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Euro Trash Thursday!

There is so much Trash this week, too many transfer rumours, lots of team news, some race results and which races are coming up. The Vuelta a Espaсa is only round the corner, films by Rapha and we even have news on the 2011 Tour de France…Too much!

Race News
Volta a Portugal em Bicicleta
Last Thursday Jimmy Engoulvent (Saur-Sojasun) took the lead in the 5.5 kilometre prologue by 5 seconds from Isaichev of Xacobeo-Galicia.

Stage 1: Gouveia to Oliveira de Azem saw Oleg Chuzhda (Caja Rural) slip off the front to take the stage (and the lead) from Sergio Ribeiro (Barbot).
Stage 2: Sergio Ribeiro won the stage into Santo Tirso, but Chuzhda kept the overall.
Stage 3: After 173 kilometres to Viana do Castelo, French sprinter Jimmy Casper (Saur-Sojasun) won the bunch gallop from Candido Barbosa (Palmeiras Resorts), this put Barbosa in the lead.
Stage 4: Carrying on the winning streak for Palmeiras Resort, David Blanco split the race apart winning on his own and putting the lead jersey on his shoulders by 43 seconds from David Bernabeu (Barbot).
Stage 5: David Blanco kept the lead from Bernabeu as Jose Herrada (Caja Rural) won the stage 13 seconds before Sergio Ribeiro (Barbot) won the bunch sprint into Lamego after 172 kilometres.
Stage 6: Was won by Joaquin Ortega (Barbot) from Jose Mendes (LA Aluminios). The main peloton came in over 6 minutes later. David Blanco held the lead.

Volta a Portugal Overall After Stage 6:
1. David Blanco (Spa) Palmeiras Resort – Tavira in 28:27:22
2. David Bernabeu (Spa) Barbot Siper at 0:43
3. Hernani Broco (Por) LA Aluminios – Rota dos Mуveis at 0:44
4. Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) ISD – Neri at 0:59
5. Andre Cardoso (Por) Palmeiras Resort – Tavira at 01:04
6. Sergio Pardilla (Spa) Carmiooro – NGC at 01:05
7. Rui Sousa (Por) Barbot Siper at 01:22
8. Virgilio Santos (Por) LA Aluminios – Rota dos Mуveis at 01:30
9. Sergio Ribeiro (Por) Barbot Siper at 01:31
10. Joao Benta (Por) Madeinox Boavista at 01:35.

The Volta a Portugal finishes on Sunday in Lisboa.

Vuelta a Colombia
Oscar Sevilla is a name you may have forgotten, but his Indeportes Antioquia team took the opening team time trial stage (on Sunday 1st August) by 29 seconds from Cafe de Colombia, putting Sergio Luis Henao in the overall.

Stage 2: The bunch sprint went to Jaime Castaсeda (EPM) from Oscar Sevilla after 164 kilometres to Puerto Boyacб. This put Sevilla in the lead with 8 seconds over all his team mates.
Stage 3: Saw a big upset for the favourite Sevilla as Jairo Perez (Energia de Boyaca) who broke away with two others to gain a 2 minute lead by the finish in Barrancadermeja, he also took the lead with 22 seconds from Dalivier Ospina (Cafe de Colombia) and 1:23 over Sevilla.
Stage 4: Sevilla’s team took the race by the neck and gave it a good shake to put Sevilla back in yellow. Sevilla and Team mate Luis Henao finished together ahead of Felix Cardenas (Shimano) to put Sevilla back in the lead, but on the same time as Ospina.
Stage 5: Cafe de Colombia rider Fabio Duarte out-sprinted Sevilla, Cardenas, Calderon (Nectar de Cundinamarca) and Henao. This gave Sevilla an 8 second lead over Ospina.
Stage 6: A group of riders slipped off the front this was chased down by most of the teams so by the finish fourteen riders containing all the starts of the race was ahead. Luis Felipe Laverde (Cafe de Columbia) won by 5 seconds from Alarcon (Loteria de Boyaca) with Duarte, Sevilla and Cardenas at 8 seconds. Sevilla now had 11 seconds over team mate Henao, Ospina at 35 seconds.
Stage 7: Freddy Gonzбlez (Nectar de Cundinamarca), who has won the mountains jersey in the Giro d’Italia, won the stage from a break of seven riders, the bunch came in 2 minutes later. No change in the overall.
Stage 8: A last climb escape saw Diego Calderon took a solo victory dropping Fredy Piamonte by nearly 2 minutes and the bunch at 4:58. Sevilla still held the lead from Henao by 11 seconds.
Stage 9: A crash took the overall away from Sevilla, allowing Henao to take the overall from him by 43 seconds. On the longest stage of the race at 229 kilometres from Bogotб la Vega to Libano, Jose Rujano (Loteria de Boyaca) crossed the line 1:28 in front of Henao and 1:56 before Duarte and Sevilla.
Stage 10: The overall leader; Sergio Luis Henao won the stage and extended his lead.

Vuelta a Colombia Overall After Stage 10
1. Sergio Luis Henao (Col) Ind Ant-Idea-Fla-Lot De Medellin in 39:48:31
2. Francisco Colorado (Col) EPM-UNE at 03:29
3. Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Ind Ant-Idea-Fla-Lot De Medellin at 03:31
4. Jose Rujano (Ven) Loteria de Boyaca at 03:47
5. Darwin Atapuma (Col) Col es Pasion Cafй De Colombia 472 at 04:22
6. Juan Pablo Suarez (Col) EPM-UNE at 05:10
7. Ivan Parra (Col) GW Shimano-Chec-Edec-Envia at 06:23
8. Freddy Montaсa (Col) Boyaca Orgullo de America 9. Javier Gonzalez (Col) EPM-UNE at 07:32
10. Alex Cano (Col) Col es Pasion Cafй De Colombia 472 at 10:28

The Vuelta a Colombia finishes in Medellin on Sunday the 15th of August.

Tour de l’Ain
A 3 kilometre TT prologue on Tuesday kicked off the Tour de l’Ain, followed by four road stages. All the top teams are here and there should be a good battle for the win as a build up to the Vuelta a Espaсa and the World Champs.

Prologue RadioShack’s Haimar Zubeldia romped round the 3 kilometres just faster than young Rabobank Continental team’s Wilco Kelderman and Laurent Mangel of Saur-Sojasun to pull on the first leaders jersey.
Stage 1: was won by Stйphane Poulhies (Saur-Sojasun) in a bunch sprint from Vacansoleil’s Romain Feillu. This put Feillu in the overall lead 4 seconds ahead of Haimar Zubeldia.

Tour de l’Ain Overall After Stage 1:
1. Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil in 3:25:43
2. Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Radioshack at 0:04
3. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank Continental
4. Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur – Sojasun
5. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto at 0:05
6. Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
7. Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
8. Moreno Hofland (Ned) Rabobank Continental at 0:06
9. Stйphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur – Sojasun
10. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) HTC – Columbia.

The Tour de l’Ain finishes on Saturday.

Transfer News
Great Dane To Rabobank
Matti Breschel is yet another rider who is leaving the Saxo Bank set-up for pastures new. Breschel has signed a two year contract with his new bank employer; Rabobank. His new manager Erik Breukink had this to say of his new rider; “Breschel has shown that he is one of the most talented riders for one-day races,” said Rabobank manager Erik Breukink. “Together with Boom and Langeveld, we can build a strong unit for the classics.”

Other Dane Off
Tour of Denmark winner; Jakob Fuglsang is also moving on from the Saxo Bank team at the end of the season. He is not saying where he is going, but did tell TV2 Sport that; “of course it was also an influence that there was such a long period before Bjarne could present a sponsor. I would have liked to have been in control of that before the Tour began.” Maybe he’s off to Luxembourg?

Brice Feillu To Luxembourg?
Vacansoleil is to lose its French climber Brice Feillu at the end of the season, but where too? He could be joining the Schleck brothers in Luxembourg, but for sure he won’t be staying with the Dutch squad. He had a two year contract, but one year was enough as he has had problems fitting in and was disappointed not to ride the Tour this year as the team was not invited. It looks like his older brother; Romain will stay with Vacansoleil next year.

Staying At Saxo Bank
Michael Morkov will be staying with Bjarne Riis for the next two years. The top trackman rode the Giro d’Italia this year and also intends to carry on his “6 Day” career with current partner Alex Rasmussen.

Two Years More For Renshaw
Top lead out man for Mark Cavendish at HTC; Mark Renshaw has extended his contract with the mobile phone sponsored team. Rolf Aldag commented on the retention of the sprinter; “Mark is a key rider in our sprint execution and was critical to our sprint success in the Tour de France this year and last,” Let’s hope he isn’t sent home early again!

Karpets For Another Year At Katusha
Vladimir Karpets joined Katusha from the start and will be there next year too. He has had a fair 2010 season with 14th in the Giro d’Italia and fourth in the Tour of Romandie, but hat to abandon the Tour de France after a crash.

And The Other Russian?
Denis Menchov might be going to Katusha for next year, or maybe Astana? His contract is up with Rabobank and he is keen to be moving on to pastures new after 5 years with the Dutch bankers. He has a great Grand Tour history with two Vueltas, a Giro and podium at the Tour, along with a Tour de l’Avenir win when he was at Banesto in 2001 and the Tour’s young riders white jersey in 2003. Both Astana and Katusha could do with his experience.

What About Riccardo Ricco?
He wants to ride this year’s Vuelta a Espaсa at the end of the month, but he needs a team. He bought himself out of his contract with Flaminia earlier this year and since then has been looking for someone to take him in. Now Quick-Step boss, Patrick Lefevere has said there was no reason why his team shouldn’t sign the controversial Italian. Vacansoleil are also interested for next year, so….

Sounds Very Similar?
The other “Bad Boy” Michael Rasmussen is in a similar position as Ricco, he wants back in the big time, but who with? Saxo Bank manager, Bjarne Riis has said there was no reason he couldn’t race again at the top level. Then he suggested that it didn’t have to be with his team. Since then Riis has been sounding more interested in the Disgraced Dane and Saxo Bank team leader for next year; Alberto Contador has said: “With regard to Michael Rasmussen, he is a rider who I think has paid for the situation he was previously in,” he told TV2 Sport “He is a rider who has already achieved a lot. But in this context, it is Riis who must make the decision.” Wait and see!

One Less At Euskaltel
Young Euskadi rider; Sergio de Lis has decided to retire from professional cycling due to family problems. He came up through the Orbea amateur set-up to turn pro in 2009 to what was going to be a good career. Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano commented to the local newspaper; El Dario Vasco “He’s a very disciplined rider, serious, and always does the work that he’s been asked to.”

Team Geox Confirmed
The Footon-Servetto team will be sponsored by Italian footwear company Geox next season. This has been one of the worst kept secrets of the year, what is not known is if Damiano Cunego will be joining the team. Geox was a sub-sponsor with Lampre and Cunego is rumoured to be leaving Lampre. 2 and 2 usually make 4!

A Future For Xacobeo-Galicia?
Team manager Alvaro Pino would like to know where he stands with the sponsors. He believes that the team will carry on, but has had no confirmation from the Galician government. He would like to know the team’s future before the start of the Vuelta a Espaсa at the end of the month; the main problem is a change in the Galician government which could affect the available money.

Bbox-Bouygues Telecom; Another Year
The telecom company were to have pulled out of the team at the end of 2009, but they hung on for this year, well they have done it again for another year. Rumour has it that La Banque Postale will come in to be a sub-sponsor for 2011 and then become main sponsor in 2012. Or NOT! It seems the Postale people know nothing about it.

Skil-Shimano Stay Pro Conti For 2011
Originally the team wanted to step up to ProTour, but it won’t be next year. The team will strengthen its line-up with some riders from the soon to be disbanded Team Milram. The team has backing until at least the end of 2012. Missing out on Tour and Vuelta selection this year was a blow to the Dutch team, but they hope to grow over the years.

Up And Coming Races
The Vattenfall Cyclassics
The Hamburg race on Sunday the 15th has a few small hills near the end, four times up the Waseberg, but should finish in a bunch sprint as it has done in previous editions, which would suit Lampre as they are fielding a team of fast finishers. Alessandro Petacchi, Danilo Hondo, Angelo Furlan and Mirco Lorenzetto should come up with a win between them. 18 ProTour teams line up alongside three Pro Continental wild card teams:

AG2R LA MONDIALE
ASTANA
CAISSE D’EPARGNE
EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI
FDJ
FOOTON-SERVETTO
GARMIN – TRANSITIONS
LAMPRE-FARNESE VINI
LIQUIGAS-DOMINO
OMEGA PHARMA-LOTTO
QUICK STEP
RABOBANK
SKY PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM
TEAM HTC – COLUMBIA
TEAM KATUSHA
TEAM MILRAM
TEAM RADIOSHACK
TEAM SAXO BANK

Wild Card-Teams
TEAM SKIL-SHIMANO
VACANSOLEIL PRO CYCLING TEAM
BMC RACING TEAM

Eneco Tour
This Dutch/Belgian stage race starts with a prologue time trial and ends with another test against the clock. From Steenwijk in Holland on the 17th and then the race works its way down through Belgium and then back up to Holland again to finish in Genk with a 16.9 kilometre TT. Seven stages and a prologue will decide the race, all the top teams will be there, and Team Sky’s Bradley Wiggins should be a favourite with the short time trials.

Tour Of The Gila Steps Up The Ladder
The U.S. stage race will be a UCI event next year if they can find the additional funding. The race is perfectly situated on the calendar for European teams to ride as a warm up for the Tour of California right after. The race was in trouble a few years back, but SRAM came in along with public donations to save the race and now it is moving on up.

South African Stage Race Returns
Plans are afoot to bring back the defunct Tour of South Africa which disappeared from the calendar 10 years ago. The organisers hope the race will slot into an end of February position for at least the next two years.

Ciska Austin, the spokesman for Cycling South Africa told AP “The aim of the tour is to create a cycling culture in South Africa and to make professional cyclists around the world want to ride in South Africa”.

Vuelta 2010 News
NOT Going
Peter Weening of Rabobank will not be on the start line in Sevilla on the 28th on August as the broken collarbone he recently received in the Vuelta a Burgos is much worse than first thought. Originally the doctors were to pin the bone so that he could start training within days of the accident, but the positioning of the break makes it impossible for this to be done, so the healing process will take a lot longer, no Vuelta for Peter.

The other broken collarbone at Rabobank to Bauke Mollema is not as bad, but he will not be racing for a little time. He crashed in the last stage of the Tour of Poland and said of his recovery: “I must do nothing right now; then some adapted training; maybe in a few weeks I’ll be back to just cycling.”

Sky To Vuelta
A strong team from Sky will be in Spain for their first Vuelta, the team will be lead by the Swede Thomas Lцfkvist, he was the teams highest finisher at this year’s Tour de France. Simon Gerrans will be there for back up and Spanish one-day specialist and stage winner; Juan Antonio Flecha will be out for action as always. The team will need to show well after Bradley Wiggins not performing as well as the previous year.

The Sky team line-up for La Vuelta a Espaсa:
John-Lee Augustyn,
Kjell Carlstrцm,
Juan Antonio Flecha,
Simon Gerrans,
Peter Kennaugh,
Thomas Lцfkvist,
Lars-Petter Nordhaug,
Ian Stannard,
Ben Swift.

Sastre For La Vuelta
Carlos Sastre will probably ride the Tour of Spain at the end of August, he wants to be backed up by a mostly Spanish line –up at Cervelo Test Team. He said to his local newspaper Diario de Avila “I’m just waiting for the decision from the team on who would be joining me. I would like to be able to count on the rest of the Spanish riders such as Уscar Pujol, Xavier Florencio, Xavi Tondo and Joaquнn Novoa. The decision on that will be made this week”. This will be his third Grand Tour this year; he also rode all three in 2006.

Tour de France 2011
It’s official: next year’s Tour de France will start in the Vendйe Region and then head north to Bernard Hinault’s home-land of Brittany for three stages and a team time trial. There will be a 180 kilometer stage from the Ile de Noirmoutier to the Mont des Alouettes crossing the feared Passage du Gois, as long as the tide is out! From there the race should head towards the Pyrenees and then the Alps, which is the opposite from this year, but only the men at ASO are privy to that information at the moment.

Cycling Films Form Rapha
Over the course of the next three Fridays, August 13, 20, and 27th Rapha will be screening three exclusive films on the front of their homepage. The films have been produced by Ridley Scott Associates (yes, that Ridley Scott) for Rapha to highlight our Club Jersey’s from the Summer 2010 line.

The films will each be screened ONE DAY ONLY starting this Friday.

The first film A Throw Of The Dice. is Director Nick Livesey’s take on famed Professional Bike Racer and Thrice Paris-Roubaix winner Johan Museeuw.

Almost every piece of Rapha clothing has what we call an “Inside Story” placed somewhere in the garment. With the jerseys it is inside the back zippered pocket, and with our current collection of Club Jerseys we turned our focus to two ex-Pro racers (Sean Kelly, and Museeuw) and one current Professional Bicycle Framebuilder (Dario Pegoretti).

Speaking from a personal standpoint, I have seen the films and the one this Friday has to be the craziest of the three. It features footage from last years Paris Roubaix as well as footage from Museeuw’s winning years. It is a very intimate look at what the race means through the eyes of one of its fiercest competitors – The Lion of Flanders (Museeuw). The directors were given free rein to interpret as they will and it goes without saying that Livesey took this explorations to the utmost maximum to produce one of the strangest, most compelling and visually stunning short films about a bicycle racer that I have ever seen. It has been a treat for us to see and hear about these films as they have been in their development stages.

Below you will find links to all three of the trailers as they live on the Rapha site. Please feel free to embed them into your blogs, websites and tumblr’s as you see fit. The full length films will NOT be available to embed, and will only be accessible for 24 hours. So, please help us in getting the word out there.

Trailer One:

A Throw of the Dice
Premiers August 13th

Trailer Two:
Two Broad Arrows
Premiers August 20th

Trailer Three:
Of Steel
Premiers August 27th

Sounds pretty cool!

Adageo Energy Pro Cycling Team Launches Facebook Contest For Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah
The Adageo Energy Pro Cycling Team is launching a special contest on Facebook in conjunction with its participation in next week’s Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah.

Thousands of dollars worth of prizes are up for grabs for fans of the Adageo Energy Pro Cycling Team Facebook page. The object of the contest is to acquire as many points as possible over the course of the six-day race by picking the stage winners, the overall winner and by getting Facebook friends to comment on the team’s video.

“The Tour of Utah is going to be a huge race this year and we are very excited to be participating,” Adageo Energy director/rider Josh Horowitz said. “I wanted to come up with a way to get our fans excited and make them feel like they are a part of the event.”

Becoming eligible to win is a five-step process:

Step 1: “Like” the Adageo Energy Pro Cycling Team Facebook page.

Step 2: Post your choice for the overall winner of the race on the team’s wall. Predictions (one per person) must be posted before the prologue begins at 6 p.m. MDT on Aug. 17.

Step 3: Download the team’s video, “The Year in Pictures,” from the team’s page and “share” it on your own Facebook page.

Step 4: Ask all your friends to comment on it or “Like” it.

Step 5: Guess the winner of each stage of the race. Predictions must be posted to the Adageo Energy Facebook page wall before the local start time of each stage.

Points will be assigned in the following values:
– 40 points for correctly predicting the overall winner.
– 20 points for correctly predicting a stage winner.
– 2 points for each comment your friends post on the Adageo video on your Facebook page.
– 1 point for each “Like” on the Adageo video.

The fan with the most points at the conclusion of the race wins a prize package valued at more than $5,000 consisting of product supplied by many of the team’s sponsors, including: Wonderful Pistachios, PowerBar, Twinlab, Siddatech, Hawk Racing and Exustar.

Prizes for second- and third-place finishers will also be awarded, and additional prizes will be announced each day leading up to the start of the race.

Complete rules and more details are posted on the Adageo Energy Pro Cycling Team website: www.AdageoEnergyProCycling.com.

About Adageo Energy Pro Cycling Team
The Adageo Energy Pro Cycling Team is a U.S.-registered UCI Continental team created on the foundation of two highly successful grassroots programs, the Liquid Fitness/Adageo Energy Elite Team and the 400-member Liquid Cycling Club. With most of the team’s riders and sponsors based in Southern California, the team has a built-in international community of fans and supporters. Liquid Cycling’s philosophy is that racing is not just about making it to the finish line, but also about inspiring people along the journey.

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COUNTRY’S TOP PRO CYCLISTS TO COMPETE IN BOSTON’S 2ND ANNUAL PRO BIKE RACE

Olympians and National Champions Will Compete For One of The Largest Prize Purses In Pro Cycling at The TD Bank Mayor’s Cup Pro Race on September 26th

Boston, MA – On Sunday, September 26th, Boston will host its 2nd Annual TD Bank Mayor’s Cup Pro Race. A who’s who of professional cycling will meet on City Hall Plaza once again with races for both men and women. This year’s race will feature some of the best racers in the sport including, top domestic and international competitors.

“We are really excited about year two. Year one surpassed our expectations in terms of the crowd and the all-star talent that turned out,” says Nicole Freedman, Boston’s Director of Bike Programs. “Criterium races make for one of the most fan-friendly styles of racing out there. We’re anticipating that this year will make for even more outstanding entertainment and continue to drive the message of Mayor Menino’s vision for a vibrant cycling community.”

Spectators will be treated to a mix of more than 200 rising stars and proven legends as they descend upon the historic streets of downtown Boston. In such a rabid sports town, racers can expect an impressive crowd of 15,000 – 20,000 cycling diehards and casual sports fans to gather for high speed, fast action racing, navigating 50-70 laps of a tight .7 mile circuit around Government Center.

The women’s race will start at 2:00pm and will last for 60 minutes. The men’s race starts shortly after at 4:00pm and will last 90 minutes. The $40,000 prize purse, one of the largest in the country, will be split evenly between the men’s and women’s races, with money going to the overall top finishers in each race, as well as in the primes. The pro races will be the signature event of the TD Bank Cycling Celebration, the East Coast’s largest cycling festival. Festivities will also include the 6th Annual Hub On Wheels citywide ride, an all day Boloco Block Party, a kid’s race, bike stunt shows, a FREE concert and even a corporate challenge!

A portion of the proceeds from Hub on Wheels will benefit Technology Goes Home, an openairboston.net technology training program serving inner-city families through the Boston Public Schools.

Racers can register online to participate in one of the country’s top races in one of the most historic and sports driven cities in America. For more information regarding the weekend’s activities, including more information on the race, please visit Mayor Menino’s Boston Bikes website at: www.bostonbikes.org

For media inquiries, please contact Aigner/Prensky Marketing Group at 617.254.9500.

WHAT: 2nd Annual TD Bank Mayor’s Cup Pro Race

WHO: More than 200 professional male and female cyclists will be competing in a criterium race for $40,000, one of the country’s largest prize purses.

WHEN: Sunday, September 26, 2010
WHERE: Boston’s City Hall Plaza; Start/Finish Line on Cambridge Street.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
8:00-1:00pm Pre-Race Activities
(Boloco Block Party, 6th Annual Hub On Wheels citywide ride)
1:30-1:55pm Kids Race
2:00-3:00pm Women’s Race
3:10-3:25pm Mascot Race
3:30-4:00pm Corporate Challenge
4:00-5:30pm Men’s Race
5:30-5:45pm Awards Ceremony

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:
Closest MBTA stops include Government Center (green/blue), State (blue/orange), or Haymarket (orange/green).

PARKING:
Parking is available for $3 at the Government Center Garage with race coupon, 50 New Sudbury St, Boston, MA 02114

What is a Criterium?
The TD Bank Mayor’s Cup Pro Race is a criterium race, the most spectator-friendly bike race format in the world. Racers sprint around the .7 mile course at speeds upwards of 40 miles per hour for a full hour and a half. The tight pack of racers accelerates down the straight-aways then dives into sharp corners at high speeds dazzling spectators.

For much of the race spectators will see a large peloton of racers tightly packed together despite high speeds. On many laps, the official will ring a bell. On these laps, racers take each other on head-to-head for mid-race competitions called “primes.” Mid-race primes are considered “races within the race;” where top finishers can win additional prize money.

VIEWING AREAS:
While fans will be able to watch from anywhere along the course, the best locations to watch the race unfold will be along the straight-aways (Congress St and Cambridge St) under the main banners. Veteran announcers will also be providing commentary for spectators during the race.

Triple Cross-Man Dies
The only man ever to win a World Cyclo-Cross title at every age group has died. Czech rider Radomir Simunek won the junior in 1980, the amateurs in 1983 and 1984 then the pro champs in 1991. He was also Czech National champion four times and won the Super Prestige Trophy three times. Life was much harder for Simunek than his European counter parts as he lived under communist rule until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, after that he turned professional. His had been coaching his son who had won the silver medal in the junior and U23 Worlds. He was only 48, but had been suffering with cirrhosis of the liver for some time.

Happy Birthday Laurent
Tour de France winner twice, Giro d’Italia once, La Fleche Wallonne, Criterium International twice and Milan-San Remo twice and then the closest second place at the Tour by 8 seconds. It could only be Laurent Fignon, the last French hope to win their home Tour; 50 years old today on the 12th of August. He is a battler of the highest order and now is fighting cancer.
Bon Anniversaire Laurent

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