(Berrendero’s 1949 memoir, Mis Glorias y Memorias. Photo Credit: Tim Moore)

News, stories and best articles from this week.

27 August

Tour of Germany – Alexander Kristoff wins stage 2, Bauhaus again 2nd. The second stage of the Tour of Germany between Sangerhausen and Ilmenau (180,8 km) was won by Norwegian rider Alexander Kristoff. After a sprint on a flat uphill section, the experienced rider of the UAE-Team Emirates team passed Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain Victorious) on the line, who was second like yesterday. Pascal Ackermann (BORA-hansgrohe) wasn’t able to fight with the two first riders of the day and took third place, but the 4 seconds bonus on the finish line allowed him to keep his red jersey of overall leader. Full results @ procyclingstats
Julian Alaphilippe confirmed to ride Tour of Britain 2021. The world champion returns for the first time since he won the race in 2018, By cyclingweekly

26 August

Evenepoel wins Druivenkoers – Overijse 2021. Belgian holds off chase after fire stops race. Full article by Stephen Farrand @ cyclingnews and results
Deutschland Tour: Ackermann wins stage 1. Crash disrupts bunch sprint on opening stage. By Cyclingnews 
Chris Froome invests in Factor Bikes. First investment in a cycling company for Israel Start-Up nation rider, who is also joining board of directors. By Cyclingnews 

25 August

Surprise ending on the finishing line of the second stage of Tour du Poitou Charentes, Parthenay – Ruffec of 193,6 km. To win in the sprint was the young French Jason Tesson (St.Michel-Auber 93), in front of Elia Viviani, victim of a bad fall during the stage, and the Belgian Sean De Bie. The rider from Cofidis, after yesterday’s victory, keeps the GC leadership jersey. Frenchman Bryan Coquard crashed after 25 kilometres and was forced to retire due to knee problems. Results @ procyclingstats
Sagan to return from knee injury at European Championships. Three-time World Champion joins Pogacar, Evenepoel on the start list for Trentino 2021. By cyclingnews

24 August

THE WATCHMAKER OF ÁVILA: JULIO JIMÉNEZ. Legend of the Tour de France. By John Wilcockson @ pelotonmagazine
Tour Poitou-Charentes – Elia Viviani wins stage 1 ahead of Consonni. The first stage of the Tour Poitou-Charentes in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, between Pons and Parthenay (198,4 km), was won by Elia Viviani. The Italian rider of Cofidis team sprinted ahead of his compatriot and team-mate Simone Consonni, with Marc Sarreau (AG2R Citroën Team), Eduard-Michael Grosu (Team Delko) and Timothy Dupont (Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB) taking the third, fourth and fifth places of the day. Full results @ procyclingstats
Matthews and Ewan to lead Australian men’s squad at World Championships. Spratt, Cromwell and Hosking lead strong women’s team, while Lucas Plapp rides Under 23 TT. By cyclingnews
The Italian Cycling Federation seems to be making progress on the issue of the succession of Davide Cassani, who will leave his position as national coach after the next World Championships. According to information revealed by Tuttobiciweb, Maurizio Fondriest should be appointed in the next few days. The 1988 world champion and winner of Milan-San Remo in 1993 was asked about this by the Gazzetta dello Sport. “I have raced all my life with the blue jersey on my shoulders, I have won the World Championship. If they ask me, how can I say no? In addition, Gianni Bugno, currently president of the CPA, could be appointed head of the delegation.

23 August

Julian Alaphilippe and Remco Evenepoel to ride Belgian one-day race to recon World Championship climbs. The Druisvenkoers Overijse route takes on some of the roads that will be used on September 26. By cyclingweekly

22 August

Van der Poel out of MTB World Championships due to back pain. By cyclingnews
Johannessen holds off Rodriguez to win Tour de l’Avenir by seven seconds. By cyclingnews
British Bora Hansgrohe rider Matthew Walls won the fourth and last stage of Tour of Norway. The rider preceded the Danish Mads Pedersen (Trek Segafredo), winner yesterday, and the Norwegian Daniel Hoelgaard (UNo-X Team). The final success of the race went to the British rider Ethan Hayter (Ineos Grenadiers), winner of the first two stages. Full GC results by procyclingstats

21 August

A cycle through Spanish history: retracing the 1941 Vuelta a España. From the Guardian.
Mark Cavendish, Patrick Lefevere in negotiations to extend contract at Deceuninck-Quick-Step. From Velonews.
Trek-Segafredo manager Luca Guercilena takes a break to fight cancer. From cyclingnews.
Equipo Kern Pharma, Vojtech Repa stopped by Bell’s palsy: “I can’t close my left eye. I don’t know how long it will take, but I hope to return to racing this year”. From Instagram.
Alejandro Valverde’s collarbone surgery went with no complications. Following his crash on Friday, Alejandro was operated by Dr. Francisco Esparza and Dr. Javier Hernández at Murcia’s Hospital HLA La Vega, and will now start what is hoped to be a short road to recovery.