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EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!

Tom Dumoulin has been celebrating his Giro success in Maastricht. Sad news of the passing of Sean Weide – Top Story. Race news: Gullegem Koerse 2017, Skoda Tour de Luxembourg 2017 and Cycling Stars Criterium 2017 with results and video. In other cycling news: Giro d’Italia in numbers and Sunweb celebrate, Tour ’19 Grand Départ in Brussels, Critérium du Dauphiné news, Tour of Utah, Bora-Hansgrohe Tour de France long list, Danny Summerhill resigns from UnitedHealthcare team after shooting incident and we finish with Eddy Merckx on the Grand Départ Tour de France 2019.

TOP STORY: The Passing of Sean Weide
The sad news that Sean Weide had been found dead in his apartment in Omaha, Nebraska on Tuesday was released by his daughters later the same day. Sean was public relations manager for the Axeon Hagens Berman cycling team and had previously worked for six years with the BMC Racing Team. Before his stint with the Swiss bike manufacturer’s team he was with Rock Racing, Team Type 1, Fly V Australia, and Toyota-United.

Sean was well know as one of the hardest working press officers in pro cycling, always helpful; with interviews, suppling photos and arranging link-ups with riders and team personnel. His press releases and race reports were always useful and usually the first to arrive in the email inbox. But more than all that he was a great guy to know. Always a happy face and a pleasure to talk to.

Sean was a wizard with social media and had many personal followers on Twitter (15,000), but it was his big personality, heart and love of the sport that won people over to what ever message he was getting out there. Sean helped PEZ a lot with interviews and team(s) information, on many occasions he was the link to riders for Ed Hood’s interviews.

On a personal level, Sean helped me a lot when he was with BMC. Not just invites to the team’s training camp in Spain for the media days, but also to the team hotel on other occasions. You could email Sean anytime and he would be there for anything, cycling connected or not. He was the guy you could rely on. Sean touched the lives of many people and always left a memorable impression, he will be missed by many people and not just in the cycling World.

Everyone at PEZ sends their condolences to Sean’s five ‘Princesses’ and everyone who was lucky enough to make his acquaintance. Rest in peace my friend.

Sean, always with a smile:

Gullegem Koerse 2017
Gullegem Koerse was dominated by the Quick-Step Floors team this year. In Belgium’s biggest ‘kermiskoers’. Yves Lampaert and Julien Vermote crossed the finish line hand in hand after they escaped together on the last lap. The victory went to Lampaert.

The duo rode away together on the final lap of the finishing circuit. In the final meters, they had all the time to celebrate the victory. It is Lampaert’s second win of the year, in the spring he won the prestigious semi-classic Dwars Door Vlaanderen. Tim Declerq completed the white-blue podium by taking a solo third place. Last year’s winner, Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), was 92nd at 6:30.

Gullegem - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - LAMPAERT Yves (BEL) Rider of Quick-Step Floors Cycling team celebrates the win with VERMOTE Julien (BEL) Rider of Quick-Step Floors Cycling team  pictured during the 73th Gullegem Koers - photo PdV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

Gullegem Koerse Result:
1. Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors at 3:42:42
2. Julien Vermote (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
3. Tim Declercq (Bel) Quick-Step Floors at 0:53
4. Benjamin Verraes (Bel) Wetters Cycling Team at 1:37
5. Lawrence Naesen (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aquality
6. Yiber Sefa (Alb) Asfra Racing Team at 1:40
7. Loïc Vliegen (Bel) BMC at 1:46
8. Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert at 1:50
9. Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 1:59
10. Mark McNally (GB) Wanty-Groupe Gobert.

It can only be Belgium:

Skoda Tour de Luxembourg 2017
The Skoda Tour of Luxembourg started with a Prologue on Wednesday in the capital and after 2.1 kilometers finished in Ville, with flat sections, steep descents and a cobbled climb of 350 meters of 15% before reaching the twisting streets at the finish. Richard Weinzheimer (Lotto-Kern Haus) was the first rider down the starting ramp to record a time of 3:26. Several cyclists managed to beat his time, it was Damien Gaudin (Armée de Terre) that stopped the clock in 3:00.47 and was the man to beat.

The favorite to win the prologue was Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) and with great effort placed himself second with 3:01. Piet Allegaert (Sport Vlaanderen Baloise) was in third place with 3:05 until Jempy Drucker (BMC) knocked him off the podium with 3:04.

Skoda Tour de Luxembourg Prologue Result:
1. Damien Gaudin (Fra) Equipe Cycliste Armée de Terre in 3:00.47
2. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC at 0:01
3. Jempy Drucker (Lux) BMC at 0:04
4. Piet Allegaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise at 0:05
5. Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Equipe Cycliste Armée de Terre
6. Alex Kirsch (Ned) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect at 0:06
7. Benjamin Declercq (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
8. Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect at 0:08
9. Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise
10. Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert.

Skoda Tour de Luxembourg Overall After The Prologue:
1. Damien Gaudin (Fra) Equipe Cycliste Armée de Terre in 3:00.47
2. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC at 0:01
3. Jempy Drucker (Ned) BMC at 0:04
4. Piet Allegaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise at 0:05
5. Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Equipe Cycliste Armée de Terre
6. Alex Kirsch (Ned) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect at 0:06
7. Benjamin Declercq (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
8. Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect at 0:08
9. Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise
10. Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert.

Luxembourg prologue:

Cycling Stars Criterium 2017
Thousands of people in Montebelluna to meet the championship of cycling.

Thousands of people were in Montebelluna on Monday for the first edition of Cycling Stars Criterium. A large crowd of fans welcomed the champions of cycling back in the city of the Giro d’Italia. The enthusiasts begun to arrive in the historic square from 14.00 on Monday afternoon to take part in the activities designed for the little ones, from the Pump Track, to the race for the young, to the safety lessons organized by the traffic Police.

“It was a wonderful day,” said Alessandro Ballan, vice president of the organizing committee. “I am very proud to be part of this magnificent group.” Alessandro Ballan, who in the afternoon, at the end of the race for the young, went to the stage to reward the little champions together with the chairman of the organizing committee Enrico Bonsembiante.

Later in the afternoon during the race of the ex-professionals, all the riders wore the same shirt with the face of Michele Scarponi. “Michele is here today with us,” said excited Paolo Bettini before the star, “we remember him for what he was, always ready to rejoice with his jokes.” The Olympic champion then focused on the meaning of the day. “It was a beautiful event, events like these that help bring people to cycling.”

The “Grillo” was also the real hero of the ex-pro’s race, winning first place in front of Alessandro Ballan who was satisfied with the second step of the podium. Third place for a home athlete, Matteo Tosatto, who in Montebelluna triumphed in a stage of the 2001 Giro d’Italia.

Circuito Montebelluna 2017 - 29/05/2017 -  - photo Roberto Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2017

At the end of the day, finally came the long awaited professional athletes, including Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), attacked by the crowd, the real idol of the little ones who competed for a photo or autograph. The ‘Shark from Messina’ said, “A fantastic, warm public it’s a real emotion to be here in Montebelluna tonight. I have to say thanks to the organization and the thousands of people who are here in this square”

Second place went to the German, Andrè Greipel (Lotto Soudal), while the Quick-Step Floors’ Fernando Gaviria’s cyclamen jersey climbed on to the 3rd step of the podium.

Cycling Stars 2017 Podium:
Circuito Montebelluna 2017 - 29/05/2017 -  - photo Roberto Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2017

The Numbers of the GIRO 100
The statistics behind the story of this year’s Corsa Rosa.

Sunweb Wins First Grand Tour in Team History
In the final showdown to an intense three weeks of racing, Team Sunweb’s Tom Dumoulin (NED) secures the overall victory at the 100th anniversary edition of the Giro d’Italia, Team Sunweb’s first Grand Tour general classification win.

Team Sunweb made history today in what is a huge step, becoming the first German team to win the general classification at the Giro d’Italia. An incredible three week long fight from the entire team landed Dumoulin in a perfect position ahead of today’s individual time trial in Milan, with just 53 seconds separating Team Sunweb’s Dutch time trial champion from the Maglia Rosa. When Dumoulin arrived at the second check point, he was the virtual Maglia Rosa and was able to continue perfectly powering to glory on his Giant Trinity Advanced SL, winning the Giro d’Italia by 31 seconds. With a long term vision in mind the team have helped to grow Dumoulin into the rider he is today, Team Sunweb continue to do the same with their current and future German talents, with the aim of progressing to this level in the future.

An emotional Dumoulin said of his win: “This is incredible, I can’t believe it. Beforehand I knew that I needed to stay calm but I almost couldn’t. I am happy for myself but also happy that so many special people around me were able to share this moment with me and to have the team up on the podium with me really topped it all. It’s been a great atmosphere with the team over the past few weeks and I can’t thank the team enough for all that they have done. All of our hard work has paid off and I couldn’t be more thrilled.”

Team Sunweb’s Giro d’Italia coach Luke Roberts (AUS) added: “With everyone so tired we knew that today would be really unpredictable, but within the first few kilometers I knew that this was going to be a good time trial for Tom. To finish off these three weeks with a win is brilliant. We’ve had some ups and downs but the whole team have done an amazing job and their incredible efforts have been rewarded.”

Team Sunweb CEO Iwan Spekenbrink (NED) said: “From everyone that has been involved with the team from its beginning to everyone that joined later on, this comes as a huge reward for everybody’s hard work and dedication. We all share one united goal and each and every person works tirelessly towards it, always on the basis of new and challenging ideas to keep growing our team and setting higher goals. I am so proud of the team and Tom, as well as everybody behind the scenes who has made this possible. This really is a brilliant achievement for the entire Team Sunweb family.”

Pretty in pink:
Milano - Italia - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Tom DUMOULIN (Netherlands / Team Sunweb) pictured during team stage 21 of the Giro D’Italia 2017 from Monza to Milano ITT, 28.00 km - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2017

Tour de France 2019: Grand Départ in Brussels
In less than one month, the Tour de France riders will start to head to Düsseldorf, for the Grand Départ which has not taken place in Germany since 1987 in Berlin. It will not be the only anniversary to be celebrated, because on the first post-war edition of Le Tour, in 1947, the race witnessed a stage outside the French borders (an event that only occurred twice before the Second World War) when the pack headed to Brussels on the second day. Since then, the Belgian capital has welcomed the Grand Boucle ten times and ten stage finishes or half-stages have taken place there. Indeed, in 2019, for the centenary of the Yellow Jersey, Brussels will be hosting the Grand Départ as Eddy Merckx, the man with the most stage wins on the race, will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of his first victory.

Key points:
100 years after the creation of the Yellow Jersey, 50 years after the first triumph by five times winner Eddy Merckx, the Grand Départ of the Tour de France 2019 will take place in Brussels, which already hosted the departure of the Tour de France in 1958.
Ø The Belgian capital will follow on from Düsseldorf, from which the riders will set off for the first stage on 1st July, and the Vendée in the Pays de la Loire region, which will host the Grand Départ in July 2018.

2019 Brussels ProMo:

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Critérium du Dauphiné 2017: A Class of the Big Guns
Statistics are often wrong, but do actually raise some pertinent questions. As he prepares to tackle the Critérium du Dauphiné, Chris Froome will probably not waste much energy fretting about them, but one fact cannot be ignored: since he became team leader with Sky, this is the first time that he has reached June without a single victory to his name. Mitigated starts to the season did not prevent him from winning on the last two editions of the Critérium du Dauphiné, but in 2017, Froome’s best result so far is a 2nd place picked up on a stage of the Tour of Catalonia. The contrast is especially striking when compared with the man who beat him on the Catalan roads that day, Alejandro Valverde, who will be one of his rivals at the start in Saint-Etienne. With total mastery of his art on the Spanish stage races just like on the Ardennes classics, “El Imbatido” (the unbeaten one) has fully justified his nickname so far this year and could add to the two titles he has already won on the Dauphiné (in 2008 and 2009). The Movistar team leader will also be taking on Alberto Contador, who has finished 2nd four times this season on stage races. The energy and temperament that the man from Madrid displayed on Paris-Nice, for example, could enable him to grab a first title on this race through the Alps, giving his chances a boost as the Tour de France approaches.

However, Christ Froome’s rivals will not only be Spanish. The biggest threat in 2016, on both the Dauphiné and Le Tour, came from the French clan, with Romain Bardet as his closest pursuer. The AG2R team leader, after a convincing performance on Liège-Bastogne-Liège (with a 6th-placed finish), will be tackling the key sequence of the season with the aim of confirming or improving his status. The case is very much similar for Dan Martin, 3rd on Paris-Nice last March, just like on the Dauphiné in 2016. The list of pretenders for the title obviously also includes Richie Porte, who came up just short of the podium last year. However, his success on the Tour of Romandie, as well as on the key stage of Paris-Nice on the Col de la Couillole pass, is a testimony of the progress made by the Australian since he left Team Sky. Among the outsiders capable of excelling, former winner Andrew Talansky has proven on the Tour of California (with 3rd place in the general classification and a stage win at Mount Baldy) that he is not far from the level he was at when he triumphed in 2014. Watchful eyes will also have to be cast over Colombian Esteban Chaves, who is preparing for his first Tour de France after having climbed onto the podiums of the two other grand tours in 2016, as well as Fabio Aru, deprived of participating in the 100th Giro d’Italia by a fall, or Louis Meintjes.

Parcours/Route – Critérium du Dauphiné 2017:

Key points
With the stakes high in more ways than one, the Critérium du Dauphiné will take the pack from Saint-Etienne to the Plateau de Solaison for its 69th edition between 4th and 11th June.
Several weeks before the Tour de France, the main favorites will do battle, in particular on a hitherto untried climb up the Alpe d’Huez. The three times winner and title holder, Chris Froome, will be up against rivals who have shown themselves to be sharper than him since the start of the season, such as Alejandro Valverde and Alberto Contador, but also Romain Bardet, Dan Martin, Richie Porte, Esteban Chaves or Fabio Aru.

22 teams: the main participants (on 26/05)
South Africa

Dimension Data: Boasson Hagen (Nor), Pauwels (Gbr), Kudus (Eri)

Team Sunweb: Barguil (Fra), Oomen (Ned)
Bora-Hansgrohe: Konig (Cze), Buchman (Ger)

Orica-Scott: Chaves (Col), Gerrans (Aus), S. Yates (Gbr)

Bahrain-Merida: Brajkovic (Slo), Colbrelli (Ita)

Quick Step Floors: D. Martin (Irl), Vakoc (Cze)
Lotto-Soudal: Gallopin (Fra), Benoot (Bel), Valls (Spa)
Wanty-Groupe Gobert: G. Martin, Offredo (Fra)

Movistar Team: Valverde, Moreno, Jes.Herrada (Spa)

BMC Racing Team: Porte (Aus), De Marchi (Ita), Roche (Irl)
Cannondale Drapac Team: Talansky (Usa), Van Baarle (Ned)
Trek-Segafredo: Contador, Zubeldia (Spa), Theuns (Bel)

AG2R La Mondiale: Bardet, Latour, Vuillermoz (Fra)
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits: Bouhanni, Simon (Fra), Navarro (Spa)
FDJ: Demare, Gaudu, Le Gac (Fra)
Direct Energie: Coquard, Sicard, Voeckler (Fra)
Delko Marseille Provence KTM: El Fares (Fra), Siskevicius (Lit)

Great Britain
Team Sky: Froome (Gbr), Henao (Col), Kwiatkowski (Pol)

United Arab Emirates
UAE Team Emirates: Meintjes (Afs), Swift (Gbr), Ulissi (Ita)

Astana Pro Team: Aru (Ita), Fuglsang (Den), Lutsenko (Kaz)

Team Lotto NL-Jumbo: Battaglin (Ita)

Team Katusha-Alpecin: Kristoff (Nor), T. Martin (Ger)

Sunday, 4 June — Stage 1: Saint-Étienne > Saint-Étienne (170 km)
Monday, 5 June — Stage 2: Saint-Chamond > Arlanc (171 km)
Tuesday, 6 June — Stage 3: Le Chambon-sur-Lignon > Tullins (184 km)
Wednesday, 7 June — Stage 4: La Tour-du-Pin > Bourgoin-Jallieu (23.5 ITT)
Thursday, 8 June — Stage 5: La Tour-de-Salvagny > Mâcon (175 km)
Friday, 9 June — Stage 6: Parc des Oiseaux Villars-les-Dombes > La Motte-Servolex (145.5 km)
Saturday, 10 June — Stage 7: Aosta > Alpe d’Huez (167.5 km)
Sunday, 11 June — Stage 8: Albertville > Plateau de Solaison (115 km).

Critérium du Dauphiné 2017 – Official Teaser:

Porte Primed for Critérium du Dauphiné Showdown
Tour de Romandie winner Richie Porte will return to the Critérium du Dauphiné from 4-11 June to race for the last time before the Tour de France.

Porte, who finished fourth overall in 2016, is looking to secure his third UCI WorldTour stage race win this year.

“The Critérium du Dauphiné is the last big test before the Tour de France so it is a chance to see where I stand compared to everyone else. I’m taking a lot of confidence out of my Tour de Romandie win and a good result at the Critérium du Dauphiné would set me up perfectly for July,” Porte explained.

“I’m coming into the race from a two-week altitude camp so I am as prepared as possible. I’m feeling really good right now and although the Tour de France is obviously the main goal this year, I would love to add the Critérium du Dauphiné to my palmarès. We have a strong team to support me and we’ll take things stage by stage.”

Sports Director Fabio Baldato said he believes Porte continues to get better with each race this season.

“In the lead up to the Tour de France, the Critérium du Dauphiné is one of the biggest goals for Richie Porte and the team. A good result at the Critérium du Dauphiné will prove that we are on track for the Tour de France, and also give Richie a lot of confidence. Richie is in great shape at the moment and I think he can definitely finish on the top step of the podium.” Baldato said.

“When you look at our roster, with the exception of neo pro Kilian Frankiny, we have a wealth of experience behind Richie. With Brent Bookwalter, Kilian Frankiny and Amaël Moinard we have strong riders to protect Richie on the flat, whereas Alessandro De Marchi, Ben Hermans, Nicolas Roche and Danilo Wyss will provide key support on the climbs. I think with this team, and a strong and motivated Richie, we are going to the Critérium du Dauphiné in a really good position.”

Critérium du Dauphiné (4-11 June)
Rider roster:
Brent Bookwalter (USA), Alessandro De Marchi (ITA), Kilian Frankiny (SUI), Ben Hermans (BEL), Amaël Moinard (FRA), Richie Porte (AUS), Nicolas Roche (IRL), Danilo Wyss (SUI).
Sports Directors: Fabio Baldato (ITA), Yvon Ledanois (FRA).

Richie Porte:
Col de la Couillole - France - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - PORTE Richie (AUS) Rider of BMC Racing Team pictured during stage 7 of Paris - Nice UCI World Tour from Nice - Col de la Couillole, 177.00 km - foto POOLPHOTO BP/Cor Vos © 2017

Bahrain-Merida Line-up for Dauphiné
Bahrain-Merida Team is tuning the form for the upcoming Criterium du Dauphiné and looking forward to take part in its 69th edition.

Philippe Mauduit, sports director, expressed his thoughts before the race: “Dauphiné is a small Tour de France with hard climbs. Every year Tour de France contenders come here for the last preparation race, to test themselves and define final team strategies and precise roaster for Tour de France. This year, as usually, the first 3 stages will be suitable for a reduced bunch sprint, due to the difficult terrain, then a TT for specialists and GC pretenders. The 5th stage will be the last chance for sprinters to jump on the podium before the mountains, where the GC riders will be in the game. We have a strong team going to Dauphiné, with riders that are here after a longer break, but with altitude training camp in their legs, and riders that are coming directly from races. Sonny Colbrelli will be our key rider for sprints and Jani Brajkovič will target the GC. Franco Pellizotti is coming directly from Giro d’Italia and will try to surf on the great waves that he started there.”

Bahrain-Merida Team lineup for Dauphiné:
Borut Božič / Yukiya Arashiro / Grega Bole / Janez Brajkovič / Ramunas Navardauskas / Antonio Nibali / Sonny Colbrelli / Franco Pellizotti

Contador to the Dauphiné
Alberto Contador will face from next Sunday, June 4, the Critérium du Dauphiné, the last test of preparation before taking the start in the Tour de France. The Trek-Segafredo leader has spent the last three weeks at a training camp in Tenerife, where he has been accompanied by some of the riders included in the pre-selection of the Tour team, André Cardoso, Fabio Felline and Michael Gogl.

Trek-Segafredo Critérium du Dauphiné team:
Alberto Contador, Andre Cardoso, Edward Theuns, Fumiyuki Beppu, Haimar Zubeldia, Jesus Hernandez, Markel Irizar, and Michael Gogl.

Alberto in Tenerife:

Sunweb for Critérium du Dauphiné
The 69th edition of the Critérium du Dauphiné gets underway on Sunday, June 4. The race starts with a stage that takes in eight climbs, followed by two days for the sprinters. Stage four delivers a 23.5 kilometer individual time trial with day five littered with climbs before a flat run in to the finish. The final three stages take riders through the Alps and promise a challenging queen stage before a finish at Plateau de Solaison. Critérium du Dauphiné also sees Warren Barguil (FRA) making his return to racing following a tough crash at Tour de Romandie, with a fracture to his pelvis.

Team Sunweb coach Morten Bennekou (DEN) said: “We are looking forward to some exciting, challenging stages at Critérium du Dauphiné. We are happy with the return of Warren after his hard crash, the fact he is back so quickly after such an injury is already a victory so he will be there primarily to gain racing rhythm. We will aim for stage results with Phil in the sprints, he showed at the Giro that he is able to compete with the best and we will give all of our efforts to continue this upward line into Dauphiné.”

Critérium du Dauphiné (WT) Line-Up:
Warren Barguil (FRA), Phil Bauhaus (GER), Bert De Backer (BEL), Johannes Fröhlinger (GER), Chad Haga (USA), Chris Hamilton (AUS), Lennard Hofstede (NED), Sam Oomen (NED).
Coach: Morten Bennekou (DEN).

Warren Barguil:

Dimension Data for the Criterium du Dauphine
It’s that time of the year when the professional peloton starts looking toward the Tour de France which also means the dress rehearsal, more formally known as the Criterium du Dauphine, is now upon us. The World Tour Criterium du Dauphine gets underway on Sunday, and will end after 8 stages on 11 June.

The Criterium du Dauphine has been an event which our African Team has performed well at in recent years with Daniel Teklehaimanot having won the King of the Mountains jersey 2 years running. Edvald Boasson Hagen won the sprinters jersey last year, as well as stage 4 while Steve Cummings took the stage honours on stage 8 too.

This year it will be a slightly different look Dimension Data for Qhubeka lining up at the Criterium du Dauphine as Teklehaimanot and Cummings will not be at the start. Boasson Hagen though, he will headline our team over the coming week as he starts with his final preparation before the Tour de France. Boasson Hagen has shown his form is on the up with commanding performances at the recent Tour of Norway and Tour des Fjords.

Boasson Hagen will be joined Serge Pauwels, Scott Thwaites, Youcef Reguigui, Natnael Berhane, Jay Thomson, Adrien Niyonshuti and Ben O’Connor. With this strong stage hunting focused team, we will again look to target particular stages with different riders. The make-up of the route should suit our team well, with 4 undulating stages and a time trial in the first 5 days then finished off with 3 big climbing days.

Edvald Boasson Hagen – Rider: “I am looking forward to the Dauphine again this year. I have done well at this race in the past and last year went well for our team in general. This year we start over though and it is a new race all together. I have been feeling good until now and I hope to build on my form through this week. There are some stages that could suit me at the Dauphine and I hope to be part of the final on those days. Everyone starts to come to their best level here so I think we will have a good and hard race.”

Meintjes to Lead UAE Team Emirates in the Dauphiné
Louis Meintjes will lead UAE Team Emirates squad for the GC of the Criterium du Dauphiné from 4 to 11 June. In the team also stages hunters like Diego Ulissi and the sprinter Ben Swift.

“I am looking forward to the Dauphine as it is a race I have some good memories from” says Louis Meintjes. “My self and the team have been working hard so I hope for a good race. It’s also a really important test for the next Tour de France. This race can say you if you are in a right way for the French race, but also a good opportunity to get some good result.”

It’s the first Dauphiné for Ben Swift: “It’s my first time to ride Dauphine. In the past I have usually rode Swiss. I am looking forward to trying a new race with what looks like an exciting profile for the race. I feel good with the condition after completing the team training camp so I look forward to trying for the best result possible.”

Also Diego Ulissi is focused: “we have just finished a intense training camp and we are really focused for the next goals. The Dauphiné can say us if we worked well for the Tour de France and in the same time give us the possibility to get some important result.”

The sport director Mario Scirea says we have a balanced squad: we’re going to the Criterium du Dauphiné to finalize the work done in altitude at Passo San Pellegrino in Italy. We’ll try to do a good general classification with Louis Meintjies supported by Durasek and Laengen. Diego Ulissi will be our man for mountain medium stages and Ben Swift our fast wheel. I think we have a balanced team in order to get some good results.

Critérium du Dauphiné (4-11 June)
Rider roster:
DURASEK Kristijan (Croatia), BONO Matteo (Italy), LAENGEN Vergad Stake (Norway), MEINTJES Louis (South Africa), MORI Manuele (Italy), SWIFT Ben (England), ULISSI Diego (Italy), ZURLO Federico (Italy).
Sports Directors: Mario Scirea (ITA), Daniele Righi (ITA).

Tour of Utah Unveils 600-Mile Race Route with Three Mountaintop Finishes for August
“America’s Toughest Stage Race” Incorporates Uphill Individual Time Trial

The 13th edition of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah will feature 600 miles of racing and 36,525 feet of elevation gain for the seven-day, men’s professional stage race. Detailed maps and informational videos for each stage, held July 31-August 6, are now available on the official website, TourofUtah.com, and on social media channels. Three mountaintop finishes are part of “America’s Toughest Stage Race” in 2017, with one finish including an uphill individual time trial.

Sanctioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the Tour of Utah course will offer a total of eight Utah Office of Tourism King of the Mountain (KOM) climbs and 11 Utah Sports Commission Sprint lines.

Returning to the Tour for the first time since 2011 is the individual time trial (ITT), which will be a six-mile, uphill race against the clock to a finish line at Brighton Ski Resort at the uppermost section of Big Cottonwood Canyon. Also returning, for the first time since 2009, is the fan-friendly final stage in Salt Lake City, with finishing circuits around the Utah State Capitol buildings and Avenues neighborhood.

The signature “Queen Stage” of the Tour has been reconfigured this year, but remains one of the toughest finishing climbs for any UCI stage race, featuring the hors category (HC, or beyond classification), six-mile ascent of Little Cottonwood Canyon to Snowbird Resort. The other mountaintop finishes are on Stage 2 at Snowbasin Resort and on Stage 3 with the ITT in Big Cottonwood Canyon.

2017 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah Route Highlights

· 600 miles/965 kilometers
· 36,525 feet/11,133 meters of elevation gain
· 3 mountaintop finishes
· 8 Utah Office of Tourism KOM climbs
· 11 Utah Sports Commission Sprint lines
· First individual time trial since 2011
· Second time race has started in northern Utah
· Third time race has extended outside Utah (Bear Lake region of Idaho)
· One time trial, one circuit race and five road stages over seven days

The first five stages feature morning start times, which will accommodate live national television broadcasts on FOX Sports Network (FSN) for race finishes at approximately 1:30-2 p.m. MT. Saturday and Sunday stages will begin at 1:10 p.m. and are scheduled for a 2-4 p.m. MT televised time slot across the United States. FSN will also broadcast evening highlight shows, and TourTracker will provide start-to-finish live race coverage via web cast and mobile applications all week. More details regarding TourTracker coverage and regional programming will be made available in July.

Four of the 10 host venues are anchoring a start and/or finish line for the first time — Brigham City, Big Cottonwood Canyon, South Jordan and Layton. Salt Lake City and Snowbird Resort have the longest tenures as host venues, each being part of the race for 10 of the 13 years. Logan will serve as race headquarters for overall start festivities, including the Team Presentation on Saturday, July 29, which is free for spectators. Bountiful returns for a third year as a stage finish, and Heber Valley returns for a second time as a stage start, which will also host the start for The Ultimate Challenge citizens ride presented by University of Utah Health.

“We are proud to design and orchestrate new race courses each year. This year’s Tour of Utah brings back the individual time trial and the circuit race at the Capitol, which will both challenge the professional athletes and energize our fans. With live broadcasts each day on Tour Tracker and FOX Sports Network, we can bring the excitement of the race and the beauty of Utah to fans all over the world,” said Jenn Andrs, executive director of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah.

Stage 1 presented by America First Credit Union is the longest day of the Tour of Utah at 132 miles. Home to Utah State University, Logan previously served as the overall start community for the 2015 Tour of Utah. This is the same route used two years ago, rolling across scenic roads in two states and testing the legs with 6,550 feet of elevation gain. The peloton begins on Monday, July 31 heading through Logan Canyon, a rugged area that offers a Utah Office of Tourism KOM climb in both directions. From Garden City, the first Utah Sports Commission Sprint line will await on the Idaho state border. The route will navigate clockwise for 48 miles around Bear Lake, known as the “Caribbean of the Rockies” for its turquoise-colored water. Returning through Garden City and Logan Canyon to the Cache Valley, there will be two circuits in downtown Logan for fans to watch, with the finish along North 100 East and Federal Avenue.

Stage 2 will debut a new start in picturesque Brigham City, nestled against the northernmost section of the Wasatch Front. The 94-mile climbing affair on Tuesday, Aug. 1 begins with two neutral laps in downtown Brigham City, starting on Main Street near 100 South. It only takes 11 miles into the stage before the racers encounter the first of three Utah Office of Tourism KOMs, which total 6,900 feet of elevation gain for the day. This is the first time the Tour will climb Sardine Canyon, which sits next to Mt. Sterling. After circling the Wellsville Mountains in a counter-clockwise direction, the route returns through Brigham City for a Utah Sports Commission Sprint line on Historic Main Street. The route will turn south and follow State Highway 89 to reach the North Ogden Divide. After passing on the east side of Pineview Reservoir, the route will launch the climbers for the first mountaintop finish of the week at Snowbasin Resort. The final climb is a double-pitched incline to the resort covering six miles with a six percent average gradient, and has not been used in the race before.

Stage 3 on Wednesday, Aug. 2, marks the return of the popular ITT. In 2011, American Tejay Van Garderen won the Stage 3 ITT on his 23rd birthday at Miller Motorsports Park. This year, the ITT will look nothing like the flat course of the race track. Starting at an elevation of 7,300 feet, the course climbs 1,725 vertical feet and provides a tough 5.6-mile ascent of Big Cottonwood Canyon Road, from the Donut Falls Trailhead parking at Reynolds Gulch to the front door of Brighton Ski Resort. The route passes Solitude Ski Resort and the turnoff to Guardsman Pass, flanked along the road by towering spruce trees and rock vistas that are part of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. With a 5.5 percent average gradient, the course should favor a strong rider who excels at high altitude.

Stage 4 presented by Workfront covers new territory across 125 miles in Salt Lake, Tooele and Utah counties on Thursday, Aug. 3. The stage begins with the inaugural start/finish in South Jordan, located on Redwood Road next to South Jordan City Park. The race will use 11400 South to reach the Mountain View Corridor and head to the west desert and Rush Valley. A surprise for the riders will be Faust Road, 10 miles of maintained dirt and gravel, which will connect to the old Pony Express Trail. The course will cross Five Mile Pass, a former thoroughfare in the 1800s for the stagecoach and pioneer families heading west. Here in the shadows of the Oquirrh Mountains, riders will find little protection from the wind. Two Utah Office of Tourism Sprints will be contested on the out-and-back section of SR 73 at Cedar Fort. With 4,000 feet of elevation gain, this should bring a Wild West finish back into South Jordan. There will be two finishing circuits of three miles each around South Jordan City Park.

Friday, Aug. 4, brings Stage 5 presented by Zions Bank back to Davis County for a third consecutive year. New for 2017 will be an inaugural stage start in Layton. The 112-mile course rolls toward Hooper and the Great Salt Lake for 53 miles of rural roads in Davis and Weber counties. Passing through downtown Layton for a second time, the Utah Sports Commission Sprint line will be staged at Wasatch Drive. A new section of the course will take State Road 93 to access Hill Air Force Base, using the South Gate Entrance, for the first time. The military base is the home of the F-16 and F-35 fighter jets, and provides worldwide engineering and logistics management for the F-16 Fighting Falcon, A-10 Thunderbolt II, and Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile. The route will follow Foulois Road to Wardleigh Road on the base, exiting near the Hill Aerospace Museum, the largest museum west of the Mississippi River. Heading for the traditional finish in Bountiful, the route will follow sections of U.S. Highway 89 and Mountain Road to reach the nine-mile circuit. After two crushing climbs across the Bountiful Bench, each designated with a Utah Office of Tourism KOM, the 4,200-feet of climbing of the stage will end on Main Street at Center Street, with the peloton racing in the northbound direction.

Saturday, Aug. 5, marks the return of the “Queen Stage” of the Tour of Utah, Stage 6 presented by University of Utah Health. This year’s course uses the original route over Alpine Loop that was introduced in 2006. At 61 miles in length, the course is much shorter than previous editions, but not easier. This stage begins for a second time in the southeast corner of the Heber Valley in the shadow of Mount Timpanogos at the stadium of Soldier Hollow. The racers will only have a few miles around Deer Creek Reservoir before tackling the Alpine Loop, a Category 1 climb through American Fork Canyon, passing Sundance Resort and Timpanogos Cave National Monument. The route travels through the cities of Draper and Sandy before passing huge crowds at Tanners Flat for the final fireworks on the Hors Category climb to Snowbird Resort through Little Cottonwood Canyon, the signature six-mile ascent featuring 8-12 percent gradients.

The Ultimate Challenge presented by University of Utah Health will take place on Saturday as well, allowing recreational cyclists to tackle the same route as the professionals. The Ultimate Challenge will begin at 9:30 a.m. MT in the Heber Valley at Soldier Hollow. Participants receive ride support, as well as a timed section along the Little Cottonwood Canyon climb to allow them to compare personal ride times to those of the pros. All participants of The Ultimate Challenge will receive post-ride food and beverages with a reserved space to watch the finish of Stage 6, expected between 3:30-4 p.m. This marks the eighth year for this non-competitive, gran fondo-style bicycle ride. Registration for The Ultimate Challenge is available online for $140, with a team discount offered for groups of eight or more.

Stage 7 presented by Utah Sports Commission brings back the overall finish to Salt Lake City for the first time since 2009. This 6.8-mile circuit is the same course that was first introduced in 2013 for a Friday stage, but this time the distance has been doubled to a total of 71 miles with 5,450 feet of climbing. There will be a total of 11 total laps, including intermediate sprints on laps three and seven, plus a time bonus at the finish. The course begins and ends on the east side of the Utah State Capitol, with an uphill finish along State Street and at the summit of East Capitol Boulevard. Other viewing areas include Bonneville Boulevard around City Creek Canyon and the serpentine turns around Reservoir Park. The overall champion of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah could be decided on this seventh day of racing.

The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah gained international accreditation in 2011 when it was first sanctioned by the UCI. In 2015 the race was elevated to the 2.HC ranking, one of only two such multi-day events in North America. This year’s Tour of Utah will continue as the first internationally-sanctioned cycling competition in North America for men following the Tour de France. To date, 14 of the final 16 men’s professional teams have been confirmed to compete, with rosters expected the final week of July.

Bora-Hansgrohe Presents Tour de France Long List.
UCI World Champion Peter Sagan and climber Rafal Majka are set to be the team leaders for the Tour de France 2017. But who will be the riders to support them? Bora-Hansgrohe presents its long list, with a final selection to be made after the Tour de Suisse.

“It’s always a hard decision, everybody wants to ride the Tour de France. Especially this year with the Grand Départ in Düsseldorf, it will be a lifetime memory for every German rider and a stepping stone for German cycling. In our long list, we have 50% riders from Germany, but of course the best riders will be on the start in Düsseldorf at the end. Still I am proud that 7 German riders are on our list today. With Peter and Rafal we have ambitious goals, the green jersey, a top five result in the GC and the first stage win for our team at the Tour de France. And I think we have a strong roster to achieve those goals.”Ralph Denk, Team Manager

Bora-Hansgrohe Tour de France long list:
Bodnar Maciej (Pol), Buchmann Emanuel (Ger), Burghardt Marcus (Ger), König Leopold (Ger), Konrad Patrick (Aut), Majka Rafał (Pol), McCarthy Jay (Aus), Pfingsten Christoph (Ger), Poljański Paweł (Pol), Sagan Juraj (Svk), Sagan Peter (Svk), Schillinger Andreas (Ger), Schwarzmann Michael (Ger), Selig Rüdiger (Ger).

Danny Summerhill Resigns from UnitedHealthcare team after Shooting Incident
After being charged for disorderly conduct, discharging a weapon in a public place and reckless endangerment in Jefferson County, Colorado, Danny Summerhill has resigned from the UnitedHealthcare team.

Summerhill had been spotted firing a handgun into a hillside whilst riding his bike on Tuesday, February 21. He was filmed by a resident of the area and tracked down due to his team kit.

The police report said: “The male initially denied shooting, but then admitted that he had a bad day and need to vent, so he decided to shoot,” the report read. “He confirmed that he had been riding his bicycle in Deer Creek Canyon on a five-hour training ride and had needed to vent before he got back to his vehicle.” Summerhill will face a pre-trial hearing on July 12.

The team made this statement: “Momentum Sports Group holds our athletes to the highest standards of ethical conduct and accountability – both on and off the road. Following an internal investigation, we accepted Mr. Summerhill’s resignation from the team, effective immediately. The personal actions of one individual do not represent the values of our dedicated athletes, sponsors or fans, and we offer our sincerest apologies to anyone who may have been impacted.”

Summerhill winning in Reading:

Grand Départ Tour de France 2019 – Eddy Merckx
ASO have announced that the 2019 Tour de France would start in Brussels (full story above), and who better to feature in a special video – Eddy Merckx:

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