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EuroTrash Monday

Monday – work, school, EUROTRASH, they just go together. The smell is as noxious as ever after a huge August racing weekend and has thankfully been taken to print before any neighbors could complain.

Roesems Wins Belgian TT Champs!
PEZ-Fave and Belgian strong-guy Bert Roesems kicked some serious boo-tay yesterday winning the Belgian Time Trial Championships in Wachtebeke, Belgium. We talked to Bert back in the Spring – you can read the interview here. Congrats Bert!

Results: 45km
1 Bert Roesems (Relax-Bodysol) 54.50 champion !!!!!
2 Marc Wauters (Rabobank) 0.06
3 Leif Hoste (Lotto-Domo) 0.08
4 Marc Streel (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago) 0.57
5 Peter Van Petegem (Lotto-Domo) 1.02
6 Nico Eeckhout (Lotto-Domo) 1.40
7 Jurgen Van Goolen (Quick.Step-Davitamon) 1.55
8 Jan Kuyckx (Vlaanderen-T Interim) 2.08
9 Johan Van Summeren (Relax-Bodysol) 3.05
10 Andy De Smet (MrBookmaker.com-Palmans) 3.11

Bettini Forever…Oh And Flecha Won
Juan Antonio Flecha took arguably the biggest win of his career and relegated Paolo Bettini ONCE again to second place at the Meisterschaft of Zuerich (third runner-up in a World Cup event this year for Bettini), but Bettini ONCE again cut into Rebellin’s ONCE seemingly insurmountable World Cup lead.

Bettini now sits a scant 6 points behind Davide Rebellin who still enjoys the benefits of his back to back World Cup victories in the Amstel Gold race and Liege Bastogne Liege way back in April.

The World Cup will heat back up again at Paris Tours the second week of October, which should be interesting as that race will see the big sprinters come to the fore, supposedly stealing some of the Bettini-Rebellin thunder. The deciding race should be the Giro di Lombardia, a race that should suit Bettini, but definitely not hurt Rebellin either.

Paolo Bettini could be on the cusp of history though… A lot of what if’s and maybe’s to go, but take a look…

Olympic Champion – CHECK
World Cup Champion – distinct possibility
World Champion – on a tough Verona course???

THAT could very well overshadow Rebellin’s Ardennes triple, Lance’s six, Cunego’s 22 year old Giro win, etc etc.

Australian Team Pursuit Turbos
The Australian Men’s Team Pursuit…team, went into Monday’s Final against Great Britain as heavy favorites, and went the way of the champion and took a huge victory over GB – their first in 20 years. In the small finals Spain put Germany in its place, and that was that.

In the Semifinal heat against Lithuania, Australia knocked over their old world record and marched further into the sub 4:00, 4000 meters, Great Britain also broke the 4 minute barrier – only the third team in history ever to do so.

The Finals were a bit of a different story though – with Australia a few seconds slower, but still under 4 minutes (3:58), and Great Britain not able to break the barrier for the second time.

Finals – Australia over Great Britain
Small Finals – Spain over Germany

Some More Pursuit Love
In the Men’s Individual Pursuit finals it was a clash between the Brad’s in an All-Anglo Final – Bradley Wiggins v. Bradley McGee, this time with World Champion Wiggins coming out on top.

An amazing ride by Wiggins, and not too shabby of an improvement against McGee, who CAUGHT Wiggins in the IP two years ago in the Commonwealth Games.

McGee’s performance might have been more incredible though, as he is still on the comeback trail after a more or less debilitating back injury he suffered just before the Tour de France, causing him to pull out in the first week. Don’t feel too bad for McGee though, he got his first gold medal in the Team Pursuit today.

Sarah Ulmer’s Triple
Our Paul Aubrey interviewed Sarah first back at the Sydney Track World Cup, and told us yesterday that “Stuck in a traffic jam on the way to the Sydney Track World Cup I wracked by brain for an English speaking rider to interview who was interesting, Sarah Ulmer came to mind. Only a few hours later she came very close to breaking the world record in the women’s 3000m individual pursuit. ” Fast forward to Athens, Ulmer came into the Olympics being the world champion and world record holder after setting a new mark in Melbourne. In the space of 2 days and 3 rides Ulmer lowered her record from 3.30.604 to 3.24.537. She is now the triple queen of pursuiting. Katie Mactier of Australia should not be forgotten, she broke Ulmer’s world record in qualifying (Ulmer went a smashed the time in the next heat) and set pb’s in each of her to subsequent rides.

Carney Goes Out In Style
Many athletes dream of ending their careers in just the right way. Usually, that just the right way entails a final victory in that final race. Unfortunately, what we dream of and what actually occurs, well, they don’t normally coincide.

Just ask Johan Museeuw. In the winning break with 6k to go in his final Paris-Roubaix… Pssssss… FLAT.

Jonas Carney, however, defied all odds and took out a huge victory in the US Pro Crit Championships in Downer’s Grove, in his FINAL race. He repeated again that he will not race in his Stars and Stripes jersey next season.

How cool is that?!?!

Gibo Wins The Giro
…del Veneto. A great win for the embattled Saeco leader on a tough course.

A weak field was feared due to the concurrently running Championship of Zuerich, but there need have been no worries, as the field was well represented and the race was anything but weak.

The course is a difficult one, but usually the difference is made on the last climb, the Roccolo, which is notoriously steep. Unlike in previous editions, the race stayed together, mainly because of the work of the powerful Saeco team and no one was able to get away until the final few kilometres – then a group of 10 got away, notably represented by three Saeco riders — Simoni, Cunego, and Bertagnolli. Simoni was the benefactor of excellent teamwork and took a solo victory. Matteo Tosatto (Fassa Bortolo) and third was Giunti of Domina Vacanze.

Gilberto Simoni (Saeco): “I’m really glad…I needed a victory. In the most difficult moment I stayed strong and I think I can still get many nice victories.”

Transfer Trash
Axel Merckx ended up not signing with Discovery and opted instead for the Omega Pharma/Lotto team, someone else went somewhere else too.


BUT WAIT – THERE’S MORE! – By Alastair Hamilton
It’s Monday again and all the news is here, well all that could be found considering that everyone is only interested in the Olympic Games, yesterday it was impossible to see the Championship of Zurich on TV. OK that’s my rant over, here’s the news.

Liberty For Sergio Paulinho?
The young Portuguese rider, Sergio Paulinho who was second in the Olympic road race last week looks like he has two suitors fighting over him. Manolo Saiz of Liberty Seguros wants him, but he wants to go to “BIG Tex’s” Discovery Channel to be with his mate, Josй Azevedo. He wants to take a good look at his options, but said he wants to go to a foreign team and ride the Tour de France.

Spain Classic Winners?
So much for Spain giving birth to only climbers and stage race riders, Oscar Freire (Rabobank) wins Milan-San Remo, Miguel Angel Martin Perdiguero (Saunier Duval) wins the San Sebastian Classic and now Juan Antonio Flecha (Fassa Bortolo) takes the Championship of Zurich. Flecha, who was born in Buenos Aires is 27 years old and has many wins ahead of him. Oscar Freire, the man who started it all, could have a good month ahead of him with a good ride in the world champs and still two rounds of the world cup to go, he is presently in third place.

Nothing To Do With Cycling
I just noticed this and had to add it on. Al Jazeera TV is not showing women’s beach volleyball!! Can you believe it?

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