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EuroTrash Thursday

It’s Thursday and the end of the week is oh so near. Olaf Pollack loses anything and everything cycling related, Nick Nuyens raging, T-Mobile must have broken a few mirrors over the past month, Heras floats like a buttaflah, stings lahk a bee, and will Ullrich ride the #@$#@ World Championships or not?

Olaf Pollack Nailed
Wednesday evening, future T-Mobile rider and current Gerolsteiner rider, Olaf Pollack got JACKED. The thieves stole FOUR bikes, TWO time trial bikes, as well as other cycling paraphernalia that at first guess numbers around 50,000 euros in value. Of the two time trial bikes, the value is nearly priceless. The one bike was made by the German firm FES, and the other was a Walser, which are arguably two of the best time trial frames on the planet, well, in the top 5 at least. OUCH. Evidently, the robber(s?) was a cycling fan, as only Pollack’s cycling gear was touched, everything else was left as it was.

So if you see someone riding a bike in Gerolsteiner blue, take a look and make sure that it doesn’t say Pollack on it. If you see someone blingin their way down the road on a priceless Walser time trial machine, steal the bike from the guy that stole it from Pollack.

Nick Nuyens Is Out Of Control
Normally, when a 24 year old rider wins a huge race like the 1.1 Paris-Brussels (a la Nick Nuyens this past weekend), they might be tempted to sit back and enjoy the aroma of victory for awhile. Nuyens, however, kept on moving and took Wednesday’s 1.2 classified GP Wallonie, not a bad week’s work, eh?

T-Mobile’s Tyler Hamilton Luck Continues
After having their Vuelta team decimated by some kind of gnarly food, riders leaving in droves, Ullrich searching for form, Kloeden not super pleased with his position, you’d think T-Mobile might be due for some decent luck. Not just yet – T-Mobile rider, Sergei Ivanov continues the team’s rotten luck by being hit by a car in Belgium during a training ride. He was close to home when he was hit going through a traffic circle and now it’s questionable whether he’ll be able to start this Saturday with Jan Ullrich in the Giro del Lazio.

Heras Can Go Uphill Faster Than You
Put your bets in for Heras, it’s looking good for a THIRD Vuelta title for the tiny Spanish climber. If Heras pulls off a third victory, he’ll be alongside Tony Rominger as the only three-time winner of the Vuelta a Espana. Heras looked impressive in today’s stage victory atop the Calar Alto, but there still remains a number of contenders all within a 75 seconds of last year’s champion: Francisco Mancebo (35 seconds), Alejandro Valverde (49 seconds), and Isidro Nozal (1:12). USPS was the big loser on the day, as Landis was ridden out of the Golden Jersey and now sits 2:19 back – Manuel Beltran is a further 21 seconds back.

Ullrich To World Championships?
Jan Ullrich is scheduled to do five races in Italy over the next couple weeks, with the hopes of finding good form for the coming Worlds in Verona. T-Mobile director, Mario Kummer said today: “At the moment, I am optimistic that he will ride.” Ullrich’s season has not gone exactly to plan so far with a 4th place finish at the Tour, 19th in the Olympic Games road race, and a 7th place finish in the TT. Ulle plans on deciding on his World Championship participation no later than next Thursday, the 23rd of September. It would be a nice addition to the World’s, maybe setting a precedent for other Grand Tour riders.

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