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EuroTrash Monday!

I guess it’s the winter, but there is loads happening! The Euro Pro’s are getting some sun and racing in Curaзao, except there was a storm to shorten the race and the Tour of Southland has just finished in New Zealand. The Quiznos Pro Challenge route has been announced, but Cyclo-cross in Ottawa has been banned! We also have the usual dope news and more transfers. The big news of the day is that you can vote for the Miss Cyklistika 2010!

Race Results:
Powernet Tour of Southland
After a very close battle Hayden Roulston (Calder Stewart-BikeNZ National) took the Powernet Tour of Southland after nine stages by only 2 seconds from Jack Bauer (Share the Road). Bauer has been racing for the Scottish based Endura for most of this season in Europe. Floyd Landis was 4th at over three minutes.

Powernet Tour of Southland Overall Result:
1. Hayden Roulston (Calder Stewart-BikeNZ National) in 20:58:23
2. Jack Bauer (Share the Road) at 0:02
3. Jeremy Yates (Share the Road) at 1:34
4. Floyd Landis (Orca Velo Merino) at 3:12
5. Michael Olheiser (Jackson Plumbing-Plumbing World) at 3:22
6. Josh Atkins (Benchmark Homes) at 3:40
7. Sergio Hernandez (Jackson Plumbing-Plumbing World) at 4:07
8. Clinton Avery (Ascot Park Hotel) at 4:18
9. Mike Northey (Pure Black Racing) at 4:20
10. Glen Chadwick (Pure Black Racing) at 4:33.

European Track Championships
DAY 1:
The British team pursuiters took gold’s for the men and the women, both teams were the fastest qualifiers and took that through to the finals. In the team sprint the GB women took silver and the GB men the Bronze.

The GB men’s team of Steven Burke, Edward Clancy, Jason Queally and Andrew Tennnant qualified fastest with 4:01.953 and then went faster (4:00.482) against the Russians (4:04.274) in the final. The Netherlands (4:06.049) beat Spain (4:08.099) for third place.

The GB women’s team qualified with 3:24.916, then in the final; Katie Colclough, Wendy Houvenaghel and Laura Trott beat the Lithuanians (3:29.992) with a time of 3:23.435, Germany (3:28.127) beat Belarus (3:28.410) for third

The GB team sprint didn’t go so well, the men’s team of Matthew Crampton, Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny qualified third in a time of 44.149 to France in second with 44.102 and the fastest; Germany 43.968. In the final the teams stayed in the same order with Poland fourth.

The woman’s team sprint saw France (33.478) beat Great Britain (34.586) with Germany (33.708) in third and Holland (34.212) fourth. The GB women of Victoria Pendleton and Jessica Varnish recorded the fastest time in the qualifying ride to be fastest with 33.381, but couldn’t carry that speed to the final.
DAY 2:
In the morning session Chris Hoy was the fastest and the only rider to get under 10 seconds for the 200 metres. However young Irish rider; Felix English eliminated him in what Hoy described as a “silly” mistake by easing up when he thought he had won. In the evening Denis Dmitriev (Russia) beat Kevin Sireau (France) for the Gold medal and GB’s Jason Kenny took the bronze from Poland’s Damian Zielinski who was disqualified.

Olga Panarina (Belarus) was the fastest woman’s sprinter with a time of 11.166 from Jessica Varnish (Great Britain) and Clara Sanchez (France). Panarina got into the ride off for the bronze but was disqualified in both rides against Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania). Sandi Clair (France) beat Germany’s Kristina Vogel in the final.

In the men’s Omnium after 3 rounds Rafal Ratajczyk (Poland) was leading from Roger Kluge (Germany) and Tim Veldt (Holland). The women’s Omnium was lead by Tatsiana Sharakova (Belarus) from Jarmila Machacova (Czech Republic) and Jolien D’Hoore (Belgium) in third.
DAY 3:
And the GB team rolled on with Gold in the men’s Keirin for Jason Kenny and Silver for Matthew Crampton, the bronze went to the Czech Adam Ptacnik. The woman’s Keirin was won by Olga Panarina (Belarus), second Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania) and third Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine).

In the Omnium; Roger Kluge (Germany) and Tim Veldt (Holland) jumped over the previous leader; Rafal Ratajczyk (Poland) to take the Gold and Silver places, Britain’s Ed Clancy moved in to 4th place by winning the 1 kilometre. Spain’s Liere Olaberria Dorronsoro won the women’s Omnium from Tatsiana Sharakova (Belarus) and Malgorzata Wojtyra (Poland), her second place in the pursuit and high placings in all the other disciplines helped.

The men’s Madison was won by the Czech pair of Martin Blaha and Jiri Hochmann who took a laps lead from Belgium’s Kenny De Ketele and Tim Mertens and Mykhaylo Radionov and Sergiy Lagkuti (Ukraine), the rest of the field were 2 or more laps behind.

Amstel Curaзao Criterium
Frank Schleck (Saxo Bank) has won the postponed and shortened Curaзao Criterium ahead of sprinter Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre) and Milram’s Niki Trepstra. Due to the big storm that is hitting the area, the race had to be held over from the day before and then shortened to 1 hour on a new circuit to avoid flooded roads. Frank won on his own after breaking away, Petacchi and Trepstra had set up a chase, but couldn’t catch the Luxembourg champ.

Transfer News:
No Chance for Rasmussen at Saxo Bank
There is absolutely no way that Michael Rasmussen will ride for the Danish team Saxo Bank-SunGard. Team manager Bjarne Riis has categorically denied any chance of the disgraced Dane (Rasmussen) joining his team. “I have seen that there are articles and rumors again that I want to sign Michael as new rider,” Riis told Ekstra Bladet. “There’s a quick clarification: I do not have an agreement, there is almost no contact, and I will not hire Michael Rasmussen for Saxo Bank-SunGard.” So which team might take the talented rider?

Three Riders for Movistar
Fran Perez rode for Caisse d’Epargne and has been offered a new contract for next year with Movistar. Two new young Pro’s will also be joining the team; Enrique Sanz and Javier Iriarte will move up from the elite/amateurs.

Fenn and Lavery go to An Post
Two young riders will be getting into the big time with the Belgian based Irish squad An Post-Sean Kelly. Philip Lavery raced with the team as a stagiere this year in the Tour of Britain and some other Pro races. Andrew Fenn is the GB national U23 road champ and has the junior Paris-Roubaix to his palmares. Other new signings are: Gediminas Bagdonas, Darijus Dzervus, Kenny Terweduwe, Kess Heytens, Kevin Claeys, Dries Hollanders and Sam Bennett. One of An Post’s success stories is Matt Brammeier who will be riding for HTC-Highroad next year.

Yet Three More for Luxembourg!
Anders Lund, Martin Mortensen and Tom Stamsnijder are joining what’s becoming the strongest team in the peloton. Mortensen and Stamsnijder have joined the team to strengthen it for the classics as both are strong team men. Lund is in the team for his climbing abilities, he showed this in last year’s Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espaсa. That is now twenty-four riders confirmed with the Luxembourg Project.

Curaзao Champ to Quick-Step
Marc de Maar is leaving the U.S. UnitedHealthcare Team for Euro top team Quick-Step next year. He has ridden for Rabobank in the past, but is looking forward to returning to returning to a ProTour team (new UCI ProTeam). He became a Curaзao citizen due to his father lives on the island and won the national Curaзao road and TT championships this year.

Fairly to HTC-Highroad
Caleb Fairly rode as a stagier at the end of this year for Garmin and has shown well enough to be signed by HTC-Highroad for the next two years. He rode and finished the Vuelta a Espaсa and Paris-Tours, with a great 3rd place in the Giro della Toscana. He joins other new riders; Matthew Brammeier (An Post – Sean Kelly), John Degenkolb (Thьringer Energie Team), Danny Pate (Garmin) and Alex Rasmussen (Saxo Bank).

Cornu Pegasus bound
Belgian Dominique Cornu is moving to the Australian Pegasus team from Skil-Shimano. The so far under-achieving World U23 TT champion of 2006 has been with Lotto and Quick-Step, but apart from a stage win and 2nd overall in the Tour of Belgium he hasn’t much to show for himself. For sure things can only get better!

Arrieta new DS at Movistar
Retired rider Jose Luis Arrieta will be a sports director for the Movistar team next season. He originally rode for the Banesto team through its different sponsors until 2005, and then he moved to the French Ag2r team where he won a stage of the Vuelta a Espaсa. He has 18 years of experience in the Pro peloton and ten Tour de France’s under his belt.

End of the Road for Moos?
Yes the end of the road for Alexandre Moos, but not the end of cycling for the Swiss champion. He has been the work horse for many a star including, most recently, Cadel Evans at BMC, but he has had enough and has decided to hang up his road wheels, his mountain bike wheels will still be turning as he has plans to ride MTB marathons for the BMC Mountain bike team.

Doping News:
Valverde Loses Appeal
Alejandro Valverde has lost his appeal to the Swiss Federal Supreme Court against his doping ban. Valverde was linked by his DNA to bags of blood that were snatched during “Operation Puerto” and banned by the Italian Olympic Committee, but this was only in Italy. WADA eventually extended the ban after lots of court cases and arguments between the courts and different cycling organisations. Valverde had hoped that the Swiss Court would shorten or throw out the ban, one reason being the method in which the Italians had acquired the blood, but they upheld the ruling and Valverde will now stay banned till the 31st of December 2011, and have to pay 9,000 Swiss Francs towards court costs.

Mosquera still in Limbo!
Climbing star and second overall in the Vuelta a Espaсa; Ezequiel Mosquera doesn’t know what he will be doing next year as his B sample has not been tested as yet. He was found to have Hydoxyethyl starch in his system, although it is not on the UCI banned list it is known to be a masking agent for EPO. During the week Spanish sports paper Marca reported that the investigation into Mosquera’s case was closed, later this was denied by Mosquera and WADA.

Some Good News
Iljo Keisse may not be able to ride the “6 Day” season but he is a new father. “This makes me forget all the problems,” Keisse told Sporza after the birth of his son, Jules. He is waiting for a decision on his suspension which started two years ago, but was allowed to race again and then that was over ruled, the latest court case is expected by November the 15th from the Belgian Court of Appeal, if he is given the go ahead he will ride his local race the “Gent 6 Day” which starts on the 23rd.

City pulls bike racing permits after park damaged
The City of Ottawa cancelled permits for cyclo-cross racing in its parks Thursday.
As reported on CBCNews: The sport of cyclo-cross bicycle racing is taking off in Ottawa, but Thursday the city’s park department cancelled permits for riders to compete in its green space.

The city cancelled permits issued to the Eastern Canadian Cyclocross Series after a race last Sunday left muddy trails torn through Walter Baker Park in Kanata.

The cancellation comes days before another cyclo-cross race – competitions which take place on a combination of paved and off-road surfaces – was scheduled to take place at Mooney’s Bay. That race will not go ahead.

“Over twenty years we never had a problem,” said Bob Woods, one of the race organizers.
“We never had a cancellation and we never had an issue with the city saying ‘here’s damage, here’s a problem, we’ve got to fix it.'”

Woods said the city is overreacting to the damage, and that his group is willing to work with city crews to make repairs. Dan Chenier, Ottawa’s parks department manager, said he wants to prevent damage from being done to sites like Mooney’s Bay, but that he is open to restarting cyclo-cross racing in the city in the future. “We will have to come to an understanding of how we protect the parks, if we allow this event to go forward,” Chenier said.

While grass damage is a downside of cyclo-cross racing, the sport has been a boon to Ottawa stores who sell the specialized bikes that can cost thousands.

Vince Caceres, who runs The Cyclery bike shop, said business has “skyrocketed” as cyclo-cross has gained popularity. The sport has even manage to extend the bike and part sales well into the winter season.

“With a growing number of people doing these events you have an exponential growth in revenue,” Caceras said.

“The rest of this year’s races will move outside city limits”, Woods said.

Host Cities and Stages Announced for 2011 Quiznos Pro Challenge
• Note: PEZ will take a closer look at the Quiznos stages when full details are released.

International Pro-Cyclists to Compete Throughout Seven Stages, 11 Host Cities, and Nearly 600 Miles of Colorado’s Most Challenging Terrain
The Quiznos Pro Challenge™ officially announced the stages, host cities and race format for the inaugural 2011 international pro-cycling competition at a press conference today held at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. Running from August 22-28, the event will be made up of seven stages, traveling through Colorado’s most picturesque landscapes and visiting 11 Colorado host cities. Created to be the most challenging pro-cycling race in American history, the Quiznos Pro Challenge is set to cover nearly 600 miles of the region’s demanding terrain.

Colorado Governor Bill Ritter and Governor-elect and former Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper were joined by representatives from the 11 selected host cites including: personal coach to Lance Armstrong, Chris Carmichael (LOC Chair, Colorado Springs), Scott Damman (City Councilman, Salida), Leah Williams (Mayor, Crested Butte), William Buck (Mayor, Mt. Crested Butte), Jonathan Houck (Mayor Pro-Tem, Gunnison), Mick Ireland (Mayor, Aspen), Dick Cleveland (Mayor, Vail), Ron Wolfe (Mayor, Avon), Scott Myller (City Councilman, Steamboat Springs), John Warner (Mayor, Breckenridge), and Jacob Smith (Mayor, Golden).

Denver professional football legend and avid cyclist Shannon Sharpe spoke at the event to help convey the importance of the race and the announcement to the international sports world. Sharpe expressed his respect for international cycling and the endurance it takes to compete at a top level while on stage with professional cyclists Tom Danielson, Tim Duggan and Rory Sutherland, as well as Steve Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of USA Cycling.

The 120 world-class cyclists anticipated to participate in the seven-day race will begin their journey in beautiful Colorado Springs, then crisscross their way over the treacherous Rocky Mountains. The region’s unique topography will provide challenging climbs and extremely fast downhill legs with an awe-inspiring backdrop of several of the United States’ highest mountain peaks leading to the finish in Denver.

The 11 official stage start and finish communities that have been selected for the 2011 race include:

The 2011 Quiznos Pro Challenge Stages
August 22 – Stage 1, Prologue time trial, Colorado Springs
August 23 – Stage 2, Salida to Crested Butte, mountain-top finish
August 24 – Stage 3, Gunnison to Aspen, mountain stage
August 25 – Stage 4, Vail, time trail, former Coors Classic stage
August 26 – Stage 5, Avon to Steamboat Springs
August 27 – Stage 6, Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge
August 28 – Stage 7, Golden to Denver

“We are excited to welcome sports fans and the international cycling community to many of Colorado’s most beautiful regions,” said Governor Ritter. “The Quiznos Pro Challenge will provide a majestic tour of many of the state’s natural treasures while becoming the battleground for one of the world’s most intense competitions.”

The initial idea to bring a major stage race back to Colorado is credited to Quiznos Pro Challenge partner Lance Armstrong who expressed interest to Governor Ritter last year. The Quiznos Pro Challenge is now expected to become one of the most significant international pro-cycling events worldwide, created to reinvigorate the legacy of the Colorado-based Coors International Bicycle Classic which took place from 1979 until 1988. The official race routes for the 2011 event are in the process of being charted and will be announced in the near future.

“We had so much interest from incredible cities across Colorado that we could hold an event of twice the duration, said Ellen Kramer, Quiznos Chief Communications Officer. “We worked diligently throughout the selection process to incorporate cities that provide terrain that is unique to Colorado and delivers one of the most exciting cycling events in the world. The selected cities will make excellent partners and provide a demanding course for the world’s top cyclists.”

To keep in touch with the latest news and updates on the Quiznos Pro Challenge, visit: www.quiznosprochallenge.com.

Vote for Miss Cyklistika 2010
“Which woman cycling rider is most beautiful and sympathic in Czech cycling?”
The Czech Cycling Federation is looking for their own Daily Distraction and you can vote for the girl who will become; Miss Cyklistika 2010.

How to vote…go to the website of the Czech Cycling Federation, click on the photo, write your email address, send, and when the message comes to your email inbox just confirm, easy as that! The survey ends on 19.11.2010.

Czech Cycling Federation

Primal Wear Launches Redesigned Website to Match its Renewed Focus
Site reflects emphasis on technical cycling clothing as well a graphic design

Press Realease DENVER – November 8, 2010 – Primal Wear, a leading designer and manufacturer of technical cycling apparel, today announced the official relaunch of primalwear.com, which provides access to extensive content of the companies branded and custom clothing lines. The redesigned site emphasizes the company’s renewed focus on technical cycling wear, as well as the range of graphic designs the company is known for.

Navigation improvements allow users to easily browse between the company’s 2011 road, mountain, triathlon and lifestyle clothing lines. Primal’s product line growth is reflected with more product content and detailed technology descriptions of proprietary fabrics and chamois designs.

“We have always been known for our bold graphic designs,” said Dave Edwards, founder and CEO of Primal Wear. “Cyclists also want clothing that performs, and during the last few years we’ve made a major effort to develop and offer technically advanced products. The new site emphasizes our technical focus and celebrates our company history of great graphic design.”

Highlights of the new site include the following:
• New look and feel
• Comprehensive fit guide for all product categories
• Women’s specific sections
• Downloadable custom design templates
• Photo gallery of custom team kits
• Online order management that allows shipping and billing of custom kits to individual team members (will be added soon)
• Press room with all new content
• ETeam sign up for exclusive deals, updates and event notifications
• Primal Facebook and Twitter links
• Mobile phone and iPad compatible content
Also featured on primalwear.com are links to causes supported by the company such as Bikes Belong, the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), American Diabetes Association, Denver Children’s Hospital and Trips for Kids International.

“Primal the company and its website is a labor of passion for the sport we love,” continued Edwards. “We look forward to updating the site with new information on a regular basis, and we hope people will go there and find something they like.”

Primalwear.com is the company’s main website for its branded and custom product lines. Cyclists interested in custom clothing only can go directly to primalcustom.com. Both URLs have been completely redesigned.

About Primal Wear
Primal Wear, founded in 1992 by avid cyclists, manufactures highly technical and authentic cycling apparel and some of the most recognizable jerseys in the world. Primal Wear (www.primalwear.com) has stayed true to its grassroots culture while steadily growing its customer base by providing branded and custom clothing to hundreds of thousands of cyclists every year from around the globe. As a company of die-hard cyclists committed to improving the sport, and designers dedicated to innovation and creativity, Primal Wear keeps in touch with the soul of the sport and its business.

Downing’s Out of the Saddle Evening is Huge Success for Charity
The Downing brothers hosted a fantastic evening of charity fundraising for the Danny Porter Foundation at Sitwell Park Golf Club in Rotherham on Saturday 6th November.

Team Sky’s Russell Downing and Rapha Condor Sharp’s Dean Downing joined host David Harmon in a night of story telling, raffles and charity auctions that entertained 180 guests. That morning, Russell and Dean also accompanied 50 others in a popular but chilly ride around the fantastic South Yorkshire roads.

Spirits were high as money rolled in during the evening for the Danny Porter Foundation, which raises money to support cancer and neuro care.

In total, the auction raised over Ј4000 for the charity. Items included a signed Alberto Contador yellow jersey, a Team Sky jersey signed by the team, Mark Cavendish’s HTC-Columbia kit, a limited edition signed Dean Downing Bike Pure print, Rapha Condor Sharp clothing as well as a host of hard-to-get items sourced by the Downing’s professional contacts.

The raffle also proved popular that night, with the top prize being a top of the range LCD TV, donated by Sharp.

“What a night! It was an absolutely fantastic evening out, everyone was really enjoying themselves,” said Dean Downing.

The Danny Porter Foundation will provide donations and grants to other charities providing research, support, care and equipment to people suffering from cancer and/or requiring neurological surgery.

Through this support they hope to be able to help with the journey that cancer patients have to undergo and also advance the quest to cure cancer and also to help keep up with the very latest advances in neurological care.

Dean Downing continued: “It’s a really important cause and we decided to support a local charity this year, the messages sent out were really touching and I think that reflected with people putting their hands in their pockets.”

UK Pros Kristian House, Malcolm Elliott, Adam Blythe, Lizzie Armitstead, Chris Walker, Graham Briggs and Tom Murray and Rapha Condor Sharp’s DS John Herety were present enjoying themselves in the off-season.

More information on the Danny Porter Foundation, as well as event information is available from: https://www.dannyporterfoundation.org

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