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EuroTrash Monday!

It’s a new year, a new season and…Well there is an open road before us! That is if you don’t still have a hangover? Cyclo-cross is still the top sport at the moment, but the road season kick off soon in Australia. Quite a lot of different stuff to read about and the best Cyclo-cross action to watch, so its coffee time for the first EuroTrash of 2011!

Sven Nys win his own race!
Belgian champion; Sven Nys (Landbouwkreiet) won the Grote Prijs Sven Nys, the sixth round of the GvA Trofee, in Baal on New Years day. Nys had broken away with World champion; Zdenek Stybar (Telenet-Fidea) with Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) in hot pursuit. Stybar skidded on a bend near the finish and Nys didnt look back winning on his own. Stybar took second and Albert was third. Sven Nys also took the lead in the GvA Trofee 9 points ahead of Kevin Pauwels (Telenet-Fidea) who only finshed 7th on the day. Stybar is 3rd, Albert 4th and Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea) is in 5th place.
GP Sven Nys Result:
1. Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet in 57:01
2. Zdenek Љtybar (Cze) Telenet-Fidea at 0:10
3. Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP – Powerplus at 1:21
4. Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Projob at 1:33
5. Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 1:46
6. Martin Zlбmalнk (Cze) Prodoli Racing Team at 1:58
7. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 2:02
8. Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 2:04
9. Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Liquigas at 2:15
10. Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Rendement Hypo-VZW at 2:32.

Albert’s turn at Turvuren
Niels Albert took his turn to win on Sunday in the Fidea Cyclo-cross in Turvuren after losing out to Sven Nys the previous day. Albert had crossed to early leader Rob Peeters (Telenet-Fidea) and then left him to ride to victory. Sven Nys had been chasing throughout, but skidded near the end leaving him no chance to catch Albert. Next week’s National Championships should be interesting with both men on top form.
Fidea Cyclo-cross Turvuren
1. Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus in 59:10
2. Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet at 0:21
3. Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 0:55
4. Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 1:24
5. Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus at 1:26
6. Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor at 1:31
7. Zdenek Љtybar (Cze) Telenet-Fidea at 1:43
8. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Telenet-Fidea
9. Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Sunweb-Revor at 1:46
10. Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus at 2:28.

Here is the link to vt4 TV to see the action: https://www.vt4.be/videos/tervuren-samenvatting

Raymond Impanis dies
The Belgian Classic’s rider Raymond Impanis passed away at 85 years old after contracting pneumonia. Impanis was born in the small Flemish town of Berg-Kampenhout and after the Second World War he won three stages of the Tour of Belgium as an Independent in 1946, and then became a Professional the next year, until he retired in 1963. His best year was in 1954 when he won the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, he rode “The Hell of the North” sixteen times, a record until this year. He also won Flech-Wallonne and Paris-Nice, 3th in La Vuelta a Espaсa, 6th in the Tour de France and 2nd in Liege-Bastogne-Liege three times. Raymond Impanis was a real Flandrien.

No home for Traksel?
Bobbie Traksel is still looking for a team for this year, he left Vacansoleil and had signed for the Pegasus project, this fell through and he has been hunting for a new team. The latest news is that he will not be riding for the Verandas William, which was one of the suggested destinations for the talented Dutchman. Traskel has been a Pro since 2000 and has a fine palmares including The Three Days of West Flanders and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, a good addition to any team.

The Saxo Eagle is back!
Bjarne Riis the boss of the Saxo Bank-Sungard team has unveiled the new jersey for the 2011 season. It’s very similar to last year except it is in a light blue with a black eagle’s head on the front and wing edges front and back.

New Garmin-Cervelo kit
Slipstream has unveiled their new jersey for the Gramin-Cervelo team for 2011. It looks very like the Sky jersey; mostly black with a white stripe on the front and a big white patch on the back with the big “и” on the back and on the sleeve/shoulders. There is still a little blue Argyle on the cuffs and collar.

Hoffman to be DS with Saxo Bank
Tristan Hoffman will be taking his place next year behind the wheel of a Saxo Bank-SunGard team car. He rode with Bjarne Riis’s then team CSC from 2000 to 2005 when he had a career ending crash. He became a DS with CSC and then with Highroad. Hoffman was a Classics specialist and is looking forward to helping the team’s riders.

Mazzanti for Farnese Vini
After two years with the Russian Katusha team Luca Mazzanti had no contract for 2011, he has signed a one year contract with the Italian Farnese Vini-Neri team to join Italian Champion Giovanni Visconti. Mazzanti is now 36 years old and has been a pro since 1998, but has always been in the action with some good wins and placing.

Johnnie Walker still hoping!
The young Australian was the last rider to join the Pegasus Project, but now he has nothing. He is hoping to either find a new team or ride for a small scale Pegasus Sport team, hopefully in Europe. Good luck Johnnie.

Honneur for Jeannie
Multi-champion Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli has been given the rank of Commandeur in the order of the Legion d’Honneur in the French New Year’s awards. Longo is 52 years old and still representing France at the World Championships. This year she won her 57th French national title. This honor takes her to the highest office of any French sportswoman.

The Sky team early season line-up
Sky has some new riders for 2011 and they will be thrown into the action early. Jeremy Hunt starts off in Qatar, Davide Appollonio at the Tour of the Mediterranean and Michael Rogers in the Tour Down Under, the first UCI ProTeams event.
Tour Down Under, Australia (January 18-23)
Michael Rogers,
Simon Gerrans,
Mathew Hayman,
Greg Henderson,
Chris Sutton,
Ben Swift,
Geraint Thomas.

Tour of Qatar (February 6-11)
Kurt-Asle Arvesen,
Russell Downing,
Alex Dowsett,
Juan Antonio Flecha,
Jeremy Hunt,
Lars-Petter Nordhaug,
Ian Stannard,
Bradley Wiggins.

Tour of the Mediterranean (February 9-13)
Davide Appollonio,
John-Lee Augustyn,
Michael Barry,
Kjell Carlstrom,
Steve Cummings,
Serge Pauwels,
Morris Possoni,
Xabier Zandio.

Tour of Oman (February 15-20)
Kurt-Asle Arvesen,
Russell Downing,
Juan Antonio Flecha,
Edvald Boasson Hagen,
Mathew Hayman,
Jeremy Hunt,
Ian Stannard,
Chris Sutton.

Volta ao Algarve (February 16-20)
John-Lee Augustyn,
Michael Barry,
Kjell Carlstrom,
Dario Cioni,
Steve Cummings,
Simon Gerrans,
Greg Henderson,
Serge Pauwels.

Vuelta a Andalucia (February 20-24)
Davide Appollonio,
Alex Dowsett,
Peter Kennaugh,
Thomas Lofkvist,
Michael Rogers,
Rigoberto Uran,
Xabier Zandio.

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (February 26)
Kurt-Asle Arvesen,
Michael Barry,
Russell Downing,
Juan Antonio Flecha,
Edvald Boasson Hagen,
Mathew Hayman,
Jeremy Hunt,
Ian Stannard.

Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne (February 27)
Kurt-Asle Arvesen,
Juan Antonio Flecha,
Edvald Boasson Hagen,
Mathew Hayman,
Greg Henderson,
Jeremy Hunt,
Ian Stannard,
Chris Sutton,
Geraint Thomas.

Tour de France start for Florence?
The Italian city of Florence wants to host the “Grand Depart” of the 2014 Tour de France and the family of Gino Bartali is behind the bid. The great champion of Italy won the Tour just before World War 2 in 1938 and then came back ten years later to do it again in 1948. Bartali would have won much more if it hadn’t been for two things; first the war and secondly a man called Fausto Coppi. Bartali was born and died in Florence and the 2014 Tour would honor the 100th anniversary of his birth. The World road Championships are to be held in Florence in 2013.

Bruyneel loses appeal on suspension
Johan Bruyneel, the RadioShack team boss, has lost his appeal to CAS over the dates of his two month suspension for the “28” jersey incident at the 2010 Tour de France. He was sentenced to the suspension and a fine of 10,000 Swiss Francs for not asking the UCI for permission as it is allowed if requested. The “28” refers to the amount of people living with cancer world-wide and the stunt received lots TV and press coverage. Bruyneel had asked for the suspension to be from the 1st of January, now he will not be able to officiate at any events in February and March.

Sentjens gets two year ban
Belgian rider Roy Sentjens, who had been riding for Milram and has now retired, has been given a two year suspension for a positive EPO sample taken in a random drug control. He has also to pay a 10,000 Euro. Sentjens could not find a new team after the news of the Milram team demise and said this was the reason for his taking EPO, he has since hung up his wheels after a nine year Pro career.

GEOX Training Camp Scheduled for January 8-15
Team Owner Mauro Gianetti confirmed Thursday that the team, led by Carlos Sastre and Denis Menchov, will conduct their second training camp scheduled for January 8-15th in Tarragona, Spain.

Gianetti and Sport Director Joxean Matxin feel that the training camp is an opportunity to continue building camaraderie and bolster the relationships and bonds formed at the team’s first training camp in December.

“We have learned that good atmosphere and attitude is imperative to a successful team,” explained Gianetti.

“The riders of the UCI Professional Team have already shown that they are committed to making this team work and that they work well together,” he added.

The UCI granted a Professional Continental Team License to the team for the 2011 season after reviewing the contracts of the team’s sponsors and confirming that they are viable and enforceable. Additionally, the team’s budget is secure and fulfilled all the UCI regulations.

The team was classified number 17th in the sport criteria (ahead of Quick Step and AG2R), and while the sponsors of the team were disappointed by the UCI’s decision to grant the team a Pro Continental license and not the requested Pro Tour license, they had been made aware of the fact that a Pro Tour license was not guaranteed given the new point system established by the UCI.

Gabby Day at Zolder World Cup and Loenhout GVA
After arriving back from a very snowy UK I was faced with more snow in the Belgium races.

After a busy weekend of racing the previous week I had a few areas that I needed to address to allow myself to be able to get myself a good race and result. Just recently I have been struggling to get a good start and have allowed people to push me out and so have ended up backing off. Part of my issue comes from my nasty crash at the start of the season at Namur. It is not related to the start of the race but I guess I was just worried about having another crash and sub consciously I have let it affect me. So, after discussing this ‘issue’ with a few people I knew that positive thoughts were all part of helping me to overcome this problem. I knew that I needed to nail my starts down and this was my plan for Zolder and Loenhout.

I spoke to Gregg and Rick before the start and we all agreed on the perfect line to take at the first set of corners for the World Cup, the plan worked great as I made up a whole load of places by simply riding around the outside on the first long sweeping curve.

During the week Shaun, Craig, Nikoline and I travelled to Zolder to check the course out so that we wouldn’t have to travel on Christmas Day to pre ride. It was very snowy and icy and a lot of it was tough to ride. There were lots of technical sections and steep descents. I came away pretty content with things but it was definitely going to be a dangerous course!

Unfortunately mid week I came down with a nasty cold and so had to have a few days of rest and sleep to try and help my body recover ready for Sunday’s world cup. I was feeling pretty rough and so was rather worried about how my Zolder race would go. I really wanted to ride well as I knew that anything was possible in snowy conditions. I finished 23rd, but the positives to take from it were that I got a great start and was well in the top 15 until my legs gave up on my me and my breathing became painful. I crossed the line rather frustrated. But my main priority was to keep warm and try and get better for Loenhout…one of my favourite races.

The next time I rode my bike was three days later at Loenhout. I always like this race, it is a circuit that is great in any conditions. So whatever the weather threw at it I was ready…well as ready as I could be considering I had not managed to shift my cold completely.

When warming up I didn’t feel that great but I stayed positive and focused on my days goal of getting another good start…which is exactly what I did! I got myself into the select lead group of six, with myself, Daphny, Sanne Cant, Sanne Van Passen, Hanka & Marianne. It was a great feeling to suddenly be up there where I know I can be. I stayed with the lead group for a lap and a half until Marianne attacked and I lost contact and combined with a slight mishap with a post that was the end of that. I stayed away on my own for another two laps but was struggling and the group of chasers behind me were getting closer. I eventually finished a satisfied 9th. With full health and a great start, a great result is definitely possible. I even got myself some TV time and the commentator was enjoying the novelty of announcing my name, with things like ‘It’s a great Day for Gabriella Day’ a nice play on words!!

Here is the TV link:

I now have two more races (Petangue and Tevuren) before I travel back to the UK for the national championships in Derby.

Ed Clancy Returns to Revolution for Season Finale
World Omnium Champion Ed Clancy is set for a dramatic return to the National Cycling Centre for the season finale of Revolution on January 15th.

Clancy will be joined by former Motorpoint teammate Andy Tennant as both riders make their first competitive appearance for new team, Rapha Condor Sharp. It will be a welcome boost for Rapha Condor Sharp who currently sit at the bottom of the league table in the Revolution Championship.

“I’m really excited to return to Revolution and to make my debut for the new team,” commented Clancy. “I’ve been following the competition whilst I’ve been away at the World Cups so hopefully Andy [Tennant] and I can help salvage some pride for the team and win the final event.”

Clancy has enjoyed some excellent form recently winning the Omnium at the last round of the World Cup in Cali. Revolution will now provide an opportunity for the GB star to fine tune his form in the bunch racing as he looks to defend his Omnium world title in a few months time.

“I’ve been getting to grips with the Olympic Omnium format over the past couple of months so I’m really pleased with the results from the World Cups,” he said. “I’ll just be riding the Team Pursuit at the Beijing and Manchester World Cups but will be looking to defend my Omnium world title at the World Championships.”

“I’ve been doing really well against the clock but need to improve in the bunch races. Revolution will be perfect preparation for this with short sharp races including Omnium disciplines like the Elimination.”

It will be a busy day for Clancy who will also compete in the British Cycling Madison Championships which takes place in the afternoon before the Revolution event. Clancy will line up with Andy Tennant with Rapha Condor Sharp’s Dean Downing and Graham Briggs also pairing up for the race.

The National Madison Championships will start at 1pm on January 15th with the Revolution racing kicking off at its usual time of 7pm. Tickets for both events can be purchased from www.cyclingrevolution.com or by calling 0843 208 1840.


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