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EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!

Tom Dumoulin and mechanical doping (unconnected) make the EUROTRASH Top Story. As always we have a big sack of cycling news trash: Lopez to stay with Astana till 2020, trouble at LottoNL-Jumbo, new riders for BEAT, new Alecto kit, Rally 2018 roster, AG2R-La Mondiale early races, Dubai Tour and Ruta del Sol news, Jens Voigt to run 7 marathons and Astana’s video memories of 2017. Coffee up!

TOP STORY: Two for the Price of One!
Two stories caught my eye this week: Tom Dumoulin is to defend his 2017 Giro d’Italia victory and that the French judiciary are investigating mechanical doping at ‘the highest level’ of the sport.

1. Dumoulin Back at the Giro
2017 World time trial champion and Giro d’Italia winner is strongly rumored to be returning to the Italian Grand Tour to defend his win. After the Giro route presentation, the tall Dutchman was tight lipped about his Grand Tour plans, but it seems the probability of him riding the Giro was confirmed by RCS, the Giro organizers.

Of course the decision could have been due to the possible competition lining up in Jerusalem in May, or the lack of it. Vincenzo Nibali, Romain Bardet and Rigoberto Uran have said they will not ride the Giro, concentrating on the Tour de France. That leaves Esteban Chaves, Miguel Angel Lopez, Simon Yates, Thibaut Pinot, Rohan Dennis, Louis Meintjes and a recovered Alejandro Valverde as his main adversaries. There could be a certain Chris Froome in Israel, but that’s not guaranteed at the moment. If the 2018 Giro d’Italia is to be decided by a time trial, there are not many who can beat the man from Maastrict against the clock.

Dumoulin was awarded the Dutch Male Athlete of the Year on Tuesday, he is the first cyclist to win the award since Danny Nelissen in 1995, he beat Formula 1 star Max Verstappen and speed skater Sven Kramer.

2. French Investigate Mechanical Doping
The headline says: Deux juges enquetênt sur des vélos de course truqués – Two judges investigating faked race bikes.

It was reported in Wednesday’s Le Canard Enchaîné that magistrates Claire Thépaut and Serge Tournaire had been appointed to investigate the possibility that mechanical doping was being used by ‘big name riders’. The magazine claims that the investigation is looking at links between the teams, companies and cycling authorities. It seems that it was ‘the extraterrestrial’ performances of the riders that has caused doubt in their legitimacy, more so than old fashioned chemical doping. The French judiciary are taking the case very seriously as the two magistrates are to be assisted by the French police financial crimes division.

Frenchman David Lappartient, UCI President, has been putting a lot of emphasis on the question of motors in the peloton since taking the presidency from Brian Cookson. A statement on the report was made by the UCI:

  1. “We welcome any assistance that could be brought to us in this field, which is one of the key priorities of the UCI President’s mandate, and are available to provide any help necessary to the competent jurisdictions.”

Documentary by Francetv Sport (English subtitles):

Miguel Angel Lopez stays with Astana until 2020
The Colombian rider Miguel Angel Lopez will continue his career in Astana Pro Team at least until the end of 2020. Despite a current contract valid for 2018 season, the team’s management and the rider signed a new agreement for the following two years (2019 and 2020).

“The next three years I will spend in Astana Team and I am very happy with this fact. I’ve started my professional career here and during all this time I felt and still feel unbelievable support from the side of the management, sports directors, my teammates. I feel that the team trust in me and this is very important. I am happy that my future lies with Astana Pro Team, now I can focus exclusively on cycling, on the upcoming season to continue progressing on my way to the highest goals,” said Miguel Angel Lopez.

Miguel Angel Lopez (23) came to Astana Pro Team in 2015 as a neo-pro rider. Over the last three years, despite a serious injury in the end of 2016, Miguel Angel has reached some big achievements: he won the Milano – Torino and the Tour de Suisse in 2016, took stage victories at the Tour of Austria, the Vuelta a Burgos and twice at the Vuelta a España in 2017. Besides, in the last season Lopez won the youth classification of La Vuelta, finishing 8th in final classification.

“For us Miguel Angel Lopez is one of the leaders of the team even he is still very young. He doesn’t need to prove anything to anyone – only to gain experience, to develop and to improve as a professional rider and, of course, to win. He has all he needs for that and Astana Team can provide him with the maximum support. The new agreement is just a strengthening of our relationships, so now, the rider and the team, we both can begin to build a long-term plan for our successful future,” said general manager Alexandr Vinokurov.

Vuelta stage win for Miguel Angel Lopez:

Team LottoNL-Jumbo suspends Tolhoek and Eenkhoorn for two months, Lobato leaves
As a result of the events during the training camp in Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Team LottoNL-Jumbo has ended the contract with Juan José Lobato in mutual consultation. Furthermore, Antwan Tolhoek and Pascal Eenkhoorn have been suspended for two months. These two riders are excluded from all team activities, including the team presentation, the training camp and the participation in races.

Without the knowledge of the team and its medical staff the trio had used (non-doping related) sleep medication, which was neither provided nor is being prescribed by the team. This is a severe and unacceptable violation of the team regulations.

In determining the measures, all legal and personal aspects were taken into account, as well as the major impact the incident has had on the team. It was also paramount to ascertain who was in possession of what medication and in which way they were utilized. None of these riders’ actions have violated UCI and/or Wada rules.

The team takes responsibility for the health of the riders, and experiments that endanger their health are not accepted. In the context of the talent development policy that Team LottoNL-Jumbo advocates, the team has reached out to Tolhoek and Eenkhoorn to provide them a continuing opportunity to develop into an exemplary professional cyclist.

In the case of Juan José Lobato, it was decided to end the sporting cooperation in the interest of both the rider and the team. Lobato has had an emotionally eventful year and will have to concentrate on his recovery.

Juan José Lobato and Antwan Tolhoek:
Utsunomiya - Japon - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Juan Jose LOBATO DEL VALLE (Spain / Team Lotto NL - Jumbo) - Antwan TOLHOEK (Netherlands / Team Lotto NL - Jumbo) - Alexey VERMEULEN (USA / Team Lotto NL - Jumbo) - Enrico BATTAGLIN (Italy / Team Lotto NL - Jumbo) - Koen BOUWMAN (Netherlands / Team Lotto NL - Jumbo)   pictured during the Japan Cup Cycle Road Race (1.HC) in Utsunomiya - Japon - photo Miwa iijima/Cor Vos © 2017

BEAT Welcomes Daniel Abraham, Nahom Desale and NLtraining to the Club
Reigning Paralympic champion and Dutch time trial champion at the elite without contract Daniel Abraham (NED) and talent Nahom Desale (ERI) will join the BEAT Cycling Club UCI Continental road team. Both riders have a refugee background, and together with BEAT and NLtraining they will aim to inspire other refugees and show that cycling can be a means to participate in society.

BEAT and NLtraining aim to use cycling as an instrument to further connect society through the individual team sport that is cycling. Geert Broekhuizen, co-founder of BEAT Cycling Club, said: “We select our riders based on two criteria. Their sporting qualities and ambitions come first. However, we also find it important that our riders have distinctive and inspiring stories. In the search for these individuals we came across Nahom and Daniel. Both riders were among the best on the Dutch amateur scene last year and deserve a chance to race at a higher level. In addition, we see an opportunity to tell the story of how, for these riders, cycling has served as a means to participate in society and a way to prepare for a successful future. To tell this story most effectively, we have entered into a partnership with NLtraining.”

NLtraining is an organization that since 2005 has been successfully supporting migrants and refugees in participating in Dutch society through language courses and integration programs – a process that is not unknown to Abraham and Desale. Both riders were born in Eritrea and came to the Netherlands as refugees. Both are now fully active in Dutch society, thanks in part to their sport. BEAT Cycling Club and NLtraining aim to inspire refugees through this partnership by showing that sports can be an effective connecting factor in the social participation process.

Marnix Heida, CEO of NLtraining, said: “Cycling is the most popular sport in Eritrea. Many young refugees who come here want to ride. Integration is a big challenge for this group. The culture, language, writing and society are very different. Practicing sports offers them an opportunity. At NLtraining, we want to use sports to help permanently integrate people, in addition to offering them language courses; sports can help people set goals and get to know Dutch people directly, which also helps them with the Dutch language. Through education and sports it will be possible to offer a dual integration path.”

The interesting stories of Desale and Abraham inspire and help the other (former) refugees enormously with participating in society. “The desire to practice sports is a personal motivation, regardless of national borders or language,” said Heida. “By addressing this personal motivation, people can connect with each other. It is enormously inspiring to hear and see good stories about it. Daniel and Nahom have these stories. They are eager to inspire and motivate other new Dutch people to practice sports. NLtraining is bringing these aspects together in a new Sport & Participation program. This program provides inspiration clinics, enables participants to start sports together and links them with a sports buddy at local sports clubs as well as at BEAT Cycling Club. Through this program, they will also find new Dutch cycling friends.”

In recent years, Abraham has been successful by winning the road race at the Paralympic Games in 2016 and the Dutch time trial championship for elite riders without contract riders the year after. “After a successful season I was looking for the next step,” he said. “I consider it a great opportunity to be able to ride for BEAT and to be part of a club with many members and fans. I look forward to inspiring others and achieving great results for the club.”

Desale raced for the local Dutch cycling club Willebrord Wil Vooruit last year and is joining the BEAT road team to move closer to his big dream: becoming a professional cyclist. Desale said: “I cannot wait to race for and operate within a club where many professional people work and where I can develop further, both on the bike and as a person. I have met my teammates, and I am confident that we will have a good group of guys this year and that we will inspire others! For me, sport was the route to participation in a society that was new to me, and that is what I want to show in the coming season with, among other things, great results!”

BEAT Cycling Club announces the final two riders at this time in Daniel Abraham and Nahom Desale, together with a partnership with NLtraining:

New Kit and Website
Alecto is the new main sponsor of the Baby-Dump cycling team. The now well-known green Baby-Dump shirts make way for the blue of Alecto after nine Seasons. Alecto has been a co-sponsor for 2 years and is now very pleased to take over the main sponsorship from Baby-Dump.

Alecto specializes in consumer electronics and is known for, among other things, baby monitors, fire prevention and weather stations. Together with the brands Profoon and Fysic, Alecto is part of Hesdo BV from ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Alecto is a Dutch brand and has been developing products for the European market for over 40 years. Safety, reliability and affordability are of paramount importance.

In response to these beautiful developments, clothing sponsor LAWI has already started working for the fourth year in a row to make everything into a whole. In addition to the previously announced new sponsors, E-trucks Europe, Mutsy, De Bruyn Metaal, Kissgeboortekaartjes.nl and De letterpecialist also extended their sponsor contracts. Both team management and sponsors are proud of the result, hopefully we will see this shirt frequently in the front ranks of the peloton!

Alecto team website HERE.

Finalized Pro Continental Roster
Following the recent announcement of the team’s move to the Pro Continental ranks, Rally Cycling is releasing their full men’s roster for 2018. The team, winner of the UCI America Tour and USA Cycling Pro Road Tour, made several important additions that strengthen an already formidable roster, which accounted for 58 wins and 107 podiums in 2017.

“Success doesn’t simply come from picking the right riders,” said Performance Director Jonas Carney. “It’s more important to provide your riders a positive environment where they can thrive. Maintaining the athletes who make up the backbone of that culture ensures that we will continue to be successful because new recruits almost always excel in our program.”

Returning riders include American Evan Huffman, double stage winner at this year’s Amgen Tour of California and overall champion at the Tour of the Gila and the Tour of Alberta. Canadian Rob Britton, stage three and overall winner at this year’s Tour of Utah will also return to help guide the team’s formidable stage racing lineup. Danny Pate, a former world U-23 time trial champion and road captain, Matteo Dal-Cin, the current Canadian road race champion and stage one winner of the Tour of the Gila, and Brandon McNulty, former junior time trial world champion and silver medalist in the U-23 time trial in 2017, also rejoin the team.

Multi-time Tour of Utah stage winner Eric Young will lead the way for the sprinters. Two-time US pro criterium champion Brad Huff extends, along with former stage winner and yellow jersey wearer from the Tour of Alberta, Colin Joyce. Adam de Vos, recent victor in Austria’s International Raiffeisen Grand Prix, Emerson Oronte, second on the Oak Glen summit finish and third overall at the Redlands Cycling Classic, and Jesse Anthony, a former Tour of Utah stage winner entering his ninth season with the team, complete the group of returning riders.

New riders already announced include Robin Carpenter, Ty Magner, Ryan Anderson, Kyle Murphy and Nigel Ellsay.

The team spoke to a few of the riders to get their take on this past season and what lies ahead with the team’s increased commitment to international racing.

California’s hometown hero looks to shine again in 2018

The most successful rider in the team’s 11-year history is back. Evan Huffman’s victories in the WorldTour ranked Tour of California were the first by a continental rider at the sport’s highest level. Those victories were not an isolated incident – having bookended them by winning the Tour of the Gila in April and the Tour of Alberta in September.

“Those wins meant a lot to me personally,” said Huffman. “It was a big confirmation of my overall fitness level, but also of my strengths as a rider, namely time-trialing and breakaways. For the team, it showed that we are super strong and able to compete at a really high level, but also that we’re able to step up and take responsibility for an entire race, and take home yellow.”

After racing in the WorldTour for two years with Astana, Huffman returned to the continental ranks in 2015. When asked what made this year so special he didn’t have to think long.

“I think I was a lot more relaxed with my diet and training in 2017, which left me with more mental energy to succeed in races.”

Huffman is one of only a few riders on the team with experience racing in the upper echelons of the sport. In his eyes he believes the program will continue to gain the respect it has earned.

“I think it gives us more legitimacy in the eyes of race directors and the WorldTour teams we race against,” said Huffman. “We showed that we could get it done all season in the races so it feels good to see everyone working together, the riders, management, and sponsors, to grow the program.”

Quietly confident and ready for more

When he rolled to the line of the stage three time trial at this year’s Tour of Utah, Canadian Rob Britton was on a mission. He had been preparing for this moment for years. Altitude training camps, done. Team momentum and positive environment, check. Pacing for altitude time trial, dialed. He didn’t have to worry about the rest of the week. Just earn the jersey, the rest will follow.

“Winning Utah was massive for me and more specifically, it was really special how we did it,” said Britton. “After I won the TT, the team really took control and there was never a moment through the whole week I was left unprotected. Winning the race was great, far and away the biggest result of my career. But the way the team rode that week was next level and so important to taking home the overall.”

Britton is not a stranger to altitude stage racing, previously finishing fifth at the Tour of Utah in 2016 and third in Colorado’s USA Pro Challenge in 2015.

“The win at Tour of Utah certainly wasn’t an overnight success story,” said Britton. “I’ve been chipping away at a result like this my entire career. There has been plenty of time away from home and sacrifice along that journey, but I don’t think that’s unique to me, that’s just the sport now. I knew I had good form going into the race, the weight was good and more than anything I was pretty relaxed….quietly confident.”

Road captain returns to lead young squad

You may ask yourself how a Tour de France veteran and former U-23 World Champion stays motivated in the latter part of their career. For Danny Pate, it’s simple.

“Cycling is what motivates me to continue being a professional athlete,” said Pate. “Not the other way around.”

After the most successful season in the program’s history, we asked what had the biggest impact on him.

“The highlights of the year for me was the team winning the Tour of Utah and Tour of Alberta,” said Pate. “Individuals had great performances to take the lead in those races but it was the well executed and selfless teamwork in the defense of those leads that impressed me the most. I think the biggest area the team has improved in is controlling race situations to favor the team. Through confidence, team cohesion, and leadership from riders and staff, we have accomplished a lot.”

For Pate, the move to the higher division is nothing new. He previously rode in the WorldTour for Team Sky, HTC – High Road, Team Garmin – Slipstream and Saeco.

“I’m excited about the team moving up a level,” confirmed Pate. “All of the riders are hungry for bigger and better things. The Pro Continental division will give the whole team more opportunities on a bigger racing stage.”

This week the team is in Winter Park, CO for their annual winter camp. Athletes and staff with participate in team building activities that include snowshoeing, skiing, fat biking, and paintball.

Rally Cycling Men’s 2018 Roster:
Ryan Anderson, Jesse Anthony, Rob Britton, Robin Carpenter, Matteo Dal-Cin, Adam de Vos, Nigel Ellsay, Charles Bradley Huff, Evan Huffman, Colin Joyce, Ty Magner, Brandon McNulty, Kyle Murphy, Emerson Oronte, Danny Pate, Eric Young.

AG2R-La Mondiale: First Races of the 2018 Season

After their first training camp, the French WorldTour team AG2R-La Mondiale announced their rider’s early season schedules:

Gediminas BAGDONAS (Ltu)
Etoiles de Bessèges (31.01 – 04.02)
Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol (14-18.02)
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (24.02)

Etoiles de Bessèges (31.01 – 04.02)
Tour Cycliste International La Provence (8-11.02)
Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne (25.02)

Trofeo Laigueglia (11.02)
Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol (14-18.02)
Faun Environnement – Classic de l’Ardèche Rhône Crussol (24.02)

François BIDARD
Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana (31.01-04.02)
Trofeo Laigueglia (11.02)
Abu Dhabi Tour (21-25.02)

Mickaël CHÉREL
People’s Choice Classic (14.01)
Santos Tour Down Under (16-21.01)
Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (28.01)

Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana (31.01-04.02)
Trofeo Laigueglia (11.02)
Abu Dhabi Tour (21-25.02)

Grand Prix Cycliste la Marseillaise (28.01)
Etoiles de Bessèges (31.01 – 04.02)
Tour Cycliste International La Provence (8-11.02)

Nico DENZ (Ger)
People’s Choice Classic (14.01)
Santos Tour Down Under (16-21.01)
Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (28.01)

Silvan DILLIER (Sui)
Trofeo Laigueglia (11.02)
Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol (14-18.02)
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (24.02)

Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana (31.01-04.02)
Tour Cycliste International du Haut Var Matin (17-18.02)
Faun Environnement – Classic de l’Ardèche Rhône Crussol (24.02)

Grand Prix Cycliste la Marseillaise (28.01)
Etoiles de Bessèges (31.01 – 04.02)
Tour Cycliste International du Haut Var Matin (17-18.02)

Grand Prix Cycliste la Marseillaise (28.01)
Etoiles de Bessèges (31.01 – 04.02)
Trofeo Laigueglia (11.02)

Julien DUVAL
Grand Prix Cycliste la Marseillaise (28.01)
Tour Cycliste International La Provence (8-11.02)
Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol (14-18.02)

Mathias FRANK (Sui)
Tour Cycliste International La Provence (8-11.02)
Abu Dhabi Tour (21-25.02)
Tirreno-Adriatico (7-13.03)

Grand Prix Cycliste la Marseillaise (28.01)
Etoiles de Bessèges (31.01 – 04.02)
Tour Cycliste International La Provence (8-11.02)

People’s Choice Classic (14.01)
Santos Tour Down Under (16-21.01)
Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (28.01)

Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana (31.01-04.02)
Tour Cycliste International La Provence (8-11.02)
Abu Dhabi Tour (21-25.02)

Alexandre GENIEZ
Grand Prix Cycliste la Marseillaise (28.01)
Tour Cycliste International La Provence (8-11.02)
Abu Dhabi Tour (21-25.02)

Grand Prix Cycliste la Marseillaise (28.01)
Etoiles de Bessèges (31.01 – 04.02)
Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol (14-18.02)

Grand Prix Cycliste la Marseillaise (28.01)
Etoiles de Bessèges (31.01 – 04.02)
Trofeo Laigueglia (11.02)

People’s Choice Classic (14.01)
Santos Tour Down Under (16-21.01)
Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (28.01)

Matteo MONTAGUTI (Ita)
People’s Choice Classic (14.01)
Santos Tour Down Under (16-21.01)
Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (28.01)

Oliver NAESEN (Bel)
Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana (31.01-04.02)
Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol (14-18.02)
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (24.02)

People’s Choice Classic (14.01)
Santos Tour Down Under (16-21.01)
Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (28.01)

People’s Choice Classic (14.01)
Santos Tour Down Under (16-21.01)
Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (28.01)

Championnat de France Cyclo-cross Quelneuc (14.01)
Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana (31.01-04.02)
Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol (14-18.02)

Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana (31.01-04.02)
Tour Cycliste International du Haut Var Matin (17-18.02)
Faun Environnement – Classic de l’Ardèche Rhône Crussol (24.02)

*Eight riders are on an extended list for GP la Marseillaise. Final Roster will be released a week before the race.

The Number: 16 000
The team rode 32 hours, 900 kilometers and 16,000 meters of elevation gain during the training camp in Gandia (Spain) from December 5th to 15th. The next training camp is in Castellon (Spain) from January 9th to 19th for the first 2018 training camp.

AG2R-La Mondiale 2018 Factor Bike:
Frame: Factor Bikes
Group: Shimano
Wheels: Mavic
Tyres: Continental
Stem/Handlebar/Seat post/Bartape: Black Inc
Headset/Bearings bottom bracket / Oversize Pulley Wheel: Ceramic Speed
Crankset: SRM
Saddle: Fi’zi:k
Bottle Cage: Elite.

Mijas Race will start the 64th Ruta del Sol
The Andalusian tour will start from the Cala de Mijas, passing through Las Lagunas and Mijas Pueblo.

This morning was held the presentation of one of the main attractions of the Tour de Andalucía; to publicize the race start of the next edition, to be held from 14 to 18 February 2018.

From the Mirador de la Virgen de la Peña it has announced that on Wednesday , February 14 town of Mijas Malaga will be the protagonist of the Andalusian round after many years without being present in the design of the course of the test. He will return for the “front door” how could it be otherwise, hosting the start of the competition, being the seat of the first of five stages that make up this 64th edition.

The event was attended by Juan Carlos Maldonado, Mayor of the city, Nuria Rodriguez Cubero, sports council, and Joaquín Cuevas, CEO of Deporinter, organizer; two institutions that have managed to agree to Mijas is back in the circuit of the Vuelta Andalucía.

Located on the Costa del Sol, Mijas combines perfectly mountain town its status as a major tourism development in the coastal zone. Its vast territory is divided into three urban centers, which offer different sides of the town. And the output of the first stage is designed purposely to teach these three aspects, Mijas Pueblo, located in the mountains, Las Lagunas, which is the most modern area, and Cala de Mijas, which is the coastal zone.

As he highlighted Juan Carlos Maldonado “the organization makes a nod to the wide range of possibilities that Mijas, offers a great opportunity to show the world this aspect by retransmitting the first stage Tour de Andalucía more than 100 countries. Output stage is expected to be tough for runners but will delight viewers with their images.”

On the morning of Wednesday 14 in Cala de Mijas all assembly for holding the output control firm brokers and presentation equipment, which will feature the watchtower of Cala as a witness, one of the main tourist emblems of the town it is located.

Joaquín Cuevas confirmed the concentration in the days before the start of Andalusia Return of the “actors and creators of this event, riders with major national and international teams and the media that will be in Mijas to meet all the news of a start to the season that begins in Andalusia many figures, as will be the premiere of Mikel Landa with Movistar Team”.

Nuria Rodriguez highlighted the efforts of the Sports Council for “Mijas is a sports reference and betting on the tourism-sport as key to its development, being a key point in its strategy of investment in sporting events. In Mijas there is a link to sports, especially cycling and the Tour of Andalucia will help us to put even further to Mijas in the national and international scene thanks to its tracking through the media, reaching more than 100 countries via Eurosport.”

As for the route, the neutralized start will take place at 11:15 hours Street Marbella direction Lagunas de Mijas, being the actual output at 11:30 hours as it passes through the gaps in Theater Street direction Albero Mijas Pueblo where the peloton will enter the a-38 at the first difficulty of the day, the Port of Mijas second rate .

The presence of Mijas in Andalucia Vuelta throughout its history embodied in four editions. In Step 1984 he hosted prologue, with victory Dutch cyclist Gerrie Knetemann. In 1986 he repeated the same format prologue, which in this case winner Steven Rooks. In 1987 he hosted the end of the first stage, in which it won the Italian Moreno Argentin. The last time the Tour de Andalucía had to be in Mijas was in 1990, with the start of the second stage. 27 years later, the Ruta del Sol as it is known internationally again in Mijeño territory.

Dubai Tour 2018: Route and Jerseys Unveiled
The official route and the new jerseys of the Dubai Tour’s fifth edition have been unveiled during a big show in Al Mustaqbal Street at City Walk, where the 2018 race will finish.

In less than two months the Dubai Tour will celebrate its fifth birthday with a new schedule in the international calendar – from 6 to 10 February. The formula will be the same as last year: five stages totaling 851km and six Emirates included in the route.

The stages are as follows:
1 – NAKHEEL STAGE, Tuesday, 6th February: Skydive Dubai-Palm Jumeirah (167km)
2 – RAS AL KHAIMAH STAGE, Wednesday, 7th February: Skydive Dubai-Ras Al Khaimah (190km)
3 – FUJAIRAH STAGE, Thursday, 8th February: Skydive Dubai-Fujairah (190km)
4 – DUBAI MUNICIPALITY STAGE, Friday, 9th February: Skydive Dubai-Hatta Dam (172km)
5 – MERAAS STAGE, Saturday, 10th February: Skydive Dubai-City Walk (132km)

The race’s six-day program includes the traditional Top Riders press conference on the afternoon of Monday, February 5th, followed by the Opening Ceremony in the early evening at Skydive Dubai. Among the new features of the upcoming Dubai Tour, its start venue is the most significant. After four years at the Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC), the headquarter, the official fan village and everything related to the start procedures will be hosted by Skydive Dubai, the well known skydiving location in the Mina Seyahi area between Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence.

Dubai Sports Council General Secretary, H.E. Saeed Hareb showing the full program and the new route to the City Walk audience, highlighted the results of five years of work: “In just four editions the Dubai Tour has grown in every respect. We added a race day, we visited the surrounding Emirates, we increased the stages’ length and we can see the results on our roll of honor: names like Taylor Phinney, Mark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel certify our results, at least in sporting terms. But that’s not all: last year the Dubai Tour was broadcasted in 182 countries all over the world. That means a +17% increase compared to 2016 and +64% to 2015. Not to mention the media: every edition more and more media outlets are accredited on stage; that means few thousand of online and printed articles. I would like to thank all the sponsors for their support and rewards along with all the governmental authorities.”

The Route
1 – NAKHEEL STAGE (167km) – Tuesday, 6th February
On the first day the route will take the riders through some of the city’s most ambitious construction projects: Motor City (residential community area), the Global Village (the region’s first cultural, entertainment, family and shopping destination) and the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sport Complex, a modern-multi-purpose sports arena with a capacity of 15,000 spectators. Then there are the Al Qudra bike path, well known by the riders because is where the teams usually do their final preparations and close to Al Maktoum International Airport, the peloton will pass next to Dubai South, where the Dubai Expo will held in 2020. After the 4.38 sq km of world fair’s site, some Dubai landmarks such as the commercial port and business hub of Jebel Ali, Jumeirah Islands and finally, Palm Jumeirah – which will host the now well established sprint in front of the Atlantis “door.”

2 – RAS AL KHAIMAH STAGE (190km) – Wednesday, 7th February
The following day, the stage sees the peloton ride through four different Emirates: Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Quwain and Ras Al Khaimah. During the first part the peloton will ride through the Dubai Design District. Then, on a flat route near the coast we discover Ajman and the Umm al-Quwain territory, famous both as archaeological site and for the amazing islands that lie to the east of the mainland peninsula. After 190km we expect to see another sprint on the Al Quawasim Corniche Road.

3 – FUJAIRAH STAGE (190km) – Thursday, 8th February
This stage, from Dubai to Fujairah is similar to 2016’s opening stage, won by Marcel Kittel after a compelling sprint. In 2018, however, the peloton will not ride directly to Fujairah, passing first through the town of Kalba (Sharjah’s exclave), where there is an Intermediate sprint. Then, on a flat route that overlooks the Indian Ocean, we reach the finish on the Fujairah’s Corniche Road.

4 – DUBAI MUNICIPALITY STAGE (172km) – Friday, 9th February
It’s exactly the same stage that last year was cancelled due to bad weather; a route through the deserts of Dubai, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah, to reach Hatta Dam. Before the dam there are two climbs up to a 11% gradient, then the finale to the dam itself with a short stretch of about 200 meters featuring an inclination from 12% to 17%. This iconic stage, normally celebrated for the beautiful landscape and usually won by a puncheur, is not usually crucial in deciding the general classification.

5 – MERAAS STAGE (132km) – Saturday, 10th February
The last day is a spectacular parade entirely in the city of Dubai. Along the way the peloton will celebrate Dubai’s best loved monuments and landmarks: the astonishing Meydan Racecourse, home of the world’s richest horse race (Dubai World Cup), then the family-oriented Mushrif Park, Al Mamzar, the historical Deira, the famous Port Rashid, and the iconic Union Flag. Just like last year the grand finale is set to take place in Al Mustaqbal Street at the City Walk district with the fascinating Dubai skyline as a backdrop.

Dubai Tour 2018 Route Video:

The Jerseys
For the fifth consecutive year, the Dubai Tour jerseys will be provided by one of the cycling industry’s leading brands, Castelli. The four different jerseys are made using a high-tech fabric supplied by SITIP that is both UV-protective and allows for a very rapid rate of heat dissipation. There are four colors, one for each classification, starting with the most prestigious, the blue for the leader of the general classification.

Othman Bin Hindi – General Manager, Corporate Banking, Commercial Bank of Dubai

Blue Jersey
General Classification: worn daily, starting from stage 2, by the leader of the general classification. In the previous editions it has been won by six different riders: Marcel Kittel (5 times), Taylor Phinney (3), Mark Cavendish (2), Giacomo Nizzolo, Elia Viviani and John Degenkolb.

Sponsor: Commercial Bank of Dubai
Dr. Bernd van Linder, CBD Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are very pleased to once again play a part in the Dubai Tour, which has become one of the world’s most iconic and popular cycling events. The Dubai Tour beautifully aligns with the CBD’s corporate social responsibility objectives of promoting a healthy lifestyle. This event contributes significantly to elevating the UAE’s sports sector and embodies the vision of the government to develop and promote sports in the UAE. We have had a successful partnership with the Dubai Sports Council since 2014 and we are pleased to be part of the success of the 2018 Dubai Tour.”

Khalid Bel Jaflah – Divisional Vice President, Commercial Operations, Emirates

Red Jersey
Points Classification: worn daily, starting from stage 2, by the fastest sprinter, who has obtained the best positions in each stage and intermediate sprints. Since 2014, the red jersey has been won by only five riders: Marcel Kittel (5 times), Mark Cavendish (3), Taylor Phinney (2), Giacomo Nizzolo and Elia Viviani.

Sponsor: Emirates
Khalid Bel Jaflah, Divisional Vice President Commercial Operations, UAE and Oman said: “The Dubai Tour has become a premier cycling challenge that attracts global talent and Emirates is proud to have been a part of it from the very beginning. Emirates is committed to supporting Dubai as a world-class sporting destination that hosts globally recognized events like the Dubai Tour.”

Ibrahim Alhaddad – Director, Commercial & Investment, RTA

White Jersey
Young Rider Classification: worn daily, starting from stage 2, by the best U25 young rider in the overall classification, the name to watch out for in the future. In previous years this jersey was won by Dylan Groenewegen (4 times), Taylor Phinney (3), Soufiane Haddi (3), Paolo Simion (2) and Mic Valgren Andersen.

Sponsor: RTA (Roads and Transport Authority)
Mr. Ibrahim Al Haddad, Head of RTA’s Sports Team, said: “Now entering its fifth edition, the Dubai Tour will once again host the best teams and riders that cycling has to offer. RTA remains a proud sponsor of the 2018 Dubai Tour for the fifth year in a row. We sponsor this international event as part of our ongoing support of one of the world’s landmark cycle races. The increasing importance of this event, locally and internationally, has enhanced the prestigious position of Dubai as a leading organizer of a variety of activities including sporting events. As a strategic partner of the Dubai Sports Council, we consider the Dubai Tour as a great opportunity to show the world the latest developments in our beautiful territory. RTA has always made every effort to support a number of diverse social, sports and community activities in the UAE generally and specifically in the emirate of Dubai, as part of its corporate social responsibility.”

Ghanim Lootah – Director, Department of Institutional Marketing and Communication, Dubai Health Authority

UAE Flag Jersey
Intermediate Sprint Classification: worn daily, starting from stage 2, by the rider who gained more Intermediate Sprint Points than any other rider. 8 riders have been leader of this classification: Nicola Boem (4 times), Taylor Phinney (2), Marcin Bialoblocki (2), Alessandro Bazzana, Davide Frattini, Soufiane Haddi, Jakobus Willem Smit and Ben Swift.

Sponsor: DHA (Dubai Health Authority)
His Excellency Humaid Al Qutami, Chairman of the Board and Director-General of the Dubai Health Authority, said: “DHA is proud to support Dubai Tour which has seen a year-on-year growth in its scale and popularity. At the DHA, we are keen to work with governmental and private partners to educate the community on the benefits of a healthy eating and regular physical activity and to encourage them to adopt healthier lifestyles. Events such as the Dubai Tour reinforce the importance of fitness and sports in the community and encourage the younger generation to take on sports. We are proud to support the Dubai Tour and are pleased to see its growth.”

Official Sponsors of the 2018 Dubai Tour
Alongside to the “Top Sponsors” of the four jerseys (Commercial Bank of Dubai, Emirates, RTA-Roads and Transport Authority, DHA-Dubai Health Authority) these the other brands involved in the 2018 Dubai Tour:

The “Stage Sponsors” are Nakheel, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Authority, Dubai Municipality, Meraas while the “Host Broadcaster” will be Dubai Sports Channel
The “Official Partners” are Audi Al Nabooda, Castelli, Westin Mina Seyahi Hotel & Resort and Oakley, while the “Official Suppliers” are Tag Heuer, Novo Nordisk, Sport360. “Official Supporters” for the 2018 edition are Cycle Hub and Wolfis Bike Shop.

Dubai Tour ProMo:

Jens Voigt to Run 7 Marathons in 7 Days to Find a Cure for Cancer
Following Jens Voigt’s Everest Challenge at the beginning of 2017, he has announced his next adventure. The retired professional cyclist will once again be saying “Shut Up Legs” when he takes on Jensie’s Marathon Madness from 2-8 January 2018. The challenge will see Voigt run 7 marathons in 7 days.

Jensie’s Marathon Madness will raise funds and awareness for Tour de Cure, an organization supporting the cure for cancer. The initiative is powered by Fitbit.

“After my Everest Challenge a while back, which was already a special achievement, this is something I want to do for two reasons,” Voigt said.

“First and foremost, I was overwhelmed by the positive feedback for my Everest Challenge in the beginning of the year. I want to raise as much awareness and funds as possible for the fight against cancer. The second reason is that I love to challenge my limits. I love to go above and beyond, trying to see what my body and mind are capable of. And what’s a better way to do this than running 7 marathons within a week? It will possibly be the challenge that embodies my motto ‘shut up legs’ like nothing else I’ve ever done before.“

“Of course, people might think I’m crazy to do something like this. But hey, I never said I wasn‘t,” Voigt smiled.

The challenge is open to runners to join Jens for a round of 7km, 21km or a whole marathon – on any of the 7 days. The event will take place in Grunewald, Berlin. Jens will run from 12am – 4pm daily. See the route here.

Donations can be made here.

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