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EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!

UK Anti-Doping have closed the ‘Jiffy Bag’ case – Top Story. A very mixed collection of cycling news in today’s EUROTRASH: Track World Cup, embarrassment for Ecuador, Napolitana and Losada retire, Bardiani-CSF for 2018, Armée de Terre to stop, Polartec and Caja Rural-Seguros RGA for next season, BEAT on the road, Nippo at Santini, Shimano service in Italy, UAE Team Emirates for safe cycling and Alejandro Valverde is looking good for some wins. Coffee anyone?

TOP STORY: Jiffy Bag? Nothing to see!
UKAD’s investigation into the team Sky ‘Jiffy Bag’ case has been closed. The bag in question was delivered to Team Sky during the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné, but the UK anti-doping organization has said it has been unable to confirm or refute that the package delivered to Team Sky for supposed use by Sir Bradley Wiggins contained Fluimucil. UKAD will not issue any anti-doping charges in relation to the investigation.

UKAD CEO Nicole Sapstead said: “I can confirm that UKAD does not intend to issue any anti-doping charges as a result of the investigation into the package. As with all UKAD investigations, our work has been thorough and extensive, and I can reassure the public that we treat every credible allegation with the utmost seriousness. Our investigation was hampered by a lack of accurate medical records being available at British Cycling. This is a serious concern. As part of their conditions to receive public funding from UK Sport and other Home Country Sports Councils, all sports governing bodies must comply with the UK National Anti-Doping Policy. In this case the matter was further complicated by the cross over between personnel at British Cycling and Team Sky.”

UKAD also said it had become aware of information that it considered to be of possible interest to the General Medical Council and had shared that information. “[We] will continue to liaise with the GMC as appropriate in relation to that information.”

Team Sky statement on conclusion of UK Anti-Doping investigation on 15 November 2017
UK Anti-Doping has today confirmed that it does not intend to bring forward any anti-doping charges in relation to its investigation into issues around the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine. This investigation has now been brought to a close.

We are pleased that UK Anti-Doping have concluded their investigation and that they will not be taking any further action.

We have always maintained that there was no wrongdoing and we have co-operated fully with UK Anti-Doping over the last year.

Since our inception as a new pro cycling team in 2010 we have continually strengthened our systems and processes so they best support our strong commitment to anti-doping.

As far as UKAD are concerned the case is closed, but the problem for Sky and Wiggins is that questions have not been answered and the rumours and innuendo will rumble on. Will we ever know the full story? Probably not.

Matthijs Büchli Wins Another Keirin World Cup Gold
Büchli rounds off successful weekend for BEAT Cycling Club with gold medal.

Matthijs Büchli won gold in the keirin at the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Manchester, England, today. The BEAT Cycling Club rider crossed the line ahead of Andrii Vynokurov and Juan Peralta Gascon to secure first place in the final and take home the gold, a week after his gold medal in BEAT Cycling Club’s World Cup debut.

BEAT Cycling Club already wrote history last weekend with the team’s first participation as a UCI team in an event at the highest level, the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Pruszków, Poland. There, Matthijs Büchli won his first keirin gold for BEAT Cycling Club. Earlier this weekend, BEAT Cycling Club achieved success at the Manchester World Cup by winning silver in the team sprint.

Büchli showed his top form both in Friday’s team sprint and during Saturday’s sprint tournament. Against all odds, he reached the semifinals, where he suffered a crash in the second heat after a minor error, putting him out of competition for the final for bronze, which he had qualified for. Despite his slight injuries, Büchli started the keirin earlier today.

Matthijs Büchli was incredibly happy with this result: “This is so bizarre. I had never expected this. Yesterday, I was hurting a lot. This morning I had no confidence in today’s tournament. I wanted to use today’s first heat to see how things felt. I raced without any tactics and completely on autopilot. The first round and the final just went very well and especially very fast. Apparently, such a crash doesn’t matter if you are in shape.”

Coach Tim Veldt was very surprised by the result: “This is unbelievable, after a fall like yesterdays, we had never expected this. Matthijs proves how incredibly strong he is.”

Matthijs Büchli after his second World Cup keirin win:

Gazprom – RusVelo riders won three medals in the second round of UCI Track World Cup
Last weekend 10-12 November the second round of UCI Track Cycling World Cup took place in Manchester. Riders of Gazprom – RusVelo Anastasia Voinova and Daria Shmeleva improved their results after the first round of Track World Cup and claimed three medals.

On Friday Voinova and Shmeleva were second in team sprint, being edged out only by the German team. On the second racing day Daria Shmeleva demonstrated an imposing result – 33,613 seconds in 500m time trial and became a gold medallist.

On the concluding day of competitions Anastasia Voinova clinched a podium taking bronze in individual sprint. For the first two rounds of Track World Cup members of Gazprom – RusVelo Anastasia Voinova and Daria Shmeleva enlarged Russian national collection with five medals.

Vladimir Kiriltsev, Russian national team sprint coach said: “With no doubt, we can say that the second round of World Cup went quite successful. Especially, if you take into account the fact that this was the third block of competitions in a fairly short time. We were heading to Manchester with our fingers crossed, hoping that our riders have managed to recover enough to win at least one medal. Eventually, Anastasia (Voinova) and Daria (Shmeleva) demonstrated an impressive performance, which resulted in three medals. So, we are happy with the results. As for the rest, we just dream about it, in four days we are heading to Portugal to complete the final stage of preparation for the upcoming starts.”

Daria Shmeleva:

Drunk and Disorderly Ecuadorians
Ecuadorian riders Richard Carapaz, Jonathan Narvaez and Jonathan Caicedo have apologized for the behavior that resulted in their expulsion from the Bolivian Games.

The riders were in the Santa Marta, Colombia, representing Ecuador at the games and got drunk in a restaurant. The Ecuador Olympic Committee decided to send them home to Ecuador, where they apologized at a press conference.

Richard Carapaz read the apology from the riders to the media. “We are angry at ourselves for everything that happened,” he said. “We would like to sincerely apologize to our Federation, the Sports Ministry, the Ecuadorian Olympic Committee and to our teams, who were the ones that supported us the most. We also apologize to our families and the public, particularly to the children because we should be an example to them, not only in the Sports sense but as responsible adults. This is a hard experience and it will make us better sports people and an example for everybody. As sportsmen and human beings we make mistakes and this is one of those. But as elite sportsmen, we know how to stand up back again and be humble in the successes and the difficult moments.”

The Ecuador Olympic Committee have yet to decide on punishment for the riders.

Richard Carapaz:
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Danilo Napolitano Retires
Wanty-Groupe Gobert’s Italian Danilo Napolitano has announced his retirement from competitive cycling at 36 years of age after a 14 year professional career. The Sicilian turned pro for LPR in 2004 and immediately showed his class with a handful of wins in his debut year. He then moved to Lampre and the WorldTour for three seasons where took a Giro d’Italia stage and fifth place in Milano-Sanremo. Two years at Katusha was followed by two with Aqua y Sapone before joining the Belgian Wanty team in 2013.

Napolitano announced his retirement on Wednesday, saying: “This is a message for all of my fans who have always supported me, I must announce that 2017 is my final season as a professional cyclist. I’m hanging up my wheels.” He added: “I participated in all three Grand Tours, where I was always competitive, I also participated in all of the Classics suited to my characteristics, like Paris-Roubaix and Gent-Wevelgem. I’m proud of what I’ve done. And thanks to those who have supported me.”

Danilo Napolitano:

Losada to Stop
At 35 years old Katusha-Alpecin’s Catalan rider, Alberto Losada announced that he is to retire at the end of the year in an interview with Spanish sportspaper, Marca.

Despite the renewal of his contract with Katusha-Alpecin, Losada has decided to stop even if cycling remains in his world. “I am working on the creation of a cycling company, and I will continue to have fun riding MTB Marathon races at a certain level.”

Losada, 35, came to the profession in 2006 with Kaiku and in the following season with the Caisse d’Epargne team where he stayed for four seasons. In 2011 he joined Katusha. The Catalan had been Joaquim Rodriguez’s trusted man for many seasons, and although he never had the satisfaction of winning, he has always been considered an important element in the teams he has ridden with.

Alberto Losada in Argentina 2015:

Bardiani-CSF Team for 2018
After finishing the 2017 season a week ago at the Hainan Tour, the Bardiani-CSF team has completed its roster for 2018.

Five new riders led by Andrea Guardini and Manuel Senni, who in 2017 raced with the UAE Team Emirates and BMC, along with three U-23s who make the leap to professionals: Giovanni Carboni and Umberto Orsini, from Colpack-Marchiol, and Daniel Savini, from GS Maltinti.

Twelve riders were already under contract: Vincenzo Albanese, Simone Andreetta, Enrico Barbin, Michael Bresciani, Giulio Ciccone, Mirco Maestri, Marco Maronese, Lorenzo Rota, Paolo Simion, Simone Sterbini, Alessandro Tonelli and Luca Wackermann. The team also announced that it has reached an agreement with Nicola Boem and Niccolò Pacinotti on the termination of their contracts.

True to the #GreenTeam project, Bardiani-CSF 2018 will be on average 23.5 years old and will be formed exclusively by Italian runners. The management staff will be lead by Bruno Reverberi (general manager), Roberto Reverberi (team director), Stefano Zanatta (sports director) and Claudio Cucinotta (coach and sports director).

The first training camp for the #Green Team for the new season is scheduled from 4th to 6th December in Montecchio Emilia (Reggio Emilia), Italy.

Bardiani-CSF in Turkey:

Uncertain Future for the French Armée de Terre Team
The future of the French team Armée de Terre Continental team is uncertain after the Ministry of the French Armed Forces has delayed its sponsorship decision. The delay has forced the team directors to not been able to register the squad with the National Federation.

The Armée de Terre started in 2011 as an amateur team and went on to register in the UCI categories in 2015. The French army, of which the cyclists were trained, collaborated annually with 50% of the budget necessary. According to the newspaper Le Parisien, senior officials of the Armed Forces Ministry have been the main causes of this situation. In addition, the case has become political since Jean-Yves Le Drian, a great follower of cycling, will leave the Ministry of Defense under the mandate of François Hollande.

Team director, David Lima Da Costa, had the intention of moving the squad up to the Professional Continental category in 2019. Currently, the team is made up of 20 rider, including Morgan Kneisky, four times World track champion, Steven Tronet, French road champion in 2015 and new signings: Tony Hurel (Direct Energie), David Menut (HP BTP-Auber 93), Benjamin Giraud (Delko-Marseille Provence-KTM) and Fabien Schmidt.

Damien Gaudin of the Armée de Terre Team:
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The Polartec-Kometa Continental Team closes its roster with 11 riders
The new Continental team of Alberto Contador Foundation has closed its roster with 11 riders, 9 of which have attended last week the first call at Mapei Sport Center, which will be responsible for the sports preparation of the cyclists.

The Polartec-Kometa team, directed by former professionals Jesús Hernández and Dario Andriotto, will be formed by Michele Gazzoli and Matteo Moschetti (Italy), Patrick Gamper (Austria), Michel Ries (Luxembourg), Awet Habtom (Eritrea), Willen Inkelaar (Holland), Wilson Estiben Peña (Colombia), Diego Pablo Sevilla, Juan Camacho, Isaac Cantón and Miguel Ángel Ballesteros (Spain).

The Continental team will join Polartec-Kometa Under 23 and Junior teams next season, with which the Alberto Contador Foundation will have a total of 38 riders in 2018, including the latest addition to the U-23 team, Giuliano Kamberaj (Albania ), which was already tested by the team at the end of this season.
The riders of the team had the opportunity last week to get in touch with those who will be responsible for their physical preparation and medical monitoring throughout the year, performing in Italy the first power tests and biomechanical controls to start the season in perfect conditions.

Ivan Basso, as the team’s sports manager, was in charge of supervising all the work carried out. “It was a very important meeting, because it was the first time that the team met to perform physical and performance tests, as well as to know the work system that we will have throughout the season and receive their first personalized training. I am very happy with the work done these days”.

About the riders that will form the Polartec-Kometa, Basso said that “every rider in the team is here because offers a great margin of sports improvement and we trust in him. We have eleven riders, but we don’t exclude to add some other, because we already follow very closely both the cyclists integrated in the Contador Foundation and others outside of it. Our next appointment will be in Arizona, where some of the Continental riders will travel with the U-23s. This team building offers us an exceptional opportunity to continue building the global project of the Contador Foundation, which in 2018 we are sure will take a big step forward”.

Polartec will host a team building in Arizona with 14 riders from the Continental and U-23 teams
Polartec, the first sponsor of the Alberto Contador Foundation teams, will host from next Wednesday and during a week 14 riders and the majority of the technical staff, led by Alberto Contador and Ivan Basso.
This building camp will take place in Tucson (Arizona), taking advantage of the good weather of this American State and the excellent routes that cyclists from the team can ride.

The riders who will travel to Arizona are Alejandro Ropero, Jorge Pastor, Daniel Viegas, Sergio Hernandez, Juan Pedro Lopez, Daniele Cantoni, Hugo Sampedro, Joan Martí Bennassar, Sergio Garcia and Carlos Garcia (Team U23), plus Isaac Cantón, Juan Camacho, Diego Pablo Sevilla and Miguel Ángel Ballesteros, the four Spaniards from the new Continental team.

For all of them, in addition to the technical staff of the Contador Foundation and the invited media, a series of routes have been planned in which the new designs of the Polartec fabrics and garments for next season well be tested.

A total of four bike trips are planned, with a total of 435 kilometers and a positive climb amount of 5,000 meters, which will contribute to the winter preparation work of the riders and will surely be able to test the physical shape of those who sign up to do each stage, especially the last one, with the climb to Mount Lemmon, at 2,880 meters above sea level.

Fran Contador, general manager of the Alberto Contador Foundation, hopes that this trip to Arizona will lay the foundations for a successful 2018 season. “Polartec’s invitation to Arizona is a great starting point for next season. It will be an unforgettable experience for all of us and an opportunity to team up and prepare in the best possible conditions the 2018. Once again, Polartec demonstrates its commitment to the Contador Foundation project, with whom it will continue the next three years developing its technical garments of very high quality”.

Signing of Mauricio Moreira Completes 2018 Roster
The Caja Rural – Seguros RGA team have today announced the signing of Uruguayan Mauricio Moreira. The twenty-two year old will complete the team roster for 2018 as he makes the step-up from the development team where he has raced for the previous two seasons.

Since coming to Europe in 2016 he has enjoyed success in the under-23 ranks claiming four victories in his maiden season. This year he claimed the overall victory at the Vuelta Zamora as well as a stage in the Vuelta Sevilla, two of the most prestigious events on the Spanish amateur racing calendar.

Later in the year he went on to represent Uruguay at the u-23 World Championships in Bergen, animating the race with several attacking moves in the closing stages.

This move means that for the forthcoming season he will link-up with his compatriot Fabricio Ferrari who has renewed his contract with the team for 2018.

Mauricio Moreira: “The past two years with the development team have been a huge learning curve, many tough moments but also many shared successes. To be able to make the step up to the pro team is a real pleasure for me and to be able to join my countryman Fabricio Ferrari is an added plus as he is someone I look up to in the sport.

I think the long, hilly races suit me best – I’m not a pure climber but I can be competitive over hilly terrain. My objective is to continue progressing as I have been over the last number of years, to adapt to the jump in level and to learn as much as I can from the other riders and staff. I’ll be there to help the team as much as possible and to work for our leaders whenever necessary.”

Havik, Livyns and Tietema First Riders on BEAT Road Team
Piotr Havik (NED), Arjen Livyns (BEL) and Bas Tietema (NED) are the first riders to be announced as members of the BEAT Cycling Club road team. The new UCI Continental team – part of the club structure of BEAT Cycling Club – is beginning to take shape.

“By the time we officially announced the road team on October 25, we had already begun searching for riders who met the requirements we set: riders with competitive ambitions who fit with the club and who have an interesting backstory to tell,” said co-founder Geert Broekhuizen. “The members of the club were involved in this process, as they were asked think along with us and to submit lists of names of riders that they considered to be a good fit for the club. Piotr, Arjen and Bas were on many of these lists.”

Coach Egon van Kessel is excited to get started working with the riders. “With Arjen, Piotr and Bas we have picked up three talented riders,” he said. “Arjen made a great impression last year with his victory in the Belgian Top Competition. This is a very special achievement, and it shows that Arjen is a rider with capabilities. Both Bas and Piotr are great talents who have shown that they possess significant potential. As a coach, I look forward to heading out on the road with them next year and helping them develop further.”

Piotr Havik
Piotr Havik, 23, has been with BEAT Cycling Club since early 2017 as a cycling ambassador and as a club rider. This opportunity has allowed him to move on after a difficult year in 2016. This year he won the Wattmeister title in the Dutch Top Competition (where he finished second overall), which earned him an internship at the WorldTour formation Team Katusha-Alpecin.

Havik is really looking forward to staying connected to BEAT this next season. “It will be a great challenge to help the entire club experience the daily life of the pro team,” he said. “What makes this extra cool is that I have been here from the start. Now we are building a whole road team, after just a year. I see a lot of challenges, both to help the team and to achieve my own results in the races – and also to use this team to further develop the club.”

Arjen Livyns
Arjen Livyns, 23, was part of the Belgian team Pauwels Sauzen – Vastgoedservice this past season and completed an internship at the Pro Continental team Vérandas Willems-Crelan. He rode to podium finishes in the Grand Prix Criquielion (second) and the Antwerpse Havenpijl (third). In addition, he took an impressive seventh place in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad for U23 riders.

“I wanted to join a professional environment, with mature staff and opportunities for the future. BEAT has that professional environment and has an innovative but very solid structure, which I support fully. I am looking forward to bringing my contribution to the club. I am confident that through BEAT, I can take the right steps and move my own career in the right direction.”

Bas Tietema
Bas Tietema, 22, rode for the BMC development team and An Post Chain Reaction in recent years. Last year, he came in third in the Dutch U23 time trial championship and won the points jersey in the Tour Alsace.

“I had heard a lot about BEAT and how they were working on revolutionizing the sport of cycling. That appealed to me tremendously. I started looking into BEAT Cycling Club. I saw that even though it’s still a new club, the already recruited staff is very professional and everyone has extensive experience in cycling. I have a lot of confidence in this new team. With all the young guys in this team we can quickly adapt to the BEAT way of working, and we can immediately start showing what we can do!”

In the next few weeks, more members of the road team will be announced.

A Special Day in the Headquarter of Santini Cycling Wear, with Cunego, Canola and Santaromita
A special day as insiders of the company to discover all the secrets of the technical apparel signed & designed by Santini Cycling Wear. Last Friday, 10th of November three riders of the NIPPO Vini Fantini Europa Ovini team where in the company. From the Santini Tono jersey, to the winter jacket Santini Guard 3.0 the riders had the chance to discover all the Made in Italy cycling apparel that they will be wearing in the upcoming season.

A special day in Santini Cycling Wear headquarter, to discover the innovative technical cycling apparel of Canola, Cunego and his teammates for all the 2018 season of the NIPPO Vini Fantini Europa Ovini team. A special experience took place last Friday 10th of November in the Headquarter of the new technical partner of the team, Santini Cycling Wear, that have in his Made in Italy production, in the technology and ability to be innovative his strengths.

Guess Who Came to Santini
A special “open day” reserved to the #OrangeBlue riders, to discover the new cycling apparel studied to satisfy the needs of highly competitive teams, usual to ride worldwide, in every season, at every latitude of the world. To discover all the technical secrets of the new #OrangeBlue apparel, 3 important riders of the team, such as the winning leader of the team Marco Canola, the champion, back to the victory in 2017 Damiano Cunego, and the 2013 Italian National Champion Ivan Santaromita. Together with them also the Sports Director of the team Mario Manzoni and the General Manager Francesco Pelosi. A special day in particular way for Damiano Cunego which first big success, in the Juniors category, has been the victory of the World Championship in 1999, wearing for the first time a Santini Cycling Wear jersey. In all his career he also wear the Santini brand in Giro d’Italia (pink jersey), with his previous team from 2006 to 2011, with also 13 special days in Giro d’Italia 2016 wearing the Blue Jersey as king of the mountains with the NIPPO Vini Fantini team.

The Big Welcome of Paola Santini
The official welcome in the Italian Headquarter is made by Paola Santini, Marketing Manager of Santini Cycling Wear: “We are enthusiast to begin this new partnership with the NIPPO Vini Fantini Europa Ovini team and to welcome in our company riders of the level of Damiano Cunego, Marco Canola and Ivan Santaromita giving us the chance to let them know the commitment and the passion we put in each technical cycling apparel we made, having also an important feedback about all the needs and expectations of the team. – declared Paola Santini – The riders had the chance to choose with us the technical materials that fits better in all the weather conditions that they usually face with, from training sessions, up to the races. They also had the chance to see every phase of our production. A synergic work to create with the whole team a story made of passion and love for cycling.”

Santini Tono and Santini Guard 3.0, Ready to Compete Worldwide
The complete supply at disposal of the NIPPO Vini Fantini Europa Ovini team goes from summer up to winter cycling apparel, co-ordinated and combined with accessories, that already are part of the Santini collection.

Among the summer apparel, one of the top of the range is the jersey designed for riders that have race and trainings in Asia in weather conditions with humidity and very hot climate. It is the top of the range Santini Tono, a ultralight jersey with an aerodynamic design that guarantee top level performances also with very hot conditions. The transparency and the ultralight weight comes from the materials: the front and the back are made of a micro-net Sesia, soft, elastic and an incredible transparency, while the sleeves are made of a fabric called Artico, composed by micro-fiber of polyester very fast to dry. The jersey is also composed by non-slip stripe at the end and on the wristband, for a perfect fitting on the body giving a total freedom of movement. It has three pockets and reflective piping for a high visibility on the road.

The design has his focus on the blu navy, the color that represents the coordinated image of the team since from 2014, and plays on two different tones of blue that from separate and far become closer in the center of the jersey building a special texture, like a net, similar to the one of the old armor, where single elements take his strength one from each other. The iconic color of the team, the Orange, will be on the collar, at the end of the sleeve and on the sides. On the collar also the two flags, symbol of the Italian-Japanese project.

To train under the rain, the riders will have the Santini Guard 3.0, a special model totally waterproof that guarantees a top perspiration and elasticity. An ultralight jacket with an aerodynamic design realized with an elastic fabric together with a hydrophilic membrane, to maximize the protection from wind and rain. The comfort is guarantee by the thermo-fleece that covers the internal part of the collar and of the wristband with a high visibility thanks to the back-refract.

All the Santini apparel are Made in Italy in the factory of Lallio with local materials of top quality.

Approved by Damiano Cunego
For Damiano Cunego is always a special emotion to be back in Santini Cycling Wear company, because he already wear the Santini jersey in the past, in many top moments of his career, from the Juniors World Championship of 1999, up to the 13 days with the blue jersey of King of the Mountains in the Giro d’Italia 2016. With the tech materials of Santini Cycling Wear, thanks to the two year partnership between the brand and the team, Damiano Cunego will ride the big final of his career wearing the Santini Cycling Wear jersey. “For me it is great to see the Santini Cycling Wear brand on my jersey, first of all for the emotions that this brand reminds to me. I’m so happy also because the jersey, for a rider, is a second skin, for many hours during all the year. You can understand how much it counts the quality and the chance to have a top level equipment. The Guard 3.0 I think will be perfect for the winter trainings, while the Santini Tono is ultralight and easy to wear, I think will be perfect for the Asian climates. After many years as a PRO I couldn’t ask anything better for the great final of my career.”

Riders’ Neutral Support at RCS Sport Italian Races to be Provided by Shimano
Riders at events including Giro d’Italia, Strade Bianche, Tirreno-Adriatico, Milano-Sanremo, GranPiemonte, Milano-Torino and Il Lombardia will all receive in-race support from Shimano.

RCS Sport and Shimano Italy are proud to announce a three-year partnership for neutral support at a host of UCI WorldTour races, including the Giro d’Italia.

Shimano Italy’s neutral support provision exists to ensure riders can continue to successfully complete their event in the face of mechanical issues. Much like Shimano’s neutral support provision in Spain and the Benelux countries, mechanics in cars or on motorbikes will provide support on the road, while mechanics at neutral support zones at selected points along the route will provide help and assistance to riders.

From 2018 Shimano Italy will provide neutral support at the Giro d’Italia, which will start in Israel on 4 May and finish three weeks later on 27 May.

Paolo Bellino and Eduardo Roldan:

Paolo Bellino, General Manager at RCS Sport said: “We are very pleased to have signed terms with Shimano, bringing the return of a historic partner. Their experience and professionalism, acquired through supporting many hundreds of bike races, means that they know exactly what’s needed to keep the race on track and the excitement levels high, ensuring racers can continue safely and fans can enjoy the wonderful spectacle that RCS Sport events provide.”​

Eduardo Roldan, Managing Director of Shimano Italy said: “Our goal for neutral service is to be a valuable event partner, bringing real added-value to all racers. We want to ensure everyone can race in safety so we are committed to making sure riders receive support to get their bikes operating as safely and as efficiently as possible. To achieve this we invite all riders and racers to call in at our event workshops or mobile support teams to ask for support.”

UAE Team Emirates Advocates Safer Cycling
The safe coexistence between cars and bikes is our priority: this is the main goal behind the safety driving course organized for the UAE Team Emirates Sports Directors by Mitsubishi Italia. Since 2014 the company has been supplying the official car fleet for the team led by General Manager Saronni.

At the Tazio Nuvolari di Cervesina Circuit (Pavia), the technicians from the Emirati formation got the chance to learn and implement some fundamental notions of safe driving.

Emergency and preventative braking procedures, how to manage over-steering and swerving, drift and controlling a vehicle when there is minimal adherence: these were the exercises the Sports Directors dealt with during simulations of situations that might come up while driving the team car in a race, or while driving a car under normal circumstances.

Giuseppe Saronni emphasized how valuable the driving lesson was: “We’d like to thank our partner, Mitsubishi, for organizing a practical event that contributes fundamentally to the professional development of our Sports Directors.

During the day, our technicians received important knowledge that can be used to manage any type of driving situation during a race and guarantee maximum safety for the riders. They also developed a higher capacity to manage a vehicle during ordinary circulation, beyond the context of a race.

Working in professional cycling, we have the chance to offer positive examples and raise awareness among drivers to respect a safe coexistence between cars and bikes. Safety is extremely important to us; this is why we hope that today’s event can expand and be adopted by many other players in the world of cycling.”

Valverde on the way back
Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde is well on the way to recovery after his crash and injury on stage 1 of the 2017 Tour de France where he broke his kneecap and talus bone. Those legs look like they could be winning some races next year.

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