Van der Poel arrives to Italy in “Rosa”

The cyclists of Giro d’Italia 2022 are traveling to Italy for the four stage of the competition and Mathieu Van der Poel, the leader of the general classification, is coming to Italy wearing the pink jersey.

“I hope to take the pink to Sicily, then we’ll see what happens,” Mathieu said on Saturday after the second stage of Giro d’Italia. And he achieved his target. The captain of the Alpecin-FENIX team won the first stage of the Giro, from Budapest to Visegrad.  He carried out and excellent performance in both the individual time trial,  closing in second position and in the third stage (17° place), where he defended the first place in the general classification and the Maglia Rosa.

On Tuesday, the fourth stage of the Giro d’Italia will run from Avola to Etna, 172 kms in the wonderful east side of Sicily with a summit finish. Van der Poel is a sprinter and this specific route might be more adapt to the climbing specialists but, quoting Mathieu, we’ll see what happens.



Back-to-back stage victories for Alpecin-FENIX at the 4 Jours de Dunkerque

Alpecin-FENIX closed six intense days of racing at 4 Jours de Dunkerque, in northern France, with two stage wins from Lionel Taminiaux and Gianni Vermeersch. For both, this was their first victories of the 2022 road season.

Taminiaux crossed first the finish line of stage 4 in a spectacular bunch sprint in Aire-sur-la-Lys, ahead of Stanislaw Aniolkowski (Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB) and Gerben Thijssen (Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux). This was his second career victory.

The next day, it was Gianni Vermeersch who rose to the highest spot of the podium. The Alpecin-FENIX rider proved to be the strongest of a small group of sprinters to take stage 5 in Cassel, an area where he often trains. “So happy with the victory,” wrote Vermeersch on an Instagram post. “After my crash in Strade Bianche and getting influenza before (Milano) Sanremo, I was not having the best shape during Spring season. I kept working and the reward is there!”

Well done guys!



MATHIEUUUU VAN DER POELLLL!!!

The Giro d’Italia 2022 started in the best possible way for the Alpecin-FENIX team thanks to the wonderful victory of its captain Mathieu Van der Poel.

In the first stage, 195 kms from Budapest to Visegrád, Mathieu crossed first the finish line in 04:35:28 ahead of the Eritrean cyclist Biniam Girmay and the Spanish Pello Bilbao, conquering the first “Maglia Rosa” of the 105° edition of Giro d’Italia and of his professional career.

The route run completely flat across the Hungarian lowlands, only to rise in the final 5 kilometres, perfect conditions for a sprinter like Van der Poel. He didn’t disappoint and made a powerful final sprint to win the stage.

What a great race Mathieu! Congratulations!



Alpecin-FENIX in ‘Verde Comodoro’ at the 2022 Giro d’Italia

Alpecin-FENIX will not line up for the 2022 Giro d’Italia in its classic (and essentially unchanged since 2020) navy blue kit, but in a soft, timeless shade of green called ‘Verde Comodoro’. With this temporary kit change, the team want to draw attention to a unique product development that amplifies the FENIX innovative materials system.

FENIX has developed a high-quality, flexible wall covering called X-KIN, meeting the features and the Italian design that characterizes the innovative materials for interior design. For the duration of this year’s Giro, the FENIX logo on our kit will therefore be replaced by ‘X-KIN by FENIX’. This one-time change is only applicable to the Giro. For the other races in the same period and for the rest of the season, Alpecin-Fenix will line up in its traditional, blue team kit.

This special edition jersey will only be worn at the Giro. For the other races in the same period and for the rest of the season, Alpecin-Fenix will line up in its traditional, blue team kit.



Tour of Turkey 2022: Jasper Philipsen is the new race leader

Jasper Philispen won the stage three of Tour of Turkey 2022 becoming the new leader of the general classification. The Alpecin-FENIX rider crossed first the finish line of the race in 2 hours, 35 minutes and 19 seconds, ahead of the Kaden Groves and Miguel Angel Fernandez.

The stage three of the Tour of Turkey was 123 kilometers-long from Çeşme to İzmir (Karşıyaka), the  perfect race for the sprinters. Is no coincidence that Philipsen, who is  one of the best sprinters in the cycling circus, leads the sprint classification of the competition with 28 points ex-equo with Groves.

Considering his two second places in both stage one (207 kms from Bodrum to Kuşadası) and stage two (158 kms from Selçuk, close to Efes, to Alaçatı), the Belgian is providing fantastic performance in the Tour of Turkey 2022.

We can’t wait to enjoy the next stages! Keep it up Jasper!



Mathieu van der Poel wins Tour of Flanders for the second time

He did it again! Mathieu van der Poel sprinted to victory in the Tour of Flanders cobbled classic for the second time. The first victory of “De Ronde” was in 2020.

The Alpecin-FENIX Dutch rider crossed first the finish line in Oudenaarde, Belgium, ahead of Dyland van Baarle, Valentin Madous and Tadej Pogacar. Van der Poel, who only began his 2022 season at Milano-San Remo two weeks ago, won the 273-kilometer one-day classic with a time of 6 hours, 18 minutes and 30 seconds thanks to a powerful final sprint.

He described as “incredible” to win his second Tour of Flanders. “I worked so hard for this one. At first, it wasn’t even sure if I would get to the Classics and to win is incredible. They were coming really fast from behind, so I decided to sprint from far out. It was amazing that Pogacar was busy with me and not with the others coming back. It was a bit of a shock to see it play out like that.”

The Alpecin-FENIX captain is definitively back to his standard performance after an off season due to a back injury. The best is yet to come!



Dwars door Vlaanderen 2022: Van der Poel sprints to victory

In the 76th edition of Dwars door Vlaanderen, Mathieu van der Poel took his second victory of 2022. It is the second time he wins this Belgian competition.

The Alpecin-FENIX team captain crossed first the finish line in 4 hours, 05 minutes and 39 seconds ahead of Tiesj Benoot (Team Jumbo-VIsma) and the British rider Thomas Pidcock. The race, which started from Roeselare and ended in Waregen, was 183.7 Kilometers longs and is consider as an anticipation test for the most famous Tour of Flanders that will held in Belgium on April 3rd.

Van der Poel is going back to his standard level of performance and he is ready for the next challenge. Keep going Mathieu!



Van der Poel comes back to victory

Mathieu Van der Poel achieved his first victory of 2022 during the stage four of Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali.

After the fantastic third place in Milano-Sanremo 2022 – in what was an impressive return to racing after working on the rehabilitation of his back and knee – and the excellent fourth place in stage one of Coppi e Bartali, the Alpecin-FENIX Dutch rider crossed first the finish line in Montecatini Terme ahead of Ethan Hayter (Ineos Grenadiers) and the British Mertz Rémy.

“I really didn’t expect it anymore,” he said after the race. “I felt I had the legs to do a nice sprint. I try to never give up. I felt good today, and I enjoyed myself actually. It’s the way I like to race and I liked it. ”

Van der Poel’s road cycling season has just started and he’s already return to the winner’s circle. Welcome back Mathieu!



Tim Merlier wins in photo-finish at Classic Brugge-De Panne 2022

The Classic Brugge-De Panne 2022 gave us a thrilling end of the race where Tim Merlier sprinted to  victory ahead of Dylan Groenewegen (BikeExchange-Jayco). The Alpecin-FENIX rider crossed first the finish line in 4 hours 45 minutes and 41 seconds and won by just millimeters .  He was declared the winner after consulting the video technology.

This was the 46th edition of the  Classic Brugge-De Panne. The Belgian competition – originally three days long –is part of the UCI World Tour 2022. Thanks to this latest victory, Merlier earns five positions in the general classification, reaching the19° position just after his Alpecin-FENIX teammate Jasper Philpsen.

2022 is going well for Tim Merlier, who has already collected two important victories (Nokere Koerse and Tirreno-Adriatico stage two). Keep the amazing work Tim!



Mathieu van der Poel is back for Milano-Sanremo and Coppi e Bartali

Mathieu van der Poel has been added to the Alpecin-Fenix roster for Milano-Sanremo. The Dutchman is set to make his return to competition almost three months since his last race. Van der Poel’s return was scheduled for the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali, but it was decided to include him for Milano-Sanremo due to the several sick and injured riders in the team.

Van der Poel’s training in recent weeks has been satisfactory and his back issues seem to be gradually disappearing. Nevertheless, the team management do not want to put any pressure on the four-time cyclocross world champion; he will participate without expectations or ambitions. The 293 km race was preferred over a training session to get some extra race kilometres in the legs. After Milano-Sanremo, van der Poel will remain in Italy for the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali.

Here a video message from Van der Poel about the past few months, his comeback to the peloton, and his race plans for the coming weeks. Good luck Mathieu!