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EUROTRASH Lance Again Thursday!

The Armstrong case moves on with calls of a cover up (as if we didn’t know), is it the TOP STORY or an old story? A very old story. Lots of race news from Pologne, Utah, Denmark and Burgos with video, reports, results and rider quotes. Fabian Cancellara for la Vuelta, but no Laurens ten Dam, no Horner for USA Pro Challenge, transfer news and down the Stelvio with no handlebars. A very full EuroTrash coffee-break Thursday.

TOP STORY: Armstrong Back in the News
The week after the announcement of Tom Danielson’s positive ‘A’ sample for testosterone, the US government has subpoenaed the Indiana University School of Medicine to release Lance Armstrong’s medical records from his first cancer diagnosis in 1996. It has always been claimed by Armstrong’s former teammate Frankie Andreu and his wife Betsy that they heard Armstrong list the banned substances he had used to staff of the hospital. The records could show a cover up by the hospital, the Lance Armstrong Foundation made a $1.5 million endowment to the Indiana University. The Andreu’s have stuck to their guns over this for years, through thick and thin, maybe now this part of the plot will end?

Lance at the 2015 Tour:
Tour de France 2015 - Lance Armstrong

Tour de Polonge 2015
It was a second sprint on Stage 2 on the roads of Poland. Matteo Pelucchi won the sprint on the stage from Czestochowa to Dabrowa Gornicza over 146 km. The Italian rider from team IAM Cycling beat Sunday’s winner Marcel Kittel (Giant-Alpecin), who held on to the yellow Skandia jersey as the leader, and Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek). Unfortunately the sprint was marred by a maxi spill about 400 meters from the finish line, which involved a large part of the pack.

The first guy to hit the pavement in the fall was Australian Caleb Ewan (Orica-GreenEDGE), who was caught up in the heat of the sprint and was inadvertently bumped by Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida). The Australian slid to the ground, inevitably tangling up those giving chase in the pack. World Champion Michal Kwiatkowski also took a tumble, apparently without serious consequences.

After the start from Czestochowa the stage was immediately animated by a 5-rider break with Poles Kamil Gradek (Reprezetacja Polski) and Adrian Kurek (CCC Sprnadi Polkowice), the German Marcus Burghardt (BMC), Dutchman Martijn Keizer (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Belgian Sander Armee (Lotto-Soudal). The fugitives reached a maximum advantage of about 2 minutes. However, they were eventually caught by the chasing pack, which was spurred on by the team with the yellow jersey and the other sprinting teams, with about 12km to go during the second-to-last of five 10km laps on the final circuit in Dabrowa Gornicza.

In the other classifications Adrian Kurek kept the Tauron cyclamen jersey for the mountain grand prix and Marcel Kittel also has the white-red Lang Team jersey for the points’ classification. Kamil Gradek captured the blue Lotto jersey as the most active rider in the group. Team LottoNL-Jumbo continues leading the team classification.


Stage winner, Matteo Pelucchi (IAM Cycling): “I dedicate this success to the entire IAM Cycling team, everyone who works around us and for us. This is my first World Tour victory this season, (already a stage winner at Tirreno Adriatico in 2014), and this year is the 20th anniversary for IAM Funds, so this win has a special flavor. My season started well with two wins in Mallorca. Then I had a bad crash in the first stage of Tirreno. It took a lot of time to get over that. Then I trained hard for the Giro, but crashed early there too. I still managed to take second place in one of the sprint finishes, but I was not at my best. So I decided to cut my losses, and really take time to treat my injuries. Now I have arrived in Poland motivated and in form. The objective is achieved. The sprint today was very nervous, everyone wanted to be well-positioned for the sprint. I was very lucky to have avoided the pileup in the finale, especially going at the speeds we were. For me, this win is like a dream because I have worked hard and extensively, especially in training camp, with a desire and motivation to have a victory in the Tour of Poland.”

2nd on the stage and overall leader, Marcel Kittel (Giant-Alpecin): “I wanted to win today and I think I was still the fastest in the sprint finish but I had to avoid the crash on my right. They fell into my front wheel, so that took a few seconds where I couldn’t accelerate, then as soon as I could start my sprint again Pelucchi came from the left into my handlebars and that took again a second where I couldn’t push my pedals. In the end it wasn’t long enough anymore to pass him. I said to Pelucchi after the finish that he has to hold his line, it’s not ok to come so much to the right, but it’s ok, it’s a sprint, it’s full of emotions and also that crash happened, I was lucky to avoid it and I thought I could still go for the win. I think it was in my legs today. As a team we did it in a really good way, we could have been a bit more at the front in last 1.5km but that was not necessarily a problem, it was just very hectic and I guess that happens, that’s part of sprinting. Now I have to move on, we have to move on as a team, and we look to tomorrow”

David De La Cruz (Etixx – Quick-Step) crashed in the race and was forced to withdraw with a broken right collarbone: “I broke my collarbone last year at Le Tour and now again, I’m very sad. It was a strange crash. I entered in a right corner and suddenly I lost the front wheel and I went down. I couldn’t react in time. This is the price I have to pay. I was scheduled for La Vuelta but now things become complicated. I will do my best to be at the start, but I think the possibilities are small.”

World champion Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx – Quick-Step): “Today I went down in the crash, I couldn’t avoid it. Fortunately I could see the crash while it was happening, so I had the time to brake and avoided hitting riders ahead of me, or any around me, with high speed. However, I went down over the top of riders and hit my back and my chest. When I went down I feel a little bit of pain and hope it’s nothing serious. But as usual we have to wait and see overnight, and make an evaluation about it in the morning.”

Tour de Pologne Stage 2 Result:
1. Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling in 3:20:12
2. Marcel Kittel (Ger) Giant-Alpecin
3. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek
4. Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Lotto Soudal
5. Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida
6. Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Lampre-Merida
7. Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky
8. Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Cannondale-Garmin
9. Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica-GreenEDGE
10. Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale.

Tour de Pologne Overall After Stage 2:
1. Marcel Kittel (Ger) Giant-Alpecin in 6:03:09
2. Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-GreenEDGE at 0:10
3. Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Lampre-Merida at 0:12
4. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek
5. Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC at 0:13
6. Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 0:16
7. Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
8. Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky
9. Nikias Arndt (Ger) Giant-Alpecin
10. Lorenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ.fr.

Stage 2:

Matteo Pelucchi (IAM Cycling) doubled up to take Stage 3 from Zawiercie to Katowice over 166km. In a super-fast sprint at the finish line, Matteo Pelucchi beat fellow countryman Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek) and Belgian Van Asbroeck (LottoNL-Jumbo). Fourth and fifth place belong to the pair from Lampre-Merida Roberto Ferrari and Niccolò Bonifazio. Although he only came in seventh, Marcel Kittel (Giant-Alpecin) hung on to the yellow Skandia leader’s jersey and the Lang Team’s white and red jersey for the points’ classification.

From the start the stage was centered around a break by four riders: Poles Marcin Bialoblocki (Reprezentacja Polski) and Adrian Kurek (CCC Sprandi Polkovice), who made it into a break for the third day in a row; Slovenian Matej Mohoric (Cannondale-Garmin) and American Ian Boswell (Sky). The four fugitives collaborated to make it to the start of the 14.7km circuit in Katowice. Four laps of the circuit was too much to resist the inevitable chase by the team of the yellow jersey and the other sprinters teams. The last man to be caught, with about 4 km to go, was Bialoblocki, who however captured the blue Lotto jersey as the most active rider in the peloton.


Stage winner, Matteo Pelucchi (IAM Cycling): “Today we tried a different tactic with the guys, and I am very glad that it paid off. Just after the false flat in the last kilometers, a small group including some very good sprinters managed to get a bit of a gap. I was extremely fortunate to have Vicente Reynes and Roger Kluge with me. They were able to plug the hole, and I just had to stay on their wheels. It was perfect. They put me in the front position, and instead of kicking my sprint off, I preferred to wait until the last possible moment to produce my top effort. That was a good idea, but in practice I know it can be dangerous. This second victory boosts my morale, but it’s also a great thing for the team since we’re all preparing for the Vuelta too. And that is my next goal. Yesterday I dedicated my victory to Michael Thétaz, but today my first thoughts go to my teammates because without them, I would not have had this victory. We can still have additional success here in Poland, but for my part, I know that the next stages will be harder to pick off. But we’ll see how it goes, and why not try, after all.”

Overall leader, Marcel Kittel (Giant-Alpecin): “For us, I’m actually very disappointed because the team worked so hard and I couldn’t finish it off. I lost my team on the little climb to the last kilometer because someone came in between me and my lead-out man. Then I had to go all the way by myself until the last kilometer, then I was simply not strong enough anymore. Yesterday was unlucky, I won the first stage, and today I wanted more. That’s something that happens, it can’t be perfect every day. It’s also wrong to expect we’d win the first three stages in a row because the competition is high. Then only thing left now is to hope that tomorrow is maybe a sprint opportunity, but maybe not. I think I can be satisfied, I had a good start now, my first win since a long time, but of course I also really wanted to win yesterday and today. That didn’t work but I still have nice goals in front of me.”

3rd on the stage, Tom Van Asbroeck (LottoNL-Jumbo): “I was glad that I was able to deliver, again, everything went good today. I lost my self-confidence a little bit after yesterday’s crash. The team helped me with that. They were good today. Rick Flens took the initiative as the team’s captain, and he did that perfectly. Dennis van Winden’s lead-out was superb afterwards. I thought that I was going to win for a while, but then Pelucchi moved up suddenly. I doubted that I could hold him off. That moment of doubt was the reason that Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek) was able to stay in front of me.”

The cyclamen Tauron jersey for best climber remains with Adrian Kurek (CCC Sprandi Polkowice): “The team and I decided to attack again today, especially to capture important points for the cyclamen jersey but also for the blue jersey; these are two important goals for us. Now we are expecting two very difficult stages, but we are definitely going to try to hang on to this jersey, with me and with one of my team mates, as long as possible.”

Tour de Pologne Stage 3 Result:
1. Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling in 3:48:41
2. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek
3. Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) LottoNL-Jumbo
4. Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida
5. Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Lampre-Merida
6. Gianni Meersman (Bel) Etixx – Quick-Step
7. Marcel Kittel (Ger) Giant-Alpecin
8. Pawel Franczak (Pol) Poland
9. Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana
10. Roger Kluge (Ger) IAM Cycling.

Tour de Pologne Overall After Stage 3:
1. Marcel Kittel (Ger) Giant-Alpecin in 9:51:50
2. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek at 0:06
3. Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-GreenEDGE at 0:10
4. Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC
5. Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Lampre-Merida at 0:12
6. Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) LottoNL-Jumbo
7. Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 0:16
8. Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky
9. Lorenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ.fr
10. Nikias Arndt (Ger) Giant-Alpecin.

Stage 3:

Stage 4 was a day for Poland to remember, the race from Jaworzno to Nowy Sacz over 220 kilometers ended with the same breakaway that started from the very first kilometers. Poland’s Maciej Bodnar (Tinkoff-Saxo) won the stage and his fellow countryman Kamil Zielinski (Reprezentacja Polski) donned the yellow Skandia jersey as leader of the overall classification. Gatis Smukulis (Katusha) was also part of the break, taking 3rd place.

The break got away quickly and the three riders reached a maximum advantage of more than 11 minutes. After the three mountains climbs of the day and with about 30km to go, the three fugitives held on to an advantage of over 3 minutes.

Overall leader, Marcel Kittel (Giant-Alpecin) lost ground on the main peloton of around a hundred or so riders. Orica-GreenEDGE, Lampre-Merida, Astana and Etixx – Quick-Step worked hard to bring back the three which saw off Kittel. The escapees kept the speed as high as they could and held out with a 20 second advantage. The stage victory went to Maciej Bodnar and the yellow jersey for Kamil Zielinski. Caleb Ewan (Orica-GreenEDGE) won the bunch sprint ahead of Luca Mezgec (Giant-Alpecin).


Stage winner and 2nd overall, Maciej Bodnar (Tinkoff-Saxo): “This is my first career victory at the Tour de Pologne and in a WorldTour race. I set out with the number 1 for the 2014 winner, my teammate Rafal Majka, who is absent this year; it brought me luck and I think I have honored this number in the best way possible. I had been gunning for this stage from the start of the Tour; I knew I could try an action from far back and I went for it. In the final when we saw that our margin of advantage was still considerable we knew we could do it and so the three of us agreed to keep pushing to the arrival and then vie for victory. Now we can expect three challenging stages that will decide the race. Today I spent a lot of energy; tomorrow and especially on Friday there are lots of climbs, but then on Saturday there is a time trial that is suited to my skills and in which I would like to do well.”

2nd on the stage, Overall and KOM leader, Kamil Zielinski (Poland): “I’m ecstatic. It’s the most beautiful day in my career. I’ve always dreamed of wearing the yellow jersey for the Tour de Pologne and today this dream came true. We made a fantastic move. The stage was very long and featured some climbs that were quite difficult. None of the three of us held back and this rewarded us by getting us to the finish line. I don’t want to think too much about the next days. The classification is still wide open and now we’re getting into the hardest stages. Now I just want to enjoy this moment. To be here racing for the Polish national team and to have captured this yellow jersey is something extraordinary.”

Jonathan Fumeaux (IAM Cycling): “We did not know if Matteo Pelucchi could handle the climbs today, near the final, he was stung by a wasp and immediately went to see the race doctor because he started to have an allergic reaction. It was bad luck that at this precise point, the peloton decided to chase very hard, and he was unable to rejoin the front. Vicente Reynes was then our guy for the sprint, but somehow, the three breakaway guys kept their advantage. Maybe we feel a little bit of regret that we did not put someone in the break. But they were obviously three very strong riders, so hats off to them. For my part, I felt a bit tired early on in the race, but then with every kilometer, I started to feel better and better. The harder stages are coming up, so I hope I will be fit enough to be present, which includes helping Sébastien Reichenbach and Stefan Denifl. Both are in good shape, so why shouldn’t we try to go for the overall? The last stage will be a time trial, which could act as a trap, so it will be a good idea to slip into a breakaway and hope to get a bit of a lead ahead of the final stage. By tomorrow, we will already have an idea of how the rest may play out.”

Tour de Pologne Stage 3 Result:
1. Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo in 5:14:29
2. Kamil Zielinski (Pol) Poland
3. Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Katusha
4. Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-GreenEDGE at 0:20
5. Luka Mezgec (Slo) Giant-Alpecin
6. Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) LottoNL-Jumbo
7. Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Cannondale-Garmin
8. Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC
9. Lorenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ.fr
10. Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale.

Tour de Pologne Overall After Stage 4:
1. Kamil Zielinski (Pol) Poland in 15:06:27
2. Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo at 0:03
3. Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-GreenEDGE at 0:22
4. Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC
5. Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) LottoNL-Jumbo at 0:24
6. Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 0:28
7. Lorenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ.fr
8. Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky
9. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Etixx – Quick-Step
10. Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana.

Stage 4:

Tour of Utah 2015
Kiel Reijnen (UnitedHealthcare) won Stage 1 of the Tour of Utah on Monday ahead of Alex Howes (Cannondale Garmin) and Taylor Phinney (BMC) in third.

The early break of seven riders consisted of: Johan Van Zyl (MTN-Qhubeka), Carlos Ramirez (Colombia), Joe Schmalz (Hincapie), Emerson Oronte (SmartStop), Greg Daniel (Axeon), David Williams (Jamis-Hagens Berman) and Josh Berry (Budget Forklifts). At one time they had a lead of around 14 minutes. Eventually the bunch gave chase and the escape fell to pieces leaving only Van Zyl and Daniel out front as they started the final circuits in Logan. Howes, Reijnen and Phinney jumped over to Van Zyl and Daniel before the last lap.

The peloton reacted and had the five up front in sight coming into the final kilometer, but Phinney came to the front for a strong turn to keep them away. Reijnen came round Phinney with less than 200 meters to go and Howes couldn’t pull him back before the line.

stage 1 of The Larry H.Miller Tour of Utah 2015

Stage winner and overall leader, Kiel Reijnen (UnitedHealthcare): “I didn’t really so much attack as follow some wheels, then when Alex came across we just put our heads down and went.”

2nd, Alex Howes (Cannondale-Garmin): “I figured he’d beat me on the first stage because he beat me in the first stage last year, but I’ll get him again later in the race. There was a little climb that had a chicane before it, it just smelled good so I went for it.”

3rd on the stage Taylor Phinney (BMC): “I didn’t play the sprint so well, I had a little bit of a gap coming out of the last corner and just hit it. I was a bit nervous I guess. Jackson (BMC DS) told me the time gap and I just put it together that the sprinter’s team were working really hard. With the wet, and also the tiny little climb on the circuit, it could be a good opportunity to go for it. I saw some guys attacking right before we got into town and followed some of those moves. I got a little excited.”

5th, Johann van Zyl (MTN-Qhubeka): “Today was probably the easiest I’ve ever gotten into a break. I knew if a biggish group got a big enough gap there would be the possibility to survive. With my first jump I managed to get across to the 6 other riders and we quickly got the 14 minute gap. My confidence grew with every minute we gained. Over the last climb we were only 3 left and I drove it as hard as possible to try and make it to the end. Eventually I lived up to my nickname and finished 5 out of 5, but I am super happy to have the most aggressive jersey. This week I want to race as hard as possible to get into my best shape and hopefully make my grand tour debut in Spain.”

Making his comeback, Peter Stetina (BMC): “I sat up on the rainy finishing circuits because that is not a finish for me and I wanted to be safe,” Stetina said. “I think Mother Nature was really asking me if I wanted to come back and do this. She made it tough on us. Six hours of rain is no fun. But I was on such a high just to be on my bike that I was probably more OK with it than a lot of guys.”

Tour of Utah Stage 1 Result:
1. Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare in 5:09:02
2. Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-Garmin
3. Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC
4. Gregory Daniel (USA) Axeon Cycling Team
5. Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka at 0:02
6. Eric Young (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies at 0:04
7. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani-CSF
8. Sebastián Molano (Col) Colombia
9. Robin Carpenter (USA) Hincapie
10. Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home.

Tour of Utah Overall After Stage 1:
1. Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare in 5:08:52
2. Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-Garmin at 0:04
3. Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC at 0:06
4. Gregory Daniel (USA) Axeon Cycling Team at 0:07
5. Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka at 0:11
6. Carlos Mario Ramirez (Col) Colombia at 0:13
7. Eric Young (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies at 0:14
8. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani-CSF
9. Sebastián Molano (Col) Colombia
10. Robin Carpenter (USA) Hincapie.

Utah stage 1:

Jure Kocjan (Team SmartStop) won Stage 2 of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah on Tuesday after 161.8 kilometers to Ogden, Robin Carpenter (Hincapie) was 2nd and Brent Bookwalter (BMC) in 3rd. Overall leader Kiel Reijnen (UnitedHealthcare) was 4th and held on to his yellow jersey over Alex Howes (Cannondale-Garmin) by 4 seconds, Kocjan moved into 3rd on the same time as Howes.

Five riders made up the early break. Jay Thomson (MTN-Qhubeka) attacked for the intermediate sprint after 32kms, he was joined by Mac Brennan (Hincapie), Pierrick Naud (Optum), Daniel Eaton (Axeon) and Ben Jacques-Maynes (Jamis-Hagens Berman), they managed a maximum lead of 4 minutes in Brigham City with 100 kilometers to go. On the steep climb of North Ogden Divide, Eaton dropped the others on the climb as they were about to be caught by the peloton. Brent Bookwalter (BMC) jumped across to Eaton after the decent as SmartStop and UnitedHealthcare chased behind and they were caught with 2 kilometers to go. This set up the sprint action for the finalé.

stage 2 of The Larry H.Miller Tour of Utah 2015

Stage winner, Jure Kocjan (Team SmartStop): “I knew the climb from last year when we went up the other side. My focus was to pass over the climb in the front group, and I was the last guy over with that group. I looked back and we had a gap. I had four other teammates with me, so I told them to go as hard as you can. There were just a few sprinters in the group, and I knew that I was the fastest.”

3rd on the stage and 6th overall, Brent Bookwalter (BMC): “I told Joey if he covered some moves and I could recover, I would go for the sprint, he did a phenomenal job for me. He took me to about 400 meters to go, then one of the SmartStop guys – Travis McCabe – came up on the right and I jumped on his wheel. I know he has a really good kick, so I thought he was a good wheel to have. I tried to go over him with 200 meters to go, but Jure was right on my wheel and made pretty quick work of me.” Bookwalter was in an earlier breakaway: “I thought I could pull some of the strong guys with me, and ideally, we would have gone away with four or five guys, but no one came with me so I bridged up to the Axeon guy (Eaton). But we were no match for a big, chasing group.”

5th overall, Jay Thomson (MTN-Qhubeka): “I am finally finding my legs again so I can’t complain about today. I knew the final climb from doing it in the past and I knew it wasn’t an easy one. For some reason I also wanted to test my legs in the break. In a way I am disappointed how things worked out, but in a way I’m also happy. Unfortunately I messed up the sprint and I couldn’t fight for the victory but I really feel like my form is building so I will keep on trying.”

Tour of Utah Stage 2 Result:
1. Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team SmartStop in 3:37:27
2. Robin Carpenter (USA) Hincapie
3. Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC
4. Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare
5. Edwin Avila (Col) Colombia
6. Logan Owen (USA) Axeon Cycling Team
7. Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-Garmin
8. Dion Smith (NZl) Hincapie
9. Gavin Mannion (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
10. Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka.

Tour of Utah Overall After Stage 2:
1. Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare at 8:46:19
2. Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-Garmin at 0:04
3. Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team SmartStop
4. Robin Carpenter (USA) Hincapie at 0:08
5. Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka
6. Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC at 0:10
7. Daniel Eaton (USA) Axeon Cycling Team
8. Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka at 0:11
9. Ben Jacques- Maynes (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home at 0:13
10. Edwin Avila (Col) Colombia at 0:14.

Utah stage 2:

Top US cyclo-cross rider, Logan Owen (Axeon Cycling), took Stage 3 of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah in Bountiful. On the high-speed downhill finish Owen took the close sprint from Brent Bookwalter (BMC) and Colombian Edwin Avila in a photo finish. Kiel Reijnen (UnitedHealthcare) kept the yellow jersey of the race leader, Alex Howes (Cannondale-Garmin) is still in second with Jure Kocjan (Smartstop) in 3rd.

Five riders escaped after 20km: Johan Van Zyl (MTN-Qhubeka), Dion Smith & Ty Magner (Hincapie), Joey Rosskopf (BMC), Jasper Bovenhuis (Cannondale-Garmin) and Wouter Wippert (Drapac), but they could only gain 3:30, as UnitedHealthcare and Airgas-Safeway kept them close.

As the race entered Bountiful; Rosskopf jumped away from the others as the break fell apart, was joined by Mike Wood (Optum), Lachlan Norris (Drapac) and Colombia’s Daniel Martinez caught Rosskopf with the bunch close at hand. The peloton came together for Logan Owen (Axeon Cycling) to take the downhill finish on Bountiful’s Main Street by the smallest of margins.

stage 3 of The Larry H.Miller Tour of Utah 2015

Stage winner, Logan Owen (Axeon Cycling): “I don’t want to be known as just a cyclo-cross guy.”

2nd on the stage and 4th overall, Brent Bookwalter (BMC): “I cannot say enough about my teammates, especially in the last kilometer, I am not a sprinter, so obviously I do not have much experience having good lead outs. But as far as I am concerned, that was a world-class, textbook lead out by Joey and Michi (Schär). I feel bad I couldn’t deliver it for them. But it was another day of getting experience and getting closer. It was really close today. I tried a couple of attacks the last lap at the top of the climb and over the top, but there was a little bit of headwind. After that, I was kind of banking on the sprint. The group was surprisingly big, so it was crucial to have those guys (Rosskopf and Schär) helping out.”

8th overall and KOM, Johann van Zyl (MTN-Qhubeka): “It wasn’t really the plan for me to go in the break today but there was a lull just before the sprint so I jumped across to the leaders with a BMC guy. It was then just about rolling through until the climbs. I had already picked up 9 points the other day in the KOM competition so it was a good opportunity to get the jersey. I managed to gain enough points so I’m pretty happy to have the jersey now. In the final, once I knew I had the jersey it was just about saving the legs for the next few days.”

Most aggressive rider, Joey Rosskopf (BMC): “It was a pretty demoralizing effort, really, the UnitedHealthcare guys kept us at three minutes – and no more – all day. When you see a team riding like that, you know you have a very small chance of staying away. I was there on the circuits, so I had to try. I did not want to sit up.”

Tour of Utah Stage 3 Result:
1. Logan Owen (USA) Axeon Cycling in 4:12:40
2. Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team
3. Edwin Avila (Col) Colombia
4. Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team Smartstop
5. Dion Smith (NZL) Hincapie Racing Team
6. Natnael Berhane (Eri) MTN-Qhubeka
7. Kiel Reijnen (USA) Unitedhealthcare
8. Robin Carpenter (USA) Hincapie Racing team
9. Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling
10. Sonny Cobrelli (Ita) Bardiani-CSF.

Tour of Utah Overall After Stage 3:
1. Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare in 12:58:59
2. Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-Garmin at 0:04
3. Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team SmartStop
4. Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC
5. Logan Owen (USA) Axeon Cycling
6. Robin Carpenter (USA) Hincapie at 0:08
7. Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka at 0:10
8. Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka
9. Daniel Eaton (USA) Axeon Cycling
10. Edwin Avila (Col) Colombia at 0:12.

Utah stage 3:

Tour of Denmark 2015
The rain soaked Stage 1 of the Tour of Denmark saw a late escape take the spoils with Lars Boom (Astana) being the first rider across the line. Lars Bak (Lotto Soudal) was 2nd and Asbjorn Kragh Andersen (Trefor-Blue Water) finished in 3rd.

After a frantic start the stage which saw the riders complete 50km in the first hour of racing. A large group of 44 riders eventually separated itself from the rest of the peloton and opened up a 30 second gap. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung and Tinkoff-Saxo were the main teams in the front group and rode hard to keep the gap. After 80km of racing the two groups re-joined and a new break then formed of 6 riders and as quickly as there 3 minute lead went out, it also came back. With 17km to go the defining move of the stage came when Chris Juul-Jensen (Tinkoff-Saxo) jumped clear of the peloton as the break were being caught. 5 other riders joined him and this would be the race winning break. The 6 combined well to open up the gap to 40 seconds despite a hard chase from behind. Lars Boom got the jump on his counterparts with 3km to go and soloed to the stage win and the first race leader’s yellow jersey.

Stage winner, Lars Boom (Astana): “I thought I would give it a try and it worked, so I’m happy. My uphill legs aren’t so good, yet, so I think Jakob is still the leader for the climbs, and then we will see”

2nd on the stage, Lars Bak (Lotto Soudal): “The tactic of the team was to ride fast and aggressively, the whole day long. Pim Ligthart was in the breakaway and we thought that they would make it till the end. Eventually they were caught by the peloton because of the hard work of MTN-Qhubeka among others. After that the leaders were caught, the whole team did a very good job to set a high pace. It was important to enter the local laps as first and that was the moment when I attacked. Five riders joined me and we were riding hard. I tried to get away two times but it wasn’t easy to obtain a gap. When Lars Boom attacked, the other riders in the front group were looking at me to close the gap. I tried it but Lars was really strong. At the end, I managed to get away from the others and so I finished second. Tomorrow is going to be a long and hard day, we have to ride a sort of Classic. I’m certainly going to attack several times the next few days. My big dream is to win this Post Danmark Rundt of course, especially because it’s the first time that this race is broadcasted live on television. I’m really motivated and I will do my very best to obtain the overall victory. A stage win would be nice too, but we’ll have to see how this stage race will evolve.”

4th, Mads Pedersen (Cult Energy): “Everyone is always eager to get away and highly motivated to be a part of the break during a first stage in a stage race and that caused an intensely high speed all day but most significantly in the first hour. Normally, once the break is established, the peloton would sit up and start the chase later but not today. Entering the final loop, some of the race favorites jumped and I went with them. Unfortunately, Boom succeeded in breaking clear and I had to settle with fourth. Even though it’s a good result, I’m in the break race to win.”

6th on the stage, Chris Juul-Jensen (Tinkoff-Saxo): “I think we stayed ahead of the events on this opening stage. It’s quite typical for the first stage of Tour of Denmark that there are gaps already after ten kilometers and this also showed that the bunch is ready to ride for real. It was a very fast start, where we averaged 49km/h. I think we took the right amount of responsibility and in the finale, where everything was back together, we first attacked with Breschel and then finally I went clear with a group of strong riders. The final circuit was very technical and with the unpredictable Danish summer weather we had to stay alert in the corners. Lars Bak was obviously very strong and we had some riders in the group that had plenty to attend to in just staying with the group. I’m glad that I took some time on several other favorites – then I’m not a natural born sprinter, so I’m pleased with the result.”

Andy Stauff (MTN-Qhubeka): “Today didn’t look too difficult on paper and we were expecting a bunch sprint. The weather was pretty bad though. Our DS, Michel, warned us of the narrow roads in the beginning so I tried to stay in front to keep it under control for us. The bunch split going through some village and Nic and I were in the front. Then Gerald, Edvald and Jacques put in a good effort to get across. We worked with Tinkoff and it was going well at first. Unfortunately Jacques, Gerald and I punctured. Without us in front, the peloton caught the front group. Theo and Nic continued working on the front to control the race. In the final circuits a small group rode away and Boom was just cornering faster than anybody else in the wet. We tried to keep the gap as small as possible with some perfect stages coming up for our team in the next few days.”

Tour of Denmark Stage 1 Result:
1. Lars Boom (Ned) Astana in 3:44:07
2. Lars Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal at 0:02
3. Asbjorn Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Trefor-Blue Water
4. Mads Pedersen (Den) Cult Energy
5. Marco Marcato (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
6. Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
7. Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani-CSF at 0:39
8. Raymond Kreder (Ned) Roompot
9. Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bora Argon 18
10. Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo.

Tour of Denmark Overall After Stage 1:
1. Lars Boom (Ned) Astana in 3:43:57
2. Lars Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal at 0:06
3. Asbjorn Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Trefor-Blue Water at 0:08
4. Mads Pedersen (Den) Cult Energy at 0:12
5. Marco Marcato (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
6. Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
7. Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto Soudal at 0:44
8. Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise at 0:47
9. Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani-CSF at 0:49
10. Raymond Kreder (Ned) Roompot.

Stage 1:

Stage 2 of the Tour of Denmark saw MTN-Qhubeka put in an incredible team performance, resulting in a 1st and 2nd finish on the stage. Edvald Boasson Hagen was the victor, while Kristian Sbaragli finished in 2nd place.

It was a long stage at 235 kilometers and in the end it all came down to the final 30K’s. The early breakaway was caught after the African team, particularly Nic Dougall and Theo Bos, and Astana had done the majority of the early chasing. Countless attacks then went off the front in the closing kilometers but each time the aggressors were pegged back. When the peloton hit the final 3 laps of the local 4.5km circuit, riders kept flying off the front. With just 2.5km to go, the umpteenth attack came from Magnus Cort Nielsen (Denmark), and he quickly built up a sizable gap. It was only thanks to Gerald Ciolek burying himself on the front that the Nielsen was eventually caught inside of 1km to go.

Ciolek kept going up until the final corner at 400 to go and then it was down to Boasson Hagen and Sbaragli for the sprint. Boasson Hagen went early, starting his sprint at around 300m to go with Kristian on his wheel. The Norwegian champion had such an intense turn of speed that nobody was going to be able to come around him. There was no reason for Sbaragli to try and come around either as he comfortably crossed the line in 2nd to give the team its first ever 1, 2 finish in Europe.

Stage winner and 7th overall, Edvald Boasson Hagen (MTN-Qhubeka): “It was a pretty long stage but I felt really good. The final was hard enough to suit our team and the guys were excellent in chasing down all the small attacks. Gerald was fantastic to lead us out into the final kilometer and to make sure Cort Nielsen was brought back. I had a good position in the final corner and just took it from there. I am really happy to take this win and it’s also extra nice to have Kris finish 2nd.”

4th on the stage, Matti Breschel (Tinkoff-Saxo): “I wanted to attack on the hill in the final lap, but I was boxed in and broke free too late to make a real difference and create a real gap.”

Last year’s overall winner Michael Valgren (Tinkoff-Saxo): “We had a nice and quiet start, where Astana had to control the events at the front of the bunch. I had a double puncture going into the finale and I had to use some energy to get back again. At the last intermediate sprint, I attacked to increase the intensity, as we wanted to create a hard finale, but Fuglsang was going well, followed me and stayed right in my wheel. We tried to wear out Astana – also with the coming days in mind, while Chris Juul had to get through the stage without burning up too much energy. Matti attacked on the finale lap but was sort of boxed in on the climb and instead he turned his attention towards the sprint.”

Tour of Denmark Stage 2 Result:
1. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN-Qhubeka in 5:31:29
2. Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN-Qhubeka
3. Soren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Trefor-Blue Water
4. Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
5. Amaury Capiot (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
6. Michael Carbel Svendgaard (Den) Cult Energy
7. Scott Thwaites (GB) Bora-Argon 18
8. Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Den) Team Coloquick
9. Marco Marcato (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
10. Christian Knees (Ger) Sky.

Tour of Denmark Overall After Stage 2:
1. Lars Boom (Ned) Astana in 9:15:23
2. Lars Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal at 0:09
3. Asbjorn Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Trefor-Blue Water at 0:11
4. Marco Marcato (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert at 0:13
5. Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo at 0:15
6. Mads Pedersen (Den) Cult Energy
7. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN-Qhubeka at 0:42
8. Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN-Qhubeka at 0:46
9. Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto Soudal at 0:47
10. Soren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Trefor-Blue Water at 0:48.

Stage 2:

Vuelta a Burgos 2015
Carlos Barbero (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) won Stage 1 of the Vuelta a Burgos beating Dani Moreno (Katusha) and Jesus Herrada (Movistar) in the uphill sprint finish in Clunia. Barbero clung to Moreno before jumping past him with 100 meters to go. Colombian Miguel Angel Rubiano opened the summit finish sprint before Moreno passed the struggling Rubiano, to drag Barbero to the line. The Astana, Katusha and AG2R-La Mondiale teams controlled the race for most of the stage which did nothing for the French team, but Astana’s Luis Leon Sanchez was 4th and Mikel Landa 10th.

AG2R-La Mondiale had Alexis Gougeard (AG2R-La Mondiale) in the days break along with Egoitz García (Murias Taldea), Fabio Duarte (Colombia), Arnau Solé (Burgos-BH) and Luis Mas Bonet (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), but with Astana and Katusha chasing they stood no chance. Jon Ander Insausti (Murias Taldea) also tried for a solo win before the final climb, he also stood no chance.

Vuelta a Burgos Stage 1 Result:
1. Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA in 3:34:43
2. Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha
3. Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar
4. Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Astana at 0:02
5. David Belda (Spa) BurgosBH at 0:03
6. Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini
7. Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar
8. Ángel Madrazo (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
9. Miguel Angel Rubiano (Col) Colombia
10. Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana.

Vuelta a Burgos Overall After Stage 1:
1. Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA in 3:34:43
2. Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha
3. Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar
4. Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Astana at 0:02
5. David Belda (Spa) Burgos BH at 0:03
6. Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini
7. Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar
8. Ángel Madrazo (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
9. Miguel Angel Rubiano (Col) Colombia
10. Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana.

Burgos stage 1:

Astana won the Stage 2 13 kilometer team time trial of the Tour of Burgos on Wednesday, through the streets of Burgos, including the climb to the Castle. Astana had a strong contingent of Landa, León Sánchez, Miguel Angel Lopez, Kozhatayev, Malacarne, Scarponi, Taaramae and Vanotti which showed a differences on the winding, city course with cobblestones that caused some riders problems. Luis León Sánchez is the new overall leader. The previous leader Carlos Barbero (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) crashed on the cobbles in the last meters, as did David Arroyo and Mikel Landa.

Vuelta a Burgos Stage 2 Result:
1. Astana in 14:50
2. Caja Rural-Seguros RGA at 0:28
3. Movistar
4. Katusha at 0:32
5. AG2R-La Mondiale at 0:34
6. Burgos-BH at 0:38
7. Bretagne-Séché Environniment at 0:42
8. Southeast at 0:43
9. Nippo-Vini Fantini at 0:45
10. Colombia at 0:55.

Vuelta a Burgos Overall After Stage 2:
1. Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Astana in 3:49:35
2. Rein Taaramae (Est) Astana at 0:01
3. Miguel Lopez Moreno (Spa) Astana
4. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana
5. Carlos Barbero (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA at 0:26
6. Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar
7. Ángel Madrazo (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA at 0:29
8. David Arroyo David (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
9. Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar
10. Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Movistar.

Burgos stage 2:

No Vuelta for ten Dam?
LottoNL-Jumbo’s Laurens ten Dam was hit from behind by a fast moving vehicle on Wednesday while training, he was taken to hospital with injuries to his back and arms. It is now not known if he will be able to start la Vuelta a España starting on the 22nd of August.

Laurens ten Dam:
Liege - Bastogne - Liege 2015 (1.UWT)

Cancellara set to return at the Vuelta a España
Fabian Cancellara will make his return to competition at the Tour of Spain. Cancellara sustained two transverse process fractures in two vertebrae bones of the lower back while wearing the yellow jersey on stage three of the Tour de France.

“The initial plan was to return to racing at the Eneco Tour next week,” says Cancellara. “But it’s too early. I’m still experiencing some pain when I’m doing high intensity, even though I have been training since more than a week with training rides of up to four hours. I’d love to race already, but my body is just not ready yet.”

Cancellara had almost the exact fracture earlier in the season during the E3 Harelbeke. Two months later he returned at the Tour de Fjords race in Norway. The start of the Vuelta will mark six and a half weeks since his crash at the Tour de France, a significant difference in time with a much quicker reappearance to the racing scene.

“I’ll be at the start of the Vuelta for the seventh time now. It’s a race that I like: lots of kilometers, hard racing, good roads and fans that appreciate our sport. Above all I want to get back into the habit of racing and help our leaders, starting with the team time trial in Marbella. I want to be as good as I can at the Worlds. I’ll suffer to get through the first week, but I need competition.”

Fabian Cancellara in yellow:
Tour de France 2015 - stage 3

No Airgas-Safeway team in the USA Pro Challenge
Chris Horner’s Airgas-Safeway team has not been invited to ride the USA Pro Challenge starting on the 17th of August. The sixteen teams announced consist of four WorldTour teams: BMC, Cannondale-Garmin, Trek and Tinkoff-Saxo. Pro Continental teams: Novo Nordisk, UnitedHealthcare, Drapac from Australia and Caja Rural-Seguros RGA from Spain. The Continental teams are: Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies, Team SmartStop, Hincapie, Jamis-Hagens Berman, Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis, Axeon, Team Budget Forklifts and the Israeli professional team; Cycling Academy.

Teams for the 2015 USA Pro Challenge:
BMC Racing Team (USA)
Team Cannondale-Garmin (USA)
Trek Factory Racing (USA)
Tinkoff-Saxo (RUS)
Caja Rural-Seguros RGA (ESP)
Drapac Professional Cycling (AUS)
Team Novo Nordisk (USA)
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team (USA)
Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies (USA)
Team SmartStop (USA)
Hincapie Racing Team (USA)
Jamis-Hagens Berman (USA)
Jelly Belly presented by MAXXIS (USA)
Axeon Cycling Team (USA)
Team Budget Forklifts (AUS)
Cycling Academy (ISR).

2014 USA Pro Challenge:

Etixx – Quick-Step Reaches Deal with Davide Martinelli For Next Two Seasons
Etixx – Quick-Step announces that they have reached a deal with Italian rider Davide Martinelli for the next two seasons (2016-2017).

Martinelli, born in 1993, is a powerful rouleur. In his last years as an Under 23 rider, Martinelli, born in 1993, stood out for some important achievements, including three consecutive TT national championships, a second place in the 2014 European TT championships, and the green jersey for the points classification at the 2014 Tour de l’Avenir. This year he has made his mark in the Parma-La Spezia and scored a sixth place in the Roubaix, as well as coming in 11th in the Tour des Flandres Under 23 race.

“For me this is a dream come true,” explains Davide, son of Sports Director Giuseppe Martinelli. “Over the winter I started talks with the team though the Team talent scout Joxean Matxin. Before the Roubaix in the end of May, I went to the Bakala Academy, the Belgian team’s centre for high performance, for the evaluation test. After which, at the end of the Tour de France I was contacted and I signed my first professional contract. Personally this is a fantastic achievement and I thank Etixx – Quick-Step and Patrick Lefevere for the faith they’ve placed in me. I love the Belgian races, the Northern routes, and I don’t think there is any better team for these types of races. Now I want to finish out my season as best I can with team Colpack and then in December I will embark on this excellent adventure among the pros.”

“We’ve been following Davide for quite some time through our talent scout perusing the youth ranks,” said the team’s CEO Patrick Lefevere. “He won us over with his athletic skill and his vision of cycling. We think he can become an important rider to our team structure, especially in the Northern races, and in this first phase as a support to the team leader. Davide is a big rouleur and a strong time trialist, yet he can also hold his own in tight bunch sprints, as his results show. We are confident that it won’t take him long to become an athlete who can really stand out on the international cycling scene.”

Davide Martinelli:
ITT World Championships (Men Under 23)

Jorge Arcas to join Movistar Team in 2016
Movistar Team is pleased to announce that Jorge Arcas -Sabiñánigo, Huesca (ESP); 1992- will become its first signing for the 2016 season, coming from Spanish amateur squad Lizarte.

Arcas, who joins on a two-year contract, is a talented allrounder -huge climbing abilities, always regular and consistent after spending most of his U23 stage as domestique for older leaders- who has gained massive prestige in the last two seasons thanks to ten victories, which include the overall victory in the 2014 Torneo Lehendakari -the Basque Federation’s ranking for riders up to 22 years old-, stage wins in renowned stage races like the Vuelta a Palencia and the Vuelta a Navarra, as well as the GC of the Two Days of Álava last year.

The Spaniard will join Dayer Quintana and Marc Soler in the telephone squad, both team-mates of him in the past at Lizarte and the last men to have joined the Movistar Team from the amateur scene. The Blues will thus continue to support young talent as they build their squad for another challenging season in 2016.

Jorge Arcas:

Giuliano Calore Sets a New Record!
Down the Stelvio Pass on a Bike with Neither Handlebar nor Brakes at the Age of 77
A great, almost unbelievable achievement, the one that saw Giuliano Calore coming down the Stelvio no handed, with his bike without brakes and handlebars, during the night of July 31st 2015. “It has been the most difficult record attempt in my life, I was ready for days but we had to wait for good weather conditions! This night at the 2750 meters of the Stelvio Pass we still had a lot of wind and temperatures around zero degree, but I decided to go down anyway. And It was all simply perfect, with no crashes or stops at all!”

Despite uncertain weather conditions, Calore challenged the Stelvio and its 48 hairpin bends, showing that for him nothing is impossible. This 77 years old cyclist from Padua came down from the Stelvio at night, lighting his way only with a flashlight and partially supported by the moonlight. An exceptional challenge, who took start at 22:20 from 2,758 mt. of the Stelvio Pass, and was completed 52 minutes later at Gomagoi, altitude 1260 m. On his way down, Giuliano Calore found many obstacles: slippery roads, gusty winds, and even a lot of highly dangerous stones on the asphalt.

The record attempt was filmed by the crew of the documentary film “48 Hairpin Bends by Night”, written by Fabrizio Lussu and Anna Grendele and directed by Fabrizio Lussu, produced by Stuffilm, out in December 2015. For months our cameras have followed Giuliano Calore in order to depict this intriguing and complex character, able of conquering 12 Guinness World Records up and down the greatest cycling mountains with his specialissima bike. How can he do this kind of things? What leads a man to this kind of crazy attempts? Ambition? Madness? Giuliano Calore’s challenges become a living metaphor of our lives, a descent into our fears, ambitions, motivations and dreams. Out by the end of the year, the film can already be ordered at discounted price on Reelhouse in DVD format or streaming/download.

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