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EuroTrash ‘6 Days’ Monday!

We fill today’s EuroTrash with race news: Amsterdam ‘6 Days,’ le Tour de France Saitama Criterium and the Tour of Hainan with results and video with rider comments. Throw in the latest rider news, Lotto Belisol review their year, new team LottoNL-Jumbo is presented and we have a look at cyclo-cross Italian style. Cappuccino?

TOP STORY:The Amsterdam ‘6 Days’
I was going to write about Lance Armstrong not being able to take up the invitation from his ‘old mate’ George Hincapie to ride in his event at the week-end. But we all know he has been banned for life, so there doesn’t seem to be much point in the discussion.

The road season has wound down and most riders are on holiday now. Cyclo-Cross started a few weeks ago and now the ‘6 Day’ season has kicked off in Amsterdam. Niki Terpstra and Yoeri Havik won the 22nd Amsterdam Six-Day on Saturday. The Dutch pair started the final day in third overall, but took the lead during the final night. Jasper Buyst and Pim Ligthart (405 points) finished second at one lap on winners Terpstra and Havik, who ended the race with a total of 340 points. The Dutch-German pair of Leif Lampater and Nick Stöpler were third also at one lap, but with only 256 points.

Amsterdam ‘6 Days’ Result:
1. Niki Terpstra-Yoeri (ICS-VISA) 0 laps – 340pts
2. Jasper De Buyst-Pim Ligthart (Deelen Verswaren) at 1 lap – 405pts
3. Leif Lampater-Nick Stöpler (De Telegraaf) at 1 lap – 256pts
4. Alex Rasmussen-Marc Hester (Kip&Snack) at 4 laps – 269pts
5. Melvin Boskamp-Jasper Asselman (Metec Straatmeubilair) at 23 laps – 159pts
6. Denis Rugovac-Sebastian Wotschke (Drukkerij Koopmans) at 23 laps – 89pts
7. Luke Roberts-Tim Veldt (MX) at 29 laps – 171pts
8. Dylan Groenewegen-Nolan Hoffmann (AT5) at 33 laps – 128pts
9. Marco Zanotti-Mitchell Huenders (PARKHOTEL Valkenburg) at 35 laps – 37pts
10. Christian Kos-Patrick Kos (Tacx) at 38 laps – 88pts.

So, here is the fun from the final night in Amsterdam, you can find all the videos from Amsterdam on YouTube by SixDayRacing TV. As always our man Ed Hood is deep in the dungeons of the Velodrome for his first ‘6’ of the year and you can catch-up with his adventures in PEZ. Read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

header-saitamacrit_edited-3Tour de France Saitama Criterium 2014
The second edition of the Tour de France Saitama Criterium was played out in-front of a passionate audience that has been won over by the Tour de France, and by the leading lights of the race who made the journey. Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano), continued the winning from the Champs-Elysées, taking the sprint ahead of Peter Sagan (Cannondale) and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha).

While the demands may not have been as intense as the Tour de France, when the first points race on the Criterium programme got under way, Froome certainly didn’t hold back from contesting a sprint and pocketing a few points, while his future Sky teammate Nicolas Roche took the lead. On the eight laps of the circuit, the Irish rider made a consistent impression, picking up points behind Alexander Kristoff, who was also challenging. The Norwegian even allowed himself to raise his arms on crossing the first finishing line, but it was Roche who topped the table, four points ahead of his nearest rival.

Winner of the first points race, Nicolas Roche (Tinkoff-Saxo): “It’s nice to finish the season like that, because it’s my last race in a Tinkoff-Saxo jersey. It’s also a little bit like winning a stage of the Tour; I get the same music on the podium.”

In the second points race, another stage-hunter until now dissatisfied after his first Tour decided to take control of the race. Keeping a very close eye on proceedings, Arnaud Démare (FDJ.fr) finished ahead of rival Gatis Smukulis (Katusha), and will have particularly savoured a sprint win over Vincenzo Nibali. But the Frenchman had another excellent reason to celebrate at the finish.

Winner of the second points race, Arnaud Démare (FDJ.fr): “We came to Japan as a family, and I really wanted to win a bouquet of flowers for mum, as it’s her birthday today.”

The spectators were then treated to a mini-Tour de France over the 60 kilometres of the main race. Almost as enterprising here as he was several months ago in England and France, Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) was the main mover in a small breakaway, and was joined by Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo), in the hunt for another polka dot jersey. This ultimately doomed attempt was thwarted halfway through the race by a move led by Jean-Christophe Péraud (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Michael Rogers (Tinkoff-Saxo), who won in Bagnères-de-Luchon in a similar scenario. Three laps from the end, the still-sparky Nibali took the sole lead, gaining a handful of seconds on a select group including Kristoff, Sagan, Kittel, Romain Bardet (AG2R-LaMondiale) and Démare, but also Yukiya Arashiro and Fumiyuki Beppu (both Tour de France Japan Team). In fact it was the only two Japanese riders to have ridden the Tour who led on their own as the last lap approached, but they couldn’t hold off the chasing sprinters. In the final straight; the man who won four stages of the 2014 Tour produced a big effort and distanced his remaining rivals. The podium resulting from this high-speed shoot-out was rounded off by Kristoff, third, and Sagan, who had to be happy with second.

Arnaud Démare (FDJ.fr): “Wow! Quite a few people have asked to buy my jersey. I’d never have imagined that so many people would be into cycling here, it’s amazing.”

Chris Froome (Sky): “An incredible atmosphere, nearly as vibrant as the Tour itself, but it’s nice not to have the pressure that goes with it!”

Tour de France Saitama Criterium Result:
1. Marcel Kittel (Ger) Giant-Shimano in 1:24:39
2. Peter Sagan (Slo) Cannondale
3. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha
4. Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ.fr
5. Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Tour De France Japan Team
6. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
7. Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana at 0:02
8. Koen de Kort (Ned) Giant-Shimano at 0:05
9. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana
10. Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Tour De France Japan Team at 0:10.

Tour de France Saitama Criterium:

header-hainanTour of Hainan 2014
The podium of Tour of Hainan changed again at the end of Stage 4 from Wenchang to Xinglong (145.8km) as Frenchman Julien Antomarchi (La Pomme Marseille) escaped from the bunch with Butto and Jabrayilov, gaining a maximum lead of 8 seconds and then soloing to the finish to win by 2 seconds and take the overall lead. Lampre-Merida’s pair; Palini and Bonifazio were second and third.

Lampre-Merida DS Pedrazzini explained: “Being only 6 riders in the team, it’s not easy to control the race or to organise a chase. Everything is even more difficult if no other team supports you; we led the chase for more than 50 kilometers and at 3000 meters to the arrival Belkin gave its support. It would have been enough that the teams that were interested in a sprint solution would have given a little help. Anyway, I would like to highlight the good condition of Palini and Bonifazio, that will give them the opportunity to be protagonists in the next stages”.

Astana’s Dmitriy Gruzdev after stage: “Three riders got into a breakaway and we couldn’t quite catch them – in the final 30km the rain and wind was heavy.”

Tour of Hainan Stage 4 Result:
1. Julien Antomarchi (Fra) La Pomme Marseille in 3:15:59
2. Andrea Palini (Ita) Lampre-Merida at 0:02
3. Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Lampre-Merida
4. Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana
5. Wouter Wippert (Ned) Drapac
6. Barry Markus (Ned) Belkin
7. Mohammad Saufi Mat Senan (Mal) Terengganu
8. Justin Jules (Fra) La Pomme Marseille
9. Hariff Salleh (Mal) Terengganu
10. Ondrej Rybin (Cze) Dukla Praha.

Tour of Hainan Overall After Stage 4:
1. Julien Antomarchi (Fra) La Pomme Marseille in 13:22:10
2. Andrea Palini (Ita) Lampre-Merida at 0:04
3. Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Lampre-Merida at 0:06
4. Meiyin Wang (Chi) Hengxiang at 0:08
5. Wouter Wippert (Ned) Drapac at 0:10
6. Morno Hofland (Ned) Belkin
7. Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana
8. Samir Jabrayilov (Aze) Synergy Baku at 0:13
9. Alex Surutkovich (Ukr) Synergy Baku at 0:14
10. Maksym Averin (Aze) Synergy Baku.

Stage 4:

Lampre-Merida too the first two places on Stage 5 from Xinglong to Sanya (192.8km) and the two top positions in the overall competition with Andrea Palini and Niccolo Bonifazio. The course and the weather was more demanding than the previous days and there was a selection in the bunch. On the summit of the last climb of the stage (27km to go), ten riders were leading the race. On the downhill and the flat sections before the finish, Palini, Bonifazio and Ferrari, all Lampre-Merida, made it to the head of the race, forming with other riders a group of 22 riders who battled for the final sprint. Mori and Ferrari worked hard to support Palini and Bonifazio, who sprinted in ahead of the others.

Stage winner and overall leader, Andrea Palini (Lampre-Merida): This victory is the result of my good condition, of my strong will and of a perfect support by the team. I did not give up on the climb, so I could recover the head group: I still had energies, I was feeling good and so I was very happy when also Ferrari and Mori reached the leading bunch. They were great in preparing the sprint for me and Bonifazio and I’m very happy I could win.”

Astana’s Andrey Zeits: “The second day of rain, that makes it harder, but Astana showed today in the first real climb of the race how strong we are.”

Tour of Hainan Stage 5 Result:
1. Andrea Palini (Ita) Lampre-Merida in 4:32:51
2. Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Lampre-Merida
3. Ruslan Tleubayev Ruslan (Kaz) Astana
4. Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana
5. Stepan Astafyev (Kaz) Vino 4ever
6. Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Belkin
7. Jordan Kerby (Aus) Drapac
8. Elchin Asadov (Aze) Synergy Baku
9. Volodymyr Zagorodny (Ukr) Ukraine
10. Samir Jabrayilov (Aze) Synergy Baku.

Tour of Hainan Overall After Stage 5:
1. Andrea Palini (Ita) Lampre-Merida in 17:54:55
2. Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Lampre-Merida at 0:06
3. Julien Antomarchi (Fra) La Pomme Marseille
4. Meiyin Wang (Chi) Hengxiang at 0:14
5. Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana at 0:16
6. Samir Jabrayilov (Aze) Synergy Baku at 0:19
7. Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana at 0:22
8. Elchin Asadov (Aze) Synergy Baku at 0:23
9. Serhiy Grechyn (Ukr) Ukraine,,
10. Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice at 0:25.

Stage 5:

Thanks to Niccolo Bonifazio (Lampre-Merida) win in Stage 6 from Sanya to Dongfang (182,1 km), the Italian neo-pro moved into the overall lead.

The stage was not demanding, so 5 attackers could escape from the peloton after 50km. Team Lampre-Merida controlled the leaders thanks to Xu Gang and Bono, who limited the gap at no more than 3 minutes. The chase was completed with 2.5 kilometers to go, in time to allow Ferrari to start his support as lead-out man for Bonifazio.

Stage winner and overall leader, Niccolo Bonifazio (Lampre-Merida): “Another perfect performance by the team produced another victory. Today everyone in Lampre-Merida was great and I’m happy I could achieve this success, despite a problem in the sprint when Palini, who was protecting my rear wheel, almost crashed. I was aware there would have been many opportunities for the sprinters here in Hainan, that’s why I trained heavily in order to be ready to exploit these occasions.”

Second on the stage Barry Markus (Belkin): “Unfortunately, I got boxed in a little bit by some Lampre rider.”

Astana’s Andrey Zeits: “Antomarchi and Owsian – French and Polish riders who will be our main competitors to watch on Sunday in the mountains – Dyachenko and Kamyshev and I have the strongest team here and we will work out some tactics at the finish.”

Third on the stage, Wouter Wippert (Drapac): “The last three kilometres were very hectic. The rest of the guys put me in a great position but Bonifazio and Markus were just faster today. Hopefully we can do our best in the last two stages; there’s a big chance for two more sprints so we won’t be giving up.”

Tour of Hainan Stage 6 Result:
1. Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Lampre-Merida in 4:02:18
2. Barry Markus (Ned) Belkin
3. Wouter Wippert (Ned) Drapac
4. Justin Jules (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille
5. Alois Kankovsky (Cze) Dukla Praha
6. Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukr) Ukraine
7. Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana
8. Peron Andrea (Ita) Novo Nordisk
9. Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana
10. Mohammad Saufi Mat Senan (Mas) Terengganu.

Tour of Hainan Overall After Stage 6:
1. Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Lampre-Merida in 21:57:09
2. Andrea Palini (Ita) Lampre-Merida at 0:04
3. Julien Antomarchi (Fra) La Pomme Marseille at 0:10
4. Meiyin Wang (Chn) Hengxiang at 0:18
5. Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana at 0:20
6. Samir Jabrayilov (Aze) Synergy Baku at 0:23
7. Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana at 0:26
8. Elchin Asadov (Aze) Synergy Baku at 0:27
9. Sergiy Grechyn (Ukr) Ukraine
10. Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice at 0:29.

Stage 6:

As it could have been predicted, Niccolò Bonifazio (Lampre-Merida) had to say goodbye to his leaders jersey on Stage 7, the Queen stage of Tour of Hainan from Dongfang to Wuzhishan (199,3km). The neopro race leader from Lampre-Merida, reached the finish 39 seconds after the winner and new leader of the race; Julien Antomarchi (La Pomme Marseille), who beat his break away companion; Astana’s Andrey Zeits.

Stage winner and overall leader, Julien Antomarchi (La Pomme Marseille): “This confirms my momentum. The second stage win really says everything about how we’re going. My first victory was great as well but it was due to circumstances. I gave it my all at the end of long breakaway but I might well have lost had the peloton ridden differently. Today, it’s really an affair of the strongest riders in the race. At the bottom of the last climb with about fifteen kilometres to go, I followed Zeits who had to make up time on GC. I only did a turn in the last kilometre of climbing and then on the downhill towards the finish. I out-sprinted him with 150 metres to go. It’s a beautiful victory.”

Lampre-Merida DS, Simone Pedrazzini described the race: “Three 1st category KOM’s were not so suitable for Bonifazio, but despite this Niccolò still had a very impressive performance. Thanks to Bono and Xu Gang we succeeded in avoiding attacks on the approach of the final climb, whose summit was at 11 km to go. On the climb Mori made the pace for the group, limiting the gap at 1 minutethe on Antomarchi and Zeits, who had escaped in the early part of the climb. On the downhill to the arrival, Bonifazio could recover part of the gap and he got third place. The overall classification is no more a target, but we’ll try to defend the third place and the points classification in which Bonifazio is 1st and Palini is 2nd.”

Second on stage 7, Andrey Zeits (Astana): “After the last climb we had 90 seconds on the leaders, but with Lampre chasing we had to attack the descent as well; a rough, wet, steep road through the jungle down to the finish.”

Tour of Hainan Stage 7 Result:
1. Julien Antomarchi (Fra) La Pomme Marseille in 5:03:00
2. Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana at 0:01
3. Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Lampre-Merida at 0:39
4. Julien El Fares (Fra) La Pomme Marseille at 0:41
5. Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana
6. José Gonçalves (Por) La Pomme Marseille
7. Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida at 0:43
8. Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Belkin at 0:57
9. Moises Duenas Nevado (Spa) Burgos-BH
10. Meiyin Wang (Chn) Hengxiang at 1:08.

Tour of Hainan Overall After Stage 7:
1. Julien Antomarchi (Fra) La Pomme Marseille in 27:00:09
2. Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana at 0:25
3. Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Lampre-Merida at 0:35
4. José Gonçalves (Por) La Pomme Marseille at 1:08
5. Julien El Fares (Fra) La Pomme Marseille at 1:10
6. Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana at 1:11
7. Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida at 1:13
8. Meiyin Wang (Chn) Hengxiang at 1:26
9. Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Belkin at 1:27
10. Moises Duenas Nevado (Spa) Burgos-BH.

Stage 7:

header-skyViviani Signs for Sky
Team Sky has signed the talented Italian sprinter Elia Viviani for the 2015 season.
The 25 year old from Verona is one of the most accomplished finishers in the peloton, having claimed an impressive 30 victories since turning pro in 2010.

Viviani joins Team Sky after five successful seasons with Cannondale, where he competed in all three of cycling’s Grand Tours and won significant stages at the Criterium du Dauphine, Tour of Beijing, USA Pro Challenge and Tour of Britain. Viviani is the sixth new name to be unveiled by Team Sky ahead of the new season, following last month’s announcement that Andrew Fenn, Leopold König, Lars Petter Nordhaug, Wout Poels and Nicolas Roche will all be joining the squad from 2015.

On signing for Team Sky, Elia Viviani said: “This is the perfect move for me and the timing’s right to make this big step in my career. “I know exactly how Team Sky works and the professionalism, rider development and work ethic is exactly what I’m looking for. I hope that with my new team mates and staff I’ll be able to reach all the goals I have and this will be the perfect environment for me to do that. As an Italian rider my dream is to win a stage at the Giro d’Italia, and that’s a big target for me next season. Joining Team Sky is a great opportunity for me and I’m determined to bring them success.”

Team Principal Sir Dave Brailsford said: “I’ve followed Elia’s career for a long time, initially on the track and also as his career has progressed on the road. He has a fantastic temperament and is a fast finisher. We’re looking to have a greater focus on sprinting next year and Elia will help us pursue that goal. We’re very happy to welcome him to Team Sky and to support his ongoing development.”

20 Questions for Elia Viviani:

header-tinkoffsaxoEvgeny Petrov after rough season start: “2014 turned out great”
The season has come ended and that provides a perfect opportunity to look back and evaluate. Tinkoff-Saxo’s experienced Russian, Evgeny Petrov, sums up his 14th year as a pro rider. According to him, the season started on the wrong foot but turned out great for him. “Looking back at this season, I’m happy about how everything went. I had a bad crash during our training camp in January, which set me back going into the first months of the season, where I didn’t race. But I recovered, kept training and my season gradually improved as my shape got better,” says Evgeny Petrov, whose contract was renewed in August ahead of 2015.

Evgeny Petrov found his legs at Giro d’Italia, where he worked hard and devotedly for Rafal Majka. Petrov had originally dreamt of a stage win, but tells that he was just as satisfied to see Michael Rogers taking two solo victories. However, the personal success came in July, where he won the mountainous queen stage in Tour of Austria. “I was really pleased to win in Austria. I enjoy working for the team. But as a rider, it’s important to experience personal success as well once in a while,” he comments and adds: “Then I rode Tour de Pologne, where Rafal took two stage wins and the overall GC. It was amazing to feel the support from the spectators, and it definitely gave a boost when I rode at the front with the local hero in my wheel”.

Tinkoff-Saxo has announced improved ambitions for 2015 with big names joining the team and an increased attention to training and performance. Evgeny Petrov tells that it motivates him to be a part of a determined project. “2015 will be very exciting for the entire team. Of course, there are big expectations, and we have to deliver, but we all share that goal. I’m confident in Bjarne’s decisions and it’s also special for me to work with Oleg. I rode on his team in ’07 and ’08, and the high level of ambition always characterizes it. I’m very happy,” finishes Evgeny Petrov, who’s preparing for the team building expedition to Mount Kilimanjaro.

Evgeny Petrov wins stage 6 of the Tour of Austria 2014:
Int.sterreich-Rundfahrt-Tour of Austria 2014 stahe- 6

header-lottobelisolLotto Belisol: Marc Sergeant analyses 2014:
Now the cycling season is over Lotto Belisol manager Marc Sergeant analyses 2014.

Marc Sergeant about the victories
“With 29 victories we are sixth in the team ranking and Greipel has the most victories of the international peloton. But I would have loved to swop some victories in the Europe Tour for victories in the WorldTour. Because the eight WorldTour victories and the two national titles make our season, the other wins are soon forgotten.”

Marc Sergeant about the spring
“The biggest gap in our season are the Flemish spring races. A sixth place for Gallopin in Harelbeke, the same for Debusschere in Waregem and a victory in Nokere for Dehaes is not enough. We didn’t play a role in the opening weekend; in Ghent-Wevelgem, the Ronde and Paris-Roubaix we had bad luck.”

Marc Sergeant about the one-day races
“With eleven top ten spots on a total of fourteen WorldTour one-day races we can be satisfied, apart from the cobblestone classics. Vanendert got second in the Amstel and sixth in San Sebastián, Gallopin third in Montréal, fifth in San Sebastián and sixth in Harelbeke, and Wellens fourth in Lombardia and sixth in Plouay. If Roelandts can join them next year we’re good.”

Marc Sergeant about the stage races
“The victory of Wellens in the Eneco Tour was outstanding. Van den Broeck became nicely third in the Dauphiné. Generally we had hoped for more in the Grand Tours and the stage races of one week. Top ten in Giro, Tour and Vuelta was never in the cards and also in other stage races we didn’t battle for the prizes.”

Marc Sergeant about Tour 2014
“There was lots of reaction about the performances of Gallopin. Then it becomes clear again which impact the Tour has. He loved the feeling to stand on the podium in the yellow jersey more than winning the stage, but that victory was a very strong performance according to me. Greipel wins in Reims, the only time he didn’t really have a lead-out, after it hadn’t gone smoothly the days before. ‘I risked my life’, he told that evening, but that’s sometimes necessary to win in the Tour.”

Marc Sergeant about Lotto Soudal
“It’s exceptional in cycling that the most important partners commit themselves for such a long time to a project. With Lotto, Soudal, Ridley and Vermarc four very important partners have done that. That gives peace of mind, but brings also responsibility with it. The partners have expectations and ambitions, it’s up to us to fulfil those.”

Marc Sergeant about Jurgen Van den Broeck
“Jurgen was always a member of the Tour selection the past years, for 2015 that’s not certain yet. But that doesn’t mean he won’t ride either. The next few weeks we’ll talk with the riders about their programme. I will talk very openly with him, take all things into account that play a role in it and see which route we will take with him. Maybe we will only make the final decision after the first part of the year, after we had Paris-Nice or the Tirreno, Catalunya, País Vasco and Romandie.”

Marc Sergeant about Jürgen Roelandts
“Jürgen never was at his best in 2014. Problems with his teeth, bad luck and crashes, inflamed sinuses, … There was always something wrong. We believe in him. He will extend his contract soon. I told him that he had to forget everything, we will monitor his problems and if he has a good winter he will be able to grow towards his best shape. The idea not to send him to Australia and build up to the Flemish races more gradually, is a consequence of that.”

Marc Sergeant about Tim Wellens
“This year he has set a big step forward, bigger than we had expected. I think he’s ready to be the leader in certain races next year. Normally he will make his debut in the Tour. Not for a GC, but to show nice things with his offensive racing style in some stages. We will see if he will become a rider for the Grand Tours or the smaller stage races and classics. He’s the exponent of a nice generation of youngsters who knock on the door, with among other Broeckx, Vervaeke, Benoot, Vallée, De Buyst and De Bie. They have to form the basis of our future.”

Not really sure what to say about this video:

header-lottonl-jumboNew Dutch WorldTour team – LottoNL-Jumbo
The LottoNL-Jumbo cycling team presented their new yellow and black kit for 2015 along side the similar speed skating team suits. The skaters will be competing in the new colors in the National Championships next week and the cyclists will follow as of January 1st 2015. Jumbo Supermarkten, a Dutch chain of supermarkets, was introduced as the second title sponsor of the new speed skating and cycling team.

LottoNL-Jumbo stated that the team “is a typically Dutch professional top-level sports team that will be visible 365 days a year and will perform at the highest level. With the merging of a professional cycling team and a professional speed skating team a basis has been created for a new organizational model in Dutch top-level sports. A model which revolves around sharing knowledge, cross-pollination and the combining of efforts. Sportively, as well as commercially and communicatively.”

“A new top-level sports culture will arise which – thanks to the sportive performances and a great appeal – will advertise ‘Dutch glory’ as an important value. With this, we will inspire a new generation of athletes and fans. Management, coaches and athletes will share their knowledge, will work together and will push each other to aim higher, with one goal: winning together!”

presentation skating and cycling team Lotto.nl - Jumbo 2015

Giro d’Italia Ciclo-cross 2014: Official Presentation
A good bit of cyclo-cross action from the Giro d’Italia cyclo-cross, which is on at the moment. Enjoy:

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