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A very mixed bag of cycling news in EUROTRASH Thursday. The Giro and the Vuelta have announced route presentation dates – Will Tom Dumoulin and Chris Froome be on the start lines? Angry Chinaman in Hainan – Top Story. Tour of the Alps route, young rider for Nippo-Vini Fantini, Dréville at Lotto Soudal, Gazprom-RusVelo success, TIME TRIAL – The David Millar Film, BEAT at the World Cup, 2018 Nippo team and Wout Van Aert plays tricks on the kids. Thursday coffee time.

TOP STORY: Swiss win by a Technical Knock-out
There was quite a fight at the end of stage 4 of the Tour of Hainan last week, not for the stage win but between Chinese rider Wang Xin and the Swiss National team staff. The story was that Xin crashed during the stage and blamed the Swiss team car and threw his water bottles at it. The Chinese rider must have beed building himself up to a full tantrum during the stage and after the finish he attacked the Swiss team members. First he tried to punch and kick and then, taking a pump from his own team car, he attempted another attack.

Wang Xin and his Keyi-Look team were immediately thrown out of the race and the rider probably faces more sanctions from the Chinese Cycling Federation. The team were also told that they would not be welcome back to the Tour of Hainan.

Swiss Cycling team manager, Danilo Hondo, waited for Xin to finish the stage to explain that they did not cause the accident, but the rider was having none of it. Hondo gave his side of the story: “We never bumped into him, you can see that from the race video. He simply hit the back wheel of another rider and went down. He was obviously embarrassed and took out his frustration on us. We tried to approach him after the race, in fact, we waited 45 minutes after the finish to apologize for any misunderstandings and to show him and his team that we respect them and meant no harm. But both he and his team approached us with anger and everything escalated from there.”

Wang Xin and the team have apologized, but still claim that the Swiss team caused the accident.

Don’t watch the video if you are of a sensitive disposition:

Giro d’Italia 2018 Presentation – 29 November in Milan
The Presentation will be held on Wednesday 29 November in Milan, Italy at the Rai Studios in Via Mecenate, 76 – starting at 17.00. The Presentation, broadcast live on TV on Rai 2 in Italy from 17:00 until 18:00, will be held in the studios of the TV program “Che tempo che fa”.

Giro d’Italia 2018:

2018 Vuelta a España Route Presentation
The 13th of January, at 11:30 am, Unipublic will present the Vuelta 2018 official route. The ceremony will take place in the Auditorium Felipe VI, in Estepona (Málaga) – Calle Juan Benítez, 143 – 29680 Estepona – where all details of the 73rd edition of La Vuelta will be revealed.

The gala will be broadcasted live by the Spanish sports television, TeleDeporte, at 11:30 am. The cities through which the 21 stages of La Vuelta 2018 will ride from the 25th of August until the 16th of September will finally be unfold.

The date of the presentation and the first secrets of the course were announced yesterday at London’s World Trade Market by the Mayor of Málaga, Francisco de la Torre, the President of the region of Málaga, Elías Bendodo and La Vuelta’s General Manager, Javier Guillén.

The Best of the 2017 Vuelta a España:

Tour of the Alps Ready for its Second Run (with Scarponi in its Heart)
The 2018 edition of the Euroregional race presented in Milan. Five spectacular stages from Arco to Innsbruck, remembering the emotional final race and win of the late Italian champion.

IDM Südtirol’s head of marketing Thomas Aichner, Tirol Werbung’s Director Josef Margreiter and Trentino Marketing’s CEO Maurizio Rossini with 2018 Tour of the Alps’ leader jersey designed by Northwave Custom Project:

Just a few days after the closure of a long season, cycling has lived an important preview of what’s coming in the next with the presentation of the 2018 Tour of the Alps, held today – Tuesday, November 7th – in Milan at the Sala Buzzati. The professional stage race born in the name of the Euregio, uniting three incredible territories – Tyrol, Südtirol and Trentino – in a unique project, returns from April 16 to 20, 2018 coming off the success of the inaugural edition (its visibility revenue was estimated in over 10 Million Euro), the encouraging feedbacks and the emotional wake it left behind.

A virtuous example of territorial marketing, the Tour of the Alps has managed to represent in an exciting way the beauties of Tyrol, Südtirol and Trentino, as well as the common spirit that unifies them inside the Euregio. The three regions identify themselves in shared values (not only in sports) that are key to solidify a touristic system strongly characterized by the two wheels.

“A year after, we are back here to tell a story of success,” – told the representatives of the three territorial boards, Maurizio Rossini (Trentino Marketing CEO), Thomas Aichner (IDM Südtirol Head of Marketing) and Josef Margreiter (Tirol Werbung Director). “Our territories have allied in the name of the two wheels, an integral element of our culture and values, and one that takes over 25 million people to Trentino, Südtirol and Tyrol every year. The Tour of the Alps project shows that a successful alliance between close, and naturally “competitive”, territories is possible, if there are common values and intentions like we have.”

The presenter Andrea Berton, the Italian National Team coach Davide Cassani and Tour of the Alps’ General Manager Maurizio Evangelista at the official presentation in Milan:

The high expectations on the Tour of the Alps are not exclusively due to the technical and mediatic success achieved in 2017. Along with its indisputable prestige, that makes it a cherished gem for any rider to add it to his resumé, the Tour of the Alps is naturally projected towards two more major moments of the season. The Giro d’Italia, starting exactly two weeks after the race’s conclusion, has always been the main reference of all the indications the race is able to provide, particularly on the conditions of the most expected contenders.

But the 2018 season will also bring the Road World Championship to Tyrol in September, and the Tour of the Alps will offer a first taste of what the riders should expect in the rainbow race, as well as of the passion and enthusiasm that will welcome them in Austria.

“The Tour of the Alps has always been a significant moment of the season, but this time, with the inclusion of the World Championships’ circuit, it becomes even more important,” told Italian National Team Coach Davide Cassani. “This year again, the GS Alto Garda managed to chart a well-rounded and spectacular route, with everything in place to test the most expected Giro d’Italia contenders. From a technical point of view, I believe this race to be the best step on the way to the Giro d’Italia: as it proved many times in the past, the Tour of the Alps can be a springboard towards pink ambitions.”

Five racing days, 714,3 km overall distance, 13.100 mt overall altitude, 10 categorized climbs: the Tour of the Alps features all the elements of a modern race, that after the 2017 success confirms a spectacular formula made of short and intense routes

The start of the 2018 Tour of the Alps returns to the origins of the Giro del Trentino, in the beautiful city of Arco, near to the North Lake Garda banks. In Arco, seat of the organizing company of the Tour of the Alps, the race will live an intense eve with the teams’ official presentation, and then the start of the 1st stage, that will take the peloton to the Folgaria plateau through scenic places, before tackling the final climb to the Alpe Cimbra venue, with a spectacular finish suited to punchy climbers.

The race remains in Trentino for stage 2, for a short trip from Lavarone to one of the iconic mountains of Italian cycling, the Alpe di Pampeago, in Val di Fiemme, where the only uphill finish of the Tour of the Alps is located. Before facing the final ascent, the riders will have endured a severe warm up on the Redebus pass: Tuesday, April 17th will certainly be one of the crucial days of the event.

Südtirol will welcome the race for its stage 3, on Wednesday, April 18th, running from Ora/Auer to the finish in the Merano/Meran city center. It should be a less demanding day, is spite of two significant Passes (Mendola and Palade) placed quite distant from the stage finish.

Chiusa/Klausen will be the start of stage 4, on Thursday, April 19th, and after the first categorized climb of the day, Terento, the race will cross the Austrian border in the setup to an exciting finale in East Tyrol, with the climbs of Anras and Bannberg before another scenic finish in Lienz’s Hauptplatz.

A transfer will move the race to the starting venue of the final day, Rennenberg, where the start of the World Championships’ time-trials will also be given. This will be the longest stage of the 2018 edition: after a first stretch to reach Innsbruck, the race will enter the final circuit: Innsbruck will welcome an elite winner on Friday, April 20th, tasting the great cycling atmosphere that will return five months later with the rainbow event.

GS Alto Garda’s President Giacomo Santini, Michele Scarponi’s sister Silvia and brother Marco presenting the award dedicated to the unfortunate Italian rider:

The 2018 Tour of the Alps ends in Innsbruck, where the historical first stage of the new race taking over from Giro del Trentino had ended one year earlier. A stage fixed in the memory of all cycling fans due to its winner, Michele Scarponi, who would tragically pass away just a few days later on his home road, while training.

The personality of Michele Scarponi is indelibly bound to this race, and the Tour of the Alps’ organization is looking to preserve this emotional link. The Team Up award, created in agreement of Michele Scarponi’s family, with Michele’s siblings Silvia and Marco in attendance, and in collaboration with ACCPI – the Italian riders’ association – will reward the team providing the best collective effort on each day. The winning team will be called on the main stage at the start on the following day, and will deliver a Tour of the Alps’ contribution to a voluntary group active in the start city.

In the name of a shiny and unlucky champion, the Tour of the Alps wishes to celebrate the selflessness, the generosity, the solidarity, and the essence of cycling at its best, certainly embodied by the personality of Michele Scarponi.

The significant international media exposure of the 2017 Tour of the Alps is the starting point to create a highly-spectacular TV product in collaboration with PMG Sport, that once again will manage the TV production and distribution of the “Ciclismo Cup” events in agreement with the Lega Ciclismo Professionistico.

With the live TV coverage of the decisive phases of each stage, the Tour of the Alps is in the position to further extend its already very satisfactory reach, even outside Europe.

Twenty professional teams will be at the start of the Tour of the Alps (the list will be presented in January), with a significant presence of World Teams. Leading the teams’ list will be the one that conquered the last Giro del Trentino in 2016, with Mikel Landa, and the first Tour of the Alps in 2017 with Geraint Thomas – Team Sky. But a strong and highly competitive field of contenders is certainly to be expected.

“The growth of this project demonstrates that the path we took with the Tour of the Alps is the right one, and one that can take further upward the 40-plus-year history of the Giro del Trentino” – told GS Alto Garda President Giacomo Santini, a first-hand witness of this beautiful adventure. “The challenge has risen up again this year, but so did the level of our organization, that keeps growing, renovating and pushing itself further and further.”

Here is the route of the 2018 Tour of the Alps:
Stage 1 – Monday April 16th
Arco – Folgaria, km 134,6
Altitude: 2530m. Difficulty: ***

Stage 2 – Tuesday April 17th
Lavarone – Fiemme/Alpe di Pampeago km 145,5
Altitude: 2900m. Difficulty: ****

Stage 3 – Wednesday April 18th
Ora/Auer – Merano/Meran km 138,3
Altitude: 2600m. Difficulty: **

Stage 4 – Thursday April 19th
Chiusa/Klausen – Lienz km 134,3
Altitude: 2300m. Difficulty: ***

Stage 5 – Friday April 20th
Rattenberg – Innsbruck km 161,6
Altitude: 2770m. Difficulty: ***


Nippo Vini Fantini Europa Ovini: Signed Marco Tizza for the 2018 Season
Marco Tizza is a new #OrangeBlue rider for the 2018 season. The rider from Giussano, born in 1992, in the current season riding for the Continental GM Europa Ovini team, will be a new NIPPO Vini Fantini Europa Ovini rider in 2018. For him the new professional adventure has already started with a special work experience, as already done by Marco Canola and the other teammates in the begin of 2017 season.
The merge already announced of the two teams, NIPPO Vini Fantini and GM Europa Ovini, is taking shape and is now complete. After the arrival of the Sport Director Donati, is now official also the signature of Marco Tizza one of the best riders of the 2017 Continental team GM Europa Ovini in which he rode in the two previous seasons.

For him the official cycling debut in #OrangeBlue will be in the 2018 season, but he already has been involved in a special activity studied by the NIPPO Vini Fantini Europa Ovini team: the “work experience”. This special working experience took place in Europa Ovini, the company of Gabriele Marchesani, the new third sponsor of the team and leader in the production and export of the typical food of Abruzzo: “arrosticini”.

Marco Tizza in action with the GM Europa Ovini:

The Rider
Marco Tizza is an all round rider, that demonstrated a great growth in these first years as a PRO, deserving this upgrade to the Professional category. After the 8th place in the “Piccolo Giro di Lombardia” in 2014, among PROs he collected many good placements as the 5th place in the Memorial Marco Pantani and the 10th place in the Giro dell’Appennino in 2016.

The current season with the GM Europa Ovini was the best of his career with 10 top10 placements, as the 6th place in the Coppa Agostoni.

A complete rider, able to be fast and to resist in the medium climbs, so very important to support the leader Marco Canola and to improve the placements in the Italian races valid for the Ciclismo Cup.

Marco Tizza during his special “Work Experience” in Europa Ovini:

The Work Experience
To welcome him in the NIPPO Vini Fantini Europa Ovini team is Gabriele Marchesani, CEO of the Europa Ovini company, one of the 3 main sponsors of the team. For Marco Tizza the new season already started in the sponsor company, as already done in the end of 2016 for his #OrangeBlue teammates. The idea comes from the General Manager Francesco Pelosi, started at the beginning of the 2017 season with many NIPPO Vini Fantini riders hosted for a week of working experience by all the main sponsor companies of the team, to learn how it works an office and how it is important also the team working inside a company, as it is inside a cycling team.

The results in terms of determination and results have been seen on the road during this year.
To congratulate with Marco Tizza for his new contract and for the working experience is the CEO of the company Europa Ovini, that supervised all the job made by the rider inside his company headquarter in Ripa Teatina: “Marco has done a good job, working hard with involvement and sympathy. He worked with our production colleagues on the typical product of Abruzzo: the “Arrosticini”. Now is time for him to be back on his bike and I hope he will reach the results he deserves with his new teammates.”

The Italian-Japanese Team, Speaks English
Not only work experience, the cultural sports and cultural bridge between Italy and Japan has been created, but the team will face a more international race calendar with riders and staff of different nationalities as the Spanish Joan Bou, the Rumanian Eduard Grosu and the numerous Italian and Japanese riders.

The integration among Italian and Japanese staff is going in the best way, and now to keep improving the level of professionally of the team and to improve the race communications the General Manager of the team Francesco Pelosi, announced another news for the 2018 training camps: “From 2018 in all the team training camps an english teacher will be with the team to help and support both riders and staff. In this way we will improve the level of professionally of our team. Both the team and the race calendar are strongly international and our team have to be professional and international too.” About the signature of Marco Tizza and the work experience he told: “We are happy about the signature of Marco Tizza as a rider and as teamworker. He will be a very important rider to support our leader Marco Canola. Our goal is to be back to the victory also in Italy with our leader Marco Canola, and for sure Marco Tizza will be a precious support to reach this goal. I want to thanks also the company Europa Ovini that gives the chance to him to start his #OrangeBlue experience with this special working activity, with the same philosophy of the work experience already done last year by Marco Canola, Alan Marangoni, Ivan Santaromita, Damiano Cunego and all his new teammates. A work experience important for riders to learn how inside a company the same teamwork approach is very important to reach results as it is inside a cycling team.”

Marco Tizza with Gabriele Marchesani:

Newcomer Anabelle Dréville Wants to Further Develop her Climbing Skills
Next year we welcome the French rider Anabelle Dréville to the Lotto Soudal Ladies team. The 22-year-old medical student claimed the second place in the fifth stage of the Tour de l’Ardèche this season. Anabelle is a time trialist, who also wants to further develop her climbing skills. In 2015 she got 20th at her Flèche Wallonne début. The year before she won bronze in the road race at the European Championships for U23 riders.

Anabelle Dréville: “I am very much looking forward to this new experience. Elise Delzenne told me there is a great atmosphere in the team. Next year I want to have a wonderful season with the team and aim for results together. Personally, I want to set a step forward in hilly races, like the Flèche Wallonne and Amstel Gold Race. I also would like to be selected for the World Championships in Innsbruck. I got 20th in my first Flèche Wallonne, but the two next editions I set a less good result. It would be fantastic to achieve another place in the top twenty.”

“The stage in which I got second at the Tour de l’Ardèche was a mountain stage. After two or three climbs we were left at the front with fifteen to twenty riders. On the descent a large group closed the gap on us. With about 25 kilometers to go, I decided to attack and Jessica Pratt was the only rider to join me. We succeeded in staying in front with an advantage of about two minutes. I was beaten in the sprint, but I was very happy with the result. This gives me confidence for the future.”

“I am a medical student in Lille. It is not easy to combine my studies with cycling, but the university enables sportsmen and –women to do so. I’m in year five now, but I have already completed all theory and now I only need to do four internships. I’m now at the end of my first internship and half November I will start the second one. As of January I will work half-time and I’m free in summer.”

Anabelle Dréville on the Euro champs podium:

Daria Shmeleva and Anastasia Voinova – Medallists of the First Round of UCI Track Cycling World Cup
Last week the first round of UCI Track Cycling World Cup took place in Polish Pruszkow. Riders of Gazprom – RusVelo showed an impressive performance and brought medals for the Russian National team.

Daria Shmeleva and Anastasia Voinova took third place in team sprint beating the Lithuanian team in the bronze final. In another fierce battle in keirin Daria Shmeleva finished second, being edged out by Kristina Vogel, the current World Champion from Germany.

That’s how Daria summed up the first round of Track World Cup: “We have demonstrated great results at the European Championships in Berlin and actually, I was surprised that I managed to recover so quickly for the first round of World Cup. As I have demonstrated my best results and gave it all for the victory in Berlin, I would say that emotionally I was not completely ready for the competitions in Poland. On the second racing day I felt fatigued, but on the final day we’ve competed with what’s left from our strength and clinched a podium. Also I gained my first medal in keirin, so I am glad with this result. Every start in international competitions is highly valuable for me, I am getting more experience and also confidence. Not only physical strength is developing, but also tactics, which is vital for success. I know which mistakes I’ve made in Pruszkow and I look forward to the upcoming starts in Manchester to improve my results and bring more medals.”

This week on 10-12 of November members of Gazprom – RusVelo are to compete in the second round of UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Manchester. Daria Shmeleva and Anastasia Voinova will be fighting for medals in keirin, individual and team sprint.

Daria Shmeleva on the World Cup podium:

TIME TRIAL – World Premiere at IDFA Documentary Filmfestival on Sunday 19 November
A film by Finlay Pretsell featuring David Millar, Thomas Dekker, Charly Wegelius, Robbie Hunter, Mark Cavendish, Bradley Wiggins, Roman Kreuziger, Geraint Thomas, Dan Martin.

The International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (IDFA) will present on Sunday 19 November in the 1,500 seat Royal Theatre Carré, the World Premiere of Finlay Pretsell’s compelling documentary TIME TRIAL, following the final races of cyclist David Millar’s career, leading up to his last encounter with the Tour de France.

The film has been selected for the Feature Length Competition by IDFA which attracts more than 3,000 industry professionals and film audiences in excess of 271,000 a year.

Produced by Sonja Henrici of SDI Productions and executive produced by Iain Smith OBE (Mad Max Fury Road, The Fifth Element), with an original score by US composer Dan Deacon, the film takes us in to the very heart of competitive cycling as never before. Using pioneering filming techniques, bespoke vehicles and on-bike cameras, TIME TRIAL gives a radical new insight through the eyes of leading sportsman David Millar, of the experiences inside the peloton, pushing up impossible climbs and down rapid descents, with every mile travelled, a mile closer to the end. Also featuring professional cyclists Thomas Dekker and Mark Cavendish, TIME TRIAL reveals how the human spirit is driven by a force deeper than success and glory.

Scottish-born David Millar bought his first road bike aged 15 and when he turned 18 he moved to France to race. Two years later, in 1997, he was offered his first professional contract leading the biggest French team, Cofidis. He was soon winning stages of the Tour de France, La Vuelta a España and World Championships before receiving a suspension for doping in 2004.

Since then, based on his experiences, Millar has become an authoritative voice on anti-doping. In 2008, he became part-owner and rider for the Garmin Slipstream team who became renowned for their strong anti-doping stance. Since his resurgence as a clean cyclist, Millar has made his mark as one of Britain’s most successful road cyclists, with stage wins in all three of the Grand Tours (Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and La Vuelta a España) as well as winning the gold medal in the time trial at the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and the silver medal in the same event at the UCI Road World Championships that same year.

Millar was instrumental in Mark Cavendish’s world title in the road race in 2011 in his role as ‘team captain’ and he represented Great Britain at the Olympic Games in London 2012. He has written two books, Racing Through the Dark and The Racer, and was a consultant on the Stephen Frears film, The Program. Since his retirement in 2014, Millar has become a television commentator for ITV and BBC and is working on a number of projects, including a role with British Cycling, mentoring their Senior Academy riders.

About Director Finlay Pretsell
Finlay Pretsell is an award-winning filmmaker who once set out on the long road to becoming a professional cyclist, riding for a few national teams and representing Scotland a number of times. Finlay’s breakthrough as a filmmaker was in 2007 with Standing Start, a short film which followed his passion for cycling (shortlisted for Grierson Newcomer Award), taking a unique look at the world of track cycling featuring world champion Craig Maclean.

He followed up that success with several more short films, winning Scotland’s top prize, a BAFTA for Ma Bar, which was shown at the prestigious Sundance Film festival and over 50 other international film festivals, and Cutting Loose, which was financed by the UK Film Council and BBC. The film won a raft of awards including Best Documentary at Encounters FF and the Grand Jury prize at Asterfest, and qualified for Oscar nomination after a theatrical run in New York in 2012.

Most recently Finlay produced Norfolk (2015), a feature film directed by longstanding collaborator Martin Radich starring Denis Menochet (Inglorious Basterds) and financed through BBC Films, BFI and Creative England. It premiered at IFFR 2015 and was nominated for the Michael Powell Award at EIFF 2015.

Finlay has been an integral part of Scottish Documentary Institute since 2005. Director Finlay Pretsell says about the inspiration for making Time Trial: “I have ridden and raced a bike all of my life – it’s a part of me. And David captures an ecstatic vision of what it felt like to ride or race. He allows me to translate this reality into images and to encapsulate what it feels like to truly ride in this way day after day, year after year. Many racers last a year or two in this world; to be consistently inhabiting this space for this long, is an incredible feat.”

David Millar adds: “With Time Trial we wanted to capture not only what it’s like to be in a bike race, but also what it’s like to be inside a bike racer’s mind. That mind was mine, in my final season, and although it wasn’t the final season I had dreamt of it made for the most realistic depiction of being a pro bike racer we could have ever imagined. Even if it at times it was a bit of a nightmare, all the more so perhaps.”

Leslie Finlay, Screen Officer at Creative Scotland says: “Time Trial, Finlay Pretsell’s debut feature documentary, is an extraordinary, beautiful and immersive work of cinema. Developed and supported through Creative Scotland Screen Funding we are delighted that IDFA has embraced the film by screening its world premiere in competition at one of the World’s greatest documentary film festivals.”

David Millar, Finlay Pretsell, Sonja Henrici and Dan Deacon along with other special guests featured in the film will attend the World Premiere of TIME TRIAL at IDFA.

IDFA Press & Industry Screening:
Fri 17th Nov at 17:30 – Pathé de Munt 13

IDFA Public Screenings:
Sun 19th Nov at 14:15 – Koninklijk Theater Carré (World Premiere Screening)
Mon 20th Nov at 11:45 – Pathé de Munt 09
Wed 22nd Nov at 21:30 – Brakke Grond Expozaal
Thu 23rd Nov at 21:15 – Pathé de Munt 11
Sat 25th Nov at 15:30 – Pathé Tuschinski 2

TIME TRIAL – The David Millar Film Trailer:

BEAT Cycling: UCI Track Cycling World Cup England
After a successful debut weekend at the first World Cup in Pruszków, Poland, where Matthijs Büchli won gold at the keirin, the BEAT track team riders Theo Bos, Matthijs Büchli and Roy van den Berg will travel to Manchester, England, to continue their great form of this past weekend.

The Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Manchester will be the second World Cup in this cycle. After this second of five World Cups, three more World Cups will be organized, with the last one being held January 19-21, 2018, in Minsk, Belarus.

This weekend, the BEAT track team will participate in the keirin with Matthijs Büchli, the individual sprint with one or two riders, the kilometer time trial with Theo Bos and in the team sprint with all three riders.

Coach of the track team Tim Veldt can’t wait to start another World Cup weekend: “We have a clear baseline thanks to the World Cup in Poland. We are all very pleased with our results there. We performed well on the team sprint, above all expectations. We are glad we were allowed to ride two heats that day. Eventually, we missed the finals by 5 thousandth of a second, but I still see ways we can improve. There were some minor points of improvement in the team sprint, so the 5 thousandth will most likely be overcome this weekend. If everything goes well, we cut two-tenths of a second off of our time and then suddenly we’re competing for the medals.”

“Matthijs’ keirin was fantastic. This also gives him a lot of peace of mind. This takes a lot of pressure off the pre-season and now we can look forward to the world championships. He is physically and tactically in perfect shape, so we now have the time to look at other strategies. We are mainly focusing on riding a steady tournament.”

“Theo rides the kilometer time trial on Sunday, which is a serious preparation for the world championships. Theo has not raced a kilometer time trial since the last world championships in Hong Kong, but his good team sprint form makes for a great base to ride the kilometer.”

BEAT track team during the team sprint at the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Pruszków, Poland:

Santini is New Technical Sponsor of Nippo Vini Fantini Europa Ovini 2018-2019
The NIPPO Vini Fantini Europa Ovini team will wear the elegance, the innovation and the Made in Italy excellence of Santini Cycling Wear. Starting from 2018 season the #OrangeBlue riders will be signed by Santini Cycling Wear, the cycling apparel brand that is a symbol of the Italian tradition and excellence, and technical sponsor among the others of the UCI, of the Australian National Team and of the Slovakian National Selection. The partnership with the Italian-Japanese team has been revealed in Tokyo during Cycle Mode, the n.1 cycling fair of Japan. In the contract an option for the 2020, the year of the Tokyo Olympic Games.

NIPPO Vini Fantini Europa Ovini and Santini Cycling Wear will ride together, road to 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. A two years partnership, with yet an option for the third year has been announced today in Cycle Mode Tokyo, the n.1 cycling fair of Japan and Asia, in collaboration with De Rosa that hosted the event on his stand, merging the presentation of the new jersey kit and the new Protos Special Color edition for Marco Canola. Other Made in Italy news comes from Selle Italia, that presented his SP01 saddle, for the first time will be on the Protos Team Edition De Rosa Bike.

The new NIPPO Vini Fantini Europa Ovini 2018 kit, by Santini Cycling Wear:

The Design 2018
In Cycle Mode has been revealed not only the partnership, but also the new design of the NIPPO Vini Fantini Europa Ovini 2018 jersey, where the Blue Navy, the color that gives the most important success of the team in 2017 (the Japan Cup), is the most relevant. The #OrangeFluo remains the characteristic color of the team in the finishing of the jersey, but the Blue Navy, part of the coordinated image of the team since from 2014, is back the main color of the 2018 jersey designed by Santini Cycling Wear. A stylish texture made of rhombus, soften, that plays with a double shade of the same color. Separated at the top, but merged together in the middle of the jersey to build up a net, inspired to the old armor of warriors, where single elements become stronger matching perfectly each others. In the same manner the Italian-Japanese team, in his first 3 years of activity have merged from a sports and cultural point of view Italian and Japanese riders, and only going on with the strong team work could continue in the big growth of his single elements.

The main sponsor NIPPO Corporation, together with Vini Fantini, for the first time are together on the blue background, giving to the jersey a stylish design. Something new both on the front and on the back of the Jersey, the Italian flag given by the third main sponsor of the team, Europa Ovini, that with his logo flag reminds the Italian soul (for managerial company and federation affiliation reasons) of the team. Among new arrivals on the jersey also the new partner Faizanè, celebrating his 50th anniversary on the sleeves of the new #OrangeBlue jersey.

The important technical features of the new apparel will be revealed during next months in Italy by Santini Cycling Wear in collaboration with NIPPO Vini Fantini Europa Ovini team, that will be, together with the other TOP teams sponsored by Santini, the test area for all the evolutions and new features. Innovative is not only the design: the #OrangeBlue will wear a special new team collection developed by Santini, that will be soon unveiled in the details, with some new special technical features.

Marino Kobayashi and Hideto Nakane with the new Santini kit and the Protos De Rosa Special Team Edition:

The Event
The presentation of the new partnership and of the new #OrangeBlue kit took place on the Cicli De Rosa booth in Cycle Mode, the n.1 Cycling Fair of Japan. To the event Francesco Pelosi, the General Manager of the NIPPO Vini Fantini Europa Ovini team, the Sports Director Shinichi Fukushima and the Japanese riders Hideto Nakane and Marino Kobayashi, both riding for the NIPPO Vini Fantini 2017 team and yet confirmed for the 2018 roster. With them the Cristiano De Rosa that linked to the new jersey presentation also the brand new color of the Protos 2017, a color that will be used also by the team leader Marco Canola, the big reveal of the last year and designed captain of the #OrangeBlue team for the next two seasons.

Francesco Pelosi, during the event welcome the new important technical partnership, that guarantee a very high level of quality to the team, with these words: “We are really proud to have on board with us a strong technical partner as Santini Cycling Wear. The vision of the company, the technology used and the important links to the Asian world are some of the common values. On these values we immediately build up a two years partnership with an option for the 2020. In our project that looks forward to Tokyo Olympic Games, the next 3 years will be crucial and the cultural bridge that we made, have to be reinforced, from both sides. In this direction the new partner, a symbol of the Made in Italy, gives to our project a new push and guarantee of quality, together with De Rosa, another top quality Made in Italy company of our team. I really have to thank the Santini family for the trust, we are sure that we can do a great job together, with the desire of celebrate together many successes.”

To the manager of the team, followed the declaration of Monica Santini, CEO of Santini Cycling Wear: “We are always been close to the PRO cycling teams to build up together the best performance, starting from the cycling apparel, and in particular way now we are happy to collaborate with NIPPO Vini Fantini Europa Ovini, an Italian team with an intense international activity of high profile, with a communication image of top level.” A line-up, the one of the NIPPO Vini Fantini Europa Ovini team, that has different needs both in terms of kind of roads and of climate that can be satisfied only with technical cycling apparel specific for trainings and races in all the four seasons of the year and at every latitude.
“We chose to link us to the Italian-Japanese Pro Cycling Team to be a good partner, always in time to cover all the specific needs of technical apparel and we are really proud of this – says Monica Santini – also because with the team we really share important values, as the determination and the sense of work. We really believe in that team and we hope to contribute to their growth, looking forward to Tokyo 2020.”

The Full-Blue Bike, by De Rosa
Together with the new partnership with Santini and the design of the new 2018 jersey, in Cycle Mode has been presented also the wonderful blu of the Protos 2017, that will be the bike of the captain, Marco Canola: a special color, brilliant also thanks to the special mirrored treatment, with a special Orange insert under the saddle. A unique combination, perfectly matching with the new NIPPO Vini Fantini Europa Ovini 2018 image.

The New SP01 Saddle, by Selle Italia
The new technology of the SP01 saddle will be at disposal of the team starting from the 2018 season. The SP01 is the result of a cutting-edge combination of carbon properties. SP01has been made possible thanks to our ongoing technological product research and introduces a revolutionary concept of style, skilfully combining comfort, aesthetics and resistance.

At the end of the event presentation the team delegation have been visiting the booth of another partner, IRC Tires. Again the wonderful Japanese public has been very warm to welcome the team after the recent and historic double of the Japan Cup week-end.

Mr Inoue (IRC Tire), Nicola Baggio (Selle Italia), Cristiano De Rosa, Marino Kobayashi, Hideto Nakane, Francesco Pelosi (GM NIPPO Vini Fantini), Shinichi Fukushima (DS NIPPO Vini Fantini):

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