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‘STRIKE!’ Bernard Hinault doesn’t want Chris Froome at the Tour de France and is inciting a rider’s strike to stop Froome competing – EUROTRASH Top Story. Race news from the Adriatica Ionica and the Halle-Ingooigem with results and video. Lots of other news: The Tour de France achievement of Federico Ezquerra, Tour de France teams, Deutschland Tour, Guadarrama Challenge, USA Cycling Pro Road Championships, USA Cycling Pro Road Championships, the Dauphiné in numbers and an eco Vuelta. Coffee time!

TOP STORY: The Badger Calls For a Rider Strike
At the end of May, Bernard Hinault spoke to the Belgian newspaper, Het Laatste Nieuws, saying that Chris Froome does not belong on the list of three consecutive Grand Tour winners: “Froome does not belong on that list, he returned a positive test at the Vuelta, so he has used doping. He should never have been allowed to start in the Giro.” Now the French hero has called for the peloton to go on strike if Team Sky rider, Chris Froome, starts the Tour de France on July 7.

Now in an interview with the French newspaper, Ouest France, Hinault is calling the Tour riders to take a stance against the participation of Froome. “The peloton should put its foot down and go on strike. They should say: ‘If he’s at the start, we’re not starting!’ The peloton is too nice. Others have been sanctioned, and everybody was in agreement, but they won’t sanction him because they say it was an abnormal control? No, it’s not an abnormal control. Ventolin, perhaps is not a big thing, perhaps that’s not what won him the Vuelta a España, we don’t know.” On the subject of Froome’s salbutamol level of 2,000ng/ml: “It is banned, and that’s it. The rules are the same for everybody.”

Many years ago (1982) Bernard Hinault refused a dope control at a criterium in Callac, France. On that occasion he was fined and given a ‘conditional’ suspension. It would be interesting to hear his views on that occurrence. Hinault has a good point though, but maybe he is not the best man to deliver the message.

Team Sky respond to Hinault comments
Team Sky have today issued the following statement following comments made by Bernard Hinault regarding Chris Froome.

A Team Sky Spokesperson said: “It is disappointing that Bernard Hinault has, once again, repeated factually incorrect comments about a case he clearly does not understand. His comments are irresponsible and ill-informed. Chris has not had a positive test, rather an adverse analytical finding for a prescribed asthma medication. As an ex-rider himself, Bernard will appreciate the need for fairness for each and every athlete. And at the current time, Chris is entitled to race. This process would normally be confidential to protect the athlete and establish the facts. Unfortunately, it was leaked. However, both Chris and the team are following the process that has been put in place by the UCI.”

“It is clearly a difficult situation which no one wants resolved more quickly than Chris and the team. Chris and Team Sky are fully-focused on the upcoming Tour de France and won’t let these uneducated comments affect our preparation for the greatest race in the world.”

The Badger is no stranger to a riders strike, he was the main man in 1978:

Adriatica Ionica Race 2018
Stage 1 of the newly-created Adriatica Ionica race consisted of a 23.3km-long flat team time trial between Ciclabile del Piave and Lido di Jesolo, a former economic center on the roads between Ravenna and Aquileia during Roman times, now an important seaside resort, which since 1955 has featured several times on the course of the Giro d’Italia.

World Tour leader Quick-Step Floors came to the start with a strong and versatile squad comprising Kasper Asgreen, Alvaro Hodeg, James Knox, Davide Martinelli, Jhonatan Narvaez, Niki Terpstra and Elia Viviani, riders who between them have won 16 races this season, all motivated to leave their mark on the five-day event. Quick-Step Floors was among the early starters on the opening stage, setting the fastest time at the intermediate checkpoint – 11:36 – before turning on the gas on the second part of the course with a tailwind in the last five kilometers.

The Quick-Step Floors riders blasted over the finish line, stopping the clock in 25:28, after averaging a blistering 54.895 km/h, a time more than ten seconds clear of UAE Team Emirates and Trek-Segafredo, the two teams to round out the podium. Following the outfit’s 39th UCI victory of the year, Elia Viviani donned the leader’s jersey, while talented neo-pro James Knox took the lead in the best young rider classification.

Quick-Step Floors’ James Knox took the ‘Best Young Rider’ jersey, read what he had to say to PEZ recently.

Lido di Jesolo - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  Elia Viviani (ITA - QuickStep - Floors) pictured during  the Adriatica Ionica Race/Following the Serenissima Routes - stage 1 - TTT 23,3 KM - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2018

Overall leader, Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors): “We came here with a strong team, blending youth and experience, all riders in good shape who put in a big and impressive effort. The TTT was super fast, so we kept ourselves for the second part, where we went full gas, helped also by some tailwind. It’s a beautiful way to open Adriatica Ionica, one which gives us confidence for what’s to come this week. Tomorrow’s stage to Maser isn’t exactly one for sprinters, so it remains to be seen what we can get out of it, but we are here to enjoy this beautiful race and get some more solid results. As always, we are motivated and we’ll try to be in the mix and do something nice every time it will be possible.”

4th team, Dimension Data DS JP Heynderickx: “The first stage was a fast 23km team time trial. If you look over the entire performance, the team did a good job considering we were the only team with 6 riders on the start. On a course like this, with 1 rider less you pay a bit at the end. So to end in 4th position, that definitely wasn’t a bad result for us.”

Chun-Kai Feng (Bahrain-Merida): “It was the first time I did a TTT and I have to say that it was a very useful experience. I had some uncertainty in the changes and in the best interpretation of the crosswind, but I certainly helped the team and this is important.”

6th team, Bahrain-Merida DS Vladimir Miholjevič: “Giovanni Visconti’s absence (he didn’t start due to a slight illness) penalized us in today’s race. It was a very fast time trial in the first part and more technical in the second part. A discreet stage if we consider that we have competed with one man less.”

Adriatica Ionica Race Stage 1 Result:
1. Quick-Step Floors at 25:28
2. UAE Team Emirates at 0:14
3. Trek-Segafredo at 0:16
4. Dimension Data at 0:34
5. Gazprom–RusVelo at 0:38
6. Bahrain-Merida at 1:08
7. Italy at 1:16
8. Sangemini-MG.Kvis at 1:17
9. Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec at 1:18
10. Bardiani-CSF at 1:22.

Adriatica Ionica Race Overall After Stage 1:
1. Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step Floors in 25:29
2. James Knox (GB) Quick-Step Floors
3. Davide Martinelli (Ita) Quick-Step Floors
4. Jhonatan Narvaez (Ecu) Quick-Step Floors
5. Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick-Step Floors
6. Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 0:14
7. Simone Petilli (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
8. Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
9. Manuele Mori (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
10. Edward Ravasi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates.

Stage 1:

Halle-Ingooigem 2018
Danny van Poppel has won the seventy-first edition of Halle-Ingooigem in Belgium in a sprint with a thinned first peloton. After two hundred kilometers, the 24-year-old topsprinter of Team LottoNL-Jumbo was a fraction faster than his compatriot Fabio Jakobsen (Quick-Step Floors). For Van Poppel, it’s his second win of the season. In February, he won a stage in the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana. Van Poppel’s victory is the twentieth victory for Team LottoNL-Jumbo.

The Belgian semi-classic, traditionally the last preparation for the national championships, was a very tough one.

A nine-man group bolted clear some 20 kilometers from the finish of the 194.7km Halle-Ingooigem, opening a 26-second gap, but Quick-Step Floors and Verandas Willems-Crelan led the chase and reeled them in before the 10km-to-go banner. Soon, a new attack came, which was closed down on the Tiegemberg, the famous hill tackled six times, where a new trio powered ahead and put eight seconds between them and the chasers, who made the catch only inside the last two kilometers.

In the sprint, Van Poppel was the first to kick out, with Fabio Jakobsen responding immediately as he came off the wheel of experienced Quick-Step Floors lead-out man Michael Mørkøv with 150 meters to go before pushing ahead and throwing his bike over the line, narrowly missing out on the win by a matter of centimeters.

Ingooigem - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  DE BIE Sean - JAKOBSEN  Fabio - VAN POPPEL Danny pictured during Halle - Ingooigem Napoleon Games Cycling Cup Cycling 2018 - photo PM/PN/Cor Vos © 2018

Race winner, Danny van Poppel (LottoNL-Jumbo): “Finally I win again. I’m really pleased about it. In the last few weeks, I’ve been very close a few times, especially in the Giro, so you can imagine how happy I am with this victory. It was really close between Jakobsen and me, but winning is winning. I was perfectly placed in Jakobsen his lead-out. I wanted to start the sprint earlier than he did. I lost quite some speed in the end, but luckily it was enough for the win. Maarten did a lot of work for me. During the last time on the Tiegemberg, we bridged across to the leading group. He ensured that it stayed together and that I could sprint. This gives me confidence for the coming weeks.”

2nd, Fabio Jakobsen (Quick-Step Floors): “I felt good and the entire team did a great job. Dries, who’s been out for three months, chased hard the escapees, Pieter took over on the circuit – which was really demanding – while the other guys tried to be in the various moves and protect me throughout the day. Michael provided a good lead-out, but I jumped a second too late from the field and that was that. I am disappointed to finish second, as I had strong legs and felt I could have won, but this result is already history now and I will move my focus to next Sunday’s National Championships.”

Halle-Ingooigem Result:
1. Danny Van Poppel (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo in 4:30:40
2. Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Quick-Step Floors
3. Sean De Bie (Bel) Veranda’s Willems-Crelan
4. Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis
5. Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vital Concept Cycling Club
6. Timothy Dupont (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
7. Kevyn Ista (Bel) Wb Aqua Protect Veranclassic
8. August Jensen (Nor) Israel-Cycling Academy
9. Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
10. Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal.


The Achievement of a Lifetime: Federico Ezquerra
Far behind riders of the stature of Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Mark Cavendish, in the history of the Tour de France there have been almost three hundred men who only got a fleeting taste of glory. As the countdown to the start of the race on 7 July continues, letour.fr is retracing the steps of 10 champions who clinched a single stage win. Spaniard Federico Ezquerra demonstrated his climbing abilities in the 1936 Tour under grievous circumstances. Back home, the uprising of Francoist forces had just pushed the conflict between Republicans and Nationalists past the point of no return.

In the history of France, 1936 is remembered as a time of harmony, optimism and social progress, as seen in the Tour de France itself following the introduction of a week of paid leave. Meanwhile, on the other side of the Pyrenees, the electoral victory of a coalition also known as the Popular Front in February sparked a wave of violence that led to the Spanish Civil War several months later, when the Nationalist faction launched a failed coup on 17 and 18 July. Spanish riders had started the Tour de France on the defensive —on the cobbled sectors, for example—, but the start of the mountain stages brought with it their chance to shine. The leg-breaking course of the stage from Nice to Cannes on 19 July whetted the appetite of Federico Ezquerra, possibly the most explosive member of the Spanish Armada. Ezquerra’s climbing abilities had caught the attention of L’Auto, which nicknamed him the Eagle of the Galibier after he was first over the top of this mountain pass in his debut in 1934. On this occasion, the Spaniard dropped his breakaway companions Sylvère Maes and Félicien Vervaecke like a stone on the ascent to La Turbie. However, the two riders were still hot on his heels, and there were 30 kilometers to go before the finish in Cannes. After crowning the ascent, the Basque rider decided not to change gears, which at the time required stopping for half a minute to spin the back wheel. Ezquerra’s gamble paid off and he went on to claim the greatest win of his career on the French Riviera.

Team of exiles in 1937
L’Auto seems to have missed the political significance of his triumph, but Jacques Goddet meticulously analyzed and heaped praise on Ezquerra’s style. “Good old Federico is not particularly aesthetic when he gets up on the pedals, hunched towards the front, jumping from one thigh to the other like a metronome. He thrusts from his kidneys, seemingly from the bottom up. The hip seems to pull the pedal upwards instead of pushing against it. This type of movement evokes the feeling of levity that has become the hallmark of climbing talent.” One year later, in 1937, Republican Spain fielded a team composed mostly of exiles, with Mariano Cañardo and Julián Berrendero also taking their only victories at the Tour de France.

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

Federico Ezquerra:

Mitchelton-SCOTT names versatile team to support Adam Yates and dreams of Tour de France podium
Australian outfit Mitchelton-SCOTT has named an in-form, eight-rider team to line up at the Tour de France, poised to deliver results across the three-week race as it maintains its focus on the general classification.

The team will be built around 2016 Tour de France best young rider and fourth-place getter Adam Yates, with a diverse team of specialists to guide the 25-year-old through a dangerous and unpredictable first nine days before the climbers come to the fore in the mountains.

Jack Bauer (NZL, 33) – 5th TDF appearance
Luke Durbridge (AUS, 27) – 5th TDF appearance
Mathew Hayman (AUS, 40) – 4th TDF appearance
Michael Hepburn (AUS, 26) – debut
Damien Howson (AUS, 25) – 2nd TDF appearance
Daryl Impey (RSA, 33) – 6th TDF appearance
Mikel Nieve (SPA, 34) – 5th TDF appearance
Adam Yates (GBR, 25) – 3rd TDF appearance

With multiple stage wins and top-5 overall performances at Volta a la Comunitat Valencia, Tirreno-Adriatico, Tour of California and runner-up at the recent Criterium du Dauphine, Yates has had a stellar 2018 season despite the set-back of a fractured pelvis in March and has proved his worth as the team’s leader.

The Briton will be supported by the engines of Australian trio Luke Durbridge, Mathew Hayman and Michael Hepburn and New Zealand’s Jack Bauer, who will be crucial teammates in the opening stages where crosswinds and cobbles have the potential to derail July campaigns. They also create a formidable base for the team time trial which will be a crucial early showdown for the GC contenders.

2018 Tour Down Under champion and recent Criterium du Dauphine stage winner Daryl Impey adds strength and experience in the transitional stages as one of the best all-round riders in the world.

Giro d’Italia stage winner Mikel Nieve, who supported Simon Yates in Italy in May will be the only man backing up after the team’s successful Giro campaign this year. He will return for the Tour de France and team up with another Australian in Damien Howson to play the all-important support roles in the mountains.

The Objective – Continuing the GC trajectory:
A vision from 2014, with the signing of a promising trio of young climbers in Adam and Simon Yates and Esteban Chaves, Mitchelton-SCOTT will continue their vision to become major general classification players across the UCI calendar.

Original plans were to split the Tour de France team between GC and sprint ambitions with Caleb Ewan. However, this season’s results have seen the high-performance team throw their support behind Yates as sole leader for the Tour de France with ambitions for results across all three weeks of the Tour.

Already with overall podiums at the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana in 2016, Mitchelton-SCOTT hope to add the Tour de France to this collection in 2018.

The Race:
There’s no easing into what is already the most stressful race on the calendar. The first nine days might not win you the race, but it can certainly end it for some general classification contenders, particularly if the weather turns bad.

Early coastal stages, followed by a team time trial on stage three and mini-Roubaix race on stage nine will be crucial, before the first serious mountain has even hit. Further spicing up an always entertaining final week is a brutal 65km ‘three-pass’ stage that is one not to miss.

In total, the 21 stages of the Tour de France will cover 3351km and feature eight flat stages, five hilly stages, six mountain stages, an individual and team time trial.

Race History:
Mitchelton-SCOTT has finished in the top ten overall in the past two years (4th in 2016 and 7th in 2017), both times claiming the best young rider’s white jersey.

Prior to that, that team’s emphasis was on stage victories and in its six appearances at the French Grand Tour the Australian outfit has claimed three – two in 2013 and one in 2016.

2013 was a particularly special edition and a major highlight in the team’s history. The two stage victories (Simon Gerrans and Team Time Trial) resulted in four days in the race leader’s yellow jersey – two days for Gerrans before he famously passed it onto teammate Impey.

Matt White – Head Sports Director:
“In what has been an incredibly successful season for the team already, we are really excited by the strength and potential of the eight riders we’ve selected for this year’s Tour de France. We know the depth of the field and our ambitions are high but whatever happens I am confident in the group assembled and their ability to deliver our objectives across the full three-weeks of racing.

“Adam’s performance continues to improve in leaps and bounds. He has had major setbacks this year and still his performances have been impressive to say the least. We have complete faith and belief in his ability as our leader at the Tour de France.

“This year’s Tour de France is almost a race of two halves – the unpredictability of the first half and mountains of the second. We have a selected a diverse team, and one that can handle any situation that may be thrown in our path. We know the strength of this team as a unit and it’s the first year we have been able to assemble such depth at both Grand tours we have lined up in.

“There have been some really tough decisions made this week, the toughest in our organisation’s history. We have 12 riders who are ready to go, but based on our performances this season we believe we have selected the best group who can deliver our objectives at the Tour de France next month.”

Adam Yates – Team Leader:
“I’ve got great memories of the Tour in 2016 and it’s great to be back!

“At the moment, everything is going great. In both of my previous races (California and Dauphine) I came back at a really good level despite not having the ideal preparation. I even managed a stage win at the end of the Dauphine, which is great for the confidence ahead of my biggest goal of the season.

“As always with the Tour de France, there is a lot of stress and nervousness in the bunch in the first few days, especially with the possibility of crosswinds or splits.

“But, I’ve got a great team focused around giving me the best opportunity to ride a strong GC, whether that’s on the flats or in the big mountain stages. We have great strength and depth which means we are able to perform under all circumstances.”

Adam Yates:

Wanty-Groupe Gobert Announces Preselection: Five Certainties, Longlist of 12 Riders
Wanty-Groupe Gobert is taking part in Tour de France (2.WT, 07-29/07) for the second time this summer, starting in Vendée on Saturday 7th of July. Now that the start of La Grande Boucle is approaching, the team will present a part of its composition. Twelve candidates have a chance of being present in the eight-rider team for the 105th edition of Le Tour. Five of them are already certain of their selection: Thomas Degand, Guillaume Martin, Marco Minnaard, Yoann Offredo and Andrea Pasqualon. The nine riders who finished our very first Tour de France are part of the extensive selection. The final eight-rider squad selection will be announced after the Belgian Championships.

Hilaire Van der Schueren: “Five riders are already certain of their participation in Le Tour. Our ambitions are more or less similar to those of last year. Guillaume Martin is our leader and deserves to be well supported, hence the choice for Thomas Degand and Marco Minnaard. Andrea Pasqualon is currently leading the UCI Europe Tour and has won four races over the recent weeks. He deserves to be there, just like Yoann Offredo. Last year, Yoann showed its versatility and utility for the team in our debut. The last three riders will be named after the Belgian Championships, which takes place in Binche on Sunday.”

Preselection Wanty-Groupe Gobert Tour de France:
Frederik Backaert
Thomas Degand (*)
Timothy Dupont
Odd Eiking
Guillaume Martin (*)
Xandro Meurisse
Marco Minnaard (*)
Yoann Offredo (*)
Andrea Pasqualon (*)
Dion Smith
Pieter Vanspeybrouck
Guillaume Van Keirsbulck

(*) riders who are certain of their Tour selection.

AG2R-La Mondiale for the Tour de France
Vincent Lavenu: “We are going to approach the Tour de France with legitimate ambitions that we have had since 2014. Our group is even stronger than last year with a charismatic leader who is gaining momentum within the hierarchy, and aiming to shine at the highest level. We will remain humble and realistic because the competition is very strong. In choosing the team for the Tour, we found the balance between the great riders, powerful, and able to protect Romain Bardet in the first part of the Tour through the cobbles as well as in the team time trial, and then the climbers who will be capable of staying with him far into the mountains. Having eight riders rather than nine does not change the situation too much. But it is especially sad for the one who must stay home.”

How to Follow the Performance of the Riders During the Tour de France?
Information, photos and videos will be published every day during the Tour de France to follow the team’s performance on:

The official Facebook page for the cycling team, www.facebook.com/cyclisme.ag2rlamondiale, including:
● “Fans’ meetings”: a game where there are 10 winning places in the key per day to have the chance to meet the riders before each French stage.
● “News”, “inside” and “preparation” videos: web users will be able to see how the riders have prepared for the Tour de France and also view the cycling team staff (mechanics, assistants, physiotherapists) at work in video broadcasts in the morning.
Each evening, viewers can also see the summary of the day through key words illustrating the race and the main events.

The dedicated YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/veloag2rlamondiale which will gather together all the videos: “inside”, “preparation”, “news”, etc.

Twitter: to follow each stage live @AG2RLMCyclisme

The team’s website: to find out the daily reactions of the riders

Instagram: the photos from the race

Soundcloud: the reactions of the riders and staff immediately following each stage

Deutschland Tour 2018: Time to Discover the WorldTeams
Led by two German teams, eleven teams from the UCI WorldTour have registered for the four-day stage race (August 23-26). Bora-hansgrohe, Team Sunweb, Team Katusha Alpecin, Quick-Step Floors, AG2R La Mondiale, Lotto Soudal, Movistar Team and Team Sky will take part in the Deutschland Tour. Teams Bahrain-Merida, BMC Racing Team and Team Dimension Data round out the start list of teams from the UCI WorldTour.

Besides German star riders, like André Greipel, Marcel Kittel and Tony Martin, also the young top sprinters, like Pascal Ackermann, Max Walscheid and Rick Zabel, are planning to compete in the new Deutschland Tour.

A total of 22 teams with six riders each will take on the four stages of the Deutschland Tour. In addition to the eleven UCI WorldTeams, seven teams from the UCI Professional Continental category will start. Starts for four German UCI Continental teams are also reserved. The German Continental teams are currently fighting their way in the UCI Europe Tour races and in the Rad-Bundesliga to qualify for the Deutschland Tour. After the German national championships in Einhausen, the two best German UCI Continental teams in each ranking will receive their invitations.

The teams and the riders will be introduced to the fans on August 22 at the Deutsches Eck in Koblenz.

The program for the 2018 Tour of Germany:
· Thursday 23rd August, stage 1: Koblenz > Bonn, 154 km
· Friday 24th August, stage 2: Bonn > Trier, 210 km
· Saturday 25th August, stage 3: Trier > Merzig, 176 km
· Sunday 26th August, stage 4: Lorsch > Stuttgart, 200 km

The Challenge by Ports Guadarrama 2018 Movistar Meets 1,500 Cyclists in the Madrid Mountains
1,500 sports enthusiasts and bicycle departed at 8am from the morning of the emblematic bullring in Colmenar Viejo to face the eighth edition of the most important cicloturista challenge of the Community of Madrid. The squad Ports Guadarrama Challenge 2018 by Movistar has traveled 158.3 kilometers sunny – in the form of Gran Fondo – and 77 km in Stayers. A day of sport and camaraderie, plying several mythical summits of the Community of Madrid: the Cerro de San Pedro (3rd category) twice; the fearsome ramps Trap (3rd), the Port of Canencia (2nd) and timed ascent of the Morcuera as great protagonist.
Unipublic, organizers of La Vuelta and the Madrid Cycling Federation (FMC) have inspired the epic lived battle in the Spanish round 2015 between Fabio Aru and Tom Dumoulin, when the Dutchman let out ‘La Roja’ in the demanding Madrid ports , a region with a strong tradition in the practice of the bicycle.

Guadalix de la Sierra, La Cabrera, Valdemanco, Cavanillas, Navalafuente, Miraflores de la Sierra, Rascafría, Alameda del Valle, Lozoya and Canencia, have been some of the towns crossed by the colorful peloton has tested its strength and toughness to cicloturista complete this great challenge grows exponentially year after year. Proof of this is that a winner of the Tour de France, and one of the most charismatic figures of Spanish cycling, Perico Delgado, has returned to lead the Test squad. “I love this sport and I love to share days like today with people who share this passion with me. This type of testing give life to cycling: roll in such a mythical setting brings me good memories. ”

Numerous visitors have joined the party in Colmenar Viejo approaching the bullring where prestigious brands in the cycling universe as Santini or Named Sport, have offered their products with discounts exception will overcome fantastic gifts that have rewarded participants with complete equipments of professional cycling, sports nutrition products, VIP experiences and bicycles La Vuelta 2018 Shimano Macario. Younger participants and older – exceeding 70 years – have been awarded, the corridor also come from further afield: Brazil and the largest club, made up of 14 members.

· The Madrid town of Colmenar Viejo has been, once again, the epicenter of the event, welcoming the departure and arrival of the march in its emblematic bullring.
· The 8th edition of Ports Challenge Guadarrama by Movistar has established the test as one of the main events of Madrid cicloturista calendar.
· The march, which has doubled its share figure compared to 2017, consisted of two routes: the Middle fund and 77 km Gran Fondo 158.3 km.

Who to Watch and How to Enjoy the 2018 USA Cycling Pro Road Championships June 21-24
Olympic Day Event Added to Weekend Festivities in Knoxville

The who’s who of professional road cycling in the United States will descend upon Knoxville and Oak Ridge, Tenn. June 21-24 for the prestigious USA Cycling Pro Road, Individual Time Trial and Criterium National Championships. Competitors vying for Stars-and-Stripes jerseys include Olympians, defending national champions and members of the new USA Cycling National Team.

Racing begins on Thursday, June 21 with the U.S. Pro Individual Time Trial Championship, referred to as the “race of truth.” This is a new 7-mile course in Oak Ridge, Tenn., along the banks of Melton Lake and the internationally-acclaimed Oak Ridge rowing venue. Races begin at 9:15 a.m. ET.

The U.S. Pro Criterium Championship will take place Friday, June 22 under the lights in downtown Knoxville, with the women’s contest beginning at 6:15 p.m. and the men starting at 7:45 p.m. The 1.1-mile closed-loop circuit will roll along S. Gay Street and feature six turns, with one steep climb on Clinch Avenue. In addition to the start/finish line on S. Gay Street, this popular corridor will offer expo activities, a beer garden, live announcers to call the action and post-race award ceremonies.

Sunday, June 24, brings the signature event of the championships to S. Gay Street. The U.S. Pro Road Race Championship has a similar course from 2017, now using the start/finish on S. Gay Street. Pro cyclists will ascend Sherrod Road on each lap, nine times for the women and 15 times for the men, and will face the new punchy Clinch Street climb at the end of each lap. The women take the course at 9 a.m. and the men race at 1:15 p.m.

Start-to-finish webcasts will be available for both races on Sunday, available on USA Cycling’s YouTube and Facebook channels. Regional broadcast coverage will be provided by WATE-TV, the ABC-affiliate station based in Knoxville. WATE Six On Your Side will broadcast the men’s road race live on Sunday afternoon, and provide highlights and interviews from all other competitions.

Professional bicycle racing remains one of the most unique sporting events for spectators, as admission is free to the course and many activities. Sports fans of all ages are encouraged to come out and cheer. Listed below are some tips for who to watch in the peloton and where to watch the races.

Who to Watch

Amber Neben, 43 (Lake Forest, Calif./PX4 Sports) – winner 2018 U.S. Pro Women’s ITT and Road Race national championships; gold medal at 2018 Pan American ITT championships; member of USA Cycling National Team.
Megan Guarnier, 33 (San Mateo, Calif./Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team) – Three-time (2012, ’15, ’16) U.S. Pro Women’s Road Race national champion; 7th at 2017 U.S. Pro Road Race; winner 2018 Tour de Yorkshire; member of USA Cycling National Team.
Coryn Rivera, 26 (Tustin, Calif./Team Sunweb) – Three-time silver medalist at U.S. Pro Women’s Road Race championship (2015, ’16, ’17); points classification winner Internationale Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour; stage winner 2018 OVO Energy Women’s Tour; member of USA Cycling National Team.
Lauren Stephens, 32 (Dallas, Texas/Cylance Pro Cycling) – Second at 2017 U.S. Pro Women’s ITT championship; silver medalist at 2018 Pan American ITT championships; 6th at 2017 U.S. Pro Women’s Road Race championship; member USA Cycling National Team
Emma White, 20 (Delanson, N.Y./Rally Cycling) – top U23 finisher and 5th overall at 2017 U.S. Pro Women’s Road Race championship; 6th at 2017 Women’s Pro Crit championship; member USA Cycling National Team.
Skylar Schneider, 20 (West Allis, Wisc./Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team) – 4th at 2017 U.S. Pro Women’s Crit championship; winner 2016 U.S. Junior (17-18) Women’s Crit and Road Race championships; winner 2018 Glencoe Grand Prix; member USA Cycling National Team.

Larry Warbasse, 28 (Traverse City, Mich./Aqua Blue Sport) – winner 2017 U.S. Pro Men’s Road Race national championship; named Most Aggressive on Stage 4 2018 Tour de Suisse; member USA Cycling National Team.
Travis McCabe, 29 (Denver, Colo./UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling) – winner 2017 U.S. Pro Men’s Criterium national championship; 3rd at 2016 U.S. Pro Men’s Road Race championship; points classification winner 2017 Colorado Classic and 2017 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah.
Joey Rosskopf, 29 (Decatur, Ga./BMC Racing Team) – winner 2017 U.S. Pro Men’s ITT national championship; 11th at 2017 OVO Energy Tour of Britain; member USA Cycling National Team.
Neilson Powless, 22 (Roseville, Calif./Hagens Berman Axeon) – winner 2017 U.S. Men’s U23 Road Race national championship; 2nd at 2017 U.S. Pro Men’s Road Race championship; 3rd at 2017 U.S. Pro Men’s ITT championship; member USA Cycling National Team.
Brandon McNulty, 20 (Phoenix, Ariz./Rally Cycling) – winner 2017 U.S. Men’s U23 ITT national championship; member USA Cycling National Team.
Note – ages listed reflect “racing age” for 2018 USA Cycling licenses.

How to Enjoy
VIP Hospitality

Daily VIP Hospitality Access Passes are available, ranging from $60-$150 per person
A 3-Day VIP Fan Experience Package is also available for $275 per person
All hospitality areas are located adjacent to race start/finish lines, provide seating, food and beverage, and climate-controlled restrooms
More information – www.visitknoxville.com/usa-cycle-knox/vip-access-pass/

Thursday – U.S. Pro ITT National Championship
9:15 a.m. start for Women’s Pro ITT Championship (14 miles/ two laps of 6.98-mile course)
Men’s Pro ITT Championship will begin immediately following Women’s event (20.9 miles/three laps of 6.98-mile course)
Awards ceremony will follow competitions at the Melton Lake Park Pavilion
The official Start/Finish is at Melton Lake Park, 697 Melton Lake Drive, Oak Ridge
Spectators should use Emory Valley Road to access parking adjacent to Melton Lake Drive

Friday – U.S. Pro Criterium National Championship
6:15 p.m. start for Women’s Pro Crit Championship (75 minutes on 1.1-mile course)
7:45 p.m. start for Men’s Pro Crit Championship (90 minutes on 1.1-mile course)
Awards ceremony will follow competitions on S. Gay Street
5:30-9:30 p.m. Cycling Expo on S. Gay Street between Church and Cumberland avenues
Free admission
Watch rider introductions on the awards stage before each race start
View race action on a Big Screen TV and listen to announcers call the action
Visit exhibits from USA Cycling and many local vendors
Enjoy food and beverage offerings from food trucks and local businesses
More information – www.visitknoxville.com/usa-cycle-knox/event-info/knoxville-cycling-expo/

Saturday – Olympic Day with USA Cycling
10:30 a.m. autograph session with U.S. Olympians and USA Cycling National Team athletes
11 a.m. children’s bicycle and Frog Bike races
All activities located on S. Gay Street, between Church and Cumberland avenues, and are complimentary
Parents/guardians must sign waiver for bicycle races; helmets required; some bicycles will be provided for races, courtesy of Frog Bikes

Sunday – U.S. Pro Road Race National Championship
9 a.m. start for Women’s Pro Road Race Championship (nine laps for total 72 miles)
1:15 p.m. start for Men’s Pro Road Race Championship (15 laps for total 120 miles)
Awards ceremony will follow competitions on S. Gay Street
8:30 a.m. – 6:15 p.m. Cycling Expo on S. Gay Street between Church and Cumberland avenues
Free admission
Watch rider introductions on the awards stage before each race start
View race action on a Big Screen TV and listen to announcers call the action
Visit exhibits from USA Cycling and many local vendors
Enjoy food and beverage offerings from food trucks and local businesses
More information – www.visitknoxville.com/usa-cycle-knox/event-info/knoxville-cycling-expo/

Broadcast and Social Media
The U.S. Pro Road Race Championships for women and men will be webcast on Sunday, June 24 on the USA Cycling YouTube Channel (youtu.be/t5VvWxLcYFI), and Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/usacycling/)
The men’s road race on Sunday afternoon will be broadcast live by WATE-TV in Knoxville, WATN-TV in Memphis, and by WKRN-TV in Nashville. Highlights and interviews from the women’s race will be included in this programming.
Follow race updates on Twitter @usacyclinglive #USPro #CritNats
Follow other event updates on Twitter @usacycling and @knoxrocks

More Information
For race course maps – www.visitknoxville.com/usa-cycle-knox/event-info/race-routes/
For information on VIP Hospitality and volunteering – www.visitknoxville.com/usa-cycle-knox/
For downtown parking options – www.downtownknoxville.org/parking/?t[]=37

Criterium du Dauphine 2018 in Numbers

Ecovidrio, Sustainable Sponsor of La Vuelta for the Fourth Consecutive Year
Unipublic and Ecovidrio presented La Vuelta’s most sustainable edition this morning. The campaign ‘Recycle glass and pedal’, that is taking place for the fourth consecutive year, features among this year’s novelties the participation of environmental volunteers who will collect rubbish over a distance of two kilometers in eight of the competition’s stages. The aim of this activity is to bring awareness to all cycling fans regarding the need to care for the environment and to fight against waste disposal in natural surroundings.

This campaign’s new edition has been presented at an event featuring the attendance of Javier Guillén, General Director of La Vuelta and Borja Martiarena, Ecovidrio Marketing Director. Javier Guillén highlighted that “as cycling is a sport enjoyed mainly in nature, we are very aware of the problem regarding waste disposal in natural surroundings and we can think of no better ally than Ecovidrio to fight against this global problem”. Borja Martiarena argued that “one of the solutions to fight against waste disposal is recycling. This is why, at Ecovidrio, we wish to convince all La Vuelta fans of the need to recycle through the campaign ‘Recycle glass and pedal’”.

Ecovidrio and La Vuelta have a great ally in this mission. The Global Nature Foundation, that has dedicated the past 25 years to protecting nature, will be in charge of training the volunteers as to how the rubbish must be collected.

Up to 40 municipalities have come together in this initiative and will place special containers in their localities. The trophies awarded to stage winners will be made of glass recycled by locals and sourced from these containers. Ecovidrio has again designed a glass collection container inspired by La Vuelta, along with which they will once again contribute to the donation of ‘Handbikes’ to the Foundation of the National Hospital for Paraplegic Research and Integration. The use of these bicycles is essential for the development of patients’ muscles, which also allows them to maintain contact with nature. Fans will be able to purchase them through the www.miniglu.es website and every 500 units sold will result in the company donating one handbike to the National Paraplegic Hospital in Toledo.

Ex-cyclist, Óscar Pereiro, winner of the Tour de France 2006, will be the ambassador who will accompany this initiative for the entire duration of La Vuelta, promoting the values of cycling and of recycling glass.

Recycling Glass Packaging in Spain
In 2017, Spaniards recycled 789,235 tonnes of glass packaging through the green container, an average of 16.9 kg per inhabitant and 64 containers per person. Ecovidrio estimates that the rate of glass recycling reached 73% in 2017. These results show a solid, growing trend in public awareness. Recycling glass packaging saves prime materials, energy, reduces CO2 emissions as well as the amount of waste that ends up in the landfill, which is a crucial element in minimizing the effects of climate change. Each time a citizen recycles three glass bottles, he/she reduces by one kilo the amount of rubbish that ends up in the landfill and saves enough energy to charge a Smartphone battery for an entire year, do three loads of washing or wash all the clothes belonging to a family of four three times.

The essentials:
· Environmental volunteers will collect rubbish over a distance of two kilometers.
· Unipublic and Ecovidrio present La Vuelta’s most sustainable edition and will bring awareness to the problem of waste disposal in natural surroundings.
· Stage winners will receive a trophy made of glass that has been recycled by locals from up to 40 municipalities.

Further information regarding La Vuelta 2018 on www.lavuelta.com

Óscar Pereiro:

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