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EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!

Niki Terpstra pulled off quite a coup in the final stage of the ENECO Tour, finishing second and taking the overall victory. We have all the results, reports, quotes and video from the ENECO Tour, Giro dell’Emilia, Coppa Sabatini and the Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli. In other cycling news: Milano-Torino, GranPiemonte, contract news from BMC, Trek-Segafredo and TJ Sports. Plus Endura to carry on with Movistar and a Tour of Britain re-cap. Big EuroTrash coffee time.

TOP STORY: A TUE Too Far?
The ‘Fancy Bear’ hackers have released more cases of TUE use in the peloton. This time Fabian Cancellara, Stephen Cummings and Jacob Fuglsang have been singled out. The accusations against Bradley Wiggins are fact, he had intramuscular injections just before three Grand Tours. On British TV Wiggins said it was to “level the playing field” which sounds familiar, but, in the end he didn’t break the letter of the law. The people’s court is still out on whether he has broken a moral law and the trust of the people. The question is: Did he need these strong medicines at that time?

The difference between the Wiggins and the Cancellara/Cummings/Fuglsang case is that Cancellara needed his medication (see photo) and was given it in the accident and emergency department of a hospital. Cummings was given his TUE for Salbutamol in 2008, it is now permitted without a TUE, up to a certain amount, but in 2008 it was banned totally. He also had an inhaler for 12 months. Fuglsang’s case looks like an administration problem with missing or wrong details. Nothing to see.

It looks like the ‘Fancy Bears’ started with the best muck to sling and are now scraping the bottom of the barrel. But they have brought the use of TUEs out into the open.

The Trek-Segafredo Press Release:
Trek-Segafredo and Fabian Cancellara confirm that Cancellara received therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) for the treatment of severe allergic reactions to bee stings on August 17, 2011, and May 18, 2013.

The treatments were administered in respective urgent care centers where Cancellara was treated, and not by a team doctor. These therapeutic use exemptions are currently being reported in the media without any context provided, damaging the image of both the athlete and the team.

Trek-Segafredo and Fabian Cancellara are disappointed with the leaks of Cancellara’s medical records from the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) database, and the team and Cancellara want to stress that the correct procedures to find and document the treatment with the authorities were followed.

Additionally, Cancellara publicized his incidents on social media at that time and the news was covered in the mainstream cycling media.

Can’t argue with the photos:
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ENECO Tour 2016
With a powerful sprint finish after a hectic finalé to Stage 4 of the Eneco Tour, Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) took another win, his second in two days, with a bike throw to the line deciding the victor. Peter held off the charge from behind on the headwind finish, timing his lunge to perfection to take the win and the 10 second bonus that moved him into the overall race lead, by 7 seconds.

The day’s break initially started with two riders, Mark McNally (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Brian Van Goethem (Roompot Oranje Peloton), before two more jumped across, Sjoerd Van Ginneken (Roompot-Oranje Peloton) and Bert Van Lerberghe (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise), the gap in the early stages of the race. With Peter Sagan so close to the top of the GC, Tinkoff was one of the teams that helped control the peloton, but the catch came earlier than expected with still over 50 kilometers to race. From here the attacks came thick and fast, with several groups moving clear and the guys needing to stay attentive to what moves were going up the road. To make things more difficult, the race had entered the tough finishing circuit with cobblestones and two climbs to negotiate.

Eventually, Astana’s Dimitriy Gruzdev and Andriy Grivko pulled clear and the pace was fast but controlled behind for the last 30km. These two swept up the golden kilometer bonus seconds before being caught in the final kilometers from which point another hectic sprint unravelled.

Holding his position in the line, then jumping at just the right moment, Peter was able to power clear and timed it to perfection to hold off a fast closing André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) from behind, giving him his third win in five days.

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Stage winner and overall leader, Peter Sagan (Tinkoff): “I didn’t know I’d won because it was very close with André and after I was waiting for the final result, but I’m very happy with the win because it’s another case of very good timing with the headwind finish. It was a nervous sprint at the end and I had to hold my line next to Démare, but that’s sprinting. I’m happy, it’s good that I got some more seconds from today. We want to make a good team time trial and do our best and we’ll see how it goes.”

2nd on the stage, André Greipel (Lotto Soudal): “Of course I’m disappointed that Sagan beat me today. With two kilometers to go there was a crash in the bunch. I was just behind the crash and I had to come back from the fortieth position. Thanks to a big effort of Jürgen Roelandts I still got to the front of the peloton in time. Unfortunately I already wasted a lot of energy. The team took the responsibility today and they made the race very hard. The goal was to make the race hard with ninety kilometers to go and we made it happen. I still felt good in the finale. In the last hundred meters there was a little incident with Démare and Sagan. I had to stop pedaling for a second. I was too late to beat Sagan in the sprint. At the finish line none of us knew who won, but the photo finish showed that Sagan was the fastest one today. It’s unfortunate, but I’m happy with my condition and with the work that the team has done today. I hope that further on in the Eneco Tour, the team and I will be able to show us again.”

5th on the stage, Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNl-Jumbo): “We rode fast today, the cobblestones and the hills made it hard, a fifth place after such a stage is more acceptable. Halfway through the race, I did not feel very good, but in the sprint, I felt good again. It’s like it just does not work. In the final, we were separated because we were caught on the left side after the crash. I jumped on Boasson Hagen’s wheel, but he did not move up and so I started the sprint.”

Tinkoff Sport Director, Tristan Hoffman: “From this morning we had a plan that meant that we’d need to work as we’re close in GC – everyone had to take their responsibility, so we put guys in front, when we hit the cobblestones the break came close again. Then other teams pushed on and caught the break a long way out so it was a hard race from then on. The boys did a good job to control, then it came back together at the end and we saw another super sprint from Peter. After his crash yesterday, Michael Valgren survived today – he was hurting but he’s getting better and hopefully he can be in good shape for tomorrow. The time trial is 20km – I don’t expect huge time differences, but it could go either way. There are other teams that are favorites but the boys are focused and I think we have some good horsepower to get a result.”

Boonen abandons Eneco Tour due to crash: Stage 4 of the Eneco Tour was supposed to be a quiet one for the riders, but unfortunately things took an undesired turn for seven-time Monument winner Tom Boonen, who went down in the second hour of racing and landed on his head, after hitting a pothole as he was trying to get food from his pocket.

Right after the incident, reminiscent of the one in the 2015 Abu Dhabi Tour, where Tom crashed and hit his head, suffering a left temporal bone fracture, the 35-year-old was attended by Etixx – Quick-Step’s doctor, who decided that the best thing for Tom – who had a few abrasions on his body – was to abandon the race as precautionary measure and go by ambulance to the nearest hospital, so that his condition gets evaluated.

Fortunately, the cervical X-ray he underwent at the St. Vincentius Hospital in Deinze didn’t reveal any injury, so Tom – winner of three races this season – was cleared by the doctors to go home, where he is to rest until the end of the week, before returning to training.

ENECO Tour Stage 4 Result:
1. Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff in 4:42:12
2. André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal
3. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha
4. Arnaud Démare (Fra) FDJ
5. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo
6. John Degenkolb (Ger) Giant-Alpecin
7. Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data
8. Amaury Capiot (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
9. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
10. Luka Mezgec (Slo) Orica-BikeExchange.

ENECO Tour Overall After Stage 4:
1. Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff in 13:17:29
2. Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC at 0:07
3. Jos van Emden (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo at 0:12
4. Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana at 0:20
5. Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar at 0:21
6. Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling
7. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo at 0:22
8. Matthias Brändle (Aut) IAM Cycling
9. Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNl-Jumbo at 0:23
10. Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC.

ENECO Stage 4:

BMC Racing Team dominated the Eneco Tour Stage 5 Team Time Trial by smashing the 20.9km course to cross the line with a six second margin. As two-time UCI World Champions in the discipline, BMC Racing Team started the stage as the favorites and put in a performance that sees Rohan Dennis take back the overall lead with two stage remaining.

The time to beat changed throughout the day and out on the course BMC Racing Team, the third-to-last team to roll down the start ramp, was looking to better 23:17, the time set by Etixx – Quick-Step.

In a brilliant show of strength and teamwork BMC Racing Team crossed the line with all eight riders and clocked 23:11 which was more than enough to claim the stage win and reshuffle the General Classification.

Dennis now leads the race by 16 seconds over teammate Taylor Phinney, and 24 seconds over Tony Martin (Etixx-QuickStep). Manuel Quinziato and Greg Van Avermaet sit in seventh and eighth respectively to make it four riders in the top ten for BMC Racing Team. The team time trial win was also enough to put BMC Racing Team in first position on the team classification, 23 seconds in front of Team LottoNl-Jumbo.

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Overall leader, Rohan Dennis (BMC): “We finished with 8 riders and we showed that there is a reason why we are the number one team in the world when it comes to the TTT. We weren’t too stressed about performing. It was more about how much time we would take out of Sagan and Tinkoff. I am pretty satisfied with how we did. It wasn’t perfect today. We still have some stuff to work on and you never win easily so everyone in the team suffered a bit but we worked really well together. I would have been happy to finish the TTT with an advantage of anything over 20 seconds and I was aiming personally for around 30 to 40 so to get 34 seconds in the end and bring me to a 27 second advantage in the GC was good. Although it is by no means a given that we will take the win, it will make it a bit easier. I don’t race in Belgium or Holland that often so I have to look to riders like Greg Van Avermaet, Manuel Quinziato and Daniel Oss for direction and the best thing to do at certain stages at the race. We have Taylor Phinney, Van Avermaet, Quinziato and myself in the top ten so we have a lot of cards to play in that sense and if one of us wins that’s great. If that means the team wins but I lose it doesn’t matter if it is still BMC on the podium.”

3rd overall, Tony Martin (Etixx – Quick-Step): “This was one of the nicest team time trial I’ve ever done. The course was beautiful and our team was strong and coherent. Every rider gave it his all and was motivated to work hard for a good result. We missed Tom Boonen, as he is a super strong guy and as the 8th man we could have saved more energy, but we are satisfied with the way we rode.”

4th overall, Peter Sagan (Tinkoff): “We knew it would be a difficult team time trial as we were racing against some of the world’s best teams. We gave our best and I don’t see what we could have done better. I am now fourth in the GC, 27 seconds behind Dennis but with all the bonus seconds up for grabs in the last two stages, we still have options. It will be tough and we will have to race smart on Saturday and Sunday.”

6th overall, Jos van Emden (LottoNl-Jumbo): “Third was actually good for us, maybe I was riding too fast on the first climb when Robert Wagner got into trouble. Today, I went like a rocket, but it makes the rest of the guys suffer more. I started with the idea to compete for the win.”

5th team, Matthias Brändle (IAM Cycling): “We lacked enough speed especially during that second climb, and we just were not able to have the perfect performance. In spite of that, we put down a pretty good time for an adequate result. And we still have the weekend to go for that beautiful stage win.”

8th overall, Greg Van Avermaet (BMC): “It was a great feeling to win with the team. We are World Champions in this discipline so we always have to defend this title every time and we are pretty happy that we did it. We have such a strong team and all eight riders put a real effort into it and that’s what makes us the best team on the day.”

ENECO Tour Stage 5 Result:
1. BMC at 23:11
2. Etixx – Quick Step at 0:06
3. LottoNl-Jumbo at 0:23
4. Movistar at 0:25
5. IAM Cycling at 0:26
6. Lotto Soudal at 0:29
7. Giant-Alpecin at 0:33
8. Tinkoff at 0:34
9. Sky at 0:38
10. FDJ at 0:40.

ENECO Tour Overall After Stage 5:
1. Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC in 13:40:47
2. Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC at 0:16
3. Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx – Quick Step at 0:24
4. Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff at 0:27
5. Niki Terpstra (Ned) Etixx – Quick Step
6. Jos Van Emden (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo at 0:28
7. Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC at 0:29
8. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC at 0:33
9. Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx – Quick Step at 0:36
10. Marcel Kittel (Ger) Etixx – Quick Step at 0:37.

ENECO Stage 5:

The break managed to stay clear of the bunch for Luka Pibernik (Lampre-Merida) to take the victory in Stage 6 of the ENECO Tour on Saturday. The Slovenian rider won the sprint from the remainder of the escape: Mark McNally (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Bert Van Lerberghe (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Alexis Gougeard (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Chad Haga (Giant-Alpecin).

The bunch was brought in by Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) in 6th place ahead of Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) and Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data). Rohan Dennis (BMC) held his 16 second overall lead over teammate, Taylor Phinney and 24 on Tony Martin (Etixx – Quick-Step) going into Sunday’s final stage 7 finishing in Geraardsbergen.

The break of the day had a maximum lead of 4 minutes, but with Chad Haga at only 56 seconds on the overall, BMC wanted to keep them close and in the end the bunch could see the break at the finish.

Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) had said he would try to pick up bonus seconds during the stage, but the break took all the sprints and at the finish the World champion was only 45th and so is still at 27 seconds down on Dennis.

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Stage winner, Luka Pibernik (Lampre-Merida): “I won my first World Tour race, I’m very satisfied. Today it was my turn to try to join the breakaways and I succeeded in joining the right one. The co-operation between the breakaway members was very good, we were only focused on defending our advantage on the peloton. Only when we entered the final kilometer, I realized that we had the opportunity to won the stage. In my opinion, Gougeard was the strongest rider in the breakaway, so I decided to begin the sprint following him, however at 250 meters to the finish I preferred to begin my sprint and it was the winning choice.”

6th overall, Jos van Emden (LottoNl-Jumbo): “It’s always nice to have course knowledge, but I need to know the roads of every stage. It saves a lot of energy when you have the home advantage,” Van Emden said. “It would be a highlight for me this season if I can hold my place in the GC. I have my own chances in this race, and it’s nice if I can follow through with it tomorrow.”

19th on the stage, Dylan Groenewegen (LottNl-Jumbo): “It looked like a criterium with all the turns in the final,” said Groenewegen after his 19th place. “We were separated under one-kilometer arch and I knew we could not get the breakaway. Then we took a roundabout on the wrong side and I realized that it was over for me. Tomorrow is an important day for the GC, let’s see what I can do for our leaders.”

Lotto Soudal didn’t get through the sixth stage without damage. Marcel Sieberg crashed with 55 kilometers to go. The German rider was brought to the hospital in Maastricht for a check-up. After the medical examination, the doctors diagnosed him with a non-displaced fracture of the left collarbone. Tomorrow, the rider will undergo surgery by doctor Toon Claes in Herentals. Eventually, he will be able to participate in the World Championships in Qatar.

ENECO Tour Stage 6 Result:
1. Luka Pibernik (Slo) Lampre-Merida in 4:28:45
2. Mark McNally (GB) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
3. Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
4. Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
5. Chad Haga (USA) Giant-Alpecin
6. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at0:05
7. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis
8. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
9. Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ
10. Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) IAM Cycling.

ENECO Tour Overall After Stage 6:
1. Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC at 18:09:37
2. Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC at 0:16
3. Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx – Quick-Step at 0:24
4. Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff at 0:27
5. Niki Terpstra (Ned) Etixx – Quick-Step
6. Jos Van Emden (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo at 0:28
7. Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC at 0:29
8. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC at 0:33
9. Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx – Quick-Step at 0:36
10. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo at 0:38.

ENECO Stage 6:

Rain, cobblestones and a tough course with 17 hills in the Final Stage 7 on Sunday made for one of the most thrilling stages in the ENECO Tour’s history. The day started under a blue sunny sky, but things changed dramatically in the afternoon, when the rain made the roads really slippery and split the group, before taking out general classification leader Rohan Dennis (BMC), who crashed inside the last 50 kilometers.

On the second of the three laps the peloton had to cover in the final part of the punishing stage 7 (Bornem – Geraardsbergen, 197.8 kilometers), Luxembourg champion Bob Jungels (Etixx – Quick-Step) attacked and forced an important selection. The newly formed group, that also included Niki Terpstra (Etixx – Quick-Step), quickly opened on the chasers a gap of 20 seconds, which continued to grow thanks to the tremendous pace setting of an indefatigable Jungels, who pushed the pedal to the metal and played a decisive role in the outcome of the week-long race.

Victorious in Le Samyn and Dwars door het Hageland this season, both wins which came in atrocious weather conditions, Niki Terpstra was the main engine of that small group after Bob’s job was done and spent a huge amount of energy at the front, taking the Golden Kilometer bonus seconds and taming the cobbles of the Muur-Kapelmuur and Bosberg, two climbs which throughout the years witnessed how legends were born and dreams were shattered.

His glittering display under a sky full of tumultuous, dark and ragged clouds, coming straight from a painting of fellow Dutchman Jacob Abels, helped 32-year-old Niki take overall honors at the end of the grueling stage which he finished in second place, behind Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data).
Thanks to Etixx – Quick-Step for the race info.

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Stage winner, Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data): “I am really happy with how the stage went today. I was always in the right place at the key moments thanks to my team. The race was hard but that suited me well. I was feeling strong but the wet made the race difficult so you had to stay focused. We got away with a very strong group and it was important to not waste energy. I came to Eneco with the goal of possibly winning a stage and the overall but the overall didn’t go to plan. So I was really motivated to win today’s stage. I knew Terpstra would be going for the overall so I tried to ride clever, using that to my advantage but Naesen was there and he was very strong. In the final I tried save all I could for the last 200m. I am happy it was enough to win the stage.”

2nd on the stage and overall winner, Niki Terpstra (Etixx – Quick-Step): “I’m extremely happy and proud to finish off this great job of the team, who was incredible today! The Muur van Geraardsbergen has a special place in cycling and it means a lot for me to seal the overall victory here. We were aware of the fact that we had several cards to play in the general classification at the start of the day and we were keen to make use of these numbers. When it started to rain, we were already on the attack and we gave it our all to keep the advantage. We rode a really smart race today and Bob did a fantastic job at the front, so I must thank him for his huge pace setting. In the closing kilometers of the stage, my focus was to stay with the other riders and make sure I win this beautiful race, which I did in the end. It’s a great day in my career.”

3rd on the stage and 2nd overall, Oliver Naesen (IAM Cycling): My generosity penalized me, but that is also a trademark of my style, with which I have also managed to win races. Up until we passed under the flamme rouge, I was certain I was the strongest of the group. I wasn’t hesitating when attacking. I took my responsibilities and went to the front of the group. It cost me strength for the final sprint where I really pushed myself without ever really catching back up to the winner Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data).”

6th on the stage, points winner and 3rd overall, Peter Sagan (Tinkoff): “A very hard race came to an end with a very hard stage that was made even tougher because of the rain. I’m lucky I didn’t crash. I finished on the podium of the Eneco Tour but it could have been better. Nevertheless, it was difficult to race against everybody else. I wanted to close the gap and come back to the front group but nobody wanted to collaborate. There is nothing I can do, that’s cycling but I’m happy I always do my best. I’m also very happy that, although I didn’t win the Eneco Tour, my third place gives me a lot of points to regain my leadership at the UCI WorldTour individual ranking. It’s been a long season and I will now get some needed rest.”

8th on the stage and 5th overall, Jos Van Emden (LottoNl-Jumbo): “A fifth place in this playing field is good, no doubt, but it sucks to only come a few seconds from the podium. I can only be satisfied with this result. This was one of the big goals for me this season. It was a tough day with lots of different situations, we were in a position that it seemed our GC was over, but along with Wilco, we fought back in to the race. It was different for me to only think about myself. Normally, I ride for our leaders and now, it was the other way around. That it succeeded at this level gives me confidence for years to come.”

7th on the stage and 6th overall, Wilco Kelderman (LottoNl-Jumbo): “It was a tough day, I’m glad I didn’t go down. A large group containing the best riders attacked, and Jos and I could not follow. Then we knew we had to go full-gas on De Muur to close the gap. It succeeded. We aimed to fight for the overall, and we succeeded. It is a little disappointing that we were so close to the podium and it makes you wonder what you could have done differently. It is nice to ride for Jos. The whole year he rides himself empty for us. It’s good to see it the other way around. I rode a good Eneco Tour, but it was disappointing that I could not follow the best today because if so, we could’ve seen a better result.”

ENECO Tour Stage 7 Result:
1. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data in 4:03:27
2. Niki Terpstra (Ned) Etixx – Quick-Step at 0:02
3. Oliver Naesen (Bel) IAM Cycling
4. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Giant-Alpecin at 0:43
5. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC
6. Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff at 0:47
7. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo
8. Jos Van Emden (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo at 0:49
9. Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar
10. Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana.

ENECO Tour Final Overall Result:
1. Niki Terpstra (Ned) Etixx – Quick-Step in 22:43:26
2. Oliver Naesen (Bel) IAM Cycling at 0:31
3. Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff at 1:00
4. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC at 1:02
5. Jos Van Emden (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo at 1:03
6. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo at 1:11
7. Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx – Quick-Step at 1:15
8. Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar at 1:19
9. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Giant-Alpecin at 1:22
10. Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx – Quick-Step at 1:31.

Final ENECO Stage 7:

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Giro dell’Emilia 2016
Esteban Chaves (Orica-BikeExchange) won the Giro dell’Emilia with a late move on the steep final climb of San Luca climb. The Colombian passed the remnants of the break for a solo victory. Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) was second at 3 seconds along with Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) and Fabio Aru (Astana).

The break of the day included Alessandro De Marchi (BMC), Pierre Latour (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Alberto Nardin (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec), Thomas Degand (Wanty Groupe-Gobert), Alexander Geniez (FDJ), Lorenzo Rota (Bardiani-CSF) and Preben Van Hecke (Topsport Vlaanderen- Baloise). The escape split and De Marchi, Latour and Nardin headed towards the finish, with 30K to go they had a 2 minute gap.

De Marchi and Latour had only just under 1 minute on the peloton with 10 kilometers to race, Latour tried for a solo. First to attack from what was left of the peloton was Fabio Aru (Astana), he was then followed by Chaves who went clear for the win.

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Race winner, Esteban Chaves (Orica-BikeExchange): “It was a really good day for the team, I know the climb because I did this race four years ago so I know that everyone usually attacks early in the final. I stayed calm and just followed Fabio Aru because his team Astana were working a lot. In the last 500 meters when everyone was without fire I tried. It is good that I had the legs to win as the team today was unbelievable.”

Giro dell’Emilia Result:
1. Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-BikeExchange in 5:07:28
2. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 0:03
3. Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale
4. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana
5. Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R-La Mondiale at 0:10
6. Rodolfo Andres Torres (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
7. Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Fortuneo-Vital Concept at 0:11
8. Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida at 0:14
9. Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale
10. Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Dimension Data.

Giro dell’Emilia:

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GP Città di Peccioli – Coppa Sabatini 2016
Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani-CSF) won the Coppa Sabatini in a slightly uphill sprint from what was left of the peloton in Peccioli. Andrea Pasqualon (Team Roth) was second with Carlos Barbero (Caja Rural-RGA Seguros) in third.

The early two-man break of Davide Ballerini (Italy) and Fabricio Ferrari (Caja Rural-RGA Seguros) took a near 14 minutes lead before the peloton started to chase. At 80 kilometers out; they were down to 8 minutes and as they neared the final 30 kilometers their advantage was just under 3 minutes. Into 15K to go and they had around 20 seconds and the end was on the horizon. Ballerini eventually went solo, but was caught with 2 kilometers to go.

Bardiani-CSF took control of the bunch to pilot Corbrelli to the line ahead of Pasqualon and Barbero. A crash in the last kilometer reduced the size of the peloton before the sprint.

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Race winner, Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani-CSF): “Yesterday and the day before, at Giro della Toscana, we did great performances but I only got close to the win. We spent a lot of energy and our worry today was that we would pay for these efforts. Well, looking at our performances, we were wrong. My teammates deserve compliments and my win was the best way to repay their efforts.”

Andrea Pasqualon (Team Roth): “Another second place means that there is a bit of regret, Sonny was not unbeatable, with a little more cunning I could have won. Maybe I waited a bit too much, but he was really good, congratulations to him. This is one of the races of my dreams so it is a shame with the missed victory. Sooner or later it will come. I still believe in success, I will not give up. The year was good, but to raise my arms would give more value to the work done during the year. Now I will do the Tre Valli Varesine, then a few races in Germany before closing the season at the Tour of Hainan at the end of October.”

GP Città di Peccioli – Coppa Sabatini Result:
1. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani-CSF in 4:51:45
2. Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Team Roth
3. Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
4. Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Italy
5. Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Fortuneo-Vital Concept
6. Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R-La Mondiale
7. Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
8. Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
9. Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data
10. Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom-RusVelo.

Sabatini Photo Report:

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Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli 2016
Nicola Ruffoni (Bardiani-CSF) won the GP Bruno Beghelli on Sunday beating Filippo Pozzato (Wilier Trestina-Southeast) and Jens Keukeleire (Orica-BikeExchange) at the end of the 196.3 kilometer race.

The first break of the day was made up of Christian Eiking (FDJ), Yuma Koishi (Nippo-Vini Fantini), Diego Rubio (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Alberto Nardin (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec), Artur Ershov (Gazprom-RusVelo), Thierry Hupond (Delko Marseille Provence KTM) and Andrea Ruscetta (GM Europe). The group split with Rubio and Nardin going it alone with a lead of 1:30 with 50 kilometers to go. 30K’s out they were caught. A further break failed and the race was all together as it passed under the 10 K banner.

Kristian Sbaragli and Jaco Venter (both Dimension Data) tried to escape but in the end a bunch of around 30 riders fought out the sprint with Ruffoni giving his Bardiani-CFS team another autumn win.

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Race winner, Nicola Ruffoni (Bardiani-CSF): “Most of the credit for today’s win belongs to my teammates. Our goal in the morning was to create the right conditions for a sprint and I was the appointed leader, but the finale was a really hard challenge for my legs. When the peloton split, we were 35 riders in the leading group. Orica started an incredible forcing to put the sprinters out of the game. Teammates supported me on the final steep climb, then took me in the leading positions. I had to sprint at least in third position I would take the win. Simion and Colbrelli managed the final km in the best way. At 250 Sonny [Colbrelli] was first and I was second. At 150 meters I opened the gas and crossed the line.”

Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli Result:
1. Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani-CSF in 4:25:21
2. Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
3. Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-BikeExchange
4. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani-CSF
5. Simone Consonni (Ita) Italy
6. Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Italy
7. Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
8. Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data
9. Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-BikeExchange
10. Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec.

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Milano-Torino: Rosa and Aru Lead the Favorites
Astana Pro Team colleagues Diego Rosa and Fabio Aru head the entry list of the oldest classic and are two of the favorites for the final victory on the Superga hill. Other favorites of the Milano-Torino NamedSport include Rodriguez, Landa, Poels, Majka, Atapuma, Ulissi, Bardet, Uran, Visconti, Dani Moreno and Barguil.

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Diego Rosa and Fabio Aru (first and third last year respectively), two of the main favorites of the Milano-Torino NamedSport, lead the entry list of the RCS Sport/La Gazzetta dello Sport classic race. The two Italians will pin race numbers 1 and 2 to their jerseys on Wednesday 28 September.

The list of contenders also features big name riders with Grand Tour stage victories and many prestigious classic races in their palmarès, including: Purito Rodriguez, Rafal Majka (second last year), Wout Poels (fifth in 2015), Diego Ulissi (winner in 2013), Mikel Landa, the Colombians Darwin Atapuma and Rigoberto Uran, Dani Moreno, the Frenchmen Romain Bardet and Warren Barguil in addition to the many Italian riders such as Giovanni Visconti, Damiano Cunego, Michele Scarponi, Domenico Pozzovivo, Davide Formolo and Adriano Malori.

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The Course
The route starts in Sesto Ulteriano and rolls across the Po Valley along flat roads, all the way through the Vigevano plains and the Lomellina region, up to Casale Monferrato, where the race profile becomes wavier, with gentle climbs and descents that lead to the final circuit.

The route rolls past San Mauro Torinese and all along the Po River in Corso Casale, where it takes in the first climb to the Basilica of Superga. The road then drops down into Rivodora on a technical descent (diverting 600 meters before the finish) that leads back to San Mauro. Here the route goes up again, all the way to the finish, with gradients exceeding 10%. The fixed feed zone is located in Morano sul Po (km 92-95).

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Final kilometers
The last 5 km (to be covered twice, with the exception of the final 600 meters) start in Torino, in Corso Casale, at the foot of the climb that leads to the Basilica of Superga. The average rise is 9.1%, with a mid-climb peak of 14% and long stretches with a 10% gradient. There is a left-hand U-turn 600m before the finish that leads to an 8.2% climb, with one last bend 50 meters before the finish, on 7m wide asphalt road.

Milano-Torino 2015:

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Gilbert and Bennati Hunting for their Third GranPiemonte Wins
The historic 100th edition will see 19 teams and many protagonists on a route most suitable for finisseur and sprinters.

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The Belgian Philippe Gilbert was victorious in 2009 and 2010 and the Italian Daniele Bennati in 2006 and 2008: both are chasing the trio of wins in this special edition of the GranPiemonte NamedSport – the hundredth – organized by RCS Sport/La Gazzetta dello Sport, in collaboration with the Region of Piedmont.

The two riders lead a squad of very aggressive contenders, such as the Belgian Jan Bakelants (winner of last year’s edition), the Colombian Fernando Gaviria, the Spaniard Mikel Landa, the Russian Alexander Kolobnev and the Italians Giovanni Visconti, Sonny Colbrelli, Sacha Modolo, Giacomo Nizzolo (this year’s winner of the Red Jersey at the Giro d’Italia and of the Coppa Bernocchi) and Filippo Ganna (individual pursuit World Champion). The latter two will race for the Italian national team.

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The Course
The route is mostly flat. Starting in Diano d’Alba and running slightly uphill, the course drops into Alba and runs across part of the Po Plain and Montferrat. The first 160km run on flat, relatively wide roads, crossing a few city centers in-between – such as Asti, Casale Monferrato, Santhià and Ivrea. Past Ivrea, the route takes in the Alice Superiore climb (7km with an average 5% gradient) and heads for the final sector across Castellamonte and San Giorgio Canavese, leading to the finish slightly uphill until Piazza del Castello.

2015 GranPiemonte:

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André Cardoso pens a one-year deal with Trek-Segafredo
Trek-Segafredo is pleased to announce they have reached an agreement with André Cardoso, who joins from Cannondale-Drapac. Cardoso is an agile climber who presents several top 20 GC finishes.

Cardoso: “I’m very excited about this move. It’s clear that Trek-Segafredo is making stage racing into a bigger priority. The team has been very active on the rider market, and it’s the team that appealed the most to me.

“Races of one or three weeks are really what I love to do and working for guys like Contador and Mollema gives me huge motivation. We will be a team that needs to assume responsibility in the race, but this is a good thing. It requires everyone to bring their A-game and fired up to train hard.”

General Manager, Luca Guercilena: “I am happy that André Cardoso will be joining Trek-Segafredo in 2017. Over the last years he has made it to the top 20-25 of every Grand Tour he participated in. His steady performances at this level make him an excellent helper for our main GC contenders, Contador and Mollema. I am confident that his support in the mountains will be very valuable for them and the team as a whole.”

André Cardoso:
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Hermans Signs on for Fourth Year with BMC Racing Team
Ben Hermans has extended his contract with BMC Racing Team after three solid seasons with the team, General Manager Jim Ochowicz today announced.

“Ben is an exceptional athlete which he has proven on many occasions this year. His progression throughout each season has always been better and better and certainly the Vuelta a España was his high point this year. Yet there’s a lot more to come from Ben. He’s demonstrated his ability to support leaders and support the team, but he’s also capable of winning on his own which is a great combination. I’m very happy to see Ben stay with BMC Racing Team,” Ochowicz said.

Hermans, who was on the podium at Vuelta a Burgos this year is looking forward to continuing his progression as a rider.

“I’ve always enjoyed riding for BMC racing team, as it is one of the best teams in the world. In the past 3 years since 2014, I’ve been able to race in a lot of nice races at the highest level, getting a program that suits me best. Even after those three years I still have the feeling that we make improvements and more is possible in 2017,” Hermans explained.

“In 2017 I would like to make a step forward in winning a race in the World Tour. I have been close several times in the past, so it should be possible. The Vuelta a España this year also gave me more confidence for the grand tour races, proving that I am able to ride at a good level for three weeks. With this in my mind I would like to do something special in one of the grand tours next year. Together with the hilly classics this gives me enough goals for the next season.”

In keeping with BMC Racing Team policy no other details of the contract were released.

Ben Hermans:
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Consonni and Troia: Pro for TJ Sport
After having announced the signing of the climber Edward Ravasi, TJ Sport enrich the group of young talented riders of the roster by adding the speed of Simone Consonni and the all-rounder skills of Oliviero Troia. The two riders from Team Colpack signed the agreements which allow them to turn pro next season and to wear the jersey of TJ Sports for 2017 and 2018 at least.

Simone Consonni, born in 1994, is the current U23 Italian champion and the runner-up in the 2015 world championship. Thanks to his speed, he successfully alternates between road and track. He recently participated in the Rio 2016 olympic games in the team pursuit. He has been monitored for a long time by Giuseppe Saronni.

“I had many satisfactions in my years as Under 23, it’s now time to size my skills in the pro world: I’m touched in approaching this important step for my career. Team Colpack was fundamental in helping me in achieving top results, I thank all the team’s members and I also thank TJ Sport group for having choose me as one of their team’s members.”

Oliviero Troia was born on 1994, he’s very strong on the pace and he exploits his impressive physical qualities. He’ll become a key rider in support of the team’s captains and, especially in the northern races, he’ll have freedom to try to achieve good results. Troia too is a rider of Team Colpack and he’s serving as trainee with Lampre-Merida.

“It’s the dream of very young cyclist which is becoming real for me, I’m so happy. I thank my family, Team Colpack and all the members of TJ Project, it’s a big opportunity for my cycling career”.

The group of young cyclists of TJ Sport joins a solid basis of 10 riders who were already contracted: Matteo Bono, Kristijan Durasek, Roberto Ferrari, Marko Kump, Louis Meintjes, Sacha Modolo, Matej Mohoric, Przemyslaw Niemiec, Simone Petilli and Federico Zurlo. In addition to these riders, TJ Sport already announced the renewal of the contracts of Valerio Conti, Rui Costa, Jan Polanc and Diego Ulissi and the new signings of Darwin Atapuma and Ben Swift.

Consonni and Troia (Photo Bettini):
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Endura & Movistar Team Extend Grand Tour Winning Partnership
Scottish brand to keep supplying the riders in the UCI WorldTour’s top-ranked team next season, following three years of excellent cooperation where the Blues have won two Grand Tours, set one Hour Record and claimed 98 victories, with innovation and care to the cyclist as main goals.

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Endura is delighted to announce that it’s hugely successful partnership with La Vuelta-winning Movistar Team will continue for 2017.

The Scottish clothing brand, whose partnership with the world’s number one ranked professional cycling team has yielded nearly 100 victories in just three years, will again supply Nairo Quintana, Alejandro Valverde, Alex Dowsett and more of the world’s top professional cyclists.

Quintana’s recent triumph at La Vuelta a España is his second Grand Tour victory after winning the Giro d’Italia in 2014. The Colombian achieved both victories in Endura clothing.

Endura’s founder and managing director Jim McFarlane offered his congratulations to Quintana and Movistar Team on another great victory – the 98th win achieved since their partnership began in 2014, “On behalf of everyone at Endura, I’d like to congratulate Nairo and Movistar Team on a special victory at La Vuelta. Areas throughout the company and collaborators such as Simon Smart at Drag2Zero, have worked tirelessly to bring important innovations to the kit that we make for the team in Scotland and by further extending our partnership with Abarca Sports we look forward to the demands of the UCI WorldTour’s leading team and riders driving Endura forward too”.

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The success of Endura’s partnership with Movistar is not limited to the stars of cycling’s elite UCI WorldTour, however. The partnership has made a direct impact on the development of Endura’s product range.

Endura’s work with aerodynamicist Simon Smart at the Drag2Zero facility in the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 wind tunnel in Brackley, Northamptonshire, has paid dividends in time-trials. Movistar Team riders are currently champions of Spain, Portugal and Great Britain. Next year, Endura will launch a new aero collection offering the same garment technology to the public.

Endura’s flagship Pro SL® road range, which includes the Classics Jersey and Lite SS Jersey, is another collection that benefits from insights from Movistar Team. The Pro SL® Bibshort, with its revolutionary 700-series pad, available in a choice of three widths, is a clear favorite with the riders.

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Movistar Team’s clothing is made in the custom clothing department at Endura’s headquarters in Livingston, near Edinburgh. The same people, using the same processes, materials and designs, make garments for the hundreds of amateur clubs and teams who choose Endura as their kit supplier.

Endura’s continued support for Movistar Team will continue the brand’s investment in bleeding edge garment technologies produced in Scotland.

Movistar: The Yellow Dream an Obsession:

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2016 Tour of Britain Caps a Great Year of Cycling
This year’s Tour of Britain has been acclaimed as the very best edition of the UK’s national Tour to date by riders, fans, venues and sponsors alike, as the eight day race attracted millions of spectators both live at the roadside and on television.

The race, which finished in London on Sunday 11 September, was won overall by Britain’s Steve Cummings, who took the Yellow Jersey presented by Eisberg following a dramatic summit finish to Stage Six in Devon on the Friday.

The Tour comes towards the end of a season that saw continued home success in cycling, with British riders winning 29-medals at the Rio Olympics and Paralympics, as well as seven stages of the Tour de France, plus the race overall for the third time in four years. The year also saw British Cycling surpass the milestone of 125,000 members for the first time in their history, an increase of 75,000 since London 2012.

Commenting on the race, Hugh Roberts, Chief Executive of the Tour said; “This year’s Tour of Britain has been a huge success from both a sporting and organizational perspective. The Tour continues to attract the world’s top riders, and this year’s field was the best by someway, with those riders responding magnificently to the support of the British public across the eight days.

“Our plans for the 2017 edition of The Tour are well underway as we look to build upon the success of this year in our work with current partners while also identifying new opportunities for major brands who wish to engage and connect with the fantastic audience the race enjoys across the nation. Our three main objectives are to be the best connected, the most sustainable and the greatest of British!”

Over 40-hours of free-to-air coverage from the Tour of Britain was screened by ITV4, including over 25-hours of live programming, while worldwide distribution of all programming saw the race broadcast to audiences on every continent.

The millions at the roadside and watching on television were treated to eight days of unparalleled action, with nine different stage winners during the Tour including stellar names from the world of professional cycling. Seven Olympic medallists from Rio took part, headlined by Gold medallists Sir Bradley Wiggins and Owain Doull, with The Tour attracting a world-class field from 21 teams, 11 of whom had ridden in this summer’s Tour de France.

The 2016 route combined major cities like Glasgow, Bristol and London with historic market towns such as Congleton and Kendal. The Tour of Britain also continued to showcase the very best in British scenery to the worldwide television audience, including iconic British locations such as the National Parks of the Lake District, Peak District and Dartmoor.

Commenting on The Tour, Erica Vernon, National Communications Manager, ŠKODA UK said; “This was our sixth year as both Official Car Partner and King of the Mountains jersey sponsor of the Tour of Britain. Once again it proved to be an amazing experience with stunning locations and exciting racing – offering the perfect platform to showcase our award winning range to a broad, diverse and engaging audience.”

Speaking after the final stage in London and clinching the Yellow Jersey presented by Eisberg, Steve Cummings of Team Dimension Data said; “All week the crowds have been fantastic. Here in Britain people are loving their cycling now and it’s a really cool thing because it’s free to watch. You get a buzz and you get goosebumps from the crowds and they push you on so it’s great.”

Multiple Grand Tour stage winner Tom Dumoulin of Team Giant Alpecin praised the support describing “amazing crowds and great support all week” while 30-time Tour de France stage winner Mark Cavendish said, “It makes me so happy seeing how many people enjoy coming out to see the Tour of Britain nowadays, another world from 10-years ago.”

Among the other major commercial partners involved in The Tour were global brands such as Chain Reaction Cycles, Alpecin and Brother, plus a wide range of cycling brands including HIGH5 sports nutrition and Vittoria wheels and tires.

Over 30 local authority partners worked with Tour of Britain organizers SweetSpot across the event, engaging with communities across Scotland, England and Wales, and in particular hundreds of schools that came to the event on each of the five weekday stages, ensuring that The Tour once again provided an inspirational platform to engage with the next generation of cyclists across the country.

The Tour of Britain is British Cycling’s premier road cycling event and will return to the nation’s roads next September.

Bradley Wiggins runs in the Tour of Britain 2016:


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