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Bingoal Cycling Cup
« on: January 31, 2019, 08:57 »
Bingoal Cycling Cup

The Napoleon Cycling Cup sees a bit of a facelift this year, as Bingoal (just another betting company - maybe even just another brand from the same one?) takes over the sponsorship. There's also a reduction to eight races, with most of the former ones (Le Samyn, Dwars door West-Vlaanderen, Heistse Peil, GP Jef Scherens, Eurométropole Tour and Binche-Chimay-Binche, to be precisely) thrown out:

March 10th      1.1      GP J.P. Monseré
May 26th      1.1      GP Marcel Kint
May 30th      1.1      Circuit Wallonie
June 21st      1.1      Dwars door het Hageland
June 26th      1.1      Halle-Ingooigem – woensdag 26 juni
August 25th      1.1      Schaal Sels
September 20th      1.1      Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen
October 13th      1.1      Memorial Rik Van Steenbergen

GP J.P. Monseré, Circuit Wallonie, Schaal Sels and de Memorial Rik Van Steenbergen (back on the calendar after 7 years) are new to the party. Apart from the lumpy Circuit Wallonie (just upgraded form 1.2) and Dwars door het Hageland, this looks like a very sprinter-friendly schedule.

Coverage in Belgium will be taken over by Sporza, with Eurosport broadcasting all races live as well.
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    Re: Bingoal Cycling Cup
    « Reply #1 on: February 04, 2019, 09:56 »
    These are two different companies, Search. In an article from last November, Directvélo reported that Napoleon Games retired as sponsor but that Nuyens had already found a new sponsor.

    Bingoal seems like a very old betting company. I've heard about it for years now.

    Let's not forget that the challenge is actually the "Belgian Cup" ("Coupe de Belgique") with the sponsor's name on it. Based on the "Coupe de France" model.

    However now all the Walloon races have been thrown out. Reason is a disagreement the organisers of this Belgian Cup and RTBF about coverage norms, says Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke (organiser of Samyn Memorial and Binche-Chimay-Binche) but the Cup status wasn't really a big boost for these races and J-L VDB doesn't think these races will lose much with this removal, in terms of field.

    This being said, Michel Leconte of RTBF said that he will support these races and most probably Samyn and Binche will be covered by RTBF this year.  ;)
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