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Euro Trash Thursday

Can you resist the temptation of another dose of EuroTrash. In today’s spicy morsel: Florian Sees The Future, Raas On The Rocks, Casagranda’s Christmas, Vino’s indoor training and Liberty for Heras…

Rousseau Races Into Coaching Role
French track ace Florian Rousseau has announced his plans for life after cycling. The multiple French, World and Olympic Champion has decided to end his career at the Olympic Games to be held in Athens 2004. Rousseau will begin work at the Institut National du Sport et de l’Education (INSEP) in Paris, France where he began his career at the age of 16. The three time Olympic Champion will begin training the sprinters there in 2005.

Raas Written Off
Former star rider turned Director Sportif Jan Raas has been ousted from his role with the Dutch Rabobank outfit. Raas, who has Directed the team since 1996 will be temporarily replaced by manager Theo de Rooij. He joins Geert Leinders and Pieter Hubert in the team’s management. The decision appears to have come out of the blue and no further announcements seem to be imminent after an abrupt statement that “there would be no public evaluation, and therefore no more comment from us” from the Rabobank company. Well that told us didn’t it.

Casagranda To Saeco For Christmas
Stefano Casagranda, no relation to Francesco Casagrande, has become Saeco’s 24th rider for 2004. Stefano has arrived just in time for the team’s first training camp in Verese and more importantly, the Christmas party in Gaggio Montano near Bologna.

Vino Playing It Cool
Tour de France revelation and general Kasahk hard man Alexandre Vinokourov has been enjoying his winter training in the South of France. The T-Mobile rider lives in Nice on the Cфte d’Azur but according to Team-Telekom.de: “When the temperature drops below seven degrees I train indoors.” Fair enough Vino.

Heras At Liberty
Spanish climbing supreme Roberto Heras has confirmed his move to the Spanish Liberty Seguros team for 2004. Heras leaves his role as super domestique to five-times Tour Champion Lance Armstrong to lead Manolo Saiz outfit for the next three years. Manilo seemed to be pleased with his latest signing and waxed lyrical to the tune of it being: “great news for Spanish sport [as] one of the most important Spanish sportsmen returns to Spain, and also for Liberty as his incorporation allows us to form a great squad.”

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