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The Gent 6 is into its second day and the battle is at full gas – report, results and video from the best ‘6 Day’. Gianni Savio makes the Top Story again. In other cycling news: Greg Van Avermaet’s successful surgery, Mikel Landa for 2017 Giro d’Italia, Guillaume Biovin surprises in the Tour du Rwanda, Jérémy Roy to stay with FDJ, Andrea Pasqualon signs with Wanty-Groupe Gobert, Miguel Eduardo Florez Lopez joins Willier-Southeast, Orica-BikeExchange and Team Novo Nordisk finalize 2017 rosters, three new signings for Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec, Segafredo Zanetti extends sponsorship with Trek, Paris-Nice returns to Mount Brouilly with a TT and the Vuelta a España will wear Santini in 2017. A full EUROTRASH Thursday.

TOP STORY: Savio to Sue Over the ‘Pay to Ride’ Case
Androni-Sidermec team manager Gianni Savio has said in a long open letter that he would sue the main witness, Matteo Mammini, for slander. He wrote: “In this unfortunate affair in which I was involved by Matteo Mammini – who, following the complaints I have submitted to the Public Prosecutor of Turin, will have to answer for slander both in civil and in criminal proceedings.”

The case was based on allegations of illegal contracts that forced riders to pay to ride for his team. It was claimed that riders were asked to pay €50,000 euros for a team place with Savio. Bardiani-CSF team manager Bruno Reverberi and Wilier-Southeast manager Angelo Citracca were also implicated, but the Italian Cycling Federation acquitted all three.

Savio claims that Mammini was motivated by “revenge with me for not being hired in the team I directed in 2013.”

The dapper Italian DS added: “To prove the unreliability of what Mammini says, I recollect the staff of Androni-Venezuela 2013: the Venezuelans Carlos Ochoa, Jackson Rodriguez, Yonder Godoy and Tomas Gil; the Colombian Miguel Angel Rubiano (with us stage winner at Giro d’Italia 2012); Emanuele Sella (always a protagonist in Giro d’Italia in the previous seasons and with us winner of Settimana Coppi & Bartali, Coppa Agostoni and Gran Premio di Prato); Fabio Felline (with us victorious at the Giro dell’Appennino); Diego Rosa (prominent athlete, now at World Tour level); Mattia Gavazzi (highly rated at the time for his successes in the Tour de San Luis, Tour de Langkawi and Giro della Toscana). Now, is it credible that the riders that I have just listed – all valued and therefore required in the market – should pay to ride?”

“From what I have said, it is undeniable that Mammini lied just to harm me, and actually, besides the absolution, the damage of image and media that I have suffered is huge. In fact, it really saddened me that, in commenting on the judgment of the Federal Court, some media have titled, “Managers cleared, but the charges remain,” sometimes adding my photo.”

So Mr. Savio must be as pure as the driven snow, well not really. The UCI Disciplinary Commission has suspended the ProConti team Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec for the month of August. This is in accordance with article 7.12.1 of the UCI Anti-doping Rules and due to a second anti-doping rule violation within the team in a 12 month period. The two cases are of Fabio Taborre for the blood booster FG-4592 and Davide Appollonio for EPO. Of course the team manager, Gianni Savio, is no stranger to riders with ‘adverse analytical findings’. As well as Taborre and Appollonio, there was the case of Patrick Facchini positive for Tuaminoheptane. Plus Savio is not too choosy about the riders he signs: Emanuele Sella tested positive for CERA and confirmed that he had used EPO. Miguel Ubeto rode for Savio in 2012 and was given a two year ban for GW501516 in 2013. Michele Scarponi rode in 2010, he was suspended for his part in ‘Operación Puerto’ and worked with the banned doctor, Michele Ferrari. Davide Rebellin rode in 2009, he was later banned for a positive test in the 2008 Olympic Games. Leonardo Bertagnolli rode in 2009 and 2010, alleged anti-doping violation via his biological passport and he was given a sanction of 2 years and ten months as well as disqualified from 1 January 2003 to 18 May 2011. Niklas Axelsson tested positive for EPO in the 2001 UCI Road World Championships in Lisbon and later admitted his guilt. He was suspended for four years by the Swedish Cycling Federation but made an early comeback in 2004. In 2010 it was found that his September 2009 ‘A’ sample was positive for EPO. On July 7, 2010, the B sample was deemed positive and the Swedish Cycling Federation suspended Axelsson for life, he rode in the team from 2006 to 2008. And there is Franco Pellizotti and his “irregular blood values” and his two year ban and loss of 3rd overall in the Giro d’Italia and the KOM and combativity prize in the 2009 Tour de France. All these riders rode for Savio at one time.

So quite a list of doping dodgyness, plus the rumors of unpaid wages. The Italian National Olympic Committee CONI recommended in 2011 that Savio be given a four year suspension from the sport in relation to anti-doping investigations. CONI has referred the matter to its National Anti-Doping Tribunal (TNA), stating that it is doing so under article 2.8 of the WADA Code. It added that it is basing its decision on documents sent to it by the prosecutor of Massa and also from the findings of investigations carried out.

An English pro cyclist recounted his contract dealings with Savio like this: “Offered me a contract at the end of 2009, spoke to him on the phone in fluent English. Honestly he spoke like the queen. A Couple of days later I called him to enquire where the contract was and I get ‘my English no good, sorry no speak English’ that was the last I heard from him. Probably for the best!”

Gianni Savio will have a team again this year and gives riders the opportunity to race, sometimes at the highest level of the sport, but is he sailing a bit close to the wind?

Another new suit, Gianni?
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Lotto Six Days Vlaanderen – Gent 2016
The best and probably the best attended of the winter ‘6 Day’ races, the Gent 6 started on Tuesday evening and as predicted, three teams were well ahead of the others.

Day 1:
Saw Kenny De Ketele and Moreno De Pauw take the lead with 90 points, Elia Viviani and Iljo Keisse were 14 points behind them and the British pair of Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish were 18 points adrift. It had been a hard fought night between the three favorite teams, with Wiggins/Cavendish winning the Points Race, one of the Madison races and the Derny final. Viviani/Keisse took the Supersprint and Derny as De Ketele/De Pauw won the Team Elimination, Time Trial and the 500m Time Trial. All three teams are on the same lap.

The other teams were left with the crumbs: Otto Vergaerde and Morgan Kneisky won the Derny, Roy Pieters and Jonas Rickaert won the Scratch Race, Callum Scotson and Cameron Meyer won a Madison.

Day 1:

Day 2:
Elia Viviani and Iljo Keisse moved into the lead with wins in a Points Race, Team Elimination and a Madison. Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish moved into second place by winning the Derny final and the other Madison, plus they finished high in all the other important events. Kenny De Ketele and Moreno De Pauw dropped to third, but did win a Points Race, Time Trial, Derny Round 1 and the 500m Time Trial.

A spectacular madison of 45 minutes and six laps was won by Keisse and Viviani, who put an extra lap on the opposition, then the final madison was a tough one for De Ketele and De Pauw as they finished seventh, a lap down on winners Cavendish and Wiggins. The Brits jump to second in the standings with 141 points, five points behind leaders Keisse and Viviani.

The 500 metres went to De Ketele and De Pauw. On Tuesday the pair already set a new track record with a 26:90 run, but on Wednesday night they took another chunk out of that time and clocked a 26:65.

The two top teams are on the same lap, Kenny De Ketele/Moreno De Pauw and Callum Scotson/Cameron Meyer are 1 lap down.

The other races: Marcel Kalz and Robbe Ghys won the Supersprint, Otto Vergaerde and Morgan Kneisky a Derny round and Yoeri Havik won the Scratch Race. The Dutch-Danish tandem Yoeri Havik/Alex Rasmussen had to pull out of a race during the first madison as Rasmussen was taken ill and wasn’t able to continue. Havik completed the remaining disciplines on his own and even won the scratch, but the pair left the race before the final madison.

The Gent 6 finishes on Sunday.

Gent ‘6 Day’ Overall After Day 2:
1. Elia Viviani (Ita)/Iljo Keisse (Bel) LIDL 146pts
2. Bradley Wiggins (GB)/Mark Cavendish (GB) Saey – Calant 141pts
3. Kenny De Ketele (Bel)/Moreno De Pauw (Bel) Baloise Insurance 164pts at 1 lap
4. Callum Scotson (Aus)/Cameron Meyer (Aus) Lotto 79pts
5. Lindsay De Vylder (Bel)/Leif Lampater (Ger) Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen 78pts at 2 laps
6. Otto Vergaerde (Bel)/Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Caruur 62pts
7. Jesper Morkov (Den)/Marc Hester (Den) TUI 47pts
8. Roy Pieters (Ned)/Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 39pts at 6 laps
9. Nick Stopler (Ned)/Tristan Marguet (Sui) Primus Haacht 31pts at 9 laps
10. Ollie Wood (GB)/Mark Stewart (GB) Energy Lab 9pts at 10 laps.

Day 2:

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Van Avermaet to Begin Recovery Process Following Successful Surgery
Greg Van Avermaet underwent successful surgery to secure a small, non-displaced, distal left fibula fracture, BMC Racing Team Chief Medical Officer Dr. Max Testa today confirmed.

“Greg underwent surgery on his left ankle following an accident while riding his mountain bike. A small plate and a few screws were used to stabilize the fracture and the surgery, which was performed by Dr. Tim Leenders of the AZ Monica hospital in Antwerp, went very well. Greg stayed overnight in hospital but will be discharged this morning wearing a walking boot,” Dr. Testa explained.

“Greg will start working with the physical therapist right away so we expect that he will be able to pedal on a stationary bike in two weeks’ time, and gradually increase the training load and start to use his road bike in four to six weeks. We will continue to monitor Greg’s recovery progress and his condition and training program will be re-evaluated at BMC Racing Team’s training camp in December in conjunction with the medical, training and management staff.”

Van Avermaet is feeling as well as expected following surgery.

“I feel fine. Of course it’s better to not have an injury like this but I cannot change it, and it’s better now than in January. I now have some extra weeks to recover before getting back on the bike in around four weeks, and then I’ll still have a big block of training before the season starts so it should be fine,” Van Avermaet said.

“It was my first training ride after a few weeks off. I went into a corner, maybe a bit too fast and there was water on the ground and I didn’t want to go straight into that, so I put my foot down, and this is what caused the fracture.”

Van Avermaet will no longer be present at the Gent Six Day event on Tuesday evening to fire the starting shot.

Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet:
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Landa to Ride Giro in 2017
In an interview with Spanish sportspaper Marca, Sky’s Mikel Landa said he has started training for the 2017 season. As well as gym and swimming sessions he has been cycling on the local snowy mountain roads near his home in Murgia in the Basque Country, Spain.

He said his build up to the Giro d’Italia will be similar to previous years, it is not certain yet, but his season should start with the Vuelta’s of Andalusia and Valencia , followed by Tirreno Adriatico, Volta a Catalunya and Giro del Trentino. He hopes that should bring him to the Giro d’Italia in good form and perfect health. There will be no Tour of the Basque Country for Landa in 2017.

Mikel Landa won in Pais Vasco in 2016:
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A late call, little training, and out of Shape – Still Wins First Stage of Tour du Rwanda
Canadian Guillaume Boivin: “I surprised myself. I almost didn’t come here. I was drinking beer with friends when the manager called me and asked me if I can go.”

A late addition to the squad, Canadian Guillaume Biovin had very little training and was supposedly “totally out of shape” — but none of this stopped the Canadian affectionately known as “G”, from sprinting to victory in the first stage of Tour of Rwanda after spending 60 KM in a Breakaway.
“It doesn’t make sense!”

The 27 old rider did not think this was a realistic scenario either, stating “2 weeks ago I was sitting in Montreal with my friends and having a beer, as my season was over, when manager Ran Margaliot called me from Tel Aviv and said: “Can you race in Africa? I need you.”

Biovin was supposed to refuse, at least that was the common sense answer. He was hardly training at that point, as he was resting before beginning preparations for the 2017 season — the first season his Israeli team will race Pro continental. But he felt a deep sense of loyalty to his team after he missed the last part of the 2016 season due to an injury from a crash. “This is a family kind of team.” he said. “I love to think we are different”.

With that one call, the beers were left unfinished and “G” went back to training on the bike. But the unorthodox road to Rwanda didn’t stop there: When he arrived to Rwanda after a nightmarish 2-day trip (Having spent 14 hours in Nairobi to fix an issue with his Visa) he had no idea what to expect. “I said, Ok, it will be a good way to get ready for the NEXT season”.

Upon hitting the starting line for the prologue on Sunday he began sensing that he was not that far away from doing something big. Was he ever right! He finished 4th on the day, a mere 4 seconds behind the prologue winner…and was the only top finisher who did not use a TT bike. Surely, he could have won the prologue with a TT bike.

But that was not on his mind as he prepared for stage 1. The thought occurred to him that “Without the leaders jersey I can breakaway without being heavily marked”. And that’s exactly how it unfolded on the 96 km stage between Kigali and Ngoma. “We kept jumping into moves up until the first KOM of the day. From there I could feel the legs burning a little…that’s always the best time to attack.” With that thought, he was off the front, joined by his youngest teammate 19-year-old Omer Goldstein.

While in the break Biovin faced constant attacks from riders who had bridged the gap from the peloton. But try as they might, for the 60 km to the finish line, Biovin proved resilient to each and every attack.

In the final sprint “G” found enough fuel left to win by a comfortable margin. “I was totally cooked” he admitted as he collapsed into the seat in the winners tent. “I surprised myself, frankly. But I am so happy that I did not say “NO” to the manager and didn’t continue drinking that beer!”

Even beyond his win, which is his Israeli team’s first ever win on the continent of Africa, there was another reason “G” feels justified in coming to Rwanda. “We made a point of visiting the Genocide Memorial in Kigali before the tour. It was extremely important for us, especially being an Israeli team, to show our solidarity and respect” he said.

Cycling Academy was founded in December 2014 in Jerusalem, as Israel’s first Professional cycling team with the clear vision to help Israeli Cycling and bring young cyclists, especially Israelis, to the top levels of cycling.

The team recorded wins in races over 4 continents in the last 20 months and is backed by sponsors like Cannondale, Lazer, Hertz Israel, and Verge, as well as the Israeli-Canadian Philanthropist Sylvan Adams – Israel Cycling Academy is now set to go Pro Continental for the 2017 season.

A surprised Guillaume Boivin:
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Two Years More for Roy at FDJ
Jérémy Roy has signed a contract extension with is present team, FDJ, to the end of 2018. The 34 year-old has been with the team of Marc Madiot since 2003 and has been a dependable team rider with a reasonable palmarès: 2009 stage of Paris-Nice, 2010 Tro Bro Leon, 2011 Grand Prix La Marseillaise and combativity prize in the Tour de France, stage of the 2012 Tour du Limousin and twice runner-up in the French time trial championships.

Jérémy Roy:
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Andrea Pasqualon Signs with Wanty-Groupe Gobert
The Italian rider Andrea Pasqualon will join Wanty-Groupe Gobert in 2017. The 28-year old rider comes from Team Roth.

“I am so happy to sign with Wanty-Groupe Gobert. My future was not assured for next year. I thank the team for their confidence. I’m looking forward to wearing the jersey of Wanty-Groupe Gobert,” Andrea Pasqualon said.

Andrea Pasqualon won two races in his career: a stage in the Tour du Limousin in 2013 and in the Boucles de la Mayenne in 2015. “I would describe myself as a sprinter able to survive climbs. I’d rather ride on hilly parcours and long distances. The Walloon classics could suit me,” the second in the Coppa Sabatini states.

This season he finished 23 times in the first ten in UCI races. “In 2016 I was several times close to the victory. I’m sure I win again in 2017 because it is a very good team with talented riders.”

Sports director Jean-Marc Rossignon is delighted with the arrival of the Italian rider. “He’s a fast guy who can win races. He will replace Roy Jans. He was very pleasant. He will rapidly show that he is an asset to this team.”

After signing Wesley Kreder, Guillaume Levarlet, Fabien Doubey, Xandro Meurisse, Guillaume Van Keirsbulck, Pieter Vanspeybroeck, Yoann Offredo, Andrea Pasqualon is the eighth new rider of Wanty-Groupe Gobert for the next season.

Andrea Pasqualon:
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Miguel Eduardo Florez Lopez Joins Willier-Southeast
Twenty-year old Miguel Eduardo Florez Lopez will be riding for the Italian Willier-Southeast team in 2017. Florez is a talent in the mountains and against the clock, he was third in the Colombian U23 National Championships.

In the 2014 Vuelta al Porvenir, in Colombia, Florez won a stage, the mountains jersey and finished 3rd overall. Then in the 2015 Tour of Colombia he was best young rider, followed by 3rd in the KOM competition in the Tour de L’Avenir.

Florez commented: “Arriving in Europe is a dream I have had a long time. This year I was given the opportunity to be in the team for the Tour de L’Avenir which was one of my big goals. Now I will go to a professional continental team. I feel very happy and doing WorldTour races will make it a year of great learning.” Florez added, “You always hope to adapt quickly, learn from them, get some wins in races and gradually achieve the goals that you have in Europe. I’ve always dreamed of the Giro d’Italia and the team may be doing it. If we ride, I want to be on the start list.”

Miguel Eduardo Florez Lopez at the 2016 Tour de l’Avenir:
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Orica-BikeExchange Finalize 2017 Roster
The Australian WorldTour team, ORICA-BikeExchange has confirmed its squad for 2017.

The team has made two changes; Roman Kreuziger has joined to help the general classification leaders and Roger Kluge to beef-up the lead out train for sprinter Caleb Ewan.

Team DS Matt White commented on the team: “With only two and a half changes (including Carlos Verona who joined mid-2016) to our roster next year the DNA and group is very similar to the roster that achieved so much in 2016. This is an exciting prospect but something we need to approach with caution to ensure that we don’t let any complacency slip into our processes. Our additions each possess specialties in certain areas that we need to bolster our existing team, enabling us to immediately improve our performance and growing ambitions.”

White added: “We had breakout years from Magnus Cort, Jens Keukeleire, Esteban Chaves and Simon and Adam Yates, we can expect even more progression from this crew of developing riders. As always, our older experienced campaigners never cease to surprise us along the journey of the season which turns out to be a very long and grueling campaign. We can be very excited about approaching the coming season.”

White said the team also has some new targets for 2017: “We want consistency and that is needed from everyone. The idea may sound simple but in such a dynamic world which makes up our sport it’s a challenge to achieve. We will approach all three Grand Tours with general classification ambitions which is a first for the organization. We are looking at starting off our season with a bang come January at our home WorldTour events and then aiming to take winning opportunities regularly throughout the season whilst developing the immense talent we have within our roster.”

Orica-BikeExchange 2017 roster:
Michael Albasini (Switzerland), Sam Bewley (New Zealand), Esteban Chaves (Colombia), Magnus Cort (Denmark), Mitch Docker (Australia), Luke Durbridge (Australia), Alexander Edmondson (Australia), Caleb Ewan (Australia), Simon Gerrans (Australia), Jack Haig (Australia), Mathew Hayman (Australia), Michael Hepburn (Australia), Damien Howson (Australia), Daryl Impey (South Africa), Chris Juul-Jensen (Denmark), Jens Keukeleire (Belgium), Cheung King-Lok (Hong Kong), Roger Kluge (Germany), Roman Kreuziger (Czech Republic), Luka Mezgec (Slovenia), Ruben Plaza (Spain), Robert Power (Australia), Svein Tuft (Canada), Carlos Verona (Spain), Adam Yates (Great Britain) and Simon Yates (Great Britain).

2016 ORICA-BikeExchange Highlights:

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New Signings for Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
Three Italian riders have signed with the ProContinental team for 2017: Matteo Malucelli, Andrea Palini and Matteo Spreafico. The new riders were at the team get together in Galzignano Terme along with other new team members: Davide Ballerini, Fausto Masada, Andrea Vendrame, Raffaello Bonussi and Mattia Cattaneo. Riders from 2016: Francesco Gavazzi, Marco Frapporti, Luca Pacioni, Alessio Taliani and Andrea Benfatto were also at the team meeting, Colombians Egan Bernalm Rodolfo Torres and Ivan Sosa were not present.

Mattia Cattaneo joins Androni from Lampre-Merida:
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Team Novo Nordisk Announces 2017 Roster
Six New Riders Added to Professional Roster for Team’s Fifth Season

Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team, will race its fifth season with an expanded roster of 19 athletes from eight countries. Six new riders, including stagiaires Quentin Valognes (FRA) and Rik van IJzendoorn (NED), both who raced with the men’s professional team since August, are part of Team Novo Nordisk’s 2017 roster.

“Team Novo Nordisk is ready to take on its fifth season with our largest squad to date. We’re all excited to see what these talented athletes, especially the five riders coming up from our development squad, can accomplish in 2017,” Team Novo Nordisk CEO and co-founder Phil Southerland said. “In 2016, we earned more top five results than any season, and we are eager to keep building on these results to inspire, educate and empower everyone around the world affected by diabetes.”

In order to become a member of Team Novo Nordisk, all athletes must have type 1 diabetes. Since its launch in December 2012, the organization has focused heavily on identifying and developing endurance athletes from around the world with diabetes, building junior and development squads currently totaling 31 athletes.

Five of Team Novo Nordisk’s six new athletes are products of its development program. Fabio Calabria (AUS), Reid McClure (CAN), Umberto Poli (ITA), Valognes and van IJzendoorn all spent at least one season racing on the development squad; Valognes has been with Team Novo Nordisk since its inception in 2013. Standout results from these riders include (all 2016 unless otherwise noted):

Calabria:
1st, Alabama State Road Race Championship
3rd, Mt. Victory Road Race

McClure:
1st, Tennessee State Road Race Championship
2nd, Georgia Cycling Gran Prix, Stage 4
2nd, Foothills Cup Road Race

Poli:
1st, Georgia Cycling Grand Prix, Stage 2
1st, Georgia Cycling Grand Prix, Stage 6
2nd, Mt. Victory Road Race
2nd, Belgian Kermesse

Valognes:
9th, Tour of Yancheng Coastal Wetlands **as stagiaire with men’s professional team
1st, Tour de l’Abitibi Desjardins, Stage 5 (2014)
1st, Tour de l’Abitibi Desjardins, Stage 6 (2014)
3rd, French National Keirin Championship (2014)

Van IJzendoorn:
4th, Healthy Newton Omnium
5th, Mt. Victory Road Race

Newcomer Romain Gioux (FRA) approached the team after racing as an amateur for French team’s Cycliste de Varennes-Vauzelles and Vélo Sport Chartrain. In late 2016, Gioux was asked to race with the team’s development squad at the East Bohémia Tour. His performance there earned him a contract for the 2017 season.

“We have spent four years nurturing our development program and it is rewarding to move five devo riders up to our pro squad. Each of these riders adds depth to our team, and we are excited to witness their years with our development team turn into results within the pro ranks,” Team Novo Nordisk Senior Vice President of Athletics Vassili Davidenko said. “We strengthened our men’s pro team with these new riders and added new staff. We believe these changes will lead to more results.”

This season, the Team Novo Nordisk men’s professional squad competed in its first World Tour stage race, Tour de Pologne. Across 43 races in 23 countries, Team Novo Nordisk earned its best overall result to date when Javier Megias (ESP) finished second overall at the Tour of Korea. The Spaniard went on to earn the team its best finish at a UCI 2.HC race when he took 14th overall at the Tour of California. Other highlights of the season include Martijn Verschoor (NED) sprinting to fifth on Stage 1 of the Tour of California and the team winning its first team classification at the Tour of Estonia. As of November 16, 2016, the team has amassed a total of nine top five finishes, the most in its four-year history.

The full 2017 roster includes:
Andrea Peron – ITA, Brian Kamstra – NED, Charles Planet – FRA, Chris Williams – AUS, Corentin Cherhal – FRA, David Lozano – ESP, Fabio Calabria – AUS, Gerd de Keijzer – NED, James Glasspool – AUS, Javier Megias – ESP, Joonas Henttala – FIN, Martijn Verschoor – NED, Mehdi Benhamouda – FRA, Quentin Valognes – FRA, Reid McClure – CAN, Rik van IJzendoorn – NED, Romain Gioux – FRA, Stephen Clancy – IRL, Umberto Poli – ITA.

About Team Novo Nordisk
Team Novo Nordisk is a global all-diabetes sports team of cyclists, triathletes and runners, spearheaded by the world’s first all-diabetes UCI Professional Continental cycling team. The team’s mission is to inspire, educate and empower those affected by diabetes.

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Segafredo Zanetti Extends Sponsorship of Trek-Segafredo Through 2020
After a successful year as co-title sponsor of Trek-Segafredo, and with exciting changes for 2017 in sight, Segafredo Zanetti has decided to extend their partnership through 2020, adding two years to the initial three-year agreement.

Massimo Zanetti, President of MZB Group: “The first season of Trek-Segafredo brought us exactly what we were aiming for and even more than that. That is why we didn’t hesitate to prolong our collaboration with the team through 2020.”

Joe Vadeboncoeur, Vice President of Trek Bicycles: “Over the past season coffee and bikes have proven once again to be a very natural combination. The Trek and Segafredo brands fit together more naturally than we could have ever hoped. Both Trek and Segafredo want to be the absolute leaders in our segment, and we are happy to see that spirit mirrored in the riders and staff of Trek-Segafredo.”

Luca Guercilena, General Manager of Trek-Segafredo: “We are obviously excited that Segafredo will keep supporting the team through 2020. This long-term investment shows their trust and faith in our collaboration. Over the last year, we’ve witnessed great involvement from the people at Segafredo. That was very stimulating for us indeed. Knowing that they will be with us four more years gives us the stability and the space to keep investing in our team, going from the development of young riders to the continuous improvement and support for our more experienced riders.”

Coffee anyone?
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Paris-Nice to return to Mount Brouilly with a TT
In the 2016 Paris-Nice, stage 3 was meant to finish on Mont Brouilly, 3 kilometer climb with a 7.7% gradient, but due to snow the stage was cancelled. During stage 4, Race director Christian Prudhomme announced that the 2017 Paris-Nice would return to the climb and according to French newspaper Le Progrès, Mont Brouilly will be the summit finish for stage 3 on Wednesday, March the 8th, but will be a time trial, starting in Beaujeu, 10 kilometers bellow the summit. The day before, stage 2 will finish in Chalon-sur-Saône and stage 4 will start in a town close to Mont Brouilly.

2016 Stage 3 Snow:

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La Vuelta Wears the Pride with Santini SMS
Santini Maglificio Sportivo and Unipublic are pleased to announce their collaboration over the next five years, commencing in 2017, for the Vuelta’s 72nd edition. The Spanish tour’s new jerseys are getting a makeover thanks to the sponsorship of an internationally well-known cycling brand.

This agreement between Santini Maglificio Sportivo and Unipublic is yet another step towards innovation that places emphasis on the quality of the product showcased by the Vuelta organization. The four leader jerseys: the Carrefour red jersey for the leader of the general classification, the polka dot King of the Mountain jersey, the Skoda green jersey for the leader of the points classification and the Fertiberia white jersey for the leader of the combined classification will be complemented by a complete line of products, merchandise as well as an exclusive collection of sports clothes that align perfectly with the Vuelta image.

The prestige of the Santini brand, known as an international leader, the high quality of its products and its history, forever linked to cycling, are the key aspects that have led to this collaboration taking place. “The innovative and creative character of their proposals is in sync with our philosophy and with the image we wish to portray of the race. For this reason, we consider them to be the perfect ally to help us transmit all the values that characterize us, through our jerseys”, says Javier Guillén, General Manager of Unipublic. A feeling shared by Santini Maglificio Sportivo’s CEO, Monica Santini: “We are delighted with the sponsorship of La Vuelta, one of the leading men’s road cycling races of the UCI World Tour. In more than 80 years of tradition, La Vuelta today is close to everyone’s hearts. We share the same values and passion. It will be an exciting event for everyone, not only for pros but for all cyclists who train with passion and challenge themselves. For us the partnership with La Vuelta is more than just a race, it represents our continuing contribution to global cycling. Working together not only as a sponsor but a partner with fresh ideas including new special event jerseys, to write together a new chapter of cycling history”.

The new jerseys consolidate the empowerment of the Vuelta brand and reinforce the identity of the Spanish race all over the world, as one of the most important events in the international sporting calendar. All the new leader jerseys and the line of clothes dedicated to La Vuelta, will be available for purchase on the Santini Maglificio Sportivo website (https://www.santinisms.it/it/), on the Vuelta website (www.lavuelta.com) and in leading cycling stores around the world.

La Vuelta to wear Santini in 2017:
The peloton on stage 18 of the 2016 Vuelta a España


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