EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
Should Lance Armstrong be back at the Tour of Flanders? – Top Story. A full weekend of cyclocross with wins for Mathieu van der Poel and Wout Van Aert – Race reports, results and video. Jersey and team presentations from Movistar, Bahrain-Merida, Team Novo Nordisk and Sunweb. Sad news of Sharon Laws and video from Soudal. Monday coffee time.
TOP STORY: Welcome Back Lance?
Lance Armstrong will be present at the 2018 Tour of Flanders. He will attend the Flemish Classic as a guest during the race, and as a keynote speakers at the Tour of Flanders Business Academy prior to the race.
As you all know; Armstrong was banned for life and lost his results from August 1998 for his doping, and as part of the ban he is not allowed to be connected to any UCI registered event. He was meant to be working with the Colorado Classic making daily podcasts, but the organizer pulled its offer due to his lifetime doping ban. “In light of concerns expressed by USADA, we came to a mutual agreement that it is in the best interest of the Colorado Classic to cancel the marketing partnership with the ‘Stages’ podcast,” said Colorado classic spokesman Ben Davis. The rules state that Armstrong’s lifetime ban prevents him from “participating in any activity or competition organized by any signatory to the [WADA] code or any member of any signatory.”
So, is this part of the ‘reasimilation’ of Armstrong back into the World of cycling? Aside from the Texan’s bullying tactics, he (and his team) was said to run “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen” according to USADA.
Should we be welcoming Armstrong back? What do you think? Make your comments below.
Wouter Vandenhaute, the organizer of the Tour of Flanders:
“With the ‘Tour of Flanders Business Academy’, we aim to invite a top-class speaker to Flanders each year. This can be someone from the world of cycling, but could just as easily be a representative of another sport or another aspect of our society. The very first speaker we have invited is Lance Armstrong. Lance Armstrong is delighted to be visiting Flanders to tell his story and experience his favorite one-day race live. To him, this will also be a return to cycling and, as far as I am concerned, he is very welcome! Lance Armstrong is and remains a great champion. I have felt for many years now that he was above all punished for his arrogance. I met Lance Armstrong in Washington last October and found him to be a chastened man who has made peace with his fate. Of course, we in the cycling sport need to continue making every effort to combat doping, but we also need to come to terms with our past. I think it’s good that we continue to honor champions like Laurent Jalabert and Richard Virenque, so why shouldn’t we welcome Lance Armstrong and Jan Ullrich back into our big cycling family as well?”
More information: www.tourofflandersacademy.com
Telenet UCI Cyclocross World Cup – Namur 2017
Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Charles) won round 6 of the Telenet UCI Cyclocross World Cup in Namur, Belgium on Sunday, more than a minute ahead of Toon Aerts (Telenet Fidea) and the big winner of 2017, Mathieu Van Der Poel (Ned) Beobank-Corendon. Van der Poel was in trouble from the start, but holds his overall lead in the World Cup with 455 points and Van Aert on 380.
An early crash marred the start for many riders, mostly Klaas Vantornout (Marlux-Napoleon Games) who looked to have broken his collarbone, possibly ending his final year prematurely. Michael Vanthourenhout (Marlux-Napoleon games) was the early leader on the climb of the Citadel. It wasn’t long before Van Aert attacked, Van der Poel wasn’t far behind and as the others ran up the next slope, the European champion tried to ride but crashed as he nearly rode into Van Aert. Van der Poel remounted but had been passed by five other riders as the World champion took time on everyone. By the end of lap 1, Van Aert had a 20 second lead.
Van der Poel and Aerts tried to chase down the flying Van Aert, but they were fighting a losing battle and by the end of lap 3 they were at 40 seconds. Both Aerts and Van der Poel had trouble, crashing in the muddy conditions, but they stuck together. Van Aert also slipped on a tight corner, but he had time on his side for the solo win by over a minute.
Behind the World champion; Toon Aerts tried escaped Van der Poel when he skidded off the course on the final lap and couldn’t recapture Aerts before the line. Kevin Pauwels (Marlux-Napoleon Games) took third ahead of Vanthourenhout, with Corne Van Kessel (Telenet-Fidea) in 6th. Quinten Hermans (Telenet Fidea) was 10th at over 3 minutes.
Round 7 of the UCI World Cup is in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium on Boxing Day, Tuesday the 26th of December.
Race winner Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Charles): “That was pretty impressive, wasn’t it, what can I say. I’m delighted of course. It’s possible he (Van der Poel) was bothered by something today. Regarding my own race I can only be happy. Straight from the start it went super well. I found a very good rhythm. I was surprised to see that so soon I could take such a big advantage. It’s been a long time since I raced with these sensations.”
2nd, Toon Aerts (Telenet-Fidea): “By the time I got to the front Van Aert was gone. That wasn’t a bad thing to happen because if I had followed him I’d probably have blown my engine. I felt as strong as Mathieu today. I had to save something for the final lap. I didn’t know he crashed but I saw that I had a gap.”
3rd, Mathieu Van Der Poel (Beobank-Corendon): “Making mistakes that you shouldn’t make are an indication of having a bad day. I’ve got a bit of a cold but that wasn’t a problem. It wasn’t good enough today. I was perfectly set-up but then I failed to clip into the pedals. It’s a pity but second or third isn’t that important. This is the toughest course on the cross circuit. Especially today, when it’s drying up, it’s so hard and the race seems endless.”
Telenet UCI Cyclocross World Cup – Namur Result:
1. Wout Van Aert (Bel) Crelan-Charles at 1:07:47
2. Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions at 1:04
3. Mathieu Van Der Poel (Ned) Beobank-Corendon at 1:06
4. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games at 1:58
5. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games at 2:08
6. Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet Fidea Lions at 2:24
7. Marcel Meisen (Ger) Steylaerts-Betfirst at 2:37
8. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Era-Circus at 2:59
9. Daan Soete (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions at 3:12
10. Quinten Hermans (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions at 3:21.
DVV verzekeringen trofee – Scheldecross 2017
On Saturday in the Antwerp round of the DVV verzekeringen trofee, the Scheldecross, Mathieu Van Der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) took yet another win ahead of World champion Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Charles). Third place went to Laurens Sweeck (Era-Circus) at just over a minute.
Lars van der Haar (Telenet Fidea Lions) and Kevin Pauwels (Marlux-Napoleon Games) managed a fast start, but in the end it was a battle between the two top men of the 2017/18 cross season. Van der Poel made many attacks, but could not drop the World champion and the two hit the final sand section together. Van der Poel was the stronger through the sand and had enough of a gap to take the win to secure his top spot in the DVV verzekeringen trofee.
More photos from the Scheldecross in PeloPic HERE.
DVV verzekeringen trofee – Scheldecross Result:
1. Mathieu Van Der Poel (Ned) Beobank-Corendon in 57:24
2. Wout Van Aert (Bel) Crelan-Charles at 0:03
3. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Era-Circus at 1:06
4. Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Telenet Fidea Lions at 1:10
5. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games at 1:15
6. Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions at 1:22
7. Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet Fidea Lions at 1:31
8. Tim Merlier (Bel) Crelan-Charles at 1:48
9. Jens Adams (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Vastgoedservice at 2:08
10. Daan Soete (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions at 2:17.
Revamped Movistar Team holds big hopes for 2018
WorldTour men’s team adds Mikel Landa to its roster for next season; all-new, attractive Endura kit also to be worn by UCI Women’s Team starting next year.
35 riders will be part of the two Movistar Team rosters (men’s and women’s teams) which Telefónica presented Thursday at a Distrito Telefónica’s main Auditorium filled with people for the launch of the Blues’ 2018 season. Led by Nairo Quintana, Alejandro Valverde –very well recovered from his crash in the 2017 Tour de France– and Mikel Landa, Spain’s biggest hopeful and the most remarkable signing by the Navarra-based outfit for next season, the 25 riders of the men’s team mixed at the stands with the 10 members of the new women’s team Movistar is launching in 2018.
Both squads will share the same technical support and wear the same Endura kit the squad managed by Eusebio Unzué has received for the next season, consisting of a brighter blue jersey, in compliance with Movistar’s new corporate image, and a more traditional, dark-blue bibshort. During the event, the new Canyon bike livery for 2018 was unveiled with use of both augmented and virtual reality, a design both teams will also share. The Movistar Team, supported by Telefónica as title sponsor for an eighth consecutive year and winners of four UCI WorldTour titles in the last five years, will attempt to round up the treble of Grand Tour wins in the Tour de France, following success by Nairo Quintana in the Giro d’Italia (2014) and the Vuelta a España (2016).
Carlos López-Blanco, Telefónica’s Global Public Affairs and Regulations Director, commented on the squad’s expectations for 2018: “Telefónica celebrates -just as in every season- enjoying such a successful tie with the Movistar Team. This year, the men’s team will be adding young, interesting values to an already strong, winning team, with expert leaders, such as Quintana and Valverde, now together with a big hopeful like Mikel Landa. Then there’s the new women’s team, another initiative from Telefónica to foster inclusion and gender equality, which will cover some of the most prestigious events in the world. Combined with that, Telefónica aspires to keep bringing people to cycling, with actions like the #RodamosJuntos campaign last year in the Vuelta, as well as helping the team with new ways of technology at their service.”
Together with Big Data, already used last year, Telefónica will bring new technologies to the team by use of the Internet of Things, which will favor real-time monitoring of training sessions combined with cloud data storage. IoT will be deployed through ‘trackers’: small devices added to every bike, helmet or jersey, which will make possible to follow every ride, which will also improve the riders’ safety. In turn, data from the bikes’ Garmin cycle computers will be stored at a cloud owned by the team with advanced technologies to study and plan on such figures.
Use of technology will be completed by fleet management of the vehicles the Movistar Team owns (8 cars, 2 trucks, 2 buses), tracking driving schedules, journeys or any required maintenance. Also, and as a brand-new initiative for 2018, a unified communications and collaboration system will be deployed to make easier for several of the Movistar Team’s stakeholders (riders, staff, sponsors) to work in an easier and more secure way.
The Movistar Team continues to be a reference in the digital sphere, strongly established as the 2nd most followed squad in the WorldTour with nearly 1.5 million social media fans. Profiting from their change of colors, the team will also unveil a new website (www.movistarteam.com) on January 1st.
The men’s team will kick off their racing scheduled in mid January at the Tour Down Under in Australia, while the new women’s team will make their official debut at the Setmana Valenciana in late February. Both rosters will complete in excess of 300 racing days across more than twenty countries.
Movistar Team – 2018 Rosters:
Andrey Amador (CRC), Winner Anacona (COL), Jorge Arcas, Carlos Barbero, Daniele Bennati (ITA), Carlos Betancur (COL), Nuno Bico (POR), Richard Carapaz (ECU), Héctor Carretero, Jaime Castrillo, Víctor de la Parte, Imanol Erviti, Rubén Fernández, Mikel Landa, Nelson Oliveira (POR), Antonio Pedrero, Dayer Quintana (COL), Nairo Quintana (COL), José Joaquín Rojas, Jaime Rosón, Eduardo Sepúlveda (ARG), Marc Soler, Jasha Süttlerlin (GER), Rafa Valls, Alejandro Valverde.
Sports directors: José Luis Arrieta, Chente García Acosta, José Luis Jaimerena, Pablo Lastras.
Aude Biannic (FRA), Mavi García, Alicia González, Malgorzata Jasinska (POL), Lorena Llamas, Eider Merino, Rachel Neylan (AUS), Lourdes Oyarbide, Gloria Rodríguez, Alba Teruel.
Sports director: Jorge Sanz.
The 2018 Movistar team presentation:
BAHRAIN MERIDA presented new jersey for 2018
After a huge success of our inaugural jersey that had body in Bahrain red between 2 blue sleeves representing Bahrian that in Arabic means “between two seas”, this year we kept it simple and didn’t change much. The jersey is dominantly red with blue stripe on the front. Representing Kingdom of Bahrain, name Bahrain is written in gold color, gold being royal color, while Merida is written in white. The flag of Bahrain moved this year from the collar to the back of the jersey along with our acronym – TBF (Team Bahrain Merida), since our technical partner Sportful produced very nice aero collarless jersey. Also this year the heart of our logo, arabic pattern is featured on the back of the jersey as well to help our Sports Directors differentiate our riders in peloton from the other red teams.
The Bahrain-Merida 2018 jersey:
Team Novo Nordisk Unveils New Kit and Roster
Team Novo Nordisk revealed its full team roster and updated navy blue kit for the 2018 season. The world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team will race its sixth season with 16 athletes from ten countries. The two new riders joining the team are Sam Brand (UK-Isle of Man), who raced as a stagiaire with the men’s professional team since August, and Emanuel Mini (ARG), who is moving up from the team’s development squad.
“The 2018 roster features some exciting changes for Team Novo Nordisk. We reduced our roster size so we can focus on the dedicated athletes whose primary goal is to inspire, educate and empower everyone around the world affected by diabetes,” Team Novo Nordisk CEO and co-founder Phil Southerland said. “This new roster features our most committed athletes to date, and you can feel the increased motivation and morale that’s driving them to succeed. We are going into the 2018 season with renewed confidence and are motivated to get on the top step of the podium.”
After racing five seasons in a predominantly white kit, the 2018 season will see Team Novo Nordisk racing in a navy blue GSG-designed jersey that features a light blue circle and the words Changing Diabetes across the front.
“The elements within this Italian designed and produced jersey have significant meaning to the diabetes community, and we are proud to continue bringing global attention to diabetes and creating heroes for everyone affected by diabetes,” Southerland said. “The blue circle is the symbol of the diabetes community and it reflects unity. Changing Diabetes is Novo Nordisk’s response to the global diabetes epidemic. At Team Novo Nordisk, we race to change diabetes.”
All athletes on Team Novo Nordisk race with type 1 diabetes. Since its launch in December 2012, the organization has focused heavily on identifying and developing endurance athletes from around the world with diabetes, building an extensive junior and development program. Both Brand and Mini raced with Team Novo Nordisk’s development squad before moving up to the men’s pro team.
“Our 2018 goal is to continue developing all our pro riders to be competitive at the top level of the sport by racing at UCI World Tour and HC categorized events around the globe,” Team Novo Nordisk Senior Vice President of Athletics Vassili Davidenko said. “Over the past six seasons, we’ve gone from being a team that struggled to find enough riders to field a complete squad to now being on the podium and aggressive in breakaways at some of the biggest races in the world. We plan to continue this progression, and I’m excited to see what the 2018 season brings our squad.”
Brand, who was diagnosed with diabetes at age 10, first joined Team Novo Nordisk as a member of the elite triathlon team. In 2013, following his qualification to race at the ITU World Championships, he gained the attention of Team Novo Nordisk and joined the program the following season. In 2014, he finished 12th in his age group at the Nottingham Triathlon, a World Championship qualifier. Yet by 2015 and after graduating from university, Brand decided to focus exclusively on cycling and moved over to Team Novo Nordisk’s development squad in the 2016 season. During the 2017 season, he earned three top 10 finishes, including two podium finishes, with Team Novo Nordisk’s development squad.
Mini first met Team Novo Nordisk when the team was racing at the Tour de San Luis in Argentina in 2014. He had been diagnosed with diabetes the previous year and was surprised to see people with the same condition as him racing against the best cyclists in the world. With fresh drive, he resumed training and competing, and he took 10th overall at the Argentinian Rally Championship that year. After attending one of Team Novo Nordisk’s talent ID camps, Mini officially joined the development squad in 2015. During the 2017 season, he earned eight top 10 finishes with Team Novo Nordisk’s development squad.
In 2017, Team Novo Nordisk men’s professional squad competed in four World Tour stage races–Abu Dhabi Tour, Tirreno-Adriatico, Tour of California and the Tour de Pologne. Across 35 races in 19 countries, Team Novo Nordisk earned 15 top 10 finishes including top five results at GP de Saguenay and the Finnish National Championship Road Race. Throughout the season, Team Novo Nordisk athletes stepped on the podium for multiple jersey honors. Neo-pro sprinter Mehdi Benhamouda (FRA) wore the best young rider jersey at the Tour d’Azerbaidjan, Stephen Clancy (IRL) received the fan favorite jersey following the opening stage of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and Fabio Calabria (AUS) earned the most aggressive rider jersey on the final stage of the Colorado Classic.
The full 2018 roster includes:
Mehdi Benhamouda – FRA, Sam Brand – UK, Fabio Calabria – AUS, Stephen Clancy – IRL, Romain Gioux – FRA, Joonas Henttala – FIN, Brian Kamstra – NED, David Lozano – ESP, Reid McClure – CAN, Emanuel Mini – ARG, Andrea Peron – ITA, Charles Planet – FRA, Umberto Poli – ITA, Quentin Valognes – FRA, Rik van IJzendoorn – NED, Chris Williams – AUS.
More about Team Novo Nordisk at: www.teamnovonordisk.com.
Team Sunweb Unveil Race Kit for 2018
Team Sunweb are proud to present their 2018 race kit, which retains its prominent, recognizable two-stripe design and features the latest fabric technologies. Alongside its new technological features, the kit contains some exciting additions following a stellar 2017 season.
Distinctive two-stripe design
In 2018, Team Sunweb’s three programs will once again share the same two-stripe design kit. For the fifth consecutive year the kit retains its two distinguished “Keep Challenging” stripes, continuing its reference to the team’s DNA. The left stripe represents the continuous development of the riders both as individuals and as athletes, and the team as a whole. The right stripe represents the creation and continual enhancement of an elite sports environment. The 2018 design features the new “S” or “Spark” of Team Sunweb’s title partner, Sunweb, on both sleeves and sides, and on the back of each jersey, making riders even more noticeable in the peloton.
Once again, the Giant race clothing is manufactured by Etxeondo and the team’s scientists continuously work alongside both, as well as DSM to insert the latest technologies into their cycling gear. Aerodynamics and safety are two key characteristics in this process; vigorous testing in the research facilities and wind tunnels at the Technical University of Delft ensures optimized drag in all circumstances. Etxeondo’s protective shorts by DSM Dyneema have undergone further advancements to the fibre in 2018 for increased comfort and safety on the bike.
World champion signature
The newly crowned team time trial champions from both Team Sunweb’s men’s and women’s programs will proudly showcase the corresponding UCI logo on the team’s 2018 race kit, representing the prestigious victories from the Bergen world championships.
Team Sunweb’s CEO Iwan Spekenbrink (NED) said: “We are pleased to present our new kit for 2018. It is with pride that we continue to showcase our deeply embedded “Keep Challenging” stripes as the jersey’s key design feature. We are certain that the technological features from our improved kit give us the competitive advantage that we are continuously searching for.”
The Sunweb 2018 rear view:
Official Press Conference of BAHRAIN MERIDA Team During Training Camp on Hvar in Croatia
“First word that comes to my mind when I hear BAHRAIN MERIDA is FAMILY,” said Vincenzo Nibali at today’s press conference that was held in picturesque city Hvar, on the island of Hvar, where most of BAHRAIN MERIDA staff and athletes are gathered for the last training camp before the new season.
At the beginning of the conference, Vladimir Miholjević, sports director and coordinator of this training camp, welcomed everybody and expressed gratitude to The City of Hvar and Sunčani Hvar Hotels, partners that contributed a lot to the organization of this training camp and without which the execution of a training camp on such high level would be a lot more difficult. He emphasized that the island of Hvar with its perfect natural conditions and infrastructure for cycling proved to be an excellent choice for the training camp. He added that another reason, why they chose the island, was the fact that team’s sports director, Paolo Slongo, has a friend from this beautiful island who is ex cyclists and the idea started with him and Paolo. On behalf of the whole team he also thanked Sunčani Hvar Hotels for offering everything that the team needed to carry out all the scheduled activities.
Mayor of Hvar, Mr. Rikardo Novak, thanked the team for choosing Hvar and said that it is a great honor to host the UCI world cycling team, BAHRAIN MERIDA, especially since quite a lot of members come also from this region. Next year will be the 150th anniversary of tourism development on Hvar and representatives of Hvar Tourist Board and Split-Dalmatia County added that such events contribute to the image of the destination as perfect for active tourism, which has been one part of the vision for tourism development of the island Hvar and the whole Split-Dalmatia County. Also representative of Sunčani Hvar Hotels expressed pleasure to host BAHRAIN MERIDA Pro Cycling Team in Hotel Pharos that is formally branded as bike hotel.
The second part of the press conference was focused on BAHRAIN MERIDA Team and the season that is ahead. Brent Copeland, the general manager of the team, first commented the previous season and said that the goal of the first year was to build the team image and organize everything. But because the team has such an amazing staff, also many other goals and good results were achieved. He also announced a new jersey for season 2018, which was presented on stage by Sonny Colbrelli. The jersey is mostly red and the team’s logo is in gold and MERIDA in white. He also concluded that the goals for 2018 are even higher, but with a well-prepared team, that BAHRAIN MERIDA most certainly is, easily achievable.
Gorazd Štangelj, head of Sports Directors, presented six new riders who joined BAHRAIN MERIDA Team for the new season: Domenico Pozzovivo, Mark Padun, Gorka Izagirre, Matej Mohorič, Kristijan Koren and Hermann Pernsteiner. This training camp was a great opportunity for the new riders to meet the whole team, together with staff, and spend some free days together with new teammates to connect before the new season. Štangelj also commented one of the hot topics on the scene – Nibali’s decision to go on Tour de France. Vincenzo explained that the strategy of the team was that first year he will do Giro d’Italia and second year Tour de France. The decision was easier because the route is suitable for him because of the hard stages, and that time trials are shorter what fits him more. Štangelj also said that the leader on Giro d’Italia will be Domenico Pozzovivo, who will also help Vincenzo Nibali on Tour de France.
Also BAHRAIN MERIDA riders joined the staff on stage. Vincenzo Nibali said that BAHRAIN MERIDA is like a family to him and that he feels great and ready for the new season. Ion Izagirre also confirmed that he is in a top condition, that he has no pain and he is 100% ready for the new season. Domenico Pozzovivo expressed his excitement, which is even greater because he hasn’t switched many teams in his career so far. He added that he has high personal goals but that he also wants to help the team and especially Vincenzo Nibali as much as he can. Heinrich Haussler, a rider with strong experience in classic races, said that he has high ambitions for this type of races and that he will help mostly Sonny for whom he believes has high potential also in classic races.
BAHRAIN MERIDA Team is definitely ready to face the challenges of the new season and they are already looking forward to the Tour Down Under in the middle of January in Australia.
Sad news of the death of Sharon Laws on Saturday, December 16, at the age of 43. The former British national champion announced that she was diagnosed with cancer in October 2016 and has been receiving treatment.
Voxwomen’s Twitter made this statement: “This morning the cycling world lost a champion, a friend, a rider with a huge smile and a fantastic laugh. Sharon Laws passed away early this morning after her fight with cancer. Her mum Joy and her family have asked for privacy at this time. RIP Sharon Laws 1974 – 2017.”
Laws was British road champion in 2012 and national time trial champion in 2008. Previously she had been racing mountain bikes. Laws rode for several teams between 2008 and 2016, including Garmin-Cervélo, Lotto Belisol, UnitedHealthcare and Bigla. She also represented Great Britain in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Everyone at PezCyclingNews send their condolences to her family and friends.
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