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EuroTrash Hour Record Thursday!

There is a queue of riders planning an atempt on the World hour record and BMC’s Rohan Dennis is the latest. Lots of other cycling news in today’s EuroTrash: Tour Down Under, Lotto Belisol, BMC, Androni anti-doping, Lotto.NL & Bianchi, Colombia & Drapac’s new jerseys and indoor cycling. Large coffee time.

TOP STORY: Next for ‘The Hour’ is Rohan Dennis
It was announced at the BMC Spanish training camp that on Feb. 8 at the Velodrome Suisse in Grenchen, Switzerland, Rohan Dennis will try to better the current hour record of 51.852 kilometers by Matthias Brändle. An Olympic silver medalist for Australia in the team pursuit in London in 2012, Dennis said he is a bit nervous, but very much up to the challenge. “When I look at my experience on the track and the numbers I have been doing on the track and on the road, it is within reach,” he said. “As long as I don’t get too excited at the start and control my nerves, the pacing will take care of itself.” Peiper said planning for the attempt began shortly after Dennis helped win the world team time trial. “We have been working on it, taking all the circumstances into consideration,” he said. “This is something Rohan really wants to do. Part of our development for him is to support him in the things he wants to achieve. So that is the main reason we are doing it.”

Rohan Dennis joins a list of riders who are going to make an attempt on the World Hour Record: They are: Jack Bobridge, Alex Dowsett, Bradley Wiggins and Thomas Dekker. Plus there is still talk of Fabian Cancellara and Tony Martin having a go if they can fit it in during their full road diaries.

ITT World Championships (Men Elite)

header-TDU15Tour Down Under 2015
The Australian WorldTour race starts with the People’s Choice Classic on January the 18th 2015, a 51 kilometer race around Adelaide’s East End. The race proper begins on January the 20th in Tununda and finishes again in Adelaide on the 25th of January. Cadel Evans (BMC) will making his final WorldTour race appearance and of course all the other riders will be wanting to make a mark on the early season.

People’s Choice Classic Jan 18: Adelaide’s East End 51km
Stage 1 Jan 20: Tanunda to Campbelltown 133km
Stage 2 Jan 21: Unley to Stirling 150km
Stage 3 Jan 22: Norwood to Paracombe 143km
Stage 4 Jan 23: Glenelg to Mount Barker 145km
Stage 5 Jan 24: McLaren Vale to Wilunga Hill 151km
Stage 6 Jan 25: King William Road, Adelaide 90km.

Race Website: www.tourdownunder.com.au

header-giantalp15Tour Down Under
The line-up for the opening race of the season has been decided and it’s a strong team including two of 2014’s top performers, Marcel Kittel (GER) and Tom Dumoulin (NED), that will kick of the new season for Team Giant-Alpecin.
These two will be joined by Koen De Kort and Albert Timmer (both NED), Simon Geschke (GER), Lawson Craddock and Chad Haga (both USA). This team of seven will be the first to take to the start line in the team’s new colours.

Kittel returns to the opening WorldTour race of the season having taken the warm-up criterium, The People’s Choice Classic, earlier this year. He will be joined by Tour Down Under debutant, Dumoulin who together with Geschke will have an eye on the overall classification, which using the past few as a reference shows to suit the punchy riders.

Looking ahead to the race, team coach Addy Engels (NED) said: “Our main focus will be for Tom and Simon to go for the GC, that is our overall target. But when you start a race with Marcel in the team you have to have an eye on the sprint opportunities.

“The team is not built around the sprints so we will adapt to the opportunities that come and test his shape in that way. We work hard to plan detailed race programs for all of the riders and so it is nice to look forward to racing now after lots of planning and preparation.”

Kittel added ahead of the race: “It’s a nice way for me to start the season and to find my legs again after the winter training,” confirmed Kittel. “Adelaide is a beautiful place and it is a relaxing way to start the 2015 season.

“Even if there aren’t too many opportunities for sprinters, the race is still part of my build up to the season and in combination with the ideal race circumstances it is an ideal start to the year. I will go for any opportunities I have but I’ll also be supporting the strong team that we have here and our other goals. It will also be nice to race with our new sponsor Alpecin on the jersey.”

Lawson Craddock (USA), Tom Dumoulin (NED), Simon Geschke (GER), Chad Haga (USA), Marcel Kittel (GER), Koen De Kort (NED), Albert Timmer (NED).
Coach: Addy Engels (NED).

header-BMC14BMC Team for the Tour Down Under
Cadel Evans headlines the team’s line-up for the season-opening WorldTour event, the Santos Tour Down Under, Jan. 17-25. Joining him will be Rohan Dennis, Silvan Dillier, Campbell Flakemore, past Swiss national road champion Michael Schär, Peter Stetina and Danilo Wyss.

header_movistar-leftTour Down Under Movistar Team
Rubén Fernández becomes first Movistar Team debutant for 2015 to race for the Blues at the Tour Down Under (January 20-25), preceeded by the People’s Choice Classic (January 18).

Movistar Team will start their defense of the two consecutive UCI WorldTour titles claimed in 2013-14 on January 20 in the outskirts of Adelaide, where the Tour Down Under will kick off the world’s top tier for the eighth time since its promotion. The Australian stage race’s route stays quite similar to previous years’, with the uphill finish in Torrens Hill Road (stage 3, Thursday 22) joining the double Willunga Hill climb-during the queen stage on Saturday 24 and the sprint atop Stirling (stage 2, Wednesday 21) as main difficulties in a week nonetheless attractive for sprinters, including a criterium, the People’s Choice Classic, opening the 2015 season on Sunday 18.

José Luis Arrieta will be the Movistar Team’s first sports director to get behind the wheel for a squad mixing youngsters and veterans in its maiden outing of the season. The telephone squad’s road captain Pablo Lastras leads a seven-man roster also including the Blues’ top sprinter Juanjo Lobato, as well as Italian Eros Capecchi and Spaniards José Herrada, Gorka Izagirre, Enrique Sanz and Rubén Fernández. The latter will be the first of the four debutants (Soler, Sutherland and Anacona) to take to the stage during the 2015 season, starting in exactly one month.

header-ag2r-leftAg2r-La Mondiale for the TDU
Ag2r-La Mondiale have selected Domenico Pozzovivo, Blel Kadri and Christophe Riblon for a strong team in the Australian race.

Team manager Laurent Biondi said: “It’s the ideal race to start the season, all the conditions, including the hotel, the race, and the course are amazing. Our 2015 roster is ambitious with Domenico Pozzovivo, fifth in the 2014 Giro, Blel Kadri, stage winner in 2014 Tour de France and Christophe Riblon, winner of l’Alpe d’Huez stage in the 2013 Tour (de France).”

Julien Berard, Alex Domont, Samuel Dumoulin, Alexis Gougeard, Blel Kadri, Domenico Pozzovivo and Christophe Riblon.

header_trekfrt-leftTrek Team for the TDU
Young Australian mountain biker; Daniel McConnell will be swaping the big tyres for some slim tubulars to ride the Tour Down Under. This is not the first time he has riden his home stage race as he competed in 2006 with the South Australian team. McConnell said: “Mountain bikers spend quite a bit of time on a road bike, especially when we build endurance in the months before the World Cup season starts in May. At this time of the year, I probably ride 70 percent of the time on my Trek Domane. Of course, a 90 minutes maximum effort with an average heart rate of over 180 is very different than a 150km stage with a sprint at the end. It’s sort of hard to know where I’ll be. At the national road championships I go pretty well, and that’s on a hilly course.”

Eugenio Alafaci (Italy), Marco Coledan (Italy), Laurent Didier (Luxembourg), Daniel McConnell (Australia), Giacomo Nizzolo (Italy), Hayden Roulston (New Zealand) and Calvin Watson (Australia).

header-etixx-qr15Etixx – Quick-Step to Santos Tour Down Under
Etixx- Quick-Step Cycling Team has announced the selection that will participate in the Santos Tour Down Under, one of the first races to launch the 2015 road season. The stage race will take place from January 20th through the 25th of the month, following the 51km People’s Choice Classic on January 18th. The parcours of the 2015 edition focuses on a more equal opportunity for sprinters, climbers, and all-rounders to do well.

“It’s the first UCI WorldTour race of the year,” Sport Director Rik Van Slycke said. “It’s always important to be inspired for good racing as soon as the first stage begins. But the team will be extra motivated because our sponsor, Etixx Sports Nutrition, is launching their product in Australia, where this race is held. We have a good team for any situation — guys like Gianni Meersman and Mark Renshaw for example. Mark is also Australian, which brings a little extra motivation that can play a role in the sprints. He even won the Down Under Classic in 2007, and won the first stage of Tour Down Under in 2008. Meersman can also take advantage of specific kinds of sprints, such as in a small group. For the climbs we have David De La Cruz, Pieter Serry, and Maxime Bouet. Bouet did a good race last year, but crashed two days from the finish which prevented a top finish. We are sure they can arrive focused and ready to contribute on the climbs such as on Willunga Hill. Two riders who will compete the team are Martin Velits and Yves Lampaert, two strong riders for any kind of terrain. Lampaert, De La Cruz, and Bouet will be motivated to do well as they are making their debut with the team. With the challenge of the parcours also comes the possibility of the wind affecting the race, but with this kind of team we can be ready to do well in any kind of situation on each stage.”

Etixx – Quick-Step Selection for Santos Tour Down Under:
Maxime Bouet (FRA), David De La Cruz (ESP), Yves Lampaert (BEL), Gianni Meersman (BEL), Mark Renshaw (AUS), Pieter Serry (BEL), Martin Velits (SVK).

2015 Tour Down Under promo:

header-lotto14-left-1Marc Sergeant talks about the programme for 2015
At the first training camp Marc Sergeant and the six sports directors talk to the riders about their race programme, to set the goals and to build up to these goals. Compared to 2014 there will be a different approach.

Manager Marc Sergeant: “Before New Year we draw the big lines of the different programmes. Each rider has to know what to expect. Of course we can’t determine everything, but we try to for the first part of the year.”

Tour Down Under
“The past years we started the season well, among other in the Tour Down Under where André Greipel won with the classic core of riders around him. But the same riders had to be good in the Belgian opening weekend and the rest of the spring classics as well, and that was difficult, so we choose a different approach now. No Tour Down Under for Greipel, Roelandts, Debusschere and Sieberg. And those who will compete Down Under won’t race in February, to prepare for the next part.”

WorldTour points are important
“In nine of the fourteen WorldTour one-day races we got a top ten place at least. But in the Flemish races we missed out; we must be able to change that. A bigger problem were the stage races. We only set a (very) good result in the Eneco Tour and Dauphiné and in the Tour Down Under and Paris-Nice we had a close place in GC. But that’s not good enough. The reality of modern cycling is that WorldTour points are important. So we have to focus on that. And as a Belgian team, we have to defend our honour in the Belgian races.”

“In 2014 Wellens and Gallopin have proved to be a big value to the team. I expect they will confirm with a clear programme ahead. Tony will pass for the Flemish classics, Tim will ride his first Tour de France, the Ardennes classics and some one-week stage races. Also Jelle Vanendert can have a go again in the tougher classics and is a candidate for the Tour. Jürgen Roelandts hardly set any results last year, but he’s a rider with a potential to set results in eight to ten of the fourteen WorldTour one-day races. We support him for that goal. Also the programme of Jurgen Van den Broeck and André Greipel is partly different. No one-day races anymore for Jurgen, but especially the stage races of one week, with next to that Giro and/or Vuelta. André will ride the Tour and Giro; where for the first time in years several nice sprint opportunities will come up. We also hope for a big result in the classics if a bigger group heads to the finish line.”

“The aggressive racing style of riders like Gallopin, Wellens and hopefully also De Gendt and Roelandts is appreciated. I want to see my riders battle, get the maximum out of their abilities and not speculate too much. That’s also the case for our young talents. Guys like Vervaeke, Benoot and Broeckx come from our own U23 team and will get the opportunity to further develop themselves without any pressure, just like Vallée, De Bie and De Buyst.”

TTT World Championships (Men Elite)

header-BMC14BMC Racing Team Announces 2015 Roster
Runner-up in the 2014 WorldTour standings and winners of the UCI world team time trial championship, the BMC Racing Team won a team-record 30 races for the second straight season. Headlining the list of returning riders is 2009 world road champion and 2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans, who has announced he will retire Feb. 1 to work for the team’s title sponsor, BMC Switzerland. Also back are all six members of the team’s gold medal-winning team time trial squad: Dennis, Silvan Dillier, Daniel Oss, Manuel Quinziato, Tejay van Garderen and Peter Velits. Joining them is 2012 world road champion Philippe Gilbert, who won a team-best seven races last year, GP de Wallonie winner Greg Van Avermaet, and a pair of reigning national time trial champions, Taylor Phinney (United States) and Velits (Slovakia). Eight riders are new to the team, including Under 23 world time trial champion Campbell Flakemore of Australia.

BMC Racing Team President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz said the team’s objectives for 2015 begin with carrying momentum over from successes this season, which included the team’s first classics win by Gilbert at Amstel Gold Race. “We want to go back to the classics and bring home another victory – and possibly a second,” Ochowicz said. “We also have grand tour ambitions with Tejay van Garderen. We would like to elevate him to another level at the Tour de France and get him on the podium in 2015. Our third priority is with our younger riders. We want to continue to develop those guys by giving them experience, confidence and opportunities to grow their careers. The future of our organization lies with that group.” BMC Racing Team Sporting Manager Allan Peiper said 2015 will be a year of transition. “We lose some of our GC (general classification) riders with Cadel Evans and Samuel Sánchez, but we bring on a whole new fleet of young riders who give us a great cross-section of different abilities,” Peiper said. “Campbell Flakemore and Stefan Küng are really good time trialists, Manuel Senni is a great climber and Dylan Teuns can ride the Ardennes classics. So we have a good spread of riders, not to replace the GC riders we are missing, but they are our new generation. We go into 2015 with a lot of positive energy and a younger crew on board.”

2015 BMC Racing Team Rider Roster:
Darwin Atapuma (COL), Brent Bookwalter (USA), Marcus Burghardt (GER), Damiano Caruso (ITA), Alessandro De Marchi (ITA), Rohan Dennis (AUS), Silvan Dillier (SUI), Jempy Drucker (LUX), Cadel Evans (AUS), Campbell Flakemore (AUS), Philippe Gilbert (BEL), Ben Hermans (BEL), Stefan Küng (SUI), Klaas Lodewyck (BEL), Amaël Moinard (FRA), Daniel Oss (ITA), Taylor Phinney (USA), Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Joey Rosskopf (USA), Michael Schär (SUI), Manuel Senni (ITA), Peter Stetina (USA), Dylan Teuns (BEL), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL), Tejay van Garderen (USA), Peter Velits (SVK), Danilo Wyss (SUI), Rick Zabel (GER).

President/General Manager: Jim Ochowicz (USA)
Sporting Manager: Allan Peiper (AUS)
Co-Owner: Andy Rihs (SUI)
Sport Directors: Fabio Baldato (ITA), Yvon Ledanois (FRA), Valerio Piva (ITA), Max Sciandri (ITA), Jackson Stewart (USA), Geert Van Bondt (BEL).
Sports Science Division: David Bailey (GBR), Dario Broccardo (ITA), Judith Haudum (AUT), Marco Pinotti (ITA), Dr. Max Testa (ITA).

UCI World team time trial champions:
TTT World Championships (Men Elite)

header-androniAndroni Giocattoli-Venezuela Team for 2015
The Itailan ProContinental team Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela has written a new clause into the riders contracts that anyone caught doping will have to pay a €100,000 fine. Most of the riders have signed the contract, the Venezuelan riders Carlos Galviz, Jackson Rodriguez, Yonder Godoy and Carlos Gimenez will sign-up on their return to Europe.

Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela riders that have signed so far:
Franco Pellizotti, Oscar Gatto, Davide Appollonio, Marco Bandiera, Marco Benfatto, Tiziano Dall’Antonia, Alberto Nardin, Emanuelle Sella, Simone Stortoni, Alessio Taliani, Ginafranco Zilioli, Andrea Zordan, John Ebsen and Serghei Tvetcov.

photoshoot Team Androni Giocattoli Venezuela 2013

header-lottonl-jumboleftBianchi Unveils Full-Celeste Oltre XR.2 for Lotto.NL-Jumbo Team
The new Oltre XR2 carbon frame features Bianchi’s 130th anniversary logo

Bianchi officially unveils Team LottoNL-Jumbo’s Oltre XR.2 model for 2015 season. Latest generation of the extreme racing Oltre carbon frame, the new Oltre XR.2 designed for the WorldTour Dutch team features a full-celeste color, Bianchi’s iconic paint scheme, in the year of the 130th anniversary of the Italy based company.

Oltre XR.2 assures fast acceleration, maximum power transmission and superior handling thanks to its super rigid frame and Bianchi’s unique race proven geometry. The frame features a triple performance, delivering the best combination of lighweight, stiffness and aerodynamics.

The frame is built to combine design and performance: super light frame with Ultra Thin Seat Stays (UTSS Technology) for optimal climbing performance; aero shape, with new integrated aero fork and internal cable routing, to make the bike faster on the flat and downhill segments. Larger chain stays and down tube, together with a 86.5x41mm bottom bracket area, make Team Lotto NL-Jumbo’s Oltre XR.2 more rigid. X-Tex carbon technology contributes to have an exceptional torsional rigidity thanks to a carbon weave structure molded into the headtube and BB areas.

130th Anniversary Logo
Like all 2015 range’s Bianchi new models, Team LottoNL-Jumbo’s Oltre XR.2 will feature the logo of Bianchi’s 130th anniversary.

Technical Features:
• Tapered headtube 1.1/8” to 1.5” to improve rigidity of the front end which improves the handling and power transmission
• BB386 Evo improves stiffness
• Double compatibility mechanic and electronic groupset
• Aero shape and design
• Dedicated seatpost system with integrated look
• Internal cable routing
• UTSS Ultra Thin Seat Stay
• Weight in 55 size: 895g (target, +/- 5%).

Lotto.NL-Jumbo’s Oltre XR.2 team bike:

header-colombia15Yellow is the new black for Colombia-Coldeportes
In 2015 a more colorful look for the Escarabajos will debut at Tour de San Luis

“When we chose black as main color, in 2012, we were one of the very first to do so, if not the first, but now black has become the dominating color in the peloton: it was time for a different touch.” That’s how Team Colombia-Coldeportes General Manager Claudio Corti introduces the new jersey realized by technical wear sponsor Nalini for the Escarabajos, and that will debut in Argentina at the Tour de San Luis from January 18 to 25, 2015.

While keeping black as their characterizing color, the new kits’ layout looks more colored and fresh, with a bigger Colombian flag on the chest and yellow details added on sides, neck and sleeves. In addition, Colombian Sports Ministry Coldeportes’ logo takes a wider spot just behind Colombia: “Coldeportes and the Colombian Governament always been our main sponsor all the way, and this year we agreed with Coldeportes’ Director Andres Botero to give greater visibility to their participation to this very important project for Colombian sports,” Corti said.

2015 Team Colombia-Coldeportes will consist of 18 riders: Edwin Avila, Alex Cano, Camilo Castiblanco, Edward Diaz, Fabio Duarte, Leonardo Duque, Daniel Martinez, Sebastian Molano, Darwin Pantoja, Jonathan Paredes, Walter Pedraza, Carlos Julian Quintero, Carlos Mario Ramirez, Brayan Ramirez, Miguel Angel Rubiano, Cayetano Sarmiento, Rodolfo Torres and Juan Pablo Valencia.


header-drapacDrapac Professional Cycling 2015 kit Unveiled
In 2015 we will again see the red of Drapac in the pro peloton starting at the Australian national championship and Tour Down Under. With the growing fanbase, Jaguar as new partner and Drapac Group growing its business it was time for a new design fitting the teams aspirations.

Team manager Jonathan Breekveldt is happy with the design: “I think we can compete with pride wearing this kit. We are on a shared journey to excellence and feel that this kit fits the ambitions of our riders and partners. The combined colours and integrated logo’s go together like the individual kits will make one great team of riders and fans. Furthermore I believe that the combined horizontal and diagonal red striping reflects our holistic approach andthe different characters take make a team work.”

Chris Reynolds of Champion System: “Champion System can bring your design concept to reality and the proof is seen with the 2015 Drapac Pro cycling kit – classic clean lines with striking colours.”

Drapac Professional Cycling partnered with Pidgeon to work out the concept: “The 2015 Drapac kit design looks to replicate the professionalism of the team whilst enhance the physical presence of the of the riders both on and off the bike. The traditional Drapac red and white has been supplemented with a navy blue and is now representative of the colours of the Australian national flag. The combined horizontal and diagonal red striping draw inspiration form heraldic patterning, referred to as a barry-bendy sinister it is the distinctive back drop to our armoury.”

New ambitions, new partners, dynamic outfit:

header-uci_edited-1Indoor Cycling, The Best Bits?
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