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EUROTRASH Cyclo-Cross Monday!

Three cyclo-cross races and the Tour of Hainan to catch-up with, results, rider quotes and video. Four year ban for Mondory, is it enough? Still some contracts are being finalised, Pieter Serry crashes in training and a L’Eroica video to finish. EuroTrash Monday coffee time.

TOP STORY: Are Four Year Bans Enough?
Frenchman Lloyd Mondory has been banned for four years due to testing positive for EPO in an out-of-competition test on the 17th of February, 2015. This was the first case handled by the new UCI Anti-Doping Tribunal, which was formed in January this year. It is this tribunal that now handles disciplinary proceedings for doping cases, previously it was the national federations who made the initial judgement.

Mondory has raced his full professional career since 2004 with the AG2R-La Mondiale team and 33 years of age it is unlikely he will race in four years time. His biggest win would be the KOM in the 2008 Tirreno-Adriatico, he has also won stages in the Vuelta a Burgos, Étoile de Bessèges, Vuelta Castilla y Leon, Paris-Corrèze, plus the GP Kantons Aargau and the Coupe de France de cyclisme sur route in 2006.

The question is: Is four years enough? A rider in his 30’s knows his career is nearly over and might just think that it was worth the gamble. On the other hand, a rider in his 20’s could sit out his ban and still come back. A life ban for a first offense is probably a little strong, but what about 10 years. That might not discourage the older rider, but the younger guys would have to start again from the bottom after a lay-off of that length. Four years is a step in the right direction.

Lloyd Mondory:
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Bpost Bank Trofee – Koppenbergcross 2015
Wout Van Aert (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace) showed on Sunday’s Bpost Bank Trofee – Koppenbergcross that his form was still in place after losing on Saturday. Van Aert boosted his lead in the series to 55 seconds over second placed Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games). Saturday’s winner in Boom, Lars van der Haar (Giant-Alpecin), was third as Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) took fourth. Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink) didn’t finish due to mechanical problems.

Twenty riders were still together before the first intermediate sprint on the 2nd lap, but it was Van Aert who took 15 bonus seconds, Van der Haar 10 and Thijs van Amerongen (Telenet-Fidea) 5 seconds. After the sprint Van Amerongen got away with Diether Sweeck (Era-Murprotec) for a maximum advantage of 30 seconds. On the 4th lap Van der Haar jumped after them, but the Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace team pulled him back by the end of the lap with Nys and Pauwels at the back of the group. Van Aert attacked on the Koppenberg on the 5 lap and dropped the others to catch and pass the two leaders before the top of the Koppenberg. At the end of the lap; Van Aert had a gap Sweeck and Van Amerongen with Van der Haar and Meeusen at 16 seconds, Nys and Pauwels were 24 seconds down.

Van Aert consolidated his lead as Van der Haar was joined by Pauwels in the chase behind with Meeusen and Nys next in line. Pauwels dropped Van der Haar on the final climb as Meeusen took 4th due to Nys and his mechanical problem.

Van Aert has 55 seconds over Pauwels, Van der Haar is at 1 minute, Van Amerongen 3:12 and Meeusen in 5th at 3:21.

Another win for Wout Van Aert:
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Race winner, Wout Van Aert (Bel) Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace: “Today I won by a big margin. It was good to have more time to enjoy the win. It’s fun to tackle tough courses like this one when your form is great because you know gaps will automatically be created. There was not much space in the group. You know that there will be gaps if someone accelerates. I kept going and immediately had a good gap.”

2nd, Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games): “I was sitting far back when he rode away. I didn’t even see where he attacked. He kept riding away from us so he must’ve been stronger. I don’t think there’s ever been someone riding faster than Wout Van Aert nowadays. It’s hard to compare but he’s very fast.”

3rd, Lars van der Haar (Giant-Alpecin): “I was feeling very bad while Wout was so good. It was a very weird race, which is no surprise because the course is very hard so everybody is afraid. There was a bit of chaos and suddenly I rode in front. I figured I should keep going because that pushing isn’t fun either. Unsurprisingly he (Pauwels) didn’t co-operate but I kept riding. The victory was gone so I didn’t care whether I finished second or third.”

Bpost Bank Trofee – Koppenbergcross Result:
1. Wout Van Aert (Bel) Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace in 1:00:35
2. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games at 0:31
3. Lars van der Haar (Ned) Giant-Alpecin at 0:37
4. Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 1:26
5. Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) Telenet-Fidea at 1:30
6. Diether Sweeck (Bel) Era-Murprotec at 1:42
7. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games at 1:44
8. Julien Taramarcaz (Sui) Era-Murprotec at 1:46
9. Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet-Fidea at 1:50
10. Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games at 1:56.

Koppenbergcross full race:

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GP Niels Albert Cyclo-Cross 2015
Lars van der Haar (Giant-Alpecin), Wout Van Aert (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace) and Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink) split the field in the GP Niels Albert in Boom on Saturday and rode away from the others. Nys looked to be back to his form of previous years, but cracked letting Van der Haar and Van Aert escape to fight out the finish.

Race winner, Lars van der Haar (Giant-Alpecin):
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Niels Albert Cyclo-Cross Result:
1. Lars van der Haar (Ned) Giant-Alpecin in 58:24
2. Wout Van Aert (Bel) Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace at 0:06
3. Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan-AA Drink at 0:45
4. Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 1:34
5. Jim Aernouts (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus at 1:37
6. Joeri Adams (Bel) Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace at 2:00
7. Marcel Meisen (Ger) Corendon-Kwadro at 2:30
8. Jens Adams (Bel) Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace at 3:14
9. Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus
10. Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 4:09.

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Kings CX/Cincy 2 Cyclocross 2015
By Robert Annis and Riley Missel

Three national champions dominated their respective fields at Kings CX, earning victories in the first day of the Cincy 2 Cyclocross Festival.

Competitors raved about the fast, flowing 2.4-mile course that favored power over technical skill. Temperatures in the mid-50s and overcast skies kept the ground nice and tacky, allowing the riders to rail impossibly aggressive lines.

Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld teammates Curtis White and Stephen Hyde laid down a blistering first lap for the more than 90 strong Elite Men’s field. National Champion Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) worked his way to the front of the field by the second lap and began turning the screws, splintering the field. Hyde managed to stay within striking distance of Powers for a lap or two, but after a quick bobble, Powers took advantage. By three laps to go, Powers had built up an insurmountable lead.

Powers would win the race, but Ryan Trebon (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld) ended the race with his best result of the season. He blamed mechanicals and bad luck for his less-than-stellar (for the former national champion) results this season. He and Cal-Giant’s Logan Owen rode together for the bulk of the one-hour race, but when Trebon attacked with a half-lap left, the younger rider couldn’t respond.

“I asked (Owen) to pull through, and he told me couldn’t pull, he had nothing left,” Trebon said. “I knew when I put in the effort, he wouldn’t be able to respond.”

Trebon came dangerously to overtaking his teammate Hyde at the line, but came up just a few scant seconds short.

Elite Women’s National Champion Katie Compton (Trek Factory Racing) didn’t plan to attack early, but when she found herself at the front of the field, she hit the gas and didn’t let up until the finish line. She opened up a 12-second gap on eventual silver-medal winner Crystal Anthony (Boulder Cycle Sport/Yogaglo), building a larger cushion with each lap. Anthony’s teammate Amanda Miller managed the third spot on the podium.

It was a vintage performance for the Compton, who was visibly relieved after her victory.

“I planned to sit in, but I threw in an attack early, got a gap, and just went with it,” Compton said. “I kind of went a little hard for tomorrow, but I wanted to win. So what do you do? … The win definitely makes me feel better. It’s been a tough start of the season.”

Spencer Petrov (Cyclocross Network Racing p/b Medical Remarketing Group) took the hole shot in the Elite Juniors race, leading a group of eight riders who managed a massive gap on the rest of the field. Unfortunately for Petrov, on the second lap he suffered a major mechanical setback when his rear wheel came loose and slipped out of the drop outs. He would eventually finish in sixth place.

Reigning 17-18 Men’s national champion Gage Hecht (Alpha Bicycle Co.- Vista Subaru) capitalized on Petrov’s mishap, allowing him to take a lead he never relinquished. He and Cameron Beard (Cyclocrossword.com devo) pushed the pace until the group splintered. Beard put up a valiant effort, but with three laps to go, Hecht put in several hard digs, extinguishing Beard’s hopes of victory.

Like the other riders on the day, Gage had one eye on Sunday’s Pan-American Cyclocross Championships. He won the Juniors title lest year.

“I was hoping to win today, so I went all out,” Gage said. “We’ll see how I feel tomorrow.”

Kings CX After Dark Men’s Result:
1. Jeremy Powers (USA) Rapha Focus in 57:54
2. Stephen Hyde (USA) Ladies First Racing Boys at 0:09
3. Ryan Trebon (USA) Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld at 0:13
4. Logan Owen (USA) Calgiant at 0:32
5. Jamey Driscoll (USA) Raleigh Clement at 1:02
6. Curtis White (USA) Cannondale P/B Cyclocrossworld at 1:07
7. Travis Livermon (USA) Mock Orange Bikes Pro Cx at 1:36
8. Jonathan Page (USA) Fuji at 1:38
9. Daniel Summerhill (USA) Maxxis-Shimano Pro CX at 1:39
10. Andrew Dillman (USA) Cyclocross Network Racing at 1:41.

Kings CX After Dark Women’s Result:
1. Katherine Compton (USA) Trek Factory Racing in 45:28
2. Crystal Anthony (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport/Yogaglo at 0:27
3. Amanda Miller (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport/Yogaglo at 0:45
4. Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cannondale Cyclocrossworld at 0:59
5. Rachel Lloyd (USA) Calgiant at 1:01
6. Caroline Mani (Fra) Raleigh Clement at 1:20
7. Meredith Miller (USA) Noosa Pro Cyclocross Team at 1:37
8. Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team at 1:40
9. Rebecca Fahringer (USA) Amy D. Foundation
10. Emma White (USA) Cannondale Cyclocrossworld at 1:53.

Katherine Compton:
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Modolo Wins the Tour of Hainan Overall
Lampre-Merida writes a new chapter of its history by winning for the first time the Tour of Hainan. Sacha Modolo is the winner of the final general classification of the Chinese race, defending in the final stage (Wuzhishan-Xinglong, 119 km) the 9 second of advantage he had on Zeits and obtaining the 7th place in the final sprint which was won by Jones. The triumph of the Italian rider is the result of the sum of two stages victories, two second places, one third position and one fourth place, in addition to the impressive performance he realized in the queen stage (8th stage), when he beat off the attacks of the climbers. Modolo received the perfect support by the group of riders who were directed by Simone Pedrazzini, that are Bono, Cattaneo, Conti, Mario Costa, Ferrari and Xu. Modolo won the points classification too.

In 2015, Lampre-Merida won 29 races and obtained 15 second positions and 19 third places, for a total of 63 appearances on the podium. Modolo is very satisfied: “It’s the first time I won a general classification, it never happened even when I raced in the youth categories, it’s something unusual for me which makes me very happy. I’m also very proud for having achieved such important goal, because it was difficult for me considering my characteristics: thanks to the support of my team mates, I succeeded in giving to Lampre-Merida this impressive victory. It’s always something good obtaining a victory at the end of the season, it helps you to spend a good winter break and to approach the new year with even more energies and a higher morale.”

The Italian sprinter describes how the defense of the yellow jersey unfolded: “We were aware it would not have been easy, my team mates were great in giving me the best possible support in order to neutralize every attack attempts. The opponents attacked us since the early kilometers, but we stopped them and I chased in person Zeits when he attacked on the last two hills at less than 30 km to the arrival. It would have been great to win also the final stage, but I was tired and I could not be competitive as I would like to be.”

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Jones Wins the Final Stage at Tour of Hainan to close out Drapac Cycling 2015 Season
Brenton Jones took the win in the final stage of Tour of Hainan. Fabio Silvestre (Trek) came across in second with Benjamin Giraud (Team Marseille 13 KTM) in third. The 119km stage was fast from the start and was filled with attack after attack.

“The whole team were so strong and we were determined to finish strongly. A great lead-out by Graeme put me in position in the final 1.5km and helped me take a strong win! I am so happy, winning the last race of the season and putting Drapac on the top step. The team has had so much faith in me all week, and today was well worth the wait” Jones said.

Drapac spent the day working, with Adam Phelan sitting 9th in the General Classification and only a mere few seconds off the top 5.

“It is definitely hats of to the whole team today. This was truly a team effort. We kept it together for Meyer to take KOM points and for Phelan to try take some time in the intermediate sprints. Unfortunately for Phelan he got 4th in both sprints but Meyer managed to score some points finishing top five on the mountains classification. In the final we waited a lot longer then usual and attacked it like the other days. In the last 1-1.5k I had Jones on ice, relaxing in the bunch. In the last corner I punched it, Jones smoked past them and I knew he had it at 100m to go and started to salute. Absolutely great way to finish a race and especially the 2015 season,” Team Captain Graeme Brown said.

Sports Director Keith Flory was pleased with the team performance all week.

“The commitment from everyone was fantastic each and every day to the goals we set for ourselves. For Brenton to get a win when he is still struggling with some injuries sustained from stage 1 was a solid performance. Phelan rode strong all week for the team and it is a great finish to a good year of performances from across the team. Every rider has stepped up this year and it puts us in a great position to kick in for 2016,” Flory said.

Tour of Hainan 2016 Stage Results:
Stage 1 – Xinglong › Xinglong (76.1k)-Stage winner: Andrea Palini (Ita) Skydive Dubai.
Stage 2 – Xinglong › Wenchang (188.3k)-Stage winner: Andrea Palini (Ita) Skydive Dubai
Stage 3 – Wenchang › Haikou (119.6k)-Stage winner: Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida
Stage 4 – Haikou › Chengmai (237k)-Stage winner: Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida
Stage 5 – Chengmai › Qiongzhong (191.9k)-Stage winner: Benjamin Giraud (Fra) Team Marseille 13 KTM
Stage 6 – Qiongzhong › Sanya (174.1k)-Stage winner: Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling
Stage 7 – Sanya › Dongfang (165.7k)-Stage winner: Tino Thömel (Ger) RTS-Santic Racing Team
Stage 8 – Dongfang › Wuzhishan (204.8k)-Stage winner: Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana
Stage 9 – Wuzhishan › Xinglong (119k)-Stage winner: Brenton Jones (Aus) Drapac.

Tour of Hainan Final Overall Result:
1. Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida 35:26:51
2. Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana at 0:09
3. Julien El Fares (Fra) Marseille 13-KTM at 0:12
4. Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Southeast at 0:24
5. Krists Neilands (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin at 0:25
6. Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek
7. Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana at 0:26
8. Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac
9. Szymon Rekita (Pol) Trek
10. Leonardo Basso (Ita) Trek.

Tour of Hainan stage 9:

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Mark McNally, first British rider for Wanty-Groupe Gobert
Mark McNally will join Wanty-Groupe Gobert next season. The 26-year old Englishman was part of the British continental outfit Madison Genesis this year and previously rode five seasons with An Post-Chain Reaction. McNally is the first British rider for Belgian procontinental team Wanty-Groupe Gobert.

“I am very excited, naturally,” the Liverpudlian smiles. “This is a step up. It was a long time coming and it’s a dream come true. This is my first pro contract and riding with a procontinental team enables me to ride WorldTour-level races. Flanders and Roubaix have always been a dream.”

The connection between Wanty-Groupe Gobert and Mark McNally went via Roger Hammond, teammanager of Madison-Genesis.

“I know Roger very well. I have been his sports director for almost his entire career,” Hilaire Van Der Schueren explains. “He suggested Mark and I followed his racing in Belgium and the Tour of Britain. He knows the Flemish races well: won the Erpe-Mere kermesse, was third in GP Jef Scherens and tenth in a hard fought edition of GP Zottegem.”

McNally even speaks a little bit of Flemish because of his girlfriend Pia De Quint: rider for UCI women’s team Lares-Waowdeals.

“Belgian cycling suits me well. Fast races without long climbs where I hope to show my versatility: working for a sprinter, being in a breakaway or ride for a result myself. I like the life in Belgium, much more relaxed than the UK.”

McNally characterizes himself as self-disciplined, hardworking and willing to learn: someone who always tries his best and gives everything. His rider profile therefore fits Wanty-Groupe Gobert perfectly.

“I already showed that I am competitive in the Belgian races that Madison-Genesis did this August: one win, one podium and one top ten. Some riders on the Wanty-Groupe Gobert team I know already. Roy Jans and I were on An Post-Chain Reaction together. I expect I’ll adjust well and that we’ll have a great season together.”

McNally is the ninth new rider for Wanty-Groupe Gobert. Together with the already confirmed ten riders there are now 19 names of six different nationalities on the 2016 roster. Our last riders for 2016 will be announced shortly.

Wanty-Groupe Gobert team:
Simone Antonini (ITA), Frederik Backaert (BEL), Jérôme Baugnies (BEL), Gaëtan Bille (BEL), Dimitri Claeys (BEL), Thomas Degand (BEL), Kenny Dehaes (BEL), Antoine Demoitié (BEL), Tom Devriendt (BEL), Roy Jans (BEL), Marco Marcato (ITA), Guillaume Martin (FRA), Mark McNally (GBR), Marco Minnaard (NED), Lander Seynaeve (BEL), Robin Stenuit (BEL), Björn Thurau (GER), Kévin Van Melsen (BEL), Frederik Veuchelen (BEL).

Mark McNally:
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Niemiec extends TO 2017 his agreement with LAMPRE-MERIDA
Przemyslaw Niemiec and Lampre-Merida reached an agreement for extending to the end of the 2017 the current contract.

The climbing skills of the Polish cyclist and his talent a rider for the great tours, in addition to the experience he gained in 14 years as pro cyclist, 5 of which in the World Tour wearing the blue-fuchsia and green jersey, contribute to make Niemiec (his biography here) a perfect rider for leading the young talented riders of the team in their improvement.

Brent Copeland, team manager from Lampre-Merida, explained why Niemiec received the proposal for linking his future to the team at least until the end of the 2017 season: “There are not many cyclists who can sum up experience and climbing qualities as Niemiec.

Przemyslaw is an exemplar cyclist, his improvement to a top level of cycling skills has been impressive and he’s now ready to allow young guns to exploit his support and his teaching.

We decided to extend his contract mainly because, in addition to the usual opportunities to race for trying to achieve personal results, he’ll be a lead person for the bunch of young riders in our roster.
The team’s sport directors will soon set the basis of the 2016 program of races and they’ll have the opportunity to rely on Niemiec as extra value”.

“Bearing in mind that the last season wasn’t the best, I appreciate the fact that the contract has been extended. It’s a clear sign that Team Lampre-Merida has a lot of trust in me. I want to show my gratitude through good performances – Niemiec said – I’m intent to achieve good results next season and I know I can fight for individual success. At the same time I don’t forget about the support on the route and beyond it which I can provide to my team mates, especially to many young riders.

It’s important for me that Team Lampre-Merida is satisfied with me. The management is aware that I had a lot of bad luck last season. For five years I’ve had all I need in this team and I feel very happy to be a part of it. In December, together with the sport directors, I will set the first draft of my racing schedule for next year. I would like Giro d’Italia to be my main racing goal for the first half of the season.

I train hard every day to strengthen my leg muscles. In about two weeks’ time I’m gonna start training on the bike. I want to be fit and well prepared for the next season, my motivation to ride at high level is very big. I’ve had a good rest after last season, I don’t have to worry about my future and I can focus on riding the best I can the next season”.

Przemyslaw Niemiec:
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Ján Valach joins Tinkoff Team as new sports director from 2016
Slovak Ján Valach will be the newest addition to Tinkoff Team’s group of sports directors ahead of the 2016 season. As a former rider and sports director of, among others, the Slovakian national team, Valach brings with him valuable experience and high technical knowledge to bolster Tinkoff Team.

Following the team’s meeting in Croatia, where Ján Valach was introduced to the members and soon to be colleagues of Tinkoff Team, the 42-year old Slovak shares his thoughts on the move.

“I am very excited for this opportunity and my clear aim is to do whatever I can to help the team succeed next season. Since my retirement as a rider in 2010, I’ve been the manager and sports director of the Slovakian Dukla continental team, so for me to make the move to the World Tour and Tinkoff Team is a big step. I look forward to working closely with the riders, the group of sports directors and the entire team next season. During the last days at our Croatia team meeting in Poreč I’ve had the chance to meet the squad and the three riders that I’ll coach and follow in 2016”.

Ján Valach rode professionally from 1999 to 2010, after which he immediately took up the role as sports director for Slovakia’s Dukla pro cycling team, where he equally held the position as team manager. Additionally, Valach has played a pivotal part in the Slovakian national team as sports director. In September 2015, he was part of Peter Sagan and the Slovakian team’s victory at the World Championship Road Race. Now, after a five-year spell on national and continental level, Valach will move to the World Tour and Tinkoff Team.

“For me it’s a matter of taking the experience that I have from managing various aspects on a smaller team with me into my new role as sports director on Tinkoff Team. The setup here is big and professional and I hope that I can contribute with the knowledge that I’ve gained since I started riding my bike in 1982,” adds Ján Valach, who worked with current Tinkoff Team riders Michael Kolar and Erik Baška during their time at team Dukla.

Head Sports Director Steven de Jongh elaborates on the reasons for bringing Valach to the team.

“Together with the rest of the sports directors, I’m glad to welcome Ján to Tinkoff Team. I believe that he has showed that he’s a very capable sports director, several of our riders have worked with him before and they all felt confident with him behind the wheel. Ján will bring his experience as a former rider and current sports director in technical, tactical and training related areas. Ján will be introduced to the World Tour level during the 2016 season by some of the more veteran sports directors, while he will get the responsibility for a group of three riders,” states Steven de Jongh.

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Lionel Marie replaces Rubens Bertogliati as directeur sportif for IAM Cycling in 2016
IAM Cycling continues to be active and prepare for the 2016 season in order to be able to achieve its goals racing in the WorldTour. After signing contracts with four new riders, (Leigh Howard, Vegard Stake Laengen, Naesen Oliver, and Oliver Zaugg), Michel Thétaz, founder of IAM Cycling and CEO of IAM Funds, has also organized the arrival of Lionel Marie (50) as a member of the team’s sports management. The Frenchman will be replacing Rubens Bertogliati within the group of directors which includes Serge Beucherie, Kjell Carlström, Mario Chiesa, Thierry Marichal, Eddy Seigneur and Rik Verbrugghe.

Rubens Bertogliati (36), a member of the Swiss professional team since its inception in January 2013, decided that he wanted to take on a new challenge in his home canton in southern Switzerland. “With my new family responsibilities, it was difficult to balance my work 100% in IAM Cycling with that of being a father. And above all, I really wanted to get involved with training young riders. So I have taken a part-time position with the Ticino Federation to coach the next generation.”

Lionel Marie, an ex-racer with various clubs in the amateur ranks, was born on September 19, 1965 in Cherbourg (Manche), which will host the arrival of the 2nd stage of the Tour de France. As a career coach, he has extensive experience as a directeur sportif. After starting his career working with the Crédit Agricole espoirs team, Marie moved on to positions with Cofidis, Garmin, Orica-GreenEDGE, Giant-Shimano and Torku Seker, and is greatly looking forward to taking on a new challenge with IAM Cycling. “I feel very proud to be back with a WorldTour team, and will enjoy working again with familiar faces like Rik Verbrugghe and Thierry Marichal, with whom I rubbed shoulders while they were riding for Cofidis. From my first meetings, I have discovered this desire to make progress while still keeping our feet on the ground.”

Lionel Marie with Orica-GreenEDGE:
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Wanty-Groupe Gobert Won’t Renew Bjorn Leukemans’ Contract
The management of the Wanty-Groupe Gobert team has taken the decision not to renew Bjorn Leukemans’ contract for 2016.

“This was a difficult decision to take,” general manager Jean-François Bourlart explains. “Bjorn will be 39 years old in 2016 and his salary weighs heavy on the team budget. He has had an impressive career and two great seasons with Wanty-Groupe Gobert including four victories. He has helped us to bring the team to a higher level. We thank him for what he has brought to Wanty-Groupe Gobert.”

“Meanwhile, after analyzing the current team situation with our partners, it became necessary to reflect on the future of the team and to make changes to rejuvenate the team and make it more even. That’s the reason we have decided the use the available budget to sign young riders who had a very good 2015, in order to become more efficient as a team on all terrains.”

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Pieter Serry in MTB Crash
Pieter Serry crashed Sunday morning during a mountain bike ride in Belgium, near his home. He hit a hole in the trail and lost control of his bike, crashing into the ground, with his face as the primary point of impact. He was immediately transported to the Hospital of Tielt, where he was later diagnosed with a basal skull fracture, a broken tooth, and several superficial wounds. Despite the severity of the crash, the injuries do not require surgery. He will, however, require cervical immobilization for at least six weeks.

“Today was just really bad luck,” Serry said. “I was riding on the gravel, in a straight road. I lost control in a hole and I crashed. I’m really sad as it’s another crash during my season, but the first one that is really the result of anything I did. My previous crashes were in situations where I was not directly involved, I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. I really need to recover as soon as I can, and I hope to turn the page on the 2015 season and start 2016 in a better way.”

Pieter Serry:
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L’Eroica 2015
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