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EuroTrash Monday!

We hope you all had a great Christmas and didn’t eat and drink too much? You had better get a bike ride in. But before you do there is a EuroTrash Monday to read. Lars Boom is warming up for the road by winning at Cyclo-cross and good news for the two Robbie’s. Teams are announcing their line-up’s for the Tour Down Under and there is a special Christmas message from Rapha. Read…and then go bike!

Boom booms in Zolder!
Birthday boy Lars Boom (Rabobank) took the 6th Cyclo-cross World Cup event of the season in Zolder in a dominating fashion. He said “this is the best way to prepare for the road season.” He beat the World Cup leader Niels Albert (BKCP), even after chain problems and a bike change. Alberts didn’t have an problem free ride either as he became stuck in deep snow at the top end of the circuit, Boom had the advantage on the start/finish road section and put it too good use.
Zolder Cyclo-cross World Cup Result:
1. Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank in 1:08:29
2. Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus at 0:13
3. Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 1:16
4. Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off Road at 1:45
5. Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet at 1:55
6. Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank-Giant Off Road at 2:24
7. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 2:34
8. Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus
9. Christian Heule (Swi) Champion System LBS at 2:39
10. Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink at 2:42.

An Post for Oman and Qatar
The Irish/Belgian team An Post-Sean Kelly have announced that they have been invited to ride the Tours of Qatar and Oman in February. The team’s inclusion is probably due to the demise of the Pegasus project which was listed in the original invitees by the organisers ASO.

Jacek Morajko to CCC Polsat
Polish champion; Jacek Morajko who was signed to the Pegasus project for 2001 has been one of the lucky riders to have found a new team at this late date. He had ridden successfully for the Mroz team in 2010 where he won the Polish National Championships.

RadioShack News:
Two Robbie’s join up
Sprinters Robbie McEwen and Robbie Hunter are joining Team RadioShack in 2011. Both riders were part of the Pegasus Sports project which failed to get a ProTour or Professional Continental license for the upcoming season and opted to change teams. The negotiations between the Team and riders were settled promptly with both riders keen on joining the team of Manager Johan Bruyneel and seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong. Australian Robbie McEwen is a triple winner of the Tour de France’s green jersey sprinter’s classification. Robbie Hunter became the first South African to compete in the Tour de France. Later he was the first South African rider to win a stage in the Tour.

“The two Robbie’s fit perfectly in our group, which is a mixture of experienced and young riders,” explained Johan Bruyneel. “I feel sad for the riders and staff of the Pegasus project, but most of the riders deserve to race at the highest level of professional cycling. I am happy to have been able to offer two of the guys that opportunity. Moreover, we can really use both riders; they are real finishers and winners. They are both very fast and don’t need a real sprinter’s train to bring them to the last kilometer. They are ‘self-sufficient’ and will also be a wealth of knowledge for our young riders.”

“We were interested in both riders and they were interested in racing for our team. It still took some days to finalize the agreements as our budget for 2011 was almost closed. We had to redo our homework and we will have to economize on some other aspects but it will be worth it,” continued Bruyneel. “Robbie McEwen is not the youngest guy in the peloton, but in our team we know exactly what riders are capable of at a certain age. Robbie proved this year that he is still able to win ProTour races. Moreover, I count on him to help our very young, talented riders in the team find their way in the peloton. As far as Robbie Hunter is concerned, we welcome him in the Team a year later than planned as we had we wanted him for Team RadioShack at the end of 2009. Finally our patience paid off.”

Robbie McEwen (38) reacted with delight from the Gold Coast in Australia: “It is a relief that I have secured a contract with Team RadioShack, obviously one of the best teams in the world where I can ride at the ProTour level in what I’m planning to be my last year as a professional. When it became obvious that I had to look for another team, Team RadioShack really was my first choice. That’s why I contacted Lance. Afterwards Johan Bruyneel offered me the environment I was looking for. I am happy and grateful. I still know and believe that I am one of the fastest sprinters in the world. The young guys like Cavendish, Farrar or Greipel are tough to beat but I know that I am still amongst that group of elite sprinters. I still have a lot to offer. I just don’t want to ride one more year just to ride along in the bunch. I want to perform well and go away on a high.”

McEwen has twelve stage wins in the Tour the France, another twelve in the Tour of Italy, plus five wins in Paris-Brussels. Even through the last weeks of uncertainty he has been training hard. “I wanted to get in shape for the Tour Down Under but I also want to perform well in the whole season, whether it is for Down Under, the Giro, the Tour or wherever and with a big goal: the World Championships in Copenhagen.”

South African Robbie Hunter (33) was as delighted: “I am happy to have found a team so soon after the collapse of the Pegasus Sports project. The Australians really had a nice project. I was looking forward to being part of their Team, but for me it was not an option to race on a continental team. I am still too ambitious. Team RadioShack suits me very well. As the Team didn’t have many sprinters I will have my place over there. The Team Directors know exactly what I am worth in a team. I’ve proved in the past that I have no problem sacrificing my chances for another rider, as I did last year for Tylar Farrar. Also in 2011 the Team can count on me and I know that they will give me the opportunity to do my own sprints too.”

Hunter has won more than 40 races in his professional career, including stages in the Tour the France, Tour of Spain and Tour de Georgia as well as the Overall Classification of the Tour of Qatar. “Every year I win my races. I will continue winning. I will be ready for the stage races and the classics. I like the spirit of Team RadioShack and I know a lot of the guys, especially Gregory Rast as he is my regular training mate.”
The members of the 2011 squad (29 riders, 17 nationalities) are:
Lance Armstrong (USA),
Fumiyuki Beppu (Japan),
Sam Bewley (New Zealand),
Jani Brajkovic (Slovenia),
Matthew Busche (USA),
Manuel Cardoso (Portugal),
Philip Deignan (Ireland),
Ben Hermans (Belgium),
Chris Horner (USA),
Robbie Hunter (South Africia),
Markel Irizar (Spain),
Ben King (USA),
Andreas Klцden (Germany),
Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland),
Levi Leipheimer (USA),
Geoffroy Lequatre (France),
Tiago Machado (Portugal),
Jason McCartney (USA),
Robbie McEwen (Australia),
Dmitriy Muravyev (Kazakhstan),
Nйlson Oliveira (Portugal),
Sйrgio Paulinho (Portugal),
Yaroslav Popovych (Ukraine),
Gregory Rast (Switzerland),
Sйbastien Rosseler (Belgium),
Ivan Rovny (Russia),
Jesse Sergent (New Zealand),
Bjшrn Selander (USA),
Haimar Zubeldia (Spain).
Directors: Johan Bruyneel (Belgium), Josй Azevedo (Portugal), Dirk Demol (Belgium), Viatcheslav Ekimov (Russia) and Alain Gallopin (France).

Team RadioShack in Australia
The Team line-up for the next races:
Cancer Council Classic/Adelaide (Aus), 16/01/11
Riders: Lance Armstrong,
Manuel Cardoso,
Ben Hermans,
Markel Irizar,
Robbie McEwen,
Gregory Rast,
Sйbastien Rosseler
Directors: Josй Azevedo & Dirk Demol.
Santos Tour Down Under (Aus), 18-23/01/11
Riders: Lance Armstrong,
Manuel Cardoso,
Ben Hermans,
Markel Irizar,
Robbie McEwen,
Gregory Rast,
Sйbastien Rosseler
Directors: Josй Azevedo & Dirk Demol.

Other teams to ride Santos Tour Down Under
As the opening race of the ProTeams season approaches, more teams are announcing their riders, here is the next batch:
Riders: Denis Galimzyanov,
Aliaksandr Kuchynski,
Eduard Vorganov,
Juan Horrach,
Sergei Ivanov,
Nikolay Trusov,
Stijn Vanderbergh.
Manager: Dmitriy Konychev.

Riders; Alfredo Balloni,
Vitaliy Buts,
Alessandro Spezialetti,
Aitor Perez Arrieta,
Matteo Bono,
Daniele Righi,
Manuele Mori.
Manager: Bogdan Bondariew.

Riders: Angel Madrazo,
Jose Joaquin Rojas,
Jose Vicente Garcia,
Jose Ivan Gutierrez,
Luis Pasamontes,
Francisco Ventoso,
David Lopez.
Manager: Jose Luis Arrietta.

Riders: Iсaki Isasi,
Miguel Minguez,
Ruben Perez,
Gorka Izagirre,
Ion Izagirre,
Ivбn Velasco,
Daniel Sesma.
Manager: Josu Larrazabal.

Vacansoleil DCM:
Riders: Maxim Belkov,
Sergey Lagutin,
Mirko Servaggi,
Thomas de Gendt,
Romain Feillu,
Joost van Leijen,
Alberto Ongarato.
Manager: Michel Cornelisse.

KTM for Heraklion-Murcia
The Spanish/Greek UCI Continental team; Heraklion Kastro-Murcia has attracted KTM, the motorbike and cycle manufacturer, as a main sponsor for 2011. KTM had been more involved in MTB, but want to widen their appeal to include the road. The team has been fairly successful all over the world, but wants to race more in Europe.

Skil keep it in the family
Gerrie Knetemann was World Champion in 1978 and won many other top races through his career, most of his wins were for the all conquering Raleigh squad, but he rode for the Skil-Sem team in 1985 as he was heading towards retirement in 1991. He did win the Classic Amstel Gold Race twice, once when he was with Skil. Sadly he died of a heart attack in 2004 when only aged 53. His daughter; Roxane Knetemann has signed to race for the new woman’s Skil-Koga team for next year and wants to emulate her father in peloton.

A Christmas message from Rapha
Christmas is right around the corner. Like, literally around the corner. I will make it brief so that you can tend to whatever is keeping you excited during the Holidays, be that Belgian Ales, shopping sales or even riding your bike in frigid temperatures.

Festive 500
We launched the Festive 500 a few weeks ago as a way for people to keep up and track some winter miles (and Kilometers) as the days continue to be longer than we had hoped. This is working extremely well as a way to interact with our friends, riding family, and customers as well during holiday travel times. There are a few ways to keep track of the Festive 500 — facebook, vimeo, youtube, personal blogs and my personal favorite, Twitter (#Rapha500). The response to this has been incredible and in its first day we have received a few hundred responses. So, thanks to everyone who is participating and to those who have not yet, there is still time, you can do it!

The Rapha Sale
The other big piece of news is the Rapha Sale that is currently happening. A first for us at this time of year we are hoping that it will please and surprise some of the post holiday online shoppers. There is a good amount of product on the Rapha Sale, so peruse the site and see what you may have missed in your stocking. Besides, what cycling friend do you know that does not appreciate another addition to their already fine cycle wear. My current favorite (because the temperatures in Oregon have not been too frigid) is the Long Sleeve Jersey. I picked it up a couple weeks ago and it is has already seen good use. Also worth noting is the Paul Smith Accessories and the Merino Jersey both of which are still available. Plus, who doesn’t like Free Shipping?

Ok, that is all, I tried my best to keep it brief. Thank you to everyone who has made this past year a complete success. Without you great people helping us spread the word about cycling and our fantastic love for the sport we would be nothing. Stay tuned in the coming weeks as we roll out some new plans for the year with the Rapha Continental, North American Handmade Bike Show and as well some great new cycling clothing for our Spring Summer 2011 season.

Thanks again and have a great Holiday Season.

Money for UCI stickers
The UCI and the WFSGI (World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry) are having a meeting in January to discuss the “approved by UCI” product accreditation process which comes into force on the 1st of January 2011. To have a UCI legal frame put through the accreditation process will likely cost about Ј6,746.61 ($10,400). The first products to be covered by the “approved by UCI” labelling program are frames and forks (road, track, cyclo-cross but not yet BMX or MTB) in development from 1st November 2010. Accreditation for 2009/2010 frames is possible but not an obligation, says the UCI. The accreditation process starts with frames and forks. Wheels, saddles, handlebars and clothing will start in January.

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