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Pre-Xmas EuroTrash Monday!

A busy weekend of cyclo-cross, video and results as always. Other cycling news: Santambrogio positive again, Dowsett next for the hour, new Tinkoff-Saxo jersey, Rigo Uran’s calendar, Tirreno course, Lotto Soudal presentation, Cult get license and do disk brakes slow you down? A full pre-Christmas EuroTrash.

TOP STORY: The Sad Story of Santambrogio
Mauro Santambrogio has been on suspension for his EPO positive since the 2013 Giro d’Italia, due to Santambrogio testifying at the Cycling Independent Reform Commission earlier this year, his suspension was reduced to 18 months and he had the plan of returning to the peloton next year with Amore e Vita. On the 22nd of October this year, Santambrogio was found to have testosterone (Andriol) in his system in an out of competition drugs test.

Santambrogio claims that he was taking the testosterone due to erectile and fertility problems and had been prescribed the medication by his urologist. He also claims that he had no intention of racing until mid 2015 and by that time any advantage he would have from the testosterone would have worn off. He admits using the drug Andriol and claims to have told the testers and the UCI doctor.

If he is telling the truth, which is possible, he will be banned as the use of testosterone is banned by the UCI and WADA in any way. Also the use of the drug Andriol is for erectile problems, it does not help with fertility.

On the other hand if he is lying then a life ban should be on its way. After the recent case of Amore e Vita rider Luca Benedetti’s positive and life ban, why is the team signing another doper when there are so many clean riders looking for work?

Santambrogio on the attack in the 2013 Giro:
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header-bpost-trofee14Bpost Bank Trofee-Essen 2014
Wout Van Aert (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace Cycling Team) is still on top form as he won Saturday’s Bpost Bank Trofee race in Essen, Belgium. He beat local favourite Tom Meeusen and his Telenet-Fidea teammate Rob Peeters. Van Aert also moved into the lead of the Bpost Bank Trofee series and now leads by 1:50 over Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink), who could only finish 13th, Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) was 4th and is 3rd overall.

Winner Wout Van Aert (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace): “Obviously I’m going to try to defend that lead.”

Second Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea): “The first three laps, Wout and Rob set a really hard pace. Van Aert won with a serious lead, but when you see how far the field is apart, I should be quite pleased. I’m very happy that I can finally stand on the podium. I live three kilometers from the course and there were many supporters here.”

After his poor performance, Belgian champion Sven Nys (Crelan-AA drink) announced he would not ride Sunday’s World Cup in Namur. He has just returned from a two-week Spanish training camp, but said he is only at 50% of his strength: “Despite my two weeks away, it’s just not right. When I want to accelerate, I feel that I haven’t got the strength. I can ride around for an hour at the same tempo but when I need to accelerate, I can’t. I don’t know what’s wrong. For me this is also a big question mark. It’s the first time in 15 years that I’ve gone a long time not riding as I should. I will have to live with it. That’s not pleasant, but I can’t do any more than my best.”

Bpost Bank Trofee-Essen Result:
1. Wout Van Aert (Bel) Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace in 59:59
2. Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 1:01
3. Rob Peeters (Bel) Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace at 1:34
4. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games at 1:45
5. Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus at 1:57
6. Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games at 2:01
7. Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Crelan-AA Drink at 2:08
8. Joeri Adams (Bel) Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace at 2:17
9. Jens Adams (Bel) Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace at 2:21
10. Tim Merlier (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games at 2:26.

Race action from Essen by Sporza:

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Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) won round 4 of the UCI WorldCup in Namur, Belgium on Sunday, soloing to the win ahead of Lars van der Haar (Giant-Shimano) and German champion Philipp Walsleben (BKCP-Powerplus). Pauwels now leads the WorldCup by 77 points from Meeusen.

Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) was the early leader on a very muddy course ahead of a large group containing Pauwels, Walsleben, Van der Haar, Sascha Weber (Veranclassic-Doltcini), Marcel Wildhaber (Scott-Odlo MTB), Rob Peeters (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace), Francis Mourey (FDJ.fr), Corné Van Kessel (Telenet-Fidea) and Fabien Canal (Look-Beaumes De Venise). Under his pressure; Meeusen was the first to make a gap and had 5 seconds through the pits. Pauwels, Walsleben and Van Kessel were soon trying to chase him down and with 5 laps to go they were together for Van der Haar to attack off the front with 4 to go. Pauwels got across to the Dutch champion for them both to consolidate the lead. Pauwels was the more agile through the mud and took 10 seconds out of Van den Haar at the line.

Walsleben dropped Meeusen and looked like he would catch the leaders before the finish, but struggled in the sticky conditions for third.

Winner Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games): “Before the off-camber section I looked back and noticed I had a small gap on Lars. I rode it well and I was gone. With two races to go, it’s looking really good. Those two races are really made for me and I have to lose as little points as possible.”

Second Lars van der Haar (Giant-Shimano): “I felt really good on this course, but I was unable to run as fast as I would like due to my ankle injury. That’s why when Kevin came back tactics came into play. I wanted to hit the off-camber section in first position but I didn’t see anything due to the mud splashes and stayed behind him. Then it was over.”

UCI WorldCup-Namur Result:
1. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games in 1:07:43
2. Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Giant-Shimano at 0:10
3. Philipp Walsleben (Ger) Bkcp-Powerplus at 0:19
4. Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 1:24
5. Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet-Fidea at 1:38
6. Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Odlo MTB at 1:46
7. Rob Peeters (Bel) Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace at 2:05
8. Jens Adams (Bel) Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace at 2:10
9. Sascha Weber (Ger) Veranclassic-Doltcini at 2:24
10. Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) Corendon-Kwadro at 2:30.

Action from Namur by the UCI Channel:

header_movistar-leftThe #PerfectHour: Alex Dowsett, Movistar Team to attack the UCI Hour Record
British time trialist from Movistar Team -Commonwealth Games winner, 3-time National Champion- to take on current 51.852km mark at London’s Lee Valley VeloPark velodrome on Friday, February 27th, 2015
Alex Dowsett and the Movistar Team confirmed today their intention to break the UCI Hour Record. During a press conference held at the Rileys Sports Bar in Central London, the Essex rider, accompanied by the Blues’ general manager Eusebio Unzué and marketing and communications officer Juan Pablo Molinero, expressed his excitement towards a challenge that crowns the international gamble by the squad sponsored by Telefónica, under their brands Movistar and O2, and their main partners Canyon and Endura, also sending a message towards every person like Dowsett who suffers from a rare disease like haemophilia.

The place chosen for this attempt to overcome the current 51.852km mark will be London’s Lee Valley VeloPark velodrome, venue of the 2012 Olympic Games and one of the fastest at sea level, with three world records having been beaten on its 250-metre, Siberian pine track. The event will be the biggest attraction of Revolution Series‘ Round 5; Dowsett has often taken part in this series of track competitions across the best facilities in Great Britain, where he has kept his ability fresh on the banking after big achievements during his youth stage.

“Things like the Commonwealth Games, the Olympics, the Tour de France and world championships hit home with the general public, but I truly had my eyes opened during my offseason this year when I travelled around Europe with the Miles for Haemophilia campaign,” explains Dowsett about his driving force towards the record attempt, the Movistar Team’s biggest goal during the beginning of the imminent 2015 season. “The campaign was simple: just to raise awareness and promote a healthy and active lifestyle within the Haemophilia community. What I realised quite quickly tough was the impact my story was having. As a young haemophiliac things were tough, even more so for my family than I. There was only a predicted gloomy outcome, talk of wheelchairs, crutches, joints fused in place or replaced, a far cry from the Alex you see before now.

“On these trips I saw my story was spreading hope: their boy or girl could in fact lead an ordinary life. So I thought: what more can I do to bring a positive outlook on the future to them, alongside my own personal career ambitions? Everyone understands a world record, so I wanted my next target to be the hour record. The Hour is something I’ve always been interested in; the simplicity of it, mostly: no tactics, no hiding, just you and the bike. Now I’ve got a new sense of drive as I know that the more success I can achieve, the more hope it will give everyone in the whole rare disease community. We spend our childhoods being told what we can’t do, so I’m going for the record for anyone that gets told what they can’t do something and goes out to prove themselves otherwise. I’m training a hell of a lot harder because of it.”

Unzué: “Very emotional for me, due to several reasons”

For Eusebio Unzué, Dowsett’s attempt means “looking back to what Miguel Indurain’s hour record meant to all of us, 20 years ago. Back then, it wasn’t really usual to pursue such record, of all goals you could go after, and there weren’t many riders who dared to take such challenge, either. After some attempts prior to ours, Miguel relied on his chances to beat the mark, we got our hands into it and, after many weeks of hard work, the day came – and it was really emotional: the velodrome in Bordeaux, full of people, the TV cameras showing it live… it was really different from what we were used to. I always remember that day as one of the hardest for Miguel: I found it completely broken, out of energy after such a hard attempt in conditions he wasn’t accustomed to at all.

“Alex’s attempt reflects the globalization of cycling and the internationalization of our team. Taking the chance with a British rider, at the Olympic velodrome in London, and adding that social drive, with Alex taking such efforts to support those ones with rare diseases, himself being an ambassador of Haemophilia… I already find this attempt perfect and positive for everyone, all circumstances put together. On the other hand, without our partners, especially Canyon and Endura, we would have hardly made it to the start line. The marks that two track riders, big time trialists, like Bobridge and Rohan Dennis will set will make it really difficult for us, but I hope this will become a further drive for Alex to tackle it.”

Finally, Juan Pablo Molinero commented on some early details from a record attempt that, on Friday, February 27th, 2015, aspires to bring 6,000 people into an Olympic velodrome where spectators will enjoy with music, different amusements and all kinds of complementary activities. The Union Cycliste Internationale was present in the press conference as Strategic Advisor Justin Abbott accompanied the Movistar Team members.

UCI President Brian Cookson welcomes the British rider’s initiative: “I am delighted that an experienced time trialist such as Alex Dowsett is attacking the UCI Hour Record just months after Matthias Brändle’s tremendous performance on the UCI World Cycling Centre velodrome, in Switzerland. After Brändle’s new record, I said that I was convinced that many other riders would try to add their names to the prestigious list of legendary UCI Hour Record holders, and Alex did not wait long to announce his attempt. It will take place at London’s Lee Valley VeloPark velodrome, the venue of the 2012 Olympic Games, which will add to the excitement of the event. Dowsett’s attempt gives credit to the amendment of the regulations we introduced several months ago. The recent changes have sparked an exciting series of challenges, which is exactly what we hoped would happen when we decided to authorise the use of track bikes with modern designs and technology. The UCI Hour Record has been revived and is capturing the imaginations of riders and fans alike.”

Practical info:
Tickets for the UCI Hour Record attempt are already available through See Tickets. Details on the attempt’s exact timetable, press accreditations and TV coverage will be announced in the coming weeks. Fans will be able to follow the preparations for the event through the hashtags #PerfectHour and #UCIHourRecord, at Movistar Team’s Facebook page and on Twitter accounts @alexdowsett, @Movistar_Team and @UCI_cycling.

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header-etixx-qr15First Half of Rigoberto Uran’s Race Calendar Announced
During the first training camp of 2015, in Oliva (Spain), Rigoberto Uran and Etixx – Quick-Step management made official the race program for the first part of his 2015 season.

The first race of 2015 for Rigo will be the Colombian National ITT Championship, as well as the National Road Championship on the 7th and the 8th of February. “The time trial is on a parcours of 47 kilometers, which are up and down and in the East part of the Antioquia province,” Uran said. “It’s a nice parcours that I like a lot. The road race parcours will start in Medellin, and will start with a straight stretch and finish with a three-lap circuit of the same parcours of the time trial. I start with the ambition that I’d like to win the time trial, and do the best I can in the road race. It would be an honor to wear the Colombian champion jersey in the European races, and be like an ambassador of my country. But I know the competitors are strong. The level is growing a lot in the last years. So it won’t be easy. But in any case it will be a great experience for me. I haven’t ridden in Colombia in years, since I’ve been racing in Europe. So it will be a great occasion for my fans to come and follow the race and support me live, and not on television like they have to do when I race in Europe.”

The debut in Europe for the Colombian Etixx – Quick-Step rider will be in Classic Sud Ardeche. Uran will then race Strade Bianche and Tirreno-Adriatico. After the short Italian stage race, Rigo will race Volta ao Catalunya and then Tour de Romandie leading into the Giro d’Italia. “I am really excited about my program and the races I have to do,” Uran said. “We chose a different approach than last year. In 2014 I started my season in Tour of Oman. This year we decided to change my race calendar a bit. I plan on racing ‘The Double’ (Giro d’Italia, Tour de France). I will be racing two big grand tours, which changes my calendar needs a bit. About the Giro, I saw the parcours and I think I can do well. It is suited to my skills. There is also a long time trial. Everyone knows I work a lot on the time trial discipline in order to improve my performance. I think an approach similar to the one we had last year, such as reconnaissance and specific training, means I can do well again. In the past two years I was on the overall podium of the Giro, so of course my objective is to be there among the best, even this year. The Giro is a special race where anything can happen at any moment, but my goal is to be there and ready for the race no matter what can happen each day. I can count on a great team that now has one year more of experience in the big stage races. They know how to do it and they are even more motivated to do well there. I can also say that with Italy I have a great relationship. I have a lot of supporters there, for example in Gavardo (province of Brescia) I have a fan club that always follow me. They don’t care if I win or lose. They are there for me regardless.”

Uran will return, after three years, to the Tour de France following the Giro. “I rode already the Tour de France in 2009 and 2011,” Uran said. “In 2011 I wore the white jersey for six days. It was an unforgettable experience. I am really happy to come back to this race, one of the top races in the world. I know it is difficult to do the Giro and the Tour at a high level, but as you know I like to think about things race-by-race and I am able to focus on two different objectives during my season in this way. My approach will be different at the Tour than at the Giro. I will try to go there to do well, but it will be more linked to rediscovering the race and to stage hunt. But of course I’d also like to do well in the last week, and give a hand to the team when necessary. About my program after the Tour, it is not yet decided. I want to focus on the intense part of my season that will be a great opportunity for me. I can ride the races I love and I am super motivated to do it.”

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2015 Etixx – Quick-Step Training Camp is Complete!

header-tirreno15-leftHere Comes 50! 2015 Sees Historic Staging of Tirreno–Adriatico
Next edition unveiled. Begins with Team Time Trial and ends with an Individual Time Trial. With two sprinter stages, a finisseurs stage, a medium mountain stage and a climber stage ending on Monte Terminillo climb. Alberto Contador won 2014 edition.

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In 2015 the Tirreno-Adriatico, one of the most important Italian and international sport events, will celebrate its 50th running in March 2015.

The best riders in the international peloton have always ridden and won it. The list of winners of Tirreno-Adriatico general classifications includes amongst others: Dino Zandegù, the first winner in 1966, Bitossi, De Vlaeminck (6 editions won consecutively), Saronni, Moser, Rominger, Fondriest, Sørensen, Olano, Bettini, Freire, Cancellara, Scarponi, Garzelli, Evans and more recently Nibali (2012, 2013) and Contador, winner of last year race in front of Quintana.

The 2015 Tirreno-Adriatico, also known as the “Race of the Two Seas,” is expected to be raced by many of cycling’s biggest stars: including two of the 2014 Grand Tour winners, Vincenzo Nibali and Alberto Contador as well as Christopher Froome, the winner of UCI WorldTour 2014 ranking Alejandro Valverde and Joaquim Rodriguez.

The Course
The race, which is organized by RCS Sport/La Gazzetta dello Sport, will run from Wednesday 11th until Tuesday 17th March. It will start from Camaiore’s renowned Lido, in the Italian Versilia region, with a 22.7 km Team Time Trial.

The second stage, starting from Camaiore and finishing in Cascina (153 km), is fundamentally flat and will see the fastest wheels in the peloton as protagonists.

Cascina will be the starting location of the third stage and, as per last year, will end up in Arezzo after 203 km, on the same climb that saw Peter Sagan win in front of the 2014 Road World Champion Michał Kwiatkowski.

Saturday 14th will see a deceptively challenging fourth stage, held predominantly between the Umbrian and Le Marche regions. The stage will start from Indicatore (Arezzo) with four King of the Mountain climbs: Foce dello Scopetone, Poggio San Romualdo, Monte San Vicino and the final Crispiero climb just before the short descent towards Castelraimondo (218 km).

The Queen stage will be held on Sunday 15th, starting from Esanatoglia and finishing at the 1,675 m of Monte Terminillo (194 km) with two KOM in the initial and central (Passo Sallegri and Le Arette climbs).

The penultimate stage, which is ideal for sprinters, will bring the peloton from Rieti to Porto Sant’Elpidio (210 km).

The 50th edition of the “Race of the Two Seas” will end again in San Benedetto del Tronto, with a final-day, 10 km Individual Time Trial crowning the winner of Tirreno-Adriatico.

You can download maps and altimetry profiles from the website www.tirrenoadriatico.it

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Race Jerseys and Sponsors Presented
The jerseys worn by the leader of each race classification and their sponsors were presented during the Tirreno-Adriatico press conference.

Jerseys have been designed by Maglificio Santini that, in honour of the 50th year of the race, created a special logo that will represent this particular edition.
BLUE JERSEY – BANCA MEDIOLANUM, General Classification leader’s jersey
RED JERSEY – ACQUA FIUGGI, Points Classification leader’s jersey
WHITE JERSEY – SELLE ITALIA, Young Rider General Classification leader’s jersey
GREEN JERSEY – SPRANDI, King of the Mountain Classification leader’s jersey

Speakers at the presentation were the Italian National Elite Road Cycling Team General Manager, Davide Cassani; Tinkoff-Saxo rider, Daniele Bennati; the Mayor of Camaiore, Alessandro Del Dotto; RCS Sport’s Head of Cycling, Mauro Vegni; Member of Camaiore Council in charge of Sport, Francesco Santini; and the Tirreno-Adriatico Race Director, Stefano Allocchio. Amongst the guests at the presentation were the winner of the race’s inaugural 1966 edition, Dino Zandegù, and Francesco Moser, who won Tirreno-Adriatico twice in 1980 and in 1981.

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Quotes
Davide Cassani: “The course presented today is ideal for an important race such as Tirreno-Adriatico. I really like it, the best riders today aspire to win the Tirreno-Adriatico, which is no longer the race in preparation of Milan-San Remo, as in the past.”

Daniele Bennati: “During the race my role will be to protect my captains, Contador and Sagan. This is a really compelling course, and the stage ending at the top of Monte Terminillo is perfect for Contador. Tinkoff-Saxo will be at the start with a very high level formation that alongside Sagan, Contador and myself also includes Basso, Rogers and Tosatto too.”

Mauro Vegni: “Tirreno-Adriatico is one of the races that made the history of this sport and that will keep on making it. This is shown by the repeated participation of the best riders in the world and continuous interest of big brands in sponsoring the event; every year more and more councils ask us about being part of the course too. The images of our country, thanks to our partnership with Rai which produces the images of our races impeccably, will be broadcasted in 2015 in over 150 different countries in the 5 continents.”

Stefano Allocchio: “For 2015 we created a course that, as in previous editions, will test every type of rider. Participation will be extraordinary as usual. Contador, Nibali, Froome, Valverde, Rodriguez, just to give you some names, have all programmed to take part at the race already and I’m certain the spectacle will be guaranteed.”

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2014 Tirreno Adriatico – Stage 1 TTT by Orica-GreenEDGE:

header-lottosoudal15Official presentation of Lotto Soudal
Thursday was the official start of Lotto Soudal, with the team presentation in Turnhout. The audience could admire the new shirt for the first time. Lotto and Soudal are at the beginning of a six-year collaboration. ‘Live Your Dream’ remains the team slogan. At the presentation a new partner was introduced, Vasco Data Security. Their brand mydigipass.com will be placed on the back of the race shorts.

Talent in the picture
The evening started with a review of the most important moments of this season. Then André Greipel, Tony Gallopin and Jens Debusschere had the honour to be the first to show the new jerseys on stage. The team presentation was built around the concept ‘talent’. Neo-pros of 2014 Stig Broeckx, Sean De Bie and Boris Vallée gave their impressions of the first year and looked ahead to the new season. Tiesj Benoot and Louis Vervaeke came on stage together with Tim Wellens. Newcomers Jasper De Buyst and Thomas De Gendt were officially presented and shared their expectations with the audience. Between the different chats there were fun movies. During the training camp in Benicàssim the riders were asked questions of Twitter followers. That way the audience now knows the favourite beer of Lars Bak.

Ladies and U23
Of course there was room for the women’s and U23 team as well. Jessie Daams and Italian champion Elena Cecchini represented the Lotto Soudal Ladies. Kenneth Van Rooy, winner of the Top competition 2014, and Enzo Wouters represented the youth team.

The partners
Apart from the riders also representatives of the sponsors came on stage, just like team manager Marc Sergeant. The story of Soudal began in 2013, as a temporary partnership in the Tour. This year the company took a prominent place on the shorts during the whole season and now they become name sponsor. Soudal signed for a project of six years. Exceptional, but evident according to them. The place of Soudal on the shorts will be taken over by mydigipass.com, a brand of Vasco Data Security. They are pleased to become partner of this team. At Ridley Bikes they are proud as well, as a Belgian bike brand, to be part of this solid Belgian project. Marc Frederix, marketing director of the National Lottery, dreams of seeing the ‘L’ – referring to the slogan ‘Live Your Dream’ – many times as victory sign in 2015.

Christmas song
At the end of the team presentation the audience was treated to a Christmas song, performed by the Lotto choir and written for the team. Lotto Soudal is ready for 2015. Riders, staff and partners start this project with lots of ambitions and dreams.

Jens Debusschere wins the Belgian road race championships:
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Lotto Belisol love!

header-tinkoffsaxo14-leftTop Riders of Russian Cycling Team Tinkoff–Saxo Present 2015 Team Kit in Moscow
Today, the head office of Tinkoff Bank in Moscow played host to a presentation by the Russian professional cycling team Tinkoff–Saxo, which showcased its brand new 2015 team kit.

In 2015, along with the Russian national flag, the team kit features the name Tinkoff in Cyrillic.

Participating in the event were Oleg Tinkov, the owner of Tinkoff–Saxo, Bjarne Riis, the team’s manager, Oliver Hughes, Chairman of the Management Board at Tinkoff Bank, Lars Christensen, CEO of Saxo Bank, and Simone Toccafondi of Specialized. They reviewed the team’s 2014 performance and outlined the plans for the upcoming season.

Oleg Tinkov: “I am excited to be part of this major event: it is the first time ever that Russia welcomes five top-class cyclists coming here together. I am proud that over the past year, we have successfully built a true dream team with great team spirit. Fans all over the world support the team, whose kit now features the flag of Russia and as well as Tinkoff Bank script in Cyrillic. We managed to create the strongest team by selecting riders who we believe are best in class and by investing in new technologies.”

Oliver Hughes: “The Tinkoff–Saxo team relies on a unique combination of resources provided by the two most innovative banks and the strongest potential of athletes. In Russia, cycling is only beginning to gain ground while in England it has been extremely popular for the past 10 years. I am happy to see that the partnership between Tinkoff Bank and the team gives us an exciting opportunity to make history and become a trend setter in Russia. We are happy to be associated with the cycling sport as we see it as a valuable brand asset for Tinkoff Bank with the great potential in this country.We are proud of this season’s achievements and are convinced that our collaboration will help the Russian team secure the first place in the world of cycling in 2015.”

Lars Christensen: “The collaboration we have with Tinkoff Bank and the team is a privilege. It’s terrific that our business is a part of the project we are truly proud of. I have every confidence that our combined efforts will bring us high-profile victories and help promote professional and amateur cycling in Russia.”

Bjarne Riis: “I’m happy we have full understanding with Oleg Tinkov about the essence of the team. Throughout the season we stick together and we fight together no matter what. We are ready for 2015 year, and our motivation, ambitions and team spirit has never been stronger. I am sure that our riders will grow even more popular and become the most frequently seen team on all podiums. We are happy to have come to Russia as part of this extended team for the first time. We are collaborating with the most innovative Russian bank and I can confidently state that today, we are the most innovative peloton team as we are one of the pioneers in extensive use of big data. The technologies and developments we apply enable 24/7 monitoring of physical changes in each cyclist during training and races. We have accumulated a unique database and its analysis helps us adjust our strategy and tactics. This competitive advantage will make Tinkoff–Saxo a true breakthrough in 2015.”

The guests and journalists appreciated meeting Alberto Contador, winner of Vuelta a España, Rafal Majka, the King of the Mountains of Tour de France 2014, Peter Sagan, the winner of the green jersey for being the best sprinter of Tour de France 2014, as well as Nikolay Trusov and Pavel Brutt, well-known Russian cyclists. Just before the presentation the riders visited the Red Square and the Kremlin.

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Alberto Contador: “We are happy to present this very team in Moscow today. We can feel the support from our Russian fans and will do everything to meet their expectations. We hope that this Tinkoff–Saxo presentation will become an annual tradition and we will see each other and many more people next year.”

Peter Sagan: “Tinkoff–Saxo today is not just the most high tech team equipped with the latest technologies. Oleg unites us and gives opportunities to become even better in what we do. The team boasts a great morale and a very strong team spirit. Oleg brings us together and inspires us to go further. We are sure that the new season will prove us truly unbeatable.”

Peter Sagan’s new jersey:

header-cult-leftCULT Energy Pro Cycling Happy after License Decision
The Danish cycling team is relieved, happy and ready to look forward after their license was granted.

A rather hectic period of time has ended successfully for CULT Energy Pro Cycling after UCI approved the team’s license today. The team was granted extra time to send in the adequate documentation after a much necessary reconstruction in the management was made earlier this month. The new Team Manager, Christa Skelde, has – along with the rest of the management – been working extremely hard in order to ensure the license would be granted by UCI.

“We are extremely happy and relieved that our license has been granted as it’s been a very eventful December for all of us. We have worked so hard to put the final pieces together and even though we did not doubt that we would receive our license, it has been very tough to be in a state of uncertainty.” The Team Manager states.

From here on out the focus will shift from administrative tasks to complete focus on cycling. “Now we have to adjust our mindset 100% towards cycling, which is what everybody wants and where our passion comes from. The 2015 season is not far away and we will do everything possible to create the optimal conditions for our riders and the rest of the staff – starting with our training camp in the end of January.” Christa Skelde concludes.

The Danish team, which is the biggest cycling team in Scandinavia, will now focus on completing the race calendar for 2015.

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header-specializedDisk Brakes, Good or Bad?
Specialized have done some wind tunnel testing on traditional callipers and disk brakes and it looks like the callipers win in the aerodynamics battle. The head on test showed little difference, but with a 10-degree crosswind angle over 40 kilometers the disks were 8 seconds slower. Watch the video:

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