The second Monitor Biking Champions League (UCI Monitor Champions League) begins on Saturday 12 November in Mallorca. 72 of the world’s finest specialists will participate on this new circuit. After a primary launch version in 2021, the promoters wish to publicize and popularize this modern racing sequence, which mixes spectacle and competitors. The northern sprinters Mathilde Gros and Tom Derache are collaborating on this Champions League for observe racers.
The Worldwide Biking Union (UCI) and Discovery Sports activities Occasions have pulled out all of the stops to advertise this Champions League, which begins on November 12 in Palma de Mallorca, within the Balearic Islands. The worldwide biking press was invited just a few days earlier than to the Nationwide Velodrome of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines for a media day. Journalists from Spain, the UK, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and naturally France, corresponding to SPORTS 59/62, took half on this presentation of the 2022 version. It’s true that the primary had gone a bit unnoticed in France, between two waves of covid.
The modernization of observe biking
This time, the organizers hope that nothing will hinder this circuit, which desires to spotlight observe biking by taking part in the spectacle card. Witness, the trailer of the occasion that followers can observe in 130 international locations, together with on Eurosport for France.
This clip summarizes in figures what the Champions League might be like on the observe. 72 of the most effective cyclists on the planet (36 males, 36 ladies (parity); 4 race codecs; 5 evenings supplied from Saturday from November 12 to December 3 in 4 websites (Mallorca, Berlin, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines and London) : that is what we will study from this competitors which goals to be modern.
The target is to mix spectacle and sport over three hours with races that observe each other and are straightforward to grasp. For the dash, the pace and the keirin are retained. With some variations. Thus, the sequence of pace are disputed with three and solely the primary is certified after a single warmth.
The endurance specialists will compete towards them on a scratch shorter than within the championship, and on an elimination. Two occasions which might be straightforward to grasp for the general public, not like the madison or factors race the place it’s important to have a calculator in your head to observe the state of affairs correctly.
The sprinters reply
For this second version, the world’s finest sprinters are current, each for women and men. Small revolution: for the Champions League, ladies obtain the identical bonuses as males. ” We’re in fact pleasantly shocked“, confides the Italian Rachel Barbieri. » However it’s in any case very motivating to see that ladies are acknowledged on this approach on this Champions League. »
Costs are excessive, particularly for 5 evenings. For sprinters who finally have few races of their annual calendar, this is a vital supply of earnings. Whether or not Sebastien Vigier and Melvyn Landerneau are absent, 4 French are nonetheless engaged: the World Champions Mathilde Gros and Marie-Divine Kouame, in addition to Rayan Hellal and Lille Tom Derach. The Go Sport Roubaix sprinter acquired an invite as a result of he was European vice-champion of the keirin final yr.
Two Northerners within the huge present
With Mathilde Gros, there’ll due to this fact be two Northerners concerned on this second version of the TCL. The world pace champion, initially from Billy-Montigny, can have the chance to indicate her metamorphosis confirmed by the world title. She advised us about it throughout an interview on the launch day on November 2 in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. Mathilde additionally reminded us of her artesian roots.
” I had the possibility to take part final yr within the first version explains Mathilde. ” We initially thought it might be largely present. However we shortly realized that this isn’t the case in any respect. It is even ten occasions tougher than a standard competitors since there is not a lot restoration time. From the second we take the beginning, we play our life… ”
If the plateau is high for the dash, it’s much less the case for the endurance. Most cross-country skiers additionally do a full season on the street. This competitors for a lot of is an excessive amount of on this interval of November usually dedicated to restoration. Thus Benjamin Thomas and Donavan Gurnardcontacted and certified, gave up the Champions League on observe regardless of its format picked up over 5 weekly evenings.
Gilles Peruzzi, liable for the observe on the UCI, confirms this problem in bringing the most effective to endurance. “Difficulties in convincing the runners, now we have“, explains the Swiss chief. “As a result of it requires a logistical funding for them. As most are on the street, we additionally must persuade the groups. However the observe is each dash and endurance. »
Discover close by websites
It’s also essential to search out cities able to host the competitors. This yr, Palma de Mallorca, Berlin, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines and London responded to the invitation. Whereas Vilnius (Lithuania) is now not there. Final yr the nationwide velodrome was additionally a candidate. Earlier than changing into a large vaccination heart towards covid…
In accordance with our info, Roubaix has additionally been contacted. However the Stab couldn’t observe due to the heaviness of the technical installations, specifically for the sunshine. The roof can be too low. The Champions League strikes a number of sound and light-weight assets for these spectacular evenings. That is additionally a purpose why journey between websites shouldn’t be too nice. As a result of let’s bear in mind, the Champions League is each Saturday for 4 weeks.
For the group of this modern circuit, the UCI has partnered with Warner Bros. Discovery Sports activities Occasions offers cutting-edge protection of the occasion. The format was an actual hit in 2021 with 149 million viewers on the Warner Bros. community alone. Discovery (which incorporates Discovery+, Eurosport and GCN+), to which have to be added 26 different broadcasters, for a broadcast of the occasion in 206 international locations world wide.
Francois Ribeiro, the French director of Discovery Sports activities Sports activities Occasions, defines his ambition in the long run. » appeal to the most effective cyclists on the planet and make the Champions League an unmissable occasion of their season. » And likewise usher in a brand new, much less specialist viewers, who uncover a fantastic sporting spectacle, intense and spectacular.
We’re due to this fact awaiting the response of the Majorcan public for the primary spherical of the 2022 Champions League on observe.
The 2022 Monitor Champions League schedule
- Tremendous Launch in Mallorca (Spain) on November 12
- Spherical 2: Berlin (Germany), November 19
- Spherical 3: Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (France), November 26
- Spherical 4: London (Nice Britain), December 2
- Grand Closing, London (Nice Britain), 3 December.