace was brisk right from the gun in the hilly, 157km stage ending with two passages up the Monte Castrove climb as teams fought to ride into the breakaway.

"It was a really hard start. I tried to be in the breakaway. Everyone was chasing each other," said Belkin's Laurens ten Dam. "In the end, only three guys went away. It was pretty easy, until the final climb. It was down to 40 guys, and I was there to help Wilco. We saved the legs for tomorrow. I want to try to get into the breakaway tomorrow or the next day, that is the main ambition. I want to finish off the season the right way."

With Gesink gone, Team Belkin will ride to protect Kelderman's stop in the top-15 with three stages left in the Vuelta.

"It was full-gas this morning for 50 or 60kph. It hurts a lot, but you make a lot of kilometres in a short amount of time, so that's good. We did well," said Belkin's Robert Wagner. "The goal for us was to bring Wilco in good condition at the bottom of the climb. For us, that was job done, and that was it. We will all work to protect Wilco in these coming days."

The 69th Vuelta continues Friday with the 180.5km 19th stage to Cangas de Morrazo. The route features two climbs and short kicker in the close five kilometres that could deliver a breakaway victory. 



Bib Shorts vs Cycling Shorts: Which is Better? 22.09.2023 @ 14:57The Best Danish Cyclist To Bet On At 2022 Tour De France 13.01.2022 @ 15:262022 Upcoming Tournament Overview 03.01.2022 @ 09:45Best Place to Find Stand-Up Paddleboards 16.06.2021 @ 08:16What are Primoz Roglic’s Chances to Win 2021 Tour de Fr... 17.03.2021 @ 08:37Amazing victory by young champion Sarah Gigante 04.02.2021 @ 14:21Three reasons why cycling is one of the best ways to ex... 28.09.2020 @ 12:03Why do businesses use meeting room managers? 14.09.2020 @ 13:42Five things that you can do, if you want to gain more f... 20.08.2020 @ 15:38One for the road 09.06.2020 @ 15:25List of CyclingQuotes previews 07.05.2020 @ 13:20Blue Energy: room for all interests 26.08.2019 @ 12:56Get your daily dose of exercise at home 08.07.2019 @ 10:443 good advice to be able to afford your favorite bike 25.02.2019 @ 12:32Cycle through gorgeous landscapes 22.10.2018 @ 21:41Balance Your Economy and Diet and Start Saving Money 08.10.2018 @ 11:18Stay Safe: 3 Helmets That Can Keep Your Head Protected... 20.07.2018 @ 07:59Planning to bet on Tour De France - Bet types and strat... 24.05.2018 @ 14:18Basics of cycling betting 25.10.2017 @ 13:10Bauer moves to ORICA-SCOTT 28.08.2017 @ 10:45End of the road for CyclingQuotes 08.01.2017 @ 16:00Rui Costa confirms Giro participation 07.01.2017 @ 12:55Van Avermaet: I am not afraid of Sagan 07.01.2017 @ 09:45Unchanged course for E3 Harelbeke 07.01.2017 @ 09:32Jenner takes surprise win at Australian U23 Championships 07.01.2017 @ 08:53No replacement for Meersman at Fortuneo-Vital Concept 06.01.2017 @ 19:14Barguil with two goals in 2017 06.01.2017 @ 19:06More details about French Vuelta start emerges 06.01.2017 @ 14:16Kristoff to start season at Etoile de Besseges 06.01.2017 @ 14:10Ion Izagirre announces schedule for first year at Bahrain 06.01.2017 @ 12:40JLT Condor optimistic for Herald Sun Tour 06.01.2017 @ 09:19Haas leads Dimension Data trio in fight for Australian... 06.01.2017 @ 09:15Sagan spearheads Bora-hansgrohe at Tour Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:12Henao and Thomas lead Sky Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:09Bauer crowned New Zealand TT champion 06.01.2017 @ 08:33Van der Poel ready to defend Dutch title 05.01.2017 @ 21:00Pantano ambitious for first Tour with Trek 05.01.2017 @ 20:41Landa with new approach to the Giro 05.01.2017 @ 20:36Sunweb Development Team sign Goos and Zepuntke 05.01.2017 @ 20:27Dumoulin confirms Giro participation 05.01.2017 @ 20:19Bauer targets victories in Quick-Step debut 05.01.2017 @ 20:16Gaviria and Boonen lead Quick-Step in San Juan 05.01.2017 @ 20:13Team Sunweb presented in Germany 05.01.2017 @ 20:09ASO take over major German WorldTour race 05.01.2017 @ 11:01Team Sunweb unveil new jersey 05.01.2017 @ 10:54Reactions from the Australian TT Championships 05.01.2017 @ 08:27Dennis defends Australian TT title 05.01.2017 @ 08:21Scotson takes back to back U23 TT titles in Australia 05.01.2017 @ 08:15Utrecht on track to host 2020 Vuelta 04.01.2017 @ 18:28Pre-season setback for Talansky 04.01.2017 @ 17:56Kristoff: It's not impossible for me to win in Rou... 04.01.2017 @ 17:49Boom close to first cyclo-cross win in LottoNL debut 04.01.2017 @ 17:40UAE Abu Dhabi make late signing of Arab rider 04.01.2017 @ 17:36UAE Abu Dhabi unveil new jersey 04.01.2017 @ 17:30BMC unveil race schedule 04.01.2017 @ 17:21

Currently no news in this list

35 years | today
Maxime DUBA
19 years | today
Milosz OSKO
21 years | today
27 years | today
49 years | today