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EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!

Elia Viviani has been on a win-fest in the Adriatica Ionica Race with three stages and the team time trial – Results and video from Italy. Salbutamol test on dogs Froome Dog defense – Top Story. The first National championship results are in. In other cycling news: Achievement of a Lifetime: Albert Bourlon, Lotto Soudal Tour de France team, Chris Hamilton to stay with Sunweb, Imeh Nsek to Aevolo, Michael Kolar retires, Giro d’Italia ride green and La Vuelta Present the video of the official song of 2018. Monday trash time!

TOP STORY: Is the Froome Dog-dog Test Flawed?
After last Thursday’s public war of words between Bernard Hinault and team Sky/Chris Froome, it now appears that part of the 1,500 pages of scientific material submitted by Froome’s defense team is a report by Jules A. A. C. Heuberger, Sven C. van Dijkman and Adam F. Cohen of the Centre for Human Drug Research, Department of Internal Medicine, Leiden University Medical Centre in The Netherlands, which has been published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. To cut through all the scientific medical talk, basically the Leiden report calls the salbutamol test into question and suggests that it is “fundamentally flawed”. The paper claims that 15.4% of tests could produce a false positive and so is not reliable.

On face value that sounds like the ‘get out of jail free card’ for Chris Froome until you read how they came to their decisions. The research was not on humans subjects, but on dogs. The experiments were carried out on canines and then “extrapolated to humans using allometric scaling.”

The irony of the Froome Dog, dog test will not be lost on the UCI, but they are probably thinking that it is a way of delaying the decision on Froome’s ‘positive’ for twice the amount of allowed salbutamol, which would allow the Kenyan born Sky rider to (possibly) win a fifth Tour de France.

WADA also don’t seem worried about the Leiden report as their science director, Dr Olivier Rabin, stated that there was “nothing new as their model is based on three well-known studies. We believe the current threshold is solid considering the scientific literature published on Salbutamol over the past 20 years.”

Waiting for the Sky press release on the validity the Leiden report.

Can you have your cake and eat it?

Adriatica Ionica Race 2018
Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) didn’t lose any time in making Adriatica Ionica the fifth different stage race in which he scored a win this season, after Tour Down Under, Dubai Tour, Abu Dhabi Tour and the Giro d’Italia, dashing to a clear victory in Maser, where the 152.5km-long Stage 2 which started from Lido di Jesolo’s Piazza Brescia concluded after an action-packed final.

Only three riders – Matteo Draperi (Sangemini-MG.Kvis), Enrico Logica (Biesse Carrera) and Javier Montoya (Trevigiani Phonix) – decided to spend the day in the breakaway and it didn’t took too long before they carved out a hefty lead of four minutes, that the trio managed to keep intact even after cresting Montello (2.8km, 6.5%), the first climb on the route, which came 70 kilometers into the stage.

Victorious on the opening stage, Quick-Step Floors marshaled the front of the peloton and began chewing into the leaders’ advantage, clawing back considerable ground by the time they left behind the second classified ascent. The escapees were pegged back before the hilly circuit revolving around the Asolo hill and attacks came with ten kilometers to go, when Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) and Marco Canola (Nippo-Vini Fantini) opened a ten-second gap which they carried onto the fast descent to Maser.

Unfortunately for our team, the stage wasn’t an incident-free one, as neo-pros Kasper Asgreen, James Knox – best young rider at the start of the day – and Jhonatan Narvaez crashed and lost minutes, dropping from the top 10 overall. The Dane finished the stage with few bruises on the elbow and shoulder and a wound on the chin, which needed a few stitches, but the strong 22-year-old neo-pro will start on Friday despite this setback.

The catch was made under the flamme rouge arch, thanks also to a superb effort of Niki Terpstra, and Elia Viviani measured his sprint perfectly and put in a rapid acceleration, beating Simone Consonni (UAE Team Emirates) and Mihkel Raim (Israel Cycling Academy) for Quick-Step Floors’ 40th victory since the start of the season. Thursday’s result helped the Italian maintain his leadership in the general classification, while at the same time netting him the points jersey ahead of the race’s queen stage, to Passo Giau.

More photos from stage 2 in PeloPics.

Maser - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  Elia Viviani (ITA - QuickStep - Floors) - Simone Consonni (ITA - UAE Team Emirates) - Mihkel Raim (EST - Israel Cycling Academy) pictured during  the Adriatica Ionica Race/Following the Serenissima Routes - stage 2 - from Lido di Jesolo to Maser 152.5 KM - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2018

Stage winner and overall leader, Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors): “We got the best possible start in Adriatica Ionica! Yesterday we were really flying, close to averaging 55km/h on the TTT. The guys have done an amazing job in Lido di Jesolo and today was the same story. There was a question mark tagged to this stage, as we weren’t sure I would be there after the final 1.7km climb, but in the end I survived and was felt well enough to do the sprint. Asgreen and Martinelli did an amazing job pulling all day in the front and keeping things under control. Then, in the final kilometers, Niki supported me perfectly and in the sprint I just jumped on the wheel of Consonni and used him to launch my sprint. I have recovered well after the Giro d’Italia and am really pleased with my season and this 11th victory. Every next win is a personal record and I have no intention of stopping here. Also for the team it’s been a fantastic season, with 40 UCI victories in total, and we are keen on keeping the focus in the second part of the year and continue adding more wins to this extraordinary tally.”

2nd on the stage and 3rd overall, Simone Consonni (UAE Team Emirates): “The final was pretty nervous from the start, with the high temperatures and from the effort the day beforehand, my feelings weren’t that great. Then, even with the hard course, I felt better and in the last little climb I went over well. Viviani went early in the sprint, but I was still satisfied with my feelings and I’m happy with the progress of our team in this race.”

Adriatica Ionica Race Stage 2 Result:
1. Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step Floors in 3:49:09
2. Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
3. Mihkel Räim (Est) Israel Cycling Academy
4. Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
5. Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani-CSF
6. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
7. Simone Velasco (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia
8. Sergei Shilov (Rus) Gazprom-RusVelo
9. Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy
10. Paolo Totò (Ita) Sangemini-Mg. K Vis-Vega.

Adriatica Ionica Race Overall After Stage 2:
1. Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step Floors in 4:14:28
2. Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick-Step Floors at 0:10
3. Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 0:18
4. Edward Ravasi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 0:24
5. Simone Petilli (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
6. Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
7. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 0:26
8. Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
9. Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
10. Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo at 0:29.

Stage 2:

Ivan Sosa (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) took the win on Stage 3 of the Adriatica Ionica Race on Friday. The Colombian attacked to take the solo victory and the overall lead on the climb of the Passo Giau. Giulio Ciccone (Bardiani-CSF) finished second with Ben Hermans (Israel Cycling Academy) in third.

The ‘break of the Day’ included Giovanni Pedretti and Enrico Logica (Biesse Carrera Gavardo), Antonio Di Sante (Sangemini-MG.Kvis), Jhonatan Narvaez (Quick-Step Floors), Floris Gerts (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij) and Marco Canola (Nippo-Vini Fantini). On the second climb of the day, Valles, Yukiya Arashiro (Bahrain-Merida), Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo), Marco Frapporti (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec), Michele Gazzara (Sangemini-MG.Kvis) and Marco Canola (Nippo-Vini) crossed to the front group. With the peloton closing in on the break at around 40 seconds; Felline along with Narvaez and Arashiro. At the summit; Felline was 21 seconds up on Frapporti, with Gerts, Petilli and Atapuma (UAE Team Emirates) at nearly 50 seconds.

40 kilometers to go and Felline had 30 seconds on Frapporti and 1 minute on the peloton, 10K down the road and the leaders were together and pushing on to the finish. 20 Kilometers out and Frapporti had gone solo again, but by the start of the final climb the race was all together.

After some failed attacks on the steep early slopes, Ciccone, Sosa, Hermans, Edward Ravasi (UAE Team Emirates), Ildar Arslanov (Gazprom-RusVelo), and Pieter Weening (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij) escaped. Sosa attacked, but was marked by Ravasi and Arslanov with Ciccone joining them. Sosa tried again and only Ciccone could go with him and they gaped Ravasi and Arslanov. Sosa’s third jump, with just over one kilometer to go, gave him the win by 37 seconds over Ciccone and the lead on GC by 18 seconds on Edward Ravasi.

Passo Giau - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Ivan Ramiro Sosa (COL - Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia) pictured during the Adriatica Ionica Race/Following the Serenissima Routes - stage 3 - from Mussolente to Passo Giau - 158,3 KM - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2018

stage winner and overall leader, Ivan Sosa (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec): “I am very happy to have triumphed over this climb. Ciccone kept attacking, I waited and I tried to counterattack, and I managed to get a good margin of separation. In the next two stages, I want to defend the leader’s jersey. Tomorrow’s stage is long, but I have the support of the whole team.”

Adriatica Ionica Race Stage 3 Result:
1. Ivan Sosa (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
2. Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Bardiani-CSF at 0:37
3. Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Cycling Academy at 1:06
4. Edward Ravasi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 1:12
5. Pieter Weening (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij at 1:29
6. Ildar Arslanov (Rus) Gazprom-RusVelo 1:43
7. Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 2:20
8. Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo at 2:27
9. Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Bardiani-CSF at 2:39
10. Simone Petilli (Ita) UAE-Team Emirates at 2:45.

Adriatica Ionica Race Overall After Stage 3:
1. Ivan Sosa (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec in 8:56:28
2. Edward Ravasi (Ita) UAE-Team Emirates at 0:18
3. Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Bardiani-CSF at 0:45
4. Ildar Arslanov (Rus) Gazprom-RusVelo at 1:13
5. Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo at 1:38
6. Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Cycling Academy at 1:45
7. Simone Petilli (Ita) UAE-Team Emirates at 1:51
8. Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 1:54
9. Pieter Weening (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij at 2:03
10. Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE-Team Emirates.

Stage 3:

The Quick-Step Floors win-fest continued at the Adriatica Ionica, with Elia Viviani – one of the stand-out riders of this season – adding another notch to his belt and cementing his lead in the points classification one day before the inaugural edition of the five-stage event draws the curtain over what’s already been a highly successful race for our team, who broke the 40-victory barrier earlier this week.

Saturday’s Stage 4 was the longest of the race, a 229.2km trek from the San Vito di Cadore to Grado – former ancient port and fishing center, nowadays an important tourist destination – also known as L’Isola del Sole, where the peloton arrived after tackling a classified climb, several gravel dirt road sectors and passing through Aquileia, placed by Roman poet Ausonius among the world’s largest cities in the fourth century, alongside the likes of Rome, Constantinople, Alexandria or Mediolanum.

Animated by six men who got green light from the peloton to feature in the breakaway, the stage was controlled by several teams, including Quick-Step Floors, who made sure the gap didn’t go north of six minutes, before upping the pace and reducing the deficit inside the final 50 kilometers. With 10 kilometers left, on the last gravel roads of the stage, Niki Terpstra attacked and opened a 12-second gap over the peloton, who shut down this move before bringing back to heel the remnants of the breakaway.

Quick-Step Floors played it flawlessly in the final, expertly bringing Elia Viviani to the fore, who after being launched by neo-pro Alvaro Hodeg, got the better of countryman Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) and earned the his 12th victory since the season, one which can already go down as the best of his career, despite being only June. Ivan Sosa (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) held the overall lead with 45 seconds over Giulio Ciccone (Bardiani-CSF).

More from stage 4 in PeloPics.

Stage winner, Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors): “Having scored another victory makes me very happy, and to return at the top of the most wins individual classification gives me great pride. The team was again brilliant, my form is good and I think we can be more than content with how the race has panned out so far for us. It was a very long stage, with a 20km-climb and around six kilometers of gravel, which spiced up things. Jhonatan was amazing, pulling the entire day until we hit the sterrate, where we tried to split the race, only for the others to react. Then, in the final, Alvaro opened his sprint with 200 meters to go and I jumped inside the last 150 meters, going all the way and getting this nice win, with Alvaro in third, for another great day at the office.”

Adriatica Ionica Stage 4 Result:
1. Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step Floors in 5:14:56
2. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
3. Alvaro Hodeg (Col) Quick-Step Floors
4. Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro Team
4. Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data
6. Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data
7. Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
8. Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini
9. Mihkel Räim (Est) Israel Cycling Academy
10. Jalel Duranti (Ita) Italy.

Adriatica Ionica Overall After Stage 4:
1. Ivan Sosa (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec in 14:11:30
2. Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Bardiani-CSF at 0:45
3. Ildar Arslanov (Rus) Gazprom-RusVelo at 1:13
4. Edward Ravasi (Ita) UAE-Team Emirates at 1:44
5. Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE-Team Emirates at 1:57
6. Pieter Weening (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij at 2:03
7. Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Bardiani-CSF at 2:53
8. Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo at 3:04
9. Simone Petilli (Ita) UAE-Team Emirates at 3:17
10. Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 3:20.

Stage 4:

Elia Viviani continued to enjoy an absolutely sparkling run for the Quick-Step Floors team, this time in Trieste, where the inaugural edition of Adriatica Ionica concluded on Sunday’s Stage 5. The 29-year-old Italian didn’t have any rival in the three stages which ended in a bunch sprint, taking as many convincing wins and cementing his place at the top of the individual victories standings.

The circuit in Trieste, which the peloton covered six times, was the one used on the last stage of the 2014 Giro d’Italia, with the start and finish reversed, and Quick-Step Floors policed the front of the bunch, chasing down the escapees and setting up the sprint for Elia Viviani, whose burst of speed sent him across the line arms aloft, ahead of Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) and Riccardo Minali (Astana). Ivan Sosa (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) held his overall lead to win by 41 seconds over Giulio Ciccone (Bardiani-CSF) and 1:18 on Ildar Arslanov (Gazprom-RusVelo).

More stage 5 photos in PeloPics.

Stage winner and points jersey winner, Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors): “Our plan was to control the race from the outset and the boys did again a superb job. James and Jhonatan chased the escapees until the penultimate lap, when Kasper took over and put in a massive effort. Then, Davide, Niki and Alvaro formed a solid sprint train and Alvaro did a perfect lead-out, leaving me in a great position to open my sprint. This was my first stage race since the Giro d’Italia and I come out of it happy with my sprint, the number of victories and confident for next week’s Italian Championships, my last appointment before a well-deserved break.”

Adriatica Ionica Stage 5 Result:
1. Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step Floors in 2:27:48
2. Mark Cavendish (GB) Dimension Data
3. Riccardo Minali (Ita) Italy
4. Álvaro José Hodeg (Col) Quick-Step Floors
5. Luca Pacioni (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia
6. Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE-Team Emirates
7. Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
8. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
9. Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini
10. Matteo Trentin (Ita) Italy.

Adriatica Ionica Final Overall Result:
1. Ivan Ramiro Sosa (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec in 16:39:22
2. Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Bardiani-CSF at 0:41
3. Ildar Arslanov (Rus) Gazprom-RusVelo at 1:18
4. Edward Ravasi (Ita) UAE-Team Emirates at 1:40
5. Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE-Team Emirates at 1:57
6. Pieter Weening (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij at 2:08
7. Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Bardiani-CSF at 2:53
8. Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo at 3:09
9. Simone Petilli (Ita) UAE-Team Emirates at 3:17
10. Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 3:20.

Stage 5:

Yves Lampaert is the New Belgian Champion
Quick-Step Floors produced another masterpiece and show of strength, claiming 1-2 in Binche after a frantic and spectacular race.

Yves Lampaert will wear the beautiful and famous Belgian tricolor for the next 12 months, after soloing to one of the biggest victories of his career on Sunday afternoon. The Dwars door Vlaanderen champion was one of the most active riders from the start of the 223.6km race which took place in Binche, on an undulating 17.6km circuit which contained four pavé sectors and a 500m cobbled climb inside the last kilometer, making for one of the most memorable editions in recent history.

“It’s surreal, I can’t believe it! I feel so amazingly happy, it’s such an incredible feeling, but I’ll need some time to let things sink in. I am so proud of this team! We showed again how strong we are as a Wolfpack. We ride together, always for each other, and it’s unbelievable to be part of this unique team”, an ecstatic Yves said before collecting his jersey and gold medal for his majestic triumph.

The race got off to a fast and nervous start, which prevented any breakaway from forming in the first 60 kilometers. When a move managed to take shape, Quick-Step Floors made sure it was represented there by Dries Devenyns, who made his return to competition less than two weeks ago. That group was joined by a handful of riders who pushed strong from behind, including Yves Lampaert, third just a few days ago in the individual time trial.

With many dangerous riders in that move, the peloton kept a close eye on the gap, which didn’t swell over two minutes at any point, and helped also by some frictions between the escapees, they clawed them back with around 20 kilometers to go, when a new race was preparing to start. On the final lap, Quick-Step Floors took again the initiative, attacking with the amazing duo of Philippe Gilbert and Yves Lampaert, who saw two men latch onto their wheel, as they carved out a nice advantage.

A counterattack group joined the quartet with 12 kilometers to go, just as Gilbert put in a probing attack to which only Sep Vanmarcke (EF Education First) could initially respond. The chasers, among who was also Pieter Serry, linked up with the duo, but a searing acceleration of the two-time Belgian Champion sparked a new move, which included Yves Lampaert and Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo). The three used the Binche cobbles and tight corners to expand their slim margin, before Yves took off inside the last kilometers.

The 27-year-old didn’t waste any time in forging a 20-second advantage, which he carried all the way to the finish line, where he prompted loud applause from the thousands of fans who witnessed a victory which makes Lampaert only the third rider in history to have won both the road race and ITT national titles.

Philippe Gilbert ended runner-up after dropping Stuyven with one kilometer to go, for his seventh top-3 finish here, while Pieter Serry, who put in a ton of work during the race together with Laurens De Plus and Tim Declercq, concluded in fourth place, his best result in eight outings at the National Championships.

“The people, the atmosphere, the parcours, all these made for a beautiful race. It felt like a classic today. The final was easy and difficult at the same time. Having two riders in a group of three we knew it all depended on us, and knowing Stuyven was dangerous, I attacked with 3500 meters left and just rode full gas. At one point, I looked over my shoulder and when I saw he couldn’t close the gap was the moment I began to believe I will be Belgian Champion. This victory wouldn’t have been possible without this superb team and Philippe’s help, so I want to thank everybody for helping me turn this dream into reality.”

Yves Lampaert:
Binche - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - LAMPAERT Yves (BEL)  of Quick - Step Floorspictured during the 2018 belgian national championship cycling race men elite on June 24, 2018 in Binche, Belgium, 24/06/2018 - photo VK/PN/Cor Vos © 2018

Annelies Dom is the New Belgian Champion!
Annelies Dom has conquered the Belgian road title this morning in Binche. She beat her teammate Valerie Demey and Sanne Cant in the sprint.

First, Alana Castrique had been part of a front group of four riders. When that group was caught, Lotte Kopecky attacked. Kopecky didn’t get much freedom, but a new front group was established with two other Lotto Soudal Ladies: Annelies Dom and Kelly Van den Steen. Sanne Cant and Sofie De Vuyst were the other two riders. Just before the last lap of 17.2 kilometers Lotto Soudal rider Valerie Demey joined the front group, together with Ann-Sophie Duyck and Kaat Hannes. After an acceleration by Annelies Dom and Sofie De Vuyst, the front group was reduced to four as only Valerie Demey and Sanne Cant could close the gap on the duo. The four leaders would sprint for the Belgian title. It was Annelies Dom who claimed the victory.

Annelies Dom: “We rode a very strong race as a team. It was our plan to not only play the card of Lotte Kopecky because we knew everybody would be looking at her. We were constantly represented at the front. First, Alana Castrique attacked and afterwards Kelly Van den Steen and I were in a breakaway of four. Just before the last lap Valerie Demey joined us at the front. At that moment I feared the others would look at us and that’s why I attacked with Sofie De Vuyst. That way the front group was reduced to four, because only Sanne Cant and Valerie Demey joined us.”

“I knew that Sofie De Vuyst would try to get away on the last uphill section before the finish. She didn’t get a sufficient gap and I knew I was the fastest of the leading group. Sanne started sprinting early and that was perfect for me. I passed Sanne and won the sprint.”

“It’s an honor and a wonderful feeling to become Belgian champion. It has been a very busy time for me, as I started studying again and I am in the middle of my exams. Last Thursday I felt bad at the Belgian Time Trial Championship because I hadn’t slept much. I didn’t know if I would be good enough today. The past days I rested and slept to get in the best possible condition at the start. This is the result.”

Annelies Dom:
Binche - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - DOM Annelies of Lotto Soudal Ladies  pictured during the 2018 belgian national championship cycling race elite women on June 24, 2018 in Binche, Belgium, 24/06/2018 - photo VK/PN/Cor Vos © 2018

Five Medals for BORA – hansgrohe on the First Weekend of National Championships as Peter Sagan and Maciej Bodnar Take Two Titles
On Friday Maciej Bodnar took a 5th Polish time trial title after 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2016. While on Sunday, after two consecutive wins from his brother Juraj, Peter Sagan crowned himself for a 6th time as the Slovak national road champion, with Juraj this year taking silver ahead of Michael Kolar who closed the podium. Peter now also is the first rider to take six national titles in Slovakia, overtaking his BORA – hansgrohe sports director Jan Valach, who won the nationals five times. Bodnar struck for a second time and took silver in the Polish road race.

“From California onwards, my form improved constantly. After an intense training period, the Tour de Suisse last week was a perfect opportunity to get in necessary race kilometers. After the race I recovered well and from Friday on I felt really strong. I am very happy to be able to wear the jersey in the time trials to come, especially at the Tour de France. But to be on the podium for a second time today is a truly special moment. My shape looks to be timed perfectly this season.”Maciej Bodnar.

“I am happy to win my sixth Slovak championships, it’s always a proud moment for any athlete. Congratulations to Juraj for his second place overall in the combined Czech-Slovak classification and to Michael Kolar who closed the Slovak podium. Thanks to my team BORA – hansgrohe for the support and to the thousands of fans from both countries that cheered us here in Pilsen.”Peter Sagan, UCI World Champion.

“The combined Czech-Slovak national championships is always a very nice competition with a high level of racing and great atmosphere. On the one hand, it’s never easy to give away the Slovak jersey that I wore for two consecutive years but on the other, I’m happy to see Peter score such an emphatic victory and become the new Slovak champion.”Juraj Sagan.

Another for Peter Sagan:

Two National Champions, Two 2nd Places and One 3rd Place for Team Bahrain Merida Riders
National Championships continue to be very successful for TBM riders. Today we have seen 5 TBM riders on the podiums in 3 different countries – Spain, Slovenia and Lithuania.

We have a new Spanish National Champion Gorka Izagirre, who was the fastest Spanish rider at 215 km ride from Castellon de la Plana to Benicassim. It was a very challenging route with total elevation of more than 3.000 meters. After hard and selective 100 km, we have seen the three laps of a final circuit with the climb to the Desierto de las Palms.

In Mirna Peč, a small Slovenian village close to Novo Mesto, Slovenian contenders featured a challenging course with two demanding climbs (about 1.5 km length) on a 12 km circuit to be repeated 15 times. After total 180 km, we have seen superiority of two riders. A new Slovenian National Champion Matej Mohorič and 2nd Domen Novak who both finished with a big advantage ahead of the competitors and behind them, on 3rd, another TBM rider – Luka Pibernik.

Another 2nd place in 2 days for Ramunas Navardauskas. After 182.4 km (10 laps x 18.24 km) with the start and finish in Kalniškė near Gargždai Ramunas finished 2nd.

In Team Bahrain Merida they are proud on their riders and great results.

Gorka Izagirre:

Gediminas Bagdonas Road Race Champion of Lithuania
Gediminas Bagdonas: “I’m really happy. To take both the road and time trial titles for Lithuania, it’s amazing. I just knew how to make the most of my opportunity in the end. I am doubly pleased that this is my first national road race title because I am wearing the colors for the AG2R-La Mondiale team, who have trusted me since 2013. I prepared very well for these national championships, and I worked very hard. I will be proud to wear my national colors for the coming year.”

Gediminas Bagdonas:

Sunweb’ Coryn Rivera Crowned USA Road Race Champion
Team Sunweb’s Coryn Rivera (USA) is the new USA road race champion, after a fantastic team effort with team mate Ruth Winder (USA) saw the sprint contested by a reduced group in Knoxville.

Rivera said: “This was a race of attrition and patience and the win means the world to me. I had a team mate here which made the biggest difference. At the end of the day this is a team sport and I couldn’t have done this on my own. I’m absolutely ecstatic; it’s been a long time coming and I’m really happy to take the win now. After all of the hard work that me and Ruth put in through the race it’s great that I could finish it off.”

Team Sunweb coach Hans Timmermas (NED) said: “Yesterday we had a meeting with myself, Coryn and Ruth to create the plan and we also had contact during the race. We had planned to stay calm, not to interfere too much during the race, and to wait until the final until we made the race. Ruth did a great job – she rode fantastically, was always in control and made sure Coryn didn’t have to do anything. In the final Coryn followed an attack and then counter attacked to take the win. It was a brilliant job with two girls in the race, we worked perfectly as a team together and we really have to compliment Ruth who sacrificed her own chances for Coryn and the team goal.”

Coryn Rivera:

Gediminas Bagdonas Time Trial Champion of Lithuania
Gediminas Bagdonas: “I’m really happy with this national title. I have been preparing for this race for several weeks. After I crossed the line, I immediately called Mickaël Bouget my coach to thank him. I am happy to give this title to the team, but also to Arturas Kasputis who was with me today. I felt good all day, and I hope these good sensations will last through Sunday for the road race. We will do ten laps, and there is a cobbled section, so I think it is a course that favors the classics riders. In any case, I am very motivated.”

Happy after the win:

Victor Campenaerts is the New Belgian Time Trial Champion
Victor Campenaerts has won the Belgian Time Trial Championship for the second time in his career. Lotto Soudal teammate Thomas De Gendt, who claimed silver, was only three seconds slower on the 43.2 kilometers long course in Anzegem. Yves Lampaert, who was the champion of 2017, finished third at twenty seconds. As Frederik Frison got fifth at 1:04, all three Lotto Soudal riders finished on top five!

Victor Campenaerts: “I had expected to have lost time on Yves Lampaert after the first of three laps, because he is a fast starter. Fifteen seconds wasn’t a small time gap, but at the end of the second lap I had five seconds advantage and in the end I was twenty seconds faster than Lampaert, but only two and a half seconds faster than Thomas De Gendt. Thomas was obviously the fastest in the last lap. I am very happy he stood next to me on the podium.”

“Before the race I had said that I am the best Belgian time trialist of the moment and of course I put pressure on myself that way. I am very glad that I could achieve my goal. This is my first victory for Lotto Soudal. I had already contested some time trials, in which I performed well, but I hadn’t been able to win yet. I am happy I could win today. I want to prolong my European title at the European Championships in Glasgow on 8 August, although it won’t be easy. If I can’t win that Championship, I will be happy to ride time trials in the Belgian jersey. On 7 July I leave on a team training camp to Livigno and I will stay two more weeks on my own, which means I will be on altitude training camp for about four weeks. I hope to optimally prepare myself for the European Time Trial Championship.”

Thomas De Gendt: “Yesterday I sat twelve hours in a car, coming home from training camp in Italy. That wasn’t the perfect preparation at all. I didn’t feel great during the Dauphiné, but I am building up towards the Tour. Today I was only two and a half seconds slower than Victor, which is an unexpected performance. Of course I rather would have won myself, because I was so close, but Victor is one of the best time trialists in the world so it’s no shame to be beaten by him.”

Victor Campenaerts:
Jerusalem - Israel - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Victor Campenaerts (BEL - Lotto Soudal) pictured during the 101st Giro d’Italia 2018 - stage 1 from Jerusalem to Jerusalem (9.7 KM) - ITT - Time Trial Individual - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2018

Ann-Sophie Duyck wins fifth consecutive national title in Belgium
The national championships got off to the best possible start for the Cervélo Bigla Pro Cycling Team as Ann-Sophie Duyck successfully defended her time trial title in Belgium.

The course was made of a 14.4-kilometer circuit that was navigated twice to cover a distance of 28.8 km. Duyck was swift, taking only 40 minutes to complete the championships, one minute eleven seconds faster than the silver medal winner.

“I’m very happy because I was a bit uncertain coming into the race, it was a very fast course and I was worried I wouldn’t be fast enough but after the first lap I already took some time on my competitors and kept on the pace,” Duyck said.

“The course was near my home and I did a lot of recons so I knew it off by heart. I knew exactly what was coming but there was a lot of wind blowing today and I didn’t take any risks in the corners and everything went smoothly. I’m very happy with how I did the race.”

This is the fifth consecutive year Duyck walks away with the title. She says being a national champion is an achievement you always appreciate.

“You never get used to the jersey. A championship always brings new nerves and we had to prove something today because the course is only 20 minutes from my house so it’s really nice to win here, that was the only option today,” Duyck concluded.

Ann-Sophie Duyck:

Rosskopf Wins Back to Back US Time Trial Championship
Joey Rosskopf smashed the race against the clock to claim the gold medal at the US National Time Trial Championships for the second consecutive year, with teammate Brent Bookwalter securing the bronze medal.

Bookwalter, who was second in 2017, started in the third wave and quickly settled into a good rhythm over the 33.7km course to clock the provisional second-fastest time of 40:20 as he crossed the line in Knoxville.

As defending champion, Rosskopf was the last rider to roll down the start ramp and made his intentions clear by posting the fastest time at the first and second checkpoints, on the first two of three laps, before powering home to stop the clock with 39:46, 28 seconds ahead of Chad Haga and 34 seconds in front of Bookwalter, to secure the Stars and Stripes skinsuit until mid-2019.

Joey Rosskopf: “I felt good. I felt fast. I couldn’t have asked for better legs. It was pretty hard to match Chad Haga’s time on the first lap especially. I felt like I had the advantage to know the time checks, to base my own ride off of them. The only option to win is to go out and match the times and do better. If you fade, at least you tried. Luckily I felt good enough to do that. This year’s course was a pretty similar distance to last year’s but this year was a bit longer. This course was flatter, and three laps with three U-turns per lap. I preferred last year’s course as it was more dynamic, and it felt good when you nailed the corners. No one feels good doing U-turns, you slow right down and then have to speed right up so it’s never a good sensation. But it was the same for everyone.”

“Winning Nationals is a gift that you get to enjoy the whole year and it’s easy as I already have the skinsuit. During my last few time trials in Europe I tried to enjoy what might be my last chances to wear the skinsuit so to keep it for another year is really special. There’s no way I can show up to a race like this expecting it to happen. Really everything has to come together perfectly and you saw the weather shape up in the last lap which was a big advantage for me. It’s hard to show up here and know that Neilson Powless, Chad Haga, and Brent Bookwalter have all done better time trials pretty much so far this season, every time we have raced against each other. So, something special came together this year and last year at Nationals. My family is in town, super special support from them, and we have three staff for just two guys.”

Brent Bookwalter: “I’ve had a lot of seconds and a lot of thirds at Nationals. It’s bittersweet because the goal is obviously to come here and win, but I’m always consistent. That’s kind of my trend, I’m proud to be able to keep riding consistently and always be fighting and even if I haven’t got the big win, I’m proud of always being right there and close.”

US National Time Trial Championships
1. Joey Rosskopf (BMC Racing Team)
2. Chad Haga (Team Sunweb)
3. Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing Team).

Joey Rosskopf:

Nippo Vini Fantini Europa Ovini: Eduard Grosu Wins the Romanian Road Race Championship
Eduard Grosu hits the personal double in the Romanian National Championship. After confirming champion in the race against the time for the second year in a row, the #OrangeBlue sprinter also won the Road Race, confirming himself as an excellent rider in fast arrivals. For Eduard Grosu it is the third success of the season after the National Time Trial race and the stage victory at the Tour of Croatia.

A perfect week for the sprinter Eduard Grosu ends in the best possible way. After the win for the second consecutive year of the time trial race, Eduard Grosu wins with a great action the Romanian National Championship Road Race. A promised success, wanted and strongly sought, which will lead him to ride the road race of the next season with the special jersey dedicated to his country. For him it is the third victory of the season and the confirmation of being an excellent rider in the races with fast arrivals.

A short route of only 120km to decree the 2018 National Champion. A race started from the first moments at very high speed and marked by continuous actions by many riders. The #OrangeBlue sprinter, the only one of the NIPPO Vini Fantini Europa Ovini team present in the race, controls the repeated attacks of his opponents, centering together with 12 other riders the action that decides most of the final result of the race. At 10km on arrival is Eduard Grosu to take the decisive action, detaching in a slight climb their opponents and gaining important seconds for the final victory. Entered in the last km no rider can get close to the wheels of the #OrangeBlue sprinter, which cuts alone the finish line in Sibiu, becoming Romanian National champion 2018.

A double success planned and that proudly fill Eduard Grosu: “I am satisfied with how I worked in preparation for the national championships and for the double success achieved. Winning is never easy, especially when it comes to national championships. Being able to ride the next races in line and time trial wearing the special jersey of Champion fills me with pride and happiness.”

After the double successes in the first week of national championships, the #OrangeBlue team is preparing to live the expected Italian national championships scheduled for June 30th. 10 rider of the team in the race who will try to be protagonists in one of the most intense races in the Italian cycling scene.

The Romanian Podium:

Kirchmann and Tuft Win National Time Trial Titles
The 2018 Global Relay Canadian Road Championships p/b Quebecor opened on Thursday with some familiar faces on the top step of the podium. Leah Kirchmann (Team Sunweb), fresh off the Ovo Energy Women’s Tour, took the Elite women’s title, while Svein Tuft (Michelton-Scott) won the men’s – his 11th Elite title.

Held in the beautiful Saguenay region north of Quebec City, the out-and-back course took the riders on a twisting, rolling course with multiple climbs. The Elite/Under-23 women raced 25.14 kilometers, while the Elite/Under-23 men did 37.2 kilometers.

Kirchmann, the 2014 time trial champion, was one of the favorites, along with defending champion Karol-Ann Canuel (Boels Dolmans), Kirsti Lay (Rally Cycling) and Jasmin Duehring (Twenty20 p/b SHO-AIR). Riding her first time trial of the year, Kirchmann caught her minute rider, Sara Poidevin (Rally Cycling) – who won the Under-23 title – and finished with a time of 36:12.76, 8.12 seconds ahead of Canuel, with Lay in third and Duehring fourth. Rally Cycling swept the Under-23 podium, with Poidevin joined by team mates Gillian Ellsay and Katherine Maine.

Leah Kirchmann:
Berlin - Germany - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Leah Kirchmann (Canada / Sunweb) makes a selfie pictured during Teamlaunch - presentation Team Sunweb 2018 in Berlin, Germany - photo Cor Vos ¨© 2018

“I’m very happy to be able to claim another title today,” said Kirchmann. “I felt super strong racing the Women’s Tour, but this was my first time of the season and I didn’t know how I was going to recover after the race and the travel from Europe, so I was happy to find that I felt so strong today. It was a really tough course, with climbing the whole way out, and then on the way back it was a headwind, so it still felt like you were climbing!”

In the men’s race, Tuft showed once again why he is the greatest time trialist in Canadian history, defending his title and adding to his own record with an 11th title; his last since he will be retiring at the end of this season. Tuft finished with a time of 46:38.26, 35.9 seconds ahead of Rob Britton (Rally Cycling), with Alex Cataford (UnitedHealthcare) taking third, 1:42.74 back. Adam Roberge finished fourth overall and led a Silber team sweep of the Under-23 podium, joined by teammates Nickolas Zukowsky and Adam Jamieson; both nearly a minute back on Roberge.

“I remember my first one, in 2004, so to win my 11th one here is pretty special,” said Tuft. “At Beauce last week every day kept getting better for me; I was really fatigued after the Giro. But after that and some rest, I knew things were good again; I felt that good old feeling again. I loved the course and thought it covered all the bases; there was a lot of climbing, a lot of wind, high speed sections … I think it was a real time trial.”

Sven Tuft:

The Achievement of a Lifetime: Albert Bourlon
Far behind riders of the stature of Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Mark Cavendish, in the history of the Tour de France there have been almost three hundred men who only got a fleeting taste of glory. As the countdown to the start of the race on 7 July continues, letour.fr is retracing the steps of 10 champions who clinched a single stage win. Back in the 1947 Tour, Albert Bourlon went solo in the first Pyrenean stage and brought his adventure to a victorious conclusion 253 kilometers later. It was the longest solo ride in the modern history of the race.

Albert Bourlon flew under the radar in his Tour debut in 1938, the penultimate edition before the war. Although a strong and hard-working power rider, Bourlon’s lack of tactical flair seemed to condemn him to a lifetime in the shadow of other cyclists. Fresh out of the Renault factories, where he had taken on a leading role among trade unionists at the height of the 1936 strikes, the communist worker flopped in the Tour de France — still, nothing compared to the trials and tribulations he went through during World War II. Following his capture and imprisonment in German stalags, he tried to escape again and again until he finally managed to break out. He crossed Ukraine, Slovakia and Hungary on foot until reaching Romania… where he even managed to win the Bucharest–Ploiești–Bucharest classic in 1944! When it came to daring escapes, the rider from the Berry region earned a reputation for being as tough as nails, and he was even decorated with the Croix de Guerre. However, when the peloton rolled out from Carcassonne in the 1947 Tour de France, no-one seemed concerned about the France Centre/South-West rider when he jumped right after Jacques Goddet gave the start from his Hotchkiss cabriolet. Even Bourlon had his sights set on making a quick buck by taking the bonus available in Espéraza, about 50 kilometers down the road, and certainly not on reaching Luchon all on his own.

With Marcel Cerdan
It was only when his advantage over the peloton ballooned to 29 minutes near the halfway point that Bourlon started to fancy his chances. Although a terrible climber, he gritted his teeth over the Col du Portet d’Aspet and the Col d’Ares to finish on the Allées d’Étigny with 16 minutes to spare —enough time to freshen up, change clothes and shoot the breeze with Marcel Cerdan before the rest of the bunch crossed the line. Jacques Goddet paid tribute to Bourlon’s stubbornness in the next day’s edition of L’Équipe: “The 253-kilometer course of the fourteenth stage was not too demanding because it did little damage among the big names, but it was still 253 kilometers over a long succession of hills and small mountains. Every single pursuer was convinced that, sooner or later, Bourlon would be found relaxing at a small inn near a river with trout in it, exhausted and overwhelmed by the magnitude of the task at hand. What a mistake! Bourlon is one of the last of a dying breed, those that never go to bed until the job is done.”

Bourlon’s solo exploit, virtually unmatchable now that stages tend to have a more reasonable length, is often described as a record, which is true for the post-war era. It is also true that René Pottier rode alone for 325 kilometers to win the stage from Grenoble to Nice in the 1906 Tour. However, that was at a time when the general classification was points-based, so winning by a mile was the same as winning by an inch!

More information on https://www.letour.fr/en/

Albert Bourlon:

Lotto Soudal Tour de France Team
Lotto Soudal sports manager Marc Sergeant has informed the riders who are in the line-up for the Tour de France 2018!

Sunweb Renew Contract with Chris Hamilton
Team Sunweb are pleased to announce their first contract renewal of the year, as Chris Hamilton (AUS) extends with the team for an additional two years. Already in contract until the end of 2019, he will now represent the team in the peloton until the end of 2021.

The 23-year-old Australian has shown his immense potential in his early development at Team Sunweb, supporting the team’s GC ambitions across stage races and Grand Tours. He played a part in the team’s 4th at the Vuelta a España in 2017, and most recently was part of the squad that helped the team finish 2nd and 9th at the Giro d’Italia. An upcoming talent, Hamilton finished 6th at his national road race championships in January and took a bundle of solid results in the Tour of Slovenia.

Chris Hamilton said: “I’m really excited to be extending with the team. For me it was a pretty easy decision when I look at the development they have already given me in just one and a half years. Team Sunweb have always had a lot of faith in me which gives me a lot of confidence in what we can do together over the coming three years and I’m looking forward to making the next steps with the team.”

Team Sunweb coach Luke Roberts (AUS) said: “We’re really happy to be able to extend our corporation with Chris. He’s come into the team as a neo-professional and he’s shown some really good gradual improvement during his time with the team so far. We’ve been happy with his progression; his personality fits into the team’s way of working really well and we see a bright future ahead of him. He has a big engine and we see potential in his climbing and time trial capabilities, but whilst still at such a young age we will continue to develop him all round to give him as much experience and learning across the board.”

Chris Hamilton:
Adelaide - Australie - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - illustration - sfeer - illustratie - Chris Hamilton (Australia / Team Sunweb) - training - recon Tour Down Under 2018 in Adelaide, Australie -photo Dion Kerckhoffs/Cor Vos© 2018

Aevolo Adds Collegiate Champion Nsek to Roster
Coming off a big win at the 2018 Collegiate Criterium National Championships, Aevolo Cycling is excited to announce the signing of 20-year-old Imeh Nsek.

Nsek’s most recent results include placing second on the first stage of the Junior Tour de Neiderschaschen in Germany. He’s finished third twice at Junior Mountain Bike Nationals and was the best American finisher at 2016 Junior Paris Roubaix.

“For 2018, my goal is to learn what it takes to race at a professional level, and get to know my new teammates,” Nsek said. “I’m also looking forward to racing the bigger races and doing training camps. A personal goal I have is to finish my undergraduate degree in a timely manner.”

Born and raised in Ontario, California, Nsek studies economics at Cal State Fullerton.

“I’m glad to be based in southern California because the Inland Empire and Orange County have a great cycling community,” said Nsek, whose hobbies include yo-yoing, listening to audio books and watching “The Office.”

Imeh Nsek wins the Collegiate Criterium National Championships:

Michael Kolar to change role at BORA – hansgrohe
At the Slovak National Championships, the BORA – hansgrohe pro announced his retirement from professional cycling. But Kolar stays with the team, he will take on a new role as part of their sponsorship department.

“Over the past year’s I worked really hard and then coming into this season and I tried everything to prepare in the most professional way for the season. However, at some point I expected a little more, but the results didn’t come. I feel now that I am pretty much at my best level, but this might not be enough to fulfill my own ambitions. I had a chat with Ralph about this, and after a few days he came back to me, offering a new opportunity. I appreciate his attitude a lot, and I think this a great chance to start something new and finally enjoy life. When I look back, there is nothing to regret. I am proud of what I achieved, especially the second World Title of Peter in Doha is an unforgettable memory, where I was able to play a key role to success. Now it’s time to say good bye, the National Championships was my last race as a pro.”Michael Kolar.

“I have great respect for Michaels decision. You have to have character to take such a step and be truly honest with yourself. Michael talked to me a few weeks ago, that he thinks about retiring. After our chat, we thought about where he might find a role to stay with the team. The conclusion was for him to take on VIP and guest management at some races as part of our sponsorship department. I think with his insight to the sport, his personal experience as a pro, he can give our guests and sponsors a great time at races and add value to our team. I hope that this role will be a good start for him into this new period of life.”Ralph Denk, Team Manager.

Michael Kolar:
Handzame Classic 2018 - 16th edition - Bredene - Handzame 204.1 km - 16/03/18 - Michael Kolar (SVK - Bora - Hansgrohe) - photo Tim van Wichelen/CV/BettiniPhoto©2018

Giro d’Italia Ride Green: A More and More Eco Friendly Event
The eco-sustainability project dedicated to environmental protection and recycling produced great results at the 101st Giro d’Italia. The team collected 75 tons of litter during the 18 Italian stages, of which around 90% has been recycled, with the most active councils being recognized with prizes.

The 101st Giro d’Italia – which started in Jerusalem, ended up in Rome and was dramatically won by Chris Froome – impressed in many respects, including extraordinary results from the Ride Green project. The recycling eco-sustainable project ran throughout the 18 Italian stages of the Giro in collaboration with Erica Cooperative, demonstrating that the organization has been a success, with 75,758.12kg of litter collected, of which 90.57% has been recycled.

Today in the amazing Roof Top of the Red Bull offices in Milan, one of the partner companies of the project, the official results of the project has been presented, with the most successful councils being recognized with prizes.

Recycling in Details

The Local Councils and the Prize Categories
Stage Start Councils which collected the largest amount of litter: Abbiategrasso (93.3%), Tolmezzo (93.1%) and Venaria (90.9%).
Stage Finish Councils which collected the largest amount of litter: Nervesa della Battaglia (91.5%), Osimo (91.4%) and Bardonecchia (90.9%).
Council with the largest number of volunteers: Roma Capitale.
Council that saw the best collaboration from its staff: Santa Ninfa.

Paolo Bellino, RCS Sport Managing Director, with representatives of the most successful councils

Paolo Bellino, RCS Sport Managing Director, said: “The Giro d’Italia fully embraced this project since day one and it has been a winning choice. The statistics generated from the first three editions of the initiative speak for themselves and all the various components involved in making it possible worked at their best: teams, local councils, sponsors and RCS Sport organization. Making the Giro more eco friendly is always one of our key goals for the future and his linked to all the Social Responsibility projects that are part of our, and the RCS MediaGroup’s, strategy.”

Roberto Cavallo, E.R.I.C.A. CEO, said: “At the dawn of the new EU rules about circular economy and in light of the Italian Environment Ministry’s suggestions, RCS Sport shows, with the Ride Green project, that with good planning and organization complex events such as the Giro d’Italia can become eco-sustainable and even reach goals more ambitious than those posed by the legislators.

The key of the success is in how we communicated with, and involved, all the partners from one side and the spectators from the other side. Sustainability is not achievable without active participation and it’s with this intent that, as E.R.I.C.A., we want to continue to grow the range of activities that will help us to reach even more ambitious goals, ultimately aiming for zero impact events.”

Red Bull actively collaborated in the Ride Green eco friendly project, with the goal of raising fans’ awareness of eco-sustainability. Thanks to can collectors and the Mini Car Red Bull Recycle, built with a can-presser, 250,000 ORGANICS cans were collected during the Giro – each made of 100% recyclable aluminum – that has been distributed throughout the 18 Italian stages of the 101st Giro d’Italia.

Red Bull has always been aware of its responsibility towards the environment and always try to find a way to improve its processes. Its iconic cans are lighter than just a few years ago and are fully recyclable numerous times without compromising the quality.

The new ORGANICS by Red Bull line – bio soft drinks in four tastes: Simply Cola, Bitter Lemon, Ginger Ale and Tonic Water – has been the fan’s official drink at the Giro d’Italia.

RTVE and La Vuelta Present the Video of ‘La Vida Son Solo Dos Días’, The Official Song of 2018

The official song of La Vuelta is a tradition that started over than four decades ago, as did the promotional music video that goes with it. This video showcases the charm of the city and the province hosting the race’s departure.

The Vuelta 2018 will take off from Málaga on the 25th of August, which is why it plays the starring role in the music video of ‘La vida son solo dos días’, a song interpreted by Nuria Fergó that will be the anthem of the Spanish tour in its 73rd edition.

Such iconic Málaga locations as the Alcazaba, Calle Larios or the Pompidou Centre and other municipalities through which the peloton will ride, such as Mijas, Puerto Banús, Marbella or the spectacular Caminito del Rey, the first high-altitude finale of La Vuelta 2018, provided the backdrop for the music video.

The video’s Málaga character is reinforced by having chosen Nuria Fergó to sing the official song of La Vuelta 2018. The singer, a native of Nerja, referred to this responsibility as “a gift”. “I am so grateful to the institutions and to the race for allowing me to be part of an event in which my province is so well represented”, she explained.

Songs of La Vuelta
Ever since Sheila and B. Devotion inaugurated this sporting and musical tradition with ‘Singing in the Rain’ back in 1977, the official song of La Vuelta has featured such artists as Azul y Negro, Tino Casal, OBK, La Unión and, more recently, Melendi, Nena Daconte, La Oreja de Van Gogh, Edurne, Marta Sánchez and Maldita Nerea. “For us, the official song of La Vuelta is much more than just another detail. It is yet another means for us to communicate and to transmit our passion for La Vuelta with the same intensity that characterizes the race itself”, said Javier Guillén, General Director of the race.

RTVE maintains and strengthens its commitment to the Spanish tour. La 1 and Teledeporte have been broadcasting the emotion and the passion of La Vuelta for over three decades, in order to bring it to all Spanish homes and to homes all over the world through its international channel. “Life is indeed short, so we will have to broadcast this video a lot”, joked Toni Sevilla, Director of Content, Channels and Programs at RTVE, who also spoke of the vast operations team that the station is preparing for the broadcast of the Spanish tour: “Over 70 people on location and over 70 hours of footage”. The video will be aired for the next three months on the various RTVE channels, accompanied by the daily broadcast that the public TV station will provide of the 21 stages of the race.

Málaga, Ever Present
The head representatives of Málaga’s provincial institutions were also in attendance, such as Elisa Pérez de Siles, the Councillor for Youth and Sports in the Málaga Council and Elías Bendodo, President of the Málaga Provincial Council, who noted that “the video of La Vuelta magnificently showcases spectacular images of our province to over one hundred countries”. La Vuelta and the Province of Málaga “have a very close relationship, as the peloton has pedaled through our roads on numerous occasions”, said Bendodo, who pointed out that, in both 2000 and 2006, La Vuelta departed from Málaga, and in 2015 it did so from Marbella, bringing huge economic and touristic benefits to the province. “Yet again, we feel honored and thrilled to be the starting point for La Vuelta and the protagonist of the official video that will be seen all over the world”.

‘La vida son solo dos días’, with its flamenco rhythm and touch of rumba, characterized by its pop sound and the freshness of Nuria Fergó’s voice, is sure to become one of this summer’s anthems.

The Essentials:
The official video of ‘La vida son solo Dos días’, the song of La Vuelta 2018, performed by Nuria Fergó, was presented at the Retro Bar in Madrid.
· The promotional campaign, which was filmed in various locations throughout the Province of Málaga, will be aired over the next three months on different RTVE channels.
· The singer travelled across the Province of Málaga with her team of professionals in order to film the music video.

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