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The 2017 season has at last moved to mainland Europe with the stage races; Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana and the Etoile de Bessèges, plus the Dubai Tour. All the reports, results, quotes and video in EUROTRASH Thursday. In other cycling news: 2017 Amgen Tour of California and Tour of Oman routes, Theo Bos joins BEAT Cycling Club, ARD to broadcast the Tour de France in Germany and we go triathlon with Vino. Get the coffee!

TOP STORY: Photographer Graham Watson Retires
After nearly 45 years taking photographs of the top cyclist in the World, British photographer Graham Watson has announced his retirement.

On his website Watson wrote: “I am no longer a cycling photographer. If you want, you can now refer to me as a ex-cycling photographer or as a former cycling photographer. Yes, after almost 45 years as a professional photographer and 38 years of that as a cycling photographer I am retiring – my last race was the Tour Down Under in January. I turned 60 years-of-age last March and began finalising a plan that had been fermenting in my mind since five years earlier. I had always wanted to stop at 60, reasoning that my vision and reflexes would be left intact if I stopped now – stay too long and the quality and commitment were bound to fall at some stage. By stopping at 60 I also have the chance to discover other things in life, or at the very least get out on my bike more and maybe climb a few of the mountains I’ve photographed for so long. I have reasoned with myself that retirement is the biggest milestone a human being reaches, beyond getting married or buying one’s first home. So this was not a casual, easy decision to make nor carry out. Yet here I am, one day into retirement, sitting on our deck overlooking the Tasman Bay in Nelson, New Zealand, a glass of locally-produced Sauvignon Blanc in my hand, totally at peace with my new lifestyle.”

Although Graham was never a PEZ photographer, he had our respect for his work as he took some of the most iconic cycle race pics over the years. On a personal note, I will miss seeing his big smile at the Vuelta a España and always a comment. And anyone who says his favorite road cyclist was Sean Kelly, gets our vote. His last race was the Santos Tour Down Under on January 22nd. Happy retirement Graham.

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Dubai Tour 2017
Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step) got his season up and running, picking up where he left off at the Dubai Tour, after he powered to win on Stage 1 of the event, which finished on the island of Palm Jumeirah, at the end of 181 fast kilometers. It was Quick-Step Floors’ seventh victory of the year, as Marcel became the team’s fifth different rider to win a race and open his year in style, after Jack Bauer at the New Zealand National ITT Championships, Tom Boonen, Fernando Gaviria and Maximiliano Richeze, all three at the Vuelta a San Juan.

The inaugural stage of the Dubai Tour kicked off with an attack of five riders, who managed to take a four-minute gap on the peloton. Nicola Boem (Bardiani-CSF), Matteo Bono (UAE Abu Dhabi), Silvan Dillier (BMC), Daniel Pearson (Aqua Blue Sport) and Tom Stewart (ONE Pro Cycling) were the ones to animate the stage in its first part, but were always kept under control by the fantastic Bob Jungels and Julien Vermote; the two put in a huge amount of work and drilled it hard at the front on the flat and twisting roads of stage 1, making sure the escapees’ adventure came to an end with ten kilometers to go.

As the sprint trains began forming, the Quick-Step Floors boys moved their way through the peloton and took the front inside the final two kilometers, just after the last roundabout. Other teams tried to counter, but couldn’t do anything against the blue train, as Matteo Trentin and Fabio Sabatini brought Marcel Kittel in an excellent position just 200 meters from the line, setting him up for his sixth career victory in the Dubai Tour.

Marcel’s huge sprint didn’t give any chances to his opponents, as the 28-year-old German roared over the finish line, ahead of Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data).

Cycling : 4th Tour Dubai 2017 / Stage 1 Arrival / Marcel KITTEL (GER) Celebration / Dylan GROENEWEGEN (NED)/ Dubai - Palm Jumeirah (181km) / Nakhell Stage / Dubai Tour / © Tim De Waele

Stage winner, Marcel Kittel (Quick-step): “I’m really happy. In the last few days I felt I was very confident about the team. I’m happy to have a winning start, just like last year. It was difficult to time it right because there are a lot of strong sprinters here and you need to find the right moment. We were always in a good position, not really in the front, but we chose the right distance to go for it. After we passed the last roundabout, we tried to find each other and we went full gas to the finish line. It worked really well.”

It was Marcel’s first ever victory on disc brakes, one which he was keen on sharing with the whole team: “A lot of riders came to me today and asked me about that, they were curious about the disk brakes and how it feels to ride with it. I think I made the right choice and I’m happy to have it this season. The most important thing is that we came out on top today. Last year we won many races together, and that’s what we want to do also this season. The first race of the year is always insecure, because you can never know how things will work. All the guys were there today and did a great job, so this is also a victory of them.”

2nd, Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNl-Jumbo): “It’s a good result and I’m ahead of several top sprinters but yet, it’s not a win and that’s what I was looking for, we could have done better. It gives me hope for the coming days. I’m glad to be the best young rider but I want to win as well. Kittel appeared too early in front. The final was very hectic, I was in Tom Leezer’s wheel, but we were just too far behind. 500 meters from the finish, I decided to move up. I joined Cavendish’s wheel and 300 meters before the finish, I started sprinting. Kittel went, and I could only hold his wheel. Even so, I look forward to the next sprint.”

Dubai Tour Stage 1 Result:
1. Marcel Kittel (Ger) Quick-Step Floors in4:06:33
2. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo
3. Mark Cavendish (GB) Dimension Data
4. John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo
5. Sacha Modolo (Ita) UAE Abu Dhabi
6. Elia Viviani (Ita) Sky
7. Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC
8. Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Abu Dhabi
9. Steele Von Hoff (Aus) ONE Pro Cycling
10. Adam Blythe (GB) Aqua Blue Sport.

Dubai Tour Overall After Stage 1:
1. Marcel Kittel (Ger) Quick-Step Floors in 4:06:23
2. Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani-CSF at 0:03
3. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo at 0:04
4. Thomas Stewart (GB) ONE Pro Cycling
5. Mark Cavendish (GB) Dimension Data at 0:06
6. Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC
7. John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo at 0:10
8. Sacha Modolo (Ita) UAE Abu Dhabi
9. Elia Viviani (Ita) Sky
10. Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC.

Dubai stage 1:

Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step) was again unbeatable at the Dubai Tour, where he took his second victory on Stage 2, a thrilling one, thus extending his overall lead with three stages to go, two of which are also very likely to end in a bunch sprint. It was the German’s seventh career win at the Middle East race, and Quick-Step Floors’ – by far the team of the early season – eighth victory of the year.

Starting the day in the blue jersey of the overall leader, Marcel Kittel stayed safely in the peloton on the road to Ras al Khaimah, a new finish in the Dubai Tour, with the break of five not being a threat for the stage win, as Bob Jungels, Davide Martinelli and Julien Vermote always kept it under control, before eventually making the catch inside the last 11 kilometers.

The final part of the stage was scrappy, with the sprinters’ teams struggling to find room and a good position at the front. Marcel Kittel was well-positioned by his teammates in the upper part of the bunch, but due to the chaotic nature of the finale, he was closed at one point and had to come from far back with just 500 meters to go.

Despite that and the fact he was forced to start his sprint later than his opponents, the German’s acceleration was impossible to beat by the others and he went on to score his second successive stage win at the Dubai Tour, ahead of Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNl-Jumbo) and Jakub Mareczko (Wilier-Selle Italia). It was Quick-Step Floors’ fourth success in a row, after the one of yesterday and the two of Maximiliano Richeze in the Vuelta a San Juan, last week.

With his second stage win, Kittel will start stage 3 with an 8-second advantage over his closest rival in the GC, a buffer which could provide important at the end of the race:

Cycling : 4th Tour Dubai 2017 / Stage 2 Arrival / Marcel KITTEL (GER) Blue Leader Jersey Celebration / Jakub MARECZKO (ITA)/ Dylan GROENEWEGEN (NED) White Young Jersey/ John DEGENKOLB (GER)/ Dubai-DIMC - Ras al Khaimah (188km) / Ras al Khaimah Stage / Dubai Tour / © Tim De Waele

Stage winner and overall leader, Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step): “Today was a difficult one. The final was different and tricky, and as a result there wasn’t an opportunity to stretch out the peloton, but adapting to different race situations shows the strength of the team. The guys did once again an incredible job, Fabio brought me to the front when it mattered, Matteo kept the speed high, and I jumped from wheel to wheel and managed to take the victory. It’s nice to win also like this. To have seven stage victories here is nice. As I said at the beginning of the week, Dubai has always been good to me. The race is not over, and our goal is to keep on working and take it day by day as good as possible. We’ll see how things pan out.”

2nd, Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNl-Jumbo): “I wanted to be first, but I have to be content with second, as Marcel Kittel was strong today. I think it was possible for me to win today, but I launched my sprint a bit too early. I sprinted on the right side and I saw the Quick Step train going on my left. Had I accelerated 50 meters later, I could have won. We arrived a little early at the front, but we did it better than yesterday. Tomorrow, maybe it will go even better.”

Intermediate Sprints Leader and 3rd overall, Nicola Boem (Bardiani-CSF): “Just like yesterday, it was our duty to send someone in the breakaway. Today’s it was up to [Simone] Andretta. At the end we tried to give Paolo Simion a lead out but other teams’ trains are much more competitive than ours. We have given our best. All combined, we have saved this jersey. It couldn’t be any better.”

8th overall, Yousif Mirza Alhammadi (UAE Abu Dhabi): “I’m happy I spent the whole stage in the main breakaway. It’s an honor for my to have exploited the opportunity, which had been given to me by the team’s sports director, to try to join the breakaway. We rode fast and we succeeded in obtaining a good gap on the peloton and we led the race until 10 km to go. This stage meant a lot for me: leading a race in my hometown, wearing the National champion jersey and racing for the Team UAE was something special. Only one regret: I would have loved to win at least one of the two intermediate sprints, however Drucker is a very fast rider. If I’ll receive again in the next stages the role as breakaway hunter, I’ll try to do the best to attack again.”

Dubai Tour Stage 2 Result:
1. Marcel Kittel (Ger) Quick-Step Floors in 4:25:33
2. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo
3. Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina
4. John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo
5. Sacha Modolo (Ita) UAE Abu Dhabi
6. Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) LottoNl-Jumbo
7. Mark Cavendish (GB) Dimension Data
8. Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana
9. Marco Maronese (Ita) Bardiani-CSF
10. Adam Blythe (GB) Aqua Blue Sport.

Dubai Tour Overall After Stage 2:
1. Marcel Kittel (Ger) Quick-Step Floors in 8:31:46
2. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo at 0:08
3. Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani-CSF at 0:13
4. Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC at 0:14
5. Thomas Stewart (GB) One Pro Cycling
6. Mark Cavendish (GB) Dimension Data at 0:16
7. Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina
8. Yousif Mirza Alhammadi (UAE) UAE Abu Dhabi
9. Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC
10. Peter Williams (GB) One Pro Cycling at 0:19.

Dubai stage 1:

Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2017
BMC Racing Team put in a dominant performance over the opening Stage 1 team time trial in Spain to take the victory with an impressive 24-second margin and ride Manuel Senni into the first yellow jersey of Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana and of his professional cycling career.

Despite a tricky, technical 37.9km course, which included one category three climb, BMC Racing Team started the day in solid form, setting the second fastest time at the intermediate checkpoint. However, it was the team’s impressive show of strength and teamwork over the second half of the course that saw them cross the line in a blistering time of 43:17 which was more than enough to seal the victory.

Senni was the first BMC Racing Team rider to cross the finish line, and he stepped onto the podium to take the first leader’s of the five-day stage race.

Interview with Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana race leader, Manuel Senni:
Congratulations Manuel Senni! Can you describe what it was like for you and the team on the course today?

“It was a tough course and a very hard day especially in the first part of the race with that climb, but we had strong guys like Stefan Küng, Michael Schär and Alessandro De Marchi able to do a great job pulling at the front. In fact, everyone did a good job today. I came into this race late, so I was just trying my hardest to stay with them for as long as possible. In the end, I still had good legs and was able to go all the way. On the run into the finish line I was sitting at the front, so before I knew it, I had crossed the line first. There wasn’t any plan for that to happen but I am super happy about it.”

The team finished with a substantial margin, were you aware of how strong you were finishing?
“We heard that we had set the second fastest time overall behind Team Sky at the 11km checkpoint, so we knew that we had to put in some hard work over the final part of the course and we did exactly that. We put our heads down and gave it full gas to the line but we definitely didn’t expect to finish with a margin that big.”

Finally, this is the first leader’s jersey of your professional cycling career. If you had to describe how you are feeling right now in one word, what would it be?
“Amazing! It’s an incredible feeling and a super experience. We are here to do our best and give it everything to try and bring the yellow jersey to the finish whether that is with me or with someone else. We have a couple of guys who are looking strong for the GC, so I will continue to give 100% for the team and do what they ask of me over the next few days.”

3rd overall, Greg Van Avermaet (BMC): “We prepared well for this TTT, and I think it was an important start as it was a good parcours and an excellent exercise for what is coming up over the rest of the race. We have a good team here, maybe not everyone is a time trial specialist, but for sure everyone did a really good job, and we had a smooth ride. I think that is very important for a team time trial like this where there really wasn’t a lot of time to settle down on the bike. I am proud of everyone. Every rider did their job, and we saw the result on the finish.”

BMC Sports Director, Valerio Piva: “This is a dream start to the season for us all. We prepared well for this opening team time trial, and it was the first objective of this race for us, and we achieved that, so it is fantastic. It was the performance of the whole team today that really stood out to me. We did a fantastic effort together. At the last moment Senni jumped into this race and not only did he do his very best job today he was able to take the yellow jersey. The joy today is for everyone to share and the team deserved this victory. We are happy, and we can now look to the next few days and do our best to defend this jersey.”

Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana Stage 1 Result:
1. BMC in 43:15
2. Sky at 0:24
3. Quick-Step Floors at 0:50
4. Movistar at 1:00
5. Astana at 1:15
6. LottoNL-Jumbo at 1:16
7. FDJ at 1:32
8. Katusha-Alpecin at 1:53
9. Cannondale-Drapac at 2:00
10. Orica-Scott at 2:02.

Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana Overall After Stage 1:
1. Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC in 43:17
2. Michael Schär (Swi) BMC
3. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel)
4. Nicolas Roche (Irl)
5. Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC
6. Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC
7. Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Sky at 0:21
8. Philip Deignan (Irl) Sky
9. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Sky
10. Wout Poels (Ned) Sky.

Valencia stage 1:

Etoile de Bessèges 2017
Arnaud Démare (FDJ) won the opening Stage 1 of the Etoile de Bessèges, out-sprinting Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin) and Roy Jans (WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect). At the end of the stage the sprint was a battle of the lead-out trains, were FDJ came out on top.

Stage winner, Arnaud Demare (FDJ): “To start like this, it’s awesome. It’s good for morale to lift the arms! I knew I was good in training but once again, in the race, it’s something else… It’s good to have applied the plans made in training.”We really took the lead 3km from the finish. Kono (Ignatas Konovalovas) and Olivier (Le Gac) led the chase. Davide (Cimolai) took control until 2500m, with Micka (Delage) on his wheel. They stretched the peloton out. We were well positioned in the wheels. Marc (Sarreau) took over from Mickael. Jacopo (Guarnieri) was my booster. He went at 300 meters. The Frenchman said the Lotto Soudal and Katusha trains put up a good fight, and he was able to win this time, but wants it to be consistently good. “The level of the train was not yet perfect.”

Etoile de Bessèges Stage 1 Result:
1. Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ in 3:34:19
2. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin
3. Roy Jans (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect
4. Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis
5. Rudy Barbier (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
6. Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
7. Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal
8. Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis
9. Damien Touze (Fra) HP BTP-Auber 93
10. Jérémy Lecroq (Fra) Roubaix-Lille Metropole.

Etoile de Bessèges Overall After stage 1:
1. Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ in 3:34:09
2. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin at 0:04
3. Roy Jans (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect at 0:06
4. Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R-La Mondiale at 0:07
5. Kevin Lebreton (Fra) Armee de Terre at 0:08
6. Jeremy Bescond (Fra) HP BTP-Auber 93 at 0:09
7. Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis at 0:10
8. Rudy Barbier (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
9. Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
10. Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal.

Stage 1 with Direct Energie:

Route Announced for 2017 Amgen Tour of California

Key points
Ø The peloton will tackle six stages totalling 927.5 kilometers through the heart of the landscapes California’s iconic roads.

Ø The women’s Race will bring the best in the sport to race in Northern California May 11-14, followed by the men’s seven-day stage race May 14-20.

Ø Women’s and Men’s Premier Stage will bring the world’s most talented and popular cycling stars back to California like Peter Sagan.

Ø The 2017 race will mark the first year the men’s race has been elevated to UCI WorldTour status, making it the only stage race in North America to receive this prestigious classification

The 2017 Amgen Tour of California route was released today, revealing a scenic but challenging course across 927.5 kilometers of California’s most beautiful terrain where the world’s most accomplished cyclists will compete for the overall title May 14-20, 2017.

“The Amgen Tour of California is America’s Greatest Race, and this year more than ever, the world will be watching,” said Kristin Klein, race president and executive vice president of AEG Sports. “As the sport of cycling continues to bloom in America, the Amgen Tour of California men’s and women’s events are both part of the UCI WorldTour for the first time, a privilege and designation reserved for the world’s premier races. This means the competition will reach an all-time high, with the best racers and best teams in the world lining up to take part.”

Millions of fans are expected to once again line the racecourse in May to cheer on the elite, international fields that will include Olympians, Tour de France contenders and World Champions. Fans will also have opportunities to meet and hear from cycling legends Jens Voigt and Freddie Rodriguez, who will reprise their roles as Race Ambassadors. Kristin Armstrong, the most decorated woman in U.S. cycling history, will join as a first-time Amgen Tour of California Race Ambassador, on the heels of her incredible performance to win her third Olympic gold medal at the Rio Olympic Games last summer.

“I’ve applauded and supported the Amgen Tour of California over the past decade, and seen firsthand how much this important race has done to raise the profile of American cycling,” said Armstrong, who in addition to claiming gold medals from three Olympic Games and multiple national championships is also an Amgen Tour of California women’s time trial champion (2011). “The Amgen Tour of California showcases the best of cycling, and inspires the next generation of cyclists here. I’m so thrilled to come aboard as part of the race in a capacity where I can help continue to spread excitement about the sport, women’s cycling and this world-class race.”

The stages of the 2017 Amgen Tour of California (Men):
Ø Sunday May 14th, stage 1: Sacramento – Sacramento, 167,5 km
Ø Monday May 15th, stage 2: Modesto – San Jose, 143 km
Ø Tuesday May 16th, stage 3: Pismo Beach – Morro Bay, 183 km
Ø Wednesday May 17th, stage 4: Santa Barbara – Santa Clarita, 161,5 km
Ø Thursday May 18th, stage 5 : Ontario – Mt. Baldy, 125,5 km
Ø Friday May 19th, stage 6 : Big Bear Lake ITT, 23 km
Ø Saturday May 20th, stage 7 : Mountain High – Pasadena, 124 km

The stages of the 2017 Amgen Breakaway from Heart DiseaseTM Women’s Race empowered with SRAM:
Ø Thursday May 11th, stage 1 : South Lake Tahoe – South Lake Tahoe, 117 km
Ø Friday May 12th, stage 2 : South Lake Tahoe – South Lake Tahoe, 108 km
Ø Saturday May 13th, stage 3 : Elk Grove – Sacramento, 118 km
Ø Sunday May 14th, stage 4 : Sacramento – Sacramento, 70 km

Presented by Visit California, the route announcement includes a visual overview of the 2017 men’s and women’s courses at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/stages.

2017 Tour of Oman: Mountains and Wonders
Key points:
Ø The peloton will tackle six stages totalling 885 kilometers through the heart of the landscapes of the Sultanate of Oman.
Ø The eighth Tour of Oman will be the seventh consecutive edition of the race to feature a summit finish on Jebel Akhdar (Green Mountain), a 5.7 km climb with an average gradient of 10.5%.
Ø Nine UCI WorldTeams and nine UCI Professional Continental Teams will start the Tour of Oman 2017, with world’s top riders such as Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet, Romain Bardet and Fabio Aru.

The international peloton will hit the roads of the Sultanate of Oman from February 14th to the 19th for a first opportunity to tackle some difficult climbs and feel how good the legs are. In between two sprinter-friendly stages, the puncheurs will have several chances to surprise the peloton. Most importantly for the GC, the Green Mountain summit finish, coming on the eve of the final stage in Muscat, will leave some climbers bursting with confidence and some filled with doubt.

It is hard to resist the siren call of the Omani mountains. Offering the first really difficult climbs of the season, the opportunity to conquer them continues to attract an increasingly wide range of riders each year. The familiar punchy finishes on the Al Jissah climb at Al Bustan (1.4 km at 9%) and in Quriyat (2.8 km at 6.5%) are tailor-made for opportunistic attackers like current Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet and with names such as Alexis Gougeard or Niki Terpstra. The showdowns on these climbs will serve as the prelude to what will be the main event of the Tour of Oman: the ascent of Jabal Al Akhdhar (Green Mountain). As the penultimate stage of the race top-class contenders for the final General Classification victory including Romain Bardet, Fabio Aru, and Rui Costa will meet on the slopes of this demanding climb to gauge their form at the start of a season that is full of promise and uncertainty.

But in the Middle East climbers are not the only kings. The masters of the finishing straight, such as Tom Boonen or Alexander Kristoff, will also have multiple opportunities to lunge for the victory. Naseem Park and Matrah Corniche will be the settings for these high-speed finishes. The fast men of the peloton will put their trains to work in these two stages, seeking to polish their positioning and oil the machine in order to claim their first major win of the season.

Stages of the 2017 Tour of Oman:
Ø Tuesday, February 14th — stage 1: Al Sawadi Beach > Naseem Park (176.5 km)
Ø Wednesday, February 15th — stage 2: Nakhal > Al Bustan (145.5 km)
Ø Thursday, February 16th — stage 3: Sultan Qaboos University > Quriyat (162 km)
Ø Friday, February 17th — stage 4: Yiti (Al Sifah) > Ministry of Tourism (118 km)
Ø Saturday, February 18th — stage 5: Samail > Jebel Akhdar (Green Mountain) (152.5 km)
Ø Sunday, February 19th — stage 6: The Wave > Muttrah Corniche (130.5 km)

Teams selected for the 2017 Tour of Oman:
World Tour:

Ag2r–La Mondiale (FRA), Astana Pro Team (KAZ), Bahrain-Merida (BRN), BMC Racing Team (USA), Quick-Step Floors (BEL), Team Dimension Data (RSA), Team Katusha-Alpecin (SUI), Team Sunweb (GER) and UAE ABU DHABI (UAE).

Professional Continental:
Aqua Blue Sport (IRL), Nippo Vini Fantini (ITA), Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise (BEL), UnitedHealthCare Professional Cycling Team (USA), Wanty-Groupe Gobert (BEL), WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect (BEL), Wilier Triestina (ITA), CCC Sprandi Polkowice (POL) and Delko Marseille Provence KTM (FRA).

Former World Champion wants to Achieve his Track Ambitions and Create a Legacy
Theo Bos has joined BEAT Cycling Club as a member and ambassador. Bos and BEAT are working together toward a common future with the goal of creating a professional track team from a club structure.

BEAT Cycling Club, a new initiative in cycling, is building an international cycling club that includes professional cycling teams competing in various disciplines. In joining forces with former world champion Theo Bos, the club has taken an important step toward the realization of a professional track team.

Bos returned to track cycling last year, after racing on the road for the past six years, during which time he amassed 40 victories. The former world champion in the kilometer, sprint and keirin wants, together with BEAT, to achieve his own ambitions and create a track legacy, starting with the world championships in Hong Kong, which will take place from April 12 to 16.

BEAT will draw on Bos’s road and track expertise and experience to further build the club. BEAT has an appealing international ambassador in one of the most successful Dutch cyclists in recent years. Bos’s membership in the club already creates a unique opportunity for any cycling fan to be his clubmate and to experience his adventures up close.

Theo Bos: “I believe in the club model of BEAT, and I look forward to making my contribution to this international club, where cyclists and fans can enjoy the sport at the highest level.”

“Personally, I will focus on track cycling again for the next few years. I have the ambition to compete for medals. I would also like to take responsibility to help improve the continuity of track cycling and bring the sport to a higher level via a professional track team. I believe BEAT is the right club with which to realize these goals. I think we can complement each other very well and lay the foundation in the coming period for a good professional sports environment in which I can use my knowledge and expertise.”

“In the next few months I’m going to prepare for the world championships in Hong Kong. I want to prepare for the kilometer, where I intend to compete for a medal.”

Geert Broekhuizen, Medeoprichter Beat Cycling Club: “We are extremely proud to have Theo joining our club. Theo is a rider with a lot of experience on the road and track, and he has a great image in global cycling. Like BEAT, he has the ambition to achieve great things in the coming years. We look forward to further expanding the club with Theo, inspiring our members and creating a professional track team from a club structure.”

Follow Bos on his #RoadToBEAT through our website beatcycling.club and our social media channels: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with @beatcyclingclub.

Theo Bos:
Hyeres , 27-01-2017 / Theo Bos / photo Wouter Roosenboom

ARD to Broadcast the Tour de France in 2017 and 2018
Building on the broadcasting of the 2015 and 2016 Tour de France, ARD and Amaury Sport Organization have concluded an agreement aiming for daily live broadcast of the Tour de France in 2017 and 2018.

ARD plans to broadcast more than 90 minutes live during the week and more during the weekends. The Tour will this year begin in Dusseldorf and ARD will provide significantly more air time for the two opening stages. In addition, each stage will be broadcast in full on the sportschau.de website.

The Tour de France, as in previous years, will also be broadcast on Eurosport Germany.

Yann Le Moenner, Managing Director of A.S.O. said: “We are thrilled that the Tour de France will continue to be aired on a major German general interest channel as is the case in most of the European countries. With the Grand Départ in Dusseldorf and the broadcasting of the Tour de France by ARD as well as the take-over by A.S.O. of the Frankfurt Grand Prix and the relaunch of the Tour of Germany scheduled for 2018, the goal is to ensure the development of cycling in Germany.”

Ironman 70.3 in Dubai with Alexandr Vinokurov
Vino hung his wheels up in 2012, but he’s not been sitting behind his Astana team managers desk all day, he’s been riding triathlon. Here is his Dubai Ironman:

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