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The Gent 6 was THE happening of the weekend, full coverage in EUROTRASH with daily videos and results. Today’s TOP STORY is the three strikes Brazilian team. Cyclocross from Hasselt with video, report, result and rider quotes, but the race in Koksijde was cancelled due to a storm. Other cycling news: The 2017 Vuelta a España presentation, the Critérium International ends, Cycling Academy and Manzana Postobon become ProConti, Rally and Caja Rural-Seguros RGA announce 2017 rosters, BMC sign Miles Scotson, another year for Davide Rebellin, Selle Italia to Sponsor Wilier Triestina and Philippe Gilbert has to pay back €300,000 in bonuses. An ultra full trash-bag.

TOP STORY: Full Team to be Banned?
The Brazilian Funvic Soul Cycles-Carrefour team is facing a ban or at least some sort of suspension of between 15 days and a year. Team rider Kléber Ramos tested positive for Continuous Erythropoietin Receptor Activator (CERA) at the Olympic Games and then two of his teammates, Ramiro Rincon Diaz and João Marcelo Pereira Gaspar, were found to be positive during the Volta a Portugal in July.

Three positive tests in a 12-month period for the team means the case will be referred to the disciplinary committee by the UCI, the committee will decide on the punishment for the team. All three riders are suspended, Ramiro Rincon Diaz and João Marcelo Pereira Gaspar may want their ‘B’ sample tested.

Just when you were thinking things were getting better or that doping was ancient history.

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Lotto Six Days Vlaanderen – Gent 2016

Day 3:
Belgian couple, Kenny De Ketele and Moreno De Pauw, moved back into the leader on Thursday, the third night of the Gent 6. The two Belgians have a total of 230 points and are on the same lap as Belgian/Italian duo Iljo Keisse and Elia Viviani in second place with 215 points, followed by British world champions, Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish (204 points). The Australians Cameron Meyer and Callum Scotson (122 points) are one lap behind as the Belgian/German tandem of Lindsay Vylder and Leif Lampater (142 points) are at two laps in fifth place.

Day 3:

Day 4:
The British Madison World champions, Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish, took the lead after the fourth night of the Lotto Z6sdaagse Flanders-Ghent. They have 285 points, but are a lap up on the others: Kenny De Ketele/Moreno De Pauw with 295 points. The Belgian-Italian duo Iljo Keisse/Elia Viviani totaled 292 points. The Australians Cameron Meyer and Callum Scotson (164 points) are now at two laps. The rest of the field follows at four or more laps.

Day 4:

Day 5:
Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish defended their 1 lap lead on the fifth night in the Lotto Z6sdaagse Flanders-Ghent. Wiggins and Cavendish began the first Madison of the evening with one lap in hand and again there was a fierce battle. The favorites for the overall victory did not give each other an inch. Kenny De Ketele and Moreno De Pauw took the lap back on Wiggins and Cavendish and were in the lead by 22 points.

The British duo pulled back the lap and by the end of the night were in the lead again from Kenny De Ketele and Moreno De Pauw who have the best points score of 385, and Iljo Keisse and Italian Elia Viviani who have 370 points. The two chasing pairs have more points than the leading duo on 358 points.

The rest of the field has already lost four laps or more and as the curtain falls on Sunday night, the successors of 2015 winners, Iljo Keisse and the Dane Michael Mørkøv, is still up for grabs.

Day 6 race win:

The Final Day 6:
The British pair of Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish won the Lotto Z6sdaagse Flanders-Ghent on Sunday evening. “This cycling temple means a lot in my life,” said Wiggins after his victory. “In 1981 I was here in the cabin with my father, when he was still a rider. 37 years ago I was born in Ghent. So there is a connection. This is actually my second home.”

“Eighteen years ago I first rode in ‘t Kuipke and in 2003 I won here once, with the Australian Matthew Gilmore. It’s amazing that I can win here again. Beautiful also that I win with Cavendish. We have been through a lot the last few years. We have become, as it were brothers. We also have our ups and downs, which was once private is now up to us. This victory is a great climax and immediately will end the pairing of Wiggins/Cavendish.”

Bradley Wiggins will end his career in Ghent, he announced a little while ago. “But I do think about whether to quit now. I have good legs, it would be too crazy to draw a line under my career. Those are worries for later. Now I want to really enjoy the moment. I also thought about my father. Actually, I do that every day. He happens to be my hero, even though he sometimes disappointing as a human being, he did inspired me to become a rider. I must always be grateful for that.”

The Gent 6 result came down to the final Madison. The three top teams were at each others throats from the beginning. Any laps taken were soon neutralized, but with an ultra strong effort Cavendish and Wiggins took the advantage of a lap lead and then put in another big attack to make sure they were ahead to cross the line for the final time.

The victory for Wiggins and Cavendish:

Lotto Six Days Vlaanderen – Gent Result:
1. Bradley Wiggins/Mark Cavendish (GB) Saey-Calant 410pts
2. Kenny De Ketele/Moreno De Pauw (Bel) Baloise Insurance 475pts at 1 lap
3. Elia Viviani/Iljo Keisse (Ita/Bel) LIDL 468pts
4. Callum Scotson/Cameron Meyer (Aus) Lotto 224pts at 4 laps
5. Lindsay De Vylder/Leif Lampater (Bel/Ger) Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen 240pts at 12 laps
6. Otto Vergaerde/Morgan Kneisky (Bel/Fra) Caruur 214pts
7. Jesper Morkov/Marc Hester (Den) TUI 126pts
8. Nick Stopler/Tristan Marguet (Ned/Sui) Primus Haacht 107pts at 26 laps
9. Roy Pieters/Jonas Rickaert (Ned/Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 113pts at 32 laps
10. Alex Rasmussen/Yoeri Havik (Den/Ned) Vanreusel Snacks 77pts at 48 laps.

The happy winning couple:
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Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup – Koksijde 2016
All categories of the Koksijde UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup race on Sunday were cancelled due to storms and high winds, rider safety was the main reason.

In the morning, the officials decided to cancel the junior and men’s U23 races, then an hour later the decision was made to also cancel the elite men’s and women’s races.

Koksijde carnage, I hope no one was in the toilet:
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Soudal Classics GP Hasselt 2016
The fourth round of the Soudal Classics series went to Laurens Sweeck (ERA-Circus), he finished ahead of Frenchman Clément Venturini (Cofidis) and Corné van Kessel (Telenet Fidea Lions). Wout van Aert, Mathieu van der Poel and Tom Meeusen did not ride, saving themselves for Sunday’s race in Koksijde. Tom Meeusen Three time Hasselt winner, Kevin Pauwels (Marlux-Napoleon Games) crashed out at the halfway point when was run into by Stephen Hyde (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld).

Van Kessel and Venturini were the early race animators. Van Kessel was jumping his bike over the hurdles instead of dismounting and so had a lead over Venturini, Vanthourenhout, Sweeck, Quinten Hermans and Stephen Hyde. Vanthournhout couldn’t hold the pace of the chasers and was dropped.

Sweeck and Venturini caught Van Kessel, for Venturini to make his move, although Van Kessel managed to cover it. Sweeck wasn’t far behind and when the race eased off, he attacked. Sweeck got a gap. At the start of the last lap he had 7 seconds on Venturini and 12 on Van Kessel by 12. At the finish line Sweeck had 12 seconds on the Frenchman in second and 21 seconds on Van Kessel in third.

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Race winner, Laurens Sweeck (Era-Circus): “I certainly did not get the victory as a gift, on the contrary, it didn’t go well in the beginning and I even crashed. I slipped in just about every corner made many mistakes and then I crashed at the bars. I asked the people in the pit for some more air in the tubes and that helped. Together with Clément, I made it back to Corné and in the penultimate lap I made my attack because I did not want it to be decided in a sprint. I did not take any additional risks and did not jump the bars because the course got worse lap after lap. With this victory, my weekend is already a success. I also enjoyed the atmosphere in the final laps. I don’t know whether I will feel the effort on Sunday in Koksijde. Hopefully I can continue my momentum there.”

2nd, Clément Venturini (Cofidis): “I am very happy with this second place. At the European Championship I was already good, so my form does not surprise me. I also go to the races in Belgium to become a better rider. It is a high level here. There was one point where I felt that Laurens was better and he made a difference. He was the best today. Sand is not my thing, but I’ll be fine (On Sunday in Koksijde). I will have to recover well.”

3rd, Corné van Kessel (Telenet Fidea Lions): “I still long animated the race,” he said with satisfaction. I cannot complain. If Laurens and Clément had hesitated a little longer in the pursuit, I might have stayed ahead. Now they worked together and they got back. Laurens showed that he was the strongest in the end. I was hoping for more than third place, but Venturini was just that little bit stronger, so it was a third place.”

Soudal Classics GP Hasselt Result:
1. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) ERA-Circus in 1:00:26
2. Clément Venturini (Fra) Cofidis at 0:12
3. Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet Fidea Lions at 0:21
4. Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Beobank-Corendon at 0:34
5. Wietse Bosmans (Bel) Beobank-Corendon at 0:36
6. Tim Merlier (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice at 0:48
7. Philipp Walsleben (Ger) Beobank-Corendon at 0:54
8. Quinten Hermans (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions at 1:03
9. Marcel Meisen (Ger) Team Kuota Lotto at 1:11
10. Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Team Steylaerts at 1:25.

Hasselt:

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La Vuelta 2017 Official Presentation
On the 12th of January, Unipublic will present the official course of the 2017 Vuelta a España. The Palacio Municipal de Congresos in Madrid (Av. Capital de España, 7) will host the ceremony in which every detail of the next edition of La Vuelta will be revealed.

The gala will be broadcasted live by the Spanish sports television, Teledeporte, at 7 p.m and will reveal to the world the locations through which the 21 stages of the 72nd edition of La Vuelta, which will ride from the 19th of August until the 10th of September.

More information on www.lavuelta.com

Best of la Vuelta a España 2016:

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The Critérium International Comes to an End
After seven years of excellent collaboration with the city of Porto-Vecchio, host city of the 100th Tour de France in 2013, Amaury Sport Organization and the representatives of the community have decided to not renew their agreements concerning the Critérium International. However, the relationships that have developed over time will continue to produce cycling related events.

For its part A.S.O. has taken the decision to end the organization of the event. While the winners have been of the highest quality, the peloton has seen a drop in density, due to the number of events taking place at this time of the season.

Best of the Critérium International 2016:

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Israeli Team to be ProConti in 2017
The UCI has given the Israeli Cycling Academy team a Pro Continental license for the 2017 season, the team has been Continental since 2015 and is now stepping up as a more international team. The ten riders contracted to the team for 2017 are from eight different countries.

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ProConti License for Manzana Postobon
The UCI licensing committee have given a ProContinental license to the Colombian Manzana Postobon team for 2017. The team are aiming at receiving wind-card invites to the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España in the future.

In a press release the team said: “The work continues, but now with even more devotion after this great news. The team leaders and team managers will do their best to design the best possible schedule for 2017 so that we can represent the Postobon brand properly.”

Top riders in the team are Aldemar Reyes and sprinter Juan Sebastian Molano. Older professionals, Jetse Bol and Ricardo Vilela have also been signed up.

Manzana Postobon 2017 Roster:
Jetse Bol, Ricardo Vilela, Antonio Piedra, Juan Pablo Villegas, Bernardo Suaza, Hernando Bohórquez, Fernando Orjuela, Aldemar Reyes, Sebastián Molano, Hernán Aguirre, Wilmar Paredes, Juan Felipe Osorio, Yecid Sierra, Sergio Higuita, Jhojan García, Juan José Amador.

The Manzana Postobon team racing in France:
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Rally Cycling Announce 2017 Women’s Team
Erica Allar, Kirsti Lay, Sara Poidevin and Emma White Return to Lead Strong, Dynamic Squad.

Rally Cycling is proud to announce its final women’s roster for the 2017 season. The team welcomes several new riders as it continues its focus on rider development and success. The women of Rally Cycling will contest an extensive road and criterium schedule in North America and select events in Europe.

“Last year we refocused the program on the development of young riders, with great success,” said Performance Manager Jonas Carney. “The 2017 season will continue this direction with the addition of several talented new riders. The team is excited to add to the strong core group of riders that are returning. This years team is one of the strongest we have ever assembled on the women’s side, and we look to be a factor in races while helping to develop the best young female cyclists in North America. Moreover, we are confident this group will be effective ambassadors for Rally Health and promote our program’s message of health and wellness.”

rally-sara-poidevin-920Sara Poidevin returns to add to her collection of Queen of the Mountain jerseys

Olympic, World Championship and Pan Am medalist Kirsti Lay returns to anchor the squad. A strong all-rounder, Lay will turn her focus from the velodrome to the road and be joined by fellow Canadian Sara Poidevin, the breakout, climbing star of the 2016 season. Together the duo will combine to tackle the biggest stage races throughout North America. Also returning to the team is Erica Allar, one of the top sprinters in North America, Emma White, a double Junior Worlds silver medalist in the road race and time trial, and Katherine Maine, who returns from a mid-year crash that interrupted her first professional season in 2016.

rally-allison-beveridge-920Allison Beveridge is one of three Olympic medalists on the 2017 roster

New additions to the team include a pair of Olympic medalists in Kelly Catlin and Allison Beveridge. Catlin was a member of the United States silver medal winning Team Pursuit squad, while Beveridge aided Canada’s Team Pursuit efforts in its bronze medal ride. Joining Beveridge from north of the border is Sara Bergen. Bergen is a strong climber and time trialist who recently competed in her first World Championships in Doha, Qatar. Rally Cycling also welcomes a pair of collegiate standouts, Santa Barbara native Amy Benner, and 2016 Collegiate D1 National Road Race Champion Monica Volk. Caitlin Laroche will provide additional finishing speed for the 2017 squad while up-and-coming junior Megan Heath completes the roster.

“Rally Cycling is one of the top teams in North America and I’ve had the goal of riding for it since last year,” said Heath. “Finding a team with high standards that was willing to invest in a junior rider is really exciting. My goal for the season is to transition to the professional peloton while still a junior. Hopefully, by the time I am nineteen I will be prepared to begin a full-time cycling career.”

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With the core of the team returning and a talented mix of new riders, Team Director Zach Bell expressed his enthusiasm for the coming year.

“For 2017 the team adds another group of talented riders,” said Bell. “With a positive team environment and structure already established, Rally Cycling will help them progress and reach their full potential as athletes. With returning riders like Erica, Sara, Emma and Kirsti, we have proven strength with room to grow. To complement their strengths, we added several new riders that have already shown the ability to race at a high level. The entire team has been working hard and we are excited to get the season started.”

Rally Cycling Women’s 2017 Roster:
Erica Allar, Amy Benner, Sara Bergen, Allison Beveridge, Kelly Catlin, Megan Heath, Kirsti Vivian Lay, Caitlin Laroche, Katherine Maine, Sara Poidevin, Monica Volk, Emma White.

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Successful first team meeting for Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
Caja Rural – Seguros RGA’s elite and U23 teams have enjoyed three days together at the Bed4U hotel in Tudela, Navarra in Spain this week. Here, the riders and staff had their first planning sessions ahead of the 2017 season. The days also served as an excellent opportunity for the team’s sponsors, such as Caja Rural, Spiuk, Medilast and Sencillo Bikes, to talk about their new products for the up-coming season.

Sports director, Josemi Fernández: “We always have this kind of first get-together to meet the new riders and explain everybody the way we will be working and which races we aim to take part in next year. We also had meetings with our sponsors, telling the riders which kind of material they will be using. Looking at the roster, we have renewed the contracts with most of our riders, so, once again, it’s a very young team. Riders like Benito, Lastra and Rosón will have a chance to continue to evolve and confirm their great talent”.

The last two years have been the most successful ones for Caja Rural – Seguros RGA with 28 victories in total. Now, the Spanish team aims to continue on the same path. Nineteen riders are already in place for the 2017 season and soon, the team will announce its last signing, an American rider, to complete the roster.

David Arroyo: “This first team meeting went very well. We have many young riders who are eager to continue growing and developing as professional cyclists. This is something the team is very good at nurturing. I hope to continue to contribute to this and help these guys as much as I can”.

Alex Aranburu: “As one of the new riders, I really like the atmosphere around this team. I felt like a part of the group since the very first moment I met them and that really helps on your integration. I already knew riders like Lastra, Irisarri and Zabala but in general, it was very easy to get along with everybody. We have already been working at the gym for the past month and now, we have to continue working hard in order to arrive in the best possible shape for the first races. My dream is to take part in Vuelta al País Vasco. I know it’s going to be difficult, but I will do everything I can to be ready and gain the team’s confidence”.

Unfortunately, not all of the team’s riders are fit-for-fight at the moment. Last week, Miguel Ángel Benito crashed during training and suffered contusions on both knees, while Diego Rubio, who suffered a crash at the World Championships in Qatar, will need surgery on his broken wrist after all. Meanwhile, Lluis Mas has already begun training again after breaking his hip in a crash during Vuelta a España. However, Mas still carries some discomfort due to a dislocated disc. He’s working with a physiotherapist every day and next week, he will start workouts in the pool to speed up his recovery.

Team roster for 2017:
Alex Aranburu (Euskadi – Murias), David Arroyo, Miguel Ángel Benito, Chris Butler, Fabricio Ferrari, Jon Irisarri (Caja Rural – Seguros RGA U23), Jonathan Lastra, Lluis Mas, Antonio Molina, Dylan Page (Roth-Skoda), Sergio Pardilla, Eduard Prades, Rafael Reis (W52 – Porto), Jaime Rosón, Diego Rubio, Héctor Sáez, Nick Schultz (SEG Academy Racing), Yuri Trofimov (Tinkoff), Josu Zabala (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA U23).

U23 team roster for 2017:
Ander Alonso, Pablo Alonso, Eneko Aramendia, Iker Azkarate, Pablo Benito, Alex Burdoy, Xavier Cañellas, Alejandro Caro, German Castell, Franklin Chacón, Carlos Cobos, Álvaro Cuadros, Javier Fuentes, Abel Gebrehiwet Aferwerki, Arturo Grávalos, Pol Hervás, Odei Juango, David Martin, Sergio Martin, Mauricio Moreira, Óscar Pelegrí, Aitor Rodríguez, Jaume Sureda, Edwin Yair Torres, Seymon Tracz.

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BMC Racing Team Complete 2017 Roster with Miles Scotson
BMC Racing Team today announced 2015 Australian U23 Road and Time Trial champion, Miles Scotson, as the final addition to the 2017 roster.

Scotson, 22, has forged his career on the track and was dual UCI Track World Championship in the Team Pursuit in 2014 and 2016, before racing as a stagiaire with Wanty – Groupe Gobert in the second half of the 2016 season.

“At BMC Racing Team we believe it is important to nurture the next generation of cycling talent and when you look at Miles Scotson’s record on the track and road, it’s clear that he is an excellent addition to our 2017 roster,” General Manager Jim Ochowicz said.

“Miles in an excellent time trialist and this year won the individual time trial at the Olympia’s Tour, before going on to win the bronze medal in the U23 time trial at the UCI World Road Championships in Doha. With the emphasis we place on our individual and team time trials it’s exciting to add a young talent like Miles to our ranks.”

Scotson is looking forward to joining BMC Racing Team, particularly with the team’s Australian connection.

“My motivation to sign with BMC Racing Team is that it’s always been a team I’ve admired. The team has a strong classics squad and are two-time world TTT champions and both are areas I’d like to target as a professional so I think the team is a perfect fit for me. I’m hoping to adapt to professional racing in Europe as fast and possible and learn from the experienced riders in the team,” Scotson explained.

It will be a family affair for the Scotson family with younger brother Callum, 20, set to race for BMC Development Team in 2017.

In keeping with BMC Racing Team policy no other details of the contract were released.

Miles Scotson riding the Gent 6 with Cameron Meyer
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Another Year for Rebellin
The oldest man in the Pro peloton, Davide Rebellin, will race for yet another year at 46 years of age. Whether he will be with his present Polish CCC Polsat team is not known. He said: “I have started the workouts with much joy and energy, the decision to ride for another year brings me great enthusiasm.” As he looks forward to his 22nd year as a professional he commented on his team for 2017: “For the moment, there are ongoing negotiations and as soon as I have made a decision, I’ll let you know.”

Davide Rebellin in Amstel 2004:
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Selle Italia to Sponsor Wilier Triestina in 2017
Saddle manufacturer, Selle Italia will become co-sponsor of the Italian Pro-Continental team Wilier Triestina-Southeast in 2017. It is not known if the Chinese Southeast company will still be onboard.

The team had eighteen victories in 2016, Jakub Mareczko won twelve races and was 3rd in the U23 World road race. Filippo Pozzato is probably the team’s best known rider

Top rider, Filippo Pozzato:
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Gilbert to Pay €300,000 Back
Philippe Gilbert has to pay back €300,000 in bonuses to the Belgian Cycling Company (BCC), which was set up by Marc Coucke, who at the time was the owner of Omega Pharma who sponsored the team Gilbert rode for in 2011 – Omega Pharma-Lotto. The Gent court ruled that Gilbert committed a breach of contract when he signed with BMC in 2012. Gilbert received €715,000 bonus for that season, on top of his €1.2 million wages.

Previously two Swiss courts had ruled in favor of Gilbert, but the Belgian court said that Gilbert committed breach of contract in 2011 and would have to pay €300,000. The judge said that Omega Pharma-Lotto paid the bonuses believing that Gilbert would be riding for the team in 2012.

Gilbert back in Omega Pharma colors:
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