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New Cyclocross Rucphen in the World Cup
3:04 pm: At the end of this year, the municipality of Brabant in Rucphen will host a cycling race from the World Cup circuit for the first time. The UCI UCI has added Rucphen (Saturday, December 18th) to the calendar. A week before that, a new World Cup stop is scheduled, in Italy’s Val di Sol (December 12). At the beginning of last year, the Dutch Cycling Championships were held in Rucphen. Matthew van der Poel and Céline del Carmen Alvarado have grabbed the elite titles.
The World Cup circuit begins in October with three races in the US (in Waterloo, Fayetteville and Iowa City). The cyclists will then come to Belgium and then also ride in the Czech Republic, France, Italy and the Netherlands. There are sixteen matches in total. The Netherlands has three. In addition to Rucphen, Hulst (January 2, 2022) and the World Cup Final in Hoogerheide (January 23) are also on the programme.
Novak Djokovic sure to play in the ATP Finals
11:30 am The season ended a little halfway through, but tennis player Novak Djokovic has already secured participation in the ATP Finals. The year-end tournament featuring the eight best tennis players of 2021 will be held from November 14-21 in Turin, Italy. Djokovic has won the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon this year.
The 34-year-old Serbian tied with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for his 20th Grand Slam title. The three of them now share the record.
Djokovic qualified for the ATP Finals for the 14th time. He won the season finale five times: in 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. Federer is the record holder with six total wins. Last year, Djokovic, ranked No. 1 in the world, lost in the semi-finals to Dominic Thiem. The Austrian had to lose in the final battle against Daniil Medvedev of Russia.
Dutch cycling talent Hoole (22) to Trek-Segafredo
11:13 am 22-year-old cyclist Dan Hall has signed a contract with Team Trek-Segafredo. He came from the talent team SEG Racing, which he has ridden for four years. Hoole won the Copa Della Pace this year, an Italian race for the Under-23 riders.
Hoole is excited about the opportunity he gets at Trek-Segafredo. “It’s a ‘dream team’ and they have a tremendous history in cycling. The atmosphere there always seems to be good and they have an aggressive way of riding, I love that. I hope to improve with the team in the time and classic trials,” said Hall.
In addition to the Dutchman, Italian Filippo Baroncini (20) and Denmark’s Asbjorn Helmos (22) were also awarded a contract. In Trek-Segafredo is, among others, Bauke Mollema, who won his 14th stage in the Tour de France last week.
Bucks win first NBA final
Time is 08:19 Basketball players of the Milwaukee Bucks won their first NBA Finals against the Phoenix Suns. The team won the third match 120-100 in front of its home fans and reduced the gap in a better series of seven to 1-2.
Giannis Antetokounmpo was once again the big guy on the Bucks side. He scored 41 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. In the second game, he was also choppy with 42 points, but he couldn’t lead the Bucks to victory. I succeeded in the third match. “We had to show that day if we wanted to re-establish the tension and give ourselves the opportunity to win this match and compete for the championship,” the player said afterwards. “We have to show this again in the fourth game.”
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