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EuroTrash Tour’15 Thursday!

We now know what the 2015 Tour de France is all about and it is made for a climber. We take a quick look at the tour route, catch up with the Tour of Hainan with comments, results and video. Plus the Tour of California route is out, Cav is training for the ‘Gent 6’ and riders re-sign with Lampre-Merida and Lotto Belisol. Café au lait?

TOP STORY: 2015 Tour de France Route
At first glance the course has been designed for a rider who has little time trial ability with only a total of 42 kilometers against the clock: Individual 14 kilometers on stage 1 in Utrecht, Holland on July the 4th and a team test of 28 kilometers from Vannes to Plumelec on stage 9. Cobbles and the Mur du Huy come into the first days in Holland and Belgium, from there the hard roads and cross winds in Brittany will cause splits. The Pyrenees come before the Alps with three stages between. Pyrenean climbs: La Pierre Saint Martin, Cauterets Vallé de Saint Savin and Plateau de Beille and Alpine climbs: Pra Loup, Saint Jean de Maurienne, La Toussuiere Les Sibelles and on the penultimate stage the Alpe d’Huez. The finish will be on the Champs-Élysées in Paris on the 26th of July.

Check-out the Tour de France 2015: The PEZ First Look for more in-depth analysis.

Stage Details:
Stage 1: Utrecht – Utrecht (ITT) 14km.
Stage 2: Utrecht – Neeltje Jans 166km.
Stage 3: Anvers – Huy 154km.
Stage 4: Seraing – Cambrai 221km.
Stage 5: Arras – Amiens Metropole 189km.
Stage 6: Abbeville – Le Harve 191km.
Stage 7: Livarot – Fougeres 190km.
Stage 8: Rennes – Mur de Bretagne 179km.
Stage 9: Vannes – Plumelec (TTT) 28km.
Rest Day
Stage 10: Tarbes – La Pierre-Saint-Martin 167km.
Stage 11: Pau – Cauterets Vallee de Saint-Savin 188km.
Stage 12: Lannemezan – Plateau de Beille 195km.
Stage 13: Murut – Rodez 200km.
Stage 14: Rodez – Mende 178km.
Stage 15: Mende – Valance 182km.
Stage 16: Bourg-dePeage – Gap 201km.
Rest Day
Stage 17: Digne-les-Bains – Pra-Loup 161km.
Stage 18: Gap – Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne 185km.
Stage 19: Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne – La Toussuire – Les Sybelles 138km.
Stage 20: Modane Valfrejus – Alpe d’Huez 110km.
Stage 21: Sevres – Grand Paris Seine Ouest – Paris Champs-Elysees 107km.

Tour’15 Route Map:

header-hainanTour of Hainan 2014
The Belkin Pro Cycling team’s Moreno Hofland won Stage 1 in China’s Tour of Hainan. He sprinted ahead of Italian Andrea Palini (Lampre-Merida) and Czech Ondrej Rybin (Team Dukla Praha) in the 85-kilometer opening stage and took the overall lead.

“The stage went well. The stage was very short, only 85 kilometres, and it was raining attacks,” Belkin Sports Director Michael Elijzen explained. “After many attacks, five riders manage to escape, but the gap was only reached 55 seconds maximum because several teams kept on riding behind.” The peloton caught the escapees at ten kilometres from the end and readied for a sprint. “The race situation was ideal for us,” Elijzen continued. “The last corner was 600 metres from the finish line, and our men were there first. They got the message and attacked that corner with five guys. Hofland was in the wheels and finished it off in a professional way.”

2nd on the stage Andrea Palini (Lampre-Merida): “It was not simple to be competitive in a such short stage, after a very long journey to reach Hainan. The sprint was open to many riders, I tried to follow Hofland but I could not overtake him. Belkin is a very good team, but Lampre-Merida is even better and we’ll hit the target for sure.”

Tour of Hainan Stage 1 Result:
1. Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin in 1:56:30
2. Andrea Palini (Ita) Lampre-Merida
3. Ondrej Rybin (Cze) Team Dukla Praha
4. Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Lampre-Merida
5. Graeme Brown (Aus) Belkin
6. Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida
7. Alois Kankovsky (Cze) Team Dukla Praha
8. Wouter Wippert (Ned) Drapac
9. Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana
10. Milan Kadlec (Cze) Team Dukla Praha.

Tour of Hainan Overall After Stage 1:
1. Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin in 1:56:20
2. Andrea Palini (Ita) Lampre-Merida at 0:04
3. Ondrej Rybin (Cze) Team Dukla Praha at 0:06
4. Dario Hernandez (Spa) Burgos-BH
5. Elchin Asadov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling at 0:07
6. Martin Blaha (Cze) Team Dukla Praha
7. Ma Guangtong (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team at 0:08
8. Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Lampre-Merida at 0:10
9. Graeme Brown (Aus) Belkin
10. Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida.

Stage 1:

Niccolò Bonifazio (Lampre-Merida) demonstrated once again that he is “quick” and thanks to his sprint he obtained the victory in Stage 2 of Tour of Hainan. The neo-pro from Lampre-Merida won in Haikou (start from Changmai, race length 207,2 km), exploiting perfectly the job by the team. Bonifazio beat the Dutch sprinter Wouter Wippert (Drapac) and his team mate Andrea Palini.

In addition to the victory (4th in the season), Bonifazio is the new leader of the overall classification (Palini 2nd) and in the points classification.

Stage 2 winner Niccolò Bonifazio (Lampre-Merida): “This victory makes me very happy, especially because I completed in a winning way the job that my team mates had done. The stage was long, so it could have been not simple to control it being only 6 riders for each team. Anyway, my mates were great and they gave me the opportunity to realise a very good sprint. Day by day I’m recovering from the efforts of the long journey, so my aim is to continue in the next stages to be competitive.”

Lampre-Merida DS Pedrazzini was very satisfied: “Unlike yesterday sprint, when we failed to be united until the finish line, today we succeeded in working perfectly and in giving a perfect support to Niccolò. Ferrari led Palini and Bonifazio to the final straight, where Andrea was great in protecting Niccolò’s wheel from the assault by Wippert, who had once preceded Bonifazio in Tour of Japan. With this support, Bonifazio could perform an amazing powerfull sprint that gave him the victory. The whole team made a great job in controlling the race, especially Xu Gang.”

Second on the stage Wouter Wippert (Drapac): “After the last corner it was a strong tailwind so it was a really fast finish,” explained Wippert who finished in eighth place in the opening stage. The whole team did well to keep me in position and Jonny did a good job leading me out with 500 metres to go. Bonifazio was already too far in front to get him back before the finish.”

Drapac DS, Henk Vogels was pleased for the day’s result saying: “This was a reward for a solid team effort from everyone. There’s still a week of racing ahead here in Hainan and we’ll keep chipping away.”

Astana DS Jaan Kirsipuu, after stage 2 at the Tour of Hainan: “We will work for Ruslan every day in the sprint – Dyachenko, Zeits and Kamyshev look really sharp, and we will be ready on stage seven to race for the General Classification.”

Tour of Hainan Stage 2 Result:
1. Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Lampre-Merida in 5:04:50
2. Wouter Wippert (Ned) Drapac
3. Andrea Palini (Ita) Lampre-Merida
4. Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Drapac
5. Yuri Metlushenko (Ukr) Ukraine
6. Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin
7. Ondrej Rybin (Cze) Dukla Praha
8. Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana
9. Boris Shpilevsky (Rus) RTS-Santic Racing
10. Hariff Salleh (Mal) Terengganu Cycling Team.

Tour of Hainan Overall After Stage 2:
1. Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Lampre-Merida in 7:01:10
2. Andrea Palini (Ita) Lampre-Merida
3. Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin
4. Wang Meiyin (Chn) Hengxiang at 0:01
5. Wouter Wippert (Ned) Drapac at 0:04
6. Alex Surutkovich (Ukr) Synergy Baku at 0:05
7. Ondrej Rybin (Cze) Dukla Praha at 0:06
8. Dario Hernandez (Spa) Burgos-BH
9. Elchin Asadov (Aze) Synergy Baku at 0:07
10. Martin Blaha (Cze) Dukla Praha.

Stage 2:

Drapac sprinter Wouter Wippert moved into third overall with his second podium finish in as many days in Stage 3 of the Tour of Hainan in China. Arman Kamyshev (Astana) won the 134.7 kilometer stage from Haikou to Yueliangwan in a bunch sprint from Maksym Averin (Synergy Baku) with Wippert in third. The flying Dutchman in the Drapac team is now just two-seconds off the overall lead of Meiyin Wang (Hengxiang) with four other riders. Wippert also moved up a rung in the points classification, into fourth just three points shy of the lead of Lampre-Merida’s Andrea Palini.

Drapac’s Jordan Kerby made a late attack and was joined by Samir Jabrayilov (Synergy Baku) and the pair were only caught with 1500m to go to the line. The Drapac lead-out train swung into action for Wippert, Jonathan Cantwell once again did his best, making his move at 450m to go before leaving the sprinter to fight on over the final 150m in the cross-wind.

Stage winner Arman Kamyshev (Astana): “We were all working for Ruslan today, but in a group sprint it’s always chaos – I found myself in the best position at the best moment and then found victory inside the chaos.”

Third on stage 3, Wouter Wippert (Drapac): “I’m actually a bit disappointed because we did a great job as a team today.”

Drapac DS, Henk Vogels: “Things are looking good for us. We’re not chasing the overall but we are looking for stage wins and to do well in the points classification. Jonny is having a great week and is providing impressive leadership on the road for the team.”

Tour of Hainan Stage 3 Result:
1. Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana in 3:05:09
2. Maksym Averin (Aze) Synergy Baku
3. Wouter Wippert (Ned) Drapac
4. Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukr) Ukraine
5. Andrea Palini (Ita) Lampre-Merida
6. Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin
7. Boris Shpilevsky (Rus) RTS-Santic Racing
8. Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Lampre-Merida
9. Alois Kankovsky (Cze) Dukla Praha
10. Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana.

Tour of Hainan Overall After Stage 3:
1. Wang Meiyin (Chn) Hengxiang in 10:06:17
2. Andrea Palini (Ita) Lampre-Merida at 0:02
3. Wouter Wippert (Ned) Drapac
4. Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin
5. Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Lampre-Merida
6. Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana
7. Maksym Averin (Aze) Synergy Baku at 0:06
8. Alex Surutkovich (Ukr) Synergy Baku
9. Dario Hernandez (Spa) Burgos-BH at 0:08
10. Hariff Salleh (Mal) Terengganu Cycling Team at 0:09.

Stage 3:

header-amgenToC142015 Tour of California Host Cities Announced
The organisers of the Tour of California, have announced the host cities for the 2015 race which starts in Sacramento on May 10th and finishes in Pasadena on May 17th. In 2015 there will also be a three day women’s race starting in South Lake Tahoe on May 8th and finishing in Sacramento on May 10th. Then on May 15th in Big Bear there will be an invitation individual time trial.

Kristin Bachochin, executive director of the Amgen Tour of California and senior vice president of AEG Sports said: “Since we launched the Amgen Tour of California nine years ago, we have strived to host the world’s top cyclists in a race that will not only challenge them as professionals, but will also provide a stunning backdrop.”

2015 Amgen Tour of California host cities:
Women’s race:
Stage 1: Friday, May 8 – South Lake Tahoe
Stage 2: Saturday, May 9 – South Lake Tahoe
Stage 3: Sunday, May 10 – Sacramento
Invitational Time Trial: Friday, May 15 – Big Bear Lake.

Men’s race:
Stage 1: Sunday, May 10 – Sacramento
Stage 2: Monday, May 11 – Nevada City to Lodi
Stage 3: Tuesday, May 12 – San Jose
Stage 4: Wednesday, May 13 – Pismo Beach to Avila Beach
Stage 5: Thursday, May 14 – Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita
Stage 6: Friday, May 15 – Big Bear Lake (Individual Time Trial)
Stage 7: Saturday, May 16 – Ontario to Mt. Baldy
Stage 8: Sunday, May 17 – L.A. LIVE. Downtown Los Angeles to Pasadena.

2015 Amgen Tour of California Route Map:

header_OPQS_PRKeisse and Cavendish Train for Lotto Six-Days Flanders-Gent
OPQS riders Mark Cavendish and Iljo Keisse trained together with Sport Director Tom Steels at Vlaams Wielercentrum Eddy Merckx Gent on Friday through Monday, in anticipation of Lotto Six-Days Flanders-Gent, which takes place from November 18th until the 23rd of the month. The Manx Missile and the five-time Gent Six-Days winner Keisse will be teammates for the first time.

“Training went quite well today,” OPQS Sport Director Tom Steels said on Monday. “It was two sessions of 45 minutes. We were all going pretty fast, about 55 kilometers per hour. Preparing for this event is a combination of training on the road, and also the track for the leg speed and the technique. They both have a lot of experience with this discipline, so that comes back to them quickly, purely from memory. But still, they have to practice and I think that’s why these days of training in anticipation of the race is important. Especially for Iljo and Mark. They’ve rode with each other maybe once. So it’s important they practice. I think they’re going to be up there to go for the win. They’re both experienced and motivated, so we’ll see what this can bring with these two as teammates on the track as they have been on the road. It’s new to them riding together, but Iljo will give good guidelines to Mark about Gent. He’s got so much experience there, they will both know what to expect.”

Cavendish said he is honored to ride with the five-time winner, and is looking forward to his first track event in years: “I like to ride the Gent Six-Days,” Cavendish said. “Last year I had a long season, but this year my season ended pretty early. So, it made sense to start with the six-days and give me short-term focus in anticipation of next year. I’m incredibly lucky. This year we’ve got a legend in the six-days world on the track with Iljo. He’ll get to start in his home of Gent. Gent is also known as a British six-day, because so many fans come over. I’ve done it twice before, it’s really the hardest one. But I’m in good company with Iljo. He’s incredibly focused and he keeps me focused. It’s an honor to ride with him on this team and I know we can go away with a good result. To me I never like to go into the race without trying to win. Iljo has won here so many times and for sure we want to do well. I haven’t ridden in six or seven years, but we’ll give our best. I want to be in the best condition possible and do Iljo and the team proud. Track racing is different and something to get used to. It’s different technique and you use muscles that you don’t necessarily use on the road. We’ve been here the past few days behind the derny ridden by Tom Steels, getting used to the high pace and high cadence and adapting our muscles to riding. We haven’t done full gas efforts quite yet until our bodies adapt to the track, but we will.”

Keisse looks forward to opening his track season at his home race, his favorite cycling event, where he is known for so much success: “It’s still one month away but I’m absolutely looking forward to it,” Keisse said. “We will need that time to get back into the rhythm of track racing, but I’m excited about Gent Six-Days as I always am with it being a home race for me. I’m happy about riding with Cavendish. I’m very proud and honored to ride with him. It’s always been a dream to ride with him. Last year we talked about it but it didn’t work out. This year in agreement with the team we are now working hard and training for Gent. It’s pretty difficult because it’s in the middle of winter. I’m trying to work as hard as possible for next season and do specific training for Gent. This is not negative, it’s part of the build up. We’ll do short efforts on the track and when weather is not too bad, long and easy efforts on the road. As for what it takes to do well on the track, experience and speed are important, but the chemistry between the teammates has to be there. Chemistry is the most important thing. What one rider lacks, the other rider must have extra. Mark is one of the fastest guys in the world and with me, who is one of the most experienced on the field that is riding the Gent Six-Days, it’s a good combination. We’re also friends, which makes it easier when you’re riding with someone for the first time on the track.”

Keisse noted that the six-days events are special, but especially in Gent where it is world renowned: “There’s a big difference between six-days and world championships,” Keisse said. “World Championships are big gear, short races. Six-days are more like stage races on the road. You do between 100 kilometers and 120 kilometers every evening, with 10 or 12 different events. They go from 8 at night until 1 or 2 in the morning sometimes. All those points and laps come together for the classification. But it’s mostly about the atmosphere. In Gent it’s a full house every day. It’s special to be a part of that. For six-day riders I think Gent is the best event in the world at this moment. I think that’s why Cav wanted to do it. He’s been in Gent before, he knows what this event is like. I think it’s big for him to come back and try and win an event like the Gent Six. We’ll try our best to do that.”

Mark Cavendish in track action at Revolution in Manchester:

header_lampre-meridaNelson Oliveira to Stay with Lampre-Merida
Lampre-Merida will continue to be the proud holder of two Portuguese champions jerseys (road and time trial) thanks to the prolongation of the deal with Nelson Oliveira. The Portuguese cyclist signed an agreement with blue-fuchsia-green team for 2015 season. Guardian angel of Rui Costa in many races during the year, Oliveira obtained an amazing double in his national championships. His season had another highlight in the Ponferrada World championships, where he finished in 7th place in the time trial after having led the classification for long time.

Twenty-five years old, pro since 2010, during his career Oliveira has won two Portuguese time trial titles, one national road championships and one Portuguese Under 23 time trial title. All these results suggest that Nelson’s skills are good enough to reach a top level thanks to a gradual improvement. “I’m very happy to have signed the prolongation of the contract for the next year.” Oliveira said. “When you really enjoy racing in a team, your aim is to go on to be part of it. My ambition was to continue to be a blue-fuchsia-green cyclist, so I’m satisfied that Lampre-Merida decided I could be part of the 2015 roster. I will work hard to accomplish my goals and the ones of the team.”

Another year with Lampre-Merida for Rafa Valls
The 2014 season did not begun in a good way for Rafael Valls, he was forced to a stop after only three days in blue-fuchsia-green because of fractured ribs that had been caused by a crash in the Tour Down Under. Training with intensity, the Spanish climber could react and recover fast, so he was able to live another start of his experience in Team Lampre-Merida, improving the team of the manager Copeland by a series of high level performances. Valls is a reliable cyclists and he always completed the tasks the team assigned him, especially on the climbs. His contribution was fundamental for the victory of Rui Costa in the Tour de Suisse.

With the aim of keeping the solidity of the group of riders that are asked to support the team’s captains, Lampre-Merida strongly wanted to confirm to Valls it’s trust by the prolongation of his contract through 2015. Rafael Valls Ferri was born in Cocentaina in 1987. During six seasons in pro cycling he has obtained one victory, at the stage finish on the Mirador del Potrero in the 2012 Tour de San Luis.

Rafa Valls in the Tour Down Under’14:
Santos Tour Down Under stage-2

header-lottobelisolContract extension for Pim Ligthart, Tosh Van der Sande and Dennis Vanendert
Lotto Belisol can announce today that three riders have extended their contract. Pim Ligthart (26), who made his debut in the team this year, signed for two more seasons. The contract of Tosh Van der Sande (23) and Dennis Vanendert (26) was extended with one year. In 2015 both will start their fourth season in the team.

Aim for a victory
Pim Ligthart: “I feel at home here in the team. It’s the first time I’m racing for a Belgian team, but there’s not much difference. Unfortunately I couldn’t get a victory this season. I did win the KOM jersey in Paris-Nice. During the season I did lots of work for the team and I showed myself many times, for example with my breakaways in the Vuelta. It’s nice that I have a contract for the next two years, that gives me peace of mind. I’ll aim for a victory in 2015.”

Several reasons to stay
Tosh Van der Sande: “There are several reasons why I wanted to stay with the team. I’ve been satisfied here for the past three years. I can often have a go of my own and it’s a fun group. Of course it matters that I set the step from U23 rider to pro within the structure of this team. In my third season as U23 rider I rode in the team with Kurt Van de Wouwer as sports director, that way I got in the pro team of Lotto Belisol and that turned out to be a good choice. I have high ambitions for next season and want to take that first pro win. The last weeks of this season I came close a few times and that gives me confidence.”

Set a new step forward
Dennis Vanendert: “I love riding for this team, next year will be my fourth season. This contract extension proves the team has faith in me and respects the work I’ve done. Next year I’m coming to an age that I want to take a next step in my career by setting results myself, I feel ready for that. In tougher stage races I’d like to show myself and pick out some stages. Apart from that I want to help the team win a classic. My brother Jelle can win one of the Ardennes classics, it would be great if I could help him with that.”

Pim Ligthart in la Vuelta’14:
Tour of Spain 2014 - stage - 5

header-tinkoffsaxoKarsten Kroon Retires after Impressive Career Spanning Three Decades
A household name in cycling takes a bow and retires definitively from his active career. Karsten Kroon has had a career covering three decades. He turned pro in 1997 and has spent seven seasons with Tinkoff-Saxo. Kroon rode his last race in Sunday’s Japan Cup and after returning home, he confirms that it was the right decision.

“I feel fortunate. I have had a great career with many defining memories. I have made many close friends in cycling, and that is something valuable for me. But I can honestly say that I’m ready to retire from racing. I’m tired after 18 seasons and I look forward to spending time with my family and kids”, says Karsten Kroon and adds: “I want to thank Bjarne Riis for believing in me during the years and giving me the opportunity to spend the best seasons of my career on this team. My two seasons on BMC in ’10 and ’11 were plagued by two potentially career-ending crashes, but the team gave me another chance to come back and to finish my career the way I had wished for.”

The biggest moments
The 38-year old Dutchman rode his first season in what is now the WorldTour in 1999. He steadily evolved into an experienced specialist in the northern classics. In 2002, in his first Tour de France, Karsten Kroon won a stage. A victory that he describes as his biggest sporting moment. “My stage win in the Tour is what I’m most proud of. It is something every rider dreams about. It was my first Tour de France and I remember how surreal it seemed, when I rode across the line”.

But there’s also another less known result that stands as the pinnacle of Karsten Kroon’s career. “It might sound a bit strange, but the 2009 World Championship in Mendrisio is perhaps the greatest experience of my career. I was dropped in the final part of the race and finished 20th, but I have never had better legs than I had that day in Switzerland. It was almost mythical for me. I remember that I felt as if I could keep going on my limit for hours and hours”, he explains.

According to Karsten, he hasn’t decided on his future yet. But one thing is for sure; he will take some time off from racing, training and speculating. “I think I’ll relax with my family and wait a while before I decide, what the next chapter in my life will be.”

Time for Karsten to take it easy:

header-astanaKazakhstan to Introduce Domestic Cyclist Biometric Passport Monitoring
Kazakhstan’s National Anti-Doping Center and the Kazakhstan Cycling Federation will introduce biometric passport monitoring of domestic professional cyclists beginning in 2015.

In a joint memorandum of cooperation signed this week, KazNADC and the KCF will take a giant leap forward in anti-doping methodology and practice.

“The importance of this document is difficult to overestimate. The memorandum is a significant part of the anti-doping program we have been developing in recent months in cooperation with the Center’s specialists and international experts. The program is aimed at preventing the use of banned substances listed by WADA -” said KCF Executive Director Dmitriy Muravyev.

“In Kazakhstan in 2015 we will introduce the world’s most advanced anti-doping system together with KazNADC, a fully-equipped laboratory with the latest technology, and with the support of international experts -” said Muravyev.

“Large-scale testing for riders of all ages, biometric passports and educational seminars are just a part of our long-term strategic anti-doping program, and we are counting on the support of the athletic community in its implementation – ” Muravyev said.

Together in 2015 the KCF and KazNADC will implement a collaborative anti-doping campaign, with the following measures to be taken:

• Full Anti-Doping control implementation over Kazakhstan’s domestic cyclists from Continental Team Astana, Vino 4ever, Track Team Astana, and also Astana Pro Team while on Kazakh soil.

• Collection of test samples from leading cyclists of all ages on regional and national teams by discipline (road, track, and mountain bike) throughout the domestic racing calendar.

• Collaborative implementation with other agencies for Anti-Doping tests during regional, national and international competitions.

• Training workshops, lectures and seminars on sports doping harm for regional sport schools and training academies, coaches and athletes by KCF and KazNADC representatives.

• Systematic education and testing for trainers and staff on anti-doping rules theory and practice.

• The widespread introduction of biometric passports among riders of all ages.

Kazakhstan’s National Anti-Doping Center (KazNADC) was established in 2013 at the request and initiative of WADA (the World Anti-Doping Agency) – KazNADC’s testing facility is one of 32 WADA-accredited anti-doping laboratories worldwide and is equipped with the latest testing technology – The WADA-accredited Central Asian Anti-Doping Center (RADOCA) is co-located with KazNADC’s laboratory, and operates all over Central Asia, Iran, Pakistan and Mongolia.

header-tdfLe Tour Utrecht – BON VOYAGE!
Utrecht is the start town for next years Tour de France and they have released this promotional animation. Nice work on the animation, not so sure about the music.

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