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Euro Trash Thursday!

The Vuelta a Espaсa starts on Saturday, so there is lots of news from Spain, who’s riding La Vuelta? Who’s riding the Worlds? Who has a new team for next year? All this and more in Thursday’s Euro Trash can.

Eneco Tour
As Chris reported on Monday’s Euro Trash at the end of stage 5; Tony Martin of the HTC team was leading overall from Koos Moerenhout (Rabobank) by 10 seconds and the others by over 1 minute 24 seconds going into stage 6 from Bilzen to Heers, over 206 kilometres of Belgian roads.
Andrй Greipel (HTC) won Stage 6 in a bunch sprint from Jurgen Roelandts (Omega-Lotto) and Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky), this didn’t affect the overall with just the final Individual Time Trial of 16.9 kilometres round the streets of Genk on Tuesday.
As was expected in Stage 7 overall leader; Tony Martin (HTC) had no problem winning the final TT and holding on to the overall. His time of 20:24 for the 16.9 kilometres was too good for everyone.

Stage 7 TT Result:
1. Tony Martin (Ger) HTC-Columbia in 20:24
2. Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank at 0:06
3. Alex Rasmussen (Den) Saxo Bank at 0:09
4. Richie Porte (Aus) Saxo Bank at 0:20
5. Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank at 0:20
6. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky at 0:24

Eneco Tour Overall Result:
1. Tony Martin (Ger) HTC-Columbia in 28:50:57
2. Koos Morenhout (Ned) Rabobank) at 0:31
3. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky at 1:46
4. Richie Porte (Aus) Saxo Bank at 1:57
5. Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin-Transitions at 2:04
6. Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank at 02:11.

More Transfer & Team News
It’s all change at Lampre! Lampre-Farnese Vini will be swapping sponsors with the ISD-Neri team, so that we will have Lampre-ISD and Farnese Vini-Neri. The respective team leaders; Damiano Cunego (Lampre) and Italian champion Giovanni Visconti (ISD, soon to be Farnese Vini) will stay where they are. A group of Ukrainian rider now with ISD will be going to Lampre as part of the deal; Denys Kostyuk, Dmitry Krivtsov, Alexander Kvachuk, Vitaly Kondrut and Ruslan Pidgorny. Farnese Vini has re-signed Oscar Gatto and Patrick Sinkewitz and taken on; Thomas Bertolini, Francesco Failli and Andre Noe. The team will carry on riding the bikes of Mario Cipollini.

More For Geox
The first big name was Carlos Sastre; winner of the Tour, he was followed by Vuelta/Giro winner; Denis Menchov, now Geox are going for youth by signing Under 23 Slovenian; Marko Kump. Kump has a fair palmares at an early age, his best win was the U23 tour of Flanders, and he has the U23 World Champs coming up of which he must be a favourite. Former U23 champion; Fabio Duarte has also been snapped up by Geox.

Niki Terpstra
Dutch Champ; Niki Terpstra will be wearing Quick-Step on his jersey next season as he is leaving the Milram sinking ship. He started off as a top trackman riding in the team pursuit, since then he has performed well in the Northern Classics and will fit in perfectly alongside Tom Boonen and replace Stijn Devolder who is off to Vacansoliel.

Two New Riders To Omega Pharma-Lotto
Maarten Neyens will be joining Omega from Pro Conti Topsport Vlaanderen after three years with the team. Bart De Clercq will be moving up from Omega’s feeder team Davo-Lotto to join other new Pro’s; Vandousselaere and Debusschere.

New German To HTC
John Degenkolb has signed a two year contract with HTC-Columbia. He is German U23 champ and the 21 year old has many wins under his belt with two stages of the Tour de Bretagne, two stages of the FDB Insurance Ras, a stage of the Tour Alsace, and a stage and the overall classification of the Thьringen Rundfahrt. When he was 19 he took 3rd place in the Under 23 Worlds in Varese in 2008.

One Off, Two Stay
Saxo Bank team will be looking like a completely new team the way things are going! Breschel, Fuglsang and now young hope; Anders Lund is now off, probably to the un-announced Luxembourg team. The two who are staying are; Kasper Klostergaard and Andre Steensen, both showed great form in the Classics and should hold their own in 2011.

Going To Astana
Evgeni Petrov, Tanel Kangert and Francesco Masciarelli will all be wearing the light blue of Astana next season. Petrov has ridden for many teams since the Russian turned Pro in 2001 for Mapei, this year he won a stage in the Giro d’Italia for Katusha. Young Estonian; Kangert had ridden for Ag2r in 2008 and 9, but had been out of contract this year. Italian climber; Masciarelli is leaving Aqua & Sapone where he has been since 2007.

Spanish Champ To Stay
Ivan Gutierrez will stay at Caisse d’Epargne (soon to be Movistar) for the next two years he told Marca “I am delighted to continue for two more years in the same team I’ve ridden nine consecutive seasons with. I’m sure our success will continue,” he added “Now with Telefonica, a one-hundred percent Spanish team, we hope to achieve some great results, because I believe that we are one of the most powerful squads in the world.” Jose Joaquin Rojas will also be staying with the team of probably one of the best managers in the business; Eusebio Unzue.

Pez’s Spanish correspondent has been reported to have commented: “I hope my mobile phone bill, which is with Movistar, won’t be going up!” For sure he may be disappointed!

World’s News
Our man in Italy; Matt Conn has been keeping his eye on Italian team coach; Paolo Bettini’s plans for the World Champs, here is what he has to report:

While much of the attention this week has centred on the ins and outs of the Australian National Selection, debutant Italian national coach – or CT – Paolo Bettini will be giving his first national selection a trial run in Padova on Saturday.

The race organisers of the 82nd Giro del Veneto have welcomed the addition of an Italian National Selection into their race this weekend, with Paolo Bettini giving a select group of riders the opportunity to pull on the azure blue in an important trial run ahead of the worlds and in some cases against their professional team mates.

The riders selected to race for the national selection are:
Valerio Agnoli (Liquigas Doimo), Alessandro Ballan, Mauro Santambrogio (BMC) Riccardo Chiarini (De Rosa Stac Plastic), Oscar Gatto (ISD Neri), Alan Marangoni (CSF Colnago), Andrea Tonti (Carmiooro), Alberto Ongarato, Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil), and Diego Ulissi (Lampre Farnese Vini).

On the official race website, Bettini thanked the organisers and various team mangers for allowing him to run with this unusual experiment, prior to the world championships in Melbourne. “There are very few opportunities to ride as a national representative prior to the actual important races,” the double world champion said.

Bettini recalled the race in Castelfidardo prior to the Athens Olympics where a national team raced and with him riding away with the Gold medal in the Olympic road race, you can see why he thinks this type of selection is a good idea. “The CT in cycling doesn’t really have the opportunity to trial selections, without obligations, of young athletes and this will be a great opportunity.”

The Giro del Veneto will be run over 198km from Padova to Castelfranco – Veneto, including 12 laps that pass through the local market in Belluno. The race was won in 2009 by Pippo Pozzato and also counts Moser, Saronni, De Vlaeminck, Binda and Coppi as previous winners.

Not Going To The Worlds
Heinrich Haussler of Cervelo may have changed his allegiance from being German to his place of birth; Australia, but this has not guaranteed him a place at the World Championships. The Australian national team selectors have decided that his injured knee maybe fit, but that he is low on race conditioning. Shayne Bannan the Australian national team director commented: “He’s had limited racing this year and really his focus now has turned towards next season and making sure he’s getting his rehabilitation right and he’s not rushing into it.”

Heinrich said: “It would have been a dream to start on home soil but I am not ready yet. My main focus is now already on next season, where I want to perform well again in my favourite spring classic races.”

As we know Robbie McEwen was also not picked for the Australian team, but either was Matt Renshaw, one wonders if this would have more of an effect on the GB team as you might expect his team allegiance to HTC and Mark Cavendish to be quite strong.

Giro star and Pez favourite; Richie Porte (Saxo Bank) was also not picked for the Road Race, but will ride the time trial on home soil at the Worlds in Geelong, Australia.

Andy Schleck-No Worlds
The young Schleck has said he will not be going to Australia for the World champs; it does not fit in with his plans for the end of the season. He is going to ride in support of brother Frank in the Vuelta a Espaсa and then he is targeting a good ride in the Tour of Lombardy. So no worlds for the Tour runner-up.

Van den Broeck-No Worlds
Jurgen Van den Broeck has decided he doesn’t want to be part of the Belgian team at the Worlds. He says his form is not what he would like it too be and would prefer to stay in Europe to concentrate on the end of season races. The Belgian team will be throwing its full weight behind Philippe Gilbert and Van den Broeck said to Sporza.be “I wouldn’t be able to play a significant role in helping Philippe Gilbert. It would be better if someone else went to Australia.” Fair enough!

Nor Tom Boonen
It looked like Tom’s left knee is not recovering as fast as was first hoped and he has had to cut back on his training. The Quick-Step team had hoped that he would be able start in Paris-Brussels on 11th of September, now the team are looking to the Franco-Belge on September 30th. Team manager; Patrick Lefevere told Gazet van Antwerpen: “We’re not panicking; It seems that a little scar tissue is acting up. According to Dr. Van Mol that happens often.”

Tyler Farrar In The UCI Top Ten
U.S. sprinter; Tyler Farrar has moved from 33rd place up to 8th in the World ranking due to his win at Vattenfall and his second place in the Grand Prix Plouay. Alberto Contador (Astana) is still on the top step with Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) second and Cadel Evans (BMC) third. All this will change after the up and coming Vuelta a Espaсa and World Championships.

Vuelta News
The 75th Vuelta a Espaсa starts this Saturday the 28th of August in Sevilla with a team time trial and it looks as though it will be a fairly open event. Denis Menchov would like to win a third Tour of Spain and he commented to Spanish Sports paper AS that: “I think the race will be decided in the end, at the Andorra stage and, above all, in the block of Asturias stages and the time trials. That’s where we should be strong.”

Cervelo Test Team
Carlos Sastre will be leading a strong Cervelo team before he leaves to join Menchov at Geox for next year. Thor Hushovd will be looking for stage wins and the point jersey and the team has some good strong climbers to back Sastre, the final team is:
Carlos Sastre,
Theo Bos,
Iсigo Cuesta,
Philip Deignan,
Stefan Denifl,
Xavier Florencio,
Thor Hushovd,
Oscar Pujol,
Xavier Tondo,
And reserve: Roger Hammond.

Footon-Servetto; Young Team
The Gold Generation’s line-up, once again full of youth (just over 26 years old of average age), will feature some big names in the likes of Manuel Cardoso (POR, 27), a rider to follow closely in the bunch sprints. Alberto Benнtez (ESP, 29), Arkaitz Durбn (ESP, 24), David Gutiйrrez Gutiйrrez (ESP, 28), Enrique Mata (ESP, 25), Giampaolo Cheula (ITA, 31), Martin Pedersen (DEN, 27) and David Vitoria (SUI, 25) complete the roster, directed across the entire three weeks of racing by two directors fully aware of the hardness in the big Spanish race: Joxean Fernбndez Matxin and Sabino Angoitia.

Matxin looks forward to succeed in the upcoming Spanish course, with many options to shine in all kinds of stages: “Our goal in this race will be searching for the stage wins. We’ll count on Cardoso for the sprints, which we blindly trust he’ll be racing hard, but overall we’ll be fighting into the breakaways to claim those successes. We have riders specially suited for the breaks, such as Cheula, Gutiйrrez or Benнtez, who have got to know how to do well in those fights, and we’re also bringing a nice group for the mountains with Durбn, who will be trying to do well.”

Rafa Valls will not start as he has come down with symptoms of mononucleosis in the days leading up to La Vuelta, he would have been their big hope after his great ride at the recent Tour de France. The place in the team of the Valencian youngster will be taken by Australia’s Johnnie Walker, who will be one of the youngest riders to take the start in the 2010 Vuelta a Espaсa at the age of 23.

Quick-Step; Youth And Experience
Spain’s Carlos Barredo and Belgian Kevin De Weert will be on the starting line of the Vuelta after having raced in the Tour de France as major players. Also riding in their second important season tour will be Dario Cataldo and Branislau Samoilau, who were among the best at the 2010 Giro d’Italia.

In Seville, Italian Davide Malacarne will take off from the starting ramp in the team time trial after the unlucky fall that cost him in the Giro d’Italia, and he’ll be working towards redemption on the roads of Spain.

For sprints the team can count on the Belgian sprinter Wouter Weylandt, who was already able to win a stage in the 2008 Vuelta.

Weylandt will be counting on support from the solid Belgian rider Nikolas Maes in his first experience in a great tour; on expert Italian rider Matteo Tosatto and the German Andreas Stauff. Stauff will also make his debut in a three week race.

Wilfried Peeters and Rik Van Slycke will be leading the team from the team’s car.
“We’re going to try to interpret the Vuelta like we did the Giro d’Italia and the Tour, that is, getting into the breaks and trying always to be in the thick of things – says Peeters -. There are two riders on the team that are trying their first experience in a great race like Stauff and Maes but we also have several veteran athletes like Tosatto, Barredo and De Weert who’ve already proven themselves in past Vueltas. Overall it’s a balanced formation who’ll be able to play their cards right day by day.”

Riders:
Carlos Barredo,
Dario Cataldo,
Kevin De Weert,
Nikolas Maes,
Davide Malacarne,
Branislau Samoilau,
Andreas Stauff,
Matteo Tosatto,
Wouter Weylandt.
D.s: Wilfried Peeters & Rik Van Slycke.

Gilbert Wants Stages At La Vuelta
The Belgian Classics strongman wants to go to the Worlds in his best condition and he thinks the Spanish tour is his best preparation. He also wants to win Vuelta stages while coming into form. “At the Vuelta, my goal is to prepare for the Worlds, but also to try and grab a stage.”

HTC-Columbia; More Stages For Cavendish
The HTC team is sending its top sprint performer; Mark Cavendish. This will be his first visit to La Vuelta and he wants an early stage win. After Spain he will be off to Australia to ride for the GB team at the Worlds.

HTC-Columbia team for La Vuelta a Espaсa:
Lars Bak (Den),
Mark Cavendish (GB),
Bernhard Eisel (Aut),
Matt Goss (Aus),
Hayden Roulston (NZ),
Konstantsin Sivtsov (Byl),
Tejay Van Garderen (USA),
Martin Velits (Svk),
Peter Velits (Svk).

Big Names For The Two Canadian ProTour Races
Sammy Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Robert Gesink (Rabobank), Levi Leipheimer (Radioshack), Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Doimo), Sylvain Chavanel and Jйrфme Pineau (Team Quick Step), Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky), Jens Voigt (Team Saxo Bank), Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Farnese Vini), Gerald Ciolek (Milram), Thomas Voeckler (Bbox Bouygues Telecom), Alessandro Ballan and US National Road Champion George Hincapie (BMC Racing Team), Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Transitions), Canadian Road Champion Will Routley and lots more will compete in the North American premiere editions of the ProTour circuit.

Earlier today, the organizers of the Grand Prix Cycliste ProTour Quйbec–Montrйal announced the preliminary rosters for the two races held on September 10 & 12 in Canada.

“We have a high-quality peloton that will be racing on two difficult, up-and-down courses, with repeated hill climbs that will favour climber-puncheur riders and allrounders,” said Charly Mottet, Sport Manager, Grand Prix Cycliste ProTour Quйbec –Montrйal. A road racing legend in France, Mottet finished third at the Grand Prix des Amйriques in 1989, on the Mount Royal course in Montrйal.

Following the UCI registration procedure, each team was required to register, 20 days prior to each race, a group of 8 racers plus a maximum of 4 substitutes. Teams will have until 72 hours prior to each race to confirm the name of 8 racers and 2 substitutes. The field includes nine reigning national road race champions as well as the top climber and five stage winners from the 2010 Tour de France.

“I am very happy with the positive response from the teams. Each has entered riders who will be a great match for the two racecourses we have prepared for them,” noted Serge Arsenault, President, Grand Prix Cycliste ProTour Quйbec–Montrйal. “This is the first time that the ProTour has come to North America since its inception, and this great response is proof of their commitment to the globalization of cycling. The welcome we will extend to them will be worthy of their performances,” he concluded.

Univest Grand Prix Seeks Course Marshals, Event Volunteers

Opportunities Abound To Get Involved in Major International Cycling Event

Souderton, Pa. – The Univest Grand Prix is seeking volunteers to serve as course marshals and event staff for North America’s most prestigious Pro-Am cycling event to be held Saturday, Sept. 11 in Souderton and Sunday, Sept. 12 in Doylestown.

Course marshal volunteers will assist police and fire police in crowd and traffic control along the dynamic new 5.8 Univest Grand Prix course in Souderton, Telford and Franconia on Saturday and on the 1.4 mile race course around the perimeter of the annual Arts Festival in Doylestown on Sunday. Event staff volunteers are needed to assist with the Cyclosportif recreational ride on Saturday morning in Souderton, banner set-up and tear-down before and after the races and registration assistance at race-related activities on both days.

“The major strength of the Univest Grand Prix has always been the deep community support for the event,” said race organizer John Eustice, president of Sparta Cycling Inc. “The new course for the Souderton race and Cyclosportif ride will provide a front-line view of a great international bike race, the chance to interact with fans and the opportunity to be part of the wonderful team that makes this race possible every year.”

Course marshals will be asked to serve from approximately 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the race on Saturday to keep the course clear of vehicles, pedestrians, spectators and debris and serve as ambassadors to the fans gathered along the course. Course captains will be responsible five to 10 intersections and marshals on race day to ensure appropriate coverage and communications. Food, drinks, event shirts and breaks from duty will be provided to volunteers.

Sunday’s course marshals and captains are asked to serve from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Course marshals and volunteers are also needed from 8 to 10 a.m. to assist with the Cyclosportif — a fund raiser that benefits the Penn Foundation in Sellersville. Volunteers will serve in the Feed Zone for the Cyclosportif along the 3.8 mile Finishing Loop in Souderton to help riders refill water bottles and provide food to help them finish the ride. Opportunities are also available for volunteers at the Hospitality Tents in Souderton and Doylestown and other volunteer opportunities are available on both days.

This is an ideal opportunity for service groups, youth organizations, church congregations and others to attain volunteer hours while ensuring the success of a great community tradition.

Best of all, it’s fun!

“I love to get the rush of adrenalin as the Univest Grand Prix bikers come by me, wherever my post is that day, and the bikers and cars who follow them give me a huge thumbs up for showing them the correct direction to go,” said Emilie Lauchmen of Harleysville, who has been serving as a course marshal since 2004. “I would definitely recommend volunteering for the Univest Grand Prix. Just being a small part of such a big event is rewarding.”

For more information or to register as a volunteer, please go to https://www.spartacycling.com/univestgp/volunteers.html.

Rapha-The Fastest Mechanic In NYC
Tonight (26th Aug) at the Rapha Cycle Club at 352 Bowery in New York City at 6:30pm, you can see “The Fastest Mechanic in NYC” competiton. “We came up with the idea of putting on a competition that would determine the fastest mechanic in NYC a little while back. Everything came together rather quickly, with Independent Fabrication custom making four frames for the night, SRAM putting in for the components and Pedro’s coming in big-time with Master Tool Kit as the main prize. We are hoping that the spectacle of four master mechanics quickly and expertly assembling bikes from the ground up will be something to behold”.

Watch four of New York City’s best mechanics compete to assenble road bikes from scratch in record time:
Mark from iFixByx,
Jose from Sid’s,
Jon from Signature,
David from NYC Velo.

Rapha and RSA’s Third Film
Tomorrow (Friday 27th Aug) you can watch the third and last of the Rapha film series, this weeks is the story of top Italian frame builder; Dario Pegoretti. You have all day to watch the full film, the first film; “A Throw of the Dice” garnered almost 23,000 views in 24 hours, that’s nearly 1,000 views an hour. You can see the trailer Of Steel here and the film on Friday.

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