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EuroTrash Curaçao Monday!

As always a fun packed and diverse EuroTrash Monday. From cyclo-cross to Curaçao to track illness to the Froome wedding, we have all the latest news, results and video. Should races be held in far flung places? Top Story investigates. Race, team and rider news, plus Contador up Kilimanjaro and Chris Froome’s big day.

TOP STORY: Kristina Vogel; “thanks UCI, thanks chef!”
Food poisoning affected several National teams at the World Cup Track Championship in Guadalajara (Mexico) at the week-end. Two dozen participants were affected and some did not appear for the second session on Saturday and many felt bad after Friday’s dinner at the hotel.

Germany, New Zealand, Holland and France were the countries most affected by intestinal problems and diarrhoea. One of those affected was Germany’s World and Olympic champion Kristina Vogel, who commented on social networks: “Food Poisoning! Thanks for the recommendation International Cycling Union, Hotel Mision Carlton Guadalajara!!! Regards to cook last night. Several riders from different countries love you. NO!!” Vogel wrote on Twitter and Facebook.

The German women’s team rode badly in the team sprint final and gave in to Australia and Italy could not race for 7th place in the pursuit. Edgardo Hernandez Chagoya, the president of the Mexican Cycling Federation (FMC), denied responsibility. “We, the Federation and the Organizing Committee, are not responsible. A company that contracted hotels, food and lodging was hired, it was beyond our control. We already have the remedy, medical and necessary personnel will be supervising the food consumed by the athletes.”

It makes you wonder why the UCI insists on having races in places that could cause problems, not just bad food that makes people ill, but let’s not forget about the clenbuterol in China.

header-superprestigehansgrohe Superprestige Ruddervoorde 2014
Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) won the 3rd round of the Superprestige in Ruddervoorde, Belgium, on Sunday, out-sprinting Mathieu van der Poel (BKCP-Powerplus), Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) and Belgian champion Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink). Lars van der Haar (Giant-Shimano) was 5th but had a crash with Corné van Kessel (Telenet-Fidea).

The early split contained Meeusen, Vantornout and Van der Haar, but Nys, Van Corné, Jens Adams (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace), and Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) managed to cross to them and going into the final lap there was a slight split with Nys and Adams a few meters adrift. Meeusen was by far the strongest rider and made small gaps on every little rise and technical section as he led the final lap. Meeusen escaped on one of the narrow technical sections, but when they hit the sand the others closed him down. Going into the finalé Meeusen, Van der Poel, Vantornout and Nys were together, but it was Meeusen who was first into the final corner, which was on tarmac, and headed towards the line for the win.

Winner Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea): “I was having a great time. The level was high so I had even more fun, rode even closer on the wheels, riding narrow lines. Ruddervoorde is quite a big race and I’ve never won here. I wanted to score here and I managed to do so. I was praying that I would not make a mistake. I made a mistake. Luckily I had enough left in my tank to ride the sprint.”

2nd Mathieu van der Poel (BKCP-Powerplus): “More was possible. I wanted to lead the group when entering the sand section but I made a mistake and ended up riding in third place. That was too far to have a chance in the sprint. Nevertheless I’m pleased that I’m the new leader. It’s a nice bonus.”

Third place went to Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Naooleon Games): “It’s the course that ruined it for me. I’m not a super technical rider. I felt really strong though. I’m pleased that I’m consequently battling for the win.”

4th Belgian champion Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink): “The group was too big for me. If you want to win here you need to be aggressive enough to hold your ground. I lacked that today.”

Mathieu Van der Poel is now the overall leader of the hansgrohe Superprestige series ahead of Sven Nys and Lars van der Haar going into next weeks round in Asper-Gavere.

hansgrohe Superprestige Ruddervoorde Result:
1. Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea in 1:03:06
2. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) BKCP-Powerplus
3. Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games
4. Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan-AA Drink Team
5. Lars van der Haar (Ned) Giant-Shimano at 0:12
6. Jens Adams (Bel) Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace at 0:15
7. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games at 0:30
8. Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet-Fidea at 0:57
9. Joeri Adams (Bel) Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace at 1:06
10. Bart Aernouts (Bel) Corendon-KwadrO at 1:09.

The cross action from Ruddervoorde:

header-curacao14Amstel Curaçao Race 2014
Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) won the Amstel Curaçao Race from Tim Wellens (Lotto Belisol) with Dutch champion Sebastian Langeveld (Garmin-Sharp) in third. The 73.6 kilometer circuit race in the Caribbean came at the end of a week of scuba diving and sunbathing for some of the peloton’s top riders.

Leo van Vliet, the race organiser, announced it would be the last edition of the race as it he is having difficulty attracting riders due to races in China and Japan.

Amstel Curaçao Race Result:
1. Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step in 2:14:33
2. Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol at 0:23
3. Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Garmin-Sharp
4. Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Garmin-Sharp at 3:00
5. Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin at 3:01
6. Mitchel Cornelisse (Ned) Rabobank Development at 3:18
7. Cees Snoek (Ned) Volendam at 3:19
8. Roy Jans (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Goubert at 3:47
9. Faisel Camelia (Ned) Willemstad
10. Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol.

Curaçao race winner Niki Terpstra:
Amstel Curacao Race 2014

Tour of Spain 2014 stage - 18Chris Froome and Michele Cound get Married
At the week-end Chris Froome married his fiancée Michele Cound in South Africa and after the wedding he posted this photo and said: “The most perfect day… I feel like the luckiest man alive”.

Do you think the Wiggins family was invited?

Chris and Michele after the wedding:

header-vueltaTime Trial in the Last Week of 2015 Vuelta a España?
Vuelta a España race director Javier Guillén spoke to Spanish newspaper El País last week saying that there would be a flat time trial of around 40 kilometers in the third week of the 2015 Grand Tour. “Our time trial will follow the usual pattern of the last Vueltas, one of 40 kilometres, and it will be on flat terrain or on false flats.” Guillén also spoke to Chris Froome telling the Sky rider that: “Next year (final time trial) would be in a flat region.”

As to the competition at la Vuelta ’15 Gullén added: “With Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana; I can count on. Astana has not yet decided whether Nibali will ride the Giro. Having Froome would be great, but that does not mean that we will make a Vuelta to suit him. The 2015 Vuelta will be like the past three years, with explosive finales and summit finishes. And anyway, Froome has not said that he’s going to come.”

Next year’s Vuelta a España will begin on August 22 in Puerto Banus, Marbella, the route will be announced in Marbella on January 10.

The 2015 Vuelta a España start announcement (in Spanish):

training stage Astana ProTeam in CalpeFrancesco Gavazzi to Neri Sottoli
Francesco Gavazzi has signed a one-year contract with Neri Sottoli after riding with the Astana team for the last three years. In an interview with Tuttobiciweb Gavazzi said: “If I am happy, and if Neri Sottoli are pleased with me, we’ll take a longer contract.” Gavazzi has had some good wins in his career: a stage in the 2011 Vuelta a España and another in the 2012 Tour of Beijing and 2nd overall. Add to that the 2009 Rund um die Nürnberger Altstadt, stages in Giro di Sardegna, Tour of the Basque Country, Coppa Ugo Agostoni and 2nd in the Trofeo Laigueglia in 2010 and a stage of the Tour of the Basque Country and two stages in the Volta a Portugal in 2011. But no wins for Astana.

Vuelta a España stage win for Gavazzi:
Vuelta 2011 etappe - 18

header_OPQS_PROmega Pharma – Quick-Step Team Safe to 2017
The Omega Pharma company has been sold by it’s owner Marc Coucke to US company Perrigo, but team manager Patrick Lefevere is not worried and told Het Nieuwsblad: “We have a sponsorship agreement with Omega Pharma to 2017, two weeks ago, had lunch with Coucke and he has emphasized that it is customary in acquisitions of this size that all past contracts will be taken over. So until 2017 I am not worried. What happens next, no one knows. But that is no different.”

The Omega Pharma – Quick-Step team training in Spain, PEZ was there, read about the day:

header_lampre-meridaManuele Mori signs for one more season with Lampre-Merida
Team Lampre-Merida has prolonger the contact with Manuele Mori for another year, the experience of the Tuscan cyclist will be great value for the team in the 2015 season.

Mori will be racing for the Lampre-Merida team for the seventh season, he will once again support to the captain and be a model for the young riders. Manuele has a lot of experience; during his pro career that began in 2004, he took part in all the World Tour races, except for Paris-Roubaix and Gand-Wevelgem, obtaining at least once a final place in the top 25 in each race (except for the Grand Tours).

“It’s a big satisfaction for me to have the opportunity to race for the seventh season in the same team, it means to me that I worked in the best way,” Mori explained. “I thank the team management, the sponsors and the staff, the team is like a second family for me. Season after season, my role changed and now I’m focused on supporting the team captains and in giving the necessary help to the young riders: Lampre-Merida is paying huge attention to the young guns, it’s something very remarkable.”

Team manager Brent Copeland commented: “Manuele Mori is one of those riders that can be always helpful to the team and it’s very important that he’ll be with us in the next season too. He’ll be with the team captains in the one day races and in Grand Tours, giving also his help to the young riders and the new cyclists of the team.”

The biography of Manuele Mori.

Tour Down Under 2014

header-contadorAlberto Contador Returned from the Highest Peak of his Career
“We had difficult moments.”
Alberto Contador has returned from Africa after conquering the highest peak of his career, the 5895 meters of Mount Kilimanjaro with 70 percent of the members of the Tinkoff-Saxo team, they also managed to climb the mountain after a hard walk of five days marked by a harsh climate. “It was a new experience in which the whole team has been together, sharing good times and some really complicated. The weather has not helped us, for the first three days it rained a lot and we did not have time to dry the clothes we wore and the tents and sleeping bags,” said Alberto Contador. “More than the physical exertion or altitude, as until then we didn’t pass 3,800 meters, the worst of the first days was the rain.”

“Of course, the real test was the climb to the summit on the last day,” continued the leader of Tinkoff-Saxo. “We went from the last camp, located at 4,600 meters, to Uhuru Peak, 5895 m, the highest point of Kilimanjaro. That day we got up at 11:30 p.m. after 3 hours sleep to reach the summit at sunrise, it was snowing a little and with an impressive wind. It was hard to think about climbing, but luckily when we got up the wind gave us a little respite and we decided to try.”

Alberto wanted to face a high mountain. “It was a new challenge for me because I didn’t know my body’s response to altitude, but the sensations I had were pretty good. Only by passing the 5400 meters step I noticed some discomfort in the stomach that quickly disappeared, which kept me going at a good pace to the top.”

The entire group of Tinkoff-Saxo, with nearly 80 people among riders and technical staff, were organized in small groups, always accompanied by guides to avoid getting lost in the many mountain trails. “In my case I went with Valgren, Kiserlovski and a guide” recalls Contador. “We had difficult moments. Although I was lucky that the altitude did not affect me, there were teammates who went bad and had to turn back, others needed help to get to the summit and there were others that went back to camp not remembered anything that had happened. That was partly the aim of this expedition, to face situations that involved union and fellowship, and I think we have achieved it, although it was not easy.”

For Alberto Contador and the rest of the components of Tinkoff-Saxo, the expedition to Kilimanjaro “has been a pretty good experience that marks the start of the 2015 season, probably the most challenging of my career with the dual objective Giro d’Italia and Tour de France. Now I have to recover from this trip and focus on my own task, which is the bicycle,” concluded the most recent winner of the Vuelta a España.


header-soudal14Ride a Virtual Belgian Cyclo-Cross
If you want to see what a Belgian cyclo-cross looks like from the saddle, but don’t want to leave the settee, here is the course for the Soudal Jaarmarktcross in Niel, which is on tomorrow (Tuesday):

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