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Ezequiel Mosquera is innocent? The Spanish courts seem to think so. Three cyclo-cross races to watch this morning, plus all the other cycling news. Caleb Ewan on a roll Down Under, new jerseys, bikes & riders, team news and some fun from Bradley and Peter. Back to work EuroTrash coffee time.

TOP STORY: Mosquera Un-Banned by Spanish Courts
According to Spanish sports paper AS, ex-rider Ezequiel Mosquera has had his two-year doping ban overturned by the Spanish courts. Mosquera was banned in 2011 after testing positive during the 2010 Vuelta a España, where he finished second to Vincenzo Nibali. AS reported that the Spanish High Court decided to overrule the Spanish Cycling Federation ban. Mosquera denied that he had doped, but could not explain how hydroxyethyl was found in his system. It is very unlikely that Mosquera will make a comeback at 39. It is not known if he will be taking legal action against the Federation or the Vacansoleil-DCM team which sacked him after the ban was announced.

Ezequiel Mosquera holding off Vincenzo Nibali on the Bola del Mundo in the Vuelta 2010:
Vuelta 2010 20e etappe

header-soudal14-leftSoudal Classics – Leuven 2015
Nineteen year old Mathieu van der Poel (BKCP-Powerplus) won the Soudal Cyclocross in Leuven on Sunday, second was Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) who out-sprinted Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) and Laurens Sweeck (Corendon-Kwadro).

Diether Sweeck (Corendon-Kwadro) and Joeri Adams (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace) were the early leaders and by the end of the second lap eleven riders had a lead on the race and were going to be fighting for the win. Laurens Sweeck attacked through the pit area and Van der Poel and Meeusen jumped after him to be eventually joined by Pauwels, Adams and German champion Philipp Walsleben (BKCP-Powerplus). Van der Poel looked to be going through a bad patch which allowed Sweeck to gain more ground.

The chase work was down to Meeusen with Pauwels, Walsleben and Van der Poel hanging on to give five leaders up front on the 5th lap. Van der Poel had come round and attacked on the road section as Sweeck and Pauwels tried to pull him back. Sweeck tried a solo chase and got to 10 seconds of Van Der Poel, but was in turn caught by Meeusen as Walsleben crashed. With two laps to go; Sweeck and Meeusen were 12 seconds down, but they eased off and at the start of the last lap Van Der Poel had 40 seconds in hand over Pauwels, Sweeck and Meeusen. At the finish Van Der Poel had lot’s of time to enjoy his win as Meeusen surprised the others in the sprint for second. Walsleben was 5th.

Winner Mathieu Van Der Poel (BKCP-Powerplus): “I wasn’t enjoying a super day. I was able to profit from an attack where I received a good gap. I wanted to try something and that way at least Philipp could profit. They hesitated behind me. If you’re riding for the victory then it feels different. The forest was technical too. That favors me. Now it’s an easy week and hopefully I’ll take my first national championship in the Elite Men category.”

Second Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea): “I wanted to leave this race with positive sensations and if I wanted to follow Mathieu then I would’ve hit the red zone.”

Third Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games): “Nobody wanted to chase him [Van Der Poel]. Just before that he seemed to have a bad moment and I had just closed a gap.”

Fourth Laurens Sweeck (Corendon-KwadrO): “On the last lap I got stuck on the climb in the section where I made the difference every lap. That’s why we were together with three. Meeusen came from behind with a lot of speed. I quickly realized it wasn’t going to happen for me. It’s sad I missed out on the podium.”

Still not at full strength, Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink) finished 12th: “It was bad. I can’t say much more. It’s not good. Probably I didn’t recover from the tough race in Baal. I’m back to where I was. I can’t do much about it. I did everything I could to keep improving but it’s getting worse again. That’s a sign that it’s not good. I have to live with it. I ride as good as I can but there’s not much fun about it. It’s annoying but that’s sport at the highest level.”

Soudal Classics – Leuven Result:
1. Mathieu Van Der Poel (Ned) BKCP-Powerplus
2. Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea
3. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games
4. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Corendon-KwadrO
5. Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus
6. Joeri Adams (Bel) Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace
7. Vincent Baestaens (Bel)
8. Corné Van Kessel Telenet-Fidea
9. Martin Bina (Cze) Corendon-KwadrO
10. Radomir Simunek (Cze) Corendon-KwadrO.

The full race from Leuven by Vier:

header-surhuisterveen15Cyclocross Centrumcross van Surhuisterveen 2015
Lars van der Haar (Giant-Shimano), the current Dutch champion was the strongest rider in the Centrumcross van Surhuisterveen beating Corné van Kessel with Stan Godrie getting the better of Twan van den Brand for third.

With none of the Belgian riders and Matthieu van der Poel not at the race, Lars van der Haar only had Corné van Kessel as any competition. Van Kessel put in a fast star, but Van der Haar was soon on his wheel. But the pair eased off which allowed Stan Godrie and Niels Wubben to get back to the front. After three laps Van der Haar made his solo move and the race was as good as over. Van Kessel managed to hold the Dutch champion at 10 seconds but this stretched to 45 seconds by the end of the day.

Cyclocross Centrumcross van Surhuisterveen Result:
1. Lars van der Haar (Ned) Giant-Shimano
2. Corné van Kessel (Ned) Telenet-Fidea
3. Stan Godrie (Ned) Rabobank Development Team
4. Twan van den Brand (Ned)
5. Gert-Jan Bosman (Ned)
6. Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank Development Team
7. Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned)
8. Mariusz Gil (Pol)
9. Kenneth Van Compernolle (Bel) Colba-Superano Ham
10. Martijn Budding (Ned) Rabobank Development Team

Full race:

header-bpost-trofee14Bpost Bank Trofee-GP Sven Nys-Baal 2015
Wout Van Aert (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace) easily won round 7 of the Bpost Bank Trofee-GP Sven Nys in Baal, Belgium on Thursday, New Year’s Day. Van Aert beat Dutch champion Lars van der Haar (Giant-Shimano) by 46 seconds and Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) by 56 seconds. Sven Nys (Creland-AA Drink) looked like he would get on the podium of his own named race, but blew near the end and punctured on the last lap.

Sven Nys pleased his home crowd when he shot into the lead by jumping the barriers and moving into the lead halfway through the race. Van Aert chased down Nys with Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) for company, but Meeusen punctured at the wrong moment and lost his position at the front to finish 9th. Van Aert was left to solo on for the win, leaving Nys and Pauwels well behind, as his teammate Gianni Vermeersch (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace) passed Nys for fourth.

Van Aert leads by 6:07 over Pauwels and cannot lose the BpostBank Trofee with one round to go, the Krawatencross in Lille in February. Van Aert doesn’t have to ride, but is looking forward to celebrating the overall win.

Race winner Wout Van Aert (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace): “I had something left in my tank during the second half of the race and got into the lead together with Tom Meeusen. Apparently he had a mechanical so I ended up riding solo at quite a distance from the finish. Quickly I had a big gap. Without the bad luck for Tom it would’ve been more exciting. Before the season this wasn’t what we expected. Now I’m heading to the Belgian championships with the hope for the victory. I don’t have to win as there are many more chances remaining in the future.”

2nd Lars Van Der Haar (Giant Shimano): “When Nys attacked I briefly had a bad moment. I hoped the pace would drop but then Van Aert went flat out. At that moment it wasn’t possible to keep up.”

4th Gianni Vermeersch (Sunweb-Napoleon Games): Top five seems possible at the Belgian championships. A selection for the world championships? If I keep racing like this then hopefully it’ll follow automatically,” Vermeersch told Sporza.

Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink) looked better than he had for a while to finish 5th: “It wasn’t bad, better than Loenhout. It wasn’t possible to force things but I ended up riding in front nevertheless. Wout was playing with the pedals but I couldn’t help giving it a shot. Right after that he attacked and I had to search for my own rhythm.” The Belgian championships? “Maybe a podium is possible but nothing more. One rider is a level above the rest. You’re blind if you’re denying that.”

Bpost Bank Trofee-GP Sven Nys-Baal Result:
1. Wout Van Aert (Bel) Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace in 1:06:11
2. Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Giant-Shimano at 0:46
3. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games at 0:56
4. Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games at 1:24
5. Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan-AA Drink at 1:54
6. Rob Peeters (Bel) Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace at 2:01
7. Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games at 2:16
8. Joeri Adams (Bel) Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace at 2:19
9. Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 2:21
10. Marcel Meisen (Ger) Corendon-KwadrO at 3:18.

Last lap action from Baal by Sporza:

header-oricage14Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic 2015
Young gun Caleb Ewan has continued his fairytale start to 2015, his first full season as a professional, taking out the second criterium at the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic. Unlike yesterday’s victory, which came from a two-man breakaway, Ewan sat back until the final moments to take the sprint victory courtesy of his team’s lead-out. Sheltered from the belting winds by his teammates all day, the 20-year-old said his job was easy in the finish after a strong ORICA-GreenEDGE controlled much of the day’s action.

“As you saw the boys pretty much rode on the front from start to finish and blew the race to pieces,” Ewan said. “I didn’t have to touch the wind the whole race. That was the plan for Mitch (Docker) to lead me out at the finish. The other guys took Mitch, Heppy (Michael Hepburn) and I to 500 meters to go and once they hit the front the race was done.”

Unlike the women’s race, the action in the men’s began from the gun, a two-rider move establishing a 25second gap. The duo were joined by a chase group, policed by ORICA-GreenEDGE rider Leigh Howard, before South Australian Miles Scotson made a counter solo attempt. But all was back together thanks to the work of ORICA-GreenEGDE’s Damien Howson and Cameron Meyer who controlled the peloton for much of the race.

In the end, the remaining power of Hepburn and Docker in the lead-out was too much for their opponents, setting up another comfortable win for Ewan to extend his overall lead in the series. Sport director Matt Wilson said the team was content to let the race play out with the overall aim a sprint finish for Ewan. “The guys didn’t need to do anything fancy,” Wilson explained. “We had the lead and we have probably the fastest guy in the race so the guys were just up there covering, which is what you saw Leigh (Howard) do, and then they just controlled it behind to make sure nothing got too out of hand. “You saw there was only four or five guys left to sprint in the finish and we still had two fresh guys there to lead Caleb out.”

Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic 2015 Day 1 Result:
1. Caleb Ewan (Orica-GreenEDGE) in 1:00:51
2. Greg Henderson (NZ National Team)
3. Ian Bibby (Chain Reaction)
4. Luke Parker (Total Rush Hyster)
5. Jonathan Cantwell (Swift Carbon Melbourne Cycling League)
6. Ryan Thomas (Data #3 Symantec Racing)
7. Joseph Lewis (Total Rush Hyster)
8. Benjamin Hill (Chartermason Giant Racing)
9. Kristian House (JLT Condor p/b Mavic)
10. Alder Martz (Health.com.au-Search2Retain).

Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic 2015 Day 2:

header-roompot-leftTeam Roompot Presentation
The new Dutch Roompot team was presented at the first night of the Rotterdam ‘6 Days’ in the Ahoy velodrome on Friday.

Team manager Erik Breukink announced that the all Dutch squad will start the 2015 season in Mallorca before all the Spring Classics, but is not considering a Grand Tour in it’s first year. “We have not even tried for the Giro, and the Tour is not realistic.”

presentation Team Roompot - Orange Cycling Team  2015

header-bretagneNew Jersey for Bretagne-Séché Environnement
The French pro continental team Bretagne-Séché Environnement has changed their kit for the 2015 season for a mostly black design with bright green edging.

Bretagne-Séché-Environnement Team 2015:
Jean-Marc Bideau, Matthieu Boulo, Frédéric Brun, Maxime Cam, Anthony Delaplace, Pierrick Fedrigo, Brice Feillu, Romain Feillu, Armindo Fonseca, Arnaud Gerard, Florian Guillou, Jonathan Hivert, Yauheni Hutarovich, Benoît Jarrier, Christophe Laborie, Kevin Ledanois, Daniel McLay, Pierre-Luc Perichon, Eduardo Sepulveda, Florian Vachon.


header-lottonl-jumboleftNew LottoNL-Jumbo Bianchi Bikes
The new Dutch LottoNL-Jumbo team will be astride the new Bianchi Oltre XR.2, here they are lined up ready to rock at their Spanish training camp.

trainingscamp Lptto.nl/Jumbo in Alicante

header-wanty-leftTom Devriendt signs with Wanty-Groupe Gobert
Tom Devriendt will be part of Wanty-Groupe Gobert for the next two seasons. The rider from Otegem, West-Flanders is a sprinter who does well in short, explosive sprints but also handles more difficult, uphill sprints well. Devriendt sees himself mostly as teammate in his first season with the team.

“I want to learn in my first year, especially from the older, more experienced guys,” the 23-year old former 3M-rider explains. “I hope to be a good teammate and do what is asked from me, well. I am thinking mostly about leading out the sprint for Roy Jans. That makes me a better rider too.”

Sports director Hilaire Van Der Schueren has been following Devriendt’s results for a while now.

“Tom fits well in the Wanty-Groupe Gobert system. He can lead out a sprint but is pretty fast himself too. He has potential and I have been following him for a while now. In our team he now gets the chance to show that he has the capabilities to become a procyclist.”

Devriendt’s initial race schedule will comprise of the smaller races.

“From the Three-Days De Panne I had been struggling with a back injury, especially in the second half of the season. Later I was diagnosed with a herniated disc but things are much,much better now.”

Devriendt is the 21st rider for Wanty-Groupe Gobert in 2015. Francis De Greef recently signed a new, one-year contract extension.

“It is widely known that Francis has the class to do more than what he did in 2014. He rode top 20 in Grand Tours many times and we would like to take this towards the top 12. Especially in our ambition to ride a Grand Tour in 2015, Francis is an important rider,” Van Der Schueren concludes.

Wanty-Groupe Gobert 2015:
Frederik Backaert (BEL), Jérôme Baugnies (BEL), Francis De Greef (BEL), Tim De Troyer (BEL), Jan Ghyselinck (BEL), Roy Jans (BEL), Björn Leukemans (BEL), Marco Minnaard (NED), Danilo Napolitano (ITA), Frédérique Robert (BEL), Mirko Selvaggi (ITA), Kévin Van Melsen (BEL), James Vanlandschoot (BEL), Frederik Veuchelen (BEL).

Simone Antonini (ITA), Tom Devriendt (BEL), Boris Dron (BEL), Yannick Eijssen (BEL), Enrico Gasparotto (ITA), Marco Marcato (ITA), Lander Seynaeve (BEL).

Wanty-Groupe Gobert training in Spain last year:

header-colombia15San Luis, Rubiano Leads Colombia-Coldeportes in Season Debut
Team Colombia-Coldeportes will start it’s 2015 season out of Europe for the second year in a row. The fourth season of Claudio Corti’s team will get underway at the Tour de San Luis (January 19th-25th), in Argentina.

The organizers of UCI South-American Tour’s most important race have confirmed a demanding route with 3 uphill finishes, Mirador de Potrero, Alto El Amago and Filo Sierras Comechingones, an individual time trial of 17 Km, whilst three stages are suitable for sprinters.

Sports Director Oscar Pellicioli will field a strong 6-man line-up: Colombian National Champion Miguel Angel Rubiano will lead the team, while seizing the opportunity to test his legs in view of the defense of his Tricolor jersey at the Colombian National Championships (February 8th), in Antioquia region, and so will youngster Edward Diaz. Rodolfo Torres will also target the mountain stages, whilst Carlos Julian Quintero and Juan Pablo Valencia will be looking for opportunities in the flat stages, and set up sprinter Leonardo Duque.

“We will start in San Luis again, which is good because it’s a demanding race with high-level competition,” DS Pellicioli said, “we will be looking to show the correct approach, showing off and targeting results from the beginning, to launch the new season on the right track.”

Colombia San Luis Line-up:
Edward Diaz, Leonardo Duque, Carlos Julian Quintero, Miguel Angel Rubiano, Rodolfo Torres, Juan Pablo Valencia.
Sports Director: Oscar Pellicioli.


header-BMC14Atapuma Attacked On Training Ride
Darwin Atapuma of the BMC Racing Team is recovering in his hometown of Túquerres, Colombia, after being attacked by a pair of bandits during a training ride earlier this week.

Atapuma was stopped by two men Tuesday who demanded he surrender his BMC teammachine SLR01. He struggled with the two – one of whom had a knife – and was cut on his left hand and wrist. The two were later apprehended by police. “It was a stressful event and I was lucky the police were able to get the two guys,” Atapuma told BMC Racing Team Chief Medical Officer Dr. Max Testa. Testa said the 2013 Tour de Pologne stage winner has a protective cast on his arm and will have to ride indoors the next 10 days. But the injuries are not expected to affect Atapuma’s racing program, which begins at the Tour Méditerranéen in France in February. He is scheduled to return to Europe in a few weeks to attend a training camp in Spain. “Darwin is in good spirits, but a little disappointed because the training was going well,” Testa said. “The day before he was attacked, he did a five-hour mountain bike ride.”

Darwin Atapuma training in Spain:

header-MTN14-leftHappy New Year from MTN-Qhubeka
The 2015 season is a go and we at MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung can’t wait to get out there racing. We were able to strengthen the depth of our roster and brought some new partners on board. Together we want to globalize the awareness of the Qhubeka project, but also share our ambitious goals in terms of development of African cycling and fruitful collaborations. Nelson Mandela once said, that “sport has the power to change the world, […] that it has the power to unite people!” Putting the meaning of these words into perspective easily describes our motivation for the coming months.

“I would like to see the team be competitive in every race we ride. Its important for us to be very visible and at the same time give everyone an opportunity to win in 2015”, says Team Manager Brian Smith. Team Principal Douglas Ryder adds: “As a Pro Conti team we are a ‘guest’ in the World Tour races so when we are given the opportunity to race in these events that we are a ‘guest’ in, we need to make every day count, take every opportunity as if it were our last. We have high expectations to make a difference to the charity Qhubeka and make a difference to so many others. That will come with exceptional performances from each and every rider stepping up to be better than they have ever been.”

The team’s goals for the upcoming season can be centered around the Spring Classics as well as the Tour de France and La Vuelta. “We have the strength and depth in the team to be able to win a Spring Classic and stages of both the Tour de France and La Vuelta. Without the 8 strong additions for 2015 the team rode their first Grand Tour‎ last year with all riders finishing. This shows determination and commitment is already dominant within the team”, Brian Smith continues. Apart from that the team is also keen to deliver at races like the National Championships in Africa, a week long stage race, and the Worlds. “It’s our goal to snatch around 20 UCI wins”, says Douglas Ryder.

As a team we are certain to leave our mark on a lot of different occasions. “In doing so, we will not focus on the rider but on the groups to do well in specific races, we will prepare the best classic riders to be the best they can be in the Classics, the best stage race riders and sprinters to make the biggest impact in the stage races and the best climbers to reach for the stars in the high mountains”, he continues, while Brian Smith adds: “‎I really can’t single out many of the riders within our team to watch in 2015 as we are expecting performances from all. Yet, I would love to see Songezo Jim with his hands in the air as he is Mr Qhubeka!”

Bearing this in mind all the team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung is looking forward to an exciting 2015 season. We hope you as our fans will continue your amazing support. Be sure to keep in touch with us on our website and social channels, as we are also planning a good amount of action on your side as well.
Happy New Years!


header-giantalp15Team Giant-Alpecin to Expand Team of Technical Partners
Riders to benefit from the latest innovative products from Oakley and Giant from 2015 onwards.

Team Giant-Alpecin is pleased to announce that several new partners will come on board from 2015 to bolster the list of technical partners supplying some of the latest, most innovative products available in cycling.

Oakley is one of the leading product design and sport performance brands in the world known for its insuperable eyewear and lens technologies, among other things. As one of the most iconic and inimitable brands on the market, Oakley boasts innovations that world-class athletes around the globe depend on to compete at the highest level possible.

As a result, the company’s partnership with Team Giant-Alpecin comes as no surprise. The German based team will continue to keep Oakley at the front of the peloton, while the eyewear brand keeps the team seeing clear and protected during some of the most challenging races on the planet.

Team Giant-Alpecin general manager, Iwan Spekenbrink commented on the new partnerships: “Our way of working, to constantly keep challenging ourselves as a team on and off the bike means that it is important to work closely with our technical partners to get the best out of the competitive equipment that our riders and staff use in this ever-evolving environment.

“Working with partners who also keep challenging in their fields, to allow our team to compete in the best possible conditions, allows us to push the boundaries of the alternative elite sports environment that we aim to create – an environment represented by the second stripe of our visual identity.”

Giant, the world leader in bicycle technology and craftsmanship, has also been strongly committed to developing high-performance rider gear to enhance the cycling experience. From the 2015 season the team’s bike supplier, and major sponsor, Giant will also be providing a full range of high-performance Giant helmets to choose from, including the superlight, highly ventilated and superior fitting Rev model. Giant has also been working with its world-class team of designers, engineers and aerodynamics experts to develop cutting-edge aero road and time-trial helmets, and these new developments will be proven at the highest level by the team’s riders

For more information on the aforementioned technical partners, visit their respective websites, Oakley and Giant.

The full range of technical partners will be confirmed and communicated on January 7, at the Team Giant-Alpecin Team Launch in Berlin.

Lars van der Haar wearing the new helmet and glasses:

Video – 2014 season victories for a happy 2015
Team LAMPRE-MERIDA wish a happy 2015 to all the cycling fans and dedicate to them a present: a video-collection of the best victories that the blue-fuchsia-green riders obtained in 2014.

Niemiec Przemyslaw (Lampre-Merida) 2014 Vuelta de España stage 14 to La Camperona:
Tour of Spain 2014 stage - 14

header-lottonl-jumboleftHappy New Year from Team LottoNL-Jumbo
On behalf of the whole Team LottoNL-Jumbo Laurens ten Dam, Wilco Kelderman, Robert Gesink, Sep Vanmarcke and Rick Flens wish you a Happy, Healthy & Successful New Year!
See you soon!

Team LottoNL-Jumbo

header-sky-leftBradley Wiggins on TV
On New Year’s Eve Bradley Wiggins appeared on a British national TV chat show and maybe he had been enjoying himself a little too much in the ‘Green Room’ and said a few things maybe he shouldn’t, especially about his wife.

Here is the full program:

Or a short excerpt:

header-tinkoffsaxo14-leftPeter Sagan at Play!
Peter likes to show off, but isn’t that what cycling needs?

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