EuroTrash Andy Monday!
The 1st. of December already, how time flies, but not for Andy Schleck as he only received his Tour trophy this week, four years late. All the winter cross and track results and lots of race, team and rider news from just about all around the World. Have a EuroTrash coffee for Andy!
TOP STORY: Andy Schleck Receives Tour Vase
On Thursday evening in the Elysée Palace in Paris, Andy Schleck received his 2010 Tour de France trophy from French president François Hollande. Schleck finished second to Alberto Contador in the 2010 Tour, but was given the victory after Contador was found positive with clenbuterol. The Luxembourger had received a yellow jersey from Tour director Christian Prudhomme, but not the Sèvres porcelain vase.
The presentation was arranged by Luxembourg’s minister for foreign affairs, Jean Asselborn, who said: “After he was disqualified, Contador never handed back the trophy. In October, when Andy took the decision to end his career, I said to myself that was the moment, especially as I knew that François Hollande was a fan of Andy. He had spoken about him to me many times. He adored his style, his class on the bike.”
Andy Schleck commented: “Finally after 4 years” and posted this photo on Twitter.
UCI World Cup Cyclo-Cross-Milton Keynes 2014
Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) got the better of his teammate Klaas Vantornout at the line in a muddy Milton Keynes in Britain to take the 3rd round of the UCI WorldCup on Saturday. French champion Francis Mourey (FDJ.fr) out sprinted Dutch champion Lars van der Haar (Giant-Shimano) for third place.
Pauwels and German champion Philipp Walsleben (BKCP-Powerplus) split the leaders on lap 2, building up a small gap to then be joined by Van der Haar on lap 4. The Dutch champion had Vantornout and Mourey with him and then Corné van Kessel (Telenet-Fidea) and Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) also crossed to join the front of the race, putting seven in the lead. Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink) had trouble on the slippery off-camber section and also lost his chain which was too much for the Belgian champion to overcome and he finished in 8th place.
On lap 6 Walsleben was dropped on the off-camber section taking Van Kessel and Meeusen with him, although Walsleben managed to rejoin. French champ Mourey attacked with over a lap to go, distancing Van der Haar and Walsleben. Vantornout was next to put the pressure on, which put Mourey into trouble. Vantornout had a small lead before being joined by Pauwels. The two teammates fought out the last lap and when they hit the road finish Pauwels was the faster. Mourey took third from Van der Haar, with Walsleben fifth in front of Van Kessel and Meeusen.
Rob Peeters (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace) was 10th only one day after his fathers death. Home rider, British champion Ian Field (Hargroves Cycles) finished in 12th place.
Race winner and WorldCup leader Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games): “It was very hard. There are a lot of running sections which make it tough for me. I had back pains at the end of the race. Still, I was good enough to take the win. The World Cup isn’t won yet but things are looking great for me. Klaas (Vantornout) is riding very well. Today it was hard to follow him but I managed to hang on. It was hard to get ahead of him in the sprint.”
Dutch champion Lars Van Der Haar (Giant-Shimano) was a disappointed 4th: “All race long I had no problems to get in my pedals and in the final lap it goes wrong. I had to sprint with only one foot clipped in while Mourey isn’t slow anyway.”
An unlucky Belgian champion Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink): “There was a lot of pushing going on at those off-camber sections. My chain dropped and I did not manage to release it straight away. From there, there was a long chase ahead of me.”
Kevin Pauwels is leading the UCI Cyclo-cross WorldCup with 220 points with team mate Klaas Vantornout on 185. Telenet-Fidea pair Corné Van Kessel and Tom Meeusen are both in 3rd place with 163 points.
UCI World Cup Cyclo-Cross-Milton Keynes Result:
1. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games in 1:03:01
2. Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games at 0:01
3. Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ.fr at 0:16
4. Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Giant-Shimano at 0:19
5. Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus at 0:43
6. Corné Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet-Fidea at 0:58
7. Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 1:00
8. Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan-AA Drink at 1:12
9. Bart Aernouts (Bel) Corendon-Kwadro at 1:32
10. Rob Peeters (Bel) Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace at 1:38.
Race action by UCI TV:
Bpost Bank Trofee Flandriencross Hamme 2014
Wout Van Aert (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace) won Sunday’s Flandriencross, the third round of the Bpost Bank Trofee cyclo-cross series, out sprinting Mathieu Van Der Poel (BKCP-Powerplus). German champion Philipp Walsleben (BKCP-Powerplus) was third, while Bpost Bank Trofee series leader Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink) was fourth.
Lars van der Haar (Giant-Shimano), Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea), Nys and Van Aert attacked in the opening lap, but Jens Adams (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace) jumped away from the pack at the half-way point, to stay out front for 2 laps. With 3 laps to go; Meeusen pulled back Adams to set up a lead group of 17. Two laps to go and Adams jumped away again on the narrow course. With under 2 laps to go; Walsleben and Van der Poel jumped away and Adams was brought back.
Into the last lap Walsleben had a lead on the chase group of Van Aert, Van der Poel, Adams and Van der Haar. From the group only Van Aert and Van der Poel were able to catch Walsleben. Van der Poel and Van Aert fought out the final with Van Aert coming off the best with Walsleben hanging on for 3rd. Nys won the sprint for fourth place ahead of Pauwels and Van der Haar.
Race winner Wout Van Aert (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace): “It was just a long enough finish to get over him. I’m pleased to have won. I’m not racing full-time amongst the pro’s. Now I’m able to choose my races. It pleases me to race like this. It’s tough to maintain your position on this course. I’m pleased that it worked out.”
Mathieu Van der Poel (BKCP-Powerplus) was second: “It was a nice duel. I tried to play it tactically in the end but it was too far to the finish. I saw him coming and knew I had lost.”
Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink) leads the series by 2 minutes over Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) and Wout Van Aert (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace) at 2:09.
Bpost Bank Trofee Flandriencross Hamme Result:
1. Wout Van Aert (Bel) Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace in 1:03:52
2. Mathieu Van Der Poel (Ned) BKCP-Powerplus
3. Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus at 0:07
4. Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan-AA Drink at 0:08
5. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games
6. Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Giant-Shimano
7. Jens Adams (Bel) Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace at 0:09
8. Marcel Meisen (Ger) Corendon-Kwadro
9. Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Crelan-AA Drink at 0:12
10. Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) Corendon-Kwadro.
Zurich ‘6 day’ 2014
Mark Cavendish and Iljo Keisse (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) won the Zurich ‘6 Day’ making up for the disappointment of missing out in Gent. Going into the final chase of the final night, Cavendish and Keisse were 8 points behind the Gent winners; Jasper De Buyst and Kenny De Ketele. They lost a lap early on, but this spurred them on to pull level again, although Silvan Dillier and Leif Lampater also gained a lap. The Isle of Man/Belgian couple took a lap on De Buyst and De Ketele and draw level with Dillier and Lampater and then went on to score more points to finish 21 points ahead of Lampater/Dillier, while De Buyst and De Ketele were third at one lap.
Zurich ‘6 day’ Result:
1. Mark Cavendish (GB) / Iljo Keisse (Bel) trioverde.ch 245pts
2. Silvan Dillier (Swi) / Leif Lampater (Ger) Lerch & Partner 224pts
3. Kenny De Ketele (Bel) / Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Haba 250pts at 1 lap
4. Tristan Marguet (Swi) / Marcel Kalz (Ger) Samsung 233 at 1 lap
5. David Muntaner (Spa) / Alberto Torres (Spa) Skoda 214 at 1 lap
6. Alex Rasmussen (Den) / Marc Hester (Den) Mapei Tevag 188pts at 2 laps
7. Roger Kluge (Ger) / Jesper Mørkøv (Den) Assos 114pts at 4 laps
8. Claudio Imhof (Sui) / Gaël Suter (SUI) Lerch Promotionen 129pts at 6 laps
9. Andreas Müller (Aut) / Andreas Graf (Aut) APG 46pts at 7 laps
10. Christian Grasmann (Ger) / Jan-André Freuler (Sui) Riposa 85pts at 9 laps.
Sorry no film from this years Zurich ‘6 Day’, but here are the big motors from 1990:
Australian Prime Minister joins Orica-GreenEDGE for ride to celebrate 2014 season
The Hon. Tony Abbott MP, Prime Minister of Australia, today joined Australia’s only professional cycling team on the WorldTour, ORICA-GreenEDGE, on a morning ride in Canberra to celebrate the team’s successful 2014 season.
Orica’s Executive Global Head of Corporate Affairs and Social Responsibility Gavin Jackman said: “ORICA-GreenEDGE has never been higher in the rankings of world cycling and Orica is delighted to have helped them get there.”
A keen rider, Mr Abbott teamed up with ORICA-GreenEDGE riders Simon Gerrans, Matthew Hayman, Luke Durbridge, Caleb Ewan and Cameron Meyer and Orica-AIS riders Lizzie Williams and Jessie McLean for a 26-kilometer training ride through the streets of the national capital. “It was a real privilege to have the Prime Minster join us this morning for a ride here in Canberra. It’s good to see that he is also a keen cyclist,” said Gerrans.
A two-year extension of Orica’s naming rights agreement also announced today will continue the successful collaboration between the team and Orica, the global leader in the supply of explosives and mining chemicals to customers in the resources and infrastructure sectors in more than 100 countries. The agreement also includes the renewal of Orica as naming rights sponsor of the highly successful Orica-AIS women’s cycling team. “The ORICA-GreenEDGE partnership has been a resounding success with Orica’s sponsorship helping the team deliver world-class performances which in turn have generated global exposure for Orica. We’ve also been particularly delighted to work with the men’s and women’s teams in local communities in which Orica operates,” Mr Jackman said.
“ORICA-GreenEDGE is a partnership built on our shared commitment to technical excellence and teamwork. It is a powerful collaboration between two organizations with a proud Australian heritage and which are both successfully competing on the world stage. I am very pleased it will continue for a further two years,” Mr Jackman said.
Since its inception, ORICA-GreenEDGE has recorded over 100 victories and the 2014 season seeing the team record the third highest number of wins of any team in the world. Team owner, Gerry Ryan said, “We’re delighted to be extending our naming sponsor agreement with Orica. The company has been the ideal partner, helping put the team on the map in professional cycling. We have come a long way thanks to the support of Orica.”
“Everyone at ORICA-GreenEDGE, from our riders to members of the support staff who work tirelessly to keep the team on the road are very proud of our association with Orica. We are all looking forward to sharing our future success with them,” Mr Ryan said.
Gerrans welcomed the news of Orica’s renewal, recognizing their contribution to the team’s success. “It is fantastic news that we have prolonged the contract with Orica,” Gerrans said. They’re a great partner for the team and we have taken some major steps together with them these last years. The support of a global company like Orica is fundamental to us and we all look forward to developing even further with them over the next two years.”
PM edition of Backstage Pass
Petacchi to Neri-Sottoli
It’s looking more likely that Alessandro Petacchi will be riding for the Neri-Sottoli team in 2015. The 41 year old Italian sprinter was not re-signed by Omega Pharma – Quick-Step for next year, but did have a reasonable season with a win in the GP Cerami and as part of the team time trial win in the Tirreno-Adriatico and 2nd on stage 6. He was also 3rd in stage 1 of the Volta ao Algarve and 4th in the Scheldeprijs.
Milan-San Remo: Finish Line Moves Back to Via Roma
Classic course takes in Turchino, the Capi, Cipressa and Poggio climbs with race shortened by one kilometer at the finale to make the race even more unpredictable. Via Roma finish line last seen was in 2007 with Oscar Freire as winner. Merckx raised arms in victory seven times on Via Roma.
Milan – San Remo goes back to its traditions to set up a spectacular finale on the classic Via Roma finish line, which has played a key role in the history of this “monument race”.
Also known as “La Primavera”, the Milan – San Remo is organized by RCS Sport/La Gazzetta dello Sport and will be held on March 22. It will run a very similar course as the 2014 edition – with the key points on Passo del Turchino, Capo Mele, Capo Cervo, Capo Berta, Cipressa and Poggio di Sanremo – but has a substantial change for the finale.
Compared to the Piazzale Calvino finish, which was 3km from the Poggio descent to the finish line and has been used for the last few editions, the Via Roma finish line will shortens this distance by “only” 2km.
This change will make the race even more open and unpredictable – until the final moments – with the attackers having more chances to anticipate the fast wheels of the peloton. The total distance will therefore go from 294km to 293km from 2015.
The last winner on the Via Roma was the Spanish rider Oscar Freire, in 2007.
Eddy Merckx is the record holder, with 7 victories in this “Classicissima di Primavera”, winning the race in 1966, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1975 and 1976, with each of these on the Via Roma finish line – showing how the finale of this race can be open to many solutions.
History of San Remo Finish Line:
from 1907 to 1948 finish in Corso Cavallotti
from 1949 to 1985 finish in Via Roma
from 1986 to 1993 finish in Corso Cavallotti
from 1994 to 2007 finish in Via Roma
from 2008 to 2014 finish in Piazzale Italo Calvino.
Bookwalter broke the big toe on his right foot in a non-exercise related accident at his home last week in Asheville, North Carolina, Dr. Testa said. Following a few days of rest, the 2013 Tour of Qatar and Tour of Alberta runner-up was able to resume training indoors. “We expect him to lose a couple weeks of training, but for the moment we are not planning to change his racing program,” Dr. Testa said. Bookwalter said while the injury initially left him frustrated, he is determined to quickly get back to full strength. “I am riding outside now with a modified shoe,” he said. “I have cut out the toe box and put a really thin insole in it and put my cleat back all the way. So I am doing all kinds of things to stay moving and peddling.”
Xu Gang and the well deserved confirmation in Lampre-Merida
The operation that gave to Xu Gang the opportunity to race the 2014 season in Lampre-Merida was, as in the management purposes, more than a simple investment in the Asian cycling movement. The rider from Shanghai, 5 times national champion, demonstrated on the roads his cycling qualities. He was always ready to fulfill the expectations of the team’s sport directors and he always achieved the targets.
Xu Gang (see biography: www.teamlampremerida.com/en/team/atleti/xu-gang) shown that he’s a very reliable team member, receiving the appreciation by all his team mates and by the sport directors. In 2014 the Chinese athlete raced for 41 days, 18 in World Tour competitions. His debut in the top category of the world cycling was the Vuelta al Pais Vasco, then he took part in Tour de Romandie (helping Rui Costa in obtaining a place on the final podium), Vattenfall Cyclassics Hamburg and Tour of Beijing.
Lampre-Merida did not hesitate to confirm Xu Gang in the team for 2015, as the team manager Brent Copeland explained: “We were aware that Xu Gang could have faced some difficulties in approaching the World Tour category, but he had no problems in familiarizing himself with the new team and realizing very good performances in demanding races such as the Vuelta al Pais Vasco and the Tour de Romandie. We received good feedbacks about Xu by all the other riders of the team and by the sport director, so we extend his contract. Considering the improvements he performed during the 2014 season, we’re sure that he will enhance his qualities in 2015 too, so that we’ll be able to give him the opportunity to debut in a three weeks tour.”
Xu Gang is very happy: “The 2014 season was fantastic for me, the decision of the team of confirm my presence in the roster for 2015 makes me very proud. Everybody in the team, all the riders and all the members of the staff helped me a lot, so I only had to focus my attention of the races and the trainings, everybody in the team has a lot of talent and everything is perfect. I can’t wait for the 2015 season to start.”
For 2015 season, Team Lampre-Merida doubled the Faria Da Costa
In addition to Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa, in the next season the team’s sport directors will rely on Mario Jorge Faria Da Costa, who’s the brother of the former world champion. Mario Costa was born in Povoa de Varzim (Portugal) on 15 November 1985 and he turned pro in 2008, demonstrating during his career good skills on flat courses and in the time trial, giving his best in the support of the team’s captains. Despite the fact that he always worked helping the team mates, in 2011 he obtained the second place in the Portuguese road championship.
The Lampre-Merida roster for 2015 will have one more rider that will work for the captains, with a special regard to Rui Costa, with whom Mario Costa has a natural feeling that will be useful during the races. The Portuguese cyclist can give an additional value on flat courses, just what the sport directors was searching for. “It’s with such pride and satisfaction for me to wear in 2015 the colors of Lampre-Merida,” Mario Costa commented. “I will do my best to honor this opportunity, I’ll work hard daily to meet the target that the team will propose to me. I thank the team, the sponsors and the team manager Copeland for this opportunity. It will be exciting to fight in support of my brother Rui in his attempts of achieving top results.”
Serpa to Stay with Lampre-Merida
In 2015 Lampre-Merida will count on one of it’s best climber: Josè Rodolfo Serpa Perez. The Colombian rider signed a contract for one season with the blue-fuchsia-team, so in 2015 he’ll spend his third year wearing Lampre-Merida jersey. The “Lion from Bucaramanga”, born in 1979 in Corazal, has spent 9 seasons in pro cycling, obtaining 35 victories. In the past season, Serpa achieved one of the most important success in his career, the Trofeo Laigueglia.
“The confirmation of Serpa on the roster for 2015 will contribute to keep a very high level of quality in our climbers group. Josè is a key rider for his experience, his cycling skills and his reliability. He has been always more than competitive in all the top races he took part in,” team manager Brent Copeland explained. “His role of support to the captains will be very precious, so as it will be his skills in trying to achieve personal goals, as it happened in Trofeo Laigueglia 2014. Moreover, Josè is a very good guy and he’s appreciated by all the team members.”
More info about Serpa: www.teamlampremerida.com/en/team/atleti/serpa-perez-jose-rodolfo/
Tom Southam Joins Drapac Professional Cycling as Sports Director
Drapac Professional Cycling are happy to welcome British former-professional Tom Southam to the team as sports director for 2015. Southam had previously ridden for Drapac – Porsche in 2007, when he moved to Australia following a number of years racing in Italy.
Since his retirement from racing in 2011, Southam has worked as press-officer and assistant manager at the British Rapha Condor JLT team, where he has twice guided young riders to overall victory in the Tour of Korea, amongst other successes.
“Often the best things that come along just feel like a very natural fit. As soon as the opportunity came up with Drapac, it made complete sense to me. Not only in terms of where I am in my own career, but also the fact that my own ambitions are mirrored in the goals of this team, and it’s an organization that I’ve known for a number of years.”
“It has been seven years since I was a part of the team, but I saw Drapac at a number of races this year and last and have always been highly impressed with the team’s professionalism and development.”
General manager of the team Jonathan Breekveldt said, “Its always great to welcome back a former team member in Tom, although in a significantly difference role. Tom’s methodology and theories are all synchronous with those at Drapac Professional Cycling and he will be a natural fit for the role and challenges that lie ahead for the 2015 season. 2014 was out most successful season to date and I am sure that with Tom’s influence we can make 2015 another standout and take another step forward.
Southam will join the team at their first training camp in Melbourne at the start of December, where he will start getting to know the 2015 Drapac line-up, and work with the other sports directors on finalizing the finer details of rider race programs for the upcoming season.
“Obviously it is a new challenge for me, but I am not coming in to it completely cold. I am always striving to do the best job in anything I can do, and I have been lucky enough to have an amazing network of people around me over the past few years. In particular I owe a debt of gratitude to John Herety who has given me a great deal of advice during my time at Rapha Condor JLT.”
Martin Kohler signs for Drapac Professional Cycling
Martin Kohler of Switzerland will join Drapac Professional Cycling in 2015 having spent the past seven seasons with BMC Racing Team. The former Swiss Time Trial (2011) and Road Race (2012) champion is the sixth new signing for Drapac Professional Cycling bringing the roster to 17 riders. “Since I started racing I dreamt about winning races. I’ve done that in juniors and U23 but it became rare the past 7 years since I turned pro. I had to sacrifice myself to world stars and now I’m sure I have found a team where I can live my dream. A team who believes in me and trust me and a team where I can win. I bring 7 years of professional experience, which 5 years of it were in the World Tour. I have done all the big races and I know a lot about racing and guiding or leading a team. I want to share my experience with the young hopeful guys and together we will bring success to the team and to the partners. I am looking for success as a team and not as an individual and although we might be a smaller team if everybody pulls on the same rope we will be strong and successful.”
Director of Performance, Keith Flory was full of praise and believes Martins athletic limits are yet to be reached. “Martin is an incredibly versatile athlete, who we believe has not yet hit is full potential. He has some unique physiological talents that we’ll work with him to advance further, to see him hopefully achieve the success on the road we believe he is capable of”, says Flory.
“I’ve always felt comfortable in Australia and I’ve heard about the Drapac Professional Cycling whilst racing against them many times. I only heard good things talking to Drapac guys so when I heard there is a possibility I just had to take it. I am really excited to join the team and can’t wait to meet the guys in the first training camp coming up soon”, says Martin.
The first Training Camp for Drapac Professional Cycling begins on the 29th of November.
RusVelo presents 2015 team roster
Yesterday RusVelo held the team presentation for the next season. The official ceremony, followed by a gala dinner, took place in La Covallina restaurant, just three kilometers from the team base in Lonato del Garda, Italy. The team will continue to ride Campagnolo-equipped Colnago bikes, changing the model to V1-R. There are noticeable changes in the riders line-up, with two of the team leaders, Ilnur Zakarin and Sergey Lagutin, leaving for Katusha and a big group of under-23 youngsters coming in. Still, the team is determined to hold on to UCI rating positions it occupied in 2014. True to the strategy of giving the green light in professional career to the most talented young Russian riders, the team roster remains 100% Russian.
Platon Ratskevich, Vice Chancellor of the Russian Consulate in Milan, double Olympic champion Paola Pezzo and the president of Campagnolo company Valentino Campagnolo were among the guests of honor who attended the ceremony.
The team roster for 2015:
Ildar Arslanov, Ivan Balykin, Igor Boev, Alexander Evtushenko, Artur Ershov, Petr Ignatenko, Sergey Firsanov, Alexander Foliforov, Alexander Komin, Roman Kustadinchev, Roman Maikin, Artem Nych, Artem Ovechkin, Kirill Pozdniakov, Alexander Rybakov, Alexander Serov, Andrey Solomennikov, Mamyr Stash.
Alexander Efimkin, Sergey Honchar, Alexey Markov, Fabrizio Tacchino, Roberto Vigni.
The technical partners are:
Accapi, Campagnolo, Casco, Colnago, Deda Elementi, Dion Sportlab, Elite, Errea, Look, Parentini, Selle Italia, Tufo.
Go on, get out on your bike!
If the weather is getting you down or you just cant get your head round going out on the bike in December, here is some great motivation put together by TheMeeshoz. A compilation of the three 2014 Ardennes classic races: Amstel Gold, Fleche Wallone and Leige-Bastone-Leige.
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