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2016 is here and the season is nearly on us with the Tour Down Under looming on the cycling horizon, we have all the confirmed teams and riders. Two cyclocross races with reports, results and video, plus some of the new faces in the new jerseys in the peloton. Team line-ups from Dimension Data and Crelan-Vastgoedservice and Peter Sagan does Grease. The first EuroTrash coffee for 2016.

TOP STORY: Tour Down Under Start List
The Tour Down Under (19-24 January) opens the WorldTour and the teams have confirmed their line-ups for Australia. Rohan Dennis, last winner, Richie Porte, Simon Gerrans, Geraint Thomas, Sergio Henao, Domenico Pozzovivo, Lars Boom, Luis Leon Sanchez, Ryder Hesjedal, Diego Ulissi, Rafael Valls, Cameron Meyer, Juanjo Lobato, Matteo Pelucchi, Caleb Ewan, Giacomo Nizzolo and Mark Renshaw are some of the names in contention.

The race will (Probably) be decided on the penultimate stage on the final climb of Willunga Hill. But before that; Corkscrew Hill will shake things up on third stage 3 and then on stage 4; Norton Summit should also show who is on form. Last year, Dennis won by 2 seconds from Porte, with the retiring Evans in 3rd, followed by Dumoulin and Ruben Fenrández. Previous winners were: Gerrans (2006, 2012, 2014), Slagter (2013), Meyer (2011) and Greipel (2008 and 2010).

Tour Down Under Teams:

AG2R-La Mondiale:
Domenico Pozzovivo, Gediminas Bagdonas, Cyril Gautier, Alexis Gougeard, Christophe Riblon, Matteo Montaguti & Jesse Sergent.

Lars Boom, Luis León Sánchez, Maxat Ayazbayev, Laurens De Vreese, Arman Kamyshev, Davide Malacarne & Lieuwe Westra

BMC Racing Team:
Rohan Dennis, Richie Porte, Marcus Burghardt, Alessandro De Marchi, Floris Gerts, Danillo Wyss & Peter Velits.

Drapac Professional Cycling:
Graeme Brown, William Clarke, Brenton Jones, Gavin Mannion, Adam Phelan, Lachlan Norris & Nathan Earle.

Etixx – Quick-Step:
David De la Cruz, Davide Martinelli, Pieter Serry, Guillaume Van Keirsbulck, Petr Vakoc, Martin Velits & Carlos Verona

Murilo Fischer, Steve Morabito, Yoaan Ofrredo, Johan Lebon, Benoit Vaugrenard, Anthony Roux & Laurent Pichon.

IAM Cycling:
Matteo Pelucchi, Jarlinson Pantano, David Tanner, Marcel Aregger, Leigh Howard, Roger Kluge & Aleksejs Saramotins.

Diego Ulissi, Marko Kump, Louis Meintjes, Federico Zurlo, Manuele Mori, Tsgabu Grmay & Luka Pibernik

Lotto Soudal:
Rafael Valls, Lars Bak, Thomas De Gendt, Gert Dockx, Adam Hansen, Greg Henderson & Pim Ligthart.

Movistar Team:
Rory Sutherland, Jasha Sütterlin, José Joaquín Rojas, Juanjo Lobato, Jesús Herrada, Rubén Fernández & Nelson Oliveira

Simon Gerrans, Caleb Ewan, Michael Albasini, Daryl Impey, Luke Durbridge, Michael Hepburn & Mathew Hayman (not confirmed).

Team Dimension Data:
Cameron Meyer, Nathan Haas, Mark Renshaw, Tyler Farrar, Jim Songezo, Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg & Jaco Venter.

Team Katusha:
Rein Taaramäe, Tiago Machado, Maxim Belkov, Vladimir Isaychev, Aleksei Tsatevich, Egor Silin & Sergey Lagutin

Team LottoNL-Jumbo:
George Bennett, Enrico Battaglin, Bran Tankink, Maarten Tjallingii, Martijn Keizer, Bert-jan LIndeman & Primoz Roglic.

Team Sky:
Geraint Thomas, Sergio Henao, Pete Kennaugh, Salvatore Puccio, Luke Rowe, Ian Stannard & Ben Swift

Trek Factory Racing:
Ryder Hesjedal, Giacomo Nizzolo, Julián Arredondo, Jack Bobridge, Kiel Reijnen, Peter Stetina & Boy Van Poppel.

Tour Down Under Stages:
17th. January. Down Under Classic (Adelaide), 51 km
19th. January. 1st Stage: Prospect – Lyndoch, 130,8 km
20th. January. 2nd Stage: Unley – Stirling, 132 km
21st. January. 3rd Stage: Glenelg – Campbelltown, 139 km
22nd. January. 4th Stage: Norwood – Victor Harbor, 138 km
23rd. January. 5th Stage: McLaren Vale – Willunga Hill, 151,5 km
24th. January. 6th Stage: Circuit Adelaide, 90 km.

Jens Voigt looks forward to the 2016 Santos Tour Down Under:


Soudal Classics – Leuven 2016
Toon Aerts won the Soudal Classics in Leuven on Sunday by 14 seconds from his Telenet-Fidea teammate Tom Meeusen, with over a minute over Vincent Baestaens (BKCP-Corendon). Aerts attacked on the technical section on lap 2 and soloed to the finish even though he crashed on the last lap. Meeusen stayed behind with the chasers group before making his move at the half-way point.

Radomir Simunek (ERA-Murprotec) was the animator of the opening lap with teammate Julien Taramarcaz, Aerts, Eli Iserbyt (Telenet-Fidea), and Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink). Meeusen didn’t get a good start, but managed to rejoin the front group with some other riders at the end of lap 1, just before Aerts headed off on his own. From then on Aerts put time into the others on every lap. Behind him; Nys made an attempt to get across, but was chased down by Meeusen who caught him and carried on for 2nd. Baestaens out-sprinted Julien Taramarcaz (BKCP-Corendon) and Eli Iserbyt (Young Telenet-Fidea) for third as Nys was next, in 6th.

Worldcup Cyclocross in Zolder

Race winner, Toon Aerts (Telenet-Fidea): “At one point I was in the lead. I pulled through and immediately felt that I had good legs. I had no doubts. Through the speaker I heard that I had increased my lead. I set the pace and could hold it to the end, but all in all this is still an unexpected victory.”

Soudal Classics – Leuven Result:
1. Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet-Fidea in 1:02:09
2. Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 0:14
3. Vincent Baestaens (Bel) BKCP-Corendon at 1:17
4. Julien Taramarcaz (Sui) Era-Murprotec
5. Eli Iserbyt (Bel) Young Telenet-Fidea
6. Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan-AA Drink Team at 1:45
7. Radomir Simunek (Cze) Era-Murprotec at 1:52
8. Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games at 1:57
9. Jim Aernouts (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 2:27
10. Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice at 3:02.

Soudal Classics – Leuven highlights:


BPost Bank Trofee – GP Sven Nys, Baal 2016
On Friday the 1st of January 2016: Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice) beat Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink) in his own race the GP Sven Nys, which is the penultimate round of the BPost Bank Trofee. Van Aert won by more than a minute from Nys who out-sprinted Toon Aerts (Telenet-Fidea) for second. Van Aert cannot be beaten in Bpost Bank Trofee as second overall, Kevin Pauwels (Marlux-Napoleon Games) is at 6:53 and the most time he can take back is 5:30 on the time based overall.

On a very muddy Baal course, Lars van der Haar (Giant-Alpecin), Belgian champion Klaas Vantornout and Gianni Meersman both Marlux-Napoleon Games lead the bunch who were not too keen on making early attacks. Pauwels didn’t start well and only managed to finish 10th. Van der Haar kept the pressure on to take the intermediate 15 seconds bonus with only Van Aert able to hold the European champion with Meersman not far behind. Marlux-Napoleon Games pair of Klass Vantornout and Michael Vanthourenhout were next at around 10 seconds with Nys in a chase group with Aerts, Corné van Kessel (Telenet-Fidea) and Laurens Sweeck (Era-Murprotec).

As Nys was trying to close the gap he crashed on the third lap, ripping his shorts and looking like his race was over, but after a lap he came round and began to move up again. Van Aert dropped Van der Haar at the front for him to join Meersman, Vanthourenhout and Vantornout, but Van Aert’s lead grew from just under 20 seconds to over 40 as Nys, Sweeck, Aerts, Van Kessel and Pauwels caught Van der Haar, Meersman, Vanthourenhout and Vantornout.

Nys was now the strong man of the chase and only Meersman, Vantornout, Vanthourenhout and Van der Haar could stay with him. By the final lap they were all together to fight for second and third as Van Aert had over 1 minute on them. Van Kessel attacked, but Nys was on him and away with Vanthourenhout and Aerts holding his wheel. Nys didn’t change bikes at the pits and went into the lead and only Aerts could pull him back before the sprint for second. Nys was first out of the last corner and Aerts sat up as he could see he had no chance. Vanthourenhout was fourth from Vantornout, Meersman in sixth as Van der Haar, Van Kessels, Sweeck and Pauwels filled the lower placings.

GP Sven Nys cyclocross -  Bpost Trophy

Winner Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice): “It’s nice that I already have it in my pocket, it’s nice that I do not have to worry about it after the Worlds. It’s the second year in a row that I can approach the final race in a relaxed way. After one lap I really got a good feeling. Then I looked for my pace and rode away from the rest. Today I did not really attack. I just looked at myself and am happy that I got the good feeling back. Last year I was also the big favorite but on the day the outcome was not good. A Belgian Championships race is a different competition and the course is also not entirely comparable to that of today where I could express my strengths. Unfortunately, there are no difficult climbs and the course is sandy. The Belgian Championships is a quick race. Everything will be closer and of course I will have a lot of my supporters who will cheer me on. It was fantastic, especially when I was riding close to Nys. I must also thank the audience because I got a few sporting encouragements too.”

2nd, Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink): “Wout van Aert is beyond category on this type of course. When it comes to the experience, of course. It’s great to get so much encouragement in your own village. Second behind Van Aert also feels like a victory. Ultimately, I end in the right place. I’ve never really looked at first place. I did my own race and tried to do something in the end.” His crash? “I leaned against the barrier for a long time because I lost my balance. When I looked down, I saw that my shorts were almost completely gone. But you are in a race and want to continue. I had to use two laps to find my rhythm. That was unfortunate because I felt I was moving up. Then I tried to hit the front again. I think I deserve second place because I have made the race. The Belgian title is currently very far away when you see how strong Van Aert is. But this year I feel that I have recovered better after all these races than last year. I also know it is not easy to win against such a rider. I’m not broken, but when you see how easy Wout wins, there can only be one favorite. Chapeau because he was very impressive.”

3rd, Toon Aerts (Telenet-Fidea): “I made a mistake in the end, I should not have changed my bike. That took time and I had to dig deep into my reserves to catch Sven again. In the sprint I came up short. Now, well, those are lessons that Sven can soon teach me. I have great respect for Nys. When you know he be your teacher next year, it’s wonderful. I’m a first-year pro and do not have the experience. Those are things I can learn next year. Tonight I will go through that last lap a few times and next time I will have the courage not to change and let Nys ride away. I’m happy with this third place. I’ve been in good form for a couple of weeks but it surprises me a bit because I didn’t feel very good during the warm-up and the first lap was also tough but in the end it went better and I rejoined the Nys group and I just gave it everything. Riders who are good on a difficult course like today can do a lot at the World Championships in Zolder in the long straight sections. It is my goal to be there. I can bring riders to the front when it is needed. That’s one of my strengths.”

BPost Bank Trofee – GP Sven Nys Result:
1. Wout Van Aert (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice in 1:00:39
2. Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan-AA Drink at 1:13
3. Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 1:15
4. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games at 1:18
5. Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games at 1:19
6. Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games at 1:21
7. Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Giant-Alpecin
8. Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet-Fidea at 1:36
9. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Era-Murprotec at 2:01
10. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games at 2:10.

GP Sven Nys:


Caja Rural-Seguros RGA Jersey Revealed
Team Caja Rural-Seguros RGA unveiled its 2016 jersey Friday that maintains the familiar green-and-white look that has graced the pro continental peloton since 2010.

Produce by clothing sponsor Alé, the jersey is emblazoned with the names of the team’s co-title sponsors, Spanish banking group Grupo Caja Rural and its subsidiary, Seguros RGA. Bike sponsor Fuji again receives prominent placement across the chest.

Also featured on the front of the jersey is Oval Concepts, supplier of wheels, handlebars, stems, carbon seat posts and aero bars and aero stems, and Zipvit Sport, the team’s official nutrition sponsor. The logo of Bed4U hotels appears on the collar.

“This is our second year with Alé supplying our clothing and we are very happy to continue with them,” Sport Director José Miguel Fernández said. “The quality of their products is fantastic and the riders are very comfortable wearing them.”

Since 2010, Team Caja Rural-Seguros RGA has won 44 races in 10 different countries with 20 different riders, including a team-record 17 victories in 2015.



Dan Martin in his New Etixx – Quick-Step Kit
The teams have been showing off their new riders in their new clothing and first up was Daniel Martin who has moved form Cannondale-Garmin, his first team change as a professional, basically since he rode for the Vélo-Club La Pomme Marseille as an amateur in 2006 to 2007.

Dan Martin:
Cycling: Team Etixx Quick-Step 2016


BMC’s New Signing Richie Porte
Ex-Team Sky rider; Richie Porte was in Spain at the BMC training camp at the end of 2015 and had his team photos taken for the 2016 season and now we can see how he looks on the new bike in the red and black kit.

Richie Porte:


New Men at Astana
New signings for Astana, Eros Capecchi and Gatis Smukulis have had their press photos done. Capecchi is coming from Movistar, from his previous teams of Liquigas–Bianchi, Saunier Duval–Scott, Liquigas–Cannondale. Gatis Smukulis has transferred from Katusha, he turned pro with AG2R–La Mondiale in 2009 and rode for HTC–Highroad before Katusha. Interviews with both riders will be in PEZ soon.

Capecchi and Smukulis:
Astana Proteam 2016 - Training Camp Calpe


Adam Blythe for Tinkoff
Adam Blythe will strengthen the Tinkoff squad in 2016, with the main focus put on working in support of Peter Sagan in the Classics. Blythe started his professional cycling career in 2010 at Omega Pharma-Lotto, where he stayed for two seasons, before moving to BMC for another two years. In 2014 he joined continental team NFTO and scored what he considers to be the most important victory of his career so far, the Prudential RideLondon Classic. In 2015 he rode for Orica-GreenEDGE and had seven top-10 results.

Adam Blythe:
Tinkoff Pro Team 2016


Carlos Betancur to Movistar
After three years at AG2R-La Mondiale, Colombian Carlos Betancur has signed a two year deal with Movistar. Will moving to a Spanish speaking team with other Colombians be the answer to his problems? He has not raced since the 2015 Giro d’Italia as he didn’t turn up for the Tour de Pologne. 20th overall and 6th in the KOM at the Giro isn’t too bad, but it was a long time ago. Is this Betancur’s last chance?

Carlos Betancur:


Staying true to heart, Introducing Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka
As we enter the new year, we are delighted to introduce our African Team for 2016. Racing as the first ever UCI World Tour team from the African continent, our official team name is Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka.

We are highly motivated to embark on this new journey, and to ride the unridden roads for African cycling, with the Qhubeka Charity as the motivation behind our mission. In Dimension Data, Deloitte, and Cervélo among all others we have passionate partners, incredible in their professionalism and dedicated in their support of our team.

There is much in store for the 2016 season, for the team, our partners, and our fans. We take on the new year with big and bold goals which include measuring our performance by the number of lives we will change through our ongoing support of our #BicyclesChangeLives campaign, with sporting goals for the Classics, the Grand Tours and some week-long stage races.

Douglas Ryder, Team Principal said: “2016 becomes our biggest step up in our team’s existence, the 1st division or WorldTour in cycling requires depth and consistency and I am confident that our riders and staff are ready for this incredible challenge. Most importantly we have been fortunate to receive support from the most incredible partners in so many areas and on so many levels on and off the bike. Our partners will help this team move forward successfully and ensure that the Qhubeka Charity remains at the forefront of everything we do as we continue to accelerate the ambitions of African cycling and make an impact that matters in the communities.”

Brett Dawson, Dimension Data’s Group CEO said: “In the past 10 months since Dimension Data entered the world of professional cycling, ASO appointed us as its Official Technology Partner. Then in July, we became a sponsor of Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung. Today, we‘re very excited to officially become the title partner of Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka. We’re looking forward to accelerating the Qhubeka Charity and the ambitions of this amazing team as we continue to support their iconic rise from being one of the five wild-card teams invited to ride at last year‘s Tour de France for the first time, to becoming the first team on the African continent to participate in the UCI World Tour this year.”

Our complete 2016 squad comprises of 28 riders from 15 different nations with 13 riders coming from the African continent. Here is our official 2016 team list:

Igor Anton (ESP), Natnael Berhane (ERI), Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR), Theo Bos (NED), Matthew Brammeier (IRL), Mark Cavendish (GBR), Stephen Cummings (GBR), Mekseb Debesay (ERI), Nicolas Dougall (RSA), Bernhard Eisel (AUT), Tyler Farrar (USA), Omar Fraile (ESP), Nathan Haas (AUS), Jacques Janse van Rensburg (RSA), Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (RSA), Songezo Jim (RSA), Merhawi Kudus (ERI), Cameron Meyer (AUS), Adrien Niyonshuti (RWA), Serge Pauwels (BEL), Youcef Reguigui (ALG), Mark Renshaw (AUS), Kristian Sbaragli (ITA), Kanstantsin Siutsou (BLR), Daniel Teklehaimanot (ERI), Jay Thomson (RSA), Johann van Zyl (RSA), Jaco Venter (RSA).



A happy New Year from Crelan-Vastgoedservice
With Sven Nys retiring at the end of the 2015/16 cross season, his main sponsor, Crelan, has moved to be co-sponsor with Vastgoedservice for 2016 as Golden Palace step down. Here the team wish everyone a happy New Year.


Peter Sagan does Grease!
This has to be the best video of the year as World champion Peter Sagan takes the part of John Travolta in the final scene of the 1978 American musical romantic comedy film, Grease.


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